Dileep Premachandran


Sachin lights up Kinrara Oval
Sachin lights up Kinrara Oval

No matter what the venue, an anticipatory buzz accompanies Sachin Tendulkar's every walk to the middle. And even though only a few hundred turned up at the Kinrara Oval on a gloomy afternoon, there was no mistaking the eagerness with which they settled in

Cross-border hero
Cross-border hero

Dileep Premachandran remembers Wasim Raja

Assurances galore but the anxiety remains
Assurances galore but the anxiety remains

The South African cricket team are not happy campers tonight, with the news that an independent security evaluation will decide whether they stay on to play a tri-series or head home

Ganguly handed a false lifeline
Ganguly handed a false lifeline

Just when he might have thought that the way to paradise was barred for ever, a signpost of hope beckons Sourav Ganguly

Uniformity is for automatons
Uniformity is for automatons

Defining a good pitch is about as easy as defining beauty. Yet, the ICC appear determined to go down the Elle-Cosmopolitan route and establish standards for that which cannot really be defined

A diabolical capitulation
A diabolical capitulation

Capitulations are rarely honourable affairs, but even by Indian standards this was particularly lily-livered and shameful

Chance to rewrite history
Chance to rewrite history

At times this afternoon, it was hard to fathom which team was 1-0 down in the series and going for parity

Driving with two flat tyres
Driving with two flat tyres

India's effervescent bowling display was negated by another diffident batting performance

At last, the genuine article
At last, the genuine article

A match illuminated by Anil Kumble's 500th wicket and a return to something like his menacing best - match figures of 9 for 145, after the tour of Pakistan where nine scalps cost him 70 runs each - may also be recalled in years to come for the reemergence

Turning to the talisman
Turning to the talisman

Abetted by the bounce that makes him such a fearsome proposition in the final stages of a Test, Kumble was back in his element. Not surprisingly, with their talisman to the fore, so were India

A man apart
A man apart

Even in this brave new world of Indian cricket, Anil Kumble remains a man apart

Where now for VVS?
Where now for VVS?

There is more than a touch of piquancy in the fact that the final day of this Mohali Test will mark the fifth anniversary of VVS Laxman's amble to the Eden Gardens wicket, and perhaps the greatest Test innings of the modern age

Munaf embraces the hopes of a nation
Munaf embraces the hopes of a nation

'It's better to burn out than to fade away' might sound profound when you're listening to Neil Young, but it's the last thing you want from young cricketers with genuine potential

Succumbing to swing
Succumbing to swing

Dileep Premachandran considers how Matthew Hoggard's swing did for India's batsmen on the third day at Nagpur

England's cupful of woes
England's cupful of woes

Sixteen months ago, the cosy little pavilion enclosure at Nagpur was the scene of considerable jubilation as Australia ended an Indian jinx that had lasted 35 years. A week ago, England would have looked to the venue of the first Test and anticipated endi

Longest kiss goodnight
Longest kiss goodnight

If all the gambles pay off, and India triumph at Nagpur, it will be hailed as a masterstroke on the part of the selectors and the team management.

Start me up
Start me up

The time is ripe to groom another opener for India in one day internationals

Tendulkar the Strong
Tendulkar the Strong

Dileep Premachandran on Sachin Tendulkar's controlled hundred after coming under much criticism for his failure in the Test series against Pakistan

Sophisticated slogging
Sophisticated slogging

India scorched the cold turf to the tune of 258 runs in 47 overs

Will he or won't he?
Will he or won't he?

Usually, warm-up matches, especially on the final day, are about as fascinating as drying distemper, but when India came out to bat on Monday afternoon at the Bagh-e-Jinnah, there was an interesting sub-plot that made proceedings particularly engrossing