Dileep Premachandran


A sordid relationship
A sordid relationship

What was billed as media interaction day with the Indian cricket team instead became a fiasco of a press conference punctuated by awkward silences and media inaction

Huffs, puffs and a fashion crisis
Huffs, puffs and a fashion crisis

Even from 50 yards away, the lank hair and the powerful shoulders are unmistakable, as is the shake of the head that gets the locks out of his face as he turns back to start his bowling run

Of pitches and prejudice
Of pitches and prejudice

Why is the ICC suddenly scrutinising the pitches?

A genius at work
A genius at work

Muralitharan has always lived life with a smile, refusing to be cowed by the poisoned darts sent his way

Being there
Being there

Years from now, if you're an Indian cricket aficionado, they might ask you where you were at 4:45pm on a wintry December evening at the Ferozshah Kotla

Who dares wins
Who dares wins

To travel around India the past month has been to come face-to-face with considerable angst over India's rotation policy in one-day internationals

The fans deserve better
The fans deserve better

The real objects of ire and ridicule should be those who drew up such a mindless itinerary in the first place

The fighter still remains - Watching Ganguly
The fighter still remains - Watching Ganguly

Dileep Premachandran watched Sourav Ganguly's return to the ranks as India prepared for the first Test

Driven by sentiment
Driven by sentiment

The time taken to deliberate on the squad to take on Sri Lanka said much about the different pressures at work on the selection committee

'I am sure I will get a chance'
'I am sure I will get a chance'

Even from 50 yards away, you can't miss the relaxed stance and the glorious flourish with which VVS Laxman leans into an off-drive

From potential to performance
From potential to performance

A few more innings like this, added to an extra pinch of consistency, and India may once again whole-heartedly embrace a player who has only flirted casually with greatness since that most eye-catching calling card in East Africa

The perils of selective selection
The perils of selective selection

Dileep Premachandran cites a few glaring selection blunders as reasons for the World XI surrendering so meekly

Decline and fall
Decline and fall

The strength of character that India showed in Australia, and then again in Pakistan, proved to be as fleeting as winter sunshine