Harsha Bhogle


The BCCI owes people an explanation
The BCCI owes people an explanation

The board must make clear why India's Test series in South Africa has been curtailed, or everyone will be justified in assuming it was all done for one cricketer

India progresses amid chaos
India progresses amid chaos

While the country's cricket administration has been in turmoil, the results on the field have been heartening

Test cricket needs strong local economies
Test cricket needs strong local economies

We cannot ignore the fact that in most top cricket-playing countries Test cricket needs T20, and not the other way round

How to handle Pietersen
How to handle Pietersen

Give genius players like him the freedom and appreciation they desire and they'll win matches for you more often than not

Send Jadeja in higher
Send Jadeja in higher

India will be best served in Test cricket if their two allrounders bat either side of Dhoni

Can England do an Australia?
Can England do an Australia?

Judging by their recent form, the hosts can push for 5-0 in the Ashes. But can they be ruthless enough to do it?

Can Jadeja step up (again)?
Can Jadeja step up (again)?

The Champions Trophy was a coming of age; now he needs to deliver on his promise on the Test match stage

The contemporary style of Shikhar Dhawan
The contemporary style of Shikhar Dhawan

He's refreshing and fearless, and it will be interesting to see how he negotiates the tough period that inevitably follows a fairytale beginning

Why India have had success in this Champions Trophy
Why India have had success in this Champions Trophy

The unexpected conditions in England have favoured India's adventurous batting

A need for governance and systems
A need for governance and systems

Indian cricket needs solid back-room boys to lay down stringent rules, not people seeking cameras

The BCCI must do right by the fans
The BCCI must do right by the fans

The board must give assurance that it intends on a complete clean-up of the sordid mess Indian cricket finds itself it, or it won't be long before the government steps in

A time for sadness and fear
A time for sadness and fear

The spot-fixing controversy teaches us about the pitfalls of insecurity and of the desire to keep up with the Joneses

A time for anger, a time for action
A time for anger, a time for action

Out of the shattered lives of three young men caught up in allegations of fraud, newer and stronger players must emerge

Three to watch
Three to watch

As ever, the IPL has thrown up a few notable young players. Here's a look at the pick of this year's crop

The curious case of home advantage
The curious case of home advantage

Is the IPL creating strong city loyalties that are playing on the minds of away teams?

Give viewers the no-commentary option
Give viewers the no-commentary option

It will challenge commentators to get better, and give fans a choice

Spinners alive and kicking in T20
Spinners alive and kicking in T20

Big bats, unorthodox strokes and short boundaries can't beat a canny spinner

Why the IPL can't be much more than a launch pad
Why the IPL can't be much more than a launch pad

Young Indian cricketers can't afford to look at the league as the pinnacle of their cricket

The problem with Indian cricket academies
The problem with Indian cricket academies

Increasingly young players (and their parents) look at them as ways to generate returns on investment

Cricket can't afford to be snobbish about its followers
Cricket can't afford to be snobbish about its followers

Those who are interested in runs and wickets, winning and losing and nothing else in between need to be embraced if cricket is to survive and thrive