Mukul Kesavan


Hey Virat, you're the captain of the Indian cricket team, not Captain India
Hey Virat, you're the captain of the Indian cricket team, not Captain India

Virat Kohli's trolling of a fan for preferring foreign batsmen to Indian ones comes from a place of thin-skinned privilege that's out of touch with reality

The madness of Yuvraj Singh
The madness of Yuvraj Singh

Like against Pakistan last week, when he walks out onto the biggest stage, his eyes shine with a certain insanity

Why is Pujara given short shrift?
Why is Pujara given short shrift?

He averages better than Rohit Sharma but still has to fight for a place in the Test side, mostly because he doesn't play ODIs

Why the Ashes is watchable and Indian cricket isn't
Why the Ashes is watchable and Indian cricket isn't

There is nothing stimulating in watching a television broadcast in which the players and commentators allow themselves to be remote-controlled by the BCCI

The emirate of Indian cricket and its subjects
The emirate of Indian cricket and its subjects

What sort of cricketing culture sees conflict of interest as normal? The answer lies in the history of cricket administration in India

An Indian original
An Indian original

As captain, MS Dhoni was wholly himself, unflappable, and a desi to boot

We need to think about the role of the bouncer
We need to think about the role of the bouncer

To consider banning it in the wake of Phillip Hughes' death may be knee-jerk, but to refuse to consider the pros and cons of a ban is unwise

Shades of Gavaskar
Shades of Gavaskar

There's an implacable soundness about Cheteshwar Pujara, the best young batsman in the Test-playing world

A farewell left too late
A farewell left too late

Tendulkar's legacy has been diminished by his long twilight, and the team he served for so long with such distinction has been damaged too

Why laissez faire won't do for Test cricket
Why laissez faire won't do for Test cricket

For the five-day game to survive, we need a BCCI that harnesses the market and tempers its profit-maximising logic to create a stable environment for the format

How not to close a great career
How not to close a great career

Sachin Tendulkar's media blitz in the wake of his 100th hundred has been unseemly and cheapens his legacy

Why the 100th doesn't matter
Why the 100th doesn't matter

An "international hundred" is an artificial landmark and we don't need to be flying into a frenzy because Tendulkar is on the brink of a hundred of those

Cricket's modern Zen master
Cricket's modern Zen master

It is tempting to see Virender Sehwag as a product of the limited-overs age, but he uses more or less orthodox strokes. The key to his success is that he has the ability to live in the present

Haunted by virtue
Haunted by virtue

A drug-testing regime as invasive as WADA's needs to be vigorously debated, and thanks to the opposition from India's cricketers maybe it will now be

Lessons from Lahore
Lessons from Lahore

The notion of cricketers being immune to attacks was a myth that should never have been put to the test

Easy lies the head
Easy lies the head

Dhoni is different from other India captains, principally in the poise and calm he brings to the role

The last tour
The last tour

Why the Australia series marks the end of India's great middle order, and even, possibly, of the primacy of Test cricket

Spin kills
Spin kills

Never before Mendis has a spinner dominated Indian batsmen so comprehensively and collectively

The politics of morality
The politics of morality

The West's hypocrisy over Zimbabwe may feel obnoxious, but the BCCI has to decide whether it wishes to be the patron-in-chief of a dysfunctional and compromised cricket body

V for Vendetta
V for Vendetta

Try as it may, it will take the BCCI some effort to make people believe legends like Kapil Dev didn't exist