The Insider


What is Dhoni's role in India's ODI side?
What is Dhoni's role in India's ODI side?

He isn't the dominant player he used to be, but he still offers the team plenty of value

Why Bumrah is hard to face
Why Bumrah is hard to face

A look at the factors that make him a challenge for batsmen

What should India's Asia Cup line-up be?
What should India's Asia Cup line-up be?

The absence of Kohli has thrown up some room for experimentation with an eye on the World Cup

For the first time, India have a well-rounded pace attack
For the first time, India have a well-rounded pace attack

For the first time in their history, India have four bowlers of high ability, making for a formidable quick-bowling unit

How Ishant got his mojo working
How Ishant got his mojo working

The work he has put in on his wrist position and length has begun to pay off

Why did Rashid Khan fail in the India Test?
Why did Rashid Khan fail in the India Test?

Too many variations, poor fields, and a lack of first-class bowling experience

What KL Rahul tells us about the future of opening batsmanship
What KL Rahul tells us about the future of opening batsmanship

As a young batsman, he stands out for the way he has adapted to suit the contrasting demands of Tests and T20s

What's the verdict on the pink ball in Indian conditions?
What's the verdict on the pink ball in Indian conditions?

Visibility is good, so is durability, and while it does swing a fair amount, it ought to spin as well

How Kohli rules T20
How Kohli rules T20

He cannot match the big hitters for power, but his numbers are as good as theirs - if not better

Why Gambhir and Uthappa have clicked for KKR
Why Gambhir and Uthappa have clicked for KKR

The adjustments they have made to their techniques have made it tougher for bowlers to exploit what were once these batsmen's weaknesses

What makes Pakistan's left-armers a handful
What makes Pakistan's left-armers a handful

Apart from creating awkward angles to right-hand batsmen, Amir, Wahab and Irfan each manage to pose questions with their distinctive skills

Why unorthodox actions are successful
Why unorthodox actions are successful

The novelty ensures that batsmen do not react as quickly as they do against bowlers with conventional actions

The evolution of Virat Kohli into a complete batsman
The evolution of Virat Kohli into a complete batsman

He worked to improve as a batsman, mastering his weakness against the short ball, and learning new strokes even though he was successful without them

Bailey's closed stance: the pros and cons
Bailey's closed stance: the pros and cons

It helps the batsman play many more big shots, but the cost is high

Why South Africa's shut shop was incredible
Why South Africa's shut shop was incredible

Their decision to block every delivery in Delhi required not just discipline but also infinite amounts of concentration, patience, adaptability and excellent technique

What's Shikhar Dhawan's problem?
What's Shikhar Dhawan's problem?

He goes through long barren patches between big scores. Can he change his technique without harming his fast-paced batting?

The method behind Sehwag's madness
The method behind Sehwag's madness

There was a lot more to Virender Sehwag than see ball, hit ball

How Zaheer became deadly
How Zaheer became deadly

A county stint helped him add variety to his high-quality left-arm pace and taught him to bowl within himself when wickets seemed scarce

Deconstructing Rohit
Deconstructing Rohit

He's delightful to watch because he makes batting look easy, but there are some gaps in his technique in the long form

Why a wide stance can be a problem
Why a wide stance can be a problem

Increasingly Indian batsmen seem to be choosing to stand with their feet far apart in the crease