The Insider


The issue with Ishant
The issue with Ishant

The fact that his wrist is not behind the ball and the seam doesn't come out upright speak volumes

Sixes to begin with
Sixes to begin with

Today's tendency to hit sixes right from the start of the innings, and reliance on upper-body strength, is a radical change from coaching values of flexibility and getting your eye in

Anatomy of a maverick
Anatomy of a maverick

How Pietersen's unique batting style makes him one of the most difficult batsmen to bowl to

What Australia have done right
What Australia have done right

Their batsmen may have flopped but their bowlers have done their homework and stuck to their plans

The Siddle riddle
The Siddle riddle

Australia's quintessential workhorse doesn't get much swing but there's enough movement to keep everyone guessing

Watson's technical tangle
Watson's technical tangle

While Shane Watson needs to be aware of his front-foot problem, he can't afford to be consumed by it

What makes Bhuvneshwar a threat?
What makes Bhuvneshwar a threat?

On the face of it Bhuvneshwar Kumar has no quality that's likely to catch a layman's fancy. But face him with a bat in hand and you'll know his worth

The Malinga threat
The Malinga threat

India's batsmen will need to find a way to overcome Sri Lanka's most potent weapon

What's up with the conditions in England?
What's up with the conditions in England?

It's early summer - isn't the ball supposed to dart around corners?

Dhoni and the art of controlling an IPL match
Dhoni and the art of controlling an IPL match

As the game proceeds at breakneck speed around him, his ingenious use of resources often catches the eye

How does one bowl to Chris Gayle?
How does one bowl to Chris Gayle?

Mission impossible? Not quite

Unravelling the Narine mystery
Unravelling the Narine mystery

How does the KKR offspinner continue to bamboozle batsmen? Because he knows when to bowl what

In praise of the offspinner
In praise of the offspinner

They have had it stacked against them but props to them for evolving and keeping their art valid

Deconstructing Graeme Smith
Deconstructing Graeme Smith

How has South Africa's captain lasted so long with a technique that shouldn't work in Test cricket?

The four horsemen of the apocalypse
The four horsemen of the apocalypse

The fast bowlers who form South Africa's attack are all right-armers, but each poses a different challenge to the batsman

Why England's spinners are better
Why England's spinners are better

A look at why Panesar and Swann have outbowled Ojha and Ashwin in India

Reverse psychology
Reverse psychology

Playing reverse swing is as much of an art as any other in cricket

Keep it outside off
Keep it outside off

England's bowlers need to be more aware of the lines they bowl at different stages of an innings in India

Gambhir's problem is mindset, not technique
Gambhir's problem is mindset, not technique

In Test cricket he needs to find a way of controlling instincts that have been successful for him in the limited-overs game

Memo to Sehwag
Memo to Sehwag

He needs to remember, when he gets to 30 or 40, that he isn't playing like he used to