The Insider


The low arts of Shane Watson
The low arts of Shane Watson

His ability to get down and under the ball has been key to his success on the subcontinent

Zaheer's old-ball problem
Zaheer's old-ball problem

He isn't making it talk like he used to in his heyday. Is poor fitness to blame?

The Kohli method
The Kohli method

His numbers are phenomenal, and that's thanks largely to his ability to make a plan and stick to it

How Southee outsmarted India
How Southee outsmarted India

Using his height, action and intelligence, Tim Southee has set himself to become New Zealand's long-term leader of the pace pack

Be bold, decisive: How NZ should play Indian spin
Be bold, decisive: How NZ should play Indian spin

A quick course on playing spin in the subcontinent

Laxman the revolutionary
Laxman the revolutionary

You could marvel at VVS Laxman's unorthodox style as long as you didn't try it at home

The Philander puzzle
The Philander puzzle

He found overwhelming success in his first seven Tests but is now struggling in England. It's all to do with the nuts and bolts of how he bowls

Why Malinga is less dangerous now
Why Malinga is less dangerous now

The use of a new ball from either end in ODIs has made his yorker, bouncer and slower one easier to deal with

Memo to India's bowlers
Memo to India's bowlers

Sure, the wickets in Australia are faster and bouncier than back home; all the more reason to pitch it up

Australia: the opening batsman's guide
Australia: the opening batsman's guide

There's a fair bit of bounce on wickets down under, but that's not as bad as it may seem if you're walking out to bat first up

A tale of three legspinners
A tale of three legspinners

Piyush Chawla, Amit Mishra and Rahul Sharma have the skills to be successful for India. But their actions still need some work

The styles of Gayle and Sehwag
The styles of Gayle and Sehwag

The two opening batsmen have more in common than just their placid demeanours and astronomical strike rates

Spin and the art of attack
Spin and the art of attack

Being an aggressive spinner is not about bowling flat and fast. Quite the opposite, and you only have to look at veteran bowlers operate in Twenty20 to see that

When a choke isn't a choke
When a choke isn't a choke

South Africa losing the plot against New Zealand was more panic than choke. There is a difference

Death becomes them
Death becomes them

Some batsmen and bowlers have come to be considered specialists at the end of an innings. How do they do what they do?

Speed or swing? How about both?
Speed or swing? How about both?

Most fast bowlers wish they were skilled in both arts. And though physics and genetics play a role in determining who gets what, it's not impossible to achieve the golden combo

The second-most important man in the side
The second-most important man in the side

Apart from squatting, diving, catching and throwing all day, a wicketkeeper keeps the team together with his observations and chatter. Don't let anyone tell you it's easy

The intricacies of setting a field
The intricacies of setting a field

It's not as simple as having men in right places at right times, deliberate vacant spaces are just as important

Reading the bowler
Reading the bowler

Keep an eye on the point of release, the wrist, the position of the seam and more

Reading the batsman
Reading the batsman

Video footage is well and good, but there are also plenty of clues for bowlers to pick up from their opponents' grips, back-lifts and stances