'Two mistakes and India would have lost the Test'
VVS Laxman revisits his match-winning innings in the first Test against Australia in Mohali in an interview in Sportstar .
Cricket and consolation
Walking towards the government headquarters in Bangalore, to catch a glimpse of the unfolding political drama, Ramachandra Guha instead chose to go to the Chinnaswamy stadium to watch, as he writes in the Telegraph another, and indubitably more
Bradman first, Sachin second
Ron Reed writes in the Herald Sun that there is now no doubt that Sachin Tendulkar is the game’s second-best cricketer of all-time.
Bittersweet October for young Pujara
October 9, 2005 was a tragic day for Cheteshwar Pujara, a day his mother lost her battle with cancer
Australia on the slide
David Lloyd, writing in the Independent , says Australia's 0-2 defeat at the hands of India lends strength to the theory that Ricky Ponting's team is one on the decline than one in transition
Batting with Sachin can be a double whammy
In his six-hour association with Sachin Tendulkar, M Vijay, who was five when his partner made his Test debut, probably learnt more about batsmanship, about Test cricket itself than in all his previous matches put together, and you cannot put a price
What is the sound of one man batting?
In the Australian , Peter Lalor describes how the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, like every other venue in India, erupts whenever Sachin Tendulkar walks out with bat in hand.
Ponting deserves better
Ricky Ponting entered to jeers and departed to cheers on the first day of the Bangalore Test
'This is why I love Tests' - Ponting
Ricky Ponting, in the Australian , reflects on his team's loss in a nail-biter against India in Mohali, one that yet again deprived him of a Test win in the country as captain.
Ponting has seen it all
The only Australia captain to have lost two Ashes series, though those campaigns sandwiched a 5-0 win at home; the only captain since Clive Lloyd to oversee two World Cup wins; a witness to some of Australia's most heart-breaking defeats, from
Watson papers over Australia's batting cracks
Leave out Shane Watson's fruitful run at the top and England become favourites to win the Ashes, writes Lawrence Booth in the Wisden Cricketer
The joy of giving, VVS style
In the Hindustan Times , Anand Vasu pays tribute to VVS Laxman after his match-winning knock in the nail-biter against Australia
A great Test but the frailties remain
Australia's performance in the Mohali Test has been both heartening and deeply worrying, writes Malcolm Knox in the BackPageLead
A triumph for Test cricket
In the Sydney Morning Herald , Peter Roebuck has praise for VVS Laxman and Ishant Sharma and the Australian team, which tried its utmost but fell short in the nailbiting match in Mohali
Twenty20 comes to Dravid's rescue
Rahul Dravid has never been tabbed as a limited overs player, despite scoring over 10,000 runs in ODIs
Zaheer continues to get under Aussie skins
Daniel Brettig writes for Australian Associated Press how Zaheer Khan has been a source of irritation for the Australians for several years
Series flawed, but should be a cracker
Peter Roebuck writes in the Sydney Morning Herald that despite the series being only two Tests and beginning in a venue lacking the charm of India's traditional grounds, the India-Australia series should be a corker.
Big test for Australia's bowlers
Ricky Ponting writes in his column in the Australian that the experienced and formidable Indian batting line-up will prove a challenge for his bowling line-up
India v Australia is main course, not entrée
Andy Bull, in his Spin blog for the Guardian , terms it a sin to look at the India-Australia series as a pre-cursor to the Ashes
Big expectations from India v Australia
Australia's Test battle against India is the premier contest in the modern game and their upcoming two-Test series is likely to be a closely-fought affair
Tendulkar's 175 was the sort of innings that just had to win, but fate had other plans
Deluge in ODIs, drought in Tests
A fantastic series against India capped what has been a fine year in ODIs for Michael Hussey; in Tests, though, it's a different story
Honeymoon's over, the kids need help
The youngsters need to recapture the fearlessness and clear-headedness that drove India to an impressive one-day record over the past two years
Ponting in for the long haul
Ricky Ponting has no plans to walk away from the international game
Manou jets in to boost South Australia
Graham Manou will have no chance to rest after flying home from India when he joins his South Australia team-mates for Saturday's FR Cup match