Even as the IPL kicked into high gear, it was a sombre week, as the sudden passing of former Australia batsman Dean Jones left the cricketing fraternity in shock. The IPL also had its first round of injuries, with Mitch Marsh returning home after hurting his ankle in his very first game, and R Ashwin dislocating his shoulder attempting a catch. It's a reminder of the high stakes involved, set to get higher as the tournament moves into its second week. So far only dark horses Delhi Capitals have notched a win in each of the two matches they've played. Missed out on all the action? Catch up here.
Dean Jones, ODI batting pioneer, dies aged 59
The commentator and former player was in Mumbai on IPL commentary duty when he suffered a massive heart attack. Jones was the hero of Australia tied Test in Madras in 1986, and a pioneer in ODI cricket, and the cricket fraternity mourned his loss, with Justin Langer saying the outspoken cricketer was finding his way back into the Australian fold after a fraught relationship with the administration for many years. Daniel Brettig remembers the livewire batsman and limited-overs pioneer and says his departure left a sense of shock and loss.
Jaydev Unadkat and Tymal Mills were million-dollar buys in the IPL. How did that price affect them?
Nagraj Gollapudi spoke to Unadkat, Mills and Colin Ingram about dealing with the expectations that come with a huge price tag
Hot Seat: Which bowlers do you use to attack MS Dhoni in a tight chase?
Dhoni comes in with CSK needing 40 off four overs. Which bowlers try to defend your team's score? Our team of writers put on their captains' hats.
Cricket for some, not for all - where does the women's game stand?
As top-level women's cricket resumes this week, what's the state of the game among the major nations after six months of Covid-19 hiatus? Andrew McGlashan takes stock. Meanwhile India women's ODI captain Mithali Raj says the teams are grappling with anxiety and a lack of purpose as women's cricket faces uncertainty in the near future. In Pakistan, Covid-19 and policy changes have brought down the number of active cricketers to just 45.
Andy Flower: 'Looking after the person is more important than developing the player'
The former England coach, currently with Kings XI Punjab, talks to Matt Roller about leadership, runtime tactics, and data in franchise cricket
Why Asian and Black players have felt alienated in Yorkshire cricket
A look at the immigrant cricketer's experience in the county down the years, from Kamran Abassi's new book Englistan: An immigrant's journey.
Amy Satterthwaite on an 'awesome' path to show 'people can have a family and still play'
Andrew McGlashan spoke to the New Zealand batter took a break to have a child, and now returns to the top level to play her 100th T20I
Shikha Pandey: 'I remember reading that Sachin aspired to be a fast bowler'
It wasn't just batters Tendulkar inspired. An India women opening bowler is proof