2012

  • For Shikhar Dhawan, the wait is finally over

    Clean Bold |  Mikkhail Vaswani
    As far back as 2004, nine years ago, an 18-year-old made his first-class debut for Delhi. Opening the innings, this young lad would fall one...

  • With Vijay and Dhawan, there is hope

    Reverse Swing |  Suresh Menon
    Murali Vijay turns 29 next month; his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan is 27. One is on the road to re-establishing himself in the national side....

  • Duncan Fletcher: A Hallmark of Denial

    Hot Spot |  Chetan Narula
    The problem with Indian cricket is that it lives in the present. While philosophers will tell you that is a good way of life, it...

  • Sehwag axing: middle order not an option

    Hot Spot |  Chetan Narula
    The axe has been wielded, and with some regularity. Thrice, in the span of three Test matches, the selection committee headed by Sandeep Patil has...

  • Virender Sehwag - for the muddle in the middle?

    Grumble with Gaurav |  Gaurav Kalra
    There was a time, not so long ago in the lives of us cricket people, that this was India's top six in a Test match-...

  • Let us celebrate MS Dhoni

    Hot Spot |  Chetan Narula
    For once, let it be said, there was nothing morale-boosting about the Man-of-the-Match award MS Dhoni received. R Ashwin was the other obvious candidate, but...

  • Mohammad Ashraful's best shot at reviving his career

    Perfume Ball |  Faisal Caesar
    One of the most surprising aspects regarding the Bangladesh Test squad for the tour to Sri Lanka was the exclusion of Marshall Ayub, a top-notch...

  • Chennai could prove MS Dhoni's pivotal landmark

    Reverse Swing |  Suresh Menon
    Tomes have been written about how captaincy affects a player's batting. Sourav Ganguly, for example, averaged eight runs per innings higher when he was not...

  • Though beaten, Australia were positive in approach

    viewpoint |  Hrishikesh Kanitkar
    India's eight-wicket win over Australia in the opening Test in Chennai was a well-deserved success. Sachin Tendulkar coming to the fore with a solid knock...

  • Let's welcome Harbhajan's comeback, not question it

    Clean Bold |  Mikkhail Vaswani
    For a youngster, playing for India is a dream he grows up with and every time he listens to a former cricketing great, the one...

  • The legacy of India v Australia must not fade away

    Perfume Ball |  Faisal Caesar
    The Australians were a ruthless bunch during the last decade. They did not show their opponents on the cricket field any mercy. Match after match,...

  • Intolerant, isolating BCCI is hurting Indian cricket

    Reverse Swing |  Suresh Menon
    In India, it is not cricket which is a reflection of society. It is the cricket board. Intolerance has suddenly become the national motto. Ashish...

  • In South Africa, a pace renaissance beckons

    Perfume Ball |  Faisal Caesar
    Fast bowling is an expression of raw power. Proper fast bowlers are forces of nature. They always command attention. They are more animal excitement than...

  • What Is Virat Kohli thinking?

    Hot Spot |  Chetan Narula
    Virat Kohli, as a cricketer, makes you think. When he led India to the 2008 Under-19 World Cup triumph, he made those watching think of...

  • Ranji semi-finals offer interesting match-ups

    viewpoint |  Hrishikesh Kanitkar
    With the Ranji Trophy semi-finals slated to begin on January 16, the excitement for the teams preparing for the same has begun. Indian domestic giants...

  • Junaid and Irfan, a potent fast-bowling pair

    Perfume Ball |  Faisal Caesar
    Over the last two decades, amid the chaos and instability, the production of thrilling fast bowlers from Pakistan has been in an eyebrow-raising regularity. Since...

  • The factors that lead to a cricketer's retirement

    Buddha Speaks |  Sanjay Bangar
    It was indeed a difficult decision to announce my retirement from first-class cricket, which I did a few days ago. It's too early to assess...

  • A bit of focus could have made Virender Sehwag an ODI great

    Reverse Swing |  Suresh Menon
    Players are often selected on potential, not for what they might bring to a team immediately, but the difference they could make in a couple...

  • Why does Pakistan produce plenty of pacers, but not India?

    Reverse Swing |  Suresh Menon
    During the panel discussion following the launch of the inaugural Wisden India Almanack, someone in the audience wanted to know why India failed to produce...

  • Spin bowling in India is a dying art

    viewpoint |  Hrishikesh Kanitkar
    Traditionally, in India, with the pitches taking turn it's always been up to the spinners to take wickets. For the Indian teams over the years...

  • Stagnating Indian cricket must turn to youth

    Reverse Swing |  Suresh Menon
    Where do India go from here? Even in the days when they were lambs abroad, they were usually tigers at home. Now they are pussycats,...

  • Sachin - A sort of forever

    Grumble with Gaurav |  Gaurav Kalra
    1989 was dreadful. I was 13. A friend went to America in our summer break while I was yet to see what a passport looked...

  • Railways won't be overawed by Tendulkar's Mumbai

    Buddha Speaks |  Sanjay Bangar
    The Railways team which is used to starting its cricket season on placid tracks of Karnail Singh stadium in front of hardly any spectators is...

  • Handling KP key to England fortunes in India

    Reverse Swing |  Suresh Menon
    Kevin Pietersen will be travelling to India, and not merely to sit and as occasion demands dance in a television studio. That he will actually...

  • Something amiss with Obama's youth vote

    Postcards from DC |  Daaman Thandi
    "I am not registered to vote and frankly I don't care," says 19-year-old Sahira Singh, in her 2nd year at George Washington University in Washington...

  • Andy Roddick carried USA hopes admirably

    No Love Lost |  Arun Pradeep
    Andy Roddick chased the groundstroke halfway around the baseline to meet it. The return was well wide. Roddick changed his racquet to his left hand,...

  • Olympics: Girls don't bring dowries, they bring medals

    The Straight Drive |  Sriram Balasubramanian
    The Olympics is the most watched multi sporting event in the world. Being the center stage for so many sports, it is the summit that...

  • Champions League T20: An Unfair Tournament

    Hot Spot |  Chetan Narula
    Cricket relations between India and Pakistan resume with invitation to Sialkot Stallions to participate in the Champions League T20. It is a bigger welcome than...

  • A medal in three days. Not bad, India!

    Gun Barrel |  Jaspreet Sahni
    I was typing frantically on my Twitter account: "10.4", "Oh, outside 10 again", "No, no. Wait. We still have a chance". Suddenly I stopped. Looked...

  • Bollywood gets ready to splash in the spunk of small town India

    Theatrically yours |  Lasyapriya Sundaram
    Urban romances and stories set in Delhi and Mumbai have dominated Hindi films for the past few years. But the same can't be said about...