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Virat could be Indian cricket’s next big thing

Virat Kohli’s seven centuries in 66 ODIs is a phenomenal achievement, especially in one so young. Here is a batsman mature enough at 22 who averages 45 in the short game, again outstanding, and who is promising to break such conversion records. He is the quintessential NextGen Indian batsman, secure in the limited-overs arena that serves and enhances his aggressive instincts best.

Cricketing greats bat for Kumble


Former cricketers are learning to grapple every day with increasing criticism aimed at their dual duties in a strong media presence as voices of cricket and a role in administration, selection and coa

How pertinent is the nuclear option?


Democratic protests against nuclear plants are the flavour of the season.

What began in Jaitapur has come down south to Koodankulam in Tamil Nadu and protests are bound to spread across the country

Malinga moments were pure magic

Nothing brought out better the Janus-faced nature of cricket than a few early Malinga moments in the Champions League T20.
It seemed the ups and downs of life were encapsulated in the Sri Lankan’s first two games with fortunes favouring him not so much with his trademark toe-crushers as in his altogether more surprising area of batting.
That he came out a winner in both games is a tribute to his fighting spirit.

Well Played, Tiger

Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, who was 70 when he passed away in a New Delhi hospital on Thursday evening after suffering complications in his lungs, was one of Indian cricket’s great stylists. Having lost most of the vision in his right eye in a car accident, he adapted to become a fearless batsman against pace bowling in home as well as away Tests.

Leave it to BCCI to set things right in Team India

The Board of Control for Cricket in India will strike its own course. It will not be cowed down by the criticism over its handling of the tight scheduling that was thought to be the principal cause of the disastrous tour of England. Should it be such a bad thing if the board does not wish to be paralysed by analysis at a moment when everything seems dark and dank?

Remembering an Indian skipper

M.A.K. Pataudi, one of Indian cricket’s most charismatic figures died following respiratory problems on Thursday evening in a New Delhi hospital.

Mansur Ali Khan, 70, was the first truly great captai

Will London leg bring luck for Team India?

If a Chennai lad may be pardoned his one outrageous comment on television, it can be said that India can do with fewer of Nasser Hussain’s dim-witted and slow-footed animals in the team. Winless India may be in England but at least they did not make asses of themselves in the T20 and the first two ODIs. The batting might in fact be considered a pointer to the future.

Cricket selection committee: The ball is in BCCI’s court


Krish Srikkanth, the chairman of selectors, has made no decision yet on his future in the committee.

While BCCI sources have revealed that the former dashing opener from Tamil Nadu will continue in

Dravid stood like an elegant colossus in England

In a team of weary bodies and distracted minds the oldest of them all showed a sense of commitment to Test cricket that is getting rare by the day. Technical skills counted for more in a demanding environment against a relentless attack carrying out a forensic examination of a much vaunted batting line-up and Rahul Dravid had the technique, the temperament and much more.

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