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Harbhajan is at his best when he bats freely

On the first evening of the first Test in the Caribbean, when it was well past Indian newspaper working hours, the television in the news hall had a clutch of interested viewers watching an exhibition of what can be termed the unadulterated joy of cricket.

These are good times for Indian spin bowling

The extraordinary success of Amit Mishra in the ODIs in the Caribbean suggests he is doing more than just getting the basics right. Much in the manner of all legspinners, he has toiled on for years at an art that is difficult to master.

Rohit emerging from his shell is a positive

Batsmen do not quake in their cricket boots when Ravi Rampaul or Darren Sammy are bowling with the new ball. It appears batting at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad these days is more difficult when spinners are bowling. It was not always like this. It is also a measure of the decline of West Indies that the pitches have crumbled into slow turners.

Sehwag's Kochi knock was extraordinary


Putting mind over matter is not as simple as self-improvement books may suggest. While most intelligent people have a way of managing it in life, gifted athletes do it far more often in the sporting arena.
Virender Sehwag may be credited with greater natural ability than thinking prowess but even he finds extraordinary ways to be able to overcome adverse conditions to shine in a more wholesome way with his talent.

‘I am a total speed junkie’

No one could be flying higher than Mahendra Singh Dhoni at the moment. The World Cup winning captain, however, wants to fly higher.

This could be the most open Cup

The reality check came rather soon in the World Cup for Team India. The pragmatic skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni accepted at once that he had so many slow men in his team the fielding was never going to

Opener Tendulkar will pilot Team India

Greg Chappell’s expression of regret over handling of the batting order in the last World Cup comes four years too late.

Between the coach and skipper Dravid they got the order horribly wrong and in

Eden may have caused old rivalries to resurface

There is something amiss with Indian cricket’s equivalent of paradise. The Eden Gardens will not get its showpiece game, India versus England, because the arena was not likely to be ready in time for

Varied disciplines throw up India talent

The prospects for Indian sport are gobsmackingly good. When our athletes took the Commonwealth Games by storm, critics said that it was rather easily done. And then came the Asian Games where expectations were truly exceeded. Yes, Indian sportsmen have truly arrived on the region’s stage and the world is just another stage away. It’s not being too optimistic to say more Indian athletes may stand on the Olympic podium in London.

Oz may struggle after Gabba no-show

Truth to tell, Australia may struggle to win back the Ashes. They may be playing at home but, if they can’t win at the Gabba where they usually exploit the pace and bounce well, they may not be able t

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