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India vs Pakistan, ICC Champions Trophy Final: The two team’s angles of deception
Sun, Jun 18, 2017

With an assortment of fast bowlers with various methods in both sides, The Indian Express peeps into what angles they'd probe to get the upper hand in the final.

ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Hasan Ali, floats and stings
Thu, Jun 15, 2017

Hasan Ali bristles in to bowl the 17th over, with a soothing breeze of an action. To use him late, that’s in the middle overs where spinners are the norm for subcontinental sides, is a well-devised strategy.

India vs Sri Lanka, ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Lasith Malinga the ‘Slinger’s slope’
Thu, Jun 08, 2017

Ravaged by injuries, climbing age and consequent loss of pace, sharpness and fitness, Lasith Malinga is not as lethal an entity as he once was. The yorkers, his biggest weapon, that has gone nearly invisible since his comeback from an injury lay-off.

Ramachandra Guha’s letter against the gods of cricket is a lament in helplessness
Fri, Jun 02, 2017

The culture of deification is deeply entrenched in our psyche.

Gautam Gambhir: Kolkata’s Raging Knight Rider
Sun, May 21, 2017

If Kolkata Knight Riders are a big family, then Gautam Gambhir, is the invulnerable patriarch.

Wonderkid Washington Sundar hitting the right notes
Thu, May 18, 2017

Father says young Washington Sundar has often shown maturity and courage beyond his years.

IPL 2017: Heard what the pacers are doing this IPL… Knuckle cracking
Sun, May 14, 2017

It starts from the hand like a juicy half-volley begging to be hit out of the park. But mid-flight, just as the batsman is clearing his front leg, the knuckleball begins to wobble and dip alarmingly.

IPL 2017, GL vs KXIP: Hashim Amla continues to score freely as Punjab prevail over Gujarat
Mon, Apr 24, 2017

Hashim Amla’s 40-ball 65 sets the stage for a 26-run victory for Kings XI Punjab against Gujarat Lions in Rajkot

It’s a big mistake if you start counting your longest innings as your best: Cheteshwar Pujara
Tue, Apr 04, 2017

Cheteshwar Pujara, India’s most consistent batsman this season, rates his 92 in Bangalore above his double hundred in Ranchi.

India-Australia series in four frames
Thu, Mar 30, 2017

It might not have been as insanely high quality as the 2001 series but the just-concluded affair threw up lots of drama, controversy and spine-tingling stuff.

India vs Australia: R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja playing on a loop
Wed, Mar 22, 2017

Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja’s workload this home season has been monumental. How India will ease their burden remains to be seen

With homespun technique, stubborn Peter Handscomb comes of age
Tue, Mar 21, 2017

The right-handed batsman came to bat in the first session and stayed for the entire day saving his side from a precarious position.

India vs Australia: Australia stonewall, block by block
Tue, Mar 21, 2017

Peter Handscomb & Shaun Marsh’s 62.1-over partnership for the fifth wicket helps visitors hold out after being reduced to 63/4 before lunch

India vs Australia: For Wriddhiman Saha, a knock to remember
Mon, Mar 20, 2017

While he might not be the most gifted batsman, Wriddhiman Saha certainly transcends the limitations of his batting.

India vs Australia: A partnership that turned the tables
Mon, Mar 20, 2017

Cheteshwar Pujara’s patient double and Wriddhiman Saha’s hundred deflate Australia; Ravindra Jadeja’s twin strikes in fading light put India on course

India vs Australia: In the heat of the battle, bad blood spills over
Sun, Mar 19, 2017

Steve Smith and Virat Kohli had allayed any sense of tensions prior to the third Test but they were clearly visible on the third day.

Cheteshwar Pujara: Running successfully all over India
Sun, Mar 19, 2017

Cheteshwar Pujara scores 4th century of home season — 130 not out — to keep India afloat; hosts trail Australia by 91 with four wickets left

India vs Australia: KL Rahul-Murali Vijay partnership shows glimpses of a bright future
Sat, Mar 18, 2017

An opening stand worth 91-runs between KL Rahul and Murali Vijay was their highest partnership in this series against Australia.

India vs Australia: Ravindra Jadeja provides silver lining
Sat, Mar 18, 2017

This home season has featured an organic evolution in Ravindra Jadeja's bowling — not aesthetically — but in terms of skill and thought.

India vs Australia: Steve Smith dissipates surface tension
Fri, Mar 17, 2017

On the best batting pitch of the series, the visiting skipper hits an unbeaten hundred, adds 159* runs with Maxwell to make it Australia’s day in Ranchi

India vs Australia: In captain Virat Kohli’s absence, India look half the team
Fri, Mar 17, 2017

R Sridhar said that in Virat Kohli’s absence, Ajinkya Rahane kept the energy well as he made sure he communicated well with the bowlers.

India vs Australia: For once in his stop-start Test career, Glenn Maxwell looks the part
Fri, Mar 17, 2017

At times, especially when he came down the track, Maxwell looked more certain than the centurion skipper himself.

India vs Australia: Pat Cummins eager to prove he’s no one-Test wonder
Thu, Mar 16, 2017

Ind vs Aus: Even Pat Cummins has lost count of the number of times his body was subjected to the surgeon’s scalpel.

India vs Australia: Both teams pick up from where they left off
Thu, Mar 16, 2017

Despite Virat Kohli and Steve Smith insisting on ‘moving on’ from Bangalore, there was enough evidence in their pre-Test pressers to suggest sparks would fly in Ranchi.

Umesh Yadav no more a scattershot bowler, he’s built laser-guided precision
Wed, Mar 15, 2017

Umesh Yadav, perceptibly, is bowling better than at any stage of his career, and in Pune he registered his second best figures in an innings.

India vs Australia: Doctor Pitch prepares three wickets for third Test in Ranchi
Thu, Mar 16, 2017

Ranchi’s PhD scholar-curator SB Singh gives no clue how the wicket will behave — or which surface on the central square will be used for the third Test

India vs Australia: Nathan Lyon keeps his fingers crossed
Thu, Mar 16, 2017

Australia fret over the fitness of their frontline spinner, who suffered a finger injury in the Bangalore Test.

Wanted: Specialist short-leg fielder for the Indian cricket team
Sun, Mar 12, 2017

Indian cricket team has been struggling to find a specialist fielder for short-leg position in Test cricket.

Cracking The IPL Code
Wed, Feb 22, 2017

For IPL franchises, market considerations are as important as talent

IPL 2017 Player Auction: Home pick Thangarasu Natarajan is son of daily-wager, tea-stall owner
Tue, Feb 21, 2017

Kings XI Punjab shelled out Rs 3 crore for T Natarajan at IPL auction, making him the second most expensive domestic pick.

There exist fascinating parallels between Virat Kohli and Steve Waugh
Sun, Feb 19, 2017

Virat Kohli might be few Test series wins abroad short of being likened to Steve Waugh, but he's moulding his team to look like the Australia’s Untouchables.

Still, I Rise
Wed, Feb 01, 2017

Despite racism and constant criticism, Serena Williams is US’s greatest sporting icon.

India vs England, 1st T20I: Full-length a no-fly-zone for Hardik Pandya
Thu, Jan 26, 2017

Hardik Pandya in the bowling department conforms to the old-fashioned values of discipline and accuracy, bowling within his limitations.

The anonymous pace-setters of Gujarat’s Ranji Trophy triumph
Tue, Jan 17, 2017

While the Ranji champions’ batsmen walked away with most of the laurels, a pair of fast-bowling all-rounders too proved influential.

Ranji Trophy: Gujarat lions defy odds to beat 41-time champs Mumbai
Sun, Jan 15, 2017

The urge is to call this a fairytale. It is not. If you’d been following them, you could have noticed them unfurling like a slow-breaking wave.

In Ranji Trophy final, Parthiv Patel plays most important knock of his life
Sun, Jan 15, 2017

On Saturday, Parthiv Patel scarcely played a stroke that merited company or comparison with VVS Laxman’s canvas of melting strokes.