Sandeep Dwivedi grew up in a house that overlooked the ground where an 8-year old Cheteshwar Pujara learnt to bat from his cricket-tragic father. He witnessed the baby steps taken by India’s No.3, closely followed his rise up the ranks and has watched him bat around the world.
India cricket team may not yet have delivered fully on the promise it has shown in Tests, but the same factors working against it in the longer version could prove to be its advantages in the 50-over big event. In track and field, Neeraj Chopra is the talent to look out for.
18 years after an extortion probe and a tapped phone led them to Hansie Cronje and one of cricket’s biggest match-fixing scandals, Indian authorities may finally lay hands on the bookie at the centre of it all.
IPL matches are dragging into the yawning nights. Just as England is floating yet another shorter format - 100 balls a side, with two halves. Will India diss it and then start to dig it, like it did T20?