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Hanuma Vihari, the new No.3, is part-Dravid and part-Pujara yet his own man
Sat, Mar 12, 2022

In the current batting line-up, the 28-year-old will have to outgrow the utility-man role and aim to fill the big shoes.

Aid for spinners or assistance for seamers? What will the pink-ball Test in Bengaluru offer bowlers
Fri, Mar 11, 2022

The 2nd Test between India and Sri Lanka, a Day-Night affair in Bengaluru, will challenge players in ways the red-ball Test in Mohali didn’t

For the first time in 49 Tests, Kohli’s Test average drops below 50
Sun, Mar 13, 2022

Kohli's Test average has now slipped below 50 for the first time since August 2017.

Like Tendulkar’s hundredth 100, the wait for Virat Kohli’s 71st is turning into a national obsession
Wed, Mar 09, 2022

Can Virat Kohli indeed endure this phase and rediscover his one-century in seven innings gold standard?

Shane Warne: Cricket’s Maradona, bowling’s Bradman, ultimate magician and a flawed genius
Sat, Mar 05, 2022

Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne was found dead in his hotel room at Koh Samui in Thailand of a suspected heart attack. He was 52.

Virat Kohli: A cricketer for our times
Fri, Mar 04, 2022

Sandip G writes: Assertive, fearless and ruthless, Kohli challenged and changed our definition of a sporting hero

Long Read: Once feared and admired, Sri Lanka are now a pale of shadow of their former selves
Wed, Mar 02, 2022

Like India and Pakistan, cricket offered Sri Lankans a refuge of warmth and comfort away from trouble and turmoil.

Why Indian cricket still needs Ishant Sharma
Wed, Feb 23, 2022

From 2016 to 2021, in 33 Tests, Ishant Sharma averaged just 25.3, as against 41 before that. He is an anthology of career lessons for the new generation.

At 16, India’s big chess hope scales first peak, beats his own hero and World No 1 Magnus Carlsen
Thu, Feb 24, 2022

Aggressive from the start, he pushed Carlsen onto the back foot but missed a glorious chance to kill the game in the middle stage. But he regained his wits and bounced back, piling relentless pressure on Carlsen, who cracked and blundered.

IPL auction: Livingstone, David & Odean Smith among big-hitting finishers who enjoy profitable day
Tue, Feb 15, 2022

The overseas, six-happy finishers were the flavour on Sunday. If they happen to possess a second skill, their stocks would just shoot through the roof.

Ishan Kishan, Deepak Chahar, Wanindu Hasaranga: IPL auction’s multi-tasking multi-millionaires
Sun, Feb 13, 2022

The debilitating moment of the day would be the fall of Edmeades, while the most surprising of purchases would be that of Hasaranga. The amount he elicited was unprecedented, though he’s a perfect purchase from the perspective of franchises.

Rishabh Pant experiment doesn’t come off, but step in right direction
Fri, Feb 11, 2022

“People will be happy seeing Rishabh open then, but yeah it is not permanent. We will get Shikhar back in the next game. We want to try a few things with the long term in the mind,” Rohit Sharma said.

What Hardik at his best, and his possible alternatives, bring to the table
Wed, Feb 09, 2022

Pandya is like a lab-designed multitasking specimen of a cricketer, but for a body that wilts in the cauldron of international cricket.

Long Read: India’s 1000 one-dayers, one decade at a time
Sun, Feb 06, 2022

From the baby steps in the 70s, the leap in the 80s, the one-man show of the 90s, and going from almost to actual world beaters... India's evolution in ODIs proves that they are indispensable for the format’s survival.

Long Read: Avesh Khan and the maza of bowling fast
Sun, Jan 30, 2022

The latest entrant to India's fast bowling brigade is a 25-year-old who likes to bowl fast and gets a kick out of it. His journey to the top, though, was anything but fast. Financial crisis, injuries and lack of opportunities had bedevilled him in the past, but like true fast bowlers, he was no quitter and leapt over them to find recognition.

Padma Shri at 93, kalari ace says will teach ‘as long as I am alive’
Fri, Jan 28, 2022

🔴 “I am obviously glad that the Government has recognised me. But it’s not the end. I will continue teaching students as long as I am alive. It’s my duty,” he says, in a soft but clear voice.

Virat Kohli proves rumours of him losing intensity are greatly exaggerated
Mon, Jan 24, 2022

Relinquishing captaincy has not doused the fire of ambition in him—not even in ODIs, the only format wherein captaincy was stripped off him.

In Rishabh Pant’s 85 off 71 balls a glimpse of his destructivity and self destructiveness
Sat, Jan 22, 2022

Wicketkeeper Pant was dismissed in the 33rd over whenTeam India needed him to bat deeper into the innings

Shikhar Dhawan proves his resilience & resourcefulness… yet again
Thu, Jan 20, 2022

Shikhar Dhawan came back as though he had never been away; as though he had always been there, like an invisible shadow.

Passion, Skill, Attitude – South Africa rise again
Mon, Jan 17, 2022

Series win over India could be the making of new-look Proteas, who would be tough to beat in ODIs too.

Captain Kohli made the team in his image
Sun, Jan 16, 2022

His energy & fire is what made him distinct & most successful among Indian skippers.

Century-maker Rishabh Pant stays true to his natural game at Newlands
Fri, Jan 14, 2022

After being criticised for a rash stroke in the second Test, wicketkeeper makes 100 not out in a team total of 198.

Petersen skill & grit prompts hope he could be another SA trailblazer
Thu, Jan 13, 2022

For much of this torturous series for batsmen, on both sides, Petersen has been South Africa’s best batsman.

Rabada vs Kohli duel brings back memories of the classic Tendulkar vs Steyn face-off
Wed, Jan 12, 2022

The titanic battle between Rabada and Kohli would eclipse other memories of the series, and would be retold and re-retold multiple times in future.

IND vs SA 3rd Test: Victory at Cape Town could define Kohli captaincy era
Tue, Jan 11, 2022

South Africa rarely lose at Newlands, but India has made a habit of breaching citadels.