Sriram Veera

Articles By Sriram Veera

India vs Australia: Filling in the ranks for the World Cup

For a team that hasn't lost an ODI series since 2015, there is a general consensus on the playing XI for the World Cup's opening game.

Wasim Jaffer: India’s Mr Cricket and king of the domestic 22 yards

For 22 years now, Wasim Jaffer has virtually owned domestic cricket’s 22-yards. His Test career, though, was short and underwhelming. The Indian Express caught up with the batsman after Vidarbha’s Ranji Trophy-winning campaign and found a man at peace with himself.

India vs New Zealand: How Trent Boult got his swing back

Rohit Sharma, debutant Shubman Gill, Shikhar Dhawan, Kedar Jadhav and Hardik Pandya would not have seen those seven kinks on Thursday as they have been long buried by Trent Boult.

Ranji Trophy Semifinal: Pujara calms Jackson’s exuberance as Saurashtra book final berth

With constant mentoring from Pujara, Jackson walked the path of abstinence: he shelved away his attacking shots, stubbed out the urge to do anything extravagant, and played percentage cricket.

Ranji Trophy: Cheteshwar Pujara perseveres to bring Saurashtra within touching distance

Cheteshwar Pujara couldn’t have found a better man to put a 200-run partnership and turn the game on its head. Now the Ranji final is just 55 runs away.

Keeping calm and carrying on: The cricketing journey of Rishabh Pant

His quick wit picked up by stump mics has earned Rishabh Pant a fan-following as much as his fearless batting. But before he became a household name, India’s latest star lived with the ‘outsider’ tag.

Ranji Trophy: Shreyas Gopal toughs it out, takes Karnataka’s lead to 276

This second-innings fifty must rate as one of his best moments for the state. On a wearing pitch, after all the specialist batsmen had gone, Shreyas Gopal took responsibility and guided the lower order and took a well-earned dip in the swimming pool in the evening.

Ranji Trophy: Ronit More pushes Karnataka closer to first-innings lead against Saurashtra

On Day 2, just when it seemed Saurashtra had weathered the early storm from Ronit More, they lost wickets in a clutch in the last session slipping from 223 for 4 to 227 for 7.

Ranji Trophy, Karnataka vs Saurashtra: With a 4-wicket burst, Jaydev Unadkat shows there’s more to him than cutters

On Thursday, on a damp pitch, the Saurashtra left-armer Jaydev Unadkat harassed the Karnataka top order by seaming the ball around.

Ranji Trophy: Karnataka’s past record tilts balance in Saurashtra’s favour

All the other good signs that a coach likes to see in a team are present. It isn’t dependent on one or two players but there have been a clutch of good performances - be it in the bowling or batting.

What Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul’s comments say about Indian cricket

Hardik Pandya and K L Rahul’s comments on Koffee With Karan, which led to them being suspended and called home from Australia, gives a peek into Indian cricket, its young players and the ecosystem of stardom, glamour and big bucks.

Ravi Shastri: Tracing the bullet

Ravi Shastri, who is forever frozen in adolescence, seems to enjoy the feeling of fighting the world and succeeding against all odds.

Ramakant Achrekar (1932-2019): Man who romanticised Mumbai’s maidans

His relationship with Tendulkar in itself offers a glimpse into the world of Achrekar. Once he realised the talent and passion of the curly-haired kid, he immersed Tendulkar into his dreamy cricket bubble.

India vs Australia: Speed, precision and skill mark pace attack’s coming-of-age performance

The pitch in Adelaide wasn’t conducive for such adrenalin-pumping acts, but the soul of Indian bowling unit doesn’t ooze menace; it’s subtler. Unsurprising, when India’s pace history is considered

India vs Australia: Despite the brain fade, Rohit Sharma should be persisted with

Rohit Sharma has rarely looked so secure in his defense in Tests in the past as he did at Adelaide, and his strokes didn’t have a whiff of desperation.

ICC Women World T20: Indian women go swinging for the fences

The biggest evolutionary leap in Indian women’s cricket dwells in their technique, best embodied by Harmanpreet’s bat swing.

Australia vs India: Australia’s short and simple mantra

Nathan Coulter-Nile promises chin music at the Indian batsmen, Rohit assures they wouldn’t be hopping around

Is Ravi Shastri a ‘yes man’? No, says Virat Kohli

A day before India left for an all-important tour of Australia, which could determine the future of the team-management if not the team, Virat Kohli was asked the Ravi Shastri question.

Ranji Trophy: No sword dance, but runs flow from Ravindra Jadeja blade

First Ravindra Jadeja took four wickets to bowl out Railways for 200 before he revived Saurashtra, who were 128 for 6 at one stage, to end the day on 344 for 8.

Mike Drop

The Indian Express caught up with Michael Holding and discovered that, behind the epithet Whispering Death, was a charming raconteur — and a Momma’s boy