Vishal Menon

Articles By Vishal Menon

India vs South Africa: Batting-order flexibility holds 2020 key

India are scheduled to play 26 T20s till October 2020. The selectors and the think tank will use these games to try out the candidates.

Virat wiser after his Dhoni tweet causes social media meltdown, says the keeper remains part of the team

Kohli tweeted a picture of himself with MS Dhoni in the foreground from the India-Australia World T20 fixture played in Mohali three years ago which kicked up intense speculation over Dhoni’s future.

India vs South Africa: Unequal music

While South Africa are a team in flux, hosts India have been an irresistible force across formats

‘If he does well, the world opens up for him, if he doesn’t, then move on’

The India ODI team vice-captain was handed this lifeline after KL Rahul was axed following indifferent form, having gone without a half-century in 12 Test innings.

Mother’s pride: A ton of joy for Hanuma Vihari and family

As Vihari continued to amass runs on the domestic circuit, the success didn't alter his personality.

Kargil war veteran’s son could be India’s next shining star

At 18, Dhruv, a wicket-keeper and top-order batsman, will lead India in the U-19 Youth Asia Cup in Colombo next month.

It’s Rishab Pant vs KL Rahul again as India take on West Indies in ODIs

The wicketkeeper batsman might have sealed India's win with a six, but not the No.4 spot in one-dayers.

Ace of Pace: Navdeep Saini is Indian cricket’s latest bullet train

A wiry Navdeep Saini once forced local batsmen to strap on abdomen guards, channelling his whippy tennis-ball bowling action to strike terror in faint hearts. Now the 26-year-old paceman, who makes his debut in the Caribbean, has bulked up to sustain the 150 kph assault. The Indian Express travels to Saini’s village, returning with tales of Indian cricket’s latest bullet train.

Test that may not crown the best

World Test championship expected to re-energise five-day game but format doesn't guarantee best team will emerge the winner.

World Cup 2019: India’s No. 4 trial and 12 errors

Two years, 12 No. 4s. India’s manic experimenting with the crucial spot in the batting order barely bore fruit. After constant changing, India’s World Cup campaign ended with 9-match-old Rishabh Pant walking in at that position. Vishal Menon and Shamik Chakrabarty chronicle a tragedy foretold.

Rohit Sharma: Slow and shrewd wins the race

ICC World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma scored his slowest ODI ton in the game against SA but it was a masterclass in blunting an attack.

World Cup 2019 Preview: Aussies versus sly Afghan spinners

Rashid, Mujeeb and Nabi will serve a stern test to the defending champions’ marauding stroke-players.

Jimmy Neesham’s Twitter is refreshing change from sanitised social media profiles of cricketers

Jimmy Neesham is back with the Black Caps after 18 months but Vishal Menon insists the chirpy tweeter, with a hot take on anything under the sun, was never gone. From taking swipes at Donald Trump to slog-sweeping trolls to all parts of the ground, Neesham is a refreshing change from the sanitised social media profiles of most cricketers

Afghanistan spin duo: Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi

Every team has a player who sums up its key characteristics and central philosophy. Afghanistan has two, the spin twins of Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi

How India’s World Cup-bound stars fared in the IPL

Tushar Bhaduri & Vishal Menon run the rule on WC-bound Indian batsmen to gauge their actual form from their IPL stats and find out the state of their game.

ICC World Cup 2019: Afghanistan not just plucky losers now

Naib's team heads to the English shores not as underdogs, but as unfancied outsiders who have the confidence to compete with the best. Ahmadzai, who has seen his team's growth from close quarters, will attest.

Hardik Pandyamonium: Back foot outside off, mighty swing… another six over deep mid-wicket

IPL 2019: Hardik Pandya’s stance helps him bring his preferred deep mid-wicket region into play.

IPL 2019: Delhi Capitals go top of the table, and into the playoffs

Delhi were electric in the field, and two spectacular catches by Axar Patel and Shikhar Dhawan also played a part.

IPL 2019, DC vs KXIP: Delhi Capitals overcome nerves to cross finish line

When Delhi required six runs from the final over, thoughts of another Super Over, like the one they had played out against Kolkata, would surely have crossed Ponting’s mind.

IPL 2019, DC vs MI: Bitter home truth for Delhi Capitals

IPL 2019: Delhi Capitals stumble to their third defeat at Feroz Shah Kotla, yet again undone by the opposition spinners, this time against Mumbai Indians.