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How Kuldeep ended up on the other side of the promised land

How Kuldeep ended up on the other side of the promised land

There are not many chinamen bowlers in the history of cricket so when Kuldeep Yadav burst onto the international scene with four wickets against Australia in the first innings in 2017, he looked set to follow in the footsteps of many Indian spinning wizards of the past — even though different in sty...

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Bharat Ratna lets 'Bharat' down

Bharat Ratna lets 'Bharat' down

By tweeting seemingly at the behest of the government, Sachin Tendulkar has disappointed millions of his fans both in India and outside the country and there are no two ways about it. Fans the majority of whom live in Indian villages and work the land for a living, and who worshipped him like g...

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India need to be careful to avoid Australia fate

India need to be careful to avoid Australia fate

The likers and dislikers of Team India both clapped their hands in unison as the visitors stunned Australia in their own den for a historic 2-1 series win earlier this month. It was indeed a great series win, probably India’s greatest in Test cricket to date. However, rhapsodies and eulogies ne...

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No need to demonise the Aussies, they too played their part in the historic series

No need to demonise the Aussies, they too played their part  in the historic series

Cricket fans barring the Aussie ones are in a state of euphoria following India’s historic chase at the Gabba that condemned the hosts to their first defeat at one of the most venerable venues down under in 32 years.Does anyone remember what the talking point was at the start of the tour during the ...

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Thangarasu Natarajan: From dusty fields in Salem to Gabba high

Thangarasu Natarajan: From dusty fields in Salem to Gabba high

New Delhi: Pace bowler T Natarajan had all odds stacked against him growing up. His family, led by father who toiled for daily wages and mother who ran a roadside shack, had little money and his house had no TV on which he could watch cricket and pick his initial lessons. But there was one thing he ...

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Pujara is guilty on two counts!

Pujara is guilty on two counts!

Fans have reconciled to the idea that Cheteshwar Pujara will be a slow batsman even in Test cricket. That he will scoff delivery after delivery unperturbed. Yes, no problem with that as long as he keeps on contributing in a significant way.That’s the condition and it’s non-negotiable. Why? Because t...

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Captain Calm: The importance of grooming Rahane

Captain Calm: The importance of grooming Rahane

Shane Warne predicted that Australia would walk all over India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. He was not in a club of one. The Boxing Day match was scheduled for a few days after India had collapsed to their lowest Test total ever. The historic ignominy and its likely impact on team morale, compou...

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The clock starts ticking for Ajinkya Rahane

The clock starts ticking for Ajinkya Rahane

Virat Kohli’s fans are not the only ones who are celebrating the India captain’s imminent parenthood.Ajinkya Rahane is another one as Kohli going on paternity leave after the first Test means he gets to captain India in three remaining matches of the all-important series.What could be a better oppor...

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How long will BCCI tolerate Ravi Shastri?

How long will BCCI tolerate Ravi Shastri?

The Adelaide Test is over just like that with an embarrassing eight-wicket defeat for India. From being in a dominant position at the end of Day 2, India’s world came crashing down this past Saturday as the team found itself reeling surreally at 36/9 — in what was their worst-ever batting performanc...

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In search of 20 wickets, can Kohli be brave and businesslike?

In search of 20 wickets, can Kohli be brave and businesslike?

Team selection is a big headache for India ahead of the first Test starting Thursday: especially whether to go in with five specialist bowlers or their age-old strategy of seven batsmen and four bowlers.Before India decide on the final XI, they need to decide fast what they want from the series: win...

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