Although their fans and media always stoke the rivalry, India and Pakistan players always show a healthy respect to each other. With most of them speaking the same language, sledging is almost unknown despite the intense pressure they play their games under. They at best rib each other on the field in a language both sets of players understand. Read more

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The lament about how Test cricket is on a rapid decline and that it will be dumped very soon is something we hear on a daily basis. Cricket bosses point to declining spectators for the five-day matches and worry that young fans are keener to watch one-day and Twenty20 matches. Read more

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Turning tracks have been the running theme of England’s tour of India thus far. And by the looks of it, most of their batsmen don’t just have technical problems facing up to India’s spinners on slow pitches, they have so far struggled to mentally tune themselves to stay patient. Read more

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Unlike his usual uneventful run, there is a flurry of activity and much excitement in the current domestic season, which will hit top gear when the Ranji Trophy tournament kicks off on Friday. Normally shunned by our India players, who are either busy turning out for the country or enjoying a break before plunging into action afresh, many of them are this time are hoping to iron out their flaws before the England Test series kicks off mid November. Read more

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We are in the middle of a Twenty20 run. The World T20 has just concluded in Sri Lanka and the Champions League Twenty20 tournament featuring the leading clubs is currently on in South Africa. Read more

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Over a year ago, there was hue and cry over the International Cricket Council’s decision to trim the One-day World Cup from 14 to ten teams to reduce the meaningless matches. Read more

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The big question going into the New Zealand Test series was whether India’s middle-order batting, having lost the services of Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman, can deliver. Although the Kiwis were not expected to challenge the hosts on their home turf, India still had a lot of work to do to demonstrate that they were on the road to recover after the battering in Australia that led to the two retirements in the first place. Read more

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Traditionally, the more the two teams have stayed away from the field, the fondness for India-Pakistan bilateral cricket has grown. Read more

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As the Indian Premier League gears up to complete five years, the one aspect that has worked smoothly has been logistics. Despite having to criss-cross the vast country in the middle of summer vacations, there has hardly been a murmur of protest or complaint by any franchise or player about the air travel arrangements or stay. Pretty much everything else has faced problems and triggered huge controversies. Read more

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The Indian team in Australia has resembled a crumbling edifice and a second successive 4-0 overseas Test series rout looms large, barring a miracle with three days left. Read more

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