The moment has passed. That ship sailed a long time ago.

These are some of the most spirit crushing words. There is the finality of the grave in them. Whatever it is that you fancied yourself at, you will not to be able to make the cut and have to shift focus to staying alive, making a living doing something else.

You get the drift. Pravin Vijay Tambe does not. And, thank Rahul Dravid that he does not either. 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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When Sachin Tendulkar scored that elusive century in the Asia Cup tie against Bangladesh in March, amidst the celebrations for the milestone of 100 international tons, the big question was whether it was time for the master batsman to retire from limited overs cricket. Read more

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Just when one thought Ricky Ponting was secure in the Australia set-up, the selectors have struck, axing him from the one-day team. After the batting great stepped down as skipper, in the wake of the World Cup quarterfinal defeat against India last year, many felt the Australian selectors would strike as the combative but ageing star struggled to stitch together a Test century. 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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The Indian players surely can’t wait for the England Test series to end. Torn by fitness woes, poor form, low standards of performance and hammered by a relentless England, there has been no place to hide for the batsmen or bowlers. The players, the team management and the cricket board have all been rightly pilloried. Read more

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