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Suresh Menon Columns Date: 2/6/2015 - 2/6/2016
The genuinely ambidextrous bowler
Jan 25, 2016
There are too many adjustments that a bowler has to make - from getting his feet, his trunk, head, eyes in alignment - to suddenly be able to do all that with the other side of the body.
You don't have to be crazy to be a scorer, but it helps.
Jan 19, 2016
Today scorers might work on computers, there is software for calculations, and statistics are literally at their finger tips. But the passion is the same. As they say of goalkeepers in soccer, you don't have to be crazy to be one, but it helps.
Ashwin rediscovers the joy of bowling off spin
Dec 03, 2015
Against South Africa, the new Ashwin is less hurried, less prone to experimentation, less gimmicky, more confident, more focused on laying traps than taking unthinking potshots.
Kohli-Dhoni captaincy split - A return to an earlier fashion
Oct 06, 2015
What is not a good argument against split captaincy is the typically Indian one: that it confuses the players who have to deal with different captaincy styles and temperaments and might lead to two power centres in the team.
All about the box
Sep 16, 2015
No item of sporting equipment arouses such mirth; even hardened veterans of the international circuit can barely conceal a smile when a batsman is hit in the box. It is an occasion that brings out the inner schoolboy in players and spectators.
The Ashes will endure
Aug 17, 2015
How relevant is the Ashes today? Players from England and Australia might see it as the biggest challenge in their careers, be moved by its history and its association with burgeoning self-worth (the Test which gave birth to the Ashes legend saw Australiaaâ?s first win in England).
BCCI should ensure that the game gains credibility
Jul 28, 2015
The IPL might lose money, but that's a small price to pay to ensure that it gains some credibility. By attempting to rescue the teams, keep the players happy and satisfy a handful of individuals, the BCCI might lose both money and credibility.
Kohli will develop his full potential as Captain
Jun 16, 2015
Virat Kohli, younger than Dhoni by seven years, is not yet tactically sound but has two important things going for him. A positive attitude and enormous self-belief. Not since Tiger Pataudi has an Indian captain been willing to risk defeat in the pursuit of victory like Kohli in the Adelaide Test against Australia.
New-age new-look India team under positive leader
Jun 16, 2015
Increasingly it is beginning to look like India will have to play a different set of players in the subcontinent and away from it. In batting, the likes of Shikhar Dhawan might keep a more correct player like K L Rahul out of the eleven for the moment, but once the team travels, Rahul will become the first choice.
Awaiting the results of spot-fixing inquiry and Lodha Committee report
Jun 02, 2015
The on-field action in the IPL is over, but the off-field activities continue. Unfortunately, off field, the IPL isn't quite as attractive. There is the business of spot fixing, for instance.
Pietersen could still make a comeback
Jun 02, 2015
Now that the national elections are over, England can debate the real issue of the day: will Kevin Pietersen be allowed to play for England again? He is fit and in form. He made two first-class centuries after it was suggested by the board president that he should get runs and selection would follow.
A whole lot of 'ifs' for Chanderpaul
May 11, 2015
If his form improves, if he scores another 46 runs, if he is picked to play for the West Indies again, and if the Australian bowlers allow him to score, Shivnarine Chanderpaul would become the highest-scoring West Indies batsman in Test cricket.
West Indies show class and character to defeat England
May 05, 2015
There is something about watching the West Indies win a Test match that is heart-warming. It brings a cheer to those of us who grew up in the years that team was not just the best in the world, but the most exciting to watch too.
Richie Benaud's was a significant voice in cricket
Apr 20, 2015
Richie Benaud's later reputation as a television commentator might have overshadowed his enormous skill and success as a leg spinner in the highest class, a quick-scoring batsman and one of the finest captains in the game.
The Unquiet Ones - Triumph and tragedy of Pakistan cricket
Apr 20, 2015
Izzat is a concept crucial to Pakistan's cricket and the Pakistani polity itself. 'The Unquiet Ones' is one of the most significant books to emerge from the subcontinent; as much for what it tells us as for the way it tells it. There is passion here, knowledge, and a wonderful lightness of touch.
Where does the 50-over game go from here?
Apr 12, 2015
The one-day international is still a batsmannâ?s game â? if anything, the World Cup merely reasserted that â? but one way to counter the big hitting is by claiming wickets. It is not a coincidence that the player of the World Cup was a bowler, Mitchell Starc, the one who virtually ended the final in the first over by dismissing McCullum.
World Cup needs more teams, not less.
Mar 30, 2015
As a monopoly develops, however, there is even more need for a counter. More teams. More encouragement to associate members. Sri Lanka played their first World Cup in 1975. Twenty one years later they were champions.
Indian commentators need lightness of touch
Mar 19, 2015
The grammar and language of one-day cricket are changing â? but you wouldnnâ?t know that from our commentators. We have world class players, officials who run the world game, a captain who is defending a title won four years ago.
Let the ODI remain a batsman's game
Mar 09, 2015
Authorities must resist the call to refigure the bat, make its edges less meaty and so on. Cricket is lucky in that it has three formats at the international level, with a World Cup in two of them. Each of the formats has its own texture, its own flow, and to interfere with that is unnecessary.
What makes a good ODI captain?
Feb 16, 2015
While often the best player in a Test XI is not the captain, in ODI, the best batsman tends to be. Hence the vote of confidence in players such as Dhoni, A B de Villiers, Eoin Morgan, George Bailey, Brendon McCullum, Angelo Matthews â? the most dangerous batsmen in their respective teams.
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