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Suresh Menon Columns Date: 8/29/2013 - 8/29/2014
Why is Dhoni scared of change?
Aug 27, 2014
There seem to be no clear lines of authority. From Dhoni's statement, one presumes that Shastri is the overseer, Fletcher the boss - and Dhoni himself the super boss.
India's pathetic showing in England
Aug 19, 2014
There is nothing you cannot say about the 2014 disaster that was not said after the 2011 disaster. We blamed the openers then, the middle order, the lack of sting in the bowling, the poor preparation, the excessive focus on the IPL to the exclusion of most other things.
The odd series win at home does not compensate for the many losses abroad
Aug 11, 2014
Since July 2011, India have played 16 Tests abroad, and lost 12, all but one under the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. This is a miserable record for Indiaaâ?s most successful captain.
New look Indian team holds out great promise
Jul 22, 2014
The new look Indian team holds out great promise. There is an energy and self-belief that is remarkable. That India won without a major contribution from their two best batsmen, Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara bodes well too.
For India, First Test syndrome laid to rest
Jul 15, 2014
For the first time in years, India did not lose the first Test of an away series. But this flat track might come to haunt England should India, emboldened by their performance, come strongly at them in the rest of the series. I
For Chanderpaul, complacency was never part of the make-up
Jun 23, 2014
In an age when the focus has been on the flashy player, the big hitter, the PR-soaked personality, Chanderpaul has been the exception to the rule.
Can Pujara become the next Dravid in one-day cricket?
Jun 17, 2014
The Dravid role in the current team seems to be written for Cheteswar Pujara. There is the same obsession with occupation of the crease, the same focus on Test cricket, the same understanding of the importance of the anchor in the middle order.
The paymaster tells the piper what tune to play
Jun 09, 2014
If in the case of Project Snow, Australia and England threatened to break away because of the perceived power of the subcontinent, now the real power of the subcontinent has ensured they stay within the fold.
Scores of 200 no longer safe in Twenty20
Jun 07, 2014
One of the most depressing sights at the IPL is Steyn being treated like a journeyman by batsmen fully aware the ball will not do much, the pitch is a batting beauty, the boundaries are short and mishits can carry for six.
Modern cricket has lost its innocence
May 20, 2014
Modern cricket has lost its innocence. If a towel in the trousers was for long seen as the symbol that a fix was on, Lou Vincent has given us a few more signals. The colour of bat handles is one.
IPL and the changing grammar of cricket
May 12, 2014
Part of the charm of cricket, nay, sport itself, lies in the variety of figures and the relationships that runs scored or wickets taken or goals missed can give rise to.
In Cheshire League, 10 ducks in a row
May 05, 2014
What is the worst thing that can happen to you on a cricket field? Injury apart, for a batsman I would imagine it is being run out without facing a ball.
BCCI should embrace cricket for the blind
Apr 28, 2014
Just as the Women's Cricket Association was placed on a higher level once the BCCI took over, so will blind cricket in India. Across the border, that is the arrangement; the Pakistan Cricket Board is the governing body of its blind cricketers too.
Yuvraj has an off day of stunning proportions
Apr 08, 2014
Gone was the arrogance of his batsmanship, the power of his strokeplay, the cheekiness of his shot-making. It was like listening to a Beatles melody being played at the wrong speed.
Gavaskar will have to look beyond his nose
Apr 02, 2014
Gavaskar has the personality and the knowledge of the byways of BCCI politics to turn things around. But not speaking up against the Board is a habit of a lifetime he will have to overcome.
Amit Mishra ready for a permanent place in the Test team
Mar 26, 2014
Wickets in T20 matches may not necessarily be the natural steps towards a permanent place in the Test team. But Mishra has made a case for taking another serious look at him, with a plea for past prejudices to be kept aside.
Sangawardene - Efficiency and Style
Mar 20, 2014
Somehow 'Sangawardene' sounds right, conjuring up a relationship where it is difficult to separate the two great batsmen who have been friends from their schooldays, led Sri Lanka, and made over ten thousand runs each in two forms of the game.
Graeme Smith was forthright, uncompromising, unsubtle.
Mar 06, 2014
The post-Graeme Pollock South Africa, better described as post-Apartheid, produced players who were efficient rather than artistic, practical rather than flamboyant, and none symbolised this more than Smith who finishes with just under ten thousand Test runs and an average of nearly fifty.
Dhoni deserves to keep his job
Feb 25, 2014
Dhoni is still only 32, and India didn't do too badly under him on the recent tours of South Africa and New Zealand. They were expected to lose four of the four Tests, and actually came close to winning at least one Test in each country. Young batsmen blossomed, only the bowling disappointed.
Self-interest is now the declared motto of ICC
Feb 10, 2014
How many promises made in pursuit of votes will actually be kept is moot. Now that self-interest has been officially declared as the motto of the ICC, it might not be in India's interests in 2016 to carry out promises made in 2014. Or Australia's or England's, for that matter.
Ranji win is a start of something different for Karnataka
Feb 04, 2014
There was something about Karnataka that marked them out as Ranji champions early in the season. Perhaps it was the energy of their young players, the self-belief that manifested itself at the start.
Virat Kohli is settling in for the long haul
Jan 27, 2014
Watching Virat Kohli make a century in the first one-dayer in New Zealand, batting seemingly on a different planet from his teammates, it was difficult not to recall the early 1990s when Sachin Tendulkar gave the same impression.
ICC goes full circle to becoming an oligarch
Jan 23, 2014
If power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely, then ironically, that is where the hope for the game lies. Too much power in too few hands is a recipe for revolution. Perhaps the cabal might even collapse under the weight of its own arithmetic.
Karnataka have waited long enough for the Ranji title
Jan 16, 2014
Karnataka, led by Vinay Kumar, and in his absence by the wicketkeeper C M Gautam have played positive cricket through the season going for victories rather than merely the first innings lead which has rendered the last segment of many matches irrelevant in domestic cricket.
The need for India to claim 20 wickets
Jan 06, 2014
Not having a third Test in South Africa might have worked in India's favour, after all. It might have been different had India won the first Test; they didn't because they lacked the bowling to claim 20 wickets.
The absurdity of two-Test series
Dec 28, 2013
The drawn Test at the Wanderers in Johannesburg demonstrated once again the sheer absurdity of the so-called two-Test series. The objection is not only to the usage of language (can two of anything qualify as a 'series'?), but also to the lack of cricketing sense.
India start as the underdogs
Dec 18, 2013
It is a pity that the two top teams in the world play just a two-match series; it serves little purpose. Chances are that the losers, cricket-wise would be India. If they win a match, there is no possibility of asserting their superiority; if they lose there is little chance of a comeback.
Remembering Mandela and the first post-apartheid tour
Dec 09, 2013
When Kapil Dev was marking his run up preparatory to bowling his first delivery in the opening Test, it would be the first time a whole race of people would be watching a Test match in South Africa from behind the bowler's arm.
Virat Kohli is natural successor to Dhoni
Nov 25, 2013
Now that Sachin has retired, Kohli, just two years old in the team, becomes the most experienced specialist batsman in the side. He has played just a tenth of Tendulkar's matches.
Writing about Tendulkar
Nov 14, 2013
Writing about Tendulkar is one of the more profitable beats in journalism. So when we say 'Thank You, Sachin', we speak not just of the incredible straight drive or the forehand-down-the-line swish past mid-on, but of the few lakhs he has added to all our bank accounts on the way to adding millions to his own.
300 is par score in ODIs at most venues
Nov 05, 2013
Par scores have gone up over the decades because technological advances in batting have been far ahead of technical ones in bowling. A mis-hit can carry for six thanks to the quality of the bats, the â?sweet spottâ? is spread over a greater area, and to add to that is the fact that players are fitter and stronger.
An alternative list to Wisden XI and the Bradman XI
Oct 28, 2013
First, there is the fun of naming the worlddâ?s best-ever. Then there is the even greater fun (and joy) of naming an alternative lot which is as good as the original.
Grateful that Sachin played in our lifetime
Oct 24, 2013
Sachin is a moveable feast. Those of us who have followed him professionally will be grateful that he played in our lifetime. The late Peter Roebuck once said that whenever he felt low he only had to remind himself how privileged he was to be writing on the game when Tendulkar was playing it.
Sachin's goodbye is a reminder of our own mortality
Oct 14, 2013
Last week, India woke up to the fact that Sachin Tendulkar will play just two more Tests and then quit. Physically, the timing is right. He is 40, has been a shadow of himself and has been playing international cricket continuously for 24 years.
Refreshing to see a court appointed committee look into betting
Oct 09, 2013
In a period when the courts in India are ensuring that the powerful who break the law are getting their comeuppance â? from former Railway Minister to a host of other senior politicians â? there is some confidence in the country that the BCCI might also be brought in line.
Indian cricket needs to tap into Anil Kumble to restore credibility of the board
Oct 02, 2013
Indian cricket is wasting a crisis. Presented with an opportunity to change things, to clean the Augean stables, as it were, the Board of Control for Cricket in India, the root cause for much of the damage chose to sweep things under the carpet and go back to the bad old days.
The rot in the IPL system is deep
Sep 23, 2013
To believe that only a handful of players was involved in spot-fixing is naive in the extreme; just as it is naive now to presume that only of the owners saw in the tournament an opportunity to make money on the side by placing bets. Team owners cannot bet, full stop.
Urine-Gate: Will Pietersen, Broad and Andersen get away?
Aug 30, 2013
Some cricket teams bond by playing soccer; others by indulging in 'team-building' activities that include competitions and sophisticated versions of children's games. And then some players bond by urinating on the pitch.
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