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Suresh Menon Columns Date: 11/24/2014 - 11/24/2015
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.
Top 6 at the World Cup
Feb 05, 2015
India may not inspire confidence. But this is a team which has for years now divorced its non-performance abroad in the longer format from its intensity and confidence in the shorter ones.
BCCI's choices are modernize or go back to the dark ages
Jan 27, 2015
Six weeks is a long time in cricket administration, and if Srinivasan divests himself of his Chennai Super Kings hat, uses his clout in the East and South Zones to swing the votes in West and Central, he might still be President of the BCCI in time to retain or give away the World Cup.
ICC World Cup's mid-life crisis
Jan 21, 2015
Now 40, the World Cup, has the worries of a 40-year-old. At 12, he was allowed to go out on his own, but had to wear white clothes and be back home before dark. At 16, he wore coloured clothes and could stay out late under the lights.
Indians have not learnt the value of patience
Jan 13, 2015
Had India won the first Test at Adelaide after a superb chase, there might have been a different story to tell. For this was not a great Australian team. To imagine that 2-0 was a good result is to settle for mediocrity when it was possible to turn around the depressing losses abroad since 2011.
The Dhoni era is over
Jan 01, 2015
Skipper Dhoni often carried illogicality and discretion to the point of impenetrability. You think you had him figured out, and then he whipped off the mask to reveal other masks beneath. No one really understood Dhoni, except Dhoni himself.
Kohli has shown he is ready, willing and able.
Dec 23, 2014
Kohli apart, no one has appeared capable of sustained concentration, although Murali Vijay showed in both Tests how to stick around as well as score while ignoring the occasional mistake.
Risking defeat in pursuit of victory
Dec 14, 2014
India have lost their last five Tests in Australia. It is difficult to beat Australia at home â? unless India are prepared to ride the slightest advantage as Australia did so well on the final day at Adelaide.
No room for passengers
Dec 08, 2014
The time has come for the Rohit Sharmas and the Varun Aarons, who played in the shadow of these big players to carry the torch forward. That is the way of sport, and it is where it imitates life most completely. The old order changes giving way to the new.
Sport is not a matter of life and death
Dec 02, 2014
Sport is a life-affirming activity, and to die in action goes against the natural order of things. Through the psychological membrane that separates sport from real life it is acceptable when situations from the former pass into the latter.
Supreme Court should spell out IPL's future
Nov 28, 2014
The Supreme Court does not have confidence in the BCCI to clean their own stables. This is a sentiment that is shared by the rest of the country. The Supreme Court will have to spell out the future in clear terms.
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