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Suresh Menon Columns Date: 5/31/2015 - 5/30/2016
Player - coach - commentator
May 21, 2016
Mahela Jayawardene, former Sri Lanka captain, world class batsman, and recent batting coach of England will be commentating on the England-Sri Lanka series starting at Leeds this week. Player-coach-commentator is the clichhÃd career graph of the modern international.
Day Night Test cricket is the future, but it is not without challenges.
May 08, 2016
Day-night Test cricket is the future. In recognizing that, Indiaaâ?s cricket board has displayed both awareness and pragmatism.
National Sports Ethics Commission Bill might be passed
May 08, 2016
There is hope that the National Sports Ethics Commission Bill might be passed because of Thakurrâ?s double advantage. He is the secretary of the BCCI as well as a member of the ruling BJP. The bill calls for a 10-year jail term (apart from a life ban) for match-fixing and a fine which is five times the amount of bribery.
A World Cup full of character and characters
Apr 07, 2016
This was a marvellous tournament, full of character and characters, and with signposts to the way the game is evolving. Cricket-wise, this has been the most inclusive of World Cups, with enough in it for all age groups from seven to seventy (and beyond).
Cricketization of T20 is Kohli's contribution to the World Cup
Mar 31, 2016
T20 is said to have influenced Test cricket more than the other way round. Now here is Kohli telling us that the traffic is sometimes in the opposite direction. The straight bat, the body close to the ball, the gradual build-up of an innings is as much part of the 120-ball game too.
Alfred's statement a breath of fresh air
Mar 19, 2016
In the limited lexicon of the over-certain, you lose face when you praise your opposition, you lose face when you agree to coach a youngster from the other country, you lose face when you place a rival performer above your own.
The 11th hour syndrome and why there is no Plan B
Mar 11, 2016
India, as someone once said, is a country that lives in the eleventh hour. Sporting India even more so. The World T20 cricket began on Tuesday, with the business end of the tournament (the Super 10) set to commence in a week. Yet, as I write this, there is no assurance that matches scheduled for Delhi will go ahead.
T20 cricket may be at the crossroads
Mar 02, 2016
For T20 to thrive it has to be an alternative to the established format. When T20 itself becomes the established format, it will go the way of revolutions which become indistinguishable from what they have replaced.
Cricket world will be grateful McCullum chose cricket over rugby
Mar 02, 2016
Under McCullum New Zealand played a brand of attacking, happy cricket that might be the template for a format whose obituaries are being written with a depressing regularity.
Keep yellow and red cards out of the first class game
Mar 02, 2016
The Marylebone Cricket Club, the guardians of the game's laws, is experimenting with warnings and send-offs and cooling-off periods for players.
Kohli's next assignment is a crucial one
Mar 02, 2016
Kohli has infused the Indian team with a self-confidence that, like its new-found aggression, is an extension of his own persona. Kohli speaks his mind; he is not particularly discreet. He enjoys what he is doing and communicates that enjoyment.
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.
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