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Aayush Puthran

(While enjoying the small joys of life, rarely has anything mesmerised Aayush Puthran more than cricket. A student of Journalism in Mumbai, he is trying to figure out two things: ways to make Test cricket a commercial hot property and the best way to beat Mumbai traffic. He has a certain sense of obsession with novelty. He might seem confused, but he is just battling a thousand demons within his mind. Nonetheless, he is always up for a light-hearted chat over a few cups of coffee!)

Where is the spirit of the game, gentlemen?

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December 10, 2013, 10:51 am

The events that unfolded have put to question where the game of cricket is really heading.

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Criticism against Indian batsmen is unfair

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December 8, 2013, 11:45 am

Why the criticism India is facing after just one defeat in South Africa is unjustified.

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MS Dhoni's batting position conundrum

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December 7, 2013, 12:16 pm

Dhoni's ability to keep the scoreboard moving will also ensure that the team is not strangled for runs.

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Virat Kohli needs to play the anchor's role

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December 5, 2013, 4:22 pm

Shrouds of uncertainty and fear are bound to linger in spaces unknown, where the conditions are alien. There has been little wrong as far as India’s performance is concerned over the last few months. They conquered the world battle at the ICC Champions Trophy 2013, registered series victories in West Indies and Zimbabwe; and the rest, to put it in mild terms, demolished oppositions at home. Yet as they play on the African shores, there seems a certain sense of apprehension. Despite being ranked number one in One-Day Internationals (ODI), they won’t really walk into the series as favourites.

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Virat Kohli exclusion from ICC ODI XI is justified

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December 5, 2013, 7:30 am

Stats can be a cruel indicator to assess performances. When the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced its Test and One-Day International (ODI) teams of the year, there were a few surprising decisions. The exclusion of Virat Kohli from the ODI team and the inclusion of Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the Test team raised a few eyebrows.

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How reliant are India on their top-5 run-getters in ODIs? Facts and figures

How reliant are India on their top-5 run-getters in ODIs?

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December 3, 2013, 4:42 pm

One doesn’t need statistics to prove the fact that India have relied on their batsmen in One-Day Internationals (ODIs). In its 42-year history in the format, India have gone on to become the second-highest run-scoring team and could soon overtake Australia when they face South Africa in during the upcoming ODI series.

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Panesar a good option to outsmart Australia in 2nd Test

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December 2, 2013, 4:28 pm

Looking at the way things have panned out for England so far on their tour Down Under — in the first Ashes 2013-14 Test as well as the tour games — they would’ve realised that they don’t have the arsenal ready to outdo Australia in their tactic. Even as they packed their squad with five tall pacers to take advantage of the hard pitches in Australia, the home team batsmen seem ready to fight fire with fire and unleash their own pace battery to dislodge the opposition.

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Bhuvneshwar's lack of skills with old ball may be an issue

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December 1, 2013, 12:29 pm

India can ill afford mediocrity when they take on South Africa in their own backyard in December. They need to hit the chords of excellence, much as they would be expecting from their opposition. It is exactly for this reason why the series was eagerly awaited and the shortened version of the tour is frowned upon. And thus, every player in the team needs to pull out their A-game in order to fir into to the potentially exciting contest between the two strong sides.

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West Indies cricket needs a skipper like Darren Sammy

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November 29, 2013, 3:28 pm

In street cricket, the best player is chosen as the captain. However, as the grades and level of cricket improves, the role of the captain changes from being the best player to being the best manager of individual egos; one who can stand up for his team, make them play as a unit and strategise.

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Darren Bravo has failed to convert fluent starts into big scores

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November 28, 2013, 10:39 am

Darren Bravo is not a cricketing great by any stretch of imagination. Nor is he a player who is going to give sleepless nights to opposition bowlers. You know he is not going to be the subject of long discussion in team meetings. Yet if you are a cricket fan, you are likely to leave most of your work to watch him bat.

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Indian pacers’ poor form shouldn’t be overlooked just because team is doing well as a unit

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November 27, 2013, 12:18 pm

Despite a string of brilliant performances, India needs to beware of being found out in South Africa, not merely because they are playing a much stronger side, but also because not all their mechanisms are providing optimum results, especially in the pace bowling department.

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MS Dhoni needs to be credited for Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja’s stupendous show in 2013

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November 26, 2013, 2:37 pm

There are enough infightings in the world. But, to be the Indian cricket captain, you need a supernatural layer of calmness around you; or else the world, including your own fans are going to ask for your blood, especially in bad times.

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Zaheer Khan’s selection for South Africa tour could prove to be another ace played by Sandeep Patil-led selection panel

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November 25, 2013, 4:27 pm

In a surprising move, Zaheer Khan has been included in the Indian Test squad for the upcoming series against South Africa. Aayush Puthran feels that it is critical to not only assess his performance, but the performances of the other seamers also needs to be looked at to get a better picture of Zaheer’s contribution to the team.

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Gautam Gambhir’s exclusion from India’s Test squad for South Africa tour might be last nail in the coffin of his international career

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November 25, 2013, 4:14 pm

The BCCI selectors excluded Gautam Gambhir from India’s Test squad for the tour of South Africa. Aayush Puthran analyses whether this is indication that it might be the end of the southpaw’s international career.

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Neil McKenzie: The unassuming character with steely batsmanship and bizarre cricketing rituals Moments in history

Neil McKenzie: The unassuming character with steely batsmanship and bizarre cricketing rituals

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November 24, 2013, 4:07 pm

Born on November 24, 1975, Neil McKenzie is a middle-order batsman who has had an inconsistent run for his national side. Aayush Puthran profiles the career of the South African who commands love and respect from his peers, and became famous for his bizarre practices off the field.

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India tour of England 2014

Jul 27, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Southampton

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 6, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Galle

India tour of England 2014

Aug 7, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Manchester

South Africa in Zimbabwe, 2014

Aug 9, 2014 (13:30 IST)   at Harare

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 14, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Colombo

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Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 24, 2014  at Bulawayo

Afghanistan won by 100 runs

South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Jul 24, 2014  at Colombo

Match drawn

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 22, 2014  at Bulawayo

Afghanistan won by 2 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 20, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 8 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 18, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 6 wkts

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