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Madan Mohan

(Madan Mohan, a 25-year old CA from Mumbai, is passionate about writing, music and cricket. Writing on cricket is like the icing on the cake)

India's show in South Africa wins hearts

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December 31, 2013, 8:22 am

India's young brigade can return from South Africa with their heads held high.

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Arrogant England get their just desserts

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December 18, 2013, 4:12 pm

It was only Karma that England lost the Ashes, after urinating in the Oval last time round.

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Johnson exposes England’s ineptitude against pace bowling

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December 8, 2013, 10:28 am

Johnson’s barrage of high-140s thunderbolts had England hopping, ducking out of trouble’s path.

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Sachin Tendulkar’s farewell speech will be long remembered

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November 17, 2013, 12:23 pm

It may sound like stating the obvious, but even a career spanning 24 years draws to a close, just like that, one fine day. No matter the amount of preparation and build up for the moment, sporting full stops arrive abruptly and suddenly. Saturday morning I had to head off to complete some formalities and when I returned in the afternoon, Sachin Tendulkar had already given his long and emotional farewell speech. There it was, the moment we had been waiting for — rather, dreaded. And it’s already a part of history.

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Can numbers capture the drama and intensity of Test cricket?

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October 20, 2013, 12:16 pm

Numbers don’t lie, but do they always tell the whole truth? I read recently a bold article in a cricket website arguing that Test cricket is possibly in better health than ever before.  The writer has compiled statistical tables that show that the percentage of matches that finish in draws has gone down dramatically from 36% in the nineties to 25% in the noughties.  He pointed out that the strike rate of some contemporary bowlers like Harbhajan Singh is better than that of more illustrious predecessors like Bishan Singh Bedi or Erapalli Prasanna.  The inference he draws from all this is that batsmen take more risks nowadays in cricket, keeping bowlers in the game (contrary to the myth of the balance tilting in favour of batsmen) and making Test cricket more competitive.

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Sachin Tendulkar retirement: End of the “Big Three” of Indian cricket

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October 11, 2013, 9:53 am

He was around for years and years when Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman debuted for Team India. But to expect him to bat on for a similar period after they retired was perhaps asking too much. Sachin Tendulkar announced his intention to retire from Test cricket after his 200th Test, which should happen in the upcoming home series against West Indies. Having already signed off from One-Day Internationals and opted out of Twenty 20 Internationals, this also marks the end of Tendulkar’s international career. It’s also the end of an era of great Indian batsmanship.

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Ashes 2013: Australia belatedly appreciate the virtues of experience

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August 16, 2013, 8:46 am

Even as Australia surrendered the fourth Test of the 2013 Ashes in a bizarre climax, at least one of their batsmen had something to celebrate at the end of it.

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RIP The Ashes, long live Big Bash League!

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July 24, 2013, 8:35 am

On Sunday, as Australia crashed to a heavy defeat at Lord’s, a venue where they hadn’t lost for 75 years previously, its cricket board apparently couldn’t wait to tell the world what a success the Big Bash League (BBL) Twenty20 competition had been. It waxed eloquent about the success of CA’s strategy for BBL, its appeal for people who had not followed cricket previously and its entertainment quotient.

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Ashes 2013: Australia show remarkable resolve in narrow defeat

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July 15, 2013, 10:02 am

Australia relived the heartbreak of the Ashes 2005 Test played at Edgbaston, losing by 14 runs to bring down the curtains on a thriller.  In five days, the 2013 edition of the premier Test series of the game pooh-poohed naysayers of long form cricket, providing plenty by way of thrills and, er, controversies in a relentlessly see saw opening salvo at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.  Australia would only wish, though, they had finished on the right side of it.

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IPL: It’s time N Srinivasan woke up and smelt the filter kaapi

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May 22, 2013, 11:12 am

N Srinivasan seems to have channelled the James Callaghan spirit as he battles his very own summer of discontent. Or, perhaps, "disarray" is would be more appropriate word than "discontent".

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Before IPL, we had Sharjah

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May 2, 2013, 11:19 am

Long before the Indian Premier League (IPL) or even Twenty20 were dreamt of, the Sharjah Cup was a tournament cricket fans from these countries anticipated eagerly.

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Will the threat of twin Ashes debacles force Australia to change their ways?

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March 30, 2013, 12:16 pm

Lately, England and Australia have both begun to derive pleasure from gloating over the other’s losses to other opponents. England could barely conceal their glee as Australia collapsed to an unprecedented 0-4 whitewash in India. When England returned with a stalemate from New Zealand, it was Australia’s turn to gloat. After all, Australia’s got to be 'superior’ to New Zealand and Kiwi conditions are pretty similar to England. So if Peter Fulton could thrash the Pommies for twin tons in a match, so can Phil Hughes, right?

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One-sided Test series don’t augur well for the future of the game

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March 20, 2013, 9:32 am

Indian fans have tasted 'revenge’ and many probably loved it as Australia crumbled improbably to a third successive defeat on a Mohali flatbed. If India manages to win at Delhi and register a whitewash, they can bask in its afterglow for less than a year… until it’s their turn to go around the world again!

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men must guard against complacency

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March 10, 2013, 8:07 am

As I write, New Zealand have given England a rude wake-up call at Dunedin, bowling them out cheaply and piling on runs and more runs. While it looks as though England might get out of jail in the second innings, the so-called Ashes warm-up already seems to have got a bit too hit for comfort. It’s a match that’s instructive for Team India as they sit pretty on a 2-0 lead in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

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Captain Michael Clarke under pressure to save Australia’s fast-sinking ship

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March 4, 2013, 8:52 am

March 3, 2013 could possibly go down as the day that Michael Clarke’s proverbial honeymoon as Australian cricket captain hurtled to a bitter end. As Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay piled on the runs at increasing pace in India’s first innings response to Australia, Clarke’s cup of woes spilled over at a worrying rate.

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West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 20, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at Kolkata

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Dubai

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (19:00 IST)   at Cuttack

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Oct 25, 2014 (09:30 IST)   at Dhaka

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 27, 2014 (03:00 IST)   at Hamilton

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South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 24, 2014  at Mount Maunganui

South Africa won by 72 runs

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 21, 2014  at Mount Maunganui

South Africa won by 6 wkts

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 17, 2014  at Dharamsala

India won by 59 runs

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 14, 2014  at Visakhapatnam

Match cancelled

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 12, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Australia won by 1 run

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Pakistan vs Australia, 1st Test at Dubai

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Amla feels Proteas more acclimatised to conditions

Pakistan eye victory as Australia reel at 59/4 at stumps on Day 4

Suresh Raina gifts Aditya Garhwal an autographed bat

Dwayne Bravo says West Indies pull-out had everybody’s consent

Bangladesh gain upper-hand over Zimbabwe at stumps on Day 1 of 1st Test

David Warner and others with records related to hundreds in consecutive Test innings

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Pakistan vs Australia 2014: Younis Khan considered skipping Tests

Michael Clarke: Younis Khan is one of the gentlemen of our game

Duleep Trophy 2014: Central Zone to meet South Zone in final

Pakistan eye victory as Australia reel at 59/4 at stumps on Day 4

Pakistan vs Australia 2014: David Warner admits that Australia is not scared of big targets

Younis Khan scores 26th ton to establish Pakistan record

Younis Khan becomes seventh Pakistani cricketer to score two hundreds in a Test

Virat Kohli and others with 20 ODI hundreds

David Warner and others with records related to hundreds in consecutive Test innings

Strangers, Brothers and Cricket— the English novelist CP Snow’s lasting passion for the game

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