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Venkatesan Iyengar

(Venkatesan Iyengar was a speedster who could swing the ball both ways. He captained his school team at the zonal and district levels. His boyhood dream was to open the bowling for Team India in the august company of his idol Kapil Dev. Even today the sight of Kapil makes him nostalgic)

Why N Srinivasan is wrong

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October 11, 2013, 4:16 pm

In an interview to Times Now, N Srinivasan, the president of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), has once again repeated his by-now-familiar refrain that he has been a victim of a concerted media attack, l’affaire son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan’s involvement in the Indian Premier League (IPL) betting and spot-fixing scandal that rocked the cricket world in May this year.

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Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid: God doesn’t make men like them any more

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October 8, 2013, 8:56 am

Like many cricket aficionados of India, this writer too found it difficult to choose as to which team to support in the final of the Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) at Ferozeshah Kotla, Delhi.

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Sachin Tendulkar’s retirement: What Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi and others have to say on the controversial subject Humour

Sachin Tendulkar’s retirement: What Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi and others have to say on the controversial subject

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October 4, 2013, 1:01 pm

The question continues to haunt Indian cricket: Should he or shouldn’t he? Should Sachin Tendulkar retire from Test cricket after playing his 200th Test or should he continue playing as long as he thinks he should?

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Hashim Amla: South Africa’s captain-in-waiting

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January 15, 2013, 8:37 am

Hashim Amla is someone who did not have it easy and has worked his way to where he is today.

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BCCI’s insatiable lust for money will kill the golden goose that cricket in India is

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January 7, 2013, 8:09 am

That Team India is going through one of the hardest phases is an understatement. The cold, hard reality of year-round cricket seems to have sapped the team of its vigour and desire to consistently excel.

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Sourav Ganguly as Team India’s coach – the pros and cons

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January 3, 2013, 8:06 am

When Zimbabwean-born Duncan Fletcher was appointed as the coach of Team India on April 27, 2011 on a two-year contract, he had a reputation to live up to. In his eight-year stint as the coach of England team, Fletcher had helped the team scale quite a few peaks. From 1999 to 2007, under Fletcher’s able guidance, the English team achieved series wins away from home in Sri Lanka, Pakistan, the West Indies, and South Africa.

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Controversy: Ball Tampering – the seamy side of cricket

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December 26, 2012, 10:40 am

Australia’s 137-run victory over Sri Lanka in the recently-concluded first Test match at Bellerive Oval, Hobart, was marred by allegations of ball tampering, with accusing fingers being pointed at Australian fast bowler and player of the match Peter Siddle, who returned match figures of nine for 104.

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s continuance as Test captain is detrimental and untenable

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December 17, 2012, 9:57 am

Seeing the way India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni rotates his bowlers in Test matches, one cannot but feel sometimes that he starts counting in his mind "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor . . ." looking at each of his bowling options before throwing the ball to the bowler who ends up with the word 'Thief.’

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Should Sachin Tendulkar retire after the Nagpur Test? Humour

Should Sachin Tendulkar retire after the Nagpur Test?

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December 13, 2012, 10:19 am

With the entire cricket-crazy nation vertically split over the question of Sachin Tendulkar’s retirement, we thought it prudent to personally find out what the President of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and a few former cricketers had got to say on the matter.

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The farewell of Bradman, Sobers, Gavaskar, Richards, Ponting and other batting greats to Test cricket

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December 12, 2012, 8:16 am

Cricket is like life. Both require one to constantly evolve and be at the top of one’s form. Those who adapt survive. But then survival is not given.

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Should Sachin Tendulkar take a cue from Ricky Ponting?

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November 30, 2012, 8:08 am

Sachin Tendulkar has been going through arguably the worst phase of his career, with his last 10 innings producing just 153 runs at a measly average of 15.3, the lowest by a top-order Indian batsman during the period.

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Key takeaways for Team India from the first two Tests against England

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November 28, 2012, 9:45 am

Those of us who expected the Indian cricket selectors to spring a surprise or two at the end of the November 27 selection committee meeting, especially after the team’s embarrassing 10-wicket loss to England in the second Test, have been once again left disappointed.

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MS Dhoni demands pacy pitches for the remaining India-England series Humour

MS Dhoni demands pacy pitches for the remaining India-England series

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November 27, 2012, 10:31 am

In a quick volte-face that has confounded cricket observers across the country and elsewhere, India cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has said that the curators should prepare pitches that have pace and bounce, and ensure that adequate amount of grass is left on the wicket.

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Sandeep Patil talks about strategies to be employed against England Humour

Sandeep Patil talks about strategies to be employed against England

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October 28, 2012, 12:41 pm

The newly-appointed senior selection committee of the BCCI has already sprung a surprise by announcing an India A team without a single spinner in the line-up for the three-day warm-up match against the visiting English side. Sandeep Patil, chairman of the new selection committee, spoke to Unreal Times strategies to be employed against the touring England team.

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India’s paucity in the fast lane

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January 27, 2011, 9:01 pm

There is something macho about the tearaway speedsters who consistently make the batsmen scurry for cover with deliveries that threaten to literally polish off the opposition. And, since the fast bowlers begin the proceedings in any Test match, they can set the tempo for the match and like a warlord lead from the front. Cricket, in fact, is an insipid fare minus the arrogant swagger, cold stare, and belligerent attitude of a fast bowler.

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South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Jul 24, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Colombo

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

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Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 24, 2014  at Bulawayo

Afghanistan won by 100 runs

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

India tour of England 2014

Jul 17, 2014  at London

India won by 95 runs

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