Aussies and mid-afternoon madness

Being brave is one thing but bravado is altogether another. By the close on the fourth day of the second Test against India at the PCA Stadium in Mohali, Australia looks like it is set to pay a price for the bravado of its top-order batsmen. It was a cruel …

Mishra makes magic

It is a good wager that Ravi Shastri and Narendra Hirwani drowned themselves in nostalgia at least for a short while on the third day of the second Test between India and Australia at the PCA Stadium in Mohali. Close to 21 years ago, they teamed up as stand-in captain …

Think Mohali, think seam?

Think Mohali, think seam? The temptation to brand the PCA Stadium pitch seamer-friendly is great if you recall how the fearsome Kenny Benjamin and Courtney Walsh’s bowling was, the sight of blood from Manoj Prabhakar’s broken nose sent the Indian camp in a tizzy and dovetailing to a dismal defeat …

Tough conditions made Dravid’s knock vital

You may like to remember Harbhajan Singh’s cameo and Zaheer Khan’s resolve in stretching India’s first innings to within 70 runs of Australia’s total of 430 but it cannot escape your notice that India’s Golden Quartet showed heart in scripting one innings each in a fascinating first Test against Australia …

The art of being comfortable in one’s own skin

He had batted superbly through 190 minutes, ignoring humid conditions and soaking in the pressure of a gripping contest, but the question uppermost in the minds of many was whether would find the motivation to be at his creative best with the cricket ball when he returned to the field …

Kumble’s lack of bite is showing

After years of leading the Indian attack with dignity and competence, causing his compatriots to rejoice in victory, opponents to admire his skills and fans to empathise with his single-minded pursuit of excellence, he may finally be forcing them all to look at him differently. His team-mates could be desperately …