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S. Giridhar is Registrar and also the Head of the University Resource Centre at Azim Premji University. V J Raghunath retired as CEO of Addison Paints and is now a senior training consultant. Both share a great love for test cricket. Both have combined to write a number of articles on cricket drawing upon their knowledge the game. They may be contacted giri@azimpremjifoundation.org and raghunathj@gmail.com

Dec 26, 2012

Tyson, Holding, Donald: The true terror of the fast bowler

We attempt to write on fast bowling with the humbling acceptance that only pale justice can be done to it in any one essay. #Allan Donald #Cricket #Fat bowlers #Kapil Dev #Michael Holding #TheLongView

Oct 22, 2012

From Viswanath to VVS: Stylists who make cricket magical

If cricket is a game that has great romance then at the core of it are the stylists. Here are some of the best right-handers the game has seen. #Cricket #GR Viswanath #Inpraiseof #Mohammad Azharuddin #VVS Laxman

Aug 31, 2012

Why Laker, Prasanna remain better off-spinners than Murali, Bhajji

Firstpost bloggers VJ Raghunath and S Giridhar say on the basis of purity of action alone they are unable to rate Murali and Harbhajan above Laker and Prasanna.#Cricket #Erapalli Prasanna #Harbhajan Singh #InMyOpinion #Muttiah Muralitharan #Off-spinners #Saqlain Mushtaq #Sports

Jul 14, 2012

Davo, Akram, Zaheer: What is the legacy of left-arm bowlers?

Left-arm bowling has somehow not been able to etch itself in the mind, in the way right-arm bowling or left-hand batting has. #Alan Davidson #Cricket #TheLongView #Wasim Akram #Zaheer Khan

Jun 9, 2012

The ballad of the big-hitters of cricket

There is such a crescendo of noise over the number of sixes hit in the IPL that we decided to dig into the big hitting exploits of great test players of olden days and place big hitting in its proper perspective. #Cricket #OnOurMind #Shahid Afridi #Virender Sehwag

May 5, 2012

Close encounters on the cricket field

Close-in catching is an indescribable thrill that transcends mere words. It is strangely more difficult to describe than the cover drive or the googly. #Cricket #Eknath Solkar #Fielding #Slip #TheLongView

Apr 12, 2012

Men of Dravid’s ilk – their country’s most trusted batsmen

In this essay, our bloggers pay tribute to those batsmen who like Dravid were trusted the most by their country. #Allan Border #Cricket #Inpraiseof #Rahul Dravid #Sports #Steve Waugh #Sunil Gavaskar

Mar 23, 2012

Proved without a doubt, India is the true home of spin

India alone among all test playing nations has an amazingly even and strong presence in all three forms of spin bowling. #TheLongView

Mar 2, 2012

The link between Dhoni, Brearley and Bradman

Cricket captaincy is more than just imaginative, inspired decision making in batting, bowling and field placements. #Bradman #Garfield Sobers #Mahendra Singh Dhoni #TheLongView #Tiger Pataudi

Feb 14, 2012

Is batting average the clue to finding the next Dhoni?

How many matches should India's younger lot get to prove themselves? A statistical analysis looks at what is a good number. #Cricket #Dilip Vengsarkar #Mohinder Amarnath #Sanjay Manjrekar #TheLongView