articles by Anand Sachar

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India vs Australia: Virat Kohli obsession could cost visitors the way it did in the Test series

If the Australians continue to narrow their focus on Virat Kohli alone, they risk being raided by the rest of the Indian team, and going down the same lane as they did earlier this year.

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India vs Sri Lanka: Rohit Sharma may have slipped further away from Test reckoning after Hardik Pandya's heroics

The script seemed to be in Rohit’s favour till Kohli threw the Pandya dice and struck gold as the all-rounder scored his first-ever century in senior cricket.

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ICC Women's World Cup 2017: In India's remarkable campaign, the country found new role models

India have all been inspired by these girls, who were on track to be world champions for the majority of the summit clash against the hosts. All they now need is a glitzy tournament like the IPL to shoot them in the galaxy of the Mithalis, Ellyse Perrys and Sarah Taylors. So that come New Zealand 2021, India is better prepared to lift the Cup.

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Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli's similar personalities can help team to scale greater heights

Kohli needs a coach like Shastri, who can compliment the skipper's decisions. The chances of their partnership succeeding are brighter than his previous one with Kumble,

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India vs West Indies: Umesh Yadav must take his chances to become team's leading strike bowler

The third ODI at North Sound on Friday will bring along another opportunity for Umesh to shake off the rust and frighten the West Indian batsmen

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India vs Pakistan Final 2017: Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni will look to end their swansong with win over arch-rivals

If the duo is in charge of how their story ends, a Yuvraj-Dhoni special with the bat could slay Pakistan on Sunday. One final time.

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ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Kedar Jadhav eclipsing R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja against Bangladesh must worry India

Ashwin is an intelligent bowler, whose variations make him unplayable in Test cricket with men around the bat and greater assistance from the surfaces. But the flat wickets of one-day cricket sometimes demand simplicity a la Kedar Jadhav.

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ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Virat Kohli, India’s run-plundering giant, finally awoke against South Africa

Against South Africa, once Virat Kohli had survived, he put his practice into use. The risky deliveries outside off had been mastered. The run-plundering giant had been awakened.

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ICC Champions Trophy 2017: India’s ineffective bowling let Virat Kohli’s men down against Sri Lanka

After years, India had entered a tournament with an envious bowling attack. But it was the ineffectiveness of India’s bowling that ensured a point of no return for Kohli’s men against Sri Lanka.

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ICC Champions Trophy 2017: India-Pakistan clash helped bring back vintage Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan

Together, Rohit and Dhawan survived and conquered not only the threat of Amir and Co but also their personal apprehensions.

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ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Hardik Pandya's emergence gives MS Dhoni freedom to bludgeon teams

Pandya’s blitzkrieg against Pakistan established his credentials as the team’s hot property lower down the order. It was also the next step in the continued liberation of the vintage Dhoni.

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India vs Pakistan: It's Virat Kohli's brutality vs Sarfraz Ahmed's charm as arch-rivals clash

When India and Pakistan head into the much-awaited clash, the desire of the two captains will be the same – to come out triumphant. And, it may come down to a face off between Kohli’s brutality and Sarfraz’s charm.

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Champions Trophy 2017: Yuvraj Singh's life will come full circle when he walks out to face Pakistan

When Yuvraj walks out for India against Pakistan at Birmingham, he will return to the stage — the Champions Trophy — on which he performed his first act of majesty.

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India vs Pakistan: Champions Trophy clash will be decided by how Virat Kohli and Co tackle pace brigade

Pakistan’s battery of pacers will have their ammunition loaded. India’s batsmen will have their blades sharpened. Whoever makes the swifter move will live to tell a tale of glory.

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IPL 2017: From super-subs to midseason loans, a look at how teams could use international players better

Here's a look at a few suggestions that the IPL could implement to ensure that international players are utilised in a better way by the teams.

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IPL final 2017: MS Dhoni taking on Jasprit Bumrah and other key battles which could decide title

How the IPL final shapes up may be decided by key player battles. A look at a few of the important ones that can decide the championship:

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IPL 2017: Bhuvneshwar Kumar, David Warner were inspirational, but lacklustre lower-order let SRH down

With the league’s highest wicket-taker and run-getter among their ranks, SRH would have been expected to make it to the final at least. But their brilliance had been deflated by a below-par middle and lower order.

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IPL 2017: Sunrisers Hyderabad's middle and lower-order implode after strong start to hand KKR win

The continued trend of a middle and lower-order collapse from Sunrisers Hyderabad meant they could not stop Kolkata from booking their date with Mumbai.

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IPL 2017: Sunrisers Hyderabad reaped the benefits of an all-round show, but rusty lower-order will be a worry

Warner has been the Sunrisers’ batting mainstay. He appears set to sit atop the pile this season. Like last year, Shikhar Dhawan has been his 'partner in crime' at the top.

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IPL 2017: Sunrisers Hyderabad bowlers script comeback of champions against Gujarat Lions

The Gujarat Lions had got off to a flier in their last-ever IPL game but the flight did not last long as the Sunrisers Hyderabad clipped their wings.