Avinash Subramaniam
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If Rohit Sharma was not as talented as he is, would we love him more?

So, which Rohit Sharma would you like, the more talented-but-less-responsible one or the less-talented-but-more-responsible one? This question of talent, I say. It can be so confusing.

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Why having Sourav Ganguly as India's head coach would be a bad idea

fear Ganguly will try to captain the Indian team if he is given the job to coach it. And that is a recipe for disaster.

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Who needs a coach? India should let Ravi Shastri unleash Virat Kohli like a guided missile

Most Indians who know their cricket know Shastri was and is many things India’s Test players need to be.

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Dravid, the T20 captain, has been the highlight of IPL 2013

Dravid has shown us, in the evening of his career, a side of his personality we were not privileged enough to be exposed to during his prime and as captain of Team India.

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Dear selectors, what’s wrong with Wasim Jaffer?

Jaffer, at the ripe but not-rotten age of 35, might be the right man to handle the job of opening the batting — until Gambhir rediscovers his form or someone else makes his presence felt.

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Reform in Indian cricket has to begin with Tendulkar

In the past, Sachin lent strength, solidity, and a life-force to the Indian team. Sadly, his continued presence in the eleven has turned the Test side into an effete bunch of coasters.

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Is it time for India to import its bowlers?

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) certainly has the big bucks to ‘buy’ good bowlers and give them a damn good life.

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Why the outrage? India was never a great Test side

Based on past performance, introspection, and outrospection, it’s safe to say that Indian players in general are not cut out to excel at Test cricket.

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Nothing wrong with pitch doctor Dhoni’s demands

Why should an 83-year-old curator be allowed to tell the captain of the Indian cricket to take a hike?

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Credit India's swagger to Virender Sehwag

To Indians so used to being timid, bossed or, at their best, defensive, Sehwag's batting was incredibly liberating.

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Not T20 alone, Dhoni should hand over Test captaincy to Kohli too

Dhoni’s seeming willingness to settle for a good home record and a mediocre one overseas has not gone down well with a fan-base that has grown used to seeing a team that is capable of holding its own on overseas tours. Time for Kohli to step in?

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We need to make Indian selectors earn their big bucks

Is the BCCI over-paying the Indian cricket team selectors a tad much given some of their recent decisions and lack of accountability?

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Cricket isn't a religion, Sachinism is

Why isn’t Cricket a religion, while Sachinism is? Cricket is not because cricket lovers don’t have enough faith in it. Sachin Tendulkar, on the other hand, is untouchable; in and outside India. He is immaculate. He is revered.

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Why Australia doesn't take T20s seriously

Sport is no laughing matter in Australia. But when it comes to T20 cricket, they see it as nothing more than a casual fling in the park.

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The shorter the format, the more Sehwag struggles

Sehwag's Test record is splendid, his ODI is so-so but his T20 is simply poor. The answer to that mystery is perhaps simpler than one might imagine.

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The team has changed, can Dhoni change too?

It’s no coincidence that Dhoni, like Azhar, comes across as a relaxed fellow. However, India cannot afford to regress into the 90’s.

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Back India at World T20, but don't trust Srikkanth

When it comes to the shortest version of the game, rankings and reputations don’t mean much. Therefore, don’t blindly bet your house on Dhoni’s men, or Sehwag, to deliver.

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Sorry Ganguly, India’s not ready for an Indian coach

When it comes to cricket, and politics, Indians are provincial and fail to see the big picture. A team coach cannot be like that.

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We don’t have the stomach to watch Tendulkar fail

If we really love Tendulkar, we should do what young Virat Kohli said (after India won the World Cup) and free him from the burden of our expectations.

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Should Gandhi's India support the death penalty for Kasab?

Hanging Kasab is a futile exercise. In fact, death penalty is something a sensible, mature judicial system should do away with.