Articles by Chetan Narula
Oct 11, 2018
India vs West Indies: Hyderabad Test is Virat Kohli and Co's final chance to plug loopholes ahead of Australia seriesHave India sorted out their opening conundrum ahead of Australia? What about the middle order and Rahane therein? Have they overcome their top-order problems and renewed strategy for Australia? The answer is, well, up in the air.
Oct 05, 2018
India vs West Indies: Confident Prithvi Shaw's debut Test ton shows team management missed a trick by not playing him in EnglandPrithvi Shaw's century on Test debut was a confirmation of his prodigious talent and a reminder of the opportunity lost by not playing him in the fifth Test against England at the Oval.
Oct 02, 2018
India vs West Indies: Hosts look to solve opening conundrum, regain confidence after England debacleFresh from their 1-4 beating in England, India would look for some home comfort against the West Indies and use the two Tests to prepare a settled squad for the upcoming tour Down Under.
Oct 01, 2018
India vs West Indies: Karun Nair's repeated exclusions raise fresh doubts over team management's selection policiesDid selectors talk to Karun Nair when dropping him for the Test squad against West Indies? If the answer to this is no (and it is, in all probability), then like the team management, even they have descended to making silly selection calls.
Sep 18, 2018
Asia Cup 2018: India start continental tournament with humidity, Hong Kong and Pakistan in mindUAE brings its own set of challenges, with energy sapping humidity in the afternoon. 40 degrees Celsius is the norm. The stifling humidity will be a bigger factor, given that India will play back-to-back matches.
Sep 17, 2018
Asia Cup 2018: In Virat Kohli's absence, India will be forced to find a solution to long-standing middle order problemsVirat Kohli’s absence then lifts a hallowed safety net over India's batting order. Without him, these batsmen – individually or collectively – simply have to put their hands up, or they will perish in what is seen as a sub-continental mini World Cup
Sep 07, 2018
India vs England: Virat Kohli's men begin quest for redemption as team looks to appease history, scorelineAs much as Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri may talk about competing, history will judge this team on the basis of scorelines, never mind that they seldom show the complete picture.
Sep 04, 2018
India vs England: How a struggling lower-middle order failed Virat Kohli and Co's efforts to win an overseas Test seriesWhile the Indian top-order struggled and needs to be relooked at (different debate), India faced another problem wherein the lower order came up short in bowler-friendly conditions.
Aug 30, 2018
India vs England: Resurgent Virat Kohli and Co look to continue terrorising shaky hosts and level series at Rose BowlVictory at Trent Bridge thus only helped set a narrative that celebrates achievements of this attack, but at the same time, it also heaps pressure on Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya to replicate their success in Southampton.
Aug 18, 2018
India vs England: Beleaguered Virat Kohli and Co look to Jasprit Bumrah to turn around team's fortunes at Trent BridgeBumrah too will enjoy bowling here — pushing the Dukes ball onto the deck, especially with its pronounced seam. Can he be India’s saviour in a game they cannot afford to lose? That is anybody’s guess, and a tall order indeed.