articles by Chetan Narula

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IPL 2020: KXIP prevail over MI across two super overs as KL Rahul's brilliance continues to dazzle

KL Rahul’s face was a painting of different hues – disappointment at not finishing the job before Super Over madness, excitement at how it all panned out, happiness with those two points further added to their tally, and relief, perhaps most of all.

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IPL 2020: With century against CSK, Shikhar Dhawan shows he has enough fire for his international spot

Shikhar Dhawan is approaching the end of a relatively successful career, but not without one more push for an international bow on the grand T20 World Cup stage.

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IPL 2020: Upheaval in Kolkata Knight Riders camp visible as they prove to be no match for Mumbai Indians

The first couple weeks in IPL 2020 for KKR were about experimentation, and now it is time to settle things down.

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IPL 2020: In RCB's win, Virat Kohli showcases the fight and desire that rudderless CSK are lacking

By not giving youth a chance, Chennai Super Kings are missing that desire to push boundaries and do the impossible.

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IPL 2020: Over-reliance on Sanju Samson, inconsistency in team selection hurting Rajasthan Royals

Two weeks ago, Samson was seeing them like a football and hitting them all the way to Dubai from Sharjah. The current version of him is a pale shadow of that in-form batsman, but not an unfamiliar sight.

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IPL 2020: Off-balance KXIP continue to slip as Sunrisers Hyderabad find their groove

Lack of consistency in Kings XI Punjab's team selection seems to be their biggest undoing as they languish at the bottom of the table. Sunrisers, on the other hand, have hit upon a formula that is working for them.

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IPL 2020: Chennai's cup of woes brims over with another messed-up chase

Chasing 158, Chennai were placed at 101-3 in 13.1 overs when Watson fell. 57 more runs were needed off 41 balls, yet, Chennai failed, and only because Kolkata recognised their weakness and went for the jugular.

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IPL 2020: Mumbai Indians' consistent approach pays off as defending champions register third successive win

Mumbai Indians' consistent approach in IPL 2020 is paying rich dividends as the defending champions steam ahead like a well-oiled machine.

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India vs Sri Lanka: Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur make bids for third pacer spot as India’s pace experimentation gathers steam

India’s experimentation in the pace department is in the right direction for T20 World Cup, and Navdeeep Saini - Shardul Thakur have made good individual cases for that third/fourth pacer slot at the start of the year itself.

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India vs West Indies: Fielding coach R Sridhar has his task cut out as Virat Kohli and Co's woes raise uncomfortable questions

Crux of the matter being India need to improve their fielding before the series’ decider in Mumbai on Wednesday. Sridhar’s task is cut out in that regard to turn things around within two days.

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India vs Bangladesh: Hosts' series win a vindication of their experiments as young guns fire in Nagpur decider

In a 12-month journey that remains to the next T20 World Cup, India's win in Nagpur was a crucial marker. It will be remembered that when the seniors were missing or had a bad day, the youngsters put their hands up and etched out a win for India’s T20 experimentation.

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Virat Kohli birthday special: From heir apparent to scripting own legacy, Indian captain's journey is a tale of grit and steel

The Kohli who took on a raucous Australia crowd at Sydney in 2011-12 is forever lost. This is a man in control of fate, not his alone, but Indian cricket’s as a whole. There aren’t many men in history to have held such all-encompassing power in any field, let alone in a sporting arena.

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India vs Bangladesh: Mushfiqur Rahim steps out of Shakib Al Hasan's shadow to bring smiles to fans back home

In a way, this was a reversal of fortunes from that Bengaluru game in 2016, a loss that still personally rankles Rahim. On that night, Dhoni’s experience and quick thinking had got the better of him. On this smoggy night, Rahim returned the favour in full.

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India vs South Africa: The 2019 Test series loss should hurt Faf du Plessis and Co more than 2015 rout

Hopefully, the 2019 series loss against India will push the Proteas to look in the mirror and try to recover before South African cricket is lost beyond redemption.

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India vs South Africa: Pune's astounding lack of facilities for paying public is symptomatic of general apathy towards cricket fans

There was a time when the VCA Stadium in Nagpur used to be the least accessible cricket ground in India. That crown rests comfortably with Pune now, with the MCA International Stadium in Gahunje some 20-25 kilometres away from the city centre.

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India vs South Africa, 3rd T20I: India's lack of coherent batting plan, experimentation results in loss in Bengaluru

When India won the toss and Kohli said, he ‘wanted to challenge his batting line-up’, the onus was on them to make proper use of 20 overs available to set a challenging target at a ground where chasing is easy

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India vs South Africa 2nd T20I: Top-order consistency in limited-over formats provides hosts room for experiments

Team India's batting blueprint is the same – get set, mix it up with a flurry of boundaries, bat out the majority of overs and take the game deep, changing gears with ease.

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India vs West Indies: Shreyas Iyer mirrors Virat Kohli’s template in third ODI, Rishabh Pant leaves much to be desired again

It is pertinent to say that Iyer played to the situation, and allowed sufficient respect to the opposition when it mattered. In that, he replicated Kohli’s template.

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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli vs Kane Williamson — Tale of two similar yet different players

In Virat Kohli, New Zealand come face-to-face with the closest personality they will find to the talismanic Brendon McCullum. Thankfully, for their sake, they have Kane Williamson to help counter him.

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India vs Sri Lanka, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli and Co look for ideal team combination as semi-final beckons

Composition of the bowling attack, and that number seven slot, will be India's main talking points going into this game against Sri Lanka. The question to ask is if Virat Kohli would want to play a semi-final with only five bowling options?