articles by Chetan Narula

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India vs Bangladesh, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Semis qualification beckons as simmering sub-continent rivalry awaits its boiling point

Let it be said here — India-Pakistan match-ups in any cricket World Cup induce a lot of pre-match hoopla for obvious reasons, but the on-field returns are quite underwhelming. Change this sub-continental rivalry to India-Bangladesh, and at least in terms of recent history, this clash has provided far more excitement, both on and off the field.

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India vs England, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli and Co out to further dampen hosts' semi-final qualification hopes

At this point in time, India can do no wrong. To the naked eye, this might not seem the best plausible statement about their batting problems. But hey, this Indian line-up has messed things up twice, and yet they are the only unbeaten team in this tournament still.

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India vs West Indies, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli and Co look for improved showing with the bat against unpredictable Windies

India will be looking for an improved batting performance and nothing more, when they take the field against West Indies. Apart from Dhoni, the other debate is regarding number four.

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India vs Afghanistan, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Relaxed Virat Kohli and Co prepare for another easy outing against troubled Afghanistan

In all this chatter about India, and how they are on a roll at the moment, the Afghans are in danger of getting lost. Maybe they already are, for the noises emanating from their dressing room aren’t heartening.

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India vs Pakistan, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Traditional rivalry gets ready for another chapter as rain threat looms

While Pakistan will seek to find new heroes, India will breathe hard in their own dressing room. They know a repeat of Champions Trophy final could happen — all the chatter stops outside the boundary ropes, no equations, no past records, nothing else matters, and Kohli — as captain — only realised it all too well in 2017.

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India vs New Zealand, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli's men face uphill task in Nottingham gloom

India’s batting line-up — heavily dependent on its top-order — will be rejigged. Therein lies their strength in depth and weakness that a set formula has been broken. And it begins with the broken opening partnership, arguably the most consistent in ODI cricket at present.

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India vs South Africa, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli and Co start fresh and favourites against Proteas

While India are well-rested and fresh before their tournament opener, an injury-hit South Africa has already ridden a roller-coaster with two losses in two games. India start off as favourites at Southampton.

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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Familiar issues re-emerge as India's English summer begins on jarring note against New Zealand in warm-up

In the very first engagement of this ICC Cricket World Cup summer, New Zealand held up a mirror to the various problems plaguing India's preparations over the last two years.

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IPL 2019, DC's road to playoffs: Delhi Capitals have enjoyed a successful season, but can they make it stellar by clinching title?

By entering the IPL knockouts for the first time in seven years, Delhi Capitals have rewritten their own history books.

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IPL 2019 CSK vs DC: MS Dhoni stumps Delhi as the Capitals lose chance to showcase knockouts’ mettle

This was Delhi Capitals' one shot at standing on the firm ground against other teams in the fray that have previously won the IPL on multiple occasions. But they fluffed it.

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IPL 2019, RR vs DC: Rishabh Pant's innings against Rajasthan showed what India will miss at World Cup

Pant's half-century showed what he can do when he gets his head down and understands the importance of tempering some of his shots just so he can help the team reach the finish line. It also shows what India will potentially miss in England this summer — an explosive young talent unlike any other in world cricket at the moment.

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IPL 2019, RCB vs DC: Kagiso Rabada and Shreyas Iyer's performance against Bangalore should help inject much-needed consistency in Delhi's campaign

Delhi Capitals will be hoping that Rabada-Iyer’s form will spur a wave of consistency in their team’s play overall.

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IPL 2019, KXIP vs DC: Delhi's collective immaturity stands out as they lose from winning position to Punjab

Over the last three games, Delhi Capitals’ bowling has evolved from strength to strength, particularly taking in the learning from the Chennai defeat. However, it's their batting that is proving a tough nut to crack.

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Remembering April 2, 2011: The day Wankhede entered folklore, the night we danced on the streets of Mumbai

India ended the 28-year wait for the World Cup on this day, nine years back, at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium. Chetan Narula revisits the night that he covered as a cricket reporter.

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IPL 2019, MI vs DC: Rishabh Pant wins the Jasprit Bumrah battle to form centerpiece of Delhi Capitals’ brilliant start

Bumrah was played off the park by Rishabh Pant; so much so that Rohit Sharma and Yuvraj Singh were both pictured wondering out aloud and the captain even questioned if the bowler was using his mind. Mumbai Indians’ well-set plans didn’t just go awry, they were obliterated.

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IPL 2019: With Shikhar Dhawan's return, changes in backroom staff, renewed Delhi Capitals seek change of fortunes in tournament

In eleven IPL seasons, Delhi Capitals (erstwhile Daredevils) have only entered the play-offs thrice, If they could somehow manage to finish in the top-five this season, JSW ought to consider it a good-enough investment and something to build upon.

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India vs New Zealand: Rishabh Pant in focus as visitors look to finish tour in style with T20I blast

India will use the upcoming T20I series against New Zealand as an opportunity to sort out their middle-order issues ahead of the 2019 World Cup.

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India vs New Zealand: With MS Dhoni back in side, visitors hope for mature batting performance in Wellington

India need to be at full strength because they had shrugged off the Hamilton loss as a one-off. But as this last overseas ODI before the World Cup approaches, the Indian team will want to flex its batting muscles properly.

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India vs New Zealand: After series win, hosts' attention shifts towards confirming key World Cup slots

With the advantage of 3-0 and a series victory already under their belt, India will want to use these next two ODIs to firm up spots for the World Cup and so will New Zealand.

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India vs New Zealand: Kiwis need massive batting improvement to stay alive as Virat Kohli and Co aim to wrap up series

With a 2-0 lead, India will aim to wrap the five-match series up with a win in the third ODI which will also be Virat Kohli's last match of New Zealand tour.