articles by Prem Panicker

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India vs Pakistan Final 2017: Champions Trophy final will be won by the team that holds its nerve longer

It all boils down, then, to a match-up between the finest batting side in the tournament, India versus the best bowling side, Pakistan.

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India vs Pakistan Final 2017: Sarfraz Ahmed and Co's best chance of causing an upset rests with their bowling

On balance, then, Pakistan’s best chance of pulling off an upset for the ages rests with its bowling. And that in turn sets up a dream match-up: the best bowling unit in this tournament versus its most impressive batting side, the contest playing out on a true wicket.

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ICC Champions Trophy 2017: India's gradual elimination of error stands them in good stead ahead of semifinal

If there is one facet about India’s play in this edition of the Champions’ Trophy that merits comment, it is the gradual elimination of error.

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ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Bangladesh's internalization of the winning feeling makes them 'dangerous'

Bangladesh in recent times has tasted victories; they have tested their strengths and duct-taped their weaknesses, and now they have a lean and hungry look about them. “Such men”, Julius Caesar famously ventriloquized Shakespeare, “are dangerous.”

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Virat Kohli-Anil Kumble 'rift' exposes the star system in Indian cricket fostered over time

The ongoing 'conflict' between India captain Virat Kohli and coach Anil Kumble is not about boys wanting to have fun out of school; it cuts deeper.

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India vs Pakistan: Arch-rivals' contrasting fortunes set up intriguing Champions Trophy clash

Pakistan, ranked eight out of eight teams, has nothing to lose; India, as defending champions, has everything to gain. The first meeting of the traditional rivals in eons could hardly have been set up better.

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India vs Australia: As Steve Smith and Co ran out of gas on Day 3, hosts held their nerve to win series

Australia had stayed competitive for almost the entirety of the series. But they ran out of gas on the third day and paid for it on the fourth.

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India vs Australia, 4th Test: Dramatic Day 3 one of many reasons this series will be remembered for ages

India resumes on Tuesday with ten wickets in hand and 87 runs to get to wrest the Border-Gavaskar Trophy back from Australia. That the visitors still have a slim chance to pull this game out, that the series is still on the line heading into the fourth day of the final Test, is just one of the myriad reasons this Test series will go down as one for the ages.

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India vs Australia: Kuldeep Yadav's fairytale debut helps hosts wrench control on Day 1

That Kuldeep Yadav made the side was surprising enough; that he would then produce a series of impossibly brilliant deliveries to slice through the Australian batting lineup stretched credulity to the limit and beyond.

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India vs Australia, 4th Test: R Ashwin's form a worry, Mohammed Shami's return a distinct boost for hosts

A good case could be made for India choosing the more attacking option and benching Karun Nair in favour Shami, who seems to have gotten over the injury sustained against England.

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India vs Australia: Ranchi match should be preserved in aspic as a reminder of Test cricket's charm

Someone should preserve this India-Australia game in aspic – and point to it every time the old cry of Test cricket losing its charm is heard. Or maybe that is just the Test tragic in me.

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India vs Australia: Visitors could still draw Ranchi Test if they learn from Pujara-Saha masterclass

If the Australian players focus on the one ball they have to face at the time, they can still pull a draw out of this match against India at Ranchi.

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India vs Australia, 3rd Test: Cheteshwar Pujara made even Wriddhiman Saha believe he could bat on all day

The real influence of Pujara was not that he believed he had the mental fortitude to bat as long as it took, but that he made his partner Saha believe, and dedicate himself to the task.

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India vs Australia, 3rd Test: Virat Kohli and Co placed to take control of evenly poised match

India can afford to bat for time, because the longer it bats, the more the pressure is on Australia not to buckle cheap in the third innings and let India get a sniff.

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India vs Australia, 3rd Test: Cheteshwar Pujara helps India stay in contention with 'meditative' batting

'Meditative' is a word that became quite overused in the commentary box as the innings extended, and it exactly describes the zen-like way Pujara played on the day.

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India vs Australia, 3rd Test: Hosts have Ravindra Jadeja to thank for relatively happy position

Jadeja, whose marathon 49.3 overs earned him five wickets for just 124, at a cost of 2.5 runs per over, on a day when his three bowling mates were visibly undercooked.

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India vs Australia, 3rd Test: Dogged Glenn Maxwell shows he has mettle to perform in longer format too

On Thursday, Maxwell showed exactly what he was talking about when he said he had been working on his long game. His defence was tight and he scrupulously avoided even a twitch in the direction of the sweep or the reverse for the longest time.

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India vs Australia, 3rd Test: Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell together portend a grind for hosts on the field

There will little help this morning in the pitch and yet, somehow, the Indian bowlers need to find a way to winkle out the remaining Australian wickets inside 100-150 runs.

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India vs Australia, 3rd Test: Smith-Maxwell countered hosts' bowlers, not 'imagined terrors' of the pitch

Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell took the game away from India with a crucial 159-run partnership on the first day of the third Test in Ranchi.