articles by R Kaushik

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Cricket must use Michael Holding’s resounding voice of reason as catalyst to come out of its cocoon

Michael Holding’s words of wisdom, uttered with feeling but without histrionics, scythed through our collective slumber like a massive jolt of electricity. It is high time the silent superstars speak up too.

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Of low expectations and high hopes: A then 14-year-old recalls the emotional rollercoaster he went through as India lifted 1983 World Cup

What worked for India? Plenty, actually. Accidentally or by design, the right men for the conditions, an inspirational captain, and the infusion of self-belief once they felled West Indies in their first game. They didn’t necessarily believe even then that they could reach the Promised Land, but they weren’t going to die wondering.

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Daren Sammy revelations could represent watershed moment for Indian sports in effort to break down systems of racial bias

The cricket world is still feeling the aftershocks of Sammy's Instagram post that shook everyone out of a pandemic-induced reverie

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Erapalli Prasanna, the off-spinner non-pareil who played international cricket on his own terms

Erapalli Prasanna played international cricket on his own terms. That’s hardly surprising, because he has lived his entire life on his own terms, too.

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Cricket in empty stadiums: Humbling eye-opener as hitherto unsung fans grab spotlight in absentia

Maybe now, when the player's best doesn’t attract instant applause, he will realise the value of what once was, and will be more humble and responsive when the past is recreated in future.

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Fluid dynamics of rankings dance suggest No 1 need not always mean world's best

Exactly a week back, India lost their top-dog status in the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Test rankings. But is No 1 spot the best indicator of a team's dominance?

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Spit-and-polish: Challenges of enforcing saliva ban as cricket mulls new-normal measures

Using saliva to polish the ball is a sub-conscious exercise, almost second nature. It’s become muscle memory, so to speak. If there is a new legislation in place that bans the use of saliva, will they be able to cope with unlearning what they have learnt over the years?

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Don't hoard in the cupboards or the mind: Ravi Shastri on life in lockdown

Ravi Shastri: Not a shot has been fired, not a bullet discharged, not a stone thrown. Not one of the high-tech weapons in the arsenal of several nations has been used. And yet, the whole world has been paralysed by a tiny but deadly virus.

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Creating history, minting memories: A storyteller recounts India's epochal series wins in Pakistan, 16 years ago

India completed their first, and so far only, Test series win in Pakistan on this day 16 years back. Here's looking back at the historic triumph.

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Sledge and risk IPL contract: ‘Pup’ Michael Clarke barks up the wrong tree

Even at his peak, Michael Clarke wasn’t winning any popularity contests back home. Viewed as self-centred bordering on the selfish, it is unlikely that the former Australian skipper’s latest remarks which stopped just short of questioning the commitment of his colleagues would have gained him any friends, home or away.

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Accept, adapt, prepare: Mind coach Sujith Somasundar’s guide to fighting physical inaction and conquering mental blues

As things stand, a return to competitive sport is a long way away. All one can do in the interim is wait, accept, adapt and prepare.

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From a miracle, to the spectacle — 19 years on, VVS Laxman relives Chepauk takedown of Australia

Architect of the historic Kolkata win, VVS Laxman relives Chennai vicotry that sealed India's famous series win against Australia in 2001.

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Ranji Trophy 2019-20: With Jaydev Unadkat as the engine, cohesive Saurashtra deliver on their promise

As far as inspirational skippers go, Unadkat is right up there. Looking at him now, at his confidence in his abilities, it’s hard to believe that this is the same person who debuted disastrously for India in the Centurion Test in 2010.

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MS Dhoni debate and weight of expectations headline challenges in front of chairman of selectors Sunil Joshi

The immediate priority, though, will be the composition of the Twenty20 squad and, most crucially, how Joshi’s panel views the future of Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

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India vs New Zealand: In land of the flightless bird, Pujara-Kohli-Rahane troika looks to take wing

It’s possibly presumptuous to assume so, considering they are still only 31, 31 and 32 respectively, but with the historic long gaps between India’s Test visits to this part of the world, this could well be the last time Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara are together playing five-day cricket in New Zealand

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New golden generation of Indian batting is here, waiting to shine at international level, while already going places

This embarrassment of riches for Indian batting isn’t an accidental offshoot of an optimistic project. Instead, it’s a tribute to the system which enhances exposure not just through a plethora of matches domestically across age-groups, but also through international games for the U19s to go with more frequent and well-planned India 'A' tours.

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Cricket-watching in New Zealand – quirky and chilled out, but don’t forget your shoes

Watching cricket in New Zealand is an experience like none other. Already in the last ten days, we have been to four different grounds, each one unique, each outing a treasure trove of memories.

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India vs New Zealand: Destiny’s cruel hand casts giant shadow over Rohit Sharma's red-ball fairytale...again

At 32, and with immediate success to reflect on, keeping one’s composure might not be the easiest task, but as opener, that’s exactly what Rohit has had to do of late.

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Dealt with an unkind cut, Shikhar Dhawan's cup of injury woes spills over

While Shikhar Dhawan's latest setback isn’t debilitating, it is a blip both for the batsman himself and for the team with the Twenty20 World Cup less than nine months away and preparations just about entering the final stretch.

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From bad boy of world cricket to ICC Spirit of Cricket award winner: Stormy petrel Virat Kohli's metamorphosis is complete

To be rewarded with the Spirit of Cricket Award for standing up for Steve Smith must be particularly satisfying for Virat Kohli, still an enigma of sorts despite much of his life playing out in full public glare for the better part of a decade now.