articles by Vinayakk Mohanarangan

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Jadeja-Ashwin axis, Kohli's tactical flexibility, sharp catching: Takeaways for India from the Test series

The biggest takeaway from the series for India is, of course, the fact that they are still tigers at home. As far as Kohli and his team are concerned, there are a few other things that stood out too.

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India vs South Africa: Kohli and Co showed patience to prowl before going for the kill

In his second series win as captain, Kohli’s team has shown that they can win convincingly even when the conditions aren't entirely in their favour and the opponents offers a fight.

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Kotla Test, talking points: Rahane steals the show, Amla stays stubborn and Indian bowlers struggle

After scores of 1 and 7 in his debut Test at Kotla against Australia, Rahane ended up with 127 and 100* against South Africa this time around. Debut demons were well and truly banished.

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Kotla Test: India's top-order fails yet again but a determined Virat Kohli finds much-needed form

Virat Kohli's footwork was decisive, his shot-making was positive, his running was aggressive, his stares were steely.

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Nagpur Test: Don't let the pitch eclipse the web that Ashwin spun for South Africa

The debate about the pitch will rage on for a while. Meanwhile, Ashwin’s brain will be in overdrive, plotting the dismissals of batsmen he will be faced with, one delivery at a time.

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ISL 2015: Anelka, as player and manager, should shoulder most blame for Mumbai City's woes

Desire, fighting spirit: These were the words that were repeated ad-infinitum in Anelka's press conference after the draw against Kerala that felt like a defeat.

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Nagpur Test Preview: With overseas record on the line, South Africa need a batting masterclass against India

Now, as Nagpur gets ready to host the third Test of this Freedom series, all the focus is on the mental makeup of the No. 1 Test side in the world and how their batsmen respond against India.

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South Africa in India: Bowlers and fielders back Virat Kohli's instinct to go for the kill

Kohli's decision to bowl first – and by extension, bat fourth – hinged heavily on his bowler’s coming good on the first day. And they did just that, aided partly by some daft Test batting by South Africa and a field day for his catchers.

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Bengaluru Test preview: Pressure firmly on injury-hit South Africa in AB de Villiers' 100th Test

AB de Villiers – the man who everybody loves unconditionally in India, it seems – will walk out for his 100th Test when India take on South Africa in the second match of the Gandhi-Mandela series.

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BCCI contracts: Raina demoted, Rahane promoted; Mithali, Jhulan feature in women's top bracket

BCCI posted the list of players handed central contracts for the upcoming season on their website on Monday.

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First Test Preview: Dry Mohali pitch should favour India over South Africa

India have played 11 Tests played at the PCA stadium, winning five, drawing five and losing just one.

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Letter to Kapil Dev: We love Sachin Tendulkar for what he was, not what he could've been

As fans of the sport, we love Sehwag and Sachin for the way they thrilled us on a cricket pitch and carried the hopes of a cricket-crazy nation.

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ISL 2015: Sunil Chhetri 'exceeding expectations' as Mumbai City's tournament comes alive

Chhetri won headers from goalkicks, held up play well, combined brilliantly with Subash Singham on the right and Sony Norde on the left

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ISL 2015: Chhetri scores hat-trick as Mumbai smash NorthEast 5-1 for third straight win

After a winless streak of three games, Mumbai have a hat-trick of wins -- after a hat-trick from their star forward Chhetri.

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Takeaways for India from the SA ODI series: Rahane is now undroppable; Dhoni should still be captain

What-ifs in sport count for nothing, but there were occasions across the first four games that, had they swung in India's favour, the team could have won the series.

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IPL is still a big brand, says BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur

Thakur said he did not agree with the opinion that PepsiCo withdrew because of the IPL's image.

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India vs South Africa 4th ODI as it happened: India clinch win despite de Villiers masterclass

Live scores and updates of the 4th ODI between India and South Africa in Chennai.

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South Africa in India, 4th ODI: Can Dhoni's return to Chennai inspire a series-levelling performance?

South Africa, for their part, will be weakened by injuries as they prepare to go all-out for a series win against India in Chennai