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  • R Kaushik
  • THE LONG AND SHORT OF IT

    by R Kaushik
Love and grandfatherly lessons in Gavaskar's ponytail

Love and grandfatherly lessons in Gavaskar's ponytail

Grandparents are fun, but they can also be an inspiration and our first teachers – just as they were for the likes of Connors and Laxman read more

Balaji, the battler with evergreen charm

The man with the widest smile in cricket who refused to be broken by injuries, leaves the read more

The Duleep Trophy, convenient colours and a short shrift

It is almost as if the tournament is encouraging individualism and selfishness this season, never a good read more

Wide angle: Ashwin, and cricketers turned mediamen

Despite the player-media divide, we have seen the likes of Kumble, Dhoni and Rahul show an read more

Dravid and Laxman: A match made in cricketing heaven

It was almost a given that the two would work well together – they did, and they continue to enrich Indian cricket, with calm and grace

Sindhu is no Dravid to Saina’s Tendulkar anymore

The Rio hero’s parents aren’t too different from VVS Laxman’s, and she will be the first to acknowledge the role her father has played in her rise

The Azhar flick, the Laxman twirl – passing the baton

Every so often, some cricketers come along to remind you of those from a previous era, like Ashwin and Bravo are doing now

Azhar Ali, Warne, King Viv and last-over dramas

No matter how mundane the passages of play in between, there's usually no shortage of incident as the umpire readies to call 'Stumps'

Cricket’s Streak Freaks – what’s the runaround really worth?

A dare? Alcohol? Exhibitionism? You’d think streakers would have learnt their lesson after running into Chappell and Symonds

Kabali, Kohli and Cook – what makes for pleasant viewing

As celebrations go, the India Test captain's was subdued, but there's nothing amiss with a few Misbah-style push-ups either

Will cricket's McIlroys choose the Olympics?

ICC need the Games to spread cricket, but it is debatable if their best players can in turn enrich the quadrennial extravaganza

Tendulkar, Kyrgios and the thin line between love and hate

Is love for the chosen sport compulsory in the push for greatness? Or, as Laxman feels, it’s just about getting past the ‘period of aspiration’?

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