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  • Dileep Premachandran
  • TURF TALES

    by Dileep Premachandran
16 years on, Pandya and the embrace of greatness

16 years on, Pandya and the embrace of greatness

In 2001, against Steve Waugh’s Australians in a warm-up game, it was VVS Laxman’s India A that set in motion the events read more

Can Bangladesh be India’s ‘noisy’ neighbour?

The rivalry against Pakistan is too intermittent, that against Sri Lanka has never quickened the pulse – the read more

Don’t make players beasts of burden – keep cricket schedules sane

Administrators the world over need to standardise cricket schedules so that the lopsided seasons India and Australia read more

Panesar, Sriram aren't wizards, but they have wisdom to offer

It may not change the scoreline in Australia's tour of India, but the duo can point read more

Awayitis isn’t only Pakistan’s problem – but poor fitness is on them

When Australia were thrashed in Sri Lanka and England undone in India, the gulf between home and away sides was just as stark

Dhoni's captaincy stamp, in sun and shadow

The sense of calm in India’s most successful skipper was both his greatest strength and a cross to bear

New dawn for Tendulkar Town

The India-England Test will be the first in nearly three decades without the man who will always be ‘master’ to the Chepauk faithful

Sorry MCC, four-day Tests are not the answer

The game’s longest format just needs better marketing and more equitable distribution in an age when there are fewer draws than ever

Two Cooks, and Tendulkar the Hero

On the day that a son emulated his father, Indians recall day-night magic of another kind

Australian cricket – down, under, and in disarray

The Big Bash League is right at the heart of the home season; the great summer for five-day cricket is now all about Thunder, Scorchers and Strikers

Building on the Hussain legacy

The former skipper was the path-breaker for Asians in English cricket; the Alis and the Hameeds owe him plenty

The Cuban Missile crisis, and memories of Perth

It may not be a greased lightning pitch anymore but bowling well at the WACA has always needed more than pace alone

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