• Dileep Premachandran
  • TURF TALES

    by Dileep Premachandran
Sex, lies and no spirit

Sex, lies and no spirit

Tino Best’s autobiography, with its emphasis on off-field numbers, is testament to the decline of a great cricket culture read more

The summer of Dilip Vengsarkar

Indian cricket’s Colonel, who always disliked that description, turns 60 today read more

The Dharamsala debacle, and a game of one upmanship

The eleventh-hour shifting of the India-Pakistan has brought discredit on everyone involved, with fans the read more

Martin Crowe: Marked by nature, gone too soon

Crowe struck a chord with both layman and expert, and with his passing, the game has lost read more

IPL money talks, and every Bodi is listening

For the nearly men of cricket in nations like South Africa, a contract with the T20 league can make or break fortunes

Dhanawade to Afridi and Laxman: How big numbers don't equate to greatness

Celebration of Mumbai schoolboy's marathon effort forces us to look at the way we assess greatness in team sport

Doctored pitches and warped perceptions

Given that India is the acknowledged land of turn, spin-friendly surfaces should obviously be the norm

Zaheer Khan: India’s 21st century titan

Since remaking himself in the middle of 2006, Zaheer had a half-decade fit to rank amongst the best in history

Cricket needs to go the rugby way, and embrace the wider world

Without the kind of giant-killings that Japan pulled off, cricket will struggle to expand its following

England don't want him but cricket needs KP

At a time when the game is crying for more attention, players such as Pietersen should not be marginalised

The lilting Morse Code of Richie Benaud

In an age when young fans are subjected to noise pollution, the minimalism and simplicity of Benaud stood out

I am not Virat Kohli

The media needs to reassess how it represents players and their loved ones. These aren’t walking, talking headlines

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