As India prepares to take on Sri Lanka, the think tank might spend time deciphering Lasith Malinga, for he could probably be the biggest threat. The ones who haven't faced him enough might be a little wary. Aakash Chopra
A cricketer has to keep his side of the bargain — which is to play good cricket. And clean cricket. How unpleasant it would be for cricket lovers to begin to view every no-ball or wide with cynicism and doubt. Aakash Chopra
As the story of spot fixing gets deeper and dirtier, I remind myself of the seemingly untouched early 1990s — the era when mobile phones hadn't yet become indispensable, and honey traps considered a bit too improper. Aakash Chopra writes.
For a young Indian player, especially if he happens to be a batsman, success in the league comes only if he ticks a few boxes. Aakash Chopra
MS Dhoni is called the best finisher in T20 for a reason — when he's in the middle, one hardly doubts the result will not go CSK's way. Aakash Chopra
Chris Gayle has been so sensational that most teams have opted for a radically different approach to assess what total would be par for course against the RCB. Aakash Chopra
It’s hard to remain a ‘mystery’ in today’s times — with all the video footage available to scrutinise every movement in slow-motion, the action has shifted from the 22 yards to the editing table, writes Aakash Chopra.
The decision by the Tamil Nadu government to prohibit 13 Sri Lankan players from entering the state isn't just shocking but also inexplicable, writes Aakash Chopra.
During the first edition of the Indian Premier League in 2008, Cheteshwar Pujara was sent home without being given an opportunity. While his style is more suited for the longer format, the fact that he wasn't even considered worthy enough for a game was cruel. Aakash Chopra writes.
A battery of current and former cricketers hailed India's historic 4-0 whitewash of Australia on Sunday as the hosts completed the clean sweep with a six-wicket win in the fourth Test.
Nothing explains the absurdity of Indian cricket better than the predicament of one man — Ajinkya Rahane. For over two years, and inspite of scoring truckloads of runs in first-class cricket, Rahane has been warming the bench, consistently playing the 12th man. Aakash Chopra reports.
The drastic decision to suspend four crucial players — Shane Watson, James Pattinson, Mitchell Johnson, and Usman Khawaja has left the cricketing world at odds. Even as Cricket Australia firmly defends its disciplinary action, many greats consider it to be too severe.
Perform or perish, the message for Sehwag had been unambiguous for a long time, more so before the start of the ongoing Test series. The latter is what has been decided for him, at least for now. He must go, the selectors have unequivocally ordered, and justifiably so, for his Test records in the recent past haven’t been impressive. Aakash Chopra
Much like captain Cook's marathon innings in the first Test at Motera, captain Dhoni's scintillating double hundred against the Australians in the first Test at Chennai is also anticipated to have the same impact on this series. Aakash Chopra
Post the disappointing summer of 2011, preparation, or the lack of it, became one of the most widely discussed subjects in Indian cricket. We'd failed to prepare, and hence should've been ready to fail too.
It's not a secret that Sehwag's reflexes are waning and since he's already articulated his desire to go back to the middle order, it might be a good idea to give it a shot. Aakash Chopra
Post the crushing losses overseas, it was assumed that the series at home —our impregnable bastion would prove to be our saving grace. Unfortunately, England, once again, routed India in the Test series and in the process, widened the cracks that had opened up during the earlier losses. Aakash Chopra
With the league phase of this season's Ranji Trophy having concluded, this might be a good time to see how these stars of the U-19 World Cup fared amidst the seniors, Aakash Chopra writes.
The chronic phase, expected to have gotten over after the Australian embarrassment of 2012, now seems to be becoming more of an era of bad cricket with almost nothing left to cheer about. Aakash Chopra
In what could be a 'last-ditch effort' to bail out 50-over cricket, the ICC has introduced yet another set of rules to liven up the otherwise dull proceedings, writes Aakash Chopra.