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Personal Agenda: Virat Kohli, Cricketer

Delhi means everything to me. This city has given me everything and I love it.

A different ball game

If the world has become a global village, then the Indian Premier League has become the ‘nukkad’ of world cricket, writes Joy Bhattacharjya.

Everything in India is blown out of proportion: Gautam Gambhir

He was dropped from the squad against Australia and then jaundice prevented his return following an unexpected call up as injury replacement for what proved to be a historic series-ender on home turf. But Gautam Gambhir has no regrets. Kaushik Chatterji in conversation with Gautam Gambhir.

Pujara rewarded for sticking to his batting beliefs

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.

Conflict of interest, yet nobody cares

Politics and sports are inextricably linked and anyone who pretends that the twain will never meet is living in a delusional world, writes Pradeep Magazine.

Stars or not, tournament won’t be short on excitement

For the next eight weeks, the Indian Premier League will again dominate the lives of cricket fans not only across India, but in different parts of the world as well. Javagal Srinath writes.

Fate pushes reluctant captains in leadership roles

As the Delhi Daredevils take on the Rajasthan Royals, the two teams are led by players who share the same cricket DNA.

Team has allowed me to be fearless

The Mumbai Indians lost narrowly to the Royal Challengers on Thursday night and we registered a fine win over my old team, Delhi Daredevils, in the opening game. Gautam Gambhir writes. Gauti says

O captain, my captain...

Good captaincy is like pornography; it's difficult to define but you know it when you see it. Ian Chappell writes. In a league of their own

Cool heads an asset in Delhi’s hour of crisis

Stung by six successive Stung by six successive defeats, Delhi urgently need a stroke of luck, and moment of inspiration, to extract themselves from the hole they presently occupy in the league table. Amrit Mathur writes.

Maximum points on home run helps

I’m not a superstitious person, so I’m not going to hide from the fact that we are going through a good moment. Chris Gayle writes.

Home advantage? Don’t look for too much of it in T20

In sport, there is a huge advantage of playing at home. Cricket also toes the home advantage line, though I am not sure whether it ought to be as massive a factor as it is turning out to be this season. Javagal Srinath writes.

Teams have got smarter in planning

We are getting to that stage of the competition that is generally referred to as the 'business end', with the race for qualification spots gathering momentum. The next week or so will offer a clearer picture on which six teams will be vying for the four play-off spots. Anil Kumble writes.

Test-match line and length an antidote to Gayle's volatility

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 writes.

Hostility against Virat was taking it too far

We are at the half-way mark and it’s the first time in the competition’s 5-year history that I’ve noticed teams doing exceptionally well at home. Chris Gayle writes. Chris says
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CSK 16 11 5 0 0 +0.530 22
MI 16 11 5 0 0 +0.441 22
RR 16 10 6 0 0 +0.322 20
SRH 16 10 6 0 0 +0.003 20
RCB 16 9 7 0 0 +0.457 18
K XI P 16 8 8 0 0 +0.226 16
KKR 16 6 10 0 0 -0.095 12
PW 16 4 12 0 0 -1.006 8
DD 16 3 13 0 0 -0.848 6