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  • Dec 12, 2011 00:14 ISTStraight drive

    Crucial Test ahead for India’s big four in the series Down Under

    India’s celebrated big four (Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Virender Sehwag) face the severest test of their careers in the upcoming series in Australia. Amrit Mathur writes.

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    Dec 18, 2011 23:13 ISTIan-stinct

    Sehwag and Zaheer could decide this series

    As strange as it may sound, there could be some relief in sight for Australia’s beleaguered batsmen. Despite their number three ranking, India’s bowling doesn’t match up as well as the New Zealand attack did in favourable conditions. Ian Chappell writes.

  • Ajinkya Rahane dives to stop the ball
    Dec 24, 2011 00:00 ISTiOpener

    Mental toughness and right technique will help India

    Much emphasis has been laid on the process of 'preparation' lately - especially after the debacle in England earlier this year. What is preparation? How does one prepare? — popped up many a times during the post result analysis. Aakash Chopra writes.

  • Ricky Ponting
    Dec 25, 2011 00:27 ISTiOpener

    Openers have to make the starts count Down Under

    Opening is the key to success in Australia. It’s important to set the right tone, since the quality of the start is bound to influence the final outcome of the match. Aakash Chopra writes.

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    Dec 25, 2011 00:34 ISTBig Picture

    Less hype, more substance please

    No one, including the most optimistic Indian fan, can pretend to predict what outcome to expect on the bouncy, though far from menacing, Australian wickets. Pradeep Magazine writes.

  • Umesh Yadav
    Dec 25, 2011 23:14 ISTiOpener

    Make up for our bowlers' lack of experience with simple tricks

    While batting is undoubtedly India's strength, it's not possible to make an impression without having the arsenal to take 20 wickets in a Test match. After all, winning a Test match isn't just about scoring more runs than the opposition but about dismissing the opposition twice. Aakash Chopra writes. Their corner

  • Ricky Ponting
    Dec 28, 2011 23:01 ISTDadagiri

    Allow the likes of Ponting, Hussey to breathe easy

    What a Test this has been. Australia came back superbly on Wednesday to pick up seven wickets, and then India rattled the rather shaky Aussie top order. Kudos to the curator. Sourav Ganguly writes.

  • Mahendra Singh Dhoni,Michael
    Dec 29, 2011 23:33 IST

    The loss will hurt, but we will be back

    Saddled with the reputation of being poor starters overseas, India did precious little to rectify the anomaly in the Melbourne Test. Javagal Srinath writes.

  • Rahul Dravid
    Dec 31, 2011 00:12 ISTBig Picture

    Can the golden generation recreate old magic?

    India's loss in the first Test at the MCG will raise a question mark again on the ability of the "golden generation" to recreate the form of its magical past. Pradeep Magazine writes.

  • Mahendra Singh Dhoni
    Jan 02, 2012 00:04 ISTStraight Drive

    Melbourne Test an affirmation of India's dismal overseas record

    If the Melbourne Test highlighted some traditional aspects of Indian cricket, it also brought into focus some startling new facts. First, the things we are familiar with. Amrit Mathur writes.

  • Anil Kumble
    Jan 02, 2012 23:07 ISTiOpener

    Road to redemption: Bat five sessions in an innings

    Images of India winning the toss on an overcast morning and electing to bat on a dampish wicket summon, writes Aakash Chopra.

  • Virat Kohli
    Jan 03, 2012 00:06 ISTDadagiri

    I’m happy Dhoni is backing his players

    For me, the worry is Virat Kohli. He had an ordinary series in the West Indies and two poor scores could dent the young man’s confidence. Sourav Ganguly writes.

  • Ishant Sharma & Michael Clarke
    Jan 05, 2012 23:44 ISTDadagiri

    Huge psychological blow for India

    Australia have taken a massive lead in this Test and, though one should not predict results in sport, India will have to do something very special from here on. Sourav Ganguly writes. Their corner

  • Pat Cummins
    Jan 05, 2012 23:47 ISTInterview Pat Cummins

    'The one batsman I want to bowl to is Sehwag'

    The affable tearaway, sidelined for the Test series because of a shin injury, is hopeful of regaining fitness ahead of the two T20s and the one-day triseries. He spoke exclusively to the Hindustan Times. Pat Cummins in an interview with Rohit Bhaskar.

  • Sachin Tendulkar
    Jan 06, 2012 23:36 ISTIan-stinct

    Sachin has himself to blame

    In a dismal display, India couldn't even achieve the one thing that might have sent them to Perth on a positive note — a century of international hundreds for Sachin Tendulkar. Ian chappell writes. Numbers tell the tale | Sydney surrender