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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

'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 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

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