It's so easy to get overwhelmed by the disaster that overtook India in the Test series. But the beauty of the sport is things can change overnight, writes Ravi Shastri. Special Coverage: Mission Sri Lanka
If it's my bane to be a fortune-teller, I would think Lanka would end up with a handy 50-75 run lead. India's response would largely depend on how Virender Sehwag shapes up in the second innings, writes Ravi Shastri.
India would be disappointed by their effort on the first day of the final Test. An important toss was won, the start was fabulous but then the story of this tour repeated itself, writes Ravi Shastri.Mission Sri Lanka
Mendis has this knack of producing an unplayable delivery in between a few loose ones, which at least Sehwag was quick to capitalise on. The rest still appear too mesmerised by his guile and variety, writes Ravi Shastri.
Barring Virender Sehwag, the others looked pretty tentative as the middle-order made a quick procession back to the pavilion, writes Ravi Shastri.
The memories of June 25, 1983 are so fresh in my mind that it seems we won the World Cup only the other day, writes Ravi Shastri.
And it's much more than just RA Podar's sparkling commerce courses says Vidhushi Tikoo..
Hindustan Times | By Vidhushi Tikoo Vidhushi Tikoo, Mumbai
Despite missing Shane Warne and Sohail Tanvir and with their batting order being reshuffled, the bench-strength, who got useful match-practice, ensured that Jaipur were not disgraced, writes Ravi Shastri.
I do foresee a huge decline of ODIs though. In two similar formats of instant cricket, T20 would have better appeal for all, writes Ravi Shastri.
For the first time in the game’s history, individual owners of cricket teams have come about and players have been auctioned, writes Ravi Shastri.
Chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar appeals to BCCI to adopt the Inter-Universities cricket tournament for the Rohinton Baria Trophy to bring back the glory days of the tournament.
"...the proposal came from Ravi Shastri himself," says an official who attended a top-level NCA meet in Bangalore.
The BCCI make it clear that they would stick to the list of applicants they recieved while selecting India's next coach before the Australian tour.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
India needed to bat to a big total in the first knock, and I'm sure they can't blame the pitch for the lost opportunity, writes Ravi Shastri.
None | By Ravi Shastri | Former captain on India’s batting on Day 2
Sachin Tendulkar is another man who gets unnecessarily pilloried for everything he does, writes Ravi Shastri.
The former skipper says burdening MS Dhoni with the Test captaincy would be asking for too much from the youngster.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Mohali
This series is what it has always been between the two archrivals -- India's batsmen vs Pakistan's bowlers, writes Ravi Shastri.
Nobody in India is celebrating their team has run the world champions close, writes Ravi Shastri.
It was short but hardly sweet for Indian fans. The batting collapsed miserably in Vadodara and neither the wicket nor an early start had anything to do with it, writes Ravi Shastri.
Wickets in the middle overs are of prime importance and India are missing a trick here, writes Ravi Shastri.
The former India captain accepts BCCI's offer for the post of National Cricket Academy chairman, reports G Krishnan.
For the moment though, Indians seem liberated from that yoke of domination, writes Ravi Shastri.
Former India captain Ravi Shastri has been appointed chairman of the National Cricket Academy.
Overboundaries are to cricket what the speed of light is to physics — you can’t physically top them.
Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
I am hugely impressed with this Karnataka youngster. Bowlers were on the rampage, the team was down to the last specialist pair, yet Uthappa looked a cat on the prowl, writes Ravi Shastri.
India refuse to fade away from this fascinating ODI series. There's a resilience in the side which allows it to survive glaring slips, writes Ravi Shastri.
The sides are evenly matched, but the fielding, plummeting to new depths with every game, could pull the rug from under India's feet, writes Ravi Shastri.