Ponting before Australia or Australia before Ponting?

At 37, most athletes are entering the last leg of their sporting careers. Not Ricky Ponting. Apart from his grit and determination to excel, his aging body ought to be asking for a break. Question though is if his team can afford to relent to his body's needs.

Ponting before Australia or Australia before Ponting?

Goodbye to India's batting greats

It is impossible to be completely rational about sport. Romance and sentiment are part of the deal. To think about or relate to sport with detached and clinical logic is to strip it of its very soul.

Goodbye to India's batting greats

Hilfenhaus' guile and the Indians' dance

Wickets or maidens, top order or tailenders, with new ball or old, Australian pacer Ben Hilfenhaus is a nightmare which just refuses to go away for the Indians in the ongoing Test series.

Hilfenhaus' guile and the Indians' dance

Umesh Yadav: Journey of a police aspirant to WACA

Umesh Yadav has been a stand-out performer for India in what has otherwise been a dismal series for MS Dhoni and his team Down Under. On Saturday, he claimed his first five-wicket haul in Tests.

Umesh Yadav: Journey of a police aspirant to WACA

How Kumble's team bounced back in Perth in 2008

Though most experts have written off India's chances of making a comeback in the series after crushing defeats in the Melbourne and Sydney Tests, it is not the first time Team India has been in this situation Down Under.

How Kumble's team bounced back in Perth in 2008

The dream is dead for Sachin, Dravid and Laxman

It's all over, as Bill Lawry would say. Sachin Tendulkar: 22 years of international cricket, five Test tours to Australia. Rahul Dravid: close to 16 years of international cricket, four tours to Australia. VVS Laxman: same as Dravid. They will never win a Test series in Australia. How broken the three must feel. Australia, the land that loved t...

The dream is dead for Sachin, Dravid and Laxman

VVS Laxman's first boundary of the series

There were things typical and atypical about VVS Laxman's boundary in Nathan Lyon's first over. Across Laxman's career it has almost been his signature stroke, a wristy flick in front of square leg. But on this tour the boundary was something of a keynote event. It was Laxman's first of the series, in his fourth innings and off his 61st ball. T...

VVS Laxman's first boundary of the series

Australia's India dominance is refreshing

Domineering. There is no other word for it. Australia's innings and 68-run victory over India at the SCG was the most comprehensive mauling meted out to an opponent of note in more than two years, and the hammer blow in a series that had begun with the visitors considered favourites. How strange and distant that seems now. Michael Clarke's team...

Australia's India dominance is refreshing

Rahul Dravid: Great at 38

Rahul Dravid has just had his second-best year in Test cricket. It has been, most of all, about meeting his own high expectations.

Rahul Dravid: Great at 38

Ten memorable SCG Tests

As the Sydney Cricket Ground hosts its 100th Test, here is a quick look back at some of the most famous - and infamous - Tests at the venue.

Ten memorable SCG Tests

Will Fletcher's Australia jinx continue?

Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has a jinxed man in his corner and it's none other than coach Duncan Fletcher.

Will Fletcher's Australia jinx continue?

MCG pitch gives Test perfect narrative

If you didn't allow yourself to be distracted by the chatter about the Decision Review System, a far better story lay there before you: Test cricket in its finest suit. The MCG has provided the pitch and the stage to two less-than-perfect teams to weave together the perfect narrative that has kept everyone -- batsmen, bowler, and spectators--in...

MCG pitch gives Test perfect narrative

Tendulkar's promise of a glorious summer

Just before tea on day two of the Boxing Day Test at the MCG. James Pattinson and Ben Hilfenhaus had bowled with serious pace and menace. Pattinson in particular. Rahul Dravid had struggled, but he had hung on. Virender Sehwag had sizzled, but he had been bowled. Every head at the stadium, all 52,858 of them, plus the others working on the matc...

Tendulkar's promise of a glorious summer

The helmet that took out Joe the Cameraman

The last time Virender Sehwag played in Australia he went a session without hitting a boundary, while saving the Adelaide Test in 2007-08. There was anticipation as to how he would start here, playing the last Test of a year in which he hasn't scored a century. His first ball was very Sehwag. A length ball outside off, shaping away and he drove...

The helmet that took out Joe the Cameraman

India vs Australia: Approaching milestones in the series

A look at the milestones that can be achieved during India's four-Test series against Australia Down Under.

India vs Australia: Approaching milestones in the series

Can India overcome the first-Test ghost?

On three of their last four tours, they have lost the first Tests, all rain-affected games. The weather in Melbourne doesn't promise anything different.

Can India overcome the first-Test ghost?

Tendulkar continues to play mentor at nets

Not discounting the contribution of coach Duncan Fletcher, but it is Sachin Tendulkar who is apparently playing the role of both mentor and coach on India's tour of Australia thus far.

Tendulkar continues to play mentor at nets

MS Dhoni steals the show at High Commissioner's party

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won over the strong Indian community here with a typically lighthearted speech at a gathering at the Indian High Commission on Saturday.

MS Dhoni steals the show at High Commissioner's party
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