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Where's your hanky, love?

Danny Morrison, on commentary, poses a question of a tearful RCB fan as she watches her team collapse to the lowest IPL total ever, 49 all out

Should the IPL adopt the DRS?

Aakash Chopra, Brad Hogg, Cyrus Broacha and ESPNcricinfo staffers review all aspects of this burning question

The Kolkata sports fan: a portrait

Knowledgeable, emotional, innately curious and always ready with a quip - no other city makes them quite like this. By Jayaditya Gupta

I'm beggin' ya!

Photo Feature: For any young cricketers out there, Nishi Narayanan's crash course in appealing is sure to be instructive

How to build the ideal T20 side

Jarrod Kimber: Stop thinking of players as batsmen, bowlers and allrounders; it's far more nuanced than that

Arjuna versus

Arjuna Ranatunga wasn't afraid of getting in people's faces. We pick five of his best scraps

Hating and loving the IPL

From planning to protest against the IPL to becoming a fan - a cricket lover's story

Outbox

Cartoon: When the usual labels aren't enough

The joys of an Indian summer

Sharda Ugra: Be it cricket, puchkas or mangoes, there are various ways of defining and defying the season

My Sabina days

Michael Holding recalls watching and playing cricket at the iconic Sabina Park

How popular is cricket?

Football and basketball take the top two spots, but what is cricket's place in the sporting universe? By Tim Wigmore

A sober rethink on sponsorship

Daniel Brettig: CA's latest beer sponsorship will not feature branding on players' uniforms, a sign of the increasingly fraught relationship between alcohol and sport

Reverse swing: an English tale

England went from suspicion of reverse swing to being masters of it in two decades. By Vithushan Ehantharajah

Why is SLC in public-relations overdrive?

Andrew Fidel Fernando: Thilanga Sumathipala's board has done as much for Sri Lanka's cricket as any other, but his own desperation for the limelight does them no favours

A phenom called Rashid Khan

With a googly few batsmen around the world are picking, the 18-year-old Afghanistan legspinner has been topping the bowling charts in the IPL

To chase or not to chase?

Should captains only look to bat second? Except Delhi? Raunak Kapoor and Raunak Kapoor argue

Why can't we make yorkers great again?

Jarrod Kimber: We often hear fans cry out for them as batsmen rack up the runs in T20, but there are reasons for why they aren't as effective as they once were

The beguilers

What makes us call a player a genius? Simon Barnes looks for answers

Meet Wankhede's North Stand Gang

The spectator experience in Indian stadiums can often be unpleasant. One group of fans from Mumbai wants to change that, one chant at a time

Idol worship

Adam Collins takes us on a guided tour of Australia's iconic cricket statues

All in the family

How much do you know about family connections in cricket?

India's rock of ages

Vinoo Mankad, who was born 100 years ago today, was the driving force behind the India team of the late '40s and '50s

Collingwood looks up from the bottom

Jon Culley: With a 48-point deficit against their name, Durham have their work cut out in Division Two this year. Their captain knows it's going to be a slog

Might they have played for India?

V Ramnarayan: Indian domestic cricket is full of players who have been unlucky to miss out on national selection. Here are 11 of the best

End of an era, end of a subculture

Osman Samiuddin: Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan showed young players what it meant to be professional sportsmen in Pakistan

Letter from York

Liam Herringhsaw brings greetings from the historic county town of cricket's top county

A glocal celebration of the game

Review: This year's Wisden Cricketers' Almanack casts its eye around England and the world, and acknowledges cricket's role in society at large

Hell for leather

Wisden Almanack: When it comes to altering the condition of the ball, cricketers see any creativity, within limits, as acceptable

Hunting cricket books in Bengaluru

With some coaxing, some serendipity and a good bit of foraging, the city's used-book stores reveal a treasure trove of cricket literature. By Suresh Menon

How's county cricket doing?

You may suspect, as ever, that it is dying. You may not be entirely right. By Elizabeth Ammon

England's exuberant No. 80

Mark Nicholas: If Joe Root manages to create a Test team in his own image, it will be a good one to watch

What makes a good close-in catcher?

Andrew Fidel Fernando: Murali's men, who crowded around already nervous batsmen, talk of the fearlessness and intelligence the profession needs

Pop goes the cricketer

Fabian Cowdrey has brought the Cowdrey line to an end at Kent by retiring, disillusioned, at 24, to support his brother's singing career

'It's not about defending our IPL title'

Tom Moody, the Sunrisers Hyderabad coach, looks ahead to the new season, and the challenge of working with players coming off long international tours

Mad Maxi

The story of an Australian original: Glenn Maxwell

Two days to go to IPL 10

Best quotes, biggest buys, most shocking collapses - we can't help but go list-crazy as we count down to the tournament

Why are collapses so frequent?

Batsmen are piling on more runs than ever, but also shrivelling at the first sight of adversity. By Tom Eaton

Mind your manners, it's the IPL

Sharda Ugra: Many antagonists in the India-Australia series are due to play alongside each other next week onwards. Time to be buddies again, then

Ashwin + Jadeja = how good?

Numbers Game: The two took 153 wickets between them in India's 13-Test season just past. Where does that rank on the all-time list?

A story of two southern summers

Firdose Moonda reviews South Africa and New Zealand's extra-long season - wins, captains, injuries, batting woes, and newbies

Have you seen Shadab Khan?

As a fielder, the 18-year-old Pakistani is a live wire; as a bowler, he has a googly to make you sit up straight. By Osman Samiuddin

Farewell to the wild thing

To mark the end of Shaun Tait's 15-year career, a look back at one of his most memorable bowling performances

The making of a Kiwi

From a young, homesick 16-year-old, Jeet Raval has blossomed into a New Zealand cricketer with enviable credentials

The migrant

Netherland is a novel that was able to assimilate an alien sport in an American setting

The hills are alive

Apart from its obvious beauty, Dharamsala offers plenty of options for nature lovers, culture vultures and thrill seekers

The book that keeps on giving

Soumya Bhattacharya: The Wisden India Almanack, like its English counterpart, is evidence that print retains its charm in our digital age

In Dhoni country

Melinda Farrell meets people who remember the young MS in Ranchi

Auction darlings, sixes heroes

We celebrate ten years of the IPL by going list-crazy: most expensive spells, highest totals, oldest players, and lots more

How good has Umesh Yadav got?

Numbers Game: In the last 18 months, he has made significant strides, and the most impressive aspect has been his improved control

Shelf life

Libraries and museums add to the game's lustre, but not many have figured out how to keep up with the times. By Scott Oliver

Is Warner a home bully in Tests?

The opener has an excellent Test record in Australia, but his recent numbers away have been nothing to write home about

The dark side of the T20 freelance life

Tim Wigmore: It's lonely, players have to take care of their own fitness, coaching and schedules, and always live with the risk of being dropped

Eating litti chokha

Melinda Farrell pays a visit to one of Ranchi's most popular street food stalls

Dunedin's Pretoria boys

How South African coaches Rob Walter and Anton Roux found themselves half a world away, helping Otago pull themselves up

Why the Blitz holds the key for Hong Kong

Peter Miller: The city's cricket may be best known for its erstwhile Sixes tournament, but it is a new T20 competition that can pave the way forward

Nathan Lyon's Asian problem

Numbers Game: His performance in Bengaluru underscored how he tends to perform well in the first innings but fades away in the second

Streaky sez

Who was Heath Streak's first wicket in international cricket? Let's see if he knows

How an SG ball is made

Melinda Farrell visits a Sanspareils Greenlands factory in Meerut, where she gets an up-close view of how they make their cricket balls

Where are we 140 years later?

Mark Nicholas: Test cricket has gone through all sorts of transformations since 1877, but it has never lost its ability to be the most magical of all sports

All eyes on Livingstone

Lancashire's Liam Livingstone has confounded the sceptics and naysayers to emerge as an exciting middle-order batting option for England. By David Hopps

In praise of Paddy and Goel paaji

Padmakar Shivalkar and Rajinder Goel, who were honoured by the BCCI last week, were so much more than hard-luck stories

'Like gardening on speed'

Geoff Clements, who has been on the job behind the camera for half a century, talks about his career

The inscrutable MCC

Was Colin Cowdrey a hero? Rob Steen wrestles with the question

When I faced Saeed Ajmal

Osman Samiuddin bats against some high-quality offspin and lives to tell a (vivid) tale

Stokes' hair or Moeen's beard?

Polite Enquiries: With perfect hair and the ability to walk on water, Chris Woakes answers your questions

Why actors are drawn to cricket

Nicholas Hogg: Both are art forms that encourage a contemplation of life and general faffing about (look, it's Hepburn!)

The end-over jitters

Charles Davis: Batsmen continue to be wary of batting as lunch and stumps approach. The data shows they needn't be

Ten great shock Test results

Rob Steen: Test cricket does not produce too many surprise results - but when it does, it's worth the wait

Champion of the Associate cause

Tim Wigmore: Bob Woolmer died ten years ago, but some of his underrated contributions to the global game are finally bearing fruit

The story of an autograph

A 12-year-old Prakul Chandra did not realise he had received an autograph from a star in the making. Two decades later, he had a shot at redemption

India's hunger under test

Ian Chappell: As Kohli's side look to rebound from the Pune debacle, they will have to improve their technique against spin and their close-in catching

Nasty, brutish, short

How many of these five classic bouncers do you remember? By Scott Oliver

Where's the hair?

Sam Perry: Tours to Asia used to afford us the sight of exotic foliage on Australian players' faces and heads. Not anymore

The Guptill enigma

Numbers Game: He makes big hundreds for fun in ODIs, but in Tests he has struggled to make an impact despite having played almost 50 matches

India's teething troubles with DRS

They were quite terrible in the Pune Test with their use of reviews, but it would be inaccurate to say they are the worst

'I'll get used to my new life eventually'

A year on from his shock retirement from professional cricket, James Taylor reflects on the fears and opportunities of his new life in coaching and the media

Remembering Marty

Sambit Bal pays tribute to Martin Crowe on his first death anniversary

Pune from above

Melinda Farrell experiences the city at sunrise, from 4000 feet above the ground

What is focus?

If you have it, you can achieve anything - or so they say. By Simon Barnes

The importance of being No. 13

The world's top Associate teams are eyeing a coveted prize - a place in the proposed new ODI league. By Tim Wigmore

UAE's IPL boy

From floating around the fringes of the national team, Chirag Suri has received an unexpected boost in the pursuit of his cricketing dream. By Paul Radley

A mixed-up tale of two captains

Jarrod Kimber: Smith's Australia were supposed to be distraught; Kohli's India were supposed to be jubilant. That's not how things panned out in Pune

Do India need a DRS coach?

Polite Enquiries: Melinda Farrell and Jarrod Kimber field questions after a remarkable day of Test cricket in Pune

Playing solo

Who said there are only three forms of the game? By Pranay Sanklecha

A Pom, but lovable

For an Aussie kid growing up in the 1990s, hating England came easy. Except when Darren Gough ran in to bowl. By Brett Geeves

Why we need needle

Scott Oliver: We all enjoy watching a little pettiness, bad blood and low-grade squabbling between players, let's admit it

Fickle finger of Tim Paine's fate

Daniel Brettig: Multiple surgeries and a loss of form and confidence pushed him into the shadows, but he will return for Tasmania this week

'I don't talk nonsense'

Polite Enquiries: Mohammad Hafeez tries to make sense of his nickname, and reveals the one thing he would like to get better at

From Gower to Root

England cricket has changed leaders over the years, but our photographer has remained the same

Crime and the ICC stick

Warnings, fines, bans and let-offs: a short history of penalties and breaches under the code of conduct. By Alok Prasanna Kumar

Australian cricket's two Indias

Daniel Brettig: For long, Australians expected hardships off the field on tours of India. These days the difficulties are all out in the middle

Emma Lai walks on the grass

The story of the cricket-club waitress who was playing for her national team within a year of picking up a bat for the first time. By Jarrod Kimber

You betcha!

From Lord Tennyson to Lillee - a look at ten cases of gambling in cricket

Aussies in Asia

How many can you get right in our quiz on Australia's subcontinental tours?

Murder on the square

Cricket was the backdrop for two recent murder mysteries on television, but why weren't the motives related to the game?

Class (struggle) is permanent

Gideon Haigh recommends two cricket novels: Dudley Carew's The Son of Grief and Bruce Hamilton's Pro

Gilly and Warnie, pack your bags

Who makes it to all-time visiting XIs to India, Pakistan, New Zealand, West Indies and Sri Lanka? By Anantha Narayanan

A leggie with nerve and verve

Mason Crane has already prompted much excited chatter, but the young Hampshire legspinner is putting in the hard yards to take the next step up

Why isolating the BCCI is bad politics

Sambit Bal: The dismantling of the Big Three regime offered the opportunity to forge a collaboration for a new global order in cricket, but that has gone to waste

Where are the female umpires?

Firdose Moonda: Women's cricket might have come on in leaps and bounds in recent times, but there are all too few women in charge behind the stumps

The press-box wars

Australia v India is a tense, loaded, complicated affair. And we're not even talking about the players. By Peter English

Does cricket have a drinking problem?

Nicholas Hogg: The link between cricket and booze is not new, but the promotion of alcohol in the game has reached saturation point now

Ducks and bunnies

Does Suzie Bates know what records she has set for New Zealand?

Keeping your ear on the ball

Blind cricket looks and sounds very different to its mainstream counterpart, but it is just as much of a batsman's game. By Alagappan Muthu

Gower and Cowdrey go down memory lane

The two former England batsmen talk to Nicholas Hogg about the captains they admired, and looking at the past through rose-tinted glasses

The other Wasim

In 1996, a teenage boy from Rawalpindi played what they called an unforgettable innings on debut. Soon that boy was forgotten

Why today's Test opener isn't a Sehwag

Test teams are looking for solidity at the top, and batsmen are comfortable specialising in the format that suits their style. By Karthik Krishnaswamy

Wrong place, wrong time

Michael Jeh: All too many cricketers do not make it to the big leagues for reasons that are not to do with their performance on the field

Does sledging work?

Whether it's acceptable or not is another matter, but there's no denying sledging generally achieves what it sets out to do. By Sam Perry

What Gayle tells us

Jon Hotten: As he stands on the verge of reaching 10,000 runs in T20s, he is a reminder of what is possible in the game

More power to Diana Edulji

Sharda Ugra: A pioneer for the cause of Indian women's cricket, she is now the only cricketer on the BCCI's interim panel of administrators

Why was Andre Russell banned?

An explainer of the World Anti-Doping Agency's whereabouts rules, which the West Indies allrounder was found to have violated

The best visitors

In the first half of his two-part analysis, Anantha Narayanan compiles best visiting XIs for Australia, England and South Africa

'I've never had a better coffee'

But it's not all rosy, with unsatisfactory gym sessions, dodgy style statements and ever-present travel woes in our Twitter round-up

How good is Jasprit Bumrah?

Numbers Game: His outstanding numbers, especially in the slog overs, mean that a vital component of India's bowling problem has been addressed

Champions

Meet the new West Indian quartet: Hayley, Deandra, Anisa and Stafanie

When Sri Lanka went to cuckoo land

Tony Opatha led a rebel side to South Africa in 1982 - a tour on which a certain ill-suppressed madness lurked around the edges. By Luke Alfred

Take me for example

Simon Barnes wonders why we expect our sportspersons to be role models

Categorically Ben

Alan Gardner: It is easy to pigeonhole Stokes as a brash, combative allrounder, but there is more to him, as his frank autobiography reveals

When the new ball reverses

Is it reverse swing or contrast swing? There is a difference between the two; a better understanding of it would enhance the effectiveness of the skill

About time too

How will Alastair Cook's search for the right one go?

The rise of the tall run chase

Numbers Game: The new fielding restriction rules may well have forced teams to adopt a strategy more suited to gunning down big targets

'We were ahead of our time'

Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes, cricket's most iconic opening partnership, on the good times and the bad

The Christmas Day Test everyone forgot

For decades, Adelaide had a tradition of cricket matches on Christmas Day, including a mostly forgotten five-dayer in 1967. By Brydon Coverdale