Date a guy who puts on his pants one leg at a time

You’ll fall in love with him before the Levi’s advertisement ends. Images of his grace will flicker through your mind; his movements in…


Short Story – He loves me not

I’d got one hand on the last copy when she turned the corner into ‘Fiction’, halting just in time to prevent a calamitous introduction…


Short Story: Dreams that don’t let go

I could tell with him from the start. He wasn’t your average monkey mouth. He had a nettling politeness about him. And man was he a…


Being West Block: Victory Speech

We had taken it upon ourselves to bring new faces to the stadium. This wasn’t particularly easy. It took the team over a month to register…


Interview with the founders of Workbench Projects

Varun Shetty's interview with Anupama and Pavan of Workbench Projects about the maker space, innovation, automation, and scalability


Interview with Santosh Panda, CEO, Explara

Varun Shetty's interview with Santosh Panda, CEO of Explara about ethics, culture, product, challenges, and achievements ahead of the…


Ranji game halted as man drives onto the pitch in Delhi

A man drove into the Palam ground and tried to deliberately swerve in towards the pitch, forcing the match officials to temporarily halt…


Suresh Raina’s form mirrors UP’s steady decline

UP was once a hotbed that produced international cricketers like Suresh Raina Piyush Chawla, Praveen Kumar, RP Singh and Bhuvneshwar Kumar,…


Unmukt Chand’s quest for 1000

Once a bright young wunderkind, he now finds himself having to prove the doubters wrong and make his mark again with big runs in domestic…


Manzoor Dar goes to the IPL

As Jammu and Kashmir's sole representative gets ready for the league, so does his village


From net bowler to frontline quick – the Prasidh Krishna story

The 22-year old explains his rise from obscurity as he prepares to play the IPL Eliminator at Eden Gardens


The Sunil Narine journey, from pinch-hitter to allrounder

How did the nothing-to-lose experiment of 2017 turn into a vital part of Kolkata Knight Riders' strategy? Varun Shetty investigates


Captain Karthik, and the new KKR

Taking over from Gautam Gambhir, Dinesh Karthik has reshaped the team in his first year in charge, tuning it to fit the change in resources


A Royal lesson in how not to T20

Not bowling out one of the team's best spinners, failing to chase 169 after being 87 for 1 in 10 overs, making mistakes with the batting…


Rashid Khan found out? Not a chance

Rashid's efficiency was questioned when he was hit for 55 and 49 in consecutive matches in April. By the end of May, he answered all those…


Cricket Captain 2018: The game that keeps on giving

Cricket Captain 2018 offers more of the same, with some improvements


Mitchell Marsh ready for captaincy gig in India

He's battled more injuries than most, and the allrounder who was touted as a future Australia captain by Justin Langer has the opportunity…


Siraj extends red-hot streak by ‘not trying anything new’

Overcoming a poor start in international cricket and an unimpressive IPL season earlier this year, the fast bowler is churning out one…


Back home after disappointment, Kuldeep Yadav searches for rhythm

The wristspinner has barely played any first-class cricket since his Test debut, and he's looking to make up for it now, playing for India…


Kurtis Patterson ‘frustrated’ at not converting starts

The opener has looked Australia A's best batsman in India, but hasn't pushed onto make substantial contributions


Tremain focuses on how to take wickets in trying conditions

The fast bowler is on his third trip to India and found some similarities between the pitches in Karnataka and the MCG


KS Bharat: the keeper knocking on destiny’s door

He didn't keep wicket till he was almost out of his teens, but KS Bharat could soon find himself in the running for the national squad


Virat Kohli backs Ambati Rayudu for the No. 4 spot

The India captain says that giving Rayudu enough game-time between now and the World Cup will sort the No. 4 conundrum


Assam’s new stadium geared for ODI debut after several troubles

The Barsapara Stadium was not in good shape two days out from the India-West Indies fixture, but an official said all would be well on…


India’s top three showing unprecedented superiority

Their dominance is comparable on the surface to Ricky Ponting's Australian team that demolished sides with a formidable top three during…


Chris Gayle’s absence is background noise for realist Jason Holder

The World Cup door isn't yet shut on the Jamaican opener, but West Indies' captain has urged the younger players to make the most of their…


Hetmyer, Hope crucial to West Indies’ ODI blueprint

Both players have games tailor-made for the modern-day ODI bash, but should feed off lessons from each other's approach


The Dhoni plan that worked to Hope’s advantage

Umesh Yadav had stuck to a full and straight plan for the first five balls of the final over, until the plan was changed for the last…


Stuart Law: There’s skill in the Caribbean. Just need to get them fit and strong

West Indies coach Stuart Law believes he was able change his players' attitude towards fitness


How Virat Kohli passed 10,000 ODI runs with an unusual innings

The India captain was reprieved on 44 and couldn't find the boundary regularly, but he still overcame them to tick off the landmark


Virat Kohli can’t do everything

With 14 overs to go and 90 runs to get, Virat Kohli, for once, couldn't finish off a chase. And that was because he only had the bowlers to…


Didn’t think of a double-hundred at any point – Rohit Sharma

The India opener said he wasn't eyeing a fourth double-century though Rayudu told him he could reach the landmark


Ambati Rayudu breaks India’s middle-order drought

He became the first batsman from outside the top three to score an ODI hundred for India since January 2017


‘Dhoni still a very integral part of this team’ – Kohli

India captain says Dhoni is trying to help the younger players by giving them "more chances" to strut their stuff


‘I can see the West Indies Test team go up to No. 4’ – Jason Holder

The West Indies captain talks about managing a young team, dealing with the media, and the philosophy behind his favourite Instagram phrase


Five questions for West Indies before the 2019 World Cup

Who are their openers? Their third and fourth bowlers? And who might their coach be after Stuart Law finishes his term?


Hayley Matthews helps West Indies women storm into semi-finals

Sri Lanka were caned by Hayley Matthews, first with the bat at the start of the match, and then with the ball at the end as they crashed…


Love Sport Radio spot – England v Sri Lanka

I was live on Love Sport Radio UK to talk about the Test match between England and Sri Lanka.


Bhuvneshwar or Shami – who will be India’s second seamer?

There's little to separate the two at the moment, making it a happy selection headache


More ODIs ahead of World Cup would’ve been logical – Virat Kohli

The Indian captain has also sounded a warning about not slipping into 'bad habits' during the IPL, which could affect players' World Cup…


ESPNcricinfo Awards 2018: Boom. Hurrah.

Jasprit Bumrah brought a seemingly dead pitch alive in Melbourne to give India a historic win


Two overs of genius from Glenn Maxwell

The two T20Is turned into the Maxwell show as a brilliantly calculated hundred was able to overcome even Jasprit Bumrah


India must use Krunal Pandya like Mumbai Indians do

He must bat in the top five in T20Is, with a second allrounder in the XI to add to the lower-order muscle


‘Humbled’ KL Rahul uses suspension time to work on technique

The India opener said that his time off from international cricket was spent reflecting, and working with Rahul Dravid


Greatest World Cup matches: Houdini in Mohali

One amazing escape in a do-or-die game, fine - but two? Warne and friends did it against West Indies in 1996


Greatest World Cup matches: Heart-stopping, heartbreaking

Few one-dayers have matched this 2015 semi-final for emotional intensity


Batsmen see Afghanistan through to historic maiden Test win

Rahmat Shah made his second fifty of the match and put on a century stand for the second wicket with Ihsanullah as Afghanistan registered…


RCB look strong as ever, but might struggle with team balance

With Shimron Hetmyer and Marcus Stoinis joining the pack, Virat Kohli's team has the firepower to change their recent record


Super Kings v Royal Challengers: The derby dossier

It's been a while since this blockbuster came round to the MA Chidambaram stadium and here are all the reasons why you should go gaga over…


How Chennai Super Kings kept the whistle alive

Varun Shetty explores the uniquely symbiotic relationship between the IPL's most popular franchise and its intensely passionate fans


Don’t care if I’m judged on not winning the IPL – Virat Kohli

'Obviously, you want to win," the RCB captain said in response to criticism of his captaincy. 'I am doing what I am supposed to do.'


Harbhajan Singh turns back the clock

The offspinner endured his worst IPL last season, and had hardly played serious cricket since then, but on a helpful surface he took the…


Batting beauties

From the minimal to the monstrous, these five bat stickers go to show that beauty is in the eye of the bat holder


Vintage MS Dhoni turns the tables as Rajasthan Royals fall to third defeat

A vintage MS Dhoni innings and a nerveless last over from Dwayne Bravo helped Chennai Super Kings squeeze a win against Rajasthan Royals


‘Stats could hide more than they show’ – Bhuvneshwar Kumar

India and Sunrisers Hyderabad senior fast bowler tells Varun Shetty he has regained his rhythm and is ready for the World Cup


‘We’ve won more overs than we’ve lost’ – Tom Moody

Sunrisers coach says he doesn't blame the mid-season meltdown on the leadership change in Williamson's absence


Ambati Rayudu v Vijay Shankar – the non-fight after the mega hype

In the same week one took the other's place in India's World Cup squad, they squared off against each other in an IPL game and it was...…


Sunrisers’ vintage bowling attack takes them back to winning ways

After three successive losses, they relied on the depth in their attack, some solid bowling plans and a bit of fortune


Billy Stanlake uses IPL downtime to level up

The Australian fast bowler is happy to use the lack of game time to fine tune his skills and focus on staying fit


Bairstow backs Sunrisers’ underemployed middle order

The middle-order batsmen have fluffed their lines a few times but lack of opportunities is to blame for it to a large extent, says Bairstow


A fingerspinner has to turn the ball to get wickets – Shakib

Bangladesh's Test and T20 captain tells Varun Shetty how he keeps pace in a wristspinner-dominated world


No complaints from Andre Russell about batting position – Karthik

The Knight Riders captain also added that it was "unfair" to say his team was over-dependent on the West Indian allrounder


Jonny Bairstow relishes his fabulous Indian summer

The Sunrisers Hyderabad opener talks about his debut IPL season, his record-breaking partnership with David Warner, and getting ready for…


RCB exit report: plagued by over reliance on big names

The worst bowling averages in the last five overs of IPL 2019 are only one of the many reasons why Royal Challengers Bangalore finished…


After an odd April, it’s time for some serious Rashid Khan magic

Batsmen have become used to playing Rashid Khan out at run-a-ball and going after the other bowlers


Combination confusion: the Vijay question, and Morris v Boult

Capitals also need to make a choice between the two Colins - Ingram and Munro - ahead of the second qualifier


Delhi Capitals and the madness of youth

Shaw and Pant smashed Sunrisers' attack on a tough pitch and, after a wobble, an ice-cool Paul finished the job and took the side a step…


‘Dream season for us and it’s just the start’ – Shreyas Iyer

Iyer said a bit of bad planning during their batting innings cost Capitals in what was otherwise a season to be proud of


Big match, high stakes? Better call Faf

Faf du Plessis brought his trademark patience and resilience to the fore against Delhi Capitals, underlining once again his value to the…


Shakib, Liton the stars in Bangladesh’s record chase

West Indies restricted to below-par total before their bowlers are taken to the cleaners, the 322-run chase pulled off with 51 balls in…


Shami-Bumrah, Kohli put India one step closer to semi-finals

West Indies crash out of the race for the final four after going down by 125 runs


Imad Wasim and Wahab Riaz’s heroics keep Pakistan alive

Gulbadin's miscalculation and costly overs undo spin quartet's choke as Afghanistan stumble under pressure


Love Sport Radio spot – World Cup 2019

I was live on Love Sport Radio UK to provide an Indian perspective on the World Cup match between England and India.


Rohit, Rahul smash centuries; India jump to top of points table

Angelo Mathews' third ODI hundred against India came in defeat, while Lasith Malinga ended his World Cup career conceding 82 runs


I must tell you – Season two

Would it even be I Must Tell You if every third edition wasn't a comeback?


FAQs on terbutaline, the drug that got Prithvi Shaw suspended

Find out what terbutaline does to an athlete, and why it is on the WADA list of prohibited substances


Debutant Navdeep Saini stands out in India’s scrappy victory

The sides began with a scrappy contest: 15 wickets fell on the day, and fewer than 200 runs were scored in total


I must tell you – No big deal

Being rejected or aggressively snapped out of a phase is a tiny blemish. I could make mistakes, but they wouldn't be international…


Ross Taylor keeps New Zealand in the fight after Akila Dananjaya’s five-for

A Taylor counterpunch kept the visitors alive on a day where they seemed in control during all overs except the ones immediately preceding…


Dimuth Karunaratne hits 122 as Sri Lanka wrap up record chase in Galle

Sri Lanka's new captain preserved his perfect record after taking over as Sri Lanka won their third consecutive Test under his leadership…


I must tell you – The Nightingales

Ain't nothing better in the world than watching an incompetent piano solo. More than a decade later, this is a story I would pay to hear.…


Rahane’s 81 saves India the blushes after top-order collapse

West Indies fought back late in the day after two half-century stands had taken India to relative safety following a fiery opening spell


Do I love to hate Dhoni? Or hate to love him?

To a Bangalore boy, hero worship was out of the question regardless of Dhoni's leadership, batting and cool creds


Bumrah’s 5 for 7, Rahane’s ton headline India’s record win

West Indies were bowled out effectively under a session's worth of batting as they handed India a 318-run win, their biggest away win by…


India seal 2-0 series win with 257-run demolition of West Indies

India swiftly ended West Indies' innings, went 299 ahead, decided to bat again, collapsed against Kemar Roach, and still ended the day…


I must tell you – GMT minus life

Week after week, my fear of not having something comical to report to you gets obliterated


I must tell you – One man’s trash

What works for Gaiman doesn't work for Shetty


Varun Shetty interviews Hanuma Vihari

Hanuma Vihari looks back at his eventful first year in international cricket, and talks about learning to keep his desire for a place in…


Varun Shetty interviews Sanju Samson

Sanju Samson, the young Kerala keeper-batsman, talks about how his perspective on the game has changed and how that has brought about big…


Gautam, Kazi arrested on spot-fixing charges

Former Karnataka Ranji players allegedly involved in corruption in two KPL games, including the final


KPL – Karnataka cricket’s problem child?

Put together in 2009, the KPL has time and again run into controversy. Here's a complete lowdown


Indore faces test of its Big Five aspirations

A record of good crowd attendance and a rich cricket history could make this an unlikely contender for a permanent Test venue


Pink ball will bring fast bowlers into the game – Kohli

India's captain has called day-night matches 'a new way to bring excitement to Test cricket'


Maxwell has ‘set the right example’ – Kohli

India's captain has praised the Australia allrounder for his willingness to open up about his mental-health issues and take time away from…


Ashwin and Shami turn up Indore’s volume

Drift and deception soon after lunch. Reverse (or was it conventional?) swing in both directions just before tea. What did you enjoy the…


Bangladesh wilt in the face of Mayank Agarwal’s ruthless restraint

The opener has worked out a method to make his starts count, and it seems to be working at Test level too


Ishant Sharma unveils a new weapon

Already a menace to left-handers from around the wicket, he now seems to have added a new dimension to that line of attack


Teams begin day-night training with optional session in Indore

Plans to make the start of the second Test as dramatic as possible are in place in Kolkata


Will India take the No. 6 gamble with Jadeja abroad?

If India do so, it will give them an option to play a fifth bowler and make them a better rounded side


Less chance of reverse swing with pink ball – Wriddhiman Saha

India's wicketkeeper also felt visibility may be an issue for the slip cordon


Green jerseys throng Kolkata in build-up to pink-ball Test

At least 5000 Bangladeshi fans have travelled across the border to witness the historic match


Virat Kohli on pink-ball change of heart

The team agreed to play the day-night Test in Kolkata because "we had been talking about it for a while"


Commitment from BCCI, players has kept Test cricket on top in India – Kohli

The Indian captain pointed at the incentivised contracts for Test-only players, and how well they in turn had responded


The Saha masterclass on keeping against a swinging pink ball

In the first session, Saha probably had to contend with more swing than any batsman, but he aced that challenge


Ishant Sharma reveals secret to his red-hot form

"Earlier I used to put pressure on myself about performing. Now I don't think too much about those things"


This match will ‘boost’ Test cricket – Pujara

He also said "batting under lights was difficult" on the first day which prompted India to declare before tea on Saturday


Cricket grapples with concussion protocol after Rahim and Mithun blows

It often happens that a batsman chooses to play on after being hit, but that is not a good thing


Kohli suggests alternating between home and away series in WTC

The India captain also suggests crowd interaction could help boost the image of Test cricket in the country


India Tests home season review

India finish a relatively smaller home season of five Tests with most things in place


Kohli open to pink-ball Test against Australia

India's captain wants adequate preparation before jumping into the challenge of a day-night Test on tour


The twilight report: How the pink ball fared

The first day-night Test in India was also the shortest ever played in the country. Here's what we learned from it.