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Head and heart, Australia had both

Two and a quarter matches into the campaign, it felt like it might already be hurtling towards a finish. But who really believes such things about Australia?

Australian players Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne pose for photographs with the trophy as they celebrate after winning the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023 finals at the Narendra Modi Stadium, in Ahmedabad.(PTI)
Updated on Nov 20, 2023 01:22 PM IST

Flowing into the Blue zone: Rahul Bhattacharya on the World Cup final

If anyone can recognise the level India's operating at, it's Australia. There are metaphors for the place our team is in. It is ‘flow state’. It is ‘Summertime’

India at the semi-final. (Reuters)
Updated on Nov 20, 2023 11:28 AM IST

It wasn’t Kohli at his peak, yet it was peak Kohli

He is the grounded square above which the magical shapes of the Indian batting float about, writes Rahul Bhattacharya

Virat Kohli celebrates his century during the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup first semi-final match between India and New Zealand(AP)
Published on Nov 16, 2023 08:24 AM IST

Mr Dependable makes the perfect engine oil for India

This team exudes fun and joy. It is a function of nine wins on the bounce, no doubt. But here too, one senses a touch of Dravid.

India's captain Rohit Sharma, left, speaks to head coach Rahul Dravid during a practice session (AP)
Updated on Nov 13, 2023 11:11 PM IST

Maxwellitis, a cricketing hallucination

Tuesday night at the Wankhede was ludicrous and ridiculous and scarcely believable

Maxi started to hit sixes while hopping on one leg, since spasms were kicking in mid-shot.(PTI)
Updated on Nov 09, 2023 06:48 PM IST

They turn up to watch India bowl

India's bowlers are like trapeze artists pulling off the most audacious moves with a knowing smile, while you gasp, roar, laugh, cover your mouths in disbelief

India's skipper Rohit Sharma and Mohammed Shami celebrate after winning the match against Sri Lanka in the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023
(ANI )
Published on Nov 03, 2023 10:04 PM IST

CWC 2023: Many shades of the Indian cricket fan

There are within it those that are a wonderful part of sport, and they keep a crowd from becoming a mob, writes Rahul Bhattacharya

An India fan watches the 2023 ICC Men's Cricket World Cup match between India and England at the Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow(AFP)
Published on Oct 30, 2023 12:06 AM IST

Bishan Bedi, slow left arm and the World Cup

Bedi regarded one-day cricket as “anti-spin-bowling”, but this World Cup has served his craft very well, writes Rahul Bhattacharya.

File picture of former Indian captain and legendry spinner Bishan Singh Bedi, who passed away at the age of 77, on Monday
Published on Oct 25, 2023 09:57 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Let's not seek thrills of T20 in one-dayers

In T20, big score takes on big score on the way to an exciting climax but what ends as a crack over 40 overs grows into a chasm over (a possible) 100.

The match between England and South Africa turned out to be so one-sided it could be classified as propaganda.(REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 23, 2023 08:33 PM IST

Afghans, Dutch and the making of a winning tale

With their cool dismantling of champions England and hot South Africa, Afghanistan and Netherlands sparked joy of a very World Cup kind.

Afghanistan's Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran during the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023 match between New Zealand and Afghanistan(PTI)
Published on Oct 19, 2023 09:35 PM IST

With a skip and a stutter, Bumrah conjures up another miracle

If you were watching him for the first time in your life, you might think it a miracle that he delivers the ball at all.

India's Jasprit Bumrah in action against Pakistan(REUTERS)
Published on Oct 14, 2023 10:51 PM IST

The joy of six-watching: Nothing like a video game

For a fleeting moment the spectator fielding the ball becomes, literally, a part of the action. Nothing else like it exists in cricket.

India's Suryakumar Yadav plays a shot during a match(AFP)
Published on Oct 10, 2023 10:07 PM IST
By, New Delhi

What the World Cup means

Kids become players because of it, players configure their careers for it, fans situate their well-being in it. It's deliverance, it's heartbreak, it is mirage

A cutout of Indian skipper Rohit Sharma holding the World Cup trophy is seen as fans gather outside Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.(ANI )
Updated on Oct 13, 2023 05:30 PM IST
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Brothers in arms

The story of today's epic India-Pakistan cricket encounter, unfashionably, is the cricket, writes Rahul Bhattacharya.

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Updated on Sep 14, 2011 02:36 PM IST
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Normal is extremely boring

The beauty of Pakistan cricket is also in its unpredictability. But this team has nothing to mark it, reports Rahul Bhattacharya.

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Updated on Nov 23, 2007 12:47 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByRahul Bhattacharya, New Delhi

Shades of Glory

Rahul Dravid is as human as any other sportsperson, or any person and perhaps, this period of his life will liberate him, writes Rahul Bhattacharya.

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Updated on Oct 31, 2007 02:35 PM IST
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Lack of partnerships motif of Chappell tenure

The seam bowlers were sharp upfront but they were unlucky, the fielding was mediocre and the batting hopeless, writes Rahul Bhattacharya.

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Updated on Mar 26, 2007 02:52 AM IST
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The Indian connection in the Windies

Though marginalised and insignificant, it is the rural Indian communities of WI from where much of the future is coming, writes Rahul Bhattacharya.

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Updated on Mar 06, 2007 05:09 PM IST
None | ByRahul Bhattacharya
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