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DILEEP PREMACHANDRAN
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DILEEP PREMACHANDRAN

Dileep Premachandran is editor-in-chief of Wisden India

Stuart Binny could be India’s key man
31st Jan 2015
Stuart Binny could be India’s key man

The last time the World Cup was played in Australia and New Zealand, India's cricketers spent four months in the country. By the time they exited the competition, with just two wins to show from eight

It’s too early to press the panic button
24th Jan 2015
It’s too early to press the panic button

It would be ridiculous to reach for the panic button over results in the ongoing Tri Series in Australia. Starting with the hosts, already through to the final after three straight wins, each of the t

India will miss Zaheer’s services
17th Jan 2015
India will miss Zaheer’s services

As the World Cup nears, the highlights packages targetted at the Indian viewer will doubtless focus on two campaigns – 1983 and 2011. For the younger generation, the '83 win is lost in the mists of

India’s bowling is still a cause for concern
10th Jan 2015
India’s bowling is still a cause for concern

In cricket, numbers aren't always everything. But there are times when they tell you everything you need to know. A cursory look at the bowling economy rates is enough to reveal just why Australia won

Dhoni did the best that he could
3rd Jan 2015
Dhoni did the best that he could

At the press conference that marked the end of the Test tour of England, Mahendra Singh Dhoni was asked if he felt his time as captain was up. His response was to tell us to wait and watch, the answer

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8th Jun 2013
Redemption doesn’t come much sweeter

MS Dhoni's musical tastes probably don't extent to the legendary Johnny Cash, but there's definitely something of the country singer's philosophy in the way he approaches his cricket. "You build on fa

The word Hillsborough brings pain accompanied by a sense of shame
16th Sep 2012
The word Hillsborough brings pain accompanied by a sense of shame

I was on vacation in Mumbai when I first heard the news. In those pre-Internet days, it took me months to know for sure that none of my friends had been there. Not that it helped. Friends or not, the

Unafraid to take on cricket’s mightiest, home & away
4th Dec 2011
Unafraid to take on cricket’s mightiest, home & away

The thin-skinned Indian will dismiss this book as a rant from someone that resents the country's place as the heart of the new cricket dispensation. It's not. The subtitle says: Writings on cricket an

Mesmeric Messi has Kolkata in raptures with display of genius in its prime
4th Sep 2011
Mesmeric Messi has Kolkata in raptures with display of genius in its prime

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England crumble despite late resistance
29th Jul 2011
England crumble despite late resistance

Take one: With conditions staying the same pretty much through the day, India didn't make the right new-ball call. In the press box, Michael Holding, one of the pace thoroughbreds of his day, sat and

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