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Virender Sehwag’s picks for Semi-finals of the World Cup 2015

Playing Australia in Australia and playing another country is different. Plus the Aussies had got used to our bowling which also added to the ODI misery. Initially we all thought it would India, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa but there has been a fee here and there. Not sure if anything is going to change but with Sri Lanka playing well and Pakistan also peaking at the right time, the last four will be

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Stats, Facts and Form, all stack against West Indies against India

Back in the days of yore, there used to be a concept of a farmer working on his landlord’s field for years, in return for the due loan that the farmer was paying from his forefathers. The BCCI is that landlord, and the Caribbean unit-WICB is the farmer. These sides meet at the WACA, with 65 million dollars that the WICB owes the BCCI, for a volte-face that the Caribbean cricketers did when the sides

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How Dhoni made South Africa look vulnerable

South Africa entered the World Cup as clear favourites, possibly even an inch beyond hosts Australia. Their batting looked menacing, bowling lethal and fielding the best that could be imagined on the cricket ground. This possibly also looked as the strongest unit South Africa has ever landed with to play in the World Cup’s ever. When India took on them yesterday there was nothing in the planet which said India has more than 20% chance

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Things to do for men in blue to win against South Africa

We could see that a lot of twitterati who were not giving India any chance before the World Cup (considering the poor run up to the tournament) went ballistic with praise after the first victory against archrivals Pakistan. Not surprising though as a win against neighboring Pakistan is almost a World Cup victory for half the nation. The tournament though has just begun and if Pakistan was a decent opposition, India now, in their second

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SA, NZ, India and Australia are Laxman’s pick for semis

In an impromptu conversation with VVS Laxman, I asked him what do you think about India’s chances in the World Cup 2015 and the former great was upbeat about the sub continental giants under MS Dhoni. He said that with the batting like we have, a couple of good days would mean we would be able to defend the World Cup. He said with Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and MS Dhoni, the middle

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India vs Pakistan – Match Preview

Super Sunday Unfolds As India head into super sunday, to play Pakistan, they have most probably gone inside a bubble to escape all the media pressure that accompanies an India Pakistan game. Under MS Dhoni, India have usually kept their nerve for such contests, trying to isolate themselves from the adrenalin rush and frenzy that accompanies a contest between these two nations. Pakistan on the other hand, have little spotlight on them, more so because

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The Murky World of Team India’s Fitness Issues

What’s the ideal preparation for a World Cup? Acclimatization? Match practice or transparency in team management? India have been winless after 10 weeks in Australia. While they have been worthless in Tests overseas, the failure to win a single game in the tri-nation ODI series only reveals that there are worries in the squad than the naked eye can see. Fitness and the hide-and-seek around it seem to be a massive deterrent. Indian cricket has

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Dhoni Wants Kohli at No. 4. Is that right, Mr. Skipper!

As the world debates over Virat Kohli’s batting position in One-Day Internationals, Team India captain MS Dhoni has explained his rationale behind his deputy batting at No. 4 in the tri-nation series under way in Australia. India face England in a must-win game in Perth on Friday. Will India continue to experiment in a crunch game is the big question everyone is asking. Just days before the World Cup, the captain is not amused with

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How teams stack up month before World Cup 2015

The cricket world cup countdown has entered its final leg. The biggest cricket tournament is now exactly a month away. All the teams have announced their squads; expectations are soaring high in each country. Each time a country announces their team, people go from mild banter to absolutely crazy on different platforms expressing their happiness to dissent on various picks and drops. The backdrop to this multi-ticket tournament already has been very turbulent and controversial.

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Will Virat Kohli Obey Ravi Shastri’s Guru Mantra in Sydney?

Haunted by a series of dramatic collapses, Day 5 of the Sydney Test on Saturday will be another Test of India’s resolve to face the vagaries of a five-day game. With India up for a record chase, what could Ravi Shastri be telling Virat Kohli? Will a robust team director’s mindset match with the aspirations of a passionate captain? Sanjay Manjrekar made an interesting comment on TV on Friday. He called Shastri the “brain and voice”

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