Akshay Iyer

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Akshay loves everything to do with cricket and has been a supporter of the South African team since 1991

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  • We are confident ahead of 2011 WC, says Netherlands captain

    Netherlands caused one of the biggest shocks in cricket's history defeating England in the 2009 ICC World Twenty20, and more recently, beat Bangladesh in an ODI in July 2010. Dutch captain Peter Borren is confident his team can also cause some upsets in the World Cup despite being in a difficult group. Borren also says there is a positive environment in the squad where everyone will try to get results and express themselves. Borren picks out Alexei Kervezee as the player to watch in the Netherlands squad. Excerpts from an interview with Yahoo! Cricket:

     

     

    This is the Netherlands' fourth appearance in the ICC World Cup. What are the expectations for the Dutch team from the 2011 World Cup?

    We are going with some preparation. We have a talented team and we can cause some upsets during the tournament. As cliche goes we will take it game by game. Obviously at this stage our main target is to reach the second round. If we get to the quarter-finals it will be fantastic.

    Netherlands caused

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  • Kohli a must in India’s World Cup XI

    The start of India's campaign to win the World Cup for the first time in 28 years is barely three weeks away. Home conditions, a top notch batting line-up and a more than decent bowling attack make India one of the top contenders for the 2011 World Cup.

     

    In Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag, India has one of the most intimidating opening partnerships in world cricket today; and with the consistent Gautam Gambhir at No. 3, the 'Men in Blue' are virtually assured of good starts in most matches. The challenge for the rest of India's batsmen would be to build on the work done by the top three, who will all be returning from injuries in time for the mega-event.

     

    The No. 6 and 7 positions in the batting order have been taken by captain MS Dhoni and Yusuf Pathan respectively. This leaves Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina to fight it out for the remaining two middle order positions in India's starting line-up. On form alone, Kohli deserves to edge out one of his senior colleagues

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  • Marsh proves his credentials in style

     

    Australian selectors have got it wrong for most of the summer, and Shaun Marsh ensured that his omission from the 15-man squad for the 2011 World Cup would be added to that list with his match-winning century in the second ODI against England at Brisbane today.

     

    Marsh may yet make the World Cup should Michael Hussey fail to regain full fitness after his hamstring injury earlier this week. Marsh, in fact, had been named as Hussey's replacement for the second, third and fourth matches in the ongoing Commonwealth Bank Series, and as expected was named in the starting line-up for today's match.

     

    Marsh is an opening batsman, but given that Shane Watson and Brad Haddin are Australia's preferred opening pair, the southpaw was penned to bat at No. 6 for only the second time in his ODI career. Ironically, that has been the senior Hussey's position, and like him Marsh came into the middle during an all-too familiar Australian top-order collapse.

     

    Australia had slipped to 33 for 4 in the

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