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  • This Australian Test team is weak: Harbhajan

    The current team looks good on paper but they lack experience. Their batting line-up revolves around Ricky Ponting, Michael Hussey and Michael Clarke. But this Australian Test team is weak.

    Any particular reason for not bowling the doosra in the two Test matches against Australia?


    I can't bowl according to what people wish. It's up to me how to bowl. One has to bowl according to the conditions. I think I did well. Even after not using the doosra, I'm glad I got wickets. 


    There is a lot of positive talk about the atmosphere in the Indian dressing room.


    Coach Gary Kirsten and the support staff have created a lovely environment. It is like one big family now. There is no senior-junior thing. We seniors try to make the younger players feel at home. There is a lot of confidence in each other's abilities in this Indian dressing room.


    How is it that Team India generates something special when we play Australia?


    Honestly, it is not just Australia... whenever we play an opponent we prepare

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  • ‘I want to be a match-winning bowler’

    With the IPL nearing its conclusion, Ojha spoke to The Indian Express about his bowling, his future aspirations and the disappointment on missing out on the West Indies-bound squad.

    Following a haul of 18 wickets last season, left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha is currently the leading wicket-taker in IPL III with 20 scalps for the Deccan Chargers. Ojha is now looking to make a leap forward by becoming the leading strike bowler for his country.


    With the IPL nearing its conclusion, Ojha spoke to The Indian Express about his bowling, his future aspirations and the disappointment on missing out on the West Indies-bound squad. Excerpts:


    Are you disappointed that you did not make it to the World T20 squad?


    One thing is clear in life, there will be ups and down. One needs to know how to handle things. It's just matter of time, I'm confident and happy with my progress. Everyday I want to learn new things and want to continue bowling well.


    With 20 wickets so far, you are the highest wicket-taker in

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  • I have learnt a lot from Symonds: Rohit

    On the eve of his team's home game against Mumbai Indians, Deccan Chargers' Rohit Sharma spoke to Devendra Pandey about his form during the IPL III and his selection to the T20 World Cup squad.

    On the eve of his team's home game against Mumbai Indians, Deccan Chargers' Rohit Sharma spoke to Devendra Pandey about his form during the IPL III and his selection to the T20 World Cup squad. Excerpts:

     

    You should be feeling at home at DY Patil?

     

    Yes, one can say DY Patil is my home ground. I have played many matches here. We are disappointed to have lost our last game against Rajasthan but with nine matches left, we are hopeful of getting our IPL III campaign back on track.

     

    What are the things you have picked up from the likes of Andrew Symonds and Herschelle Gibbs?

     

    They are great team players and I have learnt a lot from them. Symonds is fearless and he can hit a six off any ball - including the first one he faces. One day he told me that a bad ball had its place in the stands and

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  • “Replacing Sanath brings its own kind of pressure”

    I'm looking forward to this series because I've got a chance after many months. I have a decent record in India, I have scored two hundreds in the Champions Trophy, but that's history now. I have to start afresh, and scoring against a good side always helps.

    Despite figuring in 82 one-day international matches, Sri Lankan opener Upul Tharanga hasn't quite managed to cement his place in the national team.

     

    So when the selectors decided that he should replace Sanath Jayasuriya at the top of the Lankan batting line-up for the first ODI against India, the 24-year-old left-hander considered it a brand new beginning.

     

    In an interview with The Indian Express, Tharanga talked about why this series is important for him. Excerpts:

     

    How huge is the responsibility to replace Jayasuriya as an opener?

     

    It's huge. I'm taking the place of a player who has a number of records against his name. It will be tough. There will be pressure. But having Dilshan at the other end, I can hope to play my

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  • ‘I threw my wicket away too often’

    Coming off a century against Railways, Rohit Sharma spoke to The Indian Express about his batting, his goals and life outside the national side.

    The Hyderabad connection inevitably comes up each time Rohit Sharma gets ready to play a match here. The 22-year-old Mumbai batsman has his roots here, and is also a part of the Deccan Chargers outfit in the IPL.

     

    However, all he would be hoping for as Mumbai prepare for their Ranji Trophy Super League match at this venue is that the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium proves as lucky for him over the next four days as it has in the past.

     

    The last time he played a Ranji game at the Rajiv Gandhi stadium in Hyderabad, he got a century in each innings - a match-winning contribution in last year's final against Uttar Pradesh.

     

    Things have changed since then though: the future of Indian cricket at that point, he lost his place in the shorter formats having failed to make the most of his opportunities. He has also dropped down the pecking order as far as a

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  • I have learnt from my errors: Gibbs

    The South African opener spoke to The Indian Express about his home team Cape Cobras, his IPL team Deccan Chargers, South African cricket and how he ovecame his alcohol problem.

    Herschelle Gibbs hasn't had a memorable outing in the Champions League yet, but he says it will take just one good innings to turn things around. 

     

    The South African opener spoke to The Indian Express about his home team Cape Cobras, his IPL team Deccan Chargers, South African cricket and how he ovecame his alcohol problem. Excerpts:

     

    Did you expect to reach the semi-finals of the Champions League?

     

    We don't have big names like other teams do, but the boys have put up a good show so far. There is no reason why they can't carry on the good work from here. Everybody has seen how Andrew Puttick and JP Duminy did in the last two games.

     

    How disappointing was it to lose the Champions Trophy at home?

     

    Any loss is disappointing, but we just weren't good that day. One needs a bit of luck too, it's just one of the

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  • We are proud of making Champions Trophy final: Taylor

    After a bright start to his Champions League campaign, Ross Taylor spoke about sharing the dressing room with Daniel Vettori, New Zealand's Champions Trophy run and old friend Jesse Ryder.

    For both club and country, Ross Taylor has been on a scoring spree of late. He had a big role to play in taking the Bangalore Royal Challengers to the IPL final last season and also lent a helping hand as New Zealand reached the ICC Champions Trophy title clash earlier this month. 

     

    After a bright start to his Champions League campaign, Taylor spoke about sharing the dressing room with Daniel Vettori, New Zealand's Champions Trophy run and old friend Jesse Ryder. Excerpts:

     

    How disappointed were you after losing the Champions Trophy final?

     

    We were all disappointed; I don't think we played well enough . We got early wickets but were not able to carry on. We tried our best, we missed a few chances, and Shane Watson batted well. We are not a team that make it to finals often so we are proud of what

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  • I wondered if I’d play again: Samaraweera

    The 32-year-old run machine spoke to The Indian Express on Monday, a day before he scored his first ODI century in the opening game of the tri-series in Colombo.

    To say Thilan Samarweera has had an eventful 2009 would be an understatement. He scored back-to-back double tons in Pakistan a few months back, and just last month, notched up centuries in successive Tests against New Zealand to complete 1000 runs for the year.

     

    In between, there was the nightmare of Lahore, when he suffered a bullet injury in his right thigh following the terror attack on the Sri Lankan team bus.

     

    The 32-year-old run machine spoke to The Indian Express on Monday, a day before he scored his first ODI century in the opening game of the tri-series in Colombo.

     

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    Nothing seems to have changed for you despite the three-month lay-off post Lahore?

     

    I really thank my team management for giving me the support and confidence after my return to Test cricket. They knew that I had the ability to score big.

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  • ‘I have to perform every time’

    With three Man of the Match awards and his Super Over heroics against the Knight Riders, the spotlight will be on Pathan during the World T20 Championship next month. Devendra Pandey speaks to the man who triggers a buzz whenever he walks in to bat.

    Statistically, Yusuf Pathan didn't quite dominate the IPL this time around, but he did enough to enhance his reputation as a fierce hitter who can chase down any target and create panic in the rival ranks. With three Man of the Match awards and his Super Over heroics against the Kolkata Knight Riders, the spotlight will be on Pathan during the World T20 Championship next month. Devendra Pandey speaks to the man who triggers a buzz whenever he walks in to bat. Excerpts:

     

    Have you always had an attacking game?

     

    Well, yes. It just came naturally, nobody told me to be so. When I was 14, my first coach Bashir Shaikh saw me bat — at that time, I didn't have much power in my strokes. But he told me I had the perfect grip and asked me to never

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  • ‘This is our best chance to win in NZ’

    Just before his departure, Rahul Dravid spoke to The Indian Express about his experience in New Zealand and India's chances this time around.

    As Rahul Dravid flies to New Zealand for the Test matches starting later this month, he is the one member in the Indian team to have had a great run with the bat in those conditions. He averaged 107 on the 1998 tour and was again the highest scorer in in 2002.

     

    Just before his departure, Dravid spoke to The Indian Express about his experience in New Zealand and India's chances this time around. Excerpts:

     

    Are you looking forward to the series?

     

    It'll be an exciting series and a challenging one as well. Not only me, everybody is looking forward to it. We're are hoping to play good cricket in the next 30-40 odd days. We're confident and hope to come home with a good series this time.

     

    Will the T20 loss have any effect?

     

    I don't think it will. We're a pretty good side and T20, one-dayers and Tests need different approaches. There is still

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