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  • I will overcome my bad patch: Ishant

    The 21-year-old lanky fast bowler said he would be playing for Delhi in the Ranji Trophy to get back his rhythm.

    New Delhi: Axed from the One-day side, young fast bowler Ishant Sharma said on Wednesday that he would concentrate on the Ranji Trophy games to make his way back into the side.

     

    Off late Ishant has not been in a good form and he was also dropped from the Test side after the drawn Test in Ahmedabad.

     

    'It is a bad patch for me and every cricketer goes through such a phase in his career. I will also get over it,' Ishant said.

     

    The 21-year-old lanky fast bowler said he would be playing for Delhi in the Ranji Trophy to get back his rhythm.

     

    'It is only a matter of time. I have to concentrate on domestic matches to get my act right. Ranji Trophy will be the best platform for me to prove myself again,' he said.

     

    Ishant also said that at present he is not looking for help from anyone.

     

    'I have to help myself. I have to just work upon my weak areas and it is not tough for me.

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  • Gambhir’s return will boost the side: Dhoni

    'We will miss Sehwag, but Gambhir's return will strengthen the team. He's one player who can make a difference,' MS Dhoni told reporters on Thursday.

    Mumbai: Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said that Gautam Gambhir's return will boost the team in the ICC Champions Trophy that begins in South Africa from September 22.

     

    Gambhir, who missed the tri-nation series in Sri Lanka due to a groin strain, passed the fitness test before the team's departure for the eight-nation elite tournament.

     

    India had difficulty with their opening combination as Virender Sehwag is also out with a shoulder injury.

     

    In the absence of the two regular openers, India tried out Dinesh Karthik and Rahul Dravid as Sachin Tendulkar's partner in Sri Lanka.

     

    'We will miss Sehwag, but Gambhir's return will strengthen the team. He's one player who can make a difference,' Dhoni told reporters here on Thursday.

     

    India will be a confident side going into the event, after winning the tri-series in Colombo,

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  • Pietersen has to put team first: Warne

    Kevin Pietersen has come under heavy criticism for playing reckless strokes in the first drawn Ashes Test in Cardiff.

    London: Former Australian spin wizard Shane Warne feels that charismatic England batsman Kevin Pietersen should learn to put the team first, not himself.

     

    Pietersen has come under heavy criticism for playing reckless strokes in the first drawn Ashes Test in Cardiff that almost put England on the verge of a loss.

     

    'There is no doubt to me that he (Pietersen) can be the best batsman in the world. He has so much talent, but the best players have that determination to make big scores and don't make silly mistakes. There was a great example of what I mean at Cardiff: Ricky Ponting's 150 was a really solid innings by a very talented and consistent player,' Warne said in his column in The Times, London.

     

    Warne said that Pietersen reminds him of Mark Waugh, who would make batting look easy but would get out in a horrible fashion.

     

    'Junior (Mark) was another who found

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  • 'It is really difficult to get a top class Test batsman because a player needs time to mature. That is why it is very important to retain experienced players,' Zaheer Abbas told IANS in an interview.

    Karachi: Pakistan's legendary batsman Zaheer Abbas has warned that India will make a grave mistake if it decided to dump its senior players who have been the cornerstone of its strong batting line-up.

     

    Zaheer, who was known for his prolific batting, said it is never easy to replace experienced players and India will have to pay the price if it opted to say goodbye to the quartet of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman.

     

    'Batsmen are like wine, they get better with time,' Zaheer told IANS in an interview on Monday.

     

    'It is really difficult to get a top class Test batsman because a player needs time to mature. That is why it is very important to retain experienced players,' he stressed.

     

    A raging debate is going on in India over the future of the 'fabulous four'

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  • Hayden says Harbhajan fires him up

    Harbahajan Singh's declaration that he is not out to make friends against Australia has fired up his foe opener Matthew Hayden, who said such comments would only inspire him to perform better against the hosts.

    Sydney: Harbahajan Singh's declaration that he is not out to make friends against Australia has fired up his foe opener Matthew Hayden, who said such comments would only inspire him to perform better against the hosts.

     

    The 36-year-old said he doesn't harbour any grudge against the off-spinner who drew the ire of the Aussies during the series between the two teams early this year.

     

    'There is a lot less of the personal tension with Harbhajan than what is made out. In a lot of ways, I feel if that is affecting him, it's a good thing for me because I don't feel I am harbouring any massive resentment," Hayden was quoted as saying in the Sydney Morning Herald.

     

    'I think he is a very good bowler and it is challenging to play well. Over the years those kind of tensions have always

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  • I know a thing or two about India: Chappell

    "It is exciting. I mean I know a thing or two about the conditions in India and hope our team, especially the young members will benefit from it," Chappell told IANS in an interview.

    Dubai, Sep 23: Former Australian captain Greg Chappell is looking forward to playing an 'exciting' role for the benefit of his team during the four-match Test series against India for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

     

    The former India coach is part of the Australian squad as an assistant coach and intends to use his vast Indian experience for the benefit of the Aussies, who are looking to defend the trophy in India.

    'It is exciting. I mean I know a thing or two about the conditions in India and hope our team, especially the young members will benefit from it,' Chappell told IANS in an interview at the Dubai Duty Free, where he was shopping while in transit.

    Chappell was the India coach from 2005 - 2007 and still works with the Rajasthan Cricket Academy and that makes him an Australian with loads of Indian

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  • 50-over cricket may end in two years: Pietersen

    Speaking to IANS ahead of England's one-day series against New Zealand, Kevin Pietersen added: "I do think Twenty20 will be the new form of one-day cricket, for sure."

    London: England all-rounder Kevin Pietersen says Twenty20 will be the new form of one-day cricket and the 50-over form is set to be eclipsed in a couple of years.

     

    "I don't think the 50-over game has had its day yet, but in terms of everything going on now with Twenty20 - the financial rewards the players get, the tournaments coming up, the interest created and the audience it grabs - then maybe so in a couple of years," Pietersen said in a television interview Saturday.

     

    Speaking ahead of England's one-day series against New Zealand, Pietersen added: "I do think Twenty20 will be the new form of one-day cricket, for sure."

     

    He also reiterated his long-standing desire to play in the Indian Premier League.

     

    "The IPL money is guaranteed. Our players have to play as much Twenty20 as we can... That is an opportunity

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  • Sourav Ganguly and Shah Rukh Khan stood firmly by him as he struggled against his ban so that he could play for Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League, says Rawalpindi Express Shoaib Akhtar.

    Sourav Ganguly and Shah Rukh Khan stood firmly by him as he struggled against his ban so that he could play for Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League, says Rawalpindi Express Shoaib Akhtar.

    Akhtar's arrival here on Monday night has breathed new life into the Knight Riders and their supporters, beleaguered after a string of defeats.

    The 32-year-old controversial fast bowler was finally allowed to play in the IPL after an appelate tribunal suspended for a month his five-year ban by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). He had been banned for violating the PCB code of conduct repeatedly.

    IANS caught up with Akhtar at his hotel-gym early on Tuesday morning.

    Q: Are you playing Thursday's match against Bangalore Royal Challengers at Eden Gardens here?

    A: Well, I am all set to take

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  • "Look, no one was concerned about cricket in India for the past 100 years. Now the situation is such that most of the boards earn only when their team plays against India," Lalit Modi, who is also the chairman and commissioner of the Indian Premier League (IPL), told BBC's Hindi programme 'Ek Mulaqat'.

    New Delhi: The Indian cricket board is, perhaps, seen as a bully because of its firmness in dealing with the rest of the cricketing world as most Test-playing nations make money by playing India, says board vice-president Lalit Modi.

    'Look, no one was concerned about cricket in India for the past 100 years. Now the situation is such that most of the boards earn only when their team plays against India. Earlier, they used to earn when they played against Australia,' Modi, who is also the chairman and commissioner of the Indian Premier League (IPL), told BBC's Hindi programme 'Ek Mulaqat'.

     

    'If the various cricket boards earn money by playing against India, then we too have to put

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  • I love winning, says Shah Rukh Khan

    "Kolkata Knight Riders is my dream personified. I always wanted to be a cricketer. Now it's through my team that I am fulfilling my dream," says the Kolkata Knight Riders team owner and Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan.

    Kolkata: After defeating Hyderabad's Deccan Chargers on Sunday at the Eden Gardens, the Kolkata Knight Riders and team owner Shah Rukh Khan were at the peak of their confidence about winning the Indian Premier League (IPL).

    'I love winning - whether it's IPL matches or films or a game of carom with my kids or the entire world. I believe my victory is God's assurance that I really worked hard,' the superstar said.

    'We are the toughest competition for the other seven teams. Why one team at a time-put all the seven teams on one side and see how the Knight Riders battle it out against them,' Shah Rukh told IANS on the sidelines of a press conference after Sunday's match.

    Does he not get nervous while his Knights are in action?

    'Kolkata Knight Riders is my dream

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