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  • Dubai, July 10 (PTI): Graeme Swann on Sunday became the world's number one ODI bowler for the first time in his career after the off-spinner's eight-wicket haul helped England to a 3-2 series win against Sri Lanka.

     

    The 32-year-old claimed series figures of 8-164 against the visiting Lankan team to dethrone New Zealand's left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori, who had held the spot since September 2009 in the ICC Player Rankings for ODI bowlers.

     

    Swann is also ranked number two in Test cricket, behind South Africa's Dale Steyn, but his number one ODI ranking is the first time an England bowler has achieved in any form of the game since Steve Harmison's brief rose to the top of the Test rankings in August 2004.

     

    India's off-spinner Harbhajan Singh is at ninth place in the ODI bowling chart while Swann's team-mate James Anderson has risen impressively up the rankings, gaining 17 places to 11th spot.

     

    In the ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen, India's middle-order batsman Virat Kohli and

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  • Songs, bhajans keep Sehwag going on the crease

    In an interview, Virender Sehwag reveals his simple formula for success saying "I try to sing songs as perfectly as possible in order to keep my mind completely uncluttered."

    He does not lose sleep before a match, he does not worry about the pitch -- Virender Sehwag just hums Sai Baba bhajans and Kishore Kumar songs till the bowler is about to deliver the ball.

     

    Here is the dashing opener's simple formula for success in his own words: "I want my mind to be absolutely free while facing up to a bowler. I try to hum songs, Sai Baba bhajans and Kishore Kumar songs, especially those pictured on Amitabh Bachchan till the bowler is about to deliver."

     

    "I then tell myself: watch it. I try to sing songs as perfectly as possible in order to keep my mind completely uncluttered," he said in an interview in New Delhi.

     

    Excerpts from an interview:

     

    Q: When you look back, do you fret about why you went for a six when you were on 294 in Multan?

     

    A: I never look back. I have never looked back on

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  • In fact, Virender Sehwag arguably the most daring batsman in world cricket today, told PTI in an interview that he would be honoured if Sachin Tendulkar is viewed as his 'guru'.

    New Delhi: He once said in jest that the only difference between him and Sachin Tendulkar was in their bank balances, but Virender Sehwag, a trailblazer in his own way, said that as a batsman he can never be "half of what the batting maestro is".

     

    Very early in his career, Sehwag, whose height and body structure nearly makes him a Tendulkar lookalike when they are on the wicket, had said "the only difference between us is in our bank balance. I am nowhere near him."

     

    In fact, Sehwag arguably the most daring batsman in world cricket today told PTI in an interview that he would be honoured if Tendulkar is viewed as his 'guru'.

     

    "I would be honoured if he is viewed as my guru and I as his shishya (disciple)."

     

    Excerpts from an interview:

     

    Q: First, a couple of things which are of immediate concern. How

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  • Ponting’s under pressure: Zaheer

    "If you see his (Ricky Ponting) statements in the press (on Australia being underdogs) you can make out he is under pressure. It works to our advantage," Zaheer said in an interview to a TV channel.

    New Delhi, Sep 25: With just a fortnight to go for the first Test, Indian pace spearhead Zaheer Khan today fired his first verbal volley, saying Australian captain Ricky Ponting was "under pressure" and it would work to India's advantage in the four-match series beginning from October 9.

    "Ponting's poor record is an advantage for us, this could be his last series as a captain, if you see his statements in the press (on Australia being underdogs) you can make out he is under pressure. It works to our advantage," Zaheer told the NDTV today.

    Asked about Australia relying on pace while India banking on spinners, Zaheer said the team would play to its strengths.

    "It's good to play against the world's best. We are playing to our strength's, we are not bothered about what they are doing. We are

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