• It’s official now. Praveen Kumar won’t play the 2011 World Cup. The swing bowler has failed to recover from the elbow injury he’d suffered in South Africa.

    He is expected to be replaced by Sreesanth, but more details are awaited. Sreesanth has undergone a fitness test at the National Cricket Academy.

    Praveen had been recuperating at Bangalore’s NCA and had also been sent to England for treatment. But the injury turned out to be more serious than thought earlier.

    The World Cup tournament rules allow the BCCI to request for a substitution. This request is referred to the event technical committee which includes Ratnakar Shetty, Anil Kumble, Sanjay Manjrekar, David Lloyd, etc and is headed by ICC’s general manager Dave Richardson.

    Sreesanth was brilliant in patches in the Tests against South Africa. He had also taken seven wickets in two ODIs against New Zealand. In recent outings, he’s shown a higher degree of control.

    Then, there’s Ishant Sharma who’d been a disappointment in the

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  • This particular Indian team now is starting to find that they are quite enjoying the habit of winning - Kirsten

    Gary Kirsten commands the kind of respect few Indian coaches did in the past. Manning the cricket team is a lot tougher job than handling finance ministry in India. Mr. Pranab Mukherjee might agree to this. However, the South African maverick has managed to perform his duties with maximum ease and greater results. His departure after the 2011 World Cup is inevitable as Gary wants to spend time with his family back in South Africa. Fair enough!

    Since joining the Indian camp in 2007-08, the former Proteas opener helped the team to achieve the elusive number one position in Test cricket. You can still argue Gary got the best of the Indian team for the desired result.

    He didn't come with a plan. He offered what worked for the Indians. And yeah...he lacked the Chappell-like love-affair with spotlight - much to the benefit of the playing group.

    I remember Sehwag singing praise

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  • As the IPL auctions for 2011 come to an end, we cast a glance on the new line-ups, possible captaincy options, team spend and players retained.

    Some quick thoughts:

    Defending champs Chennai have retained an astonishing number of players, 10 11. The next best are Mumbai and Rajasthan with four.

    There's lots of noise about fans boycotting KKR at the Eden. They've got to realise Ganguly wasn't a KKR problem; the other nine teams didn't consider him either. It's clear there's a non-cricketing reason behind Ganguly's removal. He was the fourth highest run-maker in IPL 2010.

    On a whole, it is sad Ganguly waited to be shown the door. It's a lesson for Dravid and Laxman. Kumble played it smarter, withdrawing at the last minute from the auctions.

    Lara's exclusion wasn't surprising either. He's in no fitness for this level of cricket and seemed like he was only in it for the money. The ten teams showed him place, and rightly so.

    Delhi, one of the most consistent teams in the IPL, will have a

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