• The tri series that commences in Sri Lanka from Tuesday has all the ingredients of being an engrossing contest. New Zealand, India and the hosts are the three teams are taking part.


    New Zealand and Sri Lanka square off in the opening match and then India play back-to-back matches against both these teams before the final between the two top teams in the league to be played on September 14.


    Sri Lanka have always been tough opponents at home but then India have beaten them in two successive ODI contests last year and again this year. Also New Zealand after losing the two Test series 2-0 came back strongly to take the two-match Twenty20 series showing that they have got acclimatized to the conditions and are fully prepared for the tri series.


    If anything India might be at a disadvantage, having to rush to Sri Lanka after the Corporate Trophy final on Tuesday and play successive matches on two days. However, their ODI record in the past year and a half has been enviable. Starting

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  • He has been a cricketing icon for almost 20 years. But who have been Sachin Tendulkar's idols? Well, the master batsman did let us know in the course of a TV interview a couple of days ago that over the years he made a conscious effort to blend Sunil Gavaskar's defence with Viv Richards' ruthlessness to evolve a batting style of his own.


    Tendulkar could not have been more judicious in choosing his heroes. As everyone associated with the game knows perfect batting is an ideal blend of attack and defence. The ability to adapt oneself to a given situation in a match is priceless. There are times when quick runs are paramount, at other times runs and time are of equal importance or perhaps the situation calls for a grim fightback based on a sterling defence. And these days with cricket being played in three formats the need to adapt and change cannot be overemphasized if one wants to be a successful cricketer.


    So now we know the secret of Tendulkar's greatness! Ever since his

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  • It was hugely frustrating to have our Twenty20 international against Australia abandoned last night.


    There was a big thunderstorm in the afternoon and the main area of concern was the run-up at the Brian Statham end at Old Trafford.


    The umpires made a brave decision calling it off early, and I think it was a good one. Sometimes umpires will leave it later and later when really everyone knows the situation won't improve.


    They approached me and Australia captain Michael Clarke and said it was not fit for international cricket. If we had asked our fast bowlers to run on that there was a danger they could have injured themselves, and as captain you obviously have a responsibility to look after your players.


    There was also a big muddy patch at backward point, which didn't help. If you start playing and people are slipping about all over the place it risks becoming a farce.


    I know Lancashire chief executive Jim Cumbes said we could have played, and everyone is entitled to their

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