• To be candid, I am not surprised at the route in which the India-West Indies ODI series has traversed so far. I had said in my preview that it loomed as a contest between two equally matched sides with limitations who would probably ending up sharing honours. At the end of the halfway mark it is obvious that not much separates the two contestants and the limitations have been laid bare.


    That said, I must admit, I certainly didn't expect the Indians to collapse so dramatically in the second ODI. As candid as ever, MS Dhoni has said that the Indian batsmen erred in reading the surface. Though the venue was the same the pitch was very different from the one that the teams played in the first ODI. It was quicker and bouncier with the ball moving around but the Indians still went for their strokes as if they were playing on the same amiable wicket on which they got 339 two days before. "We should have paid a little more respect to the bowlers," said Dhoni ruefully and he could not have

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  • So is it the end of the road for the Indian Cricket League? It certainly looks so despite the brave statements by the few people still associated with it. It is always sad to see a project aimed at giving opportunities to players and develop the game slapped with the kind of crippling blows that it has been dealt with over the past few days but to be candid I saw it coming.


    For all its seemingly sound financial backing, hyped up TV coverage and detailed scheduling there was always going to be a big question mark over the long term survival of the ICL once the BCCI and the ICC refused to give it official recognition. The paucity of venues, the uncomfortable war of words between the parties - including talk of taking up the matter of recognition legally - and the resounding success of the two IPL tournaments all meant that the ICL had effectively been grounded.


    The death blows came in the form of the ICL not even able to conduct, for whatever reasons, their scheduled tournament

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  • I got into the boxing ring with Olympic gold medallist James DeGale on Thursday, which was a novel experience.


    He told us we could try and knock him down but he was just too quick, almost impossible to get hold of. The speed at which boxers move is amazing and it was great to see it first-hand.


    I did two one-minute rounds with him, at the end of which I was knackered. I managed to get him on the nose a couple of times, but he landed one on me - nothing too painful, just a warning shot really!


    The event was organised by sponsors and it was meant to be a day off rather than proper training, but it certainly felt like hard work. Perhaps the most tiring thing was just knowing he can punch your lights out pretty much at will.


    Different forms of training like boxing are great for cardiovascular work, although it's not usually with an Olympic champion.


    The gruelling itineraries we have in international cricket mean you have to stay as fit as you can to overcome the workload. We do a

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