• The Rawalpindi Express never comes to a halt. The maverick fast bowler who is often referred to by the name of the train that speeds to and from his home town has had this extraordinary ability to change the lights from red to green at every turn. His latest escapade had all the ingredients of a Bollywood thriller with an Indian actor backing him while he fought the Pakistan establishment.

    Shoaib has to thank the international nature of the Indian Premier League and its embracing culture for the latest break he is getting. It may sound strange that while he cannot play cricket in his home country he is eligible to chug in for the Kolkata Knight Riders. If he does indeed play, his four overs for the Kolkatans on Thursday night will establish the extraordinary sweep of player power. 

    It may sound strange that while the Pakistan Cricket Board wishes to wash its hands off its temperamental fast bowler with an avowed behaviour problem against authority it still wishes he should be allowed

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  • Not even an Indian cricketer who may one day find himself on a
    Forbes list can scoff at a handy sum like Rs 2.5 crore. The cricket
    establishment well knows that hitting a player in the pocket is where
    it really hurts. Harbhajan Singh loses a lot more than a hefty pay
    cheque.

    A psychiatrist digging into his life may come up with a
    theory on how some childhood deprivation may have left its scars on
    Bhajji. There is always the thought that he is somehow a child in a
    man's world even though he is said to have grown up fast because he had
    to shoulder the family responsibility on the death of his father when
    he was young.

    The sardar of spin, who has been known to be a
    feisty competitor before the day he stepped on to the international
    stage, had hardened his attitude towards opponents so much he was bound
    to get himself into trouble from which there could be no easy escape.
    In his first series in the big league he had shown his attitude when he
    walked into Ponting's path after having taken

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  • Call it plain luck or the X factor, M.S. Dhoni seems to have something
    extra to offer when he dons the skipper's hat. Due credit to Anil
    Kumble for the manner in which he has handled this side over the last
    three series and it was only fitting Dhoni, who has seen tough
    situations equally well in the shorter versions was handed over the
    reins when the veteran was declared unfit for the final Test.

    The
    striking aspect of Dhoni's captaincy is his unruffled manner. When the
    South African openers had survived the initial phase in the second
    innings it looked like anybody's match but Dhoni backed his instincts
    and persisted with the bowlers who he thought had a greater chance of
    getting wickets.

    For long, Virendar Sehwag has been an
    under-utilised bowler. And the blows he struck at vital moments of the
    match proved the kind of confidence Dhoni had instilled in a part time
    bowler. I would have never thought of tossing the new ball to a spinner
    when the match was hanging in balance.

    Dhoni has

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