• 'I do not abuse others, I talk to myself, I abuse myself'



    On reaching Dhaka for the March 12-22 Asia Cup, Virat Kohli and teammate Rohit Sharma watched videos of Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal for hours, skipped lunch and nearly missed a team practice session.

    Ahead of their clash on March 18, Pakistani cricketers huddled in the dressing room to remember former coach Bob Woolmer and vowed revenge for the loss to India in the 2011 World Cup. In the Indian dressing room, Kohli was cool as cucumber. "We have done our homework (for this match), don't worry," he told Sharma. Not many shared his optimism, especially after Pakistan put 323 runs on the board and Indian opener Gautam Gambhir walked back to the pavilion without the team opening its account.

    But Kohli's 183, which included 23 boundaries, at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium-his fourth hundred in Bangladesh-tore apart a quality Pakistan attack, helped India scale its highest One-Day International (ODI) target and underlined his credentials as a master of the chase, a title given to him by Read More »from 'I do not abuse others, I talk to myself, I abuse myself'
  • After 22 years, I know what I should be doing, says Sachin

    I've achieved a number of personal milestones, but that's not why I started to play, says Sachin Tendulkar.


    The Telegraph: Sachin 'The Master' Tendulkar reserved the 6 pm slot, on Tuesday, for an exclusive with The Telegraph at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon in Dhaka. The interview began half-an-hour behind schedule as he hadn't finished his workout in the hotel's gym and also had to oblige fans who'd been waiting for him to emerge after sweating it out on the treadmill and doing the weights. The gentleman that he is, Sachin more than made up by taking questions for close to an hour. There was a forced break, for a few minutes, as Sachin got a belated congratulatory call.

    The following are excerpts:

    You were mentioning that, nowadays, you actually wake up stress-free...

    Absolutely, for a year I couldn't... Life in that respect has changed, has changed in a big way. My family had also been under so much stress.

    Having raised the bar to such an extent, what next?

    I've achieved a number of personal milestones, but that's not why I started to play...To repeat what I've said a number of times, the earliest

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  • 'Get the enemy before the enemy gets you'

    There's no secret formula for coaching a cricket team, says Bangladesh coach Stuart Law.

    Dhaka, (The Telegraph): Stuart Law, the Bangladesh coach, spoke to The Telegraph at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon on Wednesday. Law, 43, played for Australia between 1994-1999 and was Sri Lanka's assistant coach before taking up the current job around the middle of last year.

    The following are excerpts:

    Thursday will be Bangladesh's biggest day cricket-wise, since its debut Test (November 2000). Is there a fear that the players could get carried away?

    It can be easy to get your mind off the job, but we've got a few senior heads in the dressing room...Captain Mushfiqur Rahim and (former captain) Mashrafe Mortaza have told the boys that while it's an achievement to make the final, we haven't really done anything big as yet...Beating Pakistan in the Asia Cup final will be big.

    What did you tell the players after the win over Sri Lanka?

    Enjoy the moment, but the job hasn't been done. That it would be one better to actually win the tournament...If we play good cricket, we'll get the result we want.

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