• It didn't take me much time to get back into groove: Whatmore

    World Cup-winning coach Dav Whatmore on his new challenge as Pakistan coach.


    Dhaka, (The Telegraph
    ): Dav Whatmore, Pakistan's new coach, spoke to The Telegraph for around half-an-hour on Tuesday afternoon.

    The following are excerpts:

    You're back as the coach of a national team after almost five years. What's it like?

    I hadn't been away for long and it didn't take me much time to get back into groove...That I'd already spent a number of years as a national coach (twice in Sri Lanka, once in Bangladesh) helped.

    So, no nerves at all?

    (Grins) Well, I've got to admit there were some nerves, but the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the boys were very welcoming.

    Was it a hard decision to make? Pakistan, after all, has seen a huge turnover of coaches...

    The answer is short — no. Yes, teams aren't touring Pakistan at this point in time, but it has such a rich (cricketing) history...These are tough times, but Pakistan continues to 'host' matches, albeit overseas.

    What did you tell yourself, a World Cup-winning coach, after signing the contract?

    Felt relieved, for the post had

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  • Sachin should air his views more often: Kapil Dev

    Interview: Kapil Dev speaks on some of Indian cricket's ailments

    'Sachin's was such a huge milestone, the obsession with it was justified.'

    Kapil Dev, a living legend, spoke to The Telegraph for around 45 minutes over breakfast in Kolkata on Saturday. Typically, he was emotional at times and candid always. The following are excerpts

    After another defeat, what’s the way forward for Indian cricket?

    It’s not for me to offer a prescription... It’s time for the Board to put its head together and correct the things which have gone wrong.

    Like?

    Something has to be wrong for us to lose in England, lose in Australia and lose to Bangladesh in the Asia Cup.

    Are you suggesting that the Board should have learnt from Cricket Australia and initiated a full-fledged review?

    (Smiles) You’ve answered the question yourself... I don’t need to say it in as many words. Is the Board concerned or not?

    Doesn’t look like...

    Exactly. You can’t say that defeats happen... Yes, you can lose, but you shouldn’t be losing with such regularity... We should be proud that we’re controlling world cricket, financially, but we must also dominate on the field. That’s

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  • Used to love seeing Tendulkar take on Warne: Mark Taylor

    Tendulkar's technique and his mental capacity to keep playing for over 22 years are his USPs, Taylor said.

    By Lokendra Pratap Sahi


    Sachin Tendulkar plays a shot off the bowling of Shane Warne during the 1996 World Cup match between Australia and India in Bombay. (Shaun Botterill/Allsport)


    Mark Taylor, an iconic former captain of Australia, spoke to The Telegraph exclusively on the one and only Sachin Tendulkar.

    The following are excerpts:

    First thoughts on Sachin...

    What to say? It’s astonishing to score 51 Test hundreds and 49 ODI hundreds... Obviously, he started very young and has played quite a lot of his cricket on very good pitches (in India)... He’s been a terrific batsman.

    Sachin’s USP...

    His technique, his mental capacity to keep playing for over 22 years... To play that many games (188 Tests and 462 ODIs) and to be still enjoying it is amazing.

    The technique factor...

    Sachin’s technique is as good as any of the other greats... His grounding has been very good and he picks the ball up so early... Then, he’s such a good timer.

    Most abiding memory of Sachin...

    I used to love seeing Sachin take on Shane Warne, that would be a contest to watch... Quite clearly one of the contests of the modern era.

    If Sachin has been the best after Sir Donald

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