• Virat Kohli: It's unfair to target the seniors

    The young Indian batsman opens up about his career - from the highs of the World Cup to the lows of India's losing streak in Tests.


    Young Turk Virat Kohli, who is expected to one day captain India, spoke to The Telegraph at the InterContinental on Saturday evening.

    The following are excerpts

    Has the Perth Test (scores of 44, 75) become the turning point in your career as an India cricketer?

    Look, I didn’t see my career changing drastically even after the first two Tests (Melbourne, Sydney). Despite what was said and written, failures do happen in cricket and you need to be tough enough to emerge stronger from such situations. You can’t have a perfect career, with everything so smooth.

    To improve, you do need to experience the ups and downs...

    Absolutely... I’d come to Australia before, for an Emerging Tournament, but the wickets had then been flat... Had been very different... The bowling attack, too... In real terms, this is my first trip to Australia and I shouldn’t have been written off after just one Test... You shouldn’t judge somebody on the basis of one or two Tests, that’s not fair. For a batsman, there’s no

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  • I’d thank Laxman for his services and ask him to move on: Shastri

    Shastri said one or two changes have to be made immediately, but as the next Test series (either in Sri Lanka or at home against New Zealand) is many months away, there’s time to apply one’s mind carefully.

    VVS Laxman leaves the field after being dismissed for a duck during day two of the Third Test match between Australia and India at WACA on January 14, 2012. (Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images)


    Calcutta (The Telegraph):
    Former India captain and cricket manager Ravi Shastri spoke to The Telegraph (from Perth) on Sunday afternoon.

    The following are excerpts

    Q Are you stunned or had you prepared yourself for this horror story?

    A Look, I knew Perth would be a difficult venue to stage a comeback, but I expected India to put up a fight... I never expected them to cave in the way they did. More than stunned, I’ve been saddened.

    What would you do if you had a decision-making role in Indian cricket?

    I’d look around and pick players who have the potential to do well overseas... We’ve got to look to the future... Obviously, one or two changes have to be made immediately, but the next Test series (either in Sri Lanka or at home against New Zealand) is many months away, so there’s time to apply one’s mind carefully.

    Just why did we go so wrong? After all, this was the best team, except possibly that there was no Harbhajan Singh...

    Which is why this result (0-3 down in a four-Test series) is moreRead More »from I’d thank Laxman for his services and ask him to move on: Shastri
  • The 100 will come, it’s a matter of time: Steve Waugh

    Waugh said when Tendulkar does get that hundred, it will be an incredible achievement, second only to (Sir Donald) Bradman’s Test average of 99.94.

    Sydney (The Telegraph): Steve Waugh, who enjoys the status of an icon, spoke to The Telegraph at the SCG Trustees enclosure on Friday afternoon.Waugh also said Ponting wanted to get on with the job and he’s done that.

    The following are excerpts

    On Sachin Tendulkar again falling short of a hundred...

    Look, that 100th International hundred will come... It’s a matter of time... I know all of India has been waiting, I realise 1.2 billion people have been waiting... Sachin’s been batting very well in this series... Tight in defence and good in his shot selection.

    The fact that Sachin’s just one short of 100 hundreds in Tests and ODIs...

    When he does get that hundred, it will be an incredible achievement, second only to (Sir Donald) Bradman’s Test average of 99.94.

    Sachin being in his 23rd year of international cricket...

    He’s looked after himself well... He’s been selective in the matches he’s played (in recent years) and hardly ever bowls now... Of course, Sachin loves playing Test cricket... The hunger is still there... Huge hunger I’d say, both for the game and for Read More »from The 100 will come, it’s a matter of time: Steve Waugh

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