• Wayne Parnell nearly echoes French philosopher Rene Descartes when he says only those bowlers who think would exist in cricket's slam-bang format.

    New Delhi: Twenty20 cricket is a constant battle of wits and bowlers who cannot think on their feet will end up cannon-fodder, says South African pace bowler Wayne Parnell.


    Representing Pune Warriors in this year's Indian Premier League, the 21-year-old left-arm seamer has seen how harshly some bowlers have been treated by unheralded batsmen such as Paul Valthaty and Bharat Chipli.


    Parnell nearly echoes French philosopher Rene Descartes when he says only those bowlers who think would exist in cricket's slam-bang format. "Batters come breaking new ideas every day. But I think as a fast bowler, you just need to be one step ahead," Parnell said.


    IPL Punjab batsman Valthaty, who does not make the cut even for Mumbai's Ranji Trophy squad, blasted an unbeaten 63-ball 120 against Chennai, while Deccan Chargers' Chipli, a veteran of just 15 first

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  • The Kenyan team has over the years caused some famous upsets on cricket's biggest stage. They even reached the final four in 2003. Their performance since then however hasn’t had much to write home about. With Jonty Rhodes helping the team prepare for the 2011 WC, captain Jimmy Kamande feels that Kenya is keen to perform this time around. Excerpts from an interview with Yahoo! Cricket:



    Kenya visited India recently to play a series against Gujarat and Baroda designed to provide a warm-up to the CWC - but was outplayed in all five matches. How is the side planning to overturn the poor run of form?


    That trip was meant to give every player a chance. We carried a squad of 20 players to India. We did not always play our best 11 players. We tried to give everybody a fair chance. The focus was to choose our best 15. I am sure now we are more prepared and the pressure is also off since the selection is done. I am comfortable that everybody is ready and we will now try to get our best XI on the

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  • Canada's cricket team has been on the international scene since over 30 years now, but they're yet to make an impact. Will they get the cricket world to sit up and take notice at the 2011 World Cup? Canada's captain Ashish Bagai says the team's realistic goal is to reach the second round. Excerpts from an interview with Yahoo! Cricket:

     

     

    Canada played their first CWC all the way back in 1979. Sri Lanka started at the 1975 event but went on to win the 96 edition and continue to be one of the top ranked teams. What do you think held Canada back?

    I don't know really. I guess we had a lot of competition from other sports. In Sri Lanka cricket is the major sport. We in Canada are competing with ice hockey, baseball, football. This competition from other sports affects cricket in the country. We didn't have the infrastructure since 1979 for us to have something sustainable. I guess everything combined to contribute to it.


    The Canadian team hasn't had a very successful 2010 including a

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