• After scoring a Test century on debut, Suresh Raina was treated to a celebration dinner by Sachin Tendulkar. But before that, he took time off to speak to The Indian Express.

    After scoring a Test century on debut, Suresh Raina was treated to a celebration dinner by Sachin Tendulkar. But before that, he took time off to speak to The Indian Express. Excerpts:


    What was going through your head on Wednesday night


    I was not tense. I knew that if Sachin (Tendulkar) and I can get a good partnership the match will be in our favour. My morale was good and Sachin kept telling me I was looking good at the wicket. I was learning from Sachin.


    Your Test debut was unexpected.


    Jo kismat mein hota hai woh milta hi hai. The satisfaction of making a hundred in a Test match is a completely different feeling.


    The bouncer has troubled you in the past, but today you handled it well.


    I had worked hard with regard to the bouncer. I knew they would come hard at me. I think people knew about it (bouncer). From

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  • Murali Kartik says that he isn't sure if the national selectors will even be aware about his rich haul of wickets for Somerset but he adds that he is still hopeful of a recall to the Indian team.

    While the Indian spinners have struggled in Sri Lanka, a slow bowler who has been repeatedly ignored by Indian selectors, Murali Kartik is enjoying a highly successful stint with Somerset in the English county circuit.


    He has been highest wicket-taker in the County Championship so far this season, despite playing just four of the nine games so far. He has picked up 31 wickets at 12.70 apiece, including 5 five-wicket hauls and twice picking up 10-wicket in a match.


    Speaking to The Indian Express, Kartik says that he isn't sure if the national selectors will even be aware about his rich haul of wickets for Somerset but he adds that he is still hopeful of a recall to the Indian team. Excerpts:


    Somerset have won three out of four first-class games, all their 40 over matches and almost all their

    Read More »from Even if selectors notice what I am doing, they turn a blind eye’
  • Despite being "very disappointed", S Sreesanth remained positive about the gruelling season ahead. Excerpts from an interview to Hindustan Times.

    India: Twenty-four hours after S Sreesanth injured his knee during India's warm-up session, his worst fears came true. He has been ruled out of the three-match Test series due to a "medial collateral ligament tear", an injury that will take around four weeks to heal. It was a shattered Sreesanth as he packed his bags on Monday.


    Despite being "very disappointed", Sreesanth remained positive about the gruelling season ahead. Excerpts from an interview to Hindustan Times:


    After the remarkable comeback in Kanpur (against Sri Lanka), you were down with swine flu. Now this.


    What can I say? I was free of injuries for six months, suddenly this happens. There're some things in life you can't control. I will meet a good knee specialist and get it sorted out. I was looking forward to being the silent killer again, that's what I was in Kanpur. I was

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    The West Indies are evoking their legendary teams of the 1980s

    As part of a generation of cricket fans too young to remember Viv Richards or Clive Lloyd, we relied on mythology to learn about those inimitable West Indies teams of the 1970s and ‘80s who ruthlessly crushed opponents to the tune of their magnetic rhythm. Perhaps no team has ever transcended the sport quite like those inimitable West Indies, comprised of a collection of effervescent players that even captured the hearts of opposition fans. Legendary pacemen Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh were in their primes, and a young Brian Lara beguiled with the bat but it was obvious the West Indies were on the slide. More »The West Indies are evoking their legendary teams of the 1980s

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  • ICC Twenty20 World Cup 2016: Marlon Samuels, broody and loving it
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    IT’S A steaming hot day in Nagpur, but as always you can’t make that out by looking at Marlon Samuels. Then as Stokes looked to reciprocate with a few verbals, he would say, “The English boys don’t learn because whenever they talk to me, I score runs.” Back in 2012, he got into plenty of scuffles with the Australians, later claiming, “the Aussies only know to give lip, but you give them back and they don’t know how to handle it.” But the magic of Marlon is that even when he is hot under the collar, you hardly can make it out, for he remains entrenched in his unflappable cocoon, while also being cool, calm and enigmatic. More »Marlon Samuels, broody and loving it

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    IT’S A steaming hot day in Nagpur, but as always you can’t make that out by looking at Marlon Samuels. Then as Stokes looked to reciprocate with a few verbals, he would say, “The English boys don’t learn because whenever they talk to me, I score runs.” Back in 2012, he got into plenty of scuffles with the Australians, …

  • Smith sad to see Watson miss out on fairytale finish
    Unfairly mocked and maligned, Shane Watson will be missed from international cricket

    Loved by the Indian public for his IPL performances, the 34-year-old does not evoke similar sentiments from his compatriots. More »Unfairly mocked and maligned, Shane Watson will be missed from international cricket

    Smith sad to see Watson miss out on fairytale finish

    Loved by the Indian public for his IPL performances, the 34-year-old does not evoke similar sentiments from his compatriots.

 

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