• The minnows have frequently punched above their weight and taken positive strides under coach Jamie Siddons. In a chat with HT the straight-talking Aussie calls it as it is.

    Dambulla: It is a cricketing truism that numbers never fully tell the story of Bangladesh cricket. The minnows have frequently punched above their weight and taken positive strides under coach Jamie Siddons. In a chat with HT the straight-talking Aussie calls it as it is.


    Despite the series loss in England, there were quite a few positives, including Tamim Iqbal's performance.


    Certainly. We played competitive cricket and gave England a scare. Tamim Iqbal was a standout performer and people will agree that he is up there with the best. If you look at the replays you will know how he was in total control against the England attack. He is a world-class player and my philosophy is to produce as many world-class players as possible. If I can create three or four more like him, Bangladesh will be a world-class team.


    How

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  • Although he will still be seen in two more Test matches in England next month, the curtains have come down on Rudi Koertzen's era. The 61-year old speaks to the Indian Express about his memorable moments, his signature dismissal trait and his future plans.

    Having officiated in 209 ODIs and 106 Tests, South African umpire Rudi Koertzen decided to call it a day after the tri-series final between Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka on Wednesday.


    Although he will still be seen in two more Test matches in England next month, the curtains have come down on Koertzen's era.  The 61-year old speaks to the Indian Express about his memorable moments, his signature dismissal trait and his future plans. Excerpts.


    How would you look back on your 18-year career?


    I'm happy at the moment that a long and successful career has come to an end. But I know that when I wake up tomorrow morning, I will be a sad man. I almost know nothing else outside cricket. When I used to go home after cricket matches, I used to switch

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  • Speaking to The Indian Express on the sidelines of a promotional event here, the 22-year-old Ishant Sharma admits going through the worst phase of his still-nascent international career.

    Selection meetings haven't really gone Ishant's way either over the last couple of months - be it for the short tour to Zimbabwe, the India A sojourn to England or the Asia Cup - receiving the selectors' snub on each occasion. 


    Speaking to The Indian Express on the sidelines of a promotional event here, the 22-year-old admits going through the worst phase of his still-nascent international career. Excerpts:


    How have you been dealing with not being able to play any competitive cricket?


    The more you play, the more you learn. I never say no even when it comes to playing for my company, ONGC. I want to play as many matches as possible because I get to learn a lot by playing more games. But these things aren't in my hand. I have been working hard with my old coach.


    What facets of your bowling have you been

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