• Fearlessness is the key to opening: Warner

    In an interview with The Indian Express, Warner speaks about the essential qualities of an attacking opening batsman, his hesitation to play the scoop shot and sticking to conventional hitting.

    David Warner seems to be making the most of injuries to his IPL team mates. After Virender Sehwag last year, it's an injury to Gautam Gambhir this time that has afforded the dasher from New South Wales a chance to show his mettle for the Delhi Daredevils. Warner came up with a 33-ball 57, albeit in a losing venture, against Deccan Chargers.

     

    In an interview with The Indian Express, Warner speaks about the essential qualities of an attacking opening batsman, his hesitation to play the scoop shot and sticking to conventional hitting.

     

    What is your mindset while going out to open the innings?

     

    Opening the batting is something I have always wanted to do. I am fortunate that the shortest form of the game gives me a license to go for my shots. In the first six overs I like the ball coming on to

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  • Despite back-to-back victories, Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming preferred to take a realistic perspective ahead of the game against the Kings XI Punjab.

    Chennai: Despite back-to-back victories, Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming preferred to take a realistic perspective ahead of the game against the Kings XI Punjab.

     

    At a Media conference, Fleming said: "I am surely happy on winning two games, but another 11 matches to go. We have experienced that one can go into superb form and suddenly lose the momentum. So, we are realistic about each challenge and each game. Our interest is to make the top four in the first phase and that stage will be ideal to win the tournament."

     

    On Kings XI and match prospects:

     

    They have lost three games. I think it is a dangerous side to be in. it is team that needs to win at this stage. We got to put them under pressure straightaway and hopefully expose some lack of confidence which will come from losing those games. We cannot be

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  • In the following interview, Badrinath provides a rare insight into his IPL experiences and also his perspective on fans and team-mates.

    Chennai: Into his 10th first class season, Subramaniam Badrinath has evolved into an enigmatic cricketer, scoring heavily in domestic cricket and making the best of the limited opportunities at the international level. However, he remains a vital component in the Chennai Super Kings that otherwise is brimming with talent and stars.

     

    On his day, the 29-year old Badrinath has showcased his undoubted talent while playing different roles dictated by match situations and to this day, retains his enthusiasm and commitment to not just cricket, but to whichever team he represents.

     

    In the following interview, Badrinath provides a rare insight into his IPL experiences and also his perspective on fans and team-mates.

     

    Excerpts:

     

    Q: Your take on crowd involvement, the growing Chennai Super Kings fan base.

     

    SB: Definitely crowd involvement plays a part. There

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  • Five memorable moments from the India-West Indies match that don’t fade away
    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

    Five memorable moments from the India-West Indies match that don’t fade away

    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 …

  • ICC Twenty20 World Cup 2016: Marlon Samuels, broody and loving it
    Marlon Samuels, broody and loving it Bharat Sundaresan

    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

    ICC Twenty20 World Cup 2016: Marlon Samuels, broody and loving it

    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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