• Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni felt that there was no reason why Chennai Super Kings cannot win the third Indian Premier League T20 cricket tournament.

    Chennai: Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni felt that there was no reason why Chennai Super Kings cannot win the third Indian Premier League T20 cricket tournament after having come so close to achieving success in the previous two editions.

     

    While expressing satisfaction over the Super Kings team composition and negating doubts over the bowling attack, Dhoni, speaking at a media conference, was categoric in saying that his side was good enough to go all the way this season.

     

    He fielded every question thrown at him with great patience and panache while showcasing his skills in dealing with the Media. Below are his thoughts on various subjects:

     

    On Super Kings chances:

     

    We have done pretty well in the past two seasons (reaching the final in 2008 and semi-finals in 2009). In T20 format, you cannot guarantee victory, but it is important to

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  • Although Abhinav Mukund is yet to get a long stint in the IPL, he has kept his head down and performed consistently well in domestic cricket.

    Chennai: He is only 20, but has already played 25 first class games, scored over 2,000 runs, including a triple hundred and eight centuries besides four 50-plus knocks and averaging 53.52. Abhinav Mukund, the left-handed opener, is undoubtedly among one of the brightest stars in domestic cricket and the Chennai Super Kings acknowledged this fact by including him in the side for the Indian Premier League tournament in 2007.

     

    Although Abhinav is yet to get a long stint in the IPL, he has kept his head down and performed consistently well in domestic cricket as if to remind the selectors of his presence by being among runs. He was part of the India Under-19 World Cup squad in 2008, but did not get to play due to poor form, but since then, Abhinav has blossomed forth into a quality batsman.

     

    You have been performing well and it requires great

    Read More »from Awaiting the call: Abhinav
  • Anirudha Srikkanth is among the more talented young cricketers in the country and like them, is waiting in the wings for the final push to the top.

    Chennai: Anirudha Srikkanth is among the more talented young cricketers in the country and like them, is waiting in the wings for the final push to the top. Having made his first-class debut at the tender age of 16, the hard-hitting opening batsman took a while to cement his position in the Tamil Nadu team.

     

    Off the pitch, Anirudha has learnt to deal and live with constant comparisons, however unfair they may be, with his star father, Krishnamachari Srikkanth, though he much prefers to be his own man and let his batting do all the talking.

     

    To an extent, Anirudha has succeeded in emerging from the long shadow of his famous father with a string of consistent performances, especially in the recent past. Now with the Chennai Super Kings, Anirudha, who will turn 23 on April 14, is hoping for another big break to underline his undoubted

    Read More »from Anirudha – being his own man

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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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