• He's my role model and the only reason I am playing cricket, so it was a very special feeling, it's still hard to put in words. He's the best in the world and there's no comparison.

    For someone who has idolised Tendulkar from childhood, how did it feel when Tendulkar got his double hundred?

    I was clapping standing in the dressing room, but it felt as if I had scored the double hundred myself, that's how thrilling it was. He's my role model and the only reason I am playing cricket, so it was a very special feeling, it's still hard to put in words. He's the best in the world and there's no comparison. I wish I could have been there with him in the middle at the time. Even when he played that innings in Hyderabad, I wished I could have been there - just the feeling of watching him score a double hundred in one-day cricket is unmatchable.

     

    What was special about this innings, apart from the fact that he got a double ton?

     

    I have never seen a batsman looking so much in control on a given

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  • In a lengthy chat, Lalit Modi walked Hindustan Times through some of the issues dogging the Indian Premier League landscape.

    Mumbai: Sitting in the 33rd floor clubroom of a plush hotel, Lalit Modi surveys the city's skyline like a monarch would - or perhaps a mafia don, depending on how you look at it. In a lengthy chat, he walked HT through some of the issues dogging the Indian Premier League landscape. Excerpts:

     

    The tournament returns home in a climate of fear. The talk is all about security .

     

    That's the reality today. Everybody needs to be more vigilant. After 9/11 and 26/11, the world has changed. As organisers and administrators it's our job to look into every aspect of security. The challenges have become more because every (terror) group feels that this is a good way of getting attention.

     

    Eight teams to begin, 10 from 2011, 90-odd matches in a season. How much bigger can it get?

     

    We're going to freeze it at 10 for the time being, at least for the next eight years. We have

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  • "My role is not to prepare myself, but rather do everything I can think of - to help each layer prepare in such a way that he has the best chance of achieving success when he crosses the ropes for Team India," says Kirsten.

    Soon after India suffered one of their worst defeats at home, coach Gary Kirsten was seen walking up to the pitch and speaking to the curator. The strict disciplinarian that Kirsten is, he was instrumental in organising a practise session the following day and was seen working with VVS Laxman and Ishant Sharma, among others.

     

    Soon after the session ended, Kirsten was on the plane to Kolkata, getting ready for the next challenge, a bigger one if India is to retain the world number one Test spot. Boria Majumdar caught up with Kirsten in Kolkata. Excerpts:

     

    Post-Nagpur, if I ask you to compare the current Indian team with the South Africans, what will you say is our strength or weakness?

     

    I don't believe it is right to compare with other countries because the

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