• I think mentally, this South African team is better prepared. That's the most important part but it's still going to be a challenge dealing with turning wickets, said stand-in SA coach Corrie van Zyl.

    Both Proteas pacer Dale Steyn and skipper Graeme Smith mentioned how stand-in coach Corrie van Zyl had made a difference to the team and lifted its morale during the Nagpur Test. The day after South Africa wrapped up India with one day to spare, Van Zyl, a straight-talking, thoroughly professional "players' coach", opened up on the game and what lies ahead.

     

    Difference between this team

  • Trust Yusuf Pathan to make the impossible possible. He did it in on more than a few occasions in the Indian Premier League, but his achievement in the Duleep Trophy final on Saturday surpassed expectations.

    Trust Yusuf Pathan to make the impossible possible. He did it in on more than a few occasions in the Indian Premier League, but his achievement in the Duleep Trophy final on Saturday surpassed expectations. The older of the Pathan siblings spoke to the Hindustan Times on Sunday.

     

    How do you think this innings will change you as a player?

     

    Any cricketer becomes more confident after such a knock. Now I will believe that I can help my team win from any situation if I apply myself properly. I will carry forward a lot of self belief into the zonal one-dayers (beginning on February 10). I have improved my skills as a One-day player and want to apply them in those games.

     

    Do you think you have to work on your bowling to win your India place back?

     

    In domestic cricket, I have bowled in

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  • The Team India batting sensation is quite content with his current form and is hoping that India does really well against the visiting South African team.

    Hard hitter Suresh Raina believes that he must concentrate only on working hard and let his bat do the talking during international matches. The Team India batting sensation is quite content with his current form and is hoping that India does really well against the visiting South African team.

     

    Raina who was in the state capital just for a day — on Friday, called up his coach Deepak Sharma and requested him to arrange for his practice at the Guru Govind Singh Sports College nets. The trainees at the college were quite impressed when even after practising non-stop for two hours he complained to the coach, "Sir, the sun set very early today."

     

    In an exclusive chat with The Indian Express after the practice, Raina confided, "I practise wherever I get a chance. Even when I am at home in Ghaziabad, I never skip practice. On my visit to

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