• Top of the world

    The first Indian batsman to top the ICC Test rankings in four years, he speaks to G S Vivek about his game, his golden run, his critics, his special bond with Gary Kirsten and about the 'real' world No1 Virender Sehwag.

    For someone who was slammed for poor technique and branded a one-day specialist, Gautam Gambhir has come a long way. The first Indian batsman to top the ICC Test rankings in four years, he speaks to G S Vivek about his game, his golden run, his critics, his special bond with Gary Kirsten and about the 'real' world No1 Virender Sehwag.

     

    What are your childhood memories of cricket? Did you always enjoy Tests more than ODIs?

     

    As a kid, going out to play cricket with my friends, my dream was always to play Test cricket for India. If you look at the legends of the game, they all have fantastic Test records. I wanted to be like them. All the big names are known by their Test records rather than their one-day or T20 stats. Test cricket was always my parameter of success,

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  • Australia opener Phillip Hughes will play his first Lord's Test, fully prepared for anything the England bowlers may hurl at him.

    Australia opener Phillip Hughes will play his first Lord's Test on Thursday fully prepared for anything the England bowlers may hurl at him.

    Hughes was dismissed cheaply in both innings by Steve Harmison in a warm-up game before the drawn first Test in Cardiff. Harmison has been added to the England squad for the Lord's match.

    Hughes will take the confidence of a winning duel with the most potent new ball attack in the world in South Africa this year when he tamed Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel.

    "They were the second best team in the world coming in hard at me and their tails were up after winning the series in Australia," Hughes said. "They also came at me hard with the verbals but I said a bit back and enjoyed that contest.

    "Morkel and Steyn are two that stand out and I loved that (verbal) contest but ultimately I play the ball not the bowler, whoever is in

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  • Kevin Pietersen has come under heavy criticism for playing reckless strokes in the first drawn Ashes Test in Cardiff.

    London: Former Australian spin wizard Shane Warne feels that charismatic England batsman Kevin Pietersen should learn to put the team first, not himself.

     

    Pietersen has come under heavy criticism for playing reckless strokes in the first drawn Ashes Test in Cardiff that almost put England on the verge of a loss.

     

    'There is no doubt to me that he (Pietersen) can be the best batsman in the world. He has so much talent, but the best players have that determination to make big scores and don't make silly mistakes. There was a great example of what I mean at Cardiff: Ricky Ponting's 150 was a really solid innings by a very talented and consistent player,' Warne said in his column in The Times, London.

     

    Warne said that Pietersen reminds him of Mark Waugh, who would make batting look easy but would get out in a horrible fashion.

     

    'Junior (Mark) was another who found

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