• Ishant Sharma 2.0

    After an ankle surgery, the lanky pacer is taking baby steps towards his comeback.


    For Ishant Sharma, this forced break couldn’t have come at a better time. It meant that he’d be watching his franchise play the IPL from either the National Cricket Academy or his home, located in the little vicinage of South Patel Nagar in the heart of West Delhi. He doesn’t regret it though, as the time-off from the rigours of bowling has given way to an ardent stint in introspection and study about his recent performances with the national team. The good news, however, is that Ishant, midway through his post-surgery rehabilitation has started bowling, albeit off six steps and if all goes well, is scheduled to put himself up for contention when England turn visitors this winter.

    “I am not quite missing the IPL, because for me playing for the country comes first. If this injury break can help me come back better for India, I think it is worth it,” Ishant says rather assuredly when asked about this break. He adds, “I’ll take my time and ease myself into cricket. Last time, I didn’t rush

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  • VJD or D/L? Opinions divided

    The ICC's decision to stick with the Duckworth-Lewis Method has peeved supporters of the VJD method.

    DAMP SQUIB: Rain and cricket have an unusual affinity, much to the viewers' dismay.


    An unrequited labour of love or yet another attempt by India to usurp the ICC’s supremacy? The rejection of Indian engineer V. Jayadevan’s system for managing rain-curtailed cricket matches at the ICC Cricket Committee’s recent meeting has been - with a little help from the fanners of the fire - imbued with a regional slant.

    Jayadevan, an IIT alumnus, spent the better part of the past decade developing and perfecting his mathematical model for calculating target scores in interrupted matches, a methodology he feels is superior to the Duckworth-Lewis method currently in use in International cricket.

    The Kerala-based civil engineer’s enterprise, however, was thwarted at the apex body’s latest meeting in London, which deemed that the new system offered absolutely no advantage over the D-L system presently in place, and thus a replacement was unwarranted.

    “My system doesn’t adhere to an exponential increase of the scoring rate throughout an innings. Normally, the scoring is faster in the Read More »from VJD or D/L? Opinions divided
  • 'In professional sport, winning is everything'

    Professional coaching is no different from playing professionally, says Kolkata Knight Riders coach Trevor Bayliss.


    Chennai, (The Telegraph):
    Trevor Bayliss, coach of the Kolkata Knight Riders, spoke to The Telegraph at the Taj Coromandel on Friday evening. The following are excerpts:

    Sunday's final isn't far away. What are your thoughts at this point in time?

    The boys have had a break for a few days, have got away from the game and have relaxed...They're looking forward to the final, as am I.

    But, as we speak, the opponent hasn't been identified...

    We have no preference whatsoever...Both teams playing in the second Qualifier are very good...We'll take whoever comes. [The Knights will be facing the Chennai Super Kings, champions in the last two seasons.]

    Frankly, when IPL-V got underway, did you expect to be in Chennai for the final?

    I knew we had a good team, that the Knights had finished fourth last season...But, yes, it was unknown territory for me. I did keep in mind the fact that if the good players do well, we'd be hard to beat.

    Could the Knights be hit by nerves?

    I suppose there's extra pressure for

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