• Tom Moody believes there's a "lot of intrigue" among local fans about the second version of the Indian Premier League to be played in South Africa after organisers made the switch from India for security reasons.

    Melbourne, Apr 16: Kings XI Punjab coach Tom Moody believes there's a "lot of intrigue" among local fans about the second version of the Indian Premier League to be played in South Africa after organisers made the switch from India for security reasons.

     

    Moody, who coached Sri Lanka to the 2007 World Cup final, has assembled a strong line-up to represent Punjab including Sri Lankan stars Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene for the tournament starting this weekend.

     

    But some of his Australian players such as Brett Lee, James Hopes and Shaun Marsh are only expected to be available for the last two weeks after touring with Australia to Dubai for the one-day series against Pakistan, FOX Sports reported.

     

    Moody says it's very hard to pick a winner this year given the way

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  • After Rahul Dravid had decided to step down, I had suggested Mahendra Singh Dhoni's name for the captaincy and he has not let me down, says master blaster Sachin Tendulkar.

    Despite the long wait, there are no regrets. Despite the long answers, there is no sense of boredom. Such is the charm of Sachin Tendulkar. The new brand ambassador of Jaypee Cements, Tendulkar spoke on the recent series win in New Zealand, the IPL and his Mumbai Indians side, among other issues.

     

    On the win in New Zealand: The series win in New Zealand was fantastic. We broke the jinx by winning after a long wait of 41 years. This was something that was really satisfying.

     

    On playing under MS Dhoni: He has been instrumental in elevating our performance. Our team's success under his leadership has vindicated my faith in him. After Rahul Dravid had decided to step down, I had suggested his name for the captaincy and he has not let me down.

     

    On the multiple captaincy idea: It is not a matter of multiple captains

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  • Just before his departure, Rahul Dravid spoke to The Indian Express about his experience in New Zealand and India's chances this time around.

    As Rahul Dravid flies to New Zealand for the Test matches starting later this month, he is the one member in the Indian team to have had a great run with the bat in those conditions. He averaged 107 on the 1998 tour and was again the highest scorer in in 2002.

     

    Just before his departure, Dravid spoke to The Indian Express about his experience in New Zealand and India's chances this time around. Excerpts:

     

    Are you looking forward to the series?

     

    It'll be an exciting series and a challenging one as well. Not only me, everybody is looking forward to it. We're are hoping to play good cricket in the next 30-40 odd days. We're confident and hope to come home with a good series this time.

     

    Will the T20 loss have any effect?

     

    I don't think it will. We're a pretty good side and T20, one-dayers and Tests need different approaches. There is still

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