• As he prepares to leave for the Test series, VVS Laxman talks to Devendra Pandey about unfinished business in New Zealand.

    As he prepares to leave for the Test series, VVS Laxman talks to Devendra Pandey about unfinished business in New Zealand.

     

    Wary of the seaming conditions in New Zealand, VVS Laxman has been busy practising with a bowling machine back home in Hyderabad for the last couple of weeks. As he packs his bags and prepares to leave to be with the team, he speaks with The Indian Express on the challenges ahead.

     

    You've played 102 Tests, but only two in New Zealand. What are your expectations from the series?

     

    Not only me, there are other team members as well who haven't played much cricket there. I've done well in almost every country, be it the West Indies or Australia. I'm looking forward to doing well in New Zealand. (As a team) It's a great opportunity to make amends, especially since we haven't won a single series there in forty years.

     

    You didn't have a great run

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  • In an interview, Virender Sehwag reveals his simple formula for success saying "I try to sing songs as perfectly as possible in order to keep my mind completely uncluttered."

    He does not lose sleep before a match, he does not worry about the pitch -- Virender Sehwag just hums Sai Baba bhajans and Kishore Kumar songs till the bowler is about to deliver the ball.

     

    Here is the dashing opener's simple formula for success in his own words: "I want my mind to be absolutely free while facing up to a bowler. I try to hum songs, Sai Baba bhajans and Kishore Kumar songs, especially those pictured on Amitabh Bachchan till the bowler is about to deliver."

     

    "I then tell myself: watch it. I try to sing songs as perfectly as possible in order to keep my mind completely uncluttered," he said in an interview in New Delhi.

     

    Excerpts from an interview:

     

    Q: When you look back, do you fret about why you went for a six when you were on 294 in Multan?

     

    A: I never look back. I have never looked back on

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  • In fact, Virender Sehwag arguably the most daring batsman in world cricket today, told PTI in an interview that he would be honoured if Sachin Tendulkar is viewed as his 'guru'.

    New Delhi: He once said in jest that the only difference between him and Sachin Tendulkar was in their bank balances, but Virender Sehwag, a trailblazer in his own way, said that as a batsman he can never be "half of what the batting maestro is".

     

    Very early in his career, Sehwag, whose height and body structure nearly makes him a Tendulkar lookalike when they are on the wicket, had said "the only difference between us is in our bank balance. I am nowhere near him."

     

    In fact, Sehwag arguably the most daring batsman in world cricket today told PTI in an interview that he would be honoured if Tendulkar is viewed as his 'guru'.

     

    "I would be honoured if he is viewed as my guru and I as his shishya (disciple)."

     

    Excerpts from an interview:

     

    Q: First, a couple of things which are of immediate concern. How

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