• It'll be very difficult for anyone to fill in Anil bhai's shoes. He's been an inspiration and a role model. But, with more than 10 years of experience in international cricket, I'm now ready to step forward and take the responsibility, says Harbhajan Singh in an interview to The India Express.

    Harbhajan Singh has been on a rollercoaster ride over the last year. Along with being involved in the racism row in Australia and slapping Sreesanth at the IPL, he has also shown he has something left to offer with the ball in his hand with a successful tour of Sri Lanka.

     

    Now "wiser from the experience", he is awaiting the Aussies in his own den. Though he refused to talk about the latest controversy surrounding Andrew Symonds, Harbhajan spoke to The Indian Express about Anil Kumble, Ajantha Mendis and the upcoming Australia series.

    Excerpts from an interview:

     

    You must be relieved after your bowling performance in Sri Lanka. Did you feel going into the series that it could make or break your

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  • In an interview to The Indian Express, Parthiv Patel speaks about wicketkeeping, batting and also the drawback of his boyish looks.

    Exactly a month back, Parthiv Patel was in Colombo preparing to play his first Test match in four years. With Mahendra Singh Dhoni all set to return to Test cricket, the diminutive wicketkeeper seems to be resigned to the fact that it will be the beginning of another long wait. In an interview to The Indian Express, Patel speaks about wicketkeeping, batting and also the drawback of his boyish looks. Excerpts:

     

    How did you feel after making a comeback into the Indian team?

     

    "I was playing well for the last two seasons, and thankfully, I got the chance when I was in the right frame of mind. The four years away had helped me a lot. I kept on different wickets and gained a lot of experience. I am much stronger mentally and can handle pressure well now. It would have been better if I had scored more runs in Sri Lanka.

     

    With Dhoni around, do you think you

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  • Despite his early success, Kevin Pietersen insisted he will continue to push his players to their limits as they prepare for the Stanford Twenty20 clash in November followed by a gruelling tour of India.

    Kevin Pietersen warned his England team that he won't tolerate them sliding into a comfort zone after wrapping up the one-day series against South Africa.

     

    Despite seeing his hopes of a 5-0 whitewash shattered by the Cardiff rain, with only three overs bowled on Wednesday before the fifth and final match was abandoned, Pietersen said he was satisfied with the progress made.

     

    The England captain won his one Test match in charge in August before leading his team to third place in the ICC world one-day rankings with a 4-0 series win over the country of his birth.

     

    Despite his early success, Pietersen insisted he will continue to push his players to their limits as they prepare for the Stanford Twenty20 clash in November followed by a gruelling tour of India. "I would say it has gone

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  • Five memorable moments from the India-West Indies match that don’t fade away
    The West Indies are evoking their legendary teams of the 1980s

    As part of a generation of cricket fans too young to remember Viv Richards or Clive Lloyd, we relied on mythology to learn about those inimitable West Indies teams of the 1970s and ‘80s who ruthlessly crushed opponents to the tune of their magnetic rhythm. Perhaps no team has ever transcended the sport quite like those inimitable West Indies, comprised of a collection of effervescent players that even captured the hearts of opposition fans. Legendary pacemen Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh were in their primes, and a young Brian Lara beguiled with the bat but it was obvious the West Indies were on the slide. More »The West Indies are evoking their legendary teams of the 1980s

    Five memorable moments from the India-West Indies match that don’t fade away

    As part of a generation of cricket fans too young to remember Viv Richards or Clive Lloyd, we relied on mythology to learn about those inimitable West Indies teams of the 1970s and ‘80s who ruthlessly crushed opponents to the tune of their magnetic rhythm. Perhaps no team has ever transcended the sport quite like those …

  • ICC Twenty20 World Cup 2016: Marlon Samuels, broody and loving it
    Marlon Samuels, broody and loving it Bharat Sundaresan

    IT’S A steaming hot day in Nagpur, but as always you can’t make that out by looking at Marlon Samuels. Then as Stokes looked to reciprocate with a few verbals, he would say, “The English boys don’t learn because whenever they talk to me, I score runs.” Back in 2012, he got into plenty of scuffles with the Australians, later claiming, “the Aussies only know to give lip, but you give them back and they don’t know how to handle it.” But the magic of Marlon is that even when he is hot under the collar, you hardly can make it out, for he remains entrenched in his unflappable cocoon, while also being cool, calm and enigmatic. More »Marlon Samuels, broody and loving it

    ICC Twenty20 World Cup 2016: Marlon Samuels, broody and loving it

    IT’S A steaming hot day in Nagpur, but as always you can’t make that out by looking at Marlon Samuels. Then as Stokes looked to reciprocate with a few verbals, he would say, “The English boys don’t learn because whenever they talk to me, I score runs.” Back in 2012, he got into plenty of scuffles with the Australians, …

  • Smith sad to see Watson miss out on fairytale finish
    Unfairly mocked and maligned, Shane Watson will be missed from international cricket

    Loved by the Indian public for his IPL performances, the 34-year-old does not evoke similar sentiments from his compatriots. More »Unfairly mocked and maligned, Shane Watson will be missed from international cricket

    Smith sad to see Watson miss out on fairytale finish

    Loved by the Indian public for his IPL performances, the 34-year-old does not evoke similar sentiments from his compatriots.

 

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