• After IPL, Pujara targets West Indies tour

    More than IPL, Pujara will be itching to reclaim his lost berth in the Indian squad when India embark on a long journey to the West Indies.


    Young Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara, who has recovered from a threatening knee injury, will lead the India 'A' contingent on a tour of the Caribbean islands in June. West Indies 'A' will host India to three four-day matches, three one-day matches and two Twenty-20s.

    The Indian squad constitutes a number of players who have represented India at the highest level.

    Pujara, who walked into the Indian Test squad with a reputation as a run-machine in the domestic circuit, made a memorable debut against Australia in Bangalore scoring a gritty 76 in the second innings, coming ahead of Rahul Dravid at No.3. However, an unfortunate knee injury - during last year's IPL playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore - forced the Saurashtra batsman out of action for five months.

    As India prepare for life after Dravid, the youngster will have to quickly settle into cricket's top level.

    More than IPL, Pujara will be itching to reclaim his lost berth in the Indian squad when India embark on a long journey toRead More »from After IPL, Pujara targets West Indies tour
  • Opening batsmen need to be fighters: Gambhir

    Gambhir said: "Temperament is the key and the temperament of openers is different to that of the middle-order batsmen."




    By Lokendra Pratap Sahi



    Calcutta (The Telegraph): Team India senior pro and the Kolkata Knight Riders captain, Gautam Gambhir, spoke to The Telegraph exclusively on opening the innings.

    The following are excerpts

    Q Is there an opener who made a big impression on you in the years before you played for India?

    A Justin Langer. I used to watch him a lot and admired the fighter in him... He’d come out of difficult situations and was a tough character. Of course, I didn’t try and copy him, for I’m not one to copy anybody, but there were qualities in him which I admired... I quite liked the way he carried himself.

    Virender Sehwag, in more recent times?

    Viru’s record speaks for him... He’s a legend... With two triple hundreds in Test cricket, he can’t be otherwise.

    What does it take to be a successful opener?

    Temperament is the key and the temperament of openers is different to that of the middle-order batsmen... It’s difficult to express what one feels on facing the first ball in a Test match... Read More »from Opening batsmen need to be fighters: Gambhir
  • 'My dream is to play Test cricket'

    Sunil Narine said bowling on Indian pitches has suited him well.





    By Indranil Majumdar


    Chennai (The Telegraph): Sunil Narine has proved to be a match-winner for the Kolkata Knight Riders this season. Often called a mystery spinner, he has picked wickets regularly besides containing the flow of runs.

    With 11 wickets in six matches at an economy of 5.45, he’s the third-most successful bowler in IPL-V so far, behind Morne Morkel and Lasith Malinga.

    The West Indies off-spinner spoke to The Telegraph on Sunday evening, soon after checking in, at the Taj Coromandel.

    The following are excerpts:

    If he expected to be so successful

    I wouldn’t say I was expecting to be successful, but I was hoping to give a good account of myself. Getting to perform in a tournament like this is probably a cricketer’s dream… I am happy to have proved myself at this level.

    Reaction back home

    I’ve been in contact with my friends and family back home… They don’t have much expectations but the cricket loving public want me to do well. I just want to concentrate on my abilities, and remember

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