• "I have worked hard on my batting. I knew that to play a big innings, I had to play straight. So I practised a lot with plastic balls, and that paid off," says the 23-year old Patel in an interview to the Indian Express.

    The photograph of the chubby faced debutant Parthiv Patel walking through a guard of honour after saving a Test against England in 2002 is still preserved in the wicketkeeper's album.

    It was a moment that was to live on for years. But, ironical as it may be, the architect of that euphoric script slowly began to fade away from public memory. Thrown into the grind of domestic cricket after a series of bloopers, he was suddenly playing to empty stands. Then in 2006, he made a comeback into the Indian team touring Pakistan, and was dropped subsequently. He says that was the toughest time of his career. "I was quite low then. I didn't feel like going to the ground. But I quickly picked myself up. My family was a big source of support," Parthiv says.

    Time to shine


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  • The Indian team have always had a bunch of individuals who know that they've reached a certain level and desperately want to do better, says bowling coach Venkatesh Prasad in an interview to the Indian Express.

    It was soon after India's return from the 2007 World Cup in West Indies, with optimism at its lowest ebb, that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided to appoint Venkatesh Prasad and Robin Singh as the bowling and fielding coaches, respectively, of the Indian team. India went on to win the Test series in England, the Twenty20 World Championships and the one-day series in Australia. Meanwhile, Gary Kirsten came on board as the team's new coach. Prasad spoke to The Indian Express about the last year, and the road ahead. Excerpts...

    How has the journey been as a coach, first with the U-19 team and now as India's bowling coach?

    It's been a wonderful graduation. The maturity levels, naturally, were different and hence the interactions, too, were so. The Indian team

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  • I'm going there to enjoy my cricket, and nothing else. I don't think I need to prove a point to anyone at this stage of my career, says the left-arm-spinner in an interview to the Indian Express.

    Murali Kartik, who has been dogged by injuries at crucial moments in his career, is heading to England to play for Middlesex while left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha goes with the Indian team to Bangladesh for the biggest assignment of his fledgling career. Kartik spoke to The Indian Express about how he has coped with the high and lows of his career.

    You head to the county circuit to force a comeback once again?


    • I'm going there to enjoy my cricket, and nothing else. I don't think I need to prove a point to anyone at this stage of my career. I was picked for the Indian Test team, and I wasn't considered for the Bangladesh ODI series only because I wouldn't be fit enough when the tournament starts. So the question of forcing a comeback doesn't arise. I had signed a contract with Middlesex but

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