• Leggie Piyush Chawla chats with The Indian Express to share his views on his future with the Indian team, his team's title chances and Yuvraj's captaincy.

    Twenty20 is deemed cruel on the spinners but Piyush Chawla has been able to defy that theory. With 14 wickets against his name, the 19-year-old boy from Aligarh has been a key to Kings XI Punjab's fortunes in the IPL, not to mention his cameos with the bat towards the end of the innings. On the eve of his side's final league match against Rajasthan Royals, Chawla chats with The Indian Express to share his views on his future with the Indian team, his team's title chances and Yuvraj's captaincy.

     

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    On being the next big leg-spin hope for Team India after Anil Kumble

     

    I am not thinking much about that but Anil bhai has been a great teacher for me throughout. I have been lucky enough to take bowling tips from him. I have grown watching him play for so many years where he was considered a trump card in crucial games and I

    Read More »from I want to be the trump card for my team: Chawla
  • Sri Lankan star Kumar Sangakkara speaks about watching the action from the sidelines as also the corporate culture of the billion dollar league.

    Injury has forced Punjab King's XI wicket-keeper Kumar Sangakkara to watch the last few games from the dugout. But the man who is known to be one of international cricket's most articulate speakers has his ears to the ground when it comes to issues that have cropped up in the inaugural Indian Premier League. In conversation with The Indian Express, he speaks about watching the action from the sidelines as also the corporate culture of the billion dollar league.

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    Was it tough to sit out?

    Yes, it is very tough especially when you have been playing continuously for many years. But it was exciting too, since for the first time I saw a bunch of youngsters perform. Marsh has been exceptional and so was Jayawardene. Yuvraj has returned to form, while Sreesanth and Pathan have been consistent. At times my respect for these players gets

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  • Looking back at the period since I made my comeback, I have scored over 3,000 runs in both formats of international cricket, more than any other Indian batsman. Yet, I am under the scanner, and I just don't know why, asks the Bengal southpaw.

    He is not known to mince words when it comes to lashing out at critics. So, when confronted with the question of his pedestrian showing with the bat in the ongoing IPL carnival, Sourav Ganguly went on the counter-offensive at the pre-match press meet, lamenting that he's always been the subject of criticism despite his good performances in recent months. Excerpts from the high-intensity media interaction:

    You haven't had a good time with the bat in the IPL so far, and are now under the scanner...

    I am always under the scanner, I don't know why. Despite doing well, I have always been under the scanner, all the time. Looking back at the period since I made my comeback, I have scored over 3,000 runs in both formats of international cricket, more

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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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