February 28, 2011Images: Roach performs first hat-trick of WCup
Images from the World Cup match between West Indies and The Netherlands, played in New Delhi on Monday.
Cup tons elevate Sehwag, Tendulkar in ODI rankings
Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar rose to fifth and tenth respectively in the ICC one-day rankings following good performances in India's first two matches at the World Cup.
India's shoddy bowling cause for concern
India's batting was phenomenal in their first two games at the World Cup, but the bowling a disappointment, writes Harish Kotian.
Video: Dhoni slams Umpire Decision Review System
India's captain Mahendra Singh minced no words about the UDRS after the Ian Bell incident during the World Cup Group B match between India and England, which ended in a tie.
Images: Taibu, Price help Zimbabwe outclass Canada
Images from the World Cup match between Zimbabwe and Canada, played in Nagpur on Monday.
Silly Point: India-England match was a classic!
Amidst blows, Manu and Abhishek take a look at the India-England match.
Six key moments from a World Cup classic
A rundown of the key moments from India's classic Cricket World Cup Group B tie with England on Sunday
February 27, 2011Images: India, England tie on 338 runs
Images from the World Cup match between India and England, in Bangalore on Sunday.
Why Indo-Canadians dominate cricket
With new immigrants coming to Canada from India and other South Asian countries, cricket as a sport is fast catching up in this ice hockey-crazy country, says
Afridi makes Pakistan look real threat
Some almost comical fielding, not to mention hilarious batting mix-ups, could not disguise the very serious threat Pakistan are starting to pose at the World Cup after silencing a Sri Lankan crowd on Saturday.
February 26, 2011Silly point: Team India holds the aces
As India take on England, Rediff staffers Manu Shankar and Abhishek Mande analyse the big clash between the two giants of the game.
Fully fit India ready for England
Team India was oozing confidence on the eve of Sunday's key World Cup clash against England in Bangalore.
Images: Afridi turns it Pakistan's way
Pakistan held their nerves to pull off a stunning 11-run victory over title aspirants Sri Lanka in a nail-biting group A World Cup league match in Colombo on Saturday.
England looking to spoil Indian party
They maybe rated as the underdogs, but England on their day are certainly capable of upsetting the top teams, believes captain Andrew Strauss.
Silly Point: It's clash of the Asian giants today
From the Mecca of Indian cricket -- Shivaji Park -- Rediff staffers, Manu Shankar and Abhishek Mande analyse today's game!
February 25, 2011Images: Bangladesh squeezes past Ireland
Bangladesh suffered a mighty scare before snatching a 27-run victory over a fighting Ireland in a group B match to bring their World Cup campaign back on track in Mirpur.
Is the Kolkata 'curse' haunting Bangalore?
First, it was the lathicharge on the fans that saw Karnataka State Cricket Association officials get a lot of criticism for their mismanagement. And now, another headache seems to have cropped up.
Eng pacers looking to surprise India with bouncers
If you go by the form book or if you go by the statistics, everything stacks up against England, heading into the World Cup Group B match against India in Bangalore, on Sunday.
Videos: Sehwag hit on ribs, Sachin's left hand bat
Virender Sehwag, who smashed a match-winning 175 in the tournament opener against Bangladesh, was hit on his left ribcage while batting in the nets in Bangalore on Friday.
Cup Videos: Bengaluru awaits India-England tie
Videos from the cricket World Cup.
Images: Clinical Aussies overcome Kiwis
Images from the World Cup match between Australia and New Zealand, in Nagpur on Friday.
Three-spinner ploy worked for us: Smith
South African captain Graeme Smith on Thursday said that selecting three specialist spinners in the team for their World Cup opening match against West Indies was a conscious decision and the strategy paid dividends.
India toughest challenge at WC: Bopara
England's middle-order batsman, Ravi Bopara, on Thursday reckoned that Sunday's high-profile match against India would be one of their toughest in the ongoing World Cup.
February 24, 2011Images: Police, fans clash outside Chinnaswamy
Police battered hundreds of ticket-seeking fans with bamboo sticks outside Bangalore's M Chinnaswamy Stadium as anger at the lack of tickets on sale for the clash between India and England boiled over.
Images: De Villiers, Tahir star in SA win over WI
Images from the World Cup match between West Indies and South Africa in New Delhi on Thursday.
Ireland ready for Bangladesh challenge
Dismissing Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan's suggestion that Ireland will struggle on the spin-friendly conditions in Dhaka, Irish skipper William Porterfield insisted that his team is well prepared to handle any situation when they take on the hosts in their Group B World Cup match on Friday.
Allan Donald instills confidence in Kiwi bowlers
The bowling, which seemed New Zealand's biggest worry before the start of the World Cup, turned out to be the most impressive aspect in their opening match against Kenya.
Ponting clarifies: 'The TV was hit by my box'
After being reprimanded for his dressing room incident in Ahmedabad, Ricky Ponting clarifies that the television was hit by his box and not by him or his bat.
WC: Manu-Mande visit the Mecca of Indian cricket
From the Mecca of Indian cricket -- Shivaji Park -- Rediff staffers, Manu Shankar and Abhishek Mande analyse today's game!
'We'll have to play with more energy against SL'
Pakistan defeated Kenya comfortably in their first match of the World Cup but skipper Shahid Afridi said his side will have to play with lot more energy if they desire to beat mighty Sri Lanka in front of their home crowd on Saturday.
Will the Kiwis get over its subcontinent jinx?
It is not that New Zealand has a great overall ODI record against Australia. A statistic that shows 84 defeats as opposed to just 34 wins is anything but flattering.
Images: Fans score from over the boundary
The World Cup is in the subcontinent and cricket fans are thronging the stadiums. Presenting a sneak peek at the colourful people cheering from the sidelines.
February 23, 2011Images: Afridi bamboozles Kenya to romp to big win
Images from the Woorld Cup match between Pakistan and Kenya, played in Hambantota, Sri Lanka, on Wednesday.
Video: Strauss critical of bowlers' performance
Videos from the cricket World Cup.
South Africa confident, but wary of Windies
South Africa captain Graeme Smith stressed that Jacques Kallis, with all the experience behind him, holds the key to his team's fortunes in the World Cup.
Trans-Tasman rivalry resumes in Nagpur
The Trans-Tasman rivalry is set to resume at the VCA Stadium in Jamtha, Nagpur, when Australia take on New Zealand in the World Cup Group A encounter on Friday.
Silly Point: Mande-Manu decode Pak team
Rediff staffers, Manu Shankar and Abhishek Mande take on Pakistan and Kenya in Silly Point -- the World Cup special show on iShare!
'Exceptionally poor bowling in last 10 overs'
England captain Andrew Strauss was pretty critical of his bowlers performance after his team eked out a six wicket win over the Netherlands in a World Cup match in Nagpur.
Muralitharan form the only cloud for pumped-up SL
Sri Lanka will be little the wiser on Monday over their long-range World Cup prospects after a 210-run demolition of Canada.
February 22, 2011The chokers tag doesn't haunt SA: Kallis
Jacques Kallis says South Africa is as well-prepared as it has been for any other World Cup.
Images: England win despite ten Doeschate ton
Images from the World Cup match between England and Netherlands in Nagpur on Tuesday.
Cup Camera: Aus extend WC winning streak
Videos from the cricket World Cup.
Ponting apologises, but draws flak
Australia skipper Ricky Ponting apologised for smashing an LCD screen in the team's dressing room following his run-out in the World Cup opener against Zimbabwe, but his behaviour came under severe criticism from former cricketers.
Pakistan keen to start with a bang against Kenya
Keen to re-establish their reputation dented by the spot-fixing scandal, unpredictable Pakistan will look to launch their cricket World Cup campaign on a rousing note when they take on minnows in Hambantota on Wednesday.
World Cup Special: Silly Point
Rediff staffers, Manu Shankar and Abhishek Mande kick off a new World Cup special show on iShare!
'Not a spectacular performance, but a solid one'
Australia skipper Ricky Ponting described his team's 91-run win over Zimbabwe in their World Cup opener as a 'solid' performance.
New-look Wankhede ready for the Cup
The Wankhede stadium finally threw its door open on Sunday. Understandably, there was a huge media gathering as officials took scribes around the renovated stands, newly-built players' dressing room, press box and various other facilities.
February 21, 2011Images: Resolute Zimbabwe give in to Aus pace
Images from the World Cup match between Australia and Zimbabwe, in Ahmedabad on Monday.
Regained confidence after win in warm-up: Strauss
England captain Andrew Strauss feels the team's 67-run win over Pakistan in the final warm-up game is the right kind of confidence booster required after the humiliating 1-6 ODI series loss against Australia.
Spotted: Sachin and Sehwag in Dhaka
Reader S Zaman spotted Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag a day after India's win over Bangladesh in Dhaka on Saturday.
Hard work ahead, Jayawardene warns Lankans
Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene warned his team-mates that their real test of character in the World Cup will begin when they take on Pakistan on February 26 in Colombo.
England gamble on Pietersen to make early impact
Kevin Pietersen will be ready to unleash his destructive brand of cricket from the off when England face the Netherlands in their opening World Cup Group B match on Tuesday.
5 Things I Didn't Like about the World Cup
Old rediff.com hand and cricket aficionado Faisal Shariff on five things that put him off Cricket World Cup 2011
Thrashings add to case for a slimmed-down Cup
Crushing defeats for Kenya and Canada on Sunday added two more reasons why the governing body has decided that the sport's showpiece World Cup should no longer be a place for cricket's cannon fodder.
Vettori's pace trio revs up NZ Cup campaign
New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori got just what he wanted on Sunday -- a perfect winning start to the World Cup -- and owes it to an unheralded pace bowling trio.
I want to be the best all-rounder in WCup: Gayle
He is one of the most devastating batsmen in one-day cricket, but West Indies opener Chris Gayle is not satisfied being just that. He wants to be the best all-rounder of the ongoing World Cup.
February 20, 2011Images: Jayawardene feasts on Canadian bowling
Mahela Jayawardene smashed an 81-ball century, the fastest by a Sri Lankan in the World Cup to set up a 210-run victory over Canada on Sunday in Group A.
Minnows have no place at the World Cup: Ponting
The World Cup would be a better tournament if there are fewer teams, Australian captain Ricky Ponting said, ahead of his team's opening match against eleventh-ranked Zimbabwe in Ahmedabad on Monday.
Not worried if we are favourites or not: Ponting
Australian captain Ricky Ponting is least bothered about the talk that his side are not the favourites to win Cricket World Cup this time but said they have the wherewithal to lift the coveted trophy for the fifth time.
Will keep same intensity for all games: Vettori
The thumping 10-wicket win over Kenya in their World Cup opener on Sunday has reignited New Zealand's confidence and skipper Daniel Vettori said the intensity will only rise as the Kiwis proceed further in the mega event.
WC images: Kenyans find Bennett too hot to handle
Images from the World CUp match between New Zealand and Kenya, at the M A Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, on Saturday.
Cup Camera: Wankhede busted; Who's afraid of Aus?
Catch the action at the cricket World Cup on video
Aussies look for flying start against Zimbabwe
Four World Cup titles under the belt but defending champions Australia are not exactly the favourites this time as they start their campaign for a fifth trophy with a tricky opener against Zimbabwe at the Sardar
It was a revenge game for us: Sehwag
Man of the match Virender Sehwag termed India's 87-run win over Bangladesh as "revenge" having lost to the same opponents four years ago in Port-of-Spain during last World Cup.
February 19, 2011Cup camera: Team India's World Cup mission
Catch the action at the cricket World Cup on video.
Lankans gear up for easy opener against Canada
Sri Lanka, one of the favourites of the tournament, kickstart their World Cup campaign against minnows Canada, well aware that any slip-up could cause embarrassment at the hands of a side which will be eager to prove its worth at the biggest stage of cricket in Hambantota, Sri Lanka on Sunday.
Images: Sehwag gets World Cup off to blazing start
Images from the opening match of the 2011 World Cup between India and Bangladesh in Dhaka, on Saturday.
Australia team is flawed: Ian Chappell
He is not ready to write-off Australia's chances at the World Cup, but former captain Ian Chappell has conceded that the current team is 'flawed'.
Kiwis look to regain confidence in opener vs Kenya
Despite being low on confidence after a spree of losses in the run-up to the World Cup, New Zealand are unlikely to face any real threat from minnows Kenya when the two teams clash in their opening Group 'A' league match in Chennai on Sunday.
February 18, 2011Shastri picks his top 5 players at the World Cup
Former India all-rounder Ravi Shastri picks five men whom he thinks will be the ultimate go-to cricketers in the tournament.
'Our recent performances makes us the favourite'
It is deja vu so to speak. It is yet another World Cup. And yet another instance when the Indian team goes into cricket's flagship competition as the firm favourite to lift the title.
World Cup security chiefs promise solid defence
Never mind the players or fans, it is the security chiefs responsible for the safety of the teams and hundreds of thousands of spectators who so far sound most confident ahead of the 2011 Cricket World Cup.
Cup Camera: Captains cool, Dhaka dazzled, more!
WC 2011: Captains exude confidence at opening ceremony
I changed my game after being axed: Sehwag
Indian opener Virender Sehwag conceded that his axing from the Indian team four years ago forced him to look inwards and make changes in his game which eventually paid him rich dividends.
Tendulkar should bat at least 40 overs: Akram
Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram feels Sachin Tendulkar is the key to India's World Cup chances and the veteran batsman has to be there at the crease for at least 40 overs.
Revenge has to be the word for Team India
Having lost the all-important match against Bangladesh in the 2007 World Cup in West Indies, it's payback time, as India take on the minnows in the opening encounter of the 2011 WC, in Dhaka, on Saturday.
Special: An Ode to the Men in Blue
, cricket writer and author of 11: Triumphs, Trials and Turbulence, pays an unusual tribute to Team India.
Fired-up India seek revenge in Bangladesh clash
India's startling first-round exit at the last World Cup is still regarded as one of the greatest shocks in cricket and a fired-up Virender Sehwag wants to make Bangladesh pay for eliminating them four years ago.
Ponting sure his 'inexperienced guys' will deliver
Australia's pedigree in ICC tournaments, the World Cup in particular, and its remarkable one-day record on subcontinent wickets has renewed the captain's belief that they can win a fourth straight world title.
World Cup buzz? No sign yet in Mumbai or Delhi
Cricket's biggest showpiece, the World Cup final, will be staged in India's financial capital Mumbai in little over six weeks but the sport-crazy citizens and casual visitors were hard-pressed to feel much buzz this week.
The Mad Max of Indian cricket
That exquisite square-drive off Roberts executed going down on a knee ... timeless and heavenly ... I will take that to my grave. M P Anil Kumar on the one-man cavalry that was Kris Srikkanth.
World Cup banks on hi-tech to fix umpiring howlers
Fourteen captains will lead their teams into the World Cup with the governing body's assurance that they are more protected against umpiring howlers than any of their predecessors.
February 17, 2011Images: High-voltage ceremony launches World Cup
Images from the opening ceremony of the cricket World Cup, in Dhaka on Thursday.
Dhoni picks Kohli over Raina
ndian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said that Virat Kohli has the edge over Suresh Raina to bat at number four going by the current form of the two players while also saying that he would want Yuvraj Singh in the playing eleven for the World Cup.
Dhoni predictable and precise
Ahead of the opening ceremony of the 10th World Cup, India's captain came to the media congregation very well-rehearsed. And he flashed his trademark smile the moment he heard the first question. He had anticipated it right!
Check out the IPL team logos
A look at the logos of the ten teams taking part in the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League.
Subcontinent, ICC pin hope on new-look World Cup
The Cricket World Cup hits the subcontinent on Saturday with an unabashedly biased format favouring marquee teams like India, which seeks to salvage the country's reputation as a capable host of major sporting events.
Cup Camera: Action starts; Dhoni warns Sree, more!
Check out all the buzz surrounding the World Cup, on video!
'Kohli has edge over Raina for number four slot'
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said that Virat Kohli has the edge over Suresh Raina to bat at number four going by the current form of the two players while also saying that he would want Yuvraj Singh in the playing eleven for the World Cup.
'Conditions give Bangladesh slight advantage'
Bangladesh captain Shakib Al-Hasan discusses his team's chances in the World Cup with
February 16, 2011WC warm-up images: Dhoni punishes Kiwi bowlers
Images from the World Cup warm-up match between India and New Zealand in Chennai on Wednesday.
Cup Camera: Longest bat, Aussie thrashing, more...
Check out all the buzz surrounding the World Cup, on video!
Irish switch hitter Ed gears up for England
Ed Joyce, the cricketer who started playing for one country, swapped for another and then switched back again, knows he is in the firing line when Ireland take on England in the World Cup.
WC Warm-ups: Aus lose again, SL destroy Windies
A summary of the 2011 World Cup warm-up matches played on Monday.
Maverick batsmen ready to put on freak show at WC
Purists will avert their eyes but fans will lap it up when cricket's maverick batsmen light up the World Cup with their trademark freak shots.
February 15, 2011Video: Dhoni clarifies comments on team fatigue
India's captain M S Dhoni says his comments about the team battling fatigue were misconstrued.
Police working to curb match-fixing during WC
looks at how the police and Intelligence Bureau plan to tackle the menace of match-fixing and betting during the World Cup.
Cup videos: From Kiwi secret to pressure tactics!
Check out all the buzz surrounding the World Cup, on video!
Wright's experience in India will be valuable: NZ
New Zealand sought to put behind their dismal record of losing 14 of their last 17 ODIs coming into the World Cup, saying that they are still a strong side capable of winning the coveted trophy.
Big hitters: Top 10 batting innings at the WCup
Presenting a brief run-down of the top batting knocks in the World Cup (against Test playing nations only) ahead of the 2011 edition which starts on Saturday.
India has a great opportunity to win W Cup: Mongia
In a freewheeling interview with Haresh Pandya, the former India stumper shares his views on the World Cup 2011
Chawla strengthens chances for 2nd spinner's role
Leg spinner Piyush Chawla has played just one ODI over the past two years but following his match-winning performance against Australia in a World Cup warm-up, he appears to have bagged a place in the Indian team.
February 14, 2011Strauss vows to surprise opponents at World Cup
Blaming his team of playing a conservative brand of cricket in the previous World Cup in West Indies, England skipper Andrew Strauss on Monday said that his side has learnt its lessons and would be looking to win the elusive trophy this time around.
Cramped calendar hampers mental preparation: Dhoni
India's jam-packed itinerary has not only taken a physical toll on the players but could also affect their mindset heading into the World Cup, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said.
How ads are sucking the fun out of cricket
'Initially the ad-breaks were strictly adhered to: In between overs, during drinks-break and dismissal of a batsman. Then the ad time increased, and cricket became what you saw between ads,' says
February 13, 2011Looking forward to duel with Tendulkar: Akhtar
Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar has lot of reasons to look forward to the upcoming World Cup, having missed the previous edition due to a doping ban, and one of them is the possibility of a duel with Indian batting icon Sachin Tendulkar.
February 12, 2011Australia ready for WCup challenge: Clarke
The majority of cricket-loving fans and critics may be tipping India as the top favourite to win the World Cup, but Australia are also one of the contenders and are ready to win their fourth title in a row, declared vice-captain Michael Clarke.
Johnson backs Aussie pacers to deliver the goods
It is very rare that Australia enter a tournament and are not considered as one of the favourites. It is actually shocking -- because they have won the last three World Cups and recently thrashed England 6-1 in a seven-match ODI series.
World Cup will be Pietersen's ODI swansong: Report
Top England batsman Kevin Pietersen has decided to quit One-Day cricket after the World Cup starting in the subcontinent next week to prolong his Test and Twenty20 career, a report said Saturday.
I have learnt from my mistakes: Kohli
The upcoming World Cup provides Virat Kohli a chance to complete a unique double. The Delhi youngster led India to the Under-19 World Cup crown in 2008. Three years later he's hoping to replicate that triumph at the senior level.
February 11, 2011Key is to bat well in the middle overs: Yuvraj
Senior middle-order batsman Yuvraj Singh feels that it won't matter how strong the team is on paper if they don't win matches. The southpaw also refused to draw comparisons with the 1983 World Cup winning side.
'I have never played 50 overs in one-day cricket'
At his destructive best, Indian opener Virender Sehwag can turn a match on its head with just a short stint at the crease but come this World Cup, he plans to prolong the agony for his rivals by being there for the entire 50 overs -- a feat he has not achieved before.
'India and South Africa are the standout teams'
Australian captain Ricky Ponting does not believe that there are any favourites to win the World Cup, but indicated that India and South Africa would be the teams to watch out for in the quadrennial extravaganza starting February 19.
Nothing can get bigger than World Cup: Harbhajan
Senior Associate Editor Harish Kotian caught up with the wily bowler at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore after the Indian team's practice session on Thursday.
Minnows Canada eye upsets, second round of W Cup
Cricket minnows Canada have no intention of being the whipping boys of the World Cup and are determined to cause upsets and advance to the second round, skipper Ashish Bagai said on Thursday.
'Focus should be on World Cup and not Sachin'
While appreciating the sentiments expressed by a few Indian cricketers, including skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, of the team wanting to win the World Cup for Sachin Tendulkar, former players are of the view that this should not take away the team's focus.
February 10, 2011World Cup is not the final frontier, says Dhoni
There is nothing bigger than the World Cup in cricket. And if the mega-event is played in India, then nothing beats the country's crazy fan-following.
Razzaq is up there with Pathan, Watson: Akram
Even as the cricketing world goes bonkers over Yusuf Pathan and Shane Watson's all-round abilities, former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram tips Abdul Razzaq to hog the limelight in the forthcoming World Cup.
India has plenty of match-winners: Harbhajan Singh
A game-changer in his own right, mercurial off-spinner Harbhajain Singh says India is a team full of match-winners and even less-talked-about players such as Ashish Nehra would be seen turning around games in the upcoming World Cup in the sub-continent.
Of Gavaskar and memories of the Cup
'Very few things have given me greater joy than watching/hearing Gavaskar take on some of the fastest bowlers the game has seen, with guts, without the now ubiquitous helmet, says
MS Dhoni on Team India's chances
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Thursday said they will badly miss "street-smart" Praveen Kumar in the upcoming World Cup as the pacer has been ruled out of cricket's showpiece event due to an elbow injury.
I can win a match from any position: Pathan
Yusuf Pathan is the Indian cricket's team most-feared player. The 'Baroda blaster' sends a shiver down the spine of bowlers the moment he walks out to bat. His ability to clear the boundary at will makes him the scourge of all teams.
February 09, 2011'Hussey axed due to uncertainty over recovery'
Australian captain Ricky Ponting on Wednesday said he was unaware why Michael Hussey was not given more time to regain fitness but added that the uncertainty over when he would recover could be the reason for dropping him from the World Cup squad.
Light day for Team India as WC camp kicks-off
Wednesday saw the commencement of India's short pre-World Cup camp at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore and the Indian team management seemed extra cautious about the players who are returning from injuries, especially after Praveen Kumar's exit from the mega tournament due to elbow injury.
India have to be consistent: Wadekar
Even though India start as firm favourites in the upcoming World Cup, they would have to play consistently well to go all the way in the tournament, feel former cricketers.
Team India aim to break home jinx in World Cup
Having faltered twice at the doorstep of the title contest previously when they hosted the World Cup, India would be eager to break the jinx this time around and regain cricket's most coveted trophy when they commence their campaign in the mega-event against co-hosts Bangladesh at Dhaka on February 19.
'I am not bothered about individual records'
Suresh Raina reveals his excitement and role in the team as he looks forward to the World Cup in an exclusive conversation with Senior Associate Editor Harish Kotian.
February 08, 2011I never thought I would play the WCup: Sreesanth
Only a few weeks back S Sreesanth had admitted that he was "heart-broken" after being overlooked for the upcoming World Cup. Now, after making a surprise, backdoor entry into India's squad for the mega event, beginning February 19, he does not know how to thank his stars.
caught up with the temperamental 28-year-old seamer in Bangalore.
NZ coach optimistic despite team's poor form
Recent results suggest coach John Wright is being overly optimistic about his New Zealand side's chances at the cricket World Cup when he talks about reaching the quarter-finals.
Tendulkar bears immense burden at World Cup
Sachin Tendulkar, possessor of every one-day batting record worth holding, carries an unparalleled weight of expectation over the course of the next two months.
Fearless Sehwag aims to get India off to a flier
Flawless hand-eye coordination and a simple batting philosophy where half-measures have no place allow Virender Sehwag to compensate for other shortcomings and make himself invaluable to India.
Huge pressure dilutes India's home advantage
The favourites' tag will be the albatross around India's neck when Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his team mates begin their quest for World Cup glory.
February 07, 2011Ganguly's comments spark retirement rumours
Shunned by all the franchises for the fourth edition, Sourav Ganguly's remarks on the IPL snub and his future in a television interview on Monday triggered speculation that the former India captain has retired from all forms of the game.
'Eden can host a match even tomorrow'
A new look Eden Gardens was inspected by a three-member ICC team on Monday, in what appeared to be a final visit before it gives its verdict on the remaining three World Cup matches, scheduled at the historic venue on March 15, 18 and 20.
Don't want to predict anything: Zaheer
Unlike many past and present day cricketers, including his teammates, India's pace spearhead Zaheer Khan prefers to steer clear of playing the prediction game ahead of the coming World Cup.
Brett Lee backs Aussie fast bowlers to dominate
Australian fast bowler Brett Lee is looking forward to joining forces with fellow fast bowler Shaun Tait to unleash the most terrifying pace attack competing in the upcoming World Cup.
India hot favourites to win World Cup: Azad
With Kapil Dev-like instinctive captain in Mahendra Singh Dhoni and champion batsman Sachin Tendulkar in their ranks, India are the hot favourites to win the Cricket World Cup starting in the sub-continent from February 19, says 1983 edition winning team-member Kirti Azad.
February 06, 2011Sachin thanks fans for showing faith in integrity
Sachin Tendulkar feels that he can't thank his countrymen enough for the amount of faith they have showed in his integrity during his 21 illustrious years in international cricket.
February 05, 2011'Don't create fuss about winning WC for Sachin'
Former India Test opener Chetan Chauhan on Saturday joined the growing list of cricketers who believe India have a great chance of lifting the coveted World Cup after a gap of 28 years but warned against creating unnecessary fuss about 'winning it for Tendulkar'.
Fitness India's sole concern ahead of WCup: Kumble
Former Test captain Anil Kumble reckons it is India's best chance to lift the ODI World Cup after 1983 but fitness of players will be a major concern and ending the 28-year-old drought will depend on the squad's ability to remain injury-free during the event.
Yuvraj mulled quitting after being axed from team
India middle-order batman Yuvraj Singh revealed that he almost thought of quitting international cricket when he was dropped from both the Test and ODI teams last year. He said it was the toughest phase in his 10-year career and his parents helped him overcome that lean period.
February 04, 2011Hayden digs up old graves of '04 Test in new book
Former Australian opener Matthew Hayden has re-opened a seven-year-old controversy by claiming that ex-India captain Sourav Ganguly and off-spinner Harbhajan Singh chickened out of the series-deciding 2004 Nagpur Test due to a fear of the green-top pitch there.
Why Tendulkar and Greg Chappell had a spat in 2007
Just before the 2011 World Cup, Greg Chappell, now an Australian selector finally breaks his four-year-long silence on the issue.
All-rounders give India the advantage: Dravid
Former captain Rahul Dravid believes the number of all-rounders in the Indian team who can bowl part-time spin gives the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led team an advantage in the World Cup commencing on February 19.
February 03, 2011I will give my best to win it for India: Kohli
He's been one of the most consistent players in the last six months, and even towered above other Indian batsmen in the recently-concluded series in South Africa. While India's leading batsmen struggled to cope with the pace and bounce of Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn, Virat Kohli was rock-solid and unyielding.
Pakistan players, ICC hold breath over verdict
Much more will be at stake on Saturday than just three careers when lawyer Michael Beloff reads the verdict of an independent anti-corruption tribunal in Doha on cheating allegations facing three Pakistan cricketers.
Pathan will be the most important player: Kapil
As the 2011 World Cup approaches, former World Cup-winning captains pick their top player, who they believe can make an impact in the mega-event.
'India is top favourite for the World Cup'
Sri Lanka is the only team to have won the World Cup as hosts, when they triumphed in 1996. Kapil Dev believes the in-form Indian team has a chance to replicate the feat.
February 02, 2011'I pray we win the Cup for Tendulkar'
With the World Cup trophy being the missing feather in Sachin Tendulkar's dazzling cap, left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha hopes that tournament favourites India win it this time as a special tribute to the milestone man.
Indian team will definitely win the WC: Srikkanth
Enjoy playing in front of home fans instead of getting bogged down by their expectations and success would follow -- this is the advice that 1983 World Cup winning team member and chairman of selectors Kris Srikkanth has for the Indian cricket team ahead of the mega event starting February 19.
February 01, 2011Harbhajan expects the best for Houdini India
A string of Houdini acts has convinced Harbhajan Singh that the Indian cricket team has mastered the escape-to-victory art and there is nothing, including the World Cup, they cannot achieve.
We won't be considered underdogs: Dhoni
They may be facing tremendous pressure to deliver at home, but India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni believes his team is not weighed down by the tag of 'favourites' for the upcoming World Cup.
Sehwag is a game changer: Pietersen
Himself a game changer who pioneered the controversial switch-hit, England batsman Kevin Pietersen feels destructive Indian opener Virender Sehwag and West Indian Chris Gayle are the other two batsmen capable of turning a match on its head.
Dhoni is the 'Obama' of cricket: Praveen Kumar
If being inspiring is a measure of leadership skills then Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is comparable only to charismatic American President Barack Obama, feels all-rounder Praveen Kumar.
Batting form crucial to India's chances: Kapil Dev
Batting would be India's strength in the upcoming World Cup but Mahendra Singh Dhoni's wretched luck with the toss will also have to turn for the better if India are to break a 28-year-old jinx at the mega-event, feels 1983 World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev.
January 31, 2011Tendulkar key to India's World Cup success: Sandhu
Sachin Tendulkar would be crucial to India's success in the upcoming World Cup and the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side was far ahead of the history-making 'Kapil's Devils' in terms of talent and experience, feels member of the 1983 Cup-winning side Balwinder Singh Sandhu.
Have to handle pressure well during WC: Ashwin
As he gears up to live the dream of being in a World Cup squad, young Indian off-spinner R Ashwin says he is trying all he can to be of more utility by improving his batting and, more importantly, learning to handle pressure which "gets to him easily".
India's WCup squad most well-balanced: Kirmani
The Indian team for the 2011 World Cup is one of the most well-balanced units comprising maximum number of match-winners, according to 1983 World Cup winning team member Syed Kirmani, who feels it is the best chance for the men in blue to bag the coveted title.
January 30, 2011SA series results won't matter in WC: Harbhajan
Harbhajan Singh believes that the team's impressive performance in South Africa will be of little consequence when India embark on their World Cup journey against Bangladesh next month.
January 29, 2011India are hot favourites for World Cup: Laxman
Home conditions, crowd support and consistent performance of the past one and a half year make India the hot favourites in next month's cricket World Cup in the sub-continent, feels stylish Test batsman VVS
January 28, 2011Run-machine Tendulkar yearns for World Cup glory
Sachin Tendulkar may have achieved everything possible in his career, but is yet to win cricket's ultimate prize, the World Cup.
Can't go into WC thinking about pressure: Pathan
Explosive all-rounder Yusuf Pathan concedes that Indian cricketers would be under immense pressure during next month's cricket World Cup in the sub-continent but they will have to avoid thinking about the expectations to come good at the event.
January 27, 2011Eden Gardens and the World Cup
The historic venue in Kolkata, which by-passed the hosting of the second Test during New Zealand's latest tour to India in a bid to complete preparation for the upcoming World Cup, has been deemed 'not ready' for cricket's flagship event. We present some memorable World Cup matches that were played at the Eden Gardens.
January 25, 2011My achievements have been rewarded: Laxman
"I feel honoured as I have been bestowed with one of the most prestigious awards. It is indeed satisfying that my achievements while playing for the country have been rewarded. The biggest honour, however, is the opportunity to represent my country for so many years," said Laxman after the announcement was made.
VVS among 7 sportspersons conferred Padma Shri
Ace batsman VVS Laxman and World champion wrestler Sushil Kumar were among seven sportspersons honoured with the prestigious Padma Shri on Tuesday for their contribution in their respective disciplines.
World Cup resolutions: What Indian fans need to do
Bikash Mohapatra lists five things the Indian cricket fans need to do to avoid disappointment if MS Dhoni's men fail to meet the high expectations at the World Cup.
January 24, 2011Is the Eden Gardens ready for the World Cup?
The famed Eden Gardens, which resembles a battlefield with renovation work going on in full gear ahead of the ICC team's final inspection for the World Cup, might paint a sorry picture, but the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) is optimistic that it will be ready in time.
Kohli, Pathan emerge India's top batsmen
Virat Kohli and Yusuf Pathan emerged India's star batsmen, while off-spinner Harbhajan Singh was the most economical bowler, in the five-match ODI series against South Africa, which they lost 2-3.
Team India for WC: Sreesanth's antics cost him
With the help of statistics, Aabhas Sharma analyses four knotty questions the selection of the Indian team for World Cup 2011 has thrown up.
Our batting department has not scored a lot: Dhoni
Indian captain Mahendra Singh
January 23, 2011Images: India lose despite Yusuf's heroics
Yusuf Pathan's blistering century proved in vain for India as South Africa won the fifth and decisive one-day international by 33 runs on Sunday to take the series 3-2.
India capable of winning World Cup: Gavaskar
Former Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar believes India has a "balanced" side for the 2011 World Cup and Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men have the "capability" of winning the coveted tournament and breaking the jinx of a host country not lifting the title.
January 22, 2011Our middle order needs to click: Dhoni
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has called his middle-order batsmen to show some responsibility after the visitors failed to secure a historic series-win in the fourth One-dayer against South Africa in Port Elizabeth.
January 21, 2011Images: India vs SA, 4th ODI, Port Elizabeth
Images from the 4th ODI between India and South Africa played in Port Elizabeth on Friday.
January 20, 2011Top-order failure not a worry for Dhoni
With their nose slightly ahead, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is not overtly worried about the poor show of his batsmen in the ongoing ODI series against South Africa and said the team has learned to cope up with the absence of big players.
India look to seal the series in fourth ODI
Having gained a 2-1 lead after registering back-to-back victories in the last two games against the Proteas, India go into the fourth ODI at Port Elizabeth seeking to clinch their first-ever series triumph on South African soil.
Buchanan sees World Cup rebirth for Ponting
John Buchanan, who coached Australia to the last two of their three successive World Cup wins, has backed Ricky Ponting to lead them back into the final again in 2011 despite their recent Ashes humiliation.
January 19, 201130 days to go: WC venues fully prepared: Shetty
The delay in work at two World Cup venues in the country notwithstanding, tournament director Prof. Ratnakar Shetty on Wednesday expressed confidence that it will be completed on time for the cricketing mega event, scheduled to begin next month.
Pathan was difference between win and loss: Smith
Pathan proved to be the difference between the two sides as he took his chances and hammered the South African bowlers, especially the spinners, to all parts of the ground en route to his 50-ball 59-run knock on a two-paced Newlands track.
January 18, 2011Images: India vs South Africa, 3rd ODI (Newlands)
Images from the third one-day international between India and South Africa at Newlands, Cape Town on Tuesday.
Ganguly suprised at Sreesanth's exclusion
With the selectors opting for a spin-oriented side for the World Cup, former India captain Sourav Ganguly on Tuesday said he was surprised to see in-form pacer S Sreesanth overlooked from the 15-man squad.
Chawla provides variety to our attack: Dhoni
Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Monday defended Piyush Chawla's inclusion in India's 15-man World Cup squad, saying the leg-spinner's presence provides variety to the attack.
'Team India wants to win the World Cup for Sachin'
India opener Gautam Gambhir today exuded confidence that the national team would do all it takes to win the upcoming World Cup for a certain Sachin Tendulkar, who will be making his sixth appearance in the quadrennial extravaganza.
January 17, 2011Former selectors laud for WC team selection
Kiran More and Ajit Wadekar, both former chairmen of selectors, tells
that the 15-man squad named for the World Cup is the best possible combination for the quadrennial tournament to be staged in the subcontinent.
Figure out the 15 in India's World Cup squad
The five-member selection panel, headed by Krishnamachari Srikkanth, went for the tried and tested in India's final 15-member squad for the ICC World Cup, to be held in the sub-continent from February 19. Rajneesh Gupta presents a statistical outlook of the players.
India's top order batsmen need to hit form
Having levelled the five-match series with a thrilling one-run victory in the last game, an injury-hit India goes into the third One-Day International against South Africa, in Cape Town, with the form of their top order batsmen continuing to be a worry.
WC team: Before the games, let the debates begin!
While the team may seem 'balanced' to many, injury woes may spoil the show again for the home team, says Rajorshi Sanyal about the World Cup team
January 16, 2011No surprises expected in India's World Cup squad
No major surprises are in the offing but a lot of brainstorming on a couple of spots is still expected when the five-member selection panel sits down to pick India's final 15-member squad for the ICC cricket World Cup in Chennai on Monday.
Munaf led the bowling department well: Dhoni
Although the batting department flopped yet again, the bowlers led by a brilliant Munaf Patel brought India back in the series with the narrow one-run win over South Africa in the second ODI in Johannesburg, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said.
January 14, 2011Dhoni eases pressure of teammates ahead of WC
The team's performance in Saturday's second one-dayer against South Africa in Johannesburg would not be the deciding factor in selecting the players for the upcoming World Cup, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said on Friday.
'Hit India hard from ball one'
Wary of an Indian backlash after their humiliating loss in the series opener, South African batting coach Duncan Fletcher on Friday asked his players to hit visiting team "hard" from ball one in Saturday's second cricket one-dayer in Johannesburg.
Battered India need to sort out issues in 2nd ODI
Thrashed in the first game in Durban, India would hope to put up a far more inspired display as they go into the second cricket One-dayer against South Africa in Johannesburg on Saturday with a few problems to sort out in both the bowling and batting departments.
January 13, 2011Images: India vs South Africa (Durban ODI)
Images from the first One Day International between India and South Africa at Kingsmead, Durban on Wednesday.
January 12, 2011Dhoni, Bhajji, Sehwag go topless in new ad
Led by their captain, Mahender Singh Dhoni, leading Indian superstars, Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh, Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli will sport a never-seen-before painted body look for Pepsi's path-breaking World Cup 2011 campaign to be launched soon.
January 11, 2011India on a high ahead of ODI series against SA
Injury-hit but on a roll after drawing an engrossing Test series and winning the only Twenty20 match of the tour, India now get a chance to try different combinations before next month's World Cup when they take on South Africa in a five-match one-day series starting in Durban on Wednesday.
I will miss Chennai and Dhoni: Muralitharan
Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan on Tuesday said that he will miss his previous IPL team Chennai Super Kings and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni but is excited to play for Kochi franchisee, the new entrants in the Twenty20 league.
January 10, 2011How the IPL teams stand after the auction
The 2011 Indian Premier League Players' Auction proved to be a blessing in disguise for the top cricket stars around the world. A total of 127 players were sold in the two-day auction at the ITC Gardenia hotel in Bangalore, while 12 players were originally retained by the franchises ahead of the auction. Harish Kotian presents a list of auctioned players.
Ashes failure: Ponting calls for widespread review
Australia captain Ricky Ponting has called on the national governing body to examine the entire structure of the game throughout the country and not just his team's failings in the recent Ashes series.
'This knock may help cement my place in team'
Rohit Sharma is happy to start the South African tour by shaping India's win over the hosts in the one-off Twenty20 international and sees the upcoming ODI series as an opportunity to cement his place in the side.
January 08, 2011'It's better to play on SA pitches than India'
Dubbed challenging at the start of the tour, Indian cricketers have taken a liking to the fast and bouncy pitches of South Africa with star spinner Harbhajan Singh wondering why such tracks are not prepared for them back home.
Injury woes for India ahead of T20 against SA
On a high after drawing a Test series on African soil for the first time, India have been left to deal with a couple of injury setbacks as they take on South Africa, sans Test skipper Graeme Smith, in the only Twenty20 International match of the tour in Durban on Sunday.
How much the IPL teams spent and on whom!
takes a look at the players purchased by the ten franchises on day one of the auction.
January 07, 2011Auction to mark fresh start for scam-hit IPL
Plagued by allegations of financial irregularities and many other controversies, the Indian Premier League is all set for a fresh start on Saturday with a high-profile two-day auction of 350 cricketers for the cash-rich Twenty20 event's fourth edition.
Big day for veterans Ganguly, Lara at IPL auction
For the quartet of Brian Lara, Sanath Jayasuriya, Adam Gilchrist and Sourav Ganguly -- the oldest players up for bidding at the IPL auctions which begin in Bangalore on Saturday, it will be an anxious wait as to what is the verdict of the franchises.
The top-10 picks at the IPL Auction
The world of cricket will wait and watch with bathed breath as some of the best players will be up for grabs at the Indian Premier League Players' auction in Bangalore, on Saturday.
presents the Top-10 picks at the IPL Auction.
'We could've chased had target been around 260'
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels that they could have thought of chasing had the target been around 260.
Ashes: Strauss salutes team for 'outstanding' tour
Captain Andrew Strauss saluted his players for an "outstanding" tour after England completed a crushing innings and 83-run victory on Friday to win their first Ashes series on Australian soil in 24 years.
Ashes Images: Eng outplay Aus in all departments
Meticulous preparation, thorough professionalism and unprecedented fitness levels underpinned England's 3-1 Ashes triumph in Australia.
January 06, 2011Ashes: England close in on series triumph
Images from Day 4 of the fifth Ashes Test between Australia and England on Thursday.
We have enough overs to bowl India out: Boucher
South African wicketkeeper Mark Boucher on Wednesday said that his side have handled the pressure very well to come out on top and they have enough overs to bowl India out to win the series-deciding third Test in Cape Town.
We need to see off the first hour: Harbhajan
India spinner Harbhajan Singh on Wednesday conceded that India let slip the third Test out of their hands and reckons that their pace department could have done a better job.
January 05, 2011Images: Vintage Kallis battles pain for 40th ton
Harbhajan Singh claimed two early wickets as South Africa reached 121 for five in their second innings at lunch on the fourth day of the series-deciding third Test against India in Cape Town.
No point wasting energy bowling at Sachin: Steyn
He bowled one of the most hostile spell of fast bowling one had witnessed this season but Dale Steyn feels that when Sachin Tendulkar is in his element, it is better to focus on trying to get other batsmen out.
We definitely have an edge: Harbhajan
Harbhajan Singh whose played little cameo of 40 and then got two crucial wickets feels that Indians will have an edge going into the penultimate day of the match.
January 04, 2011Images: Tendulkar's 51st ton frustrates SA
Images from Day 3 in the third Test between India and South Africa in Cape Town, on Tuesday.
I was there for Australia: Khawaja
Usman Khawaja is not comfortable at being called the first Muslim to play Test cricket for Australia but has no issues if he is known as the first Pakistani-born player to wear the baggy green cap.
Momentum is still with South Africa: Kallis
India's Gautam Gambhir and Sachin Tendulkar might have restored the balance in the match with their spirited batting but injured South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis feels the momentum is still in the home team's favour in the ongoing third and final Test in Cape Town.
January 03, 2011Images: Gambhir leads India's fightback
Images from Day 2 in the third Test between India and South Africa in Newlands, Cape Town, on Monday.
Images: Khawaja makes himself at home in Tests
Usman Khawaja showed enough in his first Test match innings for Australia on Monday to suggest he may be around for quite a while, even if he is convinced he is only keeping a place warm for Ricky Ponting.
Tendulkar, Dhoni in Chappell's '2010 World XI'
Batting icon Sachin Tendulkar and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni were among the four Indian cricketers who found a place in former Australia captain Ian Chappell's '2010 World XI', which did not feature a single
January 02, 2011Images: SA recover after stuttering start
Images from Day 1 of the 3rd Test between India and South Africa in Cape Town on Sunday.
'Ashes finale a major test for England's progress'
The final Ashes encounter is an acid Test of England's ability to maintain their focus despite having already retained the famous urn, captain Andrew Strauss said on Sunday.
January 01, 2011'Dressing room atmosphere is best in last 5 years'
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni reckons that the dressing room atmosphere of this current Indian team has been "the best" during his five years in international cricket.
We need to perform well as a batting unit: Smith
South African captain Graeme Smith urged his batsmen to pull up their socks ahead of the crucial third and final Test match against India, which will start at the Newlands, in Cape Town on Sunday.
Indians aim for historic first Test series triumph
India's emphatic win in Durban has set the tone for a high-voltage climax as the visitors go into the series-deciding third cricket Test against the Proteas in Cape Town on Sunday seeking to record their first-ever series triumph on South African soil.
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