April 30, 2011Fletcher could come a cropper with India: Swann
India's new cricket coach Duncan Fletcher could come a cropper in his very first assignment when the team tours England this year as he might try to double guess his former wards, a lot of whom he 'doesn't know at all', says English spinner Graeme Swann.
April 29, 2011IPL videos: 'Shane Warne is a great leader'
Video footage from around the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League.
April 28, 2011Meet Duncan Fletcher, Team India's new coach
A methodical coach, with excellent one-on-one skills, the Zimbabwean is the ideal replacement for Gary Kirsten.
'Duncan Fletcher coaches very much like Kirsten'
'He has got a good track record,' says former Australia ace Geoff Marsh. 'He has done well in the past, and will do very well with India as well!'
April 27, 2011'Dhoni played innings of his life in WC final'
Flamboyant all-rounder Yuvraj Singh, who was named the just-concluded World Cup's man-of-the-tournament, complimented Mahendra Singh Dhoni for his match-winning knock of 91 not out in the final of the mega event, calling it the India skipper's best-ever innings.
Videos: Team India shares WC-winning experience
Video footage from around the fourth edition of the IPL matches.
'Create window for IPL to avoid conflict'
Deccan Chargers skipper Kumar Sangakkara said playing for the nation is supreme but country vs club situation could be avoided if a window is created for the Indian Premier League in the ICC's FTP calender.
April 26, 2011Fleming confident of Super Kings defending title
Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming tells Bikash Mohapatra he is worried about the kind of start his team has had in this edition of the IPL, but confident of a turnaround.
April 23, 2011'Timeless' Tendulkar turns 38 on Sunday
Considered timeless by fans, experts and contemporaries alike, iconic Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar turns 38 on Sunday completing another year punctuated by milestones and unprecedented highs -- the most memorable being the World Cup triumph.
April 22, 2011Dhoni in Time's 100 most influential list
India cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who inspired the country to its first World Cup title in 28 years, found himself ranked above global football icon Lionel Messi and US President Barack Obama in Time magazine's list of 100 most influential people in the world for the year 2010.
April 20, 2011In-form Uthappa writing good India comeback script
Out-of-favour Indian batsman Robin Uthappa has given up the funky haircuts to get back on the national team and said he would gladly give up his $2 million Indian Premier League (IPL) cheque if it were to help the cause.
IPL videos: Warne launches 'Spinners'
Video clips from around the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League.
April 19, 2011IPL videos: Kolkata falling in love with Gambhir
Videos from the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League.
April 18, 2011Sehwag dares to drive the Devils
Despite losing the services of some big names in the auction, Virender Sehwag is confident Delhi Daredevils will finish among the top teams in this edition of the IPL.
Spotted: Yuvraj Singh at Trident, Bandra
Reader Bhavesh Sanghvi had a chance meeting with ace India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh at the Trident hotel, in Bandra, Mumbai.
Ban spinners who don't turn the ball: Swann
Graeme Swann has a simple solution for the age old problem of English spinners who, to adapt the biblical parable of the lilies of the field, toil but do not spin. 'They should be banished from the first class game,' Swann said in an interview with Reuters.
April 15, 2011Watson becomes top-ranked ODI all-rounder
Australia's Shane Watson has become the top-ranked ODI all-rounder and also achieved a career-best ranking to date in the Reliance ICC ODI Rankings, at the end of Bangladesh and Australia series which finished on Wednesday.
April 13, 2011Rayudu blazes under Tendulkar's mentoring
A blistering unbeaten 63 off 50 balls under the watchful eyes of Sachin Tendulkar may have given a fresh lease of life to Ambati Rayudu's aspiration to play for India.
April 12, 2011IPL: Warriors confident of taming Tuskers
Debutants Pune Warriors are likely to keep their winning combination intact when they go into their second home clash against another new franchise, Kochi Tuskers Kerala, in the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League, in Mumbai, on Wednesday.
Images: Exhausted Watson goes aerial for record
Opener Shane Watson hit a world record 15 sixes in his innings of 185 not out as Australia beat Bangladesh by 9 wickets in the second ODI.
April 11, 2011IPL4 Round 1: Teams rise and fall with captains
The first round of matches in season four of the IPL was all about captains getting their act right, says
'Kirsten expressed interest for SA coaching job'
Gary Kirsten, who stepped down as India cricket coach after guiding the team to its first World Cup title in 28 years, now wants take up the top job in South Africa even though he has not submitted a formal application before dateline.
April 10, 2011Opening bowling with spinners a good option: Sanga
Their spinners might have come a cropper in the loss to Rajasthan Royals, but that will not deter Deccan Chargers skipper Kumar Sangakkara from opening the bowling against Kolkata Knight Riders with tweakers in Kolkata on Sunday.
April 09, 2011WC was a very emotional tournament: Yuvraj
World Cup hero Yuvraj Singh on Saturday agreed with Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's comments that hectic schedule drained the players mentally and said they could not even get enough time to celebrate the historic triumph.
Mumbai Indians square off against Daredevils
It will be a clash of titans at the Feroz Shah Kotla when Sachin Tendulkar's Mumbai Indians take on Delhi Daredevils led by Virender Sehwag on Sunday.
April 08, 2011New-look Chargers ready for Royals
A completely new-look Deccan Chargers would look to test their strength when they take on last edition laggards Rajasthan Royals in the battle between two former champions in their opening match of the Indian Premier League in Hyderabad on Saturday.
CSK enjoy advantage over other teams: Fleming
Having retained their core group of players in the auction earlier this year, Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming believes that the defending champions enjoy an edge over other nine teams in the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League.
'Daredevils will put in more than 100 percent'
Delhi Daredevils is all set to scorch the field, if captain Virender Sehwag is to be believed. Riding high on the World Cup triumph, Sehwag, on Wednesday, said that he would like to lift the IPL trophy as well.
Videos: Gilchrist looking to spur Kings XI
Video footage of various teams' press conferences ahead of the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League
April 07, 2011Dhoni's Kings fired up to face Gambhir's Knights
It will be a classic case of
'Chappell has played part in India's success'
World champions India's success is, to an extent, a result of the initiatives taken by their former coach Greg Chappell during his controversy-marred two-year stint with the team, feels outgoing Sri Lanka coach Trevor Bayliss.
Now Dhanraj demands Bharat Ratna for Sachin
Senior Indian cricketers led by captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Wednesday joined the growing chorus, demanding that Sachin Tendulkar be conferred the Bharat Ratna and said the maestro deserves the highest civilian award for the services he rendered to the country through the sport.
Afridi praises Dhoni, seeks Indo-Pak series
Under fire for his negative remarks against India, Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi tried to thaw the issue by saying India is lucky to have a 'stable' captain like Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
'Munaf is one of Team India's unsung heroes'
India's bowling coach Eric Simmons on Wednesday lavished praise on Munaf patel, saying the bowler was the team's unsung hero during the victorious World Cup campaign.
Kapil wins Global Diversity Award for Sport 2011
India's first World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev has been chosen for the Global Diversity Award for Sports 2011 for his outstanding achievements in cricket and his recent induction into the ICC Hall of Fame 2010.
April 06, 2011'We were gutted after World Cup loss'
The Lankans thought the 274 they put up in the World Cup final against India was a good total, but 'God does not give everything', said the ace off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan, looking back on Saturday's defeat.
Videos: Kirsten says goodbye to Team India
World Cup and IPL-4 videos.
Check out the squads for IPL-4
New entrants Sahara Pune Warriors have registered all 30 players for the upcoming edition of Indian Premier League, which start on April 8, while the Shah Rukh Khan co-owned Kolkata Knight Riders, which failed to make it to the semi-finals in the past three editions, have only 20 on their roster.
'Indian cricket healthy; seam bowling a concern'
If outgoing coach Gary Kirsten is to be believed, batting and fielding aren't Team India's areas of concern. It is seam bowling!
April 05, 2011Rajasthan Royals unveil new jersey for IPL 4
Rajasthan Royals, winners of the inaugural season of the Indian Premier League, on Tuesday launched their team's new jersey and welcomed Floriana Group as team sponsor and HDFC Life as the principal associate team sponsor for the coming season.
Dhoni is a leader by example, says Kirsten
Heaping praises on India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the outgoing national team coach Gary Kirsten said that the skipper not only leads by example and puts in maximum effort on the field but also feels it the most when the team loses.
How we learned to stop worrying and love the six!
'Perhaps it was those decades of batting collapses, ensuring several generations watch the game with fingers crossed so tight it's hard to applaud... Perhaps it was the fact that we, who have never had a tearaway fast bowler, were subjected to so many brutal, scoreboard-shaking blows by opposing batters that we think the others simply do it better'...
on how India began to love the Sixer...
Gary Kirsten: WC success top of the pile
Team India's World Cup-winning coach Gary Kirsten claims that the World Cup success tops other sucesses and said what he couldn't get as a player he achieved as coach.
Dilshan is World Cup's most valuable player
Sri Lanka's Tillakaratne Dilshan was the 'most valuable player' of the 2011 World Cup with a MVPI of 800.
Afridi says he was quoted out of context
After creating a furore by stating that Indians are not "large-hearted", Pakistan's ODI cricket captain Shahid Afridi did a volte-face, claiming that he was misunderstood and quoted out of context.
April 04, 2011'Dhoni is India's modern icon'
As he led India to a historic World Cup victory, India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been described as the "modern icon" of the country by the Sunday Telegraph.
Winning WC was my biggest dream: Tendulkar
He had to wait for 22 long years. And seemed it would be an endless one, the only regret in an otherwise glittering career. However, on a fateful Saturday evening it was realized.
India worthy World Champions: Aus media
The Australian media raised a toast to Mahendra Singh Dhoni's "bold" leadership as it declared India the worthy world champions who defied history and intense pressure to come out triumphant in the summit showdown against Sri Lanka.
April 03, 2011We are proud to emulate '83 heroes: Zaheer
India's pace spearhead Zaheer Khan on Sunday said that he and his teammates were happy to emulate the heroics of the 1983 World Cup winning team by lifting the title in cricket's showpiece event in Mumbai on Saturday.
Victorious Indian team felicitated by President
Less than 24 hours after creating history by winning the World Cup at the Wankhede stadium, the triumphant Indian team led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni was felicitated by President Pratibha Patil at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai on Sunday.
Sri Lanka welcome back less than rousing
Sri Lanka's World Cup defeat to India failed to rouse fans at home as only a handful of loyalists responded to repeated appeals over state television to welcome the team on its return.
First Look: Dhoni shaves head after WC triumph
A day after India's historic World Cup triumph, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was on Sunday spotted with a new look, with his head clean shaven.
Key moments in India's win over SL in final
Key moments from India's victory over Sri Lanka in the final.
Murali bids farewell to international cricket
One of the finest spinners of all-time, Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan bowed out of international cricket as the highest wicket-taker in both Tests and ODIs though he failed to make an impact in his swansong match -- the World Cup final against India.
First Look: The six that sealed the World Cup!
Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara watches as India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni hits Kulasekara over long-on for a six to seal victory in the World Cup final at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on Saturday night.
We had set our sights on WC two years ago: Dhoni
Triumphant Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said that they had set their eyes on the coveted goal a couple of years ago and wanted to keep key players fit and in form.
Euphoric scenes after India's World Cup triumph
Delirious scenes were seen across Kolkata as the city's cricket-crazy crowd went wild in widespread celebration late into the night moments after India's historic World Cup triumph in Mumbai.
I wanted to win the Cup for Sachin: Yuvraj
After playing a major role in India's World Cup triumph, a feat that fetched him the man of the tournament award, swashbuckling left-hand batsman Yuvraj Singh revealed he wanted to win cricket's most coveted title for senior teammate Sachin Tendulkar.
Images: Sixth time lucky for Tendulkar
There was no 100th century milestone for Sachin Tendulkar on Saturday but the Little Master did not care as he shed 'happy tears' after finally getting his hands on the World Cup at the sixth time of asking.
April 02, 2011India break jinx of Cup triumph by host country
Pre-tournament favourites India spectacularly broke the jinx of a host nation not winning the World Cup, clinching the sport's most treasured prize by vanquishing Sri Lanka in the summit clash at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday night.
Toss provides unexpected drama in World Cup final
The toss, usually a mundane affair, caused confusion all around on Saturday and had to be performed twice before the start of the World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka.
Zaheer: Contrasting opening spells in WC finals
Eight years ago he faltered at the biggest stage in cricket, the World Cup summit clash against Australia in Johannesburg, but on Saturday Indian pace spearhead Zaheer Khan truly exorcised that disastrous spell of bowling with a splendid opening burst against Sri Lanka.
India players applaud outgoing coach Kirsten
While the whole country is clamouring for Team India to win the World Cup for master batsman Sachin Tendulkar, one cannot forget the contribution of Gary Kirsten, who will quit as coach after the mega-event.
Images: World Cup win at the Wankhede
Images from the 2011 World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka, at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday.
April 01, 2011Images: World Cup fever engulfs Mumbai
Vaihayasi Pande Daniel checks out the mood in south Mumbai on the eve of the World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka.
India-SL World Cup final: The facts, figures
Facts and figures relating to the World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka, at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on Saturday.
Important we play to our potential, says Dhoni
On the eve of the World Cup final, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni praised his team, saying the players understands their role and responsibility, and help each other perform.
Cup Extras: Hope India wins, says PM
Sending his best wishes to the Indian cricket team for their World Cup final match against Sri Lanka, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday hoped that the 'Men in Blue' win the trophy.
Images: India, Sri Lanka brace for World Cup final
India is just one win away from crowning themselves the ODI world champions after almost 28 years as they clash with an equally determined Sri Lanka in the first all-Asian cricket World Cup summit showdown in Mumbai on Saturday.
What to look out for in India-SL final
With World Cup final barely hours away, here's a look at the key clashes between the two Asian giants.
Silly Point: Poonam Pandey WILL strip on final day
The 19-year-old model promises to live up to her word and says that should India win the world cup, she will go nude in the men's dressing room.
March 31, 2011Pix: SF win celebrated from Brighton to Bhilwara!
Fans from all over the world celebrated India's memorable World Cup semi-final victory over Pakistan on Wednesday.
Silly Point: Why Sachin should not score a 100!
Aarti Samant a Silly Point viewer joins Manu Shankar and Abhishek Mande and tells us why she is hoping that Sachin doesn't score a century.
Former players back Pak team despite loss to India
Pakistan's former captains and players backed the national team despite its defeat in the high-octane World Cup semifinal clash against arch-rivals India at Mohali on Thursday.
Cup Extras: 'Tendulkar is better than Bradman'
English cricket writer Simon Hughes has claimed that Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar is better than the greatest batsman of all time, Sir Donald Bradman.
'As promised, we didn't let Sachin score a ton'
Humne jo kaha tha who kar dikhaya (Whatever we had said before the final, we have done it.)
Guns fall silent as Pakistanis mourn loss to India
The guns fell silent and the streets were deserted after Pakistan were defeated by India in their World Cup semi-final in Mohali on Wednesday.
Captain Afridi does not fear fans' backlash
Vanquished captain Shahid Afridi expects a mature reaction from fans in Pakistan when their team returns after going down to arch-rivals India in the World Cup semi-final on Wednesday.
Team India keep alive a billion dreams
India kept alive a billion dreams after sinking Pakistan in their World Cup semi-final on Wednesday to set up an all-Asian final against Sri Lanka.
PIX: Frenzied celebrations erupt after India win
From Mohali to Mumbai, frenzied celebrations erupted across the country on Wednesday night as Team India defeated arch-rivals Pakistan to enter the World Cup final.
Tendulkar lauds Raina, bowlers for semis win
After guiding India to the World Cup final with a useful knock of 85, Sachin Tendulkar simply can't wait to play one of the biggest matches of his illustrious career on his home ground, the Wankhede, in Mumbai.
March 30, 2011India scores a 5 out of 5 against Pak in WC
Pakistan's jinx of never having beaten India in a World Cup encounter continued. In five matches the neighbours have played in the tournament, India has come out on top on all the occasions.
Images: India sends Pak packing in Mohali
Images from the India vs Pakistan World Cup semi-final, in Mohali on Wednesday.
Images: Spirit of Cricket in Mohali
There is never a dull moment in an India-Pakistan cricket clash and even before the start of their World Cup semi-final, the electrifying atmosphere came alive a bit more when the two countries' Prime Ministers walked into the stadium to greet the players.
Battle royale: Cricket frenzy grips Mohali
Excited spectators, draped in tricolours and holding placards and posters, started queuing up at the gates of the PCA stadium since morning as the city geared up to host the high-voltage World Cup semi-final clash between India and Pakistan amid unprecedented security in Mohali.
Mohali braced for high-octane Indo-Pak showdown
The otherwise sleepy town of Mohali woke up on Wednesday morning buzzing with excitement as the countdown to the World Cup semi-final featuring arch-rivals India and Pakistan entered its final hours.
India and Pakistan pad up for 'cricket diplomacy'
The prime ministers of India and Pakistan will mix with Bollywood stars and thousands of fans as the two rivals square off in a World Cup cricket semi-final on Wednesday in the wake of high profile peace talks between the two nations.
It means a lot for us to play in the final: Sanga
Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara was forthright in stating that it means a lot for him to play the final of the 2011 Cricket World Cup. Sri Lanka qualified for the grand finale in Mumbai on 2nd April after they beat New Zealand in a tense semi-final clash at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, on Tuesday.
What to look out for in India-Pak SF
As India takes on Pakistan on Wednesday, here are some of the key clashes in the World Cup semi-final to look out for.
March 29, 2011Images: SL enter second straight WC final
Images from the World Cup semi-final match between Sri Lanka and New Zealand.
Silly Point: Will Pak disappoint Indian fans?
With hours to go for the World Cup's biggest match, Silly Point hosts Manu Shankar and Abhishek Mande say it's really hard to speculate the outcome despite what the bookies have to say.
Take the game in right spirit: Shoaib Malik
As cricket lovers keenly await the India-Pakistan World Cup semi-final clash, Pakistan's former captain Shoaib Malik on Tuesday said the game should be taken in the right spirit and not as if it is a battlefield.
Will Shoaib Akhtar have a last hurrah?
Will Shoaib Akhtar play on Wednesday, is the question that has been doing the rounds in the media ever since India booked a semi-final date with their neighbours.
'Ponting is our greatest batsman after Bradman'
Ricky Ponting announced his retirement from the Australian Test and One-day captaincy on Tuesday, but hopes to keep playing in both teams. Here is some of the reaction from international cricketing figures and the Australian prime minister.
Dhoni plays down hype before semi-final clash
With a plethora of high profile names expected to be in the attendance -- including the prime ministers of the two countries -- the India-Pakistan is bound to, and getting, more attention than any other match in the tournament.
Rarely loved Ponting looks forward to new chapter
Ricky Ponting, the most successful captain in 134 years of Test cricket, resigned as the Australian Test and one-day skipper on Tuesday but aims to continue playing the game at the highest level.
Factbox: 'Punter' Ponting most succesful captain
Factbox on Ricky Ponting, following his resignation as captain of Australia's Test and one-day teams
Ponting halts his roller-coaster ride as captain
Embattled Ricky Ponting on Tuesday stepped down as Australia's captain from the Test and one-day cricket teams in the wake of the team's shocking quarter-final exit from the ongoing World Cup, but will be available for selection as a batsman in both the formats.
Vote for your favourite commentator this W Cup!
A usual pet peeve for the cricket buff is the quality of cricket commentary in big tournaments. This World Cup tournament copped more than its fair share of criticism.
March 28, 2011Will Team India be third time lucky?
It's been disappointing twice over. We are referring to Team India's fortunes when they have hosted the World Cup.
Vettori unhappy over 'used wicket' for semi-final
The World Cup semi-final between Sri Lanka and New Zealand will be played on the same slow strip on which the hosts steamrolled a jaded and tired England, and Kiwi skipper Daniel Vettori is not happy about it.
History beckons India, Pakistan at Mohali
Arch rivals India and Pakistan clash in the second semi-final of the World Cup on Wednesday. Prasanna D Zore tells us what's the match holds in front of a partisan Mohali crowd.
Gul to target Tendulkar, Sehwag and Gambhir
The World Cup semi-final will see arch-rivals India and Pakistan in action on Wednesday and Pakistan will expect Umar Gul to deliver with the ball yet again.
Cup Extras: Murali to raise funds for Lankan kids
Sri Lankan legend Muttiah Muralitharan plans to travel the world and raise funds to build a sports complex for war-ravaged civilians in his country.
Why not have an eight team World Cup?
The ICC's decision to trim the number of contestants at the World Cup to ten says
is like a line commentators often spew forth: Brilliant shot, but straight to the fielder.
Exhausted Tait retires from One-Day Internationals
Australia's quarter-final exit from the World Cup is beginning to cause ripples in the team with pacer Shaun Tait on Monday announcing his retirement from one-day cricket to prolong his career in Twenty20s.
March 27, 2011Ponting hopes for a Tendulkar-sort rebirth
Australian captain Ricky Ponting is hoping for a "Tendulkar-sort rebirth" after his century against India in the World Cup quarter-final in Ahmedabad last Thursday.
Immediate future for Proteas is bleak: Smith
Outgoing South African captain Graeme Smith feels the immediate future of the team is bleak in the wake of its shock World Cup ouster and a lot of work lay ahead for the new skipper and coach.
Afridi has brought unity in team: Misbah
Pakistan's Test captain Misbah-ul Haq feels that Shahid Afridi's greatest quality has been to bring unity in the team which has always been in the news for all wrong reasons.
Ponting should consider ODI retirement: Jones
Cricketer-turned-commentator Dean Jones on Sunday joined the growing list of former Australian players asking for Ricky Ponting's removal as captain, saying the embattled batsman should in fact consider ODI retirement.
'Have enough experience of playing in India'
Pakistan's wicketkeeper-batsman, Kamran Akmal reckons that the experience of playing in India will see him in good stead when the team take on the arch-rivals in a high-profile World Cup semi-final in Mohali on Wednesday.
March 26, 2011Cup Camera: Victorious Vettori, Stunned Smith!
Videos from around the World Cup.
Images: SL set up semis date with New Zealand
Riding on half-centuries by Eion Morgan and Jonathan Trott, England managed to compile 229-6 in Colombo on Saturday.
Ponting files: 'No replacements for Ricky yet'
Ricky Ponting has remained Australia captain despite being well past his use by date because the team simply does not have the replacement for him, says celebrated hockey coach Ric Charlesworth who refused the offer to coach the cricket team at one stage.
Cup Extras: Mills, Du Plessis fined for row
New Zealand's Kyle Mills and Daniel Vettori and South African Faf du Plessis have been heavily fined for an altercation during Friday's World Cup quarter-final in Dhaka, the ICC said on Saturday.
'We let ourselves and South Africa down'
South Africa captain Graeme Smith refused to blame his players for the defeat to New Zealand in the World Cup, saying they trained hard and gave it their best shot.
Vettori praises team for all-round display
Skipper Daniel Vettori attributed New Zealand's stunning 49-run win over South Africa in their World Cup quarter-final to the team's all-round performance.
My fate in the hands of selectors: Ponting
Under-fire captain Ricky Ponting said defending champion Australia's premature exit from the World Cup has left his fate in the hands of the selectors but warned that a 'clear-the-decks policy' could be fraught with danger.
Ponting still best man to lead Aus
The knives are out, and directed at one man. Ricky Ponting. With the fans and former cricketers gunning for his head after the Ashes loss, Australia's captain had an ideal opportunity to redeem himself by winning the World Cup.
Silly Point: Wish the Indian team!
As the Indians take on their traditional rivals, Silly Point hosts Manu Shankar and Abhishek Mande invite you to wish the Indian team!
March 25, 2011Images: SA choke again, ousted by Kiwis
Images from the World Cup quarter-final match between South Africa and New Zealand.
Ponting's defiant ton leaves Atherton impressed
Former England skipper Michael Atherton waxed eloquence on Ricky Ponting, saying Australia's captain left a 'mighty stamp' with his fighting hundred in his team's quarter-final loss to India in the World Cup.
India's bowling still a concern: Gavaskar
Former skipper Sunil Gavaskar believes India's bowling is still a concern and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will have to add some sting to their attack ahead of World Cup semi-final clash against Pakistan.
Afridi on the cusp of joining the great Imran
A month ago, any suggestion that Shahid Afridi could emulate the achievements of Pakistan's most famous sporting hero Imran Khan would have sounded ridiculous.
Silly Point: Ponting got what he deserved
As India celebrates its big victory over the Aussies, Manu and Mande get talking about the Sachin factor and about the arrogant Aussies.
Cup Extras: Ecstatic ending for India fans
In the end it all paid off for the 48,000 fans who braved intense heat and fought their way through heavy security to watch India play Australia at the Sardar Patel Stadium on Thursday.
'Have realised my dream of helping India beat Aus'
Star batsman Yuvraj Singh on Thursday said he has realised his dream of piloting India to a victory against defending champions Australia in the World Cup though it was very difficult to keep his emotions in check in the high-octane quarter-final in Ahmedabad.
Ponting's prediction: India will win the World Cup
Australian captain Ricky Ponting on Thursday predicted that India would beat Pakistan in the World Cup semi-final and Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men are the strong favourites to win the coveted title after a gap of 28 years.
Players gave more than 100 per cent: Dhoni
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni patted his teammates for giving more than 100 per cent in the home side's five-wicket win over Australia in the World Cup quarter-final in Ahmedabad.
March 24, 2011Images: India end Australia's 12-year reign
Images from the World Cup quarter-final match between India and Australia.
'NZ has always been a street smart team'
The result is a foregone conclusion. No we are not jumping the gun. However, it is certain that many will be surprised if New Zealand does manage to get it across South Africa in the third quarter-final of the ICC World Cup in Mirpur on Friday.
A World Dream Team with Murali and Price
picks eleven players equally capable of chasing 380 and defending 180!
South Africa keen to shed chokers tag
Title aspirants South Africa will look to shed their chokers tag and take a step closer to the World Cup title when they lock horns with an inconsistent New Zealand in the third quarter-final in Mirpur on Friday.
'Time for serious decisions in Windies cricket'
West Indies coach Ottis Gibson believes that there needs to be serious changes and tough decisions in West Indies cricket for the better of the game in the Carribean.
'No bigger match-up than India vs Pakistan'
After a comprehensive 10-wicket win over the West Indies, Pakistan have booked a berth in the first semi-final of the World Cup in Mohali on March 30. If India beat Australia on Thursday a mouth-watering semi-final tie between the arch rivals awaits a billion fans.
Sehwag's knee problems keep India on tenterhooks
Opener Virender Sehwag's knee injury will keep India on tenterhooks as the co-hosts aim to end Australia's World Cup domination with a quarter-final victory on Thursday.
WC: The best and worst players from the 14 teams
pick the best players and the biggest disappointments from the 14 teams at the World Cup.
March 23, 2011Windies win a gift for people of Pak: Afridi
Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi dedicated Wednesday's comprehensive win over the West Indies in the quarter-finals of the World Cup to the people back home on the occasion of the country's national day.
Images: Pak bulldoze Windies in QF
Images from the World Cup quarter-final match between West Indies and Pakistan.
Silly point: Sachin's 100 or India's win?
As India take on Australia, Silly Point hosts Manu Shankar and Abhishek Mande ask the question that matters!
Team India powerless during batting powerplay
While batting powerplay is a period for the batting side to up the scoring rate and take advantage of the field restrictions, the Indian team seems to have completely misunderstood the meaning of the same in this World Cup, says Bikash Mohapatra.
Cup Extras: Hip Tendulkar dyes hair brown
Master batsman Sachin Tendulkar was seen sporting a new look at India's practice session in Motera on Tuesday. Taking a cue from some of his teammates, the master batsmen dyed his curly locks brown.
Ponting files: Skipper denies retirement rumours
Under attack Australian skipper Ricky Ponting has quashed speculation that he will retire as Test captain if Australia loses Thursday's World Cup quarter-final against India.
Dream World XI: Sachin, Viru, Yuvi...
After 42 games in the World Cup, Rediff.com's
picks his World Cup Dream XI. And, guess what, without bias, three Indians find a place in it.
WC: 5 best bowling performances of the first stage
looks back on five bowling performances that stood out in the group stage of the World Cup.
March 22, 2011Silly Point: Will Kamran Akmal play for Windies
As the first of the quarter-finals gets started, Manu Shankar and Abhishek Mande weigh the strengths and weaknessess of Pak and Windies teams.
Yuvi takes a pot shot at Ponting's form
Videos from around the World Cup.
My team is capable of playing in the semis: Afridi
His team is the surprise of the tournament thus far. And no one is more content than Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi.
Flashback: Memorable knocks before WC knock-outs
Even as the 2011 World Cup nears the business end -- beginning with the opening quarter-final between Pakistan and West Indies in Mirpur on Wednesday, it is time to look back and recall a few performances that defined the opening stage.
'Fearless' Aussies ready to take on Team India
Australia will head into their "mini-final" quarter-final match against India with a "no-fear" attitude as the pressure of playing at home would be on Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men, feels coach Tim Nielsen.
Top teams jostle for glory in wide open World Cup
After 42 matches, including a tie, the wheat has been separated from the chaff and the organisers are already hailing what they claim is "potentially the greatest World Cup ever."
Difficult to predict semi-finalists, says Inzamam
Former Pakistan captain, Inzamam-ul-Haq, reckons that the quarter-finals of the ongoing World Cup will be keenly contested, and no team can be picked as favourites to make the last-four stage of the quadrennial event.
Testing times ahead for the umpiring DRS
The jury is still out on cricket's controversial Decision Review System (DRS) a month after it made its World Cup debut.
March 21, 2011Five things India can learn from Pakistan
Dhoni and Co are all set to face their modern day arch nemesis and, on the evidence of Australia's performance in Colombo, they can learn a trick or two from their traditional enemy.
Colombo diary: Why the WC is a big bore in India
The first sights that greet a visitor at the Colombo airport are billboards that reach out on cricket's behalf: 'Ayubowan! Welcome to where cricket is a way of life,' 'Welcome to a cricket loving nation,' Come, share our passion for cricket,' Get set to eat, breathe, and live cricket.'
India should play three spinners vs Oz: Akram
Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram feels that India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni should use three specialist spinners in the quarter-final against Australia in order to exploit the weakness of Ricky Ponting's men against slow bowlers.
Cup Extras: 'Hard to imagine Pak without Shoaib'
Pakistan's top order player Azhar Ali has expressed shock over fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar's decision to retire from international cricket after the ongoing ICC World Cup 2011, and said that it is difficult to imagine Pakistan cricket without him.
Tendulkar, Ponting re-ignite walking debate at WC
Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar and Australian captain Ricky Ponting's contrasting World Cup dismissals have re-ignited the debate around walking.
Losing quick wickets playing on Dhoni's mind
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday admitted that losing quick wickets was still a concern but said his team was gradually improving and will be at its best against Australia in the World Cup quarter-finals in Ahmedabad on Thursday.
We will expose Australia's weaknesses: Yuvraj
Indian batting star Yuvraj Singh reckons that India have a good chance to beat Australia in the quarter-finals as the defending champions are not the same intimidating force due to retirements of some key players.
Images: Female fan fare drives World Cup
Rediff.com brings you all the excitement and emotions from the stands as fans come out in all their splendour to support their teams.
March 20, 2011Images: Yuvraj stars in win over Windies
Images from the World Cup match between India and West Indies.
Cup Extras: Tuffey to replace Bennett
The ICC on Sunday approved the inclusion of fast bowler Daryl Tuffey as replacement for the injured Hamish Bennett in New Zealand's squad for the ongoing cricket World Cup.
Images: Zimbabwe crush Kenya by 161 runs
Images from the World Cup match between Zimbabwe and Kenya being played in Kolkata.
Cup Camera: Tendulkar tries switch hit
Videos from around the World Cup.
I played an irresponsible shot: Afridi
Pakistan might have halted Australia's 34-game winning streak in the World Cup in Colombo on Saturday but captain Shahid Afridi was angry with his own "irresponsible" batting effort in the game.
Ponting expresses disappointment in batsmen
Australian captain Ricky Pointing on Saturday slammed the listless batting display by his side in their four-wicket loss to Pakistan here, saying that a similar performance in the quarter-finals could end their hopes of defending the title.
March 19, 2011Images: Pak beat Aussies, take top spot in group
Images from the World Cup match between Pakistan and Australia, in Colombo on Saturday.
Cup Camera: Tendulkar in the nets
Videos from around the World Cup.
Game for Raina, Ashwin; Viru may be rested
Changes are expected in India's squad for their final Group B World Cup match against the West Indies, at the M Chidambaram stadium, on Sunday.
Images: Formidable SA crush B'desh by 206 runs
Images from the World Cup match between Soutb Africa and Bangladesh played in Dhaka on Saturday.
I was never scared of Sachin: Shoaib
He has had some of the most memorable on-field battles with Sachin Tendulkar but Pakistan's maverick speedster Shoaib Akhtar claims he was never scared to bowl at the legendary batsman.
Cup Extras: Over 20k spectators witness SL-NZ tie
India may not be playing any league match at the Wankhede Stadium but that did not deterred Mumbaikars from coming out in large numbers to witness the high-profile Group A clash between Sri Lanka and New Zealand in Mumbai on Friday.
Muralitharan injury dampens Sri Lankan victory
Twenty million Sri Lankans will be scrutinising Muttiah Muralitharan's medical bulletins for the next few days after the world's most prolific bowler was stricken by a hamstring problem during his team's victory over New Zealand on Friday.
'Losing wickets at regular intervals did us in'
New Zealand's stand-in skipper Ross Taylor blamed the loss of wickets at regular intervals for his side's 112-run defeat against Sri Lanka in their concluding Group A World Cup tie, in Mumbai on Friday.
March 18, 2011Images: Sangakkara stars in Lanka's big win
Images from the World Cup match between Sri Lanka and New Zealand being played in Mumbai.
Images: Ireland win the battle of minnows
Images from the Ireland vs the Netherlands World Cup match being played in Kolkata on Friday.
Will Windies overpower Team India this time too?
The last instance when West Indies got the better of a top cricketing nation in an ODI is against India. Coach Ottis Gibson believes they his boys can repeat the feat on Sunday.
Cup Camera: 'Pressure on Dhoni is too much'
Videos from around the World Cup
Cup Extras: 'Axe skipper Ponting after World Cup'
Australian Test legend Doug Walters wants Ricky Ponting to be axed as skipper after the World Cup after the latter lost his temper for the second time during the tournament in 23 days.
'We need to post a total of 400 to beat India'
West Indies have not beaten a big side for some time but their coach Ottis Gibson on Thursday said they have the wherewithal to upset India in their last Group B league match of the World Cup on Sunday to make sure that they qualify for the quarterfinals.
We didn't want to go home next morning: Strauss
England went into their final Group B game of the ICC World Cup with a sole agenda and ended up achieving their objective -- beating West Indies by 18 runs.
March 17, 2011Images: Swann, Tredwell keep England in the hunt
Images from the World Cup match bewteen England and the West Indies, in Chennai.
Cup Extras: 'Bangladesh yet to play its best'
Bangladesh might be within sniffing distance of reaching the quarter-finals of the World Cup but aggressive opener Tamim Iqbal feels the Tigers are yet to play their best cricket in the tournament.
Cup Camera: Mother hopeful of Ashwin's inclusion
Videos from around the World Cup.
Patel plays a lot like Sehwag: Ponting
Australia skipper Ricky Ponting was impressed with Hiral Patel's blazing 45-ball 54-run innings and compared the Canada opener with Indian swashbuckler Virender Sehwag.
March 16, 2011Images: Lee, Watson take the fight out of Canada
Images from Wednesday's World Cup Group A match between Australia and Canada in Bangalore.
Team India not quite there yet!
The ICC World Cup is almost a month old. And even though Team India has played five of its six group matches -- the final fixture against the West Indies takes place in Chennai on Sunday, its performance thus far was anything but convincing.
Cup Extras: SL players bat for HIV patients
Sri Lanka's World Cup team members took time out on Tuesday from their practice session at the Brabourne Stadium to show their support for the Think Wise campaign -- a partnership between the International Cricket Council, UNAIDS and UNICEF.
Videos: Rahul Dravid trains at the NCA
Former India captain Rahul Dravid, who has been included in the MCC side that will take on County champions Nottinghamshire in Abu Dhabi, trains at the NCA in Bangalore.
England face WI, look to avert early WCup exit
With their morale low after a shock loss to Bangladesh, an injury-hit England take on the West Indies in a crucial group B match in Chennai on Thursday requiring an outright win to keep their World Cup hopes alive.
Fantastic to qualify from the tense group; Smith
South Africa's top-order may not have fired but skipper Graeme Smith is happy that the middle-order made up for it in the Proteas' comprehensive win over Ireland that sealed their quarter-final spot in the ongoing World Cup in Kolkata.
Porterfield takes positives from Ireland's WC show
Ireland's slim quarter-final hope in the World Cup might have ended with a 131-run loss to South Africa in Kolkata on Tuesday, but skipper William Porterfield said they would take a lot of positives from the tournament.
Images: SA thrash Ireland to reach QFs
Images from the World Cup match between South Africa and Ireland being played at Eden Gardens.
March 15, 2011Windies 'well-prepared' for England
West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard tipped his side as favourites against England in the World Cup tie on Thursday, but warned his team-mates against complacency.
Fastest WC centurion Davison to retire
Veteran Canada batsman John Davison will bow out of international cricket after his side's last World Cup match against Australia at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Wednesday.
Cup Extras: 'Pak openers should learn from Sachin'
Former captain Wasim Akram has called on Pakistani openers to seek inspiration and learn from the exploits of Indian senior batsman Sachin Tendulkar.
Bowling in short spells is Steyn's success secret
believes that South Africa's Dale Steyn's secret of success lies in him bowling in short spells.
All-round show against Zimbabwe satisfies Afridi
Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi on Monday patted his teammates for their all-round show in the seven-wicket win over Zimbabwe to qualify for the quarter-finals of the cricket World Cup.
March 14, 2011Images: Shafiq guides Pak into quarter-finals
Images from the World Cup match between Pakistan and Zimbabwe being played at Pallekele.
Images: Clinical Bangladesh trounce Dutch
Images from the World Cup match between Bangladesh and Netherlands being played at Chittagong.
Cup Camera: Indian fans crestfallen
Videos from around the World Cup.
Silly Point: Saucy Sophia roots for Team India
British-Asian actress Sophia Hayat gets the Silly Point hosts Manu Shankar and Abhishek Mande sweating under their collars in this latest episode.
Cup Extras: De Villiers has scan on thigh injury
South Africa's leading batsman AB de Villiers has undergone a scan on his left thigh after picking up an injury during their World Cup win over India, a team spokesperson said.
World Cup: How the teams are shaping
With 28 league games completed (Stats taken before Saturday's match between India and South Africa), we are exactly two-thirds into the World Cup qualifying stages. We take a look here at how the nine Test-playing nations are shaping up.
Important to keep improving, says Kenya captain
Kenya, on Sunday produced a much improved performance during their 60-run defeat to defending champions Australia in a group A World Cup match and skipper James Kamande feels it was the "nothing to lose" attitude that helped them to apply themselves in Bangalore.
Ponting admits team was rusty against Kenya
Australian skipper Ricky Ponting on Sunday admitted that the week-long gap between their two matches left his side a bit rusty in the field during their 60-run win over minnows Kenya in group A World Cup match in Bangalore.
March 13, 2011Images: Kenya go down fighting to Aus
Images from the World Cup match between Australia and Kenya, at the Chinnaswamy stadium, in Bangalore, on Sunday.
Images: Kiwis cruise past Canada into quarters
Brendon McCullum slammed his maiden World Cup century as New Zealand routed minnows Canada by 97 runs in their penultimate Group A match to seal a berth in the quarter-finals in Mumbai on Sunday.
'Indian batting collapse vs SA was bizarre'
Former cricketers described India's dramatic batting collapse in the three-wicket loss to South Africa in Saturday's World Cup encounter as bizarre, but defended captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni for his decision to give the last over to pacer Ashish Nehra.
Afridi backs under-fire Akmal brothers
Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi continued to back the under-fire Akmal brothers, insisting that both Kamran and Umar would be part of the playing eleven in Monday's Group A World Cup match against Zimbabwe, in Pallekele, Sri Lanka.
Dhoni slams batsmen for 'playing to the gallery'
India's captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni blasted his batsmen for "playing to the gallery rather than for the country" after the home team slumped to a three-wicket defeat at the hands of South Africa, in a thrilling World Cup Group B encounter in Nagpur on Saturday.
When Silly Point went really silly
So what do the bumbling hosts of Silly Point do, when the cameras are not rolling... Or at least when they think they aren't!
March 12, 2011Images: Sachin ton in vain as SA edge India
Images from the World Cup match played between India and South Africa in Nagpur on Friday.
Aus to field best 11 against Kenya
Australia haven't quite played their best cricket in the World Cup, said captain Ricky Ponting on Saturday, promising to turn up the intensity as his team approaches the 'business end' of the mega-event.
Cup Extras: Bollywood cheers Team India in Nagpur
Bollywood stars, including Abhishek Bachchan and Bipasha Basu were on Saturday seen cheering the Indian cricket team during match against South Africa at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium at Jamtha in Nagpur.
Bangladesh drop brickbats after England win
Thousands of fans poured on to the streets of Bangladesh in a late night spontaneous display of joy on Friday after the team's upset win over England in the World Cup.
We'll fight to qualify for quarterfinal: Shakib
Bangladesh's World Cup campaign got a fresh lease of life after they beat England on Friday but captain Shakib Al Hasan said now that the unlikely triumph has been achieved, his team would fight to the end to make the quarterfinal stage of the mega-event.
Cup Camera: Harbhajan still an asset for India
Videos from around the World Cup.
March 11, 2011Images: Bangladesh rally to shock England
Images from the World Wup match between England and Bangladesh being played at Chiitagong.
Silly Point: Pathan scores with Ms India
Join cameraperson Hitesh Harisinghani and hosts Manu Shankar and Abhishek Mande as Manasvi Mamgai reveals which cricketer makes her sweat... and much more!
Will Dhoni deliver yet again in Jamtha?
India take on South Africa at the VCA stadium in Nagpur on Saturday. India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's record the venue is exceptional. He's got hundreds in two matches he played at the venue.
Cup Camera: Dilshan's 'best match'
Videos from around the World Cup.
Images: WI thump plucky Ireland
Images from the World Cup match between West Indies and Ireland played in Mohali on Friday.
Cup Extras: Pak wants tight security for players
Pakistan has called on India to make 'fool-proof arrangements' for the security of the cricket World Cup in the wake of media reports about possible terrorist attacks on the venues of the tournament.
Injury-hit England set to heap misery on B'desh
Bangladesh will be looking to get their own fickle fans back on side and salvage their battered World Cup dreams when they face injury-hit England in a Group B clash in Chittagong on Friday.
This was the best match of my career: Dilshan
Extremely pleased with his terrific all-round show, Tillakaratne Dilshan -- who scored a blazing century and picked four wickets -- said he played the best match of his career against Zimbabwe on Thursday.
March 10, 2011Images: Dilshan does star 'turn' for Lanka
Images from the World Cup match between Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe, at Pallekele on Thursday.
Cup extras: Dhoni seeks improvement in batting
Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni says there are areas that India needs to work on, following his side's five-wicket win over the Netherlands in a Group B match of the cricket World Cup in Delhi on Wednesday.
Resurgent Windies geared up for Ireland threat
Aware that any slip-up could pose a serious threat to their quarter-final chances, a resurgent West Indies will take on giant-killers Ireland in an interesting group B match of the World Cup in Mohali on Friday.
Cup Camera: Are fast bowlers being overshadowed?
Videos from around the World Cup.
Silly Point: Is Chawla the worst Indian bowler?
Join cameraperson Hitesh Harisinghani and hosts Manu Shankar and Abhishek Mande as they take pot shots at everyone from Sachin to Dhoni
Sri Lanka eye big win to seal Super 8 berth
Co-hosts Sri Lanka can seal their place in the knockout stages of the World Cup with a win over Zimbabwe in their penultimate match at the Pallekele stadium in Kandy on Thursday.
I'll always cherish Tendulkar's wicket: Dockrell
Sachin Tendulkar's dream wicket in the ongoing World Cup is Irish teenager George Dockrell's biggest scalp in his short career and the promising left-arm spinner said he will cherish that moment throughout his life and narrate the story to his kids.
Chawla has been under pressure: Dhoni
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Wednesday defended the selection of Piyush Chawla for their World Cup match against the Netherlands in New Delhi and said the struggling leg-spinner badly needed a game to regain his confidence for the bigger matches ahead.
March 09, 2011Images: Nervy India overcome spirited Dutch
Images from the World Cup match between India and the Netherlands being played in New Delhi.
Cup Extras: Umpire Davis completes a ton
Australia's Steve Davis on Wednesday became only the 14th umpire in the history of international cricket to stand in 100 one-dayers when he took charge of the World Cup match between India and the Netherlands in New Delhi.
Silly Point: Can India solve bowling issues?
As India take on The Netherlands on Wednesday, Rediff staffers, Manu Shankar and Abhishek Mande analyse the match.
A 'Balle Mataram' for Team India
Nishant Kollu a resident of New Jersey has produced an anthem -- 'Balle Mataram' --dedicated to the Indian cricket team.
Kamran Akmal under fire for poor 'keeping
Pakistan coach Waqar Younis defends Kamran Akmal after the under-performing wicket-keeper came under attack from the Pakistani media on Tuesday.
The dropped chances were my birthday gifts: Taylor
New Zealand opener Ross Taylor admitted that luck was on his side and the dropped catches were possibly his birthday gifts.
March 08, 2011Images: Birthday boy Taylor sinks Pak
Images from the World Cup match between New Zealand and Pakistan being played at Pallekele on Tuesday.
Dhoni may promote Yusuf up the order
India will use Wednesday's game against the Netherlands to iron out the creases in its bowling and test all available options ahead of its two other big group matches against South Africa and the West Indies.
Silly Point: The curious case of UDRS!
Join Hitesh Harisinghani, Manu Shankar and Abhishek Mande take a wacky look at the cricketing world and discuss the controversial Umpire Decision Referral System.
Cup Extras: 'Thought KP would play through pain'
The pace at which Kevin Pietersen's hernia problem deteriorated took England coach Andy Flower by surprise as he, at first, thought that the star batsman would continue in the World Cup by taking painkillers.
Pietersen exit hits England World Cup strategy
Other captains have had their fair share of sleepless nights but following Kevin Pietersen's sudden exit, England skipper Andrew Strauss can be forgiven for wondering what he has done to be denied a moment of tranquility.
Ex-Lanka pacer looks back at career with content
Former Sri Lanka pace bowler Ravindra Pushpakumara tells
that he is content about his career with the Lankan cricket team and is excited about working with the Lankan cricket Board.
In-form Pakistan hold edge over patchy New Zealand
In-form Pakistan will have to guard against complacency and their tendency to implode when they take on New Zealand in a World Cup Group A match in Kandy on Tuesday.
March 07, 2011Canada wins the battle of minnows
Images of the match between Kenya and Canada being played at Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi
Silly Point: Will Indians EVER learn to bowl?
Soon after the India-Ireland match Manu Shankar and Abhishek Mande discuss the odds.
Cup Extras: Kirsten happy with tough matches
India might have been made to toil hard by Ireland but coach Gary Kirsten is happy that his side has not got any "easy matches" so far in the World Cup as this has helped Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men get a hang of different situations.
Cup Camera: Yuvraj steals the limelight
Videos from around the World Cup.
It's a dream come true to make the WCup: Hussey
Ecstatic Australian batsman Mike Hussey on Monday said it is a dream come true to make the country's World Cup squad after being initially overlooked due to injury.
Afridi credits conditions for bowling success
Despite picking 14 wickets in the World Cup thus far, Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi is modesty personified by crediting bowling conditions for his success, writes
We are showing signs of improvement: Dhoni
After extending their unbeaten run in the World Cup with a win over Ireland, India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday said his side is improving with every single match and also praised the Irish players for their fighting spirit and outstanding fielding.
First win on offer for whipping boys Kenya, Canada
Kenya and Canada will clash in a Group A match at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi on Monday with both teams knowing that it will be their best chance to post a win in the World Cup.
Yuvraj claims UDRS technology confusing
India's dislike for the controversial Umpire Decision Referral System (UDRS) was never a secret and Yuvraj Singh is the latest player from the side to put question the technology.
March 06, 2011Images: Yuvraj stars with bat and ball
Images from the India and Ireland match, at Bangalore, on Sunday.
Ponting concerned about lack of batting exposure
Australia's batsmen will not get any form of match practice for 16 days as their last match was a seven-wicket triumph over New Zealand on Feb 25. Their next outing is scheduled for March 13 against Kenya.
Images: Broad inspires England to thrilling win
Images from the World Cup match between England and South Africa being played in Chennai on Sunday
Cup Extras: Dhoni urges fans to control emotions
India captain M S Dhoni urged fans to back the team and its players in their moment of crisis.
Cup Camera: Will Ireland cause another stir?
Videos from around the World Cup.
Silly Point: Will Ireland roger India?
Manu Shankar and Abhishek Mande discuss the prospect of Ireland hammering India at today's match!
March 05, 2011England look to target untested SA middle order
Whatever their other shortcomings, nobody can deny that England have provided most of the thrills in this World Cup so far.
Indians on guard against tricky Irish
Title contenders India will have to be on their guard against giant-killers Ireland, on a high after shocking England, when the two sides face off in an interesting group B match of the World Cup in Bangalore on Sunday.
We are inclined to play seven batsmen: Dhoni
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Saturday indicated that the team would prefer chasing instead of setting a target if it wins the toss in the much-anticipated World Cup encounter against Ireland in Bangalore on Sunday.
England face stern test against South Africa
Two constants that have plagued South African cricket in the past have been ill-luck and predictable bowling.
Cup Extras: Munaf told to return from movie
With two back-to-back matches coming up for India, Munaf Patel had decided to take a breather and go for a movie with his wife. However, he was called back from the theatre and asked to join the join team in reviewing the Ireland-England game.
Silly Point: Finally! A girl on the show
Manu Shankar and Abhishek Mande's dream comes true as they spot Sonal Tandon at a chaiwallah.
March 04, 2011Ireland gave us a good wake-up call: Trott
England haven't been consistently good in recent games and let opponents out of jail after often being in positions of strength, English batsman Jonathan Trott said on Friday.
Images: West Indies humiliate Bangladesh
Ruthless West Indies humiliated Bangladesh with the bat and ball in front of their own fans on Friday, skittling the World Cup co-hosts for their lowest ever ODI score of 58 before chasing down the target in 12.2 overs.
Sri Lanka plan spin attack on Australia
It's a Super Saturday! Australia take on Sri Lanka in a crucial World Cup encounter at the R Premadasa stadium in Colombo.
Images: Kiwis make short work of Zimbabwe
Images from the World Cup match between in Ahmedabad on Thursday.
Can giant-killers Ireland upset Team India?
After coming up with the most successful run chase in World Cup history against England on Wednesday, Ireland have lived up to their reputation as giant-killers. Can they pull off a surprise against tournament favourites India?
Silly Point: Yaar, what is Chhattisgarh's capital?
Manu Shankar, Abhishek Mande and Hitesh Harisinghani test your general knowledge!
Sparkling Afridi can't hide Pakistan defects
Pakistan's World Cup aspirations lie firmly on the shoulders of skipper Shahid Afridi and once again he came to the rescue as an unthinkable defeat to Canada on Thursday was averted in an eventual 46-run win.
Nightmare averted but Pakistan needed wake-up call
Pakistan are probably one win away from securing a place in the World Cup quarter-finals but Shahid Afridi knows his men were given a timely wake-up call by Canada.
Cup Camera: Irish treat, UDRS bashing
Videos from around the World Cup.
Smith confident of filling in Warne's boots
Aussie leg-spinner Steven Smith tells
that he is confident of carrying the mantle from Shane Warne and becoming a genuine all-rounder.
March 03, 2011Images: Afridi stars as Pak survive Canada scare
Images from the World Cup match between Pakistan and Canada played in Colombo on Thursday.
Proteas 'taking one game at a time'
With two comprehensive victories under their belt, South Africa have already stamped their authority in this World Cup. But captain Graeme Smith made it clear that it is just the beginning of a long tournament and they have adopted the policy of taking 'one game at a time'.
Images: South Africa show class with Dutch rout
South Africa crushed the Netherlands by 231 runs in a lop-sided Group B match to record their second successive victory in the 2011 World Cup.
Cup Extras: Of Match-fixing and Irish pluck
Former Australian wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist wants the ICC to show stronger leadership in dealing with match-fixing. He feels cricket will be finished if the menace 'spirals out of control'.
Why the umpire's decision must be final!
Not since Sachin Tendulkar's dubious LBW decision in Australia by Daryl Harper has any decision caused as much furor as Ian Bell's decision on Sunday.
Silly Point: Watch out for pink-haired demolisher!
Manu Shankar and Abhishek Mande cheer for Ireland and look forward to the India-Ireland match.
British press slams 'shamed' English cricketers
England's "shamed" cricketers came in for a slogging in the British press on Thursday after they crashed to a humiliating defeat against minnows Ireland in their World Cup match in Bangalore.
O'Brien dreams of IPL riches after WC blitzkrieg
With the fastest World Cup hundred under his belt, Ireland batsman Kevin O'Brien is now hoping to catch the attention of an Indian Premier League franchise for a lucrative stint in the Twenty20 league.
Blaster O'Brien puts Irish on top of the world
Ireland's Kevin O'Brien, who plays his cricket for the Railway Union Club, on Wednesday, stood head and shoulders above some of the sport's greatest names after guiding his country to one of the biggest World Cup shocks with victory over the old enemy England.
March 02, 2011Silly Point: IRA at the Eng-Ireland match?
Rajorshi Sanyal joins Manu Shankar and Abhishek Mande as they get talking about the England-Ireland match in the World Cup.
Images: Giant-slayers Ireland stun England
Images from the World Cup match between England and Ireland, played in Bangalore on Wednesday.
I didn't know how to bowl a yorker: Malinga
Despite bagging a career-best 6-38 in the World Cup match against Kenya on Tuesday, Lasith Malinga rates the hat-trick against South Africa in the last World Cup better.
Cup camera: Indian players 'Stumped'
Videos from around the World Cup.
I have left the stage of bowling fast: Shoaib
Pakistan bowling ace Shoaib Akhtar says his priorities have changed over the years; he's more mature now!
Bouncy pitch awaits SA, Holland in Mohali
Although the Mohali pitch is expected to play even throughout game, curator Daljeet Singh says whosoever bowls first will have a slight advantage for the initial 10 to 12 overs.
Read rules before complaining, ICC tells Dhoni
News clips from around the World Cup.
World Cup progress report: How teams are shaping
After a week of action at the Cricket World Cup, with each team now playing at least one match, here's an analysis of how the main contenders are shaping up.
March 01, 2011Malinga's reverse swing did the trick: Sangakkara
Skipper Kumara Sangakkara couldn't thank Lasith Malinga enough after the slinger brought Sri Lanka's World Cup campaign back on track with a solid bowling performance in their Group A match against Kenya in Colombo on Tuesday.
Images: Hat-trick man Malinga destroys Kenya
Images from the World Cup match between Kenya and Sri Lanka played in Colombo on Tuesday.
'India didn't have a wicket-taker vs England'
South Africa pacer Dale Steyn said the nerve-wrecking tied match between India and England highlighted the importance of fielding, which the Proteas will focus on in their World Cup matches. A total of 676 runs were scored in the thrilling match and Steyn said despite the mammoth scores, all that mattered in the end was just one run.
Videos: Reverse swing will be the key, says Donald
Videos from the cricket World Cup.
Silly Point: Will Sri Lanka butcher Kenya?
After Kenya stunned the Lankans in the 2003 World Cup, the Island nation would be keen to get their revenge and send a message to their oppostion. Rediff staffers Manu Shankar and Abhishek Mande lists out reasons on why Kenya stands no chance of repeating their 2003 heroics.
Irish will ensure England keep eye on the ball
England return on Wednesday to the scene of their thrilling tied match against India at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium against an Ireland team who they would take lightly at their peril in World Cup Group B.
Warne theories and what ifs after thriller
Only one person in the world was not surprised when England and India shared a 676-run feast at the World Cup that ended with a heart-stopping tie off the last ball.
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