Mon, Apr 4, 2011
World Cup triumph will inspire all Indians
The World Cup triumph, says former India captain Anil Kumble, is the culmination of successes and experiences of the last couple of years.
Sat, Apr 2, 2011
'India better prepared than in 2003 final'
The final against Sri Lanka, says Anil Kumble, provides India a great opportunity to win a second World Cup title, and the ideal script for Tendulkar to get a hundred in his home town.
Wed, Mar 30, 2011
India have the skill to upstage Pak
Team India, says Anil Kumble, needs to control the emotions and not get carried away in Wednesday's World Cup semi-final against Pakistan.
Mon, Mar 28, 2011
Odds stacked against Kiwis in Colombo
Former India captain Anil Kumble says New Zealand's coach John Wright has his heart on his sleeve and is ensuring his team fights till the last ball.
Sun, Mar 27, 2011
'India vs Pak a spectacle not to be ignored'
Jacques Kallis reflects on the disappointment of being knocked out of the World Cup after having had such high hopes.
Sat, Mar 26, 2011
'India peaking at the right time'
Former India captain Anil Kumble says Yuvraj was the obvious hero of India's quarter-final victory over Australia, but it was the bowlers who set it up.
Thu, Mar 24, 2011
'Play Zaheer, Munaf, Bhajji, Ashwin'
India, says Anil Kumble, have done really well against Australia in the recent past and they need to reinforce that view in Thursday's World Cup quarter-final.
Wed, Mar 23, 2011
All that matters now are runs and wickets
South Africa, says Jacques Kallis, learnt as much from the defeat to England as they did in the victory over India.
Sat, Mar 19, 2011
Chance for SA to build momentum
Though South Africa are favourites to beat Bangladesh, Jacques Kallis says the Proteas are under no illusions about how difficult it is to win in Dhaka.
Fri, Mar 18, 2011
Ashwin should play against Windies
Former India captain Anil Kumble says India should ideally go with Zaheer, Munaf, Harbhajan and Ashwin for the crucial World Cup match in Chennai on Sunday.
Thu, Mar 17, 2011
The cricketer who announced the arrival of a New India
M P Anil Kumar recalls a momentous Indian victory and recounts the trials and tribulations of a forgotten star of that triumph.
Tue, Mar 15, 2011
Treat Windies game as a pre-quarter-final
India, says Anil Kumble, need to tell themselves they must win the next four games on the trot to lift the World Cup.
Mon, Mar 14, 2011
To chase down 297 was fabulous!
If South Africa was able to restrict India to under 300, it was mainly due to the bowling of Dale Steyn, says Jacques Kallis.
Sat, Mar 12, 2011
Good to see Dhoni backing Chawla
Former India captain Anil Kumble says young leg-spinner Piyush Chawla has shown lot of character and there is no harm if Dhoni plays him against South Africa too.
Fri, Mar 10, 2011
'Sure India will cope with all the 'extra' baggage'
South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis says a packed VCA Stadium will bring out the best in the Proteas when they take on India in the crunch Group B match on Saturday.
Wed, Mar 9, 2011
'Nehra must play; it's his home ground!'
India, says Anil Kumble, urgently need to inject life into their World Cup campaign; their approach so far, has been far too desultory.
Tues, Mar 8, 2011
'Many positives from England loss'
England defending 170 against South Africa was, says Jacques Kallis, another tremendous and exciting game of cricket.
Sun, Mar 6, 2011
'India needs to be ruthless'
Former India captain Anil Kumble says nothing much can happen if India does not raise the bar, substantially, in the fielding department.
Sat, Mar 5, 2011
'I'm fit and enjoying my bowling'
Jacques Kallis says he's happy to score twos and fours for the rest of the World Cup as long as someone keeps scoring centuries and South Africa keeps winning.
Thurs, Mar 3, 2011
'We're warmed up, loose and ready'
South African ace Jacques Kallis says upsets are caused by the favourites losing concentration rather than the underdogs outplaying them.
Why the umpire's decision must be final!
Why are international umpiring standards in serious decline, asks Faisal Shariff.
Wed, Mar 2, 2011
'UDRS incomplete sans Snickometer, Hotspot'
The pitch for the India-England match held up well, but the same cannot be said for the Umpire's Decision Review System, says former India captain Abil Kumble.
Mon, Mar 1, 2011
Expect the unexpected!
There are too many preconceptions about subcontinental conditions, says Jacques Kallis. 'Good cricketers, whatever their specialist skill, can succeed.'
Sun, Feb 27, 2011
'The worry is India's bowling'
Former India captain and ace spinner Anil Kumble says Dhoni's men must play to their strengths -- bat really well, bowl with control and up their efforts in the field -- to beat England.
Sat, Feb 26, 2011
'Stunning debut for Immy' Tahir'
More significant than the individual, match-winning efforts of Imran Tahir, AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn, was South Africa's selection of three frontline spinners in the match against the West Indies, says Jacques Kallis.
Tue, Feb 24, 2011
'Fabulous to have 3 frontline spinners'
South Africa talisman Jacques Kallis says his team boasts of a miserly off-spinner, a nagging and experienced left armer and a wicket-taking leg spinner in Imran Tahir.
Tue, Feb 22, 2011
'India need a second spinner in the eleven'
Unless there is a dramatic improvement in the overall bowling and fielding, India, says Anil Kumble, might have problems against teams with stronger and more consistent batting line-ups than Bangladesh.
Mon, Feb 21, 2011
5 Things I Didn't Like about World Cup
Old rediff.com hand and cricket aficionado Faisal Shariff on five things that put him off Cricket World Cup 2011.
Sun, Feb 20, 2011
'Sehwag can cost a lot of careers'
Former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin reflects on India's performance against Bangladesh, in the opening match of the World Cup.
Sat, Feb 19, 2011
'Bangladesh cannot be taken lightly'
Bangladesh, says former India captain Anil Kumble, They have nothing to lose, they have the confidence of knowing they have beaten big-name teams and made the next round in the past and, importantly, they are playing at home.
Dhoni's dream will rise and fall with middle order
The Indian batting lineup is quiet easily the most feared in this tournament but how the middle order plays the middle overs when the top-order calls in sick is where matches will be won and lost for skipper Dhoni, says Faisal Shariff.
Fri, Feb 18, 2011
The Mad Max of Indian cricket
In the 1983 World Cup final, 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.
An Ode to the Men in Blue
Sanjay Jha, cricket writer and author of 11: Triumphs, Trials and Turbulence, pays an unusual tribute to Team India.
Thu, Feb 17, 2011
The wait of expectations
As the World Cup inaugural ceremony gets underway in Dhaka on Thursday, Manish J explains why he will watch the World Cup as a cricket lover, and not as a crazed Indian fan.
Tue, Feb 14, 2011
'Dhoni's captaincy will be tested'
MS Dhoni's apparent ability to thrive on the pressure of captaincy will be tested and be critical to India's chances in this World Cup, says Anil Kumble.
Ads are sucking 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 M P Anil Kumar.
Tue, Feb 12, 2011
''I'm more relaxed this World Cup'
South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis, who will be playing his fifth World Cup, says and he'll be doing everything to help the 11 first-timers in his squad to relax and enjoy the occasion.
Tue, Feb 10, 2011
Of Gavaskar and Cup memories
'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 M P Anil Kumar.