June 03, 2011India's Malinga ready to sizzle in the Carribbean
Karnataka pacer R Vinay Kumar on his showing in the IPL, the joy of being selected for the West Indies tour, and how he started bowling like Lasith Malinga.
May 30, 2011SL set up panel to probe Tharanga dope case
A day after a doping scandal rocked Sri Lankan cricket, the country's sports ministry on Monday confirmed that the ICC informed opening batsman Upul Tharanga about flunking a random dope test conducted during the recent World Cup. A sports ministry spokesman said minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage has set up a three-member panel to inquire into the case.
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.
April 15, 2011Has Indian cricket peaked?
India, says Shankar Acharya, can stay at or near the top in the ICC Test and ODI rankings for a year or two, but it's downhill thereafter.
April 11, 2011Sri Lanka reeling under $23 mln debt after WC
Despite Sri Lanka's success on field at the recently concluded cricket World Cup, the Emerald Island's cricket Board has faced losses to the tune of $23million.
April 07, 2011'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.
'ICC's decision to exclude minnows is backward'
Former International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Malcolm Speed has criticised the decision of the game's governing body to exclude minnow nations from the 2015 World Cup.
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.
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.
Jayawardene gives up vice-captaincy
A day after skipper Kumar Sangakkara stepped down, turmoil continued in Sri Lanka's cricket team with vice-captain Mahela Jayawardene also quitting his post and the selection panel offering to resign en masse.
Videos: Kirsten says goodbye to Team India
World Cup and IPL-4 videos.
Oz media slam 'biased' ICC over Ireland exclusion
It's not only Ireland fuming over ICC's decision to leave Associate members out of the World Cup competition in 2015 and 2019.
'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, 2011Dhoni 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.
ICC trims WCup teams to 10, Ireland outraged
Enraged by the ICC's decision to cut the number of teams in the 2015 World Cup to 10, the Irish cricket authorities and captain William Porterfield said the move is an 'absolute disgrace' and damaging to the game.
Will swap ton for WC trophy any day: Jayawardene
Sri Lanka batsman Mahela Jayawardene says a dream century in a World Cup final was no consolation to losing the coveted trophy and he would have swapped his ton with the championship medal any day.
We will fly Dhoni in a Su-30 MKI: IAF chief
The chief of Indian Air Force P V Naik on Monday stated that he will seek special permission from the government so that India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar can experience a flight of Su-30MKI- the best fighter plane of IAF.
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.
Sreesanth unsatisfied with performance in WC final
Temperamental pacer S Sreesanth, who gave away 52 runs in 8 overs in the final of the ICC World Cup against Sri Lanka, on Monday said he was 'not satisfied' with his performance.
ICC plays down WC final toss controversy
ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat on Monday played down the toss controversy during the India-Sri Lanka World Cup final, when the coin had to flipped twice by India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, following a confusion.
April 04, 2011Sohail slams Afridi for comments against Indians
Former Pakistan skipper Aamir Sohail slammed current captain Shahid Afridi for his comments that Indians are "not as large-hearted as Pakistanis", saying that the statement was "immaturish and untimely".
Indians don't have large, clean hearts: Afridi
Pakistan cricket captain Shahid Afridi has stirred controversy again by saying that he did not find any of the Indian cricketers having large or clean hearts.
'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.
'Media has been unkind to Yuvraj'
Even as she celebrated India's World Cup triumph, Yuvraj Singh's mother Shabnam lashed out at the media for making her son its favourite whipping boy when he was going through a bad patch a year-and-a-half ago.
India still second in ICC rankings
The number one tag still eludes them but newly-crowned World Champions India have closed the gap on top-placed Australia even as the team's in-form players moved up in the individual standings of the latest ICC ODI rankings issued in Dubai on Monday.
Gary the 'father figure' would be missed: Yuvraj
For all the joy that the World Cup triumph has brought in, there is also a tinge of sadness in the Indian cricket team as it marks the end of inspirational coach Gary Kirsten's tenure and batsman Yuvraj Singh says the "father figure" would be missed.
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.
'WC knock is the most important knock of career'
Top Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir today described his knock of 97 in the World Cup final against Sri Lanka as the most important innings of his career though it was not the best.
Sachin says Dhoni best captain he's played under
"Winning the World Cup was my biggest dream," Saching Tendulkar reiterated on Monday, adding, "I was only 10 when we won the World Cup in 1983. And my dream has got fulfilled now. It doesn't get better than winning it in Mumbai. I became extremely emotional, which was rare. The tears in my eyes were happy ones."
Team India has the original World Cup: ICC
Media reports on Monday said that the Cup given to Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his team was a fake and that the original was lying with the customs in Mumbai over non-payment of duties.
Anil Kumble: WC triumph will inspire Indians
The World Cup triumph, says former India captain Anil Kumble, is the culmination of successes and experiences of the last couple of years.
April 03, 2011SA board has approached me for coach job: Kirsten
After guiding the Indian team to the coveted World Cup title after a gap of 28 years in his final assignment as coach, Gary Kirsten may be seen in the same avatar with his native South Africa.
We 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.
Sachin, Zak, Yuvi in ICC's Team of the tournament
Their crucial contribution in guiding India to their first World Cup title in 28 years on Sunday fetched the trio of Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh and Zaheer Khan a place in the International Cricket Council's Team of the Tournament.
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.
US Ambassador congratulates Team India
The US Ambassador to India, Timothy J Roemer congratulated the Indian cricket team for winning the World Cup title beating Sri Lanka in the final at Wankhede stadium in Mumbai.
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.
It's raining crores for Dhoni and Co.
It's raining crores for the World Cup-winning Indian cricket team who were gifted from residential plots to cash incentives.
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.
India fined for slow over rate in World Cup final
The triumphant Indian cricket team has been fined for it's slow over rate in the World Cup final against Sri Lanka, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Sunday.
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.
From Amitabh to Madhuri, tweets hail India
'Yeeaahhhh IIIINNDDIIAAA!Congratulations to all of you and Team India!!you boys have made more than a billion ppl proud and smile:)'
Yuvraj Singh is Player of the World Cup
In nine matches, including six in the league phase, the Punjab-born Yuvraj amassed 362 runs and took 15 wickets with his slow left-arm spinners.
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.
Proudest moment of my life, says Tendulkar
An emotional Sachin Tendulkar admitted that Saturday was the 'proudest day of my life' after India beat Sri Lanka to win the cricket World Cup.
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.
Dhoni, Gambhir star as India bring the Cup back
Mahendra Singh dhoni scored a masterful, unbeaten 91 as India beat Sri Lanka by six wickets in the final in Mumbai on Saturday.
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.
Anil Kumble: 'India better prepared than in 2003'
Saturday's 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.
ICC confirms Randiv as Mathews' replacement
The International Cricket Council's event technical committee of the World Cup on Friday confirmed Suraj Randiv as replacement for the injured Angelo Mathews in Sri Lanka's squad for Saturday'd summit clash against India.
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.
Sachin, an ambassador for a billion people
For Jon Shah, who was born and brought up in the United States, Sachin Tendulkar is the one sports athlete that commands awe and respect around the world
ICC to sue infringing news channels
The International Cricket Council on Friday decided to begin legal proceedings against offending Indian news channels who have repeatedly breached the News Access Guidelines for Broadcasters for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.
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.
Sri Lankan Mathews ruled out of final
Sri Lanka all-rounder Angelo Mathews has been ruled out of Saturday's World Cup final against India after injuring his right thigh muscle in the semi-final against New Zealand.
'Sri Lanka not underdogs; we're pretty good'
For Sri Lanka, the World Cup final, says captain Kumar Sangakkara, is going to be all about controlled aggression, not being too emotional about anything.
Sreesanth likely to replace Nehra in final
With Ashish Nehra fracturing his finger in the semi-final against Pakistan, captain M S Dhoni hinted that the Kerala pacer could get the nod ahead of R Ashwin.
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.
Nehra most likely ruled out but Gambhir fit: Dhoni
India were dealt a blow ahead of Saturday's World Cup final against Sri Lanka in Mumbai with skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni saying that pacer Ashish Nehra is "most likely" out of the match due to a fractured right-hand finger.
Akhtar's retirement timing wasn't right: Afridi
Critical of Shoaib Akhtar for announcing his retirement in the middle of the World Cup, Pakistan ODI captain Shahid Afridi today claimed the pacer did not consult the team before making his decision public.
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.
ICC bars media from covering WC final
The International Cricket Council has barred electronic media from covering the all-important cricket World Cup final for breaching the media guidelines.
Bedi backs India to win the WC
Former Indian captain Bishen Singh Bedi is convinced that come what may, India will beat Sri Lanka in the World Cup final in Wankhede on Saturday.
I will play in the final, tweets Murali
With the cloud over Muttiah Muralitharan's fitness still remaining for the World Cup final against India, the spin wizard has made it clear that he will play in the final.
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, 2011Wankhede pitch looks different, says Mahela
The Wankhede stadium track for Saturday's all-Asian World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka appears totally different from the one on which his team played New Zealand earlier in the tournament, says Sri Lanka's senior batsman Mahela Jayawardene.
Taufel, Dar to officiate India-SL World Cup final
New Zealand's Jeff Crowe has been named the match referee, with England's Ian Gould and Steve Davis of Australia the third and fourth umpires respectively.
Stats: Tendulkar amasses 400 runs this WC
# Sachin Tendulkar has become the first Indian batsman to amass 400 runs in the 2011 World Cup -- 464 at an average of 58.00 including two hundreds and two fifties in eight games.
Pix: 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.
Vaas, Randiv likely to return for WC final!
Spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan and all-rounder Angelo Mathews are doubtful for the World Cup final against India, prompting the Sri Lankan team management to call in Chaminda Vaas and Suraj Randiv as standbys for the the April 2 clash in Mumbai.
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.
Why India will win the World Cup!
After the semi-final victory over Pakistan, Sumeet Anand is sure India will beat Sri Lanka in the final and emerge triumphant.
With Afridi out, will Yuvi emerge MVP?
With just the final to go, Srinivas Bhogle and Purnendu Maji figure out the World Cup's 50 most valuable players.
Ex cricketers place India as favourites in final
A day after India vanquished Pakistan in an emotionally-charged World Cup semi-final, top yesteryear cricketers exuded confidence that the Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his men would end the 28-year-old jinx to lift the coveted trophy on April 2 in Mumbai.
Fixing charges levelled against Pak cricket team
A petition has been filed in the Lahore High Court (LHC) against the Pakistan cricket team on charges of match-fixing in the ICC World Cup 2011 semi-final match against India.
Not one of Sachin's best innings: Gavaskar
Former captain Sunil Gavaskar has praised Sachin Tendulkar for hanging on to anchor the Indian innings to a challenging total though he might not have played one of his best innings in the high-voltage World Cup semi-final clash against Pakistan at Mohali.
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.
Excited to play final in Mumbai: Harbhajan
Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh is excited that India are playing in Mumbai in the World Cup final on Saturday as the city has become his second home after basing there for three years as a Mumbai Indians player.
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.
'It has been a privilege to be with this team'
He has been a quiet backroom man monitoring things meticulously and no wonder that's the precise reason why every Indian player wants Gary Kirsten to remain the coach of the national team.
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.
We misread the Mohali wicket: Dhoni
And long after the match got over -- with India beating Pakistan by 29 runs to book a berth in the final against Sri Lanka -- MS Dhoni did admit that he misread the pitch.
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.
India ease past Pak into World Cup final
India scored a comfortable 29-run victory over Pakistan in Mohali on Wednesday to set up a meeting with Sri Lanka in the final of the World Cup.
DRS to Tendulkar's rescue
Sachin Tendulkar benefited from the review system he has consistently opposed while his opening partner Virender Sehwag, a huge admirer of the DRS, did not, in the World Cup semi-final against Pakistan at Mohali on Wednesday.
Sehwag, Dhoni complete 1,000 ODI runs vs Pakistan
Indian opener Virender Sehwag and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Wednesday completed their 1,000 runs against Pakistan in One-day Internationals during the high-octane second semi-final of the World Cup.
Images: India sends Pak packing in Mohali
Images from the India vs Pakistan World Cup semi-final, in Mohali on Wednesday.
ICC apologises for insult to tri-colour
ICC on Wednesday apologised to India for insult to the tri-colour at the Punjab Cricket Association stadium in Mohali.
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.
Vettori quits T20 cricket
Daniel Vettoti has called it a day from Twenty20 cricket after New Zealand's ouster from the semi-finals of the ongoing World Cup but said he is yet to make up his mind on his ODI future.
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.
Clarke named Australia skipper
Michael Clarke, long the heir apparent to Ricky Ponting, finally assumed the throne when he was named Australia's 43rd Test captain on Wednesday, a day after his mentor quit the post.
Miandad recommends music therapy for Pakistan team
Shahid Afridi's men should use "music therapy" to calm their nerves before Pakistan face India in Wednesday's high-pressure World Cup semi-final, former captain Javed Miandad suggested.
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.
India shuts down for India-Pakistan showdown
India's billion-strong population will be calling in sick to work, shutting shops early and even cancelling doctor's appointments to make sure they watch Wednesday's much-hyped World Cup semi-final match against arch rivals Pakistan.
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.
Anil Kumble: 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.
ICC allows news channels access to Ind-Pak match
The ICC on Tuesday agreed to allow Indian TV channels to attend the high-voltage World Cup semi-finals between India and Pakistan following a request from Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni.
March 29, 2011Images: SL enter second straight WC final
Images from the World Cup semi-final match between Sri Lanka and New Zealand.
Sri Lanka overcome Kiwi zeal to enter final
Sri Lanka self-tested its fragile middle order ahead of the big match, as they stuttered to a five wicket win against New Zealand in Colombo.
Model Poonam Pandey to bare all if India wins WC
After Paraguay model Larissa Riquelme, who promised to run naked through the streets if Paraguay won the football World Cup, an Indian model plans to do something alike if India beats Pakistan and goes on to win cricket's showpiece event.
Murali gets wicket with last ball in Lanka
Muttiah Muralitharan took a wicket with his final ball on home soil as Sri Lanka took control of the World Cup semi-final against New Zealand. The Kiwis could put up only 217 from 48.5 overs.
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.
Dhoni refuses to equate Mohali SF with T20 final
India's captain says he doesn't remember how he felt before the T20 World Cup final against Pakistan in 2007.
Kirsten South Africa's next coach?
The possibility of Gary Kirsten being appointed as Coorie van Zyl's successor gained momentum after Cricket South Africa chief executive Gerald Majola stated that some of the possible candidates it wants to consider are still involved in the World Cup.
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.
Indo-Pak WC semi-final: the emotional graph
Sumeet Anand visualizes what the people of India and Pakistan are going through ahead of the World Cup semi-final between the two countries.
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.
Unprecedented security cover for Indo-Pak WC match
Unprecedented security cover was thrown in and around the Punjab Cricket Association stadium in Mohali on ahead of Wednesday's high-profile World Cup semi-final between India and Pakistan, which will be witnessed by the Prime Ministers of both the countries.
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.
Ponting steps down as Australia captain
Ricky Ponting, the most successful captain in Test cricket, stepped down as Australia skipper on Tuesday but will continue as a batsman with the team.
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, 2011ICC bars electronic media from coverage of WC
The ICC on Monday barred electronic media from covering the remaining matches of the World Cup for breaching the media guidelines.
Mohali becomes a garrison
With security arrangements around the PCA stadium in Mohali, ahead of the much-awaited India-Pakistan World Cup semi-final, the place resembles a military outpost.
Will 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.
A strategy to win the World Cup
Colonel Anil Athale (retd) lists a few military tactics that may help team India win the World Cup.
Pak minister warns cricketers against match-fixing
Ahead of their crucial World Cup semi-final against India, Pakitani cricketers have been warned not to indulge in any match-fixing by Interior Minister Rehman Malik who said he was keeping a 'close watch' on their activities.
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.
Ponting has three days to take call on future
Embattled Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting has three days to decide his future as selectors get set to announce the ODI team for the upcoming tour of Bangladesh.
Vaughan believes Strauss could quit ODIs
England cricket captain Andrew Strauss is set to quit one-day cricket in the wake of the team's quarter-final exit from the World Cup, ex-skipper Michael Vaughan has claimed.
CA angered over Oz cricketers' demand for pay hike
They may have flopped at the World Cup but that has not stopped Australian cricketers from asking for an 80 million dollar increase in their payment deals prompting their irate Board to snap negotiations.
Youth held for selling Ind-Pak match tkts in black
Cricket fever reached its peak on Sunday as scores of fans lined up outside the PCA stadium hoping to catch a glimpse of their favourite stars while some searched desperately for non-existent tickets for the high-voltage semi-final between India and Pakistan in Mohali on Sunday.
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.
'We should make Pakistan bleed in the semi-final'
The cricketing fraternity, including players who could not make it to the World Cup squad, on Sunday extended their best wishes to the Indian team ahead of their high-voltage semi-final clash against Pakistan on March 30.
Anil Kumble: 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.
MVP: Dilshan slowly rising to the top
Just when it seemed like a two-horse race, Tillakaratne Dilshan has also jumped into contention to be the most valuable player (MVP) of World Cup 2011 with his explosive century against England.
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.
Pressure will be more on India: Ramiz
Former Pakistan captain, Ramiz Raja, has backed the national team to put up a spirited fight in the World Cup semi-final against India in Mohali on Wednesday.
Taufel, Gould to officiate in Ind-Pak semis
Australian Simon Taufel, a winner of five consecutive ICC Umpire of the Year awards, and England's Ian Gould were on Sunday appointed as the on-field officials for the high-voltage India-Pakistan World Cup semi-final here on Wednesday.
Lawson predicts Pak-NZ final
Impressed with their consistent showings in the tournament so far, former Pakistan coach Geoff Lawson on Sunday backed Shahid Afridi and his men to emerge winners in the much-anticipated World Cup semi-final against India.
India vs Pak a spectacle not to be ignored: Kallis
Jacques Kallis reflects on the disappointment of being knocked out of the World Cup after having had such high hopes.
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.
SL cruise into semis on Dilshan, Tharanga hundreds
Openers Tillakaratne Dilshan and Upul Tharanga hit superb centuries as Sri Lanka humiliated England by 10 wickets in a one-sided quarter-final of the World Cup in Colombo on Saturday.
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.
'It was always about getting past Kallis and De Vi
New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori lauded his team for fighting it out on the field despite being on the back foot for most of the World Cup quarter-final.
Catches win matches... Oram explains how!
Jacob Oram's effort at deep midwicket to get rid off a well-settled Jacques Kallis in the World Cup quarter-final is the latest addition to the brilliant catches category in cricket's flagship event.
'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.
Most Valuable Player: Still Afridi vs Yuvraj!
With just four matches remaining in World Cup 2011, and with one among India and Pakistan sure to enter the final, it is easy to predict that the most valuable player will be either Shahid Afridi or Yuvraj Singh. If Pakistan win at Mohali, it will certainly be Afridi. If India win, it should be Yuvraj.
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!
Anil Kumble: 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.
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.
Sania, Shoaib at 'war' over India-Pak clash
The much-awaited clash of the neighbours seems to have caught the couple in a battle of loyalty, with Indian tennis diva Sania coming out strongly in support of her nation, and hubby Shoaib cheering for Pakistan on social networking site Twitter.
New Zealand stun SA for semis berth
Chasing a modest 222 for victory, South Africa collapsed from 108 for 2 to 172 all out in 43.2 overs in the third quarter-final of 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.
Stats: Lucky hundredth for Mahendra Singh Dhoni
# Yuvraj Singh (341 runs and 11 wickets) is the second Indian all-rounder and the fourth overall to complete 300 runs and bag 10 wickets or more in a World Cup competition. Kapil Dev was the first Indian all-rounder to register the double, having accomplished the feat in the 1983 World Cup (303 runs and 12 wickets in eight matches).
'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.
Jacques Kallis: SA not underestimating Kiwis
Jacques Kallis is wary of South Africa's quarter-final opponents, saying New Zealand has great team spirit and never give up.
March 24, 2011Adil Rashid to replace Yardy
The International Cricket Council approved Adil Rashid as a replacement player for Michael Yardy in England's squad in the ongoing World Cup. Yardy quit the tournament, citing depression, following which the English team management asked for a replacement.
Tendulkar tops 18,000 ODI runs
Playing his 451st ODI, Tendulkar reached the milestone with a single off Australia fast bowler Brett Lee in the 14th over of India's run chase, in the World Cup quarter-final, at the Sardar Patel stadium in Motera.
Images: India end Australia's 12-year reign
Images from the World Cup quarter-final match between India and Australia.
India dump defending champs Aus out of World Cup
Fifties from Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh propelled India to a five-wkt victory in the second quarter-final and set up a meeting with Pakistan in the semis.
England's Yardy quits World Cup with depression
All-rounder Michael Yardy has been withdrawn from England's World Cup squad because of depression, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Thursday.
'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!
World Cup MVP race: Afridi surges ahead
It will be hard to catch up with Afridi now! After another incredible bowling performance on Wednesday at Mirpur (9.3-1-30-4), Afridi is now over 200 'runs' clear of Yuvraj Singh in the MVPI list.
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.
WC: Home minister warns of terror threat at final
Union home minister, P Chidambaram, is a worried man. He has to ensure that the Wankhede Stadium is fully secured so that the final of the cricket World Cup passes off peacefully and no terrorist is allowed inside the stadium.
'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.
Anil Kumble: Play Zaheer, Munaf, Harbhajan, 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 quarter-final.
March 23, 2011Murali cloud over Lanka ahead of quarters
Going into the quarter-final match against the erratic England, Sri Lanka have their own set of problems in both the batting and bowling departments.
We haven't played very well: Prior
Though England have fought brilliantly in the World Cup so far, they haven't played very well, the team's wicketkeeper and makeshift opener Matt Prior said in Colombo ahead of the quarter-final match up with Sri Lanka on Saturday.
Windies 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!
Lorgat refutes fixing allegations
International Cricket Council (ICC) CEO Haroon Lorgat on Wednesday rubbished reports that the World Cup round-robin match between Australia and Zimbabwe was under investigation for match-fixing and described the claims as 'fictional'.
Pakistan rout Windies to enter semis
Pakistan scored an empathic 10-wicket win over the West Indies in the first quarter-final of the World Cup, reaching a target of 113 without losing a wicket and a whopping 175 balls to spare.
Sehwag doubtful for Australia clash
Uncertainty remained on the availability of dashing opener Virender Sehwag for India's make-or-break World Cup quarter-final match against defending champions Australia in Ahmedabad, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said on Wednesday.
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.
Imran, Miandad warn Pak against taking WI lightly
Former Pakistan captains Imran Khan and Javed Miandad on Tuesday warned the national team players not to underestimate the West Indies in the quarter-final of the cricket World Cup to be played in Mirpur on Wednesday.
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.
Ponting shares his views on Tendulkar walking
Australian captain Ricky Ponting on Tuesday said Sachin Tendulkar would not have walked back to the pavillion had he known that the umpire had ruled him not out in India's World Cup league match against the West Indies on Sunday.
'CA backs Ponting to continue beyond World Cup'
Australian skipper Ricky Ponting has got high-level support to retain the captaincy beyond the World Cup amid speculation that he could be fired in the next fortnight on the ground of form slump and disciplinary issues.
Jacques Kallis: What matters now are runs and wkts
South Africa, says Jacques Kallis, learnt as much from the defeat to England as they did in the victory over India.
India start as favourites in quarters: Kumble
Asserting that the current Australian team was not as strong as the one he had encountered in the 2003 World Cup final, former skipper Anil Kumble on Tuesday said that India started as favourites for Thursday's quarter-final match against the defending champions.
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.
Most Valuable Player: It could be Yuvraj vs Afridi
Who are the most valuable players in the 2011 World Cup? Srinivas Bhogle and Purnendu Maji present a statistical look after 42 matches in the tournament.
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.
Du Plessis displays skills in the home of spin
Faf du Plessis, who was forced to abandon a career with Lancashire after changes to English immigration laws, is relishing an opportunity to showcase his prowess at the World Cup.
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."
Ponting's reign as captain could end soon
Ricky Ponting's nine-year reign as Australian captain could be over soon as he is likely to face tough resistance from board officials to retain his job for next month's tour of Bangladesh. Australia head into the quarter-finals against a formidable Indian side on Thursday even as Ponting grapples with indifferent form and it could be the final week for the 36-year-old as captain.
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.'
Yuvi first Indian to score WC ton at Chepauk
# India's 80-run triumph is their biggest over West Indies in terms of runs in the World Cup, bettering the 43-run win in the 1983 final at Lord's.
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.
'Struggling' Aussies' WC prospects bleak: Roebuck
Noted cricket columnist Peter Roebuck reckons that Australia's prospects at the World Cup are bleak after the Ricky Ponting-led team finished third in its qualifying group.
ICC announces referees, umpires for WC quarters
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced official appointments for the quarter-final stage of the Cricket World Cup 2011.
'The delivery to Tendulkar was best of my career'
West Indian pacer Ravi Rampaul said the ball with which he dismissed Indian batting icon Sachin Tendulkar in their World Cup match was the 'best' of his fledgling career so far.
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.
'We must take wickets to win in these conditions'
India's 80-run win over West Indies in their final Group B match of the ICC World Cup at the MA Chidambaram stadium on Sunday not only booked them a quarter-final date with three-time defending champions Australia but also ensured they go into that game on a winning note.
Cricket World Cup quarter-final line-up
The quarter-final line-up has been drawn, following India's 80-run victory over the West Indies on Sunday. Here is the line-up for the 2011 World Cup quarter-finals that commence on Wednesday.
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.
India brush aside Windies, meet Aus in QF
Another all-round show by Yuvraj Singh helped India thrash the West Indies by 80 runs in their final Group B match of the World Cup. Chasing 269 for victory, the West Indies could only amass 188 from 43 overs.
Images: Zimbabwe crush Kenya by 161 runs
Images from the World Cup match between Zimbabwe and Kenya being played in Kolkata.
Zimbabwe prove too good for Kenya
Kenya wilted under the pressure of chasing a huge total as the Zimbabwe spinners skittled them for just 147 runs to hand them a thumping 161-run loss in their final World Cup Group A match on Sunday.
Cup Camera: Tendulkar tries switch hit
Videos from around the World Cup.
Stats: SA registers five wins in group stage
Statistical highlights from the World Cup match between South Africa and Bangladesh played in Mirpur on Saturday.
Stats: Afridi cracks new bowling record
Shahid Afridi equalled the record for most wickets by a captain in a 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.
Kamande's 'Gunnzie' comment stumps media
Kenyan captain Jimmy Kamande on Saturday described their veteran batsman Steve Tikolo as 'gunnzie', something that was misinterpreted as Gandhi in the media.
Chanderpaul may return for match against India
West Indies are planning to draft in senior batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul to prop up their fragile batting order in Sunday's World Cup Group B match against India.
Bedi rubbishes talk of match-fixing
Former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi rubbished talk of some matches being fixed at the ongoing cricket World Cup, saying every team is doing its best to win.
Clinical Pak snap Australia's unbeaten run
Pakistan turned up their class and thumped Australia by four wickets, ending the defending champions' unbeaten World Cup run stretching 12 years, four tournaments and four continents.
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.
Sammy laments Windies letting 'key moments slip'
West Indies captain Darren Sammy expressed hope that his team would seize the opportunities that come their way in the final World Cup Group B match against India.
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.
B'desh defeat ensures passage for Group B big 3
South Africa did Group B rivals India, England and West Indies a big favour by securing all three teams a place in the Cricket World Cup quarter-finals after beating Bangladesh by 206 runs 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.
First Look: Pitch for India-Windies game covered
A tent covering the pitch for the World Cup Group B game between India and the West Indies. That was a surprising sight at the M A Chidambaram stadium on Saturday morning.
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.
South Africa end Bangladesh's Cup dreams
Bangladesh's slender hopes of reaching the quarter-finals of the World Cup they are co-hosting were crushed mercilessly by South Africa on Saturday with a 206-run Group B defeat.
Inconsistent batting cost us QF berth: Porterfield
After wrapping up their World Cup campaign on an impressive note, Ireland captain William Porterfield on Friday said that inconsistent performances with the bat stood in between his team and a quarterfinal berth.
Stats: Sangakkara scripts new 'keeping record
Statistical highlights of the match between Sri Lanka and New Zealand played 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.
Jacques Kallis: 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.
Storm threat to big Bangladesh v South Africa game
Local forecasters predicted rain and thunderstorms in the capital on Saturday when Bangladesh met South Africa in their must-win World Cup Group B match at Shere Bangla National Stadium.
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.
S African-born Dernbach gets England call
Jade Dernbach, a little-known South African-born bowler, will replace the injured Ajmal Shahzad in England's World Cup squad, the International Cricket Council said on Friday after giving its approval.
SL trounce Kiwis, go to top of group
Off spinner Muttiah Muralitharan ignored a hamstring problem as he propelled Sri Lanka to a thumping 112-run victory over New Zealand in their final Group A match at the Wankhede Stadium on Friday.
NZ, Lanka in a 'catch' controversy
A controversial decision by the third umpire surrounding a 'catch' of Mahela Jayawardene by Nathan McCullum triggered an angry stand-off between New Zealand and Sri Lankan players in their World Cup Group 'A' fixture at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on Friday.
Images: Ireland win the battle of minnows
Images from the Ireland vs the Netherlands World Cup match being played in Kolkata on Friday.
The 50 most valuable players of the World Cup
Srinivas Bhogle and Purnendu Maji graphically depict the 50 most valuable players in groups of ten.
Aus brace for Pakistan's 'unpredictability'
Australia captain Ricky Ponting asked his bowlers to prepare for a tough outing in their Group B encounter on Saturday, saying an 'unpredictable' Pakistan could give his side the first real test in the World Cup.
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.
Stirling ton takes Irish past Dutch in run-feast
All-rounder Paul Stirling cracked a 72-ball 101 as Ireland completed their World Cup campaign on a winning note despite their group stage exit with a six-wicket win over Netherlands on Friday.
Ireland's Dockrell dislocates shoulder
Ireland suffered a big jolt in their concluding match of the cricket World Cup when their leading spinner George Dockrell dislocated his shoulder while fielding against the Netherlands in Kolkata on Friday.
BCCI slams reports of Srikkanth-Dhoni feud
The Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) on Friday rubbished reports that Chairman of selector K Srikkanth and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni were involved in a heated debate over team selection during a meeting in Chennai.
'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.
Share your favourite Shoaib moment
As Shoaib Akhtar gets ready to hang his boots, many memories of his best and worst days in the game come to mind. If you have any, share them!
Anil Kumble: 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.
March 17, 2011Images: Swann, Tredwell keep England in the hunt
Images from the World Cup match bewteen England and the West Indies, in Chennai.
England beat Windies to stay in QF race
England edged past the West Indies by 18 runs in their final Group B match at the M A Chidambaram stadium in Chennai on Thursday to keep their hopes of a place in the knock-out stage of the World Cup alive.
Sehwag fit to play against West Indies
A major concern for the Indian team was averted when Virender Sehwag was declared fit to play in the final Group B game against West Indies in Chennai on Sunday.
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.
Kiran More: Dhoni the best man for powerplays
Former India wicketkeeper and chiarman of selectors Kiran More says captain MS needs to move up the order. 'He knows when to attack, how to slow down and take charge.'
I'm here because of affection of my fans: Shoaib
With a moving farewell speech, Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar announced on Thursday that he will retire from international cricket after the World Cup.
Stats: Lee back to his very best
Statistical highlights of the Australia vs Canada Group A match of the World Cup in Bangalore on Wednesday.
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, 2011Watson-Haddin record as Aus extend unbeaten run
A record 183-run opening partnership between Shane Watson and Brad Haddin propelled Australia to a comfortable seven-wicket win over Canada in a Group A match of the World Cup in Bangalore on Wednesday.
Umpire Asoka de Silva axed from crucial WC games
Under-fire Sri Lankan umpire Asoka de Silva, who gave batsman Gary Wilson out lbw in Ireland's loss to the West Indies in Mohali, has been dropped from the panel officiating some key World Cup matches.
Images: Lee, Watson take the fight out of Canada
Images from Wednesday's World Cup Group A match between Australia and Canada in Bangalore.
Strauss confident ahead of Windies do or die
Having lost seemingly innocuous contests to minnows Ireland and Bangladesh, and only managing a tie against India, the three-time finalists have to beat the West Indies at all costs in their final group game on Thursday. A loss will send Bangladesh to the last eight.
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.
Stats: Duminy 3rd South African dismissed on 99
Jean-Paul Duminy became the third South African batsman to be dismissed at 99 in ODIs -- the first two were Lance Klusener against Sri Lanka at Lahore on November 8, 1997 and Graeme Smith against Sri Lanka at Centurion on November 29, 2002.
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.
Aus will look for win over Canada before quarters
Champions Australia have already booked their quarter-final spot and will hope to iron out any creases in their form against Canada in a World Cup Group A match at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Wednesday.
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, 2011Duminy anchors SA into last eight
JP Duminy agonisingly missed out on his first World Cup hundred by a run but his sparkling effort propelled South Africa into the quarter-finals with a crushing 131-run win over Ireland on Tuesday.
Windies '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.
Stats: Gul joins Afridi in capturing 10 wkts in WC
Statistical highlights from the Pakistan vs Zimbabwe World Cup match played in Pallekele on Monday.
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.
Anil Kumble: Treat Windies game as a pre-QF
India, says Anil Kumble, need to tell themselves they must win the next four games on the trot to lift the 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.
Pakistan clinch quarter-final place
Asad Shafiq enjoyed a memorable World Cup debut as he stroked an unbeaten 78 on Monday to help Pakistan seal their place in the quarter-finals with a seven-wicket win over Zimbabwe in a rain-shortened match.
AB de Villiers doubtful for Ireland clash
Leading South African scorer AB de Villiers is a doubtful starter for Tuesday's group B World Cup fixture against Ireland due to a thigh muscle strain.
If we win the next match we'll qualify: Shakib
The job is only partially done and Bangladesh have no choice but keep winning to stay in the hunt for a berth in the quarter-finals of the World Cup, said skipper Shakib Al Hasan, after his team beat the Netherlands in Chittagong on Monday.
No takers for first tie at Eden Gardens
The historic Eden Gardens will finally get to host its first match in the ongoing World Cup but an empty stadium awaits the South Africa-Ireland tie on Tuesday, as there is little interest among the spectators.
Images: Clinical Bangladesh trounce Dutch
Images from the World Cup match between Bangladesh and Netherlands being played at Chittagong.
Indian team minus five players arrive in Chennai
The Indian cricket squad arrived in Chennai on Monday for Sunday's crucial group B match of the World Cup against the West Indies.
Cup Camera: Indian fans crestfallen
Videos from around the World Cup.
India's World Cup chances: what the stars foretell
Some eminent astrologers of the country have predicted that the chances of the team winning the coveted 50-overs Cup this time are good.
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.
In-form South Africa see easy prey in Ireland
South Africa seem to possess just too many weapons for Tuesday's Group B match against an Irish team which look exhausted after pulling off the first upset of the World Cup.
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.
Bangladesh stay in the hunt for last eight spot
Opener Imrul Kayes smashed an unbeaten 73 to help Bangladesh to a six-wicket win over Netherlands on Monday, boosting the co-hosts' chances of reaching the World Cup quarter-finals.
Stats: Kenya's Obuya registers rare record
Statistical highlights from the Australia vs Kenya World Cup match played in Bangalore on Sunday.
Stats: McCullum completes 4000 runs in ODIs
Statistical highlights from the New Zealand vs Canada World Cup match played in Mumbai on Sunday.
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.
Jacques Kallis: 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.
March 13, 2011Kenya make Australia toil for victory
Defending champions Australia claimed a place in the last eight of the World Cup but were made to work hard by Kenya for a 60-run victory.
Images: 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.
MVP: Sehwag top run-getter of WC
If you look for Indian players on this list of the 2011 World Cup's most valuable players you find something very interesting: 4 Indians figure in the top 10, but, thereafter, Indians appear only at places 32, 34, 42 and 47!
Brendon McCullum eases Kiwis into last 8
New Zealand booked their passage in the World Cup quarter-finals from Group A after Brendon McCullum set up a 97-run victory over Canada with a chanceless century at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on Sunday.
Stats: Records galore in India vs SA tie
Statistical highlights of the Group B World Cup match between India and South Africa 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.
Stats: Bangladesh's highest successful WC chase
Statistical highlights from the England-Bangladesh World Cup match in Chittagong.
With 48th ODI ton, Tendulkar extends WC record
Sachin Tendulkar on Saturday extended his record of highest centuries in World Cup history by smashing his sixth hundred against South Africa in the mega event event in Nagpur.
SA's late charge hands India first defeat
Chasing 297, after India, powered by Sachin Tendulkar's 48th ODI century (111), were dismissed in 48.4 overs, South Africa were home with two balls to spare.
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.
Swann fined for using abusive language
England spinner Graeme Swann has been fined 10 per cent of his match fee for using "obscene and offensive language" during his team's two-wicket loss to Bangladesh in a World Cup group match in Chittagong.
Anil Kumble: Good to see Dhoni backing Chawla
Anil Kumble says the young leg-spinner has shown a lot of character and there is no harm if Dhoni plays him against South Africa too.
March 11, 2011Images: Bangladesh rally to shock England
Images from the World Wup match between England and Bangladesh being played at Chiitagong.
Bangladesh tail upsets England
Bangladesh tail-enders Shafiul Islam and Mahmudullah became the toast of the nation on Friday after steering their team to a stunning two-wicket World Cup win over England.
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!
'India vs SA not be-all-and-end-all of World Cup'
South Africa captain Graeme Smith played down the hype being attached to Saturday's World Cup match against India, saying he does not consider it more important than the others.
Umar suffers finger injury during practice
A finger injury kept Pakistan middle-order batsman Umar Akmal out of practice, a development which could affect his chances of replacing his brother Kamran behind the stumps against Zimbabwe in the World Cup league match in Pallekele on Monday.
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.
Wankhede all set to host World Cup matches: Rajput
The revamped Wankhede Stadium, venue of the cricket World Cup's summit clash on April 2, is geared up and ready to host its first international encounter in more than three-and-a-half years, said Mumbai Cricket Association official Lalchand Rajput on Friday.
Dhoni hints at playing extra seamer vs SA
India captain M S Dhoni says the track at Nagpur could have something extra for the bowlers with the new ball.
Injured Vettori to miss NZ match against Canada
Captain Daniel Vettori will miss New Zealand's World Cup Group A tie against minnows Canada at the Wankhede Stadium on March 13 because of a knee injury. He hopes to be fit for the last league game against Sri Lanka at the same venue on March 18.
Cup Camera: Dilshan's 'best match'
Videos from around the World Cup.
ACSU: Why DDCA official was in dressing room
Pradeep Agarwal, a member of the DDCA's sports working committee, was seen in the Indian dressing room, where only team members and officials are allowed.
Images: WI thump plucky Ireland
Images from the World Cup match between West Indies and Ireland played in Mohali on Friday.
Pollard, Smith power Windies to victory
The West Indies staved off a spirited challenge from Ireland for a 44-run win in a Group B match to inch closer to the quarter-finals of the World Cup 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.
Gayle likely to recover in time for England clash
Injuries continued to haunt the West Indies in the ongoing World Cup with explosive batsman Chris Gayle becoming the latest casualty after he missed their crucial group B match against Ireland in Mohali on Friday with an abdominal strain.
Kenya will rise again, vows Mishra
Beaten black and blue by their opponents in the ongoing World Cup, Kenya batsman Tanmay Mishra on Friday vowed that cricket in the country will rise again.
'Unfair to criticise Pak team after one defeat'
Pakistan cricket team manager Intikhab Alam said the criticism and ridicule heaped on the national team after their defeat to New Zealand in the World Cup was not fair.
Police detain 70 ahead of B'desh v England match
Police detained 70 suspected trouble-makers ahead of Bangladesh and England's World Cup Group B match on Friday at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.
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.
India will cope with the 'extra' baggage: Kallis
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 a crunch Group B match on Saturday.
March 10, 2011Zimbabwe crushed under Dilshan, Tharanga tons
Tillakaratne Dilshan produced a superb all-round display with bat and ball to send Sri Lanka through to the quarter-finals of the World Cup on Thursday with a crushing 139-run win over Zimbabwe.
Images: Dilshan does star 'turn' for Lanka
Images from the World Cup match between Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe, at Pallekele on Thursday.
Storm may disrupt England-Bangladesh clash
England's World Cup showdown with Bangladesh on Friday could be disrupted by a huge tropical rain storm, forecasters say.
Injured SA spinner Tahir may play against India
Leg spinner Imran Tahir will be available for South Africa's remaining World Cup matches even though he has been advised to rest his fractured thumb for 10 days, a team official said 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.
ICC approves Tremlett as Broad's replacement
The International Cricket Council's Event Technical Committee has approved pacer Chris Tremlett as a replacement for the injured Stuart Broad in England's World Cup squad.
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, 2011Tendulkar completes 2000 runs in World Cup
Sachin Tendulkar on Wednesday added another feather in his cap when he became the first batsman to score 2,000 runs in the World Cup.
'Two players tested; Dilshan not one of them'
Sri Lanka vice-captain Mahela Jayawardene dismissed media reports that star batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan failed a dope test conducted during the ongoing World Cup.
Images: Nervy India overcome spirited Dutch
Images from the World Cup match between India and the Netherlands being played in New Delhi.
Does Team India lack the killer punch?
The team has thus far failed to inspire and the players look to be going through the motions. It is a concern heading into the important games against South Africa and the West Indies, followed by the knock-out stages. What, in your wisdom, is lacking in the Indian team?
Rusty India shake off plucky Dutch
India survived some anxious moments early before overcoming the Netherlands by five wickets in the World Cup Group B match at the Ferozeshah Kotla in Delhi on Wednesday.
Hussey has a big role to play in World Cup: Clarke
Describing Michael Hussey as a match winner, Australia vice-captain Michael Clarke on Wednesday said the left-handed batsman has a huge to role play in their World Cup title defence.
Tremlett to replace Broad in England squad
Fast bowler Chris Tremlett will replace the injured Stuart Broad in England's World Cup squad, the England and Wales Cricket Board told Reuters on Wednesday.
SA spinner Tahir fractures thumb
South African spinner Imran Tahir's participation in the high-profile World Cup match against co-hosts India hangs in the balance after he suffered a thumb fracture, Cricket South Africa said on Wednesday.
Vettori blow could return to haunt Kiwis
New Zealand's crushing of Pakistan in the World Cup Group A match came at the price of an injury to their captain Daniel Vettori. The Kiwis are hoping it does not prove costly as the tournament progresses.
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.
VCA apologises to fans over WC ticket sale melee
The Vidarbha Cricket Association, host of the World Cup match between India and South Africa, apologised for the inconvenience caused to cricket fans during ticket sales on Tuesday.
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.
Anil Kumble: 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.
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.
Imran asks Pakistan to get ready to play in India
Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan has asked the national team's World Cup skipper Shahid Afridi to get prepared to play its knockout stage matches in India.
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.
Taylor-cut ton enables Kiwis trounce Pak
Birthday boy Ross Taylor rode his luck to good effect and scored a spectacular 131 not out as New Zealand registered a comprehensive 110-run win over Pakistan in the World Cup Group A encounter in Pallekele (Kandy) on Tuesday.
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.
India must play Nehra if he is fit: Dravid
Former India captain Rahul Dravid feels paceman Ashish Nehra should be a part of the team in the ongoing World Cup if he is fit as he has got the experience of bowling at the death.
Side strain puts Broad out of World Cup
England fast bowler Stuart Broad was ruled out of the World Cup on Tuesday with a side strain.
Fans clash with police outside Nagpur stadium
Fans seeking tickets for India's cricket World Cup showdown with South Africa clashed with baton-wielding police on Tuesday.
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.
Canada's Bagai hopes for a sparkling second-half
Monday's five-wicket win over Kenya is Canada's only second win in the World Cup history and captain Ashish Bagai said they will take heart from this victory for an improved show in their remaining matches of the mega-event against New Zealand and Australia.
Jacques Kallis: Many positives from England loss
England defending 170 against South Africa was, says Jacques Kallis, another tremendous and exciting game of cricket.
March 07, 2011Irish cricketer's bats stolen
A sports kit containing six bats of Ireland cricket team member was found stolen after their World Cup Group B match against India in Bangalore, police said on Monday.
ICC approve Morgan as Pietersen's replacement
England batsman Eoin Morgan was approved as a replacement for Kevin Pietersen at the World Cup by the International Cricket Council on Monday.
WC: URDS goofs up, yet again!
The controversial Decision Referral System was in the focus again when TV umpire Bruce Oxenford upheld Billy Doctrove's leg-before-wicket decision against Steve Tikolo during the Kenya-Canada tie in New Delhi, although replays showed the batsman got an edge onto his pads.
Canada wins the battle of minnows
Images of the match between Kenya and Canada being played at Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi
'DRS has improved correct decisions by 7 per cent'
Cricket's controversial Decision Review System (DRS) has improved correct umpiring verdicts by more than seven per cent in the World Cup, the game's governing body said on Monday.
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.
Hope the openers will deliver the goods: Misbah
Pakistan has had a wonderful start to their 2011 World Cup captain -- winning their opening three matches, but their performance has been anything but flawless.
Nannes to join Aussies as standby player for WC
Australian chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch has said that Victorian Bushrangers fast bowler Dirk Nannes will join the squad as a standby player for the World Cup.
Live! Kiran More on Rediff's World Cup Chat
And now Kiran More dons a new avatar, as an expert analyst on rediff.com for the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. Join Kiran More on the Rediff Chat where he gives his take on the World Cup as it has been so far, and as it will hopefully be
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 continues to be Most Valuable
Shahid Afridi is making all the difference to Pakistan's challenge in the 2011 World Cup with 14 wickets at an economy rate of just 2.6. He now has a phenomenal MVPI of 506. Only two other Pakistanis, Umar Akmal (181) and Misbah-ul-Haq (180), make it to the top 50 MVP list.
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
Pietersen confirms: I'm out of the World Cup, IPL
England batsman Kevin Pietersen has been ruled out of the Cricket World Cup with a hernia operation which needs immediate attention, he said on Twitter on Monday.
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.
Yuvraj's fine all-round show douses Irish fire
Yuvraj Singh's superb all-round performance helped India outclass Ireland by five wickets in their third World Cup encounter at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, in Bangalore, on Sunday.
Yuvraj guides India to victory over Ireland
Yuvraj Singh hit an unbeaten half-century after he took five wickets with the ball to script India's five wicket victory over Ireland in Bangalore, on Sunday.
Mike Hussey to replace Bollinger
Victorian fast bowler Dirk Nannes will travel to India as a standby player to train with the Australian squad and be available in the event of injury to another fast bowler.
Our campaign is back on track: Strauss
England captain Andrew Strauss was a delighted man after his team defeated South Africa by six runs in a thrilling low-scoring World Cup encounter at the Chepauk 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.
Lorgat's statements are ridiculous: GIbson
The West Indies team management on Sunday condemned the stone-pelting on their team bus by angry Bangladeshi fans and said ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat's description of the incident as minor was "ridiculous".
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.
England win low-scoring thriller as SA choke
Defending a meagre 171-run total, England came up with a spirited bowling display to skittle out their opponents for 165 runs in 47.4 overs and snatch a spectacular win.
Upset Bangla fans attack Shakib's house
Bangladesh fans have attacked captain Shakib Al Hasan's house, breaking a window following the team's resounding loss to the West Indies on Friday.
Cup Camera: Will Ireland cause another stir?
Videos from around the World Cup.
Anil Kumble: India needs to be ruthless
Former India captain Anil Kumble says nothing much can happen if India also does not raise the bar, substantially, in the fielding department.
Silly Point: Will Ireland roger India?
Manu Shankar and Abhishek Mande discuss the prospect of Ireland hammering India at today's match!
March 05, 2011I thought hosts play at home: Sangakkara
Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara on Saturday said he was surprised when he learnt that his side's last league fixture against New Zealand in the World Cup would be played in Mumbai and not at a home venue.
Australia's match-winning streak at WCup ends
Statistical highlights from the abandoned match between Australia and Sri Lanka in Colombo on Saturday.
England 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.
Pietersen to have hernia operation after World Cup
England batsman Kevin Pietersen will have an operation on a hernia after the World Cup, the England Cricket Board (ECB) said in a statement on Saturday.
Rain plays spoilsport in Aus-Lanka match
The crucial Group A match between Australia and Sri Lanka at the Premadasa on Saturday was abandoned because of rain in Colombo on Saturday.
ICC could scrap Champions Trophy
The International Cricket Council could consider doing away with the much-criticised Champions Trophy to maintain the World Cup's status as the "pinnacle" ODI event.
England game is history now, says Porterfield
For Ireland captain William Porterfield, the win against England is history and their only focus now is the game against India 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.
I haven't seen a finish-line yet: Ponting
Australian captain Ricky Ponting has rubbished speculation that he would stand down from the One-day side after the 2011 World Cup, by saying that he is determined to steer Australian cricket through its most tumultuous period in two decades.
Many umpires suspect Murali's action: Hair
Controversial former umpire Darrell Hair has claimed that many of the current officials suspect Sri Lankan spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan's action but do not want to call him in matches for the fear of creating a furore.
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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.
Jacques Kallis: '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.
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.
Bashed Bangladesh take second pasting from fans
Bangladesh fans, who greeted the opening of the World Cup with a glorious celebration and huge anticipation less than two weeks ago, turned on their own team in Dhaka on Friday as cheers turned to boos and angry recrimination.
Bangladesh fans attack West Indies team bus
West Indies cricket team's bus was struck by stones thrown by Bangladesh fans after the co-hosts were heavily beaten in the Cricket World Cup Group B match on Friday, the team spokesman said.
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.
Ponting wants a bowler to replace Bollinger
Australia captain Ricky Ponting says he would love to have Mike Hussey back in the squad, but prefers a bowler as replacement for the injured Doug Bollinger at the World Cup.
Windies blow away Bangladesh
The West Indies scored one of the quickest wins in the World Cup when they beat Bangladesh by nine wickets in their Group B match in Mirpur, Dhaka, on Friday.
Images: Kiwis make short work of Zimbabwe
Images from the World Cup match between in Ahmedabad on Thursday.
Southee leads Kiwis to thumping win over Zimbabwe
Pacer Tim Southee led a disciplined New Zealand bowling show as New Zealand beat Zimbabwe by ten wickets in their World Cup Group A match at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad on Friday.
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.
Stats: Afridi tops bowling leaderbord with 14 wkts
Statistical highlights of the World Cup match between Pakistan and Canada in Colombo.
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.
Mike Hussey keen to play in World Cup, says David
Michael Hussey is "desperate" to return to the World Cup squad and has already started playing in the domestic circuit, his brother and Australian batsman David Hussey said 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'.
Kiwis aim to master spin after flunking pace test
New Zealand batsmen flunked their first test against raw pace dished out by champions Australia a week ago but Friday's trial against nagging spin will probably signal the tenure of their World Cup campaign.
Ireland set for cash bonus after shock WC win
Ireland's Cricket World Cup surprise packets are in line for a six-figure bonus after their shock Group B three-wicket victory over England on Wednesday -- but match winner Kevin O'Brien will not earn a special payout.
Afridi rescues Pak from the brink against Canada
Shahid Afridi struck with the ball once again to help Pakistan score what was eventually a comprehensive win over Canada in the World Cup match at the Premadasa stadium on Thursday.
India's bowling has been exposed: Imran
Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan says lack of options in bowling make India a vulnerable side and it could hurt the team's prospects in the ongoing World Cup.
Plethora of records for giant-killers Ireland
Ireland's Kevin O'Brien blasted the fastest century in a World Cup to guide his country to one of the biggest shocks of the tournament with victory over the old enemy England in Bangalore, on Wednesday.
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.
Oranje crushed by Amla, De Villiers tons
Contrasting centuries from Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers guided South Africa to a comprehensive 231-run victory over the Netherlands in their Group B match in Mohali on Thursday.
Silly Point: Watch out for pink-haired demolisher!
Manu Shankar and Abhishek Mande cheer for Ireland and look forward to the India-Ireland match.
Stats: O'Brien slams 6th fastest ODI ton
Statistical highlights of the World Cup match between England and Ireland in Bangalore.
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.
Jacques Kallis: 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.
March 02, 2011Century man O'Brien dishes out Irish treat
Kevin O'Brien smashed the fastest ever World Cup century to propel Ireland to a stunning three-wicket win over England in a Group B match on Wednesday.
Silly 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.
BCCI slams ICC for criticising Dhoni on UDRS
The BCCI on Wednesday slammed ICC General Manager Dave Richardson for criticising Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the latter had expressed his grouse on the UDRS system.
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.
Kevin O'Brien fashions Ireland upset of England
Kevin O'Brien smashed the fastest cricket World Cup century off 50 balls as Ireland scored an upset three-wicket victory over England in Group B on Wednesday.
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.
Australia will get better with every game: Haddin
Australia's Brad Haddin tells Bikash Mohapatra he's content with both his batting and my wicketkeeping.
UDRS incomplete sans Snickometer, Hotspot: Kumble
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 Anil Kumble.
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.
Dalmiya accuses ICC of double standards
Taking his battle a step further, a miffed Jagmohan Dalmiya on Tuesday accused the International Cricket Council of double standards and claimed that the Wankhede Stadium, venue for the World Cup final, cannot get clearance by means of hosting a Twenty20 match.
Images: Hat-trick man Malinga destroys Kenya
Images from the World Cup match between Kenya and Sri Lanka played in Colombo on Tuesday.
Malinga sinks Kenya with second World Cup 'trick'
Lasith Malinga turned into a one-man hit squad as he became the first man to bag two World Cup hat-tricks to lead Sri Lanka to a crushing nine-wicket victory over Kenya on Tuesday.
Malinga bags second World Cup hat-trick
Sri Lanka's Lasith Malinga became the first man to bag two hat-tricks in World Cups when he skittled out three Kenyan tail-enders in their Group A match on Tuesday. He finished with figures of 6 for 38.
Haddin rubbishes spot-fixing claims
Australia opener Brad Haddin on Tuesday rubbished reports that the ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) is investigating their World Cup match against Zimbabwe for slow batting, dismissing the claims as 'laughable'.
'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.
Jayawardene may sue channel over fixing claim
Enraged over a state-run television network for insinuating that he might have helped fix the World Cup match against Pakistan, former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene is contemplating legal action against the channel.
Sehwag dashes to Delhi for rib injury check-up
India opener Virender Sehwag is in Delhi to consult his personal physician on a rib injury he sustained during a practice session last week.
Videos: Reverse swing will be the key, says Donald
Videos from the cricket World Cup.
Stats: Windies' biggest victory margin in WC
West Indies' magnificent 215-run win over the Netherlands is their biggest by runs margin in the World Cup, bettering the 191-run victory over Sri Lanka at Karachi on October 13, 1987.
India's bowlers must rethink strategy: Manjrekar
India's bowlers, especially off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, need to re-think their strategy for the flat sub-continental pitches or the team's World Cup campaign could be derailed despite a strong batting line-up, feels former batsman Sanjay Manjrekar.
Afridi leads World Cup MVP race
If Shahid Afridi continues his rampaging form, he is certain to end up with the most wickets but Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson is also in the race.
ICC probes Australia-Zimbabwe WC match: reports
The International Cricket Council (ICC) carried out a scrutiny of the Australia and Zimbabwe World Cup match played in Ahmedabad after Australian openers Shane Watson and Brad Haddin batted slowly in the first 10 overs.
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.
Stats: Roach registers first 'trick' of WC 2011
West Indies' Kemar Roach became the first West Indies bowler to pick up a hat-trick in World Cup on Monday. Roach picked up the wickets of Pieter Seelaar, Bernard Loots and Berend Westdijk to also register the first hat-trick of the World Cup 2011.
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.
Jacques Kallis: Expect the unexpected!
There are too many preconceptions about subcontinental conditions, says Jacques Kallis. 'Good cricketers, whatever their specialist skill, can succeed.'
February 28, 2011Hat-trick man Roach ready for bigger challenges
After claiming the first hat-trick of the 2011 cricket World Cup, West Indies paceman Kemar Roach on said his hard work in the past few months is paying off well and he is ready for much bigger challenges ahead.
Images: 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.
Aussies delay naming Bollinger replacement
Australia have delayed the naming of replacement for injured paceman Doug Bollinger in their World Cup squad till the later stages of the tournament, the selectors said on Monday.
Roach 'tricks' as Windies humble Dutch
Kemar Roach claimed six wickets for 27 runs, including a hat-trick, as the West Indies cakewalked past the Netherlands by 215 runs in their Group B World Cup match at the Feroz Shah Kotla in 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.
Taibu, Price make short work of Canada
A devastating opening spell from left-arm spinner Ray Price spurred Zimbabwe to a crushing 175-run victory over Canada in their World Cup Group A match on Monday.
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.
Bresnan reprimanded, Strauss fined
England's fast bowler Tim Bresnan has been officially reprimanded for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during his side's tied match against India in Bengaluru on Sunday.
Strauss edged it twice but Indians didn't appeal!
The Indian team seems to have a 'hearing problem' in addition to its bowling and fielding woes which led to its failure to defend a strong score of 338 in the World Cup match against England in Bangalore on Sunday.
I'm gay, declares England keeper Davis
England wicketkeeper Steven Davies has become the first active professional cricketer to declare that he is gay.
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Warne a genius to have predicted a tie: Strauss
He was a genius with the ball and England captain Andrew Strauss said Shane Warne proved as much a genius with predictions by correctly forecasting that the pulsating India-England match would end in a tie even before the players had walked out on the field.
Canada's Nitish Kumar youngest to play at WC
Canada's 16-year-old schoolboy Nitish Kumar on Monday became the youngest cricketer to make his World Cup debut when he was drafted into the playing XI against Zimbabwe in a Group A match in Nagpur.
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
Stats: Highest match aggregates in World Cup
Following are the match stats between India and England.
Dhoni 'happy with tied result'
They could not secure victory even after setting England a mammoth 339-run target. But India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was happy to escape with a tie result, as he felt at one stage the English appeared clear favourites to win the match.
February 27, 2011The most hundreds in the World Cup
Sachin Tendulkar became the batsman with maximum hundreds in the World Cup when he hit a record fifth one in the mega event as India posted an imposing 338 all out in their Group B league match against England in Bangalore on Sunday.
Spotted: Geoffrey Boycott at Delhi airport
Reader Ranjan Jyoti met legendary England opener Geoffrey Boycott at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi on Sunday.
Dutch out to prove they belong to the big league
Netherlands captain Peter Borren vowed to make a statement with his team's performances at the World Cup following the governing body's decision to leave out most of the associate teams from the 2015 event.
India, England tie after Tendulkar, Strauss tons
A masterly century by Sachin Tendulkar and an inspired bowling spell by Zaheer Khan led India to a nail-biting tie against England in their World Cup Group B match on Sunday.
Images: India, England tie on 338 runs
Images from the World Cup match between India and England, in Bangalore on Sunday.
Pakistan fined for slow over-rate vs SL
Chris Broad of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees imposed the fines after Shahid Afridi's side was ruled to be one over short of its target at the end of the match when time allowances were taken into consideration.
Sachin gets record 5th WC 100. Congratulate him!
Sachin Tendulkar reached another milestone on Sunday. He became the highest century-maker in World Cup history after scoring his fifth hundred in the prestigious event.
Ind-Eng tie: 2 held in betting racket in Bangalore
A betting racket, in connection with the India-England World Cup tie played in Bangalore on Sunday, was busted and two persons arrested thereafter, a top police official said.
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
'Mike Hussey's omission from WC squad staggering'
Mike Hussey's omission from Australia's World Cup squad was 'staggering' and team selectors ignored precedent by failing to give him a chance to recover from injury, according to former Australia captain Steve Waugh. The 35-year-old Hussey was initially selected for the Feb 19 - April 2 tournament on the subcontinent despite rupturing a hamstring last month, but was later replaced in the 15-man squad by Callum Ferguson.
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.
Anil Kumble on what India must do to beat England
Former India captain and ace spinner Anil Kumble says Dhoni's men have to play to their strengths -- bat really well, bowl with control and up their efforts in the field -- to beat England on Sunday.
February 26, 2011It's advantage India at Bangalore
Statistically, India hold the advantage over England. Of the previous 70 encounters between both the teams, India won 38 and England 30. But both teams are tied in terms of matches played in previous World Cups, each winning three encounters in six outings.
Silly 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.
Public ballot process for World Cup tickets
ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said there will be a public ballot system, similar to that which is used in the majority of global sporting events. The ballot will open on Monday, February 28.
Misbah, Afridi take Pakistan past Lanka
Shahid Afridi claimed four wickets as Pakistan beat co-hosts Sri Lanka by 11 runs in their Group A World Cup match in Colombo on Saturday.
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.
Ticket chaos shows ODIs still popular: ICC
ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat added a new spin to the World Cup ticket controversy, saying the mad rush for them proves that One-Day Internationals are still a huge hit among fans.
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.
'Ticket distribution system needs to get better'
International Cricket Council CEO Haroon Lorgat on Saturday criticised the police lathicharge on fans seeking tickets for the India-England World Cup clash in Bangalore, saying the fiasco was unfortunate and the governing body would not like to see such scenes again.
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!
'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.
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.
Shafiul Islam bowls Bangladesh to victory
A brilliant diving catch by Tamim Iqbal and a four-wicket blast by paceman Shafiul Islam helped Bangladesh to a pulsating 27-run win over Ireland in their World Cup Group B match in Dhaka on Friday.
Ponting 24 and counting
Ponting 24 and counting… That's Ricky Ponting's record as a captain in the World Cup.
We have to put the Aus result behind: Vettori
New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori said his team has to take responsibility for the shoddy show in the World Cup match against Australia.
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.
Bangalore police chief defends lathi charge
Bangalore police commissioner Shankar Bidari was vociferous in defence of his colleagues who used force to disperse the huge crowd that came to purchase tickets for the India-England World Cup match in Bangalore on Thursday.
Mike Hussey set for shock WC return!
Rediff.com has learnt that Hussey could be sent in as a replacement player for the injured Doug Bollinger, who is set to return home with a left ankle injury.
Hussey recovers from injury, to play for Warriors
In what would embarrass the national selectors, Michael Hussey, who was ignored for Australia's World Cup defence on count of injury, has been cleared to play for Western Australia against Queensland in the Sheffield Shield clash, starting next week.
Images: Clinical Aussies overcome Kiwis
Images from the World Cup match between Australia and New Zealand, in Nagpur on Friday.
Doug Bollinger to return to Australia
Cricket Australia's medical staff on Friday confirmed that fast bowler Doug Bollinger will return to Australia from the ICC World Cup after sustaining a left ankle injury.
Johnson, Tait pace too hot for Kiwis
Defending champions Australia produced a clinical display to outclass Trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand and score a seven-wicket victory, with 16 overs to spare, in a Group A World Cup match.
Playing in IPL helped us beat Windies: De Villers
AB de Villiers, who made an unbeaten 107, used his Indian Premier League experience to good use, leading South Africa to a comfortable seven-wicket World Cup win over the West Indies.
Sehwag takes blow on the ribs during practice
Virender Sehwag suffered an injury scare in World Cup practice on Friday when he was struck on the left side of his ribs in the nets and collapsed to the ground.
Lankan singer apologises for offensive WCup song
The Sri Lankan singer, who composed a song backing the country in the 2011 Cricket World Cup, has apologised after his much-hyped song was banned, as President Mahinda Rajapaksa expressed his disapproval of the lyrics over fears that it might cause offence to other competitors.
Conspiracy behind Eden match shift: Dalmiya
Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president Jagmohan Dalmiya on Thursday accused the ICC of conspiring against him when the world body shifted the India–England World Cup match from Eden Gardens.
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.
Yuvraj injured ahead of England clash
Yuvraj picked a minor injury on his hand after being hit by a delivery from bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, a Reuters cameraman said.
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.
SA national anthem cut short before match
In an embarrassing goof-up, the recording of South Africa's national anthem stopped midway during the pre-match ceremony of their World Cup opener against the West Indies in Delhi on Thursday, leading to a red-faced ICC apologising to the Proteas team management.
South Africa too good for Windies
AB de Villiers smashed an unbeaten century and debutant Imran Tahir scalped four wickets as South Africa launched their cricket World Cup campaign with a comfortable seven-wicket win over the West Indies in a Group-B league match.
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.
ICC awaits Pawar's response on WC tickets fiasco
ICC Head of Media and Communications Colin Gibson on Thursday said that the governing body is awaiting a response from its president Sharad Pawar regarding the controversy involving sale and distribution of tickets for the World Cup final.
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.
Police clash with fans outside Bangalore stadium
Thousands of fans who had camped outside Bangalore's M Chinnaswamy Stadium to buy just 4,000 tickets for Sunday's World Cup showdown between India and England clashed with police on Thursday, local media reported.
Join Kiran More on Rediff's World Cup Chat
And now Kiran More dons a new avatar, as an expert analyst on rediff.com for the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. Join Kiran More on the Rediff Chat where he gives his take on the World Cup as it has been so far, and as it will hopefully be
Sri Lanka dumps 'insulting' WC anthem
Lyrics sung by young pop star Lahiru Perera reportedly upset Rajapaksa and a presidential aide said that the President was unhappy at taunts in the song against competing countries.
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.
'Fabulous dilemma to have 3 frontline spinners'
Jacques Kallis says South Africa have a miserly off-spinner, a nagging and experienced left armer and a wicket-taking leg spinner in Imran Tahir.
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.
Ponting reprimanded for damaging TV
The ICC said Australia's captain was found guilty of 'abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings during an international match'.
Skipper Sammy seeks consistency from Windies
West Indies captain Darren Sammy sounded guarded on Wednesday, the eve of the team's meeting against South Africa in the World Cup, hopeful that the former champions can gel together and play some consistent cricket.
Afridi high-five as Pak drub Kenya
Shahidi Afridi claimed five wickets as Pakistan opened their World Cup campaign with a thumping 205-run victory over Kenya.
Video: Strauss critical of bowlers' performance
Videos from the cricket World Cup.
Sri Lanka prez orders W Cup song to be banned
Sri Lanka's president Mahinda Rajapakse on Wednesday ordered a ban on a World Cup song that carries a latent threat to defending champions Australia and New Zealand.
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.
Live! World Cup chat with Faisal Shariff
Old rediff.com hand and keen cricket buff Faisal Shariff gives his take on the World Cup as it has been and as it will be, in this Rediff World Cup Chat. Join him to give your take and find out his
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!
Ponting facing charge over damage to TV set
Ricky Ponting, the captain of World Cup holders Australia, is facing a charge for allegedly damaging a television set in the dressing room after he was dismissed during his side's victory over Zimbabwe.
'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.
Stats: Doeschate shines bright despite defeat
Statistical highlights of the World Cup match between England and Netherlands 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.
Team India prepares for England clash
The Indian cricket team on Tuesday had a strenuous three-hour nets session, concentrating mostly on batting, at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore, ahead of their vital Group-B league match against England on Sunday.
Cup Camera: Aus extend WC winning streak
Videos from the cricket World Cup.
Wankhede stadium gets fire dept NOC
The revamped Wankhede stadium, which recently came under the scanner of the fire department for not following safety norms, received a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the Mumbai Fire Brigade on Tuesday to stage World Cup matches.
England made to toil by disciplined Dutch
The Netherlands all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate's brilliant all-round effort went in vain as England huffed and puffed their way to a six-wicket win in a Group B encounter of the World Cup in Nagpur on Tuesday.
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.
Christchurch quake unlikely to impact WC schedule
The devastating earthquake in Christchurch is unlikely to force a change in New Zealand's World Cup schedule, an ICC spokesman said on Tuesday. A 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit New Zealand's second biggest city on Tuesday, killing at least 65 people and causing widespread damage.
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.
Security blanket for World Cup match at Kotla
The Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium here, which will host four World Cup matches, has been turned into a virtual fortress with Delhi police personnel, gun-totting commandos and private security guards leaving nothing to chance ahead of Thursday's South Africa-West Indies clash.
Stats: Ponting maintains perfect record at WC
Statistical highlights of the World Cup match between Australia and Zimbabwe played in Ahmedabad on Monday.
The mysterious case of Mr. Cricket
Cricketer chosen for world cup squad. Gets injured. Is axed. Resurfaces before teams first match and says he is fit and is ready to play for his state team. National selectors embarrassed. Rumours abound. Controversy erupts, leaving everyone involved red-faced.
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.
'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.
February 21, 2011Spot-fixing controversy not haunting Pak: Waqar
The bans imposed on three players for spot-fixing will not distract the Pakistan team during their World Cup campaign, coach Waqar Younis asserted on Monday.
Images: 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.
Australia win battle of bowlers
Defending champions Australia beat Zimbabwe by 91 runs in their opening Group A World Cup match in Ahmedabad on Monday.
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.
Hussey wanted to play club match to prove fitness
Australian batsman Michael Hussey was so upset by CA decision to drop him from World Cup squad that he wanted to prove his fitness by playing in a Sheffield Shield tie on Sunday only to be stopped by administrators, a report claimed.
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
Stats: Jayawardene registers 4th fastest WC ton
Statistical highlights of the World Cup match between Sri Lanka and Canada in Hambantota.
We were clinical against Canada: Sangakkara
It was a plan well executed, said Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara as he heaped praise on his team-mates for their clinical display in crushing minnows Canada in their opening World Cup match in Hambantota.
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.
Tendulkar cleared to play after scan on knee
India's key opening batsman Sachin Tendulkar has undergone an MRI scan on his left knee but he should be fit for their next World Cup game, the team's manager said on Monday.
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, 2011A second Cup ton for Jayawardene
Like Virender Sehwag on Saturday, the opening day of the World Cup, Mahela Jayawardene held centre stage when Sri Lanka took on minnows Canada in their tournament opener at home in Hambantota on Sunday.
Edwards, Thomas replace injured duo in WI squad
Batsman Kirk Edwards and wicketkeeper batsman Devon Thomas have been drafted into the West Indies World Cup squad after Carlton Baugh and Adrian Barath were ruled out, the International Cricket Council said.
Images: 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.
Jayawardene hits ton as Sri Lanka crush Canada
Mahela Jayawardene scored the fastest century by a Sri Lankan in the history of the World Cup as the hosts crushed a hapless Canada by 210 runs to open their campaign in the mega event in grand style, in Hambantota, Sri Lanka, on Sunday.
Ponting explains: Why teams will chase, spin is in
The wickets in the World Cup have so far spun quite a bit, but Australia is a balanced side when it comes to the pace-spin equation, skipper Ricky Ponting said, ahead of their first match against Zimbabwe in Ahmedabad.
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 stats: New Zealand's first 10-wkt World Cup win
Statistical highlights of Sunday's World Cup match between New Zealand and Kenya, in Chennai.
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.
Shortest matches in the World Cup
A look at the shortest matches after the World Cup match between New Zealand and Kenya, in Chennai on Sunday, finished in just 31.5 overs.
'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.
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
New Zealand beat Kenya in 31.5 overs
Pacer Hamish Bennett picked a career-best four-wicket haul as New Zealand trounced Kenya by 10 wickets in a totally lop-sided World Cup Group A encounter in Chennai on Sunday.
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.
Stats: India registers 5th highest total in WC
Statistical highlights of the World Cup opener ODI between Bangladesh and India played on Saturday.
February 19, 2011Sehwag run-riot in Mirpur
Virender Sehwag gave fans and the other participating teams a glimpse of what to expect from him at the World Cup after a merciless assault on the Bangladesh bowlers in the opening match of the mega event in Mirpur, Dhaka, on Saturday.
Cup 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.
Sehwag, Kohli thrash Bangladesh in WC opener
Virender Sehwag scored 175 and Virat Kohli 100 as India beat Bangladesh by 87 runs in the opening match of the ICC World Cup.
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.
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 cricket expert Faisal Shariff
It's sixer season for cricket fan gear
With two major cricketing events -- the World Cup and the Indian Premier League -- back to back this year, the retail fan cricket gear market is on a roll.
Column: Bangladesh cannot be taken lightly
The trick for the Indians will be to hold their nerve right through the event, perhaps not so much now, as in the knockouts, says former India captain Anil Kumble.
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.
The most open World Cup in history
Some have argued that home advantage will benefit Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka while others suggest it's South Africa's or England's time.
Hosts to play quarter-final matches at home: ICC
Hosts India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will play their knock-out matches at home if they advance to the quarter-final stage of the World Cup, International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Haroon Lorgat said on Friday.
Bangladesh banter: Why Dhaka reminds of Kolkata
While attending Mahendra Singh Dhoni's presser ahead of India's opening match against Bangladesh in Mirpur one was reminded of Kolkata.
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.
Fire officials unhappy with Wankhede safety norms
Expressing displeasure at the non-compliance of fire safety norms at the revamped Wankhede stadium, venue of the 2011 World Cup final, the city fire brigade department on Friday said it will seek a reply from the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) in this regard.
Windies batsmen Barath, Baugh ruled out of WC
Barely a few days before they kick off their World Cup campaign, former champions West Indies became the latest team to be hit by the injury curse when opener Adrain Barath and wicket-keeper Carlton Baugh were on ruled out of the mega-event starting on Saturday in Dhaka.
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.
Indian seamers can break down any time: Manjrekar
India won both its pre-World Cup warm-up games but the team's fast bowlers did not gain any confidence from that, says former batsman Sanjay Manjrekar who would not be surprised if 'one of the pacers break down in the middle of the tournament'.
World Cup statbox: India vs Bangladesh
The facts and figures relating to the Group B World Cup match between India and Bangladesh (1400 IST) at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka on Saturday.
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.
Harbhajan is the best spinner in the world: Krejza
He may not top the popularity charts in Australia but Harbhajan Singh is the best spinner in the world as the feisty Indian offie's bowling is 'unbelievable', says Jason Krejza.
Pakistan's Akhtar, Riaz fined for indiscipline
The Pakistan cricket team management has fined fast bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Wahab Riaz for breach of discipline ahead of the ICC World Cup 2011, which starts from February 19.
Stats make Lee greatest bowler in WC history
In the 36-year history of the cricket World Cup, no bowler has taken wickets as consistently, as Australia's Brett Lee, statistics indicate.
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.
Indian batsmen switch to heavier bats for WC
Sources within the team have revealed that as many as four Indian batsmen have opted for heavier bats for matches in cricket's flagship event.
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.
Sleepy-head Raina given wake-up call by Dhoni
Buying an ear-splitting alarm clock might be on top of Suresh Raina's shopping list on Friday after the batsman almost missed his team's charter flight to Dhaka for their opening World Cup match against Bangladesh.
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.
Zimbabwe no pushovers, reckons Heath Streak
Zimbabwe's bowling coach Heath Streak on Thursday said his team were no pushovers or underdogs and were looking forward to causing some upsets during the ICC cricket World Cup 2011.
KP to use 'Switch Hit' to surprise opponents
England batsman Kevin Pietersen has said that he would use unorthodox shots, particularly his 'Switch Hit', to challenge traditional field-setting during the World Cup, which gets underway on Saturday.
February 17, 2011Pawar starts his speech in Bangla
International Cricket Council president Sharad Pawar surprised everyone as he delivered the introductory lines of his speech at the opening ceremony of the World Cup in Bengali.
Images: High-voltage ceremony launches World Cup
Images from the opening ceremony of the cricket World Cup, in Dhaka on Thursday.
Seamers didn't exert themselves in warm-up: Dhoni
The erratic form of Indian seamers in the lead up to the World Cup does not concern Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni as they had been instructed not to exert themselves in the warm-up matches.
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!
Bangladeshis ready for World Cup opening gala
Bangladeshis cast aside their usual docile and reserved image on Thursday and proudly displayed their sporting passion ahead of the gala opening ceremony of the Cricket World Cup later in the capital.
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.
'Shoaib Akhtar has improved in patches'
While experts can be forgiven for stacking the odds against Pakistan -- and labeling it as a team that can at most cause an upset or two, Pakistan coach Waqar Younis believes his side has more quality than is perceived.
Shoaib Akhtar dope-tested ahead of W Cup: Source
Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar and wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal were some of the first players to be taken for random dope testing ahead of the World Cup.
'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.
Bangladesh banter: Diary of an Indian on tour
The Bangladesh national team was the south Asian champions as recently as 2003 and even the Sher-e-Bangla stadium, which is now the home of cricket, was the home ground for a local football team.
'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.
Dhoni hits 108 as India whip NZ
India's batting, led by captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's power hitting, forced New Zealand into submission by piling on a massive total and earned the co-hosts an easy 117-run win in the warm-up game in Chennai on Wednesday.
Broad saves England's blushes against Canada
Returning all-rounder Stuart Broad grabbed five wickets to spare England's blushes as they edged to a 16-run win over perennial whipping boys Canada in a World Cup warm-up match on Wednesday.
Match referee Broad asked to leave field by cops
The International Cricket Council is at loggerheads with Sri Lankan authorities over "security arrangements" that almost saw ICC match referee Chris Broad thrown out of a warm-up match.
ICC object to Pak TV channel hiring banned Butt
Cricket's governing body is unhappy that banned batsman Salman Butt has been hired as a TV pundit for the World Cup and is checking whether the Pakistani has breached the terms of his punishment.
Half-fit Akhtar can lift Pakistan to glory: Alam
Pakistan team manager Intikhab Alam has his doubts over the fitness of speedster Shoib Akhtar but believes that even a half-fit Akhtar would be a handful for opponents during the World Cup.
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.
Border sees no role for spinner Krejza in WC
Jason Krejza is the only frontline spinner in the Australian World Cup squad but former Test skipper Allan Border does not see much of a role for him in the side.
'Afghanistan's success shows cricket is growing'
The rise of Afghanistan shows that cricket's governing body is succeeding in its drive to increase the popularity of the sport globally, ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said.
Pak bowler Junaid's action questionable: Basit Ali
In a fresh blow to the Pakistan cricket team, fast bowler Junaid Khan is likely to be banned for suspect action. According to Basit Ali, former Pakistani batsman and cricket analyst, Junaid's action is objectionable.
WC Warm-ups: Aus lose again, SL destroy Windies
A summary of the 2011 World Cup warm-up matches played on Monday.
Pietersen must go back in time to improve: Jones
Kevin Pietersen must go back in time and start constructing his innings as he did at the start of his international career in order to ignite England's World Cup challenge, according to former team mate Geraint Jones.
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, 2011Twitter ban on players during World Cup matches
In a bid to ensure a corruption-free World Cup following the spot-fixing scandal, the International Cricket Council has banned players and team officials from tweeting during matches.
Fire still burning inside new dad Collingwood
After the Twenty20 success, Paul Collingwood now wants to add the 50-over trophy to his collection from the Feb.9-April 2 event.
Video: 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.
Morgan's tweet on injury puts ECB in a tizzy
In what could turn out to be a possible embarrassment for the English Cricket Board (ECB) ahead of their World Cup campaign, Eoin Morgan has revealed that the injury which forced him out of the mega-event was not as serious as first thought.
'Dhoni's comments on warm-up matches unnecessary'
Mahendra Singh Dhoni's comments about being mentally unprepared for pre-World Cup practice matches were ill-timed, feel West Indian batting legend Vivian Richards and ex-Pakistan captain Imran Khan.
I didn't say we're fatigued: Dhoni
After creating a flutter by claiming that India were not 'mentally prepared' for the pre-World Cup warm-up matches, cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Tuesday said his comments were misconstrued and he did not imply that the team was battling fatigue.
Aussies have the aura to lift 4th World Cup: Tait
Australian paceman Shaun Tait insists that his team has regained its lost aura and is poised to win a record fourth World Cup title despite predictions to the contrary.
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.
Eden, Wankhede cleared by ICC to host WC ties
Kolkata and Mumbai grounds have been given the final clearance to stage Cricket World Cup matches after concerns about their readiness, the head of the governing body told Reuters on Monday.
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.
'Sachin has it in him to bring the Cup for India'
Sachin Tendulkar is by far the greatest batsman of all time and has it in him to single-handedly win a tournament as big as the World Cup, former Pakistan captain Zaheer Abbas believes so.
Waugh names India, Australia as favourites
Former Australia captain Steve Waugh on Monday put his money on India, Australia, South Africa and Sri Lanka to emerge triumphant in the upcoming World Cup.
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.
With improved fielding, India are favourites: Viv
West Indian legend Vivian Richards feels that Indian cricket team has improved in the fielding department in recent times and that increases the chances of Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men lifting the World Cup.
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.
'Concentrating on batting, lost out on bowling'
He made his debut as a leg-spinning all-rounder but Australian Cameron White says he has lost confidence in his bowling and has transformed into a middle-order batsman.
Dhoni's captaincy will be tested in WC: Kumble
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.
'Cricket's World Cup is slightly artificial'
Noted cricket columnist Peter Roebuck reckons that the 50-over World Cup needs oomph to recapture its luster, as "far from improving with every edition, it seems to be getting worse".
'While most bet on India, I'm not so convinced'
Former New Zealand fast bowler Simon Doull has picked Sri Lanka and India as top two favourites to lift the World Cup, starting February 19 in the Indian subcontinent.
Who were the most valuable players of 2007 WC?
As we look forward to the 2011 World Cup, Srinivas Bhogle digs out his 2007 data to recall the most valuable players (MVP) of the tournament held in the West Indies four years ago.
Kapil lashes at BCCI for Eden fiasco
Captain of Indian World Cup winning team Kapil Dev tonight criticised the BCCI for Eden Gardens not being able to host World Cup matches involving India.
Chawla needs to contribute with bat too: Dhoni
Piyush Chawla may have earned rich praise for his match-winning performance with the ball against Australia in the warm-up tie of the 2011 World Cup in Bangalore, on Sunday, but his captain was still not satisfied.
February 13, 2011Sreesanth-Ponting altercation in warm-up game
Temperamental India speedster S Sreesanth was involved in a brief altercation with Australian captain Ricky Ponting during the World Cup warm-up game in Bangalore.
Pak worst prepared for World Cup: Imran
The current Pakistan cricket team has had the "worst" possible preparation for the World Cup but is still capable of lifting the trophy if it manages to stay united through the mega-event, feels the country's 1992 World Cup winning captain Imran Khan.
Pietersen dismisses ODI retirement talks
Top England batsman Kevin Pietersen has dismissed reports that he will be retiring from One-Day cricket after the Cricket World Cup in the sub-continent to prolong his Test and Twenty20 career.
Chawla, Harbhajan spin India to win in warm-up tie
Piyush Chawla and Harbhajan Singh spun India to a thumping 38-run win over Australia in their first warm-up game of the Cricket World Cup in Bangalore on Sunday.
Looking 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, 2011Smith slams Chepauk wicket as 'under-prepared'
Rival captains Graeme Smith and Elton Chigumbura termed the wicket at the Chepauk as 'under-prepared' and hoped that the wickets will be better prepared in time for the World Cup.
WC warm-up: SA thrash Zimbabwe by eight wickets
Round up of the World Cup warm-up matches played on Saturday.
Australia 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.
Foolproof security to be in place at PCA
Punjab Cricket Association on Saturday promised foolproof security arrangements during the two league matches and one semi-final tie of the Cricket World Cup.
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.
'SA have good chance of becoming world champs'
Former South African skipper Shaun Pollock believes that the Proteas will reach the final of the World Cup, starting February 19.
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.
I'm more relaxed this WC than any other: Kallis
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.
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.
'I look to the 1983 World Cup win for inspiration'
Indian opener Gautam Gambhir has said he will be looking to India's 1983 World Cup victory when it comes to inspiration and motivation ahead of this month's showpiece event which begins on February 19 with the first match between India and Bangladesh in Dhaka.
'Dhoni is the most assured and relaxed captain'
India's Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the most assured, relaxed and confident captain going into the forthcoming World Cup, according to former Pakistan captain Imran Khan.
'Sachin is the greatest role model I've ever met'
India coach Gary Kirsten says batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar is the 'greatest sporting role model' he's ever met.
No extra pressure of playing in India: Afridi
Pakistan ODI captain Shahid Afridi said his team is all prepared to play on the Indian soil if it qualifies for the knock-out stage in the World Cup and there would not be any extra pressure on the players.
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, 2011Sports explorer Horn motivation for Team India
India is leaving no stone unturned to succeed at the forthcoming World Cup, beginning February 19. While renowned sports psychologists, like Sandy Gordon and Rudi Webster, were hired in the past, it was interesting to see world-famous adventurer Mike Horn overseeing the team's preparations at the training camp in Bangalore on Thursday.
World 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.
I'll have to play with pain during W Cup: Ponting
Australian captain Ricky Ponting has conceded that he would have to play through pain during the entire World Cup due to his finger injury.
'Wankhede does not conform to safety standards'
It seems the Board of Control for Cricket in India is playing with the lives of thousands of cricket fans. At least that's what former IPS officer-turned-lawyer Y P Singh thinks. Singh has alleged that the newly-renovated stands at the Wankhede do not conform to safety standards.
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.
Reserve day at World Cup from knock-out stage
Play will be continued from where it stopped on the scheduled day of the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final if it spills over into the reserve day, as per the playing conditions of the tournament.
Dropped Tanvir says he is fit to play in World Cup
He has been dropped from Pakistan's World Cup squad due to injury but pacer Sohail Tanvir insists he is fit to play and should have been retained in the side for the quadrennial event starting February 19 in the sub-continent.
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.
We'll look to upset big teams: Gayle
Self-proclaimed underdogs, the West Indies would aim to upset bigger teams and reach at least the quarterfinals to restore some lost pride, say the side's explosive batsman Chris Gayle and newly-appointed captain Darren Sammy.
We can win World Cup this time: Muralitharan
Sri Lankan spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan on Thursday posed faith in his teammates to repeat the 1996 World Cup winning feat as the strong sub-continental contenders geared up for the quadrennial extravaganza.
Wankhede awaiting green signal from ICC: Rajput
Mumbai Cricket Association is awaiting a go-ahead from the International Cricket Council (ICC) to conduct practice matches at the refurbished Wankhede Stadium, which is to host three World Cup ties, including the final on April 2.
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.
Bowling during final powerplay is crucial: Afridi
Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has emphasised that bowling during the final powerplay will play a crucial role in the outcome of the matches in the World Cup and his side is paying special attention to this area.
Pietersen eyes historic World Cup win for England
England batsman Kevin Pietersen feels that winning the forthcoming Cricket World Cup would cap the "most remarkable" year in English cricket.
'To get Sachin Tendulkar out is an ambition'
After earning a surprise call to the World Cup squad, rookie Pakistan pacer Junaid Khan cannot stop thinking about bowling to Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar and getting him out.
Sohail Tanvir ruled out of World Cup, Junaid in
Pakistan's left-arm seamer Sohail Tanvir has been ruled out of the World Cup after failing to completely recover from a knee problem and will be replaced in the squad by promising youngster Junaid Khan.
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.
Zimbabwe arrive in Chennai for WCup warm-up match
Led by Elton Chigumbura, Zimbabwe's World Cup squad arrived in Chennai on Wednesday evening to play in a warm-up match against South Africa on Feb 12, as part of their preparations for the upcoming World Cup.
Injured Tanvir dropped from Pakistan's WC squad
Sohail Tanvir was on Wednesday, dropped from Pakistan's World Cup squad after being declared unfit by the Pakistan Cricket Board.
WC fixtures made to favour India: Shetty
World Cup Tournament Director Ratnakar Shetty on Wednesday admitted that the fixtures for the mega event, beginning February 19, were made to favour co-hosts India and other top teams making it to the knock-out stage.
Tremlett in England WC squad as travelling reserve
Pacer Chris Tremlett has been named in England's World Cup squad as a travelling reserve to provide cover for possible injuries to their bowlers.
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.
NZ deny claims against Tim Southee
New Zealand Cricket have denied local media reports that pace bowler Tim Southee was involved in an incident on a flight to Dubai as the team were en route to the World Cup.
Australia can win fourth straight title: Ponting
Australian captain Ricky Ponting believes that the way the team performed in his absence, thrashing England 6-1 in their ODI series, showed that they were ready to chase their fourth consecutive World Cup.
We have stronger mental frame this time: Smith
Mindful of the chokers tag that has sat on them since their 1992 World Cup appearance, South Africa head off to the sub-continent for the quadrennial mega event starting later this month, with captain Graeme Smith confident of his side possessing a stronger mental frame than ever before to aim for its maiden title.
'It could be an India-Australia final'
Team India southpaw Saurav Tiwary has said India was a strong contender for the forthcoming World Cup and predicted that Mahender Singh Dhoni led Indian team would clash with Australia in the final.
Ganguly should have called it a day: Bedi
Former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi says that when the news of Sourav Ganguly calling it a day broke he hoped it would be true.
Hussey stunned by 'bitter pill' of WC exclusion
Australia batsman Mike Hussey was stunned to be dropped from the World Cup squad and felt the selectors had ignored precedent in not giving him a chance to recover from injury.
ICC approves Sreesanth and two Australians
The International Cricket Council has approved Indian speedster S Sreesanth's inclusion in the India's World Cup squad while also confirming Callum Ferguson and Jason Krejza as replacements in the Australian side.
WC should help mend Pakistan's dented pride: Waqar
Pakistan coach Waqar Younis urged his players to do well at the World Cup so that the nation's dented pride can be healed after the spot-fixing scandal.
Salman Butt to give expert opinion on WC in TV
Pakistan cricket can hardly stay away from controversies and there is another one brewing at the moment, with banned Test captain Salman Butt having entered into an agreement with a private television channel to give expert opinion on the World Cup.
'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, 2011Broken finger rules Morgan out of World Cup
England batsman Eoin Morgan has been ruled out of the cricket World Cup because he requires surgery on a broken finger, coach Andy Flower said on Tuesday. He will be replaced by Ravi Bopara in the squad for the February 19-April 2 tournament in India.
I 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.
Saurabh Tiwary predicts an India-Australia final
Young left-hander Saurabh Tiwary on Tuesday said India are strong contenders for the forthcoming World Cup and predicted that it could be an India, Australia final.
Will do justice to opportunity given: Sreesanth
Back in the Indian World Cup squad due to injury to his pace colleague Praveen Kumar, Kerala speedster S Sreesanth on Tuesday said he will look to do justice to the opportunity given to him.
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.
'Yet to get official nod from ICC for Eden ties'
Cricket Association of Bengal president Jagmohan Dalmiya on Tuesday said he is waiting for an official communication after ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said the Eden Gardens will 'in all likelihood' host the three World Cup matches next month.
Sreesanth replaces Praveen Kumar in WC squad
S Sreesanth has been included in India's World Cup squad after fellow-pacer Praveen Kumar was ruled out of the tournament because of an injury.
Jonathan Trott adds medium pace string to his bow
England's disturbing injury toll in their interminable one-day series against Australia has thrust one of their Ashes heroes into a new and unexpected role.
Jacques Kallis has a point to prove
Jacques Kallis, South Africa's likely key performer in the subcontinent, has unfinished business with the World Cup.
Freed of captaincy, Gayle will be key for Windies
Chris Gayle heads into the World Cup with a reputation as one of the world's most fearsome strokeplayers but also as a player who needs consistent big-tournament success to match his undoubted talent.
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.
Mike Hussey, Hauritz ruled out of World Cup
Batsman Mike Hussey and spin bowler Nathan Hauritz have been ruled out of the World Cup through injury and will be replaced by Callum Ferguson and Jason Krejza respectively, Cricket Australia said on Tuesday.
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, 2011'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.
Aus selectors under fire ahead of World Cup
Criticism continues to dog Australia's selectors in the run-up to the World Cup despite a comprehensive 6-1 one-day drubbing of England being wrapped up at the weekend.
Sreesanth set to replace injured Praveen for WC
India's World Cup preparations appear to have suffered a major setback with pacer Praveen Kumar's participation looking doubtful for the upcoming tournament, beginning in Dhaka on February 19, because of a recurring injury. According to sources, the Uttar Pradesh pacer is likely to miss the tournament as he hasn't fully recovered from the elbow injury he sustained in South Africa last month.
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.
'India is hot favourite, this is a chance for us'
Apart from having a balanced squad, familiar conditions and strong home support will be the key factors as India seek to win the upcoming ICC World Cup and break a 28-year-old jinx, feels seamer Munaf Patel.
Less fuss and pressure on South Africa: Amla
With the chokers tag behind, South Africa will arrive in India on Tuesday in search of their first ICC World Cup in 13 years but experienced batsman Hashim Amla said there is less pressure and hype around the team this time which might act in their favour in the mega-event.
Bryan Adams to perform in WC opening
The Canadian singer will be the only western artist to perform at the opening ceremony for the ICC World Cup to be held in Dhaka.
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.
Graeme Smith predicts an open, high-scoring WC
South Africa captain Graeme Smith feels that the upcoming ICC cricket World Cup will be an "open" tournament with the placid sub-continent pitches offering some exciting high-scoring encounters.
'Indian spinners will face more pressure in WC'
Piyush Chawla, who earned a surprise call into the World Cup squad, has said Indian spinners would be under immense pressure to perform at the mega event since they will play at home under favourable conditions.
Weather prevents Dhoni's Vaishnodevi visit
Indian cricket captain Mahindra Singh Dhoni and his teammate Suresh Raina, on a trip to seek the blessings Mata Vaishnodevi ahead of the World Cup, on Sunday could not make it to the cave shrine due to bad weather.
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, 2011Gaekwad joins chorus for another 'keeper in team
Former coach Anshuman Gaekwad feels India should have included another specialised wicketkeeper besides skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the World Cup squad for the forthcoming mega-event.
Hussey admits he could miss first two WCup matches
Injured Australian batsman Mike Hussey is hopeful that he will make the bus for the World Cup but admitted that he will have to miss the side's opening two matches in the mega event starting February 19.
Oram cleared for World Cup despite ankle injury
New Zealand all-rounder Jacob Oram has got the go-ahead to travel to the sub-continent for the forthcoming World Cup after sustaining an injury before the final One-Dayer against Pakistan.
Injured Morgan doubtful for World Cup
England suffered another injury blow ahead of the World Cup after explosive batsman Eoin Morgan joined the growing list of casualties with broken left middle finger.
February 05, 2011Dhoni is someone who leads from front, feels Binny
Former India all-rounder Roger Binny, one of the architects of India's World Cup victory in 1983, feels that 'Mahendra Singh Dhoni is someone who leads from the front.'
'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, 2011Figure out the Previous World Cups
A statistical look at the previous World Cups.
Afridi named Pakistan's World Cup captain
Afridi, who led Pakistan to their first one-day series win since late 2008 with victory over New Zealand on Thursday, will have Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq as his deputy.
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.
India not taking Bangladesh lightly: Sehwag
Virender Sehwag is not concerned of the injuries and dip in form to some of India's key players ahead of World Cup and feels that his side are primed to win the title in front of their home fans.
February 03, 2011'Don't write off Pakistan's chances in the WC'
Former captain Wasim Akram says it is premature to write off Pakistan's chances at the upcoming World Cup, as they are a dangerous outfit when under pressure.
I 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.
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.
'Yusuf can do the talking with both bat and ball'
Out-of-favour batsman Robin Uthappa reckons impact player Yusuf Pathan along with Sachin Tendulkar will be India's trump cards in the forthcoming World Cup to be held in the sub-continent from February 19.
'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'Sachin-Viru's stay in first 15 overs will be key'
Strong starts by the opening duo of Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag would be key to India's success at the forthcoming World Cup, off-spinner Harbhajan Singh said on Wednesday.
DRS, Super Over to make World Cup debuts
The much-debated Decision Review System (DRS) and the Super Over, used in case of tie matches in knockout stages, would make their World Cup debut in the upcoming extravaganza which unfolds in the sub-continent on February 19.
Don't feel pressure, just enjoy: Gilly tells India
Terming India as one of the favourites to lift the World Cup, former Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist on Wednesday cautioned the co-hosts not to get bogged down by the weight of expectations, instead enjoy playing in front of the home crowd.
'When there is pressure, there is performance'
Piyush Chawla's inclusion in India's World Cup squad has raised many eyebrows, but the leg-spinner on Wednesday defended his selection by saying that he has nothing to prove to his critics and if given a chance his performance will speak for itself in the mega-event.
Davis, Dharmasena umpires for India-B'desh opener
The ICC on Wednesday announced umpire and match referee appointments for the warm-up and group stage matches for the World Cup, which will be staged from February 19 to April 2 in Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka. Steve Davis and Kumar Dharmasena will stand in the tournament opener, between Bangladesh and India, in Mirpur on Saturday, February 19.
'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.
Chepauk Stadium wall collapses
Two people were injured when a wall collapsed at the Chepauk Stadium in Chennai on Wednesday.
WC will reverse perception of 50-over cricket: ICC
ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat believes next month's cricket World Cup will dismiss fears of the demise of the 50-over format of the game and prove that all three formats can co-exist.
February 01, 2011Ponting to start training with eye on World Cup
Ricky Ponting is set to start training after a one-month injury lay-off while Nathan Hauritz is hoping to get back into action at the earliest after a radical blood injection treatment, giving some relief to
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.
Harbhajan 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.
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.
Tendulkar will make biggest impact on WC: Watson
In form Australian all-rounder Shane Watson has identified master blaster Sachin Tendulkar, stylish Sri Lanka batsman Mahela Jayawardene and West Indies batsman Kieron Pollard to make the biggest impact in the 2011 World Cup.
Eden was our main venue: Harbhajan
With Eden Gardens no longer hosting a World Cup match featuring India, off-spinner Harbhajan Singh said he is really disappointed that they would not be able to bowl at the historic venue to the roar of spectators, which makes the ground really special.
Tendulkar 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.
ICC approves Bangalore for India-England tie
The International Cricket Countil on Monday confirmed its decision to relocate the venue for the India - England match in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, which had been originally scheduled for Eden Gardens in Kolkata on February 27. It will now take place in Bangalore on the same date.
Amarnath sees chink in India's spin armour
India have missed a trick by failing to include a specialist left-arm spinner in their World Cup squad, says former India cricketer Mohinder Amarnath.
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.
Eden can still host other matches if ready: ICC
The ICC on Sunday rejected BCCI's appeal to reconsider its decision to take away India-England cricket World Cup match from Kolkata but its president Sharad Pawar said the Eden Gardens can host the other three ties if it is ready on time.
ICC's decision unfavourable: Dalmiya
CAB president Jagmohan Dalmiya on Sunday termed ICC's rejection of BCCI's appeal to reconsider its decision to take away India-England cricket World Cup match from Eden Gardens as 'unfavourable and disappointing'.
BCCI recommends Bangalore for India-England match
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has recommended Bangalore's M Chinnaswamy Stadium as an alternative venue for next month's World Cup Group B match between India and England, a leading official said on Sunday.
SA 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.