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March 24, 2003

Greatness beyond individuals
In producing its best performance in the final, Daniel Laidlaw says, Australia set the benchmark for the future.

Australia crush India in World Cup final
India, chasing 360 to win, were dismissed for 234 in the 40th over and lost by 125 runs.

Brett Lee was the most exciting
Did Tendulkar deserve to be the Man of the Tournament, asks Barry Richards.

A feeble bowling performance by India
Peter Roebuck says the Australians batted formidably well but were assisted by an attack that failed to rise to the occasion.

No joy for Tendulkar
'More than being the man of the series, I would have been happier if we had lifted the trophy,' the ace batsman said.

Indian are now second best
The Rediff cricket ratings after the World Cup final.

Best and worst from the World Cup
Tendulkar cutting Shoaib Akhtar's fourth ball for six as India began chasing Pakistan's 273 for 7 ranks as the best shot of the tournament.

For and Against
Daniel Laidlaw presents a quick outline of the reasons for and against each team emerging World champions in a few hours.

Only Sehwag can unsettle the Aussies
Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar's tips to the Indian team.

And Gordon said... Let there be a team
That huddle in the middle, says Prem Panicker, brought about a transformation in the Indian team.

Aussie opening spell crucial for India
Barry Richards says Tendulkar’s combat with the Australians will be the duel of the World Cup.

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The Finals: Ind vs Aus

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Preparing for the finals
2nd semi-final: Ind - Ken
India vs New Zealand
India at nets
India vs Sri Lanka
India vs Kenya
Best of Round I
India vs Pakistan
Readying for Pak
India vs England
Form guide: India
Durban duty
India vs Namibia
Best of 2003 World Cup
India vs Australia
India vs Netherlands
India in the nets


India can pull it off
Greg Chappell says India has the firepower to overcome Australia.

Ten Rules for Sunday
Alfred Satish Jones prepares for the big match.

Tendulkar, Dravid hold key to India's fortunes
Vivian Richards says every team is due a hiccup in a tournament. Will Australia hang on for one more game?

Fast and short
Whether it lasts a few balls or a few overs, the Lee-Sachin battle will be the high point of the eighth World Cup, says Peter Roebuck.

Give as good as you get
Our cricketers are loved, revered, even deified by one and all. Do they have the sensitivity and the humility to give back something in return, asks Sunaad Raghuram.

You don't win silver, you lose gold
Sourav Ganguly will need to think out of the box if India is not to end as the No.2 of the World Cup, says Suresh Menon.

Left arm over -- and out
Ashish Nehra is the poisoned arrow in the Indian quiver, says Prem Panicker.

India must guard against complacency
Barry Richards says often crunch games can throw up surprises beyond expectations.

You have to plan for each Australian
Bob Woolmer says only India looks capable of beating the Aussies.

The signs say it
Sujata Prakash says fate is on India's side.

Bowlers India's biggest plus
India, says Barry Richards, are in a situation where they are more certain of a place in the final than Australia.

Complete India ready for final
India, says Daniel Laidlaw, have demonstrated a completeness that marks them as at the least a likely finalist.

India's success should be enshrined
The win over New Zealand, says Greg Chappell, again highlighted the Indian team's considerable transformation.

Waugh and Ganguly have a lot in common
Peter Roebuck says this World Cup has confirmed the vital part played by captains in the formation and outlook of their teams.

The medium is the message
Fans, followers and fanatics owe a small debt of gratitude to the TV commentators who spurred the team on with their caustic comments, says Pritam Sengupta.

The early bird gets the sofa
The game was done in half an hour. Was this the greatest match of our lives, asks Alfred Satish Jones.

What's up, Mr Dalmiya?
Why is the BCCI chief so insistent on India playing Pakistan, asks Prem Panicker.

So near, yet so far for Kenya
Peter Roebuck says self-destructive tactics cost Kenya the match against India.

Sehwag's poor form is worrying
The India opener needs to show more maturity and application to be counted among the best, says Vivian Richards.

'Ganguly's return to form is a plus for India'
As each game goes by, India look the side most likely opponent to challenge the Australians, says Greg Chappell

'Two weeks notice' for Wright
The India coach and his 'Boys in blue' enjoy a well-earned holiday.- Diary

India looking good to enter final
Vivian Richards says India will go far in the World Cup if Tendulkar continues in the vein he is in.

Right-arm over to God
How does Sachin Tendulkar have so much courage, certitude and cool? And why does it elude us all, asks Krishna Prasad.

Team building, brick by brick
As India enters the Super Sixes, Prem Panicker assesses its strengths and weaknesses.

Saturday thoughts on a Sunday afternoon
A series of 'silly points', from Prem Panicker.

India looking good to make final
Bob Woolmer lauds the showing of the Indian fast bowlers in the World Cup.

The greatest one-day innings ever!
Sachin Tendulkar has produced the most astonishing innings seen in 50-over cricket since the matches began, says Peter Roebuck.

India, Pakistan and America
On the Rajasthan stretch of the international border, the rumour mills are whirring that mobile transmission units are active on the other side, just to disturb Doordarshan's relay of Saturday’s match.


Exclusive: When Sachin played for Pakistan
Sachin Tendulkar, India's pride and joy, first stepped on to an international field for Pakistan, says Hemant Kenkre.

Pride by Proxy
When Tendulkar bats, tell yourself: 'Unhappy the country that has no hero'. If Tendulkar gets out, adds Siddhartha Deb, tell yourself: 'Unhappy the country that needs a hero'.

India peaking at the right time
'India can boast the best pace attack they have ever had and on wickets that give assistance to swing and seam, they could cause Pakistan's heavily out of form batsmen problems,' says Asif Iqbal.

India was the team of the week
And Ashish Nehra the best bowler, says Peter Roebuck.

War in pajamas
The Indians, says Sujata Prakash, go into the match against Pakistan as favorites, but only slightly.

'India-Pak game could restart peace process'
Pakistan team manager Shahryar Khan on sporting contact between India and Pakistan.

India has the upper hand: More
Former India 'keeper, now selector, on the atmosphere when India and Pakistan meet.

Riding the Brandwagon
An India-Pakistan encounter become something more than a cricket match when the media-marketing combine realised that patriotism could sell toothpaste, cars and referigerators, says Suresh Menon.

Who cares about the other side?
Anita Nair explains why watching India playing on TV is special for her.

The Global Reality Show
India versus Pakistan: Who will win? Who will lose? Who cares, says Pratik Kanjilal.

'Gentlemen, Play!' says GenNext
One is Indian, the other is Pakistani. Vinutha & Zebunnisa are young girls studying in England. And both want to exorcise the baggage of history.

War minus the shooting
Sport has nothing to do with fair play; it is bound up with hatred, jealousy and violence, says Sunaad Raghuram.

Sambar Power
What happens when an Indian stirs up the potent brew for his Pakistani room-mate five years running? Both parties survive and develop a healthy disrespect for the 'kachra' dished out by experts and ex-players.

Puppets On A Chain
Never mind the stereotype. On the playgrounds, cries of 'Shoaib, Shoaib' can change into cries of 'Sachin, Sachin' all in the space of a over, discovers Sundar Sarukkai.

The view from within
In the madrassas of Bangalore, cricket fever catches on -- and team loyalty is the talking point.

India's confidence will be the key: Atherton
Former England captain Mike Atherton feels India can easily beat Pakistan.

Pakistan will come hard at India
The Pakistanis, says Vivian Richards, play with more guts, more desperation and more aggression when they meet India.

'I say, what a match'
Albert Botelho relives the moments of India's victory over Pakistan in the 1996 World Cup match in Bangalore.

India's batting vs Pakistan's seam attack
How the teams perform under pressure holds the key in the crunch match, says Bob Woolmer.

Against all odds
Sunaad Raghuram on cricketers who have overcome disease and deformity in their quest for excellence.

Real women can't watch cricket
...and real men don't play it, says Dhanu Nayak.

What's the score da?
Alfred Satish Jones captures the mood of US-based Indian fans watching the World Cup.

Commonsense prevailed when India batted: Chappell
Former Australia captain Greg Chappell reflects on India's easy victory over Zimbabwe.

Cricket in Thurber country
Excited analyses of the pitch and swing are now part of the animated conversations at Ohio State University, says Nikhil Moro.

Sadness beneath the smiles
Peter Roebuck soaks in the atmosphere at Harare as India beat Zimbabwe.

Stumping Ms Goretti
Ashish Magotra checks out how much the television presenter knows about cricket.

Indian batsmen seem mentally fatigued
Vivian Richards says the tour of New Zealand was not the proper preparation for the World Cup.

This commentary circus
Sunaad Raghuram is upset at the television channel which has the overall rights for the World Cup.

Remember the opposition
Talking of the genius of our players is ultimately self-defeating because the only way of measuring their ability is in conditions not in their control, against teams that don't act as the script demands, says Siddhartha Deb.
Captain clueless
Prem Panicker demands some answers from Sourav Ganguly.

Aussies awesome
Daniel Laidlaw says Australia produced an outstanding display of intense one-day cricket against India that emphatically stated their 2003 credentials.

Why should India win all the time?
Why does a nation of spineless, riskfree coasters expect victory from its cricketers each time they step on the field, asks Krishna Prasad

Gillespie was outstanding
Glenn McGrath says the problem with India against Australia was they tried too hard.

Men in blue beaten black and blue
India's dismal showing against Australia has even irked fans on the American east coach, says Mark Bradshaw.

Licence to bet
Are news organisations acting as publicists for betting syndicates, asks Rajeev Pai.

The Ramavilasa Road racehorse in 300 club
The culture and ethos of the city he grew up in, and the grounds he practiced and played on, defy the silent and sterling contributions of Javagal Srinath, says Sunaad Raghuram

Why India can win this World Cup
Ashok Karanth presents a very possible scenario that can unfold.

Lala XI Vs Dada XI
Raju Bharatan pits 11 players of yesteryear, who have not played a single one-dayer,against those of the current India side.


Bhajji and his papa's dream
Onkar Singh meets with Harbhajan Singh's family in Jalandhar.

'We have found the people who deliver'
Rahul Dravid tells Faisal Shariff that India can go the distance. (Interview)

'The Indians can be beaten in the mind'
'You can't match them on ability but you can defeat them in the head,' says New Zealand coach Denis Aberhart. (Interview)

'Cricket was Virender's only passion'
Basharat Peer meets with Virender Sehwag's family in Delhi

'Having a cricketer son has not changed our life'
Basharat Peer visits Ashish Nehra's family in Delhi

'Sanjay never gives up easily'
In the first of a series, Sanjay Bangar's family provides a fascinating glimpse into Indian cricket's Mr Durable.

With love, to the Indian team
Valentine's day messages to the 'Boys in Blue'

Future Tense
Except in 1979, the top-ranked team has never won the World Cup. Will everybody's favourite, Australia, buck the trend or bite the dust, asks Mohandas Menon.

Bowl baby bowl
Tell us what you think they should do, and we will make sure your opinion is heard.

Taking strike
Tell us what you think India’s batting strategy should be.

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Tendulkar is Australia's only obstacle: Warne
Tendulkar attracts the accolades
India will be wary of our quicks: Lehmann
Latif back India to win World Cup
No reason why we cannot beat Australia: Ganguly
Ganguly defends tactics
Lee's pace on India's mind: Gilchrist
India's prize-money to be withheld
Ganguly propels India into final
Rain respite in Durban
Kumble continues to wait and watch
The Aussie juggernaut rolls on
Ganguly says Kenya will have tougher game
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India-Kenya fact file
It's all about confidence: Nehra
Time's right for India, says Wright
Tendulkar leads player of the Cup race
Ravi Shankar pledges support for Indian team
Lee has special delivery for Tendulkar
Pakistan to push ICC on India boycott
Pacemen add spice to India's march
No letting it go now: Ganguly
New zeal and India win in a canter
Indians seamers on par with Aussies: Cairns
Kiwis recall McMillan, Tuffey
No grudge game, says Dravid
India may reshuffle batting order
Individual duels could decide Friday's match
Tendulkar due for failure: Aberhart
It will be a revenge game: Sehwag
Tendulkar now confronted with Bond menace
Kiwis hope to re-open Indian wounds
Tendulkar back as world No.1
Ganguly keen to settle scores with Kiwis
There's Sachin and there's the rest: Flower
Nehra hails Srinath's return
BCB seek India's participation in tri-series
India rout Sri Lanka, romp into semis | Scores
Tendulkar's bat language
India has depth and character: Watmore
Srinath compliments Zaheer and Nehra
We played the perfect game, says Ganguly
Most ducks in one-day internationals
Tendulkar is highest scorer
A fine comeback for Srinath
Sehwag is overrated: Holding
Form Guide: Bob Woolmer has a few notes for the Indians before their key game against SL.
India look to seal semi-final place
You just can't fox Sachin: Murali
Collective effort required: Ganguly
Yuvraj shows his love for the big stage
Sehwag's poor form is worrying
India, Lanka have score to settle
Jayasuriya expected to play against India
Ganguly slams team's performance
Ganguly guides India to victory | Scores | Stats
India could put pressure on Aussies
India's appeal for semi-final switch rejected.
Harbhajan in for Kumble
Ganguly grimaces as Ponting purrs.
BCCI seek govt approval to play Pak
Sehwag to play in Kenya clash
Ganguly looking to bat first
Empty seats at Sachin's show
Woolmer to replace Wright?
Super Six appointments
Kaif hopes for second World Cup
Happy Birthday, Achmat!
India gets down to business
India in bid to switch day-night semi
Tendulkar's treatment a nightmare: Shoaib
Sehwag in injury scare
The best and worst from the Cup
India must maintain focus: Wright
'Bharat Army' scores at Centurion
This one's for you Ajit: Sachin
'Cricket's billionaire run-machine'
Indian team gets I-T exemption
Stunning win at Supersport Park | Scores | Stats
Tendulkar crosses 12,000 runs in ODIs
A convincing win, says Bedi
Batting track for Indo-Pak game
'We want to win the World Cup, not just beat Pakistan'
'We aren't trying to psyche anyone'
The secret of Nehra's pace
Target Tendulkar for Akthar
'We just could not sleep last night'
I just bowled a good line and length: Nehra
'Tendulkar batted like God'
Indian media salutes Nehra
Nehra spearheads Indian win | Scores | Stats
Aussies prefer England win against India
Christopher Martin Jenkins's form guide on India
Batter up, as India ready for key tie
Fast track awaits Indians at Durban
India the toughest test: Hussain
Morning nets to decide Nehra's fate
India face spin dilemma against England
England take aim at Sachin-led India
Nehra under fitness cloud
Tendulkar drive could have killed me, says umpire
Caddick prefers Sachin up the order
Dreaded finger stares India again
Resurgent India, England ready to face-off
'Team' India too good for Namibia | Scores | Stats
Tendulkar, Ganguly hit tons against Namibia
'Tendulkar, Sehwag will open against Namibia'
I am not mentally lazy: Ganguly
Srinath grateful to Ganguly for recall
In the Mahatma's footsteps
Commentators instigated fans: Srinath
Namibia can't beat us: Ganguly
'Nothing wrong with Ganguly's bat'
Tendulkar leaves Flower in the shade
India easily overcome Zimbabwe | Scores | Stats
India in 'bat' trouble
BCCI defends life ban on Azharuddin
'We need to get the best out of Sehwag'
'Batsmen have to fire'
Ganguly may change shirt number
Tendulkar should open: Wright
Tendulkar's plea to supporters
We have to regain our belief: Wright
Mishra, Rayudu shine for India 'A'
India go into week two on the backfoot
BCCI files evidence against Azharuddin
'Nine-pin' India just pathetic: Gavaskar
Fans protest outside Ganguly's home
Ganguly left clueless by Australia drubbing
Chopra, Gambhir shine for India 'A'
India left dizzy by Gillespie | Scores | Stats
We did every thing right except score runs: Ganguly
Fans irked over Lee swearing
India's batsmen fall in a heap
Turbanator out to put Australia in a spin
Top performances: India vs Australia
India backing their spinners against Australia
India sticks to same 12
Bhajju doesn't worry us: Ponting
Hard grind for India in the nets
'Indians' bowl in Aussie nets - Faisal Shariff
BCCI says ICC is favouring England
Ganguly confused by pitches
Statistical highlights India vs the Netherlands
Holland captain says Tendulkar's innings was 'tame'
Ganguly refuses to push panic button
Batting hiccup marks India's win
Tendulkar is World Cup's highest scorer
India must be ruthless: Wright
Dravid happy to stay in the shadows
Holland game could decide India's course
Struggling India batsmen seek Dutch courage
Sobers tips India, West Indies
Dravid should not keep in World Cup: Healy
Sachin SOS for lighter bats
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