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HindustanTimes Sun,31 Aug 2014

High PL : News

IPL step aside, the king of the jungle is here

Never in my dreams did I imagine I'd get close to lions, touch and play with cubs. Getting up close with the King of the Jungle (or his little ones anyway) was a humbling experience, writes G Krishnan.

The rise of the youth

The IPL II has finally found an answer to the query: Where are the young guns? A few young Indians are now on the move and their advent has been telling, writes Ravi Shastri.

Thank you Shane, for your faith in me

Over the past two years, Warne has given us a lot of confidence by letting us perform in tough situations. I believe I have played some of my best cricket in the IPL, writes Yusuf Pathan.

Problem of plenty for Delhi Daredevils

For Delhi Daredevils, the good news is the non-availability of Gayle. Though he did not do too well in the tournament, he is a batsman who can single-handedly win a game, writes Glenn McGrath.

No rocket science behind Jakati show

Coming with a superb effort again was Shadab Jakati, who for the second successive game, turned out to be our trump card, writes Venkatesh Prasad.

Middle-over blues for Mumbai Indians

The Mumbai Indians have to move now or face the harsh reality of not making it to the semi-finals. From a high to being sixth in the table, they are battling for survival, writes Ravi Shastri.

Yuvi’s return to form is a big plus

Tomorrow’s game against Chennai Super Kings gives us a chance to bounce back even though our opponents have one of the most formidable batting line-ups in this competition, writes Kumar Sangakkara.

Naman and Smith were simply brilliant

It took us just one victory to come back into the tournament. The game against Kings XI Punjab was fantastic and we need to thank our batsmen for the win. Both Naman Ojha and Graeme Smith were simply brilliant, writes Yusuf Pathan.

Bonus points should decide semifinalists

When a single victory can lift a team from the seventh position to second, as it did to the Rajasthan Royals, we know there is an extremely healthy competition, writes Mickey Arthur.

IPL has laid bare world cricket’s secrets

At one level, it separates players, creates rivalries and makes teammates clash with each other - not just Virender Sehwag vs MS Dhoni or Andy Flintoff vs Kevin Pieterson, but also Virat Kohli vs Pradeep Sangwan, writes Amrit Mathur.

RP, Ojha have caught the eye

The IPL has reached the halfway stage and I have no doubt that it has become one of the biggest sporting properties in the world of business, dwarfing even the World Cup, writes Ravi Shastri.

Gautam not far from regaining touch

I have always liked Gautam, a soft-spoken guy off the field but one who can get hot under the collar — a bit like yours truly a few years ago, writes Glenn McGrath.

East London feels like some Kiwi town

The thing that strikes me about towns like Port Elizabeth and East London is the similarity to some towns in New Zealand. They are pretty sleepy towns and have a unique character about them, writes Daniel Vettori.

Retaining self-belief the way forward

This has been a strange tournament thus far. Sometimes, you are caught on a slow, low wicket, at times the ball whizzes around and occasionally you come across a belter, Anil Kumble on the loss to the Rajasthan Royals.

Warne and Dhoni spurring youngsters

It’s not incidental that the rise of Chennai and Rajasthan, after lacklustre starts, is due to the impact of unknown faces — Sudeep Tyagi and Shadab Jakati for Chennai and Naman Ojha and Abhishek Raut for Rajasthan, Ravi Shastri on Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals success.
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