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SRK’s twin mission

Kolkata Knight Riders’ owner Shah Rukh Khan is in South Africa on a twin mission — to ensure that his team returns with the IPL trophy and also a heroine for a Bollywood blockbuster!

Ravi Shastri, who?

“Ravi Shastri? Who is he?” a woman journalist from an international news agency asked this correspondent on seeing a card bearing the former India captain’s name.

Rain or shine, Suncoast on line

There is a place in Durban that has not slept since coming into existence five years ago. One of the major destinations in this eastern coastal city, the Suncoast Casino attracts locals and tourists alike and the daily footfall averages a staggering 20,000-25,000, reports Atreyo Mukhopadhyay.

Umpire & his appetite

S.K. Tarapore, the third umpire for Monday's match, couldn't believe his luck. Not only did he get to watch the match from a vantage point, proximity to the dining hall added to his joy. The aroma of roasted chicken was too strong to resist and the umpire was spotted carrying out his duties while sampling his favourite dish.

With event visas & enhanced security, SA gear up for ‘national duty’

Time and again South African citizens are being told that the success of the 2010 FIFA World Cup is not just a national commitment but a national duty to be undertaken with pride, writes Rakesh Thapliyal. All geared up

Yusuf enthralls SA crowd

Explosive batsman Yusuf Pathan has suddenly become hot property in South Africa. The locals were so enthralled by his hard-hitting in the match against the Kolkata Knight Riders that they were seen discussing the Baroda bomber almost everywhere, reports Rakesh Thapliyal.

Shah Rukh's smoking act at IPL match ruffles anti-smoking lobby

The National Organisation for Tobacco Eradication (NOTE) has protested against filmstar Shahrukh Khan who was shown on the TV screen smoking during an IPL match on April 21 in South Africa.

Rickshaws in rainbow colours

The cost of maintenance is not negligible either because apart from the puller’s traditional clothes, the rickshaws have to be painted colourfully and to make sure that the sheen remains intact they have to be polished from time to time, reports Atreyo Mukhopadhyay.

SRK apologises to Gavaskar over multiple captaincy row

Bollywood superstar and co-owner of Kolkata Knight Riders IPL team Shah Rukh Khan, who had criticised Sunil Gavaskar on the issue of multiple captaincy, has now apologised to the legendary batsman.

Watch out for Bhajji the 'explosive' batsman in IPL II

The feisty off-spinner says he is all set to stun his rivals with some 'explosive' batting in the Twenty20 event starting on April 18 in South Africa.

Kings XI Punjab leaves behind Rand 4,50,000 in hotel room

In a good samaritan act, a South African businessman returned Rand 450,000 to Kings XI Punjab when he recovered the sum in one of the hotel rooms the IPL team occupied in Port Elizabeth.

Absence of Pak players will affect IPL: Rameez, Waqar

Waqar Younis and Rameez Raja believe that the high-profile Indian Premier League has lost some of its charm this season due to the absence of Pakistani cricketers from it's second edition and the event's relocation to South Africa.

IPL circus hits serene spot

As we drove through the city, I found Kimberley a study in contrasts to the others I have visited here — no skyscrapers, no queue for taxis outside the airport, no traffic snarls, reports Atreyo Mukhopadhyay.

Warne caught drinking beer?

A few days after he was caught smoking in the nets in Durban, he reportedly gulped down beer while fielding in their match against Royal Challengers Bangalore, reports Subhash Rajta.

Tough police officer and a Sachin Tendulkar fan

Police officer Vimla Mudle loves being a tough cop, loves cricket but hates the fact that people of Indian origin like her are involved in crime big time. Born and bred in Durban, Mudle understands Hindi but struggles when asked about her roots, Rakesh Thapliyal explores.
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