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HindustanTimes Sun,20 Apr 2014

High PL : News

'India will be tough to beat in T20 WC'

The Pakistan player now says India, with all its IPL experience, will be tough to beat in the forthcoming second edition of the T20 World Cup in England.

John Abraham bats for Mumbai Indians

Mumbai Indians may be letting down their fans with their inconsistent form in the ongoing IPL, but they have found an ardent supporter in Bollywood actor John Abraham, who is backing the team to emerge victorious in the cash-rich Twenty20 tournament. See Full Coverage

Aussie trio rue missing IPL action

Cricket Australia has ruled Shane Watson, Nathan Bracken and James Hopes to be medically unfit to play in the IPL II in South Africa where they were to join Rajasthan Royals, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab, respectively, from this week.

Back to a full house

Buffalo Park was sold out for its last IPL II match on Friday evening. All 14,000 tickets were bought for the game between Delhi Daredevils and Mumbai Indians.

Playing to the gallery, an SA experience

The bigwigs of BCCI are in South Africa and there is no reason to think that they have not noticed how different crowd management here is. Hopefully, once they are done with counting the millions, they would spare a thought on how to make things better for the common fan, Atreyo Mukhopadhyay reports.

Suspended Pak players anxious to meet Modi

Pakistan cricketers, who were suspended by their respective IPL franchises, are anxious to meet Lalit Modi in South Africa. The IPL franchises had terminated contracts of six Pakistani cricketers after the PCB denied permission to its players from tavelling to India.

Premier league burnout worries SA coach

South African coach Mickey Arthur is worried about his players suffering burnout ahead of next month’s Twenty20 World Cup in England because of the ongoing Indian Premier League.

‘Roelof will benefit from Kumble’s tips’

South African spinner Johan Botha said Anil Kumble’s tips will help newcomer Roelof van der Merwe to perform well in next month’s Twenty20 World Cup in England.

Pak players not to go to SA

Four Pakistan cricketers, who were supposed to meet IPL officials in South Africa to resolve their pay dispute, will not be travelling now as they have to stay back to attend the national camp for the Twenty20 World Cup.

PCB hires a specialist for cricketers

The Pakistan Cricket Board has recruited a psychologist to help strengthen the team’s mental resolve at next month’s Twenty20 World Cup in England.

IPL scores over polls on TV

Three weeks into the show, the Indian Premier League seems to be miles ahead of the Indian Political League — also known as general elections, Anita Sharan reports.

Rainbow Nation sways to Sivamani’s beats

Every time the team plays, the unmistakable figure of A Sivamani, in his trademark bandana and Chennai Super Kings shirt, can be spotted on the boundary line keeping fans on their feet with his artistry, reports Atreyo Mukhopadhyay.

Gambhir-Sehwag friendship is a boon for the Daredevils

While Sehwag’s presence at the other end is assuring for Gambhir and helps him settle down, the composure and solidity of the left-hander allow Sehwag to play the daredevil, reports Subhash Rajta.

Banter with a betting man

I noticed him perhaps because he looked disappointed when Adam Gilchrist had the Kingsmead roaring with swashbuckling strokeplay on Wednesday evening, writes Subhash Rajta.

Grey’s anatomy of success in Bloemfontein

Some of South Africa’s finest cricketers have learnt the basics of the game in this English and Afrikaans-speaking school for boys, writes G Krishnan.
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