Former pacer Chetan Sharma today held captain Mahender Singh Dhoni's selection policy responsible for the team's early ouster from the ongoing ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka.
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni wants his team to return home from the World Twenty20 with their heads held high despite failing to make the semi-finals for the third time in a row.
Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has said that the heavy defeat against Australia in their first Super Eights game had a telling impact in his team's ouster from the ICC World T20 even though he termed the side's performance as "satisfactory".
Champion teams have a special look and feel about them. It can be sensed in their attitude and approach to the game. We saw the India team register four wins out of five games in the World Twenty20, but the swagger of world-beaters was clearly missing. Sanjjeev K Samyal
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Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh form the backbone of India’s batting but it will be their role as part-time bowlers that will be crucial to the team's fortunes in the game against SA today. Sanjjeev K Samyal reports. Match reckoner
India have earned a lifeline with their win over Pakistan, but it will count for little if they fail to back it up with another strong showing against South Africa. Sanjjeev K Samyal reports. Match reckoner
Their campaign is back on track after the morale-boosting win over Pakistan but India can hardly afford to relax as they take on an erratic but still quite intimidating South Africa in their final Super Eight match tomorrow for a place in the semis.
India, led by a superb unbeaten 78 from Virat Kohli, kept their Twenty20 World Cup hopes alive with an empathic eight-wicket win over arch-rivals Pakistan in the Super Eights on Sunday. Sanjjeev K Samyal reports.
All praise for Yuvraj Singh's small but notable contributions in World Twenty20 campaign so far, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said the all-rounder, who returned to cricket after beating cancer, is an indispensable part of his T20 line-up.
For once, all of them turned up for practice, but there was more football than cricket in Saturday's training session, as the focus of the evening was on helping the players put behind the previous night's disaster. Sanjjeev Karan Samyal reports.
Call it patriotism or passion, an India-Pak game evokes extreme reactions. The subcontinent will come to a halt today evening when the two nations go head-to-head in the ICC World T20. Sanjjeev K Samyal
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Former Pakistan spinner Abdul Qadir has asked Pakistan to take advantage of "internal politics" in the Indian cricket team when they clash with the arch-rivals in a crucial Super Eight match of the World Twenty20 tomorrow.
Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram feels India are missing a tearaway pacer in the ongoing World Twenty20 and should try Ashok Dinda in their remaining Super Eight matches given that spearhead Zaheer Khan is not in the best of form.
Pakistan will look to extend their dominant form and put India on the brink of elimination when the old foes clash in the World Twenty20 on Sunday.
Humiliated by Australia in their opening Super Eights match, a jittery India will have to pick up the pieces from their all-round failure and come up with an inspired performance against arch-rivals Pakistan in their do-or-die game in the World Twenty20 in Colombo tomorrow.