Dinesh Karthik had the edge over Mahendra Singh Dhoni when he started his international career. He played some impressive innings too, but has been guilty of being inconsistent. Consequently, he lost his spot in the Indian team to Dhoni and now has been pegged back in the competition for the second wicketkeeper's slot.
The Rajasthan Royals led by the mercurial Shane Warne, have surprised by constantly punching above their weight in the IPL. The wily skipper lets out the secret to Harsha Bhogle
, behind turning lesser-known players into high performers.
Ashwin is happy to wait in the wings, professional rivalry doesn't prick him. All he wants is to be ready when the opportunity comes. Sanjjeev K Samyal
reports. Ashwin on IPL, Bhajji
Wasim Akram is in demand even eight years after retirement. The only Pakistani associated with the Indian Premier League (IPL), he is the bowling consultant of the Kolkata Knight Riders. The man who bowled lethal left-arm pace spoke to HT on Sunday. Excerpts:
Gautam Gambhir’s combative approach has often caught rivals by surprise. The diminutive player has added steel to the Indian batting lineup with his intense approach.
Former India captain Saurav Ganguly has a simple message for MS Dhoni and Co ahead of next month's World Cup - embrace pressure, and do not get overwhelmed by it. Pradeep Magazine
writes. Dada's take
| Dada's dos
His reputation as an explosive batsman in the shortest format of cricket was not enough for Robin Uthappa to find a place in the India World Cup squad. Shubhodeep Chakravarty
Skipper MS Dhoni has praised his team for seizing the opportunity to win the World Cup. The team has pretty much touched its best and the key now would be to maintain the high standards set by the group, he says in an interview to the International Cricket Council (ICC).
Yuvraj Singh was one of the pillars of India's amazing run. The player of the tournament, however, says even the honour cannot match the high of winning.
It had been the one medal missing from Sachin Tendulkar's packed trophy cabinet. And the master batsman is ecstatic to realise his dream in what is likely to be his last World Cup.
kicks off its World Cup countdown with the only Indian captain who knows what it takes to claim the crown.
Former India player Rudra Pratap Singh' last played an international match against Pakistan at Centurion Park in September 2009.
On the day of the final, HT
brings you Gautam Gambhir, the 'Street fighter', who cares more about the team winning than his own hundred.
India’s inspirational all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has urged fans to tone down the hype around the semi-final match against Pakistan and enjoy it as a game of cricket. HT
reports. Yuvraj Singh: Full interview
| X factor
Less than a week after his appointment as the Kings XI Punjab coach, Michael Bevan, the former Australia limited-over batting great, flew down to join Preity Zinta, Ness Wadia and Co. at their team table for the IPL auction. Amol Karhadkar reports.