HindustanTimes Sat,27 Dec 2014


Risky air travel & fried rice

After spending a week in South Africa and frequenting a fair bit between Port Elizabeth and Cape Town, Subhash Rajta compares the two coastal cities...

WAGs invited in Australia's pre-Ashes camp

In an effort to prevent Brett Lee's marriage breakup-like incidents due to long overseas tours, Cricket Australia has invited wives and girlfriends to a team camp before the players leave for England where they will play non-stop for nearly four months.

Our elections, their elections

Being a newcomer to South Africa, the lack of hoopla surrounding Wednesday’s general elections is one of the several things to have struck me in this beautiful country, writes Atreyo Mukhopadhyay.

The storm has hit, it is welcome

The storm called the IPL hasn’t hit Port Elizabeth as hard as it did Cape Town, which has become the de facto home of the league. While tickets reportedly vanished within two hours in Cape Town for the opening matches, people in Port Elizabeth aren’t showing the same urgency, writes Subhash Rajta.

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.

'Tendulkar changes dressing room atmosphere completely'

On the back foot after twin Twenty20 losses to New Zealand, Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said Sachin Tendulkar's return to the side has boosted the team's morale ahead of the one-day series.

Lady in red brings colour to dull day

You expect many things in New Zealand, but Preity Zinta in her "lucky" red colour is not one of them. The Bollywood star and co-owner of the Kings XI Punjab said she was in New Zealand "as an Indian more than an IPL owner". Anand Vasu reports.

Fleming: Man of substance

At the crease he was upright and elegant. Off the field he is articulate and cerebral. It has not been that long since Stephen Fleming hung up his boots. The former New Zealand captain chats with Anand Vasu.

Sachin joins save tiger campaign

Speaking on behalf of his team Tendulkar put his shoulder behind efforts to conserve the tiger, whose population has dwindled alarmingly in India.

Nurturing talent, the Maori way

Martin Crowe is one of New Zealand's greatest cricketers and an inspiration to players of Maori and Pacific Island origin, even if not quite in the manner he would like it.

Fortune finally smiles on Reeve

To most, New Zealand is a pleasant holiday destination. To countless Indian immigrants it is a chance to give their children better opportunities. To Dermot Reeve, New Zealand is a second chance at life, reports Anand Vasu.

Tricky Martin makes India sing the blues

“It's not often that New Zealand are in a position to enforce the follow-on,” began Chris Martin, succinctly summing up just how the home team felt, having reached a position from which they're favourites to level the series.

A scoop full of runs

This shot attempted by Misbah-ul Haq cost Pakistan the T20 World Cup in 2007 but in less than two years, the scoop almost over the wicketkeeper’s head has become a profitable and widely played shot in the shortest version of the game, writes Atreyo Mukhopadhyay.

I don’t like watching Hayden: Dexter

Former England captain Edward Ralph ‘Ted’ Dexter last played cricket in 1972 but even at 73 remains a keen follower of the game.
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