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HindustanTimes Fri,19 Dec 2014

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Jayawardene replaces Sehwag as captain of Daredevils for CLT20

Sri Lankan Mahela Jayawardene today replaced Virender Sehwag as the captain of IPL team Delhi Daredevils for next month's Champions League Twenty20 after the Indian sought to be relieved of the job to "bat more freely".

Players pick club over country again for CLT20

Nine international cricketers, including Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard and Brett Lee, have opted to play for their IPL franchises instead of their home teams in the Champions League Twenty20 scheduled next month.

We need to maintain simplicity of our mission

Once again as I write this column on match day, I have a mixed feeling. I am anxious and glad that I have all of you to talk to. We will leave for the ground in sometime to take on the Auckland Aces in our vital Game 2 in Cape Town. Gautam Gambhir writes.

Phangiso over the moon after sachin wicket

He was gunning for Sachin Tendulkar’s wicket ever since Highveld Lions were drawn to play Mumbai Indians in Champions League T20 and so thrilled was little-known spinner Aaron Phangiso after getting the prized scalp that he stayed up all night to celebrate.

Disappointing to see a lack of fight in my team

It was yet another disappointing loss for our team. More than the loss, I feel gutted looking at the margins of these defeats — a 52-run loss to the Daredevils and a seven-wicket defeat to Auckland with 14 balls remaining. Gautam Gambhir writes.

Gambhir & Kallis’ form adding to Knight Riders’ worries

What has added to their woes is the mediocre performance of the likes of Kallis and Gambhir. The reason I say this is because they are technically more equipped to handle pace and bounce than any other batsman in the squad. Sourav Ganguly writes.

Thinking out of the box, Gangnam style

Before penning my thoughts, I was watching the Gangnam video on the Internet. I was trying to understand what the fuss was all about. Honestly, I didn't know about it till the time the sparkling Chris Gayle gave a demo of the Gangnam moves during the T20 World Cup. Gautam Gambhir writes. Match reckoner

Winning, losing just a perception

It is nothing but perception that when we talk about a disease such as cancer, it sends shivers down our spine, but the next moment we take comfort in the line, "Come on, I am a sportsperson, I train every day of the week, eat healthy, don't drink or smoke, cancer can never hit me". Gautam Gambhir writes. Match Reckoner: Delhi Daredevils v Perth Scorchers

Pitches, not rain, reason for KKR's poor CLT20 run

The KKR are up against the Titans at Durban and I know that not only them but the organisers also will be praying to get a game today. Sourav Ganguly writes.

For Indian board, 'tamasha' comes before serious cricket

While the Champions League is failing to create any waves, much to the disappointment of many loyal champions of the format and its loss-making owners, India's domestic season began sans its stars. Pradeep Magazine writes.
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