HindustanTimes Tue,23 Dec 2014


We lacked X-factor, were 10-15 runs short: Ganguly

After suffering their third straight loss in the Indian Premier League with a seven-wicket defeat at the hands of Mumbai Indians in Mumbai tonight, Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Sourav Ganguly said his team fell 10 to 15 runs short of a competitive total.

I'm getting stronger on the wrist, ready for action: Yuvraj

Having rediscovered his touch during India's seven-wicket win over Afghanistan, left-handed batsman Yuvraj Singh said he is getting stronger on the wrist and is ready for action in the ongoing Twenty20 World Cup.

We are on target of our aim of becoming No. 1: Kirsten

With India well-poised to win the third and final Test against Sri Lanka in Mumbai and become world number in Test cricket, coach Gary Kirsten said the achievement would be the culmination of the hard work by the team in the last year and half.

‘The succeeding selection panel went backwards’

A successful India wicketkeeper, secretary of his home association (Baroda), selection committee chairman at a tumultuous time in Indian cricket, and finally being dubbed a rebel for joining the ICL -Kiran More has seen many shades of life. In a chat with HT on Friday, More spoke about a few issues. Excerpts...

‘Cricket was not my childhood dream’

Dirk Nannes is trying to remember the name of the tomb of the “famous Mughal emperor” he visited on Friday morning as part of his Dilli darshan. But try as he might, he's drawing a blank. Nannes speaks to HT about this and much more, reports Deepika Sharma.

‘It was one bad match that led to our exit’

It is sheer bad luck for India that Yuvraj Singh, one of the cleanest hitters in international cricket, had to miss two successive editions of the Champions Trophy - in 2006 and 2009 - due to injuries. Hindustan Times caught up with the fiery batsman after he inaugurated a clinic and discussed matters ranging from his injury to the forthcoming India-Australia ODI series, reports Anupma Tripathi.

"We have the ability to be No 1"

It was the winter of 1989 when a 16-year old Sachin Tendulkar made his debut for India against Pakistan, their fiercest rival. He came armed with an already formidable opposition and began the journey that scaled a summit that a few would imagine was possible. CNN-IBN brings you the man himself, his unmatched success and the hunger that continues to drive him on in Tendulkar@20 in his own words.

Imperative to build on ODI success: Ponting

This is the second biggest tournament you can play as a group and country. We've managed to keep ourselves in pretty good shape physically and technically, says Ricky Ponting.

'I doubt if players enjoy Twenty20 cricket'

Wasim Jaffer has been around for a while now but has yet to cement his place in India's Test squad. HT caught up with the player on the sidelines of the Sahara BCCI Corporate Trophy where is leading the Indian Oil team, reports Anam Arsalan.

Don’t regret joining the ICL at all, says Rohan Gavaskar

He is back and is gunning for glory. Once called a 'rebel', Rohan Gavaskar, after a two-year stint with the Indian Cricket League, is glad to return to the 'BCCI fold'. HT caught up with the 33-year old southpaw, reports Anam Arsalan.

‘Switching sides no issue’

Greg Shipperd, the Delhi Daredevils coach, doesn’t feel coaches switching sides is any different from players turning out for different teams in any season. The coach, who will work with Victoria in the Champions League instead of the Daredevils, feels his absence from Daredevil’s dugout will not hurt their chances even a bit.  Excerpts:

‘Standard of physiotherapists is questionable’

After ending his stint with the Indian team in 2005, the Australian completed his masters in musculoskeletology. He is currently doing a couple of part-time jobs as well as working with the Kolkata IPL team. Following are excerpts from a chat with HT:

How best to deal with a bouncer

Once a fortnight, the author, who has played 10 Tests and over a 100 first-class games, will explain the nuances of cricket to readers.

‘I don’t care about formats, I simply attack’

"I am an attacking cricketer. I don't care about the formats --- be it T20, one-dayers or Tests. I try to go after the bowling and don't care about the scoreboard," Tillakaratne Dilshan tells Venkat Ananth in a freewheeling chat. 

We’ve ourselves to blame for mess

As I’ve said, our bowling and fielding has been good but the batting has let us down consistently, and this has affected our progress in the tournament.
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