Columns

  • Yuvraj Singh
    Sep 14, 2012 00:12 ISTRightway

    T20 a simple game, know demand for each delivery

    Sport sometimes has a strange way of administering lessons. One example was the T20 match in Chennai on Tuesday. With seven overs remaining, it appeared India would win comfortably. Right then, we all thought we knew who would win and that the players and their coaching groups would return to their hotel to reflect and analyse.

  • Sep 15, 2012 23:41 ISTRightway

    Hunger will define India's quest

    This T20 World Cup looks wide open with India slight favourites in terms of odds and sentiment. But you could throw a blanket of even terms over the next seven teams with New Zealand and Bangladesh being the outsiders. John Wright writes.

  • Ganguly
    Sep 16, 2012 23:35 ISTDadagiri

    Pak's lack of self-belief has helped India's cause

    It's just not another warm-up match. That's what an India-Pakistan game does to everyone. Since these two countries don't play each other often, the interest is huge. The players also know this. Sourav Ganguly writes.

  • Virat Kohli
    Sep 16, 2012 23:41 ISTBig Hit

    Pakistan lack players of Kohli's calibre

    The T20 World Cup actually gets underway on Monday itself, and I am confident there will be no bigger match than the India-Pakistan tie in the preliminary phase. Inzamam-ul Haq writes.

  • Harbhajan Singh
    Sep 17, 2012 23:58 ISTRightway

    Reduce loose deliveries

    Competing in tournament play is very different from your usual, often humdrum nation-vs-nation limited-over series. Tournaments usually consist of two stages. The first job is to drag yourself out of the group stage. John Wright says.

  • Mahendra Singh Dhoni
    Sep 19, 2012 00:09 ISTiOpener

    Team combination will test Dhoni's skills

    In the last five years, skipper Dhoni has passed quite a few stern tests. He faces one such examination at the World T20. Here are a few questions that will be asked of him in the next three weeks. Aakash Chopra writes.

  • ICC logo
    Sep 20, 2012 23:45 IST

    ICC needs to do a rethink on marquee events

    The bane of recent ICC-run world events is that we end up watching endless cricket hoping in vain for an upset or even a close game before the real cricket commences at the quarterfinal stage. John Wright says.

  • Sunil Narine
    Sep 22, 2012 00:03 ISTDadagiri

    Mystery bowlers like Narine and Mendis a key aspect of T20 cricket

    After a few one-sided matches for the big guns, the nerve-tickling matches start off now. Hosts Sri Lanka take on South Africa in Hambantota and Australia will cross swords with one of the most sort after sides, the West Indies, at Colombo. Sourav Ganguly writes.

  • Virat Kohli
    Sep 22, 2012 23:46 ISTDadagiri

    Five bowlers an option for India

    It's the first big match for India in the preliminary group phase and the contest against England should be a good one. Both the teams have played and won against Afghanistan in their opening tie and one shouldn't try to draw any conclusion by looking at the margin of victory of both sides. Sourav Ganguly writes.

  • Kamran Akmal
    Sep 22, 2012 23:50 ISTBig Hit

    Inconsistency will be Pakistan's biggest worry

    After their victory against India in the warm-up game, Pakistan should have the mental edge over any team. They should feel confident after that victory because it tested Pakistan in every possible manner and the boys finally came out on top. Inzamam-ul Haq writes. New Zealand vs Pakistan

  • Shapoor Zadran
    Sep 22, 2012 23:54 ISTIan-stinct

    It's the week of the weak

    The first week of the ICC World T20 tournament has resembled a couple of young lovers on a getting-to-know-you date; a lot of foreplay but not much action. Ian Chappell writes. No knockout punch

  • Irfan Pathan
    Sep 24, 2012 23:02 ISTRightway

    Imperative to have talent in critical positions

    One of my coaching heroes and mentor was Brian Clough, the well known English football manager. Back in the late 70s, Clough took his teams, Derby County and Nottingham Forest, from the second and third divisions to win the first division (now called the Premiership).

  • MS Dhoni
    Sep 24, 2012 23:09 ISTBig Hit

    Need to carry forward newfound passion

    India's match against England was an example of a well-balanced side dominating the opponent in every department. This win should also convince the team management about playing five bowlers for the rest of the tournament. Inzamam-ul Haq writes.

  • Sep 26, 2012 23:36 IST

    For cricket's sake, let's have a strong Calypso flavour

    The next six days of the World T20 should be about scintillating cricket. Surely, the ICC is keeping an eye on the TV ratings at events like this to guide them in the future. John Wright writes.

  • Mahendra Singh Dhoni
    Sep 30, 2012 00:18 IST

    Against Pakistan, India should play five bowlers

    India-Pakistan clashes always get a lot of attention but considering India’s future in this world cup depends on this game, the importance of this match attains new heights. Sourav Ganguly writes.