HindustanTimes Thu,18 Dec 2014


Adieu, to the man I lost three generations of women to

That day is finally here. I have truly dreaded it and wished it would never come. But it has. And what other choice do I have but to face it. Nilesh Pinto writes.

Cricket-Let the tweeters tweet, says 'boring' Strauss

England skipper Andrew Strauss presented a straight bat to questions about batsman Kevin Pietersen's undiplomatic tweeting on Thursday, saying it was a good thing all his players were not as boring as their captain.

Age is just another number for inspired Jaffer

Jaffer showed that he still had the will to succeed at the limited-overs stage, one from where most have written him off forever. G. Krishnan reports.

International Chilli Chicken Cup

The only advantage that 50-overs each has is that it gives me that precious time to order, eat and put that bloody plate of chilli chicken away between the 21st and 42nd overs, writes Indrajit Hazra.

In the rainbow nation, this ad is not quite black & white

A billboard asking people to buy a detergent that ‘gives people the whiteness to shine’ is insensitive to say the least, writes Anand Vasu.

Vintage Tendulkar comes to the fore

The quality of Sachin's strokeplay was uniformly high and the manner in which he pressed on even after reaching his hundred showed how focussed he was, writes Anand Vasu.

Watch your grip

Holding the bat is the beginning of batting and holding it correctly marks a good beginning. Ideally, one should hold the bat from the middle of the handle with both hands quite close to each other, speaks Aakash Chopra.

Tailor-made jackets for champions

Perhaps for the first time, a tailoring shop will be set up next to the pavilions during the final of the ICC Champions Trophy in South Africa. The reason being the International Cricket Council will present a winner’s jacket to each of the players of the winning team.

How Clarke and sledging turned it around for Johnson

Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson feared being axed and struggled to cope with the pressure of playing at the Ashes before vice-captain Michael Clarke's advice and a bit of sledging turned things around for him.

Jacko, Bolt, U2 combine to boost England's Ashes bid!

England is all set to win the deciding fifth Ashes Test against Australia because Usain Bolt has broken the 100m world record, Michael Jackson is topping the music charts even in death and Iran is in the grip of a political turmoil.

What did they do with their World Cup winners’ medals?

Clive Lloyd (West Indies, ’75, ’79): It is in lock and key and I don’t think it will be on e-bay any time.

Bodyline, the series that rocked cricket

There have been plenty of flashpoints in cricket in the more than 75 years since an England team led by Douglas Jardine and under the auspices of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), arrived in Australia. Even so, few have been as controversial as the 1932/33 Bodyline series where Jardine’s despised tactics not only threatened the future of Test cricket but undermined the bonds of the British Empire.

El Nino favours Aussies: Research

Australian cricketers perform better in Ashes played on their home turf when the El Nino weather system dominates, and worse when its opposite prevails, said a British study published on Friday.

Struck in curfew, Bhajji flies out of Jalandhar by helicopter

Star India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who came for a short visit to his residence here, was struck in the curfew that erupted after the murder of a religious Sikh guru in Vienna, Austria and had to fly to Chandigarh by a helicopter for his further journey to Mumbai.

Bollywood fever grips South Africa

With actors like Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta, Shilpa Shetty and Katrina Kaif adding the glamour quotient to the ongoing IPL tournament, their ardent fans in S Africa are keeping their fingers crossed to have a glimpse of the Bollywood hotties in person.
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