HindustanTimes Sat,29 Aug 2015
Zinta adds zing to IPL
Bollywood diva Preity Zinta, franchisee of the Indian Premier League's (IPL) Mohali team, dances after a news conference in Punjab. Preity's pretty gift...

From the sports editor

Imagine this: scantily clad women imported from Washington Redskins country gyrating to the beat of percussion-heavy Bollywood music composed by the likes of Vishal-Shekhar and Anu Malik. None other than the King himself, Shah Rukh Khan, and the pretty Ms Zinta, joining in, along with a boisterous crowd. Lights, cameras and plenty of action. Pipe dream? Maybe not. Over the next 45 days or so, we're going to find whether the mindboggling gamble that is the Indian Premier League will end up being a Bollywood style tearjerker for all the people who've pumped in millions, or manage to pull off an incredible coup that will change the dynamics of world cricket forever. Kadambari Murali writes.

After effects of Jaipur blasts
Terrified Warne, Smith may quit IPL

Shane Warne
The serial blasts in Jaipur may take its toll on the IPL as Warne, Watson, Smith and team manager Darren Berry are planning to quit the tournament.

Rumours of Warne's pullout scotched

Shane Warne
IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi said Shane Warne, Shane Watson and Graeme Smith were already on their way to Jaipur for the next match.

Insider | Ravi Shastri
Don’t worry, just enjoy the ride

Former Indian cricket captains Ravi Shastri and Sunil Gavaskar
For the first time in the game’s history, individual owners of cricket teams have come about and players have been auctioned, writes Ravi Shastri.

Outsider | Ian Chappell
Fragile, handle with care

Ian Chappell
By not agreeing to provide the IPL with a window in the international schedule, the ICC has risked a massive upheaval in the game, writes Ian Chappell.

Chennai diary
Superstar vs Superstar

For journalists, Chennai team star ambassador Vijay and the humility by which he deals with the media is a refreshing change, write Amol Karhadkar and KR Guruprasad.

I attack only in Tests: Murali

"Twenty20 is all about containment of runs," the highest Test wicket-taker said. "If I give six to seven runs in an over, I would think I have done a good job."


Bhajji, Sree row not good for IPL: Modi

Indian Premier League Chairman Lalit Modi says it is a "serious matter" and is not good for the cash-rich Twenty20 tournament.

Bhajji's anger - a cause for concern?

The tweaker, nicknamed 'The Turbanator', has often landed in soup for being a bit a too aggressive for his own good on several occassions.

Small screen
Who’s the No. 1 star? Khan’t say for sure

Shahrukh Khan, Ishant Sharma
The way SRK dominates television channels, you’d think he actually pays them for footage by the hour. The truth is that TV cameras would come tearing down his house if he told them he was going to sneeze, writes Poonam Saxena.

IPL on song

Shah Rukh Khan
Daler Mehndi's anthem for Preity Zinta's team is already on the channels. And now Shah Rukh Khan's Knight Riders are all set to release a hot new album titled 2 Hot 2 Cool. Rachana Dubey has the details.