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IPL 2011: News

Daredevils space themselves well

A day before the match against the Kings XI Punjab, Virender Sehwag picked at his food, during lunch, in a distracted manner. Amrit Mathur reports.

Don’t push players into making hard choices

Chris Gayle, the man with a whopping 14,000 runs in international cricket, made up of no less than 33 colossal centuries may soon cease to be a West Indian batsman, writes Aakash Chopra.

Play to your strengths, results are bound to follow

Although things didn’t go to plan against Bangalore in the last game, we are still well-placed at this stage to push for a semifinal place, writes Jacques Kallis.

"Warner fast becoming Delhi's star"

While others teams are struggling to fill stadiums, the support for the Daredevils in Delhi has been amazing. The other night, as Virender Sehwag bludgeoned the attack, the thrilled sell-out crowd screamed, “Viru!Viru!” so loudly that the roar would have shaken the foundations of the Khooni Darwaja and the Ashoka pillar atop Kotla Ferozeshah, writes Amrit Mathur.

Play key moments better and you are on your way

More than any other tournament in the world, the IPL is about momentum. Winning and losing streaks tend to last for three-to-four games and can be hard to break. Jacques Kallis writes.

Reunion added to feisty atmosphere

Asked how he felt playing against former teammates in what was called an Old Delhi vs New Delhi game, Virender Sehwag   cut through the clutter to come up with a gem. Amrit Mathur writes.

Execution an area of concern for us

To be honest, I don't know what to write after our four back-to-back defeats. The campaign which started on such a good note has lost its way and the team is trying to make a comeback in the league. Yuvraj Singh writes. Yuvi says

Two points have suddenly changed everything for us

What fabulous game. It’s hard to understand why the Daredevils are struggling this season, but we should concentrate on our own form and enjoy our own successes, writes Jacques Kallis.

Despite friendship, Viru and Gauti competed as strangers

While the Irfan-Yusuf Pathan face-off attracted attention during the Delhi Daredevils-Kolkata Knight Riders’ game, another compelling contest between Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir went relatively unnoticed, writes Amrit Mathur.

Not good, it’s going down to the wire

Nothing seems to be working for the Pune Warriors at the moment. We are trying our best to get back to form but things are not going our way, writes Yuvraj Singh.

The fearless stroke-player

Having slept barely three hours after the KKR night game, the Daredevils boarded an early morning flight to Kochi knowing this was a must-win game. But despite the rough ride this season, the mood in the team was upbeat, writes Amrit Mathur.

Things will go out of control if you stop discussions

In Twenty20 cricket, you don't know when a break is essential and so from that perspective, it's good that we have a few days to put our feet up, reflect on what has been and look ahead to the second half of the IPL, writes Anil Kumble.

Game for some ‘brotherly love’

It was great to open the morning newspapers and see the Knight Riders on top of the table for the first time. Was it Saturday, or Sunday? I can't remember; days just drift!, writes Jacques Kallis.

IPL changing the language of cricket!

The IPL is helping achieve a new kind of bonding. The national language is taking roots, particularly among the foreign players. Thanks to the T20 league, Hindi becoming the global language at least for one fraternity - cricketers. Sanjjeev Karan Samyal reports.

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