The foundation for Zaheer Khan's rise as India's pace spearhead was laid by his father, who ditched the typical middle-class thinking by allowing his son to give up engineering to pursue his dream of playing cricket. Amol Karhadkar reprots.
Having already clobbered Abdul Qadir in Peshawar and handled the fiery pace of Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis, Sachin Tendulkar was already an India star when he turned up for Shivaji Park Youngsters' Talim Shield match against National Cricket Club at the Cross Maidan. Sanjjeev Karan Samyal
reports. Sachin uncut
Their lack of firepower will not deter the weakest teams from dreaming big when they face international cricket's top guns. HT
takes a look at the rank outsiders, and what they bring to the table. Read more
Since the inaugural World Cup in 1975, when it was all about runs and wickets, the ODI format has constantly evolved. Leading from the front
For most of the Australian summer leading to the World Cup, Ricky Ponting faced questions about his poor form and future, a broken finger only adding to his gloom. N Ananthanarayanan reports.
Three minutes and 59.4 seconds before Roger Bannister’s fateful run one May morning in 1954, it was almost an established fact that humans couldn’t run a sub-four minute mile. Rohit Bhaskar
reports. Run feast
If you think Sachin Tendulkar is the only survivor from the 1992 World Cup till this edition, think again. Tendulkar's fielding coach with his IPL franchise, Mumbai Indians, Jonty Rhodes is also going to be a part of his sixth successive Cup campaign.
There’s more to a cricketer beyond the boundary now. From the last time the sub-continent held the World Cup in 1996 to now, things have really changed. Before it all gets too serious, HT takes an alternate look at things from where they were to where they are…
Get set 14 teams. 49 matches. 43 days. We list the basics to help you plan your World Cup. HT
You switch on the TV and an expert is talking about your team's chances. You flick the channel and your past performance is being played out. You step out of the training area and you are mobbed by the waiting media for a comment. Sanjjeev Karan Samyal
The hype around him is just building. His captain and teammates have declared they want to win the Cup for him; the experts are running short of adjectives in his praise; the fan clubs are offering prayers for his success. It's just gone over the top. Sanjjeev Karan Samyal
More than its beach and a seaport, Hambantota --- one of the most underdeveloped areas in Sri Lanka despite being the hometown of President Mahindra Rajapaksha --- was known to the world for its wildlife.
Former Kenya skipper Steve Tikolo feels the International Cricket Council’s decision to limit the next World Cup to 10 top teams is “not the right way to go”.