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HindustanTimes Sat,01 Nov 2014

Great gamble

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.

Simply Sachin

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

Sreesanth the free spirit

A versatile boy who switched from spin to pace, Sreesanth has never put a lid on his intensity, writes Abhijeet Kulkarni. No takers for Sreesanth's theatrics | In a nutshell

Odd ones out...

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

India's got the looks

If they can handle the pressure of expectations, India have the strength to emerge on top, writes Sanjjeev Karan Samyal. Winning factor | Players to watch out for | Cup record

The Success Mantra

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 

Another loss adds insult to Ponting injury

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.

One for the record

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

Fielding standards have improved a lot

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.

Brave New World

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…

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Know your teams

Get set 14 teams. 49 matches. 43 days. We list the basics to help you plan your World Cup. HT reports.

When under pressure, players turn into pranksters

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 reports.

Keeping it simple: Sachin sticks to basics

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 reports.

In the wilderness, a cricketing oasis

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.

Tikolo slams move to trim WC

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”.
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