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HindustanTimes Fri,18 Apr 2014

Kiwis made the most of slack Pak attack

The Black Caps have guaranteed themselves a quarterfinal spot with a resounding win over Pakistan. They look to be enjoying themselves again, especially after a disappointing six months. Richard Hadlee writes.

India can live up to expectations

I remember the experience of the 2003 World Cup with packed stadiums for all of South Africa's matches and an almost overwhelming flood of messages of good luck from people we had never met.

Temperament of Yuvi impressive

Let’s get one thing straight — there are no minnows anymore in international cricket. Any of the Associate nations can upset a major team. Ireland have beaten England, and I am sure the Netherlands must be fancying their chances against Ireland and Bangladesh. Javagal Srinath writes.

World Cup: Drop Gautam, Piyush, fire up Harbhajan

This tournament is going to be won by the team that looks to take wickets, led by a brave captain. MS Dhoni is the shrewdest captain in the tournament, so therefore it makes sense to give him plenty of firepower, writes Ian Chappell.

Veterans formula

My money is on South Africa

India and South Africa have been seeing a lot of each other and the contest has been fascinating. Steve Waugh writes.

It's good to see Dhoni back under-fire Chawla to the hilt

This is the real test for the Indian team. A lot has been said about their performances against the Associate nations, with many fans feeling the five-wicket wins against Ireland and the Netherlands weren't convincing enough. Anil Kumble explains.

Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown

Is Mahendra Singh Dhoni an obstinate egoist who refuses to budge even if it derails India's World Cup campaign? Pradeep Magazine writes.

Power-plays not all about scoring runs

The real World Cup has begun for India. Sachin, Sehwag seem to have set the tone for the final phase. India should have posted a huge score but they went off the radar during the batting power-play. Sourav Ganguly explains.

Another one that England let go of

The Bangladeshis have caused another nightmare for England and put pressure on them to beat the West Indies in their last match to guarantee reaching the knockout rounds. Richard Hadlee writes.

Hussey factor & dubious review

Michael Hussey's arrival at the World Cup couldn't have been better timed for an Australian team that remains undefeated whilst enacting a group impersonation of The Invisible Man. Ian chappell elaborates.

A surprise could still be in store

The World Cup is playing out in fits and starts with exciting matches mixed with some hopelessly boring ones. The associate teams have had an odd moment but are not ready for the big league. Amrit Mathur writes.

Rising to the ocassion, alone or together

There is a quality about the current South Africa team which, perhaps, can't be seen or understood by those outside it. Jacques Kallis elaborates.

Dhoni & Co don't deserve brickbats

South Africa should get the kudos for their outstanding win on Saturday but India do not deserve the brickbats. They did lose a big game but that doesn't mean their World Cup is over. Sourav Ganguly elaborates.

Have defined roles and stick to them

There were miscalculations in the loss against South Africa, says Anil Kumble.

Embrace the minnows and the results will come

There's nothing worse in sport than the knowledge that you're second best even before the encounter, says Aakash Chopra.
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