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HindustanTimes Wed,22 Oct 2014

Don't be harsh on middle order

The Indian players have been criticised by all and sundry, and it is impossible for the team not to be unaware that their performance has created a lot of displeasure, writes Javagal Srinath.

Time for India bowlers to deliver

India's last league game against the West Indies in Chennai on Sunday, their most important match so far, would be the perfect place to pull something different and open with a spinner. Anil Kumble writes.

Beware of the restless genius

As the whole of India worries, frets, fumes and offers billion words of advice and million rebukes to its team so that it can win the “Cup that matters”, there is one man who needs no goading, no prompting to do what he is best known for: scoring runs. Pradeep Magazine writes.

Aussies need to be challenged before quarters

The Pakistan team would obviously want to play well in their final league game on Saturday. The twist in the tale is that the Australian team will also want the Pakistanis to play well. Steve Waugh writes.

Destiny in our hands, we’re ready to go

The tournament has finally 'started' for us and it feels great to be playing three games in the space of eight days - we finally have the chance to build some momentum and get on a roll. Jacques Kallis writes.

It's time for India to soak in the pressure

India enter the last phase knowing that a win here could change many things. Steve Waugh writes.

Richie’s take

Richie Richardson’s thoughts ahead of the India-Windies tie.

Players need to learn to deal with criticism

What the Indian players have gone through in the last week has to count among the toughest phases in a player's career. No matter what the caliber of the player might be, everyone is under tremendous pressure, be it Sachin or Ashwin. Javagal Srinath writes.

Equations have changed with balance in India’s favour

At the outset, I would like to applaud Zaheer Khan. He has been quite sensational not just during the World Cup, but also for the last two-three years, and, it seems, he has benefited hugely from the county experience in 2007. Javagal Srinath writes.

Low-scoring games will test India bowlers

With the culmination of the group stages, we now know who are the teams that have entered the quarterfinals. Though there were a few very close and entertaining matches that enlivened the stage, there’ve been no surprises. Richard Hadlee writes.

I’ve not been part of a squad with such depth

Many months ago, we discussed the format of the World Cup and the fact that, barring a complete disaster, we would face the prospect of winning three matches to become world champions. Jacques Kallis writes.

Cold-shouldering Nehra and Sreesanth defies cricketing logic

You may want to, for a moment, put yourself in the shoes of Ashish Nehra and Sreesanth. In the 18 months before the World Cup began, Nehra was India’s main strike bowler and rarely missed a game due to injury or otherwise. Aakash Chopra writes.

Aussies have more issues to address

The India-Australia clash is the big game of the tournament, if not the biggest. It will make one ponder whether the winner could become the biggest contender for the Cup. Is such a feeling is right or wrong? Time will tell. Sourav ganguly writes.

Revenge is a dish best served cold

The head says India, the heart roots for Australia. That sums up Thursday's game. Australia need to change the game they have been playing so far, because they've been unconvincing in their run-up to the quarterfinals. Steve waugh writes. The equation

Our preparation has left nothing to chance

I was never the best pupil when it came to taking exams at school, but I wish I had known then what I know now, because I might have done a bit better!
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