HindustanTimes Thu,03 Sep 2015

Spare a thought for Ponting

In a match where everyone was grasping for breath, given the closeness of the contest and the stakes involved, it is hard not to get swayed by emotions and lose perspective. Pradeep Magazine writes.

Yuvraj’s confidence tipped the scales in India’s favour

In the end, being bold is the best policy and, when it mattered the most, the in-form Yuvraj Singh was brave enough to push India to victory, writes Ian Chappell.

India in the peak of health

I wasn't at all surprised to see the clinical manner in which India disposed of Australia's challenge. Having been a part of the last few campaigns, I know just how much the team was disappointed after the last two World Cups, write Anil Kumble.

Expect a cracker of a quarterfinal

With Sri Lanka and England pitted against each other, it should be a cracker of a match. England have lived by the sword in this World Cup, writes Saurav Ganguly.

Advantage MSD against 'hyper' Afridi

Dhoni has the perfect captain's temperament. He doesn't get too high when things go well and he's not down in the dumps when matters don't go according to plan, says Ian Chappell.

India should not lose sight of the real target

It's a dream semifinal, India against Pakistan in the World Cup, but people must not lose sight of the fact that it is only a semifinal. Javagal Srinath writes.

Not avoiding my part in collapse

Though South Africa came up short, New Zealand should be given credit for their fighting performance in Mirpur. Jacques Kallis elaborates.

Introspection and anticipation

Before the quarters there was a lot of enthusiasm about England’s resilience and also the prediction that they were battle-hardened by the close games they had played in the tournament, writes Steve Waugh.

Technology needs to be used to provide definites

What's the most fundamental reason for trusting technology over human competence? Accuracy-I'd assume. If that is achieved, there shouldn't be a doubt on exploiting it to its utmost. Yet, if its design doesn't allow an infallible fact finding system, it must start a debate, writes Aakash Chopra.

Under-pressure players don’t need diplomatic burden

Once again demands are being made on cricket to resolve the deep-rooted prejudices of people divided by political and religious ideologies that have place only for hatred, writes Pradeep Magazine.

Momentum will be the key

As the Kiwis take on Sri Lanka in the first semifinal at Colombo, the coach has every reason to feel happy, as his team has achieved something special. Sourav Ganguly elaborates.

Kiwis have defied the odds

Against the odds, New Zealand have reached their sixth Cup semifinal in 10 tournaments. Richard Hadlee writes.

Handle situation better, cross the line first

The history of India-Pak games shows the side that handles situation better crosses the line first. Sourav Ganguly elaborates.

Attack, attack, attack... way to go for Dhoni's men

It's being described as the most important match in India's cricket history; and even if that's an exaggeration, with such high stakes, nerves will play a big part in deciding the result. Ian Chappell elaborates.

Victory against Pak will be sweet but it isn't the only prize

There can't be anything more lip smacking and adrenaline pumping than India-Pakistan match in the World Cup.
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