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HindustanTimes Fri,21 Nov 2014

Lankan Prez bans Cup theme song

A cricket song supporting Sri Lanka in the World Cup but carrying taunts and threats against other teams including India was taken off air after President Mahinda Rajapaksa found it offensive. Sutirtho Patranobis reports.

Pegs, paaji and players’ corners

Some interesting events and anecdotes from the Ferozeshah Kotla. Subhash Rajta reports.

'TV smashing case is over-hyped'

Australia captain Ricky Ponting says reports that he smashed a television with his bat in frustration over his World Cup run out against Zimbabwe were greatly exaggerated.

Yuvraj Singh injured ahead of England clash

Yuvraj Singh injured his hand during nets today, raising concerns about his fitness for their World Cup Group B match against England on Sunday.

Mixed emotions for Sachin after mix-up

Sachin Tendulkar must have thought of his coach, Ramakant Acharekar, as he walked back to the dressing room after being run-out in the World Cup opener against Bangladesh. Vaibhav Purandare writes.

HC allows DDCA for online sale of 5,000 tickets for WC matches

The Delhi HC today granted permission to DDCA to put online only 5,000 tickets of all denominations instead of 30,000, as per the court's previous order, for general public and allowed the plea not to print 15,000 tickets for the coming two World Cup matches.

Ballot system for blocked tickets: ICC

The International Cricket Council will sell unused blocked tickets through a ballot system for the remaining World Cup 2011 matches, especially the semi-finals and the final, in view of unprecedented demand from fans, ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said today.

Masterpiece for the Master Blaster

Sometimes, Ramesh Kohli gets upset with his younger brother. He wants him to sit in the office, but the latter is always hopping from one section of their bat manufacturing unit to the other, overseeing the entire process of turning a piece of wood into a top-quality cricket bat. Subhash Rajta reports.

Afridi joins 300-club in one-day cricket

Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi completed 300 one-day wickets when he dismissed Sri Lanka counterpart Kumar Sangakkara in his team's 11-run World Cup win at R. Premeadasa stadium on Saturday.

Shane Warne a genius to have predicted tie: Strauss

England captain Andrew Strauss, who won the man of the match award for his brilliant 158 in Sunday's World Cup match against India, said Australian legendary leg spinner Shane Warne was a "genius" to have said that the clash would end in a tie.

Tendulkar’s classic, a lesson for all batsmen

A few days before the World Cup began, Sachin Tendulkar asked an interviewer, at a function to release a CD of his father Ramesh Tendulkar’s poems in Mumbai, if he had any questions for him on the tournament. Vaibhav Purandare writes.

Astute Steyn ready for the Dutch

Adapting to the conditions is the mantra for Dale Steyn while bowling on sub-continent wickets. Ashutosh Sharma reports.

Packing a punch with all-rounders

To succeed in the shorter version, all-rounders are critical. In an era where quality all-rounders are as rare as a dot ball in a T20 game, most teams try to convert utility players into all-rounders. Amol Karhadkar reports

The lull before the storm

There is an unmistakable hint of lull in the way the Indians are going about their job at the moment. After two days of complete rest, just eight of the 15 squad members turned up for practice. Atreyo Mukhopadhyay reports.

Spin is in for pacy Aussies

None of Australia's three successive World Cup triumphs saw major contribution from spinners. Amol Karhadkar reports.

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