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HindustanTimes Sat,20 Dec 2014

Ponting doubts World Cup triumph could ease Ashes pain

A fourth consecutive World Cup title triumph might not be enough to heal the scars left by the recent Ashes hammering Australia suffered against England, captain Ricky Ponting said today.

Team should embrace pressure: Ganguly

Former India captain Saurav Ganguly has a simple message for MS Dhoni and Co ahead of next month's World Cup - embrace pressure, and do not get overwhelmed by it. Pradeep Magazine writes. Dada's take | Dada's dos

Fast bowlers will play a critical role in World Cup: Ashish Nehra

India's death-overs exponent Ashish Nehra expects fast bowlers to play a critical role in the upcoming World Cup even though the wickets of the subcontinent are considered spinner-friendly.

Sri Lanka need to fix middle order, Ranatunga

Kumar Sangakkara or Mahela Jayawardene should drop down and bolster a concerning middle order if Sri Lanka are to be successful at this month's World Cup, former skipper Arjuna Ranatunga said.

Spin bowling all-rounders will give India edge: Dravid

Former captain Rahul Dravid believes that spin bowling all-rounders will be a big advantage for India and there will be few surprises in the early stages of the World Cup 2011 but the tournament will heat up in the quarter-finals.

World Cup 2011: Superstitious Viru won’t say India favourites

He has smashed bowling attacks to shambles. In the run-up to the World Cup, however, Virender Sehwag adopts a more defensive stance and drops short of calling India favourites. Pradeep Magazine reports. Read full interview: 'Favourites' tag, a liability'

WC fixture to favour top teams: Shetty

The format of this month's cricket World Cup was tweaked to give India and other big teams a better chance of advancing in the tournament, a top organiser said on Wednesday.

Injured Tanvir dropped from Pakistan's WC squad

Sohail Tanvir was today, dropped from Pakistan’s World Cup squad after being declared unfit by the Pakistan Cricket Board. Pakistan is replacing Tanvir with left-arm paceman Junaid Khan.

ICC confirms Junaid as replacement for Tanvir

The International Cricket Council on Wednesday approved Junaid Khan as a replacement player for the injured Sohail Tanvir in the Pakistan squad for the World Cup starting later this month in the sub-continent.

First step for India as team starts training

The Indian team's first official training session before the World Cup started late as Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men were behind schedule in reaching the Chinnaswamy Stadium on Wednesday. And when they did arrive, it was a session of football that they got involved in. Atreyo Mukhopadhyay writes. Starting the campaign

India will miss 'street-smart' Praveen in World Cup: Dhoni

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni today said they will badly miss "street-smart" Praveen Kumar in the upcoming World Cup as the pacer has been ruled out of cricket's showpiece event due to an elbow injury.

Don't want to mess up the godsent opportunity: Sreesanth

Sreesanth's onfield histrionics may have kept him initially out of the World Cup squad; he is in it now as a replacement for injured Praveen Kumar and sees his selection a "godsent opportunity" and doesn't want to "mess it up".

No extra pressure of playing in India: Afridi

Pakistan ODI captain Shahid Afridi said his team is all prepared to play on the Indian soil if it qualifies for the knock-out stage in the World Cup and there would not be any extra pressure on the players.

Waqar eyes redemption for Pakistan at World Cup

Coach Waqar Younis sees the upcoming World Cup as crucial for the redemption of Pakistan's image in the cricket world and for the restoration of international matches in the country.

Spot-fixing scandal will not affect team in WC: Misbah

Pakistan vice-captain Misbah-ul-Haq does not believe that the recent spot-fixing scandal will have any impact on the performance of the team in the World Cup, staring from February 19.
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