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HindustanTimes Sun,26 Oct 2014

The hot picks

Along with home favourites India, any of these four teams can hold aloft the ultimate prize in one-day cricket. Read more

India look to gain early momentum

With eyes firmly set on the silverware, India will look to gain momentum and start their World Cup campaign on a positive note when they take on Australia in their first warm-up match at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore today.

Smith blasts Chennai wicket

South African skipper Graeme Smith has criticised the wicket prepared for their World Cup warm-up game against Zimbabwe and called for better tracks during the tournament.

Pakistan desperate for World Cup glory

Pakistan must clinch the World Cup if they are to win back their fans, paceman Shoaib Akhtar said on Sunday as his team try to emerge from the damaging spot-fixing scandal.

Looking forward to duel with Tendulkar, says Akhtar

Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar has lot of reasons to look forward to the upcoming World Cup, having missed the previous edition due to a doping ban, and one of them is the possibility of a duel with Indian batting icon Sachin Tendulkar.

Chawla will also have to contribute with bat: Dhoni

Piyush Chawla spun India to victory against Australia with four wickets in the warm-up game on Sunday, but his captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said the leg-spinner will also have to perform with the bat if he wants to play a vital role in the World Cup.

Pitch was under-prepared: Ponting

After South African captain Graeme Smith slammed the Chennai pitch, it was Australian skipper Ricky Ponting who was not happy with the wicket at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium here for the warm up match against India Sunday and said it was "under-prepared".

Spinners will be vital

This time around, it would be surprising if any of the stronger teams, even the ones like India, England, Sri Lanka or New Zealand, with a mainline spinner in the team, open with spin. Anil Kumble elaborates.

Police chief puts cops on alert for World Cup

The Mumbai police are not taking any chances with security for the forthcoming ICC Cricket World Cup, 2011, matches to be played in the city, more so during the final match on April 2.

'India shouldn't use spin just for the sake of it'

Javagal Srinath thinks spinners will obviously have a big role to play in this World Cup, but that shouldn't stop teams from playing to their strength.

Afridi hints at including an extra spinner in Pakistan team

Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi today hinted at playing an ‘extra spinner’ in the team during the World Cup which gets underway Feb 19.

Cramped calendar hampers mental preparation: Dhoni

India's jam-packed itinerary has not only taken a physical toll on the players but could also affect their mindset heading into the World Cup, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said.

Chawla poses selection headache for India

India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was grappling with a selection puzzle today after a match-winning performance by leg-spinner Piyush Chawla in a World Cup warm-up game against Australia.

Onus is on Afridi to show maturity and lead from front: Abbas

Former Pakistan captain Zaheer Abbas reckons that the batsmen will have to fire consistently, and skipper Shahid Afridi will have to lead from the front, if the team harbours hopes of reaching the last four stage of the World Cup.

Aim for the pinnacle

It’s a long, hard process and a leader requires quite a few factors to go his way. The level of talent in the side is critical and it is important to pick players who possess the right values. They need to be committed and selfless about personal records. Steve Waugh writes. Steve says
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