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HindustanTimes Sat,23 Aug 2014

Better respect the reputation of the city!

Even half a century later, if you’re a first-time visitor to Johannesburg, the nerves jangle in much the same way. This city has a reputation, and you’d better respect it. Anand Vasu reports.

Controversial 6UP mobile game back in Champions Trophy

The 6UP runs-per-over sms game, which created a furore during the Indian Premier League-II earlier this year, was today re-launched at the ICC Champions Trophy in South Africa.

Invasion by crowd raises concerns

At the end of India’s marquee clash against Pakistan, the two batsmen and eleven fielders were shocked as hundreds of spectators, many manically waving flags, charged onto the field. The players had no clue as security personnel were slow to react, reports Anand Vasu.

It is Still a gentleman’s game

The first known printed code of the laws of cricket was made available in 1775. Since then, there have been countless revisions as the game has evolved and met fresh challenges, reports Anand Vasu.

A bit of everything in Jo’burg

African drummers, cricket’s A-list celebrities, glitz, glamour, the International Cricket Council’s annual awards function had all that and more. A presenter welcomed former and current cricketers in, stopping for quick interviews with some of the more recognisable faces.

ICC awards bring cheer to Indian camp

Virender Sehwag called Gautam Gambhir “the new wall” of Indian cricket when he saved the Napier Test match against New Zealand earlier this year with a 10-and-a-half hour marathon effort. On Thursday Gambhir became the second Indian after Rahul Dravid to win the ICC’s Test Player of the Year award, reports Anand Vasu.

Champions Trophy: who watched India play?

The ongoing ICC Champions Trophy in South Africa has already seen India crashing out, failing to reach the semi-finals. India’s cricket viewers weren’t expecting that when they tuned into either DD1 or Star Cricket to watch the first India match in the series on Saturday, September 26, reports Anita Sharan.

Pak Parliament frowns on team’s loss in South Africa

Pakistan's performance in the Champions Trophy has come under scrutiny with some parliamentarians alleging foul play, reports Kamal Siddiqi.

Teams that play together win together

The Indian Premier League teams may be  attracting most of the moolah, but the rest of the sides in the Champions League are giving them a run for their money.

Between covers, a Tendulkar Opus

Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. Arguably the best batsman ever, Tendulkar was in London to announce the latest chapter in the evolution of Brand Sachin – The Tendulkar Opus. Arjun Sen reports.

Music album released to boost Team India

With defending champion India fighting it out in the ICC World Twenty20 in England, Music company Saregama has launched an album, "India Hai Meri Jaan", to impart new life to the Indian team's youngsters.

Kings find support through Queen’s song

For the British Indians who've danced and sung into and out of India’s games, the T20 cricket, and the World T20 in particular, is opportunity to touch base with their past in a format widely deemed to be the future of the game, writes Arjun Sen.

Srinath among Champions Trophy Match Referees

Former India spearhead Javagal Srinath will share the Match Referees' responsibilities with Jeff Crowe and Roshan Mahanama in this month's Champions Trophy in South Africa, the International Cricket Council said in Dubai on Sunday.

South Africa promise run-friendly tracks

Champions Trophy bowlers are going to sweat for wickets if the plans of the Wanderers and Centurion Park groundsmen come to fruition. Chris Scott and Hilbert Smit told AFP the five pitches set for the two-week tournament from September 22 are run-friendly.

Batting doldrums have New Zealand in a spin

New Zealand will need a remarkable reversal of form if they are to emerge as serious contenders in the Champions Trophy and reverse their tumbling world status.
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