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HindustanTimes Mon,14 Jul 2014

ODIs not on the wrong side of 50 yet

A few days into the Champions Trophy and most of the talk appears centered on the dying out of ODIs. I really don't understand what the experts mean by this, since 50-over cricket appears alive and well in England where teams are still playing to full houses. Geoffrey Boycott comments.

Strauss’s men not in same league as Lankans

Sri Lanka have shown they are not a team to be taken lightly. The way they demolished South Africa has made the hosts’ group matches very crucial. One slip and there is a danger of not qualifying for the semis. Sunil Gavaskar comments.

Sehwag’s absence a boon for Pakistan

Strained relationship between India and Pakistan does affect the players and spectators. The pressure is immense as followers on both sides of the border except nothing but victory. Saturday will be no different. Imran Khan comments.

Yuvi’s absence will be felt

The injury to Yuvraj Singh was most unfortunate but these things can happen to anyone. Yuvi’s absence will be a big blow, more so if we consider that the team has already lost Virender Sehwag and Zaheer Khan. Anil Kumble comments.

A mouth-watering tie awaits us all

The match that the whole subcontinent is waiting for. India vs Pakistan. India has an enviable record against their arch rivals in world tournaments. Pakistan with all players fit and raring to go have a chance to beat India. Sunil Gavaskar comments.

Pak riding on T20 success

Ahead of the celebrated clash at the Centurion, one feels inclined to rate the chances of sub-continental teams pretty good in this Champions Trophy. Ravi Shastri reports.

Write Strauss & Co off at your own peril

After the big match of the tournament, come the crucial games as New Zealand take on Sri Lanka and South Africa take on England. Sunil Gavaskar reports.

India have more than a hurdle enroute to semis

The early stages of the Champions Trophy have produced a couple of major upsets, both involving Sri Lanka, as well as a dose of intrigue. Ian chappell reports.

Uneven bounce? Aussie skipper has an answer

Australia had a tough time dealing with the new ball in the match against the West Indies. This had little to do with the quality of bowling and more instead, because of the nature of the track. Aakash chopra comments.

Any research on performance is welcome

The standard of cricket played in the Champions Trophy so far has been good without being exceptional but I’m certain it’s just a matter of time before the tournament catches fire with some brilliant individual performances or a classic contest or two.

Yes, we lost that match, didn’t we?

When Harbhajan Singh latched on to the ball sent to his knuckly pair from Imran Nazir's bat, I was overjoyed. India was playing Pakistan after a million years and we had just scalped the first wicket. But instead of a whoop, everyone on the sports desk at office looked up at the telly screen, looked down again, writes Indrajit Hazra.

A contrasting tale of two teams

On the day India and Australia played their first games of the ICC Champions Trophy, the contrast in attitudes was stark. Despite having to play on a wicket where the bounce was often steep, the Australians made a dogged effort to hang in there and counter the conditions, writes Sunil Gavaskar.

Under-strength India have the potential to deliver

Both Australia and India have played pretty average cricket in their opening games. The defending champions were tested severely, more by the conditions than the opposition at the Wanderers, while India went down to Pakistan at Centurion, writes Steve Waugh.

After rout, changes in bowling essential

India have begun on the wrong note though the chase was full of spirit. A little more application could have run Pakistan close though a team really doesn’t deserve to lose after making a 300-plus total, writes Ravi Shastri.

Number one tag sat heavy on India

Being the No 1 team in the world, the pressure was on the Indians and as a consequence they seemed more than a bit nervous. When you bowl as inconsistently as the Indians did at Centurion on Saturday, it is bound to cost you, writes Anil Kumble.
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