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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Dec 2014

‘C’ word returns to haunt Proteas

South Africa choked once again in a world tourney and went out of the Champions Trophy after losing to England. Sunil Gavaskar comments.

Be more judicious in taking batting powerplays

When you bowl as inconsistently as the Indians did at However good a drainage system a ground may have, it has to first stop raining for a game to resume, writes Anil Kumble.

Younis, the Khan-didate for stardom

Now, with success under the belt, and young performers coming through to point to a bright future, Younis is moving into elder statesman mould, reports Anand Vasu.

Distressed India look for salvation

It promises to be an interesting day tomorrow against West Indies and hopefully the weather will stay good and give India a chance, slim though it may be, writes Sunil Gavaskar.

Wanted: Ishant’s quick-fix

If Ishant Sharma’s slide is not arrested, it will be particularly debilitating to India’s thrust in world cricket for he is one of those rare specimens — the out-and-out quick Indian bowler, writes Anand Vasu.

Time and again, Kiwis fly high

The mystery is not so much why New Zealand don't do better in international cricket, but why they manage to do so much at all, writes Anand Vasu.

What’s in a name? It’s just the game that matters

It is particularly satisfying as captain to bounce back after the loss against South Africa and come through in two must-win games to make the semifinals, writes Daniel Vettori.

Looking ahead is the only way for Dhoni’s boys

You can’t afford a single slip up in tournaments such as the Champions Trophy. Right from match one, you have to be spot on. India didn’t lose a match after the loss to Pakistan and yet they are out, writes Anil Kumble.

The (a little too) beautiful game

It’s a different thing altogether. Just after the VIP underwear ad, cut short (the ad, not the briefs) I saw Dinesh Kartik play a solid forward defence shot to a straight, bouncy delivery from Darren Sammy’s first ball of the 27th over, writes Indrajit Hazra.

Australia will miss Clarke & Bracken

The first semifinal could well be the eighth one-dayer between Australia and England. They barely finished a seven-match ODI series before they got on the plane for the Champions Trophy. Australia have lost Michael Clarke and Nathan Bracken to injury and have not looked as solid as they usually do, writes Sunil Gavaskar.

New zeal: Nice guys too can finish first!

We stand on the verge of another semifinal encounter in a major international competition, and we are hopeful, despite the string of injuries that has hit our campaign, that we will clear the last-four hurdle, writes Daniel Vettori.

Have ‘excesses’ taken a toll on New India?

It is easy to float theories, be critical and berate a team which has not lived up to the expectations of its fans. India, despite its high ranking, has once again been knocked out of a major championship, that too without a whimper, writes Pradeep Magazine.

Pitch could shape Pakistan’s attempt for a double

After winning the ICC World Twenty20 in England earlier this year, Pakistan will look to make it a double by winning the Champions Trophy, writes Sunil Gavaskar.

Vettori, Strauss have kept the spirit of the game going

One of the most anticipated awards at the ICC annual awards is the spirit of cricket award. A few years back cricket had become so intense that some players thought it was a boxing ring where just the victory mattered, writes Sunil Gavaskar.

Two decades, no decay

In less than 45 days Sachin Tendulkar will mark 20 years in international cricket. When you consider how few people have managed to stay in the game that long, leave alone maintain high standards throughout, Tendulkar’s achievement is a massive one, reports Anand Vasu.
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