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HindustanTimes Tue,23 Sep 2014

International Chilli Chicken Cup

The only advantage that 50-overs each has is that it gives me that precious time to order, eat and put that bloody plate of chilli chicken away between the 21st and 42nd overs, writes Indrajit Hazra.

In the rainbow nation, this ad is not quite black & white

A billboard asking people to buy a detergent that ‘gives people the whiteness to shine’ is insensitive to say the least, writes Anand Vasu.

An emotional final for both teams

The T20 finals will be an emotional affair for it will be played between two teams who had a traumatic time in Lahore just over three months back.

Unpredictability versus consistency

Over the past week, the Pakistan team has shown the  world why they are so necessary for the health of the game. They are a talented, unpredictable side that has a fan base in many cricket-playing countries.

Life comes a full circle for Razzaq

When Abdul Razzaq made his debut 13 years ago, he was the latest from the factory line of Pakistan all-rounders. A hard-hitting batsmen and a handy medium pacer, Razzaq steadily made his way up the pecking order to be one of the major players in the Pakistani setup, writes Arjun Sen.

Triumph bodes well for Dhoni & his men

With the win in Sri Lanka, India have begun the season well and will go to the Champions Trophy with loads of confidence, writes Sunil Gavaskar.

India can win, but watch out for hosts & Australia

Over the years, teams have come to respect and covet what is now known as the Champions Trophy. What started in 1998 as a knockout tournament is now played on a league-cum-knockout format, making it more meaningful for the teams involved. Anil Kumble comments.

India on verge of being on top?

For the first time in 15 years, Australia is no longer the top team in the world. As the Champions Trophy begins in South Africa on Tuesday, we look at cricket’s new world order, and explore where India might fit into it. Full Coverage

Players’ association should have game’s interest at heart

If there is good communication between players and the administrators then the need for a players’ association will not be felt, writes Sunil Gavaskar.

For South Africa, it all starts now

South Africa have a great opportunity to show their home crowds that the tag of chokers is unfair to them. In multi-country events they have not done justice to their potential and have folded up, embarrassingly at times, and with none of their players figuring in the short list of ICC awards, it is an even bigger incentive to show that they can play, writes Sunil Gavaskar.

Tournament cynics can take a walk

Speculation about the future of cricket and its three formats is inevitable but I have been surprised by how much of it is also idle and uninformed, writes Mickey Arthur.

Expect the unexpected in battle of volatile sides

Pakistan’s win in the ICC World Twenty20 is an indication of the team’s potential. But no team in the world is as temperamental and therefore nobody knows which mood the team is going to turn up in on the day. Sunil Gavaskar comments.

Handling pressure not yet SA’s forte

The Australians know how to get out of tight situations which the South Africans are yet to master in ODIs, says Sunil Gavaskar.

Life is more than a three-letter word

The BCCI, unfortunately, hasn’t done anything to help its cricketers cope with the stress of being India players, says Kadambari Murali Wade. Full Coverage

Tune in, turn on:  Make runs, not dot balls

Master and Johnson's, oh shoot, Kirsten and Upton's performance manual to our boys in blue before their Champions Trophy matches should revolutionise the way we play cricket, writes Indrajit Hazra.
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