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HindustanTimes Sun,20 Apr 2014

India vs WestIndies 2011: News

Reports on my pullout from the WIndies tour bizarre

It was amusing to see some of the television channels report that I pulled out of the West Indies tour because I didn't want to play under Raina. Do I need to state that I play for India and not for a captain? Yuvraj Singh writes.

No breaking news

The ‘country versus club’ debate is not new to Indian cricket. But the 24/7 TV news turned Gautam Gambhir into an acid test of nationalism, writes Ashok Malik.

Self-belief & right approach critical: Raina

Among India's finest finishers in limited-overs over the last few years, Suresh Raina has been given the responsibility of getting the job started well on this Caribbean tour. N Ananthanarayanan writes.

For Raina, it is time to prove his worth at the top level

Chubby-faced Suresh Raina is that new-age sportsman who has seen the transition period of Indian cricket up close and whose destiny as a player could be closely linked with the direction in which cricket heads in future. Pradeep Magazine writes.

Sad to feel like an outsider in one’s land

It was a good game of cricket and the atmosphere was great at the Queen’s Park Oval, but the West Indies did not come out on top. We came close but it was not enough in the end as India came up trumps, writes Chris Gayle.

Stands quiet as cricket kicks off in earnest

Cricket in the Caribbean means party time, and the people here take pride in their boisterous and fun-loving ways, coming from an island where the carnival early in the year brings everything else to a standstill. N Ananthanarayanan writes.

About Trinidadian humour and the legend's abode

The West Indies cricket team may be down and out these days but cricket discussion is never too far away in Trinidad, the first port of call for the Indian team. N Ananthanarayanan writes.

In the Caribbean, calypso is going the cricket way

For decades, the marauding West Indies cricketers were known as the Calypsos. Their natural aggression on the field, athleticism, their sense of fair play and flair, not to speak of the romance of fierce individuals coming through from distinctly different islands, had the world spellbound. N Ananthanarayanan writes.

Big names have been missed

In a bygone cricketing era, players were rated on the basis of how they fared against the mighty WI, batsmen in particular on whether they stood up and braved the hostile pace or ran with tail tucked between their legs. N Ananthanarayanan writes.

Not quite Caribbean cricket

An overall decline in standards of play and the board at war with its players have reduced the series in the Caribbean islands to a mockery of sorts. Pradeep Magazine writes.

Meaningless, boring and sub-standard fare

If the first few matches are anything to go by, you can't blame India's star players for giving the West Indies a miss. Amrit Mathur reports.

Need to keep equation with fans intact

The series defeat against India will be tough on us. It was a game which had a lot of twists and turns but the West Indies could not pull off a win against their top opponents, writes Chris Gayle. Road ahead

Unadkat, Yadav dumped too soon

Something seems to have gone completely awry with team selection for the first international series after that triumph. Aakash Chopra writes.

‘Tech’tonic shift? Not the Indian cricket board’s cup of tea, at least for now

Many adjectives, some un-parliamentary, can be ascribed to the Board of Control for Cricket in India, yet none fits better than 'technically challenged', writes Rohit Bhaskar.

Munaf gave up speed at the altar of control

When Munaf Patel came here in 2006, he had some pace, now he is spinning the ball! The statement from legendary Andy Roberts is discouraging but not surprising. Munaf has lost some pace, but to say he's spinning the ball is sheer exaggeration, writes Aakash Chopra.
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