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Yusuf has a method to his madness

Everyone knows that he (Yusuf Pathan) loves hitting down the ground and that his powerful forearms and sledgehammer of a bat can quickly get under the ball. Yet, very few escape becoming cannon fodder, explains Ravi Shastri.

Captaincy is exhausting... but fun

I absolutely enjoyed captaincy but it is also the most exhausting, physically and mentally enervating place to be, especially in this form of the game. Gautam Gambhir tells us more about his new role with the Delhi Daredevils.

Mandira’s IPL innings ends, channel looks for new faces

You will miss her on the small screen this time. There will be no Mandira Bedi offering her comments when the third edition of the IPL T-20 cricket tournament begins this Friday, reports Atreyo Mukhopadhyay.

Tendulkar could well be the toast of this season

The story of this IPL could well be Sachin Tendulkar's. So far, the pastures of this format haven't interested him. The great man can adjust to all forms of the game and looks primed for the final frontier. A relaxed Tendulkar as captain will help, writes Ravi Shastri.

First day, first show

This is the third season of the Indian Premier League and it makes one wonder how time flies. We are ready to play the first game of the new season and the boys are all geared up, mentally and physically. The first game of a tournament is always crucial and we are raring to make a potent start, writes Sourav Ganguly.

Behind the glitz, it’s still all about cricket

Season III of the Indian Premier League begins today and it’s set to be bigger, better and more beautiful than ever. And I’m not talking of Bollywood’s best here, or our cheerleading imports — though they’re pretty high on the cool quotient scale — I’m talking about us, the players. Gautam Gambhir tells more...See special coverage | See popup

Kings XI Punjab will play to its strength: Jayawardene

With its key players Yuvraj Singh and Brett Lee struggling with injuries, Kings XI Punjab is hoping to overcome all hitches and play up to their optimum strength against Delhi Daredevils in Mohali on Saturday.

Time running out for Royals

The clash between the two royals will probably give an indication of how Season 3 of the IPL is going to pan out for the winners of the inaugural season.

Oh, it’s also about cricket

The cup of beer I'm sitting with on a corporate box seat at the Ferozeshah Kotla stadium must be champagne, writes Indrajit Hazra.

Bubble, bubble, toil & trouble...

Anil Kumble is going to have a fresh problem on his hands when his team takes on the Rajasthan Royals. For once, they go into a game overwhelming favourites, on a high from their triumph over the Kings XI.

Critics can say  whatever, but class is class

Tuesday’s game showed us one thing: It doesn’t matter where you’re from, or what form of the game it is, when good players are challenged, or criticised by people who don’t have anything else to say, they tend to show the world why they’re considered good, or great.

Chargers short on confidence

Champions Deccan Chargers are not being able to recapture their form of last year. They lost the opening game of this year's IPL when, at one stage, it looked they would coast to a win, says Sunil Gavaskar.

The Emperor has no clothes

I must confess my admiration for all those who are analysing IPL in great depth, giving its vast followers an insight into tactics used and even advising captains what stratagem to put in place so that they can win. Pradeep Magazine writes.

A bowler often makes his luck

In the fields of cricket, a bit of nous goes a long way. And Praveen Kumar has that in abundance. He's street-smart, aggressive in his approach. He's got the ability to vary and change his pace almost at will, says Anil Kumble.

Gayle’s arrival will add to our strength

We start afresh after a much-needed break of a few days, having played three back-to-back matches at the start of the tournament. This time it's an away game against the Rajasthan Royals at Ahmedabad, says Sourav Ganguly.
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