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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Sep 2014

Uncertainties apart, India & SL are teams to watch

Though the contenders have not been tested much, my initial impression is that it will be very hard for a team other than one from the sub-continent, to win the World Cup. Pradeep Magazine writes.

Top-heavy SL rely too much on big two

I have always stated that I am not a firm believer in the tag 'favourites' and I was proved right once again by Pakistan's win over Sri Lanka. Sourav Ganguly writes.

Irishmen a beacon of hope

Ireland have shown that having a ‘never-say-die’ attitude can produce spectacular results. Richard Hadlee writes. They are saying

Happy to score poorly as long as team wins

Scores of four and two aren't how I imagined starting the tournament, but the moment individuals in a team start getting concerned with personal performances ahead of team results they are missing the point, writes Jacques Kallis.

Aussie pace ploy will be on test

I had wanted the India-England game to bring the tournament alive and it certainly did that. We have had a spate of exciting games and game changers, none more exciting than Kevin O'Brien, writes Steve Waugh.

Get real, World Cup is a flop without India

Asked about the ticketing mess, Haroon Lorgat dutifully recited the politically correct spiel about fans, but then could not resist the temptation of patting himself, writes Amrit Mathur.

Day of the underdog & protest of the mighty

Kevin O'Brien's heroic knock and Ireland's steely resolve was a victory for the minnows against all those powerful adversaries who see them as an unnecessary adjunct of this World Cup, writes Pradeep Magazine.

It’s just another match

People who were just the other day touting India's name as the only favourite to win the World Cup are suddenly starting to find faults with Dhoni's boys! Saurav Ganguly writes.

Bat for an extra bowler now

England tied the game against India while chasing a mammoth 338. Bangladesh also managed to score nearly 300 albeit in a lost cause. Aakash Chopra writes.

Be ruthless & hungry

Ashish Nehra has got to be played against Ireland today. He needs to be tested in this game whether India go with a 2-2 or 3-1 combination. Ashish, when he’s in form, is definitely a strike bowler for India and one with tremendous experience. Anil Kumble writes. Where India hold the aces

Like it or not, technology is here to stay

Mismatches are still happening and it is frustrating to watch games when I can safely predict the result before the game commences. Too many teams have suffered humiliating defeats. Richard Hadlee writes.

‘Watered down’ Sri Lanka in a spot of bother now

The Sri Lankans must be cursing the rain. They will be thinking that they had the chance to put it across the Australians and had the brightest possibility of ending the unbeaten run of the Aussies in the World Cup, writes Saurav Ganguly.

Not arrogant, India were level-headed

There was a lot of learning to be gleaned from the victory against Ireland on Sunday, and that should stand the Indian team in good stead as we approach the knockout stages. Javagal Srinath writes.

Dissecting Pakistan's talisman

What is it about Afridi that makes him the most dangerous bowler in the World Cup so far? He doesn't spin the ball like Warne, doesn't possess a googly like Mushtaq Ahmed or even a straighter one of Kumble's accuracy. Aakash Chopra elaborates.

Heat is on for the World Cup captains

The world cup matches are getting closer to one another in terms of playing dates and also tighter in terms of results. As competition heats up, the captains are getting busy on and off the ground, writes Saurav Ganguly
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