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HindustanTimes Sun,28 Dec 2014

Tattoo-hungry Pietersen eyes more ink

As England prepare for their first match of the World Cup, big-hitting Kevin Pietersen is focused on his new role at the top of the batting order... and finding more tattoos.

Coke goes for gully cricket, while PepsiCo focuses on WC

While Pepsico has launched high decibel campaigns like the 'Change the Game 11' in partnership with MTV and making cricketers, including MS Dhoni, Virender Sehwag and Harbhajan Singh, wear body paints for it, Coke is quietly driving down the bylanes of India to promote local cricket contests.

Yes, these cricketers are finger lickin' good

It’s not just the game, but the ‘play boys’ that have city youngsters waiting for the Cricket World Cup to begin. From James Anderson’s hairstyles to Virat Kohli's wild image— the hot heroes of the field are already turning demi-gods on various college campuses.

Tendulkar is a great ambassador of the game: Smith

South Africa captain Graeme Smith had termed Sachin Tendulkar as "great ambassador of the game" and said his desire to become a cricketer got wings after watching the batting maestro during his childhood.

Dreamworks

Third dimension like batting and bowling, fielding too can win ODI matches; here's a look at World Cup efforts that still leave us spellbound. N Ananthanarayanan reports. The evolution of fielding

Hit them & then hit them again

The pinch-hitter theory was doing the rounds through the early 1990s, with Mark Greatbatch assuming the role to devastating effect in the 1992 World Cup. Sanath Jayasuriya speaks.

Bryan Adams to perform at World Cup

Popular Canadian singer Bryan Adams will be the only western artist to perform at the opening ceremony for the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup to be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Vodafone ties up with ESS to stream live World Cup matches

Cellular service provider Vodafone Essar on Thursday said it has tied up with the official broadcaster of the upcoming cricket World Cup ESPN Star Sports for live streaming of the matches on mobile phones.

Who's gonna rock off the field...

The Wives and Girlfriends of cricketers you should watch out during this World Cup.

'Lanka should not win World Cup'

In a surprising move, a Sri Lankan newspaper today urged cricket captain Kumar Sangakkara to not win the World Cup, fearing it would help the controversial interim committee strengthen its position.

Sreesanth-Ponting altercation in warm-up game

Temperamental India speedster S Sreesanth was involved in a brief altercation with Australian captain Ricky Ponting during the World Cup warm-up game in Bangalore yesterday.

Grammar teacher is a master of switch-hit

Andrew White's profile in the ICC handbook for the World Cup says that the Ireland batsman can write with both hands. The skill definitely sums up the versatility of the country's second most capped player.

The Indian who wants South Africa to win

"I hope we win the final and then I'll jet-set to Bangalore and join the Royal Challengers (RCB) ahead of the IPL," South Africa's Indian performance analyst Prasanna Raman told HT over phone on Sunday.

Bangladesh kills mosquitoes for WC

Bangladesh, which will host the opening ceremony and six World Cup matches, has launched an all-out war on mosquitoes in and around cricket stadiums to ensure a bite-free World Cup for spectators and players.

Never-before riches for World Cup hopefuls

World Cup contenders are set for a financial bonanza with a record prize money of eight million dollars on offer for cricket's latest showpiece event.
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