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HindustanTimes Mon,22 Dec 2014

Ponting doubts World Cup triumph could ease Ashes pain

A fourth consecutive World Cup title triumph might not be enough to heal the scars left by the recent Ashes hammering Australia suffered against England, captain Ricky Ponting said today.

Afridi warns teams not to take Pakistan lightly

Pakistan cricket captain Shahid Afridi today issued a warning to the other World Cup teams, saying...

Family first: KP to quit ODIs soon

Top England batsman Kevin Pietersen has decided to quit one-day cricket after the World Cup...

It's good-Morne for SA in warm-up

South Africa fast bowler Morne Morkel showed he has learnt from his experience on Indian wickets...

Five things we learned from India v England

Sachin’s lesson on how to pace an innings: Not that we needed this particular innings for that particular tutorial, but Tendulkar – in his sixth World Cup – showed us again why he is the most durable batsman of all time. Soumya Bhattacharya writes.
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Gritty Tendulkar put team above himself

Cricket coaches across the world will, in future, show their pupils videos of Sachin Tendulkar to teach them the finer points of batting. They would make a serious mistake if they do not include, in the must-see package, his innings of 85 against Pakistan in the World Cup semi-final at Mohali. Vaibhav Purandare writes.
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The incredibles

Adrenaline rush once in a divine while cricket and the elements collude to produce moments of exceptional brilliance that continue to thrill each time they are recalled. We compile a list of incredible instances. Rohit Bhaskar reports.

Those Jarring notes

Normal is boring

The giant killers

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Tattoo-hungry Pietersen eyes more ink

Kevin Pietersen
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

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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.
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Big Picture
Uncertainties apart, India & SL are teams to watch

Dhaka
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.
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