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Cricket

Aaqib, Pakistan’s real king of pace in the desert

His ability to work up a sharp pace and swing and reverse the ball made Aaqib Javed a dangerous customer, but caught in the Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis era meant he got to play only 22 Tests for Pakistan.

BCCI lost chance to set things right, say ex-players

The Supreme Court rejecting the three-member inquiry panel proposed by the BCCI on Tuesday to probe the spot-fixing scandal has shown the sports body in an even more poor light.

Batting at No 3 sole source of cheer for Raina

Ever since the IPL commenced in 2008, the runs haven’t stopped flowing from Suresh Raina’s blade. His patent over-cover drives, launching on anything down leg side, deft glides to third man and flicks off the thigh, all happen nicely during this time.

Fielding and batting failure cost us the match: Dhawan

Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper Shikhar Dhawan on Tuesday put the blame for their crushing 72-run defeat against Kings XI Punjab in their IPL match in Sharjah on their fielding lapses and batting failure.

IPL 7: Upbeat CSK face Rajasthan challenge

After recording their biggest-ever win in terms of runs, Chennai Super Kings will fancy their chances when they lock horns with Rajasthan Royals, a team seeking to get back to winning ways, in the IPL in Dubai on Wednesday.

Virat has made a place for himself: Srinath

Former fast bowler Javagal Srinath on Tuesday lauded Virat Kohli for creating a place for himself in Indian cricket. Srinath said Kohli is never compared to the likes of Sachin Tendulkar or Rahul Dravid.

Fresh BCCI panel more a problem than solution

For all the riches the Indian cricket board has accumulated, and the clout which has come with big money, it has repeatedly failed to demonstrate its will to do the right thing, or be seen to be doing it.

Mumbai boy realises WC dream overseas

Growing up in the alleys of Vasai, in suburban Mumbai, Swapnil Patil was driven by his father-and-coach, Prakash’s, motto, “kuch bada kar ke dikha (achieve something big)”.

IPL scam: Mudgal panel ready to continue probe

The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Justice Mudgal Committee whether it will conduct further probe against N Srinivasan and 12 others, including some prominent cricketers, into the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing and betting scandal.

Maxwell credits good run to some luck, some manipulation

He has taken the IPL by storm with a couple of brutal knocks but Kings XI Punjab's Australian import Glenn Maxwell says the mayhem that he causes with his bat is merely a bit of luck and his ability to "manipulate" fielders.

Dhoni best captain in the world, says McCullum

Though Chennai Super Kings is home to four international captains this IPL, NZ skipper Brendon McCullum insists that Dhoni is the sole leader of the pack and says he has lots to learn from his India counterpart in his first year with the franchise.

IPL 7: Super Kings beat Daredevils by 93 runs

Chennai Super Kings beat Delhi Daredevils by a massive margin of 93 runs at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match in Abu Dhabi on Monday.

From a spectacle to sideshow, yet Viru stays unfazed

Yet another season beckons Virender Sehwag, bringing with it the hope of wiping out the forgettable batwork of the months gone by. Leading to the IPL, Sehwag did little of note, save for some good knocks in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

IPL 7: Sunrisers face rampaging Kings XI Punjab

Still smarting from their opening loss, Sunrisers Hyderabad will face the arduous task of taming a rampaging Kings XI Punjab when they lock horns in IPL-7 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium here on Tuesday.

It was job half finished: Maxwell

His blistering 89-run knock set up the Kings XI Punjab's incredible victory over Rajasthan Royals but for Glenn Maxwell it was still an unfinished job as he was not there to hit the winning runs.
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