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Mar 24, 2015

At home in Australia, India reaps tri-series benefits

By Amlan Chakraborty

(Reuters) – India’s team director Ravi Shastri dismissed the tri-series in Australia preceding the World Cup as a complete waste of time and energy for a side defending their world title in less than two weeks’ time.

The former India captain seemed to have a point as the team, since landing in Australia in late November, could not register a single win in the four-test series and finished the subsequent tri-series, also involving England, in similar manner.

Mar 24, 2015

Cricket-At home in Australia, India reaps tri-series benefits

March 24 (Reuters) – India’s team director Ravi Shastri dismissed the tri-series in Australia preceding the World Cup as a complete waste of time and energy for a side defending their world title in less than two weeks’ time.

The former India captain seemed to have a point as the team, since landing in Australia in late November, could not register a single win in the four-test series and finished the subsequent tri-series, also involving England, in similar manner.

Mar 23, 2015

Spinner Ashwin content playing second fiddle to pace

By Amlan Chakraborty

(Reuters) – Ravichandran Ashwin may not be India’s highest wicket-taker in the World Cup but the lanky off-spinner is not complaining.

Fast bowlers Mohammad Shami (17) and Umesh Yadav (14) have taken more wickets than Ashwin as holders India, traditional spin powerhouses, have focussed their attack on pace.

Mar 23, 2015

Cricket-Spinner Ashwin content playing second fiddle to pace

March 23 (Reuters) – Ravichandran Ashwin may not be India’s highest wicket-taker in the World Cup but the lanky off-spinner is not complaining.

Fast bowlers Mohammad Shami (17) and Umesh Yadav (14) have taken more wickets than Ashwin as holders India, traditional spin powerhouses, have focused their attack on pace.

Mar 16, 2015

‘Last resort’ Sarfraz solves Pakistan’s opening problem

By Amlan Chakraborty

(Reuters) – It was Pakistan’s last roll of the dice that saw them throw Sarfraz Ahmed into the role of opener at the World Cup and the gamble looks to be paying off.

With their opening partnerships producing a total of 22 runs in four matches, Pakistan brought Sarfraz in to partner Ahmed Shehzad against South Africa on March 7 in act of desperation.

Mar 16, 2015

Cricket-’Last resort’ Sarfraz solves Pakistan’s opening problem

March 16 (Reuters) – It was Pakistan’s last roll of the dice that saw them throw Sarfraz Ahmed into the role of opener at the World Cup and the gamble looks to be paying off.

With their opening partnerships producing a total of 22 runs in four matches, Pakistan brought Sarfraz in to partner Ahmed Shehzad against South Africa on March 7 in act of desperation.

Mar 16, 2015

Cricket-’Last resort’ Sarfraz solves Pakistan’s opening problem

March 16 (Reuters) – It was Pakistan’s last roll of the dice that saw them throw Sarfraz Ahmed into the role of opener at the World Cup and the gamble looks to be paying off.

With their opening partnerships producing a total of 22 runs in four matches, Pakistan brought Sarfraz in to partner Ahmed Shehzad against South Africa on March 7 in act of desperation.

Mar 7, 2015

Pocket dynamo Mushfiqur key to Bangladesh fortunes

By Amlan Chakraborty

(Reuters) – Mushfiqur Rahim may not be in the same league as the leading stumper-batsmen at the World Cup such as Brendon McCullum and Kumar Sangakkara but the diminutive Bangladesh glovesman has proved he is no less crucial to his team’s progress.

New Zealand’s success depends to some extent on the kind of start McCullum provides while Sangakkara’s role for Sri Lanka is more nuanced, a combination of protector and punisher who must rescue as well as rampage according to match situations.

Mar 7, 2015

Cricket-Pocket dynamo Mushfiqur key to Bangladesh fortunes

March 7 (Reuters) – Mushfiqur Rahim may not be in the same league as the leading stumper-batsmen at the World Cup such as Brendon McCullum and Kumar Sangakkara but the diminutive Bangladesh glovesman has proved he is no less crucial to his team’s progress.

New Zealand’s success depends to some extent on the kind of start McCullum provides while Sangakkara’s role for Sri Lanka is more nuanced, a combination of protector and punisher who must rescue as well as rampage according to match situations.

Feb 28, 2015

Malinga gamble starting to pay dividends for Sri Lanka

By Amlan Chakraborty

(Reuters) – The toe-crusher is hitting the target, the bouncer is coming out well and, most importantly, the wicket column is swelling again.

Three games into the World Cup and Sri Lanka’s calculated gamble on Lasith Malinga appears to be paying off.