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Apr 13, 2015

Soccer-Constantine back to wake up ‘sleeping giant’ India

NEW DELHI, April 13 (Reuters) – Stephen Constantine has first hand knowledge of how difficult it is to wake up India from its soccer slumber but the Englishman insists he can make a difference at his second attempt or he would not have accepted the offer.

India rank a dismal 147 in the latest rankings, reflecting soccer’s struggle for growth in the cricket-obsessed nation and prompting FIFA president Sepp Blatter to term the country a “sleeping giant”.

Apr 8, 2015

Saina Nehwal confident of reclaiming top spot

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Far from mourning the end of her brief reign as the world number one, shuttler Saina Nehwal is happy that she at least made it to where no other non-Chinese could reach in the last four years.

Since Dane Tine Baun’s rise to the top in late 2010, China’s badminton hegemony has ensured one of their own topped women’s singles rankings until late last month.

Apr 8, 2015

Badminton-India’s Nehwal confident of reclaiming top spot

NEW DELHI, April 8 (Reuters) – Far from mourning the end of her brief reign as the world number one, Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal is happy that she at least made it to where no other non-Chinese could reach in the last four years.

Since Dane Tine Baun’s rise to the top in late 2010, China’s badminton hegemony has ensured one of their own topped women’s singles rankings until late last month.

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.