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Feb 14, 2015

Cricket-World Cup glory beckons, arise ‘Sir’ Jadeja

NEW DELHI, Feb 14 (Reuters) – In his sprawling farmhouse at Jamnagar in the west Indian state of Gujarat, Ravindra Jadeja is often seen riding one of his four horses without even a saddle.

The 26-year-old all-rounder brings the same insouciance into the cricket field — whether he is bowling, batting or running backwards chasing a skier.

Feb 6, 2015

Bowling woes bog down India’s cricket World Cup title defence

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Mahendra Singh Dhoni was part of the design process when manufacturers decided to recycle around 33 bottles to produce one Team India kit, making smart use of the plastic waste that litters every Indian road.

As India bid to become only the third nation to defend a World Cup title, Dhoni faces a not too dissimilar job with his bowling resources.

Feb 6, 2015

Cricket-Bowling woes bog down India’s title defence

NEW DELHI, Feb 6 (Reuters) – Mahendra Singh Dhoni was part of the design process when manufacturers decided to recycle around 33 bottles to produce one Team India kit, making smart use of the plastic waste that litters every Indian road.

As India bid to become only the third nation to defend a World Cup title, Dhoni faces a not to dissimilar job with his bowling resources.

Feb 5, 2015

Bangladesh bank on trio to achieve ‘realistic goal’

By Amlan Chakraborty

(Reuters) – Pulling off an upset or two and guarding against potential banana skins will be the mantra for Bangladesh, who will bank on the senior trio of Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim to try and punch above their weight at the World Cup.

Chief selector Faruque Ahmed has no illusions about the knockout prospects of the team which has been clubbed in Pool A with, among others, tournament co-hosts Australia and New Zealand, former champions Sri Lanka and three-times runners-up England.

Feb 5, 2015

Cricket-Bangladesh bank on trio to achieve ‘realistic goal’

Feb 5 (Reuters) – Pulling off an upset or two and guarding against potential banana skins will be the mantra for Bangladesh, who will bank on the senior trio of Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim to try and punch above their weight at the World Cup.

Chief selector Faruque Ahmed has no illusions about the knockout prospects of the team which has been clubbed in Pool A with, among others, tournament co-hosts Australia and New Zealand, former champions Sri Lanka and three-times runners-up England.

Feb 3, 2015

Emotions to run high for Indo-Pak tie in Adelaide

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Cricket is just a game, but try telling that to the 22 players who will walk out for the India v Pakistan World Cup match in Adelaide on Feb 15.

The Pool B contest was sold out in 20 minutes and no other team in world sport will be under as much pressure as the two that day with 1.3 billion unforgiving cricket-crazy fans following the contest ball by ball.

Feb 3, 2015

Cricket-Emotions to run high for Indo-Pak tie in Adelaide

NEW DELHI, Feb 3 (Reuters) – Cricket is just a game, but try telling that to the 22 players who will walk out for the India v Pakistan World Cup match in Adelaide on Feb 15.

The Pool B contest was sold out in 20 minutes and no other team in world sport will be under as much pressure as the two that day with 1.3 billion unforgiving cricket-crazy fans following the contest ball by ball.

Jan 7, 2015

Bahrain not asking for the moon from this Eid

By Amlan Chakraborty

(Reuters) – Bahrain’s Marjan Eid enters the Asian Cup as perhaps the tournament’s least recognised coach but his relative obscurity also means he is likely to be the least under pressure as well.

Eid was named the caretaker coach for the tournament only in mid-November, inheriting a team in the throes of a tricky transition.

Jan 7, 2015

Soccer-Bahrain not asking for the moon from this Eid

Jan 7 (Reuters) – Bahrain’s Marjan Eid enters the Asian Cup as perhaps the tournament’s least recognised coach but his relative obscurity also means he is likely to be the least under pressure as well.

Eid was named the caretaker coach for the tournament only in mid-November, inheriting a team in the throes of a tricky transition.

Jan 2, 2015

War-torn Iraq seek Asian Cup fillip

By Amlan Chakraborty

(Reuters) – Sporting success is an effective relief for any war-torn nation and Iraq, caught in a bloody war with Islamic State, will be seeking more respite when they launch their campaign for a second Asian Cup title in Australia.

The Lions of Mesopotamia sent shockwaves around the globe with their triumph at the 2007 Asian Cup, beating Saudi Arabia 1-0 in the final courtesy Younus Mahmood’s 73rd minute header.