The Great Debate (India)
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Mahendra Singh Dhoni struck a dramatic six to bring the World Cup to India on Saturday after Sri Lanka had threatened to ruin their party.
India is only the third side to win batting second, a feat that seemed beyond them when Lasith Malinga dismissed both openers in his first four overs. India also became the first country to win the World Cup as host.
Nothing gets bigger in this part of the globe than a cricket match featuring India and Pakistan. The rivalry would be renewed in Wednesday’s World Cup semi-final in Mohali in Punjab.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Yusuf Raza Gilani will watch the match in what is billed as “cricket diplomacy”.
The website selling just 1000 tickets for the cricket World Cup final in Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on April 2 crashed seconds after they went on sale on Monday sparking furious complaints from fans.
ICC official ticketing partner KyaZoonga.com buckled under the pressure of huge traffic.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his men will have to work hard to justify their favourites’ tag as India begins its quest for World Cup glory in the Feb. 19 – April 2 cricket tournament.
Fourteen teams have been divided into two groups for the tournament, co-hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, with the top four from each division advancing to the quarter-finals.
Sachin Tendulkar is the first player to score 50 test centuries, reaching 107 not out on the fourth day of India’s first cricket test against South Africa on Sunday. Here’s your chance to congratulate Sachin, share your views and comments.
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The Pakistan spot-fixing scandal has once again shone the spotlight on illegal betting in the sub-continent and reopened the debate on the legalisation of gambling in India.
Media reports suggest the Indian sports ministry is now examining gambling regulations in other countries, particularly the UK, in a possible move towards legalising sports gambling.
(UPDATE: Kirsten on Friday denied having any role in drafting the document and said he was deeply hurt by the quotes being attributed to him)
Coach Gary Kirsten is encouraging the Indian cricket team to have sex to boost their performance in the ongoing Champions Trophy tournament in South Africa, a newspaper reported.
This is not the first time cricket or cricketers were targeted in the subcontinent, especially Pakistan.
Despite the threat to players’ security, something which has led to postponement or cancellations of many tours, the subcontinent has always presented a united front which many will say was instrumental in the centre of gravity of world cricket shifting from England to South Asia.