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Mar 6, 2015

Opening woes continue to haunt Pakistan at World Cup

By Sudipto Ganguly

(Reuters) – A pair of comfortable wins after two losses to start the World Cup have given a more settled look to Pakistan but the 1992 champions still seem to have no clue as to how to solve their opener problem.

Pakistan’s troubles started when all-rounder and regular opener Mohammad Hafeez was ruled out with a calf muscle injury a week before the World Cup, and the team flew out Nasir Jamshed as a replacement.

Mar 6, 2015

Cricket-Opening woes continue to haunt Pakistan at World Cup

March 6 (Reuters) – A pair of comfortable wins after two losses to start the World Cup have given a more settled look to Pakistan but the 1992 champions still seem to have no clue as to how to solve their opener problem.

Pakistan’s troubles started when all-rounder and regular opener Mohammad Hafeez was ruled out with a calf muscle injury a week before the World Cup, and the team flew out Nasir Jamshed as a replacement.

Mar 1, 2015

India go from butterfingers to electric-heels in the field

MUMBAI (Reuters) – It is one of the accepted truths of international cricket that fielding is not India’s particular forte but Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men have taken bold steps towards altering that reputation at the World Cup.

Too often in the past, India’s fast bowlers have been liabilities in the field, while during the recent test series in Australia the team’s close-in catching was simply woeful.

Mar 1, 2015

Cricket-India go from butterfingers to electric-heels in the field

MUMBAI, March 1 (Reuters) – It is one of the accepted truths of international cricket that fielding is not India’s particular forte but Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men have taken bold steps towards altering that reputation at the World Cup.

Too often in the past, India’s fast bowlers have been liabilities in the field, while during the recent test series in Australia the team’s close-in catching was simply woeful.

Feb 20, 2015

Talisman Shakib raises bar for Bangladesh players

MUMBAI (Reuters) – A Bangladesh cricketer leading any individual world ranking is an achievement in itself but Shakib Al Hasan has raised the bar considerably by topping the all-rounder’s charts in all three formats.

While a few might argue whether the 27-year-old is indeed currently the world’s best all-rounder, there is not an iota of doubt that Shakib is the best cricketer Bangladesh has ever produced.

Feb 20, 2015

Cricket-Talisman Shakib raises bar for Bangladesh players

MUMBAI, Feb 20 (Reuters) – A Bangladesh cricketer leading any individual world ranking is an achievement in itself but Shakib Al Hasan has raised the bar considerably by topping the all-rounder’s charts in all three formats.

While a few might argue whether the 27-year-old is indeed currently the world’s best all-rounder, there is not an iota of doubt that Shakib is the best cricketer Bangladesh has ever produced.

Feb 6, 2015

Lee hoping for World Cup pace-fest Down Under

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Former Australia paceman Brett Lee has picked his country’s bowling attack as the most balanced for the World Cup and hopes the pitches during the tournament will retain their tradition of being conducive to fast bowling.

There are concerns that the Australian pitches for the Feb. 14-March 29 tournament might be better suited to batting after a record number of runs were scored during India’s recent four-test series Down Under.

Feb 6, 2015

Cricket-Lee hoping for World Cup pace-fest Down Under

MUMBAI, Feb 6 (Reuters) – Former Australia paceman Brett Lee has picked his country’s bowling attack as the most balanced for the World Cup and hopes the pitches during the tournament will retain their tradition of being conducive to fast bowling.

There are concerns that the Australian pitches for the Feb. 14-March 29 tournament might be better suited to batting after a record number of runs were scored during India’s recent four-test series Down Under.

Feb 6, 2015

Cricket-Unpredictable Pakistan hope to overcome turbulent build-up

Feb 6 (Reuters) – Pakistan have sweet memories of the World Cup when Australia and New Zealand last co-hosted it in 1992 but their optimism will be tempered this time by their turbulent build-up to the quadrennial event.

Very few would have tipped Pakistan to win the showpiece event 23 years ago but Imran Khan’s young team fought back from imminent elimination in the opening round to defeat England in the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Feb 5, 2015

Sri Lanka bank on parting shot from Sangakkara, Jayawardene at cricket World Cup

By Sudipto Ganguly

(Reuters) – Sri Lankan batting stalwarts Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene are eyeing the perfect finish to their illustrious 50-over careers by winning the World Cup next month after two near misses.

While right-handed Jayawardene will quit all forms of the game after the Feb. 14-March 29 event, the left-handed Sangakkara may yet continue to play test cricket.