May 17, 2019

Mohammed Shami: Lean, mean and raring to go

Playing for Kings XI Punjab in the ongoing Indian Premier League season, Mohammed Shami has been consistent and hopes to keep the momentum going in the World Cup as well.

Briefing

Archives

Tracing Tiger Woods' journey in the 11 years between his Masters triumphs

Tiger Woods’ triumph in Augusta was something way beyond numbers and quality.

History

India in England for World Cup '79: '£18 for dinner with BCCI president!'

Yajurvindra Singh looks back at his time in England during the 1979 World Cup.

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Three World Cuppers reminisce about their experience at cricket's biggest stage

India's Venkatapathy Raju and Balwinder Singh Sandhu and South Africa's Meyrick Pringle recount their World Cup experiences.

Last Word

The outsider has now risen to new levels

In general, the search is to discover the world’s No. 1 golfer or tennis player or sprinter, not the world’s perfect human being who also happens to be the best in the sport.

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2003 World Cup: Ricky Ponting’s pot of gold

Ricky Ponting’s Australians are a class apart. Twice in the World Cup they proved that, as competitors on the big stage, they are way ahead of the Indians.

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2003 World Cup: Ricky Ponting's calculated 'final' assault!

Ricky Ponting’s unbeaten 140 left India demoralised and the target of 360 proved all the more tough once Glenn McGrath removed Sachin Tendulkar in the first over of the 2003 World Cup final.

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The 2003 World Cup in numbers

From the leading run-scorers to the best bowling performances, here's a breakdown of all the numbers from the 2003 World Cup.

Stroke of Genius

2003 World Cup: When Tendulkar's brilliance floored Pakistan in Centurion

Using the extra pace of Shoaib Akhtar, Sachin Tendulkar stroked the ball just right to find the gap with a wristy flick to the mid-wicket fence.

Gennext

A promising all-rounder in the making

While he can build partnerships in the middle-order, Riyan Parag’s leg-breaks are quite effective too.

Star Struck

There’s no shortcut to success

“Make sure you practice hard and implement your ideas in the middle,” Wasim Akram had told me.

On The Write Line

Ranji winning players not featuring in IPL is baffling, says Gavaskar

Hardly any player from a Ranji Trophy winning team or the semifinalists finds a place in the IPL franchises. Why?

Fitnesswise

The future of fitness testing in sports

Fitness tests could become redundant in the future, since there is going to be a real time value for each and every athlete at any time with the touch of a button.

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Rashid Khan: Eyeing to create a flutter or two

Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan, who is the best all-rounder in the ODI format, talks about the benefits of being with Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL and what the ICC Cricket World Cup means to his nation.

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World Cup 1992: When Pakistan cricket was revolutionised

Only two of the players from the 2015 World Cup have made the team this time, but Pakistan will be hoping not to make the same mistakes while trying to write a new chapter of history.

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World Cup 1996: Unfancied Sri Lanka's greatest sporting achievement

The triumph in 1996 is Sri Lanka’s greatest achievement in sports. No one had given it a chance to win the cricket World Cup, but Arjuna Ranatunga’s side took the world by storm.

Archives

IPL Diary: Lara the perceptive commentator

The West Indies legend picks Indian stars for the future, the Aussie and Kiwis commemorate Anzac Day, and a cleanliness drive.

History

The 1996 World Cup in numbers

From the leading run-scorers to the best bowling performances, here's a breakdown of all the numbers from the 1996 World Cup.

History

Wasim Akram: Cricketer Extraordinary and Captain Courageous

Ever since he took over at the helm before the Indian tour earlier this year, Akram has transformed a trouble-ridden Pakistan team into one single cohesive unit — his single biggest contribution.

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The 1999 World Cup in numbers

From the leading run-scorers to the best bowling performances, here's a breakdown of all the numbers from the 1999 World Cup.

Stroke of Genius

1999 World Cup: Mark Waugh carves a stroke to cherish

Wasim Akram was bowling quick and on the stumps, and Mark Waugh waited for his moment to hit a scorching cover drive, as good as any you would have seen.

History

1999 World Cup flashback: Shane Warne's four-wicket trick

Shane Warne’s four-wicket returns against Pakistan (final) and South Africa (semifinal) have a special place in World Cup history.

Interviews

Mohammed Shami: Lean, mean and raring to go

Playing for Kings XI Punjab in the ongoing Indian Premier League season, Mohammed Shami has been consistent and hopes to keep the momentum going in the World Cup as well.

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1992 World Cup: New Zealand springs surprise in familiar conditions

The Kiwis were simply superb in the World Cup. They gave a new dimension to one day cricket with their well contrived strategies.

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The 1992 World Cup in numbers

From country-wise performance to highest and lowest team totals, here's a lowdown on the numbers from the 1992 Cricket World Cup.

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1992 World Cup: Wasim Akram's magic swings the title in Pakistan's favour

While the cricketing world would remember Wasim Akram’s memorable effort with the ball in the 1992 World Cup final, one cannot overlook his unbeaten 19-ball 33 that lifted the Pakistan total to 249.

Stroke of Genius

Mark Greatbatch leaves a mark on 1992 World Cup and Wasim Akram

The ball pitched slightly short, Mark Greatbatch rocked on the backfoot and unleashed a square cut that saw the ball sail over point for a six.

Statsman

IPL in numbers: Turner, a sitting duck!

Ashton Turner's five successive ducks in T20 cricket, slowest IPL knocks, most IPL wickets against a single opposition and more.

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World Cup and India: Two in the kitty so far

As the 2019 edition of the World Cup in England draws near, it is time to leap back in time and recall those heady days of 1983 and 2011 for India. Memory stirs, dreams take shape and fresh tales of valour beckon.

View from the paddock

Bottas back on top

At the next race in Barcelona, all eyes will be on the Finn to see if he can sustain this form and for the sake of the World Championship battle, I certainly hope he can!

Vantage Point

11 things we learned from Monte Carlo

How did these underdogs turn the tables on Djokovic, Nadal and the other favourites? Let’s review their improbable runs and what else we learned from the first tournament of the European clay-court season.

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1996 World Cup: Sri Lanka on top of the world

The margins of wins in the knockout are a testimony to Sri Lanka’s superiority in the sixth World Cup.

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1996 World Cup final: Aravinda here, there, everywhere!

It was a confident and stylish Aravinda de Silva on view for nearly three hours after Sanath Jayasuriya was run out for nine and Romesh Kaluwitharana was dismissed by Damien Fleming.

Stroke of Genius

1996 World Cup: Jayasuriya ends a career

Shocked, silent spectators at the Ferozeshah Kotla watched in disbelief as the Sri Lanka opener smashed Manoj Prabhakar’s second over for four fours and a six.