Jun 1, 2019

Expect the unexpected at the 2019 French Open

The French Open is around the corner, so let us size up the contenders and predict who will become the surprise queen of Paris and also evaluate the biggest challengers for Rafael Nadal and rate their chances.

Briefing

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World Cup 2015: The bigger the stage, the better these Australian blokes!

Being your meanest, toughest self in a grand final is no easy thing. There are nerves and the occasion can overwhelm people. But not Australia. Teams have to play out of their skins to beat it on a day like this. It is a culture, passed on from one generation of players to another.

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2015 World Cup in numbers: Australia regains the trophy

From country-wise performance to highest and lowest team totals, here's a lowdown on the numbers from the 2015 Cricket World Cup.

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South Africa at the World Cup: Yoked to ‘choke’

This year, skipper Faf du Plessis has encouraged his squad not to be affected by the inevitable hype and that “doing our best” should be its only expectation.

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New Zealand at the World Cup: Almost there, but not quite!

New Zealand has been a competitive team, with a record of six semifinals and a final.

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World Cup throwback: From spare ribs to a memorable Man of the Match award

Four World Cuppers reminisce on their time at cricket's biggest tournament.

Food For Thought

The burden of eating right

Eating for your pleasure is no longer accepted. Coaches and players alike need to get their act together. Food is more important than any other sports science performance parameter.

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2015 World Cup final: Faulkner, the game-changer

It marked an extraordinary turnaround for James Faulkner, who had suffered a side strain less than two weeks before the World Cup began and wondered if he would even be part of the tournament.

Stroke of Genius

2015 World Cup: Elliott exorcises the ghosts of 1992

Grant Elliott, with arms aloft, let out a roar that seamlessly diffused into the 45,000 fans screaming themselves hoarse as he took New Zealand to the final.

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World Cup: Rahul ready to bat anywhere for Team India

K. L. Rahul’s temperament, technique, mindset and 360-degree shot-making ability holds him in good stead for the big-ticket event in the UK.

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Ben Stokes optimistic of England's World Cup chances

Considered a game changer in the shorter format, Ben Stokes feels that the Eoin Morgan-led side has all the potential to win the title.

Vantage Point

Expect the unexpected at the 2019 French Open

The French Open is around the corner, so let us size up the contenders and predict who will become the surprise queen of Paris and also evaluate the biggest challengers for Rafael Nadal and rate their chances.

Interviews

Shakib Al Hasan opens up on Bangladesh cricket, World Cup hopes and more

Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who will be playing his fourth World Cup, stresses on the cricket culture in his nation that helped the national team dream big.

Interviews

AB de Villiers on 360-degree game, retirement, and playing with Kohli

The South Africa legend says he got to a stage where he felt he had to get away from the international cricket scene, spend more time with his family and just stay sane!

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2011 World Cup final: 'Captain cool' Dhoni calls the shots

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the Indian skipper, was the nation’s toast with his outstanding captaincy and a 79-ball explosive unbeaten 91; a tournament clinching blitz.

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The 2011 World Cup in numbers

From the leading run-scorers to the best bowling performances, here's a breakdown of all the numbers from the 2011 World Cup.

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From the archives: To embrace greatness, Indian cricket must reinvent itself

Indian teams rarely go beyond the point of impressing; they do not embrace greatness, for they are not conditioned to chase excellence.

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World Cup: Afghanistan - a perfect mix of passion, dedication and determination

Having a perfect mix of passion, dedication and determination, Afghanistan could be lethal in the shorter formats of the game and possibly that’s the reason, as the 50-over World Cup nears, most of the participating teams are wary of the team.

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From the archives: Yuvraj's stroke of genius against Australia

Yuvraj Singh struck the sphere, off Brett Lee, with a surgeon’s precision between cover and mid-off, and the sweeper cover, plugging the gap, had no chance. An emotional Yuvraj sank on his knees and then waved his bat in delight.

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Bangladesh, a sporadic giant-killer in the World Cup

The tide started turning in 1997, when Bangladesh won the ICC Trophy and qualified for its maiden ICC World Cup, held in the UK, in 1999.

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Adam Gilchrist, the master of World Cup finals

Australia wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist scored the fastest World Cup final hundred, off just 72 balls, in 2007.

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The 2007 World Cup in numbers

From the leading run-scorers to the best bowling performances, here's a breakdown of all the numbers from the 2007 World Cup.

Stroke of Genius

World Cup: When teenage Tamim Iqbal dismantled Zaheer Khan

Tamim Iqbal’s innings encapsulated Bangladesh’s poise against a team which was touted as the favourite.

Last Word

It is difficult not to feel for Semenya

To tell an Olympic champion with naturally elevated testosterone levels that she must take medication to lower it if she wants to compete is cruel.

On The Write Line

IPL getting better and better, says Sunil Gavaskar

There were more memorable games in IPL 2019 and the future looks very bright indeed.

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U-17 Women's World Cup: India hosts, game plan awaited

The junior girls’ national football championship held in Kolhapur has been used as a scouting platform ahead of the biennial Women’s FIFA Under-17 World Cup.

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IPL diary: Women’s IPL in the offing?

At the launch of what is claimed to be the first ever magazine for women’s cricket — Women’s Criczone — Saba Karim, the BCCI general manager for cricket operations, said it was exploring the possibilities of the league.

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After the IPL spectacle, focus shifts to World Cup!

As the IPL has offered a mixed bag of fortunes, introspection is the key for Kohli’s men before they board the flight to England for the World Cup.

Statsman

Pant pouches a record

Most keeper dismissals in an season, highest strike rates for 90-plus scores, youngest batsmen to score fifties and more from the 2019 IPL season.

View from the paddock

Spanish GP: Hamilton pips Bottas as story unfolds between Mercedes pair

I really hope that we see this inter-Mercedes battle develop into a season-long fight because at the moment it does look like neither Red Bull or Ferrari are close enough to challenge the Silver Arrows.

Cricket

Looking back at World Cup 2011: The Dhoni-factor works wonders

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the Indian skipper, had infected the team with his own brand of quiet confidence and supreme belief to overcome obstacles.