Jun 4, 2019

World Cup glory and India's one-day transformation

The Gavaskar influence on one-day cricket had to be replaced by the Kapil Dev influence — and more importantly, a World Cup win, before Indians began to take to the format.

Briefing

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Thrilling to see them soaring!

Six-hitting, as most of them say, is a clever mix of timing and power.

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World Cup glory and India's one-day transformation

The Gavaskar influence on one-day cricket had to be replaced by the Kapil Dev influence — and more importantly, a World Cup win, before Indians began to take to the format.

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Cricket World Cup: Fuelled by branding and endorsements

No sponsor, no World Cup. Sportstar brings you the numbers, underlining the importance of branding and endorsements in a big-ticket event.

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In numbers: Highs and lows of the World Cup

All the records you need to know from the 11 previous World Cup editions.

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Virat Kohli: The face of new India

That Virat Kohli’s imprint on Indian cricket is immense is signalled by the fact that he has ushered in a cultural change. The change has broadly come about in two aspects, his first coach, Rajkumar Sharma, points out — fitness and self-belief.

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Gavaskar's thumbs up to 2019 World Cup format

In the current format all the teams have to play one another and so whoever lifts the trophy on July 14 will truly be the World champion, says Sunil Gavaskar.

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Rohit Sharma: Hitman who makes the willow talk

Rohit is the most successful captain in the IPL, with a team owned by India’s richest family, having taken over the reins midway through the 2013 season.

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World Cup: The grand daddy of limited-overs cricket

The International Cricket Council may have its rankings across formats, but the 50-over World Cup is the eventual full-stop to all debates about which is the best outfit.

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Team South Africa preview: Bowl the opposition out is the mantra

Head coach Ottis Gibson genuinely believes that the Proteas possess the firepower to dismiss any team in the tournament inside 50 overs.

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World Cup: Shikhar Dhawan, living life in the fast lane

The cricket culture that Shikhar Dhawan learnt at the Sonnet Club in Delhi made him a strong player.

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Team England preview: Defying convention, embracing aggression

Anything less than outright victory this time will feel like failure after a stunning run of form in recent years built on the back of its power-packed batting line-up.

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Team Pakistan preview: Ignore at your own peril

The core of Pakistan’s squad is made up of some powerful young players. They have the energy and the urge to prove a point.

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Team West Indies preview: Bowling, chink in Windies’ armour

The team’s weakness was laid bare for all to see in an impressive but quite revealing 2-2 drawn one-day series with England in February-March this year.

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World Cup: Kedar Jadhav, the tennis-ball maverick

Kedar Jadhav was first noticed while playing at an open ground in Pune’s Paramhans Nagar, but his father ensured he made the transition to the more serious formats of the game.

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Team New Zealand preview: Can the Kiwis prove the naysayers wrong in World Cup?

The Black Caps have never gone all the way and are aiming to go one better than four years ago when they fell to Trans-Tasman rival Australia in the final.

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Team Sri Lanka preview: Aiming to rise above chaos

In four World Cups in England, Sri Lanka has never reached the second round and has won only four of its 17 games.

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World Cup: Yuzvendra Chahal, from 64 squares to 22 yards

The first cricketer from Jind to play for the country, Chahal is aware of the impact of his rise in his hometown.

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Team Afghanistan preview: Ready to rock the boat

This will be the second World Cup appearance for Afghanistan — it had featured in the 2015 edition — and on paper, the side looks pretty balanced with a perfect blend of youth and experience.

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World Cup: The making of Vijay Shankar

Happy to return to the slow-paced life of south Chennai, Vijay Shankar is catching up with family and friends before packing his bags for England.

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Team Australia preview: Strong as usual after rocky phase

With a World Cup title to defend, the time feels right for Steve Smith and David Warner to reintegrate into the national team and script a Hollywood-style narrative.

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Team Bangladesh preview: A great World Cup script in the making

It is a coincidence that the nation’s cricket story will return to the place where it all started in 1999.

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World Cup: Meet Dinesh Karthik, a player you can never write off!

Coming from a family of sports lovers — mainly cricket — it was natural for the young Dinesh Karthik to take to the sport like fish to water.

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Team India preview: Primed for World Cup success

India’s batting has depth and the bowling, especially with fast bowlers like Jasprit Bumrah, can dent rival citadels in the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

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World Cup: Mangalore, Bangalore, England - the Rahul journey!

In 2002, a 10-year-old K. L. Rahul turned up for the Mangalore zone under-13 selection trials. He did not get picked, but that hardly dampened his spirit. In fact, the rejection lit a fire under him.

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World Cup: Meet Mohammed Shami, the pace machine from the UP hinterland

Most people in the small village of around 5,000 have hardly travelled beyond Moradabad or Amroha, the biggest cities in the vicinity. But one boy dared to step out into the wider world: Mohammed Shami.

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World Cup 2019, meet Team India: Jasprit Bumrah - John Wright and MI’s great find

Jasprit Bumrah was spotted by the IPL franchise at the B ground at the Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera. The six years since have seen a steady and spectacular rise for the fast bowler with the peculiar sling action.

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World Cup 2019, meet Team India: From Revadi to Chhatrapati - The Jadeja story!

While Ravindra Jadeja’s parents wanted to enrol him in the Sainik School, the youngster only wanted to play cricket.

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World Cup 2019, meet Team India: Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the antithesis of a Merathiya

There is an inherent machismo, bravado and in-your-face assertiveness that can scare the uninitiated in the western Uttar Pradesh city of Meerut. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is anything but that.

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World Cup 2019: Meet Hardik Pandya, Team India's emotionally-charged all-rounder

As Hardik gears up for his maiden World Cup sojourn in England, his friends and well-wishers are confident of his success.

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World Cup 2019, meet Team India: Kuldeep Yadav - the accidental chinaman

Originally wanting to become a medium pacer, Kuldeep Yadav’s first coach convinced him to switch to spin and found that the youngster was a natural.

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World Cup 2019, meet Team India: Dhoni, through the eyes of family, teachers, friends

Sportstar travelled to Ranchi, the 2011 World Cup-winning captain's home, to learn what made Dhoni the world-beater he is today.