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Smells Like Team Spirit

Smells Like Team Spirit

Mar 04, 2008

Given the youngsters who made it come true, it could well be called an almost-teen spirit that helped India beard the lion in his own den, their first-ever cricket tri-series title on Australian soil

'That Remark Was Never Made'

'That Remark Was Never Made'

Jan 09, 2008

After his "withering condemnation of the excessive conduct" of the Australian team earns him all-round praise, the Indian captain reiterates, "whatever people believe the word was said, he [Harbhajan] didn't say it."

Picking Up The Pieces

Picking Up The Pieces

Aug 20, 2007

'I was faced with choices in the last few months, either to paint the world black and point fingers at everyone or silently go about picking myself up from the floor and do what I do best.'

'Our Batting Is A Worry'

'Our Batting Is A Worry'

Apr 26, 2007

'We are heavily dependent on the top order and do not bat too deep down,' avers the former skipper

'I Won't Ask Sachin To Retire'

'I Won't Ask Sachin To Retire'

Mar 28, 2007

'He's been one of my favourites and I'm more disappointed than anyone else at his failure to do well in the World Cup.'

'We Did Not Deserve The Cup'

'We Did Not Deserve The Cup'

Mar 24, 2007

'It is too early to collect my thoughts. A lot of hard work has gone into it over the last year. But we did not play well in this tournament and did not deserve to go into the second round.'

No Last Hurrah Yet

No Last Hurrah Yet

Mar 16, 2007

Sure to warm Indian hearts, the maestro hints at being part of the action in the 2011 World Cup.

Setting Goals

Setting Goals

Mar 15, 2007

Yet to cement a regular place in the ODI squad but the sprightly Kerala paceman believes he has an important role to play in India's scheme of things in the World Cup.

Reverse Psychology

Reverse Psychology

Feb 19, 2007

The Indian coach reveals his ploy that challenged Sehwag to reclaim his batting style.

Agony!

Agony!

Jan 06, 2007

The Indians had themselves to blame as they blew away a 41-run first innings lead with a pathetic batting display in the second, which allowed South Africa to record a memorable come-from-behind 2-1 series triumph.

Back To Square One

Back To Square One

Dec 30, 2006

It was deja vu all over again as India was bowled out for 179 to lose the second cricket Test against South Africa by 174 runs and thus allowing SA to level the series 1-1.

Tough Ask

Tough Ask

Dec 29, 2006

Not having scored more than 250 so far in the Test series, India at 38-2 and chasing 354 for victory, face a daunting task with the entire fifth day to bat out.

Advantage South Africa

Advantage South Africa

Dec 28, 2006

For the third day running, bad light played spoilsport but that did not prevent the Proteas from tightening the screws -- the hosts built up a 152-run lead after bowling out India for 240.

Reined In

Reined In

Dec 26, 2006

Three wickets for one run in nine balls at the fag end of the day helped India undermine Ashwell Prince's fighting 98 not out and scuttle a South African fightback.

Sitting Ducks

Sitting Ducks

Dec 17, 2006

Complementing Laxman's 73 that allowed India to set a target of 402, Sreesanth (3-47) rattled the Safs once again to push them closer to defeat at 163-5.

The Come Back Kids

The Come Back Kids

Dec 16, 2006

Sreesanth (5-40) turns the match on its head, rocking the cocky South Africans, bundling them out for 84 on a day of astonishing cricket, with useful contributions from Ganguly, Laxman, Zaheer Khan, Kumble and VRV Singh

India Cling On

India Cling On

Dec 15, 2006

Reduced to 14-2, Tendulkar (44) and Dravid (32) led the fightback with their 69-run stand. But, Laxman's dismissal off the day's last ball left them at 156-5 with Ganguly and Dhoni fighting it out.

Whitewashed

Whitewashed

Dec 03, 2006

India failed to redeem their pride on an easy-paced track and were thrashed by nine wickets that allowed South Africa to complete a 4-0 swamp and set the tempo for the Test series.

The Sweet Taste Of Victory

The Sweet Taste Of Victory

Dec 01, 2006

Dinesh Karthik hit a last over six as India halted their losing streak in South Africa by defeating the hosts by six wickets in their first ever Twenty-20 international clash.

Abject Surrender

Abject Surrender

Nov 29, 2006

For the third match in succession Indian batsmen failed to utilise the full 50 overs while chasing, capitulating against genuine fast bowling to hand the hosts a winning 3-0 lead.

Insult Added To Injury

Insult Added To Injury

Nov 26, 2006

Down 76-6, it was almost curtains for the Proteas. But a certain Justin Kemp (100 n.o.) and Andrew Hall (56 n.o.) turned the script around with their 138-run unbroken eighth wicket stand off just 87 balls. Their bowlers took over and ensured 274 rema

Nelled!

Nelled!

Nov 22, 2006

The fast bowling bogey returned to haunt India as chasing 249 they were blown away by Andre Nel and Jacques Kallis for 91 from a mere 29.1 overs, their lowest ever score against South Africa.

'There Was Suspicion And Doubt'

'There Was Suspicion And Doubt'

Aug 04, 2006

'My interaction with the players was positive. They were all performers for their country, proud warriors who viewed with trepidation (it was understandable) if a foreigner would be good enough for their team.'

Finally, The Wait Ends

Finally, The Wait Ends

Jul 02, 2006

Buoyed by Anil Kumble's 6-78, India added a new chapter to their cricketing history by scripting their first series win in the Caribbean in 35 years with a 49-run victory at the Sabina Park.

A Twist In The Script

A Twist In The Script

Jul 01, 2006

Down and out after being bowled out for 200, Harbhajan's magical fingers and Dravid's steady hand saw India storm back and take control on a minefield of a Sabina Park track that consumed 16 wickets on Day II.

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