CARDIFF: India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni rated Sri Lanka as “a dangerous team” ahead of their ICC Champions Trophy semifinal on Thursday, saying they were not just focussing on “a Mahela Jayawardene or a Kumar Sangakkara“.
Thursday’s semifinal will be the fifth meeting between India [...]
CARDIFF: Unbeaten so far, a confident India would be up against a massive challenge when they take on sub-continental rivals Sri Lanka, a team on the ascendancy after a slow start, in the semifinal match of the ICC Champions Trophy on Thursday.
India will be the fancied team on paper [...]
CARDIFF: The Sri Lankan team that played and won the last league match in Group ‘A’ against Australia had four international captains, eight batsmen, seven bowlers and three wicket-keepers in the eleven.
From a tactical point of view, that’s quite an Irish broth. While it does give any captain the advantage of numerous [...]
CARDIFF: Blame it on the IPL. In recent years, that has been the approach across cricket-playing nations whenever there is something wrong with the game.
Players get injured frequently because the Indian league is the culprit. If cricketers opt for club over country, it’s because the league has spoilt their thinking.
CARDIFF: As the Champions Trophy meanders towards its business end, the talk here does not centre around India’s opponent in the semifinals. Rather, it is around the lines of who will be lucky enough not to run into the Group B toppers in the knockout match.
That’s the kind of form [...]
The third team of the tri-series is Sri Lanka and the matches will be [...]
BIRMINGHAM: Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has told his match-winning young team to remain focused as it approached the business end of the Champions Trophy.
The reigning World Cup champions have enjoyed a remarkable campaign in the eight-nation tournament so far, becoming the only team to enter the semi-finals with an [...]
BIRMINGHAM: This tournament had turned out to be bad for Pakistan, but Messrs Duckworth and Lewis made it worse on Saturday. Their big-ticket clash against India was supposed to be a last chance at redemption but the match was marred by unrelenting bursts of shower and a painfully prolonged end. India, however, still prevailed [...]
While Misbah gave the match against India a lot of importance and said that a victory in this game would [...]
BIRMINGHAM: The Indian camp says they’re not under pressure because they’ve qualified. The Pakistan camp says they’re not under pressure because they’re out of the tournament. Yet, the battle of Birmingham is being talked about as one that might be the most intensely fought in this Champions Trophy.