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Symonds tipped to respond to race row

Posted by Naif in Australia, Controversies, General, Team India on January 31st, 2008

Australia’s Andrew Symonds has been tipped to respond in the best way to a claim he sparked cricket’s racism row, but will on Friday play an Indian side refusing to keep quiet.

Australian captain Ricky Ponting on Thursday voiced his side’s disappointment at India’s Harbhajan Singh having his racial abuse suspension from the second Test downgraded to a fine and of a “character assassination” of Symonds.

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Australia keen to open T20 account against India

Posted by Naif in Australia, General, Team India on January 31st, 2008

Bronze images of legends stare at you as you approach the Melbourne Cricket Ground. A sense of history is overwhelming in this hallowed arena ahead of a Twenty20 face-off.

These are, however, modern times when the game’s dynamics are changing. Sir Donald Bradman, Bill Ponsford and Dennis Lillee could well be gazing at cricket’s latest avatar when World Champion India and Australia meet in what should be a high-octane duel on Friday night.

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Spinners have a role in shortest game, says Dhoni

Posted by Naif in Dhoni, General on January 31st, 2008

Going against the conventional wisdom that Twenty20 cricket is for big hitters and pacemen, Indian one-day skipper M. S. Dhoni believes spin bowlers have an important role to play in the shortest form of the game.

A survey last year by the Australian Cricketers Association among domestic Australian players contracted to Cricket Australia found that 64% believed Twenty20 diminishes spin-bowling skills.

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Ponting doubtful, Tendulkar unlikely for T20

Posted by Naif in Australia, Team India on January 31st, 2008

Even as the young India and Australia turks got ready for an explosive contest of Twenty20 at the MCG on Friday, two players who can make a significant difference despite being on the wrong side of their 30s are still to make a decision on whether they will play.

Australia skipper Ricky Ponting is nursing a sore back and keeping his fingers crossed till the start of the much-awaited game here, while master blaster Sachin Tendulkar is yet to take a call on making the Indian XI. Tendulkar has no fitness worries, but may still not walk out at the MCG on Friday.

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Do not cross your limits: Dhoni to team

Posted by Naif in Dhoni, Team India on January 31st, 2008

A day ahead of the Twenty20 encounter against Australia, India’s ODI skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has urged his players not to exceed their limits.

However, he added that players cannot just ‘shut up and play’ as ‘chit chats’ were part of the game. ”Players know the international guidelines that are set out to be followed. Each and every player should respect it. It is the responsibility of an individual more than their skipper to know the limitations and to know where they stand,” Dhoni said.

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One-day captain Dhoni says Indians will behave

Posted by Naif in Dhoni, Team India on January 31st, 2008

Indian one-day captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said on Thursday that he expected his players to be on their best behaviour for the remainder of the Australian tour.

The Indians play Australia in a Twenty20 match at the MCG on Friday in front of an expected 90,000 people, before taking on the hosts and Sri Lanka in a triangular one-day series.

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Dhoni’s showing off a new style

Posted by Naif in Dhoni on January 28th, 2008 - Tags: , ,

Cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni loves his new hairstyle and he has received applause aplenty from his female fans for it too!

When Mahendra Singh Dhoni was not playing cricket, he was busy brushing up on his acting skills.

With his brand value soaring by the day and companies queing up to rope him as his brand ambassador, it seems that our Team India captain has taken his acting and modelling assignments very seriously. Here is why.

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India confident ahead of appeal

Posted by Naif in Team India on January 27th, 2008 - Tags: , , ,

India were last night hopeful Harbhajan Singh would have his racial slur downgraded as his defence team finalised plans for tomorrow’s appeal hearing in Adelaide.

Leading Indian lawyer V.R. Manohar has led Harbhajan’s appeal against a three-Test ban for labelling Andrew Symonds a “big monkey” in a drama-filled Sydney Test.

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Tempers flare in fightback

Posted by Naif in Australia on January 26th, 2008 - Tags: , ,

Reunited friends Matthew Hayden and Phil Jaques savaged India with a telling counterattack as tempers flared on a pivotal third day of the final Test in Adelaide.

Hayden went past Sir Donald Bradman on Australia’s list of centurions with his 30th ton in 94 Tests soon after lunch on day three. The avid cook has now whipped up six hundreds in 14 Tests against India.

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Dhoni brand ambassador for FritoLay India

Posted by Naif in Dhoni on January 26th, 2008 - Tags: ,

The FritoLay Division of PepsiCo India Holdings, the makers of ready-to-eat snack brands Lays, Kurkure and Cheetos, has signed Mahendra Singh Dhoni as their new brand ambassador. ”

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