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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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Tendulkar shines to give India the edge

Posted by Naif in Team India on January 24th, 2008 - Tags: , , ,

A sparkling unbeaten 124 from Sachin Tendulkar gave India the edge on the opening day of the fourth Test against Australia at Adelaide, a game the Indians must win to secure a remarkable 2-2 series draw. Having won the toss on a typical Adelaide belter, India closed on 309 for five, with Tendulkar’s 39th Test hundred the jewel in the tourists’ crown.

There remains plenty of work to do, of course: India won here four years ago after conceding over 550 in the first innings, a feat Australia replicated against England in late 2006. But if Tendulkar and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, undefeated on six after being badly dropped on three by Matthew Hayden at first slip off Mitchell Johnson as the evening shadows lengthened, can coax runs out of the tail, 400 should be the bare minimum. Another cracker could be on the cards.

India edge it as Australia drop it

Posted by Naif in Australia, Team India on January 24th, 2008

Best and worst
Sourav Ganguly was asked about Brad Hogg’s bowling during the Sydney Test and said “he’s not the worst”. By then he was already on top of Hogg’s dismissal list, and today he fell to the wrist-spinner for the fifth time in his career and the fourth occasion in the series. Hogg, who is playing his sixth Test, has struggled to remove any other Indian, but has Ganguly’s measure.

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