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We need a good all-rounder for Tests: Yousuf

We need a good all-rounder for Tests: Yousuf

Sydney: Pakistan captain Mohammad Yousuf feels that a good all-rounder will improve his team’s performances in the Tests.Yousuf lamented that when it comes to One-day and Twenty20s Pakistan have plenty of talented all-rounders, but in Tests they are hard to find. Former captain Shoaib Malik …

I want to be number one as long as possible: Federer

I want to be number one as long as possible: Federer

DOHA: Roger Federer was proud to regain his world number one status last year and wants to stay top of the rankings for as long as he can, he said on Monday.The 28-year-old Swiss leapfrogged Spain’s Rafael Nadal at the top of the rankings thanks …

Afridi prefers Rajasthan Royals and Knight Riders in IPL

Afridi prefers Rajasthan Royals and Knight Riders in IPL

Sydney: Pakistan’s Twenty20 captain Shahid Afridi is hoping to get an Indian Premier League (IPL) stint this year with either Rajasthan Royals or Kolkata Knight Riders.Afridi, who played in the first IPL season for Deccan Chargers, said that Royals, who won the inaugural IPL and …

India must maintain their momentum and play with consistency: Sehwag

India must maintain their momentum and play with consistency: Sehwag

Dhaka: India must maintain their momentum and play at a high level on a consistent basis to keep their place among the world’s top-ranked teams, said vice captain Virender Sehwag.India climbed to the top of the test rankings for the first time in December but …

We are happy to play international cricket

We are happy to play international cricket

Dhaka: Basking in the glory of an immensely successful 2009, India would be aiming to open their hectic new season ahead with a bang when they take on sub-continental rivals Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in an ODI cricket tri-series beginning here on Monday. The series-opener …

Somdev keen to break into top 100

Somdev keen to break into top 100

New Delhi: Armed with the confidence that he has it in him to perform at the highest level, Indian tennis’ poster boy Somdev Devvarman has set himself the immediate target of breaking into the top 100 in singles rankings while remaining consistent throughout the new …

A professional has to do his job and that is what I do: Gambhir

A professional has to do his job and that is what I do: Gambhir

NEW DELHI : For Gautam Gambhir, the fame and stature that has accompanied his success is nothing but a confirmation of his self belief that he belongs to this stage. The tendency to fight has roots in his grooming, his desire to carve a niche. …

Coach Kirsten revived my career: Sehwag

Coach Kirsten revived my career: Sehwag

New Delhi: India’s swashbuckling opener Virender Sehwag Sunday said coach Gary Kirsten’s unflinching faith in his talent revived his career.Sehwag said both Kirsten and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni were very supportive when he returned to the team after being dropped in 2007. ‘It was Gary …

Jayasuriya completes 20 years in international cricket

New Delhi: It has been 20 years since Sri Lankan heavyweight Sanath Jayasuriya began his international career and skipper Kumar Sangakkara lauded his achievements Saturday, saying he had a massive influence on the game.Jayasuriya,40, made his international debut Dec 26, 1989 against Australia at the …

BCCI wants to shift ICC HQ to Mumbai: Pawar

BCCI wants to shift ICC HQ to Mumbai: Pawar

With Sharad Pawar set to become the next International Cricket Council president, the BCCI wants to take firm control over the ICC by shifting its headquarters from Dubai to Mumbai, according to a report. According to a Daily Telegraph report, with India ruling the roost …

India have a strong bench strength: Srikkanth

India have a strong bench strength: Srikkanth

New Delhi: Chief cricket selector Krishnamachari Srikkanth feels that India’s emphatic One-day series victory against Sri Lanka has shown that the team’s bench strength is strong and this augurs well for the 2011 World Cup in the sub-continent. Srikkanth said Thursday night’s victory at Eden …

A delight to see the Indian spinners in full flight

A delight to see the Indian spinners in full flight

CUTTACK: The Indian spinners should be credited for bringing in a semblance of sanity to the One-Day series.After the torrent of runs in the first two matches, and concerns over bowling’s overall degeneration, it was a delight to watch the Indian spinners turn it on …

Messi is FIFA Player of the Year

Messi is FIFA Player of the Year

Zurich: Lionel Messi claimed the World Player-of-the-Year Award on Monday to nearly complete his collection of football’s greatest honours.Messi tacked on the prestigious award to his growing list of accolades at a FIFA gala ceremony here, easily out-distancing the last two winners — Cristiano Ronaldo …

Toss may prove vital in the second Test

Kanpur: The captain who wins the toss may have to weigh his options. In fact, much could hinge on the spin of the coin for both sides in the second Test that gets underway at Green Park Stadium here on Tuesday. There is some grass …