Sometime yesterday morning, espncricinfo.com tweeted a photo of MS Dhoni hitting Sri Lanka's Nuwan Kulasekara for a six at the Wankhede Stadium and giving India the 2011 World Cup. #OnThisDay in 2011, the shot that sent millions of Indians into jubilation. It's the sentiment the majority will share and for right reasons. The minority found their leader in the form of none other than Gautam Gambhir, the pugnacious left-hand opener who had hit 97 that magical night. Gambhir tweeted back: Just a reminder @ESPNcricinfo: "#worldcup2011 was won by entire India, entire Indian team & all support staff. High time you hit your obsession for a SIX." Gambhir's point about obsession can be debated till the end of the world. But a shot that had ended 28 years of wait for a World Cup is worth obsessing upon. It is worth obsessing upon nine years to that date, as no such shot with such an impact has been played in Indian cricket since. The shot is worth obsessing upon in a nation so bereft of … [Read more...] about India vs Sri Lanka 2011 World Cup: Nine years of obsession
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“The Bangalore Test was very important for us as a team. When we were going for that India series in 2005, all analysts and former cricketers claimed this was the weakest Pakistan team touring India.”They believed we would get quashed by a strong India side. We did not have a powerful bowling attack and I, as captain, was confused how we would get them out.”The stylish right-handed batsman also said that many players had refused to tour India, thinking a defeat would see his departure as Pakistan skipper. … [Read more...] about ‘Some key players refused to tour India,’ Inzamam ul Haq recalls how he was left with a weak Pakistan team in 2005 tour
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The havoc wrought by the coronavirus is now there for all to see. India, after staying relatively unscathed for a while, is finally witnessing the dread setting in. After the latest cases that have emerged, the total count of Indian patients who have tested positive has shot up to touch 110. Fear is palpable everywhere, and with good reason. The theory about India's relative safety that had been doing the rounds lately, seems to be rapidly losing steam. Nomura economist Robert Subbaraman said India had a factor going for it which was keeping the scourge at bay. While almost all of Asia could be a sitting duck, India's exposure levels to the virus' economic fallouts could be lower, he noted. According to Subbaraman, the reason is India's unwillingness to join the China-led Asian supply chain that may have played a role in keeping India's exposure to a minimum. It's long been one step forward, two steps back when it comes to India joining the Great Asian supply chain where China is … [Read more...] about For how long can India remain safe from coronavirus? Fear spikes after new data