1. IPL Round-Up: Kochi on Verge of Going Belly Up, Kings XI 'courts' BCCI

    Is it the end of the road for the Kochi consortium? A Daily News & Analysis (DNA) report would have us believe so...

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  2. Soderling Hangs Tough to Oust Llodra, Fededer Capitulates To Monfils

    It will be Robin Soderling versus Gael Monfils this Sunday at the Paris Masters but not before both protagonists overcame hiccups en route to the final...

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  3. Team Selection for the Asian Games at Guangzhou: BCCI Miss Their Cue

    The BCCI have been roundly criticised for their decision to abstain from the 16th Asian Games at Guangzhou. India are the only major Asian cricketing superpower to not send a team...

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  4. Davydenko Rides the Tail of a Tiger: Llodra Sails Through

    How does it feel to ride the tail of a tiger? Nikolay Davydenko found out when he took on Michael Llodra in the quarterfinals of the Paris Masters ...

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  5. BCCI Announces Revised Graded Payment Structure, List of Contracted Players

    Suresh Raina has made strides in more ways than one. Besides making it to the Test eleven at the expense of Yuvraj Singh, his success at the highest level has resulted in the demotion of Yuvraj Singh from a Grade A contract to a Grade B one...

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  6. Cricketing Bytes: Tendulkar, Racism, UDRS and Modi Again

    Just when you thought that there were no more honours that could be bestowed on Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, the ICC goes ahead and names him the official event ambassador for the 2011 World Cup...

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  7. World Cup 2011: ICC Gives Preparations a Thumbs-Up

    After the scandal-hit CommonWealth Games and the IPL mess, it comes as a breath of fresh air that the ICC has given a thumbs-up to the preparations for the 2011 World Cup to be held in Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka...

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  8. Cricketing Bits: MFN UK, Ranji , Hyderabad Test and Gary Kirsten

    The UK has acquired most favoured nation status among asylum seekers—at least among cricketing ones. Pakistani cricketer and wicket-keeper Pakistan wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider has sought safety there following threats from match-fixers...

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  9. The IPL Lull: Sunny Still Simmers, Chahar Heads the Domestic Signup Roster

    The IPL saga saw a lull in the proceedings because of the Diwali holidays. Indian fans were quite content enjoying the fireworks on display at Motera with Sehwag and Bhajji eking out explosive knocks...

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  10. Laxman and Bhajji Hold The Fort: First Test Against Kiwis Peters Out To a Draw

    The first Test match between the Black Caps and India petered out to a tame draw. The great escape was engineered by two intrepid saviours, VVS Laxman and Harbhajan Singh...

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  11. Indian Cricket: Same Old Story of Batting Collapse Against Black Caps

    The second innings collapse of the famed Indian batting line-up in the first test against a weak New Zealand, side supports my theory that Indians are notoriously poor starters...

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  12. Why The IPL Is More Soapy Than A Soap Opera (Satire)

    Think of soap operas and you recollect Santa Barbara and The Bold And The Beautiful . These two television sagas defined the term soaps for an Indian audience used to the humdrum dished out by the national television channel, Doordarshan ...

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  13. Of UDRS, Hot Spot, Gibbs and the New Kid on the Block, Chahar

    The mystery behind the non-adoption of the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) by the BCCI has been resolved. It is the skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni who is sceptical of the system’s merits...

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  14. Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal: The War of the Report Cards

    I have shied away from tackling the Greatest Of All Time (GOAT) debate for some time because: 1> I think it’s been done to death...

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  15. IPL Makes No News, Can Mum Make a Difference to CA Fortunes?

    The news channels have been handed a respite, with a 30 day extension (or notice) to the Kochi franchisee. Kings XI Punjab will join the Rajasthan Royals by filing a petition against the BCCI for terminating their franchise...

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  16. Indian Cricket: Of Multi-Crore Deals, Consistency and Ranji Kings Mumbai

    Dhoni may be the Indian cricketer with the most endorsements, but Tendulkar makes more money per deal than the Indian captain. Dhoni boasts of a Rs. 180 crore deal and has over 20 brands in his portfolio...

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  17. Tennis Bids Farewell to Elena Dementieva: Has The Romance Faded?

    The retirement of Elena Dementieva comes as a bit of a shock and surprise to her many fans. She was one Russian player who always seemed on the cusp of usurping a Grand Slam but just could not pull it off...

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  18. Indian Cricket: Tendulkar's Next Level and Gambhir's Endorsement Of Gary Kirsten

    It’s true that geniuses and champions are never satisfied with what they have achieved. They are always thinking of the next level, the next summit, the next goal. They dare not rest on their laurels...

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  19. Australian Cricket: The Big Bash À La IPL Raises a Few Questions

    The Big Bash Private Equity League If the BCCI is not quite open to having private equity from foreign investors in the IPL, that is not quite the case with the Australian ...

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  20. Sunil Gavaskar: A Contradiction In Terms, From Calypso King To IPL Flop

    Gavaskar, The Original Little Master I have always been a huge fan of Sunil “Sunny” Gavaskar, the cricketer—the original Little Master...

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  21. Venky's Chicken Takes over Blackburn Rovers: New Product Ideas (Satire)

    The news that Indian poultry giant, Venkateshwara Hatcheries (VH) affectionately known to all as Venky’s chicken, struck a deal to take over BlackBurn Rovers, an English Premier League (EPL) team has come like a thunderbolt out of the blue...

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  22. IPL: Kochi Franchisee in ICU , Issued a Thirty Day Termination Notice

    If the BCCI bigwigs were in a tearing, unholy hurry to terminate the Lalit Modi-associated franchisees— Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab—they are now dragging their ...

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  23. IPL: Sunny Gavaskar's Impropriety Invites Derision , a 'Revolving Door'?

    Doubts still linger about Sunny Gavaskar’s role in the Kochi franchise bid. Was he just being helpful when he informed the Kochi consortium members about how the bidding ...

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  24. IPL: Sunny Gavaskar Hits the Headlines, Kochi Decision on Wednesday

    Sunny Gavaskar hits the headlines once again; this time it is his links with the Kochi franchise that have drawn flak from all quarters...

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  25. Tennis Bytes: Somdev Rises to 94, Federer Champions a Shorter ATP Tour

    Somdev is hitting his stride and new heights on the ATP tour. His ranking has risen to 94; his best ever on the ATP tour. Somdev has been hovering in and out of the top 100 for the past few months...

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