Tendulkar will respond fittingly: Ganguly
Mumbai: Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly is convinced that Sachin Tendulkar will respond to the critics in a befitting manner after his poor performance against the New Zealand in the Test series. Its not the first time he has been bowled. It has happened when he was at his peak. He had then found a way and he is going to do it again. I am sure peoples talk (about his retirement) must have hurt him and he will respond to it, Ganguly said,after delivering the fourth Dilip Sardesai memorial lecture at the Bombay Gymkhana. Having played with him for so long,you got to believe hes not over. When he goes he will go on a high like it should be for every player and more so for the great man. Asked about Indias chances in the upcoming World T20 championships,the former captain said India had a good team but cautioned that it cannot win the World Cup all the time.
Kumble credits Dravid,Laxman for his success
New Delhi: Legendary Indian leg-spinner Anil Kumble says that Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman played a vital role in his success with their brilliance as close-in fielders. Of Kumbles 619 Test victims,81 have been dismissed caught by Dravid and Laxman combined. Kumble remembered Dravid and Laxman for their agility at the slips,silly point and short-leg positions. Rahul and Laxman were brilliant for me as close-in fielders. Most of the times,they knew exactly what I was going to bowl. I never had to discuss my bowling plans with them or instruct them particularly. At times,I told them if I wanted them to stand a bit straighter or wider,but mostly they were very precise in positioning themselves, Kumble said. Kumble said Dravid and Laxmans presence was assuring and he bowled without worry when they were around.
South Africans not impressed by pink ball
Johannesburg: Cricket South Africa (CSA) has expressed its concerns with the quality and condition of the pink ball after experimenting with it in a day-night trial match in Potchefstroom recently. Since the ICC contemplated introducing it in international cricket,the pink ball has been experimented with for the last four years in various places,with South Africa becoming the third country to try it. It seems as though as the ball does not last very long. It will have to be investigated more if cricket is played this way in future, Jacques Faul,acting chief executive of CSA was quoted as saying by
ESPNCricinfo. The pink ball was tested during the match between North West and the Knights. The ball was changed five times in 112 overs in the first innings.
Warwickshire clinch county championship
LONDON: Warwickshire won the English county championship for the first time in eight years when they wrapped up an innings and 202-run victory over local relegation-threatened rivals Worcestershire on Thursday. The victory was made even sweeter after losing out on last seasons title to Lancashire on the final day but it was never in doubt after they bowled Worcestershire out for 60 in the first innings and amassed 471/8 declared in reply with Varun Chopra scoring 195. Worcestershire,needing 411 just to make Warwickshire bat again,were unlikely to come close to that target,but at least redeemed themselves after their first innings collapse before being all out for 209. The result put Warwickshire beyond the reach of second-placed Sussex,their only remaining challengers in the first division,and secured their seventh title and first since 2004.