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(Continues from Part I) “To be effective, we’ll need to go within a dream within a dream within a dream to firmly plan the idea of retirement. For that, we’ll need an architect. Someone who can conjure up rich, vivid and realistic landscapes for each stage. We ought to let Ashwin be the architect,” coach [...]

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(Continues from Part II) “In the final stage, we need to pull at His heart-strings. Convey the idea that He is blocking the career of a budding cricketer,” continues coach Fletcher. “Right, we can set up a scene of Rohit Sharma pleading before God,” suggests Aswhin. There is wave of disapproval and vigorous shaking of [...]

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“It was always my dream to play for my country…,” he speaks softly into the microphone. There’s complete silence in the room, every pair of eyes on the speaker on the dais,  every breath held in anticipation. The diminutive speaker continues. “…and I have given my 100% all these years,” he pauses again, eyes still staring [...]

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Ricky Ponting announced his retirement from international cricket today. What prompted the Australian batting legend to call time on his career when he was arguably only an Indian series away from returning to form? The inside story, in pictures:                        

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After a humiliating 10-wicket drubbing in the 2nd test in the ongoing India-England series, skipper Dhoni took to Facebook to vent out his frustration at the curator, the turbanator in the English camp, the turbanator in the Indian camp, the you-know-who who won’t do you-know-what, and everything else that went wrong in the last 5 [...]

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With Team India done in by sharp spin bowling on a wickedly turning pitch in Mumbai, Dhoni has now profusely apologized to the curator of the Ahmedabad pitch, Dhiraj Parsana. MSD had earlier criticized Dhiraj for preparing a vapid, lifeless pitch on which the Indians struggled to win, and called for pitches that turned and [...]

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Dashing Indian opener, Virender Sehwag, will play in his 100th international Test today. Not surprisingly, celebrities got in line to congratulate the swashbuckler who cares as little about personal landmarks as does the government about tackling corruption. In pictures:                

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The Indian cricket team was in a state of panic after a green tinge was spotted on the Wankhede wicket, the venue for the second Test between India and England. The Indian cricketers’ worst fears were confirmed after close inspection with a magnifying glass revealed a layer of algae, which could potentially make the ball seam [...]

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Despite Cook’s valiant efforts, England was outplayed by India in the first Test of the 4 match series. The lads later congregated on the team’s Facebook wall to mull over the defeat and discuss the way ahead in what promises to be a long, hard tour. (With inputs from Unreal columnist, Ashwin Kumar)

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India is firmly in the driver’s seat at the end of day 2  of the Ahmedabad Test thanks to a clinical batting display by Cheteshwar Pujara which propelled the Indian total past 500. With already 3 wickets down, England will have to bat out of their skins to save the Test. We bring you the [...]

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