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In a bid to pressurize Sachin Tendulkar to announce his retirement, BCCI has asked Cheteshwar Pujara to retire from the longer form of the game, citing precipitous decline in form: the lad has averaged only 11 in his last two innings, prompting the far-sighted selectors to axe him and send a hidden message. Shedding further light on [...]

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Former cricketer turned ace commentator, Ravi Shastri, has embarked on a new innings, this time on the political pitch. Shastri contends that with political discourse – whether it be election eve poll manifestos, speeches during rallies, or even the PM’s addresses to the nation – saturated with clichés of the stalest variety, he can give [...]

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Technology giants may be luring talented IIT graduates with lucrative offers but the most coveted job on campus has been bagged by Prashant Bansal, a Computer Science student. The department topper, who spurned a $200,000 offer from Google to improve its search algorithms, will instead be working with the Indian cricket team to prepare the [...]

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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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