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Hours after Team India crashed out of the T20 World Cup 2012, coach Duncan Fletcher lashed out at the players and asked them to stand in front of a mirror and introspect. Stung by the coach’s tongue lashing, the players took turns to stand in front of a large mirror in the dressing room and [...]

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Stung by Team India’s failure to yet again make it to the semi-finals stage in this year’s T-20 World Cup, BCCI has taken the bold step of banning Indian players from playing in subsequent editions of IPL in hope of reviving the team’s fortunes in the shortest format of the game. “Ever since we launched IPL [...]

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On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, India peacefully and non-violently bowed out of the World Cup, done in by dumb NRR rules, dumber Australian batting and dumbest South Africa treating the match as a joke rather than a choke. Players from all the Group 2 teams along with former cricketers and administrators descended on the [...]

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Moles from the Indian and South African camps managed to take snapshots of the Gmail inboxes of the two skippers a few hours before their encounter in the Group 8 stage, exclusively for The Unreal Times. Both the inboxes offer fascinating glimpses into the pulls and pressures of captaining the Indian and South African teams: [...]

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India’s emphatic victory over arch rivals Pakistan in yesterday’s must win clash in the ongoing T-20 World Cup has triggered euphoric celebrations on this side of the Radcliffe line and heart-burn coupled with outrage on the other side. After the match, fans, players, and even heads of states congregated on the Indo-Pak ‘Love to hate [...]

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Pushed to a corner, the Indian team management has adopted the Sri Lankan practice of sporting long, confusing, un-spellable names to confuse and ultimately intimidate the opposition, thereby gaining a competitive advantage in the remaining games in the Super 8 stage of the T-20 World Cup. Leading from the front, captain Dhoni had changed his [...]

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With cricket and politics being our national obsessions, it is only natural to draw parallels between India’s leading cricketers and our most colourful politicians. Leading cricket pundit, Barsha Hogle, drawing on his expertise in both these games, analyses the striking similarities between the men in blue jerseys on one hand and men in dhoti-kurtas or [...]

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After suffering annihilation at the hands of Australian openers Shane Watson and David Warner, captain MS Dhoni laid the blame for the defeat on the brief spell of rain just after the Australian innings began. While most cricket fans shook their heads, muttered a curse or two at the Indian skipper and reconciled themselves to [...]

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After subjecting the Indian cricket fans to a much more horrifying experience than a back-to-back uninterrupted screening of Drona and Ra.One, cricket stars reacted in various ways. The Unreal Times, as ever, was at hand to capture their reactions:              

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Rohit Sharma, belying his reputation for ‘blink and miss’ appearances cemented during India’s recent tour to Sri Lanka, hung around more than half an hour to score an unbeaten half century that powered India to a comprehensive victory over England in the Group A game yesterday. The Mumbaikar’s elegant bordering on lazy knocks in the [...]

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