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Was this the way McCullum and his team-mates had played all World Cup? Yes and no. Yes, it embodied the aggressive, nothing-is-too-difficult approach of this team. But the difference today was that barring one partnership, there was no second gear. No settling in, looking to dig deep. It was almost haphazard. The MCG surface on which McCullum opted to bat had runs in it. New Zealand should have got to at least 250. But they didn't.
It seemed a good total, but New Zealand's belief was a bit more than South Africa's.
24/03/2015 8:26 PM IST
This is it. New Zealand versus South Africa at the semi-final stage of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup. Brendon McCullum against AB de Villiers. Potential versus performance. Hope against hope. Nerves against the nervous. Neither country has ever won a World Cup semi-final. One of them will go to the summit for the first time. Who will blink first?
23/03/2015 12:47 PM IST
And to think, had Jesse Ryder not pulled himself out of the reckoning for the World Cup, Martin Guptill may not have batted today. Dumped from the Test team in 2013 and far from his best in the months leading upto the selection of the New Zealand squad for the tournament, the 28-year-old opener would not have been many people's pick to take the plaudits at the end of a one-sided quarter-final which ended in a 143-run drubbing of West Indies.
22/03/2015 5:34 PM IST
Racing analogies are never far from the surface for Brendon McCullum. The New Zealand captain knows a thing or two about horse racing, having shares in around ten high-quality racehorses, so when he describes his New Zealand team being a horse at its peak, you should take notice.
20/03/2015 2:00 PM IST
His timing, so sublime through the ICC Cricket World Cup, deserted him at the crease in the quarterfinal against South Africa on Wednesday but Kumar Sangakkara did admirably to stick to his decision to quit the ODI game. "I feel that the time is now and it's right and the World Cup with a four-year wait in between is the right occasion to do it," he said.
19/03/2015 10:12 AM IST
This article is from Cricbuzz. By G Rajaraman It was a night of emotional farewells at the Sydney Cricket Ground. World Cup
18/03/2015 3:38 PM IST
Two things seem to be common when you speak to cricketing minds in New Zealand - one, that Brendon McCullum's captaincy is having a positive effect, and two, that New Zealand's bowling is very, very exciting.
18/03/2015 1:35 PM IST
South Africa captain AB de Villiers insisted he has not often thought about the tag of chokers being associated with his team. "All I can say is we're not going to choke. We're just going to play a good game of cricket on Wednesday and come out on top. Simple," he said on the eve of their ICC Cricket World Cup quarterfinals against Sri Lanka here.
17/03/2015 8:17 PM IST
A colourful and noisy house will be in attendance as South Africa and Sri Lanka clash at the iconic Sydney Cricket Ground on Wednesday in what can be the best of the quarterfinals games in the ICC Cricket World Cup. Hopefully, curator Tom Parker and his team will roll out a track on which the outcome of the high-voltage game will not depend only on the toss.
17/03/2015 7:35 PM IST
Let me stick my neck out and pick the winners of the four games that will be played back-to-back from Wednesday to Saturday.
17/03/2015 10:25 AM IST
Rubel Hossain had just flattened James Anderson's stumps and started on his Usain Bolt like sprint that got all of Dhaka on its feet. History had been scripted and all of a sudden Bangladesh had firmly etched itself on the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 roster. They are in Australia to compete, not simply to make up the numbers.
10/03/2015 10:15 PM IST
The man takes a few steps, sees the empty seat next to me, and sits down. It is Sudhir Kumar Chaudhary, also know as Sudhir Gautam, the most famous Indian cricket fan. Instantly recognisable if you've watched Indian cricket on TV for even a few days. Sudhir has devoted his life to Sachin Tendulkar, and images of him and the superstar with the 2011 ICC World Cup trophy have made their way into the fabric of Indian cricket history. His travels are famous. He has cycled over 12,000 miles to watch Tendulkar's India play; to Dhaka, Lahore, all over India.
08/03/2015 1:22 PM IST
Pakistan versus South Africa at Eden Park, ground of the notoriously short straight boundaries. Pakistan are wounded, desperate. South Africa are upbeat, riding on AB de Villiers' pyrotechnics and Hashim Amla's prolific form. Twice they've crossed 400. Pakistan struggled to 339 against UAE. The knives are out, the post mortem being prepared. This is Pakistan, after all.
07/03/2015 6:17 PM IST
Virat may have his reasons to feel peeved for violation of his privacy but nothing justifies a public outburst in the manner that was done. For such a thing just doesn't help Virat or Indian cricket in any way. All it does is take the focus away for a brief period and shows Virat in a manner he'd not be happy with.
04/03/2015 1:03 PM IST
Mohit has picked up two wickets in both games and has answered his skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's call for intensity, aggression and efficiency tellingly, not just when bowling but also when fielding.
23/02/2015 5:29 PM IST
In direct parallel to the 87th Academy Awards on Monday, held some 11,000 kilometres upwards of the Pacific Ocean, was a rather lifeless one-day international at Hagley Park. In the glitzy surroundings of Hollywood, the Oscars threw up some surprises to leave film critics and moviegoers somewhat puzzled. In Christchurch, England's defeat went pretty much to script. England won, made 300 and won by 119 runs. And yet there was something hollow about this win over Scotland.
23/02/2015 5:03 PM IST
On Sunday at the MCG, Shikhar produced an innings of substance which also showcased a maturity many thought was missing in him.
23/02/2015 4:42 PM IST
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