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Amid the frenzy, Nabi an island of calm

SOUTHAMPTON, June 24 -- Rose Bowl is a serene name for a cricket ground. It sounds like something that is placed along with scented candles on wooden tables to liven up living rooms and dining halls. ... Read More


Breathless: india taken to the wire

Southampton, June 23 -- In the 37th over of the morning, Kedar Jadhav went down on one knee and slapped a Rashid Khan delivery over midwicket for four. This was a moment of great significance in the I... Read More


Breath less: India taken to the wire

SOUTHAMPTON, June 23 -- In the 37th over of the morning, Kedar Jadhav went down on one knee and slapped a Rashid Khan delivery over midwicket for four. This was a moment of great significance in the I... Read More


V FOR VIRAT

New Delhi, June 22 -- Colin, the bartender at a rum bar in central Southampton, listens to my accent, observes the colour of my skin and stares at my beard in three quick motions, and is instantly cer... Read More


India ready to rock Rashid & Co

SOUTHAMPTON, June 22 -- On his good days, Rashid Khan doesn't bowl at the batsmen. He mesmerises them. The sway of the hair. The tug of his sleeve. The whizzing run-up. The whirring arm. The unreadabl... Read More


Pant powers into reckoning

SOUTHAMPTON, June 21 -- Rishabh Pant gave the ball a mighty whack at the nets of the Rose Bowl on Thursday. So hard that when one straight drive returned to the net bowler-an English boy seemingly sti... Read More


Injured Dhawan ruled out, Pant drafted into India squad

SOUTHAMPTON, June 20 -- Shikhar Dhawan was formally ruled out of the World Cup on Wednesday, exactly 10 days after the opener was hit on his left hand by a Pat Cummins delivery during India's match ag... Read More


Vijay Shankar adds fresh impetus to India's charge

SOUTHAMPTON, June 20 -- It couldn't have been easy being Vijay Shankar- surely not before he made his World Cup debut on Sunday. For a man who had featured in only single-digit ODIs until then, and si... Read More


Shami 2.0, fast and strong, ready for a fresh plunge

SOUTHAMPTON, June 20 -- In the uncomplicated cricketing universe occupied by Mohammed Shami, life finds uncanny ways of sorting itself out on the rare occasion it finds itself in a tangle. Between the... Read More


Cooking Pak players' goose at Curry Mile

MANCHESTER, June 18 -- Ahmed Maseen, the chef-cum-head waiter-cum-busboy of Al-Madina in south central Manchester, is experiencing a terrible start to his week. The meat delivery van is late and one m... Read More