One-Day International and Twenty20 fixtures may dominate cricket calendar, but for many cricketers, the joy in playing five-day Test is incomparable. Suresh Raina, who has established himself as one of the best players in both the limited overs formats, is desperate to play Test. For that, he is ready to grind out.
Forget leather, willow and lazy afternoons, the World Cup`s storyline is legions of passionate Indian fans, `light-up` cricket stumps, officials keeping tabs on bookies...and even the back catalogue of Gary Glitter.
Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels that talented Mumbai batsman Ajinkya Rahane is one player who has improved by leaps and bounds in recent times and is ready to don any hat for the team's cause.
Indian cricket's man of the moment Shikhar Dhawan, who mesmerised the MCG crowd with his 137-run match-winning knock against South Africa, said that staying calm during a lean patch was key to his success in the first two matches of the World Cup.
As if not enough with their embarrassing 130-run loss to India, South Africa were on Monday fined for maintaining a slow over-rate during their World Cup group match against Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his men at the MCG here.
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said it was yet another "complete performance" from his side in the cricket World Cup after the Men in Blue broke their World Cup jinx against South Africa with an emphatic 130-run victory in a group B match here on Sunday.
India's premier batsman Virat Kohli on Saturday declared that after experimenting with his batting position, the team management has reached a conclusion that number three is the best slot for him in the World Cup.
Buoyed by their overwhelming victory against arch-rivals Pakistan in the opening game, India will aim to turn the tables when they meet a formidable South Africa in the cricket World Cup, here on Sunday.
South Africa captain AB de Villiers believes the pitch at the Melbourne Cricket Ground for Sunday`s World Cup clash against defending champions India will not favour his fast bowlers, saying batsmen should revel on it.
There won't be any respite for the Indian batsmen as South Africa's numero uno fast bowler Dale Steyn looked fit and set to go out all guns blazing at Virat Kohli and Co, when the two teams meet in the cricket World Cup group league match here on Sunday.