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Dinesh Kartik replaces injured Virender Sehwag

Wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Kartik has been selected as a replacement for the injured Virender Sehwag. Virender Sehwag has been ruled out of the Twenty20 World Cup due to shoulder injury. The Tamil-Nadu wicketkeeper- batsman will join the Indian T20 squad in England shortly. Karthik has played 6 T20 matches, scored 67 runs at an average of 16.75. However, he had a better outing in the IPL.

Sehwag who has missed both the warm-up matches as well as India’s first match against Bangladesh due to the injury will need surgery on his shoulder.Sehwag will return to India after seeking medical opinion in England after which Sehwag is likely to go to South Africa for further surgery.


June 10, 2009 at 4:17 pm Leave a comment

Virender Sehwag ruled out of the Twenty20 World Cup

Indian opener Virender Sehwag ruled out of the Twenty20 World Cup which is underway in England due to a shoulder injury. Sehwag has missed both the warm-up matches as well as India’s first match against Bangladesh due to the injury. Sources said that he experienced pain in his shoulder while practicing in the nets. Sources also said that Sehwag would undergo shoulder surgery in South Africa after being advised for it.

June 9, 2009 at 3:16 pm Leave a comment

Nwankwo Kanu says African team can win World Cup

Nigeria striker Nwankwo Kanu has exclusively told that he believes an African side can win the World Cup when the tournament is hosted by the continent in 2010.

The Super Eagle forward, who has already played in two previous World Cup for his country told Pedro Pinto, for African Voices the event in South Africa will be special.

“It means a lot because I’ve been there already, but the thing with Africa is whenever any country is playing, the other countries are supporting it, which is very very massive and very very good for the region,” said the goal getter, who turns out for English Premier League side Portsmouth.

“Right now, this I believe, this is the time we can really make an impact in the World Cup. When I say an impact, either winning the World Cup or being in the finals. And one of the African countries I feel can do that.”

Pele famously said he thought an African side would win the biggest prize in international football by the turn of the century. A decade later, the task has proved harder than the legendary Brazilian anticipated, a factor that is recognized by Kanu.

“It takes a lot. Any country that is well organized in terms of their preparation, in terms of their coaching, crew, their staff, well organized from the FA board of it, the football association side. Coming to the players and preparing on time, and make sure they are really focused for it, but we can definitely we achieve it.”

Africa has proved a world-beating exporter of talent to the major leagues around the world in recent times, with players like Didier Drogba, Samuel Eto’o and Kolo Toure becoming superstars of the game.

The experience found at some of the biggest clubs in the world has helped the development of African football: “I believe the more you come to Europe, it makes you a better player and it gives them an advantage because the African style is different from the European style.

“I believe we have learned our lesson, and playing in Africa where you have all the supporters behind you, I think this is the time to really do it,”.

June 9, 2009 at 3:12 pm Leave a comment

England entered into a Super 8

England booked their place in the second round Super Eights of the ICC World Twenty20 with a 48-run win over Pakistan at the Oval on Sunday.

The hosts, 48 hours after their shock four-wicket loss to the Netherlands, bounced back to record a win which, because their net run-rate was now superior to that of the Dutch, ensured their progress in the tournament.

Pakistan, finalists at the inaugural World Twenty20 in South Africa two years ago, now face a make or break Group B clash against the Netherlands at Lord’s on Tuesday.

Kevin Pietersen came back from an Achilles injury to lead England to a total of 185 for five with 58 after missing Friday’s Dutch debacle at Lord’s.

Pakistan, chasing 186 for victory, saw Stuart Broad take two wickets in as many balls to reduce them to 41 for three at the end of the six-over powerplay.

Kamran Akmal holed out to Luke Wright at deep mid-wicket before opener Salman Butt exited for 28.Pace bowler Broad led England’s attack with three for 17 from three overs.At the 10-over half-way stage Pakistan were well behind the required run-rate at 63 for three.And by the time the hard-hitting Shahid Afridi reached the crease they were 87 for four in the 13th over.

Afridi could only manage five before he skied off-spinner Graeme Swann to substitute fielder and former Irish cricketing star Eoin Morgan in the deep.

Pakistan’s innings petered out as they finished on 137 for seven with captain Younis Khan stranded on 46 not out.Earlier, South Africa born shotmaker Pietersen faced 38 balls with three sixes and five fours before he was caught at short third man by Umar Gul off Saeed Ajmal.Spin bowler Ajmal had dropped a caught and bowled chance when Pietersen was on 30.

Pakistan made an early breakthrough after Younis won the toss.

Teenager Mohammad Aamir, a left-arm quick like his boyhood hero Wasim Akram, marked his international debut by removing Ravi Bopara but it needed a superb catch at backward point by Shoaib Malik to leave England nine for one.

Opener Luke Wright, who struck England’s first six of the tournament, a pull off the 17-year-old Aamir, kept the run-rate high in the overcast conditions by striking five fours in as many balls faced.But a stand of 53 was ended when Umar Gul yorked Wright for 34.

June 8, 2009 at 4:58 pm Leave a comment


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