December 3rd, 2006

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I am not frustrated by mishaps, says Sarwan

sarwanInjured West Indies batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan has said he was not frustrated with the mishaps he faced during the Pakistan tour and believed that an unlucky tour to this part of subcontinent has given him the opportunity to strengthen his nerves for a strong comeback.

“Finishing my tour of Pakistan with an injury and after getting dropped was unlucky but these things happen in cricket and I am not dejected on it,” wrote the Guyana born right-handed batsman in his diary on a web portal.

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Faith of Yousuf has given him spiritual strength: Imran

imranProlific Pakistan batsman Mohammad Yousuf has found spiritual strength from his faith, which helped him achieve commendable batting feats against the West Indies, former great Imran Khan said on Saturday.

“Yousuf’s feat is commendable and all Pakistan is proud of his world record achievements,” said Imran of Yousuf, who scored 665 runs in three Tests to help Pakistan beat the West Indies 2-0.

The 32-year-old right-handed batsman hit a century in each innings to guide Pakistan to a 199-run victory against Brian Lara’s team in the third and final Test, which finished here on Friday.

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Inzamam wants Pakistan to regain ODI form ahead of WC

inziPakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq believes his team had a good Test year in 2006 but the seasoned batsman is concerned over the Greenshirts’ performance in one-dayers with the World Cup just a few months away.

“We have ended this year with a 2-0 win over the West Indies in a Test series. I believe our Test performance was not bad in 2006 when we also beat India,” said Inzamam. “But I must say that our one-day form has not been good during the best part of this year and we will have to do something about it considering the fact that the World Cup is not very far away,” he added.

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Collingwood seizes place in history

collingwoodIt would almost be an affront to Paul Collingwood’s modesty to couple his name with those of England’s greatest players: Walter Hammond, Jock Hobbs and Wilfred Rhodes.

That he earned a place in that illustrious pantheon with a double century on the second day of the second Test against Australia at the Adelaide Oval on Saturday failed to convince him that the name Collingwood will resound with the same resonance in cricket history.

As Collingwood reached 206 on Saturday and formed a 354-minute, 310-run fourth wicket partnership with Kevin Pietersen, he passed a series of milestones which bore the names of the legends of England’s game.

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