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As India brace for a tough challenge from West Indies, here are some important threads to follow

This has been a year of preparation for the two T20 World Cups in next two years. But how much has it gone to plan? Perhaps not much, for an almost full-strength Indian squad has been named to now face a strong West Indies challenge.

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  • Having scored a magical 335 not out and with Brian Lara saying he was getting ready to congratulate David Warner, the phone hasn’t stopped buzzing for the Australian dynamo. “It was the night after, not that night but the night after, that I literally slept off on my couch. I was so tired,” laughs Warner, as he talks about his achievement and other aspects about Cricket.

    Despite centuries by Joe Root and Rory Burns England expressed disappointment after day three of the second Test against New Zealand after losing late wickets in Hamilton on Sunday.

    Tharoor had a pertinent point to make about Warner's golden innings.

    In a year’s time, Ishant Sharma will make another entry into the record books – 100 Tests. With India slated to play 6 Tests in New Zealand and Australia in 2020, it is but a given that Ishant, who has 96 matches to his name, will add the necessary four to his career. Even as Kohli is spoilt for choice in the pace department nowadays, he can’t really do without Ishant.

    Yohan Blake admitted that the loss of that medal in Bolt’s final race still haunted him. "I have a lot of bad memories, a lot sleepless nights, I got very emotional a lot of times and no medal, (you) come so close, but so far, but you have to believe in yourself, in your ability, not what you have done before,” said Blake.

    Having thrashed Pakistan by an innings and five runs in the Brisbane opener, Australia appear well set to sweep the series 2-0 unless weather intervenes.

    Having made a spectacular comeback after being sidelined by injury for more than a year, Saha is now being compared to the best of all time. Having turned heads with his keeping against the pink ball, Saha opened up to BORIA MAJUMDAR on his wicketkeeping technique, upcoming New Zealand series and how he is trying to forget the horror of the past one year.

    Shooting onion prices have stung India before. But a new layer is now being peeled.

    Fit and hungry, Mohammed Shami is bowling at his best and is pivotal to the success of the Indian team. In a conversation with Boria Majumdar, he opens up on his form, his pace colleagues and sacrificing biryani to improve fitness.

    Russell, who played six games at the recently-concluded Abu Dhabi T10 league, didn't find a place despite being fit, while Bravo, who had earlier hinted of an international comeback, was also not considered. Star opener Chris Gayle was in contention but he decided to take "a break", making him unavailable.

    The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (COA) was in control of the cricket body for 33 months before the new office-bearers, led by Ganguly, took charge last month.

    Sport is often about bravado and tales of batsmen scoring centuries with a broken finger or fast bowlers going through spells with debilitating back pain are things of folklore. But there is a significant difference between playing through pain and risking permanent brain damage.

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