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Hit and giggle

Some lesser-known (and possibly apocryphal) cricket anecdotes

South Africa v New Zealand, 1st ODI, Centurion

South Africa's well-laid plans leaked

South Africa's plans for each New Zealand batsman - which included areas to bowl and the use of the bouncer - were leaked in a case of mistake identity on the eve of the first ODI in Centurion

Indian cricket

Dhoni decides to take the plunge

Rather than a holiday by the sea or a bit of quiet time at home, MS Dhoni has decided to use his days off to learn to parachute out of military aircraft

Lost in cricket

To play truly well one must lose the words of the coach, the press, and the self, and revel in time spent at the crease

What's it like to be an ambidextrous cricketer?

A shoulder injury forced a cricketer to change his batting orientation - and even bat one-handed. He found it wasn't such a bad thing after all

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An Italian documentary to inspire unity

E. Nina Rothe of the Huffington Post speaks to filmmaker Jacopo de Bertoldi about his documentary titled This Is Not Cricket, which sheds light on the bond between two boys - one Italian and one Indian

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Biker Dhoni cops a fine

MS Dhoni likes to ride his motorbikes around his hometown Ranchi but his latest joyride brought an unexpected visitor to his house. A traffic cop

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Tendulkar plays Santa to small village

Raghuvir Srinivasan, writing in Business Line, tells how Sachin Tendulkar, in his role as a Member of Parliament, adopted a village, approximately 450 km from Hyderabad in South India