'bleeds blue' for India

India recruited a superstar supporter for their World Cup clash against Pakistan on Sunday in the shape of tennis legend Roger Federer. The Swiss great, a winner of 17 Grand Slam titles, was pictured on his Facebook page admiring an Indian team shirt which he had unwrapped from a gift box. "Dressing up for a Gentleman's game today. #BleedBlue," wrote the 33-year-old.–AFP

Hesson see flaws in


New Zealand coach Mike Hesson believes he has found "areas to exploit" in England and Australia after taking a close look at the second half of his rivals' World Cup opener.  "I only saw the second half of it, and we saw a few areas we might like to exploit," Hesson said. Hesson was keeping quiet about areas of weakness he noted in the England batting performanc. "That would be pretty silly of me," he said.– AFP

Afridi plays down curfew breach

Shahid Afridi played down being fined for breaking a team curfew at the World Cup , claiming he and teammates went out to eat and not to dance the night away. "There are restaurants that have clubs inside them -- nothing happened, we went for food then came back," Afridi told BBC Urdu. "When you have no news to show, they spread these kind of rumours to get attention from people."–AFP




Zimbabwe's much-travelled coach Dav Whatmore believes that win or lose against mighty South Africa, Sunday's exposure to some of the game's giants can only work in his team's favour. "This team has struggled. Enough is enough," said Whatmore during a drinks break. "The potential is exciting. These guys getting the chance to bowl to the likes of Amla and de Villiers is absolutely fantastic.”–AFP

Morgan hits out at Boycott criticism

Skipper Eoin Morgan has taken a swipe at Geoff Boycott over his trenchant criticism. Boycott believes Morgan is not good enough against the world's best bowlers and described England as "bloody stupid" and "brainless".  "Geoffrey tends to be critical 24/7, and I actually don't know if people ... well, certainly people within the team, it falls on deaf ears," Morgan said.–AFP

Angry Pak fans smash

TV sets

Angry with their team's defeat at the hands of arch-rival India in a cricket World Cup match, Pakistani fans today came out on the streets and smashed their TV sets to express disappointment. A TV channel showed visuals of people taking to Karachi streets with TV sets and smashing them to pieces to show their anger at the Pakistan team's showing.–Agencies