June 01, 2015Meet Indian cricket's unsung hero
Rahane's game is a judicious mix of caution and aggression, which enables him to adjust splendidly to any situation, says Haresh Pandya.
May 27, 2015Australia aim to make Windies 'smell leather', maintain domination
'We've just got to make sure we get enough balls in the right areas and be relentless and patient and stick two up their nose an over'
May 25, 2015BCCI still undecided on Ganguly's appointment for India coaching job
Thakur, who is expected to meet Board president, Jagmohan Dalmiya at his residence later in the afternoon, said that an announcement on support staff is on the cards.
May 24, 2015Cook, Bell survive Test of character against aggressive Kiwis
Alastair Cook and Ian Bell, England's two most experienced batsmen, withstood a fearsome working over by the New Zealand pace attack in a gripping final session of the third day of the first Test on Saturday.
May 22, 2015Iyer regrets not scoring a century for Daredevils after dream IPL debut
The 20-year-old, who had a dream debut in the Indian Premier League, tells Rediff.com's Harish Kotian how a successful show in the Ranji Trophy helped boost his confidence in the IPL.
No easy pass for IPL players into Windies Test squad: Ambrose
West Indies must find a way to turn the undoubted talent in their ranks into consistent performances that will win Test series, former fast bowler Curtly Ambrose said on Thursday.
1st Test: How England's fiery Stokes repaid faith shown by selectors
England's Ben Stokes provided a timely reminder of his immense talent with a sparkling innings of 92 which turned the first test against New Zealand on Thursday.
May 21, 2015PCB expects India's support in bringing cricket back to Pakistan
'Zimbabwe has given us a lot of support by undertaking this tour despite pressure on them so we also urge the public to cheer team along with our team as well'
CSK have an edge over RCB as battle lines are drawn for 2nd Qualifier
It will be a battle of tactics as a formidable Chennai Super Kings, led by the wily Mahendra Singh Dhoni, square off against a confident Royal Challengers Bangalore under an aggressive Virat Kohli in the second qualifier of the Indian Premier League, in Ranchi on Friday.
May 20, 2015Why Harbhajan was handed a lifeline in the Test team
Chairman of selectors Sandeep Patil's explanation for Harbhajan Singh's inclusion in the squad for the one-off Test in Bangladesh next month. Harish Kotian reports
PIX: Bachchan Sr & Jr, Ameesha, Rohit's fiancee cheer for Mumbai
Bollywood mega star Amitabh Bachchan was yet again at the Wankhede stadium to cheer for Mumbai Indians.
May 18, 2015IPL: Formidable Chennai face Mumbai Indians for final spot
With an eye on the final spot, two-time champions Chennai Super Kings face high-flying Mumbai Indians in their first qualifier in the Indian Premier League at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Tuesday.
May 14, 2015'Indian or a foreigner, appoint the best as Team India coach'
Indian batting legend Rahul Dravid said he has not been approached for the coach's job of Team India, and added that the new coach must be selected irrespective of nationality.
'It has been the most interesting Indian Premier League season'
With no team as yet assured of a last four play-off berth, Kolkata Knight Riders mentor Wasim Akram described this Indian Premier League (IPL) season as the most interesting in its eight-year history.
PHOTOS: Lowly Daredevils celebrate in style after slaying Super Kings
Delhi Daredevils tasted rare success in their Indian Premier League campaign when they defeated two-time champions Chennai Super Kings on Tuesday. So, the win called for celebrations and the party began in right earnest once the players reached the team hotel.
May 13, 2015'Kevin Pietersen 355 not out'; 'Retired .. Hurt'
From the English media to social networking websites, 'devastated' Kevin Pietersen found support from all quarters.
It's make or break for Mumbai as they face KKR at home
Mumbai Indians have a 10-5 record against KKR. Can they maintain the advantage?
May 12, 2015With eye on play-offs, momentum is key for Sunrisers Hyderabad
Having improved its play-off chances following three consecutive wins, Sunrisers Hyderabad bowling coach Muttiah Muralitharn said the team needs to keep the momentum going.
May 07, 2015IPL: Lucky Gayle crushes Punjab's play-off hopes
Kings XI Punjab coach Sanjay Bangar rued drop catches as Chris Gayle went on to smash a match-winning 57-ball 117, saying the West Indian batsman's innings completely turned the match in Royal Challengers Bangalore's favour in their Indian Premier League match on Wednesday.
WI cricket on the rise but is there reason for optimism?
West Indies coach Phil Simmons believes their third Test win over England can be the foundation for better things for Caribbean cricket, but warns next month's Tests against Australia represent a sterner examination of his team.
Smith's success mantra: Don't try and do too much, don't premeditate!
Steve Smith has succeeded only moderately in the Indian Premier League for Rajasthan Royals this season, but he is optimistic that he would deliver big in the remaining matches of the T20 league, including the all-important play-off games.
May 06, 2015Daredevils face confident Kolkata in must-win tie
Supremely confident on home turf, defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders will look to continue their forward march when they face an inconsistent Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League T20 cricket tournament at Eden Gardens, in Kolkata on Thursday.
Why 'Big Show' Maxwell is no-show this IPL!
Kings XI Punjab captain George Bailey said swashbuckling all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has disappointed himself in the ongoing Indian Premier League.
Here is where Delhi lost to Mumbai Indians...
After rediscovering his form with a stroke-filled half century, Yuvraj Singh rued that his team Delhi Daredevils could not deliver the knock-out blow on the Mumbai Indians despite reducing the hosts to 40 for 4 and lost the crucial IPL cricket game.
What Pakistan, England players are missing by IPL absence
Asserting that the Indian Premier League is a great platform to sharpen skills, legendary pacer Wasim Akram said Pakistan and England are losing out big time by their players not playing in the cash-rich Twenty20 cricket tournament.
PHOTOS: Reunion of India's 2011 World Cup-winning stars at IPL
The Indian Premier League match between Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils was more than just a contest between teams looking to break into the top four and make it to the knock-out stage of the cash-rich Twenty20 tournament. It reunited some of the heroes of India's World Cup-winning team of 2011.
May 05, 2015Inconsistent bowling and fielding proved to be Hyderabad's bane
Unfazed by their loss to Kolkata Knight Riders, Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Tom Moody blamed the conditions for the 35-run defeat in their Indian Premier League cricket match in Kolkata on Monday.
KKR's Yusuf Pathan finally makes it count!
"In the end, Yusuf's knock of 30 not out from 19 balls was a crucial one", says Kolkata batsman Manish Pandey.
'If a bowler exceeds 15 degrees then he should be reported'
Former Sri Lanka spin sensation Muttiah Muralitharan discusses the BCCI's clampdown on suspect bowling actions and his role as bowling coach and mentor of Sunrisers Hyderabad with Harish Kotian/Rediff.com
CSK's Bravo releases music single 'Chalo Chalo'
The song has a primarily Caribbean beat with an Indian touch. The Indian flavour to the single is lent by Trinidadian singer/songwriter Nisha B. The female vocalist sings for Carib band 'Karma'.
May 04, 2015Heads set to roll after England's Caribbean flop show?
England cricket captain Alastair Cook has denied there is any need for a review of the team's failure to win the Test series against West Indies but coach Peter Moores may feel uneasy on the flight back from the Caribbean.
Why did Rajasthan's Rahane have sleepless nights?
Left sleepless the last time he played a bad shot against Mumbai Indians, in-form Rajasthan Royals batsman Ajinkya Rahane said he was desperate to set the record straight and that inspired him to strike a sublime match-winning knock of 91 in an Indian Premier League match against the Delhi Daredevils on Sunday.
Windies stun England to win 3rd Test in three days, level series
A century partnership between Darren Bravo and Jermaine Blackwood led West Indies to a five-wicket victory over England in the third Test on an awkward Barbados wicket as the series ended at 1-1 on Sunday.
May 03, 2015Can KKR get back to winning ways against in-form Hyderabad?
A resurgent Sunrisers Hyderabad have been on a slow but sure climb but it is defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders who hold a psychological edge when the teams face-off in their Indian Premier League match at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Monday.
April 30, 2015Top cricketers lured by Indian 'rebel league'?
In view of rumours surrounding an Indian conglomerate's attempt to start a possible rebel league, the Federation of International Cricketers' Associations chief executive, Tony Irish, has said that mainstream cricket should be 'on their toes' to keep their players away from being lured to an another potential T20 league.
April 29, 2015Ashes: 'Hungry and in-form' Aussies capable of crushing England
Australia have a huge hunger for an Ashes triumph in England, according to all rounder Shane Watson, while batsman Steve Smith believes this year's series will not even be close if the tourists play to their potential.
April 24, 2015Iyer credits Amre for top form in IPL
"A lot of credit goes to him (Praveen Amre) because he really works hard on me before the game and we practice good technique and skills. Yesterday also we worked on my skills," said Iyer after DD's 37-run win at the Feroz Shah Kotla, in New Delhi on Thursday.
Day 3, PHOTOS: England's Joe, the Root of Windies' troubles
Captain Cook also hits form, strikes 125-run opening partnership with Trott -- England's first century opening stand since March 2013.
April 23, 2015What turned the match in Chennai Super Kings' favour
Chennai Super Kings batsman Suresh Raina reckons that the early dismissal of South African swashbuckler A B de Villiers proved to be the decisive factor in CSK's 27-run victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore in their Indian Premier League match in Bangalore on Wednesday.
2nd Test, Day 2, PHOTOS: Samuels strikes ton, but England make strong reply
England openers Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott made a solid start in reply to West Indies' total of 299 by reaching 74 without loss on the second day of the second Test on Wednesday.
April 22, 2015Delhi Daredevils look find footing against Mumbai Indians
An inconsistent Delhi Daredevils will look to break the home jinx when they take on Mumbai Indians in their sixth match of the IPL cricket tournament at Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi on Thursday.
2nd Test, PHOTOS: Samuels in rescue act as England dominate Day 1
A patient 94 not out from Marlon Samuels helped West Indies recover against England to end the first day of the second Test on 188 for five in Grenada on Tuesday.
April 21, 2015'Resiliet' Cook believes his batting has evolved
England captain Alistair Cook is convinced he has improved as a batsman despite failing to score a Test century since 2013.
IPL: In-form KKR hoping to take Sunrisers in stride
Their morale on the upswing after back-to-back victories, defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders will aim to continue the winning run when they take on the inconsistent Sunrisers Hyderabad in their fifth IPL cricket match in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday.
Can Bangalore revive fortunes against formidable Chennai?
Expect a battle of wits when Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings lock horns in Wednesday's Indian Premier League match in Bangalore.
April 20, 2015Smith reveals the secrets of his success
Australia's Steve Smith, attributed his success to calmness and the repetitive process of getting ready for on-field battle.
Kings XI Punjab have task cut out against reigning Royals
A struggling Kings XI Punjab will have to pull out all stops against in-form and unbeaten, Rajasthan Royals, when the two teams clash in an Indian Premier League match in Ahmedabad on Tuesday.
April 19, 2015My job is to work with KKR bowlers' psyche: Akram
The former Pakistan captain is also confident that Yusuf Pathan will fire sooner than later.
IPL: Upbeat Daredevils face rampaging Knight Riders
A resurgent Delhi Daredevils squad will look to continue with their winning momentum when they take on defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders in the team's fifth match of the Indian Premier League T20 cricket tournament at the Feroz Shah Kotla, in Delhi on Monday.
Rajasthan aim for early wickets to counter Chennai challenge
Rajasthan Royals pacer Tim Southee said that their Indian Premier League match against Chennai Super Kings will be an exciting affair.
April 17, 2015PHOTOS, First Test: Ballance strikes ton; special moment awaits Anderson
Set an improbable 438 for victory after England declared their second innings at 333 for 7, the West Indies were 98 for 2 at close on Day 4 of the first Test.
April 14, 2015All-round performance has Hyderabad captain Warner beaming
He was the deserving Man-of-the-match for his explosive half-century but SunRisers Hyderabad skipper David Warner credited his bowlers for setting up the win over Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League on Monday.
1st Test PHOTOS: Bell, Root lead England fightback against Windies
A fine innings of 143 from Ian Bell helped England to recover from a terrible start and finish the first day of the first Test against West Indies on 341 for five in Antigua on Monday.
April 13, 2015Can Rajasthan Royals maintain momentum against Mumbai?
Buoyed by their thrilling last-ball win against Delhi Daredevils, a confident Rajasthan Royals will take on a beleaguered Mumbai Indians in an Indian Premier League cricket encounter in Ahmedabad on Tuesday.
April 11, 2015IPL: Gayle stars as Bangalore squeeze past KKR in thriller
Chris Gayle hammered the Kolkata Knight Riders bowlers into submission with a breathtaking 96 that guided Royal Challengers Bangalore to a three-wicket victory in an Indian Premier League encounter at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Saturday.
April 10, 2015Racking up the runs could result in Pietersen return: Stewart
Scoring hundreds and doubles hundreds could force the England selectors into recalling controversial batsman Kevin Pietersen, Surrey director of cricket Alec Stewart told Reuters on Thursday.
Cricketers, past and present, mourn legendary Richie Benaud's passing
Social micro-blogging website, Twitter, was flooded with messages and tributes for Australia skipper and class commentator Richie Benaud who died on Thursday.
IPL 8: Chennai captain Dhoni happy to win close games
Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni lauded pacer Ashish Nehra for his fiery spell and expressed satisfaction that his team could held on to nerves against Delhi Daredevils in their thrilling match of the IPL-8 twenty20 cricket tournament in Chennai on Thursday.
Memorable words of Benaud from behind the microphone
Richie Benaud, Australia's celebrated former cricket captain and commentator, died on Thursday at the age of 84. Here are a selection of quotes from the man who came to be known as the 'voice of cricket' during a 40-year career behind the microphone.
'A part of cricket died today'
From Australian captain Michael Clarke to other big names, tributes flew in for former Australian cricket captain and commentator Richie Benaud, who died of skin cancer late on Thursday aged 84. Here are some reactions...
April 09, 2015IPL PHOTOS: KKR shine as SRK clan cheer from the stands
When Kolkata Knight Riders surpassed the Mumbai Indians to register an emphatic win in the opening match of Indian Premier League, season 8, there was lots of cheering going on in the stands.
Rohit spares bowlers despite unsatisfactory performance
'I don't regret missing out on the century but on losing after setting a good target'
April 07, 2015Narine has captain Gambhir's total support
West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine got complete backing of his Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir who termed him as an asset and said there can be no back-up for the mystery bowler.
Stricter laws needed to deal with spot-fixing: Dravid
Having gone through a testing time as captain of Rajasthan Royals when the spot-fixing scandal broke two seasons ago, team mentor Rahul Dravid called for stricter laws, even criminal, to be put in place by the country's lawmakers to deal with this issue in IPL.
World champions Smith, Watson ready for Royals show in IPL 8
Australia's batting sensation Steven Smith tells Harish Kotian switching over from the Test and One-day mode to T20 will not be a problem for him in the upcoming eighth edition of the IPL.
April 06, 2015Time for big hits, new names to shine as IPL 8 kicks off
With it's scandalous past, still fresh in the minds of fans and critics alike, the Indian Premier League (IPL) organisers will look to ensure that the focus remains firmly on cricket when the cash-rich event gets underway with a glamorous opening ceremony on Tuesday.
Wedding bells for Australian cricketers Marsh and Warner
Australia's explosive batsman David Warner finally tied the knot with his sweetheart of 18 months Candice Falzon at an intimate ceremony in the south coast countryside on Saturday.
March 31, 2015Pakistan-born Fawad has no issues with Australia's drinking culture
Boozy celebrations have been a part of Australian cricket for decades but Test hopeful Fawad Ahmed will be politely declining when the victory beers are passed around on the tour of the Caribbean and England.
With Ashes down the road, world champs Aus look to build momentum
Australia will resist the temptation to tinker with their team on tour against West Indies and plan to field their best 11 in a bid to sweep the two-Test series and build momentum for the Ashes, selector Rod Marsh has said.
March 29, 2015Gracious New Zealand to hold back retirement announcements
Some New Zealand players may have decided to call time on their One-day or international careers but there will be no immediate announcements to allow Australia to bask in their World Cup triumph, skipper Brendon McCullum said on Sunday.
March 27, 2015Form meets pedigree in Australasian World Cup final
There's been no place like home for Australia and New Zealand on their respective paths to the World Cup final but just one of the co-hosts will enjoy that particular advantage when they meet in Sunday's title decider.
NZ will be charting unknown territory in final at historical MCG
With New Zealand at the cusp of World Cup glory, former captain Martin Crowe said the Black Caps will have to dig deep into their resources if they have to beat Australia in the title clash between the trans-Tasman rivals.
Here's what Clarke predicts for Finch at World Cup final
Australia opener Aaron Finch said he never feared for his place in the side during his lean spell at the World Cup and having found some runs will be raring to go in Sunday's final at his home ground.
March 25, 2015It's more than just cricket when India-Australia take centre-stage
'There is going to be sledging, there is going to be banter'
Team India closing in on their 'mission' in long Aussie summer
Like a racehorse trained to peak for the big race after months of preparation, India's cricketers are confident they have timed their run to perfection at the World Cup.
'We have to score one more run than India'
Australia captain Clarke plays down talk of pressure, believes 'the boys will be fine'
Party's still on in the Kiwi camp, preparations for final can wait
'You have got to allow yourself the opportunity to stop and smell the roses. Today is about enjoying that. Tomorrow we will turn our attention to the final'
March 24, 2015Finch reckons he's close to the 'big one'
Opener Aaron Finch knows he's the one Australian batsman struggling for runs ahead of Thursday's World Cup semi-final against India but, ever confident, thinks a big innings is just around the corner.
New Zealand sneak past South Africa to enter maiden World Cup final
New Zealand entered their maiden ICC World Cup final, beating South Africa by five wickets in a thrilling rain-reduced World Cup semi-final at Eden spoPark in Auckland on Tuesday.
Johnson ready to shoulder new 'responsibility'
'Someone's got to do it and I might put my hand up. It's part of the game and what happened the other day with Shane (Watson) and Wahab (Riaz) was exceptional'
Go in with spin or retain a pacer? Australia in a dilemma
With two confident teams going head-to-head in a blockbuster World Cup semi-final on Thursday, it could be the tiniest mis-judgement, the smallest detail that decides whether Australia or India emerge triumphant.
March 23, 2015Intensity high as bitter rivals India-Australia set for semis faceoff
The love-hate relationship between Australia and India has added extra spice to Thursday's World Cup semi-final at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).
Spin or pace, Australia ready for showdown vs India
Australian all-rounder James Faulkner insisted that spin will not play as big a role as is being predicted in the cricket World Cup semifinal against India in Sydney on March 26.
How Raina is preparing for the massive Australian test in semis
Coach Duncan Fletcher devices innovative methods to help batsmen counter short-pitched deliveries
Proteas in a good space, up for semis challenge
'It's really about just reading the situation and trust your gut'
March 20, 2015New Zealand clear favourites for quarter-final
New Zealand's Brendon McCullum expects favouritism, underdog status and the possibility of choking under the weight of expectation to have little influence on Saturday's World Cup quarter-final against West Indies.
March 19, 2015Player of the day: Rohit rocks MCG to the beat of his bat
Rohit Sharma took his time joining the World Cup party but arrived in style on Thursday, rocking the Melbourne Cricket Ground with a match-winning century to sink Bangladesh and send reigning champions India charging into the semi-finals.
Australia vs Pakistan: A slippery game in Adelaide
When the 2015 ODI World Cup began, no one cared to look past Australia to lift a record fifth title. A strong team, home advantage, and flailing opposition, meant that they were in pole position going into the tournament.
Duminy surprises one and all with his bag of 'tricks'
A hat-trick in international cricket is no mean feat. And when you are not one of the frontline bowlers in the team, to grab hold of three wickets in as many deliveries is not only a personal achievement but gives the team a huge fillip; after all, as a backup bowler expected to bowl till you get hit, a hat-trick is probably something totally unexpected.
March 18, 2015World Cup Blog: Forty-two games to find out the bleeding obvious
A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup
Australia turn to Steve Waugh for pep talk ahead of quarters
Australia have drawn inspiration from former World Cup-winning captain Steve Waugh in how to handle big-match pressure ahead of Friday's quarter-final against Pakistan.
India's handy man Raina values his wicket now more than ever
'I've played a lot of matches up and down the order so I think I've become a more mature player after 2011'
West Indies face new woes as Gayle's back injury persists
West Indies opening batsman Chris Gayle has had a scan and a painkilling injection to alleviate a back injury and should be ready to take on New Zealand on Saturday, according to all-rounder Darren Sammy.
REVEALED: The secret behind Dhawan's success at the World Cup
Team India's cricket director Ravi Shastri has played a massive role in getting Shikhar Dhawan back on track after a prolonged lean patch during the tour of Australia that preceded the ongoing World Cup.
March 17, 2015Watson savours World Cup life-line
Australia all-rounder Shane Watson is savouring his second chance at the World Cup after his omission from the side left him convinced he had played his last match at the tournament.
Can pressure-free India overpower in-form Bangladesh?
'Even though Bangladesh are playing their best cricket, this is a happy Indian side that has mastered the art of winning crunch games'
With 2007 WC win in mind, Bangladesh hopeful of upsetting India
Bangladesh know the odds are stacked against them beating India in Thursday's World Cup quarter-final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. If history and current form are any guide, India should win in a canter.
March 16, 2015Flintoff wins Australian version of 'Iss Jungle Se Mujhe Bachao'
Former England cricket captain Andrew Flintoff won the Australian version of I'm A Celebrity show after spending a month in a jungle where he took up many challenges including eating a rat's tail.
Six key moments in India's winning run at the World Cup
In the run-up to the 2015 World Cup, India seemed to stumble, but were a changed side once the tournament commenced.
Do Indian bowlers have the sting to ensure World Cup defence?
'Cornered wolves' Pakistan capable of causing moments of panic
March 15, 2015Thrilling matches in the offing as Lanka-Proteas kick-start quarters
India have to be cautious against giant slayers Bangladesh
Dhoni and the story of his flawless 'keeping skills
'I can't remember seeing Dhoni do wicket-keeping drills at the nets'
Windies target New Zealand batting in quarters tie
West Indies captain Jason Holder praised his team's effort in the do-or-die clash against United Arab Emirates on Sunday and will next look to target the batting of likely World Cup quarter-final opponents New Zealand in Wellington next week.
March 14, 2015Of Raina's impressive batting average and Dhon's cool captaincy
India finished at the heap of Pool B after beating Zimbabwe by six wickets in their final league match in Auckland on Saturday after Suresh Raina and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni combined well to take the team across the finish line.
Jet-lagged Team India unhappy with travel schedule for New Zealand
'A lot of people had problems in adjusting with the change of time and it affected their sleeping pattern'
How Dhoni and Co make chasing targets look simple
The Indian Premier League has given players an idea of how to cope with pressure situations, especially in the knockout stages, feels India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Tournament draw probably helped Pakistan: Misbah
The vagaries of the World Cup draw may have helped Pakistan rediscover their swagger at just the right time to push them to the brink of a quarter-final, according to captain Misbah ul-Haq.
Dhoni sticks with tried and trusted combination
"The bench strength will warm the bench," is what the captain MS Dhoni had declared after India had beaten West Indies in Perth.
Record maker, Taylor leaves Zimbabwe cricket on a high
Brendan Taylor has been the boy on the burning deck all through his career for Zimbabwe.
Under-pressure India well prepared for knockouts
Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said that the biggest positive to draw from the team's unbeaten league campaign in the ongoing World Cup was that the entire side has withstood pressure in some way or the other, preparing it perfectly for the knockouts.
March 11, 2015Sulk-free South Africa out to prove they are the best
South Africa still believe they are the best team at the World Cup despite defeats to India and Pakistan and will be out to prove it in their final pool match against United Arab Emirates, skipper AB de Villiers said on Wednesday.
Ousted England prepare to get back on the saddle
Under-fire England held their first news conference since being knocked out of the World Cup on Wednesday with inexperienced all-rounder Chris Jordan handed the responsibility of addressing the media on behalf of the squad.
Pakistan 'quietly confident of beating any team now'
'We all want to do well for Pakistan but at times some of the criticism and tongue lashing on the channels is below the belt and its affects the players'
March 10, 2015'India have all the attributes to go all the way'
Ireland captain William Porterfield drew consolation from posting the highest total against defending champions India in the cricket World Cup so far despite a crushing defeat on Tuesday.
March 08, 2015Do current ODI rules make it too easy for batsmen?
Rashid Latif has told PTI in an interview that it was the duty of the ICC to ensure that the quality of cricket and players was not reduced in a mad rush to make more money.
March 06, 2015The West Indies test was an absolute necessity for India
India to be tested the way they were by the West Indies from the position they had gotten themselves in at one stage might just augur well for them. In fact they had a lot of positives to take away from the game. That they won, allows them to remain at the top of the table with a couple of games against Zimbabwe and Ireland. But given their win required a seventh wicket stand of 51 runs, it also means it would have given them a chance to experience what they could in their knock-out matches.
'The wicket was good enough to get 270'
West Indies captain Jason Holder blamed his team's poor batting for the defeat against India at the WACA in Perth on Friday.
Dhoni wants all-rounder Jadeja to 'step up'
Holders India marched into the quarter-finals of the World Cup with their fourth consecutive win but all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja's form with the bat has left captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni a worried man.
Dhoni reckons bowlers took right advantage of the conditions
Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was all praise for his bowlers after the Men in Blue earned a hard-fought win at the WACA against the West Indies in their Pool B encounter, to move into the quarter-finals of the cricket World Cup, on Friday.
World Cup Blog: Limiting the tourney to pay TV is limiting audiences
A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup
March 05, 2015World Cup blog: Do we really want to see 1000-run ODI totals?
A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup
March 02, 2015'India have good variety and all-round strength, should do well'
Praising the Indian team, Former West Indies captain and chairman of selectors Clive Lloyd has said that the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side has "all-round strength" with players like in-form Shikhar Dhawan and the ever-consistent Virat Kohli.
'England's loss to unfancied Lanka worse than Kiwi crushing'
England may have been utterly humiliated in their second World Cup pool match against co-hosts New Zealand but Sunday's nine-wicket defeat to Sri Lanka was much more damaging, according to former England captain Mike Atherton.
'Team India has settled down in Australian conditions'
Former Australia left-arm spinner Brad Hogg has said India, with three consecutive wins so far, have gotten over the setback of their disappointing Australia tour that preceded the World Cup.
'As we enter the knock-outs we have to improve our performance'
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni says the team's main focus in the World Cup now is on improving their already impressive performance and maintaining the momentum gained.
'Our calendar is nine months; I don't see India playing any more'
The Indian cricket team already has a cramped round-the-year schedule and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni made it clear that it's not his team's responsibility to play more against countries like UAE in a bid to raise the quality and profile of the game in ICC's Associate nations.
March 01, 2015India go from butterfingers to electric-heels in the field
Gone are the days when an Indian captain had to spend considerable amount of time trying to figure out where to hide his slow-moving fielders and pace bowlers.
February 28, 2015We have to continue with the good effort: Dhoni
On a roll after three successive wins in the ongoing cricket World Cup following today's nine-wicket spanking of minnows UAE, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said his "complete unit" has been doing well with consistent performances in all departments of the game.
February 27, 2015'There's always some hesitation before I start my innings'
Attributing his brilliant World Cup form to a calm mind and hard work, Indian batsman Shikhar Dhawan has said he managed to come out of a lean patch by sticking to his strong work ethic.
UAE players won't face loyalty issue against India
The UAE team is a mix of local players as well as players of India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan origin. The skipper feels that having a number of Indians pitted against India isn't a problem at all.
World Cup blog: Minnows are crucial to cricket
A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup.
February 26, 2015India ready to attack Gayle with short-pitched deliveries!
The Indian think-tank has devised a plan whereby they will pepper Gayle with short-pitched deliveries and force him to go for the attack early on.
After 'Gaylestorm', WI believe they are on a level playground with SA
Jason Holder is hoping to lead a very different West Indies side into Friday's World Cup clash against South Africa to that which was crushed 4-1 in a One-Day International series last month.
Duminy now a key cog for South Africa in World Cup tilt
When JP Duminy finally made his Test debut the first question many people asked was, "How good is South Africa's top six if this guy can't make it?"
At MCG, India showed they can blow away any side: Morkel
Out of favour South African all-rounder Albie Morkel says India's hammering of the Proteas at the MCG demonstrated that the defending champions are capable of blowing any team away in the World Cup and big-ticket ICC events bring out the best in them.
February 25, 2015Watson says Australia ready for hostile reception in New Zealand
A hostile crowd buoyed by New Zealand's perfect start to the World Cup is set to turn Eden Park into a bear pit for visiting Australia on Saturday, but all-rounder Shane Watson is "excited" by the prospect of a rancorous reception.
HOTTEST WAGs to lookout for in the 2015 World Cup
Can these South African WAGs prove lucky for their men at this World Cup?
Kohli is in a league of his own: Barry Richards
Legendary South African batsman Barry Richards feels Virat Kohli is a few notches above his contemporaries in the Indian team but still has some way to go before one can compare him with the iconic Sachin Tendulkar.
February 24, 2015PHOTOS: Gayle double ton helps Windies overpower Zimbabwe
Photos from the match between West Indies and Zimbabwe played on Tuesday.
February 23, 2015Here's what Dhawan's dad, coach think of his return to form...
Shikhar Dhawan's father Mahendra Pal Dhawan on Sunday lauded his son's career-best knock of 137 against South Africa in the ongoing World Cup and expressed hope that the Men in Blue continue their winning streak.
World Cup blog: In Tendulkar's Shadow
A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup.
The Shikhar Dhawan interview: Opener keeps vow made to wife
'Controlled aggression is my mantra'
February 22, 2015PHOTOS: Sri Lanka scrape past Afghanistan after Mahela ton
Images from the World Cup Pool A match between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan in Dunedin on Sunday
World Cup PHOTOS: India fans swarm MCG on Super Sunday!
With hoards of Indian fans storming the Melbourne Cricket Ground, you could be forgiven for mistaking it to be the Eden Gardens. Bouyed by the vociferous crowd, India thrashed South Africa by 130 runs to break their World Cup jinx on Sunday.
How a 'mentally strong' Jayawardene saved Lanka the blushes
'I wanted to finish the game and my focus was to see us through to the end'
Sachin has MCG crowds in a tizzy as he drops by to watch India-SA tie
Long retired from the game but Sachin Tendulkar's mere presence was good enough for a near-capacity crowd to go hysterical during India's World Cup game against South Africa at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, in Melbourne on Sunday.
February 20, 2015'Steyn deserves to be mentioned with reverence among greats'
Former Australian tear-away pacer Rodney Hogg, says why India don't have a chance to retain the World Cup.
Jonty believes Proteas will reign over India again. Do you agree?
India might have begun their World Cup campaign with a morale-boosting win over Pakistan but Jonty Rhodes feels that South Africa are a better all-round side and tipped them to win their high-profile clash against the defending champions in Melbourne on Sunday.
Boycott rips into England: They aren't good enough to beat decent teams
"I said that about the captain Morgan and everybody went mad, but maybe England aren't either."
Can the 'intimidating' MCG crowd bring out the best in India?
'It's a home game for India. There's going up to (almost) 100,000 people here'
February 19, 2015In moments of despair, captain Dhoni seeks Shastri's advice
An overwhelming win over Pakistan may have brought a lot of cheer to the Indian cricket team after an indifferent Australian Summer, but there are a few grey areas that are yet to be addressed by the side, including skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's poor run with the bat.
PHOTOS: Williams to the rescue as Zimbabwe edge UAE
Images from the ICC World Cup match played between Zimbabwe and The United Arab Emirates on Thursday
February 18, 2015Pint-sized Taylor proves 'small is big' in One-day cricket
'It's a shame he didn't get the hundred in the end of it but he'll take a lot of confidence from it'
February 17, 2015PHOTOS: Kiwis huff and puff to unconvincing win over Scots
New Zealand huffed and puffed to a three-wicket win against a spirited Scotland but jumped to the top of Pool A with their second consecutive victory in the World Cup in Dunedin.
Test bowler Trent Boult shows his abilities on the one-day scene
Trent Boult would be used to seeing a field packed with slips and a gully in his first over of a match, particularly for a hat-trick delivery.
'It is not easy to motivate your team after such a dreadful tour'
Mushtaq Muhammad, one of Pakistan's top captains and allrounders, has praised Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his team for picking themselves up in their opening World Cup match against Pakistan which was a very high pressure game.
'Team India can match the likes of Australia and South Africa'
Sachin Tendulkar has said India can match title contenders Australia and South Africa and advised the defending champions to take it "step by step" in the ongoing ICC World Cup.
World Cup: New Zealand stutter past minnows Scotland in Dunedin
New Zealand almost wasted a superb bowling effort to bumble their way to a three-wicket victory over Scotland in their cricket World Cup Pool A match in Dunedin on Tuesday.
February 16, 2015Cariappa says 'don't care about money' after max hit at IPL auction
"I don't know what to say. It is really a dream come true. I was confident of being picked for my base price of Rs 10 lakh but never thought of the crores. I just hope I get to play in the eleven," a soft-spoken Cariappa said.
PHOTOS: Plucky Ireland score first upset of World Cup
Ireland justified their giant-killer tag by shocking the West Indies by four wickets in their opening World Cup encounter at the Saxton Oval, in Nelson, on Monday.
Confident Ireland looking to pick points in every game
"Personally I hate the term upsets from minnows or associates," Porterfield told reporters in Nelson.
February 15, 2015Can Virat Kohli pedal on to make this his World Cup?
However, if aggression was the buzzword during the Australia Tests, the Kohli that was on show against Pakistan was a different version, a restrained one, and if one may say, after the Border-Gavaskar series, possibly a more matured one.
Tendulkar, Big B lead Twitteratti in congratulating Team India
Former cricketers, including Sachin Tendulkar, among other sportspersons, lavished praise on the Indian cricket team after the defending champions beat arch-rivals Pakistan by 76 runs in their World Cup opener in Adelaide.
Five-star Sohail impresses for Pakistan in comeback match
Opening the bowling for Pakistan in a World Cup match with India is enough to get any paceman excited. For Sohail Khan, playing his first international since September 2011, that excitement briefly got the better of him on Sunday.
Misbah wants to look ahead after batsmen flop
Pakistan were once again annihilated by arch-rivals India in a World Cup encounter and captain Misbah-ul-Haq credited the rivals for the clinical win.
Kohli grateful for fans' support as he rises to expectations
Describing India's clinical win over arch-rivals Pakistan, in their World Cup campaign opener, as one of the biggest in his career, India batsman Virat Kohli said he was happy to have played his part in the "amazing" victory.
PHOTOS: India make it 6-0 v Pakistan in World Cup
Images from the World cup match between India and Pakistan at Adelaide.
PHOTOS: Zimbabwe go down fighting to South Africa
Images from the World Cup match between South Africa and Zimbabwe at Hamilton, New Zealand.
February 14, 2015PHOTOS: Finch, Marsh give Australia rousing start
Images from the World Cup Pool A match between Australia and England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
February 12, 2015Tendulkar backs India to make semis along with Aus, NZ and SA
Sachin Tendulkar has tipped defending champions India to make it to the semi-finals of the ICC World Cup which begins in Australia and New Zealand on Saturday.
Team India sweats it out in training at Adelaide
With only couple of days left for India to open their cricket World Cup campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan, the team had a gruelling training session in Adelaide on Thursday in preparation for the high-voltage contest.
February 11, 2015Winning 2011 World Cup priceless moment: Tendulkar
'I did cry when I went out in the middle... I did cry. This was the only time I had happy tears... because that moment was just a priceless moment. That moment was something that you can only dream off'
February 10, 2015'This is Pakistan's best chance to beat India in World Cup'
Pakistan's chief selector Moin Khan believes the national team's much-awaited World Cup game against India will be the best opportunity for them to break their win-less jinx against the arch-rivals in the tournament history.
February 08, 2015Will Team India peak at the right time?
"World Cup is a big event and seeing the enormity of the situation, the players might just rise up to the challenge and peak at the right time," Anjum told PTI.
Dhoni's captaincy will be key to India's fortunes: Borde
- 'If Kohli can bat as many overs as possible, it will be beneficial to the team'
February 07, 2015Defeat can be a learning experience at a tournament like the World Cup
- 'I would urge everyone to support our team'
Undeterred Dhoni feels India can step up and rise to the occasion
- 'It's a matter of which team is more consistent during the World Cup'
February 06, 2015Injuries, suspensions plague unpredictable Pakistan's World Cup charge
'I am happy that we are not favourites'
'India carrying injured players to WC because they have no options'
- 'Yuvraj's ommission from the sqaud was shocking'
February 04, 2015Aus coach Lehmann backs recuperating Clarke to lead squad at WC
But says pressure is on under-performing George Bailey
February 02, 2015'Dhoni as a leader is a big factor for the Indian team'
The presence of Mahendra Singh Dhoni as a leader makes the Indian team a good unit going into World Cup, former Pakistan cricketers Inzamam Ul Haq and Shoaib Akhtar have said.
'Save Bhuvneshwar, other India bowlers have not been consistent'
Harbhajan Singh has said that except Bhuvneshwar Kumar, other bowlers have not been consistent enough which has been the bane of India in their disappointing tour Down Under.
Defending champs India in second spot as World Cup beckons
India will enter the 11th edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup in second spot behind leaders Australia.
January 31, 2015Tri-series: Johnson's return to spur Aus against inconsistent England
In what will be a dress rehearsal of their opening game in the World Cup, an unbeaten Australia take on England in the cricket tri-series final, in Perth on Sunday.
January 30, 2015Wouldn't like to be too critical about India's performance: Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar feels that India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni ran 'short of ideas' but at the same time wouldn't like to be too critical of him ahead of the ICC World Cup starting in two weeks' time.
Stats: First instance of Team India going 'win-less' Down Under
Statistical highlights of the tri-series match between India and England at the WACA on Friday.
'In this tournament not all the 15 guys in our squad were fit'
Mahendra Singh Dhoni has blamed the injuries and niggles being the reason for his team's poor show in the tri-nation tournament where they failed to reach the final after losing three out of the four league matches with a game being abandoned.
'It's a catch-22 situation for India ahead of the World Cup'
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has said the dilemma over settling down into the right bowling combination has put the team in a "catch-22 situation" ahead of the ICC World Cup.
January 29, 2015'Bhuvi will swing the ball, others have to get seam movement'
Javagal Srinath believes India need to identify its frontline pace attack who can take wickets upfront during their title defence at the ICC Cricket World Cup starting next month.
January 24, 2015Has the Indian Premier League killed the spirit of cricket?
Decoding the pros and cons of the IPL series were James Astill, the author of The Great Tamasha: Cricket, Corruption and the Turbulent Rise of Modern India, Soumya Bhattacharya who wrote You must Like Cricket?, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor and journalist Rajdeep Sardesai.
Kohli will hold the key to India's fortunes at the World Cup
Former India captain Rahul Dravid believes that India's batting is heavily reliant on Virat Kohli in the middle overs.
January 23, 2015'India look emotionally drained; haven't performed as a unit'
Disappointed with India's performance in the ongoing tour of Australia, former New Zealand cricketer Danny Morrison feels the touring side looks
January 22, 2015Tri-series: Depleted Australia take on England with eye on final
Australia will miss captain George Bailey in the One-dayer against England on Friday but their focus will be to seal a place in the ODI tri-series final.
January 21, 2015Lack of batting depth a worry for Dhoni before Hobart one-dayer
Having tried quite a few permutations and combinations in the two losses so far, the Indian think-tank seems to have settled for Virat Kohli at the No.4 position to hit the right balance and stay alive in the ongoing tri-series.
January 20, 2015'Indian bowlers have learnt nothing from overseas experiences'
Once again slamming the Indian bowlers for their poor showing in Australian conditions ahead of the World Cup, former captain Sunil Gavaskar said that the bowlers have learnt nothing from their past experiences on foreign tours.
When we don't do well there is a lot of criticism, laments Dhoni
Indian batting failed for the second time in three days, against England at The Gabba, but captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni did not seem to be too bothered about it.
'We stuck to our guns and made the Indian batsmen come to us'
He scripted a memorable comeback snapping five wickets to set up England's nine-wicket win over India in the tri-series and pacer Steven Finn said he was happy to see that his hard work finally paid off.
'The Gabba wicket was two-paced and our batsmen didn't play well'
His decision to bat first backfired as India were dismissed for a paltry 153 against England and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni put the blame on his batsmen for their nine-wicket loss in their second ODI of the tri-series in Brisbane.
Gabba ODI PHOTOS: Fantastic Finn flattens India
Pacer Steven Finn (5 for 33) starred in England's nine-wicket win over India in the third ODI of the tri-series, at the Gabba in Brisbane on Tuesday.
January 19, 2015PHOTOS: Fired up De Villiers had aggression on his mind
Here are the images of some of the shots that De Villiers played enroute his record-breaking fastest One-Day century.
January 18, 2015PHOTOS: Starc sends India crashing to defeat at MCG
Australia beat India by four wickets in a nail-biting finish after wicket-keeper Brad Haddin and James Faulkner held their nerves to help Australia go past India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.
January 17, 2015'The Indian batsmen are in pretty good touch, particularly Kohli'
Australia all-rounder James Faulkner says his team is not worried about the slow nature of the pitches and the Indians using it to their advantage as he
'It's an intense Test series and the ODIs won't be any different'
Squaring off with India once again after a fiercely fought Test series, left-arm Australian pacer Mitchell Starc predicted an intense contest against the same opponents in their cricket tri-series match in Melbourne on Sunday.
January 16, 2015Fletcher blames bowlers' inexperience for poor show in Aus Tests
India's bowlers may have come under severe criticism for a below-par showing in the recent Test series in Australia but head coach Duncan Fletcher has defended them, saying the thrashing they got from the home side's batsmen was due to the inexperience of some of them.
January 14, 2015Is South Africa's DeVilliers most valuable modern day cricketer?
"He's so inventive ... he can play a touch game or a power game. Then, he can also keep wickets. I think he's the most valuable cricketer around," reckons former Australian great Adam Gilchrist.
Will hiring a good bowling coach help India's Test future?
Former Australia captain, Dean Jones, is of the view that India Test captain Virat Kohli must have a say in picking the next coach and also says that changing staff again and again isn't a solution for the team.
January 13, 2015'With Kohli as captain, everybody in the team is aggressive'
Wriddhiman Saha was effusive in his praise for India's new Test captain Virat Kohli and said the team was all fired up under the elegant Delhi batsman.
'Indian bowlers need to back batsmen during the World Cup'
Former India coach John Wright feels the only way the current team can defend its World Cup title is by backing its exciting batting line-up with a much-improved bowling effort than what it has shown of late.
January 08, 2015'I have to discipline my shot selection lot more'
Criticised for failing in his debut Test in Melbourne, young batsman Lokesh Rahul was relieved after scoring his maiden century in only his second game as India stayed afloat on the third day of the fourth and final Test against Australia, in Sydney, on Thursday.
Smith holds Spidercam guilty for dropped catch
'Captain Steve Smith was distracted by one of the wires in his eye line. Both CA and Nine will continue to work together on the use of Spidercam in the broadcast coverage and will take on board any player feedback as necessary.'
PHOTOS, Day 3: Kohli, Rahul strike tons as Australia spill catches
India captain Virat Kohli and opener Lokesh Rahul led India to safer shores, scoring centuries as Australia dropped catches -- Joe Burns and captain Steven Smith the culprits -- on Day 3 of the fourth Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday. Check out some images from the day's play.
January 06, 2015Sydney Test: Rohit getting match-practice for World Cup?
'Rohit has been dropped two Tests back and then to bring him back, it's a little bit strange to drop Pujara'
January 05, 2015Trial by fire for Kohli's leadership as visitors seek redemption
The series is out of bounds but Indian cricket is all set to enter a new era under the feisty Virat Kohli, whose leadership would be put through a trial by fire when the visitors seek redemption in the fourth and final Test against Australia starting in Sydney on Tuesday.
'Hope we can hold our emotions together and end this series well'
The death of Phillip Hughes less than six weeks ago still hung thick in the air at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Monday as Australia began preparations to play their first Test match at the ground since.
'I will try to make the right decisions in every situation'
Thrust back into the India captaincy after Mahendra Singh Dhoni's shock decision to retire from Tests last week, Virat Kohli hopes to put right some of the mistakes he made in his first match in charge against Australia.
'Dhoni isn't leaving without reason, it's not ill-timed'
Even as speculation about Mahendra Singh Dhoni's sudden retirement from Test cricket persists, India's Team Director Ravi Shastri today described it as a "well thought-out" move and lashed out at critics who had accused the wicket-keeper-batsman of abandoning a sinking ship.
January 02, 2015'Kohli is the guy to take India to the next level'
- 'Time Indian cricket looked beyond Fletcher'
January 01, 2015Australia PM Abbott defends Smith's tactics at MCG
Australian PM Tony Abbott came in defence of young Australian captain Steven Smith's decision to declare in the third Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Tuesday.
December 30, 2014Aus captain Smith blames India for drawn Melbourne Test
Australia captain Steven Smith defended his decision to declare late and concede a draw four overs early in the third Test on Tuesday, saying India had contributed to the non-result with their tactics in the morning.
Dhoni should have retired after Test series: Prasanna
"To me it was a real surprise. I thought he will play for one or two more years in Test cricket as he's a very fit person," said former captain and ex-chief selector Vengsarkar.
Dhoni gave a whole new dimension to Indian cricket: Gavaskar
- 'I still think that he had 2 or 3 more years of cricket left in him'
Of 27 Test wins, No.1 ranking and an underwhelming batting average
In the end it came in as a quiet announcement on the social network. But MS Dhoni had made the decision. He knew it was the right time.
To hell with the scoreline, says team director Ravi Shastri
- 'Give this side 12 months and you watch, they will be a bullet side'
It's just a matter of time before we start delivering: Dhoni
- 'Yes, quite happy with a draw'
December 27, 2014The score is par for this pitch: Ashwin
- 'We will continue to target Haddin with short-pitched deliveries in the next innings and the next Test as well'
PHOTOS, Day 2: Smith century adds to India's agony
Steven Smith scored a brilliant century (192) as Australia recorded a massive 530 in the first innings as Indian bowlers were hammered all over the park.
December 18, 2014'India have a slight edge going into day three at The Gabba'
Sunil Gavaskar felt India squandered another opportunity to be in a commanding position after being bowled out for 408 on day two of the second Test against Australia in Brisbane.
Hazlewood confident about Test future after fifer on debut
Australia fast bowler Josh Hazlewood said the five-wicket haul against India in his debut Test at the Gabba in Brisbane will give him "massive confidence" going ahead in his international cricket career.
PHOTOS, Day 2: Hazlewood, Smith lead Australia's fightback
Australia were 221 for 4 at close of play, in response to India's 408, on Day 2 of the second Test at the Gabba, on Thursday. Check out some images from the day's play.
High-five Hazlewood makes opportunity count
Josh Hazlewood had to wait a while for his Test debut but no one can accuse him of wasting his chance when it came after he became the 33rd Australian to take a five-wicket haul on debut in the second Test against India on Thursday.
Classy Vijay no longer India's unsung hero
In Murali Vijay the team has now rediscovered a technically sound, highly reliable opener, who can be both aggressive and defensive, believes Haresh Pandya
December 17, 2014Stats: Vijay completes 2, 000 Test runs; Dhoni overtakes Ganguly
Statistical highlights on the opening day of the second Test between India and Australia in Brisbane.
Clarke undergoes successful surgery, career could be saved
Michael Clarke's injury-ravaged career may not be as jeopardised as initially feared with the Australian captain and team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris saying that the surgery to fix his hamstring injury went "really well", giving him a good chance of being fit for the World Cup.
'Getting runs against Australia always helps you gain confidence'
His four Test hundreds out of five career tons have come while playing against the Australians and Indian opener Murali Vijay today attributed his special liking for the Aussies to the inspiration he got from the great knocks of legendary cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar.
Harris sympathises with injured Clarke's honesty on playing mortality
- 'I honestly think Michael will be back after this hamstring surgery'
PHOTOS, Day 1: Vijay's century caps India's dominance at Gabba
Images from Day 1 of the second Test between India and Australia played at the Gabba on Wednesday
December 16, 2014Record favours Australia as teams head to Gabba for second Test
With the second Test set to start on Wednesday, here is a quick fact check on how both teams stand at the Gabba.
Dhoni unconcerned about India's poor record at Gabba
- 'The aggressive approach was the right one. The approach will remain the same'
December 15, 2014Smith to lead Australia Test team, becomes third youngest captain
'He is an exceptional young man who is highly regarded by the National Selection Panel not only for his fine performances with the bat but also his maturity and clear leadership potential'
December 14, 2014'Kohli knows you have to stand up for yourself in Australia'
Former Australian skipper Mark Taylor has come out and praised Virat Kohli for the way he marshalled the Indian team in the first Test here, saying the
'Kohli did the right thing in chasing the target in Adelaide'
Lauding Virat Kohli for targetting a hard win rather than going for an easy draw, former Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin said the stand-in
ICC Test rankings: Kohli is the highest-ranked Indian batsman
Virat Kohli has broken into the top-20 of ICC Test rankings at 16th after his stupendous back-to-back hundreds in the opening Test against Australia in Adelaide.
'Clarke will be back...but he needs to get his fitness right'
An injury-ravaged Michael Clarke may have raised doubts about his future by stating that he may never play again, but Australian cricket coach Darren Lehmann is confident that the inspirational skipper will be back sooner or later.
'It's the right time to elevate Kohli to full-time Test captaincy'
Former Australia captain Ian Chappell feels India Test skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has passed his use-by-date and it's the perfect time to make Virat Kohli a full-time leader for the longest version of the game.
December 13, 2014''The boys were willing to lose in order to win'
Australia captain Michael Clarke termed India captain Kohli's hundred as a great knock and as good as any second innings hundred, while being effusive in his praise for his own team.
PHOTOS, 1st Test: Lyon roars as Australia script thrilling victory
Off-spinner Nathan Lyon claimed seven wickets (7-152) to help the Aussies win the first Test at the Adelaide Oval on Saturday.
December 12, 2014Batting on a fifth day pitch will be a test of our mindset: Rahane
"I think patience will obviously be the key. The challenge will be to keep going if you get a start."
PHOTOS, Day 4: Warner torments India with another ton
Day 4 in the first Test was dominated by Australian performances. First, spinner Nathan Lyon bagged his sixth five-wicket haul as India were dismissed for 444 in the first innings. Then, opener David Warner continued in his sublime form and struck his second century of the match as the home side put up 290 for five in their second innings, an overall lead of 363 runs. Here are images from Friday's play at the Adelaide Oval.
December 11, 2014Stats: Vijay extends impressive record against Australia
Statistical highlights from the third day's play of the first Test between India and Australia at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday.
Dhawal flying to Australia as cover for injured Bhuvneshwar
Mumbai pace spearhead Dhawal Kulkarni is being sent to Australia on an urgent basis as replacement for injured Indian seamer Bhuvaneshwar Kumar.
'Smith, Warner have leadership skills and can captain Australia'
Former Australia captain Greg Chappell feels that Steven Smith is a worthy candidate to lead the national cricket team but adds he is not the only choice if Michael Clarke decides to step down some day.
'Even though I scored 73, quite happy how it worked out'
Cheteshwar Pujara says India's strong reply on Day 3 of the first Test against Australia in Adelaide meant the team's young batsmen proved themselves.
Bouncers could help players overcome Hughes's shock death, feels Lyon
A Mitchell Johnson bouncer that struck India captain Virat Kohli on the helmet during the first Test on Thursday might actually help players get past the shock of Phillip Hughes's death, according to Australia spinner Nathan Lyon.
PHOTOS, Day 3: Kohli's ton propels India as batsmen hold firm
India's batsmen came good on a flat track to put up 369 for 5 on Day 3 of the first Test against Australia in Adelaide on Thursday. Wriddhimaan Saha (1) and Rohit Sharma (33) were at the crease at the draw of stumps. Images from the day's play.
Captain Kohli's ton inspires Team India's strong reply
Virat Kohli became only the third Indian to score a hundred on his captaincy debut as the visitors responded resolutely to Australia's mammoth first innings total by reaching 369 for five on the third day to leave the first cricket Test evenly poised at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday.
December 10, 2014'Indian batsmen confident of making up for the bowlers'
India might be left with a mountain of runs to climb in the first Test in Adelaide but fielding coach R Sridhar was confident that the batsmen will make up for the bowlers' poor show.
'The strength and courage Clarke has shown is unbelievable'
Australian batsman Steve Smith feels skipper Michael Clarke has shown "unbelievable" courage in the wake of the tragic death of Phillip Hughes and played "beautifully" battling severe back pain to score a century on Day Two of the first Test against India.
December 09, 2014Stats: Records galore for Clarke, Warner as Aussies dominate Day 1
Australia opener David Warner paid a fitting tribute to his deceased teammate Phillip Hughes, scoring a rollicking 145 before India dealt three quick blows at the fag end to share honours on an emotionally charged opening day in the first Test in Adelaide on Tuesday. Statistical highlights from the day's play.
'Karn Sharma has justified his selection for the Adelaide Test'
Former Australia leg-spinner Stuart MacGill has said that even though Ravichandran Ashwin is India's premier spinner, Karn Sharma's inclusion in the playing XI for the first Test against Australia is justified.
Partnership-wrecker Karn Sharma confident of India's revival
- 'Mentally and technically, Ravi Shastri helps a lot'
Centurion Warner guided by Hughes's spirit
- 'I just had a gut feeling that my little mate was down the other end with me the whole time'
PHOTOS, Day 1: India strike late after Warner slams century
Images from Day One of the first Test between Australia and India at the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday. Australia ended the day on 354-6.
India stage late fightback after Warner's century on Day 1
David Warner hit a sparkling 145 from 163 balls before India captured a flurry of late wickets to reduce Australia to 354 for six at stumps on Day 1 of the first Test in Adelaide.
December 06, 2014'Adelaide Test will be the biggest mental battle for Australia'
An Australia team still mourning the tragic death of Phillip Hughes face the biggest mental battle of their careers in playing the first Test against India next week, according to former captain Ricky Ponting.
'We're looking forward to playing the Test series against India'
Australia are looking forward to getting back into competitive cricket in the first Test against India next week in the wake of Phillip Hughes's tragic death, wicketkeeper Brad Haddin said on Saturday.
December 05, 2014Australia's pacers show no signs of shying away from bouncers
Australia's cricketers returned to their aggressive brand of cricket in the aftermath of Phillip Hughes's death as they held their first training session in Adelaide since the tragedy.
Analysis: How Team India measures up going into Aus Test series
As India goes into the four-match Test series against Australia, which commences in Adelaide on Tuesday, an analysis of the team.
CA grateful to BCCI for their understanding, support
Touched by India's support in the aftermath of Phillip Hughes's death, Cricket Australia Director and former pacer Michael Kasprowicz has praised the visitors for being considerate in accepting the changed series schedule following the tragedy.
December 04, 2014'Tag of defending champions will put added responsibility on us'
Hoping to make the final cut after being named in the 30-man probables list for the 2015 World Cup, Karnataka batsman Robin Uthappa has said that he would love to open the innings for India.
'The World Cup probables was there at the back of my mind'
Manoj Tiwary is back in national contention with some impressive knocks in domestic cricket. His recent sequence of scores in the last five List A innings read as 57, 130, 56, 151 and 75 meant a call-up in the 30-man World Cup probables list was inevitable.
November 28, 2014'It'll be best for the players if they play the Brisbane Test'
Former skippers Ian Chappell and Mark Taylor feel next week's first Test between India and Australia in Brisbane should go ahead as it would help the cricketers and the fans to come out and share the mourning of the loss of Phillip Hughes.
Good news for Ajmal as his off-spinners declared legitimate
The Pakistan spinner's 'doosra' however has still not received a nod of approval from lab testers
My perseverance has seen the IPL spot-fixing case get this far: Modi
Terming the BCCI as 'mafia run and backed', Modi also said that with this judgement, the global cleanup of the game has begun.
Australia say too early to decide if India Test will be played
Emotions were still too raw in the wake of the death of Phillip Hughes to make a decision on whether to go ahead with next week's first Test against India, Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said on Friday.
November 22, 2014'I am not happy with India's schedule ahead of the first Test'
Not really impressed with the preparation that India will have going into the Test series against Australia, former captain Sourav Ganguly has said a couple of two-day practice games are just not enough.
'I have no doubt that India will defend the World Cup title'
For batting legend VVS Laxman there are no clear favourites for next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, but he feels India will surely enjoy an "advantage" having spent a considerable amount of time Down Under before the mega-event.
November 21, 2014BCCI awards: Vengsarkar, Bhuvneshwar and Rohit Sharma honoured
Dilip Vengsarkar has received the prestigious BCCI-instituted Col. C K Nayudu Lifetime achievement award for his contribution to Indian cricket.
November 17, 2014'Don't think field restriction can be a factor in Australia'
India's stand-in-captain Virat Kohli feels that present field restriction rule is an advantage for batsmen only when they are playing in the sub-continent and it will be a completely different ball game during World Cup in Australia, next year.
November 16, 2014Kohli's unbeaten hundred helps India complete 5-0 series sweep
Virat Kohli led from the front with a gritty unbeaten century as a dominant India completed a resounding 5-0 whitewash over Sri Lanka by winning the fifth and final One-day International by three wickets in Ranchi on Sunday.
November 13, 2014Aus paceman Siddle targets Kohli as mind games begin
Australia paceman Peter Siddle has wasted little time throwing a psychological dagger at India's stand-in skipper Virat Kohli, saying the batsman could expect a harsh reception from players and fans on tour Down Under.
Cricket Buzz: Gayle returns to Windies squad for South Africa tour
Hard-hitting left-hander Chris Gayle will return to the West Indies squad for their tour of South Africa after recovering from a back injury.
November 12, 2014Ruthless India aim to continue winning streak against Sri Lanka
Unchallenged by Sri Lanka so far, India would look to keep the foot on the pedal in their pursuit for a series whitewash when the two teams face off in the fourth and penultimate cricket One-dayer at Eden Gardens on Thursday.
'It is difficult to correct the bowling action as you go along'
With ICC cracking the whip on bowlers with suspect actions, legendary Indian leg-spinner Anil Kumble has said those with illegal actions should be spotted and corrected at an early age.
November 11, 2014'It'll be nice if I can get tips on leg-spin nuances from Warne'
Railways leg-spinner Karn Sharma is ecstatic after his maiden call-up in the Indian Test team and is looking forward towards a chance to meet the legendary leg-spinner Shane Warne during the upcoming Test series against Australia Down Under.
'There is no point in just writing a book without being honest'
Coming out strongly in support of Sachin Tendulkar, former India cricketer VVS Laxman has said he totally believed in what the iconic batsman had written in his book.
November 10, 2014Test squad for Aus: More ain't the merrier!
In a team that mostly includes aggressive stroke-players, the 22-year-old Rahul's fortitude makes him just the right choice. The fact that he played in Australian conditions in recent times, having opened for India 'A', will be an added advantage.
Stats: India's unbeaten run against Sri Lanka and Kohli's record
Statistical highlights of the third cricket One-day international between India and Sri Lanka in Uppal.
'It is difficult to say that I am a certainty for the World Cup'
Umesh Yadav is not taking his Australia berth for granted and is keeping his fingers crossed for the future.
'That was a brilliant performance, given we're one bowler short'
India's stand-in skipper Virat Kohli on Sunday credited his bowlers for the series clinching six-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the third ODI, and said the home team's bowling unit dished out a 'brilliant performance' to restrict the visitors to 242 in Hyderabad.
November 09, 2014IN PIX: Kohli blows kisses to Anushka Sharma
Dashing Indian stand-in captain, Virat Kohli, picked a very special supporter in the crowd after scoring his half century against Sri Lanka in Hyderabad on Sunday night.
November 07, 2014'After my first innings in Test cricket, I doubted my ability'
International Test debuts can be intimidating and Sachin Tendulkar could not have imagined a tougher one when he padded up against pace legends Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis in 1989 -- the experience leaving him so scarred that he doubted his ability to continue at the highest level.
'Things I'm not aware of, it would be unwise to comment on those'
Sachin Tendulkar has shied away from touching on perhaps the darkest phase in Indian cricket -- the match-fixing scandal -- in his autobiography, saying he chose to skirt the issue as it would have been "unwise" to comment on things he was not fully aware of.
November 05, 2014'A stronger pace attack will give us an advantage in World Cup'
India are using the ongoing ODI series against Sri Lanka as preparation for next year's World Cup and home team's captain Virat Kohli says recent performances of the pace bowlers, especially Umesh Yadav, has given him a lot of hope going into the mega-event.
Upbeat India aim to maintain stranglehold over Sri Lanka
After starting the series with a crushing victory, an upbeat India will aim to maintain their stranglehold over an under-prepared Sri Lanka when they meet in the second ODI in Motera on Thursday.
IN PIX: Sri Lanka gear up for second ODI
Sri Lanka trained hard for the second One-day International (ODI) against India to be held at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad on Thursday.
November 04, 2014'You have got to give this young Indian team a bit of time'
Rahul Dravid has said that the current Indian side that has all the makings of being a good team in the future.
'I'm not going to comment on every single thing that Sachin says'
Former India captain Rahul Dravid has said he won't be commenting on each and everything batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar has written in his autobiography, adding that it would be unfair to comment on any issue without reading the book.
November 03, 2014'Dravid told me he knew it all but couldn't control Greg'
Sourav Ganguly has disclosed that Rahul Dravid was aware of what Greg Chappell was up to during his stint as India coach but he "could not control" the Australian.
IN PIX: Pakistan spank Australia for 2-0 series win
Having set the visitors an impossible 603-run victory target, Pakistan claimed the remaining six wickets in a little over a session on the final day to secure their first Test series victory against Australia in 20 years.
Will Rahul's form merit him a spot in the squad for Australia tour?
Karnataka's in-form young opener K L Rahul has staked a strong claim for his inclusion in India's Test squad to Australia.
November 02, 2014IN PIX: Misbah emulates Richard's record of fastest Test century
Misbah-ul-Haq equaled the record for the fastest Test century on Sunday.
November 01, 2014'Don't know why there's been so much of hype about my bad phase'
Hitting out at critics, India's star batsman Virat Kohli says he is not bothered about the questions being raised about his technique.
October 31, 2014'Rohit Sharma's match fitness is a good sign for the Indian team'
Rohit Sharma showed no signs of the finger injury that kept him out of action for more than two months as he hammered the visiting Sri Lanka bowlers making 142 off 111 balls, said India A coach Sanjay Bangar after his team won the warm-up game.
'MS Dhoni told me that there is nothing called lucky or unlucky'
Following Pankaj Singh's distinctly unlucky Test debut during the match against England at Southampton, the skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni had a few words of encourgement for him.
October 29, 2014'Drawing the second Test against Pakistan is not an option'
Pakistan coach Waqar Younis has warned his team to beware a backlash from a wounded Australia in the second and final Test in Abu Dhabi starting on Thursday.
'There is a possibility that I may never play for India again'
Yuvraj Singh says the thought of not being able to play for India again has crossed his mind and added that it will be very depressing if he fails to make
October 28, 2014'I can play as a specialist batsman in any position'
Naman Ojha is certainly back in the national selection committee's radar after four centuries in his last five first-class innings, including two double
October 27, 2014'Australia has improved out of sight since that series in India'
Australia captain Michael Clarke said his team would be fired up by defeat in the first Test against Pakistan but clearly needed to improve in all facets of the game to square the series later this week.
'Guys like Virat Kohli and MS have done what fits their game'
Robin Uthappa has come out as a completely changed batsman this season and the Karnataka opener attributes his consistent scores on "staying true to his skills" just like India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli.
October 26, 2014'In Dhoni's absence we have a very good chance to win in India'
Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews has warned that his team cannot lower their guard against the Indians despite captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni being rested for the first three ODIs.
October 18, 2014'Team India has always missed bowlers who can take 20 wickets'
India's success in the upcoming Australia tour would hinge upon their ability to take 20 wickets, reckons former batting great Sunil Gavaskar.
'Team India needs a right attitude to do well in the World Cup'
Terming India's prospects as very strong in the 2015 World Cup, former Australia captain Allan Border opined that Team India do have the "skills to match the best sides in the world but they will certainly have to have more "attitude" and "self belief" to make a mark in Australia and New Zealand.
'I stick to my strength and don't think about tossing the ball'
Flighting the ball has always been considered a hallmark of a good spinner but India's modern-day left-arm tweaker Akshar Patel says he doesn't even think of tossing the ball and banks on bowling flatter through the air.
October 17, 2014Fourth ODI: Kohli's majestic ton seals curtailed series for India
Virat Kohli struck a majestic 127 as India fashioned a 59-run win over the West Indies in Dharamsala, effectively sealing the ODI series 2-1 after the
October 16, 2014'If Hair tries to damage my reputation, I'll seek legal action'
Harbhajan Singh has threatened to take legal action against controversial umpire Darrell Hair if the Australian continued to damage his reputation by making provocative comment that youngsters with suspect action have made him a role model.
October 12, 2014Dhoni reveals strategy that helped in India's win
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni revealed on Saturday that Virat Kohli's agreement to drop down the order paid the team rich dividends and the strategy would be followed in the remainder of the One-Day series.
Pietersen salutes 'genuine guru' Dravid, says IPL is future of cricket
Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen struggled to get along with coaches of his own team most of his playing career and his quest for a "genuine guru" ended in faraway India where former captain Rahul Dravid made a lasting impact on his technique.
October 09, 2014'Leaving aside Bhuvneshwar, most of our bowlers gave away runs'
Barring Bhuvneshwar Kumar all the Indian bowlers leaked runs in the first ODI against West Indies, but home team skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has backed his underfire bowling attack despite crashing to an embarrassing 124-run loss in the series opener in Kochi.
'Cricket is bad politics...things change overnight'
His anger at the English cricket administration and the then coach Andy Flower notwithstanding, Kevin Pietersen says he hasn't been too wise himself even though he is far from being the "villain" that he was made out to be before being sacked.
'It was a good wicket to bat on and we should have got the runs'
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni rued his team's batting failure on a good wicket to lose the first one-dayer against the West Indies by 124 runs in Kochi but said that the visiting side were a tough team to beat.
October 08, 2014'There are no bowlers in the Indian team with suspect action'
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar says instead of reporting a bowler with suspect action, umpires can straightaway call the offender or inform the captain to take him off attack, as that would not allow the bowler to have an impact on the outcome of the match.
October 07, 2014New Zealand is a dark horse for World Cup, Australia 'annoying'
South Africa paceman Dale Steyn rates co-hosts New Zealand as a "dark horse" to win next year's cricket World Cup, while one-day rivals Australia are "annoying."
'People don't realise if there's no T20s, Test cricket will die'
India's team director Ravi Shastri has agreed with former captain Rahul Dravid's views on not having too many bilateral ODI and T20 matches and said there should be more emphasis on the World Cup for the limited overs formats of the game.
'The England experience will stand Virat Kohli in good stead'
Indian team director Ravi Shastri has backed India's batting mainstay Virat Kohli, who had a miserable Test series in England, and said he will bounce back.
October 06, 2014'Our job as players is to cut through the hype and media build-up'
A Test series against India, a World Cup on home soil and a much-anticipated Ashes campaign will put Australia's cricketers under heavy scrutiny over the next year, but the team need to make themselves oblivious to the hype, according to captain Michael Clarke.
'I was completely broken, absolutely finished, mentally shot'
Dumped England batsman Kevin Pietersen has slammed his former team managers for allegedly allowing a culture of 'bullying' to develop and claimed coach Andy Flower and wicketkeeper Matt Prior were behind an orchestrated campaign to oust him.
'Australia tour will be a good preparation before the World Cup'
Gearing up for the pace test that awaits India in Australia come December, batsman Rohit Sharma said the likes of Mitchell Johnson and Peter Siddle would be a tough challenge to deal with but the Indians are no longer intimidated by bouncy tracks Down Under.
'Winning four finals out of eight, I won't say it is too bad'
Having guided CSK to their second CLT20 trophy, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was happy with his team's show.
October 05, 2014In Pix: Dhoni, the biker creates a stir at Buddh Circuit
Mahendra Singh Dhoni took time out for his passion for biking at the Buddh International Circuit, in Gurgaon, a day after guiding
October 03, 2014'Test cricket is going to fizzle out as a mainstream attraction'
Former England captain Andrew Strauss has said the skewed distribution of power among the India-led big three in ICC can lead to a situation in future when the
CLT20: Chennai Super Kings take on Knight Riders in all-IPL final
The indomitable Chennai Super Kings will have the advantage of familiarity with the conditions but the unbeaten Kolkata Knight Riders would still
It was a complete game for us ahead of final: Dhoni
Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said his side played a "complete game" to beat Kings XI Punjab and enter the Champions League T20 final.
'The only reason for KKR's 14 match wins is we don't discuss it'
Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir has attributed his side's splendid run in the Champions League Twenty20 to collective effort, saying that his team has done well in all departments of the game en route to the final.
October 02, 2014CLT20: Chennai Super Kings thrash Kings XI Punjab to reach final
Chennai Super Kings stormed into their second Champions League T20 final with a crushing 65-run victory over Kings XI Punjab in Hyderabad on Thursday.
Windies all-rounder Sammy hoping Kohli's dry run continues
With the One-Day series set to begin on October 8, West Indies have come to India with revenge on their minds, says all-rounder Darren Sammy.
CLT20: Kallis stars in Knight Riders' maiden entry into final
Jacques Kallis brought his years of experience into play as he guided Kolkata Knight Riders to its maiden Oppo Champions League T20 final having comfortably beaten Australia's Hobart Hurricanes by seven wickets in Hyderabad on Thursday.
September 30, 2014'Doing things professionally is the reason for KKR's success'
Riding high on a splendid preliminary campaign, Kolkata Knight Riders' batsman Robin Uthappa said his team would look to focus on its strengths in
September 29, 2014'People are talking about how many games Knight Riders has won'
The Kolkata Knight Riders are on top of the table in Group A of the ongoing Oppo CLT20 but the team is not keeping a tab the number of matches it has won in a row.
Lahore aim to edge past Chennai Super Kings in semi-final race
After registering a win against Dolphins in the last encounter, Pakistan champions Lahore Lions will go a for the kill to qualify for the semi-final
'Akshar Patel and Karanveer Singh bowl very beautifully together'
Kings XI Punjab skipper George Bailey had every reason to have a broad smile on his face as his side put up a "clinical" show, recording their fourth win in a row and said their spin duo of Karanveer Singh and Akshar Patel gel well together.
September 27, 2014CLT20: Chennai Super Kings edge Perth, inch close to semi-finals
A disciplined Chennai Super Kings produced an all-round effort to defeat Perth Scorchers by 13 runs in Bangalore and brighten their hopes of earning a semi-final berth in the Champions League Twenty20.
CLT20: Lahore edge past Dolphins to keep semi-final hopes alive
Pakistan champions Lahore Lions registered their first win in the Oppo Champions League Twenty20 main draw as they outplayed Dolphins of South Africa by 16 runs in Bangalore to keep their hopes of booking a semi-final spot alive.
'I offered to give Manan my bat if he could score a hundred'
Senior batsman Virender Sehwag was full of praise for his young opening partner Manan Vohra, whose 32-ball-65 set the tone for an emphatic victory.
CLT20: Kings XI Punjab thrash Northern Knights, enter semi-finals
Kings XI Punjab put up yet another dominating performance as they outclassed Northern Knights from New Zealand by a whopping 120 runs in Mohali to enter the semi-finals in their maiden appearance in the Oppo Champions League T20.
September 26, 2014Ajinkya Rahane settles for domestic bliss off the field
Ajinkya Rahane tied the knot with Radhika Dhopvkar in traditional Maharashtrian style on Friday.
September 24, 2014Chennai Super Kings look to keep the momentum going against Lahore
Riding high on a comfortable win over Dolphins in their last encounter, Chennai Super Kings will look to keep the momentum going when they lock horns with Lahore Lions in the Champions League T20.
'There is still scope for improvement in this Kings XI side'
Kings XI Punjab may have shown their mettle, winning two games so far in the Oppo Champions League T20, but the team coach Sanjay Bangar said that there is still a scope for improvement.
'T20 is a batsman's game, that makes it difficult for the bowler'
Admitting that T20 is a game where bowlers often find themselves at the receiving end, Sri Lankan all-rounder Thisara Perera feels that its good to have a few variations in order to surprise the batsmen.
September 23, 2014Sachin Tendulkar, Steve Waugh to be inducted as Bradman Honourees
Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar's tryst with Australia and "The Don" continues as the legendary batsman will be inducted as a Bradman Honouree along with former Test captain Steve Waugh at a gala dinner in Sydney on October 29.
CLT20: Can Scorchers put a break on KKR's winning streak?
Following their 11-match winning streak, Kolkata Knight Riders will be aiming to keep their juggernaut rolling as they meet Perth Scorchers in their third Group A league match of the Champions League T20 in Hyderabad on Wednesday.
September 22, 2014Injured Clarke shaking up fitness regimen ahead of Pak series
Injured Australia captain Michael Clarke will arrive in the United Arab Emirates five days ahead of the rest of the Test squad as he races to be fit for the two-match series against Pakistan.
Waqar seeks replacement spinner as Pak prepare to look beyond Ajmal
Although the PCB is leaving no stone unturned to allow suspended off-spinner, Saeed Ajmal a chance to make a comeback to international cricket, the national selectors and head coach, Waqar Younis are already planning for the World Cup without the services of the suspended spinner.
September 20, 2014CLT20: It's India v Pakistan as Lahore Lions face Kolkata challenge
Buoyed by their spectacular win over Chennai Super Kings in the opening match of this season's campaign, Kolkata Knight Riders will take on spirited qualifiers Lahore Lions in their second game of the Champions League Twenty20 in Hyderabad on Sunday.
September 19, 2014Punjab look for another dominating performance against Barbados
After launching their campaign on a winning note, IPL finalists Kings XI Punjab will look to dish out another dominating performance when they face the formidable Barbados Tridents in a Group B match of the Oppo Champions League twenty20 in Mohali on Saturday.
'When the team is in trouble, it takes courage to go for shots'
Kings XI Punjab captain heaped praise on Glenn Maxwell and Thisara Perera after the five-wicket win against Hobart Hurricanes in Mohali and promised his team will get better in the Champions League T20.
September 18, 2014PIX: Cricketers, their gorgeous wives and kids at CLT20
The greatest nights in cricket and the glamorous WAGs (wife and girlfriends) are back on our television screens.
Russell, ten Doeschate power KKR to stunning victory over Chennai
Andre Russell smashed a breathtaking half-century while Ryan ten Doeschate struck a fine unbeaten 51 to guide Indian Premier League champions Kolkata Knight Riders to a stunning seven-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings.
September 14, 2014Team India look serious contenders to defend their World Cup title
After what at one stage earlier this month looked like a vast game of musical chairs, reigning champions India ended up topping the world rankings when the five-month countdown to the 2015 World Cup started on Sunday.
September 13, 2014BCCI Constitution amended for Jaitley not Srinivasan: Manohar
Former BCCI president Shashank Manohar has said that the amendment of the BCCI constituition in 2012 regarding president's post was done to
September 10, 2014ICC not sure if technology will do enough to check chucking menace
The ICC is cautiously optimistic that wearable sensors can provide the technological breakthrough needed to stamp out illegal bowling actions but does not expect them to be ready for trial in matches before mid-2015.
September 09, 2014Shastri, Fletcher should stay till 2015 World Cup, says Laxman
Former batsman V V S Laxman believes tinkering with Team India's support staff is not a viable option and newly-appointed team director Ravi Shastri and coach Duncan Fletcher should stay till the 2015 World Cup.
KKR players get intense training in SA in preparation for CLT20
In their quest to be battle-ready for the upcoming Champions League Twenty20, Kolkata Knight Riders sent four of their players -- Yusuf Pathan, Piyush Chawla, Manvinder Bisla and Kuldeep Yadav -- to Bloemfontein, South Africa for 15 days of training camp that included cycling, running and mountaineering.
September 04, 2014India aim for clean sweep; England hoping to salvage pride
Series already in their pocket, a rampaging India would look to keep the foot on the pedal and press for a clean sweep when they take on England in the fifth and final cricket one-dayer in Leeds on Friday.
'Cook is a stubborn man but the tough call has to be made'
Coming down heavily on Alastair Cook, former skipper Michael Vaughan has said that the "stubborn" leader must be sacked from the ODI post if he refuses to step down soon.
'As a player Suresh Raina has entered a new phase of maturity'
Suresh Raina, whose century in the second ODI helped India regain its confidence back after successive defeats in Tests against England, has extensively worked hard on tackling short pitch deliveries in the hockey turf.
Strauss backs captain Cook to come good
Former England skipper Andrew Strauss says sacking Alastair Cook as captain before the 2015 World Cup is not the answer to the English cricket team's one-day woes.
September 03, 2014Stats: India's win in Edgbaston ODI, their 50th against England
Statistical highlights of the
'What I saw at Edgbaston was a joke, a total embarrassment'
Angry and sad at the way England have been outplayed in the ongoing ODI series against India, former captain Ian Botham and retired spinner Graeme Swann said the performance of the side led by Alastair Cook is nothing short of an "embarrassment".
'There's a tendency to lax after win, but India has got better'
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels his side played a "perfect game" at Edgbaston as the visitors thrashed England by nine wickets in the fourth One-Dayer to take an invincible 3-0 lead in the five-match series.
September 02, 2014Ganguly tells England how to improve against spin
Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly believes that England's batsmen need to change their mental approach against spin if they want to improve their showing in limited overs cricket.
'A few more good performances can give me back the opener's slot'
With Rohit Sharma nursing a finger injury and Shikhar Dhawan struggling with his form, India discard Robin Uthappa is eager to earn the opening slot in the national team with some good performances in the upcoming season, which ends with 2015 World Cup.
Technique tweak revives Raina's fortunes
Raina is much experienced now, fully mature and he could unfold his true genius at the World Cup in Australia-New Zealand next year, writes
September 01, 2014Team India looking to wrap ODI series at Edgbaston
An unassailable lead in their pocket, India would look to clinch the one-day series against England by putting up another dominating display when the two sides square off in the fourth one-dayer in Birmingham on Tuesday.
'Kohli's preference for short formats will hold him back in Tests'
Former New Zealand captain Martin Crowe has said Virat Kohli, Joe Root, Steven Smith and Kane Williamson are the new "fabulous four" of Test Cricket but will go through "teething problems" before shooting for the stars.
'Virat is in a bad patch but a big knock is around the corner'
Mahendra Singh Dhoni has said a big knock could be in the offing from Virat Kohli very soon.
'An England turnaround can happen with individual responsibility'
England captain Alastair Cook has blamed his batsmen, saying that someone in the top order will have to score big for the others to make noteworthy contributions.
'India is giving England a lesson in how to play one-day cricket'
Exasperated at England's consecutive defeats, former captain Alec Stewart said the hosts must learn from India how to play One Day cricket.
August 30, 2014Nottingham ODI: India leave England in a spin after going 2-0 up
India's slow bowlers tormented England again to claim a six-wicket victory in the third one-day international in Nottingham on Saturday to go 2-0 up in the five-match series.
Injured Mumbai Indians captain Rohit set to miss CLT20 qualifiers
Star batsman Rohit Sharma's finger fracture is not only a blow to the Indian team but a big setback for Mumbai Indians as well, who will be playing their Champions League T20 qualifiers starting September 13, in Raipur.
August 29, 2014Can Team India continue winning momentum?
Seeking to continue their winning momentum and take an unassailable 2-0 lead, India were dealt a blow ahead of the third one-dayer against England at Trent Bridge on Saturday as opener Rohit Sharma was ruled out of the remainder of the tour because of injury.
Gavaskar rates Raina's Cardiff knock 'one of the best' overseas
Indian batting legend Sunil Gavaskar lavished parise on Suresh Raina's match-winning knock in the second ODI against England and rated the left-hander's hundred as one of the best ODI innings overseas.
August 26, 2014After washout, India desperate to get cracking in Cardiff ODI
Rocked by one controversy after another, India will be looking to hope that the spotlight shifts to the cricketing action as they take on an upbeat England side in the second One-Day International in Cardiff, on Wednesday.
Cricket Buzz: Captain Clarke set to miss more matches
Australia captain Michael Clarke, sidelined with a hamstring injury, may not be fit until the 'back end' of the triangular One-day tournament with Zimbabwe and South Africa, according to stand-in skipper George Bailey.
'India would want to have some confidence ahead of the World Cup'
Former India captain Rahul Dravid
August 25, 2014PHOTOS: Rain washes out India-England ODI series opener in Bristol
Monday's first One-Day International in the five-match series between India and England was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to relentless rain and wet ground conditions in Bristol.
Dhoni has overstepped his brief as captain: BCCI
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's statement that coach Duncan Fletcher continues to be the 'boss' of the team and will stay till the 2015 World Cup has prompted the Board of Control for Cricket in India to take up the matter at its next Working Committee meeting.
For once, BCCI doesn't agree with Dhoni. Check out why...
The Board Of Control For Cricket In India (BCCI) has labelled Mahendra Singh Dhoni's comments as 'personal opinion' after the national team's captain said beleaguered coach Duncan Fletcher still called the shots and would lead them into next year's World Cup.
Cricket Buzz: Maxwell misses ton as Australia trounce Zimbabwe
Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Marsh both fell agonisingly short of centuries but still helped Australia to a record One-Day International tally at the Harare Sports Club as they crushed Zimbabwe by 198 runs on Monday.
'Dhoni is negative. He doesn't have too many ideas'
'When you are doing well you need to keep addressing the weaknesses. This is something that the Indian team has never done,' former Test spinner Maninder Singh tells
Fletcher will lead India into World Cup: Dhoni
Ending speculation about coach Duncan Fletcher's role in the five one-dayers against England, Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said that the Zimbabwean will stay as "boss" of the team until the 2015 World Cup.
August 24, 2014Cric Buzz: Ajmal action to be tested on Monday
Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal's suspect bowling action will be tested at the Cricket Australia National Cricket Centre in Brisbane tomorrow and the result will be declared in about two weeks time, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said in a statement on Sunday.
Time for Team India to show character, says Raina
Claiming to have done his bit to infuse some positivity into the beleaguered Indian team, ODI specialist Suresh Raina says the side will have to show character to get over the Test debacle and clinch the limited overs series starting in Bristol, on Monday.
Dhoni a serial offender in India's debacles abroad, says Ian Chappell
Slamming Mahendra Singh Dhoni as a 'serial offender' in the India's Test debacles abroad, former Australia captain Ian Chappell said if the team fails to compete at full throttle then another capitulation is certain against a highly competitive Australian outfit.
Hurt India seek return to winning ways in England ODIs
Their morale battered by the Test series debacle, India are aiming to make a fresh beginning and salvage lost pride when they take on England in a five-match One-Day International series, starting in Bristol, on Monday.
August 23, 2014'You cannot look further than Virat Kohli in the Indian ODI side'
England national selector Angus
'Our cricketers have lost all commitment towards the country'
Slamming the national cricket team for yet another disastrous Test series loss abroad, former India cricketer Kirti Azad has questioned the passion of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his men for longer version
Cric Buzz: Bindra withdraws from cricket affairs
After a career spanning nearly 36 years as cricket administrator, Inderjit Singh Bindra decided to withdraw from the cricket affairs and in his place PCA vice-president and senior IAS officer, DP Reddy took over with immediate effect.
Support staff changes could have been made after ODIs: Dravid
Indian batting legend Rahul Dravid has said that he would have preferred to wait till the end of India's England tour to make changes to the support staff as such decisions could be "tough on everyone concerned".
August 22, 2014Anushka staying with Kohli in England angers team manager
The debate of wives and girlfriends accompanying Indian cricketers on foreign tours has taken a different twist after team manager Sunil Dev questioned actress Anushka Sharma's stay with boyfriend Virat Kohli during the recently-concluded Test series in England.
'Australians will do everything to unsettle this Indian team'
India's tour of Australia might
Kallis, Pollard opt for IPL teams in CLT20
All the players named by more than two teams for the Champions League Twenty20, including South African legend Jacques Kallis and West Indian dasher Kieron Pollard, have opted for their IPL franchises instead of their domestic teams.
How late yoga guru BKS Iyengar helped prolong Tendulkar's career
Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar has paid rich tribute to late yoga guru BKS Iyengar, crediting him for the success in his glorious career.
Meet Chris Gayle, Instagram's new Playboy!
West Indies batsman Chris Gayle is bowling his followers over with his extravagant pictures on Instagram - pictures that can easily label him a playboy.
'Stint in county cricket will give Cheteshwar valuable experience'
Arvind Pujara, Cheteshwar Pujara's father, believes his son and Virat Kohli will bounce back.
Now, Zaheer presents his reasons for India's Test debacle
Veteran India seamer Zaheer Khan feels India would struggle to make an impact overseas unless the batsmen raised their game and notch up big scores consistently.
Cricket Buzz: Zimbabwe's Utseya reported for suspect action
Zimbabwe all-rounder Prosper Utseya has been reported for an illegal bowling action, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Friday.
'Team India went to England without doing their homework'
'When you are doing well you need to keep addressing the weaknesses.'
Dhoni skips practice while others sweat it out
Holding their last practice session before being forced to go on a break by the BCCI, India's bowling coach Joe Dawes and fielding consultant Trevor Penney made the players 'sweat'.
August 21, 2014Should BCCI ban wives and girlfriends on tours?
According to media reports, the BCCI has decided that girlfriends will no longer be allowed on tour and there will also be restrictions on the duration of the wives' stay in overseas tours.
My role is to oversee everything, all of them report to me: Shastri
Handed the task of overseeing a struggling Indian team, newly-appointed team director Ravi Shastri refuted suggestions that his role would undermine the position of beleaguered coach Duncan Fletcher.
'India's batting and fielding was a complete disaster in England'
Former chairman of selectors Kiran More discusses the Test series debacle in England with Harish Kotian and suggests remedial measures to help the team return to winning ways.
For now, coach Fletcher oversees Indian nets...
Two days ahead of their practice game versus Middlesex at Lord's, Team India regrouped with a net-session here with under-fire coach Duncan Fletcher and bowling coach Joe Dawes overseeing proceedings ahead of the five-match ODI series starting August 25.
Cricket Buzz: De Kock stars as SA cruise to Zimbabwe series whitewash
Opener Quinton de Kock smashed 84 as a weakened South Africa crushed Zimbabwe by seven wickets to complete a whitewash in their three-match ODI series at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo on Thursday.
August 20, 2014Aaron needs to be handled with care, says former team physio Gloster
The Board of Control for Cricket in India must take special care of injury-prone fast bowler Varun Aaron to ensure he has a long and successful international career, feels former national team physio John Gloster.
Dhoni's captaincy, wicketkeeping not up to Test standard: Brearley
Former England captain Mike Brearley, one of the sharpest cricketing minds to have played the game, reckons that Mahendra Singh Dhoni's captaincy and wicketkeeping is not up to Test standard.
England batsman Hales: 'Glad the door shut on me in the IPL'
Having received his maiden call-up in the England ODI squad, hard-hitting batsman Alex Hales feels that the IPL snub he received in the last edition of the tournament helped him turn into a better player.
Cricket Buzz: De Kock equals record as SA beat Zimbabwe
Quinton de Kock tied a One-day International record as South Africa beat Zimbabwe by 61 runs on Tuesday to take a 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
'Indian batsmen failed to apply themselves in English conditions'
Former England captain Alec Stewart batted for under-fire coach Duncan Fletcher, saying the Zimbabwean cannot be held responsible for India's pathetic show in England since a coach can only guide and execution on the field was players' job.
Numbers game: Kohli's showing third worst by an Indian at No 4!
presents some shocking numbers from India's debacle in the England Test series.
August 19, 2014'Don't think there is any alternative to Dhoni in the foreseeable future'
Indian batting legend Sunil Gavaskar has not only backed under-fire skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni but also gave a thumbs up to BCCI's new move of appointing Ravi Shastri as the Team Director.
'If Fletcher can read between the lines, he can tender his resignation'
With Ravi Shastri being appointed as the Director of the Indian cricket team, the days of current chief coach Duncan Fletcher seems to be numbered as there is a question mark about his presence during the upcoming home series against the West Indies.
Fletcher should have been sacked!
Instead of sidelining coach Duncan Fletcher, the BCCI should have sacked him, says
India drop to fifth in Test rankings after England disaster
India slipped a rung to fifth in the latest ICC Test team rankings after the 1-3 demolition by England in the recently-concluded five-match series.
Shastri team director for ODIs. Can he turn around fortunes?
India have appointed former captain Ravi Shastri as director of cricket for the One-day international series against England as part of a coaching shake-up following the recent 3-1 Test series defeat to the same opponents.
Look who's coming out in support of under-fire Dhoni!
Under-fire Mahendra Singh Dhoni has got support from unexpected quarters with cue sports poster boy Pankaj Advani backing the Indian skipper, saying he is the only one who can lead the team.
Is IPL to be blamed for India's poor showing in England?
Former England skipper Michael Vaughan feels the young Indian players must come out of the cash-rich Indian Premier League's shadow and play county cricket.
Broad left out of England One-day squad to face India
Strike bowler Stuart Broad, one of the heroes of England's 3-1 Test series victory against India, was on Monday left out of a 15-man squad for the five one-day internationals between the two teams.
Why Team India is dominant at home, but dominated abroad
Technical flaws go unnoticed when the team plays at home. On tour, the players become susceptible. The just-concluded England Test series, says Bikash Mohapatra, points to the fact that this Indian side doesn't have a player who can adapt and alter his game accordingly.
Farewell hero Jayawardene still chasing World Cup dream
Former captain Mahela Jayawardene left the Test scene vowing to devote his energies towards helping Sri Lanka win another 50-over World Cup next year in Australia and New Zealand.
August 18, 2014Gavaskar questions work ethics of some Indian cricketers
The Indian batting legend did not take names but feels that some Indian players are not putting in enough number of hours in the nets to overcome their shortcomings.
Vengsarkar slams Dhoni's captaincy; wants support staff to go
Former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar has demanded the immediate sacking of coach Duncan Fletcher and other support staff in the wake of the team's humiliating Test series loss in England. He also came down heavily on captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni for making 'glaring mistakes'.
What went wrong, and right, for India in England Tests
The glaring failure of India's three middle-order batsmen, who never got even a reasonably decent start from the openers, was the main reason why India kept collapsing repeatedly, says , reviewing the team's 3-1 drubbing in the five-Test series in England.
Figure out Jayawardene in Tests
Sri Lanka batsman Mahela Jayawardene retired from Test cricket after his final match against Pakistan on Monday. Following is a factbox on his Test career.
'Our team should carry sub-continental pitches wherever they go'
Following India's massive collapse and eventual 1-3 Test series loss against England on Sunday the chatter was loud on Twitter.
Behind every successful captain is his wife?
Relishing a dramatic turnaround of fortunes in the series against India, England captain Alastair Cook has said it was his wife who convinced him not to give up captaincy when his team was on a losing streak.
Jayawardene gets perfect send-off with Sri Lanka win over Pakistan
Former captain Mahela Jayawardene was given a fairytale sendoff in his last test match as Sri Lanka eased to a 105-run victory that completed a 2-0 series sweep over Pakistan on Monday.
Cricket Buzz: Amla ton sees SA beat Zimbabwe by 93 runs in 1st ODI
Opener Hashim Amla carried his bat through the innings to record an unbeaten 122 as South Africa eased to a 93 run victory over Zimbabwe in the first one-day international at Queens Sports Club on Sunday.
Will Dhoni give up Test team captaincy?
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is keeping his fans and critics guessing over future as captain of the Indian Test cricket team.
India's report card: Kohli 1/10, Pujara 2/10; Bhuvneshwar 7/10
At the conclusion of the Test series against England, assesses the Indian players' showing.
Cook reveals details of England's recipe for revival...
Before coming into the series, England, and captain Alastair Cook in particular, were under tremendous pressure. They first lost the return Ashes series against Australia and then the home series loss versus Sri Lanka hurt them the most.
August 17, 2014Cricket Buzz: Kumble, Srinath stage walkout from KSCA AGM
Former Indian captain Anil Kumble and speedster Javagal Srinath on Sunday staged a walkout from the Annual General Body Meeting of the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) alleging misuse of funds by the current set-up.
'After what happened at Lord's, the players can take credit'
England captain Alastair Cook was delighted with the turnaround in the series as they came back from Lord's defeat to win three matches in a row.
Whatever we could have done, we tried, says Dhoni
Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has blamed his batting line-up for the humiliating defeat in England.
PHOTOS: Yet again England humiliate India
India's recent saga of spineless performances touched a new low as they crashed to a humiliating innings and 244 runs defeat well inside three days in the fifth and final cricket Test against England, who clinched the series with a 3-1 margin, in London, on Sunday.
PHOTOS: Jayawardene signs off as Sri Lanka edge towards victory
Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath captured four more Pakistan wickets to take his match tally to a career best 13 as Sri Lanka edged closer to victory in Mahela Jayawardene's farewell Test on Sunday.
'Indian slip fielders standing too close to each other'
With India's 'butter fingered' slip-cordon struggling to hold on to catches, former slips specialist VVS Laxman feels the fielders are standing too close to each other, which is causing confusion between them.
Oval Test: 'Root and Buttler put us in strong position'
England batsman Gary Ballance rued not scoring another hundred against India in the fifth and final Test at the Oval while praising team-mate Joe Root for countering the visitors' fightback on Day 2.
Ashwin confident India will bat better in second innings
After an arduous day in the field on Saturday, off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin conceded that India had a bad day in office but expressed confidence that the team's batsmen would fare better in the second innings of the fifth Test against England.
August 16, 2014IPL controversy: Mudgal committee questions Srinivasan, Meiyappan
The newly appointed International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman and BCCI's president-in-exile N Srinivasan and his son-in-law Gurunath
Men bite dust as women show the way to victory in England!
The Indian men's cricket team has disappointed with their spineless performance in the last three weeks but the women counterparts showed steely temperament as they made a remarkable comeback into Test fold, beating England eves by six wickets in London on Saturday.
Happy to play another Test before hanging my boots: Mithali
At 31 years and 256 days, Mithali Raj does not know how many more years of international cricket is left in her but Indian women's cricket team captain is "happy" to have played at least one more Test before she called time on her illustrious career.
PHOTOS: Hapless India face daunting task to save Test
Photos of the DAy 2 of the fifth and final Test between England and India being played at the Oval.
PHOTOS: Jayawardene remains unbeaten after Herath heroics
Mahela Jayawardene remained unbeaten on 49 in his farewell innings after spinner Rangana Herath's career best figures of nine for 127 gave Sri Lanka control of the second Test against Pakistan on Saturday.
Cricket Buzz: Watson out of Zimbabwe tour after ankle injury
Injury-prone all-rounder Shane Watson has been ruled out of Australia's one-day tour of Zimbabwe after standing on a ball and twisting his ankle at training in Brisbane on Saturday.
Stats: Cook breaks Gavaskar's record!
England bowlers used the conditions perfectly at the Oval in London to dismiss Indian batsmen for 148 in just over 61 overs on Friday. Here are the statistical highlights at the end of first day's play in the fifth Test between India and England played at the Oval.
England Diary: 'Cook contemplated quitting captaincy last month'
Alastair Cook has succeeded in pulling England out of Ashes defeat depression with two massive victories over India but the England captain was mulling resignation during the Sri Lanka series, it has been revealed.
England were simply superb, concedes India's fielding coach
There were no demons in the pitch but it was simply England's improved bowling that took the fizz out of the Indian batting, says India's fielding coach Trevor Penney.
What have England done right since losing the Lord's Test?
Bowling in the right areas and build up constant pressure is a secret to England's turn around in fortunes, feels bowler Chris Woakes...
August 15, 2014PHOTOS: Pakistan dig in despite Herath's five-wicket haul
Rangana Herath again put Pakistan in a spin with a five-wicket haul but half-centuries from Sarfraz Ahmed and Ahmed Shehzad guided the tourists to 244 for six at the close of the second day of the second Test on Friday.
PHOTOS: India's batting flops as England dominate Day 1
Images from day one of the fifth and final Test between England and India at the Oval, in London, on Friday.
Cricket Buzz: Harmanpreet reprimanded for offence
Indian batswoman Harmanpreet Kaur escaped with a fine but was reprimanded for showing dissent at the umpire's decision on the first day of the first Test against England women cricket team on Tuesday.
REVEALED! Virat Kohli visits Chelsea to seek inspiration
An out-of-form Virat Kohli turned to Stamford Bridge for some inspiration ahead of the fifth and final Test at the Oval.
Bhuvi has 'a few niggles', but Dhoni to persist with five bowlers
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni again reiterated that he will not deviate from his strategy of playing five bowlers in the fifth and final Test against England, starting at the Oval, in London, on Friday.
August 14, 2014'If Dhoni backs down from Test cricket, India wouldn't miss him'
New Zealand batting great Martin
'The Indian batsmen felt I's a guy they could get easy runs from'
He has been one of England's finds
Jayawardene out for 4 in first innings of final Test
Mahela Jayawardene was out for just four runs in the first innings of his final Test as Sri Lanka built a platform for a solid first innings total in the second and final match against Pakistan in Colombo, Thursday.
Can India bounce back at the Oval?
After two crushing defeats, India are looking for their batsmen to deliver as they aim to bounce back in the fifth and final Test against England, starting at the Oval on Friday, and level the series at 2-2.
For once, captain Dhoni has valid excuses for the debacle in England
The ongoing series against England may be another lost cause, but not exactly a failure from Team India's point of view. The return to England shores has certainly yielded better results, all the criticism notwithstanding, says Bikash Mohapatra.
'Jayawardene a rare brand of cricketer'
Cricketers like Mahela Jayawardene come around very rarely and younger players in the team have a lot to learn from his fighting attitude, Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews said.
'Super Mo' breaks religious, cultural barriers to emerge cult figure
A proud Muslim of Pakistani descent featuring a luxuriant black beard has become a cult figure after performing heroics with the ball during England's spirited fightback in the current series against India.
August 13, 2014MS Dhoni recommended for Padma Bhushan, Virat Kohli Padma Shri
The Indian Cricket Board has
Cric Buzz: Dhoni skips practice, Ishant fit again
In the build-up to the fifth and final Test against England, India regrouped at the Oval as they looked to put behind the disappointment of their embarrassing innings defeat in the last game, even though skipper M S Dhoni was a notable absentee at the nets.
Anderson crossed the line of respect, says Brearley
As the storm settles down over the spat between Ravindra Jadeja and James Anderson, former England captain Mike Brearley said that the pacer should be encouraged to harness his aggression but not at the expense of respect.
England diary: Old Trafford Test benefits homeless people
England's defeat of India inside three days in the fourth Test at Manchester's Old Trafford may not have been good news for ground authorities, who lost out on two days' worth of takings and it certainly wasn't good for the tourists.
Suspect bowling: Action-Reaction
A look at the some of the famous bowlers who were reported for suspect action.
Moeen Ali quietly casts a shadow on India's spinners
With 19 wickets in the series so far, Moeen Ali is fast emerging as the standout spinner of the series.
Indian cricket must improve its away Test record!
India has won just 38 of 238 Tests overseas since 1932!
August 12, 2014What England must work on to clinch the Test series vs India
Like all other Englishmen, Geoffrey Boycott is also delighted with England's terrific turnaround in the ongoing series against India.
ICC Test Rankings: Ashwin is No 1 all-rounder!
Following his fine show with the bat in the fourth cricket Test against England in Manchester, India's Ravichandran Ashwin became the No 1 Test all-rounder in ICC rankings published on Monday
For once, Dhoni has valid excuses for the debacle
The series against England may be another lost cause, but not exactly a failure from Team India's point of view, says
Gavaskar urges fans to keep faith in Dhoni and Co
India's woeful performance notwithstanding, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has urged cricket fans to keep faith in the team.
Gavaskar escapes unhurt in a car crash
Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar was lucky to escape unhurt in a car crash while travelling from Manchester to London on Sunday after the completion of the third Test between India and England.
August 11, 2014Pakistan spinner Ajmal reported for suspect bowling action
Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has been reported with a suspected illegal bowling action during his side's seven-wicket loss in the first Test match against Sri Lanka at Galle International Stadium on Sunday.
Resilient Cook whips up winning recipe!
England coach Peter Moores is impressed with the way Alastair Cook led his team out of a lengthy slump and praised his battle-hardened skipper's resilience.
England full of confidence ahead of decider, India demoralised
From what England's captain Alastair Cook described as "rock bottom" less than three weeks ago, his team are suddenly flying high with an unbeatable 2-1 lead over India to take into the final match of the five-Test series, starting at London's Oval on Friday.
Former players question Fletcher's role after India's meek surrender
Former captain Sunil Gavaskar slammed the Indian cricketers for their embarrassing innings defeat in the fourth Test at Old Trafford, saying that they showed "no backbone" to fight against a "persistent" England side.
August 10, 2014Dhoni three defeats away from matching Fleming's away Test record
Mahendra Singh Dhoni might have forged a formidable coach-captain combination with Stephen Fleming for the CSK in the Indian Premier League but the India captain is on the verge of equalling an ignominous record in possession of the former Black Caps skipper - that of maximum number of away Test defeats while leading his country.
Wretched form in England exposes India's batting woes
Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli's collective failures against the moving ball in England has given rise to doubts about their class and ability and if they are the answer to India's search for batting solidity in the absence of their retired heroes.
Stats: India lose inside 3 days for sixth time in England!
Overall, India have lost a Test match inside three days 14 times, including six times in England.
'India focussed on Anderson, took their eye off the cricket'
A pathetic India paid the price for focussing more on James Anderson incident than on their game, former captain Michael Vaughan said while British media termed India's capitulation in the fourth Test as "spineless".
August 09, 2014Dhoni takes a dig at top-order batsmen
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni took a dig at the top-order batsmen stating that it was the fifth bowler and the lower order who were scoring all the runs after another abject surrender against England in the fourth cricket Test in Manchester on Saturday.
PHOTOS: Sangakkara's 10th double ton puts Sri Lanka ahead
Kumar Sangakkara struck a sparkling 221 to move to the second spot in the all-time list of Test double centurions as Sri Lanka grabbed lead before declaring their first innings on day four of the first Test against Pakistan on Saturday.
Cricket Buzz: Indian govt grants $1m for Afghanistan stadium
The Indian government has passed a grant of $1 million for the construction of a cricket stadium in Afghanistan's southern province of Kandahar, according to a report.
PHOTOS: India humiliated at Old Trafford!
Images from the third's day play of the fourth Test between England and India at the Old Trafford in Manchester.
Pushgate: 'Puppet Srinivasan made India a laughing stock'
India became a "laughing stock" during the Ravindra Jadeja-James Anderson incident because of the timidity of BCCI president in-exile N Srinivasan, who played a "puppet" fearing a backlash from the England and Australia boards, CAB secretary Aditya Verma said on Saturday.
Stats: Bhuvaneshwar equals Zaheer's record
Almost two sessions were washed out, with only 36 overs possible on day two as England reached 237 for six in reply to India's 152 in their first innings.
Bell full of praise for Old Trafford wicket
The wicket at Old Trafford has played nicely in the two days of cricket that has been played on it and England batsman Ian Bell termed it 'the best of the season'.
Breakdowns or no, Aaron's got pace on his mind
Varun Aaron has had a history of breakdowns and even went under the knife once but that hasn't deterred him from bowling quick.
August 08, 2014Cricket Buzz: Ranji Trophy from December 7, Karnataka, Mumbai in Group A
The Board of Control for Cricket in India's tournament committee announced on Friday that the forthcoming domestic season begins with the Duleep Trophy starting on October 15 while the prestigious Ranji Trophy will start from December 7 and continue till March 12.
Dhoni and Co take a trip to Manchester United football club
The Indian cricket team took a tour of 'Theatre of Dreams', home of Manchester United football club on Sunday.
PHOTOS: England take lead before rain plays spoilsport
Images from Day 2 off the fourth Test between England and India in Manchester, on Friday.
Broad to undergo knee surgery, sure to be fit for World Cup
England's hero on the opening day of the ongoing fourth Test, pacer Stuart Broad has confirmed that he will undergo a knee surgery after the conclusion of the five-match series against India.
Stats: Dhoni surpasses Dada's record in England
Statistical highlights of the opening day's play in the foruth Test between India and England.
Sanju is a combination of Dravid and AB, says coach
Indian cricket's rising star Sanju Samson's coach Biju George feels that his ward possesses the grit of Rahul Dravid as well as the flair of AB de Villiers which will make him a special player for India in the coming days.
How Broad 'made good use of the conditions' to rout India...
England all-rounder Stuart Broad has said that their bowling attack made good use of the conditions after losing the toss and they now need to bat India out of the game.
Wrong message sent out in 'not guilty' verdict to Anderson: Dravid
Former India skipper Rahul Dravid slammed the 'not guilty' verdict given to James Anderson in the 'pushgate' episode, saying the game's administrators have sent out a "wrong message" by letting off the
Can Team India avoid embarrassment?
Indian off-spinner R Ashwin has expressed hope that one of their bowlers will step up on second day to prevent England from running away with the fourth Test at Old Trafford in Manchester.
August 07, 2014PHOTOS: Broad's six puts England in control on Day 1
Images from Day 1 of the fourth Test between India and England in Manchester, on Thursday.
Meet Indian cricket's Next Big Thing
'Rahul sir has been a big influence in my batting. He constantly motivated me to do well.'
Why Alastair Cook refused to walk away from England captaincy...
England captain Alastair Cook has reportedly questioned his position as skipper in the past few weeks before he decided that he could not live with walking away from the job.
'It is just a matter of time before Kohli puts in match-winning show'
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is reportedly of the opinion that it is only a matter of time before the English audience sees batsman Virat Kohli put in a match-winning show.
Gavaskar urges India to let bat-ball talk in fourth Test
Former batting ace Sunil Gavaskar says India must put behind the James Anderson-Ravindra Jadeja episode and focus on the fourth Test against England, starting at Manchester on Thursday.
August 06, 2014Dhoni hits back: 'It was physical contact that we reported'
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni maintained a firm stance on the James Anderson-Ravindra Jadeja spat on Wednesday, declaring that he stands by what he said on "something that was unacceptable".
Anderson has no need to change aggressive style, says Cook
Paceman James Anderson has no need to tone down his aggression when England and India renew their rivalry in the fourth Test at Old Trafford in Manchester on Thursday, according to captain Alastair Cook.
'At Lord's I got to know what it feels like to win a Test match'
Having quietly cemented his place as India's middle-order mainstay, Ajinkya Rahane today said he has gained a lot from borrowing a trick or two from stylish Hyderabad batsman VVS Laxman.
Engineer says 'would have sorted Jadeja-Anderson issue in minutes'
The Board of Control for Cricket in India may be pressing for harsh punishment against James Anderson, but former India wicketkeeper Farokh Engineer says the England pacer does not merit a four-match ban for his spat with Ravindra Jadeja, adding he could have sorted out the issue in minutes.
After 'double blow', Team India must regain focus for 4th Test
Selection issues rile Team India as they go into the fourth cricket Test against England in Manchester on Thursday.
When Cook helped Gary get his 'Ballance' right
England left-hander Gary Ballance has admitted that a dinner with skipper Alastair Cook helped get his focus back in the game after he came in the news for his shirtless act in an inebriated state at a Nottingham pub after the conclusion of the first Test at Trent Bridge.
Cricket Buzz: Oldest living Test cricketer turns 103!
The world's oldest living Test cricketer, South Africa's Norman Gordon, turned 103 on Wednesday.
Boycott slams cricket authorities for allowing sledging to persist
Former England captain Geoffrey Boycott has come down heavily on umpires and the game's administrators for allowing sledging openly.
August 05, 2014Consistency earns Samson, Karn tickets for England ODIs
The 19-year-old Samson and 26-year-old Karn were rewarded for consistent performances in the domestic circuit as well as India 'A' engagements.
ICC to consider Anderson verdict after BCCI protest
The International Cricket Council will consider a judicial commissioner's verdict clearing England fast bowler James Anderson of a code of conduct breach after the Board Of Control For Cricket In India (BCCI) expressed its disappointment with the decision.
'It would have been a shame if Anderson would have been banned'
Former fast bowler Steve Harmison
Who will Dhoni repose faith in for the Old Trafford Test?
With bowling mainstay Ishant Sharma ruled out of the 4th Test at Old Trafford and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar complaining of fatigue, India's captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has limited bowling options at his disposal and problems aplenty, writes Chandresh Narayanan.
Revealed! What makes Sachin Tendulkar the greatest batsman...
Sachin Tendulkar produced a fairytale run in the 2003 World Cup, which, in his own words, included the biggest match of his career, without facing a single ball in the nets, according to former teammate Rahul Dravid.
Did Anderson really call Dhoni a 'f***ing fat c***'?
England's medium-fast bowler James Anderson's angry outburst with Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has been reportedly leaked.
Cricket Buzz: India retain fourth position in ICC Test rankings
India have retained their fourth position in the ICC Test rankings despite a loss in the third cricket Test England at Southampton with the five-match series currently locked at 1-1.
August 04, 2014India can never win with four bowlers: Strauss
Taking a dig at the Indian approach ahead of the Old Trafford Test, former England skipper Andrew Strauss has said that the visitors not only need more aggression but will also find it extremely difficult to win a Test match with four bowlers in their XI.
Cricket Buzz: Malik, Aamir back prison terms for fixers
Pakistan's banned cricketers, Salim Malik and Muhammad Aamir have backed moves by New Zealand's government to enforce prison sentences for players found guilty of spot or match fixing.
Analysis: Pujara, Kohli's poor batting hurting India most
India's biggest problem on the ongoing tour of England, says Harish Kotian, is the poor run of Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli.
August 03, 2014'You cannot take 20 wickets if you keep dropping catches'
Former India captain Kapil Dev
Lacked evidence to pronounce Anderson guilty: Gordon
Gordon Lewis, the ICC-appointed
'Dhoni's persistence with the charge made it a personal crusade'
Mahendra Singh Dhoni's insistence to press charges against James Anderson came under attack
'When injuries happen it's not an easy phase to deal with'
Gearing up for the second phase of
Pushgate: 'Anderson had threatened to break Jadeja's teeth'
He may have been let off after an ICC hearing but it has now come to light that England pacer James Anderson did admit to abusing Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja during their altercation during the opening Test in Nottingham.
August 02, 2014PHOTOS: India 'A' outclass Australia 'A' to win Quadrangular title
Kedar Jadhav, Manoj Tiwary and Rishi Dhawan hit half-centuries to lift India 'A' to a thrilling four-wicket victory against Australia 'A' in the final of the Quadrangular A-Team One-Day Series at Marrara Oval, in Darwin, on Saturday.
Team India's calendar 'too tight' to participate in Asian Games
Cricket has elicited lukewarm response from the full ICC members of the continent for the upcoming Incheon Asian Games with India skipping the event altogether and Pakistan electing to send only its women's team.
Pushgate: Will BCCI's wait and watch strategy work?
The BCCI has gone a bit on the backfoot in the Pushgate controversy as they are yet to decide on their next course of action.
Jadeja not a wicket-taking bowler, says India's spin legend Prasanna
Legendary off-spinner Erapalli Prasanna questioned India's logic behind ignoring off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and termed the team management's move to play Ravindra Jadeja as a strike bowler a "disastrous" one.
Why Kallis ranks as one of greats of the modern game
Rajneesh Gupta analyses Jacques Kallis's remarkable career in international cricket and wonders whether we will ever see another complete cricketer like him.
After Ishant, will injury rule Bhuvi too out of fourth Test?
Seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar's swollen ankle has the Indian team management worried ahead of the fourth Test against England, starting at Old Trafford on August 7.
August 01, 2014Dhoni hits new low: Most Test defeats as India captain vs England!
While England had not won in ten previous Tests, Mahendra Singh Dhoni suffered his seventh defeat against England, the most by a captain in India-England Tests, after losing the third Test at Southampton. Under his captaincy, India have won three, lost seven and drawn three out of 13 Tests.
Selectors to pick India ODI squad for England series on August 7
The Indian squad for the five-match ODI series against England, scheduled after the conclusion of the ongoing five-Test rubber, will be picked in Mumbai on August 7 by the national selection panel headed by Sandeep Patil.
A week to forget for Ravindra Jadeja
As India licked their wounds following the humiliating defeat to England at Southampton on Thursday, Ravindra Jadeja was probably hurting more than most after enduring a miserable week both on and off the field.
ICC Test Rankings: Pujara, Kohli slip
Cheteshwar Pujara slipped a couple of rungs to 10th but remained the best-placed Indian batsman, while the off-colour Virat Kohli dropped one spot to 15th in the latest ICC Test rankings issued on Friday.
Gavaskar slams Dhoni and Co for putting up 'zero resistance'
Severely critical of the Indian cricket team's poor show against England in the third Test, former captain Sunil Gavaskar said the old habit of getting complacent after a big win seems to have affected the side during the lost match.
Is India a victim of DRS? Dhoni reopens debate
Indian cricket team captain MS Dhoni has once again pointed to the flaws that exist in the present Decision Review System (DRS), saying that India continues to be a victim of it, and therefore, is reluctant to accept it.
India underestimated, Moeen Ali retaliated!
The so-called part-time spinner is third in the list of leading bowlers in the India-England series with 15 wickets.
'Getting out after starts a concern once it becomes repetitive'
India captain Mahendra Singh
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