December 22, 2013Graeme Swann retires midway through Ashes
England spinner Graeme Swann has announced his retirement from international and first-class cricket midway through the Ashes after being put to the sword by Australia's batsmen in the first three tests of the series.
December 21, 2013Wanderers Test PHOTOS: Exciting finish on the cards
The first cricket Test between India and South Africa seemed headed for an exciting finish with the hosts needing to score 320 runs with eight wickets remaining on a tricky last day to pull off a record-breaking victory Johannesburg on Saturday.
Stats: Pujara first Indian to post three hundreds in 2013
Statistical highlights of the third day's play in the first Test between India and South Africa in Johannesburg.
We bowled well as a unit: Ishant
Bowling was considered India's weak link before they arrived in South Africa but pacer Ishant Sharma said it has been the key to the team's success in the ongoing opening Test in Johannesburg.
December 20, 2013Wanderers Test PHOTOS: Pujara, Kohli put India in command
Images from the third day's play of the first Test between South Africa and India at the New Wanderers stadium in Johannesburg on Friday.
Stats: Ishant records best bowling figures against South Africa
India's pace bowlers staged a dramatic turnaround and the lanky Ishant Sharma (3/64) played a crucial role as he triggered the shocking batting collapse by dismissing Hashim Amla (36) and Jaques Kallis (0) off consecutive deliveries. Statistical highlights of the second day's play in the first cricket Test between India and South Africa in Johannesburg.
Plenty of life in us old dogs, says Australia's Harris
Australia's Ashes triumph has been cast as a fairytale swansong for an ageing team, but 34-year-old paceman Ryan Harris has urged selectors not to pension off the greybeards needlessly.
'Chasing around 275 runs on this pitch will be a challenge'
Ajinkya Rahane has said his side's second innings batting will have a"crucial" bearing on the first Test against South Africa at the Wanderers.
'Ishant bowled in the right areas and used the bounce very well'
Hashim Amla has praised pacer Ishant Sharma, who led a
December 19, 2013Wanderers Test PHOTOS: India fight back to take Day Two honours
Images from the second day's play of the first Test between South Africa and India at the New Wanderers stadium in Johannesburg on Thursday.
'Kohli's responsible batting reminded me of Tendulkar in 1996'
South African bowling coach
CA chief hails Lehmann for 'turning the ship round'
Cricket Australia (CA) chief James Sutherland has commended national coach Darren Lehmann for ''turning the ship around'' after the disastrous start to the summer Ashes series in England and praised his belief during the country's darkest cricketing hour.
'I have been waiting for this opportunity to bat up the order'
Virat Kohli stamped his authority with a classy century which he believes was possible
December 18, 2013Virat promised me that he would score a century: Coach
Virat Kohli's coach and mentor Rajkumar Sharma is proud of the fact that his ward has kept his promise of scoring a century in the first Test against South Africa, which he feels will lift the spirit of the team for the remainder of the series.
Wanderers Test PHOTOS: Kohli helps India share Day One honours
Images from the opening day's play of the first Test between South Africa and India at the New Wanderers stadium in Johannesburg on Wednesday.
BCCI's lifetime achievement award for Kapil Dev
The legendary Kapil Dev will be conferred the Col C K Nayudu Lifetime Achievement award for the year 2013 at the annual BCCI awards function, the Board's announced on Wednesday.
'We got 'em back!' How Aus newspapers celebrated Ashes triumph
Group-hugs and beery celebrations for the retrieval of the Ashes were splashed all over Australian newspapers on Wednesday, as the nation hailed a cricket team that only weeks before was regarded largely with derision.
December 17, 2013'It is going to be a test of character for the Indian batsmen'
South African skipper Graeme
'If Indian batsmen can show some patience they should come good'
After a spineless show in the ODI series against South Africa, the famed Indian batting line-up will have to adopt a patient approach to make a contest out of the two-match Test series, which starts at Johannesburg on Wednesday, feels former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar.
'The ODIs were disappointing but our preparation has been good'
Team India faces an uphill task in the upcoming Test series against South Africa, beginning at the Wanderers on Wednesday, and no one is more pragmatic about it than MS Dhoni, the team captain.
'We have accepted the fact that Sachin is no longer available'
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the Indian captain, has said his young team has accepted the fact that the iconic Sachin Tendulkar is no longer available and they will have to 'move on' and concentrate on the job at hand.
Lehmann - The man behind Australia's dramatic Ashes turnaround
Australia's dramatic turnaround to dominate England and win back the Ashes just months after a 3-0 series defeat to their traditional rivals has largely been attributed to the man (Darren Lehmann) they call "Boof".
We were just sick of losing, says Australia skipper Clarke
Australia's transformation over the last three months came about because the players simply got fed up with losing and decided to put in the hard work to turn their fortunes around, captain Michael Clarke said after they won the Ashes on Tuesday.
Warne and Elizabeth Hurley call it quits?
Legendary Australian cricketer Shane Warne and his British actress Elizabeth Hurley have finally ended their relationship, it has been revealed.
Will India pick seven batsmen or go with five bowlers vs SA?
India will be aiming to start the post-Sachin Tendulkar
Ashes: Crestfallen Cook not embarrassed
Crestfallen England captain Alastair Cook admitted losing the Ashes was the low point of his 100-Test career but said he was not embarrassed by the performance of his team in giving up the urn in three Tests.
South Africa tour will be Pujara's baptism by fire
After impressive scores against New Zealand, Australia and West Indies on docile Indian conditions, Cheteshwar Pujara has a chance to prove himself on the challenging tracks of South Africa, writes .
Ashes PHOTOS: Australia snatch Ashes urn from England despite Stokes ton
Images from the 5th day's play of the 3rd Ashes Test played at the WACA in Perth on Tuesday.
December 16, 2013'These young Indian batsmen are quality players but lack patience'
South African pacer Morne
Stokes helps England's wobbly underbelly fire
England might surrender the Ashes on the final day of the third Test at Perth but Ben Stokes laid down the template on Monday for their batsmen to follow if they are to take the fight to Australia in the remaining two Tests.
Team India aim to close the gap with top-ranked South Africa
India will start their two-Test
India begin life without Tendulkar against fiery South Africa
The absence of international cricket's most prolific batsman, whose retirement last month provoked an emotional farewell in India, is just one of several concerns for captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni ahead of the series opener at the Wanderers in Johannesburg.
Ashes PHOTOS: Watson shines as Australia close in on victory in Perth
Images from Day 4 of the third Ashes Test in Perth on Monday.
December 15, 2013Sehwag back among runs as Delhi batsmen make merry
Virender Sehwag finally got some runs under his belt scoring a fluent half-century as Delhi batsmen led by Mithun Manhas made a mockery of a below-par Vidarbha attack to remain on course for a comprehensive innings victory in their Ranji Trophy match.
Ashes PHOTOS: Australia in command at WACA, close in on the urn
England were all but beaten with Australia on the verge of regaining the Ashes at stumps on the third day of the third Test in Perth on Sunday.
The India-South Africa series, Fletcher's biggest test yet
This Test series, between India and South Africa, is Fletcher's biggest test yet, of what he has been doing behind the scenes for so long a period.
December 14, 2013Chase dreams as they come true: Tendulkar to Indian youth
Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar on Saturday advised youngsters in the country to chase their dreams to excel in their respective fields, but discouraged them from wasting too much time on modern gadgets.
Indians need to get out of mental block: Gibbs
Former Protea batsman Herschelle Gibbs feels that the Indians should get out of the mental block of their past failure against short-pitched deliveries by being positive in their approach if they have to tackle the South African pace battery in the Test series beginning in Johannesburg on December 18.
Under 19 World Cup: India to face Pakistan in campaign opener
The Indian Under-19 cricket team will open its campaign in next year's ICC World Cup against arch-foes Pakistan when the event is staged at the Dubai International Stadium on February 15.
ICC T20 Rankings: India retain No 2 position
India remained static at second in the latest ICC Twenty20 Rankings, which continued to be headed by Sri Lanka.
Ashes PHOTOS: Australia maintain control in Perth
In reply to Australia's first innings total of 385, England were 180 for four at stumps on the second day, with Ian Bell on nine (from 62 balls) and Ben Stokes on 14, still trailing by 205 runs on the second day of the third Ashes Test against England at the WACA Ground on Friday.
December 13, 2013'This Indian team needs to play well collectively in South Africa'
Team India may have been struggling to get going on pacey and bouncy South African pitches, but ask out-of-favour India opener Gautam Gambhir and he would tell you that Indian team has the potential to beat the very best.
Australia lower order grinds England again
England had boxed Australia into a corner in the first innings of the third Ashes Test in Perth on Friday, but not for the first time in the series the home side came out fighting and the tourists were unable to throw a knockout punch.
Gilchrist inducted into ICC Hall of fame
The International Cricket Council on Friday inducted Australia's legendary wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist into its Hall of Fame during the tea interval of the ongoing third Ashes Test at the WACA in Perth.
ICC Awards: Clarke takes top honours; Pujara is emerging cricketer
Michael Clarke was named ICC Cricketer of the Year on Friday with the Australia captain also bagging the Test Player of the Year award after a stellar season with the bat.
Shoaib Akhtar is not surprised to see India struggle in South Africa
Controversial speedster Shoaib Akhtar has created a flutter yet again. The former Pakistan pacer said he is not at all surprised to see the Indian batsmen struggle on their ongoing tour of South Africa.
Ashes PHOTOS: Smith hundred rallies Australia in Perth Test
A revitalised England gave notice they would not be giving up the Ashes without a fight and reduced Australia to 220 for five at tea on a sweltering opening day of the third Test at the WACA on Friday.
December 12, 2013We need to make a few adjustments on SA pitches: Zaheer
Veteran speedster Zaheer Khan, who will be spearheading the Indian pace attack in the two-Test series, feels that one needs to make some adjustments on the "hit the deck" kind of surfaces in South Africa having done bulk of the bowling on the sub-continental featherbeds.
Third Test is a 'do or die' situation for England: Cook
England captain Alastair Cook is looking forward to the fight in the third Ashes Test against Australia in Perth.
Batsmen gear-up for match practice vs SA XI
The beleaguered Indian batting line-up which has been rattled by fiery pace and disconcerting bounce during ODI series will like to start afresh, when they take on a South African Invitational XI in a two-day practice game, starting in Benoni on Friday.
De Villiers edges Kohli to go top in ODI rankings
India's Virat Kohli was overthrown by AB de Villiers from the top spot of the latest ODI rankings for batsmen following India's 0-2 series loss in South Africa.
Not resting on its laurels, SA ready for a 'different ballgame'
South Africa's skipper A B de Villiers is a satisfied man as his team beat World No 1 side 2-0 in the three-match ODI series. And AB de Villiers felt that his team ought to be proud of this achievement.
Clarke not sweating on Harris's fitness for 3rd Ashes Test
Australia captain Michael Clarke said he was confident paceman Ryan Harris would be fit to face England in the third Ashes Test on Friday but all-rounder James Faulkner has been ruled out of the match with a broken thumb.
Team India needs to reverse the mood in the camp
The Indian team has decided to take the positives from India's 0-2 ODI series defeat against South Africa.
'We can take one positive from the ODI series'
Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has decided to take the positives from India's 0-2 ODI series
Elite club membership for De Kock ahead of 21st birthday
South Africa's young wicketkeeper-batsman besides becoming only the fifth player to score three straight one-day hundreds, also became the batsman with the highest aggregate in a three-match series.
December 11, 2013Time for England to stand up and fight: Prior
The time for mincing words and looking for positives in defeat are over and England have no choice but to stand up and fight to save the Ashes, wicketkeeper Matt Prior said on Wednesday.
'Sky is the Limit' for cricketer-author Unmukt Chand!
India's Under-19 World Cup-winning captain tells that the habit of maintaining a diary made him an author even before he became an international cricketer.
'Sir Viv had planned to meet me when he visited India'
Unmukt Chand's recently released book, Sky is the Limit, holds distinguish of the foreword written by awe-inspiring Sir Vivian Richards.
December 10, 2013Onus on Dhawan, Rohit and Virat to salvage pride in 3rd ODI
Following humiliating back-to-back defeats, India will look to salvage lost pride by winning the third One-dayer against South Africa in Centurion on Wednesday.
Can Mitchell Johnson become the world's No 1 bowler?
Former Australian Test bowler Glenn McGrath has tipped Mitchell Johnson to soon become the No 1 bowler in the world.
South Africa will continue using pace to torment Team India
Rubbing salt into India's wounds after inflicting two humiliating defeats, South Africa coach Russell Domingo declared that it will be easier for the home team to plan against the visitors since the name Sachin Tendulkar is absent in the team sheet.
England's mantra must be: 'Thou shalt not hook'
England captain Alastair Cook has called on his players to search their souls for hidden resolve and dig themselves out of the deepest of Ashes holes, but mining reserves of character may not be enough to counter Mitchell Johnson on Perth's WACA pitch.
Ashes Preview: Australia relishing prospect of renewed pace assault at WACA
Australia captain Michael Clarke is licking his lips at the prospect of seeing how much damage his confident pace attack can wreak on a teetering England when the teams clash in the third Ashes Test in Perth.
VOTE: Your ODI Cricketer of the Year. Dhoni, Dhawan...?
Three of the six nominated for the ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year award happen to be Indians. Will it be MS Dhoni? Or can either Shikhar Dhawan or Ravindra Jadeja win? Take the poll and have your say.
December 09, 2013'We lost the top three early and our middle order was exposed'
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is disappointed at his team's second consecutive batting failure which resulted in their series-defeat against South Africa.
Stats: Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock on a roll
Rediff.com presents the statistical highlights of the second One-dayer of the three-match series between India and South Africa at Kingsmead, in Durban on Sunday.
Clarke praises Johnson, hard work for Ashes revival
Australia's stunning turnaround from Ashes joke to juggernaut in a few months has been the culmination of good, hard grind and paceman Mitchell Johnson finding himself in a supportive attack, according to captain Michael Clarke.
Beaten England must look into their souls: Cook
Under-pressure Alastair Cook called on his demoralised England team to search their 'souls' after their second straight Ashes Test defeat to Australia on Monday, with the skipper among those conducting the deepest introspection.
Embarrassed to overtake Viv Richards' record, says Amla
Star South African batsman Hashim Amla had a memorable game on Sunday. When he was on 59, he crossed the 4000-run mark in ODI, the quickest to do so in 81 matches, besting Sir Vivian Richards' mark of 88 ODIs.
Proud to beat the No 1 ODI team, says SA skipper A B de Villiers
South Africa's skipper A B de Villiers is a satisfied man as his team took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match ODI series against World No 1 India. And AB de Villiers felt that his team ought to be proud of this achievement.
December 08, 2013Here's what Dhoni thought made the difference in the 2nd ODI...
Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni blamed his batsmen for yet another meek surrender against South Africa, as India suffered a humiliating 134-run loss in Durban on Sunday.
Durban ODI (PHOTOS): South Africa thrash hapless India, seal series
Images from the second one-dayer between South Africa and India in Kingsmead, Durban on Sunday.
Root savours heat of battle with aggressive Australia
Thrown into Jonathan Trott's vacant number three position, Joe Root led from the front to restore some pride for a wounded England on day four of the second Ashes test on Sunday, savouring a war of words with Australia's frustrated fielders.
PHOTOS: England heading for defeat in second Test
Images of the Day 4 of the second Ashes Test between Australia and England.
I'm not cheat and allegations are completely untrue: Cairns
Former New Zealand all rounder Chris Cairns challenged ICC to contact him directly after being linked with match-fixing allegations and lashed out at media for maligning his name.
December 07, 2013Indian team is not scared of anyone: Kohli
India vice-captain Virat Kohli dismissed South Africa pacer Dale Steyn's notion that he and his team-mates were 'frightened' of the Proteas' attack, saying they were good enough to tackle the host pace battery.
Expect more aggressive bowling: Steyn
South African pacer Dale Steyn has warned the Indian team to "expect more aggressive bowling" in the second ODI in Durban on Sunday, saying that the visiting batsmen might end up "frightened" by their pace attack.
Destroyer Johnson enjoys 'special, emotional' Ashes day
For someone who has experienced the dizziest of heights and endured the bleakest of lows in a topsy-turvy career, Mitchell Johnson's ability to torture England for a second straight Ashes Test propelled the paceman to a higher plain on Saturday.
Second ODI: Can the tide turn in India's favour in Durban?
After the loss at Johannesburg the pressure seems to be clearly on Team India. The men in blue will be fighting for survival as there is no time for the World No 1 team to recover.
Ashes PHOTOS: Johnson destroys England; puts Australia in control
Mitchell Johnson's seven-wicket haul skittled England for 172 and put Australia in complete control.
December 06, 2013'Mandela's words not only relevant to cricket, but also life'
The South African Cricket team that is locked in the on-going ODI series against India, was quick to put out statements to give tribute to South Africa's favourite son Nelson Mandela.
1st ODI Stats: Dhoni surpasses Azhar's record
South Africa beat India by 141 runs in the first One-dayer of the three-match series between India and South Africa at The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg on Thursday.
Captain Clarke now the world's best batsman, says Haddin
Michael Clarke's stylish 148 on day two of the second Ashes Test against England on Friday was another glorious consummation of his love affair with Adelaide Oval, and moved his deputy Brad Haddin to rate him the world's best batsman.
Cairns '100 per cent in the dark' about fixing claims against him
An emotional Chris Cairns has said he is '100 per cent in the dark' about the ICC's allegations of match-fixing against him and would co-operate with the anti-corruption unit's investigators to come out clean.
'Cannot compare the Indian bowlers with the likes of Steyn, Morkel'
South African batsman Quinton de Kock said the lack of zing in the Indian pace attack helped him ease to a man-of-the-match winning hundred in the opening cricket One-dayer in Johannesburg.
Ashes PHOTOS: Clarke, Haddin hit tons as Aussies display supreme batting
England trails Australia by 535 runs on day two in the second Ashes Test in Adelaide on Friday.
Why Captain Dhoni is a disappointed man
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni didn't hide his disappointment in the way Mohit Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled with the new ball as the visitors lost the first ODI against South Africa by a whopping 141-run margin.
Wanderers ODI (PHOTOS): South Africa thrash hapless India
Images from the first one-dayer between India and South Africa at the New Wanderers ground in Johannesburg on Thursday.
December 05, 2013No 'pointing fingers' after dropped catches: Swann
England will not be "pointing fingers" after dropping three catches to let Australia off the hook on the opening day of the second Ashes Test and should be satisfied with five wickets on a lifeless pitch, spinner Graeme Swann said on Thursday.
Ashes PHOTOS: England check Australia's march
Images from the second Ashes Test at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday.
Pujara or Ashwin for ICC Test Cricketer of the Year? VOTE!
Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravichandran Ashwin are the two Indian short-listed for top honours at the LG ICC Awards 2013. The duo are among the six nominated for the 'ICC Test Cricketer of the Year'. Who has the better chance? Tell us!
December 04, 2013India face daunting task in post-Tendulkar era as SA ODIs kick-off
A stern test of character awaits Team India's brigade of young batsmen when they face South Africa in a three-match ODI series starting in Johannesburg on Thursday.
Barmy Army laughs off competition from The Fanatics
The Barmy Army is warming up their tonsils for Thursday's Adelaide Test and have laughed off talk of Australia's Fanatics plan to take them on in the stands and the Hill.
Cook says teams have duty to play Ashes in 'right spirit'
England captain Alastair Cook has said that teams have a duty to play the Ashes series in the right spirit.
Vote: Your ICC Cricketer of the Year
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the lone Indian to be short-listed for top honours at the LG ICC Awards 2013. Does Dhoni have a good chance of winning? Take the poll and have your say.
December 03, 2013Dhoni promises good series in South Africa
The Indian cricket team got cracking for the ODI series against South Africa on Tuesday with a rigorous training session in Johannesburg, and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni promising to dish out "good and exciting cricket" during the tour, starting Thursday.
Dhoni in ICC Test, ODI teams; Kohli misses out on ODI spot
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has found a place in the ICC Test and ODI teams of the year, but, surprisingly, Virat Kohli, a consistent scorer in the 50-over format over the year, doesn't figure in the ODI team.
Ashes bowlers brace for heavy workload in Adelaide
Resurgent Australia had enigmatic paceman Mitchell Johnson to thank for their crushing win over England in Brisbane and will put their hopes on another unknown quantity when the coin is tossed for the second Ashes Test in Adelaide.
Dhoni bags 2013 ICC People's Choice Award
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has won this year's LG People's Choice Award, thus becoming only the second Indian cricketer to win the coveted prize, after just-retired Sachin Tendulkar.
'Mohit Sharma has the basics to make it at the top'
Fast bowling coach and biomechanics expert Ian Pont talks to about a new facility in Bangalore for aspiring pacers.
I will keep playing for many more years, says 42-year-old Tambe
Leg-spinner Pravin Tambe spoke to Harish Kotian on his surprise at being selected for Mumbai's Ranji Trophy squad and what keeps him going at age 42.
December 02, 2013Ashes: Pacer Harris all set to fire at Adelaide
Australia paceman Ryan Harris will be holding nothing back in the second Ashes Test against England this week even if his injury track record suggests he will struggle to play all five Tests in the series.
'Sexist' Chris Gayle gives 'dating advice'
West Indies batting sensation Chris Gayle has reportedly embarked on a lengthy, bizarre and almost sexist Twitter posts, which are fast approaching 'outrageous' status.
How the Barmy Army was born in Australia!
A founding member of the Barmy Army has revealed how the English cricket team's colourful, vocal and most importantly loyal band of supporters was born.
December 01, 2013Playing ODIs will help us adapt to conditions before Tests: Dhoni
"Starting with the ODIs it is always a help when you get to play the shots, you get rid of nerve factor, initially. We are playing three ODIs initially, the guys will be expressing themselves, playing shots and then they will be carrying it forward into the Test matches.
Not yet decided who will bat at Tendulkar's No 4 position: Dhoni
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday revealed that the team think tank had not yet decided on who will bat at the No 4 position in the Test team. The slot has been left vacant by the legendary Sachin Tendulkar's retirement last month.
Will chronic injury kill McCullum's Test future?
New Zealand's Test series against West Indies could define captain Brendon McCullum's future with the aggressive batsman battling a chronic back injury and reports suggesting he is contemplating retirement.
ODI Rankings: Dhawan breaks into top 10
India's Shikhar Dhawan has made it to the top 10 of the ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen for the first time in his career following his good showing against the West Indies in the three-match series.
ICC Test rankings: India retain second spot
The Indian cricket team continued to be second in the ICC Test rankings with R Ashwin topping the all-rounders' chart in the latest list issued on Sunday.
November 30, 2013'IPL gives youngsters a chance to learn from big players'
Former India captain Rahul Dravid has said that one of the benefits youngsters can reap by
'We've got a number of batting options but I'll put my hand up'
Ian Bell is "absolutely willing" to replace Jonathan Trott at the number three spot in England's batting order when the second Ashes Test against Australia starts on Thursday.
'We don't rotate, mate. If you're fit, you play'
Australia coach Darren Lehmann has dismissed suggestions Ryan Harris could be rested for the second Ashes Test against England by promising to keep the same attack that proved so potent in Brisbane for next week's match in Adelaide.
Always held suspicions Cronje was involved in match fixing: Boucher
South African cricketer Mark Boucher has said that the game's modern anti-corruption methods are a joke, offering a rare insight into the shady world of cricket's most notorious match-fixer, Hansie Cronje.
November 29, 2013IPL gives us confidence of doing well in South Africa, says Dhawan
India opener Shikhar Dhawan exuded confidence ahead of India's crucial tour of South Africa, saying the team will go into the series well prepared and the experience of playing South African pacers in the IPL will prove beneficial.
'Cricket gave me the satisfaction which cannot be compared with anything else'
Sachin Tendulkar says the level of satisfaction he got from playing cricket cannot be compared with anything else.
India's bowling not good enough to win 2015 World Cup, says Ranatunga
Former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga feels India might find it difficult to defend the World Cup title in 2015, in Australia and New Zealand, because of a weak bowling resources.
Australia's Siddle says Trott troubles fair game
Australia will leave no stone unturned to find ways of unsettling England during the Ashes, even if it involves raising the sensitive issue of Jonathan Trott's troubles out on the field.
Bowlers will not survive the new ODI rules, says Ranatunga
Former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga believes that the repeated changes in the rules of One-Day Internationals have shifted the advantage so overwhelmingly in favour of the batsmen that very few youngsters will opt to become bowlers in the future.
Ashes: Aus coach Lehmann urges fans to keep the pressure on England
Australia coach Darren Lehmann added fuel to the fiery Ashes series by urging Australia fans to keep the heat on England and said he wants his own team to continue playing "aggressive, in-your-face" cricket.
November 28, 2013I'll handle England myself, says Australia's Lyon
Australia's Nathan Lyon is confident he has the tools to spin England out in the second Test in Adelaide and will not need much help from team mates rolling over a few part-time overs.
Stats: Dhawan continues golden run with the bat
Shikhar Dhawan's tally of six international centuries this year is the highest. His tally of five ODIs hundreds is the highest by any batsman this year.
Bowling wicket to wicket is very important in Tests: Umesh Yadav
Back in the side after being
Trott's Ashes exit bares truth about cricketers' mental health
Jonathan Trott is not the first instance of a cricketer suffering from stress-related issues. Many of his compatriots, as some of the game's big names, says Bikash Mohapatra, were laid low by depression.
November 27, 2013'It's always good to end a home series on a high note'
Shikhar Dhawan is in the form of his life since his comeback to the Indian team last March. The dashing opener wants to continue with the "good habit" of scoring centuries and winning a lot more matches for India across all formats.
'If you compare to the Australia series, our bowlers have improved'
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has credited the 2-1 ODI series win over the West Indies to team effort and said bowling performance has also improved a
Tendulkar treasures: Achrekar's coins, Bradman's bat, Knopfler's guitar
One would be spoilt for choice if asked to make a favourite pick from the following memorabilia: signed boxing gloves by Muhammad Ali, a guitar signed by Dire Straits' Mark Knopfler, a bat autographed by none other than Sir Don Bradman. But ask Sachin Tendulkar and the answer will be the coins he earned from his childhood coach, Ramakant Achrekar, after those rigorous training sessions at the Shivaji Park Gymkhana ground.
Ashes batsmen can expect another bumpy ride in Adelaide
The Adelaide Oval curator will seek to juice up what has traditionally been a docile pitch for the second Ashes Test between Australia and England next week, meaning batsmen may be in for a torrid opening.
PHOTOS: Dhawan hits fifth ODI century as India win West Indies series
Photos of the third One-Day International between West Indies and India, at Kanpur.
Gatting backs Cook to lead England's Ashes 'fight-back'
Former England batsman Mike Gatting has backed Alastair Cook to lead his side to a fight-back in the second Ashes Test in Adelaide.
No need for Ashes pow-wow over sledging: Lehmann
Australia coach Darren Lehmann has no plans to meet Andy Flower to defuse any lingering tension from the spiteful first Ashes Test in Brisbane and says the England team director needs to worry about his own players rather than his opponents.
I have prepared myself for the South African conditions: Rahane
Elated after being included in both Test and ODI squad against South Africa, India batsman Ajinkya Rahane has expressed confidence on his performance on the bouncy tracks.
November 26, 2013'Winning the last game gave us the belief that we can beat India'
The series-levelling win in the
Zaheer 'ready for the challenge' of South Africa
Veteran India pacer Zaheer Khan, who was named in the Test side for the tour of South Africa after nearly a year in the wilderness, is looking forward to the challenge next month's tour holds and expressed confidence of doing well.
Bhuvneshwar raring to go against Windies on home turf in Kanpur
Winning Wednesday's third and deciding One-Day International against the West Indies will be a huge boost to the team ahead of next month's tough tour of South Africa, says pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Harmison tells Trott: Happiness more important that cricket
Having gone through a similar ordeal, former England paceman Steve Harmison would prefer to see troubled batsman Jonathan Trott quit cricket and be happy rather than play and suffer.
Anderson had threatened to punch Bailey, reveals Warne
Spin legend Shane Warne says England pacer Jimmy Anderson's threat to punch debutant George Bailey sparked the furious reaction by Australia skipper Michael Clarke in the first Ashes Test at the Gabba.
India hoping to beat Windies and sign-off at home on a high
Reeling from a shocking defeat in the second game, world champions India will look to bounce back and assert their supremacy when they take on West Indies in the series-deciding third and final One-Day International, in Kanpur, on Wednesday.
Heat rises as beaten England sweat in Australia's outback
Under a blow-torch of criticism after their humbling in humid Brisbane, England's beaten cricket team will seek respite from a tempestuous Ashes series in the most unlikely of places -- Australia's scorching 'Red Centre'.
Johnson could fire again in Adelaide, warns Lehmann
Australia coach Darren Lehmann has warned England that paceman Mitchell Johnson could fire again in the second Ashes Test next week, even if the Adelaide Oval serves up a relatively docile surface.
Should Yuvraj be dropped for the third ODI against West Indies?
Don't you feel Yuvraj has had enough chances and needs to be rested? Should he be axed for Wednesday's third and final ODI against the West Indies?
November 25, 2013'Zaheer's advice in match situations are invaluable for youngsters'
Umesh Yadav is relieved that he
ICC Test Rankings: Ashwin tops all-rounders' chart; Pujara, Kohli retain positions
Cheteshwar Pujara retained his sixth position to be the highest-placed Indian batsman, while Virat Kohli also maintained his 20th spot in the in the latest ICC Test rankings issued in Dubai on Monday.
I cannot bat like Chris Gayle, says Powell
Kieran Powell made the maximum of the chance given to him after an injury to Chris Gayle.
Ashes: England look to channel Ahmedabad spirit after Gabba defeat
England captain Alastair Cook believes his team need to channel the spirit of last year's sensational comeback in India if they are to battle back from a first Test defeat and get back into the Ashes series against Australia.
Conditions made it difficult to defend total: Dhoni
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said heavy dew played a crucial role in his team's two-wicket loss against West Indies as the bowlers struggled to even grip the ball in the second ODI in Vizag.
November 24, 20132nd ODI PHOTOS: Sammy's blinder helps Windies level series
Rediff.com presents the pictures of the second One-day International between India and West Indies in Visakhapatnam on Sunday.
Will Zaheer, Gambhir make a comeback?
Out of favour Gautam Gambhir and Zaheer Khan's names are set to be discussed when the Indian selectors meet in Vododara on Monday to decide on the squads for the tour of South Africa.
Warner's Trott comments 'disrespectful', says Cook
England captain Alastair Cook branded Australian batsman David Warner 'disrespectful' on Sunday after a tempestuous final couple of days in the first Ashes Test at the Gabba.
ASHES: It's pretty much a war of words on the pitch
Australia won the first Ashes Test by 381 runs to take a 1-0 series lead and the day was punctuated by chatter and finger-pointing between the two sides in the middle of the pitch.
PHOTOS, Ashes 1st Test: Australia crush England
Mitchell Johnson claimed his eighth Test five-wicket haul to walk away with the man of the match award as Australia took a 1-0 lead in the Ashes.
November 23, 2013'Carefree' Warner detects fear in English eyes
Irrepressible Australian opener David Warner said he detected fear in the eyes of the English after brushing aside a troubled year off the field with a brilliant century on it in the first Ashes Test at the Gabba on Saturday.
India look to extend dominance, clinch ODI series vs West Indies
A dominant India would look to seal the one-day series by taking an unassailable 2-0 lead against a struggling West Indies, who are proving to be a complete mismatch to the champions, as the two teams square off in the second match on Sunday.
Ashes PHOTOS: England face an uphill task to save Test
Photos of the Day 3 of the first Ashes Test between England and Australia being played at Brisbane.
November 22, 2013Ashes: 'Pathetic' England batsmen slammed by former players
England have "given the first Test away" after a shambolic first innings collapse against Australia in Brisbane on Friday, according to former opening batsman Geoffrey Boycott.
Ashes: Revived Johnson silences critics with fiery pace
Using his slingshot action to devastating effect on a bouncy Brisbane wicket, the 32-year-old added three wickets to his pre-lunch victim Jonathan Trott to finish with four for 61 and transform Australia's prospects in the match.
I do not approach a game thinking about records: Virat Kohli
India's vice-captain Virat Kohli reached a rare milestone when he became the joint
Stats: Kohli emulates Vivian Richards's feat at Kochi
Virat Kohli raced to 5,000 runs in 114 innings, emulating Vivian Richards's feat.
ASHES PHOTOS: Australia take firm grip on Gabba Test
Australia dismissed the tourists for 136 and took a first innings lead of 159 on Day 2 of the first Ashes Test on Friday.
Dhoni lauds spinners for team's 'fantastic' performance
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni lauded the "fantastic" performance of his side, especially the spinners, who according to him had set the platform for a comfortable six-wicket win over West Indies in the opening ODI of the three-match series in Kochi.
'I'm never satisfied even after scoring a century or double'
Cheteshwar Pujara, who has established himself as a scourge of bowlers, recently spoke to on many aspects of his career.
November 21, 20131st ODI PHOTOS: Kohli, Sharma guide India to easy win
Images from the first one-dayer between India and West Indies at Kochi on Thursday.
Australia's villain No 1: Stuart Broad
As expected England's fast bowler Stuart Broad was at a receiving end of a rough reception from the Australia supporters.
'As long as the belief is still there I will continue to play'
Gautam Gambhir is still hopeful of a comeback in the Indian team and will only call time on his career once he gets the feeling of being out of place in international cricket.
PHOTOS, Ashes 1st Test: England take Day One honours
Stuart Broad bagged five wickets to put England in charge on the first day of the first Ashes Test that kept Australia at 273 for eight on Thursday.
Record was not on mind, says Mumbai schoolboy Shaw after hitting 546
The 14-year-old gave evidence of his rich potential by scoring 546 for Rizvi Springfield in the first round of the Mumbai School Sports Association's Harris Shield Elite Division match against St. Francis D'Assisi, Borivali, at the Baronet CC pitch, Azad Maidan, in Mumbai.
November 20, 2013'It's important that we take the match with a right frame of mind'
Ahead of the opening one-day in Kochi India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has said it would be a mistake to believe that
Ashes: Unintimidated England ready for challenge at Gabba
England are in Australia seeking a fourth Ashes triumph in a row for the first time since the 1890s but they know that if they are to achieve their goal they probably need to get a result at the Gabba.
'We've played more cricket now as a group and there is belief'
Michael Clarke is giving nothing away on the eve of the Ashes. Not his starting XI, not
'England players have got the experience of winning in Australia'
Alastair Cook has said England were not intimidated by Australia's invincibility at
Kochi ODI: India looking to continue domination over West Indies
After demolishing the West Indies in Sachin Tendulkar's emotionally draining farewell Test series, the Indian cricket team will look to extend its supremacy in the ODIs as well when the two sides face off in a three-match series starting in Kochi on Thursday.
The stars who make India's batting formidable
In Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, India, says Haresh Pandya, has a bunch of exciting young batsmen who will go places, individually and collectively.
Check out Australia's squad for the first Ashes Test
Penpix of Australia squad for the Ashes series against England, which starts at the Gabba, Brisbane on Thursday.
November 19, 2013PHOTOS: Amitabh, Aishwarya, Aamir light up Tendulkar's farewell party
The Bollywood glitterati, including Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan, Aamir Khan and Karan Johar, along with cricketers, business tycoons, politicians graced a dinner party thrown by just-retired cricketing icon Sachin Tendulkar to celebrate his Bharat Ratna, in Mumbai on Monday.
PHOTOS: Azhar, Ganguly grace Tendulkar's retirement bash
Though it was the iconic batsman's private bash, the who's who of the nation, foreign guests and members of the Indian cricket team were present.
Sachin Tendulkar has left an ever-lasting legacy: Yohan Blake
Sprint superstar Yohan Blake's love for cricket is quite evident. The Jamaican paid rich tribute to batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar.
Real-time Snickometer faces Ashes test
The controversial decision review system has had a last-minute update for the start of the Ashes this week, with a real-time Snickometer set to be added to the technology available to match umpires.
Pietersen says his confidence is mistaken for arrogance
England batsman Kevin Pietersen believes his self-confidence is often perceived as arrogance but says he can live with that public image.
Can England displace India from No 2 Test spot?
England have a chance of displacing India from their current No 2 position in the ICC Test Team Rankings table if they can win the upcoming Ashes series against Australia 4-0 or better.
What's next for Sachin? Suggest options for the batting legend!
After spending nearly a quarter of a century shouldering the burden of a cricket-crazy nation's expectations, Sachin Tendulkar should not expect life to get any easier following the last of his 200 Test match appearances on Saturday. What are his future options?
'Hope a West Indian carries forward Sachin's legacy'
The legendary Sachin Tendulkar has inspired all. The iconic batsman's legacy should be carried forward by someone from the Caribbean nation, feels West Indies fast bowler Jason Holder.
November 18, 2013Kohli, de Villiers in tussle for No 1 ODI batting ranking
The fight for the number one batting position between India's Virat Kohli and South Africa captain AB de Villiers on the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen could get exciting in the coming weeks. With only eight rating points separating No 1-ranked Kohli from de Villiers, the forthcoming series offers both of them an opportunity to either retain or reclaim the top position.
Ashes Preview: Confident England eye fourth title in row
The second leg of an Ashes double-header unique in the 131 years of such contests gets underway in Brisbane on Thursday with everything bar the eternal optimism of the Australian nation pointing to a fourth successive England triumph.
Mature Anderson ready for Ashes kill with record in sight
James Anderson once caused a minor stir by posing naked for a gay lifestyle magazine -- a role reversal of sorts for a bowler who spends much of his time laying bare the technical deficiencies of the world's leading batsmen.
'I spoke to the pitch and thanked cricket for everything it has given me'
In an interview with CNN-IBN, Sachin Tendulkar talks of breakfast with family, contentment with retirement decision and being overwhelmed by outpouring of love by his fans.
'A coach should be one in whom a player can confide'
For Sachin Tendulkar, an ideal coach is like a friend to the players and it makes no difference if he is an Indian or a foreigner since it only his performance that matters.
November 17, 2013It has been a dream journey and I have no regrets: Tendulkar
You can take Sachin Tendulkar out of cricket but you cannot take cricket out of him. This is already becoming evident as the batting legend struggles to cope with retirement after a long and illustrious career spanning 24 years. A day after his retirement, Tendulkar revealed that the feeling that he will no longer be playing cricket is yet to sink in.
'Sachin acknowledged he misjudged bounce'
He knew it was going to be his last innings, but such has been Sachin Tendulkar's undying passion for the game that he nonetheless dissected and analysed the shot that got him out.
Roger Federer, Michael Owen congratulate Sachin Tendulkar for 'incredible career'
Sachin Tendulkar's aura is being felt way beyond the cricket field with former England footballer Michael Owen congratulating the just-retired Indian icon for his "incredible career".
ICC rankings: Sachin Tendulkar ends Test career in 18th position
Sachin Tendulkar has ended his record-breaking 200-Test career by finishing 18th in the
I don't want Sachin to spend time doing commentary: Ganguly
He was among the millions left
Sachin is the 'greatest' of my era, says Muralitharan
Legendary Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan paid rich tributes to iconic Sachin Tendulkar and termed the Indian batting legend as the "greatest cricketer" of his generation who played the game like a "true gentleman" for 24 years.
Team India report card: Perfect 10 for Tendulkar
The young guns came to the fore as India comprehensively outplayed the West Indies in the just-concluded two-Test series. A look at how the Indian players fared in the series.
'In a nation defined by crowds, this was all about one man'
"There has never been a farewell to sport quite like this " -- this was the unanimous view of the British media as it gave a collective round of applause to Sachin Tendulkar, who called time on his career at the end of his 200th Test.
'The script could not have been written better for Sachin'
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar said that the youngsters should emulate Sachin Tendulkar, who played his 200th and final Test in Mumbai, on how to pursue excellence without taking recourse to short cuts.
Meet the contenders for the coveted No. 4 slot in Tests
Sachin Tendulkar's retirement leaves a huge void in the Indian Test team's middle order. Rediff.com's lists the contenders for the coveted No 4 slot.
Tendulkar, the pocket-sized giant of Indian cricket
A man so exceptionally gifted that the entire cricketing fraternity remained wide-eyed in awe till his last innings but so unassuming about his own aura that even the pressure of a billion expectations failed to ever distract, let alone rattle him.
November 16, 2013Stats: Sachin Tendulkar has been a part of 72 wins
Here is a statistical highlights on day three of the second cricket Test between India and West Indies.
Bharat Ratna: 'Tendulkar truly deserves the honour'
The sporting fraternity bowed in admiration as India's pride, Sachin Tendulkar, walked into the sunset after a glorious 24-year-long international cricket career and welcomed the government's decision to confer him with the Bharat Ratna.
Sachin, sorry I doubted you
Rediff.com's Vipin Vijayan, who has never been an ardent Sachin Tendulkar fan, could not help but cheer for the greatest cricketer of our generation (and probably many to come) when he witnessed a slice of history first-hand at Wankhede stadium on Saturday.
Stats: Records galore for evergreen Tendulkar
As Sachin Tendulkar walked into the sunset, here is a look at his statistical highlights his illustrious Test career.
Twitter world goes bonkers over Sachin messages
Tributes poured in for Indian batting icon Sachin Tendulkar as he bid an emotional goodbye to cricket after playing 200 Test matches.
India exposed us, admits Sammy
West Indies captain Darren Sammy said the two crushing defeats against India had shown them how far behind their team is as compared to the top Test nations of the world.
Tendulkar's presence in the dressing room will be missed: Rohit
For Rohit Sharma, it will be a debut series he will remember forever. He started with Test career with a bang hitting two centuries on the trot but what will stay with him is that it was the Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar's last two games in cricket.
Thank you Sachin for being such a role model for all of us: Dhoni
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Tears flowing, Tendulkar says emotional goodbye to cricket
At exactly 11.47 am on a balmy
PHOTOS, Wankhede Test (Day III): India seal series win against WI
Images from the third day's play in the second and final Test between India and West Indies at the Wankhede stadium on Saturday.
November 15, 2013It's better up there in the media box!
Having covered many a Test match from the media box, watched Day 2 of the second Test between India and the West Indies from the Wankhede stands. At the end of it, he says never again!
Run-machine Pujara yearning for more!
Cheteshwar Pujara comes across as a batsman made perfectly for Test cricket with his ability to play big knocks consistently and grind out the opposition bowlers for long period of time.
Welcome to the biggest party in India; it's still on!
Gauri Ghadi joins the craziest celebrations at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai to bid farewell to the man who has given the city some of its happiest moments.
Tendulkar helped me stay focused: Pujara
Sachin Tendulkar's sparkling half-century was the highlight of India's dominating performance as the hosts closed in on another crushing victory over West Indies, on Day 2 of the second and final Test at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, on Friday.
'Playing alongside Sachin is a lifetime experience for Cheteshwar'
Arvind Pujara is a satisfied man. His son Cheteshwar's prolific form in Test cricket continued with yet another century but he was even more proud because the India No 3 was involved in a big partnership with Sachin Tendulkar in the maestro's final match.
Sachin's 200th Test: Cancer foundation to help 200 children
In a free-wheeling chat with , Dr Jagannath talks about how Tendulkar has always been at the forefront when it comes to raising funds to help the needy.
Cheteshwar Pujara proves his class, and hunger for runs
With his fifth Test hundred, the Saurashtra batsman has conclusively proved he is here to stay, says .
In the end, so near yet so far...
In his farewell innings at the Wankhede, Sachin Tendulkar, says , may have sent a message that he still has it in him to hang around for some time more.
PHOTOS: No ton for Sachin, but Pujara and Rohit get one
Images from Day 2 in the second Test between India and West Indies at the Wankhede stadium, on Friday.
Sachin Tendulkar... end of an era
Sachin Tendulkar played his part one last time in front of his home crowd on Friday morning.
Rahul, Hrithik, Aamir cheer for Sachin at Wankhede
It was Sachin Tendulkar's final Test and among the spectators were a few politicians and actors who came to cheer and watch Sachin play a fine innings at the Wankhede stadium on Friday.
Sachin Tendulkar delights fans, congratulate the Master Blaster
The fans came in huge numbers on Day 2 and the Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar did not disappoint them.
'If I couldn't sleep all night, I wonder how Sachin Tendulkar can'
speaks with enthusiastic fans just before the iconic Sachin Tendulkar steps out to bat.
PHOTOS: Sachin fanfare at the Wankhede
Rediff.com presents the cricket-crazy fans at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai.
Will Tendulkar score a hundred? His fans want one!
Sachin Tendulkar fans will have their fingers crossed when he walks out to bat on Day 2 of the second Test against the West Indies at the Wankhede stadium on Friday.
November 14, 2013Stats: Ojha emulates Botham's feat at the Wankhede
The opening day in the second Test between India and the West Indies at the Wankhede stadium was all about tourists' brittle batting, Pragyan Ojha's five for 40 and Sachin Tendulkar's unbeaten 38, which raises hope for a record 52nd Test hundred from the batting icon in his farewell 200th Test.
I saw 'God' bat today; He is so 'real', so 'ordinary'!
Prasanna Zore, like many fans, was there at the Wankhede stadium on the opening day of the second Test between India and the West Indies to see 'God' play one final time.
Tendulkar 200... and 25 years in international cricket!
Having made his Test debut on November 15, 1989, the batting icon, discovers Bikash Mohapatra, joins an elite club of only four players who have played international cricket for 25 years or more.
I don't mind getting overshadowed by Sachin Paaji: Ojha
Pragyan Ojha was supposed to be India's hero on Day 1 but his superb efforts were overshadowed by crowd favourite Sachin Tendulkar, who enthralled the packed gathering which also included his mother Rajni and his family with his delightful batting on Day 1 of the second Test against West Indies, in Mumbai, on Thursday.
Tendulkar walks out with new-look bat in final Test
Appearing in his 200th and final Test, iconic Indian batsman achin Tendulkar's willow sported a new look when he walked ut to bat at the Wankhede stadium on Thursday.
Solapur waiter took a loan to watch Tendulkar bat
Hailing from a small village in the district of Solapur in Maharashtra, Yashwant Patil had just one dream: to watch Sachin Tendulkar bat one last time.
Sachin is the greatest of all times, admits British PM
British Prime Minister David Cameron described the Master Blaster as "the greatest of all times" and wished him good luck for his ongoing 200th Test match against the West Indies in Mumbai.
'Privileged to have got a chance to play with Sachin'
Ajinkya Rahane is being tipped as the hot favourite to replace Sachin Tendulkar in Tests when the batting legend hangs up his boots after the two-Test series against the West Indies.
A nation salutes Sachin Tendulkar!
Former cricketers and commentators pay run-machine Sachin Tendulkar rich tributes.
Spotted: Aamir Khan at Wankhede to watch Sachin Tendulkar!
It's Sachin Tendulkar's last match at Wankhede stadium in Mumbai and naturally many Bollywood stars are likely to drop in to honour the Little Master.
'Those figures will almost certainly never be surpassed'
Cricket may not be too big a sport
PHOTOS: India in command after Windies batting crumbles
Images from the opening day's play of the second Test between India and the West Indies at the Wankhede stadium on Thursday.
When Virat Kohli's hoardings were removed from Wankhede...
Virat Kohli's prominent advertising billboards overshadowed the retiring Sachin Tendulkar's pictures, the MCA removed the rising star's hoardings from the Wankhede stadium.
Pandit predicts Sachin will score a ton
Sachin Tendulkar can't go anywhere without hearing screams from hysterical fans. Rediff.com's caught up with a few of them near the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai.
First look: Sachin Tendulkar at Wankhede... one last time
Sachin Tendulkar will sign off from cricket after 24 glorious years in the second Test against the West Indies, starting at the Wankhede stadium, in Mumbai, on Thursday.
PHOTOS: Tribute to Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar's fans are paying tribute to him in their own ways. Take a look at a few of them...
Fans ready to bid goodbye to Sachin Tendulkar
The Master Blaster is highly touched with such a response which he has been getting from his fans worldwide.
November 13, 2013Tendulkar mania grips Mumbai
It's not the contest between India and the West Indies, but the batting icon that cricket lovers are thronging the Wankhede stadium to see, says .
'A big hundred from Sachin would be an icing on the cake'
Terming Sachin Tendulkar's landmark
Dhoni will miss celebrating Diwali with Tendulkar
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni paid rich tribute to the retiring Sachin Tendulkar, saying the way he has handled pressure and expectation over the last 25 years is exemplary.
'Would like Sachin to enjoy his last Test; hopefully, he'll get us a few wkts'
The mood is more festive than of Test cricket at the Wankhede stadium, as Mumbai gets ready to bid farewell to its famous son, Sachin Tendulkar.
PHOTOS: Sachin Tendulkar in the nets...one last time!
Sachin Tendulkar was a relaxed man as he trained in the nets on Wednesday, on the eve of his 200th and final Test match, at the Wankhede stadium.
'Tendulkar's retirement will be a huge loss for every Indian'
Sachin Tendulkar is receiving praise and adulation from all quarters. Adding to that was actor Abhishek Bachchan, who termed the Master Blaster the best sportsman in the world.
Sachin Tendulkar will fade from public memory, says Miandad
Pakistan's former Test captain Javed Miandad feels veteran batsman Sachin Tendulkar will fade from public memory once he retires after the second Test against West Indies as he is leaving the stage at a time when the Indian cricket team has found some exciting talent to fill the void.
Sachin may feel the pressure in his final Test: Gavaskar
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar said Sachin Tendulkar would have been successful in any era because of his sound technique and temperament and cited Sir Don Bradman's words to support his claim.
Tendulkar is a messenger of God: Bedi
Former India captain Bishen Singh Bedi paid rich tributes to Sachin Tendulkar and termed the retiring batting great as "a messenger of God".
Tendulkar's technique is the best in the world: Lara
Terming Sachin Tendulkar's batting technique as the best in the world, legendary West Indian cricketer Brian Lara said if he had a son he would have asked him to learn from the videos of the Indian great to excel in the sport.
Sportspersons have to realise the whereabout clause: Dravid
Former Indian cricket captain Rahul Dravid favoured sportspersons signing the "whereabout" clause of anti-doping agency WADA as this would reduce chances of corrupt practices in the game.
November 12, 2013PHOTOS: 'Salaam Sachin... the world's greatest!'
As the 'God of cricket' Sachin Tendulkar readies to retire after his 200th Test, a grand farewell 'Salaam Sachin' was organised by the India Today Group in honour of the iconic batsman.
'Sachin's intensity reaches 200 per cent against Pakistan'
It's no secret that Sachin Tendulkar meticulously goes about preparing himself before every international match but ODI specialist Suresh Raina revealed that the intensity and fierce competitiveness reaches 200 per cent when he is competing against arch-foes Pakistan.
Gilchrist says Tendulkar has not overstayed
With Sachin Tendulkar's 24-year tryst with international cricket drawing to a close legend like Adam Gilchrist get nostalgic.
The records make Sachin a millionaire, not the money: Ajit Tendulkar
Retiring India batting great Sachin Tendulkar has always lived under pressure to fulfill the dreams of a billion Indians and his 24-year long international career is ending on a happy note, Ajit Tendulkar, elder brother of the legendary batsman, said on Tuesday.
There is so much to learn from Tendulkar: Chanderpaul
Shivnarine Chanderpaul will play his 150th Test when the second Test begins on Thursday and the senior West Indies cricketer said it will be a privilege to reach the milestone during a match which will also see batting great Sachin Tendulkar bring down curtains on his illustrious career after his 200th and final appearance.
Veterans want Tendulkar as Sports Minister. Do you agree?
Lauding Sachin Tendulkar's love for sports, former Test cricketer Chandu Borde and legendary athlete Milkha Singh strongly voiced their opinion that the retiring legend should be appointed as Sports Minister of India in future.
It's a wonderful life for Australia's Bailey
George Bailey has waited a long time to take his place at cricket's top table and the 31-year-old has no intention of being distracted by the debate over whether one-day form, however rich, justifies a Test call-up.
'With his knowledge, Sachin can be an administrator with BCCI'
Former BCCI secretary and vice-president Niranjan Shah tells there's still one more special innings left in Sachin Tendulkar
Will Sachin follow in the footsteps of these cricket greats?
As batting icon Sachin Tendulkar prepares for his farewell 200th Test in Mumbai, we take a look at what some legends of the game did after retiring from cricket.
'Sachin is a perfect ambassador of game and role model'
Paying rich tributes to retiring
November 11, 2013MCA helped fulfill dream of playing for India: Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar's home association - the Mumbai Cricket Association - paid tribute to the batting icon by renaming the MCA Sports Complex at Kandivali as the Sachin Tendulkar Gymkhana, in Mumbai, on Monday.
Can Shami be a long-term solution to India's bowling woes?
Pacer Mohammed Shami, says , should be allowed enough time to recover and improve upon his existing skills to ensure great returns for Team India.
West Indies salute their legend... Shivnarine Chanderpaul
West Indies on Sunday paid a tribute to their legendary batsman, Shivnarine Chanderpaul. The veteran will touch the milestone of playing 150 Tests when the Caribbean side will clash with India from Wednesday to salvage a draw in the two-match series.
November 10, 2013Tendulkar is far more than a man with great numbers: Warne
Australian spinner Shane Warne has paid rich tribute to Sachin Tendulkar terming him the "best batsman" of his generation and said that there won't be another player like the retiring Indian great in years to come.
November 09, 2013'Tendulkar's retirement will leave a huge void in cricket'
Former Pakistan players Muhammad Yousuf and Saqlain Mushtaq paid rich tributes to Sachin Tendulkar, saying that world cricket will be left with a big void after his retirement.
Virat Kohli, new star of Indian cricket!
Unlike his peers, and even his seniors, Virat Kohli has single-mindedly worked on his temperament to augment his obvious cricketing skills. He now seems a more complete star.
We have to come back much stronger in Mumbai: Sammy
West Indies skipper Darren Sammy gave debutante pacer Mohammad Shami the credit for India's crushing win, but also blamed his batsmen for "rash and irresponsible" shots which cost them the first Test of the two-match series inside three days.
Tendulkar's mental strength is super-human: Daniel Chopra
Retiring cricketing great Sachin Tendulkar is the greatest sportsperson that India has ever produced and his "super human" mental strength is "god-like", feels two-time PGA Tour winner golfer Daniel Chopra, who is currently playing in the Indian Open.
November 08, 2013Sachin's Eden send-off: Llong... and the short of it!
Umpire Nigel Llong inadvertently had a role to play in two key moments of the legend's last Test appearance at the Eden Gardens. The second, says , will ensure he won't be a popular figure in India for some time to come.
We will all get emotional once Mumbai Test ends: Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin, one of the star performers in India's comprehensive victory over West Indies, in the first Test feels that he would probably realize how emotional he is once Sachin Tendulkar has played his 200th and final Test match in Mumbai.
PHOTOS: Mamata, Sourav felicitate Tendulkar after 199th Test
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee presented one of her paintings to Sachin Tendulkar even as the Eden Gardens crowd gave the legendary batsman a standing ovation at the end of the first Test against the West Indies -- his 199th and penultimate -- in Kolkata on Friday.
Dhoni impressed with Shami's accuracy
The impeccable line and length was key to Mohammed Shami's grand success on debut, India skipper Mahendra Singh said as the paceman impressed with his ability to reverse swing the ball.
PHOTOS: Kolkata says 'Thank-you, Sachin' with 199 balloons
Kolkata floated 199 bunches of balloons in the air to greet batting great Sachin Tendulkar at the Eden Gardens, as he played the 199th and penultimate Test match of his career at the iconic ground.
PHOTOS: India crush West Indies inside 3 days in first Test
Images from Day 3 of the first Test between India and West Indies, in Kolkata, on Friday.
We will miss Tendulkar at No 4: Amre
With Sachin Tendulkar set to play his farewell Test in Mumbai next week against the West Indies, two of his former teammates heaped praise on him.
November 07, 2013Rohit has become a much more matured player: Amre
Ex-India batsman and former Mumbai Ranji Trophy coach Pravin Amre sees shades of swashbuckling cricketer Virender Sehwag in Rohit Sharma, who slammed a maiden unbeaten Test ton on debut against the West Indies in the opening match of the two-game series in Kolkata.
Rohit Sharma @Eden Gardens: Seven memorable years
The hallowed venue, says Bikash Mohapatra, has inadvertently played its part in ensuring several special moments in the Mumbai batsman's fledgling career.
Rohit's long-drawn saga: Opportunity seized, promise fulfilled
Rohit Sharma's 127 is not just a debut Test hundred. It is a tribute to fortitude, perseverance and self-belief.
PHOTOS: Rohit, Ashwin hoist India on Day 2
Images from Day 2 of the first Test match between India and West Indies, in Kolkata, on Thursday.
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November 06, 2013Tendulkar is an under-rated bowler: Laxman
Sachin Tendulkar's greatness lies in his batting but former India teammate, VVS Laxman, considers the retiring legend as an under-rated and a clever bowler who has played his part in a couple of famous Test and ODI wins.
Happy that I did my job, says Shami after dream Test debut
Debutant pacer Mohammed Shami, who had figures of four for 71 as India dismissed the West Indies for 234 on the opening day of the first Test, said the change of ball in the 41st over did the trick.
Shami had the ability to get reverse swing since he was 16: coach
Mohammed Shami proved his ability to generate reverse swing on the first day of his Test career with a four-wicket haul, on the opening day of the first Test against the West Indies, at the Eden Gardens.
PHOTOS: It's Sachin Tendulkar mania at Eden Gardens
Sachin Tendulkar was written all over the Eden Gardens in Kolkata as thousands of his fans from all walks of life poured in to watch the batting legend in action one last time at the ground in his penultimate and 199th Test match.
PHOTOS: Tendulkar gets a wicket in his 199th Test!
The Eden Gardens went into raptures when India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni called upon Sachin Tendulkar to bowl the final over of the post-lunch session, on Day 1 of the first Test against the West Indies in Kolkata, on Wednesday. And he delivered, scalping the wicket of Shane Shillingford with the last ball of the session.
PHOTOS: India dominate Day 1 of Tendulkar's 199th Test in Kolkata
Images from Day 1 of the first Test between India and West Indies in Kolkata, on Wednesday.
First look: Sachin Tendulkar's final hurrah at Eden Gardens
Even as Sachin Tendulkar sets out towards that final landmark, playing in his penultimate Test at the Eden Gardens, the whole of Bengal is in euphoria.
November 05, 2013Tendulkar's retirement biggest of them all: Gavaskar
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has termed Sachin Tendulkar's retirement from international cricket as the "biggest" the game has ever seen, while another former great V V S Laxman feels the Cricket Association of Bengal's farewell arrangements will not be a "distraction" to the batting icon.
'It is Sachin Puja after Durga Puja in Kolkata'
Insisting that Tendulkar will be sorely missed in the Indian team, former selector Raja Venkat enlightens Harish Kotian why, despite such a long and successful career, the batting icon still believes in working hard in the nets and improving every day.
Captain Cook serves it back to Warne, says record speaks for itself
England's Alastair Cook admits Shane Warne's criticism of his captaincy raised his blood pressure a notch but is happy to let his record speak for itself going into the second Ashes series of the year.
'Sachin deserves all the attention that he is getting'
West Indies captain Darren Sammy says his team will not be overawed by the magnanimity of Sachin Tendulkar's farewell series.
We need to focus on winning this Test: Dhoni
"Before you ask anything, first tell me who has spelt Sachin's name wrong out there," jokes M S Dhoni, pointing out to the faux pas -- spelt as Sachine, in the electronic scoreboard at the Eden Gardens -- not many at the venue knew about till he mentioned it.
Jadeja's absence will affect team balance: Dhoni
Ravindra Jadeja has been India's No 1 all-rounder over the last 18 months. He had perfectly solved the fifth bowler conundrum that the team had faced for a long time. But with him being sidelined with a shoulder strain, from the 1st Test vs the Windies, India captain MS Dhoni's headaches over team composition have only just begun.
'Sachin's last two matches a great Diwali gift for India'
Former India all-rounder Laxmi Ratan Shukla tells there will not be any pressure on the batting legend in his farewell Tests as he handled it so well in all these years.
Eden Test: Sachin's 199th... and little else
The hoopla surrounding Sachin Tendulkar's farewell, says , has completely camouflaged what could be a mismatched series, as the West Indies team neither has the pedigree nor players to get past M S Dhon's side.
'In Tendulkar's retirement BCCI will miss a brand India cricketer'
Ahead of Sachin Tendulkar's farewell series against the West Indies and his landmark 200th Test, BCCI's chief administrative officer Ratnakar Shetty spoke with Harish Kotian on the impact his retirement will have on Indian cricket, his special attachment to Mumbai cricket and the game's true gentleman.
Farewell series: Tendulkar in line for Top-20 finish
Sachin Tendulkar, who is entering his farewell series in 24th position, will have the opportunity to
Along with Tendulkar we changed a few things in Indian cricket: Dravid
Sachin Tendulkar has kept a clean image despite so much happening around him. Former skipper and long-time teammate Rahul Dravid said that it was 'incredible' the way the master batsman managed himself', staying away from controversies.
November 04, 2013Tendulkar upset with Bengal Cricket Association for going overboard?
Sachin Tendulkar is reportedly "unhappy" with Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) officials' attempts to go overboard with their celebrations for his 199th Test match in his farewell series against the West Indies starting in Kolkata from Wednesday.
Richardson asks India to get ready for some tough cricket
The entire nation is awaiting Sachin Tendulkar's upcoming farewell series, wishing that the master batsman will create a buzz at the crease. But the team's cricket manager Richie Richardson has laid forth a challenge to the Indian cricket team.
Warne digs into Root and says Captain Cook is boring
Alastair Cook's captaincy is "negative" and "boring", and could cost England the Ashes if the hosts lift their game, according to former Australia spinner Shane Warne.
November 03, 2013ODI Rankings: Virat Kohli secures top spot
Virat Kohli is one of the most devastating batsman in recent times. The Delhi lad on Sunday became the No 1 batsman in One-day cricket.
Can 'Prince' Virat Kohli fill in Tendulkar's shoes?
With Virat Kohli regularly slamming centuries in One-Day Internationals, former Australian captain Ian Chappell has also joined the bandwagon of experts who feel that Virat Kohli can fill in the big shoes of retiring Sachin Tendulkar.
Stats: Records rewritten in Bangalore ODI
Statistical highlights of the seventh cricket One-dayer between India and Australia.
Rohit can fill into big shoes of Tendulkar: Bailey
Impressed with his breathtaking display of batting, Australia skipper George Bailey says Rohit Sharma is certainly the one who is in the mix for the spot that will open up after Sachin Tendulkar's retirement from international cricket later this month.
November 02, 2013Buzz on Internet: 'Rohit just got friend requests from Tendulkar, Sehwag'
Sport stars, fans react to Rohit Sharma's mammoth 209 off 158.
Figure out Rohit Sharma's sensational 209 at Bangalore!
India's Rohit Sharma guided Indians to celebrate Diwali in an eco-friendly manner!
To get 200 runs is a wonderful feeling: Rohit Sharma
Smiling ear to ear after becoming only the third cricketer ever to smash an ODI double hundred, Indian batsman Rohit Sharma said he went in with the intent to "play big" and successfully executed the plan on the small ground.
PHOTOS: Rohit's record 209 lifts India to ODI series victory
Rohit Sharma blasted a record-breaking 209 which included a world record 16 sixes which propelled India to a 57-run victory over Australia in the seventh and final One-Day International.
Dhoni, Kohli nominated for ICC People's Choice award
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and star batsman Virat Kohli were nominated for the International Cricket Council's People's Choice Award, the winner of which will be declared on December 13 during the governing body's 10th annual awards.
Warner must make way for himself into Australian team: Hayden
Former Australian Test opener Matthew Hayden has said that he believes David Warner needs to buy into the national team culture before he can achieve his rich potential.
November 01, 2013'I'm looking forward to testing myself against the Indian batting'
It's not just about taming the
India will look to chase vs Australia in Bangalore ODI, says Kohli
Virat Kohli indicated that India would prefer chasing rather than setting a target if the home side wins the toss in the series-deciding seven One-Day International, in Bangalore, on Saturday.
'New ODI rule makes it very difficult for the bowlers'
Virat Kohli has said the new ODI rule, which enforces an extra fielder inside the 30-yard circle at all times, should be looked into as it is working against the bowlers.
India hoping batsmen fire again in Australia series-decider
The Bangalore One-day international promises to be another high-scoring thriller!
Can Mitchell Johnson carry good form into Ashes?
Desperate times call for desperate measures, and faced with the prospect of a fourth straight Ashes defeat it looks like Australia will once again roll the dice on Mitchell Johnson.
First look: Sachin face painted on tickets of Eden Test
The tickets bear a mug-shot of Sachin Tendulkar, sketched by artist Jogen Chowdhury.
'Thank God he kept me alive long enough to witness Sachin's career'
Former Pakistan captain MushtaqMohammed reveals why he was a keen follower of Sachin Tendulkar ever since he made his Test debut as a 15-year-old, against Pakistan in 1989.
Kohli can break Tendulkar's century record in ODIs, says Gavaskar
Former captain Sunil Gavaskar believes the Indian batting sensation can break retiring legend Sachin Tendulkar's record number of tons in the 50-over format.
October 31, 2013Records galore for run machines Kohli and Bailey
Statistical highlights of the sixth One-Dayer played between India and Australia in Nagpur.
Everyone does ball-tampering: Mushtaq Muhammad
Former Pakistan captain and coach Mushtaq Muhammad cannot understand the recent "hue and cry" over ball-tampering, as he feels every team and bowler has indulged in it in some form or the other, including himself.
Figure out Tendulkar's phenomenal Ranji Trophy career
Rajneesh Gupta presents a detailed statistical analysis of Sachin Tendulkar's career in Ranji Trophy.
I'd like to find a way to get Virat Kohli out: Bailey
Australian bowlers were smashed all over the park by Indian batsmen, especially Virat Kohli, but visiting skipper George Bailey said he is not disappointed by their performance as they stuck to the team's plan in the sixth cricket One-dayer in Nagpur.
'Tendulkar was a mix of Richards and Gavaskar'
Ahead of Sachin Tendulkar's 200th and final Test, former left-arm spinner Maninder Singh spoke with Manu Shankar.
Dhoni sympathises with bowlers after hammering by Aus batsmen
In the backdrop of more than 300 runs being scored on an average in an innings in the ongoing seven-match ODI series against Australia, Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said on Wednesday it was becoming difficult to determine a good bowling performance.
Key moments in Tendulkar's Ranji Trophy career
Rajneesh Gupta presents the important milestones of Sachin Tendulkar's Ranji Trophy career.
Tendulkar is India's wealthiest cricketer! Check out the top 5
Sachin Tendulkar, who is retiring next month, is the country's wealthiest cricketer with a personal fortune of US$160 million, while India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a distant second.
October 30, 2013So many high run chases is not good for the game: MS Dhoni
India pulled off the second and
PHOTOS: Kohli, Dhawan put Watson, Bailey's tons in the shade
Images from the sixth One-Day International between India and Australia, in Nagpur, on Wednesday.
Tendulkar's retirement a big loss to world cricket: Saqlain
Former Pakistan spinner Saqlain Mushtaq said Sachin Tendulkar's retirement from Test cricket is a "big loss" to world cricket.
PHOTOS: Tendulkar wins farewell Ranji game, celebrates with Mumbai team
Sachin Tendulkar made a winning farwell from domestic cricket after his unbeaten half-century carried Mumbai to a four-wicket victory over Haryana in the opening match of the Ranji Trophy in Lahli, near Rohtak.
Bowlers give selectors headache ahead of WI series
The selectors face a tricky task of striking up the right bowling combination when they meet in Mumbai on Friday to pick India's Test squad for Sachin Tendulkar's farewell series against the West Indies next month.
PHOTOS: Tendulkar signs off from Ranji with match-winning knock
The veteran batsman, playing in his final Ranji Trophy match, steered Mumbai to victory over Haryana with a dogged innings of 79 on a difficult wicket at the Bansi Lal Cricket Stadium.
Taylor tears into Ponting over revelations of Clarke feud in book
Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting said on Wednesday he was "offended" after Mark Taylor blasted his feud with Michael Clarke, saying it should have stayed in the dressing room.
Hope Tendulkar enjoys his last two games: Dravid
Having played a lot of cricket alongside Sachin Tendulkar, former India captain Rahul Dravid is hoping the batting icon enjoys his last two Test matches and bows out with a bang.
October 29, 2013Sachin will have to earn every run, says Richardson
The West Indies players feel privileged to have been invited for Sachin Tendulkar's farewell series, but they insist it won't stop them from going hard on the batting icon.
Can West Indies 'spoil' Sachin's farewell party?
Regarded as the most dangerous batsman Chris Gayle said while he wished a great farewell for legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar, his side will be out there to 'spoil the fun' when they take on India in the Two-Test series.
Challenge to counter Aussie batsmen playing high-risk shots: Ashwin
It may be a do-or-die encounter for India, but off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin insisted that the home team is not under any pressure despite trailing Australia 1-2 ahead of the sixth and penultimate ODI of the series in Nagpur, on Wednesday.
Bowlers key to India's chances in do-or-die Nagpur ODI
Handicapped by the poor form of some of their bowlers, India will be under intense pressure when they go into the do-or-die sixth One-Day International against an upbeat Australia in Nagpur on Wednesday, fully aware that any slip-up could cost them the series.
Ashes: England shrug off concerns over captain Cook's injury
England brushed aside any concerns surrounding captain Alastair Cook's availability for the upcoming Ashes series in Australia despite the opening batsman's decision to skip a practice session on Tuesday due to a sore back.
'Playing 200 Tests is like going atop Everest for the first time'
Praveen Amre, who was involved in a match-winning partnership with Sachin Tendulkar on his ODI debut, tells Bikash Mohapatra that the Master Blaster's feat of playing in 200 Test matches will be difficult to replicate.
Tendulkar's longevity puts us all to shame on that front: Lee
Ahead of the Sachin Tendulkar's 200th and last Test next month, Brett Lee spoke with .
October 28, 2013If given a longer run, Rahane will do really well: Dravid
Former captain Rahul Dravid threw his weight behind India discard and Rajasthan Royals team-mate Ajinkya Rahane saying the youngster deserves a longer run in international cricket.
Cuttack wash-out helps India keep No 1 ODI ranking
Reining World champion India has managed to retain its No 1 spot in the Reliance ICC ODI Team Rankings after the last two 50-over games in the seven-match home series against Australia were washed-out.
'I could name you players who nicked it and didn't walk'
England's Stuart Broad has defended his decision not to walk in the most controversial incident of the first Ashes series this year, suggesting the huge row blew up because Australia had "wasted" their two referrals.
'Australia playing in India is not a great preparation for Ashes'
Former Test paceman Merv Hughes says he is dumbfounded by Australia's Ashes build-up and has given his countrymen little hope of beating England in the series
'I am proud I was Sachin Tendulkar's first captain'
Ahead of Sachin Tendulkar's 200th and final Test next month, former India and Mumbai batsman Lalchand Rajput tells Harish Kotian how he still vividly remembers a shy 14-year-old scoring a century on his Ranji debut in 1988-89 and growing up to become one of cricket's finest players.
October 27, 2013PHOTOS: Tendulkar given guard of honour, standing ovation in Lahli
Never had a Ranji Trophy season started on a note like it did today, with this sleepy hamlet here being woken up from its slumber by the one and only Sachin Tendulkar, a good few hours before the retiring legend was accorded a guard of honour in the area's sole landmark destination.
Ranji important but no guarantee for selection: Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar might have taken the Ranji route to prepare for his swansong Test series but he has no qualms in conceding that a good performance in the country's premier cricket tournament is no guarantee for a berth in the Indian national side.
October 26, 2013'It's definitely positive being 2-1 up, than being 1-2 down'
With rain reducing the bilateral
Lahli in frenzy as Sachin Tendulkar touches down
It will be a precursor to the final bow as the retiring Sachin Tendulkar pads up one last time for Mumbai in a Ranji Trophy match against Haryana amid heightened excitement that has turned this sleepy village of wrestlers into a cricket-crazy arena.
Bresnan might be fit for Ashes opener: Cook
England captain Alastair Cook is cautiously optimistic that all-rounder Tim Bresnan could be fit for first Test of the return Ashes series next month, he told reporters in Perth on Saturday.
October 25, 2013'Sachin's contribution to cricket cannot be expressed in words'
Lauding champion batsman Sachin
Is Maxwell Australia's answer to Pietersen?
Legendary Australia batsman Matthew Hayden has said that all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has the potential to become Australia's answer to star England batsman Kevin Pietersen during the winter Ashes.
Not let-up in rain, Cuttack ODI set to be called off
Saturday's fifth one-day International between India and Australia in Cuttack is likely to be called off as there is no let up from rain that has lashed the city since the last five days.
Spotted: Irfan Pathan on a flight to Bangalore
Read Shaun Suvarna sent us this photograph. He met cricketer Irfan Pathan on the flight from Bangalore to Mumbai.
'Watching Tendulkar play I learnt to absorb pressure'
Dhawal Kulkarni, Sachin Tendulkar's teammate in Mumbai's Ranji Trophy squad and Mumbai Indians says nobody can match the batting legend, or even get close.
October 24, 2013Cook happy with favourites tag for Ashes
England captain Alastair Cook says his side accepts their role as favourites as they chase a fourth consecutive Ashes series victory over Australia for the first time in over 100 years.
Bailey wary of quicky newbie Shami
Rattled by Mohammad Shami's three-wicket burst with the new ball in the abandoned fourth ODI, Australian skipper George Bailey has instructed his batsmen to watch out for the rookie Indian pacer in the remaining games of the ongoing seven-match series.
Bailey has a brilliant record against India. Figure it out!
Here's all about Australia's stand-in captain George Bailey super record against India and other statistical highlights of the abandoned fourth cricket one-dayer between India and Australia in Ranchi on Wednesday.
'Only a cricketer can value Sachin's achievements'
In our series to celebrate Sachin Tendulkar's landmark 200th Test, ex-India pacer Manoj Prabhakar shares his thoughts on his former teammate with Bikash Mohapatra
October 23, 2013I don't take any pressure when I go onto the field: Shami
Mohammad Shami, who troubled the Australian batsmen with his pace and swing in a career-best haul of three for 42, has said he just concentrated on the basics without indulging in anything extraordinary in the abandoned fourth ODI in Ranchi.
'We wouldn't have minded a 20 over game with the start we had'
Anything close to 300-run mark is
PHOTOS: Australia retain lead after Ranchi washout, Shami impresses
Images from the fourth One-Day International between India and Australia, in Ranchi, on Wednesday.
'I was lucky Sachin played for India and did not have to bowl to him'
Among other things, Irfan Pathan looked back on his first meeting with Sachin Tendulkar and why he will cherish his wicket in an Indian Premier League match two years back.
October 22, 2013MCA's Kandivli ground to be named 'Sachin Tendulkar Gymkhana'
Newly-elected MCA president Sharad Pawar announced that their swanky new clubhouse at Kandivli, in suburban Mumbai, will be named after the legendary cricketer, as 'Sachin Tendulkar Gymkhana', at a gala ceremony on November 11.
Raina backs Ishant to come good
Ishant Sharma is not alone in his testing times. The Delhi medium pacer finds solace in the comforting words of teammate Suresh Raina.
'Monkeygate' well and truly gone, says Ponting
After questioning Sachin Tendulkar's conduct during the 'Monkeygate' scandal inquiry in his autobiography, former Australia captain Ricky Ponting now says he has made peace with the key Indian characters in the ugly episode during his stint in the Indian Premier League
Pujara with Neymar, Vettel in US website's top sports pro stock options
A US-based sports website has placed India's prolific batsman Cheteshwar Pujara in its latest list of potentially good top ten investment options in sports, putting the Saurashtra player alongside the likes of Brazilian soccer star Neymar and Formula One ace Sebastian Vettel.
Team India will look to save series against Australia
India will be under pressure to bounce back when they take on Australia in the fourth ODI in Ranchi on Wednesday.
Ponting backs Hughes, Warner for Ashes comeback
Serial discard Phillip Hughes is Australia's best young batsman and just needs a bit of "love and stability" to blossom at test level, said former captain Ricky Ponting.
'The short ball has been Australia's best strategy against India'
All-rounder Glenn Maxwell has said
'Tendulkar has given everyone so much happiness over the years'
Like many Indian players, Manoj Tiwary too was inspired to take up cricket by Sachin Tendulkar. The Bengal batsman says the batting icon "was like a father figure", helping him several times, particularly when he suffered a serious shoulder injury in 2007.
October 21, 2013Why Ishant should not have been retained in ODI squad
Statistician Rajneesh Gupta explains why Ishant Sharma should not have been retained in the squad for the ongoing ODIs against Australia..
Are bowlers becoming 'endangered species'?
With the batsmen raining four and six runs former Australian captain Ian Chappell has said in his column that there is a chance bowlers will become an endangered species if the trend for heavier bats and shorter boundaries continues.
Should Ishant Sharma have been dropped from the Indian team?
He may have been retained for the remaining four matches against Australia. But his current form begs a question. Should Ishant Sharma have been dropped from the Indian team?
'Keeping Tendulkar away from the game is next to impossible'
Sachin Tendulkar's closest and oldest friend is both sad and happy about his retirement. "Sad," says Atul Ranade, "because we will all miss him," and happy, "because the master's last Test in Mumbai next month will be very memorable for him, as it will be the first and only time his mother will be watching him from the stands."
October 20, 2013It's very important to persist with your players: MS Dhoni
Despite some dismal performances by
Dhoni blasts non-performing bowlers, says can't be 'spoon-fed'
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni rewrote some records at Mohali but his efforts did not yield in victory for his team.
Stats: Captain Dhoni rewrites record books
Statistical highlights of the third cricket One-dayer between India and Australia in Mohali on Saturday night.
'Don't worry Ishant, it happens to everybody'
It was not the bowlers day especially Ishant Sharma's day! Sharma bore the brunt of James Faulkner's conscious decision to go after seamers in the third ODI and the game-changing Australian all-rounder offered his sympathies to the Indian spearhead, saying that every bowler has days when he ends up looking "silly out there".
Lucky to be alive, Jesse Ryder ready to return
Batsman Jesse Ryder will return to top-level cricket in New Zealand next week, ready to put behind him a year in which he served a six-month doping ban and survived an assault that left him in a coma with serious head injuries.
October 19, 2013PHOTOS: Faulkner's late blast lifts Australia to victory in Mohali
Images from the third One-Day International between India and Australia, in Mohali, on Saturday.
CA let me and the team down during 'Monkeygate': Ponting
Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting feels Cricket Australia let him and the entire team down during the 2008 'Monkeygate' controversy, saying that CA officials acted as if the relationship with India mattered more than the national players.
'Baggy Greens do not believe that Clarke is a team man'
The Australian media has claimed that former Test captain Ricky Ponting's revelations about current captain Michael Clarke not sticking around for a chat after the day's play on some occasions have pointed out towards the fact that Clarke is not a true captain.
'Sachin has influenced every cricketer for last 24 years'
Former captains Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble saluted retiring batsman Sachin Tendulkar for setting the benchmark in world cricket and inspiring millions of countrymen to take up the game.
October 18, 2013Bravo gets groovy with dance number for Tamil film
West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo has exchanged his cricketing boots for dancing shoes.
India hope to keep momentum going against Australia
On a high after a sensational performance in Jaipur, a supremely confident India will look to keep the momentum going with another dominating display when they take on Australian team in the third cricket ODI in Mohali on Saturday.
Aus captain Bailey not ready to buckle under 'challenging conditions'
He still hasn't recovered from the shock of the mauling in Jaipur but Australia cricket captain George Bailey backed his bowlers to make a strong comeback against the Indians in the third One-dayer in Mohali on Saturday.
Kohli filling in Tendulkar's boots... quite literally!
With more than a dozen endorsements and consistent performances on the field, Virat Kohli is fast becoming a reflection of Sachin Tendulkar of yore.
Is Virat Kohli the new Sachin Tendulkar?
The Australian media has claimed that India's massive win in the second one-day international against Australia has proved that there is life after Sachin Tendulkar, especially with Virat Kohli leading the way.
Jaipur run-chase shows future of Indian cricket in safe hands
The manner in which Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli batted in the second ODI against Australia in Jaipur, even a target of 400-plus, says , would not have been beyond India's reach.
'Stressed' SA 'hurting' after facing first Test loss in two years
Graeme Smith accepted that his World No 1 squad were outplayed by a more dominant Pakistan in the 1st Test match in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.
October 17, 2013Is Kohli's 52-ball 100 at Jaipur his best?
Virat Kohli scored the fastest ODI century by an Indian against Australia, from 52 deliveries, as India won the second ODI between the countries in Jaipur on Wednesday night by nine wickets.
Ponting rakes up 'Monkeygate' again, questions Tendulkar's role
Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has sparked controversy again! He's questioned Sachin Tendulkar's role in 'Monkeygate'.
Stats: Kohli scores fastest ODI hundred by an Indian
Statistical highlights of the second One-dayer between India and Australia in Jaipur on Wednesday.
'We lost it the moment Virat came into bat'
The Aussies experienced a see-saw of emotions. After an emphatic win against India, the Australian captain George Bailey was at a loss of words to explain his team's 'absolutely deflating' defeat against the hosts in the second One-dayer.
Shikhar set it up; Rohit and Virat finished it!
India went into the second ODI against Australia under pressure, having lost the first one in Pune badly. The team needed to come up with something special to deny the tourists from extending their dominance.
PHOTOS: Ajit Agarkar calls it a day
Mumbai all-rounder Ajit Agharkar announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.
'Happy that I converted my start into a big score'
Rohit Sharma was a visibly happy man after a superlative unbeaten knock of 141 in a record chase by India in the second ODI against Australia.
October 16, 2013PHOTOS: India crush Australia in record run chase to level series
Images from the second One-Day International between India and Ausralia at the Sawai Mansingh stadium in Jaipur on Wednesday.
It's one of our best ever performance: Dhoni
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni described his side's second ever highest successful run chase in ODI history against Australia here as one of the best performances with his young players showing controlled aggression.
'I was front page news for ten days, am I worth that much coverage?'
His integrity has been questioned several times ever since the IPL spot-fixing scandal broke out but BCCI President N Srinivasan says he is a "very honest" man, who was "unfairly attacked" at the peak of the controversy that shook Indian cricket.
I knew that only Sachin could play 200 Tests: Laxman
He feels honoured to have shared the dressing room with Sachin Tendulkar for 16 years and VVS Laxman says the retiring senior batsman is remarkably special for never considering himself bigger than the game.
Mumbai cricket's wonderkids Sarfaraz, Musheer living father's dream
Mumbai cricket looks set to continue its long-standing tradition of throwing up exciting young talent. Brothers Sarfaraz and Musheer Khan are being touted as great potential for the future following their exploits in school and their respective age-group cricket tournaments.
October 15, 2013'Sachin's mother wished to watch the last match and we supported it'
Gearing up to host Sachin
Why Haddin is not speaking to team mate Faulkner!
The gritty New South Wales glovesman learnt it hard way when he was involved in a freak accident with a jubilant James Faulkner's finger brushing his eye which led to leave the field for quite some time, during the first ODI in Pune.
'Sachin's cricketing career will come a complete circle at Wankhede'
Former captain Sunil Gavaskar has said he wants Sachin Tendulkar to end his illustrious Test career with a bang by scoring a big ton in his last match in Mumbai next month.
'I'm not the captain or coach to decide on selection matters'
India's batting mainstay Virat Kohli has come out in support of his under-fire teammate Ishant
India keen to bounce back in second ODI against confident Australia
A determined Indian team will look to plug their batting and bowling loopholes as they go into the second One-Day International against an upbeat Australia in Jaipur, on Wednesday with concerns over the form of some of their key bowlers.
'Tendulkar is an ideal role model for all the cricketers'
India seamer Irfan Pathan has said
October 14, 2013Gurunath was around the team quite often: Hussey
Just days after claiming that Gurunath Meiyappan, who was arrested for his alleged role in the IPL spot-fixing and betting scandal, was actually running the Chennai Super Kings team, Michael Hussey made a U-turn, saying that he might have written wrongly in his autobiography.
'The game needs people like Sachin Tendulkar more than ever'
Sri Lanka's World Cup winning
To be alive is bliss but to have watched Sachin play is heaven
The impact of Sachin Tendulkar on cricket, India and Indians is unparalleled. on what made the Mumbai Maestro the greatest pan-Indian hero of modern times.
Australian speedsters intimidated Indian batsmen, and how!
Mitchell Johnson was assigned a specific role to "intimidate" Indian batsmen. The seamer delivered a searing spell of extreme pace, Australia captain George Bailey revealed.
Number Game: Kohli posts 25th fifty in ODIs
Rediff.com brings the statistical highlights of the first One-dayer between India and Australia in Pune.
Australia need to back their top six batsmen: Ponting
Australia's selectors need to show faith in their top six batsmen after undermining their confidence by chopping and changing the order during the recent Ashes series defeat, former captain Ricky Ponting has said.
After the loss, captain Dhoni is a disappointed man
The Indian team failed to kick off their new season on a winning note.
Pujara stays at seventh in Test rankings
Cheteshwar Pujara continues to be the only Indian batsman in the top-10 list as he managed to maintain his seventh spot, while off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is the highest-ranked bowler at number eight, in the latest ICC Test rankings issued on Sunday.
October 13, 2013'Too much T20 cricket, we can't learn from India anymore'
There was a time when the budding cricketers of Sri Lanka looked up to India for learning the nuances of the game but former captain Arjuna Ranatunga feels this can no longer happen due to the advent of Twenty20.
Ponting doubted Clarke's captaincy, team spirit
Ricky Ponting once harboured doubts over the suitability of Michael Clarke to succeed him as captain of Australia.
October 12, 2013Dhoni happy that Sachin retired on his own terms
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, on Saturday, said that he was aware of Sachin Tendulkar's imminent retirement.
Dhoni expects Indian bowlers to perform better in ODIs vs Australia
They might have been hit all over the park in the lone Twenty20 in Rajkot, but Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said he expects his bowlers to adapt quickly and deliver in the upcoming ODI series against Australia starting in Pune, on Sunday.
World champions India start as favourites against Australia in ODIs
The men in blue are a dominant force in One-day cricket and they would look to retain its top spot in the rankings when they clash with a relatively inexperienced Australian side in a seven-match series, beginning in Pune on Sunday.
Next generation of players will miss Sachin, says Dravid
Former India captain Rahul Dravid is of the view that the team's younger members will miss inspiration in the dressing room when Sachin Tendulkar quits after his 200th Test.
India's 'visored saviour' was destined for greatness
From the moment he took guard as a 16-year-old against Imran Khan, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis on a green-tinged pitch in Karachi in 1989, Sachin Tendulkar's destiny looked assured.
October 11, 2013Achrekar wants to be present for Tendulkar's 200th Test
He can barely talk and walk due to health issues but Ramakant Achrekar wants to be in the spectators gallery when his celebrated ward, Sachin Tendulkar, would take guard for one last time, next month.
Sachin easily the best player over the last 20 years: Warne
Legendary spinner Shane Warne has described his one time nemesis and friend Sachin Tendulkar, who announced retirement from Test cricket on Thursday, as the greatest batsman of his generation.
Stats: Yuvraj most consistent Indian batsman in T20I
Statistical highlights of the Twenty20 International between India and Australia in Rajkot.
Will India defend their No 1 ranking against Australia in ODIs?
India's No 1 ranking will be on the line when Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men square off against Australia in a seven-match ODI series starting in Pune on Sunday.
Tendulkar's retirement saga: A Play in Four Acts
As dramatic as his career was, Sachin Tendulkar's farewell happened to be a prolonged affair. Rediff.com's summarises The Master Blaster's gradual retirement from the sport in four acts.
Tendulkar has been great asset to the game: Bacher
Former South African cricketer Ali Bacher has paid his tributes to Indian maestro Sachin Tendulkar, saying that Tendulkar is one of the greatest cricketers the world has seen.
Sachin will always be very special to me: Yuvraj
Yuvraj Singh is a heartbroken man. Despite scoring a match-winning 77 against Australia in the one-off T20 at Rajkot on Thursday, he was saddened by the news of Sachin Tendulkar's retirement.
'Yuvraj is back my friend!' -- 31-year-old steals show on comeback
Yuvraj Singh was a man in the limelight yesterday making a fine comeback. He smashed a match-winning unbeaten 77 against Australia in the one-off T20 International on Thursday. But the middle-order batsman wasn't sure if he was in a mood to celebrate.
How international media reacted to Tendulkar's retirement
Sachin Tendulkar's announcement of retirement after his 200th Test has impacted world cricket. Here is a look at how foreign media has reacted to this news.
Sachin Tendulkar, a universal hero!
Cricket's run-machine not only broke numerous records and created a plethora of new ones during a marathon career, but, says , also ensured all predictions about him were proved true.
PHOTOS: Yuvraj fires India past Australia in Rajkot T20
Yuvraj Singh blasted a quickfire half-century in his comeback to international cricket to power India to victory against Australia in the one-off Twenty20 match in Rajkot, on Thursday.
October 10, 2013Is West Indies series a fitting end for Sachin Tendulkar's career?
Like all good things come to an end, Sachin Tendulkar will walk into the sunset in next month's home series against the West Indies.
What you may not know about Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar's hero worship has no limits, but many are unaware of the legend's several facts and figures.
Cricket pundits salute Sachin Tendulkar!
Sachin Tendulkar was paid rich tributes from former great players and commentators.
Figure out Sachin Tendulkar's glorious career
Sachin Tendulkar announced his decision to retire from Test cricket after playing his landmark 200th match against the West Indies next month.
As Tendulkar announces retirement, fans pour their hearts out on Twitter
Rediff.com brings the reactions from twitter just after Sachin Tendulkar announced his decision to retire after his 200th Test.
Tendulkar to retire after 200th Test; 'Hard to imagine life without cricket'
Sachin Tendulkar confirmed on Thursday that he is retiring from cricket after playing his 200th Test match next month.
Chappell slams BCCI for muzzling commentators over DRS
Former Australia skipper Ian Chappell has slammed the Board of Control for Cricket in India for "muzzling" commentators over the controversial DRS and said he won't be working under the terms of BCCI during the seven-match ODI series between India and Australia, starting Sunday.
Aussie skipper Bailey 'wary' of Indian 'comeback star' Yuvraj Singh
Australian stand-in captain George Bailey has expressed his concern over Indian 'comeback star' Yuvraj Singh ahead of the limited-overs series.
October 09, 2013Srini says conscience allowed him to continue as BCCI chief
Back as president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India after the Supreme Court's ruling, under-fire N Srinivasan said he did not quit despite calls for his ouster as he had done nothing wrong.
PHOTOS: Environment-friendly jerseys for Team India
The Indian cricket team will kick off the new season in a brand new limited-overs kit, which was unveiled by BCCI's official apparel partner Nike ahead of the series against Australia starting in Rajkot, on Thursday.
'A 7-0 result against Australia is not what we are looking at'
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni conceded on Wednesday that comeback-man Yuvraj Singh will be under some pressure during the upcoming ODI series against Australia, but said the team will insulate him from any "undue" stress by keeping things "normal" in the dressing room.
'My performance in the CLT20 has been a confidence booster'
Fresh from his exploits that helped
Pietersen awarded damages over 'bat tampering' advert
England batsman Kevin Pietersen has reportedly been awarded libel damages over an advertisement which had suggested that he had tampered with his bat during this year's summer Ashes series against Australia.
Cheteshwar Pujara wants to be tested overseas
Cheteshwar Pujara is gearing up for new challenge. The 25-year-old is a huge success on the Indian pitches and therefore this Saurashtra lad is looking ahead to the senior team's possible tour of South Africa followed by the confirmed visit to New Zealand.
'Kohli and Raina are two of the best fielders in the world'
In an e-mail interview with , Jonty Rhodes, now Mumbai Indians' fielding coach, got candid on Mahendra Singh Dhoni's captaincy, Sachin Tendulkar, Indian stadia, his divorce and lots more.
'On a given day Australia is a very dangerous side'
They maybe a far cry from the
October 08, 2013'Not quite the perfect timing for India-Australia ODI series'
The timing of it may be far from
Liz Hurley wants to have Warne's baby, if she can!
Legendary Australian cricketer Shane Warne and his British fiancee Elizabeth Hurley are back to posting sweet nothings on Twitter.
'There's no bigger incentive than beating India in this series'
The upcoming series against India provides Australia a chance to claim the No 1 ranking in One-Day Internationals, and Adam Voges says a good start to the seven-match rubber is the key to attaining that goal.
Sehwag, Gambhir face testing time in must-win game for India 'A'
Out-of-favour batsmen Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir will be looking to come good and regain lost pride when India 'A' takes on West Indies 'A' in the third and final unofficial Test, in Hubli on Wednesday, needing nothing less than a victory to level the three-match series.
42-year-old Tambe proves age is just a number
For one who has not even played first class cricket, let alone international matches, Pravin Tambe's exploits in the just-concluded Champions League T20, says , is a tremendous achievement.
Tendulkar, Dravid hailed on Twitter
As Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid bid adieu to cricket's slam-bang format, the cricket community took to social networking site Twitter to express admiration for the two icons.
Haven't planned about my second innings: Dravid
He has been the finest ambassador for India in the traditional form of the game and Rahul Dravid, after calling time on his cricket career, remained true to his first love -- Test cricket.
October 07, 2013All dreams have been accomplished now, says Tendulkar
The veteran batsman said winning the Indian Premier League and Champions League T20 made him feel that he has accomplished his dreams.
Vote: Rahul Dravid's BEST Test knock!
As Rahul Dravid signs off from all forms of cricket we take a look at some of his best Test knocks. Take the poll at the end of this slide show and tells us which was the best.
Depleted Australia confident of upsetting World champions India
Australia may be depleted because of injuries to key players, but they will draw inspiration from their good record in India over the last decade in the upcoming ODI series.
'Watson in line to succeed Dravid as Royals' captain'
Rajasthan Royals' chief coach Paddy Upton has backed Australian all-rounder Shane Watson to succeed the just-retired Rahul Dravid as captain. He says the franchise would want to retain the former India skipper in some capacity.
PHOTOS: Fitting farewell to the legend Sachin Tendulkar!
Mumbai Indians gave a fitting farewell to Sachin Tendulkar's T20 career.
Bhajji turned the game Mumbai's way, says Dravid
It was Rajasthan Royals skipper Rahul Dravid's last hurrah in competitive cricket and he would have loved a different outcome.
CLT20 PHOTOS: Mumbai Indians ensure Tendulkar a fitting farewell
Images from the Champions League T20 final between Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals at the Ferozshah Kotla on Sunday.
October 06, 2013Australia's India tour meaningless, won't help team morale: Chappell
Former Australia skipper Ian Chappel made known his frustration against Cricket Australia for agreeing to play the upcoming ODI series against India.
In final T20 outing, Tendulkar, Dravid join mutual admiration club
Playing for one last time in a cricket match, in opposing teams in the Champions League Twenty20 summit clash in New Delhi on Sunday, Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid heaped encomiums on each other with the latter saying that his long time former India teammate had inspired him to strive for excellence in the game.
PHOTOS: Mumbai Indians rout Trinidad to set up CLT20 final against Rajasthan
Riding on Dwayne Smith's quickfire half-century, Mumbai Indians outclassed Trinidad and Tobago by six wickets in the second semi-final of the Champions League T20 in Delhi, on Saturday.
October 05, 2013Another record for Tendulkar as he scales 50,000-run mark in cricket
Senior batsman Sachin Tendulkar on Saturday reached another coveted landmark by completing an astounding 50,000 runs in competitive cricket across all formats.
Our batsmen lacked calmness in run chase: Fleming
Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming has attributed his side's 14-run defeat against Rajasthan Royals in the Champions League Twenty20 semi-finals to the batting failure and conceded that his batsmen got panicked in their run chase.
India series is massive for us: Haddin
Well aware of the massive challenge that awaits them in the upcoming ODI series in India, Australian vice-captain Brad Haddin said his team will have to guard against the fear of losing in the rubber that would decide the world number one.
Wright counting on Tendulkar's experience in semis vs T&T
Mumbai Indians coach John Wright feels Sachin Tendulkar's experience of playing on the slow and turning Feroze Shah Kotla track will play a crucial role in Saturday's Champions League T20 semi-final against Trinidad and Tobago.
Dravid hails Tambe's showing, says Royals a great unit
Rajasthan Royals skipper Rahul Dravid was all praise for leg-spinner Pravin Tambe after making it to the final of Champions League T20 on Friday night.
CLT20 PHOTOS: Rajasthan beat Chennai by 14 runs to enter final
Images from the first Champions League T20 semi-final between Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings, at the Sawai Mansingh stadium, in Jaipur, on Friday.
October 04, 2013Strife-torn Afghanistan find succour in cricket team's success
Strife-torn Afghanistan qualified for its maiden ICC World Cup after beating Kenya by seven wickets to finish second in the World Cricket League Championship in Sharjah, on Friday.
CLT20: Will Mumbai Indians make Trinidad dance to their tune in semis?
Two aggressive and in-form teams clash in a battle of equals when Mumbai Indians face-off against West Indies outfit Trinidad and Tobago in the second semi-final of the Champions League Twenty20, in New Delhi, on Saturday.
Fit Graeme Smith ready for Pakistan 'desert' challenge
South African Test captain Graeme Smith has reportedly completed his first competitive outing since May in a warm-up match between Indian side Madhya Pradesh and Proteas domestic side Cape Cobras at Newlands.
October 03, 2013Reports about Tendulkar being asked to retire absurd: BCCI
Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Sanjay Patel rubbished reports that Sachin Tendulkar has been asked to retire after his 200th Test, saying it is up to the senior batsman to decide on his future.
'Want to see Sachin Tendulkar play forever'
Australian speedster Nathan Coulter-Nile is in awe of Sachin Tendulkar and does not want the senior India batsman to retire from the game.
CLT20: Complacent Chennai would have loved to play Mumbai in semis
The former New Zealand ace said that CSK would have loved to play Mumbai Indians in the semi-finals of the Champions League T20 after crumbling to an eight-wicket defeat against Trinidad and Tobago in their last league game in New Delhi.
Lara rates Tendulkar's 241 at Sydney as one of his best knocks
'I am not really concerned about Tendulkar's form'
Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma is not at all worried about Sachin Tendulkar's ongoing bad patch in the Champions League Twenty20 and wants the senior batsman to deliver a winning knock in their likely
MS Dhoni's Ranchi run-riot best effort of CLT20's group phase
The Champions League T20 is in its final week, and as we approach the business end of the tournament it is time to look back at some of the best displays in the last two weeks. We take a look the individual batting efforts that stand out.
October 02, 2013CLT20 PHOTOS: Trinidad thrash Chennai, to face Mumbai in semis
Images from the Champions League T20 Group B match between Chennai Super Kings and Trinidad and Tobago at Ferozshah Kotla on Wednesday.
CLT20 PHOTOS: Mumbai crush Perth to storm into semi-finals
Images from the Champions League T20 match between Mumbai Indians and Perth Scorchers in Delhi, on Wednesday.
Important that you play in spirit of the game, says Dravid
Former captain Rahul Dravid says the spirit of the game has become more "relevant and important" in the wake of the Indian Premier League spot-fixing scandal that plunged Indian cricket into a credibility crisis.
World Cup trophy will remain in subcontinent: Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar believes defending champions India are favourites to retain the ICC Cricket World Cup title in 2015 and exuded confidence that the trophy will remain in the subcontinent.
'Would like to see India, Pakistan play more regularly'
Pakistan's spin duo Saeed Ajmal and Abdul Rehman have called for restoration of bilateral cricket ties with India.
Despite uncertainty, Kohli wants team to be prepared for SA tour
Amid the cloud of uncertainty that hovers over India's tour of South Africa, batting mainstay Virat Kohli said the upcoming rubber is important as it will "set the standards for this young" national cricket team.
October 01, 2013CLT20 PHOTOS: Hodge helps Royals retain unbeaten record in Jaipur
Images from the Champions League T20 match between Rajasthan Royals and Otago Volts in Jaipur, on Tuesday.
MCA objects to matches being directly allotted to CCI
The long-standing tussle between the Mumbai Cricket Association and Cricket Club of India, both affiliated units of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, came to the fore at last Sunday's Annual General Meeting of the Board following a suggestion to allot international matches directly to CCI.
Mumbai Indians need big win against Perth to qualify for CLT20 semis
Mumbai Indians will have to engage in a must win situation to seal the semi-final berth for the Champions League Twenty20.
CLT20: Will Trinidad beat Chennai and book semis berth?
With an eye on the semi-final berth, a resurgent Trinidad and Tobago face an uphill task of taming a rampaging Chennai Super Kings when they meet in their Champions League Twenty20 encounter in New Delhi on Wednesday.
Former captains 'concerned' over future of Test cricket
A group of legendary Test captains, including former Indian stalwart Sunil Gavaskar, has expressed their concerns over the future of Test cricket.
Back injury puts Australia captain Clarke out of India tour
Australia cricket captain Michael Clarke will miss the limited-overs tour of India after failing to recover in time from a chronic back injury.
Gurunath runs the CSK team, says Hussey
BCCI president N Srinivasan has distanced himself from his son-in-law and Chennai Super Kings Team Principal Gurunath Meiyappan following the IPL spot-fixing and betting scandal. But, actually, it was the latter who called the shots in the team, says Mike Hussey.
Yuvraj forces way back, but no place for other seniors in ODI team
As expected, Yuvraj Singh returned to India's squad for the One-day series against Australia following impressive performances in recent outings for India 'A' against West Indies 'A' and India Blue in the Challenger series.
I realised if I have to play for India again I have to be fit: Yuvraj
India's hero of many a triumph tells it is always special to play for India again, but it is something he's worked hard for.
September 30, 2013'Hope Srinivasan will take measures to restore the BCCI's image'
Haresh Pandya speaks exclusively with former BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah a day after N Srinivasan was re-elected unopposed for a third term at the board's 84th Annual General Meeting in Chennai.
Closely knit Rajasthan Royals are more than a team
The unsavoury episode has cast a dark shadow over the Indian Premier League, and dented the Royals' image badly.
CLT20 standard is better than Big Bash: Katich
Perth Scorchers' campaign has ended in the Champions League Twenty20 but the Aussie ace Simon Katich is impressed.
PHOTOS: Dravid's magic continues as Rajasthan storm into CLT20 semis
Rajasthan Royals led by Kevon Cooper's superb performance with the ball crushed Perth Scorchers by a convincing nine-wicket margin to storm into the semi-finals of the Champions League T20, in Jaipur, on Sunday.
September 29, 2013I was under pressure in Super Over: Neesham
His all-round performance gave Otago a thrilling win over Lions but New Zealand's James Neesham admitted he was under pressure after being hit for boundaries in the Super Over in their Champions League Twenty20 match in Jaipur.
CLT20 PHOTOS: De Kock hits ton for Lions but Otago win in Super Over
Images from the Champions League T20 match between Highveld Lions and Otago Volts in Jaipur, on Sunday.
Srinivasan leaves former BCCI chief Dalmiya out in the cold
He had bailed out N Srinivasan at his most critical juncture but former ICC and BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya has been left in the lurch if the various sub-committees formed at BCCI's Annual General Meeting on Sunday is any indication.
Yuvraj set for comeback for Australia series
Yuvraj Singh is all set to make a comeback into India's limited overs squad following some good performances when the selectors meet on Monday in Chennai to decide on the team for the lone T20 International as well as the first three ODIs.
Important to keep the winning momentum: Hussey
Hussesy has said his side would look to keep the winning momentum going after sailing through the semifinals of the Champions League Twenty20 with a clinical eight-wicket win over Brisbane Heat.
September 28, 2013CLT20 PHOTOS: Chennai Super Kings continue their winning streak
Images from Match No.13 of the Champions League T20 between Chennai Super Kings and Brisbane Heat at the JSCA stadium in Ranchi on Saturday.
CLT20 PHOTOS: Davids, Rudolph help Titans ease past Sunrisers
Images from Match No.12 of the Champions League T20 between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Titans at the JSCA stadium in Ranchi on Saturday.
CLT20: Resilient Royals eager to continue their winning streak
Rajasthan Royals will look to continue their winning streak and inch closer to a place in the semifinal when they take on lowly Perth Scorchers in a Group 'A' match of the Champions league Twenty20 in Jaipur on Sunday.
Smith's sizzling innings help Mumbai Indians bounce back
Mumbai Indians opener Dwayne Smith played a stellar role with his unbeaten half century to keep his team in contention for a Champions League Twenty20 semifinal berth with a win over Lions.
CLT20 PHOTOS: Smith, Pollard help Mumbai register emphatic win
Images from Match No.11 of the Champions League T20 between Mumbai Indians and Highveld Lions at the Sawi Mansingh stadium in Jaipur on Friday.
September 27, 2013CLT20: Formidable CSK looking to seal semis berth against Brisbane
The MS Dhoni-led CSK is on top of Group 'B' and will eye a hat-trick of victories and seal a semi-final spot when they square off against Brisbane Heats of Australia in Ranchi on Saturday.
CLT20: Twitter abuzz after Dhoni's 'Dhamaka'
The internet was abuzz after Mahendra Singh Dhoni's blitzkrieg against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Champions League Twenty20 game in Ranchi on Thursday.
CLT20: 'Dhana-dhan' Dhoni likes to share the credit for team win!
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is never shy of credit where it is due. And, the Chennai Super Kings skipper showered big praise on teammates Suresh Raina (84 off 57) and S Badrinath (13 off 18) despite his own awe-inspiring performance in their Champions League Twenty20 match against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Ranchi on Thursday.
After IPL, Gayle keen to leave his mark on India Tests
Chris Gayle has a huge fan following in India courtesy of his exploits in the Indian Premier League. Now he is hoping to replicate that success in the upcoming Test series in India next month.
September 26, 2013Mumbai skipper Rohit exudes confidence ahead of must-win Lions game
It may have got tricky for Mumbai Indians after one defeat and a washout, but skipper Rohit Sharma is still very optimistic about his side's prospects in the Champions League Twenty20.
CLT20: Age no barrier for Tambe's success!
Leg-spinner Pravin Tambe, whose superb effort of four for 15 was instrumental in Rajasthan Royals' 30-run win over Highveld Lions, said he used variations and concentrated on bowling wicket to wicket.
CLT20: Kanga League player Tambe inspires Dravid & Co
Rajasthan Royals skipper Rahul Dravid couldn't hide his glee. After all the Rajasthan Royals' 30-run win over Highveld Lions in the Champions League T20 in Jaipur on Wednesday was scripted by an inspirational teammate.
September 25, 2013CLT20 PHOTOS: Hodge, Tambe help Rajasthan Royals seal emphatic win
Images from the Champions League T20 match between Rajasthan Royals and Highveld Lions at the Sawai Mansingh stadium in Jaipur on Wednesday.
CLT20 PHOTOS: Broom's century propels Otago to big win over Perth
Images from the Champions League T20 match between Otago Volts and Perth Scorchers in Jaipur on Wednesday.
Lalit Modi's roller-coaster stint in Indian cricket ends
Astute, ruthlessly ambitious, and the one who aimed for the sky, Lalit Modi's eventful stint in Indian cricket firmament, with its innumerable ups and downs, truly defines the age-old saying 'life is a roller-coaster'.
CLT20 Preview: CSK favourites against Sunrisers
Chennai Super Kings has always been the team but beat in the IPL. But they failed to carry their form in the Champions League T20.
Perera's splendid show amazes skipper Shikhar Dhawan
Thisara Perera likes to handle pressure situations and he just showed how! His heroic powered Sunrisers Hyderabad to a four-wicket win over Trinidad and Tobago.
CLT20 PHOTOS: Perera's blast helps Sunrisers sink Trinidad
Images from the Champions League T20 match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Trinidad and Tobago at Mohali on Tuesday.
September 24, 2013CLT20: Will Dravid's Rajasthan Royals tame Highveld Lions?
Following a morale-boosting victory against Mumbai Indians in their opening encounter, Rajasthan Royals will look to double their joy when they take on Highveld Lions in a group A league match of the Champions League Twenty20 tournament in Jaipur on Wednesday.
Steyn wants India to tour SA, eyes battle with Dhawan
Dale Steyn does not want the stand-off between the BCCI and CSA to result in a curtailed series between India and South Africa later this year as the speedster says the two teams share a "great cricketing rivalry".
September 23, 2013Dhoni goes mohawk! Do you like his new look?
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has done it again! The dashing batsmen unleashed his Mohawk haircut during Chennai Super Kings' Champions League T20 match against Titans in Ranchi on Sunday.
Raina lauds a complete team effort in Chennai win
Chennai Super Kings batsman Suresh Raina applauded his team's batting for a great start and an equally good finish as it overhauled 185 runs scored by Titans in their Champions League Twenty20 tie in Ranchi.
CLT20 PHOTOS: Pleased Dhoni lavishes praise on batsmen
Dhoni praised Suresh Raina and Mike Hussey for setting up Chennai Super Kings' comfortable four-wicket win over the Titans in a high-scoring Champions League Twenty20 match in Ranchi on Sunday night.
September 22, 2013'Professional Royals have moved on from spot-fixing'
The shadow of IPL spot-fixing might still be looming large but Rajasthan Royals skipper Rahul Dravid feels his team has "moved on."
CLT20: Jolted Mumbai Indians up against qualifiers Otago
The Mumbai outfit faces yet another formidable challenge in the form of Otago Volts -- in-form qualifiers from New Zealand in their second game of the Champions League Twenty20 in Ahmedabad on Monday.
Lack of big stars not a problem for Dravid's Royals
The Rajasthan Royals proved yet again that they are unbeatable at their home ground in their opening Champions League Twenty20 match.
September 21, 2013CLT20 PHOTOS: Samson, Malik lift Rajasthan to victory over Mumbai
Images from the Champions League T20 match between Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur, on Saturday.
Neither am I disqualified nor can you push me out: Srinivasan
Under-fire BCCI president N Srinivasan on Saturday continued to remain defiant by stating that no one could stop him from seeking an year's extension in the upcoming annual general meeting despite the chargesheet against his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan for betting during the Indian Premier League.
Depleted sides T&T and Brisbane Heat square off in CLT20
Taking part in the tournament without three of their star players, Caribbean champions and 2009 edition finalists Trinidad and Tobago will open their Champions League Twenty20 campaign against another depleted Australian side Brisbane Heat in Ranchi.
September 20, 2013CLT20 PHOTOS: McCullum blasts Otago to easy victory over Hyderabad
Images from the Champions League T20 match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Otago Volts in Mohali, on Friday.
CLT20 PHOTOS: Misbah's 93 helps Faisalabad sign off with a win
Images from the CLT20 match played between Faisalabad Wolves and Kandurata Maroons in Mohali on Friday.
CLT20: Rajasthan face uphill task against Mumbai in opener
Desperate to exorcise the ghosts of
'Sachin is a great player but the match is more important'
The Champions League Twenty20 is all set to be Sachin Tendulkar's swansong as a Mumbai Indians player but Rajasthan Royals captain Rahul Dravid feels it still doesn't make their opening clash on September 21 any special.
Ganguly says Team India middle-order must have Yuvraj
Delighted to see Yuvraj Singh regain his silken touch, former India captain Sourav Ganguly said the stylish left-hand batsman deserves a comeback into the national team.
We want to play good cricket for Sachin: Rohit
With Sachin Tendulkar set to appear in his final Champions League T20, Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma said the team will put its best foot forward in its quest to win the tournament for the veteran batsman.
September 19, 2013Shikhar is going to blossom every single game he plays: Moody
Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Tom
Hurley confirms break up; Warne not throwing in the towel
Legendary Australian cricketer Shane Warne and British actress Elizabeth Hurley have called it quits. But it seems Warne is not over her yet.
'I would certainly like to go and continue to play in India'
Hoping that he will recover from
'For God's sake, let Sachin Tendulkar decide on his retirement'
Amid speculation over Sachin
'I'd to use Mishra better this time and he responded very well'
Sunrisers Hyderabad captain Shikhar
September 18, 2013CLT20 PHOTOS: Dhawan hits fifty as Hyderabad crush Faisalabad
Images from the Qualifier 4 match of the Champions League T20 in Mohali, on Wednesday.
CLT20 PHOTOS: Ten Doeschate blitz gives Otago easy win over Kandurata
Images from the Champions League T20 qualifying match between Otago Volts and Kandurata Maroons in Mohali, on Wednesday.
I haven't met Tendulkar for the last 10 months, says Patil
Speculation is rife that the two-Test series against the West Indies could be Sachin Tendulkar's Swansong, but chief selector Sandeep Patil says he hasn't discussed with the senior cricketer his future plans for close to a year.
It was a totally a new experience for me as a captain: Dhawan
His batting was flawless as he led
September 17, 2013CLT20 PHOTOS: Dhawan, Parthiv lift Sunrisers to easy victory
Images from the Champions League T20 qualifying match between Sunrisers Hyderabad Kandurata Maroons, in Mohali, on Tuesday.
CLT2O PHOTOS: McCullum fires fifty as Volts strike down Wolves
Images from the CLT20 match between Faisalabad Wolves and Otago Volts in Mohali on Tuesday.
ICC ODI rankings: Jadeja leads bowling list; Kohli 4th best bat
Ravindra Jadeja continues to jointly head the bowlers' list, while Virat Kohli is the
'I'm totally focussed on doing well for Mumbai Indians in CLT20'
Deprived of a place in the India
CLT20: Mumbai Indians favourite? Check out how the teams measure up
IPL champions Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings are the teams to beat, especially in home conditions, but they can expect a stiff challenge from the likes of South Africa's T20 champions Highveld Lions and Australia's T20 winners Brisbane Heat.
September 16, 2013CLT20: Faisalabad Wolves hope cubs come to the party
The Champions League Twenty20 enters its fourth season with the qualifying matches commencing in Mohali on Tuesday.
India 'A' hoping captain Yuvraj fires again vs Windies
High on confidence after their comprehensive win in the opening match, India 'A' would look to seal the three-match unofficial ODI series against West Indies 'A' in the second game at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, on Tuesday.
'Success of the team is more important than individual efforts'
Out-of-favour India opener Virender Sehwag feels that team's success is "more important" than individual feats of players.
'Captaincy is a new challenge and I am looking forward to it'
Shikhar Dhawan is glad that he could fight the initial jitters
'Fact is people of both the countries enjoy Indo-Pak cricket'
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq has hoped India's decision to allow local team Faisalabad to play on Indian soil will open up more cricket opportunities between the two nations.
Working on batting, weight in off-season has paid off: Yuvraj
Yuvraj Singh, who smashed a blistering century against West Indies A on Sunday, said his knock was very satisfying as it came against a high quality West Indies attack.
'Feel sorry for Sreesanth, a sheer waste of talent'
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly
September 15, 2013Misbah receives flak for 'stale captaincy' after loss to Zimbabwe
Pakistan's captain Misbah-ul-Haq and his players came under fire after losing the second Test to Zimbabwe on Saturday and dropping to sixth in the International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings.
September 14, 2013Australia's McKay takes hat-trick against England in 4th ODI
Australia fast bowler Clint McKay became only the fifth Australian to take a hat-trick in one-day internationals after he completed the feat in the fourth one-day international against England in Cardiff on Saturday.
'Tendulkar has been synonymous with Mumbai Indians from the start'
The upcoming Champions League
September 13, 2013Sreesanth, Chavan and Chandila guilty in IPL fixing scam: reports
BCCI Anti-Corruption Unit chief Ravi Sawani has reportedly held S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan guilty in his investigative report on the Indian Premier League spot-fixing scandal.
Ideal for Sachin to play farewell Test against Pakistan in Kolkata: Akram
Pakistan bowling great Wasim Akram said he hoped Indian batting great Sachin Tendulkar would play his final Test farewell against Pakistan in Kolkata, AFP reported on Thursday.
September 12, 2013In-form Rohit Sharma optimistic of Test debut against touring Windies
He is often labelled as a batsman who has failed to realise his potential. Rohit Sharma, however, is not bothered. Instead, he is confident of getting the Test call when the West Indies tour India in November.
PHOTOS: Dhoni turns mechanic to get his first bike in shape
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is making most a break from cricket. Back home in Ranchi he has embarked on a mission: to get his first bike in working condition.
'Dhoni may not be as good looking as Imran but has the qualities'
Shoaib Akhtar has said that Indian cricket has progressed not because of the IPL, but because of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and has advised PCB to focus on the team instead of running after the BCCI for normalising cricket ties.
'Young English players are in awe of Pietersen's personality'
Kevin Pietersen is setting a
September 11, 2013'Tendulkar still has hunger for cricket'
Amid speculation on Sachin Tendulkar's retirement, former Test opener Chetan Chauhan says the batting icon does not need to be told when to call it a day.
I am mentally stronger now and worked on my shot selection: Dhawan
Having given ample demonstration of his appetite for notching up big scores, India's batting sensation Shikhar Dhawan on Tuesday said he has become mentally strong, and that his shot selection has got better in the past one year.
September 08, 2013Tendulkar tells media: Don't make comparisons, let Arjun have his own identity
Sachin Tendulkar's son, Arjun is a budding cricketer. His performances have been watched closely by the media.
Test rankings: Pujara slips to seventh; Ashwin still among top-10 Test bowlers
Cheteshwar Pujara stayed in the top-10 list in the latest ICC Test Rankings issued on Sunday.
Focus is on variations, not on speed: Bhuvneshwar
Working hard on his form and fitness to prepare for the hectic international schedule, pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar said he is not worried about losing pace and focussed on improving his line and length.
September 07, 2013I have matured a lot as a bowler: Ishant
Ishant Sharma feels the introduction of two new white balls from both ends in ODIs is a boon for pacers. The lanky bowler partly attributes his recent success in the 50-over format to the latest rule change.
September 06, 2013Shastri slams DRS, says it's against spirit of the game
Former India all-rounder Ravi Shastri threw his weight firmly behind the Board of Control for Cricket in India's refusal to accept the Decision Review System while also dismissing the conflict of interest charge against board president N Srinivasan, saying it is in all walks of life.
Vote: Tendulkar's 200th Test in Kolkata or Mumbai?
Vote: Tendulkar's 200th Test in Kolkata or Mumbai?
September 05, 2013'Tendulkar should get to play in Mumbai on emotional grounds'
Amid the pitched battle over hosting Sachin Tendulkar's 200th Test, former India captain Sourav
September 04, 2013Tendulkar says he is in no rush to retire from cricket
Even as speculation grows that Sachin Tendulkar may quit the game after playing his 200th Test, the senior India batsman says he is in no rush to announce his retirement from international cricket.
I follow Graeme Swann; I am inspired by him: Rasool
The 24-year-old Jammu and Kashmir all-rounder talks about his journey, his selection and areas he needs to improve on as a cricketer.
Australia's Ahmed victim of racism over refusal to sport beer logo
Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland has lashed out at 'racist comments' directed at Muslim Fawad Ahmed after the leg-spinner asked to be exempted from wearing a kit displaying the logo of beer brand Victoria Bitter.
India will witness Sachin's 200th Test; Windies to tour in Nov
Here is some good news for Sachin Tendulkar fans. They will get to watch their cricketing hero play his milestone 200th Test at home.
'I always knew Kohli would turn into a great player'
Former India coach Gary Kirsten always had the belief that the immensely-talented Virat Kohli will grow into a 'great cricketer'. The South African considers himself fortunate to have been a part of that process.
September 03, 2013Kirsten returns to India; this time with Delhi Daredevils
Former India coach Gary Kirsten has been named chief coach of Delhi Daredevils for the seventh season of the Indian Premier League.
September 02, 2013Will KL Rahul be the next Dravid?
The 21-year-old from Karnataka has not only captured the attention of eminent coaches in his state, but even the great Rahul Dravid.
September 01, 2013ODI rankings: India continues its reign; Kohli, MSD among top-ten batsmen
India have retained their top position in the ICC ODI team rankings table while Virat Kohli remained the highest-ranked Indian batsman at the fourth spot in the latest list issued on Sunday.
Will Tendulkar get to play his 200th Test at home?
Sachin Tendulkar is all set to play his 200th Test match on home soil with the BCCI trying to squeeze in a series against the West Indies ahead of the year-end tour of South Africa.
Dalmiya to remain BCCI interim chief till next AGM
Fearing legal repercussions, N Srinivasan refrained from staging a comeback as Board of Control for Cricket in India president but attended the Board's working committee meeting which decided to have its crucial Annual General Meeting on September 29 in Chennai.
Zaheer should be picked for tour to South Africa: Sandhu
Former India seamer and Mumbai coach Balwinder Singh Sandhu feels that veteran pacer Zaheer Khan should be picked for India's tour of South Africa later this year as his years of experience at the international level would come in handy.
Tendulkar's presence in Indian side is important: Cairns
Former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns said that Sachin Tendulkar should continue playing Test cricket for another year to groom Virat Kohli as a leader and other youngsters.
August 31, 2013I am looking forward to the Champions League: Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar has started batting in the nets and is looking
Stats: Finch, Gayle dominate T20 batting records
Aaron Finch scored 156 off just 63 balls against England to set a new World record for the highest individual innings in Twenty20 internationals. The record for the highest score in T20s, though, belongs to Chris Gayle, who slammed 175 not out for Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 6.
August 30, 2013CLT20 team switch will cost Sangakkara $140,000
A furious Kumar Sangakkara has lashed out at the Sri Lankan cricket board (SLC) when questions were raised over his loyalty to country.
Why Indians walk away from county cricket...
India's obsession with Socialism since Independence and thereby a tendency to play safe has resulted in a generation of no risk-takers especially in cricket, feels .
PHOTOS: Aaron Finch's T20 record 156 off 63 balls
Record-breaking batsman Aaron Finch thinks a first win in any format in six months will give Australia a huge dose of much-needed confidence after the disappointment of the Ashes defeat.
'Ishwar Pandey the find of India 'A' tour of South Africa'
India 'A' coach Lalchand Rajput says pacer Ishwar Pandey was the find of the South Africa tour and many young players from that squad stand a good chance being selected for the senior team which will travel there later this year.
August 29, 2013Will Broad be strong enough to handle the tsunami of abuse?
Less than a week after England sealed a 3-0 Ashes win, Australians are turning their attention to the return visit of Alastair Cook's side by painting fast bowler Stuart Broad as a cartoon villain.
To get through four Tests and perform was good: Ryan Harris
Flush from bowling in four successive Tests for the first time in his career, Australia paceman Ryan Harris is not about to let the small matter of a sore hamstring stop him from playing.
August 28, 2013England's 'one-sided' Ashes victory not worth celebrating
The English media has claimed that the current Ashes victory was not worth a lot of celebration since England won the Ashes in the most convincing fashion even as their Australia counterparts believe it is good for the game.
August 27, 2013England is a force to be reckoned with, asserts Alastair Cook
England captain Alastair Cook has warned Australia that they will be a tough team to beat in the return Ashes later this year.
Lehmann says he will learn from Broad attack
Australia coach Darren Lehmann says he will learn from the controversy he caused by calling England bowler Stuart Broad a cheat.
August 26, 2013PHOTOS: England's cricketers party with fans after Ashes win
It was a cracking day of cricket at the Oval on Sunday. And the England cricket team Fans had a great time.
England coach Flower asks ICC to change light rules
England coach Andy Flower has called on the International Cricket Council (ICC) to change the regulations regarding bad light after his side narrowly missed out on a dramatic victory in the final Ashes Test on Sunday.
England cricketers urinate on Oval pitch to celebrate Ashes triumph
Around 11.30pm, several players including Stuart Broad and Kevin Pietersen took it in turns to get up from where they were sitting and wander over to relieve themselves on the pitch, Australian newspaper The Age reported on Monday.
Will elections shift the IPL out of India, like it did in 2009?
Does anyone know what the final itinerary for India's South African tour is, asks Faisal Shariff. Or whether India will play five Tests in England next year. Or whether elections will move the IPL out of India.
'The way we played in the last three Tests gives us confidence'
Michael Clarke insists Australia's defiant effort in the drawn fifth Test against England proves they are ready to mount a strong challenge to regain the Ashes.
Clarke's warning to umpire Dar ends bitter Ashes for Australia
Michael Clarke told umpire
Battered Australia have a few positives ahead of return Ashes leg
Michael Clarke's team, says Bikash Mohapatra, may have lost the Ashes 0-3, but did enough to ensure England will have a lot to worry about in three months' time.
Australia's top performers in Ashes: Clarke leads from the front
Australia might have surrendered the urn for a third successive time but by putting up a fight in four of the five Tests, they managed to restore some credibility. We take a look at a few players who made the most significant contribution to the Australian cause in England.
'Proud' Alastair 'privileged' to Cook up winning recipe with Eng teammates
What is the feeling that can engulf a captain of an Ashes series who has just won the contest? Pride, you may say! And this is exactly how Alastair Cook felt after England reclaimed the famous urn at the Oval on Sunday.
England's best in Ashes: Ian Bell leads the way
England had more of such 'impact' players and that explains why they retained the urn for a third straight time, winning the five-match series 3-0, despite being way below their best. Here's a look at the top performers for England in the series.
August 25, 2013PHOTOS: England win Ashes series
Images from Day five of the fifth Ashes Test played at the Oval in London on Sunday.
Flower to step down after return Ashes series in Australia
England team director Andy Flower will reportedly step down from his post after the end of the return Ashes series starting in November in Australia.
Everyone has to work hard to find a place in team: Yuvraj
Eyeing an international comeback after falling out of favour due to poor form, Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh said his passion for the game has kept him motivated.
August 24, 2013Rain washes out fourth day of fifth Ashes Test
The fourth day's play in the fifth and final Ashes Test between England and Australia was abandoned due to rain at The Oval on Saturday.
'With or without me, India should select best eleven'
He firmly believes that a team can't be selected on the basis of past laurels, but Yuvraj Singh, in his inimitable manner, reminded everyone that the contribution of senior Indian players can't be forgotten easily.
August 23, 2013Ashes PHOTOS: England struggle despite Pietersen fifty
Images from Day 3 of the fifth Ashes Test at the Oval on Friday.
Inzamam backs former teammate and 'a man of integrity' Kaneria
Tainted former Pakistan spinner Danish Kaneria has suddenly started receiving support from all quarters of Pakistan's cricket fraternity.
'My strength is to bowl consistently fast'
Regarded as the fastest Indian bowler, young Umesh Yadav reckons that he has been selected in the team for "sheer pace" and will never ever compromise on speed for anything else.
August 22, 2013Ashes PHOTOS: Steven Smith puts Australia in control at The Oval
Images from Day 2 of the second Ashes Test between Australia and England in London, on Thursday.
Wasim Akram's new wife learning Urdu
Pakistani pace legend Wasim Akram has revealed that his newly-wedded Australian wife has converted to Islam and is learning Urdu.
Of Fletcher's tips to Unadkat, CD of 'SD-248' and biryani
Team India coach Duncan Feltcher is so impressed with left-arm seamer Jaydev Unadkat that he believes the Saurashtra pacer can achieve greater heights.
August 21, 2013Ashes PICS: Watson shows the way with a dominating ton at Oval
Images from Day 1 of the fifth and final Ashes Test between England and Australia in London, on Wednesday.
Lehmann asks Aussie fans to make Broad cry for 'blatant cheating'
Australia coach Darren Lehmann has accused England's Stuart Broad of "blatant cheating" and called on fans to send the fast bowler home from the return Ashes series in tears.
To win a Test for England is a big enough motivation: Cook
England have a great motivation to create history in this week's fifth and final Ashes Test against Australia at The Oval, captain Alastair Cook has said.
Should Pakistan's Faisalabad Wolves be allowed to play in CLT20 in India?
In view of Pakistan supporting such acts of terror, would it be right to ban Faisalabad Wolves from participating in next month's CLT20? Surely, it will send across a stern message to the Pakistan authorities. Or, should sporting ties be kept out of the equation in such a scenario?
Kallis eyeing one last shot at World Cup glory
South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis is ready to return to the One-Day International side for a last shot at winning the 50-over World Cup.
August 20, 2013Dravid calls for open approach to day-night Tests. Your views?
Supporters of day-night Test cricket have found a new voice in Rahul Dravid.
'Sachin Tendulkar's comments were blown out of proportion'
Former India captain
August 19, 2013Dhoni won't select his dream team, ever!
Many former cricketers have named their best-ever Indian teams, but captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is against the practice. He says "one should respect every individual who has played for the country".
'Gambhir, Yuvraj can still make a comeback to Indian team'
Former captain Sourav Ganguly says the likes of Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh and Zaheer Khan can still make a comeback to India's national team but they need to be 'hungry' for that.
August 18, 2013Imran best all-rounder of my era: Hadlee
Former New Zealand all-rounder Sir Richard Hadlee has voted Pakistan's Imran Khan as the best all-rounder of his era, calling him a complete package in the celebrated '80s quartet, which included himself, Kapil Dev and Ian Botham.
Sachin, Sourav in war of words over T20's impact!
Twenty20 excites all. And the legendary Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar had also endorsed this shorter version of the game.
August 17, 2013I have lost my guru and dear friend, says Kapil Dev
Legendary cricketer Kapil Dev on Saturday turned emotional at the demise of his coach and Dronacharya awardee Desh Prem Azad, saying he has lost his guru and a dear friend.
August 16, 2013Cricket Australia changes rules to lure back 'overseas' players
Sydney-born Robson, 24, is the leading run-scorer in the English County Championship this season with Middlesex and the focus of an 'Ashes-themed tug of war'.
Meet the first woman to play cricket alongside men in UK league!
Cricketer Chloe Wallwork has become the first woman to play alongside men in 125 years in Lancashire's oldest league, the Bolton Association.
August 15, 2013'We won the 1983 World Cup but West Indies were the better side'
He can walk into any Indian
August 14, 2013Asif confesses to spot-fixing, ready to help ICC fight corruption
Disgraced Pakistan pacer Mohammad Asif has publicly confessed to his role in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal during the Lord's Test and tendered an unconditional apology to the countrymen for his actions.
'Alastair Cook's captaincy has been excellent'
England coach Andy Flower is not willing to experiment with his line-up too much for next week's final Ashes Test against Australia even though the hosts have already wrapped up the five-match series 3-0.
Dhawan, Jadeja top India's ODI charts
Check out which Indian batsman and bowler is doing doing well in One-Day Internationals in 2013.
Lehmann slams Aus players, says careers on the line
Australia's batsmen are playing for their careers after another dramatic Ashes collapse, coach Darren Lehmann said.
'We're going to get greedy and try to win the Oval Test as well'
Captain Alastair Cook will not let England rest on their laurels after snatching victory from the jaws of defeat in the fourth test and he wants to end the Ashes series in style next week.
August 13, 2013Back after training in France, Yuvraj, Zaheer eye comeback
Out of favour India cricketers Yuvraj Singh and Zaheer Khan have returned from an intense six-week long overseas training camp to get their form and fitness back in order to regain their spots in the national squad.
Ashes: Deconstructing the Australian collapse at Durham
Australia needed 299 to win the fourth Test at Chester-le-Street in Durham and the visitors were well-placed at 147 for one on the fourth day.
'Unfortunately, my knock didn't come live on the television'
He might have missed out on the
'Michael Clarke's side has conjured up one shameful collapse'
The Australian media has labelled as "humiliating" the dramatic batting collapse that cost the country's cricketers a chance to win the fourth Ashes Test against England.
'I only made 27 runs in the Durham Test and that's unacceptable'
Captain Michael Clarke pointed the finger at his own batting failures after Australia threw away a winning position to lose the fourth Ashes Test to England by 74 runs on Monday.
'Just thought about bowling dot balls and building pressure'
England hero Stuart Broad said a pep talk involving him and Tim Bresnan paved the way for the home team's thrilling 74-run victory over Australia in the fourth Ashes Test on Monday.
August 12, 2013PHOTOS: England win Ashes outright after fourth Test triumph
Images from Day 4 of the fourth Ashes Test between England and Australia in Durham, on Monday.
'Double ton will boost Shikhar's confidence during SA tour'
Shikhar Dhawan's amazing double century against South Africa 'A' will stand the opener in good stead when India tour that country later this year, his childhood coach Madan Sharma said.
Drooping umpiring standards alarming: Taufel
ICC Umpire Performance and Training Manager Simon Taufel has said that the current structure of cricket's Panel of Elite Umpires is in need of urgent review after the fourth Ashes Test at Durham was also hit by controversy surrounding umpiring decisions.
'Peaceful' Shaun Tait is engaged to Mumbai model Mashoom
Australian bowler Shaun Tait was bowled over by Indian beauty Mashoom Singha.
'Inzy's petulance was instrumental in Oval Gate fiasco'
Former Cricket Board chairman
'I was good enough to score Test hundreds against Australia'
Ian Bell continued his purple patch of form against Australia on Sunday, becoming only the third Englishman to score three centuries in a home Ashes series.
August 11, 2013Ashes PHOTOS: Ian Bell's ton rallies England after Harris strikes
Images from the 3rd day's play of the fourth Ashes Test played in Chester-le-Street, Durham County, on Sunday.
August 10, 2013 Ashes PHOTOS: Rogers hits maiden Test ton to put Australia on top
Images from Day 2 of the fourth Ashes Test between England and Australia, in Durham, on Saturday.
Mumbai spin ace Ramesh Powar to play for Rajasthan
The stocky all-rounder, who signed a two-year contract with the Rajasthan Cricket Association, said his former teammate and long-time friend Hrishikesh Kanitkar was instrumental in him making the switch.
Building pressure is the way you take wickets: Lyon
Australia's plan to starve England of runs paid off handsomely as they reduced the home team to 238 for nine on the opening day of the fourth Ashes Test in County Durham on Friday.
August 09, 2013PHOTOS: 4th Ashes Test, Day 1, Chester-le-Street
Photos from the 4th Ashes Test played in Chester-le-Street, County Durham on Friday.
Now, Tendulkar bats for women's rights
The master blaster Sachin Tendulkar is all set to champion the cause of women's rights by reciting a Marathi poem.
August 08, 2013Angry England demand apology for 'silicone tape' allegations
England captain Alastair Cook has described as "blatant fabrication" the claims that Ashes players have used silicone tape on their bats to confuse Hotspot technology and he wants an apology.
England and Australia still back DRS, says ICC
England and Australia still back the use of the Decision Review System (DRS) for the last two Tests of the Ashes series despite a string of controversies in the opening three games.
Pollard reminds me a lot of Dhoni: Haynes
West Indies cricket legend Desmond Haynes has compared T20 star Kieron Pollard with Mahendra Singh Dhoni, saying the former's captaincy reminds him of India's World Cup-winning skipper.
Timeline: How IPL spot-fixing propelled BCCI's shameful fall
The drama surrounding IPL 6 spot-fixing scam doesn't seem to end.
Watson admits to "really disappointing" Ashes series
Shane Watson admitted on Wednesday he had suffered a "really disappointing" Ashes series and accepted his days of opening for his country were numbered.
Bedi urges Panesar to behave after his 'urinating' antics
Indian spin legend Bishan Singh Bedi, who mentored Monty Panesar at the beginning of his international career, today called on the England spinner to "behave" after being fined for urinating on a nightclub's bouncers in an inebriated state.
Seven memorable Test knocks of 2013
Rediff.com looks at a few innings that redefined Test batting this year, and, in the process, upheld the tradition of the five-day format.
Kohli lauds Jadeja, says he deserves No 1 bowler ranking
Terming Ravindra Jadeja as a very handy all-rounder, star batsman Virat Kohli feels the left-arm spinner has made huge strides in international cricket over the last couple of years.
Hope proposed law will deter match-fixing, says Kumble
Former Indian captain Anil Kumble has expressed hoped that a law the government is planning to deal with match and spot-fixing will act as a deterrent to the menace.
August 07, 2013Clarke says none of his players used silicone on bat to beat DRS
Australia captain Michael Clarke backed his players on Wednesday, stating that none of his teammates used silicone tapes on their bats to beat the controversial Decision Review System.
Did KP cheat? ICC denies players probed over silicone on bats
The International Cricket Council (ICC) have launched a probe into allegations some batsmen in the Ashes series have used silicone tape on the edge of their bats to confuse Hotspot technology, Australia's Channel Nine TV reported on Wednesday.
'Like cricketers, there are good and bad administrators'
Rahul Dravid, in an interview with ESPNcricinfo, talks about dealing with the charges of spot-fixing against his Rajasthan Royals team-mates, why the law needs to be involved in the manner sports is administered in the country and how retaining the game's credibility and reverence the fans have for players is paramount.
Fixing has always happened in cricket and will continue: Shah Rukh
Kolkata Knight Riders' co-owner Shah Rukh Khan believes that though cricket will never be able to get rid of the evil of spot-fixing, the Indian Premier League's fan-following and brand value will not been affected by the controversies that dogged the sixth edition of the cash-rich T20 tournament this year.
'Ganguly brought toughness to the Indian team'
Legendary Australian cricketer Steve Waugh hailed former India skipper Sourav Ganguly, saying he brought toughness to the team he led.
August 06, 2013Spotted: Sachin Tendulkar and Harbhajan Singh
Reader Rajesh D'souza met Sachin Tendulkar in Mumbai.
Test rankings: Clarke, Pietersen rise; Pujara at No 6
Cheteshwar Pujara continues to be the only Indian batsman in the top-20 list as he has managed to maintain his sixth spot, while off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is the highest-ranked bowler at number eight, in the latest ICC Test rankings issued in Dubai.
Is Harris the most potent Aussie bowler?
Australian fast bowler Ryan Harris is the most potent of his side's bowling attack despite being "too squat and too old", according to the English media.
PHOTOS: Steveda meets his beloved kids in Udayan
Kolkata has become Steve Waugh's second home. On Tuesday, the former Aussie skipper was in the city for his charity work with Udayan, a residential centre for the rehabilitation of leprosy patients' children.
'There are improvements to be made with regards to DRS'
England coach Andy Flower allowed himself a rare smile after his side retained the Ashes but the decision review system is prompting headaches and he wants the authorities to sort it out.
'BCCI should take note of Dravid's constructive comments'
Terming batting great Rahul Dravid's remarks on Indian cricket facing a serious credibility crisis as "constructive", spin legend Erapalli Prasanna has asked the BCCI to take cognisance of it and rectify themselves.
Captain Cook unconcerned over manner of Ashes retention
Cheers from a handful of drenched fans and a presentation held indoors hardly matched the glory of retaining the Ashes in recent series but England captain Alastair Cook was just happy to get away with a patchy draw.
An urn retained, an opportunity lost!
Alastair Cook's England lost a chance to complete a clean sweep over Australia and create history. it's one they may never get again.
'Scandals like these don't help the game's credibility'
Former Indian captain Rahul Dravid has expressed anguish over the recent IPL spot-fixing scandal and its fallout, saying that restoring the credibility of the game was of utmost importance failing which cricketers may lose respect of their fans.
Shane Warne's exclusive poker lessons for Hurley
The legendary Australian cricketer Shane Warne is hell bent on turning his actress fianc� Elizabeth Hurley into a sports enthusiast.
DRS: Are you for or against it?
A look at some controversial dismissals in the ongoing Ashes series that has put the DRS under the scanner.
August 05, 2013ASHES PHOTOS: England retain urn after rain forces draw
Images from Day Five of the third Test between England and Australia at Old Trafford, Manchester on Monday.
PHOTOS: Fans add colour and spark to The Ashes
Cricket owes its popularity to its fans and when two of the biggest teams in cricket complete against each other, it makes the contest lip-smacking!
August 04, 2013ASHES PHOTOS: Bad light, rain play spoilsport on Day 4
Australia, who must win the third Test against England if they are to regain the Ashes, extended their overall lead to 296 with five second-innings wickets remaining at tea on the fourth day on Sunday.
Indian dressing room becomes Zimbabwe players classroom
Zimbabwe players were sent to the rival dressing room by their coach Andy Waller to gather some cricketing tips from the men in blue.
Jadeja first Indian after Kumble to top ODI bowlers' list
Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja became the first Indian bowler to top the bowlers' chart in the latest ICC ODI Player Rankings after former captain Anil Kumble claimed the pole position way back in 1996.
Kevin Pietersen so glad he opted against surgery
England batsman Kevin Pietersen almost never played in this Ashes series because of a knee problem which will always require treatment, making his 113 in the third Test on Saturday all the sweeter for the 33-year-old.
Rajiv Shukla silences critics on Rasool's exclusion
BCCI vice-president Rajiv Shukla on Saturday attempted to downplay the non-inclusion of off-spinner Parvez Rasool in any of the five ODI games against Zimbabwe, saying the team management takes a final call on the playing XI depending on the wicket condition and composition.
'Rasool "did not fit" into the team's bowling plans'
With the questions being pointed at Virat Kohli's decision of not giving Parvez Rasool even a single game during the just-concluded ODI series against Zimbabwe, the dashing batsman said that the Jammu and Kashmir all-rounder rounder just did not fit into the team's bowling plans during the tour.
August 03, 2013I learned a few tactics from Dhoni and used them: Kohli
Virat Kohli, who led India to an
ASHES PHOTOS: Pietersen brilliance digs England out of hole
Images from Day 3 of the third Ashes Test between England and Australia, in Manchester, on Saturday.
Australia's Clarke rejects praise to eye bigger picture
Captain Michael Clarke, though, is fully aware that being 2-0 down in the five-Test series, Australia's efforts could count for nothing at Old Trafford if they do not press home their advantage.
Tendulkar rues not getting to play against Viv Richards
Sachin Tendulkar has some fond memories of playing alongside the legends of the 1980s in the 1992 World Cup but is still disappointed at missing out playing against his hero West Indian batting great Vivian Richards.
August 02, 2013ASHES PHOTOS: Aussies tighten their grip over third Test
Australia's fightback left England staring at a first innings total of 527 for seven on Friday and the loss of two late wickets on day two of the third Test on Friday.
The world better take India seriously!
Despite keeping cricket as a sport alive, India gets ridiculed at every opportunity, says , bristling at the way India was ridiculed at the World Cup launch.
'Playing under Dhoni was a learning experience'
After a dream debut against minnows Zimbabwe, pacer Mohit Sharma said he had been preparing for this moment for a long time.
Waugh rates Lara, Tendulkar on equal terms
Former Australian captain Steve Waugh feels both West Indies' Brian Lara and India's Sachin Tendulkar are on equal terms because they played in different conditions and under different sort of pressures.
Ashes: DRS controversy mars a good day for Australia
Day one of the third Ashes Test saw fortunes fluctuate. But it was Australia captain, Michael Clarke, who had the privilege of ending the day on a high after hitting a superb century to put Australia on top on Thursday.
'Sacked' Arthur struggling to get a job?
Sacked Australian cricket coach Mickey Arthur has said that he wants to stay in Perth and is looking for his next career move, after the South African reached a settlement on Wednesday with Cricket Australia over his removal.
August 01, 2013ASHES PHOTOS: Clarke's century hoists Australia at Old Trafford
Images from Day One of the third Ashes Test between England and Australia at Old Trafford, in Manchester, on Thursday.
Dhoni's love for dogs continues as he adopts another pup
India cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a self proclaimed 'absolute pet-lover'.
Should Srinivasan attend BCCI's Working Committee Meet? Your say
In view of this development, do you think Srinivasan should attend the Board's Committee Meeting scheduled for August 2? Tell us!
July 31, 2013PHOTOS: Pietersen to return; Aus turn to Warne
England batsman Kevin Pietersen looks poised to play in the third Ashes Test against Australia at Old Trafford from Thursday after recovering from a calf injury, captain Alastair Cook said.
Pujara, Rahane likely for fourth Zimbabwe ODI
The team management is likely heed calls to try out the bench strength when India takes on Zimbabwe in the fourth One-Day International of the five-match series in Bulawayo on Thursday.
Confident Lyon set to roar in Australia's Ashes cause
If, as many anticipate, off-spinner Nathan Lyon returns to the Australia side for the third Ashes Test against England this week it would be just the latest unlikely chapter in a career which already has the flavour of a tale of the unexpected.
India has self-belief to retain 2015 World Cup title: Kapil
India's 1983 World Cup winning skipper Kapil Dev feels the growing self belief of the Indian cricket team that they can win regularly outside the subcontinent could hold them in good stead to defend the 2015 World Cup title in Australia and New Zealand.
Can Warne's magic rescue struggling Aussies?
Struggling Australia have turned to Shane Warne to help their spinners ahead of the make-or-break third Ashes Test at Old Trafford.
PHOTOS: Pollard shines after colourful opening to Carribean League
Colour, glamour and a little controversy was part of the opening day of the Carribean Premier League.
'Not boastful', but Clarke insists Aus can keep Ashes hopes alive
Micheal Clarke hasn't given up hopes on reclaiming the Ashes just yet. He stated in his column in the Sydney Morning Herald that Australia was a model of positive mental attitude.
Inconsistent Rohit Sharma's days numbered!
Once touted as the next big thing in Indian cricket, the 26-year-old Mumbai batsman's career hangs by a thread after recent failures with the bat.
July 30, 2013'The board has been put in an embarrassing position'
Outgoing interim chief of BCCI
Don't blame T20, Aus batting woes a mindset issue: Gilchrist
Blaming limited overs cricket for the struggles of Australia's Test batsmen is wrongheaded, according to former wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist, who says their problems in the Ashes are mental rather than technical.
BCCI rattled after court declares spot-fixing probe panel illegal
Rattled by the Bombay high court's order declaring the Board of Control for Cricket India's two-member probe panel to look into the IPL spot-fixing scandal 'illegal', the Board's top officials were engaged in hectic discussions to chalk out the future course of action.
ICC to reach out to Aus, NZ police to fight corruption at WCup
The International Cricket Council (ICC) will strike agreements with law enforcement agencies in Australia and New Zealand to guard against corruption blighting the 2015 World Cup, chief executive David Richardson told Reuters on Tuesday.
England eye series win to retain Ashes in style
England will look to leave Australia in a spin and retain the Ashes by taking a 3-0 series lead at Old Trafford from Thursday with team selection seen as key on the famously dusty track.
Melbourne Cricket Ground to host 2015 World Cup final
The Melbourne Cricket Ground will host the final of the 2015 cricket World Cup, 23 years after a bumper crowd at the 100,000-seat stadium saw Pakistan defeat England in the 1992 final.
Kohli needs to tone down his aggression: Azharuddin
Former skipper Mohammad Azharuddin considers Virat Kohli as the future captain of India but said the dashing batsman needs to tone down his aggression.
July 29, 2013Is BCCI above the law?
Cricketer-turned-politician Kirti Azad on Monday slammed the BCCI for handing out clean chits to Chennai Super Kings Team principal Gurunath Meiyappan and Rajasthan Royals franchise and its co-owner Raj Kundra in the IPL spot-fixing and betting scandal.
Will Rajasthan Royals' owner Kundra be cleared for CLT20?
A decision on whether Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra will be present at the venue during the Champions League Twenty20 will be taken after the IPL Governing Council formally clears the NRI businessman in the IPL spot-fixing and betting scandal.
Does Mishra's performance in Zimbabwe merit a Test recall?
With nine wickets at 15.11 runs apiece in three matches, he has set an Indian record in a bilateral series in Zimbabwe in ODIs. Going by his stellar showing, Mishra believes it's time the selectors take note and consider him for a Test recall.
Cricket lovers, meet the New India!
The Indian formula, says , exemplifies that the action bias in sport yields fewer results much like the goalkeeper who dives to the left or right during a penalty kick even when one-third of all balls land in the middle of the goal.
What's the point in taking the reserves to Zimbabwe?
By not fielding the fringe players in the squad in the first three ODIs, says, the whole point of accommodating a trip to Zimbabwe in Team India's already hectic schedule was defeated.
Stats: Amit Mishra sets Indian record in bilateral series
Rediff.com brings the statistical highlights of the third ODI between India and Zimbabwe.
How 'responsible' Kohli inspired India to Zimbabwe series win!
Virat Kohli once again proved his leadership skills as he crafted an unbeaten half-century to spur India to a seven-wicket victory over Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club on Sunday. The victory gave the World champions an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match, one-day series.
July 28, 2013IPL spot-fixing: Shilpa Shetty thanks well-wishers; Modi slams BCCI
Bollywood actor and Rajasthan Royals co-owner Shilpa Shetty expressed her thanks and happiness after her husband, Raj Kundra, was absolved of fixing charges by the BCCI-appointed two-member probe panel.
July 27, 2013Will India seal series against Zimbabwe tomorrow?
The young Team India will aim for a victory in the third One-day International against Zimbabwe and seal the five match series on Sunday.
Stats: Dhawan first to post three tons in 2013
Statistical highlights of the second cricket ODI between India and Zimbabwe being played in Harare on Friday.
Tendulkar needs to score in SA to earn respect: Bedi
Former left-arm spinner Bishan Singh Bedi on Saturday said that Sachin Tendulkar should be aware of his prolonged lean patch, and must score during India's Test series against South Africa, if he wanted to retain the respect of the cricket loving public in India and in other parts of the world.
Batsmen finding tough to score after new ODI rules?
He might be relishing the role of an opener but Indian batsman Shikhar Dhawan says scoring runs has not been easy in one-dayers ever since the introduction of new rules.
July 26, 2013Kohli does it again! Fumes after controversial dismissal
That the skipper of Team India is an angry young man was quite evident when Virat Kohli was out to a controversial catch in the second One-Day International against Zimbabwe in Harare on Friday.
Run-machine Kohli betters Tendulkar's record!
Virat Kohli added another feather to his cap when he became the youngest player to score 15 centuries in One-Day Internationals following his match-winning innings of 115 in the first match against Zimbabwe at Harare, on Tuesday.
July 25, 2013Rayudu showed that one should never lose hope: Jadeja
Former India ODI captain Ajay
Technology has made umpiring tougher, says Taufel
Former International Cricket Council elite panel umpire Simon Taufel believes decision-making in modern-day cricket has become tougher because the extensive use of high-end technology and reviews put more "pressure" on the on-field officials.
Misbah's slow batting hurting Pakistan, says Razzaq
Mincing no words the former Pakistan all-rounder also claimed that he was ousted from the team last year because of Misbah-ul-Haq and vice-captain Mohammad Hafeez.
Indians aim to continue dominance, Zimbabwe seek revival
An expectedly comfortable win to
PHOTOS: Take a look at brand Sachin Tendulkar!
Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar is a brand. The iconic bastman made heads turn at the recent launch of Toshiba 2013 new range of stylish and high performance laptops in Mumbai.
Pleased Kohli praises his young teammates
Virat Kohli is as pleased as punch! The young and dashing skipper started the Zimbabwe tour of India on a positive note with a victory and also smashed a century in his team's victory.
Indian batsmen can outclass SA pace attack, says Rhodes
Former cricketer Jonty Rhodes believes Indian batsmen can perform well against the South African pace attack in the three-Test series later this year.
July 24, 2013'India's matches with Zimbabwe will be competitive'
After a hectic but successful two
July 23, 2013Team India's best chance to test bench strength
With most of their top stars rested, a depleted Indian cricket team will seek revenge for the
McGrath wants Lyon to start ahead of Agar for 'rock bottom' Oz
Australia have hit rock bottom with their defeat to England in the second Ashes Test and spinner Nathan Lyon must be recalled at the expense of Ashton Agar if they are to turn things around, according to fast bowling great Glenn McGrath.
Tell us: Has T20 cricket ruined classic Test batting?
An article in an Australian newspaper has claimed that the Twenty20 revolution could be responsible for the short attention spans of batsmen who cannot stick out the tough periods. So, do you think that T20 tournaments like the Indian Premier League and Big Bash League are responsible for batting slump in Test matches?
Angry Border slams Watson and Australian top order
Allan Border, the tough Australian who helped transform the fortunes of the national side in the 1980s, said he would have been embarrassed to be one of the top three batsmen of the current team after their humiliation at Lord's in London, on Sunday.
July 22, 2013Chargesheet in Cronje match-fixing case finally filed
Thirteen years after the match fixing scandal involving Hansie Cronje rocked the cricket world, Delhi Police, on Monday, filed a charge sheet in a court here naming the former South African captain and five others, including Kishan Kumar, brother of T-Series founder Gulshan Kumar.
Stats: Australia close in on their worst losing streak
After dominating for nearly two decades, Australia are slipping towards their worst period in Test cricket.
Test rankings: 6th place Pujara highest ranked Indian batsman
Cheteshwar Pujara was the highest-placed Indian batsman, climbing a rung to the sixth position, while Pragyan Ojha broke into the top-10 among bowlers after gaining one spot to be 10th in the latest ICC Test rankings issued on Monday.
I'm still confident we can win this Ashes series: Clarke
Michael Clarke has vowed to have the last laugh on all those who mocked his suggestion Australia
'Joe Root has the right character to succeed in Tests'
Alastair Cook hailed Joe Root's 'character' even as he did his best to keep a lid on expectations of a 5-0 Ashes rout after England's crushing 347 run-win over Australia in the second Test at Lord's.
Australia sees no light at end of Ashes tunnel
Australia's annihilation at Lord's was slammed by the country's cricket writers on Monday, and their chances of winning a solitary Test on their tour of England all but written off.
'I have brought in variations in my bowling'
Jaidev Unadkat is a much-improved bowler now. Zimbabawe is his best chance to find a regular place in India's team, says .
PHOTOS: How England crushed Australia at Lord's
England thrashed Australia by 347 runs to win the second Ashes Test and double their lead at Lord's with more than a day to spare on Sunday.
July 21, 2013Sacking caused immense damage to career: Arthur
Mickey Arthur has blamed Cricket Australia (CA) for forcing him to take legal action over his "unfair" sacking as coach of the national team and said the incident had caused major damage to his career and reputation.
Gough lashes out at Australian indiscipline
Australia's indiscipline is costing them dear in the Ashes and players are making decisions for themselves rather than the team, bemused former England fast bowler Darren Gough said on Saturday.
July 20, 2013Ashes PHOTOS: Root hits century to put England in control
Images from Day 3 of the second Test between England and Australia at Lord's on Saturday.
'Dhoni has come back well after losing eight successive Tests'
Former Indian captain Mohammed Azharuddin reckons that the ageing Sachin Tendulkar could opt for a more open-chested stance to counter quick incoming deliveries which has accounted for his bowled dismissals in recent times.
Zimbabwe-bound squad is a strong unit, says Kohli
The Indian team for the upcoming ODI series in Zimbabwe is missing some key players, including inspirational captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who have been rested. However, Virat Kohli, who will captain the side, is unfazed.
July 19, 2013First Look: Shane Warne inducted into ICC Hall of Fame
Former Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne was formally inducted into the International Cricket Council's Hall of Fame in a ceremony at the tea interval on Day 2 of the second Ashes Test at Lord's on Friday.
BCCI's gag order on players is rigid, say ex-players
The BCCI's attempt to gag contracted Indian cricketers from speaking to the media after tours has drawn flak from former players who have questioned the logic behind such a move.
Sangwan never bothered to listen to my advice: Prabhakar
Former India seamer and Delhi coach Manoj Prabhakar is livid that Pradeep Sangwan "never bothered" to listen to his advice against spending hours at the gymnasium to build upper-body muscles.
Ashes PHOTOS: Siddle pegs England back after Swann show
Images from Day 2 in the second Test between England and Australia, at Lord's, in London, on Friday.
Harbhajan to work hard for India comeback
Shocked at constantly being ignored by the selectors, off-spinner Harbhajan Singh said he will make every bit of effort in the next few months to make a comeback into the national side.
'Watson's Test batting order behind his rift with Clarke'
Mickey Arthur has blown the divisive feud between Michael Clarke and Shane Watson out of the proportion and the root of the rift between two players has been the all-rounder's shuffling around the Test match batting order by the Aussie skipper, believes legendary spinner Shane Warne.
July 18, 2013PHOTOS: Queen Elizabeth's day out at Lord's
Queen Elizabeth II was the special attraction on Day 1 of the second Test between England and Australia at Lord's, in London, on Thursday.
Ashes PHOTOS: Smith strikes after Bell century rallies England
Images from Day 1 of the second Test match between England and Australia at Lord's, in London on Thursday.
Are Arthur's allegations in poor light and disappointing?
Pace legend Glenn McGrath feels sacked Australian cricket coach Mickey Arthur's allegations of
Lara better than Tendulkar? Do you agree with Ponting?
In the backdrop of Ricky Ponting's comments, Rajneesh Gupta throws up with interesting statistical insights on Tendulkar and Lara's showing against Australia when Ponting was the captain.
July 17, 2013Clarke plays straight bat on rift in Australia squad
Australia captain Michael Clarke played an impeccable straight bat on Wednesday to a barrage of questions about the abrupt dismissal of former coach Mickey Arthur and suggestions of a rift in the touring side.
Ashes: Can Aus beat the heat, fight back and win 2nd Test?
Australia will be greeted by blazing sunshine and a venue where they lost only once last century when they arrive at Lord's on Thursday for the second Ashes Test against England determined to level the five-match series.
Cricketers, WAGS enjoy dinner date at Aus High Commission
The Australian cricket team might be experiencing a lot of tension, both on and off the field, but the cricketers put on a united front when they were hosted by the Australian High Commission on Tuesday. The players and officials of Cricket Australia and all their partners and wives were treated to dinner at Australia House in London.
Lara gave me more sleepless nights than Sachin, says Ponting
Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has rated Brian Lara ahead of Sachin Tendulkar as he feels that the West Indian helped his team win more matches.
Make or break time for seven India stars in Zimbabwe
The upcoming tour of Zimbabwe is vital for the fringe players looking to cement a place in the senior India squad. Failure, says Harish Kotian, could well see them lose their places forever.
July 16, 2013Ashes Test: 'Umpires did a good job under tough conditions'
The International Cricket Council, on Tuesday, revealed the assessment of the umpires, including the Decision Review System analysis, from the Trent Bridge Test between England and Australia.
British graduate bats record 26 hours for charity!
A British graduate collapsed in a heap, on Tuesday, at The Oval cricket ground in London after batting for 26 hours in a bid to break the world record.
Africa safari the wrong call for Warner, says Border
David Warner's exile to Africa after punching England's Joe Root "defies belief", and the fiery batsman should be readying himself for an Ashes recall in the Australian team's practice nets, according to former Test captain Allan Border.
My best phase in international cricket, says Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma's success in the role of an opener has given a new lease of life to his international career and the promising batsman believes that the current run of form has been "the best and most satisfying phase" since he donned India colours.
Anderson is Cook's recipe for success
James Anderson's bowling, says , was the difference between England and Australia in the just-concluded first Test in Nottingham.
July 15, 2013Flashback: Ten recent memorable Test debuts
Following Ashton Agar's remarkable start to his Test career, Rediff.com reintroduces you to other cricketers in recent times who made a mark on debut.
Brit Press goes mild on Aus, praise Anderson after thriller
Breaking its tradition of criticising the Australian team, the British Press has reacted to England's win in the first Ashes Test in a much milder language, while only praising James Anderson for the close win.
Does DRS need improvement? Aus media thinks so
Cricket's decision review system and the continuing struggles of Australia's brittle batting order bore the brunt of frustrations Down Under on Monday after the tourists' heart-breaking 14-run defeat in the first Ashes Test.
'Jadeja has emerged as a great asset to the Indian team'
Former Test batsman VVS Laxman was effusive in his praise for India skipper Mahendra Singh
July 14, 2013Anderson heroics helps England 'sneak home' in thriller
James Anderson took five wickets to inspire England to a nerve-wracking 14-run victory over Australia on a dramatic final day of the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge on Sunday.
Ashes: How England won the first Test
James Anderson and Ian Bell produced scintillating performances against Australia to clinch the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge on Sunday. Rediff.com brings you the turning points of the match.
PHOTOS Ashes: England win first Test by 14 runs, take 1-0 lead
Images from the fifth and final day of the first Ashes Test between England and Australia in Nottingham, on Sunday.
The most infamous spats on the cricket field
The fights and incidents, at the time, draw a lot of flak from fans, experts and former players. But over the years, they become a part of pub conversations and turn into urban legends.
'Dhoni one of the greatest captains India has ever produced'
Former chairman of selectors Kiran More praised Mahendra Singh Dhoni's leadership and hailed him as one of the best captains the country has produced.
July 13, 2013Ashes PHOTOS, Day 4: England take control at Trent Bridge
Photos from Day Four of the first Ashes Test between England and Australia at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.
Is Dhoni the best finisher in One-day cricket?
Time and again he's done it with Team India staring at defeat. Thursday's knock against Sri Lanka in the tri-series final was not surprising.
Pietersen and Siddle play down Broad controversy
A controversial incident involving England's Stuart Broad was played down by players from both sides after a gripping third day of the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge on Friday.
Dhoni fine with boring cricket if it ensures victory
After guiding the team to an exciting triumph in the tri-nation ODI series in the West Indies, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni made it clear that he is ready to play "boring cricket" while chasing low scores if it ensures victory for his team.
July 12, 2013Ashes PHOTOS, Day 3: England take control at Trent Bridge
Photos from Day 3 in the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge.
How Dhoni's runs came in the tri-series final
India captain M S Dhoni's wagon-wheel in the tri-series final against Sri Lanka.
Steve Waugh's 2003 heroics inspired Agar's debut
Australian Ashes and Test debutant Ashton Agar was reportedly inspired to make a incredible performance on the second day of the first Ashes Test by Steve Waugh's Ashes performance ten years ago.
Agar gets Tweet sympathies from Eng fans and Best's support
Australian No.11 debutant Ashton Agar, who hit a brilliant 98 to rescue his team on Thursday, received sympathy from Twitter users in the UK for failing to complete his maiden Test century.
Praise flows from all quarters for dogged 'Scotty' Agar
Australia's Ashton Agar wrote his name into the annals of cricket history with an extraordinary innings of 98 against England on Thursday which tilted the first Ashes Test firmly towards his team.
Ashes: Teen sensation Agar gives Australia the edge
Australia's number 11 Ashton Agar made an astonishing record 98 on debut as the tourists seized control of the first Ashes Test against England on a wildly fluctuating second day at Trent Bridge on Thursday.
How 'Captain Cool' Dhoni did it for India
Triumphant Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said he preferred to use a heavy bat in the final over of the Tri-nation ODI series title clash against Sri Lanka as it was 'perfect for slogging'.
Dhoni 'dhamaka' ensures India's Tri Nation series victory
Captain MS Dhoni smashed 16 off the first four balls of the final over to clinch the Tri Nation series with a thrilling one wicket victory over Sri Lanka in Port of Spain on Thursday.
PHOTOS: Yuvraj, Zaheer train in France with an eye on 2015 WC
The seniors may no longer be the flavour of the season when it comes to Indian cricket but veterans Yuvraj Singh and Zaheer Khan are leaving no stone unturned to make an unlikely comeback to the team.
July 11, 2013Ashton Agar: Aus 19-year-old spinner bats into record books
Former Australian cricketer Ashley Mallet has called teenaged Australian Test debutant Ashton Agar a 'natural born predator', saying his attitude comes from his Sri Lankan heritage.
Records set by Australian Test debutant Agar
The records set by Australia's Ashton Agar and Phil Hughes against England during the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on Thursday.
'Virat is an aggressive captain in Ganguly mould'
Noted coach Rajkumar Sharma, who played a pivotal role in shaping up Virat Kohli's career, feels that his ward's aggressive captaincy resembles a lot with Sourav Ganguly's methods but insisted that he should also learn the ropes from current skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Ashes PHOTOS: Agar breaks Test record score for number 11
Images from Day 2 of the first Test match between England and Australia at Trent Bridge, on Thursday.
Lehmann relishes dramatic opening to Ashes
Australia coach Darren Lehmann was in a typically light-hearted and upbeat mood after an incident-packed opening day of the Ashes series against England on Wednesday.
'I have not seen a better opening batsman than Gavaskar'
Former India all-rounder Ravi Shastri has said that ex-captain Sunil Gavaskar remains the best opener he has seen in world cricket.
July 10, 2013Ashes PHOTOS: Siddle takes five before England fight back
Images from day one of the first Ashes Test between England and Australia in Nottingham, on Wednesday.
Rejuvenated India gunning for another ODI title
Bolstered by their dramatic comeback in the tournament, a rejuvenated India will be gunning for yet another title triumph when they clash with an equally determined Sri Lanka in the final of the tri-nation ODI series in Port of Spain.
Kohli hails team for comeback effort, booking final berth
Stand-in captain Virat Kohli termed the Indian team's comeback after back-to-back defeats as a 'commendable'.
Ashes: Display element of 'mongrel', Waugh tells Aussies
Australia must show a bit of "mongrel" and gel as a team if they are to lift the Ashes against England, former captain Steve Waugh has said.
'India has enough depth in talent to make two teams'
Flamboyant allrounder Shahid Afridi
'There will be a good standard of cricket in this Ashes'
The final chapter of the Ashes build-up ended in predictable fashion on Tuesday when opposing captains Alastair Cook and Michael Clarke played the straightest of bats ahead of the first test at Trent Bridge.
England squad for the Ashes
Penpix of England's squad for the Ashes series against Australia which starts at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, on Wednesday.
Australia squad for the Ashes
Penpix of Australia squad for the Ashes series against England which starts at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, on Wednesday.
July 09, 2013Clarke leads from front in Ashes challenge
Can Michael Clarke emulate Allan Border? After losing three Ashes series out of the last four, Australia's run-up to Wednesday's first Test at Trent Bridge could hardly have been less promising.
'Pietersen can win a game in a session - he's dangerous'
The controversial South Africa-born middle-order batsman, who divides opinion off the field with as much ease has he destroys opposition bowlers on it, is the England player the Australians fear the most.
India need to beat Sri Lanka to enter tri-series final
India will have to play to full potential when they meet Sri Lanka in their last must-win league match at Port of Spain on Tuesday to keep alive their hopes of making it to the final of the tri-nation ODI series.
Pollard berates bowlers for giving away 31 extras
West Indies stand-in skipper Kieron Pollard has blamed bowlers and batsmen alike for the 39-run defeat against Sri Lanka in the crucial rain-affected ODI of the Tri-Nation series in Port of Spain.
England bank on experience for Ashes defence
While Australian preparations have been dogged by problems on and off the pitch, Alastair Cook's England have quietly gone about their business, beating New Zealand 2-0 in a warmup series and on Saturday they named a familiar 13-man squad.
'MS Dhoni has a phenomenal record in winning world titles'
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly spoke highly of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, picking him to lead an all-time great Indian one-day side.
Ashes to Ashes: When England re-wrote history Down Under
Bikash Mohapatra looks back at performances that mattered in the last series, leading to England, under the astute captaincy of Andrew Strauss, rewriting history Down Under.
July 08, 2013PIX: Windies players add colour to Dhoni's birthday party
Team India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's birthday celebrations in Port of Spain turned out to be quite lively with the West Indian cricketers also joining the party.
July 07, 2013Dhoni 32nd birthday celebrations laid low by injury
Hailed as the most successful Indian cricket captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni celebrated his 32nd birthday on Sunday.
July 06, 2013'I am lucky to achieve this dream of playing for India'
Parvez Rasool Zargar, 24 made history when he was selected for Team India to tour Zimbabwe later this month. His making it to the Indian cricket team is a dream that came true for the promising off-spinner from village Jablipora.
Stats highlights: Kohli hits first century as India captain
Stand-in skipper Virat Kohli struck 102 off 83 balls as India beat West Indies by 102 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis method in Port of Spain, Trinidad on Friday to get their first victory of the Tri-Nation Series. Statistical highlights of the ODI tri-series match.
More than century, I am happy we won with bonus point: Kohli
It was his first One-Day International hundred as captain but Indian skipper Virat Kohli said he drew more satisfaction from his team getting a bonus point from the tri-series match against the West Indies than his personal achievement.
July 05, 2013J&K celebrates Rasool's selection to Team India
With young Parveez Rasool etching his name in record books after being picked in the Indian squad for the upcoming ODI series against Zimbabwe, JKCA and former cricketers termed his selection as a historic day for the state and said his elevation will open up doors for many other youngsters of the region.
Rasool: Nine career-defining months... and a few firsts
Parvez Rasool is a peculiar case. No matter how his career eventually shapes, he will always make news.
'Match-fixing more widespread than what public thinks'
Convinced that match-fixing is much more widespread than what is already in public domain, former Australian captain Ian Chappell says he uses his commentary to drop subtle hints of wrongdoing whenever he suspects anything fishy during a match.
Is PCB right in blaming India for $80 million loss?
Blaming it on lack of bilateral series with India, the Pakistan Cricket Board claims to have lost approximately $80 million in its broadcasting deal with the Dubai-based Ten Sports that ended last month.
July 04, 2013Preview: Under-pressure India need to beat WI to stay alive
Their campaign in tatters following consecutive defeats, India need to regroup quickly as they go into a must-win match against hosts West Indies in the cricket tri-series in Port of Spain on Friday.
Will Gambhir get recall for Zimbabwe tour?
Indian selectors will deliberate if injured skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni along with some other seniors should be rested when they pick the squad for the upcoming five-match ODI series in Zimbabwe.
Gambhir refuses to blame fatigue for India's Caribbean defeats
Out-of-favour opener Gautam Gambhir does not believe that fatigue, due to excessive cricket, was the reason behind India's back-to-back defeats in the ongoing Tri series in the West Indies.
July 03, 2013Stats: Tharanga, Jayawardene set new milestones against India
Openers Upul Tharanga and Mahela Jayawardene hit centuries as Sri Lanka handed India a 161-run defeat in the third match of the tri-nation series in Jamaica, on Tuesday.
A peculiar captaincy debut for Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli finally led India in a One-Day International, the third match of Tri-Nation Series against Sri Lanka, as M S Dhoni was ruled out of the tournament after hurting his hamstring during India's first game against the West Indies.
It was a tough day in office, says Kohli after the loss
India captain Virat Kohli, who is leading the side in place of injured Mahendra Singh Dhoni, has admitted that it was a "tough day" for him in office after Sri Lanka thrashed his team by 161 runs in an ODI Tri-series match in Kingston.
July 02, 2013Great feeling to be compared with Dravid: Pujara
Known for his sound technique and insatiable appetite for runs, Cheteshwar Pujara believes he has what it takes to succeed Rahul Dravid at the crucial number three position in India's Test side and says comparison with his childhood idol acts as a "morale-booster".
July 01, 2013Beaten India need batsmen to fire against Sri Lanka
Their unbeaten run brought to a halt, India will look to get over the disappointment of a narrow defeat when they take on familiar sub-continental foes Sri Lanka in their second match of the tri-nation ODI series in Kingston on Tuesday.
Stats: Johnson Charles sizzles against India
Statistical highlights of the ODI Tri-series match between India and the West Indies in Kingston on Sunday.
India under pressure missed Dhoni, says Kohli
The stand-in captain Virat Kohli admitted that he missed the vast experience of Mahendra Singh Dhoni during pressure situation against West Indies as India lost a close encounter by one wicket in their first match of the Tri-Series.
June 29, 2013Upbeat India take on confident West Indies
On a roll after their Champions Trophy triumph, the Indian cricket team would aim to continue the unbeaten run when they take on the West Indies, who would be eyeing revenge, in their opening clash of the tri-nation ODI series in Kingston on Sunday.
June 28, 2013No Champions Trophy hangover, insists Dhoni
It's not even a week since India won the Champions Trophy, but captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni says the team is done with the celebrations and firmly focussed on the tri-series involving the West Indies and Sri Lanka starting in Kingston, Jamaica.
June 27, 2013Champions Trophy win brought a lot of happiness: Dravid
Former captain Rahul Dravid heaped generous praise on ICC Champions Trophy winners India, saying their good showing brought a lot of happiness to the fans, who were left in despair following the match-fixing saga in the Indian Premier League.
Tri-series: Weather worry as Windies take on Lanka in opener
If the rain gods allow a full game, it will be an interesting contest between West Indies batting and Sri Lankan bowlers.
Cook on target for Tendulkar's numbers: Pietersen
Alastair Cook is over 8,000 runs
June 26, 2013Team India off to West Indies 'with new speed gun'
After winning the ICC Champions Trophy with a remarkable unbeaten record in England, the triumphant Indian team departed for Jamaica on Wednesday to compete in the One-day International tri-series against the West Indies and Sri Lanka, starting June 28.
Arthur's reign ended by Australian culture crisis
Mickey Arthur's appointment as the first foreign coach of the Australian team 19 months ago was supposed to usher in a new dawn for the proud cricketing nation after the humiliation of their first home Ashes defeat for 24 years.
June 25, 2013Dhoni has been an outstanding captain: Ganguly
Preferring to stay away from comparisons, former skipper Sourav Ganguly says current captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has done "wonders to Indian cricket" and is poised to lead the country in the 2015 World Cup.
India were the best team in the tournament: Dravid
Former India skipper Rahul Dravid lauded Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men for their "brilliant" title triumph in the Champions Trophy, saying "right balance" and "fantastic" fielding helped them claim the prestigious title in England.
'Shikhar Dhawan has now learnt to respect his wicket'
His talent was unquestionable but Shikhar Dhawan's success can be attributed to the fact that he has started to value his wicket a lot more, feels former star VVS Laxman.
'I don't turn up to achieve anything special as a captain'
MS Dhoni has become India's most successful cricket captain in all formats of the game -- Tests, ODIs and T20s.
'Let's not get carried away by this Indian performance'
Former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi has hailed the brilliant performance of the Indian team in the Champions Trophy and said the "nucleus" of the squad that will represent India in the 2015 World Cup is ready.
ICC ODI rankings: Jadeja up to third, India consolidate
Ravindra Jadeja attained a career-best third spot in the ODI bowlers and all-rounders' list a day after India lifted the ICC Champions Trophy that strengthen their position as the number one ranked team on the ODI Championship table in the latest rankings released on Monday.
Champions Trophy: Players party through the night after win
Indian players let their hair down after the Champions Trophy triumph on Sunday. The young brigade partied through till the wee hours of morning.
June 24, 2013Cricket fraternity hails Team India's 'champion's mentality'
The cricket fraternity hailed the Indian team's "tremendous achievement" of winning the ICC Champions Trophy, with some former players raising a toast for captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's "ability to rise from the ashes" and instill confidence in his young teammates.
Jadeja consistent throughout; Ishant surprised
India had two bowlers - Ravindra Jadeja and Ishant Sharma - in the top five, and three (R Ashwin) in the top six.
Shikhar Dhawan led the way, Rohit and Virat followed him
A lot of India's success at the ICC Champions Trophy owed to the form of its batsmen. In fact, there were three Indians among the top five run scorers.
'It's unfair to call it the final of the Champions Trophy'
With just 129 runs to play with in the rain-curtailed final of the ICC Champions Trophy against England here, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni spurred his teammates by telling them to play like world champions and defend a sub-par score.
Didn't have knowledge about cricket before Shane: Hurley
Model-actress Elizabeth Hurley accepts that she did not know anything about cricket before she met her cricketer fiancee Shane Warne.
PHOTOS: Team India celebrates Champions Trophy triumph
India clinched the ICC Champions Trophy, in its last edition, with a nerve-wracking five-run victory over hosts England in a rain-hit final at Edgbaston, giving their captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the unique record of being the first captain to win three world titles.
Winning is important for the Indian team: MS Dhoni
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni looks into how a players responds to a particular situation which he feels is more important than technique.
Champions Trophy PHOTOS: India reign in the rain
Images from the ICC Champions Trophy final between India and England, on Sunday.
June 23, 2013My father gave India confidence on cricket field: Saif
In a tribute to his late father, Bollywood star Saif Ali Khan says that with his flamboyant leadership style, Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi gave India the much needed confidence on the cricket field.
June 22, 2013We have exploited the English conditions well: Dhoni
India have not devised any "special plans" for the ICC Champions Trophy final against hosts England, according to captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni who said his team will just go in with the same approach like they did in the previous matches.
India are favourites, but England no pushovers: Cook
England captain Alastair Cook reckons that India will start as favourites in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy but said his team will be raring to set the record straight by winning their first world ODI title.
'India have been the team of the tournament so far'
Former England captain Michael Vaughan feels that current Indian ODI team that will be playing in the Champions Trophy is "better" than the one which won the World Cup two years back in 2011.
Injuries are a sportsmen's worst nightmare: Pietersen
Kevin Pietersen admitted he had made mistakes over the incident that saw him dropped by England on disciplinary grounds last season before he returned to the side.
Champs Trophy: Can India win their second straight world title
Putting behind the turbulent phase of the past few weeks, a red-hot India are standing on the threshold of winning their second straight world title as they take on hosts England in the summit showdown of the ICC Champions Trophy in Birmingham on Sunday.
June 21, 2013Sourav Ganguly is my favourite Indian captain: Brian Lara
Among all the Indian captains that he has played against, Sourav Ganguly is the "favourite" of West Indian batting legend and former skipper Brian Lara as he feels his leadership against arch-rivals Australia was "astonishing".
Raina is ICC Champions Trophy's top fielder
Statistical highlights from the ICC Champions Trophy semi-final between India and Sri Lanka.
I am not God that I will bowl like this every day: Ishant
His three wickets might have been the most crucial bowling performance in India's Champions Trophy semifinal win over Sri Lanka but pacer Ishant Sharma does not consider himself 'leader' of the attack.
June 20, 2013Champions Trophy PHOTOS: India vs Sri Lanka, 2nd semi-final
Images from the ICC Champions Trophy second semi-final between India and Sri Lanka in Cardiff, on Thursday.
Australian Citizenship Law change boosts Ahmed's Ashes dreams
Pakistan-born refugee Fawad Ahmed's Ashes dreams received a major boost on Thursday with the Australian senate passing legislation to fast-track citizenship in special cases.
CT Stats: Anderson first to capture 20 wickets for England
Statistical highlights of the ICC Champions Trophy semi-final between South Africa and England.
I hope it's our turn to win Champions Trophy this time: Cook
Bubbling with confidence after an emphatic semifinal triumph, England cricket captain Alastair Cook is hoping that it his team's turn to lift the ICC Champions Trophy come Sunday.
Champions Trophy: 'Honest' Kirsten admits South Africa choked
Choke is a word which has haunted South African cricket for three decades but rather than shy away from it, departing coach Gary Kirsten has embraced the term in a bid to end their semi-final hoodoo.
June 19, 2013We can't just focus on Mahela or Sangakkara: Dhoni
Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni rated Sri Lanka as "a dangerous team" ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy second semi-final in Cardiff on Thursday, saying the Indian team is not just focusing on "a Mahela Jayawardene or a Kumar Sangakkara".
PHOTOS: England vs South Africa, ICC Champions Trophy (SF)
Images from the ICC Champions Trophy firts semi-final between England and South Africa at The Oval on Wednesday.
June 18, 2013It's about handling the pressure well in big games: Cook
England captain Alastair Cook says South Africa's habit of choking in major ICC competitions will have no relevance when the two teams square up in the Champions Trophy first semi-final at the Oval on Wednesday.
June 17, 2013Warner risked Ashes spot with bar brawl, says Clarke
Troubled opener David Warner has risked his place in Australia's Ashes team after his late night bar-room fracas with England player Joe Root, captain Michael Clarke said on Monday.
Stats: McClenaghan shines with the ball
Statistical highlights of the Champions Trophy Group A match between New Zealand and England.
June 16, 2013We made mistakes despite having prepared well: Whatmore
Dav Whatmore said the Champions Trophy debacle won't make Pakistan a bad team but they need to to rectify the mistakes made in this tournament.
'Bhuvneshwar put a lot of pressure on the opposition'
His eight overs on the trot set the stage for India to rip through Pakistan in their final Champions Trophy group match but rising pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar feels it is still a long way to go before he can think of himself as the team's bowling spearhead.
June 15, 2013PHOTOS: India vs Pakistan, Champions Trophy (Edgbaston)
Photos of Group B match Champions Trophy match between India and Pakistan at Edgbaston.
De Villiers happy to shed choker's tag
South Africa skipper AB de Villiers was a relieved man after his side secured a semi-final berth in the Champions Trophy as this time the Proteas managed to read correctly the Duckworth/Lewis sheet.
PHOTOS: South Africa vs West Indies, Champions Trophy
Images from the ICC Champions League Group B match between South Africa and West Indies.
June 14, 2013Dhoni exudes confidence ahead of Pakistan clash
Even though the result will only be of academic interest, India's captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni termed the face-off with arch-rivals Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy an 'important' game, adding his team will not be under any added pressure.
'India match is a final for Pakistan'
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq reckons Saturday's Champions Trophy contest against India in Birmingham will be 'one last chance to prove ourselves' in front of the world.
June 13, 2013PHOTOS: England vs Sri Lanka, ICC Champions Trophy
Images from the ICC Champions Trophy match between England and Sri Lanka in London on Thursday.
Champions Trophy: McClenaghan is leading wicket-taker
Statistical highlights of the Champions Trophy Group A match between Australia and New Zealand.
June 12, 2013PHOTOS: Australia vs New Zealand, Champions Trophy
Images from ICC Champions Trophy match between Australia and New Zealand at Edgbaston, Birmingham on Wednesday.
June 11, 2013'Dhoni should disassociate himself from Rhiti Sports'
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's alleged conflict of interest situation has not gone down well with the BCCI with its new treasurer Ravi Savant saying that he should immediately disassociate himself from the Rhiti Sports management company.
Former Pak players blast team for dismal CT show
A can of worms has been opened up following Pakistan's near exit situation from the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy with former players gunning for the heads of the members of the team, head coach Dav Whatmore, selectors and board officials.
PHOTOS: India vs West Indies, Champions Trophy
Images from the ICC Champions Trophy match between India and West Indies in London, on Tuesday.
PHOTOS: Champions Trophy, Pakistan vs South Africa
Images from the ICC Champions Trophy Group B match between Pakistan and South Africa at Edgbaston, Birmingham on Monday.
June 10, 2013Champions Trophy: Dhoni wary of Gayle factor
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni singled out Chris Gayle as the danger man in Tuesday's ICC Champions Trophy leage match against the West Indies.
June 09, 2013PHOTOS: Sri Lanka vs New Zealand, Champions Trophy
Photos of the Group A match between Sri Lanka and New Zealand, being played at Cardiff
Champions Trophy: Can depleted Proteas beat Pakistan?
After suffering defeats in their respective tournament-openers, Pakistan and South Africa would be fighting to stay alive in the ICC Champions Trophy when they face-off in their second group B match in Birmingham on Monday.
June 08, 2013PHOTOS: England vs Australia, Champions Trophy
Images from the Champions Trophy match played between Australia and England in Birmingham on Saturday.
Everything should be done to clear mess in cricket: Bhajji
With the raging IPL spot-fixing scandal denting the credibility of cricket, off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has said that every effort should be made to clean up the game and adequate steps should be taken in this regard.
Dhawan is the future of Indian batting: Kapil Dev
Paying rich tribute to Shikhar Dhawan for his maiden One-day International century against South Africa, former India skipper Kapil Dev said the Delhi left-hander was the future of Indian cricket.
June 07, 2013I reiterate that I am innocent: Raj Kundra
The beleaguered Rajasthan Royals management sought to distance itself from co-owner Raj Kundra, who has been accused of betting during IPL matches, saying that he had no involvement in running of the franchise and would be suspended if found guilty.
PHOTOS: Champions Trophy, West Indies vs Pakistan
Images from the Group B match between Pakistan and West Indies at The Oval.
Stats: Dhawan second Indian to score a ton vs SA in CT
Statistical highlights of the Champions Trophy match between India and South Africa in Cardiff.
IPL Tamasha: Time for the fan to step up
The dirt in the IPL was a time bomb that was waiting to explode, says .
June 06, 2013PHOTOS: Champions Trophy, India vs South Africa (Cardiff)
Images from the ICC Champions Trophy match between India and South Africa at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff on Thursday.
Vindoo claims innocence: 'I didn't do any wrong'
Actor Vindoo Dara Singh, who is out on bail in the IPL spot-fixing scandal, claimed innocence on Thursday, saying the police have no evidence to link him with the betting scam.
Players got bookies to Royals parties, Kundra tells police
Delhi police sources say that they would question Kundra again and have told him not to leave the country, reports
Kundra admits to betting, say Delhi Police; passport seized
Rajasthan Royals' owner Raj Kundra has admitted to indulging in betting and placed bets on his own team, Delhi Police claimed on Thursday as it confiscated his passport to ensure that he does not leave the country during investigations into the IPL spot-fixing scandal.
June 05, 2013'We're not even thinking about the controversial issues'
Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni continued to maintain a stoic silence on the IPL spot-fixing scandal and also showed no willingness to give his version in the 'conflict of interest' controversy over him having stakes in a sports management company which handles him.
'Most of the teams will have a bit of change in approach'
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni reckons that the newly introduced ODI rules will bring about a "change in the approach" among most of the teams as batsmen may not go after the bowling in the initial overs.
Sachin Tendulkar likely to play for Mumbai Indians again
Sachin Tendulkar may have announced his retirement from Indian Premier League but the veteran cricketer is likely to don the Mumbai Indians jersey during the upcoming edition of Champions League T20 which will be held in India from September 17 to October 6.
Who will win the Champions Trophy? That's anyone's guess!
While the first two Champions Trophies were intended to raise the profile of cricket in host nations Bangladesh and Kenya, the seventh and last edition starting in England on Thursday will be a straight shootout between the sport's eight heavyweight nations.
Champions Trophy: How the teams measure up
A look at the prospects of the eight teams competing in the ICC Champions Trophy, starting on Thursday.
Champions Trophy Opener: India take on South Africa
India will look to carry forward the form they exhibited in the tournament's warm-up games as they lock horns with South Africa in the Champions Trophy opener.
'Uncultured' Aus players have animal mentality: Gower
Former England cricket captain, David Gower, has slammed Australia as a country with no culture and has accused their cricketers of having 'animal mentality' and warned against 'feral' crowds.
'No pressure on Indian team because of spot-fixing scam'
Aunshuman Gaekwad, who opened the innings with Sunil Gavaskar in Test matches and faced the hostile West Indian fast bowlers with guts and gumption, was one of the successful coaches of Team India. An intelligent man with independent thoughts, Gaekwad expresses his views, not just on cricket, unambiguously, in a freewheeling conversation with , soon after the departure of the Indian team for the Champions Trophy in England.
June 04, 2013'Despite all controversies, Dhoni is a big plus for India'
Former speedster Shoaib Akhtar feels the high-voltage ICC Champions Trophy clash between Pakistan and India would be a battle between the former's bowling prowess and the latter's much-heralded batting line-up.
Conditions here are just right for me: Ishant
Seeking to regain form, Indian pacer Ishant Sharma is keen to make an impression in favourable English conditions during the Champions Trophy starting on Thursday.
Sreesanth in judicial custody till June 18
The court extended the judicial custody of pacer S Sreesanth and 22 others in the IPL spot fixing case till June 18 after Delhi Police informed it has invoked MCOCA provisions against them.
Check out the ICC Champions Trophy squads
A look the squads of the eight participating teams in the ICC Champions Trophy.
Exclusive! 'Can you imagine the BCCI has ANY credibility?'
'Every element of this sorry saga is a complete and utter disgrace in which the politics of power is more important than the future of cricket,' Lalit Modi tells Rediff.com's Harish Kotian.
June 03, 2013'We've reached that consistency level to be ranked no.1'
Criticised for maintaining a stoic silence on the IPL spot-fixing scandal, Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has said that the number one ranking in the ODIs brings with it certain respect in the way the players "conduct themselves" on the field.
Cricket no more a gentleman's game: Prasanna
Terming the BCCI's Emergent Working Committee meeting in Chennai a sham, former spin legend Erapalli Prasanna said that money is ruling the sport now and it is no more a gentleman's game.
Indian batsmen face test against Aus seamers
India's batsmen will hope to continue the good work done against Sri Lanka when they take on Australia in Tuesday's second and final warm-up game ahead of the Champions Trophy.
BCCI prez Dalmiya wants to win people's confidence
Life might have come a full circle for astute cricket administrator Jagmohan Dalmiya after being appointed the Interim BCCI chief nearly six and half years after he was expelled from the same office, but he does not consider this an individual victory.
June 02, 2013'It was too fast to demand Srinivasan's resignation'
Soon after being made the head of an "interim" set-up to run the Cricket Board, former BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya has backed incumbent N Srinivasan and said calling the arrangement an eyewash was "uncharitable and unreasonable".
Life comes full circle for Jagmohan Dalmiya
Jagmohan Dalmiya, who was shunted out unceremoniously eight years ago by the BCCI, today rose from the ashes like a phoenix to repair the damage caused by one of the worst scandals to hit Indian cricket.
'I will not discharge my duty till the probe is completed'
He might have stepped aside but BCCI President N Srinivasan remained a combative man after the Board's Emergent Working Committee meeting, insisting that not a single member asked him to resign during the "smooth" discussion on Sunday.
'India will miss Sachin Tendulkar in Champions Trophy'
Former captain Anil Kumble has said India will miss the services of Sachin Tendulkar when they enter the field for the first time without the batting great in a world-level tournament but insisted the team has enough young talent to do the job in the Champions Trophy.
'India tour was the lowest point in my cricket career'
Australia all-rounder Shane Watson says the team's last tour of India, where it was whitewashed 0-4, was the lowest point of his cricket career.
Did BCCI arm-twist Lanka to withdraw corruption report?
Even as the spot-fixing scandal rages on, Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) President I S Bindra has created a fresh controversy by claiming that a BCCI official had arm-twisted the Sri Lankan board to withdraw a report which violated the anti corruption regulations during India's tour of Sri Lanka in 2010.
June 01, 2013BCCI chief Srinivasan states demands before resignation
While it is all but certain that beleaguered BCCI president N Srinivasan will have to step down from the president's post, paying heed to the popular demand from the affiliated units, it is learnt that the Tamil Nadu strongman wants three of his demands to be met before he quits.
I am not going to come back to BCCI fold: Jagdale
A day after resigning from the post of Board secretary in the wake of IPL spot-fixing and betting scandal, Sanjay Jagdale ruled out the possibility of making a comeback into the BCCI fold in future.
May 31, 2013'ICC had warned Gurunath against bookies'
An ICC official had '"warned' CSK team owner Gurunath Meiyappan to be 'careful' about his association with bookies weeks before he was arrested in connection with the IPL betting scandal, police said on Friday.
'A two-year window without the IPL might reduce corruption'
Some cricketers, sportswriter Nirmal Shekar tells Haresh Pandya, have come to believe that they are above the law.
Don't understand why players indulge in corruption: Afridi
The IPL spot-fixing scandal has left Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi "sad" and he cannot understand why some players are lured into corrupt practices despite earning good money."
Champions Trophy: India need to forget spot-fixing saga
Indian cricketers face the daunting twin tasks of leaving behind the IPL spot-fixing scam and adapting to the tough conditions in England as they begin their preparations for the ICC Champions Trophy with a warm-up game against Sri Lanka on Saturday.
Warne reckons Pietersen's presence will decide Ashes fate
Australia will reclaim the Ashes against all odds if Kevin Pietersen's knee injury keeps the England batsman out of the series, spin great Shane Warne has said.
Sachin finally speaks, says shocked at spot-fixing news
Breaking his silence on the raging spot-fixing scandal, Sachin Tendulkar has said that the developments of the last two weeks were 'shocking and disappointing' and the faith reposed by the millions of fans in the game should be justified.
N Srinivasan and the men who matter in the BCCI
While the calls for Board of Control for Cricket in India president Narayanaswami Srinivasan's resignation get louder by the day, members are split over whether the veteran administrator should continue or go.
Good cricket can overcome this spot-fixing crisis: Laxman
India's greatest match-winner VVS Laxman talks about the spot-fixing controversy and his role as mentor of Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 6.
May 30, 2013'The new rule forces us to play with five bowlers'
The new ODI rules and the conditions in England will force India to go in with five specialist bowlers in the upcoming Champions Trophy, according to captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni who reckons all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja will play a key role.
'Every IPL has issues like betting, fixing, drugs'
Ridiculing the Indian Premier League for turning cricketers into a bunch of avaricious people, World Cup winning Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga on Thurday said that the cash-awash T20 league has given Indian cricket nothing but disrepute.
Preity Zinta: Ishkq in Paris but proposal at IPL
The Bollywood actress's debut film as a producer 'Ishkq in Paris' flopped miserably at the box office. The bubbly Miss Zinta seems to have run out of luck as her team, Kings XI Punjab, also failed at the IPL.
May 29, 2013Sachin Tendulkar receives award for fastest ton
Senior cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, who played a crucial role in Mumbai's conquest of their 40th Ranji Trophy title this season, on Wednesday received award for striking the fastest century in the national championship at the annual awards function of Mumbai Cricket Association.
Will not be IPL chairman again, says Shukla
Upset over the spot-fixing scandal and a series of other controversies that have plagued the Indian Premier League, Rajeev Shukla, the cash-rich Twenty20 tournament's chairman, declared on Wednesday that he is will not take up the job again.
Ponting to make comeback for Ashes?
Ricky Ponting has revealed he might not be able to resist the lure of the Ashes if Australia asked him to come out of Test retirement.
Azad brands BCCI 'the century's biggest joke'
With India's top politicians associated with the BCCI appearing to be divided over the fate of chief N. Srinivasan in wake of the spot-fixing scandal, former cricketer and BJP MP Kirti Azad on Wednesday said the Indian cricket board has become the biggest joke of the century, and added that the latest episode is one of the darkest phases of Indian cricket since its inception.
May 28, 2013India has right mix for Champions Trophy: Dhoni
Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Tuesday expressed confidence that despite recent controversies the Indian team will not be under any pressure going into the Champions Trophy.
'Press has big role in encouraging youngsters'
India's greatest sporting icons Sachin Tendulkar and Abhinav Bindra urged the media on Tuesday to focus on the positive side of sport.
Sreesanth cannot be liable for instances at his back: Court
Arrested cricketers S Sreesanth and Ajit Chandila, and two bookies, were on Tuesday remanded in judicial custody till June 4 by a Delhi court, which rejected the investigators' plea for two more days' custodial interrogation of the India pacer in connection with the IPL spot-fixing case.
Police custody of Vindoo, two others extended
A SIM card given to Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf by a wanted bookie was destroyed at the insistence of Vindoo Randhawa before the actor's arrest in the IPL betting scam, the Mumbai crime branch told a court, which extended his police remand till May 31.
Let's not forget this IPL in a haste
Rediff.com's suggests that IPL 6 was a reality check. He further points out that cricket has become an addiction, so much so that we conveniently forget what is wrong with the game.
Gayle, Hussey in IPL Dream XI, Dravid captain
picks his best from IPL 6 to make up an invincible team.
Figure out Tendulkar in the IPL
As Sachin Tendulkar signs off on a high from the IPL, takes a look at how he performed over the six editions of the tournament.
May 27, 2013Twitterati celebrates Mumbai Indians' IPL triumph
Twitter was swamped with congratulatory messages for Mumbai Indians after they beat Chennai Super Kings by 23 runs in Sunday's final at the Eden Gardens. Check out some.
'Spot-fixing scandal disrupted CSK's campaign'
The spot-fixing scandal 'disrupted' Chennai Super Kings' campaign in the just-concluded IPL. That was coach Stephen Fleming's view after his team finished runners-up to Mumbai Indians in the sixth edition of the Twenty20 tournament in Kolkata on Sunday night.
Stats: Hussey, Gayle highest run-scorers in IPL 6
Mumbai Indians were crowned champions of IPL season 6 when they beat Chennai Super Kings by 23 runs. Following are the statistical highlights from the match played between in Kolkata on Sunday.
'Captaincy was a responsibility but it made my job easier'
Staying calm and focussed in crunch situations helped him blossom as a captain, said Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma while describing the team's journey towards its maiden Indian Premier League title a "great experience".
IPL PHOTOS: Sakshi, Poorna prove girls just wanna have fun
Images: Sakshi Dhoni and Poorna Patel bond during the IPL final in Kolkata on Sunday.
It's good to see a big smile on Sachin's face: Rohit
A wrist injury might have kept Sachin Tendulkar out of the on-field action for most part of his swan-song IPL but the senior batsman had a huge role in taking Mumbai Indians to their maiden title triumph, skipper Rohit Sharma said.
'Tendulkar has been the backbone of this Mumbai team'
Describing Sachin Tendulkar as the backbone of Mumbai Indians, batsman Ambati Rayudu dedicated the team's maiden IPL triumph to the senior batsman who has announced his retirement from the event.
IPL VI: The top five knocks, Chris Gayle leads the way
Rediff.com lists the top five knocks in IPL VI.
I am 40 and have to face the reality: Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar, who called it quits from the IPL after Mumbai Indians lifted the title, has said it was the perfect time to retire from the Twenty20 event as he has to "face the reality" after turning 40.
Oh, Insider Punters' League!
Chennai Super Kings owner and BCCI President N Srinivasan should formally distance himself from the IPL and BCCI until his son-in-law is cleared of wrongdoing in the spot-fixing scandal, feels .
May 26, 2013PHOTOS: Mumbai Indians are IPL champions!
Images from the IPL final played between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings on Sunday.
May 25, 2013Meiyappan accused of colluding with bookies
Gurunath Meiyappan, Chennai Super Kings owner and son-in-law of the BCCI chief, used to place "huge bets" on IPL matches and was even divulging team's strategy to bookies, Mumbai police on Saturday claimed before a court which remanded him in police custody till May 29.
CLT20, I think that would be it, says Dravid on his future
Veteran Indian batsman Rahul Dravid, who provided inspirational leadership to the beleaguered Rajasthan Royals this season, has decided to call it quits from the IPL with the upcoming Champions League Twenty20 being his last assignment for the franchise.
'Chennai has the upper hand having played finals before'
Mumbai batsman Dinesh Karthik said the IPL final will be cracker of a game but the experience of playing five title-clashes gives defending champions Chennai Super Kings a certain edge.
Will CSK overcome controversy and Mumbai?
Embroiled in the spot-fixing scam, becoming champions for a third time would be a daunting task for the Chennai Super Kings when they take on the formidable Mumbai Indians in the summit clash of the scandal-marred Indian Premier League, in Kolkata on Sunday.
Should CSK be allowed to play IPL Final? Tell Us!
Following the arrest of Gurunath Meiyappan, there are questions whether Chennai Super Kings should be allowed to play in Sunday's IPL final against Mumbai Indians in Kolkata.
PHOTOS: Rain plays spoilsport at Headingley
Play was abandoned without a ball being bowled on the opening day of the second and final Test between England and New Zealand at Headingley due to persistent rain.
May 24, 2013PHOTOS: Mumbai prevail over Rajasthan to enter final
Images from the second IPL qualifier between Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians on Friday.
CSK's contract should be terminated, says Subrata Roy
An upset Sahara Group chief Subrata Roy lashed out at N Srinivasan on Friday and declared his company will not sponsor the Indian cricket team as long as the beleaguered Board of Control for Cricket in India president is at the helm.
Cricket betting surfaces only in Asia: Boycott
India should legalise betting to stamp out corruption in cricket, says former England captain Geoffrey Boycott.
PHOTOS: Fans lend carnival feel to IPL!
The Indian Premier League wouldn't have been the big success it is today had it not been for the fans. We bring you glimpses of the love that fans have showered on the IPL and the players all through season 6.
It's David vs Goliath as Rajasthan take on Mumbai's might
They have shown remarkable fighting spirit despite the demoralising spot-fixing scandal and the Rajasthan Royals will now look to upstage the mighty Mumbai Indians in the second qualifier in Kolkata on Friday to book, what would be, a dream final berth in the Indian Premier League.
May 23, 2013Where's Meiyappan? Mumbai cops summon CSK boss on Friday
Chennai Super Kings CEO Gurunath Meiyappan has been asked to appear before the Mumbai Police's crime branch on Friday in connection with the IPL spot-fixing and betting scandal.
'It's been a fantastic campaign for Sunrisers'
Sunrisers Hyderabad's skipper Cameron White feels his team enjoyed a "fantastic" journey in the Indian Premier League even though it could not make the final after losing to Rajasthan Royals in the Eliminator in New Delhi on Wednesday.
It was like bereavement: Dravid on spot-fixing
Rajasthan Royals skipper Rahul Dravid says dealing with the turmoil caused by the spot-fixing scandal, which has left his team's reputation in tatters, has turned out to be as tough as handling "bereavement in some ways".
Rahul Dravid on Royals hugging spree
Rajasthan Royals captain Rahul Dravid could not hold his excitement of qualifying for the next round in the IPL on Wednesday night.
IPL PHOTOS: Rajasthan eliminate Hyderabad
Images from the IPL match between Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad in New Delhi on Wednesday night.
'Final' chance for Mumbai Indians to address away woes
The Rohit Sharma-led side won just two of its eight away fixtures in the league stage, and lost the first play-off to Chennai Super Kings at Ferozshah Kotla. One more 'away' failure will put an end to their title aspirations.
PHOTOS: Sakshi leads sexy desi WAGS IPL race
There are not many desi WAGS (wives and girlfriends) as outgoing and sporting as Sakshi Dhoni. That's why she seems to bag all the brownie points for being the apple of every photographer's eye!
May 22, 2013IPL: Fleming unperturbed at 'boring team' tag
Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming has attributed his side's stupendous success in Indian Premier League to "loyalty in team selection and conservative approach".
Stats: Hussey is highest run-getter of IPL 6
Statistical highlights of the Indian Premier League first qualifier between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings in New Delhi on Tuesday night.
PHOTOS: Wicket ways... wild celebrations at the IPL
Most celebrations in the IPL are over the top. Sometimes they look orchestrated; but how does it matter as long as the spectators enjoy them.
Who's hotter: Cheergirls in Desi or Western outfits?
Teams like Pune Warriors have their cheergirls dressed only in traditional Indian outfits and they fight to grab eyeballs with their western counterparts.
PHOTOS: Ten most spectacular catches of the IPL
Rediff.com gives you a lowdown of some of the best catches taken during the group phase of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League.
IPL PHOTOS: Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians (Kotla)
Images from the first qualifier between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians at Ferozshah Kotla on Tuesday.
May 21, 2013'Sreesanth used 'fixing' money to buy mobile for girlfriend'
Disgraced pacer S Sreesanth bought designer clothes worth Rs 1.95 lakh in Mumbai in a single day and gifted a costly smartphone to his girlfriend using the money he allegedly got from spot-fixing in IPL matches, Delhi Police claimed.
Bollywood in IPL fixing? Vindoo Dara arrested
Bollywood actor Vindoo Singh, son of late actor Dara Singh, was arrested for his alleged role in the IPL spot-fixing scandal by Mumbai Police on Tuesday.
Captaincy has helped my batting, says Rohit
Rohit Sharma was handed over the captaincy of Mumbai Indians midway through the tournament following Ricky Ponting's poor form and the right-hander has thrived in his new role, amassing 526 runs with the bat so far in IPL 6.
'Questions will always be raised about Indian pacers'
The world's numero uno fast bowler, Dale Steyn feels always looking up to spinners for wickets is not the right way to go about encouraging the crop of pacers in India.
Glamour queen of IPL 6: Preity Zinta
The bubbly Miss Preity Zinta had little to cheer about in the IPL 6 as her team failed to qualify for the play-offs. But the seasoned actress did make quite a few heads turn during this season.
The ten best knocks of IPL 6
Ahead of the play-offs, takes a look at the top 10 innings of this year's Indian Premier League.
May 20, 2013Battle of the best as Chennai-Mumbai play-off
It will be a battle of equals when mighty Chennai Super Kings meet formidable Mumbai Indians in the first play-off match of the Pepsi Indian Premier League in Delhi on Tuesday.
Satisfying to see Hyderabad evolve as a team: Moody
Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Tom Moody has said reaching the play-offs of the Indian Premier League is a only a step forward and his team now needs to gear up for the challenge ahead.
Can Zaheer reclaim India spot?
Royal Challengers Bangalore's Zaheer Khan is eager to "reclaim" his place in the Indian team and said he will look to use the period after IPL to attain peak fitness.
May 19, 2013IPL PHOTOS: Hyderabad Sunrisers vs Kolkata Knight Riders
Images from the IPL match between Hyderabad Sunrisers and Kolkata Knight Riders in Hyderabad on Sunday.
'Rough season for Daredevils but we need to move on'
Delhi Daredevils skipper Mahela Jayawardene said they will have to "move on" after enduring a tough Indian Premier League season during which they finished at the bottom of the table.
IPL PHOTOS: Pune Warriors vs Delhi Daredevils
Images from the IPL match between Pune Warriors and Delhi Daredevils in Pune on Sunday.
Sunrisers looking to finish with flourish and make play-offs
Having moved ahead in the race for a playoff spot after a comfortable victory over Rajasthan Royals, Sunrisers Hyderabad will now need to beat the beleaguered Kolkata Knight Riders in their final Pepsi IPL league match in Hyderabad on Sunday to finish among the top four.
May 18, 2013IPL PHOTOS: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai
Images from the IPL match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings in Bangalore on Saturday.
Fans frustrated as rain plays spoilsport in Bangalore
Hope sustains life and this young fan has not lost hope of watching his favourite cricketers in action.
'Bowler' Gilchrist ends IPL career on a high
Just like Sunil Gavaskar always had a twinkle in his eyes whenever he spoke about denying Zaheer Abbas a century by getting his only Test scalp, Adam Gilchrist will tell you the 'tale' of how he got Harbhajan Singh out with last delivery of his competitive career.
IPL PHOTOS: Kings XI Punjab vs Mumbai Indians
Images form the IPL encounter between the Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians at Dharamsala on Saturday.
The person who is hurting most is me: BCCI supremo
His back against the wall after the IPL spot-fixing scandal, BCCI President N Srinivasan has not ruled out filing a criminal complaint against the arrested "dirty cricketers", insisting that no one is hurting more than him because of the crisis.
Ban them for life if guilty, says Gilchrist
Australian cricket ace Adam Gilchrist has called for life bans if the players arrested for their alleged role in spot-fixing in the ongoing IPL are found guilty.
May 17, 2013IPL PHOTOS: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals
Images from the Indian Premier League match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals, on Friday.
Tait 'deeply distressed' by links to IPL spot-fixing
Bewildered at his name being dragged into the IPL spot-fixing scandal, Australian pacer Shaun Tait said his legal representatives will examine how the "false" suggestions, which have already been dismissed by the Delhi Police, started.
Can't sustain long playing all three formats: Steyn
South Africa hope to give coach Gary Kirsten the perfect parting gift by winning next month's Champions Trophy, and have no fears that his replacement, Russell Domingo, is up to the job of guiding the world's best Test team to further success, pace spearhead Dale Steyn said.
PHOTOS: Kings XI Punjab vs Delhi Daredevils, Dharamsala
Images from Thursday's IPL match between Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Daredevils at Dharamsala.
May 16, 2013Self-destructing Sreesanth finally gets it right!
S Sreesanth had attempted to self-destruct his career many times, but without much success. This time, however, he seems bang on!
No other IPL player or owners involved: Delhi Police
Delhi Police commissioner Neeraj Kumar on Thursday clarified that no other IPL player or franchise owner is involved in the spot-fixing scandal that hit Indian cricket on Thursday.
How the tainted Rajasthan Royals trio performed in the IPL
Now that spot-fixing has shown its ugly face yet again, leading to the arrest of three cricketers, rediff.com takes a look at how S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan performed in the matches they featured in.
Delhi Police reveal how Sreesanth & Co fixed matches
The Delhi police on Thursday explained in detail, with the use of vide footage, how S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan allegedly carried out spot-fixing during the ongoing Indian Premier League.
My son will never betray cricket, says Sreesanth's mother
Shocked by the arrest of her son on the charges of spot fixing in the ongoing Indian Premier League, cricketer S Sreesanth's mother Savithridevi said "my son will never betray cricket".
How spot-fixing has ruined cricket's integrity
Spot-fixing is venom that has infested cricket for nearly four years now and it reared its ugly head again on Wednesday. This time, it is an Indian Premier League match is at the centre of a storm, with Rajasthan Royal players S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan arrested by Delhi Police for their involvement in Spot-fixing. Rediff.com brings you history of Spot-fixing.
PHOTOS: Sexy Karishma Kotak's IPL diary
Karishma Kotak has done modelling, movies and reality shows on the small screen but it is her stint in the ongoing Indian Premier League that has made her a household name.
May 15, 2013IPL PHOTOS: Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals (Wankhede)
Images from the Indian Premier League match between Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals at the Wankhede stadium on Wednesday.
IPL PHOTOS: Kolkata vs Pune in Ranchi
Images from Wednesday's IPL match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Pune Warriors in Ranchi.
'Playing in Delhi and not in Chennai is disadvantage'
With the play-offs of the Indian Premier League shifted out of the city's MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming says it will be a "disadvantage" playing away from home.
Clarke expects Aus batsmen to come good to reclaim Ashes
Australia's pace bowling unit will give the tourists every chance of success in the Ashes series in England but will not be able to win back the precious urn without some help from the batsmen, captain Michael Clarke said on Wednesday.
IPL's MVP: Gayle continues to rule the roost
After 42 days and 64 matches, 's MVPI formula shows that RCB's Chris Gayle is still the most valuable player in season 6 of the IPL.
Daredevils missing KP, Ryder in IPL 6: Simons
The absence of Kevin Pietersen and Jesse Ryder coupled with injuries to some key players at the start of the season were some of the reasons for Delhi Daredevils disastrous campaign in the ongoing Pepsi Indian Premier League, said coach Eric Simons.
IPL's sultry cheerleaders: Dancing with cricket stars
IPL cricketers give these cheerleaders reason to 'make a move' and shake a leg.
Will Rajasthan end Mumbai's unbeaten home run?
Having snatched victory from the jaws of defeat against Sunrisers Hyderabad, heavyweights Mumbai Indians will have their tails up when they take on Rajasthan Royals in their last Pepsi IPL home game, at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai, on Wednesday.
The secrets of Cheteshwar Pujara's success
For one so young, Cheteshwar Pujara is extremely religious. He performs puja, meditates and lives a simple life despite being a celebrity. , who has known the batsman since he was a child, reveals the role his family and spirituality have played in his achievements.
IPL: Will KKR demolish Pune tonight?
On a high after back-to-back wins, Kolkata Knight Riders will start favourites against the struggling Pune Warriors India when the two bottom-half teams clash in Ranchi's in an IPL match on Wednesday.
IPL PHOTOS: Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Daredevils
Images from the Indian Premier League match between Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Daredevils at the MA Chidambaram stadium on Tuesday.
May 14, 2013We need a good bowling performance against Chennai: Kohli
After losing to Kings XI Punjab by seven wickets, Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli has said the team needed to pull up the socks in its last IPL game against Chennai Super Kings if it is to sneak into the play-offs.
'Indian batsmen will find it difficult in SA'
Dale Steyn, the world's most feared pacer, has backed his country, South Africa, to emerge triumphant in the three-Test series against India at the end of the year.
IPL PHOTOS: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab
Images from the Indian Premier League match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab on Tuesday.
Sexy WAGS, film stars witness Pollard's magic at Wankhede
Kieron Pollard's fireworks against Hyderabad was witnessed by WAGS and filmstars at Wankhede on Monday.
Misbah sees the brighter side of Pakistan missing IPL
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq feels missing the IPL could be a blessing in disguise for his team's players as they would enter the upcoming Champions Trophy relatively fresh compared to those who are participating in the T20 league.
Bangalore eye revenge against Punjab
A question mark hanging over their play-off chances, Royal Challengers Bangalore return to the comfort of home when they clash with Kings XI Punjab in a crucial Pepsi IPL match on Tuesday.
'I tried to choose bowlers, who could be captalised on'
Kieron Pollard struck a handome 27-ball 66 not out to see the Mumbai Indians beat Sunrisers Hyderabad on Monday.
Chennai hoping to beat Delhi and seal play-off berth
Comfortably placed at the top of the table, Chennai Super Kings would focus on sealing their playoff berth after an abrupt loss when they take on a lowly Delhi Daredevils in their own den in a Pepsi IPL match in Chennai on Tuesday.
May 13, 2013IPL PHOTOS: Mumbai Indians vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
Images from the Indian Premier League match between Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad in Mumbai, on Monday.
Tendulkar launches 10 gram gold coin with his image
A limited edition Sachin Tendulkar gold coins, with the senior cricketer's face and signature embossed on them, were launched in Mumbai on Monday on the auspicious day of 'Akshaya Tritiya'.
'Umesh is the most talented fast bowler in India'
Veteran left-arm seamer Ashish Nehra praised his Delhi Daredevils teammate Umesh Yadav terming him as the "most talented fast bowler" in the country at the moment and believes that his performance will have an impact on India's performance in near future.
Batting well is more important than scoring runs: Vijay
He might be struggling for runs in the ongoing Indian Premier League, but Chennai Super Kings' batsman Murali Vijay feels that he has been batting well in the tournament, which according to the opener is more important than scoring runs.
Rasool spurns liquor brand logo on IPL jersey
The first cricketer from Jammu and Kashmir to play in the IPL, Parveez Rasool, has refused to sport a liquor brand's logo on his Pune Warriors team jersey, saying that it would hurt his religious sentiments.
IPL Stats: Rajasthan Royals enjoy a clean slate at home!
Rajasthan Royals continue to enjoy their unbeaten run at home.
It was an extraordinary innings by Watson: Fleming
Terming Shane Watson's 70-run knock off just 34 balls as "extraordinary", Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming said that the Aussie all-rounder changed the complexion of the game in just four to five overs.
IPL Photos: See what makes sexy Shilpa Shetty dance!
Shilpa Shetty was ecstatic when her team stunned the mighty Chennai Super Kings on Sunday night.
May 12, 2013IPL PHOTOS: Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings
Images from the Indian Premier League match between Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings in Jaipur, on Sunday.
IPL PHOTOS: Kolkata vs Bangalore
Images from the IPL match played between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday.
Moody praises on Parthiv for mature knock
Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Tom Moody has heaped praise on opener Parthiv Patel for playing a "mature innings", which laid the foundation for their 30-run win over Kings XI Punjab and improved their chances of reaching the IPL semi-final.
RCB face KKR in Ranchi's IPL debut
Inching closer to a playoff berth, Royal Challengers Bangalore will face an inconsistent Kolkata Knight Riders, who would be eyeing revenge, when the two sides clash in the city's first Pepsi IPL game at the Jharkhand Cricket Association's International stadium on Sunday.
'Kolkata still has a chance of reaching the play-offs'
His team is virtually out of the play-offs race having lost eight of their 13 matches, but an optimistic Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir has said they still have a "fair chance" of making the cut in the ongoing Indian Premier League.
May 11, 2013IPL PHOTOS: Kings XI Punjab vs Hyderabad Sunrisers
Images of the IPL match between Kings XI Punjab and Hyderabad Sunrisers in Mohali.
IPL PHOTOS: Pune Warriors vs Mumbai Indians
Images from Saturday's IPL match between Pune Warriors vs Mumbai Indians.
Royals to lock horns with table-toppers Super Kings
Playing their last match on home soil, Rajasthan Royals would look to consolidate their number two position in the points table and upstage top-placed title contenders Chennai Super Kings when the two most balanced sides clash in the IPL in Jaipur on Sunday.
Will Kings dent Sunrisers' chances at Mohali?
Sunrisers Hyderabad will aim to pick up the pieces after their drubbing at the hands of Chennai Super Kings as they aim to get past Kings XI Punjab during their Premier League encounter, in Mohali on Saturday.
Pune to play for pride against formidable Mumbai
Out of contention for a play-off spot, Pune Warriors' wretched run is unlikely to snap anytime soon as they would be up against the formidable Mumbai Indians in their next Pepsi IPL match in Pune on Saturday.
IPL PHOTOS: Royal Challengers close in on play-offs berth
Images from Friday's IPL match between Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challenger Bangalore in Delhi.
May 10, 2013IPL: Kashmiri Rasool expresses wish to play for India
Parveez Rasool, who became the first cricketer from Jammu and Kashmir to play in the Indian Premier League, has called his debut for Pune Warriors the 'proudest day' of his life.
IPL: Shilpa beats Preity in Battle of Bollywood beauties
Shilpa Shetty's team won both the encounters against the dimpled Preity Zinta's Punjab Kings XI.
IPL: With nothing to lose, can Delhi surprise Bangalore?
With nothing but pride at stake, Delhi Daredevils will take on Royal Challengers Bangalore in their Indian Premier League match in New Delhi on Friday.
Lessons to be learnt from the IPL
The key for all Indian Premier League franchises in next year's auction, says , will be to invest in good Indian players and choose a captain from among them.
May 09, 2013IPL PHOTOS: Pune Warriors vs Kolkata Knight Riders
Images from Thursday's IPL match between Pune Warriors and Kolkata Knight Riders in Pune.
IPL PHOTOS: Kings XI Punjab vs Rajasthan Royals
Images from the Indian Premier League match between Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals in Mohali, on Thursday.
Raina not disappointed at missing out on a ton
His breathtaking unbeaten 99 set up Chennai Super Kings's 77-run win over Sunrisers Hyderabad on Wednesday, but a modest Suresh Raina credited his batting colleagues for the comprehensive victory in their IPL encounter.
Raina first batsman to post 98, 99 and a hundred in IPL!
Following some explosive batting by Suresh Raina and Michael Hussey, Chennai Super Kings thrashed Sunrisers Hyderabad by 77 runs in Uppal on Wednesday. Here are the statistical highlights from that Indian Premier League match.
KKR look to revive fortunes against Pune
Defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders will aim to restore lost pride when they take on a struggling Pune Warriors in their Indian Premier League match in Pune on Thursday.
IPL: Cheerleaders turn on the heat in Hyderabad
While the cricketers turned on the heat with some hot action on field during the match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings on Wednesday, the cheerleaders kept the crowds entertained on the sidelines. Here is a glimpse at a few cheerleaders in action.
May 08, 2013IPL PHOTOS: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Chennai Super Kings
Images from the Indian Premier League match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings, on Wednesday.
Tendulkar lone Indian in Stewart's Test dream team
Sachin Tendulkar is the only Indian to make it to the Test dream team drawn up by former England captain Alec Stewart. The team includes players against whom Stewart had played in his career.
Will Miller prove 'Killer' against Rajasthan?
As the IPL moves closer to the play-off stage, Rajasthan Royals will be looking to guard against complacency when they take on an unpredictable Kings XI Punjab in their Indian Premier League match in Mohali on Thursday.
Why Viv Richards never wore a helmet
West Indies great Vivian Richards on the all-conquering West Indies teams of the 1970s and 80, why he never donned a helmet while batting and his addiction to chewing gum.
Kumble's tips turning things around for Ojha
Mumbai Indians spinner Pragyan Ojha credits Anil Kumble for his good showing in the IPL his season.
Stats: Tendulkar sets record for most fours in IPL
King of records Sachin Tendulkar got another milestone under his belt -- most fours in IPL history!
IPL: Sultry Sonakshi roots for Mumbai Indians
IPL received yet another dash of Bollywood when the Dabanng girl decided to show up at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai.
May 07, 2013IPL PHOTOS: Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders
Images from the Indian Premier League match between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders at the Wankhede.
IPL PHOTOS: Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Daredevils at Jaipur
Images from Tuesday's Indian Premier League match between Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Daredevils in Jaipur.
Sunrisers face still challenge against CSK
Enjoying an unbeaten run at home, Sunrisers Hyderabad face a stiff challenge when they take on former champions and table-toppers Chennai Super Kings in a Pepsi IPL match in Hyderabad on Wednesday.
Miller storms into record books
David Miller's sensational 38-ball 101 innings helped him rewrite a few IPL records.
Made some adjustments for Twenty20: Pujara
Considered a Test batsman of impeccable technique, Cheteshwar Pujara says he has made some adjustments in his game to adapt to the fast-paced Twenty20 format in the ongoing Pepsi IPL where he shares the dressing room with destructive batsmen like Chris Gayle.
Rode the luck while it was there: Miller
Ecstatic after powering Kings XI Punjab to an improbable IPL win over Royal Challengers Bangalore, young batsman David Miller said a "nice piece of willow" and a lot of luck carried him through to the best knock of his career so far.
Have selectors forgotten the World Cup is only 21 months away?
While selecting the team for the Champions Trophy, says , the 2015 World Cup should have been on the selectors' minds.
IPL PHOTOS: Preity Zinta charms Mohali!
With Kings XI Punjab's victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL match at Mohali on Monday Preity Zinta's famous dimpled smile is back.
'As a captain, I have an additional responsibility'
Rohit Sharma has won four out of five matches since he replaced Ricky Ponting as the skipper of the Mumbai Indians side and the stylish batsman feels that leading the side is helping him evolve as a batsman too.
'I spend a lot more time talking to Dhoni about cricket'
West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, who has been named as the team's captain for the ICC Champions Trophy said that he is learning a lot from his Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
IPL fastest fifties: Chris Gayle tops with 17-ball effort
Rediff.com put together a list of the fastest fifties and Chris Gayle, expectedly, leads the pack.
An honour working with people like Shah Rukh, says Gambhir
Kolkata Knight Riders' skipper Gautam Gambhir says team owners Shah Rukh Khan and Jay Mehta have left the cricketing decisions to him and there no interference from them.
IPL PHOTOS: Kings XI Punjab v Royal Challengers Bangalore
Images from the Indian Premier League match between Kings XI Punjab and Royal Challengers Bangalore at Mohali.
May 06, 2013'After Sachin, can't see anyone playing 200 Tests again'
Australia bowling ace Brett Lee feels the batting maestro must be allowed to reach the impending milestone of 200 Tests before he calls it day.
IPL Stats: Uthappa-Finch Pune's most successful pair
Statistical highlights of the IPL match between Pune Warriors and Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur on Sunday.
After Champions Trophy snub, Rahane lets his bat talk
He might have been the star of Rajasthan Royals' win over Pune Warriors in a high-scoring IPL thriller but Ajinkya Rahane was modest about his role, opting to praise his team's bowlers for keeping it tight in the death overs.
PIX: Ambanis, Geeta Basra, Rahul Bose cheer Mumbai
Industrialist and owner of the Mumbai Indians, Mukesh Ambani, was also seen at the Wankhede in Mumbai cheering his team.
IPL PHOTOS: HOT Shilpa Shetty's prayers answered!
When the Rajasthan Royals co-owner Shilpa Shetty is ecstatic, the shutterbugs cannot seem to have enough of her!
PHOTOS: Rajasthan Royals invincible at home!
Rajasthan Royals defeated Pune Warriors by five wickets in a thriller in Jaipur on Sunday.
I hoped Hussey's luck ran out, but it didn't: Johnson
Mitchell Johnson looked in frustration as Kieron Pollard dropped opener Michael Hussey thrice in succession in the first over.
May 05, 2013Kieron Pollard makes a point, quite literally!
ellaborates on a 'hat-trick' which Kieron Pollard would like to forget in a hurry.
IPL PHOTOS: Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings
Images from the Indian Premier League match between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings at the Wankhede stadium on Sunday.
'It has been a great experience captaining Warriors'
Twenty20 cricket is money-spinning and popular but for Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews, nothing comes close to the thrill of playing Test cricket.
Must-win situation for Preity Zinta's Punjab
It would be a battle of unequals when tournament laggards Kings XI Punjab take on the formidable Royal Challengers Bangalore in a desperate bid to stay afloat in the Pepsi IPL, in Mohali on Monday.
PHOTOS: Dhoni keeps focus by humming songs
Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's mind wanders in several directions while he is batting but he manages to keep the focus by humming songs even when the bowler is running in from the other end.
I want to be captain's go-to bowler: Irfan Pathan
Fit-again and raring to go after making a comeback to the Indian squad for next month`s Champions Trophy in England, pacer Irfan Pathan says he would aim to be his captain`s "go-to bowler" in tough situations.
I just wanted to be a part of the IPL: Sammy
Having posted their seventh win in the ongoing Indian Premier League, Sunrisers Hyderabad all-rounder Darren Sammy has his fingers crossed as far as winning the title is concerned, but expressed confidence of making the play-offs.
May 04, 2013IPL PHOTOS: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Delhi Daredevils
Images from Indian Premier League match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Daredevils in Hyderabad on Saturday.
India's fast bowling a bit ordinary, says Holding
West Indies fast bowler Michael Holding says even though cricketers are making money through the IPL, it is damaging the sport.
Want to repay selectors' faith with good show: Karthik
Recalled to the Indian ODI team after nearly three years following his superb display in the ongoing Indian Premier League, Dinesh Karthik is keen to repay the selectors' faith in his abilities with a good performance in the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy in England.
IPL: Shah Rukh Khan optimistic of making the final
They may be languishing at the seventh spot in the points table but holders Kolkata Knight Riders are still optimistic of making the title clash of the Indian Premier League.
SRK regrets getting into a brawl at Wankhede
Kolkata Knight Riders' owner Shah Rukh Khan has admitted that he should not have got into a fight with the Wankhede stadium security guard during last season's IPL that led to MCA imposing a five-year ban on him.
Poor form against England costs Gambhir, Yuvi dearly
Two years after playing major roles in the World Cup final that the hosts won, Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh find themselves omitted from the India squad for the next major ICC event, the Champions Trophy commencing June 6.
Experience of Knight Riders spinners counted: Owais Shah
Rajasthan Royals batsman Owais Shah says the Kolkata Knight Riders possess some world class spinners in their ranks and their performance in helpful conditions made the difference in their IPL match on Friday.
No harsh words exchanged with Dravid: Gambhir
His image taking a bit of beating after verbal duel with Rahul Dravid during Friday's IPL game, Gautam Gambhir sought to clear the air by saying that he never exchanged any harsh words with the legendary batsman, who remains a respected figure for him.
Mumbai face a tough challenge to stop Chennai juggernaut
They have been unconquered at home so far but Mumbai Indians face an arduous task to extend the record as they face a rampaging Chennai Super Kings in their Pepsi IPL match in Mumbai.
May 03, 2013IPL PHOTOS: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals
Images from Indian Premier League match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals at Eden Gardens.
'It's not all about a Pollard tsunami'
Explosive West Indies batsman Kieron Pollard expressed confidence that Mumbai Indians can make it to the play-offs in the Indian Premier League by winning their next two home games at the Wankhede Stadium.
Dhawan, Yadav set to make the cut for Champions Trophy
The Board of Control for Cricket in India's selection committee will meet on Saturday in Mumbai to pick the squad for the next month's Champions Trophy.
'MS Dhoni is a clever skipper in Indian conditions'
England batsman Kevin Pietersen feels Mahendra Singh Dhoni's "clever" captaincy is the reason behind Chennai Super Kings' success in the ongoing IPL but downplayed the issue of his own absence being the cause of Delhi Daredevils' poor show.
Delhi faces tough competition in match against Sunrisers
Two teams which have only recently recovered from poor form will square off when Delhi Daredevils and Sunrisers Hyderabad clash in Hyderabad on Saturday in a Pepsi IPL match with both sides aiming to continue the winning run and stay alive in the event.
PHOTOS: Bollywood beauties at the IPL
Bollywood's presence at the IPL glam up the matches! Pretty faces like Preity Zinta, Shilpa Shetty only add to the beauty quotient of the game.
Lucky I had the talent to play for India: Dravid
Former skipper Rahul Dravid was modesty personified as he said that he was lucky to have possessed enough talent to play cricket for India and "couldn't have asked for more".
'Relaxed mindset' key to Ishant's consistency
Sunrisers Hyderabad pacer Ishant Sharma says bowling with a "relaxed mindset" has worked wonders for him in the ongoing Indian Premier League.
May 02, 2013Positive dressing room atmosphere helping: Raina
After scoring his first Indian Premier League century, Suresh Raina on Thursday credited a perfect atmosphere in the dressing room for his brilliant run in the T20 league.
IPL PHOTOS: Pune Warriors vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
Images from the Indian Premier League match between Pune Warriors and Royal Challengers Bangalore, on Thursday.
IPL PHOTOS: Chennai Super Kings vs Kings XI Punjab
Images from the Indian Premier League match between Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab at Chepauk.
IPL: Gambhir, Kallis and the diamond duck brigade
Rediff.com lists the batsmen who have unfortunately been dismissed without facing a ball during this IPL. A look at the tournament's diamond ducks.
IPL: Pune up against Gayle again
Their campaign completely haywire after a fifth straight loss, Pune Warriors will be desperate to make amends when they lock horns with star-studded Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Pepsi Indian Premier League match, in Pune, on Wednesday.
Spotted: Ameesha Patel at IPL match in Mumbai
Reader Kushal Sampat sent us this picture from Mumbai.
May 01, 2013IPL PHOTOS: Delhi Daredevils vs Kolkata Knight Riders
Images from the Indian Premier League match between Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders at Raipur.
IPL PHOTOS: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Mumbai Indians
Images from the Indian Premier League match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians in Hyderabad on Wednesday.
PHOTOS: Gayle's funky video a smash hit
The video celebrates Chris Gayle as a cricketer and an entertainer where he shows different moves from Bhangra to Bollywood thumkas to other popular styles.
'Players' trust in captain must for a successful team'
Leading a cricket team is no different from running a family where the members would end up playing for themselves if the captain loses their faith, feels former India skipper Sourav Ganguly.
I find it lot more difficult in T20 cricket: Gilchrist
Australian great Adam Gilchrist finds it "difficult" to adapt to the fast nature of Twenty20 cricket and says the slam bang format does not give players enough time to "correct mistakes".
'I don't think Yusuf Pathan's performance is frustrating'
Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir has defended an out-of-sorts Yusuf Pathan, stating it's not only about him but the form of the whole team that is a concern ahead of the Indian Premier League match against Delhi Daredevils in Raipur on Wednesday.
April 30, 2013IPL PHOTOS: Pune Warriors vs Chennai Super Kings, Match 42
Images from the Indian Premier League match between Pune Warriors India and Chennai Super Kings on Tuesday.
Next on Delhi's target list, SRK's KKR
After notching up a morale-boosting victory against the Pune Warriors, Delhi Daredevils will aim to improve their current position when they face defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders in a Pepsi Indian Premier League match in Raipur on Wednesday.
IPL: Sunrisers take on mighty Mumbai Indians
Sunrisers Hyderabad have very little time to recover from back-to-back losses as they face another formidable challenge in the star-studded Mumbai Indians in their Pepsi IPL clash at the Rajiv Gandhi cricket stadium in Hyderabad on Wednesday.
Should opposing teams fear coming to Mumbai?
Their 'fortress' almost breached by a spirited Kings XI Punjab, Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma said his team will now focus on making its home ground a den where opposing IPL teams will be scared to play.
PHOTOS: Spotted! Preity Zinta, Ameesha Patel at the IPL
Bollywood's presence at IPL matches can never go unnoticed! Rediff.com spots a few of them at the Wankhede on Monday.
IPL PHOTOS: Get the message from the stands
Some interesting ways spectators choose to express themselves during matches at the ongoing Indian Premier League.
Mumbai's million dollar waste - Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell continues to be an enigma in the ongoing Indian Premier League. Just a couple of months ago, the Australian all-rounder was touted as one of Mumbai Indians' key players after being snapped by the franchise at the IPL Players' Auctions in February for a mammoth $1 million.
I got out at the wrong time: Virat Kohli
Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli has said his team was 10-15 runs short of what would have been a match-winning total in their IPL game against Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur.
Lalit Modi slams BCCI inquiry, says 'sham exercise'
Former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi came down heavily on the three-member Disciplinary Committee, probing alleged irregularities against him, on Tuesday, saying the panel has made a 'mockery of the proceedings'.
At the end of the day I haven't contributed: Gilchrist
Going through a lean phase, Kings XI Punjab skipper Adam Gilchrist called form a "rubbish word" and said his decision to sit out of the IPL match against Mumbai Indians was taken keeping in mind the team balance.
April 29, 2013IPL PHOTOS: Mumbai Indians v Kings XI Punjab, Match 41
Images from the Indian Premier League match between Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab at the Wankhede stadium on Monday.
IPL PHOTOS: Rajasthan Royals v Royal Challengers, Jaipur
Images from the IPL match between Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore in Jaipur.
Pune look for desperate win against CSK
Their campaign in doldrums at the half-way stage, Pune Warriors would be desperate to change the scenario but they face a gigantic challenge when they take on table-in Pune on Tuesday.
It's make or break for Royal Challengers
With the first of six successive games, away from their comfort zone, conceded to Mumbai Indians, the results of the next five will be crucial in determining how comfortably the team from Bangalore is placed when it welcomes Punjab at the Chinnaswamy on May 14, says .
Hussey is the pivot of Chennai batting: Fleming
Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming praised his senior batsman Michael Hussey for his contribution to the team, describing the Australian as the pivot of CSK's batting in the IPL.
IPL PHOTOS: The many moods of stylish Mrs Dhoni
Sakshi Dhoni has been making fashion statements at the IPL 6 matches.
Is Virat Kohli the angry young man of Indian cricket?
Furious after being booed by the crowd in Mumbai, Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli said IPL fans tend to forget that he competes for India as well.
April 28, 2013IPL PHOTOS: Pune Warriors vs Delhi Daredevils
Images from the IPL match between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders in Raipur on Sunday.
I can be effective with old ball too: Bhuvneshwar
Talented India seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar wants to change the popular perception that he won't be as effective with the old ball as much as he is with the new ball.
Rising Rajasthan look to avenge loss to RCB
High on confidence after their emphatic win over Sunrisers Hyderabad, Rajasthan Royals would be eyeing revenge when they host Royal Challengers Bangalore in a Pepsi Indian Premier League match in Jaipur on Monday.
IPL PHOTOS: Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders
Images from the IPL match between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders in Chennai on Sunday.
Hope win over RCB makes us more consistent: Smith
Mumbai Indians opener Dwayne Smith, whose 36-ball 50 guided the home team to a huge win over the high-flying Royal Challengers Bangalore, said the triumph will inspire his team to be more consistent in the ongoing IPL.
Virat Kohli lashes out at 'weird' Wankhede crowd
On the field incidents involving players are common in cricket but seldom has a player lashed out at the crowd.
April 27, 2013IPL PHOTOS: Mumbai vs Bangalore, Match 37
Images from thr match between Mumbai and Bangalore played at the Wankhede on Saturday.
We had no answer to Watson's onslaught: Sammy
Darren Sammy refused suggestions that Surisers Hyderabad were outplayed by Rajasthan Royals but admitted that they had no answer to the onslaught by Shane Watson, who blasted a 53-ball 98 in his side's win.
Delhi Daredevils meet Pune Warriors in battle of equals
A lacklustre Delhi Daredevils will be desperate to change the course of their disastrous campaign when they square up against an equally out-of-sorts Pune Warriors in an Indian Premier League match in Raipur on Sunday.
Time to take some pressure off Gambhir: Bisla
Kolkata Knight Riders opener Manvinder Bisla has urged his team's misfiring batsmen to get their act together and take some pressure off skipper Gautam Gambhir as the side gears up for a couple of back-to-back away ties.
Spotted: Spider-Man, Iron Man at Wankhede Stadium!
Spider-Man and Iron Man unite at Wankhede on Saturday!
IPL PHOTOS: Rajasthan vs Hyderabad, Match 36
Images from the IPL played between Rajasthan vs Hyderabad on Saturday.
Why Dhoni is a candidate for sportsman of 21st century
Impressed by his amazing ability to win matches from nowhere, a British newspaper has likened Mahendra Singh Dhoni to the great Michael Jordan and said there is no better candidate than the Indian cricket captain for the sportsman of the 21st century award.
April 26, 2013IPL PHOTOS: Kolkata Kinght Riders v Kings XI Punjab
Images from Friday's IPL match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab, in Kolkata.
The straight drive a la Sachin Tendulkar
Batting icon Sachin Tendulkar tells youngsters wanting to take up cricket 'you have to be in love with the game to succeed'.
Watson credits his international success to IPL
While Mark Taylor termed it as a distraction for young players, but for Shane Watson, it's an opportunity for youngsters to rub shoulders with the greats.
I prepare very differently for T20 format: Dhawan
After an impressive debut in Test, Shikhar Dhawan has made it clear that his approach to the traditional five-day format is completely different from the way he enters a Twenty20 game.
RR will eye comeback win against Hyderabad
Beaten in their past two away outings, Rajasthan Royals will look to get back to winning ways when they take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in their own den in a an IPL match at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur on Saturday.
India lucky to have 'special leader' Dhoni: Moody
Awestruck by Mahendra Singh Dhoni's swashbuckling knock against Sunrisers Hyderabad, former Australia all-rounder and Hyderabad coach Tom Moody says India is 'very lucky' to have the 31-year-old 'special' cricketer as captain.
Will Gayle produce an encore against Mumbai Indians?
The rampaging Chris Gayle will be the cynosure of all eyes as table-toppers Royal Challengers Bangalore lock horns with Mumbai Indians during their Indian Premier League (IPL) match in Mumbai on Saturday.
Mishra equals Malinga's record for most wickets in IPL
Mahendra Singh Dhoni led Chennai Super Kings to a five-wicket win against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Thursday. Folllowing are the statistical highlights from that Indian Premier League match played in Chennai.
Sachin is still a class act: Viv Richards
Sachin Tendulkar's prolonged form slump may have raised questions on his retirement but West Indies batting legend Sir Vivian Richards reckons the veteran batsman is still a 'class act' and should not be pressured into calling time on his career.
April 25, 2013How Narine spoiled Tendulkar's birthday
'Birthday boy' Sachin Tendulkar, who had a busy time cutting cakes, had a disappointing day at office on Wednesday. Sunil Narine ruined his much-hyped 40th birthday in the Pepsi IPL match at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
Steyn among top three pacers of all time: Waqar
Former Pakistan skipper Waqar Younis says Dale Steyn is among the top three fast bowlers of all time and reckons the South African has it in him to "hit the top" if he keeps going for a another 2-3 seasons.
Virat Kohli reminds me of myself, says Viv Richards
Virat Kohli on Thursday received the biggest compliment of his cricket career with West Indies batting legend Sir Vivian Richards saying the talented Indian batsman reminds him of his own batting.
English batsman Jordan Clark hits six sixes in one over
Lancashire's Jordan Clark is only the fifth batsman to hit six sixes in one over during a professional cricket match.
Will SRK's Knights taste success against Preity's Kings?
Their title defence in danger, struggling Kolkata Knight Riders desperately need a win against a resurgent Kings XI Punjab in Kolkata on Friday, in order to revive their fortunes in the Pepsi India Premier League 6.
Was Ponting right in his decision to step down?
Mumbai Indians' Rohit Sharma, who stood in as skipper in their win over Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL, has lauded Ricky Ponting's decision to step down from captaincy in the interest of the side.
IPL Stats: Rohit Sharma has safest hands
Statistical highlights of the Indian Premier League match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians in Kolkata on Wednesday.
PIX: Fans wish Sachin Tendulkar 'Happy Birthday'
The master blaster's fans could not get enough of their hero and turned to the Eden Gardens to celebrate their iconic stars birthday in their own special ways.
PHOTOS: Gayle celebrates 'Gangnam style' at IPL!
And, like his towering sixes, what's also a hit with the fans is Chris Gayle's style of celebration -- Gangnam style, made popular by South Korean musician Psy.
PHOTOS: Force India drivers turn bowlers at IPL
Pune Warriors' coach Allan Donald assists Force India's Formula One drivers Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil in the Speed Challenge.
PHOTOS: Chennai Super Kings v Sunrisers Hyderabad
Images from Thursday's IPL match between Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad in Chenai.
April 24, 2013IPL PHOTOS: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians
Images from the Indian Premier League match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians in Kolkata, on Wednesday.
PHOTOS: Kolkata celebrates Tendulkar's birthday at Eden
With his Mumbai Indians teammates cheering in front of their dressing room, the batting ace sliced through a green-coloured cake, resembling a cricket ground with his signature "ST" bat in the middle and a cherry on it at the Eden Gardens, in Kolkata, on Wednesday.
Twitter flooded with birthday wishes for Tendulkar
From his current team-mates and admirers to his past colleagues and opponents, all took to Twitter to wish Sachin Tendulkar on his 40th birthday on Wednesday.
When Tendulkar made merry in April
Today, as he turns 40, Rediff.com looks at his memorable knocks in the 'Birthday month'.
What you may not know about Sachin Tendulkar
presents some memorable moments from the life and career of the master blaster.
Battle of near equals: Chennai vs Hyderabad
Chennai Super Kings' marauding batsmen will be put through a stern test by the intimidating bowling attack of Sunrisers Hyderabad when the two in-form teams clash for the first time in the sixth Pepsi IPL in Chennai on Thursday.
First look: Tendulkar cuts 40th birthday cake with Anjali
Mumbai Indians celebrate the batting ace's birthday by cutting a cake in Kolkata, where they have an IPL match later in the day.
Tendulkar thanks fans for 'unconditional love' on 40th b'day
Sachin Tendulkar was a picture of humility as he celebrated his 40th birthday with a brief cake-cutting ceremony in Kolkata, thanking his legions of fans for their 'unconditional love' in a career spanning over two decades
Haddin included to add experience to Aus squad for Ashes
Wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has been reinstated as Australia's vice captain as selectors look to add some experience to their side ahead of the first of back-to-back Ashes series against England.
Tendulkar's 10 gems in international cricket
In celebration of Sachin Tendulkar's 40th birthday, lists his ten best knocks in international cricket.
It will be impossible to replace Tendulkar: Dravid
Former captain Rahul Dravid said it will be impossible to replace Sachin Tendulkar once the senior India batsman retires from international cricket but added the game will go on.
April 23, 2013Perform or perish: Gambhir warns nonperforming players
Livid with his team's below-par showing in the ongoing Pepsi Indian Premier League, Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir has warned his nonperforming players to either perform or perish.
I went bizarre and it actually paid off: Chris Gayle
Regarded as the most dangerous batsman in Twenty20 cricket, Chris Gayle has said that he himself was awestruck by his devastating 175-run knock against Pune Warriors and said it was one of those days when everything "he hit stayed hit".
When readers encountered 'God of Cricket' Tendulkar
On the occasion of Sachin Tendulkar's 40th birthday, we present readers' photographs with the bating ace.
Pujara, Kohli will serve India for a long time: Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar turns 40 on Wednesday and the milestone means the sun will soon set on the batting maestro's illustrious career. Ahead of his big day, Tendulkar spoke to The Hindu about his satisfaction with Team India's youngsters, life after the retirement of teammates, dressing room banter and the evolution of batting.
IPL PHOTOS: Gayle hits fastest T20 hundred
Images from the IPL match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Pune Warriors in Bangalore on Tuesday.
Hooked on the IPL
Fierce fan loyalty and physical commitment of its players, says , makes the cash-rich T20 tournament the envy of all sporting contests.
Have you met Sachin Tendulkar? Share your memories
Write about your impressions of the batting legend who will turn 40 on Wednesday, April 24.
Kolkata all set for Tendulkar's lavish birthday party
Sachin Tendulkar may want muted celebrations of his 40th birthday on Wednesday but Kolkata is all set to throw a huge party for the veteran Indian batsman.
Defending champs KKR need face-saving win against Mumbai
Relegated to the bottom half after four defeats, defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders must raise their game as they face another struggling giant, Mumbai Indians, in the second of their three back-to-back home fixtures in the sixth IPL tie in Kolkata on Monday.
An eight-year journey, with Tendulkar for company
rates the 175 against Australia at Hyderabad in 2009 the best he's witnessed from the batting icon's blade, and prays for at least one more similar one before he calls it a day.
Retirement allows Hussey to relish time at CSK
A game-changer for Australia during his international career, Michael Hussey is fulfilling that role with elan for IPL side Chennai Super Kings now. The only difference is that he feels free to pick and choose his games unlike the hectic pre-retirement days.
IPL: Now, fans want more of 'Sir' Jadeja!
IPL dairy: Fans can't get enough of 'Sir' Ravindra Jadeja, while some can't choose a team to support!
Dravid hails 'exceptional' Rajasthan despite loss
They might have ended up on the losing side but Rajasthan Royals' captain Rahul Dravid feels his team was "exceptional" against the Chennai Super Kings given the conditions were not too ideal for the bowlers in their IPL match in Chennai on Monday.
April 22, 2013IPL PHOTOS: Chennai vs Rajasthan Royals, Match No. 30
Images from the Indian Premier League match between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals at the MA Chidambaram stadium on Monday.
'Sachin is a legend; what else can you say about him'
Two days ahead of Sachin Tendulkar's 40th birthday, the legendary Adam Gilchrist recalled the veteran Indian's match-winning innings that had knocked the stuffing out of the Australian bowlers way back in 1998 at Sharjah.
Mumbai's Rohit not disheartened by loss to Daredevils
Mumbai Indians' Rohit Sharma is confident of the team staging a comeback after 'one bad game' against Delhi Daredevils who thrashed them by nine wickets at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi on Sunday.
Delhi Daredevils look to build on winning momentum
After a morale-boosting victory that snapped a six-game losing streak, Delhi Daredevils would look to build on the winning momentum and keep themselves afloat in the competition, as they take on Kings XI Punjab in their Pepsi Indian Premier League match in New Delhi on Tuesday.
IPL: In-form Bangalore face Pune in lopsided tie
After a clinical win against Rajasthan Royals, table-toppers Royal Challengers Bangalore will be keen to continue their fantastic run when they lock horns with the beleaguered Pune Warriors in the their IPL match in Bangalore on Tuesday.
Not among runs, Gilchrist says he is under scrutiny
Going through a lean patch, Kings XI Punjab skipper Adam Gilchrist has indicated there could be a change of guard when the team plays its next match in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL).
IPL: Will Preity Zinta accept this marriage proposal?
IPL sidelights: Of music, love and marriage proposals to Preity Zinta!
IPL: Punjab record most successful run-chase this season
Kings XI Punjab beat Pune Warriors India by seven wickets on Sunday. Here are the statistical highlights from their Indian Premier League match played in Pune on Sunday.
Is this the beginning of the end of ICC's power?
Last week, England and Wales Cricket Board CEO David Collier pushed for the Indian Premier League to be held in March-April so that English players could play a bigger role in the IPL. This proposal raises question marks about the attempt to reduce the importance of the ICC or its events, notes .
When Sir Vivan Richards left everyone star-struck
It doesn't get bigger than this. Vivan Richards and Sachin Tendulkar at the same ground in opposite camps.
April 21, 2013IPL 6 Stats: Sehwag hits highest individual score
Statistical highlights of the IPL match between Delhi Daredevils and Mumbai Indians in New Delhi on Sunday.
IPL Photos: Kings XI Punjab vs Pune Warriors
Images from the IPL match played between Kings XI Punjab vs Pune Warriors in Mohali on Sunday.
I bluffed and thought that I have been in-form: Sehwag
Delhi Daredevils snapped their six-game losing streak in IPL 6 just a day after Vivian Richards joined them as advisor and senior batsman Virender Sehwag straightaway credited his side's thumping win over Mumbai Indians to the legendary West Indian.
Sachin is India's Don Bradman: Hayden
Sachin Tendulkar has always been showered with the biggest of compliments but former Australia opener Matthew Hayden took it to a new level as he placed the senior batsman above the game itself while calling him India's Don Bradman and a "movement in himself".
IPL PHOTOS: Delhi Daredevils vs Mumbai Indians
Images from the IPL match played between Delhi Daredevils and Mumbai Indians at the Ferozshah Kotla on Sunday.
April 20, 2013PHOTOS: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals
Images from the IPL match played between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals in Bangalore on Saturday.
IPL PHOTOS: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Chennai Super Kings
Images from the Indian Premier League match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings in Kolkata, on Saturday.
Karthik confident of finding way back into Team India
Mumbai Indians' Dinesh Karthik firmly believes that he has the ability to play for India as a specialist batsman and he is confident of delivering the goods when he gets another chance at the highest level.
Can Punjab pull off a win over Pune Warriors?
Their campaign in the doldrums, Kings XI Punjab will have to sort out their batting woes when they take on an equally beleaguered Pune Warriors in a clash of the laggards in the IPL in Mohali on Sunday.
Delhi in desperate need for a win as they face Mumbai next
Their confidence severely dented after suffering six consecutive defeats, a struggling Delhi Daredevils have no more room for errors as they face Mumbai Indians in an IPL tie in New Delhi on Sunday.
White doesn't view table-toppers Hyderabad as favourites
Sunrisers Hyderabad might be currently holding the top spot in the points table in the sixth edition of the IPL but captain Cameron White feels his team is still the underdog.
Tendulkar's wax figurine unveiled at SCG
Amid enthusiastic singing and chanting by his fans, Sachin Tendulkar's wax statue was, on Saturday, unveiled at the Sydney Cricket Ground just a few days before his 40th birthday.
It's good to know that I am in Dickie's team: Gavaskar
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar is happy to be a part of Dickie Bird's all-time Test XI even as some former cricketers called the ex-English umpire's composition as "biased" and "ill-balanced".
April 19, 2013Tendulkar knows when to retire: Srinivasan
He may be on the cusp of his 40th birthday but Sachin Tendulkar is still very much "needed" by Indian cricket, according to BCCI president N Srinivasan, who firmly believes the senior batsman will time his exit from Test cricket to perfection.
Rajasthan Royals are not underdogs, says Stuart Binny
Rajasthan Royals all-rounder Stuart Binny today said his team is not the underdogs ahead of Saturday's match against Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.
IPL PHOTOS: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kings XI Punjab
Images from Friday's Indian Premier League match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab in Uppal.
Bird's XI: What the greats say on Tendulkar's omission
The cricket fraternity in India expressed shock over the omission of legends like Sachin Tendulkar and Don Bradman in the all-time Test eleven named by former English umpire Dickie Bird. Some former cricketers have called his composition "biased" and "ill-balanced".
'MS Dhoni's presence makes it easier for other batsmen'
Mahendra Singh Dhoni's presence in the middle order makes it easier for him to nudge around singles and play his natural game, feels Aussie veteran Michael Hussey.
Struggling KKR face buoyant CSK at Eden Gardens
Pushed to the bottom half of the table after yet another away defeat, Kolkata Knight Riders would look to bounce back in the tournament when they take on a resurgent Chennai Super Kings in a top-draw IPL fixture in Kolkata.
Can Dravid lead Rajasthan to win against Bangalore?
A tough challenge awaits Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) when they take on Rajasthan Royals (RR) in a battle of table-toppers in the Indian Premier League in Bangalore on Saturday.
Six defeats in a row but Jayawardene still optimistic!
Delhi Daredevils' skipper Mahela Jayawardene is still optimistic despite no realistic chances of qualifying for IPL 6 semis.
Stats: Run-machine Hussey is highest scorer for CSK
Former champions Chennai Super Kings handed the Delhi Daredevils their sixth consecutive defeat in the tournament this season. Here are the statistical highlights from the match played in New Delhi on Thursday.
'Sehwag has got a couple of years left in him'
England great Geoffrey Boycott might have written him off, but the out-of-form Virender Sehwag today received support from former India opener Navjot Singh Sidhu, who said the opener was far from finished.
IPL: Young Mohit Sharma steals the limelight
Twenty-four-year-old Haryana pacer Mohit Sharma was instrumental in Chennai Super Kings' 86-run win against Delhi Daredevils on Thursday.
PHOTOS: 20 scintillating moments from IPL 6
Check out some magical moments from the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League.
April 18, 2013IPL PHOTOS: Delhi Daredevils vs Chennai Super Kings
Images from Thursday's IPL match between Delhi Daredevils and Chennai Super Kings at the Feroz Shah Kotla.
Tendulkar not bothered by talk of his retirement
Sachin Tendulkar may not be in the best of form of late but the senior Indian batman said that he was not bothered by the opinion of others about his retirement and that he would just stick to his job.
Will Hyderabad's bowlers come good against Punjab?
Hosts Sunrisers Hyderabad will once again be banking on its lethal bowling unit to deliver the goods when they take on an unpredictable Kings XI Punjab in a Indian Premier League match, on Friday.
'Sachin, Ponting wickets were like double hat-trick'
Overwhelmed at having claimed the wickets of Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting, Rajasthan Royals off-spinner Ajit Chandila said dismissing the two legends of the game was bigger than the hat-trick he took in the last season of Indian Premier League.
Ponting rues Mumbai Indians' lack of starts
Having slumped to their worst defeat in the tournament, Mumbai Indians skipper Ricky Ponting has admitted that his and Sachin Tendulkar's poor form has affected the team's performance in the ongoing Indian Premier League.
Tough to bowl to an unknown batsmen: Harbhajan
Mumbai Indians off-spinner Harbhajan Singh says the toughest challenge for him is bowling to unknown batsmen in Twenty20 cricket.
Watson has struck 60 sixes for Rajasthan in the IPL!
Mumbai Indians fell to their all-time low in the Indian Premier League after suffering a humiliating 87 runs loss at the hands of Rajasthan Royals on Wednesday. Here are the statistical highlights from that match.
No Bhajji factor involved in resting Sreesanth: Dravid
Rajasthan Royals captain Rahul Dravid has brushed aside talks that temperamental pacer S Sreesanth was rested for the match against Mumbai Indians to avoid a possible confrontation with Harbhajan Singh, saying it was tactical move aimed at managing the workload of players.
When Tendulkar's warning changed 'angry young man' Yuvi
Keeping cool in stressful times is a hallmark of a good sportsperson and Yuvraj Singh learnt it the hard way from none other than Sachin Tendulkar. The master blaster scolded the left-hander after he abused his cricket equipment following a poor performance.
Plethora of records for hat-trick king Amit Mishra
Leg-spinner Amit Mishra produced a stunning performance, taking four wickets in five deliveries, including a hat-trick, as Sunrisers Hyderabad pulled off an incredible 11-run victory over Pune Warriors in the Pepsi Indian Premier League. Statistical highlights of the match.
April 17, 2013IPL PHOTOS: Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians
Images from Wednesday's Indian Premier League match between Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians in Jaipur.
PHOTOS: Mishra claims record third IPL hat-trick
Sunrisers Hyderabad leg spinner Amit Mishra created history on Wednesday, becoming the first player to claim three hat-tricks in the Indian Premier League.
I did not try for any tricks: Mishra
Sunrisers Hyderabad leg-spinner Amit Mishra, who has taken the most number of hat-tricks in the IPL, said he stuck to his basics en route to his third such feat on Wednesday against Pune Warriors.
IPL PHOTOS: Pune Warriors v Sunrisers Hyderabad
Images from Wednesday's Indian Premier League match between Pune Warriors v Sunrisers Hyderabad in Pune.
Tough task ahead for Delhi as they face formidable Chennai
Battered and bruised after five consecutive losses, Delhi Daredevils would look to infuse some life into their Indian Premier League campaign when they take on an inconsistent Chennai Super Kings in New Delhi on Thursday.
A Hanuman bhakt, filmstars, astronauts at 'Super' IPL tie!
Fans and filmstars were at their colourful best as Royal Challengers Bangalore pipped Daredevils on Tuesday.
'Rampaul's last over six made the difference in the end'
Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli has said that the West Indies all-rounder Ravi Rampaul made all the difference in their nail-biting win over Delhi Daredevils in the Super Over played in Bangalore.
Kohli first batsman to notch over 300 runs in IPL 6
Royal Challengers Bangalore pulled off a nail-biting win over Delhi Daredevils via the Super Over on Tuesday. Here are the statistical highlights from that Indian Premier League match in Bangalore.
Jayawardene says Daredevils have ability to make IPL semis
Despite slumping to their fifth successive defeat on Tuesday, Delhi Daredevils' skipper Mahela Jayawardene is confident of making it to the knockout stage of IPL-6.
Stats: Gambhir hits hat-trick of fifties in IPL 6
Gautam Gambhir became the first batsman to register three fifties in a row in the ongoing tournament -- 59 off 46 balls vs Bangalore; 53 off 45 balls vs Hyderabad and 60 off 39 balls vs Punjab.
April 16, 2013IPL PHOTOS: Royal Challengers Bangalore v Delhi Daredevils
Images from the Indian Premier League match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Daredevils at the M Chinnaswamy stadium on Tuesday.
'Pune never believed Yuvi was captaincy material'
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly revealed that Pune Warriors management never thought that Yuvraj Singh is a "captaincy material" after the team's debacle in the 2011 IPL when they finished last ahead.
IPL PHOTOS: Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight Riders
Images from the Indian Premier League match between Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders in Mohali on Tuesday.
'Steyn and I would have formed a prolific attack'
Former South Africa pacer Allan Donald is in awe of Dale Steyn and says had he bowled alongside the current world number one pace merchant from his country, the two would have formed the most lethal attack.
PHOTOS: Narine performs first 'trick' of IPL 6
Kolkata Knight Riders' spin sensation Sunil Narine added another feather to his cap when he registered the first hat-trick in the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League, against Kings XI Punjab, in Mohali, on Tuesday. Check out the dismissals.
The hat-trick that gave Sunil Narine the Purple cap
Kolkata Knight Rider's Sunil Narine took the first hat-trick of the current edition against Kings XI Punjab at Mohali on Tuesday.
When Chris Gayle charmed Priyanka Chopra
IPL sponsor Pepsi has brought together Chris Gayle and the hugely talented Priyanka Chopra for their new campaign.
IPL stats: Smith 'strikes' a high note for Pune Warriors
Statistical highlights of the Indian Premier League match between Pune Warriors and Chennai Super Kings in Chennai.
The sexiest cheerleaders in the IPL
Besides the on-field action, one of the major talking points among fans at IPL matches is the presence of cheerleaders.
Bangalore not dependent on Gayle alone, says Rampaul
Royal Challengers Bangalore pacer Ravi Rampaul believes the team has enough batting firepower to win matches even if explosive opener Chris Gayle fails with the bat.
Who has hit the most sixes in IPL 6?
The best and worst of the tournament, thus far.
April 15, 2013IPL PHOTOS: Chennai Super Kings vs Pune Warriors, Match 19
Images from the Indian Premier League match between Chennai Super Kings and Pune Warriors in Chennai, on Monday.
Dhawan could return to action 'very soon'
Having missed the first two weeks of the Indian Premier League (IPL) due to a fracture on his hand, Sunrisers Hyderabad batsman Shikhar Dhawan is hoping to return to action "very soon" and is awaiting a clearance from the NCA.
KXIP look to exploit home conditions against KKR
Having slumped to two successive defeats, Kings XI Punjab will be hoping to revive their fortune when they take on defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders in the Pepsi IPL 6 match in Mohali on Tuesday.
Kohli's RCB will go for the kill against Daredevils
Strong contenders Royal Challengers Bangalore face a woefully out-of-form Delhi Daredevils as they resume their IPL campaign in Bangalore on Tuesday following a heart-breaking defeat against Chennai Super Kings.
Dravid acknowledges team effort in win over Punjab
Rajasthan Royals skipper Rahul Dravid is extremely pleased with the team effort in their six-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab, in Jaipur.
IPL PHOTOS: Who sizzled, Shilpa or Preity? Tell us!
It was the battle of the bollywood beauties. And this time around it was Shilpa Shetty-Kundra's Rajasthan Royals who were crowned winners.
IPL: Morgan's knock made the difference, says Gambhir
Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir says Eoin Morgan's 29-ball 47 was instrumental in their comfortable 48-run victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad in their IPL fixture in Kolkata on Sunday.
April 14, 2013IPL PHOTOS: Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab, Match 18
Images from the Indian Premier League match between Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab in Jaipur, on Sunday.
IPL PHOTOS: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
Images from the 17th match of the Indian Premier League between Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad in Kolkata, on Sunday.
Chennai will look to up the ante against Pune Warriors
Having pulled off a dramatic win in their last match, an in-form Chennai Super Kings will look to consolidate their position as they gear up to lock horns with laggards Pune Warriors in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in Chennai on Monday.
IPL PHOTOS: The Ambanis came, they saw and conquered!
Industrialist and owner of the Mumbai Indians, Mukesh Ambani, was seen at the Wankhede in Mumbai cheering his team.
'Sir' title is a joke, says Jadeja
Calling it a 'joke', 'Sir' Ravindra Jadeja says he has no problem with the prefix before his name as long as his Chennai Super Kings and India teammates are enjoying the all-rounder's 'knighthood'.
April 13, 2013IPL PHOTOS: Chennai vs Bangalore
Images from the IPL match played between Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore on Saturday.
IPL PHOTOS: Mumbai vs Pune, Match 15
Images from the IPL matches played between Mumbai and Pune at the Wankhede on Saturday.
Shilpa Shetty's Rajasthan vs Preity Zinta's Kings XI
Hosts Rajasthan Royals will look to regroup and get back to winning ways after their unexpected loss to lowly Pune Warriors, when they take on Kings XI Punjab in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match in Jaipur on Sunday.
Gambhir's men hope to revive fortunes against Hyderabad
Back home after two successive away defeats, Kolkata Knight Riders will be hoping to revive their fortunes when they take on a consistent yet sloppy Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Pepsi IPL 6 match in Kolkata on Sunday.
Sreesanth seeks solace in Shirdi after controversy
A day after the ghost of 2008 'Slapgate' tumbled out, controversial fast bowler S Sreesanth on Saturday sought divine blessings by visiting the Sai Baba shrine in Shirdi, Maharashtra.
IPL: 'Losing streak is cause of concern for us'
As Delhi Daredevils slipped to their fourth successive defeat in the ongoing Pepsi Indian Premier League, left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem admitted that the team's losing streak is a "cause of concern".
April 12, 2013IPL PHOTOS: Delhi Daredevils vs Sunrisers H'bad, Match 14
Images from the Indian Premier League match between Delhi Daredevils and Sunrisers Hyderabad at Ferozshah Kotla on Friday.
Truth revealed? Harbhajan slapped Sreesanth, not elbowed
Justice (retd) Sudhir Nanavati, who headed the 'slapgate' inquiry, contradicted S Sreesanth's claim that he was elbowed by Harbhajan Singh in the 2008 IPL incident, saying the pacer was indeed slapped by his then India teammate.
IPL: Will Chennai trump RCB in battle of equals?
Two aggressive and in-form sides will clash in a battle of equals when former champions Chennai Super Kings face off against Royal Challengers Bangalore in a IPL clash in Chennai on Saturday.
The 'slapgate' incident was planned: Sreesanth
Five years after the infamous 'slapgate', one of the protagonists of the drama, S Sreesanth, has made an explosive claim, saying that the entire incident was planned and that his former India teammate Harbhajan Singh was a 'backstabber'.
Yuvi's Pune look to punish MI after breaking losing spell
Having ended their 11-match losing streak, going back to the 2012 season, the Pune Warriors will now take on state rivals Mumbai Indians (MI) in their Indian Premier League clash to be played in Mumbai on Saturday.
IPL: The many moods of loyal 'Royal' Shilpa Shetty
The first lady and owner of the Rajasthan Royals, Shilpa Shetty shows her support and loyalty to her team.
April 11, 2013IPL PHOTOS: Pune Warriors vs Rajasthan Royals, Match 13
Images from the Indian Premier League match between Pune Warriors and Rajasthan Royals in Pune, on Thursday.
IPL PHOTOS: Royal Challengers vs Knight Riders, 12th match
Images from the Indian Premier League (IPL VI) match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders at the M Chinnaswamy stadium on Thursday.
Sachin, Ponting bring smiles to underprivileged kids
It was a day to remember for 30-odd unprivileged children, from different Mumbai-based NGOs, as they rubbed shoulders with Mumbai Indians' heroes, including Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting and team mentor Anil Kumble in Mumbai on Thursday.
I don't think Sehwag will play for India again: Boycott
Former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott says Virender Sehwag is unlikely to play for India again and the opener will "sadly fade away" after playing a bit of Indian Premier League.
Aus Ashes fate could rest with this Pak refugee
Desperate times call for desperate measures, and Australia's bid to secure a passport to England for Fawad Ahmed, a 31-year-old Pakistani refugee with just 13 first-class matches under his belt, has underscored the anxiety felt Down Under as the national team prepares to do battle with the 'Old Enemy'.
IPL: Delhi face disciplined Sunrisers Hyderabad
Delhi Daredevils desperately need a victory to infuse life into their campaign, which has been derailed by three consecutive defeats, but they face a tricky and disciplined opponent in Sunrisers Hyderabad in their next Pepsi IPL clash, in New Delhi on Friday.
PIX: Preity Zinta, Sakshi Dhoni glam up IPL tie
Sakshi Dhoni, undoubtedly the fist lady of Indian cricket, seems to have passed on her luck to husband's Chennai Super Kings.
IPL 6: The star performers of Week One
The West Indies players have taken the T20 tournament by storm, the likes of Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard and Sunil Narine proving their worth, and the young Kevon Cooper is making a big impact for Rajasthan Royals.
Mumbai Indians' most passionate supporter Nita Ambani!
Mumbai Indians owner Nita Ambani wears her emotions on her sleeves when she is at the IPL.
April 10, 2013IPL PHOTOS: Chennai Super Kings vs Kings XI, 11th match
Images of the Indian Premier League match between Kings XI punjab and Chennai Super Kings in Mohali on Wednesday.
Fear of failure haunting Uthappa, Pandey: Donald
Pune Warriors head coach Allan Donald has said it might be the fear of failure that has resulted in openers Robin Uthappa and Manish Pandey failing to take advantage of field restrictions at the beginning of their innings during the team's first two IPL games.
Wisden Almanack completes 150 years
Readers of The Cricketer's Almanack in 1864 could study the phases of the moon, the dates of the English Civil War and the past winners of the Oaks, the Derby and the St Leger.
Wisden slams Pietersen's 'arrogant' behaviour
Lawrence Booth, in his 'Notes by the editor' in the latest Almanack, said the big money which Pietersen had secured with his contract to play in the IPL, made him courageous enough to not honour his contractual obligations.
IPL: Warriors have tough task against upbeat Royals
Struggling Pune Warriors, with a question mark hanging over the fitness of their impact player Yuvraj Singh, cross swords with high-flying Rajasthan Royals in the Pepsi IPL clash at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium in Pune on Thursday.
RCB aim to continue winning run, take on KKR next
On a high after extracting revenge against Sunrisers Hyderabad, Royal Challengers Bangalore will look to continue their winning streak when they take on Kolkata Knight Riders in their IPL match in Bangalore on Thursday.
Delhi will bounce back: Juneja
The depleted Delhi Daredevils are yet to register a win this season but Manpreet Juneja believes it is too early to write the team off and it will bounce back.
Dinesh Karthik's 'positive intent' paying off
Dinesh Karthik's dazzling performance with the bat stands out among stalwarts like Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting.
Sunrisers lost the plot after Mishra's 16th over
Turning Point: Mishra's 16th over.
Dhoni on why god created Sir Ravindra Jadeja
Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Tuesday took to Twitter to play some pranks on team mate Ravindra Jadeja, whom he referred to as 'Sir Ravindra Jadeja'.
PIX: Sexy Preity, Shilpa, Deepika turn it on at the IPL
Bollywood's presence in IPL can never go unnoticed! When there are beautiful faces like Preity Zinta, Shilpa Shetty and the very hot Deepika Padukone no one is complaining!
April 09, 2013IPL PHOTOS: Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Daredevils, 10th match
Images from the Indian Premier League match between Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils in Mumbai, on Tuesday.
PHOTOS: Kohli avenges Hyderabad defeat with gusty 93
Images from the IPl match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Will 'lady' luck shine on MSD and CSK?
Regarded as the first lady of Indian cricket, Sakshi is seen passionately cheering for her husband's team at IPL matches.
We are yet to play to our potential: Irfan
Delhi Daredevils might have lost their first two Pepsi IPL games, but all-rounder Irfan Pathan feels once they start playing to their potential, they would be hard to beat.
IPL 6 Stats: Narine, Cooper top wicket-takers chart
Statistical highlights of the Pepsi IPL match between Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur on Monday.
We batted poorly, says disappointed Gambhir
Expressing disappointment at his team's loss against Rajasthan Royals, Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir said it was the batsmen who should be blamed as they failed to achieve a modest target.
Trivedi's twin strike proved 'too much' for KKR
Siddharth Trivedi's twin strike in his opening over was the turning point of the game.
RR vs KKR: Trivedi swings it Rajasthan's way
Siddharth Trivedi has been the most consistent player for Rajasthan Royals without a shadow of a doubt. It will be rightful to give him the top performer of the day.
PIX: Sexy Shilpa Shetty enjoys IPL family moment!
The Rajasthan Royals co-owner was seen basking in the victory of her team against Shah Rukh-owned Kolkata Knight Riders at Jaipur.
April 08, 2013IPL PHOTOS: Rajasthan Royals vs KKR, Match No. 8
Images of the Indian Premier League match between Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders in Jaipur.
Confident Mumbai hoping to exploit out-of-form Delhi
On a high after beating two-time champions Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians would look to keep the momentum going when they lock horns with a jittery Delhi Daredevils in their Indian Premier League match in Mumbai on Tuesday.
IPL: RCB aim for revenge against Hyderabad
Jolted by a narrow loss, Royal Challengers Bangalore would aim for revenge when they take on table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League in Bangalore on Tuesday.
Batsmen need to lift their game: White
They are unbeaten so far but Sunrisers Hyderabad batsman Cameron White feels his team's batsmen need to lift their game to make the bowlers' job a little easy.
PHOTOS: Many moods of sensational Sania Mirza at IPL 6
Yet again, the Indian tennis sensation was spotted at the IPL!
Is Preity Zinta the REAL cheergirl of Kings XI?
Preity Zinta, the co-owner of Kings XI Punjab, can be seen sprinting around cheering her team all the time.
Watson could have a big role to play: Kallis
Kolkata Knight Riders' all-rounder Jacques Kallis has said that Shane Watson's presence will certainly bolster the the Rajasthan Royals' side ahead of the Indian Premier League match in Jaipur on Monday.
April 07, 2013'Kings XI Punjab have got rid of the opening match hoodoo'
Kings XI Punjab had never won their opening match in the IPL before their eight-wicket victory over Pune Warriors on Sunday and captain Adam Gilchrist is relieved that his side has got rid of the hoodoo.
Royals undecided over Watson's inclusion for KKR match
Australian all-rounder Shane Watson slogged in the nets with his Rajasthan Royals teammates on Sunday but it is still not certain if he will feature in Monday's IPL match against defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders.
Ponting, Pollard, Malinga pose with Ironman and Spiderman
Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga has joined the Mumbai Indians (MI) squad after missing the first two games and is likely to be fit for the team's clash against Delhi Daredevils on April 9.
IPL PHOTOS: Kings XI Punjab vs Pune Warriors, Match No. 6
Images from the Indian Premier League match between Pune Warriors India and Kings XI Punjab on Sunday.
Some dismissals were truly out of character: Fleming
Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming has blamed the batsmen for his team's nine-run defeat against Mumbai Indians and said the way some of them got out was "not acceptable".
There has to be players in important positions: Pollard
Having got an opportunity to bat early on after Mumbai Indians lost four quick wickets against Chennai Super Kings, the West Indies explosive batsman Kieron Pollard proved his mettle but he refuted claims of making a statement.
IPL preview: Kolkata, Rajasthan look to extend winning run
High on confidence after tasting victories in their tournament openers, both Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals will look to extend their winning run when the two teams square-off in the Pepsi Indian Premier League match in Jaipur on Monday.
April 06, 2013IPL PHOTOS: Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians
Images from the Indian Premier League match between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians, on Saturday.
IPL PHOTOS: Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Daredevils
Images from the match between Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Daredevils.
Pune eye winning comeback against Punjab
After a disappointing 22-run loss in a low-scoring game against Sunrisers Hyderabad in their campaign opener, Pune Warriors will hope for a better batting performance when they take on Kings XI Punjab in their second Pepsi IPL match in Pune on Sunday.
The end of the road for Sehwag, Bhajji and Zaheer
The exclusion of Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan was expected. The decision, which took a long time coming, in all likelihood, brings the curtains down on the One-day careers of the trio. And, it has come at the cost of their pride, writes .
April 05, 2013IPL PHOTOS: Sunrisers Hyderabad v Pune Warriors
Images from the IPL match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Pune Warriors in Hyderabad on Friday.
Wounded Mumbai up against formidable Chennai
Smarting from the narrow defeat in their opening Indian Premier League tie, Mumbai Indians will have their task cut out when they lock horns with two-time winners Chennai Super Kings in Chennai on Saturday at a venue, which has been guarded like a fortress by the home team.
How different is Dravid's captaincy from Warne's?
He has played under the leadership of both Shane Warne and Rahul Dravid but according to Ajinkya Rahane, the style of captaincy of the two legends is as different as chalk and cheese.
Dravid receives Padma Bhushan; Congratulate him!
Batting great Rahul Dravid honoured with prestigious Padma Bhushan Award.
IPL: Delhi hope to make winning start on home turf
After a disappointing loss in the season-opener, the Delhi Daredevils would be hoping for a better batting performance when they take on perennial underdogs, Rajasthan Royals, in the fourth match of the IPL, in New Delhi on Saturday.
Happy to be giving back something to the game: Laxman
Retired Indian Test batsman VVS Laxman says mentoring IPL team Sunrisers Hyderabad and doing commentary is his way of giving something back to the game of cricket which gave him "everything".
IPL: Royal Challengers too reliant on Gayle? Tell Us!
Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli said his team does not mind being seen as too reliant on Chris Gayle after the West Indian swashbuckler made the decisive difference in the narrow two-run win over Mumbai Indians in an IPL match in Bangalore.
Why Ponting may lose his finger nails
Mumbai Indians' captain Ricky Ponting says his team has some thinking to do following the narrow defeat to Royal Challengers Bangalore in Thursday's IPL match.
April 04, 2013PHOTOS: Mumbai vs Bangalore, IPL Match 2
Images from the second match of the Indian Premier League between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore, on Thursday.
Chennai has a good bunch of players to look up to: Dhoni
Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is upbeat about the chances of his side in the ongoing IPL, saying that he has got an all-round team with some impact players in it.
I make mistakes and am not the god of cricket: Tendulkar
He might be revered by billions of fans but Sachin Tendulkar insists he is "not god of cricket" as many would like to call him as he does "make mistakes" unlike the almighty.
Sunrisers take on Pune Warriors in 'debut' match
Resold and slightly repackaged, Hyderabad are back in the IPL with a new name and a rather easy opening awaits them when they take on last season's laggards Pune Warriors in Hyderabad on Friday.
Relieved to make winning start in IPL, says Gambhir
Heaping praise on the Kolkata Knight Riders' bowling unit after a comfortable six-wicket win over Delhi Daredevils, skipper Gautam Gambhir said he was relieved to make a winning start in the IPL -- something that had not happened in the last two years.
IPL: Are Kolkata supporters more loyal than Delhi's?
Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir said his KKR supporters were "more loyal" than the fans of Delhi Daredevils, which was his previous team, in the Indian Premier League.
PHOTOS: Why KKR owner Shah Rukh will cheer for RCB
With actor Deepika Padukone cheering for Shah Rukh Khan-owned KKR in the inaugural match, King Khan has promised to egg on the Royal Challengers Bangalore in this IPL season when they are not up against KKR.
April 03, 2013IPL PHOTOS: KKR vs Delhi Daredevils, Eden Gardens
Images from the opening match of IPL VI played between holders Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils at the Eden Gardens on Wednesday.
SUPER SHOTS from the IPL 6 opening ceremony
The opening ceremony of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League was a breathtaking magnum opus. Rediff.com gives you a quick recap of how the opening ceremony panned out.
Balanced Mumbai to lock horns with Bangalore
Two teams that have shown the promise but failed to deliver on big occasions come face to face when Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore clash in their opening match of the Indian Premier League in Bangalore on Thursday.
Watch out for these domestic giants in IPL 6
Rediff.com takes a look at some domestic players expected to shine over the next few weeks in IPL 6.
IPL PHOTOS: Mumbai Indians, RCB sweat it out in the nets
Explosive Jamaican Chris Gayle and Sri Lankan dasher Tillekratne Dilshan on Tuesday batted under lights for half an hour at the Royal Challengers Bangalore's net practice ahead of their encounter with Mumbai Indians on April 4 at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.
The best IPL players over the years
Defining the 'best' of the five previous IPL seasons in terms of the most valuable player index (MVPI).
April 02, 2013Media slams Shah Rukh Khan after opening fiasco
The IPL 2013 opening ceremony might have enthralled the Kolkata crowd, but inadequate media facilities stumped hordes of scribes gathered from across the country.
Katrina, Deepika, SRK spice up IPL opening ceremony
The 'City of Joy' opened its heart to the cricket world as a dazzling Bollywood-style opening ceremony kicked-off the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League in Kolkata on Tuesday night, American rapper Pitbull and superstar Shah Rukh Khan stealing the limelight.
PHOTOS: The best of the Indian Premier League
In the first part of a series, rediff.com takes a look at the players who have scored the mosts runs in the lucrative T20 tournament.
PHOTOS: The sex symbols to grace IPL 6
We bring you, in no particular order, a run-down on 20 of hottest men who will be present in the tournament.
Time to play fearless cricket: Gambhir
Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir said the defending champions tag would not put any pressure on his team, which would look to play fearless cricket when it takes on Delhi Daredevils in the IPL opener in Kolkata on Wednesday.
'We are better equipped for death overs this season'
Rajasthan Royals captain Rahul Dravid said death bowling was not a worry for his side this season as not only their experienced bowlers are back, they have a good backup after signing a few more exciting players.
Knight Riders to begin title defence against Daredevils
Eyeing a repeat of their success last season, Kolkata Knight Riders will open their title defence with a clash against a depleted Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League in Kolkata on Wednesday.
'Warne loved to experiment, with Dravid things are fixed'
Siddharth Trivedi, a significant member of Rajasthan Royals, spells out the difference in Shane Warne, who led the team to success in the inaugural IPL season, and current skipper Rahul Dravid.
IPL 6: How the nine teams measure up
takes a look at how the teams stand ahead of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League, which commences on April 3
April 01, 2013Bangalore fans watch as Tendulkar, Ponting bat
Cricket fans in Bangalore were treated to a rare spectacle on Monday, as batting greats Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting trained together, for the same team.
IPL format not too friendly for bowlers: Harbhajan
With another season of the Indian Premier League round the corner, Harbhajan Singh is hopeful that Mumbai Indians would be able to win their maiden crown this time.
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