July 13, 2014We shouldn't be disappointed with bowling performance, says Pujara
Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara said that his team's bowling performances in the first Test versus England was up to the mark and they should not be too disappointed with the 198-run world record stand for the last wicket between Joe Root and James Anderson in Nottingham.
July 12, 2014PHOTOS: India build lead after Root-Anderson's record stand
Photos from Day 4 of the first Test match between India and England in Nottingham, on Saturday.
Cricket Buzz: SL spinner Senanayake banned over action
Off-spinner Sachithra Senanayake has been banned from international cricket for an illegal bowling action, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said on Saturday.
Rueful Root brings up Decision Review System debate
Two debatable decisions went against England in the first Test against India at Trent Bridge and middle-order batsman Joe Root said it was "little frustrating" to play without the Decision Review System.
We cannot say anything about victory yet: Ishant
Having engineered an England collapse in the first cricket Test with one of his best spells in recent times, lanky Indian speedster Ishant Sharma feels his bowling rhythm has returned.
July 11, 2014PHOTOS: India's pacers have England reeling on Day 3
Images from the third day's play in the first Test between India and England, at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.
Cricket Buzz: Pakistan court reinstates Sethi as board chief
Pakistan's Supreme Court reinstated Najam Sethi as chairman of the country's cricket board on Friday, a day after he was removed from the post.
Indian pitches quicker than Trent Bridge wicket, says Broad
England all-rounder Stuart Broad has ridiculed the Trent Bridge pitch, on which India amassed 457 runs, saying even the spin-friendly Indian tracks would have been faster than the wicket on offer for the first Test in Trent Bridge, Nottingham.
Stats: Dhoni's record in England improves
Statistical highlights of the second day's play in the first cricket Test between India and England.
Have patience: Formula to win on lifeless Trent Bridge wicket
Indian medium-pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar feels that the bowlers need to adopt a 'patient' approach on a lifeless Trent Bridge wicket if the visitors want to bowl England out twice and win the first cricket Test in Nottingham.
July 10, 2014PHOTOS: India's last-wicket pair frustrates England
Images from the second's day play in the opening Test between England and India at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.
Cricket Buzz: India-Pak Test series to be reduced to two in FTP
The number of Test face-offs between India and Pakistan in the upcoming Future Tours Programme (FTP) cycle is likely to be curtailed with the government of Pakistan deciding to strike off a few matches.
'We knew we were in for a tough day and we stood up'
England fast bowler James Anderson was vocal in his criticism of the placid Trent Bridge pitch, saying that the wicket assisted India more than the home side on the first day of the first Test on Wednesday.
Murali Vijay's patience pays off!
Indian opener Murali Vijay was elated at scoring his maiden overseas hundred. It was also the fourth ton of his career. He said his fine effort on the opening day of the first Test against England in Nottingham was a dream come true for him.
July 09, 2014India's 15 best batsmen, bowlers in England
Rajneesh Gupta lists the top 15 Indian batsmen and bowlers in Tests in England.
PHOTOS: Vijay's ton gives India the edge on Day 1
Images from Day 1 in the first Test between India and England at Nottingham, on Wednesday.
PHOTOS: Ojha, Rayudu hit centuries in draw with Australia 'A'
Naman Ojha and Ambati Rayudu hit unbeaten centuries each to rescue India A to 285 for five in their second innings on the fourth and final day as the unofficial Test match against Australia A ended in a draw at Allan Border Field in Brisbane.
'I've to be ready at No.6 as that's a crucial phase of the game'
Mahendra Singh Dhoni has said that he is ready to bat at number six, and in doing so, dropped a big hint that his side will look to go into the first Test against England with five bowling options at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.
July 08, 2014'England haven't won a Test in a while, would love to get back to winning ways'
England skipper Alastair Cook admitted on Tuesday that it's been long since his side won a Test and it will desperately look to change that when the five-match series against India gets underway, in Nottingham, on Wednesday.
Dhoni's Team India looking to turn new page in England
Devoid of experience but propped up by a confident bunch of youngsters, India will be looking to wipe off scars of the past and reverse their poor overseas record when they take on England in a five-Test series, starting in Nottingham, on Wednesday.
PHOTOS: Marsh, Whiteman send India 'A' bowlers on leather hunt
Sam Whiteman and Mitch Marsh shared a record-breaking 371-run stand as Australia A zoomed past India A's first innings score, leading by 47 runs on the third day of the four-day unofficial match in Brisbane.
England will miss off-spinner Swann's genius: Pietersen
Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen thinks the hosts could be in for a particularly tough Test series at home against India in the absence of Graeme Swann.
England diaries: Sachin's 200th Test shirt up for auction at Yuvi's cancer drive
India batsman Yuvraj Singh will hold a charity auction in London on July 14 to raise money for cancer patients.
Can India extend England's losing run in Test cricket?
England aim to avoid a third consecutive series defeat and ease the pressure on captain Alastair Cook when they host India in a five-Test series for the first time since 1959, starting in Nottingham on Wednesday.
July 07, 2014Birthday boy Dhoni under cake-attack!
For once, Mahendra Singh Dhoni was at the receiving end. Team India's captain, who celebrated his 33rd birthday, was smeared with cake by his team mates in Nottingham, on Monday.
Cricket Buzz: Shakib banned for 6 months; Flintoff is back!
The Bangladesh Cricket Board on Monday cracked the whip on Shakib Al Hasan for indiscipline, handing him a six-month ban from all forms of cricket after the star all-rounder left for Barbados for Caribbean Premier League without the clearance from the Board.
PHOTOS: Naman Ojha hits double ton vs Australia 'A'
An unbeaten double century by Naman Ojha put India 'A' in a command against Australia 'A' on Day 2 of their four-day match in Brisbane, on Monday.
Tendulkar played a role in my elevation to captaincy, says 'instinctive' Dhoni
In a candid interview to bcci.tv, Dhoni, who turned 33rd on Monday, recollected the time he was made captain before the World Twenty20 in 2007, his ways of dealing with senior players, his leadership style and shouldering the responsibility of leading the team of a cricket-crazy nation.
July 06, 2014Cricket Buzz: Flower defends Cook captaincy
Former England coach Andy Flower has launched an impassioned defence of Alastair Cook, describing the under-fire captain as a cricketer who has achieved extraordinary things for his country and still has plenty to offer.
July 05, 2014PHOTOS: Finch blasts 181 as Tendulkar-led MCC XI outclass ROW
MCC romped to victory with 25 balls to spare as Australian Aaron Finch blasted an unbeaten 181 in 145 balls to guide his team to a seven-wicket victory over Rest of the World in the Lord's bi-centenary celebrations 50-over match in London, on Saturday.
Warne injured by beamer from former team mate Lee
Shane Warne suffered a suspected broken hand after being struck by an unintentional beamer from former Australia team mate Brett Lee in an MCC v Rest of the World exhibition match at Lord's on Saturday.
'The key for India is going to be the ability to take 20 wickets'
Former captain Rahul Dravid says
Bowling still a worry for India ahead of first Test vs England
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will have to put in some serious thinking in the next few days as to what exactly will be his team's bowling combination in the first Test against England in Nottingham, starting on July 9.
July 04, 2014I started practising 10 days ago for Lord's match, says Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar will once again step out in white flannels on the hallowed Lord's turf leading the Marylebone Cricket Club XI against Shane Warne-led Rest of World XI in a bi-centenary celebrations match in London, on Saturday.
When Virat Kohli met his 'match'! Lol!
England women's cricketer Danielle Wyatt finally met India's batting sensation, Virat Kohli. The news makes headlines since following his match-winning knock against South Africa in the semi-finals of the World T20, Kohli received a surprise marriage proposal from Wyatt on Twitter!
Oh Maria! How our cricket studs should introduce themselves to Sharapova
If Maria Sharapova doesn't know who is Sachin Tendulkar, it's but OBVIO that she thinks cricket is a chirping insect outside her window. But that doesn't mean she can't learn.
PHOTOS: Cricket's Oscars selfie moment; KP does Viru's tie!
The Marylebone Cricket Club vs Rest of the World will see cricketing legends - former and present - take the field at Lord's cricket ground on Saturday. And a selfie -- featuring players from both teams -- went viral on Twitter on Friday.
July 03, 2014N Srinivasan: 'Conscience is clear; I've not done any wrong'
Firmly maintaining that his "conscience is clear", new ICC chairman Narayanaswmi Srinivasan said he has "done nothing to tarnish the image of the game" and will speak out once the Probe Committee, headed by Justice (retd) Mukul Mudgal, tables its final IPL spot-fixing report.
July 02, 2014Disappointed at missing England tour, Zaheer eyes CLT20 comeback
Veteran pacer Zaheer Khan is eyeing a comeback to competitive cricket for Mumbai Indians during Champions League T20 in early October.
July 01, 2014Cricket Buzz: Players unconvinced about pink ball for day-night Tests
The Australian Cricketers' Association says the pink ball is not ready for day-night Tests and have cautioned administrators not to rush into the concept.
'I have stopped paying attention to cricket critics in our country'
Dashing India batsman Virat Kohli says he's realized that it is not important to prove anything to others. 'It's (more) important what I think of my performances.'
Former NZ batsman Vincent gets life ban after match-fixing confession
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced a life ban on disgraced former New Zealand cricketer Lou Vincent on Tuesday, just hours after the player admitted he was a "cheat" and had shamed his country and the sport by fixing matches.
Relive India's first ever Test match... against England in 1932!
The cricketing relationship between India and England go back such a long way that it can't be said with surety as to when did they exactly start. The first time an Indian side toured England was way back in 1886.
June 30, 2014Cricket Buzz: Aus-NZ likely to play first day-night Test in 2015
Australia and New Zealand have targeted playing a first Test match under lights in November, 2015, Cricket Australia (CA) said on Monday.
June 29, 2014Dravid to mentor Indian batsmen on Dhoni's request
Former captain Rahul Dravid will have a few sessions with the Indian batsmen ahead of their first Test against England starting at Nottingham on July 9, although he has not been appointed in any capacity, BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel said on Sunday.
June 27, 2014Rain deprives India much-need practice in Leicester
Inclement weather played spoilsport, as not a single ball was bowled on the second day of India's opening tour fixture against Leicestershire, in Leicester, on Friday.
Cricket Buzz: FICA disappointed with Srinivasan's elevation
The Federation of International Cricketers Association (FICA) on Friday said it was disappointed with N Srinivasan's appointment to the post of ICC Chairman even as New Zealand Cricket Director Martin Snedden backed the controversial Indian administrator's elevation to the top job.
June 26, 2014My conscience is clear, there is no taint on me: Srinivasan
Controversial Indian administrator N Srinivasan on Thursday sought to dispel the notion that he is not the appropriate person to be elected the new International Cricket Council chairman, saying there is no taint on him and his conscience is very clear.
'Sachin paji taught me to respect my equipments'
Cricketer Parvez Rasool said the upcoming India A's tour of Australia is very important for him and would try to put in his best efforts to secure a place in the senior side.
ICC confirms Srinivasan as new boss
N Srinivasan, regarded as the world's most powerful cricket administrator, has been confirmed as the ICC's first chairman after constitutional changes to the governing body were passed at the annual conference in Melbourne on Thursday.
'England still tough side despite losing series to Lanka'
England might be a bit low in confidence after slumping to their first Test series loss to Sri Lanka on home soil but Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said that that his visiting side ill-affords to take them lightly in the upcoming five-match Test series.
June 25, 2014New-look India eye positive start to England tour in practice game
With an aim to bury the ghosts of a disastrous tour of 2011, a new-look Indian team would be eyeing a positive start to their two-and-a-half-month long tour of England when they take on Leicestershire in a
June 24, 2014'Virat Kohli is a genius with the willow in hand'
Excited about his county team's practice match against a star-studded Indian team, Leicestershire's Irish import Niall O'Brien says Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men can destroy, dazzle and intrigue their
Testing time for Team India in England
Much is at stake, including pride, for Team India as Mahendra Singh Dhoni and company are all set to embark on a marathon tour of England featuring five Tests, five ODIs and a Twenty20 game.
June 22, 2014Cric Buzz: NZ's Williamson reported for suspect bowling action
New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson has been reported for a suspect bowling action, the International Cricket Council has said.
June 21, 2014Finishing games at first opportunity will be crucial in England: Dhoni
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Saturday said that finishing games at first opportunity will be crucial for his side against a strong team like England during the upcoming five-match Test series.
When Dhoni's hometown Ranchi was confused with Karachi
Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Saturday reflected how times have changed from his debut years when some cricketers confused Ranchi with Karachi and now the Jharkhand capital is on the cricketing map.
Cricket Buzz: Srini's appointment; World Cup issues to be discussed in ICC meet
With BCCI re-confirming N Srinivasan's nomination to the post of ICC chairman, the issue of his appointment alongwith the 2015 World Cup will form the core agenda.
June 20, 2014Cricket Buzz: Lyon says working on 'Australian' carrom with Murali
Australia spinner Nathan Lyon is coy about the new delivery he has been refining with Muttiah Muralitharan and hopes to unleash on Pakistan in October's Test series, describing it only as an 'Australian' carrom ball.
June 19, 2014Cricket Buzz: England captain Cook hits out at Warne
England captain Alastair Cook hit out at criticism of his leadership, saying on Thursday that "something needs to be done" about the attacks, including those coming from former Australia spinner Shane Warne.
June 18, 2014Upbeat India eye series whitewash against Bangladesh
Having recorded an improbable
Cric Buzz: Former Bangladesh captain Ashraful gets 8-year ban for match-fixing
Former Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful was banned for eight years on Wednesday after he was found guilty of involvement in match-fixing in the domestic Twenty20 competition last year.
June 17, 2014Dravid's recipe for India to succeed in England
Former batting great Rahul Dravid believes that the bowlers will need to rise to the occasion for India to upset England in their backyard in the five-Test series, starting next month.
June 16, 2014'This series is a great opportunity for all to express themselves'
Having guided India to a comfortable seven-wicket victory against Bangladesh, the talented Ajinkya Rahane said that he would like focus on one match at a time without looking too far ahead.
Team India eye unassailable series lead against Bangladesh
A confident Indian cricket team
June 15, 2014We need to try a lot of players before World Cup: Raina
India's stand-in captain Suresh Raina said the three-match ODI series against Bangladesh will be a good opportunity for trying out new players ahead of next year's 50-over World Cup.
June 14, 2014Testing time for reserves as India take on Bangladesh
The Indian cricket team will get an opportunity to test its bench strength when its fringe players led by Suresh Raina square off against minnows Bangladesh in a short three-match ODI series starting in Mirpur on Sunday.
June 13, 2014ICC Test Rankings: Pujara climbs to 7th; Ashwin static on 8th
India may not have played a Test match for more than three months now but off-spinner R Ashwin held on to his eighth spot in the ICC Test bowlers' rankings led by South African paceman Dale Steyn.
June 12, 2014'India, Australia favourites for 2015 World Cup'
Former India cricketer-turned commentator Ravi Shastri believes the 50-overs World Cup, to be jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand next year, would be a very open tournament because of the surfeit of limited overs cricket, including T20 events like the Indian Premier League.
Dhoni only Indian in world's highest paid athletes' list
India's cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the lone Indian sportsman to figure on Forbes' list of the world's 100 highest paid athletes.
June 11, 2014Cricket Buzz: Can Quinton de Kock be South Africa's Lara?
South Africa's first class cricket team Highveld Lions coach, Geoffrey Toyana, believes that Quinton de Kock can be a match-winner for the national team in Tests like Brian Lara was for the West Indies. He feels that the wicketkeeper-batsman should get an extended run and the youngster ought to understand exactly what his role is.
June 10, 2014Cric Buzz: Bell is England's Player of Year; Neesham makes history
Batsman Ian Bell was named on Monday as England's player of the year for 2013-14 in recognition of his outstanding performances in the home Ashes series victory over Australia last season.
June 09, 2014'I'm grateful for what I have had and moved on with my life'
Kevin Pietersen is at peace his England career is over and has said the team's dressing room was not a "pleasant place" during the 5-0 Ashes whitewash in Australia.
June 08, 2014Did mirrors, sandalwood, kumkum in dressing room help CSK win?
The seventh edition of Indian Premier League may have ended without major controversies but those with an urge to know more about how the league spread its wings over the last seven years can get hold of a new book that has hit the market recently.
Buzz: Akhtar denies report of him getting married to 17 year old
Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has denied any news of him getting married with a 17-year-old-girl.
June 07, 2014Revealed! BCCI had threatened to form second ICC over restructuring
Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Sanjay Patel on Saturday revealed that India had threatened to form another International Cricket Council if their proposal for the restructuring of the ICC had not been accepted by the other full members.
Cricket Buzz: Ponting reckons he played two years too long
Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting, who retired in 2012, has said he delayed his international retirement by two years in his bid to help the team deal with a generational shift.
June 06, 2014India can't bowl England out twice: Vengsarkar
India's attack lacks the teeth required to bowl England out twice in the upcoming five-Test series, says former skipper Dilip Vengsarkar. He is apprehensive about the effectiveness of pacers Bhuvaneshvar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Varun Aaron and spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.
ICC wants wider use of ORS, check on illegal bowling actions
Run-outs of non-striker batsmen backing up too early, rising instances of confrontation among players and means to improve the use of technology in umpiring dominated discussion at a two-day meeting of the ICC's cricket committee in Bangalore on Friday.
June 05, 2014Cricket Buzz: Mithali Raj bats for more women's Tests
India's top woman cricketer Mithali Raj has urged the BCCI to organise more Test matches for the national women team, which is set to play its first five-day match in eight year when they tour England in August.
'Mankading' raises debate on spirit of cricket once again
Nothing tends to divide fans more than a supposed affront to the 'spirit' of cricket, the standard of conduct that sits alongside its laws to help govern the so-called gentleman's game.
June 04, 2014India down to No 3, but Kohli stays atop ODI rankings
India dropped a rung to third, but Virat Kohli continues head the batting chart in the latest ICC One-day rankings. Mahendra Singh Dhoni's team conceded second place to Sri Lanka as Australia maintained their place at the top of the heap.
'Sehwag redefined the way opening batsmen are perceived'
Former India skipper Rahul Dravid may have been the quintessential modern-day batsman of this generation but that doesn't stop him from praising the unorthodox yet effective Virender Sehwag, saying his former mate is still a joy to watch.
'Proud of IPL century, but Adelaide Test is most memorable'
He is the focus of attention after a magnificent hundred in the IPL final, but Wriddhiman Saha rates a long-forgotten 35-run Test knock in Australia higher than his latest feat.
Run-out row: Ranatunga, Jayasuriya defend Butler 'Mankading'
Former skipper Arjuna Ranatunga says Sri Lanka was right in running-out England's Jos Buttler, but felt the batsman should have been recalled in the spirit of the game.
Australia regain ICC Test mace after five years
Australia captain Michael Clarke got his hands on the Reliance ICC Test mace, on Wednesday, a symbol of his side's status as the number-one ranked Test side in the world.
Cricket Buzz: SL beat England in controversial match, clinch series
Sri Lanka won the final One-Day International in Birmingham by six wickets on Tuesday, a game that will be remembered for the controversial run-out of England's Jos Buttler, to triumph 3-2 in the five-match series.
Bailey looks at positives despite defeat
Kings XI Punjab skipper George Bailey praised Mumbai Indians pace spearhead Lasith Malinga, saying the two overs from the Sri Lankan towards the end played a crucial part in stopping their winning streak.
June 03, 2014PHOTOS: Shah Rukh credits KKR win to 'best fans in the world'
Overwhelmed by the support his team received from the fans, Kolkata Knight Riders co-owner Shah Rukh Khan said he has never seen such enormous backing for a team.
Kolkata Knight Riders given royal felicitation at Eden Gardens
Shah Rukh Khan was delayed by two hours but that did not take any sheen off the felicitation of IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders in the presence of about
I do feel ignored with the selection snub: Harbhajan
Selection snubs despite good performances have left him feeling hurt but veteran Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh says being ignored repeatedly has not dampened his spirits and he would continue to try for a comeback in the national team.
Chaos at Eden as SRK, KKR arrive late for felicitation
Chaos reigned as about a 100,000 fans turned up at the Eden Gardens to celebrate Kolkata Knight Riders' triumph in IPL 7, even as Bollywood actor and franchise owner Shahrukh Khan reached the venue late because of a delay in his flight.
PHOTOS: Tendulkar turns coach in Singapore
Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar had budding young cricketers enthralled at the Singapore Cricket Club as he explained the finer nuances of the game on Tuesday.
Cricket Buzz: Amla is South Africa's new Test captain
Hashim Amla was named the new captain of South Africa's test team on Tuesday, the first non-white cricketer to hold the post permanently.
The costliest flops of IPL 7
The curtain came down on the seventh season of the Indian Premier League with Kolkata Knight Riders beating Kings XI Punjab in a thrilling final at the M Chinaswamy stadium in Bangalore and winning their second title in the cash-rich Twenty20 tournament. We take a look at the some of the big names who flopped big time.
Rediff IPL 7 Dream Team. What's yours?
As the dust settles on the tournament after over a month and 60 matches, Rediff.com picks its IPL Dream XI.
Laxman joins chorus, backs revival of Indo-Pak bilateral series
Former India batsman VVS Laxman joined calls for reviving bilateral series between India and Pakistan, stating India will be a safer bet as hosts.
Virat Kohli wins Ceat International Cricketer of the Year award
India's top batsman Virat Kohli has won the Ceat International Cricketer of the Year award while off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, the fastest player from the country to pick 100 Test wickets, bagged the Indian Player of the Year award for 2013-14.
June 02, 2014Cricket Buzz: SL spinner Senanayake reported for suspect action
Sri Lanka off-spinner Sachithra Senanayake has been reported for a suspect bowling action following his side's win over England in the fourth One-Day International at Lord's on Saturday, the International Cricket Council said on Monday.
IPL Extras: 'Picking quality bowlers in auction did the trick'
Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir said the 'master move' of picking quality bowlers, instead of buying big batting names during February auction helped the team to pocket its second Indian Premier League title.
'Everything you like about Kings XI Punjab, starts with Bangar'
Kings XI Punjab skipper George Bailey was gracious in defeat and doled out a whole-hearted appreciation for a number of Indian players and coaching staff.
SRK to celebrate KKR's IPL win in Kolkata, Mumbai, London, Paris...
Memories of the 2012 grand felicitation of Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata are set to be relived, with the West Bengal government and Cricket Association of Bengal having planned a similar programme at the same venue on Tuesday morning.
Gambhir best among all captains in IPL 7, says Akram
Attributing Kolkata Knight Riders' second Indian Premier League title triumph to Gautam Gambhir's leadership skills, the team's bowling coach Wasim Akram said he is the best among all the IPL captains this season.
IPL victory seems surreal, says Robin Uthappa
The batting mainstay of Kolkata Knight Riders, Robin Uthappa, defied the law of averages with 10 consecutive 40-plus scores to guide his team to their second IPL title.
Kings leave 'queen' Preity disappointed!
Preity Zinta's Kings XI Punjab was the leading team for most part of the seventh season of the IPL. Naturally, at the final against Kolkata Knight Riders the Bollywood starlet found it difficult to suppress her nervous energy.
PHOTOS: Kolkata Knight Riders, SRK celebrate IPL triumph in style
Kolkata Knight Riders celebrated their second Indian Premier League triumph in grand style following their three-wicket victory over Kings XI Punjab in the final in Bangalore, on Sunday.
Shah Rukh dedicates KKR's IPL triumph to youngest son AbRam
Kolkata Knight Riders co-owner Shah Rukh Khan dedicated the team's second Indian Premier League triumph to his youngest son AbRam.
'After the first seven games, not many thought we would be here'
An elated Kolkata Knight Riders
IPL PHOTOS: Brilliant Pandey guides Kolkata to second IPL triumph
Images from the Indian Premier League final between Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders, at the Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore, on Sunday.
June 01, 2014Cricket Buzz: Ajmal claims declined Pak's T20 captaincy
Veteran Pakistani cricketer Saeed Ajmal, who is widely regarded as the world's best off-spinner, has reportedly claimed that he declined an offer to become the captain of the team's national Twenty20 side in order to concentrate on his bowling.
May 31, 2014Cricket Buzz: ECB and Downton issue Pietersen apology
The England and Wales Cricket Board and their managing director Paul Downton have apologised to Kevin Pietersen regarding comments he made about the former England captain earlier this month, British media reported on Friday.
Sanjay Bangar is as calm as Gary, says Sehwag
Riding high on a blazing 58-ball 122 from Virender Sehwag, Kings XI Punjab set up a summit IPL clash with Kolkata Knight Riders. The blazing opener compared coach Sanjay Bangar to former India coach Gary Kirsten, who was in charge when the team triumphed in the 2011 World Cup.
IPL PHOTOS: How Preity's Kings made Mrs Dhoni sulk
The bubbly Preity Zinta was busy hooting for her team. It was a dream come true for this Bollywood star as Kings XI Punjab smashed a their way into the final of the Indian Premier League on Friday night.
Who will win IPL 7? SRK's Knights or Preity Zinta's Kings?
In pursuit of a second title, 2012 champions Kolkata Knight Riders will take on Kings XI Punjab in the summit clash on June 1.
As expected, Sunil Narine chooses IPL over Windies
West Indies spinner Sunil Narine will miss next month's three-Test series against New Zealand after opting to stay with his Indian Premier League team, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has said.
Dhoni blames bowlers for loss to Kings XI
Mahendra Singh Dhoni was sarcastic in his criticism of the Chennai Super Kings bowlers as they were knocked out of the IPL after losing the Qualifier 2 to Kings XI Punjab in Mumbai on Friday.
IPL PHOTOS: Sehwag guides Kings past Super Kings to maiden IPL final
Images from Friday's IPL match between Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings in Mumbai.
May 30, 2014Forget Anushka, Kohli grooves with Ileana; Warne has new girlfriend?
The very dashing Virat Kohli will now be seen grooving with Barfi actress Ileana D'Cruz in a new commercial. She has replaced his alleged girlfriend Anushka Sharma in the shampoo commercial.
'No-one has the courage to stand up to the power of BCCI and ECB'
Ian Smith, the Chief Operating Officer of the Federation of International Cricketers Associations (FICA), reckons that no one in the ICC has the "courage to stand upto" Board of Control for Cricket in India president Narayanaswami Srinivasan and ECB chairman Giles Clarke, as they cast a "very large shadow" in world cricket.
Practice games before Tests will help in England: Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara feels the two warm-up games that the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led team will play before the five-Test series against England will help the visitors adapt to the conditions.
'Kapil Dev would have been an instant hit in IPL'
As his tenure will come to an end after the conclusion of the IPL final on June 1, BCCI-IPL president Sunil Gavaskar feels effective implementation of ideas is a big challenge
IPL final or Country: What will Sunil Narine choose?
The raging 'Club versus Country' debate again came to the forefront as ace spinner Sunil Narine faces a possible exclusion from the Test team, if he plays the IPL final for KKR thereby failing to meet the deadline joining the West Indies camp latest by June 1.
Cricket Buzz: PM Modi resigns as Gujarat CA chief; Flintoff to play T20 for Lancs
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has resigned as Gujarat Cricket Association president. GCA secretary Rajesh Patel said: 'Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent his resignation letter to us yesterday, which said that he is quitting the post of GCA president.'
May 29, 2014Selected for India... but Kedar Jadhav has to pay to practice!
Maharashtra batsman Kedar Jadhav pays monthly fees of Rs 18,000 to 22-Yards Cricket Academy to practice on a proper pitch.
Punjab stand between Chennai and a sixth IPL final
Buoyed by their convincing
SRK, Preity Zinta, Juhi Chawla take over IPL
It was a starry night in Kolkata as biggies from Bollywood descended to get the IPL experience.
Raina looking forward to leading team in Bangladesh before England test
Suresh Raina, who will lead the 15-member Indian squad to Bangladesh for a three-ODI series, says the tour is a good opportunity for him to prepare for the challenge of England that comes up next.
Shah Rukh Khan wins the Veer-Zaara match, goes on a hugging spree
It was the 'Veer-Zaara' match in Kolkata on Wednesday and the Eden Gardens erupted in celebration as Shah Rukh Khan's Knights won the contest.
Wright reckons inconsistency cost Mumbai Indians
Having crashed out of the Indian Premier League after losing to Chennai Super Kings in the Eliminator, Mumbai Indians head coach John Wright admitted that his team was completely outplayed in all departments of the game.
Stats: Raina is Chennai's record man!
Chennai Super Kings knocked out defending champions Mumbai Indians in their Eliminator tie in the Indian Premier League in Mumbai on Wednesday. Statistical highlights from the match.
Dhoni praises bowlers, fielders after win over MI
After sealing a place in the second qualifier with a comfortable seven-wicket win over Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni heaped praise on his bowlers for putting up a good show on a wicket that was favourable for batting.
IPL PHOTOS: Raina helps Chennai eliminate Mumbai
Images from Wednesday night's IPL match between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians.
May 28, 2014Salaam Mumbai! You revived the IPL!
'More than Mumbai's progress into the last four stage, that game (and the one the previous day between Kolkata and Hyderabad, when Yusuf Pathan blazed a 22-ball 72 to ensure a second place finish for his team), revived spectator interest in IPL, something prominent by its absence.'
Pace heavy squad could boost India in England
Harish Kotian's analysis of the Indian squad for the upcoming tour of England.
PHOTOS: Kolkata thump Punjab at Eden Gardens, qualify for final
Images from Wednesday's first IPL play-off between Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab at the Eden Gardens.
Cricket Buzz: Cairns probed by British police over corruption, fixing
Former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns has reportedly been interviewed by British police in London regarding their investigation into allegations of corruption and match-fixing.
Pak cricketers hopeful of resumption of bilateral series with India
Some of Pakistan's top cricketers, including Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Akhtar, have supported the restoration of bilateral cricket ties with India and hoped the issue was discussed by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on his flying visit to India.
'Kolkata have got the ammunition to win the title'
Eyeing another IPL title after entering the playoffs, 2012 champions Kolkata Knight Riders are on a roll with a seven-match winning streak and bowling coach Wasim Akram has said that the purple brigade has all the "ammunition" to do it again.
Karun Nair keen to build on a successful season
His copybook batting in a slam-bang version has caught the imagination of all and sundry but young Rajasthan Royals batsman Karun Nair feels he needs to "improve his game" even further in order to harbour hopes of donning the national colours.
May 27, 2014IPL playoffs: Will plucky Mumbai overcome Chennai challenge?
After scripting an incredible finish in their last game to earn a place at the play-offs, defending champions Mumbai Indians will now face two-time champions Chennai Super Kings in the IPL eliminator in Mumbai on Wednesday.
Mumbai Indians-Rajasthan Royals tie, Kohli creates maximum buzz
Mumbai Indians' sensational victory over Rajasthan Royals that helped them qualify for the IPL play-offs against all odds left everyone stunned. It was also the most tweeted match so far in this season's cash-rich tournament.
Dawes wants bowlers to focus on quality and pace
Kings XI Punjab bowling coach Joe Dawes says there is a tendency in Indian cricket to over-bowl the fast bowlers and suggests that it is imperative to strike a balance to ensure quality is not compromised.
Anderson is hungry for bigger and better things
Corey Anderson is hungry for more, and hopes that 'bigger and better things' await Mumbai Indians in the knock-out stage of the IPL.
The IPL's Top 10 batsmen after the league stage
Ahead of the play-offs, we look at the top 10 batsmen from the just-concluded league stage.
The IPL's Top 10 bowlers after the league stage
Ahead of the play-offs we take a look at the top wicket-takers in the league stage.
PHOTOS: How Nita Ambani celebrated Mumbai Indians' play-offs berth
Mumbai Indians owner Nita Ambani went on a hugging spree with her players after the five-wicket victory over Rajasthan Royals in Sunday night's IPL match.
May 26, 2014Cricket Buzz: Rain threatens Kolkata-Punjab IPL qualifier
With heavy rain since Sunday and more being forecast for Tuesday, a cloud of uncertainty looms over the Indian Premier League's first qualifier between Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab, at the Eden Gardens. Both teams had to skip Monday's practice as the ground remained under cover.
Qualifier 1: It's consistency vs resilience as Punjab take on KKR
The most consistent team this season will be up against the most resilient side of the current edition when Kings XI Punjab locks horns with Kolkata Knight Riders in the first Qualifier clash of the Indian Premier League in Kolkata on Tuesday.
It was sheer emotion and drama, says Dravid
There were contradictory emotions at the Wankhede on Sunday.
IPL PHOTOS: Shilpa Shetty's magic fails; lady luck deserts Rajasthan Royals
The IPL match-fixing controversy has hunted Rajasthan Royals and a place in the play-offs would have been soothing. But things were not meant to be. Even lady luck evaded them.
People wrote us off, but we deserve to be in the play-offs: Rohit Sharma
Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma cannot hide his joy after pulling off a stunning victory over against Rajasthan Royals in Sunday night's IPL match.
Stats: Anderson proves his worth
New Zealand's power-hitter Corey Anderson conjured up an astonishing 95-run knock under tremendous pressure to single-handedly power Mumbai Indians to the play-offs of the Indian Premier League on Sunday night. A look at key statistics from the match.
IPL PHOTOS: Anderson finally lives up to promise
Photographs from the Mumbai Indians - Rajasthan Royals IPL match in Mumbai.
May 25, 2014PHOTOS: Punjab knock out Delhi Daredevils by seven wickets
Photos from the IPL match between Delhi Daredevils and Kings XI Punjab played on Sunday.
Injury worries for Gayle ahead of 100th Test match
West Indies all-rounder Chris Gayle on Sunday said he is racing against time to be fit for his milestone 100th Test match, against New Zealand next month.
Cricket Buzz: PCB chief briefs Nawaz Sharif on Indo-Pak cricket relations
The chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, Najam Sethi has briefed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Indo-Pak cricket relations ahead of the Premier's two-day official visit to India.
India-Pakistan cricket should be revived: Wasim Akram
Pakistan's pace legend Wasim Akram feels it is high time that the bilateral cricket ties between India and Pakistan are revived as the fans in sub-continent deserve to enjoy the historic rivalry which has produced some exhilarating action on the field.
My critics don't know how hard I work: Yusuf Pathan
On a high after smashing the fastest fifty in the IPL, Kolkata Knight Riders all-rounder Yusuf Pathan slammed his critics saying that they have no clue how hard he works.
IPL PHOTOS: Yusuf slams fastest 50 to guide KKR to second spot
Images from Saturday's IPL game between Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad.
May 24, 2014Mumbai Indians take on Rajasthan Royals in crucial game
Still in with a chance to make the playoffs, title-holders Mumbai Indians will take on former champions Rajasthan Royals on Sunday.
IPL PHOTOS: Chennai add the final touch to Bangalore's misery
KXIP look to consolidate top position in inconsequential tie
Already assured of a berth in the knockout stage, table-toppers Kings XI Punjab will look to consolidate their position at the top with another win when they take on laggards Delhi Daredevils in an inconsequential IPL tie on Sunday.
Ravishing Raveena makes IPL 'debut' at Wankhede
Like every year famous faces of Bollywood graced the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on Friday while Mumbai Indians took on Delhi Daredevils in a home game.
Cricket Buzz: Rs 40 crore prize money on offer for IPL playoffs
The winners of this year's Indian Premier League title will take home Rs 15 crore while the losing finalists will bag Rs 10 crore, according to Cricket Board sources.
IPL PHOTOS: Clinical Punjab consign Rajasthan to sixth defeat
Images from Friday's Indian Premier League match between Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals, at the PCA stadium, in Mohali.
May 23, 2014IPL PHOTOS: Hussey, Simmons keep Mumbai Indians' hopes alive
Images from Friday's Indian Premier League match between Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils, at the Wankhede stadium, in Mumbai.
PHOTOS: Mrs Dhoni's traditional Indian look; Dhawan Jr enthralls all
Indian cricket's first lady, Sakshi Dhoni, has done it again. After a glam diva look in the ongoing Indian Premier League, Chennai Super Kings' captain MS Dhoni's wife was seen in the traditional Indian salwar kameez.
IPL: Bangalore to play for pride as CSK test looms
With their hopes of making the playoff crushed, Royal Challengers Bangalore have to play for pride against title-contenders Chennai Super Kings in their last league match of the IPL-7 in Bangalore on Saturday.
Cricket Buzz: Mumbai replace injured Praveen Kumar with Ojha after toss
In a rare occurrence on the cricket field, Mumbai Indians replaced injured medium pacer Praveen Kumar with left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha after the toss, in their match against Delhi Daredevils, at the Wankhede stadium, on Friday.
IPL PHOTOS: Warner, Dhawan star as Hyderabad stun Chennai
Images from Thursday's IPL game between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings.
1st ODI: England cruise past Sri Lanka in rain-affected match
A combination of brutal batting and aggressive bowling ensured England beat Sri Lanka by 81 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis method in a rain interrupted first one-day international at the Oval on Thursday.
May 22, 2014IPL Photos: Uthappa, Narine sizzle as Kolkata make play-offs
Images from Thursday's IPL match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Eden Gardens, in Kolkata.
Two players approached by bookies in this IPL: Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar, the interim president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India-IPL, admitted on Thursday that two cricketers were approached by bookies during the ongoing seventh season, and the matter was reported to the Anti-Corruption and Security Unit officials (ACSU).
Do-or-die for Mumbai; can the champs overcome Delhi?
The victory over Kings XI Punjab has brought them back in the play-offs mix, but Mumbai Indians have no time to relax, as they take on struggling Delhi Daredevils in another must-win IPL clash, in Mumbai, on Friday.
'IPL will keep me in shape for 2015 World Cup'
South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis, who retired from the Test format, has set the IPL T20 league as his launch pad for his mission World Cup 2015.
McCullum denies fixing matches, disappointed at testimony leak
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum says he has never been involved in match-fixing and is "very disappointed" his testimony to an International Cricket Council corruption probe had been leaked to the media.
IPL PHOTOS: Simmons century powers Mumbai to victory
Images from the Indian Premier League between Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab, on Wednesday.
May 21, 2014Chennai Super Kings look to complete formalities against Hyderabad
All but assured of a berth in the play-offs, Chennai Super Kings would be aiming to quickly get over the shock loss against Kolkata Knight Riders when they take on an unpredictable Sunrisers Hyderabad on Thursday.
Did Chennai Super Kings take KKR too lightly?
Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming feels his team was not intimidating enough and lacked the winning attitude against Kolkata Knight Riders, who snatched an unexpected victory against the former champions in the Indian Premier League match, in Kolkata.
Stats: Raina continues to be top run-getter in IPL
Statistical highlights of the IPL match between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata eye play-off slot against beleaguered Bangalore
A win away from clinching an IPL playoff berth, the high-flying Kolkata Knight Riders would look to complete the formalities against a beleaguered Royal Challengers Bangalore on Thursday.
IPL PHOTOS: Sexy cheerleaders sizzle as teams continue to fizzle
The cheer girls was at their energetic best inspiring the home teams to triumphs in the Indian Premier League on Tuesday.
'We just failed to hold on to our composure in testing times'
A disappointed Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli has rued the fact that they will now have to adopt a "wait and watch" policy to know their chances of qualifying for the play-offs.
'Our bowlers created opportunities, but fielders couldn't take it'
Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni admitted that they were atleast 15 runs short against KKR but at the same time was livid with Robin Uthappa's easy catch being dropped by Ravichandran Ashwin.
IPL PHOTOS: Clinical Kolkata edge past Chennai
Photos of the IPL game between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders
May 20, 2014'No contribution is good enough if you don't win the game'
Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli was left dejected that his good show didn't help his team clinch a
PHOTOS: Dhawan, Warner help Hyderabad ease past Bangalore
Images from the Indian Premier League match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore in Uppal on Tuesday.
IPL Extras: Fighting brand of cricket makes RR tough, says Dravid
Rajasthan Royals mentor Rahul Dravid says his side do not mind being called 'underdogs' but their fighting brand of cricket makes them a tough side to beat.
Tahir blames bad luck for Delhi Daredevils' woes
South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir says it was not lack of effort that has spelt doom for Delhi Daredevils in this IPL edition but, simply, lady luck was not smiling on them.
Every win gives confidence and self belief: Bailey
Having consolidated their position at the top of the points table with their ninth victory in IPL-7, Kings XI Punjab skipper George Bailey feels every win is vital as it increases confidence and self belief among the players going into the business end of the tournament.
Stats: Sandeep Sharma is milestone man in IPL
Kings XI Punjab beat Delhi Daredevils by four wickets in their IPL match at Feroz Shah Kotla ground on Monday. Chasing 165 for victory, Punjab rode on a breezy 67-run opening stand between Virender Sehwag (23) and Manan Vohra (42 off 19 balls) to overhaul the target in 19.4 overs. A look at key statistics from the match.
Stats: Michael Hussey continues to enjoy excellent record
Riding on half-centuries from their openers Mike Hussey and Lendl Simmons, Mumbai post a 25-run victory over Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League encounter in Ahmedabad, on Monday. A look at key statistics from the match.
KP hopes to finish well in the remaining matches
Delhi Daredevils captain Kevin Pietersen attributed batting collapse towards the end of his side's innings for their four-wicket loss in their IPL match against table toppers Kings XI Punjab in New Delhi on Monday night.
IPL PHOTOS: Hot Preity Zinta, sexy cheerleaders sizzle
Kings XI Punjab co-owner and Bollywood heartthrob Preity Zinta was all smiles on Monday as her team beat Delhi Daredevils by four wickets in their IPL match at Feroz Shah Kotla ground.
May 19, 2014IPL PHOTOS: Punjab outclass Delhi to stay top
Images from the Indian Premier League match between Delhi Daredevils and Kings XI Punjab in New Delhi, on Monday.
PHOTOS: Rajasthan juggernaut hits Mumbai roadblock
Images from the Indian Premier League match between Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians in Motera on Monnday.
IPL PHOTOS: KKR inch closer to play-offs
Images from Sunday's IPL match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders.
IPL Preview: RCB eye playoffs berth; Sunrisers Hyderabad to play for pride
After a hard-fought win over Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore would look to brighten their prospects of earning a playoffs berth with a win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League in Hyderabad on Tuesday.
IPL PHOTOS: The many moods of sensational Sania Mirza
Sania Mirza was back to the most entertaining cricketing event in Hyderabad on Sunday night.
IPL Extras: Wouldn't have reacted if I had nicked that delivery, says Gambhir
Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir made no bones about the fact that he got a raw deal from umpire Nigel Llong which prompted an angry reaction from him as he cursed on his way back and flung his bat angrily on reaching the dug-out.
Stats: Umesh Yadav records his best bowling figures
Kolkata Knight Riders consolidated their fourth position in the points table with a comfortable seven-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in an IPL match in Hyderabad on Sunday night. A look at key statistics from the match.
Will KKR be among top four? Yusuf Pathan hopes so
Kolkata Knight Riders all-rounder Yusuf Pathan looked pleased with his teams performance after they managed to keep their playoff hopes alive by beating Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday night.
'Will practice on seaming tracks for England tour'
He may be out of the scheme of things as far as Kings XI are concerned, but Cheteshwar Pujara is not taking things easy.
RCB captain Kohli hails team after close win over Chennai
Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli hailed his players for showing character in the thrilling five-wicket win over formidable Chennai Super Kings which kept their hopes alive of making it to the play-offs in the Indian Premier League.
May 18, 2014PHOTOS: Royal Challengers edge past Chennai Super Kings
Images from the Indian Premier League match between Chennai Super Kings and Royal Chalengers Bangalore in Ranchi on Sunday.
Lacklustre Delhi look to restore respectability against Punjab
Lacklustre Delhi Daredevils will look to restore some respectability to their IPL campaign when they take on an
Mumbai Indians look to upset the equations for Rajasthan Royals
Their hopes of making the
May 17, 2014'Bailey allows me to set my own fields'
Kings XI Punjab, over the years, have unearthed some serious talents in IPL and the latest from their stable is young Gujarat left-arm spinner Akshar Patel, who attributes much of his success in the seventh edition to the flexible thought process of team's captain George Bailey.
IPL: RCB battle for survival; CSK look to consolidate top-4 spot
Former IPL champions Chennai Super Kings would look to consolidate their position inside the top-four for a place in the play-offs even as Royal Challengers Bangalore try to stay afloat when the two sides clash for the first time this IPL season in Ranchi on Sunday.
IPL Preview: Tough game for Hyderabad against KKR
After a shocking defeat to table-toppers Kings XI Punjab, Sunrisers Hyderabad now face a must-win game against Kolkata Knight Riders, who are on a high following back-to-back victories, in the IPL in Hyderabad on Sunday.
May 16, 2014IPL Extras: David Hussey gets nod to join Dhoni's CSK
Australian batsman David Hussey was on Friday given the nod to play for Chennai Super Kings in place of the injured Dwayne Bravo by the Indian Premier League technical committee.
PHOTOS: Narendra Modi a hit in the IPL too!
The IPL match between Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Daredevils in Ahmedabad saw Narendra Modi supporters cheering for the BJP prime ministerial candidate and shouting slogans in his favour.
AB de Villiers most complete batsman of modern era. Do you agree?
Former India star VVS Laxman feels AB de Villiers, without an iota of doubt, is the most complete batsman in the modern era, who has three to four shots in his repertoire for every delivery.
Stats: Records galore for Ajinkya Rahane
Rajasthan Royals crushed Delhi Daredevils by 62 runs in a thoroughly one-sided encounter to consolidate their chances of making it to the play-offs in the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League in Ahmedabad on Thursday night. A look at key statistics from the match.
I got it wrong at the toss, admits Pietersen
Delhi Daredevils captain Kevin Pietersen admitted that he was wrong in opting to field against Rajasthan Royals in yet another crushing defeat for the Delhi Daredevils.
PHOTOS: Sexy cheerleaders, hot Preity sizzle in IPL 7
With their batsmen in top form, the Kings XI Punjab cheerleaders are left with a lot of work to do in IPL 7.
PHOTOS: Rajasthan thump Delhi, move closer to play-off berth
Images from the Indian Premier League match between Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Daredevils at Motera on Thursday.
May 15, 2014Pakistan-India cricket series to resume in 2015
Pakistan on Thursday said it has agreed to play six cricket series against India between 2015 to 2023, the first since the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks suspended play between the teams. The Pakistan Cricket Board said it had signed an Memorandum of Understanding with the Board of Control for Cricket in India for the six series.
Focus is on IPL, not thinking about World Cup, says Gambhir
After regaining form with hat-trick of half-centuries in the ongoing Indian Premier League, Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir says he is focused on the tournament ahead and not thinking about the Indian team's upcoming tour of England or the 50-overs World Cup next year.
Stats: Uthappa, leading run-scorer for Kolkata
Robin Uthappa was elegance personified during his 52-ball 80 as he powered Kolkata Knight Riders to a convincing six-wicket win over Mumbai Indians in their Indian Premier League match in Cuttack on Wednesday. A look at key statistics from the match.
IPL Extras: 'Mallya is Mr Smart of RCB'
All praise for his franchise owner, Vijay Mallya, Royal Challengers Bangalore cricketer A B de Villiers said the liquor baron is the 'Mr Smart' of the team.
Fightback shows character of KKR, says Gambhir
Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir said the turnaround staged by his side showed the 'character' it possesses, after having began the campaign in IPL-7 on a sorry note.
IPL PHOTOS: Spinners, Uthappa guide KKR to victory
Images from Wednesday's IPL match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians in Cuttack.
May 14, 2014'I wanted to bat to the fullest and let the momentum go'
Kings XI Punjab batsman
PHOTOS: Punjab regain top spot, Hyderabad slump to sixth loss
Images from the Indian Premier League match between Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad at Uppal on Wednesday.
DD seek redemption, Royals look to stay in top 4
An out-of-sorts Delhi Daredevils will be aiming to redeem some pride while Rajasthan Royals would look to consolidate their top-four spot in the points table when the two teams clash in an Indian Premier League match on Thursday.
'Yuvi can be India's match-winner at 2015 World Cup'
All praise for Yuvraj Singh after his hurricane match-winning knock against Delhi Daredevils in an IPL match, Royal Challengers Bangalore's veteran spinner Muttiah Muralitharan said the left-hander still has it in him to be India's match-winner in the ODI World Cup next year.
Kohli lashes out at Yuvi's critics
For captain Virat Kohli, watching Yuvraj Singh torment the Delhi Daredevils bowlers on Tuesday night was a pleasing sight. It gave him an opportunity to lash out at the detractors of his Royal Challengers Bangalore team mate, saying that people should refrain from writing off cricketers who are class apart.
IPL PHOTOS: Why the cheergirls ran for cover...
Some unruly fans hurled water bottles and pouches at the cheerleaders, forcing the girls to run for cover, soon after CSK skipper MS Dhoni hit the winning runs against Rajasthan Royals in Ranchi on Tuesday night.
IPL Extras: Now, Virat Kohli has 3.1 million followers
Runs are not flowing from Virat Kohli's bat this Indian Premier League bat but his popularity continues to rise on social networking sites.
Yuvraj is a superstar: Pietersen
Star batsman Yuvraj Singh came in for praise for his magnificent 68 not out which set up Bangalore Royal Challengers' win over Delhi Daredevils in their IPL match here with rival team captain Kevin Pietersen describing him a superstar of the game.
IPL PHOTOS: Yuvraj blitz guides Bangalore to victory
Images from Tuesday's IPL match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Daredevils.
May 13, 2014Dhoni defends Ashwin's promotion in batting order
Mahendra Singh Dhoni stunned many with his decision of sending Ravichandran Ashwin ahead of himself in the batting order but Chennai Super Kings skipper defended the tactics, saying players needed to be given more responsibility to convert them into match winners.
IPL PHOTOS: Captain Dhoni leads Chennai to top of the table
Images from the Indian Premier League match between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals in Ranchi, on Tuesday.
Sunrisers Hyderabad need to pack a special punch against Kings XI Punjab
In a few days time Sunrisers Hyderabad have to brace up for yet another tough battle as they take on table-toppers Kings XI Punjab at the Rajiv Gandhi International cricket stadium in an IPL match in Hyderabad on Wednesday.
IPL preview: Kolkata, Mumbai in must-win situation
High on confidence after their victory against table-toppers Kings XI Punjab in their previous game, Kolkata Knight Riders will look to continue the winning momentum when they take on defending champions Mumbai Indians in their Indian Premier League match in Cuttack.
PHOTOS: Dhawan Jr. in attendance but Sunrisers lose to Mumbai
Shikhar Dhawan's son was one of the star attractions in the stadium when he turned up for the Indian Premier League match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians, in Hyderabad, on Monday.
'Simmons, Ambati Rayudu snatched the game away from us'
The match against Mumbai Indians will haunt the Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Stats: Mumbai's biggest win over Sunrisers Hyderabad
Defending champions Mumbai Indians kept their hopes of making it to the play-offs with a clinical seven-wicket victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad on Monday night. A look at key statistics from the match.
Take a look at our desi WAG, Mrs Dhoni...
The first day of Indian cricket, Sakshi Dhoni has been an ardent fan. The wife of Chennai Super Kings' captain, MS Dhoni, had turned into a glamorous diva and is a regular face at almost all the major cricket matches.
May 12, 2014IPL PHOTOS: Simmons, Rayudu keep Mumbai in the hunt
Photos of the IPL match between Hyderabad Sunrisers and Mumbai Indians.
'Chasing 190 from down and out position was special'
James Faulkner, who partnered Australian teammate Steven Smith to pull off a sensational win for Rajasthan Royals in an IPL match, said chasing 190 from a "nothing to lose" position was a special feeling.
Cricket Buzz: Mushtaq quits England coaching role to join Pakistan
Former leg spinner Mushtaq Ahmed has left his role as England spin-bowling coach to take up a similar position with Pakistan, the Pakistan Cricket Board said on Monday.
Extremely lucky to have Dravid around: Watson
Rajasthan Royals captain Shane Watson says having former India skipper Rahul Dravid as team mentor has helped him develop as a cricketer quickly.
Rajasthan Royals eye revenge against Chennai Super Kings
Chennai Super Kings will be aiming to go top of the table, but a determined Rajasthan Royals stand in the way.
'Royal Challengers have no choice but to play positive cricket'
On the brink of being ousted from playoffs' contention, Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman Yuvraj Singh has said his team has no choice but to play positive cricket in their remaining five games.
Royals Challengers Bangalore seek to outwit beleaguered Delhi
After losing from a position of
'We are very disappointed not to play in Chennai'
Chennai Super Kings' chief coach Stephen Fleming said the team has been left devastated by the IPL authorities' decision to shift the former champions' home games to Ranchi from the MA Chidambaram Stadium.
'Mumbai Indians can still make the play-offs'
Just two wins in eight games
Tough task on hand for Mumbai Indians against resurgent Hyderabad
Languishing at the bottom of the table, defending champions Mumbai Indians face the uphill task of lifting themselves back in the reckoning when they take on a resurgent Sunrisers Hyderabad.
IPL PHOTOS: Smith, Faulkner steal Yuvraj's thunder
Images from the IPL match between Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore.
'I told them at the break that the game is far from over...'
Royal Challengers Bangalore
May 11, 2014Gambhir plays down his good form; praises Uthappa
Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir played down his own good form lavishing praise on his opening partner Robin Uthappa for giving the team blazing starts which has helped in winning back-to-back matches.
IPL PHOTOS: KKR's Gambhir, Chawla hand KXIP rare defeat
The smile was back on Skipper Gautam Gambhir face and rightfully.
Stats: Dwayne Smith is only next to Maxwell
A half-century from Dwayne Smith, and Mahendra Singh Dhoni's late assault, helped Chennai Super Kings beat Mumbai by four wickets in the Indian Premier League match in Mumbai, on Saturday night. A look at key statistics from the match.
Find out why pacer Praveen Kumar had stopped stepping out of his house
After missing out on initial IPL action, Praveen Kumar made an instant impact against Chennai Super Kings, albeit in a losing cause, but the Mumbai Indians medium-pacer said he still gets the goose bumps when he thinks about his snub during the February auctions.
IPL Extras: Miffed MCA officials hand over IPL accreditations
The officials of the MCA are miffed at the sudden decision of the Indian Premier League's Governing Council, handed over their IPL accreditations to the organisers.
May 10, 2014IPL PHOTOS: Chennai win by four wickets to end Mumbai's home run
Images from the Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings match in Mumbai, on Saturday.
IPL PHOTOS: Bowlers guide Sunrisers to victory over Delhi
Photos of the IPL match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Daredevils
We richly deserved to win the way we played: Moody
The rain only made it simpler for the Sunrisers Hyderabad. But they deserved to win Saturday's Indian Premier League match against Delhi Daredevils because of their exceptional death bowling, asserted the visiting team coach Tom Moody.
MCA chief Pawar seeks explanation on IPL final snub
The Mumbai Cricket Association on Saturday was left red-faced after the final of the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League to be played on June 1 was moved from Mumbai to Bangalore.
IPL 7 final moved from Mumbai to Bangalore
In a surprise decision, the Indian Premier League final to be played on June 1 was shifted out of Mumbai to Bangalore, the BCCI announced on Saturday.
IPL Preview: Rampaging Kings XI Punjab lock horns with KKR
Kolkata Knight Riders will look to challenge the seemingly unstoppable force of table-toppers Kings XI Punjab when the two sides clash in an IPL match in Cuttack on Sunday.
Stats: 'Killer Miller' records his third fifty
On Friday night in Bangalore Kings XI Punjab scored another emphatic victory, beating Royal Challengers Bangalore by 32 runs, to consolidate their position atop the eight-team table. A look at key statistics from the match.
'RCB paying the price for not playing as a unit'
Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli admitted that his team has not played as a unit, resulting in five defeats in eight games, including the 32-run loss to Kings XI Punjab on Friday.
IPL PHOTOS: Punjab win battle of batting heavyweights
Images from Friday night's IPL match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab.
May 09, 2014IPL Extras: Pollard-Starc spat was in heat of the game: Rohit
Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma defended his teammate Kieron Pollard, saying the ugly spat involving the West Indian and Royal Challengers Bangalore's Mitchell Starc happened in the heat of the moment and will not be repeated.
Delhi Daredevils face a must-win situation against Hyderabad
Down in the dumps after three
'Sunrisers Hyderabad have the best bowling line-up in the IPL'
Sunrisers Hyderabad seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar says their bowling unit is one of the best in IPL.
IPL-7's envious... and dubious records!
The seventh edition of the Indian Premier League is three weeks old and it's time to take stock. Rediff.com takes a look at some memorable achievements and a few forgettable ones.
Mumbai Indians rely on home advantage against rampant Chennai
Their campaign back on track after five successive defeats in the UAE leg, defending champions Mumbai Indians take on two-time title winners Chennai
Stats: Bhuvneshwar Kumar records his best IPL performance
A look at key statistics from the Rajasthan Royals-Sunrisers Hyderabad IPL match.
'It was up to us to play like warriors or losers'
Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper Shikhar Dhawan had every reason to have a big smile on his face as he asked his players to play like warriors and they responded to the call in the best possible manner.
Vote for the sexiest cheerleaders in the IPL 7
While the presence of top international cricketers in the Indian Premier League is certainly a factor, a major talking point among fans is the presence of cheerleaders, who have added a lot of sex appeal to the matches. Take a look some of them in the ongoing seventh season and vote for the sexiest.
May 08, 2014IPL PHOTOS: Bhuvneshwar's four wicket guides Hyderabad to victory
Images from the Indian Premier League match between Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad in Ahmedabad, on Thursday.
Switching to Test mode in England after IPL won't be easy: Pujara
India will embark on a redemption tour to England just after the ongoing Indian Premier League and Cheteshwar Pujara, who is expected to be the team's batting mainstay, feels it will be a tough ask for the visitors' to switch to Test cricket mode from the Twenty20 format.
Focus on Maxwell, Gayle as Kings XI Punjab-Bangalore face off
The spotlight will be firmly on
PHOTOS: Amitabh Bachchan visits the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground
Amitabh Bachchan is an ardent cricket follower but his love for the game got an official touch when the Victorian government hosted lunch at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground for the renowned Indian actor.
'I have been trying to get my batting right in all three forms'
Steven Smith, who is playing for Rajasthan Royals in this season's
Raina is first batsman to amass 3,000 runs in IPL
Statistical highlights of IPL match between Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings at the Barabati stadium in Cuttack.
'Making play-offs won't be easy but we are up for the challenge'
Shakib Al Hasan exuded
'The way I started the tournament, I couldn't get a run'
Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir has emphasised the
Maxwell is more destructive than me, Gayle: Sehwag
Arguably the most dangerous opening batsman ever to play for India, Virender Sehwag has no qualms in stating that his Kings XI Punjab teammate Glenn Maxwell, who has been tormenting bowlers in the ongoing IPL-7, is more destructive than him and even Chris Gayle.
Is Dhoni right in comparing Maxwell with Tendulkar, Sehwag?
Glenn Maxwell's blitzkrieg 38-ball 90 in Kings XI Punjab's win over Chennai Super Kings in an IPL match in Cuttack on Wednesday night prompted the losing captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni to compare the Australian with the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag in talent.
PHOTOS: Delight for Preity, despair for Sakshi!
The bubbly Preity Zinta has a lot to cheer about in IPL 7 as her team, Kings XI Punjab, leads the points table.
May 07, 2014IPL PHOTOS: Maxwell's 38-ball 90 fires Kings past Super Kings
Images from the IPL match between Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings in Cuttack, on Tuesday.
PHOTOS: Gambhir, Uthappa steer Kolkata to easy win
Images from Wednesday's IPL match between Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders in Delhi.
Dravid tells players to be vigilant of match-fixers
Rajasthan Royals' mentor Rahul Dravid, although happy that there's no betting or spot-fixing controversy so far in the seventh season of the Indian Premier League, says players need to be cautious about the menace.
Will the Royals roar against Sunrisers Hyderabad?
Up against an outfit that is struggling to stay afloat, fancied Rajasthan Royals will look to consolidate their position in the pecking order when they lock horns with Sunrisers Hyderabad in the ongoing seventh Indian Premier League in Ahmedabad on Thursday.
'I haven't recovered fully, still bearing some discomfort'
West Indies batsman Chris
Look who is the most searched IPL player this season...
Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli takes the top spot as the most searched IPL player this season.
'It's obviously something we don't want to see on the field'
Royal Challengers Bangalore coach Daniel Vettori was pained to see the ugly on-field spat
'Playing in Mumbai Indians is a great platform for youngsters'
Chidambaram Gautam feels Mumbai Indians is a fantastic side with so many legends in the team and a
Ravindra Jadeja 'trying to vary lengths and deliveries'
Ravindra Jadeja has been consistently performing with the ball for Chennai Super Kings, and the all-rounder says his mantra to success is to bowl in good areas and mix up the deliveries.
It was important for me to step up: Rohit
After leading by example with a match-winning knock, Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma said the 19-run victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore was "by far the best game" for the defending champions in IPL-7.
The loyalties of captain Dhoni
In juggling multiple roles as national captain and a popular brand ambassador, the cricketer depends on the support of some key figures to whom he swears allegiance.
IPL PHOTOS: Mumbai fight back to beat Bangalore
Images from Tuesday's IPL match between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers at the Wankhede Stadium.
May 06, 2014IPL Extras: 'De Villiers has changed the pattern of T20 batting'
He has been one of the most consistent performers in T20 cricket but JP Duminy feels that it is his compatriot AB de Villiers, who has changed the landscape of T20 batsmanship with his innovative shot-making.
Cricket Buzz: Tendulkar gets life membership at Dubai's Els golf club
Cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar may now be seen swinging on a different pitch. The legendary batsman has been awarded a life membership at The Els Club golf course from Dubai Sports City partner Abdulrahman Falaknaz.
Marquee clash as Chennai Super Kings take on Kings XI Punjab
Revenge would be on top of Chennai Super Kings' mind when they lock horns with a dominant KingsXI Punjab in what promises to be a mouth-watering clash in Cuttack.
Floundering Kolkata look for revival against struggling Delhi
Kolkata Knight Riders will be looking to revive their
'In T20 cricket, rarely does a good ball gets the batsman out'
Delhi Daredevils bowling unit came a cropper as they failed to defend a competitive 178 against Chennai Super Kings, but opener Murali Vijay said that the bowlers should be given credit.
Pravin Tambe's rare feat: a two-ball hat-trick!
Rajasthan Royals' leg-spinner
'Kohli, Pujara will be key for India in England'
Kevin Pietersen says the performance Indian batsmen, especially Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara, will be critical to the side's chances during its lengthy tour of England, come this summer.
'Sanju Samson will be India's next batting star'
It has been a while since teenaged batsman Sanju Samson was touted as India's next big star and the latest to have spotted his "serious potential" is former Pakistan captain Rameez Raja.
'I still believe Delhi Daredevils can make the play-offs'
Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels that steady drizzle resulting in a wet ball made it easier for his batsmen to initiate a successful run-chase against Delhi Daredevils during the back 10 of the innings in New Delhi.
IPL PHOTOS: Smith, Raina guide Chennai to convincing win over Delhi
Images from Monday's IPL match between Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Daredevils, in Delhi.
May 05, 2014Injured Zaheer unlikely to play against Bangalore, says Wright
Mumbai Indians left-arm pace bowler Zaheer Khan is unlikely to play against the Royal Challengers Bangalore in their IPL clash at the Wankhede stadium on Tuesday, after injuring his bowling arm in the previous game.
IPL PHOTOS: Veteran Tambe 'tricks' Rajasthan to unlikely victory
Images from the Indian Premier League match between Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders in Ahmedabad, on Monday.
IPL Extras: Bring on Mumbai, says RCB pacer Starc
Mumbai look to exploit the home advantage against Bangalore
Defending champions Mumbai Indians would look to exploit the home advantage once again when they face a formidable Royal Challengers Bangalore on Tuesday.
'It's always going to be hard for Corey to fire in his first IPL'
Former New Zealand cricketer Simon Doull feels compatriot Corey Anderson has not been able to express himself in the star-studded Mumbai Indians as he is feeling the pressure.
'It's up to the Delhi players now to go out there and perform'
Delhi Daredevils batsman Kedar
'De Villiers's knock is one of the best in T20'
Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli described team-mate AB de Villiers's stunning match-winning knock of 89 not out from just 41 balls against Sunrisers Hyderabad in an IPL match as one of the best Twenty20 innings he has seen.
IPL PHOTOS: De Villiers storm sinks Sunrisers
Images from Sunday night's IPL game between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore.
May 04, 2014I want the boys to keep their heads up, says Pietersen
Delhi Daredevils captain Kevin
Delhi Daredevils face uphill task against rampaging Chennai
Delhi Daredevils face an uphill
Rajasthan Royals start favourites against Kolkata Knight Riders
The last time they clashed,
IPL Extras: Has the ICC become India Cement Cricket
The Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) secretary Aditya Verma has written a letter to the ICC president Alan Isaac urging the parent body to stop N Srinivasan from attending the ICC Executive Board meeting as its first chairman, next month.
'T20 is a game where even a small mistake will cost you'
The couple of wickets he took
'Aside from losing, I don't think things went wrong for Punjab'
Kings XI Punjab skipper George Bailey has praised Mumbai Indians pace spearhead Lasith Malinga and said the two overs from the Sri Lankan towards the end played a crucial part in stopping their winning wheel.
'Shikhar Dhawan has just not capitalised on his good starts'
Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Tom
'It's the away games that Royal Challengers are focusing on more'
Royal Challengers Bangalore
'It's nice to have a start after a disappointing run in Dubai'
New Zealand all-rounder Corey
IPL PHOTOS: Nair stars in Royals' clinical chase
Images from Saturday's IPL match between Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Daredevils at the Feroze Shah Kotla in Delhi.
May 03, 2014Fleming reckons Dhoni has another four years of captaincy left in him
Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming feels that Mahendra Singh Dhoni is good enough to continue as a captain for three years but the New Zealander is not sure "whether he can continue playing all three formats" for that long a time.
PHOTOS: Mumbai Indians down Punjab for first win in IPL 7
Images from the Indian Premier League match between Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab at the Wankhede stadium, on Saturday.
IPL Extras: IPL GC overwhelmed with the UAE success
The Indian Premier League's Governing Council today lauded the event's success in the UAE, claiming that the first leg of the tournament fetched "unprecedented success" in terms of fan turnout, television viewership and ticket collections.
RCB, Sunrisers look to get back to winning ways
Left to lick their wounds after losing their last three matches in a row, Royal Challengers Bangalore will look to return to winning ways when they take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in their first home match in IPL 7 in Bangalore on Saturday.
10 BEST catches from IPL first leg in the UAE
Check out the best catches from the first leg of the Indian Premier League, in the UAE.
Dhoni, Jadeja ecstatic after convincing win over KKR
Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was ecstatic after the convincing 34-run victory over Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian
IPL PHOTOS: Jadeja spins Chennai to easy victory over Kolkata
Images from Friday's Indian Premier League match between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders, in Ranchi.
May 02, 2014Can Mumbai halt Punjab's unbeaten run and score first win?
Title-holders Mumbai Indians are keen to end their dismal five-match losing streak but the task is easier said than done as they clash with table toppers Kings XI Punjab on Saturday.
'My strength is a lot of intensity and aggression on the field'
Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli has said that he prepares for a match by training his brain.
Cricket Buzz: Waqar Younis to be Pakistan's new head coach
Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Najam Sethi has confirmed that former Test captain Waqar Younis will take over as head coach of the national team later this month. Sethi said two-year contracts have been offered to chief selector-cum-manager Moin Khan and Younis.
'This is the time when RCB would like to recover lost ground'
Yuvraj Singh has said though Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings are sitting at top of the table, the seventh edition of IPL is still wide open.
May 01, 2014'This Rajasthan Royals team believes in playing smart cricket'
Rajat Bhatia has taken a mild dig at Kolkata Knight Riders by stating that every member of Rajasthan Royals were aware about the equation of Super Over but he was unaware whether KKR knew that two runs off last ball would have clinched the issue.
ICC rankings: India slips to fifth in Tests, stays second in ODIs
India's dismal performance in the international season gone by pushed them down the ladder in the ICC Test rankings with the team finishing fifth in the
CSK look to continue winning run as IPL arrives in India
As the IPL action shifts to India after a rendezvous in the UAE, formidable Chennai Super Kings will seek to continue their winning momentum when they lock horns with Kolkata Knight Riders, who will be hoping for a reversal in fortunes in Ranchi on Friday.
'I am a bowler and I know what I am capable of doing'
Seamer Irfan Pathan says his chat with team mentor VVS laxman inspired him to produce a match-winning performance for Sunrisers Hyderabad in their Indian Premier League match against Mumbai Indians.
We are getting into the groove now: Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan had the luxury of having very impressive bowlers to fall back upon in crucial junctures and the Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper is delighted that they did not let him down in the match against Mumbai Indians in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
IPL-7: The BEST performances from the UAE leg
As the tournament shifts to India, here's a look at the best performances from the first leg.
IPL PHOTOS: Pollard's knock in vain as Hyderabad down Mumbai
Images from Wednesday's Indian Premier League match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians in Dubai
April 30, 2014Stats: Rajasthan the only team to win the Eliminator twice
Statistical highlights of the Indian Premier League match between Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders.
'Shane Watson is very similar to Rahul bhai as captain'
Ajinkya Rahane rose to prominence while playing under Rahul Dravid in Rajasthan Royals and the right-handed batsman feels current skipper Shane Watson is as "cool and calm headed" as his predecessor.
'That over from James Faulkner turned the match in our favour'
Steven Smith has credited Rajasthan Royal's success to fellow Australian James Faulkner's triple strike in the penultimate over.
'All the games that we have lost were from winning positions'
Kolkata Knight Riders captain
IPL PHOTOS: Birthday boy Faulkner gives Royals 'Super' win over KKR
Images for the Tuesday's Indian Premier League match between Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders, in Abu Dhabi.
April 29, 2014My strength is not pace, I rely on swing to get wickets: Bhuvneshwar
Playing alongside Dale Steyn and Ishant Sharma, who work up genuine pace, Sunrisers Hyderabad bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar says speed is not his strength and therefore he relies on swing to get wickets.
PHOTOS: Preity's drive keeps Kings unconquered
Preity Zinta was again the cynosure of all eyes as she egged on her team, Kings XI Punjab, in Monday's Indian Premier League match against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Dubai.
'If your best batsman is not in form, it is a problem for the team'
There is no danger to Gautam
Mumbai Indians' last chance to redeem themselves in the desert
Languishing at the bottom of the table, defending champions Mumbai Indians will be desperate to end their winless streak in their final match of the first leg of IPL in the UAE when they lock horns with another struggling outfit Sunrisers Hyderabad in Dubai on Wednesday.
'Sehwag is my favourite batsman and now I get to learn from him'
Kings XI Punjab young medium pacer Sandeep Sharma has credited Virender Sehwag for helping him become a better cricketer, and described him as a "gem of a person".
'Lucky' Sharma over the moon after claiming Gayle's wicket
He knocked over Chris Gayle's stumps in his very first over to set up a victory for Kings XI Punjab and young medium pacer Sandeep Sharma said it was an "awesome moment" to dismiss the feared batsman in their Indian Premier League match against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Dubai on Monday.
IPL PHOTOS: Virat goes viral in the UAE!
As the first phase of the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League comes to an end, one lasting memory of the cash-rich T20 tournament in the United Arab Emirates will be the fans' affection for their favourite cricketers.
IPL-7: 5 Indian bowlers who came away with maidens in the UAE!
Amid a flurry of runs, five bowlers did well to send down maiden overs even before the half-way stage of this IPL season. Check them out.
April 28, 2014IPL PHOTOS: Kings XI Punjab outclass Bangalore to continue winning run
Images from the Indian Premier League match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab in Dubai, on Monday.
Cricket Buzz: Imran Tahir may join Daredevils
With their spin cupboard in the ongoing Indian Premier League almost bare, Delhi Daredevils are likely to rope in South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir to bolster their slow bowling department.
Confident Vijay striving for consistency
Stylish opening batsman Murali Vijay is slowly finding his feet in the colours of his new IPL team, Delhi Daredevils, and says he wants to be consistent and finish off more games.
'Pietersen brings his own energy to the team'
Delhi Daredevils pacer Wayne Parnell is all praise for his skipper Kevin Pietersen, saying that the Englishman's calmness has rubbed off on his team-mates in their IPL campaign so far.
KKR looking for turnaround against Rajasthan
Hit hard by the woeful form of its captain Gautam Gambhir, Kolkata Knight Riders would look for a turnaround in their fortunes when they take on Rajasthan Royals in an Indian Premier League match on Tuesday.
PHOTOS: When Masaba and Sakshi added spice to Chennai's win!
While Mahendra Singh Dhoni went about his job, leading Chennai Super Kings to a five-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday, we noticed a new face in the CSK fan club.
IPL: Dhoni gives dew factor its due importance in CSK's win
Chennai Super Kings registered their fourth straight win on Sunday and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni gave the dew factor its due importance.
IPL PHOTOS: Smith, McCullum guide Chennai to another win
Photos of the IPL match being played between Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad.
April 27, 2014Nothing is working for us at the moment, says MI captain Rohit
Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma on Sunday found it difficult to explain the consistent failure of his much-vaunted batting line-up stating that "nothing is working" for the team at the moment in the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League.
IPL PHOTOS: Champions Mumbai lose to Delhi for fourth straight defeat
Mumbai Indians' batting once again let their team down as they suffered their fourth straight defeat, losing by six wickets to Delhi Daredevils, in the Indian Premier League in Sharjah.
It's more about mind games in the T20 format, says Johnson
The failure of their batsmen was more than made up for by their bowlers in the low-scoring win over Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab pace spearhead Mitchell Johnson says it has proved that his side is the most balanced in the ongoing IPL.
Bangalore look to halt Punjab's victory march
Left in disarray after consecutive losses, Royal Challengers Bangalore face the arduous task of taming the yet-to-be-beaten table-toppers Kings XI Punjab when the two sides clash in an IPL match on Monday.
IPL Extras: Ponting joins Mumbai Indians on 'advisory role'
Australia's two-time World Cup winning captain, Ricky Ponting has joined Mumbai Indians on an 'advisory role' in the seventh Indian Premier League.
IPL PHOTOS: Kings XI maintain their unbeaten run
Photos of the IPL match being played between Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders
April 26, 2014'It was one of those days that we need to forget quickly'
A dejected Royal Challengers
PHOTOS: Bangalore shot out for 70, Rajasthan win by six wickets
Images from the Indian Premier League match between Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
Cricket Buzz: Giles steps down as England selector
Ashley Giles has stepped down as an England selector and Mick Newell will take his place on the panel, the England and Wales Cricket Board said on Friday.
It's good to be on a roll at the moment: Hilfenhaus
Chennai Super Kings' Australian recruit Ben Hilfenhaus is enjoying playing under Mahendra
First Look: Dhoni, Rohit in 100 IPL matches club
When Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians met in Dubai on Friday, their skippers, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Rohit Sharma covered a unique milestone.
Daredevils 'not far off' from first win, says Pietersen
Delhi Daredevils skipper Kevin Pietersen put up a brave front after his team's third defeat in the ongoing Indian Premier League, stating they are 'not far off' from their first victory, although he complained about lethargy in the first six overs.
IPL PHOTOS: Holders Mumbai stay winless after defeat to Chennai
Images from the Indian Premier League match between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians in Dubai on Friday.
April 25, 2014IPL PHOTOS: Finch, Warner help Hyderabad edge past Delhi
Images from the Friday's IPL match between Delhi Daredevils and Sunrisers Hyderabad in Dubai.
Cricket Buzz: BCCI recommends Ashwin for Arjuna award
Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who was named the Board of Control for Cricket in India's best player in the 2012-13 season, has been recommended for the Arjuna award this year.
KKR hero Lynn says happy he 'could catch that one'
Chris Lynn, the hero of Kolkata Knight Riders' victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore in Thursday's IPL match in Sharjah says he would have taken it the catch to dismiss AB de Villiers comfortably had he not slipped a bit.
Lynn deservedly the man-of-the-match: Gambhir
Skipper Gautam Gambhir called it "incredible" after his side Kolkata Knight Riders pulled off a remarkable come-from-behind victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League in Sharjah on Thursday.
PHOTOS: Kolkata pull off last-gasp win over Bangalore
Images from Thursday's Indian Premier League match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders, in Sharjah.
April 24, 2014'Happy birthday to Sachin Paaji! Legend forever'
The cricket fraternity took to Twitter on Thursday to convey their wishes to the legendary Sachin Tendulkar on his 41st birthday.
PHOTOS: Fans wish Tendulkar on 41st birthday
India's batting icon Sachin Tendulkar turned 41 on Thursday and will be celebrating his birthday in his home town in the midst of Indian Premier League action in the United Arab Emirates after being with his franchise Mumbai Indians in the initial phase of the T20 league.
Sunrisers Hyderabad look to bounce back against Delhi Daredevils
After a disastrous start to their campaign with two successive defeats, bottom-placed Sunrisers Hyderabad will be eager to bounce back against an inconsistent Delhi Daredevils.
'The key is to bowl back-of-length and stick to the basics of T20'
Mohit Sharma is enjoying the company of his new pace
Struggling Mumbai Indians take on confident Chennai Super Kings
Their campaign off to a disastrous start, defending champions Mumbai Indians would be gunning for their first win in the seventh edition of IPL but it won't be easy as they take on formidable Chennai Super Kings.
'Bowling was more enjoyable than batting'
Ravindra Jadeja has said he is enjoying his bowling more than batting as he is able to extract turn from the slow pitches in the United Arab Emirates.
Voter Sachin Tendulkar shows off his 'felfie'!
Sachin Tendulkar shows of his inked finger on voting day!
Sachin Tendulkar turns 41. Wish him!
Sachin Tendulkar, who called it a day from all forms of cricket after playing his 200th Test last November, turns 41 today.
IPL Quiz: Which bowler took the most wickets in 2008?
A quiz for all you cricket fans.
PHOTOS: Jadeja's fine all-round show takes Chennai past Rajasthan
Images from the Wednesday's IPL match between Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings in Dubai.
April 23, 2014Cricket Buzz: Malinga is Sri Lanka's new T20 skipper
Pacer Lasith Malinga, who led Sri Lanka to the World Twenty20 title in Bangladesh, has been rewarded with the team's captaincy in the shortest format of the game, as struggling batsman Dinesh Chandimal got the axe, on Wednesday.
Sachin greater than Bradman! There's 'evidence', claims book
'While the point of this book is to demonstrate Sachin's superiority over Bradman, it would be a pity if this were to be read as scorning the similarities between them -- their desire to dominate, their eagerness to excel, their genius.'
Can KKR deny RCB third straight win?
Unbeaten so far, Royal Challengers Bangalore would be eyeing a hat-trick of wins to go to the top of points table even as Kolkata Knight Riders look to shake off their last match's disappointment when the two sides clash against each other in an IPL match in Sharjah on Thursday.
PHOTOS: Preity Zinta's backing helps Kings lord over Sunrisers
Here is what happens when team boss Preity Zinta backs her team from the stands...
IPL: Pujara aims to bat like Kallis in T20s!
Still finding his feet in the Twenty20 format, Cheteshwar Pujara knows that he cannot be "flamboyant" like some of his Kings XI Punjab teammates in the IPL but the Indian says he is hoping carve a niche for himself by emulating South African legend Jacques Kallis.
Dhawan rues batting collapse after loss to Punjab
Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper Shikhar Dhawan was honest in his assessment after the team suffered a crushing 72-run defeat against Kings XI Punjab during their Super 8 match of the Indian Premier League 7 in Sharjah on Tuesday.
April 22, 2014IPL PHOTOS: Kings XI Punjab ease past Sunrisers Hyderabad
Images from the Indian Premier League match between Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad in Sharjah, on Tuesday.
Confident Chennai face battered Rajasthan
Back in familiar territory after recording their biggest-ever win in terms of runs, Chennai Super Kings will fancy their chances when they lock horns with Rajasthan Royals, a team seeking to get back to winning ways, in the Indian Premier League on Wednesday.
Cricket Buzz: Farbrace resigns as Sri Lanka coach
Sri Lanka head coach Paul Farbrace has resigned and is set to take up the position of assistant coach of England, Sri Lanka Cricket said on Tuesday.
IPL 7 PHOTOS: Fans make it a Super day for Chennai!
Rediff.com features some Chennai Super Kings fans, young and old, who came in all their glory as they cheered for Mahi and his men during their Super 8 match against Delhi Daredevils on Monday.
Fit Pietersen set to take field against Hyderabad
The under-par Delhi Daredevils have some good news with their injured skipper Kevin Pietersen likely to be fit in time for the team's next game in Dubai.
CSK has four captains, but it's Dhoni who calls the shots
Though Chennai Super Kings is home to four international captains this Indian Premier League, New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum insists that Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the sole leader of the pack, saying he has lots to learn from his India counterpart in his first year with the franchise.
PHOTOS: Mrs Dhoni sizzles as hubby-led Chennai maul Delhi
Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's wife Sakshi seemed to have a ball as his team Chennai Super Kings beat Delhi Daredevils by a huge margin of 93 runs, for their first win in IPL 7, in Abu Dhabi, on Monday.
IPL PHOTOS: Chennai Super Kings ease to first win
Images from the Indian Premier League match between Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Daredevils in Abu Dhabi, on Monday.
April 21, 2014Can Sunrisers tame Punjab's rampaging batting line-up?
Still smarting from a defeat in their opening match, Sunrisers Hyderabad face the arduous task of taming a rampaging Kings XI Punjab batting line-up when they lock horns in the ninth match of the Indian Premier League Season.
IPL Extras: Shoulder injury could sideline Bravo for rest of IPL-7
Chennai Super Kings all-rounder Dwayne Bravo is likely to miss the rest of the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League due to a shoulder injury.
'Big Show' Maxwell says having a bit of fun in the IPL!
He has taken the Indian Premier League by storm with a couple of brutal knocks but Kings XI Punjab's Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell says the mayhem that he causes with his bat is merely a bit of luck and his ability to 'manipulate' fielders.
PHOTOS: Preity Zinta all smiles as Punjab seal another stunning win
Kings XI Punjab co-owner and Bollywood heartthrob Preity Zinta was all smiles on Sunday as her team completed another stunning run chase, against the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League, in Sharjah.
IPL PHOTOS: Maxwell, Miller blast Kings XI Punjab to stunning victory
Photos of the Indian Premier League match between Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals.
April 20, 2014'AB de Villiers is one of the best batsmen in the world'
Parthiv Patel, who won Man of the
'You learn more when bowling alongside someone like Dale Steyn'
Bhuvneshwar Kumar believes bowling alongside world's best fast bowler Dale Steyn in the IPL will help him pick up the "little things" from the South African and make him a better bowler.
'You got to target certain bowlers that you fancy to take on'
Holding his nerves under pressure, he played a gem of a knock to script Delhi Daredevils's splendid
'I've changed my technique and cleaned up my cricket in a big way'
Robin Uthappa says he is happy about finally being able to play "correct" cricket after cleaning up his technique.
Chennai Super Kings look to bounce back against a resurgent Delhi
Handed a shock defeat in their
IPL PHOTOS: Duminy's cameo guides Delhi home
Photos of the IPL match between Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders
April 19, 2014IPL PHOTOS: Bangalore thrash Mumbai for second straight win
Images from the Indian Premier League match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians in Sharjah, on Saturday.
Moores returns as England cricket coach
Peter Moores was named England coach for the second time on Saturday as the cricket board continued its overhaul following the humiliating 5-0 Ashes rout in Australia at the start of the year.
An even contest on hand as Kings XI Punjab face Rajasthan
With their Indian Premier League campaigns off to a flier, both Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals would be hoping to outsmart each other when they clash in an exciting match of the IPL seventh season, in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
IPL EXTRAS: Tendulkar rolls arm over at Mumbai Indians' nets session
Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar was seen bowling at the Mumbai Indians nets alongside son Arjun at the International Cricket Council (ICC) Academy in Dubai.
Batsmen have no respect for bowlers nowadays: Ajmal
Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal, widely regarded as the world's best off-spinner, says that life is becoming increasingly tough for bowlers in limited-overs cricket.
Bhatia thanks mentor Dravid for encouragement
Having played a key part in Rajasthan Royals' opening win in the seventh edition of IPL, all-rounder Rajat Bhatia says he is relishing the prospect of shouldering a "more responsible" role with his new franchise.
Crucial BCCI meet on Sunday over IPL case
The Board of Control for Cricket in India's all-powerful Working Committee is to meet in Mumbai on Sunday afternoon at its headquarters to find a pathway to satisfy the latest directive of the Supreme Court in the case related to corruption in last year's Indian Premier League.
We were beaten fair and square: Dhoni
Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni conceded that his side was beaten "fair and square" by a better opponent in their six-wicket loss to Kings XI Punjab in the IPL thriller in Abu Dhabi.
IPL Extras: Bravo suffers shoulder injury
Chennai Super Kings all-rounder Dwayne Bravo suffered a shoulder injury while fielding during Kings XI Punjab's innings in their IPL match.
IPL PHOTOS: Rajasthan hold nerve to beat Hyderabad
Images from the IPL game between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals.
April 18, 2014IPL PHOTOS: Maxwell, Miller blast Punjab to victory over Chennai
Glenn Maxwell and David Miller blasted half-centuries to power Kings XI Punjab to a six-wicket victory against Chennai Super Kings in a high scoring encounter in Indian Premier League, in Abu Dhabi.
Delhi look to get campaign back on track against KKR
Delhi Daredevils are gearing up to get their campaign back on track amid uncertainty over the availability of their best batsman Kevin Pietersen for the Indian Premier League match against Kolkata Knight Riders who will look to continue their winning momentum on Saturday.
Trott stands down again after relapse of stress problems
England batsman Jonathan Trott has suffered more stress-related problems on his return to first class action and will take another break from the sport to undergo treatment, the country's cricket board said on Friday.
IPL 7: How AB de Villiers's tips helped Duminy
He himself knows a thing or two about batting in the end overs and Delhi Daredevils' JP Duminy says he has taken tips from his South teammate A B de Villiers, who is considered one of the best finishers in the game.
Confident RCB eying another clinical outing against Mumbai
A confident Royal Challengers Bangalore would look to carry on their winning momentum when they take on title holders Mumbai Indians, who would be low on belief after the opening thrashing in the Indian Premier League on Saturday.
'Yuvraj is a proven match-winner; it's important to back him'
Star batsman Virat Kohli termed the criticism directed to his India teammate Yuvraj Singh, following his performance in India's recent World Twenty20 loss to Sri Lanka in Bangladesh, as 'unfaired'.
IPL PHOTOS: Yuvraj, Kohli help Bangalore ease past Delhi
Images from the second match of the Indian Premier League between Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers Bangalore in Sharjah on Thursday.
April 17, 2014IPL Extras: Yusuf flies home to be with wife and kid
Kolkata Knight Riders all-rounder Yusuf Pathan flew back to India shortly after the teams' thumping win against Mumbai Indians in the IPL opener after the news of his wife delivering their first baby reached the UAE.
'The Kings XI squad looks more than capable to win the title'
South Africa batsman
'It's not easy to overcome the disappointment of the WT20 final'
Yuvraj Singh has admitted it was difficult to cope with the World Twenty20 final defeat against Sri Lanka but he was learning to take
IPL: Beleaguered Chennai open campaign against revamped Punjab
Distracted to an extent by
6 Indian stars with a point to prove at IPL 7
Six Indian stars who must use this IPL season to show that the flame still burns in them.
IPL: Butter-fingered Malinga takes blame for Mumbai Indians' loss
He shone with the ball with a four-wicket haul but Mumbai Indians' pacer Lasith Malinga claimed responsibility for the team's loss to Kolkata Knight Riders, saying that a dropped catch by him cost the defending champions dearly.
PHOTOS: When RCB helped Kolkata beat Mumbai Indians
It's always past experiences that aid and shape the present. That is what exactly happened when Kolkata Knight Riders' Manish Pandey and Jacques Kallis came together against Mumbai Indians in the opening match of the Indian Premier League Season 7 on Wednesday.
PHOTOS: Here's what makes KKR's Gambhir a confident captain
Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir was a picture of positivity after winning the opening match of the Indian Premier League season 7against Mumbai Indians on Wednesday.
April 16, 2014PHOTOS: SRK, Dhoni, Deepika delight fans at IPL Gala Dinner
Bollywood superstar and Kolkata Knight Riders co-owner Shah Rukh Khan came up with a dazzling performance to leave an esteemed gathering of cricketers, officials and fans thrilled at the Pepsi IPL Gala Dinner, at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi, on Tuesday.
PHOTOS: Kohli selects Anushka as his 'bride' during IPL Swayamwar!
India's batting sensation Virat Kohli finally had to spill the beans, as Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan tricked him into revealing the name of his Lady Love.
IPL Extras: Pietersen to miss Daredevils' opener
Delhi Daredevils suffered a big jolt ahead of their IPL campaign as captain Kevin Pietersen was ruled out of their opening match, on Thursday, against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Sharjah due to a finger injury.
'It's going to be the most toughly and evenly fought IPL'
Rajasthan Royals captain Shane Watson says the franchise has put behind the controversies involving a few players who were accused of spot-fixing last year and is confident of a strong showing in the seventh season of the IPL.
Cricket Quiz: How much do you remember of IPL 2013?
A quiz for all you cricket fans.
April 15, 2014IPL Extras: 'Tendulkar will be sick of me by end of IPL-7'
Sachin Tendulkar will be "sick of me" by the end of IPL-7 says Michael Hussey, who plans to talk about the game and life after international retirement with the iconic cricketer during his stint with Mumbai Indians over the next month and a half.
Spinners may play a major role in IPL 7, says Manjrekar
Spinners may play a major role in the seventh edition of Indian Premier League with the first leg of tournament, which will be staged in the United Arab Emirates, expected to have 'typical sub-continent' wickets, according to cricketer-turned commentator Sanjay Manjrekar.
ICC revamp could make BCCI units richer by Rs 15 crore
The affiliated units of the Board of Control for Cricket in India might have a reason to rejoice in the coming months as the International Cricket Council's revamp in the revenue distribution structure will mean an additional cash bonanza to the tune of Rs 15 crore for them to develop the game.
IPL-7: How the 8 teams stack up
As the Indian Premier League's seventh edition gets underway, finds out how the teams measure up this season.
IPL EXTRAS: Sachin has a go in the nets at MI's training session
The Mumbai Indians players were buoyed by the presence of Sachin Tendulkar, who joined the team's training session in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday as the high-profile franchise start their title defence against Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 7 on Wednesday.
10 talking points of the Indian Premier League
The seventh edition of the IPL, which was plunged into uncertainty following the betting and spot-fixing scandal that hit the previous edition of the cash-rich Twenty20 tournament, is set to be back with a bang. Apart from the cricket the IPL became popular for many other reasons. Take a look.
April 14, 2014IPL Extras: After winning with Sachin, Rishi eyes IPL double with Viru
Sharing the dressing room with Sachin Tendulkar is a memory that Rishi Dhawan will cherish all his life. Now, the young Himachal Pradesh all-rounder is confident he will have an equally great time playing alongside Virender Sehwag for Kings XI Punjab this season.
UK Royals Williams, Kate get some cricketing action in New Zealand
The UK Royals marked the countdown to the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup at Latimer Square in Christchurch, New Zealand on Monday.
Flashback: Five best knocks of IPL VI
Even as we gear up for the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League, here's a look back at the five best efforts with the bat in last year's edition.
Hopefully this would be Royal Challenger Bangalore's year: Kohli
Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli, on a high after being named the player of the
April 13, 2014Here's why Kohli reckons RCB can take home IPL title this season...
The critics might say that Indian Premier League is adding to the players' burden in a packed international calendar but Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli has countered that claim.
Verma alleges JCA has ties with IPL accused, demands CBI probe
Alleging a nexus between the Jharkhand State Cricket Association and all the accused in the IPL betting scandal, the unrecognised Bihar Cricket Association chief Aditya Verma has demanded a CBI or NIA inquiry into the scam.
April 12, 2014IPL Extras: Wasim Akram joins KKR in UAE
In a bid to give the Shah Rukh Khan-owned unit an edge in the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League, former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram has rejoined Kolkata Knight Riders in their preparations.
Corey is 'big money' player, says New Zealand's Neesham
All-rounder Jimmy Neesham knows that his 'friend' Corey Anderson is already in the big league even as he tries to carve his own niche in international cricket.
Fans without tickets stay away from IPL venues
The Emirates Cricket Board and Abu Dhabi Cricket Club has reportedly warned cricket lovers in UAE to stay away from the Indian Premier League (IPL) venues if they do not have any tickets.
April 11, 2014IPL Extras: 'In T20 one needs to react according to the situation'
Having missed out on the recent World T20 and Asia Cup action, lanky pacer Ishant Sharma is fit and raring to go for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the seventh edition of IPL, starting April 16, in Abu Dhabi.
8 IPL captains: Encore for some, opportunity for others
They will be leading their respective sides in the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League. While some have tasted success, for others it's been a long wait. A look at how the eight IPL captains measure up.
Will it be Sachin Tendulkar against Sourav Ganguly in the ISL?
The much-anticipated ISL, an IPL-style football league to be organised by IMG-Reliance, is throwing up some interesting possibilities, both on and off the field.
PHOTOS: Sir Jadeja hooked on horses!
It is no secret that Team India's ace all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja loves horses. He has three at his farmhouse, located nearly 30 kilometres from Jamnagar.
April 10, 2014ICC opens door for Associate Members to play Test cricket
The International Cricket Council paved the way for Associate Members to earn Test status by introducing the 'ICC Test Challenge', which will take place every four years between the lowest-ranked Test team and winner of ICC Inter-Continental Cup.
Kerala football fans want Tendulkar to bid for Kochi team in ISL
Sachin Tendulkar has mesmerised millions of cricket fans during his 24-year-long illustrious international career and the Indian batting legend has now become the source of hope for some young sports enthusiasts, this time from football, in Kerala.
I don't read the media, especially in England: Pietersen
Sacked England batsman Kevin Pietersen regrets his fall-out with former skipper Andrew Strauss and still harbours the dream of becoming the first English player to score 10,000 Test runs.
I always knew I was going to come back to India, says DD coach Kirsten
Delhi Daredevils coach Gary Kirsten said he believed that the only way forward for the team was not to retain any players and start afresh for the upcoming seventh edition of the Indian Premier League, starting later this month.
Verma pleads with ICC to stop Srinivasan from attending meet
After threatening to file a contempt petition in the Supreme Court, unrecognised Bihar Cricket Association secretary Aditya Verma wrote to ICC President Alan Isaac, pleading with him to stop sidelined BCCI chief N Srinivasan from attending the governing body's Executive Board meeting in Dubai.
April 09, 2014IPL Extras: Sachin Tendulkar named Mumbai Indians 'ICON'
Even as we close in on the much-anticipated seventh edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), here's a look at what is happening in the lead up to the lucrative T20 extravaganza.
Dhawan among Wisden's Five Cricketers of the Year
India's swashbuckling opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan has been named as one of the Five Cricketers of the Year, an honour dating back to 1889, by Wisden for his splendid performances in 2013.
Shah Rukh, Madhuri to perform at IPL gala dinner?
The IPL 2013 opening ceremony enthralled the Kolkata crowd' now it's Abu Dhabi's turn! Despite the Indian Premier League management planning to start Season 7 without an opening ceremony, a gala dinner is likely to feature Bollywood beauty Madhuri Dixit and KKR Principal owner Shah Rukh Khan performing to their popular songs.
Yuvraj did not deserve the unwarranted criticism, says Pietersen
Yuvraj Singh has found support from the maverick batsman, who says the India left-hander is at the receiving end of 'unwarranted criticism' following his scratchy knock in the World T20 final against Sri Lanka in Dhaka, on Sunday.
BCCI moves SC to get audio tapes of Dhoni, Srinivasan in IPL scam probe
The Board of Control for Cricket in India has moved the Supreme Court seeking certain transcripts of audio tapes recorded by the Justice Mudgal Committee, which probed allegations of spot-fixing and betting in the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League last year, it was reported on Wednesday.
Yuvraj not the first fall guy of a WT20 final!
A poor showing by Misbah-ul- Haq, Tillekeratne Dilshan, Shane Watson and Lasith Malinga also cost their teams dear in previous editions of the Twenty20 marquee event.
Not eyeing IPL 7 to prove critics wrong: Pietersen
Axed from England's set-up earlier this year, Kevin Pietersen said he will not use the upcoming Indian Premier League to 'prove anything' to his detractors.
Malinga attributes his success in World T20 to IPL
Pacer Lasith Malinga, who led Sri Lanka to the World T20 title, the country's first major crown for 18 years, attributed his success in the just-concluded event in Bangladesh to the Indian Premier League.
April 08, 2014'I don't think any cricketer has criticised Yuvraj'
Gautam Gambhir has said "had there been an IPL auction today, he would have still gone" for Yuvraj Singh while also calling him India's "greatest match-winner" in limited overs cricket.
Victorious Lankan cricketers accorded rousing welcome
The triumphant Sri Lankan cricketers were accorded a rousing reception by delirious fans as they touched down at Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo after winning the World Twenty20 crown with the highlight being a victory parade on a decked-up double decker bus.
Srinivasan set to represent BCCI at ICC meeting in Dubai
Under-fire N Srinivasan is all set to attend the International Cricket Council's executive board meeting in Dubai on April 9-10 as BCCI's "representative" despite being sidelined from the Board of Control for Cricket in India's affairs following a Supreme Court directive.
Huge price tag not bothering Dinesh Karthik ahead of IPL 7
Bollywood stars bat for troubled Yuvraj Singh...
Yuvraj Singh is not the flavour of the season and was heavily criticised for his batting in the World T20 final against Sri Lanka. But many of his fans and Bollywood have rallied behind the beleaguered batsman.
Paceman Harris to commence new innings as Australia 'A' coach
Australia paceman Ryan Harris, who has played a major role in his country's Test resurgence over the last year, is to turn his hand to bringing through the next generation after being appointed an assistant coach with the 'A' squad.
3 'leggies' among Top 5 wicket-takers in WT20
Now that the dust has settled on Sri Lanka's maiden World Twenty20 triumph in Bangladesh, leg-spinners across the world can raise a toast to a craft that shone against a barrage of power-hitting over the past three weeks.
April 07, 2014Yuvraj should not be crucified nor should he be written off: Tendulkar
India's batting icon Sachin Tendulkar came out in support of Yuvraj Singh, who received a lot of his criticism for his batting failure against Sri Lanka in the final of ICC World Twenty20, in Dhaka, on Sunday.
4 Indians in ICC team of WT20, Dhoni captain; Check out the 12
Is Yuvraj to be blamed for India's loss in the World T20 final?
Yuvraj Singh has led Team India to many a memorable victory in the past. Who can forget his consistent contributions to India's triumph at the 2007 World T20 in South Africa and four years later at the 2011 50-over World Cup.
Lanka topple India to claim No 1 spot; Kohli rises to 2nd
India lost their No 1 status to Sri Lanka after being defeated in the World Twenty20 final but star batsman Virat Kohli and spinner R Ashwin attained career-high positions of second and third respectively in the latest ICC rankings.
How 'accidental' skipper Malinga plotted World T20 success
Lasith Malinga found himself thrust into the Sri Lankan captaincy midway through the World Twenty20 and emerged with the trophy in his arms on Sunday after three heady weeks in Bangladesh.
Take a look at Twitter world's reactions to the WT20 final...
Facing a barrage of criticism for his slow batting in the lost World Twenty20 final against Sri Lanka, Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh found support from his teammate and close friend Harbhajan Singh, who urged fans to not be bitter about just "one bad day".
10 key stats from the India-Sri Lanka WT20 final
Chasing a modest 131 for victory, Sri Lanka won with 13 balls to spare. A look at key statistics from the World T20 final.
'Humbled' Sangakkara thankful for support of teammates, family and fans
Kumar Sangakkara's eloquence is unquestionable and he was grace personified on the final day of his T20 International career stating that it was a privilege to play the sport and it "does not owe anything to the players".
WT20 snapshots: 'Yuvraj should not be singled out for India's loss'
Yuvraj Singh's father Yograj came out in defence of his son, saying the left-handed batsman, who struggled for his 11 runs off 21 balls, should not be singled out for India's loss in the ICC World T20 final.
Dhoni comes to Yuvraj's defence, says he tried his best
Mahendra Singh Dhoni unconvincingly defended Yuvraj Singh, whose painstaking 21-ball 11 put paid to India's hopes of a historic treble.
'The win is a tribute to Mahela and Sanga'
It was a fitting farewell for Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara who pulled the curtains on their T20 careers with a memorable triumph at the ICC World T20 and their teammates today dedicated it to the two retiring legends of Sri Lankan cricket.
April 06, 2014PHOTOS: Sri Lanka thrash India for World T20 crown
Photos of the World T20 final match between India and Sri Lanka being played in Mirpur
Kohli gets marriage proposal from English cricketer Danielle Wyatt
Following his match-winning innings against South Africa in the semi-finals of the World T20 on Friday, India's batting sensation got a surprise marriage proposal. It came from England woman's cricketer Danielle Wyatt on Twitter.
Dhoni and India on the cusp of record treble
After sealing victory in the 2011 50-over World Cup final in Mumbai, Dhoni led India to Champions Trophy glory in England two years later. They now stand just one match away from becoming the first country to hold three major limited-overs titles at the same time.
April 05, 2014Controversies are part of Indian cricket: Dhoni
Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was at his pragmatic best on the eve of the World T20 final against Sri Lanka as he said "controversies are big part in Indian cricket" and his name was associated with almost every good or bad thing that happens in Indian cricket.
WT20 final: How India, Sri Lanka measure up
India would be aiming to become the first team to win the World Twenty20 title for a second time but they face a stiff challenge in the form of Sri Lanka in the final of the World T20 in Dhaka, on Sunday.
Match-winner Kohli gratefully accepts gift from skipper Dhoni
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who has a penchant for hitting the winning runs with a six, instead offered a defensive shot that appeared to baffle Virat Kohli as he gestured to his smiling skipper from the other end. He then smashed the first ball of the final over from fast bowler Dale Steyn for four to seal a six-wicket triumph for India.
World T20: India have advantage as Lanka look to break 'final' jinx
In sublime form throughout the tournament, India will be aiming to become the first team to win the World Twenty20 Championship title for a second time but they will have to fight a gutsy Sri Lanka in what promises to be an exciting summit clash between the sub-continental rivals in Mirpur, Dhaka on Sunday.
World T20 snapshots: Gould, Kettleborough to officiate final
Englishmen Ian Gould and Richard Kettleborough were appointed on-field umpires for the World Twenty20 Championship final to be played between India and Sri Lanka in Dhaka on Sunday.
Dhoni honoured at Asian awards in the UK
Dhoni has been bestowed with the 2014 Asian award for outstanding achievement in Sport. The honour was announced at a ceremony in London on Friday.
'Dhoni and his team know how to chase'
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said there was a 'sense of calmness' at the innings break and the team backed itself to chase down the 173-run target set by South Africa in the ICC World T20 semi-final.
Star Performer: Run-machine Kohli keeps India in overdrive
Virat Kohli underlined his status as the best batsman in world cricket with another match-winning innings to carry India into the final of the World T20.
April 04, 2014PHOTOS: India breeze past South Africa to enter WT20 final
Images from the World T20 semi-final between India and South Africa, in Mirpur, on Friday.
Srinivasan must not exercise any functions of the ICC: FICA
The Federation of International Cricketers' Associations wants the under-fire N Srinivasan to stand aside from all ICC functions after being forced out as BCCI President owing to the IPL betting scandal.
Experience can fill Smith-shaped void for South Africa
Graeme Smith believes South Africa are in safe hands, despite his retirement as captain and the recent departures of coach Gary Kirsten and all rounder Jacques Kallis, because the squad are still brimming with experience.
'The Almighty wants Sangakkara, Mahela to win a World Cup'
Even the gods want Sri Lanka to win the Twenty20 World Cup! Those are the words of West Indies captain Darren Sammy, who was graceful in defeat.
'England should have managed Pietersen better'
England should have managed Kevin Pietersen better to reap the benefits of his match-winning performances rather than exile him, former South Africa captain Graeme Smith said on Thursday.
Given an opportunity, I would like to open in ODIs: Pujara
Looking to cement his place in India's One-day cricket team, batsman Cheteshwar Pujara said he would like to open the innings in the limited-overs' format.
April 03, 2014PHOTOS: Sri Lanka through to final on D/L method
Photos of the semi-final match between Sri Lanka and West Indies being played in Dhaka.
Will rain ditch South Africa once again?
With the weather forecast for Friday predicting another round of heavy rainfall, India will be the lucky team if it eventually pours as they would then automatically advance to the final of the ICC World T20.
WT20 snapshots: Yuvraj has long stint at nets
There was good news for India ahead of the World T20 semi-final against South Africa as in-form Yuvraj Singh batted for a long time during the team's net session in Fatullah on Thursday, giving the coach and captain a chance to assess how his injured ankle was shaping.
Spin gives India the edge in WT20 semi-final vs SA
India is on a high after four straight victories, but Yuvraj Singh's injury is a worrying factor as they go into Friday's World T20 semi-final against South Africa.
WT20 2nd semi-final: How India, South Africa measure up
Ahead of the big match take a look at the teams' run through the tournament.
WT20: 'IPL exposure will help Proteas tackle India spinners better'
Former South African batsman HD Ackerman has said that the team's familiarity with the Indian bowlers due to their exposure to the Indian Premier League (IPL) may be an advantage for them in the semi-final of the World Twenty20 on Friday.
Yuvraj and his tryst with injuries at training...
India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh sustained a left ankle injury during the barefoot football session on Tuesday.
World T20: Amla will do 'what the team needs' against India
Veteran South African opener Hashim Amla has said that his batting strategy will be guided by 'what the team needs' in their World Twenty20 semi-final against India in Dhaka on Friday.
Pakistan must not be bad losers: Hafeez
Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez called on his compatriots not to be bad losers and accept victory and defeat in the same manner after his team crashed out of the World Twenty20 tournament in Bangladesh.
April 02, 20145 best World T20 Super 10s performances
The World T20 in Bangladesh has reached its business end. The semi-final line-up has been decided. While Sri Lanka take on the West Indies in a repeat of the 2012 final, Team India, champions of the inaugural edition in 2007, meet South Africa. Even as await those matches, here's a look at some of the best efforts in the Super 10s.
'I will open for Kings XI and play the same way I have been playing'
Whether he is in form or not, one trait about Virender Sehwag is his positivity. Like always, it takes one solid innings for the Sultan of Multan to roar back to form.
WT20 1st Semi-final: How West Indies, Sri Lanka measure up
Defending champions the West Indies take on Sri Lanka in the first semi-final of the World T20 at the Shere Bangla National stadium in Dhaka on Thursday. Check out how the teams measure up going into the penultimate round.
WT20 snapshots: Warne helps Tahir before India game; Yuvi injured
As South Africa's spinners prepared to counter a formidable Indian line-up in the ICC World T20 semi-finals, they had a pleasant surprise at Wednesday's nets session. Legendary leg-spinner Shane Warne came over to hand them tips ahead of Friday's second semi-final.
Online sale of IPL-7 tickets from Thursday
The online sale of tickets for the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League, the first half of which will be played in the UAE because of the general elections in India, will commence on Thursday.
India take No 1 ranking after unbeaten WT20 run
Riding on a superb unbeaten run in the ongoing World Twenty20, India dislodged Sri Lanka to clinch the top rung in the ICC rankings.
First Look: Indian cricketers play football barefoot
Ravindra Jadeja, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh play football barefoot during a practice session at the BCB Cricket Academy in Mirpur, Bangladesh.
10 key stats from the Pakistan-West Indies WT20 match
Holders West Indies sailed into the World Twenty20 semi-finals after Dwayne Bravo's power-hitting and Samuel Badree's lethal spin bowling fashioned a comprehensive 84-run victory over 2009 champions Pakistan on Tuesday. A look at key statistics from the match.
England made right decision to axe Pietersen: Cook
England made the right decision to end Kevin Pietersen's international career when the batsman was axed in February, the country's test captain Alastair Cook was quoted as saying by British media on Tuesday.
April 01, 2014LED stumps and bails in T20 cricket: 10 things you must know
While the new innovation is providing television viewers and spectators at the World T20 in Bangladesh an enhanced experience and getting them more involved, here are ten things you must know about the LED stumps.
PHOTOS: Bravo, Badree power West Indies to World T20 semis
Holders West Indies sailed into the World Twenty20 semi-finals after Dwayne Bravo's power-hitting and Samuel Badree's lethal spin bowling fashioned their comprehensive 84-run victory over 2009 champions Pakistan on Tuesday.
10 key stats from the Sri Lanka-New Zealand WT20 match
Sri Lanka sealed a place in the World Twenty20 semi-finals after left-arm spinner Rangana Herath bowled them to a 59-run victory over New Zealand in a decisive match in Chittagong on Monday.
How Herath's 'turn' destroyed the Kiwis
Included in the side only because first choice spinner Ajantha Mendis flopped in Sri Lanka's defeat to England, Rangana Herath grabbed five wickets for just three runs in Monday's World T20 match.
'How do you get out for 60 when one guy gets 40-odd?'
New Zealand will return home for some serious soul searching and to discuss how they can finally win a limited-overs competition or next year's World Cup could end the same way as so many others, said captain Brendon McCullum.
'Would have been a huge shame had Rajasthan not played this IPL'
Rajasthan Royals has had a
'No one took the tournament seriously when we won back in 2007'
Things have changed a lot for
Carberry demands straight answers from England coach, selectors
England opening batsman Michael Carberry has criticised team management for leaving him in the dark about his playing future and questioned selectors over their decision to axe Kevin Pietersen, British media reported.
World T20 snapshots: Shambolic England face huge rebuilding operation
Humbled 5-0 in the Ashes and overwhelmed in the One-day series in Australia, England's dismal winter ended in total ignominy when they bowed out of the World Twenty20 with an embarrassing 45-run defeat by the Netherlands on Monday.
March 31, 2014WT20 PHOTOS: Five star Herath spins Sri Lanka into semis
Sri Lanka breezed into the World Twenty20 semi-finals after left-arm spinner Rangana Herath bowled them to a 59-run victory over New Zealand.
World T20: England bowled out for 88; lose to minnows Netherlands
Netherlands registered a 45-run upset victory over former champions England in the World T20, in Chittagong, on Monday.
What went wrong for Australia at World T20
Australia were uncharacteristically sloppy in the field too, dropping catches that highlighted their road-weariness, while death bowling remained a major issue as their glorious summer of Test cricket, made memorable by their Ashes win and series victory in South Africa, fizzled out in Bangladesh..
Stats: Yuvraj comes good to surpass Gambhir
India beat Australia by 73 runs in a Group 2 match of the ICC World T20 Championships on Sunday. Here are the statistical highlights from the match played in Mirpur.
BCCI expels India Cements staff following SC ruling
Complying with the Supreme Court's order, the BCCI has given marching orders to all the employees of India Cements or its associate companies that were also part of the Cricket Board.
Dhoni sings praises of Yuvraj's 'perfectly paced innings'
Yuvraj Singh's 60-run knock against Australia was just what he needed to regain his confidence, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said on Sunday
World T20: 'Embarrassed' Bailey laments Australia's exit
A dejected and embarrassed George Bailey lamented Australia's exit from the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, labelling the 73-run capitulation to India the worst batting performance during his tenure as captain.
March 30, 2014Team India logistics manager Satheesh sent home
The Indian cricket team's logistics manager M A Satheesh has been sent back home amidst controversy over India Cements employees being given positions as support staff with the national side.
De Villiers delivers to put South Africa in semis
Stand-in skipper AB de Villiers led by example as South Africa eliminated England to reach the World Twenty20 semi-finals with a three-run victory in a Group One match in Chittagong on Saturday.
PHOTOS: South Africa knock England out of World T20
Photos of the World Twenty20 match between South Africa and England.
PHOTOS: Ashwin, Yuvraj star in India's big win over Australia
Yuvraj Singh roared back to form with a blazing innings of 60 and R Ashwin claimed career-best figures of four for 11 as India crushed Australia by 73 runs in the inconsequential Group 2 league match of the ICC World T20 in Mirpur.
PHOTOS: Shehzad ton keeps Pakistan's semi-final hopes alive
Ahmed Shehzad became the first Pakistani batsman to hit a Twenty20 International century as the 2009 champions crushed Bangladesh by 50 runs in a Group Two match to keep alive their semi-final hopes in the World Twenty20 on Sunday.
WT20 snapshots: IPL experience helped us against Aussies, says Bravo
England Twenty20 captain Stuart Broad has said that he does not know if he will 'carry on' following their defeat against South Africa, which has sent his side out of the World T20 tournament.
IPL opening ceremony may drop some glitter this year
Unlike earlier editions, the opening ceremony of this year's Indian Premier League could be a less vibrant affair, with the Board of Control for Cricket in India planning to keep the event low-key amid allegations of spot-fixing and betting in last year's tournament.
March 29, 2014Most runs in T20 Internationals: McCullum first to complete 2000
Brendon McCullum has become the first batsman to cross 2,000-run mark in Twenty20 Internationals. Here're the other top scorers in the game's shortest format.
Will India justify favourites tag against struggling Aussies
The men in blue would look to continue with their winning ways in the ongoing ICC World T20 when they meet a struggling Australian team in their last group league encounter in Mirpur on Sunday.
Angry Dhoni offers to quit as CSK skipper, India Cements VP
Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has offered to step down as Chennai Super Kings captain and vice-president of India Cements Limited. Dhoni believes that his name being dragged into the controversy has spoilt his image, and that only solution is for him to quit from both posts.
Snapshots: 'If I could dance like Gayle, I would have danced all night'
Australian chief coach Darren Lehmann made no bones about the fact that his team has produced "disappointing performance" in the ongoing World
Stats: Spin to win is success mantra at World T20
Amit Mishra and Ravichandran Ashwin's spin made life miserable for the Bangladesh batsmen. In the process of their fine showing in the match, the above-mentioned players eclipsed many records. Check them out...
World T20: India qualify for semis but Dhoni puts celebrations on hold
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said it was important for him to bat up the order as he was not getting any opportunity to spend time in the middle since the top-order was performing consistently well for them.
'A lot of things happen but you need to focus on the job'
Despite the stormy events back home, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni stayed calm and attributed
'Faulkner certainly wouldn't like the West Indians now'
West Indies captain Darren Sammy got a rousing applause from members of the media as he entered the conference arena with his pads still on, before coming up with this retort: 'It feels better to hit a guy, who was talking a lot.'
March 28, 2014World T20 PHOTOS: Three straight wins propels India into semis
Images from the World T20 match between India and Bangladesh, played in Mirpur on Friday.
'Dhoni is answerable for lying to probe panel'
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be answerable if an enquiry is ordered into cover up of the Indian Premier League betting and spot-fixing scandal since he lied to the probe panel that Gurunath Meiyappan was not associated with CSK in any official capacity, says senior counsel Harish Salve.
PHOTOS: Sammy fires West Indies to victory over Australia
Images from the West Indies-Australia World T20 in Mirpur on Friday.
'Gavaskar is a man known for playing with a straight bat'
Former Test stalwarts Chandu Borde, Ajit Wadekar and Kiran More hailed Friday's Supreme Court order to make Sunil Gavaskar president of the
First look: Srinivasan seeks divine help in Chennai
Even as a storm raged in the Supreme Court over him heading the Board of Control for Cricket in India, N Srinivasan was miles away from it all, offering prayers in a temple in Chennai, on Friday.
Justice Mudgal reckons Apex Court decision balanced
Justice Mukul Mudgal, who headed the probe committee which conducted investigation into the Indian Premier League scandal, described the Supreme Court's interim order as "balanced" and in "best interest of Indian cricket".
Gavaskar is interim BCCI chief; IPL 7 to go on as scheduled: SC
The Supreme Court, on Friday, suspended N Srinivasan from the Board of Control for Cricket in India and all its activities, and ordered former India captain Sunil Gavaskar to take over as interim president.
When Gavaskar defended Srinivasan...
Despite BCCI opposing the court's directive to make Gavaskar the head of IPL 7, he has always toed the board's line. So much so that last year, he was accused of remaining silent during the spot-fixing and betting controversies. While former cricketers bayed for N Srinivasan's head, Gavaskar was never part of that group.
Sunil Gavaskar: From batting legend to BCCI boss
The batting legend enjoyed a great career for 17 years. He is best-known for being a fearless opener against the mighty West Indian bowling attack that included Michael Holding, Joel Garner and the likes.
10 facts you must know about BCCI chief N Srinivasan
N Srinivasan, regarded as the world's most powerful cricket administrator, offered to step down as the Board of Control for Cricket in India on Thursday in the wake of a fixing and betting scandal surrounding the Indian Premier League. Check out the 10 key facts about the veteran administrator.
PHOTOS: Hales heroics spark brilliant England victory
Photos of the England and Sri Lanka World T20 match being played in Chittagong.
March 27, 2014Gavaskar 'happy to do what Supreme Court wants'
The Supreme Court proposed Sunil Gavaskar's name as replacement for N Srinivasan as the interim BCCI president and the batting legend said he will be "honoured" and "happy" to adhere to the directives of the highest court of the land.
WT20: Resurgent India have arsenal to slay Bangladesh
With an eye on the semi-final spot, Team India will be eyeing another commanding performance when they meet an out-of-sorts Bangladesh in their third Group league match of the ICC World Twenty20 in Mirpur on Friday.
Former New Zealand captain Cairns under probe by police, ICC
Former New Zealand Test cricketer Chris Cairns has confirmed that he is under investigation by the London Metropolitan Police and the International Cricket Council's anti-corruption unit, although he says he does not know why.
Modi sings in chorus with nemesis Manohar, calls for suspension of IPL 7
Backing his one-time nemesis Shashank Manohar over his scathing views that the cash-rich IPL has lost some of its credibility, former chairman of the T20 League Lalit Modi has said the upcoming season of the tournament needs to be suspended to clean up the game.
WT20: England face Malinga, Mendis challenge in must-win game
England's batsmen are adequately prepared for the challenge of facing maverick Sri Lankan bowlers Lasith Malinga and Ajantha Mendis in Thursday's vital World Twenty20 match, all-rounder Ravi Bopara said on Wednesday.
'Mr Srinivasan, quit before you drag Indian cricket down the gutter'
Lashing out at N Srinivasan for 'shamelessly sticking to his chair' even after the Supreme Court's observation to step down, former BCCI president I S Bindra asked him to quit before he drags Indian cricket down the gutter along with him.
March 26, 2014PHOTOS: Sehwag steers MCC to victory with 88-ball hundred
Former India opener Virender Sehwag scored a scintillating 88-ball hundred to steer MCC past Durham in the English county season curtain raiser in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
Former BCCI chief Manohar calls for suspension of IPL, CBI probe into fixing
Stating that the "revelation" in the recent Indian Premier League fixing scandal could only be the tip of the iceberg, former BCCI president Shashank Manohar called for the suspension of the IPL till a thorough probe by the CBI nails the culprits and the game is cleaned up.
Dhoni to get souvenir LED stump if India wins WT20
Bronte EcKermann, who invented the LED stumps currently being used in the ICC World T20, is in talks with the Board of Control for Cricket in India regarding using it during the upcoming Indian Premier League next month.
'Why talk about removing Dhoni and bring doubts in people's mind?'
Calling Mahendra Singh Dhoni
'Rohit Sharma is talented and hardworking but needs a better head'
Former captain Kapil Dev has said Team India's opening batsman needs a better head while out-of-favour batsman Virender Sehwag needs to be back among runs.
'Kohli will make more records and can be better than Tendulkar'
Former captain Kapil Dev has
WT20 snapshots: Parnell to appear in Mumbai court; Gayle delays big-hitting
The good news for rival bowlers is Chris Gayle has abandoned his onslaught-from-the outset approach... The bad news is, the West Indies opener has decided to delay his big hitting so he can explode in the later stages.
March 25, 2014Celebration time for the man who dared take on Srinivasan and the BCCI!
Cricket Association of Bihar secretary Aditya Verma discusses with Harish Kotian the Supreme Court's suggestion that N Srinivasan step down as BCCI chief to facilitate a fair probe into the IPL betting and spot-fixing scandal.
Raina's ability as T20 batsman 'unquestionable', says Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly says Suresh Raina's ability as a T20 batsman is "unquestionable" and his success in the ongoing Twenty20 World Cup will give him the confidence for "bigger battles" ahead.
World T20 snapshots: South Africa fined for slow over-rate
South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis was fined 40 per cent of his match fee while his teammates copped a 20 per cent fine each for maintaining a slow over-rate during their World Twenty20 match against New Zealand on Monday.
Pressure mounts on Srinivasan as ex-players, BCCI VPs urge him to quit
BCCI president N Srinivasan is under pressure to quit. After the Supreme Court castigated him for his continuance in office on Tuesday morning, former cricketers and administrators are also demanding his resignation.
SC wants 'serious cleaning' of BCCI; asks Srinivasan to quit
The Supreme Court has asked Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president N Srinivasan to step down from his post to ensure a fair probe in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013 spot-fixing and betting scandal.
'Yuvraj is not in great touch and under pressure at the moment'
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Five disasters in World T20
Sri Lanka shot out a hapless Netherlands for just 39, the lowest ever T20 International innings total. In fact three of the lowest totals in the World T20 have come in this edition.
Should out-of-form Yuvraj be dropped for the Bangladesh match?
Should Yuvraj Singh play against Bangladesh on Friday? Shouldn't Ajinkya Rahane be given a chance?
March 24, 2014PHOTOS: Steyn, Duminy steer South Africa to thrilling win over NZ
Dale Steyn and JP Duminy led South Africa to a thrilling two-run win over Group One rivals New Zealand on Monday that kept them in the hunt for a semi-final spot at the ICC World Twenty20 in Chittagong.
'Shami is the best fast bowler that India has at the moment'
Former Pakistan tearaway fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar's suggestion for India rising pace sensation
Now, Dhoni can afford to smile and also bat for Yuvraj
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni admitted that out-of-form Yuvraj Singh is "under pressure and not in great touch", but expressed confidence that the all-rounder will come good in the remaining matches of the World Twenty20.
World T20 Stats: Rohit Sharma, Kohli's outstanding record
Statistical highlights of Sunday's World T20 match between India and the West Indies.
PHOTOS: After thrashing WI, batting untested, says Dhoni
After an easy victory over the West Indies in Mirpur on Sunday, the Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was in an upbeat mood.
March 23, 2014World T20 PHOTOS: India, Pakistan register comprehensive wins
Images from the World T20 matches between India and West Indies, and Pakistan and Australia, played in Mirpur on Sunday.
World T20 snapshots: England face injury crisis as Wright, Stokes ruled out
England all-rounder Luke Wright was ruled out of the World Twenty20 with a side strain on Saturday.
McCullum plays pivotal innings in rain-ruined match
Captain Brendon McCullum played one of the most important six-ball knocks of his career to lead New Zealand to a nine-run win over England via the Duckworth-Lewis method in a rain-marred World Twenty20 match on Saturday.
Broad hits out at umpires for keeping players on field despite lightening
England cricket captain Stuart Broad said he and New Zealand counterpart Brendon McCullum considered taking their players off the field due to fears they could be struck by lightning in their World Twenty20 clash on Saturday.
March 22, 2014WT20 PHOTOS: Sri Lanka edge past South Africa
Lasith Malinga and Nuwan Kulasekara held their nerve in the death overs with miserly fast bowling as Sri Lanka beat South Africa by five runs in their World Twenty20 opener at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong.
Sammy stonewalls Raina's 'can't rotate' jibe
West Indies captain Darren Sammy laughed off Indian batsman Suresh Raina's claim that the big-hitting Caribbean cricketers cannot rotate the strike and dared the Indians to stop his batsmen from hitting sixes in Sunday's World Twenty20 match.
'WI don't know how to rotate strike against spinners'
India's Suresh Raina says that most of the top-order West Indies batsmen prefer playing big shots rather than rotating strike against spinners, an area which he feels can be exploited by Amit Mishra and Co when the two teams square off in the ICC World T20 on Sunday.
Australia up for spin challenge, says Bailey
Visiting teams have often found themselves tied up in tangles by the local tweakers on the sub-continental dustbowls, but Australia captain George Bailey asserted his team is up to the spin challenge in the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.
World T20 Preview: After thrashing Pakistan, India take on calypso kings
Their sagging morale lifted after a thumping win over Pakistan, Indian spinners will now have to brace up for the ever-dangerous Chris Gayle when the team squares off against defending champion West Indies in its second match of the ICC World Twenty20 Championships in Mirpur on Sunday.
World T20 snapshots: Miandad confident of Indo-Pak final
Pakistan may have been humbled in their World Twenty20 opener against India but former captain Javed Miandad is confident that Mohammed Hafeez's men will stay alive to make the final where he expects them to face off against the arch-rivals once again.
World T20: Keen tussle on the cards for captaincy in Pak
Yet again Pakistan lost to their traditional rivals India in a World Cup match. The loss has not gone down well with their senior players and they have been demanding skipper Mohammed Hafeez's head.
World T20 Stats: Plethora of records for Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli has enjoyed considerable success in Twenty20. And Friday's encounter against traditional rivals Pakistan proved to be another milestone for this stylish batsman.
We should have scored around 150 runs, laments Pak captain
Pakistan captain Mohammed Hafeez rued that his side could not keep up the momentum during the death overs in their seven-wicket defeat at the hands of arch-rivals India in their World T20 campaign opener in Mirpur on Friday.
Dhoni pats teammates but says combination will alter
India's captain cool is back and how! The strategy of going with three spinners and two pacers worked perfectly as India thrashed arch-rivals Pakistan by seven wickets in their World T20 campaign opener.
March 21, 2014PHOTOS: India maintain unbeaten World Cup run against Pakistan
Images from the World T20 match between India and Pakistan in Dhaka on Friday.
ICC role in IPL 7 limited to keeping it corruption-free
ICC Chief Executive Dave Richardson has said that the parent body's involvement with the Indian Premier League's matches in Dubai will be limited to strictly providing support on the anti-corruption front and negotiations are on with BCCI in this regard.
Can Kumble help ICC convince BCCI about adopting DRS?
The Board of Control for Cricket in India may be adamant in its opposition to the Decision Review System, but ICC CEO Dave Richardson says the world body is hopeful of changing India's stance by first convincing ICC Cricket Committee chief Anil Kumble about the controversial innovation.
10 vital World T20 stats you must know!
The World T20 Championships has seen a plethora of records created since its inception in 2007. Rediff.com gives you a glance of all the interesting statistics from the tournament!
6 stunning Indian knocks at WT20. Pick the best!
Even as Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his boys launch a fresh campaign for the title, a look at the best Indian batting in the tournament.
10 stars ready to shine at World T20
Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Shahid Afridi, David Warner, Dale Steyn among others will attract maximum interest in the World T20, courtesy their ability to single-handedly win matches.
March 20, 2014Dhoni FINALLY admits bowling is an area of concern!
Underlining his bowling concerns, India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said the team needs to bowl well at the death and expressed hope that his batsmen would give the bowlers more than the par score on board.
Expect a cracker in India's WT20 opener vs Pakistan
Watch out for Shahid Afridi's pyrotechnics against Ravichandran Ashwin's variations, Umar Gul's pace against Virat Kohli's bravado and Saeed Ajmal's guile against Mahendra Singh Dhoni's flair.
World T20 snapshots: Injured Du Plessis, Steyn doubtful for opener
South Africa captain Faf du Plessis and pace spearhead Dale Steyn are nursing hamstring injuries and are doubtful for their World Twenty20 opener against Sri Lanka on Saturday.
World T20: Trouble brewing in Pakistan cricket team?
Trouble seems to be brewing in the Pakistan cricket team with speculation rife of differences between skipper Mohammed Hafeez and the team management.
March 19, 2014I don't play IPL for making a personal comeback: Gambhir
Determined to fight his way back into the national side, Gautam Gambhir said he would be happy grinding it out in the domestic circuit for long rather than using the Indian Premier League as a "platform" to make a "personal comeback".
IPL first leg schedule out: Mumbai vs KKR opener on April 16
Defending champions Mumbai Indians will take on Kolkata Knight Riders in Abu Dhabi on April 16 in the opening match of the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League.
Aus team's 'toe-biting' post to cheer up injured Johnson
Mitchell Johnson's teammates posted a picture on Twitter, in which Aaron Finch seems to be about to bite the toe of James Faulkner, in a bid to cheer up that fast bowler.
Chris Gayle unplugged: 'I can score a century on any conditions; I'm the best spinner'
Chris Gayle has sounded out a warning to the rival teams ahead of the World Twenty20 by declaring that he can score a hundred irrespective of the conditions.
Struggling Sehwag not giving up yet, says 2-3 years left in him
Virender Sehwag reckons that he still has two-three years of competitive cricket left in him and a good showing for the Kings XI Punjab in the forthcoming seventh edition of the Indian Premier League will present a strong case for his return to the Indian cricket team.
5 World T20 knocks hard to match!
Five batsmen who left their mark in previous editions of the ICC World Twenty20.
March 18, 2014How Sehwag's tips helped Aussie openers Warner and Finch
Talented Australian batsman Aaron Finch feels that his opening partner David Warner has become a better batsman having played alongside Virender Sehwag for four years at Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League.
T20 warm-up: With Dhoni half-fit, will India overcome weary England?
Having lost to Sri Lanka in their first warm-up match on Monday, India will look to enter the main draw on a positive note when they take on England in the second warm-up match of the ICC World Twenty20 Championships in Dhaka on Wednesday.
March 17, 2014Trott's 'con' disrespectful of real illness: Vaughan
Jonathan Trott's assertion that mental and physical fatigue had forced him home from England's Ashes tour of Australia rather than depression felt like a "con" and would only convince his team mates he had abandoned them, according to former England captain Michael Vaughan.
Sangakkara to bring down curtain on ODI career after 2015 World Cup
Having announced his retirement from T20 internationals, Kumar Sangakkara said that he would like to call time on his ODI career after the 2015 ICC World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
March 16, 2014'After Miandad's six, India never beat us in Sharjah'
Former Pakistan skipper Rameez Raja
'I've always regarded Steyn as the world's number one bowler'
Pakistani fast-bowling legend Waqar
'Kohli will break all the records in international cricket'
Legendary Pakistan batsman Zaheer Abbas feels India's batting star Virat Kohli is destined for greatness.
India seek redemption at World T20; Australia, Pakistan favourites
In their bid to arrest the free fall in the past few months, a desperate India under Mahendra Singh Dhoni would seek redemption when they start their campaign in the ICC World T20 beginning tomorrow, while Australia and Pakistan have credentials to be labelled as strong contenders.
March 15, 2014'Tendulkar was better than Viv Richards'
Former New Zealand captain Martin Crowe rated batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar higher than the West Indies legend Vivian Richards, saying that he admired the Indian veteran's footwork and his ability to keep things simple.
ICC T20 Rankings: Virat 4th; Raina and Yuvraj also in top 10
India's new cricket sensation, Virat Kohli, is No 1 in ICC One-day rankings but the stylist batsman is the highest-placed Indian at No 4 in the ICC T20 international list.
No Indian batsman dominated fast bowling like Tendulkar did, says Dravid
Rahul Dravid said senior pro Sachin Tendulkar's presence in the dressing room not only served as a great inspiration to the upcoming players but also drove them to work even harder to earn his respect.
Pakistan captain unfazed by opening tie against arch rivals India
Far from being daunted by the prospect of facing India in their World Twenty20 opener on Friday, Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez is rather happy his team will kick off their campaign in Bangladesh against the arch-rivals.
Sachin Tendulkar bats for more Test matches
Recently retired batting-great Sachin Tendulkar has suggested that ICC must organise more Tests if the traditional format is to survive.
Jonathan Trott reveals truth behind Ashes return
England batsman Jonathan Trott said mental 'burnout' was behind his sudden withdrawal from England's Ashes tour of Australia and he is now eager to resume his international career.
Top five all-rounders to watch out for at World Twenty20
Here is a list on the all-rounders to watch out for during the tournament:
Upbeat Rahul Sharma hoping to make the most of Kumble's advice
After getting words of wisdom from former leg-spinner Anil Kumble and Yuvraj Singh, young spinner Rahul Sharma is ready to turn a new leaf and eyes a successful IPL season for Delhi Daredevils.
Pujara can definitely make a mark in ODIs, says Dravid
Former India captain Rahul Dravid can feel the pain Cheteshwar Pujara is going through. The batting icon also had a tough time proving he was good enough for One-Day Internationals after being categorised as a Test specialist in the early part of his career.
Tendulkar voted Cricketer of the Generation
One of the greatest batsmen of all time, the iconic Sachin Tendulkar was voted Cricketer of the Generation. He staved off stiff competition from spin legend Shane Warne and all-rounder par excellence Jacques Kallis for the ESPNcricinfo award.
March 14, 2014If you perform in Tests, you can succeed in every format: Pujara
'As an individual I don't have to rate myself. I have already performed in Test cricket,' says India's latest batting sensation Cheteshwar Pujara. Harish Kotian reports.
'Fletcher has wholehearted backing and support of BCCI'
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) made it clear that under-fire coach of the Indian team Duncan Fletcher has its "full backing and support" and has no immediate plans to remove him despite calls for his ouster from batting icon like Sunil Gavaskar.
10 batsmen who could light up World T20
Chris Gayle, Ravindra Jadeja and Brendon McCullum among others could light up the tournament with their big-hitting on the flat pitches of Dhaka. With the fifth edition of the World Twenty20 championship commencing in Bangladesh on Sunday, here are the top 10 batsmen to watch out for in the tournament.
Dravid says unable to take up India coaching job now
'I would love to work with the Under-19s or India 'A' on shorter tours, but, really, the Indian coaching job, unfortunately at this point of time, is something I cannot do,' says former India captain Rahul Dravid. Harish Kotian reports
Dhoni, Fletcher avoid media before departure for WT20!
The under-fire Indian cricket team, which lost the disastrous tours of South Africa and New Zealand, left for Bangladesh to participate in the ICC World Twenty20 Championships on Friday without holding the customary pre-departure press conference.
Dangerous Pak, WI lurk as Team India look to go far in World T20
While Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his band of men journey towards Dhaka, on Friday, with an eye the World Twenty20 Championship title, a question that will rankle Indian supporters is can the former champions bring home the title again?
T20: At last England taste victory but West Indies win series
England survived a late onslaught from the tail-end batsmen of West Indies to win a thrilling third and final Twenty20 by five runs in Barbados on Thursday.
PHOTOS: When India beat Pakistan and brought the WT20 Cup home
Mahendra Singh Dhoni's inspirational leadership guided India to a memorable triumph at the inaugural World Twenty20 Championship in South Africa in 2007. With the fifth edition of the tournament set to commence on Sunday, Rediff.com takes you through Team India's thrilling triumph in the final.
World T20: One statistic that won't amuse Dhoni!
He led India to the title in the inaugural World T20. He is one of the finest finishers in the game. And he is one the best batsman in the shorter formats. But when it comes to T20 internationals, Mahendra Singh Dhoni is yet to score a fifty.
March 13, 2014Exclusive! Kaif: 'You can't keep away from politics'
'The thought of joining politics did not depend on the IPL auction.... The Congress is a national party and you get a lot of freedom when you work for it. There is not much interference in decision-making and that was one of the reasons I considered joining the party.' Mohammad Kaif tells Rediff.com's Harish Kotian in an exclusive interview why he has retired from cricket and joined politics.
'Cricket's god' Sachin Tendulkar in line for another honour
Sachin Tendulkar is pitted against legendary Australian spinner Shane Warne and South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis as they vie for the ESPNcricinfo's Cricketer of the Generation award.
Desperate Pujara turns to bowling to make ODI squad
As his quest to find a spot in India's One-day side continues, Cheteshwar Pujara has also started bowling in order to fit the bill for ODI selection and said a good showing in IPL could see him on the plane to Australia and New Zealand for next year's World Cup.
I have been working hard on my bowling: Yuvraj
Yuvraj Singh is working hard on his left-arm slow bowling and expects to contribute with the ball too in the upcoming ICC World T20.
March 12, 2014PHOTOS: Delhi Daredevils launch new logo, jersey
A colourful skyline and hundreds
'Ishant has lost everything: Pace, swing, bounce'
'Ishant was good early on in his career, but his graph went down... He picks six wickets in one innings, but can't pick even one in the next.' Former India players assess the beleagured Indian pacer in conversation with .
Fletcher's poor record: Won 12. Lost 12. Drawn: 6
India was beaten in the Tests and ODIs in South Africa and New Zealand. It never made it past the league stage in the Asia Cup. Rajaneesh Gupta and Harish Kotian investigate the Team India coach's three years in charge.
March 11, 2014World T20 stats: Suresh Raina lone Indian to score a hundred
Suresh Raina is the lone Indian in the short list of four players from all countries to have scored a century in the ICC World T20
Number crunching: Indian players' World T20 record not encouraging
Team India may have won the inaugural edition of the ICC World T20 Championships' under inspirational Mahendra Singh Dhoni in 2007 but their performances in subsequent editions was nothing to shout about.
What's wrong with India's bowling?
Bikash Mohapatra lends an ear as experts make an assessment of India's bowling woes.
World T20 India's final chance to restore reputation!
With the World T20 being played in familiar conditions in neighbouring Bangladesh, India's hopes of regaining the crown they won in 2007, says , rest on their bowlers.
March 10, 2014Gavaskar wants Fletcher sacked; suggests Dravid as chief coach
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar lashed out at chief coach Duncan Fletcher on Monday and suggested that Rahul Dravid should replace him.
Family time mattered for Smith
South Africa captain Graeme Smith, who last week announced his retirement from international cricket, was influenced by his family in taking the decision, media reported on Sunday.
March 09, 2014Kohli reclaims No. 1 batting ranking in ODIs, Dhoni 6th
The Indian right-hander's tournament aggregate of 189 runs in three innings, with 136 against Bangladesh as his series best earned him 12 ratings points, which has put him ahead of South Africa's ODI captain by nine ratings points.
Is Duncan Fletcher India's worst coach ever?
Is it that foreign coaches don't succeed in India or is it that Fletcher is past his prime?
Lahiru Thirimanne, find of the tournament for Sri Lanka
Heaping praise on Lahiru Thirimanne for his match-winning hundred against Pakistan in the final Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews said the youngster is find of the tournament for them.
March 08, 2014Skipper Mathews happy to break barrier between Sri Lanka and finals
Sri Lanka have not won a major title for a long while and captain Angelo Mathews on Saturday said that his side were happy to have broken the 'barrier of finals' by defeating Pakistan in the summit clash to lift the Asia Cup in Mirpur.
PHOTOS: Clinical Sri Lanka thrash Pakistan to lift Asia Cup
Images from the Asia Cup final played between Sri Lanka and Pakistan on Saturday.
'Match fixer' Cronje may be more admired than Smith by South African fans
Retired captain Graeme Smith has a large and vocal hate club in South Africa as compared to the country's love for late captain Hansie Cronje, whose career ended in disgrace after he admitted to match fixing, before his tragic death in a plane crash.
March 07, 2014Australia will win the Twenty20 World Cup, says confident Clarke
The momentum Australia have gained from the recent hard-fought win against South Africa will carry the team to their maiden World Twenty20 title in Bangladesh, Test captain Michael Clarke said on Friday.
Form favours Sri Lanka in Asia Cup final against holders Pakistan
Defending champions Pakistan have minor injury issues to key players Shahid Afridi and Umar Gul to contend with as they take on a consistent Sri Lanka in the final of the Asia Cup on Saturday.
'Australia are certainly the equal of South Africa at this stage'
The resounding thud of South Africa's fall on home soil capped an intriguing season of Test cricket that has seen the establishment rocked and an ambitious Australia return to court with a swagger.
'I don't want to say a single word about a current India player'
Ravichandran Ashwin's shoddy
'You're looking for some heads to roll and Kevin's was in the way'
Kevin Pietersen has been made a
'I think cricket can revive India-Pakistan relations'
Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has called for the revival of cricketing ties between India
Check out the Top 10 Test batsmen: De Villiers 1, Pujara 8
Australia's David Warner's batting exploits in the third and final Test against South Africa earned him a career-best fifth in the latest ICC Rankings for Test batsmen, even as India's Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli dropped to No 8 and 10 respectively.
March 06, 2014If only Graeme Smith had learnt from Ponting's mistake!
Ricky Ponting's decision to retire in the middle of the 2012 Test series against South Africa, who were led by Graeme Smith, proved costly for Australia. For someone who not only took away the former Aussie captain's record, but also condemned him to retirement in defeat, says, it is a shame that Smith did not learn from the Australian's error in judgment while calling it a day.
'It's our team when we won and Graeme's team when we're losing'
Former captains and fellow
'Ryan Harris was battling to walk at the start of the day'
When Ryan Harris hobbled into Newlands for the final day of the third Test against South Africa on Wednesday, it seemed unlikely he would end up being the man to clinch the series for Australia.
Dhawan's efforts in a winning cause; Rahane under captain Kohli
Statistical highlights of the
'With the World Cup coming up, I'm looking to bat at No 4'
Ajinkya Rahane played the role of opener against Afghanistan, but the Indian batsman wants to perform well in the upcoming Twenty20
Staying motivated for this game was a challenge: Kohli
India skipper Virat Kohli said it was difficult to keep the motivation level high coming into an inconsequential contest against Afghanistan and lamented crucial mistakes in the matches against Sri Lanka and Pakistan that cost them heavily in the Asia Cup.
March 05, 2014PHOTOS: Australia beat South Africa in epic Test nailbiter
Australia won the third and final Test against South Africa by 245 runs at Newlands in a nailbiting finish with just 27 balls to spare after a day of epic home resistance.
Gavaskar slams team for not playing Pujara, Pandey against Afghanistan
Sunil Gavaskar slammed the Indian team management for fielding an unchanged eleven in the dead rubber against Afghanistan, wondering whether the "fear" of bench players succeeding over current favourites prompted it to play the same team.
Ball tampering controversies that tainted the gentleman's game
Following a string of recent insinuations, Rediff.com presents instances of ball tampering that have clouded the game.
'The biggest plus in this Asia Cup has been Shahid Afridi'
With the World Twenty20 beginning
March 04, 2014'Some Indian players mentally fatigued'
Living out of a suitcase for the past several months, middle-order batsman Ambati Rayudu said that some of the India cricketers are suffering from mental fatigue due to its packed and busy international schedule.
Brett Lee: To defend World Cup India needs good fast bowlers
Former Australia pacer Brett Lee believes that India needs to find a few good fast bowlers to successfully defend their crown at next year's World Cup.
10 similarities in two famous India-Pakistan ODIs
Shahid Afridi smashed an unbeaten 18-ball 34, including two consecutive sixes in the final over, to earn Pakistan a tense one-wicket victory over arch-rivals India in the Asia Cup in Dhaka on Sunday. Cut back to 1986. It's the final of Austral-Asia Cup in Sharjah on April 18. The great Javed Miandad hits a last-ball six off Chetan Sharma to give Pakistan a one-wicket victory. According to a post that went viral on Facebook, the two matches have at least ten similarities.
Asia Cup: Demoralised India look to sign off on a good note
All but eliminated from the race to final, a demoralised India would look to sign off their disastrous Asia Cup campaign on a positive note when they take on spirited debutantes Afghanistan in their last round-robin league match in Mirpur on Wednesday.
Graeme Smith: Many achievements... and a lone regret!
Graeme Smith was one of the best captains, ever. He led South Africa to a record 53 victories in his 108 Tests in charge.
Kallis rates Lara higher than Tendulkar
South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis would not rate Sachin Tendulkar as the best batsman he has played against but said the Indian legend has "tremendously" helped in taking the game forward by playing with the right spirit throughout his illustrious career.
It's about 53 wins and status as the top Test-playing nation
Factbox on Graeme Smith, who announced he will be retiring from international cricket following the conclusion of South Africa's third Test against Australia.
Graeme Smith's retirement ushers in new era for South Africa
He was seen as a brash, arrogant and aloof South African but no one can dispute the impact Graeme Smith had on the world stage as he became the most successful captain in Test history.
March 03, 2014Gavaskar slams Team India's optional practice regimen
The Indian cricket team's run of poor form has prompted former captain Sunil Gavaskar to come down heavily on the beleaguered players, questioning their "abysmal work ethic" following the side's defeat to arch-rivals Pakistan in the Asia Cup.
Is Sehwag now scared to open the innings even in domestic cricket?
Out of favour India opener Virender Sehwag pulled out of Delhi's Vijay Hazare Trophy North Zone leg match against Himachal Pradesh in New Delhi amid speculation that the decision was prompted by poor form.
Turning points in India-Pakistan match: Karthik's miss, Afridi's blast
India went down to Pakistan by a narrow one-wicket margin in the sixth match of the Asia Cup match. A look at the key moments.
'Lack of quality bowlers affecting India's performance abroad'
Former India wicketkeeper-batsman Nayan Mongia talks tells Haresh Pandya that Mahendra Singh Dhoni must be retained as captain irrespective of the widespread criticism his Test captaincy has triggered in recent times.
Shane Warne's ex-flame fumes over his choice of women!
British actress Elizabeth Hurley has blasted her former fiance legendary Australian cricketer Shane Warne's taste in women after reports emerged that he had a fling with lingerie entrepreneur Michelle Mone.
Another feather in Shahid Afridi's cap against India
Shahid Afridi achieved the feat of scoring 50 sixes against India. Take a look at more statistical highlights from the Asia Cup match between India and Pakistan.
'All we can do is try and get a bonus point against Afghanistan'
Trying to keep his and the team's
'Afridi fulfilled his responsibilities as a senior player'
Hope we don't repeat our mistakes: Kohli
Stand-in captain Virat Kohli lauded the big-hearted performance of his boys while defending a mediocre 246-run target but also admitted that they have made multiple mistakes in past few matches leading to the team's downfall.
'The Asia Cup has been a good learning experience for me'
India's stand-in skipper Virat Kohli
March 02, 2014Pakistan celebrate their win over traditional rivals India in style
The entire Pakistan team went delirious with joy as fireworks and gunshots were blazing in the air.
In Photos: India vs Pakistan, Asia Cup thriller
Images from the Asia Cup match played between India and Pakistan on Sunday.
How Sachin Tendulkar didn't want to miss important names in farewell speech...
Sachin Tendulkar delivered his farewell speech with such emotional conviction that many were left wiping tears. But retired batting legend said his only preparation for the stirring address was to remember the 'important' names he wanted to mention.
Kapil bats for Subrata Roy, says he is a patriotic man
The law is knocking at Sahara Group Chairman Subrata Roy's doors yet he manages to find a few well wishers. Former Indian cricket captain Kapil Dev has expressed concern over the arrest of Roy.
Asia Cup: Can confident Afghans surprise Sri Lanka?
Afghanistan have high expectations of achieving success on the cricket pitch and despite being relatively new to the sport, their breakthrough 50-over victory against a Test-playing nation was met with only muted celebrations among the players.
March 01, 2014Harbhajan rues lack of quality off-spinners in India
Senior off-spinner and Punjab captain Harbhajan Singh lamented serious dearth of quality tweakers in the domestic circuit.
Indo-Pak match: 'Team that bats a full 50 overs has better chance'
Pakistan's chief cricket consultant Zaheer Abbas feels it would be an intense contest between India's famed batting and his team's "stronger" bowling when the two sides clash in their much-anticipated Asia Cup match in Dhaka on Sunday.
India battle Pakistan as both teams eye spot in Asia Cup final
Driven into a corner after their defeat to Sri Lanka, India will look to regroup quickly and plug their loopholes as they go into the make or break match against arch-rivals Pakistan in the Asia Cup in Dhaka on Sunday.
Mathews expects more from his players before Asia Cup final
Sri Lanka have gone a step close to the Asia Cup final after their second win in as many matches, after beating India on Friday but skipper Angelo Mathews expects a more improved performance from his teammates.
Sangakkara joins Ponting, Jayasuriya to hold new records against India
Sri Lanka recovered from a batting collapse to win the Asia Cup One-Dayer against India on Friday after a super-century from Kumar Sangakkara. Here are the statistical highlights from that match played in Fatullah.
'Sachin was unhappy when asked to bat at No 4 in ODIs'
Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar was not too happy when he was asked by his then captain Sourav Ganguly to bat at number four in ODIs in 2002-03, according to a book.
The turning points in India-SL match
Rediff.com takes a look at five turning points of the Asia Cup match match between Sri Lanka and India.
We could have played smarter cricket: Kohli
India's skipper Virat Kohli said the toss proved "crucial" and his batsmen could have played "smarter cricket", as they went down to Sri Lanka by two wickets in their Asia Cup encounter.
February 28, 2014Asia Cup PHOTOS: Sangakkara's 18th ODI ton helps Lanka edge India
Images from the Asia Cup match between India and Sri Lanka in Fatullah on Friday.
Will struggling Ashwin lose his originality?
The concern over Ravichandran Ashwin's bowling is growing. Voices are getting louder that the off-spinner's international career is going haywire.
India vs Pakistan: Misbah plays the arch-rivals tune; Kohli stays calm
The traditional rivals are gearing up for the clash. Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq wants his batsmen to learn quickly from the mistakes they made against minnows Afghanistan in their Asia Cup preliminary clash in Fatullah, Bangladesh and be prepared for arch rivals, India.
Dressing room a better place without Pietersen, says Prior
England's dressing room will be a better place without Kevin Pietersen after the controversial batsman was sacked following the dismal Ashes tour of Australia, wicketkeeper Matt Prior said on Thursday.
February 27, 2014PHOTOS: Akmal ton takes Pak past Afghans with bonus point
Photos of the Asia Cup match between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Asia Cup: India will look to build on perfect start against Lanka
Their battered pride regained after snapping an eight-ODI winless streak, five-time champions India will look to build a winning
'... in those days there was no mobiles, so I started writing'
Walking down memory lane, legendary
Asia Cup: Kohli surpasses Ganguly, Gayle; Team India end dry run
Statistical highlights of the Asia Cup match between India and Bangladesh.
'My plan was to take time initially and then play my shots'
Team India began their Asia Cup campaign with a comfortable win over hosts Bangladesh and talented batsman Ajinkya Rahane said the victory would give his side the momentum in the tournament ahead.
Kohli sees improvement in India's death bowling
After guiding India to a convincing six-wicket win over Bangladesh in their Asia Cup opener captain Virat Kolhi credited his success to his dad.
February 26, 2014ASIA CUP PHOTOS: Kohli, Rahane hand India a winning start in Asia Cup
Images from the Asia Cup match between Bangladesh and India in Fatullah on Wednesday.
'A lot of good, competitive cricket is still left in me'
Irfan Pathan tells he's looking forward to rebuilding his career and playing for India again.
Captain Mathews, Thirimanne make an impression in Asia Cup opener
Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 12 runs in the opening match of the Asia Cup on Tuesday. Here are the statistical highlights from the match.
South Africa fired up to end 44 years of agony against Australia
South Africa's dramatic 231-run victory over Australia in the second Test set up an enticing decider at Newlands which could see the hosts seal a first home series win over the tourists in 44 years.
'Kohli winning the Asia Cup would help Dhoni reinvent himself'
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly
Did South Africa indulge in ball-tampering in 2nd Test vs Australia?
South Africa have dismissed ball-tampering allegations surrounding their second Test victory over Australia after opposing opener David Warner said the Proteas worked on the ball at Port Elizabeth to generate reverse swing.
Ganguly questions selectors for dropping Bhajji, says Mishra is predictable
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has given his backing to out-of-favour spinner Harbhajan Singh saying he can make a comeback if selectors looked beyond players favoured by Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
M S Dhoni and India's captaincy conundrum
Following the dismal showing on the recent tours of South Africa and New Zealand, the calls to strip Mahendra Singh Dhoni of the Test team's captaincy are growing. Bikash Mohapatra looks back on how the predecessors of India's most successful captain were relieved of the mantle.
February 25, 2014India will give new nemesis Bangladesh a lot of respect: Karthik
Dinesh Karthik knows where he stands in the Indian cricket team. After having played 67 ODIs with a strike rate of 73.64 (he was not part of the tours to South Africa and New Zealand) he still considers himself an 'outsider'.
Two months into 2014, Team India still looking for first win
After being humiliated in South Africa and New Zealand in recent months, Virat Kohli holds the key to a turnaround in fortunes at the Asia Cup.
February 24, 2014ICC Test rankings: Virat Kohli at career-best eighth
Owing to his decent performance in
Will Team India return to winning ways in Asia Cup?
Humiliated and winless for quite a while, a bruised Indian cricket team would seek to rediscover the lost touch in a five-way battle for regional supremacy in the 12th Asia Cup.
Asia Cup: Kohli not giving undue importance to Pakistan match
India's stand-in captain Virat Kohli is a cool man. Despite the obvious pressure before the Asia Cup begins this week, he is looking forward to leading the team.
How South Africa crushed Australia in the 2nd Test
South Africa's captain Graeme Smith reveals what effort went into winning the second Test against Australia.
February 23, 2014ODI Rankings: India aim to cement No 2 position
India will start their campaign in the Asia Cup with an aim to retain the No 2 position in the ICC ODI team rankings at the April 1 cut-off date.
Should Kohli replace uninspiring captain Dhoni permanently?
Mahendra Singh Dhoni's defensive tactics has not been of any assistance to India, who needs an aggressive man of Virat Kohli's nature to lead the team, feels former Australia captain Ian Chappell.
February 22, 2014'India to a certain degree deserves a say in what happens'
Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has said India deserves a "little say" in international cricket being the "powerhouse nation" of the game.
'India will miss Dhoni's experience and captaincy in Asia Cup'
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has
February 21, 2014Pietersen paid price for Ashes 'disaster': Broad
England's dismal Ashes tour of Australia was the catalyst for changes in the side which started with the axing of batsman Kevin Pietersen, Twenty20 captain Stuart Broad said on Friday.
Harbhajan, Ojha a must for Tests, says Ganguly
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly took a swipe at the selectors' decision to omit leftarm spinner Pragyan Ojha, especially after a 10-wicket haul in his last Test.
'Zaheer is one of the best exponents of swing bowling'
Legendary Pakistan seamer Wasim Akram and former India bowling coach Eric Simons feels left-arm pacer Zaheer Khan still has a lot to offer to Indian cricket before he finally hangs up his boots.
February 20, 2014'Can Zaheer survive five Test matches in England? I am not sure'
Former captain Rahul Dravid feels
'Dhoni's Test captaincy has been obnoxious'
Mahendra Singh Dhoni's Test captaincy has come under severe criticism from former skipper Sourav Ganguly, who described his leadership as 'obnoxious', following India's humiliating series defeat against New Zealand.
'We need aggressive captains to win matches abroad'
Former India cricketer Mohinder Amarnath says the time has come to remove Mahendra Singh Dhoni from captaincy as his "defensive approach" has resulted in the country's prolonged failure on foreign soil.
February 19, 2014ICC Test rankings: Kohli rises to career-best ninth
A decent performance in the just-concluded two-Test series against New Zealand propelled India batsman Virat Kohli to a career-best ninth in the latest ICC Test rankings, issued in Dubai on Wednesday.
'Dhoni doesn't trust his bowling attack as much as he should'
Former captain Rahul Dravid has
'I'll certainly remember the innings for rest of my life'
He became the first New Zealand
'You cannot be expecting Dhoni to win each and every series'
Former stumper Syed Kirmani has
'For India to defend the World Cup, Dhoni needs a rest somewhere'
Former New Zealand skipper Martin Crowe feels India's chances of defending the title at next year's 50-over World Cup could improve if Mahendra Singh Dhoni hands over the Test captaincy to Virat Kohli.
Two and a half years' frustration on tour but Dhoni sees improvement
Mahendra Singh Dhoni's Team India left New Zealand still seeking an overseas Test victory after more than two-and-a-half years' frustration on tour.
February 18, 2014Test Report Card: Kohli, Dhawan, Rahane bright spots on dismal NZ tour
The No. 2-ranked Test nation in the world was expected to have it easy against the Black Caps, ranked No. 8. Instead, they will return empty-handed from the trip. Here's a look at how the 11 Indian players -- there was no change in the team for the second Test -- fared in the just-concluded series.
Stats: Zaheer, Kohli set new marks in drawn Wellington Test
Statistical highlights from the drawn second Test between India and New Zealand in Wellington.
Captain McCullum comes of age for a successful summer
Brendon McCullum showed his growing maturity and desire to stamp his mark on New Zealand with an inspirational triple-century that salvaged the second Test against India and sealed a 1-0 series win on Tuesday.
Ghost of the past returns to haunt Dhoni and Team India
India may have lost the series after the 2nd Test against New Zealand at Wellington ended in a draw on Tuesday, but Dhoni credited his bowling attack for being up to the challenge.
300 barrier finally broken, says McCullum after heroics against India
New Zealand recorded their first Test series victory over India since 2002 when the second match ended in a draw, on Tuesday, after Brendon McCullum became the first New Zealander to score a Test triple century.
Wellington Test PHOTOS: McCullum, Neesham shine in dour draw
Images from the Day Five of the second and final Test between New Zealand and India, at the Basin Reserve, in Wellington, on Tuesday.
McCullum first NZ player to score triple Test century; joins elite club
Brendon McCullum became the first New Zealand batsmen to score a Test match triple century on Tuesday during the fifth day of the second Test against India at the Basin Reserve.
Huge IPL bid gives Yuvraj another shot at ODI comeback
Yuvraj Singh's international career may look bleak, but with an IPL price tag of Rs 14 crore he has proved he still carries a punch when it comes to domestic cricket.
February 17, 2014Stats: Plethora of records for McCullum as 300 beckons
Brendon McCullum was on 281, his highest Test score and the second highest by a New Zealander, at the close of play on Day 4 after having shared a world record stand of 352 runs for the sixth wicket with wicketkeeper BJ Watling who made 124.
'We have paid a heavy price for dropping McCullum'
Inspired by captain Brendon McCullum's match-saving 281 runs, New Zealand turned the match on its head -- the hosts taking a 325-run lead at the end of the fourth day's play at Basin Reserve
Player of the Day: Milestone man McCullum frustrates India
An exhausted Brendon McCullum stood on the cusp of history on Monday after he had saved the second Test against India and set up his side up for a tilt at what would be an astounding victory on the fifth and final day.
We weathered the storm, says proud Watling
The cricketing cliche of taking each ball on its merit and then switching off to deal with the next was never more appropriate on Monday as Brendon McCullum and BJ Watling batted New Zealand into a strong position in the second Test against India.
Wellington Test PHOTOS: New Zealand batsmen dominate on Day Four
Images from the Day 4 of the second and final Test between New Zealand and India, at the Basin Reserve, in Wellington, on Monday.
February 16, 2014Rahane's debut ton extremely important for his career: Amre
Ajinkya Rahane's maiden Test century in the ongoing second Test against New Zealand is a crucial milestone in his fledgling Test career, feels his former coach Pravin Amre.
Stats: McCullum has amassed 1,000 runs vs India
Statistical highlights on day three of the second and final cricket Test between India and New Zealand at Basin Reserve in Wellington.
Pujara says two early wickets on Day 4 will tilt match in India's favour
Brendon McCullum struck a fighting century, Indian fielders did what they are best at (read: dropping catches) and there are still two days to go in this 2nd Test at Wellington.
Injured McCullum grinds his way to a ton, stands between India and victory
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum stubbornly provided a glimmer of hope for his side on the third day of the second Test against India as he battled to his ninth Test century to thwart the visitors' push for a series-levelling victory on Sunday.
Unplayable Johnson drives Australia's hunger for success
Mitchell Johnson bowled Australia to a comprehensive 281-run victory over South Africa after taking his match haul to 12 wickets on the fourth day of the first Test at Super Sport Park on Saturday.
Wellington Test PHOTOS: New Zealand fight back on Day Three
Images from the Day Three of the second and final Test between New Zealand and India, at the Basin Reserve, in Wellington, on Sunday.
February 15, 2014Karthik looking forward to working with DD coach Kirsten in IPL7
Wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik, who was the second-costliest buy in the 2014 Indian Premier League auction at Rs 12.5 crore, said he is excited to play under Delhi Daredevils coach Gary Kirsten in the seventh edition of the T20 tournament starting on April 9.
PHOTOS: India register 40-run victory over Pakistan in Under-19 World Cup
Sarfaraz Khan and Sanju Samson hit excellent half-centuries and Deepak Hooda took five wickets as defending champion India defeated two-time former winner and traditional rivals Pakistan by 40 runs on day two of the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup in Dubai.
Stats: Rahane fifth Indian to hit a hundred at No. 7 overseas
Ajinkya Rahane is the fifth Indian to hit a hundred while batting at No. 7 away from home, during the second Test against New Zealand in Wellington.
Rahane overcomes nervous 90s; thanks Dravid, Tendulkar after maiden Test ton
Ajinkya Rahane consciously ignored that he was closing in on his first Test century on the second day of the second Test against New Zealand, mindful that he had fallen in the 90s against South Africa when he was too keen to achieve the milestone.
Wellington Test PHOTOS: India dominates proceedings on Day Two
Images from the Day Two of the second and final Test between New Zealand and India, at the Basin Reserve, in Wellington, on Saturday.
Dhoni reckons he has a strong team to defend World Cup title
Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said that India have the resources and players to be only the third team in cricket history to clinch back-to-back World Cup titles by winning the tournament which will be held in Australia-New Zealand next year.
February 14, 2014Stats: Ishant completes 'century' overseas
PHOTOS: Ishant's six that slayed the Kiwis
A green pitch welcomed the Indians at the Basin Reserve in Wellington after Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and elected to field in the second Test against New Zealand, on Friday.
Is Dhoni India's worst Test captain?
India Captain M S Dhoni has failed to replicate his one day success in Test matches. Rajneesh Gupta and Harish Kotian present a statistical analysis of Dhoni's record as captain in overseas Tests.
Ishant finally reaping rewards for consistently bowling in right areas
India pace bowler Ishant Sharma was hardly a man jumping out of his skin after taking career best figures to bowl New Zealand out for 192 and help his side into a commanding position at the end of the first day's play of the second Test on Friday.
Lucky Williamson gets first hand lesson in tough batting
Kane Williamson was the proverbial cat with nine lives on Friday as he top scored for New Zealand with 47 against a fired up Indian pace attack keen on exploiting what they could from a green and bouncy Basin Reserve pitch.
First Look: Sreesanth with wife at Mookambika temple
Former India pacer S Sreesanth tweeted this picture on Twitter to give us the first glimpse of his wife.
Kapil, Ganguly launch sport-viewing app for smartphones
Telecom operator Vodafone and Star India announced a tie-up on Thursday through which the broadcaster's sports telecasts can be viewed on mobile phones, which was welcomed by former India captains Kapil Dev and Sourav Ganguly in Mumbai.
Wellington Test PHOTOS: Ishant, Dhawan put India in control
Images from the opening day of the second and final Test between New Zealand and India, at the Basin Reserve, in Wellington, on Friday.
IPL auction: No takers for these stars!
It was surprising that these players were snubbed by franchises at the two-day Indian Premier League auction in Bangalore on Wednesday-Thursday.
How the teams measure up after the IPL 7 auction
While Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers Bangalore exhausted their full auction kitty of Rs 60 crore, Rajasthan Royals, did shrewd business, buying as many as 25 players and still ending up with Rs 5.55 crore remaining at the end of the auction.
February 13, 2014Monkeygate fallout: Ponting blames unsupportive CA for Symonds's career slide
Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting claims that Andrew Symonds had received very little support from Cricket Australia during the 'Monkeygate' scandal and, that, practically ended the latter's career.
'Kiwis will settle for nothing less than victory'
'With this wicket, the best method of attack against the Indian side is to roll out another seamer'
Team confident of playing good cricket in Wellington Test: Dhawan
India opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan says the current Test squad will only get better with time as they gain in experience, adding the New Zealand tour is another learning curve for them.
IPL auction: Uncapped Karn Sharma, Rishi Dhawan strike it rich
Sunrisers Hyderabad snatch Railways' all-rounder Karan Sharma for Rs 3.75 crore while Himachal Pradesh right-arm fast bowler Rishi Dhawan bags Rs 3 crore deal with Kings XI Punjab.
Dhoni snubs media after his name figures in IPL spot fixing
India cricket officials shut down any questions about the match-fixing scandal ahead of the series deciding second Test against New Zealand, with skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni a no-show for the traditional captain's pre-match media conference on Thursday.
February 12, 2014Lack of interest in Taylor, White surprises Dravid
A bunch of quality international cricketers went unsold on the first day of the IPL 7 players' auction, but what surprised former India captain Rahul Dravid the most was that hard-hitting Kiwi batsman Ross Taylor and Australia's Cameron White did not find a buyer.
The 10 smart buys of the IPL 7 Players' auction
The auction ahead of the seventh edition of Indian Premier League involved a lot of profligacy. Check out the smart picks.
'Team India has a lot to prove in this last Test'
New Zealand fast bowler Tim Southee on Wednesday revealed that his side will go into the second and final Test against India in its bid to keep the visitors winless. After losing the ODI series 0-4, India slumped to a 40-run defeat in the first Test at Auckland.
IPL Auction: The 'six-crore club'
The auction ahead of seventh edition of the Indian Premier League witnessed a slew of big ticket acquisitions. While some of the players expectedly fetched a high price, a few surprised with their valuation. A look at the biggest purchases at the auction.
IPL auction: Taylor, Jayawardene surprisingly left unsold!
Rediff.com takes a look at the players who were surprisingly left unsold at the IPL auction on Wednesday. They will again go under the hammer on Thursday. Let's hope they have better luck then.
Karthik, Uthappa get big deals; Mumbai buy Hussey for 5 crore
The second and third round of the IPL auction threw up a few surprises as India discards Dinesh Karthik and Robin Uthappa both fetched high prices.
IPL auction: Royal Challengers Bangalore pays Rs 14 crore for Yuvraj
Yuvraj Singh commanded the highest price in the opening round of the IPL Auction. Royal Challengers Bangalore paid a whopping Rs 14 crore for his services in the seventh edition of the cash-rich Twenty20 extravaganza.
What Team India must do to save face in New Zealand
The venue for the second Test is the Basin Reserve in Wellington, traditionally a seamer-friendly ground. Considering the conditions, India needs to sacrifice a batsman to bolster the seam attack.
February 11, 2014Selectors send out strong message by axing Raina and Ishant
The national selection panel, headed by Sandeep Patil, sent out a strong message by axing the experienced Suresh Raina and Ishant Sharma, with the 50-overs World Cup just a year away.
'New ICC resolution will pave way for stability in world cricket'
The Board of Control for Cricket in India president N Srinivasan, who is set to take over as the new ICC chairman, said his prime focus during his tenure would be to make all the three formats of the game equally important.
IPL 7 auction: The most sought after overseas players
Kevin Pietersen will be available for the full IPL 7 season. Which of the franchises will grab the dashing batsman at the IPL auction? Rediff.com's lists the overseas players who could make the big move this IPL season.
IPL auction: 10 Indians franchises should not ignore
The auction for the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League will feature 219 capped players (169 Indians and 50 overseas cricketers) and 292 uncapped (255 Indians and 37 overseas players).
February 10, 2014Did ex-BCCI chiefs know about fixing in IPL?
In a sensational claim, two former presidents of the BCCI told the Justice Mudgal-led committee that matches in the Indian Premier League were fixed and the matter requires thorough investigation.
Consistency paying dividends for pacer Shami
Since his debut against the West Indies in November 2013, Mohammad Shami has grown in leaps and bounds. His complete control of line and length and making good use of favourable conditions means the pacer is fast emerging as India's bowling spearhead.
'Meiyappan found guilty in IPL-6'; What the Mudgal report says...
The IPL probe report submitted to the Supreme Court by Justice Mukul Mudgal says BCCI chief N Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan's role in Chennai Super Kings as the team official, and allegations of betting and passing of information against him, stand proved.
Ojha open to play for any franchise in IPL-7
Pragyan Ojha is unfazed despite not being retained by Mumbai Indians and states that he wants to start his Twenty20 journey afresh with a new franchise when the IPL -7's players' auction is held on February 12 in Bangalore.
Three cheers for cricket?
There is a controversial change in the way world cricket revenues will be shared among member countries. India, Australia and England will corner a big chunk and in exchange is expected to provide lea.
Indian players suffer fall in rankings after losing Auckland Test
India players paid for their under-performance in the opening Test against New Zealand in Auckland as most of them saw a drop in their rankings.
ICC reforms will usher in deal-making era: FICA
'Self-interest' and 'short-term deal making' will prevail over cricket's long-term health following the recent structural reforms in the International Cricket Council (ICC), the global players' association said on Monday.
'Pietersen is being made a scapegoat for England's failure'
'If KP is really the reason England lost the Ashes 5-0, then the coaching staff should go with him as well as those managing the team. The Ashes was more of a collective failure than an individual one. It started with the selection, planning and execution of those plans. The players then fell apart. The mental side of the Ashes was lost. After that, it was a snowball rolling downhill that no one could stop.' Former England and Essex player Ian Pont tells Rediff.com's Manu Shankar that the English Cricket Board needs to come out clean, not only on the Kevin Pietersen issue, but also on coach Andy Flower's removal.
February 09, 2014Stats: India have lost 10 out of the last 11 overseas Tests
Statistical highlights at the end of the first Test between India and New Zealand at Eden Park on Sunday.
'We respect the Indian team and that's what makes this win special'
New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum was a relieved man after his decision to not enforce the follow-on proved fruitful, as they beat India by 40 runs in the 1st Test in Auckland on Sunday.
Dhoni rues India's inability to capitalise on close chances
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni blamed poor umpiring and losing wickets off the second new ball as the main factors in India's 40-run loss against New Zealand in the first Test in Auckland on Sunday.
1st Test: Dhoni reveals how India lost the plot
Was it poor batting or bad bowling that cost India the match? India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni presents the reasons for India's loss in the 1st Test in Auckland on Sunday.
1st Test, Day 4, PHOTOS: NZ beat India by 40 runs, take 1-0 series lead
Images from Day 4 of the 1st Test played between New Xealand and India in Auckland on Sunday.
February 08, 2014BCCI welcomes ICC's approval to revamped structural plan
The BCCI has welcomed ICC's
'People have an opinion about me which I can't change'
Rest of India captain (Irani Trophy) Harbhajan Singh has said he doesn't want to put too much pressure on himself thinking about his national comeback.
Stats: Team India chasing 45-year-old record in Auckland
Statistical highlight of day three
Zaheer lauds 'match winner' Shami
Speedster Zaheer Khan on Saturday praised team-mate Mohammad Shami highly for his fiery spell on the third day of the first cricket Test against New Zealand, saying he is a 'match-winner' for Team India.
ICC overhaul approved, Srinivasan nominated as chairman
The ICC approved the wide-ranging structural and governance reforms and nominated the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief N Srinivasan for the post of chairman.
IN PHOTOS: India vs New Zealand, Auckland Test (Day 3)
India face a daunting task of scoring 407 runs to win the first cricket Test after New Zealand suffered a dramatic batting collapse in the second innings and were skittled out for 105. Images from the third day's play in Auckland on Saturday.
February 07, 2014Will ICC approve the revamp plan?
India will push for significant control over the ICC's revenue and power structure when a radical revamp plan is put to vote in a meeting in Singapore despite strong resentment from the Cricket Boards of South Africa, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Who has scored the most double hundreds against India?
Rajneesh Gupta presents record by each country and players against India.
IN PHOTOS: India vs New Zealand, Auckland Test (Day 2)
Images from Day 2 in the first Test between New Zealand and India, at Auckland, on Friday.
Now, Indian batsmen not only baffled by pitch but also new ball!
At a loss to explain India's poor batting in the ongoing first Test against New Zealand, opener Murali Vijay said more than the pitch, it is the new ball that is hurting the willow-wielders on both sides.
'People expect you to do as well as Dravid'
'Dravid has always been my idol, so it's a good feeling when someone says good things about you... He always comes for the Ranji Trophy nets... He gave me tips on how to build an innings. More importantly, he motivates you.' K L Rahul, the Ranji Trophy's second highest run-getter this season and champions Karnataka's top scorer, looks back on a successful campaign in a tete-a-tete with Rediff.com's Manu Shankar.
'India lacked bowling partnerships in New Zealand ODIs'
Pacer Munaf Patel said that dearth of effective bowling partnerships undid India during the last month's five-match ODI series against New Zealand which the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side lost 0-4.
February 06, 2014Hopefully India will get the momentum back in New Zealand: Gambhir
With Indian team suffering one of
Auckland Test: McCullum betters Astle; Zaheer gets 200 wkts away
Statistical highlights from Day 1 of
'It's a shame not to be out there with Brendon at stumps'
Kane Williamson, who scored a brilliant 113, was effusive in praise of his captain and fellow-centurion Brendon McCullum (143 not out) while admitting the pitch was conducive for batting after the morning session, on Day 1 of the first Test against India.
'It is a big achievement for me to get 150 wickets in Tests'
He might have been under the
IN PHOTOS: India vs New Zealand, Auckland Test (Day 1)
Images from Day 1 of the first Test between India and New Zealand, at Auckland, on Thursday.
'To take KP out of England team equation is failure of management'
Kevin Pietersen is one of world cricket's heroes and his sacking by England represents a failure by the team's leadership rather than the player, according to former International Cricket Council president Ehsan Mani.
'Why not tell us why Kevin Pietersen was axed'
Here are some reactions, to the news of Kevin Pietersen's sacking, from around the world of cricket.
February 05, 2014'I'm really looking forward to playing this season's IPL'
Having missed the previous edition
After England snub, Pietersen high on Kings XI Punjab radar
'Pietersen's retirement changes the dynamics of the auction. Now he will be available for full season.'
Sakshi Dhoni and friends go skydiving in New Zealand
Nzone Skydive, an adventure sport program from Queenstown, New Zealand, played host to the WAGS of India's cricketers.
'No surprise that conditions should suit us better than India'
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum sounded upbeat about an unchanged team - from the side that beat the West Indies recently - for the first Test of the two-match series against India starting in Auckland on Thursday.
Testing time as India look to get dismal New Zealand tour on track
The Indian cricket team hasn't won an away Test since 2011. It will require a huge effort to reverse the trend. Will skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni bring the team's faltering tour of New Zealand back on track?
Sachin Tendulkar is ideal role model: Dhoni
Indian skipper MS Dhoni paid rich tribute to retired batting legend Sachin Tendulkar, who was conferred the Bharat Ratna, saying it is an honour well deserved for the 'ideal role model'.
Pietersen pays the price... for England's failure!
'To make Kevin Pietersen the scapegoat is an easy way out for the ECB. It is about not accepting collective failure and brushing the reality under the carpet. It also is about taking your best player for granted. It is not that the ECB bosses do not recognise Pietersen's rare talent,' says . 'It is just that they cannot accept that such genius is accompanied by a temperament that needs to be dealt with delicately.'
Srinivasan on ICC revamp: Strong, commercial India good for world cricket
A strong India would be good for world cricket, asserted BCCI President N Srinivasan as he defended the proposed structural revamp of the ICC under which the Indian Board would get a substantial control of the world body's functioning.
'Only runs and wickets will get me into the Indian team'
'I was disappointed not to get a game in Zimbabwe. Anybody in the same situation would be... Having said that, I was never disheartened. It keeps me motivated to work harder and overcome whatever weaknesses I have in my game and get into the Indian team,' Jammu and Kashmir Captain Parvez Rasool tells Rediff.com's Manu Shankar.
The highs and lows of Kevin Pietersen
England batsman Kevin Pietersen was dropped from the One-day squad to tour West Indies on Tuesday. This decision brought an abrupt end to the South African-born cricketer's career. Here is a look back at the highlights that marked his controversial career.
Crowe on Kohli: He is next 'chosen one'
Former New Zealand captain Martin Crowe on Tuesday paid a big compliment to star batsman Virat Kohli, terming him a combination of India's premier batting trio of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Virender Sehwag.
February 04, 2014Need to put pressure on Indian batsmen in Tests, says NZ pacer Boult
New Zealand pacer Trent Boult sought to play mind games ahead of the first Test against India, saying the visiting batsmen are too attacking and that sustained pressure can get them to commit errors.
Can India maintain their stay in the second spot in Tests?
India will retain their number two position in the ICC Test Team Rankings if they win or draw the upcoming two-match series against New Zealand, starting in Auckland on Thursday.
Bharat Ratna Tendulkar wants to 'give Indians reasons to smile'
Legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar said he will "continue to bat for India" in all spheres of life in his endeavour to bring smile on the faces of the common people.
Williamson is MVP of India-NZ ODIs; Shami is top Indian
Did India give up too easily? Are our bowlers really so bad? Were the players afraid of getting injured before the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League later this year?
February 03, 2014I feel I could do better than what I did in New Zealand: Aaron
In an exclusive interview with Harish Kotian, speedster Varun Aaron expresses his relief at making a successful comeback from injury and promises that his pace will never drop.
ICC Twenty20 rankings: Kohli is best-placed Indian at fourth
Virat Kohli slipped a rung but was
'We've to understand that we'll be playing away for a while now'
Rohit Sharma has said that the Indian team got "what they wanted" before going into the first Test against New Zealand at the Eden Park in Auckland, starting February 6.
Who will succeed Andy Flower as England coach?
A host of names have been thrown up in the wake of Andy Flower's decision to stand down as England's team director following the disastrous Ashes campaign in Australia, which they lost 5-0. Rediff.com takes a look at the men who could possibly take over the team.
February 02, 2014Kiwis planning to 'bounce' India out with 'short-pitched barrage' in Tests too
New Zealand is reportedly planning to bounce India out in the upcoming two-Test series with another short-pitched barrage similar to the one responsible for their 4-0 ODI series romp.
Thinking about selection puts a lot of pressure: Ojha
Pragyan Ojha has not yet given up. He might have fallen in the pecking order behind Ravindra Jadeja as the third specialist spinner with remote chances of playing a Test series overseas but the Odisha-born Hyderbad left-arm spinner is not ready to throw in the towel yet.
I was surprised that Dhoni didn't give Mishra a game: Gavaskar
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar said the current Indian team members should not take their places for granted for next year's World Cup, saying the debacle against New Zealand has left the door open for veterans and talented youngsters to force their way into the squad.
February 01, 2014ICC ODI rankings: Virat Kohli inches closer to top spot
Virat Kohli's individual brilliance
Team India look to make a fresh start ahead of Test series
Hammered in the ODIs, the Indian cricket team would look to make a fresh start in its so far disappointing tour of New Zealand when it takes on the hosts in a two-day practice game in Whangerei on Sunday to build up for the two-match Test series.
'Even in our wildest dreams we didn't think we could win 4-0'
New Zealand coach Mike Hesson
'The ICC should now be re-named IAWS (I Agree With Srini)'
Cricket Australia Chairman Wally
Team India's report card: Dhoni, Kohli impress in depressing series
India were consigned to their second straight overseas series defeat after being thrashed by 87 runs in the fifth One-Day International On Friday. The defeat in Wellington completed a 4-0 series whitewash by the Kiwis. A look at how India's players fared.
'New Zealand blew the wobbling world champions off the park'
Describing India as the "wobbling
January 31, 2014'At the end of the day you can't really measure disappointment'
With Team India overwhelmingly beaten
'We didn't allow Team India to play to potential'
Delighted after drubbing India 4-0 in the just-concluded ODI series, New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum has called it a ground-breaking triumph for his side and the most satisfying of his career so far.
'It will be a bigger test of character for India in Tests'
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, visibly dejected after his side was crushed 0-4 in the ODI series against New Zealand, said his team failed to adapt and improvise quickly enough against a team that was consistency personified, adding he is looking forward to the Test series.
PHOTOS: New Zealand complete 4-0 series sweep over India
Images from the fifth and final one-dayer between New Zealand and India at the Westpac stadium in Wellington on Friday.
January 30, 2014Mani moots seven members in ICC ExCo to cut 'Big 3' veto power
Welcoming ICC's move to defer a decision on its governance and financial revamp plan, former president Ehsan Mani has insisted on increasing the number of Executive committee members from five to seven so that the 'the Big 3' do not have a veto on any matter.
Preview: Kiwis eyeing 4-0 whitewash of India
New Zealand all-rounder Nathan McCullum said his team will aim for a 4-0 result in the ongoing ODI series by going full throttle in the inconsequential fifth and final match in Wellington on Friday.
Will India score face-saving win in fifth New Zealand ODI?
With the series already lost, India will look to end the One-Day series against New Zealand on a positive note by winning the fifth and final match in Wellington on Friday.
No major problem with our batting and bowling: Jadeja
Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja is optimistic of India's chances in the fifth and final One-dayer against New Zealand in Wellington on Friday.
January 29, 2014Did Dhoni's bizzare selections cost India in New Zealand?
This series was billed as preparation for the 2015 World Cup to be hosted jointly by Australia and New Zealand, but the embarrassing loss has raised question marks over India's title defence.
IPL auction: Sehwag, Yuvraj's base price at Rs 2 crore, Pujara at 1.5 cr
Discarded veterans Virender Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh have kept their base price in the highest bracket of Rs 2 crore, while Zaheer Khan and Cheteshwar Pujara's base price start with 1.5 crore for the upcoming players auction of the seventh edition of Indian Premier League.
When the 'little guys of world cricket' dethroned Team India
Describing New Zealand's ODI series win over India as a triumph of the "little guys of world cricket", the Kiwi media said the victory proves the relevance of underdogs at a time when superpowers are trying to seize control of the game.
Sunil Gavaskar: Opening with Kohli was a little strange
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has lashed out at the indifferent show by the Indian bowlers in the ongoing ODI series against New Zealand which the visitors have already lost after the defeat in the fourth one-dayer in Hamilton on Tuesday.
January 28, 2014'Start using your brains,' angry Dhoni tells his bowlers
The India captain said his bowlers consistently bowled short and wide right through the series against New Zealand and gave away too many runs.
Dhoni slams players after loss to New Zealand in fourth ODI
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said it was the 'same mistake'" of losing wickets at crucial intervals which cost them the fourth One-dayer and handed an unassailable 3-0 lead to New Zealand in the five-game ODI series in Hamilton.
The world versus the BCCI: Who will win?
The BCCI, which provides close to 80 percent of the ICC's revenues, is adamant that a revamp of world cricket must go through, failing which it will pull out of ICC events.
Key players to watch in Ranji Trophy final
The Ranji Trophy final between Karnataka and Maharashtra gets underway on Wednesday. While Maharashtra's chances rest heavily on their batting, Karnataka will look to their bowlers to deliver the goods. looks at the key players in the contest.
'Dhawan's technical flaws affecting India's opening balance'
'Shikhar does not have the proper technique to play the short ball. Opening will be major concern for India in next year's World Cup,' says former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin.
What the former cricketers are saying about 'big three' ICC revamp
One of the South Africa's most iconic cricketers, Jonty Rhodes, has said that Cricket South Africa should not be too fearful yet that world cricket power will suddenly become lopsidedly placed into the hands of a 'big three'-India, England and Australia.
PHOTOS: New Zealand thrash India in Hamilton, seal series win
Images from the fourth one-dayer between New Zealand and India at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Tuesday.
January 27, 2014India eyes more revenue; Big 3 set to take over ICC at board meeting
It will be a 'three versus seven' fight at the
I am not listening to what people are saying about me: Ashwin
His bowling might be going through a lean
Ronchi reckons New Zealand can seal series in 4th ODI
Unperturbed by India's fight back in the thrilling tied third ODI, New Zealand wicket-keeper Luke Ronchi said with a comfortable 2-0 lead, the hosts are well on course to win the five-match ODI series.
One-day series, No.1 ranking at stake for Team India in Hamilton
Having tied the third game in Auckland, Team India will look to build on their new-found momentum and aim for a first win
Rameez, Shoaib add spice to controversial ICC working proposal
Former Pakistan captain Rameez Raja has advised the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to accept the working proposal on restructuring of world cricket by India, Australia and England at the ICC meeting in Dubai.
January 26, 2014PHOTOS: Australia hold nerves to beat England by five runs
Photos of the fifth One Day International between Australia and England being played at Adelaide Oval.
We don't give instructions on pitches: NZ coach
New Zealand coach Mike Hesson's preference for green wickets for the two-match Test series against India beginning February 6 was apparent though he said the home team management did not give any instructions to prepare fast bowler-friendly pitches.
January 25, 2014Hope Jadeja develops further as a batsman: Dhoni
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels that Ravindra Jadeja's 45-ball unbeaten 66 in the tied one-dayer against New Zealand will help the left-hander to develop into a more mature batsman.
Dhoni happy despite tied game in Auckland
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni rued that his side did not grab the chances that came their way in the tied third cricket one-dayer against New Zealand but said he was happy that the visitors can at least draw the five-match series.
PHOTOS: Nail-biting tie in Auckland keeps India's hopes alive
Images from the third ODI between India and New Zealand at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday.
January 24, 2014PHOTOS: After eight straight defeats, England beat Australia
Photos of the fourth One-day International between England and Australia.
Prasanna slams 'negative' Ashwin, says Harbhajan better option in ODIs
Former Test spinner Erapalli Prasanna is highly critical of Ravichandran Ashwin's performance for India while playing abroad, saying the Tamil Nadu tweaker "lacks deception" in his bowling.
Important we do not get too far ahead of ourselves: Southee
New Zealand's bowling spearhead Tim Southee warned India of short bowling in the third One Dayer, given that the boundaries at the Eden Park, Auckland are short and the pitch expected to be quick.
It's do or die for Team India against New Zealand in Auckland!
Having suffered back-to-back defeats, World champions India are desperate to bounce back with a victory in the must-win third One-Day International against New Zealand, in Auckland, on Saturday.
Can India win three matches in row? Bhuvaneshwar thinks so
India medium pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar said that his team was focussed and confident of winning their must-win match against New Zealand in Auckland on Friday.
Raina needs to work on his shot selection, says Dhoni
With the pressure mounting to win the third ODI, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni asked experienced Suresh Raina to step up and perform.
January 23, 2014'Fly out Gambhir, Pujara to New Zealand immediately'
Former cricketers Chetan Chauhan and Maninder Singh tell it's time for India to look beyond the struggling Ishant Sharma, and that Gautam Gambhir and Cheteshewar Pujara are best equipped for the conditions in New Zealand.
'Dhoni will have to be flexible if he wants the best results'
Former captain Sunil Gavaskar has advised India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni to be more flexible while deciding the playing eleven.
'There have been a few things that have not gone India's way'
Mahendra Singh Dhoni has said that India will have to make a few
Why do Ishant, Rohit still have Dhoni's backing?
India's bowlers have conceded 300-plus totals in seven of India's last 14 ODIs, out of which three were in excess of 350, points out , as the World Champions lose their No 1 ODI ranking.
Stats: Dhoni's unique milestone and Southee's century
Statistical highlights of the
'If you remove either Kohli or Dhoni, it nullifies India's chase'
Brendon McCullum, the New Zealand captain, has said the wickets of Virat Kohli and Dhoni proved
Should India rest Ashwin, Ishant for the Auckland ODI? Tell us!
India lost the No 1 ODI ranking after two straight defeats to New Zealand. Tell us what India must do to get back to winning way.
January 22, 2014'We delivered under pressure against a very good Indian line-up'
New Zealand skipper Brendon
PHOTOS: India lose to Kiwis despite Dhoni, Kohli fireworks
Images from Wednesday's 2md ODI between India and New Zealand at Hamilton.
'When the New Zealand quicks bowled the slower ones, it was hard'
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the Indian captain, has asked his openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma to
January 21, 2014'As a leader, Dhoni's not accessible to his teammates'
Former India cricketer Bishen
Hamilton wicket more to India's liking: Taylor
New Zealand have started the series well, by winning the opening One-Day International, but their star batsman Ross Taylor knows that India can bounce back in the second game in Hamilton on Wednesday as conditions are more likely to favour the visitors.
Onus on India's batsmen in Hamilton ODI
Having lost the first match on Sunday, India will look to go level when they face New Zealand in the second One-Day International in Hamilton on Wednesday.
Kohli claims he has mellowed down, will let bat do the talking
Often criticised for letting his emotions get the better of him on the field, Indian batsman Virat Kohli conceded that he made a few mistakes early on in his career but has now realised that "use of words" is not necessary in a face-off.
'Indians are good players but NZ won't back away from a fight'
Mitchell McClenaghan has said New Zealand will look to play attacking
PHOTOS: WAGs scorch red carpet at Allan Border Medal awards night
More than the players, it was the wives and girlfriends who stole the limelight as Australia honoured its cricketers at Monday night's annual awards, held for the first time in Sydney.
January 20, 2014PHOTOS: Johnson edges Clarke to win Allan Border Medal
Australia's Ashes hero Mitchell Johnson denied Michael Clarke a hat-trick when the paceman edged his skipper in a tight vote to pick up a maiden Allan Border medal on Monday.
January 19, 2014Stats: Kohli's century goes in vain for the first time
Statistical highlights of the first cricket one-dayer between India and New Zealand in Napier.
'Losing three quick wickets in the middle was the turning point'
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni blamed his team's failure to build partnerships for the defeat against New Zealand in the first One-dayer and asked his batsmen to step-up with more consistent performances.
January 18, 2014Can India thwart New Zealand's pace challenge in Napier?
India will look to add some valuable experience and confidence when they clash with New Zealand in a five-match ODI series, beginning in Napier on Sunday.
McCullum promises pace fever to make life tough for India
India will have to contend with some hostile and aggressive fast bowling in the first One-dayer,
We've done away with experimentation after the Chappell era: Dhoni
Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has ruled out experimenting too much with the team combination in the series against New Zealand.
Bond urges Black Caps to put India under pressure from first ODI
Ahead of their five-match one-day series against the visiting Indian team, New Zealand bowling coach Shane Bond has asked his boys to rise up to the challenge of facing the world's number one ODI team and put them under pressure by winning the first game on Sunday.
January 17, 2014Team India's No. 1 ranking at stake in New Zealand ODIs
India must win the upcoming five-match One-day series against New Zealand to retain their number one status in the ICC team rankings.
The world's greatest spinners have advice for Ashwin
Erapalli Prasanna and Bishan Singh Bedi, arguably the greatest off-spinner and left-arm spinner in cricket history, tell Rediff.com's why R Ashwin does not do well away from home.
Harris snubs IPL auction to focus on extending 'late-blooming' Oz Test career
Veteran Australian fast bowler Ryan Harris has reportedly opted to skip the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction in order to have knee surgery and extend his late-blooming Test career as far as he can.
New Zealand must prepare green pitches for India series: Martin Crowe
Former New Zealand batsman Martin Crowe feels the Kiwis have a fair chance of winning the upcoming ODI and Test series if they prepare pitches that would assist seamers.
January 16, 2014New Zealand tour a little easier as compared to SA, says Pujara
India's batting sensation Cheteshwar Pujara says the upcoming Test series in New Zealand should be a little easier than the recent one against South Africa, where the team was beaten 1-0 in the two-match series.
'India's first win abroad marked the first instance we played as a team'
Legends Bapu Nadkarni, Chandu Borde E A S Prasanna look back on India's first Test win overseas.
January 14, 2014'I don't think Cook has it in him to be a good captain'
Former Australia captain Ian
January 13, 2014'Young India batsmen are a lot better than they used to be'
Fiery pace and bounce has always been India's bane on foreign soil but former New Zealand speedster Simon Doull says India's young brigade of batsmen is well equipped to face the Kiwi quicks on green tops.
'Team India will give New Zealand side the respect they deserve'
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the Indian captain, has said that the curtailed tour of New Zealand was an administrative decision.
India's young batsmen by far the best, says Chappell
I really like the look of Shikhar Dhawan. He's a talented, aggressive opener, says former Australia captain Ian Chappell.
January 12, 2014'NZ tour will help Team India in preparing for 2015 World Cup'
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni
January 11, 2014Kapil Dev conferred with BCCI 'Lifetime Achievement Award'
Former India captain Kapil Dev was honoured with the C K Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award by the Board of Control for Cricket in India at its seventh annual awards ceremony in Mumbai on Saturday.
I would like to improve my performances overseas, says Dhoni
India skipper MS Dhoni reckons he needs to improve his performances in away Test matches, reports .
Dhoni wants pacers to improve, spinners to have better control overseas
The India captain also advised his batsmen not to waste too much time working on their techniques when touring abroad.
January 10, 2014Vizag stadium set to be accorded Test status after BCCI inspection
The YS Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam is all set to be accorded Test status after an inspection by the BCCI committee on Thursday found it 'on par for the recommendation for Test Status for this venue'.
January 09, 2014Exclusive! Pakistan cricket, as never been revealed before!
'One of the boys who was caught in match-fixing comes from a village near Rawalpindi, where he lived in very basic conditions. Suddenly this boy becomes rich, he has two houses in Lahore, he is a glamour boy, he comes on television and the gap between rags to riches has been achieved. So he is a product of this environment; the environment of corruption!...I made sure Danish Kaneria stayed a Hindu. There was pressure from Inzamam; there is no doubt about it, but we are very proud of a Hindu playing for Pakistan!' Shaharyar Khan, former chairman of Pakistan's cricket board, in an exclusive and frank interview with Rediff.com's Manu Shankar.
Gavaskar makes Ranji debut... as commentator with son Rohan
After nearly two decades of commentating on international games Sunil Gavaskar finally got his first chance in India's premier domestic competition - Ranji Trophy cricket. But for all the cricketing fans in the country, the icing on the cake was to see the batting legend doing commentary with his son, during the Ranji Trophy quarter-final between Mumbai and Maharashtra at the Wankhede stadium on Wednesday.
IPL 7: RCB retain Kohli, Gayle, de Villiers; name Vettori as coach
Royal Challengers Bangalore have retained Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers for the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League. In a surprising development, it named New Zealand spinner Daniel Vettori as head coach, Trent Woodhill as batting and fielding coach and Allan Donald as bowling coach.
ICC ODI rankings: Team India's No.1 position at stake against NZ
India will have to beat New Zealand in the upcoming ODI series to retain their top spot in the ICC rankings.
January 08, 2014Gavaskar urges struggling Sehwag to revert to opening role
'The best move for him would be to go back to opening the batting. The new ball will come on to the bat; he can try and score off it.'
Saqlain reckons Ajmal needs break to regain top form
Former Pakistan Test spinner Saqlain Mushtaq has advised Saeed Ajmal to take a break from the sport in order to extend his career.
Here is what Flower, Pietersen have to say about 'rift' in squad
England coach Andy Flower and senior batsman Kevin Pietersen moved quickly on Wednesday to dampen media speculation of a rift in the dressing room in the wake of the 5-0 Ashes humiliation in Australia.
January 07, 2014'India will win the ODI and Test series in New Zealand'
Niranjan Shah, manager when India last toured New Zealand, tells Bikash Mohapatra M S Dhon's team has enough experience to emerge triumphant in both the Tests and ODIs again.
'I understand the pressure of captaincy and will go through it'
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, India's World Cup winning captain, has done a volte-face on his earlier statement.
'I wanted to play five games, be a part of it for the whole thing'
Australia fast bowler Ryan Harris needs surgery on his troublesome knee but the Ashes hero said he will delay the operation to be a part of the team's tour to South Africa next month.
'I am not saying that BCCI doesn't value Ranji Trophy but...'
Former India captain Rahul Dravid
Did dressing room trouble cause England's Ashes loss?
Dressing room disharmony was a major factor in England's 5-0 Ashes drubbing in Australia, according to former Test spin bowler Phil Tufnell.
With World Cup in sight, NZ retain squad for T20 vs Windies
New Zealand's planning for next year's World Cup further crystallised on Tuesday with the decision to maintain 12 of their One-Day side for their two Twenty20 matches against West Indies.
Kevin Pietersen rules out retirement, determined to win Ashes back
England batsman Kevin Pietersen has ruled out retirement in the wake of the 5-0 Ashes thrashing by Australia and wants to help regain the urn when they host the series in 2015.
PHOTOS: Australia celebrates Ashes triumph at Sydney Opera House
Australia's triumphant Ashes team was feted by thousands of fans and the country's Prime Minister at Sydney Opera House on Tuesday. Take a look how.
PHOTOS: David Warner sleeps with the Ashes urn
The hero of Australia's Ashes whitewash, David Warner, rubbed salt into the wounds of the England team with his picture sleeping with the urn.
January 06, 2014'Fitter' Pujara yearns to play for India in all formats
Having tasted instant success in Test cricket, India's latest batting sensation Cheteshwar Pujara tells Harish Kotian he's keen to break into the ODI team too.
Watson credits Lehmann for making team environment special
All-rounder Shane Watson has credited coach Darren Lehmann for bringing the fun factor back to the Australian dressing room and allowing the team to enjoy playing cricket once more in the 5-0 Ashes series thrashing of England.
Pujara moves into top-five in ICC Test rankings
India's batting sensation Cheteshwar Pujara climbed two places to the fifth spot, while Virat Kohli slipped a position to No 11 in the latest ICC Test rankings issued on Monday.
Australian stars and the WAGS celebrate Ashes triumph in style!
Australia's coach Darren Lehmann believes that a happy high-heeled WAG (wife and girlfriend) leads to a happy cricketer. Take a look at the Australian cricket team's WAGS.
End of an era as humiliated England ponder future
Just how an England team which arrived in Perth last October confident of winning a fourth straight Ashes series ended up capitulating 5-0 will be subject of much soul-searching over the next few months.
Legends? Great Australian team? Oz media hails complete Ashes win
Australia hailed the most complete Ashes triumph in nearly 137 years of cricketing rivalry with England on Monday, the media paying tribute to the 'unlikely heroes' who claimed a 5-0 series sweep.
'I don't think about the opposition, all are same'
He might have cemented his place in
Clarke is 2013's top Test batsman, Pujara India's No 1
Cheteshwar Pujara was India's most consistent batsmen in the Test version in 2013, while Virat Kohli continued his scoring spree in ODIs. A look at the top performers in Tests and ODIs in 2013.
Just to blame Viru for Delhi's failure is not right: Gambhir
Putting his weight behind the
'Captaincy a point of no return with the World Cup one year away'
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is not averse
January 05, 2014'Dinda should keep patience and concentrate on his performance'
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has advised temperamental Bengal pacer Ashoke Dinda to "concentrate" on doing well for the state team rather than grumble about not getting a national call-up.
'It's going to be a challenge for us to perform in South Africa'
Michael Clarke has said Australia, after securing a 5-0 Ashes whitewash over England, will take the greatest bowling attack in world cricket to South Africa next month in a bid to challenge the number one Test side.
'We haven't played very well and the buck stops with me'
Alastair Cook apologised to England fans for letting them down in the Ashes series and said he wanted to stay on as captain to help turn around the team's fortunes.
'Man of the Series, who would have thought? Except me and Mitch'
Australia captain Michael Clarke paid fulsome tribute to Mitchell Johnson for his part in the 5-0 Ashes sweep on Sunday, saying nobody could ever again doubt the paceman's character.
Have never played selfish cricket to make India comeback: Gambhir
Unfazed at being ignored for the upcoming tour of New Zealand, struggling opener Gautam Gambhir said he still has the hunger to perform and would fight his way back into the national team.
Ashes PHOTOS: Harris, Rogers star as Australia whitewash England
Photos from Day 3 of the fifth Ashes Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday.
January 04, 2014'The brutal truth is how England has played is not good enough'
England coach Andy Flower and captain Alastair Cook appear likely to retain their jobs despite the disastrous Ashes tour of Australia but batting coach Graham Gooch believes some sort of rebuilding process is inevitable.
Ashes PHOTOS: Another English collapse puts Australia in command
Images from the second day's play of the fifth Ashes Test between Australia and England at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Saturday.
January 03, 2014'Mitchell Johnson is one man who has disintegrated England'
Former England fast bowler Alex Tudor discusses the dismal showing of his countrymen in the ongoing Ashes, while being effusive in praise of India's young brigade.
Big Bash: Aus cricketer's 'Silken' catch creates Twitter 'meltdown'
A young domestic Australian cricketer, Jordan Silk, has reportedly become a social media sensation by taking an incredible catch, which has been described by West Indian legend Sir Vivian Richards as one of the greatest grabs of all-time.
IPL auction: Will Delhi retain Sehwag? Eyes on De Kock, Anderson
Virender Sehwag's string of poor scores in domestic cricket is likely to affect his chances of a lucrative deal in IPL 7. In fact, it is highly unlikely that he will be retained by his current franchise, Delhi Daredevils.
'I sort of took a back seat and just watched Brad go'
If Steve Smith was at all irritated by spending the press conference after hitting his third Test century on Friday talking almost exclusively about his Australian team mate Brad Haddin, he hid it very well.
Ashes PHOTOS: Smith, Haddin haunt England
Australia recovered on the back of a Steve Smith home-town century and more Brad Haddin batting heroics to put reeling England on the rack again in the final Sydney Ashes Test on Friday.
January 02, 2014We are not afraid of Yuvraj or Harbhajan, says J&K captain Rasool
He has led from the front when it mattered the most and Jammu and Kashmir skipper Perveez Rasool says his team's historic feat of reaching the quarter-finals of the Ranji Trophy was a "special one" and will motivate the players more.
'Proud' Cook willing to learn from mistakes
England skipper Alastair Cook admits to feeling less than 100 percent as he contemplates a possible 5-0 Ashes drubbing but he could look to the experience of his opposite number for an object lesson in how quickly fortunes can turn around.
January 01, 2014Take a look at 10 fastest centuries in ODIs
New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson scored the quickest One-day international century ever. Rediff.com presents a factbox on the 10 fastest centuries in One-day Internationals.
Ashes Preview: Clarke safe from boo boys as Australia eye sweep
It's a fair bet Michael Clarke won't be booed at the Sydney Cricket Ground this week when he sets out to become just the third Australia captain to achieve a 5-0 sweep over England in an Ashes series.
Are England batsmen trying to unsettle Australia's pace bowlers?
Mitchell Johnson believes England's batsmen repeatedly pulling away just before the ball is delivered during the Ashes series is a deliberate ruse to unsettle Australia's pace bowlers.
Gambhir should have gone to New Zealand as an opener: Chauhan
Throwing his weight behind out-of-favour India opener Gautam Gambhir, Chetan Chauhan on Tuesday said that the Delhi skipper deserved to be on the flight to New Zealand.
I need to go out there and play positive cricket: Stuart Binny
Stuart Binny tells bowling is going to be crucial for him on the upcoming tour of New Zealand.
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