August 31, 2011Dhoni right in supporting rotation policy: Akram
Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram feels that India will miss the experience of Gautam Gambhir at the top of the order ahead of their five-match ODI series. He also backed captain's Mahendra Singh Dhoni's claim for a rotation policy in a bid to avert injuries to players.
Dhoni says players overworked
Hit hard by injuries on the disastrous tour of England, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni conceded that the players are overworked and called for a rotation policy to give them rest.
What was Tendulkar's Test tally on Dravid's debut?
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August 30, 2011India bank on young blood to come good in T20
India will try to put the humiliating whitewash in the Test series behind them when they take on England in the one-off Twenty20 cricket match in Manchester on Wednesday, hoping that their young batting brigade will be able to counter the seaming conditions.
Stokes plays down comparisons with Flintoff
New England talent Ben Stokes has rejected comparisons with legendary all-rounder Andrew Flintoff, saying he does not base himself on someone else.
England aim to clean sweep ODI series too: Bresnan
Paceman Tim Bresnan on Tuesday said England are looking to hit India hard in the upcoming One-day series as they aim to inflict another whitewash on the hapless World champions.
August 29, 2011A year on, spot-fixing scourge haunts Pak cricket
It was in August last year that the spot-fixing scandal rocked Pakistan cricket, when the national team was on tour in England. The scandal ended in big bans for three leading Test cricketers.
August 28, 2011'Indian players were not prepared for England'
Former skipper Kapil Dev has criticised the Indian players for surrendering their No. 1 world Test rankings to England, saying the visitors were just not prepared to deal with the English attack.
August 27, 2011'Learnt lesson of concentration from Dravid'
Ambitious Australian opener Shane Watson had spoken to his IPL teammate Rahul Dravid to improve concentration level while batting so that he could convert good starts into big scores just like the Indian Test star.
August 26, 2011Tough to play in English conditions: Brett Lee
'English conditions are not that easy to play in. We found that out in 2005,' said the Aussie pacer, on the sidelines of a promotional event in Mumbai on Friday.
Tendulkar among four for ICC Cricketer of the Year
England batsmen Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott, Hashim Amla of South Africa and last year's ICC Cricketer of the Year Sachin Tendulkar have all been short-listed for the top honour at the LG ICC Awards 2011. Check out the nominees.
Images: Virat, Rohit shine in win over Sussex
Images from Thursday's limited-overs match between the Indians and Sussex, at the County ground.
Raja Sen: Why is Sachin stammering?
The one and only Sachin Tendulkar has been motoring along with phenomenal precision for the last few years, and the mammoth occasion of the ton of tons, the hundredth of hundreds, ought to be a moment of immensely heady celebration, a hitherto unimagined batting record that should galvanise the nation and bathe it in bubbly as we toast and thank our stars, says
August 25, 2011Ponting urged Dravid not to retire
Former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting claims that he persuaded Rahul Dravid against retiring when he was written off after a string of low scores last year and the in-form Indian batsman has reciprocated the support by inspiring him during his lean patch.
Broad credits short county spell for turnaround
England paceman Stuart Board has credited a short stint with Nottinghamshire and a pep talk with county coaches for the amazing resurrection of his career as he emerged Man-of-the-series in India's 4-0 whitewash after struggling against Sri Lanka a few weeks back.
Which nation began and ended a WC with a boundary?
If you have a question relating to cricket and did not know who to ask, bounce them off to Rajneesh Gupta. Each week he will pick questions readers send him and provide answers.
Dravid unplugged: 'India must prioritise Tests'
In this second part of the interview with AYAZ MEMON, taken in England, Rahul Dravid talks about captaincy and what makes him the person he is.
August 24, 2011Test loss won't hurt Team India's brand equity
The 4-0 thrashing by England in the just-concluded Test series will not have much impact on the brand value of Indian cricket, although in the short-term, viewership may take a temporary hit, according to advertising experts and marketers.
Silly Point: Should Dhoni take a break?
Manu Shankar and Abhishek Mande return return with Silly Point, the Dhoni Edition and wonder if it's time for the 'Captain Cool' to take a break from international cricket.
Hair questions Bhajji's action in new book
Former Australian umpire Darrell Hair, who triggered a storm by accusing Sri Lankan off-spinner
It can only get better for Duncan Fletcher
Despite having a bad start as Team India coach, the experienced Duncan Fletcher will bounce back and put India on the winning track soon enough, writes Bikash Mohapatra.
'National team must be given importance, not IPL'
For any Indian, who understands the game and cares for the team, it will take a long time getting over the team's debacle in England, says
Dravid unplugged: 'I'm enjoying Test cricket'
Lack of preparation of the Indian team has been touted as the biggest issue for India's debacle on this tour. You are the exception in this, having enjoyed a hugely successful series with three centuries. People want to know how you prepare for such big tours? Especially, since you are in and out of the side, like not playing the World Cup for instance...
The harsh reality of India's debacle in England
What went wrong for Team India in England?
examines what contributed to the 4-0 series whitewash.
August 23, 2011'It will be a challenge to perform in England'
Mumbai batsman Ajinkya Rahane tells Harish Kotian the secret of his success at the domestic level, and why he was not surprised at being called up for the England ODI series.
We are keen to end the summer unbeaten: Strauss
England would be keen to end the summer on a high note by remaining unbeaten in the upcoming ODI series against world champions India, said Test skipper Andrew Strauss after handing out the visitors a 4-0 whitewash.
'Skipping the IPL benefited the England team'
Andrew Strauss reignited the Indian Premier League loyalty debate by saying skipping the lucrative T20 tournament helped his side in the Test series against India.
Injuries apart, batting failure did India in
analyses the fifth Test at The Oval that saw England thump India to record a series whitewash -- their first over India in 37 years.
August 22, 2011We were motivated to make it 4-0: Strauss
In the end Andrew Strauss was a relieved man.
I don't believe in surrendering my job: Dhoni
For someone not used to losing a series, MS Dhoni's first series loss as the Indian captain has been an abject surrender.
England take Test mace after 4-0 rout
England captain Andrew Strauss and his team were presented the ICC Test Mace by Haroon Lorgat, the ICC Chief Executive and Rod Riley, Executive Senior Vice-President - Reliance Communications, after England completed a 4-0 series victory over India in the fourth Test at The Oval and confirmed their position as the number-one team in the Reliance ICC Test Rankings.
Images: England humble India at the Oval
Images from the Day 5 play of the fourth Test at the Oval.
'England lucky that Indian batsmen out of form'
England have put up exceptionally consistent performances to outwit India in the ongoing Test series but spinner Graeme Swann feels the hosts have also been
Unfit Sehwag likely to miss ODIs against Eng
Apparently, the Indian opener's recently-operated right shoulder is far from healed but that is not the only physical issue plaguing him on this tour. He is also said to have hearing problems with his left ear for which he is taking medicines and steroids.
Meet India's fastest bowler, Varun Aaron
The 21-year-old Jharkhand speedster revealed there's lot more to his bowling than just pace!
Rahul Dravid: Standing tall amid the ruins
Ace batsman Rahul Dravid's aggregate of 461 runs in eight innings (@ 76.83) -- a quarter of the total runs scored by the India -- may be good for personal gratification, but it was not good enough to save Team India from a humiliating series defeat in England.
August 21, 2011Images: England close in on a series whitewash
Images from the fourth's day play of the fourth Test between India and England at the Oval.
England take mathematician's help to quiet Sachin
A mathametician's plan and modern technology have helped England keep Sachin Tendulkar's bat quiet in the ongoing Test series against the Indian cricket team, a reports claimed.
'We preferred RP over Munaf because of his swing'
India's bowling coach Eric Simmons defended RP Singh's inclusion in the playing eleven for the ongoing fourth and final Test against England, saying he was preferred over Munaf Patel because of his ability to swin the bowl.
Images: England dominate as India crumble again
Images from Day 3 of the fourth Test at the Oval.
August 20, 2011'Bit sad that India have lost No 1 rankings'
Former India coach Gary Kirsten is a bit surprised and sad after watching India's abject capitulation in England that led to the team surrendering the No 1 rank in Tests to Andrew Strauss's men.
SA series in 2008 was tougher, says Sreesanth
India pacer S Sreesanth says 'India is getting a taste of its own medicine' in the ongoing series with England.
August 19, 2011Images: Bell, Pietersen slay Indian attack
Images from the second day's play in the fourth Test between India and England, at The Oval.
'Unfit India players popping out of their shirts'
Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff has questioned the fitness level of Indians and also criticised the visiting team for their "shabby" warm-up routines.
Our bowlers have kept India under pressure: Gooch
England batting coach Graham Gooch has credited his bowlers for keeping a "tried and trusted" Indian batting line-up under pressure throughout the four-match Test series, which the hosts have already won 3-0 to climb to the summit of world cricket.
Wasn't surprised at call-up: R P Singh
His last minute inclusion in the playing XI in place of injured Praveen Kumar has raised quite a few eyebrows, but India pacer R P Singh has insisted that he was not at all surprised at his selection for the ongoing fourth and final cricket Test against England in London.
August 18, 2011Latest Images from The Oval Test, Day 1
Images from the opening day's play in the fourth Test between India and England, at The Oval.
Can India salvage lost pride at The Oval?
India goes into the fourth Test against England on a track that is batsman-friendly, swing-less, as compared to other English grounds, and will assist spinners as the game progresses, says
Rankings add edge to England-India Test series
England head to the Oval for the final Test of the summer against India on Thursday as the world's top side courtesy of a rankings system which is now widely accepted but not generally understood.
August 17, 2011No need to press the panic button, says Dhoni
India's captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni says putting runs on the board is the only way to put pressure on the English batsmen in the fourth Test.
England optimistic about Anderson's fitness
James Anderson, England's bowling spearhead and one of their key performers with 18 wickets (@ 24.27) from the three Tests played in the series, is likely to be fit for the final Test at The Oval, beginning Thursday.
I got chewed up and spat out: Matt Prior
England wicketkeeper Matt Prior on Wednesday revealed that he had a "ridiculously rough time" when he first came into the team and said thoughts of quitting keeping crossed his mind as he was "chewed up and spat out".
England to 'reset goals' after claiming No 1 spot
England have already set new goals after reaching the coveted number one spot in the world rankings at the expense of India who face an unenviable task in the fourth Test starting on Thursday.
For Alastair Cook, it was worth the wait
Alastair Cook scored a hundred on debut against India in 2006; five years later, life has come a full circle for the England opener who scored a match-winning 294.
traces his career and says it was worth the wait.
History was made at The Oval, 40 years back
Ajit Wadekar, who led India to its first win on English soil, tells
that it was team effort that gave them that historic win at The Oval in 1971.
Kapil flays seniors for not motivating youngsters
Former India captain Kapil Dev says the difference between England and India in the ongoing Test series is the all-rounders former possess.
August 16, 2011'Celebrations can wait; important we finish well'
'We have had some exceptional cricket in the last 18 to 24 months and it would be a shame to ruin it. So we look to make it a good five days,' said England spin ace Graeme Swann, ahead of the final Test against India.
Ask Rajneesh: Is this India's 'oldest' Test squad?
Rediff's resident expert Rajneesh Gupta replies to questions from readers.
This series has damaged Test cricket: Boycott
Former captain Geoffrey Boycott feels England's hammering of a financially powerful Indian team might leave spectators disillusioned and deepen the problems of Test cricket.
Spotted: Zaheer and Yuvraj in London
Reader Sudha Thakur sent us these pictures from London.
Proud Botham says he can now walk with his chin up
Former captain Ian Botham on Tuesday revealed he was always at the receiving end of banter from fellow commentators because of England's poor performance but with the hosts becoming the number one Test team, he can now feel very proud of being English.
Refreshed Ponting not ready to retire yet
Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting has revealed that he plans to continue playing at the international level, and banished thoughts or recommendations of early retirement from the game.
Complacency the cause of Team India's downfall
To save the fourth Test, and consequently a series whitewash, Team India doesn't need change, but commitment, says
'One series loss doesn't take away credit from us'
The much-anticipated series against England turned into a damp squib in a matter of weeks, India losing three Tests in succession, thereby conceding the No.1 ranking as well.
August 15, 2011'Need more warm-up games for tour of Australia'
Former India captain and current Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) president Anil Kumble has suggested BCCI to find ways to include two or three warm-up first class games in the run-up to the opening Test against hosts Australia when India visit Down Under later this year.
'India will leave England with bruised ego'
Former England captain Alec Stewart said that India will leave the shores of his country with bruised ego and reputation after their stunning defeats in the ongoing Test series.
We will be striving to win the series 4-0: Broad
Having replaced India as the No 1 Test side in the world after going up 3-0 in the four-match rubber, England pacer Stuart Broad said his team will strive to inflict complete whitewash on MS Dhoni's men.
'England can surpass Aussie team of late 90s'
Spin legend Shane Warne feels that the world number one side England have the capability to surpass the outstanding bunch of Australian players of the late 1990s and early 2000s and dominate the world.
August 14, 2011'It's India's worst performance since 2003'
Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram feels that the ongoing series against England is India's worst performance in Test cricket ever since he quit the game in 2003.
Batting hasn't clicked in the series: Srikkanth
Under attack for choosing unfit players for the England Test series, selection panel chairman Krishnamachari Srikkanth said that batting failure and not fatigue due to excessive cricket was the main reason behind the debacle.
Mohammad Yousuf retires from all forms of cricket
Former Pakistan captain Mohammad Yousuf has decided to retire from all forms of competitive cricket after being dropped from the list of centrally contracted players by the PCB.
The turning points of Edgbaston Test
Where did India go wrong in the third Test? How did England win in four days? Bikash Mohapatra, who was at Edgbaston, identifies the turning points in the match.
August 13, 2011'We have worked very hard for the No 1 spot'
Coming into the series, Andrew Strauss' men needed to beat India by a margin of two or more Tests to usurp the No.1 ICC Test ranking from India.
We were outplayed by a better team: Dhoni
For a captain on a roll, it is nothing sort of an embarrassment.
Former cricketers slam India's humiliating loss
India's humiliating series loss and surrendering of world number one Test spot to England came under severe criticism from former cricketers who said the country needs introspection on how to avert the "demise of the side".
Images: Ruthless England crush spineless India
Images from Day 4 play of the third Test at Egdbaston.
'Not seen Indian team like this in last 10 years'
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly feels that the Indian cricket team has sunk to a new low in the Test series against England and said he has not seen the side like this in the last 10 years.
Worrying times for skipper Dhoni: Lloyd
Former England cricketer David Lloyd has said that Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni seems to have run out of luck and these are testing times for the World Cup-winning skipper.
'I'm thrilled that I actually scored 294'
More than the disappointment of missing out on a triple century by just six runs, England opener Alastair Cook is 'thrilled' at scoring 294 against India in the third Test at Edgbaston on Friday.
August 12, 2011India a shadow of an average team: Boycott
Former England captain Geoffrey Boycott has questioned India's plummeting No 1 Test status, calling Mahendra Singh Dhoni's squad a "shadow of an average team".
Images: Cook, Morgan feast on weary India
Images from Day 3 of the third Test between India and England at Edgbaston.
Sad to see Team India's fall from grace: Blofeld
Well known cricket commentator and sports writer Henry Blofeld has expressed his dismay and sadness over the fall from grace of Indian cricket.
Bopara should stop worshipping Sachin: Vaughan
Former England skipper Michael Vaughan feels Ravi Bopara should stop idolising Indian batting icon Sachin Tendulkar as Test cricketers should not "worship" opponents while their teams battle it out on the field.
Praveen admits he loves bowling in long spells
Indian bowlers had forlorn looks on their faces as England's batsmen milked them to take a substantial first-innings lead, but seamer Praveen Kumar was quite content after netting two wickets on the second day of the third cricket Test at Edgbaston.
Cook credits Gooch for 'daddy hundreds'
Alastair Cook moved within one Test century of his mentor Graham Gooch on Thursday and said it was the former captain who has made England's batsmen greedy for 'daddy hundreds'.
Gambhir dissects the Indian catastrophe in England
England's total dominance on Day Two of the third Test left India with little chance of even salvaging a draw at Edgbaston and Gambhir dwells on the problem. Bikash Mohapatra reports from Edgbaston.
August 11, 2011Images: England tighten grip on third Test
Images from Day 2 in the third Test between India and England in Birmingham, on Thursday.
We enjoy each other's success: Bresnan
England pacer Tim Bresnan said the wicket at Edgbaston didn't help much but his team still managed to dismiss India for a modest 224 in the ongoing third Test due to the "hunt in the pack mentality" of its bowlers.
'Losing Tendulkar, Dravid put us on the backfoot'
India coach Duncan Fletcher says the toss played an important role and losing Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar before lunch put India on the backfoot. Bikash Mohapatra reports from Edgbaston.
August 10, 2011Zaheer nominated in 3 categories for ICC Awards
Ruled out of cricket for the next four months due to hamstring and ankle injuries, India's pace spearhead Zaheer Khan has something to cheer about as he has been nominated in as many as three categories for this year's LG ICC Awards to be held in London on September 12.
Silly Point: Where's Team India's Gen Next?
Manu Shankar and Abhishek Mande return with Silly Point, the Dhoni Edition and wonder if the juniors are ready to step into some big shoes.
Images: Pacers put England in command on Day 1
Images from Day 1 of the third Test between India and England at Edgbaston.
The cricket expert answers your queries
Rediff's resident expert Rajneesh Gupta replies to questions from readers.
Buoyant England aim to claim top ranking
A rampant England team brimming with confidence go into the third Test against India on Wednesday primed to claim the victory that would secure the world number one ranking from their opponents.
August 09, 2011Bresnan aims for perfect 10 at series end
England seamer Tim Bresnan feels lucky to be part of a winning side in all eight Tests he has played so far in his career and hopes to complete a record 10 out of 10 at the end of ongoing series against India.
India look like a team with no pride: Akram
Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram has suggested that Rudra Pratap Singh should be inducted into the playing XI ahead of Sreesanth along with Ishant Sharma and Praveen Kumar. He also stated that the Indian team has looked listless on the England tour thus far.
'Physio should have final say on player's fitness'
Former physio of the Indian cricket team, John Gloster feels that the BCCI should think of appointing at least three physios for the senior team so that the injury management issues are taken care of in a smooth manner.
Green top awaits India at Edgbaston
Having never won a Test at the venue and with a tinge of grass on the wicket, India could well be in for a big challenge. Bikash Mohapatra reports from Edgbaston.
Dhoni can fight back form blues: former players
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni may be showing the first signs of buckling under pressure but the wicketkeeper-batsman remains the best man for the job, according to former players.
August 08, 2011'I've only one Test to prove myself'
The opportunity to play Test cricket for England again may not have come the way he would have expected, but for Ravi Bopara it is an opportunity nonetheless.
Photos: Sehwag, Gambhir prepare for Edgbaston test
The Indian cricket squad had a rigorous training session at the Edgbaston cricket ground in Birmingham on Monday, with left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha turning up at the nets after joining the team as Harbhajan Singh's replacement.
England a confident unit under Flower: Tremlett
In an interview with
, England's Chris Tremlett admits his frustration on missing the action in the Trent Bridge Test because of injury and also throws light on how England have become one of the top sides in Test cricket.
'Resilience, hard work won us Trent Bridge Test'
England wicketkeeper Matt Prior has said that his side could have lost the second Test against India at Trent Bridge on the first day itself but an epic effort, built on resilience and hard work, saw them through to take an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the series.
'Zaheer's selection was a risk that did not work'
With Zaheer Khan out of the series, former India stumper Kiran More tells
, the Indian team has a tall task ahead.
August 07, 2011'Recalling Dravid is the right decision'
He may not have played a single ODI in the last two years but recalling Rahul Dravid for the upcoming one-day series against England is a step in the right direction, feel former chief selectors.
'Tendulkar will score his 100th ton in England'
Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram feels the fourth Test at The Oval will provide Sachin Tendulkar with an ideal opportunity to reach the milestone of scoring 100 international centuries, in the ongoing four-match series against England.
Rahul Dravid: Team India's firewall
If there is an Indian player who has made an impact in an otherwise vapid show in England thus far, it is Rahul Dravid.
August 06, 2011Dravid's inclusion indicates Indian team's crisis
Test specialist Rahul Dravid's surprise recall to India's One-day squad after a gap of almost two years, can be seen as an admission by the national selectors that the Indian team is in the midst of a crisis, the experts feel.
'Conditions kept in mind while selecting side'
Without taking Rahul Dravid's name, chairman of selectors Krishnamachari Srikkanth made it clear that ODI squad was selected keeping the English conditions in mind.
England capable of winning series 4-0: Botham
The arrival of Virender Sehwag might have triggered hopes of an Indian revival but former England captain Ian Botham says given that the dashing opener is short of match practice, even he can't stop the hosts from clinching the ongoing series 4-0.
I don't consider myself 'The Wall': Dravid
He is called 'The Wall' for his steady batting, but senior Indian batsman Rahul Dravid says he is indifferent to the tag that has stuck to him over the years.
Cook confident of return to form at Edgbaston
Struggling England opener Alastair Cook is confident of re-discovering his form and contributing to his team's performance in the last two Tests of the four-match series against India.
August 05, 2011'Sachin not driven by money, driven by batting'
A child-like enthusiasm for the game is the reason why Sachin Tendulkar has completed over two decades in international cricket despite the pounding that his body has taken, feels his long-time teammate Rahul Dravid.
Swann confident England can pull-off a whitewash
Declaring himself fit for the third cricket Test against India, England off-spinner Graeme Swann said given the momentum England have, his team is well on course to completing a 4-0 series whitewash against the world number one visiting side.
Team India's younger lot must show more zeal
With Zaheer Khan and Gautam Gambhir recovering, Team India's injury problems have been taken care of for the time being. But that, says
, is little to assuage the long term problems it faces.
Great things expected from Sehwag's return
Former India players are united in their belief that Virender Sehwag's return from injury will stabilise the team's fragile batting order and lift morale in the remaining two Tests against a dominant England.
August 04, 2011Ojha heads to England buoyed by shock recall
Left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha is keen to capitalise on a second bite of the cherry after landing a surprise call-up to an India squad he was originally omitted from for the ongoing tour of England.
'This England team better than 2005 Ashes heroes'
Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff has ranked the current English side under Andrew Strauss above the Michael Vaughan-led team that won the Ashes back, after 16 years, in 2005.
Can't write-off Team India just yet!
Despite trailing 0-2 and their world number one Test ranking at stake, India are quiet confident of turning the tables on a rampant England in the remaining two Tests of the four-match Test series.
I am best when I pitch the ball up: Broad
Now that he is back among the runs and wickets, Stuart Broad tells
he will not hesitate to 'rough up batsmen if the team wants him to'.
August 03, 2011Can't write off Dhoni after two losses: Akram
Facing criticism after India conceded a 0-2 lead to England in the ongoing Test series, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has found much-needed support in Pakistan pace legend Wasim Akram who feels he cannot be written off on the basis of a couple of defeats.
Bresnan hopes to keep place for Edgbaston Test
An injury replacement who almost scored a hundred and got his maiden five-wicket haul in the second Test win over India, England pacer Tim Bresnan says despite the superb performance he can only hope not to be left out of the third match.
'Bell-like Tendulkar run-out would've caused stir'
England coach Andy Flower has defended his team for asking India to reconsider its appeal in the bizarre run-out of Ian Bell in the second Test, insisting that it would have become an "international incident" had Sachin Tendulkar been dismissed in a similarly controversial manner.
BCCI refuses to react to criticism over schedule
The BCCI on Wednesday refused to react to widespread criticism about the lack of preparation by the Indian team in the run-up to the Test series against England, which the Indians are currently trailing 0-2.
England's on-field domination becoming predictable
Once a word used to deride England's cricketers, "predictable" is fast becoming a badge of honour that captain Andrew Strauss and his squad can wear with pride.
August 02, 2011'India played like Bangladesh at Trent Bridge'
India played like Bangaldesh in the just-concluded Trent Bridge Test, said former England captain Goeffrey Boycott, who feels the visitors reign at the top of the Test rankings are numbered.
Dhoni blames the loss on cramped schedule
Faced with the prospect of losing the number one tag after conceding a 0-2 lead to England in the ongoing Test series, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni blamed a cramped schedule for his team's poor performance so far.
What's common between Bell and Azhar?
Ian Bell is, in fact, one of the three players who have got 199 as their career-best score. The other two are India's Mohammad Azharuddin and Australia's Matthew Elliott.
Sehwag set to join Indian team for last two Tests
Trailing 0-2 in the four-match Test series against England, India on Tuesday received a much-needed boost with dashing opener Virender Sehwag all set to join the embattled team for the last two matches.
Bhajji, Fletcher face flak after Trent Bridge loss
India's morale-sapping second Test humiliation against England has triggered a desperate wave of soul-searching back home with some former players questioning spinner Harbhajan Singh's place in the side and the appointment of coach Duncan Fletcher.
Sachin's intervention led to Bell's reinstatement?
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is getting the applause but it was actually Sachin Tendulkar's intervention that led to Ian Bell's reinstatement after his bizarre run out in the just-concluded India-England second cricket Test at Trent Bridge, a media report has claimed.
What went wrong for Team India? Have your say
India were miserably thrashed by England by a whopping 319 runs in under four days during the 2nd Test at Trent Bridge on Monday. Can India comeback in the third Test at Edgbaston? Have your say.
The turning points at Trent Bridge
Where did India go wrong in the second Test? How did England win in four days?
, who was at Trent Bridge for the Test, identifies the turning points in the game.
I didn't have any tricks left, says dejected Dhoni
When a team is under pressure going into a match and the results are not on expected lines, it is difficult for a captain to come up with an explanation.
August 01, 2011Images: Clinical England thrash India by 319 runs
Images from Day 4 in the second Test between India and England, at Trent Bridge.
Silly Point: Was Dhoni right at Trent Bridge?
Manu Shankar and Abhishek Mande return with Silly Point, the Dhoni Edition.
'Bell clanger takes toll on Spirit of Cricket'
Ian Bell's controversial "non dismissal" during the second Test between England and India subverted the laws of the game and had nothing to do with the Spirit of Cricket, former England captain Michael Atherton said on Monday.
'Bell row affected India more than England'
Former England captain Michael Vaughan believes that Ian Bell knew he had "messed up" during his controversial run out in the second Test against India but gave the impression of not really knowing what all the fuss was about to get a reprieve from the visiting side.
Bell was out, but it didn't feel right: Dravid
Stating that the decision to allow Ian Bell to bat again after he was given out was in sync with the spirit of the game, Rahul Dravid explains India's stand on the controversial decision.
I was naive to assume the ball was dead: Bell
Ian Bell takes blame for run-out controversy admitting he was naive to assume the ball was dead.
ICC praises India over Bell run-out decision
The ICC on Sunday ruled that the run out decision of Ian Bell on the third day of the second cricket Test at Nottingham was correct and applauded the Indian team's fine gesture to recall the England batsman by withdrawing their appeal.
Images: Bell puts England in driver's seat
Images from Day 3 in the second Test between India and England, at Trent Bridge.
July 31, 2011For whom the 'Bell' tolled…
If there is an England -India match at Trent Bridge, there has to be some controversy or the other.
Gavaskar slams Vaughan on 'Vaseline' comment
Former Indian captains Sunil Gavaskar and Sourav Ganguly slammed Michael Vaughan for kicking up the 'Vaseline controversy' unnecessarily, terming the comments by the ex-England skipper as "ridiculous" and aimed at a psychological game against the visitors.
Laxman accused of applying vaseline on bat
It was jelly beans four years ago and it is Vaseline this time as a controversy erupted in the second India-England Test here when VVS Laxman was accused of using it on his bat to manipulate the Hot-Spot technology in the Decision Review System.
'Hat-trick won't matter much if England don't win'
Stuart Broad will celebrate his hat-trick, and career-best figures of six for 46 in India's first innings, only if England wins the second Test.
July 30, 2011Images: Broad hat-trick restricts India's lead
Images from Day 2 in the second Test between India and England, at Trent Bridge.
Attack is the best defence for Broad
England's saviour with the bat after a top-order collapse, pacer Stuart Broad says he managed his rescue act by counter-attacking the rampaging Indian bowlers on the opening day of the ongoing second Test in Nottingham.
Showman Sreesanth happy to have 'the last laugh'
India pacer S Sreesanth says the banter from the Trent Bridge crowd spurred him on to a productive opening day in the second day against England on Friday.
July 29, 2011Images: Indian pacers send England crashing
Images from Day 1 in the second Test between India and England, at Trent Bridge.
No repeat of silly jellybean affair, says Strauss
England captain Andrew Strauss has promised no repeat of the "silly" jelly-bean incident that occurred the last time his team met India in a Test match at Trent Bridge four years ago.
July 28, 2011'We are bracing for an Indian backlash'
With Team India's recent record of coming back strong after an opening defeat, England captain Andrew Strauss will not let his guard down in the second Test, beginning Friday.
What makes India comeback kings? Dhoni explains
More often than not, in recent times, MS Dhoni's men have successfully been able to put an opening Test defeat behind them and come back strong in the series.
Broad keen to extend good run to 2nd Test
Stuart Broad overcame frustrations by staying 'calm' during the Lord's Test and reaped rewards for patience by taking seven wickets and the young England fast bowler want to continue the good work in the second Test against India, starting in at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on Friday.
Lord's is where you must begin
Indian cricket fan Siddhanta Pinto had a longing to be at Lord's. After realising his dream in the first Test between India and England, he says the hallowed venue has a very friendly charm.
Tremlett likely to miss 2nd Test
England paceman Chris Tremlett is a doubtful starter for the second Test against India as he is yet to recover from a hamstring problem and stiff back, local media reported on Thursday.
To play Sachin, you have to be patient: Tremlett
England fast bowler Chris Tremlett tells Bikash Mohapatra he thrives on pressure, and a big crowd.
July 27, 2011Anderson returns to happy hunting ground
A look at the bowlers' honours board at Trent Bridge appears ominous for Team India, ahead of the second Test, beginning Friday.
Dravid's name on Lord's honours board
Rahul Dravid finally got his name on the honours board at Lord's after the first innings century against England.
'We don't have a depleted bowling attack'
The news on the Zaheer Khan front is not very good. The bowler did join the team's training session and among other things, completed a lap. However, his training ended sooner than it had started.
England now cricket kings of the world: Botham
Legendary all-rounder Ian Botham considers the current English team as "cricket kings of the world", and says he can foresee England displacing India from the number one spot during the four-Test series and ushering in a new era of dominance.
Drop Harbhajan, play Mishra: Akram
India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh on Wednesday came under severe criticism from Wasim Akram for his performance at Lord's with the former Pakistan captain calling for the inclusion of leg-spinner Amit Mishra in his place.
England are fired up, hungry to be No 1: Boycott
Former captain Geoffrey Boycott does not foresee world number one India bouncing back in the ongoing Test series against England and believes the hosts are well on their way to clinch the top spot in ICC Rankings.
Tendulkar's net practice with Panesar irks Flower
England cricket coach Andy Flower has asked Monty Panesar to stop giving net practice to Indian batting icon Sachin Tendulkar, saying it was "naive" on the part of the spinner to help a rival player.
Prior to amassing runs, Matt faced tough times
When India and England met in 2007, Matt Prior was in the news for all the wrong reasons. Now, says
, after a splendid showing in the Lord's Test, the stumper could leave a significant impact on the ongoing series.
Dhoni escapes slow over-rate ban
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni escaped a one-match ban after his team managed to comply with the required over-rate in the Lord's Test.
That Trent-setting win, and thereafter
Bikash Mohapatra looks back on India's victory at Trent Bridge, in 2007, which started a glorious run of results for the now world No 1 side.
July 26, 2011Indians drop in rankings after Lord's defeat
Indian batsmen, including Sachin Tendulkar, were pushed down the order in the latest ICC Test rankings following the 196-run bashing by England in the series opener at Lord's, on Monday.
Sachin won't feature on Lord's honour board
A hundred at Lord's must now remain an unfinished dream for the Indian legend.
KP and PK, adversaries and good friends
Bikash Mohapatra reports on an unusual friendship -- between the English star and the Indian newcomer.
'Does Team India value their No.1 status?'
In scathing criticism of India's performance in the opening Test, former English captain Nasser Hussain said Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men don't seem to value their number one status given how underprepared they looked in the match.
The turning points at Lord's
Bikash Mohapatra, who watched the Lord's Test, identifies the turning points in the game.
Perfect performance by the whole attack: Strauss
England skipper Andrew Strauss on Monday said that his bowlers' performance in the team's 196-run annihilation of India in the first Test here, was as perfect as it has been in recent years.
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'It was difficult to manoeuvre with three bowlers'
If the Indian cricket team loses, a multitude of excuses are bound to follow. It wasn't any different following India's 196-run defeat to England in the opening Test at Lord's on Monday.
July 25, 2011England tour diary: Packed house at Lord's
It is a common sight in India. But if it happens in London, it does seem strange.
Images: Anderson bowls England to victory
Images from Day 5 in the first Test between India and England, at Lord's.
Silly Point: What was Dhoni thinking?
Rediff.com's cricket show is back as Manu Shankar and Abhishek Mande ask the one question everyone's been asking
India were very ragged: Nasser Hussain
Former England cricket captain Nasser Hussain has called India a "ragged" side, whose players are not well looked after due to the IPL, and insisted that this would precisely be the reason why the English would go past them in the ongoing Test series.
Nervous Prior calms nerves to set it up for Eng
England's saviour in the second innings, Matt Prior said he was nervous when he walked out to bat after half of his team had been dismissed in the second innings of the first cricket Test against India at Lord's, London.
Ishant owes it to Zaheer for turnaround
A bowler transformed in England's second innings, Indian pacer Ishant Sharma credited his senior partner Zaheer Khan for the turnaround during which he grabbed four wickets in the ongoing first cricket Test at Lord's in London on Sunday.
England need nine wickets to take series lead
England required nine further wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the four-match series against world number one side India at the close of the penultimate day of the first Test at Lord's on Sunday.
100th Test: India-England captains honoured by MCC
The mark the occasion of the hundredth Test match between India and England, the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) played host to a string of legendary cricketers including Ian Botham, Sunil Gavaskar, Sourav Ganguly among others.
Images: Dravid, Laxman hold fort for India
Images from Day 4 in the first Test between India and England, at Lord's.
July 24, 2011Anderson praises Broad for answering critics
England fast bowler James Anderson lauded fellow pacer Stuart Broad for answering his critics by taking four wickets, including the prized scalp of Sachin Tendulkar, during the first Test at Lord's.
Nothing left to be proved: Dravid
Rahul Dravid, who notched his 33rd Test ton and became the second most prolific run getter in history, said he has nothing more left to be proved in his long and illustrious career except for the desire to contribute to the team's cause.
July 23, 2011Images: Dravid ton saves India from follow on
Images from Day 3 in the first Test between India and England, at Lord's.
Praveen Kumar's feat completes the dozen
Till a few weeks back, he wasn't certain of his place in the Indian Test line-up.
When MS Dhoni almost got a wicket
Trust MS Dhoni to spring a surprise! The second day's play at the Lord's was no different.
200 was a real hard graft, says Pietersen
England's double centurion in the first Test against India reveals his ambition to enter the 10,000 Test runs club now that he has completed 6,000 runs.
July 22, 2011Tale of Zaheer Khan's injury woes
presents the story of Zaheer's injury woes, since 2007.
Photos: Pietersen puts England in command
Images from Day 2 in the first Test between India and England, at Lord's.
'Sloppy India handed England the advantage'
As the India-England Test series commenced on Thursday, Rediff.com presents to you an overview of how the newspapers -- local and international -- summarised the opening day's play.
We have a lot of hard work to do: Trott
England batsman Jonathan Trott, who lived dangerously en route to a crucial unbeaten fifty in the first cricket Test against India, said the match is evenly poised and the visitors will come back strongly.
'Had Zaheer got three we'd have had a good day'
The opening day of the first Test between England and India at Lord's saw the visitors seize the initiative early on and let it slip, courtesy some patchy bowling and inept fielding, as the day progressed.
Zaheer Khan's six Test bunnies
Even as England captain Andrew Strauss tries to solve the Zaheer puzzle,
presents a few other batsmen who have struggled against 32-year-old left-arm seamer.
July 21, 2011Photos: Trott stands firm after Zaheer strikes
Images from Day 1 of the first Test between India and England, at Lord's.
Fletcher becomes first coach with 100 Tests
Duncan Fletcher etched his name into the record books by becoming the first cricket coach to complete a century of matches at the helm of affairs of a national team during the first Test between India and England at Lord's.
Exclusive! Shashi Tharoor: India-England series
Long before he became an international diplomat, a sparkling writer and a charismatic politician,
fell in love with cricket. In this special feature, Exclusive! to Rediff.com, Tharoor recounts his first encounter with the glorious game when England toured India way back in 1963 when the future Thiruvanathapuram MP was a mere lad of seven, and looks back on the India-England cricketing relationship which celebrates a hundred Tests at Lord's this week.
Clarke, Smith excited about 2000th Test tie
Cricketers the world over are waiting with bated breath to see India and England play the 2000th Test match at the Lord's in London.
There is no favourite for Lord's Test: Akram
Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram said India will miss Sehwag's presence and also said he would be extremely happy if Sachin Tendulkar scores his 100th international century in the first Test against England, starting at Lord's on Thursday.
July 20, 2011'England-India series does not need hype'
England's captain Andrew Strauss says there's nothing different about this series, and the considerable hype it has generated is unwanted.
India well-prepared for 'significant' Test
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, on his first English tour as captain, dismissed talk about his team being under pressure considering the significance of the 100th Test between India and England, at Lord's.
Leading the team at Lord's a special honour: Dhoni
India captain M S Dhoni says the privilege of leading his team out against England on Thursday will rank with anything he has achieved in his glorious career.
'Fletcher's presence isn't of much significance'
England speedster Stuart Broad feels that Duncan Fletcher's presence in the Indian dressing room will have little significance in the outcome of the Test series that starts at the Lord's on Thursday.
Of Dravid's 'lucky' debut and an elusive hundred
A hundred at the home of cricket remains elusive for Rahul Dravid. When he walks in to bat in the opening Test against England, at Lord's, Senior Associate Editor
says, setting that record straight will be uppermost on his mind.
25 years on it's India's lone Test win @ Lord's
looks back on the only instance of the Indian team securing a Test victory at the home of cricket.
Too risky to focus on Tendulkar alone: Swann
England has lot to prove in the upcoming Test series against India, says
July 19, 2011'Take lessons from Somerset tie to Lord's Test'
Indian batting ace Rahul Dravid says it is vital that India gets off to a good start in the four-Test series, beginning Thursday.
First Look: Special coin for 2000th Test at Lord's
On 21st July 1884, Lord's hosted the first Test ever played. 127 years on, on the very date (21st July), the same venue, now known as the Mecca of cricket the world over, will be hosting the 2000th Test -- with England taking on India, the No.1 team in the rankings.
Broad's place under threat for 1st Test
The spearhead of England's pace attack but off-colour for quite a while now, Stuart Broad's place in the team is under threat for the opening cricket Test against India starting July 21 at the Lord's.
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Lara declares Sachin as best in the world
The Sachin Tendulkar fan club keeps getting bigger with West Indies batting legend Brian Lara describing him as the best batsman in the world right now and former England captain Alec Stewart calling him 'the modern day Don Bradman'.
From now on, I want to play for myself: Sreesanth
Before leaving for England, S Sreesanth spoke to Senior Associate Editor
and expressed his delight at the World Cup triumph, the challenges that lie ahead in England and how desperate he is to bowl fast again.
Dhoni determined to extend India's dominance
Apart from motorcycles, Mahendra Singh Dhoni's obsession is firearms and the India captain would be thoroughly justified in believing he has enough ammunition to foil any bid to topple his team from the top of the Test rankings.
July 18, 2011Tendulkar, Sehwag named in All Time Test team
Four Indian cricketers, including batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar and 1983 World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev, were today named in the Greatest All Time Test XI chosen in an online poll.
'Hype over Sachin's 100th ton might hurt India'
England pacer James Anderson concedes sledging never really distracts Sachin Tendulkar but what might have a "detrimental effect" on him and India during the Test series starting next week is the massive hype around the veteran batsman's impending 100th ton.
India will bounce back in the Tests: Willoughby
Somerset paceman Charl Willoughby warned England not to read too much into India's annihilation by him in the warm-up game which ended in a draw in Taunton on Sunday.
'Swing and bounce key to nullify Tendulkar threat'
Chris Tremlett's bounce and James Anderson's swing will be key to nullify Sachin Tendulkar's threat on England in the upcoming Test series against India, reckons former skipper Michael Vaughan.
Pietersen brews row with shocking statement
England do not need distractions days before their crucial Test series against India but that could be just the case as controversial batsman Kevin Pietersen has rekindled the debate over the prevalence of South African-born cricketers in English cricket set-up.
July 17, 2011Photos: Strauss warms up for Test in style
Images from India's tour match against Somerset, being played in Taunton
Raina may be preferred over Yuvraj for Lord's Test
More experienced he might be, but Yuvraj Singh could still be forced to make way for an in-form Suresh Raina when India decide their playing XI for the opening cricket Test against England starting July 21 at the Lord's.
Fit-again Bresnan recalled to England squad
The England selectors included fit-again pacer Tim Bresnan in the squad of 12 for the first Test against India starting at the Lord's from July 21.
We're lucky to have Fletcher: Laxman
It has just been a few weeks since Duncan Fletcher took over as India's coach but senior batsman VVS Laxman says the team is already bowled over by his knowledge of the game and feels "lucky" to have him on board.
We want to make life difficult for Sachin: Strauss
Andrew Strauss is a huge admirer of Sachin Tendulkar but the England skipper has warned the Indian champion man to expect some tough time in the middle when he is in pursuit of his 100th international century during the first cricket Test, starting July 21 at the Lord's.
July 16, 2011PHOTOS: Willoughby triggers India batting collapse
Images from Day 2 of the India's tour game against Somerset.
England will do just enough to win 1-0: Warne
Australian spin legend Shane Warne foresees England beating India 1-0 in the upcoming four-Test series as he feels Andrew Strauss' men will manage to do just enough to upstage their world number one rivals.
Vaughan praises Dhoni's positive approach
He does not quite know which way the series will go but former England skipper Michael Vaughan is quite sure that Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni would be pushing more aggressively for a win than his "defensive" rival Andrew Strauss in the Tests starting July 21.
Feel assured in the team now: Laxman
He has been a long-time middle-order mainstay of India's batting line-up but veteran VVS Laxman says he started feeling assured in the team only in the last four years during which he was given the "freedom" to play his natural game.
Strauss has doubts about his batting: Zaheer
There is still time before the Test series gets underway but the banter has started with India's pace spearhead Zaheer Khan taunting Andrew Strauss, saying the English skipper's decision to play for Somerset in a practice match highlights the "element of doubt" in his mind.
Tremlett can trouble Indians: Strauss
England skipper Andrew Strauss does not believe that India is a weak side when it comes to facing pace bowling, but feels if Chris Tremlett is at his best, the lanky bowler can trouble the visiting batsmen in the upcoming Test series.
July 15, 2011Photos: Indian bowlers struggle after Suppiah ton
Images from Day one of the India's tour game against Somerset.
Ian Bishop's eight players to watch in England
Former West Indies bowling ace
picks four players to watch out for from either side in the upcoming England-India Test series. By arrangement with Quba Media Works.
Ian Bishop: India's batting needs to step up big
India's star-studded batting, says former West Indies bowling ace
, will need to deliver against England's variety of pace and spin in the upcoming Test series. By arrangement with Quba Media Works.
'It's the overall package Sachin Tendulkar brings'
It is not just about Sachin Tendulkar's technical proficiency but also his mental strength that helps him in rewriting records even at the age of 38, feels England skipper Andrew Strauss.
'We want to be No 1 Test side by beating India'
England vice-captain Alastair Cook feels that his side has the wherewithal to beat India in the upcoming four-match series and claim number one Test status.
Dhoni laments Sehwag's absence
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Thursday lamented the absence of Virender Sehwag in the first two Tests against England, saying the opener is one of few players in the world who can influence the outcome of a game in a big way.
July 14, 2011Dhoni tried to intimidate me in Kingston: Harper
Controversial Australian umpire Daryl Harper, who was criticised by the Indians for his poor decisions during the first Test against the West Indies, on Thursday hit back at captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, accusing him of trying to intimidate him during the match.
Indians focus on 'short' stuff for Somerset tie
Anticipating that they will be tested with short-pitched stuff in the upcoming Test series against England, the Indian batsmen, on Thursday, spent time finding ways to handle the James Anderson-led pace battery.
'I don't have a problem playing left-arm seamers'
He has been dismissed five times by Zaheer Khan in Test cricket but England captain Andrew Strauss feels there was nothing wrong in his technique to be worried about going into the first Test against world No 1 side India on July 21 at the Lord's.
MS Dhoni in dilemma ahead of Lord's Test
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni will face a tough task of opting between Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina for the number five spot in the first Test between India and England in the Lord's next week.
Injured Pujara eyes comeback for Australia tour
Sidelined by a ligament tear in his right knee, talented middle-order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara is targeting the Australian tour later this year to make a comeback to the Indian squad.
July 13, 2011England advised to follow caution against Sachin
Former England captains Michael Vaughan, Nasser Hussain, Mike Atherton and Graham Gooch have warned that even at the twilight of his international career, Sachin Tendulkar would be the biggest threat to England when they take on India in a Test series starting here on July 21.
Tendulkar 'just thinking of enjoying' England tour
The secret to any performance is not in chasing records, but enjoying the game, says ace batsman Sachin Tendulkar.
'India series up there with the Ashes'
England Test captain Andrew Strauss considers the upcoming series against India as tough as the historic Ashes but is banking on home advantage to upstage the world's number one side.
Pacers' fitness key to chances in England: Dravid
India's middle-order mainstay Rahul Dravid feels the fitness of the fast bowlers will be crucial to the team's success in the upcoming four-match Test series against England, beginning next week at Lord's.
July 12, 2011Ishant-Zaheer pair will be formidable in England
Pacer Ishant Sharma's return to form on the tour of the West Indies is good news for India, says former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar, as he and Zaheer Khan "will form a formidable pair" in the upcoming Test series against England, starting later this month.
'I took four but could have had six or seven'
Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni might be content with it but off-spinner Harbhajan Singh finds it incomprehensible that West Indies managed to force a draw in the third and final Test in Dominica.
Sachin, Sehwag nominated for ICC's greatest team
Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar and opener Virender Sehwag are among the list of players nominated for an online poll to select the greatest team of all-time on the occasion of Test cricket's 2,000th match.
Harbhajan may just be hitting form for England
Former West Indies bowling ace Ian Bishop says had it not been for the rain, and the number of overs lost in Barbados, India would have beaten the West Indies 2-0 in the Test series. By arrangement with Quba Media Works.
July 11, 2011'I was kind of surprised by the Indian decision'
West Indian captain Darren Sammy was surprised that India shut the shop early and did not go full throttle for the victory in the final Test of the three-match series in Roseau (Dominica).
It was common sense to not go for runs: Fletcher
India's decision to settle for an easy draw rather than push for a win in the third Test against the West Indies may have surprised many but coach Duncan Fletcher said it was 'commonsense' to not go for runs on a difficult Windsor Park pitch.
'We're risking a series win going for the target'
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni defended the decision not to press for a win in the third and final Test against the West Indies in Roseau (Dominica), saying that his side could have lost the match while going for the target.
July 10, 2011Ishant can be a real handful in England: Simons
India's bowling coach Eric Simons says in-form pacer Ishant Sharma could prove to be a handful in the upcoming four-match Test series against England.
Yuvraj Singh hungry for English outing
England are currently playing good cricket but India has the wherewithal to beat them in their own den in the upcoming tour, reckons India's middle-order batsman Yuvraj Singh.
'Stressbuster' Viru helps me score runs: Gambhir
Company of explosive batsman Virender Sehwag is like a 'stressbuster' since he helps his partners bat without pressure, India opener Gautam Gambhir said on Saturday.
July 08, 2011Harbhajan Singh's wicket ways
Harbhajan Singh became 11th bowler in Test cricket and only the third Indian bowler to take 400 wickets, when he bowled Carlton Baugh on the second day of Roseau Test. He is also the fourth spinner and only the second off-spinner after Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan (800) to reach 400-wicket mark. Here are the detailed statistics of Harbhajan's Test career:
I just want to do well in England: Gambhir
Disappointed with the ICC's decision to do away with runners for injured batsmen in ODIs, star opener Gautam Gambhir says a batsman should be allowed a runner, at least in case of serious injury.
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Each week, Rajneesh Gupta will pick ten cricket-related questions readers send him and provide answers.
Harbhajan's five best moments in Test cricket
Following Harbhajan Singh's feat of capturing 400 Test wickets, rediff.com looks back on his five best moments in Test cricket.
Positive Baugh loves to play attacking cricket
His was a standout performance in yet another dismal batting show by the West Indies and wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh said the key to his sparkling knock was to shut out the negativity and play his natural game.
Aggression is part of my success: Harbhajan
Only the third Indian bowler to touch the 400-wicket mark in Test cricket, off-spinner Harbhajan Singh said his best is yet to come and believes tweakers tend to get better after turning 30.
Harbhajan bags 400 wkts, congratulate him!
Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh added another feather to his cap on Thursday, becoming the third Indian bowler and 11th overall to take 400 wickets in Test cricket.
July 07, 2011'India needed a leader like Dhoni for a long time'
An admirer of Mahendra Singh Dhoni's captaincy, former Australian pacer Andy Bichel says India needed a leader like him for a very long time as he has the ability to get consistent performances from his teammates.
Dhoni@30: The boy from Ranchi
The only place he calls home is a little cottage, fronted by gorgeous and lovingly-attended dahlias, zinnias and roses, where his parents -- Pan and Devki Singh live in a colony in the town's Doranda suburb.
Misbah supports mandatory use of DRS
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has backed the ICC's decision to enforce the Decision Review System in Tests and ODIs, saying the innovation reduces pressure on on-field umpires.
Of Kismat and Karma: Dhoni in '7th' heaven
Luck does play a huge factor in Dhoni's karma, and that the man is superstitions is evident from his love for the number '7'.
Dhoni@30: Figure out his achievements
As Mahendra Singh Dhoni turns 30 on Thursday,
jots down some facts and figures that have made the India captain a success story.
The best from Mahendra Singh Dhoni
As India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni turns 30 on July 7, rediff.com takes a look at some of his best innings.
At 30, Dhoni has delivered! Wish him
A composed mind probably defines Mahendra Singh Dhoni's success the best and sums up his impressive record, says Senior Associate Editor Bikash Mohapatra.
July 06, 2011Sammy hoping to cash in on Dravid's vulnerability
West Indies skipper Darren Sammy claims his team has finally figured out a chink in Rahul Dravid's armour and the in-form senior Indian batsman would be out of the equation early in the third and decisive Test to be played in Roseau, Dominica.
Ian Bishop: India may consider including Mishra
Former West Indies bowling ace
says if the match gets to days four and five, the pitch will take spin at that stage. By arrangement with Quba Media Works.
July 05, 2011Team India aim to end Caribbean sojourn on a high
Out of form young batsmen seem to be India's only concern as they aim to sign off their Caribbean sojourn on a high by clinching the third and final cricket Test against the West Indies, starting in Roseau, Dominica.
Pitches here have been hard on batsmen: Dravid
He might be the most prolific Indian scorer in the ongoing Test series but senior batsman Rahul Dravid says it has not been easy as he has had to adjust to the most challenging tracks in his four visits to the West Indies throughout his career.
WI bowler Edwards aims for more speed, consistency
West Indian paceman Fidel Edwards has been the chief tormentor of Indian batsmen in the ongoing cricket series but the Barbadian is not quite happy with his effort.
Playing for Pak is like mental torture: Misbah
Pakistan cricket's endless parade of controversies and scandal has made playing for the national team akin to 'mental torture', according to captain Misbah-ul-Haq.
July 04, 2011Dhoni could pay heavy price for slow over-rate
Following Team India's failure in maintaining the required over-rate in the second Test in Bridgetown, Barbados, a one Test ban looms large over skipper MS Dhoni.
Debutant Powell to replace axed Sarwan in 3rd Test
West Indies have dropped experienced but out-of-form batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan from their 13-member squad for the third cricket Test against India starting in Roseau, Dominica on Wednesday.
July 02, 2011Yuvraj makes cut for England tour
Star players Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir and Zaheer Khan expectedly returned to the team as the national selectors on Saturday announced a full-strength 17-member Test squad for India's upcoming tour of England starting mid July.
Gayle blames West Indies board for feud
Chris Gayle has finally broken his silence on his long feud with the West Indian Cricket Board, dismissing suggestions he did not want to play international cricket and laying the blame with the board.
July 01, 2011India face Sehwag dilemma for England tour
Dashing opener Virender Sehwag's availability will be the bone of contention when the national selectors meet in Chennai on Saturday to select the Test squad for the upcoming tour of England.
Patience pays off for paceman Ishant
Coming from a country where high-scoring batsmen are worshipped and spin bowlers adored, Ishant Sharma has learnt the hard way that patience was the key to success for an Indian fast bowler.
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