October 31, 2010Tendulkar, Sushil win top honours at Sahara Awards
After a splendid season, where he scored first-ever double century in One-day and climbing the 14000-runs peak, Sachin Tendulkar on Saturday night was named the Indian cricketer of the Year. Our Correspondent Harish Kotian reveals the other winners at the Sahara India Sports Awards.
Sehwag in favour of UDRS for series in SA
The Board of Control for Cricket in India is opposed to it but Indian opener Virender Sehwag on Sunday gave a big thumbs up to the controversial Umpires Decision Review System which has not been favoured even by his idol Sachin Tendulkar.
October 30, 2010We will work harder to stay No. 1: Tendulkar
Lack of practice ahead of the World Cup is not a worry for Tendulkar, says Harish Kotian.
At 14,000 Test runs, Tendulkar eyes the next level
Sachin Tendulkar, who made history earlier this month by becoming the first batsman to score 14,000 runs in Test cricket, says his desire to improve remains as intense as ever.
Would like to take one series at a time: Tendulkar
Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar said on Friday that he would like to focus on one series at a time rather than thinking too far ahead imcluding the World Cup that will be held in the sub-continent, next year.
October 29, 2010Indian money to drive Aus's IPL-style Big Bash
Media reports said Australia's most powerful cricket states NSW and Victoria will have Indian part-owners as they have already sold shares to giant Indian corporations for around US $60 million in return for profits from the IPL-type eight-team Twenty20 tournament starting in January 2012.
'We can't outlast India, we got to take them on'
New Zealand wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum believes his team can't outlast India but has to take them on.
October 28, 2010We need Kirsten even after World Cup: Gambhir
Prolific Indian opener Gautam Gambhir says the Board of Control for Cricket in India should renew coach Gary Kirsten's contract after it expires at the end of next year's World Cup.
The secret behind Tendulkar's magical bat
Sachin Tendulkar's bat looks wide, but they are regulation width. It's the thick edges that make it look bigger.
October 27, 2010Inspired by Sachin, Hussey has no plans to retire
Inspired by Indian batting icon Sachin Tendulkar, Australian Mike Hussey on Wednesday said he has no plans to retire despite the criticism of his continuing poor form and growing age.
ICC calls upon BCCI to adopt UDRS
International Cricket Council chief executive Haroon Lorgat on Wednesday stressed that the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) has been perfected and called upon the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to adopt the system.
I was a victim of politics: Shane Bond
Former New Zealand pacer Shane Bond has said that he became a "victim of politics" after joining the Indian Cricket League (ICL) but he has no regret about playing in the 'rebel' twenty20 event which cost him his international career.
After ODI success, Nehra eyes Test comeback
Nearly six-and-half years since he last played a Test match, speedster Ashish Nehra is ready to make himself available for the longer version of the game. Hopefully, he says, it will be during the upcoming Test series in South Africa in December.
October 26, 2010'Allegations against Raina baseless and false'
Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Tuesday once again rubbished news reports of Suresh Raina being linked with an associate of a bookie and termed it as "baseless and false."
Unreal to be named with Bradman: Tendulkar
The only current cricketer to be named in ESPNcricinfo's all-time World XI, Indian batting icon Sachin Tendulkar says he finds it "unreal and extraordinary" to be placed alongside legends such as Don Bradman with whom he would have loved to play.
Kohli soars to career-best ranking after Vizag ton
South Africa opener Hashim Alma and India batsman Virat Kohli achieved career-best rankings to date in the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen.
'Indian bowlers lacking in reverse swing, yorkers'
Former pacer Manoj Prabhakar discusses India's bowling strength with
October 25, 2010Umpire Referrals: The Players' View
Even as the ICC and various boards argue about its implementation, Bikash Mohapatra finds out what the players have to say about the UDRS.
Meet Cricket's Best Emerging Player
Bikash Mohapatra traces the meteoric rise of the ICC's 'Best Emerging Player'.
October 23, 2010Bowling in death overs a worry for Team India
It was back to basics for Team India as they toiled it out in the nets ahead of the third and final One-Day International against Australia at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium in Goa, on Saturday.
October 22, 2010India tour was preparation for Ashes: Nielsen
Australia coach Tim Nielsen says the three-match ODI series is a mere formality for his team and an opportunity to try out youngsters.
October 21, 2010Beleaguered Aussies keen to finish with a win
The Australians are hoping to win the third and final ODI of the series and end their tour of India on a winning note.
Which players can fit in the few WC slots left?
With the World Cup nearing, there is a good chance for youngsters, like Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, to impress in the upcoming ODIs and seal a berth in the squad, says Harish Kotian.
Even Tendulkar not at his absolute best: Ponting
Australian captain Ricky Ponting says he can no longer be at his 'absolute best' with the bat but that should hardly be a surprise or concern as even an icon like Sachin Tendulkar is not at his peak anymore.
'Sachin's 200 not out the highlight of the year'
Batsman extraordinaire, excellent fielder, occasional wicketkeeper and even a musician. Bikash Mohapatra traces the rise of ICC ODI Player of the Year Abraham Benjamin de Villiers.
Dew factor made the difference: Clarke
Australia captain Michael Clarke on Wednesday said the wicket was slow initially and the dew played an important role as they suffered a five-wicket loss to trail 0-1 in the ODI series against India.
My place in Indian team not cemented yet: Kohli
The absence of senior players meant that Virat Kohli got his big chance. And he made sure he grabbed it with both hands.
October 20, 2010Images: India vs Australia (Visakhapatnam ODI)
Images from the second one-day international between India and Australia at Visakhapatnam on Wednesday.
Chance for Dhawan to deliver on the big stage
Shikhar Dhawan gave notice of his talent when he scored 126 from 124 balls in the Challenger series of 2005. But it took him five years to make it to the Indian squad.
October 19, 2010Australia hope for turnaround in ODIs
Australia's acting skipper Michael Clarke may have failed miserably in the just-concluded Test series against India, but is confident of turning things around in the One-Day Internationals.
Dhawan may debut; all eyes on Yuvraj
Following the absence of the regular openers, Shikhar Dhawan is likely to be handed his international debut in Wednesday's second ODI between India and Australia at Visakhapatnam, says Harish Kotian.
Warne backs embattled Ponting
Embattled Australian captain Ricky Ponting is the right man to regain the Ashes from England, according to former leg-spinner Shane Warne.
ICC rankings not true reflection of form: Hussey
Australian batsman Mike Hussey has rejected the ICC's Test rankings, which place his team at fifth, saying that the Aussies are "definitely better than that and the system is not a true reflection of their form."
Spinner Ashwin ready to take on Aussies
Seven years after he scored a double century in Vishakapatnam as an under-17 opener, Ravichandran Ashwin is back at his favourite venue -- ADA-VDCA Cricket Stadium -- this time to cement his place as an India off-spinner.
October 18, 2010Who is to blame for the Kochi rain pain?
The absence of a proper drainage system proved to the Kerala Cricket Association's undoing in the washed out first ODI between India and Australia in Kochi, says Harish Kotian.
October 16, 2010Sun shines at Kochi, but question mark remains
After three days of rain, the weather gods finally smiled on Kochi with bright sunshine greeting the historic port city, on Saturday. However, there seems to be a lot of question marks on whether the ground would be ready in time because of the amount of water that has already been soaked by the outfield.
October 15, 2010Is Ponting the best man to lead Aus for Ashes?
Australia captain Ricky Ponting insists he is the right choice to lead the team for Ashes despite critics calling for his head after the Test series debacle in India.
Dravid's Bangalore jinx continues
It took India 31 years and five tests to break their jinx at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.
India vs Australia, this is not Ashes mate!
The comparison first started when Australia last toured India in 2008. The question was simple: Has an India-Australia Test series become bigger than the Ashes?
With 891 points Tendulkar on top of Test rankings
Sachin Tendulkar reclaimed the No 1 Test ranking after eight years following a successful run in the just-concluded Test series against Australia. Tendulkar was the highest run-getter with 403 runs in the two-match series, which India won 2-0.
October 14, 2010Team India report card: A ten for Tendulkar
As India celebrates its first ever clean sweep over Australia, Bikash Mohapatra takes a look at how the players performed in the series.
October 13, 2010Images: India record clean sweep over Aus
Images from Day 5 in the second Test between India and Australia in Bangalore.
October 12, 2010Images: India v Australia, Bangalore Test, Day 4
mages from Day 4 in the second Test between India and Australia in Bangalore.
The six double tons of Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar scored his sixth double hundred as India took a 17-run lead before being dismissed for 495 in their first innings on the fourth day of the second Test against Australia in Bangalore on Tuesday. A look at the master batsman's double tons.
Future of Indian cricket bright and rosy: Sidhu
Former India opener Navjot Singh Sidhu salutes VVS Laxman and the Indian team on their showing in the first Test against Australia at Mohali
October 11, 2010Images: India v Australia, Bangalore Test, Day 3
Images from Day 3 in the second Test between India and Australia in Bangalore.
'I was under pressure going into this game'
He was handed his Test debut only five months shy of his 30th birthday, an age when most cricketers are at the twilight of their respective careers.
October 10, 2010Images: India v Australia, Bangalore Test, Day 2
Images from Day 2 in the second Test between India and Australia in Bangalore.
October 09, 2010Images: India v Australia, Bangalore Test, Day 1
Images from Day 1 in the second Test between India and Australia in Bangalore.
October 08, 2010Can Team India break the Bangalore jinx?
One down, one more to go. The last-ditch win at Mohali has given the team the impetus ahead of the second Test against Australia, beginning in Bangalore on Saturday.
Team India needs to win consistently
The fighting win at Mohali, besides being one of the most memorable results in the annals of Indian cricket, also ensured that the team maintains its stranglehold over the Border-Gavaskar trophy.
Test call is reward for Unadkat's net gains
Haresh Pandya traces the meteoric rise of 18-year-old Jaydev Unadkat, who finds himself in the Indian Test squad for the second Test against Australia despite not playing a single Ranji Trophy match.
October 07, 2010We aren't thinking about the Ashes yet: Hussey
A day after suffering a disappointing defeat at Mohali, it was business as usual for the Australian team on Thursday.
Winning is the biggest motivation: MS Dhoni
Mahendra Singh Dhoni just can't stop raving about India's remarkable win over Australia at Mohali.
October 06, 2010Aus media salutes 'thorn in the side' VVS Laxman
A day after Australia suffered a narrow one-wicket loss at the hands of India, the media Down Under agreed that it was their old nemesis VVS Laxman who made all the differences on the final day of the first cricket Test at Mohali.
Former cricketers laud 'Very Very Special Laxman'
Former Indian cricketers lavished praise on senior batsman VVS Laxman for showing "exemplary" grit and determination while leading India to a thrilling one-wicket win over Australia in the first Test despite battling back spasms.
October 05, 2010The Very Very Special Test batsman
VVS Laxman has done it again! After guiding India to a thrilling victory in the 1st Test over Australia on Tuesday, Laxman has only bolstered his reputation further, writes Bikash Mohapatra.
Images: India's VVS win at Mohali
Images from the Day 5 of the first Test of the India vs Australia match at Mohali on Tuesday.
October 04, 2010Images: India v Australia, Mohali Test, Day 4
Images from Day 4 in the first Test between India and Australia in Mohali.
October 03, 2010Images: India v Australia, Mohali Test, Day 3
Images from Day 3 in the first Test between India and Australia at Mohali.
October 02, 2010Will Sehwag's dismissal prove costly for India?
He was considered the key to India's chances prior to the match. Virender Sehwag needs to fire for India to win the Mohali Test, they said.
Images: India v Aus, Mohali Test, Day 2
Images from the second day's play in the first Test between India and Australia, in Mohali, on Saturday.
October 01, 2010Images: India vs Aus, Mohali Test, Day 1
Images from Day 1 in the first Test between India and Australia at Molahi.
September 30, 2010Harbhajan ready to 'turn' it on the Aussies
After a lean spell, Harbhajan Singh gets his chance for retribution against a side that has always brought the best out of the bowler, says Bikash Mohapatra.
867 runs this year.. Tendulkar juggernaut rolls on
When the Aussies toured India two years back Sachin Tendulkar completed 12000 runs in Test cricket in Mohali. Ahead of the opening Test against Australia, the Master Blaster stands on the threshold of yet another landmark, says Bikash Mohapatra.
It's not always about being on the top: Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar will play his 170th Test at Mohali on Friday, but even after over 20 years in international cricket the senior India batsman says he never takes anything for granted and his success is a reflection of constant hard work.
September 29, 2010'India still inspired by Eden fightback vs Aus'
The very mention of an India-Australia series would invariably revolve around the stylish-yet-defiant VVS Laxman and his epic 281 at the Eden Test nine years ago.
Where will Twenty20 take the game of cricket?
Has T20 invaded world cricket? Srinivas Bhogle discusses how the batsman's strike rate has grown over the years in all forms of the game.
September 28, 2010Images: Team India gets ready for the Aussies
Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh along with Indian openers Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir took part in a practice session at the Sector 16 cricket stadium in Chandigargh on Tuesday.
Select your Indian team for the Mohali Test
Select your Indian team for the first Test against Australia, starting in Mohali on Friday.
September 27, 2010Tons for Watson, Rahane; warm-up game ends in draw
Shane Watson and Ajinkaya Rahane struck brilliant centuries and speedster Ben Hilfenhaus earned a five-wicket haul as the three-day warm-up game between Australia and the Board President's XI ended in a draw at Sector 16 cricket stadium in Chandigarh on Monday.
It's big as we're playing for the last time: Dhoni
Images from the Champions League t20 final between Chennai Super Kings and Warriors at Johannesburg.
September 26, 2010Aussie pacers dominate after batsmen pile up 505
The Australian pace trio of Ben Hilfenhaus (3/28), Mitchell Johnson (1/20) and rookie Peter George (1/15) bowled to a disciplined line and length to reduce Board President's XI to 143 for six at stumps, on the second day of their three-day warm-up tie, at the Sector-16 stadium, in Chandigarh.
September 25, 2010Katich, Watson tons take Australia to 319/1
Simon Katich and Shane Watson exposed the toothless bowling attack of Board President's XI by hitting a sparkling century each and put Australia in a strong position at 319 for one on the first day of the three-day tour game in Chandigarh on Saturday.
'Tendulkar world's best, but vulnerable'
Australia spinner Nathan Hauritz says it will be a 'tough challenge' bowing to Sachin Tendulkar in the upcoming Test series, but the champion batsman too is vulnerable to mistakes.
September 24, 2010Pakistani cricket: It's controversial
The Pakistan cricket team has been hit by a series of setbacks and controversies over the past five years. A timeline.
September 23, 2010Indian cricket's test after the debut
Following Cheteshwar Pujara's call up to the Indian Test squad, We at rediff.com take the opportunity to have a look at the players who have received a Test call-up in the last few years and how they have fared in Indian colours.
After another collapse, Pakistan crawl home
It was yet another Pakistan collapse at the Rose Bowl, Southampton.
Indian conditions a huge challenge: Johnson
Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson feels that playing India on their soil is always a 'huge challenge' irrespective of whether the hosts are at the top or bottom of the ICC rankings
September 22, 2010Pakistan focus on final game of controversial tour
Pakistan tried to shut out another day of speculation, criticism and acrimony on Tuesday to focus on ending their blighted tour of England on a winning note.
September 21, 2010Now, ECB demands apology from PCB chief
Pakistan's chaotic tour of England degenerated into near anarchy on the morning of the fourth One-Day International at Lord's on Monday, a match the visitors went on to win by 38 runs.
Chennai face-off with Warriors in must-win tie
Jolted out of their comfort zone by their super-over loss to Victoria Bushrangers, Chennai Super Kings face a do-or-die battle when they take on unbeaten Warriors in the Champions League Twenty20 Group A match in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday.
September 20, 2010'It was my late mother's dream that I play Tests'
Cheteshwar Pujara, the new face in the Indian squad for the upcoming Test series against Australia, has all the right credentials to grace and brighten the star-studded Indian middle-order, says Haresh Pandya.
Ponting's men arrive to face Indian challenge
The Australian cricket team on Monday arrived in New Delhi for a Test and ODI series against India starting October 1 in Mohali.
CL T20 images: MI bow out despite close win
Mumbai Indians pulled off a sensational two-run victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore in a crucial Group B tie in Durban on Sunday.
September 18, 2010CL T20 images: Redbacks give RCB taste of reality
Skipper Michael Klinger and Daniel Harris produced a 124-run opening partnership to help South Australia inflict a humiliating eight-wicket defeat on Royal Challengers Bangalore and qualify for the Champions League Twenty20 semi-final in Durban on Friday.
Mumbai Indians face RCB in must-win encounter
Mumbai Indians face a do-or-die situation against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the first clash between two Indian Premier League sides in the Champions League Twenty20 in Durban on Sunday.
Epic Ashes series confirms Flintoff's legacy
Over the course of two glorious summers Andrew Flintoff bowled with pace and fury, hit the ball with power and precision and caught everything in sight in the slips.
September 17, 2010CL T20: Unbeaten Chennai face Victorian challenge
On a roll after two consecutive wins, IPL champions Chennai Super Kings face their toughest test yet when they take on Australian side Victoria Bushrangers in their third Group A match of the Champions League Twenty20 in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.
Flintoff expects Eng to win Ashes 'convincingly'
Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff has predicted that Andrew Strauss's men will have no trouble in winning the Ashes in Australia without him.
Bookie claims all Pak-Eng Tests were fixed
Law enforcement agencies in Karachi are searching for an unidentified bookmaker, who appeared on a television show and claimed that all the Test matches played between Pakistan and England last month were fixed.
Tendulkar praise for 'terrific' Pollard
Mumbai Indians skipper Sachin Tendulkar on Wednesday lauded big-hitting Keiron Pollard for ensuring his side's first win in the Champions League Twenty20, but admitted that bowling still remains a concern for the IPL team in the tournament.
Flintoff a match-winner with bat and ball
All-rounder Andrew Flintoff called time on one of the most colourful and inspirational careers in English cricket on Thursday after years of battling a succession of injuries.
CL T20: Pollard puts life into MI's campaign
Keiron Pollard walloped 72 off 30 balls to help Mumbai Indians to a 31-run victory over Guyana in Group B encounter of the Champions League T20 tournament in Durban on Thursday.
September 16, 2010CL T20 images: Chennai too good for Wayamba
Suresh Raina and Murali Vijay scored breezy half centuries as Chennai Super Kings crushed Wayamba by 97 runs to register their second consecutive win in the Champions League Twenty20 cricket tournament in Centurion on Wednesday.
In-form RCB looking to stop South Australia
A battle of strategy is on the cards when in-form Royal Challengers Bangalore take on an impressive South Australia in the Champions League Twenty20 Group B encounter in Durban on Friday.
September 15, 2010CL T20 Images: South Australia demolish Mumbai
Openers Michael Klinger and Daniel Harris scripted a dramatic run-chase as South Australia beat fancied Mumbai Indians by five wickets in a thrilling Champions League Twenty20 match in Durban on Tuesday night.
'I just concentrate on playing my natural game'
Not amused with the praise and brickbats he gets in equal measure from them, Indian opener Virender Sehwag hit out at his critics, saying that he has never been bothered by their comments and would concentrate on playing his natural game.
Perfect start for Kallis in Champions League
The Royal Challengers Bangalore got their Champions League Twenty20 campaign off to the best possible start on Sunday when they totally outclassed Guyana to win their match by nine wickets, with more than seven overs in hand.
September 10, 2010Sachin is god of cricket: Harbhajan
When it comes to taking inspiration, Sachin Tendulkar is the only name that comes to seasoned India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh's mind.
September 09, 2010Shadow of spot-fixing looms as CL T20 kicks-off
The glitzy Champions League Twenty20 gets underway on Friday under the watchful eyes of the International Cricket Council's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) and the shadow of the spot-fixing scandal that has shaken the core of the game.
September 08, 2010A new challenge beckons the Master Blaster
Mumbai Indians were the first team to arrive in South Africa for the Airtel Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20), which gets underway on Friday, when the Indians take on the Bizhub Highveld Lions at the Wanderers.
Tait can't wait to bowl in South Africa
South Australian Redback fast bowler Shaun Tait is licking his lips at the thought of bowling on South African wickets in the Airtel Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20), beginning on Friday.
September 03, 2010Images: Tendulkar in Indian Air Force stripes
Images from the investiture ceremony of batting ace Sachin Tendulkar as Indian Air Force honorary Group Captain.
Clamour grows for legalised betting in India
The Pakistan spot-fixing scandal has once again shone the spotlight on illegal betting in the sub-continent and reopened the debate on the legalisation of gambling in India.
Pak cricket trio face life ban if proven guilty
Pakistan Test captain Salman Butt and opening bowlers Muhammad Amir and Mohammad Asif face possible life bans after they were charged on Thursday under the International Cricket Council's (ICC) anti-corruption code.
'Pakistan withdrew tainted trio on ICC advice'
Pakistan decision to withdraw Test captain Salman Butt and bowlers Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif from the tour of England was on the advice of the International Cricket Council.
September 02, 2010'Why should Pakistan cricket be banned?'
Pakistan cricket has come under the spotlight after a newspaper report alleging players had been bribed to bowl pre-determined no-balls in the fourth Test against England. We feature some reactions to the scandal.
Pak cricket credibility reaches breaking point
The corruption scandal that exploded this week is the latest damaging blow to Pakistan cricket and former players fear it could be the one that finally crushes the credibility of the sport in the South Asian nation.
September 01, 2010Tendulkar saddened by 'fixing' episode
Senior India batsman Sachin Tendulkar said people bringing disgrace to the game makes him sad as it leaves a bad impression on cricket, which should always head in the right direction.
Cricket's Hall of Shame
Allegations of match-fixing have come back to haunt international cricket, a decade after the match-fixing scandal that rocked the cricketing world. Rediff.com goes back in time and features cricketers, who succumbed to corruption and later banned for their misdeeds.
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