December 31, 2011
We've struck psychological blows on Indian batsmen: Arthur
Australia cricket coach Mickey Arthur has thrown down the gauntlet to India's famed batsmen by claiming that they have "chinks in their armour" and histeam's young pace attack has inflicted "psychological blows" on them for the remainder of the ongoing Test series.
SCG is my favourite ground outside India: Tendulkar
It is his "favourite ground" outside India and iconic batsman Sachin Tendulkar is determined to continue this love affair with the SCG, where he averages a staggering 221, during the second cricket Test against Australia starting January 3.
Lee urges Pattinson to retain aggression
Impressed with young pace sensation James Pattinson's performance in the opening cricket Test against India, Australian fast bowler Brett Lee has urged him to retain his aggression.
Top-10 batsmen in Tests in 2011: Dravid No. 1
Rahul Dravid, who hit five centuries in the year, finished with an impressive tally of 1145 in 12 Tests.
Top-10 ODI bowlers in 2011: Malinga rules
Lasith Malinga was unstoppable with the ball as he claimed 48 wickets in 24 ODIs in 2011.
December 30, 2011
Misbah perplexed at India's continued disapproval of DRS
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has voiced his surprise over the continued opposition from the Board of Control for Cricket in India to the full implementation of the Decision Review System (DRS).
India bounced and bruised: Aus media
India were "bounced and bruised at the MCG", declared a gleeful Australian media which, on Friday, hailed their cricket team for their surprise humbling of thefamed batting line-up of the visitors in the first Test in Melbourne.
Make-or-break time for Gambhir at Sydney?
Usually dependable, Gautam Gambhir is now bringing deep creases into the forehead of his skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni with his consistent failures of the past two years, and the current tour could be a make-or-break one for the opening batsman.
India play catch-up again after sluggish start
Just one Test into the four-match series against Australia and India are confronting the grim reality that they remain international cricket's slowest starters, especially on tour.
It was a team effort: Herath
A delighted Rangana Herath praised the efforts of his team-mates after bowling Sri Lanka to their first Test win in South Africa at Kingsmead on Thursday.
A thousand and counting for 'The Wall' in 2011
It was certainly not about form. Rahul Dravid has had just one poor series in recent times. It was India's tour of South Africa, at the start of the year, when he aggregated just 120 runs from six innings (@ 20.00).
Indian cricket's memorable triumph and colossal disappointment
For a country obsessed with cricket, the year was all about an unforgettable triumph. And a humiliating defeat.
Ganguly praises Clarke for showing faith in senior pros
Australia skipper Michael Clarke's faith in his under-fire senior pros Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey went a long way in his team's crushing 122-run win over India in the first cricket Test, in Melbourne, on Thursday, feels former captain Sourav Ganguly.
Australia fortifies their pace attack with Harris inclusion
Australia brought Ryan Harris into their squad for the second Test against India on Friday, adding a fourth pace option a day after bowling their way to victory in the opening match against the tourists.
Akram hails Mcdermott for Australian pacers' rise
Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram has credited Australia's bowling coach Craig Mcdermott for the impressive performances by the young crop of Aussie pacers in the recent times.
December 29, 2011
PHOTOS: Indian batting's great fall Down Under
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni pointed out that it was the "flop" show of his batsmen in both innings that lead to a comprehensive 122-run defeat at the hands of Australia, in the first cricket Test, in Melbourne, on Thursday.
Success against dazzling Indian side is unbelievable: Pattinson
James Pattinson is relishing the success against a star-studded Indian batting line-up as his superb bowling effort resulted in Australia's comprehensive win in the first Test, in Melbourne, on Thursday.
Win was for the taking, laments India captain Dhoni
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni gave a frank assessment of his team's fourth day collapse to lose the first Test against Australia, saying the Melbourne Cricket Ground wicket was benign enough to reel in the victory target.
Aus captain Clarke thanks bowlers for saving blushes
Australia captain Michael Clarke praised his bowlers for knocking over India's potent batting line-up to win the first Test in Melbourne on Thursday and paid tribute to their ability to cobble together runs after the hosts' batsmen failed to fire.
India's batting line-up best in the world? Far from it!
says Team India didn't just lose the first Test in Melbourne by 122 runs; they gifted it to the young and enthusiastic Aussies on a platter.
PHOTOS: Australia pacemen crush India to win MCG Test
Images from day four of the first Test between India and Australia in Melbourne, on Thursday.
December 28, 2011
I was the lucky one, says modest Hilfenhaus
Australian pacer Ben Hilfenhaus was modest after claiming a five-wicket haul in India's first innings in the first Test, in Melbourne, on Wednesday. He said he was "the lucky one who came away with the rewards".
Ponting rues not getting big scores
Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting gave little indication he would be riding off into the sunset after the India series following his second successive half-century on the third day of the first Test on Wednesday.
Anything less than 300 is gettable: Sehwag
With the match evenly poised, aggressive Indian opener Virender Sehwag said any target less than 300 would be gettable for his team in the first cricket Test against Australia in Melbourne.
Ishant Sharma seeks good karma from name change
Ishant Sharma has not been much of a handful for Australia's batsmen but the superstitious Indian paceman will at least become a real mouthful after tweaking his name in a bid to change his bowling fortunes.
PHOTOS: Segway scooter stumps Healy at MCG
The Segway scooter claimed another victim at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Wednesday when it clean bowled former Australia wicketkeeper Ian Healy shortly before the third day of the first Test against India.
The eight debut five-wicket hauls in 2011
Check out the bowlers who left a mark in the maiden Tests in 2011.
PHOTOS: India hit back to leave MCG Test poised
Images from day three of the first Test between India and Australia in Melbourne, on Wednesday.
Milestone ton playing on Tendulkar's mind: Hughes
The pressure of expectations surrounding his 100th international century will definitely be playing on Sachin Tendulkar's mind as the milestone once again eluded the champion batsman, said former Australia fast bowler Merv Hughes.
December 27, 2011
India have slight edge: Haddin
Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin, on Tuesday, said that India had the slight edge in the first Test here but his side would look to tilt the scale by putting pressure on the visiting batsmen in the first session on Wednesday.
'We need to bat as much possible and get a big lead'
Sachin Tendulkar's dismissal in the final over on Tuesday has made the contest against Australia in the opening Test interesting, and India will have to bat really well on Day 3 to get the upper hand, feels spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.
It is our job to stop Sachin: Haddin
Having stopped Sachin Tendulkar from getting to his 100th international century for now, Australian vice-captain Brad Haddin, on Tuesday, said his team would look to prevent the Indian icon from reaching the milestone for as long as possible.
Can't bowl, can't throw, can't ride - Joe the cameraman
Joe Previtera, the Australian television cameraman behind an infamous cricket sledge blamed on former Australia spinner Shane Warne, stole the media spotlight once more with a farcical crash while riding a Segway scooter on the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Sehwag involved in an altercation with Aus players
The first Test got spicier as Indian opener Virender Sehwag was on Tuesday involved in an altercation with Australian pacers James Pattinson and Peter Siddle during the visitors' first innings.
PHOTOS: Batsmen continue India's good show at MCG on Day 2
Images from Day 2 of the first Test between India and Australia, in Melbourne, on Tuesday.
December 26, 2011
Cowan rues absence of DRS after contentious dismissal
Debutant Australia opener Ed Cowan rued the absence of the Decision Review System (DRS) in the ongoing Test series against India and called upon the ICC to make the technology uniform for all Test-playing nations.
I took wickets, but gave away too many runs: Umesh Yadav
India's young bowling sensation Umesh Yadav said Sachin Tendulkar's advice to bowl fuller length deliveries was instrumental in him bagging three wickets on the opening day of the first Test against Australia.
Oz media slams Fletcher for changing stance on DRS
Seething after the Australian cricket team suffered a couple of setbacks in the first Test because of India's refusal to have the Decision Review System, the media Down Under trained its guns on the visiting team's coach, Duncan Fletcher, who has supported the DRS in the past.
PHOTOS: Yadav, Zaheer give India the edge on Day 1
Images from day one of the first Test between Australia and India, in Melbourne, on Monday.
December 25, 2011
1st Test: India's best chance to beat Aussies at home
With the Australian cricket team struggling like never before, India will have their best chance to end a 64-year wait to upstage them in their own backyard when the two sides clash in what promises to be apulsating four-Test series starting, in Melbourne, on Monday.
India-Australia cricket ties: Some interesting facts
Ahead of the Test series commencing Down Under on Boxing Day, Haresh Pandya looks back on cricket contests between the two countries.
Pattinson: Unwanted with KKR but now toast of Australia
He is touted as Australia's next big pace sensation who will make life difficult for Indian batsmen in the upcoming Test series but not too long ago, James Pattinson was nothing more than a fringe player even for his IPL team -- the Kolkata Knight Riders.
Form will make-up for inexperience, says Haddin
Australia's batting boot camp focussed more on mental work rather than technical shortcomings with wicketkeeper Brad Haddin predicting the form of the team's batting line-up will make-up for their inexperience in the series against India.
Ready to tackle swing, says captain Clarke
Australia have overcome their wobbles against swing bowling and are ready to prove it if called in to bat on the first morning of the Boxing Day Test against India, captain Michael Clarke said.
December 24, 2011
Ponting seeks help from his first coach Shipperd
His career at the crossroads after a prolonged slump in form, embattled Ricky Ponting has revealed that he had sought help from his first Sheffield Shield coach Greg Shipperd in an effort to regain his mojoback.
Indians will struggle to adapt to conditions: Warner
Australian opener David Warner foresees Indian cricketers struggling to adapt to conditions here during the upcoming Test series and feels the longer they are kept out on the field, "the harder it will be for themmentally."
Chappell declines to address Australian team
Former India coach Greg Chappell has declined to address the Australian cricket team ahead of the Test series against Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men despite being invited by current coach Mickey Arthur.
ICC Rankings: India hope to regain top slot
India can inch towards regaining the top spot by narrowing the gap with current numero uno England in the ICC rankings if they manage to beat Australia in the four-Test series starting on Monday.
No fitness concerns for Team India, says Dhoni
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Saturday said injury-prone pacers Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma are expected to be fit for the first Test against Australia.
Dhoni determined to turn India into tougher tourists
Having India shake off their image as home-track bullies is one of captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's goals as he bids to lead his team to a breakthrough Test series win in Australia.
1st Test: India's old hands warm to Boxing Day task
Australia's callow bowling attack has tantalised with the promise of a brave new era, but faces its stiffest examination against India's veteran batsmen in the first Test in Melbourne starting on Monday.
Dravid draws inspiration from Tendulkar
Rahul Dravid feared end of his career due to slump in form at one stage but drew inspiration from fellow Indian batting great Sachin Tendulkar's fighting spirit to not only revive his career but also emerge as the leading Test run scorer this season.
Top 10 bowlers in Tests in 2011: Ajmal rules
There is no challenging Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal, who is sitting pretty at the top with 50 wickets in eight Tests in 2011.
Australia recall Hilfenhaus for first India Test
Workhorse Ben Hilfenhaus has been brought back into the Test fold after a year in the freezer to add swing to Australia's pace attack for the first Test against India starting on Monday.
Modest Dhoni leads by example for expectant India
One of Dhoni's great attributes has been his ability to keep his head in the midst of the frenzy that often surrounds the sport in cricket-mad India.
December 23, 2011
'Ishant, Zaheer fit for first Test vs Australia'
In good news for India, their bowling spearhead Zaheer Khan and fellow pacer Ishant Sharma appeared to be fit to play in the opening Test against Australia beginning in Melbourne, on Monday.
Ageing Ponting still awaiting his Indian summer
Ricky Ponting, who stepped down from the captaincy in March and turned 37 on Monday, needs a first Test ton in nearly two years merely to save his career.
'Tough challenge for bowlers against Indian top order'
Australian captain Michael Clarke conceded that his side's young bowling attack would face a tough challenge against the star-studded and experienced Indian batting in the Test series starting in Melbourne on December 26.
'I hope Tendulkar doesn't get his 100th ton against us'
Beleaguered Australian batsman Michael Hussey has vowed to give a tough time to Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni during the Test series starting in Melbourne on December 26.
Team India's no show in Boxing Day Tests
India has played only a handful of Boxing Day Tests and their record at the MCG is not very impressive. Both teams have played each other in five Boxing Day Tests, four of which have been won by Australia and one ending in a draw.
Top-10 batsmen in Test cricket in 2011: Dravid still No. 1
Rahul Dravid continues to rule as the top batsmen in 2011 following his impressive showing in the three-match Test series against the West Indies.
'It's Inzamam, not Tendulkar close to Bradman style'
Australian great Sir Don Bradman himself declared that Sachin Tendulkar reminds him of his own batting style but former English cricketer Tony Shillinglaw has argued through a study that technique wise both the players are as different as chalk and cheese.
I have to be intimidating: Pattinson
Rookie pacer James Pattinson has immense respect for the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid but says that he will not be intimidated by the reputation of the star visiting batsmen in the Test series starting, in Melbourne, on December 26.
December 22, 2011
There is nothing easy about coaching South Africa: Donald
South Africa's bowling coach Allan Donald has said that it is not an easy job to be the bowling coach of the South Africa cricket team as it requires continuous hard work.
I wish Tendulkar gets 100th century in Melbourne: Warne
Australian spin legend Shane Warne has little doubt that Sachin Tendulkar will get his 100th international century on the present tour Down Under, but he hopes the iconic Indian batsman achieves the feat in the first cricket Test, starting December 26.
Images: Warne statue unveiled at the MCG
Shane Warne's presence at the Melbourne Cricket Club is no longer just memories - he's now immortalized there forever as the 11th statue of Australian sporting greats at the ground.
Indian batsmen haven't been tested enough: Taylor
Former Australian captain Mark Taylor feels India's in-form batsmen have not been tested enough in the past few months and they might find the going tough on bouncy pitches here when the Aussies unleash their young pacers during the upcoming Test series.
Tendulkar greater than Bradman, says researcher
An Economics researcher claims to have found an answer to one of the biggest debates in international cricket by picking Indian icon Sachin Tendulkar as the greatest Test batsman ever over late Australian legend
The Best All-Time Indian XI against Australia
draws up his best possible all-time Indian XI to take on any Australian XI in Tests anywhere in Australia or India.
Australian transition gives India an opening in Tests
India, even if you won't hear them say it, have never had a better chance of clinching their first Test series triumph in Australia than over the next month against a host nation in the turmoil of transition.
December 21, 2011
PHOTOS: Aus discards shine in drawn India warm-up
Images from the third and final day's play between India and Australian Chairman's XI in Canberra, on Wednesday.
McGrath doubtful of Zaheer, Ishant lasting the whole series
With a pace attack led by two injury-prone bowlers, things are not looking too good for India ahead of the gruelling Test series against Australia, feels fast bowling legend Glenn McGrath.
Confident Cowan questions fitness of Indian bowlers
Set to make his Test debut against India, Australian batsman Ed Cowan said he didn't feel nervous facing their bowlers during the Tour match.
Ponting gets another life; Hughes, Khawaja dropped
Embattled former Australia captain Ricky Ponting managed to retain his place in the 13-member squad for the first cricket Test against India, starting in Melbourne on Monday.
Rahul Dravid: We can't take anything for granted in Australia
Just a month shy of his 39th birthday, Rahul Dravid is enjoying the best form of his life. The Karnataka right-hand batsman is the leading scorer in Test cricket this year, with 1067 runs in 11 matches @ 59.27, having hit five centuries and three fifties.
Meet Test cricket's 10,000 runs club
When Sunil Gavaskar scaled the 10, 000-run mark, he must have felt he conquered Mount Everest. But, since then, there have been many who have gone past 10,000 runs, thanks to the number of games being placed nowadays and the heavy bats that bring runs aplenty. Manu Shankar presents the members of the elite field
December 20, 2011
No one is guaranteed a start, says Arthur
Australia coach Mickey Arthur made it clear that nobody is assured of a place in the national side and senior cricketers like Ricky Ponting will have to perform to be in the reckoning for the first cricket Test against India, starting December 26.
PHOTOS: Kohli, Cowan tons light up Day 2 of Aus warm-up match
Images from Day 2 of the three-day warm-up between Cricket Australia Chairman's XI and the touring Indians in Canberra, on Tuesday.
Should Ricky Ponting play in the Boxing Day Test versus India?
Ricky Ponting faces an uncertain international future if he fails to score runs, regardless of the former captain's standing in the game, says Australia coach Mickey Arthur.
Former Aus spinner reckons Lyon can trouble Sachin
Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar has made over 86,000 runs and 237 tons in all formats of the game over the last twenty years, yet the Australians feel that seven-Test old off-spinner Nathan Lyon could have him in a spin in the four-match Test series starting on December 26.
Aus wary of 'uncompromising' Fletcher's vast technical knowledge
India coach Duncan Fletcher has made both local media and Cricket Australia set-up paranoid ahead of the four-match Test series starting on December 26.
I don't see any competition with Rohit: Kohli
Promising middle-order batsman Virat Kohli doesn't see any competition with compatriot Rohit Sharma on the ongoing Australian tour or in near future as he has little doubt that both would be serving the Indian team in the days to come.
December 19, 2011
Chappell a failure in every coaching assignment: Ganguly
There is no love lost between Sourav Ganguly and former India coach Greg Chappell, but the former Indian captain has taken their feud a step further bycalling the Australian 'mad'.
PHOTOS: Kohli strikes 50 to rally Indians on rain-marred day
Indian batting stuttered on a rain-marred opening day before Virat Kohli's half century took the visitors to 162 for four against Cricket Australia Chairman's XI in a three-day practice match, at the Manuka Oval in Canberra on Monday.
We can beat any side in the world: VVS Laxman
Batting ace VVS Laxman on what makes him excel against Australia, and why he believes this M S Dhoni-led Indian team can triumph in the four-Test series, starting later this month.
December 18, 2011
2nd warm-up game: Dress rehearsal for Dhoni & Co
The Indians are likely to field their first team when they take on Cricket Australia Chairman's XI in their second and final warm-up game, on Monday, with the focus on the fitness of their fast bowlers ahead ofthe four-match Test series, starting December 26.
Kookaburra to provide only a dozen of balls for 1st Test
Concerned with the questions raised over the quality of Kookaburra balls, the company's Rob Elliot has decided to provide only a dozen of match balls for the first Test match between India and Australia starting December 26, at the MCG.
Chappell's plotting won't benefit hosts much: Ganguly
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly feels that Greg Chappell's presence in the Australian dressing room trying to plot the downfall of Indian batsmen, won't be of much benefit to the home team.
Ishant fit for 1st Test; team management rules out substitution
The Indian cricket team will not seek a cover for injured pacer Ishant Sharma as he is expected to be fit for the opening Test against Australia next week even though he has been ruled out of a three-day practice match starting, in Canberra, on Monday.
Sehwag-Pattinson rivalry could shape the series: Ian Chappell
Former Australia captain Ian Chappell reckons Virender Sehwag and Zaheer Khan's form will be crucial to India's success in the upcoming four-match Test series against Australia, starting on December 26.
December 17, 2011
Debutant Vernon comes in for big praise from captain Smith
Vernon Philander earned praise from captain Graeme Smith after his 10-wicket match haul helped South Africa thrash Sri Lanka by an innings and 81 runs in the first Test on Saturday.
Huss and I have got to score more consistently: Ponting
Embattled Ricky Ponting on Saturday admitted that he and his fellow teammate Mike Hussey need to start scoring runs consistently if they want to hold on to their places in the Australian Test team in the upcoming series against India.
Dhoni's success mantra: Keep short-term goals, live in the moment
Only the second cricketer to lead India to a World Cup triumph, Mahendra Singh Dhoni says he is not a 100 percent sure of playing in the 2015 edition.
Indians toil hard in optional net session
Veteran batsman VVS Laxman was the last to arrive at the optional nets this morning and was seen asking for new balls as the Indians practised throwdowns with old balls, in Canberra, on Saturday.
Substitute for Ishant to be decided soon
The Indian team management will decide in the next 24 hours if they need to seek a cover for fast bowler Ishant Sharma ahead of the important four-Test series against Australia, starting on December 26.
Rahane fails to impress in India's practice game
Young opener Ajinkya Rahane is disappointed he didn't capitalise on the chance he got during India's practice match here and feels he could end the trip to Australia watching the action from the sidelines.
Our youth vs India's old wise: Clarke
Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke says the "youth and enthusiasm" of his team would be up against India's "old wise heads" during the eagerly-awaited Test series from December 26.
Aussies have problems against swing bowling: Rohit Sharma
The face-off is still some days away but Indian batsman Rohit Sharma has already spotted a chink in the Australian armoury, saying the hosts have problems against swing bowling and his team will look to capitalise on the weakness when the Test series starts in Melbourne on December 26.
December 16, 2011
PHOTOS: Indian batting comes good in drawn Oz warm-up tie
Images from Day Two of the tour match between Cricket Australia Chairman's XI and the touring Indians, in Canberra.
Ishant has ankle checked; team management says he's fine
Amid growing concern over his fitness, India pacer Ishant Sharma is learnt to have got his troublesome ankle checked by a doctor in Canberra.
Katich likely to make comeback to rescue Aussies
Disgruntled Australian Test discard Simon Katich could make a stunning return to the team for the Test series against India as skipper Michael Clarke has reportedly pushed for his inclusion despite their bitter past equation.
Impressive Philander tries to 'keep it as simple as possible'
Keeping it simple in seamer-friendly conditions again paid dividends for South Africa's Vernon Philander who continued his impressive impact in Tests with another five-wicket haul on Thursday.
Expert replies: Which family has given Test cricket most players?
If you have a question relating to cricket and did not know who to ask, bounce them off to Rajneesh Gupta.
Good form won't ensure runs against Aussies: Dravid
Senior batsman Rahul Dravid has, on Friday, said that just because he is in good form only won't ensure him bagful of runs against Australia in the four-Test series starting on Boxing Day.
December 15, 2011
I am fit and looking to play matches now: Zaheer
With a gruelling four-Test series against Australia ahead, India pace spearhead Zaheer Khan, on Thursday, said he is prepared for the challenge and determined to get in the "best state of mind".
PHOTOS: Indian bowlers mauled in Aus warm-up game
Images from Day of the tour match between Cricket Australia Chairman's XI and the touring Indians, in Canberra.
Aussie fans should lower their expectations: Barry Richards
As Australia gear up to take on India in a gruelling four-Test battle, South African batting great Barry Richards said fans Down Under should "lower their expectations" from the home team which is in transition.
I only look to bowl fast, be it T20, ODI or Tests: Umesh Yadav
Young Vidarbha pacer Umesh Yadav tells Harish Kotian he wants to bowl with the same consistency as former Aussie great Glenn McGrath.
December 14, 2011
We are hoping to do well in Australia: Dhoni
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni reckons the experience of playing in Australian conditions in the past will benefit the team in the upcoming four-match Test series, starting on Boxing day.
I was baffled by the turn of events: Gavaskar
Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar, on Wednesday, clarified that he did not used the word "u-turn" and was only "baffled by the turn of events" as far as his IPL contract row with the BCCI was concerned.
Rahul Dravid: There is too much meaningless one-day cricket
Rahul Dravid urged the ICC to cut down on the number of 'meaningless' ODIs and focus on major tournaments like the World Cup, besides exploring the possibility of day-night Test cricket. The middle-order maestro was speaking in Canberra, at the annual Bradman Oration.
Don't write off Ricky Ponting: Harbhajan
Embattled Ricky Ponting has received support from an unexpected quarter in the form of Harbhajan Singh who said it is a big mistake to write off the former Aussie skipper.
1st warm-up game: Indians looking to test Australian conditions
Barely four days after a hectic series against the West Indies, India begin its tour of Australia with a two-day warm-up game against CA Chairman's XI in Canberra, on Thursday, with focus on acclimatizing to conditions ahead of the gruelling Test series later this month.
Oz warm up tie: 'We will play aggressive cricket against India'
Cricket Australia Chairman's XI captain Ryan Broad said that his side would look to unsettle the star-studded Indians in the first two-day warm-up game starting in Canberra on Thursday.
Stringent training camp for Aussie batsmen ahead of India Test
Australia will hold a training camp for their struggling batsmen before naming the side for the opening Test against India on December 26, team performance manager Pat Howard said on Wednesday.
Coach Wright feels Kiwi batsmen need to step up
While New Zealand basks in the glory of a first Test match win over Australia in more than 18 years, national cricket coach John Wright put the victory in perspective and again told his top order batsmen they must put more runs on the board.
Australia's Paine to miss India series, Watson won't bowl
Australia's backup wicketkeeper and top order batsman Tim Paine has been ruled out of the entire four-Test series against India after being forced to undergo surgery on an injured finger.
December 13, 2011
India's top performers in ODI series against West Indies
India may have won the just-concluded ODI series against the West Indies 4-1, but the scoreline certainly belies the intensity of the series.
New Zealand beams with pride after Australia win
New Zealand reacted with understated pride Tuesday after their young cricket team completed their first Test win over Australia in 18 years and first across the Tasman Sea in more than quarter of a century.
My target is to play good cricket in Australia: Wriddhiman Saha
Bengal wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha is backing his excellent domestic form to make the cut in the upcoming tour of Australia.
December 12, 2011
Inconsistency - a worrying factor for captain Clarke
Australian captain Michael Clarke is a worried man ahead of the gruelling Test series against India as he feels his players are performing only in patches and this inconsistency was letting them down badly.
British athlete Redmond's video inspired me: Tiwary
Manoj Tiwary didn't know much about British athlete Derek Redmond before he bumped into a Youtube clip of former British 400m runner while searching for motivational videos on the internet.
Our mental toughness will be tested in Australia: Gambhir
India's stand-in captain Gautam Gambhir was all praise for the fine show put up by the young players in the just-concluded series against the West Indies but warned that a tougher test lies ahead for them during the upcoming tour of Australia.
Pollard hoping WI come back strongly after break
A maiden international ton under his belt, albeit in a losing cause, explosive West Indies batsman Kieron Pollard said he would strive for more consistency from now on.
2nd Test PIX: Bracewell's fiery spell helps Kiwis win thriller
Images from the 2nd Test vs Australia and New Zealand, played in Hobart on Monday.
December 11, 2011
Images: Pollard ton in vain as India win by 34 runs
Images from the fifth and final One-day International between India and West Indies being played in Chennai
Cummins' presence would have made me comfortable: Waugh
Teen pace sensation Pat Cummins' injury-forced absence from the India-Australia Test series has made it an "even" contest and the hosts will need greentops to contain the famed batting line-up of the visiting side, feels former Aussie captain Steve Waugh.
December 10, 2011
'Sessions with Simmons have helped me improve'
Rookie leg-spinner Rahul Sharma feels hard work and long sessions with India team's bowling coach Eric Simmons has helped him a lot going into his maiden international match.
India hope to seal series with a win
With the series under their belt, India would look to sign off on a winning note before heading off to the gruelling trip to Australia when they take on a spirited but inconsistent West Indies in the fifth and final One-dayer, in Chennai, on Sunday.
Test cricket was my ultimate goal: Vinay Kumar
Karnataka pacer R Vinay Kumar tells he was expecting the Test call-up since he is one of the most consistent performers in the Ranji Trophy.
'Sehwag biggest threat to his ODI record'
Virender Sehwag's world record score in one-day internationals will remain under constant threat from the swashbuckling opener himself, according to the Indian batsman's coach.
December 09, 2011
'Tendulkar-clone' Sehwag emulates mentor
Sachin Tendulkar stepped on a plane on Thursday as the proud owner the highest individual score in 50-over cricket but will land on Australian soil to find that he has been robbed of the record by his one-time protege Virender Sehwag.
Sehwag's Top-10 innings in ODIs
A summary of Virender Sehwag's top-10 scores in ODIs.
'Sehwag the greatest slaughterer of bowling since Viv'
Check out what Virender Sehwag's team-mates and other celebrities had to say on Twitter on his world record double century.
December 08, 2011
All hail the 'gambler' Sehwag
The cricket fraternity, on Thursday, hailed Virender Sehwag for becoming the highest scorer in the history of One-day cricket with a phenomenal 219, describing the feat as an "incredible" achievement and good omen ahead of the Australian tour later this month.
Top-10 innings in One-Day Internationals
A look at the top ten innings in the history of One-Day Internationals.
Double delight for record-breaker Sehwag
Virender Sehwag created history on Thursday by posting the highest score in One-day Internationals and also scoring only the second double century in the 50-overs format.
Cummins could have troubled senior Indian batsmen: Waugh
Former Australia captain, Steve Waugh feels that teen pace sensation Pat Cummins, who will miss part of the home Test series against India due to a heel injury, would have tested the likes of veterans Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid.
December 07, 2011
Happy to be leading the Indian attack: Vinay Kumar
The pacer feels that the new ICC rule from October 1 that different balls will be used from the two ends in the one-dayers, has helped swing bowlers like him to move the ball for longer periods.
Cummins confirms IPL participation, attracts mixed reactions
Former Australia captain Steve Waugh has warned paceman Pat Cummins about his Indian Premier League ambitions after it emerged the talented teenager's heel injury would see him sidelined for most of the Australian cricket summer.
Powell to replace injured Bravo for 4th ODI
West Indies suffered a huge blow ahead of their fourth One-Day International against India tomorrow as key batsman Darren Bravo was on Wednesday ruled out of the crucial match because of left hamstring injury.
Buoyed by Motera win, Windies look to square series
India will have to sort out their top-order batting woes as buoyed by a morale-lifting 16-run victory in the previous game, a resurgent West Indies would be a tough nut to crack in the fourth and penultimate One-dayer at the Holkar Stadium, in Indore, on Thursday.
ODI rankings: Ashwin jumps to 18th spot
Following his consistent performance in the recent past, India's R Ashwin broke into the top 20 of the ICC ODI bowling charts for the time in his career, while batsman Virat Kohli moved up one rung to be placed fourth in the latest ranking released on Wednesday.
'Sachin could get his 100th ton in Melbourne'
Former Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds echoed ex-teammate Adam Gilchrist's view, saying India have a good chance to score their first Test rubber win Down Under when they tour the country later this month.
'Ponting could be Australia's answer to Dravid'
Former players, including Australia's ex-captain Allan Border, have thrown their weight behind the embattled Ricky Ponting with one of them saying that the senior batsman is capable of emulating Indian Rahul Dravid's return to form after a prolonged lean patch.
December 06, 2011
Rohit, Virat ready to replace Big 3 in Test squad?
As the big three of Indian Test batting -- Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman -- enter the twilight of their careers, the spotlight is firmly on the men who seek to replace them in the years to come.
Sehwag expects top order to fire and not let fans down
Livid with the flop-show of the top-order, including himself, India's stand-in skipper Virender Sehwag said its poor performance was the prime reason for the hosts' 16-run loss in the third ODI against West Indies in Ahmedabad on Monday.
Shashi Tharoor: Wanted, a genuine Test all-rounder
The dearth of genuine Test all-rounders is a stark reality, a worrying fact as not many cricketers offer consistent all-round quality these days, notes .
Seven bowling wonders of 2011
A look at the bowlers who left a mark in the maiden Test in 2011.
December 05, 2011
Images: West Indies beat India despite Rohit's 95
Images from the third ODI between India and West Indies being played at the Motera ground in Ahmedabad on Monday.
Gilchrist backs India to post first Test series win in Aus
Former Australia wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist feels India has a great opportunity to register their first Test series victory Down Under as the former world No 1 side is currently in a transitional phase.
December 04, 2011
Yadav wants to be India's McGrath
Inspired by Australian fast bowling legend Glenn McGrath, the newest addition to the Indian pace attack, Umesh Yadav, wants to be a line and length specialist.
December 03, 2011
'England series would have little bearing on Aus tour'
Senior batsman Rahul Dravid feels that the nightmarish tour of England is a thing of past now and a full-strength Team India would certainly do well in the upcoming Test series in Australia.
Virat, Rohit were superb for us: Sehwag
Stand-in captain Virender Sehwag lavished praise on the young duo of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma stating that they batted as if they were "veteran of 200 matches."
'Zaheer still needs to do lot of bowling to get fit'
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly feels India's pace spearhead Zaheer Khan needs to bowl a lot in order to be fully fit for the first Test against Australia, starting on the Boxing Day.
December 02, 2011
Harsha Bhogle: 'Maybe, Dhoni should be a bit more consistent'
When Harsha Bhogle came on the Rediff Chat on Thursday evening, thousands of readers couldn't have enough of him -- and Harsha didn't disappoint them. For those who couldn't make it to the chat, we present excerpts
December 01, 2011
Vizag ODI: Rohit vows not to repeat Cuttack mistake
Comeback man Rohit Sharma, who was the architect of India's nail-biting one-wicket win in the first ODI in Cuttack, on Thursday, said leaving the task unfinished for the tailenders was a mistake he will never repeat.
Difficult to stop India on a winning run: Sammy
With India on a 10-match winning streak at home, it is difficult to stop their juggernaut, said West Indies captain Darren Sammy ahead of their second One-dayer in Visakhapatnam on Friday.
India hope batsmen find form in 2nd ODI
After narrowly escaping defeat in the series opener, India will look to guard against complacency and hope for an improved showing from their batsmen when they take on the West Indies in the second One-dayer in Visakapatnam on Thursday.
Should India-Pakistan cricket ties resume?
It's been discussed for some time now. The resumption of cricketing ties between India and Pakistan, that is.
November 30, 2011
It's time for Ponting to retire: Cairns
Describing Ricky Ponting as the "elephant in the room", former New Zealand captain Chris Cairns has said that Cricket Australia (CA) needs to end his 16-year long Test career in order to move forward.
Kiwis ready to test inexperienced Australia
Injury-weakened Australia return to Test action on home soil this week for the first time since their humiliating Ashes defeat, taking on a New Zealand team convinced conditions might just be right for an upset.
We gave India a good fight: Roach
West Indies paceman Kemar Roach was happy to get under hosts India's skin but regretted the team's failure to put up a challenging total in the first One-dayer in Cuttack on Tuesday.
Sehwag flays batsmen following close win in 1st ODI
India captain Virender Sehwag hailed the efforts of the lower order for pulling off a thrilling win over the West Indies in the first ODI but was equally critical of the team's top order for failing to do their job.
India's inexperienced bowling will have work cut out in Aus
Spin is going to play huge part on the upcoming tour of Australia, and, says , India's young spinners R Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha will have to adapt quickly and deliver.
November 29, 2011
PHOTOS: India win thriller in Cuttack
Photographs from the first One Day International between India and West Indies at the Barabati stadium in Cuttack on Tuesday.
For Virat, it is about realising a huge potential
The upcoming tour of Australia provides Virat Kohli an ideal platform to resurrect his Test career, writes Bikash Mohapatra
Acid test for Ashwin and Ojha; curious case of No 6
R Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha may have had a phenomenal home Test series against the West Indies, but their real test will be in Australia, where the pitches are more suited to pacers, feels Manu Shankar.
November 28, 2011
Perfect opportunity for youngsters to perform at big stage: Viru
India are without some key senior players, including captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, for the ODI series against the West Indies but stand-in skipper Virender Sehwag, on Monday, said that it would give a perfect opportunity for the youngsters in the team to perform well at the big stage.
WI ODIs: Second string India keen to continue domination
After thrashing the West Indies in the Test series, India would look to continue their domination over the Caribbean side when the two teams clash in the opening match of One-day series at Barabati Stadium, in Cuttack, on Tuesday.
November 27, 2011
Dhoni as a cricketer is lot like Botham: Brearley
Former England captain Mike Brearley finds a lot of "similarity" between India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and legendary all-rounder Ian Botham.
November 26, 2011
Selectors have picked a balanced side for the Australian tour
The selectors have kept faith in the young brigade and therefore have picked a balanced side, says Haresh Pandya.
We took our position for granted: Sammy
The one characteristic that probably defines Darren Sammy the most is his smile.
Most of our dismissals happened at the wrong time: Dhoni
Even as the third and final Test between India and West Indies ended in a nail-biting draw, it was the home team that was left disappointed at the end of the day.
Images: India, WI match ends in a sensational draw
Images from Day 5 play between India and West Indies being played at the Wankhede Stadium on Saturday.
Tendulkar weighed down by heaviest of milestones
Sachin Tendulkar stood on the brink of batting immortality only to retreat, plunging a milestone-obsessed country into depression and triggering a debate on his vulnerability against the pressure of expectation.
November 25, 2011
How the West Indies plotted Tendulkar's dismissal
In the post-match presser on Day Three of the third Test, Darren Sammy made a statement, reiterating what he had said over the past few days.
Images: Heartbreak for Tendulkar, high for Ashwin
Images from the Day 4 play of the third Test between India and West Indies at the Wankhede Stadium on Friday.
Amitabh heartbroken after Tendulkar misses ton
A look at how some famous people reacted on Twitter after Sachin Tendulkar was dismissed six short of his 100th international century.
The 100th ton will have to wait...Sachin disappoints yet again
The Master Blaster fell six short of the eagerly-waited 'century of centuries'. Ravi Rampaul had him caught by Darren Sammy at second slip to disappoint the hordes of fans that had turned up in the last two days to watch the Master score that 100th hundred.
Tendulkar again falls short of 100th century
Indian batting ace Sachin Tendulkar fell short of his 100th international century once again after being dismissed for 94 on Day 4 in the third and final Test against the West Indies, in Mumbai, on Friday.
November 24, 2011
We plan to break a few Indian hearts tomorrow: Sammy
Even as Sachin Tendulkar stands on the threshold of scoring a record 100th international ton, West Indies skipper Darren Sammy says his team is already mulling over ways to break a few Indian hearts on Friday.
Photos: Dravid, Tendulkar lead India's strong reply
Images from day three of the third and final Test between India and the West Indies in Mumbai, on Thursday.
'Result more important than Sachin's 100th ton'
The entire country may be waiting for Sachin Tendulkar's 100th international ton when he resumes his innings on Friday but the India opener Gautam Gambhir says the team is fully focused on the end result.
Badrinath eyes No.6 spot in India's Test squad
While there are quite a few in the race to grab the No. 6 spot in India's Test squad, Tamil Nadu's middle-order mainstay Subramaniam Badrinath, on Wednesday, claimed that he was the best bet for that position.
Top-10 Test bowlers in 2011: Ajmal No. 1
Rajneesh Gupta presents the leading bowlers in Tests this year. The list is headed by Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal.
November 23, 2011
'I would have equaled Lara, but you can't plan that'
Darren Bravo achieved a personal milestone off the very first ball on the second day's play in the third and final Test between India and West Indies at the Wankhede stadium on Wednesday.
Photos: Bravo ton leads Windies' run feast in Mumbai
Darren Bravo tormented India's bowlers with a classy 166 as West Indies racked up a mammoth 575 for nine in their first innings on Wednesday, virtually ending the hosts' hopes of inflicting a whitewash in the third and final Test.
'This Wankhede wicket made me feel cheated'
India spinner R Ashwin was disappointed with the way the wicket in the third Test against the West Indies behaved over the first two days, saying it was more like a first class match track.
Buchanan sees vulnerabilities in Australian team
Australia are a vulnerable side even against their lowly trans-Tasman neighbours New Zealand following the sweeping changes implemented under the Argus Review, former national coach John Buchanan has said.
Arthur finds 'uncanny' similarity between Cummins and Steyn
Newly-appointed Australia coach Mickey Arthur finds an 'uncanny' similarity between teen pace sensation Pat Cummins and South African speedster Dale Steyn.
Top 10 Test bastmen in 2011: Dravid No 1
In 10 Test matches, Rahul Dravid has garnered 952 runs to emerge atop the table, with an average of 59.52. He also notched five centuries and two fifties.
November 22, 2011
No pressure when I am told I'm the fastest in the country: Aaron
The ground on which Varun Aaron made his One-Day International debut was also the venue of his first Test match. Call it destiny, or whatever, the Wankhede stadium is a memorable venue for the young fast bowler.
PHOTOS: Disciplined batting gives Windies good platform
Images from the first day's play of the 3rd Test between India and West Indies, playeed at the Wankhede in Mumbai on Tuesday.
Zaheer can't take his place for granted: Akram
With youngsters such as Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron making their presence felt, India's pace spearhead Zaheer Khan cannot take his place for granted, feels former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram.Zaheer, recovering from an ankle surgery, had missed out on India's England tour and the current West Indies series but is expected to play in Australia next month.
South African Arthur is new Australia coach
Former South Africa cricket coach Mickey Arthur on Tuesday became the first foreign head coach of the Australian team, completing a sweeping revamp of management following their disastrous Ashes campaign last year.
CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement award for Wadekar
Former India captain Ajit Wadekar will be honoured with the Col CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement trophy at the annual Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) awards ceremony to be held in Chennai on December 10.
November 21, 2011
PHOTOS: Australia pull off thrilling victory over South Africa
Australia beat South Africa by two wickets in the second and final Test to draw the series after a gripping fifth day at the Wanderers on Monday.
Photos: Team India prepare for Windies sweep
The series in their grasp following convincing victories in the first two matches, India would be aiming for a clean sweep against the West Indies in the third and final Test commencing in Mumbai, on Tuesday.
Milestone or not, Tendulkar prepares hard: VVS Laxman
His 176 not out at Eden Gardens not only helped India pocket the series against the West Indies, but also meant an end to a personal drought -- one that spanned 15 months and covered 16 Tests.
21 months later, Rohit Sharma ready to pass the test
He was poised to make his Test debut last February when fate struck a cruel blow.
Windies look to bury bad memories even as Sachin's ton looms
With India having comprehensively overpowered the Windies in the first two Tests, the hosts look good to continue their dominance over the visitors. And with a fairly poor record at the Wankhede, it looks a tough job for the Windies to rewrite history, writes Bikash Mohapatra.
Was something amiss in the 1996 WC SF? The turning points
Former India batsman Vinod Kambli has raised suspicion on the 1996 World Cup semi-final between India and Sri Lanka, saying he found 'something amiss' in the game.
Rich tributes paid to 'pioneer, legend' D'Oliveira
Basil D'Oliveira, the South Africa-born all-rounder whose selection in an England team to visit his native land changed the course of history, died at the age of 80 on Saturday after a long battle against Parkinson's disease.
November 20, 2011
Ponting, Khawaja join forces to keep Australia alive
Ricky Ponting scored an unbeaten half-century on Sunday to keep alive Australia's hopes of salvaging the series against South Africa on the fourth day of the second and final Test at the Wanderers.
Injured Chanderpaul misses practice as teammates sweat it out
Lagging 0-2 in the three-match Test series, West Indies are sweating over the fitness of their key batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul ahead of the last match starting at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Tuesday.
Kohli, Raina walk away with big honours at Ceat cricket awards
India's middle order batsmen Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina won the Ceat International Youngster of the Year and T20 Player of the Year awards respectively at a glittering ceremony in Mumbai on Saturday.
WI going into the third Test with confidence, says Edwards
West Indies's Kirk Edwards, who has two tons and two half centuries in his five-Test old career -- one of them against India on debut in Dominica, has said the fine fight back by his team in the second innings of the second Test at Kolkata has given it a lot of confidence ahead of the last Test commencing on Tuesday.
New twist to Roebuck's death investigation
In a new twist to the inquest into Peter Roebuck's death, forensic experts will investigate whether the DNA samples taken from a bedsheet match that of the celebrated cricket writer who was facing allegations of sexual assault before committing suicide.
November 19, 2011
Pak cricket community hits out at BCCI, ICC
The cricket community in Pakistan has lashed out at ICC president Sharad Pawar and the BCCI for their refusals to investigate claims by former India player Vinod Kambli that the 1996 World Cup semi-final against Sri Lanka may have been fixed.
BCCI should probe Kambli's fixing claims: Maken
Sports Minister Ajay Maken wants the match-fixing claims made by former cricketer Vinod Kambli investigated by the BCCI and says his Ministry might step in if the Board doesn't order a probe.
November 18, 2011
Why Yuvraj was dropped from the Test squad. Figure it out!
Rajneesh Gupta presents a statistical look on Yuvraj Singh's showing in Tests since making his debut against New Zealand in 2003.
PHOTOS: Kallis a milestone man whereas SA collapse
Jacques Kallis became the fourth leading run-scorer in tests as he passed 12,000 runs but South Africa ruined the party by being bowled out for 266 on the first day of the second Test against Australia on Thursday.
Dhoni throws his weight behind Yuvraj
Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, on Thursday, threw his weight behind out-of-form team-mate Yuvraj Singh and said the middle-order batsman needs support as he is going through a difficult phase of his career.
November 17, 2011
Great to see bowlers hunting in packs: Dhoni
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni credited the entire team for the series-clinching win in the second Test against the West Indies, in Kolkata, saying it was heartening to see his young bowlers 'hunting in packs'.
Photos, 2nd Test, Day 4: Bravo's fighting ton can't save Windies
Images from Day 4 in the second Test between India and the West Indies at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, on Thursday.
Australia can overcome 47 all out: Smith
Australia's vast experience should allow them to get over the calamitous first Test when they were all out for 47 and lost by eight wickets last week, South Africa captain Graeme Smith said on Wednesday.
November 16, 2011
West Indies banking on Chanderpaul to save Test
West Indies opener Adrian Barath, who scored a fighting half-century in the second innings, said the experienced Shivnarine Chanderpaul will be the visitors' key batsman on Thursday as they battle to save the second Test and three-Test series against India.
'Confident of getting West Indies out early on Day 4'
Left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha, who claimed four wickets in the West Indies' first innings, thanked skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni for showing confidence in handing him the new ball when play resumed on Wednesday, Day 3 of the second Test, in Kolkata.
Watson has taken the game to the next level: Klusener
Former South Africa all-rounder Lance Klusener says Shane Watson of Australia is the best in the business when it comes to performing with both bat and ball at the moment.
West Indies should bat like India: Richardson
Buried under a pile of runs, the West Indies will have to take a cue from the way India batted and stay positive in the remaining three days of the ongoing second cricket Test, in Kolkata, visiting team manager Richie Richardson said on Tuesday.
'Roebuck was about to be detained before suicide'
Noted cricket columnist Peter Roebuck was about to be detained over an alleged sexual assault on a Zimbabwean Facebook friend when he committed suicide at his hotel, in Cape Town, his colleague Jim Maxwell has said.
November 15, 2011
Satisfying to get a hundred after a long gap: Laxman
Relieved at getting a Test hundred after 16 matches, VVS Laxman agreed that there is something about his relationship with Eden Gardens, but added that Tuesday's innings against the West Indies was not that challenging.
‎Tendulkar completes 22 years in international cricket
Iconic batsman Sachin Tendulkar achieved yet another milestone in his illustrious career as he completed a marathon 22 years in international cricket on Wednesday.
Photos, 2nd Test, Day II: Dhoni leads from the front
Images from Day 2 in the second Test between India and the West Indies, at the Eden Gardens, in Kolkata, on Tuesday.
Ask the Expert: How many times was Gavaskar LBW in Tests?
If you have a question relating to cricket and did not know who to ask, bounce them off to Rajneesh Gupta.
A coach's job is restricted, feels Patil
He might have played a key role in helping Kenya reach the semi-finals of the 2003 World Cup, but former India cricketer Sandeep Patil feels that any coach is as good as his team and it is actually the players who are behind the success of any side.
November 14, 2011
Pressure taking a toll on Tendulkar: Gibson
As Sachin Tendulkar missed out on his 100th ton yet again, West Indies coach Ottis Gibson said they were not doing anything special to prevent him from reaching the milestone and maybe it is the heavy load of fans' expectations which is getting the better of Indian batsman.
Fletcher's tips helped my game: Dravid
Enjoying a golden run having scored five tons in less than six months, Rahul Dravid on Monday gave credit to chief coach Duncan Fletcher for his tips which has proved to be invaluable.
Photos (Day I): Dravid puts India in the driver's seat
Images from the opening day's play of the second Test between India and West Indies at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
'Roebuck was somewhere between Cardus and Arlott'
Cricket writing can be an art form in the hands of the most talented of wordsmiths.
Bishoo prolongs Tendulkar's 100th ton wait again
Davendra Bishoo once again dashed Sachin Tendulkar's hopes of scoring a record 100th international ton after the leg-spinner dismissed the Indian for 38 on day one of the second Test against the West Indies, in Kolkata, on Monday.
Roebuck, 'cricket's premier journalist', remembered by Aus greats
Shaken by the news of noted columnist Peter Roebuck's suicide in South Africa, Australian players, current and former, paid tribute to him with former captain Steve Waugh saying that the Englishman was "without a doubt, cricket's premier journalist."
In West Indies, we take good talent and make it average: Lara
Former West Indies captain has come down strongly on West Indies cricket administrators for not fully backing the talent available in the Caribbean.
Roebuck not the only cricket writer to end his own life
Former Somerset captain Peter Roebuck was not the only cricket writer to have committed suicide. writes of two other writee-commentators -- R.C. Robertson-Glasgow of England and Berry Sarbadhikary of India --who took their own lives.
November 13, 2011
India look to wrap series in Kolkata vs WI
India will aim to wrap up the series by taking an unassailable 2-0 lead against West Indies when the two sides clash in the second Test at the historic Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Monday.
I don't need a surgery to fix ankle: Ishant
Relishing the new role of being India's strike bowler in absence of an injured Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, on Sunday, said he is completely fit and doesn't need a surgery to fix his left ankle.
November 12, 2011
Images: Indians have a gruelling net session
Images from India's practice session at the Eden Gardens.
'Dravid the most difficult Indian batsman to bowl to'
West Indies fast bowler Fidel Edwards said Indian batsman Rahul Dravid is the most difficult batsman to bowl to in international cricket.
Under-fire Smith lets his bat do the talking
Graeme Smith hoped his captain's knock that led South Africa to a spectacular victory in the first Test would finally silence his critics while his Australian counterpart Michael Clarke lambasted his team for an abysmal performance with bat and ball.
November 11, 2011
Photos: Smith, Amla steamroll Aussies
Images from Day 3 of the first Test between South Africa and Australia at Newlands, Cape Town.
Young pacers' emergence good for Indian cricket: Zaheer
Itching to attain peak fitness ahead of the tough tour of Australia later this year, pace spearhead Zaheer Khan reckons the emergence of youngsters like Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron bodes well for Indian cricket.
Former captain Taylor loses sleep over Oz collapse
His phone kept buzzing in the wee hours of the morning when Australia were being annihilated by South African bowlers in Cape Town and Mark Taylor could not believe what he saw when he turned on the television.
PIX: Clarke takes blame for 'disgraceful' batting show by Aussies
Australia captain Michael Clarke described his team's batting as "disgraceful and unacceptable" after they were bowled out for 47 in the first Test against South Africa on Thursday.
India's 10 best Test players in the last two years
Rajneesh Gupta lists the players whose contributions have helped India become a super power in Test cricket.
November 10, 2011
Chappell's Fierce Focus: 'Fallout with Sachin biggest regret'
India's controversial former cricket coach Greg Chappell claims the biggest regret of his tumultuous three-year stint was the fallout with senior batsman Sachin Tendulkar with whom he simply failed to "communicate" properly.
Akram asks Ashwin to create variation, guard against complacency
Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram praised Indian off-spinner R Ashwin for his excellent Test debut against the West Indies, in which he finished with a nine-wicket haul, but warned him against becoming complacent.
Dhoni berates batsmen for failure in 1st innings
Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has revealed his dissatisfaction with the team's batting despite winning the first Test against the West Indies by a substantial margin.
Glad to contribute when team is under pressure: Clarke
Australia captain Michael Clarke said helping his team when they were under pressure was the best part of his century on the opening day of the first Test against South Africa on Wednesday.
November 09, 2011
Need to find a way to score against spin, says Sammy
West Indies captain Darren Sammy says his batsmen have to find a way to score against India's spinners for the team to have a chance of doing well in the ongoing three-Test series, the first of which the visitors lost in four days.
Recovery on track, Zaheer eyes Ranji Trophy
Training with his Mumbai Ranji Trophy team-mates for the past few couple of weeks, injured Indian pace spearhead Zaheer Khan on Wednesday conceded that he had some work to do before attaining full fitness.
Once again, milestone-man Sachin fails to break 100th ton barrier
Exuberant fans were stunned into silence at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium when Sachin Tendulkar once again missed out on his 100th international ton, on the fourth day of the first Test against the West Indies in New Delhi on Wednesday.
Ashwin savours dream debut ahead of wedding
He could not have asked for a better debut as R Ashwin became only the third cricketer ever to get a Man of the Match in his first Test itself and as he prepares to get married in a few days, the off-spinner wondered if the nine-wicket haul against the West Indies is a wedding gift.
Photos: Tendulkar misses 100th ton but India sail
Sachin Tendulkar's quest for a record 100th international ton continued, but India rode on his fluent 76 to script an admirable come-from-behind five-wicket victory over the West Indies with more than four sessions to spare at the Ferozshah Kotla on Wednesday.
Cricket's Gen Next begins innings in style
The last few weeks have seen a whole new bunch of this Gen Next making a splash on the field. While for some it marked a promising start, in case of others it was about finally making a mark. gives a lowdown on these memorable efforts.
3-0 win over WI can take India to second spot in Test rankings
India can pip South Africa to second position in the ICC Test rankings if they manage to win the ongoing series against the West Indies 3-0 and if Graeme Smith's side loses the upcoming two-Test rubber against Australia.
November 08, 2011
'I'm gifted to play alongside Tendulkar and Dravid'
Having made an impressive Test debut by taking nine wickets, off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin said patience was the key to his success on an unresponsive wicket in the first Test against the West Indies, at the Ferozeshah Kotla, on Tuesday.
Photos (Day III): Tendulkar completes 15,000 Test runs
Sachin Tendulkar on Tuesday achieved another milestone as he became the first cricketer in the history of the game to cross 15,000-run mark in Tests even as India closed in on a win in the opening Test against West Indies at Ferozshah Kotla.
Chappell spills beans on bitter relationship with Ganguly
Former India coach Greg Chappell has revealed details of the tumultuous relationship he shared with former captain Sourav Ganguly.
Warne returns to cricket with 'Big Bash'
Shane Warne is bringing his short retirement to an end and returning to cricket in Australia's Twenty20 Big Bash competition next month, the leg-spinning great said on Tuesday.
November 07, 2011
Looking to bowl out Windies for around 150: Sehwag
A stunning batting collapse has left India in a precarious position in the opening Test against the West Indies but opener Virender Sehwag says it is nothing to be worried about as the hosts are confident of bundling out the visitors for 150 or less.
Images: West Indies turn the heat on India
Images from the Day 2 of the first Test match between India and West Indies being played at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground.
November 06, 2011
Wicket didn't help much, so I stuck to basics: Ojha
With the Feroz Shah Kotla pitch not offering much help to the bowlers, Indian left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha said he stuck to the basics to scalp the three West Indies wickets on the opening day of the first Test in New Delhi.
Images: Chanderpaul leads WI fightback with century
Images from Day 1 play between the India vs West Indies Test match being played at Feroz Shah Kotla ground
November 05, 2011
Hope Sachin gets 100th ton at Kotla: Dhoni
As anticipation builds up for Sachin Tendulkar's 100th international ton, Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said the team is hoping that the veteran cricketer achieves the milestone in the very first Test of the three-match series against the West Indies.
Tendulkar's 100th ton back in focus as India take on Windies
The hype is back as Sachin Tendulkar once again seeks to record an unprecedented 100th international century, when a near full-strength India take on West Indies in the first cricket Test beginning in New Delhi on Sunday.
November 04, 2011
'There was one batsman I couldn't get out: Sachin Tendulkar'
He is one of the most popular international cricketers in India, but Australian speedster Brett Lee says he wasn't sure if any of the IPL franchises would be interested in picking him up, and was stunned when he fetched US $900,000 in the inaugural auction.
India fret over Kotla pitch ahead of Windies opener
India host West Indies in the opener of their three-match series on Sunday with doubts over the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium pitch, which will be hosting a Test for the first time since serving an international ban.
ICC needs to do more to clean up cricket: May
The conviction of three Pakistani players in a spot-fixing scam doesn't mean end of corruption in world cricket, Players' Union chief Tim May and former Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds have warned.
'Lord's Test against Pak last year looked clean'
The legitimacy of Australia's victory over Pakistan at Lord's Test last year may be in question but Simon Katich and Shane Watson said they never suspected any wrongdoing in that match.
'I blame myself for bringing Mazhar to cricket'
Bookmaker Mazhar Majeed's elder brother Azhar feels responsible for all the spot-fixing mess since it was he, who introduced his brother to cricket and cricketers.
November 03, 2011
'My son has been implicated and made a scapegoat'
Reactions to the Pakistan cricket trio of Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohd Amir being jailed after being found guilty of taking bribes to fix parts of a Test match against England in 2010.
It's shameful for Pakistan cricket: Imran Khan
Saddened by the sentencing of three Pakistani cricketers in the spot-fixing scam, legendary former captain Imran Khan has said it is a shameful episode for the game in the country but he felt sorry for young pacer Mohammad Amir.
The Spot-fixing saga: Four villains and a hero
It was a moment that not only disgraced Pakistan cricket but the game of cricket overall. And, Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were convicted and sent to jail for their role in the spot-fixing saga.
I didn't realise both the batsmen hadn't scored a run: Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar has rated Mumbai's semifinal victory over Tamil Nadu in the 1999-2000 season as his most memorable moment in the 33 appearaces he has made in the Ranji Trophy the 78th edition of which got underway in various centres on Thursday.
There's no match-fixing in Indian cricket, insists Lele
Former BCCI secretary Jaywant Lele, who monitored the happenings of the match-fixing scandal that rocked the game a decade ago, has insisted that no evidence was ever found that Indian cricketers had played a part in the match-fixing scandal.
Want to apologise to Pakistan; learnt a very hard lesson: Aamir
Filled with remorse, teen Pakistan pacer Mohammad Aamir has apologised for his involvement in the spot-fixing scandal, saying his dream of becoming the world's best cricketer lies in tatters and he is not sure if the game would ever want him back.
Lee claims fixing not restricted only to subcontinent
Pakistan might be in the eye of storm after guilty verdicts against three of its cricketers but Australian speedster Brett Lee believes match-fixing is not restricted to the sub-continent and can happen anywhere in the world.
Former England 'keeper says he was offered 'millions' to fix T20
Former English wicketkeeper Paul Nixon has claimed that he was offered 'millions of pounds' to fix a Twenty20 match in England.
Spot-fixing trial: ICC to investigate more matches
The ICC is set to launch its own investigation into Pakistan's 2010 tour of England following indications of more tainted matches even as former cricketers called for a pro-active approach in dealing with corruption in the game.
November 02, 2011
'Spot-fixing will never happen again in Pakistan cricket'
Former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt expressed confidence that spot-fixing will never raise its ugly head again in Pakistan cricket.
Swann recalls day after spot-fixing scam came out in the open
England off-spinner Graeme Swann has revealed that he will never forget the grim atmosphere after the 2010 Lord's Test against Pakistan when the undercover 'spot-fixing' sting was published by the News of the World.
'Umpires, administrators too fix matches'
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni did not seem surprised at the verdict handed out to Pakistani cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammed Asif, saying worse is bound to happen when you do worse.
I want to be a good Test cricketer: Yuvraj
Yuvraj Singh has fallen behind in the pecking order to youngsters like Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli, but after a superb all-round showing in the World Cup, the left-hander will get another chance to resurrect his Test career against West Indies.
Little sympathy in Pakistan for disgraced cricketers
Pakistanis were not as forgiving, saying the fiasco has hurt the South Asian country, already tainted by widespread allegations of government corruption, where cricket is a way of life and to many an expression of national identity.
Vaughan questions Pakistan's 2000 Karachi Test loss
A day after Salman Butt and Mohammed Asif were convicted for spot-fixing, former England skipper Michael Vaughan suspects that a Test match against Pakistan in 2000 might have been fixed.
November 01, 2011
'It's a sad day for Pakistan cricket'
Dismayed by the conviction of Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif in the spot-fixing scandal, Pakistan's former players said the London Court's verdict marks a sad day for the game in the country but the two players got what they deserved for their actions.
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It's the right time to focus on my Test career: Yuvraj
India's middle-order batsman Yuvraj Singh reckons that his best years as a cricketer are "yet to come" and he will now strive to revive his Test career.
October 29, 2011
We played abjectly horrible cricket in ODIs: Swann
Stand-in T20 captain Graeme Swann admitted that England played some "abjectly horrible" cricket during the just-concluded ODI series against India and the consolation win in Saturday's one-off Twenty20 match was not enough to heal their wounds.
October 28, 2011
Katich accuses Clarke of ruining his career
Accusing Michael Clarke of playing a role in removing him from the list of Cricket Australia contracts, Simon Katich on Friday said he would never get a chance to wear a baggy green again.
Uthappa keen to open the batting in T20 against England
Recalled to the Indian side after a gap of three years, Robin Uthappa said he would love to open the batting and get India off to a blazing start against World No. 1 England in the one-off T20 International, at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, on Saturday.
India aim for England whitewash in lone T20
Brimming with confidence after thrashing England 5-0 in the ODIs, India aim to wrap it up in style by beating the visitors in the one-off Twenty20 International at the Eden Gardens on Saturday.
October 26, 2011
Dhoni reaches third spot in ICC ranking
Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, named the player of the series following India's 5-0 whitewash over England in the ODI tournament, jumped two places to reach the third spot in the latest ICC rankings on Wednesday.
Dhoni takes dig at England's record in India
Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni indirectly took a dig at the Englishmen for their sorry record on Indian soil.
We have not batted well in the entire tour: Cook
England skipper Alastair Cook blamed poor show by his batsmen for his side's 5-0 ODI series whitewash by India and said he was "shocked" by the batting collapse in the fifth and final match.
Why Sidhu walked out of the 1996 England tour
Former India opener Navjot Singh Sidhu walked out of India's 1996 cricket tour of England because he thought his captain, Mohammed Azharuddin, was constantly abusing him, a new book by former Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Jaywant Lele claims.
Images: India crush England, complete 5-0 series victory
Images from the fifth One-day International between India and England at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
We were fortunate to score 270, says Dhoni
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni conceded that his team was lucky to have scored a 270-plus total on a difficult Eden Gardens track in the fifth and final one-dayer against England in Kolkata on Tuesday.
October 25, 2011
Lele's memoirs: 'Kapil forced Sachin change follow-on decision'
At the height of the match-fixing saga a decade ago, Kapil Dev, then India coach, had overruled captain Sachin Tendulkar's decision to enforce the follow-on against New Zealand in the Ahmedabad Test, recalls former Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Jaywant Lele in a new book.
Sachin was racked with self-doubt, Chappell claims in new book
Former India coach Greg Chappell, in a new book, has claimed that cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar was "mentally fragile" at a certain stage of his illustrious career and was beset with "self-doubt".
October 24, 2011
ICC officially launches T20 rankings
Top international cricketers have thrown their weight behind the ICC T20I team and player rankings, which were officially launched, on Monday, saying it will give more meaning to one-off matches and also provide the players a good chance to assess their game.
Varun Aaron: impressive debut, promising future
Soon after Varun Aaron had bowled the first ball of his seventh over, his hands went up to cover his face.
No assurances on Ashwin's selection for Windies Tests
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was non-committal about the choice of off-spinner against West Indies for the first cricket Test of three-match series, after his team swamped England by six wickets at the Wankhede in Mumbai to take a 4-0 lead in the ongoing ODI series.
October 23, 2011
Images: Kohli, Raina seal victory at Wankhede
India rode on stroke-filled half centuries from Suresh Raina (80) and Virat Kohli (86) as they recovered from an early jolt to post a comfortable six-wicket victory over England and take 4-0 lead in the five-match ODI series, in Mumbai, on Sunday.
Jharkhand pacer Aaron arrives with a bang
It was a much awaited but delayed debut. A career that seemed to be going nowhere for a while but unfolded like a dream at the venue of India's historic World Cup triumph.
October 22, 2011
India look to maintain the domination at Wankhede
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India has played better cricket in this series: Trott
India's win in the third one-dayer at Mohali helped them take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series against England.
A little pressure is good as it helps you concentrate: Rahane
India's opening batsman Ajinkya Rahane said he learnt from his mistakes to come good in the third game of the five-match ODI series against England in Mohali.
It's tough to choose between Jadeja and Yusuf: Akram
Ravindra Jadeja might have done well in the ongoing ODI series against England but former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram feels it is too early to say whether India have actually found the elusive all-rounder to complete the side.
Important to be nice to your opposition team: Andy Flower
Despite one of his key bowlers, speedster Tim Bresnan, copping a fine for showing dissent at the umpire's decision in the third ODI against India at Mohali, England coach Andy Flower insists that his team's general conduct is a matter of pride.
October 21, 2011
Rahane is Mumbai's lone torch-bearer at Wankhede
It is difficult to visualize an Indian squad without a single representative from 39-time Ranji Trophy champions Mumbai in a One-dayer at the Wankhede stadium, Mumbai, the scene of the country's momentous triumph in the World Cup just over six months ago.
'Having Pataudi in the covers was like having two fielders there'
October 22 marks a month since Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi passed into the ages following a brief illness. Veteran journalist K Satyamurthy looks back on some cherished moments he was privileged to share with the former India captain, in conversation with .
Cook blames fielding errors for series loss
With the series out of their grasp following their loss in the third ODI in Mohali on Thursday, England captain Alastair Cook blamed poor fielding as the reason for his side's disappointing performance against India in the ongoing five-match rubber.
Dhoni credits youngsters for ODI series win
Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni lauded his young team for putting up a terrific show against a strong England side in the three matches of the ongoing ODI series against England, in the absence of a couple of senior players due to injuries.
PHOTOS: India thump England in Mohali to seal series
It was sweet revenge for India as they clinched the ODI series against England by taking an unassailable 3-0 lead after a comprehensive five-wicket victory in the third one-dayer in Mohali on Thursday.
October 20, 2011
Exchanging banter is part of the game: Bresnan
England pacer Tim Bresnan says with pitches in India offering little or no assistance to pacers, he and other bowlers in the team are bound to use verbal volleys to intimidate batsmen in the ongoing ODI series.
October 19, 2011
'We can come back and win this series'
Fast bowler Steven Finn says it would be a big mistake to write off England just yet in the ODI series, despite India leading 2-0.
PHOTOS: Team India look to seal series in Mohali
The Indian team, led by captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, trooped in at the PCA stadium in Mohali to use the nets first but in-form left-handed batsman Gautam Gambhir and pacer Praveen Kumar were conspicuous by their absence.
Split captaincy not ideal for India: Jonty
Former South Africa cricketer Jonty Rhodes believes that the split captaincy formula, being practiced by England and South Africa, is not ideal for India.
ODIs, T20s needed to pump money into cricket: Muralitharan
A day after England's Test captain Andrew Strauss raised concern over the future of the classical format of the game, former Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan said that Test cricket will continue to struggle unless backed by more number of ODIs and Twenty20s.
Samit Patel reveals sledging Indian players in England
England's left-arm spinner Samit Patel has admitted that on-field verbal duels with Indian players have continued from the last series.
I didn't plan to promote myself, it was Gary's idea: Dhoni
Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has said he had never planned to promote himself up the order during the finals of the cricket World Cup against Sri Lanka rather it was coach Gary Kirsten who came up with that instant idea.
October 18, 2011
Dhoni pleased to see youngsters making their performances count
As India scored yet another dominating victory over England to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni hailed the youngsters of the side for making their performances count.
Captain Cook optimistic of England fight back
Pushed on the backfoot by two heavy defeats against India, England captain Alastair Cook reckons that he has "got the right players" to stage a turnaround in the ODI series and it was just a case of the team not performing to its potential.
October 17, 2011
Images: Kohli, Gambhir lead India to easy win
Images from the second One-day International between India and England at the Feroz Shah Kotla
Indian cricketers lack knowledge on basics of fielding: Rhodes
Jonty Rhodes talks about India's lack of fielding basics and why he wouldn't take up Team India's fielding coach job.
October 16, 2011
New ODI rules confusing for now: Kohli
India's middle-order batsman Virat Kohli finds the new ODI rules introduced by the ICC confusing and feels that the playing condition, which allows for a run out if a batsman is deemed to have obstructed the field, is "vague".
India will look to maintain dominance against England
Buoyed by the resounding 126-run triumph in the opening game, India will seek to maintain their supremacy as they go into the second One-day International against England in New Delhi on Monday.
October 15, 2011
India-England ODI series so soon not ideal, says Gower
Former English batsman David Gower feels that the ongoing five-match ODI series between India and visiting England in less than a month after the former's dismal tour was not ideal for the game.
This innings was well-calculated: Dhoni
Back in form with a match-winning knock against England, Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said the unbeaten 87 in the opening ODI here was one of his most "precious and well-calculated" knocks.
We were outplayed but will come back, says Cook
England captain Alastair Cook admitted that his side was "outplayed" by India in the first ODI here but insisted that the visitors have the self belief to come back strongly in the five-match cricket series.
October 14, 2011
Images: Dhoni fires India to convincing win
Images from the first One-day International between India and England, at Hyderabad.
Fletcher needs 'more time and space', says Dravid
Duncan Fletcher has not had the best of times since taking over as India cricket coach but veteran batsman Rahul Dravid says he should not be written off just yet as the Zimbabwean needs "more time and space" to produce results.
Kumble: The only interest I have is for the good of cricket
Karnataka State Cricket Association president and former India captain Anil Kumble has broken his silence on allegations of conflict of interest. The allegations, which appeared in a news magazine last week, claimed that his role as a promoter of a player management firm is in conflict with his administrative responsibilities. "I am no player-manager, nor do I run a talent management company," the ace leg spinner declared, in an interview with CNN-IBN.
We will not take Sri Lanka lightly: Misbah
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq although admitted that Sri Lanka's bowling has weakened with the retirement of the likes of Muttiah Muralitharan and Lasith Malinga but said that they remain a potentially dangerous side and could not be taken lightly.
Fixing matches 'is not the Australian way', says Clarke
Australia Test and One-day captain Michael Clarke has defended his players against match-fixing allegations after a sports agent said the country's top cricketers were "the biggest" culprits.
October 12, 2011
India, England in battle to climb ODI rankings
World champions India will resume their battle with World Twenty20 winners England to top the rankings in the ODI Championship table when the two sides lock horns in the One-day series starting in Hyderabad on Friday.
I was more surprised than hurt at being dropped: Harbhajan
Off-spinner Harbbhajan Singh says he was more surprised than hurt when he was axed from the Indian ODI team for the first two ODIs against England.
Revenge on Team India's agenda
The five-match ODI series, which starts at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium in Uppal, Hyderabad, on Friday, presents Team India an opportunity to not only get back at England, but also take the No. 4 slot in the ICC ODI rankings.
Jonty Rhodes calls for mechanism to curb match-fixing
Former South African cricketer and current Mumbai Indians fielding coach Jonty Rhodes has said that the ICC should make all efforts to keep the game clean.
October 11, 2011
Bairstow, Borthwick give England thumping victory
Jonny Bairstow slammed an unbeaten century and Scott Borthwick claimed five wickets for 31 runs, as an England XI beat Hyderabad XI by 253 runs in their second 50-over warm-up match in Hyderabad on Tuesday.
PCB concern over more Pak players' names
The PCB seems to be concerned with the ongoing trial in London of the three banned Pakistani players -- Salman Butt, Mohd Asif and Mohd Aamir -- and their London based agent Mazhar Majeed as murkier picture emerges about the involvement of more Pakistanis in the fixing racket.
'It was a long-term plan of Michael's'
Revealing that Shaun Marsh's elevation to the number three spot in the Australian Test team was a part of captain Michael Clarke's 'long-term plan', Ricky Ponting has said that he has no problem in moving down the order as long as he is part of the playing XI.
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'England's batsmen haven't faced me, so it will be interesting'
Rahul Sharma is geared up for the upcoming ODIs against England. The young leg spinner tells his ability to attack a batsman by making him play all the time makes him a wicket-taking bowler.
Pietersen was an awful skipper: Swann
England off-spinner Graeme Swann has criticised the manner in which Kevin Pietersen led the side during his stint as England captain.
October 10, 2011
England takes on Hyderabad XI in the second warm-up tie
The England cricket team would look to keep their slate clean when they play Hyderabad XI in the second and final warm up match on Tuesday ahead of their first ODI against India on October 14.
It was my father's dream: Virender Sehwag
Promising to do as much as he can for the rural talent of the state, injured India opener Virender Sehwag has said setting up a cricket academy of international standards was the dream of his father.
Winning without Sachin is a great achievement: Harbhajan
Mumbai Indians' stand-in captain Harbhajan Singh termed his team's Champions League T20 triumph as a "great achievement" considering the fact they didn't have lot of top players including master batsman Sachin Tendulkar.
October 09, 2011
Beating Chennai was big morale-booster: Harbhajan
Of the teams a depleted Mumbai Indians has managed to upstage in the ongoing Champions League Twenty20, captain Harbhajan Singh said beating ousted title holders Chennai Super Kings was the biggest morale-booster for his injury-ravaged side.
October 08, 2011
Australia tour will be Dhoni's biggest challenge: Ganguly
After the forgettable tour of England in the just-concluded series, Team India will face a bigger challenge when they travel to Australia in December, according to former captain Sourav Ganguly.
Warm up: Finn's hat-trick helps England beat Hyderabad XI
England pacer Steven Finn produced a sensational hat-trick to help England register a 56-run victory over Hyderabad XI in their first warm-up game in Hyderabad on Saturday ahead of their five-match ODI series against India.
October 07, 2011
It's advantage Mumbai Indians on paper
Decimated by injuries but spirited nonetheless, Mumbai Indians will bank on their familiarity with the conditions to fight through another tough challenge when they take on England's Somerset in the semi-final of the Champions League Twenty20 at the M A Chidambaram stadium, in Chennai on Saturday.
Pollock believes adaptability gives MI edge over Somerset
Mumbai Indians bowling coach Shaun Pollock has said his team has the experience of playing at the slow track at M A Chidambaram Stadium and will look to adjust to the conditions quickly when they take on Somerset in their Champions League twenty20 semifinal clash on Saturday.
Photos: England gear up for warm-up game
The England cricket team prepares for their warm-up match against a Hyderabad XI at the Rajiv Gandhi stadium in Hyderabad on Friday.
October 27, 2011
What should I apologise for? Gayle asks Board
At loggerheads with the WICB, West Indian opener Chris Gayle, on Thursday, asked the board to "state clearly" what it wants him to apologise for.
Tendulkar took too many suggestions as captain: Lele
He sits on a pile of batting records but Sachin Tendulkar's 'not-so-impressive' stint as captain remains an abiding paradox in Indian cricket and former BCCI secretary J Y Lele feels it was because he "used to pay heed to too many advices".
I was helpless against injuries and bad luck: Irfan Pathan
Irfan Pathan, who turned 27 on Thursday, opens up to about injuries that have hampered his career, and says he has to work harder to regain the prized India cap.
October 06, 2011
Salman Butt agreed to bat maiden over
Former Pakistan cricket captain Salman Butt agreed to score no runs in an over during a Test match against England last year as part of a 'spot-fixing' scam, a court in London heard on Thursday.
Bowling in India is a different challenge: Bresnan
England pacer Tim Bresnan says his team's bowlers may have dominated India when they toured there in July, but it will be an altogether different challenge to contain their line-up in their own backyard when the two sides face off in a five-match ODI series, starting October 14.
We haven't come here to lose: Bopara
Middle-order batsman Ravi Bopara says England is looking continue with their winning momentum against India and clinch the five match One-day series, starting October 14.
October 05, 2011
Pakistan trio 'betrayed cricket' with bribes: court
Three Pakistan cricketers, driven by greed, betrayed their teammates and the sport of cricket itself by taking bribes to fix incidents during a Test match against England last year, a London court heard on Wednesday.
Photos: England get cracking in Hyderabad for ODIs
The Alastair Cook-led English team, which arrived in Hyderabad on Tuesday for a five-match one-day series and Twenty20 game against India, got down to business with a practice session.
The going gets rough for Dhoni, the captain
Following Chennai Super Kings' exit from the Champions League T20, Mahendra Singh Dhoni now has three successive failures in the last three months. Bikash Mohapatra writes that Dhoni's aversion to taking risks has resulted in the slump.
Fatigue, lack of adaptability did us in: Fleming
Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming said a tired lot of players, including skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Suresh Raina, and the inability to adapt quickly on a new track were the reasons for thedefending champions' early exit from the Champions League Twenty20 in Chennai.
Early exit from CL T20 a blessing in disguise: Dhoni
Although disappointed with Chennai Super Kings' ouster from the Champions League T20, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels that it will be a "blessing in disguise" ahead of his team's important ODI series against England which starts from October 14.
September 06, 2011
IPL has hindered India: Hussain
Former England skipper Nasser Hussain feels the highly-lucrative Indian Premier League will entice and exhaust players unless it is carefully handled by cricket boards across the world.
'Emerging' exploits should inspire Manoj Tiwary
Called up for the England ODIs following a superb showing in the Emerging Players tournament Down Under, Manoj Tiwary tells Harish Kotian he's 'ready for the short stuff'.
September 05, 2011
'Good chance for youngsters to prove themselves'
Fresh from his fantastic knock of 95 at Chester-le- Street, Parthiv Patel feels that the current ODI series is an ideal opportunity for the youngsters to step up and make best use of the opportunities.
Desperate India look for win amidst injury worries
Decimated by injuries and hard-done by the weather-gods in the opening one-dayer, a demoralised India would be desperately looking for a win when they take on England in the second match of the ODI series at Southampton on Tuesday.
Poonam Pandey strips for Team India!
Poonam Pandey, who rose to fame with her claim to go nude at Indian cricket team's World Cup win, is back in news again. The model turned reality show actor, who did not strip at that time, is now come pretty close to fulfilling that promise.
'Won't be surprised if England sweep ODIs too'
Former England captain Alec Stewart won't be surprised if the home team record a clean sweep over India in the ongoing ODI series as well, irrespective of the visitors' resolute show in the rain-marred opener at Cheste-le-Street.
Broad promises more short-pitched stuff for India
England pacer Stuart Broad says Indian batsmen should be prepared for more short-pitched stuff in the ongoing ODI series as bouncers will continue to be a "legitimate tactic" for the host bowlers despite causing injuries in the visiting camp.
'Hope to carry my good form from Emerging Series'
After being summoned as the late replacement of an injured Rohit Sharma for the remaining of India's ODI series against England, Bengal batsman Manoj Tiwary said he wants to carry on his rich vein of form from the Emerging Players' tour of Australia.
September 04, 2011
My vision was blurred, felt like puking: Gambhir
Recuperating from a concussion that ruled him out of the ongoing ODI series against England, Indian opener Gautam Gambhir said he was struggling massively with a blurred vision and would have let the team down by staying back on what has become a disaster of a tour.
Why didn't Dravid get benefit of doubt, asks Dhoni
A perplexed Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni questioned the Decision Review System's accuracy after Rahul Dravid was controversially given out despite television replays not showing any edge off the bat during his side's first ODI against England.
We could have got the target: Cook
England were on the backfoot at 27 for two while chasing 275, but skipper Alastair Cook said he did not believe his side was staring at defeat in the rain-abandoned first ODI against World champions India in Chester-Le-Street.
September 03, 2011
Images: Parthiv lights up the dull day
Images from the first One-day International between India and England, being played at Chester-le-Street.
September 02, 2011
We are trying to turn things around: Virat Kohli
India may have suffered a humiliating 0-4 loss to England in the Test series, but Virat Kohli says there is nothing to be embarrassed about. Instead, the team, he feels, will now be able to play with out any pressure.
Favourites tag irrelevant in ODI series: Cook
England have put up a very domineering performance against India so far, but skipper Alastair Cook refuses to label his team "favourite" in the One-day series, which gets underway on Saturday, at the Riverside ground, in Chester-Le-Street.
Can Fletcher's guidance finally pay off in ODIs?
The Indian cricket team's disastrous campaign in England has taken some sheen off Duncan Fletcher's record as coach and he is now only left with the five-match ODI series, which starts in Chester-le-Street on Saturday, to gain some lost ground.
Swann confident England can dominate in ODIs
England have swept the Test series 4-0 and won the lone Twenty20 too, but off-spinner Graeme Swann feels the upcoming five-match ODI series starting on Saturday would be a great test for the hosts.
September 01, 2011
Dhoni rues lack of partnerships after T20 defeat
Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni blamed his side's six-wicket loss to England in their one-off Twenty20 International on the batsmen's failure to build partnerships.
Broad lauds bowlers for T20 victory
England's Twenty20 captain Stuart Broad credited his bowlers for the six-wicket win over India, saying they showed character by coming back strongly after being hammered initially by the visiting batsmen.
Images: England hold nerves to win T20 vs India
Images from the Tewnty20 match between India and England, played at Manchester on Wednesday.
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