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March 02, 2015
'India have good variety and all-round strength, should do well'
Praising the Indian team, Former West Indies captain and chairman of selectors Clive Lloyd has said that the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side has "all-round strength" with players like in-form Shikhar Dhawan and the ever-consistent Virat Kohli.
'England's loss to unfancied Lanka worse than Kiwi crushing'
England may have been utterly humiliated in their second World Cup pool match against co-hosts New Zealand but Sunday's nine-wicket defeat to Sri Lanka was much more damaging, according to former England captain Mike Atherton.
10 FACTS about new BCCI president Dalmiya
Dalmiya, 74, has had a long-standing association with Indian cricket having first joined the BCCI way back in 1979 and served in various positions.
'Team India has settled down in Australian conditions'
Former Australia left-arm spinner Brad Hogg has said India, with three consecutive wins so far, have gotten over the setback of their disappointing Australia tour that preceded the World Cup.
Kiwis dominate World Cup Best XI; no Indians yet!
Some of the game's leading players have left their mark on the World Cup. Check out who they are.
'As we enter the knock-outs we have to improve our performance'
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni says the team's main focus in the World Cup now is on improving their already impressive performance and maintaining the momentum gained.
'Our calendar is nine months; I don't see India playing any more'
The Indian cricket team already has a cramped round-the-year schedule and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni made it clear that it's not his team's responsibility to play more against countries like UAE in a bid to raise the quality and profile of the game in ICC's Associate nations.
ODI Rankings: Kohli, Dhoni slip; Shami gains 14 places
Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni dropped down the ladder to No 4 and 10 respectively, while Shikhar Dhawan retained the seventh rung in the latest Reliance ICC ODI batsmen's rankings, released on Monday.
Injury-prone Cummins doubtful; Faulkner fit to face Afghans
Patrick Cummins sustained a minor injury but all-rounder James Faulkner is close to a return.
South Africa's core strength stems from quality bench
For the Proteas, the emphasis is on all 15 players instead of 11.
Srinivasan faces contempt of court?
RCA deputy president Mehmood Abdi has alleged that N Srinivasan committed contempt of court.
PHOTOS: Uniquely dressed fans add novelty to World Cup
New Zealand's pulsating form in the Cricket World Cup is sparking a surge of ticket sales.
ECB says 'no change' for Pietersen's England hopes
"Nothing has changed" for Kevin Pietersen's hopes of playing international cricket again, the England and Wales Cricket Board said on Sunday, despite incoming chairman Colin Graves appearing to leave the door open for the exiled batsman's return.
If SA have De Villiers, Ireland also have a player with the X-factor!
Irish captain William Porterfield not getting pressured by the daring batting of De Villiers
Struggling Shane Watson's critics crank up heat
Watson used to take flak for his inability to convert half centuries to centuries but recently his problem has been progressing from scores in the 20s and 30s.
Jagmohan Dalmiya elected BCCI President
This will be his second term at the helm in the Indian cricket board, more than a decade after his first term ended.
World Cup Diary: Joke is on Maxwell after the 'choke'
Maxwell was both mocked and praised after video emerged of him making a 'choking' gesture.
World Cup Blog: Why won't Eoin Morgan sing God Save The Queen?
A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup.
Now, Akhtar takes a U-turn on Misbah
After criticising Misbah-ul-haq severely in the recent past, former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar took a U-turn.
Neighbour's Envy! India provided with 'favourable' pitches?
Former Pakistan pacer Sarfraz Nawaz has accused the ICC of favoring the Indian team.
'Kohli brings direction and purpose to Indian captaincy'
Former Australia skipper Kim Hughes is not a great fan of Mahendra Singh Dhoni's leadership style and feels that Virat Kohli's elevation to captaincy should not only be in Tests but also across all formats to bring in more purpose to the top job.
March 01, 2015
PHOTOS: Indian,West Indies players chill out ahead of crucial tie
Before the crucial match against West Indies on Friday, Virat Kohli & Co. were spotted outside Nobu Perth restaurant.
ECB chairman opens door to Pietersen return
Incoming England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chairman Colin Graves has given Kevin Pietersen a glimmer of hope that he may yet be able to resurrect his England career.
'Nervy win over Aussies shows why Kiwis are favourites to win WC'
Former New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming said that the nail-biting one-wicket triumph over co-hosts Australia at Auckland showed why Brendon McCullum's men can be considered as favourites to win the World Cup.
PHOTOS: Pak keep quarters hope alive with narrow win over Zim
Embattled Pakistan finally opened their account in the World Cup as they laboured to a narrow 20-run win over a spirited Zimbabwe in a Pool B match in Brisbane on Sunday.
Lakmal fined for bowling beamers
Sri Lanka fast bowler Suranga Lakmal was fined for firing two successive beamers at England's Jos Buttler, an action for which he showed "no remorse", the International Cricket Council said.
Riaz's all-round show helps Pakistan edge past Zimbabwe
Batting at No. 9, Wahab Riaz struck a quickfire half-century before he returned to claim four wickets with the ball to lift Pakistan to a narrow 20-run victory.
Tamil Nadu to lock horns with Karnataka in Ranji Trophy final
Tamil Nadu edged out last edition's runners-up Maharashtra by virtue of first innings lead in a drawn encounter, to set up a summit clash with their southern rivals and reigning champions Karnataka in the Ranji Trophy cricket tournament.
Sri Lanka's Herath doubtful for Australia clash
Sri Lanka spinner Rangana Herath is doubtful for next weekend's World Cup Pool A clash against Australia after hurting his spinning hand while bowling against England at Wellington Regional Stadium on Sunday.
Srinivasan-backed Dalmiya set to return as BCCI president
The road for Jagmohan Dalmiya was cleared after another former president Sharad Pawar failed to get a proposer from East Zone, prompting the Maratha strongman to pull out of the race.
'India definitely the team to beat in this World Cup so far'
Former India pacer Rudra Pratap Singh believes the defending champions have found form at the right time and sent out a warning to other teams in the ICC World Cup.
England's World Cup hopes hanging by a thread
The loss to Sri Lanka has left England's quarter-final chances hanging in the balance and reliant on them beating Bangladesh in Adelaide on March 9. A wash-out would end their hopes.
Thirimanne coming of age at right time for Sri Lanka
His coming of age at the tournament could prove to be influential in the later stages as they now do not need to rely so much on their 'Big Three' of Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, and Mahela Jayawardene to provide their runs.
PHOTOS: Sri Lanka hand England a thrashing
Left-handers Kumar Sangakkara and Lahiru Thirimanne struck fluent centuries to help Sri Lanka outplay a hapless England by nine wickets in a Pool A match of the ICC World Cup.
NZ captain McCullum expected to be fit for next game
Captain Brendon McCullum is expected to be fit for New Zealand's ICC World Cup clash against Afghanistan next Sunday despite being hit on the arm in Saturday's game against Australia.
Thirimanne, Sangakkara score tons to thrash England
Kumar Sangakkara and Lahiru Thirimanne slammed unbeaten centuries to steer Sri Lanka to a convincing nine-wicket victory against England in the ICC World Cup.
India go from butterfingers to electric-heels in the field
Gone are the days when an Indian captain had to spend considerable amount of time trying to figure out where to hide his slow-moving fielders and pace bowlers.
February 28, 2015
World Cup Fanzone: Sunny, sielfies and more...
Bouyed by the vociferous crowd at the WACA, India thrashed UAE by 9 wickets.
Stats: Ashwin spins his way to new highs
Statistical highlights of the pool B match between India and UAE.
How Dhoni's belief in Ashwin is paying off...
Dhoni praised every aspect of Ashwin's performance.
We have to continue with the good effort: Dhoni
On a roll after three successive wins in the ongoing cricket World Cup following today's nine-wicket spanking of minnows UAE, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said his "complete unit" has been doing well with consistent performances in all departments of the game.
Clash of confidence boost? Pakistan look to revisit 1992 victory
Pakistan look to get their so far lacklustre World Cup campaign going with a win over Zimbabwe.
Will Sharad Pawar return as BCCI president?
It won't be surprising if Sharad Pawar plunges into the electoral fray if he finds that he has enough numbers to topple N Srinivasan.
The strange case of Umar Akmal's gloves!
Akmal wore blue coloured gloves in Pakistan's opening game against India and then changed them to maroon, which matched the West Indies kit in the second game.
We were extremely poor, says Clarke
Michael Clarke blames poor shot selection for narrow New Zealand loss.
Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli help India seal third straight win
Rohit Sharma (57) and Virat Kohli (33) added 75 in an unbroken second wicket stand to carry India to a nine-wicket victory over the United Arab Emirates in a World Cup Pool B encounter in Perth on Saturday.
PHOTOS: Ashwin's career best haul helps India ease past UAE
Images from the World Cup Pool B game between India and the United Arab Emirates in Perth.
Ranji Trophy: Karnataka beat Mumbai to enter final
Karnataka outplayed a Mumbai team by 112 runs to enter the final of the Ranji Trophy.
PHOTOS: New Zealand sneak past Australia in a thriller
Photos of the World Cup Pool A game between Australia and New Zealand being played in Eden Park
Martin Crowe inducted into ICC Hall of Fame
New Zealand legend and player of the 1992 cricket World Cup, Martin Crowe, was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame for his service to the game.
Williamson six gives Kiwis one wicket victory
Kane Williamson coolly struck a straight six to give New Zealand a one wicket victory over Australia in a dramatic battle between the World Cup hosts at Eden Park on Saturday.
Malinga gamble starting to pay dividends for Sri Lanka
The toe-crusher is hitting the target, the bouncer is coming out well and, most importantly, the wicket column is swelling again.
February 27, 2015
'Team India is playing the best cricket so far at this World Cup'
Insisting that India are currently playing the "best cricket of the World Cup", West Indies batting legend Brian Lara feels that the defending champions must test their bench strength against minnows UAE in a Pool B match in Perth.
'There's always some hesitation before I start my innings'
Attributing his brilliant World Cup form to a calm mind and hard work, Indian batsman Shikhar Dhawan has said he managed to come out of a lean patch by sticking to his strong work ethic.
Ranji Trophy: Karnataka eye four wickets, Mumbai need 168 runs
Defending champions Karnataka need just four wickets to book their second consecutive berth in the final of the Ranji Trophy as Mumbai are struggling at 277 for six in their second innings at stumps on the third day in Bengaluru.
Ranji Trophy: Maharashtra make strong reply to TN's huge total
Swapnil Gugale compiled a gritty fifty as Maharashtra finished Day 3 on 110 for 1, in reply to Tamil Nadu's massive first innings total of 549, in the Ranji Trophy semi-final at the Eden Gardens, on Friday.
CSK appeals to IPL GC to go under trust
Troubled IPL franchises Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) co-owner Raj Kundra have made their respective appeals to the Governing Council ahead of the eighth edition of the cash rich league.
Dhoni hurt during a practice session in Perth
Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was hurt while batting in the nets at the WACA ahead of India's cricket World Cup league match against the United Arab Emirates on Saturday.
It all comes down to hard work for De Villiers
AB de Villiers smashed West Indies bowlers from pillar to post for the quickest 150 in one-day internationals on Friday but the South African skipper said only hard work earns a batsman the right to dominate in such a fashion.
West Indies lose Bravo for rest of World Cup
West Indies batsman Darren Bravo will be sent home from the World Cup after failing to recover from a hamstring injury sustained in the second match of the campaign, a team spokesman said on Friday.
'Pakistani batsmen don't have Kohli's class'
'There is a vast difference in pedigree of Virat and Akmal.'
World Cup PHOTOS: De Villiers's sensational batting sinks West Indies
A B de Villiers hammered the fastest 150 in ODI history as he led South Africa to a record-equalling 257-run win over the West Indies. Images from the match.
Banned cricketer Sreesanth was 'attacked' in Tihar jail
Noted Malayalam singer Madhu Balakrishnan said his brother-in-law S Sreesanth survived a murder attempt in Tihar jail.
World Cup, India v UAE: How the teams stack up
Factbox on Saturday's World Cup Pool B match between India and United Arab Emirates.
Srinivasan apologises to Supreme Court, says won't preside over March 2 AGM
Former Board of Control for Cricket in India president Narayanswami Srinivasan tendered unconditional apology in the Supreme court for presiding over the Board's working committee meeting in Chennai on February 8.
UAE players won't face loyalty issue against India
The UAE team is a mix of local players as well as players of India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan origin. The skipper feels that having a number of Indians pitted against India isn't a problem at all.
WC Diary: How a pet proved pivotal in rise of Ireland's O'Brien
Niall O'Brien, the sturdy batting backbone during Irish cricket's meteoric rise, owes much of his World Cup success to the timely arrival of a pet dog.
Swashbuckling AB de Villiers rewrites record books
AB de Villiers now owns the records for fastest 50, 100 and 150 in the 50-over game and second fastest century in World Cup cricket.
De Villiers smashes 162 as South Africa crush Windies
AB de Villiers confirmed his status as the most destructive batsman in cricket with a magnificent unbeaten 162 from just 66 balls to lead South Africa to a record 257-run victory over West Indies in the World Cup on Friday.
World Cup blog: Minnows are crucial to cricket
A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup.
India v UAE: Perth prepares for a David and Goliath battle
India will look to complete a hat-trick of victories when they take on minnows United Arab Emirates in Saturday's World Cup match.
Scotland fined for slow over-rate vs Afghanistan
Scotland has been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate during their Pool A match against Afghanistan in their ICC Cricket World Cup match at Dunedin in New Zealand.
Clarke fit and raring to go against New Zealand
Michael Clarke feels his fittest in five years for the World Cup clash against New Zealand.
Kiwis won't like favourites tag in trans-Tasman tie, reckons Waugh
New Zealand are favourites to beat Australia in their highly anticipated World Cup clash at Eden Park on Saturday but won't like the idea, former Australia captain Steve Waugh has said.
India pacer Shami out of UAE match; Binny may replace him
All-rounder Staurt Binny is likely to replace injured bowler Mohammed Shami for India's next World Cup match against the UAE.
Moin provided security at residence
Chief selector Moin Khan, recalled from the World Cup for visiting a casino, returned to Pakistan to a hostile reception as cricket fans staged angry demonstrations on Thursday.
'Kohli will get close to Tendulkar's mark in one-day cricket'
Virat Kohli may get close to breaking Sachin Tendulkar's 49 ODI centuries record but the batting maestro's 100 International centuries milestone would stay safe forever, feels former India captain Sourav Ganguly.
The doosra: Time for captain Dhoni to score more runs
Uttam Ghosh/Rediff.com looks at the lighter side of India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's drought of runs.
February 26, 2015
Bereaved Duncan Fletcher flies back to SA, to miss UAE game
Indian cricket team's chief coach Duncan Fletcher has left for his home in South Africa following the death of his father-in-law and is set to miss team's next World Cup game against UAE on Saturday.
Moin escapes angry protesters at Karachi airport on return
Pakistan's chief selector Moin Khan returned home from Australia on Thursday and escaped an embarrassing situation at the airport, where a small group of protesters gathered to vent their anger with eggs and banners.
Mumbai fight back, need 384 to dethrone Karnataka
Shardul Thakur and Balwinder Singh Sandhu's superb bowling injected more spice into the Ranji Trophy semi-final, which seems headed for an exciting finish with Mumbai needing 384 runs to dethrone defending champions Karnataka. Set a daunting target of 445 runs, Mumbai were 61 for no loss at stumps on day two of the match in Bengaluru, on Thursday.
PHOTOS: Sri Lanka thump Bangladesh for second straight win
Images from the World Cup Group A match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in Melbourne.
Karthik's century puts TN in command vs Maharashtra
Dinesh Karthik scored a solid 113 as Tamil Nadu took command of their Ranji Trophy semi-final against Maharashtra at the Eden Gardens, in Kolkata, on on Thursday. On a deceptive green top that had little in it for the bowlers, he made hay even as half-centuries from Vijay Shankar (91), Ramaswamy Prasanna (64 not out) and Baba Indrajith (68 not out) down the order ensured Tamil Nadu amassed 426 for 5 in 177 overs at the close of play on Day 2.
Centurions Dilshan, Sangakkara thrash Bangladesh
Sri Lanka veterans Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara smashed imperious centuries to punish a wasteful Bangladesh.
Find out what this Indian origin cabbie's son wants to learn from Zak
Sandhu is excited at the prospect of playing alongside Zaheer Khan.
Team India choose centre-wicket practice
Having beaten Pakistan and South Africa convincingly in their first two matches at the World Cup, India have one foot in the quarter-finals. Nevertheless, the players are not relaxing, instead preparing for stiffer challenges they will encounter in the next phase of the tournament.
India must address batting collapse in slog overs
India's batting at the death is one grey area that skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni would like to address.
World Cup blog: Bat-power rules in modern cricket
A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup.
World Cup Diary: Meet Afghanistan's very 'own' cricket star!
fghanistan's latest cricket sensation Hamid Hassan found his way into the pages of the popular US daily.
World Cup PHOTOS: Shenwari leads Afghanistan to historic win
Samiullah Shenwari struck a gritty 96 to pave the way for Afghanistan's historic one-wicket win against Scotland.
India ready to attack Gayle with short-pitched deliveries!
The Indian think-tank has devised a plan whereby they will pepper Gayle with short-pitched deliveries and force him to go for the attack early on.
Martin Crowe to be inducted in ICC Hall of Fame
New Zealand great Martin Crowe will be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.
Shenwari gives Afghanistan first World Cup win
Samiullah Shenwari produced a brilliant rearguard action to guide Afghanistan to their first World Cup victory with a dramatic one-wicket win over Scotland in their Pool A clash in Dunedin on Thursday.
After 'Gaylestorm', WI believe they are on a level playground with SA
Jason Holder is hoping to lead a very different West Indies side into Friday's World Cup clash against South Africa to that which was crushed 4-1 in a One-Day International series last month.
Duminy now a key cog for South Africa in World Cup tilt
When JP Duminy finally made his Test debut the first question many people asked was, "How good is South Africa's top six if this guy can't make it?"
How will South Africa deal with Philander's absence?
Philander's partnership with Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel has earned the trio the label as the most-balanced and penetrating attack in world cricket.
Casino fiasco: Intelligence officials were involved in ousting Moin
Another twist in the tale was that there were some undercover Pakistan intelligence officials who were sent to keep an eye on the players as the side has suffered badly because of spot-fixing and match-fixing in the past few years.
At MCG, India showed they can blow away any side: Morkel
Out of favour South African all-rounder Albie Morkel says India's hammering of the Proteas at the MCG demonstrated that the defending champions are capable of blowing any team away in the World Cup and big-ticket ICC events bring out the best in them.
February 25, 2015
Abhishek Nayar suffers head injury during Ranji match
Mumbai's Abhishek Nayar "is out of danger" after suffering a head injury while fielding on day one of the Ranji Trophy semi-final match against holders Karnataka at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.
PHOTOS: Ireland sneak past UAE
Photos of the World Cup match between UAE and Ireland being played in Brisbane.
ECB suggests 40-over World Cup, four-day Tests
The matches in the next edition of the cricket World Cup could be 40-overs-a-side affairs and Test matches reduced to four days if discussions between the chairmen of English counties and the England and Wales Cricket Board are proposed and ultimately accepted by the ICC.
Verma wants SC observer for BCCI elections
IPL spot fixing case petitioner Aditya Verma and politician Subodh Kant Sahay requested the Supreme Court to appoint Justice R M Lodha as observer for the BCCI elections on March 2 besides ensuring that the Annual General Meeting is held in Mumbai and not in Chennai.
Tamil Nadu crawl on Day 1 against Maharashtra
Riding high on an unbeaten half-century from Vijay Shankar, Tamil Nadu managed to score 192/3 on the opening day of their semi-final against Maharashtra in the Ranji Trophy match in Kolkata on Wednesday.
Vinay sends Mumbai crashing for 44 in Ranji Trophy semis
Karnataka captain R Vinay Kumar led from the front with a six-wicket haul to send Mumbai crashing for a lowly 44 in their first innings on day one of the Ranji Trophy semi-finals. With a lead of 158 runs, Karnataka were at the receiving end in their second essay, ending the day on 10 for 2 from five overs.
PHOTOS: Team India opts for innovative fielding techniques
Moving away from the mundane fielding drills, Team India tried something unique in Perth as they were involved in a 75-minute fielding session.
Aus to split future India Test, ODI series
The Indian cricket team's 2014-15 tour of Australia is the last time when it would have played both the Tests and tri-nation ODI series together as it will be split into two separate tours from now on, said Cricket Australia's Chief Executive James Sutherland.
Wilson, O'Brien seal Ireland's thrilling win
Gary Wilson and Kevin O'Brien struck brisk half-centuries as Ireland held their nerve to clinch a thrilling two-wicket victory in their World Cup Pool B match against United Arab Emirates in Brisbane on Wednesday.
Knock-out urgency comes early for Sri Lanka at World Cup
Out-of-form Sri Lanka must play every pool game at the World Cup as if it were a knockout match to ignite their stuttering campaign, captain Angelo Mathews said.
Watson says Australia ready for hostile reception in New Zealand
A hostile crowd buoyed by New Zealand's perfect start to the World Cup is set to turn Eden Park into a bear pit for visiting Australia on Saturday, but all-rounder Shane Watson is "excited" by the prospect of a rancorous reception.
Fake twitter account creates confusion on Younis's ODI future
A fake Twitter account suggested that he would retire from ODIs at the end of the World Cup, prompting the veteran right-hander to issue a denial.
World Cup blog: Gayle battered Zim and his Twitter critics!
A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup.
WC Diary: Pakistan's Chacha Cricket's heart beats for Dhoni
An ardent Chicago based Pakistani cricket fan has admitted that he would leave no stone unturned in terms of supporting Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni to retain the World Cup title.
HOTTEST WAGs to lookout for in the 2015 World Cup
Can these South African WAGs prove lucky for their men at this World Cup?
Kohli is in a league of his own: Barry Richards
Legendary South African batsman Barry Richards feels Virat Kohli is a few notches above his contemporaries in the Indian team but still has some way to go before one can compare him with the iconic Sachin Tendulkar.
'Time for England to reshuffle the pack'
Rediff.com's Manu Shankar spoke with former Essex player and fast bowling coach Ian Pont to assess England's disastrous start in the ICC's 50-over-a-side extravaganza.
February 24, 2015
Mumbai's Swapnil Patil to play for UAE against India
The 29-year-old had played for Mumbai at the Under-14, Under-19 and Under-22 levels and was also in the Ranji Trophy squad then led by Sachin Tendulkar but could not force his way in.
Australia-NZ go into match with eye on Chappell-Hadlee trophy
The much-awaited World Cup clash between co-hosts Australia and New Zealand will be about more than just the race for quarter-final places with the cricket boards of both countries confirming that the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy will be at stake.
Moin Khan ordered to return home from World Cup: PCB
Pakistan's chief selector Moin Khan has been ordered to return home immediately from Australia by in the aftermath of the controversy generated over his visit to a casino in Christchurch.
PHOTOS: Gayle double ton helps Windies overpower Zimbabwe
Photos from the match between West Indies and Zimbabwe played on Tuesday.
World Cup diary: Dhoni-Kohli bonhomie
As one entered the hotel porch in Perth, there was India's captain and his deputy engrossed in a chat like long-lost friends.
Will Graeme Smith make a shock return?
Former South Africa cricket team captain Graeme Smith might reportedly well be ready to play again.
CCI penalty against BCCI for 'abuse of dominance' set aside
The Competition Appellate Tribunal said the regulator relied on 'legally unsustainable' information downloaded from internet for nailing the BCCI.
Happy coincidence: Tendulkar, Gayle double tons scored on same day
Now, there is another similarity added to the resume of both batsmen. February 24 will be remembered in history as the day when the Indian icon and Gayle hit ODI double tons.
Gayle's record double century flattens Zimbabwe
Chris Gayle rediscovered his mojo in spectacular fashion on Tuesday with the first ever World Cup double century to drive West Indies to a 73-run victory over Zimbabwe in their Pool B clash at Manuka Oval.
Veteran Younis Khan no more an asset to Pakistan?
Speculation is rife that Younis Khan will quit One-day cricket after the World Cup and chances are it would be far from a fairytale farewell for one of Pakistan's modern batting greats.
Injured Philander to miss Windies match
South Africa seamer Vernon Philander will miss the World Cup clash against West Indies and is in doubt for the following game against Ireland next week, the team said on Tuesday.
PHOTOS: Gayle smashes FASTEST double ton
Gayle hits first double century in World Cup match.
Bazz on fire! Solve this World Cup puzzle
Let's see how much you remember of that amazing innings by Brendon McCullum's amazing innings of 77 from 25 balls against England.
World Cup Blogs: Federer caught up in India-Pak rivalry
A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup.
War of words: New Zealand expect verbal assault from Aussies!
New Zealand are expecting Australia to sledge as part of their game-plan.
February 23, 2015
BIZARRE! Saqlain hid wife in hotel room closet during 1999 WC!
Saqlain Mushtaq has revealed that in the 1999 World Cup, he had sneaked his wife into hotels and hid her in the closet.
All-rounder Ali's importance re-emphasised
England all-rounder Moeen Ali emphasised his importance to his side's cause when he followed up a match-winning century with two wickets in a 10-over spell against Scotland on Monday.
Perform or perish: Akram warns Pakistan team
Former Pakistan pace spearhead Wasim Akram has called on his compatriots to win their next World Cup game or get ready to go back home early.
Aussie coach Lehmann knows how to rattle McCullum
Australia coach Darren Lehmann has claimed that his side has got some plans for Brendon McCullum.
Here's what Dhawan's dad, coach think of his return to form...
Shikhar Dhawan's father Mahendra Pal Dhawan on Sunday lauded his son's career-best knock of 137 against South Africa in the ongoing World Cup and expressed hope that the Men in Blue continue their winning streak.
Tendulkar gives thumbs up to Dhoni's balanced training approach
Mahendra Singh Dhoni's theory got firm backing from Sachin Tendulkar.
World Cup blog: In Tendulkar's Shadow
A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup.
The curious case of the under-firing Chris Gayle
'Every time I see Chris Gayle, I expect to see one Chris Gayle, and that's a positive Chris Gayle'
The Shikhar Dhawan interview: Opener keeps vow made to wife
'Controlled aggression is my mantra'
World Cup PHOTOS: Moeen Ali secures England redemption
An under-fire England notched up their first win in the ongoing cricket World Cup.
Ali ton sets up England victory over Scotland
England completed a clinical 119-run victory over Scotland.
After loss to India; another blow for South Africa...
As if not enough with their embarrassing 130-run loss to India, South Africa were fined for maintaining a slow over-rate.
India DEFLATE South Africa skipper De Villiers
South Africa captain AB de Villiers will turn to his senior players to help lift the team out of the doldrums after they suffered a 'big knock' to their confidence.
Bravo to miss Zimbabwe match, in doubt for South Africa
Darren Bravo will miss West Indies' third World Cup match against Zimbabwe in Canberra.
The run-out in the middle overs changed the game: Dhoni
Praising opener Shikhar Dhawan's match-winning century against South Africa, India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said the left-hander played smart by staying at the crease even after getting his hundred.
Rewind: BEST PHOTOS from the first ten days at the World Cup
The 2015 ICC World Cup has thrown up a lot of exciting moments since it began last week on February 14.
Dhawan repays Dhoni's faith in him... in a big way!
If the innings against Pakistan showed he was still capable of what his ODI average of 45 exhibits, then his comeback was complete on Sunday at the MCG with the century against what's often termed as one of the best attacks in the world.
February 22, 2015
PHOTOS: Sri Lanka scrape past Afghanistan after Mahela ton
Images from the World Cup Pool A match between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan in Dunedin on Sunday
Jayawardene, Perera lead SL to nervy win over Afghanistan
Thisara Perera and Jeevan Mendis combined for a 58-run partnership to give Sri Lanka a nervous four-wicket victory over Afghanistan in their World Cup Pool A match at University Oval in Dunedin on Sunday.
Kumble inducted into ICC Hall of Fame
Former India captain Anil Kumble was inducted into the International Cricket Council Hall of Fame at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Kumble, Tendulkar, Bhajji laud India's win against SA
As India broke a long-standing World Cup jinx against South Africa in Melbourne, appreciation and congratulatory messages poured in from the cricket fraternity which hailed the team's "terrific" all-round performance in front of a packed MCG.
Sticking with Dhawan despite poor form proved right: Shastri
Praising his players for the emphatic win over South Africa in the World Cup, team director Ravi Shastri said the management's decision to stick with Shikhar Dhawan, despite his poor form in the run-up to the showpiece event, proved right.
Player of the Day: Dhawan feasts on tamed South African attack
Delhi-born Shikhar Dhawan calls a leafy Melbourne suburb home for much of the year but on Sunday might have thought he was back in India when feted by a blue-clad horde of fans for a match-winning World Cup ton at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
World Cup PHOTOS: India fans swarm MCG on Super Sunday!
With hoards of Indian fans storming the Melbourne Cricket Ground, you could be forgiven for mistaking it to be the Eden Gardens. Bouyed by the vociferous crowd, India thrashed South Africa by 130 runs to break their World Cup jinx on Sunday.
Dhoni pleased with yet another 'complete performance'
Pleased after yet another complete performance, India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said he was happy to see that the team executed its plans to perfection on the ground.
World Cup blog: The evolution of a budding Scottish cricketer
A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup.
Encourage more teams to participate in World Cup: Tendulkar
Contrary to ICC chief executive David Richardson's view to truncate the World Cup to just 10 teams, former India batsman Sachin Tendulkar believes that governing body should instead look to enhance the skills of so-called minnows.
PHOTOS: India thrash South Africa by 130 runs for second win
Images from the World Cup 'Pool B' match between India and South Africa at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Dhawan stars as India break World Cup jinx against South Africa
India announced themselves as genuine contenders to defend their World Cup title on Sunday by humbling South Africa's vaunted pace attack before bowling out the Proteas for an emphatic 130-run victory at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
World Cup preview: Can embarrassing England stop free fall?
A floundering England will be looking to avoid a potential banana skin when they take on minnows Scotland in a crucial Pool A cricket World Cup match at the Hagley Oval, in Christchurch on Monday.
How a 'mentally strong' Jayawardene saved Lanka the blushes
'I wanted to finish the game and my focus was to see us through to the end'
Sachin has MCG crowds in a tizzy as he drops by to watch India-SA tie
Long retired from the game but Sachin Tendulkar's mere presence was good enough for a near-capacity crowd to go hysterical during India's World Cup game against South Africa at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, in Melbourne on Sunday.
February 21, 2015
India must pick Patel over Jadeja: Ian Chappell
Former Australian captain Ian Chappell feels Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni must pick specialist spinner Axar Patel over "bits and pieces" player Ravindra Jadeja in the team's second cricket World Cup game against South Africa in Melbourne.
I've never seen a coward captain like Misbah: Akhtar
Former paceman Shoaib Akhtar labelled captain Misbah-ul-Haq "a coward" and "a selfish player" after Pakistan were crushed by 150 runs by West Indies in the World Cup on Saturday.
Wish I had skills of Murali and Warne: Kumble
Being the third highest wicket-taker in history of Test cricket is no mean achievement but former India captain Anil Kumble wishes he had the skills of his two greatest contemporaries -- Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan.
The return of MS Dhoni at MCG
No one was disturbing Mahendra Singh Dhoni, neither did he care about anything else. He just kept on staring at the MCG wicket.
Smiles and laughter return to West Indies
Andre Russell restored Caribbean smiles and laughter to the West Indies dressing room.
Heavy rain washes out Australia vs Bangladesh match
Australia captain Michael Clarke will have to wait another week before he can join the ICC World Cup party after steady rain washed out the hosts' Pool A match against Bangladesh at the Gabba on Saturday.
Bravo to stay with team after tearing hamstring
West Indies left-hander Darren Bravo will stay with the West Indies' team despite sustaining a torn hamstring.
World Cup PHOTOS: Yet another defeat for Pakistan...
Pakistan suffered their second consecutive loss as they were handed a crushing 150-run defeat by the West Indies.
South Africa to play 'match-winner' Tahir against India
It would be Pakistan-born Imran Tahir's first One-Day International against India.
I can't score a century in every game I play, says Kohli
Virat Kohli declared that after experimenting with his batting position, the team management has reached a conclusion that No. 3 is the best slot for him.
Zimbabwe performances raise hope of World Cup progress
A promising start to their World Cup campaign will raise hopes of a quarter-final berth.
Russell's all-round show helps West Indies demolish Pakistan
All-rounder Andre Russell hit a whirlwind 13-ball 42 not out, including three sixes from a Sohail Khan over, before taking three wickets with the ball to help West Indies demolish Pakistan by a huge margin of 150 runs.
I would like India to win all the matches: Shastri
Pleased by Indian bowler's performance during the game against Pakistan Team India director Ravi Shastri said that it will serve them well if bowlers were to replicate their performance in the rest of the tournament.
Former Pakistan players urge Younis Khan to retire
Senior Pakistan batsman Younis Khan, toast of the nation three months ago after reeling off four Test hundreds, has become the target of criticism after the team's humiliating World Cup losses with senior players calling on him to retire.
I see a lot of myself in Ashwin, says Kumble
Asked whether he could relate to any of the current generation cricketers, with whom, Anil Kumble instantly took Ashwin's name.
ICC reprimands Darren Bravo for using obscenity
West Indies batsman Darren Bravo has been reprimanded for using obscenity.
'Kohli, Dhoni need to be in form for India to do well at World Cup'
Former pacer Ajit Agarkar feels a sterner test awaits Mahendra Singh Dhoni's side when they take on a much stronger South Africa in their second pool match on Sunday.
Once the game is over, Kohli will be best buddies with Steyn!
Virat Kohli feels that once the game is over, he will again be 'best buddies' with Dale Steyn.
Captain Misbah finds fault in all departments of Pakistan team
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq found fault with every department of his team's performance in their 150-run loss to West Indies.
India's openers need to fire against South Africa, says Kapil
World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev feels that India's top-order batsmen need to take more responsibility against South Africa.
Spin is definitely not our weakness, says SA captain AB de Villiers
South Africa captain A B de Villiers on Saturday said his side is not too worried about the problems that India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin could pose during their ICC Cricket World Cup match in Melbourne, on Sunday.
February 20, 2015
'Steyn deserves to be mentioned with reverence among greats'
Former Australian tear-away pacer Rodney Hogg, says why India don't have a chance to retain the World Cup.
Jonty believes Proteas will reign over India again. Do you agree?
India might have begun their World Cup campaign with a morale-boosting win over Pakistan but Jonty Rhodes feels that South Africa are a better all-round side and tipped them to win their high-profile clash against the defending champions in Melbourne on Sunday.
Australia v South Africa World Cup final, predicts Mark Taylor
Both Australia and South Africa, says former Australia captain Mark Taylor, have a lot of firepower in their bowling department. Besides, the two sides also have a lot of depth in their batting.
Boycott rips into England: They aren't good enough to beat decent teams
"I said that about the captain Morgan and everybody went mad, but maybe England aren't either."
10 Top quotes from the 2015 World Cup
From players and coaches to legends and fans; let's hear them out!
Can the 'intimidating' MCG crowd bring out the best in India?
'It's a home game for India. There's going up to (almost) 100,000 people here'
Kohli sports Mohawk for Proteas clash. Check it out
Check out the Indian batting sensation's latest hairdo.
Ranji Trophy: Mumbai, Karnataka, TN join Maharashtra in semis
Pacer Shardul Thakur had match figures of eight for 113 as Mumbai beat Delhi by 204 runs to enter the semi-finals of the Ranji Trophy.
Find out the secret behind Morne Morkel's improved fitness...
South Africa fast bowler Morne Morkel has revealed that a lot of green smoothies have helped him improve his fitness.
'New Zealand almost perfect in demolition of England'
New Zealand had produced 'almost the perfect performance' to destroy England in a World Cup match that lasted less than 50 overs on Friday.
PHOTOS: Team India grind it out ahead of SA clash
Virat Kohli was focus personified as India geared up to take on a traditionally pace-heavy South Africa in their upcoming ICC World Cup match.
We were out-skilled, says England captain Morgan after NZ rout
England could hardly have made a worse start to the sport's most important tournament, losing by 111 runs to Australia last weekend and then suffering an embarrassing eight-wicket loss to New Zealand on Friday.
PHOTOS: Fit-again Steyn ready to fire against India at MCG
Dale Steyn is all set to go out all guns blazing in Melbourne, when South Africa takes on India in World Cup Pool B match.
McCullum blitz drives England into further despair
Brendon McCullum's buccaneering spirit was at its ruthless best on Friday as he not only plundered the fastest World Cup half century but drove another stake into the heart of the demoralised England cricket team.
World Cup, Australia v Bangladesh: How the teams stack up
Factbox on Saturday's World Cup match between Australia and Bangladesh.
PHOTOS: McCullum, Southee sizzle as New Zealand embarrass England
New Zealand cruised to a comprehensive eight-wicket win over England.
Talisman Shakib raises bar for Bangladesh players
A Bangladesh cricketer leading any individual world ranking is an achievement in itself but Shakib Al Hasan has raised the bar considerably by topping the all-rounder's charts in all three formats.
West Indies won't let defeats get them down
West Indies skipper Jason Holder is expecting plenty of entertainment against Pakistan when the two most mercurial sides in international cricket face off in the World Cup in Christchurch.
DD to continue telecasting World Cup matches
Cricket fans across the country will continue to watch the World Cup matches on Doordarshan.
McCullum does it again! Hits fastest 50 in World Cup!
New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum smashed the fastest fifty in the history of the World Cup during the Group A match against England in Wellington.
Southee, McCullum destroy England in Wellington
New Zealand's Tim Southee produced a brilliant spell of swing bowling for career best figures of 7-33 to dismiss England for 123 in their World Cup Pool A match at Wellington Regional Stadium on Friday.
BIG BLOW! Cyclone threatens Gabba tie; Clarke's return on hold
Michael Clarke's return to the Australia World Cup team looks like being put on hold.
World Cup blogs: Miandad to Pakistan: No more experiments please
A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup.
10 BEST PHOTOS: Fancy dressing, pretty faces add colour to World Cup
Check out the 10 Best pictures of fans in week one of the 2015 ICC World Cup
February 19, 2015
Ranji Trophy round-up: Mumbai sniff semi-final berth
A summary of the fourth day's play in the Ranji Trophy quarter-finals.
Classic England playing catch-up with modern batting
England are still playing catch-up with the modern way of batting in the 50-over format but are showing encouraging signs in closing the gap with the major cricketing nations, the team's batting coach Mark Ramprakash said on Thursday.
Have skills? Say goodbye to shrinks!
'I believe that if you have your skills, you will be in a mentally good space.'
In moments of despair, captain Dhoni seeks Shastri's advice
An overwhelming win over Pakistan may have brought a lot of cheer to the Indian cricket team after an indifferent Australian Summer, but there are a few grey areas that are yet to be addressed by the side, including skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's poor run with the bat.
Why Zimbabwe is lucky to have Williams in the squadWhy Zimbabwe is lucky to have Williams in the squad
"I tried not to show it. I was just trying to breathe and relax and stick to what we have been doing at training."
Kumble to be inducted into ICC's Hall of Fame
Joining Kumble as the 78th inductee will be the late Betty Wilson of Australia, one of the greatest women cricketers of all-time.
No special plans for Kohli, says South Africa coach
South Africa coach Russell Domingo says India have a seriously good batting line-up and it's not the Proteas' style to target one individual player.
PHOTOS: Williams to the rescue as Zimbabwe edge UAE
Images from the ICC World Cup match played between Zimbabwe and The United Arab Emirates on Thursday
HOTTEST WAGs to lookout for in 2015 World Cup
Australia's coach Darren Lehmann believes that a happy high-heeled WAGs makes a happy cricketer.
World Cup: Williams guides Zimbabwe to nervous win over UAE
Sean Williams ensured Zimbabwe would not become the first top tier side to lose to United Arab Emirates when his counter-attacking half century secured a four-wicket victory in their World Cup clash in Nelson on Thursday.
World Cup Diary: Now, video games on Virat Kohli
Here is a lowdown of all the light-hearted, fun news from around the ICC World Cup.
Confident New Zealand in the groove and unchanged for England
New Zealand will face England with an unchanged side in their second World Cup match.
He got suspended from school for watching World Cup!
Watching the 1992 World Cup got New Zealand's Grant Elliott suspended from school but also set him on the path to a career as a professional cricket.
Ashwin and Kumar 'very much available' against South Africa
Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ravichandran Ashwin are fit for their second World Cup match.
WC Blog: Is the Indian media conspiring against the Pakistan team?
A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup.
'If the mind is positive then it adapts to the situation'
He has taken guard in different positions and came at seven in India's latest World Cup victory against Pakistan. But key batsman Ajinkya Rahane does not mind being shuffled in the batting order.
I want to play Yuvraj Singh's role in this World Cup: Raina
His confidence on a high after an impressive display against Pakistan in India's World Cup opener, all-rounder Suresh Raina wants to fill in the shoes of
February 18, 2015
'Gary Kirsten knows how people react in the Indian dressing room'
Even as South Africa plot India's downfall with the help of Gary Kirsten and Mike Hussey, cricketing greats Sunil Gavaskar and Ian Chappell felt their presence would not make much of a difference to the Proteas' chances in their World Cup game against the holders.
Shastri denies Fletcher being sidelined, says 'we are united'
The former Indian captain was upset on learning about media reports that a support staff meeting was held without Fletcher being present.
Ranji Trophy round-up: Karnataka tighten noose around Assam
A summary of the third day's play in the quarter-final matches of the Ranji Trophy.
Shehzad faces axe after spat with fielding coach, journalist
Following reports of three senior Pakistan players misbehaving with fielding coach Grant Luden, it is learned that opener Ahmed Shehzad may be sent home from the World Cup.
To stay at the top I always had to work the hardest: Tendulkar
The batting icon claimed one of the challenges of his career was being among the best cricketers of his era.
PHOTOS: Shakib, Rahim star as Bangladesh crush Afghanistan
Riding high on contrasting half-centuries from Shakib al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim, Bangladesh crushed Afghanistan by 105 runs in their opening Pool A match of the World Cup in Canberra.
Afghan World Cup debut ends in defeat to Bangladesh
A three-wicket blitz at the start of their innings knocked the wind out of Afghanistan on their World Cup debut and helped Bangladesh to a 105-run victory with more than seven overs to spare in their Pool A opener in Canberra on Wednesday.
WC blog: How many top umpires does it take to get a decision right?
Proteas get Kirsten, Hussey's help in plotting India's downfall
To combat defending champions India in Sunday's World cup match, the South African team management has brought in Gary Kirsten, Mike Hussey and Allan Donald.
Barry Richards wants ball tampering to be legalised
South African cricket legend Barry Richards feels that ball tampering should be legalised in order to make the game more balanced and not heavily loaded in favour of the batsmen.
Team India media manager dismisses talk of Fletcher being sidelined
The Indian media manager, denied a rift in the Indian team management, following a media report that chief coach Duncan Fletcher was being ignored in meetings and also not being kept in the loop about team strategy.
South Africa better balanced than Pakistan: Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar cautioned the Indian cricket team to guard against complacency ahead of its World Cup game against South Africa, saying the Proteas are a far better fielding unit than Pakistan.
Here is why Afghan cricket coach keeps low profile
Afghanistan cricket team coach Andy Moles has kept a very low profile in Kabul since risking his life by accepting a one-year contract to coach the World Cup minnows.
Has Mohit Sharma become Dhoni's new 'go-to' man?
Indian team has struggled to find the right bowling combination, but Mohit Sharma could ease some of the worries for MS Dhoni, showing early promise in the World Cup.
WC Diary: This restaurant is offering you a dinner date with Tendulkar!
Around a dozen people sitting on Sachin's table will have the pleasure of mingling with him for half an hour over cocktails and drinks, the organiser said adding that it would be only for a dozen people and has been priced for 3000 Australian Dollars.
Pint-sized Taylor proves 'small is big' in One-day cricket
'It's a shame he didn't get the hundred in the end of it but he'll take a lot of confidence from it'
Pakistan fielding coach quits over players' attitude
Pakistan's World Cup campaign hit another snag when the national team's fielding coach Grant Luden threatened to step down complaining of misbehaviour from three senior players.
Pakistan's Butt confesses to PCB about spot-fixing in 2010
Butt who was banned along with Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir in the aftermath of the spot-fixing scandal that broke out when Pakistan was touring England made the confession during a meeting with PCB chief, Shaharyar Khan in Lahore.
Kohli has a knack of converting starts into three figures: Holding
Praising Indian batting mainstay Virat Kohli, West Indies great Michael Holding said the top-order player's knack of converting starts into three-figure scores shows that he has the makings of a class cricketer.
February 17, 2015
Internal issues: Is Misbah, the captain, sidelined?
Muhammad Hafeez has triggered off a debate over whether the national team was facing internal problems.
Akram is ready to help but there are no takers...
Wasim Akram is eager to help the Pakistan players salvage their World Cup campaign.
'India are in a rhythm; they can go far ahead now'
Sourav Ganguly believes India were both 'lucky and intelligent' in their opening match of the 2015 World Cup against Pakistan.
Ranji Trophy: Shardul bags five-for decimates Delhi
Mumbai pace spearhead Shardul Thakur bagged a five wicket haul to skittle out Delhi for 166 on Day 2 of the Ranji Trophy quarter-finals at the Driems Ground in Cuttack.
WC Diary: "Is the World Cup in Australia?"
Following Pakistan defeat against arch-rivals India, Pakistan Cricket Board officials reportedly took a day off.
They are here to play and these men mean BUSINESS!
Scotland's bowling performance against New Zealand sent another warning to the major cricketing nations.
Hussey believes India won't make it to World Cup semis
'My semi-final line-up will be Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Sri Lanka,' said the former Australian left-hander.
PHOTOS: Kiwis huff and puff to unconvincing win over Scots
New Zealand huffed and puffed to a three-wicket win against a spirited Scotland but jumped to the top of Pool A with their second consecutive victory in the World Cup in Dunedin.
QUIZ: Who first captained India in a World Cup?
Let's see how much you remember of the previous World Cups.
Virat Kohli fan? Solve this World Cup puzzle
Sure you must have watched Virat Kohli's assault on Pakistan's bowlers. Let's see how much you remember of it.
This time India have got what it takes to beat South Africa: VVS
The former India great feels now the confidence levels are high after the victory against Pakistan and the batting line-up has enough depth to take on Dale Steyn and company
Holding slams 'pathetic' Windies, says Ireland must be recognised
West Indies great Michael Holding slammed the side's four-wicket loss to Ireland in their World Cup opener, saying it was a "little bit pathetic".
World Cup blog: Dhoni & Co. 'bigger stars' than Jagger & Stones?
Some interesting articles on the ongoing World Cup from around the globe.
Captain Clarke set to return, Bailey may get the axe
Michael Clarke is expected to pad up for Saturday's match against Bangladesh, meeting the deadline to prove his fitness or sit out the World Cup entirely.
Test bowler Trent Boult shows his abilities on the one-day scene
Trent Boult would be used to seeing a field packed with slips and a gully in his first over of a match, particularly for a hat-trick delivery.
'It is not easy to motivate your team after such a dreadful tour'
Mushtaq Muhammad, one of Pakistan's top captains and allrounders, has praised Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his team for picking themselves up in their opening World Cup match against Pakistan which was a very high pressure game.
'Had my best years under Kirsten, hope to repeat that with Delhi'
Yuvraj Singh, who on Monday became Indian Premier League's costliest ever buy by going for a whopping Rs 16 crore to Delhi Daredevils, said that he was happy to be playing again under former India coach Gary Kirsten.
'Team India can match the likes of Australia and South Africa'
Sachin Tendulkar has said India can match title contenders Australia and South Africa and advised the defending champions to take it "step by step" in the ongoing ICC World Cup.
'Yuvraj is a big name and can ensure a full house in the IPL'
Former captain Sunil Gavaskar has endorsed Delhi Daredevils splurging Rs 16 crore on Yuvraj Singh in the IPL 8 auction, saying the flamboyant all-rounder "deserves every penny for his yeoman service" to Indian cricket.
World Cup: New Zealand stutter past minnows Scotland in Dunedin
New Zealand almost wasted a superb bowling effort to bumble their way to a three-wicket victory over Scotland in their cricket World Cup Pool A match in Dunedin on Tuesday.
'Virat has to learn the art of not trying to over-dominate opposition'
Virat Kohli may have scored a match-winning century against Pakistan in their opening game of the World Cup, but ask former Australian fast bowling great Brett Lee and he would tell you that the Indian ace should try and curb his natural affinity for aggressive strokeplay.
February 16, 2015
IPL 8 Auction: No takers for these players!
IPL Action VIII: These players went unsold
Ranji Trophy: Uthappa, Rahul put Karnataka in command
A brilliant 153 from Robin Uthappa coupled with a patient 91 from KL Rahul has helped the defending champions Karnataka, post a commanding 302-2 in the Ranji Trophy quarter-final match against Assam in Indore.
Cariappa says 'don't care about money' after max hit at IPL auction
"I don't know what to say. It is really a dream come true. I was confident of being picked for my base price of Rs 10 lakh but never thought of the crores. I just hope I get to play in the eleven," a soft-spoken Cariappa said.
Gloom in Pakistan camp after India bashing
Since the 76-run defeat to India at the World Cup gloom has descended on the Pakistanis. It seemed as if the team had left the Inter-Continental hotel in Adelaide after the match.
Yuvraj not retained to exhaust other teams' purse: RCB
Royal Challengers Bangalore director P A Murali revealed the strategy behind not retaining Yuvraj Singh, saying it was to ensure that the purse of other teams are exhausted and help them get better cricketers for IPL 8.
Yograj says Dhoni did not want Yuvraj in WC squad; son differs
Yuvraj Singh's father Yograj made a controversial claim on Monday, saying Mahendra Singh Dhoni did not want his son in India's squad for the World Cup. However, the all-rounder, hero of India's World Cup triumph in 2011, refuted the claim.
Sammy, Mooney fined for swearing during World Cup match
West Indies batsman Darren Sammy and Ireland pace bowler John Mooney were each fined 30 percent of their match fee for swearing during their World Cup match in New Zealand on Monday.
PHOTOS: Plucky Ireland score first upset of World Cup
Ireland justified their giant-killer tag by shocking the West Indies by four wickets in their opening World Cup encounter at the Saxton Oval, in Nelson, on Monday.
Ireland have scripted most upsets at the World Cup!
Statistical highlights on associate member countries defeating Test-playing nations at the 50-over World Cup after Ireland beat West Indies by four wickets in the Pool B match at Nelson, New Zealand on Monday.
India - Pakistan rivalry gets ugly Down Under, four hurt in brawl
Four persons have been injured when a brawl broke out between cricket fans watching the tense India-Pakistan World Cup match on television at a Sydney club.
Confident Ireland looking to pick points in every game
"Personally I hate the term upsets from minnows or associates," Porterfield told reporters in Nelson.
Ajmal slams umpire Davis, alleges conspiracy against Pakistan
Pakistan off-spinner, Saeed Ajmal has alleged that ICC umpire, Steve Davis had victimized Pakistan after he ruled Umar Akmal caught behind on a referral decision during their high-octane World Cup opener against India in Adelaide.
Around the wicket: India v Pakistan watched by a billion people
Blog posts around the cricket from around the globe
Gutsy Ireland upset former champions West Indies
Ireland shocked former champions West Indies by four wickets in a Pool B match in the ICC World Cup at Saxton Field in Nelson.
IPL VIII auction: Yuvraj fetches record price, Delhi break bank
Yuvraj Singh has emerged as the costliest cricketer in the IPL 8 players' auction, bought for a record Rs 16 crore (USD 2.57 million approx) by Delhi Daredevils.
Jai Meme: How Pak XI got it online on Sunday
Netizens turned witizens on Sunday as India thrashed Pakistan in the Cricket World Cup league game.
'Indian bowlers have done well but need to tighten up a bit'
Sunil Gavaskar has said India were superior to Pakistan in every aspect of the game during their World Cup win in Adelaide but said they need to work more on their bowling and fielding before they take on title-contenders such as Australia and New Zealand.
'Dhoni used his experience really well and it worked for India'
Crediting India's emphatic win over arch-rivals Pakistan in the World Cup to Mahendra Singh Dhoni's mature captaincy, Kapil Dev has said the Indian skipper used his experience really well and was spot on with field placements.
'Pakistan's defeat to India can be a blessing in disguise'
Pakistan's World Cup winning captain Imran Khan took to a social networking site to console the crestfallen Pakistanis after Sunday's defeat to India in
The doosra: 6-0? Are India and Pakistan playing a tennis match?
Uttam Ghosh/Rediff.com looks on the lighter side of things after India beat Pakistan in Adelaide for their sixth straight win over their arch rivals in a World Cup clash.
February 15, 2015
Stats: Man of the moment! Virat Kohli
Statistical highlights of the cricket World Cup match between India and Pakistan.
It is time Misbah stopped being a nice person
Pakistan's former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has advised captain Misbah-ul-Haq to become stern.
Can Virat Kohli pedal on to make this his World Cup?
However, if aggression was the buzzword during the Australia Tests, the Kohli that was on show against Pakistan was a different version, a restrained one, and if one may say, after the Border-Gavaskar series, possibly a more matured one.
Tendulkar, Big B lead Twitteratti in congratulating Team India
Former cricketers, including Sachin Tendulkar, among other sportspersons, lavished praise on the Indian cricket team after the defending champions beat arch-rivals Pakistan by 76 runs in their World Cup opener in Adelaide.
After win, Dhoni takes a dig at the critics
The record is good, but it's something that I don't want to get into because there will come a time when we will lose.
Why Pakistan cannot beat India in World Cup matches?
Pakistan's jinx against India in World Cup continues
Five-star Sohail impresses for Pakistan in comeback match
Opening the bowling for Pakistan in a World Cup match with India is enough to get any paceman excited. For Sohail Khan, playing his first international since September 2011, that excitement briefly got the better of him on Sunday.
World Cup: What went wrong for Pakistan?
Like, in Sunday's match at the Adelaide Oval, a lot of reasons will be apparent for Pakistan's loss, all that in hindsight, of course.
Is Kohli the new Sachin for Indian fans? Tell Us!
Being described as the 'new Sachin for Indian fans' drew a huge smile from Virat Kohli.
Misbah wants to look ahead after batsmen flop
Pakistan were once again annihilated by arch-rivals India in a World Cup encounter and captain Misbah-ul-Haq credited the rivals for the clinical win.
Now, Sourav Ganguly is MCC honorary life member
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has been awarded an honorary life membership to the Marylebone Cricket Club.
PHOTOS: What happens when India meet Pakistan in World Cup?
The commercial capital like Mumbai resembles as if curfew is imposed.
Kohli grateful for fans' support as he rises to expectations
Describing India's clinical win over arch-rivals Pakistan, in their World Cup campaign opener, as one of the biggest in his career, India batsman Virat Kohli said he was happy to have played his part in the "amazing" victory.
Join the PM, President in congratulating Team India
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday congratulated the Indian cricket team.
Turning Point: Kohli makes most of early 'lives'
Dropped from a difficult chance by Yasir Shah off Shahid Afridi on seven and again by wicketkeeper Umar Akmal on 76, Kohli otherwise played within himself and gave few chances in his 126-ball innings.
Performer of the day: 22-ton Kohli!
Virat Kohli became the first Indian batsman to register a century against Pakistan in a World Cup match after scoring a judicious 107 at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday.
WC Diary: Federer bleeds blue for Team India
Little notes from all the goings on around the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand...
IPL Auction: Who will attract highest base price? Yuvraj or Amla?
Yuvraj Singh and Hashim Amla will be the star attractions in the Indian Premier League 8 auction, which will see quite a few Indian and international players go under the hammer in Bengaluru on Monday.
Troubled Windies committed to fresh beginnings
West Indies head into the match in Nelson, New Zealand, with a shaken-up squad that has failed to gel since an acrimonious dispute over player contracts.
Around the wicket: Dan still the man for New Zealand
Here are stories blogged around the Cricket World Cup
PHOTOS: India make it 6-0 v Pakistan in World Cup
Images from the World cup match between India and Pakistan at Adelaide.
India extend World Cup supremacy over Pakistan after Kohli ton
Virat Kohli scored an imperious century to steer India to a thumping 76 runs victory over Pakistan in their opening World Cup match at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday. After putting up an imposing 300 for seven, they shot out their arch-rivals for only 224 to begin the defence of their crown on a rousing note.
PHOTOS: Party time as Adelaide Oval turns into sea of blue
The Adelaide Oval was 'under virtual siege' as Indian fans took complete control of the city, outnumbering their Pakistani counterparts in Sunday's marquee clash between the arch-rivals in the ICC World Cup.
PHOTOS: Zimbabwe go down fighting to South Africa
Images from the World Cup match between South Africa and Zimbabwe at Hamilton, New Zealand.
Zimbabwe wilt under Miller, Duminy tons
David Miller and J P Duminy scored centuries as South Africa overcame a real challenge from Zimbabwe to record a 62-run victory in their opening World Cup Pool B game in Hamilton on Sunday.
No surprise if we beat West Indies, says Ireland captain
With the West Indies in abysmal form in the wake of a crisis over player contracts, Ireland have a good chance to upset the Caribbeans in their World Cup opener on Monday, a result that would surprise no-one, according to their skipper.
February 14, 2015
World Cup Diary: Streakers, 'courtsiders' evicted
Officials evicted several people from the opening match of the cricket World Cup at Hagley Oval.
ICC GOOFS! Says, Eng-Aus game ended incorrectly
ICC acknowledged that the match between Australia and England ended 'incorrectly'.
India v Pak, Adelaide Buzz: Dhawan hoping for a turnaround
The raucous chants Jeetega bhai Jeeetega Hindustan Jeetega was met with the counter Jeetega bhai jeetega Pakistan Jeetega.
UMPIRING ERRORS! Wrong decision deprives Taylor of a century
James Taylor was denied a maiden century by an umpiring error.
Don't miss! The Rediff Cricket Show
This, we thought, was the perfect time to bring you the Rediff Cricket Chat, a show hosted by cricket fans for cricket fans.
Take a look at World Cup's HAT-TRICK men
List of players who have claimed hat-tricks in the Cricket World Cup.
Pakistan to open with Younis to accommodate leggie
Pakistan will open their innings in Sunday's World Cup match against India with Younis Khan in an attempt to accommodate leg-spinner Yasir Shah, and also include talented youngsters Umar Akmal and Sohaib Maqsood in the final eleven.
Will Dhoni persist with Dhawan against Pakistan?
Out-of-form opener Shikhar Dhawan's place in the team will be one of the main discussion points when the Indian team management zeroes in on the playing eleven for the ICC World Cup match against arch rivals Pakistan in Adelaide on Sunday.
PHOTOS: Finch, Marsh give Australia rousing start
Images from the World Cup Pool A match between Australia and England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
It will be a high-voltage game against Pakistan: Dhoni
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni expressed confidence that his players are well-equipped to tackle pressure situations, saying they have "calm nerves" and the experience of playing in big matches.
England paceman Finn takes hat-trick against Australia
England fast bowler Steven Finn took a bizarre hat-trick off the last three balls in Saturday's World Cup clash against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Australia subjects England to Valentine's Day torture
Aaron Finch smashed a sparkling century as Australia dealt England a 111-run humiliation in their World Cup opener at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday.
India v Pakistan: How the teams stack up
India and Pakistan meet in their opening World Cup match at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday. Ahead of what promises to be a thrilling contest here's a fact-file on the teams.
PHOTOS: Anderson, McCullum give World Cup explosive start
Hosts New Zealand gave the World Cup a cracking start with a scintillating batting show as they crushed last edition losing finalists Sri Lanka by 98 runs in the opening match of the showpiece event in Christchurch on Saturday.
New Zealand open World Cup with big win over Sri Lanka
Brendon McCullum gave the cricket World Cup an explosive opening, scoring a blazing 65, as New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 98 runs on Saturday.
February 13, 2015
Tall Order: India wary of Pakistan's Irfan and Shah
The Indian team to use a unique method to tackle Pakistan's tall bowlers, Mohammad Irfan and Yasir Shah. Someone from the support staff stood atop a chair and hurled the ball at the batsmen.
3 Top reasons why ICC did not use 'Hotspot' as part of DRS
ICC has defended the decision of not to use the Hotspot technology.
Is England captain Morgan as good as he is made out to be?
Former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott has slammed skipper Eoin Morgan, terming him a player who lacks cleverness while facing top-class bowlers of the World.
Blockbuster weekend opening at Cricket carnival Down Under
For the first time in almost a quarter of a century, the cricket World Cup is back Down Under. For the traditionalists and newcomers alike, it is a long overdue return to one of the sport's spiritual homes.
ICC World Cup: Will Australia CHOKE under home pressure?
Former captain Allan Border believes that crowd support will make all the difference in close matches
The curious case of Michael Clarke's injury
Warne wonders why Australia captain ruled out of WC opener against England.
Here is Waugh's warning to the Aussies...
Former Australian World Cup-winning skipper Steve Waugh has warned Michael Clarke's men not to bank on Steven Smith's golden run during the summer ahead of World Cup opener against England on Saturday in Melbourne.
World Cup Diary: Irish Morgan is England's skipper! IRRITATING!
Seeing Dubliner Eoin Morgan become England's World Cup skipper was a 'wee bit irritating' for Ireland.
Chappell divulges reasons for fall out with Tendulkar
On a television chat show, the former India coach spoke of the issues he had with Indian players, launching a veiled attack on former captain Sourav Ganguly.
World Cup, New Zealand v Sri Lanka: How the teams stack up
Factbox on World Cup match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka at Hagley Oval.
6 reasons why Bailey expects to be dropped once Clarke returns
George Bailey is resigned to the idea that he may well go from captaining Australia against England in the opener to being dropped.
Sledging can wait as England is out there to play cricket
England will not go out of their way to bait David Warner, says paceman James Anderson.
Just in time! Pacer Malinga fit for Sri Lanka's World Cup opener
Lasith Malinga is fit for Sri Lanka's opening World Cup clash against New Zealand.
World Cup, Australia v England: How the teams stack up
Factbox World Cup match between Australia and England at the MCG.
Gavaskar, Laxman slam 14-team World Cup format
Legendary India players Sunil Gavaskar and VVS Laxman were of the view that making the showpiece event a 14-team affair with the inclusion of the likes of Afghanistan and Scotland would significantly diminish the level of competition in the league stage.
The doosra: Pakistan looking to be sixth time lucky against India
Rediff.com's Uttam Ghosh looks on the lighter side of things surrounding the rivalry between India and Pakistan ahead of their World Cup clash in Adelaide.
When Clarke thought he had played his last game of cricket...
Michael Clarke relishing another chance after retirement thoughts.
World Cup Quiz: How many teams have participated in World Cups?
Ahead of the mega event in Australia and New Zealand, let's see how much you remember of the previous World Cups.
February 12, 2015
Tendulkar backs India to make semis along with Aus, NZ and SA
Sachin Tendulkar has tipped defending champions India to make it to the semi-finals of the ICC World Cup which begins in Australia and New Zealand on Saturday.
'I would have recovered from an ankle injury in a week or 10 days'
Injured Pakistan's all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez Muhammad Hafeez gave credence to speculation that he was sent back home from the World Cup against his wishes after a disagreement with the team management as he said that he could have recovered from his injury in time for the showpiece event beginning on Saturday.
Play hard, make India proud: PM Modi to Team India
Check out PM Modi's personal messages to India's players at World Cup.
Eight Pakistan players fined for breaking World Cup curfew
Eight Pakistan players, including maverick former captain Shahid Afridi, have been fined for breaching a team curfew ahead of their crucial World Cup game against India, sources told AFP.
Team India sweats it out in training at Adelaide
With only couple of days left for India to open their cricket World Cup campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan, the team had a gruelling training session in Adelaide on Thursday in preparation for the high-voltage contest.
Ireland warm-up for World Cup with upset of Bangladesh
Ireland set out their stall as potential World Cup giant-killers by beating Bangladesh by four wickets in their final warm-up match at Blacktown Oval on Thursday.
PHOTOS: Culture and cricket at WC opening in New Zealand
Children mingled with cricketing greats in "backyard" matches and Maori warriors shared the stage with dancers as the Cricket World Cup opened with a vibrant and quirky ceremony in Christchurch.
Masuri redesigns cricket helmet post Hughes tragedy
In the wake of the tragic death of late Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes, a British-based firm has come forth with its reformed prototype helmet aimed at giving better protection for the players.
3 stats you need to know before the World Cup kick off
The best teams, the best batsmen and the best bowlers coming into the cricket World Cup
Morgan seeks solace in past glories before Australia test
England's World Cup opener is only two days away, but captain Eoin Morgan will delve into the past for inspiration to reverse his poor batting form and help his team cope with their demons facing Australia on home soil.
World Cup Diary: Check out this CHEEKY LETTER from NZ skipper!
New Zealand fans were offered a letter of consent from Black Caps skipper Brendon McCullum to get them off work.
Will Sportsman of Year award prove lucky for skipper McCullum?
Brendon McCullum hoped his winning the Sportsman of the Year award would give his team mates a massive boost.
West Indies survive Scotland scare in World Cup warm-up
Minnows Scotland came up just four runs short of a famous upset in a World warm-up match.
ICC RANKINGS: India hold on to No 2 spot; Kohli at No 3
Virat Kohli and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are India's highest-ranked batsman and bowler in third and 13th positions respectively.
Confident Pakistan ponder options ahead of India clash
Pakistan have not settled on their best line-up for their World Cup opener against champions India this weekend, coach Waqar Younis said.
When team sport was ONE-MAN show at the World Cup!
Cricket is a team sport, but there are instances where an individual performance outdid all. Such efforts, coincidentally, occur at critical junctures, and turn the outcome of the game on its head. Rediff.com takes a look at few such one-man shows at the World Cup.
5 winning knocks... in a losing cause
Rediff.com takes a look at a few brilliant efforts which, unfortunately, were in a losing cause.
Aus captain Clarke to miss World Cup opener against England
Michael Clarke still has fitness tests to pass to meet his deadline to be ready for the second group match against Bangladesh.
India start as slight favourites against Pakistan: Gavaskar
Legendary cricketers Sunil Gavaskar and Ian Chappell tipped India as favourites in their much anticipated World Cup clash against Pakistan.
February 11, 2015
Team India feted on no-practice day in Adelaide
Just outside the Oval, a combination of Indian origin fans gathered to honour their heroes. There was a combination of Indian style dances and Bollywood music played on the stage as the crowd waited for the team to arrive.
England skipper Morgan in the spotlight after duck
England skipper Eoin Morgan will go into the World Cup desperately seeking form after registering a third duck in his last four innings in the four-wicket loss to Pakistan in a warmup match on Wednesday.
Australia will continue to play aggressive cricket in World Cup
'We'll let them go play the game as they normally would'
World Cup warm-up: Misbah leads Pakistan to thrilling win over England
Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq scored a majestic 91 not out to lead Pakistan to a thrilling four-wicket victory over England in their final World Cup warmup at Sydney Cricket Ground on Wednesday.
Winning 2011 World Cup priceless moment: Tendulkar
'I did cry when I went out in the middle... I did cry. This was the only time I had happy tears... because that moment was just a priceless moment. That moment was something that you can only dream off'
KKR meet Mumbai Indians in IPL 8 opener. Check out full schedule
Sixty matches (including the four play-offs) will be played over 47 days in the cash-rich T20 tournament.
Clarke should hand over ODI captaincy to Smith after World Cup: Ponting
Ricky Ponting said Michael Clarke should relinquish ODI captaincy after the World Cup with Steven Smith taking over the reins.
Left-right hand batting pairs hold no advantage in contemporary cricket
A cricket blogger has discovered that there is no advantage of sending a left-handed batsman to join a right-hander (or vice versa), compared to sending a right-hander in to join a right-hander, or a left-hander to join a left-hander.
REVEALED! Sachin Tendulkar's mantra for success in World Cup
Sachin Tendulkar gave batsmen a peek into his mantra for success.
India's bowlers will have to make the difference at World Cup: Srinath
Defending champions India have the best batting line-up and they should not lose heart despite a poor run up to the ICC World Cup, feels former speedster Javagal Srinath.
Do explosive openers make Aus, SA favourites?
'This WC will heavily rely on openers as they have to set the tone'
PHOTOS: Are these the FUNNIEST posters spotted?
Co-hosts Australians have already started by giving us a taste of the Aussie humour.
Afridi confident of Pakistan reversing World Cup trend vs India
Pakistan veteran all-rounder Shahid Afridi said that the Misbah-ul-Haq led team has the ability and confidence to break the World Cup jinx against defending champions India in the much-anticipated upcoming clash at Adelaide on Sunday.
Masakadza helps minnows Zimbabwe to shock win over Sri Lanka
Hamilton Masakadza scored a run-a-ball century as Zimbabwe stunned Sri Lanka with a comprehensive seven-wicket victory in a World Cup warm-up at Bert Sutcliffe Oval on Wednesday.
World Cup warm-up: NZ score comfortable win over South Africa
New Zealand completed their World Cup preparations with a 134-run victory over South Africa on Wednesday.
Don't underestimate India, warns guru Greg Chappell
Greg Chappell said the defending champions cannot be written off as one of the strong contenders for the World Cup.
Social media BUZZ: Now, Dhoni in muffler!
Social media is abuzz about India cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's picture with a muffler.
Clarke scores half-century on return as Australia rout UAE
Michael Clarke opened the batting with Aaron Finch in their World Cup warm-up match against UAE.
'ICC have idea on who match-fixers are'
Fans will watch corruption free World Cup with confidence, says chief executive.
Why sub-continent bowlers will struggle in Australia during World Cup
Having represented Pakistan in five cricket World Cup campaigns, legendary pacer Wasim Akram feels that it will be a challenge for sub-continent bowlers to perform in this edition of the 50-over showpiece event in Australian and New Zealand.
February 10, 2015
'Team India will rise to the occasion and do something special'
Sachin Tendulkar has expressed confidence that the Indian team will give their best and do something special for the countrymen to smile in the World Cup.
'This is Pakistan's best chance to beat India in World Cup'
Pakistan's chief selector Moin Khan believes the national team's much-awaited World Cup game against India will be the best opportunity for them to break their win-less jinx against the arch-rivals in the tournament history.
Chennai, Pune back as IPL venues for 2015
The Indian Premier League Governing Council also decided to allot all home games of Rajasthan Royals to Ahmedabad.
Machan, Evans star as Scotland whip Ireland in WC warm-up
Matt Machan scored a century and Alasdair Evans took four for 17 as Scotland romped to a 179-run victory over Ireland in a World Cup warm-up match at Blacktown Oval on Tuesday.
Captain Dhoni still unsure about India's bowling combination
Mahendra Singh Dhoni has left the question on Indian bowling combination for the World Cup beginning Saturday unanswered, saying the team will take a decision depending on the conditions.
Buttler to continue as England vice-captain
Wicketkeeper Jos Buttler will continue as England's vice-captain during the World Cup, the BBC reported on Tuesday.
Star TV subsidiary wins IPL media rights for Rs 302 crore
Novi Digital Entertainment Private Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Star India Private Limited, has secured certain media rights relating to the Indian Premier League for Rs 302.2 crore over a three-season period, the Board of Control for Cricket in India announced on Tuesday.
India is a far superior side than Pakistan: Irfan Pathan
Having played a stellar role many a time in India-Pakistan clashes, all-rounder Irfan Pathan feels that the defending champions have a far superior unit and will do well against the arch-rivals in the high-voltage opening World Cup encounter on February 15 in Adelaide.
New Zealand's 'team-first' culture has brought them positive results
"one cannot have a team-first mentality if only a few people are buying into it. When one has players sacrificing their own personal records for what the team needs, that's what it's all about".
Ranji quarter-finals: Karnataka v Assam, Delhi v Mumbai
Defending champions Karnataka will take on Assam while Delhi meet Mumbai in the quarter-finals of the Ranji Trophy, starting February 16. In the other quarter-finals, Vidarbha have been drawn against Tamil Nadu while Andhra Pradesh will clash with Maharashtra.
Mrs Dhoni reveals baby daughter's name!
Sakshi Dhoni tweeted, "Welcome to the world beautiful Ziva! Mumma and Daddy adore you!"
PHOTOS: India outclass Afghanistan in WC warm-up for first win in Aus
Rohit Sharma smashed 150 as India outclassed minnows Afghanistan by 153 runs in the World Cup warm-up match in Adelaide.
Repeat offender Warner has to beware! Sledgers face match bans, fines
ICC comes down hard on players breaking codes of conduct at World Cup.
Here is why Australia have an edge over others at World Cup
'I think our quicks as well (are an edge). We've got great depth in our quicks'
'With a little bit of LUCK, India can turn things around...'
India will find confidence if they can manage to beat Pakistan.
Pak's Ali looking forward to wreak havoc alongside fellow paceman Irfan
Pakistan's rookie pace bowler Rahat Ali, who branded his sudden inclusion in the World Cup squad as a 'pleasant' surprise , has pledged that he would make his mark in the one-day game and is looking forward to play alongside his close friend Mohammad Irfan.
It is like CHEATING the people, Azad hits out at Ishant
Kirti Azad hit out at Ishant Sharma and expressed concerns at the team's thin bowling option.
In Ishant's absence, will Shami stand up and be counted?
Mohammed Shami may be struggling with form and rhythm but India's 1983 World Cup-winning squad member Sunil Valson feels that the West Bengal medium-pacer will be the team's 'go to' man in the upcoming cricket World Cup.
BCCI Marketing Committee, IPL Governing Council meet today
The Cricket Board has convened meetings of its Marketing Committee and IPL Governing Council in Mumbai.
MAD about cricket? Solve this World Cup puzzle!
Take a shot at this puzzle we devised just for you!
'Pakistan confident of breaking India jinx at World Cup'
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq tells Chandresh Narayanan that his team will break the jinx that has haunted them in five of the last six editions when they take on India in their World Cup opener on February 15.
'India can't bowl teams out for 250, batsmen have to score big'
Former Australian pacer Damien Fleming always had India in his final four of the World Cup until they carried their winless run of the Test series into the recent tri-series Down Under.
February 09, 2015
Sri Lanka call up fast bowler Chameera for World Cup
Sri Lanka have called fast bowler Dushmantha Chameera into their World Cup squad as replacement for the injured Dhammika Prasad, Cricinfo reported on Monday.
From J&K shock to Ranji Trophy quarters! Mumbai's narrow escape
It proved a narrow escape for 40-time champions Mumbai as they squeezed into the quarter-finals of the Ranji Trophy on the basis of their first innings lead after their Group A match against Karnataka ended in a draw on Monday.
Buttler keen to bat up the order to score big tons
England wicketkeeper batsman Jos Buttler has expressed that though he is content in his role as a 'finisher', his ambition is to bat for 35-40 overs, and score big hundreds for the team.
Mumbai draw with Karnataka, make last eight on first innings lead
Mumbai sneaked into the quarter-finals of the Ranji Trophy by virtue of their first innings lead in their last Group A league match against holders Karnataka, which ended in a draw at the Wankhede stadium on Monday.
Irfan and Maqsood star in narrow Pakistan victory
Sohaib Maqsood spared Pakistan's blushes by hitting an unbeaten 93 to secure the team's three-wicket victory over Bangladesh in their first World Cup warm-up match on Monday.
Know the 2015 World Cup teams
Ahead of the 11th edition of the tournament in Australia and New Zealand here's a look at the participating players' career records.
'Misbah needs to adopt Imran's class of '92 approach to win WC'
Former Pakistan pace spearhead Shoaib Akhtar has said that current skipper Misbah-ul Haq needs to adopt Imran Khan's frontline approach employed by the captain in 1992 if the 2015 squad wants to win this year's Cricket World Cup.
When Dhoni frequented the 'Manly Beauty Parlour'
Mahendra Singh Dhoni was always careful of his mane and he frequented a small salon in Ranchi.
WC warm-up v Afghanistan: HOPEFULLY, India can pull this off...
India will be looking for resurrection against Afghanistan.
Woakes helps England crush Windies in World Cup warm-up
Chris Woakes took 5 for 19 as England claimed a comfortable nine-wicket victory in their first official World Cup warm-up match after dismissing a hapless West Indies for 122 in 29.3 overs on Monday.
Former Ashes star bowler Harmison becomes football manager
Former cricketer Steve Harmison, who took more than 200 Test wickets for England, has swapped sports to become the new manager of non-League club Ashington, who play in the ninth tier of the English football pyramid.
India-Pakistan tie: 'Team that handles pressure well will win'
Pakistan can break World Cup jinx against underperforming India, believes former Pakistan captain Zaheer Abbas.
World Cup 2015: Know the Australia cricket team
Penpix of the Australia squad for the 2015 World Cup, which they are co-hosting with New Zealand.
World Cup 2015: Know the New Zealand cricket team
Penpix of the New Zealand squad for the cricket World Cup which they will co-host with Australia.
World Cup 2015: Know the Sri Lanka cricket team
Penpix of the Sri Lanka squad for the 2015 cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
Watch out for McCullum at the World Cup!
England pace bowler Stuart Broad has branded New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum as the 'danger man' to watch out for at the World Cup.
Kohli gets voted into People's World Cup XI
He is the only Indian to make the list that includes three South Africans including record-breaking captain AB de Villiers.
World Cup 2015: Know the England cricket team
Penpix of the England squad for the 2015 cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
World Cup 2015: Know the United Arab Emirates cricket team
Take a look at the United Arab Emirates squad.
World Cup 2015: Know the Afghanistan cricket team
Penpix of the Afghanistan squad for the 2015 cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand
World Cup 2015: Know the Zimbabwe cricket team
Penpix of the Zimbabwe squad for the 2015 cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
World Cup 2015: Know the Scotland cricket team
Penpix of the Scotland squad for the 2015 cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
World Cup 2015: Know the West Indies cricket team
Penpix of the West Indies squad for the 2015 cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
World Cup 2015: Know the Bangladesh cricket team
Penpix of the Bangladesh squad for the 2015 cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
World Cup 2015: Know the Indian cricket team
Penpix of the India squad for the 2015 cricket World Cup, which is being held in Australia and New Zealand.
World Cup 2015: Know the South Africa cricket team
Penpix of the South Africa squad for the 2015 cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
World Cup 2015: Know the Pakistan cricket team
Penpix of the Pakistan squad for the 2015 cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
World Cup 2015: Know the Ireland cricket team
Penpix on the Ireland team for the 2015 cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
WC warm-up: New Zealand's tie against Zimbabwe abandoned
Rain forced the abandonment of Monday's cricket World Cup warm-up match between New Zealand and Zimbabwe.
Which Indian was among the top 12 Most Valuable Players in the tri-series?
Moeen Ali, the England all-rounder, with a batting strike-rate of 82.1 and an economy rate of 4.2, was tops.
'Jaded Team India does not look like a champion side'
One game can turn around things but I have my doubts, says Mohinder Amarnath.
'Don't write off Pakistan'
The talented but unpredictable side are not favourites.
February 08, 2015
Ranji Trophy: Sensational win for Delhi as 20 wickets fall on day 3
Manan Sharma returned a five-wicket haul as Delhi pulled off a dramatic 90-run win over Punjab following two stunning batting collapses on the third day of their Ranji Trophy Group B match in Patiala.
Failures have made me stronger: Dhawan
India opener Shikhar Dhawan is finally satisfied to be back among runs ahead of the World Cup after snapping his prolonged run drought with a fifty against Australia in their first warm-up game.
Pakistan game will be crucial for India: Wright
The Indian team may have been struggling off late in the One-dayers, but ask former India coach John Wright, and he would tell you that starting the World Cup on a winning note will act as a confidence booster for the Men in Blue.
ICC approves Jamshed as a replacement for Hafeez
The ICC approved Nasir Jamshed as a replacement for injured Mohammad Hafeez in Pakistan's squad for the World Cup, starting February 14.
PHOTOS: Warner, Maxwell tons expose India's bowling frailties
David Warner and Glenn Maxwell struck blistering centuries as Australia flexed their batting muscles to expose defending champion India's bowling limitations in a World Cup warmup match in Adelaide on Sunday.
Srinivasan did most of the talking at BCCI meeting in Chennai
BCCI's Working Committee members were unanimous in their opinion that a legal recourse must be planned against unrecognised Cricket Association of Bihar secretary Aditya Verma for 'spreading baseless rumours' against president-in-exile Narayanswami Srinivasan and Co.
Dhoni keen to identify playing eleven before Pakistan clash
Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni admitted he is struggling to identify his playing eleven for the high-voltage World Cup clash against arch-rivals Pakistan next Sunday.
World Cup warm-up: Maxwell, Warner tons crush India
India's preparations for the cricket World Cup suffered a jolt as Australia thrashed the defending champions by 106 runs with Glenn Maxwell and David Warner striking blistering centuries in their first warm-up game in Adelaide.
India has a good chance of winning World Cup: Kirsten
India's World Cup-winning coach Gary Kirsten termed Indian cricket team as an "incredibly strong unit which opponents will find it tough to beat" during the upcoming mega event starting February 14.
Bailey claims Australia's consistency big strength for World Cup
Australian batsman George Bailey has claimed that his side's World Cup squad has played consistently since the past 12 or 18 months, despite injuries, inexperience and the pressure of a home tournament bearing down on them.
Pakistan's Hafeez ruled out of World Cup through injury
Pakistan allrounder Mohammad Hafeez has been ruled out of the World Cup with a calf muscle injury, an official of the country's cricket board told Reuters on Sunday.
Biography traces Dhoni's life from TC to World Cup-winning captain
Mahendra Singh Dhoni's image of holding the World Cup trophy at Wankhede has been immortalised in cricketing folklore but not many know that Indian cricket's poster boy was once a ticket collector at the Kharagpur railway station.
Will Team India peak at the right time?
"World Cup is a big event and seeing the enormity of the situation, the players might just rise up to the challenge and peak at the right time," Anjum told PTI.
BCCI's Annual General Meeting in Chennai on March 2
The BCCI further added that "the Committee discussed the implications of the Supreme Court Judgment and decided to act as per legal advice."
Dhoni's captaincy will be key to India's fortunes: Borde
- 'If Kohli can bat as many overs as possible, it will be beneficial to the team'
Mohit replaces injured Ishant in India's World Cup squad
Ishant Sharma is suffering from a knee injury he sustained during the Boxing Day Test against Australia in December.
February 07, 2015
Yadav likely to replace Srinivasan as BCCI president
Former India off-spinner and interim president of BCCI Shivlal Yadav in all likelihood is the frontrunner to replace N Srinivasan as the full-time president of the board at the next Annual General Meeting.
'Rohit and Virat's form will be crucial to India's WC chances'
India's premier fast bowler Zaheer Khan feels that Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma's form will be key to India' title defence as they get ready to face arch-rivals Pakistan in the ICC Cricket World Cup in less than a week's time.
Ranji Trophy: Samarth leads Karnataka's strong reply against Mumbai
Round up of the Ranji Trophy matches being played across the country
Defeat can be a learning experience at a tournament like the World Cup
- 'I would urge everyone to support our team'
We don't have the depth in batting, admits Dhoni
If bowling was the only main worry for Team India heading into the World Cup, then think again! Skipper MS Dhoni, on Saturday, revealed that India team, besides bowling is also struggling in batting.
Indian team have always been successful under Dhoni: Clarke
They may have gone through a rough patch in the run-up to the World Cup but Australia captain Michael Clarke today warned against writing off India's chances of defending the title in the upcoming quadrennial extravaganza beginning February 14.
Raina set to play senior in squad
Being a part of the 2011 World Cup winning team, India's middle-order batsman Suresh Raina is no stranger to the mega-event, and this time around he is looking forward to guide the younger players in the side though he still shies away from calling himself a senior.
India's pace spearhead Ishant ruled out of World Cup
Mohit Sharma to replace the lanky pacer
I'm no ego-centric show-off, says Australia's Maxwell
All-rounder Glenn Maxwell has admitted to being upset by the frequent criticism directed at him but most of all by the implication that he is not a team man dedicated to helping Australia win the World Cup.
Fit Rohit set to play World Cup warm-ups
- 'I had issues with my hamstring but over the past few days I have been working on it and recovered well thanks to the medical staff'
Spinner Ajmal's action cleared; chances high to make World Cup squad
Star Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal was cleared to resume international cricket on Saturday after his bowling action was found to be legal during a retest at an ICC-accredited facility in Chennai.
Absence of leg-spinner will cost India dear: Prasanna
- 'Unless and until they finalise the combination of pace and spin, it will be extremely difficult for the team to progress beyond the quarter-finals'
'Perennial 'chokers' South Africa 'want to take the trophy back home'
Being told not to return home as "losers" by their country's sports minister merely reflects the passionate desire of all South Africans for a maiden World Cup triumph, captain AB de Villiers said on Saturday.
Undeterred Dhoni feels India can step up and rise to the occasion
- 'It's a matter of which team is more consistent during the World Cup'
Pakistan contract dispute not affecting Cup preparations: PCB
A dispute with Pakistan players over their central contracts is not affecting the team's preparations for the World Cup, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Friday.
Bat size restrictions ridiculous: Morgan
England skipper Eoin Morgan has slammed as "ridiculous" plans to restrict the size of cricket bats to try and stem the flow of runs in the one-day game.
Daddy Dhoni has only World Cup on his mind
'But (the) World Cup is a very important campaign, and everything can wait as of now'
February 06, 2015
'Rohit and Virat's form will be crucial to India's Cup chances'
Zaheer Khan feels that Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma's form will be key to India' title defence as they get ready to face arch-rivals Pakistan in the ICC Cricket World Cup in less than a week's time.
Dhoni becomes a father, wife Sakshi gives birth to a baby girl
Just a week ahead of the ICC World Cup, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has become a father. The Indian captain's wife Sakshi gave birth to a baby girl at a private hospital in Gurgaon.
Can India defend their title? Hard to predict, says Gavaskar
Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar feels that the 2015 cricket World Cup beginning on February 14 in Australia and New Zealand will be "most
Ranji Trophy: Lad, Patil rally Mumbai against champions Karnataka
A summary of the first day's play in the Ranji Trophy matches at various venues across the country.
'With so many injuries, Dhoni has to manage his bowlers carefully'
As India heads into the World Cup, battered and bruised, they will be hoping that all their four players on the injury list recover in time when they take on Pakistan in their campaign opener.
'This World Cup will be a lot more competitive and important'
Sachin Tendulkar believes the upcoming 50-over World Cup will be different from its past editions because of changes in rules and the advent of Twenty20 cricket.
India's batting will take care of itself in 50 overs: Bhogle
India may have had a terrible Australian summer so far, but commentator Harsha Bhogle said that putting in hard-yards against the No 1 ODI side would have certainly made the 'Men in Blue' battle-ready for the cricket World Cup.
Lee hoping for World Cup pace-fest Down Under
Former Australia paceman Brett Lee has picked his country's bowling attack as the most balanced for the World Cup and hopes the pitches during the tournament will retain their tradition of being conducive to fast bowling.
Injuries, suspensions plague unpredictable Pakistan's World Cup charge
'I am happy that we are not favourites'
Clarke's World Cup fitness race turns into a jog
Barring any further setbacks, it appears that Michael Clarke's return to full fitness and the captaincy of the Australia World Cup team is now a matter of "when" rather than "if".
India need to play well consistently to make semis: Azharuddin
Having led India to three World Cup victories against Pakistan, former captain Mohammad Azharuddin feels the defending champions face no serious threat from their arch-rivals in the much-hyped encounter between the two sides in the cricket World Cup.
'Loose lips trying to destroy Clarke-Smith relationship'
Former Australia captain Steve Waugh is annoyed in the manner a section of people are being critical of Michael Clarke's captaincy.
'India carrying injured players to WC because they have no options'
- 'Yuvraj's ommission from the sqaud was shocking'
No longer a surprise, Ireland hope to scale new heights
After two successful World Cups and rapid growth, ever-improving Ireland have lost their element of surprise and can scale new heights in Australia and New Zealand, according to captain William Porterfield.
BEWARE illegal gamblers, match-fixers! ICC promises clean World Cup
Cricket World Cup will be clean, says anti-corruption chief.
Why coach Fletcher is bullish about India's chances of defending title
'What makes this team special is that over the last few years they have faced all kinds of situations in the limited overs cricket and have shown they are capable of coming out successfully from all of them.'
Some MIND BLOWING facts about Men in Blue
Key facts on the India squad for the 2015 cricket World Cup.
6 reasons why West Indies is MOST TROUBLED World Cup team
West Indies head into World Cup with little or no expectations of success.
Mumbai's Wankhede to host Ranji Trophy final
Kolkata and Bengaluru will conduct the two semi-finals, while the four quarter-finals will be at Cuttack, Indore, Lahli and Jaipur.
HUGE INCENTIVES! SL players to pocket $1m, if they win World Cup
Sri Lanka's squad will receive a bonus of almost $1 million if they win the World Cup.
Just one memorable World Cup... and little else!
Five players who excelled at the World Cup, but did little of note otherwise.These players were so impressive in a particular World Cup, but did so little otherwise.
MAD about cricket? Solve this World Cup puzzle!
Take a shot at this puzzle we devised just for you!
February 05, 2015
Lee hints at coaching Indian pacers
Former Australian pacer Brett Lee, on Thursday, hinted that he is keen on mentoring Indian bowlers in the near future if asked to do so.
Sri Lanka terrific, well-balanced: Dravid
Former India captain Rahul Dravid says the islanders may not be front-runners to win the World Cup this time around, but the fact that they are a very close-knit unit gives them the edge.
'Yadav, Shukla ineligible to contest BCCI elections'
Aditya Verma, the petitioner in the Indian Premier League betting and spot-fixing case, says, as per the Supreme Court order, no official having commercial interest in the BCCI can stand in the elections because of conflict of interest.
PHOTOS: Has Clarke proved his fitness with knock against Bangla XI?
Just a fortnight left to prove his fitness, Michael Clarke appeared to be heading in the right direction as the Australian captain bowled, fielded and batted without any signs of discomfort against Bangladesh in a practice match in Brisbane.
Concentrate on bowling stump-to-stump, Prasad tells Indian pacers
Former India seamer and bowling coach Venkatesh Prasad says the struggling pace trio of Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami must not try anything extraordinary in upcoming Cricket World Cup, starting February 14.
Team India's self-esteem very low, says 'concerned' Bedi
Former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi expresses concern over the team's preparedness ahead of the upcoming World Cup.
Bowlers will have do well for India to retain trophy: Srinath
It was imperative for the Indian bowlers to perform well if India has to retain the cricket World Cup title, feels former paceman Javagal Srinath.
RCB get Mandeep Singh from Kings XI Punjab
Royal Challengers Bangalore have traded top-order batsman Mandeep Singh from Kings XI Punjab ahead of the eighth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), starting April 9.
Ambitious Afghanistan cricket set for next chapter...
The journey of Afghan cricket from the refugee camps to World Cup is nothing short of a fairytale.
Rahat to replace Junaid in Pakistan's World Cup squad: PCB
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced that left-arm paceman, Rahat Ali would be replacing injured fast bowler Junaid Khan in Pakistan's World Cup final squad.
World Cup will cement ODI game's standing: Richardson
ICC Chief Executive David Richardson feels ODI cricket is a perfect bridge between Test and Twenty20 International and said the 50-over World Cup starting next week will cement ODI game's standing in future.
Is this Dale Steyn's last World Cup?
South Africa's pace spearhead Dale Steyn might feature in his last Cricket World Cup this year, as there is every chance that the fast bowler might retire from ODI-cricket to focus more on the long format of the game, where he has achieved the vast majority of his shinning landmarks.
Forget Australia and SA, here are World Cup's genuine dark horses
New Zealand are looming as the popular dark horses for the cricket World Cup.
Bowling India's biggest worry at World Cup, says Venkataraghavan
Former India captain Srinivas Venkataraghavan is of the opinion that Mahendra Singh Dhoni's team lacks consistency.
5 reasons why Australia are World Cup favourites
Australia are the unsurprising favourites to clinch a fifth World Cup.
Party animal Chris Gayle on exploring-mode in Australia
Gayle posted pictures on social media of visiting stadiums in Australia shortly after touch down.
1975 to 2011: Men and Moments that mattered in the final
From Clive Lloyd and Viv Richards, Imran Khan and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, these cricketers, among others, etched their names in the annuls of cricketing history with heroic efforts that helped their teams clinch the big prize of One-day cricket.
February 04, 2015
Pietersen swaps bat for microphone at World Cup
After being sacked by England, Kevin Pietersen will appear at the World Cup after all, although he will swap his bat for a microphone after being signed up as a BBC radio pundit.
ICC considering crackdown on bat size
The International Cricket Council (ICC) is considering a limit on bat size less than two weeks before the 2015 World Cup beginning February 14 in Australia and New Zealand.
Why Tendulkar will be missed this World Cup!
When the defending champion India take on Pakistan in their potentially high-octane campaign opener of the ICC Cricket World Cup on February 15 at the Adelaide Oval, the awe-inspiring Sachin Tendulkar would be conspicuously absent for the first time in a match between the two arch-rivals in the showpiece event.
PHOTOS: Clarke swaps willow with baseball bat in nets
Battling against time to prove his fitness ahead of the cricket World Cup, Michael Clarke took a baseball bat instead of the willow in an unconventional net session as the Australian captain looked set to return after his hamstring injury.
VOTE: Who will win the 2015 World Cup?
Will India win World Cup a third time or will hosts Australia reign at home?
Bowlers hold key to India's WC success, says Bhajji. Do you agree?
- India are strong contenders to get into semi-final along with Australia, New Zealand and South Africa
Aus coach Lehmann backs recuperating Clarke to lead squad at WC
But says pressure is on under-performing George Bailey
Mike Hussey to mentor 'chokers' South Africa during World Cup?
Australian Test legend Michael Hussey has reportedly been approached by South Africa to help them during the upcoming Cricket World Cup, that gets underway on February 14.
We mean business in the World Cup, declares Warner
Australia's big-hitting opener is bullish about the team's chances of lifting a record fifth World Cup on home soil.
Cricket World Cup: All you wanted to know about the 14 venues
The 14 grounds that will host matches during the February 14 - March 29 tournament in Australia and New Zealand.
16 INTERESTING cricket World Cup facts to blow your mind
Key facts on the 11th edition of the cricket World Cup.
WC Contenders: Home comforts for some; chokers tag hurt SA
With strong hosts expected to challenge, a highly-fancied South Africa face their demons.
February 03, 2015
'Clarke's is second most important position after Australian PM'
Putting to rest speculation about Michael Clarke's dipping popularity within the national cricket team, coach Darren Lehmann said that Australian
Amitabh Bachchan to commentate in India-Pakistan World Cup clash
Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan is set to make his commentary debut in the much-awaited India-Pakistan cricket World Cup game in Adelaide as part of a promotional activity for his upcoming film Shamitabh.
'India-Pakistan match will be a final before the final'
Former Pakistan leg-spin legend Abdul Qadir says he would have also liked to see leg-spinners like Amit Mishra and Piyush Chawla in the team since India does not have intimidating pace bowlers.
Kiwis head into World Cup with thumping win over Pakistan
Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor scored centuries as New Zealand completed their World Cup preparations with a crushing 119-run win over Pakistan in Napier on Tuesday. It was their eighth win in their last 10 completed matches.
Unforgiving cricket-crazy fans set for Indo-Pak World Cup clash
Cricket is just a game, but try telling that to the 22 players who will walk out for the India v Pakistan World Cup match
England don't know how to beat us, boasts Hazlewood
Fast bowler Josh Hazlewood feels England don't know how to beat Australia.
Do you believe these guys can win the World Cup!
'With India's bowling so poor, there will be extra pressure on the batsmen to score more runs. The Indian team, which nonchalantly scores 300/350 runs in ODIs at home, has had problems making even 200/250 runs in Australia.'
James Faulkner to miss start of World Cup
James Faulkner is likely to miss the start of the cricket World Cup.
IPL 8 auctions: Rs 135 cr up for play!
This year's auctions will wrap up in one day.
Pakistan's Junaid ruled out of World Cup
Junaid Khan as he has been ruled out of the World Cup after failing a fitness test.
February 02, 2015
'Sachin refused Sourav's request to take off shirt at Lord's'
He was the manager of the Indian team during its memorable NatWest Trophy triumph over England at Lord's way back in 2002 and Rajiv Shukla has
Ishant, Rohit, Bhuvi, Jadeja to undergo fitness test on Feb 7
The fate of India's injured World Cup quartet of Rohit Sharma, Ishant Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja and Bhuvneshwar Kumar will be decided on February 7 when they undergo a rigorous fitness test ahead of the team's first warm-up game against Australia the very next day.
'Dhoni as a leader is a big factor for the Indian team'
The presence of Mahendra Singh Dhoni as a leader makes the Indian team a good unit going into World Cup, former Pakistan cricketers Inzamam Ul Haq and Shoaib Akhtar have said.
'Save Bhuvneshwar, other India bowlers have not been consistent'
Harbhajan Singh has said that except Bhuvneshwar Kumar, other bowlers have not been consistent enough which has been the bane of India in their disappointing tour Down Under.
'It's okay if Virat scores a century and then blows a flying kiss'
Former India captain Kapil Dev has said that he is fine with Virat Kohli's antics as long as India's best batsman at the moment is performing on field.
Modi govt to decide on India-Pakistan series in UAE in December
India are scheduled to play a bilateral series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates in December.
Srini to meet with select BCCI units on Feb 5
Barred by the Supreme Court from contesting the Board of Control for Cricket in India's elections, president-in-exile Narayanswami Srinivasan has called some of the affiliated units for an informal meeting in Chennai on Thursday to decide his future course of action.
'Beating Pakistan would be a big confidence booster for India at WC'
Virender Sehwag exuded confidence about India making it to the semi-finals of the World Cup.
Defending champs India in second spot as World Cup beckons
India will enter the 11th edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup in second spot behind leaders Australia.
Australia will not win World Cup without Clarke, claims Warne
Australia spin legend Shane Warne feels if Michael Clarke is fit he should replace George Bailey in the side.
Lehmann tips Langer to be next Australia coach
Australian head coach Darren Lehmann has tipped Justin Langer to be his successor in the coaching role, claiming that the former teammate is respected very highly.
February 01, 2015
I would pay money to watch Tendulkar bat: Viv Richards
He had redefined ODI batting almost three decades back but Sir Vivian Richards' favourite ODI batsman is none other than the legendary Sachin Tendulkar.
It was nice to put in a good all-round performance: Maxwell
After putting up a match-winning all-round show in the tri-series final, Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell said he was relieved with his show with the bat. Maxwell scored 95 in Australia's total of 278 and then took four wickets with his off-breaks.
'Getting over the line against Australia has been difficult'
English skipper Eoin Morgan expressed disappointment in the manner his side surrendered in the tri-series final to Australia by 112 runs but said that they will come back stronger in the World Cup beginning on February 14.
Ranji Trophy: Bengal stare at relegation
Round up of the Ranji Trophy match being played across the country
Maxwell, Johnson help Australia thump England in tri-series final
Glenn Maxwell produced a stellar all-round performance and Mitchell Johnson returned to terrorize England as Australia clinched the one-day tri-series with an emphatic 112-run victory over their Ashes rivals on Sunday.
Tri-Series PHOTOS: Maxwell's heroics help Australia lift trophy
Glenn Maxwell missed his maiden ODI century but his career-best 95 helped Australia win the tri-series
'We went into World Cup with a mindset of winning every game'
Notwithstanding India's good showing en route to the 2003 World Cup final, former batsman Damien Martyn said that it was Australia's 'self-belief' that helped them in outplaying the Sourav Ganguly-led side in the title clash.
January 31, 2015
Ranji Trophy: Vidarbha inflict humiliating innings defeat on Delhi
Round-up of the Ranji Trophy games being played across the country
Not surprised at India's ouster: Bailey
Australian captain George Bailey is not surprised that India did not qualify for the tri-series final and said that concentrating on Test cricket before heading into the ODI event might have been the reason for their below-par showing.
Afridi blitz in vain as New Zealand spank Pakistan
Grant Elliot's all-round performance eclipsed Shahid Afridi's 29-ball blitz to secure New Zealand a comfortable seven-wicket victory over Pakistan in the first One Day International in Wellington on Saturday.
Tri-series: Johnson's return to spur Aus against inconsistent England
In what will be a dress rehearsal of their opening game in the World Cup, an unbeaten Australia take on England in the cricket tri-series final, in Perth on Sunday.
'Disillusioned' Windies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo quits Test cricket
Just weeks after being dropped from the West Indies' World Cup squad, a 'disillusioned' Dwayne Bravo has announced his retirement from Test cricket.
Gavaskar terms India's batsmen 'escapist' after flop show in Australia
Legendary Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar has criticised India's batsmen, describing them as escapist following a three wicket loss in the One-Dayer against England on Friday.
Clarke registers fifty in grade cricket match
Australia's World Cup captain Michael Clarke struck a fine half-century in a Sydney Grade cricket match for Western Suburbs as the premier batsman races ahead of time to be fit for the 50-over showpiece event starting mid-February.
Aus captain Clarke denies rift with teammates
According to AFP, Clarke said the six-and-a-half weeks he had spent recuperating from hamstring surgery had not driven a wedge between him and the squad.
January 30, 2015
Ranji Trophy: New skipper Tare puts Mumbai in strong position
A summary of the day's play in the Ranji Trophy matches at various venues across the country.
Johnson set for ODI return, to play in tri-series final
Australian pace spearhead Mitchell Johnson is set to return from his month-long rest period and the tri-series final against England will be his first competitive match since the Boxing Day Test against India.
Wouldn't like to be too critical about India's performance: Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar feels that India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni ran 'short of ideas' but at the same time wouldn't like to be too critical of him ahead of the ICC World Cup starting in two weeks' time.
K L Rahul scores 337, becomes Karnataka's first triple centurion
-year-old Lokesh Rahul scored 337 as Karnataka amassed 719 for 5 in their Ranji Trophy match against Uttar Pradesh.
Stats: First instance of Team India going 'win-less' Down Under
Statistical highlights of the tri-series match between India and England at the WACA on Friday.
'In this tournament not all the 15 guys in our squad were fit'
Mahendra Singh Dhoni has blamed the injuries and niggles being the reason for his team's poor show in the tri-nation tournament where they failed to reach the final after losing three out of the four league matches with a game being abandoned.
'It's a catch-22 situation for India ahead of the World Cup'
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has said the dilemma over settling down into the right bowling combination has put the team in a "catch-22 situation" ahead of the ICC World Cup.
Taylor, Buttler deny India tri-series final berth
A brilliant partnership between James Taylor and Jos Buttler helped England beat India by three wickets at the WACA on Friday and enter the tri-series final, where they will meet Australia.
Tri-Series PHOTOS: Taylor-made victory for England!
Images from the sixth ODI of the tri-series, between India and England, on Friday.
Ignored Yuvraj Singh finds place in MCC squad
Yuvraj Singh has been included in Marylebone Cricket Club squad to play in Emirates T20
Miller replaces Narine in Windies WC squad; ICC approves
The ICC has approved Nikita Miller as replacement for Sunil Narine in West Indies' WC squad
January 29, 2015
'Mitchell Starc is a real weapon if the ball is swinging early'
Australia's bowling coach Craig McDermott says in-form pacer Mitchell Starc must be consistent throughout the 44-day long Cricket World Cup to give co-hosts the best chance of winning the coveted title.
Clarke to play first competitive match after surgery on Saturday
Three weeks in advance of his World Cup fitness deadline, Australian captain Michael Clarke will make his eagerly anticipated comeback from hamstring surgery in a Sydney local cricket match on Saturday.
Ranji Trophy: Rahul's unbeaten ton hoists Karnataka
A summary of the first day's play in the Ranji Trophy league matches at various venues.
1983 WC final was biggest disappointment of my career: Garner
Recalling the monumental upset when the mighty West Indies were stunned by India in the 1983 Prudential World Cup final, pacer Joel Garner said that the loss was the biggest disappointment of his decade-long cricket career.
'Bhuvi will swing the ball, others have to get seam movement'
Javagal Srinath believes India need to identify its frontline pace attack who can take wickets upfront during their title defence at the ICC Cricket World Cup starting next month.
Record-breaker Sangakkara stars as Sri Lanka beat New Zealand
Kumar Sangakkara scored an unbeaten 113 and then returned to break the world record for the most dismissals by a wicketkeeper in One-day internationals as Sri Lanka beat New Zealand by 34 runs in the seventh and final match in Wellington on Thursday.
Australia's batting star Smith credits IPL for success
The Australia batsman said IPL taught him to adapt to different situations.
Tri-series: Dhoni backs Dhawan to come good in must-win tie
'Ultimately the plan is to have 15 players who are fit and doing decently well, and according to the demands you can feature the best eleven that suits'
Morgan ready to give up Test dream for IPL
The England ODI captain has made himself available for the IPL Players' Auction on February 16.
2016 World T20 comes to India; England to host 2019 WC
India has been confirmed as host for the 2016 Twenty20 World Cup
Sangakkara surpasses Gilchrist to record most dismissals in ODIs
Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara added another milestone to his already storied career when he broke the world record for the most dismissals by a wicketkeeper in One-Day Internationals against New Zealand in Wellington on Thursday.
Super Over to decide World Cup winner if final ends in a tie
The ICC also announced that the captains will not carry forward any over-rate offences into the World Cup.
Focus on bowlers as India face England in virtual semi-final
England start as the favourites but India have a golden chance to reverse the trend and get into gear just before the World Cup.
Banned Pak pacer Amir returns to domestic cricket
Pakistan's Mohammad Amir has received an early reprieve for a return to domestic cricket
Will all-rounders make an impact in the 2015 World Cup?
Corey Anderson has claimed that the all-rounders are a massive part of a squad
Amla, Rossouw tons seal SA's series win over West Indies
Hashim Amla and Rilee Rossouw smashed quick-fire centuries as South Africa crushed West Indies
January 28, 2015
Under-fire Srinivasan may meet Jaitley over BCCI elections
BCCI's president-in-exile Narayanswami Srinivasan is set to discuss his future course of action with Union finance minister Arun Jaitley.
India should hope that wickets remain slow during WC: Dravid
Surprised with the nature of wickets in Australia, former India captain Rahul Dravid, said that team India should hope that the wickets remain slow during the World Cup.
IPL players' auction on Feb 16; Pietersen, Yuvraj up for grabs
There is no clarity on the number of players in the auction pool because the deadline for franchises to prune the original list has been deferred to February 4.
Australia's Lee denied fairytale hat-trick in final match
Brett Lee was denied a last-ball hat-trick and a fairytale end to his professional cricket career as the Perth Scorchers scrambled a single off the fast bowler to win back-to-back Big Bash League titles in Canberra on Wednesday.
Exclusive! Dravid, Laxman spot the chinks in Dhawan's armour
India batting icons Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman tell Harish Kotian what opener Shikhar Dhawan must do to regain lost form.
Now De Villiers has a suite named after him at Centurion
In an attempt to honour swashbuckling batsman AB de Villiers, the Northern Cricket Union has named a suite after him at SuperSport Park in Centurion.
BCCI needs to be accountable as per SC observation: Sonowal
Expressing the government's desire to bring BCCI under the ambit of the RTI Act, Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today reiterated the centre's stance following the Supreme Court ruling that the private cricketing body performs a public function and is amenable to judicial law and review.
Windies seek mediation with BCCI over India tour pull-out
Dave Cameron, the president of the West Indies Cricket Board, has urged the Board of Control for Cricket in India to sort the issue of his country's pull-out from their India tour midway into the series last year through a bilateral discussion or third-party mediation over the next two months.
Rohit's injury, Dhawan's form a concern for Team India
While Rohit Sharma's absence because of a hamstring injury has affected the batting order, Shikhar Dhawan's poor run is a major reason for India's poor showing on the ongoing tour of Australia.
Broad apologises for England 'minimum wage' tweet
England Twenty20 cricket team captain had tweeted that he heard that if one earns a minimum wage in England he is among the top 10 percent earners in the world.
Off the field: SA pacer Steyn is fisherman, lion wrestler!
South Africa fast bowling spearhead Dale Steyn tried wrestling a powerful lioness over the weekend!
PHOTOS: Australian cricketers' WAGs sizzle at Allan Border Medal ceremony
While Australia's top cricketers were in attendance, the real eye-catchers of evening were their stunning wives and girlfriends. Take a look.
Spinner Narine withdraws from Windies World Cup squad
Off-spinner Sunil Narine has withdrawn from the West Indies World Cup squad while he continues to work on his controversial bowling action, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) said on Tuesday.
January 27, 2015
Cricket Australia mulls appointing Smith as ODI captain after WC
Michael Clarke may just meet the fitness deadline to lead the national team into the World Cup starting February 14, even as many Australia cricket officials are mulling appointing Steven Smith as full-time captain after the 50-over showpiece event.
'It would be foolish to write off India in World Cup'
Former New Zealand fast bowler Geoff Allott feels it would be foolish to write off defending champions India ahead of next month's Cricket World Cup despite their pedestrian showing in the ongoing tour of Australia.
PHOTOS: Steve Smith marks spectacular season with Allan Border Medal
Steve Smith capped a remarkable season by sweeping the main awards at the annual Allan Border Medal ceremony
Injured Rohit likely to miss World Cup warm-ups
The Indian team management has decided not to risk injured opener Rohit Sharma for the do-or-die tri-series game against England on January 30 and the final, in case India makes it.
The Supreme Court judgement on the IPL fixing probe
The complete judgement delivered by the Supreme Court bench of Justices T S Thakur and F M I Khalifulla on January 22, 2015. Largest cricket bat bids for Guinness world record
As large as an eight to 10-storey building, the bat weighs 950 kg and is nearly 32 times longer than a standard bat.
Guptill signs on for fresh Derbyshire stint
New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill is all set to re-join Derbyshire as their overseas player for the early part of the 2015 season, the Midlands County announced.
Even English counties don't want KP to bat for them!
Sacked England batsman Kevin Pietersen dealt a blow in his hopes of returning to the national Test squad after domestic side Surrey all but ruled out a return for him.
How Pakistan plan to tackle Kohli at World Cup
Left arm medium pace bowler Sohail Tanvir believes that Pakistan does not need to indulge in sledging to scalp star India batsman Virat Kohli's wicket. He says his team has enough firepower to dismiss him when the teams meet at next month's World Cup.
January 26, 2015
Padma Shri came as a pleasant surprise, says India captain Mithali
Mithali Raj says she was not expecting the honour with Virat Kohli also in the race.
Sydney ODI washed out; India face England in must-win tie
Rain played spoilsport as the tri-series match between India and Australia was abandoned with the two teams sharing the points, which left the visiting side in with a chance to make it to the final.
'Team India's World Cup defence is looking shaky'
Describing India's defence of the World Cup title as shaky, former Australia captain Ian Chappell has advised them to keep star batsman Virat Kohli at
January 25, 2015
Russell blasts Windies to one-wicket win
All-rounder Andre Russell smashed a match-winning half-century as West Indies claimed a nail-biting one-wicket victory over South Africa in the fourth one-day international at St George's Park on Sunday.
Pak cricketers refuse to sign three-month extended contract
Pakistan cricketers, who are currently touring New Zealand, have refused to sign the three-month extended contract that is given to them by the national cricket board (PCB).
I love mentoring Indian players during IPL: Mike Hussey
He is one among the few top overseas players to have regularly featured in the cash-rich Indian Premier League and Michael Hussey believes that his bond with it has got stronger over the years having played the role of a "mentor" to young Indian players.
Here is how India can still play tri-series final
Australia are already through to the final, with England and India in the race for the remaining slot.
Hussey backs out-of-form Watson to shine in World Cup
Former Australia cricketer Michael Hussey has backed out-of-form all-rounder Shane Watson to thrive at the upcoming World Cup, describing him as a player capable of dominating the game.
Gilchrist, Ryder inducted into Australia's Hall of Fame
Celebrated wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist and late former captain and selector Jack Ryder will be inducted into Australian Cricket Hall of Fame at the annual Allan Border Medal ceremony in Sydney on January 27.
Tri-Series: Ishant, Jadeja available as India take on Australia
India would look to reignite the spark and keep themselves afloat in the ODI cricket tri-series when they take on an unbeaten Australia in Sydney.
Dhoni breaks his silence on IPL scam
Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said that he does not expect the speculation around his name to stop anytime soon despite nothing concrete coming up against him.
6th ODI: New Zealand rout Sri Lanka; bag series
Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson fell agonisingly short of centuries but New Zealand's imposing total ensured they beat Sri Lanka by 120 runs in the sixth One-day international on Sunday to take an unassailable 4-1 lead in their seven-match series.
'IPL is like two-minute noodles, tasty but not nutritious'
Former India cricketer Kirti Azad on Saturday took a pot shot at the Indian Premier League and expressed concern at India's bowling strength going into the World Cup.
January 24, 2015
Aus batsmen Daniel Hughes knocked down by bouncer, survives after brief unconsciousness
Bringing back memories of the tragic death of Phillip Hughes in November last, an Australian cricketer Daniel Hughes was left unconscious briefly after being hit by an almost identical bouncer on his neck during a first grade match but fortunately escaped unscathed, local media reported.
Has the Indian Premier League killed the spirit of cricket?
Decoding the pros and cons of the IPL series were James Astill, the author of The Great Tamasha: Cricket, Corruption and the Turbulent Rise of Modern India, Soumya Bhattacharya who wrote You must Like Cricket?, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor and journalist Rajdeep Sardesai.
Ranji Trophy: Anureet's fifer helps Railways earn vital three points
Railways seamer Anureet Singh's five-wicket haul kept them in the hunt for the quarter-finals as they got three crucial points against Jammu and Kashmir by virtue of a first innings lead in a rain-curtailed Group B league match of the Ranji Trophy, in a home tie in New Delhi on Saturday.
Kohli will hold the key to India's fortunes at the World Cup
Former India captain Rahul Dravid believes that India's batting is heavily reliant on Virat Kohli in the middle overs.
It's time BCCI is brought under RTI ambit: Bedi
Hurt by Supreme Court's intervention in deciding the fate of BCCI president-in-exile N Srinivasan, former India captain Bishen Singh Bedi said it is time the "cricket board is brought under the RTI ambit".
Team India needs Kohli at No 4, says Viv Richards
Virat Kohli's form may have taken a hit since dropping to number four in the batting order, but West Indian legend Sir Viv Richards feels the marauding cricketer should continue in the position if that is what the
BCCI threatens legal action against WICB
In no mood to be lenient on the West Indies Cricket Board, the BCCI has issued an ultimatum to WICB, demanding that it furnish the $ 41.97 million damages caused by the Caribbean team's infamous mid-tour pullout last year.
January 23, 2015
Ranji Trophy round-up: Baroda take lead against holders Karnataka
A summary of the third day's play in the Ranji Trophy league matches at various venues across the country.
Smith praises his bowlers after win over England
Australia skipper Steven Smith praised his bowlers for checking England's surge in the death overs and restricting them to 303 for eight in their tri-series match in Hobart.
Inclusion of Clarke in Australian squad "un-Australian": Dravid
Former India captain Rahul Dravid has expressed surprise at the inclusion of Michael Clarke in the Australian squad for the upcoming World Cup despite injury concerns, terming the decision of the selectors as "un-Australian".
PHOTOS: Captain Smith eclipses Bell's best to guide Aus to victory
Steven Smith maintained his purple patch to hit a brilliant unbeaten 102 to secure Australia's three-wicket victory against England in a high-scoring tri-series match at Hobart on Friday.
'India look emotionally drained; haven't performed as a unit'
Disappointed with India's performance in the ongoing tour of Australia, former New Zealand cricketer Danny Morrison feels the touring side looks
Ranji Trophy: Tamil Nadu humiliate Mumbai
The 40-time champions were thrashed by an innings and 44 runs by Tamil Nadu in Chennai on Friday.
Sarfraz Nawaz urges ECB, CA to pressurise Srinivasan to quit ICC post
Former Pakistan fast bowler Sarfraz Nawaz has urged the Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shahryar Khan and ECB and CA to put pressure on N Srinivasan to step down as ICC chairman on moral grounds following the Indian Supreme Court's verdict on Thursday.
Smith steers Australia to final after thrilling win over England
Captain Steve Smith smashed his way to a brilliant century to guide Australia to a thrilling three-wicket victory over England with just one delivery to spare in the One-Day International tri-series match in Hobart on Friday.
Ronchi-Elliott's world record partnership steers NZ to win
Luke Ronchi and Grant Elliott put on a world record 267-run partnership as New Zealand recovered from 93-5 to thump Sri Lanka by 108 runs in the fifth One-Day International in Dunedin on Friday.
South Africa rest big guns for World Cup
South Africa will rest key players for the remainder of the one-day international series against West Indies as they rotate their squad with one eye on the World Cup.
Minimum distractions! India bans WAGs, Pak says no to social media
In an attempt to minimise distractions at the Cricket World Cup that starts next month, defending champions India have banned WAGs, while Pakistan has called for no social media for their players.
Former administrators hail SC verdict on IPL fixing probe
Former cricket administrators hailed the Supreme Court verdict of barring N Srinivasan from contesting any BCCI election on grounds of conflict of interest, saying that it will end malpractices while bringing transparency in the running of the game in the country.
January 22, 2015
BCCI welcomes Supreme Court order on IPL fixing probe
The Board of Control for Cricket in India "welcomed" the order of the Supreme Court related to the IPL spot-fixing case and said that they will hold the AGM in accordance with the directions and timelines as stipulated by the apex court.
How the Supreme Court bowled Srinivasan and the BCCI!
The Supreme Court on Thursday finally set the ball rolling for one of the biggest shake-ups in Indian cricket by barring president-in-exile Narayanswami Srinivasan from contesting the next elections of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, citing his conflict of interest.
SC verdict will impact all sports bodies: Mudgal
Welcoming the Supreme Court verdict barring N Srinivasan from contesting any BCCI election on grounds of conflict of interest, head of IPL-6 spot-fixing and betting probe committee Justice Mukul Mudgal said that it will have far reaching ramifications as it will also impact on all sports bodies.
Happy with the Supreme Court judgement; I stand vindicated: Modi
Claiming to have been vindicated after the Supreme Court barred N Srinivsan from contesting BCCI Presidential elections owing to conflict of interest, sacked IPL commissioner Lalit Modi said the verdict will clean up corruption in the game.
Srinivasan barred from contesting BCCI elections
Narayanswami Srinivasan suffered a major setback on Thursday as the Supreme Court barred him from contesting any election of the Board of Control for Cricket in India on grounds of conflict of interest.
England captain Morgan victim of attempted blackmail
England's World Cup captain Eoin Morgan has been victim of an attempted blackmail over a former relationship, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Thursday.
Ranji Trophy: Jaggi's double ton sends bowlers on a leather hunt
Round up of the Ranji Trophy matches being played in the country
Henriques replaces Watson in Australia squad for Hobart
Moises Henriques will replace injured all-rounder Shane Watson in the Australia squad for Friday's tri-series match against England, Cricket Australia has confirmed.
Sledging was worse two decades ago: Flintoff
The International Cricket Council's recently-promised crackdown on sledging might make it seem that players are behaving badly more often right now but former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff feels the on-field altercations were 10 times worse a couple of decades ago.
BEWARE! Australia's 'wolf pack' will be in action at World Cup!
Former Australian pacer Brett Lee equated his country's pace attack for the upcoming Cricket World Cup at home to the 'biggest wolf pack' he has ever seen.
Tri-series: Depleted Australia take on England with eye on final
Australia will miss captain George Bailey in the One-dayer against England on Friday but their focus will be to seal a place in the ODI tri-series final.
IPL fixing scam: Judgement day for Srinivasan and Chennai Super Kings
The fate of the former India cricket chief and his Indian Premier League team will be known when the Supreme Court pronounces its verdict on Thursday.
January 21, 2015
West Indies wilt to Proteas fire in East London
West Indies tour of South Africa hit a new low on Wednesday when they were bundled out for 122 in under 34 overs to lose the third one-day international by nine wickets at Buffalo Park.
Ranji Trophy: Hooda rallies Baroda after Karnataka pacers strike
A summary of the first day's play in the Ranji Trophy league matches at various venues across the country.
Lack of batting depth a worry for Dhoni before Hobart one-dayer
Having tried quite a few permutations and combinations in the two losses so far, the Indian think-tank seems to have settled for Virat Kohli at the No.4 position to hit the right balance and stay alive in the ongoing tri-series.
Younis to retire from ODI format after World Cup: Source
Veteran Pakistan batsman Younis Khan is likely to announce his retirement from the One-day format after the World Cup, sources claimed.
'We want to change history and beat India in this World Cup'
Looking to rewrite history by beating arch-rivals in the upcoming World Cup, Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has promised the fans that the national team would play its best cricket in the 50-over showpiece event and make them proud.
'The Indian think tank is looking at Virat as a No.4 batsman'
Sunil Gavaskar is of the opinion that the Indian think-tank is looking to slot Virat Kohli at No.4 in the ongoing tri-series and the World Cup.
'Team India will need three good days to retain the World Cup'
Former India captain Rahul Dravid feels that it will require "three good days" to win the coveted World Cup cricket tournament for Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his men.
Warne posts cryptic message in response to 'wild sex romp' claims
Shane Warne recently took to Twitter to address claims that he had a "sexy hotel romp" with a 42-year-old single mother.
Can Afridi eclipse De Villiers's fastest ODI ton record?
Pakistan's veteran all-rounder Shahid Afridi has admitted that he would like to eclipse the record set by the swashbuckling South African skipper AB de Villiers, who hit the fastest One-Day International century.
Australian players respect the game and opposition: Haddin
Australia's wicketkeeper-batsman Brad Haddin said his team is quite comfortable playing a hard-nosed brand of cricket and would not be affected by the furore caused by David Warner's latest code-of-conduct offence.
No match-fixing during World Cup, promises ICC
The chief executive of cricket's governing body believes it will be tough for anyone outside the game to fix matches during next month's 50-over World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
January 20, 2015
'In this World Cup, you can almost predict the top eight teams'
Having been a part of three World Cup campaigns, former India cricket captain Rahul Dravid said that the current format of the 50-over showpiece event, starting mid February in Australia and New Zealand, is too predictable and should be improved upon.
'Indian bowlers have learnt nothing from overseas experiences'
Once again slamming the Indian bowlers for their poor showing in Australian conditions ahead of the World Cup, former captain Sunil Gavaskar said that the bowlers have learnt nothing from their past experiences on foreign tours.
Stats: Finn returns career best 5-33 in India rout
Fast bowler Steven Finn claimed his first five-wicket haul in a One-Day International as England destroyed India's batting at the Gabba in Brisbane. He took five wickets for 33 runs from eight overs while James Anderson claimed four as the pair skittled the reigning World champions for 153 in less than 40 overs. Statistical highlights from the match.
When we don't do well there is a lot of criticism, laments Dhoni
Indian batting failed for the second time in three days, against England at The Gabba, but captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni did not seem to be too bothered about it.
'We stuck to our guns and made the Indian batsmen come to us'
He scripted a memorable comeback snapping five wickets to set up England's nine-wicket win over India in the tri-series and pacer Steven Finn said he was happy to see that his hard work finally paid off.
What did Dhoni reveal to the Test team on the day he quit?
Wriddhiman does acknowledge that he didn't score too many runs despite getting starts (25 and 35) in the first innings of both the Test matches Down Under.
'The Gabba wicket was two-paced and our batsmen didn't play well'
His decision to bat first backfired as India were dismissed for a paltry 153 against England and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni put the blame on his batsmen for their nine-wicket loss in their second ODI of the tri-series in Brisbane.
Finn takes 5 as England humiliate India at Gabba
World champions India suffered a humiliating nine-wicket defeat against England after a flop show by their batsmen in the third One-Day International of the Carlton Mid Tri-Series, in Brisbane.
Gabba ODI PHOTOS: Fantastic Finn flattens India
Pacer Steven Finn (5 for 33) starred in England's nine-wicket win over India in the third ODI of the tri-series, at the Gabba in Brisbane on Tuesday.
4th ODI: Williamson scores ton as New Zealand overpower Sri Lanka
Kane Williamson hit a century and Luke Ronchi smashed 24 runs off one explosive over when the match was still in the balance to steer New Zealand to a four-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the fourth One-Day International in Nelson on Tuesday.
Warner rested; Smith to lead Australia against England
Steven Smith will lead Australia in Friday's tri-series match against England in absence of suspended George Bailey, Cricket Australia said on Tuesday.
January 19, 2015
Warner warned by CA to mend ways and "stop looking for trouble"
David Warner has been warned by his cricket Board boss to "stop looking for trouble" after he engaged in verbal spat with Indian opener Rohit Sharma during the tri-series match between their sides in Melbourne on Sunday.
Eye injury could end Craig Kieswetter's career
Wicketkeeper-batsman Craig Kieswetter's career could be over as a result of the eye injury he suffered in July, Somerset's director of cricket Matthew Maynard said on Monday.
No evidence of match-fixing by BCCI officials in IPL: police
The Mumbai police told a court that they had not found any evidence of match-fixing against top BCCI officials with regard to IPL in 2013.
Ajmal tips India to make WC semis, says Pakistan will not!
Pakistan's suspended off-spinner Saeed Ajmal is of the view that his country will not make the semi-finals in the upcoming World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. Speaking on Geo Super channel, the seasoned campaigner tipped Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and India to be in the semi-finals.
Can bowlers help India bounce back against England?
Jolted by the loss to Australia in their opening match, India will look to plug its bowling loopholes and ensure a stronger batting display when they take on England in their second ODI tri-series match in Brisbane on Tuesday. Both sides will be looking to register their first victory in the tournament, the hosts having stolen a march on them with two successive wins.
Is the 2015 ICC World Cup too long and predictable?
Hitting out at the World Cup format, Indian Test batting great Rahul Dravid and former South Africa captain Graeme Smith have claimed that the tournament is too long and predictable for the top eight teams.
Should cricket have yellow cards for flaring tempers?
'There is a growing concern that David Warner's thuggish behaviour has gone too far'
Bailey gets one-match ban for slow over-rate
Australia will miss George Bailey in the next tri-series match against England as the skipper was on Monday handed a one-match suspension.
Raina relieved on regaining form after Test flop
Suresh Raina said he would have been left devastated had India failed to draw the fourth and final Test against Australia in Sydney following his failures with the bat in both innings.
Former spinner MacGill sues CA for injury payments
Former leg-spinner Stuart MacGill has sued Cricket Australia for $2.6 million, claiming that CA owes him the money as part of his injury payments.
PHOTOS: Fired up De Villiers had aggression on his mind
Here are the images of some of the shots that De Villiers played enroute his record-breaking fastest One-Day century.
How De Villiers rewrote cricketing history
When South Africa's AB de Villiers scored the quickest century on Sunday, he broke more than just an ODI record. Here is how the South African has rewritten cricketing history.
Captain Clarke set to keep his date with World Cup
Australia's preparations for next month's ODI cricket World Cup on Monday received a massive boost with the announcement that inspirational skipper Michael Clarke is on track for a return from injury by February 21.
Lehmann defends Warner but warns Aussies not to cross the line
Australian cricket coach Darren Lehmann warned his players against 'crossing the line' in on-field aggression but conceded that the side would always 'teeter pretty close' to the edge.
Warner defends 'speak English' comment; fined over row with Rohit
Australian opener David Warner has been fined by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after an on-field dispute with Indian batsman Rohit Sharma.
January 18, 2015
Bailey in doubt for next ODI, Smith likely to lead Australia
Steven Smith is likely to captain Australia in the next ODI of the tri-series against England in Hobart on Friday as George Bailey faces a possible suspension from the ICC due to his side's slow over-rate in the four-wicket win over India at the MCG.
Record-breaking De Villiers sets up huge South Africa win
AB De Villiers required just 31 balls for his genius to propel him to the fastest ever one-day international century, a matchless masterclass that left even Chris Gayle bowing in admiration as South Africa walloped West Indies on Sunday.
We were in some bother as India are a good side: Starc
After bagging back-to-back man of the match awards in the ongoing cricket tri-series, left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Starc said he is relishing the opportunity of leading Australia's bowling attack in the absence of pace spearhead Mitchell Johnson.
'AB showing why he's simply the best'
Reaction to South African AB de Villiers smashing the fastest ever one-day century in 31 balls against the West Indies at The Wanderers on Sunday.
Rohit knows how to build an innings after good start: Dhoni
Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni praised Rohit Sharma, who has been in good form in the ODI cricket for the past two years, terming him as someone, who now knows the art of "building on good starts".
Dhoni blames new ball bowlers for India's loss
Indian captain Mahendra Singh blamed his opening bowlers for the four-wicket loss against Australia in their cricket tri-series match in Melbourne.
Rohit ton in vain as Starc's six sinks India at MCG
Rohit Sharma's sizzling century went in vain as Australia survived a few anxious moments before pulling off a tense four-wicket win over India in a cricket tri-series ODI match in Melbourne.
De Villiers smashes fastest ODI ton in 31 balls
AB de Villiers took 31 balls to smash the fastest century in one-day internationals on Sunday as South Africa posted 439 for two wickets, their highest team total in this format, in the second ODI against West Indies at the Wanderers.
'Sachin: A Lens Story': A photo tribute to Tendulkar
Some of the most enduring moments of cricket maestro Sachin Tendulkar's career and life over a decade will be showcased in a five-day photo exhibition in Thiruvananthapuram from January 20.
PHOTOS: Starc sends India crashing to defeat at MCG
Australia beat India by four wickets in a nail-biting finish after wicket-keeper Brad Haddin and James Faulkner held their nerves to help Australia go past India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.
2nd ODI: Sharma in verbal spat with Aus players
Tempers flared during the second One-dayer of the ongoing cricket tri-series when Indian opener Rohit Sharma and Australian batsman David Warner got involved in a verbal exchange at the MCG, on Sunday.
'Warner is the reason why Australia are favourites for the World Cup'
Former Australian captain Ian Chappell feels New Zealand are the dark horses even though India and South Africa will challenge Australia for the trophy.
January 17, 2015
'I hope that this Pakistan team can beat India in the World Cup'
Pakistan's most capped player Inzamam-ul-Haq wants to see the national team create history in the forthcoming Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand by defeating arch-rivals India in the opening match in Adelaide.
'The Indian batsmen are in pretty good touch, particularly Kohli'
Australia all-rounder James Faulkner says his team is not worried about the slow nature of the pitches and the Indians using it to their advantage as he
'It's an intense Test series and the ODIs won't be any different'
Squaring off with India once again after a fiercely fought Test series, left-arm Australian pacer Mitchell Starc predicted an intense contest against the same opponents in their cricket tri-series match in Melbourne on Sunday.
New rules will make World Cup challenging for the captains: Dravid
Former India captain Rahul Dravid is expecting next month's cricket World Cup to be an aggressive affair as he feels the revamped ODI rules will push teams into selecting attacking bowlers.
Tri Series: Perfect setting for experimentation
All set to defend their cricket World Cup crown in less than a month, India will get their preparations underway with the aim of finding the right combination for the marquee event.
'Binny is best seam all-rounder; won't push players with niggles'
Indian ODI captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni stone-walled questions on his Test retirement in the build-up to India's first ODI against Australia in the ongoing tri-series on Sunday.
New Zealand v Sri Lanka: Rain washes out third ODI
Persistent rain washed out the third One-day international between New Zealand and Sri Lanka at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday after less than 30 overs of the hosts' innings.
'It would be great to see Indian players in Big Bash League'
No Big Bash franchise has ever signed an Indian player because the Indian Board is extremely protective of the Indian Premier League, says former Australian captain Allan Border.
I'm close to bowling at my best: Irfan Pathan
A fit-again Irfan Pathan feels that he is close to bowling at his best and it's just a matter of time before he is again back in contention for the seam bowling all-rounder's slot in the Indian cricket team that has been up for grabs for some time.
January 16, 2015
'Team India has a very good chance of winning the World Cup'
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has said India would be firm favourites to defend their World Cup title in Australia and New Zealand next month.
Ranji Trophy round-up: Imran Haroon ton brings a point for J&K
Round up of the Ranji Trophy matches being played in different parts of the country
PCB to players: No religious, political or Indo-Pak relations talk at WC
The World Cup bound Pakistan team has been told to strictly avoid any discussion on religion, politics or India-Pakistan relations not only during their opening match against India, but also other games of the quadrennial mega-event.
Tri Series: Spotlight on captain Dhoni as India return to ODIs
The Indian cricket team returned to the grind on Friday with an intense net session in Melbourne.
PHOTOS: Warner, bowlers give Australia bonus point win over England
David Warner struck a scintillating hundred to guide Australia to a comfortable three-wicket victory over England in the opening match of the tri-nation One-day series in Sydney. Images the match.
Points Table: Tri-series in Australia
How the teams are placed in the tri-series involving Australia, India and England.
Fletcher blames bowlers' inexperience for poor show in Aus Tests
India's bowlers may have come under severe criticism for a below-par showing in the recent Test series in Australia but head coach Duncan Fletcher has defended them, saying the thrashing they got from the home side's batsmen was due to the inexperience of some of them.
Warner blazes as Australia ease past England in tri-series opener
Australia rode David Warner's belligerent 127 to chase down a modest target and beat England by three wickets with 10 overs to spare in the first match of the tri-series, also involving India, on Friday. England's new One-Day International captain Eoin Morgan roared back into form with a scintillating 121 but his team was dismissed for 234 inside 48 overs against some impressive bowling by Mitchel Starc (4-42) and James Faulkner (3-47).
PHOTOS: Kevin Pietersen flaunts the tons he scored for England
Kevin Pietersen inks the centuries he scored on his back.
Aus cricketer Warner pens series for children
Explosive Australian batsman David Warner has penned a children's book series called Kaboom Kid, which features the exploits of a "cricket-mad" schoolboy named Davey Warner.
January 15, 2015
Ranji Trophy: Tiwary's all-round show puts Bengal on top
Round up of the Ranji Trophy matches being played in different parts of the country
Service Tax dept demands Rs 536 crore, BCCI takes legal route
The Board of Control for Cricket in India, is locked in a legal battle with the Service Tax (ST) department, which has demanded an amount of Rs 536 crore (approx) as taxes on cricket board's earnings from royalty and media rights in the last one decade.
'Achilles heel for India at the World Cup will be their death bowling'
Former batsman Sanjay Manjrekar believes India's main concern at the ICC World Cup, starting next month, is the bowling in the final overs of the innings.
Dilshan ton guides Sri Lanka to six-wicket win
Tillikaratane Dilshan eased to his 19th One-day International century to anchor his side to a six-wicket victory over New Zealand in the second game of their seven-match series at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Thursday.
Dhoni wants an encore at the World Cup
"Irrespective of what sport you play, it is always a blessing to represent India on the international stage. Cricket is a little tougher back home and only a few people get to wear these colours. So it is good to be here and donning this jersey again," he said at the launch of the team's new ODI kit designed by team-sponsor Nike for the upcoming season on Thursday.
Brett Lee calls time on his cricket career
Former Australia Test fast bowler Brett Lee on Thursday announced that he will retire from all forms of cricket following the conclusion of the Big Bash League (BBL), thereby drawing curtains to his illustrious 20-year career.
Team India's new ODI kit made of recycled plastic bottles
Dhoni's inputs reflect in design, Virat had a say in the fit, BCCI tweeted following the unveiling of the new uniform on Thursday.
T20: Van Wyk, Wiese help South Africa beat Windies
Morne van Wyk blasted an unbeaten century and David Wiese took five wickets as South Africa claimed a consolation 69-run victory over West Indies in the final Twenty20 international on Wednesday.
January 14, 2015
Suspended Ajmal gets Pakistan central contract
The Pakistan Cricket Board has extended the central contracts of 31 players and retained suspended off-spinner Saeed Ajmal in the top category.
'It is clear that this Indian team is not balanced as in 2011'
Munaf Patel is reliving the moments that culminated in India's 2011 World Cup triumph but while doing so he also fears that an inexperienced attack might dent the team's chances of defending the title Down Under.
Ranji Trophy round-up: Chauhan fifty keeps Jammu & Kashmir afloat
A round-up of the second day's play of the Ranji Trophy matches being played in different parts of the country.
Bell smashes 187 as England beat Aus PM's XI
Opener Ian Bell plundered 187 off 145 balls and Stuart Broad captured four wickets as England crushed the Australian Prime Minister's XI by 60 runs in Canberra on Wednesday. Bell starred in England's imposing 391 for six to set the PM's eleven a run-chase of almost eight runs an over at Manuka Oval.
Pietersen does not have slightest chance of England recall: Harmison
Former England Test cricketer Steve Harmison has claimed that sacked batsman Kevin Pietersen 'does not have a cat in hell's chance' of a recall to the national squad.
Still don't understand why BCCI was upset with me, says Lorgat
Cricket South Africa CEO Haroon Lorgat and the BCCI had difference of opinion on a few key issues during his tenure as the ICC chief from 2008 to 2012.
Confident Faulkner eyes return to Australian Test squad
Australian all-rounder James Faulkner has stated that he is confident of making a return to the Test squad following his selection in the 15-man squad for the World Cup .
Is South Africa's DeVilliers most valuable modern day cricketer?
"He's so inventive ... he can play a touch game or a power game. Then, he can also keep wickets. I think he's the most valuable cricketer around," reckons former Australian great Adam Gilchrist.
Will hiring a good bowling coach help India's Test future?
Former Australia captain, Dean Jones, is of the view that India Test captain Virat Kohli must have a say in picking the next coach and also says that changing staff again and again isn't a solution for the team.
Is England's Pietersen hoping for World Cup call-up?
'I know that the current captain would love to have me in the England team'
Aus hard-hitter Warner has a few things to prove in One-Dayers
Australia paceman Pat Cummins has backed opening batsman David Warner to carry his blistering Test form into the One-day arena at the cricket World Cup.
January 13, 2015
'Dhoni could have played 100 Tests...but has done a good thing'
Saluting his decision to retire from Test cricket, former India captain Kapil Dev has said Mahendra Singh Dhoni has given everybody, including the chair-greedy administrators, a food for thought with his bold step.
'With Kohli as captain, everybody in the team is aggressive'
Wriddhiman Saha was effusive in his praise for India's new Test captain Virat Kohli and said the team was all fired up under the elegant Delhi batsman.
Ranji round-up: Saha's unbeaten ton lifts Bengal from trouble
A round-up of the opening day's actions of the Ranji Trophy matches being played in different parts of the country.
'Indian bowlers need to back batsmen during the World Cup'
Former India coach John Wright feels the only way the current team can defend its World Cup title is by backing its exciting batting line-up with a much-improved bowling effort than what it has shown of late.
Ajmal's bowling action to be reassessed in Chennai on Jan 24
Suspended Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal's modified bowling action will be put through an official ICC test in Chennai on January 24. The bowler, who will miss the World Cup because of the suspension for illegal action, had said he would prefer to be tested in Brisbane and not Chennai. On Tuesday, though, he said he has no issues about taking it in Chennai.
Chris Rogers contemplated retirement post helmet scare
Chris Rogers contemplated retiring the day he was smashed in the back of the helmet while fielding at short leg at the Gabba last month
Do not underestimate India after Test loss, warns Hussey
Former Australian batsman Michael Hussey warned teams against underestimating India after their 0-2 loss in the Tests series.
Pakistan cricketers turn to shrink for inspiration
The World Cup bound Pakistani cricketers will have two counselling sessions with a well-known sports psychologist before leaving for the World Cup.
January 12, 2015
Ind-Pak World Cup clash to be most watched match in history
The marquee cricket World Cup match between arch-rivals India and Pakistan in Adelaide on February 15 will be the most watched in the history of the game as it is expected to attract more than a billion viewers, according to a report.
'Kohli is someone whom Indian cricket can plan long-term with'
Batting legend Rahul Dravid has backed Virat Kohli to lead the Indian cricket team on a long-term basis, describing him as the ideal leader around whom the country can plan its Test future.
Kohli meets 'absolute legend' Federer!
His idol, Sachin Tendulkar, is often photographed with Roger Federer at Wimbledon. On Monday, it was the turn of Virat Kohli, India's latest batting sensation, to meet the Swiss tennis legend.
'Binny will prove his critics wrong at World Cup'
Stuart Binny's selection in India's Cricket World Cup squad might have raised a few eyebrows but his Karnataka coaches asserted that the "transformed" all-rounder will prove his critics wrong and be an asset to the team in Australia and New Zealand.
Mindset has to change while selecting bowlers for overseas tours: Kumble
Former captain Anil Kumble believe the mindset of the Indian team management must change and there has to be a more flexible approach in selecting the bowlers in the playing eleven on overseas tours.
England off to winning start Down Under
England's new-look top order all scored half centuries as the tourists made a strong start to their trip Down Under for the World Cup with a thumping 216-run win over Australian Capital Territory XI on Monday.
'India's bowlers lack mental toughness; there is a bit of immaturity'
The Indian bowling unit not only gave away too many runs in the four-match Test against Australia but also failed to get 20 Australian wickets in any of the games.
Bravo, Pollard omissions ridiculous: Gayle
Chris Gayle accused the West Indies Cricket Board of victimisation after key all-rounders Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard were left out of the country's World Cup squad.
Black Cap Williamson out with shoulder injury
New Zealand's Kane Williamson is likely to miss the next three One-day Internationals in the World Cup warm-up series against Sri Lanka to recover from a minor shoulder injury.
Beware of honey traps! New Zealand cricketers cautioned
New Zealand's cricketers have been warned to be wary of 'honey traps', which could be laid by sophisticated match fixing syndicates and betting chiefs during the upcoming ODI World Cup.
Du Plessis heroics in vain as West Indies win run-fest
Faf du Plessis blasted the second fastest century in Twenty20 internationals but it was not enough for South Africa as West Indies produced a record chase in a run-fest to win by four wickets at The Wanderers on Sunday.
Pietersen issue could have been handled differently: Broad
Describing Kevin Pietersen's sacking by England and Wales Cricket Board as "unnecessary", paceman Stuart Broad has said that the issue could have been handled differently.
January 11, 2015
Misbah to retire from one-day cricket after World Cup
Pakistan's long serving captain Misbah-ul-Haq confirmed that he would be retiring from One-day Internationals and T20 cricket after the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
India slip to seventh in Test rankings
India have slipped a place to be seventh in the latest ICC Test rankings after losing the four-match away series against Australia 0-2.
Kohli will grow into captaincy role: Ganguly
The comparisons will be inevitable but former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly said it is unfair to equate the leadership skills of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and newly-appointed Test captain Virat Kohli, who will only become better with experience.
I'll take England back to basics, that's my method: Eoin Morgan
Eoin Morgan vowed not to make too many changes from Alastair Cook's tenure as captain.
Bangladesh bowler released from jail, to stay with World Cup squad
Paceman Rubel Hossain will remain part of Bangladesh's World Cup squad, the local cricket board said, after he got bail on Sunday in a case filed by an actress alleging the cricketer had failed to carry out his promise of marriage.
Imran Khan's new wife admires him for his parenting skills
Pakistan cricket legend-turned-politician Imran Khan's new wife Reham Khan has revealed that she really admires her husband's love for his sons.
Composed Anderson inspires NZ to win over Sri Lanka
Corey Anderson scored a composed 81 as New Zealand lurched to a three-wicket victory over Sri Lanka on Sunday in the first of seven One-day Internationals between the two sides before next month's World Cup.
World Cup: Holder to lead Windies; no Bravo or Pollard
West Indies have left out all-rounders Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard from their 15-man squad for the World Cup in February and March.
World Cup: Injured Clarke to lead Australia; Lyon left out
Injured captain Michael Clarke has been named in Australia's 15-man squad for the World Cup in February and March.
January 10, 2015
Selection process of Indian team is transparent: Shukla
BCCI vice-president Rajiv Shukla said that selection of the Indian cricket team is done with full transparency and added that only the deserving players get selected to represent the country at international level.
Bowling surely let the team down on this tour: Gavaskar
Coming down heavily on the Indian bowling attack in Australia, former captain Sunil Gavaskar said that it's time "we look for a fresh set of bowlers" in the Test ranks to ensure better showing in overseas conditions.
BCCI eyes October-January window for home matches
The Board of Control for Cricket in India is planning to reserve the October-January slot only for its big-ticket home series from 2015, a plan which will also help the busy cricketers avoid taxing international tours.
Mike Young returns as Australia's fielding coach
Having enjoyed two successful stints with Australian cricket, American fielding guru Mike Young, who has also had a stint with India in December last year, is set to join the Kangaroos once again ahead of the ODI tri-series against India and England.
Pitches did not break up as much as expected: Smith
Australia skipper Steven Smith said that the pitches did not "break up quite as much as expected" during the four-match cricket Test series against India and it hampered the home side's chances of winning by a bigger margin.
We need to improve our bowling big time, says captain Kohli
Captain Virat Kohli on Saturday made it clear that fighting spirit alone cannot make up for India's poor bowling, which needs to improve 'big time'.
PHOTOS: India escape with a draw in Sydney; Australia win series 2-0
Opener Murali Vijay hit a half-century as India's batsmen survived some intense pressure from Australia's bowlers on the last day to draw the fourth and final Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday.
New Zealand confidence higher than previous World Cups: Vettori
New Zealand's preparations for the ICC World Cup are the best they had been in Daniel Vettori's four previous campaigns and they can enter the tournament they co-host with Australia with confidence, the former captain said.
Gayle forces Windies to victory over South Africa
Chris Gayle blazed a half-century off 17 balls to power West Indies to a four-wicket victory over South Africa in the first Twenty20 international at Newlands on Friday.
India survive late collapse to force draw in Sydney
Opener Murali Vijay hit a half-century as India's batsmen survived some intense pressure from Australia's bowlers on the last day to draw the fourth and final Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday.
January 09, 2015
Ashwin spins his way to new highs
Steve Smith led the way with another good knock as Australia raced to 251 for 6 and a lead of 348 over India before rain stopped play at the end of the fourth day in the fourth Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday. Statistical highlights from the day's play.
India's World Cup bowling attack a worry: Azharuddin
Former captain Mohammad Azharuddin said that even though India's 15-man squad for the upcoming World Cup looks balanced, the bowling attack does seem to pose a worry for the Virat Kohli-led team.
'Spin will play major role on Day 5 at SCG'
His 39-ball 66 blitz may have helped Australia amass a massive 348-runs lead, but middle order batsman Joe Burns reckons that spin will play a major role as the fourth and final Test against India heads into the penultimate day.
Bond joins Mumbai Indians as bowling coach for IPL 8
Former New Zealand fast bowler Shane Bond was on Friday appointed as the bowling coach of Mumbai Indians for the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League later this year.
Kohli 2nd in ICC ODI rankings; Dhoni 10th
The India right-hander has 862 points in his kitty, still 25 points behind AB de Villiers of South Africa, who is heading the list.
We are guilty of leaking too many runs, says Ashwin
Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin admitted that India's bowlers were guilty of leaking too many runs in the post-tea session as a result of which Australia swelled their lead to 348 runs going into the final day of the fourth and final Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground, on Friday.
Sydney Test: Smith puts Australia on top
Skipper Steve Smith led the way with another torrent of runs as Australia raced to 251 for six and a lead of 348 over India before rain stopped play at the end of the fourth day of the fourth Test on Friday.
Pakistan spinner Ajmal says won't undergo bowling tests in Chennai
Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal says he would prefer England over India to undergo an informal bowling test on his corrected action in a bid to revive his international career.
Bond to step down as NZ bowling coach after World Cup
New Zealand bowling coach Shane Bond will step down after the World Cup, the country's cricket board said on Friday.
PHOTOS: Meet Mr and Mrs Khan!
Speculation about Pakistan cricket legend-turned-politician Imran Khan's marriage seems to have ended. A close friend of the 62-year-old former cricketer announced that he tied the knot with the divorced mother-of-three at his home in Islamabad in accordance with Islamic law. Khan finally married ex-BBC weather girl Reham Khan at a low-key wedding ceremony, but not a single member of his family was invited.
PHOTOS: Smith breaks Bradman's record to give Australia big lead
Australia captain Steve Smith slammed a half-century to break Don Bradman's record for the most runs in a Test series against India and put the hosts in control on Day 4 of the fourth and final Test in Sydney.
January 08, 2015
Ranji round-up: Karthik's unbeaten ton to TN's rescue
Dinesh Karthik followed up on his 92 in the first innings with a match-saving 103 not out in the second to help Tamil Nadu walk away with one point against Bengal in their Ranji Trophy Group A match at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Thursday.
Starc reprimanded for Vijay send-off
Australian pacer Mitchell Starc was reprimanded for "exaggerated celebration" after dismissing batsman Murali Vijay in the ongoing fourth and final Test in Sydney.
Only way was 'up' for Rahul after nightmare debut
Indian opener Lokesh Rahul showed the sort of grit that his mentor Rahul Dravid would have been proud of to brush off a miserable introduction to Test cricket with a maiden century at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday.
Kohli first to hit 3 hundreds in consecutive innings as captain
Lokesh Rahul put behind a failed debut at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to register a Test hundred in only his second Test as India ended Day 3 in the fourth and final Test against Australia on 342 for 5 at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday. Promoted to open the innings with Murali Vijay, the Karnataka batsman scored 110 and with skipper Virat Kohli, who was unbeaten on 140, guided India to 342 for 5 at stumps. In the course of his knock, Kohli obliterated many milestones. Check them out.
India needs to sort out its bowling combinations: Srinath
Former India pace spearhead Javagal Srinath has raised doubts about the team's bowling attack ahead of the upcoming ODI cricket World Cup though he has rated the defending champions' batting line-up as the strongest going into the showpiece event.
'I have to discipline my shot selection lot more'
Criticised for failing in his debut Test in Melbourne, young batsman Lokesh Rahul was relieved after scoring his maiden century in only his second game as India stayed afloat on the third day of the fourth and final Test against Australia, in Sydney, on Thursday.
Spidercam in focus as Lehmanm defends sloppy Smith
Australia coach Darren Lehmann said more thought needed to be given to the positioning of the "spidercam" TV camera after his captain Steve Smith spilled a key catch in the fourth Test against India on Thursday.
Milne, Elliott in New Zealand World Cup squad
Fast bowler Adam Milne won the battle for the final pace bowling spot in New Zealand's cricket World Cup squad named on Thursday.
Smith holds Spidercam guilty for dropped catch
'Captain Steve Smith was distracted by one of the wires in his eye line. Both CA and Nine will continue to work together on the use of Spidercam in the broadcast coverage and will take on board any player feedback as necessary.'
PHOTOS, Day 3: Kohli, Rahul strike tons as Australia spill catches
India captain Virat Kohli and opener Lokesh Rahul led India to safer shores, scoring centuries as Australia dropped catches -- Joe Burns and captain Steven Smith the culprits -- on Day 3 of the fourth Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday. Check out some images from the day's play.
Ajmal shuts down academy following threats from extremists
Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has been forced to close his international cricket academy in his hometown, Faisalabad, after it received threats from extremist elements.
Sydney Test: Kohli leads India's fight back with 10th hundred
Lokesh Rahul hit his maiden century, Virat Kohli his fourth of the series but Australia's Shane Watson hit back with two wickets in as many balls to leave India on 342 for five after the third day of the fourth Test on Thursday.
Plethora of records for Kohli... surpasses Dravid and Chappell
Captain Virat Kohli broke a plethora of records while scoring his 10th Test hundred on Day Three of the fourth and final Test against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday.
January 07, 2015
South Africa gamble on fitness of De Kock and Duminy
South Africa are to gamble on the fitness of Quinton de Kock and JP Duminy, who were named on Wednesday in a 15-man squad for the Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand next month.
Ranji Trophy: Abhimanyu puts Bengal in command against TN
Round up of the Ranji Trophy games being played in different parts of the country.
Chappell, Clarke question Kohli's tactics
Just into his second Test as India captain, Virat Kohli has come under severe criticism for his tactics from Australian batting greats Ian Chappell and Michael Clarke for the way he shuffled his bowlers during the ongoing fourth and final cricket Test.
Service tax row: Supreme Court rejects BCCI's plea
The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected the Board Of Control For Cricket In India's plea against a tribunal order asking it to pay around Rs 18 crore as service tax for video graphing matches and selling the feed to private sport channels.
Looking forward to bowl against Kohli, Rohit: Sohail
Pakistan's surprise inclusion in the World Cup squad, fast bowler Sohail Khan is looking forward to making a mark against arch-rivals India in their opening match of the upcoming mega-event in Australia and New Zealand.
Sri Lanka gamble on Malinga for World Cup
Sri Lanka have included pace spearhead Lasith Malinga in their 15-man squad for the Cricket World Cup despite concerns over his fitness after ankle surgery, the country's cricket board said on Wednesday.
Clarke's recuperation ahead of schedule
Injured Australian captain Michael Clarke said on Wednesday that his recovery from hamstring surgery was ahead of schedule though it's still unclear whether he will be fit to play the entire World Cup, beginning on February 14.
Pakistan World Cup squad: Malik, Akmal sidelined; Sohail makes cut
Fast bowler Sohail Khan earned a surprise recall while Pakistan selectors ignored senior players Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal in their final 15-member squad for the World Cup.
Starc's celebration gets no approval from captain Smith
Mitchell Starc's send-off celebration after dismissing Indian opener Murali Vijay did not find approval from captain Steven Smith.
I always look at the team first, says Australia captain Smith
The success against India this summer has been outstanding from a team and individual point of view, said Australian skipper Steve Smith, who became only the second batsman to score four successive hundreds in a four-Test series.
It's not correct to say that bowlers are struggling, says Shami
He managed to notch up a five-wicket haul but Indian medium pacer Mohammad Shami on Tuesday said it was tough to bowl on the flat pitch.
Another hundred for Smith as Australia dominate Day 2
Steve Smith completed his fourth century in as many matches on Wednesday as Australia compiled a daunting first innings total in the final Test against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Run-machine Smith equals Bradman, Kallis with 4th consecutive ton
Australian captain Steve Smith on Wednesday equalled the legendary Sir Donald Bradman and South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis' record of scoring four consecutive hundreds in a Test series.
NZ legend Crowe battling cancer, determined to see World Cup
Former New Zealand cricket captain Martin Crowe, whose innovative leadership and sparkling batting energised their 1992 World Cup campaign, is determined to witness the 2015 World Cup.
World Cup: Pakistan youngsters look forward to India clash
Pakistan youngsters are keen to make an impression against the arch-rivals in their opening fixture at the Adelaide Oval.
New Zealand clean sweep series
Off-spinner Mark Craig grabbed three wickets after lunch as New Zealand completed a 193-run victory, and 2-0 series sweep, shortly before tea on the final day of the second Test against Sri Lanka at the Basin Reserve on Wednesday.
PHOTOS, Day 2: Australia in driver's seat; enjoy run-fest in SCG
Check out the images from Day 2 of the fourth Test between Australia and India played at Sydney Cricket Ground
Morgan will drive England's new mindset at World Cup
England will adopt a positive approach and cast off the shackles at the World Cup under new skipper Eoin Morgan, coach Peter Moores said on Tuesday before the squad flew out to Australia.
January 06, 2015
South Africa retain ICC Test Championship mace
South Africa retained the iconic Reliance ICC Test Championship mace and with it won a cash award of $500,000 following its 2-0 series win over the West Indies in Cape Town on Tuesday.
South Africa opener Petersen quits international cricket
South African opener Alviro Petersen announced his retirement from international cricket on Tuesday immediately after the team's eight-wicket win over the West Indies at Newlands.
Well-balanced team picked for World Cup: Kirmani
"[Winning the tournament] is going to be difficult because the conditions are going to be different," he said.
Ranji round-up: Uthappa blasts century, Yuvraj fails with the bat
Robin Uthappa's 16th first-class century helped Karnataka take a big first-innings lead of 263 to take the home side to a strong position on second day of their Ranji Trophy Group A match against Jammu and Kashmir.
Gavaskar defends Stuart Binny's selection in World Cup squad
'We won the last World Cup and the Champions Trophy on the all-round performance -- so the Jajedas, Binnys, Ashwins could play a role in India defending the title'
3rd Test: South Africa sail past Windies to retain No 1 Test rankings
Opener Dean Elgar hit an unbeaten 60 as South Africa coasted to a comfortable eight-wicket win over the West Indies in the final Test at Newlands on Tuesday to take the three-match series 2-0 and retain their ranking as the top side in Tests.
Tell Us! Do you agree with India's 15 for the ICC World Cup
There were no surprises when the Board of Control for Cricket in India announced India's squad for the for the upcoming World Cup.
Sydney Test: Rohit getting match-practice for World Cup?
'Rohit has been dropped two Tests back and then to bring him back, it's a little bit strange to drop Pujara'
Axar, Binny in World Cup squad but no place for Yuvraj
Ravindra Jadeja, who is still recovering from a shoulder injury, was included as the selectors felt that he would recover in time for the 2015 ICC World Cup.
India's poor fielding and good pitch helped Australia: Warner
Australian opener David Warner on Tuesday said that a good pitch coupled with India's poor bowling and fielding helped Australia.
Sydney Test: Warner, Rogers put India on the mat on opening day
David Warner's 12th Test century and a bittersweet 95 from Chris Rogers put Australia on course for a huge total on an emotional first day in the fourth and final Test against India on Tuesday.
Captain Clarke returns... just in time for the World Cup
Australian batsman Michael Clarke has been cleared to make his return to international cricket during the upcoming World Cup without a practice match under his belt.
David Warner says he may skip IPL to focus on Test cricket
David Warner said he might quit the Indian Premier League (IPL) to concentrate on Tests.
2nd Test: New Zealand strike as Sri Lanka chase 390 for victory
Kane Williamson and BJ Watling produced a world record sixth wicket partnership of 365 runs to guide New Zealand to 524 for five before captain Brendon McCullum declared their second innings closed after tea on the fourth day of the second Test.
Sydney Test: Clarke pays a stirring tribute to Hughes
"This was his ground, the Sydney Cricket Ground," Clarke said. "This is where he played his last game, this is where his spirit will live forever."
PHOTOS, Day 1: Warner inspires Australian domination
Check out the images from Day 1 of the fourth Test between Australia and India played at Sydney Cricket Ground.
January 05, 2015
South Africa make early breakthrough after rain plays spoilsport
South Africa made an early breakthrough with the wicket of West Indian Leon Johnson when play got underway on a rain-delayed fourth day of the third and final Test at Newlands on Monday.
ICC World Cup: Porterfield to lead Ireland
William Porterfield will captain Ireland at this year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, his third appearance in the sport's showpiece One-day tournament.
Ranji round-up: Sehwag sizzles with unbeaten ton on green top at Lahli
Veteran opener Virender Sehwag is making most of his hard-earned form as he blended caution with aggression during an attractive unbeaten knock of 147 to take Delhi to a respectable 278 for 7 at stumps against Haryana in the Ranji Trophy Group B match in Lahli, on Monday.
Local boy Smith ready to lead Australia in emotional Sydney Test
Relishing the challenge of squaring off against new Indian captain Virat Kohli in the fourth and final cricket Test in Sydney, Australian skipper Steve Smith described his rival number as an "emotional character".
Sydney Test: Time for Pujara, Dhawan, Ashwin to deliver
The SCG may be perfect for the under-performing trio -- Pujara, Dhawan and Ashwin -- to regain their touch.
Will selectors bring back Yuvraj for World Cup?
The left-hander, who was not selected in the preliminary list of 30 probables, has come back into contention by striking three back-to-back hundreds against Haryana, Maharashtra and Saurashtra in the Ranji Trophy.
No knighthood for Boycott over domestic assault conviction
Geoffrey Boycott was reportedly denied knighthood by officials over his conviction nearly 20 years ago for assaulting his former lover.
Trial by fire for Kohli's leadership as visitors seek redemption
The series is out of bounds but Indian cricket is all set to enter a new era under the feisty Virat Kohli, whose leadership would be put through a trial by fire when the visitors seek redemption in the fourth and final Test against Australia starting in Sydney on Tuesday.
Team India go cruising along Sydney Harbour
In what came as a welcome break from the on-field grind, the Indian cricket team was taken for a cruise ride along Sydney Harbour by the Indian High Commission, where they also hosted a dinner for the visiting team.
Wellington Test: Williamson, Watling fight back for New Zealand
Kane Williamson inched towards his ninth Test century as he and BJ Watling staved off Sri Lanka's push for victory at the close of play on the third day of the second Test at the Basin Reserve on Monday.
'Hope we can hold our emotions together and end this series well'
The death of Phillip Hughes less than six weeks ago still hung thick in the air at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Monday as Australia began preparations to play their first Test match at the ground since.
'I will try to make the right decisions in every situation'
Thrust back into the India captaincy after Mahendra Singh Dhoni's shock decision to retire from Tests last week, Virat Kohli hopes to put right some of the mistakes he made in his first match in charge against Australia.
Starc replaces Johnson in Australia lineup for Sydney Test
Left arm quick Mitchell Starc will replace injured seamer Mitchell Johnson in Australia's lineup for the fourth and final dead rubber Test against India starting on Tuesday.
'Dhoni isn't leaving without reason, it's not ill-timed'
Even as speculation about Mahendra Singh Dhoni's sudden retirement from Test cricket persists, India's Team Director Ravi Shastri today described it as a "well thought-out" move and lashed out at critics who had accused the wicket-keeper-batsman of abandoning a sinking ship.
January 04, 2015
After De Villiers ton, South Africa leads against Windies
South Africa removed the West Indian openers in Sunday's last session at Newlands to build on AB de Villiers' superb century and take the initiative in the final Test.
Focus is on Sydney Test rather than Ashes: Burns
Rookie batsman Joe Burns feels that it's important to focus on the present rather than think about future.
Don't want to comment on our chances until I am selected: Kamran
Out-of-favour Pakistan cricketers Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Malik minced no words in making it clear that they are not happy with the treatment meted out to them.
World Cup squad: Bangladesh pick all-rounder Sarkar
All-rounder Soumya Sarkar has been rewarded for his strong domestic performance with a spot in Bangladesh's 15-man World Cup squad.
Bad news for Pakistan: Hafeez fails informal bowling test
Pakistan cricket has got more bad news ahead of the World Cup after all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez failed to clear the informal bio-mechanics test in Chennai.
Sydney Test could be Rogers' last on Australian soil
Australian opener Chris Rogers has decided that the fourth and final cricket Test against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground will be his last on home soil.
SCG to honour late Hughes with brass plaque
The Sydney Cricket Ground is set to place a brass plaque outside the home-team dressing room in honour of Phil Hughes on Monday.
Sangakkara gives Sri Lanka advantage in second Test
Kumar Sangakkara completely changed the complexion of the second Test against New Zealand with an outstanding double century as the visitors finished the second day with a 113-run lead.
'Kohli is a fiery character and plays with his heart on his sleeve'
The Australian mind games targeting India's new Test captain Virat Kohli continued with opener David Warner saying that it would be interesting to see how "fiery" the batsman would be when he leads the side out in the fourth and final Test starting in Sydney on Tuesday.
Emotional Warner unsure about SCG return
Australia opening batsman David Warner is unsure how he will cope with an emotional first return this week to the venue in Sydney where Phillip Hughes was fatally struck by a bouncer.
'Dhoni took everyone by surprise; this news was a bolt from blue'
New Indian captain Virat Kohli should channelise his aggressive attitude in the right direction, according to Team Director Ravi Shastri, who said Mahendra Singh Dhoni's "selfless act" of retiring from Test cricket format at the right time should also be given its due respect.
Johnson out of final Test against India
Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has been ruled out of next week's fourth Test against India because of the injury he sustained to his right hamstring during the third game in Melbourne.
January 03, 2015
Amla and De Villiers lift South Africa
Captain Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers led the chase as South Africa cut the deficit to 102 runs in their bid to haul in the West Indies total of 329 before rain ended the second day of the third Test at Newlands on Saturday.
Dhoni has done a wonderful job as India captain: Clarke
He might have copped a lot of criticism for his uninspiring leadership in overseas Tests but Mahendra Singh Dhoni has got a supporter in Michael Clarke who said the wicket-keeper batsman has done a "wonderful job" as India captain.
Trott bids to revive Test career on South Africa tour
Former England batsman Jonathan Trott will continue to try to revive his Test career on his first overseas tour since leaving the Ashes in Australia with stress issues just over a year ago.
Smith might be a bit more aggressive during 4th Test: McGrath
Fast bowling great Glenn McGrath feels Australia captain Steven Smith's delayed declaration in the drawn third Test against India was a one-off call and he expects the young leader to continue the team's tradition of playing "hard" in the coming days.
'It will be bit daunting to walk out onto SCG in Hughes' shadow'
Australia fast bowler Peter Siddle has claimed that it would be a little bit daunting at first to walk out onto the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) for the fourth and final Test against India, as it is the same ground where Phillip Hughes was struck by the deadly bouncer.
India needs to change its bowling strategy for Sydney Test: Chappell
Former Australia captain Ian Chappell feels even though he backs the hosts to win the series 3-0, India should field five specialist bowlers including two spinners in the final cricket Test, starting January 6.
Why Dhawan has failed in Tests; how he can succeed
Former Australia all-rounder Tom Moody said the India opener first needs to be sure of his off-stump in order to convert his starts into big scores in Test cricket.
Tendulkar made adjustments across all formats easily: Richards
Legendary West Indies batsman Sir Vivian Richards is of the opinion that Sachin Tendulkar is probably one of the two batsmen in modern era who had seamless adjusted their game according to their needs across all three formats.
We want more bounce and grass, Aussie pacer Harris tells curators
Australia fast bowler Ryan Harris has joined team mate Mitchell Johnson in criticising the unusually slow and low nature of pitches in the ongoing Test series against India.
I feel I'm under pressure when I'm not scoring runs: Watson
Australia all-rounder Shane Watson said memories of Phil Hughes will flood him the moment he steps out to compete in the fourth Test against India in Sydney, starting on January 6.
Sangakkara fastest to 12,000 runs but Sri Lanka in trouble
Kumar Sangakkara became the fastest player to reach 12,000 Test runs and will look to rebuild Sri Lanka's innings after they were left teetering at 78 for five at the end of the first day of the second Test against New Zealand.
Australia pacer Johnson doubtful for fourth India Test
Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson is doubtful for the fourth and final Test against India in Sydney next week after a hamstring problem forced him out of training on Saturday.
I love Kohli; he is a little bull-terrier in his own right: Richards
Virat Kohli has got a new admirer for his on-field aggression in none other than legendary West Indian batsman Vivian Richards who described the new captain as one of those very few Indian cricketers who do not shy away from having a verbal fight with opposition players.
Steyn sets new mark after West Indian defiance
Dale Steyn became South Africa's second highest wicket taker as West Indies reached 276 for six on the first day of the third Test on Friday.
January 02, 2015
Is Dhoni thinking of holidaying at home?
Dhoni is likely to abandon the rest of the Australian Test tour following his sudden retirement from Test career for reportedly taking a vacation in between before returning to Australia for the One-day tri-series in mid-January.
'Kohli is the guy to take India to the next level'
- 'Time Indian cricket looked beyond Fletcher'
Kohli most popular cricketer on Twitter with over 5 million followers
India's new Test captain Virat Kohli has 5,004,544 followers on Twitter, ahead of Sachin Tendulkar who has 4,910,498 followers and former Test skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (3,374,509 followers).
Mohammad Akram confident about Ajmal's return
He will surely miss the World Cup after being withdrawn from the squad but Saeed Ajmal's career was not over says head coach of the national cricket academy Mohammad Akram as the suspended off-spinner could take a bio-mechanic test in two weeks time.
India eye fresh start as new skipper Kohli takes charge
India would be keen to finish off the four-match series on a high with a victory in Sydney and they would be looking no further than the in-form Virat Kohli to show the way with the bat.
'Emotional Kohli will take time to fill in the captaincy void'
Pakistan's flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi says that Virat Kohli was "too emotional" as a leader and it will take him some time to fill in the captaincy void left by Mahendra Singh Dhoni's retirement from Test cricket.
World Cup: Pakistan selectors in dilemma
Pakistan national cricket team selectors are in a dilemma over the selection of the final 15-member squad for the World Cup.
Dhoni recommended Hussey for Indian coach's job after Fletcher?
Former Australia captain Michael Hussey said he was surprised by reports that just-retired Test captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni had suggested his name for the coach's job of Indian cricket team once Duncan Fletcher's contract expired at the end of World Cup 2015.
Kohli will probably be more aggressive than Dhoni, says Johnson
Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson believes the volatile batsman will probably be more aggressive than previous skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Australia will put up a fine show for Hughes at SCG, says Siddle
Australia medium-pacer Peter Siddle said his team is keen to put up a fine show in the Sydney Test against India in memory of late Phillip Hughes, who succumbed to a fatal bouncer on this venue five weeks back.
'Nothing's guaranteed but I'm going to try my best to bowl well'
With the Sydney Cricket Ground having a history of assisting spin from third day onwards, Australian left-arm orthodox Ashton Agar is hoping to get picked in the XI and play his part in the fourth and final Test against India starting January 6.
Aggression brings the best out of Kohli, says Viv Richards
Cricket legend Sir Viv Richards has backed Kohli to continue playing aggressive form of cricket, saying that it brings the best out of him.
Lehmann blames 'lack of confidence' for shoddy fielding at MCG
Australian coach and selector Darren Lehmann believes that his team displayed a shoddy fielding performance on account of lack of confidence during the Melbourne Test against India despite having a good practice session.
'Forget last year, New Zealand need to keep improving in 2015'
Fresh off New Zealand's most successful Test year, captain Brendon McCullum is urging his team to start 2015 in the same fashion when they face Sri Lanka in the second game of their two-match series on Saturday.
January 01, 2015
Australia PM Abbott defends Smith's tactics at MCG
Australian PM Tony Abbott came in defence of young Australian captain Steven Smith's decision to declare in the third Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Tuesday.
Axar, Raina likely to get a go in Sydney Test
Mahendra Singh Dhoni's retirement from Test cricket has left the Indian think-tank fretting over the ideal playing combination that will take on Australia in the fourth and final Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground starting next Tuesday.
Hazlewood wanted to have a go at Indians in last four overs
Australian paceman Josh Hazlewood feels that had they bowled the last four overs in the Boxing Day Test against India, a win for the home side would have been possible at MCG.
Rahane, Ashwin in fray to become Kohli's deputy
The sudden retirement of Mahendra Singh Dhoni from Test cricket has raised the question of who will be Virat Kohli's deputy.
Imran Khan secretly marries former TV presenter
Pakistan's cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan has married a former BBC anchor Reham Khan in a hush hush wedding, according to media reports.
We've played India totally out of the series: Haddin
Defending his team's tactics in the drawn third cricket Test against India, Australian vice-captain Brad Haddin said the hosts earned the right to go about the way they wanted after playing India out of the series.
'Dhoni's left Indian cricket in a better place than it was when he took over'
Left surprised by Mahendra Singh Dhoni's retirement from Test cricket, Australian vice-captain Brad Haddin termed the former India captain a "true gentleman" of the game.
Team India have high tea with Australia PM Abbott
Players from both sides posed for the official photo session with Abbott at Kirribilli House, his second official residence.
December 31, 2014
Team for tri-series and World Cup to be picked on Jan 6: Patel
The Indian ODI squad for the upcoming triangular cricket series in Australia as well as the World Cup that follows almost immediately will be picked by the five-man selection panel here on January 6.
Indian team in Sydney; Dhoni's retirement speculation continues
The Indian cricket team flew to Sydney and preferred to spent the day indoors even as there was intense speculation over Mahendra Singh Dhoni's decision to quit the Test format with immediate effect, which surprised the cricket fraternity.
Ranji round-up: Rain saves Bengal, Delhi rout Gujarat
Bengal would consider themselves lucky to survive as they reached 129 for no loss in their second innings after being asked to follow, still needing 75 runs to avoid the innings defeat.
2007 World Cup among the worst moments of my career: Tendulkar
The Indian batting legend said the disappointment in the West Indies served as a boost to prove critics wrong four years later.
Duminy named in T20 squad for West Indies series
JP Duminy has been named in the South African Twenty20 squad for the three-match home series against West Indies next month, but a number of other top players will again be rested.
Whatmore named new Zimbabwe coach
Dav Whatmore has been unveiled as the new Zimbabwe coach with the Australian agreeing to an initial contract that runs until the end of the World Cup early next year.
Smith jumps to fifth in ICC Test rankings, Kohli 15th
In the ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers, Australia's Ryan Harris has moved up two places to second following his six wickets against India in the fourth Test at MCG.
Australia brace for emotional Sydney Test
Emotions are set to run high at the venue where late Australian opener Phillip Hughes died last month after being struck by a bouncer during a Sheffield Shield match
We haven't even started with Virat Kohli yet: Aus coach Lehmann
Australia coach Darren Lehmann on Wednesday said the home side is liking the charged up atmosphere created by the newly-appointed Indian captain.
Surprised to be picked for Sydney Test against India, says Agar
The 21-year-old was added to the Australian for the fourth and final Test against India keeping in consideration the turn that the Sydney track traditionally offers for spinners.
Dhoni earned players' respect by walking the talk: Dravid
- 'He led more by example than by rhetoric or by words'
Bike-loving Dhoni ends his long test ride
India's most successful Test captain also presided over a dismal away record with the team winning only two of 22 Tests on foreign soil since 2011.
December 30, 2014
SA vs WI second Test drawn as rain washes out final day
South Africa's hopes of victory on day five of the second Test against West Indies were thwarted in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday by heavy overnight rain and a wet outfield which prevented any play.
Ranji round-up: Badrinath smashes century to put Vidarbha in control
Skipper Subramaniam Badrinath led from the front with a sparkling innings of 152 to put Vidarbha in control against Rajasthan on the third day of their Ranji Trophy Group B match.
'Retirement from Test cricket won't affect Brand Dhoni'
Ad guru Prahlad Kakkar, on the other hand, believes Dhoni's saleability would have dropped had he also quit from One-Day Internationals and T20 Internationals.
Declaration anxiety dashes Marsh's home ton hopes
A Test match that ended in a forgettable draw between Australia and India on Tuesday will be memorable for all the wrong reasons for batsman Shaun Marsh who was run out for 99 in a desperate bid to raise his first century on home soil.
Aus captain Smith blames India for drawn Melbourne Test
Australia captain Steven Smith defended his decision to declare late and concede a draw four overs early in the third Test on Tuesday, saying India had contributed to the non-result with their tactics in the morning.
Tributes to Dhoni: 'Valiant while you led. Valiant in your departure'
Cricketers from across the world reacted with surprise and lavished praise on Mahendra Singh Dhoni after the India captain on Tuesday decided to call it quits in the Test format.
Left-arm spinner Agar included in Australia squad for Sydney Test
Left-arm spinner Ashton Agar will join Australia's squad for the fourth and final Test against India in Sydney, captain Steven Smith said on Tuesday.
Dhoni should have retired after Test series: Prasanna
"To me it was a real surprise. I thought he will play for one or two more years in Test cricket as he's a very fit person," said former captain and ex-chief selector Vengsarkar.
Dhoni gave a whole new dimension to Indian cricket: Gavaskar
- 'I still think that he had 2 or 3 more years of cricket left in him'
What are your favourite memories of Dhoni in Tests? Tell us!
Whether it was his personal best score of 224 against Australia at Chepauk last year or leading India to become the No. 1 Test team in the world, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has given Indian cricket fans many moments to cherish. tell us your favourite 'Dhoni moments in Test cricket'.
Of 27 Test wins, No.1 ranking and an underwhelming batting average
In the end it came in as a quiet announcement on the social network. But MS Dhoni had made the decision. He knew it was the right time.
To hell with the scoreline, says team director Ravi Shastri
- 'Give this side 12 months and you watch, they will be a bullet side'
Sledging continues: Kohli in another verbal barrage with Haddin
Virat Kohli was engaged in yet another fierce verbal battle with the Australian team.
India's string of away Test defeats a blot on Dhoni's captaincy record
Under his captaincy, India took over the No. 1 ranking in Test cricket for 18 months from December 2009.
Big praise for McCullum for his leadership and batting prowess
Global media has hailed New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum as 'the best batsman in the world' for his blistering knock of 195 runs against Sri Lanka in Christchurch.
It's just a matter of time before we start delivering: Dhoni
- 'Yes, quite happy with a draw'
Australia draw third Test with India at MCG, win series
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Ravichandran Ashwin frustrated Australia's push for victory on day five of the third Test in Melbourne.
Dhoni quit Tests 'to concentrate on ODI and T20 formats', says BCCI
The burden of playing in all the three formats eventually took a toll on India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who decided to retire from Test cricket with immediate effect in the middle of the ongoing four-match Australia series.
India captain Dhoni retires from Tests; Kohli to lead in fourth Test
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni retired from Test cricket immediate effect and Virat Kohli will lead the team in the fourth Test against Australia in Sydney starting on January 6.
'The best way to respond to sledging is winning'
'If a few words from the opposition trouble you,' S Sreesanth tells Harish Kotian/Rediff.com, 'then you shouldn't be playing international cricket.'
Spotted! Virat Kohli's 'wife'... errr 'fiancee' Anushka Sharma!
Australian presenter Michael Slater during his commentary called Anushka Sharma as Kohli's wife.
Heartbreaking! Marsh joins select club of run out on 99!
Australian batsman Shaun Marsh on Tuesday became only the 16th player in the history of Test cricket to be run out on 99.
Desperate Pakistan send Hafeez to India for test on bowling action
Pakistan, desperate to bolster their attack, have flown all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez to India for a bowling test in a bid to get his action cleared in time for the 50-over World Cup in February.
PHOTOS, Day 5: India draw third Test but Australia win series
Images from the final day's play of the third Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, on Tuesday.
December 29, 2014
2nd Test: Windies collapse after Brathwaite, Samuels tons
A spectacular collapse has raised the prospect of a nervous finale for a brittle West Indies after they finished on 275 for nine on day four of the second Test against South Africa on Monday.
Rogers joins the likes of Simpson, Ponting, Bradman
Despite the Indian bowlers working hard to improve their chances of a win in the third Test in Melbourne, Australia finished Day 4 on 261 for seven with Shaun March (62 no out) and Ryan Harris (8 not out) and 326-run lead.
Ranji Trophy: Yuvraj hits third consecutive ton
A round-up of the Ranji Trophy matches played on Monday
Kohli's aggression could backfire badly: Gavaskar
Not too impressed with Virat Kohli's outbursts on and off the field, former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar said the aggression could backfire badly in the ongoing third cricket Test against Australia as the tourists already have their back against the wall.
Rain washes out fourth morning in Port Elizabeth
Rain meant there was no play possible on the fourth morning of the second Test between South Africa and West Indies at St George's Park on Monday with the prospect of a draw now ever more likely.
If Kohli wants to play aggressive, let him: Warner
Unfazed by an aggressive Virat Kohli, Australian opener David Warner said the Indian is free to play the way he wishes and the ICC is there to manage if anybody crosses the line.
No love lost between Kohli and Johnson as verbal volleys continue
A day after expressing his displeasure at Australia's on-field banter, India vice-captain Virat Kohli once again had a go at Mitchell Johnson and apparently said something to the home team's pace spearhead as he was walking off after being dismissed.
Healy reckons bad blood between India and Australia out of control
Former Australian Test great Ian Healy is of the opinion that the bad blood between Australia and India in the ongoing Test series has gone too far.
We exactly don't know where this match is headed, says Ashwin
Chasing can be tricky but team's dressing room is positive, says Ravichandran Ashwin.
Marsh digs in to put Australia in control at MCG
Batsman Shaun Marsh struck a fighting half-century at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Monday to drive Australia to a commanding 326-run lead over India at the close of day four.
Australia ready to unleash Gurinder Sandhu for World Cup
Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has named three potential bowlers to be included in the final-15 of the World Cup squad, which includes Indian-origin medium-pacer Gurinder Singh Sandhu.
Wasim Akram welcomes baby girl with wife Shaniera
Former Pakistan cricketer Wasim Akram recently became a father for the third time, as he welcomed a baby girl with his Shaniera Akram.
Christchurch Test: New Zealand thrash Sri Lanka inside four days
Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor calmly guided New Zealand to an eight-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the first Test at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Monday.
IN PICS: David Warner plays a doting dad!
David Warner is seen with his family at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
PHOTOS, Day 4: Australia in control with 326-run lead
Images from the fourth day's play of the third Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, on Monday.
'If you give it back to the Aussies, they don't like it'
'If you look into their eyes and give it back, they just sit quiet,' says Harbhajan Singh, who has been at the centre of quite a few tiffs with the Aussies in recent years.
Hughes tragedy overshadows eventful year in cricket
Phillip Hughes's tragic death cast a shadow over an eventful year that saw Ashes rivals Australia and England brawl on the field and bond off it, joining India to pull off a bloodless coup and take charge of the game.
December 28, 2014
Brathwaite, Samuels lead West Indies fightback
Half-centuries from Kraigg Brathwaite and Marlon Samuels steered a battling West Indies to 147 for two at the close on day three of the second Test against South Africa on Sunday.
Clarke set to miss Australia's World Cup opener
Australia captain Michael Clarke, who is fighting against time to recuperate from a career-threatening right-hamstring injury has admitted that he might not be fit by the time the co-hosts play their inaugural match in the Cricket World Cup against England on February 14.
Akhtar advises suspended Ajmal to approach CAS
Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has advised suspended off-spinner Saeed Ajmal to take his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne.
Ranji Trophy: Iyer's century puts Mumbai in commanding position
Round up of the Ranji Trophy matches being played across the country
Kohli loves scoring against Australia
Statistical highlights on day three of the third cricket Test between India and Australia in Melbourne.
We try not to say too much to Kohli, says Australia pacer Harris
Australia pacer Ryan Harris heaped praise on Indian batsmen, in particular Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli, for their performance on day three of the third Test in Melbourne, on Sunday.
Run-machine Kohli emulates batting great Gavaskar!
Virat Kohli became only the second Indian batsman after Sunil Gavaskar to score three Test hundreds in a series against Australia.
I don't like to coach when I am not playing: Tendulkar
Looking for 'satisfaction' after retirement, India's cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar says he plans to light up lives in villages where electricity remains a distant dream even to this day.
Aussies called me spoilt brat, it worked in my favour, says Kohli
Virat Kohli said being called a "spoilt brat" by the Australians brought the best out of him as he smashed a career-best 169 to lead India's strong reply on the third day of the third Test, in Melbourne, on Sunday.
PHOTOS: Kohli, Rahane hit tons before Australia fight back
Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane struck fluent centuries as India fought back bravely before a flurry of late wickets allowed a sloppy Australia to take a slight edge on stumps on Day 3 of the third Test, in Melbourne
Karunaratne ton delays New Zealand victory push
Sri Lanka ended the third day's play at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on 293 for five, still 10 runs away from making New Zealand bat again after they had been asked to follow on.
Kohli-Johnson verbal volleys spice things up on Day 3
India vice-captain Virat Kohli's temperament was once again tested after the batsman was hit by a Mitchell Johnson return throw which resulted in the two players getting into a verbal duel.
Rahane, Kohli hit centuries to defy Australia at MCG
Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli struck rousing centuries to drive India to 462-8 at stumps on Day 3, trailing Australia's mammoth first innings total of 530 by 68 runs with two wickets in hand, in the third Test.
December 27, 2014
Dhoni has struggled as Test captain for a while, says Ganguly
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly feels that current skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has not been able to get the best out of the team at the Test level for quite some time despite being the leader for close to 60 matches.
Indian pacer Varun Aaron bereaved
Raymond Goveia, the grandfather of Indian speedster Varun Aaron, died of a massive heart attack in Bangalore on December 25, according to family sources in Jamshedpur.
BCCI bans Pragyan Ojha for illegal action
The Board of Control for Cricket in India has finally banned discarded India left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha from bowling in competitive matches due to suspect action.
Suspended Pakistan spinner Ajmal pulls out of World Cup squad
Suspended Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has withdrawn from the World Cup squad.
I have no expectations from Indian bowling attack: Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar has been quite unhappy with Team India's performance.
Stats: Smith and Dhoni's mind-blowing numbers
Statistical highlights from the day's play
South Africa v West Indies, 2nd Test: Du Plessis gets ton before rain stops play
Faf du Plessis scored his fourth test century but rain ruined the morning session as South Africa went to lunch on 289 for three on day two of the second Test against West Indies at St George's Park on Saturday.
Amazing Smith is Australia's new milestone man!
Captain Steven Smith's domination reached new heights at the Melbourne Cricket Ground states Rajneesh Gupta
Dhoni sets record for most stumpings in Test cricket
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni broke the world record for most number of stumpings in international cricket after he effected his 134th dismissal on Day 2 of the third cricket Test against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday.
'India didn't have an answer for the way we were playing'
Captain Steven Smith scored a big century and then grabbed a sharp catch to put Australia in a good position on Day 2 of the third Test at the MCG on Saturday.
The score is par for this pitch: Ashwin
- 'We will continue to target Haddin with short-pitched deliveries in the next innings and the next Test as well'
Bruised Warner misses Day 2 action after injury in nets
David Warner failed to take field against India in the ongoing Boxing Day cricket Test after the Australian opener suffered a nasty blow on his right forearm at the MCG nets.
Regret my act of dissent in 1981: Gavaskar
- 'As Indian captain I was not supposed to act in that manner. In no way I can justify my act of defiance. Whether I was out or not, I should not have reacted that way'
Melbourne Test: Smith belts big ton to put Australia in charge
Captain Steven Smith took a sharp catch to snare India's first wicket after scoring a big century to fire Australia to a mammoth first innings total of 530 on day two of the third Test in Melbourne on Saturday.
PHOTOS, Day 2: Smith century adds to India's agony
Steven Smith scored a brilliant century (192) as Australia recorded a massive 530 in the first innings as Indian bowlers were hammered all over the park.
Christchurch Test: Sri Lanka openers recover after following on
Sri Lanka openers Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva safely guided their side to 84 without loss in their second innings at the close of the second day's play in the first Test against New Zealand on Saturday after being forced to follow-on.
Mitch Marsh ruled out of Sydney Test
Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh has been ruled out of the fourth cricket Test against India in Sydney after fresh scans revealed that the injury on his hamstring has further deteriorated.
Recuperating Clarke doubtful about making start of World Cup
Australia captain Michael Clarke doubts he will be fit for the start of the World Cup in February but hopes to be back at some stage during the tournament.
December 26, 2014
Elgar battles to much-needed ton as Windies wilt
Opener Dean Elgar struck his third Test century as South Africa rode their luck to finish the first day of the second Test against West Indies on 270 for two on Friday.
Time is running out for Watson: Border
Former Australian captain Allan Border is extremely critical of senior batsman Shane Watson's inconsistent performance and fears that time might just be running out for the 33-year-old all-rounder, rated as one of the best players of his time.
India bowled best in series so far, says Gavaskar
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar rated India's bowling on the opening day of the third cricket Test against Australia as their best performance in the series so far but reminded that lack of quality bowling all-rounder could hurt the visitors again going into day two.
Ishant was the biggest threat on Day 1: Rogers
Despite scoring a half-century to lay the foundation for Australia's first innings, opener Chris Rogers was unhappy with the way he got out the opening day of the third Test against India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday.
Very disappointing to miss a hundred: Watson
Unable to convert a fifty into a hundred yet again, Australia all-rounder Shane Watson said it was very disappointing to miss out on the milestone on the opening day of the third Test against India at the MCG on Friday.
From hitting big scores to sledging, Smith leads from the front
From bashing big scores to firing back a few choice words at sledging opponents, the captaincy is fitting Australia's Steven Smith well, according to opening batsman Chris Rogers.
Focus was to bowl on line and length, says India pacer Shami
India pacer Mohammed Shami said the tourists would aim to send Australia packing as soon as possible in the first session on the second day in the third Test against Australia in Melbourne.
Hughes' bat to be taken to top of Mount Everest
In a unique tribute to Phillip Hughes, the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) is planning to place a bat belonging to the late Australian cricketer on top of the Mount Everest.
Captain Smith anchors Australia on attritional opening day at MCG
Young captain Steven Smith compiled a watchful half-century to guide Australia to 259 for five at stumps and leave the third Test against India delicately poised after an attritional opening day.
World Cup: Kamran may make it to Pak squad; Gul's comeback doubtful
Discarded wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal could be a surprise inclusion in Pakistan's final World Cup squad.
McCullum blasts 195 to lift New Zealand to massive first day total
The New Zealand captain belted 18 fours and 11 sixes in his innings as he became the first New Zealand batsman to surpass 1000 Test runs in a calendar year and broke his own New Zealand record for the fastest century, which came off 74 balls.
Good, bad and ugly: Indian cricket had it all in 2014
From Rohit Sharma's record breaking double century in One-Day Internationals, the team's never-ending woes in overseas Tests, to the controversy surrounding Board of Control for Cricket in India's president-in-exile Narayanswami Srinivasan over the Indian Premier League spot-fixing scandal, Indian cricket had the good, bad and ugly in equal measure in 2014.
How Afghan women's cricket is crushed by bombs, threats
Afghan women's cricket team formed in 2010 was quietly dissolved this year amid Taliban threats, insecurity and conservative beliefs.
PHOTOS, Day 1, 3rd Test: Honours shared, but Smith shines again
Captain Steven Smith was well-entrenched for his third century in successive Tests even though India restricted Australia to 259 for five on the opening day of the third Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday. Electing to bat, he again was the visitors' main tormentor, anchoring the innings with an undefeated 72 at stumps. Check out some photos from the day's play.
December 25, 2014
India team set to rope in psychologist Sandy Gordon: Reports
In their bid to help the players combat with trying match situations, the Indian team management is all set to rope in noted sports psychologist Sandy Gordon with the third cricket Test against Australia starting at the MCG.
'India will have to really lift themselves up mentally at MCG'
Batting legend Sunil Gavaskar defended Mahendra Singh Dhoni for his "unrest" comment that got the media talking about a rift within the Indian cricket team in Australia, saying that the Indian captain might have chosen a wrong word to describe the situation.
'It's time Ishant starts spearheading the attack and take wickets'
Former India pacer Ajit Agarkar feels that Ishant Sharma should step up in a leadership role as the bowling unit has the skill set and ability to take 20 Australian wickets in the third Test starting at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Hazlewood advises Burns to keep things simple at MCG
Fresh from his impressive debut at the Gabba in the second cricket match against India, Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood has advised young Joe Burns, who is set to play his first Test at the MCG on Boxing Day, to keep things simple.
Melbourne is India's best chance to win: Bevan
Notwithstanding the 2-0 scoreline in favour of the home team, former Australian all-rounder Michael Bevan feels Indians have a good chance to bounce back in Melbourne in the third cricket Test, starting Friday.
Dhoni rubbishes reports of Kohli-Dhawan spat
Rubbishing the speculations that all is not well in Indian dressing room, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said that these imaginary stories that have come out could be made into a movie by Warner brothers.
Indian team is whingeing among themselves: Smith
The speculation around the mood inside India's dressing room became a subject of ridicule for Australian skipper Steve Smith, who said the home team does not need to sedge the tourists as they are busy "whingeing among themselves".
India sweat on Bhuvneshwar Kumar for Boxing Day Test
India may have to wait a little longer to see Bhuvneshwar Kumar in action in Australia as captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni indicated the seamer's injured ankle could keep him out of the third Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, starting on Friday.
'The slow and flat wicket at MCG might suit Indians'
India might be going through a torrid time following two successive defeats Down Under, but former Australia captain Ricky Ponting believes if the tourists have a chance of victory in the four-match series, it will be in the Boxing Day Test at the MCG starting on Friday.
Burns to bat at six for Australia in third Test vs India
Joe Burns will bat at number six when he makes his debut for Australia in the third Test against India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, starting on Friday. The 25-year-old, regarded as one Australia's most promising young batsmen, replaced injured all-rounder Mitch Marsh in one of two changes to the Australian team that won last week's second Test in Brisbane. Paceman Ryan Harris, who missed the second Test because of a thigh problem, returns at the expense of Mitchell Starc.
December 24, 2014
Ranji round-up: Harbhajan lifts Punjab to victory, Mumbai down UP
Delhi outclassed Rajasthan by an innings and seven runs to gain a bonus point in the Group B match of the Ranji Trophy in New Delhi, on Wednesday.
ICC suspends Zimbabwe's Waller over illegal bowling action
The International Cricket Council confirmed that an independent analysis has found the bowling action of Zimbabwe's Malcolm Waller to be illegal.
Clarke will have different view of Boxing Day Test; joins commentary team
Australia's injured skipper Michael Clarke will join the Channel Nine commentary team for the Boxing Day Test match in Melbourne.
Misbah will lead Pakistan in World Cup: PCB
Pakistan Cricket Board Shaharyar Khan has made it clear Misbah-ul-Haq will lead Pakistan in the World Cup 2015.
India's biggest weakness: 'They don't believe they can win away'
Matthew Hayden feels the tourists do not seem to believe that they can win away from home.
Sledger-in-chief Warner pledges to get into more Indian heads
David Warner has described his team's mental battles with opponents as banter, not sledging.
Ajmal, Hafeez to visit Chennai for informal tests
Pakistan's suspended off-spinners Saeed Ajmal and Mohammad Hafeez have decided to go for informal tests to the ICC accredited bowling centre in Chennai.
'IPL franchises don't want to risk Pak players' security'
The chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Shaharyar Khan has admitted that participation of country's players in the lucrative Indian Premier League is not possible due to security concerns of the T20 event's franchises.
Clarke recovery on track, hopes to be fit in time for World Cup
Australia batsman Michael Clarke has said his recovery from surgery on his torn hamstring was progressing as expected and he still hoped to lead his country at next year's World Cup.
Hazlewood and fellow Australian pacers have only one goal in sight
- 'It's always our goal to take 20 wickets'
December 23, 2014
Ranji Trophy round-up: Unmukt ton puts Delhi in drivers seat
Round-up of the Day Three action in the Ranji Trophy matches being played in different part of the country. Watson 'a bit shaken', to be monitored for signs of concussion
Phillip Hughes' tragic death came back to haunt Australia after star all-rounder Shane Watson was hit on the helmet by a vicious bouncer from pacer James Pattinson during their training session at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Tuesday.
'A hundred in the Boxing Day Test would be as good as it gets'
He has got a habit of saving his best for the last but Australia opener Chris Rogers this time wants to score a century first up - on the opening day of the upcoming Boxing Day cricket Test against India in Melbourne starting December 26.
Ishant, Aaron arrived late at Gabba on fourth morning: report
Indian pacers Ishant Sharma and Varun Aaron arrived late at the Gabba on the fourth morning of the second Test against Australia even as their teammates were dramatically collapsing out in the middle, according to a report.
Kohli surpasses Tendulkar on Twitter!
Virat Kohli heads the list with a total base of 4,870,190 fans, which is higher than Sachin Tendulkar's 4,869,849 fans.
Bhuvneshwar on road to recovery, eyes Boxing Day Test at MCG
Bhuvneshwar Kumar's hopes of playing in the Melbourne match increased after the pacer went through the nets session without any discomfort in Melbourne, on Tuesday.
India's sledging attempt backfired in Brisbane: Johnson
The Australian fast bowler said that verbal exchanges with the Indian close-in fielders when he came out to bat only made his resolve stronger in the second Test at Brisbane.
India is going to be aggressive, warns Haddin
India have set an aggressive tone to the ongoing four-match Test series.
Batting at No 3 good spot to fire up Joe Burns
Queensland cricket coach Stuart Law has said that he wants Joe Burns, who has replaced injured Mitchell Marsh in the Australia Test squad, to bat as high as possible in the order if he is picked to play the Boxing day Test against India.
Injured Windies pacer Roach ruled out of S Africa Tests
West Indies have lost their most accomplished fast bowler after Kemar Roach was ruled out of the final two matches of the test series in South Africa and replaced by uncapped Kenroy Peters, the country's cricket board announced.
Afridi issued show cause notice for featuring in commercial
Seasoned Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi has been issued a show cause notice, among five other international players from Pakistan, by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for featuring in a commercial without taking permission from the board.
It's a shame! Indian spinners are hurting the team's chances
The absence of an attacking spin bowler in the Indian side is hurting the visiting team's chances.
Pakistan, NZ were reluctant to play 4th ODI after Peshawar blasts
Former captain, Younis Khan has said that both the Pakistan and New Zealand teams were reluctant to play the fourth one-day international in Abu Dhabi following the terrorist attack on Army Public High School in Peshawar on December 16.
'Out of runs' Haddin reckons perfect timing for Smith captaincy
- 'I think they've made a very brave and good decision in making Steve the captain'
Hafeez to fly to Chennai for bowling action test
Pakistan's senior all-rounder, Mohammad Hafeez is expected to fly to Chennai on December 25th for his bowling action test at the International Cricket Council bowling centre.
Watson forced to leave nets practice after being hit by bouncer
Australian all-rounder Shane Watson was forced to cut short his training session in the Melbourne Cricket Ground nets after being hit on the helmet by a bouncer on Tuesday, three days before the start of the third Test against India.
Boxing Day Test: How the teams stack up at MCG
With Australia taking a 2-0 lead in the four-match Test series against India, the scales are titled highly in favour of the hosts. History also shows that the Melbourne Cricket Ground has been a happy hunting ground for the hosts.
December 22, 2014
Shastri feels DRS can be used for 'howlers'
India cricketers' stance on the Decision Review System (DRS) seem to be softening with the national team director Ravi Shastri saying that the technology can be used in the event of "howlers".
Stuart Binny banking on extra pace to seal World Cup spot
Cut-throat competition is expected when it comes to making the final-15 for the 2015 ICC World Cup and all-rounder Stuart Binny feels the extra pace he has gained of late makes his case stronger ahead of the all important selection early next month.
I am eagerly waiting to play in Australia: Axar
Gujarat's promising all-rounder Axar Patel expressed happiness over his selection in the Indian squad for the next two Test matches against Australia after Ravindra Jadeja was ruled out of the series due to an injury.
Ranji Trophy: Yuvraj ton gives Punjab upperhand
Round-up of the Ranji Trophy matches being played in different part of the country
Dhawan, Kohli fit for Boxing Day Test
India's opener Shikhar Dhawan and vice-captain Virat Kohli have recovered from their injuries sustained during the second Test against Australia and are fit to play the third match beginning in Melbourne on December 26.
Strauss slams ECB over shoddy handling of Cook's dismissal
Former England cricket team skipper Andrew Strauss has slammed the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for their handling of Alastair Cook's dismissal as the squad's ODI captain.
Bhuvneshwar gets Grade A contract; Yuvraj, Gambhir dropped
Pace bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar was promoted to Grade A, but Yuvraj Singh and Gautam Gambhir, who have lost favour with the selectors, were dropped from the list of BCCI's contracted players for 2014-15.
Left-arm spinner Axar to replace injured Jadeja for last 2 Tests
Gujarat's left-arm spinner Axar Patel got his maiden Test call up when he named as the replacement for the injured Ravindra Jadeja for the remaining two Tests of the four-match series against Australia.
Boxing Day Test: India's pride at stake
India will look avoid a seventh straight Test loss on Australian soil.
Psychological warfare is important to intimidate, says Johnson
Mitchell Johnson talks about the importance of instilling fear in the rivals.
Umpires get thumbs up from Nathan Lyon
Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon said officials have done a good job.
Malinga set to return for New Zealand ODIs
Sri Lanka pace spearhead Lasith Malinga is recovering well from his ankle surgery and should be back in action during the later stages of the One-Day International series in New Zealand next month, according to coach Marvan Atapattu.
ICC appoints Sachin Tendulkar as ambassador for 2015 World Cup
Sachin Tendulkar was named 2015 World Cup's ambassador for the second successive edition.
Australia's Burns 'pinching himself' over selection for 3rd Test
Joe Burns's selection in the Australian cricket team for the third Test against India was so unexpected that his father had refused to believe the news.
December 21, 2014
Ranji Trophy round-up: Upadhyay wreck Karnataka top-order
Medium pacer Krishnakant Upadhyay's inspiring spell helped Railways restrict defending champions Karnataka in their Ranji Trophy match in New Delhi.
India winless, Dhoni sees improvement in batting approach
Mahendra Singh Dhoni says the Indian cricket team's approach to batting in overseas tours has 'improved'.
Afridi set to retire from ODIs after World Cup
Shahid Afridi has announced his retirement from One-day Internationals after next year's World Cup.
Australia captain Smith fined for slow over rate
Australia captain Steve Smith was fined 60 perc ent of his match fee for a slow over rate in his first Test as skipper in a four-wicket victory in the second Test against India in Brisbane.
India's new vintage nearly ready, says Dhoni
It will come as little comfort to India after going 2-0 down in the four-match Test series against Australia but the young touring party have already put on a much better showing than the much vaunted 2011-2012 vintage.
No way back for Pietersen despite Cook sacking
England cricket chiefs have moved quickly to make it clear that Alastair Cook's dismissal as one-day captain has not opened the door for a return to international cricket for batsman Kevin Pietersen.
Ishant fined 15 percent for breaching Code of Conduct
Indian speedster Ishant Sharma has been fined 15 percent of his match fees for breaching ICC's 'Code of Conduct' during the second cricket Test between India and Australia while Steve Smith was fined 60 percent for his team's slow over-rate.
Australia call up uncapped Burns for Boxing Day Test
Australia all-rounder Mitchell Marsh has been ruled out of this week's third Test against India in Melbourne with uncapped batsman Joe Burns coming into the 13-man squad to replace him.
Former players urge BCCI to accept DRS
With close decisions going against India off late, current and former cricketers feel it is high time the Board of Control for Cricket in India give its nod to the contentious Decision Review System.
Injury worries for Australia before Boxing Day Test
Injuries worries to in-form opener David Warner and allrounder Mitch Marsh may affect Australia's plans.
South Africa's De Kock in doubt for World Cup
Wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock is in a race against time to be fit for the World Cup.
December 20, 2014
Chappell comes down heavily on India for practice pitch complaints
Former Australian captain Ian Chappell lashed out at the Indian cricket team for complaining about the practice pitches at the Gabba.
Indians should avoid verbal spats with Australians: Gavaskar
I am lauding the Australians for the way they tampered the verbal spats.
Stats: Skipper Smith sizzles; Dhoni claims unwanted record
Statistical highlights from the day's play.
'Quite a few 50-50 calls where we have been on the receiving end'
Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels 50-50 decisions are going against his team in the ongoing Test series against Australia but remains adamant that having the controversial Decision Review System would not have helped.
Dhawan cancelled hospital trip to resume his innings
Dhawan was forced to cancel a trip to hospital for X-Rays on the injury and returned to the middle to resume his innings.
Morgan named England ODI captain, Cook dropped from squad
Alastair Cook has been dropped from the England squad for next year's 50-over World Cup in Australia and New Zealand with Eoin Morgan taking over as captain, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed on Saturday.
'Sledging Johnson not too wise on India's part'
Australia's young skipper Steve Smith has warned India that any plans of sledging Mitchell Johnson in the future are likely to backfire just as they did in the second Test that ended in Brisbane on Saturday.
Dale Steyn rips through Windies, Proteas post huge win
Dale Steyn ripped through the West Indies top order to claim his 25th five-wicket haul in Test cricket and give South Africa an innings and 220-run victory on the fourth morning of the first Test on Saturday.
Never faced complaints about practice pitches: Gabba curator
Shocked by India's criticism of the practice pitches here, Gabba's chief curator Kevin Mitchell has said that no other touring cricket team has ever complained about the tracks and insisted that they are just fine for net sessions.
Dhoni blames 'unrest in dressing room' for India's batting collapse
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni revealed there was some 'unrest' in the dressing room before the start of fourth day's play in the second Test in Brisbane, on Saturday.
PHOTOS: Batsmen fail as India crash to four-wicket defeat in Brisbane Test
Photographs of the Day 4 play of the second Test between India and Australia being played in Brisbane.
Williamson, Henry give New Zealand series win over Pakistan
Skipper Kane Williamson's brilliant 97 and Matt Henry's maiden five-wicket haul gave New Zealand a comprehensive 68-run victory over Pakistan in the final one-dayer in Abu Dhabi on Friday. New Zealand won the series 3-2.
Johnson, Smith lift Australia to victory in Brisbane
Australia made a meal of it but successfully chased down 128 for a four-wicket victory and an unassailable 2-0 series lead after dismissing India for 224 on the fourth day of the second Test.
India complain about practice pitches after Dhawan injury
India have complained about the uneven bounce on the practice pitches at the Gabba nets after Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli were injured warming up for the fourth day of the second Test against Australia in Brisbane on Saturday.
No veg food! Angry Ishant storms out of Gabba at lunch on Day 3
pacer Ishant Sharma left the Gabba at lunch on the third day on Saturday, after finding that there was no vegetarian preparation in the menu.
December 19, 2014
Cook out, Morgan in as England ODI captain: BBC
Alastair Cook has been dropped as England captain for next year's 50-over World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, the BBC and Sky Sports reported on Friday.
Philander shines as Proteas close in on victory
Vernon Philander took five wickets as South Africa closed in on victory having reduced West Indies to 76 for two in their follow-on innings at the close of play on day three of the opening Test on Friday.
Vengsarkar bats for DRS after howlers Down Under
A series of howlers by umpires in the ongoing India-Australia cricket Test series Down Under has convinced former captain Dilip Vengsarkar to come out in support of the Decision Review System (DRS), a technology whose use has been consistently opposed by BCCI.
Pakistan's Ajmal returns to action, eyes World Cup
Pakistan's top spinner Saeed Ajmal hopes to play in next year's World Cup after making his competitive return on Friday, three months after being suspended by the International Cricket Council for an illegal bowling action.
Stats: Hazlewood, Johnson, Starc among the runs
Steven Smith (133) became the ninth Australian to score a century on captaincy debut as Australia wriggled out from a precarious 247 for 6 to post a mammoth 505 in their first innings in the second Test against India at the Gabba on Friday. He was well-supported by Mitchell Johnson (88) and Mitchell Starc (52) who made valuable contributions down the order, as the hosts took a first innings lead of 97 runs. India ended the third day on 71 for 1 in the second innings. Statistical highlights from the day's play.
Pak cricketers to visit terror-hit Army School in Peshawar
Left dismayed by the terror strike in Peshawar which left 132 children dead, Pakistan's cricket team is planning to visit the attacked Army school and pay its tributes.
Umesh Yadav explains how India's plans went haywire...
Pacer Umesh Yadav conceded that the Indian bowlers' plans went awry as they sent down too many short balls, allowing the Australian tail-enders to stage a comeback and put up imposing 505 in the first innings of the second Test in Brisbane on Friday.
Smith pats his 'tail' after handsome lead over India
More than his hundred on debut as captain Steven Smith was happy that Australia putting up 500 runs on the board on Day 3 of the second Test against India.
Johnson again proves he is not just a tail-ender!
With a batting average of just a shade under 30, the pugnacious Mitchell Johnson plundered the Indian bowling to register his ninth Test fifty and give Australia a fighting chance in the second Test at the Gabba.
Malik denies allegations of his marriage being on the rocks
- 'I and Sania have a strong relationship and we knew before we got married it would not be easy'
PHOTOS, Day 3: Smith, tail-enders inspire Australia's fightback
India lost the crucial wicket of opener Murali Vijay after Steven Smith led Australia's fightback with a magnificent century on his captaincy debut. He received able support from Mitchell Johnson and Mitchell Starc, who both scored half-centuries. At close of play on Day 3 in the second Test , India were 71 for one in their second innings. Check out some images from the day's play.
Peshawar terrorist attack: Why PCB didn't show solidarity?
When they could postpone a day's play in the third Test against New Zealand after the sad demise of Australian, Phil Hughes, this was a much bigger tragedy.
'Hockey players celebration can affect India-Pak cricket ties'
Indian media and public had developed negative feelings about Pakistan after the incident in the Champions Trophy hockey tournament.
Zimbabwe axe coach eight weeks from World Cup
Zimbabwe are searching for a new coach just eight weeks before the World Cup after sacking Stephen Mangongo, the country's cricket board said on Thursday.
Suspended Ajmal named in Pakistan 'A' squad
Pakistan's champion off-spinner Saeed Ajmal will finally make an appearance in a competitive cricket match three months after being suspended by the ICC for an illegal bowling action.
Smith, Johnson give Australia edge at Gabba
Skipper Steve Smith scored a controlled 133, Mitchell Johnson a game-changing 88 and Australia's tail wagged vigorously as the hosts barged their way back into the second Test against India on day three in Brisbane on Friday.
December 18, 2014
'India have a slight edge going into day three at The Gabba'
Sunil Gavaskar felt India squandered another opportunity to be in a commanding position after being bowled out for 408 on day two of the second Test against Australia in Brisbane.
Centurion Test: Amla, Zyl punish Windies before rain ends play
Hashim Amla's third double-ton for South Africa and Stiaan van Zyl's unbeaten century on debut against West Indies helped the hosts declare on 552 for five before rain brought an early end to day two of the first Test on Thursday.
Home highs for Hazlewood, Haddin
Josh Hazlewood and Brad Haddin set new milestones as Australia, replying to India's first innings score of 408, ended Day 2 in the second Test at the Gabba on 221 for four. Check out the day's days statistical highlights.
'If Hazlewood continues working hard, he'll get 200 wickets easy'
Impressed with Josh Hazlewood's performance during his five-wicket haul on Test debut, Australian pace legend Glenn McGrath has said that the New South Wales seamer can become a member of the 200-wicket club if he continues the good work.
Safe hands Ashwin happy with no slip-ups
India all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin is delighted that the hard work he has put in fine-tuning his slip catching is paying off.
Hazlewood confident about Test future after fifer on debut
Australia fast bowler Josh Hazlewood said the five-wicket haul against India in his debut Test at the Gabba in Brisbane will give him "massive confidence" going ahead in his international cricket career.
I was good enough to bat in Australian conditions, says Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin believes India has a grip on the second Test against Australia and a couple of quick wickets in the morning session on Friday, Day 3, could put them in command.
Big Bash: Pollard blasts six sixes in an over in trial match!
West Indies's big-hitting middle-order all-rounder Kieron Pollard blasted an amazing 36 runs off one over that included a wide in a batting performance for the domestic Australian team the Adelaide Strikers.
PHOTOS, Day 2: Hazlewood, Smith lead Australia's fightback
Australia were 221 for 4 at close of play, in response to India's 408, on Day 2 of the second Test at the Gabba, on Thursday. Check out some images from the day's play.
High-five Hazlewood makes opportunity count
Josh Hazlewood had to wait a while for his Test debut but no one can accuse him of wasting his chance when it came after he became the 33rd Australian to take a five-wicket haul on debut in the second Test against India on Thursday.
'Soft? Warne used those words? That's very harsh'
Shane Warne found himself at the centre of another one when he called pacer Mitchell Starc 'soft'.
Haddin equals Australian wicket-keeping record
Brad Haddin equalled the record for most dismissals in a Test innings by an Australian wicketkeeper during India's first innings score of 408 in the ongoing second cricket Test at the Gabba in Brisbane on Thursday.
ECB propose proven formula for ICC Champions Trophy 2017
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have recommended that the ICC Champions Trophy in 2017 follow the successful formula of the 2013 edition and proposed The Oval, Edgbaston and Cardiff as the venues.
Classy Vijay no longer India's unsung hero
In Murali Vijay the team has now rediscovered a technically sound, highly reliable opener, who can be both aggressive and defensive, believes Haresh Pandya
Hazlewood takes five before Yadav's strikes lift India
Umesh Yadav took three wickets on his comeback to Test cricket before Australia reached 221 for four at the close of play on the second day of the second Test against India on Thursday after battling their way back into the contest on the back of debutant paceman Josh Hazlewood's five for 68.
Lord's recommended to stage 2019 World Cup final
The hallowed ground, which staged the World Cup final in 1975, 1979, 1983 and 1999, has also been put forward to host the women's World Cup final in 2017.
Abu Dhabi ODI: Williamson ton helps New Zealand level series
Kane Williamson hit a brilliant 123 as New Zealand staved off Pakistan's spirited challenge to eke out a series-levelling seven-run victory in the fourth one-day international in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
December 17, 2014
Centurion Test: Amla, De Villiers share record stand to flay WI
Captain Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers shared a record unbroken double-century stand as South Africa took control of the first Test against West Indies on the opening day at Centurion on Wednesday.
Ranji round-up: Mumbai avoid follow-on embarrassment vs Railways
Tail-ender Javed Khan, batting with a finger injury, saved Mumbai from following-on while chasing Railways' first innings score of 242 in the rain-truncated Ranji Trophy match, in Delhi, on Wednesday. A summary of the final day's play of the league matches around the country.
'If you have commercial interest in IPL you shouldn't be in the administration'
The Board of Control for Cricket in India on Wednesday submitted a list of players, including former greats Sunil Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri and Sourav Ganguly, and administrators with commercial interest in the Indian Premier League to the Supreme Court, which reserved its order in the alleged betting and spot-fixing scam case.
Tendulkar's Viber public chat first to hit one million followers
Viber, the mobile communications app offering free messaging and HD-quality calls, has announced that iconic cricketer Sachin Tendulkar's public chat has become the first to exceed one million followers.
I'm not connected with BCCI administration: Gavaskar
With the Supreme Court observing that players and officials having commercial interests should stay away from administering the game, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar clarified that he is "not connected in anyway" with the BCCI administration.
'Injured Marsh unlikely to bowl again in the Test'
Australia were dealt a blow as their all-rounder Mitchell Marsh will not bowl again in the remainder of the second cricket Test against India due to a hamstring injury on the first day at the Gabba.
Stats: Vijay completes 2, 000 Test runs; Dhoni overtakes Ganguly
Statistical highlights on the opening day of the second Test between India and Australia in Brisbane.
ODI Rankings: India just 0.2 points behind No 1 Australia
India may be way behind Australia in the Test rankings, but the World Cup holders are just 0.2 points behind the top-of-the-table Kangaroos in the ODI rankings. According to the latest ICC rankings, Australia and India are on 117 rating points and the scores will only be settled in the upcoming tri-series involving the two teams and England, starting January 18 next year.
Clarke undergoes successful surgery, career could be saved
Michael Clarke's injury-ravaged career may not be as jeopardised as initially feared with the Australian captain and team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris saying that the surgery to fix his hamstring injury went "really well", giving him a good chance of being fit for the World Cup.
'Getting runs against Australia always helps you gain confidence'
His four Test hundreds out of five career tons have come while playing against the Australians and Indian opener Murali Vijay today attributed his special liking for the Aussies to the inspiration he got from the great knocks of legendary cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar.
Need fit bowlers and quick wickets tomorrow: Lehmann
Australian coach Darren Lehmann praised his team for enduring a tough opening day of the second cricket Test at the Gabba but said he expects them to come up with a better showing against India on Thursday.
Clarke feels sorry for India over Pujara's wrong dismissal
Umpires' poor performance comes to the fore even as India's stand against DRS costs them dear
Close shave for Manoj Tiwary after he is hit by bouncer
Manoj Tiwary, one of India's 30 probables for the 2015 World Cup, had a close shave after being hit by a rising delivery from Abhimanyu Mithun on the final day of his team's Ranji Trophy cricket match against Karnataka at the Eden Gardens.
Did you know? Kohli is Indian dressing room clown
When the cameras are off; Virat Kohli turns into the clown of the Indian dressing room.
Harris sympathises with injured Clarke's honesty on playing mortality
- 'I honestly think Michael will be back after this hamstring surgery'
He scored India's first Test 100 overseas
'Syed Mushtaq Ali was like a lion, not a labourer, at the crease. Attack was his defence and he would show no mercy on the bowlers'
Mitchell Marsh injures hamstring at Gabba; adds to Australia's woes
Australia's injury woes deepened on Wednesday when a hamstring problem forced all rounder Mitchell Marsh from the pitch for treatment.
PHOTOS, Day 1: Vijay's century caps India's dominance at Gabba
Images from Day 1 of the second Test between India and Australia played at the Gabba on Wednesday
I won't walk away, says under-fire England captain Cook
Alastair Cook said he has no intention of stepping down as captain after his England side lost the seventh and final match of the One-Day International series against Sri Lanka in Colombo.
Vijay flays ailing Australia with Brisbane hundred
Indian opener Murali Vijay put Australia to the sword in their Brisbane fortress with a brilliant 144 to help drive the tourists to 311 for four at the close of play on the opening day of the second Test.
Pakistan cricketers in no mood to play after Peshawar attack: Younis
Experienced Pakistan batsman Younis Khan says it will be extremely tough for the cricketers to go ahead with Wednesday's fourth One-Day International against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi following the killing spree at a Peshawar school.
December 16, 2014
Colombo ODI: Sri Lanka crush England again, pocket series 5-2
Kumar Sangakkara, playing his final one-day international on home soil, set a record for the most runs in a calendar year as Sri Lanka thumped England by 87 runs in the last match of the series in Colombo on Tuesday.
Ranji round-up: Mumbai in trouble after Shardul restricts Railways
A summary of the day's play in the Ranji Trophy matches played across the country.
'Heavens won't fall if BCCI officials do not own teams'
The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India to place before it a list of administrators and players having various commercial interests, including in the Indian Premier League and Champions League.
Record favours Australia as teams head to Gabba for second Test
With the second Test set to start on Wednesday, here is a quick fact check on how both teams stand at the Gabba.
Dhoni unconcerned about India's poor record at Gabba
- 'The aggressive approach was the right one. The approach will remain the same'
Marsh brothers join list of Australia's Test siblings
Joining a select group that was last represented more than a decade ago, two brothers will play alongside each other in the same Australia Test side after Shaun and Mitchell Marsh were named to face India on Tuesday.
Gabba Test set to unveil tale of two captains
With Steven Smith now helming the Australian affairs, and Mahendra Singh Dhoni returning from injury, the 2nd Test at Gabba, starting Tuesday, will shed light on the mindset of the two leaders.
Security beefed-up for Brisbane Test after Sydney siege
Security for the second cricket Test between India and Australia has been tightened with more police being deployed around the Gabba in the wake of the Sydney cafe siege, officials said.
Hazelwood debut rings in change for Aus bowling attack
Captain Steven Smith is looking forward to Hazlewood making full use of the 'traditionally fast and bouncy Gabba wicket'.
India look to bounce back as Dhoni returns
Bolstered by the return of regular captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, India will look to regroup and fight their way back into the four-match series when they face Australia on a lively Gabba wicket in the second cricket Test starting in Brisbane on Wednesday.
Captain Cook not guaranteed to lead England at World Cup
England cricket coach Peter Moores has admitted that there is no guarantee that England skipper Alastair Cook would remain as the team captain for the forthcoming World Cup.
Looking to go up 2-0 on lively pitch: Steve Smith
Australia's new Test captain Steve Smith is excited about the prospect of playing India on a lively Gabba pitch in the second cricket Test starting on Wednesday and said he wants his team to drive the advantage to go up 2-0 in the four-match series.
Shaun Marsh replaces Clarke, pacer Hazlewood gets call-up for second Test
Injured pacer Harris sidelined; Siddle dropped.
December 15, 2014
Ranji round-up: Gopal ton drives Karnataka to 408 against Bengal
A round up of the second day's play from the Ranji Trophy games being played across the country.
Delhi Daredevils drop Pietersen, Karthik, Vijay
The Delhi Daredevils franchise has decided against retaining Kevin Pietersen, their skipper in the last edition, Dinesh Karthik, the costliest buy, and Test specialist Murali Vijay for the eighth season of the Indian Premier League.
Gavaskar calls for end to Dhoni-Kohli captaincy debate
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar strongly feels that people should restrain themselves from creating a captaincy controversy as Mahendra Singh Dhoni prepares to take over the mantle from stand-in skipper Virat Kohli in the second Test against Australia, starting in Brisbane on Wednesday.
'Kohli was always looking to win Adelaide Test'
Former India players Maninder Singh and Chetan Chauhan have thrown their weight behind an "aggressive and impressive" Virat Kohli, saying the skipper was correct in going for victory rather than trying to save the first Test against Australia in Adelaide on Saturday.
Speed, the new weapon for India's pace bowlers!
Impressed with the camaraderie India's pacers share among themselves, bowling coach Bharat Arun said that the attack is not only closely knit but can also clock high speeds consistently.
India tour fiasco: West Indies Board, players blamed for pull-out
The West Indies Cricket Board, players and its union have been blamed for the India series fiasco when the team dramatically pulled out midway into the tour over a payment dispute.
Sangakkara fined for breaching ICC code of conduct
Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara has been fined 15 percent of his match fee for showing dissent at an umpire's decision during the sixth One-Day International against England in Pallekele on Saturday.
Clarke to undergo surgery on Tuesday, doubtful for World Cup
Australian cricket officials are still no closer to knowing whether Michael Clarke will be fit enough to play in next year's World Cup.
Desperate Mumbai players help in drying outfield at Railways ground
The second day of the Ranji Trophy match between Mumbai and Railways had the visiting team players, led by their skipper Suryakumar Yadav, doing the duty of groundsmen as the cricketers tried to clear the waterlogged areas of the Karnail Singh Stadium in New Delhi.
Jayawardene hints at playing 2015 World Cup
The former Lanka captain to play final ODI at home against England.
Meet Australia's new Test captain Steve Smith
Australia's 45th Test captain Steve Smith started his career as a promising leg-spin bowler and middle order batsman but is now primarily a batsman.
No change in tactics as Steve Smith thrust into hot seat
- 'As a captain, I think first and foremost I'll try to lead from the front with my performance on the field'
In the Adelaide defeat, there's an Indian victory!
The result in the first Test against Australia was expected, if one takes a look at India's recent, or overall, record overseas. What was unexpected, though, says Bikash Mohapatra, was the Virat Kohli-led side's change of attitude.
Indian cricketers' security tightened in Brisbane after hostage crisis
No decision yet on the fate of the Sydney Test, which starts December 26, but for us the tour is still on, says the Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary, Sanjay Patel.
Smith to lead Australia Test team, becomes third youngest captain
'He is an exceptional young man who is highly regarded by the National Selection Panel not only for his fine performances with the bat but also his maturity and clear leadership potential'
Pakistan blast 364 in big win over New Zealand, take 2-1 series lead
Pakistan smashed their third highest One-day total of 364 in a crushing 147-run win over New Zealand to move 2-1 up in the five-match series on Sunday.
December 14, 2014
Ranji Trophy: Dinda, Veer Pratap rock Karnataka
Round up of the Ranji Trophy games being played across the country
'Gabba strip is a well-grassed wicket, will help Aussie pacers'
After a high-scoring first Test in Adelaide, which India lost by 48 runs to trail the five-match series, a green-top awaits the visitors at the Gabba, starting December 17.
'Kohli knows you have to stand up for yourself in Australia'
Former Australian skipper Mark Taylor has come out and praised Virat Kohli for the way he marshalled the Indian team in the first Test here, saying the
'Individually, Dhoni can't win you a World Cup'
The event, Agenda Aaj Tak 2014, was attended by a host of former cricketers including Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram, pacer Shoaib Akhtar and Indian openers Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag.
Phillip Hughes' brother scores 63 on return to cricket
Jason Hughes, the older brother of the late Phillip Hughes, has made an emotional return to grade cricket, scoring 63 -- the exact score his sibling was on when he was fatally struck by a bouncer.
'Kohli did the right thing in chasing the target in Adelaide'
Lauding Virat Kohli for targetting a hard win rather than going for an easy draw, former Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin said the stand-in
ICC Test rankings: Kohli is the highest-ranked Indian batsman
Virat Kohli has broken into the top-20 of ICC Test rankings at 16th after his stupendous back-to-back hundreds in the opening Test against Australia in Adelaide.
'Clarke will be back...but he needs to get his fitness right'
An injury-ravaged Michael Clarke may have raised doubts about his future by stating that he may never play again, but Australian cricket coach Darren Lehmann is confident that the inspirational skipper will be back sooner or later.
'Lyon's performance most emphatic by an Australian since Warne'
Australian media has heaped praise on off-spinner Nathan Lyon, whose seven-wicket haul helped his team post a thrilling win against India on the final day of the first Test in Adelaide.
'It's the right time to elevate Kohli to full-time Test captaincy'
Former Australia captain Ian Chappell feels India Test skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has passed his use-by-date and it's the perfect time to make Virat Kohli a full-time leader for the longest version of the game.
December 13, 2014
Warner, Dhawan and Kohli fined for breaching Code of Conduct
Australia's David Warner and India duo Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli were found guilty of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during the fourth day's play in the first cricket Test, which the hosts won by 48 runs.
''The boys were willing to lose in order to win'
Australia captain Michael Clarke termed India captain Kohli's hundred as a great knock and as good as any second innings hundred, while being effusive in his praise for his own team.
Sangakkara century lifts Sri Lanka to win over England
Sri Lanka beat England by 90 runs in the sixth One-Day International at Pallekele on Saturday to take an unbeatable 4-2 lead in their seven-match series.
You have to play with passion and commitment for your country: Kohli
India captain Virat Kohli today said that Murali Vijay's dismissal proved to be the turning point in their 48-run defeat against Australia in the first cricket Test, in Adelaide on Saturday.
Milne reprimanded, Misbah fined for Code of Conduct breach
Pakistan cricket captain Misbah-ul-Haq was fined 15 per cent of his match fee showing dissent to the umpire after his dismissal in the second one-dayer against New Zealand in Sharjah.
Shaun Marsh to replace Clarke for Brisbane Test
Shaun Marsh will replace injured Australia captain Michael Clarke for the second Test match against India, starting at Brisbane from December 17, Cricket Australia said on Saturday.
Proud Kohli has no regrets after India go down in Adelaide
- 'At no point did we back off. If at any stage that we had in mind that we might play for a draw, we would have lost by 150 runs'
PHOTOS, 1st Test: Lyon roars as Australia script thrilling victory
Off-spinner Nathan Lyon claimed seven wickets (7-152) to help the Aussies win the first Test at the Adelaide Oval on Saturday.
There's a chance I may never play again: Clarke
Michael Clarke all but ruled himself out of the remainder of the Test series against India after limping off the field with a hamstring strain on the fifth and final day of the opening match in Adelaide.
Lyon spins Australia to victory despite Kohli century
Australia beat India by 48 runs in a thrilling end to the first Test at Adelaide Oval on Saturday, with Nathan Lyon picking up seven wickets after Virat Kohli scored an inspired century for the visitors.
Cool Williamson guides New Zealand to win over Pakistan
Kane Williamson's assured unbeaten 70 guided New Zealand to a comfortable four-wicket win over Pakistan in the second One-Day International in Sharjah on Friday to level the series at 1-1.
December 12, 2014
India can still win Adelaide Test: Gavaskar
Batting legend Sunil Gavaskar believes India can win the Adelaide Test if they remain in a positive frame of mind despite another good batting show by Australia on the fourth day of the match.
Bedi lauds J&K players, says Rasool should be in World Cup squad
Proud of seeing Jammu and Kashimir cricket getting noticed after its historic victory over Mumbai in their opening match of the Ranji Trophy, former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi said the team from the Valley boasts of many a talented player and singled out Perveez Rasool for a World Cup berth.
ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Schedule
The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 will be staged in Australia and New Zealand from February 14 to March 29. India will begin its title defence against traditional rivals Pakistan in a high-voltage clash in Adelaide on February 15. Check out the full schedule in Indian Standard Time.
Jayawardene, Afridi will be most experienced players at World Cup
The International Cricket Council released the provisional squads of the 12 teams for next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand on Friday. However, co-hosts Australia and minnows Ireland decided against releasing the provisional list although they submitted 30 names to the parent body within the stipulated deadline.
Warner does a Bradman: Second Aussie to hit tons in each innings vs India
David Warner punished a wasteful India with his second century as Australia seized control of the first Test at close of play on Day 4. The left-hander, who scored an emotional 145 in the first innings, added another 102 to help fire Australia to a 363-run lead at a sun-drenched Adelaide Oval on Friday. In the course of the day's play several milestones were set. Check them out.
Batting on a fifth day pitch will be a test of our mindset: Rahane
"I think patience will obviously be the key. The challenge will be to keep going if you get a start."
'There's a nice rough area for Lyon to exploit tomorrow'
He may have made scoring look easy on the Adelaide track by notching centuries in each innings, but David Warner insisted that the pitch isn't placid anymore and his team is determined to take all 10 Indian wickets on the final day and win the first Test on Saturday.
Run-machine Warner completes 1000 runs in calendar year
Australia's David Warner, on Friday, completed 1000 runs in 2014 en route his century in the second innings of the first cricket Test against India in Adelaide, becoming the first opener to achieve the feat since England skipper Alastair Cook in 2012.
Warner, Indian players in war of words over no-ball dismissal
David Warner and Varun Aaron got involved in a war of words after the home batsman was called back by the umpire following a no-ball dismissal during the post-lunch session on the fourth day, in Adelaide, on Friday.
PHOTOS, Day 4: Warner torments India with another ton
Day 4 in the first Test was dominated by Australian performances. First, spinner Nathan Lyon bagged his sixth five-wicket haul as India were dismissed for 444 in the first innings. Then, opener David Warner continued in his sublime form and struck his second century of the match as the home side put up 290 for five in their second innings, an overall lead of 363 runs. Here are images from Friday's play at the Adelaide Oval.
Abbott's eight wickets helps NSW beat Queensland
Sean Abbott, the Australian fast bowler who delivered the ball that killed Phillip Hughes, has made a remarkable return to cricket, helping New South Wales beat Queensland on Friday.
Warner's second straight hundred puts Australia in command
Opener David Warner extended his purple patch with the bat, scoring his second century of the match, as the first Test against India headed for an exciting finish, with Australia gaining an overall lead of 363 runs in Adelaide on Friday. At stumps on Day 4, at the Adelaide Oval, Australia were 290 for five, with Steven Smith and Brad Haddin batting on 52 and 14 respectively.
December 11, 2014
Stats: Vijay extends impressive record against Australia
Statistical highlights from the third day's play of the first Test between India and Australia at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday.
Root steers England to victory over Sri Lanka
Joe Root's third hundred powered England to a five-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the fifth One-day international in Pallekele on Thursday and kept alive their hopes in the seven-match series. After rain forced play to be suspended on Wednesday, the visitors returned to chase down a 240-run victory target and won with five balls to spare.
PHOTOS: Tendulkar meets victorious Jammu and Kashmir Ranji team
Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar met with the victorious Jammu and Kashmir cricketers at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai, on Thursday morning.
Dhawal flying to Australia as cover for injured Bhuvneshwar
Mumbai pace spearhead Dhawal Kulkarni is being sent to Australia on an urgent basis as replacement for injured Indian seamer Bhuvaneshwar Kumar.
DRS blunder: Hawk-eye officials admit error in Pak batsman's dismissal
Shan Masood was wrongly adjudged LBW in 2nd Test vs New Zealand in Dubai last month.
Greg Matthews slams Aussies over Johnson bouncer 'over-reaction'
'If I was disappointed with anything it was the over-reaction'
'Smith, Warner have leadership skills and can captain Australia'
Former Australia captain Greg Chappell feels that Steven Smith is a worthy candidate to lead the national cricket team but adds he is not the only choice if Michael Clarke decides to step down some day.
'Even though I scored 73, quite happy how it worked out'
Cheteshwar Pujara says India's strong reply on Day 3 of the first Test against Australia in Adelaide meant the team's young batsmen proved themselves.
Bouncers could help players overcome Hughes's shock death, feels Lyon
A Mitchell Johnson bouncer that struck India captain Virat Kohli on the helmet during the first Test on Thursday might actually help players get past the shock of Phillip Hughes's death, according to Australia spinner Nathan Lyon.
Modi salutes India's Blind World Cup-winning cricket team
When India's Blind World Cup-winning cricketers called upon Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday, the PM spent time in the company of the talented Indian team who beat Pakistan to clinch the title in Cape Town on Sunday.
PHOTOS, Day 3: Kohli's ton propels India as batsmen hold firm
India's batsmen came good on a flat track to put up 369 for 5 on Day 3 of the first Test against Australia in Adelaide on Thursday. Wriddhimaan Saha (1) and Rohit Sharma (33) were at the crease at the draw of stumps. Images from the day's play.
When India almost won a series in Australia
The Aussie series of 1985-1986 will remain a missed opportunity for Indian cricket. But it is least talked about despite all the high points in the series.
Eye injury could see England's Kieswetter miss 2015 season
England One-day wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter could miss the entire 2015 season as he struggles to recover from a serious eye injury.
Ajmal to play against Kenya before biomechanics test
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided that suspended off-spinner, Saeed Ajmal should play two One-day games against Kenya this month before he goes for his final biomechanics test in Chennai.
Captain Kohli's ton inspires Team India's strong reply
Virat Kohli became only the third Indian to score a hundred on his captaincy debut as the visitors responded resolutely to Australia's mammoth first innings total by reaching 369 for five on the third day to leave the first cricket Test evenly poised at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday.
Jittery Aussies rattled after Kohli hit by bouncer
Australia's nervous players rushed to check on India captain Virat Kohli after he was hit by a Mitchell Johnson bouncer on day three of the third Test in Adelaide.
Pakistan on edge as Kenyan cricket team arrive in Lahore
Kenya, who will play against Pakistan 'A', are only the second team to play international cricket in the country since tours were suspended after militants attacked the Sri Lankans in Lahore.
December 10, 2014
Pallekele ODI: England's Woakes dazzles before play is abandoned
England will return on Thursday to chase down a 240-run victory target and stay alive in the seven-match contest against Sri Lanka after rain forced play to be suspended in the fifth one-day international in Pallekele on Wednesday.
Ranji Trophy round-up: Yuvraj helps Punjab thrash Haryana
Punjab rode on some brilliant batting by India discard Yuvraj Singh to thrash Haryana by 120 runs in the Group B Ranji Trophy match in Patiala on Wednesday. The man-of-the-match made it count for the Mandeep Singh-led side by scoring 59 in the first innings and a brilliant 130 in the second. A summary of the action in matches across the country.
SC orders deferral of BCCI elections till Jan end
The Supreme Court on Wednesday deferred the Board of Control for Cricket in India elections till the end of January even as the cricket body opposed the constitution of an external high-powered committee to propose punishment on the Mudgal Committee's findings in the betting and spot-fixing scam in the Indian Premier League.
I wasn't quite as patient as I am now, says Smith after unbeaten 162
Steven Smith's unbeaten knock on Day 2 of the first Test against India provided an endorsement of the 25-year-old's leadership credentials in case Australia skipper Michael Clarke's body finally gives out.
Ponting appointed Mumbai Indians head coach for IPL Season 8
After spending two seasons with the team as player, Australia's two-time World Cup-winning captain Ricky Ponting will take over as head coach of Mumbai Indians for the eighth season of the Indian Premier League. He will replace John Wright, who was the team's coach for Season 6 and 7.
Clarke follows Punter's footsteps... records 2,000 Test runs vs India
Rain played spoilsport on Day 2 of the first Test between Australia and India at the Adelaide Oval. It caused three interruptions, but in the 30 overs that were bowled, Australia captain Michael Clarke did well to fight off pain and score 128, and Steve Smith a career-best 162 not out, as India's hapless bowling attack got a beating. At stumps, Australia were 517 for 7. A look at the statistical highlights from the start-stop day.
'Indian batsmen confident of making up for the bowlers'
India might be left with a mountain of runs to climb in the first Test in Adelaide but fielding coach R Sridhar was confident that the batsmen will make up for the bowlers' poor show.
'The strength and courage Clarke has shown is unbelievable'
Australian batsman Steve Smith feels skipper Michael Clarke has shown "unbelievable" courage in the wake of the tragic death of Phillip Hughes and played "beautifully" battling severe back pain to score a century on Day Two of the first Test against India.
Injured Clarke inspires Australia with gutsy hundred
Australia captain Michael Clarke retired hurt on 60 with a lower back injury on day one, but after a sleep-deprived night of treatment and pain-killing injections, the 33-year-old's courageous 128 helped drive the hosts to 517 for seven by stumps against India in the first Test at the Adelaide Oval.
Ranji Trophy: Jammu & Kashmir upset Mumbai for historic win
Jammu & Kashmir scripted history by beating the 40-time champions Mumbai in their first meeting in 80 years of the Ranji Trophy tournament at the Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday.
This is best bowling attack India will have in near future: Ishant
I don't think there is any upcoming bowler in the fray who is capable of bowling 140-plus regularly, says Ishant Sharma.
Srinivasan agrees to keep away from IPL, seeks SC nod to contest BCCI elections
Narayanswami Srinivasan has given an undertaking in the Supreme Court that he will stay out of matters related to the Indian Premier League if elected BCCI president till he gets clean chit.
PHOTOS: India's bowling exposed, Aus batsmen reign on Day 2
Captain Michael Clarke battled through pain to score 128 and Steve Smith produced a
Captain courageous: Injured Clarke scores brave ton in first Test
Injured Australia captain Michael Clarke completed an inspiring century after lunch on day two of the first Test against India on Wednesday, having returned to the crease following pain-killing injections on his back.
December 09, 2014
'Team India must bowl out Australia for a score of 420 or 410'
Sunil Gavaskar believes that the first hour of the second day is crucial for both teams.
SC proposes high-powered committee to cleanse Indian cricket
The Supreme Court on Tuesday said maintaining the "purity" of cricket is of utmost importance for it while hinting at setting up a high-powered committee to suggest measures to cleanse the game in the country, hit by allegations of betting and spot-fixing and ascertain if there is conflict of interest involving the Board of Control for Cricket in Inida's president-in-exile, Narayanaswami Srinivasan.
Mumbai-J&K match keenly poised after Suryakumar Yadav's ton
The Ranji Trophy Group A match between Mumbai and Jammu and Kashmir was evenly poised at the end of the third day's play, with the visitors finishing on 58 for 1, chasing a modest target of 237 on a wearing track at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai. A summary of Tuesday's action in the tournament at various venues across the country.
Warner in the company of Sir Don Bradman, Harvey
David Warner has become the fourth Australian to have recorded at least 10 centuries after 33 Tests, joining an elite company that includes the likes of Sir Don Bradman and Neil Harvey from the famed 'Invincibles' squad of 1948.
Stats: Records galore for Clarke, Warner as Aussies dominate Day 1
Australia opener David Warner paid a fitting tribute to his deceased teammate Phillip Hughes, scoring a rollicking 145 before India dealt three quick blows at the fag end to share honours on an emotionally charged opening day in the first Test in Adelaide on Tuesday. Statistical highlights from the day's play.
'Karn Sharma has justified his selection for the Adelaide Test'
Former Australia leg-spinner Stuart MacGill has said that even though Ravichandran Ashwin is India's premier spinner, Karn Sharma's inclusion in the playing XI for the first Test against Australia is justified.
Partnership-wrecker Karn Sharma confident of India's revival
- 'Mentally and technically, Ravi Shastri helps a lot'
SC wants BCCI to keep Srini out, take action against Meiyappan
The Supreme Court on Tuesday insisted that suspended president Narayanswami Srinivasan should stay out of the Board of Control for Cricket in India's affairs and action must be taken against his son-in-law, Gurunath Meiyappan, who was indicted in the IPL spot-fixing case.
Centurion Warner guided by Hughes's spirit
- 'I just had a gut feeling that my little mate was down the other end with me the whole time'
Warner, Smith pay tribute to Hughes on reaching 63
David Warner and Steven Smith on Tuesday looked heaven-wards and raised their bats on reaching 63, score from where the late Phillip Hughes could proceed.
ICC clear spinners Senanayake, Williamson to bowl again
Banned spin duo Sachithra Senanayake and Kane Williamson have been cleared to bowl again after they remodelled their bowling action, the International Cricket Council said on Tuesday.
Watson takes over Hughes's locker in Adelaide Oval
Australia all-rounder Shane Watson had the unique honour of using the players' locker formerly meant for Phil Hughes.
Lara says disunity will hurt West Indies's World Cup chances
- 'We have great players, but great players don't win the World Cup, great teams do'
PHOTOS, Day 1: India strike late after Warner slams century
Images from Day One of the first Test between Australia and India at the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday. Australia ended the day on 354-6.
Are we ready for Sehwag the politician?
And if the rumours are to be believed then swashbuckling cricketer, Virendra Sehwag seems to yet another cricketers who could turn to politics.
Abbott bounces back, takes two wickets on return to SCG
Australian bowler Sean Abbott returned to action with New South Wales.
Adelaide celebrates life of Hughes, Australia's '13th man'
The departed cricketer was named his national team's '13th man' as the first Test between India and Australia started in Adelaide on an emotional note.
India stage late fightback after Warner's century on Day 1
David Warner hit a sparkling 145 from 163 balls before India captured a flurry of late wickets to reduce Australia to 354 for six at stumps on Day 1 of the first Test in Adelaide.
December 08, 2014
Difficult to accept there is no conflict of interest: SC to Srini
The Supreme Court said purity of cricket has to be maintained and all persons at the helm of its affairs should be above suspicion.
From floods to runs: Dream hundred for J&K opener Khajuria
Young Jammu and Kashmir opener Shubham Khajuria hits maiden hundred to put the team from the flood-ravaged Valley in control of their opening Ranji Trophy match against 40-time Mumbai. Harish Kotian reports.
Ranji round-up: Khajuria scores maiden ton as Mumbai falter again
A round-up of the second day's play of the Ranji Trophy matches across the country.
Watson says Clarke will score a century in Hughes's honour
Australian all-rounder Shane Watson says he will be 'extremely surprised' if captain Michael Clarke does not score a hundred in honour of the late Phillip Hughes in the first Test against India, starting Tuesday.
State memorial service for Hughes cancelled
The state memorial service that was planned for Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes has been cancelled.
'I'd love to get 10,000 Test runs...beat Australia again'
Kevin Pietersen has not given up hope of a return to Test cricket and the chance to avenge the humiliating 5-0 defeat at the hands of Australia in the last Ashes series, the former England batsman said on Monday.
PHOTOS: Team India go through the grind at net session in Adelaide
Team India, set for a gruelling tour of Australia, looked in top gear as they practiced diligently during a nets session on the eve of the first Test in Adelaide on Monday.
Ponting urges Clark & Co to 'play the hard-nosed Australian way'
Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting feels the team's pacers should not shy away from using the bouncer in the Test series against India starting on Tuesday.
Aggressive Kohli to follow his instincts on captaincy duty
'You might see things quite different from what you usually see'
The pitch will have something for everybody, says Adelaide curator
'Hopefully there is a little bit in it early, it's going to be good to bat on, and then take a little bit of spin and some inconsistency later in the game'
Hughes tragedy won't stop me from playing aggressive, warns Johnson
Australia's bowlers will not shy away from sending down a barrage of short deliveries in the first Test against India, paceman Mitchell Johnson has said.
More tributes in Hughes's honour during first Test
Late Phillip Hughes named 13th man in Australian squad.
In Photos: Abbott shows he is ready for his SCG return
Australian bowler Sean Abbott, who bowled the bouncer that led to the death of Phillip Hughes, is set to return to action.
Kohli maintains BCCI's stubborn stand on 'inconsistent' DRS
India's stand-in captain Virat Kohli has stuck to the party line on cricket's Decision Review System (DRS), saying his team would only endorse its use if it were 100 percent accurate.
Aus captain Clarke recuperates in time, fit to face India in 1st Test
Australia captain Michael Clarke is fit to lead the side into the first Test against India on Tuesday and his return is a "huge boost" for the hosts, fast bowler Mitchell Johnson said.
Play selector! Pick India's 15 for the ICC World Cup
Before the selectors meet again to finalise the squad, you can take on the role and pick 15 players from the 30-member probables list you feel are best to represent the country at the 2015 World Cup.
Kohli to lead India in Adelaide Test
'We are expecting him (Dhoni) to be 100 percent in the next few days.'
December 07, 2014
Sri Lanka edge England to go 3-1 up in series
Kumar Sangakkara laid the foundation before Angelo Mathews completed a nervy chase as Sri Lanka beat England by six wickets in the fourth One-Day International.
Ranji round-up: Gambhir's century rescues Delhi on Day 1
Captain Gautam Gambhir led from the front with a gutsy century to lift Delhi to 260 for six at stumps on the first day of their opening Ranji Trophy match against Saurashtra
India determined to learn from past mistakes in Australia, says Rohit
Rohit Sharma says India are confident of putting up a good show in the first Test against Australia as past two weeks' stay in Adelaide and the two tour-games have helped them get familiar with the conditions.
Players barred from using India logo in domestic cricket
The Board of Control for Cricket in India has instructed match referees to ensure that none of the India players -- current or discarded -- sport the India logo either on their helmet or on their gear in domestic matches.
Lehmann's emotional email to Aussie players
Australian coach Darren Lehmann wrote an inspiring and emotional email to his players before what is sure to be a special first Test.
What Team India needs in Australia? Tough minds, tight techniques!
Former Australian cricketer Geoff Lawson feels India would need a combination of tight technique and tough minds to get the better of the Aussies.
Presenting, new and improved Cheteshwar Pujara!
Cheteshwar Pujara is confident that his scoring touch will return in the upcoming Test series against Australia in Adelaide.
Australia brace for emotional Test in Adelaide
The first Test Australia hosts against India this week is set to be fraught with conflicting emotions as players return to battle with a mixture of relief and apprehension after the tragic death of Phillip Hughes.
Embarrassment for Pak as Hafeez suspended for illegal bowling action
In a massive blow to Pakistan cricket, all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez was suspended by the ICC after his bowling action was found to be illegal.
Range of tributes to honour Hughes ahead of first Test
Cricket Australia will hold a range of tributes to honour the late Phillip Hughes.
Australia v India: Dhoni's captaincy under the microscope
Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be put through the wringer when the four-Test series starts in Adelaide.
December 06, 2014
Australia will win but by what margin is a question, says Chappell
However, the former Australia captain, admitted that a good start by the Indian batsmen might pose a threat to Australia.
First Look: Cricket legend Gavaskar meets Prime Minister Modi
Rajya Sabha member and celebrated batsman Sachin Tendulkar and spin legend Anil Kumble are among those who have called on the Indian Prime Minister.
Saurashtra happy to have Trivedi back after serving ban
Saurashtra's coach Shitanshu Kotak says what happened with pacer Siddharth Trivedi was basically an 'error of judgement'.
'I got recognition in Aus but couldn't live up to it the last time'
Ahead of the four-Test series against Australia, pacer Ishant Sharma says it is vital to learn from whatever India did right on past tours, focus on that and keep doing the same.
Dhoni might play opening Test against Australia, hints Dhawan
Opener Shikhar Dhawan stated that stand-in skipper Virat Kohli will have to wait a little more to lead the side given that Mahendra Singh Dhoni has arrived in time for the opening match.
Pakistan include suspended spinner Ajmal in World Cup squad
A PCB official said the suspended off-spinner has been named in the preliminary squad as he was in the process of correcting his action and would soon appear for an ICC biomechanics test.
Michael Clarke relieved of media duties ahead of Adelaide Test
Australian captain Michael Clarke,who has been under intense emotional stress after the passing away of his brother-like mate Phillip Hughes, has been relieved of addressing the customary press conference on Monday.
Australian players to wear No.408 as tribute to Phil Hughes
In a tribute to late Phillip Hughes, the Australian cricket team has decided to wear number 408, the Test debut number of the late batsman, under its national emblem during the first Test against India starting December 9.
'Adelaide Test will be the biggest mental battle for Australia'
An Australia team still mourning the tragic death of Phillip Hughes face the biggest mental battle of their careers in playing the first Test against India next week, according to former captain Ricky Ponting.
Dubai T20: New Zealand survive Afridi assault to level series
New Zealand survived Shahid Afridi's late onslaught to beat Pakistan by 17 runs in the second and final Twenty20 match to level the series 1-1.
'We want Michael Clarke out there leading our team in Adelaide'
Vice-captain Brad Haddin is hopeful of Michael Clarke leading the Australian outfit in the first Test against India starting December 9 after the hamstrung skipper reported to training at the Adelaide Oval.
'We're looking forward to playing the Test series against India'
Australia are looking forward to getting back into competitive cricket in the first Test against India next week in the wake of Phillip Hughes's tragic death, wicketkeeper Brad Haddin said on Saturday.
'The Aussies must play aggressive cricket but tone down sledging'
Former captain Allan Border wants the current team to play "hard-edged Australian brand of cricket" in the memory of Phillip Hughes but at the same time
December 05, 2014
Australia v India Tests: The score thus far...
As India go in to the four-match Test series against Australia that commences in Adelaide on Tuesday, here is a factbox.
Special Tribute: SCG retires pitch No 7 on which Hughes fell
Sydney Cricket Ground's pitch No 7, the 22-yard strip on which Phillip Hughes fell after being fatally struck by a bouncer on head, has been retired.
Australia's pacers show no signs of shying away from bouncers
Australia's cricketers returned to their aggressive brand of cricket in the aftermath of Phillip Hughes's death as they held their first training session in Adelaide since the tragedy.
Analysis: How Team India measures up going into Aus Test series
As India goes into the four-match Test series against Australia, which commences in Adelaide on Tuesday, an analysis of the team.
Hughes tragedy casts shadow over India-Australia series
India and Australia might be sworn enemies on the cricket field but the two nations have been united in mourning the death of Phillip Hughes.
Tour match: Indian batsmen fire in draw against CA XI
India's batsmen got a much-needed workout ahead of the Test series against Australia, putting up 375 runs in 90 overs, before their two-day tour game against Cricket Australia XI ended in a draw at the Glenelg Oval in Adelaide on Friday.
Kallis looking forward to assist KKR in new role
The South African legend will continue his association with the franchise in a different role -- that of mentor and batting consultant.
Meet the man behind '#putoutyourbats' campaign to Phil Hughes
Cricketers and fans around the world are paying tribute to Phillip Hughes via a social media campaign by leaving their cricket bats out and sharing a picture with the message #putoutyourbats on Twitter.
CA grateful to BCCI for their understanding, support
Touched by India's support in the aftermath of Phillip Hughes's death, Cricket Australia Director and former pacer Michael Kasprowicz has praised the visitors for being considerate in accepting the changed series schedule following the tragedy.
PCB wants ICC to delay Ajmal's biomechanic test
Within days of asking the International Cricket Council for dates to conduct the biomechanic tests on suspended spinner Saeed Ajmal, the Pakistan Cricket Board now wants the process to be delayed.
India may field World Cup team in tri-series
The tri-series in Australia, India's final ODI engagement before the World Cup, gets underway on January 16, says Chandresh Narayanan, casting a fascinating look at the survivors from earlier World Cups.
'First Test will play part in Australia players' healing process'
Former Australia cricket team captain Mark Taylor has said that next week's rescheduled first Test against India would allow the nation's grieving cricketers to start moving on from Phillip Hughes's shock passing.
Abbott to decide whether to return to SCG after Hughes shock
Sean Abbott alone will decide whether he wants to return to first class cricket at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday, two weeks after his short-pitched delivery felled Phillip Hughes at the same wicket, according to his state team.
Will hamstrung Clarke be fit in time for first Test?
'We'll get him batting tomorrow and see how he goes'
T20: Sarfraz guides Pakistan to victory over New Zealand
Pakistan opener Sarfraz Ahmed''s belligerent 76 not out secured a comprehensive seven-wicket victory against New Zealand in the first Twenty20 International in Dubai on Thursday.
Should bowlers refrain from bowling bouncers in India-Aus Test series?
Just to clear the air, the first ball of the game, each game, should just be a bouncer, reckons Merv Hughes.
December 04, 2014
'It's a positive sign that there're so many pacers to choose from'
Mohit Sharma is one of the nine fast bowlers among the 30-World Cup probables chosen and the Haryana pacer believes the plentiful options available in the pace department can only be good for Indian cricket.
'Tag of defending champions will put added responsibility on us'
Hoping to make the final cut after being named in the 30-man probables list for the 2015 World Cup, Karnataka batsman Robin Uthappa has said that he would love to open the innings for India.
'The World Cup probables was there at the back of my mind'
Manoj Tiwary is back in national contention with some impressive knocks in domestic cricket. His recent sequence of scores in the last five List A innings read as 57, 130, 56, 151 and 75 meant a call-up in the 30-man World Cup probables list was inevitable.
'Domestic performance considered while selecting WC probables'
Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Sanjay Patel defended the omission of five senior players who were part of the victorious 2011 squad from the 30-man World Cup probables, saying their performance in domestic was taken into account.
What's the point in naming so many spinners in the WC probables' list?
Considering that the tournament Down Under will be played on faster wickets, it's obvious that spinners are unlikely to play a significant role. In these circumstances, having one spinner in the playing eleven is the most one can expect, says Bikash Mohapatra.
The 11 World Cup winners we will miss in 2015
India's champions from the last edition who will be missed when the action commences in Australia-New Zealand next year.
England's Cook suspended from fourth ODI against Sri Lanka
England captain Alastair Cook has been handed a one-match suspension for a second slow over-rate offence within 12 months, the International Cricket Council said.
Meet the survivors of India's 2011 World Cup-winning squad
There were no surprises as the preliminary list of 30 Indian probables.
Yuvraj, Sehwag, Bhajji left out of World Cup probables
India's selectors went on expected lines, leaving out former champions while giving the nod to top performers in domestic circuit in the 30-man probables' list for the 2015 World Cup.
Tour match: Aaron grabs four as CA XI bowled out for 243
There was no toss and India were allowed to bowl first. The players and officials, wearing black armbands, observed a minute's silence before the start of the play.
'Expect tough cricket from Australia'
But former Pakistan pacer, Wasim Akram says it will be emotionally very demanding for the Australians to get back on the field.
'People want to see us get out there and beat the Indians'
Australia fast bowler Ryan Harris has declared himself a certain starter for the first Test against India but cannot say the same for all of his team mates a day after Phillip Hughes' funeral.
Ajmal fails to provide satisfactory results in informal test
Pakistan's off-spinner Saeed Ajmal failed to provide satisfactory results in an informal biomechanic test in light of his bowling ban, which has reportedly prompted the Pakistan Cricket Board to go on the back-foot to apply for his reassessment.
Shaun Marsh in squad for India first Test; Clarke's fitness under cloud
Australia have called batsman Shaun Marsh into their squad for the opening Test of the four-match series against India, which was pushed back to next week after the death of Phillip Hughes.
Australia coach Lehmann calls team to muster courage for first Test
'We hope the boys can find the inner strength to play the game in the way Phillip would have wanted in Adelaide'
Beware! Match-fixing is criminalised in New Zealand
Match-fixing bill passed unanimously and a match-fixer in New Zealand could face up to seven years in prison.
Buttler, Root guide England to victory over Sri Lanka
England nearly wasted a flying start before eking out a five-wicket victory in the rain-shortened third one-day international against Sri Lanka in Hambantota on Wednesday.
December 03, 2014
Tiwary, Dinda steer East Zone to Deodhar title
Manoj Tiwary led from the front with a sparkling half-century and veteran pacer Ashok Dinda claimed four wickets as East Zone outclassed West by 24 runs to win the Deodhar Trophy Zonal One-Day Tournament, in Mumbai, on Wednesday.
Channel Nine TV gives Abbott 'respect' in funeral service
In what probably would have been the toughest day for Sean Abbott, whose bouncer was responsible for batsman Phillip Hughes's death, the media respected the pacer's sentiments by maintaining a distance.
Tendulkar, Kumble salute Hughes
Former India skipper Anil Kumble also honoured the late cricketer.
Pakistan, New Zealand dedicate T20 trophy to Hughes
The trophy for their two Twenty20 matches in the Dubai, starting Thursday, is being dedicated in memory of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes, who died last week after being hit on the head by a bouncer during a domestic match.
Will Yuvraj, Sehwag make the cut in India's 30 WC probables?
A few proven, but currently out-of-form, cricketers are likely to get the nod when the national selectors draw up a list of 30 Indian probables for the upcoming World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in Mumbai on Thursday.
Fans throng cricket stadia across Australia to bid Hughes farewell
It was, though, his fighting attitude -- encapsulated by his desire to reclaim his spot in the Australia Test team after being dropped several times -- that meant he was remembered so fondly by many of the hundreds of mourners at the SGC.
Eulogies flow as Phillip Hughes takes long walk back 'home'
As late Australia cricketer Phillip Hughes made his final journey in this world, cricketers, politicians and family members paid homage to the Sydney batsman.
PHOTOS: Australia mourns with family as Phillip Hughes laid to rest
Australia bid an emotional farewell to cricketer Phillip Hughes at a funeral in his hometown on Wednesday with a live coast-to-coast broadcast allowing a nation to unite in celebration and remembrance of the life of a sportsman cut down in his prime.
PM Modi pays tribute to Aus batsman Hughes
"Heart-rending funeral in Australia. Phil Hughes, we will miss you. Your game & exuberance won you fans all over! RIP," Modi tweeted as thousands gathered in Hughes's home town of Macksville to bid farewell to the batsman.
Clarke pays haunting homage to 'brother' Hughes
Australia captain Michael Clarke urged mourners to "dig in and get through to tea" as he choked back tears in an emotional eulogy delivered to Phillip Hughes at the cricketer's funeral in Macksville, New South Wales, on Wednesday.
Australia's final goodbye to Hughes in hometown funeral
The funeral of Australian Test cricketer Phillip Hughes began to the strains of a song entitled "Forever Young" in his home town on Wednesday as a nation united to celebrate the life of a sportsman cut down in his prime.
'Rescheduling of the Australia-India Test series was not perfect'
Cricket Australia chief Executive James Sutherland has admitted that the re-scheduling of the four-match Test series between India and Australia after the tragic demise of batsman Phil Hughes was "not perfect" but hopes that people will understand the "big picture".
December 02, 2014
India has the team to retain the World Cup: Sehwag
The former opening batsman picked India, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand as the four semi-finalists in the upcoming tournament Down Under.
Struggling Sehwag still hopeful of playing in 2015 World Cup
Despite a poor run in domestic cricket the dashing opener believes he is in contention for a place among India's 30 probables for next year's World Cup.
Clarke, Finch to be pall-bearers at Hughes's funeral
Australia Test skipper Michael Clarke, opener Aaron Finch and South Australia's Tom Cooper are among eight pall-bearers, which includes Phil Hughes's dad Greg, brother Jason and locals Corey Ireland, Mitchell Lonergan and Matthew Day, for the late cricketer's funeral in Macksville on Wednesday afternoon.
ICC ODI rankings: Dhoni, Bhuvneshwar lose ground
The latest ICC ODI batsmen rankings have mixed news for India. Virat Kohli remains second while captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni slipped a place to ninth, even as India maintain the second spot in the team standings.
No fun in cricket if bouncers are banned, says Sehwag
Former India opener Virender Sehwag says bowlers will lose a weapon if bouncers are banned.
ICC names match officials for World Cup 2015
The International Cricket Council has named four World Cup winners in a 25-member match officials' team for Cricket World Cup 2015, which will be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand from February 14 to March 29. The team includes five officials from the elite panel of ICC match referees, 12 umpires from the elite panel of ICC umpires and eight umpires from the international panel of ICC umpires.
South African pacer Rababa gets Test call-up for Windies series
South Africa have named teenage speedster Kagiso Rabada in a 14-man squad for their three-match home Test series against West Indies, Cricket South Africa announced on Tuesday.
Australia tour: Triangular ODI series schedule tweaked to give India rest
India will take on Australia in the second ODI of the tri-series, also involving England, on January 18, after Cricket Australia decided to swap the first two matches to give appropriate recovery time to the Indian players following the rescheduling of the four-Test series.
Recuperating Dhoni likely to join team in Adelaide
Meanwhile, Australia skipper Michael Clarke, who was entangled in a war of words with Cricket Australia over his availability, is still a doubtful starter for the first Test following question marks over his fitness.
Smith to replace injured Gayle for Windies tour of South Africa
Opening batsman Chris Gayle is out of this month's West Indies tour of South Africa because of injury, with Devon Smith called up to replace him.
CA putting no pressure on Australian players for Adelaide Test
Cricket Australia will be understanding of players who feel uncomfortable about playing in the wake of the death of Phillip Hughes when the rescheduled India Test series starts next week, chief executive James Sutherland said on Tuesday.
IPL spot-fixing case: 'Make Mudgal report public'
Bihar Cricket Association (BCA) secretary Aditya Verma, who is the petitioner in the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing case, on Monday, termed the efforts by the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) to shield its former president Narayanaswami Srinivasan and other involved officials in the ongoing case as 'unfortunate'.
December 01, 2014
ICC says clampdown on bouncers unlikely despite Hughes' demise
International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive David Richardson revealed that a clampdown down on bouncers is unlikely despite the passing of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes last Thursday.
Bangladesh's Taijul grabs hat-trick on debut in Zimbabwe rout
Left-arm spinner Taijul Islam became the first cricketer to claim a hat-trick on his debut in a One-day International as he set up a five-wicket victory for Bangladesh over Zimbabwe on Monday.
Post Hughes' demise, Martin Crowe recalls near misses in career
New Zealand Test cricket legend Martin Crowe has recalled all the near misses he experienced during his career that included 77 Test matches in light of the passing of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes.
'Playing for India teaches you to play under pressure'
Axar Patel, who grabbed attention with his effective left-arm spin bowling for India in the recent ODI series against Sri Lanka, today insisted he was a batsman who could bowl.
Yadav, Patel take West past South in Deodhar semi-final
Defending champions West Zone rode on gritty half centuries from Suryakumar Yadav and Axar Patel to scramble past South Zone by two wickets and enter the Deodhar Trophy final, in Mumbai, on Monday. Chasing an imposing 315 for victory in the second semi-final at the Wankhede stadium, West were struggling at 174 for 6 before Yadav (80 off 56 balls, 4 sixes, 7 fours) and No. 8 batsman Patel (64 not out off 38 balls) put together a match-winning stand of 70 runs off 76 balls that saw the hosts home with 17 balls to spare.
Read the most heartfelt tribute to Phillip Hughes...
Late Australian batsman Phillip Hughes's closest friend has posted what might be the most touching tribute for the deceased cricketer.
Srinivasan says he consulted Pawar before buying CSK
Narayanswami Srinivasan told the Supreme Court on Monday that he is not at fault in the conflict of interest issue, as he had consulted former Board of Control for Cricket in India president Sharad Pawar before buying the Chennai Super Kings franchise in 2008.
Why should I ask Dhoni to resign: Srinivasan
Refusing to speak about Mahendra Singh Dhoni's role in his company, India Cements, Narayanaswami Srinivasan, the Board of Control for Cricket in India's president-in-exile, made it clear that India's captain would not be asked to resign despite questions about conflict of interest being raised against him.
Australia v India Test dates moved; first match in Adelaide
Adelaide, which was due to host the second Test from December 12-16, will now host the series opener from December 9-13, in what is sure to be a highly emotional occasion.
Supreme Court to resume hearing of IPL spot-fixing case on Monday
The Supreme Court will resume its hearing of the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing case on Monday.
Vettori delays Test retirement announcement
Record-breaking New Zealand cricketer Daniel Vettori has said that the timing is not right to officially announce his retirement from Test cricket, in light of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes' tragic death.
Touching tribute to Hughes: Local batsman sacrifices record
A batsman in a club match in Victoria has paid a touching tribute to Phillip Hughes by deciding to sacrifice breaking a long-standing record.
India to remain in Adelaide, first Test rescheduled to Dec 9
Cricket Australia and the Indian board (BCCI) remain in discussions over the future of the first Test between the two countries that was supposed to have started on Thursday in Brisbane.
Young Williamson to captain NZ in Pakistan ODIs, T20s
Batsman Kane Williamson has been given the opportunity to flex his captaincy credentials after being named to lead New Zealand in their one-day international and Twenty20 series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.
November 30, 2014
Phillip Hughes to be 63 not out forever
Phillip Hughes will forever be 63 not out after Cricket Australia (CA) adjusted the scorecard of his final match as a mark of respect for the promising cricketer who lost his life following a freak injury on the field.
Umar Gul recalled for Pakistan's ODI squad
Experienced pace bowler Umar Gul has been recalled to Pakistan's squad for the limited over series against New Zealand after struggling with a knee problem since last year.
ICC says clampdown on bouncers unlikely
A clampdown down on bouncers is unlikely despite the death of Australian Phillip Hughes this week, International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive David Richardson said on Sunday.
'I wish to get a longer stint in the Indian team'
He has been in and out of the team for some time now but Manoj Tiwary is hopeful that his consistent performances in domestic cricket will help him get a longer rope with the Indian team.
Boult takes four as New Zealand level series
Paceman Trent Boult took four wickets as New Zealand beat Pakistan by an innings and 80 runs to win the third and final Test within four days and level the series 1-1.
Tiwary's 151 guides East into Deodhar final
Skipper Manoj Tiwary continued his blazing form in domestic competitions with a magnificent 151 that powered East Zone to a comfortable 52-run win over North in the Deodhar Trophy semi-final in Mumbai.
'It'd make for no contest if bouncers were ruled out of cricket'
South African pace legend Allan Donald has called on cricket bosses not to consider banning bouncers as they revisit safety in the sport in the wake of the tragic death of Australian cricketer Philip Hughes.
Hughes' adopted home town of Adelaide to host first Test
The first Test between India and Australia may be shifted from Brisbane to Adelaide, the adopted home town of Phillip Hughes, providing both teams more time to come to terms with the tragic death of the cricketer who was to turn 26.
'I am a better man for having known Phil Hughes my brother'
Devastated by his tragic death, Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke has penned a poignant birthday tribute to Phillip Hughes, saying that the late batsman was like a little brother who helped him become a better man.
'No one blames Sean Abbott in any way for what has happened'
Australian skipper Michael Clarke has offered his full support to distraught bowler Sean Abbott, whose unfortunate bouncer led to the tragic death of young
'The cricket at Gabba won't be played with the usual intensity'
Phillip Hughes' death after being hit by a bouncer has left Ian Chappell shocked like most of the cricket world and the former Australian captain feels his
November 29, 2014
Cook should be dropped as England's ODI captain: Botham
Alastair Cook should be dropped as England's One-Day International captain after presiding over another "flat and tedious" display in an eight-wicket defeat by Sri Lanka on Saturday, according to former all-rounder Ian Botham.
Australia vs India first Test in Brisbane may be cancelled
With the cricket world still mourning the tragic death of Phillip Hughes, the first Test between India and Australia next week was on Saturday put off to an unspecified date and might even be cancelled to pay homage to the young batsman.
Now, an Israeli umpire killed after being hit by a ball
One of the players who witnessed the incident told the Nana10 website that the umpire, standing at the bowler's end, was struck by the ball in his face after it ricocheted off the stumps from a shot that came straight back down the pitch.
Aparajith's century helps South whip Central to enter Deodhar semis
Riding on Baba Aparajith's splendid century, South Zone crushed a hapless Central Zone by 116 runs with 13.3 overs to storm into the Deodhar Trophy semi-finals at the Wankhede Stadium, in Mumbai, on Saturday.
McCullum blasts double century to put New Zealand in control
Captain Brendon McCullum's blistering double hundred and a record 297-run stand with centurion Kane Williamson put New Zealand firmly in control of the third and final Test against Pakistan in Sharjah on Saturday.
Fast bowlers never use bouncers to hurt anyone, says Irfan Pathan
Former India pacer Irfan Pathan says the death of Australian batsman Phil Hughes may have come as a big shock, but fast bowlers never use bouncers to deliberately hurt anyone.
Clinical Sri Lanka thrash feeble England; take 2-0 lead
Sri Lanka's bowlers bundled out England for 185 before the hosts chased down the target with eight wickets to spare in the rain-hit second One-day international on Saturday to take a 2-0 lead in the seven-match series.
When Ponting saw streak of Gilchrist in Hughes...
Ponting said that he has never been more impressed by a young cricketer than Hughes.
Phil Hughes' funeral on December 3
The Hughes family also confirmed funeral arrangements will take place on December3 in their home town of Macksville in northern New South Wales.
Australia v India: First Test rescheduled
The first Test between India and Australia will be rescheduled, as three senior cricketers of the home side -- Shane Watson, David Warner and Brad Haddin -- are among those who have said that they are not in perfect state of mind to return to competitive cricket.
The game must go on but...
Trying to focus everyone's attention on playing a game of cricket when one of their best mates has passed away will be almost impossible.
In Photos: England and Sri Lanka pay tribute to Hughes
England captain Alastair Cook and Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews also joined in to pay their respects to Phillip Hughes.
Time will help cricketers to deal with Hughes tragedy
Cricketers at the elite level will simply need time to process the death of Phillip Hughes before they would be able to play again, according to a psychologist who works with New Zealand's high performance athletes.
'We discussed calling off Sharjah Test'
The New Zealand team struggled to cope with the death of Australia's Phillip Hughes and discussed calling the match off before playing the delayed second day of the third Test against Pakistan, said coach Mike Hesson.
Clarke breaks down repeatedly as he pays tribute to Hughes
Captain Michael Clarke gave a graphic illustration of the raw emotions of the Australia team when he broke down repeatedly while paying tribute to former team mate Phillip Hughes on Saturday.
November 28, 2014
Brisbane Test set to be rescheduled; Australian players not ready
The first Test between India and Australia is all set to be rescheduled as three of the senior cricketers in Shane Watson, David Warner and Brad Haddin are amongst those who have already said that they are not in perfect state of mind to return to competitive cricket.
Tendulkar, Rahane join #putoutyourbats tribute to Phil Hughes
Cricketers and fans around the world are paying tribute to Phillip Hughes via a social media campaign by leaving their cricket bats out and sharing a picture with the message #putoutyourbats on Twitter.
McCullum mauls Pakistan after Mark Craig bags seven wkts
Captain Brendon McCullum's blazing century gave New Zealand a brisk start on the second day of the third and final Test against Pakistan in Sharjah as the death of Australian Phillip Hughes continued to cast a gloomy shadow over the match.
Sri Lanka, England to play 2nd ODI as scheduled
Sri Lanka and England will go ahead with their second one-day international as scheduled following the death of Australia batsman Phillip Hughes.
Hughes Tragedy: Old foes India and Australia come closer
India and Australia might be sworn enemies on the cricket field but the two nations have been united in mourning the shocking death of Phillip Hughes.
Attention on helmets after Hughes tragedy
A week ago, cricket was considered one of the safest games in the world, a sport that anyone can play without any real fear for their safety.
Hughes to be honoured with State memorial service at SCG
Cricket Australia and Cricket New South Wales have supported NSW Premier Mike Baird's announcement of a State Memorial Service for Phillip Hughes, who passed away on Thursday.
'It'll be best for the players if they play the Brisbane Test'
Former skippers Ian Chappell and Mark Taylor feel next week's first Test between India and Australia in Brisbane should go ahead as it would help the cricketers and the fans to come out and share the mourning of the loss of Phillip Hughes.
RIP Phil Hughes but bouncers here to stay
Despite the death of Mitchell Johnson's former team mate Phillip Hughes, the likelihood is he will unleash a similar barrage on India should the first Test go ahead.
Hughes tragedy: Untimely death not experienced since Ayrton Senna's
Cricket scoreboards around the world carried tributes to Australian batsman Phillip Hughes on Friday, while condolence messages flooded social media as the sporting world reacted to an untimely death not experienced since Ayrton Senna's in 1994.
Abbott receives support from Hughes's family
People do not associate cricket with death and the shock loss of Phillip Hughes, against all rational expectation, will be the hardest thing for bowler Sean Abbott to deal with, according to trauma experts.
Australian media 'share nation's agony on cricket's saddest day'
As the entire Australia mourned the death of Phillip Hughes, the front pages of all the national dailies on Friday paid rich tribute to the young batsman, who succumbed to his head injuries yesterday that he sustained during a domestic match.
Team India mourns Phil Hughes's passing
The Board of Control for Cricket in India, in a statement on Thursday, mourned the death of Australia cricketer Phil Hughes.
Hughes mourned, Australia to launch immediate safety review
Australia's cricket board will launch an 'immediate' review into player safety in the wake of Phillip Hughes' death, as the global cricket community mourned on Friday.
Good news for Ajmal as his off-spinners declared legitimate
The Pakistan spinner's 'doosra' however has still not received a nod of approval from lab testers
My perseverance has seen the IPL spot-fixing case get this far: Modi
Terming the BCCI as 'mafia run and backed', Modi also said that with this judgement, the global cleanup of the game has begun.
Australia say too early to decide if India Test will be played
Emotions were still too raw in the wake of the death of Phillip Hughes to make a decision on whether to go ahead with next week's first Test against India, Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said on Friday.
November 27, 2014
Use lighter bats to negotiate bouncers: Prasanna
Paying condolences to Phillip Hughes, who died two days after he was struck on the head during a domestic match in Sydney, Indian spin wizard Erapalli Prasanna advocated use of lighter bats to negotiate bouncers.
Grief-stricken Michael Clarke shows true off-field leadership
Long called upon to rescue his team from treacherous situations, Australia captain Michael Clarke could do little to save his close friend Phillip Hughes, but bore his grief quietly in a vital supporting role for his "little brother's" family.
Srinivasan, CSK face bleak future after Supreme Court rap
Uncertainty over the possibility of Board of Control for Cricket in India's president-in-exile Narayanaswami Srinivasan making a comeback and the survival of the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League deepened on Thursday as Supreme Court threw suggestions whether those named in the Mudgal Committee could be kept out of the BCCI elections and whether the CSK franchise could be scrapped.
A sport left heartbroken by death of Hughes
A game that is synonymous with the values of fair play and sportsmanship was left heartbroken at the loss of one its favourite sons, a kid from a banana plantation who dared to dream big.
ICC sanctions Dilshan, Perera for disciplinary breaches
Sri Lanka cricketers Tillakaratne Dilshan and Thisara Perera have been fined and reprimanded for disciplinary breaches during the first one-day international against England, the International Cricket Council said on Thursday.
Some not comfortable about playing with Aamir: PCB chief
The chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Shaharyar Khan has revealed that some players in the national cricket team are not keen on playing with banned pacer Mohammad Aamir again.
Hughes's death sad and unfortunate, says Contractor
'I, for one, never even thought after the advent of the helmet that this could happen. But accidents do take place and this is one of them,' said former India captain Nari Contractor, who survived a near-fatal skull injury after being hit by a fast delivery in the West Indies five decades ago, reacting to Phillip Hughes's death.
'Helmets give batsmen a false sense of security'
'Helmets have made batsmen feel safe in the belief that they cannot be hurt and made batsmen more carefree and careless.'
Gavaskar feels India, Aus players not in right frame of mind for first Test
Phillip Hughes's sad demise barely a week before the first India and Australia Test has put a question mark over the series opener and batting great Sunil Gavaskar feels the onus is on the cricket boards of the two countries to decide whether to call off the match or not.
Hughes's death hard to digest for India's survivor
More than five decades after his near-fatal head injury in the Caribbean, former India captain Nari Contractor could not believe Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes lost his life despite wearing a helmet.
Obituary: Phil Hughes, a kid from the bush who made it to the top
Phil Hughes, who died on Thursday aged 25, will forever be remembered as one of Australian cricket's free spirits.
When a fractured cheekbone proved to be lucky escape
Pakistan Test opener Ahmed Shehzad knows he had a lucky escape when a short-pitched ball cracked his cheekbone earlier this month and says he 'froze' when he heard the news of Australian batsman Phil Hughes' death on Thursday.
Incredibly rare condition gave little chance of Hughes's survival
The death of Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes was caused by a 'freakish accident' that gave the 25-year-old international batsman little chance of survival, his doctors said on Thursday.
Phillip Hughes: A summary of what was a promising career
Here is a fact-box on Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes, who died on Thursday. He was 25.
Phillip Hughes' career in numbers
Here is a record of Phillip Hughes' playing statistics.
Persons named in Mudgal report will not contest BCCI elections: SC
The Supreme Court on Thursday proposed that the Board of Control for Cricket in India elections can be held next month but the people named in the Justice Mudgal Commission report, which probed the betting and spot-fixing in the sixth edition of Indian Premier League in 2013, must be kept out.
Sad day for cricket: Tendulkar, Kohli react to Hughes's death
The cricket fraternity from across the globe reacted with shock and sadness at the sad demise of Australian batsman Philip Hughes.
Supreme Court demands termination of CSK; unhappy with Dhoni's dual role
The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the suspended chief of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, Narayanaswami Srinivasan, "who really owns" Indian Premier League franchise Chennai Super Kings. It also expressed his displeasure over India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni holding important position in Srinivasan's India Cements, saying the "dual role is a matter of concern."
New Zealand v Pakistan suspended after Hughes dies
Play was called off in the third Test between Pakistan and New Zealand in Sharjah on Thursday following the death of Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes.
India's tour match called off, first Test against Australia doubtful
The shocking death of batsman Phillip Hughes on Thursday has cast doubts on whether the first Test between Australia and India will go ahead in Brisbane next week.
Cricketing world in shock over Phil Hughes's death
Cricketing world in shock over Phil Hughes' death.
Timeline: How Phillip Hughes met with his fate
Here is a how the late Phillip Hughes fought for his life after the fatal knock on the head during a domestic match on Tuesday...
Distraught Abbott being monitored after Hughes death
The cricketing community has rallied behind New South Wales all-rounder Sean Abbott whose bouncer struck Phillip Hughes.
Australia cricketer Phillip Hughes succumbs to head injury
Australian cricketer Phil Hughes died in a Sydney hospital on Thursday, two days after being hit on the head during a domestic match on Tuesday.
Day 3, Hughes injury update: Fight for dear life continues
Australia cricketer Phillip Hughes remains in an induced coma on Thursday after spending a second night in a Sydney, with the local ambulance service now under scrutiny for their response to the accident.
'That Twitter parody account hurt KP more than anything else'
Former Essex player Ian Pont, who is now engaged in coaching Indian bowlers in Bangalore, shares his views on the fallout-out from the Kevin Pietersen's tell-all book with Rediff.com's .
Hughes blow takes 'lucky' Chatfield back in time
Phillip Hughes' fight for survival from a severe head injury has prompted a wave of sympathy across the globe, not least from former New Zealand cricketer Ewen Chatfield, who was nearly killed by a fast delivery in the 1970s.
Colombo ODI: England fall short by 25 runs despite Moeen ton
A magnificent century by Moeen Ali proved in vain as England suffered a 25-run defeat to Sri Lanka in the first of seven one-day internationals on Wednesday.
November 26, 2014
Bangladesh seal Zimbabwe series with big win
Opening batsman Anamul Haque top-scored with 95 as Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe by 124 runs in the third One-day International to wrap up the five-match series.
Pakistan on top as Hafeez nears maiden double ton
Mohammad Hafeez continued his rich vein of form and closed in on his maiden double hundred in Tests as Pakistan reached 281 for three against New Zealand at the close on the first day of the third and final Test on Wednesday.
All eyes on Indian pacers ahead of first Australia Test
The Indian pace attack is getting much attention Down Under, with Varun Aaron being singled out for special praise by Australian cricketers. They feel the youngster's biggest assets - pace and bounce - have troubled the visitors on previous tours Down Under.
'Million Dollar Bat' offers Americans a dream chance to join IPL
When Rinku Singh won the Million Dollar Arm show in 2008, the Indians' 'Great American Dream' of playing professional baseball became a reality and now the promoters of that very contest want Americans to realise the 'Great Indian Dream' of playing in cash-rich Indian Premier League T20 cricket tournament.
Harbhajan targets return to Team India for 2015 World Cup
Fresh from leading Punjab to the runners up finish in the Vijay Hazare One-Day tournament, out-of-favour Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh is happy with his own showing in the domestic circuit and is keen to make a comeback into the Indian team for the 50-overs World Cup next year.
Fast bowlers rush to Abbott's defence after Hughes blow
As the global cricket community prays for Australia cricketer Phillip Hughes' recovery from a severe head injury, fast bowlers rushed to the defence of Sean Abbott, whose short-pitched ball struck the batsman and left him fighting for his life.
PCB to seek proper feedback on Aamir's return to cricket
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan has made it clear that he would seek proper feedback before taking any decision on banned pacer Mohammad Aamir's return to the national team.
Batsmen always face an element of risk: Lara
The injury that left Australian batsman Phillip Hughes in a critical condition in hospital was a "rare" event but a reminder that cricket has always been a dangerous sport, West Indies batting great Brian Lara said on Wednesday.
Older model helmet did Hughes in, claims manufacturer
Australia cricketer Phillip Hughes was wearing an older model helmet when he suffered a serious head injury on Tuesday and the latest version released about a year ago might have offered better protection, the equipment manufacturer has said.
Australia batsman Hughes continues to fight for life
Australia cricketer Phillip Hughes remains in an induced coma after undergoing emergency surgery on Tuesday when he was struck in the head by a bouncer, a devastating blow that experts likened to the trauma experienced by car crash victims.
November 25, 2014
Tendulkar's autobiography crosses a record 200,000 copies
Sachin Tendulkar's autobiography Playing It My Way saw its launch in the national capital today as the event celebrated the book's crossing a record 200,000 copies.
Karnataka thrash Punjab by 156 runs, defend Vijay Hazare title
Karnataka defended their title in grand style after their top-order led by centurion Mayank Agarwal rose to the occasion to crush a hapless Punjab by 156 runs in the Vijay Hazare one-day tournament final in Ahmedabad on Tuesday.
'Why is BCCI afraid of making Mudgal report public?'
The Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) on Tuesday urged the Supreme Court to make public the findings of the Justice Mukul Mudgal Commission, which probed the spot-fixing and betting scandal in the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League in 2013.
Meiyappan's role in IPL scam is like insider trading: SC
The Supreme Court on Tuesday said Narayanaswami Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan's role in the Indian Premier League betting and spot-fixing scandal seems like "insider trading" and agreed to hear a plea to make public the names of cricketers who were mentioned in the Justice Mudgal Committee report.
10 critical injuries on the cricket field
Injuries of varying proportions have occurred on the cricket field, some fatal while others life altering. Rediff.com gives you a lowdown of 10 most critical injuries in cricket.
Shocked players to be counselled following Hughes's nasty head blow
Traumatised players from the New South Wales and South Australia teams are being offered counselling after batsman Phillip Hughes was taken to hospital following a shocking head injury that needed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and surgery.
Profile: Decoding the headstrong maverick that's Phil Hughes
A pugnacious left-hander brimming with self-confidence, he has been in an out of the Australian national team for the past five years.
Cricket world in shock over Phil Hughes's head injury
Australian sport was reeling in shock after Phillip Hughes suffered a serious head injury while batting in a domestic cricket match on Tuesday.
Indian batsmen sparkle in drawn match vs Cricket Australia XI
India's Australia tour started on a positive note, following a commendable all-round display against Cricket Australia XI, as the two-day practice match ended in a draw in Adelaide on Tuesday.
Australia's Hughes 'critical'; undergoes surgery after bouncer blow to head
Australia batsman Phillip Hughes remained in critical condition in a Sydney hospital on Tuesday after undergoing emergency surgery for a sickening head injury sustained when struck by a ball during a domestic match.
Vettori could make surprise return for NZ
Former New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori could make a surprise return to the Test arena as coach Mike Hesson considers taking three spinners into the deciding clash with Pakistan in Sharjah which starts on Wednesday.
Captain Clarke set to miss 1st Test versus India
A bizarre standoff between Michael Clarke and selectors over the Australia captain's hopes of playing the first Test against India next week remained unresolved on Tuesday after the nation's cricket board dug in its heels.
November 24, 2014
I am financing Verma's petition against Srinivasan: Modi
Suspended IPL commissioner Lalit Modi has created a flutter by claiming that he was financing Aditya Verma's petition against BCCI President-in-exile N
Don't go by the report that you are not involved, SC tells Srinivasan
Putting a spanner on Narayanaswami Srinivasan's bid to get reinstated as president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, the Supreme Court on Monday said it will look into the 'conflict of interest' issue arising from him being head of the board and owning an IPL team whose official was found to be involved in betting.
ICC lauds Harbhajan for 'adapting action and bowling legally'
ICC CEO David Richardson lauded Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh for correcting his bowling action after being called twice in his career and making it absolutely legal, insisting that there's no conspiracy in the timing on the crackdown of illegal actions.
How ICC plans to keep match-fixers away from 2015 World Cup
Promising a corruption-free World Cup, the International Cricket Council on Monday said it has struck partnerships with law enforcement agencies in Australia and New Zealand in its endeavour to prevent bookies from associating with the players.
Amir's return to cricket will take some time, says ICC
Acknowledging the receipt of Pakistan Cricket Board's request letter for tainted pacer Mohammad Amir's early return to cricket, International Cricket Council chief executive officer Dave Richardson on Monday said that the international body has taken note of the issue but the matter will take some time to get resolved.
Tendulkar refuses comment on Mudgal Committee report
Sachin Tendulkar refused to comment on the findings of Justice Mudgal Committee report which probed into the spot-fixing and betting scandal in the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League in 2013, saying that it would be improper for him to say anything on the issue as Supreme Court is hearing the case.
SC slams Srinivasan for conflict of interest in IPL, says it is serious issue
The Supreme Court on Monday slammed the Board of Control for Cricket in India over the spot-fixing scandal in the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League and also questioned the return of Narayanswami Srinivasan as its president.
ODI Rankings: Kohli at No 2, Bhuvneshwar moves up to 7th
Top India batsman Virat Kohli has maintained his second position in the latest ICC batsmen rankings while medium pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar has moved up a place to be seventh in the bowlers' standings.
Aaron impresses as India make bright start in tour match vs CA XI
India's fast bowlers led by Varun Aaron made full use of the seamer-friendly conditions, as they dismissed an inexperienced Cricket Australia XI for 219 on Day 1 of their opening two-day warm-up match in Adelaide, on Monday.
Clarke in team for first Test vs India, but must prove fitness
Australia have named Michael Clarke in a 12-man squad for the first Test against India starting in Brisbane next week, but the hamstrung captain must prove his fitness in a tour match starting on Friday.
November 23, 2014
Karnataka pip Bengal to set up title clash with Punjab
Abhimanyu Mithun's brilliant bowling at death enabled defending champions Karnataka to edge out Bengal by six runs in a thrilling semi-final of the National One Day Championship for the Vijay Hazare Trophy, in Ahmedabad.
Australia topples India from number one ODI ranking
Australia dethroned India from the top position of the Reliance ICC ODI Team Rankings after its 4-1 victory over South Africa in the five-match series which concluded in Sydney.
Rasool aims to secure a place in World Cup squad
Jammu and Kashmir's star cricketer Parvez Rasool says he his immediate target is to earn a berth in the Indian team for next year's ODI World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
Australia scramble to victory, reclaim number one ranking
Australia scrambled over the line for a two-wicket victory in the fifth one-day international against South Africa on Sunday to move back to the top of the world rankings less than three months before the World Cup.
We should be allowed back: Asif
Disgraced Pakistan pacer Mohammad Asif is anguished and disappointed that some former cricketers are against the idea of letting players banned for spot-fixing return to the game after being reformed and rehabilitated.
When burnt out Haddin thought of quitting
He could be leading Australia against India in the upcoming Test series if Michael Clarke fails to recover in time from injury but Brad Haddin himself felt so drained physically and mentally not too long back that he contemplated quitting cricket.
Sydney club declare at 17-0 to give Aus captain Clarke batting time
Michael Clarke's Sydney cricket club is being probed for declaring at 17-0 during a local game on Sunday and claiming it was to boost the injured Australian captain's chances of batting time before the first Test against India next month.
Aus not as good as it used to be, India have a chance to win: Azhar
India's stand-in-captain Virat Kohli is facing baptism by fire in the first Test against Australia in Brisbane next month, but former Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin feels the result of this one match should not be the basis for passing a judgement on his leadership skills.
Team mates will determine success of my captaincy: Kohli
Virat Kohli says his team mates will determine the success or otherwise of his captaincy when he takes charge of India in place of Mahendra Singh Dhoni for the first Test against Australia next month.
November 22, 2014
'I am not happy with India's schedule ahead of the first Test'
Not really impressed with the preparation that India will have going into the Test series against Australia, former captain Sourav Ganguly has said a couple of two-day practice games are just not enough.
'I have no doubt that India will defend the World Cup title'
For batting legend VVS Laxman there are no clear favourites for next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, but he feels India will surely enjoy an "advantage" having spent a considerable amount of time Down Under before the mega-event.
We've got to stop airing our laundry in public: Lara
Sympathising with the West Indies players for their India tour pull-out after a fallout with the West Indies Cricket Board, Brian Lara said that communication between the players' and the board is key and it's time to stop making internal issues a public matter.
In Clarke's absence, Steve Smith must lead against India, say Aussie greats
As serious doubts remain over Michael Clarke's participation in the first Test against India, Steven Smith is being seen by many as a front-runner to lead Australia in the regular skipper's absence.
November 21, 2014
BCCI awards: Vengsarkar, Bhuvneshwar and Rohit Sharma honoured
Dilip Vengsarkar has received the prestigious BCCI-instituted Col. C K Nayudu Lifetime achievement award for his contribution to Indian cricket.
Sangakkara asked to review retirement: Reports
Sri Lankan veteran Kumar Sangakkara has been asked to review his retirement plans after he had told national selectors in April of hanging up his boots post the 2015 World Cup in Australia.
Pakistan hold firm to draw second Test
A defiant fifth-wicket stand of 74 between Younis Khan and Asad Shafiq ensured Pakistan secured a draw in the second Test against New Zealand on Friday to maintain a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
Priority in Australia is to be positive and aggressive: Kohli
Virat Kohli is a confident man ahead of his first match as India's Test captain. On the eve of the Indian squad's departure for Australia on Friday, he declared that his players are mentally ready to cope with whatever comes their way Down Under.
When Laxman was bowled at MCG by Modi's speech
The Australians found it difficult to breach VVS Laxman's defence during his playing days but on the same soil, it was Narendra Modi's speech that 'bowled' him over and he is confident that young India will achieve success under the Prime Minister's able leadership.
Srinivasan seeks reinstatement as BCCI President
N Srinivasan moved the Supreme Court seeking his reinstatement as BCCI President contending that there was "absolutely nothing" in the Justice Mukul Mudgal Committee report "incriminating" him in the IPL6 scam.
'Team India not among front-runners for 2015 World Cup'
Title holders India are not among the front-runners to win the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, feels former Black Caps captain Stephen Fleming.
Manish Pandey steers Karnataka to Hazare Trophy semis
Manish Pandey continued his good form in the limited-overs' format, scoring an unbeaten 99 as defending champions Karnataka beat Mumbai by four wickets to enter the semi-finals of the National One-Day Championship, for the Vijay Hazare Trophy, in Vadodara, on Friday.
Steve Smith hundred takes Australia past South Africa in 4th ODI
Steve Smith smashed a brilliant century to lead Australia to a series-clinching three-wicket win over South Africa in their fourth one-day international on Friday. Smith hit a career-best ODI total of 104 from 112 deliveries as the Australians passed South Africa's 267-8 with six balls to spare at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
IN PIX: Rohit Sharma celebrates record 264 with cricketers, Bollywood stars
ROhit Sharma recently threw a party to celebrate his record ODI knock. His teammates form the Indian national team, Mumbai Ranji team and a few Bollywood celebrities were seen in attendance.
Royal Challengers Bangalore acquire Abdulla in IPL trading window
Royal Challengers Bangalore have acquired Iqbal Abdulla from Rajasthan Royals as a part of the first Indian Premier League trading window, which was opened on October 6.
Early team selection just for marketing reasons: Mark Waugh
Australia selector Mark Waugh refreshingly candid departure from sport media-speak when he let slip that Cricket Australia wanted their Test team selected early for 'marketing reasons' has been swiftly rebuffed by the governing body on Friday.
Anushka and I not hiding anything, says Virat Kohli
They have reportedly been seeing each other for quite a while now, but both managed to keep their relationship under wraps. Now, it seems, India's star batsman Virat Kohli and Bollywood actress Anuskha Sharma have finally decided to come out in the open and make their affair public.
November 20, 2014
Brilliant Manoj takes Bengal to Hazare semi-finals, Odisha win
Manoj Tiwary's belligerent 101-ball 130 followed by seamer Veer Pratap Singh's six-wicket haul enabled Bengal to beat a spirited Vidarbha by 17 runs and enter the semi-finals of the Vijay Hazare Trophy. Odisha also booked a last four berth.
Sarfraz, spinners haul Pakistan back against Kiwis
Sarfraz Ahmed struck a defiant century before Pakistan's spinners wrecked New Zealand's top and middle order to leave the second Test in Dubai nicely poised on Thursday. New Zealand had reduced Pakistan to 287 for eight and appeared on course for a healthy first innings lead, but Sarfraz (112) added 81 runs for the last wicket with Rahat Ali to dash their hopes.
'BCCI conveniently bends the rules to suit itself'
Former cricketer turned MP Kirti Azad tells Rediff.com's that Srinivasan is equally responsible for the mess, even if he not involved.
ODI Rankings: India continues to top table; Kohli No 2
India retained the No 1 spot in the latest Reliance ODI team rankings while Virat Kohli maintained the number two position with skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni static at the seventh place in the batting chart released in Dubai.
Clarke 'hopeful' for first India Test
Australia are hopeful that captain Michael Clarke will be available for next month's first Test against India despite a recurrence of his hamstring injury, physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said on Thursday.
November 19, 2014
India Women thrash SA eves by an innings and 34 runs
Harmanpreet Kaur ended with match figures of nine for 85 as India women thrashed their South Africa counterparts by an innings and 34 runs on the fourth and final day of the one-off Test match in Mysore.
Pak seeks review of Aamir ban, shoots letter to ICC
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has officially sent a letter to its international counterpart asking them to review the ban on Mohammad Aamir in light of the revision in the anti-corruption code of the world body.
New Zealand peg back Pakistan with late wickets
Younis Khan and Azhar Ali featured in a century-plus stand to prop up Pakistan but New Zealand claimed three wickets in the final session to stay ahead in the second Test in Dubai on Wednesday.
Will Australia captain Clarke recover in time for India Tests?
Australia captain Michael Clarke, who is struggling with his hamstring injury, could be fit in time for the upcoming four Tests against India starting December 4, with reports surfacing that the batsman may not
Pawar-led MCA on sticky wicket after Srinivasan reprieve
Three powerful associations of the Board of Control for Cricket in India -- Mumbai, Vidarbha and Punjab - which regularly host Tests matches are likely to face the heat from the ruling group of the Board in the wake of the Supreme Court-appointed Justice Mudgal Committee giving a clean chit to Narayanaswami Srinivasan in the IPL 6 corruption probe.
Finch drives Australia to victory over South Africa
Australia's Aaron Finch hit his fifth one-day international century to drive the hosts to a 73-run victory over South Africa in Canberra on Wednesday and a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.
Raina completes PM Modi's Swacch Bharat Challenge
The left-hander nominated nine people, including his Uttar Pradesh teammates Praveen Kumar, RP Singh, Piyush Chawla, India hockey goalkeeper P R Sreejesh, Board of Control for Cricket in India vice-president Rajeev Shukla, singers Shreya Ghosal and Sonu Nigam to take forward the Challenge and urged them to continue the campaign.
Latest on BCCI elections: Dalmiya extends support to Srinivasan
In what would come as a shot in the arm for N Srinivasan, Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) President Jagmohan Dalmiya has extended East Zone's support to the embattled BCCI President, who is seeking a third term as the Board chief, by signing the nomination papers for the December 17 elections.
'Ishant will be the leader of bowling department'
Team India manager Arshad Ayub, speaking exclusively to Rediff.com's , says he won't be surprised if India does well on the upcoming tour of Australia.
Srinivasan is not a tainted person, says BCCI
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) tood firmly behind its embattled president-in-exile Narayanaswami Srinivasan, who is also chairman of the International Cricket Council.
November 18, 2014
'Srinivasan should answer why he did not act on betting issue'
Sunil Gavaskar has hit out at Gurunath Meiyyapan, son-in-law of ICC President N Srinivasan, over his involvement in betting and also questioned the Tamil Nadu strongman's silence in the whole spot-fixing and betting issue.
India Women close in on victory against SA
India Women inched closer to victory as they bundled out their South African counterparts for a meagre 234 and then reduced them to 83 for six after forcing a follow-on on day three of the one-off Test match in Mysore.
'I told the Prime Minister that you are holding the right trophy'
Speaking about the forthcoming India's tour of Australia, the legendary Sunil Gavaskar has admitted that he felt that the Indian team would face a very tough time.
Pakistan lose openers early against New Zealand
New Zealand's batting tail wagged to take them to 403 in their first innings before they returned to dismiss Pakistan's openers on the second day of the second Test in Dubai on Tuesday.
Sehwag, Gambhir tell North Zone not to consider them for selection
Veterans Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir's prospects of making an India comeback are all but over as the celebrated opening duo stayed away from selection in the 15-member North Zone squad for the Deodhar Trophy.
BCCI backs Srinivasan, Raman; fixes AGM for December 17
The Board of Control for Cricket in India, on Tuesday, decided to hold its much-delayed Annual General Meeting on December 17 even as it stood firmly behind embattled president-in-exile N Srinivasan after he was cleared of IPL fixing charges by the Supreme Court-appointed probe committee.
Dhoni goes bat-shopping in Meerut
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is making himself battle-ready for the upcoming tour of Australia and the Indian skipper was seen spending long hours selecting bats in Meerut.
Dhoni's stand on Meiyappan contradicted by Mudgal report
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's stand that Gurunath Meiyappan was a "mere cricket enthusiast" supporting Chennai Super Kings has been
Vengsarkar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar to get top BCCI awards
Former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar will be conferred the Col. C.K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement award at the eighth annual BCCI awards, on November 21 in Mumbai.
Proteas paceman Steyn says Clarke rivalry blown out of proportion
South African paceman Dale Steyn played down his rift with Australia captain Michael Clarke on Tuesday, saying their supposed feud had been "a bit silly".
Watson on Clarke's fitness: 'Everyone's got their fingers crossed'
Shane Watson would be honoured to stand in for Michael Clarke as Test skipper against India next month even if he thinks it's increasingly unlikely that Australia will need a caretaker captain.
November 17, 2014
ICC ODI rankings: Kohli up to second after exploits against Lanka
Following his impressive batting show in India's 5-0 series win over Sri Lanka, where he was named the man of the series, Virat Kohli has moved to second place in the ICC ODI Rankings for batsmen.
BCCI's working committee to meet in Chennai as Srinivasan eyes return
The all powerful working committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India will meet in Chennai on Tuesday to discuss the Mudgal Committe report and decide on a new date for its upcoming Annual General Meeting.
Latham's second successive ton gives Kiwis strong start vs Pakistan
Opener Tom Latham struck his second consecutive hundred to keep New Zealand on course for a big first-innings total on the opening day of the second Test against Pakistan on Monday. Opting to bat first after winning the toss at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, the visitors, trailing 1-0 in the three-Test series, reached 243 for three wickets at the close.
Why Srinivasan was cleared, and Meiyappan, Kundra indicted
Narayanaswami Srinivasan was on Monday cleared of match-fixing and scuttling the probe into it that followed the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League, but the findings of the Justice Mudgal Committee have left Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals exposed, as their respective officials, Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra, were indicted of illegal betting.
England team set for hectic South Africa tour next season
England will play four Tests, five One-Day Internationals and two Twenty20 matches on a 10-week tour of South Africa during the 2015/16 summer season.
'Don't think field restriction can be a factor in Australia'
India's stand-in-captain Virat Kohli feels that present field restriction rule is an advantage for batsmen only when they are playing in the sub-continent and it will be a completely different ball game during World Cup in Australia, next year.
Srinivasan cleared of match-fixing, scuttling IPL probe
The Justice Mudgal Committee, appointed to probe the spot-fixing and betting scandal in the sixth edition of Indian Premier League, has cleared Board of Control for Cricket in India president-in-exile Narayanaswami Srinivasan of match-fixing charges and scuttling the investigations that followed the episode.
Will Axar's all-round show against SL get him the nod for World Cup?
Impressed with rookie Axar Patel's all-round performance in the One-Day International series against Sri Lanka, India's stand-in skipper Virat Kohli has hinted that the left-arm spinner could be preferred in the side for next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
Lanka captain Mathews sees positives despite the whitewash
Following a massive thrashing at the hands of India in the just concluded One-Day International series, Sri Lanka want to flush the disappointment out of their system as soon as possible, said skipper Angelo Mathews, insisting that there are some positives to take home despite the 0-5 drubbing.
Captain Kohli 'satisfied', wants more intensity after SL whitewash
Elated after India's decimation of Sri Lanka in the just-concluded One-Day Internationals, stand-in skipper Virat Kohli said the biggest takeaway from the hurriedly-arranged series has been the positive and aggressive attitude that his team displayed all through.
Who will replace Australian captain Clarke?
Michael Clarke's fitness for the Test series against India fading fast.
South Africa series: Cummins called up, Johnson rested
Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins has been called into the squad for the remainder of the One-day series against South Africa to give Mitchell Johnson time to rest up before next month's Test series against India.
Stats: Captain Kohli, Rayudu sizzle in run chase
Take a look at the statistical highlights of the fifth ODI between India and Sri Lanka.
November 16, 2014
Kohli demands more application from batsmen
After he powered India to a clean sweep over Sr Lanka with an unbeaten ton, Virat Kohli said he was a "little worried and annoyed" when his batsmen were throwing away their wickets and demanded more application from them.
India consolidates No 1 ranking in ICC ODI list
World champions India have consolidated their top rank on the ICC ODI Team Rankings after sweeping the series against Sri Lanka, which concluded in Ranchi on Sunday.
Kohli's unbeaten hundred helps India complete 5-0 series sweep
Virat Kohli led from the front with a gritty unbeaten century as a dominant India completed a resounding 5-0 whitewash over Sri Lanka by winning the fifth and final One-day International by three wickets in Ranchi on Sunday.
Kamini, Poonam tons steer India Women to 211/1 on day 1
Thirush Kamini and Poonam Raut scored unbeaten centuries to take India Women to a commanding 211 for one against South Africa Women at the end of the first day's play in the one-off Test match in Mysore.
Australia's youngest Test captain Ian Craig dies at 79
Ian Craig, Australia's youngest Test cricket captain, has died aged 79, Cricket Australia said.
Australia selector backs Clarke to be fit for first Test
Australia's chief of selectors Rod Marsh has backed captain Michael Clarke to recover from a hamstring strain and be fit for the first test against India next month.
Morkel inspires South Africa to level ODI series
South Africa paceman Morne Morkel thrived on a fast WACA pitch to capture five wickets but the tourists made hard work of a three-wicket victory over Australia in the second one-day international in Perth on Sunday.
Srinivasan committed contempt of court: Verma
Aditya Verma, the petitioner in the IPL spot-fixing scandal, has claimed that BCCI's President-in-exile N Srinivasan committed contempt of court by attending the Asian Cricket Council meeting.
Australia spinner Doherty to be called up for third ODI
Xavier Doherty will be called into Australia's squad for the third One-Day match against South Africa in Canberra, the spinner told reporters on Sunday.
'Boy, did Sachin not tell the world how to play the game?'
Former India spinner Maninder Singh looks back on Sachin Tendulkar's debut Test in conversation with .
November 15, 2014
Vijay Hazare Trophy: Bengal beat Assam; Odisha enter knockouts
Already assured of a place in the knock-out stage, Bengal rode on opener Shreevats Goswami's fluent 133 to beat Assam by 18 runs in a high-scoring East Zone match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy, in Kolkata on Saturday.
Australia, South Africa fined for slow over-rates
Australia and South Africa have been fined for maintaining slow over-rates during their first One-day International at the WACA.
BCCI calls Emergent WC meeting on Tuesday
The BCCI has called an Emergent Working Committee Meeting on November 18 to discuss the scheduling of its Annual General Meeting which has been postponed by four weeks after President-in-exile N Srinivasan was named by the Supreme Court in the IPL spot-fixing scandal.
Sofia Hayat poses nude to celebrate Rohit Sharma's record
British model Sofia Hayat gave a rather prompt reaction on Thursday as Rohit Sharma made history with a scintillating 264, the highest individual score in One-Day Internationals against Sri Lanka at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
Ranchi ODI: Dhoni's no show keeps fans away
With Ranchi's famous son Mahendra Singh Dhoni out of action with an injury, the buzz is missing ahead of the fifth and final ODI between India and Sri Lanka in Ranchi on Sunday.
Injured Clarke ruled out of South Africa ODIs
Australia captain Michael Clarke will miss rest of the One-day international series against South Africa with a hamstring injury, the country's cricket board (CA) said on Saturday.
'Team India has the best seam attack going into Australia'
Pace attack may be seen as India's perennial problem overseas but it would be a thing of past come Australia series beginning next month, feels assistant coach Sanjay Bangar.
Suresh Raina rested for final ODI vs Sri Lanka in Ranchi
With the series already in pocket, the Indian team management has decided to rest senior batsman Suresh Raina for the fifth and final ODI in Ranchi on Sunday.
On this day....25 years ago, Sachin Tendulkar made his debut
Having made his Test debut on November 15, 1989, Sachin Tendulkar went on to dominate the cricketing world in the next two deacdes, etched his name repeatedly in the record books and left behind a lasting legacy.
Never been interviewed by Mudgal Commission: Owais Shah
Former England batsman Owais Shah, who was inadvertently named during a Supreme Court hearing in the IPL spot-fixing enquiry, has denied having ever been summoned by the probe commission headed by Justice Mukul Mudgal.
Dominant India aim for clean sweep against lacklustre Sri Lanka
Having decimated the opposition with clinical precision in all four matches, India will be aiming to complete a clean sweep when they take on a struggling Sri Lanka in the fifth and final cricket one-dayer in Ranchi on Sunday.
November 14, 2014
All named in Mudgal report should be locked up, says Lalit Modi
With Supreme Court on Friday naming four individuals in the Mudgal Committee report for betting and spot-fixing in the sixth edition of Indian Premier League, former cricketers and administrators gave a big thumbs up to the latest development.
I see a bit of myself in Kohli, says Shastri
With India playing with a new-found spunk under stand-in skipper Virat Kohli, team director Ravi Shastri on Friday said he sees a bit of himself in the flamboyant Delhi batsman.
Pujara hits fifty to guide Saurashtra to victory in Vijay Hazare Trophy
Skipper Suryakumar Yadav overshadowed young Shreyas Iyer, who struck his maiden first-class ton, with a 45-ball unbeaten 81 as the duo guided Mumbai to a comfortable seven-wicket victory over Gujarat in the West Zone match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy in Ahmedabad, on Friday.
SC verdict will make things clear: Gavaskar
Preferring to play safe, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar said that the whole IPL spot-fixing saga will become clear once the Supreme Court verdict is out in the open.
Manohar slams BCCI for AGM postponement
Former Board of Control for Cricket in India president Shashank Manohar questioned Board's decision to postpone the Annual General Body Meeting, scheduled for November 20, saying it was against the constitution of the cricket body.
Australia fend off South Africa by 32 runs in first ODI
Paceman Nathan Coulter-Nile took four wickets to fire Australia to a 32-run victory over South Africa in the first one-day international in Perth on Friday.
IPL spot-fixing: Court to hear arguments on charges from Dec 8
A Delhi court on Friday fixed December 8 for commencement of arguments on framing of charges in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal case in which suspended cricketers Shantakumaran Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila, Ankeet Chavan and others, including underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, have been charge-sheeted.
SC says Srinivasan, Sundar Raman, Kundra in Mudgal report
The Supreme Court, which took up the Mudgal committee report on IPL-6 betting and spot-fixing scandal on Friday, has revealed seven of the 13 names being probed.
Australia captain Clarke re-injures hamstring
Australia captain Michael Clarke has re-injured his hamstring and will take no further part in Friday's one-day match against South Africa, governing body Cricket Australia said.
Australia paceman Johnson is ICC Cricketer of the Year
Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has matched compatriot Ricky Ponting's feat of winning the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Cricketer of the Year award twice, the governing body said on Friday.
Australia's Haddin in race to be fit for India Test
Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin is in a race to be fit for the Test series against India after being ruled out of Australia's One-Day series against South Africa.
Dhoni leads praise as congratulations pour in for Rohit's 'sheer class'
The cricketing world on Thursday gave Indian batsman Rohit Sharma's outstanding knock of 264 against Sri Lanka a standing ovation, with the Mumbai lad's innings propelling his team to a 153-run win.
Stats: Records galore for Rohit Sharma
Take a look at the statistical highlights of the fourth ODI in Kolkata on Thursday.
Ranatunga blames Jayasuriya, Attapattu and poor planning for SL's ODI failure!
Refusing to blame the players for the debacle in the ongoing One-Day series in India, former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga said the country's administrators are responsible for the fiasco which has also disturbed the team's World Cup preparations.
I probably need to work harder from here on: Rohit
Despite scoring a world record 264 in India's 153-run victory over Sri Lanka in the fourth One-Day International at the Eden Gardens on Thursday, Rohit Sharma feels he still has a lot more to achieve in the game. An odd failure, he insists, will not check his progress.
November 13, 2014
Rohit's record won't be broken anytime soon: Kohli
Virat Kohli is a fan of Rohit Sharma's batting and the India captain feels his teammate's record-breaking ODI score of 264 against Sri Lanka will not be surpassed anytime soon.
Rohit rocks at Eden as India humble Sri Lanka again
Rohit Sharma blazed his way to a record-breaking knock of 264 as India trounced Sri Lanka by 153 runs in the fourth One-day International to take a 4-0 lead in the five-match series, at the Eden Gardens, in Kolkata, on Thursday. The Mumbai right-hander launched an all-out assault on the Lankan bowling as a result of which India amassed a mammoth 404 for five while batting first. In reply, the islanders were dismissed for 251 in 43.1 overs.
Prior commitments force Tendulkar out of PM's trip to Aus
Sachin Tendulkar was invited by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be part of his official delegation for the Australia tour later this month, but the cricket icon has expressed his inability to make the trip due to prior commitments.
'Can't believe Rohit didn't make a triple century'
The cricketing world heaped rich praise on Rohit Sharma after he smashed a record ODI score of 264 in India's fourth game of the five-match series against Sri Lanka.
IN PHOTOS: Rohit Sharma sets Eden ablaze with majestic double!
Rohit Sharma registered the highest score in One-Day Internationals and also became the first in the history of cricket to hit two double centuries in the 50-overs' format in the fourth ODI against Sri Lanka, at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
The highest individual knocks in One-day internationals
Rohit Sharma made history on Thursday with a scintillating 264, the highest individual ODI score, as India amassed 404 for five in the fourth one-dayer against Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Take a look the ten best scores in ODIs
Congratulate Rohit Sharma on his world record 264!
Rohit Sharma made an sensational return from injury on Thursday, scoring a world record 264, off just 173 balls, in the fourth One-Day International against Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Congratulate him.
Pakistan's Hafeez reported for suspect action
Mohammad Hafeez has become the latest off-spinner to be reported for a suspect bowling action, the International Cricket Council said on Thursday.
Rohit first to hit two ODI double centuries with record score
Rohit Sharma became the first batsman in the history of cricket to hit a world record second double century in One-Day Internationals. He got to the coveted landmark off 151 balls in grand style, having hit 26 fours and five sixes, in the 46th over of India's innings in the fourth ODI against Sri Lanka in Kolkata on Thursday.
Pakistan crush New Zealand in Abu Dhabi first Test
Pakistan continued to dominate at their adopted home in the United Arab Emirates by defeating New Zealand by 248 runs in the opening Test of the three-match series in Abu Dhabi on Thursday. Starting the day needing two wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the series, Pakistan, who are forced to host matches in the UAE due to security concerns back home, dismissed the visitors for 231 in the second innings on the fifth morning.
'Smart preparation is formula for performing well overseas'
Performing well overseas should be India's top priority and the Test squad needs 'smart preparation' every time they embark on a tour, according to former India batsman VVS Laxman.
Aus paceman Siddle targets Kohli as mind games begin
Australia paceman Peter Siddle has wasted little time throwing a psychological dagger at India's stand-in skipper Virat Kohli, saying the batsman could expect a harsh reception from players and fans on tour Down Under.
Meet the Ambassadors for 2015 cricket World Cup
India's Virat Kohli joins an elite list of star Ambassadors to provide neccessary support in the build-up to the ICC 2015 World Cup to be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand between February and March.
World Cup pitches will not be conducive to spin bowling, says Hussey
Back on their favoured quick and bouncy pitches, Australia's failings against spin bowling are unlikely to figure at the World Cup and the co-hosts have an excellent opportunity to win a fifth trophy, according to former batsman Mike Hussey.
Feast for fans of raw pace as Australia host South Africa
The series should get off to an explosive start when quicks Mitchell Johnson and Dale Steyn face off.
Cricket Buzz: Gayle returns to Windies squad for South Africa tour
Hard-hitting left-hander Chris Gayle will return to the West Indies squad for their tour of South Africa after recovering from a back injury.
The 'miracle diet' that made Shane Watson 'less grumpy'!
Australia all-rounder Shane Watson has revealed a controversial new low-carb routine that has helped him lose weight and become less grumpy.
November 12, 2014
Don't judge Kohli on basis of one Test, says Dravid
Former India captain Rahul Dravid feels that it won't be fair to judge Virat Kohli on the basis of one Test match that he will be leading India against Australia in Brisbane as Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be back in the saddle by the time second Test begins.
VVS Laxman's Pataudi Lecture: Full Text
The full text of the speech delivered by VVS Laxman at the Pataudi Memorial Lecture in Kolkata.
Day-Night games won't be bad for Test format: VVS Laxman
With the threat of Twenty20 cricket eating into the share of the five-day formats, former India middle order batsman VVS Laxman said that it's high time that they bring in new innovation like introduction of day/night matches to sustain the legacy of Test cricket.
Gambhir, Sehwag finally find form as Delhi down Haryana
India discards Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag finally got back among the runs as the duo struck fluent half-centuries to help Delhi outclass Haryana by three wickets in the North Zone leg of the Vijay Hazare One Day Tournament, in Dharamsala, on Wednesday.
Lot of on-field enthusiasm is for cameras: Bedi
Not exactly a fan of exuberant celebrations on the cricket field, former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi says the players' display of emotion and enthusiasm these days is mostly for the cameras and cannot be considered gentlemanly.
Kapil ducks Tendulkar's 'disappointing coach' claims
Cricket legend Kapil Dev refused to comment on Sachin Tendulkar's claim that despite being one of the finest Indian all-rounders of all time, the former skipper was disappointing as a coach and said it was the legendary batsman's "personal opinion".
Pakistan on brink of big victory against NZ
Pakistan are two wickets away from a comprehensive victory over New Zealand in the first Test after the tourists slumped to 174-8 in their second innings at stumps on the fourth day in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
Revealed! What Tendulkar liked and disliked in New Zealand
Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar has revealed what he loved and hated during his New Zealand tours in his playing days. Tendulkar claimed that the windy and cold conditions, the food poor, boundaries short and the accent was impossible to master in New Zealand.
Great to have Rohit back; his value for the team is massive: Kohli
Rohit Sharma may have been in and out of the team often during his seven-year career, but India skipper Virat Kohli is of the view that the talented Mumbai batsman could be the X-factor at the 2015 World
Bangladesh openers compile record stand vs Zimbabwe
Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes set a new record opening partnership for Bangladesh when the left-handed duo added 224 for the first wicket in the third Test against Zimbabwe at Chittagong on Wednesday.
Despite 3-0 lead, Kohli to go hard against Sri Lanka in last two ODIs
India has taken an unassailable lead in the One-Day International series against Sri Lanka, but skipper Virat Kohli insists his team will not let the intensity slip in the last two matches.
ICC ODI rankings: Kohli, Dhawan among top five, Dhoni down a rung
Two Indian batsmen are now in the top five of the ICC ODI rankings, with Virat Kohli remaining at number three and opener Shikhar Dhawan climbing up the ladder to fifth after earning four places in the latest list issued on Wednesday.
No hate but plenty of fire in South Africa rivalry: Johnson
It's probably going to be fiery again but we want to play the best cricket we can.
Ruthless India aim to continue winning streak against Sri Lanka
Unchallenged by Sri Lanka so far, India would look to keep the foot on the pedal in their pursuit for a series whitewash when the two teams face off in the fourth and penultimate cricket One-dayer at Eden Gardens on Thursday.
ICC to put umpire communications to air during Aus-SA ODIs
The International Cricket Council confirmed on Wednesday that it will conduct a trial during the forthcoming One-Day International series between Australia and South Africa whereby communication between the on-field and television umpire during decision-making will be available to the host broadcaster, the Nine Network, to put to air.
Exclusive! Coach Jayaraj decodes KL Rahul's meteoric rise
Ever since he saw him bat for the first time, as a tiny 11-year-old at his academy, Mangalore-based Karnataka State Cricket Association coach Samuel Jayaraj knew KL Rahul was destined for bigger things.
'Team India has been playing well and deserves No. 1 ODI ranking'
With three back-to-back series wins, India deserved to be the number one side in the ICC ODI rankings former captain Sourav Ganguly has said.
'Team India is quite capable of retaining the World Cup title'
India's not-so-impressive record Down Under might not place them as favourites to win the 2015 World Cup but former captains Bishan Singh Bedi and Dilip Vengsarkar have strong hopes of the Men in Blue defending the title.
'It is difficult to correct the bowling action as you go along'
With ICC cracking the whip on bowlers with suspect actions, legendary Indian leg-spinner Anil Kumble has said those with illegal actions should be spotted and corrected at an early age.
'The Australian tour will be a hard one for Team India'
Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar has said though the Team India's upcoming Australian tour is likely to be a hard one, it would provide them a good exposure ahead of the upcoming World Cup.
Rahul's dad, a Gavaskar fan, happy son is selected for Aus tour as opener
Dr KN Lokesh basks in the joy of his son Lokesh being named in India's Test squad for the tour of Australia in conversation with Rediff.com's .
November 11, 2014
BCCI flourished in Eden, but hijacked by Tamil Nadu: Bedi
Taking at dig at Indian Cricket Board's president-in-exile N Srinivasan, spin legend Bishan Singh Bedi said it was a mystery to see the BCCI, which was born in Delhi and flourished at the Eden Gardens, being hijacked by Tamil Nadu.
New Zealand in deep trouble despite Latham ton
Tom Latham struck his maiden Test century but New Zealand crumbled to 262 all out, conceding a 304-run first-innings lead as well as control of the first Test to Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.
Shehzad ruled out of remainder of series against NZ
Pakistan suffered another setback in their ongoing 'home' Test series against New Zealand in the UAE with in-form opener Ahmed Shehzad being ruled out of the remaining two matches due to a cheek bone fracture.
Hoping to get some purchase from Eden Gardens strip: Mendis
Hosts India might have outplayed them in the first three ODIs but Sri Lankan team management is keen to include experienced spinner Ajantha Mendis in the playing XI for the fourth ODI scheduled on Thursday.
I am no cricketing God: Tendulkar
Former Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar may be cricketing God for many of his fans but the batting legend has stressed that he is "normal".
Rajasthan shot out for 35! 2nd lowest score in Indian List 'A'
Rajasthan suffered the ignominy of being bowled out for a paltry 35 against Railways in a Central Zone leg match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy, in Nagpur, on Tuesday. Railways needed just 5.3 overs, losing a solitary wicket, to hit up the required runs.
Amre to be Kirsten's deputy at Delhi Daredevils
Former India batsman and Mumbai Ranji Trophy coach Praveen Amre has been roped in by Delhi Daredevils as assistant coach for the upcoming Indian Premier League season. He will replace South Africa's Eric Simons, who was with the franchise for five editions, since 2010.
Huge Indian contingent expected in Adelaide for Indo-Pak WC clash
The South Australian government is expecting around 20,000 Indian travellers for the marquee clash of the 2015 World Cup between India and Pakistan scheduled at the revamped Adelaide Oval on February 15.
Pharrell Williams's 'Happy' is Johnson's secret to success
Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has revealed that he has a song in his head when he takes the ball in his hand to torment helpless batsman and that one is 'Happy' by Pharrell Williams.
'It'll be nice if I can get tips on leg-spin nuances from Warne'
Railways leg-spinner Karn Sharma is ecstatic after his maiden call-up in the Indian Test team and is looking forward towards a chance to meet the legendary leg-spinner Shane Warne during the upcoming Test series against Australia Down Under.
'I think the 50-over game is a superior game to 20-over cricket'
Former Australia captain Allan Border has called for an end to Twenty20 internationals outside the World Cup and hopes the 50-over game will not be allowed to "wither and die".
'There is no point in just writing a book without being honest'
Coming out strongly in support of Sachin Tendulkar, former India cricketer VVS Laxman has said he totally believed in what the iconic batsman had written in his book.
Tainted Salman Butt urges PCB to fight for his case
'For what happened, I have deep regrets and know it was wrong and we have been punished for it. I would request the PCB to now also look at our cases'
November 10, 2014
Scoring runs in Australia gave me tremendous confidence: Naman
Madhya Pradesh wicketkeeper-batsman Naman ojha is "not surprised" by his inclusion in India's 19-member Test squad for the tour of Australia. After all, he's been in his stupendous form with the bat in the past 12 months.
Rahul to prepare for Aus on bouncy tracks
I am planning to practice against the wet tennis balls from 18 yards and also with plastic ball on concrete pitches to reduce my reaction time for strokes, said India's latest batting sensation, Lokesh Rahul.
BCCI receives Windies apology for sudden cancellation of tour
Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Sanjay Patel has informed that the West Indies Cricket Board has sent "an apology letter" for the sudden cancellation of its India tour by their players after an internal payment dispute.
Suspended Ajmal finds himself in Pak's provisional WC squad
Banned off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has been included in Pakistan's provisional World Cup squad of 30 players but it is subject to him clearing the informal biomechanics test in the United Kingdom.
Hope for banned Pak pacer Amir as ICC revise anti-corruption code
The ICC approved its revised anti-corruption code, which makes it possible for a banned player to play domestic cricket before the end of his international ban.
Centurion Shehzad fractures skull in first Test vs New Zealand
Pakistan opener Ahmed Shehzad suffered a fractured skull after being hit by a bouncer during the second day of the first Test against New Zealand on Monday.
Pakistan run-fest leaves Kiwis with mountain to climb
Ahmed Shehzad hit a career-best 176 while Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq struck unbeaten centuries before Pakistan declared their first innings on 566 for 3 wickets in the first Test against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi on Monday.
Viru-Gauti flop show continues; Karn shines for Railways
A summary of the matches in the Vijay Hazare One-day championship.
Naman in squad only for opening Australia Test
Wicketkeeper-batsman Naman Ojha has been named in the squad for India's Test tour of Australia for just one match. He will return after the opening game at Brisbane.
Test squad for Aus: More ain't the merrier!
In a team that mostly includes aggressive stroke-players, the 22-year-old Rahul's fortitude makes him just the right choice. The fact that he played in Australian conditions in recent times, having opened for India 'A', will be an added advantage.
Figure out India's Test squad for Australia
Following Monday's selection, presents the Test career figures of the touring party along with the players' performance against Australia.
KL Rahul, Karn Sharma in 19-man Test squad for Australia
Up-and-coming Karnataka batsman Lokesh Rahul and Uttar Pradesh leg-spinner Karn Sharma were named in India's 19-man Test squad for the tour of Australia, which was announced after the selection committee of the Board for Control of Cricket in India met in Mumbai on Monday morning. Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will miss the opening Test, from December 4, at the Gabba in Brisbane, because of an injury and Virat Kohli will stand in for him.
Day of reckoning as Supreme Court set to take up IPL 6 probe report
The Supreme Court on Monday will take up the final report on the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing scam submitted by a committee headed by Justice (Retired) Mukul Mudgal on November 3.
'Prepared or not, it was always going to be tough in India'
Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews has said the challenge of performance against India in their own backyard was never beyond doubt and that not many teams have won against India in India.
Stats: India's unbeaten run against Sri Lanka and Kohli's record
Statistical highlights of the third cricket One-day international between India and Sri Lanka in Uppal.
'It is difficult to say that I am a certainty for the World Cup'
Umesh Yadav is not taking his Australia berth for granted and is keeping his fingers crossed for the future.
'Voice of cricket' Richie Benaud suffering from skin cancer
Australia captain Richie Benaud, the voice of cricket for millions of television viewers, said he was being treated for skin cancer in his first public appearance in more than a year.
Windies pull out of India tour damaged cricket's integrity: ICC
Terming the controversial pull-out by West Indies midway their India tour as "unacceptable", the ICC has warned players against taking contractual matters into their own hands and hinted that they could be penalized by disallowing them to play in domestic tournaments like IPL if they repeat such acts in future.
Ishant suffering from back stiffness, fitness report awaited
Indian fast bowler Ishant Sharma, who could only bowl four overs in the third ODI against Sri Lanka, is suffering from back stiffness, informed his pace colleague Umesh Yadav.
Tendulkar has earned the right to voice his opinions: Gilchrist
Former Australia wicketkeeper and legendary cricketer Adam Gilchrist has said that India's batting legend Sachin Tendulkar has earned the right to voice his opinions in his new book.
'That was a brilliant performance, given we're one bowler short'
India's stand-in skipper Virat Kohli on Sunday credited his bowlers for the series clinching six-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the third ODI, and said the home team's bowling unit dished out a 'brilliant performance' to restrict the visitors to 242 in Hyderabad.
November 09, 2014
Vijay Hazare Trophy: Mumbai beat Baroda in thriller
Paceman Shardul Thakur and off-spinner Akhil Herwadkar shared six wickets between them as Mumbai eked out a narrow four-run win over Baroda in their West Zone match in the Vijay Hazare trophy, in Ahmedabad on Sunday.
IN PIX: Kohli blows kisses to Anushka Sharma
Dashing Indian stand-in captain, Virat Kohli, picked a very special supporter in the crowd after scoring his half century against Sri Lanka in Hyderabad on Sunday night.
Kohli is fastest to reach 6000 ODI runs milestone
India's star batsman Virat Kohli became the quickest cricketer in history to reach 6000 One-day International run mark.
Clinical India thrash Lanka by 6 wickets, seal series
Clinical India notched up another resounding win to humble a hapless Sri Lankan side by six wickets and clinch the five-match series in the third One-Day International in Hyderabad.
ICC cracks whip on players abandoning international tours
The representatives of ICC Board expressed their deep disappointment at West Indies team's decision of abandoning their India tour mid-way, stating that a repeat of this kind from any team or players may lead cancellation of their T20 contracts with their franchises.
Shehzad hits ton as Pakistan dominate New Zealand on Day 1
Ahmed Shehzad struck his third Test century as Pakistan completely dominated the opening day of the first Test against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi to reach 269 for one and stay on course for a mammoth first-innings total on Sunday.
Jayawardene joins elite company of Tendulkar, Ponting, Jayasuriya
Majestic Mahela Jayawardene joined 12,000 runs club in One-day Internationals.
Calm Cameron White leads Australia to clinch T20 series
Cameron White scored an unbeaten 41 and steered Australia to a dramatic two-wicket victory over South Africa on the penultimate ball of the match to clinch the Twenty20 international series 2-1 on Sunday.
Tendulkar's wand is his willow, not his quill...
At best, an autobiography by a megastar like Sachin Tendulkar tends to be insipid, recounting situations or experiences that have already been documented and shared ... For a person his image and unsurpassable popularity, there was virtually no upside.
Border rakes up Monkeygate row, says CA should've called India's bluff
The furore over the infamous Monkeygate row refuses to die down with former Australian captain Allan Border now saying that Cricket Australia should have called India's bluff instead of letting its own players down.
November 08, 2014
Pakistan roll out spin trap for New Zealand Test series
The leaden-footed Australians found themselves bamboozled by Pakistan's wily spinners and their trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand can expect similar treatment from Misbah-ul-Haq and his men in a three-Test series starting in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
Sehwag, Gambhir and Yuvraj fail in Vijay Hazare Trophy
Virender Sehwag's wretched run in domestic cricket continued as the veteran opener failed to open his account but Delhi did manage to comfortably beat Punjab by four wickets to notch up their maiden win in the North Zone leg of the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
We want to win by big margins and not be casual, says Kohli
Aiming to seal the series against Sri Lanka after two massive victories, India captain Virat Kohli on Saturday said the team wants to win every game possible and adopt a ruthless approach ahead of the World Cup next year.
Australia tour will decide India's World Cup fortunes, says Fleming
Former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming feels India's upcoming tour of Australia next month will determine how the defending champions' campaign pans out in the World Cup next year.
Spinners will play a part at the World Cup, says Tendulkar
Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar picked India as one of the top contenders to win the 50-overs World Cup to be played in Australia-New Zealand next year.
Former president Pawar to attend BCCI AGM after four years
In a significant move, Mumbai Cricket Association's president Sharad Pawar has decided to attend the Board of Control for Cricket in India's Annual General Meeting, scheduled to be held in Chennai on November 20, after a gap of four years.
November 07, 2014
Gag order for Australia curators to prevent fixing at World Cup
Australia's ground curators have been gagged as cricket authorities to clamp down any possibilities of match-fixing during the 50-overs World Cup in Australia and New Zealand next month.
Test cricket will always be at the very top: Tendulkar
Even as he acknowledged that the shortest format of the game has helped players to innovate with their technique, Sachin Tendulkar insisted that Test cricket will reign despite the rising popularity of Twenty20.
DRS must be standardised: Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar feels that there is an urgent need to standardise the technology used for the Decision Review System (DRS) across all formats in international cricket.
Sachin releases book at Lord's, says major sports plan for India in offing
Iconic Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar hinted on Friday that a major proposal on sports, which he has submitted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will be unveiled soon.
Top lawyers back Sachin on skirting match-fixing in book
Sachin Tendulkar may have invited criticism for skirting the match-fixing issue that rocked Indian cricket in 2000 in his autobiography, but eminent lawyers backed the icon, saying it was the "prerogative of a celebrity like him to express himself in a manner he deems fit".
Agarwal blasts 162 as Karnataka demolish Andhra
Mayank Agarwal blasted 162 to help Karnataka demolish Andhra Pradesh in a South Zone match of the Vijay Hazare National One Day Championships in Secunderabad, on Friday.
Royal Challengers Bangalore acquire Bisla in IPL trading window
Royal Challengers Bangalore have acquired Manvinder Bisla from Kolkata Knight Riders in the first Indian Premier League 2015 trading window, which was opened on October 6. Four players have been traded so far in the current window, which is open till December 12.
Faulkner stars as Australia beat South Africa to level T20 series
James Faulkner was the pick of Australia's fast bowlers. He took three wickets as the hosts cruised to a comfortable victory over South Africa at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday to level the three-match Twenty20 series.
Shakib performs rare all-round feat as Bangladesh demolish Zimbabwe
All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan became the third man to hit a hundred and take 10-wickets in the same match as Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe by 162 runs in the second Test to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Zimbabwe, who lost the first Test in Dhaka by three wickets, folded for 151 in their second innings at Khulna as they chased 314 for victory.
Doping ban over, Sangwan ready for comeback
The 24-year-old, who was part of India's World Cup-winning Under-19 team in 2008, was banned for use of a prohibited substance during the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League in 2013.
Revealed! Why Tendulkar never used a lighter bat despite injuries
His heavy bat was a major talking point whenever Sachin Tendulkar battled injuries in his over-two-decade-long career but the iconic cricketer said he was never convinced about giving it up for a lighter one as his timing got affected every time he tried the change.
'After my first innings in Test cricket, I doubted my ability'
International Test debuts can be intimidating and Sachin Tendulkar could not have imagined a tougher one when he padded up against pace legends Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis in 1989 -- the experience leaving him so scarred that he doubted his ability to continue at the highest level.
Ever heard of red and yellow cards in cricket?
Cricket Wellington is reportedly considering introducing rugby-style red and yellow cards as it has become concerned about players' abuse of umpires.
'Things I'm not aware of, it would be unwise to comment on those'
Sachin Tendulkar has shied away from touching on perhaps the darkest phase in Indian cricket -- the match-fixing scandal -- in his autobiography, saying he chose to skirt the issue as it would have been "unwise" to comment on things he was not fully aware of.
'Political animal' Tendulkar slammed by Aus journalist
'Those who know Tendulkar well used to say that Tendulkar loved McEnroe's brain explosions because that was how he sometimes felt himself but he was never bold enough to reveal his inner self to the world.'
Stats: The most successful chases by India against any opponent
Statistical highlights of the second ODI between India and Sri Lanka in Motera.
Guru Greg and the God complex
Chappell, now 66, came to India after a five-year stint as coach of South Australia, where he was noted by the Australian media as exhibiting "fantastic" individual skills, but proving "poor" when it came to group dynamics.
WI board offers BCCI 'mutually agreeable solution' on abandoned tour
The West Indies Cricket Board has asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India to work for a "mutually agreeable solution" over its demand for 26.2 million pounds as compensation for the former's decision to abandon its tour to India.
Multan 2004: When an angry Tendulkar slammed Dravid!
Stranded on 194 when stand-in skipper Rahul Dravid declared the Indian innings in the 2004 Multan Test, Sachin Tendulkar has spoken about the anger and shock he felt by the decision which "did not make any sense".
All-rounders make India a strong contender for World Cup, says Dravid
Former captain Rahul Dravid on Thursday said India are one of the strong contenders for the 2015 World Cup to be played in Australia and New Zealand as the team has the "advantage of playing five bowlers" in a match.
November 06, 2014
Rayudu ends long wait with match-winning century for India
An elated Ambati Rayudu on Thursday said his maiden hundred in international cricket, which helped India crush Sri Lanka in the second One-Day International, will certainly be a "special one" as it took a long time to come.
Ajmal says revised action will be as effective as ever
The Pakistan off-spinner leaves for Britain next week to undergo tests on his new action, having been suspended by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in September following a biomechanical test carried out in Brisbane.
Rayudu's century lifts India to easy victory over SL in second ODI
Ambati Rayudu slammed his maiden hundred as India produced yet another comprehensive batting performance to ease past Sri Lanka by six wickets in the second One-Day International, in Motera, Ahmedabad, on Thursday.
Sehwag and Gambhir fail as J&K stun Delhi in Vijay Hazare trophy
Senior pros Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir failed with the bat as Jammu and Kashmir powered by their skipper Parvez Rasool shocked Delhi by two wickets in the opening match of the North Zone leg of the National One-Day Championship for the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Are McCullum and Clarke better ODI captains than Dhoni?
Stephen Fleming's six-year partnership with Mahendra Singh Dhoni at the Chennai Super Kings has been a successful one but the former New Zealand captain rates countryman Brendon McCullum and Australian Michael Clarke as better captains in One-Day Internationals at the moment.
Australia tour a good preparation for World Cup, says Dhoni
India will launch their World Cup title defence against traditional rivals Pakistan in Adelaide on February 15 and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said his side is capable of adapting and performing in any condition.
When the Robin Singh gamble didn't pay off for captain Tendulkar
Indian batting great, Sachin Tendulkar has shared his frustration on how some of his moves as captain did not pay off but the same strategy clicked when other captains employed it.
Tendulkar comes down heavily on former India coach Kapil Dev
'He did not involve himself in strategic discussions that would help us on the field', Tendulkar claims in his just-released autobiography.
'We closed that chapter immediately', Sachin on Multan Test row
The Multan declaration that snuffed out Sachin Tendulkar's double century in the 2004 Test match had triggered stories of serious differences between skipper Rahul Dravid and the batting maestro, but the two laughed it off as an honest difference in the dressing room.
Tendulkar 'felt humiliated' after being dropped from captaincy
Sharing his anguish on being stripped of the captaincy in 1997, batting legend Sachin Tendulkar has revealed that the "unceremonious" sacking was very "embarrassing" and "humiliating".
Is this the greatest cricket selfie of all time?
While the cricket crazy nations around the world are counting to the World Cup scheduled to be played Down under early next year, four of Australia's greatest cricketers came together to countdown to a 100 days to the mega cricket event.
Is Michael Clarke right man to lead Australia in World Cup?
Australia's three World Cup-winning captains are unified in their belief that under-fire skipper Michael Clarke is the right man to lead the team to a potential fifth tournament victory next March.
Cricket Buzz: England name Ramprakash as batting coach
The 45-year-old, who played 52 Tests between 1991 and 2002, replaced his former international team mate Graham Gooch who stepped down from the role in May.
When Anjali fell for 17-year-old Tendulkar
It was at an airport where medical student Anjali Mehta saw the wonder boy of Indian cricket and was floored by the "cute looks" of Sachin Tendukar.
November 05, 2014
Sachin Tendulkar unveils his autobiography 'Playing it My Way'
Sachin Tendulkar's much-awaited autobiography Playing It My Way was launched in the presence of some of his former teammates, celebrities and family members at an engrossing ceremony on Wednesday.
Tendulkar wanted to boycott Australian tour during 'Monkeygate'
Prime witness to one of the biggest controversies that rocked Indian cricket, Sachin Tendulkar has finally spoken about the anger and sense of betrayal he felt during the 'Monkeygate scandal' in Australia, revealing that he took the lead in threatening a boycott of the tour at the peak of the furore.
I told the players to give Chappell time to settle: Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar revealed that a few Indian players were not feeling comfortable under former coach Greg Chappell after the first couple of tours and he was the one who had persuaded his colleagues to be patient with the Australian and give him more time to get settled.
All I have said in my book is the truth: Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar's autobiography, Playing It My Way, may have generated controversy over an incident involving former India coach Greg Chappell, but the batting legend insists that his only main aim was to bring out the truth.
Why Tendulkar gave up India's captaincy
Sachin Tendulkar broke every possible cricket record during his playing days, but the only blot in his long and illustrious career was his failure as India captain. He had two stints of captaincy, in 1996 and 1999, but on both occasions was forced to give it up after the team fared poorly under his leadership. The batting icon reveals that the real reason behind giving up the captaincy was because it started to affect his personal life.
'A stronger pace attack will give us an advantage in World Cup'
India are using the ongoing ODI series against Sri Lanka as preparation for next year's World Cup and home team's captain Virat Kohli says recent performances of the pace bowlers, especially Umesh Yadav, has given him a lot of hope going into the mega-event.
Masakadza's century boosts Zimbabwe
Hamilton Masakadza defied Bangladesh's spinners with an unbeaten 154 to take Zimbabwe to a respectable position in the second Test in Kulna.
Rossouw fires South Africa to T20 victory over Australia
Rilee Rossouw smashed a sparkling 78 off 50 balls to drive a youthful South Africa side to a comfortable seven-wicket victory over Australia at the Adelaide Oval on Wednesday in the first of three Twenty20 internationals.
Upbeat India aim to maintain stranglehold over Sri Lanka
After starting the series with a crushing victory, an upbeat India will aim to maintain their stranglehold over an under-prepared Sri Lanka when they meet in the second ODI in Motera on Thursday.
Dravid to mentor Rajasthan Royals for another IPL season
Former Indian batsmen Rahul Dravid will continue to mentor Rajasthan Royals for another IPL season, said team CEO Raghu Iyer on Wednesday.
Look who received the first copy of Tendulkar's autobiography
The first copy of India's batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar's much-anticipated and talked-about autobiography -- Playing It My Way -- was presented to his mother Rajni by the icon himself, in Mumbai on Wednesday.
Dhoni captain of ICC ODI Team of the Year; No Indian in Test team
India's Mahendra Singh Dhoni was named captain of ICC's ODI Team of the Year, but none of the Indian players found berth in governing body's Test Team of the Year, led by Sri Lanka's Angelo Mathews.
Kohli nominated for ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year award
Virat Kohli is the lone Indian male cricketer to be shortlisted for the LG ICC Awards 2014 after he was nominated for the ODI Cricketer of the Year category.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar wins LG People's Choice award
He is only the fourth cricketer to win the coveted prize after Sachin Tendulkar, who was the first recipient in 2010, Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara, who won it in 2011 and 2012, and India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who won it last year.
South Africa ODIs the perfect pick-me-up for ailing Australia
A disappointed Michael Clarke arrived home from United Arab Emirates on Wednesday eager to shake off Australia's Test series loss to Pakistan and begin his side's World Cup buildup in a one-day series against South Africa.
Dashing Virat Kohli turns 26. Wish him!
India's star cricketer Virat Kohli turns 26 today.
Buzz: Anderson ruled out of Sri Lanka tour
James Anderson has been ruled out of England's one-day international series in Sri Lanka as he continues his rehabilitation from a knee injury, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said in a statement on Tuesday.
Cricket Countdown: Vote for 100 greatest World Cup moments
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has asked cricket fans across the world to vote for their favorite moments in the cricket world cups till date as the countdown for the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand 2015 begins.
'Tendulkar's career would have been incomplete without World Cup'
Sachin Tendulkar's awe-inspiring career, which lasted more than two decades, would have been incomplete had he not been a part of the 2011 World Cup winning Indian cricket team, feels Pakistani pace legend Wasim Akram.
'No point creating controversy over Sachin's revelation'
Sri Lankan spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan tried to shy away form the limelight and said there is no point creating a controversy over Sachin Tendulkar's revelation on Greg Chappell.
IN PIX: Sri Lanka gear up for second ODI
Sri Lanka trained hard for the second One-day International (ODI) against India to be held at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad on Thursday.
November 04, 2014
I don't think the BCCI will be that severe on West Indies: Lara
Batting legend Brian Lara has backed West Indies cricket to survive the current crisis arising out of the team's abrupt withdrawal from the India tour over a pay dispute with its board and players' association.
'You have got to give this young Indian team a bit of time'
Rahul Dravid has said that the current Indian side that has all the makings of being a good team in the future.
'I'm not going to comment on every single thing that Sachin says'
Former India captain Rahul Dravid has said he won't be commenting on each and everything batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar has written in his autobiography, adding that it would be unfair to comment on any issue without reading the book.
Team for Australia series, players' contracts discussed: BCCI
Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Sanjay Patel on Tuesday clarified that the decision to postpone the selection of the team for next month's Test series in Australia was because the selectors wanted to have a look at more players in the ongoing ODI series against Sri Lanka and not because of the Justice Mudgal report into the betting and spot-fixing episode in the Indian Premier League.
Dressing room atmosphere in 2006 was worst in Indian cricket: VVS
The volley of words against Greg Chappell continues. Now, former India batsman VVS Laxman says that the Australian took "Indian cricket backwards" during his two-year tenure as the national cricket team's coach.
Tamim, Shakib hit tons as Bangladesh dominate Day 2
Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal scored centuries as Bangladesh took charge of the second Test against Zimbabwe in Khulna. The hosts, who plodded to 193-3 on the opening day after electing to bat, made 433 in their first innings before being dismissed in the final session of the second day.
Mumbai Indians snare Unmukt, Vinay Kumar for IPL 2015
Mumbai Indians have acquired Unmukt Chand from Rajasthan Royals and R Vinay Kumar from Kolkata Knight Riders in the first Indian Premier League Trading Window, which opened on October 6.
India drop to No 6 in Test rankings as Pak vault to 3 after beating Aus
Pakistan vaulted into third position in the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings, its best Test ranking in seven years, following the conclusion of its series against Australia in Abu Dhabi on Monday. Pakistan, who defeated Australia for its first series win in 20 years, leapfrogged England, Sri Lanka and India into third position after the feat earned it seven ratings points.
We never ignored Younis for Tests: Moin
Pakistan's manager and chief selector Moin Khan has shot back at his critics insisting senior batsman Younis Khan was dropped from the one-day squad only for the Australia series and that he was always in reckoning for the Test rubber.
Now Bhajji joins anti-Chappell tirade, claims he used players against each other
Sachin Tendulkar's claims of Greg Chappell being a dictatorial coach seem to have opened a Pandora's box with his then teammate and senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh saying that some players in the side provided "selective misinformation" to the Australian in a phase which "temporarily destroyed Indian cricket".
Selection of squad for Aus tour postponed; Binny replaces Aaron for SL ODIs
The selection meeting to pick the Indian team for the Test series in Australia next month has been postponed, the Board of Control for Cricket in India said on Tuesday.
Chappell tried to finish my career: Zaheer Khan
India's premier speedster Zaheer Khan revealed that Greg Chappell had told him back in 2005 that the fast bowler "would never play for India" till the time he would remain at the helm and termed the period under the Australian as the "darkest phase of Indian cricket".
Cric Buzz: WICB close to solving players' pay dispute issue
West Indies Cricket Board president Dave Cameron might have sounded defiant after the board meeting last week but it is being reported now that the members have forged an agreement to end the players' pay dispute that led to the West Indies team's abrupt pull-out from the India tour.
Relive Tendulkar's final Test match!
Writer-journalist Dilip D'Souza will be live on Rediff ZaraBol on November 5 to discuss the iconic Sachin Tendulkar.
'Surprised' Chappell denies Tendulkar's claims
Australia Test great and former India coach Greg Chappell has denied claims that he wanted Rahul Dravid removed as captain just before the 2007 Cricket World Cup.
Test Rankings: Ashwin continues to top all-rounders list
Ravichandran Ashwin is the lone Indian to feature in the top 10 of the latest Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings as he continues to lead the way in the all-rounders list.
From 'Mr Tuck Tuck' to 'Go Misbah Go'
The cricket career of Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has come a full circle. Misbah is no longer 'Mr Tuck Tuck'.
Now, a probe in Sri Lankan women's cricket sex scandal
Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage asked Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) board to appoint an investigative committee, led by a retired female judge, to probe into allegations that officials in women's cricket administration demanded sexual bribes to give places in the national team.
Humiliated Australia scuttle away for comforts of home
Australia head home from Abu Dhabi this week with plenty to ponder after a humiliating rout by Pakistan brought a shuddering halt to their upward trajectory in Test cricket.
November 03, 2014
Not privy to discussions between Sachin and Greg: Dravid
Former India captain Rahul Dravid said he was never "privy to any private conversation between two individuals" about Sachin Tendulkar's revelation in his upcoming autobiography about Greg Chappell wanting to remove the Karnataka stalwart from captaincy before 2007 World Cup.
'Dravid told me he knew it all but couldn't control Greg'
Sourav Ganguly has disclosed that Rahul Dravid was aware of what Greg Chappell was up to during his stint as India coach but he "could not control" the Australian.
'In Australia, India will need six batsmen and three fast bowlers'
Former India captain Rahul Dravid has said that he would like to see his state mate and new batting sensation KL Rahul make it to the Indian Test team for the tour of Australia along with talented Railways leggie Karn Sharma.
'Headlines like 'Endulkar' hurt and retirement crossed my mind'
Sachin Tendulkar has recollected how disappointed they were after the shock first round exit during the 2007 World Cup and how he was hurt when people questioned the commitment of the Indian players.
'Nobody could have thought we can turn it around and beat Australia'
Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul Haq rates the 2-0 series win over Australia as his country's "best ever" considering his team were without three key bowlers.
'Chappell suggested I should take over the captaincy from Dravid'
Dropping a bombshell, Sachin Tendulkar has disclosed that the then India coach Greg Chappell had made a "shocking" suggestion to him to take over India's captaincy from Rahul Dravid months before the 2007 World Cup in West Indies.
'Misbah is our best option to handle this Pakistan team'
Former PCB chairman and Pakistan's nominee for the post of International Cricket Council (ICC) President, Najam Sethi has disclosed how he had to take a firm stand to prevent Misbah-ul-Haq from being removed as captain this year.
IN PIX: Pakistan spank Australia for 2-0 series win
Having set the visitors an impossible 603-run victory target, Pakistan claimed the remaining six wickets in a little over a session on the final day to secure their first Test series victory against Australia in 20 years.
India fortunate to have three opening options in ODIs, says Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan feels India is "fortunate" that they have three options for the opening slot in him, Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma, which will help in gaining the much-needed consistency required at the top of the order, with the 50-overs World Cup just a few months away.
Pakistan register biggest win over Australia
Pakistan beat Australia by 356 runs in the second and final Test in Abu Dhabi on Monday to complete a 2-0 series victory.
Will Rahul's form merit him a spot in the squad for Australia tour?
Karnataka's in-form young opener K L Rahul has staked a strong claim for his inclusion in India's Test squad to Australia.
Stats: Rahane and Dhawan's record adds to Sri Lanka's misery
Take a look at the statistical highlights of the first One-day International between India and Sri Lanka.
IPL scam: Mudgal Committee submits report to Supreme Court; hearing on Nov 10
The Justice Mukul Mudgal-led committee, which was appointed by the Supreme Court to investigate the fixing and betting scandal in the Indian Premier League (IPL), will submit its final report to the apex court on Monday.
November 02, 2014
Indian management sweats over Aaron's injury
India received an injury blow to pacer Varun Aaron, who suffered a muscle strain in his right leg during the five-match ODI series opener against Sri Lanka in Cuttuck.
Rahane, Dhawan centuries help India humiliate Sri Lanka
Opener Ajinkya Rahane and Shikhar Dhawan slammed centuries to help India humiliate Sri Lanka by a huge margin of 169 runs in the first One-Day International in Cuttack, on Sunday.
Factbox: Fastest centuries in Tests
Following is a list of the fastest centuries in test cricket after Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq reached the mark in 56 balls against Australia in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
'It was a memorable win in my 100th first-class game'
The Duleep Trophy final was Central Zone skipper Piyush Chawla's 100th first-class match and the thrilling nine-run win was termed by the UP leg-spinner as one of the "most memorable wins" in his career.
Cric Buzz: Bedi lauds Ojha and Rahul's good show in Duleep Trophy
Under scanner left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha today found a surprise visitor in legendary Bishan Singh Bedi, who dropped in at the Feroz Shah Kotla on the final day of the Duleep Trophy final to have an interactive session with him and three others.
'Great to see some pace unleashed by India'
Pleased with his fast bowlers show in the 169-runs win over Sri Lanka, skipper Virat Kohi said that it augurs well for the tours to Australia and New Zealand. \
IN PIX: Misbah emulates Richard's record of fastest Test century
Misbah-ul-Haq equaled the record for the fastest Test century on Sunday.
Milestone men! Fastest half centuries in Test cricket
Factbox on the fastest half centuries in Test cricket after Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq reached the mark in 21 balls against Australia in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
Milestone for Misbah, Pakistan sniff victory
Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq equalled Viv Richards's record for the fasTest Test century while his team stood six wickets away from a memorable 2-0 series win against Australia on Sunday.
When 'God of Cricket' was 'scarred' and 'wanted to quit'
Anjali helped Sachin Tendulkar deal with the debacles during his reign as captain and carry on.
Duleep Trophy: Central beat South in thrilling final
Central Zone spinners, led by captain Piyush Chawla, weaved magic on a helpful track to steer the team to the Duleep Trophy title with a thrilling nine-run triumph over South Zone in New Delhi on Sunday.
Powerful BCCI demands $42 million for abandoned Windies tour
The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) stares at financial ruin after its powerful Indian counterpart demanded nearly $42 million in damages for the Caribbean team's abrupt withdrawal from a tour of India last month.
November 01, 2014
'Don't know why there's been so much of hype about my bad phase'
Hitting out at critics, India's star batsman Virat Kohli says he is not bothered about the questions being raised about his technique.
I always like being captain of the side: Kohli
Relishing the prospect of leading the side in the the first three ODIs against Sri Lanka, India's stand-in skipper Virat Kohli today said the hastily-planned series would be an exciting one, especially with World Cup spots up for grabs.
Duleep Trophy: Rahul hits another ton as South in firm control
Opener KL Rahul continued his dream form as he blazed his way to a brilliant unbeaten 121 after a classy 185 in the first innings as South Zone looked in cruise control in pursuit of 301 against Central in the Duleep Trophy final.
ICC ODI rankings: Chance for both India, Sri Lanka to claim No.1
Currently placed at number three behind South Africa and Australia, India have an opportunity to jump to the top in the ICC ODI team rankings if they win the upcoming five-match one-day series against Sri Lanka 4-1 or better.
An opportunity for Team India to test the bench strength
Their World Cup build-up halted by West Indies team's sudden mid-series pullout, India would resume the preparations for the mega-event when they square off against under-cooked sub-continental rivals Sri Lanka in a hastily-arranged ODI series starting in Cuttack on Sunday.
Pakistan turn the screw on stuttering Australia
Australia are facing the prospect of being asked to follow-on against Pakistan after the tourists lost four wickets on the third morning of the second and final Test to slump to 120 for five at lunch in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
Cric Buzz: Pakistan's Junaid out of NZ series with injury
Pakistan will be without leading paceman, Junaid Khan for the series against New Zealand after he was advised to undergo another six weeks of rehabilitation following his knee injury.
BCCI slaps Rs 250 crore damages claim on WICB
Left fuming by the West Indian cricketers' mid-series pullout due to a pay dispute with their Board, the BCCI has slapped a damages claim to the tune of Rs 250 crore ($42 million) on the WICB.
Dhoni is an amazing captain and a strong leader: Gilchrist
Disagreeing with former Australian skipper Ian Chappell's claims that Mahendra Singh Dhoni should relinquish his captaincy, former Australia wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist said the Chennai Super Kings star is the ideal one to lead India.
October 31, 2014
WICB officials must go to India to salvage situation: Roberts
Legendary West Indies fast bowler Andy Roberts feels that the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) should immediately send representatives to India and salvage the situation by speaking to the BCCI bosses as paying huge damages could end cricket in the Caribbean.
'Dew factor' may impact first India-Sri Lanka ODI in Cuttack
The first One-Day International between India and Sri Lanka at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack will be a run-feast predicted curator Pankaj Patnaik but at the same time pointed out that the toss might turn out to be crucial with the dew expected to play in the evening.
Azhar's son Asaduddin named in Uttar Pradesh squad
Former India captain Mohammed Azharuddin's son Asaduddin took his first major steps in his cricketing career when he was on Friday named in the Uttar Pradesh One Day squad for the forthcoming Vijay Hazare trophy.
'Murali would never have played under current rules'
Former Pakistan captain Muhammad Yousuf says Sri Lankan legend Muttiah Muraliatharan would never have been allowed to play top league had the current ICC rules on chucking been in place during their time.
India gear up for Sri Lanka ODIs; Saha set to play
Uncertanity over the availability of Wriddhiman Saha, who had a split webbing in his right hand, for the first One-Day International against Sri Lanka seems to be over as the wicketkeeper batsman looked fit ahead of the opening game, in Cuttack on Sunday.
Central fight back after Rahul's 185 in Duleep final
Faiz Fazal and Jalaj Saxena hit half-centuries to keep Central Zone in the contest after South Zone had taken the first innings lead of day three of Duleep Trophy final at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi, on Friday.
Select your Test squad for Australia: Will Raina, Rahul make the cut?
Please fill in your choices and help the Indian selectors make up their mind!
Broad, Anderson saddened by KP's 'bullying culture' claims
England fast bowlers Stuart Broad and James Anderson have said that ousted batsman Kevin Pietersen's allegations of a bully culture in the dressing room has saddened and disappointed them.
Younis, Misbah punish sorry Australia
Younis Khan hit a stellar double hundred while skipper Misbah-ul-Haq also joined the run-feast with his sixth Test century as Pakistan tightened their grip on the second and final test against Australia on Friday.
Numbers game: India hold edge over Sri Lanka in One-Day Internationals
As India and Sri Lanka get set to duel in the make-shift ODI series, starting Sunday, Rajneesh Gupta gives us a look at how both teams stand in One-dayers.
'VVS told me I should only think about Tests'
'I know how to play and how to score runs; it is just that I am waiting for the opportunity. Whenever it comes, I will grab it with both hands.'
Ryder gets chance to 'show discipline, commitment on and off field'
Aggressive top-order batsman Jesse Ryder was passionate about rekindling his international career after he was thrown a World Cup lifeline by being named in a New Zealand 'A' team for one-day matches in the United Arab Emirates next month.
'Rohit Sharma's match fitness is a good sign for the Indian team'
Rohit Sharma showed no signs of the finger injury that kept him out of action for more than two months as he hammered the visiting Sri Lanka bowlers making 142 off 111 balls, said India A coach Sanjay Bangar after his team won the warm-up game.
'MS Dhoni told me that there is nothing called lucky or unlucky'
Following Pankaj Singh's distinctly unlucky Test debut during the match against England at Southampton, the skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni had a few words of encourgement for him.
October 30, 2014
'I would be proud if I can score as many runs as Rahul Dravid'
Batsman Lokesh Rahul is sure not taking comparisons with his namesake, Rahul Dravid, seriously but the talented Karnataka opener is keen to emulate South African ODI captain AB de Villiers in style of play.
Lokesh Rahul's unbeaten hundred gives South lead over Central
Karnataka batsman Lokesh Rahul gave the selectors food for thought before the upcoming Australia tour, scoring a classy century which gave South Zone a vital first innings lead against Central Zone on Day 2 of the Duleep Trophy final, in Delhi, on Thursday. Replying to Central's first innings total of 276, South rode the opener's unbeaten 168 to end the day on 308 for three, a lead of 32 runs, at the Feroz Shah Kotla.
Younis, Ali tons grind Australia in Abu Dhabi
Younus Khan's prolific bat continued to torment Australia as he struck his third successive Test hundred to put Pakistan in a commanding position on Day 1 of the second and final Test, in Abu Dhabi, on Thursday. The former captain, whose twin centuries in the first Test secured Pakistan's 221-run victory in Dubai, extended his red hot form to hit an unbeaten 111 and helped Pakistan to a strong 304 for two wickets at the close.
Rohit Sharma, Pandey hit tons as India 'A' trounce Sri Lanka
A fit-again Rohit Sharma and Manish Pandey slammed strokeful centuries as India A feasted on Sri Lanka's mediocre attack before registering a comfortable 88-run victory in a warm-up match for the visitors ahead of their ODI series against India at the Cricket Club of India (Brabourne Stadium) on Thursday.
Sri Lanka reel as India 'A' batsmen make merry
Rohit Sharma and Manish Pandey hit centuries as India 'A' amassed 382 for 6 against Sri Lanka in the tourists' first warm-up match at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Thursday.
Is South Africa's Amla the best ODI batsman in modern cricket?
South Africa Test team captain Hashim Amla is very close to a landmark that would confirm him as one of the best One-Day International batsmen of all time.
'Let's move past teaching Indian fast bowlers to become medium pace machines'
'Unless Indian bowlers work with the correct information, the right mindset and the learning that encourages pace and accuracy together, they won't be able to maximise their talent,' says English bowling coach Ian Pont.
October 29, 2014
'Drawing the second Test against Pakistan is not an option'
Pakistan coach Waqar Younis has warned his team to beware a backlash from a wounded Australia in the second and final Test in Abu Dhabi starting on Thursday.
Duleep Trophy final: Central batsmen fritter away good starts
Central Zone's batsmen, led by Robin Bist, were guilty of poor shot selection as they finished on 237 for 7 against South Zone on Day 1 of the Duleep Trophy final, in Delhi, on Wednesday. Bist blew away a chance to register a hundred, getting out for 79 off 153 balls. His three-and-a-half hours' stay at the wicket was studded with 12 sweetly-timed boundaries and a six.
'There is a possibility that I may never play for India again'
Yuvraj Singh says the thought of not being able to play for India again has crossed his mind and added that it will be very depressing if he fails to make
Tendulkar inducted into Bradman Hall of Fame
Sachin Tendulkar added yet another feather to his cap on Wednesday when he was inducted as one of the latest honourees to the Bradman Foundation. Former Australia captain Steve Waugh was the other cricketer to enter the Bradman Hall of Fame alongside Tendulkar during a gala dinner, at the historic Sydney Cricket Ground.
Chance for fringe players, Rohit Sharma to impress
Fringe players have a chance to prove their worth when India 'A' takes on Sri Lanka in the tourists' only warm-up match ahead of the hastily scheduled One-Day International series, in Mumbai on Thursday. The tour game, at the Cricket Club of India's Brabourne Stadium, also provides Rohit Sharma, who is recovering from a fractured finger and shoulder injury, an opportunity prove his fitness and return to the side for the last two games in the best-of-five ODI series.
Sri Lankans looking 'to somehow get it right in India this time'
India may be weakened by the absence of captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, but the World champions cannot be taken lightly, especially with a strong batting line-up at their disposal, says Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews.
Tendulkar's farewell Test: Relive the maestro's exit!
Final Test: Exit Sachin Tendulkar, by writer-journalist Dilip D'Souza, is a close scrutiny of the batting legend's last Test, against the West Indies, at the Wankhede stadium, in Mumbai, last November.
Sri Lanka's Senanayake to face Chennai 'action' test
Sachithra Senanayake, the Sri Lankan off-spinner banned for illegal bowling action, is to proceed to Chennai's ICC accredited centre for suspect actions.
Paceman Hazlewood gets Australia call-up, Watson fit for SA One-dayers
Australian fast bowler Josh Hazlewood received his reward for some fine domestic form on Wednesday when he was included in a pace-heavy 13-man squad for the first two One-Day Internationals against South Africa next month.
Batsman Trott gets England 'A' recall on domestic form
Batsman Jonathan Trott has been selected for the England Lions tour of South Africa, his first international call-up since leaving last year's Ashes tour with a stress-related illness.
October 28, 2014
I parted ways with BCCI amicably and leave with no regrets: Dawes
India's bowling coach Joe Dawes has affirmed that he was not sacked by the BCCI instead they parted ways "amicably" even as he was very much interested in working with the team at the upcoming World Cup.
PCB to nominate Najam Sethi as next ICC President
Former PCB chairman Najam Sethi is set to be nominated as the next President of the International Cricket Council by the Pakistan board for a one-year term starting in June, 2015.
Saha confident of recovering for first Sri Lanka ODI
Wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha, who was picked as replacement for the rested Mahendra Singh Dhoni for India's first three One-Day Internationals against Sri Lanka, is confident of recovering from injury in time for the opening match in Cuttack on Sunday.
Duleep Trophy final: Fearless Central ready for fiery South
A talented Central Zone team led by Piyush Chawla is aiming to come out firing all cylinders when it squares off with an equally combative South Zone side in the final of the Duleep Trophy, starting in New Delhi, on Wednesday.
Dravid bats for Olympic sports, says can learn a lot from cricket
Part of an eight-member team of elite sportspersons to identify and help prospective medal winners from across the country for the 2016 and 2020 Olympics, the former India cricket captain was optimistic about Indian sport moving in the right direction.
'I can play as a specialist batsman in any position'
Naman Ojha is certainly back in the national selection committee's radar after four centuries in his last five first-class innings, including two double
Samuels insists he was not in favour of India tour pull out
The West Indies middle order batsman yet again insisted that he was not a part of the decision to abandon the tour of India, and said he was in favour of solving the problem after finishing the series.
South Africa No 1; Kohli slips to third in latest ODI rankings
India's Virat Kohli slipped a rung but is still the best-placed Indian batsman in third position in the latest the International Cricket Council One-Day batsmen's rankings released on Tuesday.
Organisers hopeful of West Indies' World Cup participation
Organisers are confident West Indies will take part at the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand early next year despite the crisis caused by their withdrawal from the tour of India earlier this month.
Watch the straight ball, Lehmann warns Australia
Australia's batsmen need to concentrate as much on hitting the straight ball as worrying about movement when they face Pakistan's spinners in the ongoing Test series, coach Darren Lehmann has said.
Could all-rounder Binny be a good option at the World Cup?
Despite taking a career-best six for four in an ODI against Bangladesh in Dhaka in June, Stuart Binny is, however, yet to win the confidence of captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and the team management. He was benched throughout the ODI series in England before being dropped for the recent controversy-ridden ODI series against the West Indies.
October 27, 2014
ICC justifies crackdown on bowlers with illegal actions
Cricket's global governing body has justified its crackdown on bowlers with illegal actions, vowing to only allow unorthodox deliveries like the doosra within the rules.
'Australia has improved out of sight since that series in India'
Australia captain Michael Clarke said his team would be fired up by defeat in the first Test against Pakistan but clearly needed to improve in all facets of the game to square the series later this week.
'Guys like Virat Kohli and MS have done what fits their game'
Robin Uthappa has come out as a completely changed batsman this season and the Karnataka opener attributes his consistent scores on "staying true to his skills" just like India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli.
Taijul's 8-wkt haul gives Bangladesh dramatic win over Zimbabwe
Taijul Islam excelled with bat and ball as Bangladesh scored a tense three-wicket victory over Zimbabwe in the first Test in Dhaka on Monday.
Sri Lanka ODIs: Dhawal Kulkarni replaces Mohammed Shami
Medium-pacer Mohammed Shami has been ruled out of the five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka starting November 2, due to an injury. Maharashtra medium-pacer Dhawal Kulkarni will replaced him in the 15-member Indian squad, to be led by Virat Kohli, for the first three ODIs.
ICC Test Rankings: India drop while arch-rivals Pakistan rise
India are all set to drop a rung to sixth in the ICC Test rankings, replaced by arch-rivals Pakistan in the fifth position.
Watch out for Pakistan's most lethal weapon for World Cup
Pakistan's tall left arm pacer Muhammad Irfan has had to reject lucrative offers to play in England and South Africa after his cricket board told him to stay fresh for the World Cup.
I have left BCCI, no comments on Windies's pullout: Srinivasan
The International Cricket Council (ICC) Chairman N Srinivasan refused to comment on the West Indies team's sudden pullout of the India series.
October 26, 2014
'It was a mistake to accept the captaincy of Pakistan in 2007'
Pakistan's former captain and discarded all-rounder Shoaib Malik has said he made a mistake in his career to accept the captaincy of the national team after the 2007 World Cup.
Babar, Yasir spin Australia out; Pakistan score big win in Dubai
Pakistan spinners Zulfiqar Babar and Yasir Shah took nine wickets in the second innings as the hosts beat Australia by 221 runs in the first Test on Sunday to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.
'In Dhoni's absence we have a very good chance to win in India'
Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews has warned that his team cannot lower their guard against the Indians despite captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni being rested for the first three ODIs.
Disappointed captain Clarke says lacking match practice
Captain Michael Clarke was frank about Australia's struggles to read the spin off the slow Dubai wicket but declined to criticise his team mates after his second dismissal to slow bowling in the first Test against Pakistan.
October 25, 2014
Duleep Trophy: Rawat's century seals Central's final spot
Mahesh Rawat scored a century and combined well with lower-order batsmen to pile on the misery of the North Zone bowlers as Central Zone's Duleep Trophy semifinal ended in a draw in Mohali on Saturday.
Pakistan spinners strike after Younus, Shehzad heroics
Pakistan's spinners scythed through Australia's top order in the second innings to get them close to victory in the first Test after twin centuries from Younus Khan and youngster Ajmal Shehzad helped the hosts set an improbable target.
I just needed to finish this tour, claims Samuels; Bravo shocked!
West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo has hit back at Marlon Samuels for claiming that he was not part of the ODI team's plan to abandon the troubled tour of India, saying that his team-mate was an 'interested party' and spoke 'vigorously' during the meetings he attended.
Cuttack to host India-Sri Lanka One-Day series opener
Cuttack will host the opening match of the hastily-arranged One-Day International series between India and Sri Lanka on November 2 after the West Indies' stunning pullout over a pay dispute.
October 24, 2014
Pakistan in control despite Warner hundred
David Warner's third consecutive Test century could not stop Pakistan from taking control of the first Test against Australia on Friday after the tourists squandered a strong start and were all out for 303 in their first innings.
English experience will help Indians in Australia tour: Laxman
VVS Laxman said that the English experience would help the cricketers do well in the gruelling Australia tour that precedes the World Cup.
Duleep Trophy: Gambhir roars back into form with a century
Skipper Gautam Gambhir's 37th first-class century might have made his case stronger for an India comeback but his knock could not help North Zone overhaul Central Zone's imposing first innings score on Day 3 of the four-day Duleep Trophy semi-final in Mohali.
ICC are 20 years too late to act on chucking: Holding
Former West Indies great Michael Holding is happy that ICC is finally coming down hard on bowlers with suspect action but he feels that the game's governing body is "20 years too late" in executing a clampdown on suspected chuckers.
'Dhoni is not innovative and proactive enough in Test matches'
Legendary West Indies fast bowler Michael Holding feels Mahendra Singh Dhoni is not "innovative and proactive enough as captain, especially in Tests" although India would remain a strong contender to retain their World Cup title in Australia next year.
Cricket Buzz: 'Ryder not ready for New Zealand return'
Jesse Ryder's blistering return to form may not be enough to get him rushed back into the international game, according to New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum.
Duleep Trophy: South storm into final after East Zone's dismal batting
South Zone took just 40 minutes into the third morning to crush East Zone by an innings and 118 runs en route their entry into Duleep Trophy final, in Lahli on Friday.
South Africa record series win over NZ after Amla ton; close in on No 1 ranking
Hashim Amla's composed century helped South Africa to within a sniff of reclaiming the One-day top ranking after they beat New Zealand by 72 runs to wrap up their three-match series with a game to spare on Friday.
October 23, 2014
WICB sacked me over a telephone call: Gibson
There seems to be no end to the troubles of West Indies Cricket Board as former coach Ottis Gibson accused the board of sacking him over a "telephone call".
Worried sponsors pile pressure on West Indies
The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), reeling from the fallout from the team's withdrawal from the tour of India, is facing fresh pressure from its worried commercial and broadcast partners.
1st Test: Warner hits back after Sarfraz's whirlwind ton on Day 2
Sarfraz Ahmed's belligerent century powered Pakistan to a strong 454 in their first innings on the second day of the first Test against Australia on Thursday.
Duleep Trophy: Sever-star Binny helps South march towards innings win
All-rounder Stuart Binny tormented the East Zone batsmen with his controlled swing bowling as they lost as many as 14 wickets with South Zone marching towards a comprehensive innings victory at the end of second day in the semi-final of the Duleep Trophy.
Cricket Buzz: Flintoff signs up for Brisbane Heat in Big Bash League
Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff joined Brisbane Heat on a short-term deal in the Big Bash League (BBL) on Thursday, extending his surprise return to Twenty20 cricket.
October 22, 2014
Duleep Trophy: Jalaj Saxena, Naman Ojha hit tons against North
Central Zone's Madhya Pradesh duo of Jalaj Saxena and wicketkeeper batsman Naman Ojha took full advantage of drop