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April 28, 2015
Rajasthan Royals seek revenge in Bengaluru
Humiliated in their previous face-off this season, table toppers Rajasthan Royals will be desperate to seek revenge against a resurgent Royal Challengers Bangalore in Wednesday's Indian Premier League match in Bengaluru.
'PCB, Pakistan cricket structure in need of major overhaul'
Former president of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Ehsan Mani has said that Pakistan Cricket Board ( PCB) and the country's cricket structure are in "need of a major overhaul" following Pakistan's defeat at the hands of fast-rising Bangladesh.
BCCI secretary Thakur's effigies burnt by Youth Congress workers
Activists of Himachal Pradesh Youth Congress today burnt an effigy of BJP MP and BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur for his alleged links with a Chandigarh-based bookie even as the state Congress Committee has urged the BCCI to take against him.
IPL boss Rajiv Shukla defends Thakur over links with bookie
Indian Premier League governing council chairman Rajiv Shukla, on Monday, avoided commenting on reports of Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Anurag Thakur allegedly being seen with a bookie and said that he would comment on the matter only after getting any evidence.
Zimbabwe ready to tour Pakistan for ODI series
Zimbabwe are close to accepting an invitation to play in Pakistan next month in a One-Day International series that could mark the first visit by a Test-playing nation since 2009.
Boult, Warner shine as Hyderabad outclass Punjab
Pace spearhead Trent Boult led the way with three wickets after David Warner's brisk half-century laid the foundation as Sunrisers Hyderabad recorded a 20-run win over Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League in Mohali, on Monday.
April 27, 2015
Lalit Modi or Ten Sports not linked with our project on cricket: Essel
The Essel Group on Monday rebutted news reports that it is setting up parallel cricket boards across different countries in collaboration with Ten Sports Network but said it is now geared up to enter the sports business at a global level, focusing on cricket.
If I feel that I'm going to be a burden on team I will quit: Afridi
Flamboyant Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has said he is ready to retire from international cricket the day he feels he is a burden on the team.
ICC chief Srinivasan on backfoot? Says won't respond to Thakur!
International Cricket Council chairman Narayanswami Srinivasan on Monday made it clear that he does not want to engage in a war of words with Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Anurag Thakur.
Thakur blasts Srinivasan on bookie links allegation. Read his letter
The internal feud within the Board of Control for Cricket in India took an ugly turn on Monday with its secretary, Anurag Thakur, launching a stinging attack on ICC chairman Narayanaswami Srinivasan, saying he must share information about bookies with his own family members "whose involvement in betting has been proved".
'Conventional' Rohit feels honoured over Arjuna recommendation
Rohit Sharma on Monday expressed delight about the BCCI's decision to recommend his name for the government's prestigious Arjuna Award.
Gavaskar wants BCCI to pay up
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has asked for an amount of Rs 1.90 crore as remuneration for rendering his services as president BCCI-IPL.
CSK set to dominate KKR on home turf
It's going to be Chennai Super Kings' war cry Whistle Podu versus Korbo, Lorbo, Jeetbo re.
BCCI sidestepping issue on Board-bookie nexus?
- Media reports had claimed on Sunday that BCCI was sent a letter by international cricket's governing body about Thakur being seen with an alleged bookie Karan Gilhotra
Time for Yuvraj to stand up and be counted
Yuvraj Singh, the costliest buy this season, hasn't set the Indian Premier League ablaze as was expected.
Daredevils 'need to regroup' while RCB 'get combination right'
Delhi Daredevils skipper JP Duminy admitted that his team were "outplayed" in all departments of the game by Royal Challengers Bangalore in their Indian Premier League match on Sunday.
April 26, 2015
Starc, Gayle help Bangalore crush Delhi by 10 wickets
A fiery spell of fast bowling from Mitchell Starc and Varun Aaron followed by Chris Gayle's quickfire half-century helped Royal Challengers Bangalore crush Delhi Daredevils by a convincing 10-wicket victory in the Indian Premier League match at the Feroz Shah Kotla, in New Delhi, on Sunday.
BCCI to take legal opinion on CSK's low demerger valuation
The Board of Control for Cricket in India on Sunday decided to seek a fresh legal opinion on the controversial "low" valuation of the Indian Premier League team Chennai Super Kings when it demerged from its parent company India cements, headed by former Board president Narayanswami Srinivasan.
Tendulkar, Dravid, Ganguly to select India's new coach
The trio, according to sources, will provide input to BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya and secretary Anurag Thakur, who were on Sunday entrusted with the job of finding the new coach at the Board of Control for Cricket in India's Working Committee meeting in Kolkata.
KKR, RR share points after IPL match rained off
Defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders' home match against Rajasthan Royals was abandoned at Eden Gardens without a ball being bowled because of heavy rain and thunderstorm in Kolkata.
KKR names Keshri as 16th member; to give his family Rs 10 lakh
Champions Kolkata Knight Riders paid tribute to deceased cricketer Ankit Keshri by naming him as the 16th member of their side for their rain-hit Indian Premier League match against Rajasthan Royals at the Eden Gardens, in Kolkata, on Sunday.
Former chief Srinivasan hired London firm to spy on BCCI officials: report
Former Board of Control for Cricket in India president Narayanswami Srinivasan is facing fresh trouble after reports emerged that he hired a London-based firm to spy on other Board members, it was reported on Sunday.
Sehwag, Miller, Maxwell's batting failures hurting Kings XI Punjab
The likes of Virender Sehwag, David Miller and Glenn Maxwell have not managed to live up to expectations for Kings XI Punjab in IPL 8.
Emotional Waqar offers to step down after Bangladesh drubbing
Waqar Younis and his deputy Mushtaq Ahmed have had a heart-to-heart to talk with the players.
What's on their mind? Money, money, money...
Zimabawe ask PCB for financial incentives for touring players.
Captain Kohli wants Saha to replace Dhoni in Tests
India's Test captain Virat Kohli feels that it will be difficult to replace someone like Mahendra Singh Dhoni but Wriddhiman Saha according to him 'deserves' to don the gloves for the national team for the
Cook hails outstanding Anderson after England victory
Alastair Cook gave the credit for Saturday's second-Test win over West Indies to James Anderson.
England beat West Indies after fairytale day for Anderson
A devastating spell from seam bowler James Anderson set England up for a nine-wicket triumph in the second test against West Indies on Saturday as the tourists went 1-0 up in the three-match series.
McCullum, spinners guide Chennai to top spot
Chennai Super Kings thrashed Kings XI Punjab by a huge margin of 97 runs, extracting a sweet revenge for a string of three losses to them in the last season of the Indian Premier League.
April 25, 2015
Discussions on CSK valuation, India's next coach at BCCI meeting
The appointment of next India chief coach, Chennai Super Kings's low de-merger valuation of Rs 5 lakh and Neeraj Kumar's appointment as the Anti-Corruption Unit's chief consultant are some of the key issues that will be discussed during the Board of Control for Cricket in India's Working Committee meeting, in Kolkata, on Sunday.
Hyderabad's disastrous batting leaves coach Moody 'embarrassed'
A fuming Tom Moody says he was left 'embarrassed' after Sunrisers Hyderabad's poor batting performance against Mumbai Indians which saw them lose by 20 runs in the Indian Premier League match at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai, on Saturday.
Malinga, McClenaghan bowl Mumbai Indians to win over Hyderabad
Lasith Malinga and Mitchell McClenaghan came up with stellar bowling display to help Mumbai Indians defend a modest score and beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 20 runs in their Indian Premier League match at the Wankhede stadium.
Knight Riders undecided about Narine's inclusion for Rajasthan clash
Kolkata Knight Riders spinner Sunil Narine, who has been reported for suspect bowling action again, is available for the contest against Rajasthan Royals but skipper Gautam Gambhir says they're still pondering whether to risk the Windies.
IPL: Delhi Daredevils, Royal Challengers seek winning momentum
High on confidence after convincing victories in their previous games, both Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers Bangalore will seek the winning momentum when they face off in the Indian Premier League on Sunday.
'I feel good about my batting but have not converted the starts'
Virender Sehwag still feels the insatiable hunger for scoring runs and says he would like to make the most of his current form by scoring 'big runs' for Kings XI Punjab in the ongoing Indian Premier League. IPL: Kolkata face biggest mental hurdle ahead of home stretch
Defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders will be in a tight corner without their 'mystery spinner' Sunil Narine, reported for chucking, as they gear up to face Rajasthan Royals in an Indian Premier League match at Eden Gardens. Beginning with Rajasthan, Kolkata will go on to complete all their remaining five home outings by May 9.
'The win against Rajasthan might be a momentum change for us'
Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli has described his team's nine-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals as a "well-earned" and "timely" victory and hoped to carry forward the momentum in the remaining IPL matches.
'Ajinkya Rahane comes closest to technical perfection in IPL'
Former India captain Ajit Wadekar feels that Ajinkya Rahane is probably the one Indian batsman whose technique comes closest to what can be called perfect even in the slam-bang T20 IPL cricket. Brathwaite ton frustrates England
Kraigg Brathwaite's determined century led West Indies to 202 for 2 at the close of the fourth day in the second Test, leaving the hosts with a lead of 37 runs.
CSK spinners not as effective as in previous years: coach Fleming
Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming conceded on Friday that the spin department of his side hasn't been as effective as compared to previous IPL seasons, but denied that the team management has lost confidence on its slow bowlers.
April 24, 2015
Kohli, Starc guide RCB to nine-wicket win over RR
Skipper Virat Kohli blasted his second successive fifty and pacer Mitchell Starc picked up three wickets as Royal Challengers Bangalore notched up a comprehensive nine-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals in their IPL encounter in Ahmedabad.
All-round Shakib guides Bangladesh to seven wicket win over Pakistan
Shakib Al Hasan's fine all-round showing powered Bangladesh to a seven-wicket victory over Pakistan on Friday, their first Twenty20 international win over their Asian rivals.
Why Ishant, India's best fast bowler, is warming the bench in the IPL
Sunrisers Hyderabad mentor VVS Laxman pointed out that Ishant's no-ball problem is one of the reasons for his exclusion from the side.
Narine again reported for 'suspected illegal bowling action'
West Indies mystery spinner Sunil Narine has again been reported for suspect illegal bowling action. This time by the on-field umpires during Kolkata Knight Riders' away IPL match against Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 22.
Iyer credits Amre for top form in IPL
"A lot of credit goes to him (Praveen Amre) because he really works hard on me before the game and we practice good technique and skills. Yesterday also we worked on my skills," said Iyer after DD's 37-run win at the Feroz Shah Kotla, in New Delhi on Thursday.
How to maintain successful relationship from 'aggressive' Steyn
South Africa pace spearhead Dale Steyn claims to be a calmer person off the field.
How Australia's World Cup heroes Maxwell, Johnson are struggling
Struggling to be consistent, Kings XI Punjab will have their task cut out when they take on the in-form Chennai Super Kings.
Can Rohit resurrect bottom-placed Mumbai Indians' fortunes at home?
Pushed to the bottom of the table following their fifth defeat in six outings, former champions Mumbai Indians will look to keep their chances alive when they face a resurgent Sunrisers Hyderabad in a crucial Indian Premier League game at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday.
Expect fireworks from Maxwell in county cricket
Snubbed Maxwell eyes county cricket to fuel Test bid.
Mumbai's star-studded think-tank hampering their chances?
Parthiv Patel said that the results may not be coming but the star-studded support staff gives players space and their inputs are valuable.
Meet India, Jonty Rhodes's newborn daughter
Former South African cricketer Jonty Rhodes and wife Jeanne have been blessed with a baby girl.
Dhoni's daughter Ziva's stadium debut
Ziva was seen in the stands to cheer Chennai Super Kings in their Indian Premier League match in Bangalore, on Wednesday.
PHOTOS: IPL 8's HOTTEST WAGs
They are termed by many teams as distractions while some feel that they make the cricketers happy. Yes, we are talking about the WAGs (wife and girlfriend).
Day 3, PHOTOS: England's Joe, the Root of Windies' troubles
Captain Cook also hits form, strikes 125-run opening partnership with Trott -- England's first century opening stand since March 2013.
Big IPL buys Yuvraj, Karthik struggling to get going
Two players, who were bought for big money at the Indian Premier League auction, are struggling to justify the huge amount spent on them for the eighth edition of the hugely popular Twenty20 tournament.
Tendulkar turns 42. Wish the batting legend!
India's batting icon Sachin Tendulkar turns 42 on Friday.
IPL: Delhi Daredevils thrash Mumbai Indians to break Kotla jinx
Delhi Daredevils defeated Mumbai Indians by 37 runs in their Indian Premier League match at the Ferozshah Kotla. It was Delhi's first home win in 10 matches and in more than two years. After April 21, 2013, when they last won at the Kotla, Delhi lost nine matches on the trot at home.
April 23, 2015
Tendulkar mania grips Feroz Shah Kotla
Sachin Tendulkar may have retired from cricket but he still rules the hearts of fans with chants of 'Sachin, Sachin' reverberating once again at the Feroz Shah Kotla as the chief mentor of Mumbai Indians side walked out before the start of the IPL game in New Delhi.
'Bangladesh series loss is a low point in our cricket history'
Former skipper Imran Khan has joined the chorus of angry fans and ex-cricketers over the national team's ODI whitewash in Bangladesh, terming the 0-3 loss as a "low point in Pakistan cricket history".
Another blow for Delhi Daredevils; Shami officially ruled out
The BCCI has officially confirmed that India's pace spearhead Mohammed Shami has been ruled out of the ongoing Indian Premier League due to a knee injury sustained during the ICC World Cup last month. IPL: Can RCB end slump against table-toppers Rajasthan?
Pushed to the bottom of the heap after three successive losses, it will take an extraordinary effort from Royal Challengers Bangalore to overpower table-toppers Rajasthan Royals when the two sides clash in an Indian Premier League match in Ahmedabad on Friday.
Broad defends England's 'sledging' on Samuels
England fast bowler Stuart Broad has defended his team's verbal attack on West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels during their second Test in Grenada.
Insane! IPL team Chennai Super Kings valued at Rs 5 lakh only
Two-time Indian Premier League champions Chennai Super Kings has been valued at just Rs 5 lakh by its owners, India Cements.
Hafeez to resume bowling for Pak after ICC clears remodeled action
Pakistan's premier all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has been cleared by the International Cricket Council to resume bowling in international matches after remedial works and retests on his remodeled action.
What turned the match in Chennai Super Kings' favour
Chennai Super Kings batsman Suresh Raina reckons that the early dismissal of South African swashbuckler A B de Villiers proved to be the decisive factor in CSK's 27-run victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore in their Indian Premier League match in Bangalore on Wednesday.
2nd Test, Day 2, PHOTOS: Samuels strikes ton, but England make strong reply
England openers Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott made a solid start in reply to West Indies' total of 299 by reaching 74 without loss on the second day of the second Test on Wednesday.
Nehra, Raina shine as Chennai demolish Bangalore
Veteran Ashish Nehra dished out a brilliant spell of pace bowling after Suresh Raina's sparkling half-century as Chennai Super Kings registered a comfortable 27-run victory against Royal Challengers Bangalore in their Indian Premier League match in Bangalore, on Wednesday.
April 22, 2015
Sarkar's maiden century helps Bangladesh whitewash Pakistan
Soumya Sarkar's maiden century helped Bangladesh secure a 3-0 one-day series sweep against Pakistan after an eight-wicket win in the third and final match on Wednesday.
IPL: Warner's belligerent 91 helps Hyderabad overpower Kolkata
SunRisers Hyderabad beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 16 runs (via Duckworth/Lewis method) in their rain-curtailed Indian Premier League match in Visakhapatnam.
Delhi's leg-spinners present a different challenge for Mumbai: Bond
With Delhi Daredevils on a nine-match losing streak at home, Mumbai Indians bowling coach Shane Bond said the visitors will look to exploit on the opposition's shortcomings in Thursday's IPL match in Delhi.
'Delhi have three games at the Kotla to set things straight'
With Delhi Daredevils having lost nine matches on the trot in the IPL, captain Jean-Paul Duminy is keen to set the record straight when they take on Mumbai Indians at the Feroz Shah Kotla.
Delhi Daredevils look find footing against Mumbai Indians
An inconsistent Delhi Daredevils will look to break the home jinx when they take on Mumbai Indians in their sixth match of the IPL cricket tournament at Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi on Thursday.
Injured Finch out for three months after surgery
Australia's World Cup winning batsman Aaron Finch underwent surgery on his left hamstring and will be sidelined for up to three months.
'Punjab will focus on good cricket rather than depending on luck'
After edging out Rajasthan Royals in a nail-biting IPL game, Kings XI Punjab captain Virender Sehwag said his side won't rely on luck the next time. Cricketer Rahul Ghosh recovering from head injury
Kolkata cricketer Rahul Ghosh, who was hospitalised after sustaining a head injury during a local league match, is stable and recovering, but doctors said he still needs to be kept under observation in intensive care.
2nd Test, PHOTOS: Samuels in rescue act as England dominate Day 1
A patient 94 not out from Marlon Samuels helped West Indies recover against England to end the first day of the second Test on 188 for five in Grenada on Tuesday.
Luck favours Kings XI, but MI's agony continues
Virender Sehwag credits Axar Patel and Mitchell Johnson for the victory.
Look who missed all the Super Over action
Just a few years ago, actress Shilpa Shetty was the face of Rajasthan Royals.
Marsh, Miller lift Punjab to 'Super' victory against Rajasthan
Shaun Marsh's sensational strokeplay helped Kings XI Punjab edge past Rajasthan Royals via the Super Over after the match had finished in a tie in the Indian Premier League, in Ahmedabad, on Tuesday.
April 21, 2015
RCB's fit-again pacer Starc ready to fire against Chennai
Keen to take the field after missing the first few Indian Premier League matches this season due to a knee injury, Royal Challengers Bangalore pacer Mitchell Starc expressed his desire to play against Chennai Super Kings, in Bangalore, on Wednesday.
Butt wants to return to cricket after 'fixing' ban ends in September
Banned Salman Butt was asked by the International Cricket Council's anti-corruption unit to appear for a hearing.
Kolkata club cricketer hospitalised after hit on the head
Just a day after former Bengal Under-19 captain Ankit Keshri lost his life due to a freak on-field injury, another young club cricketer, Rahul Ghosh, was hospitalised after sustaining a hit on the head during a second division league match, in Kolkata, on Tuesday morning.
Captain Dhoni reveals secret of CSK's success
Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni says the camaraderie between the young and senior players is key to his team's good showing in the Indian Premier League.
'It is my dream to to play Test cricket for South Africa'
The David Miller style of play is suited more to shorter formats but the big-hitting batsman dreams of playing Tests for South Africa to this date, having
'Resiliet' Cook believes his batting has evolved
England captain Alistair Cook is convinced he has improved as a batsman despite failing to score a Test century since 2013.
IPL: In-form KKR hoping to take Sunrisers in stride
Their morale on the upswing after back-to-back victories, defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders will aim to continue the winning run when they take on the inconsistent Sunrisers Hyderabad in their fifth IPL cricket match in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday.
Pujara gets cracking for Yorkshire with half-century
India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara has opened his account for Yorkshire with a half-century.
Can Bangalore revive fortunes against formidable Chennai?
Expect a battle of wits when Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings lock horns in Wednesday's Indian Premier League match in Bangalore.
Delhi Daredevils to get Zaheer boost ahead of RCB tie
Delhi Daredevils are expected to get a boost ahead of their IPL match against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday with pacer Zaheer Khan.
Afridi has no intentions of going back on ODI retirement
Pakistan's flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi has ruled out any chance of making a comeback to ODIs.
Coming soon... a special performance from game-changer Yusuf Pathan
'Game-changer' Yusuf will do something special, says Gautam Gambhir.
For first time in 6 years Pakistan set to play home series
Zimbabwe set to become first team to tour Pak after terror fears in March 2009.
'Luxury to have Morne, Umesh and Sunil in the same team'
Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir credited his bowlers .
PHOTOS: IPL 8's cheergirls sizzle!
More that the battle between bat and ball, it is the colourfully dressed cheergirls who are raising the din in the stadium at IPL 8 matches.
April 20, 2015
IPL: Gambhir, Yusuf help holders Kolkata ease past Delhi
Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Delhi Daredevils by six wickets in their Indian Premier League match at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium.
When death came calling on the cricket field
Following the demise of Ankit Keshri here other instances when cricketers died while playing a match.
Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma fined Rs. 12 lakh for slow over-rate
Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma has been fined after his team maintained a slow over rate during Sunday's Indian Premier League match against Royal
Can a T20 league salvage English cricket?
Former England paceman Mathew Hoggard urges England cricket to have shift in mindset
Man who uncovered IPL fixing joins BCCI's anti-corruption wing
Former Delhi Police commissioner Neeraj Kumar was on Monday appointed as chief advisor of the Board of Control for Cricket in India's Anti Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) for a term of one year.
Tendulkar, Shah Rukh condole demise of young Bengal cricketer
Sachin Tendulkar condoled the demise of young batsman Ankit Keshri, who passed away following a freak on-field collision during a Cricket Association of Bengal's senior one-day knock-out match on April 17.
Curtly Ambrose: 'You couldn't ruffle Tendulkar'
West Indies fast bowling legend Curtly Ambrose says Brian Lara and Sachin Tendulkar were two of the greatest batsmen of their generation, but it is difficult to compare them because both were so different.
'Confident Rajasthan Royals are the clear leaders at the moment'
After his side suffered their first defeat at the hands of Rajasthan Royals in this edition of the Indian Premier League, Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming has admitted his team was thoroughly outplayed by a better opponent.
Smith reveals the secrets of his success
Australia's Steve Smith, attributed his success to calmness and the repetitive process of getting ready for on-field battle.
Tamim ton helps Bangladesh secure first series victory over Pakistan
Bangladesh recorded their first series win against Pakistan after opener Tamim Iqbal's second successive century secured a seven-wicket victory in the second one-day international on Sunday.
'Philander was declared fit to play for semis against NZ'
Amidst a controversy over claims of political interference in the selection of Vernon Philander in the World Cup semi-final match against New Zealand, Cricket South Africa has clarified that the right-hand bowler was declared fit and available for selection by the medical team.
350 off 138 balls... Lancashire's Livingstone breaks Indian's record
The 21-year-old all-rounder smashed a world record 350 in just 138 balls during a one-day match in a Royal London National Club Championship game against Caldy
Kings XI Punjab have task cut out against reigning Royals
A struggling Kings XI Punjab will have to pull out all stops against in-form and unbeaten, Rajasthan Royals, when the two teams clash in an Indian Premier League match in Ahmedabad on Tuesday.
Here is why Wiese backs captain Kohli's decision to chase
Royal Challengers Bangalore all-rounder David Wiese said that the presence of injured Australian bowler Mitchell Starc could have made a difference had he played for them in their defeat against Mumbai Indians on Sunday.
Club cricketer dies in Kolkata after fielding collision
Tragedy struck Indian cricket on Monday when a 20-year-old player died as a result of a freakish on-field collision with a team mate during a club match in Kolkata.
How IPL brings the best flavours of West Indies...
Pollard's tape-on-mouth act was something very different and unique, says Harbhajan Singh.
Harbhajan, 100 IPL matches and counting...
Mumbai Indians' spin spearhead Harbhajan Singh said 100th IPL match is a great achievement.
The 'positive' force behind Mumbai Indians
Ricky Ponting's positive attitude and calm demeanour played a huge part in keeping the team together.
Mumbai Indians prove a point against RCB's swashbuckling batsmen
Under pressure after four consecutive defeats, Mumbai Indians came out with a 'positive' display to register their first win.
PHOTOS: Ever seen Pollard put a tape on his mouth?
In a bizzare incident, Mumbai Indians all-rounder Kieron Pollard put on a tape on his mouth after the umpires rapped him for his onfield altercation with fellow West Indian and Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman Chris Gayle during an IPL match.
Clinical Mumbai beat RCB to register their first win in IPL 8
Mumbai Indians produced a clinical performance to beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 18 runs in a high-scoring affair and register their maiden win in this year's Indian Premier League in Bengaluru.
April 19, 2015
IPL: Watson, Rahane help leaders Rajasthan thrash Chennai
Rajasthan Royals outplayed Chennai Super Kings by eight wickets in their Indian Premier League match in Ahmedabad, thereby registering their fifth straight win of the season.
My job is to work with KKR bowlers' psyche: Akram
The former Pakistan captain is also confident that Yusuf Pathan will fire sooner than later.
'It was important for us to get the winning feeling going'
Upbeat after two wins under their belt Delhi Daredevils coach Gary Kirsten believes the team can surely take the momentum forward in the four straight home IPL games at the Feroz Shah Kotla starting on Monday against Kolkata Knight Riders.
Gul to replace injured Adil in Pakistan ODI squad
Pakistan seam bowler Ehsan Adil will miss the ongoing one-day international series in Bangladesh due to a hamstring injury and has been replaced by Umar Gul, the country's cricket board said on Saturday.
IPL: Upbeat Daredevils face rampaging Knight Riders
A resurgent Delhi Daredevils squad will look to continue with their winning momentum when they take on defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders in the team's fifth match of the Indian Premier League T20 cricket tournament at the Feroz Shah Kotla, in Delhi on Monday.
Late Aus cricketer Hughes's bat, jerseys head to Mount Everest
Chhurim Sherpa began her journey for a third ascent to Mount Everest on Sunday but this time some odd items were also part of her climbing gear.
Rajasthan aim for early wickets to counter Chennai challenge
Rajasthan Royals pacer Tim Southee said that their Indian Premier League match against Chennai Super Kings will be an exciting affair.
April 18, 2015
Russell's blast powers Kolkata to victory against Punjab
Andre Russell's spectacular all-round performance powered defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders to a convincing four-wicket victory against Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League, in Pune, on Saturday.
Just why is Pakistan cricket hurting?
Former captain Inzamam ul Haq has blamed the lack of international cricket at home since 2009 for the declining standards in Pakistan cricket.
PHOTOS: Duminy's all-round show wins Delhi a thriller
Delhi Daredevils defeated
After 4 defeats Mumbai Indians look for 1st win
Mumbai Indians would look to bounce back when they take on a formidable Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Royals v CSK: Who will win the battle of supremacy?
Rajasthan Royals will look to extend their four-match winning streak.
Nehra happy to bowl with the new ball and take wickets
Chennai Super Kings pace spearhead Ashish Nehra said dismissing Rohit Sharma, when the Mumbai Indians' skipper was poised for a late assault, proved crucial in his side's six-wicket triumph over the home side in Friday night's IPL match in Mumbai.
Mumbai Indians 'still searching for right combination'
Consigned to their fourth straight defeat, a dejected Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma said he has tried everything to get the right combination this IPL season but hasn't succeeded.
Somehow Gary gets the best out of me: Yuvraj
Making it clear that the 'Most Expensive Player' tagline doesn't create any pressure on him, out-of-favour India veteran Yuvraj Singh said that he "didn't tell anyone to give him" the money that he commanded at the IPL cricket tournament's auctions earlier this year.
'King of swing' Anderson eclipses Botham's record
James Anderson became England's highest wicket-taker in Test cricket when he claimed his 384th victim in the drawn first Test against the West Indies in Antigua on Friday.
Holder earns West Indies draw despite Anderson record
Jason Holder struck his maiden first-class century to lead the West Indies to a draw in the first Test in Antigua on Friday after James Anderson had become England's leading Test wicket-taker.
Smith, McCullum steer CSK to victory; Mumbai's losing run continues
Openers Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum shared a breathtaking 109-run stand off 44 balls as Chennai Super Kings outplayed Mumbai Indians by six wickets to maintain their unbeaten run in the IPL.
April 17, 2015
Bangladesh stun Pakistan in first ODI in Dhaka
Bangladesh outplayed Pakistan by 79 runs in the first one-day international in Dhaka on Friday, in only their second win over their rivals in 48 games across all three formats.
Clarke to play Twenty20 cricket in Melbourne
Australia Test skipper Michael Clarke's will captain the Melbourne Stars in Australia's Big Bash League for the next two seasons after not playing Twenty20 for three years.
'Regular spot in Test side has helped me develop as a cricketer'
Despite enjoying reasonable success Down Under in Test matches, India opener Murali Vijay says he equally enjoys playing in the shorter formats despite the transition from five-day cricket to T20 being 'tough'.
Chinnaswamy is first cricket stadium with rooftop solar plant
The roof top installation by the Karnataka State Cricket Association is a novel initiative executed for the first time at any stadium in the country and, probably, also the first cricket stadium in the world to have such facility, the Karnataka State Cricket Association said.
KKR v Kings: They win some; they lose some and look for consistency
Defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders would look to return to winning ways.
Money crunch forced me to quit international cricket: Taylor
Zimbabwe's retired cricketer Brendan Taylor has admitted that the lack of financial security was the reason behind his decision to quit international cricket after the World Cup.
Sri Lanka mulls options as ICC threatens to stop funds
The appointment of an interim body to run Sri Lankan cricket is in tune with laws governing the island nation, the country's sports minister said on Friday.
IPL: Can 'Daredevil' Yuvraj continue good form against Hyderabad?
After putting a stop to their prolonged losing streak, Delhi Daredevils will look to carry forward the momentum when they take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in their Indian Premier League encounter in Visakhapatnam on Saturday.
Is Pietersen in line for Ashes recall?
KP has been raking up big runs in county cricket, and, Australian captain Clarke has a sneaking suspicion that the England batsman could make the squad for the Ashes
Spot-fix tainted Ankeet Chavan gets richer by Rs 32 lakh
Ankeet Chavan, one of the three Rajasthan Royals players charged with spot-fixing during the 2013 IPL and banned for life by the BCCI, was paid his Ranji Trophy dues worth Rs 32 lakh.
PHOTOS: It's baby's day out, as star kids make IPL debut
It didn't come as a surprise when the cameras focused on Shah Rukh Khan's son AbRam.
PHOTOS, First Test: Ballance strikes ton; special moment awaits Anderson
Set an improbable 438 for victory after England declared their second innings at 333 for 7, the West Indies were 98 for 2 at close on Day 4 of the first Test.
April 16, 2015
IPL: Rajasthan edge Hyderabad in last-ball thriller to stay top
Rajasthan Royals beat SunRisers Hyderabad by six wickets in their Indian Premier League match in Visakhapatnam. It was Rajasthan's fourth win in as many matches as keeps them top of the table.
ICC to consider appointment of Najam Sethi as president in June
The ICC Board accepted the resignation of former president Mustafa Kamal, effective from April 2, and confirmed that no replacement would be appointed for the remaining weeks of his term.
Ganguly rubbishes India coach rumours: 'Don't jump the gun!'
Former skipper Sourav Ganguly preferred to remain tight-lipped about whether he is a possible contender for the job of India coach, saying "let's not speculate".
Rohit demands better batting from Mumbai Indians in first six overs
Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma says the team cannot be dependent on him alone to perform in every match and it is time other players put up their hands and started delivering.
Enforcement Directorate questions BCCI vice-president TC Mathew
Enforcement Directorate officials, on Thursday, questioned Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) president and BCCI vice-president T C Mathew on the foreign exchange transactions involving KCA and a London-based architect firm.
Captain Cook's sorry England form could end in his demise
If Alastair Cook does not sort out his batting problems during the series against West Indies, the England captain's Test future looks rather bleak, former batsman Nasser Hussain said.
'Chennai Super Kings will not be over-confident against Mumbai'
Notwithstanding Mumbai Indians' poor start in this IPL season, Chennai Super Kings head coach Stephen Fleming is wary of the home team's capabilities and insists that the visitors, who are unbeaten so far, have not lowered their guard for Friday's game.
Kiwis have set 'blueprint' for England to rebuild: Steve Waugh
Former Australian captain Steve Waugh has said that New Zealand has set the blueprint for England cricket team to rebuild on and off the pitch.
Srini to remain ICC chairman till BCCI's Sept AGM: Thakur
Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Anurag Thakur says former president Narayanswami Srinivasan will continue as ICC chairman till September after which the Board will chalk out a way forward at its Annual General Meeting.
'South Africa's team selection was interfered with during WC semis'
The Proteas high performance coach and renowned explorer, Mike Horn, on Thursday, revealed that he was required to provide additional support at the World Cup ahead of their semi-final against New Zealand following a change in team selection to meet apparent 'quota' requirements.
Rohit's struggling Mumbai face tough challenge against Dhoni's CSK
Mumbai Indians will have their task cut out when they lock horns with Chennai Super Kings.
Fast bowling becoming part of Indian cricket: Wasim Akram
Having mentored many pacers in India, Wasim Akram feels fast bowling is becoming an integral part of Indian cricket with youngsters finding their heroes in the likes of Mohammad Shami and Umesh Yadav.
PCB sacked Moin to keep his prestige intact: Shaharyar
The chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board Shaharyar Khan has said that the decision to call back Moin Khan from the World Cup and later sack him as chief selector was taken to keep his prestige and reputation intact after the Casino incident.
PHOTOS: Young but mature Blackwood rides the blows to score first Test ton
England's bowlers threw everything at Jermaine Blackwood but the West Indies batsman held firm to notch up his maiden Test century.
Preity Zinta's ooh... aah... ouch IPL moments!
Kings XI Punjab co-owner Preity Zinta had a lot to cheer about until her team's last encounter against Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League on Wednesday.
'We have not won lot of games, this win will give us confidence'
Captain Jean-Paul Duminy praised Mayank Agarwal and Yuvraj Singh for their fine batting show.
Delhi Daredevils pacer Shami out of IPL due to injury
India pacer Mohammed Shami's knee injury turned out to be more serious than Delhi Daredevils made it out to be as he has been ruled out of the eighth edition of the Indian Premier League.
April 15, 2015
IPL: Mayank, Yuvraj help Delhi Daredevils end losing streak
Delhi Daredevils beat Kings XI Punjab by five wickets in their Indian Premier League match in Pune on Wednesday. It was Delhi's first win in 12 matches and their first against Punjab after four straight defeats.
Injured Finch likely to miss rest of IPL
Mumbai Indians batsman Aaron Finch is likely to miss the rest of the Indian Premier League after suffering a hamstring injury during the match against Rajasthan Royals.
Tendulkar inducted into Laureus Sports Academy
Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar was inducted as one of the five new members into the prestigious Laureus Sports Academy in a glittering annual award ceremony at the Shanghai Grand theatre in Shanghai.
Mumbai Indians lacking a bit of confidence as a group: Ponting
Ricky Ponting, Mumbai's head coach, says the team hasn't been able to sustain the momentum for the full length of a match, doing well in only patches.
'This is Australia's best ever young group of Test bowlers'
Former Australia captain Steve Waugh has backed pace bowler Mitchell Starc to convert his World Cup form into the Test team ahead of series against West Indies and England.
IPL: Unbeaten Rajasthan Royals hoping to extend winning run
Looking to keep their winning run intact, table-toppers Rajasthan Royals face a stern SunRisers Hyderabad test in their fourth match of the Indian Premier League in Visakhapatnam on Thursday.
Fast bowling dying due to cricket overkill: Holding
West Indian legend Michael Holding has been impressed with the growth of fast bowling in India but rued the decline of the art in world cricket due to an overkill of the game.
ODI rankings: 3 Indian batsmen among top 10; India at No. 2
Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan and Mahendra Singh Dhoni figure among the top-10 ODI batsmen.
We need to touch up our game: Pollard
Disappointed after Mumbai Indians' third successive IPL loss, the team's West Indian batsman Kieron Pollard said his side needs to improve several aspects of it gameplan.
'I am not the right candidate to coach India right now'
Former Australia captain Steve Waugh has no ambitions of coaching the Indian cricket team, at least not in the near future. 'It's a difficult job. You have to know the culture; there is a lot of expectation from the team,' he says.
PHOTOS: England restrict timid West Indies
Photos of the first Test match between West Indies and England, eing played i Antigua
Kohli has to mature; must learn from Dhoni, says Steve Waugh
Australia's World Cup-winning captain Steve Waugh feels India's latest batting sensation Virat Kohli must learn from Mahendra Singh Dhoni to keep his emotions in check and mature as a captain.
Gillespie to coach Adelaide Strikers in Australia's T20 league
Former test bowler Jason Gillespie has returned home to coach the Adelaide Strikers in Australia's domestic Twenty20 league, dashing speculation the Yorkshire mentor might succeed England coach Peter Moores.
Smith takes Orange cap, says he never gets tired of batting
The ever-consistent Steve Smith continued his rich vein of form,scoring an unbeaten 79 in Rajasthan Royals' easy seven-wicket victory over Mumbai Indians, in the IPL match in Ahmedabad on Tuesday night, and immediately declared he "never gets tired of batting".
West Indies hold firm after early England bag early wickets
The West Indies trailed England by 244 runs at the close of the second day of the first Test in Antigua on Tuesday after Shivnarine Chanderpaul applied the brakes to any potential batting slump
April 14, 2015
Captain Smith steers Royals to victory over Mumbai
Captain Steve Smith struck his maiden half-century in the Indian Premier League to steer Rajasthan Royals to a comfortable seven-wicket win over Mumbai Indians in Ahmedabad, on Tuesday.
Delhi Daredevils can still turn it around, says Mathews
Delhi Daredevils might have suffered narrow defeats in the first two matches of the Indian Premier League, extending their losing streak to 11 which started last year, but all-rounder Angelo Mathews on Tuesday said the team is still hopeful of a turnaround.
KKR captain Gambhir donates Rs 4 lakh for Indian ice hockey team
Pained to see the Indian ice hockey team's fund raising campaign in a bid to participate in the IIHF Ice Hockey Challenge Cup of Asia Division I in Kuwait from April 18-24, the former India opener has taken it as a 'moral responsibility' to support the sport.
Pak left-arm spinner tests positive for cocaine
Young Pakistan left-arm spinner Raza Hasan faces a possible two-year ban from all forms of cricket after testing positive for cocaine following a dope test carried out at the WADA-accredited laboratory in India.
'Last year we stopped Kings XI Punjab thrice, hopefully...'
Having beaten them thrice last season, Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir has expressed hope of continuing their unbeaten run against Kings XI Punjab in the ongoing eighth Indian Premier League.
'Nothing wrong in Uthappa's behavior, you got to be aggressive'
Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir defended under-fire opener Robin Uthappa's alleged scuffle with Royal Challengers Bangalore youngster
Preparing for unexpected scenarios is key in IPL: Karanveer
Kings XI Punjab leg-spinner Karanveer Singh says preparing for 'out of the blue' situations helped the team.
Donald steps down as South Africa bowling coach
Allan Donald has stepped down as bowling coach of South Africa, confirming his departure.
RCB's hopes rest on Milne, Starc return
Royal Challengers Bangalore may have faltered against Sunrisers Hyderabad after notching up a win in their first game, but captain Virat Kohli expects a complete turnaround once Adam Milne and Mitchell Starc recover from their respective injuries.
Will Delhi Daredevils be lucky against Kings XI Punjab?
Daredevils look to end losing streak against Kings XI.
With Boult doing a fantastic job, Steyn will have to wait his chance
Not undermining Dale Steyn's ability with the ball, Sunrisers Hyderabad captain David Warner said that he wishes to continue with Trent Boult.
All-round performance has Hyderabad captain Warner beaming
He was the deserving Man-of-the-match for his explosive half-century but SunRisers Hyderabad skipper David Warner credited his bowlers for setting up the win over Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League on Monday.
1st Test PHOTOS: Bell, Root lead England fightback against Windies
A fine innings of 143 from Ian Bell helped England to recover from a terrible start and finish the first day of the first Test against West Indies on 341 for five in Antigua on Monday.
IPL: Warner, Dhawan guide Sunrisers to easy win over RCB
Sunrisers Hyderabad rode on the individual brilliance of David Warner and Trent Boult to open their account in the eighth Indian Premier League (IPL) with a convincing eight-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore in Bengaluru.
April 13, 2015
'Sehwag always tells me back my instincts no matter what happens'
There aren't too many better exponents of explosive batting in shortest version than Glenn Maxwell but on his own admission, the Australian all-rounder feels that he is lucky to be playing alongside Kings XI Punjab teammate Virender Sehwag in the Indian Premier League.
Daredevils fret over Zaheer, Shami's fitness
Veteran pace bowler Zaheer Khan's fitness issues have been under the scanner since joining Delhi Daredevils ahead of the ongoing eighth edition of the IPL and the franchise insists that he and Mohammed Shami are still not fit for selection.
Can Rajasthan Royals maintain momentum against Mumbai?
Buoyed by their thrilling last-ball win against Delhi Daredevils, a confident Rajasthan Royals will take on a beleaguered Mumbai Indians in an Indian Premier League cricket encounter in Ahmedabad on Tuesday.
In T20 cricket anyone can hit, says Bailey
Kings XI skipper George Bailey said his team deserved to beat Mumbai Indians by a bigger margin for the way his bowlers delivered earlier in Sunday's match at the Wankhede stadium.
Harbhajan demands more from MI captain Rohit
After his stellar all-round performance against Kings XI Punjab went in vain, senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh attributed Mumbai Indian's 18-run loss to top-order collapse.
Pietersen slams century to boost bid for England recall
Kevin Pietersen boosted his hopes of an England recall by scoring 170 for Surrey against Oxford MCCU on Sunday in his first red-ball match since the final Ashes Test in January, 2014.
Time for home domination for RCB
Royal Challengers Bangalore will look to exploit the home advantage when they take on Sunrisers Hyderabad.
We played some stupid shots in the chase: Rohit Sharma
Bailey hopes find a cool drink in IPL's tight schedule.
IPL PHOTOS: Mumbai Indians lose but Harbhajan steals the show
Mumbai Indians lost their IPL cricket match against Kings XI Punjab by 18 runs.
Harbhajan slams 24-ball 64 but Mumbai lose to Punjab
Harbhajan Singh slammed an entertaining half-century but could not prevent Mumbai Indians from going down to Kings XI Punjab by 18 runs in the Indian Premier League match at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai, on Sunday.
April 12, 2015
Mumbai's heart still beats for Tendulkar
Wankhde crowd reserves biggest cheer for Sachin Tendulkar.
Jadeja incident still haunts Anderson
England pace spearhead James Anderson says the altercation with India's Ravindra Jadeja during the Trent Bridge Test last year 'affected' his performance.
Former captain Strauss interested in ECB role
Former Ashes-winning captain Andrew Strauss has expressed his interest in the newly-created director of English cricket role for the ECB.
Hooda is happy to repay Rajasthan Royals and Dravid's trust
Rahul Dravid always tells me that take the game to the end, believe in your ability.
I don't know where we went wrong: Imran Tahir
Delhi just short on luck, will win soon, says Imran Tahir.
IPL PHOTOS: Delhi Daredevils lose way as Hooda sizzles for Royals
Rajasthan Royals defeated Delhi Daredevils by three wickets.
Battle of nerves: Rajasthan Royals leave Delhi Daredevils heartbroken
Rajasthan Royals defeated Delhi Daredevils by three wickets.
One of RCB's better wins, says Kohli after beating KKR
After playing another match-winning knock in the Indian Premier League, a visibly satisfied Chris Gayle "dedicated" his 56-ball-96 to his mother, who celebrated her birthday on Saturday.
April 11, 2015
'We have to accept that McCullum is at the top of his game'
Lauding Chennai Super Kings opener Brendon McCullum's unbeaten 100 in his side's second consecutive win in Indian Premier League-8, SunRisers Hyderabad mentor VVS Laxman said the New Zealender's first ton of the season was a 'special innings'.
IPL: Gayle stars as Bangalore squeeze past KKR in thriller
Chris Gayle hammered the Kolkata Knight Riders bowlers into submission with a breathtaking 96 that guided Royal Challengers Bangalore to a three-wicket victory in an Indian Premier League encounter at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Saturday.
'Kiwi vs Kiwi and South African vs South African makes IPL intriguing'
With Chennai Super Kings notching up a second straight win in Indian Premier League-8, the team's coach, Stephen Fleming, lavished praise on centurion Brendon McCullum while lauding the side's "dynamic" and "sensible" batting.
Mumbai Indians working on problem areas: Anderson
All-rounder Corey Anderson admitted that Mumbai Indians' bowling was below par in their opening IPL game against Kolkata Knight Riders, but said that his team is confident of working on the problem areas ahead of Sunday's game against Kings XI Punjab.
'Stronger' Trott expects 50th Test cap on Monday
Jonathan Trott believes his battle against depression has made him stronger and the former bedrock of England's batting lineup is confident of winning his 50th Test cap in Monday's first Test against the West Indies in Antigua.
ICC Test rankings: India slips to seventh; Kohli out of top 10
Team India may have had decent run in the World Cup reaching semi-final but there is no such good news as far as the longer version is concerned where Virat Kohli's men are currently languishing at seventh place in the 10-team table.
IPL: McCullum hits tournament's first ton as Chennai win again
Brendon McCullum blazed his way to the tournament's first century as Chennai Super Kings defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by 45 runs in the Indian Premier League (IPL) to register their second straight win.
IPL: Delhi Daredevils hope to get lucky on home turf
Hoping to end their 10-match losing streak in the IPL cricket tournament, Delhi Daredevils will look to turn their fortunes around on home turf when they take on an upbeat Rajasthan Royals at the Feroz Shah Kotla.
IPL: Mumbai Indians, Kings XI look to get into winning ways
Former champions Mumbai Indians take on last year's runners-up Kings XI Punjab at the Wankhede Stadium in a a game that promises plenty of action while offering a chance for both teams to get into winning ways after losses in their lung-openers.
'AB can score 360 degrees; he's got all the shots in the book'
Kolkata Knight Riders speedster Morne Morkel says one has to think on his feet to contain someone like AB de Villiers, considered the most dangerous batsman in contemporary cricket.
Changing batting order was not a good idea: Bailey
Kings XI Punjab skipper George Bailey rued making changes to the batting order, saying it played a part in their defeat to Rajasthan Royals in Friday night's IPL match in Pune.
Faulkner's all-round show takes Royals past Kings
Australian James Faulkner's superb all-round show helped Rajasthan Royals outclass Kings XI Punjab by 26 runs in their opening Indian Premier League match in Pune.
April 10, 2015
Narine is a class act in T20 cricket: Kohli
India's Test captain says the West Indies bowler is "a class act in Twenty20 cricket and that is why even the Mumbai batsmen knew that even if he is bowling slower, it is going to be difficult for the batsmen to pick him up".
Steyn vs McCullum as Sunrisers face Chennai test
Led by aggressive Australian opener David Warner, Sunrisers would be relying mostly on foreigners to deliver the goods, given the scarcity of local stars in their ranks.
Kohli says RCB in great shape, will go far in IPL 8
Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli insists that the team, whose best finish over the last seven editions of the IPL is runners-up in 2009 and 2011, can will the title this time.
Hurt Kohli slams critics for Anushka tirade after World Cup exit
Virat Kohli lashed out at critics who blamed his girlfriend, Anushkha Sharma, for the India's exit from ICC Cricket World Cup, saying they "should be ashamed of themselves" as "no one has won more matches" than him in the last five years.
Stringent measures in place to ensure clean IPL, says Shukla
Stung by revelations of a player being approached for spot-fixing, IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla said on Friday that stringent measures will be put in place to ensure that the mega-event passes off corruption-free.
Racking up the runs could result in Pietersen return: Stewart
Scoring hundreds and doubles hundreds could force the England selectors into recalling controversial batsman Kevin Pietersen, Surrey director of cricket Alec Stewart told Reuters on Thursday.
ICC, BCCI pay rich tribute to Richie Benaud
The International Cricket Council paid rich tribute to former Australia captain and broadcasting legend Richie Benaud, who passed away at the age of 84 following a prolonged illness.
Cricketers, past and present, mourn legendary Richie Benaud's passing
Social micro-blogging website, Twitter, was flooded with messages and tributes for Australia skipper and class commentator Richie Benaud who died on Thursday.
IPL 8: Chennai captain Dhoni happy to win close games
Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni lauded pacer Ashish Nehra for his fiery spell and expressed satisfaction that his team could held on to nerves against Delhi Daredevils in their thrilling match of the IPL-8 twenty20 cricket tournament in Chennai on Thursday.
Rajasthan Royals confirms player approached to fix IPL match
In fresh controversy to the already tainted Indian Premier League, a Rajasthan Royals player has claimed to have been approached by a Ranji player to fix Indian Premier League matches.
Tendulkar, Gavaskar, Kohli salute 'wonderful personality' Benaud
Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar paid tribute to former Australian captain and legendary commentator Richie Benaud, who passed away in Sydney on Thursday.
Memorable words of Benaud from behind the microphone
Richie Benaud, Australia's celebrated former cricket captain and commentator, died on Thursday at the age of 84. Here are a selection of quotes from the man who came to be known as the 'voice of cricket' during a 40-year career behind the microphone.
'A part of cricket died today'
From Australian captain Michael Clarke to other big names, tributes flew in for former Australian cricket captain and commentator Richie Benaud, who died of skin cancer late on Thursday aged 84. Here are some reactions...
Scrap 10-over rule per bowler, fielding restrictions in ODIs: Warne
Australia's spin legend Shane Warne has called for changes to all formats of cricket in order to bring about a better balance between bat and ball and sustain the interest of fans.
Former Australia captain and broadcaster Benaud dies
Former Australia captain Richie Benaud, the celebrated 'voice of cricket' in the commentary box, has died at the age of 84 after battling skin cancer.
IPL: Chennai Super Kings edge past Delhi Daredevils in thriller
Ashish Nehra snapped up three wickets to lead a disciplined bowling attack as two-time champions Chennai Super Kings defeated Delhi Daredevils by one run in a last-over thriller of the Indian Premier League.
April 09, 2015
BCCI's Shirke, Shetty depose in IPL spot-fixing probe
Former BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale, current IPL Governing Council member Ajay Shirke and Prof R S Shetty, the Board's General Manager (Game Development), deposed before the Supreme Court-appointed Justice Lodha Committee.
Warne moots 4-day Tests, warns against T20 overkill
The former Australian spin great also urged the ICC to impose itself on countries like India who have refused to accept the Decision Review System (DRS), and make it compulsory for all nations.
Harbhajan credits Sachin, Sourav for 'playing big role' in career
World Cup winning off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has admitted that he owes his success to the golden generation of Indian cricketers and said he was lucky to play under the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman, Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble.
'Added responsibility is not pressure, but a motivating factor'
Following untimely injuries to Mitchell Starc and Adam Milne, Royal Challengers Bangalore pacer Varun Aaron is ready to step up and believes that the extra responsibility would act as motivation.
Josh Hazlewood pulls out of Indian Premier League
Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood has pulled out of the ongoing Indian Premier League after a hectic summer of cricket and a busy national schedule ahead.
Kamran comes to brother Umar's defence
Experienced wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal's scathing attack on the Pakistan team management could hurt his chances of making a comeback to international cricket.
Vaughan wants to share England vision with ECB
England's former Ashes-winning captain Michael Vaughan has talked up his credentials of a role at the England and Wales cricket board following the departure of managing director Paul Downton.
Rajasthan bank on Aussie firepower against Kings XI Punjab
Rajasthan Royals would be keen to adapt quickly to their new 'home ground' when they lock horns with last season's runner-up Kings XI Punjab in their campaign opener in the Indian Premier League in Pune.
Zimbabwe set to visit Pakistan, first by a Test nation since 2009!
If Zimbabwe agrees to the tour it would be the first by a Test playing nation to Pakistan since militants attacked the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore in March 2009.
IPL PHOTOS: KKR shine as SRK clan cheer from the stands
When Kolkata Knight Riders surpassed the Mumbai Indians to register an emphatic win in the opening match of Indian Premier League, season 8, there was lots of cheering going on in the stands.
Rohit spares bowlers despite unsatisfactory performance
'I don't regret missing out on the century but on losing after setting a good target'
Gambhir credits Morne-led bowling unit for opening win
Kolkata Knight Riders might have come up trumps in a high-scoring IPL opener against Mumbai Indians, but skipper Gautam Gambhir was all praise for his bowling unit that was ably led by South African speedster Morne Morkel.
Downton leaves role as ECB managing director
Paul Downton is leaving his position as managing director of England cricket, the England and Wales Cricket Board said on Wednesday.
April 08, 2015
IPL: Champions Kolkata start on an emphatic note against Mumbai
Defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders beat Mumbai Indians by seven wickets at the Eden Gardens to begin their Indian Premier League (IPL) defense on an emphatic note.
IPL 8: Points Table
Check out the league standings in the eighth edition of the Indian Premier League. Sangakkara, Lanning named Wisden Cricketer of the World
Sri Lanka great Kumar Sangakkara has been named as the Leading Cricketer in the World in the 2015 Wisden Cricketers' Almanack.
'Chennai Super Kings have the upper hand going by their record'
With a new-look side at his disposal, Delhi Daredevils skipper Jean-Paul Duminy conceded that two-time champions Chennai Super Kings have an upper hand in their opening game of the IPL.
Irfan Pathan gets injured, set to miss Chennai's opening game
Injuries seem to be a permanent companion of India discard Irfan Pathan as the Baroda all-rounder has again reported unfit even before the ball has
'IPL's an opportunity to play alongside some of the best talents'
Relishing every bit of the IPL experience in his debut season, Sun Risers Hyderabad's New Zealand import Kane Williamson is mighty impressed by the
Bravo's diving catch image is Wisden Photo of the Year
An image of West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo taking a full-length diving catch in mid-air has been named the Wisden-MCC 'Cricket Photograph of the Year 2014'.
IPL has made a better batsman, says Miller
For the South African left-hander, one of the positives from playing in the IPL has been that it has helped to improve his batting against spinners.
Chennai look to put behind off-field controversies, start afresh
The most consistent team across all seasons of the IPL, Chennai Super Kings would look to put behind the off-field distractions and do what they are best at when they take on previous edition's bottom-placed Delhi Daredevils in their opening match of the Twenty20 league.
Johnson excited about challenge of bowling to 'best batsman' AB
After playing a crucial role in Australia's World Cup triumph, Mitchell Johnson now has his sights trained on the challenge of bowling to the fearsome AB de Villiers when Kings XI Punjab take on Royal Challengers Bangalore in the eighth edition of the Indian Premier League.
9 records to beat in IPL 2015
Here are 9 records that IPL players will be trying to beat this season.
'Sunil Narine is the man of the IPL'
Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly says the Kolkata Knight Riders spinner's impact in the IPL for the last 3-4 seasons was unbelievable.
Will Yuvraj justify his Rs 16 crore price?
The eighth edition of the Indian Premier League, says Haresh Pandya, provides Yuvraj Singh a chance to make up for time lost and opportunities missed or squandered.
Fans await the real IPL action after star-studded opening ceremony
The opening ceremony of the Indian Premier League's eighth edition turned out to be a starry affair. Heavy rain failed to dampen the spirit of Kolkata as a dazzling Bollywood-awards style opening ceremony kick-started the gala cricket show.
April 07, 2015
Hrithik, Anushka shine in glittering IPL opening ceremony
Even as rain continued unabated spectators were glued to their seats hoping the downpour will subside and the evening's proceedings, to be hosted by Bollywood star Saif Ali Khan, will get underway. Finally, it did.
Cook scores first century for England since 2013
England captain Alastair Cook scored his first century for his country since an Ashes warm-up game in November 2013 before retiring on 101 not out against a St Kitts Invitational XI on Tuesday.
Kotla track will be prepared without any interference: Chauhan
Former India opener and DDCA vice-president Chetan Chauhan made it clear that the state association will be preparing the tracks at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground "without any interference" from the Delhi Daredevils for its home matches in IPL-8.
PHOTOS: Dhoni checks in for IPL with daughter Ziva in tow
Since his return from the ICC World Cup, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has ensured that he doesn't spend even a second away from his two-month old daughter Ziva.
'Tendulkar continues to be an integral part of Mumbai Indians'
Sachin Tendulkar took the centrestage at the Eden Gardens as the Mumbai Indians 'icon' was seen giving a pep talk to his team.
'I see no reason why a team should not use the home advantage'
Kolkata Knight Riders may have the home advantage going into the openng game against Mumbai Indians, but it's the rival skipper Rohit Sharma, who oozed confidence, terming that his team feels equally at home, having won their maiden Indian Premier League title at this venue two years ago.
'You don't win the IPL twice by just playing on slow wickets'
Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir has hit out at the critics for accusing his team of preparing slow wickets to suit its spinners, saying a side has to be consistent in all departments of the game to win the IPL twice in three seasons.
Kiwi bowling star Boult looking to swing it for Hyderabad in IPL
Sunrisers Hyderabad's New Zealand import Trent Boult is hoping that Indian conditions will help him carry forward the good work he did during the recently-concluded ICC World Cup.
Narine has captain Gambhir's total support
West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine got complete backing of his Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir who termed him as an asset and said there can be no back-up for the mystery bowler.
Why world's fastest bowler Steyn is a big fan of Umesh Yadav
Ishant Sharma is another pacer that ranks high in the South Africa fast bowler's praise list.
Meet the Delhi Daredevils' Aussie desi
Snapped up for Rs 1.7 crore, Gurinder Sandhu is highly rated by Ricky Ponting.
Champions KKR face formidable Mumbai Indians in IPL opener
Kolkata Knight Riders will begin their title defence against a formidable Mumbai Indians side in the opening match of the eighth edition of Indian Premier League at the Eden Gardens, in Kolkata, on Wednesday.
Stricter laws needed to deal with spot-fixing: Dravid
Having gone through a testing time as captain of Rajasthan Royals when the spot-fixing scandal broke two seasons ago, team mentor Rahul Dravid called for stricter laws, even criminal, to be put in place by the country's lawmakers to deal with this issue in IPL.
Set in 2008... these IPL records still stand!
Ahead of the eighth edition of the Indian Premier League here's a look at some records from the inaugural edition in 2008 still standing.
World champions Smith, Watson ready for Royals show in IPL 8
Australia's batting sensation Steven Smith tells Harish Kotian switching over from the Test and One-day mode to T20 will not be a problem for him in the upcoming eighth edition of the IPL.
April 06, 2015
This year we are one of the hunted teams: Bailey
He may have had to relinquish his captaincy and a place in the side during the World Cup, but Kings XI's George Bailey utilized his 'spare' time to prepare himself for the IPL.
Rajeev Shukla back as IPL Governing Council chairman
Former Union minister and Congress leader Rajeev Shukla was re-appointed chairman of the powerful IPL Governing Council on Monday, ending a month-long suspense over the selection for the top post in the cash-rich Twenty20 league.
Time for big hits, new names to shine as IPL 8 kicks off
With it's scandalous past, still fresh in the minds of fans and critics alike, the Indian Premier League (IPL) organisers will look to ensure that the focus remains firmly on cricket when the cash-rich event gets underway with a glamorous opening ceremony on Tuesday.
Dhoni's daughter Ziva grabs attention at Ranchi airport
Mahendra Singh Dhoni was spotted at Ranchi's Birsa Munda Airport with his daughter, Zeva, strapped onto his shoulder in a baby carrier.
Sehwag can make a comeback to Indian team, says Bangar
Kings XI Punjab head coach Sanjay Bangar believes out-of-favour opener Virender Sehwag is capable of making a national comeback despite being out of the Indian team for nearly two years now.
Wedding bells for Australian cricketers Marsh and Warner
Australia's explosive batsman David Warner finally tied the knot with his sweetheart of 18 months Candice Falzon at an intimate ceremony in the south coast countryside on Saturday.
I am really excited to play under Dhoni at CSK: Irfan
All-rounder Irfan Pathan said he is ready to fit into any role that his new franchise Chennai Super Kings is going to offer him in the forthcoming eighth edition of the Indian Premier League.
Guess the most successful IPL team!
The cricketing world is all set for another feast with the Indian Premier League.
April 05, 2015
Kohli banks on AB and Gayle to come good in IPL 8
The arrival of Darren Sammy and S Badrinath has given Royal Challengers Bangalore's skipper Virat Kohli enough confidence that he is of the view that his star studded batting line-up will be able to express itself better in IPL-8.
Sunil Narine cleared to play in IPL after BCCI nod
Sunil Narine has been cleared to play for defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders in the upcoming Indian Premier League after the BCCI's review committee dealing with suspect action gave the West Indian clean chit.
'Disappointed not to bring the Cup back but IPL a new challenge'
Rohit Sharma has said while the national team members are disappointed at not being able to retain the World Cup, a new challenge awaits them in the form of the upcoming Indian Premier League.
'I had the time to plan how I wanted to coach the Mumbai Indians'
Mumbai Indians head coach and former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting has said his team has had a good preparation for IPL.
'Bowlers are making their presence felt in limited-overs cricket'
Raring to go in the IPL, a fit-again Sunrisers Hyderabad pacer Ishant Sharma feels T20 is easier for fast bowlers than ODIs with the problematic four-fielder rule not being there in cricket's shortest format.
'I see ambition in this Indian team and it fills me up with hope'
Former India captain Ravi Shastri has been the team's Director since last year and guided the team during the just-concluded World Cup. This is an exclusive column for PTI
'There's no harm admitting Australia is a better team than India'
Former India captain Rahul Dravid has defended Indian team's performance in the World Cup but said it has to improve in some areas in the Test format.
April 04, 2015
Thrilled Botha geared up for IPL challenge
Surprised at the call up, Kolkata Knight Riders' South African recruit Johan Botha, who was brought in as replacement for injured Aussie Chris Lynn, said he's fresh after a three-week break and ready for the rigours of IPL-8.
Players must remain vigilant to avoid fixing menace: Dravid
Former India captain Rajasthan Royals mentor Rahul Dravid said that the franchise had put in place systems to prevent a repeat of the 2013 fixing scandal, but the players too need to remain on their guard to avoid any kind of shady approaches.
Senanayake to replace Saeed Ajmal at Worcestershire
Sri Lankan off-spinner Sachithra Senanayake has signed up with English county team Worcestershire, replacing Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal for the upcoming season.
Bollywood stars Hrithik, Shahid set to rock IPL opening night
The eighth edition of the Indian Premier League is set to open with stage-burning performances by megastars Hrithik Roshan and Shahid Kapoor.
PHOTOS: Raina weds childhood friend in star-studded ceremony
India's star cricketer Suresh Raina tied the nuptial knot with fiancee Priyanka in a private ceremony attended only by family members and close friends, at a posh hotel in New Delhi on Friday.
Australia's Warner to marry sweetheart Falzon
Australia's opening batsman David Warner and girlfriend Candice Falzon are set to tie the knot on Saturday, and they couldn't wait to share the news on social media just one day before their surprise wedding.
In-form Guptill earns Test recall for England tour
Martin Guptill has been recalled to the New Zealand Test squad for the two-match tour of England after the top-order batsman finished top scorer at the recent 50-over cricket World Cup.
April 03, 2015
Shane Bond's arrival lifts Mumbai's spirits
The preparation of former Indian Premier League champions Mumbai Indians for the eight edition of the Twenty20 tournament gathered pace as newly recruited bowling coach Shane Bond joined the side.
Narine yet to get BCCI's approval for IPL
Kolkata Knight Riders trump card spinner Sunil Narine checked into the city but did not come for the IPL franchise's first practice session here for the apparent reason that he is yet to get a BCCI go-ahead for his suspect bowling action.
Zaheer's experience will be crucial for the team: Duminy
Delhi Daredevils, over the past two seasons, have shown a penchant for starting with a fresh team but the idea has its own pitfalls as one doesn't know what is the best combination unlike some of the other settled teams, feels newly appointed captain JP Duminy.
Saeed Ajmal returns to Pakistan squad; Akmal dropped
Suspended from international cricket for an illegal bowling action, Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal on Friday returned to the national side.
'Will see a lot of chinaman bowlers in the near future'
The art of Chinaman bowling is becoming a rarity in the world of cricket, but ask Kolkata Knight Riders spinner Kuldeep Yadav and he would tell you that after seeing him perform, many would take u to this extremely tough art of bowling.
Nothing but TRUTH...on why Kamal was removed from World Cup ceremony
Kamal was removed from ceremony after refusing to apologise.
April 02, 2015
'Indian cricket is in safe hands with Dalmiya at the helm'
In the aftermath of the IPL spot-fixing scandal the BCCI may have been shrouded by controversy but with Jagmohan Dalmiya back as president the Indian cricket board is in "safe hands", former India captain Sourav Ganguly said.
'I don't think there is a guy more motivated than Yuvraj Singh'
Delhi Daredevils' chief coach Gary Kirsten has pointed out that he was the one who wanted multi-million dollar signing Yuvraj Singh in the team.
Angelo Mathews to miss Delhi's opening game against Chennai
Last year's wooden spooners Delhi Daredevils will have to go into a tough IPL-8 opening encounter against the formidable Chennai Super Kings on April 9 without the services of star all-rounder Angelo Mathews. Sachin Tendulkar to grace the Laureus Sports Awards ceremony
Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar will be among the many high-profile guests gracing the premier Laureus World Sports Awards Ceremony, scheduled to be held in Shanghai on April 15.
Pietersen not in our focus, says England coach ahead of WI tour
England are fully focused on winning this month's three-match series in West Indies and not on Kevin Pietersen's chances of making a Test return, coach Peter Moores said.
Brendon McCullum receives Sir Richard Hadlee Medal
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has been awarded Sir Richard Hadlee medal, the country's highest cricketing honour, for his inspirational leadership and exemplary batting at a glittering ceremony in Auckland.
BCCI technical committee to discuss scheduling of domestic tournaments
One of the important issues expected to be discussed is the scheduling of domestic Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 championship, including its inter zonal phase which is in progress in Cuttack.
PHOTOS: Kiwis take the stage as dust settles on Aussie World Cup win
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has been awarded Sir Richard Hadlee medal.
Thomas to work with Delhi Daredevils pace bowlers in IPL
Former South African pace bowler Alfonso Thomas has joined Delhi Daredevils to work with the fast bowlers during the forthcoming eighth edition of the Indian Premier League.
New Zealand need McCullum at helm to keep winning: Fleming
Brendon McCullum's inspirational captaincy has lifted New Zealand and the flamboyant batsman should continue leading the side in all three formats at least until next year's World Twenty20, former captain Stephen Fleming said.
Too much Sweet nothings! Take a look at World Cup's worst XI
A New Zealand-based website begged to differ and have released the worst team of the just concluded cricket World Cup, with Eoin Morgan as the captain of the underachieving players.
Play on...Sri Lankan minister urges Sangakkara
'I humbly request Kumar Sangakkara to render his service to the country for another one year.'
Why Australia are most-deserving World champions
- 'Always strong at the psychological game, the Aussies put the pressure on the opponents, knew how to handle the pressure themselves and exploited virtually every situation to their advantage'
'Boof' defends the 'brat' and Aussie aggression
Australia cricket coach Darren Lehmann has defended wicketkeeper Brad Haddin and the team's vocal aggression.
India's cricket star Raina to wed on Friday
The pre-wedding ceremonies of star India cricketer Suresh Raina were held on Wednesday, ahead of the 'big day' on Friday.
ICC should go back to 1987 Cup format: More
Former India stumper Kiran More wants the next ICC Cricket World Cup in 2019 be held on the same format as the 1987 edition organised in the sub-continent for the first time in which he also figured as a player.
April 01, 2015
Hussey ready to be back in the groove for Chennai Super Kings
Chennai Super Kings' Michael Hussey is happy to be back in the fold and the 39-year-old Australian is open to performing any role for the two-time IPL champions in the upcoming edition.
Pujara, second Indian after Tendulkar to play for Yorkshire
Ignored by all eight franchsies during the auctions for the eighth season of IPL, India's Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara will make use of that time by representing Yorkshire in the upcoming English county season.
Narine will have to appear for another test to clear action: Dalmiya
Kolkata Knight Riders' ace spinner Sunil Narine might have been cleared by the ICC but the West Indian will still have to appear for another test for his suspected illegal bowling action in Chennai, BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya said on Thursday.
Pakistan's Hafeez to appear for reassessment of bowling action
Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez is all set to undergo a reassessment test on his bowling action on April 9 in Chennai to revive his international career.
Former PCB chairman Sethi says ready to take over as ICC president
Former Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Najam Sethi has made himself available for the post of International Cricket Council's president, which was on Wednesday left vacant by the sudden resignation of Bangladesh's Mustafa Kamal.
ICC accepts Kamal's resignation
The ICC Board will now consider the vacant position of the ICC president at its forthcoming meeting in Dubai on April 15 and 16.
Kamal calls Srinivasan 'rotten' and 'controversial' after resignation
Mustafa Kamal, who resigned on Wednesday as the International Cricket Council president, launched an extraordinary attack on the world cricket body's Chairman N Srinivasan after returning to the country.
ICC president Kamal resigns over World Cup presentation fiasco
International Cricket Council will surely be involved in a simmering row as their president Mustafa Kamal has resigned.
Australia's World Cup tormentor Starc to miss start of IPL
The Australia pacer, player of the recent cricket World Cup, will be out for up to three weeks after suffering a minor knee injury.
Time for cameos is over; Burns plots Australia comeback in India
Joe Burns is determined to avoid membership of the burgeoning club of Australian batsmen who have made brief cameos.
'No late-night instructions were given ahead of semis'
Dismissing reports of interference in team selection ahead of South Africa's World Cup semi-final against New Zealand as 'utter nonsense.'
'Pursue with current players, they will deliver in next World Cup'
Impressed by India's good showing in the cricket World Cup, former India coach Anshuman Gaekwad believes that if the current lot of players is persisted with they will deliver in the ICC's next 50-over showpiece event in England.
NZ's pacer Mills retires from all forms of cricket
Pace bowler Kyle Mills has followed team mate Daniel Vettori into retirement.
March 31, 2015
'We were celebrating a World Cup win and enjoying ourselves'
Giving a peek into the Australian cricketers' celebration after the World Cup triumph, Brad Haddin, who's just announced retirement from One-Day International cricket, said all-rounder James Faulkner got his "clothes off" in the after party.
BCCI must address issue of player burn-out, says Raju
Former national selector Venkatapathy Raju said the Board of Control for Cricket in India must address the issue of player burn-out and should have a back-up team of bowlers.
IPL: KKR call in Mahmood, Botha to replace injured players
Kolkata Knight Riders suffered a double setback ahead of the eighth season of the Indian Premier League when New Zealand all-rounder Jimmy Neesham and Australia's Chris Lynn were ruled out of the forthcoming T20 tournament with injuries.
Daredevils Zaheer, Yuvraj eye IPL 8 for India comeback
Out of favour because of poor form and injury, Zaheer Khan and Yuvraj Singh are hoping for a good showing with Delhi Daredevils this IPL season to return to the Indian team.
'India need a bigger pool of genuine fast bowlers to choose from'
The Indian bowling was a pleasant surprise in the recent World Cup but a bigger pool of genuine fast bowlers and spinners needs to be created for the team to be a consistent force in the future, feels the legendary Erapalli Prasanna.
IPL: KKR home matches postponed due to Kolkata Municipal elections
The Indian Premier League's Kolkata schedule has been slightly rejigged owing to the Municipal elections in the city with the organisers deciding to shift Kolkata Knight Riders' home matches, dated April 12 to 25, following a request from local police.
Schedule: IPL 8
Check out the complete schedule of the eighth edition of the Indian Premier League T20 tournament to be played in April-May 2015.
Pakistan-born Fawad has no issues with Australia's drinking culture
Boozy celebrations have been a part of Australian cricket for decades but Test hopeful Fawad Ahmed will be politely declining when the victory beers are passed around on the tour of the Caribbean and England.
'Utter nonsense to question Virat's ethics, his heart beats for India'
Virat wouldn't have got 700 runs and smashed four centuries in Tests in Australia, says Ravi Shastri.
With Ashes down the road, world champs Aus look to build momentum
Australia will resist the temptation to tinker with their team on tour against West Indies and plan to field their best 11 in a bid to sweep the two-Test series and build momentum for the Ashes, selector Rod Marsh has said.
ICC ODI Rankings: Here, Indians rule the roost
Virat Kohli remained the highest-placed Indian batsman at fourth even as Shikhar Dhawan rose a rung to sixth in the latest ICC ODI rankings.
World champions get back to business... name Ahmed, Voges in Ashes squad
Veteran Western Australian batsman Adam Voges in 17-man tour squad but give the cold shoulder to Glenn Maxwell.
It was a lovely way to finish, says Vettori on his retirement
New Zealand left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori confirmed what many expected in announcing his retirement.
Retiring on a high... the Aussie way!
Cricket has few examples of players calling it quits when very much at the top their game. It is anything but coincidence that most of them happen to be from the most successful nation in the history of the sport.
Kohli needs to respect the opposition: Prasanna
Virat Kohli is expected to captain India in all formats at some point but before that happens, the star batsmen must start taking more responsibility towards his team, former India spin great Erapalli Prasanna said.
March 30, 2015
Ricky Ponting starts new innings as Mumbai Indians coach
Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting began his new innings as the head coach of the Mumbai Indians who commenced their training at the Wankhede Stadium ahead of the Indian Premier League season 8, scheduled to start on April 8.
Respect Virat Kohli and Anushka's personal lives: Yuvraj Singh
Out-of-favour India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has appealed to the cricket fans to respect Test captain Virat Kohli and his actress girlfriend Anushka Sharma's personal lives.
Pakistan appoint Azhar Ali as One-day captain
Pakistan have named Azhar Ali as their One-day captain following the retirement of Misbah-ul-Haq from One-Day Internationals after this month's World Cup.
Ground work for 2019 World Cup should start now: Borde
India should start preparing for the 2019 World Cup in a diligent manner similar to the way in which the triumphant Australians did for the just-concluded edition, feels former Test cricketer and ex-chief selector Chandu Borde.
Lord's weathervane Father Time damaged due to high winds
Lord's Cricket Ground's famous weathervane, Father Time, has been damaged during high winds in London over the weekend.
Kamal threatens to let the world know what's happening in ICC
The president of the International Cricket Council (ICC), Mustafa Kamal is the persona non-grata in the game's governing body as he was not given a chance to present the World Cup trophy, an insult which has left him fuming, so much so that he is even threatening to take legal action.
KKR threaten to pull out of IPL over Narine's exclusion: Reports
Narine was banned for suspect action during the 2014 Champions League Twenty20 and was not allowed to play in the final against the Chennai Super Kings, which KKR lost by eight wickets.
Haddin slammed for sledging Kiwi batsmen in final
Australia wicketkeeper-batsman Brad Haddin has been slammed on social media for sledging a couple of New Zealand batsmen while sending them back to the pavilion following their dismissal during their World Cup win over Brendon McCullum's men on Sunday.
Unbeaten 64 against Pakistan is Watson's 'most important innings'
'I had a lot of luck through that phase, because I was able to stay in and win the match for my team.'
'A little hungover' Australians aim to be No 1 in all formats
Dark sunglasses were the order of the day for Australia's triumphant cricket team.
Dravid bats for an out-of-form Kohli
Dismissing criticism against Virat Kohli for his early dismissal in the World Cup semi-final against Australia, former Indian cricket captain Rahul Dravid said barring the one blip, the star batsman has been sensational Down Under.
'Done it without raising a sweat,' scream Australian media
Australian media lauded its World Cup winning team on Monday.
ICC chief Srinivasan hails 2015 World Cup as most popular ever
International Cricket Council chairman Narayanswami Srinivasan said the event's success has proved that the One-Day International format is in good health.
It's a wrap! The good, bad and ugly at 2015 World Cup
The ICC hailed the 11th cricket World Cup the 'most popular ever.'
No Indians in ICC World Cup team; McCullum captain. Check out the XI
No Indian cricketer figures in the ICC's World Cup XI, which is dominated by runners-up New Zealand rather than champions Australia.
De Villiers 1st on MVP standings. Guess who's 5th?
Mitchell Starc was the Player of the Tournament, but he ranks only 5th on Rediff.com's Most Valuable Player ratings list, revealing how this World Cup was so much in the batsmen's favour.
The doosra: A high five for champions Australia
Uttam Ghosh/Rediff.com salutes the new ICC World Cup champions.
PHOTOS: Thousands of fans celebrate with their World Champions
Thousands of cricket fans have flocked to Federation Square in Melbourne to celebrate Australia's cricket World Cup victory.
March 29, 2015
Gracious New Zealand to hold back retirement announcements
Some New Zealand players may have decided to call time on their One-day or international careers but there will be no immediate announcements to allow Australia to bask in their World Cup triumph, skipper Brendon McCullum said on Sunday.
How Australian WAGs congratulate their men...
Australian players saved their best performance until the end.
Twitterati in awe of Australia's World Cup success
Global cricket fraternity lavished rich praise on the Australian team.
Faulkner thanks team physios after man-of-the-match effort
James Faulkner has earned his reputation as Australia's man for every occasion the hard way. Whether it's with bat or ball, the all-rounder has become the player Australia's team can always rely on to get them out of pickle.
Tendulkar draws loudest applause at the MCG
He doesn't enthral with his willow anymore, but Sachin Tendulkar got the loudest cheer at the presentation ceremony of the ICC World Cup final as he shared the dais with administrative bigwigs.
New Zealand's ride of a lifetime ends in defeat
The 2015 World Cup was, skipper Brendon McCollum said, the ride of a lifetime for New Zealand and even if Australia brought it to a shuddering halt in Sunday's final, their brilliant campaign will not quickly fade from the memory.
Clarke dedicates World Cup triumph to 'little brother' Hughes
Michael Clarke signed off from One-day cricket on a high on Sunday after his team beat New Zealand by seven wickets in the World Cup final at the MCG and fittingly dedicated the triumph to Philip Hughes, who tragically lost his life in a freak on-field accident.
'I'm going to have a beer with every Aussie in the stadium'
Australia's players said they had saved their best performance until the end of the tournament.
Australia's champion Clarke bids adieu to ODIs
Australia captain Michael Clarke quit one-day internationals after the World Cup final against New Zealand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday. Here is a factbox on the outgoing Australian champion captain...
McCullum proud of New Zealand despite losing World Cup final
For New Zealand, the tournament is still a great success. They had never played in a World Cup final before, reaching the semi-finals six times but losing on each occasion, and were unbeaten going into the final.
Faulkner is man-of-the-match; Starc player of the tournament
Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc was named the player of the tournament after his team beat New Zealand by seven wickets to win the World Cup at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.
Australia trounce New Zealand for fifth World Cup
Australia won the ICC cricket World Cup for a record fifth time when they beat New Zealand by seven wickets in the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.
Srinivasan defends 10-team World Cup in 2019
Associate cricket nations may be fuming at the prospect of a 10-team World Cup in 2019, but ICC president Narayanswami Srinivasan said they have no reason to feel left out as the format gives them a good chance of qualifying for the showpiece event.
Who will present the World Cup trophy? Srini or Kamal?
Will it be Naryanswami Srinivasan or Mustafa Kamal?
WAGs, pitch invaders add drama to final at MCG
Wives and partners of team members cheering on their men.
PHOTOS: Clarke bows out on a high as Australia win 5th World Cup
Images from the World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand, at the MCG.
March 28, 2015
World Cup: Gutsy NZ ready for mighty Australia in summit clash
It will be the biggest day in the history of Trans-Tasman cricketing rivalry when four-time champions Australia will be pitted against a highly committed bunch from New Zealand in the final of the ICC World Cup at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground.
The game owes me nothing and I owe the game everything, says Clarke
Clarke was calmness personified as the pre-World Cup final media interaction turned out into a retirement conference.
'To every cricket fan in India, I request your support towards NZ'
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has beseeched the cricket-mad Indian fans to root for his team in the World Cup final against four-time winners Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
PHOTOS: Kohli, Anushka land in Mumbai hand-in-hand
The Indian World Cup team members, including skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and star batsman Virat Kohli, arrived home.
Chappell names Dhoni captain of his World Cup XI
Former Australian captain Ian Chappell has named India's Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the captain of his World Cup 2015 XI.
Vettori has given half his life to game, says McCullum
Brendon McCullum said he can only marvel at Daniel Vettori's contribution to the game.
WAGs to sizzle at World Cup final
Besides the 90,000 plus fans lending their noisy support, most of the 22 players involved in the final of the World Cup 2015 will have support in the shape of their families and spouses.
We're not afraid of losing, says fearless McCullum
We give ourselves a 50-50 chance in the final, says McCullum.
World Cup 2015 is most followed cricket event in history!
Overwhelmed by the ongoing World Cup's success, ICC CEO David Richardson said it has been the most followed cricket event.
Whatever happens, March 29 at MCG will be divine, says ailing Crowe
New Zealand's former cricket captain Martin Crowe, who is terminally ill with lymphoma, has penned a moving tribute to his countrymen ahead of Sunday's World Cup final against Australia.
World Cup Blogs: My heart tells me it's NZ's turn to win but...
A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup.
Skill, not emotion, wins World Cups, says retiring Clarke
Australia's retiring one-day captain Michael Clarke has urged his players to put 'skill over emotion'.
Kevin Pietersen 'arrested'!
Former England captain Kevin Pietersen jokingly posed with police officers after a night out with friends.
Clarke to retire from ODIs after World Cup final
Australia captain Michael Clarke will retire from One-day international cricket after Sunday's World Cup final against New Zealand. The 33-year-old will, however, continue playing Test cricket.
March 27, 2015
'Dhoni is a very good One-day leader, an average-to-poor Test captain...'
Prem Panicker, on the Rediff chat, delves on what went wrong for Team India and what to expect from Sunday's trans-Tasman World Cup final.
Umpire Dar 'out' for no-ball call in India-Bangladesh QF?
Pakistan umpire Aleem Dar was primarily overlooked for duty in the World Cup semis and final because of questionable umpiring in the high-voltage quarter-final between Bangladesh and India.
Form meets pedigree in Australasian World Cup final
There's been no place like home for Australia and New Zealand on their respective paths to the World Cup final but just one of the co-hosts will enjoy that particular advantage when they meet in Sunday's title decider. Applaud the Indian Cricket Team!
As the Indian cricket team returns after a long and hard-fought World Cup campaign, welcome the Boys in Blue with a show of hands.
New Zealand's 'lost fans' are back!
Former New Zealand fast bowler Geoff Allott says the national team's performance in the World Cup has brought the 'lost fans' back to the game.
Maxwell best bet to finish MVP No 2
A B de Villiers still heads Rediff.com's Most Valuable Players ratings for the World Cup.
The doosra: Team India is more about hype, less on substance!
Team India, despite all the hype and expectations, failed to beat Australia even once during the tour. On the contrary, the co-hosts, having already got the measure of their opponents in the Test matches and the tri-series, thrashed them in Sydney, abruptly ending the Men in Blue's World Cup defense. Uttam Ghosh/Rediff.com looks at the lighter side of things.
Figure out New Zealand's squad ahead of the World Cup final
Penpix of the New Zealand squad that will play the cricket World Cup final against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.
NZ will be charting unknown territory in final at historical MCG
With New Zealand at the cusp of World Cup glory, former captain Martin Crowe said the Black Caps will have to dig deep into their resources if they have to beat Australia in the title clash between the trans-Tasman rivals.
Figure out Australia's squad ahead of the World Cup final
Penpix of the Australia squad that will play the cricket World Cup final against New Zealand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.
State associations shouldn't pester pacers for playing Ranji: Dhoni
Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels that the trio of Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Mohit Sharma should not be forced to play domestic games.
How the underarm incident changed cricket's fate in New Zealand
New Zealand's cricketing Gallipoli came on February 1, 1981 when Australia captain Greg Chappell instructed his brother Trevor to bowl the last ball of a One-day match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground along the ground.
BCCI president lauds Team India's 'stupendous' performance
The disappointment of a semi-final exit notwithstanding, BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya congratulated the Indian cricket team.
Dharmasena, Kettleborough to take charge of World Cup final
Check out on-field umpires for the ICC Cricket World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand on Sunday in Melbourne.
The Rediff World Cup Chat with Prem Panicker
Join Prem Panicker on the Rediff World Cup Chat on Monday, March 27, 2015, at 3 pm IST to discuss cricket's finest championship.
'Heartbroken' fans accept end of India's reign
India's notoriously volatile fans showed rare maturity in accepting the end of their team's reign.
Here's what Clarke predicts for Finch at World Cup final
Australia opener Aaron Finch said he never feared for his place in the side during his lean spell at the World Cup and having found some runs will be raring to go in Sunday's final at his home ground.
Australia confident Hazlewood will be fit for final
Australia are confident pace bowler Josh Hazlewood will be fit to face New Zealand in Sunday's World Cup final despite being forced to leave the pitch towards the end of the semi-final.
Will New Zealand bully 'big brother' Australia? Tell Us!
The trans-Tasman rivalry is fierce across all sports.
Captain Clarke stumped by 'tremendous sex' question
Australia skipper Michael Clarke was stumped by a question which appeared to be about his sex life.
Let's not make 50-over game like a T20, says Dhoni
I would like current playing conditions to change, says Dhoni.
Australian media slams India's below-par performance
Dhoni mysteriously held back a final assault on the distant victory target.'
World Cup Report Card: Full marks for India's bowlers
The consistency of India's bowlers throughout the tournament disguised the team's batting problems till they were exposed in the semi-final against Australia.
World Cup Blogs: No helicopter ride to glory for Dhoni this time
A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup.
March 26, 2015
Pressure of semi-finals got to India: Gavaskar
Disappointed with Indian batsmen's poor shot selection in their 329-run chase, former skipper Sunil Gavaskar said that the pressure of the World Cup semi-final got to the team as it was outplayed by Australia in Sydney.
Unfair to blame Anushka for Kohli's poor form: Ganguly
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly lashed out at people who attacked Anushka Sharma for Virat Kohli's failure with the bat in the cricket World Cup semi-final against Australia, saying that it showed their immaturity.
Dhoni rules out retirement, says 'I'm still running and still fit'
Mahendra Singh Dhoni left open the possibility of playing in the 2019 World Cup in England, after India was beaten by Australia by 95 runs in the semi-final in Sydney on Thursday, saying he will take a call after the Twenty20 World Cup next year.
'Well done team India on a good and brave World Cup campaign'
India lost the World Cup semi-final to Australia by 95 runs but that did not stop cricketers and other athletes the world over from acknowledging their good work in the mega event.
Australia haven't peaked yet, says skipper Clarke
Skipper Michael Clarke thinks Australia have not yet peaked at the World Cup despite reaching the final against neighbours New Zealand by beating reigning champions India on Thursday.
Pacers could have done slightly better: Dhoni
Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni made no excuses for India's 95-run loss to Australia in the World Cup semi-finals but said the fast bowlers could have done "slightly better" and Shikhar Dhawan should not have attempted a big shot when they were going smoothly.
Twitterati targets Anushka after Kohli's poor show in semis
With Virat Kohli getting out after scoring just one run against Australia in Thursday's World Cup semi-final at the Sydney Cricket Ground, the Twitter community erupted with jokes and jibes against his girlfriend, Anushka Sharma.
ICC considering new ODI rules to help bowlers?
The International Cricket Council chief executive Dave Richardson admitted that the balance between bat and ball is shifting too much towards batsmen and the rules might have to be changed to give the bowlers more of a chance.
Henry relishing chance to play in final after late call-up
A week ago, Matt Henry was like nearly every other New Zealander, watching the World Cup on television and hoping the Black Caps would go all the way and win the tournament.
ICC reiterates only 10 teams at next World Cup
ICC chief executive Dave Richardson said the issue over the number of teams for the next World Cup is not set in stone and would be reviewed later this year but he does not expect any changes.
'Lady luck' fails to smile on India vice-captain Kohli
Bollywood actress and Virat Kohli's girlfriend Anushka Sharma was spotted at the Sydney Cricket Ground to support her beau in the World Cup semi-final between India and Australia on Thursday.
Duminy to lead Delhi Daredevils in IPL 8
South African all-rounder JP Duminy will lead Delhi Daredevils in the eighth edition of the Indian Premier League cricket tournament, starting next month.
Lara names McCullum captain of his Dream World Cup XI
Former West Indies great Brian Lara has named Brendon McCullum as skipper of his Dream World Cup XI, which has three Indians in it.
Australia knock defending champs India out of World Cup
Steve Smith scored a brilliant century to help Australia knock out defending champions India and set up a mouth-watering final against neighbours New Zealand, at the Sydney Cricket Ground, on Thursday.
World Cup PHOTOS: Smith stars as Australia down India to reach final
Check out the images from the second semi-final between Australia and India at the ICC World Cup at the Sydney Cricket, on Thursday.
World Cup Blogs: Meet Paul the Octopus of cricket
A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup.
Who will play big innings for India?
Australia won the toss and opted to bat in the second semi final against India at the SCG on Thursday.
PHOTOS: Blues overpowered Golds at SCG, but it wasn't enough!
Is it really a 'home advantage' for Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground?
I will be surprised if India beats Australia, says Buchanan
Former Australian coach John Buchanan has backed Michael Clarke's side to beat India.
Despite semis loss, De Villiers still the Most Valuable Player
A B de Villiers may have made some big mistakes in the semi-final: Choosing to bat first in spite of the rain threat, batting too low at No 5, not hogging the strike after David Miller departed, fielding badly, asking Dale Steyn to bowl the last over ... but he is still best placed to be adjudged the most valuable player of the 2015 World Cup.
March 25, 2015
'I will do anything to get that England cap back on my head'
Star batsman Kevin Pietersen says he has no issues playing under England Test captain Alastair Cook and coach Peter Moores as he prepares for a national recall by resuming county cricket at Surrey.
The doosra: India favourites in Sydney? Records indicate otherwise!
Uttam Ghosh/Rediff.com, looking at the lighter side of things, believes Thursday's semi-final against Australia will not be a walk in the park for the defending champions.
Vettori to retire after World Cup final
New Zealand's left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori has said that he will hang his boots after the World Cup final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Ball that hit Hughes has been destroyed by Cricket NSW
Phillip Hughes' demise will haunt the cricket world for years and to get over the tragedy the New South Wales cricket association did something unique by destroying the ball that fatally struck the young Australian during a Sheffield Shield match at the SCG last year.
New Zealand are no longer underdogs: Arun Lal
Impressed with the brand of cricket played by New Zealand in the World Cup, former India batsman Arun Lal believes the Black Caps are no longer the underdogs in the mega event.
Pietersen returns to English cricket with Surrey
Former England captain Kevin Pietersen, bidding to return to the international scene after being sacked last year, will be available for all forms of cricket, starting with Surrey's opening county championship fixture on April 19.
Teary-eyed South Africa goes easy on De Villiers & Co.
Despite the painful semi-final loss to New Zealand in Auckland in the World Cup, South African fans and media went easy on its cricket team. A long history of failure at the tournament has often put the Proteas at the sharp end of stinging criticism from the demanding media and fans back home.
New BCCI regime says no change in stance on DRS
Newly-elected BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur says there could be a rethink only if there's a change in technology.
PHOTOS: Warne 'turns' it for Australia ahead of India World Cup semi
With the threat of in-form off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin looming large, Australia captain Michael Clarke summoned Shane Warne to the team's nets on Wednesday, ahead of their ICC Cricket World Cup semi-final against India, at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Balance, composure the keys to New Zealand's unbeaten run
The calm, assured manner in which New Zealand chased down South Africa's imposing total on Tuesday to advance to their first cricket World Cup final is a hallmark of a team that has developed into a cohesive unit over the last two years.
World Cup blog: How India's bowling can end Australia's final dream
A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup
India vs Australia, SF 2: How the teams measure up
One of international cricket's fiercest rivalries resumes after six weeks when Mahendra Singh Dhoni's 'Men in blue' battles it out with Michael Clarke's team at the Sydney Cricket Ground for a place in the final of the ICC's showpiece event against New Zealand, who beat South Africa by four wickets in a thriller in Auckland on Tuesday. A factfile on the teams.
World Cup diary: Riaz invites Lara to Pakistan
Floored by the praise showered on him by Brian Lara, pacer Wahab Riaz has invited the West Indian legend to Pakistan.
Superpowers collide in World Cup blockbuster at SCG
If familiarity between the two sides has not quite bred contempt, the frequent heated exchanges in their clashes indicates at the very least a fierce competitiveness.
Pakistan captain and coach must have more power: Misbah
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has urged the cricket board to give the skipper and coach the final say in selection matters.
It's more than just cricket when India-Australia take centre-stage
'There is going to be sledging, there is going to be banter'
It is not possible to score a 200 every day: Rohit
'Even when I made 264, I was told I should have made 300. People's expectations are high. Even if you make 300, they expect 350,' said the India opener ahead of Thursday's World Cup semi-final against Australia in Sydney.
Team India closing in on their 'mission' in long Aussie summer
Like a racehorse trained to peak for the big race after months of preparation, India's cricketers are confident they have timed their run to perfection at the World Cup.
'We have to score one more run than India'
Australia captain Clarke plays down talk of pressure, believes 'the boys will be fine'
Party's still on in the Kiwi camp, preparations for final can wait
'You have got to allow yourself the opportunity to stop and smell the roses. Today is about enjoying that. Tomorrow we will turn our attention to the final'
India's transformed bowling has made all the difference
The transformation of India's bowlers at the World Cup has been "wonderful to watch" and the reigning champions will have a great chance of reaching the final if 10 Australian wickets tumble on Thursday, says Virat Kohli.
March 24, 2015
'At least there was one South African who did not choke'
Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar praised New Zealand for playing "outstanding" cricket throughout the World Cup, saying the Kiwis thoroughly deserved to be in the final after edging past South Africa in a battle of nerves at Auckland. It was ironic that the Johannesburg-born Elliott, 36, played a stellar knock to push his country of birth out of the World Cup race.
'There couldn't be a better time for India to beat Australia'
Crediting bowlers for Indian team's remarkable turnaround after a win less show preceding the World Cup, Virat Kohli feels it is the perfect time to beat Australia in Thursday's semi-final and do justice to their performance in the showpiece event.
Tendulkar, Kumble congratulate New Zealand, sympathise with South Africa
Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar congratulated New Zealand on sealing their maiden cricket World Cup final spot, but also consoled South Africa for again failing to cross the semi-final hurdle after losing to the Kiwis by four wickets in a nail-biting finish in Auckland, on Tuesday.
5 moments when South Africa CHOKED in the World Cup semis!
Captain AB de Villiers was in tears at the post-match news conference after overseeing another South African defeat on the big stage.
Pietersen released from IPL deal to make county switch
Kevin Pietersen has been released from the majority of his Indian Premier League contract with Sunrisers Hyderabad so that he can play domestic country cricket in an attempt to earn an England recall.
Beating SA in semis greatest time of our lives, says McCullum
Having made it to the final of the World Cup, New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum says his team is confident of winning the Cup.
'Team India's plan doesn't look to have changed too much'
Australia opener Aaron Finch has exuded confidence of successfully tackling the Indian pace attack in the semi-finals of the cricket World Cup in Sydney on Thursday.
Finch reckons he's close to the 'big one'
Opener Aaron Finch knows he's the one Australian batsman struggling for runs ahead of Thursday's World Cup semi-final against India but, ever confident, thinks a big innings is just around the corner.
'Proteas, you are nothing but winners'
New Zealand and South Africa played their hearts out in the first semi-final of the ICC World Cup at the Eden Park in Auckland on Tuesday, but it was the Black Caps who emerged triumphant by four wickets.
New Zealand sneak past South Africa to enter maiden World Cup final
New Zealand entered their maiden ICC World Cup final, beating South Africa by five wickets in a thrilling rain-reduced World Cup semi-final at Eden spoPark in Auckland on Tuesday.
At home in Australia, India reaps tri-series benefits at World Cup
While three of their neighbours -- Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh -- crashed out in the quarter-finals, India remain the only team from the sub-continent to make the last four, and make it in style.
'There is something about Dhoni and World Cups...'
MS Dhoni knows how to win World Cups and that goes quite a long way.
Johnson ready to shoulder new 'responsibility'
'Someone's got to do it and I might put my hand up. It's part of the game and what happened the other day with Shane (Watson) and Wahab (Riaz) was exceptional'
Go in with spin or retain a pacer? Australia in a dilemma
With two confident teams going head-to-head in a blockbuster World Cup semi-final on Thursday, it could be the tiniest mis-judgement, the smallest detail that decides whether Australia or India emerge triumphant.
PHOTOS: Elliott's six powers Kiwis to maiden World Cup final
South Africa set New Zealand a daunting target of 298 runs in 43 overs.
India's fast and furious
'India have got a great side and have great momentum going.'
World Cup Blogs: Australia, India braced for verbal onslaught
A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup.
Battle of curators! Parker, not ICC's Atkinson in charge
There was a lot of buzz about the Sydney Cricket Ground pitch for the high-octane India versus Australia semi-final on Thursday.
Australia v India: Another high-scoring affair on the cards
Australia coach Darren Lehmann believes the Sydney Cricket Ground pitch will produce a high-scoring World Cup semi-final against India on Thursday.
March 23, 2015
Clarke unhappy with Sydney strip for semi-final vs India
The dry and flat surface could increase the chances of the defending World champions in the second semi-final against India.
Prem Panicker: India vs Australia semi-final really too close to call!
Prem Panicker, a keen follower of the game and one of cricket's finest writers, analysed, debated and dissected the four semi-finalists on the Rediff World Cup Chat on Monday.
Spinner Ashwin content playing second fiddle
Ravichandran Ashwin may not be India's highest wicket-taker in the World Cup but the lanky off-spinner is not complaining.
'Team India can beat this Australian side in the semi-final'
VVS Laxman believes that Team India can beat hosts Australia in the semi-final of the World Cup on Thursday if their bowlers continue their impressive form.
'Watson-styled screaming' latest flavor in Australian dressing room
Shane Watson has roared back to his classy best.
Make way Aussie fans as 'Swami Army' is all set to dominate SCG
Indian fans are all set to dominate the Sydney Cricket Ground.
The doosra: Dhawan can help Team India reach the Shikhar
With seven wins in a row, Team India has had it relatively easy when it comes to making to the last four. The defending champions are up against hosts Australia next. Uttam Ghosh/Rediff.com, looking at the lighter side of things, believes it is Shikhar Dhawan who holds the key.
Pitch perfect? Team India coach, Atkinson inspect SCG strip
The pitch at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) has attracted a lot of attention.
Intensity high as bitter rivals India-Australia set for semis faceoff
The love-hate relationship between Australia and India has added extra spice to Thursday's World Cup semi-final at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).
New Zealand v South Africa: More at stake than a first final!
Both teams will hope to banish some unwanted baggage that has dogged them for years.
Spin or pace, Australia ready for showdown vs India
Australian all-rounder James Faulkner insisted that spin will not play as big a role as is being predicted in the cricket World Cup semifinal against India in Sydney on March 26.
How Raina is preparing for the massive Australian test in semis
Coach Duncan Fletcher devices innovative methods to help batsmen counter short-pitched deliveries
World Cup, New Zealand v South Africa: How the teams stack up
Factbox on the cricket World Cup semi-final between New Zealand and South Africa at Eden Park, Auckland.
Blogs: Gayle says I'm not leaving; is he talking about retirement or bar?
A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup.
Faulkner reckons team that starts well will progress
'If you look at the past, between India and Australia, whether we played them over there or in Australia, you've seen a lot of runs and I think that will happen come game day'
Proteas in a good space, up for semis challenge
'It's really about just reading the situation and trust your gut'
Injured NZ paceman Milne ruled out of World Cup
New Zealand fast bowler Adam Milne has been ruled out of the remainder of the cricket World Cup after suffering pain in his heel and has been replaced in the squad by Matt Henry, the team said on Monday.
March 22, 2015
ICC president Kamal rules out resignation: Report
ICC president Mustafa Kamal has ruled out resigning from his post in protest against what he had called "poor umpiring" in his country's defeat to India in the cricket World Cup, terming reports of his possible quiting as "rumour".
Srinivasan, Thakur to attend WC semis, Dalmiya to stay away
ICC chairman and former BCCI president N Srinivasan will watch India's World Cup semi-final against hosts Australia along with BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur while current president Jagmohan Dalmiya will not be in attendance due to health reasons.
I can be frontline spinner for Aussies against India: Maxwell
With the Sydney Cricket Ground wicket known for assisting spinners, Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell says he is ready to play the role of frontline spinner in World Cup semi-final against India.
A resurgent Watson augurs well for Australia
For someone who likes to stamp his authority over the opponents, Shane Watson's record has been a bit of a bummer.
India may not replicate Riaz's pace show against Aussies: Dawes
Former India bowling coach Joe Dawes is of the view that Indian pacers will struggle to match Wahab Riaz-like domination against Australia in the World Cup semi-final.
Gayle rules out retirement, plans World T20 assault
Chris Gayle intends to keep playing international cricket with his eyes on the 2016 World Twenty20 but admitted his back injury will sideline him from next month's Test series against England.
Smith, De Villiers are in a league of their own: Waugh
Former Australian batsman and team selector Mark Waugh has lauded talented batsman Steven Smith, claiming that he is the stand out player along with South African ace batsman AB de Villiers, but insisting that he has a unique style of his own.
Struggling Aussie batting an encouraging sign for Indian bowlers?
Mahendra Singh Dhoni's in-form bowling unit could take a lot of encouragement out of the struggling Australian batting.
Will 'big' player Kohli stand up against Aussies in semis?
Virat Kohli has had a modest World Cup so far.
New Zealand v South Africa: 'It will be one heck of a show'
The four best teams have made the semi-finals of the World Cup and New Zealand's clash with South Africa at Eden Park is going to be 'one heck of a show', according to coach Mike Hesson.
Great debate: Will it be pace or spin friendly pitch at SCG?
With the stakes so high, neither side is wasting any opportunity to get an edge.
Guess how much Tendulkar's farewell Test jersey was sold for?
A special jersey which batting great Sachin Tendulkar donned for his farewell 200th Test has fetched a whopping Rs 6 lakhs.
Indians need to learn the art of intimidating Aussies from Riaz
Former Pakistan captain Rameez Raja believes Indian bowlers should take a cue from Wahab Riaz's hostile spell.
Want to bid for piece of World Cup history? Find out how...
The ICC is giving cricket fans across the world an opportunity to bid for an official piece of the 2015 World Cup history.
March 21, 2015
I haven't retired from any format as yet: Chris Gayle
A recurring back injury will certainly keep Chris Gayle out of the upcoming home Test series against England, but the destructive West Indies batsman insists that he is not retiring from any format of the game.
Wahab Riaz apologies to Pakistan fans for loss to Australia
Pakistan fast bowler Wahab Riaz has apologised to the nation for the team's failure in the World Cup quarter-final against Australia.
'Australia's only weakness, the lack of a top class spinner'
With Australian pacers gearing up to take on a formidable Indian batting line up in the World Cup semi-final, former captain Ian Chappell says home attack is not completely balanced as they lack a top class spinner.
The Rediff World Cup Chat: Prem Panicker on the semis
Join Prem Panicker on the Rediff World Cup Chat on Monday, March 23, 2015, at 12 noon IST to discuss the final stages of cricket's finest championship.
'India has shown consistency but Australia have a lot of quality'
Former Australia opener and chief coach Geoff Marsh feels that speedster Mitchell Starc's performance will be key for the home team in their upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup semi-final clash against India at the SCG on Thursday.
Emerging from 'dark spaces' De Kock needs to prove himself against NZ
Quinton de Kock's return to form in South Africa's World Cup quarter-final rout of Sri Lanka was one of the most pleasing aspects of a convincing victory for the Proteas.
Maxwell's reminder... India hasn't won a game against us this summer!
Hope India remember winless streak against us: Maxwell
3 mains reasons why West Indies lost so badly...
West Indies displayed all the familiar faults which have plagued them during the cricket World Cup in a quarter-final capitulation to New Zealand at the Wellington Regional Stadium.
Sublime, just sublime Guptill is player of the day!
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum acclaimed opener Martin Guptill's World Cup record 237 not out against West Indies on Saturday as one of the best ever.
India playing a lot better than they were, says Clarke
Australia expecting a very different India in World Cup semi-final.
New Zealand storm into World Cup semis
Martin Guptill's record score of 237 not out and Trent Boult's four-wicket haul propelled New Zealand into their third successive cricket World Cup semi-final.
Pakistan captain's money is on India against Australia
Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul Haq has placed his money on India to prevail over Australia.
Watson, Wahab fined for quarter-final spat
Pakistan paceman Wahab Riaz and Australia all-rounder Shane Watson have been fined for over-stepping the mark during their fiery confrontation in Friday's World Cup quarter-final.
'I like to take time initially and assess the conditions'
Refusing to rate his match-winning ton against Bangladesh in the quarter-final, Indian top-order batsman Rohit Sharma has said the ongoing World Cup campaign is a very prestigious stage and he wants to make the most of it.
Check out how Guptill surpassed Gayle to hit highest World Cup score
New Zealand opener Martin Guptill sent the ball soaring and the records tumbling by striking a World Cup record of 237.
PHOTOS: Guptill hits record 237 as New Zealand sail into semis
Martin Guptill on Saturday bludgeoned his way to the record books with the highest individual World Cup knock as New Zealand beat West Indies by 143 runs
'Rohit was obviously trying to capitalise on a juicy full toss'
Impressed with Rohit Sharma's match-winning ton against Bangladesh, former New Zealand captain Martin Crowe said that the top-order batsman is a beautiful player who did the basics right at the MCG.
March 20, 2015
BCCI asks Kamal to raise 'poor umpiring' issue at ICC meeting
Even as Bangladesh expressed outrage over the Rohit Sharma 'no-ball' controversy during their World Cup quarterfinal defeat to India, the BCCI asked ICC President Mustafa Kamal who criticised "poor umpiring" in that match, to raise the issue before the world body.
'India has got a good chance because they are playing in Sydney'
Defeated Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul Haq is of the view that India has an advantage of playing their World Cup semi-final against Australia on a Sydney Cricket Ground pitch that will assist spinners.
What Imran would have done differently to make Pakistan a champion side
For a team that started off disastrously, entering the quarter-finals of the World Cup is quite an achievement. Rediff.com analyses what could have been the case.
When Wahab Riaz made the Kangaroos hop
The World Cup quarter-final at the Adelaide Oval looked set for a tame ending after Australia shot out Pakistan for a meagre 213. Paceman Wahab, however, sparked the match into life with two wickets and an enthralling duel with Shane Watson.
New Zealand v West Indies, QF 4: How they measure up
Ahead of Saturday's match, a factfile on the teams.
'Virat Kohli is a big occasion player and will fire on a big day'
It has been a lull after storm for Virat Kohli in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup but his captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni stood firmly behind his deputy expressing confidence that he will come good on a big day as he is a "big occasion player".
Pandey, Gopal help Karnataka retain Irani Trophy
Manish Pandey's scintillating century and leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal's sterling bowling effort helped Ranji champions Karnataka retain the Irani Trophy after beating Rest of India by a massive 246 runs on the fourth and penultimate day in Bangalore.
'We'll have to bat a lot better against India in the semi-finals'
Australian captain Michael Clarke has said his players will have to bat much better against the defending champions India.
'Dhoni's confidence in the players' ability is helping India'
Lauding Mahendra Singh Dhoni's brave leadership, the legendary Kapil Dev felt it is the Indian captain's confidence in his players' ability that makes them believe they can retain the World Cup.
PHOTOS: Clinical Australia too good for gritty Pakistan
Photos of the third quarter-final match between Australia and Pakistan being played at the Adelaide Oval on Friday
Cricket is like circle of life, a great leveller: Dhoni
India's captain feels the roller-coaster ride he witnessed all these years makes cricket a "great leveller".
Reignited bowling now India's strongest weapon
The same bowling which was India's weakest link coming into the World Cup has remarkably become their strongest suit as the reigning champions eased into the last four in impressive style.
ICC slams own president for criticising umpires
The International Cricket Council has backed match officials criticised by the governing body's own president over a controversial no-ball decision in Thursday's World Cup quarter-final between India and Bangladesh.
Australia trounce Pakistan, set up semi-final with India
Australia romped into the semi-finals of the cricket World Cup, trouncing Pakistan by six wickets in the third quarter-final at the Adelaide Oval on Friday. They will meet defending champions India, who beat Bangladesh, in the second semi-final slated for March 26.
Attack, attack, attack is Kiwis' weapon of mass destruction
New Zealand will stick with their crash, bang, wallop brand of cricket in Saturday's World Cup quarter-final against West Indies because it gives them the best chance of winning, captain Brendon McCullum said on Friday.
New Zealand clear favourites for quarter-final
New Zealand's Brendon McCullum expects favouritism, underdog status and the possibility of choking under the weight of expectation to have little influence on Saturday's World Cup quarter-final against West Indies.
Windies to 'go out all guns blazing' against favourites New Zealand
A victory for West Indies against New Zealand in their cricket World Cup quarter-final on Saturday would be "huge" for fans back in the Caribbean eager to put months of controversy behind them, according to captain Jason Holder.
Bangladesh to appeal over no-ball that saved Rohit
Outraged by the quality of umpiring in Bangladesh's World Cup quarter-final loss to India in Melbourne, the country's Cricket Board is all set to lodge a protest in the ICC and has got the backing of the governing body's President AHM Mustafa Kamal, who said the on-field officiating was "very poor".
Gayle shows signs of full fitness in training ahead of quarters
Chris Gayle continued to dominate the build-up to the World Cup quarter-final between New Zealand and West Indies when captain Jason Holder said a decision on his fitness would be delayed until Saturday.
'The bowling unit is combining well and has been very impressive'
Impressed with the excellent bowling show by the Indian team so far, former captain Sunil Gavaskar has said that the bowlers have combined well as a unit to pick all the opposition wickets in the seven wins on the trot in the ongoing World Cup.
'India have got many match winners and are at par with Australia'
Praising India for having a lot of match-winners in the side, Australian great Ian Chappell has said that they are at par with Australia in terms of team strength.
March 19, 2015
Protests in Bangladesh over 'biased' umpiring in India QF
Hundreds of Bangladesh cricket supporters burnt an effigy of Pakistani cricket umpire Aleem Dar and marched in the capital, Dhaka, after the country was knocked out of the World Cup
Mashrafe on Rohit 'no-ball' dismissal: Everybody saw what happened!
Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza expressed displeasure at a few decisions going against his side in their 109 runs' thrashing by India in the cricket World Cup quarter-finals at the MCG on Thursday though he did not say it in so many words.
'Batting at the top of order, it's important to get big hundreds'
Rohit Sharma has described his hundred against Bangladesh at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Thursday as one of the best tons in his career.
Karnataka swell lead over Rest of India to 321 runs
Ravikumar Samarth (81), Karun Nair (80) and Manish Pandey (73 not out) guided the Ranji Trophy champions to 341 for 6 after resuming the day at 39 for no loss in the Irani Trophy match at the Chinnaswamy stadium.
Australia v Pakistan QF 3: How they measure up
A factfile on the teams ahead of Friday's World Cup quarter-final in Adelaide.
Player of the day: Rohit rocks MCG to the beat of his bat
Rohit Sharma took his time joining the World Cup party but arrived in style on Thursday, rocking the Melbourne Cricket Ground with a match-winning century to sink Bangladesh and send reigning champions India charging into the semi-finals.
'It has been good but we need to do a lot of small things right'
Hailing India's transformation from a struggling side to favourites to defend the World Cup title, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has attributed the brilliant seven-match unbeaten run to team effort and fixing "small things right".
Difficult to pin-point how it changed for Team India: Dhoni
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni praised his team mates for the way they have quickly pulled themselves out of a form slump to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup.
Dhoni is first non-Australia captain to record 100 ODI wins
Mahendra Singh Dhoni has achieved the memorable milestone of recording 100 ODI wins as captain after leading India to a resounding victory against Bangladesh in the World Cup quarter-finals in Melbourne on Thursday.
Australia vs Pakistan: A slippery game in Adelaide
When the 2015 ODI World Cup began, no one cared to look past Australia to lift a record fifth title. A strong team, home advantage, and flailing opposition, meant that they were in pole position going into the tournament.
World Cup, Australia v Pakistan: How the teams stack up!
Factbox on the third World Cup quarter-final between Australia and Pakistan at the Adelaide Oval on Friday.
Favourites Australia wary of Pakistan enigma
Australia enter their World Cup quarter-final as runaway favourites against Pakistan in Adelaide on Friday, but will be wary of an enigmatic team that have proved a major thorn in their side at past tournaments.
Rohit hundred as unbeaten India whip Bangladesh en route to semis
Defending champions India cantered into the semi-finals of the cricket World Cup after a thumping -- victory over Bangladesh at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Thursday.
PHOTOS: India take Bangladesh in stride to make World Cup semis
Images from the ICC World Cup quarter-finals played between India and Bangladesh at the MCG on Thursday.
Duminy surprises one and all with his bag of 'tricks'
A hat-trick in international cricket is no mean feat. And when you are not one of the frontline bowlers in the team, to grab hold of three wickets in as many deliveries is not only a personal achievement but gives the team a huge fillip; after all, as a backup bowler expected to bowl till you get hit, a hat-trick is probably something totally unexpected.
England wrong to axe me as captain: Cook
Alastair Cook believes England were wrong to sack him as their one-day captain.
6 reasons why Gayle will blow away New Zealand's chances
Cricket fans are questioning whether a Gayle will strike Wellington Regional Stadium on Saturday.
India v Bangladesh: Check out the FUNNIEST placards spotted
Fans in the stadiums get in the groove to tickle the television spectators's funny bone.
World Cup Blogs: Are too many runs being scored?
A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup.
World Cup Fan zone: Welcome to the biggest party at MCG!
crowd of 80,000 flocked to the MCG for Thursday's sudden-death encounter.
Ganguly gives Bangladesh no chance
Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly has expressed serious doubts about whether Bangladesh can beat the Men in Blue.
PHOTOS: Tahir's frenzied wicket-taking celebrations!
Spectators at the Sydney Cricket Ground were repeatedly treated to the sight of leg-spinner Imran Tahir throwing his head back, screaming with joy and pumping his arms before setting off on an uncoordinated run across the outfield on Wednesday as South Africa thrashed Sri Lanka by nine wickets in the first quarter-final at the World Cup.
March 18, 2015
India expected to beat Bangladesh, but may not be easy: Gavaskar
Former captain Sunil Gavaskar expects India to beat Bangladesh in their World Cup quarter-final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Thursday, but says it may not be as easy for the defending champions as people feel.
Jadhav rallies Rest of India for 20-run lead over Karnataka
Kedhar Jadhav struck a timely 78 and the tail wagged as Rest of India took a slender first innings lead over Karnataka on Day 2 of the Irani Cup match at the Chinnawsamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Wednesday.
De Villiers in no hurry to shed 'chokers' the tag
South Africa made quite a statement in their quarter-final rout of Sri Lanka on Wednesday but AB de Villiers warned their rivals that reaching the last four of the World Cup was by no means the extent of their ambitions.
Lankan legends Jayawardene, Sangakkara bid adieu to ODIs
Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara might not have got a fairytale ending in their final ODI match of their glorious careers but the veterans smiled through the disappointment as they fondly recounted their respective journeys.
Trott returns to England squad for West Indies Tests
The South Africa-born 33-year-old has not played for the senior England team since the first Test in Brisbane 18 months ago, after which he returned home with stress-related problems.
Sangakkara walks away happy, says Sri Lanka in a good place
Sangakkara's fellow former captain Mahela Jayawardene, also 37, is also calling time on his one-day career after the tournament, bringing an end to a career in which he has scored 12,650 runs in 448 matches.
Pakistan considering leg-spinner Shah for Australia quarters
Coach Waqar Younis said the leg-spinner is being considered as a replacement for injured fast bowler Mohammad Irfan for the World Cup quarter-final match against Australia.
Grateful Tahir happy to repay South Africa
South Africa stormed into the semi-finals of the World Cup on Wednesday and nobody was more pleased than their Pakistan-born spinner Imran Tahir, who claimed 4-26 to mow down Sri Lanka's middle order in the quarter-final match at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Tendulkar leads cricket world in lauding Sanga, Mahela
Sachin Tendulkar led the cricketing world in applauding Sri Lankan veterans Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, who bowed out of ODIs after their team's World Cup quarter-final loss to South Africa in Sydney.
Misbah says Pakistan won't mind facing India again at World Cup
Misbah-ul Haq says Pakistan wouldn't mind facing India in the semi-finals if it progresses beyond the quarters in the ongoing ICC World Cup.
Former players back Younis Khan's inclusion for quarter-finals
Former Pakistan players are throwing their weight behind senior batsman Younis Khan in the World Cup quarter-final against Australia in Adelaide on Friday.
World Cup Blog: Forty-two games to find out the bleeding obvious
A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup
South Africa thrash Sri Lanka, break 'knock-out jinx'
All-rounder JP Duminy claimed a hat-trick as South Africa stormed into the World Cup semi-finals with a comprehensive nine-wicket victory over Sri Lanka at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Wednesday.
Australia turn to Steve Waugh for pep talk ahead of quarters
Australia have drawn inspiration from former World Cup-winning captain Steve Waugh in how to handle big-match pressure ahead of Friday's quarter-final against Pakistan.
Bangladesh ready to battle odds and crowd against India
Playing 'fearless' cricket has been Bangladesh's war-cry at the ICC World Cup but courage alone will not be enough to upset India and their army of blue-clad fans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground where the teams play their quarter-final on Thursday.
World Cup PHOTOS: Tahir, Duminy spin South Africa into semis
Images from the World Cup first quarter-final between Sri Lanka and South Africa in Sydney, on Wednesday.
India's handy man Raina values his wicket now more than ever
'I've played a lot of matches up and down the order so I think I've become a more mature player after 2011'
Duminy claims SA's first World Cup hat-trick
The off-spinner dismissed Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews with the final ball of his eighth over and returned to send back Nuwan Kulasekara and Tharindu Kaushal with the first two deliveries of his next to achieve the milestone in the first quarter-final of the World Cup.
New Zealand adopt 'casual-professional' approach
West Indies cricketers have typically exuded a lackadaisical 'it's cool man' attitude to their game, yet it is New Zealand who are taking the casual approach to their World Cup quarter-final, according to Daniel Vettori.
West Indies face new woes as Gayle's back injury persists
West Indies opening batsman Chris Gayle has had a scan and a painkilling injection to alleviate a back injury and should be ready to take on New Zealand on Saturday, according to all-rounder Darren Sammy.
Will Ajmal get a recall to bolster depleted Pakistan?
PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan has said that the option of flying out off-spinner Saeed Ajmal to Australia for the cricket World Cup was available if Pakistan reached the semi-finals.
Bangladesh's Mahmudullah plays down expectations
Bangladesh's first World Cup centurion Mahmudullah is hoping to extend his big scoring spree at the World Cup when he faces off against India.
India vs Bangladesh QF 2: How they measure up
A factfile of the teams ahead of the second quarter-final in the World Cup at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
REVEALED: The secret behind Dhawan's success at the World Cup
Team India's cricket director Ravi Shastri has played a massive role in getting Shikhar Dhawan back on track after a prolonged lean patch during the tour of Australia that preceded the ongoing World Cup.
March 17, 2015
Pakistan sweat over replacement options for pacer Irfan
The best they can do, in the event they defeat Australia and line up for the semi-final in Sydney, is summon spinner Saeed Ajmal.
Outstanding performance by my love Anushka in NH10, tweets Kohli
India's star batsman Virat Kohli took time off from his preparations for the crucial World Cup quarter-final against Bangladesh to watch the latest Bollywood release NH10, starring his girlfriend, Anushka Sharma.
Irani Cup: Aaron's six-for decimates Karnataka
Pace spearhead Varun Aaron wrecked Karnataka with a six-wicket haul to help Rest of India bowl out the Ranji Trophy champions for 244 on day one of the Irani Cup in Bangalore.
Prem Panicker: If I was Dhoni, I'd bowl first vs Bangladesh
Prem Panicker, a keen follower of the game and one of cricket's finest writers, interacted with readers on the Rediff World Cup Chat.
Watson savours World Cup life-line
Australia all-rounder Shane Watson is savouring his second chance at the World Cup after his omission from the side left him convinced he had played his last match at the tournament.
IPL experience will help me plan against India's players, says Shakib
Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan on Tuesday said it is important for his team to look at it as just another game and not get burdened by any additional pressure against India in the ICC World Cup quarter-final.
Communications between umpires to be aired during knock-outs
The ICC on Tuesday confirmed that TV umpire communications during decision-making will be put to air for the knock-out stages of the World Cup.
Can pressure-free India overpower in-form Bangladesh?
'Even though Bangladesh are playing their best cricket, this is a happy Indian side that has mastered the art of winning crunch games'
With 2007 WC win in mind, Bangladesh hopeful of upsetting India
Bangladesh know the odds are stacked against them beating India in Thursday's World Cup quarter-final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. If history and current form are any guide, India should win in a canter.
Big blow for Pakistan as Irfan ruled out of World Cup
Pakistan have been dealt a blow ahead of their World Cup quarter-final against Australia with the news that left-arm fast bowler Mohammad Irfan will miss the remainder of the tournament due to a stress fracture of the pelvis.
Sri Lanka banking on 'home' support and Sangakkara ton
Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews is looking to overwhelming support from the crowd.
World Cup Blogs: Dark side of the Sachin superfan
A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup
It's simple, we won't choke, says South Africa skipper
No one is going to ask us if we played exceptional cricket when we win the World Cup.'
Is South Africa a one man army?
South Africa has been perennial favourites but it hasn't helped them.
8 reasons why Sri Lanka will beat South Africa
Sri Lanka are never anybody's pre-tournament favourites but when the dust settles there they are.
South Africa vs Sri Lanka QF 1: How they measure up
Kicking off the knock-out stage is the quarter-final between South Africa and 1996 champions Sri Lanka at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Wednesday.
The doosra: Is Ravi Shastri's over-confidence justified?
While India has had a smooth passage to the quarter-finals, Ravi Shastri's claims of India retaining their title seem a tad premature, if not far-fetched. Uttam Ghosh/Rediff.com looks at the lighter side of things.
March 16, 2015
De Villiers atop MVP standings at World Cup, Kohli 24th
Srinivas Bhogle and Purnendu Maji figure out who are the most valuable players after the league phase of the World Cup intheir latest update.
Pakistan pacer Irfan doubtful starter for quarters
Pakistan pacer Muhammad Irfan remains a doubtful starter for the cricket World Cup quarter-final against Australia on Friday.
Dravid wants field restrictions reconsidered. Do you agree?
Concerned about the total domination of bat over ball in ODI cricket, former India captain Rahul Dravid has urged the ICC to reconsider the rule allowing a maximum of four fielders outside the 30-yard circle once the World Cup is over.
Mahmudullah finds form at perfect time for Bangladesh
His biggest test will come on Thursday when Bangladesh face defending champions India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
'The Indian cricket team will retain the world champions title'
Praising Mahendra Singh Dhoni's efficient leadership, out-of-favour Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh said that the team's spectacular showing in this edition so far makes him believe that the Men in Blue can retain the trophy.
ICC ODI rankings: Dhoni jumps two places to No 8; Dhawan 7th
Having regained his form with two unbeaten knocks in the league stage of the cricket World Cup, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has gained two spots to be placed eight in the latest ICC batting rankings.
Flintoff wins Australian version of 'Iss Jungle Se Mujhe Bachao'
Former England cricket captain Andrew Flintoff won the Australian version of I'm A Celebrity show after spending a month in a jungle where he took up many challenges including eating a rat's tail.
De Villiers, Sangakkara take tussle for No 1 ranking to WC quarter-final
South Africa's AB de Villiers and Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara will take their battle for the coveted No 1 spot in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen to Sydney when they go head-to-head in the first quarter-final of the World Cup.
Fielding will be difference in Aus-Pak quarters
Australian fielding coach Greg Blewett believes that sharp fielding will play a paramount role in the upcoming quarter-final tie against Pakistan on Friday in Adelaide.
We are good and that's why we are here, says Bangladesh coach
Bangladesh gearing up for their biggest battle against defending champions India in the cricket World Cup quarter-finals.
Best of the Rest target Irani Trophy for India comeback
The likes of Robin UthaManoj Tiwaryppa, Manoj Tiwary and Kedar Jadhav will get another chance to impress the selectors and push their case for a comeback to international cricket when Ranji Trophy champions Karnataka clash against Rest of India lock in a five-day Irani Trophy match, in Bangalore, starting on Tuesday.
Six key moments in India's winning run at the World Cup
In the run-up to the 2015 World Cup, India seemed to stumble, but were a changed side once the tournament commenced.
Starc difference in Australia's World Cup campaign
Publicly labelled 'soft' by former Test bowler Shane Warne only a few months ago, paceman Mitchell Starc has come of age.
Predict your FOUR World Cup semi-finalists
As the tournament gets to the business end here's a chance to predict the winner. Listed below are the eight quarter-finalists. Pick four who you think will make the semi-finals.
Do Indian bowlers have the sting to ensure World Cup defence?
'Cornered wolves' Pakistan capable of causing moments of panic
The Rediff World Cup Chat with Prem Panicker!
Join Prem Panicker on the Rediff World Cup Chat on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 3 pm IST to discuss the final stages of cricket's finest championship.
Inked! Cricketers' obsession with tattoos
Check out how these cricketers decorate their bodies.
Sri Lanka want 'unbelievable' Sangakkara to play on
Jayasuriya would like Sangakkara to continue beyond the World Cup.
'Last resort' Sarfraz solves Pakistan's opening problem
It was Pakistan's last roll of the dice that saw them throw Sarfraz Ahmed into the role of opener at the World Cup and the gamble looks to be paying off.
How new field restrictions cost Yuvraj his WC slot
Change in field restrictions ia the reason why India lost Yuvraj Singh.
Imposter posing as 'expert' appears on television
An imposter posing as a former Pakistani cricketer has duped the BBC.
World Cup Blogs: India's middle-order masterclass hides troubles
A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup.
At 38, Dilshan is Sri Lanka's guiding light
The pressure will be on former captain Tillakaratne Dilshan to continue to play a pivotal role for Sri Lanka.
New Zealand turn their attention to knockout rounds
New Zealand will not be shelving the aggressive game that has taken them through the pool stage.
When David Warner questioned his career...
Out of form and out of control, David Warner was a 'volcano' ready to blow when he punched England cricketer Joe Root.
10 Top quotes from the 2015 World Cup- Part II
Rediff.com brings you the best quotes of World Cup 2015. From players and coaches to legends and fans; let's hear them out!
March 15, 2015
Motivated South Africans raring to go: Amla
With the South African team keen to shrug-off the chokers tag, opening batsman Hashim Amla has said the experienced campaigners in the squad will need to step up their performance when they take on Sri Lanka in the World Cup quarter-finals at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Wednesday.
Pakistan have nothing to lose against Australia: Misbah
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq admitted being under tremendous pressure to qualify for the World Cup quarter-finals but felt the burden now shifts to their last-eight opponents and tournament co-hosts Australia.
Thrilling matches in the offing as Lanka-Proteas kick-start quarters
India have to be cautious against giant slayers Bangladesh
Lankan PM tells team to be wary of De Villiers in quarters
Wishing the Sri Lankan team ahead of their quarter-final clash against South Africa, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe warned the Angelo Mathews-led side to "keep an eye on Proteas skipper AB de Villiers" who has been in rampaging form in the tournament.
UAE captain rues dropped catch that sealed their fate
'I think one moment that would have changed the game was I think Kevin O'Brien's catch that got dropped. If that catch would have been taken, I think we would have definitely won that game'
PHOTOS: Ton-up Sarfaraz steers Pakistan to World Cup quarter-finals
Photos of the World Cup Pool B game between Pakistan and Ireland being played in Adelaide
Dhoni and the story of his flawless 'keeping skills
'I can't remember seeing Dhoni do wicket-keeping drills at the nets'
Windies target New Zealand batting in quarters tie
West Indies captain Jason Holder praised his team's effort in the do-or-die clash against United Arab Emirates on Sunday and will next look to target the batting of likely World Cup quarter-final opponents New Zealand in Wellington next week.
Team India has shown its strength in all departments: Laxman
Stressing on the fact that most of the Indian batsmen's form has been a big factor in India's success so far, former batsman VVS Laxman expects them to fire on all cylinders during the quarter-final stages as well.
Clinical Pakistan thrash Ireland by seven wickets; seal quarters beth
Pakistan grabbed a World Cup quarter-final berth on Sunday following their seven-wicket victory against Ireland that also cleared West Indies' last eight passage from Pool B.
PHOTOS: Clinical West Indies secure quarters berth
Photos of the Pool B game between West Indies and United Arab Emirates being played in Napier
Holder, Carter take Windies into World Cup quarter-finals
Johnson Charles and Jonathan Carter scored half centuries as West Indies kept alive their hopes of securing a World Cup quarter-finals berth with a six-wicket victory over United Arab Emirates at McLean Park in Napier on Sunday.
March 14, 2015
Of Raina's impressive batting average and Dhon's cool captaincy
India finished at the heap of Pool B after beating Zimbabwe by six wickets in their final league match in Auckland on Saturday after Suresh Raina and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni combined well to take the team across the finish line.
World Cup Blog: Bracken could lose 'everything' in legal war with CA
A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup.
Jet-lagged Team India unhappy with travel schedule for New Zealand
'A lot of people had problems in adjusting with the change of time and it affected their sleeping pattern'
Associates have justified World Cup spot: Porterfield
Even if Ireland fail to make the quarter-finals of the cricket World Cup they and the other associate members have shown enough promise to warrant inclusion in future tournaments, skipper William Porterfield said on Saturday.
How Dhoni and Co make chasing targets look simple
The Indian Premier League has given players an idea of how to cope with pressure situations, especially in the knockout stages, feels India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Tournament draw probably helped Pakistan: Misbah
The vagaries of the World Cup draw may have helped Pakistan rediscover their swagger at just the right time to push them to the brink of a quarter-final, according to captain Misbah ul-Haq.
Australia 'switched on' for knockout stage
Australia captain Michael Clarke is pleased with whatever batting opportunity he and his teammates had against Scotland on Saturday and said every member of the squad was 'switched on' for the knockout stage of the World Cup.
Team India register 10 World Cup wins on the trot
With 10 successive World Cup wins under their belt, Mahendra Singh Dhoni's India bettered Clive Lloyd's fearsome outfit of the late 1970' and 80' in terms of consecutive victories in the quadrennial extravaganza.
Retiring Taylor looking forward to new innings in England
'It's definitely a sense of sadness, a sense of disappointment. Sad in a way that I'm leaving my teammates, leaving my home country for a number of years'
Pietersen to skip IPL to push England recall bid?
England batsman Kevin Pietersen could push his bid for an international recall by missing the Indian Premier League in favour of playing English county cricket.
Dhoni sticks with tried and trusted combination
"The bench strength will warm the bench," is what the captain MS Dhoni had declared after India had beaten West Indies in Perth.
Record maker, Taylor leaves Zimbabwe cricket on a high
Brendan Taylor has been the boy on the burning deck all through his career for Zimbabwe.
PHOTOS: Starc four-for romps Scotland as Australia finish second
Photos of the World Cup Pool A game between West Indies and Scotland being played in Hobart.
Under-pressure India well prepared for knockouts
Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said that the biggest positive to draw from the team's unbeaten league campaign in the ongoing World Cup was that the entire side has withstood pressure in some way or the other, preparing it perfectly for the knockouts.
PHOTOS: Raina ton stretches India's unbeaten run in World Cup
Photos of the World Cup game between India and Zimbabwe being played in Auckland
Quick-fire Australia romp past Scotland
Australia finished second in Pool A after Mitchell Starc bowled the World Cup co-hosts to a seven-wicket victory against Scotland in a match that lasted just 41 overs at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart, on Saturday.
Cyclone could affect West Indies quarter-final chances
Pakistan meet Ireland in Adelaide later on Sunday with the winner of that game advancing, while the losing side could also go through depending on what happens in the West Indies game. A washout in Napier would result in both sides getting one point and ending West Indies' hopes.
West Indies have much to lose against UAE: Tauqir
The United Arab Emirates have sensed an inconsistent West Indies side could be ripe for the taking in their final World Cup Pool B match in Napier, UAE captain Mohammad Tauqir has said.
Raina's century helps India extend unbeaten World Cup record
Suresh Raina (110) and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (85) combined in an unbeaten fifth wicket partnership of 196 at Eden Park to give their team a sixth successive victory in the tournament.
March 13, 2015
'India will do very well not to take Bangladesh lightly'
Former captain Sunil Gavaskar warned India against taking Bangladesh lightly when they meet in the cricket World Cup knock-out stage at the Melbourne Cricket Ground March 19, saying their eastern neighbours are a dangerous side on current form.
PHOTOS: England sign off on winning note, beat Afghanistan at SCG
Knocked out of the quarter-final race, the England cricket team ended its World Cup campaign with a consolatory nine-wicket triumph over debutants
India will be wary of rejuvenated Bangladesh in quarters
India go into the quarter-final against their neighbours as favourites, but will certainly not take them too lightly, not wanting to suffer the same fate as they did in the 2007 edition.
England beat Afghanistan in rain-swept Sydney
England brought an end to their miserable World Cup campaign with a nine-wicket victory over Afghanistan under the Duckworth-Lewis method in a rain-disrupted final Pool A match at Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday.
'Bowlers holding their own is certainly good for Indian cricket'
Zimbabwe stand-in captain Brendan Taylor feels that the Indian bowling unit will not only trouble his team with swing but also with the pace when the
'I like the way Dhoni handles the team and me'
India's pace spearhead Mohammed Shami feels a certain degree of comfort playing under Mahendra Singh Dhoni. India's captain, he says, is never "demanding" and his backing has made the transformation from domestic to international cricket pretty smooth.
'My captaincy tenure wasn't long enough and a big disappointment'
Sachin Tendulkar has revealed that not getting a long tenure as India's captain was one "big disappointment he found tough to overcome given the number of challenges he endured.
PHOTOS: New Zealand's unbeaten run continues; outclass Bangladesh
Opener Martin Guptill smashed a brisk century before New Zealand huffed and puffed to a thrilling three-wicket win over Bangladesh.
Australia likely to experiment against minnows Scotland
Australia will continue to experiment with their batting line-up against Scotland on Saturday as they attempt to give players some time in the middle before the knockout phase, captain Michael Clarke said.
Guptill's hundred lifts New Zealand to thrilling victory over Bangladesh
Martin Guptill stroked a fluent century to help New Zealand edge past Bangladesh by three wickets with seven deliveries to spare, in the ICC World Cup Pool A match in Hamilton, on Friday.
Can India make it a 'Perfect 10' at the World Cup?
Mahendra Singh Dhoni's boys have eclipsed the India record by winning nine straight games in the World Cup, including four matches in the previous edition. Saturday's match against Zimbabwe provides them the opportunity.
World Cup, India v Zimbabwe: How the teams stack up
Factbox on Saturday's World Cup Pool B match between India and Zimbabwe at Eden Park in Auckland.
Cometh the hour, cometh the man; Shami proves his worth!
Shami's growth coincides with India's growth at CWC 2015.
World Cup Blog: Beat Australia and World Cup is yours, Imran tells Pakistan
A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup.
South Africa's 'match winner' de Kock needs to step up
South Africa's Quinton de Kock was probably already feeling the most pressure of his fledgling international career before captain AB de Villiers dumped even more of it on his shoulders.
March 12, 2015
'I should not be compared to Kohli because he bats higher up'
Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal has said that it was unfair to compare him with India's Virat Kohli as both batted at different positions.
'It will be very hard for Team India to fill up Dhoni's shoes'
Former New Zealand wicketkeeper Ian Smith feels it will be extremely difficult to fill up the void created in Indian cricket once Mahendra Singh Dhoni bids adieu to the game in near future.
'It's very pleasing to see that Virat has realized his potential'
Zimbabwe coach Dav Whatmore says Virat Kohli is one of the few players who have realised their potential after showing initial promise but the young India Test captain still has a long way to go.
We are learning, not surrendering, says UAE captain
UAE captain Mohammad Tauqir has dismissed questions his side had done damage to their reputation by refusing to meaningfully chase targets.
Dhoni won't make changes for inconsequential Zimbabwe match
Even after sealing a quarter-final berth captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is averse to changes in the team for their next World Cup match against Zimbabwe in Auckland on Saturday.
Why England deserved to lose...
England are out of the 2015 ODI World Cup. Bangladesh delivered the knock-out blow, after they lost to Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka.
Karnataka crush Tamil Nadu to retain Ranji Trophy
Riding on Karun Nair's record innings of 328 and a magnificent all-round performance from captain R Vinay Kumar, Karnataka crushed Tamil Nadu by an innings and 217 runs to successfully defend their Ranji Trophy title.
PHOTOS: De Villiers misses ton but SA crush UAE
South Africa skipper AB de Villiers led from the front with an all-round show to help South Africa thrash minnows UAE.
De Villiers' 99 helps South Africa cruise into World Cup quarters
South Africa's bowlers backed up a solid batting performance led by captain AB de Villiers' 99 to ensure they qualified for the knockout phase of the World Cup with a 146-run victory over United Arab Emirates.
Cartwheeling Hassan an unlikely star of the World Cup
With his face covered in warpaint and his hair kept in place by a bandana in the Afghan flag colours, fast bowler Hamid Hassan has emerged as one of the cult figures of the World Cup.
'Field restrictions curtailing role of spinners in ODIs'
Not too impressed with the field restriction rules being used in the One-Day Internationals, former India opener W V Raman has said the current format hardly leaves any scope for the spinners to create an impact.
Yet another milestone for De Villiers... enters WC top-10 scorers' list
South African cricket captain AB de Villiers continued to script statistical history at the ongoing World Cup as he entered the top-10 of all-time scorers' list.
Let's win it for Woolmer, Pakistan's Younis tells teammates
Pakistan's senior batsman Younis Khan wants to put on a big performance to beat Ireland in the World Cup on Sunday as a tribute to the national team's late coach Bob Woolmer
Power hitters are all products of T20 impact
Greatbatch backs New Zealand to win title.
Blogs: Is ICC World Cup really 'world's third-biggest sporting event'?
A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup.
'Mohit is an inspiration for every young wannabe pacer in India'
Fast bowling coach and biomechanics expert Ian Pont discusses the rise of India medium pacer Mohit Sharma with Manu Shankar/Rediff.com
March 11, 2015
Sri Lanka skipper Mathews begged Sangakkara not to retire!
Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews said on Wednesday that he has gone down on his knees to beg record-breaking batsman Kumar Sangakkara not to quit after the World Cup. Sangakkara, 37, will call time on his ODI career at the end of the tournament but he is still in a rich vein of form.
Vinay Kumar joins run-fest as Karnataka set to retain Ranji crown
Having taken a huge first innings lead, defending champions Karnataka are on course for an outright victory over Tamil Nadu after reducing them to 113 for 3 in their second essay on Day 4 of the Ranji Trophy final, at the Wankhede Stadium, in Mumbai, on Wednesday. Earlier in the day, Karnataka posted a massive 762 in their first innings in reply to Tamil Nadu's paltry 134.
Ashwin is a cricket tragic, statistically-motivated, says Fleming
Former New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming lauds the showing Chennai Super Kings players Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohit Sharma and Suresh Raina at the ongoing World Cup
PHOTOS: Sangakkara makes history as Sri Lanka crush Scotland
Kumar Sangakkara created history by notching up a record fourth consecutive ODI century that powered Sri Lanka to a crushing 148-run win over Scotland in their final group league match of the ongoing cricket World Cup in Hobart.
'It's not long before Shami is regarded as a world-class bowler'
Mohammad Shami and Umesh Yadav's "mature performance" in the ongoing cricket World Cup, former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar feels the duo
'Martin Crowe was a shrewd and superb tactician'
Gavin Larsen says if he could rein in the batsmen of 1990s era even with his military medium pace it was because of his skipper Martin Crowe's tremendous leadership style and his faith in the bowlers.
'Unless plans are executed well you don't appear a good captain'
Mahendra Singh Dhoni has received rich praise for his captaincy so far in the World Cup but he feels it is the performance of his bowlers that makes him look like a commanding leader.
Put England coach Moores in charge of kids: Vaughan
England coach Peter Moores should be removed from his current position and put in charge of the "kids", according to former captain Michael Vaughan.
Sangakkara's record fourth straight ton seals it for Sri Lanka
Kumar Sangakkara became the first batsman to hit four successive centuries in a World Cup and Tillakaratne Dilshan stroked a fluent hundred in Sri Lanka's 363-9 against Scotland in a Pool A match at Bellerive Oval on Wednesday.
Sulk-free South Africa out to prove they are the best
South Africa still believe they are the best team at the World Cup despite defeats to India and Pakistan and will be out to prove it in their final pool match against United Arab Emirates, skipper AB de Villiers said on Wednesday.
World Cup Blog: Is there similarity between 2003 team and current one?
A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup
Ousted England prepare to get back on the saddle
Under-fire England held their first news conference since being knocked out of the World Cup on Wednesday with inexperienced all-rounder Chris Jordan handed the responsibility of addressing the media on behalf of the squad.
The doosra: Virat Kohli and Dr Jekyll/Mr Hyde...
Uttam Ghosh/Rediff.com looks at the enigma that is Virat Kohli
Pakistan 'quietly confident of beating any team now'
'We all want to do well for Pakistan but at times some of the criticism and tongue lashing on the channels is below the belt and its affects the players'
'Dhawan is not someone who is happy getting a half century'
Mahendra Singh Dhoni has praised opener Shikhar Dhawan, saying he is not someone who gets satisfied with a half-century and is always hungry for big scores.
March 10, 2015
I didn't have any nerves: Karun Nair, after record-breaking 310
Karnataka's record-breaking triple centurion Karun Nair says he just applied himself and played to the merit of the ball during his unbeaten 310 against Tamil Nadu in the Ranji Trophy final.
'The good thing with Ashwin is that he keeps improving himself'
Mahendra Singh Dhoni loves players who can take challenges head on and for him that's the reason his trusted lieutenant Ravichandran Ashwin has been his stand-out performers for the Indian team in the ongoing ICC World Cup.
Nair's triple ton strengthens Karnataka's grip on Ranji final
Karun Nair's unconquered 310 put Karnataka in the driver's seat in the Ranji Trophy final against Tamil Nadu on Tuesday. The defending champions ended Day 3 of the match with a mammoth 618 for 7, having added 295 runs to their overnight score, to extend their first innings lead to an imposing 484 runs at the Wankhede stadium, in Mumbai.
Dhoni's India now only second to Ponting's Australia in wins
With nine straight World Cup wins under their belt, the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led India stand only second to Ricky Ponting's Australian side that registered 24 consecutive victories in the showpiece event.
'Fan' sheds Indian t-shirt to don Pak jersey again!
The Mauka man is back to his roots again after briefly switching sides to India.
We are going to lift the trophy again, Ravi Shastri
India, came into the tournament after a disastrous bilateral series, is onfident of winning.
'India have all the attributes to go all the way'
Ireland captain William Porterfield drew consolation from posting the highest total against defending champions India in the cricket World Cup so far despite a crushing defeat on Tuesday.
'Hindi is ideal, everyone understands it but batsman doesn't'
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni heaped praise on his bowlers.
Shami's stunning turnaround on the big stage
So you could relate to where the critics and the analysts were coming from. In many ways, they weren't too far off the mark. Had it not been for Bhuvneshwar Kumar's lack of fitness going into the tournament, and Ishant's injury, Shami could well have been ruled out of leading the Indian attack this World Cup.
Richards pips Tendulkar as greatest ODI player in online poll
West Indian batting great Viv Richards has been voted as the greatest ODI player in the history of the game ahead of India's cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar in an online poll.
PHOTOS: India crush Ireland by 8 wickets, maintain clean sheet
Images from the World Cup match between India and Ireland at Seddon Park, Hamilton, New Zealand.
Injury woes for Sri Lanka as Perera replaces Chandimal
Sri Lanka batsman Dinesh Chandimal has been ruled out of the rest of the World Cup due to a hamstring injury and replaced in the squad by Kusal Perera.
5 reasons why Indian cricket fans are best
Bouyed by the vociferous fans, the Indian cricket team is in form.
Dominant India sweep to untroubled win over Ireland
India took apart a diligent but limited Ireland attack to sweep to an untroubled eight-wicket victory at Seddon Park on Tuesday which confirmed they will top Pool B in the cricket World Cup.
World Cup Blog: England the laughing stock
A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup.
'The best thing about Dhoni is he's keen on getting the job done'
Pace legend Michael Holding is impressed with Mahendra Singh Dhoni's approach.
'England have ceased to believe they can win'
Ian Pont, a former Essex player and fast bowling coach, now at the Ultimate Pace Foundation in Bengaluru, analyses England's disastrous World Cup campaign in an exclusive conversation with Manu Shankar/Rediff.com.
March 09, 2015
'England is just an overrated team both in cricket and football'
Sunil Gavaskar has slammed the England team for its embarrassingly early exit from the World Cup, calling it an overrated side in not just cricket but football also.
'I am impressed with the Indian pace attack, Shami in particular'
India's pace spearhead Mohammed Shami received the biggest compliment in his two-year international career as one of the greatest fast bowlers of
'Gutted' Morgan clueless about England's future
England captain Eoin Morgan was "gutted" after his team's premature exit from the World Cup on Monday and confessed he was clueless about what the future holds for the team.
Ranji Trophy final: Rahul, Nair tons put Karnataka in control
Riding on unbeaten centuries from K L Rahul and Karun Nair, defending champions Karnataka took firm control by finishing day two on a comfortable 323 for five in the Ranji Trophy final in Mumbai.
PHOTOS: Bangladesh stun England to enter quarter-finals
Photos of the World Cup Pool A game between England and Bangladesh being played at Adelaide
'Team India will be looking to get top spot in the group'
Ireland captain William Porterfield feels that the best chance for his team to beat India in the ICC World Cup group league encounter will be to restrict them to a reasonable total by taking wickets.
Sri Lanka to send replacement covers for injured players
Sri Lanka will be sending middle order batsman Kithuruwan Vithanage and spinner Tharindu Kaushal as cover for the injured players ahead of the team's final round robin World Cup game against Scotland, scheduled to be played on March 11.
Bangladesh knock England out of World Cup after Mahmudullah ton
Bangladesh staved off a late fightback to beat England by 15 runs and enter the quarter-finals of the World Cup from Group B in Adelaide on Monday. They joined New Zealand, Australia, Sri Lanka in the last eight stage.
Pathan group throws Lalit Modi out of RCA
Former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi was on Monday removed as the Rajasthan Cricket Association president.
Smith slams reports he divorced his wife via accidental text
Graeme Smith has slammed reports that he mistakenly informed his former wife Morgan Deane of their divorce through a text message.
Watson takes his second chance with both hands
The obituaries had been written only three days earlier, Shane Watson's 13-year international cricket career declared dead and buried.
Another contest heavily loaded in India's favour...
India will aim to crush a gutsy Ireland in their penultimate group encounter.
Hope this is not Scotland's final World Cup fling...
Cricket's global showpiece has confirmed the Scots are a way from being able to compete with the top Test playing nations.
Nobody expects my bouncer to come so fast, says economical Mohit
He has impressed with his miserly bowling effort in the ongoing cricket World Cup.
World Cup Diary: Indian fans make Perth their own
equally surprised to see the amount of interest in the game at WACA.
World Cup Blog: India have arrived and they are still building
A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup.
Pakistan's Sohail treasures ball with which he dismissed Kohli
'I fulfilled the promise that I made to myself -- getting Kohli's wicket!'
What is the key to Dhawan's success?
According to Sourav Ganguly, not facing Australian bowlers regularly has helped Dhawan and Team India.
Waqar can't say why Pakistan fail to cross India hurdle at the WC
'It is very difficult to pick one team to win the World Cup but there is going to a whole lot of pressure on the teams in the knock-out stage'
March 08, 2015
Sangakkara set to hang up gloves after India series in August
Veteran Sri Lankan wicket-keeper batsman Kumar Sangakkara is set to bid adieu to international cricket by the end of August, when the island nation hosts India in a three-match Test series.
World Cup Diary: Ray's 'Charulata' makes news in Hamilton
On a Sunday afternoon, in sleepy Hamilton, as one ambles through the quiet streets, the colourful billboards at the city's Centre Place area do catch attention. Among them is an unsual but pleasant sighting.
Clarke salutes 'world class' Sangakkara
The World Cup will be the last assignment for Kumar Sangakkara in One-Day Internationals and the Sri Lankan left-hander has ensured he will sign off on a high, at least on the personal front.
Record-breaker Sangakkara joins batting greats
Kumar Sangakkara became only the second batsman after Indian icon Sachin Tendulkar to score 14,000 One-day International runs when the Sri Lankan veteran reached the landmark against Australia in a World Cup Pool A match in Sydney on Sunday.
Ranji Trophy final: Vinay grabs fifer as Tamil Nadu are all out for 134
Skipper Vinay Kumar took five for 34 as defending champions Karnataka skittled out Tamil Nadu for 134 on the opening day of the Ranji Trophy cricket tournament final, which saw 14 wickets tumble at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on Sunday.
Waqar wants more balance between bat and ball in ODIs
Bowlers are suffering as pitches have gone very flat around the world. Bowlers just have an opportunity in first six to seven overs than it is a batsmen's game. We are seeing that in this World Cup
PHOTOS: Australia thrash Sri Lanka by 64 runs in Sydney
Images from the World Cup Pool A match between Australia and Sri Lanka at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Do current ODI rules make it too easy for batsmen?
Rashid Latif has told PTI in an interview that it was the duty of the ICC to ensure that the quality of cricket and players was not reduced in a mad rush to make more money.
Every team has potential match winners: Vettori
New Zealand are paying little attention to their World Cup rivals' form in the group stage of the tournament as every team that reaches the knockout rounds have potential match winners in the side, spinner Daniel Vettori said on Sunday.
Ousted Zimbabwe have paid the price for sloppiness, reckons Taylor
'We've played some excellent cricket for 80 percent of the time we've been here but that 20 percent is why we're not going to progress'
Following ICC diktat, curator prepares batting strip for Ind-Ire tie
Another run fest is on the cards when India take on Ireland in a Pool B match of the ICC cricket World Cup at the Seddon Park in Hamilton on Monday.
Don't think India would let their guard down: Porterfield
Fighting to stay in contention for the World Cup quarter-finals, Ireland captain William Porterfield said his giant-slaying team does not expect to be taken lightly by India despite the buzz that the already through defending champions might rest key players.
Shami is the best among Indian pacers: Aaqib Javed
Former Pakistan pacer Aaqib Javed feels that Mohammed Shami is the best Indian paceman on view and his performance has been key to India's good show in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup.
Maxwell ton fires Australia past Sri Lanka
Australia stormed into the World Cup quarter-finals with a 64-run victory over Sri Lanka, fired by a spectacular maiden one-day international century from Glenn Maxwell at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday.
PHOTOS: New Zealand brush aside Afghanistan to stay unbeaten
Photos of the World Cup Pool A game between Afghanistan and New Zealand being played in Napier
Vettori passes 300 as New Zealand ease to win over Afghanistan
Martin Guptill and Ross Taylor got some valuable time at the wicket as New Zealand did what they needed to looking ahead to the World Cup quarter-finals with a six-wicket victory over Afghanistan at McLean Park on Sunday.
March 07, 2015
How Misbah masterminded Pakistan's win over South Africa
Pakistan skipper Misbah ul Haq, who is often blamed for his slow approach to game, showed that he can be an attacking skipper when situation demands. In the crucial game against South Africa, the 40-year-old was seen adopting a carefree approach, which helped the sub-continent nation stun the one of the pre-tournament favourites by 29 runs.
PHOTOS: Ireland survive Zimbabwe scare, remain in hunt for quarters
Ireland survived a mighty scare before pulling off a sensational five-run win over Zimbabwe to keep themselves in the hunt for the quarterfinals of the World Cup in Hobart.
Ireland's Cusack takes two in last over to knock out Zimbabwe
Cusack took two wickets in three balls in the final over as Ireland knocked Zimbabwe out of the World Cup with a thrilling five-run win in their Pool B match at Bellerive Oval in Hobart on Saturday.
Sarfraz effects record-equalling six dismissals
Drafted into the team for the first time in the ongoing cricket World Cup, Pakistan wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed made an instant impact with a record-equalling six catches and 49 runs in the team's upset win over South Africa in Auckland.
South Africa revive old doubts in defeat
South Africa failed to chase down an opposition total for the second time in the World Cup on Saturday to resurrect old doubts about their ability under pressure.
Pakistan show how dangerous they can be
Pakistan made a winning return on Saturday to the venue where they defeated New Zealand in their 1992 cricket World Cup semi-final.
Pietersen receives county offers to boost England hopes
Former England captain Kevin Pietersen has received "a few" offers from English county sides as he bids to return to the Test team, the 34-year-old said.
Waqar storms out of press conference. Find out why...
Pakistan head coach Waqar Younis left the press conference after his team's hard fought 29-run win against a formidable South Africa in Auckland.
World Cup PHOTOS: Pakistan topple South Africa in thriller
Pakistan side put its World Cup campaign back on track with an upset 29-run win via Duckworth/Lewis method over South Africa
Pakistan's pacers sending South Africa crashing
A hostile trio of Pakistan left-arm fast bowlers took full advantage of a pitch freshened by rain to hand pre-tournament favourites South Africa their second defeat in the ICC World Cup.
Australia: In search of momentum
Pre-tournament favourites Australia currently occupy third spot in Pool A.
'Media makes big deal of Raina's problem with short balls'
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels that a big deal is made out of Suresh Raina's susceptibility to short-pitched bowling.
Dhoni dissects his own game... and we're all ears...
Mahendra Singh Dhoni says he also feels the pressure like others but manages the rescue acts.
Meet Bangladesh's pocket dynamo
Mushfiqur Rahim, the diminutive Bangladesh glovesman has proved he is no less crucial to his team's progress.
What makes captain Clarke irritable?
Australia captain Michael Clarke showed a tetchy side to his nature in his pre-match press conference.
Test nations talking with Afghanistan about more matches
Afghanistan cricket officials are in talks with four or five Test-status nations about playing more fixtures against the country after the ongoing ICC World Cup.
March 06, 2015
The West Indies test was an absolute necessity for India
India to be tested the way they were by the West Indies from the position they had gotten themselves in at one stage might just augur well for them. In fact they had a lot of positives to take away from the game. That they won, allows them to remain at the top of the table with a couple of games against Zimbabwe and Ireland. But given their win required a seventh wicket stand of 51 runs, it also means it would have given them a chance to experience what they could in their knock-out matches.
Stats: Dhoni scripts new records
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni helped India snatch a 4-wicket win after the Indian batsmen faced an early hiccup in their run-chase on Friday.
President, PM congratulate Team India
President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the Indian cricket team for their four-wicket win over the West Indies in their World Cup match on Friday.
'The wicket was good enough to get 270'
West Indies captain Jason Holder blamed his team's poor batting for the defeat against India at the WACA in Perth on Friday.
Dhoni wants all-rounder Jadeja to 'step up'
Holders India marched into the quarter-finals of the World Cup with their fourth consecutive win but all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja's form with the bat has left captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni a worried man.
Captain Dhoni digs India out of a spot
So here is why India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is our player of the day!
Dhoni reckons bowlers took right advantage of the conditions
Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was all praise for his bowlers after the Men in Blue earned a hard-fought win at the WACA against the West Indies in their Pool B encounter, to move into the quarter-finals of the cricket World Cup, on Friday.
Ballistic fans paint the WACA in India colours
Fans poured out in their numbers at the WACA to give the Indian team big support.
Dhoni overtakes Ganguly's record of most away ODI wins
Mahendra Singh Dhoni surpassed former skipper Sourav Ganguly as the most successful Indian captain in terms of ODI victories achieved on foreign shores.
VOTE: Tendulkar, Dhoni, Richards, Gilchrist or Akram?
Sachin Tendulkar and Mahendra Singh Dhoni are among five leading contenders vying for the title of 'Greatest ODI cricketer' of all-time. Australia's Adam Gilchrist, Pakistan's Wasim Akram and West Indies great Viv Richards are the other three nominees, as per an exercise conducted by ESPNcricinfo's magazine Cricket Monthly.
Dhoni 'keeps' without pads against West Indies
For a few deliveries India's captain fielded without pads, as he had given them to Ajinkya Rahane, who was standing at silly mid-off while Ravichandran Ashwin was bowling.
World Cup Blog: Limiting the tourney to pay TV is limiting audiences
A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup
PHOTOS: Unbeaten India beat Windies, seal quarter-final berth
Images from the World cup Group B match between India and the West Indies, in Perth.
India maintain unbeaten run with four-wkt win over Windies
Mahendra Singh Dhoni scored an unbeaten 45 as India staved off a fightback from the West Indies to win the Group B World Cup match by four wickets at the WACA in Perth on Friday. The victory saw the defending champions maintain their unbeaten run in the tournament and extend their stay at the top of the group.
Double blow for SL: Karunaratne out of WC, Herath out of Aus match
Sri Lanka have suffered a double injury blow with batsman Dimuth Karunaratne almost certainly out of the World Cup and spinner Rangana Herath likely to miss at least a week of action, Mahela Jayawardene said on Friday.
'AB is the Neo of the cricketing world'
South Africa captain AB de Villiers's batting blitzkriegs in the last two months have been so good that even his own team mates are in awe of them, fast bowler Dale Steyn said on Friday.
Zimbabwe ready for 'crunch' clash with Ireland
The Africans have won just one of their four games and are sixth in Pool B, but victory against William Porterfield's side will put them back in the hunt for a quarter-final place.
Kayes replaces injured Haque in Bangladesh squad
Bangladesh batsman Anamul Haque will miss the remainder of the World Cup after dislocating his shoulder on Thursday and has been replaced in the squad by Imrul Kayes.
Vettori focused on World Cup wins, not joining 300 club
The left-arm spinner is two victims shy of joining an elite club of 11 bowlers with 300 wickets in one-day internationals. Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan heads the list on 534.
Australia fear nothing, even defeat, says Finch
After losing to New Zealand and taking just a point from their washed out match against Bangladesh, Australia probably need to beat Sri Lanka to ensure they finish in the top two in the pool and avoid India or South Africa in the last eight.
'Team India is doing well because this is a batsman's World Cup'
Former England captain Geoffrey Boycott has said that the Indian team is doing well because so far it has been a 'batsman's World Cup' and they will continue to be a 'big threat' when batting first.
March 05, 2015
'India is inconsistent and will have trouble defending its title'
West Indies great Vivian Richards has called Mahendra Singh Dhoni's side a "powerful force" but still feels that India will have trouble defending their World Cup title due to their "inconsistent" bowling.
Kohli in new Pepsi ad with Anushka and Ranbir
India's star batsman Virat Kohli will finally be seen on the screen with girlfriend Anushka Sharma in Pepsi's new television commerical, which also features Bollywood superstar Ranbir Kapoor.
Injury scare for Mohit Sharma ahead of Windies clash
In-form pacer Mohit Sharma was hit on the right hand during training on Thursday, but remains available for selection for India's World Cup game against the West Indies in Perth on Friday.
I have learnt a lot from Dhoni, says West Indies captain
West Indies cricket team's young captain Jason Holder said that he has picked up subtle nuances of leadership from Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
The doosra: It's Team India against Chris Gayle
Uttam Ghosh/Rediff.com looks at the lighter side of how Chris Gayle remains lone star West Indies player Team India has to contend with in their Pool B encounter at the WACA.
BCCI warns Kohli, says 'maintain dignity of the Indian team'
The Board of Control for Cricket in India has taken a serious view of Virat Kohli's foul-mouthed tirade against an Indian journalist at the ongoing World Cup and asked him to refrain from "any such behaviour in the future".
'I try to capitalise on the batsman's insecurities'
Ravichandran Ashwin loves a good fight and that's the reason he is more excited than intimidated at the prospect of challenging the ever aggressive Chris Gayle against the West Indies in their cricket World Cup match in Perth on Friday.
'It shouldn't be called a World Cup if you're cutting down the teams'
Downsizing of teams for next World Cup is an issue troubling Scotland captain Mommsen
4 reasons why Kohli should end row with journalist...
Virat Kohli should resolve the row amicably with the concerned scribe.
Ashwin tries to defuse tension between media and cricketers
Amid the furore generated by Virat Kohli's abusive behaviour with an Indian journalist, off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin tried to defuse the tension.
No point complaining, says Ashwin on powerplay rules
Jason Holder and Ravichandran Ashwin weigh in on the Powerplay rules ahead of the World Cup match between the West Indies and India.
PHOTOS: Bangladesh down Scotland to keep quarters hopes alive
Kyle Coetzer's career-best 156 went in vain as Bangladesh scripted a brilliant chase to notch up a comprehensive six-wicket win over Scotland in their Pool A match of the ICC World Cup in Nelson.
Confident India hoping to continue winning run against West Indies
On paper as well as on current form, West Indies are no match for defending champions India, who have registered convincing victories against Pakistan, South Africa and UAE in their first three matches of the ICC World Cup.
'I haven't scored enough runs, so I've only got myself to blame'
Shane Watson's spectacular decline as Australia's premier all-rounder has not yet robbed him of his self-belief and the 33-year-old is still hopeful of making a comeback in the World Cup team.
World Cup: Iqbal leads Bangladesh to crucial win over Scotland
The victory put all the pressure on England for their showdown with Eoin Morgan's side on March 9 in Adelaide, with Bangladesh now on five points and level with third-placed Australia, while England have two.
World Cup blog: Do we really want to see 1000-run ODI totals?
A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup
'Whole NZ squad firing and ready to step up'
With unbeaten New Zealand having already qualified for the World Cup quarter-finals, attention is focussing on the side's four players who have not appeared so far at the tournament.
March 04, 2015
'First priority is to ensure that the image of BCCI is restored'
Insisting that restoring the BCCI's image was his first priority, newly-elected BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya has called for a proper conduct of next
PHOTOS: Warner, Maxwell star as Australia thump Afghanistan
Australia thrashed Afghanistan by 275 runs in their Pool A match of the ICC World Cup at the WACA in Perth. Images from the match.
'De Villiers, McCullum have matured by playing in the IPL'
Pakistan head coach Waqar Younis conceded that the Indian Premier League has helped South Africa's master blaster AB de Villiers and New Zealand's Brendon McCullum, saying they have matured by playing in the lucrative Twenty20 tournament.
'Having only 10 teams in the next World Cup is a backward step'
Calling the ICC's decision to reduce the number of teams in the 2019 World Cup "a backward step", cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar said such a move is unfair to the Associate nations
Kohli's foul-mouthed tirade at journalist reported to ICC, BCCI
The Hindustan Times, whose reporter was the target a foul-mouthed tirade by Virat Kohli in Perth on Tuesday, has filed complaints with the International Cricket Council and Board of Control for Cricket in India.
'People thought I was too arrogant with my spiky hair, tattoos and all'
Batting ace Virat Kohli says 'a bit of overconfidence' because of playing in the Indian Premier League cost him his place in the Test side in 2011 and cautioned India's youngsters of not getting carried by the lure of the cash-rich T20 league.
PHOTOS: Pakistan keep quarters hopes alive after whipping UAE
Images from Pakistan's 129-run victory over the UAE in Wednesday's World Cup Group B match in Napier.
Australia post record total in big win over Afghanistan
David Warner's career-best 178 and Glenn Maxwell's 88-run blitz powered Australia to a record World Cup total of 417 for six wickets and 275 runs victory over lowly Afghanistan in a Pool A match at the Gabba, in Perth, on Wednesday.
Should BCCI censure Virat Kohli?
Virat Kohli is the current flavour of the Indian fans with his exploits in the middle but reports of an ugly spat with a journalist at the World Cup will only enhance his reputation of being volatile.
Let's put Kohli matter to an end, says new BCCI secretary
Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Anurag Thakur says the issue of Virat Kohli abusing a journalist in Perth was misunderstanding and should be put to rest immediately to let the team focus on the World Cup.
Shehzad leads Pakistan to morale-boosting win against UAE
Opener Ahmed Shehzad missed out on a deserved century but Pakistan cruised past United Arab Emirates by 129 runs in their ICC World Cup Pool B clash.
Bangladesh, a Test nation still struggling to find footing
Consistency is a word unknown to Bangladesh.
England likely to lose Ballance in search of equilibrium
Misfiring batsman Gary Ballance is likely to be the sacrificial lamb when England's harried selectors decide on the line-up for next week's ICC World Cup crunch match against Bangladesh.
Can't do much when Gayle or AB is in form, laments Dhoni
There is not much the bowlers or a captain can do when batsmen of the calibre of AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle are on song.
NZ captain McCullum fit to play against Afghanistan
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum batted with freedom in the nets on Wednesday and should be fit to play Sunday's ICC World Cup clash against Afghanistan.
World Cup Blog: Afghan superhero called Shapoor Zadran
A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup.
World Cup Diary: When David Warner was cabbie!
Swashbuckling opening batsman David Warner used to assist regular driver of the Australian cricket Institute's van in Brisbane.
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!
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'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 P