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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/, 'then you shouldn't be playing international cricket.'
Spotted! Virat Kohli's 'wife'... errr 'fiancee' Anushka Sharma!
Australian presenter Michael Slater during his commentary called Anushka Sharma as Kohli's wife.
Heartbreaking! Marsh joins select club of run out on 99!
Australian batsman Shaun Marsh on Tuesday became only the 16th player in the history of Test cricket to be run out on 99.
Desperate Pakistan send Hafeez to India for test on bowling action
Pakistan, desperate to bolster their attack, have flown all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez to India for a bowling test in a bid to get his action cleared in time for the 50-over World Cup in February.
PHOTOS, Day 5: India draw third Test but Australia win series
Images from the final day's play of the third Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, on Tuesday.
December 29, 2014
2nd Test: Windies collapse after Brathwaite, Samuels tons
A spectacular collapse has raised the prospect of a nervous finale for a brittle West Indies after they finished on 275 for nine on day four of the second Test against South Africa on Monday.
Rogers joins the likes of Simpson, Ponting, Bradman
Despite the Indian bowlers working hard to improve their chances of a win in the third Test in Melbourne, Australia finished Day 4 on 261 for seven with Shaun March (62 no out) and Ryan Harris (8 not out) and 326-run lead.
Ranji Trophy: Yuvraj hits third consecutive ton
A round-up of the Ranji Trophy matches played on Monday
Kohli's aggression could backfire badly: Gavaskar
Not too impressed with Virat Kohli's outbursts on and off the field, former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar said the aggression could backfire badly in the ongoing third cricket Test against Australia as the tourists already have their back against the wall.
Rain washes out fourth morning in Port Elizabeth
Rain meant there was no play possible on the fourth morning of the second Test between South Africa and West Indies at St George's Park on Monday with the prospect of a draw now ever more likely.
If Kohli wants to play aggressive, let him: Warner
Unfazed by an aggressive Virat Kohli, Australian opener David Warner said the Indian is free to play the way he wishes and the ICC is there to manage if anybody crosses the line.
No love lost between Kohli and Johnson as verbal volleys continue
A day after expressing his displeasure at Australia's on-field banter, India vice-captain Virat Kohli once again had a go at Mitchell Johnson and apparently said something to the home team's pace spearhead as he was walking off after being dismissed.
Healy reckons bad blood between India and Australia out of control
Former Australian Test great Ian Healy is of the opinion that the bad blood between Australia and India in the ongoing Test series has gone too far.
We exactly don't know where this match is headed, says Ashwin
Chasing can be tricky but team's dressing room is positive, says Ravichandran Ashwin.
Marsh digs in to put Australia in control at MCG
Batsman Shaun Marsh struck a fighting half-century at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Monday to drive Australia to a commanding 326-run lead over India at the close of day four.
Australia ready to unleash Gurinder Sandhu for World Cup
Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has named three potential bowlers to be included in the final-15 of the World Cup squad, which includes Indian-origin medium-pacer Gurinder Singh Sandhu.
Wasim Akram welcomes baby girl with wife Shaniera
Former Pakistan cricketer Wasim Akram recently became a father for the third time, as he welcomed a baby girl with his Shaniera Akram.
Christchurch Test: New Zealand thrash Sri Lanka inside four days
Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor calmly guided New Zealand to an eight-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the first Test at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Monday.
IN PICS: David Warner plays a doting dad!
David Warner is seen with his family at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
PHOTOS, Day 4: Australia in control with 326-run lead
Images from the fourth day's play of the third Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, on Monday.
'If you give it back to the Aussies, they don't like it'
'If you look into their eyes and give it back, they just sit quiet,' says Harbhajan Singh, who has been at the centre of quite a few tiffs with the Aussies in recent years.
Hughes tragedy overshadows eventful year in cricket
Phillip Hughes's tragic death cast a shadow over an eventful year that saw Ashes rivals Australia and England brawl on the field and bond off it, joining India to pull off a bloodless coup and take charge of the game.
December 28, 2014
Brathwaite, Samuels lead West Indies fightback
Half-centuries from Kraigg Brathwaite and Marlon Samuels steered a battling West Indies to 147 for two at the close on day three of the second Test against South Africa on Sunday.
Clarke set to miss Australia's World Cup opener
Australia captain Michael Clarke, who is fighting against time to recuperate from a career-threatening right-hamstring injury has admitted that he might not be fit by the time the co-hosts play their inaugural match in the Cricket World Cup against England on February 14.
Akhtar advises suspended Ajmal to approach CAS
Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has advised suspended off-spinner Saeed Ajmal to take his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne.
Ranji Trophy: Iyer's century puts Mumbai in commanding position
Round up of the Ranji Trophy matches being played across the country
Kohli loves scoring against Australia
Statistical highlights on day three of the third cricket Test between India and Australia in Melbourne.
We try not to say too much to Kohli, says Australia pacer Harris
Australia pacer Ryan Harris heaped praise on Indian batsmen, in particular Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli, for their performance on day three of the third Test in Melbourne, on Sunday.
Run-machine Kohli emulates batting great Gavaskar!
Virat Kohli became only the second Indian batsman after Sunil Gavaskar to score three Test hundreds in a series against Australia.
I don't like to coach when I am not playing: Tendulkar
Looking for 'satisfaction' after retirement, India's cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar says he plans to light up lives in villages where electricity remains a distant dream even to this day.
Aussies called me spoilt brat, it worked in my favour, says Kohli
Virat Kohli said being called a "spoilt brat" by the Australians brought the best out of him as he smashed a career-best 169 to lead India's strong reply on the third day of the third Test, in Melbourne, on Sunday.
PHOTOS: Kohli, Rahane hit tons before Australia fight back
Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane struck fluent centuries as India fought back bravely before a flurry of late wickets allowed a sloppy Australia to take a slight edge on stumps on Day 3 of the third Test, in Melbourne
Karunaratne ton delays New Zealand victory push
Sri Lanka ended the third day's play at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on 293 for five, still 10 runs away from making New Zealand bat again after they had been asked to follow on.
Kohli-Johnson verbal volleys spice things up on Day 3
India vice-captain Virat Kohli's temperament was once again tested after the batsman was hit by a Mitchell Johnson return throw which resulted in the two players getting into a verbal duel.
Rahane, Kohli hit centuries to defy Australia at MCG
Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli struck rousing centuries to drive India to 462-8 at stumps on Day 3, trailing Australia's mammoth first innings total of 530 by 68 runs with two wickets in hand, in the third Test.
December 27, 2014
Dhoni has struggled as Test captain for a while, says Ganguly
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly feels that current skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has not been able to get the best out of the team at the Test level for quite some time despite being the leader for close to 60 matches.
Indian pacer Varun Aaron bereaved
Raymond Goveia, the grandfather of Indian speedster Varun Aaron, died of a massive heart attack in Bangalore on December 25, according to family sources in Jamshedpur.
BCCI bans Pragyan Ojha for illegal action
The Board of Control for Cricket in India has finally banned discarded India left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha from bowling in competitive matches due to suspect action.
Suspended Pakistan spinner Ajmal pulls out of World Cup squad
Suspended Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has withdrawn from the World Cup squad.
I have no expectations from Indian bowling attack: Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar has been quite unhappy with Team India's performance.
Stats: Smith and Dhoni's mind-blowing numbers
Statistical highlights from the day's play
South Africa v West Indies, 2nd Test: Du Plessis gets ton before rain stops play
Faf du Plessis scored his fourth test century but rain ruined the morning session as South Africa went to lunch on 289 for three on day two of the second Test against West Indies at St George's Park on Saturday.
Amazing Smith is Australia's new milestone man!
Captain Steven Smith's domination reached new heights at the Melbourne Cricket Ground states Rajneesh Gupta
Dhoni sets record for most stumpings in Test cricket
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni broke the world record for most number of stumpings in international cricket after he effected his 134th dismissal on Day 2 of the third cricket Test against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday.
'India didn't have an answer for the way we were playing'
Captain Steven Smith scored a big century and then grabbed a sharp catch to put Australia in a good position on Day 2 of the third Test at the MCG on Saturday.
The score is par for this pitch: Ashwin
- 'We will continue to target Haddin with short-pitched deliveries in the next innings and the next Test as well'
Bruised Warner misses Day 2 action after injury in nets
David Warner failed to take field against India in the ongoing Boxing Day cricket Test after the Australian opener suffered a nasty blow on his right forearm at the MCG nets.
Regret my act of dissent in 1981: Gavaskar
- 'As Indian captain I was not supposed to act in that manner. In no way I can justify my act of defiance. Whether I was out or not, I should not have reacted that way'
Melbourne Test: Smith belts big ton to put Australia in charge
Captain Steven Smith took a sharp catch to snare India's first wicket after scoring a big century to fire Australia to a mammoth first innings total of 530 on day two of the third Test in Melbourne on Saturday.
PHOTOS, Day 2: Smith century adds to India's agony
Steven Smith scored a brilliant century (192) as Australia recorded a massive 530 in the first innings as Indian bowlers were hammered all over the park.
Christchurch Test: Sri Lanka openers recover after following on
Sri Lanka openers Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva safely guided their side to 84 without loss in their second innings at the close of the second day's play in the first Test against New Zealand on Saturday after being forced to follow-on.
Mitch Marsh ruled out of Sydney Test
Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh has been ruled out of the fourth cricket Test against India in Sydney after fresh scans revealed that the injury on his hamstring has further deteriorated.
Recuperating Clarke doubtful about making start of World Cup
Australia captain Michael Clarke doubts he will be fit for the start of the World Cup in February but hopes to be back at some stage during the tournament.
December 26, 2014
Elgar battles to much-needed ton as Windies wilt
Opener Dean Elgar struck his third Test century as South Africa rode their luck to finish the first day of the second Test against West Indies on 270 for two on Friday.
Time is running out for Watson: Border
Former Australian captain Allan Border is extremely critical of senior batsman Shane Watson's inconsistent performance and fears that time might just be running out for the 33-year-old all-rounder, rated as one of the best players of his time.
India bowled best in series so far, says Gavaskar
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar rated India's bowling on the opening day of the third cricket Test against Australia as their best performance in the series so far but reminded that lack of quality bowling all-rounder could hurt the visitors again going into day two.
Ishant was the biggest threat on Day 1: Rogers
Despite scoring a half-century to lay the foundation for Australia's first innings, opener Chris Rogers was unhappy with the way he got out the opening day of the third Test against India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday.
Very disappointing to miss a hundred: Watson
Unable to convert a fifty into a hundred yet again, Australia all-rounder Shane Watson said it was very disappointing to miss out on the milestone on the opening day of the third Test against India at the MCG on Friday.
From hitting big scores to sledging, Smith leads from the front
From bashing big scores to firing back a few choice words at sledging opponents, the captaincy is fitting Australia's Steven Smith well, according to opening batsman Chris Rogers.
Focus was to bowl on line and length, says India pacer Shami
India pacer Mohammed Shami said the tourists would aim to send Australia packing as soon as possible in the first session on the second day in the third Test against Australia in Melbourne.
Hughes' bat to be taken to top of Mount Everest
In a unique tribute to Phillip Hughes, the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) is planning to place a bat belonging to the late Australian cricketer on top of the Mount Everest.
Captain Smith anchors Australia on attritional opening day at MCG
Young captain Steven Smith compiled a watchful half-century to guide Australia to 259 for five at stumps and leave the third Test against India delicately poised after an attritional opening day.
World Cup: Kamran may make it to Pak squad; Gul's comeback doubtful
Discarded wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal could be a surprise inclusion in Pakistan's final World Cup squad.
McCullum blasts 195 to lift New Zealand to massive first day total
The New Zealand captain belted 18 fours and 11 sixes in his innings as he became the first New Zealand batsman to surpass 1000 Test runs in a calendar year and broke his own New Zealand record for the fastest century, which came off 74 balls.
Good, bad and ugly: Indian cricket had it all in 2014
From Rohit Sharma's record breaking double century in One-Day Internationals, the team's never-ending woes in overseas Tests, to the controversy surrounding Board of Control for Cricket in India's president-in-exile Narayanswami Srinivasan over the Indian Premier League spot-fixing scandal, Indian cricket had the good, bad and ugly in equal measure in 2014.
How Afghan women's cricket is crushed by bombs, threats
Afghan women's cricket team formed in 2010 was quietly dissolved this year amid Taliban threats, insecurity and conservative beliefs.
PHOTOS, Day 1, 3rd Test: Honours shared, but Smith shines again
Captain Steven Smith was well-entrenched for his third century in successive Tests even though India restricted Australia to 259 for five on the opening day of the third Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday. Electing to bat, he again was the visitors' main tormentor, anchoring the innings with an undefeated 72 at stumps. Check out some photos from the day's play.
December 25, 2014
India team set to rope in psychologist Sandy Gordon: Reports
In their bid to help the players combat with trying match situations, the Indian team management is all set to rope in noted sports psychologist Sandy Gordon with the third cricket Test against Australia starting at the MCG.
'India will have to really lift themselves up mentally at MCG'
Batting legend Sunil Gavaskar defended Mahendra Singh Dhoni for his "unrest" comment that got the media talking about a rift within the Indian cricket team in Australia, saying that the Indian captain might have chosen a wrong word to describe the situation.
'It's time Ishant starts spearheading the attack and take wickets'
Former India pacer Ajit Agarkar feels that Ishant Sharma should step up in a leadership role as the bowling unit has the skill set and ability to take 20 Australian wickets in the third Test starting at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Hazlewood advises Burns to keep things simple at MCG
Fresh from his impressive debut at the Gabba in the second cricket match against India, Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood has advised young Joe Burns, who is set to play his first Test at the MCG on Boxing Day, to keep things simple.
Melbourne is India's best chance to win: Bevan
Notwithstanding the 2-0 scoreline in favour of the home team, former Australian all-rounder Michael Bevan feels Indians have a good chance to bounce back in Melbourne in the third cricket Test, starting Friday.
Dhoni rubbishes reports of Kohli-Dhawan spat
Rubbishing the speculations that all is not well in Indian dressing room, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said that these imaginary stories that have come out could be made into a movie by Warner brothers.
Indian team is whingeing among themselves: Smith
The speculation around the mood inside India's dressing room became a subject of ridicule for Australian skipper Steve Smith, who said the home team does not need to sedge the tourists as they are busy "whingeing among themselves".
India sweat on Bhuvneshwar Kumar for Boxing Day Test
India may have to wait a little longer to see Bhuvneshwar Kumar in action in Australia as captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni indicated the seamer's injured ankle could keep him out of the third Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, starting on Friday.
'The slow and flat wicket at MCG might suit Indians'
India might be going through a torrid time following two successive defeats Down Under, but former Australia captain Ricky Ponting believes if the tourists have a chance of victory in the four-match series, it will be in the Boxing Day Test at the MCG starting on Friday.
Burns to bat at six for Australia in third Test vs India
Joe Burns will bat at number six when he makes his debut for Australia in the third Test against India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, starting on Friday. The 25-year-old, regarded as one Australia's most promising young batsmen, replaced injured all-rounder Mitch Marsh in one of two changes to the Australian team that won last week's second Test in Brisbane. Paceman Ryan Harris, who missed the second Test because of a thigh problem, returns at the expense of Mitchell Starc.
December 24, 2014
Ranji round-up: Harbhajan lifts Punjab to victory, Mumbai down UP
Delhi outclassed Rajasthan by an innings and seven runs to gain a bonus point in the Group B match of the Ranji Trophy in New Delhi, on Wednesday.
ICC suspends Zimbabwe's Waller over illegal bowling action
The International Cricket Council confirmed that an independent analysis has found the bowling action of Zimbabwe's Malcolm Waller to be illegal.
Clarke will have different view of Boxing Day Test; joins commentary team
Australia's injured skipper Michael Clarke will join the Channel Nine commentary team for the Boxing Day Test match in Melbourne.
Misbah will lead Pakistan in World Cup: PCB
Pakistan Cricket Board Shaharyar Khan has made it clear Misbah-ul-Haq will lead Pakistan in the World Cup 2015.
India's biggest weakness: 'They don't believe they can win away'
Matthew Hayden feels the tourists do not seem to believe that they can win away from home.
Sledger-in-chief Warner pledges to get into more Indian heads
David Warner has described his team's mental battles with opponents as banter, not sledging.
Ajmal, Hafeez to visit Chennai for informal tests
Pakistan's suspended off-spinners Saeed Ajmal and Mohammad Hafeez have decided to go for informal tests to the ICC accredited bowling centre in Chennai.
'IPL franchises don't want to risk Pak players' security'
The chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Shaharyar Khan has admitted that participation of country's players in the lucrative Indian Premier League is not possible due to security concerns of the T20 event's franchises.
Clarke recovery on track, hopes to be fit in time for World Cup
Australia batsman Michael Clarke has said his recovery from surgery on his torn hamstring was progressing as expected and he still hoped to lead his country at next year's World Cup.
Hazlewood and fellow Australian pacers have only one goal in sight
- 'It's always our goal to take 20 wickets'
December 23, 2014
Ranji Trophy round-up: Unmukt ton puts Delhi in drivers seat
Round-up of the Day Three action in the Ranji Trophy matches being played in different part of the country. Watson 'a bit shaken', to be monitored for signs of concussion
Phillip Hughes' tragic death came back to haunt Australia after star all-rounder Shane Watson was hit on the helmet by a vicious bouncer from pacer James Pattinson during their training session at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Tuesday.
'A hundred in the Boxing Day Test would be as good as it gets'
He has got a habit of saving his best for the last but Australia opener Chris Rogers this time wants to score a century first up - on the opening day of the upcoming Boxing Day cricket Test against India in Melbourne starting December 26.
Ishant, Aaron arrived late at Gabba on fourth morning: report
Indian pacers Ishant Sharma and Varun Aaron arrived late at the Gabba on the fourth morning of the second Test against Australia even as their teammates were dramatically collapsing out in the middle, according to a report.
Kohli surpasses Tendulkar on Twitter!
Virat Kohli heads the list with a total base of 4,870,190 fans, which is higher than Sachin Tendulkar's 4,869,849 fans.
Bhuvneshwar on road to recovery, eyes Boxing Day Test at MCG
Bhuvneshwar Kumar's hopes of playing in the Melbourne match increased after the pacer went through the nets session without any discomfort in Melbourne, on Tuesday.
India's sledging attempt backfired in Brisbane: Johnson
The Australian fast bowler said that verbal exchanges with the Indian close-in fielders when he came out to bat only made his resolve stronger in the second Test at Brisbane.
India is going to be aggressive, warns Haddin
India have set an aggressive tone to the ongoing four-match Test series.
Batting at No 3 good spot to fire up Joe Burns
Queensland cricket coach Stuart Law has said that he wants Joe Burns, who has replaced injured Mitchell Marsh in the Australia Test squad, to bat as high as possible in the order if he is picked to play the Boxing day Test against India.
Injured Windies pacer Roach ruled out of S Africa Tests
West Indies have lost their most accomplished fast bowler after Kemar Roach was ruled out of the final two matches of the test series in South Africa and replaced by uncapped Kenroy Peters, the country's cricket board announced.
Afridi issued show cause notice for featuring in commercial
Seasoned Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi has been issued a show cause notice, among five other international players from Pakistan, by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for featuring in a commercial without taking permission from the board.
It's a shame! Indian spinners are hurting the team's chances
The absence of an attacking spin bowler in the Indian side is hurting the visiting team's chances.
Pakistan, NZ were reluctant to play 4th ODI after Peshawar blasts
Former captain, Younis Khan has said that both the Pakistan and New Zealand teams were reluctant to play the fourth one-day international in Abu Dhabi following the terrorist attack on Army Public High School in Peshawar on December 16.
'Out of runs' Haddin reckons perfect timing for Smith captaincy
- 'I think they've made a very brave and good decision in making Steve the captain'
Hafeez to fly to Chennai for bowling action test
Pakistan's senior all-rounder, Mohammad Hafeez is expected to fly to Chennai on December 25th for his bowling action test at the International Cricket Council bowling centre.
Watson forced to leave nets practice after being hit by bouncer
Australian all-rounder Shane Watson was forced to cut short his training session in the Melbourne Cricket Ground nets after being hit on the helmet by a bouncer on Tuesday, three days before the start of the third Test against India.
Boxing Day Test: How the teams stack up at MCG
With Australia taking a 2-0 lead in the four-match Test series against India, the scales are titled highly in favour of the hosts. History also shows that the Melbourne Cricket Ground has been a happy hunting ground for the hosts.
December 22, 2014
Shastri feels DRS can be used for 'howlers'
India cricketers' stance on the Decision Review System (DRS) seem to be softening with the national team director Ravi Shastri saying that the technology can be used in the event of "howlers".
Stuart Binny banking on extra pace to seal World Cup spot
Cut-throat competition is expected when it comes to making the final-15 for the 2015 ICC World Cup and all-rounder Stuart Binny feels the extra pace he has gained of late makes his case stronger ahead of the all important selection early next month.
I am eagerly waiting to play in Australia: Axar
Gujarat's promising all-rounder Axar Patel expressed happiness over his selection in the Indian squad for the next two Test matches against Australia after Ravindra Jadeja was ruled out of the series due to an injury.
Ranji Trophy: Yuvraj ton gives Punjab upperhand
Round-up of the Ranji Trophy matches being played in different part of the country
Dhawan, Kohli fit for Boxing Day Test
India's opener Shikhar Dhawan and vice-captain Virat Kohli have recovered from their injuries sustained during the second Test against Australia and are fit to play the third match beginning in Melbourne on December 26.
Strauss slams ECB over shoddy handling of Cook's dismissal
Former England cricket team skipper Andrew Strauss has slammed the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for their handling of Alastair Cook's dismissal as the squad's ODI captain.
Bhuvneshwar gets Grade A contract; Yuvraj, Gambhir dropped
Pace bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar was promoted to Grade A, but Yuvraj Singh and Gautam Gambhir, who have lost favour with the selectors, were dropped from the list of BCCI's contracted players for 2014-15.
Left-arm spinner Axar to replace injured Jadeja for last 2 Tests
Gujarat's left-arm spinner Axar Patel got his maiden Test call up when he named as the replacement for the injured Ravindra Jadeja for the remaining two Tests of the four-match series against Australia.
Boxing Day Test: India's pride at stake
India will look avoid a seventh straight Test loss on Australian soil.
Psychological warfare is important to intimidate, says Johnson
Mitchell Johnson talks about the importance of instilling fear in the rivals.
Umpires get thumbs up from Nathan Lyon
Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon said officials have done a good job.
Malinga set to return for New Zealand ODIs
Sri Lanka pace spearhead Lasith Malinga is recovering well from his ankle surgery and should be back in action during the later stages of the One-Day International series in New Zealand next month, according to coach Marvan Atapattu.
ICC appoints Sachin Tendulkar as ambassador for 2015 World Cup
Sachin Tendulkar was named 2015 World Cup's ambassador for the second successive edition.
Australia's Burns 'pinching himself' over selection for 3rd Test
Joe Burns's selection in the Australian cricket team for the third Test against India was so unexpected that his father had refused to believe the news.
December 21, 2014
Ranji Trophy round-up: Upadhyay wreck Karnataka top-order
Medium pacer Krishnakant Upadhyay's inspiring spell helped Railways restrict defending champions Karnataka in their Ranji Trophy match in New Delhi.
India winless, Dhoni sees improvement in batting approach
Mahendra Singh Dhoni says the Indian cricket team's approach to batting in overseas tours has 'improved'.
Afridi set to retire from ODIs after World Cup
Shahid Afridi has announced his retirement from One-day Internationals after next year's World Cup.
Australia captain Smith fined for slow over rate
Australia captain Steve Smith was fined 60 perc ent of his match fee for a slow over rate in his first Test as skipper in a four-wicket victory in the second Test against India in Brisbane.
India's new vintage nearly ready, says Dhoni
It will come as little comfort to India after going 2-0 down in the four-match Test series against Australia but the young touring party have already put on a much better showing than the much vaunted 2011-2012 vintage.
No way back for Pietersen despite Cook sacking
England cricket chiefs have moved quickly to make it clear that Alastair Cook's dismissal as one-day captain has not opened the door for a return to international cricket for batsman Kevin Pietersen.
Ishant fined 15 percent for breaching Code of Conduct
Indian speedster Ishant Sharma has been fined 15 percent of his match fees for breaching ICC's 'Code of Conduct' during the second cricket Test between India and Australia while Steve Smith was fined 60 percent for his team's slow over-rate.
Australia call up uncapped Burns for Boxing Day Test
Australia all-rounder Mitchell Marsh has been ruled out of this week's third Test against India in Melbourne with uncapped batsman Joe Burns coming into the 13-man squad to replace him.
Former players urge BCCI to accept DRS
With close decisions going against India off late, current and former cricketers feel it is high time the Board of Control for Cricket in India give its nod to the contentious Decision Review System.
Injury worries for Australia before Boxing Day Test
Injuries worries to in-form opener David Warner and allrounder Mitch Marsh may affect Australia's plans.
South Africa's De Kock in doubt for World Cup
Wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock is in a race against time to be fit for the World Cup.
December 20, 2014
Chappell comes down heavily on India for practice pitch complaints
Former Australian captain Ian Chappell lashed out at the Indian cricket team for complaining about the practice pitches at the Gabba.
Indians should avoid verbal spats with Australians: Gavaskar
I am lauding the Australians for the way they tampered the verbal spats.
Stats: Skipper Smith sizzles; Dhoni claims unwanted record
Statistical highlights from the day's play.
'Quite a few 50-50 calls where we have been on the receiving end'
Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels 50-50 decisions are going against his team in the ongoing Test series against Australia but remains adamant that having the controversial Decision Review System would not have helped.
Dhawan cancelled hospital trip to resume his innings
Dhawan was forced to cancel a trip to hospital for X-Rays on the injury and returned to the middle to resume his innings.
Morgan named England ODI captain, Cook dropped from squad
Alastair Cook has been dropped from the England squad for next year's 50-over World Cup in Australia and New Zealand with Eoin Morgan taking over as captain, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed on Saturday.
'Sledging Johnson not too wise on India's part'
Australia's young skipper Steve Smith has warned India that any plans of sledging Mitchell Johnson in the future are likely to backfire just as they did in the second Test that ended in Brisbane on Saturday.
Dale Steyn rips through Windies, Proteas post huge win
Dale Steyn ripped through the West Indies top order to claim his 25th five-wicket haul in Test cricket and give South Africa an innings and 220-run victory on the fourth morning of the first Test on Saturday.
Never faced complaints about practice pitches: Gabba curator
Shocked by India's criticism of the practice pitches here, Gabba's chief curator Kevin Mitchell has said that no other touring cricket team has ever complained about the tracks and insisted that they are just fine for net sessions.
Dhoni blames 'unrest in dressing room' for India's batting collapse
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni revealed there was some 'unrest' in the dressing room before the start of fourth day's play in the second Test in Brisbane, on Saturday.
PHOTOS: Batsmen fail as India crash to four-wicket defeat in Brisbane Test
Photographs of the Day 4 play of the second Test between India and Australia being played in Brisbane.
Williamson, Henry give New Zealand series win over Pakistan
Skipper Kane Williamson's brilliant 97 and Matt Henry's maiden five-wicket haul gave New Zealand a comprehensive 68-run victory over Pakistan in the final one-dayer in Abu Dhabi on Friday. New Zealand won the series 3-2.
Johnson, Smith lift Australia to victory in Brisbane
Australia made a meal of it but successfully chased down 128 for a four-wicket victory and an unassailable 2-0 series lead after dismissing India for 224 on the fourth day of the second Test.
India complain about practice pitches after Dhawan injury
India have complained about the uneven bounce on the practice pitches at the Gabba nets after Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli were injured warming up for the fourth day of the second Test against Australia in Brisbane on Saturday.
No veg food! Angry Ishant storms out of Gabba at lunch on Day 3
pacer Ishant Sharma left the Gabba at lunch on the third day on Saturday, after finding that there was no vegetarian preparation in the menu.
December 19, 2014
Cook out, Morgan in as England ODI captain: BBC
Alastair Cook has been dropped as England captain for next year's 50-over World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, the BBC and Sky Sports reported on Friday.
Philander shines as Proteas close in on victory
Vernon Philander took five wickets as South Africa closed in on victory having reduced West Indies to 76 for two in their follow-on innings at the close of play on day three of the opening Test on Friday.
Vengsarkar bats for DRS after howlers Down Under
A series of howlers by umpires in the ongoing India-Australia cricket Test series Down Under has convinced former captain Dilip Vengsarkar to come out in support of the Decision Review System (DRS), a technology whose use has been consistently opposed by BCCI.
Pakistan's Ajmal returns to action, eyes World Cup
Pakistan's top spinner Saeed Ajmal hopes to play in next year's World Cup after making his competitive return on Friday, three months after being suspended by the International Cricket Council for an illegal bowling action.
Stats: Hazlewood, Johnson, Starc among the runs
Steven Smith (133) became the ninth Australian to score a century on captaincy debut as Australia wriggled out from a precarious 247 for 6 to post a mammoth 505 in their first innings in the second Test against India at the Gabba on Friday. He was well-supported by Mitchell Johnson (88) and Mitchell Starc (52) who made valuable contributions down the order, as the hosts took a first innings lead of 97 runs. India ended the third day on 71 for 1 in the second innings. Statistical highlights from the day's play.
Pak cricketers to visit terror-hit Army School in Peshawar
Left dismayed by the terror strike in Peshawar which left 132 children dead, Pakistan's cricket team is planning to visit the attacked Army school and pay its tributes.
Umesh Yadav explains how India's plans went haywire...
Pacer Umesh Yadav conceded that the Indian bowlers' plans went awry as they sent down too many short balls, allowing the Australian tail-enders to stage a comeback and put up imposing 505 in the first innings of the second Test in Brisbane on Friday.
Smith pats his 'tail' after handsome lead over India
More than his hundred on debut as captain Steven Smith was happy that Australia putting up 500 runs on the board on Day 3 of the second Test against India.
Johnson again proves he is not just a tail-ender!
With a batting average of just a shade under 30, the pugnacious Mitchell Johnson plundered the Indian bowling to register his ninth Test fifty and give Australia a fighting chance in the second Test at the Gabba.
Malik denies allegations of his marriage being on the rocks
- 'I and Sania have a strong relationship and we knew before we got married it would not be easy'
PHOTOS, Day 3: Smith, tail-enders inspire Australia's fightback
India lost the crucial wicket of opener Murali Vijay after Steven Smith led Australia's fightback with a magnificent century on his captaincy debut. He received able support from Mitchell Johnson and Mitchell Starc, who both scored half-centuries. At close of play on Day 3 in the second Test , India were 71 for one in their second innings. Check out some images from the day's play.
Peshawar terrorist attack: Why PCB didn't show solidarity?
When they could postpone a day's play in the third Test against New Zealand after the sad demise of Australian, Phil Hughes, this was a much bigger tragedy.
'Hockey players celebration can affect India-Pak cricket ties'
Indian media and public had developed negative feelings about Pakistan after the incident in the Champions Trophy hockey tournament.
Zimbabwe axe coach eight weeks from World Cup
Zimbabwe are searching for a new coach just eight weeks before the World Cup after sacking Stephen Mangongo, the country's cricket board said on Thursday.
Suspended Ajmal named in Pakistan 'A' squad
Pakistan's champion off-spinner Saeed Ajmal will finally make an appearance in a competitive cricket match three months after being suspended by the ICC for an illegal bowling action.
Smith, Johnson give Australia edge at Gabba
Skipper Steve Smith scored a controlled 133, Mitchell Johnson a game-changing 88 and Australia's tail wagged vigorously as the hosts barged their way back into the second Test against India on day three in Brisbane on Friday.
December 18, 2014
'India have a slight edge going into day three at The Gabba'
Sunil Gavaskar felt India squandered another opportunity to be in a commanding position after being bowled out for 408 on day two of the second Test against Australia in Brisbane.
Centurion Test: Amla, Zyl punish Windies before rain ends play
Hashim Amla's third double-ton for South Africa and Stiaan van Zyl's unbeaten century on debut against West Indies helped the hosts declare on 552 for five before rain brought an early end to day two of the first Test on Thursday.
Home highs for Hazlewood, Haddin
Josh Hazlewood and Brad Haddin set new milestones as Australia, replying to India's first innings score of 408, ended Day 2 in the second Test at the Gabba on 221 for four. Check out the day's days statistical highlights.
'If Hazlewood continues working hard, he'll get 200 wickets easy'
Impressed with Josh Hazlewood's performance during his five-wicket haul on Test debut, Australian pace legend Glenn McGrath has said that the New South Wales seamer can become a member of the 200-wicket club if he continues the good work.
Safe hands Ashwin happy with no slip-ups
India all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin is delighted that the hard work he has put in fine-tuning his slip catching is paying off.
Hazlewood confident about Test future after fifer on debut
Australia fast bowler Josh Hazlewood said the five-wicket haul against India in his debut Test at the Gabba in Brisbane will give him "massive confidence" going ahead in his international cricket career.
I was good enough to bat in Australian conditions, says Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin believes India has a grip on the second Test against Australia and a couple of quick wickets in the morning session on Friday, Day 3, could put them in command.
Big Bash: Pollard blasts six sixes in an over in trial match!
West Indies's big-hitting middle-order all-rounder Kieron Pollard blasted an amazing 36 runs off one over that included a wide in a batting performance for the domestic Australian team the Adelaide Strikers.
PHOTOS, Day 2: Hazlewood, Smith lead Australia's fightback
Australia were 221 for 4 at close of play, in response to India's 408, on Day 2 of the second Test at the Gabba, on Thursday. Check out some images from the day's play.
High-five Hazlewood makes opportunity count
Josh Hazlewood had to wait a while for his Test debut but no one can accuse him of wasting his chance when it came after he became the 33rd Australian to take a five-wicket haul on debut in the second Test against India on Thursday.
'Soft? Warne used those words? That's very harsh'
Shane Warne found himself at the centre of another one when he called pacer Mitchell Starc 'soft'.
Haddin equals Australian wicket-keeping record
Brad Haddin equalled the record for most dismissals in a Test innings by an Australian wicketkeeper during India's first innings score of 408 in the ongoing second cricket Test at the Gabba in Brisbane on Thursday.
ECB propose proven formula for ICC Champions Trophy 2017
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have recommended that the ICC Champions Trophy in 2017 follow the successful formula of the 2013 edition and proposed The Oval, Edgbaston and Cardiff as the venues.
Classy Vijay no longer India's unsung hero
In Murali Vijay the team has now rediscovered a technically sound, highly reliable opener, who can be both aggressive and defensive, believes Haresh Pandya
Hazlewood takes five before Yadav's strikes lift India
Umesh Yadav took three wickets on his comeback to Test cricket before Australia reached 221 for four at the close of play on the second day of the second Test against India on Thursday after battling their way back into the contest on the back of debutant paceman Josh Hazlewood's five for 68.
Lord's recommended to stage 2019 World Cup final
The hallowed ground, which staged the World Cup final in 1975, 1979, 1983 and 1999, has also been put forward to host the women's World Cup final in 2017.
Abu Dhabi ODI: Williamson ton helps New Zealand level series
Kane Williamson hit a brilliant 123 as New Zealand staved off Pakistan's spirited challenge to eke out a series-levelling seven-run victory in the fourth one-day international in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
December 17, 2014
Centurion Test: Amla, De Villiers share record stand to flay WI
Captain Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers shared a record unbroken double-century stand as South Africa took control of the first Test against West Indies on the opening day at Centurion on Wednesday.
Ranji round-up: Mumbai avoid follow-on embarrassment vs Railways
Tail-ender Javed Khan, batting with a finger injury, saved Mumbai from following-on while chasing Railways' first innings score of 242 in the rain-truncated Ranji Trophy match, in Delhi, on Wednesday. A summary of the final day's play of the league matches around the country.
'If you have commercial interest in IPL you shouldn't be in the administration'
The Board of Control for Cricket in India on Wednesday submitted a list of players, including former greats Sunil Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri and Sourav Ganguly, and administrators with commercial interest in the Indian Premier League to the Supreme Court, which reserved its order in the alleged betting and spot-fixing scam case.
Tendulkar's Viber public chat first to hit one million followers
Viber, the mobile communications app offering free messaging and HD-quality calls, has announced that iconic cricketer Sachin Tendulkar's public chat has become the first to exceed one million followers.
I'm not connected with BCCI administration: Gavaskar
With the Supreme Court observing that players and officials having commercial interests should stay away from administering the game, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar clarified that he is "not connected in anyway" with the BCCI administration.
'Injured Marsh unlikely to bowl again in the Test'
Australia were dealt a blow as their all-rounder Mitchell Marsh will not bowl again in the remainder of the second cricket Test against India due to a hamstring injury on the first day at the Gabba.
Stats: Vijay completes 2, 000 Test runs; Dhoni overtakes Ganguly
Statistical highlights on the opening day of the second Test between India and Australia in Brisbane.
ODI Rankings: India just 0.2 points behind No 1 Australia
India may be way behind Australia in the Test rankings, but the World Cup holders are just 0.2 points behind the top-of-the-table Kangaroos in the ODI rankings. According to the latest ICC rankings, Australia and India are on 117 rating points and the scores will only be settled in the upcoming tri-series involving the two teams and England, starting January 18 next year.
Clarke undergoes successful surgery, career could be saved
Michael Clarke's injury-ravaged career may not be as jeopardised as initially feared with the Australian captain and team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris saying that the surgery to fix his hamstring injury went "really well", giving him a good chance of being fit for the World Cup.
'Getting runs against Australia always helps you gain confidence'
His four Test hundreds out of five career tons have come while playing against the Australians and Indian opener Murali Vijay today attributed his special liking for the Aussies to the inspiration he got from the great knocks of legendary cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar.
Need fit bowlers and quick wickets tomorrow: Lehmann
Australian coach Darren Lehmann praised his team for enduring a tough opening day of the second cricket Test at the Gabba but said he expects them to come up with a better showing against India on Thursday.
Clarke feels sorry for India over Pujara's wrong dismissal
Umpires' poor performance comes to the fore even as India's stand against DRS costs them dear
Close shave for Manoj Tiwary after he is hit by bouncer
Manoj Tiwary, one of India's 30 probables for the 2015 World Cup, had a close shave after being hit by a rising delivery from Abhimanyu Mithun on the final day of his team's Ranji Trophy cricket match against Karnataka at the Eden Gardens.
Did you know? Kohli is Indian dressing room clown
When the cameras are off; Virat Kohli turns into the clown of the Indian dressing room.
Harris sympathises with injured Clarke's honesty on playing mortality
- 'I honestly think Michael will be back after this hamstring surgery'
He scored India's first Test 100 overseas
'Syed Mushtaq Ali was like a lion, not a labourer, at the crease. Attack was his defence and he would show no mercy on the bowlers'
Mitchell Marsh injures hamstring at Gabba; adds to Australia's woes
Australia's injury woes deepened on Wednesday when a hamstring problem forced all rounder Mitchell Marsh from the pitch for treatment.
PHOTOS, Day 1: Vijay's century caps India's dominance at Gabba
Images from Day 1 of the second Test between India and Australia played at the Gabba on Wednesday
I won't walk away, says under-fire England captain Cook
Alastair Cook said he has no intention of stepping down as captain after his England side lost the seventh and final match of the One-Day International series against Sri Lanka in Colombo.
Vijay flays ailing Australia with Brisbane hundred
Indian opener Murali Vijay put Australia to the sword in their Brisbane fortress with a brilliant 144 to help drive the tourists to 311 for four at the close of play on the opening day of the second Test.
Pakistan cricketers in no mood to play after Peshawar attack: Younis
Experienced Pakistan batsman Younis Khan says it will be extremely tough for the cricketers to go ahead with Wednesday's fourth One-Day International against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi following the killing spree at a Peshawar school.
December 16, 2014
Colombo ODI: Sri Lanka crush England again, pocket series 5-2
Kumar Sangakkara, playing his final one-day international on home soil, set a record for the most runs in a calendar year as Sri Lanka thumped England by 87 runs in the last match of the series in Colombo on Tuesday.
Ranji round-up: Mumbai in trouble after Shardul restricts Railways
A summary of the day's play in the Ranji Trophy matches played across the country.
'Heavens won't fall if BCCI officials do not own teams'
The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India to place before it a list of administrators and players having various commercial interests, including in the Indian Premier League and Champions League.
Record favours Australia as teams head to Gabba for second Test
With the second Test set to start on Wednesday, here is a quick fact check on how both teams stand at the Gabba.
Dhoni unconcerned about India's poor record at Gabba
- 'The aggressive approach was the right one. The approach will remain the same'
Marsh brothers join list of Australia's Test siblings
Joining a select group that was last represented more than a decade ago, two brothers will play alongside each other in the same Australia Test side after Shaun and Mitchell Marsh were named to face India on Tuesday.
Gabba Test set to unveil tale of two captains
With Steven Smith now helming the Australian affairs, and Mahendra Singh Dhoni returning from injury, the 2nd Test at Gabba, starting Tuesday, will shed light on the mindset of the two leaders.
Security beefed-up for Brisbane Test after Sydney siege
Security for the second cricket Test between India and Australia has been tightened with more police being deployed around the Gabba in the wake of the Sydney cafe siege, officials said.
Hazelwood debut rings in change for Aus bowling attack
Captain Steven Smith is looking forward to Hazlewood making full use of the 'traditionally fast and bouncy Gabba wicket'.
India look to bounce back as Dhoni returns
Bolstered by the return of regular captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, India will look to regroup and fight their way back into the four-match series when they face Australia on a lively Gabba wicket in the second cricket Test starting in Brisbane on Wednesday.
Captain Cook not guaranteed to lead England at World Cup
England cricket coach Peter Moores has admitted that there is no guarantee that England skipper Alastair Cook would remain as the team captain for the forthcoming World Cup.
Looking to go up 2-0 on lively pitch: Steve Smith
Australia's new Test captain Steve Smith is excited about the prospect of playing India on a lively Gabba pitch in the second cricket Test starting on Wednesday and said he wants his team to drive the advantage to go up 2-0 in the four-match series.
Shaun Marsh replaces Clarke, pacer Hazlewood gets call-up for second Test
Injured pacer Harris sidelined; Siddle dropped.
December 15, 2014
Ranji round-up: Gopal ton drives Karnataka to 408 against Bengal
A round up of the second day's play from the Ranji Trophy games being played across the country.
Delhi Daredevils drop Pietersen, Karthik, Vijay
The Delhi Daredevils franchise has decided against retaining Kevin Pietersen, their skipper in the last edition, Dinesh Karthik, the costliest buy, and Test specialist Murali Vijay for the eighth season of the Indian Premier League.
Gavaskar calls for end to Dhoni-Kohli captaincy debate
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar strongly feels that people should restrain themselves from creating a captaincy controversy as Mahendra Singh Dhoni prepares to take over the mantle from stand-in skipper Virat Kohli in the second Test against Australia, starting in Brisbane on Wednesday.
'Kohli was always looking to win Adelaide Test'
Former India players Maninder Singh and Chetan Chauhan have thrown their weight behind an "aggressive and impressive" Virat Kohli, saying the skipper was correct in going for victory rather than trying to save the first Test against Australia in Adelaide on Saturday.
Speed, the new weapon for India's pace bowlers!
Impressed with the camaraderie India's pacers share among themselves, bowling coach Bharat Arun said that the attack is not only closely knit but can also clock high speeds consistently.
India tour fiasco: West Indies Board, players blamed for pull-out
The West Indies Cricket Board, players and its union have been blamed for the India series fiasco when the team dramatically pulled out midway into the tour over a payment dispute.
Sangakkara fined for breaching ICC code of conduct
Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara has been fined 15 percent of his match fee for showing dissent at an umpire's decision during the sixth One-Day International against England in Pallekele on Saturday.
Clarke to undergo surgery on Tuesday, doubtful for World Cup
Australian cricket officials are still no closer to knowing whether Michael Clarke will be fit enough to play in next year's World Cup.
Desperate Mumbai players help in drying outfield at Railways ground
The second day of the Ranji Trophy match between Mumbai and Railways had the visiting team players, led by their skipper Suryakumar Yadav, doing the duty of groundsmen as the cricketers tried to clear the waterlogged areas of the Karnail Singh Stadium in New Delhi.
Jayawardene hints at playing 2015 World Cup
The former Lanka captain to play final ODI at home against England.
Meet Australia's new Test captain Steve Smith
Australia's 45th Test captain Steve Smith started his career as a promising leg-spin bowler and middle order batsman but is now primarily a batsman.
No change in tactics as Steve Smith thrust into hot seat
- 'As a captain, I think first and foremost I'll try to lead from the front with my performance on the field'
In the Adelaide defeat, there's an Indian victory!
The result in the first Test against Australia was expected, if one takes a look at India's recent, or overall, record overseas. What was unexpected, though, says Bikash Mohapatra, was the Virat Kohli-led side's change of attitude.
Indian cricketers' security tightened in Brisbane after hostage crisis
No decision yet on the fate of the Sydney Test, which starts December 26, but for us the tour is still on, says the Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary, Sanjay Patel.
Smith to lead Australia Test team, becomes third youngest captain
'He is an exceptional young man who is highly regarded by the National Selection Panel not only for his fine performances with the bat but also his maturity and clear leadership potential'
Pakistan blast 364 in big win over New Zealand, take 2-1 series lead
Pakistan smashed their third highest One-day total of 364 in a crushing 147-run win over New Zealand to move 2-1 up in the five-match series on Sunday.
December 14, 2014
Ranji Trophy: Dinda, Veer Pratap rock Karnataka
Round up of the Ranji Trophy games being played across the country
'Gabba strip is a well-grassed wicket, will help Aussie pacers'
After a high-scoring first Test in Adelaide, which India lost by 48 runs to trail the five-match series, a green-top awaits the visitors at the Gabba, starting December 17.
'Kohli knows you have to stand up for yourself in Australia'
Former Australian skipper Mark Taylor has come out and praised Virat Kohli for the way he marshalled the Indian team in the first Test here, saying the
'Individually, Dhoni can't win you a World Cup'
The event, Agenda Aaj Tak 2014, was attended by a host of former cricketers including Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram, pacer Shoaib Akhtar and Indian openers Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag.
Phillip Hughes' brother scores 63 on return to cricket
Jason Hughes, the older brother of the late Phillip Hughes, has made an emotional return to grade cricket, scoring 63 -- the exact score his sibling was on when he was fatally struck by a bouncer.
'Kohli did the right thing in chasing the target in Adelaide'
Lauding Virat Kohli for targetting a hard win rather than going for an easy draw, former Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin said the stand-in
ICC Test rankings: Kohli is the highest-ranked Indian batsman
Virat Kohli has broken into the top-20 of ICC Test rankings at 16th after his stupendous back-to-back hundreds in the opening Test against Australia in Adelaide.
'Clarke will be back...but he needs to get his fitness right'
An injury-ravaged Michael Clarke may have raised doubts about his future by stating that he may never play again, but Australian cricket coach Darren Lehmann is confident that the inspirational skipper will be back sooner or later.
'Lyon's performance most emphatic by an Australian since Warne'
Australian media has heaped praise on off-spinner Nathan Lyon, whose seven-wicket haul helped his team post a thrilling win against India on the final day of the first Test in Adelaide.
'It's the right time to elevate Kohli to full-time Test captaincy'
Former Australia captain Ian Chappell feels India Test skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has passed his use-by-date and it's the perfect time to make Virat Kohli a full-time leader for the longest version of the game.
December 13, 2014
Warner, Dhawan and Kohli fined for breaching Code of Conduct
Australia's David Warner and India duo Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli were found guilty of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during the fourth day's play in the first cricket Test, which the hosts won by 48 runs.
''The boys were willing to lose in order to win'
Australia captain Michael Clarke termed India captain Kohli's hundred as a great knock and as good as any second innings hundred, while being effusive in his praise for his own team.
Sangakkara century lifts Sri Lanka to win over England
Sri Lanka beat England by 90 runs in the sixth One-Day International at Pallekele on Saturday to take an unbeatable 4-2 lead in their seven-match series.
You have to play with passion and commitment for your country: Kohli
India captain Virat Kohli today said that Murali Vijay's dismissal proved to be the turning point in their 48-run defeat against Australia in the first cricket Test, in Adelaide on Saturday.
Milne reprimanded, Misbah fined for Code of Conduct breach
Pakistan cricket captain Misbah-ul-Haq was fined 15 per cent of his match fee showing dissent to the umpire after his dismissal in the second one-dayer against New Zealand in Sharjah.
Shaun Marsh to replace Clarke for Brisbane Test
Shaun Marsh will replace injured Australia captain Michael Clarke for the second Test match against India, starting at Brisbane from December 17, Cricket Australia said on Saturday.
Proud Kohli has no regrets after India go down in Adelaide
- 'At no point did we back off. If at any stage that we had in mind that we might play for a draw, we would have lost by 150 runs'
PHOTOS, 1st Test: Lyon roars as Australia script thrilling victory
Off-spinner Nathan Lyon claimed seven wickets (7-152) to help the Aussies win the first Test at the Adelaide Oval on Saturday.
There's a chance I may never play again: Clarke
Michael Clarke all but ruled himself out of the remainder of the Test series against India after limping off the field with a hamstring strain on the fifth and final day of the opening match in Adelaide.
Lyon spins Australia to victory despite Kohli century
Australia beat India by 48 runs in a thrilling end to the first Test at Adelaide Oval on Saturday, with Nathan Lyon picking up seven wickets after Virat Kohli scored an inspired century for the visitors.
Cool Williamson guides New Zealand to win over Pakistan
Kane Williamson's assured unbeaten 70 guided New Zealand to a comfortable four-wicket win over Pakistan in the second One-Day International in Sharjah on Friday to level the series at 1-1.
December 12, 2014
India can still win Adelaide Test: Gavaskar
Batting legend Sunil Gavaskar believes India can win the Adelaide Test if they remain in a positive frame of mind despite another good batting show by Australia on the fourth day of the match.
Bedi lauds J&K players, says Rasool should be in World Cup squad
Proud of seeing Jammu and Kashimir cricket getting noticed after its historic victory over Mumbai in their opening match of the Ranji Trophy, former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi said the team from the Valley boasts of many a talented player and singled out Perveez Rasool for a World Cup berth.
ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Schedule
The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 will be staged in Australia and New Zealand from February 14 to March 29. India will begin its title defence against traditional rivals Pakistan in a high-voltage clash in Adelaide on February 15. Check out the full schedule in Indian Standard Time.
Jayawardene, Afridi will be most experienced players at World Cup
The International Cricket Council released the provisional squads of the 12 teams for next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand on Friday. However, co-hosts Australia and minnows Ireland decided against releasing the provisional list although they submitted 30 names to the parent body within the stipulated deadline.
Warner does a Bradman: Second Aussie to hit tons in each innings vs India
David Warner punished a wasteful India with his second century as Australia seized control of the first Test at close of play on Day 4. The left-hander, who scored an emotional 145 in the first innings, added another 102 to help fire Australia to a 363-run lead at a sun-drenched Adelaide Oval on Friday. In the course of the day's play several milestones were set. Check them out.
Batting on a fifth day pitch will be a test of our mindset: Rahane
"I think patience will obviously be the key. The challenge will be to keep going if you get a start."
'There's a nice rough area for Lyon to exploit tomorrow'
He may have made scoring look easy on the Adelaide track by notching centuries in each innings, but David Warner insisted that the pitch isn't placid anymore and his team is determined to take all 10 Indian wickets on the final day and win the first Test on Saturday.
Run-machine Warner completes 1000 runs in calendar year
Australia's David Warner, on Friday, completed 1000 runs in 2014 en route his century in the second innings of the first cricket Test against India in Adelaide, becoming the first opener to achieve the feat since England skipper Alastair Cook in 2012.
Warner, Indian players in war of words over no-ball dismissal
David Warner and Varun Aaron got involved in a war of words after the home batsman was called back by the umpire following a no-ball dismissal during the post-lunch session on the fourth day, in Adelaide, on Friday.
PHOTOS, Day 4: Warner torments India with another ton
Day 4 in the first Test was dominated by Australian performances. First, spinner Nathan Lyon bagged his sixth five-wicket haul as India were dismissed for 444 in the first innings. Then, opener David Warner continued in his sublime form and struck his second century of the match as the home side put up 290 for five in their second innings, an overall lead of 363 runs. Here are images from Friday's play at the Adelaide Oval.
Abbott's eight wickets helps NSW beat Queensland
Sean Abbott, the Australian fast bowler who delivered the ball that killed Phillip Hughes, has made a remarkable return to cricket, helping New South Wales beat Queensland on Friday.
Warner's second straight hundred puts Australia in command
Opener David Warner extended his purple patch with the bat, scoring his second century of the match, as the first Test against India headed for an exciting finish, with Australia gaining an overall lead of 363 runs in Adelaide on Friday. At stumps on Day 4, at the Adelaide Oval, Australia were 290 for five, with Steven Smith and Brad Haddin batting on 52 and 14 respectively.
December 11, 2014
Stats: Vijay extends impressive record against Australia
Statistical highlights from the third day's play of the first Test between India and Australia at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday.
Root steers England to victory over Sri Lanka
Joe Root's third hundred powered England to a five-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the fifth One-day international in Pallekele on Thursday and kept alive their hopes in the seven-match series. After rain forced play to be suspended on Wednesday, the visitors returned to chase down a 240-run victory target and won with five balls to spare.
PHOTOS: Tendulkar meets victorious Jammu and Kashmir Ranji team
Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar met with the victorious Jammu and Kashmir cricketers at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai, on Thursday morning.
Dhawal flying to Australia as cover for injured Bhuvneshwar
Mumbai pace spearhead Dhawal Kulkarni is being sent to Australia on an urgent basis as replacement for injured Indian seamer Bhuvaneshwar Kumar.
DRS blunder: Hawk-eye officials admit error in Pak batsman's dismissal
Shan Masood was wrongly adjudged LBW in 2nd Test vs New Zealand in Dubai last month.
Greg Matthews slams Aussies over Johnson bouncer 'over-reaction'
'If I was disappointed with anything it was the over-reaction'
'Smith, Warner have leadership skills and can captain Australia'
Former Australia captain Greg Chappell feels that Steven Smith is a worthy candidate to lead the national cricket team but adds he is not the only choice if Michael Clarke decides to step down some day.
'Even though I scored 73, quite happy how it worked out'
Cheteshwar Pujara says India's strong reply on Day 3 of the first Test against Australia in Adelaide meant the team's young batsmen proved themselves.
Bouncers could help players overcome Hughes's shock death, feels Lyon
A Mitchell Johnson bouncer that struck India captain Virat Kohli on the helmet during the first Test on Thursday might actually help players get past the shock of Phillip Hughes's death, according to Australia spinner Nathan Lyon.
Modi salutes India's Blind World Cup-winning cricket team
When India's Blind World Cup-winning cricketers called upon Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday, the PM spent time in the company of the talented Indian team who beat Pakistan to clinch the title in Cape Town on Sunday.
PHOTOS, Day 3: Kohli's ton propels India as batsmen hold firm
India's batsmen came good on a flat track to put up 369 for 5 on Day 3 of the first Test against Australia in Adelaide on Thursday. Wriddhimaan Saha (1) and Rohit Sharma (33) were at the crease at the draw of stumps. Images from the day's play.
When India almost won a series in Australia
The Aussie series of 1985-1986 will remain a missed opportunity for Indian cricket. But it is least talked about despite all the high points in the series.
Eye injury could see England's Kieswetter miss 2015 season
England One-day wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter could miss the entire 2015 season as he struggles to recover from a serious eye injury.
Ajmal to play against Kenya before biomechanics test
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided that suspended off-spinner, Saeed Ajmal should play two One-day games against Kenya this month before he goes for his final biomechanics test in Chennai.
Captain Kohli's ton inspires Team India's strong reply
Virat Kohli became only the third Indian to score a hundred on his captaincy debut as the visitors responded resolutely to Australia's mammoth first innings total by reaching 369 for five on the third day to leave the first cricket Test evenly poised at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday.
Jittery Aussies rattled after Kohli hit by bouncer
Australia's nervous players rushed to check on India captain Virat Kohli after he was hit by a Mitchell Johnson bouncer on day three of the third Test in Adelaide.
Pakistan on edge as Kenyan cricket team arrive in Lahore
Kenya, who will play against Pakistan 'A', are only the second team to play international cricket in the country since tours were suspended after militants attacked the Sri Lankans in Lahore.
December 10, 2014
Pallekele ODI: England's Woakes dazzles before play is abandoned
England will return on Thursday to chase down a 240-run victory target and stay alive in the seven-match contest against Sri Lanka after rain forced play to be suspended in the fifth one-day international in Pallekele on Wednesday.
Ranji Trophy round-up: Yuvraj helps Punjab thrash Haryana
Punjab rode on some brilliant batting by India discard Yuvraj Singh to thrash Haryana by 120 runs in the Group B Ranji Trophy match in Patiala on Wednesday. The man-of-the-match made it count for the Mandeep Singh-led side by scoring 59 in the first innings and a brilliant 130 in the second. A summary of the action in matches across the country.
SC orders deferral of BCCI elections till Jan end
The Supreme Court on Wednesday deferred the Board of Control for Cricket in India elections till the end of January even as the cricket body opposed the constitution of an external high-powered committee to propose punishment on the Mudgal Committee's findings in the betting and spot-fixing scam in the Indian Premier League.
I wasn't quite as patient as I am now, says Smith after unbeaten 162
Steven Smith's unbeaten knock on Day 2 of the first Test against India provided an endorsement of the 25-year-old's leadership credentials in case Australia skipper Michael Clarke's body finally gives out.
Ponting appointed Mumbai Indians head coach for IPL Season 8
After spending two seasons with the team as player, Australia's two-time World Cup-winning captain Ricky Ponting will take over as head coach of Mumbai Indians for the eighth season of the Indian Premier League. He will replace John Wright, who was the team's coach for Season 6 and 7.
Clarke follows Punter's footsteps... records 2,000 Test runs vs India
Rain played spoilsport on Day 2 of the first Test between Australia and India at the Adelaide Oval. It caused three interruptions, but in the 30 overs that were bowled, Australia captain Michael Clarke did well to fight off pain and score 128, and Steve Smith a career-best 162 not out, as India's hapless bowling attack got a beating. At stumps, Australia were 517 for 7. A look at the statistical highlights from the start-stop day.
'Indian batsmen confident of making up for the bowlers'
India might be left with a mountain of runs to climb in the first Test in Adelaide but fielding coach R Sridhar was confident that the batsmen will make up for the bowlers' poor show.
'The strength and courage Clarke has shown is unbelievable'
Australian batsman Steve Smith feels skipper Michael Clarke has shown "unbelievable" courage in the wake of the tragic death of Phillip Hughes and played "beautifully" battling severe back pain to score a century on Day Two of the first Test against India.
Injured Clarke inspires Australia with gutsy hundred
Australia captain Michael Clarke retired hurt on 60 with a lower back injury on day one, but after a sleep-deprived night of treatment and pain-killing injections, the 33-year-old's courageous 128 helped drive the hosts to 517 for seven by stumps against India in the first Test at the Adelaide Oval.
Ranji Trophy: Jammu & Kashmir upset Mumbai for historic win
Jammu & Kashmir scripted history by beating the 40-time champions Mumbai in their first meeting in 80 years of the Ranji Trophy tournament at the Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday.
This is best bowling attack India will have in near future: Ishant
I don't think there is any upcoming bowler in the fray who is capable of bowling 140-plus regularly, says Ishant Sharma.
Srinivasan agrees to keep away from IPL, seeks SC nod to contest BCCI elections
Narayanswami Srinivasan has given an undertaking in the Supreme Court that he will stay out of matters related to the Indian Premier League if elected BCCI president till he gets clean chit.
PHOTOS: India's bowling exposed, Aus batsmen reign on Day 2
Captain Michael Clarke battled through pain to score 128 and Steve Smith produced a
Captain courageous: Injured Clarke scores brave ton in first Test
Injured Australia captain Michael Clarke completed an inspiring century after lunch on day two of the first Test against India on Wednesday, having returned to the crease following pain-killing injections on his back.
December 09, 2014
'Team India must bowl out Australia for a score of 420 or 410'
Sunil Gavaskar believes that the first hour of the second day is crucial for both teams.
SC proposes high-powered committee to cleanse Indian cricket
The Supreme Court on Tuesday said maintaining the "purity" of cricket is of utmost importance for it while hinting at setting up a high-powered committee to suggest measures to cleanse the game in the country, hit by allegations of betting and spot-fixing and ascertain if there is conflict of interest involving the Board of Control for Cricket in Inida's president-in-exile, Narayanaswami Srinivasan.
Mumbai-J&K match keenly poised after Suryakumar Yadav's ton
The Ranji Trophy Group A match between Mumbai and Jammu and Kashmir was evenly poised at the end of the third day's play, with the visitors finishing on 58 for 1, chasing a modest target of 237 on a wearing track at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai. A summary of Tuesday's action in the tournament at various venues across the country.
Warner in the company of Sir Don Bradman, Harvey
David Warner has become the fourth Australian to have recorded at least 10 centuries after 33 Tests, joining an elite company that includes the likes of Sir Don Bradman and Neil Harvey from the famed 'Invincibles' squad of 1948.
Stats: Records galore for Clarke, Warner as Aussies dominate Day 1
Australia opener David Warner paid a fitting tribute to his deceased teammate Phillip Hughes, scoring a rollicking 145 before India dealt three quick blows at the fag end to share honours on an emotionally charged opening day in the first Test in Adelaide on Tuesday. Statistical highlights from the day's play.
'Karn Sharma has justified his selection for the Adelaide Test'
Former Australia leg-spinner Stuart MacGill has said that even though Ravichandran Ashwin is India's premier spinner, Karn Sharma's inclusion in the playing XI for the first Test against Australia is justified.
Partnership-wrecker Karn Sharma confident of India's revival
- 'Mentally and technically, Ravi Shastri helps a lot'
SC wants BCCI to keep Srini out, take action against Meiyappan
The Supreme Court on Tuesday insisted that suspended president Narayanswami Srinivasan should stay out of the Board of Control for Cricket in India's affairs and action must be taken against his son-in-law, Gurunath Meiyappan, who was indicted in the IPL spot-fixing case.
Centurion Warner guided by Hughes's spirit
- 'I just had a gut feeling that my little mate was down the other end with me the whole time'
Warner, Smith pay tribute to Hughes on reaching 63
David Warner and Steven Smith on Tuesday looked heaven-wards and raised their bats on reaching 63, score from where the late Phillip Hughes could proceed.
ICC clear spinners Senanayake, Williamson to bowl again
Banned spin duo Sachithra Senanayake and Kane Williamson have been cleared to bowl again after they remodelled their bowling action, the International Cricket Council said on Tuesday.
Watson takes over Hughes's locker in Adelaide Oval
Australia all-rounder Shane Watson had the unique honour of using the players' locker formerly meant for Phil Hughes.
Lara says disunity will hurt West Indies's World Cup chances
- 'We have great players, but great players don't win the World Cup, great teams do'
PHOTOS, Day 1: India strike late after Warner slams century
Images from Day One of the first Test between Australia and India at the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday. Australia ended the day on 354-6.
Are we ready for Sehwag the politician?
And if the rumours are to be believed then swashbuckling cricketer, Virendra Sehwag seems to yet another cricketers who could turn to politics.
Abbott bounces back, takes two wickets on return to SCG
Australian bowler Sean Abbott returned to action with New South Wales.
Adelaide celebrates life of Hughes, Australia's '13th man'
The departed cricketer was named his national team's '13th man' as the first Test between India and Australia started in Adelaide on an emotional note.
India stage late fightback after Warner's century on Day 1
David Warner hit a sparkling 145 from 163 balls before India captured a flurry of late wickets to reduce Australia to 354 for six at stumps on Day 1 of the first Test in Adelaide.
December 08, 2014
Difficult to accept there is no conflict of interest: SC to Srini
The Supreme Court said purity of cricket has to be maintained and all persons at the helm of its affairs should be above suspicion.
From floods to runs: Dream hundred for J&K opener Khajuria
Young Jammu and Kashmir opener Shubham Khajuria hits maiden hundred to put the team from the flood-ravaged Valley in control of their opening Ranji Trophy match against 40-time Mumbai. Harish Kotian reports.
Ranji round-up: Khajuria scores maiden ton as Mumbai falter again
A round-up of the second day's play of the Ranji Trophy matches across the country.
Watson says Clarke will score a century in Hughes's honour
Australian all-rounder Shane Watson says he will be 'extremely surprised' if captain Michael Clarke does not score a hundred in honour of the late Phillip Hughes in the first Test against India, starting Tuesday.
State memorial service for Hughes cancelled
The state memorial service that was planned for Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes has been cancelled.
'I'd love to get 10,000 Test runs...beat Australia again'
Kevin Pietersen has not given up hope of a return to Test cricket and the chance to avenge the humiliating 5-0 defeat at the hands of Australia in the last Ashes series, the former England batsman said on Monday.
PHOTOS: Team India go through the grind at net session in Adelaide
Team India, set for a gruelling tour of Australia, looked in top gear as they practiced diligently during a nets session on the eve of the first Test in Adelaide on Monday.
Ponting urges Clark & Co to 'play the hard-nosed Australian way'
Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting feels the team's pacers should not shy away from using the bouncer in the Test series against India starting on Tuesday.
Aggressive Kohli to follow his instincts on captaincy duty
'You might see things quite different from what you usually see'
The pitch will have something for everybody, says Adelaide curator
'Hopefully there is a little bit in it early, it's going to be good to bat on, and then take a little bit of spin and some inconsistency later in the game'
Hughes tragedy won't stop me from playing aggressive, warns Johnson
Australia's bowlers will not shy away from sending down a barrage of short deliveries in the first Test against India, paceman Mitchell Johnson has said.
More tributes in Hughes's honour during first Test
Late Phillip Hughes named 13th man in Australian squad.
In Photos: Abbott shows he is ready for his SCG return
Australian bowler Sean Abbott, who bowled the bouncer that led to the death of Phillip Hughes, is set to return to action.
Kohli maintains BCCI's stubborn stand on 'inconsistent' DRS
India's stand-in captain Virat Kohli has stuck to the party line on cricket's Decision Review System (DRS), saying his team would only endorse its use if it were 100 percent accurate.
Aus captain Clarke recuperates in time, fit to face India in 1st Test
Australia captain Michael Clarke is fit to lead the side into the first Test against India on Tuesday and his return is a "huge boost" for the hosts, fast bowler Mitchell Johnson said.
Play selector! Pick India's 15 for the ICC World Cup
Before the selectors meet again to finalise the squad, you can take on the role and pick 15 players from the 30-member probables list you feel are best to represent the country at the 2015 World Cup.
Kohli to lead India in Adelaide Test
'We are expecting him (Dhoni) to be 100 percent in the next few days.'
December 07, 2014
Sri Lanka edge England to go 3-1 up in series
Kumar Sangakkara laid the foundation before Angelo Mathews completed a nervy chase as Sri Lanka beat England by six wickets in the fourth One-Day International.
Ranji round-up: Gambhir's century rescues Delhi on Day 1
Captain Gautam Gambhir led from the front with a gutsy century to lift Delhi to 260 for six at stumps on the first day of their opening Ranji Trophy match against Saurashtra
India determined to learn from past mistakes in Australia, says Rohit
Rohit Sharma says India are confident of putting up a good show in the first Test against Australia as past two weeks' stay in Adelaide and the two tour-games have helped them get familiar with the conditions.
Players barred from using India logo in domestic cricket
The Board of Control for Cricket in India has instructed match referees to ensure that none of the India players -- current or discarded -- sport the India logo either on their helmet or on their gear in domestic matches.
Lehmann's emotional email to Aussie players
Australian coach Darren Lehmann wrote an inspiring and emotional email to his players before what is sure to be a special first Test.
What Team India needs in Australia? Tough minds, tight techniques!
Former Australian cricketer Geoff Lawson feels India would need a combination of tight technique and tough minds to get the better of the Aussies.
Presenting, new and improved Cheteshwar Pujara!
Cheteshwar Pujara is confident that his scoring touch will return in the upcoming Test series against Australia in Adelaide.
Australia brace for emotional Test in Adelaide
The first Test Australia hosts against India this week is set to be fraught with conflicting emotions as players return to battle with a mixture of relief and apprehension after the tragic death of Phillip Hughes.
Embarrassment for Pak as Hafeez suspended for illegal bowling action
In a massive blow to Pakistan cricket, all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez was suspended by the ICC after his bowling action was found to be illegal.
Range of tributes to honour Hughes ahead of first Test
Cricket Australia will hold a range of tributes to honour the late Phillip Hughes.
Australia v India: Dhoni's captaincy under the microscope
Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be put through the wringer when the four-Test series starts in Adelaide.
December 06, 2014
Australia will win but by what margin is a question, says Chappell
However, the former Australia captain, admitted that a good start by the Indian batsmen might pose a threat to Australia.
First Look: Cricket legend Gavaskar meets Prime Minister Modi
Rajya Sabha member and celebrated batsman Sachin Tendulkar and spin legend Anil Kumble are among those who have called on the Indian Prime Minister.
Saurashtra happy to have Trivedi back after serving ban
Saurashtra's coach Shitanshu Kotak says what happened with pacer Siddharth Trivedi was basically an 'error of judgement'.
'I got recognition in Aus but couldn't live up to it the last time'
Ahead of the four-Test series against Australia, pacer Ishant Sharma says it is vital to learn from whatever India did right on past tours, focus on that and keep doing the same.
Dhoni might play opening Test against Australia, hints Dhawan
Opener Shikhar Dhawan stated that stand-in skipper Virat Kohli will have to wait a little more to lead the side given that Mahendra Singh Dhoni has arrived in time for the opening match.
Pakistan include suspended spinner Ajmal in World Cup squad
A PCB official said the suspended off-spinner has been named in the preliminary squad as he was in the process of correcting his action and would soon appear for an ICC biomechanics test.
Michael Clarke relieved of media duties ahead of Adelaide Test
Australian captain Michael Clarke,who has been under intense emotional stress after the passing away of his brother-like mate Phillip Hughes, has been relieved of addressing the customary press conference on Monday.
Australian players to wear No.408 as tribute to Phil Hughes
In a tribute to late Phillip Hughes, the Australian cricket team has decided to wear number 408, the Test debut number of the late batsman, under its national emblem during the first Test against India starting December 9.
'Adelaide Test will be the biggest mental battle for Australia'
An Australia team still mourning the tragic death of Phillip Hughes face the biggest mental battle of their careers in playing the first Test against India next week, according to former captain Ricky Ponting.
Dubai T20: New Zealand survive Afridi assault to level series
New Zealand survived Shahid Afridi's late onslaught to beat Pakistan by 17 runs in the second and final Twenty20 match to level the series 1-1.
'We want Michael Clarke out there leading our team in Adelaide'
Vice-captain Brad Haddin is hopeful of Michael Clarke leading the Australian outfit in the first Test against India starting December 9 after the hamstrung skipper reported to training at the Adelaide Oval.
'We're looking forward to playing the Test series against India'
Australia are looking forward to getting back into competitive cricket in the first Test against India next week in the wake of Phillip Hughes's tragic death, wicketkeeper Brad Haddin said on Saturday.
'The Aussies must play aggressive cricket but tone down sledging'
Former captain Allan Border wants the current team to play "hard-edged Australian brand of cricket" in the memory of Phillip Hughes but at the same time
December 05, 2014
Australia v India Tests: The score thus far...
As India go in to the four-match Test series against Australia that commences in Adelaide on Tuesday, here is a factbox.
Special Tribute: SCG retires pitch No 7 on which Hughes fell
Sydney Cricket Ground's pitch No 7, the 22-yard strip on which Phillip Hughes fell after being fatally struck by a bouncer on head, has been retired.
Australia's pacers show no signs of shying away from bouncers
Australia's cricketers returned to their aggressive brand of cricket in the aftermath of Phillip Hughes's death as they held their first training session in Adelaide since the tragedy.
Analysis: How Team India measures up going into Aus Test series
As India goes into the four-match Test series against Australia, which commences in Adelaide on Tuesday, an analysis of the team.
Hughes tragedy casts shadow over India-Australia series
India and Australia might be sworn enemies on the cricket field but the two nations have been united in mourning the death of Phillip Hughes.
Tour match: Indian batsmen fire in draw against CA XI
India's batsmen got a much-needed workout ahead of the Test series against Australia, putting up 375 runs in 90 overs, before their two-day tour game against Cricket Australia XI ended in a draw at the Glenelg Oval in Adelaide on Friday.
Kallis looking forward to assist KKR in new role
The South African legend will continue his association with the franchise in a different role -- that of mentor and batting consultant.
Meet the man behind '#putoutyourbats' campaign to Phil Hughes
Cricketers and fans around the world are paying tribute to Phillip Hughes via a social media campaign by leaving their cricket bats out and sharing a picture with the message #putoutyourbats on Twitter.
CA grateful to BCCI for their understanding, support
Touched by India's support in the aftermath of Phillip Hughes's death, Cricket Australia Director and former pacer Michael Kasprowicz has praised the visitors for being considerate in accepting the changed series schedule following the tragedy.
PCB wants ICC to delay Ajmal's biomechanic test
Within days of asking the International Cricket Council for dates to conduct the biomechanic tests on suspended spinner Saeed Ajmal, the Pakistan Cricket Board now wants the process to be delayed.
India may field World Cup team in tri-series
The tri-series in Australia, India's final ODI engagement before the World Cup, gets underway on January 16, says Chandresh Narayanan, casting a fascinating look at the survivors from earlier World Cups.
'First Test will play part in Australia players' healing process'
Former Australia cricket team captain Mark Taylor has said that next week's rescheduled first Test against India would allow the nation's grieving cricketers to start moving on from Phillip Hughes's shock passing.
Abbott to decide whether to return to SCG after Hughes shock
Sean Abbott alone will decide whether he wants to return to first class cricket at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday, two weeks after his short-pitched delivery felled Phillip Hughes at the same wicket, according to his state team.
Will hamstrung Clarke be fit in time for first Test?
'We'll get him batting tomorrow and see how he goes'
T20: Sarfraz guides Pakistan to victory over New Zealand
Pakistan opener Sarfraz Ahmed''s belligerent 76 not out secured a comprehensive seven-wicket victory against New Zealand in the first Twenty20 International in Dubai on Thursday.
Should bowlers refrain from bowling bouncers in India-Aus Test series?
Just to clear the air, the first ball of the game, each game, should just be a bouncer, reckons Merv Hughes.
December 04, 2014
'It's a positive sign that there're so many pacers to choose from'
Mohit Sharma is one of the nine fast bowlers among the 30-World Cup probables chosen and the Haryana pacer believes the plentiful options available in the pace department can only be good for Indian cricket.
'Tag of defending champions will put added responsibility on us'
Hoping to make the final cut after being named in the 30-man probables list for the 2015 World Cup, Karnataka batsman Robin Uthappa has said that he would love to open the innings for India.
'The World Cup probables was there at the back of my mind'
Manoj Tiwary is back in national contention with some impressive knocks in domestic cricket. His recent sequence of scores in the last five List A innings read as 57, 130, 56, 151 and 75 meant a call-up in the 30-man World Cup probables list was inevitable.
'Domestic performance considered while selecting WC probables'
Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Sanjay Patel defended the omission of five senior players who were part of the victorious 2011 squad from the 30-man World Cup probables, saying their performance in domestic was taken into account.
What's the point in naming so many spinners in the WC probables' list?
Considering that the tournament Down Under will be played on faster wickets, it's obvious that spinners are unlikely to play a significant role. In these circumstances, having one spinner in the playing eleven is the most one can expect, says Bikash Mohapatra.
The 11 World Cup winners we will miss in 2015
India's champions from the last edition who will be missed when the action commences in Australia-New Zealand next year.
England's Cook suspended from fourth ODI against Sri Lanka
England captain Alastair Cook has been handed a one-match suspension for a second slow over-rate offence within 12 months, the International Cricket Council said.
Meet the survivors of India's 2011 World Cup-winning squad
There were no surprises as the preliminary list of 30 Indian probables.
Yuvraj, Sehwag, Bhajji left out of World Cup probables
India's selectors went on expected lines, leaving out former champions while giving the nod to top performers in domestic circuit in the 30-man probables' list for the 2015 World Cup.
Tour match: Aaron grabs four as CA XI bowled out for 243
There was no toss and India were allowed to bowl first. The players and officials, wearing black armbands, observed a minute's silence before the start of the play.
'Expect tough cricket from Australia'
But former Pakistan pacer, Wasim Akram says it will be emotionally very demanding for the Australians to get back on the field.
'People want to see us get out there and beat the Indians'
Australia fast bowler Ryan Harris has declared himself a certain starter for the first Test against India but cannot say the same for all of his team mates a day after Phillip Hughes' funeral.
Ajmal fails to provide satisfactory results in informal test
Pakistan's off-spinner Saeed Ajmal failed to provide satisfactory results in an informal biomechanic test in light of his bowling ban, which has reportedly prompted the Pakistan Cricket Board to go on the back-foot to apply for his reassessment.
Shaun Marsh in squad for India first Test; Clarke's fitness under cloud
Australia have called batsman Shaun Marsh into their squad for the opening Test of the four-match series against India, which was pushed back to next week after the death of Phillip Hughes.
Australia coach Lehmann calls team to muster courage for first Test
'We hope the boys can find the inner strength to play the game in the way Phillip would have wanted in Adelaide'
Beware! Match-fixing is criminalised in New Zealand
Match-fixing bill passed unanimously and a match-fixer in New Zealand could face up to seven years in prison.
Buttler, Root guide England to victory over Sri Lanka
England nearly wasted a flying start before eking out a five-wicket victory in the rain-shortened third one-day international against Sri Lanka in Hambantota on Wednesday.
December 03, 2014
Tiwary, Dinda steer East Zone to Deodhar title
Manoj Tiwary led from the front with a sparkling half-century and veteran pacer Ashok Dinda claimed four wickets as East Zone outclassed West by 24 runs to win the Deodhar Trophy Zonal One-Day Tournament, in Mumbai, on Wednesday.
Channel Nine TV gives Abbott 'respect' in funeral service
In what probably would have been the toughest day for Sean Abbott, whose bouncer was responsible for batsman Phillip Hughes's death, the media respected the pacer's sentiments by maintaining a distance.
Tendulkar, Kumble salute Hughes
Former India skipper Anil Kumble also honoured the late cricketer.
Pakistan, New Zealand dedicate T20 trophy to Hughes
The trophy for their two Twenty20 matches in the Dubai, starting Thursday, is being dedicated in memory of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes, who died last week after being hit on the head by a bouncer during a domestic match.
Will Yuvraj, Sehwag make the cut in India's 30 WC probables?
A few proven, but currently out-of-form, cricketers are likely to get the nod when the national selectors draw up a list of 30 Indian probables for the upcoming World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in Mumbai on Thursday.
Fans throng cricket stadia across Australia to bid Hughes farewell
It was, though, his fighting attitude -- encapsulated by his desire to reclaim his spot in the Australia Test team after being dropped several times -- that meant he was remembered so fondly by many of the hundreds of mourners at the SGC.
Eulogies flow as Phillip Hughes takes long walk back 'home'
As late Australia cricketer Phillip Hughes made his final journey in this world, cricketers, politicians and family members paid homage to the Sydney batsman.
PHOTOS: Australia mourns with family as Phillip Hughes laid to rest
Australia bid an emotional farewell to cricketer Phillip Hughes at a funeral in his hometown on Wednesday with a live coast-to-coast broadcast allowing a nation to unite in celebration and remembrance of the life of a sportsman cut down in his prime.
PM Modi pays tribute to Aus batsman Hughes
"Heart-rending funeral in Australia. Phil Hughes, we will miss you. Your game & exuberance won you fans all over! RIP," Modi tweeted as thousands gathered in Hughes's home town of Macksville to bid farewell to the batsman.
Clarke pays haunting homage to 'brother' Hughes
Australia captain Michael Clarke urged mourners to "dig in and get through to tea" as he choked back tears in an emotional eulogy delivered to Phillip Hughes at the cricketer's funeral in Macksville, New South Wales, on Wednesday.
Australia's final goodbye to Hughes in hometown funeral
The funeral of Australian Test cricketer Phillip Hughes began to the strains of a song entitled "Forever Young" in his home town on Wednesday as a nation united to celebrate the life of a sportsman cut down in his prime.
'Rescheduling of the Australia-India Test series was not perfect'
Cricket Australia chief Executive James Sutherland has admitted that the re-scheduling of the four-match Test series between India and Australia after the tragic demise of batsman Phil Hughes was "not perfect" but hopes that people will understand the "big picture".
December 02, 2014
India has the team to retain the World Cup: Sehwag
The former opening batsman picked India, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand as the four semi-finalists in the upcoming tournament Down Under.
Struggling Sehwag still hopeful of playing in 2015 World Cup
Despite a poor run in domestic cricket the dashing opener believes he is in contention for a place among India's 30 probables for next year's World Cup.
Clarke, Finch to be pall-bearers at Hughes's funeral
Australia Test skipper Michael Clarke, opener Aaron Finch and South Australia's Tom Cooper are among eight pall-bearers, which includes Phil Hughes's dad Greg, brother Jason and locals Corey Ireland, Mitchell Lonergan and Matthew Day, for the late cricketer's funeral in Macksville on Wednesday afternoon.
ICC ODI rankings: Dhoni, Bhuvneshwar lose ground
The latest ICC ODI batsmen rankings have mixed news for India. Virat Kohli remains second while captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni slipped a place to ninth, even as India maintain the second spot in the team standings.
No fun in cricket if bouncers are banned, says Sehwag
Former India opener Virender Sehwag says bowlers will lose a weapon if bouncers are banned.
ICC names match officials for World Cup 2015
The International Cricket Council has named four World Cup winners in a 25-member match officials' team for Cricket World Cup 2015, which will be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand from February 14 to March 29. The team includes five officials from the elite panel of ICC match referees, 12 umpires from the elite panel of ICC umpires and eight umpires from the international panel of ICC umpires.
South African pacer Rababa gets Test call-up for Windies series
South Africa have named teenage speedster Kagiso Rabada in a 14-man squad for their three-match home Test series against West Indies, Cricket South Africa announced on Tuesday.
Australia tour: Triangular ODI series schedule tweaked to give India rest
India will take on Australia in the second ODI of the tri-series, also involving England, on January 18, after Cricket Australia decided to swap the first two matches to give appropriate recovery time to the Indian players following the rescheduling of the four-Test series.
Recuperating Dhoni likely to join team in Adelaide
Meanwhile, Australia skipper Michael Clarke, who was entangled in a war of words with Cricket Australia over his availability, is still a doubtful starter for the first Test following question marks over his fitness.
Smith to replace injured Gayle for Windies tour of South Africa
Opening batsman Chris Gayle is out of this month's West Indies tour of South Africa because of injury, with Devon Smith called up to replace him.
CA putting no pressure on Australian players for Adelaide Test
Cricket Australia will be understanding of players who feel uncomfortable about playing in the wake of the death of Phillip Hughes when the rescheduled India Test series starts next week, chief executive James Sutherland said on Tuesday.
IPL spot-fixing case: 'Make Mudgal report public'
Bihar Cricket Association (BCA) secretary Aditya Verma, who is the petitioner in the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing case, on Monday, termed the efforts by the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) to shield its former president Narayanaswami Srinivasan and other involved officials in the ongoing case as 'unfortunate'.
December 01, 2014
ICC says clampdown on bouncers unlikely despite Hughes' demise
International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive David Richardson revealed that a clampdown down on bouncers is unlikely despite the passing of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes last Thursday.
Bangladesh's Taijul grabs hat-trick on debut in Zimbabwe rout
Left-arm spinner Taijul Islam became the first cricketer to claim a hat-trick on his debut in a One-day International as he set up a five-wicket victory for Bangladesh over Zimbabwe on Monday.
Post Hughes' demise, Martin Crowe recalls near misses in career
New Zealand Test cricket legend Martin Crowe has recalled all the near misses he experienced during his career that included 77 Test matches in light of the passing of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes.
'Playing for India teaches you to play under pressure'
Axar Patel, who grabbed attention with his effective left-arm spin bowling for India in the recent ODI series against Sri Lanka, today insisted he was a batsman who could bowl.
Yadav, Patel take West past South in Deodhar semi-final
Defending champions West Zone rode on gritty half centuries from Suryakumar Yadav and Axar Patel to scramble past South Zone by two wickets and enter the Deodhar Trophy final, in Mumbai, on Monday. Chasing an imposing 315 for victory in the second semi-final at the Wankhede stadium, West were struggling at 174 for 6 before Yadav (80 off 56 balls, 4 sixes, 7 fours) and No. 8 batsman Patel (64 not out off 38 balls) put together a match-winning stand of 70 runs off 76 balls that saw the hosts home with 17 balls to spare.
Read the most heartfelt tribute to Phillip Hughes...
Late Australian batsman Phillip Hughes's closest friend has posted what might be the most touching tribute for the deceased cricketer.
Srinivasan says he consulted Pawar before buying CSK
Narayanswami Srinivasan told the Supreme Court on Monday that he is not at fault in the conflict of interest issue, as he had consulted former Board of Control for Cricket in India president Sharad Pawar before buying the Chennai Super Kings franchise in 2008.
Why should I ask Dhoni to resign: Srinivasan
Refusing to speak about Mahendra Singh Dhoni's role in his company, India Cements, Narayanaswami Srinivasan, the Board of Control for Cricket in India's president-in-exile, made it clear that India's captain would not be asked to resign despite questions about conflict of interest being raised against him.
Australia v India Test dates moved; first match in Adelaide
Adelaide, which was due to host the second Test from December 12-16, will now host the series opener from December 9-13, in what is sure to be a highly emotional occasion.
Supreme Court to resume hearing of IPL spot-fixing case on Monday
The Supreme Court will resume its hearing of the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing case on Monday.
Vettori delays Test retirement announcement
Record-breaking New Zealand cricketer Daniel Vettori has said that the timing is not right to officially announce his retirement from Test cricket, in light of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes' tragic death.
Touching tribute to Hughes: Local batsman sacrifices record
A batsman in a club match in Victoria has paid a touching tribute to Phillip Hughes by deciding to sacrifice breaking a long-standing record.
India to remain in Adelaide, first Test rescheduled to Dec 9
Cricket Australia and the Indian board (BCCI) remain in discussions over the future of the first Test between the two countries that was supposed to have started on Thursday in Brisbane.
Young Williamson to captain NZ in Pakistan ODIs, T20s
Batsman Kane Williamson has been given the opportunity to flex his captaincy credentials after being named to lead New Zealand in their one-day international and Twenty20 series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.
November 30, 2014
Phillip Hughes to be 63 not out forever
Phillip Hughes will forever be 63 not out after Cricket Australia (CA) adjusted the scorecard of his final match as a mark of respect for the promising cricketer who lost his life following a freak injury on the field.
Umar Gul recalled for Pakistan's ODI squad
Experienced pace bowler Umar Gul has been recalled to Pakistan's squad for the limited over series against New Zealand after struggling with a knee problem since last year.
ICC says clampdown on bouncers unlikely
A clampdown down on bouncers is unlikely despite the death of Australian Phillip Hughes this week, International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive David Richardson said on Sunday.
'I wish to get a longer stint in the Indian team'
He has been in and out of the team for some time now but Manoj Tiwary is hopeful that his consistent performances in domestic cricket will help him get a longer rope with the Indian team.
Boult takes four as New Zealand level series
Paceman Trent Boult took four wickets as New Zealand beat Pakistan by an innings and 80 runs to win the third and final Test within four days and level the series 1-1.
Tiwary's 151 guides East into Deodhar final
Skipper Manoj Tiwary continued his blazing form in domestic competitions with a magnificent 151 that powered East Zone to a comfortable 52-run win over North in the Deodhar Trophy semi-final in Mumbai.
'It'd make for no contest if bouncers were ruled out of cricket'
South African pace legend Allan Donald has called on cricket bosses not to consider banning bouncers as they revisit safety in the sport in the wake of the tragic death of Australian cricketer Philip Hughes.
Hughes' adopted home town of Adelaide to host first Test
The first Test between India and Australia may be shifted from Brisbane to Adelaide, the adopted home town of Phillip Hughes, providing both teams more time to come to terms with the tragic death of the cricketer who was to turn 26.
'I am a better man for having known Phil Hughes my brother'
Devastated by his tragic death, Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke has penned a poignant birthday tribute to Phillip Hughes, saying that the late batsman was like a little brother who helped him become a better man.
'No one blames Sean Abbott in any way for what has happened'
Australian skipper Michael Clarke has offered his full support to distraught bowler Sean Abbott, whose unfortunate bouncer led to the tragic death of young
'The cricket at Gabba won't be played with the usual intensity'
Phillip Hughes' death after being hit by a bouncer has left Ian Chappell shocked like most of the cricket world and the former Australian captain feels his
November 29, 2014
Cook should be dropped as England's ODI captain: Botham
Alastair Cook should be dropped as England's One-Day International captain after presiding over another "flat and tedious" display in an eight-wicket defeat by Sri Lanka on Saturday, according to former all-rounder Ian Botham.
Australia vs India first Test in Brisbane may be cancelled
With the cricket world still mourning the tragic death of Phillip Hughes, the first Test between India and Australia next week was on Saturday put off to an unspecified date and might even be cancelled to pay homage to the young batsman.
Now, an Israeli umpire killed after being hit by a ball
One of the players who witnessed the incident told the Nana10 website that the umpire, standing at the bowler's end, was struck by the ball in his face after it ricocheted off the stumps from a shot that came straight back down the pitch.
Aparajith's century helps South whip Central to enter Deodhar semis
Riding on Baba Aparajith's splendid century, South Zone crushed a hapless Central Zone by 116 runs with 13.3 overs to storm into the Deodhar Trophy semi-finals at the Wankhede Stadium, in Mumbai, on Saturday.
McCullum blasts double century to put New Zealand in control
Captain Brendon McCullum's blistering double hundred and a record 297-run stand with centurion Kane Williamson put New Zealand firmly in control of the third and final Test against Pakistan in Sharjah on Saturday.
Fast bowlers never use bouncers to hurt anyone, says Irfan Pathan
Former India pacer Irfan Pathan says the death of Australian batsman Phil Hughes may have come as a big shock, but fast bowlers never use bouncers to deliberately hurt anyone.
Clinical Sri Lanka thrash feeble England; take 2-0 lead
Sri Lanka's bowlers bundled out England for 185 before the hosts chased down the target with eight wickets to spare in the rain-hit second One-day international on Saturday to take a 2-0 lead in the seven-match series.
When Ponting saw streak of Gilchrist in Hughes...
Ponting said that he has never been more impressed by a young cricketer than Hughes.
Phil Hughes' funeral on December 3
The Hughes family also confirmed funeral arrangements will take place on December3 in their home town of Macksville in northern New South Wales.
Australia v India: First Test rescheduled
The first Test between India and Australia will be rescheduled, as three senior cricketers of the home side -- Shane Watson, David Warner and Brad Haddin -- are among those who have said that they are not in perfect state of mind to return to competitive cricket.
The game must go on but...
Trying to focus everyone's attention on playing a game of cricket when one of their best mates has passed away will be almost impossible.
In Photos: England and Sri Lanka pay tribute to Hughes
England captain Alastair Cook and Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews also joined in to pay their respects to Phillip Hughes.
Time will help cricketers to deal with Hughes tragedy
Cricketers at the elite level will simply need time to process the death of Phillip Hughes before they would be able to play again, according to a psychologist who works with New Zealand's high performance athletes.
'We discussed calling off Sharjah Test'
The New Zealand team struggled to cope with the death of Australia's Phillip Hughes and discussed calling the match off before playing the delayed second day of the third Test against Pakistan, said coach Mike Hesson.
Clarke breaks down repeatedly as he pays tribute to Hughes
Captain Michael Clarke gave a graphic illustration of the raw emotions of the Australia team when he broke down repeatedly while paying tribute to former team mate Phillip Hughes on Saturday.
November 28, 2014
Brisbane Test set to be rescheduled; Australian players not ready
The first Test between India and Australia is all set to be rescheduled as three of the senior cricketers in Shane Watson, David Warner and Brad Haddin are amongst those who have already said that they are not in perfect state of mind to return to competitive cricket.
Tendulkar, Rahane join #putoutyourbats tribute to Phil Hughes
Cricketers and fans around the world are paying tribute to Phillip Hughes via a social media campaign by leaving their cricket bats out and sharing a picture with the message #putoutyourbats on Twitter.
McCullum mauls Pakistan after Mark Craig bags seven wkts
Captain Brendon McCullum's blazing century gave New Zealand a brisk start on the second day of the third and final Test against Pakistan in Sharjah as the death of Australian Phillip Hughes continued to cast a gloomy shadow over the match.
Sri Lanka, England to play 2nd ODI as scheduled
Sri Lanka and England will go ahead with their second one-day international as scheduled following the death of Australia batsman Phillip Hughes.
Hughes Tragedy: Old foes India and Australia come closer
India and Australia might be sworn enemies on the cricket field but the two nations have been united in mourning the shocking death of Phillip Hughes.
Attention on helmets after Hughes tragedy
A week ago, cricket was considered one of the safest games in the world, a sport that anyone can play without any real fear for their safety.
Hughes to be honoured with State memorial service at SCG
Cricket Australia and Cricket New South Wales have supported NSW Premier Mike Baird's announcement of a State Memorial Service for Phillip Hughes, who passed away on Thursday.
'It'll be best for the players if they play the Brisbane Test'
Former skippers Ian Chappell and Mark Taylor feel next week's first Test between India and Australia in Brisbane should go ahead as it would help the cricketers and the fans to come out and share the mourning of the loss of Phillip Hughes.
RIP Phil Hughes but bouncers here to stay
Despite the death of Mitchell Johnson's former team mate Phillip Hughes, the likelihood is he will unleash a similar barrage on India should the first Test go ahead.
Hughes tragedy: Untimely death not experienced since Ayrton Senna's
Cricket scoreboards around the world carried tributes to Australian batsman Phillip Hughes on Friday, while condolence messages flooded social media as the sporting world reacted to an untimely death not experienced since Ayrton Senna's in 1994.
Abbott receives support from Hughes's family
People do not associate cricket with death and the shock loss of Phillip Hughes, against all rational expectation, will be the hardest thing for bowler Sean Abbott to deal with, according to trauma experts.
Australian media 'share nation's agony on cricket's saddest day'
As the entire Australia mourned the death of Phillip Hughes, the front pages of all the national dailies on Friday paid rich tribute to the young batsman, who succumbed to his head injuries yesterday that he sustained during a domestic match.
Team India mourns Phil Hughes's passing
The Board of Control for Cricket in India, in a statement on Thursday, mourned the death of Australia cricketer Phil Hughes.
Hughes mourned, Australia to launch immediate safety review
Australia's cricket board will launch an 'immediate' review into player safety in the wake of Phillip Hughes' death, as the global cricket community mourned on Friday.
Good news for Ajmal as his off-spinners declared legitimate
The Pakistan spinner's 'doosra' however has still not received a nod of approval from lab testers
My perseverance has seen the IPL spot-fixing case get this far: Modi
Terming the BCCI as 'mafia run and backed', Modi also said that with this judgement, the global cleanup of the game has begun.
Australia say too early to decide if India Test will be played
Emotions were still too raw in the wake of the death of Phillip Hughes to make a decision on whether to go ahead with next week's first Test against India, Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said on Friday.
November 27, 2014
Use lighter bats to negotiate bouncers: Prasanna
Paying condolences to Phillip Hughes, who died two days after he was struck on the head during a domestic match in Sydney, Indian spin wizard Erapalli Prasanna advocated use of lighter bats to negotiate bouncers.
Grief-stricken Michael Clarke shows true off-field leadership
Long called upon to rescue his team from treacherous situations, Australia captain Michael Clarke could do little to save his close friend Phillip Hughes, but bore his grief quietly in a vital supporting role for his "little brother's" family.
Srinivasan, CSK face bleak future after Supreme Court rap
Uncertainty over the possibility of Board of Control for Cricket in India's president-in-exile Narayanaswami Srinivasan making a comeback and the survival of the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League deepened on Thursday as Supreme Court threw suggestions whether those named in the Mudgal Committee could be kept out of the BCCI elections and whether the CSK franchise could be scrapped.
A sport left heartbroken by death of Hughes
A game that is synonymous with the values of fair play and sportsmanship was left heartbroken at the loss of one its favourite sons, a kid from a banana plantation who dared to dream big.
ICC sanctions Dilshan, Perera for disciplinary breaches
Sri Lanka cricketers Tillakaratne Dilshan and Thisara Perera have been fined and reprimanded for disciplinary breaches during the first one-day international against England, the International Cricket Council said on Thursday.
Some not comfortable about playing with Aamir: PCB chief
The chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Shaharyar Khan has revealed that some players in the national cricket team are not keen on playing with banned pacer Mohammad Aamir again.
Hughes's death sad and unfortunate, says Contractor
'I, for one, never even thought after the advent of the helmet that this could happen. But accidents do take place and this is one of them,' said former India captain Nari Contractor, who survived a near-fatal skull injury after being hit by a fast delivery in the West Indies five decades ago, reacting to Phillip Hughes's death.
'Helmets give batsmen a false sense of security'
'Helmets have made batsmen feel safe in the belief that they cannot be hurt and made batsmen more carefree and careless.'
Gavaskar feels India, Aus players not in right frame of mind for first Test
Phillip Hughes's sad demise barely a week before the first India and Australia Test has put a question mark over the series opener and batting great Sunil Gavaskar feels the onus is on the cricket boards of the two countries to decide whether to call off the match or not.
Hughes's death hard to digest for India's survivor
More than five decades after his near-fatal head injury in the Caribbean, former India captain Nari Contractor could not believe Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes lost his life despite wearing a helmet.
Obituary: Phil Hughes, a kid from the bush who made it to the top
Phil Hughes, who died on Thursday aged 25, will forever be remembered as one of Australian cricket's free spirits.
When a fractured cheekbone proved to be lucky escape
Pakistan Test opener Ahmed Shehzad knows he had a lucky escape when a short-pitched ball cracked his cheekbone earlier this month and says he 'froze' when he heard the news of Australian batsman Phil Hughes' death on Thursday.
Incredibly rare condition gave little chance of Hughes's survival
The death of Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes was caused by a 'freakish accident' that gave the 25-year-old international batsman little chance of survival, his doctors said on Thursday.
Phillip Hughes: A summary of what was a promising career
Here is a fact-box on Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes, who died on Thursday. He was 25.
Phillip Hughes' career in numbers
Here is a record of Phillip Hughes' playing statistics.
Persons named in Mudgal report will not contest BCCI elections: SC
The Supreme Court on Thursday proposed that the Board of Control for Cricket in India elections can be held next month but the people named in the Justice Mudgal Commission report, which probed the betting and spot-fixing in the sixth edition of Indian Premier League in 2013, must be kept out.
Sad day for cricket: Tendulkar, Kohli react to Hughes's death
The cricket fraternity from across the globe reacted with shock and sadness at the sad demise of Australian batsman Philip Hughes.
Supreme Court demands termination of CSK; unhappy with Dhoni's dual role
The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the suspended chief of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, Narayanaswami Srinivasan, "who really owns" Indian Premier League franchise Chennai Super Kings. It also expressed his displeasure over India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni holding important position in Srinivasan's India Cements, saying the "dual role is a matter of concern."
New Zealand v Pakistan suspended after Hughes dies
Play was called off in the third Test between Pakistan and New Zealand in Sharjah on Thursday following the death of Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes.
India's tour match called off, first Test against Australia doubtful
The shocking death of batsman Phillip Hughes on Thursday has cast doubts on whether the first Test between Australia and India will go ahead in Brisbane next week.
Cricketing world in shock over Phil Hughes's death
Cricketing world in shock over Phil Hughes' death.
Timeline: How Phillip Hughes met with his fate
Here is a how the late Phillip Hughes fought for his life after the fatal knock on the head during a domestic match on Tuesday...
Distraught Abbott being monitored after Hughes death
The cricketing community has rallied behind New South Wales all-rounder Sean Abbott whose bouncer struck Phillip Hughes.
Australia cricketer Phillip Hughes succumbs to head injury
Australian cricketer Phil Hughes died in a Sydney hospital on Thursday, two days after being hit on the head during a domestic match on Tuesday.
Day 3, Hughes injury update: Fight for dear life continues
Australia cricketer Phillip Hughes remains in an induced coma on Thursday after spending a second night in a Sydney, with the local ambulance service now under scrutiny for their response to the accident.
'That Twitter parody account hurt KP more than anything else'
Former Essex player Ian Pont, who is now engaged in coaching Indian bowlers in Bangalore, shares his views on the fallout-out from the Kevin Pietersen's tell-all book with's .
Hughes blow takes 'lucky' Chatfield back in time
Phillip Hughes' fight for survival from a severe head injury has prompted a wave of sympathy across the globe, not least from former New Zealand cricketer Ewen Chatfield, who was nearly killed by a fast delivery in the 1970s.
Colombo ODI: England fall short by 25 runs despite Moeen ton
A magnificent century by Moeen Ali proved in vain as England suffered a 25-run defeat to Sri Lanka in the first of seven one-day internationals on Wednesday.
November 26, 2014
Bangladesh seal Zimbabwe series with big win
Opening batsman Anamul Haque top-scored with 95 as Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe by 124 runs in the third One-day International to wrap up the five-match series.
Pakistan on top as Hafeez nears maiden double ton
Mohammad Hafeez continued his rich vein of form and closed in on his maiden double hundred in Tests as Pakistan reached 281 for three against New Zealand at the close on the first day of the third and final Test on Wednesday.
All eyes on Indian pacers ahead of first Australia Test
The Indian pace attack is getting much attention Down Under, with Varun Aaron being singled out for special praise by Australian cricketers. They feel the youngster's biggest assets - pace and bounce - have troubled the visitors on previous tours Down Under.
'Million Dollar Bat' offers Americans a dream chance to join IPL
When Rinku Singh won the Million Dollar Arm show in 2008, the Indians' 'Great American Dream' of playing professional baseball became a reality and now the promoters of that very contest want Americans to realise the 'Great Indian Dream' of playing in cash-rich Indian Premier League T20 cricket tournament.
Harbhajan targets return to Team India for 2015 World Cup
Fresh from leading Punjab to the runners up finish in the Vijay Hazare One-Day tournament, out-of-favour Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh is happy with his own showing in the domestic circuit and is keen to make a comeback into the Indian team for the 50-overs World Cup next year.
Fast bowlers rush to Abbott's defence after Hughes blow
As the global cricket community prays for Australia cricketer Phillip Hughes' recovery from a severe head injury, fast bowlers rushed to the defence of Sean Abbott, whose short-pitched ball struck the batsman and left him fighting for his life.
PCB to seek proper feedback on Aamir's return to cricket
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan has made it clear that he would seek proper feedback before taking any decision on banned pacer Mohammad Aamir's return to the national team.
Batsmen always face an element of risk: Lara
The injury that left Australian batsman Phillip Hughes in a critical condition in hospital was a "rare" event but a reminder that cricket has always been a dangerous sport, West Indies batting great Brian Lara said on Wednesday.
Older model helmet did Hughes in, claims manufacturer
Australia cricketer Phillip Hughes was wearing an older model helmet when he suffered a serious head injury on Tuesday and the latest version released about a year ago might have offered better protection, the equipment manufacturer has said.
Australia batsman Hughes continues to fight for life
Australia cricketer Phillip Hughes remains in an induced coma after undergoing emergency surgery on Tuesday when he was struck in the head by a bouncer, a devastating blow that experts likened to the trauma experienced by car crash victims.
November 25, 2014
Tendulkar's autobiography crosses a record 200,000 copies
Sachin Tendulkar's autobiography Playing It My Way saw its launch in the national capital today as the event celebrated the book's crossing a record 200,000 copies.
Karnataka thrash Punjab by 156 runs, defend Vijay Hazare title
Karnataka defended their title in grand style after their top-order led by centurion Mayank Agarwal rose to the occasion to crush a hapless Punjab by 156 runs in the Vijay Hazare one-day tournament final in Ahmedabad on Tuesday.
'Why is BCCI afraid of making Mudgal report public?'
The Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) on Tuesday urged the Supreme Court to make public the findings of the Justice Mukul Mudgal Commission, which probed the spot-fixing and betting scandal in the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League in 2013.
Meiyappan's role in IPL scam is like insider trading: SC
The Supreme Court on Tuesday said Narayanaswami Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan's role in the Indian Premier League betting and spot-fixing scandal seems like "insider trading" and agreed to hear a plea to make public the names of cricketers who were mentioned in the Justice Mudgal Committee report.
10 critical injuries on the cricket field
Injuries of varying proportions have occurred on the cricket field, some fatal while others life altering. gives you a lowdown of 10 most critical injuries in cricket.
Shocked players to be counselled following Hughes's nasty head blow
Traumatised players from the New South Wales and South Australia teams are being offered counselling after batsman Phillip Hughes was taken to hospital following a shocking head injury that needed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and surgery.
Profile: Decoding the headstrong maverick that's Phil Hughes
A pugnacious left-hander brimming with self-confidence, he has been in an out of the Australian national team for the past five years.
Cricket world in shock over Phil Hughes's head injury
Australian sport was reeling in shock after Phillip Hughes suffered a serious head injury while batting in a domestic cricket match on Tuesday.
Indian batsmen sparkle in drawn match vs Cricket Australia XI
India's Australia tour started on a positive note, following a commendable all-round display against Cricket Australia XI, as the two-day practice match ended in a draw in Adelaide on Tuesday.
Australia's Hughes 'critical'; undergoes surgery after bouncer blow to head
Australia batsman Phillip Hughes remained in critical condition in a Sydney hospital on Tuesday after undergoing emergency surgery for a sickening head injury sustained when struck by a ball during a domestic match.
Vettori could make surprise return for NZ
Former New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori could make a surprise return to the Test arena as coach Mike Hesson considers taking three spinners into the deciding clash with Pakistan in Sharjah which starts on Wednesday.
Captain Clarke set to miss 1st Test versus India
A bizarre standoff between Michael Clarke and selectors over the Australia captain's hopes of playing the first Test against India next week remained unresolved on Tuesday after the nation's cricket board dug in its heels.
November 24, 2014
I am financing Verma's petition against Srinivasan: Modi
Suspended IPL commissioner Lalit Modi has created a flutter by claiming that he was financing Aditya Verma's petition against BCCI President-in-exile N
Don't go by the report that you are not involved, SC tells Srinivasan
Putting a spanner on Narayanaswami Srinivasan's bid to get reinstated as president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, the Supreme Court on Monday said it will look into the 'conflict of interest' issue arising from him being head of the board and owning an IPL team whose official was found to be involved in betting.
ICC lauds Harbhajan for 'adapting action and bowling legally'
ICC CEO David Richardson lauded Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh for correcting his bowling action after being called twice in his career and making it absolutely legal, insisting that there's no conspiracy in the timing on the crackdown of illegal actions.
How ICC plans to keep match-fixers away from 2015 World Cup
Promising a corruption-free World Cup, the International Cricket Council on Monday said it has struck partnerships with law enforcement agencies in Australia and New Zealand in its endeavour to prevent bookies from associating with the players.
Amir's return to cricket will take some time, says ICC
Acknowledging the receipt of Pakistan Cricket Board's request letter for tainted pacer Mohammad Amir's early return to cricket, International Cricket Council chief executive officer Dave Richardson on Monday said that the international body has taken note of the issue but the matter will take some time to get resolved.
Tendulkar refuses comment on Mudgal Committee report
Sachin Tendulkar refused to comment on the findings of Justice Mudgal Committee report which probed into the spot-fixing and betting scandal in the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League in 2013, saying that it would be improper for him to say anything on the issue as Supreme Court is hearing the case.
SC slams Srinivasan for conflict of interest in IPL, says it is serious issue
The Supreme Court on Monday slammed the Board of Control for Cricket in India over the spot-fixing scandal in the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League and also questioned the return of Narayanswami Srinivasan as its president.
ODI Rankings: Kohli at No 2, Bhuvneshwar moves up to 7th
Top India batsman Virat Kohli has maintained his second position in the latest ICC batsmen rankings while medium pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar has moved up a place to be seventh in the bowlers' standings.
Aaron impresses as India make bright start in tour match vs CA XI
India's fast bowlers led by Varun Aaron made full use of the seamer-friendly conditions, as they dismissed an inexperienced Cricket Australia XI for 219 on Day 1 of their opening two-day warm-up match in Adelaide, on Monday.
Clarke in team for first Test vs India, but must prove fitness
Australia have named Michael Clarke in a 12-man squad for the first Test against India starting in Brisbane next week, but the hamstrung captain must prove his fitness in a tour match starting on Friday.
November 23, 2014
Karnataka pip Bengal to set up title clash with Punjab
Abhimanyu Mithun's brilliant bowling at death enabled defending champions Karnataka to edge out Bengal by six runs in a thrilling semi-final of the National One Day Championship for the Vijay Hazare Trophy, in Ahmedabad.
Australia topples India from number one ODI ranking
Australia dethroned India from the top position of the Reliance ICC ODI Team Rankings after its 4-1 victory over South Africa in the five-match series which concluded in Sydney.
Rasool aims to secure a place in World Cup squad
Jammu and Kashmir's star cricketer Parvez Rasool says he his immediate target is to earn a berth in the Indian team for next year's ODI World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
Australia scramble to victory, reclaim number one ranking
Australia scrambled over the line for a two-wicket victory in the fifth one-day international against South Africa on Sunday to move back to the top of the world rankings less than three months before the World Cup.
We should be allowed back: Asif
Disgraced Pakistan pacer Mohammad Asif is anguished and disappointed that some former cricketers are against the idea of letting players banned for spot-fixing return to the game after being reformed and rehabilitated.
When burnt out Haddin thought of quitting
He could be leading Australia against India in the upcoming Test series if Michael Clarke fails to recover in time from injury but Brad Haddin himself felt so drained physically and mentally not too long back that he contemplated quitting cricket.
Sydney club declare at 17-0 to give Aus captain Clarke batting time
Michael Clarke's Sydney cricket club is being probed for declaring at 17-0 during a local game on Sunday and claiming it was to boost the injured Australian captain's chances of batting time before the first Test against India next month.
Aus not as good as it used to be, India have a chance to win: Azhar
India's stand-in-captain Virat Kohli is facing baptism by fire in the first Test against Australia in Brisbane next month, but former Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin feels the result of this one match should not be the basis for passing a judgement on his leadership skills.
Team mates will determine success of my captaincy: Kohli
Virat Kohli says his team mates will determine the success or otherwise of his captaincy when he takes charge of India in place of Mahendra Singh Dhoni for the first Test against Australia next month.
November 22, 2014
'I am not happy with India's schedule ahead of the first Test'
Not really impressed with the preparation that India will have going into the Test series against Australia, former captain Sourav Ganguly has said a couple of two-day practice games are just not enough.
'I have no doubt that India will defend the World Cup title'
For batting legend VVS Laxman there are no clear favourites for next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, but he feels India will surely enjoy an "advantage" having spent a considerable amount of time Down Under before the mega-event.
We've got to stop airing our laundry in public: Lara
Sympathising with the West Indies players for their India tour pull-out after a fallout with the West Indies Cricket Board, Brian Lara said that communication between the players' and the board is key and it's time to stop making internal issues a public matter.
In Clarke's absence, Steve Smith must lead against India, say Aussie greats
As serious doubts remain over Michael Clarke's participation in the first Test against India, Steven Smith is being seen by many as a front-runner to lead Australia in the regular skipper's absence.
November 21, 2014
BCCI awards: Vengsarkar, Bhuvneshwar and Rohit Sharma honoured
Dilip Vengsarkar has received the prestigious BCCI-instituted Col. C K Nayudu Lifetime achievement award for his contribution to Indian cricket.
Sangakkara asked to review retirement: Reports
Sri Lankan veteran Kumar Sangakkara has been asked to review his retirement plans after he had told national selectors in April of hanging up his boots post the 2015 World Cup in Australia.
Pakistan hold firm to draw second Test
A defiant fifth-wicket stand of 74 between Younis Khan and Asad Shafiq ensured Pakistan secured a draw in the second Test against New Zealand on Friday to maintain a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
Priority in Australia is to be positive and aggressive: Kohli
Virat Kohli is a confident man ahead of his first match as India's Test captain. On the eve of the Indian squad's departure for Australia on Friday, he declared that his players are mentally ready to cope with whatever comes their way Down Under.
When Laxman was bowled at MCG by Modi's speech
The Australians found it difficult to breach VVS Laxman's defence during his playing days but on the same soil, it was Narendra Modi's speech that 'bowled' him over and he is confident that young India will achieve success under the Prime Minister's able leadership.
Srinivasan seeks reinstatement as BCCI President
N Srinivasan moved the Supreme Court seeking his reinstatement as BCCI President contending that there was "absolutely nothing" in the Justice Mukul Mudgal Committee report "incriminating" him in the IPL6 scam.
'Team India not among front-runners for 2015 World Cup'
Title holders India are not among the front-runners to win the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, feels former Black Caps captain Stephen Fleming.
Manish Pandey steers Karnataka to Hazare Trophy semis
Manish Pandey continued his good form in the limited-overs' format, scoring an unbeaten 99 as defending champions Karnataka beat Mumbai by four wickets to enter the semi-finals of the National One-Day Championship, for the Vijay Hazare Trophy, in Vadodara, on Friday.
Steve Smith hundred takes Australia past South Africa in 4th ODI
Steve Smith smashed a brilliant century to lead Australia to a series-clinching three-wicket win over South Africa in their fourth one-day international on Friday. Smith hit a career-best ODI total of 104 from 112 deliveries as the Australians passed South Africa's 267-8 with six balls to spare at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
IN PIX: Rohit Sharma celebrates record 264 with cricketers, Bollywood stars
ROhit Sharma recently threw a party to celebrate his record ODI knock. His teammates form the Indian national team, Mumbai Ranji team and a few Bollywood celebrities were seen in attendance.
Royal Challengers Bangalore acquire Abdulla in IPL trading window
Royal Challengers Bangalore have acquired Iqbal Abdulla from Rajasthan Royals as a part of the first Indian Premier League trading window, which was opened on October 6.
Early team selection just for marketing reasons: Mark Waugh
Australia selector Mark Waugh refreshingly candid departure from sport media-speak when he let slip that Cricket Australia wanted their Test team selected early for 'marketing reasons' has been swiftly rebuffed by the governing body on Friday.
Anushka and I not hiding anything, says Virat Kohli
They have reportedly been seeing each other for quite a while now, but both managed to keep their relationship under wraps. Now, it seems, India's star batsman Virat Kohli and Bollywood actress Anuskha Sharma have finally decided to come out in the open and make their affair public.
November 20, 2014
Brilliant Manoj takes Bengal to Hazare semi-finals, Odisha win
Manoj Tiwary's belligerent 101-ball 130 followed by seamer Veer Pratap Singh's six-wicket haul enabled Bengal to beat a spirited Vidarbha by 17 runs and enter the semi-finals of the Vijay Hazare Trophy. Odisha also booked a last four berth.
Sarfraz, spinners haul Pakistan back against Kiwis
Sarfraz Ahmed struck a defiant century before Pakistan's spinners wrecked New Zealand's top and middle order to leave the second Test in Dubai nicely poised on Thursday. New Zealand had reduced Pakistan to 287 for eight and appeared on course for a healthy first innings lead, but Sarfraz (112) added 81 runs for the last wicket with Rahat Ali to dash their hopes.
'BCCI conveniently bends the rules to suit itself'
Former cricketer turned MP Kirti Azad tells's that Srinivasan is equally responsible for the mess, even if he not involved.
ODI Rankings: India continues to top table; Kohli No 2
India retained the No 1 spot in the latest Reliance ODI team rankings while Virat Kohli maintained the number two position with skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni static at the seventh place in the batting chart released in Dubai.
Clarke 'hopeful' for first India Test
Australia are hopeful that captain Michael Clarke will be available for next month's first Test against India despite a recurrence of his hamstring injury, physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said on Thursday.
November 19, 2014
India Women thrash SA eves by an innings and 34 runs
Harmanpreet Kaur ended with match figures of nine for 85 as India women thrashed their South Africa counterparts by an innings and 34 runs on the fourth and final day of the one-off Test match in Mysore.
Pak seeks review of Aamir ban, shoots letter to ICC
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has officially sent a letter to its international counterpart asking them to review the ban on Mohammad Aamir in light of the revision in the anti-corruption code of the world body.
New Zealand peg back Pakistan with late wickets
Younis Khan and Azhar Ali featured in a century-plus stand to prop up Pakistan but New Zealand claimed three wickets in the final session to stay ahead in the second Test in Dubai on Wednesday.
Will Australia captain Clarke recover in time for India Tests?
Australia captain Michael Clarke, who is struggling with his hamstring injury, could be fit in time for the upcoming four Tests against India starting December 4, with reports surfacing that the batsman may not
Pawar-led MCA on sticky wicket after Srinivasan reprieve
Three powerful associations of the Board of Control for Cricket in India -- Mumbai, Vidarbha and Punjab - which regularly host Tests matches are likely to face the heat from the ruling group of the Board in the wake of the Supreme Court-appointed Justice Mudgal Committee giving a clean chit to Narayanaswami Srinivasan in the IPL 6 corruption probe.
Finch drives Australia to victory over South Africa
Australia's Aaron Finch hit his fifth one-day international century to drive the hosts to a 73-run victory over South Africa in Canberra on Wednesday and a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.
Raina completes PM Modi's Swacch Bharat Challenge
The left-hander nominated nine people, including his Uttar Pradesh teammates Praveen Kumar, RP Singh, Piyush Chawla, India hockey goalkeeper P R Sreejesh, Board of Control for Cricket in India vice-president Rajeev Shukla, singers Shreya Ghosal and Sonu Nigam to take forward the Challenge and urged them to continue the campaign.
Latest on BCCI elections: Dalmiya extends support to Srinivasan
In what would come as a shot in the arm for N Srinivasan, Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) President Jagmohan Dalmiya has extended East Zone's support to the embattled BCCI President, who is seeking a third term as the Board chief, by signing the nomination papers for the December 17 elections.
'Ishant will be the leader of bowling department'
Team India manager Arshad Ayub, speaking exclusively to's , says he won't be surprised if India does well on the upcoming tour of Australia.
Srinivasan is not a tainted person, says BCCI
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) tood firmly behind its embattled president-in-exile Narayanaswami Srinivasan, who is also chairman of the International Cricket Council.
November 18, 2014
'Srinivasan should answer why he did not act on betting issue'
Sunil Gavaskar has hit out at Gurunath Meiyyapan, son-in-law of ICC President N Srinivasan, over his involvement in betting and also questioned the Tamil Nadu strongman's silence in the whole spot-fixing and betting issue.
India Women close in on victory against SA
India Women inched closer to victory as they bundled out their South African counterparts for a meagre 234 and then reduced them to 83 for six after forcing a follow-on on day three of the one-off Test match in Mysore.
'I told the Prime Minister that you are holding the right trophy'
Speaking about the forthcoming India's tour of Australia, the legendary Sunil Gavaskar has admitted that he felt that the Indian team would face a very tough time.
Pakistan lose openers early against New Zealand
New Zealand's batting tail wagged to take them to 403 in their first innings before they returned to dismiss Pakistan's openers on the second day of the second Test in Dubai on Tuesday.
Sehwag, Gambhir tell North Zone not to consider them for selection
Veterans Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir's prospects of making an India comeback are all but over as the celebrated opening duo stayed away from selection in the 15-member North Zone squad for the Deodhar Trophy.
BCCI backs Srinivasan, Raman; fixes AGM for December 17
The Board of Control for Cricket in India, on Tuesday, decided to hold its much-delayed Annual General Meeting on December 17 even as it stood firmly behind embattled president-in-exile N Srinivasan after he was cleared of IPL fixing charges by the Supreme Court-appointed probe committee.
Dhoni goes bat-shopping in Meerut
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is making himself battle-ready for the upcoming tour of Australia and the Indian skipper was seen spending long hours selecting bats in Meerut.
Dhoni's stand on Meiyappan contradicted by Mudgal report
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's stand that Gurunath Meiyappan was a "mere cricket enthusiast" supporting Chennai Super Kings has been
Vengsarkar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar to get top BCCI awards
Former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar will be conferred the Col. C.K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement award at the eighth annual BCCI awards, on November 21 in Mumbai.
Proteas paceman Steyn says Clarke rivalry blown out of proportion
South African paceman Dale Steyn played down his rift with Australia captain Michael Clarke on Tuesday, saying their supposed feud had been "a bit silly".
Watson on Clarke's fitness: 'Everyone's got their fingers crossed'
Shane Watson would be honoured to stand in for Michael Clarke as Test skipper against India next month even if he thinks it's increasingly unlikely that Australia will need a caretaker captain.
November 17, 2014
ICC ODI rankings: Kohli up to second after exploits against Lanka
Following his impressive batting show in India's 5-0 series win over Sri Lanka, where he was named the man of the series, Virat Kohli has moved to second place in the ICC ODI Rankings for batsmen.
BCCI's working committee to meet in Chennai as Srinivasan eyes return
The all powerful working committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India will meet in Chennai on Tuesday to discuss the Mudgal Committe report and decide on a new date for its upcoming Annual General Meeting.
Latham's second successive ton gives Kiwis strong start vs Pakistan
Opener Tom Latham struck his second consecutive hundred to keep New Zealand on course for a big first-innings total on the opening day of the second Test against Pakistan on Monday. Opting to bat first after winning the toss at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, the visitors, trailing 1-0 in the three-Test series, reached 243 for three wickets at the close.
Why Srinivasan was cleared, and Meiyappan, Kundra indicted
Narayanaswami Srinivasan was on Monday cleared of match-fixing and scuttling the probe into it that followed the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League, but the findings of the Justice Mudgal Committee have left Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals exposed, as their respective officials, Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra, were indicted of illegal betting.
England team set for hectic South Africa tour next season
England will play four Tests, five One-Day Internationals and two Twenty20 matches on a 10-week tour of South Africa during the 2015/16 summer season.
'Don't think field restriction can be a factor in Australia'
India's stand-in-captain Virat Kohli feels that present field restriction rule is an advantage for batsmen only when they are playing in the sub-continent and it will be a completely different ball game during World Cup in Australia, next year.
Srinivasan cleared of match-fixing, scuttling IPL probe
The Justice Mudgal Committee, appointed to probe the spot-fixing and betting scandal in the sixth edition of Indian Premier League, has cleared Board of Control for Cricket in India president-in-exile Narayanaswami Srinivasan of match-fixing charges and scuttling the investigations that followed the episode.
Will Axar's all-round show against SL get him the nod for World Cup?
Impressed with rookie Axar Patel's all-round performance in the One-Day International series against Sri Lanka, India's stand-in skipper Virat Kohli has hinted that the left-arm spinner could be preferred in the side for next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
Lanka captain Mathews sees positives despite the whitewash
Following a massive thrashing at the hands of India in the just concluded One-Day International series, Sri Lanka want to flush the disappointment out of their system as soon as possible, said skipper Angelo Mathews, insisting that there are some positives to take home despite the 0-5 drubbing.
Captain Kohli 'satisfied', wants more intensity after SL whitewash
Elated after India's decimation of Sri Lanka in the just-concluded One-Day Internationals, stand-in skipper Virat Kohli said the biggest takeaway from the hurriedly-arranged series has been the positive and aggressive attitude that his team displayed all through.
Who will replace Australian captain Clarke?
Michael Clarke's fitness for the Test series against India fading fast.
South Africa series: Cummins called up, Johnson rested
Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins has been called into the squad for the remainder of the One-day series against South Africa to give Mitchell Johnson time to rest up before next month's Test series against India.
Stats: Captain Kohli, Rayudu sizzle in run chase
Take a look at the statistical highlights of the fifth ODI between India and Sri Lanka.
November 16, 2014
Kohli demands more application from batsmen
After he powered India to a clean sweep over Sr Lanka with an unbeaten ton, Virat Kohli said he was a "little worried and annoyed" when his batsmen were throwing away their wickets and demanded more application from them.
India consolidates No 1 ranking in ICC ODI list
World champions India have consolidated their top rank on the ICC ODI Team Rankings after sweeping the series against Sri Lanka, which concluded in Ranchi on Sunday.
Kohli's unbeaten hundred helps India complete 5-0 series sweep
Virat Kohli led from the front with a gritty unbeaten century as a dominant India completed a resounding 5-0 whitewash over Sri Lanka by winning the fifth and final One-day International by three wickets in Ranchi on Sunday.
Kamini, Poonam tons steer India Women to 211/1 on day 1
Thirush Kamini and Poonam Raut scored unbeaten centuries to take India Women to a commanding 211 for one against South Africa Women at the end of the first day's play in the one-off Test match in Mysore.
Australia's youngest Test captain Ian Craig dies at 79
Ian Craig, Australia's youngest Test cricket captain, has died aged 79, Cricket Australia said.
Australia selector backs Clarke to be fit for first Test
Australia's chief of selectors Rod Marsh has backed captain Michael Clarke to recover from a hamstring strain and be fit for the first test against India next month.
Morkel inspires South Africa to level ODI series
South Africa paceman Morne Morkel thrived on a fast WACA pitch to capture five wickets but the tourists made hard work of a three-wicket victory over Australia in the second one-day international in Perth on Sunday.
Srinivasan committed contempt of court: Verma
Aditya Verma, the petitioner in the IPL spot-fixing scandal, has claimed that BCCI's President-in-exile N Srinivasan committed contempt of court by attending the Asian Cricket Council meeting.
Australia spinner Doherty to be called up for third ODI
Xavier Doherty will be called into Australia's squad for the third One-Day match against South Africa in Canberra, the spinner told reporters on Sunday.
'Boy, did Sachin not tell the world how to play the game?'
Former India spinner Maninder Singh looks back on Sachin Tendulkar's debut Test in conversation with .
November 15, 2014
Vijay Hazare Trophy: Bengal beat Assam; Odisha enter knockouts
Already assured of a place in the knock-out stage, Bengal rode on opener Shreevats Goswami's fluent 133 to beat Assam by 18 runs in a high-scoring East Zone match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy, in Kolkata on Saturday.
Australia, South Africa fined for slow over-rates
Australia and South Africa have been fined for maintaining slow over-rates during their first One-day International at the WACA.
BCCI calls Emergent WC meeting on Tuesday
The BCCI has called an Emergent Working Committee Meeting on November 18 to discuss the scheduling of its Annual General Meeting which has been postponed by four weeks after President-in-exile N Srinivasan was named by the Supreme Court in the IPL spot-fixing scandal.
Sofia Hayat poses nude to celebrate Rohit Sharma's record
British model Sofia Hayat gave a rather prompt reaction on Thursday as Rohit Sharma made history with a scintillating 264, the highest individual score in One-Day Internationals against Sri Lanka at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
Ranchi ODI: Dhoni's no show keeps fans away
With Ranchi's famous son Mahendra Singh Dhoni out of action with an injury, the buzz is missing ahead of the fifth and final ODI between India and Sri Lanka in Ranchi on Sunday.
Injured Clarke ruled out of South Africa ODIs
Australia captain Michael Clarke will miss rest of the One-day international series against South Africa with a hamstring injury, the country's cricket board (CA) said on Saturday.
'Team India has the best seam attack going into Australia'
Pace attack may be seen as India's perennial problem overseas but it would be a thing of past come Australia series beginning next month, feels assistant coach Sanjay Bangar.
Suresh Raina rested for final ODI vs Sri Lanka in Ranchi
With the series already in pocket, the Indian team management has decided to rest senior batsman Suresh Raina for the fifth and final ODI in Ranchi on Sunday.
On this day....25 years ago, Sachin Tendulkar made his debut
Having made his Test debut on November 15, 1989, Sachin Tendulkar went on to dominate the cricketing world in the next two deacdes, etched his name repeatedly in the record books and left behind a lasting legacy.
Never been interviewed by Mudgal Commission: Owais Shah
Former England batsman Owais Shah, who was inadvertently named during a Supreme Court hearing in the IPL spot-fixing enquiry, has denied having ever been summoned by the probe commission headed by Justice Mukul Mudgal.
Dominant India aim for clean sweep against lacklustre Sri Lanka
Having decimated the opposition with clinical precision in all four matches, India will be aiming to complete a clean sweep when they take on a struggling Sri Lanka in the fifth and final cricket one-dayer in Ranchi on Sunday.
November 14, 2014
All named in Mudgal report should be locked up, says Lalit Modi
With Supreme Court on Friday naming four individuals in the Mudgal Committee report for betting and spot-fixing in the sixth edition of Indian Premier League, former cricketers and administrators gave a big thumbs up to the latest development.
I see a bit of myself in Kohli, says Shastri
With India playing with a new-found spunk under stand-in skipper Virat Kohli, team director Ravi Shastri on Friday said he sees a bit of himself in the flamboyant Delhi batsman.
Pujara hits fifty to guide Saurashtra to victory in Vijay Hazare Trophy
Skipper Suryakumar Yadav overshadowed young Shreyas Iyer, who struck his maiden first-class ton, with a 45-ball unbeaten 81 as the duo guided Mumbai to a comfortable seven-wicket victory over Gujarat in the West Zone match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy in Ahmedabad, on Friday.
SC verdict will make things clear: Gavaskar
Preferring to play safe, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar said that the whole IPL spot-fixing saga will become clear once the Supreme Court verdict is out in the open.
Manohar slams BCCI for AGM postponement
Former Board of Control for Cricket in India president Shashank Manohar questioned Board's decision to postpone the Annual General Body Meeting, scheduled for November 20, saying it was against the constitution of the cricket body.
Australia fend off South Africa by 32 runs in first ODI
Paceman Nathan Coulter-Nile took four wickets to fire Australia to a 32-run victory over South Africa in the first one-day international in Perth on Friday.
IPL spot-fixing: Court to hear arguments on charges from Dec 8
A Delhi court on Friday fixed December 8 for commencement of arguments on framing of charges in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal case in which suspended cricketers Shantakumaran Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila, Ankeet Chavan and others, including underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, have been charge-sheeted.
SC says Srinivasan, Sundar Raman, Kundra in Mudgal report
The Supreme Court, which took up the Mudgal committee report on IPL-6 betting and spot-fixing scandal on Friday, has revealed seven of the 13 names being probed.
Australia captain Clarke re-injures hamstring
Australia captain Michael Clarke has re-injured his hamstring and will take no further part in Friday's one-day match against South Africa, governing body Cricket Australia said.
Australia paceman Johnson is ICC Cricketer of the Year
Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has matched compatriot Ricky Ponting's feat of winning the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Cricketer of the Year award twice, the governing body said on Friday.
Australia's Haddin in race to be fit for India Test
Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin is in a race to be fit for the Test series against India after being ruled out of Australia's One-Day series against South Africa.
Dhoni leads praise as congratulations pour in for Rohit's 'sheer class'
The cricketing world on Thursday gave Indian batsman Rohit Sharma's outstanding knock of 264 against Sri Lanka a standing ovation, with the Mumbai lad's innings propelling his team to a 153-run win.
Stats: Records galore for Rohit Sharma
Take a look at the statistical highlights of the fourth ODI in Kolkata on Thursday.
Ranatunga blames Jayasuriya, Attapattu and poor planning for SL's ODI failure!
Refusing to blame the players for the debacle in the ongoing One-Day series in India, former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga said the country's administrators are responsible for the fiasco which has also disturbed the team's World Cup preparations.
I probably need to work harder from here on: Rohit
Despite scoring a world record 264 in India's 153-run victory over Sri Lanka in the fourth One-Day International at the Eden Gardens on Thursday, Rohit Sharma feels he still has a lot more to achieve in the game. An odd failure, he insists, will not check his progress.
November 13, 2014
Rohit's record won't be broken anytime soon: Kohli
Virat Kohli is a fan of Rohit Sharma's batting and the India captain feels his teammate's record-breaking ODI score of 264 against Sri Lanka will not be surpassed anytime soon.
Rohit rocks at Eden as India humble Sri Lanka again
Rohit Sharma blazed his way to a record-breaking knock of 264 as India trounced Sri Lanka by 153 runs in the fourth One-day International to take a 4-0 lead in the five-match series, at the Eden Gardens, in Kolkata, on Thursday. The Mumbai right-hander launched an all-out assault on the Lankan bowling as a result of which India amassed a mammoth 404 for five while batting first. In reply, the islanders were dismissed for 251 in 43.1 overs.
Prior commitments force Tendulkar out of PM's trip to Aus
Sachin Tendulkar was invited by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be part of his official delegation for the Australia tour later this month, but the cricket icon has expressed his inability to make the trip due to prior commitments.
'Can't believe Rohit didn't make a triple century'
The cricketing world heaped rich praise on Rohit Sharma after he smashed a record ODI score of 264 in India's fourth game of the five-match series against Sri Lanka.
IN PHOTOS: Rohit Sharma sets Eden ablaze with majestic double!
Rohit Sharma registered the highest score in One-Day Internationals and also became the first in the history of cricket to hit two double centuries in the 50-overs' format in the fourth ODI against Sri Lanka, at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
The highest individual knocks in One-day internationals
Rohit Sharma made history on Thursday with a scintillating 264, the highest individual ODI score, as India amassed 404 for five in the fourth one-dayer against Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Take a look the ten best scores in ODIs
Congratulate Rohit Sharma on his world record 264!
Rohit Sharma made an sensational return from injury on Thursday, scoring a world record 264, off just 173 balls, in the fourth One-Day International against Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Congratulate him.
Pakistan's Hafeez reported for suspect action
Mohammad Hafeez has become the latest off-spinner to be reported for a suspect bowling action, the International Cricket Council said on Thursday.
Rohit first to hit two ODI double centuries with record score
Rohit Sharma became the first batsman in the history of cricket to hit a world record second double century in One-Day Internationals. He got to the coveted landmark off 151 balls in grand style, having hit 26 fours and five sixes, in the 46th over of India's innings in the fourth ODI against Sri Lanka in Kolkata on Thursday.
Pakistan crush New Zealand in Abu Dhabi first Test
Pakistan continued to dominate at their adopted home in the United Arab Emirates by defeating New Zealand by 248 runs in the opening Test of the three-match series in Abu Dhabi on Thursday. Starting the day needing two wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the series, Pakistan, who are forced to host matches in the UAE due to security concerns back home, dismissed the visitors for 231 in the second innings on the fifth morning.
'Smart preparation is formula for performing well overseas'
Performing well overseas should be India's top priority and the Test squad needs 'smart preparation' every time they embark on a tour, according to former India batsman VVS Laxman.
Aus paceman Siddle targets Kohli as mind games begin
Australia paceman Peter Siddle has wasted little time throwing a psychological dagger at India's stand-in skipper Virat Kohli, saying the batsman could expect a harsh reception from players and fans on tour Down Under.
Meet the Ambassadors for 2015 cricket World Cup
India's Virat Kohli joins an elite list of star Ambassadors to provide neccessary support in the build-up to the ICC 2015 World Cup to be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand between February and March.
World Cup pitches will not be conducive to spin bowling, says Hussey
Back on their favoured quick and bouncy pitches, Australia's failings against spin bowling are unlikely to figure at the World Cup and the co-hosts have an excellent opportunity to win a fifth trophy, according to former batsman Mike Hussey.
Feast for fans of raw pace as Australia host South Africa
The series should get off to an explosive start when quicks Mitchell Johnson and Dale Steyn face off.
Cricket Buzz: Gayle returns to Windies squad for South Africa tour
Hard-hitting left-hander Chris Gayle will return to the West Indies squad for their tour of South Africa after recovering from a back injury.
The 'miracle diet' that made Shane Watson 'less grumpy'!
Australia all-rounder Shane Watson has revealed a controversial new low-carb routine that has helped him lose weight and become less grumpy.
November 12, 2014
Don't judge Kohli on basis of one Test, says Dravid
Former India captain Rahul Dravid feels that it won't be fair to judge Virat Kohli on the basis of one Test match that he will be leading India against Australia in Brisbane as Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be back in the saddle by the time second Test begins.
VVS Laxman's Pataudi Lecture: Full Text
The full text of the speech delivered by VVS Laxman at the Pataudi Memorial Lecture in Kolkata.
Day-Night games won't be bad for Test format: VVS Laxman
With the threat of Twenty20 cricket eating into the share of the five-day formats, former India middle order batsman VVS Laxman said that it's high time that they bring in new innovation like introduction of day/night matches to sustain the legacy of Test cricket.
Gambhir, Sehwag finally find form as Delhi down Haryana
India discards Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag finally got back among the runs as the duo struck fluent half-centuries to help Delhi outclass Haryana by three wickets in the North Zone leg of the Vijay Hazare One Day Tournament, in Dharamsala, on Wednesday.
Lot of on-field enthusiasm is for cameras: Bedi
Not exactly a fan of exuberant celebrations on the cricket field, former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi says the players' display of emotion and enthusiasm these days is mostly for the cameras and cannot be considered gentlemanly.
Kapil ducks Tendulkar's 'disappointing coach' claims
Cricket legend Kapil Dev refused to comment on Sachin Tendulkar's claim that despite being one of the finest Indian all-rounders of all time, the former skipper was disappointing as a coach and said it was the legendary batsman's "personal opinion".
Pakistan on brink of big victory against NZ
Pakistan are two wickets away from a comprehensive victory over New Zealand in the first Test after the tourists slumped to 174-8 in their second innings at stumps on the fourth day in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
Revealed! What Tendulkar liked and disliked in New Zealand
Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar has revealed what he loved and hated during his New Zealand tours in his playing days. Tendulkar claimed that the windy and cold conditions, the food poor, boundaries short and the accent was impossible to master in New Zealand.
Great to have Rohit back; his value for the team is massive: Kohli
Rohit Sharma may have been in and out of the team often during his seven-year career, but India skipper Virat Kohli is of the view that the talented Mumbai batsman could be the X-factor at the 2015 World
Bangladesh openers compile record stand vs Zimbabwe
Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes set a new record opening partnership for Bangladesh when the left-handed duo added 224 for the first wicket in the third Test against Zimbabwe at Chittagong on Wednesday.
Despite 3-0 lead, Kohli to go hard against Sri Lanka in last two ODIs
India has taken an unassailable lead in the One-Day International series against Sri Lanka, but skipper Virat Kohli insists his team will not let the intensity slip in the last two matches.
ICC ODI rankings: Kohli, Dhawan among top five, Dhoni down a rung
Two Indian batsmen are now in the top five of the ICC ODI rankings, with Virat Kohli remaining at number three and opener Shikhar Dhawan climbing up the ladder to fifth after earning four places in the latest list issued on Wednesday.
No hate but plenty of fire in South Africa rivalry: Johnson
It's probably going to be fiery again but we want to play the best cricket we can.
Ruthless India aim to continue winning streak against Sri Lanka
Unchallenged by Sri Lanka so far, India would look to keep the foot on the pedal in their pursuit for a series whitewash when the two teams face off in the fourth and penultimate cricket One-dayer at Eden Gardens on Thursday.
ICC to put umpire communications to air during Aus-SA ODIs
The International Cricket Council confirmed on Wednesday that it will conduct a trial during the forthcoming One-Day International series between Australia and South Africa whereby communication between the on-field and television umpire during decision-making will be available to the host broadcaster, the Nine Network, to put to air.
Exclusive! Coach Jayaraj decodes KL Rahul's meteoric rise
Ever since he saw him bat for the first time, as a tiny 11-year-old at his academy, Mangalore-based Karnataka State Cricket Association coach Samuel Jayaraj knew KL Rahul was destined for bigger things.
'Team India has been playing well and deserves No. 1 ODI ranking'
With three back-to-back series wins, India deserved to be the number one side in the ICC ODI rankings former captain Sourav Ganguly has said.
'Team India is quite capable of retaining the World Cup title'
India's not-so-impressive record Down Under might not place them as favourites to win the 2015 World Cup but former captains Bishan Singh Bedi and Dilip Vengsarkar have strong hopes of the Men in Blue defending the title.
'It is difficult to correct the bowling action as you go along'
With ICC cracking the whip on bowlers with suspect actions, legendary Indian leg-spinner Anil Kumble has said those with illegal actions should be spotted and corrected at an early age.
'The Australian tour will be a hard one for Team India'
Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar has said though the Team India's upcoming Australian tour is likely to be a hard one, it would provide them a good exposure ahead of the upcoming World Cup.
Rahul's dad, a Gavaskar fan, happy son is selected for Aus tour as opener
Dr KN Lokesh basks in the joy of his son Lokesh being named in India's Test squad for the tour of Australia in conversation with's .
November 11, 2014
BCCI flourished in Eden, but hijacked by Tamil Nadu: Bedi
Taking at dig at Indian Cricket Board's president-in-exile N Srinivasan, spin legend Bishan Singh Bedi said it was a mystery to see the BCCI, which was born in Delhi and flourished at the Eden Gardens, being hijacked by Tamil Nadu.
New Zealand in deep trouble despite Latham ton
Tom Latham struck his maiden Test century but New Zealand crumbled to 262 all out, conceding a 304-run first-innings lead as well as control of the first Test to Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.
Shehzad ruled out of remainder of series against NZ
Pakistan suffered another setback in their ongoing 'home' Test series against New Zealand in the UAE with in-form opener Ahmed Shehzad being ruled out of the remaining two matches due to a cheek bone fracture.
Hoping to get some purchase from Eden Gardens strip: Mendis
Hosts India might have outplayed them in the first three ODIs but Sri Lankan team management is keen to include experienced spinner Ajantha Mendis in the playing XI for the fourth ODI scheduled on Thursday.
I am no cricketing God: Tendulkar
Former Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar may be cricketing God for many of his fans but the batting legend has stressed that he is "normal".
Rajasthan shot out for 35! 2nd lowest score in Indian List 'A'
Rajasthan suffered the ignominy of being bowled out for a paltry 35 against Railways in a Central Zone leg match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy, in Nagpur, on Tuesday. Railways needed just 5.3 overs, losing a solitary wicket, to hit up the required runs.
Amre to be Kirsten's deputy at Delhi Daredevils
Former India batsman and Mumbai Ranji Trophy coach Praveen Amre has been roped in by Delhi Daredevils as assistant coach for the upcoming Indian Premier League season. He will replace South Africa's Eric Simons, who was with the franchise for five editions, since 2010.
Huge Indian contingent expected in Adelaide for Indo-Pak WC clash
The South Australian government is expecting around 20,000 Indian travellers for the marquee clash of the 2015 World Cup between India and Pakistan scheduled at the revamped Adelaide Oval on February 15.
Pharrell Williams's 'Happy' is Johnson's secret to success
Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has revealed that he has a song in his head when he takes the ball in his hand to torment helpless batsman and that one is 'Happy' by Pharrell Williams.
'It'll be nice if I can get tips on leg-spin nuances from Warne'
Railways leg-spinner Karn Sharma is ecstatic after his maiden call-up in the Indian Test team and is looking forward towards a chance to meet the legendary leg-spinner Shane Warne during the upcoming Test series against Australia Down Under.
'I think the 50-over game is a superior game to 20-over cricket'
Former Australia captain Allan Border has called for an end to Twenty20 internationals outside the World Cup and hopes the 50-over game will not be allowed to "wither and die".
'There is no point in just writing a book without being honest'
Coming out strongly in support of Sachin Tendulkar, former India cricketer VVS Laxman has said he totally believed in what the iconic batsman had written in his book.
Tainted Salman Butt urges PCB to fight for his case
'For what happened, I have deep regrets and know it was wrong and we have been punished for it. I would request the PCB to now also look at our cases'
November 10, 2014
Scoring runs in Australia gave me tremendous confidence: Naman
Madhya Pradesh wicketkeeper-batsman Naman ojha is "not surprised" by his inclusion in India's 19-member Test squad for the tour of Australia. After all, he's been in his stupendous form with the bat in the past 12 months.
Rahul to prepare for Aus on bouncy tracks
I am planning to practice against the wet tennis balls from 18 yards and also with plastic ball on concrete pitches to reduce my reaction time for strokes, said India's latest batting sensation, Lokesh Rahul.
BCCI receives Windies apology for sudden cancellation of tour
Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Sanjay Patel has informed that the West Indies Cricket Board has sent "an apology letter" for the sudden cancellation of its India tour by their players after an internal payment dispute.
Suspended Ajmal finds himself in Pak's provisional WC squad
Banned off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has been included in Pakistan's provisional World Cup squad of 30 players but it is subject to him clearing the informal biomechanics test in the United Kingdom.
Hope for banned Pak pacer Amir as ICC revise anti-corruption code
The ICC approved its revised anti-corruption code, which makes it possible for a banned player to play domestic cricket before the end of his international ban.
Centurion Shehzad fractures skull in first Test vs New Zealand
Pakistan opener Ahmed Shehzad suffered a fractured skull after being hit by a bouncer during the second day of the first Test against New Zealand on Monday.
Pakistan run-fest leaves Kiwis with mountain to climb
Ahmed Shehzad hit a career-best 176 while Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq struck unbeaten centuries before Pakistan declared their first innings on 566 for 3 wickets in the first Test against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi on Monday.
Viru-Gauti flop show continues; Karn shines for Railways
A summary of the matches in the Vijay Hazare One-day championship.
Naman in squad only for opening Australia Test
Wicketkeeper-batsman Naman Ojha has been named in the squad for India's Test tour of Australia for just one match. He will return after the opening game at Brisbane.
Test squad for Aus: More ain't the merrier!
In a team that mostly includes aggressive stroke-players, the 22-year-old Rahul's fortitude makes him just the right choice. The fact that he played in Australian conditions in recent times, having opened for India 'A', will be an added advantage.
Figure out India's Test squad for Australia
Following Monday's selection, presents the Test career figures of the touring party along with the players' performance against Australia.
KL Rahul, Karn Sharma in 19-man Test squad for Australia
Up-and-coming Karnataka batsman Lokesh Rahul and Uttar Pradesh leg-spinner Karn Sharma were named in India's 19-man Test squad for the tour of Australia, which was announced after the selection committee of the Board for Control of Cricket in India met in Mumbai on Monday morning. Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will miss the opening Test, from December 4, at the Gabba in Brisbane, because of an injury and Virat Kohli will stand in for him.
Day of reckoning as Supreme Court set to take up IPL 6 probe report
The Supreme Court on Monday will take up the final report on the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing scam submitted by a committee headed by Justice (Retired) Mukul Mudgal on November 3.
'Prepared or not, it was always going to be tough in India'
Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews has said the challenge of performance against India in their own backyard was never beyond doubt and that not many teams have won against India in India.
Stats: India's unbeaten run against Sri Lanka and Kohli's record
Statistical highlights of the third cricket One-day international between India and Sri Lanka in Uppal.
'It is difficult to say that I am a certainty for the World Cup'
Umesh Yadav is not taking his Australia berth for granted and is keeping his fingers crossed for the future.
'Voice of cricket' Richie Benaud suffering from skin cancer
Australia captain Richie Benaud, the voice of cricket for millions of television viewers, said he was being treated for skin cancer in his first public appearance in more than a year.
Windies pull out of India tour damaged cricket's integrity: ICC
Terming the controversial pull-out by West Indies midway their India tour as "unacceptable", the ICC has warned players against taking contractual matters into their own hands and hinted that they could be penalized by disallowing them to play in domestic tournaments like IPL if they repeat such acts in future.
Ishant suffering from back stiffness, fitness report awaited
Indian fast bowler Ishant Sharma, who could only bowl four overs in the third ODI against Sri Lanka, is suffering from back stiffness, informed his pace colleague Umesh Yadav.
Tendulkar has earned the right to voice his opinions: Gilchrist
Former Australia wicketkeeper and legendary cricketer Adam Gilchrist has said that India's batting legend Sachin Tendulkar has earned the right to voice his opinions in his new book.
'That was a brilliant performance, given we're one bowler short'
India's stand-in skipper Virat Kohli on Sunday credited his bowlers for the series clinching six-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the third ODI, and said the home team's bowling unit dished out a 'brilliant performance' to restrict the visitors to 242 in Hyderabad.
November 09, 2014
Vijay Hazare Trophy: Mumbai beat Baroda in thriller
Paceman Shardul Thakur and off-spinner Akhil Herwadkar shared six wickets between them as Mumbai eked out a narrow four-run win over Baroda in their West Zone match in the Vijay Hazare trophy, in Ahmedabad on Sunday.
IN PIX: Kohli blows kisses to Anushka Sharma
Dashing Indian stand-in captain, Virat Kohli, picked a very special supporter in the crowd after scoring his half century against Sri Lanka in Hyderabad on Sunday night.
Kohli is fastest to reach 6000 ODI runs milestone
India's star batsman Virat Kohli became the quickest cricketer in history to reach 6000 One-day International run mark.
Clinical India thrash Lanka by 6 wickets, seal series
Clinical India notched up another resounding win to humble a hapless Sri Lankan side by six wickets and clinch the five-match series in the third One-Day International in Hyderabad.
ICC cracks whip on players abandoning international tours
The representatives of ICC Board expressed their deep disappointment at West Indies team's decision of abandoning their India tour mid-way, stating that a repeat of this kind from any team or players may lead cancellation of their T20 contracts with their franchises.
Shehzad hits ton as Pakistan dominate New Zealand on Day 1
Ahmed Shehzad struck his third Test century as Pakistan completely dominated the opening day of the first Test against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi to reach 269 for one and stay on course for a mammoth first-innings total on Sunday.
Jayawardene joins elite company of Tendulkar, Ponting, Jayasuriya
Majestic Mahela Jayawardene joined 12,000 runs club in One-day Internationals.
Calm Cameron White leads Australia to clinch T20 series
Cameron White scored an unbeaten 41 and steered Australia to a dramatic two-wicket victory over South Africa on the penultimate ball of the match to clinch the Twenty20 international series 2-1 on Sunday.
Tendulkar's wand is his willow, not his quill...
At best, an autobiography by a megastar like Sachin Tendulkar tends to be insipid, recounting situations or experiences that have already been documented and shared ... For a person his image and unsurpassable popularity, there was virtually no upside.
Border rakes up Monkeygate row, says CA should've called India's bluff
The furore over the infamous Monkeygate row refuses to die down with former Australian captain Allan Border now saying that Cricket Australia should have called India's bluff instead of letting its own players down.
November 08, 2014
Pakistan roll out spin trap for New Zealand Test series
The leaden-footed Australians found themselves bamboozled by Pakistan's wily spinners and their trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand can expect similar treatment from Misbah-ul-Haq and his men in a three-Test series starting in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
Sehwag, Gambhir and Yuvraj fail in Vijay Hazare Trophy
Virender Sehwag's wretched run in domestic cricket continued as the veteran opener failed to open his account but Delhi did manage to comfortably beat Punjab by four wickets to notch up their maiden win in the North Zone leg of the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
We want to win by big margins and not be casual, says Kohli
Aiming to seal the series against Sri Lanka after two massive victories, India captain Virat Kohli on Saturday said the team wants to win every game possible and adopt a ruthless approach ahead of the World Cup next year.
Australia tour will decide India's World Cup fortunes, says Fleming
Former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming feels India's upcoming tour of Australia next month will determine how the defending champions' campaign pans out in the World Cup next year.
Spinners will play a part at the World Cup, says Tendulkar
Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar picked India as one of the top contenders to win the 50-overs World Cup to be played in Australia-New Zealand next year.
Former president Pawar to attend BCCI AGM after four years
In a significant move, Mumbai Cricket Association's president Sharad Pawar has decided to attend the Board of Control for Cricket in India's Annual General Meeting, scheduled to be held in Chennai on November 20, after a gap of four years.
November 07, 2014
Gag order for Australia curators to prevent fixing at World Cup
Australia's ground curators have been gagged as cricket authorities to clamp down any possibilities of match-fixing during the 50-overs World Cup in Australia and New Zealand next month.
Test cricket will always be at the very top: Tendulkar
Even as he acknowledged that the shortest format of the game has helped players to innovate with their technique, Sachin Tendulkar insisted that Test cricket will reign despite the rising popularity of Twenty20.
DRS must be standardised: Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar feels that there is an urgent need to standardise the technology used for the Decision Review System (DRS) across all formats in international cricket.
Sachin releases book at Lord's, says major sports plan for India in offing
Iconic Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar hinted on Friday that a major proposal on sports, which he has submitted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will be unveiled soon.
Top lawyers back Sachin on skirting match-fixing in book
Sachin Tendulkar may have invited criticism for skirting the match-fixing issue that rocked Indian cricket in 2000 in his autobiography, but eminent lawyers backed the icon, saying it was the "prerogative of a celebrity like him to express himself in a manner he deems fit".
Agarwal blasts 162 as Karnataka demolish Andhra
Mayank Agarwal blasted 162 to help Karnataka demolish Andhra Pradesh in a South Zone match of the Vijay Hazare National One Day Championships in Secunderabad, on Friday.
Royal Challengers Bangalore acquire Bisla in IPL trading window
Royal Challengers Bangalore have acquired Manvinder Bisla from Kolkata Knight Riders in the first Indian Premier League 2015 trading window, which was opened on October 6. Four players have been traded so far in the current window, which is open till December 12.
Faulkner stars as Australia beat South Africa to level T20 series
James Faulkner was the pick of Australia's fast bowlers. He took three wickets as the hosts cruised to a comfortable victory over South Africa at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday to level the three-match Twenty20 series.
Shakib performs rare all-round feat as Bangladesh demolish Zimbabwe
All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan became the third man to hit a hundred and take 10-wickets in the same match as Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe by 162 runs in the second Test to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Zimbabwe, who lost the first Test in Dhaka by three wickets, folded for 151 in their second innings at Khulna as they chased 314 for victory.
Doping ban over, Sangwan ready for comeback
The 24-year-old, who was part of India's World Cup-winning Under-19 team in 2008, was banned for use of a prohibited substance during the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League in 2013.
Revealed! Why Tendulkar never used a lighter bat despite injuries
His heavy bat was a major talking point whenever Sachin Tendulkar battled injuries in his over-two-decade-long career but the iconic cricketer said he was never convinced about giving it up for a lighter one as his timing got affected every time he tried the change.
'After my first innings in Test cricket, I doubted my ability'
International Test debuts can be intimidating and Sachin Tendulkar could not have imagined a tougher one when he padded up against pace legends Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis in 1989 -- the experience leaving him so scarred that he doubted his ability to continue at the highest level.
Ever heard of red and yellow cards in cricket?
Cricket Wellington is reportedly considering introducing rugby-style red and yellow cards as it has become concerned about players' abuse of umpires.
'Things I'm not aware of, it would be unwise to comment on those'
Sachin Tendulkar has shied away from touching on perhaps the darkest phase in Indian cricket -- the match-fixing scandal -- in his autobiography, saying he chose to skirt the issue as it would have been "unwise" to comment on things he was not fully aware of.
'Political animal' Tendulkar slammed by Aus journalist
'Those who know Tendulkar well used to say that Tendulkar loved McEnroe's brain explosions because that was how he sometimes felt himself but he was never bold enough to reveal his inner self to the world.'
Stats: The most successful chases by India against any opponent
Statistical highlights of the second ODI between India and Sri Lanka in Motera.
Guru Greg and the God complex
Chappell, now 66, came to India after a five-year stint as coach of South Australia, where he was noted by the Australian media as exhibiting "fantastic" individual skills, but proving "poor" when it came to group dynamics.
WI board offers BCCI 'mutually agreeable solution' on abandoned tour
The West Indies Cricket Board has asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India to work for a "mutually agreeable solution" over its demand for 26.2 million pounds as compensation for the former's decision to abandon its tour to India.
Multan 2004: When an angry Tendulkar slammed Dravid!
Stranded on 194 when stand-in skipper Rahul Dravid declared the Indian innings in the 2004 Multan Test, Sachin Tendulkar has spoken about the anger and shock he felt by the decision which "did not make any sense".
All-rounders make India a strong contender for World Cup, says Dravid
Former captain Rahul Dravid on Thursday said India are one of the strong contenders for the 2015 World Cup to be played in Australia and New Zealand as the team has the "advantage of playing five bowlers" in a match.
November 06, 2014
Rayudu ends long wait with match-winning century for India
An elated Ambati Rayudu on Thursday said his maiden hundred in international cricket, which helped India crush Sri Lanka in the second One-Day International, will certainly be a "special one" as it took a long time to come.
Ajmal says revised action will be as effective as ever
The Pakistan off-spinner leaves for Britain next week to undergo tests on his new action, having been suspended by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in September following a biomechanical test carried out in Brisbane.
Rayudu's century lifts India to easy victory over SL in second ODI
Ambati Rayudu slammed his maiden hundred as India produced yet another comprehensive batting performance to ease past Sri Lanka by six wickets in the second One-Day International, in Motera, Ahmedabad, on Thursday.
Sehwag and Gambhir fail as J&K stun Delhi in Vijay Hazare trophy
Senior pros Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir failed with the bat as Jammu and Kashmir powered by their skipper Parvez Rasool shocked Delhi by two wickets in the opening match of the North Zone leg of the National One-Day Championship for the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Are McCullum and Clarke better ODI captains than Dhoni?
Stephen Fleming's six-year partnership with Mahendra Singh Dhoni at the Chennai Super Kings has been a successful one but the former New Zealand captain rates countryman Brendon McCullum and Australian Michael Clarke as better captains in One-Day Internationals at the moment.
Australia tour a good preparation for World Cup, says Dhoni
India will launch their World Cup title defence against traditional rivals Pakistan in Adelaide on February 15 and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said his side is capable of adapting and performing in any condition.
When the Robin Singh gamble didn't pay off for captain Tendulkar
Indian batting great, Sachin Tendulkar has shared his frustration on how some of his moves as captain did not pay off but the same strategy clicked when other captains employed it.
Tendulkar comes down heavily on former India coach Kapil Dev
'He did not involve himself in strategic discussions that would help us on the field', Tendulkar claims in his just-released autobiography.
'We closed that chapter immediately', Sachin on Multan Test row
The Multan declaration that snuffed out Sachin Tendulkar's double century in the 2004 Test match had triggered stories of serious differences between skipper Rahul Dravid and the batting maestro, but the two laughed it off as an honest difference in the dressing room.
Tendulkar 'felt humiliated' after being dropped from captaincy
Sharing his anguish on being stripped of the captaincy in 1997, batting legend Sachin Tendulkar has revealed that the "unceremonious" sacking was very "embarrassing" and "humiliating".
Is this the greatest cricket selfie of all time?
While the cricket crazy nations around the world are counting to the World Cup scheduled to be played Down under early next year, four of Australia's greatest cricketers came together to countdown to a 100 days to the mega cricket event.
Is Michael Clarke right man to lead Australia in World Cup?
Australia's three World Cup-winning captains are unified in their belief that under-fire skipper Michael Clarke is the right man to lead the team to a potential fifth tournament victory next March.
Cricket Buzz: England name Ramprakash as batting coach
The 45-year-old, who played 52 Tests between 1991 and 2002, replaced his former international team mate Graham Gooch who stepped down from the role in May.
When Anjali fell for 17-year-old Tendulkar
It was at an airport where medical student Anjali Mehta saw the wonder boy of Indian cricket and was floored by the "cute looks" of Sachin Tendukar.
November 05, 2014
Sachin Tendulkar unveils his autobiography 'Playing it My Way'
Sachin Tendulkar's much-awaited autobiography Playing It My Way was launched in the presence of some of his former teammates, celebrities and family members at an engrossing ceremony on Wednesday.
Tendulkar wanted to boycott Australian tour during 'Monkeygate'
Prime witness to one of the biggest controversies that rocked Indian cricket, Sachin Tendulkar has finally spoken about the anger and sense of betrayal he felt during the 'Monkeygate scandal' in Australia, revealing that he took the lead in threatening a boycott of the tour at the peak of the furore.
I told the players to give Chappell time to settle: Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar revealed that a few Indian players were not feeling comfortable under former coach Greg Chappell after the first couple of tours and he was the one who had persuaded his colleagues to be patient with the Australian and give him more time to get settled.
All I have said in my book is the truth: Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar's autobiography, Playing It My Way, may have generated controversy over an incident involving former India coach Greg Chappell, but the batting legend insists that his only main aim was to bring out the truth.
Why Tendulkar gave up India's captaincy
Sachin Tendulkar broke every possible cricket record during his playing days, but the only blot in his long and illustrious career was his failure as India captain. He had two stints of captaincy, in 1996 and 1999, but on both occasions was forced to give it up after the team fared poorly under his leadership. The batting icon reveals that the real reason behind giving up the captaincy was because it started to affect his personal life.
'A stronger pace attack will give us an advantage in World Cup'
India are using the ongoing ODI series against Sri Lanka as preparation for next year's World Cup and home team's captain Virat Kohli says recent performances of the pace bowlers, especially Umesh Yadav, has given him a lot of hope going into the mega-event.
Masakadza's century boosts Zimbabwe
Hamilton Masakadza defied Bangladesh's spinners with an unbeaten 154 to take Zimbabwe to a respectable position in the second Test in Kulna.
Rossouw fires South Africa to T20 victory over Australia
Rilee Rossouw smashed a sparkling 78 off 50 balls to drive a youthful South Africa side to a comfortable seven-wicket victory over Australia at the Adelaide Oval on Wednesday in the first of three Twenty20 internationals.
Upbeat India aim to maintain stranglehold over Sri Lanka
After starting the series with a crushing victory, an upbeat India will aim to maintain their stranglehold over an under-prepared Sri Lanka when they meet in the second ODI in Motera on Thursday.
Dravid to mentor Rajasthan Royals for another IPL season
Former Indian batsmen Rahul Dravid will continue to mentor Rajasthan Royals for another IPL season, said team CEO Raghu Iyer on Wednesday.
Look who received the first copy of Tendulkar's autobiography
The first copy of India's batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar's much-anticipated and talked-about autobiography -- Playing It My Way -- was presented to his mother Rajni by the icon himself, in Mumbai on Wednesday.
Dhoni captain of ICC ODI Team of the Year; No Indian in Test team
India's Mahendra Singh Dhoni was named captain of ICC's ODI Team of the Year, but none of the Indian players found berth in governing body's Test Team of the Year, led by Sri Lanka's Angelo Mathews.
Kohli nominated for ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year award
Virat Kohli is the lone Indian male cricketer to be shortlisted for the LG ICC Awards 2014 after he was nominated for the ODI Cricketer of the Year category.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar wins LG People's Choice award
He is only the fourth cricketer to win the coveted prize after Sachin Tendulkar, who was the first recipient in 2010, Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara, who won it in 2011 and 2012, and India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who won it last year.
South Africa ODIs the perfect pick-me-up for ailing Australia
A disappointed Michael Clarke arrived home from United Arab Emirates on Wednesday eager to shake off Australia's Test series loss to Pakistan and begin his side's World Cup buildup in a one-day series against South Africa.
Dashing Virat Kohli turns 26. Wish him!
India's star cricketer Virat Kohli turns 26 today.
Buzz: Anderson ruled out of Sri Lanka tour
James Anderson has been ruled out of England's one-day international series in Sri Lanka as he continues his rehabilitation from a knee injury, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said in a statement on Tuesday.
Cricket Countdown: Vote for 100 greatest World Cup moments
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has asked cricket fans across the world to vote for their favorite moments in the cricket world cups till date as the countdown for the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand 2015 begins.
'Tendulkar's career would have been incomplete without World Cup'
Sachin Tendulkar's awe-inspiring career, which lasted more than two decades, would have been incomplete had he not been a part of the 2011 World Cup winning Indian cricket team, feels Pakistani pace legend Wasim Akram.
'No point creating controversy over Sachin's revelation'
Sri Lankan spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan tried to shy away form the limelight and said there is no point creating a controversy over Sachin Tendulkar's revelation on Greg Chappell.
IN PIX: Sri Lanka gear up for second ODI
Sri Lanka trained hard for the second One-day International (ODI) against India to be held at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad on Thursday.
November 04, 2014
I don't think the BCCI will be that severe on West Indies: Lara
Batting legend Brian Lara has backed West Indies cricket to survive the current crisis arising out of the team's abrupt withdrawal from the India tour over a pay dispute with its board and players' association.
'You have got to give this young Indian team a bit of time'
Rahul Dravid has said that the current Indian side that has all the makings of being a good team in the future.
'I'm not going to comment on every single thing that Sachin says'
Former India captain Rahul Dravid has said he won't be commenting on each and everything batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar has written in his autobiography, adding that it would be unfair to comment on any issue without reading the book.
Team for Australia series, players' contracts discussed: BCCI
Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Sanjay Patel on Tuesday clarified that the decision to postpone the selection of the team for next month's Test series in Australia was because the selectors wanted to have a look at more players in the ongoing ODI series against Sri Lanka and not because of the Justice Mudgal report into the betting and spot-fixing episode in the Indian Premier League.
Dressing room atmosphere in 2006 was worst in Indian cricket: VVS
The volley of words against Greg Chappell continues. Now, former India batsman VVS Laxman says that the Australian took "Indian cricket backwards" during his two-year tenure as the national cricket team's coach.
Tamim, Shakib hit tons as Bangladesh dominate Day 2
Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal scored centuries as Bangladesh took charge of the second Test against Zimbabwe in Khulna. The hosts, who plodded to 193-3 on the opening day after electing to bat, made 433 in their first innings before being dismissed in the final session of the second day.
Mumbai Indians snare Unmukt, Vinay Kumar for IPL 2015
Mumbai Indians have acquired Unmukt Chand from Rajasthan Royals and R Vinay Kumar from Kolkata Knight Riders in the first Indian Premier League Trading Window, which opened on October 6.
India drop to No 6 in Test rankings as Pak vault to 3 after beating Aus
Pakistan vaulted into third position in the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings, its best Test ranking in seven years, following the conclusion of its series against Australia in Abu Dhabi on Monday. Pakistan, who defeated Australia for its first series win in 20 years, leapfrogged England, Sri Lanka and India into third position after the feat earned it seven ratings points.
We never ignored Younis for Tests: Moin
Pakistan's manager and chief selector Moin Khan has shot back at his critics insisting senior batsman Younis Khan was dropped from the one-day squad only for the Australia series and that he was always in reckoning for the Test rubber.
Now Bhajji joins anti-Chappell tirade, claims he used players against each other
Sachin Tendulkar's claims of Greg Chappell being a dictatorial coach seem to have opened a Pandora's box with his then teammate and senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh saying that some players in the side provided "selective misinformation" to the Australian in a phase which "temporarily destroyed Indian cricket".
Selection of squad for Aus tour postponed; Binny replaces Aaron for SL ODIs
The selection meeting to pick the Indian team for the Test series in Australia next month has been postponed, the Board of Control for Cricket in India said on Tuesday.
Chappell tried to finish my career: Zaheer Khan
India's premier speedster Zaheer Khan revealed that Greg Chappell had told him back in 2005 that the fast bowler "would never play for India" till the time he would remain at the helm and termed the period under the Australian as the "darkest phase of Indian cricket".
Cric Buzz: WICB close to solving players' pay dispute issue
West Indies Cricket Board president Dave Cameron might have sounded defiant after the board meeting last week but it is being reported now that the members have forged an agreement to end the players' pay dispute that led to the West Indies team's abrupt pull-out from the India tour.
Relive Tendulkar's final Test match!
Writer-journalist Dilip D'Souza will be live on Rediff ZaraBol on November 5 to discuss the iconic Sachin Tendulkar.
'Surprised' Chappell denies Tendulkar's claims
Australia Test great and former India coach Greg Chappell has denied claims that he wanted Rahul Dravid removed as captain just before the 2007 Cricket World Cup.
Test Rankings: Ashwin continues to top all-rounders list
Ravichandran Ashwin is the lone Indian to feature in the top 10 of the latest Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings as he continues to lead the way in the all-rounders list.
From 'Mr Tuck Tuck' to 'Go Misbah Go'
The cricket career of Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has come a full circle. Misbah is no longer 'Mr Tuck Tuck'.
Now, a probe in Sri Lankan women's cricket sex scandal
Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage asked Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) board to appoint an investigative committee, led by a retired female judge, to probe into allegations that officials in women's cricket administration demanded sexual bribes to give places in the national team.
Humiliated Australia scuttle away for comforts of home
Australia head home from Abu Dhabi this week with plenty to ponder after a humiliating rout by Pakistan brought a shuddering halt to their upward trajectory in Test cricket.
November 03, 2014
Not privy to discussions between Sachin and Greg: Dravid
Former India captain Rahul Dravid said he was never "privy to any private conversation between two individuals" about Sachin Tendulkar's revelation in his upcoming autobiography about Greg Chappell wanting to remove the Karnataka stalwart from captaincy before 2007 World Cup.
'Dravid told me he knew it all but couldn't control Greg'
Sourav Ganguly has disclosed that Rahul Dravid was aware of what Greg Chappell was up to during his stint as India coach but he "could not control" the Australian.
'In Australia, India will need six batsmen and three fast bowlers'
Former India captain Rahul Dravid has said that he would like to see his state mate and new batting sensation KL Rahul make it to the Indian Test team for the tour of Australia along with talented Railways leggie Karn Sharma.
'Headlines like 'Endulkar' hurt and retirement crossed my mind'
Sachin Tendulkar has recollected how disappointed they were after the shock first round exit during the 2007 World Cup and how he was hurt when people questioned the commitment of the Indian players.
'Nobody could have thought we can turn it around and beat Australia'
Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul Haq rates the 2-0 series win over Australia as his country's "best ever" considering his team were without three key bowlers.
'Chappell suggested I should take over the captaincy from Dravid'
Dropping a bombshell, Sachin Tendulkar has disclosed that the then India coach Greg Chappell had made a "shocking" suggestion to him to take over India's captaincy from Rahul Dravid months before the 2007 World Cup in West Indies.
'Misbah is our best option to handle this Pakistan team'
Former PCB chairman and Pakistan's nominee for the post of International Cricket Council (ICC) President, Najam Sethi has disclosed how he had to take a firm stand to prevent Misbah-ul-Haq from being removed as captain this year.
IN PIX: Pakistan spank Australia for 2-0 series win
Having set the visitors an impossible 603-run victory target, Pakistan claimed the remaining six wickets in a little over a session on the final day to secure their first Test series victory against Australia in 20 years.
India fortunate to have three opening options in ODIs, says Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan feels India is "fortunate" that they have three options for the opening slot in him, Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma, which will help in gaining the much-needed consistency required at the top of the order, with the 50-overs World Cup just a few months away.
Pakistan register biggest win over Australia
Pakistan beat Australia by 356 runs in the second and final Test in Abu Dhabi on Monday to complete a 2-0 series victory.
Will Rahul's form merit him a spot in the squad for Australia tour?
Karnataka's in-form young opener K L Rahul has staked a strong claim for his inclusion in India's Test squad to Australia.
Stats: Rahane and Dhawan's record adds to Sri Lanka's misery
Take a look at the statistical highlights of the first One-day International between India and Sri Lanka.
IPL scam: Mudgal Committee submits report to Supreme Court; hearing on Nov 10
The Justice Mukul Mudgal-led committee, which was appointed by the Supreme Court to investigate the fixing and betting scandal in the Indian Premier League (IPL), will submit its final report to the apex court on Monday.
November 02, 2014
Indian management sweats over Aaron's injury
India received an injury blow to pacer Varun Aaron, who suffered a muscle strain in his right leg during the five-match ODI series opener against Sri Lanka in Cuttuck.
Rahane, Dhawan centuries help India humiliate Sri Lanka
Opener Ajinkya Rahane and Shikhar Dhawan slammed centuries to help India humiliate Sri Lanka by a huge margin of 169 runs in the first One-Day International in Cuttack, on Sunday.
Factbox: Fastest centuries in Tests
Following is a list of the fastest centuries in test cricket after Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq reached the mark in 56 balls against Australia in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
'It was a memorable win in my 100th first-class game'
The Duleep Trophy final was Central Zone skipper Piyush Chawla's 100th first-class match and the thrilling nine-run win was termed by the UP leg-spinner as one of the "most memorable wins" in his career.
Cric Buzz: Bedi lauds Ojha and Rahul's good show in Duleep Trophy
Under scanner left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha today found a surprise visitor in legendary Bishan Singh Bedi, who dropped in at the Feroz Shah Kotla on the final day of the Duleep Trophy final to have an interactive session with him and three others.
'Great to see some pace unleashed by India'
Pleased with his fast bowlers show in the 169-runs win over Sri Lanka, skipper Virat Kohi said that it augurs well for the tours to Australia and New Zealand. \
IN PIX: Misbah emulates Richard's record of fastest Test century
Misbah-ul-Haq equaled the record for the fastest Test century on Sunday.
Milestone men! Fastest half centuries in Test cricket
Factbox on the fastest half centuries in Test cricket after Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq reached the mark in 21 balls against Australia in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
Milestone for Misbah, Pakistan sniff victory
Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq equalled Viv Richards's record for the fasTest Test century while his team stood six wickets away from a memorable 2-0 series win against Australia on Sunday.
When 'God of Cricket' was 'scarred' and 'wanted to quit'
Anjali helped Sachin Tendulkar deal with the debacles during his reign as captain and carry on.
Duleep Trophy: Central beat South in thrilling final
Central Zone spinners, led by captain Piyush Chawla, weaved magic on a helpful track to steer the team to the Duleep Trophy title with a thrilling nine-run triumph over South Zone in New Delhi on Sunday.
Powerful BCCI demands $42 million for abandoned Windies tour
The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) stares at financial ruin after its powerful Indian counterpart demanded nearly $42 million in damages for the Caribbean team's abrupt withdrawal from a tour of India last month.
November 01, 2014
'Don't know why there's been so much of hype about my bad phase'
Hitting out at critics, India's star batsman Virat Kohli says he is not bothered about the questions being raised about his technique.
I always like being captain of the side: Kohli
Relishing the prospect of leading the side in the the first three ODIs against Sri Lanka, India's stand-in skipper Virat Kohli today said the hastily-planned series would be an exciting one, especially with World Cup spots up for grabs.
Duleep Trophy: Rahul hits another ton as South in firm control
Opener KL Rahul continued his dream form as he blazed his way to a brilliant unbeaten 121 after a classy 185 in the first innings as South Zone looked in cruise control in pursuit of 301 against Central in the Duleep Trophy final.
ICC ODI rankings: Chance for both India, Sri Lanka to claim No.1
Currently placed at number three behind South Africa and Australia, India have an opportunity to jump to the top in the ICC ODI team rankings if they win the upcoming five-match one-day series against Sri Lanka 4-1 or better.
An opportunity for Team India to test the bench strength
Their World Cup build-up halted by West Indies team's sudden mid-series pullout, India would resume the preparations for the mega-event when they square off against under-cooked sub-continental rivals Sri Lanka in a hastily-arranged ODI series starting in Cuttack on Sunday.
Pakistan turn the screw on stuttering Australia
Australia are facing the prospect of being asked to follow-on against Pakistan after the tourists lost four wickets on the third morning of the second and final Test to slump to 120 for five at lunch in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
Cric Buzz: Pakistan's Junaid out of NZ series with injury
Pakistan will be without leading paceman, Junaid Khan for the series against New Zealand after he was advised to undergo another six weeks of rehabilitation following his knee injury.
BCCI slaps Rs 250 crore damages claim on WICB
Left fuming by the West Indian cricketers' mid-series pullout due to a pay dispute with their Board, the BCCI has slapped a damages claim to the tune of Rs 250 crore ($42 million) on the WICB.
Dhoni is an amazing captain and a strong leader: Gilchrist
Disagreeing with former Australian skipper Ian Chappell's claims that Mahendra Singh Dhoni should relinquish his captaincy, former Australia wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist said the Chennai Super Kings star is the ideal one to lead India.
October 31, 2014
WICB officials must go to India to salvage situation: Roberts
Legendary West Indies fast bowler Andy Roberts feels that the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) should immediately send representatives to India and salvage the situation by speaking to the BCCI bosses as paying huge damages could end cricket in the Caribbean.
'Dew factor' may impact first India-Sri Lanka ODI in Cuttack
The first One-Day International between India and Sri Lanka at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack will be a run-feast predicted curator Pankaj Patnaik but at the same time pointed out that the toss might turn out to be crucial with the dew expected to play in the evening.
Azhar's son Asaduddin named in Uttar Pradesh squad
Former India captain Mohammed Azharuddin's son Asaduddin took his first major steps in his cricketing career when he was on Friday named in the Uttar Pradesh One Day squad for the forthcoming Vijay Hazare trophy.
'Murali would never have played under current rules'
Former Pakistan captain Muhammad Yousuf says Sri Lankan legend Muttiah Muraliatharan would never have been allowed to play top league had the current ICC rules on chucking been in place during their time.
India gear up for Sri Lanka ODIs; Saha set to play
Uncertanity over the availability of Wriddhiman Saha, who had a split webbing in his right hand, for the first One-Day International against Sri Lanka seems to be over as the wicketkeeper batsman looked fit ahead of the opening game, in Cuttack on Sunday.
Central fight back after Rahul's 185 in Duleep final
Faiz Fazal and Jalaj Saxena hit half-centuries to keep Central Zone in the contest after South Zone had taken the first innings lead of day three of Duleep Trophy final at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi, on Friday.
Select your Test squad for Australia: Will Raina, Rahul make the cut?
Please fill in your choices and help the Indian selectors make up their mind!
Broad, Anderson saddened by KP's 'bullying culture' claims
England fast bowlers Stuart Broad and James Anderson have said that ousted batsman Kevin Pietersen's allegations of a bully culture in the dressing room has saddened and disappointed them.
Younis, Misbah punish sorry Australia
Younis Khan hit a stellar double hundred while skipper Misbah-ul-Haq also joined the run-feast with his sixth Test century as Pakistan tightened their grip on the second and final test against Australia on Friday.
Numbers game: India hold edge over Sri Lanka in One-Day Internationals
As India and Sri Lanka get set to duel in the make-shift ODI series, starting Sunday, Rajneesh Gupta gives us a look at how both teams stand in One-dayers.
'VVS told me I should only think about Tests'
'I know how to play and how to score runs; it is just that I am waiting for the opportunity. Whenever it comes, I will grab it with both hands.'
Ryder gets chance to 'show discipline, commitment on and off field'
Aggressive top-order batsman Jesse Ryder was passionate about rekindling his international career after he was thrown a World Cup lifeline by being named in a New Zealand 'A' team for one-day matches in the United Arab Emirates next month.
'Rohit Sharma's match fitness is a good sign for the Indian team'
Rohit Sharma showed no signs of the finger injury that kept him out of action for more than two months as he hammered the visiting Sri Lanka bowlers making 142 off 111 balls, said India A coach Sanjay Bangar after his team won the warm-up game.
'MS Dhoni told me that there is nothing called lucky or unlucky'
Following Pankaj Singh's distinctly unlucky Test debut during the match against England at Southampton, the skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni had a few words of encourgement for him.
October 30, 2014
'I would be proud if I can score as many runs as Rahul Dravid'
Batsman Lokesh Rahul is sure not taking comparisons with his namesake, Rahul Dravid, seriously but the talented Karnataka opener is keen to emulate South African ODI captain AB de Villiers in style of play.
Lokesh Rahul's unbeaten hundred gives South lead over Central
Karnataka batsman Lokesh Rahul gave the selectors food for thought before the upcoming Australia tour, scoring a classy century which gave South Zone a vital first innings lead against Central Zone on Day 2 of the Duleep Trophy final, in Delhi, on Thursday. Replying to Central's first innings total of 276, South rode the opener's unbeaten 168 to end the day on 308 for three, a lead of 32 runs, at the Feroz Shah Kotla.
Younis, Ali tons grind Australia in Abu Dhabi
Younus Khan's prolific bat continued to torment Australia as he struck his third successive Test hundred to put Pakistan in a commanding position on Day 1 of the second and final Test, in Abu Dhabi, on Thursday. The former captain, whose twin centuries in the first Test secured Pakistan's 221-run victory in Dubai, extended his red hot form to hit an unbeaten 111 and helped Pakistan to a strong 304 for two wickets at the close.
Rohit Sharma, Pandey hit tons as India 'A' trounce Sri Lanka
A fit-again Rohit Sharma and Manish Pandey slammed strokeful centuries as India A feasted on Sri Lanka's mediocre attack before registering a comfortable 88-run victory in a warm-up match for the visitors ahead of their ODI series against India at the Cricket Club of India (Brabourne Stadium) on Thursday.
Sri Lanka reel as India 'A' batsmen make merry
Rohit Sharma and Manish Pandey hit centuries as India 'A' amassed 382 for 6 against Sri Lanka in the tourists' first warm-up match at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Thursday.
Is South Africa's Amla the best ODI batsman in modern cricket?
South Africa Test team captain Hashim Amla is very close to a landmark that would confirm him as one of the best One-Day International batsmen of all time.
'Let's move past teaching Indian fast bowlers to become medium pace machines'
'Unless Indian bowlers work with the correct information, the right mindset and the learning that encourages pace and accuracy together, they won't be able to maximise their talent,' says English bowling coach Ian Pont.
October 29, 2014
'Drawing the second Test against Pakistan is not an option'
Pakistan coach Waqar Younis has warned his team to beware a backlash from a wounded Australia in the second and final Test in Abu Dhabi starting on Thursday.
Duleep Trophy final: Central batsmen fritter away good starts
Central Zone's batsmen, led by Robin Bist, were guilty of poor shot selection as they finished on 237 for 7 against South Zone on Day 1 of the Duleep Trophy final, in Delhi, on Wednesday. Bist blew away a chance to register a hundred, getting out for 79 off 153 balls. His three-and-a-half hours' stay at the wicket was studded with 12 sweetly-timed boundaries and a six.
'There is a possibility that I may never play for India again'
Yuvraj Singh says the thought of not being able to play for India again has crossed his mind and added that it will be very depressing if he fails to make
Tendulkar inducted into Bradman Hall of Fame
Sachin Tendulkar added yet another feather to his cap on Wednesday when he was inducted as one of the latest honourees to the Bradman Foundation. Former Australia captain Steve Waugh was the other cricketer to enter the Bradman Hall of Fame alongside Tendulkar during a gala dinner, at the historic Sydney Cricket Ground.
Chance for fringe players, Rohit Sharma to impress
Fringe players have a chance to prove their worth when India 'A' takes on Sri Lanka in the tourists' only warm-up match ahead of the hastily scheduled One-Day International series, in Mumbai on Thursday. The tour game, at the Cricket Club of India's Brabourne Stadium, also provides Rohit Sharma, who is recovering from a fractured finger and shoulder injury, an opportunity prove his fitness and return to the side for the last two games in the best-of-five ODI series.
Sri Lankans looking 'to somehow get it right in India this time'
India may be weakened by the absence of captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, but the World champions cannot be taken lightly, especially with a strong batting line-up at their disposal, says Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews.
Tendulkar's farewell Test: Relive the maestro's exit!
Final Test: Exit Sachin Tendulkar, by writer-journalist Dilip D'Souza, is a close scrutiny of the batting legend's last Test, against the West Indies, at the Wankhede stadium, in Mumbai, last November.
Sri Lanka's Senanayake to face Chennai 'action' test
Sachithra Senanayake, the Sri Lankan off-spinner banned for illegal bowling action, is to proceed to Chennai's ICC accredited centre for suspect actions.
Paceman Hazlewood gets Australia call-up, Watson fit for SA One-dayers
Australian fast bowler Josh Hazlewood received his reward for some fine domestic form on Wednesday when he was included in a pace-heavy 13-man squad for the first two One-Day Internationals against South Africa next month.
Batsman Trott gets England 'A' recall on domestic form
Batsman Jonathan Trott has been selected for the England Lions tour of South Africa, his first international call-up since leaving last year's Ashes tour with a stress-related illness.
October 28, 2014
I parted ways with BCCI amicably and leave with no regrets: Dawes
India's bowling coach Joe Dawes has affirmed that he was not sacked by the BCCI instead they parted ways "amicably" even as he was very much interested in working with the team at the upcoming World Cup.
PCB to nominate Najam Sethi as next ICC President
Former PCB chairman Najam Sethi is set to be nominated as the next President of the International Cricket Council by the Pakistan board for a one-year term starting in June, 2015.
Saha confident of recovering for first Sri Lanka ODI
Wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha, who was picked as replacement for the rested Mahendra Singh Dhoni for India's first three One-Day Internationals against Sri Lanka, is confident of recovering from injury in time for the opening match in Cuttack on Sunday.
Duleep Trophy final: Fearless Central ready for fiery South
A talented Central Zone team led by Piyush Chawla is aiming to come out firing all cylinders when it squares off with an equally combative South Zone side in the final of the Duleep Trophy, starting in New Delhi, on Wednesday.
Dravid bats for Olympic sports, says can learn a lot from cricket
Part of an eight-member team of elite sportspersons to identify and help prospective medal winners from across the country for the 2016 and 2020 Olympics, the former India cricket captain was optimistic about Indian sport moving in the right direction.
'I can play as a specialist batsman in any position'
Naman Ojha is certainly back in the national selection committee's radar after four centuries in his last five first-class innings, including two double
Samuels insists he was not in favour of India tour pull out
The West Indies middle order batsman yet again insisted that he was not a part of the decision to abandon the tour of India, and said he was in favour of solving the problem after finishing the series.
South Africa No 1; Kohli slips to third in latest ODI rankings
India's Virat Kohli slipped a rung but is still the best-placed Indian batsman in third position in the latest the International Cricket Council One-Day batsmen's rankings released on Tuesday.
Organisers hopeful of West Indies' World Cup participation
Organisers are confident West Indies will take part at the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand early next year despite the crisis caused by their withdrawal from the tour of India earlier this month.
Watch the straight ball, Lehmann warns Australia
Australia's batsmen need to concentrate as much on hitting the straight ball as worrying about movement when they face Pakistan's spinners in the ongoing Test series, coach Darren Lehmann has said.
Could all-rounder Binny be a good option at the World Cup?
Despite taking a career-best six for four in an ODI against Bangladesh in Dhaka in June, Stuart Binny is, however, yet to win the confidence of captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and the team management. He was benched throughout the ODI series in England before being dropped for the recent controversy-ridden ODI series against the West Indies.
October 27, 2014
ICC justifies crackdown on bowlers with illegal actions
Cricket's global governing body has justified its crackdown on bowlers with illegal actions, vowing to only allow unorthodox deliveries like the doosra within the rules.
'Australia has improved out of sight since that series in India'
Australia captain Michael Clarke said his team would be fired up by defeat in the first Test against Pakistan but clearly needed to improve in all facets of the game to square the series later this week.
'Guys like Virat Kohli and MS have done what fits their game'
Robin Uthappa has come out as a completely changed batsman this season and the Karnataka opener attributes his consistent scores on "staying true to his skills" just like India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli.
Taijul's 8-wkt haul gives Bangladesh dramatic win over Zimbabwe
Taijul Islam excelled with bat and ball as Bangladesh scored a tense three-wicket victory over Zimbabwe in the first Test in Dhaka on Monday.
Sri Lanka ODIs: Dhawal Kulkarni replaces Mohammed Shami
Medium-pacer Mohammed Shami has been ruled out of the five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka starting November 2, due to an injury. Maharashtra medium-pacer Dhawal Kulkarni will replaced him in the 15-member Indian squad, to be led by Virat Kohli, for the first three ODIs.
ICC Test Rankings: India drop while arch-rivals Pakistan rise
India are all set to drop a rung to sixth in the ICC Test rankings, replaced by arch-rivals Pakistan in the fifth position.
Watch out for Pakistan's most lethal weapon for World Cup
Pakistan's tall left arm pacer Muhammad Irfan has had to reject lucrative offers to play in England and South Africa after his cricket board told him to stay fresh for the World Cup.
I have left BCCI, no comments on Windies's pullout: Srinivasan
The International Cricket Council (ICC) Chairman N Srinivasan refused to comment on the West Indies team's sudden pullout of the India series.
October 26, 2014
'It was a mistake to accept the captaincy of Pakistan in 2007'
Pakistan's former captain and discarded all-rounder Shoaib Malik has said he made a mistake in his career to accept the captaincy of the national team after the 2007 World Cup.
Babar, Yasir spin Australia out; Pakistan score big win in Dubai
Pakistan spinners Zulfiqar Babar and Yasir Shah took nine wickets in the second innings as the hosts beat Australia by 221 runs in the first Test on Sunday to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.
'In Dhoni's absence we have a very good chance to win in India'
Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews has warned that his team cannot lower their guard against the Indians despite captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni being rested for the first three ODIs.
Disappointed captain Clarke says lacking match practice
Captain Michael Clarke was frank about Australia's struggles to read the spin off the slow Dubai wicket but declined to criticise his team mates after his second dismissal to slow bowling in the first Test against Pakistan.
October 25, 2014
Duleep Trophy: Rawat's century seals Central's final spot
Mahesh Rawat scored a century and combined well with lower-order batsmen to pile on the misery of the North Zone bowlers as Central Zone's Duleep Trophy semifinal ended in a draw in Mohali on Saturday.
Pakistan spinners strike after Younus, Shehzad heroics
Pakistan's spinners scythed through Australia's top order in the second innings to get them close to victory in the first Test after twin centuries from Younus Khan and youngster Ajmal Shehzad helped the hosts set an improbable target.
I just needed to finish this tour, claims Samuels; Bravo shocked!
West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo has hit back at Marlon Samuels for claiming that he was not part of the ODI team's plan to abandon the troubled tour of India, saying that his team-mate was an 'interested party' and spoke 'vigorously' during the meetings he attended.
Cuttack to host India-Sri Lanka One-Day series opener
Cuttack will host the opening match of the hastily-arranged One-Day International series between India and Sri Lanka on November 2 after the West Indies' stunning pullout over a pay dispute.
October 24, 2014
Pakistan in control despite Warner hundred
David Warner's third consecutive Test century could not stop Pakistan from taking control of the first Test against Australia on Friday after the tourists squandered a strong start and were all out for 303 in their first innings.
English experience will help Indians in Australia tour: Laxman
VVS Laxman said that the English experience would help the cricketers do well in the gruelling Australia tour that precedes the World Cup.
Duleep Trophy: Gambhir roars back into form with a century
Skipper Gautam Gambhir's 37th first-class century might have made his case stronger for an India comeback but his knock could not help North Zone overhaul Central Zone's imposing first innings score on Day 3 of the four-day Duleep Trophy semi-final in Mohali.
ICC are 20 years too late to act on chucking: Holding
Former West Indies great Michael Holding is happy that ICC is finally coming down hard on bowlers with suspect action but he feels that the game's governing body is "20 years too late" in executing a clampdown on suspected chuckers.
'Dhoni is not innovative and proactive enough in Test matches'
Legendary West Indies fast bowler Michael Holding feels Mahendra Singh Dhoni is not "innovative and proactive enough as captain, especially in Tests" although India would remain a strong contender to retain their World Cup title in Australia next year.
Cricket Buzz: 'Ryder not ready for New Zealand return'
Jesse Ryder's blistering return to form may not be enough to get him rushed back into the international game, according to New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum.
Duleep Trophy: South storm into final after East Zone's dismal batting
South Zone took just 40 minutes into the third morning to crush East Zone by an innings and 118 runs en route their entry into Duleep Trophy final, in Lahli on Friday.
South Africa record series win over NZ after Amla ton; close in on No 1 ranking
Hashim Amla's composed century helped South Africa to within a sniff of reclaiming the One-day top ranking after they beat New Zealand by 72 runs to wrap up their three-match series with a game to spare on Friday.
October 23, 2014
WICB sacked me over a telephone call: Gibson
There seems to be no end to the troubles of West Indies Cricket Board as former coach Ottis Gibson accused the board of sacking him over a "telephone call".
Worried sponsors pile pressure on West Indies
The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), reeling from the fallout from the team's withdrawal from the tour of India, is facing fresh pressure from its worried commercial and broadcast partners.
1st Test: Warner hits back after Sarfraz's whirlwind ton on Day 2
Sarfraz Ahmed's belligerent century powered Pakistan to a strong 454 in their first innings on the second day of the first Test against Australia on Thursday.
Duleep Trophy: Sever-star Binny helps South march towards innings win
All-rounder Stuart Binny tormented the East Zone batsmen with his controlled swing bowling as they lost as many as 14 wickets with South Zone marching towards a comprehensive innings victory at the end of second day in the semi-final of the Duleep Trophy.
Cricket Buzz: Flintoff signs up for Brisbane Heat in Big Bash League
Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff joined Brisbane Heat on a short-term deal in the Big Bash League (BBL) on Thursday, extending his surprise return to Twenty20 cricket.
October 22, 2014
Duleep Trophy: Jalaj Saxena, Naman Ojha hit tons against North
Central Zone's Madhya Pradesh duo of Jalaj Saxena and wicketkeeper batsman Naman Ojha took full advantage of dropped catches and took an inexperienced North Zone attack to the cleaners as they posted 344 for three at stumps, on the first day of their Duleep Trophy semi-final, at Mohali, on Wednesday.
Younis leads Pakistan fightback vs Australia with 25th ton
Younus Khan led Pakistan's fightback with a dogged century after the hosts made a terrible start to the first Test against Australia in Dubai on Wednesday. After opting to bat first, Pakistan put up 219 for four wickets at stumps on the first day, with captain Misbah-ul-haq (34) and Asad Shafiq (9) at the crease.
Duleep Trophy: Shukla rattles South Zone after Uthappa's ton
East Zone bowlers led by the seasoned Laxmi Ratan Shukla rattled South Zone in the final hour reducing them to 236 for nine despite Robin Uthappa scoring a well-crafted hundred on the first day of the Duleep Trophy semi-final in Lahli on Wednesday.
Chandimal, Thirimanne dropped from Sri Lankan ODI squad vs India
Sri Lanka has named its 15-member squad for the five-match ODI series against India next month, with notable omissions being former T20 captain Dinesh Chandimal and Lahiru Thirimanne.
ICC hopes India-West Indies settle dispute amicably
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has expressed its concern about the dispute between the Indian and West Indian cricket boards but says it is powerless to intervene.
Sangakkara doubtful for India tour
Experienced Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara has been rendered a doubtful starter for the five-match ODI series against India due to a back injury.
'Deeply embarrassed' West Indies seek talks with India after legal threat
The West Indies Cricket Board will ask for a meeting with its Indian counterparts as it seeks to find a way out of the crisis caused by the abandonment of the recent tour.
October 21, 2014
West Indies board meet for crisis talks after India legal threat
Just hours after the powerful Board Of Control For Cricket In India (BCCI) announced they would take legal action against the WICB and were suspending all planned tours of the Caribbean -- moves that could have a devastating financial impact on the West Indies -- officials gathered at a beachside hotel to deal with the fall-out.
Eden Gardens may host fourth India-Sri Lanka ODI
It's not official yet, but Eden Gardens is in line to host the fourth one-dayer on November 13 in the upcoming stop gap five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka.
Viral fever rules Harbhajan out of Duleep semis; Gambhir to lead North
In a big setback for North Zone ahead of the Duleep Trophy semi-final against Central Zone, captain Harbhajan Singh has been forced to sit out due to viral fever as Gautam Gambhir will step in to lead the team, in Mohali, on Wednesday.
Eye on top spot, Australia fret over selections for Pakistan Test
Australia will have to win both Tests in Dubai and Abu Dhabi to go one point clear of South Africa, who displaced them at the top in July, but there is still little clarity about the side who would walk out for the first match at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
'West Indies players will be playing in Indian Premier League'
In a bit of relief for West Indies cricket, IPL chairman Ranjib Biswal has said its players will be allowed to compete in the cash-rich league, putting to rest speculations of them being ignored from the event after the team's abrupt cancellation of India tour.
Kohli to lead for Sri Lanka ODIs; Saha, Ashwin make comeback
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was rested for the first three One-day Internationals against Sri Lanka next month and batting mainstay Virat Kohli will lead the side in his absence.
BCCI suspends bilateral tours with Windies; to take legal action
The Board of Control for Cricket in India on Tuesday suspended all bilateral cricket tours with the West Indies and decided to initiate legal proceedings against the West Indies Cricket Board for abruptly calling off its tour of India last week.
De Villiers anchors South Africa to easy win over New Zealand
South Africa captain AB de Villiers anchored his side to a six-wicket victory over New Zealand, whose bowling and fielding was far superior to a poor batting performance in the first game of their three match one-day series on Tuesday.
Unlucky Watson is forgotten man but says best years ahead of him
Neverending injury concerns and a string of promising all-rounders in the wings have not dulled Shane Watson's optimism of playing a leading role for Australia across all formats of cricket.
October 20, 2014
Will BCCI cut off cricketing ties with West Indies?
The Board of Control for Cricket in India's all-powerful Working Committee will meet in Hyderabad on Tuesday to decide on whether to impose a freeze on future West Indies tour and claim damages in the wake of the unprecedented move by the Caribbean team to pull out of the remainder of India tour because of the pay dispute with the Board.
Kiwi Neesham gets opening responsibility, could answer Ryder quandary before WC
All rounder Jimmy Neesham has been given the first opportunity to settle questions at the top of New Zealand's order ahead of next year's cricket World Cup when he opens the batting with Martin Guptill against South Africa on Tuesday.
India tour ideal opportunity for Sri Lanka, says Jayasuriya
Sri Lanka's chairman of selectors Sanath Jayasuriya has said that the hastily-arranged five-match ODI series in India, to be held in early next month, will help the fringe players prove their worth before next year's World Cup.
Rankings: In-form Kohli displaces Amla to go 2nd; Bhuvneshwar breaks into top 10
Following his return to form in the abruptly-ended West Indies series, Indian batsman Virat Kohli claimed the number two slot in the ICC rankings while swing bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar broke into the top-10 for the first time in his career.
Cricket Buzz: Watson in Australia's T20 squad for South Africa
Injury-prone all-rounder Shane Watson has been named in Australia's 13-man squad for Twenty20 matches against South Africa next month as he recovers from a calf strain.
I want to get a lot more consistent: Rahane
He has been a calming influence for India in the opening slot, the proof of which was visible during his half-century knock in the fourth ODI against West Indies here, but consistency is something Ajinkya Rahane is striving for to cement his place in the national team.
October 19, 2014
It's too late to remove Misbah as captain: Inzamam
With the word divided on Pakistan's leadership in 2015 World Cup between Misbah-ul-Haq and Shahid Aridi, former skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq said that it's too late to meddle with the national captaincy with just over a 100 days remaining for the showpiece event.
Gambhir retained as Delhi skipper for upcoming Ranji season
Out-of-favour India opener Gautam Gambhir has been retained captain of the Delhi team for the upcoming Ranji season as the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) announced a 15-member squad for the one-day Vijay Hazare trophy to be played in Himachal Pradesh.
Ponting predicts India-Australia final in 2015 World Cup
Ricky Ponting was frank in his admission that the Michael Clarke-led Aussie outfit will be a force to reckon with on its home ground.
Sri Lanka keen to host India in Test series next year
After having agreed to play a five-match One-Day International series in India on a short notice following the West Indies pull-out, the Sri Lankan board is looking for a return in favour from the Board of Control for Cricket in India in August next year by playing three Test matches in the island nation.
Dhoni's men won't buckle under pressure at World Cup, says Ganguly
Defending Indian cricket team's often-criticised character of crumbling under pressure, former captain Sourav Ganguly claimed that the current side under Mahendra Singh Dhoni is much better in responding to difficult situations than the other Indian teams in the past.
'It's a mistake on the part of West Indies players to have left the tour'
Former West Indies skipper and chairman of selection committee Clive Lloyd on Saturday apologized for his team's decision to pull out of the tour in wake of an acrimonious pay dispute with WICB, saying that it was a mistake on the part of the players to have done so.
October 18, 2014
'Team India has always missed bowlers who can take 20 wickets'
India's success in the upcoming Australia tour would hinge upon their ability to take 20 wickets, reckons former batting great Sunil Gavaskar.
'Team India needs a right attitude to do well in the World Cup'
Terming India's prospects as very strong in the 2015 World Cup, former Australia captain Allan Border opined that Team India do have the "skills to match the best sides in the world but they will certainly have to have more "attitude" and "self belief" to make a mark in Australia and New Zealand.
'I have never seen such a thing in my life, it's unprecedented'
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has termed the West Indies pull out as unfortunate and unprecedented as the visitors cancelled the ongoing series.
'I stick to my strength and don't think about tossing the ball'
Flighting the ball has always been considered a hallmark of a good spinner but India's modern-day left-arm tweaker Akshar Patel says he doesn't even think of tossing the ball and banks on bowling flatter through the air.
Holding blames WICB administration for current crisis
Legendary West Indies fast bowler Michael Holding has chosen to empathise with the West Indies players for deciding to return home abruptly over a pay dispute while slamming the Caribbean cricket board for the sport's constant downfall in the region.
Sangakkara concerned about team's readiness for India tour
With the breaking of the news of Sri Lanka Cricket and the BCCI agreeing to a five-match One-Day International series, the Lankan players appeared to be concerned about their skills training required for the series.
'The current Indian team lacks skill to defend World Cup'
Slamming the frequent team changes, former India skipper Ajay Jadeja said that captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and the team selectors are not on the same page with regard team selection.
Angry India may scrap 2016 West Indies tour
India may scrap their tour of West Indies in 2016 after the Caribbean team's abrupt pullout on Friday, said an angry Indian cricket board (BCCI) which is also considering legal actions and seeking intervention of the game's world governing body.
Kohli's batting key to India's success at World Cup: Ganguly
With barely four months to go for the ICC Cricket World Cup in the Australian continent, former India skipper Sourav Ganguly feels Virat Kohli's batting success will decide India's success at the sporting extravaganza.
WICB say they were left with no option but to call off tour
The West Indies Cricket Board has criticised skipper Dwayne Bravo and said it was left with no option but to call off the tour of India following a strike by its players in the wake of an acrimonious ongoing pay dispute with WICB.
BCCI claim huge losses, mull legal action against WICB
A livid BCCI claims it has suffered huge losses following the West Indies cricket team's unprecedented move to pull out of the remainder of India tour in the wake of an acrimonious unresolved pay dispute with its Board back home.
Is Kohli feeling the burden of expectations?
Coming back to form with a belligerent century against the West Indies, Virat Kohli said that he is getting used to the burden of expectations from people all around.
Indian cricket should cut all ties with West Indies: Thakur
Reacting angrily to the West Indies' pull out, BCCI joint secretary Anurag Thakur severely criticized WICB's decision to call its players back midway from the tour and said that the Indian board should cut all ties with the Caribbean team.
Timeline: BCCI ends confusion, announces the end of WI tour of India
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) ended the confusion over the status of West Indies' tour of India by categorically stating that the series has been called off, despite the WICB claiming that it has not yet done so.
October 17, 2014
Fourth ODI: Kohli's majestic ton seals curtailed series for India
Virat Kohli struck a majestic 127 as India fashioned a 59-run win over the West Indies in Dharamsala, effectively sealing the ODI series 2-1 after the
Stats: Sides calling off tours midway takes at previous instances when the tour has been called off midway.
BCCI to review WI players' participation in IPL
The Board of Control for Cricket in India is seriously contemplating reviewing the West Indies players' participation in the cash-rich Indian Premier League as the ongoing series ended abruptly today due to visiting team's payment dispute with their own cricket board.
West Indies call off tour, Sri Lanka fill void with five ODIs
In an extraordinary turn of events, the West Indies cricket team today pulled out of the remaining part of its India tour in the wake of an acrimonious ongoing pay dispute with their Board, prompting a livid BCCI to rope in Sri Lanka for a five-match ODI series.
Cricket Buzz: Australia hand coach Lehmann contract extension
Australia coach Darren Lehmann has been rewarded for his integral role in turning around the fortunes of the team with a one-year contract extension until June, 2017, Cricket Australia said on Friday.
Why Pietersen may never play in England again...
Kevin Pietersen may have played his last professional game of cricket in England, former international team mate Geraint Jones said on Thursday.
When Eden Gardens crowd gifted Indian cricketers bangles!
It's not only bouquets and brickbats but also bangles at Eden Gardens, recollected former India captain Chandu Borde.
October 16, 2014
Kolkata celebrates 150 years of historic Eden Gardens
From Chandu Borde and Salim Durani -- the architects of India's first Test victory at Eden Gardens -- to Sourav Ganguly, the stadium's rich history was hailed as the Cricket Association of Bengal began its 150 years' celebrations of the stadium with a book and documentary launch on Thursday.
Duleep Trophy: Bawne ton gives West Zone the lead, Pujara fails
Maharashtra batsman Ankit Bawne scored a gutsy century under pressure as West Zone took a vital 43-run first innings lead against East Zone on the second day of the Duleep Trophy quarter-final in Lahli.
Kohli 'feeling clear and confident' after Kotla fifty
Virat Kohli says his fighting fifty last week in the Delhi One-day international against the West Indies was the kind of knock he needed to overcome the first lean patch of his otherwise prolific career.
Cricket fans in Dharamsala prefer IPL to ODIs?
Dharamsala may be a quiet town but its residents prefer the fast-paced Twenty20 version of cricket they often see in the Indian Premier League, with the lack of buzz ahead of the fourth One-day International between India and the West Indies to be played on Friday being a clear indicator.
Pace test awaits India in Dharamsala; Ishant may get the nod
Bolstered by their dramatic come-from-behind win in the last game, India will look to keep the winning momentum going when they clash against West Indies in the fourth One-Day International in Dharamsala on Friday, on what is expected to be a pacy track.
'If Hair tries to damage my reputation, I'll seek legal action'
Harbhajan Singh has threatened to take legal action against controversial umpire Darrell Hair if the Australian continued to damage his reputation by making provocative comment that youngsters with suspect action have made him a role model.
Name your 30 World Cup probables!
Who would your 30 probables for the World Cup be?
PCB take 'Lion's share' out of CLT20 appearance fee for Lahore
The Pakistan Cricket Board has taken close to 60 per cent of the appearance money earned by the Lahore Lions team during the recently concluded Champions League T20 in India paying Muhammad Hafeez and Co only $100,000 out of the $500,000 for their hardwork.
October 15, 2014
Lalit Modi moves court against his ouster from RCA
The Lalit Modi faction has moved the Jaipur High Court against BJP leader Amin Pathan and few others, who allegedly removed the former Indian Premier League commissioner from the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) in a coup following a no-confidence motion.
Tiwary's century lifts East Zone on Day 1 of Duleep Trophy
Captain Manoj Tiwary led from the front with an unbeaten century as East Zone posted a respectable 278 in their first innings against West Zone on the opening day's play of the four-day Duleep Trophy quarter-final, in Lahli.
Watson asks Aus curators to prepare 'conducive pitches' for India series
The Australia all-rounder feels that the Indian team with its strong batting line-up will find the conditions challenging Down Under.
Afridi backtracks on captaincy remark, "supports" Misbah
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) sought to end the controversy surrounding the captaincy of the national team when it released a statement on behalf of all-rounder Shahid Afridi, in which he pledged full support to Misbah-ul-Haq declaring him best man to lead in World Cup.
Gooch rubbishes Pietersen's claims, urges Cook to speak up
Former England captain Graham Gooch has rubbished Kevin Pietersen's views in his controversial autobiography about former coach Andy Flower and wicketkeeper Matt Prior and also urged England players led by Alastair Cook to break their silence on the issue in a broader manner.
It will be a mistake to remove Misbah before 2015 WC: Mohsin
Former Pakistan opener and chief coach Mohsin Khan feels that it will be a great mistake if PCB forces Misbah ul Haq to quit ODIs before the next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
I like playing my shots and will stick to that, says Manish Pandey
He started his career as an equally talented U-19 cricketer like his illustrious peer Virat Kohli but Manish Pandey believes his former India colts colleague "fully deserved to play for the country" ahead of him.
October 14, 2014
PCB to send Ajmal for informal biomechanic test soon
Pakistani cricket authorities said that they would be soon be sending suspended off-spinner Saeed Ajmal for an informal biomechanic tests in a bid to get him cleared before next year's World Cup.
Younis named in provisional squad for Australia Tests
Pakistani selectors have named experienced opener Taufeeq Umar and senior batsman Younis Khan in a 19-member squad for the two-Test series against Australia in the United Arab Emirates, starting next week.
I became captain because nobody else wanted it: Kumble
Anil Kumble, one of the most respected cricketers to have led the Indian team, says if he became the Test captain it was only because no one else was interested in doing the job.
Raina gets golden opportunity to press for Test berth
Suresh Raina was presented a golden opportunity to force his way back into the Test squad after being named captain of the Board President's XI, which will play the West Indies in a three-day warm-up match ahead of the Test series that follows the ongoing One-day internationals.
PCB to probe Afridi's comments on captaincy
The Pakistan Cricket Board will convene a meeting of its Board of Governors next week to discuss the controversial captaincy issue for next year's World Cup.
Akshar Patel recalled to Indian ODI squad
Gujarat left-arm spinner Akshar Patel was recalled to the Indian squad for the last two One-Day Internationals against West Indies, while senior off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin continues to be rested.
Pujara in talks over Derbyshire return
Impressed with Cheteshwar Pujara's performance, English county side Derbyshire is in talks with the batsman to sign him for next year as well but his IPL commitments and a tour of Bangladesh could prove to be the 'stumbling block'.
Lalit Modi's faction to move court to challenge his ouster from RCA
Following his ouster as Rajasthan Cricket Association president Lalit Modi and his faction on Monday announced that they will move court against the decision and also challenge the appointment of Amit Pathan as the new chief of RCA.
October 13, 2014
Warner hopeful for Pakistan Test, Clarke returns
Australian batsman David Warner is confident he will be fit to face Pakistan in next week's first Test despite suffering a groin injury in the final one-day international in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
Australia displace India from top of ICC ODI rankings
Sunday night's dramatic one-run victory in Abu Dhabi and the cancellation of the third ODI between India and the West ensured top billing for George Bailey's side as the race to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 heats up amongst some of the top-ranked sides.
Tendulkar's final Test: 'Tough to find words to describe the crowd's emotions'
Sachin Tendulkar's final Test appearance has been revisited in a new book which tries to capture all the excitement and emotion during the two and a half days of the match.
BCCI cancels 3rd ODI vs West Indies as 'Hudhud' lashes Vizag
The BCCI has cancelled the third ODI between India and the West Indies in Visakhapatnam after cyclone 'Hudhud' left the ACA-VDCA cricket stadium in unplayable condition.
Maxwell's golden final over gives Australia unlikely win
Part-time off-spinner Glenn Maxwell took two wickets without conceding a run in the last over as Australia edged Pakistan in a low-scoring thriller to win the third and final one-day international by one run in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
Cricket Buzz: Misbah skipping third ODI triggers speculation
The trouble-prone Pakistan cricket team dressing room was once again witness to some drama and it took PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan's intervention to diffuse the controversy generated by Misbah-ul-Haq's decision to rest from the third ODI against Australia.
Miserable Misbah backed by Pakistan board
Pakistan's cricket board (PCB) have backed struggling Test and one-day skipper Misbah-ul-Haq to lead the team at next year's World Cup but have considered potential replacements should he decide to stand down from his role as captain.
Timid umpires allowed chucking to flourish?
Timid officiating has allowed a generation of 'chuckers' to flourish in international cricket and the current crackdown on bowlers with illegal actions has arrived two decades late, according to former Test umpire Darrell Hair.
October 12, 2014
Visakhapatnam ODI abandoned due to cyclone
The third One-Day International between India and the West Indies, scheduled in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday, has been called off after the cyclone 'Hudhud' hit the port city, disrupting normal life and leaving the ACA-VDCA cricket stadium in completely unplayable condition.
Star group bags broadcast rights for ICC events
Rupert Murdoch's Star group have bagged the broadcast rights for events to be held during an eight-year cycle after next year's World Cup, the governing body said on Sunday.
Dhoni reveals strategy that helped in India's win
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni revealed on Saturday that Virat Kohli's agreement to drop down the order paid the team rich dividends and the strategy would be followed in the remainder of the One-Day series.
Pietersen salutes 'genuine guru' Dravid, says IPL is future of cricket
Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen struggled to get along with coaches of his own team most of his playing career and his quest for a "genuine guru" ended in faraway India where former captain Rahul Dravid made a lasting impact on his technique.
'We lost our way and it came down to good bowling by India'
Dejected at missing out on his maiden ODI ton, West Indies opener Dwayne Smith said the Indian bowlers came back brilliantly to halt the visitors, who were cruising along at one stage in the second ODI in New Delhi on Saturday.
'We have to pull our socks up; we could have lost this'
Despite staging a remarkable recovery to draw level 1-1 in the five-match series, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was unhappy with his team's showing in the second One-Day International against the West Indies, in Delhi, on Saturday.
October 11, 2014
West Indies implode as India level series
India relied on their bowlers to stage a remarkable recovery scripting a comfortable 48-run win in the second cricket One-day international against the West Indies to level the five-match series 1-1 in New Delhi.
Pietersen's book has tarnished English cricket, says Cook
Denying Kevin Pietersen's claims that a bullying culture had flourished in the England dressing room in recent years, captain Alastair Cook says the maverick cricketer's controversial autobiography has "tarnished" one of the most successful eras for the national team.
Modi's status as Rajasthan Cricket Association chief thrown in doubt
Controversial former Indian Premier League Commissioner Lalit Modi was on Saturday unceremonimously ousted from the president's post of the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) with a rebel group led by local BJP leader Amin Pathan taking over the reins.
West Indies players protest with black armband during second ODI in Delhi
Difficult to shift India vs WI ODI from Vizag despite cyclone: BCCI
There is little possibility of shifting the venue of the India-West Indies third ODI from Visakhapatnam despite the cyclone Hudhud threat and the hosts Andhra Cricket Association hopes the match would be conducted smoothly on October 14, the Board of Control for Cricket in India on Saturday.
Viv Richards lauds WI team for playing in India despite pay dispute
Relieved that the West Indies tour of India remains on track despite the players threatening to go on strike over a pay dispute, former captain Viv Richards said the visitors made him proud by going about its job in the 'best way possible' despite the distraction back home.
Maxwell steers Australia to easy win over Pakistan
Glenn Maxwell's brisk 76 guided Australia to a comfortable five-wicket win over Pakistan in the second One-day international in Dubai on Friday, securing an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
October 10, 2014
PHOTOS: Struggling Kohli sweats in the nets ahead of 2nd ODI
All eyes were on Virat Kohli during the team's two-and-half-hour training session on the eve of the second One-Day International between India and the West Indies at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in New Delhi, on Friday.
Bravo lauds Windies must-win attitude, says maintaining it biggest test
Captain Dwayne Bravo had an embargo regarding questions on his team's dispute with the West Indies Cricket Board, but the all-rounder spoke up, saying the team stuck together in difficult times and maintained a "must-win attitude".
Opening balance, Kohli's form a concern ahead of 2nd Windies ODI
Still licking their wounds after a sound thrashing in the lung opener, India will have to regroup quickly and fortify the chinks in their armoury when they take on a determined West Indies in the second One-Day International in Delhi on Saturday.
Important to have captain's backing during a lean patch: Dhawan
After a dream Test debut, Shikhar Dhawan has seen tougher side of international cricket in the last few months and the opening batsman says he has learnt to value failure as much as success in the last one year, having experienced both ups and downs in his career.
CA lauds Bill Lawry on Australia Hall of Fame induction
The catch cry of "it's all happening" coming out of the television screens made Bill Lawry a commentating phenomenon across the world and Cricket Australia lauded the veteran player and expert for being inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.
WIPA president Hinds refuses to step down after conflict with team
His fallout with the Caribbean players currently on tour in India notwithstanding, a defiant Wavell Hinds has refused to step down as the West Indies Players' Association (WIPA) President.
'Pietersen isn't the victim, it's the England cricket team that is'
Andrew Strauss has said English cricket could be damaged by the "madness" surrounding the publication of Kevin Pietersen's autobiography.
Ishant to replace injured Mohit for remaining ODIs
Ishant Sharma has got received another opportunity to prove himself in limited overs cricket after getting a call-up in the Indian One-day squad as replacement for the injured Mohit Sharma.
Pietersen open to England return if ECB chief Giles quits
As fanciful a scenario as it may seem but Kevin Pietersen says he could yet be open to the idea of coming out of retirement to play for England again if ECB boss Giles Clarke exits the scene.
'Swann, Broad, Bresnan had access to Pietersen's parody account'
Kevin Pietersen's claim that a former England captain has told the England Cricket Board that three of his team-mates might have access to a parody twitter account mocking him came out to be true with Alec Stewart saying that he stood by what the controversial former batsman said in his autobiography.
I'd like to hug Strauss and patch up: Pietersen
Kevin Pietersen wants to hug Andrew Strauss and resolve his differences with his former captain, the controversial ex-England batsman said on Thursday.
October 09, 2014
Struggling Kohli should bat at number 4 or 5, says Gavaskar
Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar expressed concern over Virat Kohli's prolonged slump in form on Thursday, saying the talented batsman needs to be dropped down the order so that he can regain his run-making ways.
BCCI says happy to mediate in Windies pay dispute after series
The Board of Control for Cricket in India made it clear on Thursday that there is absolutely "no threat" to the ongoing home series against West Indies despite an acrimonious pay dispute between the visiting cricketers and its parent body which is yet to be resolved.
With broom and spade... Tendulkar drives operation clean-up!
Responding to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call for a Swachh Bharat, batting legend Sachin Tendulkar picked a broom, spade and mattock and cleared garbage in a filthy locality in Mumbai recently.
ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 trophy in the UAE
The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 trophy returned to Dubai on Thursday after embarking on a world tour, which started at the ICC headquarters in the city on July 3. The trophy has so far visited India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan, England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Papua New Guinea.
Stats: Windies hand India fourth heaviest ODI defeat at home
Statistical highlights from the first ODI between India and the West Indies, in Kochi, on Wednesday.
'Leaving aside Bhuvneshwar, most of our bowlers gave away runs'
Barring Bhuvneshwar Kumar all the Indian bowlers leaked runs in the first ODI against West Indies, but home team skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has backed his underfire bowling attack despite crashing to an embarrassing 124-run loss in the series opener in Kochi.
VVS Laxman to deliver Pataudi Memorial Lecture at Eden Gardens
VVS Laxman is all set to renew his connection with Eden Gardens as the former middle order batsman has been chosen to deliver the MAK Pataudi Memorial Lecture in Kolkata on October 19.
'Cricket is bad politics...things change overnight'
His anger at the English cricket administration and the then coach Andy Flower notwithstanding, Kevin Pietersen says he hasn't been too wise himself even though he is far from being the "villain" that he was made out to be before being sacked.
'It was a good wicket to bat on and we should have got the runs'
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni rued his team's batting failure on a good wicket to lose the first one-dayer against the West Indies by 124 runs in Kochi but said that the visiting side were a tough team to beat.
October 08, 2014
Samuels fires hundred as crisis-hit Windies stun World champs India
The West Indies put behind an acrimonious pay dispute with their cricket board to spank World champions India by 124 runs in the first One-day international of the five-match series, at the Nehru stadium in Kochi, on Wednesday.
Pakistan confirm England series in UAE in late 2015
Pakistan will host England for a full series of tests and limited-overs matches in the United Arab Emirates from next October, the country's cricket board confirmed on Wednesday.
ICC annual awards: Bhuvneshwar among the five players nominated
Bhuvneshwar Kumar has emerged as one of the five players nominated for the LG People's Choice Award ahead of the ICC annual awards.
'There are no bowlers in the Indian team with suspect action'
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar says instead of reporting a bowler with suspect action, umpires can straightaway call the offender or inform the captain to take him off attack, as that would not allow the bowler to have an impact on the outcome of the match.
Revealed: The Ravindra Jadeja you didn't know
He loves horses and fast cars. He can ride well and brandish a sword as expertly as he does a bat. Yet he is down to earth and religious, and has just agreed to an arranged marriage...
WI player boycott: Match is on, BCCI officials insist
"The BCCI is not bothered about their internal issues. But as far as we are concerned the match is on," Board secretary Sanjay Patel said.
Flower is contagiously sour, infectiously dour, claims Pietersen
Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen claims Andy Flower was a power-crazy coach, who presided over a regime of bullying and 'had it in for me' throughout his five-year reign in charge of the national side.
Smith hits maiden ton, Australia thrash Pakistan in first ODI
Steve Smith cracked his maiden 50-over century as Australia routed Pakistan in 36.3 overs to secure a comprehensive 93-run victory in the first One-day International on Tuesday.
Player strike looms over West Indies tour opener against India
A strike could hit West Indies' tour opener against India on Wednesday due to a row between leading West Indies players and their own union.
October 07, 2014
With Aus tour in mind, India to experiment against Windies
The series against the West Indies is India's only chance to iron out flaws before embarking on the tough tour of Australia. Hence, skipper Mahendra Singh hinted that the hosts will try out a few things in the home rubber against the Caribbeans, starting in Kochi on Wednesday.
Prior pledges to respond to KP's 'back-stabbing' claims
England wicketkeeper batsman Matt Prior has reportedly pledged to respond to former international teammate Kevin Pietersen's claims that he was back-stabbing and a bad influence on the team.
India seek to reaffirm recent supremacy over West Indies
India will seek to reaffirm their supremacy in the shorter version of the game as they go into a five-match ODI series against an under-strength West Indies in Kochi with the prime focus of preparing for the upcoming cricket World Cup.
New Zealand is a dark horse for World Cup, Australia 'annoying'
South Africa paceman Dale Steyn rates co-hosts New Zealand as a "dark horse" to win next year's cricket World Cup, while one-day rivals Australia are "annoying."
'KP's book is the biggest work of fiction since Jules Verne'
Former England team mate Graeme Swann began the backlash against Kevin Pietersen's new book on Monday by labelling it "the biggest work of fiction since Jules Verne".
'People don't realise if there's no T20s, Test cricket will die'
India's team director Ravi Shastri has agreed with former captain Rahul Dravid's views on not having too many bilateral ODI and T20 matches and said there should be more emphasis on the World Cup for the limited overs formats of the game.
'The England experience will stand Virat Kohli in good stead'
Indian team director Ravi Shastri has backed India's batting mainstay Virat Kohli, who had a miserable Test series in England, and said he will bounce back.
October 06, 2014
Shastri determined to get 'class act' Raina back in Test team
Former India cricketer and the national team director, Ravi Shastri said it would be his endeavour to get left-handed batsman Suresh Raina back in the Test side in Mumbai on Monday.
England's bullying culture: Ask the Indians, says Pietersen!
Kevin Pietersen has named India among the teams that could confirm the "horrendous and highly disturbing" culture of bullying within the English cricket outfit.
CSK's overnight star Negi credits success to Vettori
Even in his wildest dreams Pawan Negi may not have thought he would take a five-for on a stage like the Champions League T20 final. So, naturally, after that stellar effort against Kolkata Knight Riders, he was ecstatic. He flummoxed the likes of Robin Uthappa, Jacques Kallis and Ryan ten Doeschate with his flight and guile on the way to a memorable spell in only his second match in the tournament as Chennai Super Kings beat Kolkata Knight Riders by eight wickets.
Warner and new bowlers inspire Aussie T20 win
Three debutant bowlers and a typically rampaging innings from David Warner helped Australia coast to a six-wicket victory over Pakistan in their sole Twenty20 international in Dubai on Sunday.
Ajmal's return for World Cup is an uphill task:Shaharyar Khan
Suspended spinner Saeed Ajmal is doing everything to correct his action but it is an "uphill task" for him to make it to the Pakistan team for the World Cup, says PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan.
'Our job as players is to cut through the hype and media build-up'
A Test series against India, a World Cup on home soil and a much-anticipated Ashes campaign will put Australia's cricketers under heavy scrutiny over the next year, but the team need to make themselves oblivious to the hype, according to captain Michael Clarke.
'I was completely broken, absolutely finished, mentally shot'
Dumped England batsman Kevin Pietersen has slammed his former team managers for allegedly allowing a culture of 'bullying' to develop and claimed coach Andy Flower and wicketkeeper Matt Prior were behind an orchestrated campaign to oust him.
'Australia tour will be a good preparation before the World Cup'
Gearing up for the pace test that awaits India in Australia come December, batsman Rohit Sharma said the likes of Mitchell Johnson and Peter Siddle would be a tough challenge to deal with but the Indians are no longer intimidated by bouncy tracks Down Under.
'Winning four finals out of eight, I won't say it is too bad'
Having guided CSK to their second CLT20 trophy, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was happy with his team's show.
October 05, 2014
Warm-up match: Ramdin's ton goes in vain; India 'A' beat Windies
West Indies' wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin's century went in vain as they slumped to a 16-run loss against India 'A' in their second and final warm-up 50-over match ahead of the five-match ODI series against India at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday.
In Pix: Dhoni, the biker creates a stir at Buddh Circuit
Mahendra Singh Dhoni took time out for his passion for biking at the Buddh International Circuit, in Gurgaon, a day after guiding
ICC ODI Rankings: Chance for India to claim sole No 1 spot
India have a chance to become the sole No 1 team, a position currently shared with South Africa, in the ICC ODI rankings if the hosts blank West Indies 5-0 in the series starting October 8 in Kochi.
What Australia need to do in the year of World Cup!
A Test series against India, a World Cup on home soil and a much-anticipated Ashes campaign will put Australia's cricketers under heavy scrutiny over the next year, but the team need to make themselves oblivious to the hype, according to captain Michael Clarke.
Cric Buzz: Now Suryakumar Yadav reported for suspect action
Suryakumar Yadav has been reported for a suspect illegal bowling action, becoming the fifth bowler to be called in the just concluded Champions League Twenty20 tournament.
Learnt from Kohli how to build an innings, says Raina
Having guided Chennai Super Kings to their second Champions League T20 triumph, Suresh Raina said he improved his batting a great deal by learning from teammates, including Virat Kohli, who has shown the way with big hundreds in One-Day Internationals.
October 04, 2014
Raina blasts century to power Chennai Super Kings to CLT20 title
Suresh Raina blasted a blistering century pulverising Kolkata Knight Riders into submission as Chennai Super Kings exacted a sweet revenge clinching the Oppo Champions League T20 in style with a eight-wicket victory in a thoroughly one-sided final, in Bangalore.
'Sunil Narine will bounce back as better bowler'
Former West Indies captain Richie Richardson supported the mystery spinner Sunil Narine, who has been barred from playing the Champions League T20 final for a suspect illegal bowling action, saying he will return as an even better bowler.
Injured Hafeez out of Australia ODIs
Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has been ruled out of the limited-overs series against Australia due to a hand injury he sustained during a practice game.
Kuldeep surprise inclusion in India's ODI squad, Ashwin rested
Kolkata Knight Riders left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav was the surprise inclusion in India's One-Day International squad for the first three matches of the forthcoming series against West Indies.
WI spinner Narine withdrawn from India tour due to 'illegal' action
The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has withdrawn Sunil Narine from the upcoming tour of India after the spinner was banned from bowling in the Champions League Twenty20 final for an illegal bowling action.
October 03, 2014
'Test cricket is going to fizzle out as a mainstream attraction'
Former England captain Andrew Strauss has said the skewed distribution of power among the India-led big three in ICC can lead to a situation in future when the
CLT20: Chennai Super Kings take on Knight Riders in all-IPL final
The indomitable Chennai Super Kings will have the advantage of familiarity with the conditions but the unbeaten Kolkata Knight Riders would still
It was a complete game for us ahead of final: Dhoni
Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said his side played a "complete game" to beat Kings XI Punjab and enter the Champions League T20 final.
'The only reason for KKR's 14 match wins is we don't discuss it'
Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir has attributed his side's splendid run in the Champions League Twenty20 to collective effort, saying that his team has done well in all departments of the game en route to the final.
October 02, 2014
CLT20: Chennai Super Kings thrash Kings XI Punjab to reach final
Chennai Super Kings stormed into their second Champions League T20 final with a crushing 65-run victory over Kings XI Punjab in Hyderabad on Thursday.
Sunil Narine reported again, suspended from bowling in CLT20 final
Kolkata Knight Riders and West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine was on Thursday reported for the second time for a suspect illegal bowling action and he will not be eligible to bowl in the CLT20 final on Saturday, the organisers of the tournament said.
Windies all-rounder Sammy hoping Kohli's dry run continues
With the One-Day series set to begin on October 8, West Indies have come to India with revenge on their minds, says all-rounder Darren Sammy.
CLT20: Kallis stars in Knight Riders' maiden entry into final
Jacques Kallis brought his years of experience into play as he guided Kolkata Knight Riders to its maiden Oppo Champions League T20 final having comfortably beaten Australia's Hobart Hurricanes by seven wickets in Hyderabad on Thursday.
Rohit Sharma set to miss West Indies series
Recovering from a shoulder injury, Indian batsman Rohit Sharma, who missed leading the Mumbai Indians franchise in the Champions League T20, is set to miss the limited-overs edition of the West Indies series starting October 8.
Cricket Buzz: Australian coach considers Pakistan tough opponent
Australian cricket team coach Darren Lehmann has described Pakistan as tough opponent despite the absence of off-spinner Saeed Ajmal, who is under the ICC scanner for a suspect bowling action.
October 01, 2014
High Court forms selection committees for Rajasthan cricketers
The Rajasthan High Court cleared the decks for its state cricketers to participate in all the domestic tournaments by naming selection committees for senior, junior and women's cricket, which both Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) and BCCI accepted.
Herculean task for Hobart to beat Kolkata in semis
The seemingly invincible Kolkata Knight Riders will start outright favourites when they square off against Australia's Hobart Hurricanes in the semi-finals of the Oppo Champions League T20 in Hyderabad.
Narine will get over this episode: Williams
West Indies coach Stuart Williams said mystery spinner Sunil Narine, who has been reported for suspect bowling action during an Oppo Champions League Twenty20 match, will get over the episode in a positive manner.
Kohli should replace Dhoni as Test captain, says Azhar
Former captain Mohammad Azharuddin believes it is time the Board of Control for Cricket in India starts thinking about a new captain for the Test team following its disastrous showing overseas in the last couple of years.
Cricket Buzz: 'Hope Pakistan players would be allowed in IPL'
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Shahryar Khan believes the Lahore Lions' successful participation in the ongoing Champions League Twenty20 will open the Indian Premier League doors for the country's players.
Baseball switch a boon for South Korean cricket
South Korea's Asian Games cricket experiment ended in defeat to Sri Lanka on Tuesday, but after their collection of baseball players and weekend enthusiasts took eight wickets off the Twenty20 world champions, coach Julian Fountain believes the sport could truly flourish here.
Tridents register consolation win against Knights
Registering their first points of the competition in the final league game, Barbados Tridents managed an edgy six-wicket consolation win against Northern Knights in a rain-reduced Champions League Twenty20.
September 30, 2014
Injured Gayle hopes to be fit for India Tests
West Indies' swashbuckling opener Chris Gayle is hoping to be fit in time for the Test series against India starting on October 30.
Scorchers tame Lions, pave way for Chennai's entry to CLT20 semis
Mitchell Marsh not only prevented Lahore Lions from making it to the semi-finals of the Champions League Twenty20, but also paved the way for Chennai Super Kings' entry into the last-four stage.
'Doing things professionally is the reason for KKR's success'
Riding high on a splendid preliminary campaign, Kolkata Knight Riders' batsman Robin Uthappa said his team would look to focus on its strengths in
KKR's mystery spinner Narine reported for suspect action in CLT20
The International Cricket Council (ICC) crackdowns on chucking again. West Indies mystery spinner Sunil Narine has been reported for suspect bowling action during a Champions League T20 match between KKR and Dolphins, in Hyderabad.
Cricket Buzz: Appeal panel cuts Ashraful ban to five years
Former Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful will be eligible to return to competitive cricket in 2016 after an appeal panel on Monday reduced an eight year ban for match-fixing to five years with two suspended.
There is no place for complacency in KKR, says Gambhir
Their place in the semifinal already assured, Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir said there was no place for complacency in their inconsequential final Group A match of the Champions League Twenty20 against Dolphins in Hyderabad.
Kolkata whip Dolphins, maintain unbeaten run
Robin Uthappa and Manish Pandey smashed attacking half centuries to keep IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders winning run intact with a convincing 36-run victory over Dolphins in an inconsequential Group A match of Champions League Twenty20 in Hyderabad.
September 29, 2014
CLT20: Punjab's Maxwell reprimanded for breaching Code of Behaviour
Kings XI Punjab batsman Glenn Maxwell was reprimand for breaching the Oppo Champions League Twenty20 Code of Behaviour during his team's match against Cape Cobras, in Mohali on Sunday.
CLT20: Hafeez, Subrayen reported for suspect bowling action
Pakistan domestic cricket teams Lahore Lions' captain and bowler Mohammad Hafeez and South African first class team Dolphins ' bowler Prenelan Subrayen have been reported for a suspected illegal bowling action during Saturday's Champions League Twenty20 game.
'People are talking about how many games Knight Riders has won'
The Kolkata Knight Riders are on top of the table in Group A of the ongoing Oppo CLT20 but the team is not keeping a tab the number of matches it has won in a row.
Lahore aim to edge past Chennai Super Kings in semi-final race
After registering a win against Dolphins in the last encounter, Pakistan champions Lahore Lions will go a for the kill to qualify for the semi-final
'Akshar Patel and Karanveer Singh bowl very beautifully together'
Kings XI Punjab skipper George Bailey had every reason to have a broad smile on his face as his side put up a "clinical" show, recording their fourth win in a row and said their spin duo of Karanveer Singh and Akshar Patel gel well together.
Punjab crush Cobras to continue winning run in CLT20
A clinical Kings XI Punjab crushed Cape Cobras by seven wickets for their fourth win in a row as they ended their Group B engagements with a flourish in the Champions League Twenty20 in Mohali.
September 28, 2014
Confident of securing Test status for Dharamsala soon: Thakur
BCCI joint secretary and Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) boss Anurag Thakur is confident about bringing Test cricket to the picturesque HPCA Stadium as he will push for ICC approval during the India-West Indies ODI scheduled to be held on October 17.
Hobart outclass Barbados to qualify for CLT20 semis
Hobart Hurricanes produced a professional performance as they beat Barbados Tridents in convincing manner to enter the semi-finals of the Oppo Champions League T20, in Mohali.
Australia coach Lehmann turns heat on spinner Lyon
Australia coach Darren Lehmann has turned the blowtorch on Nathan Lyon, saying the spinner had not "delivered" in second innings spells to drive the Test team to victory.
September 27, 2014
CLT20: Chennai Super Kings edge Perth, inch close to semi-finals
A disciplined Chennai Super Kings produced an all-round effort to defeat Perth Scorchers by 13 runs in Bangalore and brighten their hopes of earning a semi-final berth in the Champions League Twenty20.
CLT20: Lahore edge past Dolphins to keep semi-final hopes alive
Pakistan champions Lahore Lions registered their first win in the Oppo Champions League Twenty20 main draw as they outplayed Dolphins of South Africa by 16 runs in Bangalore to keep their hopes of booking a semi-final spot alive.
Can the Cape Cobras stop the rampaging Kings?
Kings XI Punjab would aim to keep the winning run going when they take on South Africa's Cape Cobras in a Group B encounter of the Champions League in Mohali on Sunday.
'I offered to give Manan my bat if he could score a hundred'
Senior batsman Virender Sehwag was full of praise for his young opening partner Manan Vohra, whose 32-ball-65 set the tone for an emphatic victory.
CLT20: Kings XI Punjab thrash Northern Knights, enter semi-finals
Kings XI Punjab put up yet another dominating performance as they outclassed Northern Knights from New Zealand by a whopping 120 runs in Mohali to enter the semi-finals in their maiden appearance in the Oppo Champions League T20.
September 26, 2014
Chennai look to shut out Scorchers in CLT20
Left disappointed after their Group A match of the Champions League Twenty20 was washed off without a single ball being bowled against Lahore Lions, Chennai Super Kings would be looking to shut out Perth Scorchers on Saturday to book their last-four spot.
CLT20: Cape Cobras beat Barbados Tridents via Super Over
Cape Cobras held their nerve at key moments to get the better of Barbados Tridents via the 'Super Over' in the Champions League T20 match in Mohali on Friday to keep their slender hopes of qualifying for the semi-finals alive. Chasing a fighting target of 175, Cobras started in whirlwind fashion but lost momentum before scrambling up 174 for five to tie the scores. Jonathan Carter's brilliant unbeaten 111 for Tridents went in vain as the South African outfit came up trumps in a pulsating affair.
BCCI AGM on Nov 20; Shastri retained till 2015 World Cup
The all-powerful working committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India retained former India all-rounder Ravi Shastri as Director of the Indian cricket team till next year's ICC World Cup while deciding to hold its Annual General Meeting in Chennai on November 20.
Ajinkya Rahane settles for domestic bliss off the field
Ajinkya Rahane tied the knot with Radhika Dhopvkar in traditional Maharashtrian style on Friday.
Find out why Pakistan suspended 16 bowlers
In a major crackdown against chucking, a senior official revealed that Pakistan on Thursday suspended 16 domestic bowlers with suspect actions following the ban of ace off-spinner Saeed Ajmal.
Cricket Buzz: Former NZ all-rounder Cairns charged with perjury
Former New Zealand captain Chris Cairns was charged in a north London police station on Thursday with perverting the course of justice.
September 25, 2014
Heavy rain washes out Chennai vs Lahore CLT20 match
Heavy rain washed out the Champions League T20 match between Chennai Super Kings and Lahore Lions without a ball being bowled at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore on Thursday.
Pujara slams maiden century in county cricket
Cheteshwar Pujara scored the 27th first-class century of his career and the first one in county cricket as Derbyshire seized the initiative against Leicestershire in a Division Two encounter in Derby.
Mumbai's veteran batsman Muzumdar calls it quits
One of India's finest batsman in the domestic circuit Amol Muzumdar on Thursday announced his retirement from all forms of the game ending an illustrious two-decade career that saw him captain the Mumbai team to a Ranji Trophy title in 2006-07.
BCCI's meet set to throw lifeline to Srinivasan
The all-powerful working committee meeting of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will take place in Chennai on Friday to discuss about deferring the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and a longer tenure for team director Ravi Shastri, who in all likelihood would be requested to guide India till next year's World Cup.
Kapil Dev honoured with Lifetime Achievement award
Indian cricket legend Kapil Dev has been honoured with a Lifetime Achievement award at a ceremony in the House of Lords in London.
KKR's record 12th straight victory makes Gambhir a proud skipper
Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir is proud of his side's record 12th straight win. Gambhir also praised the team spirit and predicted a great future for Suryakumar Yadav, who helped the IPL champions book their semi-final spot in the Champions League T20 in Hyderabad on Wednesday night.
Kuldeep, Suryakumar guide Kolkata to CLT20 semis
An unstoppable Kolkata Knight Riders stretched their winning streak to a record 12 after the reigning IPL champions edged past Perth Scorchers by 3 wickets to all but confirm their semi-final spot in the Champions League Twenty20 in Hyderabad.
September 24, 2014
BCCI secy Patel alleges vendetta politics following sacking by Baroda CA
Sanjay Patel, secretary of the Board of Control of Cricket in India, was on Wednesday removed from the secretary's post by his own state association Baroda CA after a city civil court in Vadodara rejected his plea to be reinstated in BCA's managing committee.
Cook confirmed as England captain for World Cup
Alastair Cook will lead England at next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand after being named as skipper for the upcoming One-Day International series in Sri Lanka, national selector James Whitaker confirmed.
Atapattu named Sri Lanka head coach
Former captain Marvan Atapattu became Sri Lanka's first full-time local coach in 15 years after he was put in charge of the national cricket team on Wednesday.
Pakistan drop Younis for Australia One-day series
Pakistan have axed senior batsman Younis Khan for next month's One-day series against Australia in the United Arab Emirates as they announced their ODI and Twenty20 squads on Wednesday.
Chennai Super Kings look to keep the momentum going against Lahore
Riding high on a comfortable win over Dolphins in their last encounter, Chennai Super Kings will look to keep the momentum going when they lock horns with Lahore Lions in the Champions League T20.
'There is still scope for improvement in this Kings XI side'
Kings XI Punjab may have shown their mettle, winning two games so far in the Oppo Champions League T20, but the team coach Sanjay Bangar said that there is still a scope for improvement.
'T20 is a batsman's game, that makes it difficult for the bowler'
Admitting that T20 is a game where bowlers often find themselves at the receiving end, Sri Lankan all-rounder Thisara Perera feels that its good to have a few variations in order to surprise the batsmen.
Injured Gayle ruled out of ODI series against India
Still recovering from a hamstring injury, swashbuckling batsman Chris Gayle was on Wednesday left out of the West Indies' 15-member squad for the One-Day International series against India next month.
'Gambhir's psyche to get wickets in T20 makes him a great captain'
Kolkata Knight Riders' bowling coach Wasim Akram has said that captain Gautam Gambhir's leadership and the team bonding is responsible for its success in the IPL and the ongoing Oppo Champions League T20.
September 23, 2014
CLT20: Clinical Hobart Hurricanes thrash Northern Knights
Hobart Hurricanes produced a
Pujara adjudged out for 'handling the ball'
India Test batsman Cheteshwar Pujara was adjudged out for handling the ball on the opening day of Derbyshire's County Championship four-day match against Leicestershire at Derby on Tuesday.
Sachin Tendulkar, Steve Waugh to be inducted as Bradman Honourees
Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar's tryst with Australia and "The Don" continues as the legendary batsman will be inducted as a Bradman Honouree along with former Test captain Steve Waugh at a gala dinner in Sydney on October 29.
CLT20: Lahore Lions' Rasool reported for chucking
Lahore Lions' spinner Adnan Rasool was reported for suspected illegal bowling action during his team's Champions League Twenty20 match with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in India on Sunday.
CLT20: Can Scorchers put a break on KKR's winning streak?
Following their 11-match winning streak, Kolkata Knight Riders will be aiming to keep their juggernaut rolling as they meet Perth Scorchers in their third Group A league match of the Champions League T20 in Hyderabad on Wednesday.
'Our bowling is struggling slightly,' admits Dhoni
His team might have registered a crushing 54-run win over Dolphins in Bangalore but Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni indicated that it would need to improve its bowling to win the Champions League Twenty20.
September 22, 2014
Raina's blast powers Chennai to huge win over Dolphins
Suresh Raina blasted a breathtaking 43-ball 90 to power Chennai Super Kings to a convincing 54-run victory over Dolphins and keep their semi-finals hopes alive in the Oppo Champions League Twenty20 in Bangalore, on Monday.
Injured Clarke shaking up fitness regimen ahead of Pak series
Injured Australia captain Michael Clarke will arrive in the United Arab Emirates five days ahead of the rest of the Test squad as he races to be fit for the two-match series against Pakistan.
Waqar seeks replacement spinner as Pak prepare to look beyond Ajmal
Although the PCB is leaving no stone unturned to allow suspended off-spinner, Saeed Ajmal a chance to make a comeback to international cricket, the national selectors and head coach, Waqar Younis are already planning for the World Cup without the services of the suspended spinner.
Trott insists Johnson not responsible for his early exit from Ashes tour
England batsman Jonathan Trott has insisted that Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson was not the one to blame for his early exit from their Ashes tour as he criticised former English skipper Michael Vaughan's reaction to his health problems.
Winning 11 matches in a row is great achievement, gushes Gambhir
Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir chose not to be harsh on his fielders, who missed chances galore in Sunday's Champions League Twenty20 contest against Lahore Lions, saying the team has worked hard in its impressive 11-match winning streak.
Younis Khan in probables list for Australia series
The Pakistan selectors have retained senior batsman Younis Khan in a shortlist of 20 players they have finalised for the Test and ODI series against Australia in the United Arab Emirates.
Gambhir, Narine guide Kolkata to easy win over Lahore
Skipper Gautam Gambhir led from the front with a confident half-century after Sunil Narine stifled Lahore Lions with his magical spin bowling as Kolkata Knight Riders eked out a four-wicket win in a Champions League Twenty20 Group A match in Hyderabad.
September 21, 2014
Blizzard's blitz stuns Cobras
Aiden Blizzard played a blistering knock as Hobart Hurricanes beat Cape Cobras by six wickets in a group league encounter of the Champions League T20, to keep their hopes of qualifying for the semi-final alive.
Onus on CSK's Smith and McCullum to get their campaign on track
After a jittery start, Chennai Super Kings will look for a turnaround to get their campaign back on track when they take on South African team Nashua Dolphins in a Group A match of Champions League T20 in Bangalore on Monday.
Watson ruled out of Australia's series against Pakistan
Injury-prone all-rounder Shane Watson has been ruled out of Australia's entire series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates with a calf injury, the country's cricket board said on Sunday.
'See-ball-hit-ball type mentality works'
Kings XI Punjab skipper George Bailey heaped praise on Akshar Patel for his crucial nine-ball 23 which helped his team beat Barbados Trident by four wickets in the Champions League Twenty20 in Mohali on Saturday night.
Tendulkar donates relief materials for J&K flood victims
India's cricketing icon Sachin Tendulkar on Saturday came in support of people affected by the devastating flood in Jammu and Kashmir by donating truckloads of relief which consists of five tons of eatables and 1000 blankets apart from other important stuff.
Stressful Jadeja episode went too far, says Anderson
Reflecting on his infamous altercation with India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, England pace spearhead James Anderson said the matter that brought a great deal of stress to him "went too far" and could have been dealt with on the day of the incident itself.
Bangar & Co. set to be retained, Penny and Dawes asked to report at NCA
The Board of Control for Cricket in India is all set to retain the support staff members comprising of Sanjay Bangar, R Sridhar and Bharat Arun, who came in as temporary replacements for Trevor Penny and Joe Dawes.
Miller, Akshar guide Punjab to victory over Barbados
David Miller smashed a 34-ball 46 under pressure and Parvinder Awana scalped three wickets as Kings XI Punjab notched up a four-wicket victory over Barbados Trident in the Oppo Champions League twenty20 in Mohali.
September 20, 2014
Marsh cameo guides Scorchers to a thrilling win over Dolphins
Mitchell Marsh hit successive sixes off the last two deliveries as Perth Scorchers from Australia beat South Africa's Dolphins by six wickets in a group league match of the Champions League T20 in Mohali on Saturday.
CLT20: It's India v Pakistan as Lahore Lions face Kolkata challenge
Buoyed by their spectacular win over Chennai Super Kings in the opening match of this season's campaign, Kolkata Knight Riders will take on spirited qualifiers Lahore Lions in their second game of the Champions League Twenty20 in Hyderabad on Sunday.
Malinga to undergo ankle treatment in Australia
Sri Lanka will miss the services of paceman Lasith Malinga for about three-and-a-half months until early next year as the speedster has planned to get his troubled ankle treated in Australia.
Pataudi was best at handling pressure, reveals study
Ahead of Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi's third death anniversary in November, a website claims to have unearthed an unheralded aspect of the former Indian captain's game -- he was the best when it came to handling pressure.
Knights beat Cobras by 33 runs in rain-shortened CLT20 match
Rains took some sheen off Kane Williamson's record batting display of scoring the fastest ever century in Champions League Twenty20 as New Zealand side Northern Knights beat Cape Cobras of South Africa by 33 runs under Duckworth-Lewis method in Raipur.
September 19, 2014
Will Pawar dash Srinivasan's hopes of comeback in BCCI?
Former Board of Control for Cricket in India chief Sharad Pawar could make a sensational return as president. There is talk that the Maharashtra politician could emerge an unlikely candidate to take on the suspended Narayanaswami Srinivasan.
Injury rules Duminy out of Champions League T20
Cape Cobras were dealt a severe blow after all-rounder JP Duminy has been ruled out of Oppo Champions League Twenty20 due to an injury and has been replaced by Sybrand Engelbrecht.
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Punjab look for another dominating performance against Barbados
After launching their campaign on a winning note, IPL finalists Kings XI Punjab will look to dish out another dominating performance when they face the formidable Barbados Tridents in a Group B match of the Oppo Champions League twenty20 in Mohali on Saturday.
'Green Park cannot have IPL matches, will host only Tests'
Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA) secretary Rajeev Shukla has said that new stadia will be built in the state to host IPL and limited-over matches
'When the team is in trouble, it takes courage to go for shots'
Kings XI Punjab captain heaped praise on Glenn Maxwell and Thisara Perera after the five-wicket win against Hobart Hurricanes in Mohali and promised his team will get better in the Champions League T20.
Chris Rushworth creates history, takes 15 wickets in a day
Durham seam bowler Chris Rushworth took 15 wickets on Wednesday as Northants were bowled out twice in less than 3-1/2 hours on their way to an innings defeat.
CLT20: Cricket stars, cheerleaders... but where's the crowd?
Despite home team featuring in the opening tie, crowds at the PCA stadium were sparse in the CLT20 match played between Kings XI Punjab and Hobart Hurricanes in Mohali on Thursday night.
Kings XI skipper promises better show after their CLT20 opener
Kings XI Punjab captain George Bailey heaped praise on Glenn Maxwell and Thisara Perera after the five-wicket win against Hobart Hurricanes in Mohali and promised his team will get better in the Champions League T20.
September 18, 2014
CLT20: Maxwell, Perera help Kings XI start on a winning note
A superb cameo from Glenn Maxwell helped Kings XI Punjab overcome a poor start to their chase and win the battle of first-timers against Hobart Hurricanes by five wickets in the Champions League T20 in Mohali.
Never term coaches as Indian or overseas: Bangar
India's assistant cricket coach Sanjay Bangar feels competence, not nationality, should be the sole criteria while judging a coach and criticism should never be based on whether the person is an Indian or not.
PIX: Cricketers, their gorgeous wives and kids at CLT20
The greatest nights in cricket and the glamorous WAGs (wife and girlfriends) are back on our television screens.
'Adapting quickly will be key to India's success in Australia'
Adjusting to the conditions and improvising quickly to challenging situations would be the key to India's success in what promises to be a tough tour Down Under come December, feels former Australia pacer Michael Kasprowicz.
Russell, Ten Doeschate played unbelievable knocks, says Gambhir
Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir praised Andre Russell and Ryan ten Doeschate and said that they played 'unbelievable' knocks.
Russell, ten Doeschate power KKR to stunning victory over Chennai
Andre Russell smashed a breathtaking half-century while Ryan ten Doeschate struck a fine unbeaten 51 to guide Indian Premier League champions Kolkata Knight Riders to a stunning seven-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings.
September 17, 2014
Penny, Dawes future to be decided at BCCI meeting next week
The future of India's bowling coach Joe Dawes and fielding consultant Trevor Penny will be decided at the all-important Working Committee meeting of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, in Chennai on September 26.
Pujara ends run-drought as Derbyshire beat Surrey
Cheteshwar Pujara ended his run-drought with an unbeaten 90 as Derbyshire beat Surrey by eight wickets in the Division Two County Championship match at the KIA Oval on Wednesday.
Pakistan trying hard to get Ajmal cleared for World Cup
Former captain Intikhab Alam, who heads the Pakistan Cricket Board's domestic cricket operations, said on Wednesday that they are planning to have the suspended Saeed Ajmal undergo the bio-mechanic tests with a corrected bowling action before the World Cup so he is available for selection for the mega event next year.
Court dismisses BCCI's application, RCA mulls PIL
The Rajasthan Cricket Association on Wednesday received some sort of relief as the Jaipur City district judge dismissed the application filed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India seeking transfer of the RCA's suit from ADJ-4 Jaipur.
Injury rules Johnson out of Kings XI's initial CLT20 matches
Cricket Australia on Wednesday said fast bowler Mitchell Johnson will not immediately join Kings XI Punjab in India for the Oppo Champions League Twenty20 due to a rib injury.
Will Kings XI Punjab's power-packed batting tame Hurricanes?
After their best-ever show at IPL 7, Kings XI Punjab will look to continue their aggressive brand of cricket when they start their campaign against Hobart Hurricanes in a Group B match of the Champions League Twenty20 in Mohali on Thursday.
Benn sends Bangladesh crashing to 2-0 series defeat vs Windies
Bangladesh collapsed to a 2-0 series defeat against West Indies, losing the second and final Test by 296 runs with a day to spare on Tuesday.
Cricket Buzz: Former NZ captain Martin Crowe suffers cancer relapse
Former New Zealand cricket captain Martin Crowe has suffered a relapse of his cancer.
'In Champions League T20, most teams want to beat Mumbai Indians'
Mumbai Indians skipper Kieron Pollard rued the fact that team's batting let them down as the defending champions crashed out of the qualifying round of the Champions League T20 in Raipur.
CLT20: Holders Mumbai Indians out; Knights and Lions make the cut
Defending champions Mumbai Indians paid the price for an indifferent showing and crashed out of the Champions League T20 after being beaten by New Zealand's Northern Knights by six wickets in the final qualifying round match in Raipur, on Tuesday.
September 16, 2014
CLT20: Hafeez shines as Lahore Lions beat Southern Express
Muhammad Hafeez led from the front with a blazing 67 as Lahore Lions trounced Sri Lanka's Southern Express by 55 runs in their penultimate Oppo Champions League Twenty20 qualifier, in Raipur on Tuesday, to keep alive their chances of making the main draw of the tournament.
Pakistan name Afridi T20 captain, Misbah to lead in Tests, ODIs
Flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi was, on Tuesday, named Pakistan's new Twenty20 captain until the 2016 World T20, and Misbah ul Haq retained Test and ODI skipper until the 2015 50-over World Cup.
CLT20: Will IPL champs KKR repeat their super show against CSK?
Depleted by the absence of high-profile names, Indian Premier League 2014 champions Kolkata Knight Riders have a tough task on hand when they lock horns with formidable Chennai Super Kings in the opening Group 'A' match of the Champions League T20, in Hyderabad, on Wednesday.
Cricket Buzz: Australia prepare artificial pitch for spin practice
Australia has built an artificial pitch at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane to help its batsmen deal with spin-bowling on the slow tracks of the subcontinent, where they have so often struggled in the past.
2nd Test: Windies rack up huge lead as Bangladesh toil
West Indies piled on the misery for Bangladesh by ending the third day of the second Test in Gros Islet, Saint Lucia, with a huge 427-run lead with six second innings wickets remaining.
September 15, 2014
Twenty20 is a sort of a lottery cricket, says CSK captain Dhoni
The Chennai Super Kings captain believes that T20 cricket is very unpredictable and even a single player can sometimes change the course of a match.
Kashmir flood leaves India cricketer Rasool stranded for 10 days
'It was a helpless situation for me and my family. We were staying on the first floor as the ground floor was filled with flood water,' says Parveez Rasool, the only cricketer from Jammu and Kashmir to have played for India.
Kings XI Punjab hope pacer Johnson is cleared for CLT20
Captain George Bailey believes the forthcoming Champions League Twenty20 tournament is a new start for his team Kings XI Punjab but the Indian Premier League runners up are ready for the challenge and hoping to win their first major title.
Five-star Roach has Bangladesh struggling again
Bangladesh continued to struggle on their tour of the Caribbean as they ended the second day of the second and final Test against West Indies trailing by 276 runs with just three first innings wickets remaining.
September 14, 2014
Champions League T20: Mumbai Indians trounce Southern Express
Openers Lendl Simmons and Mike Hussey struck commanding fifties to hand Mumbai Indians a resounding 9-wicket win over Sri Lankan outfit Southern Express and keep their team in the hunt for the main draw of the Oppo Champions League Twenty20 in Raipur.
Champions League T20: Northern Districts thrash Lahore Lions
A clinical all-round display by the Northern Districts helped them crush Lahore Lions by a whopping 72 runs to all but ensure their entry into the main round of the Champions League T20 in Raipur.
Team India look serious contenders to defend their World Cup title
After what at one stage earlier this month looked like a vast game of musical chairs, reigning champions India ended up topping the world rankings when the five-month countdown to the 2015 World Cup started on Sunday.
We missed Rohit in the middle: Wright
After being beaten by Lahore Lions in their first Champions League T20 qualifier, Mumbai Indians head coach John Wright said the defending champions lost because of a poor start with the bat in the absence of regular skipper Rohit Sharma, who has been ruled out due to injury.
Hafeez delighted with the win over Mumbai Indians
Lahore Lions skipper Mohammad Hafeez feels his bowlers set the stage for victory over Mumbai Indians in their first qualifier of the Champions League T20 tournament, by restricting the opponents to a low score.
Pollard feels the heat after losing to Lahore Lions
Having started their campaign in the Champions League Twenty20 with a loss, Mumbai Indians captain Kieron Pollard conceded that pressure would be on his side as they will have to win their next two matches to make it to the tournament proper.
PCB to pay Saqlain Rs 1 million per month to coach Ajmal
Former Pakistan off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq will be paid a whopping Rupees One million per month for helping the suspended Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal to undergo correctove measures in his illegal bowling action.
Akmal cameo guides Lahore to six wickets win over Mumbai
Umar Akmal played a stunning cameo of 18-ball unbeaten 38 as Lahore Lions beat defending champions Mumbai Indians by six wickets in their opening qualifying round match of the Champions League Twenty20 in Raipur on Saturday.
September 13, 2014
Williamson guides Northern Knights to easy win in CLT20 opener
Premier New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson showed his prowess in shortest format as his smashing innings powered Northern Knights to a convincing seven-wicket victory over Sri Lanka's Southern Express in a rain-curtailed opening game of the Champions League T20 in Raipur.
Delhi to host second ODI against West Indies on October 11
The revised itinerary of India's home series against the West Indies underwent a few changes with the capital hosting the second ODI on October 11 instead of the one-off T20 which will now be hosted by Cuttack on October 22.
BCCI Constitution amended for Jaitley not Srinivasan: Manohar
Former BCCI president Shashank Manohar has said that the amendment of the BCCI constituition in 2012 regarding president's post was done to
Rahul Dravid delivers the Dilip Sardesai memorial lecture
Former India skipper Rahul Dravid spoke at the Dilip Sardesai Memorial Lecture at the Cricket Club of India. Here is the full text of his speech.
September 12, 2014
One-Day cricket is seriously struggling, says Dravid
Former India captain Rahul Dravid, on Friday, urged the cricket administrators to rethink their plans of One-day cricket, if they have to ensure the longevity of the format.
Test reveals Ajmal's elbow extension beyond 40 degrees
Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal failed his biomechanics test in Brisbane because his average elbow extension was more than double the 15 degrees allowed by the ICC.
Shehzad reprimanded for making 'religious comments'
Pakistan opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad has escaped strong disciplinary action for his controversial religious comments to Tillakaratne Dilshan of Sri Lanka as the Board let him off with just a stern reprimand for violating a clause of his central contract.
Yorkshire win first County Championship title in 13 years
Yorkshire clinched their first English County Championship title in 13 years after demolishing Nottinghamshire by an innings and 152 runs at Trent Bridge on Friday.
'Pataudi would have averaged 75 if he had both his eyes'
India batting great Rahul Dravid recalled meeting Tiger Pataudi in 1997 and revealed how he found there was no bitterness in him about the injury which left him with just one eye.
Cairns likely to face perjury charge in case against Lalit Modi
Former New Zealand cricketer Chris Cairns expects to be charged with perjury this month by British authorities and will travel to Britain to defend himself, the player said on Friday.
Why IPL teams hold edge in Champions League T20?
It is time again to return to the shortest format of cricket as leading players, including India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, get ready to represent their respective franchises in the sixth edition of the Champions League T20.
Prior, Trott lose England contracts, Stokes a surprise
Wicketkeeper Matt Prior and struggling batsman Jonathan Trott have lost their central contacts with England, though all-rounder Ben Stokes has been rewarded despite a poor home series against India.
'Drop Fletcher; Vengsarkar, Shastri can turn fortunes of India'
Former India wicketkeeper Farokh Engineer wants Duncan Fletcher axed as the Indian team's chief coach, and the appointment of Ravi Shastri and Dilip Vengsarkar to guide the team after the 3-1 drubbing Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men received in the five-Test series in England.
September 11, 2014
Mumbai Indians appoint Pollard as skipper for CLT20
Dashing all-rounder Kieron Pollard has been named the captain of the Mumbai Indians after shoulder injury and fractured finger forced regular captain Rohit Sharma to pull-out of the upcoming Champions League T20, starting from Saturday.
Pujara out for a duck in second innings for Derbyshire
India's Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara's county debut turned into a nightmare as he got out without scoring in Derbyshire's second innings in their bid to chase down a tricky target of 261 against Glamorgan in the second division match of English County Championship in Cardiff, on Thursday.
Pathan brothers launch cricket academy; sign up Greg Chappell
The brothers' academy which has been named CAP (Cricket Academy of Pathans) will be launched initially in Baroda next month with around 50 more academies planned all across the country.
Can Yusuf Pathan make India comeback before World Cup?
Confident of a good showing in the Champions League Twenty20 and the domestic season ahead, all-rounder Yusuf Pathan has said there is enough time before the 2015 World Cup for him to prove his mettle and make a comeback into the Indian team.
Saqlain Mushtaq rushes to rescue controversial spinner Ajmal
Pakistani cricket authorities have turned to former top spinner, Saqlain Mushtaq to help Saeed Ajmal change his bowling action and make a comeback to international cricket.
September 10, 2014
Pujara fails on County debut, dismissed for seven
Indian top-order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara failed to impress on his County debut after managing just seven runs for Derbyshire in the four-day Division Two first-class match against Glamorgan in Cardiff on Wednesday.
Bangladesh paceman Amin reported for chucking, sixth bowler since July
Bangladesh paceman Al-Amin Hossain has become the laTest bowler to be reported for a suspect action and has to undergo biomechanical Tests within 21 days, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Wednesday.
ICC not sure if technology will do enough to check chucking menace
The ICC is cautiously optimistic that wearable sensors can provide the technological breakthrough needed to stamp out illegal bowling actions but does not expect them to be ready for trial in matches before mid-2015.
Injured Rohit to miss Champions League T20, says MI coach Wright
Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma sustained a fracture in the middle finger during the second One-Day International against England at Cardiff.
Porter apologises for his 'rather be booed than ignored' comment on Ali
The chief of England's Professional Cricketers' Association Angus Porter has profusely apologized for his comments that England cricketer Moeen Ali should have taken the abuse from the Indian fans during the one-off T20 International as a 'compliment'.
Mushfiqur ton in vain as West Indies win by 10 wickets
West Indies wrapped up a 10-wicket victory over Bangladesh before lunch on the fifth and final day of the first Test in St Vincent on Tuesday.
'I'd rather be a mean winner rather than a polite loser'
Winning is all what matters to
Uttam's Take! Shastri(ya) Sangeet: Secret of Team India's ODI success's Uttam Ghosh unravels the secret weapon which helped India get the better of hosts England in the ODI series.
September 09, 2014
Ajmal vows to return with clean action, eyes 2015 World Cup
Banned Pakistani off-spinner Saeed Ajmal vowed to correct his illegal bowling action and return to cricket before next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
Shastri, Fletcher should stay till 2015 World Cup, says Laxman
Former batsman V V S Laxman believes tinkering with Team India's support staff is not a viable option and newly-appointed team director Ravi Shastri and coach Duncan Fletcher should stay till the 2015 World Cup.
Akhtar advises Ajmal to challenge ICC ban; Saqlain offers help
Having been at the receiving end of chucking accusations during his playing days, former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar advised Saeed Ajmal to legally challenge the new protocol of the International Cricket Council (ICC) on bowling actions.
Everything you want to know about controversial Pak spinner Ajmal
Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal was banned from bowling on Tuesday for an illegal action on Tuesday. Here are some facts on the bowler.
PCB to challenge ICC's decision to suspend Ajmal for illegal action
Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has been suspended for an illegal bowling action, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Tuesday.
KKR players get intense training in SA in preparation for CLT20
In their quest to be battle-ready for the upcoming Champions League Twenty20, Kolkata Knight Riders sent four of their players -- Yusuf Pathan, Piyush Chawla, Manvinder Bisla and Kuldeep Yadav -- to Bloemfontein, South Africa for 15 days of training camp that included cycling, running and mountaineering.
For now, Shastri gives full marks to 'solid character' Fletcher
His report will decide Duncan Fletcher's future as India's cricket coach and Ravi Shastri, who served as Team Director during the just-concluded limited overs series against England, has put his weight behind the under-fire Zimbabwean.
Should Shastri continue till the World Cup? Tell us!
What are your thoughts on Shastri continuing as Team Director till the World Cup? Should the BCCI retain him?
Rahane the cornerstone of India's batting in all formats
No one in his right senses will expect Ajinkya Rahane to bat like Sachin Tendulkar or make thousands of runs and own a plethora of records. But the right-hander guarantees to carry forward the rich legacy of the fabled Mumbai school of batting.
Pakistan cricket needs India's support, says Shoaib Akhtar
Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar, once a nemesis of many a top Indian batsman, is now ready to offer advice to his arch-rivals saying that Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron will be key to India's 2015 World Cup defence.
September 08, 2014
BCCI vs Lalit Modi-led RCA case hearing on September 11
The impasse between the Rajasthan Cricket Association and the Board of Control for Cricket in India is likely to continue as the District Judge, Jaipur (city) has set September 11 as the next date of hearing.
'Too late to sack Cook as captain, we're close to the World Cup'
The clamour for his sacking as England's ODI captain has grown shrill after the debacle against India but former coach Ashley Giles feels it is too
Lahore Lions granted visa to participate in CLT20
Ending days of speculation on whether the Lahore Lions would play in the upcoming Champions League Twenty20 in India, the Pakistan Cricket Board said the team has been issued visa and clearance for the tournament.
Cricket Buzz: Australia name master blaster Finch new T20 captain
Australia have named swashbuckling batsman Aaron Finch captain of the Twenty20 cricket team, replacing George Bailey, Cricket Australia (CA) said on Monday.
Stats: Captain Morgan basks in T20 glory
Statistical highlights of the one-off Twenty20 international between India and England at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Sunday.
I backed myself to go for it, says defensive Dhoni
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni defended his unsuccessful decision of not rotating strike in the last over against England in the Only T20 International, saying he backed himself to go for it.
Morgan smashes England to thrilling T20 victory
India's long tour of England ended on a heartbreaking note as England held their nerve to pull off a thrilling three-run victory in the only Twenty20 International.
September 07, 2014
Verma threatens to move apex court over BCCI AGM postponement
Continuing his crusade against the alleged corruption in the BCCI due to president-in-exile N Srinivasan's presence, Aditya Verma on Sunday threatened to move Supreme Court if the board's Annual General Meeting fails to make its September deadline.
Shastri's England report could decide coach Fletcher's fate
Under-fire India coach Duncan Fletcher's fate is expected to be decided by the Board of Control for Cricket in India after it receives team director Ravi Shastri's report on the England tour.
'India, Australia, South Africa favourites to win 2015 World Cup'
With the teams entering the final phase of their preparations for next year's World Cup, former batting great Ian Chappell said defending champions India, Australia and South Africa are the favourites to win the game's showpiece event.
IPL good for cricket but BCCI's enormous power scary: Boycott
Days after cricketing legend Ian Botham called for IPL to be scrapped, former England captain Geoffrey Boycott has now said it is not the T20 tournament but the Indian cricket board wielding enormous power that is detrimental to the game.
Brathwaite's maiden double ton puts WI in command
Opener Kraigg Brathwaite's maiden double century helped West Indies amass 407 for three on the second day of the first Test against Bangladesh at Arnos Vale in St Vincent on Saturday.
BCCI buys time for Srinivasan; calls Working Committee meet on Sep 26
The solution worked out by the members is to convene a Working Committee meeting on September 26. With this, the AGM is unlikely to be held on the scheduled date of September 30 as the rules demand for a three-week gap between the two meetings.
With eye on Test recall, Bailey quits Aus T20 captaincy
George Bailey stepped down as Australia's Twenty20 captain on Sunday, saying that he wants to focus on his Test career.
September 06, 2014
Steyn, du Plessis set up convincing win over Australia
A superb spell of reverse-swing bowling from Dale Steyn and another fluent innings from Faf du Plessis helped South Africa cruise to a six-wicket victory over Australia in the final of the triangular series at the Harare Sports Club on Saturday.
'It is a cheap shot to blame the IPL for India's poor show in Tests'
English cricketers can "forget" about the shorter format unless they embrace the Indian Premier League, according to the maverick Kevin Pietersen, who says his efforts to get his countrymen to play in the IPL have fallen on "deaf ears".
No assurances over ODI captaincy: Alastair Cook
Under-fire Alastair Cook has been given no assurances about his future as England's One-day International (ODI) captain but the stout opener is determined to lead the team in next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
Stats: Raina's all round performance; outstanding Jadeja
Statistical highlights of the fifth and final one-dayer between India and England in Leeds on Friday.
Cricket Buzz: England's Bresnan ruled out of India Twenty20 game
England all-rounder Tim Bresnan has been ruled out of Sunday's Twenty20 international against India with a strained shoulder, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Friday.
I learnt a lot watching Indians bat: Moeen Ali
England's unlikely bowling hero in the Tests, all-rounder Moeen Ali also made an impact with the bat at Edgbaston while playing his first ODI of the series and has admitted that he learnt a lot by watching Indian batsmen from the sidelines.
Too many soft dismissals cost us the game: Dhoni
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni says the target England set for them was very much achievable but soft dismissals scuttled their chances in the fifth One-dayer.
September 05, 2014
Root hits ton as England deny India clean sweep
Joe Root scored his second ODI hundred as England denied India a clean sweep with a 41-run victory in the fifth and final match of the One-Day International series, in Leeds.
South Africa's Morkel and Duminy in doubt for series final
South Africa fast bowler Morne Morkel and all-rounder JP Duminy will undergo late fitness tests ahead of Saturday's triangular series final against Australia in Harare.
'Shehzad's advice to Dilshan was stupid'
Newly appointed Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Shaharyar Khan criticised Ahmed Shehzad for offering religious advice to Sri Lankan player Tillakaratne Dilshan during an ODI last week, saying it was a "stupid statement" on part of the Pakistani batsman.
No bitter feelings, says Ajay Sharma after being cleared of match-fixing
Former Delhi captain Ajay Sharma can finally look forward to beginning a new chapter in life after a District Court cleared him of all charges related to match-fixing, which led the Board of Control for Cricket in India to impose a life ban on him.
Varun Aaron to play for Durham county
India fast bowler Varun Aaron will play for Durham in the remainder of the English county season. He becomes the second Indian this summer to play for a county club after promising batsman Cheteshwar Pujara joined Derbyshire.
Brett Lee begins second innings with Bollywood
After being part of a Bollywood film and music video, former Australia cricketer Brett Lee is all set to become a full-time actor in an Indo-Australian romantic comedy, aptly titled 'UnIndian'.
'We don't want Botham's advice on IPL, we've Gavaskar and Kapil'
The Cricket Board has rubbished former England great Ian Botham's criticism of the highly lucrative Indian Premier League, saying he had no locus standi, and advised him to first get his facts right before commenting on the Twenty20 League.
Is lack of IPL hurting England in shorter formats?
England were thumped 4-1 in Australia in their One-day International series at the beginning of the year and also lost recent series at home against Sri Lanka and India.
How Ravi Shastri helped Rahane get his maiden century
Indian batsman Ajinkya Rahane joined the bandwagon of Indian players, who have attributed Team Director Ravi Shastri for bringing about a turnaround in team's fortunes with his technical inputs in the ongoing ODI series after their dismal show in the Test matches.
'Dhoni will do well to be ready for the defence of the World Cup'
Mahendra Singh Dhoni's wicket-keeping skills in the Test format has came under scrutiny yet again with former New Zealand captain Martin
September 04, 2014
Du Plessis ton helps South Africa set up Australia final
Faf du Plessis smashed a third century in four matches as South Africa beat Zimbabwe by 63 runs on Thursday to set up a final showdown with Australia in the triangular series tournament.
Pakistan investigates Shahzad-Dilshan 'religious spat'
Pakistan said it has set up a committee to look into a religious spat between their opener Ahmed Shahzad and Sri Lankan counterpart Tillakaratne Dilshan last month.
India ready to defend World Cup, declares Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar sent out a warning to the teams participating in next year's cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, saying they need to watch out for defending champions India.
Barabati to host Windies T20 instead of third ODI
The Barabati stadium in Cuttack will host the one-off Twenty20 international between India and the West Indies on October 22, instead of the scheduled third ODI on October 14, the Orissa Cricket Association said.
India aim for clean sweep; England hoping to salvage pride
Series already in their pocket, a rampaging India would look to keep the foot on the pedal and press for a clean sweep when they take on England in the fifth and final cricket one-dayer in Leeds on Friday.
'IPL shouldn't be there at all as the players are slaves to it'
England legend Ian Botham has called for the scrapping of Indian Premier League, saying the T20 domestic event is "too powerful" for cricket's "long-term good" and the game would be better off without the tournament.
'Cook is a stubborn man but the tough call has to be made'
Coming down heavily on Alastair Cook, former skipper Michael Vaughan has said that the "stubborn" leader must be sacked from the ODI post if he refuses to step down soon.
Series wrapped, India likely to rest key players in fifth ODI
After taking an unassailable 3-0 lead following the nine-wicket victory in the fourth One-Day International against England, India is likely to give a break to some of their key players in the inconsequential fifth and final match at Headingley, Leeds, on Friday.
'As a player Suresh Raina has entered a new phase of maturity'
Suresh Raina, whose century in the second ODI helped India regain its confidence back after successive defeats in Tests against England, has extensively worked hard on tackling short pitch deliveries in the hockey turf.
Aussie pacer Harris eyes India series for comeback from injury
Recovering from a knee surgery, Australian pacer Ryan Harris is eyeing a return to international cricket in the Test series against India later this year.
Strauss backs captain Cook to come good
Former England skipper Andrew Strauss says sacking Alastair Cook as captain before the 2015 World Cup is not the answer to the English cricket team's one-day woes.
September 03, 2014
Dhoni more comfortable in shorter formats: Gavaskar
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar refused to draw comparison between the country's most successful ODI captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his predecessors, declaring that the wicketkeeper-batsman's record surpasses that of all his seniors.
Dhawan reveals how India bounced back in ODIs after Test debacle
The Delhi batsman said winning the series so convincingly is a huge confidence booster for India with around six months left for the 2015 World Cup to be played in Australia-New Zealand.
Harbhajan amazed by Bolt's smooth bowling action, simplicity
'I think cricket is there in Usain Bolt's blood. Since I got to watch from close quarters, it was amazing to see him run-up to bowl. The perfect delivery stride is understandable because he is a world champion athlete,' Harbhajan Singh said.
Stats: India's win in Edgbaston ODI, their 50th against England
Statistical highlights of the
'What I saw at Edgbaston was a joke, a total embarrassment'
Angry and sad at the way England have been outplayed in the ongoing ODI series against India, former captain Ian Botham and retired spinner Graeme Swann said the performance of the side led by Alastair Cook is nothing short of an "embarrassment".
'There's a tendency to lax after win, but India has got better'
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels his side played a "perfect game" at Edgbaston as the visitors thrashed England by nine wickets in the fourth One-Dayer to take an invincible 3-0 lead in the five-match series.
Thunder 'Bolt' hits Bangalore... with cricket bat and ball
Usain Bolt showcased his cricketing talent in front of an enthusiastic 6000-odd crowd in Bangalore on Tuesday.
Cook is not quitting. Period.
He might be under tremendous pressure after three consecutive losses, but England skipper Alastair Cook has made it clear that he is not stepping down as ODI captain in the wake of his side's One-day series defeat against India.
Most successful ODI captain Dhoni lauds his 'fantastic' team
Mahendra Singh Dhoni hailed his former and present team for helping him become the most successful Indian ODI captain after the visitors thrashed England by nine wickets in the fourth One-dayer to take an invincible 3-0 lead in the five-match series in Birmingham.
September 02, 2014
Usain Bolt wows Bangalore with the bat
Usain Bolt wowed his Indian fans in his trademark style in a brief exhibition cricket contest against Yuvraj Singh in his maiden trip to the country.
Finally, Pujara heads for England; set to make County debut against Glamorgan
India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara has been issued a British work permit and is set to join Derbyshire County Cricket Club this week for the remainder of the English County Championship.
Rahane leads India's demolition of England with maiden ton
Ajinkya Rahane scored his maiden One-Day International century as India trounced England by nine wickets in the fourth one-dayer to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.
British visa delay keeps Pujara's County debut on hold
Cheteshwar Pujara's debut for Derbyshire County Cricket Club, for which he has recently signed a contract to play in the remainder of the English County Championship, has been delayed simply because he has not yet been granted a British work visa. Consequently, he hasn't reached England and missed Derbyshire's crucial ongoing Division II match against Worcestershire at Derby in LV County Championship.
First Look: Tendulkar's remarkable story in his own words!
The highest run-scorer in the history of international cricket, Sachin Tendulkar retired in 2013 after playing for an astonishing 24 years. The most celebrated Indian cricketer of all-time, he was conferred the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award, on the day of his retirement.
Last thing I am thinking about is retiring, says injured Clarke
Australia captain Michael Clarke has dismissed any suggestions he might quit One-day cricket after returning home from Zimbabwe tour with a hamstring injury.
McGrath to mentor Varun Aaron and other pacers
India's fastest bowler Varun Aaron has started his 10-day training programme under Australian legend Glenn McGrath at the MRF Pace Foundation as part of a tie-up between the BCCI and company.
First Look! Bolt lands in India...
The fastest man on earth Usain Bolt arrived at Bangalore International Airport to make his date with India on Tuesday as he features in a friendly cricket match with India's star players Yuvraj Singh and Zaheer Khan.
Why Shastri's appointment is a step up for Team India
'Before Shastri's induction, things were sketchy and it was not known who was responsible for taking cricketing decisions around the team. The selectors chose a squad of players, the captain ran the show on the field and the coaches helped draft plans, or sort of tried to. There needed to be one man who could coordinate all elements around the squad -- someone who had the backing of the Board, the respect of the players and that of the support staff.'
Ganguly tells England how to improve against spin
Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly believes that England's batsmen need to change their mental approach against spin if they want to improve their showing in limited overs cricket.
'A few more good performances can give me back the opener's slot'
With Rohit Sharma nursing a finger injury and Shikhar Dhawan struggling with his form, India discard Robin Uthappa is eager to earn the opening slot in the national team with some good performances in the upcoming season, which ends with 2015 World Cup.
Technique tweak revives Raina's fortunes
Raina is much experienced now, fully mature and he could unfold his true genius at the World Cup in Australia-New Zealand next year, writes
September 01, 2014
Despite 0-2 deficit, Moores optimistic of England saving ODI series
England trail India 0-2 in the five-match One-Day International series, but coach Peter Moores is still confident of a turnaround in his team's fortunes.
Ashwin reveals secret of his success in ODIs
Ravichandran Ashwin's showing in the shorter versions of cricket have been comparatively better than that in Tests. The Tamil Nadu spinner attributes it to the time spent in the nets with his personal coach.
Sprint king Bolt challenges Yuvraj, Zaheer for a cricket match!
The fastest man on earth Usain Bolt is all set to make his date with India on Tuesday as he features in a friendly cricket match with India's star players Yuvraj Singh and Zaheer Khan.
Supreme Court refuses to reinstate scam-tainted Srinivasan as BCCI chief
The Supreme Court on Monday rejected Narayanaswami Srinivasan's plea for reinstatement as president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India saying he cannot be allowed to take up charge till he gets a clean chit from Justice Mudgal Committee, which is probing him and 12 players in Indian Premier League betting and spot-fixing scandal.
England guilty of selecting ODI team on Test performances: Boycott
The former England opener says Cook, Bell and Root shouldn't be in the One-day squad and is unimpressed with the team's bowling line-up.
Team India looking to wrap ODI series at Edgbaston
An unassailable lead in their pocket, India would look to clinch the one-day series against England by putting up another dominating display when the two sides square off in the fourth one-dayer in Birmingham on Tuesday.
ICC ODI Rankings: India grab No 1 spot
Good times are here for the Men in Blue! Their dominating performance against England coupled with Australia's shock loss to Zimbabwe made India the sole No 1 team in the latest ICC ODI rankings issued in Dubai.
'Kohli's preference for short formats will hold him back in Tests'
Former New Zealand captain Martin Crowe has said Virat Kohli, Joe Root, Steven Smith and Kane Williamson are the new "fabulous four" of Test Cricket but will go through "teething problems" before shooting for the stars.
'Virat is in a bad patch but a big knock is around the corner'
Mahendra Singh Dhoni has said a big knock could be in the offing from Virat Kohli very soon.
'An England turnaround can happen with individual responsibility'
England captain Alastair Cook has blamed his batsmen, saying that someone in the top order will have to score big for the others to make noteworthy contributions.
'India is giving England a lesson in how to play one-day cricket'
Exasperated at England's consecutive defeats, former captain Alec Stewart said the hosts must learn from India how to play One Day cricket.
August 31, 2014
Skipper Chigumbura leads Zimbabwe to shock win over Australia
Captain Elton Chigumbura hit a fluent half-century as Zimbabwe secured a shock three-wicket win over Australia in the triangular series on Sunday.
Ishant not interested in playing county cricket
Cheteshwar Pujara will be playing for Derbyshire this season while Varun Aaron is also keen on plying his trade in the county circuit but Ishant Sharma, the seniormost bowler of the Indian Test team is not at all keen on playing in England.
New boys have brought in fresh energy in ODIs: Rahane
Ajinkya Rahane said that the new players who have joined the ODI squad, have brought in fresh energy and helped in turning around India's fortunes in the ongoing one-day series against England.
England call up uncapped Roy, pacer Bresnan for T20
England have named uncapped Surrey batsman Jason Roy in their 14-man squad for next Sunday's one-off Twenty20 international at home to India.
'World Cup will decide who's No 1'
Next year's Cricket World Cup will decide the kings of the 50-over game whatever happens in the race to top the ICC world rankings between now and then, according to Australia captain Michael Clarke.
Stats: Dhoni improves captaincy record; best figures for Ashwin
Statistical highlights of the third ODI between India and England in Nottingham.
Take a look at what surprised Dhoni most in Nottingham...
Surprised by the amount of turn his spinners managed to extract from the pitch in the third ODI win against England, Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said they will have to work on delivering similar performances on tracks which may not be as helpful.
August 30, 2014
Kohli-Stokes involved in verbal spat in 3rd ODI
A brief verbal spat broke out between Indian batsman Virat Kohli and England pacer Ben Stokes during the third one-dayer, leading to the umpires calling the home side captain and the bowler before the match continued.
Nottingham ODI: India leave England in a spin after going 2-0 up
India's slow bowlers tormented England again to claim a six-wicket victory in the third one-day international in Nottingham on Saturday to go 2-0 up in the five-match series.
James Anderson booed by Indian fans during Trent Bridge ODI
England pace spearhead James Anderson, who had an ugly spat with Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja in the first Test, was today booed by the
Perera helps Sri Lanka rout Pakistan to clinch ODI series
Sri Lanka clinched the one-day international series against Pakistan after their bowlers, led by Thisara Perera, routed the tourists to secure a seven-wicket victory in the deciding third and final match on Saturday.
Injured Mumbai Indians captain Rohit set to miss CLT20 qualifiers
Star batsman Rohit Sharma's finger fracture is not only a blow to the Indian team but a big setback for Mumbai Indians as well, who will be playing their Champions League T20 qualifiers starting September 13, in Raipur.
Clarke confident of recuperating in time for Zimbabwe one-dayer
Australia captain Michael Clarke is confident he will be fit to lead his country in a One-Day International against Zimbabwe on Sunday after missing the first two matches of the tour because of a hamstring injury.
August 29, 2014
No witch-hunt against Cook, says 'friend' Swann
Insisting that he is not conducting a witch-hunt against the England skipper, Graeme Swann today said One-day captaincy is a "poisoned chalice" for Alastair Cook.
India should make ICC more democratic: PCB chief
Newly appointed Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shahryar Khan wants cricketing "powerhouse" India to encourage "democracy" in the functioning of the ICC after being forced to let BCCI have the control of the governing body along with England and Australia.
Injured Rohit Sharma ruled out of remainder of England tour
Indian batsman Rohit Sharma has been ruled out of the remaining three One-dayers and the one-off Twenty20 against England after sustaining a fracture in the middle finger of his right hand.
Can Team India continue winning momentum?
Seeking to continue their winning momentum and take an unassailable 2-0 lead, India were dealt a blow ahead of the third one-dayer against England at Trent Bridge on Saturday as opener Rohit Sharma was ruled out of the remainder of the tour because of injury.
IPL spot-fixing probe: Mudgal committee submits report to SC
The Justice Mukul Mudgal committee, which was directed by the Supreme Court to conduct a probe against ICC President N Srinivasan and 12 prominent players in the IPL betting and spot-fixing scandal, filed its report to the apex court in a sealed envelope.
Utseya hat-trick in vain as South Africa beat Zimbabwe
South Africa survived a batting collapse precipitated by a hat-trick from spinner Prosper Utseya to beat Zimbabwe by 61 runs in the third match of the triangular series on Friday.
'Aggressive Afridi right man to lead Pakistan at 2015 World Cup'
Pakistan's senior batsman and former captain Shoaib Malik has said maverick all-rounder Shahid Afridi is the best person to replace Misbah-ul-Haq as skipper for next year's World Cup.
Gavaskar rates Raina's Cardiff knock 'one of the best' overseas
Indian batting legend Sunil Gavaskar lavished parise on Suresh Raina's match-winning knock in the second ODI against England and rated the left-hander's hundred as one of the best ODI innings overseas.
August 28, 2014
Raina worked on leaving short balls before going to England: Amre
Mumbai Ranji Trophy coach Pravin Amre tells how Suresh Raina prepared for the ODI series in England.
To help break the jinx with a century was satisfying: Raina
Suresh Raina, who scored a 75-ball 100 in India's thumping victory over England in the second ODI, says he wanted to bring fresh energy in the team and is glad he could with his overall performance.
Raina credits Shastri for India's turnaround
Having scored a match-winning 75-ball-100 against England in the second One-Day International on Wednesday, Suresh Raina attributed his success to Team Director Ravi Shastri's pre-match pep talk.
Double misery for England; fined for slow over rate after defeat
England captain Alastair Cook's misery over his side's One-day humbling at the hands of India was compounded on Thursday when he was fined 20 per cent of his match fee for a slow over rate.
Stats: Suresh Raina joins ODI specialists' club
Statistical highlights of the second One-day International between India and England at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff on Wednesday.
Mrs Graeme Smith steps up to Idols... and how!
Morgan Deane Smith, stylish wife of former South African skipper Graeme Smith, auditioned for the latest season on MNet's South Africa's Idols.
Mike Hussey fears spin won't have much say in 2015 World Cup
Even as the teams get ready for next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, Michael Hussey has predicted that spin will not play much of a part in the mega-tournament, and only "mystery spinners like Saeed Ajmal and Sunil Narine have a chance of succeeding.
'But it's one game, isn't it? It's one day of cricket'
Dejected after a 133-run loss (D/L method) against India in the second One-dayer in Cardiff on Wednesday, England skipper Alastair Cook said that his team has a lot of improvement to do if it wants to overturn the 1-0 deficit in the five-match series.
Dhoni heaps praises on Raina
Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni heaped praises on Suresh Raina for his match-winning hundred in the second One-dayer against England here today that helped the visitors take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.
'In the next three matches we'll have more support than England'
Mahendra Singh Dhoni heaved a sigh of relief after his team turned its fortunes around with a 133-run win in the second ODI against England in Cardiff and the Indian captain said it's a "good format to come back into form" following the Test series debacle.
August 27, 2014
Cardiff ODI: Raina ton helps India trounce England by 133 runs
Suresh Raina helped India claim first blood in the one-day international series against England, hitting an impressive century in the tourists' rain-affected 133-run victory in Cardiff.
1st ODI: Villiers, Du Plessis seal SA win over Australia
AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis struck sublime centuries as South Africa chased down a massive score to beat Australia by seven wickets in the second One-Day International of the triangular series on Wednesday.
'I stand vindicated,' says Lalit Modi, after passport restoration order
Former Indian Premier League Commissioner Lalit Modi took to Twitter 'big time' on Wednesday after the Delhi high court ordered restoration of his passport, thanking the people who stood by him.
Cricket Buzz: Flintoff considering Big Bash stint
Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff has hinted that he could continue his cricketing comeback with a stint in Australia's domestic Twenty20 Big Bash league.
Benaud may commentate on India Test series from home
Australia's voice of cricket Richie Benaud has been offered the chance to commentate on Test matches from his home this year if he is not well enough to get to the grounds, according to broadcaster Channel Nine.
Bold and bizarre from Dhoni: Some decisions clicked, most did not!
During his tenure as captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has gone from being extremely cautious to trying something fancy, hoping to catch the opponent by surprise. However, mostly, he's ended up with egg on the face, especially overseas.
August 26, 2014
Hambantota ODI: Mathews, Perera star as Sri Lanka square series
A responsible half-century from captain Angelo Mathews and some big hitting by Thisara Perera set up a comprehensive 77-run win for Sri Lanka against Pakistan in the second ODI on Tuesday and helped the hosts level the series at 1-1.
Hit by controversies, Indian team steers clear of the media
Hit by controversies right through their troubled England tour, the Indian team management sought to steer clear of the media by not sending any player for the mandatory pre-match press conference ahead of the second ODI against the hosts.
Remembering Sir Don Bradman on his 106th birth anniversary
Despite losing four years of playing days due to World War II, Don Bradman still is head and shoulders above the rest. pays tribute to the incomparable Don Bradman.
'England will have to play very good cricket to beat India'
England batsman Joe Root has said that his side hasn't lost the momentum gained in the triumphant Test series as it prepares to take on India in the second ODI on Wednesday.
Bangladesh lift ban on all-rounder Shakib
Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan's six-month ban imposed last month for "misbehaviour" has been lifted, the Bangladesh Cricket Board said on Tuesday.
Akram's toe-crushing tips to Yadav's rescue
Fresh from his good showing for India 'A' during their recent tour of Australia, paceman Umesh Yadav revealed that his Kolkata Knight Riders bowling coach Wasim Akram helped him get his yorkers right and he is now keen to use the toe-crushers against England batsmen in the limited overs series.
August 25, 2014
Cheap to blame IPL for India's Test debacle in England: Pietersen
Retired English cricketer Kevin Pietersen says blaming the Indian Premier League for India's shambolic performance in the recently-concluded five-Test series against England is a 'cheap shot'. India were twice beaten by an innings as England won the five-Test series 1-3.
August 23, 2014
Maqsood, Alam stand tall as Pakistan win tense chase
Sohaib Maqsood and Fawad Alam struck quick-fire fifties and combined in a record 147-run sixth wicket stand as Pakistan defeated Sri Lanka by four wickets with one ball remaining in the first one-day international at Hambantota on Saturday.
Struggling Pujara to play for Derbyshire
Cheteshwar Pujara, who was among the top-order batsmen who failed to click in the five-Test series against England, has turned his attention to Derbyshire to find form.
Bangladesh collapse to 177-run defeat by Windies
Sunil Narine and Kemar Roach took three wickets each as Bangladesh were bowled out for 70 to give West Indies victory in the second one-day international by 177 runs on Friday.
August 22, 2014
Warm-Up: Kohli finally strikes form as India beat Middlesex
Under-fire batsman Virat Kohli finally came good and the bowlers delivered to help India beat Middlesex by 95 runs in the the 50-over practice game at Lord's.
Stephen Fleming: 'A Dhoni under pressure is still your best option'
Former New Zealand captain and Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming offers his take on India's Test debacle in England and suggests remedial measures. reports.
August 20, 2014
IPL fixing: Mudgal panel says won't travel to England to probe Indian players
The Justice Mudgal committee appointed by the Supreme Court to investigate into charges of betting and spot-fixing in the Indian Premier League last year will not be travelling to England to investigate current Indian players as part of their probe, the Board of Control for Cricket in India said on Wednesday.
August 19, 2014
Struggling Pujara gets BCCI nod to play county cricket
Cheteshwar Pujara, who was among the top-order batsmen who failed to click in the five-Test series against England that India lost 1-3, has sought permission to play in the remainder of the English county season and will be allowed to do so by the Board.
Can Ravi Shastri turn around the Indian team's fortunes? Vote here!
The last time he took charge, Ravi Shastri gave the Indian team a new josh after the 2007 World Cup debacle. Can he do so this time as well?
August 17, 2014
Rampant England seal series in style as India collapse
England ripped out India for 94 to win the fifth Test by a crushing innings and 244 runs at The Oval on Sunday and clinch the series 3-1.
England eye series victory after Root century
Joe Root's unbeaten 149 put England in complete control of the final Test against India and they picked up the wickets of openers Murali Vijay and Gautam Gambhir before lunch on the third day on Sunday.
Joe takes root to turn the screw on India
Joe Root passed fifty for the fifth time in the series to lift England to 385 for seven and a lead of 237 runs at the close on the second day of the fifth Test against India at The Oval on Saturday.
August 16, 2014
Seamers rip through India to put England in control
England's four-pronged pace attack bowled India out for 148 before the hosts reached 62 for no loss in reply to take control of the fifth and final Test on an absorbing first day at The Oval in London.
August 14, 2014
Sri Lanka find Pakistan's pace too hot on Day 1
Mahela Jayawardene scored four streaky runs in his last Test, as Pakistan's bowlers dismantled Sri Lanka's first innings on the opening day of the second and final match, in Colombo, on Thursday.
Windies series: Kochi to host first ODI on Oct 8; Hyderabad first Test
Kochi will host the first One-day International between India and the West Indies on October 8, while the first of three Tests between the teams will be at Hyderabad, starting October 30.
August 12, 2014
Piedt's record haul leads South Africa to big win
Dane Piedt produced the best performance by a debutant South African spinner as the Proteas thumped Zimbabwe by nine wickets to retain their number one status following the one-off conTest at the Harare Sports Club on Tuesday.
Kaneria refused final appeal against life ban
Former Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria's application to appeal against a life ban for corruption in English county cricket has been refused, the England and Wales Cricket Board said on Tuesday.
August 11, 2014
Du Plessis falls short of ton as South Africa take lead
Faf du Plessis fell two runs short of a fourth test century as South Africa eased past Zimbabwe's first innings total by reaching 278 for five at lunch on the third day of the one-off match at Harare Sports Club on Monday.
Should Rohit replace Kohli for fifth Test? Select team
Should Rohit Sharma, who played in the third Test, be given another chance to prove his credentials at the Test level?
August 10, 2014
Sri Lanka win first Test as Pakistan crumble to Herath
Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath claimed six wickets as Sri Lanka fashioned an unlikely seven-wicket victory over Pakistan to go one-up in the two-Test series on Sunday.
England name injured Broad in squad for fifth India Test
England fast bowler Stuart Broad, who suffered a fractured nose on Saturday, was named in an unchanged 13-man squad for the fifth and final Test against India at the Oval in London next week.
Rampaging England beat India by innings and 54 runs in Manchester
Moeen Ali and James Anderson made light of the injured Stuart Broad's absence with a devastating bowling display for England on Saturday as they skittled out India for 161 to win the fourth Test and take a 2-1 series lead.
August 08, 2014
Third Test: Rain halts England's progress at Old Trafford
England extended their first-innings lead to 85 runs before heavy rain halted their progress before tea on the second day of the fourth Test against India on Friday.
Sangakkara's 37th Test ton leads Lanka's strong reply
Kumar Sangakkara struck his 37th Test hundred as he and his retiring team mate Mahela Jayawardene powered Sri Lanka to 252 for two wickets before rain washed out the final session on day three of the first Test against Pakistan on Friday.
Brother's surgery kept me away from Parliament, says Tendulkar
Under attack over his absence from Rajya Sabha, Sachin Tendulkar on Friday said there was a medical emergency in his family that kept him away from Delhi and he did not mean disrespect to any institution.
ICC chairman Srinivasan snubs BCCI; says no to code revamp!
ICC chairman N Srinivasan on Friday made it clear that the apex cricket body is "not considering" a complete overhaul in the 'Code of Conduct' for players, which has become a subject of debate following the alleged spat involving England fast bowler James Anderson and India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja.
Manchester Test: Broad runs through India as England take charge
England fast bowler Stuart Broad took six wickets to skittle out India for 152 and the hosts finished on 113 for three in reply to take control on an absorbing opening day of the fourth Test on Thursday.
August 07, 2014
Sri Lanka dig in after Pakistan amass 451
Sri Lanka recovered from losing opener Upul Tharanga to reach 99 for one in reply to Pakistan's 451 at close on the second day of the first Test on Thursday.
August 06, 2014
Younis century rescues struggling Pakistan
Pakistan's experienced batsman Younis Khan dug deep for his 24th Test century and his seventh against Sri Lanka to rescue his struggling side who closed on 261-4 on the opening day of the first Test on Wednesday.
Blow for BCCI; ICC won't appeal Anderson-Jadeja decision
The International Cricket Council on Wednesday confirmed that it has received and considered the written decision of His Honour Gordon Lewis AM in respect of his findings that England's James Anderson and India's Ravindra Jadeja were not guilty of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel
August 05, 2014
Samson, Karn Sharma in squad for England ODIs
Young wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson and leg spinner Karn Shama are the new faces in India's squad for the One-Day International series against England.
Should Gambhir replace Dhawan for fourth Test? Select your team
Should Rohit Sharma get another chance or should he make way for off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin? Be the selector, pick your team for the fourth Test.
August 04, 2014
Will ICC appeal against Anderson-Jadeja 'not guilty' verdict?
The decision on whether to appeal or not against judicial commissioner Gordon Lewis' verdict pronouncing both James Anderson and Ravindra Jadeja 'not guilty' in the Trent Bridge altercation lies entirely on International Cricket Council CEO Dave Richardson, who has six days to do so.
August 03, 2014
Finn replaces injured Plunkett for fourth Test against India
England fast bowler Steven Finn has replaced injured Liam Plunkett for the fourth Test against India at Old Trafford starting Thursday.
Varun Aaron should play Manchester Test, says Ganguly
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly called for the inclusion of pacer Varun Aaron keeping in mind the fast nature of the pitch in Manchester, the venue for the fourth Test between India and England, starting on August 7.
August 01, 2014
ICC finds Anderson, Jadeja not guilty of breaching code of conduct
England's James Anderson and Ravindra Jadeja of India were found not guilty of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct by Gordon Lewis AM, the Judicial Commissioner.
July 31, 2014
Ishant Sharma ruled out of fourth Test against England
Fast bowler Ishant Sharma will miss the fourth Test against England at Old Trafford as he is still recuperating from an ankle injury, India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has confirmed.
England level series after meek surrender by Indian batsmen
India crashed to a humiliating 266-run defeat against England in the third Test after an abject batting surrender on Day 5 allowed the hosts level the five-match series 1-1, at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, on Thursday.
Third Test: India four down and facing defeat at Southampton
England need six wickets on the final day to win the third Test against India after a superb bowling performance helped them reduce the tourists to 112-4, still 333 runs short of victory, at the end of day four at Southampton on Wednesday.
July 30, 2014
ICC accepts Jadeja's appeal over fine for Anderson spat
The International Cricket Council on Wednesday confirmed that, after receiving legal submissions from the Board of Control for Cricket in India, it has accepted Ravindra Jadeja's request for an appeal against the recent decision by ICC match referee David Boon.
South Africa's batting great Kallis retires from international cricket
South Africa's batting great Jacques Kallis announced his retirement from all formats of international cricket on Wednesday.
Southampton Test: Anderson and Broad leave India in trouble
James Anderson and Stuart Broad each took three wickets to leave India in trouble on 323 for eight, 246 runs adrift of England, after the third day of the third Test on Tuesday.
July 29, 2014
Moeen Ali wears bands supporting Palestine, ICC to investigate
In what has so far been a non-controversial Test match in Southampton, there was a whiff of the same on the second day.
July 28, 2014
Southampton Test: Bell recaptures form as England punish India
Ian Bell returned to form in spectacular fashion with a superb 167 and debutant Jos Buttler also shone to help England strengthen their dominant position over India on the second day of the third Test on Monday.
South Africa escape with a draw to reclaim No. 1 Test ranking
South Africa reclaimed top spot in the Test rankings after grimly hanging on for a draw in the second and final Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo, on Monday to win the series 1-0.
July 27, 2014
Southampton Test: England batsmen dominate on Day One
Under-fire captain Alastair Cook at last found his form but fell for 95 as he and century-maker Gary Ballance put England in control at the end of the first day of the third Test against India on Sunday.
South Africa lose Petersen in steep run chase
South Africa lost the wicket of opener Alviro Petersen for a duck as they chased 369 runs for victory in the second Test against Sri Lanka on Sunday.
July 26, 2014
1-0 lead is not big in a five-match series, says Dhoni
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni says 1-0 is not a very big lead in a five-match Test series and the visitors are focussed on getting their combination right for the third Test against England.
Dhoni slams ICC decision to fine Jadeja, asks BCCI to appeal
An angry India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Saturday lambasted the International Cricket Council's decision to impose a fine on all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja for his altercation with England's James Anderson during the first Test in Nottingham.
BCCI reschedules domestic ODI tourneys with an eye on 2015 World Cup
The Board of Control for Cricket in India's technical committee headed by Anil Kumble has decided that the National ODI Championship for the Vijay Hazare Trophy and the Deodhar Trophy (Inter-Zonal) one dayers will act as trial tournaments for the ICC World Cup scheduled in February-March 2015.
Perera gives Sri Lanka big lead despite Amla ton
South Africa captain Hashim Amla remained unbeaten after his 22nd Test hundred but off-spinner Dilruwan Perera's career best figures gave Sri Lanka a big first innings lead at the end of the third day of the second Test on Saturday.
BCCI will appeal against ICC decision to fine Jadeja for Anderson spat
BCCI confirmed it will appeal to the International Cricket Council against it's decision to penalise Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja for his involvement in an incident with England pacer James Anderson during the first Test in Nottingham.
West Indies to play 3 Tests, 5 ODIs in India in October-November
The Board of Control for Cricket in India's Tours and Fixtures Committee shortlisted Bangalore, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad for India's three-Test series against the West Indies during October and November this year.
July 25, 2014
Amla, De Villiers dig in for South Africa
South Africa batted cautiously to reach 98 for three as they try to preserve their 1-0 lead in the series in the second Test and final against Sri Lanka on Friday.
BCCI miffed at fine imposed on Jadeja
A livid BCCI made it clear that it was not satisfied with the verdict of imposing a fine on Ravindra Jadeja for his on-field spat with England pacer James Anderson and said it reserved its right to appeal against the sentence.
Jadeja fined 50 percent of match fee for Anderson clash; BCCI slams verdict
India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was fined 50 percent of his match fee after being found guilty of a Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Code for Players and Player Support Personnel for his involvement in an incident with James Anderson during the second day of the first Test against England in Nottingham.
July 24, 2014
Afghanistan crush Zimbabwe to draw ODI series
Off-spinner Sharafuddin Ashraf took three wickets as Afghanistan skittled hosts Zimbabwe for 159 to win the fourth and final One-Day International by 100 runs on Thursday and draw the series 2-2. Ashraf returned figures of three for 29 and along with seamer Dawlat Zadran (two for 39) was the pick of the bowlers as Afghanistan recorded their biggest ever 50-over victory by runs.
Jayawardene joins Gavaskar, Lara on 34 Test centuries
Former captain Mahela Jayawardene hit a classy unbeaten century to help Sri Lanka close on 305 for five on the first day of the second Test against South Africa in Colombo on Thursday. In a chanceless six hours at the crease, Jayawardene finished on 140 not out off 225 balls, including one six and 16 fours, to give Sri Lanka a solid start in their bid to level the two-match series.
July 22, 2014
Sharapova's comments were not disrespectful: Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar has said that he didn't find it disrespectful that Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova didn't know who he was as she did not follow cricket.
Desperate England turn to Buttler for third India Test
Wicketkeeper Jos Buttler is set to make his Test debut after being named to replace Matt Prior in England's 13-man squad to play India in the third Test starting at Southampton on Sunday.
Tiwary, Pandey star in big win over South Africa 'A'
Manoj Tiwary and Manish Pandey missed out on three-figure marks but their contrasting innings were enough to guide India 'A' to a comprehensive 70-run victory over South Africa 'A' in the second match of the quadrangular series in Darwin on Tuesday.
July 21, 2014
'I've got an inner steel, which I have to keep drawing on'
Alastair Cook will not be quitting as England captain despite losing the second Test to India by 95 runs at Lord's on Monday, the 10th successive Test they have failed to win.
Ishant bags seven wickets as India humble England at Lord's
Ishant Sharma bagged seven wickets as India scored a thumping 95-run victory over England in the second Test at Lord's on Monday.
July 20, 2014
England battling to save Lord's Test as India strike
England face an uphill battle to save the second Test at Lord's after slumping to 105 for four at the close of Sunday's fourth day in pursuit of 319 to beat India.
July 19, 2014
Vijay stays defiant as India look to build lead
A defiant half-century by India opener Murali Vijay kept alive his side's hopes of setting England a tough fourth-innings chase in a tense second Test at Lord's in London.
Bhuvneshwar is like me, hope he can avoid flashbulbs, says Bedi
Former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi paid rich compliments to young seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar terming him as cricketer of his kind and prayed that the he remains like this for the rest of his career.
Sangakkara leads Sri Lanka's spirited chase
Kumar Sangakkara remained unbeaten after a sparkling half-century as Sri Lanka responded well to the challenge of scoring 370 runs in four sessions in order to win the first Test against South Africa on Saturday.
July 18, 2014
Ballance hits century but Bhuvneshwar's strikes put India on top
Paceman Bhuvneshwar Kumar scalped four wickets as India hit back with two late strikes to wrest the initiative on Day 2 of the second Test against England despite Gary Ballance's gutsy century at Lord's, on Friday.
Five-wicket Steyn rips through Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews weathered a fiery spell of reverse swing bowling from Dayle Steyn to take his team past the follow-on mark on the third day of the first Test against South Africa on Friday.
Rahane's century leads India's fightback on Day 1
A defiant Ajinkya Rahane hit a superb 103 to pull India out of trouble after a mid-innings collapse on a lively track at Lord's, as the visitors ended the first day's play on a respectable 290 for nine on Day 1 of the second Test in London.
July 17, 2014
Gordon Lewis to hear case against Anderson on July 22
The International Cricket Council appointed Gordon Lewis AM as the Judicial Commissioner to hear the misconduct case against England paceman James Anderson and the preliminary hearing will be conducted on July 22, a day after the Lord's Test concludes.
Anderson becomes highest wicket-taker in England
At the centre of controversy surrounding his alleged altercation with Ravindra Jadeja in Trent Bridge, fast bowler James Anderson replaced Fred Trueman as England's highest wicket-taker in the Old Blighty, where he has accounted for 230 scalps.
Duminy takes South Africa past 400 in Galle
JP Duminy scored his fourth Test century and his first in the subcontinent to steer South Africa to a first innings total of 455 for nine wickets declared on the second day of the first Test against Sri Lanka on Thursday.
July 16, 2014
Jadeja charged with offence under ICC's Code of Conduct
The ICC confirmed that England team manager Phil Neale has charged India's Ravinda Jadeja under Level 2 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel for an alleged incident that took place on the second day of the first cricket Test at Trent Bridge.
Sri Lanka fight back after Elgar's hundred
Opener Dean Elgar struck a magnificent century for South Africa but Sri Lanka came back strongly with four wickets in the final session to balance the scales on the opening day of the first Test on Wednesday.
'India complained within 24 hrs of Jimmy-Jadeja fracas'
India's much talked-about delayed response to the alleged "pushing and abusing" of Ravindra Jadeja by James Anderson during the first Test in Nottingham was not exactly delayed as it has now come to light that the team complained within 24 hours of the incident.
July 15, 2014
England pacer Anderson faces two-Test ban for 'abusing' Jadeja
England pace spearhead James Anderson faces the prospect of a ban of two to four Tests after he was charged with a level three offence for allegedly "abusing and pushing" Ravindra Jadeja during the first Test match at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.
Ojha's century, Yadav's all-round show gives India 'A' the lead
In-form Naman Ojha struck his third successive century while No.10 batsman Umesh Yadav smashed a quickfire 90 to give India 'A' the upperhand against Australia 'A' on Day 3 of the second unofficial Test match.
Should India play 2 spinners at Lord's? Select your team
After escaping with a draw in the first Test at Nottingham, India would be looking to get their team combination right when they take on England in the second Test, starting at Lord's, on Thursday.
July 13, 2014
Binny makes a mark as first Test vs England ends in drab draw
Stuart Binny struck a match-saving 78 on debut as India overcame some anxious moments to force a draw in the first Test against England in Nottingham on Sunday.
July 12, 2014
Draw on cards after records tumble in Nottingham Test
England pair Joe Root and James Anderson broke the all-time Test record for a 10th-wicket partnership on Saturday but the first Test against India at Trent Bridge looks like ending in a draw.
De Kock, De Villiers centuries steer South Africa to series win
Outstanding centuries from Quinton de Kock and captain AB de Villiers helped South Africa coast to a series-clinching 82-run win over Sri Lanka in the third and final one-day international on Saturday.
July 11, 2014
Ishant, Bhuvneshwar put India in control on Day 3
Ishant Sharma's three-wicket burst and Bhuvneshwar Kumar's four wickets triggered an England collapse before Joe Root's unbeaten half-century saw them survive the third day in the first Test against India.
July 10, 2014
Dhoni, tailenders put India in control on Day 2
The last wicket pairing of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami produced a stunning rearguard century partnership as India recovered from a dramatic middle-order collapse to post a commendable 457 in their first innings on Day 2 of the opening Test match against England, in Nottingham, on Thursday.
Dilshan steers Sri Lanka to victory over South Africa
Tillakaratne Dilshan outshone Hashim Amla's 14th One-Day International century to steer Sri Lanka to a series-levelling 87-run win over South Africa in the second match at Pallekele Stadium on Wednesday.
July 09, 2014
Vijay's century frustrates England on Day 1
India opener Murali Vijay hit an unbeaten century and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni slammed a half-century to frustrate England on the opening day of the first Test at Trent Bridge, on Wednesday.
July 08, 2014
Number Crunching: Figure out the history of England-India Tests
With India and England set to face-off on Wednesday in the first Test at Trent Bridge with an eye on the Pataudi Trophy, Rajneesh Gupta presents the history of their famed rivalry in numbers...
Should Gambhir open in first Test? Select your Indian team
Should the experienced Gautam Gambhir open the innings in the first Test? Should India go in with all-rounder Stuart Binny to lend balance to the team? Be the selector, pick your team for the first Test.
July 07, 2014
ICC Test rankings: Team India in with chance to rise to No.3
The Indian cricket team has a chance to go up a rung and be third in the ICC rankings if it beats England in the upcoming five-Test series starting July 9.
July 06, 2014
Amla century guides South Africa to victory in Colombo
Hashim Amla's 13th One-day International century and a clinical performance in the field carried South Africa to a comfortable 75 run victory in the opener of their three-match series against Sri Lanka on Sunday.
Tiwary, Ojha revive India A to 304/6
Captain Manoj Tiwary (83) and Naman Ojha (82 batting) hit aggressive half centuries to rescue India A from initial wobble and take them to a comfortable 304 for six on the opening day of the first four-day match against Australia A.
July 05, 2014
Strauss makes derogatory Pietersen remarks - reports
Former England captain Andrew Strauss was caught on microphone making derogatory remarks about ex-team mate Kevin Pietersen during an MCC v Rest of the World exhibition match at Lord's in London on Saturday.
July 04, 2014
Pietersen still dreams of playing for England
Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen says he still harbours dreams of turning out for his country despite being controversially axed from the national team.
July 03, 2014
Morale-boosting win for India ahead of England series
Indian batsmen and bowlers warmed up with a morale-boosting five-wicket win against Derbyshire in their second three-day tour game on Thursday, ahead of the first Test against England in Nottingham starting July 9.
July 02, 2014
Tour game v Derbyshire: Pujara, Binny hit fifties to lift India
Stuart Binny and Cheteshwar Pujara led the way with fluent half centuries as India ended day two of their three-day tour game versus Derbyshire at 341/6, enjoying a useful day of batting practice before the first Test begins at Nottingham on July 9.
England recall Stokes for India Test
All-rounder Ben Stokes has been recalled to the England squad for the first Test against India, starting at TrentBridge next Wednesday.
Indian bowlers struggle as Derbyshire pile up 326/5
India yet again produced a listless bowling performance as Derbyshire piled up 326 for five at stumps of the first day of their second tour game ahead of five-match Test series against England.
July 01, 2014
Zaheer wants Ishant to deliver in England
Veteran India pacer Zaheer Khan said that it is time Ishant Sharma should step up and spearhead the Indian bowling attack during the upcoming five-Test series against England, starting in Nottingham on July 9.
Pakistan board faced bankruptcy before ICC changes
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) faced bankruptcy and isolation if it did not back the radical changes made by the International Cricket Council (ICC) last week, chairman Najam Sethi said on Monday.
June 29, 2014
Indian bowlers struggle as practice match ended in a draw
Indian bowlers struggled even under favourable conditions on a rain-hit third day as the visitor's three-day practice match against Leicestershire ended in a draw.
June 28, 2014