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July 29, 2015
First Look: India, Aus 'A' players mourn former President Kalam's death
India 'A' and Australia 'A' cricketers wore black armbands and observed two minutes' silence in memory of late former President APJ Abdul Kalam.
BCCI will not lift ban on Sreesanth, Chavan, says it's 'disciplinary'
The BCCI has made it very clear that it was not having second thoughts on revoking the ban on former India pacer S Sreesanth and spinner Ankeet Chavan in the wake of a Delhi Court dropping all charges against them in the IPL 2013 spot-fixing case.
Ganguly keen to see how two captains theory works for India
Sourav Ganguly is also eager to see how the national team performs in different formats with two set of skippers.
Ganguly backs BCCI in its clean-up act
Asserting that there is no reason to fear signing the 'conflict of agreement' understanding, former India captain Sourav Ganguly says the Board of Control for Cricket in India's move to make cricket a clean affair should be taken in the right spirit.
MCA to decide on Ankeet Chavan's future on Aug 2
MCA has received a formal request from banned cricketer Ankeet Chavan to be allowed to resume his cricket career and the state association said it will decide on the matter at its managing committee meeting on August 2.
Ponting, Hayden criticise selectors for axing Haddin from 3rd Ashes Test
'He is a good gloveman, can be an important batsman and he keeps the team on its toes in the field'
July 28, 2015
I got rid of my old helmet, once I saw Rogers hit: Clarke
The injury suffered by Chris Rogers at Lord's has finally convinced Australia captain Michael Clarke to wear one of the new-look helmets.
Special Edgbaston crowd can be our 12th man: Cook
England want to bounce back from a disastrous showing at Lord's by playing well enough to get a special Edgbaston crowd on their side in the third Ashes Test against Australia, said captain Alastair Cook.
'BCCI would consider lifting ban on Sreesanth'
BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur, on Tuesday, said the board would consider lifting the ban on players who were alleged of spot-fixing, provided the request comes from players. BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur, on Tuesday, said the board would consider lifting the ban on players who were alleged of spot-fixing, provided the request comes from players.
Will approach BCCI to lift life ban on me: Sreesanth
He contemplated "suicide" during his time at Tihar Jail but pacer S Sreesanth is now hoping to sing the redemption song and would approach the BCCI for lifting the life ban imposed on him from playing cricket by the Board.
'Why not give Ravi Shastri a full go as India coach?'
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has said that Ravi Shastri is doing a good job as Team Director.
'Everyone is excited by the opportunity of playing against Kohli'
Australia A all-rounder Ashton Agar has said his side is excited about taking on India Test skipper Virat Kohli when he turns up for India A in the final four-day cricket match starting here tomorrow but insisted that there is no specific plan to tackle the star batsman.
Aus 'keeper Nevill to replace Haddin in third Ashes Test
Peter Nevill has got the nod ahead of Brad Haddin as Australia's wicketkeeper for the third Ashes Test against England at Edgbaston, captain Michael Clarke confirmed on Tuesday.
Ashes: Fit Starc takes jibe at England over pitches
Australia pacer Mitchell Starc can be expected to be at full throttle, the left-armer declaring his ankle a non-issue for the rest of the Ashes series after he bowled through Lord's without any of the trouble that dogged him in the first Test at Cardiff.
South Africa's first post-isolation captain Rice dies
The all-rounder captained South Africa at the age of 42 on their historic post-isolation limited overs tour of India in 1991, but was then controversially left out of the squad for the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand the following year.
Captain Kohli trains with Dravid's India 'A' for SL test
The spotlight will be on Test captain Virat Kohli as India 'A' go into the second and final unofficial Test against Australia A, starting in Chennai on Wednesday, looking to secure a win after drawing the first match last week.
Former PCB chief accuses BCCI of 'abetting' Hafeez's suspension
Former Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Zaka Ashraf has alleged that BCCI has been hatching a conspiracy by getting Pakistan's key bowlers suspended.
Fit and in-form, Rogers ready to face England bowlers at Edgbaston
Australia's opening batsman Chris Rogers has survived a stiff examination from his bowling teammates in the nets but expects England's pacemen to come even harder at him in the wake of his dizzy spell that forced him to retire at Lord's.
Tendulkar leads sports fraternity in tributes to late President Kalam
Legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar on Monday expressed his condolences over the sudden demise of former India president Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.
'We were poor at Lord's but can turn it round at Edgbaston'
Struggling England batsman Ian Bell is backing himself to come good at number three in this week's third Ashes Test against Australia at Edgbaston.
July 27, 2015
I am in a tricky position regarding my Test spot: Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma knows that he is in a "very tricky position" but wants to utilize the upcoming Sri Lanka tour and the subsequent tour of South Africa at home to cement his spot in the five-day format.
Cricketers have no role in spot-fixing, says Raina
Indian batsman Suresh Raina came out in defence of his fellow-cricketers, saying they have no role in spot-fixing.
IPL star Sarfaraz's younger brother to hone skills in England
Following in the footsteps of elder brother Sarfaraz Khan, who was a big hit during the eighth edition of the Indian Premier League earlier this year, Mumbai youngster Musheer will also have the opportunity to hone his skills in England next month.
Enforcement Directorate seeks non-bailable warrant against Lalit Modi
The Enforcement Directorate moved a special court in Mumbai on Monday seeking issuance of a non-bailable warrant (NBW) against former Indian Premier League chief Lalit Modi in alleged money laundering case registered against him.
BCCI warns Pakistan: Cricket and terror cannot go hand in hand
Following the terror attack in Gurdaspur on Monday, Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Anurag Thakur sent a stern warning to neighbours Pakistan, saying there is no scope for cricket between the two nations till the cross-border terrorism stops.
'Virat has really done well as a captain and is to keen improve'
Indian batting legend VVS Laxman has heaped praise on the current India Test skipper Virat Kohli.
'England haven't won the third Test since 1981..it has to change'
Being humiliated by 405 runs in the second Ashes Test by Australia was a setback but England will not dwell on it when the third Test gets underway at Edgbaston on Wednesday.
South Africa to play four Tests in India; de Villiers set for 100th!
South Africa will play four Tests and five One-Day Internationals on their upcoming tour of India from September 29 to December 7. The 72 days' tour -- their longest ever to the sub-continent -- also comprises three Twenty20 matches.
Sri Lanka record consolation win in final ODI vs Pakistan
Sri Lanka salvaged some pride after battering Pakistan by 165 runs in the fifth and final One-dayer at Hambantota on Sunday.
SRK-owned Trinidad Red Steel win Caribbean T20 League
Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan is on cloud 9 after his recent acquisition Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel claimed the Caribbean Premier League T20 title on Sunday.
July 26, 2015
'If the series against India happens, it'll probably be my last'
Well aware that he has reached the business end of his international cricket career, Pakistan Test captain Misbah ul Haq is planning to call time if the much-awaited series against arch-rivals India happens at the end of the year.
'It cannot be said that Sreesanth indulged in unlawful activity'
A Delhi court, which discharged cricketers S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan in the sensational 2013 IPL-6 spot-fixing case, has held there was no prima facie evidence to suggest that they had any nexus with the organised crime syndicate.
'Sourav Ganguly has been one of the greatest captains of India'
Former India captain and chief selector K Srikkanth has hoped that some of the Cricket Association of Bengal's annual awardees would make the cut and lead India like Sourav Ganguly.
'A lot of our young guys will want to impress the Indian captain'
Rahul Dravid has hailed Virat Kohli's decision to play against Australia A, saying it shows Test skipper's intent and keenness to prepare himself for the upcoming Sri Lanka series.
'Pujara's form is a bit off but nothing wrong with his technique'
Former captain and India A coach Rahul Dravid has defended out-of-form batsman Cheteswar Pujara, saying there was nothing wrong with his technique.
'The India-Sri Lanka Test series is going to be a close one'
Virender Sehwag has said India's upcoming tour to Sri Lanka will be a closely-fought affair.
Sreesanth to resume practice after emotional welcome at home
"If I had any link with him, I would not have been here. I would have been in Dubai or some other place. If I had known people like him, I would not have been cricketer," said Sreesanth on Sunday.
July 25, 2015
PHOTOS: Parents breathe a sigh of relief after court's verdict
Here is how the parents of S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandlia and Ankeet Chavan reacted to the court's verdict to dismiss all charges against them.
'It's a bit of an embarrassment no doubt for Neeraj Kumar'
A Delhi court's verdict dropping all charges against former India paceman S Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal has brought back the spotlight on former Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar.
Terrific to see Pragyan make a good comeback: Dravid
Former captain and India A coach Rahul Dravid heaped praise on Pragyan Ojha, saying it was great to see the left-arm spinner bowl wearing a half sleeve shirt after being suspended for illegal action in December last year.
Mishra, Ojha return with rich hauls as match ends in draw
Left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha turned out to be the biggest gainer while comeback man Amit Mishra got five wickets and more importantly vital overs under his belt as the first unofficial 'Test' match between India A and Australia A ended in a tame draw.
Our prayers are answered, say Sreesanth's parents
Cricketer Shantakumaran Sreesanth's parents could not find enough words to express their elation as a Delhi court dropped all spot-fixing charges levelled against their son.
Timeline: IPL spot-fixing scandal
India pacer Shantakumaran Sreesanth and his Rajasthan Royals team mate Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila were on Sunday cleared of charges by a Delhi court in the spot-fixing and betting scandal in the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League in 2013. A flashback of the events that unfolded in the episode.
Life bans on Sreesanth, Chavan remain 'unaltered', says BCCI
Notwithstanding the verdict of a Delhi court dropping charges against former India pacer Shantakumaran Sreesanth and two other cricketers in the 2013 spot-fixing scandal in the Indian Premier League, the Board of Control for Cricket in India has decided to stick to its ban on the three cricketers for the time being.
Sreesanth seeks BCCI nod for training, eyes 'selection'
'The worst that can happen to a cricketer is stay behind the National Stadium and not be able to use it. I went through a lot of things but it is past now,' said Shantakumaran Sreesanth after being cleared of all charges in the IPL spot-fixing scandal by a Delhi court.
Rogers rejoins Australia but still a doubt for Edgbaston
The 37-year-old left-hander was forced to retire on 49 not out on the fourth day of Australia's 405-run second Test victory against England at Lord's, which levelled the series 1-1.
IPL fixing: Sreesanth, Chandila and Chavan cleared
All the 36 accused persons including former India Test cricketer Shantakumaran Sreesanth along with his Rajasthan Royal team mates Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan were cleared of all charges in the Indian Premier League spot-fixing scandal, by a Delhi court, on Saturday.
Bihar's cricketers protest outside BCCI chief Dalmiya's residence
Alleging 'step motherly' attitude by the Board of Control for Cricket in India, about 100-odd present and former cricketers under the banner of Bihar Players Association on Saturday demonstrated outside BCCI chief Jagmohan Dalmiya's residence in Kolkata demanding full membership for the state.
Rain forces Bangladesh vs SA Test to end in tame draw
The rain-hit opening Test between Bangladesh and South Africa in Chittagong petered out to a tame draw after the fifth and final day's play was called off without a ball being bowled on Saturday.
Pakistan team's tour of Zimbabwe called off
Pakistan team's tour of Zimbabwe next month and a planned tri-series ODI tournament there have been called off after mutual understanding between the two countries.
July 24, 2015
Wahab withdraws from Lanka T20 series due to injury
Left-arm pacer Wahab Riaz has withdrawn himself from Pakistan's two-match T20 International series against Sri Lanka owing to a hand injury.
Ojha bags five as India 'A' take 154-run lead over Aus
Pragyan Ojha bagged an impressive five-wicket haul as India 'A' dismissed Australia 'A' for 268 before extending their lead to 154 runs by the end of the third day's play in the first unofficial cricket Test, at the M A Chidambaram stadium, in Chennai, on Friday. At the close of play, the hosts were 121 for 3 in their second innings.
Oman and Afghanistan grab final World Twenty20 spots
Oman's fairytale rise as a cricket nation continued Thursday when they qualified for next year's World Twenty20 in India.
BCCI officials to sign 'no conflict of interest' undertaking
State associations have received a letter from BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur instructing all office-bearers to declare their business interests and sign the undertaking.
Australia's Farhart to be Team India's new physio
Australia's Patrick Farhat is set to join the Indian cricket team as its new physiotherapist. He will be joined by Shankar Basu and Arun Kanade who will be on board as strength and conditioning expert and masseur respectively.
Bangladesh v SA: Heavy rain washes out fourth day's play
Heavy rain washed out the entire fourth day's play in the opening Test between Bangladesh and South Africa at Chittagong on Friday.
Why Saha is the right choice to fill Dhoni's big shoes
Wriddhiman Saha's diligence and determination makes him the obvious options available for the Indian selectors to replace Dhoni.
Sri Lanka tour will be tough: Mishra
Thrilled to be recalled to the Test squad, leg-spinner Amit Mishra says his good form is enough motivation for him to do well in the upcoming three-Test series against Sri Lanka.
July 23, 2015
England to face Pakistan in UAE
England will play three Tests against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates in October and November this year, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Thursday.
Remodelled action gets Ojha three wkts against Aus 'A'
Back in the mix after one and half years, left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha justified the selector's faith by rocking Australia A top-order with three quick wickets as the visitors reached 185 for four against India A at stumps on the second day of the first unofficial cricket Test in Chennai.
Axar's deliveries very much predictable, says Gavaskar
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar is of the view that young left-arm spinner Axar Patel is not Test cricket material and, at best, 'a roller of the ball'.
South Africa make cautious start after conceding lead
South Africa made a sedate start to their second innings after conceding a 78-run first innings lead to a spirited Bangladesh on day three of the opening Test at Chittagong on Thursday.
PMG sign promising batsman Sarfaraz Khan
Professional Management Group has signed up promising batting talent Sarfaraz Khan.
Meet India's Test squad for the Sri Lanka tour
Barring Amit Mishra's inclusion, there were no major surprise in India's Test squad for the tour of Sri Lanka, the selectors retaining as many as 14 players who had toured Bangladesh for the one-off
'Sundar Raman an employee, not decision-maker in BCCI'
Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Anurag Thakur made it clear on Thursday that there will be no haste in any decision regarding Indian Premier League Chief Operating Officer Sundar Raman's fate amid calls for his ouster.
'Considering the wickets, we've tried to get the balance right'
When the selectors sat down to pick the Indian side for the Sri Lanka tour, they had plenty on their plate.
'We've only played two Tests in a five-match series'
Australian captain Michael Clarke has said his side still has room for improvement after their utterly dominant 405-run win in the second Ashes Test against England at Lord's.
Kohli to play four-day game vs Australia A to get into the groove
Back from a well-deserved break, Indian Test captain Virat Kohli has decided to get into the groove by playing in the second four-day 'Test' against Australia 'A' in Chennai from July 28-31.
'Discussions are on for the 2016 World T20, it'll be planned well'
The Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) has said it will leave no stone unturned in its attempt to make next year's World Twenty20 a grand success.
It's a baby boy for South Africa captain AB de Villiers!
Swashbuckling South Africa captain AB de Villiers has become a father after wife Danielle gave birth to a baby boy on Wednesday afternoon.
South Africa's de Kock fined for barging into Tamim
South Africa wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock has been fined 75 per cent of his match fee for nudging Bangladesh opening batsman Tamim Iqbal.
Australia's Chris Rogers faces more tests
Australia remain 'hopeful' that opening batsman Chris Rogers will feature in next week's third Test at Edgbaston despite requiring further specialist treatment.
Amit Mishra back in Test squad for Sri Lanka series
Out of favour for more than four years, veteran leg-spinner Amit Mishra staged a comeback to India's Test squad for the three-Test away series against Sri Lanka, starting August 12.
July 22, 2015
Shehzad leads Pakistan to series win over Sri Lanka
Ahmed Shehzad smashed 95 off 90 balls as Pakistan thrashed below-par Sri Lanka by seven wickets in the fourth one-day match in Colombo on Wednesday to clinch the five-match series.
Younis vs Misbah rift out in the open?
Former captain and senior batsman Younis Khan caused a stir in the Pakistan cricket circles by openly suggesting that he is not happy with the behavior of Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq and head coach Waqar Younis.
Tamim, Mahmudullah push Bangladesh towards lead
Bangladesh's Tamim Iqbal and Mahmudullah scored half-centuries to give their team hope of taking a first-innings lead over South Africa on the second day of their opening Test at Chittagong on Wednesday.
PHOTOS: Rahul, Pujara fifties rally India 'A' vs Aus on Day 1
Opener K L Rahul missed out on a hundred while captain Cheteshwar Pujara struck a solid fifty to steer India 'A' to 221 for six on a rain-affected first day of the first 'unofficial' Test against Australia 'A', in Chennai, on Wednesday.
'Dravid is a great mentor, doesn't make you feel as a newcomer'
Shreyas Iyer is hopeful that the India 'A' team coach Rahul Dravid's experience will help him evolve as a player.
British Council to brush up Indian umpires' English skills
In an effort to enhance communication skills of the umpires, the Board of Control for Cricket in India, as part of the Umpire Development Program has decided to host an English language upskilling course.
'It is important for India to play to their potential in Sri Lanka'
VVS Laxman believes that the current national cricket team is full of match-winners and if they play to their potential, they can
BCCI capable of restoring credibility of Indian cricket: Laxman
Terming the Indian Premier League spot-fixing and betting scandal as "unfortunate", former India batsman V V S Laxman on Wednesday said the Board of Control for Cricket in India is capable of restoring the credibility of Indian cricket.
Will Axar or Mishra make the cut as third spinner for SL Tests?
The third specialist spinner's slot will be the subject of much deliberation when the national selection committee, headed by Sandeep Patil, meets in New Delhi, on Thursday, to announce the squad for the three-Test away series against Sri Lanka, starting August 12.
The good life of Shane Warne
The cricketer-turned-commentator Shane Warne knows how to live life to the fullest.
Ashes: Bairstow declares himself in 'best form' ahead of 3rd Test
Recalled Jonny Bairstow says he's in 'best form'.
5,000 runs and counting... It's Mithali's raj!
Mithali Raj trained in classical dance for eight years until she decided one day it was time to follow her heart and exhibit footwork of another kind.
July 21, 2015
Ashes: Bairstow replaces Ballance in England squad for Edgbaston
Batsman Jonny Bairstow will replace Yorkshire team mate Gary Ballance as England made one change to their squad for the third Ashes Test against Australia beginning next Wednesday at Edgbaston, the England Cricket Board said on Tuesday.
'Gap between first-class and internationals is the mental aspect'
KL Rahul has said the difference between
Bangladesh's Mustafizur sizzles on Test debut against Proteas
After a dream ODI debut last month, teenaged paceman Mustafizur Rahman announced his Test arrival by claiming three wickets in four balls as Bangladesh bowled out South Africa for 248 on the opening day of the first Test in Chittagong on Tuesday.
'Johnson spoke of reopening England's old scars...he's underselling'
Mitchell Johnson reopened old mental scars as Australia morally seized the Ashes lead with their thumping series-leveling victory over England at Lord's, Australia's media said as they reveled in the win.
'The ODI rule change is definitely a breath of fresh air'
Getting ready to lead the India 'A' pace attack in the upcoming two-match unofficial Test series against Australia 'A', fast bowler Varun Aaron has said the ODI rule change is like a "breath of fresh air".
Kolkata's Eden Gardens to host 2016 World T20 final
Eden Gardens in Kolkata will host the final of the World Twenty20 next year, the BCCI said on Tuesday.
Nothing wrong with my technique, says Pujara
India 'A' captain Cheteshwar Pujara asserted that there are no technical flaws in his game and his stint with English county side Yorkshire has prepared him mentally for the demands of the modern day cricket.
Dale Steyn on verge of breaking 400-wicket barrier
Dale Steyn will join a select group of bowlers to claim 400 wickets with the South African paceman requiring four scalps in the two-Test series against Bangladesh to reach the milestone.
Australia's Chris Rogers recovering after dizzy spell
Australia opening batsman Chris Rogers is getting better after being forced to retire during the second innings of the Lord's Ashes Test on Sunday.
Needed! A special knock from Bell on his home ground!
The Lord's Ashes Test was a nightmare for England but they should resist pressure to make wholesale changes, former batsman Kevin Pietersen said on Monday.
Uttam's take: The curious case of Ravindra Jadeja
Call it bad luck or sheer irony, Ravindra Jadeja was part of three Indian Premier League franchises that were mired in controversy. Uttam Ghosh/Rediff.com looks at the lighter side of things
July 20, 2015
South Africa's Prince and Petersen in 501 stand for Lancashire
South African batsmen Ashwell Prince and Alviro Petersen piled on a record 501 runs for the third wicket in Lancashire's county championship match against Glamorgan on Monday.
Abdullah to continue as JKCA president after court stays ouster
High drama was witnessed in the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) on Monday with a rebel group electing state Sports Minister Imran Ansari as the body's president in an attempt to end Farooq Abdullah's 35-year rein but the move was stayed by a Jammu court.
Virat, Ravi made me feel wanted: Harbhajan
Back in the national fold after a two-year hiatus, Harbhajan Singh immensely appreciates how Test captain Virat Kohli and Team Director Ravi Shastri made him feel 'wanted' in the team.
BCCI drops five-decade-old Duleep Trophy from domestic calendar
The BCCI's 2015-16 domestic calendar, which, in a media statement, boasts that it will host 900 matches in the span of six months, starting October 1, has discarded the inter-zonal competition which was started in 1961-62. The tournament was conducted to perpetuate the memory of K S Duleepsinhji, nephew of K S Ranjitsinhji in whose memory the national cricket championship is played.
Why BCCI is wary of terminating CSK, Royals from IPL
BCCI sources said that a similar decision in the case of another IPL team Kochi Tuskers Kerala a few years ago, at the insistence of former president Shashank Manohar, had backfired with an arbitration award favouring a payout of Rs 550 crore for the disbanded Kerala franchise on grounds of wrongful termination.
BCCI not dilly-dallying on Lodha committee verdict: Shukla
The BCCI said that forming a working group is aimed at finding the procedures to implement the order and should not be seen as a delaying tactic.
Ganguly in four-member BCCI panel to study Lodha verdict
The Board of Control for Cricket in India on Monday named former captain Sourav Ganguly in the four-member panel to study the Justice Rajendra Mal Lodha committee verdict on the Indian Premier League spot-fixing scandal of 2013.
They were 'sick and tired' of losing
Zimbabwe's stand-in cricket captain Sikander Raza praised his teammates for upstaging India in the second T20 International.
PHOTOS: Meet Australia's good luck charms
Besides the Australian fans at Lord's Cricket Ground, most of the players had support in the form of their families and spouses.
PHOTOS: Amid flares and crowd trouble, Pakistan win in Colombo
Crowd trouble tarnished Pakistan's victory over Sri Lanka as missiles were thrown onto the pitch in the third ODI in Colombo.
Australian media claim 'moral lead' after Lord's massacre
The Australian media were united in their view that the Mitchell Johnson-inspired humiliation of England at Lord's marked a decisive shift in the balance of power in the Ashes series.
I'd like to be 2-0 up, but will accept where we are now: Clarke
Although Steve Smith was named man of the match after scoring 273 runs it was Australia's rejuvenated pace bowlers who made the biggest statement in their side's brutal mauling of England in the second Ashes Test.
'It's hard to expect the middle order to get us out of trouble'
The selectors have much to ponder after England slumped to a crushing 405-run defeat by Australia in the second Ashes Test at Lord's with calls for change in the top order coming a week after the team were lauded for their first-test victory.
Our focus was on playing our best cricket at Lord's: Clarke
Australia captain Michael Clarke said he could not have asked for a better performance from his team following their 405-run mauling of England in the second Ashes Test at Lord's.
Sarfraz, Yasir help Pakistan crush Sri Lanka, take 2-1 lead
Sarfraz Ahmed celebrated his promotion with a breezy 77 and leg-spinner Yasir Shah claimed a career-best 4-29 to help Pakistan crush Sri Lanka by 135 runs in the second one-day international and go 2-1 up in the five-match series.
July 19, 2015
Captain Rahane slams batsmen after T20 loss to Zimbabwe
Captain Ajinkya Rahane on Sunday blamed his batsmen after India went down to Zimbabwe by 10 runs despite chasing a modest total, in the second T20 International against Zimbabwe, in Harare.
2nd T20: Chibhabha helps Zimbabwe to topple India for landmark win
Chamu Chibhabha propelled Zimbabwe to their first ever Twenty20 victory over India.
IPL GC meet: The day Ajay Shirke stood up alone
Ajay Shirke raised termination issue, doesn't find support during the IPL Governing Council meeting in Mumbai.
Australia crush England by 405 runs at Lord's
Australia bundled out England for a paltry 103 in their second innings to win the second Test match at Lord's on Sunday by a massive margin of 405 runs on the fourth day.
Australian Rogers retires after dizzy spell
Australia opener Chris Rogers was forced to retire on 49 not out after apparently suffering from dizziness on the fourth day of the second Ashes Test against England at Lord's on Sunday.
BCCI accepts Lodha verdict, forms working group to reform IPL
The Board of Control for Cricket in India on Sunday accepted the recommendations made by the Lodha Committee and formed a working group to prepare the road map for the future editions of the Indian Premier League.
July 18, 2015
Lord's Test: Australia in control after brief England revival
Australia repelled a brief England fightback led by Alastair Cook and Ben Stokes to remain firmly in control of the second Ashes Test on the third day at Lord's on Saturday.
Scrapping of CLT20 is not an end of opportunities: KL Rahul
Although he termed Champions League T20 as a "great platform", Test specialist and SunRisers Hyderabad player KL Rahul feels that scrapping of the tournament will not mean the end of opportunity for talented Indian players to prove their mettle.
After ODI whitewash, Team India look to complete T20 clean sweep
After a 3-0 ODI whitewash and a win in the first T20 International, India would be looking to continue their dominance and complete the clean sweep when they take on a hapless Zimbabwe in the second and final T20 International in Harare.
Srinivasan is the root of all scandals: Manohar
Former Board of Control for Cricket in India president Shashank Manohar on Saturday said that the Board did not take any timely steps to clean up the mess in the IPL.
Double celebration! It is a baby girl for Mohammed Shami
India pacer Mohammed Shami had another reason to celebrate Eid after becoming a proud father for the first time following the birth of his daughter.
Meet the kings of T20, courtesy IPL!
Robin Uthappa feels that the players' extensive experience in the Indian Premier League helped them immensely.
Chennai, Rajasthan ban will hurt young players, says Dravid
Former India skipper Rahul Dravid says the Justice Lodha committee's decision to ban Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals from the Indian Premier League for two years will affect the young players, but the verdict of the Supreme Court-appointed panel must be respected.
Steven Smith: The best keeps getting better
Steven Smith's prolific run of form shows no sign of ending any time soon.
July 17, 2015
Look who just dropped in to see Dalmiya
Former Board of Control for Cricket in India chief Shashank Manohar dropped in at the city to meet current president Jagmohan Dalmiya.
Dravid wants to find good bowlers as India 'A' coach
Rahul Dravid said he was looking forward to coaching the India 'A' team.
'There was no initial movement but the pitch became slower later'
Ajinkya Rahane felt it was a good toss to win for the visitors in the first T20 International against Zimbabwe because it was easier to bat in the first innings as the pitch got slower with time.
Harare T20I: Axar spins India to comfortable win over Zimbabwe
Axar Patel and Harbhajan Singh produced an impressive display of spin bowling as India trounced a hapless Zimbabwe by 54 runs in the first T20 International in Harare on Friday. Patel (3 for 17) and Harbhajan (2 for 29) ripped through Zimbabwe's batting order, ending the home team's challenge at 124-7 while chasing a target of 179 on a slow track at Harare Sports Club.
Stuart Binny is MVP of Zimbabwe ODI series
Srinivas Bhogle and Purnendu Maji present the Most Valuable Player Index of the just-concluded three-match series between India and Zimbabwe.
Australian opening salvo leaves England in tatters at Lord's
Australia ripped out England's top order to take a vice-like grip on the second Ashes Test after completely dominating the second day at Lord's on Friday.
Ponting says Lord's pitch for second Ashes Test unfair to bowlers
Ricky Ponting says "the balance between bat and ball was nowhere near what it needs to be for a Test match" after watching Australia pile up 337 for one on the first day of the second Test against England at Lord's.
Australia's Mr Consistency goes big at last
Australia's Chris Rogers finally scored the big hundred he so craved in a brilliant innings of 158 not out against England in the second Ashes Test at Lord's on Thursday.
Pakistan spinner Hafeez gets one-year ban for chucking
His action was found to be illegal for the second time since November, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Friday.
CSK coach Fleming uncertain about his future with IPL
Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming has said that he is uncertain about his future involvement with the IPL in the wake of a Supreme Court-appointed committee imposing a two-year ban on the Indian Premier League franchise.
Ashes: England bowlers pay for indiscipline
England were left to reflect on a tough day in the field after Australia piled up 337 for one at the start of the second Ashes Test at Lord's on Thursday.
'Virat is very aggressive, upfront and on the face'
Talking about Team India's new Test captain Virat Kohli, Ravichandran Ashwin has said they are starkly different personalities but get along just fine.
July 16, 2015
Ashes: Ruthless Rogers, Smith turn screw on England
Chris Rogers and Steve Smith plundered superb centuries to lead Australia to a commanding 337 for one on the first day of the second Ashes Test against England at Lord's on Thursday.
BCCI can terminate Chennai Super Kings, Rajasthan Royals: Lodha
Justice Rajendra Mal Lodha, who headed the committee that proposed the two-year suspension of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, says the Board of Control for Cricket in India is free to terminate the two Indian Premier IPL franchises.
Kundra's statement is contempt of Supreme Court order: Verma
Slamming Raj Kundra's criticism of Justice Lodha Committee's order of suspending the Rajasthan Royals owner from any cricketing activity for life, petitioner in IPL spot-fixing scandal Aditya Verma claimed that the London-based businessman's statement is a contempt of Supreme Court order.
ICC Rankings: Kohli, Dhawan retain positions; India stay second
Virat Kohli (fourth), Shikhar Dhawan (seventh) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (ninth) have also maintained their respective positions in the ICC ODI batting chart.
'I should take greater responsibility when India plays overseas'
Often criticised for not delivering overseas, Indian off-spinner R Ashwin says he came of age during the most recent tour of Australia and it won't be long before his wicket-count goes up abroad.
'IPL is a robust product, will be back stronger with eight teams'
The controversy-ridden Indian Premier League remains a "robust" product, declared its chairman Rajeev Shukla on Thursday, insisting that the cash-rich Twenty20 extravaganza will come back stronger with a minimum of eight teams.
Team India eye T20 domination after ODI clean sweep
After an emphatic ODI clean-sweep, India would be looking to continue their dominance when they square off against Zimbabwe in a couple of Twenty20 Internationals starting in Harare on Friday.
JSW shelves plans to buy IPL franchise RCB
- I think it's a 'No' at this point of time, purely based on the whole negative aura that has been generated
Preparation was key for centurion Jadhav
India batsman Kedhar Jadhav finally delivered with a maiden One-Day International hundred in the concluding game of the series ODI against Zimbabwe on Tuesday and the 30-year-old is glad that he managed to make something of a "great opportunity" given to him by the national selectors.
Cook ready for the grind at Lord's, says Aussies still favourites
- 'Whether we've won or lost there's been that feelgood factor, everyone's feeling positive about English cricket again and it's rubbed off on the players'
Moeen Ali doubtful for second Ashes Test
England all-rounder Moeen Ali may miss the second Ashes Test against Australia beginning on Thursday due to a side injury.
PHOTOS: Arjun Tendulkar joins England's nets session at Lord's
Legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar's son Arjun Tendulkar took part in England's practice session on Wednesday ahead of the second Ashes Test against Australia at Lord's.
Clarke confident Nevill will fill Haddin's gloves
Australia have every faith wicketkeeper Peter Nevill will make a strong impression on his debut at Lord's on Thursday when he replaces Brad Haddin for the second Ashes Test, captain Michael Clarke said.
Bangladesh stun South Africa to clinch ODI series
Bangladesh continued their giant-killing exploits with a nine-wicket victory over South Africa in Wednesday's rain-hit final one-day international to clinch the three-match series 2-1.
July 15, 2015
We have to protect interest of players and BCCI: Shukla
The popular but troubled Indian Premier League (IPL) will take place next year notwithstanding the suspension of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals but the Champions League was scrapped for lack of fan interest.
Hard to say why CLT20 did not generate IPL-like interest: Gavaskar
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar dismissed talk of the cash-rich Indian Premier League being the reason behind Champions League T20 being scrapped, saying "there's no connection" between the two events.
Perera hits second fastest ODI fifty as Sri Lanka win
Sri Lanka opener Kusal Perera blasted the second fastest one-day fifty in their series-levelling two-wicket victory against Pakistan in the second ODI at Pallekele on Wednesday.
'The anti-corruption unit has an almost impossible job'
Former Essex player Ian Pont, who is now engaged in coaching Indian bowlers at the Ultimate Pace Foundation in Bengaluru, tells Manu Shankar/Rediff.com you can never ensure that the spot-fixing episode won't resurface. 'All you can do is deal with it correctly when it happens.'
I have washed my hands off cricket in India: Kundra
Suspended for life from taking part in any form of cricketing activity by the Supreme Court-appointed Justice Lodha Committee, Rajasthan Royals' former co-owner Raj Kundra said, "I have been wronged".
Despite CSK, RR axing IPL could still be 8-team affair
Stung by the suspension of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals from the Indian Premier League, the Board of Control for Cricket in India's top officials are working out a contingency plan to ensure that the high-profile league remains an eight-team affair.
Australian Nevill swaps guitar for gloves ahead of Lord's debut
Something to cheer about for Indian eves
The Indian women's cricket team defeated New Zealand by three wickets in the third and final Twenty20 International, in Bangalore, on Wednesday. The consolation victory gave the Indians something to cheer about following defeats in the first two games.
Will cherish the debut moment for life: Manish Pandey
Glad to have made it count after getting the 'lucky' break in India's One-day team, batsman Manish Pandey said receiving his international cap from senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh is a moment he will cherish for the rest of his life.
Lack of popularity sees end of Champions League Twenty20
The Governing Council of the Champions League T20 tournament confirmed, on Wednesday, that the T20 cricket competition will be discontinued with immediate effect.
Ashes: It's Smith's form, not Watson's that is hurting Australia
Australia should focus on the form of Steve Smith and Brad Haddin rather than blame Shane Watson for their first Ashes Test defeat, according to former England batsman Kevin Pietersen.
BCCI likely to include two new franchises in the next IPL season
With the Supreme Court appointed three-member panel, headed by former Chief Justice of India Rajendra Mal Lodha, banning Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) for two years in the Indian Premier League spot-fixing case, it is speculated that the Board of Control for Cricket in India may now come up with two new franchises in the upcoming editions of the tournament.
Spot-fixing verdict: IPL COO awaits investigating officer's report
In the wake of the Supreme Court-appointed Justice RM Lodha committee's landmark verdict on the Indian Premier League spot-fixing case announced on Tuesday, Sundar Raman, the Chief Operating Officer of the IPL, has said that he is awaiting the investigating officer's report on the same.
Shane Watson dropped for second Ashes Test?
Shane Watson has been dropped from the Australia team for this week's second Ashes Test against England and will be replaced by fellow all-rounder Mitchell Marsh, the Sydney Morning Herald reported on Wednesday.
Under-performing Haddin ruled out of Lord's Test
Peter Nevill called up as a replacement; will make his debut in the 2nd Test at Lord's on Thursday.
Should T20 cricket be part of the Olympics?
The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has urged the sport's ruling body to try to get the game's Twenty20 international format into the Olympics.
July 14, 2015
The boys were hungry to win and played as a team: Rahane
India captain Ajinkya Rahane has applauded his team for playing as a unit, saying that every member of the side contributed in the 3-0 whitewash against Zimbabwe in the ODI series.
'A few wrong things here and there doesn't make the IPL bad'
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly termed has development as a bad news but hoped Indian Premier League will be back on track soon.
'It will be tough to imagine an IPL without Dhoni'
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has admitted that "it will be tough" to imagine an Indian Premier League edition without Mahendra Singh Dhoni after the Supreme Court appointed Justice Lodha Committee decided to suspend Chennai Super Kings for two years.
'BCCI cover up failed only because the courts intervened'
Former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi described the two-year suspension of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) as the "first honest decision taken on Indian cricket".
Jadhav's maiden ODI ton helps India whitewash Zimbabwe
A maiden century from Kedar Jadhav helped India complete a clean-sweep of the three-match One-Day International series in Zimbabwe with an 83-run victory at Harare Sports Club on Tuesday.
Australia hand Faulkner four-match suspension for drink-driving
Australia handed James Faulkner a four-match suspension on Tuesday after the all-rounder was charged with drink-driving in Britain this month.
'Super Kings only suspended; we can come back after two years'
A senior Chennai Super Kings official, reacting to the franchise's suspension from the Indian Premier League, conceded that it never expected to go "scot-free" in the spot-fixing scandal that rocked cricket in 2013.
IPL Governing Council call an emergency meeting on July 19
In the aftermath of the two-year suspension imposed on star-studded former two-time champions Chennai Super Kings and 2008 champions Rajasthan Royals from the Indian Premier League, an emergency meeting of the T20 League's Governing Council has been convened in Mumbai on July 19.
Lodha verdict a big relief, but the damage is irreparable
Sadly, the Lodha panel verdict on the IPL spot-fixing scandal of 2013 can't guarantee such incidents won't happen in the future, says Bikash Mohapatra/Rediff.com.
Kundra disappointed with Lodha verdict, says many inaccuracies
Suspended from all cricket-related activity for life by the Supreme Court-appointed Justice R S Lodha committee, former Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra said he is shocked and disappointed by the punishment handed out to him.
Will honour and respect the verdict: BCCI
Welcoming the Justice R S Lodha committee verdict on the IPL spot-fixing and betting scandal, BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya said the Board is "committed to honour and respect judicial decisions" but will go through the contents of the panel's report before reacting to it.
Verma hails Lodha spot-fixing verdict, slams Srini
Aditya Verma, the petitioner in the IPL spot-fixing scandal, hailed the verdict, stating that the ball is now in the BCCI's court and cleaning up the mess can start with BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur urging former BCCI president Srinivasan to withdraw his representation from the ICC.
Key points of the Justice Lodha verdict
The Supreme Court-appointed high-level Committee, headed by former Chief Justice of India Rajendra Mal Lodha, proposed two-year suspensions on IPL franchises Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals. Here's what the verdict means.
Full text of the Justice Lodha IPL verdict
Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals were suspended from the Indian Premier League for two years for betting activities of their key officials, Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra, during the 2013 season of cash-rich Twenty20 cricket tournament.
Meiyappan, Kundra banned for life; CSK, RR for 2 yrs
Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals were suspended from the Indian Premier League for two years for betting activities of their key officials, Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra, during the 2013 season of cash-rich Twenty20 cricket tournament.
IPL spot-fixing: Rajasthan Royals, Chennai Super Kings get two-year bans
A panel appointed by the Supreme Court proposed identical two-year suspensions on the Chennai and Rajasthan franchises of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Tuesday in a corruption scandal that erupted two years ago.
Beaten Aussies refused post-match beers with England
A sore and defeated Australia turned down an invitation from England to share a post-match beer after the tourists' humbling loss in the first Ashes Test in Cardiff, paceman James Anderson said.
Rahane-led India eye series whitewash over Zimbabwe
The Indian team, led by Ajinkya Rahane, would be eyeing for a clean sweep of the ongoing series when they lock horns with Zimbabwe in the final ODI of the three-match series in Harare on Tuesday.
July 13, 2015
I approached Tambe for coaching, not fixing, says Hiken
Mumbai Ranji Trophy cricketer Hiken Shah on Monday expressed surprise over the Board of Control for Cricket in India finding him guilty of making a "corrupt approach" to a fellow-player, insisting he had only approached Pravin Tambe for a "coaching thing".
Can't believe Hiken made corrupt approach: MCA
'It's a shocking piece of news for me. We still can't believe that Hiken could be involved in such a thing,' said Mumbai Cricket Association joint-secretary, Dr PV Shetty.
Lucky to get call to play for the country: Samson
Wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson, who replaced the injured Ambati Rayudu in the Indian squad for the remainder of the Zimbabwe tour, said he is happy and excited to don the country's colours.
Nothing wrong with my batting, just some shot selection issues: Vijay
After a five-year wait, opener Murali Vijay finally registered his maiden One-day International half-century, in the second match against Zimbabwe on Sunday. The India opener is now determined to make a mark in the 50-over format.
Ashes: Australia optimistic on Starc for Lord's Test
Paceman Mitchell Starc took pain-killing injections for his strained ankle to bowl through Australia's opening Ashes defeat in Cardiff but is confident he will be fit for the second match at Lord's, captain Michael Clarke has said.
Ashes: Aussies must come up with different game-plan
England still blinking after perfect Ashes start.
Mumbai cricketer Hiken Shah suspended for corruption
"His involvement in any form of cricket, affiliated with the BCCI stands suspended till the time the disciplinary committee of the BCCI passes appropriate orders," it added.
Injury forces Rayudu out of Zimbabwe tour
A thigh injury has forced India batsman Ambati Rayudu out of the Zimbabwe tour.
Bangladesh call up India tormentor Mustafizur for SA Test
Bangladesh's teenage fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman has been rewarded for his strong limited-overs performances with a call-up to the squad for next week's first Test against South Africa.
Spinners did a good job for us: Rahane
Skipper Ajinkya Rahane credited his spinners for exploiting the slow pitch to the optimum as India sealed the three-match series against Zimbabwe with a comfortable 62-run win in the second ODI in Harare.
July 12, 2015
Bangladesh thump South Africa to level series at 1-1
Bangladesh thrashed South Africa by seven wickets in the second one-day international on Sunday to tie the three-match series at 1-1 after an inspired bowling performance saw the Proteas bundled out for 162, their lowest total against the hosts.
India crush Zimbabwe by 62 runs to seal ODI series 2-0
India rode on a solid all-round performance to comfortably crush Zimbabwe by 62 runs in the second One-day International, thereby taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series in Harare on Sunday.
Lehmann backs Johnson, questions over all-rounder Watson
Paceman Mitchell Johnson is still a class act despite a poor first Test with the ball but Australia know he will not get the fast pitches he thrives on in the rest of the Ashes series, coach Darren Lehmann said.
'We need to be at our best to beat England in these conditions'
Australia captain Michael Clarke said the way his side bounced back at the World Cup after their defeat by New Zealand should encourage them following a crushing loss in the first Ashes Test.
England name unchanged squad for second Ashes test at Lord's
England have named an unchanged 13-man squad for the second Ashes Test at Lord's next week having thrashed Australia by 169 runs in Cardiff on Saturday to take a 1-0 series lead, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Sunday.
Hafeez shines in win over Sri Lanka
Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by six wickets to go 1-0 up in the five-match series.
It was time for England had to stand up and be counted...
England needed to prove in the first Test they could compete with Australia and the hosts showed in Cardiff they are a 'dangerous side' .
July 11, 2015
England rout Australia to win first Ashes Test
Stuart Broad and Moeen Ali led England's charge to a 169-run victory over Australia with a day to spare in the first Test in Cardiff, on Saturday to make a flying start in their bid to regain the Ashes
Will Chennai Super Kings, Rajasthan Royals be axed from IPL?
The fate of Indian Premier League teams -- Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals -- will be known on Tuesday when the Supreme Court-appointed high-level Committee headed by former Chief Justice of India R M Lodha will pronounce the quantum of punishment against their franchisees and their team officials Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra for betting during the sixth edition of the T20 tournament in 2013.
Batting a worry for India ahead of second Zimbabwe ODI
Pushed to the brink before managing a narrow win in the opening One-Day International, India will have to quickly sort out its middle-order batting woes when it takes on a spirited Zimbabwe in the second match in Harare, on Sunday.
Rayudu spells out the secret of his success
Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli inspire Rayudu to greater heights.
Ashes: Can Australia emulate Bradman and 1948 team?
Spinner Nathan Lyon believes Australia have enough time to chase the 412 victory target and win the first Ashes Test against England at Cardiff
I was looking to stay calm but inside I was nervous: Rahane
India skipper Ajinkya Rahane said it was difficult to hold nerves when Zimbabwe looked like pulling away when home skipper Elton Chigumbura was batting solid from one end in the first ODI of the three-match series in Harare.
July 10, 2015
South Africa's Rabada claims hat-trick on debut against Bangladesh
South Africa's Kagiso Rabada became only the second bowler to claim a hat-trick on his one-day international debut when he wrecked Bangladesh's top order in the rain-hit first ODI of the three-match series on Friday.
Ashes: England set Australia 412 to win first Ashes Test
Joe Root again put Australia's bowlers to the sword and together with Ian Bell gave England the platform on Friday to push for victory in the first Ashes Test after setting the tourists 412 to win with two days remaining.
India score nervy win over Zimbabwe in first ODI
A second-string India just about managed to survive an embarrassing defeat at the hands of a fighting Zimbabwe as the visitors huffed and puffed to a narrow four-run win to take 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series in Harare.
Aussie paceman Pattinson gets chance to impress Australia selectors
Australia paceman James Pattinson is a step closer to a national recall after being drafted in to the 'A' squad for their tour of India.
England are in a happier position, says Rogers
England have edge in first Ashes Test.
Jeers and no wickets for subdued Johnson
Mitchell Johnson will not mind being the man England fans love to mock in the Ashes so long as he is taking wickets but the friendly abuse might start to get under his skin if the Australian paceman continues to fire blanks.
When Ramdin took on Viv Richards...
With age comes experience and few know it better than West Indies Test captain Denesh Ramdin, who still regrets an unsavoury act of flashing a note towards Vivian Richards after scoring a century against England in Birmingham back in 2012.
July 09, 2015
Ashes PHOTOS: Rogers hits 95 but England eye first innings lead
Chris Rogers fell for 95, failing to turn a half-century into a hundred for the seventh Test innings in a row as Australia ended the second day of the first Test on 264 for five, 166 behind England on Thursday.
Team India to usher in 2016 with three-week tour Down Under
India will usher in 2016 with a three-week tour of Australia, comprising five ODIs and three T20 Internationals, starting January 12.
'The Indian team respects Zimbabwe, but we are here to win'
Acknowledging the progress Zimbabwe has made in One-dayers, India's stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane says they respect the hosts and will not take them lightly in the three-match series, beginning on Friday.
It's a little bit tricky for Zimbabwe against India
India's bench strength will be tested when a second string team takes on Zimbabwe.
Sangakkara to bid adieu to cricket during home series
Sri Lankan batting great Kumar Sangakkara will end his international career at the P Sara Oval in August.
India's tour of Sri Lanka: Galle to host first Test on August 12
The dates for India's tour to Sri Lanka next month are out.
Ashes: Run-machine Root makes most of good fortune to fill KP void
To say Joe Root has been galvanised since being dropped for the fifth Ashes Test that completed England's dismal 5-0 rout in Australia in the early days of last year would be an understatement.
Williamson to lead New Zealand on Africa tour
Kane Williamson will get another chance to prove his leadership credentials after being named New Zealand captain for limited overs series.
July 08, 2015
Indian eves crush NZ to win series; BCCI awards Rs 21 lakh
India's women cricketers produced a clinical performance to crush New Zealand by nine wickets in the fifth and final One-Day International in Bengaluru and win the series by a 3-2 margin on Wednesday.
Ashes PHOTOS: Root century boosts England in first Ashes Test
Joe Root plundered a superb century to defy Australia as England recovered from a poor start to post 343 for seven on the first day of the first Ashes Test on Wednesday.
Lord Patel is first British-Asian appointee to ECB
Professor Lord Kamlesh Patel of Bradford, an OBE and a leading voice on health, social care and community cohesion in the UK, has become the first British Asian to join the England and Wales Cricket Board.
Arbitrator asks BCCI to pay 550 CRORE to Kochi Tuskers!
The Board of Control for Cricket in India on Wednesday indicated it will appeal against former Chief Justice of India R C Lahoti's report that went in favour of Kochi Tuskers, the erstwhile Indian Premier League franchise whose contract was terminated by the Board in 2011 because of an alleged breach of contract.
Bangladesh, Pakistan have eye on ICC Champions Trophy 2017
The battle for the final two available places in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 will hot up when Bangladesh squares off against South Africa in the opening match of the three-One-Day International series in Mirpur on Friday and Sri Lanka hosts Pakistan in the first of five matches in Dambulla on Saturday.
'Happy birthday, Dada': Wishes pour in as Ganguly turns 43
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly is happy celebrating his 43rd birthday with family and friends in Kolkata on Wednesday as wishes poured in on the social media from the cricket fraternity all over the world.
Grand welcome for Indian team in Zimbabwe
The Ajinkya Rahane-led Indian team arrived in Harare on Tuesday for the limited overs series against hosts Zimbabwe, starting on July 10.
Ashes: Where are the players of the 2005 series now?
It was the greatest series in the history of the game but what has become of those Australian and English players a decade on?
Australia captain Clarke to become a daddy
The ecstatic cricketer revealed that he and wife Kyly are expecting their first child.
'Johnson bowling as fast as I've ever seen him bowl'
Australia paceman Mitchell Johnson is at full throttle and ready to torment England's batsmen again in the Ashes series, his captain Michael Clarke said on Tuesday.
July 07, 2015
'We're looking forward to beating England in their own conditions'
Australia last won an Ashes series in England in 2001 and captain Michael Clarke is expecting five hard Tests.
Club cricketer dies in England after blow on chest
Twenty-four-year-old Bavalan Pathmanathan died after being hit in the chest while batting in a local league match in Surrey.
'I was hunting for a big score and I am happy it helped Pakistan win'
Senior Pakistan batsman and the toast of the cricket community, Younis Khan, has said that he always took criticism constructively.
De Villiers rested for ODI series in Bangladesh
South Africa have released captain AB de Villiers from their one-day international squad in Bangladesh ahead of the three-match series starting in Mirpur on Friday.
PCB returns seven million rupees to Shoaib Akhtar
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has returned an amount of seven million rupees to Shoaib Akhtar which it had deducted from the former fast bowler's earnings as part of a fine imposed on him years ago. An official of the board said that during a meeting between Chairman of the executive committee, Najam Sethi and Akhtar, the matter was amicably resolved.
Vettori signs up for Masters Champions League
Former New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori has signed up as one of the players for the upcoming Masters Champions League (MCL) scheduled to be held in the United Arab Emirates.
Leie shines on debut, South Africa clinch T20 series in Dhaka
Eddie Leie made a memorable international debut as he and his spin partner Aaron Phangsio bowled South Africa to a series-clinching 31-run victory in the second and final Twenty20 match against Bangladesh at Mirpur on Tuesday.
Pakistan shoot to third in Test rankings; India drop to fifth
Pakistan jumped three places to third in the ICC Test Championship table following the seven-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the third and final Test in Pallekele on Tuesday.
Botham wants to see sporting wickets in Ashes series
The former England captain has urged pitch curators against preparing flat decks
'Cook is not as forward thinking as Clarke would be as a captain'
Mark Butcher has backed the hosts to come good against Australia in the upcoming Ashes series but said that Michael Clarke is ahead of Alastair Cook in terms of "forward thinking" as a leader.
Umar Akmal fails to report for training, selectors ignore him
The national selection committee ignored senior Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal for the coming one-day series in Sri Lanka.
Raina, Ojha lead in wishing 'The King of the Super Kings'
India's captain cool Mahendra Singh Dhoni turned 34 on Tuesday and wishes poured in on the social media from the cricket fraternity all over the world.
Busy calendar could change Team India's Lanka tour dates
The Board of Control for Cricket in India is planning to advance India's cricket tour of Sri Lanka by at least a week.
Younis stars as Pakistan chase down 377 to win Sri Lanka series
Younis Khan scored an epic unbeaten 171 to guide Pakistan to their highest successful run chase and a seven-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the third Test in Pallekele on Tuesday. It enabled the tourists clinch the three-match series by a 2-1 margin.
As Ashes beckons, Aus fans prepare for sleepless nights
Australian cricket fans prepared themselves for one final decent night's sleep on Tuesday before seven weeks glued to television sets.
Sri Lanka drop Herath, Kaushal for ODI series vs Pakistan
Sri Lanka have dropped Test spinners Rangana Herath and Tharindu Kaushal from their One-day squad for the five-match series against Pakistan starting on Saturday.
'Captain cool' Dhoni turns 34. Wish him!
India's One-Day-International captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni celebrates his 34th birthday today.
Ashes will be tough but England CAN beat Australia: KP
Former captain Kevin Pietersen believes the form of three players will be key to England's hopes of beating Australia to regain the Ashes in their Test series starting in Cardiff on Wednesday.
July 06, 2015
Zimbabwe-bound Rahane 'looking for consistency in ODIs'
India's captain for the One-day series in Zimbabwe addressed the media prior to the team's departure. Harish Kotian/Rediff.com reports.
Mithali excels as Indian eves level New Zealand series
A captain's knock by Mithali Raj enabled the Indian women's cricket team beat New Zealand by eight wickets in the fourth ODI in Bengaluru and level the five-match series 2-2.
Test rankings: India retain fourth spot, just ahead of England
India have retained the fourth position in the ICC Test team rankings.
Masood, Younis put Pakistan in sight of rare win in Sri Lanka
Unbeaten centuries by Shan Masood and Younis Khan kept Pakistan on course for a landmark victory in the series-deciding third and final Test against Sri Lanka, in Pallekele, on Monday. Set a challenging target of 377 runs, the tourists recovered from a shaky 13 for 2 to move to 230 without further loss by stumps on a rain-free fourth day.
Hafeez's action tested in Chennai for two hours
Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has completed testing on his bowling action in Chennai.
Test rankings: Virat Kohli lone Indian batsman in top-10
Virat Kohli is the lone Indian batsman to be figuring in the top-10 in the ICC Test batsmen rankings.
Ashes win will be 'ideal reward' for Cook, 'achievement' for Clarke
Alastair Cook and Michael Clarke both have particular reasons for wanting to win the upcoming Ashes series that begins with the first cricket Test in Cardiff starting on Wednesday.
Injured Karn Sharma out of Zimbabwe tour
India's leg-spinner Karn Sharma has been ruled out of the Zimbabwe tour due to a fractured finger.
Two years since a first class match, Cummins ready after Ashes call-up
Australian quick Pat Cummins has not played a first class match for two years but is confident his body will hold up to the rigours of Test cricket should he get the call during the Ashes series against England.
Root dismisses Warner's 'ridiculous' excuse over 2013 punch
Ahead of Wednesday's first Ashes Test in Cardiff, Root expressed his disappointment by posting two messages on Twitter.
July 05, 2015
I'm teetotal to ward off depression: Flintoff
Former England cricket captain Andrew "Freddie" Flintoff, whose image as a heavy, fun-loving drinker was sealed by his animated victory celebrations, has opened up about now being teetotal as part of his battle with depression.
'Virat brings in a lot of vibrancy and the future looks bright'
He has always admired Virat Kohli's batting qualities and Sir Vivian Richards feels that one should not be too critical of the Indian Test captain's on-field aggression as he possesses the "quality" to match his attitude.
Captain Mathews puts Sri Lanka in driver's seat
Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews led by example, hitting an unbeaten 77 to help his team overcome a top order wobble and take a 291-run lead against Pakistan at the end of the third day's play in the third and final Test at Pallekele on Sunday.
Du Plessis leads South Africa to victory in Bangladesh
Faf du Plessis led from the front as South Africa flexed their bowling muscles to thrash Bangladesh by 52 runs in the first Twenty20 Internationals on Sunday to go 1-0 up in the two-match series.
What are Australia's chances of wining Ashes after Harris quits?
Ryan 'Ryno' Harris made a crucial contribution to Australian cricket at a critical time.
Clarke hails Harris as one of the best
Test captain Michael Clarke labelled Ryan Harris 'as good as anyone who has played for Australia' after the fast bowler announced his retirement on Saturday because of injury.
July 04, 2015
All's well in the BCCI, says Board secretary Thakur
Secretary of the Indian cricket board, Anurag Thakur, on Saturday, sought to play down health issues of the Board of Control for Cricket in India president Jagmohan Dalmiya, stating that rumours of a communication gap between the duo is a figment of imagination.
3rd Test: Pakistan's Shah takes fifer but Lanka dominate
Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah claimed his third five-wicket haul of the series but Sri Lanka took the upper hand on day two of the third and final Test by restricting the visitors to 209 for nine at Pallekele on Saturday.
Ashes: The 'all-knowing' England coach could expose the Aussies
Michael Clarke's touring side will attempt to win the urn on English soil for the first time in 14 years and Alastair Cook's hosts will try to win back the trophy following their crushing 5-0 defeat in the last series Down Under.
Injury forces Ashes-bound Harris to announce retirement
The 35-year-old Queenslander withdrew from Australia's ongoing warm-up match against Essex and quit the sport less than a week before the first Ashes Test against England starts at Cardiff next Wednesday.
Ashes history: All you need to know
Factbox on Ashes series between England and Australia played this century.
Will he, won't he?
In-form Steven Smith primed to seize Ashes moment.
Wanted! A serene, sharp and streetwise captain Cook
Alastair Cook faces his biggest ever challenge as England captain when he leads his young team into this year's home Ashes series against Australia.
'Pup' still has hunger for Ashes success
Clarke has the chance to become the first Australian captain to win an Ashes series on foreign soil since Steve Waugh in 2001.
Brendon McCullum blasts his way to records
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum smashed the second-highest Twenty20 score of all time when he hit a typically belligerent 158 not out in 64 balls for Birmingham against Derbyshire on Friday.
July 03, 2015
Australia's Faulkner charged with drink-driving
Australia all-rounder James Faulkner has been charged with drink-driving by Greater Manchester Police, Cricket Australia said on Friday.
Karunaratne ton rescues Sri Lanka after Shah strikes
Dimuth Karunaratne's second Test century lifted Sri Lanka to 272 for eight against Pakistan after Yasir Shah exposed their frailties against leg-spin on the opening day of the series-deciding third and final Test in Pallekele on Friday.
Indian women cricket team lose third ODI by six wickets
Indian women were handed a second consecutive loss by New Zealand in Bengaluru, on Friday.
Muhammad Irfan back in Pakistan's ODI squad
A fit-again Muhammad Irfan returned to the Pakistan cricket squad announced on Friday.
In comeback bid, Gambhir has 'burning desire to excel'
"As far as my comeback is concerned, I am enjoying the journey at the moment without worrying too much about the destination."
'You can't play cricket with so much of baggage and fear factor'
Being on the fringes of Indian cricket team for years can be a tad frustrating but Manoj Tiwary has learnt to live with it and is now preparing for the upcoming challenge in Zimbabwe.
Could not turn down Ganguly's offer to play for Bengal: Ojha
Left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha was approached by Sourav Ganguly to turn out for Bengal in the upcoming domestic season. The offer that was so exciting that the India discard had to seek an emotional move from Hyderabad.
'I have been blessed with versatility'
'I bring a lot of variety to any team I play for. I keep wickets, I field pretty well and I can bat up and down the order. I think I bring about a certain kind of advantage if I am utilised in the right manner.'
'The decision of naming me captain did come as a surprise'
Ajinkya Rahane has admitted he was stunned to be named India captain for their upcoming Zimbabwe series, after being dropped just a week earlier.
The goal is to make every opportunity count: Manish Pandey
Manish Pandey says his maiden ODI call-up was long overdue and he now hopes to make his much awaited India debut during the short tour of Zimbabwe next month.
July 02, 2015
South Africa apologizes for using drone camera in Bangladesh
South Africa's cricket team apologised to the Bangladesh military for using a drone at a practice session in Dhaka and breaching national security ahead of the start of their tour.
Raina rubbishes Lalit Modi's claim, says never involved in wrongdoing
India all-rounder Suresh Raina rubbished Lalit Modi's claim that he was bribed by an Indian businessman, saying he was never involved in any wrongdoing and is considering legal action against the former IPL Commissioner.
Kanitkar to hang boots, eyes coaching job
Former India player Hrishikesh Kanitkar has called time on his cricket career to concentrate on coaching assignments. The 40-year-old left-handed batsman and part time off-spinner conveyed his decision to the Board of Control for Cricket in India on Wednesday.
Sneak peek into England's team bonding trip in Spain
Ben Stokes shares a hilarious picture of himself and Joe Root in fancy dress on his official Instagram account.
BCCI mulling performance-based incentives for the Indian team
Encouraged by the financial model followed by Cricket Australia and England and Wales Cricket Board, the BCCI is planning to introduce a performance-based incentive for the Indian team for each and every home and away series.
Australian selectors spared a headache, Harris a doubt for Cardiff
Australia's selectors may be spared the headache of choosing who to leave out of the team's pace bowling unit for the first Ashes Test against England after Ryan Harris was withdrawn from a warm up match due to knee soreness.
'Rahane should be a permanent number four, not Dhoni'
Sunil Gavaskar has said that number four should not be the permanent spot for MS Dhoni and Ajinkya Rahane should bat at that position.
July 01, 2015
Shah Rukh Khan has strengthened Caribbean Premier League
The Caribbean Premier League may not be as popular as Indian Premier League but tournament's COO Pete Russell wants to indulge in fruitful discussions with the current regime of Board of Control for Cricket in India to convince them in allowing Indian cricketers for the T20 event.
Jindal group taking over Mallya's RCB?
JSW Steel chairman Sajjan Jindal confirmed that his group is acquiring an IPL side.
Rashid and Finn in England squad for first Ashes Test
Leg-spinner Adil Rashid and paceman Steven Finn were included in England's 13-man squad named on Wednesday for next week's first Ashes Test against Australia.
Indian eves lose second ODI against New Zealand
Unable to carry on the momentum from their opening win, the Indian women's cricket team lost the second ODI to New Zealand by three wickets, failing to pick up crucial points for the 2017 World Cup qualification.
MCC gives Aus-New Zealand day-night Test thumbs up
ohn Stephenson, MCC Head of Cricket, said the announcement "is a very positive step for Test cricket".
Matter of time before I get back, says Pujara
Out-of-favour following a string of poor scores, top-order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara is keen to stage a comeback into the Indian Test squad. He says it's just a matter of time before he regains his place in the playing eleven.
Hafeez gets India visa, but PCB may request assessment delay
Pending Indian visa forces PCB to push back date for Hafeez's testing
Former Proteas all-rounder Van der Merwe makes Dutch switch
South African limited overs specialist has made himself available immediately to represent the Netherlands after receiving his Dutch passport.
'I'm not sure how the crowd is going to see the pink ball'
Australia paceman Mitchell Starc has expressed concerns about the pink ball to be used in the first day-night Test, saying it behaved "very differently" to the usual red ball and crowds might not even be able to see it.
Rahane seeks Dhoni's calmness and Kohli's controlled aggression
Named captain for the tour of Zimbabwe, Ajinkya Rahane says he would like to take Mahendra Singh Dhoni's calmness and Virat Kohli's controlled aggression into the field when he wears the skipper's hat in the upcoming limited-overs series.
Santner, Elliott earn New Zealand central contracts
Rookie all-rounder Mitchell Santner and veteran Grant Elliott have been rewarded for their recent strong performances by being included in New Zealand's list of centrally contracted players on Wednesday.
'Will never be happy till I become India's leading batsman'
Back in India's ODI squad after two years, opener Murali Vijay says he was expecting the call up for the Zimbabwe series after good performances in 32 Test appearances since 2008.
June 30, 2015
Chandrakant Pandit named as new Mumbai coach
Former India wicketkeeper Chandrakant Pandit was chosen as the coach of the Mumbai Ranji Trophy team.
These cricketers are keen to put up a good show for India
Karnataka cricketers, who have been picked in India and India 'A' squads, want to make the most of the opportunity.
'Focused, passionate, disciplined Rahane has come of age'
Former captain and ex-chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar said that Rahane has come of age.
Shastri says talk of Dhoni-Kohli rift is 'biggest load of bull****'
The Indian cricket team's director says the two players have utmost respect for each other and the Indian team is 'one honest bunch' which believes in playing for each other.
Champions Trophy uncertainty irks Bangladesh
Bangladesh has criticised the current scheduling system in international cricket as a new tri-series in Zimbabwe threatens their qualification for the 2017 Champions Trophy.
Indian cricketers mocked in ad by Bangladeshi daily
'I've always been impressed with Ajinkya's commitment and dedication'
Sachin Tendulkar has extended his greetings to new captain Ajinkya Rahane, hoping the youngster will do a good job during the upcoming Zimbabwe tour.
IPL money laundering case: ED seeks legal assistance 'overseas'
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has sought legal assistance from Singapore and Mauritius to take forward its probe in the alleged financial irregularities in the Indian Premier League tournament (IPL) and its former chairman Lalit Modi.
Figure out India's Zimbabwe-bound ODI squad
Rajneesh Gupta presents a statistical outlook of the players named in India's squad for the upcoming limited-overs series in Zimbabwe.
Australia and New Zealand reap 843 mn dollars World Cup dividend
The economies of Australia and New Zealand benefited from A$1.1 billion ($843.59 million) in direct spending as a result of co-hosting the cricket World Cup earlier this year, according to a report released on Tuesday.
'Hope it's a good comeback for Harbhajan and he uses the opportunity'
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has hailed Harbhajan Singh's comeback to the ODI team and said it's a good opportunity for the veteran off-spinner to make a mark following his return to the 50-over format side after a gap of four years.
June 29, 2015
Adelaide to host first day-night Test
New Zealand Cricket has agreed to play a day-night Test against Australia as part of a deal that will resume regular cricket between the two neighbours after a gap of four years and provide a significant financial leg-up for New Zealand.
Selectors 'want to see Rahane's other aspects', vow to back him
Manu Shankar/Rediff.com reports on Monday's selection committee meeting in Delhi.
'There is always pressure when you are making a comeback'
It's been an exciting last two months for Harbhajan Singh following a return to Test cricket and the senior off-spinner is now looking forward to the challenge of bowling in the limited-overs format.
Gambhir working with Langer in Perth to revive India career
India discard Gautam Gambhir is training in Perth under former Australia Test batsman Justin Langer to revive his international career, fine-tuning skills that made him the world's number one Test batsman in 2009.
Thakur plays down Modi's 'fixing' claims against CSK players
The Board of Control for Cricket in India's secretary Anurag Thakur on Monday gave a clean chit to the three Chennai Super Kings players, who were accused of accepting bribes from a Mumbai-based businessman by former Indian Premier League commissioner Lalit Modi.
Rahane to lead India for Zimbabwe ODIs, T20s; Dhoni, Kohli rested
Ajinkya Rahane was chosen as captain of the depleted Indian team for the limited overs tour to Zimbabwe next month as the selectors decided to rest several seniors including Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli.
Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by seven wickets to level series
Sri Lanka needed a little over 26 overs to chase down a 153-run victory target for a series-levelling seven-wicket victory in the second Test against Pakistan on Monday.
IPL-6 spot-fixing: Court sets July 25 for framing charges
The order on framing of charges in the IPL-6 spot fixing case in which suspended cricketers Ajit Chandila, S Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and others, including underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and his aide Chhota Shakeel are accused, was deferred for July 25 by a Delhi court.
Sheffield Shield match to honour Phillip Hughes
New South Wales and South Australia will play a Sheffield Shield match in honour of Phillip Hughes near to the former Test batsman's home next year.
'Dhoni should continue as the captain of the Indian ODI side'
It is not fair to draw conclusions on the basis of one bad series, and MS Dhoni should continue as the captain of the Indian ODI side, believes Mohammed Shami.
'Winning this summer's Ashes would be my best achievement'
England captain Alastair Cook believes winning this summer's Ashes series would be his "best achievement".
June 28, 2015
Jhulan fifty leads India to 17-run win over New Zealand eves
All-rounder Jhulan Goswami struck a gritty fifty before the bowlers defended a low score to help India beat New Zealand by 17 runs in the first of the five-match ODI series here today and gather two crucial points in their bid to qualify for the 2017 Women's World Cup.
ICC confirms receiving Lalit's e-mail in 2013
The International Cricket Council confirmed that it had received a letter from Lalit Modi in 2013 in which the former IPL commissioner alleged that three players were bribed by a business tycoon.
Did ICC revive Pakistan task team in Barbados?
The ICC at its annual conference in Barbados has revived the task team for Pakistan cricket after the PCB showed a documentary on the security measures adopted for Zimbabwe's tour to the strife-torn nation last month.
'Having India and Pakistan matches is something close to my heart'
The newly elected ICC president, Zaheer Abbas has said that despite being elevated to a ceremonial post he will do his best to revive India and Pakistan bilateral cricket series.
Verma writes to ICC to clarify on Modi claims
Cricket Association of Bihar president Aditya Verma has asked the ICC to clarify on the claims made by controversial former IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi that two leading Indian cricketers and a West Indian player had been bribed by an Indian real estate tycoon.
Sri Lanka need 153 to win after dour Azhar Ali ton
Sri Lanka require 153 runs for a series-levelling victory after Pakistan rode Azhar Ali's obdurate century before being all out for 329 on day four of the second Test on Sunday.
Australia's Harris raises hand for full Ashes series
The fast bowler has no appetite to be eased in, however, and hopes to play all five Tests in a repeat of the 2013-14 series on home soil which Australia won 5-0.
Dhoni, Kohli likely to be rested for Zimbabwe tour
Taking note of the fatigue factor, India are likely field a second string team for the forthcoming limited overs tour of Zimbabwe next month.
June 27, 2015
Lalit Modi says two Indian cricketers were bribed by bookmaker
Former Indian Premier League Commissioner Lalit Modi has alleged that two leading Indian cricketers and a West Indian player had been bribed by an Indian real estate tycoon, who is also a bookmaker.
2nd Test: Shehzad, Ali power Pakistan to 171-2 vs Lanka
Shehzad-Ali add 120 runs for second wicket as Pakistan trail by six runs with eight wickets in hand
Winning the Ashes the pinnacle for Cook
England captain believes there is change of mentality in the resurgent England squad
'Media must stop baseless stories about disunity in dressing room'
India pacer Mohammed Shami, who is currently undergoing a rehabilitation program at the NCA in Bengaluru, also said that undisciplined bowling cost India the series in Bangladesh.
Sangakkara to retire after India series
Sangakkara, who has scored more than 26,500 runs for his country, had already retired from One-Day Internationals and is currently playing his 132nd Test against Pakistan in Colombo.
Indian team selection for Zimbabwe tour on Monday
The next month's tour to the African nation had been rendered doubtful owing to unresolved issues between the country's cricket board and host broadcaster Ten Sports.
Relief to bowlers as ICC scraps batting powerplays from ODIs
Batting powerplays have been scrapped from one-day international cricket and field restrictions relaxed to provide some relief to bowlers who were set upon mercilessly at the World Cup.
'They may have been trying to get me to the England camp but...'
Australia batsman Steven Smith revealed English county side Surrey once tried to push him into the country's national set-up by virtue of his mother's British heritage.
'Feel bad in the way MS has been treated after Bangladesh series'
Mahendra Singh Dhoni may have faced lot of flak for his team's embarrassing ODI series defeat against Bangladesh but Pakistan T20 captain Shahid Afridi is "not happy" in the manner the Indian ODI captain was being targeted.
June 26, 2015
Played with a knee injury during the World Cup: Shami
Indian pace spearhead Mohammed Shami has said that he played with his knee injury during the World Cup as the team's chief wicket-taker did not want to disturb the winning momentum in the final stages of the showpiece event.
Sri Lanka lead by 166 runs after Shah takes five
Skipper Angelo Mathews and opener Kaushal Silva hit half-centuries to help Sri Lanka take a 166-run first innings lead against Pakistan and push for a series-levelling victory on day two of the second Test on Friday.
Injured Riaz out of ongoing Test series v Lanka
Pakistan's pace spearhead Wahab Riaz will miss the remainder of the three-test series against Sri Lanka with a hand injury, the country's cricket board said on Friday.
Review row hits Sri Lanka-Pakistan Test
Pakistan were granted an extra review option after being robbed of a wicket due to an apparent error by TV umpire Paul Reiffel during the second Test in Colombo.
Boxing Day Test to stay in Melbourne Cricket Ground
The celebrated Boxing Day Test will remain in Melbourne, Cricket Australia said today, after a report that administrators could reshuffle fixtures.
McCullum commits to another year...but will skip mid-year tours
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum will skip tours of Zimbabwe and South Africa this year but will return to the side and be available until at least next year's World Twenty20 tournament in India, the country's cricket governing body said on Friday.
'Dhoni needs to encourage bowlers, ensure they aren't dispirited'
Sunil Gavaskar feels that current limited-overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni should go that extra mile to encourage a bowler when he is getting hit for runs.
England's coach Bayliss expresses ignorance over KP's Ashes omission
Bayliss was inevitably asked about the position of batsman Kevin Pietersen, who has been ruled out of participating in the series by England's director of cricket Andrew Strauss because of "trust issues".
'No rift in India dressing room, Bangladesh just played better cricket'
Dismissing reports of a rift in the Indian dressing room after their first-ever One-Day International series loss to Bangladesh, former India cricket captain Sourav Ganguly has said such talk is normal when a team loses.
June 25, 2015
PCB, former players pay rich tributes to Younis Khan
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) congratulated Younis Khan on his 100th Test appearance with former players also praising the senior batsman for his achievements.
Tendulkar to do his bit to improve Mumbai cricket
Former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar said he spoke to the batting great and he's agreed to share his views on Mumbai cricket.
'India look to seal 2017 WC berth during NZ series'
Star medium-pacer Jhulan Goswami said India will look to get maximum points during the limited-overs series against New Zealand in their quest to qualify for the 2017 women's World Cup.
Kaushal bags five wickets as Pakistan dismissed for 138
Sri Lanka off-spinner Tharindu Kaushal scythed through Pakistan's batting order to pick up his first five-wicket haul as the visitors were bundled out for 138 on the opening day of the second test on Thursday.
Having Dhoni up the order gives me confidence: Dhawan
While the world has been talking about Mahendra Singh Dhoni's elevation up the order, opener Shikhar Dhawan reckons that the move is not only an advantage to the line-up, but it gives him the confidence while batting.
Former India players Prasad, Joshi set to make a comeback
Former India players Venkatesh Prasad and Sunil Joshi will make a surprise return to on-field action, in the fourth edition of the Karnataka Premier League (KPL) Twenty20 tournament, to be played in August-September.
ICC ODI rankings: Bangladesh's Shakib is all-rounder No 1
India's R Ashwin back in top-10 in ICC's ODI bowling rankings
Tamed by Tigers: How India's players fared in Bangladesh
Harish Kotian/Rediff.com's report card on India's three-ODI series in Bangladesh.
Did Kohli blame Dhoni's captaincy for Bangladesh debacle?
Kohli has created a flutter by blaming 'doubtful decision-making' and lack of clarity for the debacle in Bangladesh.
Tendulkar named Test player of 21st century
Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar was voted 'Best Test player of the 21st century' in an online poll conducted by Cricket Australia. You can't disrespect Dhoni and his achievements: Raina
Suresh Raina has come out in full support of Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
ICC Rankings: India drop points; Bangladesh move up
India dropped two points but managed to retain their second position in the latest ICC ODI rankings.
Pakistan batting great Abbas takes over as ICC president
Former Pakistan captain Zaheer Abbas assumed the role of the International Cricket Council president.
He grabbed his chance with both hands...
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni attributed the win to the team's performance with the bat.
June 25, 1983: When 'Kapil's Devils' changed the image of Indian cricket
Haresh Pandya recounts one of the biggest upsets in One-day cricket.
Dhoni hits out at fast bowlers again
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni hit out at his fast bowlers, saying that the time has come to decide on the future of the existing pace attack.
June 24, 2015
Raina's all-round show helps India thrash Bangladesh
India restored some pride with a consolation 77-run win over Bangladesh in third and final ODI to prevent the spirited hosts from securing a 3-0 series whitewash.
Dilip Vengsarkar to head MCA panel on cricket improvement
Former India skipper and ex-chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar would head the Cricket Improvement Committee (CIA) of the Mumbai Cricket Association, according to MCA sources.
PHOTOS: BBQ'ing, the Aussie way
Australia say they're ready and waiting to take a new-look England head on in the Ashes.
They came, they saw but they did not conquer...
Vibrant New Zealand deserve all the plaudits.
Pre Ashes boost! Stunning England batter New Zealand in T20
Joe Root's purposeful half-century lifted England to a 56-run victory over New Zealand in a one-off Twenty20.
40 years to the day: When Canada stunned a Chappell-led Australia
The big names in the Aussies squad were tricked into partying hard a night before they lost to rookie, cricket-loving Canadians in a one-off One-day match.
June 23, 2015
Competition for opening slot healthy: KL Rahul
Shikhar Dhawan's return to form may have given sleepless nights to KL Rahul, but ask the youngster and he would he shares a "good relationship" with the southpaw and the competition for opening slot is good for the team.
'If you don't go behind Dhoni now then when will you?'
Ravichandran Ashwin has said that the Indian team is standing strongly behind beleaguered skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and there is no change in the dressing room atmosphere despite the visitors losing their first-ever ODI series to Bangladesh.
Former England coach Moores says media portrayed him in wrong light
Former England coach Peter Moores, who was sacked from the post following a dismal World Cup and shock 1-1 drawn Test series against West Indies, has finally broken his six-week long silence, saying that the media did not portray his image well.
India tried to sabotage Zimbabwe's tour to Pakistan, claims minister
The home minister of Punjab province in Pakistan, Shuja Khanzada, on Tuesday alleged that the Indian spy and intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) had made attempts to ensure that the Zimbabwe cricket team did not tour the country in May.
Sehwag mulls leaving Delhi; Jaffer moves to Vidarbha
Virender Sehwag is "seriously considering" leaving the Delhi team for other state associations to open up opportunities for junior cricketers in his native domestic side.
Mustafizur must be handled carefully, says bowling coach Streak
Bangladesh bowling coach Heath Streak wants young pace sensation Mustafizur Rahman to be looked after and supported well so that he can grow into a big match-winner.
Bowling combination has Dhoni in a fix
Team India has to get its strategies in place if they have to get the better of in-form Bangladesh in the third and final One-Dayer on Wednesday and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, insists that the team is going in with the best lot of players available but they have not been able to adjust to the conditions.
Series in the pocket, but upbeat Bangladesh not thinking of a whitewash
- "If we do that the result will be there. But we are not worried or thinking about a whitewash. We are just hoping to do our best"
Can Team India bounce back and save face in final ODI?
Under fire, Dhoni's men will look to plug all loopholes as the in-form Bangla tigers aim for a clean sweep
Dhoni's childhood coach gives his reasons for India's loss in Bangladesh
Chanchal Bhattacharya suggests, problems in the dressing room environment and media pressure hampering the ODI skipper's performance
Coming soon... cricket mania set to grip United States
The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced that a cricket Combine will take place in Indianapolis, USA, in September to select an ICC Americas representative team.
'Dhoni deserves respect, not fair to remove him as captain'
Sunil Gavaskar has said it is too early to write off Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Is it time for Dhoni to stand down as ODI captain?
Should Mahendra Singh Dhoni step down as India's ODI captain following the series loss in Bangladesh? Harish Kotian speaks to former selectors get their views.
June 22, 2015
'Bangladesh loss tough but no point having knee-jerk reactions'
Former captain Sunil Gavaskar has advised against knee-jerk reactions and said the decision should be left to Dhoni.
Verma questions Srinivasan's presence at ICC meet
CAB secretary Aditya Verma wrote to BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya, questioning N Srinivasan's election as TNCA President and his proposed presence at the ICC Board meeting as BCCI representative.
Let's give Dhoni time and respect, says Ganguly
Former captain Sourav Ganguly on Monday demanded respect for beleaguered Mahendra Singh Dhoni, saying he has an astonishing record as captain in One-Day Internationals and needs to be given all the time in the world to take a decision.
'Stokes has a lot more skill, could be one of England's greats'
Former captain Andrew Flintoff believes Ben Stokes can become one of England's greats and rates the all-rounder as a more talented player than he was.
'It's lethargy that cost India the series but Dhoni looks ruffled'
Former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi has said Mahendra Singh Dhoni is "not 'Captain Cool' anymore" and suggested yoga sessions for the beleaguered cricketer to overcome the tough phase.
BCCI calls off Zimbabwe tour: report
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has reportedly called off the proposed tour to Zimbabwe citing broadcasting issues and fatigue factors.
'Dhoni still the best bet for captaincy in ODIs and T20s'
India's One-day captain has received solid backing from former players to continue leading the team.
Stats: The rise and rise of prolific Mustafizur Rahman
Check out the statistical highlights of the second ODI between India and Bangladesh in Mirpur on Sunday.
Pakistan's Hafeez reported for chucking again, faces one-year ban
Pakistan's Mohammad Hafeez once again faces a harrowing task of getting his action cleared after the off-spinner was called for chucking during the team's 10-wicket win against Sri Lanka in the first Test at Galle.
Ashes-bound Clarke set to prove doubting Gillespie wrong
Clarke hopeful of Australia finding right mix between youth and experience after the team was described as a "Dad's Army" by former fast bowler and present Yorkshire coach, Jason Gillespie.
Adorable India Rhodes marks Yoga Day, or so it seems!
The former South African cricketer posted a picture of his adorable daughter stretching in bed and Jonty gave the photograph a relevant spin.
Fearless Bangla 'Tigers' celebrate rare consistent run
Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza believes playing a fearless brand of one-day cricket has brought about a 'significant change' in his team's fortunes.
Dhoni wants to bat up the order
Mahendra Singh Dhoni promoted himself to number four in the batting order.
Dhoni doesn't want 'anybody' to fill in as coach!
Insisting that there are enough people in the support staff to take care of players, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has said it is fine if the coach's position remains vacant for some time.
This time... Dhoni blames the batsmen
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni blamed poor batting for the debacle in the series.
Rising star Mustafizur promises to torment India again
Bangladesh's fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman yet again devastated the famed Indian batting line up.
Dhoni sarcastically offers to quit
captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni in a sarcastic tone said that if his removal from captaincy can help Indian cricket move in right direction then he is game for it.
June 21, 2015
Mustafizur's six-for helps Bangladesh crush India again
India slumped to a new low as they suffered their first ever ODI series defeat against Bangladesh following an embarrassing six-wicket defeat in the second cricket One-dayer that gave the hosts an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series in Mirpur.
A world record for Mustafizur Rahman
Mustafizur Rahman on Sunday became only the second bowler to take two five-wicket hauls in his first two one-day internationals, emulating Zimbabwe's Brian Vitori.
'I'm confident the Ashes will be played in the right spirit'
Australian captain Michael Clarke believes the Ashes series against England starting next month will be played in the correct spirit, even if some players come close to crossing a line.
1st Test: Shah stars as Pakistan thrash Sri Lanka
Pakistan's Yasir Shah claimed seven second innings wickets in a spectacular display of leg-spin bowling to destroy Sri Lanka.
What's Mohammad Irfan's biggest regret?
Mohammad Irfan regrets missing the quarter-final against Australia in the mega-event earlier this year.
Srinivisan to represent BCCI at ICC meet
Narayanaswami Srinivasan might have been barred from becoming the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India but he is set to represent the Indian Board in the International Cricket Council meeting.
Bravo Jonny! Bairstow, the hero of topsy-turvy England-NZ series
England's Jonny Bairstow steered his side to a three-wicket victory over New Zealand in the final game in Durham on Saturday.
England win thrilling series thanks to hero Bairstow
Jonny Bairstow bludgeoned a brilliant 83 not out in Durham to lead England to a three-wicket win over New Zealand on the Duckworth-Lewis method on Saturday, earning a 3-2 victory in the five-match series of one-dayers.
June 20, 2015
Dalmiya clarifies on Dhoni's 'conflict of interest' issue
The Board of Control for Cricket in India president Jagmohan Dalmiya clarified his stance on Mahendra Singh Dhoni's alleged conflict of interest issue, saying that a newspaper misquoted him on the Indian ODI skipper being probed by the Board.
Shafiq, Sarfraz give Pakistan control against Sri Lanka
Asad Shafiq's seventh hundred and a belligerent 96 from Sarfraz Ahmed helped give Pakistan a sizeable lead against Sri Lanka on the fourth day of the opening Test at Galle on Saturday.
Rohit wants Indian bowlers to be 'aggressive' against Bangladesh
Claiming that the team has identified the reason for the loss in the first One-Day International against Bangladesh, India opener Rohit Sharma said that the bowlers should take wickets up-front to put pressure on the opposition in the must-win second match in Mirpur, Dhaka, on Sunday.
Under-pressure India aim to draw level against Bangladesh
After being comprehensively thrashed by 79 runs in the opening ODI of the three-match series, India, for the first time, are staring at the ignominy of series defeat against the proverbial minnows of world cricket.
If rebel league takes off, there won't be Test cricket, says Warner
Australian batsman David Warner expressed apprehension about Test cricket's survival should the proposed 'rebel' league to be bankrolled by Indian business tycoon Subhash Chandra takes flight but added that the vast sums of money on offer could not be easily rejected by players.
Loss to Bangladesh in 1st ODI hurting India a lot, says Raina
India left-hander Suresh Raina insisted that India are still a 'better side' than Bangladesh while vowing to make a strong comeback in the three-match One-Day International series after the visitors suffered a shock defeat in the first match in Mirpur, Dhaka.
June 19, 2015
England draft in Bairstow as cover for Buttler
Yorkshire wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow has been called up to England's squad for the fifth one-day international with New Zealand on Saturday after Jos Buttler split the webbing on his left hand in practice.
Bowlers, Silva give Lanka upper hand against Pakistan
Sri Lanka took the upper hand after the third day of the opening Test at Galle on Friday, reducing Pakistan to 118-5 after Kaushal Silva's second Test century took the hosts to 300 in their first innings.
KKR owners intend to buy T&T franchise: Caribbean Premier League
The Hero Caribbean Premier League on Wednesday announced that the owners of Indian Premier League franchise Kolkata Knight Riders intend to acquire the Trinidad & Tobago franchise, subject to all "regulatory and board approvals".
Mirpur ODI Stats: Man of the Moment! Mustafizur Rahman
Check out the statistical highlights of the first cricket One-day international between India and Bangladesh.
Dhoni-Mustafizur collision: India's skipper fined 75 per cent
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was fined 75 per cent of his match fees for allegedly shoving young Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman.
Is 'Captain Cool' losing his cool?
When Bangladesh defeated India by 79 runs in the first One-day international in Mirpur on Thursday, they registered their ninth straight win at home. But the talking point of the match wasn't the historic result but the surprising show of aggression by India's captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
When a debutant stunned two-time World champs India
Rookie left-arm paceman Mustafizur Rahman captured five wickets to scuttle India in the first ODI against Bangladesh.
Disappointed with the way pacers bowled: Dhoni
It was a historic day for Bangladesh as they thumped a full-strength Indian team in front of a boisterous Mirpur crowd on Thursday.
Mirpur ODI: Shakib, Mustafizur help Bangladesh thrash India
Bangladesh defeated India by 79 runs in the first One-day international in Mirpur on Thursday.
June 18, 2015
Finally, Salman Butt admits to spot fixing
Pakistan's banned former captain Salman Butt has finally admitted his unconditional involvement in the spot fixing scandal that shook world cricket in 2010 in a bid to get some relaxation from the International Cricket Council (ICC) when his five-year ban ends in September.
Kohli keeps wickets to give Dhoni a one-over break
In what seemed like a surprising change behind the stumps, Virat Kohli donned the wicketkeeper's gloves for an over as captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni took an over's break during the Bangladesh innings.
Silva, Sangakkara lead Sri Lanka's charge against Pakistan
Kaushal Silva stayed on course for his second Test hundred after featuring in a century-plus stand with Kumar Sangakkara to help Sri Lanka to 178 for 3 on Day 2 of the first Test against Pakistan at Galle on Thursday.
Father Time back to cast an eye over Lord's
The weather vane, which has stood at the venue since being donated by architect Herbert Baker in 1926, was damaged by strong winds in March.
Derbyshire seamer Footitt in England Ashes training squad
-year-old Derbyshire left-arm seamer Mark Footitt, who has taken 32 wickets for his county in Division Two this season, was handed a place at the training camp, which begins on June 27, ahead of Yorkshire all-rounder Adil Rashid.
ECB to launch Women's Cricket super league
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has decided to make its biggest investment in women's cricket by pumping three million pounds to launch a six-team super league tournament.
'MCL has all ingredients to be a successful tournament'
Jacques Kallis is excited to be a part of the newly-launched Masters Champions League (MCL) as he feels that it has 'all ingredients' to become successful.
4th ODI PHOTOS: Root, Morgan sizzle in record run chase
Classy centuries from captain Eoin Morgan and Joe Root propelled England to a seven-wicket victory over New Zealand.
June 17, 2015
Sharad Pawar re-elected Mumbai Cricket Association president
Contesting on behalf of the BJP-backed Pawar-Bal Mahaddalkar group, Pawar beat the Shiv Sena-backed 'Cricket First' group's candidate Vijay Patil by 176-142 votes.
'Indians still haven't forgiven me for Sachin wicket in WC final'
Reliving one of his most cherished cricketing rivalries during his 14-year-old career, former Australian speedster Glenn McGrath said that the Indian fans still haven't forgiven him for getting iconic Sachin Tendulkar out in the 2003 World Cup final.
India vs Bangladesh: Key ODI stats
Ahead of the three-match series, here's the schedule and key stats between the teams.
Online registration for Masters Champions League opens
With legends like Wasim Akram, Adam Gilchrist and Brian Lara already roped in as icon players, the Masters Champions League launched its registration process online for the UAE-based T20 tournament, slated to begin in February 20016.
BCCI's stand on DRS same, but open to talks: Dalmiya
A couple of days after India's Test captain Virat Kohli sent positive signals about the use of the Decision Review System, the Board of Control for Cricket in India's president, Jagmohan Dalmiya, clarified that board's "stand remains same" but the Cricket Advisory Committee could take a call in future.
Why Dhoni continues to back Ashwin and Jadeja
Having closely watched Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja perform the spin duties over the last four years, Mahendra Singh Dhoni expressed satisfaction over the progress of the Tamil Nadu tweaker and Saurashtra left-armer.
Captaincy approach of every individual is different: Dhoni
Notwithstanding Virat Kohli's theory of going in with five specialist bowlers in Tests, Mahendra Singh Dhoni says every individual's approach to captaincy is different and he will stick to his strategies in the limited-overs format against Bangladesh.
My approach remains same even after quitting Tests: Dhoni
It's been six months since Mahendra Singh Dhoni quit Test cricket but the India ODI captain said the manner in which he used to approach the shorter format would not change as his philosophy is to adapt as per the demands of the situation.
Rain washes out Day1 of Sri Lanka-Pakistan first Test
The heavy downpour in the morning had delayed the toss and it relented for a while only to start drizzling again, prompting the umpires to call off the day's play.
Fresh start for Dhoni-led India in ODIs against improved Bangladesh
As far as the Indian team is concerned, even a 3-0 result against the hosts will not be enough for the second-placed side to claim the number one spot in the ICC rankings, while a favourable outcome for the home team will boost its qualifying chances for the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy.
Test cricket losing identity because of commerce-driven T20?
A new documentary titled 'Death of a Gentleman' raises fresh doubts about the future of Test cricket and asks if the game is losing its identity in the face of stiff competition from commerce-driven Twenty20.
'Pink balls ready for day-night Tests'
Pink-coloured cricket balls are ready to be used if the inaugural day-night Test match goes ahead in Australia in November, manufacturer Kookaburra said on Tuesday.
June 16, 2015
Salman Butt officially admits to spot-fixing in 2010: PCB
Tainted former Pakistan captain Salman Butt has signed a confession note admitting to his role in the spot-fixing scandal during the Pakistan versus England series back in 2010, which led to a five-year ban.
'MS gives you ample chances to succeed, then it's upto you'
If West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Smith is to be believed, the best aspect of Mahendra Singh Dhoni's leadership is his ability to give a player chance to succeed.
Allies turn foes as BJP takes on Sena in Mumbai cricket polls
the BJP have offered support to Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar, who is contesting for the post of president on behalf of the Pawar-Bal Mahaddalkar group, while the Shiv Sena is firmly behind the 'Cricket First' group, headed by Vijay Patil, son of Congressman D Y Patil.
Even a clean sweep against Bangladesh won't help India...
A 3-0 result against hosts Bangladesh in the three match ODI series will not be enough for second-placed India to claim the number one spot in the ICC rankings.
ODI rankings: Kohli, Dhawan among top-10 batsmen
Virat Kohli enters the three match ODI series against Bangladesh starting on Wednesday as the highest-ranked batsman on either side, in fourth place in the ICC rankings.
India look to maintain stranglehold over Bangladesh in ODIs
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni lands in Dhaka for three-match series
Australia coach Lehmann is having a 'good headache'
'We just have to pick the right three fast bowlers to take the 20 wickets in that first Ashes Test'
It's no longer boring, boring England
Once viewed as the perennial whipping boys of one-day cricket, New Zealand have not only reinvented themselves but have also helped inspire a remarkable transformation in England's approach.
June 15, 2015
ED to soon slap penalty notices in 16 cases against Lalit Modi
The ED is in the process of serving final penalty notices in 16 alleged forex violation cases amounting to an estimated Rs 1,700 crore against former IPL Chairman Lalit Modi and others as part of its wide-ranging probe in the alleged financial irregularities in various editions of the T-20 cricket extravaganza.
'I feel lucky to have played under the captaincy of MS Dhoni'
Mohit Sharma attributes his recent success in international cricket to the opportunities that was given to him by his IPL and India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni but doesn't like if you only call him a line and length bowler.
Kohli open to discussion on controversial Decision Review System
In a departure from the stand taken by his predecessor Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Indian Test captain Virat Kohli has said that he is open to discussions on the implementation of the controversial Decision Review System with his teammates.
Bangladesh Test tons give Vijay, Dhawan career-best rankings
India may have slipped to fourth in the Test rankings following the drawn Test in Fatullah, but its openers, Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan, achieved career-best rankings for batsmen.
Steven Smith second youngest after Tendulkar to top batting charts
Australia's Steven Smith has become the second youngest batsman after India's Sachin Tendulkar to achieve the number-one ranking in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen following stellar batting in the Kingston Test, which Australia won by 277 runs to win the series 2-0.
Bring on England, says confident Clarke as Ashes beckon
- 'I've spoken a lot about consistency away from home, I just hope this is the start of it'
Will five-bowler strategy work for Team India in the subcontinent?
With India set to host South Africa and Sri Lanka in Test series later this year, captain, Virat Kohli is sure that it is his bowling unit that will eventually make a difference.
Why is the Bangladesh skipper so furious?
Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim said their approach made it difficult for him to even set the field for the rival batsmen.
Another setback for New Zealand; Boult to miss rest of England tour
New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult will miss the rest of their tour of England due to a back injury, British media reported on Sunday.
Williamson, Taylor guide Kiwis to win over England, lead series 2-1
After England collapsed from 288 for five to 302 all out, New Zealand initially struggled in reply before Williamson and Taylor took the game away from the hosts with a clinical 206-run third-wicket stand.
2nd Test PHOTOS: Australia thrash Windies by 277-runs, win series 2-0
They have not lost to the West Indies in 14 Tests dating back to 2003.
June 14, 2015
T20 Blast match abandoned after horrific collision
Surrey fielders Moises Henriques and Rory Burns collided and were taken away in ambulances on Sunday.
Why Virat Kohli felt 'strange' in Bangaldesh?
Kohli termed Mahendra Singh Dhoni's absence in the dressing room as a 'strange feeling'.
Dhawan can do what Viru paaji used to do, asserts Kohli
India skipper Virat Kohli said that the opener has it in him to replicate the swashbuckling Virender Sehwag at the top.
Ravi Shastri treats Team India to dinner for good show
India's Team director Ravi Shastri hosted the entire Test squad for 'Team Dinner'.
United Arab Emirates set to host Asia Cup
The next edition of the Asia Cup One-day tournament is likely to be held next year.
One of the best phases of my career, admits Ashwin
India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, fresh from a five-wicket haul in the one-off Test against Bangladesh, is enjoying 'one of the best phases' of his career.
Captain Kohli impressed by team's 'selfless' performance
India, after declaring at 462 for six, dismissed Bangladesh for 256 with Ravichandran Ashwin taking a five-wicket haul. Forced to follow on, Bangladesh were 23 for no loss when the stumps were drawn.
ICC Test Rankings: India slip to 4th
India have dropped two points and one place to be at fourth position in the International Cricket Council Test team rankings.
Yet another milestone for Harbhajan
Harbhajan Singh surpasses Wasim Akram's Test scalps to climb to 9th in list.
Ashwin takes 5 but Bangladesh hold on for a draw in rain-hit Test
Ravichandran Ashwin cast his web with a five-wicket haul but Bangladesh managed to hold on for a draw despite being asked to follow-on against India, in the rain-marred one-off Test in Fatullah, on Sunday.
Shastri's fate to be decided in next meeting: Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly said that the Board of Control for Cricket in India is yet to formally decide on Ravi Shastri's tenure as the Team Director.
Goa Cricket Association duped by ex-officials
Goa Cricket Association has filed an FIR against its former office-bearers including president, in connection with an alleged fraud of Rs 28 lakh in 2008-09.
Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan completes grand all-round double
He became only the seventh all-rounder in the world to score 2,000 runs and take 100 wickets in a particular country.
Was groupism reason for Team India's pathetic show in 2011?
Recalling the planned move, former national selector Raja Venkat told PTI that the idea to elevate Kohli was prompted by a string of poor results during the tour of Australia at that time.
Holder blasts 82 but Australia close in on victory in second Test
Tailender Jason Holder was left stranded on 82 not out as West Indies were dismissed for 220 in their first innings against Australia in Jamaica on Saturday, a deficit of 179, on the third day of the second Test in Kingston, Jamaica.
June 13, 2015
Pawar wants Tendulkar to come forward and help Mumbai cricket
Sharad Pawar appealed to batting great Sachin Tendulkar to help Mumbai cricket in a bid to bring it back to its glory years. Decoded! What went wrong for Pakistan in World Cup
Lack of strategic thinking behind Pakistan's loss in World Cup.
'Virat talks to us like a friend; Ravi bhai is very influential'
India's Shikhar Dhawan was all praise for Virat Kohli's captaincy.
You will see bigger stands between Vijay and me: Dhawan
India's Shikhar Dhawan said that many big stands are in store with his opening partner Murali Vijay.
Run-machine Vijay wants to breach 200-run barrier in Tests
With a penchant for scoring big Test hundreds, Indian opener Murali Vijay is now aiming to cross the 200-run barrier as he approaches the next phase of his cricketing career.
Australia's Lyon spins his way into history books
Nathan Lyon claims Australian record with 142nd Test wicket.
Bad news for Anderson as injury ends his England tour
A thrilling victory over England in the second match of their One-day series was tempered for New Zealand with the news that all-rounder Corey Anderson would be sent home.
Draw looms after more rain in Bangladesh on Day 4
India picked up three Bangladesh wickets in the morning session after declaring their first innings on 462 for six but rain washed out the rest of the fourth day as the one-off Test headed for an inevitable draw in Fatullah, on Saturday.
Zimbabwe's cricketers bribed to tour Pakistan? PCB rubbishes reports
The chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Shaharyar Khan rubbished allegations that they bribed the Zimbabwean cricketers to tour Pakistan for a short limited over series last month.
Smith scores 199 as Australia take command against Windies
After Australia scored 399 in a first innings highlighted by a knock of 199 by Steve Smith, West Indies were left reeling at 143 for eight in reply, 256 runs behind and facing the prospect of having to follow-on on Saturday.
New Zealand beat England in high-scoring 2nd ODI
A resurgent New Zealand beat England by 13 runs on the Duckworth/Lewis method in a high-scoring second One-day international, marred by a late rain interruption, at The Oval on Friday to level the five-match series at 1-1.
June 12, 2015
I was not batting at my best to be honest: Murali Vijay
Murali Vijay has said he scored a sixth Test hundred despite not batting at his best and credited opening partner Shikhar Dhawan for allowing him to
'Kohli follows a fantastic personality...will be compared to Dhoni'
Geoffrey Boycott feels India's new full-time Test captain Virat Kohli has to find his own way to get his teammates' support and try to harness his passion and emotion.
'Fully fit' Hossain fired up to face India in ODIs
'Fully fit' Hossain fired up to face India in ODIs
When Imran and Wasim met: A photo of EPIC proportions!
The heroic duo of Pakistan's 1992 World Cup-winning side met, along with their spouses. And, it was a fun time it seems.
Windies bowling great Wes Hall inducted into ICC Hall of Fame
Hall is the fourth cricketer this year to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame after Betty Wilson, Anil Kumble and Martin Crowe, who were inducted earlier this year during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup.
Srinivasan unanimously re-elected TNCA president
Former Board of Control for Cricket in India chief and current International Cricket Council Chairman Narayanaswami Srinivasan was on Friday unanimously re-elected President of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association.
MCA elections: Patil seeks Pawar's blessing; urges him not to contest
Vijay Patil, has appealed to incumbent MCA and NCP chief Sharad Pawar to withdraw from the contest.
Rain, Shakib halt India's charge on Day 3
Centuries from openers Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay and a fluent 98 from Ajinkya Rahane lifted India to 462 for six before rain washed out the final session of play on Day 3 of the one-off Test against Bangladesh in Fatullah, on Friday.
2nd Test, Day 1: Smith puts Australia on top
Steve Smith continued his sizzling form with an unbeaten century as Australia laid a strong foundation on the first day of the second Test .
June 11, 2015
'I have absolutely no aspirations to coach the Indian team'
Former captain Rahul Dravid has emphatically ruled out the notion that he was interested in taking up the India coaching job after Duncan Fletcher's departure.
'Feisty, positive and efficient...Prior was England's finest'
Feisty, positive and quietly efficient, Matt Prior was one of England's finest wicketkeeper batsmen in seven years behind the stumps during which he helped his country to three Ashes victories.
'Need to be patient with Virat and allow him to grow as captain'
Former India captain Rahul Dravid feels that Virat Kohli needs to be given enough time to settle as the leader of the pack in Test cricket and the upcoming home engagements will help him establish well.
Former BCCI chief Pawar faces tough battle in MCA elections
Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar and three others have filed nominations for the post of president in the Mumbai Cricket Association's elections scheduled on June 17, the MCA announced on Thursday.
'Dhoni functioned in a quiet way, Kohli has an aggressive intent'
Having watched Virat Kohli lead Royal Challengers Bangalore from close quarters, West Indies' T20 captain Darren Sammy feels that the dashing batsman loves to lead by example which is in contrast to his predecessor Mahendra Singh Dhoni's quiet way of functioning.
From startled rabbits, England roar like lions
England's transformation from 'startled rabbits' at this year's World Cup to record-breakers against New Zealand on Tuesday has left fans and pundits shaking their heads in disbelief.
Off camera with Shoaib Akhtar and Kapil Dev!
India's former Test cricketer Aakash Chopra presented what happens when the camera turns off.
Rain washes out Day 2 of Bangladesh vs India Test
Rain played spoilsport yet again as the second day of the one-off Test between India and Bangladesh was called off without a single delivery being bowled, in Fatullah, on Thursday.
Dhoni only Indian in world's highest paid athletes' list
India's One-day International cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is among Forbes magazine's 100 highest-paid athletes in the world.
How Australia captain Clarke defied doubters
Australia captain Michael Clarke had little time to reflect on a 'tough summer' battling injury and grieving the death of his friend Phillip Hughes.
June 10, 2015
My role is to help the India 'A' players to get to the next level: Dravid
Batting great Rahul Dravid, who was recently appointed as the coach of the India 'A' and India Under-19 teams, said on Wednesday that he does not believe in concept of coaching players at the senior level.
'Harbhajan Singh and I are two different kind of bowlers'
Ravichandran Ashwin has defended the much hyped in-house rivalry between him and comeback-man Harbhajan Singh.
'We are backing our bowlers to do the job'
Backing the team's decision to pick five bowlers on what appears a good batting track, off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin said the bowling department will certainly use the experience of playing in Australia on the placid wicket in the ongoing one-off Test against Bangladesh in Fatullah.
Dhawan's 101-ball 100 fastest by an Indian vs Bangladesh
Shikhar Dhawan has now scored fastest hundreds by an Indian against two opponents. On his Test debut, vs Australia at Mohali in 2012-13, he got to the three-figure mark off just 85 balls. Rajneesh Gupta lists the fastest hundreds for India against each country.
India to tour Zimbabwe for a short series next month
Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) confirmed that the Indian team will tour the country to play three One-day Internationals and two Twenty20s in July.
Shah Rukh Khan buys team in Caribbean Premier League
After owning the champion Indian Premier League franchise Kolkata Knight Riders, the Bollywood superstar has now put his money in the Caribbean Premier League, a potential money-spinner.
Rashid, Buttler, Root... This New-look England team an outstanding bunch!
England captain Eoin Morgan insisted that although they produced an aggressive brand of cricket, the real test would be to find consistency.
Bangla Test: Dhawan, Vijay put India in command on Day One
Opener Shikhar Dhawan's attractive stroke-play vindicated skipper Virat Kohli's decision to bat first as India comfortably amassed 239 for no loss at stumps on the first day of their one-off Test against Bangladesh in Fatullah.
Former India Test cricketer Hemant Kanitkar dead
Former Maharashtra stumper Hemant Kanitkar, who had a 15-year first class career but played in only two Tests as a batsman in the home series against Clive Lloyd's West Indies in 1974-75, passed away in Pune at his residence on Tuesday night.
Australia's Rogers still to recover from concussion, to miss 2nd Test
"Chris has improved but he is still not 100 percent so we are restricting his training (and) therefore he is unavailable for selection for the second Test."
PHOTOS: Buttler, Root help England blow New Zealand out of the park!
Jos Buttler and Joe Root thrashed brilliant centuries in England's highest One-Day International score on the way to a 210-run rout of New Zealand in the first game of the series at Edgbaston on Tuesday.
June 09, 2015
'I become more responsible as a batsman when I am leading India'
Virat Kohli is considered a dangerous batsman by most teams around the world but captaincy can make him even more lethal, something opposition captain Mushfiqur Rahim fears. Asked about Mushfiqur's comments, the Indian captain did not have much to say.
Ex-England cricketer Lewis says 'wrong choices' led to jail term
Former England all-rounder Chris Lewis wants to help prevent young cricketers making the "wrong choices" that caused him to be jailed for cocaine smuggling.
'I have a vision in my mind and have it discussed with the team'
The one-off match against Bangladesh will be Virat Kohli's first as full-time Test captain and the excited star batsman says he is ready to roll out his vision for Indian cricket.
Rahim urges Bangladesh players to perform consistently
Bangladesh cricket captain Mushfiqur Rahim said they have improved "individually as well as a team" over the last few years and gave his side a 50-50 chance in the one-off Test against India starting in Fatullah from Wednesday.
'Starc has carried the confidence he got in ODIs to Test matches'
Australian pace legend Glenn McGrath has heaped praise on compatriot Mitchell Starc.
'The batsmen are likely to be at ease on this Fatullah pitch'
They might be the hosts but the Bangladesh team has been left baffled by the pitch for the one-off Test against India with their Sri Lankan coach
'India is dominating all forms of cricket now because of the IPL'
Hailing the Indian Premier League as a top-class tournament, hard-hitting West Indian batsman Chris Gayle credited the cash-rich Twenty20 annual event for Indian cricket's rise in different formats of the game.
Jones's MCL not to compete with Tendulkar-Warne league
Jones said both the leagues have "their own space" and can co-exist.
'Realistic' Bangladesh should be happy with a draw: Mortaza
Up against fancied India, Bangladesh's ODI captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza says the home team should be 'realistic' and enter the one-off Test with an aim to achieve a draw.
'The boys are responding to Shastri's mentorship'
- 'The current coaching set-up has done a fantastic job and if they are given a one-year run then they could really make a difference'
Drama in Bangladesh squad ahead of India series
According to reports, Mahmud held talks with the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and decided to carry on for the upcoming series against India.
Rejuvenated India start favourites against Bangladesh
Virat Kohli's proactive and aggressive style of leadership will be tested when India take on sprightly underdogs Bangladesh in the one-off Test match starting in Fatullah on Wednesday.
Kiwi captain McCullum not taking England lightly
Eoin Morgan calls for England to make a 'fresh start' after dismal World Cup
Should Pujara play the Bangladesh Test? Select your team
Be the selector, pick your team for the one-off Test, commencing Wednesday, June 10, in Fatullah.
'During Australia tour, I was not converting the starts'
Cheteshwar Pujara says his stint with the English county side Yorkshire has helped him rectify the flaws in his batting and is ready to bat at any position when the Indian team square off with Bangaldesh in the one-off Test in Fatullah.
June 08, 2015
'There is only one test and India need to execute their plans'
Glenn McGrath has said that Indian team would need to execute their plans properly during their one-off Test match against Bangladesh starting in Fatullah on Wednesday.
PHOTOS: Team India hits the nets on arrival in Mirpur
Images from the nets session the Virat Kohli-led team had on on arrival from Kolkata on Monday morning.
Bangladesh may field two pacers against India on slow Fatullah pitch
Bangladesh bowling coach Heath Streak said that the hosts are unlikely to field three seamers in the one-off Test against India, starting in Fatullah, on Wednesday.
'It's going to be difficult being a bowler in Bangladesh'
Bhuvneshwar Kumar has said that switching to Test format would not be a difficult task but bowling on flat Bangladesh pitches will be a very demanding.
'Comeback was always on my mind; that's what I was playing for'
Harbhajan Singh, making a comeback to the Indian team after two years, has said he always had the self-belief to make a comeback.
'Irrespective of who the opposition is, Virat always wants to win'
Having made his Test debut under Mohammed Azharuddin, and subsequently played under the leadership of Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh is of the opinion that young Virat Kohli brings in a lot of intent in his leadership skills.
Bangladesh captain Rahim may not keep wickets in India Test
With captain Mushfiqur Rahim nursing a sprained finger, young Litton Das is likely to be Bangladesh's wicketkeeper in the one off-Test against India, starting on Wednesday.
Here's what Bangladesh cricketers expect from the India series
Bangladesh's top all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan feels that a series against India can always prove to be beneficial as playing the most glamorous outfit in cricket world helps the minnows grab eyeballs and attract sponsors if they do well.
Focus on winning as Kohli-led India land in Bangladesh
The 14-man side flew in from Kolkata, where it had assembled for a brief camp before the series.
Ishant urges bowlers to step up and perform
India's seniormost pacer Ishant Sharma does not want to put too much burden on himself thinking about leading a young attack but at the same time did not forget to mention that "it's time" that "every bowler steps up".
June 07, 2015
'Virat's captaincy is really aggressive on the field'
Indian batsman Ajinkya Rahane described Virat Kohli as an "aggressive" captain even as he praised former Test skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni for instilling confidence to the cricket team.
Dravid ideal candidate to coach youngsters: Pietersen
BCCI's decision to appoint Rahul Dravid as India A and under-19 cricket coach is being lauded not just in the country but also far away in England where maverick batsman Kevin Pietersen has termed it an "absolutely brilliant" move.
'Everyone is really excited about this fresh beginning for India'
Not quite convinced about the idea of counting the positives after a lost match, India's new Test captain Virat Kohli has said the days of learning are long over and his cricket team would be solely focused on delivering results.
'India doesn't need another coach, I will double up if need be'
Asserting that the Indian cricket team does not require "more coaches" than what it already has right now, Director Ravi Shastri has said he might just be there "longer" than expected.
'The kind of mindset Virat has, is spreading within the team'
Indian cricket team's Director Ravi Shastri is happy to know that skipper Virat Kohli has a lot of confidence in him.
'I see this as an opportunity to work with young Indian players'
All excited about shaping the next generation of cricketers, newly-appointed India A and under-19 coach Rahul Dravid said he has landed the job he was always interested in and would now look to give his best to it.
June 06, 2015
Pakistan spinner Raza challenges doping ban
Pakistan's left-arm spinner Raza Hasan challenged a two-year ban imposed on him for failing a drug test, saying he was not given a chance to defend himself.
Lokesh Rahul ruled out of Bangla tour due to dengue
Talented Karnataka opener Lokesh Rahul was ruled out of the upcoming tour of Bangladesh as he is yet to recover from dengue.
BCCI appoints Dravid to coach India A, U-19 teams
The legendary batsman is likely to tour with India A team while he prepares to shape India's cricketing future
Fate of Indo-Pak bilateral series to be known in 2 months time
With uncertainty hanging over the resumption of Indo-Pak bilateral cricket ties later this year, PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan has said that they have an alternate plan in hand if the proposed series against the neighbours in the United Arab Emirates does not materialise.
Australia thrash Windies in first Test
Australia batsman Adam Voges produced a Man of the Match performance as they emphatically beat West Indies by nine wickets in the first Test in Dominica on Friday
June 05, 2015
Eye injury forces Kieswetter to call time on career
Former England international Craig Kieswetter has retired from cricket after failing to recover from a serious eye injury sustained last summer, his club Somerset said on Friday.
'Standard of Indian umpires up because of IPL'
Only the second Indian to be inducted into the ICC's Elite Panel of umpires, Sundaram Ravi feels many of his compatriots are on the verge of breaking into the top bracket after improving their skills by officiating in the Indian Premier League.
Can't force India-Pakistan to revive bilateral cricketing ties: ICC
"We realise just how important it is for world cricket to have regular matches between Pakistan and India but unfortunately the ICC cannot interfere in this matter as it is a bilateral matter purely between two boards," Richardson told the Express newspaper.
Pakistan spinner Hasan appeals doping ban
Left-arm spinner Raza Hasan has filed an appeal against the two-year ban slapped on him for returning positive in a dope test by Pakistan Cricket Board.
BCCI anti-corruption chief Sawani resigns
Board of Control for Cricket in India's anti-corruption chief Ravi Sawani has resigned citing personal reasons.
South Africa to host Australia in Twenty20 series
Australia's three-match series in South Africa will finalise their World T20 preparations.
'Old man' Voges, Bishoo serve up special performances
Two brilliant individual performances by players on opposing teams lit up the second day of the first Test in Dominica on Thursday.
1st Test, Day 2: Voges debut century puts Australia in command
Adam Voges became the oldest player to score a century on debut as Australia seized control of the first Test against the West Indies on the second day in Dominica on Thursday.
June 04, 2015
'Umesh Yadav is the first genuine fast bowler that India has got'
Very impressed with India's tearaway quick Umesh Yadav, legendary West Indies fast bowler Andy Roberts feels he is the "first genuine" pacer from the
Sundaram Ravi promoted to Elite Panel of ICC Umpires
Chris Gaffaney and Sundaram Ravi were promoted from the Emirates International Panel of ICC Umpires to the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires, where they replaced Billy Bowden and the retiring Steve Davis.
AB de Villiers snares five at CSA awards
AB de Villiers won as many as five awards, including the South African Cricketer of the Year for a second consecutive time, at a gala function, hosted by Cricket South Africa (CSA), in Johannesburg on Wednesday night. Besides being voted Cricketer of the Year for the second successive season, the South African batting great bagged four more accolades out of nine major awards.
PCB nominates Zaheer Abbas for ICC presidency
The International Cricket Council confirmed on Thursday having received the nomination of former Pakistan captain Zaheer Abbas for presidency, saying it will now be referred to the world body's Nominations Committee for consideration.
Test captain Kohli's views on the newly-constituted advisory panel
"If you have played cricket then you have grown up watching these legends. It's a wonderful thing to have happened and they will help us in many ways," Kohli said.
Bangladesh ODI skipper injured in cycle rickshaw
Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza's preparations for the one-day international series against India have been disrupted by hand injuries sustained while riding to training in a cycle rickshaw.
India gearing up for three back-to-back Test series WITHOUT a coach
However, the BCCI instead named Ganguly to a three-member advisory committee, which also includes greats Indian Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman.
28 years and MRF foundation unable to produce constant stream of pacers
Impressed with the skill-set of young speedsters at the MRF pace academy in Chennai, Australian pace legend Glenn McGrath said that hunting for stronger bodies from the northern part of India can be the answer to the nation's thirst for producing more fast bowlers.
'That instinct of being aggressive as a captain will remain'
Virat Kohli is keen to improve as a leader while keeping his emotions in check.
Australia in control despite West Indies fightback
Australia bowled out the West Indies for 148 on the opening day of the first Test in Dominica on Wednesday, but the home team struck back by taking three wickets in the final session.
June 03, 2015
Game On! Tendulkar, Warne share Legends T20 blueprint with ICC
Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne met with ICC Chief Executive Dave Richardson at the global body's headquarters in Dubai on Wednesday to discuss their ambitious Legends T20 cricket League, proposed to be held in the United States in August-September.
England moving in the right direction as Ashes loom
England will head into this year's Ashes series against Australia heartened by their performances against New Zealand but with nagging doubts about key areas in the team.
Rubel back in Bangladesh squad for India Test
Pace spearhead Rubel Hossain was named in Bangladesh's squad for the one-off Test against India, at Fatullah, from June 10-14. Rubel, who missed the second Test against Pakistan last month due to a Grade 1 side strain, is fit to play and will replace the injured Shahadat Hossain.
Emraan Hashmi opens up on 'Azhar' and match-fixing
Bollywood actor Emraan Hashmi, who is playing the role of former Indian cricket team captain Mohammed Azharuddin in the upcoming flick Azhar, feels that malpractices in sports, like match-fixing, diminish the spirit of the game.
Pakistan recall opener Ahmed Shehzad for Sri Lanka Tests
Opener Ahmed Shehzad has been recalled to Pakistan's Test squad for the tour of Sri Lanka after being dropped for the April-May series against Bangladesh on disciplinary grounds. Besides Shehzad, the selectors also recalled southpaw Shan Masood, another out-of-favour opener, who was ignored for the last few series and tournaments.
Clarke names Tendulkar in list of top five cricketers
The others are Australian bowling greats Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath, South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis and West Indian batsman Brian Lara.
England rest Anderson, Broad for New Zealand ODI series
England will rest James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Moeen Ali, Ian Bell and Gary Ballance in the five-match one-day series against New Zealand starting next Tuesday. Kent wicketkeeper Sam Billings was the only uncapped player named in the 14-man squad.
Here's how New Zealand fully justify their No 3 ranking in Tests...
Supremely positive, aggressive and efficient, the Black Caps amply justified their status as the world's third-ranked Test side in a 1-1 draw with their hosts which fluctuated from the first ball to the last. New Zealand are a team to be reckoned with.
Coming soon... Gandhi-Mandela cricket series
Cricket South Africa (CSA) and the BCCI are in talks to finalise details of a proposed Gandhi-Mandela series, to be played in both countries within the next two years.
'Restructuring incomplete without Dravid'
The BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya reiterated that former India captain Rahul Dravid is very much in the board's scheme of things.
The REAL reason why BCCI retained Ravi Shastri...
Senior players' liking for Ravi Shastri tilted it in his favour.
June 02, 2015
Bangladesh decides against using DRS for India series
Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan said because of the Board of Control for Cricket in India's anti-DRS stand the system will not be used in the one-off Test and three ODIs.
Headingley Test: Ruthless New Zealand complete emphatic win
New Zealand ripped through England's top order to close in on a series-leveling victory as the hosts limped to 102 for five at lunch on the last day of the second and final Test on Tuesday.
Thakur tightlipped about Dravid's role
Suspense over a role for former captain Rahul Dravid in the BCCI continued with Board secretary Anurag Thakur saying that his services would be sought at an appropriate time.
Just to have Shastri is massive boost for us: Kohli
Indian Test captain Virat Kohli has hailed the BCCI's decision to retain Ravi Shastri as Team Director for the upcoming cricket tour of Bangladesh, saying that the former skipper infuses confidence in the side.
Bedi bats for Indian coach for the Men in Blue
Always a strong advocate of having an Indian for the coach's job, former spin ace Bishan Singh Bedi reiterated his stance of having a home-grown man as the new mentor for the national team.
What's the role of the Advisory panel? Can the BCCI elaborate?
The BCCI's Advisory panel's role should be clearly defined, says legendary spinner and former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi.
In Test matches we want to be the team to beat: Kohli
New Test captain Virat Kohli laid out his ambitious vision for the Indian team, saying he wants to create a side which can dominate world cricket for the next five years at least.
Have Bangladesh lost the battle before it starts?
Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim may not keep wickets in the one-off Test against India, starting next week.
Shastri is Team India's interim coach for Bangladesh tour
Former India all-rounder Ravi Shastri has been appointed interim coach of India's cricket team for the tour of Bangladesh. The team will play one Test and three One-day Internationals on the tour, which kicks-off with the Test, from June 10 to 14.
No respite for Pakistan's captain, his SUV confiscated
Misbah-ul-Haq's misfortunes with the Federal Board of Revenue and Taxation continued when his SUV vehicle was confiscated by authorities for non payment of taxes and duty.
June 01, 2015
Headingley Test: Rain holds up New Zealand victory bid
England, chasing 455 to pull off the highest successful run chase in Test history, reached 44 for no wicket at the close on a rain-hit fourth day of the second and final match of the series against New Zealand on Monday.
'Sehwag's not in the same category as Lara and Tendulkar'
Admitting Indian maestro Sachin Tendulkar and West Indian great Brian Lara are two of the best he has bowled to, Australian legend Glenn McGrath has said that Virender Sehwag was not in the same league.
'Team India looked good as a bowling unit in the World Cup'
Australian legend Glenn McGrath has said the Indian fast bowlers did a good job in the recent World Cup after a dismal show in the preceding tri-series.
Ashes: McGrath predicts 10-0... 'because Aus already 5-0 up'
Pace legend Glenn McGrath, who has often predicted results of Australia's Test rubbers, forecast yet another 5-0 clean sweep by his country against England in the upcoming Ashes series.
'Why has BCCI forgotten its veteran cricketers?'
Former India cricketers on Monday hailed the Board of Control for Cricket in India's decision to appoint retired greats Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly in its cricket advisory committee, terming it a 'step in the right direction'. However, there were some who asked why its veteran cricketers are forgotten.
Najam Sethi withdraws nomination for ICC president's post
Former Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Najam Sethi withdrew his candidature for the ICC president's post and requested the PCB to nominate a former Test great instead.
Meet Indian cricket's unsung hero
Rahane's game is a judicious mix of caution and aggression, which enables him to adjust splendidly to any situation, says Haresh Pandya.
Pakistan's SL tour has no surprises in store
Pakistan selectors will have no surprises in store when they announce the Test squad for the tour of Sri Lanka on the next 48 hours apart from recalling talented opener Ahmed Shehzad.
Tendulkar, Ganguly, Laxman inducted in BCCI's advisory panel
In what has been described as the start of a new innings, the legendary Sachin Tendulkar, former India captain Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman joined the BCCI in a newly-constituted advisory panel to guide the Board in all matters related to the game.
Gayle's 62-ball-151 for Somerset goes in vain
Chris Gayle ended up on the losing side despite marking his debut for county side Somerset with a remarkable hundred in their Twenty20 Blast match against Kent on Sunday.
Will Zimbabwe tour change perception about security in Pakistan?
Zimabwe's successful tour of Pakistan will help convince other international teams to play in the country.
Misbah wants more nations to tour Pakistan
"I think the way the people have come and supported the Pakistan Cricket Board, the team and cricket throughout this series it is a strong enough message for the rest of the cricket world to give us more support now to have regular international matches in Pakistan," Misbah sa
Third ODI between Pakistan and Zimbabwe abandoned
Zimbabwe, chasing a target of 297 to win, were 62-0 at the end of the eighth over when a power failure in a floodlight tower and a heavy sandstorm forced the players to walk off the field at Gaddafi Stadium.
May 31, 2015
Sania-Martina pair storms into quarters; Paes, Bopanna ousted
Sania Mirza remained the only Indian surviving in the French Open by cruising to the quarter-finals with partner Martina Hingis while seasoned Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna bowed out after third round defeats in Paris.
Blatter to be quizzed by officials?
Several members of FIFA's executive committee have already been questioned by the Swiss justice, and president Sepp Blatter could also be quizzed "in the future if needed", a spokesman for the Swiss public prosecutor said.
England fight back after Southee burst
The second Test between England and New Zealand was poised on a knife-edge after a fluctuating third morning in overcast conditions at Headingley on Sunday.
West Indies officially shut door on Chanderpaul
West Indies cricket officially shut the door on Shivnarine Chanderpaul when the name of the team's second highest run-getter was left out of the Test squad set to face Australia on June 3.
Lyth hits ton and Cook claims record before NZ rally
Adam Lyth upstaged his captain Alastair Cook by scoring his maiden Test century to lift England to 253 for five at the close on the second day of the second Test against New Zealand on Saturday.
PCB not happy with Rasheed's comment on bomb attack
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) hierarchy is not happy with the timing of the disclosure made by Federal Minister for Information, Pervez Rasheed about an alleged foiled suicide bomb attack near the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore on Friday night.
May 30, 2015
England's tough Cookie, born to bat long
Alastair Cook was always destined to break batting records and it was no surprise that he became England's Test run-scorer on Saturday, beating the record of his mentor and great friend Graham Gooch.
Cook surpasses Gooch, becomes England's highest Test run-scorer
Alastair Cook is now England's leading Test match run-scorer.
'A batsman should constantly keep working on his game'
Sachin Tendulkar has said that international batsmen should constantly work on their game in order to counter world class bowlers, as he did
Anderson becomes first English bowler to take 400 Test wickets
England fast bowler James Anderson claimed his 400th Test wicket when he had New Zealand's Martin Guptill caught at slip by Ian Bell for nought in the second Test at Headlingley, Leeds.
Azhar Ali's ton gives Pakistan first series win in 17 months
A fine hundred by Azhar Ali helped Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by six wickets in the second One-Day International and win their first One-day series in 17 months, at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, on Friday night.
Latham and Ronchi lead New Zealand recovery
Tom Latham and Luke Ronchi lifted a New Zealand side bristling with attacking intent to 297 for eight at the close on a rain-disrupted first day of the second Test against England at Headingley on Friday.
May 29, 2015
Holding backs Lloyd's decision to drop Chanderpaul
Former West Indies pacer Michael Holding has backed chairman of selectors Clive Lloyd's decision to drop Shivnarine Chanderpaul from the squad for the upcoming series against Australia, saying he firmly believes that the veteran batsman has lost his edge and does not deserve a place in the side.
When Sachin's driving gave his wife Anjali a 'headache'
Sachin Tendulkar's passion for speed ended up giving him and his wife Anjali 'a headache'.
Meet IPL8's Most Valuable Players
Dwayne Bravo edges past A B de Villers in IPL8.
May 28, 2015
Our boys want to play a series in India: Mashrafe
Bangladesh made their foray into Test arena in 2000 against India but in 15 years, have never received invitation from BCCI, something that the current players are looking forward to, insists their limited overs captain Mashrafe Mortaza.
Sachin's vital tip: Malinga ke baal nahin, ball ko dekho!
Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar feels that international batsmen should constantly work on their game. Chanderpaul deserves a send-off with dignity and respect: Lara
West Indies batting legend Brian Lara has severely criticised the Cricket Board's (WICB) move to axe Shivnarine Chanderpaul from the national team and has called for a honourary send-off to the veteran batsman by including him in two-Test home series against Australia.
Zimbabwe captain Chigumbura handed two-match suspension
Elton Chigumbura's Pakistan tour came to an abrupt end after the Zimbabwe captain was slapped with a two-match suspension for his team's slow over-rate in Tuesday's first One-Day International in Lahore.
IPL winner Ponting not keen on coaching in Australia's Big Bash
Notwithstanding his successful Indian Premier League stint with champions Mumbai Indians, former Australia captain Ricky Ponting is not tempted at Big Bash coaching roles for now and is keen to concentrate on his commentary assignments for Channel Ten in the Australian T20 league.
May 27, 2015
De Villiers gets paternity leave, while four uncapped players called-up
Opener Reeza Hendricks, wicketkeeper Dane Vilas, spinner Aaron Phangiso and fast bowler Kagiso Rabada, who have all previously represented the country in the limited overs formats, picked for Bangladesh Tests
1st ODI: Malik ton leads Pakistan to win over Zimbabwe
Shoaib Malik hit his first century in six years to help Pakistan beat Zimbabwe in the first One-dayer by 41 runs in Lahore on Tuesday, taking a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
Australia aim to make Windies 'smell leather', maintain domination
'We've just got to make sure we get enough balls in the right areas and be relentless and patient and stick two up their nose an over'
Sri Lanka rope in Jonty Rhodes for short stint to improve fielding
Sri Lankan cricketers are to get fielding tips from the man who pretty much revolutionized the art after former South African player Jonty Rhodes agreed to a short stint with them.
'Trevor's appointment a reminder that this Ashes will be tough'
There was general consensus in Australia on Wednesday that retaining the Ashes this year got a little bit harder after the appointment of wily compatriot Trevor Bayliss as England's new head coach.
'Ponting is a fearless competitor who never wants to give up'
Sachin Tendulkar has heaped praise on Mumbai Indians coach Ricky Ponting and said that the former Australia captain still has the same approach to the game as in his playing days.
'The manner in which Dhoni handles pressure is exceptional'
West Indies ODI captain Jason Holder feels that his stint at Chennai Super Kings was a well spent one as he learnt about the nuances of captaincy from none other than India's limited overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
'Rohit Sharma is a much more confident captain now'
Mumbai Indians icon Sachin Tendulkar has heaped praise on the Indian Premier League's champion team's captain Rohit Sharma, saying that he has grown as a leader over the years.
May 26, 2015
History-maker Bayliss set for Ashes baptism of fire
Strong, silent and one of cricket's quiet achievers, Trevor Bayliss may need that stoicism to accompany all his expertise when he becomes the first Australian coach to take charge of England in an Ashes series.
Dhawan reveals his secret of dealing with failure
India's opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan says his ability to deal with failures has helped him immensely in his five-year-old international career.
'Ganguly would do a good job if appointed India coach'
Former Australia pacer Brett Lee feels ex-India skipper Sourav Ganguly has a huge wealth of knowledge and would do a great job if he is appointed as India's head coach.
Australia's Bayliss appointed England head coach
Australian Trevor Bayliss has been appointed head coach of England's national team, according to a statement from the England and Wales Cricket Board on Tuesday.
'Pakistan is a safe country to play cricket'
Zimbabwe Cricket chairman Wilson Manase has declared Pakistan 'safe' for international cricket.
PHOTOS: Stars converge on Antilla to celebrate Mumbai Indians IPL triumph
Nita Ambani threw a lavish party at her Mumbai residence Antilla on Monday night to celebrate her team Mumbai Indians's second Indian Premier League title win.
From no-hopers to champions!
From the bottom of the table to champions in the course of four weeks. Harish Kotian/Rediff.com looks back at Mumbai Indians's astonishing turnaround in IPL 8.
'It's one of the best matches I've ever been involved in'
England captain Alastair Cook was almost speechless with delight after his side's 124-run victory over New Zealand in a gripping first Test at Lord's.
'It hurts a lot...at the same time there is an element of pride'
New Zealand will not let their tight loss to England in the classic Test at Lord's lessen their resolve to keep playing aggressive cricket, captain Brendon McCullum said.
'We encouraged the lads to play good cricket and have fun'
Interim England coach Paul Farbrace emphasised the fun factor after leading his team to a thrilling 124-run victory over New Zealand in the first Test on Monday.
Catching them young in the Indian Premier League
Rediff.com takes a look at the youngsters who impressed during the course of the eighth edition of the cash-rich Twenty20 extravaganza.
PHOTOS: Stokes leads England to dramatic win over New Zealand
Ben Stokes took two wickets in two balls to inspire England to victory over New Zealand in the first Test at Lord's.
May 25, 2015
PHOTOS: Hero's welcome for IPL champs Mumbai Indians at Wankhede
Mumbai Indians team celebrated their second IPL title at the iconic Wankhede stadium on Monday.
I learnt a lot from Ponting, says Mumbai's captain Rohit
Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma said the key to their triumph in the eighth edition of the Indian Premier League was sticking together as a team despite getting off to a horrific start.
Will BCCI announce Team India coach by June 6?
After a closed door meeting at Indian cricket board president Jagmohan Dalmiya's residence in Kolkata on Monday, Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Anurag Thakur said that national team's support staff, including the Team Director, will be announced by June 6, a day before the team leaves for tour of Bangladesh.
'No final decision taken as far as playing Pakistan is concerned'
Amid speculation over the fate of India-Pakistan bilateral cricket series, IPL Chairman Rajiv Shukla said no final decision on it has been taken as there are certain issues that need to be resolved.
Bayliss set to be named England coach?
Yorkshire coach Gillespie was widely expected to get the job but new England cricket director Andrew Strauss has opted for the 52-year-old Bayliss who led Sri Lanka to the 2011 World Cup final, a newspaper reported.
PHOTOS: Harbhajan ditches bhangra to waltz with Nita Ambani
The mood was celebratory after Mumbai Indians won the Indian Premier League at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata on Sunday night.
Will BCCI replace Champions League T20 with 'mini-IPL'?
The Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) top brass on Monday said that they are trying to devise a strategy to make Champions League T20 exciting.
BCCI still undecided on Ganguly's appointment for India coaching job
Thakur, who is expected to meet Board president, Jagmohan Dalmiya at his residence later in the afternoon, said that an announcement on support staff is on the cards.
'Chennai's IPL final losses is not because of the mental aspect'
Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming has pointed out that six final appearances from the eight seasons speak of his side's consistency, and their loss to Mumbai Indians in the final of the Indian Premier League is not down to the mind.
'When MS said he'd like to bowl first, I was little happy inside'
Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma has admitted that he loves to bat first and take the attack to opposition in big matches and that his Chennai Super Kings counterpart MS Dhoni's call for bowling first in the Indian Premier League final, after winning the toss, was a welcome sign. 'We treated every game as a final, as if it was our last game'
Written off after four losses on the trot to start with in the Indian Premier League, Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma has said their revival and the subsequent title triumph was triggered by the belief that every game was his team's final.
'India has agreed to play Pakistan in the UAE this December'
The Pakistan Cricket Board has dismissed reports that it was ready to revive bilateral series against India on Indian soil and made it clear that the first
Indian Premier League Season 8: The Impact Index
Rediff.com takes a look at a few players who made a significant impact to their team's fortunes.
Malik, Sami back in Pakistan ODI squad for Zimbabwe series
Pakistan have made a number of changes in their ODI squad for the short home series against Zimbabwe, recalling seniors such as Shoaib Malik and Muhammad Sami in the 16-member side.
Pakistan pip Zimbabwe to clinch T20 series 2-0
Pakistan edged Zimbabwe by two wickets in the second and final Twenty20 International on Sunday to clinch the series 2-0 at a boisterous Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.
Mumbai Indians demolish CSK to win second IPL title
Rohit Sharma and Lendl Simmons hit half-centuries as Mumbai Indians demolished Chennai Super Kings by 41 runs to win their second Indian Premier League title, in Kolkata, on Sunday.
Staying together in tough times key to Mumbai's success: Tendulkar
An elated Mumbai Indians' mentor Sachin Tendulkar said that staying together in adverse situation has been key ingredient to their franchise's success in the Indian Premier League cricket tournament.
May 24, 2015
Will Shane Warne return to IPL next season?
Spin legend Shane Warne feels that there is a possibility in future that he may return to the cash-rich Indian Premier League fold as a "mentor" since he thoroughly enjoyed his time as skipper during his first three seasons at the Rajasthan Royals.
Delhi, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Nagpur to host SA Tests
The BCCI's Tours and Fixtures Committee named Delhi, Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Nagpur as the four Test match venues for the series against South Africa scheduled to be played through October and November.
BCCI set to introduce contract system for women cricketers
The BCCI officially announced that India's international women's cricketers will be brought under the ambit of gradation payment like their male counterparts as it was discussed at the recently held finance committee meeting in Delhi.
Calm Cook, sublime Stokes give England the edge
Contrasting centuries by a relentless Alastair Cook and an inspired Ben Stokes lifted England to 429 for six at the close of a compelling fourth day of the first Test against New Zealand on Sunday.
Gillespie favourite for England coach's job?
Former Australia fast bowler Jason Gillespie has held talks with the England and Wales Cricket Board about coaching the national team, he said on Saturday.
PCB's unique proposal: Pakistan ready to play HOME matches in India!
The south Asian neighbours may not share the best of relations but Pakistan would like to play their home matches in India, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Shahayar Khan said.
Here's how Imran Khan popped the question to wife Reham
Reham Khan, the newly wedded wife of former Pakistani cricketer Imran Khan, has opened up about secrets behind the latter's marriage proposal to her.
Cook, Bell survive Test of character against aggressive Kiwis
Alastair Cook and Ian Bell, England's two most experienced batsmen, withstood a fearsome working over by the New Zealand pace attack in a gripping final session of the third day of the first Test on Saturday.
Cook and Bell dig in after New Zealand run spree
Alastair Cook and Ian Bell survived a torrid final hour to guide England to 74 for two at the close on the third day of the first Test against New Zealand on Saturday.
May 23, 2015
Shahryar Khan upset with India's response to reviving cricket ties
The PCB chairman Shahryar Khan has expressed disappointment over BCCI's lukewarm response to the resumption of the bilateral ties between the two countries.
IPL-6 Fixing: Court to pass order on charge on June 29
A Delhi court said it would pass on June 29 its order on framing of charges in IPL-6 spot fixing scandal case in which suspended cricketers S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila, Ankeet Chavan and others, including underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and his aide Chhota Shakeel, are accused.
'Dhoni is the most consistent captain that we have in the game'
Suresh Raina feels that Chennai Super Kings' stupendous success as the most consistent team in the eight editions of Indian Premier League tournament should be attributed to their skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's leadership skills.
It will be AB de Villiers vs Dwayne Bravo for the Most Valuable
Srinivas Bhogle and Purnendu Maji present Rediff.com's Most Valuable Player ratings for the ongoing IPL 8
'If Mumbai don't win the final all our hard work will go in vain'
Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma has urged his teammates to put up one last effort against Chennai Super Kings in the finals, saying all their hard work would go in vain if they failed to win the IPL T20 tournament at the Edens Gardens.
Adam Milne ruled out of England one-day series
Fast bowler Adam Milne has failed to adequately recover from the heel injury that forced him out of the World Cup to join the New Zealand one-day side for their series against England, coach Mike Hesson said on Saturday.
'Hopefully Chennai can turn the tables on Mumbai in the final'
Mike Hussey played a key role in ensuring Chennai Super Kings' record sixth appearance in the final of the Indian Premier League and the Australian
'Can't just say that this is the best IPL I have had till date'
He has already won a few Man-of-the Match awards for his superlative performance with the ball in the eighth edition of the Indian Premier League and experienced campaigner Ashish Nehra says it is difficult for a fast bowler to regularly emerge as the top performer in one season.
IPL: Chennai lock horns with Mumbai in high-voltage summit clash
Two-time former champions and the most consistent team of the season, Chennai Super Kings will lock horns with late bloomers Mumbai Indians in a high-voltage Indian Premier League summit clash in Kolkata, bringing the 47-day T20 extravaganza to a relatively controversy-free end.
'Not many top Indian players would go to Pakistan and play'
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has expressed apprehensions about the prospect of Indian cricketers touring Pakistan in near future.
Hussey, Nehra guide Chennai into the IPL final
A clinical Chennai Super Kings defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by three wickets in a nail-biting second qualifier to sail into the final of the Indian Premier League cricket tournament in Ranchi, making it a record sixth appearance in eight editions of the event.
Cricket returns! Pakistan beat Zimbabwe for emotional victory
Pakistan marked international cricket's return to the trouble-torn country with a five-wicket victory over Zimbabwe in the first Twenty20 International at Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium on Friday.
May 22, 2015
1st Test, Day 2: New Zealand make England toil
Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor mastered a lifeless England attack to lift New Zealand to 303 for two at the close on the second day of the first Test at Lord's on Friday.
SHOCKING! Sex bribe scandal rocks Sri Lankan women's cricket
Sri Lanka's sports ministry said on Friday that an investigation had found evidence that members of the national women's cricket team had been forced to perform sexual favours for officials.
'Not sure if top Indian players would tour Pakistan'
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar expressed apprehensions about the prospect of Indian cricketers touring Pakistan in near future.
IPL betting: ED nabs bookie; conducts searches in multiple cities
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday arrested a suspected Delhi-based bookie after launching searches in multiple cities.
No immediate chances of Indo-Pak cricket revival: Shukla
Amid speculation over the fate of the proposed India-Pakistan series, IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla today said there are "no immediate chances" of revival of cricketing ties between the two countries.
Bangladesh skipper faces race to be fit for India Test
Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim faces a race against time to be fit for the one-off Test against India next month after the wicketkeeper-batsman was advised a week's rest to recover from a finger injury.
New coach may not be appointed before the start of the Ashes: Strauss
The new director of England and Wales Cricket Board( ECB), Andrew Strauss, has said that the new coach may not be appointed before the start of the Ashes in July.
Iyer regrets not scoring a century for Daredevils after dream IPL debut
The 20-year-old, who had a dream debut in the Indian Premier League, tells Rediff.com's Harish Kotian how a successful show in the Ranji Trophy helped boost his confidence in the IPL.
No easy pass for IPL players into Windies Test squad: Ambrose
West Indies must find a way to turn the undoubted talent in their ranks into consistent performances that will win Test series, former fast bowler Curtly Ambrose said on Thursday.
1st Test: How England's fiery Stokes repaid faith shown by selectors
England's Ben Stokes provided a timely reminder of his immense talent with a sparkling innings of 92 which turned the first test against New Zealand on Thursday.
May 21, 2015
Stokes and Root lift England after horror start
Ben Stokes provided the gloss and Joe Root the glue as England recovered from a terrible start to reach 354 for seven at the close on the opening day of the first Test against New Zealand at Lord's on Thursday.
Magazine names Virat Kohli as the sixth most marketable athlete
British Sports business magazine SportsPro has named Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli as the six most marketable athlete of this year ahead of the likes of sprint king Usain Bolt and football superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Umpire Ahsan Raza wants to move past 'dreadful' terrorist attack
Umpire Ahsan Raza has said he wants to forget the horrific 2009 terror attack, where he was shot at twice.
India need a strong coach to control Kohli, says Bishan Bedi
Former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi feels the Board of Control for Cricket in India needs to appoint a 'strong coach' to guide the temperamental Test captain Virat Kohli, who has courted a lot of off-field controversies in recent times.
PCB expects India's support in bringing cricket back to Pakistan
'Zimbabwe has given us a lot of support by undertaking this tour despite pressure on them so we also urge the public to cheer team along with our team as well'
Former Aus pacer Gillespie closing in on England coach job?
Former Australia fast bowler and current Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie is expected to hold talks with the England and Wales Cricket Board's Director for Cricket Andrew Strauss in the next 24 hours on the possibility of him accepting or not accepting the vacant position of the national head coach.
IPL Qualifier 2: 'We would love to beat CSK in Ranchi'
We know that Chennai are a very good and tough team to beat, says AB de Villiers.
CSK have an edge over RCB as battle lines are drawn for 2nd Qualifier
It will be a battle of tactics as a formidable Chennai Super Kings, led by the wily Mahendra Singh Dhoni, square off against a confident Royal Challengers Bangalore under an aggressive Virat Kohli in the second qualifier of the Indian Premier League, in Ranchi on Friday.
After 7 years, some relief for controversial Shoaib Akhtar
The Lahore High Court has given a clean chit to Pakistan's maverick former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar.
IPL 8 PHOTOS: The many moods of Anushka Sharma and Dipika Pallikal
Yet again, the Bollywood sensation Anushka Sharma was spotted at the IPL.
CSK's McCullum asserts: 'Sacred' Test cricket must be protected
Brendon McCullum, who has just come off another successful and lucrative Indian Premier League campaign, has revealed that to him Test cricket is sacred and something people have to protect.
Are Dhoni's 'acche din' over?
There have always been question marks about temperament of Kohli. However, BCCI has always stood by him. Precisely what happened in Dhoni's case when Srinivasan was in charge.
May 20, 2015
RCB eliminate Rajasthan; face Chennai for a spot in IPL final
AB de Villiers combined with Mandeep Singh for a game-changing partnership as Royal Challengers Bangalore eliminated Rajasthan Royals following a crushing 71-run victory, in the Indian Premier League in Pune, on Wednesday.
No ultimatum over Pietersen, says England captain Cook
English cricket's reputation has taken a "hammering" over the last 18 months but better times lie in wait following some big changes, captain Alastair Cook said on Wednesday.
Figure out India's Test & ODI squads for the Bangladesh tour
Ahead of the upcoming Test and ODI series against Bangladesh Rajneesh Gupta presents a statistical outlook on India's players selected for the two squads.
Protests at Wankhede over foreign cheerleaders in the IPL
The Board of Control for Cricket in India's head office in Mumbai was rocked by protests on Wednesday over the employment of foreign cheerleaders for the ongoing Indian Premier League.
Why Harbhajan was handed a lifeline in the Test team
Chairman of selectors Sandeep Patil's explanation for Harbhajan Singh's inclusion in the squad for the one-off Test in Bangladesh next month. Harish Kotian reports
'Harbhajan's selection shows we don't have many good off-spinners'
Sunil Gavaskar has welcomed the return of Harbhajan Singh to the Indian cricket team after more than two years, saying the off-spinner looks in good form even though he doesn't need to prove anything to anyone with close to 700 international wickets under his belt.
Search for Team India's new coach yet to begin!
Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Anurag Thakur said a shortlist of names of individuals who are interested in taking over from Duncan Fletcher, whose contract expired at the end of World Cup, is yet to be made.
'It's a new innings which I want to start on a confident note'
It's hard to be in the wilderness for more than two years but Harbhajan Singh was always "very confident" of once again donning the Indian cricket team's jersey and termed his latest comeback a "fresh beginning" in a career that has spanned over 16 years.
Kohli served notice for meeting Anushka during IPL match
The secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, Anurag Thakur, on Wednesday, confirmed that batsman Virat Kohli was served a notice after he was found guilty of violating the Board's anti-corruption code during the ongoing Indian Premier League.
Harbhajan back in Test squad for Bangladesh tour
Mumbai medium pacer Dhawal Kulkarni, who has played four ODIs for India (8 wickets), was named as a replacement for the injured Mohammed Shami in the One-day squad.
CSK skipper Dhoni fined for 'inappropriate public comments'
Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was, on Wednesday, fined 10 per cent of his match fee for "inappropriate public comments" about an umpire's decision.
Find out why Chennai is disappointed but happy at the same time...
Chennai Super Kings' head coach Stephen Fleming says Harbhajan Singh's two wickets off successive balls tilted the scales in favour of Mumbai
We played perfect cricket against Chennai, says Pollard
Kieron Pollard says his team played near-flawless cricket in Mumbai.
PIX: Bachchan Sr & Jr, Ameesha, Rohit's fiancee cheer for Mumbai
Bollywood mega star Amitabh Bachchan was yet again at the Wankhede stadium to cheer for Mumbai Indians.
IPL: Mumbai Indians thrash Chennai Super Kings to enter final
Mumbai Indians became the first team to qualify for the final of the Indian Premier League with a comfortable 25-run win over Chennai Super Kings at the Wankhede stadium.
May 19, 2015
MCC plans to refurbish media centre at Lord's
Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has announced plans for a four million pounds refurbishment of the award-winning JP Morgan Media Centre at Lord's.
Virat Kohli let off after minor anti-corruption code breach
Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli was found guilty of violating the BCCI's anti-corruption code after he met his girlfriend Anushka Sharma at the stands during an Indian Premier League match in Bangalore but let off as the breach was found to be a minor one, according to a report.
Talking stops as England brace for Kiwi Test
With a new cricket director, coach and chairman, England return to the field of play in the first Test against New Zealand on Thursday following an extraordinary period of upheaval.
Rajasthan-Bangalore IPL Eliminator promises royal battle
Rajasthan and Bangalore are locked 7-7 on the head-to-head count, but Wednesday's IPL Eliminator in Pune battle carries the weight of a title dream for both sides.
Sami, Malik recalled for T20s against Zimbabwe
Experienced Pakistan players Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Sami received surprise call-ups to the national side for the two T20 matches against the touring Zimbabwe team after spending close to three years in the wilderness.
Zimbabwe team arrives in Pakistan amid tight security
The Zimbabwe cricket team arrived in Lahore on Tuesday, the first test-playing nation to tour Pakistan since a gun attack on Sri Lanka's team bus in 2009 had left six policemen and a van driver dead.
KP not a team-man, says ex-ECB boss
Former England and Wales Cricket Board ( ECB) boss Lord MacLaurin has endorsed the move not to include Kevin Pietersen in the national squad, saying he was never a ' team-man '.
Root and Edwards named England cricketers of the year
Joe Root was named on Monday as England's cricketer of the year for 2014-15, the England and Wales Cricket Board said.
Australia's Langer says 'NO' to India and England
Former Australia Test batsman Justin Langer ruled himself out of the running for the India and England coaching jobs.
'I would love to play Test cricket; that was the ambition growing up'
James Faulkner talks to Harish Kotian/Rediff.com about his time with Rajasthan Royals, his match-wining performance in the World Cup final against New Zealand and the Australia Test spot he's eyeing.
Should Sourav Ganguly replace Ravi Shastri as Team India Director?
With the new Board of Control for Cricket in India bosses meeting on Wednesday, speculation is rife that Team India Director Ravi Shastri will be replaced by former India captain Sourav Ganguly.
May 18, 2015
ICC Cricket Committee urges members to try out Day/Night Tests
The ICC Cricket Committee has recommended the Test Playing nations to try out Day/Night Test matches after a lengthy discussion during its recent two-day
ICC committee recommends changes to the ODI fielding restrictions
The ICC cricket committee has recommended three changes to the ODI fielding restrictions: the requirement to have two compulsory catchers in the first 10 overs be removed, the batting powerplay be removed and that five fieldsmen be allowed outside the circle from overs 41-50 instead of four.
'A man of Ganguly's capability can bring positivity to Team India'
Sunil Gavaskar feels that a man of former captain Sourav Ganguly's "capability" should be used by the BCCI in the running of Indian cricket team provided the Prince of Calcutta can find time from his busy schedule.
'We've got a tough game and McCullum's absence will impact a lot'
Chennai Super Kings head coach Stephen Fleming is not only ruing the absence of Brendon McCullum from the batting line-up for Indian Premier League qualifier but also the fact that Tuesday's match is an away game for them.
BCCI questioned by Lodha committee over conflict of interest, finances
The Supreme Court-appointed committee headed by former CJI RM Lodha, who has been assigned to make administrative reforms in BCCI, has sent out a questionnaire containing more than 80 queries under seven sub-heads to office-bearers of the cricket body.
'As long as we prepare well, we will be able to beat Chennai'
Mumbai Indians' bowler Mitchell McClenaghan has said his side is fully prepared for the Indian Premier League play-off against two-time champions Chennai Super Kings on Tuesday.
IPL: Formidable Chennai face Mumbai Indians for final spot
With an eye on the final spot, two-time champions Chennai Super Kings face high-flying Mumbai Indians in their first qualifier in the Indian Premier League at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Tuesday.
Mumbai made merry when stars were not aligned for Sunrisers Hyderabad
Mumbai Indians' star bowler Mitchell McClenaghan said his side is fully prepared for the IPL play-off match.
Chris Rogers set to retire after Ashes
Australia Test opener Chris Rogers appears set to retire from international cricket after the upcoming Ashes series in England.
While Bhajji's girl celebrates, it's gloom Mrs Dhawan!
Bollywood actress Geeta Basra was back in the stands, and cheering for Mumbai Indians during the Indian Premier League match against Sunrisers Hyderabad, at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad, on Sunday.
This time it's rain...not Anushka
Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli snatched a few moments with his actress girlfriend Anushka Sharma.
May 17, 2015
Mumbai seal final play-off berth with easy win over Sunrisers
Mumbai Indians crushed Sunrisers Hyderabad by nine wickets in a must-win final league game to sail into play-offs of the Indian Premier League cricket tournament in Hyderabad on Sunday.
Djokovic over-runs Federer to win in Rome
Novak Djokovic won the Rome Masters for the fourth time by outwitting old rival Roger Federer on Sunday.
Justin Langer's name doing rounds for India coach's job
Former Australia opener Justin Langer has suddenly cropped up as one of the possible candidates for Indian cricket team's chief coach's job, a position that is lying vacant after Zimbabwean Duncan Fletcher completed his tenure at the end of the World Cup.
IPL: Rain scuppers Bangalore's hopes of a second-place finish
Royal Challengers Bangalore qualified for the play-offs of the Indian Premier League after their last league match against Delhi Daredevils was called off due to heavy rains.
ICC not to send match officials to Pakistan
The International Cricket Council (ICC) will not be sending match officials to Pakistan for the tour of Zimbabwe should the limited overs series go ahead, the governing body said on Sunday.
Dinesh Karthik fined 20 percent of match fees for poor conduct
Royal Challengers Bangalore wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik was fined 20 per cent of his match fee for breaching the IPL Code of Conduct during his team's match against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Zimbabwe tour to Pakistan is on: Whatmore
Zimbabwe will fly to Pakistan on Sunday for a limited-overs tour, their coach Dav Whatmore told Reuters.
Brad Haddin announces retirement from one-day internationals
Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has decided to make March's World Cup final his last one-day international and announced his retirement from the format on Sunday.
'Rajasthan Royals now have a chance to make the IPL final again'
After masterminding Rajasthan Royals' nine-run win over Kolkata Knight Riders with an all-round show to take them into the play-offs, Shane Watson has said it has given them a chance to make the May 24 final.
'Any team without Kevin Pietersen in it is not as strong'
Australia captain Michael Clarke has absolutely no doubt England will be a weaker side without batsman Kevin Pietersen when the Ashes rivalry resumes in Cardiff on July 8.
Watson's all-round display guides Rajasthan into play-offs
Shane Watson smashed an unbeaten century and then bagged two wickets as Rajasthan Royals outplayed defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders by nine runs to seal a play-offs berth in the IPL tournament in Mumbai on Saturday.
May 16, 2015
Chennai seal top spot with a crushing win over Kings XI
Chennai Super Kings produced a clinical performance as they demolished bottom placed Kings XI Punjab by seven wickets to finish on top of the league table and qualify for the play-offs in the Indian Premier League in Mohali.
Policeman blinded after being struck by big hit in IPL
A policeman has been left blind in one eye after being struck by six hit by South African David Miller in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match, local media reported on Saturday.
Sunrisers Hyderabad's must-win match against Mumbai Indians
Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad face each other in a must-win IPL match.
BCCI to discuss fate of CLT20 with CSA, CA chiefs
The BCCI will discuss the fate of Champions League T20 with the Presidents of Cricket South Africa and Cricket Australia.
'Tendulkar and Warne's Legends T20 league could be risky'
The Twenty20 league mooted by Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar and spin champion Shane Warne could be a risky proposition.
Upbeat RCB eye play-off berth with win against Delhi
Royal Challengers Bangalore would look to seal a play-off berth by beating laggards Delhi Daredevils.
Should D/L method be reviewed? Tell us!
Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Tom Moody has expressed unhappiness at the way the target for Royal Challengers Bangalore was revised under Duckworth/Lewis method.
It's a virtual quarter-final for us: Rajasthan coach Upton
Rajasthan Royals head coach Paddy Upton termed their final league encounter of the IPL against Kolkata Knight Riders as a virtual quarter-final as it would decide on their team's chances of getting into play-offs.
Kohli's blitz guides RCB to a thrilling win over SRH
Virat Kohli's brilliant innings under pressure enabled Royal Challengers Bangalore to eke out a thrilling six wicket victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL cricket tournament on Friday.
May 15, 2015
CSK coach Fleming says game against Punjab 'very dangerous'
Table-toppers Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming believes his team's final league match against bottom placed Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League on Saturday as a 'dangerous game'.
Zimbabwe to tour Pakistan as per schedule: PCB chief
The Pakistan Cricket Board said on Friday that Zimbabwe would tour the country after earlier calling off the series due to security apprehensions after an attack on the minority Ismaili community members in Karachi.
Kohli must lead India in Bangladesh Test, skip ODIs: Gavaskar
Former captain Sunil Gavaskar feels that Virat Kohli should lead India in the one-off Test match against Bangladesh and sit out of the three-match One-Day International series that will follow.
Did not give Pietersen any guarantees, says ECB chairman Graves
New England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Colin Graves says he did not give Kevin Pietersen any guarantees about being recalled by England this year.
It's perform or perish for Kolkata and Rajasthan at Brabourne!
Defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders take on Rajasthan Royals at the Brabourne stadium, in Mumbai, on Saturday, in a perform-or-perish contest, as the race for play-off berths in IPL 8 hots up.
'There's only one wall, Dravid! Don't think I can take his place'
India batsman Ajinkya Rahane thanked former captain Rahul Dravid for the encomiums showered on him, but insisted he cannot be compared to 'The Wall'.
Kings XI will play for pride; CSK look to consolidate top spot
They might be set to finish IPL-8 in the last spot but Kings XI Punjab skipper George Bailey feels his side has everything to play for a win.
Now, BCCI planning new league in place of CLT20!
The Board of Control for Cricket in India is looking to replace the not-so-popular annual Champions League Twenty20 with another tournament. According to Indian Premier League chairman Rajeev Shukla, it is exploring options for a new league in September.
Give first class cricket more importance than IPL: Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir, captain of defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders, sent out a strong message to India's cricket administrators, saying it would be wrong to pick youngsters for national duty based on performances in the Indian Premier League.
McClenaghan reprimanded for dissent
Mumbai Indians pacer Mitchell McClenaghan has been reprimanded for showing dissent to the umpire.
Thanks, Shakib Al Hasan, for not playing the blame game!
Shakib Al Hasan defended Kolkata Knight Riders teammate Piyush Chawla.
Warne, Tendulkar back new 'greats' T20 league
Tendulkar and Warne planned to recruit 28 players to play 15 matches.
IPL's Most Valuable Player: Warner overtakes Russell
With a MVPI of 619, David Warner is currently IPL 8's most successful player. A B de Villiers (603), after his recent magic at Wankhede stadium, is just behind, and could still be this IPL's top player if Royal Challengers Bangalore can make it to the semi-finals.
Why Pollard's over was more crucial than Pandya's knock
Hardik Pandya paid encomiums to fellow all-rounder Kieron Pollard.
PHOTOS: Team Piku spotted at Wankhede!
There was a dash of Bollywood to the IPL sizzling contest.
'KKR bowlers need to be clever in death overs'
Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir blamed his bowlers and fielders for their narrow five-run defeat against Mumbai Indians.
Mumbai's play-off hopes alive after narrow win over KKR
Youngster Hardik Pandya blasted an unbeaten half-century to help Mumbai Indians edge past Kolkata Knight Riders and boost their hopes of making it to the play-offs in the Indian Premier League in Mumbai, on Thursday.
May 14, 2015
Zimbabwe decision to quit Pakistan tour put on hold
Zimbabwe pulled out of this month's historic cricket tour to Pakistan and then retracted their decision within 16 minutes in a bizarre turnaround on Thursday.
Hales to replace Anderson in Mumbai Indians' squad
England batsman Alex Hales will be available for selection for Mumbai Indians' last league game against Sunrisers Hyderabad on May 17, subject to completion of contractual paperwork formalities.
BCCI mulling awarding Test matches to smaller centres
Admitting that drawing spectators to the ground to watch Test matches in recent times has become a 'great challenge', Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Anurag Thakur on Thursday said the Board is open to the idea of hosting five-day games at stadiums in smaller cities.
Another round of talks on Indo-Pak cricket in coming weeks
Amid intense speculation over the fate of the proposed India-Pakistan series, the Board of Control for Cricket in India indicated that a second round of talks between the two Boards could take place soon to work out the modalities for resumption of bilateral cricketing ties.
'T20 cricket must address balance between bat and ball'
Former India captain Rahul Dravid has some suggestions to make T20 cricket more exciting. Harish Kotian lists them.
'Indian or a foreigner, appoint the best as Team India coach'
Indian batting legend Rahul Dravid said he has not been approached for the coach's job of Team India, and added that the new coach must be selected irrespective of nationality.
India-Pakistan series is more than cricket: Dravid
Former India captain Rahul Dravid shares his thoughts on Pakistan hosting India in a series in the UAE in December. Harish Kotian reports.
Independent review to probe Phillip Hughes death
Cricket Australia has commissioned an independent review into the cause and circumstances of last year's death of Test batsman Phillip Hughes in a bid to prevent anything similar happening in the future.
Warner, Gayle the key in Hyderabad-Bangalore Top 4 race
An upbeat Sunrisers Hyderabad will look to carry on their winning momentum to book a berth in the play-offs when they take on an equally-keen Royal Challengers Bangalore in a crucial IPL match at Uppal, in Hyderabad, on Friday.
PCB chief invites BCCI officials to Pakistan
PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan has extended invitations to key officials of the Board of Control for Cricket in India and government functionaries to attend a match of the forthcoming series against Zimbabwe in Lahore.
'It has been the most interesting Indian Premier League season'
With no team as yet assured of a last four play-off berth, Kolkata Knight Riders mentor Wasim Akram described this Indian Premier League (IPL) season as the most interesting in its eight-year history.
PHOTOS: Lowly Daredevils celebrate in style after slaying Super Kings
Delhi Daredevils tasted rare success in their Indian Premier League campaign when they defeated two-time champions Chennai Super Kings on Tuesday. So, the win called for celebrations and the party began in right earnest once the players reached the team hotel.
Pietersen's dream IPL return shattered due to injury
Shunned England batsman Kevin Pietersen has a calf injury and will not fly to India to play in the IPL as he had planned, British media reported on Wednesday.
IPL: Punjab upset Bangalore to end seven-match losing streak
Kings XI Punjab beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 22 runs in a rain-truncated Indian Premier League game in Mohali.
May 13, 2015
'Match against Knight Riders a virtual final for Mumbai Indians'
Emphasising on the importance of Thursday's Indian Premier League match against Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians coach Ricky Ponting termed the clash against the defending champions as a 'virtual final' for his team.
'Indian players have all grown with the success of the IPL'
West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo credits the Indian Premier League for shaping the careers of India's players. He insists that the cash-rich Twenty20 tournament is the route to international success.
Will Pakistan ditch Ten Sports to convince India to play in UAE?
Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan on Wednesday said that the broadcast rights issue will not be a hindrance for the proposed India-Pakistan cricket series and exuded confidence that the two boards will sort out the matter soon.
Pietersen to join Sunrisers Hyderabad squad on Friday
Sunrisers Hyderabad has announced the arrival of Kevin Pietersen, who will join the team early evening on Friday.
'Kevin Pietersen 355 not out'; 'Retired .. Hurt'
From the English media to social networking websites, 'devastated' Kevin Pietersen found support from all quarters.
Shah Rukh to be questioned by ED for undervaluing KKR shares
Bollywood actor and co-owner of Indian Premier League franchise Kolkata Knight Riders, Shah Rukh Khan has been summoned by the Enforcement Directorate for forex violation.
It's make or break for Mumbai as they face KKR at home
Mumbai Indians have a 10-5 record against KKR. Can they maintain the advantage?
KP's exclusion: 'English cricket the laughing stock again!'
Kevin Pietersen is not the only one trying to work out why he is unwanted by England's cricket selectors.
Secret of Shreyas Iyer's success in the IPL
Fresh from his match-winning exploits against table-toppers Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Daredevils opener Shreyas Iyer says his Ranji experience acted as a confidence-booster for him in the Indian Premier League cricket tournament.
Sarcastic Pietersen gets cheeky about England future
On Wednesday morning, Pietersen, in a sarcastic mood made a snide comment on Twitter.
England's loss is IPL's gain... Find out!
Kevin Pietersen will fly to India at the request of his IPL team Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Caught & Told: IPL stunners to savour
Rediff.com presents the best catches from the eighth edition of the IPL.
Root named vice-captain as England look forward
England cricket director Andrew Strauss gave his full backing to Test captain Alastair Cook on Tuesday and appointed Joe Root as his deputy in a significant move for the future.
May 12, 2015
IPL: Zaheer Khan, Shreyas Iyer help Delhi secure elusive win
Delhi Daredevils beat Chennai Super Kings by six wickets in their Indian Premier League match at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium in Raipur on Tuesday.
'It's not about Pietersen's ability as a player, it's about trust'
There is no ban on Kevin Pietersen playing for England but an erosion of trust means he has no place in their plans this summer, new director of cricket Andrew Strauss said on Tuesday.
With eye on play-offs, momentum is key for Sunrisers Hyderabad
Having improved its play-off chances following three consecutive wins, Sunrisers Hyderabad bowling coach Muttiah Muralitharn said the team needs to keep the momentum going.
RCB start favourites against depleted Kings XI
Royals Challengers Bangalore will start as overwhelming favourites against bottom-placed Kings XI.
Should Kevin Pietersen be given another chance?
Kevin Pietersen will not be recalled by England despite scoring an unbeaten 326 for Surrey.
Sunrisers grab thrilling victory despite Miller's heroics
David Warner blasted a quickfire half-century before Sunrisers Hyderabad survived a sensational onslaught from David Miller to register a thrilling five-run victory against Kings XI Punjab and keep themselves in the hunt for a place in the play-offs of the Indian Premier League, in Hyderabad, on Monday.
May 11, 2015
Pietersen smashes triple ton to boost England recall hopes
Kevin Pietersen hit a superb triple century, a career-best, for Surrey on Monday to offer a reminder of his talents ahead of new England cricket director Andrew Strauss' first news conference.
India rise to 4th in ICC Test rankings annual update
In the annual update, the results from 2011-12 were dropped from the calculations and outcomes from the 2013-14 series weighted at 50 per cent. Thus, India's heavy defeats against England and Australia in 2011-12 were no longer taken into account.
Struggling Johnson, Marsh released by Kings XI Punjab
Kings XI Punjab, who are already out of the race for a place in the play-offs in the Indian Premier League, released Australian players Shaun Marsh and Mitchell Johnson to prepare for their forthcoming two-Test series in the West Indies.
Again, NO ENTRY for Shah Rukh at Wankhede stadium!
For the third year running after the ruckus he had created in 2012, Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan will not be allowed to witness the high-profile Indian Premier League contest between his side Kolkata Knight Riders and home team Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on May 14.
'Yuvraj's Rs 16 crore price tag was market determined'
Delhi Daredevils CEO Hemant Dua has said that it was IPL market that decided Yuvraj Singh's price of Rs 16 crore and the franchise is firmly backing the ageing star despite his failure to turn the team's fortunes in the ongoing eighth edition of the league.
Should India play cricket with Pakistan in the UAE?
PCB said on Sunday it expects bilateral series with India to resume.
Swashbuckling Yusuf is now a smart operator
Yusuf Pathan has said his big-hitting skills are intact.
Can Yuvraj save Delhi's nightmarish campaign?
Virtually assured of a berth in the playoffs, Chennai Super Kings will aim to tighten their grip on the No 1 position in the points' table when they take on out-of-contention Delhi Daredevils in Tuesday's IPL match in Raipur.
Just qualification isn't enough, CSK aim to be No 1
Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming said the target now is to finish as the No 1 team.
De Villiers, Kohli make merry on Mumbai's off day on the field
Mumbai Indians had an off day on the field with below par bowling and catching performance against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Why Dhoni did not feel the need to use Ashwin?
Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni defended his decision of not using Ravichandran Ashwin.
Chennai seal play-offs spot with win over Rajasthan
Brendon McCullum struck a quickfire fifty before Ravindra Jadeja produced a brilliant spell of 4-11 as Chennai Super avenged its defeat over Rajasthan Royals with a 12-run win to virtually secure its place in the play-offs of the Indian Premier League in Chennai on Sunday.
May 10, 2015
Rampaging de Villiers powers RCB past Mumbai Indians
Powered by a swashbuckling 133 off just 59 balls by AB de Villiers and a classy 82 from skipper Virat Kohli, Royal Challengers Bangalore trounced Mumbai Indians by 39 runs in the Indian Premier League, in Mumbai, on Sunday.
Pakistan ready to host India in December: Shaharyar Khan
Batting for the resumption of Indo-Pak cricketing ties, PCB chief Shaharyar Khan said that Pakistan are ready to host a series in the UAE in December.
'Disgraceful' ECB should 'hang heads in shame'
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) should "hang their heads in shame" over their sacking of coach Peter Moores, according to former captain Alec Stewart.
Sunrisers Hyderabad look to consolidate their position
Sunrisers Hyderabad would look to consolidate their gains when they take on beleaguered Kings XI Punjab .
'Henriques is capable of delivering with bat and ball'
Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Tom Moody has praised Moises Henriques.
It's a baby girl for cricketer Sreesanth!
Controversial Indian medium-pacer S Sreesanth has been blessed with a baby girl.
Quinton de Kock fined for showing dissent to umpire
Delhi Daredevils batsman Quinton de Kock has been fined five per cent of his match fee.
Sunrisers edge past Delhi to keep play-offs hopes alive
Moises Henriques' gritty fifty and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar's crafty bowling helped Sunrisers Hyderabad stay in the hunt for the play-offs as they beat Delhi Daredevils by six runs in a hard-fought IPL match in Raipur on Saturday.
May 09, 2015
PCB chief Shaharyar Khan stopped at Kolkata airport
Pakistan cricket board chief Shaharyar Khan was stopped by immigration officials at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata on his arrival from Dhaka for not entering India through approved route.
IPL: Holders Kolkata edge past Punjab, move to top of the table
Kolkata Knight Riders beat Kings XI Punjab by one wicket in the Indian Premier League match at Eden Gardens. Moores leaves role as coach, Strauss named director of cricket
Peter Moores has left his role as England cricket coach, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Twitter on Saturday.
Revenge match! CSK look to avenge defeat against Rajasthan
Chennai Super Kings will look to avenge their first leg loss against Rajasthan Royals.
Will RCB halt Mumbai's winning streak?
Royal Challengers Bangalore will have to pull out all stops to prevent the Mumbai Indians juggernaut.
Pakistan win final Test, clinch series
Pakistan crushed Bangladesh by 328 runs on Saturday to win their final Test with a day to spare.
PHOTOS: Virat Kohli's 'special' ride gets fast and furious!
Virat Kohli became a proud owner of Audi R8 LMX super sportscar.
Did Dhoni goof-up by giving Pawan Negi to bowl in death overs?
Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming said his team paid the price for not grabbing its chances.
May 08, 2015
IPL: Mumbai breach fortress Chennai to record fifth straight win
Mumbai Indians beat Chennai Super Kings by six wickets in an Indian Premier League match at the MA Chidambaram stadium.
'Kings XI Punjab are bound to hurt some team in a big way'
They are out of contention for a play-off berth but that won't stop them from spoiling another team's party, Kings XI Punjab coach Sanjay Bangar said sending an alarm bell to Kolkata Knight Riders camp on the eve of their Indian Premier League encounter.
'It's about knowing one's strengths and sticking to that'
Enjoying a prolific run with the bat, Indian opener KL Rahul has said he has become a better cricketer in the last one year owing to a roller-coaster ride both in the domestic and international arena.
Who will be MVP of IPL 8? Russell or Warner?
Andre Russell of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) is emerging as the player offering the best performance at the lowest cost.
'Never think of containing the batsmen because that doesn't work'
Kolkata Knight Riders' leg-spinner Piyush Chawla says attacking the batsmen comes naturally to him and this strategy was precisely the reason for his success.
Will Hyderabad seal play-offs berth against struggling Delhi
Sunrisers Hyderabad would look to get yet another win under their belt.
The Knights will look to shine bright at Eden Gardens
Kolkata Knight Riders will aim for their third win on the trot and end the home leg on a high.
Turning Point: 15-20 runs too many, and Daredevils were done in
After succumbing to their seventh loss this season, Delhi Daredevils skipper JP Duminy said his team paid the price for conceding too many runs in the last five overs against Kolkata Knight Riders on Thursday.
For Ganguly, it's only Kohli's runs that matter, not attitude!
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly is not really bothered about whether Virat Kohli has attitude problems as what matters at the end of the day is the 'runs that he scores' for India.
Can a rival league damage world cricket?
Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan has admitted that the ICC and its member boards are worried.
Chawla spins Kolkata Knight Riders to victory
Match Report: Kolkata vs Delhi
May 07, 2015
Bhuvneshwar's bowling was top class, says Hyderabad coach Moody
Notwithstanding Rajasthan Royals making a match out of the 202-run chase, Sunrisers Hyderabad chief coach Tom Moody said that his team had things under their control through the course of the Indian Premier League match at the Brabourne stadium in Mumbai, on Thursday.
Azhar's double ton puts Pakistan in control on Day 2
Azhar Ali struck his maiden Test double hundred and Asad Shafiq registered his sixth century as Pakistan took firm control of the second and final Test against Bangladesh in Mirpur, Dhaka , on Thursday.
Why CSK are persisting with Jadeja despite poor form
Notwithstanding Ravindra Jadeja's poor showing in the ongoing Indian Premier League, Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming has backed the all-rounder, saying he believes in giving chances to players rather than chopping and changing a winning combination.
IPL: Hyderabad down Rajasthan to keep play-off hopes alive
Sunrisers Hyderabad kept their play-off hopes alive by pulling off a well-deserved seven-run victory over Rajasthan Royals in a thrilling Indian Premier League match that went to the wire at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai, on Thursday.
Tendulkar's mantra for success: Respect your opposition
Sachin Tendulkar on Thursday said trusting teammates and respecting the opposition was pivotal.
Coming up... a rival T20 cricket league
Essel Group has confirmed its plans to set up a rival Twenty20 cricket league.
'Starc taught me to hit the deck hard and make use of the seam'
Royal Challengers Bangalore pacer Sreenath Aravind, who took four wickets against Kings XI Punjab, has credited senior fast bowler Mitchell Starc for teaching him the tricks of the trade.
IPL: Resurgent Mumbai Indians look to extend their winning run
High on confidence after their fourth consecutive victory, Mumbai Indians will look to extend their winning run and sneak into the top-four when they lock horns with table-toppers Chennai Super Kings in an Indian Premier League match at the Chepauk on Friday.
Narine boost for KKR as BCCI clears him with final warning
BCCI on Thursday cleared Sunil Narine's action after giving him a final warning.
IPL: Lucky Gayle crushes Punjab's play-off hopes
Kings XI Punjab coach Sanjay Bangar rued drop catches as Chris Gayle went on to smash a match-winning 57-ball 117, saying the West Indian batsman's innings completely turned the match in Royal Challengers Bangalore's favour in their Indian Premier League match on Wednesday.
WI cricket on the rise but is there reason for optimism?
West Indies coach Phil Simmons believes their third Test win over England can be the foundation for better things for Caribbean cricket, but warns next month's Tests against Australia represent a sterner examination of his team.
Smith's success mantra: Don't try and do too much, don't premeditate!
Steve Smith has succeeded only moderately in the Indian Premier League for Rajasthan Royals this season, but he is optimistic that he would deliver big in the remaining matches of the T20 league, including the all-important play-off games.
May 06, 2015
Gayle storm blows away Punjab, RCB rise to third
Opener Chris Gayle bludgeoned his way to an astonishing 57-ball 117 as Royal Challengers Bangalore hammered Kings XI Punjab by 138 runs in the Indian Premier League match in Bangalore, on Wednesday.
Australia can't take England for granted in Ashes, says Smith
Australia might have thrashed England 5-0 in their previous Ashes contest Down Under but key batsman Steve Smith feels their arch-rivals in Test cricket would be a force to reckon with in the July-August return series in England.
Touring Pakistan remains an unacceptable risk, FICA warns Zimbabwe
As Pakistan gets ready to host Zimbabwe in its first proper home series in six years, the Federation of International Cricketers' Association warned against international teams touring the country, stating its security experts have said the "risk is unmanageable".
Sunrisers can still make it to IPL play-offs, says Moody
Sunrisers Hyderabad are lying a lowly seventh with eight points from nine games in the Indian Premier League but head coach Tom Moody is not disheartened by the dismal scenario and said on Wednesday that the team can make it to the play-offs by winning four out of their next five games.
Binny says Royals keen to avoid last season's misery
Rajasthan Royals are in a similar situation like last year when they were one win away from qualifying for the play-offs of Indian Premier League but were knocked out by Mumbai Indians and the team members have talked about it, said Stuart Binny in Mumbai, on Wednesday.
KKR unaffected by Narine's absence in IPL, says coach Bayliss
Coach Trevor Bayliss claimed that Kolkata Knight Riders have made a smooth transition from Sunil Narine to Brad Hogg but added that his side still want the West Indian mystery spinner back as soon as possible, in the ongoing Indian Premier League.
Younis, Azhar tons put Pakistan on course for big total
Younis Khan and Azhar Ali struck centuries to punish a sloppy Bangladesh and power Pakistan to a strong 323 for three wickets on the first day of the second and final Test on Wednesday.
2 crore bounty for Shami despite missing full IPL with injury!
Delhi Daredevils will have to cough up
How Smith, Dravid are shaping up Royals youngster Hooda's career!
The big-hitting Rajasthan Royals batsman Deepak Hooda credits his IPL success to mentor Rahul Dravid, and teammate Steven Smith. Rediff.coms Harish Kotian caught up with the youngster to figure out his success mantra.
IPL: Rajasthan Royals hold edge against inconsistent Sunrisers
After snapping their losing streak with a win over Delhi Daredevils, Rajasthan Royals will now look to keep themselves on course for a play-off berth with another dominating show against an inconsistent Sunrisers Hyderabad in their Indian Premier League game.
Daredevils face confident Kolkata in must-win tie
Supremely confident on home turf, defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders will look to continue their forward march when they face an inconsistent Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League T20 cricket tournament at Eden Gardens, in Kolkata on Thursday.
Why 'Big Show' Maxwell is no-show this IPL!
Kings XI Punjab captain George Bailey said swashbuckling all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has disappointed himself in the ongoing Indian Premier League.
Here is where Delhi lost to Mumbai Indians...
After rediscovering his form with a stroke-filled half century, Yuvraj Singh rued that his team Delhi Daredevils could not deliver the knock-out blow on the Mumbai Indians despite reducing the hosts to 40 for 4 and lost the crucial IPL cricket game.
Hobart-loving Sangakkara signs up for Australia's Big Bash
Sri Lankan batting great Kumar Sangakkara has given Australia's domestic Twenty20 league a major shot in the arm by signing up to play for the Hobart Hurricanes from next season.
What Pakistan, England players are missing by IPL absence
Asserting that the Indian Premier League is a great platform to sharpen skills, legendary pacer Wasim Akram said Pakistan and England are losing out big time by their players not playing in the cash-rich Twenty20 cricket tournament.
PHOTOS: Reunion of India's 2011 World Cup-winning stars at IPL
The Indian Premier League match between Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils was more than just a contest between teams looking to break into the top four and make it to the knock-out stage of the cash-rich Twenty20 tournament. It reunited some of the heroes of India's World Cup-winning team of 2011.
PCB chief wants Modi govt to give go-ahead to Indo-Pak series in UAE
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan claimed that he will be going to India later this week to convince the Indian government to allow restoration of bilateral cricket between the two countries.
Mumbai Indians make it four in a row to jump to fourth
Captain Rohit Sharma and Ambati Rayudu played crucial knocks after Harbhajan Singh's impressive showing with the ball as Mumbai Indians notched up a thrilling five-wicket victory over Delhi Daredevils in their rain-affected Indian Premier League match at the Wankhede stadium, in Mumbai, on Tuesday.
May 05, 2015
PCB slaps four-match ban on Faisal Iqbal for indiscipline
Discarded batsman Faisal Iqbal has been banned for four matches by the Pakistan Cricket Board for showing indiscipline during the Pentangular Cup One-day tournament in Karachi earlier this year.
How Afghanistan, UAE, Ireland can fulfill Test ambition!
The emerging nations compete against each other in the International Cricket Council's Inter-Continental Cup 2015-17 scheduled, with the winners getting a chance to play the bottom-ranked Test team on the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings in the ICC Test Challenge in 2018.
Akram confident of Narine returning stronger with his off-spin
With questions being raised over Sunil Narine's action again, Kolkata Knight Riders' bowling coach, Wasim Akram, says the mystery spinner will bounce back from the rough patch.
McCullum has set high standards with his aggressive captaincy: Southee
Praising Brendon McCullum for his aggressive style of leadership, Kiwi pacer Tim Southee feels that the New Zealand captain has set a new benchmark in world cricket for others to follow.
Bangladesh paceman Rubel out of second Pakistan Test
Bangladesh fast bowler Rubel Hossain has been ruled out of the second Test against Pakistan starting on Wednesday due to a side strain, the country's cricket board said.
England lose another brick in wall as Trott quits
Jonathan Trott followed Graeme Swann, Kevin Pietersen and Matt Prior into the international wilderness on Monday to leave England desperately short of experience ahead of this year's Ashes series against Australia.
Royal Challengers look to cement top-four spot
Royal Challengers Bangalore will seek to consolidate their position among the top four, while bottom-placed Kings XI Punjab will and end a four-match losing streak when the two sides lock horns in Wednesday's Indian Premier League match in Bengaluru.
Inconsistent bowling and fielding proved to be Hyderabad's bane
Unfazed by their loss to Kolkata Knight Riders, Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Tom Moody blamed the conditions for the 35-run defeat in their Indian Premier League cricket match in Kolkata on Monday.
KKR's Yusuf Pathan finally makes it count!
"In the end, Yusuf's knock of 30 not out from 19 balls was a crucial one", says Kolkata batsman Manish Pandey.
'If a bowler exceeds 15 degrees then he should be reported'
Former Sri Lanka spin sensation Muttiah Muralitharan discusses the BCCI's clampdown on suspect bowling actions and his role as bowling coach and mentor of Sunrisers Hyderabad with Harish Kotian/Rediff.com
CSK's Bravo releases music single 'Chalo Chalo'
The song has a primarily Caribbean beat with an Indian touch. The Indian flavour to the single is lent by Trinidadian singer/songwriter Nisha B. The female vocalist sings for Carib band 'Karma'.
Trott quits international cricket after West Indies flop show
England batsman Jonathan Trott on Monday announced his retirement from international cricket following his poor showing with the bat in the recently-concluded Test series against the West Indies.
IPL: Bowlers shine as Kolkata rout Hyderabad
Kolkata Knight Riders bounced back in the home leg in style by notching up a comprehensive 35-run victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League match, at the Eden Gardens, in Kolkata, on Monday.
May 04, 2015
Kohli's run out was the turning point, says Raina
Lauding Chennai Super Kings' team effort in their victory against Royal Challengers Bangalore, top-order batsman Suresh Raina on Monday credited skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's leadership qualities for the side's excellent showing in the ongoing Indian Premier League.
Srinivasan set for BCCI probe; might be ousted from ICC
Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Anurag Thakur on Monday hinted at initiating a probe against former chief Narayanswami Srinivasan in order to pave the way for his ouster as chairman of the International Cricket Council.
Injured Anderson rejoins Mumbai Indians ahead of Delhi match
Injured New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson joined the Mumbai Indians squad at its optional practice session in Mumbai on the eve of their crucial Indian Premier League match against Delhi Daredevils at the Wankhede Stadium, on Monday.
India's cricketers to tour Bangladesh after IPL
India's cricketers will barely have a week's respite after the conclusion of the ongoing Indian Premier League, as they will leave for Bangladesh in the first week of June for a one-off Test and three-match One-Day International series.
IPL: Chennai thrash Bangalore by 24 runs, reclaim top spot
Chennai Super Kings beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 24 runs in their Indian Premier League match at Chepauk.
IPL: Resurgent Mumbai take on inconsistent Delhi in key contest
High on confidence after their third consecutive win, Mumbai Indians will hold a clear edge over the inconsistent Delhi Daredevils in their key Indian Premier League match at the Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday.
Daredevils' Mathews confident, reckons 'tournament is still wide open'
'We played pretty well against Mumbai (Indians at Delhi on April 23). We have another chance to play in Mumbai (at the Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday, after the loss to Royals at the Brabourne Stadium) and against Mumbai. We need to win and keep in contention'
Heads set to roll after England's Caribbean flop show?
England cricket captain Alastair Cook has denied there is any need for a review of the team's failure to win the Test series against West Indies but coach Peter Moores may feel uneasy on the flight back from the Caribbean.
Windies show promise in drawn England series
After so many false dawns, West Indies cricket fans will be wary of reading too much into Sunday's third Test win over England but in drawing the three Test series, the Caribbean side showed some significant signs of improvement.
Captaincy brings the best out of me: Duminy
Delhi Daredevils skipper Jean-Paul Duminy blamed poor batting and fielding as well as lack of intensity for his team's 14-run loss to Rajasthan Royals In an IPL match at the Brabourne Stadium.
Pocket dynamite Sarfaraz targets U-19 World Cup post IPL show
Indian Premier League's youngest player Sarfaraz Khan, who hit a blistering 21-ball unbeaten 45 against Rajasthan Royals in his side Royal Challenger Bangalore's, has set his sight on representing the country in the Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh next year.
Why did Rajasthan's Rahane have sleepless nights?
Left sleepless the last time he played a bad shot against Mumbai Indians, in-form Rajasthan Royals batsman Ajinkya Rahane said he was desperate to set the record straight and that inspired him to strike a sublime match-winning knock of 91 in an Indian Premier League match against the Delhi Daredevils on Sunday.
Windies stun England to win 3rd Test in three days, level series
A century partnership between Darren Bravo and Jermaine Blackwood led West Indies to a five-wicket victory over England in the third Test on an awkward Barbados wicket as the series ended at 1-1 on Sunday.
Rahane, Nair guide Rajasthan to top of the table
Ajinkya Rahane continued his sparkling form as he struck a 54-ball unbeaten 91 to help Rajasthan Royals beat Delhi Daredevils by 14 runs and bounce back from a five-match winless streak in the IPL.
May 03, 2015
IPL: Mumbai stay in hunt for play-offs, loss ends Punjab's hopes
Mumbai Indians defeated Kings XI Punjab by 23 runs in the Indian Premier League match in Mohali.
Rohit Sharma gets engaged to Ritika Sajdeh
Star batsman and Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma is the latest Indian cricketer to get hitched as he got engaged to his longtime friend Ritika Sajdeh.
Can KKR get back to winning ways against in-form Hyderabad?
A resurgent Sunrisers Hyderabad have been on a slow but sure climb but it is defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders who hold a psychological edge when the teams face-off in their Indian Premier League match at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Monday.
IPL: Super Kings, Royal Challengers look to consolidate advantage
Chennai Super Kings would seek to get back to winning ways and consolidate their position at the top while Royal Challengers Bangalore would hope to build on the momentum when they lock horns in an Indian Premier League match on Monday.
'Sunrisers Hyderabad have to work hard to be in the final four'
Buoyed by the win against table-toppers Chennai Super Kings, SunRisers Hyderabad coach Tom Moody said his team still has quite a distance to go and will need to continue the momentum in its remaining games.
18 wickets fall on remarkable day in Barbados
England stumbled to 39 for five at the Kensington Oval to open a lead of 107 runs on Day 2 of the third Test against the West Indies.
Warner inspires Sunrisers to victory over Chennai Super Kings
Inspired by skipper David Warner's whirlwind fifty, Sunrisers Hyderabad outplayed Chennai Super Kings by 22 runs to notch up a much-needed win and hand the table-toppers their second consecutive defeat in the IPL match on Saturday.
I kept it simple in tense chase: Mandeep
Mandeep Singh, who starred in Royal Challengers Bangalore's victory, said playing a waiting game was the best option for him while chasing a challenging target set by Kolkata Knight Riders.
May 02, 2015
I have learnt from Watson and Pollock, says Kulkarni
Pace bowler Dhawal Kulkarni, who has played a lot of domestic cricket before gaining his India cap, claimed he has learnt quite a bit from the likes of Austalian Shane Watson, his current captain at Rajasthan Royals.
My confidence level has gone up after Australia tour, says Rahane
Rajasthan Royals batsman Ajinkya Rahane credited his mental preparation as the key to his success in Tests, One-Day Internationals and the ongoing Indian Premier League, in which he is the leading run-getter till date.
Mandeep's late blast lifts RCB to thrilling win over KKR
Young Punjab batsman Mandeep Singh kept his cool under pressure as his breathtaking 18-ball 45 helped Royal Challengers Bangalore pip Kolkata Knight Riders by seven wickets in a thrilling Indian Premier League match, in Bangalore, on Saturday.
Tamim's double century helps Bangladesh draw against Pakistan
Tamim Iqbal scored a double century and Imrul Kayes 150 in a record opening stand of 312 as Bangladesh overhauled a huge first innings deficit to force a draw with Pakistan in the opening Test at Khulna on Saturday.
Mumbai Indians look to keep winning momentum against Kings XI?
Mumbai Indians will start as favourites when they take on laggards Kings XI Punjab.
Delhi Daredevils eye revenge against Rajasthan Royals
A resurgent Delhi Daredevils will look to build a winning momentum.
'Every game is a MUST-WIN now for Mumbai Indians'
Ambati Rayudu conceded that his side will have to play each game as a must-win.
Cook ends long wait for Test hundred
England captain Alastair Cook scored his first Test century in almost two years but lost his wicket in the final over of the day as the tourists ended the first day of the third Test against the West Indies on 240 for seven.
Rayudu's blast helps Mumbai down Rajasthan
Ambati Rayudu blasted a quickfire half-century to help Mumbai Indians overcome Rajasthan Royals by eight runs in their Indian Premier League match at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai, on Friday.
May 01, 2015
Record Tamim-Imrul stand leads strong Bangla reply at Khulna
Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes produced a record 273-run partnership in an unbroken opening stand to help Bangladesh whittle down Pakistan's huge lead to 23 runs at the close of the penultimate day of the opening Test at Khulna on Friday.
Missed the pressure of batsman attacking me: Zaheer
Making an impact straightaway after a near year-long sabbatical due to injury, veteran speedster Zaheer Khan said that he will get better and better as he bowls more in competitive match situation.
Clinical Delhi thrash hapless Kings XI by 9 wickets
Zaheer Khan made an impressive comeback from a year-long hiatus complementing Nathan Coulter-Nile brilliantly as Delhi Daredevils spanked Kings XI Punjab by nine wickets in an Indian Premier League match on Friday.
Will playing in hometown prove lucky for Sunrisers Hyderabad?
Sunrisers Hyderabad face an uphill task to find their way through in the ongoing Indian Premier League as they get ready to take on formidable Chennai Super Kings.
KKR eye winning momentum as they take on RCB
Pumped up after a thrilling win over the smooth-sailing Chennai Super Kings, defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders will take on the resurgent Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Ben Stokes doubtful for third England Test
England all-rounder Ben Stokes has a back problem and may miss the third and final Test.
ICC fears split in world cricket
ICC confirmed it was investigating the registration of company names which it regarded as of 'concern to the sport of cricket'.
Expect Narine to return stronger
Sunil Narine might be out with a suspected bowling action but Kolkata Knight Riders batsman Robin Uthappa feels he will come back stronger.
Rebel league: Clarke, Warner targeted as priority acquisitions?
Fairfax media on Friday quoted unnamed sources as saying Clarke and Warner would be targeted as "priority acquisitions" on lucrative 10-year deals.
Dhoni looks jaded but he is 'fine', confirms Fleming
Coach Stephen Fleming said nothing was wrong with the captain.
Russell, Hogg and Uthappa sizzle in Kolkata's win over Chennai
Robin Uthappa and Andre Russell struck belligerent fifties after veteran Brad Hogg's four-wicket haul to help Kolkata Knight Riders return to winning ways with a seven-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings in a thrilling Indian Premier League match in Kolkata, on Thursday.
April 30, 2015
Afridi to quit international cricket after World T20 next year
Flamboyant Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi on Thursday announced that he will retire from international cricket after the World T20 to be held in India next year.
Angry Vaas resigns as Sri Lanka's bowling coach
It was believed that Vaas and Sri Lanka's head coach Marvan Atapattu were not getting along well in recent times.
Kolkata Knight Riders gives Keshri's family Rs 20 lakh
In a noble gesture, Kolkata Knight Riders named deceased Bengal cricketer Ankit Keshri as their 16th man while his family was given a cheque of Rs 20 lakh at a ceremony ahead of their Indian Premier League against Chennai Super Kings at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, on Thursday.
World champions Australia extend lead over India in ODIs
World Cup champions Australia doubled its lead over second-ranked India in the International Cricket Council's One-Day International Team Rankings from six to 12 points while the West Indies, Bangladesh and Pakistan are locked in a tight struggle for the remaining two slots in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.
Fit-again Zaheer could play against Kings XI Punjab, says Yuvraj
Still non-committal about Zaheer Khan's first appearance for Delhi Daredevils, Yuvraj Singh hinted at the left-arm pacer's inclusion in the playing eleven during the team's last home encounter against Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League in New Delhi, on Friday.
Mumbai Indians hope to recapture winning momentum after break
Mumbai Indians had a break of five days after their 20-run victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad in a low-scoring Indian Premier League in Mumbai and captain Rohit Sharma said on Thursday that the short respite was very helpful in recharging their batteries.
Dravid supports BCCI's ban on Narine for chucking
Without mentioning any individual names, former India captain and Rajasthan Royals' mentor Rahul Dravid on Thursday came out in full support of the Board of Control for Cricket in India's move to eradicate bowling with illegal actions from the Indian Premier League.
Rajasthan seek Ganesha's blessings to get IPL campaign back on track
Following two washed out games in a row, it was no surprise to see Rajasthan Royals seek some divine intervention as they looked to get their campaign back on track in the ongoing Indian Premier League.
Disappointing that I had starts but have not been able to convert: K L Rahul
Disappointed with some of his performances during the ongoing Indian Premier League season, Sunrisers Hyderabad batsman K L Rahul said he will learn from his mistakes and try to improve in the future matches.
BCCI extends support to Nepal cricketers
The National Cricket Academy under the chairmanship of M P Pandove said it will enter into a strategic tie-up with Cricket Australia along with the setting up of an independent complex to shift the facility from Bangalore, while also extending help the national cricketers of Nepal, who have been affected by the earthquake.
Hafeez hits maiden double ton to put Pakistan in control
Mohammad Hafeez struck his maiden Test double hundred as Pakistan feasted on Bangladesh's limited bowling resources to post a commanding 537 for five wickets on day three and take charge of the opening match at Khulna on Thursday.
Narine undergoes testing in Chennai to get off-breaks cleared
Kolkata Knight Riders' mystery spinner Sunil Narine underwent in Chennai on Thursday in order to get his off-breaks cleared for the remaining matches of the Indian Premier League.
PCB grateful to Cricket Zimbabwe as they confirm Pakistan tour
International cricket will return to Pakistan next month after Zimbabwe agreed to tour the country .
Injuries to Bailey and Marsh add to Kings XI Punjab's woes
If the two injured players are unable to take field against DD, it will certainly raise hopes for Glenn Maxwell and Virender Sehwag to make the final cut
Will it be sweet homecoming for Rahane, Kulkarni at Wankhede?
Well-rested and rejuvenated Mumbai Indians would seek to turn the tables on travel-weary Rajasthan Royals.
Delhi will go all out against struggling Punjab
Delhi Daredevils have no option but to go all out when they take on Kings XI Punjab.
Top cricketers lured by Indian 'rebel league'?
In view of rumours surrounding an Indian conglomerate's attempt to start a possible rebel league, the Federation of International Cricketers' Associations chief executive, Tony Irish, has said that mainstream cricket should be 'on their toes' to keep their players away from being lured to an another potential T20 league.
Will India have a home-grown coach after 15 years?
Duncan Fletcher's impending exit prompts Haresh Pandya to suggest 'Indian' options for the job of national coach.
IPL: Ranchi to host second play-off qualifier, eliminator in Pune
The first qualifier of the play-off stage of Indian Premier League will be played in Mumbai on May 19 while the eliminator and the second qualifier will be played in Pune and Ranchi respectively, the BCCI has announced. IPL: Rain plays spoilsport; Bangalore, Rajasthan share points
Royal Challengers Bangalore were forced to share points with Rajasthan Royals in their Indian Premier League match after heavy downpour led to match being called off.
April 29, 2015
95 overs a day proposed for Ranji Trophy matches
The Anil Kumble-led committee has suggested the number of overs to be increased from 90 to 95 per day in the four and five-day games of the Ranji Trophy and also do away with the single point for salvaging a draw after conceding a lead.
Khulna Test: Hafeez hundred puts Pakistan in control
Mohammad Hafeez led Pakistan's strong reply with his third hundred in as many Tests after Bangladesh lost their last five wickets for 27 runs on the second day of the opening Test at Khulna on Wednesday.
Ashes: 'Hungry and in-form' Aussies capable of crushing England
Australia have a huge hunger for an Ashes triumph in England, according to all rounder Shane Watson, while batsman Steve Smith believes this year's series will not even be close if the tourists play to their potential.
Sunil Narine banned from bowling off-spinners
Kolkata Knight Riders' ace spinner underwent a biomechanical analysis in Chennai after being reported for suspected illegal action again during the IPL tie against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Visakhapatnam on April 22. After reviewing the footage of the game and analysis in Chennai, the BCCI decided to ban his off-spinners.
KKR have lots to ponder on after agonising defeat
Kolkata Knight Riders would look to quickly redeem themselves when they face the same opponents in the return leg.
At 44, Brad Hogg is enjoying his cricket in the IPL!
Kolkata Knight Riders spinner Brad Hogg says he's very lucky to have been picked up in the IPL tournament.
How CSK's Bravo thrives under pressure
Dwayne Bravo helped Chennai Super Kings pull off a sensational two-run win over Kolkata Knight riders.
Six scintillating catches from IPL 8
Half-way through the eighth edition of the Indian Premier League, the cash-rich Twenty20 tournament has witnessed some top quality catches. Rediff.com takes a look at some memorable ones.
Injured Ashwin set to miss CSK's next two matches
Ravichandran Ashwin has been ruled out of the next two IPL matches due to a hand injury.
Hats off to Dhoni's captaincy!
Mahendra Singh Dhoni lauded his bowlers and fielders for their 'fantastic' victory over defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders.
James Taylor to skipper England in ODIs
England batsman James Taylor concedes it was "massively disappointing" to be left out of the squad for the ongoing tour of West Indies but the blow has been softened by news he will captain the side in a one-day match against Ireland next week.
Brilliant Bravo helps Chennai edge past holders Kolkata
Chennai Super Kings beat Kolkata Knight Riders by two runs in a low-scoring Indian Premier League match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.
April 28, 2015
How Dalmiya, Thakur are planning to oust Srinivasan from ICC
The Board of Control for Cricket in India's new regime under Jagmohan Dalmiya's leadership is exploring the option of an early Special General Meeting (SGM) in its bid to oust Narayanswami Srinivasan as the Board's representative in the International Cricket Council.
ICC trying to malign Anurag Thakur by using me: Gilhotra
Karan Gilhotra, against whom the ICC has issued an advisory to the BCCI Secretary asking him to stay away from suspected bookies, today accused the global cricket body of trying to "malign" Anurag Thakur's image by using him.
Yorkshire fans boo umpires after Cheteshwar Pujara dismissal
India's Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara's contentious dismissal in an English County Championship match between Yorkshire and Warwickshire created a mini-controversy as some of the home team fans booed the umpires at the end of the day's play.
Another blow for Srinivasan; Baroda CA suspends Sanjay Patel
Former Board of Control for Cricket in president Narayanswami Srinivasan suffered another jolt on Tuesday as one of his closest confidantes, Sanjay Patel, was stripped of his primary membership by the Baroda Cricket Association on allegations of financial irregularities.
Bangladesh make steady progress as Pakistan spill catches on Day 1
Mominul Haque struck a patient 80 before falling to the final delivery of the day as Bangladesh capitalised on poor Pakistan fielding to reach 236 for four on the opening day of the first Test in Khulna on Tuesday.
Rajasthan Royals seek revenge in Bengaluru
Humiliated in their previous face-off this season, table toppers Rajasthan Royals will be desperate to seek revenge against a resurgent Royal Challengers Bangalore in Wednesday's Indian Premier League match in Bengaluru.
'PCB, Pakistan cricket structure in need of major overhaul'
Former president of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Ehsan Mani has said that Pakistan Cricket Board ( PCB) and the country's cricket structure are in "need of a major overhaul" following Pakistan's defeat at the hands of fast-rising Bangladesh.
BCCI secretary Thakur's effigies burnt by Youth Congress workers
Activists of Himachal Pradesh Youth Congress today burnt an effigy of BJP MP and BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur for his alleged links with a Chandigarh-based bookie even as the state Congress Committee has urged the BCCI to take against him.
IPL boss Rajiv Shukla defends Thakur over links with bookie
Indian Premier League governing council chairman Rajiv Shukla, on Monday, avoided commenting on reports of Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Anurag Thakur allegedly being seen with a bookie and said that he would comment on the matter only after getting any evidence.
Zimbabwe ready to tour Pakistan for ODI series
Zimbabwe are close to accepting an invitation to play in Pakistan next month in a One-Day International series that could mark the first visit by a Test-playing nation since 2009.
Boult, Warner shine as Hyderabad outclass Punjab
Pace spearhead Trent Boult led the way with three wickets after David Warner's brisk half-century laid the foundation as Sunrisers Hyderabad recorded a 20-run win over Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League in Mohali, on Monday.
April 27, 2015
Lalit Modi or Ten Sports not linked with our project on cricket: Essel
The Essel Group on Monday rebutted news reports that it is setting up parallel cricket boards across different countries in collaboration with Ten Sports Network but said it is now geared up to enter the sports business at a global level, focusing on cricket.
If I feel that I'm going to be a burden on team I will quit: Afridi
Flamboyant Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has said he is ready to retire from international cricket the day he feels he is a burden on the team.
ICC chief Srinivasan on backfoot? Says won't respond to Thakur!
International Cricket Council chairman Narayanswami Srinivasan on Monday made it clear that he does not want to engage in a war of words with Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Anurag Thakur.
Thakur blasts Srinivasan on bookie links allegation. Read his letter
The internal feud within the Board of Control for Cricket in India took an ugly turn on Monday with its secretary, Anurag Thakur, launching a stinging attack on ICC chairman Narayanaswami Srinivasan, saying he must share information about bookies with his own family members "whose involvement in betting has been proved".
'Conventional' Rohit feels honoured over Arjuna recommendation
Rohit Sharma on Monday expressed delight about the BCCI's decision to recommend his name for the government's prestigious Arjuna Award.
Gavaskar wants BCCI to pay up
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has asked for an amount of Rs 1.90 crore as remuneration for rendering his services as president BCCI-IPL.
CSK set to dominate KKR on home turf
It's going to be Chennai Super Kings' war cry Whistle Podu versus Korbo, Lorbo, Jeetbo re.
BCCI sidestepping issue on Board-bookie nexus?
- Media reports had claimed on Sunday that BCCI was sent a letter by international cricket's governing body about Thakur being seen with an alleged bookie Karan Gilhotra
Time for Yuvraj to stand up and be counted
Yuvraj Singh, the costliest buy this season, hasn't set the Indian Premier League ablaze as was expected.
Daredevils 'need to regroup' while RCB 'get combination right'
Delhi Daredevils skipper JP Duminy admitted that his team were "outplayed" in all departments of the game by Royal Challengers Bangalore in their Indian Premier League match on Sunday.
April 26, 2015
Starc, Gayle help Bangalore crush Delhi by 10 wickets
A fiery spell of fast bowling from Mitchell Starc and Varun Aaron followed by Chris Gayle's quickfire half-century helped Royal Challengers Bangalore crush Delhi Daredevils by a convincing 10-wicket victory in the Indian Premier League match at the Feroz Shah Kotla, in New Delhi, on Sunday.
BCCI to take legal opinion on CSK's low demerger valuation
The Board of Control for Cricket in India on Sunday decided to seek a fresh legal opinion on the controversial "low" valuation of the Indian Premier League team Chennai Super Kings when it demerged from its parent company India cements, headed by former Board president Narayanswami Srinivasan.
Tendulkar, Dravid, Ganguly to select India's new coach
The trio, according to sources, will provide input to BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya and secretary Anurag Thakur, who were on Sunday entrusted with the job of finding the new coach at the Board of Control for Cricket in India's Working Committee meeting in Kolkata.
KKR, RR share points after IPL match rained off
Defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders' home match against Rajasthan Royals was abandoned at Eden Gardens without a ball being bowled because of heavy rain and thunderstorm in Kolkata.
KKR names Keshri as 16th member; to give his family Rs 10 lakh
Champions Kolkata Knight Riders paid tribute to deceased cricketer Ankit Keshri by naming him as the 16th member of their side for their rain-hit Indian Premier League match against Rajasthan Royals at the Eden Gardens, in Kolkata, on Sunday.
Former chief Srinivasan hired London firm to spy on BCCI officials: report
Former Board of Control for Cricket in India president Narayanswami Srinivasan is facing fresh trouble after reports emerged that he hired a London-based firm to spy on other Board members, it was reported on Sunday.
Sehwag, Miller, Maxwell's batting failures hurting Kings XI Punjab
The likes of Virender Sehwag, David Miller and Glenn Maxwell have not managed to live up to expectations for Kings XI Punjab in IPL 8.
Emotional Waqar offers to step down after Bangladesh drubbing
Waqar Younis and his deputy Mushtaq Ahmed have had a heart-to-heart to talk with the players.
What's on their mind? Money, money, money...
Zimabawe ask PCB for financial incentives for touring players.
Captain Kohli wants Saha to replace Dhoni in Tests
India's Test captain Virat Kohli feels that it will be difficult to replace someone like Mahendra Singh Dhoni but Wriddhiman Saha according to him 'deserves' to don the gloves for the national team for the
Cook hails outstanding Anderson after England victory
Alastair Cook gave the credit for Saturday's second-Test win over West Indies to James Anderson.
England beat West Indies after fairytale day for Anderson
A devastating spell from seam bowler James Anderson set England up for a nine-wicket triumph in the second test against West Indies on Saturday as the tourists went 1-0 up in the three-match series.
McCullum, spinners guide Chennai to top spot
Chennai Super Kings thrashed Kings XI Punjab by a huge margin of 97 runs, extracting a sweet revenge for a string of three losses to them in the last season of the Indian Premier League.
April 25, 2015
Discussions on CSK valuation, India's next coach at BCCI meeting
The appointment of next India chief coach, Chennai Super Kings's low de-merger valuation of Rs 5 lakh and Neeraj Kumar's appointment as the Anti-Corruption Unit's chief consultant are some of the key issues that will be discussed during the Board of Control for Cricket in India's Working Committee meeting, in Kolkata, on Sunday.
Hyderabad's disastrous batting leaves coach Moody 'embarrassed'
A fuming Tom Moody says he was left 'embarrassed' after Sunrisers Hyderabad's poor batting performance against Mumbai Indians which saw them lose by 20 runs in the Indian Premier League match at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai, on Saturday.
Malinga, McClenaghan bowl Mumbai Indians to win over Hyderabad
Lasith Malinga and Mitchell McClenaghan came up with stellar bowling display to help Mumbai Indians defend a modest score and beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 20 runs in their Indian Premier League match at the Wankhede stadium.
Knight Riders undecided about Narine's inclusion for Rajasthan clash
Kolkata Knight Riders spinner Sunil Narine, who has been reported for suspect bowling action again, is available for the contest against Rajasthan Royals but skipper Gautam Gambhir says they're still pondering whether to risk the Windies.
IPL: Delhi Daredevils, Royal Challengers seek winning momentum
High on confidence after convincing victories in their previous games, both Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers Bangalore will seek the winning momentum when they face off in the Indian Premier League on Sunday.
'I feel good about my batting but have not converted the starts'
Virender Sehwag still feels the insatiable hunger for scoring runs and says he would like to make the most of his current form by scoring 'big runs' for Kings XI Punjab in the ongoing Indian Premier League. IPL: Kolkata face biggest mental hurdle ahead of home stretch
Defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders will be in a tight corner without their 'mystery spinner' Sunil Narine, reported for chucking, as they gear up to face Rajasthan Royals in an Indian Premier League match at Eden Gardens. Beginning with Rajasthan, Kolkata will go on to complete all their remaining five home outings by May 9.
'The win against Rajasthan might be a momentum change for us'
Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli has described his team's nine-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals as a "well-earned" and "timely" victory and hoped to carry forward the momentum in the remaining IPL matches.
'Ajinkya Rahane comes closest to technical perfection in IPL'
Former India captain Ajit Wadekar feels that Ajinkya Rahane is probably the one Indian batsman whose technique comes closest to what can be called perfect even in the slam-bang T20 IPL cricket. Brathwaite ton frustrates England
Kraigg Brathwaite's determined century led West Indies to 202 for 2 at the close of the fourth day in the second Test, leaving the hosts with a lead of 37 runs.
CSK spinners not as effective as in previous years: coach Fleming
Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming conceded on Friday that the spin department of his side hasn't been as effective as compared to previous IPL seasons, but denied that the team management has lost confidence on its slow bowlers.
April 24, 2015
Kohli, Starc guide RCB to nine-wicket win over RR
Skipper Virat Kohli blasted his second successive fifty and pacer Mitchell Starc picked up three wickets as Royal Challengers Bangalore notched up a comprehensive nine-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals in their IPL encounter in Ahmedabad.
All-round Shakib guides Bangladesh to seven wicket win over Pakistan
Shakib Al Hasan's fine all-round showing powered Bangladesh to a seven-wicket victory over Pakistan on Friday, their first Twenty20 international win over their Asian rivals.
Why Ishant, India's best fast bowler, is warming the bench in the IPL
Sunrisers Hyderabad mentor VVS Laxman pointed out that Ishant's no-ball problem is one of the reasons for his exclusion from the side.
Narine again reported for 'suspected illegal bowling action'
West Indies mystery spinner Sunil Narine has again been reported for suspect illegal bowling action. This time by the on-field umpires during Kolkata Knight Riders' away IPL match against Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 22.
Iyer credits Amre for top form in IPL
"A lot of credit goes to him (Praveen Amre) because he really works hard on me before the game and we practice good technique and skills. Yesterday also we worked on my skills," said Iyer after DD's 37-run win at the Feroz Shah Kotla, in New Delhi on Thursday.
How to maintain successful relationship from 'aggressive' Steyn
South Africa pace spearhead Dale Steyn claims to be a calmer person off the field.
How Australia's World Cup heroes Maxwell, Johnson are struggling
Struggling to be consistent, Kings XI Punjab will have their task cut out when they take on the in-form Chennai Super Kings.
Can Rohit resurrect bottom-placed Mumbai Indians' fortunes at home?
Pushed to the bottom of the table following their fifth defeat in six outings, former champions Mumbai Indians will look to keep their chances alive when they face a resurgent Sunrisers Hyderabad in a crucial Indian Premier League game at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday.
Expect fireworks from Maxwell in county cricket
Snubbed Maxwell eyes county cricket to fuel Test bid.
Mumbai's star-studded think-tank hampering their chances?
Parthiv Patel said that the results may not be coming but the star-studded support staff gives players space and their inputs are valuable.
Meet India, Jonty Rhodes's newborn daughter
Former South African cricketer Jonty Rhodes and wife Jeanne have been blessed with a baby girl.
Dhoni's daughter Ziva's stadium debut
Ziva was seen in the stands to cheer Chennai Super Kings in their Indian Premier League match in Bangalore, on Wednesday.
PHOTOS: IPL 8's HOTTEST WAGs
They are termed by many teams as distractions while some feel that they make the cricketers happy. Yes, we are talking about the WAGs (wife and girlfriend).
Day 3, PHOTOS: England's Joe, the Root of Windies' troubles
Captain Cook also hits form, strikes 125-run opening partnership with Trott -- England's first century opening stand since March 2013.
Big IPL buys Yuvraj, Karthik struggling to get going
Two players, who were bought for big money at the Indian Premier League auction, are struggling to justify the huge amount spent on them for the eighth edition of the hugely popular Twenty20 tournament.
Tendulkar turns 42. Wish the batting legend!
India's batting icon Sachin Tendulkar turns 42 on Friday.
IPL: Delhi Daredevils thrash Mumbai Indians to break Kotla jinx
Delhi Daredevils defeated Mumbai Indians by 37 runs in their Indian Premier League match at the Ferozshah Kotla. It was Delhi's first home win in 10 matches and in more than two years. After April 21, 2013, when they last won at the Kotla, Delhi lost nine matches on the trot at home.
April 23, 2015
Tendulkar mania grips Feroz Shah Kotla
Sachin Tendulkar may have retired from cricket but he still rules the hearts of fans with chants of 'Sachin, Sachin' reverberating once again at the Feroz Shah Kotla as the chief mentor of Mumbai Indians side walked out before the start of the IPL game in New Delhi.
'Bangladesh series loss is a low point in our cricket history'
Former skipper Imran Khan has joined the chorus of angry fans and ex-cricketers over the national team's ODI whitewash in Bangladesh, terming the 0-3 loss as a "low point in Pakistan cricket history".
Another blow for Delhi Daredevils; Shami officially ruled out
The BCCI has officially confirmed that India's pace spearhead Mohammed Shami has been ruled out of the ongoing Indian Premier League due to a knee injury sustained during the ICC World Cup last month. IPL: Can RCB end slump against table-toppers Rajasthan?
Pushed to the bottom of the heap after three successive losses, it will take an extraordinary effort from Royal Challengers Bangalore to overpower table-toppers Rajasthan Royals when the two sides clash in an Indian Premier League match in Ahmedabad on Friday.
Broad defends England's 'sledging' on Samuels
England fast bowler Stuart Broad has defended his team's verbal attack on West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels during their second Test in Grenada.
Insane! IPL team Chennai Super Kings valued at Rs 5 lakh only
Two-time Indian Premier League champions Chennai Super Kings has been valued at just Rs 5 lakh by its owners, India Cements.
Hafeez to resume bowling for Pak after ICC clears remodeled action
Pakistan's premier all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has been cleared by the International Cricket Council to resume bowling in international matches after remedial works and retests on his remodeled action.
What turned the match in Chennai Super Kings' favour
Chennai Super Kings batsman Suresh Raina reckons that the early dismissal of South African swashbuckler A B de Villiers proved to be the decisive factor in CSK's 27-run victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore in their Indian Premier League match in Bangalore on Wednesday.
2nd Test, Day 2, PHOTOS: Samuels strikes ton, but England make strong reply
England openers Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott made a solid start in reply to West Indies' total of 299 by reaching 74 without loss on the second day of the second Test on Wednesday.
Nehra, Raina shine as Chennai demolish Bangalore
Veteran Ashish Nehra dished out a brilliant spell of pace bowling after Suresh Raina's sparkling half-century as Chennai Super Kings registered a comfortable 27-run victory against Royal Challengers Bangalore in their Indian Premier League match in Bangalore, on Wednesday.
April 22, 2015
Sarkar's maiden century helps Bangladesh whitewash Pakistan
Soumya Sarkar's maiden century helped Bangladesh secure a 3-0 one-day series sweep against Pakistan after an eight-wicket win in the third and final match on Wednesday.
IPL: Warner's belligerent 91 helps Hyderabad overpower Kolkata
SunRisers Hyderabad beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 16 runs (via Duckworth/Lewis method) in their rain-curtailed Indian Premier League match in Visakhapatnam.
Delhi's leg-spinners present a different challenge for Mumbai: Bond
With Delhi Daredevils on a nine-match losing streak at home, Mumbai Indians bowling coach Shane Bond said the visitors will look to exploit on the opposition's shortcomings in Thursday's IPL match in Delhi.
'Delhi have three games at the Kotla to set things straight'
With Delhi Daredevils having lost nine matches on the trot in the IPL, captain Jean-Paul Duminy is keen to set the record straight when they take on Mumbai Indians at the Feroz Shah Kotla.
Delhi Daredevils look find footing against Mumbai Indians
An inconsistent Delhi Daredevils will look to break the home jinx when they take on Mumbai Indians in their sixth match of the IPL cricket tournament at Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi on Thursday.
Injured Finch out for three months after surgery
Australia's World Cup winning batsman Aaron Finch underwent surgery on his left hamstring and will be sidelined for up to three months.
'Punjab will focus on good cricket rather than depending on luck'
After edging out Rajasthan Royals in a nail-biting IPL game, Kings XI Punjab captain Virender Sehwag said his side won't rely on luck the next time. Cricketer Rahul Ghosh recovering from head injury
Kolkata cricketer Rahul Ghosh, who was hospitalised after sustaining a head injury during a local league match, is stable and recovering, but doctors said he still needs to be kept under observation in intensive care.
2nd Test, PHOTOS: Samuels in rescue act as England dominate Day 1
A patient 94 not out from Marlon Samuels helped West Indies recover against England to end the first day of the second Test on 188 for five in Grenada on Tuesday.
Luck favours Kings XI, but MI's agony continues
Virender Sehwag credits Axar Patel and Mitchell Johnson for the victory.
Look who missed all the Super Over action
Just a few years ago, actress Shilpa Shetty was the face of Rajasthan Royals.
Marsh, Miller lift Punjab to 'Super' victory against Rajasthan
Shaun Marsh's sensational strokeplay helped Kings XI Punjab edge past Rajasthan Royals via the Super Over after the match had finished in a tie in the Indian Premier League, in Ahmedabad, on Tuesday.
April 21, 2015
RCB's fit-again pacer Starc ready to fire against Chennai
Keen to take the field after missing the first few Indian Premier League matches this season due to a knee injury, Royal Challengers Bangalore pacer Mitchell Starc expressed his desire to play against Chennai Super Kings, in Bangalore, on Wednesday.
Butt wants to return to cricket after 'fixing' ban ends in September
Banned Salman Butt was asked by the International Cricket Council's anti-corruption unit to appear for a hearing.
Kolkata club cricketer hospitalised after hit on the head
Just a day after former Bengal Under-19 captain Ankit Keshri lost his life due to a freak on-field injury, another young club cricketer, Rahul Ghosh, was hospitalised after sustaining a hit on the head during a second division league match, in Kolkata, on Tuesday morning.
Captain Dhoni reveals secret of CSK's success
Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni says the camaraderie between the young and senior players is key to his team's good showing in the Indian Premier League.
'It is my dream to to play Test cricket for South Africa'
The David Miller style of play is suited more to shorter formats but the big-hitting batsman dreams of playing Tests for South Africa to this date, having
'Resiliet' Cook believes his batting has evolved
England captain Alistair Cook is convinced he has improved as a batsman despite failing to score a Test century since 2013.
IPL: In-form KKR hoping to take Sunrisers in stride
Their morale on the upswing after back-to-back victories, defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders will aim to continue the winning run when they take on the inconsistent Sunrisers Hyderabad in their fifth IPL cricket match in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday.
Pujara gets cracking for Yorkshire with half-century
India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara has opened his account for Yorkshire with a half-century.
Can Bangalore revive fortunes against formidable Chennai?
Expect a battle of wits when Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings lock horns in Wednesday's Indian Premier League match in Bangalore.
Delhi Daredevils to get Zaheer boost ahead of RCB tie
Delhi Daredevils are expected to get a boost ahead of their IPL match against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday with pacer Zaheer Khan.
Afridi has no intentions of going back on ODI retirement
Pakistan's flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi has ruled out any chance of making a comeback to ODIs.
Coming soon... a special performance from game-changer Yusuf Pathan
'Game-changer' Yusuf will do something special, says Gautam Gambhir.
For first time in 6 years Pakistan set to play home series
Zimbabwe set to become first team to tour Pak after terror fears in March 2009.
'Luxury to have Morne, Umesh and Sunil in the same team'
Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir credited his bowlers .
PHOTOS: IPL 8's cheergirls sizzle!
More that the battle between bat and ball, it is the colourfully dressed cheergirls who are raising the din in the stadium at IPL 8 matches.
April 20, 2015
IPL: Gambhir, Yusuf help holders Kolkata ease past Delhi
Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Delhi Daredevils by six wickets in their Indian Premier League match at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium.
When death came calling on the cricket field
Following the demise of Ankit Keshri here other instances when cricketers died while playing a match.
Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma fined Rs. 12 lakh for slow over-rate
Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma has been fined after his team maintained a slow over rate during Sunday's Indian Premier League match against Royal
Can a T20 league salvage English cricket?
Former England paceman Mathew Hoggard urges England cricket to have shift in mindset
Man who uncovered IPL fixing joins BCCI's anti-corruption wing
Former Delhi Police commissioner Neeraj Kumar was on Monday appointed as chief advisor of the Board of Control for Cricket in India's Anti Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) for a term of one year.
Tendulkar, Shah Rukh condole demise of young Bengal cricketer
Sachin Tendulkar condoled the demise of young batsman Ankit Keshri, who passed away following a freak on-field collision during a Cricket Association of Bengal's senior one-day knock-out match on April 17.
Curtly Ambrose: 'You couldn't ruffle Tendulkar'
West Indies fast bowling legend Curtly Ambrose says Brian Lara and Sachin Tendulkar were two of the greatest batsmen of their generation, but it is difficult to compare them because both were so different.
'Confident Rajasthan Royals are the clear leaders at the moment'
After his side suffered their first defeat at the hands of Rajasthan Royals in this edition of the Indian Premier League, Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming has admitted his team was thoroughly outplayed by a better opponent.
Smith reveals the secrets of his success
Australia's Steve Smith, attributed his success to calmness and the repetitive process of getting ready for on-field battle.
Tamim ton helps Bangladesh secure first series victory over Pakistan
Bangladesh recorded their first series win against Pakistan after opener Tamim Iqbal's second successive century secured a seven-wicket victory in the second one-day international on Sunday.
'Philander was declared fit to play for semis against NZ'
Amidst a controversy over claims of political interference in the selection of Vernon Philander in the World Cup semi-final match against New Zealand, Cricket South Africa has clarified that the right-hand bowler was declared fit and available for selection by the medical team.
350 off 138 balls... Lancashire's Livingstone breaks Indian's record
The 21-year-old all-rounder smashed a world record 350 in just 138 balls during a one-day match in a Royal London National Club Championship game against Caldy
Kings XI Punjab have task cut out against reigning Royals
A struggling Kings XI Punjab will have to pull out all stops against in-form and unbeaten, Rajasthan Royals, when the two teams clash in an Indian Premier League match in Ahmedabad on Tuesday.
Here is why Wiese backs captain Kohli's decision to chase
Royal Challengers Bangalore all-rounder David Wiese said that the presence of injured Australian bowler Mitchell Starc could have made a difference had he played for them in their defeat against Mumbai Indians on Sunday.
Club cricketer dies in Kolkata after fielding collision
Tragedy struck Indian cricket on Monday when a 20-year-old player died as a result of a freakish on-field collision with a team mate during a club match in Kolkata.
How IPL brings the best flavours of West Indies...
Pollard's tape-on-mouth act was something very different and unique, says Harbhajan Singh.
Harbhajan, 100 IPL matches and counting...
Mumbai Indians' spin spearhead Harbhajan Singh said 100th IPL match is a great achievement.
The 'positive' force behind Mumbai Indians
Ricky Ponting's positive attitude and calm demeanour played a huge part in keeping the team together.
Mumbai Indians prove a point against RCB's swashbuckling batsmen
Under pressure after four consecutive defeats, Mumbai Indians came out with a 'positive' display to register their first win.
PHOTOS: Ever seen Pollard put a tape on his mouth?
In a bizzare incident, Mumbai Indians all-rounder Kieron Pollard put on a tape on his mouth after the umpires rapped him for his onfield altercation with fellow West Indian and Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman Chris Gayle during an IPL match.
Clinical Mumbai beat RCB to register their first win in IPL 8
Mumbai Indians produced a clinical performance to beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 18 runs in a high-scoring affair and register their maiden win in this year's Indian Premier League in Bengaluru.
April 19, 2015
IPL: Watson, Rahane help leaders Rajasthan thrash Chennai
Rajasthan Royals outplayed Chennai Super Kings by eight wickets in their Indian Premier League match in Ahmedabad, thereby registering their fifth straight win of the season.
My job is to work with KKR bowlers' psyche: Akram
The former Pakistan captain is also confident that Yusuf Pathan will fire sooner than later.
'It was important for us to get the winning feeling going'
Upbeat after two wins under their belt Delhi Daredevils coach Gary Kirsten believes the team can surely take the momentum forward in the four straight home IPL games at the Feroz Shah Kotla starting on Monday against Kolkata Knight Riders.
Gul to replace injured Adil in Pakistan ODI squad
Pakistan seam bowler Ehsan Adil will miss the ongoing one-day international series in Bangladesh due to a hamstring injury and has been replaced by Umar Gul, the country's cricket board said on Saturday.
IPL: Upbeat Daredevils face rampaging Knight Riders
A resurgent Delhi Daredevils squad will look to continue with their winning momentum when they take on defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders in the team's fifth match of the Indian Premier League T20 cricket tournament at the Feroz Shah Kotla, in Delhi on Monday.
Late Aus cricketer Hughes's bat, jerseys head to Mount Everest
Chhurim Sherpa began her journey for a third ascent to Mount Everest on Sunday but this time some odd items were also part of her climbing gear.
Rajasthan aim for early wickets to counter Chennai challenge
Rajasthan Royals pacer Tim Southee said that their Indian Premier League match against Chennai Super Kings will be an exciting affair.
April 18, 2015
Russell's blast powers Kolkata to victory against Punjab
Andre Russell's spectacular all-round performance powered defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders to a convincing four-wicket victory against Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League, in Pune, on Saturday.
Just why is Pakistan cricket hurting?
Former captain Inzamam ul Haq has blamed the lack of international cricket at home since 2009 for the declining standards in Pakistan cricket.
PHOTOS: Duminy's all-round show wins Delhi a thriller
Delhi Daredevils defeated
After 4 defeats Mumbai Indians look for 1st win
Mumbai Indians would look to bounce back when they take on a formidable Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Royals v CSK: Who will win the battle of supremacy?
Rajasthan Royals will look to extend their four-match winning streak.
Nehra happy to bowl with the new ball and take wickets
Chennai Super Kings pace spearhead Ashish Nehra said dismissing Rohit Sharma, when the Mumbai Indians' skipper was poised for a late assault, proved crucial in his side's six-wicket triumph over the home side in Friday night's IPL match in Mumbai.
Mumbai Indians 'still searching for right combination'
Consigned to their fourth straight defeat, a dejected Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma said he has tried everything to get the right combination this IPL season but hasn't succeeded.
Somehow Gary gets the best out of me: Yuvraj
Making it clear that the 'Most Expensive Player' tagline doesn't create any pressure on him, out-of-favour India veteran Yuvraj Singh said that he "didn't tell anyone to give him" the money that he commanded at the IPL cricket tournament's auctions earlier this year.
'King of swing' Anderson eclipses Botham's record
James Anderson became England's highest wicket-taker in Test cricket when he claimed his 384th victim in the drawn first Test against the West Indies in Antigua on Friday.
Holder earns West Indies draw despite Anderson record
Jason Holder struck his maiden first-class century to lead the West Indies to a draw in the first Test in Antigua on Friday after James Anderson had become England's leading Test wicket-taker.
Smith, McCullum steer CSK to victory; Mumbai's losing run continues
Openers Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum shared a breathtaking 109-run stand off 44 balls as Chennai Super Kings outplayed Mumbai Indians by six wickets to maintain their unbeaten run in the IPL.
April 17, 2015
Bangladesh stun Pakistan in first ODI in Dhaka
Bangladesh outplayed Pakistan by 79 runs in the first one-day international in Dhaka on Friday, in only their second win over their rivals in 48 games across all three formats.
Clarke to play Twenty20 cricket in Melbourne
Australia Test skipper Michael Clarke's will captain the Melbourne Stars in Australia's Big Bash League for the next two seasons after not playing Twenty20 for three years.
'Regular spot in Test side has helped me develop as a cricketer'
Despite enjoying reasonable success Down Under in Test matches, India opener Murali Vijay says he equally enjoys playing in the shorter formats despite the transition from five-day cricket to T20 being 'tough'.
Chinnaswamy is first cricket stadium with rooftop solar plant
The roof top installation by the Karnataka State Cricket Association is a novel initiative executed for the first time at any stadium in the country and, probably, also the first cricket stadium in the world to have such facility, the Karnataka State Cricket Association said.
KKR v Kings: They win some; they lose some and look for consistency
Defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders would look to return to winning ways.
Money crunch forced me to quit international cricket: Taylor
Zimbabwe's retired cricketer Brendan Taylor has admitted that the lack of financial security was the reason behind his decision to quit international cricket after the World Cup.
Sri Lanka mulls options as ICC threatens to stop funds
The appointment of an interim body to run Sri Lankan cricket is in tune with laws governing the island nation, the country's sports minister said on Friday.
IPL: Can 'Daredevil' Yuvraj continue good form against Hyderabad?
After putting a stop to their prolonged losing streak, Delhi Daredevils will look to carry forward the momentum when they take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in their Indian Premier League encounter in Visakhapatnam on Saturday.
Is Pietersen in line for Ashes recall?
KP has been raking up big runs in county cricket, and, Australian captain Clarke has a sneaking suspicion that the England batsman could make the squad for the Ashes
Spot-fix tainted Ankeet Chavan gets richer by Rs 32 lakh
Ankeet Chavan, one of the three Rajasthan Royals players charged with spot-fixing during the 2013 IPL and banned for life by the BCCI, was paid his Ranji Trophy dues worth Rs 32 lakh.
PHOTOS: It's baby's day out, as star kids make IPL debut
It didn't come as a surprise when the cameras focused on Shah Rukh Khan's son AbRam.
PHOTOS, First Test: Ballance strikes ton; special moment awaits Anderson
Set an improbable 438 for victory after England declared their second innings at 333 for 7, the West Indies were 98 for 2 at close on Day 4 of the first Test.
April 16, 2015
IPL: Rajasthan edge Hyderabad in last-ball thriller to stay top
Rajasthan Royals beat SunRisers Hyderabad by six wickets in their Indian Premier League match in Visakhapatnam. It was Rajasthan's fourth win in as many matches as keeps them top of the table.
ICC to consider appointment of Najam Sethi as president in June
The ICC Board accepted the resignation of former president Mustafa Kamal, effective from April 2, and confirmed that no replacement would be appointed for the remaining weeks of his term.
Ganguly rubbishes India coach rumours: 'Don't jump the gun!'
Former skipper Sourav Ganguly preferred to remain tight-lipped about whether he is a possible contender for the job of India coach, saying "let's not speculate".
Rohit demands better batting from Mumbai Indians in first six overs
Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma says the team cannot be dependent on him alone to perform in every match and it is time other players put up their hands and started delivering.
Enforcement Directorate questions BCCI vice-president TC Mathew
Enforcement Directorate officials, on Thursday, questioned Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) president and BCCI vice-president T C Mathew on the foreign exchange transactions involving KCA and a London-based architect firm.
Captain Cook's sorry England form could end in his demise
If Alastair Cook does not sort out his batting problems during the series against West Indies, the England captain's Test future looks rather bleak, former batsman Nasser Hussain said.
'Chennai Super Kings will not be over-confident against Mumbai'
Notwithstanding Mumbai Indians' poor start in this IPL season, Chennai Super Kings head coach Stephen Fleming is wary of the home team's capabilities and insists that the visitors, who are unbeaten so far, have not lowered their guard for Friday's game.
Kiwis have set 'blueprint' for England to rebuild: Steve Waugh
Former Australian captain Steve Waugh has said that New Zealand has set the blueprint for England cricket team to rebuild on and off the pitch.
Srini to remain ICC chairman till BCCI's Sept AGM: Thakur
Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Anurag Thakur says former president Narayanswami Srinivasan will continue as ICC chairman till September after which the Board will chalk out a way forward at its Annual General Meeting.
'South Africa's team selection was interfered with during WC semis'
The Proteas high performance coach and renowned explorer, Mike Horn, on Thursday, revealed that he was required to provide additional support at the World Cup ahead of their semi-final against New Zealand following a change in team selection to meet apparent 'quota' requirements.
Rohit's struggling Mumbai face tough challenge against Dhoni's CSK
Mumbai Indians will have their task cut out when they lock horns with Chennai Super Kings.
Fast bowling becoming part of Indian cricket: Wasim Akram
Having mentored many pacers in India, Wasim Akram feels fast bowling is becoming an integral part of Indian cricket with youngsters finding their heroes in the likes of Mohammad Shami and Umesh Yadav.
PCB sacked Moin to keep his prestige intact: Shaharyar
The chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board Shaharyar Khan has said that the decision to call back Moin Khan from the World Cup and later sack him as chief selector was taken to keep his prestige and reputation intact after the Casino incident.
PHOTOS: Young but mature Blackwood rides the blows to score first Test ton
England's bowlers threw everything at Jermaine Blackwood but the West Indies batsman held firm to notch up his maiden Test century.
Preity Zinta's ooh... aah... ouch IPL moments!
Kings XI Punjab co-owner Preity Zinta had a lot to cheer about until her team's last encounter against Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League on Wednesday.
'We have not won lot of games, this win will give us confidence'
Captain Jean-Paul Duminy praised Mayank Agarwal and Yuvraj Singh for their fine batting show.
Delhi Daredevils pacer Shami out of IPL due to injury
India pacer Mohammed Shami's knee injury turned out to be more serious than Delhi Daredevils made it out to be as he has been ruled out of the eighth edition of the Indian Premier League.
April 15, 2015
IPL: Mayank, Yuvraj help Delhi Daredevils end losing streak
Delhi Daredevils beat Kings XI Punjab by five wickets in their Indian Premier League match in Pune on Wednesday. It was Delhi's first win in 12 matches and their first against Punjab after four straight defeats.
Injured Finch likely to miss rest of IPL
Mumbai Indians batsman Aaron Finch is likely to miss the rest of the Indian Premier League after suffering a hamstring injury during the match against Rajasthan Royals.
Tendulkar inducted into Laureus Sports Academy
Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar was inducted as one of the five new members into the prestigious Laureus Sports Academy in a glittering annual award ceremony at the Shanghai Grand theatre in Shanghai.
Mumbai Indians lacking a bit of confidence as a group: Ponting
Ricky Ponting, Mumbai's head coach, says the team hasn't been able to sustain the momentum for the full length of a match, doing well in only patches.
'This is Australia's best ever young group of Test bowlers'
Former Australia captain Steve Waugh has backed pace bowler Mitchell Starc to convert his World Cup form into the Test team ahead of series against West Indies and England.
IPL: Unbeaten Rajasthan Royals hoping to extend winning run
Looking to keep their winning run intact, table-toppers Rajasthan Royals face a stern SunRisers Hyderabad test in their fourth match of the Indian Premier League in Visakhapatnam on Thursday.
Fast bowling dying due to cricket overkill: Holding
West Indian legend Michael Holding has been impressed with the growth of fast bowling in India but rued the decline of the art in world cricket due to an overkill of the game.
ODI rankings: 3 Indian batsmen among top 10; India at No. 2
Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan and Mahendra Singh Dhoni figure among the top-10 ODI batsmen.
We need to touch up our game: Pollard
Disappointed after Mumbai Indians' third successive IPL loss, the team's West Indian batsman Kieron Pollard said his side needs to improve several aspects of it gameplan.
'I am not the right candidate to coach India right now'
Former Australia captain Steve Waugh has no ambitions of coaching the Indian cricket team, at least not in the near future. 'It's a difficult job. You have to know the culture; there is a lot of expectation from the team,' he says.
PHOTOS: England restrict timid West Indies
Photos of the first Test match between West Indies and England, eing played i Antigua
Kohli has to mature; must learn from Dhoni, says Steve Waugh
Australia's World Cup-winning captain Steve Waugh feels India's latest batting sensation Virat Kohli must learn from Mahendra Singh Dhoni to keep his emotions in check and mature as a captain.
Gillespie to coach Adelaide Strikers in Australia's T20 league
Former test bowler Jason Gillespie has returned home to coach the Adelaide Strikers in Australia's domestic Twenty20 league, dashing speculation the Yorkshire mentor might succeed England coach Peter Moores.
Smith takes Orange cap, says he never gets tired of batting
The ever-consistent Steve Smith continued his rich vein of form,scoring an unbeaten 79 in Rajasthan Royals' easy seven-wicket victory over Mumbai Indians, in the IPL match in Ahmedabad on Tuesday night, and immediately declared he "never gets tired of batting".
West Indies hold firm after early England bag early wickets
The West Indies trailed England by 244 runs at the close of the second day of the first Test in Antigua on Tuesday after Shivnarine Chanderpaul applied the brakes to any potential batting slump
April 14, 2015
Captain Smith steers Royals to victory over Mumbai
Captain Steve Smith struck his maiden half-century in the Indian Premier League to steer Rajasthan Royals to a comfortable seven-wicket win over Mumbai Indians in Ahmedabad, on Tuesday.
Delhi Daredevils can still turn it around, says Mathews
Delhi Daredevils might have suffered narrow defeats in the first two matches of the Indian Premier League, extending their losing streak to 11 which started last year, but all-rounder Angelo Mathews on Tuesday said the team is still hopeful of a turnaround.
KKR captain Gambhir donates Rs 4 lakh for Indian ice hockey team
Pained to see the Indian ice hockey team's fund raising campaign in a bid to participate in the IIHF Ice Hockey Challenge Cup of Asia Division I in Kuwait from April 18-24, the former India opener has taken it as a 'moral responsibility' to support the sport.
Pak left-arm spinner tests positive for cocaine
Young Pakistan left-arm spinner Raza Hasan faces a possible two-year ban from all forms of cricket after testing positive for cocaine following a dope test carried out at the WADA-accredited laboratory in India.
'Last year we stopped Kings XI Punjab thrice, hopefully...'
Having beaten them thrice last season, Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir has expressed hope of continuing their unbeaten run against Kings XI Punjab in the ongoing eighth Indian Premier League.
'Nothing wrong in Uthappa's behavior, you got to be aggressive'
Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir defended under-fire opener Robin Uthappa's alleged scuffle with Royal Challengers Bangalore youngster
Preparing for unexpected scenarios is key in IPL: Karanveer
Kings XI Punjab leg-spinner Karanveer Singh says preparing for 'out of the blue' situations helped the team.
Donald steps down as South Africa bowling coach
Allan Donald has stepped down as bowling coach of South Africa, confirming his departure.
RCB's hopes rest on Milne, Starc return
Royal Challengers Bangalore may have faltered against Sunrisers Hyderabad after notching up a win in their first game, but captain Virat Kohli expects a complete turnaround once Adam Milne and Mitchell Starc recover from their respective injuries.
Will Delhi Daredevils be lucky against Kings XI Punjab?
Daredevils look to end losing streak against Kings XI.
With Boult doing a fantastic job, Steyn will have to wait his chance
Not undermining Dale Steyn's ability with the ball, Sunrisers Hyderabad captain David Warner said that he wishes to continue with Trent Boult.
All-round performance has Hyderabad captain Warner beaming
He was the deserving Man-of-the-match for his explosive half-century but SunRisers Hyderabad skipper David Warner credited his bowlers for setting up the win over Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League on Monday.
1st Test PHOTOS: Bell, Root lead England fightback against Windies
A fine innings of 143 from Ian Bell helped England to recover from a terrible start and finish the first day of the first Test against West Indies on 341 for five in Antigua on Monday.
IPL: Warner, Dhawan guide Sunrisers to easy win over RCB
Sunrisers Hyderabad rode on the individual brilliance of David Warner and Trent Boult to open their account in the eighth Indian Premier League (IPL) with a convincing eight-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore in Bengaluru.
April 13, 2015
'Sehwag always tells me back my instincts no matter what happens'
There aren't too many better exponents of explosive batting in shortest version than Glenn Maxwell but on his own admission, the Australian all-rounder feels that he is lucky to be playing alongside Kings XI Punjab teammate Virender Sehwag in the Indian Premier League.
Daredevils fret over Zaheer, Shami's fitness
Veteran pace bowler Zaheer Khan's fitness issues have been under the scanner since joining Delhi Daredevils ahead of the ongoing eighth edition of the IPL and the franchise insists that he and Mohammed Shami are still not fit for selection.
Can Rajasthan Royals maintain momentum against Mumbai?
Buoyed by their thrilling last-ball win against Delhi Daredevils, a confident Rajasthan Royals will take on a beleaguered Mumbai Indians in an Indian Premier League cricket encounter in Ahmedabad on Tuesday.
In T20 cricket anyone can hit, says Bailey
Kings XI skipper George Bailey said his team deserved to beat Mumbai Indians by a bigger margin for the way his bowlers delivered earlier in Sunday's match at the Wankhede stadium.
Harbhajan demands more from MI captain Rohit
After his stellar all-round performance against Kings XI Punjab went in vain, senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh attributed Mumbai Indian's 18-run loss to top-order collapse.
Pietersen slams century to boost bid for England recall
Kevin Pietersen boosted his hopes of an England recall by scoring 170 for Surrey against Oxford MCCU on Sunday in his first red-ball match since the final Ashes Test in January, 2014.
Time for home domination for RCB
Royal Challengers Bangalore will look to exploit the home advantage when they take on Sunrisers Hyderabad.
We played some stupid shots in the chase: Rohit Sharma
Bailey hopes find a cool drink in IPL's tight schedule.
IPL PHOTOS: Mumbai Indians lose but Harbhajan steals the show
Mumbai Indians lost their IPL cricket match against Kings XI Punjab by 18 runs.
Harbhajan slams 24-ball 64 but Mumbai lose to Punjab
Harbhajan Singh slammed an entertaining half-century but could not prevent Mumbai Indians from going down to Kings XI Punjab by 18 runs in the Indian Premier League match at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai, on Sunday.
April 12, 2015
Mumbai's heart still beats for Tendulkar
Wankhde crowd reserves biggest cheer for Sachin Tendulkar.
Jadeja incident still haunts Anderson
England pace spearhead James Anderson says the altercation with India's Ravindra Jadeja during the Trent Bridge Test last year 'affected' his performance.
Former captain Strauss interested in ECB role
Former Ashes-winning captain Andrew Strauss has expressed his interest in the newly-created director of English cricket role for the ECB.
Hooda is happy to repay Rajasthan Royals and Dravid's trust
Rahul Dravid always tells me that take the game to the end, believe in your ability.
I don't know where we went wrong: Imran Tahir
Delhi just short on luck, will win soon, says Imran Tahir.
IPL PHOTOS: Delhi Daredevils lose way as Hooda sizzles for Royals
Rajasthan Royals defeated Delhi Daredevils by three wickets.
Battle of nerves: Rajasthan Royals leave Delhi Daredevils heartbroken
Rajasthan Royals defeated Delhi Daredevils by three wickets.
One of RCB's better wins, says Kohli after beating KKR
After playing another match-winning knock in the Indian Premier League, a visibly satisfied Chris Gayle "dedicated" his 56-ball-96 to his mother, who celebrated her birthday on Saturday.
April 11, 2015
'We have to accept that McCullum is at the top of his game'
Lauding Chennai Super Kings opener Brendon McCullum's unbeaten 100 in his side's second consecutive win in Indian Premier League-8, SunRisers Hyderabad mentor VVS Laxman said the New Zealender's first ton of the season was a 'special innings'.
IPL: Gayle stars as Bangalore squeeze past KKR in thriller
Chris Gayle hammered the Kolkata Knight Riders bowlers into submission with a breathtaking 96 that guided Royal Challengers Bangalore to a three-wicket victory in an Indian Premier League encounter at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Saturday.
'Kiwi vs Kiwi and South African vs South African makes IPL intriguing'
With Chennai Super Kings notching up a second straight win in Indian Premier League-8, the team's coach, Stephen Fleming, lavished praise on centurion Brendon McCullum while lauding the side's "dynamic" and "sensible" batting.
Mumbai Indians working on problem areas: Anderson
All-rounder Corey Anderson admitted that Mumbai Indians' bowling was below par in their opening IPL game against Kolkata Knight Riders, but said that his team is confident of working on the problem areas ahead of Sunday's game against Kings XI Punjab.
'Stronger' Trott expects 50th Test cap on Monday
Jonathan Trott believes his battle against depression has made him stronger and the former bedrock of England's batting lineup is confident of winning his 50th Test cap in Monday's first Test against the West Indies in Antigua.
ICC Test rankings: India slips to seventh; Kohli out of top 10
Team India may have had decent run in the World Cup reaching semi-final but there is no such good news as far as the longer version is concerned where Virat Kohli's men are currently languishing at seventh place in the 10-team table.
IPL: McCullum hits tournament's first ton as Chennai win again
Brendon McCullum blazed his way to the tournament's first century as Chennai Super Kings defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by 45 runs in the Indian Premier League (IPL) to register their second straight win.
IPL: Delhi Daredevils hope to get lucky on home turf
Hoping to end their 10-match losing streak in the IPL cricket tournament, Delhi Daredevils will look to turn their fortunes around on home turf when they take on an upbeat Rajasthan Royals at the Feroz Shah Kotla.
IPL: Mumbai Indians, Kings XI look to get into winning ways
Former champions Mumbai Indians take on last year's runners-up Kings XI Punjab at the Wankhede Stadium in a a game that promises plenty of action while offering a chance for both teams to get into winning ways after losses in their lung-openers.
'AB can score 360 degrees; he's got all the shots in the book'
Kolkata Knight Riders speedster Morne Morkel says one has to think on his feet to contain someone like AB de Villiers, considered the most dangerous batsman in contemporary cricket.
Changing batting order was not a good idea: Bailey
Kings XI Punjab skipper George Bailey rued making changes to the batting order, saying it played a part in their defeat to Rajasthan Royals in Friday night's IPL match in Pune.
Faulkner's all-round show takes Royals past Kings
Australian James Faulkner's superb all-round show helped Rajasthan Royals outclass Kings XI Punjab by 26 runs in their opening Indian Premier League match in Pune.
April 10, 2015
Narine is a class act in T20 cricket: Kohli
India's Test captain says the West Indies bowler is "a class act in Twenty20 cricket and that is why even the Mumbai batsmen knew that even if he is bowling slower, it is going to be difficult for the batsmen to pick him up".
Steyn vs McCullum as Sunrisers face Chennai test
Led by aggressive Australian opener David Warner, Sunrisers would be relying mostly on foreigners to deliver the goods, given the scarcity of local stars in their ranks.
Kohli says RCB in great shape, will go far in IPL 8
Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli insists that the team, whose best finish over the last seven editions of the IPL is runners-up in 2009 and 2011, can will the title this time.
Hurt Kohli slams critics for Anushka tirade after World Cup exit
Virat Kohli lashed out at critics who blamed his girlfriend, Anushkha Sharma, for the India's exit from ICC Cricket World Cup, saying they "should be ashamed of themselves" as "no one has won more matches" than him in the last five years.
Stringent measures in place to ensure clean IPL, says Shukla
Stung by revelations of a player being approached for spot-fixing, IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla said on Friday that stringent measures will be put in place to ensure that the mega-event passes off corruption-free.
Racking up the runs could result in Pietersen return: Stewart
Scoring hundreds and doubles hundreds could force the England selectors into recalling controversial batsman Kevin Pietersen, Surrey director of cricket Alec Stewart told Reuters on Thursday.
ICC, BCCI pay rich tribute to Richie Benaud
The International Cricket Council paid rich tribute to former Australia captain and broadcasting legend Richie Benaud, who passed away at the age of 84 following a prolonged illness.
Cricketers, past and present, mourn legendary Richie Benaud's passing
Social micro-blogging website, Twitter, was flooded with messages and tributes for Australia skipper and class commentator Richie Benaud who died on Thursday.
IPL 8: Chennai captain Dhoni happy to win close games
Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni lauded pacer Ashish Nehra for his fiery spell and expressed satisfaction that his team could held on to nerves against Delhi Daredevils in their thrilling match of the IPL-8 twenty20 cricket tournament in Chennai on Thursday.
Rajasthan Royals confirms player approached to fix IPL match
In fresh controversy to the already tainted Indian Premier League, a Rajasthan Royals player has claimed to have been approached by a Ranji player to fix Indian Premier League matches.
Tendulkar, Gavaskar, Kohli salute 'wonderful personality' Benaud
Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar paid tribute to former Australian captain and legendary commentator Richie Benaud, who passed away in Sydney on Thursday.
Memorable words of Benaud from behind the microphone
Richie Benaud, Australia's celebrated former cricket captain and commentator, died on Thursday at the age of 84. Here are a selection of quotes from the man who came to be known as the 'voice of cricket' during a 40-year career behind the microphone.
'A part of cricket died today'
From Australian captain Michael Clarke to other big names, tributes flew in for former Australian cricket captain and commentator Richie Benaud, who died of skin cancer late on Thursday aged 84. Here are some reactions...
Scrap 10-over rule per bowler, fielding restrictions in ODIs: Warne
Australia's spin legend Shane Warne has called for changes to all formats of cricket in order to bring about a better balance between bat and ball and sustain the interest of fans.
Former Australia captain and broadcaster Benaud dies
Former Australia captain Richie Benaud, the celebrated 'voice of cricket' in the commentary box, has died at the age of 84 after battling skin cancer.
IPL: Chennai Super Kings edge past Delhi Daredevils in thriller
Ashish Nehra snapped up three wickets to lead a disciplined bowling attack as two-time champions Chennai Super Kings defeated Delhi Daredevils by one run in a last-over thriller of the Indian Premier League.
April 09, 2015
BCCI's Shirke, Shetty depose in IPL spot-fixing probe
Former BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale, current IPL Governing Council member Ajay Shirke and Prof R S Shetty, the Board's General Manager (Game Development), deposed before the Supreme Court-appointed Justice Lodha Committee.
Warne moots 4-day Tests, warns against T20 overkill
The former Australian spin great also urged the ICC to impose itself on countries like India who have refused to accept the Decision Review System (DRS), and make it compulsory for all nations.
Harbhajan credits Sachin, Sourav for 'playing big role' in career
World Cup winning off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has admitted that he owes his success to the golden generation of Indian cricketers and said he was lucky to play under the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman, Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble.
'Added responsibility is not pressure, but a motivating factor'
Following untimely injuries to Mitchell Starc and Adam Milne, Royal Challengers Bangalore pacer Varun Aaron is ready to step up and believes that the extra responsibility would act as motivation.
Josh Hazlewood pulls out of Indian Premier League
Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood has pulled out of the ongoing Indian Premier League after a hectic summer of cricket and a busy national schedule ahead.
Kamran comes to brother Umar's defence
Experienced wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal's scathing attack on the Pakistan team management could hurt his chances of making a comeback to international cricket.
Vaughan wants to share England vision with ECB
England's former Ashes-winning captain Michael Vaughan has talked up his credentials of a role at the England and Wales cricket board following the departure of managing director Paul Downton.
Rajasthan bank on Aussie firepower against Kings XI Punjab
Rajasthan Royals would be keen to adapt quickly to their new 'home ground' when they lock horns with last season's runner-up Kings XI Punjab in their campaign opener in the Indian Premier League in Pune.
Zimbabwe set to visit Pakistan, first by a Test nation since 2009!
If Zimbabwe agrees to the tour it would be the first by a Test playing nation to Pakistan since militants attacked the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore in March 2009.
IPL PHOTOS: KKR shine as SRK clan cheer from the stands
When Kolkata Knight Riders surpassed the Mumbai Indians to register an emphatic win in the opening match of Indian Premier League, season 8, there was lots of cheering going on in the stands.
Rohit spares bowlers despite unsatisfactory performance
'I don't regret missing out on the century but on losing after setting a good target'
Gambhir credits Morne-led bowling unit for opening win
Kolkata Knight Riders might have come up trumps in a high-scoring IPL opener against Mumbai Indians, but skipper Gautam Gambhir was all praise for his bowling unit that was ably led by South African speedster Morne Morkel.
Downton leaves role as ECB managing director
Paul Downton is leaving his position as managing director of England cricket, the England and Wales Cricket Board said on Wednesday.
April 08, 2015
IPL: Champions Kolkata start on an emphatic note against Mumbai
Defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders beat Mumbai Indians by seven wickets at the Eden Gardens to begin their Indian Premier League (IPL) defense on an emphatic note.
IPL 8: Points Table
Check out the league standings in the eighth edition of the Indian Premier League. Sangakkara, Lanning named Wisden Cricketer of the World
Sri Lanka great Kumar Sangakkara has been named as the Leading Cricketer in the World in the 2015 Wisden Cricketers' Almanack.
'Chennai Super Kings have the upper hand going by their record'
With a new-look side at his disposal, Delhi Daredevils skipper Jean-Paul Duminy conceded that two-time champions Chennai Super Kings have an upper hand in their opening game of the IPL.
Irfan Pathan gets injured, set to miss Chennai's opening game
Injuries seem to be a permanent companion of India discard Irfan Pathan as the Baroda all-rounder has again reported unfit even before the ball has
'IPL's an opportunity to play alongside some of the best talents'
Relishing every bit of the IPL experience in his debut season, Sun Risers Hyderabad's New Zealand import Kane Williamson is mighty impressed by the
Bravo's diving catch image is Wisden Photo of the Year
An image of West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo taking a full-length diving catch in mid-air has been named the Wisden-MCC 'Cricket Photograph of the Year 2014'.
IPL has made a better batsman, says Miller
For the South African left-hander, one of the positives from playing in the IPL has been that it has helped to improve his batting against spinners.
Chennai look to put behind off-field controversies, start afresh
The most consistent team across all seasons of the IPL, Chennai Super Kings would look to put behind the off-field distractions and do what they are best at when they take on previous edition's bottom-placed Delhi Daredevils in their opening match of the Twenty20 league.
Johnson excited about challenge of bowling to 'best batsman' AB
After playing a crucial role in Australia's World Cup triumph, Mitchell Johnson now has his sights trained on the challenge of bowling to the fearsome AB de Villiers when Kings XI Punjab take on Royal Challengers Bangalore in the eighth edition of the Indian Premier League.
9 records to beat in IPL 2015
Here are 9 records that IPL players will be trying to beat this season.
'Sunil Narine is the man of the IPL'
Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly says the Kolkata Knight Riders spinner's impact in the IPL for the last 3-4 seasons was unbelievable.
Will Yuvraj justify his Rs 16 crore price?
The eighth edition of the Indian Premier League, says Haresh Pandya, provides Yuvraj Singh a chance to make up for time lost and opportunities missed or squandered.
Fans await the real IPL action after star-studded opening ceremony
The opening ceremony of the Indian Premier League's eighth edition turned out to be a starry affair. Heavy rain failed to dampen the spirit of Kolkata as a dazzling Bollywood-awards style opening ceremony kick-started the gala cricket show.
April 07, 2015
Hrithik, Anushka shine in glittering IPL opening ceremony
Even as rain continued unabated spectators were glued to their seats hoping the downpour will subside and the evening's proceedings, to be hosted by Bollywood star Saif Ali Khan, will get underway. Finally, it did.
Cook scores first century for England since 2013
England captain Alastair Cook scored his first century for his country since an Ashes warm-up game in November 2013 before retiring on 101 not out against a St Kitts Invitational XI on Tuesday.
Kotla track will be prepared without any interference: Chauhan
Former India opener and DDCA vice-president Chetan Chauhan made it clear that the state association will be preparing the tracks at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground "without any interference" from the Delhi Daredevils for its home matches in IPL-8.
PHOTOS: Dhoni checks in for IPL with daughter Ziva in tow
Since his return from the ICC World Cup, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has ensured that he doesn't spend even a second away from his two-month old daughter Ziva.
'Tendulkar continues to be an integral part of Mumbai Indians'
Sachin Tendulkar took the centrestage at the Eden Gardens as the Mumbai Indians 'icon' was seen giving a pep talk to his team.
'I see no reason why a team should not use the home advantage'
Kolkata Knight Riders may have the home advantage going into the openng game against Mumbai Indians, but it's the rival skipper Rohit Sharma, who oozed confidence, terming that his team feels equally at home, having won their maiden Indian Premier League title at this venue two years ago.
'You don't win the IPL twice by just playing on slow wickets'
Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir has hit out at the critics for accusing his team of preparing slow wickets to suit its spinners, saying a side has to be consistent in all departments of the game to win the IPL twice in three seasons.
Kiwi bowling star Boult looking to swing it for Hyderabad in IPL
Sunrisers Hyderabad's New Zealand import Trent Boult is hoping that Indian conditions will help him carry forward the good work he did during the recently-concluded ICC World Cup.
Narine has captain Gambhir's total support
West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine got complete backing of his Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir who termed him as an asset and said there can be no back-up for the mystery bowler.
Why world's fastest bowler Steyn is a big fan of Umesh Yadav
Ishant Sharma is another pacer that ranks high in the South Africa fast bowler's praise list.
Meet the Delhi Daredevils' Aussie desi
Snapped up for Rs 1.7 crore, Gurinder Sandhu is highly rated by Ricky Ponting.
Champions KKR face formidable Mumbai Indians in IPL opener
Kolkata Knight Riders will begin their title defence against a formidable Mumbai Indians side in the opening match of the eighth edition of Indian Premier League at the Eden Gardens, in Kolkata, on Wednesday.
Stricter laws needed to deal with spot-fixing: Dravid
Having gone through a testing time as captain of Rajasthan Royals when the spot-fixing scandal broke two seasons ago, team mentor Rahul Dravid called for stricter laws, even criminal, to be put in place by the country's lawmakers to deal with this issue in IPL.
Set in 2008... these IPL records still stand!
Ahead of the eighth edition of the Indian Premier League here's a look at some records from the inaugural edition in 2008 still standing.
World champions Smith, Watson ready for Royals show in IPL 8
Australia's batting sensation Steven Smith tells Harish Kotian switching over from the Test and One-day mode to T20 will not be a problem for him in the upcoming eighth edition of the IPL.
April 06, 2015
This year we are one of the hunted teams: Bailey
He may have had to relinquish his captaincy and a place in the side during the World Cup, but Kings XI's George Bailey utilized his 'spare' time to prepare himself for the IPL.
Rajeev Shukla back as IPL Governing Council chairman
Former Union minister and Congress leader Rajeev Shukla was re-appointed chairman of the powerful IPL Governing Council on Monday, ending a month-long suspense over the selection for the top post in the cash-rich Twenty20 league.
Time for big hits, new names to shine as IPL 8 kicks off
With it's scandalous past, still fresh in the minds of fans and critics alike, the Indian Premier League (IPL) organisers will look to ensure that the focus remains firmly on cricket when the cash-rich event gets underway with a glamorous opening ceremony on Tuesday.
Dhoni's daughter Ziva grabs attention at Ranchi airport
Mahendra Singh Dhoni was spotted at Ranchi's Birsa Munda Airport with his daughter, Zeva, strapped onto his shoulder in a baby carrier.
Sehwag can make a comeback to Indian team, says Bangar
Kings XI Punjab head coach Sanjay Bangar believes out-of-favour opener Virender Sehwag is capable of making a national comeback despite being out of the Indian team for nearly two years now.
Wedding bells for Australian cricketers Marsh and Warner
Australia's explosive batsman David Warner finally tied the knot with his sweetheart of 18 months Candice Falzon at an intimate ceremony in the south coast countryside on Saturday.
I am really excited to play under Dhoni at CSK: Irfan
All-rounder Irfan Pathan said he is ready to fit into any role that his new franchise Chennai Super Kings is going to offer him in the forthcoming eighth edition of the Indian Premier League.
Guess the most successful IPL team!
The cricketing world is all set for another feast with the Indian Premier League.
April 05, 2015
Kohli banks on AB and Gayle to come good in IPL 8
The arrival of Darren Sammy and S Badrinath has given Royal Challengers Bangalore's skipper Virat Kohli enough confidence that he is of the view that his star studded batting line-up will be able to express itself better in IPL-8.
Sunil Narine cleared to play in IPL after BCCI nod
Sunil Narine has been cleared to play for defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders in the upcoming Indian Premier League after the BCCI's review committee dealing with suspect action gave the West Indian clean chit.
'Disappointed not to bring the Cup back but IPL a new challenge'
Rohit Sharma has said while the national team members are disappointed at not being able to retain the World Cup, a new challenge awaits them in the form of the upcoming Indian Premier League.
'I had the time to plan how I wanted to coach the Mumbai Indians'
Mumbai Indians head coach and former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting has said his team has had a good preparation for IPL.
'Bowlers are making their presence felt in limited-overs cricket'
Raring to go in the IPL, a fit-again Sunrisers Hyderabad pacer Ishant Sharma feels T20 is easier for fast bowlers than ODIs with the problematic four-fielder rule not being there in cricket's shortest format.
'I see ambition in this Indian team and it fills me up with hope'
Former India captain Ravi Shastri has been the team's Director since last year and guided the team during the just-concluded World Cup. This is an exclusive column for PTI
'There's no harm admitting Australia is a better team than India'
Former India captain Rahul Dravid has defended Indian team's performance in the World Cup but said it has to improve in some areas in the Test format.
April 04, 2015
Thrilled Botha geared up for IPL challenge
Surprised at the call up, Kolkata Knight Riders' South African recruit Johan Botha, who was brought in as replacement for injured Aussie Chris Lynn, said he's fresh after a three-week break and ready for the rigours of IPL-8.
Players must remain vigilant to avoid fixing menace: Dravid
Former India captain Rajasthan Royals mentor Rahul Dravid said that the franchise had put in place systems to prevent a repeat of the 2013 fixing scandal, but the players too need to remain on their guard to avoid any kind of shady approaches.
Senanayake to replace Saeed Ajmal at Worcestershire
Sri Lankan off-spinner Sachithra Senanayake has signed up with English county team Worcestershire, replacing Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal for the upcoming season.
Bollywood stars Hrithik, Shahid set to rock IPL opening night
The eighth edition of the Indian Premier League is set to open with stage-burning performances by megastars Hrithik Roshan and Shahid Kapoor.
PHOTOS: Raina weds childhood friend in star-studded ceremony
India's star cricketer Suresh Raina tied the nuptial knot with fiancee Priyanka in a private ceremony attended only by family members and close friends, at a posh hotel in New Delhi on Friday.
Australia's Warner to marry sweetheart Falzon
Australia's opening batsman David Warner and girlfriend Candice Falzon are set to tie the knot on Saturday, and they couldn't wait to share the news on social media just one day before their surprise wedding.
In-form Guptill earns Test recall for England tour
Martin Guptill has been recalled to the New Zealand Test squad for the two-match tour of England after the top-order batsman finished top scorer at the recent 50-over cricket World Cup.
April 03, 2015
Shane Bond's arrival lifts Mumbai's spirits
The preparation of former Indian Premier League champions Mumbai Indians for the eight edition of the Twenty20 tournament gathered pace as newly recruited bowling coach Shane Bond joined the side.
Narine yet to get BCCI's approval for IPL
Kolkata Knight Riders trump card spinner Sunil Narine checked into the city but did not come for the IPL franchise's first practice session here for the apparent reason that he is yet to get a BCCI go-ahead for his suspect bowling action.
Zaheer's experience will be crucial for the team: Duminy
Delhi Daredevils, over the past two seasons, have shown a penchant for starting with a fresh team but the idea has its own pitfalls as one doesn't know what is the best combination unlike some of the other settled teams, feels newly appointed captain JP Duminy.
Saeed Ajmal returns to Pakistan squad; Akmal dropped
Suspended from international cricket for an illegal bowling action, Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal on Friday returned to the national side.
'Will see a lot of chinaman bowlers in the near future'
The art of Chinaman bowling is becoming a rarity in the world of cricket, but ask Kolkata Knight Riders spinner Kuldeep Yadav and he would tell you that after seeing him perform, many would take u to this extremely tough art of bowling.
Nothing but TRUTH...on why Kamal was removed from World Cup ceremony
Kamal was removed from ceremony after refusing to apologise.
April 02, 2015
'Indian cricket is in safe hands with Dalmiya at the helm'
In the aftermath of the IPL spot-fixing scandal the BCCI may have been shrouded by controversy but with Jagmohan Dalmiya back as president the Indian cricket board is in "safe hands", former India captain Sourav Ganguly said.
'I don't think there is a guy more motivated than Yuvraj Singh'
Delhi Daredevils' chief coach Gary Kirsten has pointed out that he was the one who wanted multi-million dollar signing Yuvraj Singh in the team.
Angelo Mathews to miss Delhi's opening game against Chennai
Last year's wooden spooners Delhi Daredevils will have to go into a tough IPL-8 opening encounter against the formidable Chennai Super Kings on April 9 without the services of star all-rounder Angelo Mathews. Sachin Tendulkar to grace the Laureus Sports Awards ceremony
Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar will be among the many high-profile guests gracing the premier Laureus World Sports Awards Ceremony, scheduled to be held in Shanghai on April 15.
Pietersen not in our focus, says England coach ahead of WI tour
England are fully focused on winning this month's three-match series in West Indies and not on Kevin Pietersen's chances of making a Test return, coach Peter Moores said.
Brendon McCullum receives Sir Richard Hadlee Medal
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has been awarded Sir Richard Hadlee medal, the country's highest cricketing honour, for his inspirational leadership and exemplary batting at a glittering ceremony in Auckland.
BCCI technical committee to discuss scheduling of domestic tournaments
One of the important issues expected to be discussed is the scheduling of domestic Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 championship, including its inter zonal phase which is in progress in Cuttack.
PHOTOS: Kiwis take the stage as dust settles on Aussie World Cup win
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has been awarded Sir Richard Hadlee medal.
Thomas to work with Delhi Daredevils pace bowlers in IPL
Former South African pace bowler Alfonso Thomas has joined Delhi Daredevils to work with the fast bowlers during the forthcoming eighth edition of the Indian Premier League.
New Zealand need McCullum at helm to keep winning: Fleming
Brendon McCullum's inspirational captaincy has lifted New Zealand and the flamboyant batsman should continue leading the side in all three formats at least until next year's World Twenty20, former captain Stephen Fleming said.
Too much Sweet nothings! Take a look at World Cup's worst XI
A New Zealand-based website begged to differ and have released the worst team of the just concluded cricket World Cup, with Eoin Morgan as the captain of the underachieving players.
Play on...Sri Lankan minister urges Sangakkara
'I humbly request Kumar Sangakkara to render his service to the country for another one year.'
Why Australia are most-deserving World champions
- 'Always strong at the psychological game, the Aussies put the pressure on the opponents, knew how to handle the pressure themselves and exploited virtually every situation to their advantage'
'Boof' defends the 'brat' and Aussie aggression
Australia cricket coach Darren Lehmann has defended wicketkeeper Brad Haddin and the team's vocal aggression.
India's cricket star Raina to wed on Friday
The pre-wedding ceremonies of star India cricketer Suresh Raina were held on Wednesday, ahead of the 'big day' on Friday.
ICC should go back to 1987 Cup format: More
Former India stumper Kiran More wants the next ICC Cricket World Cup in 2019 be held on the same format as the 1987 edition organised in the sub-continent for the first time in which he also figured as a player.
April 01, 2015
Hussey ready to be back in the groove for Chennai Super Kings
Chennai Super Kings' Michael Hussey is happy to be back in the fold and the 39-year-old Australian is open to performing any role for the two-time IPL champions in the upcoming edition.
Pujara, second Indian after Tendulkar to play for Yorkshire
Ignored by all eight franchsies during the auctions for the eighth season of IPL, India's Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara will make use of that time by representing Yorkshire in the upcoming English county season.
Narine will have to appear for another test to clear action: Dalmiya
Kolkata Knight Riders' ace spinner Sunil Narine might have been cleared by the ICC but the West Indian will still have to appear for another test for his suspected illegal bowling action in Chennai, BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya said on Thursday.
Pakistan's Hafeez to appear for reassessment of bowling action
Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez is all set to undergo a reassessment test on his bowling action on April 9 in Chennai to revive his international career.
Former PCB chairman Sethi says ready to take over as ICC president
Former Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Najam Sethi has made himself available for the post of International Cricket Council's president, which was on Wednesday left vacant by the sudden resignation of Bangladesh's Mustafa Kamal.
ICC accepts Kamal's resignation
The ICC Board will now consider the vacant position of the ICC president at its forthcoming meeting in Dubai on April 15 and 16.
Kamal calls Srinivasan 'rotten' and 'controversial' after resignation
Mustafa Kamal, who resigned on Wednesday as the International Cricket Council president, launched an extraordinary attack on the world cricket body's Chairman N Srinivasan after returning to the country.
ICC president Kamal resigns over World Cup presentation fiasco
International Cricket Council will surely be involved in a simmering row as their president Mustafa Kamal has resigned.
Australia's World Cup tormentor Starc to miss start of IPL
The Australia pacer, player of the recent cricket World Cup, will be out for up to three weeks after suffering a minor knee injury.
Time for cameos is over; Burns plots Australia comeback in India
Joe Burns is determined to avoid membership of the burgeoning club of Australian batsmen who have made brief cameos.
'No late-night instructions were given ahead of semis'
Dismissing reports of interference in team selection ahead of South Africa's World Cup semi-final against New Zealand as 'utter nonsense.'
'Pursue with current players, they will deliver in next World Cup'
Impressed by India's good showing in the cricket World Cup, former India coach Anshuman Gaekwad believes that if the current lot of players is persisted with they will deliver in the ICC's next 50-over showpiece event in England.
NZ's pacer Mills retires from all forms of cricket
Pace bowler Kyle Mills has followed team mate Daniel Vettori into retirement.
March 31, 2015
'We were celebrating a World Cup win and enjoying ourselves'
Giving a peek into the Australian cricketers' celebration after the World Cup triumph, Brad Haddin, who's just announced retirement from One-Day International cricket, said all-rounder James Faulkner got his "clothes off" in the after party.
BCCI must address issue of player burn-out, says Raju
Former national selector Venkatapathy Raju said the Board of Control for Cricket in India must address the issue of player burn-out and should have a back-up team of bowlers.
IPL: KKR call in Mahmood, Botha to replace injured players
Kolkata Knight Riders suffered a double setback ahead of the eighth season of the Indian Premier League when New Zealand all-rounder Jimmy Neesham and Australia's Chris Lynn were ruled out of the forthcoming T20 tournament with injuries.
Daredevils Zaheer, Yuvraj eye IPL 8 for India comeback
Out of favour because of poor form and injury, Zaheer Khan and Yuvraj Singh are hoping for a good showing with Delhi Daredevils this IPL season to return to the Indian team.
'India need a bigger pool of genuine fast bowlers to choose from'
The Indian bowling was a pleasant surprise in the recent World Cup but a bigger pool of genuine fast bowlers and spinners needs to be created for the team to be a consistent force in the future, feels the legendary Erapalli Prasanna.
IPL: KKR home matches postponed due to Kolkata Municipal elections
The Indian Premier League's Kolkata schedule has been slightly rejigged owing to the Municipal elections in the city with the organisers deciding to shift Kolkata Knight Riders' home matches, dated April 12 to 25, following a request from local police.
Schedule: IPL 8
Check out the complete schedule of the eighth edition of the Indian Premier League T20 tournament to be played in April-May 2015.
Pakistan-born Fawad has no issues with Australia's drinking culture
Boozy celebrations have been a part of Australian cricket for decades but Test hopeful Fawad Ahmed will be politely declining when the victory beers are passed around on the tour of the Caribbean and England.
'Utter nonsense to question Virat's ethics, his heart beats for India'
Virat wouldn't have got 700 runs and smashed four centuries in Tests in Australia, says Ravi Shastri.
With Ashes down the road, world champs Aus look to build momentum
Australia will resist the temptation to tinker with their team on tour against West Indies and plan to field their best 11 in a bid to sweep the two-Test series and build momentum for the Ashes, selector Rod Marsh has said.
ICC ODI Rankings: Here, Indians rule the roost
Virat Kohli remained the highest-placed Indian batsman at fourth even as Shikhar Dhawan rose a rung to sixth in the latest ICC ODI rankings.
World champions get back to business... name Ahmed, Voges in Ashes squad
Veteran Western Australian batsman Adam Voges in 17-man tour squad but give the cold shoulder to Glenn Maxwell.
It was a lovely way to finish, says Vettori on his retirement
New Zealand left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori confirmed what many expected in announcing his retirement.
Retiring on a high... the Aussie way!
Cricket has few examples of players calling it quits when very much at the top their game. It is anything but coincidence that most of them happen to be from the most successful nation in the history of the sport.
Kohli needs to respect the opposition: Prasanna
Virat Kohli is expected to captain India in all formats at some point but before that happens, the star batsmen must start taking more responsibility towards his team, former India spin great Erapalli Prasanna said.
March 30, 2015
Ricky Ponting starts new innings as Mumbai Indians coach
Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting began his new innings as the head coach of the Mumbai Indians who commenced their training at the Wankhede Stadium ahead of the Indian Premier League season 8, scheduled to start on April 8.
Respect Virat Kohli and Anushka's personal lives: Yuvraj Singh
Out-of-favour India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has appealed to the cricket fans to respect Test captain Virat Kohli and his actress girlfriend Anushka Sharma's personal lives.
Pakistan appoint Azhar Ali as One-day captain
Pakistan have named Azhar Ali as their One-day captain following the retirement of Misbah-ul-Haq from One-Day Internationals after this month's World Cup.
Ground work for 2019 World Cup should start now: Borde
India should start preparing for the 2019 World Cup in a diligent manner similar to the way in which the triumphant Australians did for the just-concluded edition, feels former Test cricketer and ex-chief selector Chandu Borde.
Lord's weathervane Father Time damaged due to high winds
Lord's Cricket Ground's famous weathervane, Father Time, has been damaged during high winds in London over the weekend.
Kamal threatens to let the world know what's happening in ICC
The president of the International Cricket Council (ICC), Mustafa Kamal is the persona non-grata in the game's governing body as he was not given a chance to present the World Cup trophy, an insult which has left him fuming, so much so that he is even threatening to take legal action.
KKR threaten to pull out of IPL over Narine's exclusion: Reports
Narine was banned for suspect action during the 2014 Champions League Twenty20 and was not allowed to play in the final against the Chennai Super Kings, which KKR lost by eight wickets.
Haddin slammed for sledging Kiwi batsmen in final
Australia wicketkeeper-batsman Brad Haddin has been slammed on social media for sledging a couple of New Zealand batsmen while sending them back to the pavilion following their dismissal during their World Cup win over Brendon McCullum's men on Sunday.
Unbeaten 64 against Pakistan is Watson's 'most important innings'
'I had a lot of luck through that phase, because I was able to stay in and win the match for my team.'
'A little hungover' Australians aim to be No 1 in all formats
Dark sunglasses were the order of the day for Australia's triumphant cricket team.
Dravid bats for an out-of-form Kohli
Dismissing criticism against Virat Kohli for his early dismissal in the World Cup semi-final against Australia, former Indian cricket captain Rahul Dravid said barring the one blip, the star batsman has been sensational Down Under.
'Done it without raising a sweat,' scream Australian media
Australian media lauded its World Cup winning team on Monday.
ICC chief Srinivasan hails 2015 World Cup as most popular ever
International Cricket Council chairman Narayanswami Srinivasan said the event's success has proved that the One-Day International format is in good health.
It's a wrap! The good, bad and ugly at 2015 World Cup
The ICC hailed the 11th cricket World Cup the 'most popular ever.'
No Indians in ICC World Cup team; McCullum captain. Check out the XI
No Indian cricketer figures in the ICC's World Cup XI, which is dominated by runners-up New Zealand rather than champions Australia.
De Villiers 1st on MVP standings. Guess who's 5th?
Mitchell Starc was the Player of the Tournament, but he ranks only 5th on Rediff.com's Most Valuable Player ratings list, revealing how this World Cup was so much in the batsmen's favour.
The doosra: A high five for champions Australia
Uttam Ghosh/Rediff.com salutes the new ICC World Cup champions.
PHOTOS: Thousands of fans celebrate with their World Champions
Thousands of cricket fans have flocked to Federation Square in Melbourne to celebrate Australia's cricket World Cup victory.
March 29, 2015
Gracious New Zealand to hold back retirement announcements
Some New Zealand players may have decided to call time on their One-day or international careers but there will be no immediate announcements to allow Australia to bask in their World Cup triumph, skipper Brendon McCullum said on Sunday.
How Australian WAGs congratulate their men...
Australian players saved their best performance until the end.
Twitterati in awe of Australia's World Cup success
Global cricket fraternity lavished rich praise on the Australian team.
Faulkner thanks team physios after man-of-the-match effort
James Faulkner has earned his reputation as Australia's man for every occasion the hard way. Whether it's with bat or ball, the all-rounder has become the player Australia's team can always rely on to get them out of pickle.
Tendulkar draws loudest applause at the MCG
He doesn't enthral with his willow anymore, but Sachin Tendulkar got the loudest cheer at the presentation ceremony of the ICC World Cup final as he shared the dais with administrative bigwigs.
New Zealand's ride of a lifetime ends in defeat
The 2015 World Cup was, skipper Brendon McCollum said, the ride of a lifetime for New Zealand and even if Australia brought it to a shuddering halt in Sunday's final, their brilliant campaign will not quickly fade from the memory.
Clarke dedicates World Cup triumph to 'little brother' Hughes
Michael Clarke signed off from One-day cricket on a high on Sunday after his team beat New Zealand by seven wickets in the World Cup final at the MCG and fittingly dedicated the triumph to Philip Hughes, who tragically lost his life in a freak on-field accident.
'I'm going to have a beer with every Aussie in the stadium'
Australia's players said they had saved their best performance until the end of the tournament.
Australia's champion Clarke bids adieu to ODIs
Australia captain Michael Clarke quit one-day internationals after the World Cup final against New Zealand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday. Here is a factbox on the outgoing Australian champion captain...
McCullum proud of New Zealand despite losing World Cup final
For New Zealand, the tournament is still a great success. They had never played in a World Cup final before, reaching the semi-finals six times but losing on each occasion, and were unbeaten going into the final.
Faulkner is man-of-the-match; Starc player of the tournament
Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc was named the player of the tournament after his team beat New Zealand by seven wickets to win the World Cup at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.
Australia trounce New Zealand for fifth World Cup
Australia won the ICC cricket World Cup for a record fifth time when they beat New Zealand by seven wickets in the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.
Srinivasan defends 10-team World Cup in 2019
Associate cricket nations may be fuming at the prospect of a 10-team World Cup in 2019, but ICC president Narayanswami Srinivasan said they have no reason to feel left out as the format gives them a good chance of qualifying for the showpiece event.
Who will present the World Cup trophy? Srini or Kamal?
Will it be Naryanswami Srinivasan or Mustafa Kamal?
WAGs, pitch invaders add drama to final at MCG
Wives and partners of team members cheering on their men.
PHOTOS: Clarke bows out on a high as Australia win 5th World Cup
Images from the World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand, at the MCG.
March 28, 2015
World Cup: Gutsy NZ ready for mighty Australia in summit clash
It will be the biggest day in the history of Trans-Tasman cricketing rivalry when four-time champions Australia will be pitted against a highly committed bunch from New Zealand in the final of the ICC World Cup at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground.
The game owes me nothing and I owe the game everything, says Clarke
Clarke was calmness personified as the pre-World Cup final media interaction turned out into a retirement conference.
'To every cricket fan in India, I request your support towards NZ'
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has beseeched the cricket-mad Indian fans to root for his team in the World Cup final against four-time winners Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
PHOTOS: Kohli, Anushka land in Mumbai hand-in-hand
The Indian World Cup team members, including skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and star batsman Virat Kohli, arrived home.
Chappell names Dhoni captain of his World Cup XI
Former Australian captain Ian Chappell has named India's Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the captain of his World Cup 2015 XI.
Vettori has given half his life to game, says McCullum
Brendon McCullum said he can only marvel at Daniel Vettori's contribution to the game.
WAGs to sizzle at World Cup final
Besides the 90,000 plus fans lending their noisy support, most of the 22 players involved in the final of the World Cup 2015 will have support in the shape of their families and spouses.
We're not afraid of losing, says fearless McCullum
We give ourselves a 50-50 chance in the final, says McCullum.
World Cup 2015 is most followed cricket event in history!
Overwhelmed by the ongoing World Cup's success, ICC CEO David Richardson said it has been the most followed cricket event.
Whatever happens, March 29 at MCG will be divine, says ailing Crowe
New Zealand's former cricket captain Martin Crowe, who is terminally ill with lymphoma, has penned a moving tribute to his countrymen ahead of Sunday's World Cup final against Australia.
World Cup Blogs: My heart tells me it's NZ's turn to win but...
A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup.
Skill, not emotion, wins World Cups, says retiring Clarke
Australia's retiring one-day captain Michael Clarke has urged his players to put 'skill over emotion'.
Kevin Pietersen 'arrested'!
Former England captain Kevin Pietersen jokingly posed with police officers after a night out with friends.
Clarke to retire from ODIs after World Cup final
Australia captain Michael Clarke will retire from One-day international cricket after Sunday's World Cup final against New Zealand. The 33-year-old will, however, continue playing Test cricket.
March 27, 2015
'Dhoni is a very good One-day leader, an average-to-poor Test captain...'
Prem Panicker, on the Rediff chat, delves on what went wrong for Team India and what to expect from Sunday's trans-Tasman World Cup final.
Umpire Dar 'out' for no-ball call in India-Bangladesh QF?
Pakistan umpire Aleem Dar was primarily overlooked for duty in the World Cup semis and final because of questionable umpiring in the high-voltage quarter-final between Bangladesh and India.
Form meets pedigree in Australasian World Cup final
There's been no place like home for Australia and New Zealand on their respective paths to the World Cup final but just one of the co-hosts will enjoy that particular advantage when they meet in Sunday's title decider. Applaud the Indian Cricket Team!
As the Indian cricket team returns after a long and hard-fought World Cup campaign, welcome the Boys in Blue with a show of hands.
New Zealand's 'lost fans' are back!
Former New Zealand fast bowler Geoff Allott says the national team's performance in the World Cup has brought the 'lost fans' back to the game.
Maxwell best bet to finish MVP No 2
A B de Villiers still heads Rediff.com's Most Valuable Players ratings for the World Cup.
The doosra: Team India is more about hype, less on substance!
Team India, despite all the hype and expectations, failed to beat Australia even once during the tour. On the contrary, the co-hosts, having already got the measure of their opponents in the Test matches and the tri-series, thrashed them in Sydney, abruptly ending the Men in Blue's World Cup defense. Uttam Ghosh/Rediff.com looks at the lighter side of things.
Figure out New Zealand's squad ahead of the World Cup final
Penpix of the New Zealand squad that will play the cricket World Cup final against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.
NZ will be charting unknown territory in final at historical MCG
With New Zealand at the cusp of World Cup glory, former captain Martin Crowe said the Black Caps will have to dig deep into their resources if they have to beat Australia in the title clash between the trans-Tasman rivals.
Figure out Australia's squad ahead of the World Cup final
Penpix of the Australia squad that will play the cricket World Cup final against New Zealand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.
State associations shouldn't pester pacers for playing Ranji: Dhoni
Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels that the trio of Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Mohit Sharma should not be forced to play domestic games.
How the underarm incident changed cricket's fate in New Zealand
New Zealand's cricketing Gallipoli came on February 1, 1981 when Australia captain Greg Chappell instructed his brother Trevor to bowl the last ball of a One-day match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground along the ground.
BCCI president lauds Team India's 'stupendous' performance
The disappointment of a semi-final exit notwithstanding, BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya congratulated the Indian cricket team.
Dharmasena, Kettleborough to take charge of World Cup final
Check out on-field umpires for the ICC Cricket World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand on Sunday in Melbourne.
The Rediff World Cup Chat with Prem Panicker
Join Prem Panicker on the Rediff World Cup Chat on Monday, March 27, 2015, at 3 pm IST to discuss cricket's finest championship.
'Heartbroken' fans accept end of India's reign
India's notoriously volatile fans showed rare maturity in accepting the end of their team's reign.
Here's what Clarke predicts for Finch at World Cup final
Australia opener Aaron Finch said he never feared for his place in the side during his lean spell at the World Cup and having found some runs will be raring to go in Sunday's final at his home ground.
Australia confident Hazlewood will be fit for final
Australia are confident pace bowler Josh Hazlewood will be fit to face New Zealand in Sunday's World Cup final despite being forced to leave the pitch towards the end of the semi-final.
Will New Zealand bully 'big brother' Australia? Tell Us!
The trans-Tasman rivalry is fierce across all sports.
Captain Clarke stumped by 'tremendous sex' question
Australia skipper Michael Clarke was stumped by a question which appeared to be about his sex life.
Let's not make 50-over game like a T20, says Dhoni
I would like current playing conditions to change, says Dhoni.
Australian media slams India's below-par performance
Dhoni mysteriously held back a final assault on the distant victory target.'
World Cup Report Card: Full marks for India's bowlers
The consistency of India's bowlers throughout the tournament disguised the team's batting problems till they were exposed in the semi-final against Australia.
World Cup Blogs: No helicopter ride to glory for Dhoni this time
A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup.
March 26, 2015
Pressure of semi-finals got to India: Gavaskar
Disappointed with Indian batsmen's poor shot selection in their 329-run chase, former skipper Sunil Gavaskar said that the pressure of the World Cup semi-final got to the team as it was outplayed by Australia in Sydney.
Unfair to blame Anushka for Kohli's poor form: Ganguly
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly lashed out at people who attacked Anushka Sharma for Virat Kohli's failure with the bat in the cricket World Cup semi-final against Australia, saying that it showed their immaturity.
Dhoni rules out retirement, says 'I'm still running and still fit'
Mahendra Singh Dhoni left open the possibility of playing in the 2019 World Cup in England, after India was beaten by Australia by 95 runs in the semi-final in Sydney on Thursday, saying he will take a call after the Twenty20 World Cup next year.
'Well done team India on a good and brave World Cup campaign'
India lost the World Cup semi-final to Australia by 95 runs but that did not stop cricketers and other athletes the world over from acknowledging their good work in the mega event.
Australia haven't peaked yet, says skipper Clarke
Skipper Michael Clarke thinks Australia have not yet peaked at the World Cup despite reaching the final against neighbours New Zealand by beating reigning champions India on Thursday.
Pacers could have done slightly better: Dhoni
Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni made no excuses for India's 95-run loss to Australia in the World Cup semi-finals but said the fast bowlers could have done "slightly better" and Shikhar Dhawan should not have attempted a big shot when they were going smoothly.
Twitterati targets Anushka after Kohli's poor show in semis
With Virat Kohli getting out after scoring just one run against Australia in Thursday's World Cup semi-final at the Sydney Cricket Ground, the Twitter community erupted with jokes and jibes against his girlfriend, Anushka Sharma.
ICC considering new ODI rules to help bowlers?
The International Cricket Council chief executive Dave Richardson admitted that the balance between bat and ball is shifting too much towards batsmen and the rules might have to be changed to give the bowlers more of a chance.
Henry relishing chance to play in final after late call-up
A week ago, Matt Henry was like nearly every other New Zealander, watching the World Cup on television and hoping the Black Caps would go all the way and win the tournament.
ICC reiterates only 10 teams at next World Cup
ICC chief executive Dave Richardson said the issue over the number of teams for the next World Cup is not set in stone and would be reviewed later this year but he does not expect any changes.
'Lady luck' fails to smile on India vice-captain Kohli
Bollywood actress and Virat Kohli's girlfriend Anushka Sharma was spotted at the Sydney Cricket Ground to support her beau in the World Cup semi-final between India and Australia on Thursday.
Duminy to lead Delhi Daredevils in IPL 8
South African all-rounder JP Duminy will lead Delhi Daredevils in the eighth edition of the Indian Premier League cricket tournament, starting next month.
Lara names McCullum captain of his Dream World Cup XI
Former West Indies great Brian Lara has named Brendon McCullum as skipper of his Dream World Cup XI, which has three Indians in it.
Australia knock defending champs India out of World Cup
Steve Smith scored a brilliant century to help Australia knock out defending champions India and set up a mouth-watering final against neighbours New Zealand, at the Sydney Cricket Ground, on Thursday.
World Cup PHOTOS: Smith stars as Australia down India to reach final
Check out the images from the second semi-final between Australia and India at the ICC World Cup at the Sydney Cricket, on Thursday.
World Cup Blogs: Meet Paul the Octopus of cricket
A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup.
Who will play big innings for India?
Australia won the toss and opted to bat in the second semi final against India at the SCG on Thursday.
PHOTOS: Blues overpowered Golds at SCG, but it wasn't enough!
Is it really a 'home advantage' for Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground?
I will be surprised if India beats Australia, says Buchanan
Former Australian coach John Buchanan has backed Michael Clarke's side to beat India.
Despite semis loss, De Villiers still the Most Valuable Player
A B de Villiers may have made some big mistakes in the semi-final: Choosing to bat first in spite of the rain threat, batting too low at No 5, not hogging the strike after David Miller departed, fielding badly, asking Dale Steyn to bowl the last over ... but he is still best placed to be adjudged the most valuable player of the 2015 World Cup.
March 25, 2015
'I will do anything to get that England cap back on my head'
Star batsman Kevin Pietersen says he has no issues playing under England Test captain Alastair Cook and coach Peter Moores as he prepares for a national recall by resuming county cricket at Surrey.
The doosra: India favourites in Sydney? Records indicate otherwise!
Uttam Ghosh/Rediff.com, looking at the lighter side of things, believes Thursday's semi-final against Australia will not be a walk in the park for the defending champions.
Vettori to retire after World Cup final
New Zealand's left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori has said that he will hang his boots after the World Cup final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Ball that hit Hughes has been destroyed by Cricket NSW
Phillip Hughes' demise will haunt the cricket world for years and to get over the tragedy the New South Wales cricket association did something unique by destroying the ball that fatally struck the young Australian during a Sheffield Shield match at the SCG last year.
New Zealand are no longer underdogs: Arun Lal
Impressed with the brand of cricket played by New Zealand in the World Cup, former India batsman Arun Lal believes the Black Caps are no longer the underdogs in the mega event.
Pietersen returns to English cricket with Surrey
Former England captain Kevin Pietersen, bidding to return to the international scene after being sacked last year, will be available for all forms of cricket, starting with Surrey's opening county championship fixture on April 19.
Teary-eyed South Africa goes easy on De Villiers & Co.
Despite the painful semi-final loss to New Zealand in Auckland in the World Cup, South African fans and media went easy on its cricket team. A long history of failure at the tournament has often put the Proteas at the sharp end of stinging criticism from the demanding media and fans back home.
New BCCI regime says no change in stance on DRS
Newly-elected BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur says there could be a rethink only if there's a change in technology.
PHOTOS: Warne 'turns' it for Australia ahead of India World Cup semi
With the threat of in-form off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin looming large, Australia captain Michael Clarke summoned Shane Warne to the team's nets on Wednesday, ahead of their ICC Cricket World Cup semi-final against India, at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Balance, composure the keys to New Zealand's unbeaten run
The calm, assured manner in which New Zealand chased down South Africa's imposing total on Tuesday to advance to their first cricket World Cup final is a hallmark of a team that has developed into a cohesive unit over the last two years.
World Cup blog: How India's bowling can end Australia's final dream
A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup
India vs Australia, SF 2: How the teams measure up
One of international cricket's fiercest rivalries resumes after six weeks when Mahendra Singh Dhoni's 'Men in blue' battles it out with Michael Clarke's team at the Sydney Cricket Ground for a place in the final of the ICC's showpiece event against New Zealand, who beat South Africa by four wickets in a thriller in Auckland on Tuesday. A factfile on the teams.
World Cup diary: Riaz invites Lara to Pakistan
Floored by the praise showered on him by Brian Lara, pacer Wahab Riaz has invited the West Indian legend to Pakistan.
Superpowers collide in World Cup blockbuster at SCG
If familiarity between the two sides has not quite bred contempt, the frequent heated exchanges in their clashes indicates at the very least a fierce competitiveness.
Pakistan captain and coach must have more power: Misbah
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has urged the cricket board to give the skipper and coach the final say in selection matters.
It's more than just cricket when India-Australia take centre-stage
'There is going to be sledging, there is going to be banter'
It is not possible to score a 200 every day: Rohit
'Even when I made 264, I was told I should have made 300. People's expectations are high. Even if you make 300, they expect 350,' said the India opener ahead of Thursday's World Cup semi-final against Australia in Sydney.
Team India closing in on their 'mission' in long Aussie summer
Like a racehorse trained to peak for the big race after months of preparation, India's cricketers are confident they have timed their run to perfection at the World Cup.
'We have to score one more run than India'
Australia captain Clarke plays down talk of pressure, believes 'the boys will be fine'
Party's still on in the Kiwi camp, preparations for final can wait
'You have got to allow yourself the opportunity to stop and smell the roses. Today is about enjoying that. Tomorrow we will turn our attention to the final'
India's transformed bowling has made all the difference
The transformation of India's bowlers at the World Cup has been "wonderful to watch" and the reigning champions will have a great chance of reaching the final if 10 Australian wickets tumble on Thursday, says Virat Kohli.
March 24, 2015
'At least there was one South African who did not choke'
Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar praised New Zealand for playing "outstanding" cricket throughout the World Cup, saying the Kiwis thoroughly deserved to be in the final after edging past South Africa in a battle of nerves at Auckland. It was ironic that the Johannesburg-born Elliott, 36, played a stellar knock to push his country of birth out of the World Cup race.
'There couldn't be a better time for India to beat Australia'
Crediting bowlers for Indian team's remarkable turnaround after a win less show preceding the World Cup, Virat Kohli feels it is the perfect time to beat Australia in Thursday's semi-final and do justice to their performance in the showpiece event.
Tendulkar, Kumble congratulate New Zealand, sympathise with South Africa
Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar congratulated New Zealand on sealing their maiden cricket World Cup final spot, but also consoled South Africa for again failing to cross the semi-final hurdle after losing to the Kiwis by four wickets in a nail-biting finish in Auckland, on Tuesday.
5 moments when South Africa CHOKED in the World Cup semis!
Captain AB de Villiers was in tears at the post-match news conference after overseeing another South African defeat on the big stage.
Pietersen released from IPL deal to make county switch
Kevin Pietersen has been released from the majority of his Indian Premier League contract with Sunrisers Hyderabad so that he can play domestic country cricket in an attempt to earn an England recall.
Beating SA in semis greatest time of our lives, says McCullum
Having made it to the final of the World Cup, New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum says his team is confident of winning the Cup.
'Team India's plan doesn't look to have changed too much'
Australia opener Aaron Finch has exuded confidence of successfully tackling the Indian pace attack in the semi-finals of the cricket World Cup in Sydney on Thursday.
Finch reckons he's close to the 'big one'
Opener Aaron Finch knows he's the one Australian batsman struggling for runs ahead of Thursday's World Cup semi-final against India but, ever confident, thinks a big innings is just around the corner.
'Proteas, you are nothing but winners'
New Zealand and South Africa played their hearts out in the first semi-final of the ICC World Cup at the Eden Park in Auckland on Tuesday, but it was the Black Caps who emerged triumphant by four wickets.
New Zealand sneak past South Africa to enter maiden World Cup final
New Zealand entered their maiden ICC World Cup final, beating South Africa by five wickets in a thrilling rain-reduced World Cup semi-final at Eden spoPark in Auckland on Tuesday.
At home in Australia, India reaps tri-series benefits at World Cup
While three of their neighbours -- Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh -- crashed out in the quarter-finals, India remain the only team from the sub-continent to make the last four, and make it in style.
'There is something about Dhoni and World Cups...'
MS Dhoni knows how to win World Cups and that goes quite a long way.
Johnson ready to shoulder new 'responsibility'
'Someone's got to do it and I might put my hand up. It's part of the game and what happened the other day with Shane (Watson) and Wahab (Riaz) was exceptional'
Go in with spin or retain a pacer? Australia in a dilemma
With two confident teams going head-to-head in a blockbuster World Cup semi-final on Thursday, it could be the tiniest mis-judgement, the smallest detail that decides whether Australia or India emerge triumphant.
PHOTOS: Elliott's six powers Kiwis to maiden World Cup final
South Africa set New Zealand a daunting target of 298 runs in 43 overs.
India's fast and furious
'India have got a great side and have great momentum going.'
World Cup Blogs: Australia, India braced for verbal onslaught
A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup.
Battle of curators! Parker, not ICC's Atkinson in charge
There was a lot of buzz about the Sydney Cricket Ground pitch for the high-octane India versus Australia semi-final on Thursday.
Australia v India: Another high-scoring affair on the cards
Australia coach Darren Lehmann believes the Sydney Cricket Ground pitch will produce a high-scoring World Cup semi-final against India on Thursday.
March 23, 2015
Clarke unhappy with Sydney strip for semi-final vs India
The dry and flat surface could increase the chances of the defending World champions in the second semi-final against India.
Prem Panicker: India vs Australia semi-final really too close to call!
Prem Panicker, a keen follower of the game and one of cricket's finest writers, analysed, debated and dissected the four semi-finalists on the Rediff World Cup Chat on Monday.
Spinner Ashwin content playing second fiddle
Ravichandran Ashwin may not be India's highest wicket-taker in the World Cup but the lanky off-spinner is not complaining.
'Team India can beat this Australian side in the semi-final'
VVS Laxman believes that Team India can beat hosts Australia in the semi-final of the World Cup on Thursday if their bowlers continue their impressive form.
'Watson-styled screaming' latest flavor in Australian dressing room
Shane Watson has roared back to his classy best.
Make way Aussie fans as 'Swami Army' is all set to dominate SCG
Indian fans are all set to dominate the Sydney Cricket Ground.
The doosra: Dhawan can help Team India reach the Shikhar
With seven wins in a row, Team India has had it relatively easy when it comes to making to the last four. The defending champions are up against hosts Australia next. Uttam Ghosh/Rediff.com, looking at the lighter side of things, believes it is Shikhar Dhawan who holds the key.
Pitch perfect? Team India coach, Atkinson inspect SCG strip
The pitch at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) has attracted a lot of attention.
Intensity high as bitter rivals India-Australia set for semis faceoff
The love-hate relationship between Australia and India has added extra spice to Thursday's World Cup semi-final at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).
New Zealand v South Africa: More at stake than a first final!
Both teams will hope to banish some unwanted baggage that has dogged them for years.
Spin or pace, Australia ready for showdown vs India
Australian all-rounder James Faulkner insisted that spin will not play as big a role as is being predicted in the cricket World Cup semifinal against India in Sydney on March 26.
How Raina is preparing for the massive Australian test in semis
Coach Duncan Fletcher devices innovative methods to help batsmen counter short-pitched deliveries
World Cup, New Zealand v South Africa: How the teams stack up
Factbox on the cricket World Cup semi-final between New Zealand and South Africa at Eden Park, Auckland.
Blogs: Gayle says I'm not leaving; is he talking about retirement or bar?
A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup.
Faulkner reckons team that starts well will progress
'If you look at the past, between India and Australia, whether we played them over there or in Australia, you've seen a lot of runs and I think that will happen come game day'
Proteas in a good space, up for semis challenge
'It's really about just reading the situation and trust your gut'
Injured NZ paceman Milne ruled out of World Cup
New Zealand fast bowler Adam Milne has been ruled out of the remainder of the cricket World Cup after suffering pain in his heel and has been replaced in the squad by Matt Henry, the team said on Monday.
March 22, 2015
ICC president Kamal rules out resignation: Report
ICC president Mustafa Kamal has ruled out resigning from his post in protest against what he had called "poor umpiring" in his country's defeat to India in the cricket World Cup, terming reports of his possible quiting as "rumour".
Srinivasan, Thakur to attend WC semis, Dalmiya to stay away
ICC chairman and former BCCI president N Srinivasan will watch India's World Cup semi-final against hosts Australia along with BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur while current president Jagmohan Dalmiya will not be in attendance due to health reasons.
I can be frontline spinner for Aussies against India: Maxwell
With the Sydney Cricket Ground wicket known for assisting spinners, Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell says he is ready to play the role of frontline spinner in World Cup semi-final against India.
A resurgent Watson augurs well for Australia
For someone who likes to stamp his authority over the opponents, Shane Watson's record has been a bit of a bummer.
India may not replicate Riaz's pace show against Aussies: Dawes
Former India bowling coach Joe Dawes is of the view that Indian pacers will struggle to match Wahab Riaz-like domination against Australia in the World Cup semi-final.
Gayle rules out retirement, plans World T20 assault
Chris Gayle intends to keep playing international cricket with his eyes on the 2016 World Twenty20 but admitted his back injury will sideline him from next month's Test series against England.
Smith, De Villiers are in a league of their own: Waugh
Former Australian batsman and team selector Mark Waugh has lauded talented batsman Steven Smith, claiming that he is the stand out player along with South African ace batsman AB de Villiers, but insisting that he has a unique style of his own.
Struggling Aussie batting an encouraging sign for Indian bowlers?
Mahendra Singh Dhoni's in-form bowling unit could take a lot of encouragement out of the struggling Australian batting.
Will 'big' player Kohli stand up against Aussies in semis?
Virat Kohli has had a modest World Cup so far.
New Zealand v South Africa: 'It will be one heck of a show'
The four best teams have made the semi-finals of the World Cup and New Zealand's clash with South Africa at Eden Park is going to be 'one heck of a show', according to coach Mike Hesson.
Great debate: Will it be pace or spin friendly pitch at SCG?
With the stakes so high, neither side is wasting any opportunity to get an edge.
Guess how much Tendulkar's farewell Test jersey was sold for?
A special jersey which batting great Sachin Tendulkar donned for his farewell 200th Test has fetched a whopping Rs 6 lakhs.
Indians need to learn the art of intimidating Aussies from Riaz
Former Pakistan captain Rameez Raja believes Indian bowlers should take a cue from Wahab Riaz's hostile spell.
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The ICC is giving cricket fans across the world an opportunity to bid for an official piece of the 2015 World Cup history.
March 21, 2015
I haven't retired from any format as yet: Chris Gayle
A recurring back injury will certainly keep Chris Gayle out of the upcoming home Test series against England, but the destructive West Indies batsman insists that he is not retiring from any format of the game.
Wahab Riaz apologies to Pakistan fans for loss to Australia
Pakistan fast bowler Wahab Riaz has apologised to the nation for the team's failure in the World Cup quarter-final against Australia.
'Australia's only weakness, the lack of a top class spinner'
With Australian pacers gearing up to take on a formidable Indian batting line up in the World Cup semi-final, former captain Ian Chappell says home attack is not completely balanced as they lack a top class spinner.
The Rediff World Cup Chat: Prem Panicker on the semis
Join Prem Panicker on the Rediff World Cup Chat on Monday, March 23, 2015, at 12 noon IST to discuss the final stages of cricket's finest championship.
'India has shown consistency but Australia have a lot of quality'
Former Australia opener and chief coach Geoff Marsh feels that speedster Mitchell Starc's performance will be key for the home team in their upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup semi-final clash against India at the SCG on Thursday.
Emerging from 'dark spaces' De Kock needs to prove himself against NZ
Quinton de Kock's return to form in South Africa's World Cup quarter-final rout of Sri Lanka was one of the most pleasing aspects of a convincing victory for the Proteas.
Maxwell's reminder... India hasn't won a game against us this summer!
Hope India remember winless streak against us: Maxwell
3 mains reasons why West Indies lost so badly...
West Indies displayed all the familiar faults which have plagued them during the cricket World Cup in a quarter-final capitulation to New Zealand at the Wellington Regional Stadium.
Sublime, just sublime Guptill is player of the day!
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum acclaimed opener Martin Guptill's World Cup record 237 not out against West Indies on Saturday as one of the best ever.
India playing a lot better than they were, says Clarke
Australia expecting a very different India in World Cup semi-final.
New Zealand storm into World Cup semis
Martin Guptill's record score of 237 not out and Trent Boult's four-wicket haul propelled New Zealand into their third successive cricket World Cup semi-final.
Pakistan captain's money is on India against Australia
Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul Haq has placed his money on India to prevail over Australia.
Watson, Wahab fined for quarter-final spat
Pakistan paceman Wahab Riaz and Australia all-rounder Shane Watson have been fined for over-stepping the mark during their fiery confrontation in Friday's World Cup quarter-final.
'I like to take time initially and assess the conditions'
Refusing to rate his match-winning ton against Bangladesh in the quarter-final, Indian top-order batsman Rohit Sharma has said the ongoing World Cup campaign is a very prestigious stage and he wants to make the most of it.
Check out how Guptill surpassed Gayle to hit highest World Cup score
New Zealand opener Martin Guptill sent the ball soaring and the records tumbling by striking a World Cup record of 237.
PHOTOS: Guptill hits record 237 as New Zealand sail into semis
Martin Guptill on Saturday bludgeoned his way to the record books with the highest individual World Cup knock as New Zealand beat West Indies by 143 runs
'Rohit was obviously trying to capitalise on a juicy full toss'
Impressed with Rohit Sharma's match-winning ton against Bangladesh, former New Zealand captain Martin Crowe said that the top-order batsman is a beautiful player who did the basics right at the MCG.
March 20, 2015
BCCI asks Kamal to raise 'poor umpiring' issue at ICC meeting
Even as Bangladesh expressed outrage over the Rohit Sharma 'no-ball' controversy during their World Cup quarterfinal defeat to India, the BCCI asked ICC President Mustafa Kamal who criticised "poor umpiring" in that match, to raise the issue before the world body.
'India has got a good chance because they are playing in Sydney'
Defeated Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul Haq is of the view that India has an advantage of playing their World Cup semi-final against Australia on a Sydney Cricket Ground pitch that will assist spinners.
What Imran would have done differently to make Pakistan a champion side
For a team that started off disastrously, entering the quarter-finals of the World Cup is quite an achievement. Rediff.com analyses what could have been the case.
When Wahab Riaz made the Kangaroos hop
The World Cup quarter-final at the Adelaide Oval looked set for a tame ending after Australia shot out Pakistan for a meagre 213. Paceman Wahab, however, sparked the match into life with two wickets and an enthralling duel with Shane Watson.
New Zealand v West Indies, QF 4: How they measure up
Ahead of Saturday's match, a factfile on the teams.
'Virat Kohli is a big occasion player and will fire on a big day'
It has been a lull after storm for Virat Kohli in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup but his captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni stood firmly behind his deputy expressing confidence that he will come good on a big day as he is a "big occasion player".
Pandey, Gopal help Karnataka retain Irani Trophy
Manish Pandey's scintillating century and leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal's sterling bowling effort helped Ranji champions Karnataka retain the Irani Trophy after beating Rest of India by a massive 246 runs on the fourth and penultimate day in Bangalore.
'We'll have to bat a lot better against India in the semi-finals'
Australian captain Michael Clarke has said his players will have to bat much better against the defending champions India.
'Dhoni's confidence in the players' ability is helping India'
Lauding Mahendra Singh Dhoni's brave leadership, the legendary Kapil Dev felt it is the Indian captain's confidence in his players' ability that makes them believe they can retain the World Cup.
PHOTOS: Clinical Australia too good for gritty Pakistan
Photos of the third quarter-final match between Australia and Pakistan being played at the Adelaide Oval on Friday
Cricket is like circle of life, a great leveller: Dhoni
India's captain feels the roller-coaster ride he witnessed all these years makes cricket a "great leveller".
Reignited bowling now India's strongest weapon
The same bowling which was India's weakest link coming into the World Cup has remarkably become their strongest suit as the reigning champions eased into the last four in impressive style.
ICC slams own president for criticising umpires
The International Cricket Council has backed match officials criticised by the governing body's own president over a controversial no-ball decision in Thursday's World Cup quarter-final between India and Bangladesh.
Australia trounce Pakistan, set up semi-final with India
Australia romped into the semi-finals of the cricket World Cup, trouncing Pakistan by six wickets in the third quarter-final at the Adelaide Oval on Friday. They will meet defending champions India, who beat Bangladesh, in the second semi-final slated for March 26.
Attack, attack, attack is Kiwis' weapon of mass destruction
New Zealand will stick with their crash, bang, wallop brand of cricket in Saturday's World Cup quarter-final against West Indies because it gives them the best chance of winning, captain Brendon McCullum said on Friday.
New Zealand clear favourites for quarter-final
New Zealand's Brendon McCullum expects favouritism, underdog status and the possibility of choking under the weight of expectation to have little influence on Saturday's World Cup quarter-final against West Indies.
Windies to 'go out all guns blazing' against favourites New Zealand
A victory for West Indies against New Zealand in their cricket World Cup quarter-final on Saturday would be "huge" for fans back in the Caribbean eager to put months of controversy behind them, according to captain Jason Holder.
Bangladesh to appeal over no-ball that saved Rohit
Outraged by the quality of umpiring in Bangladesh's World Cup quarter-final loss to India in Melbourne, the country's Cricket Board is all set to lodge a protest in the ICC and has got the backing of the governing body's President AHM Mustafa Kamal, who said the on-field officiating was "very poor".
Gayle shows signs of full fitness in training ahead of quarters
Chris Gayle continued to dominate the build-up to the World Cup quarter-final between New Zealand and West Indies when captain Jason Holder said a decision on his fitness would be delayed until Saturday.
'The bowling unit is combining well and has been very impressive'
Impressed with the excellent bowling show by the Indian team so far, former captain Sunil Gavaskar has said that the bowlers have combined well as a unit to pick all the opposition wickets in the seven wins on the trot in the ongoing World Cup.
'India have got many match winners and are at par with Australia'
Praising India for having a lot of match-winners in the side, Australian great Ian Chappell has said that they are at par with Australia in terms of team strength.
March 19, 2015
Protests in Bangladesh over 'biased' umpiring in India QF
Hundreds of Bangladesh cricket supporters burnt an effigy of Pakistani cricket umpire Aleem Dar and marched in the capital, Dhaka, after the country was knocked out of the World Cup
Mashrafe on Rohit 'no-ball' dismissal: Everybody saw what happened!
Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza expressed displeasure at a few decisions going against his side in their 109 runs' thrashing by India in the cricket World Cup quarter-finals at the MCG on Thursday though he did not say it in so many words.
'Batting at the top of order, it's important to get big hundreds'
Rohit Sharma has described his hundred against Bangladesh at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Thursday as one of the best tons in his career.
Karnataka swell lead over Rest of India to 321 runs
Ravikumar Samarth (81), Karun Nair (80) and Manish Pandey (73 not out) guided the Ranji Trophy champions to 341 for 6 after resuming the day at 39 for no loss in the Irani Trophy match at the Chinnaswamy stadium.
Australia v Pakistan QF 3: How they measure up
A factfile on the teams ahead of Friday's World Cup quarter-final in Adelaide.
Player of the day: Rohit rocks MCG to the beat of his bat
Rohit Sharma took his time joining the World Cup party but arrived in style on Thursday, rocking the Melbourne Cricket Ground with a match-winning century to sink Bangladesh and send reigning champions India charging into the semi-finals.
'It has been good but we need to do a lot of small things right'
Hailing India's transformation from a struggling side to favourites to defend the World Cup title, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has attributed the brilliant seven-match unbeaten run to team effort and fixing "small things right".
Difficult to pin-point how it changed for Team India: Dhoni
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni praised his team mates for the way they have quickly pulled themselves out of a form slump to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup.
Dhoni is first non-Australia captain to record 100 ODI wins
Mahendra Singh Dhoni has achieved the memorable milestone of recording 100 ODI wins as captain after leading India to a resounding victory against Bangladesh in the World Cup quarter-finals in Melbourne on Thursday.
Australia vs Pakistan: A slippery game in Adelaide
When the 2015 ODI World Cup began, no one cared to look past Australia to lift a record fifth title. A strong team, home advantage, and flailing opposition, meant that they were in pole position going into the tournament.
World Cup, Australia v Pakistan: How the teams stack up!
Factbox on the third World Cup quarter-final between Australia and Pakistan at the Adelaide Oval on Friday.
Favourites Australia wary of Pakistan enigma
Australia enter their World Cup quarter-final as runaway favourites against Pakistan in Adelaide on Friday, but will be wary of an enigmatic team that have proved a major thorn in their side at past tournaments.
Rohit hundred as unbeaten India whip Bangladesh en route to semis
Defending champions India cantered into the semi-finals of the cricket World Cup after a thumping -- victory over Bangladesh at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Thursday.
PHOTOS: India take Bangladesh in stride to make World Cup semis
Images from the ICC World Cup quarter-finals played between India and Bangladesh at the MCG on Thursday.
Duminy surprises one and all with his bag of 'tricks'
A hat-trick in international cricket is no mean feat. And when you are not one of the frontline bowlers in the team, to grab hold of three wickets in as many deliveries is not only a personal achievement but gives the team a huge fillip; after all, as a backup bowler expected to bowl till you get hit, a hat-trick is probably something totally unexpected.
England wrong to axe me as captain: Cook
Alastair Cook believes England were wrong to sack him as their one-day captain.
6 reasons why Gayle will blow away New Zealand's chances
Cricket fans are questioning whether a Gayle will strike Wellington Regional Stadium on Saturday.
India v Bangladesh: Check out the FUNNIEST placards spotted
Fans in the stadiums get in the groove to tickle the television spectators's funny bone.
World Cup Blogs: Are too many runs being scored?
A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup.
World Cup Fan zone: Welcome to the biggest party at MCG!
crowd of 80,000 flocked to the MCG for Thursday's sudden-death encounter.
Ganguly gives Bangladesh no chance
Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly has expressed serious doubts about whether Bangladesh can beat the Men in Blue.
PHOTOS: Tahir's frenzied wicket-taking celebrations!
Spectators at the Sydney Cricket Ground were repeatedly treated to the sight of leg-spinner Imran Tahir throwing his head back, screaming with joy and pumping his arms before setting off on an uncoordinated run across the outfield on Wednesday as South Africa thrashed Sri Lanka by nine wickets in the first quarter-final at the World Cup.
March 18, 2015
India expected to beat Bangladesh, but may not be easy: Gavaskar
Former captain Sunil Gavaskar expects India to beat Bangladesh in their World Cup quarter-final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Thursday, but says it may not be as easy for the defending champions as people feel.
Jadhav rallies Rest of India for 20-run lead over Karnataka
Kedhar Jadhav struck a timely 78 and the tail wagged as Rest of India took a slender first innings lead over Karnataka on Day 2 of the Irani Cup match at the Chinnawsamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Wednesday.
De Villiers in no hurry to shed 'chokers' the tag
South Africa made quite a statement in their quarter-final rout of Sri Lanka on Wednesday but AB de Villiers warned their rivals that reaching the last four of the World Cup was by no means the extent of their ambitions.
Lankan legends Jayawardene, Sangakkara bid adieu to ODIs
Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara might not have got a fairytale ending in their final ODI match of their glorious careers but the veterans smiled through the disappointment as they fondly recounted their respective journeys.
Trott returns to England squad for West Indies Tests
The South Africa-born 33-year-old has not played for the senior England team since the first Test in Brisbane 18 months ago, after which he returned home with stress-related problems.
Sangakkara walks away happy, says Sri Lanka in a good place
Sangakkara's fellow former captain Mahela Jayawardene, also 37, is also calling time on his one-day career after the tournament, bringing an end to a career in which he has scored 12,650 runs in 448 matches.
Pakistan considering leg-spinner Shah for Australia quarters
Coach Waqar Younis said the leg-spinner is being considered as a replacement for injured fast bowler Mohammad Irfan for the World Cup quarter-final match against Australia.
Grateful Tahir happy to repay South Africa
South Africa stormed into the semi-finals of the World Cup on Wednesday and nobody was more pleased than their Pakistan-born spinner Imran Tahir, who claimed 4-26 to mow down Sri Lanka's middle order in the quarter-final match at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Tendulkar leads cricket world in lauding Sanga, Mahela
Sachin Tendulkar led the cricketing world in applauding Sri Lankan veterans Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, who bowed out of ODIs after their team's World Cup quarter-final loss to South Africa in Sydney.
Misbah says Pakistan won't mind facing India again at World Cup
Misbah-ul Haq says Pakistan wouldn't mind facing India in the semi-finals if it progresses beyond the quarters in the ongoing ICC World Cup.
Former players back Younis Khan's inclusion for quarter-finals
Former Pakistan players are throwing their weight behind senior batsman Younis Khan in the World Cup quarter-final against Australia in Adelaide on Friday.
World Cup Blog: Forty-two games to find out the bleeding obvious
A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup
South Africa thrash Sri Lanka, break 'knock-out jinx'
All-rounder JP Duminy claimed a hat-trick as South Africa stormed into the World Cup semi-finals with a comprehensive nine-wicket victory over Sri Lanka at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Wednesday.
Australia turn to Steve Waugh for pep talk ahead of quarters
Australia have drawn inspiration from former World Cup-winning captain Steve Waugh in how to handle big-match pressure ahead of Friday's quarter-final against Pakistan.
Bangladesh ready to battle odds and crowd against India
Playing 'fearless' cricket has been Bangladesh's war-cry at the ICC World Cup but courage alone will not be enough to upset India and their army of blue-clad fans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground where the teams play their quarter-final on Thursday.
World Cup PHOTOS: Tahir, Duminy spin South Africa into semis
Images from the World Cup first quarter-final between Sri Lanka and South Africa in Sydney, on Wednesday.
India's handy man Raina values his wicket now more than ever
'I've played a lot of matches up and down the order so I think I've become a more mature player after 2011'
Duminy claims SA's first World Cup hat-trick
The off-spinner dismissed Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews with the final ball of his eighth over and returned to send back Nuwan Kulasekara and Tharindu Kaushal with the first two deliveries of his next to achieve the milestone in the first quarter-final of the World Cup.
New Zealand adopt 'casual-professional' approach
West Indies cricketers have typically exuded a lackadaisical 'it's cool man' attitude to their game, yet it is New Zealand who are taking the casual approach to their World Cup quarter-final, according to Daniel Vettori.
West Indies face new woes as Gayle's back injury persists
West Indies opening batsman Chris Gayle has had a scan and a painkilling injection to alleviate a back injury and should be ready to take on New Zealand on Saturday, according to all-rounder Darren Sammy.
Will Ajmal get a recall to bolster depleted Pakistan?
PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan has said that the option of flying out off-spinner Saeed Ajmal to Australia for the cricket World Cup was available if Pakistan reached the semi-finals.
Bangladesh's Mahmudullah plays down expectations
Bangladesh's first World Cup centurion Mahmudullah is hoping to extend his big scoring spree at the World Cup when he faces off against India.
India vs Bangladesh QF 2: How they measure up
A factfile of the teams ahead of the second quarter-final in the World Cup at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
REVEALED: The secret behind Dhawan's success at the World Cup
Team India's cricket director Ravi Shastri has played a massive role in getting Shikhar Dhawan back on track after a prolonged lean patch during the tour of Australia that preceded the ongoing World Cup.
March 17, 2015
Pakistan sweat over replacement options for pacer Irfan
The best they can do, in the event they defeat Australia and line up for the semi-final in Sydney, is summon spinner Saeed Ajmal.
Outstanding performance by my love Anushka in NH10, tweets Kohli
India's star batsman Virat Kohli took time off from his preparations for the crucial World Cup quarter-final against Bangladesh to watch the latest Bollywood release NH10, starring his girlfriend, Anushka Sharma.
Irani Cup: Aaron's six-for decimates Karnataka
Pace spearhead Varun Aaron wrecked Karnataka with a six-wicket haul to help Rest of India bowl out the Ranji Trophy champions for 244 on day one of the Irani Cup in Bangalore.
Prem Panicker: If I was Dhoni, I'd bowl first vs Bangladesh
Prem Panicker, a keen follower of the game and one of cricket's finest writers, interacted with readers on the Rediff World Cup Chat.
Watson savours World Cup life-line
Australia all-rounder Shane Watson is savouring his second chance at the World Cup after his omission from the side left him convinced he had played his last match at the tournament.
IPL experience will help me plan against India's players, says Shakib
Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan on Tuesday said it is important for his team to look at it as just another game and not get burdened by any additional pressure against India in the ICC World Cup quarter-final.
Communications between umpires to be aired during knock-outs
The ICC on Tuesday confirmed that TV umpire communications during decision-making will be put to air for the knock-out stages of the World Cup.
Can pressure-free India overpower in-form Bangladesh?
'Even though Bangladesh are playing their best cricket, this is a happy Indian side that has mastered the art of winning crunch games'
With 2007 WC win in mind, Bangladesh hopeful of upsetting India
Bangladesh know the odds are stacked against them beating India in Thursday's World Cup quarter-final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. If history and current form are any guide, India should win in a canter.
Big blow for Pakistan as Irfan ruled out of World Cup
Pakistan have been dealt a blow ahead of their World Cup quarter-final against Australia with the news that left-arm fast bowler Mohammad Irfan will miss the remainder of the tournament due to a stress fracture of the pelvis.
Sri Lanka banking on 'home' support and Sangakkara ton
Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews is looking to overwhelming support from the crowd.
World Cup Blogs: Dark side of the Sachin superfan
A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup
It's simple, we won't choke, says South Africa skipper
No one is going to ask us if we played exceptional cricket when we win the World Cup.'
Is South Africa a one man army?
South Africa has been perennial favourites but it hasn't helped them.
8 reasons why Sri Lanka will beat South Africa
Sri Lanka are never anybody's pre-tournament favourites but when the dust settles there they are.
South Africa vs Sri Lanka QF 1: How they measure up
Kicking off the knock-out stage is the quarter-final between South Africa and 1996 champions Sri Lanka at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Wednesday.
The doosra: Is Ravi Shastri's over-confidence justified?
While India has had a smooth passage to the quarter-finals, Ravi Shastri's claims of India retaining their title seem a tad premature, if not far-fetched. Uttam Ghosh/Rediff.com looks at the lighter side of things.
March 16, 2015
De Villiers atop MVP standings at World Cup, Kohli 24th
Srinivas Bhogle and Purnendu Maji figure out who are the most valuable players after the league phase of the World Cup intheir latest update.
Pakistan pacer Irfan doubtful starter for quarters
Pakistan pacer Muhammad Irfan remains a doubtful starter for the cricket World Cup quarter-final against Australia on Friday.
Dravid wants field restrictions reconsidered. Do you agree?
Concerned about the total domination of bat over ball in ODI cricket, former India captain Rahul Dravid has urged the ICC to reconsider the rule allowing a maximum of four fielders outside the 30-yard circle once the World Cup is over.
Mahmudullah finds form at perfect time for Bangladesh
His biggest test will come on Thursday when Bangladesh face defending champions India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
'The Indian cricket team will retain the world champions title'
Praising Mahendra Singh Dhoni's efficient leadership, out-of-favour Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh said that the team's spectacular showing in this edition so far makes him believe that the Men in Blue can retain the trophy.
ICC ODI rankings: Dhoni jumps two places to No 8; Dhawan 7th
Having regained his form with two unbeaten knocks in the league stage of the cricket World Cup, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has gained two spots to be placed eight in the latest ICC batting rankings.
Flintoff wins Australian version of 'Iss Jungle Se Mujhe Bachao'
Former England cricket captain Andrew Flintoff won the Australian version of I'm A Celebrity show after spending a month in a jungle where he took up many challenges including eating a rat's tail.
De Villiers, Sangakkara take tussle for No 1 ranking to WC quarter-final
South Africa's AB de Villiers and Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara will take their battle for the coveted No 1 spot in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen to Sydney when they go head-to-head in the first quarter-final of the World Cup.
Fielding will be difference in Aus-Pak quarters
Australian fielding coach Greg Blewett believes that sharp fielding will play a paramount role in the upcoming quarter-final tie against Pakistan on Friday in Adelaide.
We are good and that's why we are here, says Bangladesh coach
Bangladesh gearing up for their biggest battle against defending champions India in the cricket World Cup quarter-finals.
Best of the Rest target Irani Trophy for India comeback
The likes of Robin UthaManoj Tiwaryppa, Manoj Tiwary and Kedar Jadhav will get another chance to impress the selectors and push their case for a comeback to international cricket when Ranji Trophy champions Karnataka clash against Rest of India lock in a five-day Irani Trophy match, in Bangalore, starting on Tuesday.
Six key moments in India's winning run at the World Cup
In the run-up to the 2015 World Cup, India seemed to stumble, but were a changed side once the tournament commenced.
Starc difference in Australia's World Cup campaign
Publicly labelled 'soft' by former Test bowler Shane Warne only a few months ago, paceman Mitchell Starc has come of age.
Predict your FOUR World Cup semi-finalists
As the tournament gets to the business end here's a chance to predict the winner. Listed below are the eight quarter-finalists. Pick four who you think will make the semi-finals.
Do Indian bowlers have the sting to ensure World Cup defence?
'Cornered wolves' Pakistan capable of causing moments of panic
The Rediff World Cup Chat with Prem Panicker!
Join Prem Panicker on the Rediff World Cup Chat on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 3 pm IST to discuss the final stages of cricket's finest championship.
Inked! Cricketers' obsession with tattoos
Check out how these cricketers decorate their bodies.
Sri Lanka want 'unbelievable' Sangakkara to play on
Jayasuriya would like Sangakkara to continue beyond the World Cup.
'Last resort' Sarfraz solves Pakistan's opening problem
It was Pakistan's last roll of the dice that saw them throw Sarfraz Ahmed into the role of opener at the World Cup and the gamble looks to be paying off.
How new field restrictions cost Yuvraj his WC slot
Change in field restrictions ia the reason why India lost Yuvraj Singh.
Imposter posing as 'expert' appears on television
An imposter posing as a former Pakistani cricketer has duped the BBC.
World Cup Blogs: India's middle-order masterclass hides troubles
A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup.
At 38, Dilshan is Sri Lanka's guiding light
The pressure will be on former captain Tillakaratne Dilshan to continue to play a pivotal role for Sri Lanka.
New Zealand turn their attention to knockout rounds
New Zealand will not be shelving the aggressive game that has taken them through the pool stage.
When David Warner questioned his career...
Out of form and out of control, David Warner was a 'volcano' ready to blow when he punched England cricketer Joe Root.
10 Top quotes from the 2015 World Cup- Part II
Rediff.com brings you the best quotes of World Cup 2015. From players and coaches to legends and fans; let's hear them out!
March 15, 2015
Motivated South Africans raring to go: Amla
With the South African team keen to shrug-off the chokers tag, opening batsman Hashim Amla has said the experienced campaigners in the squad will need to step up their performance when they take on Sri Lanka in the World Cup quarter-finals at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Wednesday.
Pakistan have nothing to lose against Australia: Misbah
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq admitted being under tremendous pressure to qualify for the World Cup quarter-finals but felt the burden now shifts to their last-eight opponents and tournament co-hosts Australia.
Thrilling matches in the offing as Lanka-Proteas kick-start quarters
India have to be cautious against giant slayers Bangladesh
Lankan PM tells team to be wary of De Villiers in quarters
Wishing the Sri Lankan team ahead of their quarter-final clash against South Africa, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe warned the Angelo Mathews-led side to "keep an eye on Proteas skipper AB de Villiers" who has been in rampaging form in the tournament.
UAE captain rues dropped catch that sealed their fate
'I think one moment that would have changed the game was I think Kevin O'Brien's catch that got dropped. If that catch would have been taken, I think we would have definitely won that game'
PHOTOS: Ton-up Sarfaraz steers Pakistan to World Cup quarter-finals
Photos of the World Cup Pool B game between Pakistan and Ireland being played in Adelaide
Dhoni and the story of his flawless 'keeping skills
'I can't remember seeing Dhoni do wicket-keeping drills at the nets'
Windies target New Zealand batting in quarters tie
West Indies captain Jason Holder praised his team's effort in the do-or-die clash against United Arab Emirates on Sunday and will next look to target the batting of likely World Cup quarter-final opponents New Zealand in Wellington next week.
Team India has shown its strength in all departments: Laxman
Stressing on the fact that most of the Indian batsmen's form has been a big factor in India's success so far, former batsman VVS Laxman expects them to fire on all cylinders during the quarter-final stages as well.
Clinical Pakistan thrash Ireland by seven wickets; seal quarters beth
Pakistan grabbed a World Cup quarter-final berth on Sunday following their seven-wicket victory against Ireland that also cleared West Indies' last eight passage from Pool B.
PHOTOS: Clinical West Indies secure quarters berth
Photos of the Pool B game between West Indies and United Arab Emirates being played in Napier
Holder, Carter take Windies into World Cup quarter-finals
Johnson Charles and Jonathan Carter scored half centuries as West Indies kept alive their hopes of securing a World Cup quarter-finals berth with a six-wicket victory over United Arab Emirates at McLean Park in Napier on Sunday.
March 14, 2015
Of Raina's impressive batting average and Dhon's cool captaincy
India finished at the heap of Pool B after beating Zimbabwe by six wickets in their final league match in Auckland on Saturday after Suresh Raina and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni combined well to take the team across the finish line.
World Cup Blog: Bracken could lose 'everything' in legal war with CA
A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup.
Jet-lagged Team India unhappy with travel schedule for New Zealand
'A lot of people had problems in adjusting with the change of time and it affected their sleeping pattern'
Associates have justified World Cup spot: Porterfield
Even if Ireland fail to make the quarter-finals of the cricket World Cup they and the other associate members have shown enough promise to warrant inclusion in future tournaments, skipper William Porterfield said on Saturday.
How Dhoni and Co make chasing targets look simple
The Indian Premier League has given players an idea of how to cope with pressure situations, especially in the knockout stages, feels India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Tournament draw probably helped Pakistan: Misbah
The vagaries of the World Cup draw may have helped Pakistan rediscover their swagger at just the right time to push them to the brink of a quarter-final, according to captain Misbah ul-Haq.
Australia 'switched on' for knockout stage
Australia captain Michael Clarke is pleased with whatever batting opportunity he and his teammates had against Scotland on Saturday and said every member of the squad was 'switched on' for the knockout stage of the World Cup.
Team India register 10 World Cup wins on the trot
With 10 successive World Cup wins under their belt, Mahendra Singh Dhoni's India bettered Clive Lloyd's fearsome outfit of the late 1970' and 80' in terms of consecutive victories in the quadrennial extravaganza.
Retiring Taylor looking forward to new innings in England
'It's definitely a sense of sadness, a sense of disappointment. Sad in a way that I'm leaving my teammates, leaving my home country for a number of years'
Pietersen to skip IPL to push England recall bid?
England batsman Kevin Pietersen could push his bid for an international recall by missing the Indian Premier League in favour of playing English county cricket.
Dhoni sticks with tried and trusted combination
"The bench strength will warm the bench," is what the captain MS Dhoni had declared after India had beaten West Indies in Perth.
Record maker, Taylor leaves Zimbabwe cricket on a high
Brendan Taylor has been the boy on the burning deck all through his career for Zimbabwe.
PHOTOS: Starc four-for romps Scotland as Australia finish second
Photos of the World Cup Pool A game between West Indies and Scotland being played in Hobart.
Under-pressure India well prepared for knockouts
Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said that the biggest positive to draw from the team's unbeaten league campaign in the ongoing World Cup was that the entire side has withstood pressure in some way or the other, preparing it perfectly for the knockouts.
PHOTOS: Raina ton stretches India's unbeaten run in World Cup
Photos of the World Cup game between India and Zimbabwe being played in Auckland
Quick-fire Australia romp past Scotland
Australia finished second in Pool A after Mitchell Starc bowled the World Cup co-hosts to a seven-wicket victory against Scotland in a match that lasted just 41 overs at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart, on Saturday.
Cyclone could affect West Indies quarter-final chances
Pakistan meet Ireland in Adelaide later on Sunday with the winner of that game advancing, while the losing side could also go through depending on what happens in the West Indies game. A washout in Napier would result in both sides getting one point and ending West Indies' hopes.
West Indies have much to lose against UAE: Tauqir
The United Arab Emirates have sensed an inconsistent West Indies side could be ripe for the taking in their final World Cup Pool B match in Napier, UAE captain Mohammad Tauqir has said.
Raina's century helps India extend unbeaten World Cup record
Suresh Raina (110) and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (85) combined in an unbeaten fifth wicket partnership of 196 at Eden Park to give their team a sixth successive victory in the tournament.
March 13, 2015
'India will do very well not to take Bangladesh lightly'
Former captain Sunil Gavaskar warned India against taking Bangladesh lightly when they meet in the cricket World Cup knock-out stage at the Melbourne Cricket Ground March 19, saying their eastern neighbours are a dangerous side on current form.
PHOTOS: England sign off on winning note, beat Afghanistan at SCG
Knocked out of the quarter-final race, the England cricket team ended its World Cup campaign with a consolatory nine-wicket triumph over debutants
India will be wary of rejuvenated Bangladesh in quarters
India go into the quarter-final against their neighbours as favourites, but will certainly not take them too lightly, not wanting to suffer the same fate as they did in the 2007 edition.
England beat Afghanistan in rain-swept Sydney
England brought an end to their miserable World Cup campaign with a nine-wicket victory over Afghanistan under the Duckworth-Lewis method in a rain-disrupted final Pool A match at Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday.
'Bowlers holding their own is certainly good for Indian cricket'
Zimbabwe stand-in captain Brendan Taylor feels that the Indian bowling unit will not only trouble his team with swing but also with the pace when the
'I like the way Dhoni handles the team and me'
India's pace spearhead Mohammed Shami feels a certain degree of comfort playing under Mahendra Singh Dhoni. India's captain, he says, is never "demanding" and his backing has made the transformation from domestic to international cricket pretty smooth.
'My captaincy tenure wasn't long enough and a big disappointment'
Sachin Tendulkar has revealed that not getting a long tenure as India's captain was one "big disappointment he found tough to overcome given the number of challenges he endured.
PHOTOS: New Zealand's unbeaten run continues; outclass Bangladesh
Opener Martin Guptill smashed a brisk century before New Zealand huffed and puffed to a thrilling three-wicket win over Bangladesh.
Australia likely to experiment against minnows Scotland
Australia will continue to experiment with their batting line-up against Scotland on Saturday as they attempt to give players some time in the middle before the knockout phase, captain Michael Clarke said.
Guptill's hundred lifts New Zealand to thrilling victory over Bangladesh
Martin Guptill stroked a fluent century to help New Zealand edge past Bangladesh by three wickets with seven deliveries to spare, in the ICC World Cup Pool A match in Hamilton, on Friday.
Can India make it a 'Perfect 10' at the World Cup?
Mahendra Singh Dhoni's boys have eclipsed the India record by winning nine straight games in the World Cup, including four matches in the previous edition. Saturday's match against Zimbabwe provides them the opportunity.
World Cup, India v Zimbabwe: How the teams stack up
Factbox on Saturday's World Cup Pool B match between India and Zimbabwe at Eden Park in Auckland.
Cometh the hour, cometh the man; Shami proves his worth!
Shami's growth coincides with India's growth at CWC 2015.
World Cup Blog: Beat Australia and World Cup is yours, Imran tells Pakistan
A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup.
South Africa's 'match winner' de Kock needs to step up
South Africa's Quinton de Kock was probably already feeling the most pressure of his fledgling international career before captain AB de Villiers dumped even more of it on his shoulders.
March 12, 2015
'I should not be compared to Kohli because he bats higher up'
Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal has said that it was unfair to compare him with India's Virat Kohli as both batted at different positions.
'It will be very hard for Team India to fill up Dhoni's shoes'
Former New Zealand wicketkeeper Ian Smith feels it will be extremely difficult to fill up the void created in Indian cricket once Mahendra Singh Dhoni bids adieu to the game in near future.
'It's very pleasing to see that Virat has realized his potential'
Zimbabwe coach Dav Whatmore says Virat Kohli is one of the few players who have realised their potential after showing initial promise but the young India Test captain still has a long way to go.
We are learning, not surrendering, says UAE captain
UAE captain Mohammad Tauqir has dismissed questions his side had done damage to their reputation by refusing to meaningfully chase targets.
Dhoni won't make changes for inconsequential Zimbabwe match
Even after sealing a quarter-final berth captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is averse to changes in the team for their next World Cup match against Zimbabwe in Auckland on Saturday.
Why England deserved to lose...
England are out of the 2015 ODI World Cup. Bangladesh delivered the knock-out blow, after they lost to Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka.
Karnataka crush Tamil Nadu to retain Ranji Trophy
Riding on Karun Nair's record innings of 328 and a magnificent all-round performance from captain R Vinay Kumar, Karnataka crushed Tamil Nadu by an innings and 217 runs to successfully defend their Ranji Trophy title.
PHOTOS: De Villiers misses ton but SA crush UAE
South Africa skipper AB de Villiers led from the front with an all-round show to help South Africa thrash minnows UAE.
De Villiers' 99 helps South Africa cruise into World Cup quarters
South Africa's bowlers backed up a solid batting performance led by captain AB de Villiers' 99 to ensure they qualified for the knockout phase of the World Cup with a 146-run victory over United Arab Emirates.
Cartwheeling Hassan an unlikely star of the World Cup
With his face covered in warpaint and his hair kept in place by a bandana in the Afghan flag colours, fast bowler Hamid Hassan has emerged as one of the cult figures of the World Cup.
'Field restrictions curtailing role of spinners in ODIs'
Not too impressed with the field restriction rules being used in the One-Day Internationals, former India opener W V Raman has said the current format hardly leaves any scope for the spinners to create an impact.
Yet another milestone for De Villiers... enters WC top-10 scorers' list
South African cricket captain AB de Villiers continued to script statistical history at the ongoing World Cup as he entered the top-10 of all-time scorers' list.
Let's win it for Woolmer, Pakistan's Younis tells teammates
Pakistan's senior batsman Younis Khan wants to put on a big performance to beat Ireland in the World Cup on Sunday as a tribute to the national team's late coach Bob Woolmer
Power hitters are all products of T20 impact
Greatbatch backs New Zealand to win title.
Blogs: Is ICC World Cup really 'world's third-biggest sporting event'?
A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup.
'Mohit is an inspiration for every young wannabe pacer in India'
Fast bowling coach and biomechanics expert Ian Pont discusses the rise of India medium pacer Mohit Sharma with Manu Shankar/Rediff.com
March 11, 2015
Sri Lanka skipper Mathews begged Sangakkara not to retire!
Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews said on Wednesday that he has gone down on his knees to beg record-breaking batsman Kumar Sangakkara not to quit after the World Cup. Sangakkara, 37, will call time on his ODI career at the end of the tournament but he is still in a rich vein of form.
Vinay Kumar joins run-fest as Karnataka set to retain Ranji crown
Having taken a huge first innings lead, defending champions Karnataka are on course for an outright victory over Tamil Nadu after reducing them to 113 for 3 in their second essay on Day 4 of the Ranji Trophy final, at the Wankhede Stadium, in Mumbai, on Wednesday. Earlier in the day, Karnataka posted a massive 762 in their first innings in reply to Tamil Nadu's paltry 134.
Ashwin is a cricket tragic, statistically-motivated, says Fleming
Former New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming lauds the showing Chennai Super Kings players Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohit Sharma and Suresh Raina at the ongoing World Cup
PHOTOS: Sangakkara makes history as Sri Lanka crush Scotland
Kumar Sangakkara created history by notching up a record fourth consecutive ODI century that powered Sri Lanka to a crushing 148-run win over Scotland in their final group league match of the ongoing cricket World Cup in Hobart.
'It's not long before Shami is regarded as a world-class bowler'
Mohammad Shami and Umesh Yadav's "mature performance" in the ongoing cricket World Cup, former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar feels the duo
'Martin Crowe was a shrewd and superb tactician'
Gavin Larsen says if he could rein in the batsmen of 1990s era even with his military medium pace it was because of his skipper Martin Crowe's tremendous leadership style and his faith in the bowlers.
'Unless plans are executed well you don't appear a good captain'
Mahendra Singh Dhoni has received rich praise for his captaincy so far in the World Cup but he feels it is the performance of his bowlers that makes him look like a commanding leader.
Put England coach Moores in charge of kids: Vaughan
England coach Peter Moores should be removed from his current position and put in charge of the "kids", according to former captain Michael Vaughan.
Sangakkara's record fourth straight ton seals it for Sri Lanka
Kumar Sangakkara became the first batsman to hit four successive centuries in a World Cup and Tillakaratne Dilshan stroked a fluent hundred in Sri Lanka's 363-9 against Scotland in a Pool A match at Bellerive Oval on Wednesday.
Sulk-free South Africa out to prove they are the best
South Africa still believe they are the best team at the World Cup despite defeats to India and Pakistan and will be out to prove it in their final pool match against United Arab Emirates, skipper AB de Villiers said on Wednesday.
World Cup Blog: Is there similarity between 2003 team and current one?
A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup
Ousted England prepare to get back on the saddle
Under-fire England held their first news conference since being knocked out of the World Cup on Wednesday with inexperienced all-rounder Chris Jordan handed the responsibility of addressing the media on behalf of the squad.
The doosra: Virat Kohli and Dr Jekyll/Mr Hyde...
Uttam Ghosh/Rediff.com looks at the enigma that is Virat Kohli
Pakistan 'quietly confident of beating any team now'
'We all want to do well for Pakistan but at times some of the criticism and tongue lashing on the channels is below the belt and its affects the players'
'Dhawan is not someone who is happy getting a half century'
Mahendra Singh Dhoni has praised opener Shikhar Dhawan, saying he is not someone who gets satisfied with a half-century and is always hungry for big scores.
March 10, 2015
I didn't have any nerves: Karun Nair, after record-breaking 310
Karnataka's record-breaking triple centurion Karun Nair says he just applied himself and played to the merit of the ball during his unbeaten 310 against Tamil Nadu in the Ranji Trophy final.
'The good thing with Ashwin is that he keeps improving himself'
Mahendra Singh Dhoni loves players who can take challenges head on and for him that's the reason his trusted lieutenant Ravichandran Ashwin has been his stand-out performers for the Indian team in the ongoing ICC World Cup.
Nair's triple ton strengthens Karnataka's grip on Ranji final
Karun Nair's unconquered 310 put Karnataka in the driver's seat in the Ranji Trophy final against Tamil Nadu on Tuesday. The defending champions ended Day 3 of the match with a mammoth 618 for 7, having added 295 runs to their overnight score, to extend their first innings lead to an imposing 484 runs at the Wankhede stadium, in Mumbai.
Dhoni's India now only second to Ponting's Australia in wins
With nine straight World Cup wins under their belt, the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led India stand only second to Ricky Ponting's Australian side that registered 24 consecutive victories in the showpiece event.
'Fan' sheds Indian t-shirt to don Pak jersey again!
The Mauka man is back to his roots again after briefly switching sides to India.
We are going to lift the trophy again, Ravi Shastri
India, came into the tournament after a disastrous bilateral series, is onfident of winning.
'India have all the attributes to go all the way'
Ireland captain William Porterfield drew consolation from posting the highest total against defending champions India in the cricket World Cup so far despite a crushing defeat on Tuesday.
'Hindi is ideal, everyone understands it but batsman doesn't'
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni heaped praise on his bowlers.
Shami's stunning turnaround on the big stage
So you could relate to where the critics and the analysts were coming from. In many ways, they weren't too far off the mark. Had it not been for Bhuvneshwar Kumar's lack of fitness going into the tournament, and Ishant's injury, Shami could well have been ruled out of leading the Indian attack this World Cup.
Richards pips Tendulkar as greatest ODI player in online poll
West Indian batting great Viv Richards has been voted as the greatest ODI player in the history of the game ahead of India's cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar in an online poll.
PHOTOS: India crush Ireland by 8 wickets, maintain clean sheet
Images from the World Cup match between India and Ireland at Seddon Park, Hamilton, New Zealand.
Injury woes for Sri Lanka as Perera replaces Chandimal
Sri Lanka batsman Dinesh Chandimal has been ruled out of the rest of the World Cup due to a hamstring injury and replaced in the squad by Kusal Perera.
5 reasons why Indian cricket fans are best
Bouyed by the vociferous fans, the Indian cricket team is in form.
Dominant India sweep to untroubled win over Ireland
India took apart a diligent but limited Ireland attack to sweep to an untroubled eight-wicket victory at Seddon Park on Tuesday which confirmed they will top Pool B in the cricket World Cup.
World Cup Blog: England the laughing stock
A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup.
'The best thing about Dhoni is he's keen on getting the job done'
Pace legend Michael Holding is impressed with Mahendra Singh Dhoni's approach.
'England have ceased to believe they can win'
Ian Pont, a former Essex player and fast bowling coach, now at the Ultimate Pace Foundation in Bengaluru, analyses England's disastrous World Cup campaign in an exclusive conversation with Manu Shankar/Rediff.com.
March 09, 2015
'England is just an overrated team both in cricket and football'
Sunil Gavaskar has slammed the England team for its embarrassingly early exit from the World Cup, calling it an overrated side in not just cricket but football also.
'I am impressed with the Indian pace attack, Shami in particular'
India's pace spearhead Mohammed Shami received the biggest compliment in his two-year international career as one of the greatest fast bowlers of
'Gutted' Morgan clueless about England's future
England captain Eoin Morgan was "gutted" after his team's premature exit from the World Cup on Monday and confessed he was clueless about what the future holds for the team.
Ranji Trophy final: Rahul, Nair tons put Karnataka in control
Riding on unbeaten centuries from K L Rahul and Karun Nair, defending champions Karnataka took firm control by finishing day two on a comfortable 323 for five in the Ranji Trophy final in Mumbai.
PHOTOS: Bangladesh stun England to enter quarter-finals
Photos of the World Cup Pool A game between England and Bangladesh being played at Adelaide
'Team India will be looking to get top spot in the group'
Ireland captain William Porterfield feels that the best chance for his team to beat India in the ICC World Cup group league encounter will be to restrict them to a reasonable total by taking wickets.
Sri Lanka to send replacement covers for injured players
Sri Lanka will be sending middle order batsman Kithuruwan Vithanage and spinner Tharindu Kaushal as cover for the injured players ahead of the team's final round robin World Cup game against Scotland, scheduled to be played on March 11.
Bangladesh knock England out of World Cup after Mahmudullah ton
Bangladesh staved off a late fightback to beat England by 15 runs and enter the quarter-finals of the World Cup from Group B in Adelaide on Monday. They joined New Zealand, Australia, Sri Lanka in the last eight stage.
Pathan group throws Lalit Modi out of RCA
Former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi was on Monday removed as the Rajasthan Cricket Association president.
Smith slams reports he divorced his wife via accidental text
Graeme Smith has slammed reports that he mistakenly informed his former wife Morgan Deane of their divorce through a text message.
Watson takes his second chance with both hands
The obituaries had been written only three days earlier, Shane Watson's 13-year international cricket career declared dead and buried.
Another contest heavily loaded in India's favour...
India will aim to crush a gutsy Ireland in their penultimate group encounter.
Hope this is not Scotland's final World Cup fling...
Cricket's global showpiece has confirmed the Scots are a way from being able to compete with the top Test playing nations.
Nobody expects my bouncer to come so fast, says economical Mohit
He has impressed with his miserly bowling effort in the ongoing cricket World Cup.
World Cup Diary: Indian fans make Perth their own
equally surprised to see the amount of interest in the game at WACA.
World Cup Blog: India have arrived and they are still building
A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup.
Pakistan's Sohail treasures ball with which he dismissed Kohli
'I fulfilled the promise that I made to myself -- getting Kohli's wicket!'
What is the key to Dhawan's success?
According to Sourav Ganguly, not facing Australian bowlers regularly has helped Dhawan and Team India.
Waqar can't say why Pakistan fail to cross India hurdle at the WC
'It is very difficult to pick one team to win the World Cup but there is going to a whole lot of pressure on the teams in the knock-out stage'
March 08, 2015
Sangakkara set to hang up gloves after India series in August
Veteran Sri Lankan wicket-keeper batsman Kumar Sangakkara is set to bid adieu to international cricket by the end of August, when the island nation hosts India in a three-match Test series.
World Cup Diary: Ray's 'Charulata' makes news in Hamilton
On a Sunday afternoon, in sleepy Hamilton, as one ambles through the quiet streets, the colourful billboards at the city's Centre Place area do catch attention. Among them is an unsual but pleasant sighting.
Clarke salutes 'world class' Sangakkara
The World Cup will be the last assignment for Kumar Sangakkara in One-Day Internationals and the Sri Lankan left-hander has ensured he will sign off on a high, at least on the personal front.
Record-breaker Sangakkara joins batting greats
Kumar Sangakkara became only the second batsman after Indian icon Sachin Tendulkar to score 14,000 One-day International runs when the Sri Lankan veteran reached the landmark against Australia in a World Cup Pool A match in Sydney on Sunday.
Ranji Trophy final: Vinay grabs fifer as Tamil Nadu are all out for 134
Skipper Vinay Kumar took five for 34 as defending champions Karnataka skittled out Tamil Nadu for 134 on the opening day of the Ranji Trophy cricket tournament final, which saw 14 wickets tumble at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on Sunday.
Waqar wants more balance between bat and ball in ODIs
Bowlers are suffering as pitches have gone very flat around the world. Bowlers just have an opportunity in first six to seven overs than it is a batsmen's game. We are seeing that in this World Cup
PHOTOS: Australia thrash Sri Lanka by 64 runs in Sydney
Images from the World Cup Pool A match between Australia and Sri Lanka at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Do current ODI rules make it too easy for batsmen?
Rashid Latif has told PTI in an interview that it was the duty of the ICC to ensure that the quality of cricket and players was not reduced in a mad rush to make more money.
Every team has potential match winners: Vettori
New Zealand are paying little attention to their World Cup rivals' form in the group stage of the tournament as every team that reaches the knockout rounds have potential match winners in the side, spinner Daniel Vettori said on Sunday.
Ousted Zimbabwe have paid the price for sloppiness, reckons Taylor
'We've played some excellent cricket for 80 percent of the time we've been here but that 20 percent is why we're not going to progress'
Following ICC diktat, curator prepares batting strip for Ind-Ire tie
Another run fest is on the cards when India take on Ireland in a Pool B match of the ICC cricket World Cup at the Seddon Park in Hamilton on Monday.
Don't think India would let their guard down: Porterfield
Fighting to stay in contention for the World Cup quarter-finals, Ireland captain William Porterfield said his giant-slaying team does not expect to be taken lightly by India despite the buzz that the already through defending champions might rest key players.
Shami is the best among Indian pacers: Aaqib Javed
Former Pakistan pacer Aaqib Javed feels that Mohammed Shami is the best Indian paceman on view and his performance has been key to India's good show in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup.
Maxwell ton fires Australia past Sri Lanka
Australia stormed into the World Cup quarter-finals with a 64-run victory over Sri Lanka, fired by a spectacular maiden one-day international century from Glenn Maxwell at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday.
PHOTOS: New Zealand brush aside Afghanistan to stay unbeaten
Photos of the World Cup Pool A game between Afghanistan and New Zealand being played in Napier
Vettori passes 300 as New Zealand ease to win over Afghanistan
Martin Guptill and Ross Taylor got some valuable time at the wicket as New Zealand did what they needed to looking ahead to the World Cup quarter-finals with a six-wicket victory over Afghanistan at McLean Park on Sunday.
March 07, 2015
How Misbah masterminded Pakistan's win over South Africa
Pakistan skipper Misbah ul Haq, who is often blamed for his slow approach to game, showed that he can be an attacking skipper when situation demands. In the crucial game against South Africa, the 40-year-old was seen adopting a carefree approach, which helped the sub-continent nation stun the one of the pre-tournament favourites by 29 runs.
PHOTOS: Ireland survive Zimbabwe scare, remain in hunt for quarters
Ireland survived a mighty scare before pulling off a sensational five-run win over Zimbabwe to keep themselves in the hunt for the quarterfinals of the World Cup in Hobart.
Ireland's Cusack takes two in last over to knock out Zimbabwe
Cusack took two wickets in three balls in the final over as Ireland knocked Zimbabwe out of the World Cup with a thrilling five-run win in their Pool B match at Bellerive Oval in Hobart on Saturday.
Sarfraz effects record-equalling six dismissals
Drafted into the team for the first time in the ongoing cricket World Cup, Pakistan wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed made an instant impact with a record-equalling six catches and 49 runs in the team's upset win over South Africa in Auckland.
South Africa revive old doubts in defeat
South Africa failed to chase down an opposition total for the second time in the World Cup on Saturday to resurrect old doubts about their ability under pressure.
Pakistan show how dangerous they can be
Pakistan made a winning return on Saturday to the venue where they defeated New Zealand in their 1992 cricket World Cup semi-final.
Pietersen receives county offers to boost England hopes
Former England captain Kevin Pietersen has received "a few" offers from English county sides as he bids to return to the Test team, the 34-year-old said.
Waqar storms out of press conference. Find out why...
Pakistan head coach Waqar Younis left the press conference after his team's hard fought 29-run win against a formidable South Africa in Auckland.
World Cup PHOTOS: Pakistan topple South Africa in thriller
Pakistan side put its World Cup campaign back on track with an upset 29-run win via Duckworth/Lewis method over South Africa
Pakistan's pacers sending South Africa crashing
A hostile trio of Pakistan left-arm fast bowlers took full advantage of a pitch freshened by rain to hand pre-tournament favourites South Africa their second defeat in the ICC World Cup.
Australia: In search of momentum
Pre-tournament favourites Australia currently occupy third spot in Pool A.
'Media makes big deal of Raina's problem with short balls'
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels that a big deal is made out of Suresh Raina's susceptibility to short-pitched bowling.
Dhoni dissects his own game... and we're all ears...
Mahendra Singh Dhoni says he also feels the pressure like others but manages the rescue acts.
Meet Bangladesh's pocket dynamo
Mushfiqur Rahim, the diminutive Bangladesh glovesman has proved he is no less crucial to his team's progress.
What makes captain Clarke irritable?
Australia captain Michael Clarke showed a tetchy side to his nature in his pre-match press conference.
Test nations talking with Afghanistan about more matches
Afghanistan cricket officials are in talks with four or five Test-status nations about playing more fixtures against the country after the ongoing ICC World Cup.
March 06, 2015
The West Indies test was an absolute necessity for India
India to be tested the way they were by the West Indies from the position they had gotten themselves in at one stage might just augur well for them. In fact they had a lot of positives to take away from the game. That they won, allows them to remain at the top of the table with a couple of games against Zimbabwe and Ireland. But given their win required a seventh wicket stand of 51 runs, it also means it would have given them a chance to experience what they could in their knock-out matches.
Stats: Dhoni scripts new records
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni helped India snatch a 4-wicket win after the Indian batsmen faced an early hiccup in their run-chase on Friday.
President, PM congratulate Team India
President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the Indian cricket team for their four-wicket win over the West Indies in their World Cup match on Friday.
'The wicket was good enough to get 270'
West Indies captain Jason Holder blamed his team's poor batting for the defeat against India at the WACA in Perth on Friday.
Dhoni wants all-rounder Jadeja to 'step up'
Holders India marched into the quarter-finals of the World Cup with their fourth consecutive win but all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja's form with the bat has left captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni a worried man.
Captain Dhoni digs India out of a spot
So here is why India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is our player of the day!
Dhoni reckons bowlers took right advantage of the conditions
Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was all praise for his bowlers after the Men in Blue earned a hard-fought win at the WACA against the West Indies in their Pool B encounter, to move into the quarter-finals of the cricket World Cup, on Friday.
Ballistic fans paint the WACA in India colours
Fans poured out in their numbers at the WACA to give the Indian team big support.
Dhoni overtakes Ganguly's record of most away ODI wins
Mahendra Singh Dhoni surpassed former skipper Sourav Ganguly as the most successful Indian captain in terms of ODI victories achieved on foreign shores.
VOTE: Tendulkar, Dhoni, Richards, Gilchrist or Akram?
Sachin Tendulkar and Mahendra Singh Dhoni are among five leading contenders vying for the title of 'Greatest ODI cricketer' of all-time. Australia's Adam Gilchrist, Pakistan's Wasim Akram and West Indies great Viv Richards are the other three nominees, as per an exercise conducted by ESPNcricinfo's magazine Cricket Monthly.
Dhoni 'keeps' without pads against West Indies
For a few deliveries India's captain fielded without pads, as he had given them to Ajinkya Rahane, who was standing at silly mid-off while Ravichandran Ashwin was bowling.
World Cup Blog: Limiting the tourney to pay TV is limiting audiences
A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup
PHOTOS: Unbeaten India beat Windies, seal quarter-final berth
Images from the World cup Group B match between India and the West Indies, in Perth.
India maintain unbeaten run with four-wkt win over Windies
Mahendra Singh Dhoni scored an unbeaten 45 as India staved off a fightback from the West Indies to win the Group B World Cup match by four wickets at the WACA in Perth on Friday. The victory saw the defending champions maintain their unbeaten run in the tournament and extend their stay at the top of the group.
Double blow for SL: Karunaratne out of WC, Herath out of Aus match
Sri Lanka have suffered a double injury blow with batsman Dimuth Karunaratne almost certainly out of the World Cup and spinner Rangana Herath likely to miss at least a week of action, Mahela Jayawardene said on Friday.
'AB is the Neo of the cricketing world'
South Africa captain AB de Villiers's batting blitzkriegs in the last two months have been so good that even his own team mates are in awe of them, fast bowler Dale Steyn said on Friday.
Zimbabwe ready for 'crunch' clash with Ireland
The Africans have won just one of their four games and are sixth in Pool B, but victory against William Porterfield's side will put them back in the hunt for a quarter-final place.
Kayes replaces injured Haque in Bangladesh squad
Bangladesh batsman Anamul Haque will miss the remainder of the World Cup after dislocating his shoulder on Thursday and has been replaced in the squad by Imrul Kayes.
Vettori focused on World Cup wins, not joining 300 club
The left-arm spinner is two victims shy of joining an elite club of 11 bowlers with 300 wickets in one-day internationals. Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan heads the list on 534.
Australia fear nothing, even defeat, says Finch
After losing to New Zealand and taking just a point from their washed out match against Bangladesh, Australia probably need to beat Sri Lanka to ensure they finish in the top two in the pool and avoid India or South Africa in the last eight.
'Team India is doing well because this is a batsman's World Cup'
Former England captain Geoffrey Boycott has said that the Indian team is doing well because so far it has been a 'batsman's World Cup' and they will continue to be a 'big threat' when batting first.
March 05, 2015
'India is inconsistent and will have trouble defending its title'
West Indies great Vivian Richards has called Mahendra Singh Dhoni's side a "powerful force" but still feels that India will have trouble defending their World Cup title due to their "inconsistent" bowling.
Kohli in new Pepsi ad with Anushka and Ranbir
India's star batsman Virat Kohli will finally be seen on the screen with girlfriend Anushka Sharma in Pepsi's new television commerical, which also features Bollywood superstar Ranbir Kapoor.
Injury scare for Mohit Sharma ahead of Windies clash
In-form pacer Mohit Sharma was hit on the right hand during training on Thursday, but remains available for selection for India's World Cup game against the West Indies in Perth on Friday.
I have learnt a lot from Dhoni, says West Indies captain
West Indies cricket team's young captain Jason Holder said that he has picked up subtle nuances of leadership from Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
The doosra: It's Team India against Chris Gayle
Uttam Ghosh/Rediff.com looks at the lighter side of how Chris Gayle remains lone star West Indies player Team India has to contend with in their Pool B encounter at the WACA.
BCCI warns Kohli, says 'maintain dignity of the Indian team'
The Board of Control for Cricket in India has taken a serious view of Virat Kohli's foul-mouthed tirade against an Indian journalist at the ongoing World Cup and asked him to refrain from "any such behaviour in the future".
'I try to capitalise on the batsman's insecurities'
Ravichandran Ashwin loves a good fight and that's the reason he is more excited than intimidated at the prospect of challenging the ever aggressive Chris Gayle against the West Indies in their cricket World Cup match in Perth on Friday.
'It shouldn't be called a World Cup if you're cutting down the teams'
Downsizing of teams for next World Cup is an issue troubling Scotland captain Mommsen
4 reasons why Kohli should end row with journalist...
Virat Kohli should resolve the row amicably with the concerned scribe.
Ashwin tries to defuse tension between media and cricketers
Amid the furore generated by Virat Kohli's abusive behaviour with an Indian journalist, off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin tried to defuse the tension.
No point complaining, says Ashwin on powerplay rules
Jason Holder and Ravichandran Ashwin weigh in on the Powerplay rules ahead of the World Cup match between the West Indies and India.
PHOTOS: Bangladesh down Scotland to keep quarters hopes alive
Kyle Coetzer's career-best 156 went in vain as Bangladesh scripted a brilliant chase to notch up a comprehensive six-wicket win over Scotland in their Pool A match of the ICC World Cup in Nelson.
Confident India hoping to continue winning run against West Indies
On paper as well as on current form, West Indies are no match for defending champions India, who have registered convincing victories against Pakistan, South Africa and UAE in their first three matches of the ICC World Cup.
'I haven't scored enough runs, so I've only got myself to blame'
Shane Watson's spectacular decline as Australia's premier all-rounder has not yet robbed him of his self-belief and the 33-year-old is still hopeful of making a comeback in the World Cup team.
World Cup: Iqbal leads Bangladesh to crucial win over Scotland
The victory put all the pressure on England for their showdown with Eoin Morgan's side on March 9 in Adelaide, with Bangladesh now on five points and level with third-placed Australia, while England have two.
World Cup blog: Do we really want to see 1000-run ODI totals?
A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup
'Whole NZ squad firing and ready to step up'
With unbeaten New Zealand having already qualified for the World Cup quarter-finals, attention is focussing on the side's four players who have not appeared so far at the tournament.
March 04, 2015
'First priority is to ensure that the image of BCCI is restored'
Insisting that restoring the BCCI's image was his first priority, newly-elected BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya has called for a proper conduct of next
PHOTOS: Warner, Maxwell star as Australia thump Afghanistan
Australia thrashed Afghanistan by 275 runs in their Pool A match of the ICC World Cup at the WACA in Perth. Images from the match.
'De Villiers, McCullum have matured by playing in the IPL'
Pakistan head coach Waqar Younis conceded that the Indian Premier League has helped South Africa's master blaster AB de Villiers and New Zealand's Brendon McCullum, saying they have matured by playing in the lucrative Twenty20 tournament.
'Having only 10 teams in the next World Cup is a backward step'
Calling the ICC's decision to reduce the number of teams in the 2019 World Cup "a backward step", cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar said such a move is unfair to the Associate nations
Kohli's foul-mouthed tirade at journalist reported to ICC, BCCI
The Hindustan Times, whose reporter was the target a foul-mouthed tirade by Virat Kohli in Perth on Tuesday, has filed complaints with the International Cricket Council and Board of Control for Cricket in India.
'People thought I was too arrogant with my spiky hair, tattoos and all'
Batting ace Virat Kohli says 'a bit of overconfidence' because of playing in the Indian Premier League cost him his place in the Test side in 2011 and cautioned India's youngsters of not getting carried by the lure of the cash-rich T20 league.
PHOTOS: Pakistan keep quarters hopes alive after whipping UAE
Images from Pakistan's 129-run victory over the UAE in Wednesday's World Cup Group B match in Napier.
Australia post record total in big win over Afghanistan
David Warner's career-best 178 and Glenn Maxwell's 88-run blitz powered Australia to a record World Cup total of 417 for six wickets and 275 runs victory over lowly Afghanistan in a Pool A match at the Gabba, in Perth, on Wednesday.
Should BCCI censure Virat Kohli?
Virat Kohli is the current flavour of the Indian fans with his exploits in the middle but reports of an ugly spat with a journalist at the World Cup will only enhance his reputation of being volatile.
Let's put Kohli matter to an end, says new BCCI secretary
Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Anurag Thakur says the issue of Virat Kohli abusing a journalist in Perth was misunderstanding and should be put to rest immediately to let the team focus on the World Cup.
Shehzad leads Pakistan to morale-boosting win against UAE
Opener Ahmed Shehzad missed out on a deserved century but Pakistan cruised past United Arab Emirates by 129 runs in their ICC World Cup Pool B clash.
Bangladesh, a Test nation still struggling to find footing
Consistency is a word unknown to Bangladesh.
England likely to lose Ballance in search of equilibrium
Misfiring batsman Gary Ballance is likely to be the sacrificial lamb when England's harried selectors decide on the line-up for next week's ICC World Cup crunch match against Bangladesh.
Can't do much when Gayle or AB is in form, laments Dhoni
There is not much the bowlers or a captain can do when batsmen of the calibre of AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle are on song.
NZ captain McCullum fit to play against Afghanistan
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum batted with freedom in the nets on Wednesday and should be fit to play Sunday's ICC World Cup clash against Afghanistan.
World Cup Blog: Afghan superhero called Shapoor Zadran
A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup.
World Cup Diary: When David Warner was cabbie!
Swashbuckling opening batsman David Warner used to assist regular driver of the Australian cricket Institute's van in Brisbane.
March 02, 2015
'India have good variety and all-round strength, should do well'
Praising the Indian team, Former West Indies captain and chairman of selectors Clive Lloyd has said that the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side has "all-round strength" with players like in-form Shikhar Dhawan and the ever-consistent Virat Kohli.
'England's loss to unfancied Lanka worse than Kiwi crushing'
England may have been utterly humiliated in their second World Cup pool match against co-hosts New Zealand but Sunday's nine-wicket defeat to Sri Lanka was much more damaging, according to former England captain Mike Atherton.
10 FACTS about new BCCI president Dalmiya
Dalmiya, 74, has had a long-standing association with Indian cricket having first joined the BCCI way back in 1979 and served in various positions.
'Team India has settled down in Australian conditions'
Former Australia left-arm spinner Brad Hogg has said India, with three consecutive wins so far, have gotten over the setback of their disappointing Australia tour that preceded the World Cup.
Kiwis dominate World Cup Best XI; no Indians yet!
Some of the game's leading players have left their mark on the World Cup. Check out who they are.
'As we enter the knock-outs we have to improve our performance'
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni says the team's main focus in the World Cup now is on improving their already impressive performance and maintaining the momentum gained.
'Our calendar is nine months; I don't see India playing any more'
The Indian cricket team already has a cramped round-the-year schedule and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni made it clear that it's not his team's responsibility to play more against countries like UAE in a bid to raise the quality and profile of the game in ICC's Associate nations.
ODI Rankings: Kohli, Dhoni slip; Shami gains 14 places
Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni dropped down the ladder to No 4 and 10 respectively, while Shikhar Dhawan retained the seventh rung in the latest Reliance ICC ODI batsmen's rankings, released on Monday.
Injury-prone Cummins doubtful; Faulkner fit to face Afghans
Patrick Cummins sustained a minor injury but all-rounder James Faulkner is close to a return.
South Africa's core strength stems from quality bench
For the Proteas, the emphasis is on all 15 players instead of 11.
Srinivasan faces contempt of court?
RCA deputy president Mehmood Abdi has alleged that N Srinivasan committed contempt of court.
PHOTOS: Uniquely dressed fans add novelty to World Cup
New Zealand's pulsating form in the Cricket World Cup is sparking a surge of ticket sales.
ECB says 'no change' for Pietersen's England hopes
"Nothing has changed" for Kevin Pietersen's hopes of playing international cricket again, the England and Wales Cricket Board said on Sunday, despite incoming chairman Colin Graves appearing to leave the door open for the exiled batsman's return.
If SA have De Villiers, Ireland also have a player with the X-factor!
Irish captain William Porterfield not getting pressured by the daring batting of De Villiers
Struggling Shane Watson's critics crank up heat
Watson used to take flak for his inability to convert half centuries to centuries but recently his problem has been progressing from scores in the 20s and 30s.
Jagmohan Dalmiya elected BCCI President
This will be his second term at the helm in the Indian cricket board, more than a decade after his first term ended.
World Cup Diary: Joke is on Maxwell after the 'choke'
Maxwell was both mocked and praised after video emerged of him making a 'choking' gesture.
World Cup Blog: Why won't Eoin Morgan sing God Save The Queen?
A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup.
Now, Akhtar takes a U-turn on Misbah
After criticising Misbah-ul-haq severely in the recent past, former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar took a U-turn.
Neighbour's Envy! India provided with 'favourable' pitches?
Former Pakistan pacer Sarfraz Nawaz has accused the ICC of favoring the Indian team.
'Kohli brings direction and purpose to Indian captaincy'
Former Australia skipper Kim Hughes is not a great fan of Mahendra Singh Dhoni's leadership style and feels that Virat Kohli's elevation to captaincy should not only be in Tests but also across all formats to bring in more purpose to the top job.
March 01, 2015
PHOTOS: Indian,West Indies players chill out ahead of crucial tie
Before the crucial match against West Indies on Friday, Virat Kohli & Co. were spotted outside Nobu Perth restaurant.
ECB chairman opens door to Pietersen return
Incoming England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chairman Colin Graves has given Kevin Pietersen a glimmer of hope that he may yet be able to resurrect his England career.
'Nervy win over Aussies shows why Kiwis are favourites to win WC'
Former New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming said that the nail-biting one-wicket triumph over co-hosts Australia at Auckland showed why Brendon McCullum's men can be considered as favourites to win the World Cup.
PHOTOS: Pak keep quarters hope alive with narrow win over Zim
Embattled Pakistan finally opened their account in the World Cup as they laboured to a narrow 20-run win over a spirited Zimbabwe in a Pool B match in Brisbane on Sunday.
Lakmal fined for bowling beamers
Sri Lanka fast bowler Suranga Lakmal was fined for firing two successive beamers at England's Jos Buttler, an action for which he showed "no remorse", the International Cricket Council said.
Riaz's all-round show helps Pakistan edge past Zimbabwe
Batting at No. 9, Wahab Riaz struck a quickfire half-century before he returned to claim four wickets with the ball to lift Pakistan to a narrow 20-run victory.
Tamil Nadu to lock horns with Karnataka in Ranji Trophy final
Tamil Nadu edged out last edition's runners-up Maharashtra by virtue of first innings lead in a drawn encounter, to set up a summit clash with their southern rivals and reigning champions Karnataka in the Ranji Trophy cricket tournament.
Sri Lanka's Herath doubtful for Australia clash