All stories by Harish Kotian
'You are devaluing Test cricket'Rediff.com13 Jan 2020
'If you are reducing Tests to four days, you are tampering with the time, you are tampering with the skill, you are tampering with the patience, tampering with the technical part.'
Rohit's pep talk for struggling Mumbai Ranji teamRediff.com7 Jan 2020
Senior India player Rohit Sharma on Tuesday gave a pep talk to the struggling Mumbai Ranji Trophy team, which has suffered back-to-back defeats at home. Mumbai lost to Railways by 10 wickets at the Wankhede Stadium before they were thrashed by five wickets by domestic heavyweights Karnataka.
Confident Australia can't wait for 'mouth-watering' series vs IndiaRediff.com7 Jan 2020
Their confidence soaring high after five Test wins in a row, Australia skipper Time Paine says they can't wait to host India for a "mouth-watering" series later this year but revenge is certainly not on their minds. Australia had suffered their first ever Test series against India at home in the summer of 2018-19 when they missed prolific batsmen Steve Smith and David Warner, who were serving bans following a ball-tampering scandal that shook world cricket.
Tendulkar's big NO to four-day Test matchesRediff.com7 Jan 2020
India's cricketing icon Sachin Tendulkar vehemently opposed the International Cricket Council's proposed four-day Test, urging the governing body to refrain from tinkering with a format in which the spinners come into play on the fifth and final day. A day less, according to the world's highest run-getter across two formats, will lead to batsmen thinking of Tests as an extended version of limited-overs cricket.
Virat and his team were game changers in 2019Rediff.com1 Jan 2020
The Indian cricket team went from strength to strength in 2019, especially in Test cricket where they are rightly perched at the top. They went unbeaten in Test cricket in 2019 which included winning their first-ever series in Australia, after which they registered three successive whitewashes against West Indies, South Africa and Bangladesh.
VOTE! India's top sportsperson in 2019Rediff.com31 Dec 2019
Was it badminton sensation PV Sindhu, who became the first Indian to win the World Championships gold medal? Or is it the young shooting progidy Saurabh Chaudhary? Or his India colleague Elavenil Valarivan, who recently took over as World No 1? What about India's heroes on the cricketing field -- Virat Kohli? Rohit Sharma?
'My ultimate aim is to play for India'Rediff.com21 Dec 2019
'I look forward to meeting David Warner and talking to him about batting.' 'Our mindset is the same. We both look to dominate the bowlers,' says Abdul Samad, the exciting 18-year-old batsman from the Kashmiri valley.
TOP 10 buys at IPL 2020 AuctionRediff.com20 Dec 2019
Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins shattered the record for the most expensive foreign buy ever in the IPL auction as Kolkata Knight Riders bought him for a massive Rs 15.50 crore.
Kapil says won't depose before BCCI ethics officerRediff.com17 Dec 2019
A livid Kapil Dev said he will not go to Mumbai and called the conflict of interest allegations against him and the CAC 'a publicity stunt'. In the complaint filed by Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) life member Sanjeev Gupta, it has been claimed that Kapil and Anshuman Gaekwad don multiple cricketing roles.
'Important to prepare well for IPL auction'Rediff.com17 Dec 2019
'You should do a detailed study on what exactly you want for the team looking at the season ahead.' 'If you are not clear with your plans, you will get carried away at the auction table,' says Pravin Amre, former talent scout chief at the Delhi Capitals.
SEE: What's wrong with Pant's wicket-keeping?Rediff.com9 Dec 2019
'Everyone's there just to criticise the young man and there is so much pressure on the poor guy.'
SEE: How Farokh Engineer saved Shashi Kapoor's careerRediff.com5 Dec 2019
'My bench mate at school was Shashi Kapoor and we were together from KG right up to the 10th standard.'
Why the Indian fast bowlers are the world's bestRediff.com5 Dec 2019
'In the future, you will get pacers who will bowl even faster than the current lot because these guys are currently setting new standards.'
Former captain Edulji takes on Engineer for 'snide remarks'Rediff.com4 Dec 2019
Former India captain and Committee of Administrators member Diana Edulji took on Farokh Engineer for his 'snide remarks' made earlier this year targetting her and the COA.
WATCH: Olympic champ wants to bowl to KohliRediff.com3 Dec 2019
'I have two more years in track and field and after that I will pursue my career in franchise cricket.'
Track and field 'dying a little' after Bolt: BlakeRediff.com2 Dec 2019
Yohan Blake believes if not for Usain Bolt, he would have been the fastest man in the world.
'Everyone wants Ganguly to continue for a long time'Rediff.com2 Dec 2019
'We need to respect our players. Our players are as good as anybody.'
BCCI wants to clear 'confict' issue before appointing CACRediff.com1 Dec 2019
Prasad's departure means the Ganguly-led BCCI has gone by the old constitution that has a provision of a maximum of four-year term for the selection committee. The amended constitution had a maximum five-year term.
BCCI to seek SC direction on amendments to constitutionRediff.com1 Dec 2019
The Sourav Ganguly-led BCCI has proposed six major amendments to the existing constitution which was adopted last year keeping in tune with the reforms suggested by the Justice Lodha committee.
WATCH: Dhoni on the 2 BIG moments of his careerRediff.com28 Nov 2019
'There are a lot of uncertainties when it comes to cricket.'
'Our fast bowlers are now the best in the world'Rediff.com26 Nov 2019
'The way they are playing, the bowlers we have, this is the best team in the world and I see them winning the World Test Championship.'
Pujara on what makes India No 1Rediff.com12 Nov 2019
'If we keep bowling like this, we will win as many as Tests as possible.'
How Dravid's advice shaped Shubman Gill's careerRediff.com6 Nov 2019
India's young batting star Shubman Gill reveals how he made the transition from Under-19, India 'A' and domestic cricket to the international level.
'The twilight could be a little difficult'Rediff.com5 Nov 2019
'Getting used to the lights and the pink ball, especially early on, is the key.'
How new president Ganguly plans to lead BCCIRediff.com24 Oct 2019
Ganguly, only the second Indian captain to take charge as the BCCI chief, sounded a pleased man on his first day at his new office at the BCCI head office
Kohli rested for Bangladesh T20Is; Rohit to leadRediff.com24 Oct 2019
Sanju Samson replaced Virat Kohli for the three-match T20I series against Bangladesh, while Mumbai all-rounder Shivam Dube earned his maiden call-up to the Indian team.
We are moving beyond Dhoni, says chief selector PrasadRediff.com24 Oct 2019
Chairman of selectors MSK Prasad made it amply clear that Rishabh Pant is the first choice wicketkeeper for India in the limited overs format.
Captain Kohli on why Ganguly is perfect choice for BCCI chiefRediff.com24 Oct 2019
'He is someone who has played a lot of cricket before, who knows the situation we are in, what the team needs, and the requirements of Indian cricket.'
Kohli is the most important man in Indian cricket: GangulyRediff.com23 Oct 2019
Newly-elected president Sourav Ganguly said the Board of Control for Cricket in India will do everything possible to support current India skipper Virat Kohli and his team.
Conflict still an issue; it has to change: GangulyRediff.com23 Oct 2019
The Conflict ruling suggested in the Lodha reforms for BCCI came under criticism from several quarters as they believed it stopped the former cricketers from coming forward to help Indian cricket and cricketers.
Rohit 10/10; Shami, Umesh 9/10Rediff.com23 Oct 2019
A look at how the Indian players rated in the Test series against South Africa.
Select Team: Should India retain team for Ranchi Test?Rediff.com17 Oct 2019
Having sealed the series 2-0, should India field Kuldeep Yadav in the fjhinal Test?
'Mayank's mindset key to his success'Rediff.com10 Oct 2019
'Once you know your car well, then you know to drive the car in the race.'
All eyes will be on this pitch curator in PuneRediff.com9 Oct 2019
Pandurang Salgaonkar has a definite chance to redeem himself following the controversial incidents that took place in the last two and a half years.
Pick YOUR team for Pune TestRediff.com9 Oct 2019
Should India consider bring in Umesh Yadav if the weather conditions in rain-hit Pune are conducive for pacers?
Cricket Buzz: Kapil tenders resignation from 'non existent' CACRediff.com2 Oct 2019
CoA chief Vinod Rai has made it clear that the CAC comprising Kapil were 'not conflicted'
Should India play 3 spinners in first Test?Rediff.com1 Oct 2019
Should India exploit South Africa's weakness against the turning ball?
Why the time is right to play Shubman Gill in TestsRediff.com30 Sep 2019
Former India wicketkeeper Ajay Ratra, who was Punjab's coach when Shubman Gill made his Ranji Trophy debut in 2017, believes the time is right to blood the youngster into the India's Test team
A champion plans to create Indian Olympic medallistsRediff.com30 Sep 2019
Triple Olympic gold medal winner and five-time World record holder Stephanie Rice reveals how she plans to get an Olympic medal for India in swimming in 2028.
Now, Conflict of Interest notice sent to Kapil Dev-led CACRediff.com28 Sep 2019
The Cricket Advisory Committee comprising Kapil Dev, Shantha Rangaswamy and Anshuman Gaekwad, who picked the current India coach have been to respond by October 10.