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  • Pacers finally get going at Gabba to throw 2nd Test open 18-12-2014 07:09 PM

    There are few things more joyous for a cricket fan than to wake up early in the morning to a Test match in Australia. Given the history at the Gabba and the way Test matches have panned out over the years, it makes it even more intriguing. The Indians made...
  • SC to examine validity of BCCI's rule 6.2.4 permitting conflict of interest 15-12-2014 04:12 PM

    The Supreme Court on Monday hit the nail on the head by making it clear that BCCI's rule 6.2.4 under which conflict of interest is permissible will be examined and the court will also determine the validity of the same. BCCI has already found itself in a lot of trouble...
  • Virat Kohli, the shame was not yours 14-12-2014 08:13 AM

    Cricket has this unique ability of showering all the accolades in the world and making you look like an emperor when you are barely a prince. Precisely, the way Virat Kohli must be feeling right now as the stage was set for a grand debut as a Test captain but,...
  • Verbal spat, belligerent Warner and gyrate Lyon spice up Adelaide Test 12-12-2014 06:26 PM

    The Indian batting led by Virat Kohli was good enough to save the follow-on but just when a lot of Indian fans were queuing up to watch a "Rohit Sharma Special", as most us would like from him, India succumbed to a total well short of Australia on Day 4...
  • Kohli, Pujara give befitting reply to Australia's mammoth total 11-12-2014 05:26 PM

    The first two days of the Brisbane Test saw Australia take matters in their own hands and dominate the proceedings. The start of Day 3 was not much of a surprise as the hosts declared overnight at 517 for 7 and the Indian openers had their work cut out with...
  • Persistent rain, brawny Clarke and elegant Smith were the talking points of Day 2 10-12-2014 06:17 PM

    A day which had the potential to be an intriguing contest between bat and ball turned out to be a day dominated by rain, poor bowling and brilliant batsmanship as the Indians chased leather for most part of the day. Play resumed ten minutes late due to overnight rain and...
  • Karn's inclusion beyond debate, Warner proves his class once again 09-12-2014 02:35 PM

    Adelaide Oval, for some reason has always produced great batting-friendly conditions and the first Test match between Australia and India was no different. The pitch looked dry and with the sun beating down, whatever moisture there was early on vanished very quickly. Michal Clarke won the toss and elected to...
  • Warner pays tribute to 'friend' Hughes with a classy ton in Adelaide 09-12-2014 12:59 PM

    David Warner paid tribute to his friend and team-mate Phillip Hughes, by scoring a scintillating century against India in the first Test in Adelaide. Warner blasted a quickfire century off 106 balls, firing up an emotional Adelaide Oval crowd after solemn tributes to Hughes. Warner, who was present when Hughes...
  • For India, slip catching as important as scoring runs in Australia 08-12-2014 12:01 PM

    While a lot of us talk about batting, great bowling or a brilliant piece of fielding, most of us even forget to credit a slip fielder for taking a catch. Just like there are no free lunches in this world, there are no easy slip catches and what makes it...
  • India in Australia: No love lost in this modern-day rivalry 08-12-2014 10:43 AM

    There is no love lost when it is India vs Australia. On-field animosity goes up a few notches, exchange of words is never pleasant, heated moments are way too regular and sarcasm from close-in fielders is at its best to make the Australian summer more scorching. It's not just the...
  • Coming out of transition phase, India must begin well in Australia 07-12-2014 10:53 AM

    A tour to Australia, for more than a couple of decades, has had its own share of importance, throwing up characters that go on to make or break their careers. So it's not a riddle that every Indian team travelling to Australia has been put to the sternest of tests,...
  • Will India find their next 'Fab Four' in Australia? 07-12-2014 08:14 AM

    You never know the value of what you have till you lose it. Similarly, we only got to know how blessed our country was to have gems like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman to be playing at the same time till they called time on their...
  • India tour of Australia: a brief history 06-12-2014 11:38 AM

    India's dream of winning a Test series in Australia hasn't fulfilled yet. They have toured Australia 10 times but never returned home with the trophy. Here is a look-back at India's performance in Australia from 1947 to 2012. 1947-48: India's first experience on the Australian soil came when the Lala...
  • Moment of reckoning in Australia for Suresh Raina 06-12-2014 08:34 AM

    Rivalries are born, they never die. One such rivalry is India versus Australia - one of the most celebrated in international cricket. When they play, the world sits and takes notice. But it hasn't been an ideal setting for the next edition of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. The tragic death of...
  • Yuvraj Singh, the 2011 hero, has played his last World Cup 05-12-2014 07:40 AM

    He knew it might happen but would take it down the hard way. It surely won't be easy for Yuvraj, the man who was the toast of the nation for his fiery presence on the field and had the whole nation rally behind him when fighting a deadly illness. But...
  • India in Australia: No. 6, third pacer up for debate after first tour game 26-11-2014 08:27 AM

    India had a decent workout during their first two days in office on the tour of Australia. Every bowler deployed got among wickets, India bowled out the opponents and then the batting unit had a good hit with five of them scoring half-centuries. Albeit the visitors faced a Cricket Australia...
  • Tour Game: India allay bowling worries by knocking over CA XI 24-11-2014 03:55 PM

    Not usually do you see Indians high-fiving on the opening day of a cricket tour to Australia. But the Gliderol Stadium in Adelaide saw that, as Indian bowlers left Monday morning blues in bed and turned up for work in style. In an ideal scenario, India would have wanted their...
  • When Rahul Dravid's two-minute pep talk changed KL Rahul's life 19-11-2014 09:24 AM

    It was an Under-13 tournament when a skinny Lokesh Rahul came across his childhood hero Rahul Dravid whose tips changed the Karnataka batsman's life, recollects the youngster's coach Samuel Jayaraj. Karnataka State Cricket Association coach Jayaraj saw an 11-year-old Rahul bat for the first time at the cricket academy in...
  • India in fine shape for World Cup title defence 17-11-2014 04:35 PM

    An ODI series that had the potential to be a closely contested one turned out to be a horribly one-sided battle where the winner was decided even before the rubber was over. The Sri Lankans, who were asked to pack their bags for India in the eleventh hour and in...
  • 5th ODI: No. 1 again, India press for 5-0 Sri Lankan whitewash 16-11-2014 09:20 AM

    A series which has gone in India's favour right from the beginning does not promise much of a contest in the final ODI at Ranchi on Sunday, apart from a few personal milestones and changes in the top half of the ICC ODI rankings. India have already overtaken No. 1...
  • 4th ODI: Rampant Rohit Sharma powers India to a 153-run win over Sri Lanka 13-11-2014 09:19 PM

    Kolkata: India rode on Rohit Sharma's great double-century in the fourth ODI to get past a hapless Sri Lanka, who were found wanting all throughout the match. Virat Kohli won the toss and made some changes which were pretty much expected in the line-up after Team India pocketed the series...
  • Series won, India look to test the bench in 4th ODI against Sri Lanka 13-11-2014 08:25 AM

    As the India-Sri Lanka battle shifts to Eden Gardens, the hosts, having pocketed the series with a hat-trick of wins, would look to continue their dominance and climb up the ladder in the ICC rankings while giving the bench-warmers an opportunity to showcase their skills. At the present moment India...
  • India's Test squad for Australia: all bases covered 11-11-2014 09:00 AM

    A tour of Australia brings with it a fair bit of mystery filled with a tinge of romance, as where else do you find sea-gulls flocking around at the end of the boundary ropes, so what if it has an equitable share of carnage with some players returning with a...
  • 3rd ODI: India odds-on favourites against out-of-sorts Lankans 09-11-2014 08:06 AM

    A series that had the potential to be a closely contested one had so far been a major disappointment, after all it is a contest between the World Cup finalists, but India have looked a side that can win against Sri Lanka even while sleep-walking. The Lankan team, boasting the...
  • As it happened: Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe, 2nd Test, Day 4 06-11-2014 09:07 AM

    Fifties by Mominul (54) and Mahmudullah (63*) helped Bangladesh overcome Waller's late strikes to reach 201/5 in their 2nd innings at stumps on Day 4. (For ball-by-ball updates, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Day 3 Round-up: Hamilton Masakadza (154*) and Chakabva (75*) added 142 runs for the...
  • 1st ODI: India, Sri Lanka begin BCCI's damage control 02-11-2014 08:03 AM

    Cricket fans from India and Sri Lanka are in the know of most things when their teams are pitted against each other. SWAT analysis is not the exclusive property of experts in these encounters, thanks to the frequent dinners these two host for each other. This series, though, was planned...
  • England is past now, hoping for Australia selection: Pankaj Singh 01-11-2014 07:57 AM

    The summer of 2014 in England was nothing less than a nightmare for Pankaj Singh but the lanky pacer wants to bury the ghost and aim for better results. Conceding runs at a canter before taking his first Test wicket during the England tour earlier this year still haunts the...
  • Comparisons with Rahul Dravid egg me on: KL Rahul 31-10-2014 10:22 AM

    Known for his sound technique and calm demeanour on the crease reminiscent of the legendary Rahul Dravid, KL Rahul is making all the right moves for an India call-up but doesn't allow that affect his focus on scoring runs, which he displayed with a century on Thursday in the Duleep...
  • In case you missed, Virat Kohli has broken Sachin Tendulkar's record 20-10-2014 11:52 AM

    Every Indian fan was waiting for Virat Kohli to return to the kind of form that has earned him the tag of 'run machine', and after showing signs of it with a half-century against West Indies, India's most promising match-winner confirmed regaining his prolific touch with a century - the...
  • 4th ODI: India pocket series 2-1 after West Indies abandon tour 17-10-2014 10:32 PM

    Virat Kohli struck a magnificent 127 as India cruised to a 59-run win over the West Indies in Dharamsala on Friday and sealed the ODI series 2-1 after the visitors dramatically pulled out of the remainder of the tour due to an ongoing payment dispute between the WICB (West Indies...