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  • World Cup 2015 Team Profile: Scotland, Afghanistan hope to be at top of their game 31-01-2015 04:07 PM

    Minnows have, since 1996, been there at every ICC event trying to put their best foot forward on the biggest platforms of all. Without a doubt, for them, it's more getting the first feel of travelling first-class, so next time they know the do's and don'ts of it. But history...
  • World Cup 2015: Who are the men with best all-round skills 30-01-2015 01:24 PM

    From Mohinder Amarnath's legendary performance in 1983 World Cup to Yuvraj Singh's brilliance in the 2011 edition, the importance of allrounders in one-day cricket and World Cups cannot be undermined. Most teams in the modern era give particular emphasis on having more players who can do well with both bat...
  • Tri-series: India seek first win in a no-brainer at Perth 29-01-2015 04:59 PM

    Australia, bad form, injuries, experiments, England, bad weather. India have fought all sort of enemies for over the last two months Down Under. But what their battles are yet to yield is a win. And if that objective is achieved against England at the WACA on Friday, along will come...
  • India's five worries ahead of England shootout 28-01-2015 05:12 PM

    It's a no-brainer for India and England. A simple equation. Win and go through to play Australia in the final. The two teams, however, took opposite routes to set up a straight shootout. England beat India fair and square in their first meeting, while India, having lost two games in...
  • India vs Pakistan minus Sachin Tendulkar - a first in World Cup history 28-01-2015 08:26 AM

    If it took you time to digest not seeing that diminutive figure crouching and looking up at the sun or into the flood lights on his way to the middle - then February 15 will be even tougher. For the first time in ICC World Cup history, Sachin Tendulkar will...
  • Narine pulls the trigger before World Cup, withdraws from West Indies squad 27-01-2015 09:34 PM

    West Indies mystery spinner Sunil Narine has decided to pull out of the country's squad for the next month's World Cup to be played in Australia and New Zealand. This comes as a big blow for the West Indian team as Narine was an integral part of the Windies attack...
  • For some, World Cup 2015 may end up as a swan song 27-01-2015 02:48 PM

    Since the first edition in 1975 to the last in 2011, the cricket World Cup has always served as the biggest platform for each participating teams and their players to showcase their talent. From Clive Lloyd lifting the Cup in 1975 to Mahendra Singh Dhoni's trophy-clinching six at the Wankhede...
  • World Cup 2015: Top ten surprise packages 27-01-2015 10:59 AM

    Whenever a big cricket tournament, especially a World Cup, starts, we pick our favourite players who we think will perform well in the event. Many of the top players, as expected, do well to take their teams to win matches or even win the Championship. But there are also a...
  • Ishant, Jadeja in line to return for must-win Australia clash 25-01-2015 02:58 PM

    India's tour Down Under has gone from bad to worse as the visitors have lost all their matches so far in the Carlton Mid tri-series. Consequently, the match on Monday against Australia at the SCG turns out be a must-win game for them. Bowling let India down in the first...
  • Adam Gilchrist, Jack Ryder to be inducted into the Aus Hall of Fame 25-01-2015 10:00 AM

    Sydney: Celebrated wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist and late former captain and selector Jack Ryder will be inducted into Australian Cricket Hall of Fame at the annual Allan Border Medal ceremony on January 27. "Former Australian wicketkeeping great Adam Gilchrist and former Australian captain and selector Jack Ryder will be inducted into...
  • Will the hosts once again win the cricket World Cup? Most likely 25-01-2015 07:49 AM

    As we come closer to the World Cup, all the teams are busy sorting their permutations and combinations. Every World Cup brings with it a bank of surprises that opens up the tournament, but this one is all set to get a notch higher as there are no clear favourites...
  • Can Pakistan break the India jinx at World Cup 2015? 24-01-2015 04:26 PM

    March 4, 1992, Sydney: India beat Pakistan by 43 runs March 9, 1996, Bangalore: India beat Pakistan by 39 runs June 8, 1999, Manchester: India beat Pakistan by 47 runs March 1, 2003, Centurion: India beat Pakistan by 6 wickets March 30, 2011, Chandigarh: India beat Pakistan by 29 runs...
  • World Cup 2015: The men who can turn a game on its head 24-01-2015 11:56 AM

    Form is temporary, class is permanent. The real class of a player shows in situations where he can turn in a mach-winning performance when the team is in trouble. The World Cup has been witness to many such performances and no doubt the 2015 edition will see some more. These...
  • Virat Kohli should bat at four if team wants, says Viv Richards 24-01-2015 10:45 AM

    Sydney: Virat Kohli's form may have taken a hit since dropping to number four in the batting order, but West Indian legend Sir Viv Richards feels the marauding cricketer should continue in the position if that is what the Indian team requires. The Men in Blue are currently involved in...
  • World Cup 2015: Top 10 batsmen who can set the stage ablaze 23-01-2015 10:47 AM

    In modern day cricket, ODIs have become a batsman's game. With scores over 300 being chased down easily and batsmen breaking records for fastest 50s and 100s and scoring double-centuries in ODIs, it looks like this World Cup may also follow the trend, though bowlers will surely disagree with that....
  • Five questions after SC indicts Srinivasan, Meiyappan, Kundra in IPL Scandal 22-01-2015 11:27 PM

    In a scathing indictment of the BCCI-president-in-exile N Srinivasan, the Supreme Court on Thursday came down hard on him and barred him from contesting the Indian cricket board's next elections. Delivering its verdict in the Indian Premier League spot-fixing case, the apex court also ruled Chennai Super Kings team principal...
  • Judgement Day: Srinivasan, CSK await SC verdict in IPL spot-fixing case 22-01-2015 09:44 AM

    Sports is a precarious profession, marked by competitive labour as players are quick to pounce on the limited tenure of contracts that come their way. The Indian Premier League (IPL) is a prime example of one such world that exists, taking most of us by surprise as fans tend to...
  • Are India's World Cup experiments killing Virat Kohli's form? 21-01-2015 06:29 PM

    Some time back, October 2013 to be precise, Mahendra Singh Dhoni's 'Vision World Cup' had Suresh Raina batting for India at No. 4. That was, in fact, part of a contingency plan - just in case Yuvraj Singh isn't there for India's title defence. Yuvraj is now actually not there,...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs West Indies, 3rd ODI 21-01-2015 04:28 PM

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page.) Toss: West Indies won the toss and opted to bat first. Teams: South Africa: HM Amla, RR Rossouw, F du Plessis, AB de Villiers*, JP Duminy, DA Miller, F Behardien, VD Philander, DW Steyn, M Morkel, Imran Tahir West...
  • Will the cricket World Cup stay in the subcontinent? 21-01-2015 12:25 PM

    The World Cup has over the years been cricket's apex tournament, an event that provides a platform to all deserving teams, regardless of their socio-economic classification, to showcase their strength on the game's biggest stage. Since its inception in 1975, the World Cup has come a long way to make...
  • Indian bowlers impressed but worries remain 19-01-2015 08:22 AM

    MS Dhoni will have to dig deep to tidy things up on India's bowling front after Sunday's defeat to Australia in the Carlton Mid Tri-series highlighted white-ball worries. India's bowlers first faltered and then regrouped to stage recovery, but left it too late to get back in contention for a...
  • India's opening woes sorted, at one end 18-01-2015 02:32 PM

    Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina switched to ODIs in Australia like fish to water after a forgettable Test series, but Shikhar Dhawan lost another round in his battle with bad form, which left one end of India's opening for World Cup sorted and the other still in doubt. India ignored...
  • India's World Cup plans set for dry run in tri-series 17-01-2015 11:06 AM

    There's not much left to harp on. The final 15s have been announced and teams are now in calculation phase to arrive at a formula that will work best for them in the World Cup. Defending ODI champions, India, enter that phase on Sunday when they take on their Carlton...
  • For Duncan Fletcher, India on course to defend World Cup 16-01-2015 04:13 PM

    If India can win the Champions Trophy in England, then why not the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand: that's precisely what adds conviction to India coach Duncan Fletcher's belief that his boys can defend the Cup they won at home four years ago. India, despite being up and...
  • Answered! Why is Stuart Binny in India's World Cup squad? 16-01-2015 12:58 PM

    Why is Stuart Binny in India's World Cup squad? The answer to this most-asked question over the past fortnight is here. Binny's name in BCCI's final 15 for its World Cup defence made as much noise as Yuvraj Singh's exclusion. For some, Robin Uthappa would have been a better choice,...
  • Tri-series: India, Australia, England begin World Cup preps 14-01-2015 08:13 AM

    We have almost had everything in the last month and half, starting with the untimely demise of Phillip Hughes to Mahendra Singh Dhoni calling it a day in the longer format of the game. Cricket completed a full circle of life as the Test series ended with emergence of a...
  • ICC World Cup 2015: Top 10 surprise inclusions 12-01-2015 08:07 AM

    A thrilling Test series filled with drama and tension with the visiting captain retiring and the Aussie skipper falling prey to another hamstring injury was just the beginning of the Australian summer as the world warms up to the ICC World Cup which comes every four years. The Cup has...
  • Chris Gayle gears up for World Cup with six-hitting spectacle 12-01-2015 12:02 AM

    Test cricket is the supreme test of technique and character and T20's are a bowler's nightmare with short boundaries and big willows. And when Chris Gayle is in his own zone in the shortest format of the game, he is a known marauder with a devil-may-care attitude towards bowlers. South...
  • ICC World Cup 2015 squads: Big players who have been left out 11-01-2015 04:47 PM

    With just 33 days left to the opening game of the 11th ICC World Cup, all 14 teams have submitted their final squads with the ICC with Australia and West Indies rounding off a week of anticipation that left some of the big names biting the dust. Leading the list...
  • India in Australia: Consistent Kohli's inconsistent India falters again 11-01-2015 09:05 AM

    A Test series win in Australia still remains a pipe dream for India as once again a tour Down Under has gone by where the visitors were caught napping, crouching and fighting for their survival on an occasion which was apt to take home the Border-Gavaskar trophy with the opposition...