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  • Not the right time for 'Quit Dhoni' movement 19-08-2014 08:25 AM

    You change a captain on performance grounds in two cases: (a) if he continues to fail as a skipper after his appointment or (b) when a proven leader hits a downward slide, fails to lift the team out of the hole and there's someone capable waiting in the wings to...
  • IPL main cause of India's disgusting show: Bishen Singh Bedi 18-08-2014 03:52 PM

    Baffled by the meek surrender in England, former India skipper and left-arm spinner Bishen Singh Bedi says the Indian Premier League (IPL) is the main culprit behind the Test embarrassment India have suffered. A fierce critic of the IPL, spin-bowling great Bedi minced no words summarising India's shameful performance, saying...
  • India's selection woes worsen ahead of must-win Test 13-08-2014 08:33 AM

    India completely lost the plot and momentum after winning the second Test at Lord's and now find themselves in a do-or-die situation to draw the five-match Test series. It is hard to believe but the past can't be undone now, and India have to move forward. Going into the third...
  • Indians best players of spin - is that only a myth now? 12-08-2014 08:29 AM

    Nineteen wickets for a part-time offspinner selected primarily to bat in the middle order is nothing short of a slap on India's face. It's like England saying: "We don't need a Graeme Swann to handle you, Moeen Ali is more than enough." The bearded Englishman is smiling slyly at No....
  • How India can right their wrongs to save England series 11-08-2014 08:29 AM

    "A retired master car thief must come back to the industry and steal 50 cars with his crew in one night to save his brother's life." The plot for India to salvage lost pride in England is not as serious as the 2000 flick 'Gone in 60 seconds', but the...
  • Indian batsmen cut a sorry figure in Manchester 08-08-2014 08:17 AM

    One of the Twitter trends on Thursday afternoon read 'India 8/4'. While that indicated Test cricket was alive and kicking on social media, the word 'India' upset a lot of fans in the subcontinent who anticipated a fitting reply to the Englishmen but were served a meek surrender by the...
  • Live Score, 4th Test: India bat; Ashwin, Gambhir, Aaron in playing XI 07-08-2014 02:10 PM

    (For ball-by-ball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page) England face the welcome problem of dealing with the consequences of winning ahead of the fourth Test against India at Old Trafford. Victory by the huge margin of 266 runs in the third Test at Southampton last week saw...
  • Big challenge for Virat Kohli to bounce back 06-08-2014 11:52 AM

    It has happened to every great batsman who has played the game - slump in form. Presently, Virat Kohli is going through a bad patch but you can't exactly say that seeing the way he is timing the ball, which means his problem area borders around lack of judgement. The...
  • Rishi Dhawan looks back at his IPL-7 experience 04-08-2014 01:56 PM

    Pacer Rishi Dhawan contributed to Kings XI Punjab's success in season seven of the Indian Premier League 2014, where the Punjab franchise made it to the finals before losing to champions Kolkata Knight Riders. Though Dhawan - who represented Mumbai Indians last season - claimed only 13 wickets in 13...
  • India's worries before the 4th Test: injuries, selection, form 03-08-2014 08:05 AM

    The five-Test series, as was feared, has started taking its toll on India in England. It was the first time India were playing 25 days of Test cricket on a single tour for over a decade. And after three Tests, the injury list has been released. Ishant Sharma's ankle gave...
  • 3rd Test: England in control as India fight to save follow-on 29-07-2014 10:59 PM

    Indian batsmen failed to convert good starts into big innings as England took control of the third Test on day three, reducing India to 323 for 8 and in danger of following on after England's 569 for 7 declared. Murali Vijay (35), Cheteshwar Pujara (24), Virat Kohli (39) and Ajinkya...
  • Live Score: England bat, Ishant out injured, debut for Pankaj 27-07-2014 02:26 PM

    (For ball-by-ball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page) They have snatched the momentum with a brilliant show on the dreaded Lord's green-top and India's in-form cricketers would now aim to take an unassailable series lead against a demoralised England in the third Test starting here Sunday. The...
  • Jadeja found guilty in row with Anderson, fined by ICC 25-07-2014 03:07 PM

    London: Allrounder Ravindra Jadeja has been fined 50 per cent of his match fee by the ICC for his involvement in an incident with England paceman James Anderson during the first Test in Nottingham. "India's Ravindra Jadeja has been found guilty of a Level 1 breach of the ICC Code...
  • Gambhir, Dhawan in 'opening' battle for Southampton Test 25-07-2014 12:14 PM

    With opener Shikhar Dhawan's struggle against pace, bounce and swing extending to two Tests in England, the battle to partner Murali Vijay at the top is hotting up between two Delhi men Dhawan and Gautam Gambhir. Incidentally, Gambhir is one of the only four players who were part of India's...
  • Is Mahendra Singh Dhoni planning to quit Test cricket? 24-07-2014 08:20 AM

    Amid the euphoria of India's elusive win at Lord's in the second Test against England, a statement from skipper MS Dhoni got lost under a stockpile of statistics and Ishant Sharma carols. Dhoni, who once again masterminded a piece of history for India with a Test win at Lord's after...
  • 2014 Lord's win more special than 1986 23-07-2014 09:04 AM

    Winning the second Test of the ongoing series in England, Indian cricket's only second triumph at Lord's, has brought back memories of India's first Test win at the Home of Cricket in 1986 when the visitors beat the Englishmen by five wickets. Ishant Sharma's spell of 7 for 74 on...
  • Breathtaking Ishant takes life out of England for India's historic triumph 21-07-2014 07:51 PM

    We talk of a breathtaking fast-bowling display. We talk of bowlers intimidating batsmen. We talk of bowlers rattling a team up. We talk of bowlers at their best in Test cricket. We talk of champions coming up with their best when cornered. Each of the above fitted perfectly into a...
  • Rare Test success beckons India at Lord's 21-07-2014 10:39 AM

    If there are any Monday morning blues in the Lord's Test, they will be exclusively reserved for England who stare at the prospect of watching India celebrate a rare Test win. Six wickets away, India stand as firm favourites to repeat what they last did 28 years back in 1986...
  • Ajinkya Rahane saves India the blushes with a century at Lord's 18-07-2014 08:30 AM

    "I always said that when you come to a country, you want to play on a wicket that is the speciality of that country" - MS Dhoni's words reminded England what India dish out when they travel to the subcontinent. So the Home of Cricket, Lord's, didn't take time to...
  • ECB to lodge complaint against Jadeja, contest India's allegations 16-07-2014 12:36 PM

    On Tuesday, the International Cricket Council (ICC) charged England fast bowler James Anderson after India alleged and complained that he "abused and pushed" allrounder Ravindra Jadeja on day two of the drawn first Test in Nottingham. But the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has decided to contest the allegations....
  • Dhoni's quandary: Five bowlers or seven batsmen for Lord's 16-07-2014 08:29 AM

    Playing Stuart Binny almost backfired at Trent Bridge. Until the fifth day of the Test, India seemed to be playing with 10 men, with Binny hardly in the picture. Then came the debutant's 'Special Appearance', and the credits rolled smoothly for MS Dhoni's script. When Dhoni handed Binny his Test...
  • 1st Test: England fight their way to 352/9 on Day 3, trail India by 105 11-07-2014 11:00 PM

    Dogged resistance by Joe Root and England's late order helped the hosts recover from a precarious 205 for 7 to reach 352/9 at stumps on day three to blunt the effort of Indian pacers and cut down the visitors lead to 105. A six-wicket burst by India, thanks to Bhuvneshwar...
  • Record tenth-wicket stand between Bhuvneshwar and Shami put India in control 11-07-2014 08:41 AM

    Who said Indian bowlers won't do well in England! They got off to a fantastic start to the England tour on Thursday, what if with the bat. England openers Alastair Cook and Sam Robson were probably planning their innings when, after losing 4 wickets for 2 runs following lunch, Indian...
  • Vijay justifies Gambhir's exclusion with a century at Trent Bridge 10-07-2014 08:25 AM

    There were some whispers on the social media when India unveiled their team sheet at the toss in Nottingham on Wednesday. "Why is Gambhir not in the eleven for the first Test?" said one. "How can Dhoni prefer Vijay over Gambhir? For what has Gauti been recalled," another post read....
  • Revenge and redemption embody India's England tour opener 08-07-2014 11:56 PM

    There was brouhaha about India's last England tour. The 2000th Test coincided with the 100th between the two nations, hence the commotion. At the end of that tour in 2011, there was stillness in the Indian camp - the visitors stood immobile, heads hanging. On the other side of the...
  • India in England: Will Rahul Dravid's words do the magic? 07-07-2014 01:40 PM

    Many have carried cricket's hallowed 'gentleman' tag with grace but very few come close to the sanctity Rahul Dravid maintained in his distinguished career. Dravid embodies 'team before self', and though the testimony to that (declaring with Tendulkar not out on 194) isn't acknowledged in most aficionado courtrooms, there can't...
  • Moment of reckoning for Cheteshwar Pujara in England 03-07-2014 09:37 AM

    Ever since Rahul Dravid hung his boots after India's disastrous tour of Australia in 2011-12, Cheteshwar Pujara has taken over the role of the coveted number 3 position in the Test team. Because of his batting position and his success in the longer format, the man whose spot he endeavours...
  • Excited to play alongside Robin Uthappa and Manoj Tiwary: Rajat Paliwal 03-07-2014 09:23 AM

    Last year, Rajat Paliwal, one of the prolific middle-order batsman in the Services team, made it to the India A squad against West Indies A and became the first player from Services to get a national call-up in 15 years. The 22-year-old continued his good run in the 2013-14 Ranji...
  • Ishant Sharma: Leader of the attack or a worry? 02-07-2014 09:33 AM

    Taking 20 wickets is often set as a marker to win Test matches, and a decent pace attack is expected to do that in helpful English conditions. That's precisely what could decide India's fortunes in the Test series against England, beginning July 9. Most of the pre-series build-up has been...
  • Odds heavily stacked against India in England 01-07-2014 12:24 PM

    India haven't won an overseas Test for over three years now, and the record at their latest destination - England - doesn't ooze much confidence to right that wrong. In fact, the odds are heavily loaded against the visitors. A five-Test series is almost an alien term for all the...