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  • Full Text: VVS Laxman delivers the MAK Pataudi Lecture 12-11-2014 11:22 PM

    Addressing the Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi memorial lecture organised by the Board of Control for Cricket in India on Wednesday at the Eden Gardens, former India middle-order batsman VVS Laxman voiced his opinions on the core issues that affect Indian and Test cricket. Read the full transcript here: Good evening...
  • Rahul Dravid backs Virat Kohli to take over Test captaincy from MS Dhoni 12-11-2014 04:54 PM

    Former India skipper Rahul Dravid feels it will be a great opportunity for Virat Kohli to prove himself as a Test skipper in the first Test against Australia at Brisbane. Kohli has been named captain for the opening Test of the tour Down Under, starting December 4, in the absence...
  • As it happened: Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe, 3rd Test, Day 1 12-11-2014 08:39 AM

    (For ball-by-ball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page) TOSS: Bangladesh opted to bat against Zimbabwe at Chittagong Playing XIs: Zimbabwe: Sikandar Raza, Brian Chari, Hamilton Masakadza, Brendan Taylor(capt), Craig Ervine, Elton Chigumbura, Regis Chakabva(wk), Tinashe Panyangara, Natsai Mushangwe, Richmond Mutumbami, Shingirai Masakadza Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes,...
  • Is it end of road for Sehwag, Gambhir and Zaheer? 11-11-2014 03:29 PM

    Continuing to overlook senior statesmen Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Zaheer Khan for the Test tour of Australia, the Indian selectors seemed to have sent the final hint to the three men in the twilight of their cricket career. Sehwag, who last played a Test in March 2013, has been...
  • As it happened: Pakistan vs New Zealand, 1st Test, Day 3 11-11-2014 10:58 AM

    (For ball-by-ball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page) Day two roundup: Ahmed Shehzad hit a career-best 176 while Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq struck unbeaten centuries before Pakistan declared their first innings on 566 for three wickets in the first Test against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi on...
  • Meet India's new would-be Test cricketers - KL Rahul and Karn Sharma 10-11-2014 05:02 PM

    KL Rahul and Karn Sharma's hard work and prayers have been answered. The Karnataka wicket-keeper batsman and the Uttar Pradesh legspinner will be on the flight to Australia later this month for India's four-Test tour. Rahul, who considers Dravid as his icon, is talked of highly by 'The Wall' himself,...
  • Rohit back, Dhawan rested for remaining two ODIs against Sri Lanka 10-11-2014 04:10 PM

    The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday announced the team for the last two ODIs against Sri Lanka to be held in Kolkata (November 13) and Ranchi (November 16), giving in-form batsman Shikhar Dhawan and allrounder Ravindra Jadeja the much-needed rest, while dropping wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha...
  • KL Rahul, Naman Ojha, Karn Sharma included in India's Test squad for Australia 10-11-2014 04:02 PM

    India captain MS Dhoni will miss the first Test on the tour of Australia due to injury while Karnataka's in-form young opener KL Rahul, talented Railways legspinner Karn Sharma and Madhya Pradesh wicketkeeper batsman Naman Ojha have made it to India's 19-member Test squad for the four-Test tour. Dhoni has...
  • SC adjourns hearing on Mukul Mudgal IPL spot-fixing report to November 14 10-11-2014 03:23 PM

    The Supreme Court has adjourned the hearing on Justice Mudgal Committee report on the Indian Premier League spot-fixing to November 14. The judges have not read the report yet. According to sources, N Srinivasan is ready to contest elections for the post of BCCI president. Srinivasan is ready with three...
  • As it happened: Pakistan vs New Zealand, 1st Test, Day 2 10-11-2014 12:06 PM

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Day one roundup: Ahmed Shehzad hit a spirited unbeaten century and shared a record-breaking opening stand of 178 with Mohammad Hafeez to steer Pakistan to a commanding 269 for 1 at stumps on the first day of the first...
  • IPL Scandal: Will Mudgal committee report be an eyewash or eye opener? 10-11-2014 08:16 AM

    The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the IPL spot-fixing case on Monday after the Justice Mukul Mudgal-led committee probing the case submitted its final report on November 3, but will it be an eye opener or an eyewash? The sealed envelope in possession of the court could lay bare...
  • 3rd ODI: Dhawan, Umesh lead India's series-clinching win over Sri Lanka 09-11-2014 09:12 PM

    Sri Lanka once again kneeled in front of India's domination on Sunday, losing the third ODI by six wickets and with it the chance to stay alive in the series, which India now lead with a winning 3-0 margin. The ODI champions continued in the ruthless fashion promised by skipper...
  • As it happened: Australia vs South Africa, 3rd T20 09-11-2014 01:36 PM

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Australia have won the toss and have opted to field against South Africa. T20 series is level at 1-1. Teams: South Africa (Playing XI): Reeza Hendricks, Quinton de Kock(w), Rilee Rossouw, Jean-Paul Duminy(c), David Miller, Farhaan Behardien, David Wiese,...
  • As it happened: India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI 09-11-2014 12:43 PM

    (For ball-by-ball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page) After Umesh Yadav's 4 wickets restricted Sri Lanka to 242, Dhawan (91) and Kohli (53) struck played knocks to give India 3-0 lead in the 5-match series. Preview: Having taken a comfortable 2-0 lead, a confident India will look...
  • As it happened: Pakistan vs New Zealand, 1st Test, Day 1 09-11-2014 10:50 AM

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Pakistan have won the toss and have opted to bat first against New Zealand in the first Test. Pakistan went in with the same eleven that defeated Australia last week. Meanwhile, Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson were declared fit...
  • When Arjun punched his friend at school for blaming dad Sachin Tendulkar 08-11-2014 12:07 PM

    While the life of celebrities looks all rosy from outside, it really isn't true. One example of that is how their children cope with the pressure of being celebrity kids. And Sachin Tendulkar's son, Arjun, is no exception. When India failed to cross the group stage for an early exit...
  • Will Kumar Sangakkara break Sachin Tendulkar's world record? 07-11-2014 02:44 PM

    Sri Lanka's batting legend Kumar Sangakkara scored his 87th ODI half-century in the second match against India on Thursday, and is now only nine behind Sachin Tendulkar's world record of 96 ODI fifties. While scoring 61 in the game that the Lankans in the end lost by six wickets, Sangakkara...
  • As it happened: Australia vs South Africa, 2nd T20 07-11-2014 01:33 PM

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) After Faulkner's 3/25 restricted South Africa to a paltry 101, skipper Finch led Australia's reply with 44* for an easy 7-wicket win to level series 1-1. PLAYING XIs: AUSTRALIA: Cameron White, Aaron Finch (c), Shane Watson, Glenn Maxwell, Ben...
  • Life has come full circle for ton-up Ambati Rayudu 07-11-2014 09:50 AM

    Banned for participation in the rebellion T20 league, given amnesty years later, worked hard to earn India colours and now owner of an ODI century - life indeed came full circle for Ambati Rayudu on Thursday evening. Promoted to bat up the order at No. 3 by skipper Virat Kohli,...
  • As it happened: Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe, 2nd Test, Day 5 07-11-2014 08:56 AM

    (For ball-by-ball updates, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Shakib's match haul of 10 wickets plus a century helped Bangladesh thump Zimbabwe by 162 runs and win series 2-0. Day 4 Round-up: All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan followed his century with a five-wicket haul as Bangladesh pushed for victory...
  • 2nd ODI: India hammer Sri Lanka with Ambati Rayudu blitz 06-11-2014 09:21 PM

    India's batting dominance and penchant for successful chases continued in the second ODI against Sri Lanka on Thursday, as Ambati Rayudu celebrated his maiden ODI century to give India a 2-0 lead in the five-match series. Sri Lanka's competitive 274 looked minuscule in front of Rayudu's belligerence, who was promoted...
  • As it happened: India vs Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI 06-11-2014 12:51 PM

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) PLAYING XIs: INDIA: Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli (c), Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Akshar Patel, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma SRI LANKA: Kusal Perera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Mahela Jayawardene, Angelo...
  • I want people to know what my life has been: Sachin Tendulkar 05-11-2014 07:51 PM

    The much-awaited release of Sachin Tendulkar's autobiography 'Playing It My Way' took place in Mumbai on Wednesday as the most celebrated cricketer in history marked the occasion with this warm comment: "I want people to know what my life has been." If anybody, it's Sachin who every cricket fan would...
  • Sachin Tendulkar's autobiography 'Playing It My Way' officially released 05-11-2014 07:42 PM

    Sachin Tendulkar's tell-all autobiography 'Playing It My Way' was officially launched on Tuesday - ending the wait of cricket fraternity and fans around the globe. The gala event took place in Sachin's hometown Mumbai after he offered the first copy of the book to his mother - similar to the...
  • Snapshot: Virat Kohli's cake-up on his 26th birthday 05-11-2014 02:32 PM

    India's most promising batsman in the current era celebrated his 26th birthday in the company of his team-mates, who offered enough cake to the birthday boy. Virat Kohli with team-mate Suresh Raina after the former\'s birthday celebrations ...
  • As it happened: Australia vs South Africa, 1st T20I 05-11-2014 01:41 PM

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) TOSS: Australia won the toss and opted to bat. PLAYING XIs: Australia: Aaron Finch (c), Cameron White, Shane Watson, Ben Dunk (wk), Nathan Reardon, James Faulkner, Ben Cutting, Pat Cummins, Kane Richardson, Cameron Boyce, Doug Bollinger South Africa: Quinton...
  • Will match-fixing saga be part of Sachin Tendulkar's autobiography to be released today? 05-11-2014 11:07 AM

    Appetite well whetted, cricketing world awaits the release of Sachin Tendulkar's autobiography 'Playing It My Way'. And considering the batting icons no-holds-barred approach in the excerpts released so far, it could open a can of worms - including the 2000 match-fixing saga. Sachin's words have riled up some in a...
  • As it happened: Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe, 2nd Test, Day 3 05-11-2014 09:11 AM

    Hamilton Masakadza (154*) and Chakabva (75*) added 142 runs for the sixth wicket to take Zim to 331/5 at stumps on Day 3 in response to Bangladesh's 433. (For ball-by-ball updates, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Zimbabwe batted cautiously to reach 53 for 1 at stumps in...
  • Laxman slams Chappell, backs Tendulkar's claims 04-11-2014 06:37 PM

    New Delhi: Former India batsman VVS Laxman slammed Greg Chappell and said the controversial ex-India coach had taken Indian cricket backwards during his two-year tenure as the national coach. "Chappell took Indian cricket backwards," Laxman said when asked to describe Chappell's tumultuous stint as coach from 2005 to 2007. Reacting...
  • Sachin Tendulkar reveals, Dravid says no comments, Chappell denies 04-11-2014 02:27 PM

    Cricket's Zen master, who never let anyone breach his zone while batting in the middle, has riled up many with his words that he chose to either keep to himself or used very carefully during his playing days. The launch of Sachin Tendulkar's autobiography 'Playing It My Way' is only...