Jamie Alter

  • Zimbabwe end 12-year drought with epic Test win 14-09-2013 08:17 PM

    You didn't have to be a fan of Zimbabwean cricket to be moved to emotion when Prosper Utseya collected the ball at the nonstriker's end and broke the stumps to run out Pakistan's last man Rahat Ali off the last ball of the 81st over of an unforgettable Test match....
  • Zimbabwe end 12-year drought with epic Test win 14-09-2013 05:36 PM

    You didn't have to be a fan of Zimbabwean cricket to be moved to emotion when Prosper Utseya collected the ball at the nonstriker's end and broke the stumps to run out Pakistan's last man Rahat Ali off the last ball of the 81st over of an unforgettable Test match....
  • My time will come, I'm confident of it: Manoj Tiwary 30-08-2013 09:27 AM

    Injuries and bad luck seem to be synonymous with Bengal batsman Manoj Tiwary. He narrowly missed out on a Test debut in 2007 when he injured his shoulder during fielding practice in Bangladesh. He has suffered wrist, back and knee injuries side strains, each time when it seemed he was...
  • Gambhir's Essex woes and Indians in county cricket 29-08-2013 08:36 AM

    Gautam Gambhir's attempt to impress the national selectors with runs scored in county cricket has so far not gone as planned, with scores of 31, 21, 2 and 0...
  • Dhawan-Rohit combo proving a good fit in ODIs 22-08-2013 11:26 AM

    While India's latest opening pair in ODI cricket has yet to be tested consistently by quality teams across varied conditions, they have put up numbers in a short span of time that demand attention. Considering the selectors and team management are building a team for the 2015 World Cup, and...
  • 'The Great Tamasha' is an engaging chronicle of rising India 19-08-2013 07:59 PM

    James Astill, the political editor of The Economist and former bureau chief in New Delhi, is a big cricket fan. That is palpable from reading the first few pages of his latest book, The Great Tamasha: Cricket, Corruption and the Turbulent Rise of Modern India, in which he likens himself...
  • India must revive its relationship with county cricket

    Spin, Bounce and Turn |  Jamie Alter
    Suddenly, in the space of a couple days, three Indian cricketers have been linked with county cricket deals. It is very rare in Indian cricket,...

  • 50-overs prize won, but India A's test starts now 16-08-2013 12:38 PM

    India A winning the limited-overs triangular series last week was an achievement to be applauded, but the two unofficial Test matches against South Africa A are what the selectors will watch closely, for two reasons. One, they will hope that the Test specialists adapt to the conditions and two, they...
  • Red-hot Shikhar Dhawan burning up the charts 16-08-2013 08:56 AM

    Here's a telling statistic: in the history of ODI cricket, only one batsman has aggregated more runs after 19 innings than India's latest batting star, Shikhar Dhawan. That is statistical evidence not just of how strong an impact Dhawan has made but also of the rich vein of form he...
  • Two years since Test dethroning, India on the right path 13-08-2013 08:18 AM

    Two years ago to the day, August 13 2011, India surrendered their No 1 Test ranking to England with an innings-and-42-run defeat at Edgbaston. It was a defeat that left the team hurting. How many saw it coming? Edgbaston was followed by another innings defeat at The Oval, which made...
  • India A tour could be make-or-break for Rohit Sharma 08-08-2013 01:04 PM

    Few Indian cricketers have polarised the fans like Sourav Ganguly, but the way his international career graph has shaped and the way its heading, Rohit Sharma could come close. He has played more ODIs than any other India batsman without facing the red ball at international level, 102 to be...
  • India A tour of SA: Presenting the 16-man squad 07-08-2013 09:12 AM

    India A, led by Cheteshwar Pujara, will start their tour of South Africa in earnest when they play their first one-dayer, against Australia A, on Thursday in Pretoria. The tour, which runs from August 8-27, will act as an audition of sorts for several members of the 16-man squad considering...
  • Positives, but Zimbabwe sweep isn't huge for India 05-08-2013 04:40 PM

    While India's 5-0 sweep of Zimbabwe - their first such series result outside of home - is reason to celebrate, not a lot should be read into the success that Virat Kohli's side achieved on tour. India were always favourites to win in Zimbabwe against a side that had not...
  • Report card: Mohit, Unadkat the pick of India's rookies in Zimbabwe 04-08-2013 10:35 AM

    Following the 5-0 sweep, Cricketnext rates the performances of the four players who earned ODI caps in Zimbabwe. Mohit Sharma Mohit, who made his Ranji Trophy debut for Haryana in the 2011-12 season, was called up into India's ODI squad with key pacers Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar...
  • 5th ODI: Amit Mishra's six spin India to 5-0 over Zimbabwe 03-08-2013 06:27 PM

    Amit Mishra proved too hot for Zimbabwe on a chilly morning at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo, claiming a national record 6 for 48 as India bowled the hosts out for 163 in 39.5 overs en route to a 5-0 sweep - just the fourth time in their history...
  • 4th ODI: Bowlers, Rohit and Raina thrive as India keep winning 01-08-2013 06:33 PM

    The stage changed but the script was much the same, with India's bowlers continuing to play the lead role and Zimbabwe's assembly of understudies remaining overwhelmed. After three wins in Harare, India went up 4-0 at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo on the back of another fine bowling performance...
  • Back-up man Amit Mishra makes his case 29-07-2013 08:14 AM

    Harare: Amit Mishra played his first ODI in April 2003, soon after India ended the World Cup as losing finalists. On Sunday, he played his 18th. A lot has changed for the legspinner from Haryana in the ten years between those two matches, but the task he performs on the...
  • 3rd ODI: Amit Mishra and Virat Kohli clinch series for India 28-07-2013 07:10 PM

    A meek surrender from Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club gave India their fourth ODI series win in a row this year and sent the two teams to Bulawayo for the remaining two fixtures with Virat Kohli's team primed for a 5-0 sweep. Its tough to see how Zimbabwe can...
  • Dhawan, Karthik power India to 2-0 over Zimbabwe 26-07-2013 08:41 PM

    A wicket off a no-ball, several dropped catches, one controversial one that was claimed, a collapse followed by the biggest fifth-wicket partnership for India against Zimbabwe, a plucky century to Shikhar Dhawan and a stubborn rearguard from the hosts. It was an eventful ODI at the Harare Sports Club. At...
  • Kohli, Rayudu drive India to victory over Zimbabwe 24-07-2013 07:43 PM

    Virat Kohli made his second ODI century as captain - and 15th overall to become India's third-highest century-maker - and Ambati Rayudu marked his international debut with a promising 63* as India completed a one-sided victory over Zimbabwe in Harare to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series. Chasing...
  • What Australia would do for a Love, Hodge or Maher now

    Spin, Bounce and Turn |  Jamie Alter
    In his playing career for Australia, Darren Lehmann experienced Test defeats just twice, out of a total of 27 matches. That's two defeats spaced five...

  • Wiser, stronger Shikhar Dhawan returns to the Caribbean 28-06-2013 11:58 AM

    Both refreshing and fearless in equal dollops, Shikhar Dhawan is riding a high. The 27-year-old batsman has adjudged Player of the Series in the ICC Champions Trophy, scoring the most runs for any player in the tournament and helping India clinch the title. Since his return to the ODI side...
  • India must keep good vibrations flowing in the West Indies 25-06-2013 10:15 AM

    One of the most compelling aspects of watching a team on a roll is waiting for it to be stopped. India have just won five matches in a row in the ICC Champions Trophy, the last of which narrowly won them the trophy in Birmingham on Sunday. India entered the...
  • India win to overcome the odds, rain and the ICC 24-06-2013 08:20 AM

    And to think it almost didn't happen. After several rain delays and tireless work from the Edgbaston ground staff, the final of the ICC Champions Trophy was contested between the top two ranked ODI teams, India and England, in a 20-over shootout in wet Birmingham on Sunday. In the end,...
  • India lift Champions Trophy after England choke in 20-over final 23-06-2013 10:56 PM

    On a bizarre Sunday in wet Birmingham, India's skills in the Twenty20 format trumped England's as they kept their bearings in a 20-overs-a-side shootout to lay their hands on the 50-over Champions Trophy. A long and frustrating day ended with India triumphing in brilliant scenes after England collapsed in pursuit...
  • England's rare chance at ODI glory 22-06-2013 03:18 PM

    Four times in their 602-ODI history have England ever reached the final of an ICC tournament. Four times. June 23, 1979. November 8, 1987. March 25, 1992. September 25, 2004. Three World Cup finals and one Champions Trophy final. Not once have they come up on top in those encounters....
  • Can India and England repeat the Natwest final? 22-06-2013 10:53 AM

    England v India at Edgbaston on Sunday will mark the first instance of the two teams facing each other in the final of an ICC tournament. In fact, the only time they played each other in any sort of final was at Lord's in 2002 when they were contesting the...
  • Unbeaten India have laid down the challenge to England 21-06-2013 08:24 AM

    Before the tournament, in Mumbai and Birmingham, MS Dhoni stressed on how the Indian cricket team was focused on playing good cricket in the ICC Champions Trophy. He controversially chose not to comment on the IPL 6 spot-fixing and betting scandal, instead choosing to talk about the next few weeks...
  • India thrash Sri Lanka to reach Champions Trophy final 20-06-2013 07:13 PM

    Inspired by their bowlers, India made short work of Sri Lanka in the second ICC Champions Trophy semi-final in overcast Cardiff by eight wickets with 15 overs to spare. Like the other semi-final on Wednesday at The Oval, the match turned out to be an anticlimax as the weight of...
  • The choke's on South Africa, yet again 20-06-2013 08:13 AM

    And so, not to the surprise of a whole lot of people, South Africa have exited another ICC tournament in the knock-out stage. And, almost expectedly, their seven-wicket defeat to England at The Oval in Wednesday's ICC Champions Trophy semi-final has brought out the c-word again. For the initiated, that's...