• Zimbabwe end 12-year drought with epic Test win September 14, 2013

    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 September 14, 2013

    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 August 30, 2013

    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 August 29, 2013

    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 August 22, 2013

    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 August 19, 2013

    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 August 16, 2013

    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 August 16, 2013

    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 August 13, 2013

    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 August 8, 2013

    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 August 7, 2013

    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 August 5, 2013

    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 August 4, 2013

    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 August 3, 2013

    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...