• IPL begins search for an image makeover in its seventh season 2 hours 15 minutes ago

    "When it comes to June 1, it is only cricket that will be uppermost in everybody's mind." That comment by the Supreme Court-appointed Indian Premier League (IPL) boss Sunil Gavaskar left no doubt that standing in front of a mirror, the IPL appears anything but cricket. Badly hurt by the...
  • IPL 7: Make-or-break time for Yuvraj Singh Yesterday

    Subjected to global censure for his failure in the ICC World Twenty20 final, India's World Cup hero Yuvraj Singh is under immense pressure to perform in the Indian Premier League (IPL) - on which may also hinge his chances of playing the 2015 World Cup. Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat...
  • Focus shifts to Sunil Gavaskar's IPL 7 6 days ago

    After a major shake-up in the administration of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and resultantly in that of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the money-minting league's seventh season is set to commence under the foster care of Indian cricket's most heard voice - Sunil Gavaskar. In...
  • Top seven moments of 2014 World Twenty20 1 week ago

    It's over, but memories will stay. The 2014 ICC World Twenty20 delivered unbridled joy and also distressing heartbreaks that will shape up into bedtime stories the players will narrate to their grandchildren one day. Whether it was Hong Kong's win over Bangladesh, Dale Steyn's last over against New Zealand or...
  • Virat Kohli - not just a run-monger April 7, 2014

    India played two finals at the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 on Sunday - one that featured Virat Kohli and the other that the rest of his team-mates played. The Man of the Tournament was on a different planet - not finding any demons in the track or any riddles in...
  • One failure can't belittle Yuvraj Singh's India job April 7, 2014

    Easier said "success and failure are part of sport and sportspersons," but when failure hits, the statement becomes as good as just an adage, and contributions of the past fall prey to short memory. What Yuvraj Singh experienced on the evening of April 2, 2011, and three years later on...
  • World T20: Sri Lanka lift maiden World T20 title beating India April 6, 2014

    First determination, then emotion. That's how Sri Lanka approached the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 final. The team knew Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara won't slip into a T20 jersey again after Sunday. But they didn't let that emotional thought affect their determination of achieving what they couldn't in 2009 and...
  • World T20 Final: SL limit India to 130/4 despite Kohli blitz April 6, 2014

    Sri Lanka dropped Virat Kohli when he was on 11 but then conceded just 19 off the last four overs to compensate for the 66 Kohli scored more. That and Yuvraj Singh's struggling 11 off 21 balls limited India to a below-par 130 for 4 in the ICC World Twenty20...
  • World T20: Final destination for Team India and Sri Lanka April 6, 2014

    The anticipation that subcontinent teams will dominate the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 has turned into reality. India and Sri Lanka will contest the final, and it promises to be a battle that may well go down to the wire. On form, two best-performing teams have qualified for the summit clash....
  • World T20 Final: Lots at stake for Team India and Sri Lanka April 6, 2014

    India vs Sri Lanka match-ups haven't generated much interest of late, but the one on Sunday is different - it's for the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 trophy. From farewells to history to breaking jinx, the 40-over slugfest will have lots at stake when the two subcontinent giants meet. Here's what...
  • World T20 Final: India aim at a treble against jinxed Sri Lanka April 6, 2014

    Familiarity counts for nothing when pride and prize are at stake in equal measure. Not many are risking a guess for this one. The 2014 ICC World Twenty20 final is placed on a knife's edge, even before it begins. There have been 19 tournament finals contested between India and Sri...
  • Team India's check-list for South Africa test in World T20 semis April 2, 2014

    A fortnight ago, more than two months into 2014, India had only beaten Bangladesh and Afghanistan. But in the last 15 days of the financial year, the team made good gains at the ICC World Twenty20 to compensate for the losses it suffered in South Africa, New Zealand and at...
  • Is N Srinivasan on the verge of becoming 'former' BCCI president? March 25, 2014

    He managed to pull it off with clout, earned another year in the BCCI office and then sat down to lay out the plan for conquering the ICC chair. The strategy was cleverly devised. Twelve months was good enough time for N Srinivasan to get Australia and England on his...
  • Surprise package Amit Mishra leads India's bowling revival March 24, 2014

    What India dreaded as their weakness is turning out to be a potent weapon in the quest to regain T20 supremacy. The bowlers have put up a stupendous show in India's first two games at the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, paving way for the batsmen to put the opponents out...
  • World T20: Pakistan favourites against batting-heavy India March 20, 2014

    Fans have short memory when the context is India vs Pakistan. The sky may have lit up on the Indian side of the border in all three previous World Twenty20 meetings so far between the two nations, but fresh in the memory will be who inflicted the last wound. An...