Jaspreet Sahni

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Virat Kohli can take total control in England 04-07-2014 01:45 PM

    In 2014, gazing back at run-filled recent past of Virat Kohli, it seems almost a surprise to be reminded that India's new run-machine spent two Tests on the bench on the disastrous 2011 tour of England where he joined the squad to replace the injured Yuvraj Singh. While it's true,...
  • 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...
  • India's unripe pace attack can leave England wounded 01-07-2014 08:29 AM

    Put Ishant Sharma aside, and India's pace attack in England may appear wet behind the ears. But it will be indiscreet for England batsmen to consider it insipid on three grounds: a) unpredictability, b) helpful conditions and c) their own form. The tourists' stretched 18-member squad is carrying six specialist...
  • From ridiculous to remarkable - expect anything from India in England 30-06-2014 08:29 AM

    Starting July 9, first time in over five decades India will be playing a five-Test series in England, and adding to the testing conditions will be the ghost of 2011 that has continued to haunt the Indians over the last three years. Since that 0-4 rout in the 'Summer of...
  • As it happened: South Korea vs Algeria, World Cup 2014 22-06-2014 11:25 PM

    Catch all the Live action from the Group H encounter between South Korea and Algeria at Estadio Biera-Rio in Porto Alegre. (Scroll down for the Live Blog) South Korea and Algeria have to put disappointing opening results behind them when they meet, each knowing a victory would leave them well-placed...
  • As it happened: Germany vs Ghana, World Cup 2014 21-06-2014 11:33 PM

    Catch all the Live action from the Group G encounter between Germany and Ghana at the Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza. (Scroll down for the Live Blog) Germany repeated their feat from four years ago by opening the World Cup with a 4-0 victory. Now they hope there won't be a...
  • India's England-tour applicants tested in Bangladesh 20-06-2014 02:04 PM

    India's ODI tour of Bangladesh drew little attention until the Mirpur pitch decided to misbehave and become cause of embarrassment on either side of the border. Bangladesh remained winless and India came close to sharing the trophy before the hosts' strategy boomeranged. The trivial three-match series threw up more reasons...
  • Live Score, Ban vs Ind: India opt to bat, aiming clean sweep 19-06-2014 11:43 AM

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Pre-match: After Stuart Binny's six for four took India to a 47-run win over Bangladesh in the second ODI, the visitors will be eyeing a whitewash in the last match of the three-match series in Mirpur on Thursday. Bangladesh...
  • Live Score: Bangladesh opt to field, Binny in for India 17-06-2014 11:21 AM

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim may feel that sans players like MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, it's almost India A touring Bangladesh; but the way the visitors chased a challenging 272 and eventually won the rain-curtailed first ODI...
  • 2nd ODI: Bangladesh wary as India eye series win 16-06-2014 02:09 PM

    Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim may feel that sans players like MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, it's almost India A touring Bangladesh; but the way the visitors chased a challenging 272 and eventually won the rain-curtailed first ODI via D/L method, Rahim was made to eat his words. Bangladesh...
  • Live Score, Ban vs Ind: Bangladesh opt to bat in the 1st ODI 15-06-2014 11:29 AM

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Pre-match: While the whole world is in the grip of football World Cup fever, India arranged a last-minute ODI series in Bangladesh before the testing tour of England, but the three-match rubber starting Sunday isn't trivial, for it provides...
  • 1st ODI: Golden chance for India youngsters, Bangladesh eye redemption 14-06-2014 05:07 PM

    While the whole world is in the grip of football World Cup fever, India arranged a last-minute ODI series in Bangladesh before the testing tour of England, but the three-match rubber starting Sunday isn't trivial, for it provides the fringe Indian players a chance to prove their mettle in the...
  • India hope to beat the rhetoric at hockey World Cup 30-05-2014 08:57 AM

    Never lose courage, it can do wonders. These are the words that all who represent their country carry with them, and the Indian men's hockey team won't be any different when they try to beat the world's best and break free from living in the past. More than 39 years...
  • There will be no World Cup miracle for Indian hockey: Michael Nobbs 29-05-2014 11:21 AM

    In a hard-hitting interview with IBNLive, Indian men's hockey team's former chief coach Michael Nobbs has said that India needs to come out its "live-in-the-past" attitude and start development programmes if they want to match the top teams in the world. India, led by Sardar Singh, has already touched base...
  • As it happened: Kolkata vs Hyderabad, IPL7, Match 54 24-05-2014 07:05 PM

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page.) Pre-match: Buoyed by six back-to-back victories and confirmation of a playoff berth, Gautam Gambhir-led Kolkata Knight Riders are now gunning for a top-two finish in the points table. After an awful UAE leg, Kolkata have emerged as the team...
  • As it happened: Mumbai vs Delhi, IPL 7, Match 51 23-05-2014 02:49 PM

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page.) Keeping themselves technically alive for the playoffs after a superb victory against table-toppers Kings XI Punjab, Mumbai Indians will take on the struggling Delhi Daredevils in another must-win encounter on Friday. Mumbai, playing without their key bowlers Lasith Malinga...
  • As it happened: KKR vs RCB, IPL 7, Match 49 22-05-2014 03:02 PM

    (For ball-by-ball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page) Uthappa and Shakib's batting heroics took KKR to 195 after which Narine's 4 wickets limited RCB to 165/5 for a 30-run win - KKR's sixth in a row. Pre-match: The high-flying Kolkata Knight Riders, who are just two points...
  • IPL-7 Scenarios: CSK can reach playoffs today, RCB must beat SRH 20-05-2014 02:35 PM

    The Tuesday double-header in IPL 7 may see Chennai Super Kings becoming the second team after Kings XI Punjab to book a place in the IPL-7 playoffs. Top four teams at the end of the league stage qualify for the playoffs according to the IPL format, and if Chennai win...
  • As it happened: Hyderabad vs Bangalore, IPL 7, Match 46 20-05-2014 02:26 PM

    (For ball-by-ball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page) Pre-match: For Hyderabad, it will be a matter of pride as they are virtually out of top-four contention while RCB must win to keep their hopes alive. SRH are currently at No. 7 on the leaderboard with 8 points...
  • As it happened: Hyderabad vs Kolkata, Match 43 18-05-2014 06:44 PM

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Pre-match: Sunrisers Hyderabad enter the final week of IPL-7 league stage needing to win every match to brighten their chances of qualifying for the playoffs, but they face a tough opponent in Kolkata Knight Riders first up in that...