• Will IPL-7 auction turn the tide for Virender Sehwag? February 11, 2014

    No one really thought that Virender Sehwag, one of the most destructive batsmen of his generation, will go into anonymity so suddenly and so dramatically. For people who have seen him dismantle the best bowling attacks in the world with utter disdain, it's hard to believe that the phenomenon of...
  • Did India press the panic button in New Zealand? January 29, 2014

    After seeing Indian bowlers getting hammered while defending a challenging total in Hamilton on Tuesday, one could understand why MS Dhoni had opted to field first after winning the toss on 20 previous occasions abroad. Indian bowlers conceded totals of 292, 271 and 314 in the first three matches in...
  • India stay alive in New Zealand but still questions to answer January 26, 2014

    After losing comprehensively in South Africa and beaten decisively in the first two ODIs in New Zealand, India were desperate to reverse the tide in the third match in Auckland. And they came close to doing so, courtesy some gutsy batting by Ravichandran Ashwin (65 off 46) and Ravindra Jadeja...
  • Is it all over for Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh? January 7, 2014

    We often hear people liberally using the adage 'Form is temporary, Class is permanent'. Although it is hard to argue the cliched phrase, what happens when the form deserts you for so long that whether you have the class does not matter at all? Yuvraj Singh and Gautam Gambhir, two...
  • Is Dhoni's unimaginative captaincy costing India Tests abroad? January 3, 2014

    We have often heard people sing praises of Mahendra Singh Dhoni for what he has achieved as India captain over the years. And quite rightly so. The 32-year-old rose from oblivion to reach the top echelons of India as well as world cricket. In the last six years, Dhoni helped...
  • South Africa defeat India by 10 wickets to give Kallis a perfect send-off December 30, 2013

    India were left to rue the chances they missed as South Africa won the second and final Test in Durban convincingly by ten wickets, sealing the series 1-0 and giving a perfect send-off to Jacques Kallis who represented his country for one last time in Tests. Barring a valiant 96...
  • A fairytale hundred for Kallis; India 98 runs behind South Africa December 29, 2013

    Jacques Kallis scored a fairytale hundred in his last Test as South Africa consolidated their position on the fourth day of the second and final Test against India, taking a 166-run lead which could prove decisive going into the fifth day in Durban. India were 68 for 2 in their...
  • 2nd Test: Kallis stands firm as SA just 35 runs away from India's 334 December 28, 2013

    Playing his final Test, Jacques Kallis approached his 45th century as South Africa made their position strong on day three of the second Test, reaching 299 for 5 at stumps, just 35 runs shy of India's first innings total of 334. Kallis (78*) looked in imperious touch even in the...
  • Cricket 2013: Unpredictable Pak, emotional Wankhede, recharged Aus December 25, 2013

    From Mike Hussey's retirement to Pakistan's first ever bilateral series win over South Africa, from impressive individual performances to a great team effort by Australia, from Sachin Tendulkar's emotional farewell to Graeme Swann's shock exit, a lot has happened in the year that has gone by. Here, we look at...
  • 1st Test: SA manage dramatic draw against India after Du Plessis ton December 22, 2013

    After five days of gruelling battle where the luck fluctuated from one side to another, the first Test between South Africa and India ended in a draw when the home side decided not to go for the required 16 runs in three overs, with still three wickets left. South Africa...
  • 1st Test: India need another 8 wickets, SA need 320 to win on Sunday December 21, 2013

    India were still left plenty to do on the final day of the first Test as the hosts finished the fourth day on 138 for 2, still 320 shy of India's target of 458 but still very much having a chance of drawing the game when they come out to...
  • Pujara, Kohli firm India's grip on 1st Test, take the team to 284 for 2, a lead of 320 December 20, 2013

    India displayed the most clinical play they possibly could have on a foreign soil as they firmed their grip on the first Test against South Africa, ending day three at 284 for 2, a huge lead of 320 on a deteriorating Wanderers wicket on Friday. Having missed out in the...
  • 1st Test: Kohli fills Tendulkar's No. 4 spot with hundred, takes India to 255/5 on Day 1 December 18, 2013

    Just a few days back it appeared that it would be impossible to fill the big boots of Sachin Tendulkar, but Virat Kohli, who came in to bat at No. 4 - the place which belonged to Tendulkar till India's last Test - on Wednesday put all those doubts to...
  • Cricket Yearender: A roller-coaster ride for Team India in 2013 December 18, 2013

    From the euphoria of six series wins in a row to the gloom of IPL spot-fixing scandal, from the emergence of talent like Shikhar Dhawan to teary-eyed exit of Sachin Tendulkar, India saw the best and the worst happening in the year that is going by. Here are some of...
  • 2nd ODI: South Africa hammer India by 134 runs to win series December 8, 2013

    There was a war of words between Dale Steyn and Virat Kohli before the second ODI in Durban. While Steyn and other Proteas pacemen backed that up with another stellar performance, Kohli and his team-mates were once again exposed terribly. The result: India lost another contest without putting up a...