Nitin Chouhan

  • Will IPL-7 auction turn the tide for Virender Sehwag? 11-02-2014 09:37 AM

    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? 29-01-2014 09:09 AM

    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 26-01-2014 08:14 AM

    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? 07-01-2014 08:22 AM

    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? 03-01-2014 08:57 AM

    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 30-12-2013 06:59 PM

    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 29-12-2013 09:26 PM

    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 28-12-2013 08:18 PM

    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 25-12-2013 08:37 AM

    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 22-12-2013 09:42 PM

    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 21-12-2013 09:22 PM

    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 20-12-2013 09:27 PM

    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 18-12-2013 09:36 PM

    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 18-12-2013 09:51 AM

    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 08-12-2013 09:34 PM

    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...
  • 1st ODI: Lacklustre India beaten by 141 runs by South Africa 06-12-2013 12:43 AM

    India were shown what awaits them in the next three and half weeks in South Africa as the visitors were completely outplayed in all three departments by the hosts, losing the first ODI easily by 141 runs in Johannesburg on Thursday. South Africa taught their Indian counterparts plenty of lessons....
  • What next for Sachin Tendulkar the ex-cricketer? 17-11-2013 01:08 PM

    What should someone do after calling it quits from doing something that has been a part of his life since the age of eleven? The answer to this question becomes even more difficult if the person is Sachin Tendulkar - an entertainer and an artist who has enthralled over a...
  • Who after Sachin Tendulkar? 16-11-2013 01:22 PM

    The question many of us have been asking ever since Sachin Tendulkar decided to bring the curtains down on his glittering career is who would replace the maestro - the one who has ruled our hearts and minds for over 24 years. Being bereft of sporting heroes in the past,...
  • Time for Rohit, Rahane to seal the No. 4 spot 31-10-2013 05:51 PM

    With so much fanfare, as expected, about Sachin Tendulkar's farewell series, a very pertinent question hasn't got the sort of attention it demands: Who will fill the No. 4 spot in Tests once Tendulkar plays his final match in Mumbai? It holds significance as Tendulkar has made that position of...
  • Run feast, rain on menu in India-Australia T20 09-10-2013 05:23 PM

    The lone Twenty20 between India and Australia at Rajkot on Thursday will serve as a perfect appetizer before the main course - the seven-match ODI series, starting on Sunday. And choice of the venue to kick off a much-awaited tour couldn't have been better as the spectators will throng Rajkot's...
  • Champions League Twenty20 out to erase 'unpopular' myth 21-09-2013 08:53 AM

    Another T20 extravaganza in the name of Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) is about to begin. Although contrary to the organisers' belief it didn't turn out to be a very popular event, it has still managed to lure the best teams from different T20 competitions with its hefty prize money. Just...
  • CLT20: Stage set for Rahul Dravid's last hurrah 20-09-2013 09:04 AM

    There are a few batsmen who we never get tired of watching. They become a part of our psyche so much that you want them to carry on and on. Irrespective of the format they play in, they bring vitality and grace to it. The ability to keep pushing themselves...
  • Forgetting the troublesome past a challenge for Rajasthan Royals 19-09-2013 09:03 AM

    It will be a tough ask, but Rajasthan Royals will look to forget the troublesome last few months when they start their Champions League Twenty20 campaign against IPL6 champions Mumbai Indians on Saturday. They were in a shock when three of their players - S Sreesanth, Ankit Chavan and Ajit...
  • After ODIs, Luke Ronchi hoping to seal Test spot for NZ 09-09-2013 10:42 AM

    Luke Ronchi became the first cricketer after Kepler Wessels to play for two full ICC member nations when he decided to leave Australia, where he had moved with his family at the age of seven, to New Zealand, the place of his birth, in 2011. Ronchi, then 31, realised that...
  • Playing for New Zealand an honour, India-born Ish Sodhi tells Cricketnext 06-09-2013 11:19 AM

    Ludhiana-born cricketer Ish Sodhi on Friday found himself named for the first time in New Zealand's Test squad, for the upcoming tour of Bangladesh in October. As just one of two spin bowlers in the 16-man squad - the other is Bruce Martin - Sodhi could well find himself becoming...
  • Doug Bracewell looking for consistency on Indian wickets 03-09-2013 08:59 AM

    Bowling on subcontinent pitches is one of the toughest things for any fast bowler and teams that visit India find it hard to cope up with the slow and low nature of the decks. Doug Bracewell, the 22-year-old New Zealand paceman who is touring with the A side, knows a...
  • Fighting through injuries, Mark Gillespie wants to carry on 02-09-2013 11:12 AM

    Sometimes we really wonder what would have happened had we got to see the complete career of bowlers who could not do so because of recurring injuries. There are many players in the past and present that showed enough talent to go on and make a name for themselves but...
  • Vijay Zol aims high after century on first-class debut 31-08-2013 08:55 AM

    Scoring a century in your debut first-class innings could be the dream of any young player and Vijay Zol, who achieved the remarkable feat on Friday, wants to savour this knock for the rest of his life. Though he was a bit nervous before going in to bat, Zol knew...
  • Six wickets against NZ A the result of consistency: Jalaj Saxena 29-08-2013 08:02 PM

    New Delhi: After running through the New Zealand A batting order on day two of the three-day match in Visakhapatnam, India A allrounder Jalaj Saxena credited his success to the result of his consistent bowling. "My only aim was to maintain a consistent line as the wicket was good for...
  • Lessons from India A's tour of South Africa 28-08-2013 04:30 PM

    With India A's tour to South Africa coming to an end on Tuesday, the big question is: what exactly have India gained in the last three weeks? Barring their defeat in the second four-day game, the A side did a fairly good job, winning the tri-series that included Australia A...