Jaspreet Sahni

  • 4th ODI: India move in for the kill at Birmingham 02-09-2014 08:20 AM

    Two back-to-back wins has brought the cheer back in the Indian camp, and if the visitors manage to clinch the ODI series against England at Birmingham, their World Cup preparations will be on track and the hosts' in disarray. What England must be most hurt about is the lopsided nature...
  • Suresh Raina provides India the perfect 'ton'ic 28-08-2014 11:36 AM

    Bereft of an inspiring performance since Ishant Sharma's seven-wicket burst at Lord's, Team India received the perfect tonic on Wednesday - provided by its limited-overs specialist Suresh Raina. Off-field disagreements had taken precedence and Raina's century in a winning cause in the Cardiff ODI played the right notes to lift...
  • Untimely calls for Dhoni's head

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    You change a captain on performance grounds in two cases: (a) if he continues to fail as a skipper after his appointment or (b) when...

  • Not the right time for 'Quit Dhoni' movement 19-08-2014 08:25 AM

    You change a captain on performance grounds in two cases: (a) if he continues to fail as a skipper after his appointment or (b) when a proven leader hits a downward slide, fails to lift the team out of the hole and there's someone capable waiting in the wings to...
  • Indians best players of spin - is that only a myth now? 12-08-2014 08:29 AM

    Nineteen wickets for a part-time offspinner selected primarily to bat in the middle order is nothing short of a slap on India's face. It's like England saying: "We don't need a Graeme Swann to handle you, Moeen Ali is more than enough." The bearded Englishman is smiling slyly at No....
  • How India can right their wrongs to save England series 11-08-2014 08:29 AM

    "A retired master car thief must come back to the industry and steal 50 cars with his crew in one night to save his brother's life." The plot for India to salvage lost pride in England is not as serious as the 2000 flick 'Gone in 60 seconds', but the...
  • Indian batsmen cut a sorry figure in Manchester 08-08-2014 08:17 AM

    One of the Twitter trends on Thursday afternoon read 'India 8/4'. While that indicated Test cricket was alive and kicking on social media, the word 'India' upset a lot of fans in the subcontinent who anticipated a fitting reply to the Englishmen but were served a meek surrender by the...
  • India's worries before the 4th Test: injuries, selection, form 03-08-2014 08:05 AM

    The five-Test series, as was feared, has started taking its toll on India in England. It was the first time India were playing 25 days of Test cricket on a single tour for over a decade. And after three Tests, the injury list has been released. Ishant Sharma's ankle gave...
  • 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...