Jaspreet Sahni

  • Yes, Virat Kohli behaved badly, but let's move on 05-03-2015 11:48 AM

    Why a sports journalist is a sports journalist? What drives one towards this profession is the passion for sports more than anything else. That's the very foundation on which a scribe raises a mountain of experience - by following his team, writing about its joy and despair, its success and...
  • ICC World Cup: Will Dhoni throw the Ashwin challenge at Gayle? 03-03-2015 01:27 PM

    The media may be peeved at MS Dhoni the late-comer, but he's making all the right moves on the turf that matters. Three wins in three matches, and India's World Cup defence well on its way. India stayed in Perth after having UAE for an evening snack, awaiting West Indies,...
  • ICC World Cup: India make important gains in lopsided contest 28-02-2015 05:19 PM

    They may not have got the batting practice they were looking for against the UAE, but defending champions India made gains that should strengthen their title defence in Australia and New Zealand. Mohammed Shami was ruled out a day before the match due to a left knee injury, which allowed...
  • ICC World Cup, Week 2: Gayle, De Villiers steal the thunder 28-02-2015 08:39 AM

    Not that the World Cup was bereft of runs in week one, but Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers chose to write 'BOWLERS BEWARE' in all caps and bold. While West Indies provided the Cup its first ever double centurion, South Africa got over the 'choking' sensation in signature AB...
  • AB de Villiers - came, hammered, conquered; 162 off 66 27-02-2015 02:01 PM

    Soon the dictionary for cricket synonyms will have AB de Villiers listed under fireworks. West Indies would admit that, and this: that nuclear weapons can't be much different than this South African's bat. He demolishes bowlers and bowling figures like a crater on missile-testing land. Jason Holder will be feeling...
  • ICC World Cup: Six interests in India vs UAE mismatch 26-02-2015 07:09 AM

    India's first encounter with minnows this World Cup will come at the back of two huge kills made by MS Dhoni's team. First they ensured Pakistan's jinx remained intact and then ended their own against South Africa. Next, it's the UAE. While India may yawn, swap TV channels and not...
  • ICC World Cup 2015: Minnows giving ICC's '10-team formula' a hard time 25-02-2015 06:44 PM

    The International Cricket Council (ICC) may have made up its mind to reduce the 2019 World Cup to a 10-team event, but events in Australia and New Zealand suggest otherwise with minnows making their presence felt. The five most interesting matches at the ongoing ICC World Cup have involved at...
  • World Cup: Shikhar Dhawan is the architect of India's change in fortunes 22-02-2015 06:54 PM

    The World Cup was days away. Rohit Sharma was struggling for fitness, Shikhar Dhawan was at best scratching around. Murali Vijay was given the cold shoulder for India's title defence. As back-up opener, the squad had Ajinkya Rahane who bats like a dream in the middle order. In such tricky...
  • ICC World Cup: India rout South Africa, title defence on 22-02-2015 04:33 PM

    If there were any doubts still lingering over India's World Cup defence, they can be kissed a good bye as 90,000 people present at the MCG on Sunday saw India play like champions and hammer South Africa by 140 runs. The heroes of India's second win on the trot were...
  • ICC World Cup: India need to pull out all stops against South Africa 21-02-2015 07:59 PM

    After a terrific and unexpectedly smooth start to their title defence, India will have to soak in the pressure against a team they have never beaten at the World Cup. South Africa will perhaps be the toughest test for the defending champions in Pool B. On the scale of 1...
  • Cricket World Cup, Week 1: 300 is officially the new 250 21-02-2015 11:29 AM

    Five matches, five scores of over 300. To make it sound even worse for the bowlers, a successful chase of 300 - by Ireland, against West Indies, the once fast bowling haven. 1137 runs were scored in two games on the opening day in Australia and New Zealand but just...
  • World Cup Exclusive: Dhoni shouldn't fiddle with batting order, says Kiran More 21-02-2015 07:28 AM

    (Former India wicketkeeper and selector Kiran More, IBN World Cup Cricket Expert, is contributing exclusively for Cricketnext. Catch him Live in pre- and post-match shows throughout the ICC World Cup 2015 only on CNN-IBN and IBN7) MS Dhoni's experiment with Virat Kohli's batting position proved futile during the Carlton Mid...
  • World Cup Exclusive: Rattle South Africa with spin, says Kris Srikkanth 21-02-2015 07:00 AM

    (Former India captain and chief selector Kris Srikkanth, IBN World Cup Cricket Expert, is contributing exclusively for IBNLive Sports. Catch him Live in pre- and post-match shows throughout the ICC World Cup 2015 only on CNN-IBN and IBN7) MS Dhoni may be facing consistency issues with his pacers and mulling...
  • World Cup 2015: India have to do what Pakistan couldn't 20-02-2015 12:42 PM

    In AB de Villiers, India will be up against fourth different captain in as many World Cup meetings with the African giants, but what MS Dhoni's boys will like to change is the losing trend in all three previous Cup matches against the Proteas. Kepler Wessels, Hansie Cronje and Graeme...
  • India's danger zones against South Africa: three apparent, two hidden 19-02-2015 10:58 AM

    A South African safari is fraught with danger. The jeep may be grilled out but there's always an urge to venture out and pose for the shutterbug - like a hero with some beast in the background. An inch here or there or a moment of carelessness can be fatal...
  • Ireland, Scotland singing 'minnows no more' at World Cup 18-02-2015 03:24 PM

    If the Ireland batsmen and Scotland bowlers were to combine into one playing XI, they would be more than handful for even the best of teams playing the 2015 ICC World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. While that's a fancy thought, Ireland beating West Indies and Scotland running New...
  • India vs Pakistan: World Cup version 6.0, out today at 9 am 14-02-2015 08:05 PM

    It's a Sunday. The streets are going to be deserted, but not all the people will be at home. A little under 55,000 will be at the Adelaide Oval. Over 1.2 billion in India and around 183 million in Pakistan will in some way be connected to Australia. Drawing rooms,...
  • Fans pick India XI vs Pakistan: Binny, Rayudu excluded 14-02-2015 12:03 PM

    MS Dhoni may rank Stuart Binny as the best seam-up allrounder in India, but the Karnataka man doesn't find a place in People's India XI for the team's World Cup opener against traditional rivals Pakistan on Sunday. In a survey conducted by Cricketnext, asking people to predict the playing XI...
  • India vs Pakistan: Key match-ups in World Cup crackerjack 14-02-2015 09:55 AM

    Crackerjack, humdinger, whopper, smash hit. No dearth of synonyms to describe an India vs Pakistan clash irrespective of the stage it graces. But in the two cricket-mad nations, the day these two countries meet around the 22-yard strip, deserted streets resemble a state of curfew until fireworks go off on...
  • World Cup 2015 Preview: Get, set, go! May the best team win 13-02-2015 01:56 PM

    After the T20 tsunami since India's World Twenty20 win in 2007, the viewers of the game returned to the days of watching the first 10 and last 10 overs of an ODI. An innings of 50 overs spread over three hours started struggling to hold its ground against a three-hour...
  • People's choice: India fourth favourite to reach World Cup semi-finals 13-02-2015 12:22 PM

    An unprecedented 50,464 votes poured into Cricketnext's survey, wherein we asked netizens to put on their cap of a cricket expert and vote for the four teams they think will make it to the semi-finals of the ICC World Cup 2015. What must relieve India captain MS Dhoni is the...
  • Kejriwal ji, kya AAP India ke liye World Cup khelenge?

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    India play Pakistan on February 15. Arvind Kejriwal takes oath as Delhi's Chief Minister on February 14. The ceremony will take a couple of hours....

  • Kejriwal ji, kya AAP India ke liye World Cup khelenge?

    Gun Barrel |  Jaspreet Sahni
    India play Pakistan on February 15. Arvind Kejriwal takes oath as Delhi's Chief Minister on February 14. The ceremony will take a couple of hours....

  • Kejriwal ji, kya AAP India ke liye World Cup khelenge? 10-02-2015 06:23 PM

    New Delhi: India play Pakistan on February 15. Arvind Kejriwal takes oath as Delhi's Chief Minister on February 14. The ceremony will take a couple of hours. From there, he can drive straight to the airport. The luggage can be dropped at the check-in point. Mr Kejriwal is Delhi's new...
  • Indian bowling needs to visit the Dipak Patel laboratory 08-02-2015 05:26 PM

    Does MS Dhoni have an ace up his sleeve - an ace nobody but that cocktail waitress can see in her secret mirror? It seems to be the case. Same bowlers making same mistakes match after match. Runs being conceded, bowlers not reacting, but the captain staying cool as a...
  • World Cup has a bigger job to do

    Gun Barrel |  Jaspreet Sahni
    The return of the ICC Champions Trophy after being dumped following the 2013 edition leaves a significant impression - that the ICC events involving Test-playing...

  • Cricket Fanatic's Essential Guide: A stat attack that nicely whets World Cup appetite 06-02-2015 03:22 PM

    Noted sports journalist Vimal Kumar has produced a pocket-size dynamo at the most opportune time. His latest book 'Cricket Fanatic's Essential Guide' nicely whets the appetite of cricket aficionados, producing an easy-to-read line-up of stats and history from ten previous ICC World Cups. Vimal's 15-year experience in sports journalism and...
  • Besides crowning champions, World Cup is a saviour of ODIs 06-02-2015 08:07 AM

    The return of the ICC Champions Trophy after being dumped following the 2013 edition leaves a significant impression - that the ICC events involving Test-playing nations are the saviours of the one-day format, of which World Cup is the acme. Quite unequivocally, the survival of 50-over format is in the...
  • Yuvraj Singh's World Cup 2015 dream still alive? 03-02-2015 01:56 PM

    Yuvraj Singh may become the classic example of 'someone's loss is someone's gain' if India's fitness worries around their four recuperating players don't settle down by February 7 - the day Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar go through a fitness test in Australia. The #LoutegaYuvraj trend...
  • Tri-series: India seek first win in a no-brainer at Perth 29-01-2015 04:59 PM

    Australia, bad form, injuries, experiments, England, bad weather. India have fought all sort of enemies for over the last two months Down Under. But what their battles are yet to yield is a win. And if that objective is achieved against England at the WACA on Friday, along will come...