Jaspreet Sahni

  • Can Pakistan break the India jinx at World Cup 2015? 24-01-2015 04:26 PM

    March 4, 1992, Sydney: India beat Pakistan by 43 runs March 9, 1996, Bangalore: India beat Pakistan by 39 runs June 8, 1999, Manchester: India beat Pakistan by 47 runs March 1, 2003, Centurion: India beat Pakistan by 6 wickets March 30, 2011, Chandigarh: India beat Pakistan by 29 runs...
  • Are India's World Cup experiments killing Virat Kohli's form? 21-01-2015 06:29 PM

    Some time back, October 2013 to be precise, Mahendra Singh Dhoni's 'Vision World Cup' had Suresh Raina batting for India at No. 4. That was, in fact, part of a contingency plan - just in case Yuvraj Singh isn't there for India's title defence. Yuvraj is now actually not there,...
  • Stuart Binny 44, India 153: FAQ answered 20-01-2015 01:14 PM

    On a Tuesday in Brisbane, a frequently asked question was answered with unequivocal precision when Stuart Binny - the most surprise inclusion for many in India's World Cup squad - put the disquiet over his selection to rest. The allrounder's confidence followed statements of support from his captain and coach,...
  • Indian bowlers impressed but worries remain 19-01-2015 08:22 AM

    MS Dhoni will have to dig deep to tidy things up on India's bowling front after Sunday's defeat to Australia in the Carlton Mid Tri-series highlighted white-ball worries. India's bowlers first faltered and then regrouped to stage recovery, but left it too late to get back in contention for a...
  • India's opening woes sorted, at one end 18-01-2015 02:32 PM

    Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina switched to ODIs in Australia like fish to water after a forgettable Test series, but Shikhar Dhawan lost another round in his battle with bad form, which left one end of India's opening for World Cup sorted and the other still in doubt. India ignored...
  • India's World Cup plans set for dry run in tri-series 17-01-2015 11:06 AM

    There's not much left to harp on. The final 15s have been announced and teams are now in calculation phase to arrive at a formula that will work best for them in the World Cup. Defending ODI champions, India, enter that phase on Sunday when they take on their Carlton...
  • For Duncan Fletcher, India on course to defend World Cup 16-01-2015 04:13 PM

    If India can win the Champions Trophy in England, then why not the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand: that's precisely what adds conviction to India coach Duncan Fletcher's belief that his boys can defend the Cup they won at home four years ago. India, despite being up and...
  • Answered! Why is Stuart Binny in India's World Cup squad? 16-01-2015 12:58 PM

    Why is Stuart Binny in India's World Cup squad? The answer to this most-asked question over the past fortnight is here. Binny's name in BCCI's final 15 for its World Cup defence made as much noise as Yuvraj Singh's exclusion. For some, Robin Uthappa would have been a better choice,...
  • ICC World Cup 2015 squads: Big players who have been left out 11-01-2015 04:47 PM

    With just 33 days left to the opening game of the 11th ICC World Cup, all 14 teams have submitted their final squads with the ICC with Australia and West Indies rounding off a week of anticipation that left some of the big names biting the dust. Leading the list...
  • Australia expose India's bowling incompetence ahead of World Cup 09-01-2015 02:49 PM

    251 for 6 in 40 overs - a run-rate of 6.28 per over. We are not talking about an ODI here. It's Australia's scorecard from day four of the Sydney Test, where India's bowling incompetence has now put serious question marks over their World Cup hopes. They have done what...
  • Yuvraj or no Yuvraj, it's time to back Team India's World Cup defence 07-01-2015 10:45 AM

    India's World Cup squad announcement turned into 'Campaign Yuvraj' 48 hours before the selection meeting, with emotional fans shouting their lungs off for his return and the media hinging that unlikely comeback on Ravindra Jadeja's injury and Yuvi's hat-trick of first-class centuries for Punjab in the Ranji Trophy. But Sandeep...
  • India's last chance of redemption in New Year Test at emotional Sydney 05-01-2015 04:17 PM

    A series that began on a tragic note in Australia will end with the reminder of that painful incident, which snatched Phillip Hughes away from his loved ones. Emotions will no doubt take over the players before they come to terms with it once again, and while Australia will want...
  • Yuvraj Singh may still play the World Cup 05-01-2015 11:49 AM

    If you ask a cricket fan whether Yuvraj Singh should play the World Cup, emotions will coax him into a 'Yes', while the brain would say 'let performance be the benchmark.' But there is a third aspect, which is governed from upstairs - Destiny. Yuvraj - the Man of the...
  • He could've played Tests for a year more: MS Dhoni's first coach 30-12-2014 04:25 PM

    New Delhi: Mahendra Singh Dhoni's sudden retirement from Test cricket surprised cricket fraternity around the world, including the Indian skipper's childhood coach Chanchal Bhattacharya who told Cricketnext Dhoni could have played Tests for a year. "He could have postponed his Test retirement for a year or so, but I think...
  • A 5-year-old helping hockey find its feet in Finland 20-12-2014 03:58 PM

    Helsinki, football and ice hockey is what comes to mind at the first mention of Finland. With a population of around 5.5 million, the North European country lives happily in peace and hardly makes the news for any wrong reason. And among those 5.5 million is the 5-year-old Arjunjit Singh,...
  • Pakistan says sorry to India with red roses as Champions Trophy ends 14-12-2014 10:38 PM

    Bhubaneswar Last two days at the FIH Men's Champions Trophy have been full of action on and off the field. And while the on-field action ended with Germany crowned the champions, losing finalists Pakistan tried to mend fences with India by presenting red roses. Pakistan coach Shahnaz Sheikh and captain...
  • Protest against Pakistan before Champions Trophy final, crowd heckles team 14-12-2014 09:10 PM

    Bhubaneswar: The Pakistan hockey team faced heckles and jeers from the crowd and a protest from the 'Odisha Suraksha Sena' here before the FIH Men's Champions Trophy final on Sunday, after their shameless celebrations on beating India in the semi-finals a day earlier. Members of the 'Odisha Suraksha Sena' protested...
  • Champions Trophy: India fail to win bronze, lose 2-1 to Australia 14-12-2014 06:52 PM

    Bhubaneswar: India's wait for their second FIH Men's Champions Trophy medal extended further here on Sunday as they lost 2-1 to Australia in the bronze-medal playoff to finish fourth in the final team standings. Australia played a controlled game, but India were themselves to be blamed as their forwards, especially...
  • Pakistan jolted before Champions Trophy hockey final, two players suspended 14-12-2014 05:27 PM

    After strong objection by Hockey India to FIH's initial inaction against Pakistan team for their obscene gestures following the semi-final win on Saturday, the world hockey body suspended Muhammad Tousiq and Amjad Ali for one match while reprimanding Shafqat Rasool before their Champions Trophy final against Germany later in the...
  • As it happened: India vs Australia, Champions Trophy, bronze playoff 14-12-2014 04:41 PM

    For Live updates scroll down to bottom of the page In a heartbreak for Indian fans, Sardar Singh & Co. lost to Pakistan on Saturday. India will play Australia in a bronze-medal playoff after the defending champions lost the first semi-final to Germany 2-3. Interestingly the two bottom-ranked teams from...
  • Champions Trophy: Pakistan coach sends apology letter, Tournament Director to announce final decision 14-12-2014 02:41 PM

    Bhubaneswar: Pakistan hockey team's coach Shahnaz Sheikh on Sunday tendered an official apology to FIH and Hockey India for the rude and obscene behavior of his players after their win against India in the semi-finals of the FIH Men's Champions Trophy 2014 on Saturday. Pakistani players shamelessly hurled obscene gestures...
  • Pakistan must apologise for misbehaving, FIH's inaction unacceptable: Narinder Batra 14-12-2014 09:24 AM

    Bhubaneswar: Pakistan's obscene gestures after their win over hosts India here in the Champions Trophy semi-final on Saturday and FIH's comment that "no action is warranted" has invited scathing response from Hockey India (HI) President, Narinder Batra, who said if such "uncouth behaviour" is within "tolerable limits", then HI is...
  • Champions Trophy: Pakistan celebrate India win with obscene gestures, escape action 13-12-2014 09:58 PM

    Bhubaneswar: Pakistan may have won the semi-final against India, but they surely have not won Indian hearts as they celebrated their win in the FIH Men's Champions Trophy on Saturday with obscene gestures, including finger salutes, directed towards Indian players and the fans. All Pakistan players took their shirts off...
  • Champions Trophy Hockey: Pakistan break Indian hearts with a 4-3 semi-final win 13-12-2014 09:17 PM

    Bhubaneswar: A hugely anticipated day ended in a heartbreak for Indian fans here as Pakistan knocked India out of the title race at the FIH Men's Champions Trophy on Saturday with a 4-3 win. India will now play Australia in a bronze-medal playoff after the defending champions lost the first...
  • Champions Trophy: India supporters fly in from around the world for Pakistan clash 13-12-2014 05:20 PM

    IBNLive Sports caught up with some of the most ardent fans of Indian hockey who have gathered in Bhubaneswar for the high-octane India vs Pakistan semi-final. ...
  • Champions Trophy Diary, Day 4: Work from 'home' 13-12-2014 04:03 PM

    (The author is travelling Bhubaneswar to cover the FIH Men's Champions Trophy) Bhubaneswar: Except for a quick dash to the stadium for team practice, it was a lazy day in the roster. Didn't bother putting up an alarm, didn't bother waking up and the construction site right behind my room...
  • India vs Pakistan: Road to the Champions Trophy hockey semi-finals 13-12-2014 12:35 PM

    Bhubaneswar: Not many imagined it will India vs Pakistan for a place in the FIH Men's Champions Trophy here, but it's going to happen on Saturday. And the Odisha crowd is in for a treat - something they would have never witnessed. At the end of the day, though, it's...
  • India vs Pakistan: a history of Champions Trophy knockout encounters 13-12-2014 10:01 AM

    Bhubaneswar: The Odisha capital will have no idea what it's like to witness an epic India vs Pakistan battle across sports because this is the first time that a big-ticket event of the magnitude of FIH Men's Champions Trophy has been hosted here. The crowd response for the event has...
  • India vs Pakistan: Sparks set to fly in Champions Trophy semi-final 13-12-2014 07:47 AM

    Bhubaneswar is a little surprised. There's unusual buzz in the Odisha capital for the past week - something the city has never witnessed. Queues outside a sports stadium is not routine at a place that sees long lines only for entry into its ancient temples. It certainly has been out...
  • Champions Trophy: History beckons if we keep out Pakistan counters, says Oltmans 13-12-2014 12:05 AM

    Bhubaneswar: Temperatures in and around the Kalinga Stadium here are already soaring as fans queue up for elusive tickets for the India vs Pakistan semi-final on Saturday, while the teams perform tune-ups ahead of an epic clash. There's a different air about Indo-Pak encounters, and this one is going to...