Vivek Mishra

  • From veteran Sangakkara to the unknown Shenwari: The surprise packages of World Cup 2015 31-03-2015 03:15 PM

    This World Cup will be remembered for its milestones. Two ODI double hundreds, two 400-plus scores by a team, 38 centuries and the most watched World Cup ever. The pool stage matches had better contests than the knockouts and the event which was expected to provide bowling-friendly conditions was once...
  • New Zealand's history in Cricket World Cups (1975-2011) 28-03-2015 02:02 PM

    New Zealand's historical four-wicket win over South Africa on 24th March 2015, which took them to the final of the World Cup, was their best result ever in the history of the most coveted tournament of the game. The Kiwis had played six semi-finals before their last-four clash against the...
  • World Cup 2015: What India need to do to beat Australia in the semi-final 25-03-2015 02:21 PM

    The four semifinalists for World Cup 2015 were no surprise and most of us would have got our predictions right. India's entry into the top four was also expected, but what was striking was the way they have dominated and won their matches so far in the tournament. After failing...
  • World Cup quarter-finals: Guptill, big retirements, favourites through 22-03-2015 08:44 AM

    Favourites India, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia registered comprehensive victories against their opponents in the quarter-finals to book their spot in the last four of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup. Hosts Australia and New Zealand reached the semis for the record seventh time, South Africa won their first...
  • World Cup 2015: West Indies' road to quarter-finals 20-03-2015 02:02 PM

    West Indies, who will face the co-hosts New Zealand in the fourth and the last quarter-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup on Saturday, can consider themselves somewhat lucky to reach the knockout stage. While the Kiwis were clinical and won all their six pool matches, West Indies struggled and...
  • World Cup: Dear ICC, take care of the minnows 17-03-2015 10:54 AM

    The minnows are here to stay and will do so unless the ICC wants it otherwise. The performance of the lower-ranked teams has improved significantly in the past three World Cups. The 2007 Cricket World Cup had 16 participants and there was a lot of criticism then that the organisers...
  • World Cup 2015 Team Profile: New Zealand are serious title contenders 09-02-2015 07:39 PM

    Forever considered World Cup darkhorse, New Zealand's 11th appearance in the showpiece event begins with the same tag even though they enter the tournament as an in-form team with a winning momentum on its back. The chokers tag has famously been associated with South Africa, who are part of the...
  • World Cup 2015 Team Profile: Odds stacked against West Indies' revival 08-02-2015 03:52 PM

    West Indies cricket, in the past few years, has suffered a lot due to the tussle between its players and board. The team that was once known for its all-round performance and invincible status has now turned into a unit that relies on a few star players to win matches....
  • World Cup 2015 Team Profile: UAE out there to enjoy, Ireland to surprise 01-02-2015 01:07 PM

    The 2007 ICC World Cup was not a memorable experience for India and Pakistan. Both teams visited the Caribbean with high hopes but were knocked out of the first round of the event. One of the major reasons for their early exit was their unexpected loss against the minnows. India...
  • World Cup 2015: Top ten surprise packages 27-01-2015 10:59 AM

    Whenever a big cricket tournament, especially a World Cup, starts, we pick our favourite players who we think will perform well in the event. Many of the top players, as expected, do well to take their teams to win matches or even win the Championship. But there are also a...
  • World Cup 2015: Top 10 batsmen who can set the stage ablaze 23-01-2015 10:47 AM

    In modern day cricket, ODIs have become a batsman's game. With scores over 300 being chased down easily and batsmen breaking records for fastest 50s and 100s and scoring double-centuries in ODIs, it looks like this World Cup may also follow the trend, though bowlers will surely disagree with that....
  • Murali Vijay's 55 only face saver for Team India on Day 2 27-12-2014 05:09 PM

    When Australia finished 259 for five at stumps on day one at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, it felt that the Indian team might have learned their lessons from the first two defeats. Both teams were looking even as the Indian bowlers made the hosts fight for every run on the...
  • Yearender 2014: Cricket on and off the field 23-12-2014 12:25 PM

    While the year 2014 in cricket will be remembered for many reasons the one incident that made the biggest impact and left every cricket lover in grief was the shocking and unfortunate death of Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes. Hughes, 25, had scored three Test hundreds for Australia and his untimely...
  • IPTL: Federer, Djokovic steal the show as Delhi witness world-class tennis 09-12-2014 06:23 AM

    New Delhi: The second match on the final day of the Indian leg of the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) was probably best we have seen of the tournament so far. There was plenty on offer as we saw a world class encounter between World No. 2 Roger Federer and...
  • I've a small problem, his name is Nadal: Novak Djokovic 09-12-2014 05:54 AM

    After putting in a brilliant performance on the final day of the Indian leg of the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL), world number one Novak Djokovic said that he was eyeing the French Open title next year - the only major trophy missing from his cabinet after an impressive 2014....
  • IPTL: Indian fans happy to pay big bucks to watch Federer, Djokovic 09-12-2014 01:25 AM

    New Delhi: While there has been a big hue and cry over the high pricing of tickets in the Indian leg of the International Premier Tennis League, the fans seem more than happy to shell out big bucks to watch their favorite tennis stars play. The Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium...
  • I still see the top three of tennis dominating the game: Pete Sampras 08-12-2014 10:15 PM

    New Delhi: The 14-time Grand Slam champion Pete Sampras feels that there are lot of young players who can win big events but he still sees the top three - Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic - dominating the game. "Novak is the obvious choice for the No. 1...
  • Sampras vs Rafter: Past champions renew rivalry in IPTL 07-12-2014 07:56 PM

    New Delhi: Patrick Rafter showed that he always brings out his best when facing old rival, the 14-time Grand Slam champion, Pete Sampras. Rafter thrashed Sampras 6-2 comfortably in the first set of the opening match of the International Premier Tennis league's India leg at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium...
  • IPTL: Roger Federer enthralls fans on India debut 07-12-2014 07:32 PM

    New Delhi: Indian tennis fans were eagerly waiting to watch their favourite star play in India from the day Roger Federer announced that he will be coming to the country to participate in the inaugural edition of the International Premier Tennis League. The long wait ended finally on Sunday as...
  • IPTL format explained: Innovative rules, shorter format, big stars 02-12-2014 08:15 AM

    The concept of the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL), a brainchild of India's doubles tennis star Mahesh Bhupathi, is an innovative idea to bring together current champions, tennis legends and upcoming talents in a format that's never been seen before in the game. The 16-day tournament that starts on November...
  • As it happened: Barbados Tridents vs Northern Knights, CLT20 Match 20 30-09-2014 07:59 PM

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) West Indies champions Barbados Tridents will take on New Zealand side Northern Knights in an inconsequential Group B league match of the Champions League Twenty20. With Kings XI Punjab and Hobart Hurricanes already booking their semi-final spot from this...
  • As it happened: Lahore Lions vs Dolphins, CLT20 Match 14 27-09-2014 03:20 PM

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Lahore Lions, who have just managed two points from a rained-off game, will be looking for a big win and the arithmetic to go in their favour to book their CLT20 semi-final spot when they take on Dolphins. With...
  • As it happened: Kings XI Punjab vs Hobart Hurricanes, CLT20 18-09-2014 07:05 PM

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) After their best-ever show at IPL 7, Kings XI Punjab will look to continue their aggressive brand of cricket when they start their campaign against Hobart Hurricanes in a Group B match of the Champions League Twenty20 on Thursday....
  • CLT20: Debutants Kings XI Punjab optimistic after an impressive IPL 11-09-2014 07:53 AM

    Kings XI Punjab looked a completely different side in season seven of the Indian Premier League (IPL) where they stormed into the final of the tournament and were the most consistent performers of the 2014 edition of the cash-rich Twenty20 league. Sanjay Bangar's incisive behind-the-scenes management helped Punjab pick some...
  • World Cup 2014 Final: Germany or Argentina, who deserves the Cup? 13-07-2014 12:20 PM

    After Germany annihilated Brazil 7-1 in the first semi-final to book their place in their record eighth World Cup final, they were seen as the favourites to win their fourth title. But past will be past and what they do against the Lionel Messi-led Argentina in the final on Sunday...
  • As it happened: Argentina vs Switzerland, Round of 16 01-07-2014 08:38 PM

    Catch all the live updates from the Round of 16 match between Argentina and Switzerland at the Arena de Sao Paulo in Sao Paulo. (Scroll down for the Live Blog) Messi's goals have fired Argentina into the World Cup last 16 but they will look for a better all-round performance...
  • As it happened: World Cup 2014, Germany vs Algeria, Round of 16 01-07-2014 12:23 AM

    Catch all the live updates from match six of round of 16 played between Germany and Algeria at Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre. (Scroll down for the Live Blog) If revenge is a plate best served cold, Algeria will hope to dish it out to Germany in their World Cup...
  • As it happened: World Cup 2014, Costa Rica vs Greece, Round of 16 30-06-2014 12:28 AM

    (Scroll down for the Live Blog) Costa Rica turned heads by finishing above Uruguay, Italy and England in ultra-competitive Group D, yet it was the manner in which the Central Americans accumulated seven points from their three games that proved the most surprising. Greece, who emerged into the knockout stages...
  • As it happened, World Cup 2014: Netherlands vs Mexico, Round of 16 29-06-2014 08:21 PM

    Catch all the live updates from the Round of 16 match between Netherlands and Mexico at the Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza. (Scroll down for the Live Blog) The World Cup's highest-scoring team are about to meet arguably the tournament's best goalkeeper. If the free-scoring Netherlands want to progress to the...
  • World Cup 2014 Live Blog: Colombia vs Uruguay, Round of 16 28-06-2014 11:58 PM

    Catch all the live updates from the second Round of 16 match played between Colombia and Uruguay at the Estadio do Maracana in Rio de Janeiro. (Scroll down to the page for Live Blog) Rocked by the Luis Suarez biting affair, Uruguay will attempt to make light of their star...