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  • Dhoni and his boys celebrate 4-0 triumph at the F1 track March 25, 2013

    Greater Noida: Some Indian cricketers let their hair down after their historic whitewash of Australia by zooming and careening around the Buddh International Circuit (BIC) on Monday morning. Here, too, the leader of the pack was bike enthusiast and India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who rode down from the national...
  • Juventus boss Conte voted best coach of the 2011-12 season February 18, 2013

    Antonio Conte of Juventus has been voted coach of the 2011/12 Serie A season by his Italian peers after leading the Turin side undefeated to the title. "Thank you for this coveted prize for those in our profession. I thank everyone who voted for me and those who didn't," Conte told...
  • Neutral venues for Ranji Trophy fixtures February 14, 2012

    Chennai: All Ranji Trophy matches from the 2012-13 season will be played at neutral venues, the BCCI has announced. The decision was taken during the board's Working Committee meeting on Monday with an aim at reducing any home advantages that teams seek to gain through the preparation of pitches. The...
  • Rajasthan's Ranji Trophy heroes January 24, 2012

    Defending champions Rajasthan conceded the first-innings lead in five consecutive matches at the beginning of the 2011-12 Ranji Trophy season. From having just five points after five matches, they rallied to make the knock-out phase and then knocked off Hyderabad, Haryana and Tamil Nadu to defend their title. The reason...
  • Saxena plays 3rd longest first-class innings January 21, 2012

    Chennai: Rajasthan opener Vineet Saxena's 257 against Tamil Nadu is the third longest innings in terms of minutes by any batsman in the history of first-class game. Saxena has batted for an unbelievable 907 minutes (15 hours and seven minutes) and in the process is only behind former Himachal Pradesh captain...
  • Ranji final: Saxena double ton deflates TN January 21, 2012

    Chennai: A maiden first-class double-century from Vineet Saxena, spanning 555 deliveries and six sessions, carried Rajasthan to 404 for 2 at stumps on day two of the 2011-12 Ranji Trophy final at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Friday. Having added 236 for the opening wicket with Aakash Chopra, who was...
  • Resurrected MP showed guts and promise January 19, 2012

    Gone are the days when the Ranji Trophy was regularly dominated by heavyweights who bullied less experienced teams. This change was brought by Rajasthan in the 2010-11 season, when they emerged from nowhere to defy expectations and lift the title. For Rajasthan, it was a dream run last season and one...
  • Ranji final: Rajasthan 221 for no loss January 19, 2012

    Chennai: It was one-way traffic at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, as Rajasthan openers Aakash Chopra and Vineet Saxena carried the defending champions to 221 for no loss at stumps on day one of the 2011-12 Ranji Trophy final. You can't blame Tamil Nadu for having a sense of déjà vu....
  • TN will go for outright win, says captain Balaji January 18, 2012

    Chennai: Tamil Nadu skipper Lakshmipathy Balaji struck a note of confidence as he felt he has the team to win the Ranji Trophy final against holders Rajasthan in the five-day game beginning in Chennai on Thursday. At a pre-match media conference on Wednesday, Balaji opined that the pitch at the Chepauk...
  • Tamil Nadu's journey to the Ranji final January 18, 2012

    Though they won just one league match, Tamil Nadu were spurred on by their big bats – namely Abhinav Mukund's 871 runs – and some clutch performances by lesser-known players to consistently claim first-innings lead points. Their mantra was simple: bat first and bat big. Once they reached the knock-out...
  • How Rajasthan made the Ranji final January 18, 2012

    More than halfway into the Ranji Trophy season, Rajasthan, defending champions, were languishing in the bottom half of their pool. They had conceded the first-innings lead in five consecutive matches, yet had not lost or won a fixture. From having five points from five matches, Rajasthan rallied to retain their...
  • Are we a fake cricketing nation? January 15, 2012

    It's all very well to win the World Cup after 28 years or for that matter be the No. 1 ranked Test team for 18-odd months. The Board of Control for Cricket in India along with Team India might have felt that they had an ace up their sleeve by getting...
  • Rajasthan not to lodge complaint against pitch January 13, 2012

    Jaipur: Defending champions Rajasthan, who pipped Haryana to sail into the final of the Ranji Trophy for the second consecutive year, will not lodge an official complaint against the tricky pitch used for the semifinal at Lahli near Rohtak as they emerged winner. "Yes, it was not a good wicket but...
  • We showed great character: Chopra January 12, 2012

    New Delhi: Aakash Chopra is as pleased as punch that Rajasthan made their second successive Ranji Trophy final following a 64-run win over Haryana in Rohtak on Thursday. Needing 185 to win, the hosts were bundled out for just 120 as Rituraj Singh and Pankaj Singh shared nine wickets between them...
  • Ranji SFs:Haryana need another 170 to win January 11, 2012

    Rohtak: An intriguing third day is on the cards as hosts Haryana need another 170 runs to win with eight wickets in hand against defending champions Rajasthan in the Ranji Trophy semi-final, being played at Bansi Lal Stadium. Rajasthan batsmen gave a better account of themselves in the second innings scoring...
  • The more things change... January 10, 2012

    ...The more they stay the same. Indian fans will certainly be feeling that way, having watched India suffer their sixth successive away Test defeat – three of which were by an innings – after yet another abject performance. The last time the team went on such a miserable run was...
  • Chahar would have given us the edge: Chopra December 30, 2011

    Jaipur: Admitting that they were lucky to have made the cut, Rajasthan skipper Aakash Chopra on Friday said the defending champions would miss the service of pacer Deepak Chahar in their Ranji Trophy quarterfinal match against Hyderabad. Down with jaundice, incidentally, it was Chahar, unheralded then, who broke the back of...
  • Plate Div: Hyderabad, Maharashtra go through December 24, 2011

    Nagpur: After playing out draws in their respective Plate division matches against Vidarbha and Himachal Pradesh, Hyderabad and Maharashtra have booked their places in this year's knock-out stage of the Ranji Trophy and have also ensured of playing with the other Elite teams in the next season. Hyderabad pipped Vidarbha by...
  • Elite Div: Mumbai thrash Punjab, Bengal out December 24, 2011

    Mumbai: Opener Praful Waghela (57) and captain Wasim Jaffer (50) hit half-centuries and put up an unbeaten 94-run stand against Punjab to guide Mumbai to their third outright victory of the season, and to top Group A with 25 points in the Ranji Trophy Elite Division match on Saturday. The 39-time...
  • India's best chance to win in Australia: Experts December 23, 2011

    CNN-IBN's cricket experts Harsha Bhogle and Sanjay Manjrekar shared their views on the upcoming India-Australia series. ...
  • Plate Div: Jungade puts Vidarbha in command December 23, 2011

    Nagpur: An undefeated 125-run stand for the ninth wicket between tailenders Amol Jungade (92) and Akshay Wakhare (50) helped Vidarbha score 467 for eight against Hyderabad, while Maharashtra were dismissed for 415 and then grabbed three quick Himachal wickets for 68 on the second day of their Ranji Trophy Plate...
  • Elite Div: Mumbai take 1st innings lead December 23, 2011

    Mumbai: Riding on Wasim Jaffer's record-breaking 82 as he overtook former teammate Amol Muzumdar as the highest run-getter in Ranji Trophy, Mumbai took the first-innings lead against Punjab by reaching 308-5 at stumps in their Elite Division Group A match here on Thursday. Jaffer needed 50 runs to go past Muzumdar,...
  • Jaffer breaks Ranji record of most runs December 22, 2011

    Mumbai: Wasim Jaffer added another feather to his cap on Thursday when he broke his former Mumbai teammate Amol Muzumdar's record of most runs in the Ranji Trophy in their game against Punjab at the Wankhede Stadium. Jaffer, 33, went past Muzumdar's tournament tally of 8237 runs when he drove a...
  • Plate Div: Middle order drives Maharashtra December 21, 2011

    Pune: Half-centuries to the middle-order pair of Nikhil Paradkar and Ankit Bawne carried Maharashtra to a comfortable 232 for 4 at stumps on the first day of their Plate Division semi-final against Himachal Pradesh at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium on Wednesday. Having opted to bat, the hosts had been 45...
  • Mystery over Ishant's fitness continues December 19, 2011

    The Indian paceman is racing against the clock to get himself fit for the Boxing Day Test against Australia. ...
  • Elite Div: Bhatia steers Delhi to 392 vs Bengal December 14, 2011

    Kolkata: After Rajat Bhatia slammed an unbeaten 163 to help Delhi post 392 all out in their first innings, Bengal struggled to reach 84 for four at the end of day two of their Ranji Trophy Elite Division Group B match here on Wednesday. The Delhi all-rounder in IPL, Bhatia, spent...
  • Elite Div: Mukund, Badri tons deflate Gujarat December 13, 2011

    Ahmedabad: Centuries to India discards Abhinav Mukund and Subramaniam Badrinath put Tamil Nadu in a commanding position against Gujarat at the Sardar Patel Stadium as the fifth round of Ranji Trophy matches got underway across the country. Riding on Mukund’s unbeaten 150, scored from 264 balls and with 24 boundries, and...
  • Sreesanth set for long absence with toe injury December 4, 2011

    New Delhi: Indian pacer S Sreesanth has been sidelined for upto eight weeks due to a toe injury, ruling him out of content_cnion for the four-Test series against Australia starting on December 26. Sreesanth was not picked in the original squad for Australia Tests but a rib injury to pacer Praveen...
  • Zaheer still has to prove fitness: Ganguly December 3, 2011

    New Delhi: Sourav Ganguly, the former India captain, has sounded a warning ahead of the Australia tour by suggesting that Zaheer Khan has not done enough to prove his fitness for the first Test against Australia starting on the Boxing Day. Zaheer injured his right hamstring on the first day...
  • Elite Div: Nehra, Awana set up Delhi win December 2, 2011

    New Delhi: A stellar performance from Delhi’s new-ball bowlers Ashish Nehra and Parvinder Awana set the home team up for a crushing ten-wicket win - their first of the season - over Baroda at the Feroz Shah Kotla here today. With this victory, Delhi jumped to the top of the...