INDIA TOUR

  • Couple of two-day matches not sufficient to open Australia tour, says Ganguly Yesterday

    New Delhi: Not really impressed with the preparation that India will have going into the Test series against Australia, former captain Sourav Ganguly on Sunday said a couple of two-day practice games are just not enough. India will start the Test series against Australia on December 4 and play two practice...
  • Australia should be prepared to face aggressive India: Virat Kohli 2 days ago

    For the first time in 22 years, the Indian team is embarking on a Test tour of Australia without greats like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Sourav Ganguly, Anil Kumble and Virender Sehwag but unperturbed by that, star batsman and captain for the first Test Virat Kohli said they...
  • I'm living my most cherished dream, says KL Rahul 3 days ago

    Elated after being selected in the Indian Test team for the tour of Australia, Karnataka's in-form opener KL Rahul said he is eager to play alongside captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli. The 22-year-old had an amazing domestic season that paved way for his entry into the national team for...
  • Chinese President Jinping meets Manmohan Singh, Sonia on 3rd day of his India tour September 19, 2014

    New Delhi: On the third and final day of Chinese's President Xi Jinping's India visit, he met former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the national capital on Friday. Jinping also met Congress President Sonia Gandhi and other party leaders. He met Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan too. "The meeting took place at...
  • I am very much eyeing the England tour: Parvinder Awana May 27, 2014

    Kings XI Punjab pacer Parvinder Awana has set his sights on the upcoming tour of England to make a comeback into the Indian cricket team. The 27yearold Awana, who has played for India in two T20s, has impressed KXIP bowling coach Joe Dawes, who is hoping that the bowler gets back...
  • Virat, Pujara will be key for India in England, says Kevin Pietersen May 4, 2014

    Kevin Pietersen said the performance of Indian batsmen, especially Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara, will be critical to the side's chances during its lengthy tour of England, come this summer. Pietersen played a key role during the last series in 2011 when he set the tone for England's 40 whitewash with...
  • India will have a tough time touring Australia: Shane Watson April 16, 2014

    Mumbai: Australia were blanked 0-4 by India in their away tour last year, but their allrounder Shane Watson on Wednesday said that his side would be hard to beat when the same opponents tour Down Under for a four-match Test series later this year. Watson's optimism stems from the fact that...
  • Won't do Team India any favours with pitch preparation: NZ coach Hesson December 24, 2013

    New Zealand cricket coach Mike Hesson has called on the country's curators to serve up green pitches when India tour for their twoTest series in February. New Zealand were belted 20 on India's dry wickets last year and Hesson said it was only fair to prepare bouncy tracks for the Auckland...
  • Have South Africa scarred Indian batsmen? December 13, 2013

    In their two completed games so far in South Africa, Indian batting lineup failed to last the distance. The first ODI saw them getting bowled out in 41 overs, while in the second the 10 wickets lasted just 35.1 overs. On the back of that debacle, Indian batsmen may carry...
  • Tests are a different ball game: AB de Villiers December 12, 2013

    Centurion: South African skipper AB de Villiers said his team is proud of beating the world number one ODI side 20 in the justconcluded series but should not rest on its laurels as the upcoming Tests will be a "different ball game" altogether. South Africa beat India by 141 runs in...
  • Test series will see a different India in SA, suggests Dhoni December 12, 2013

    Centurion: Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Wednesday sought to take the positives from India's 02 ODI series loss against South Africa, saying that playing limitedovers format first would help his side do better in dealing with pace and bounce in the Test series starting December 18. "Playing the ODIs before the...
  • What's wrong with including Pujara in ODI setup December 10, 2013

    If he is currently India's most technically equipped batsman, then what stops the BCCI from bringing Cheteshwar Pujara into India's ODI setup? The ODI squad in South Africa is at sea against pace, bounce and movement. World's most prolific batsmen of 2013 are struggling to get bat to ball. A...
  • Sourav Ganguly's mantra for SA tour: Kohli at No. 4, Rohit No. 5 December 3, 2013

    New Delhi: Sourav Ganguly is always credited for instilling the killer instinct in Team India and he has an advice for the team that is starting life post the Sachin Tendulkar era on a testing tour of South Africa. Sachin's retirement opened up the No. 4 slot in Test cricket. India...
  • On MS Dhoni's request, Zaheer Khan to double up as bowling mentor November 30, 2013

    Veteran fast bowler Zaheer Khan will perform a dual role on India's tour of South Africa, travelling as a bowling mentor as well as a Test bowler, Indian Express reported on Saturday. The report said that MS Dhoni had requested the BCCI to allow Zaheer to fly early to help...
  • India lick their lips after Pakistan's win over South Africa November 29, 2013

    Pakistan have undoubtedly dented South Africa's pysche with a historic ODI series win in the Proteas own den and in achieving that feat may have done a favour to their estranged neighbours India, who are next in line to tour the rainbow nation. The hastily arranged limitedovers series after India...
  • Why Gautam Gambhir missed the South African safari November 26, 2013

    Gautam Gambhir's Monday blues continued as the BCCI selectors once again coldshouldered his comeback request, opting to take only two specialist openers on a curtailed Test tour of South Africa. Sandeep Patil & Co picked a 17member party for the South African safari, but there was no room for the veteran...
  • India ready to pick first Test squad post Tendulkar era November 25, 2013

    A nervous Monday awaits Gautam Gambhir, who will hope it ends his selection blues with a recall to the Test squad for India's tour of South Africa. Out of the Test squad for almost a year now, Gambhir will hope that his 153 runs against Haryana on Saturday carry him to...
  • 'India scared of losing to South Africa' November 1, 2013

    Former South Africa pacer Fanie de Villiers has added fuel to fire in India's controversyridden tour of South Africa, saying that India are scared of playing a longer Test series due to fear of losing. "Indian cricket is scared of playing four Tests against us," De Villiers told Mumbai...
  • BCCI formally invites CSA president for discussions on SA tour October 8, 2013

    New Delhi: The decks for India's tour of South Africa may get cleared by the third week of this month as BCCI has invited Cricket South Africa (CSA) president Chris Nenzani for discussions on the proposed bilateral series. Interestingly, CSA's chief executive Haroon Lorgat has not been invited for the discussions...
  • South Africa tour will set the standards for this Indian team: Kohli October 1, 2013

    New Delhi: Amid the cloud of uncertainty that hovers over India's tour of South Africa, batting mainstay Virat Kohli on Tuesday said the upcoming rubber is important as it will "set the standards for this young" national cricket team. BCCI and Cricket South Africa have been at loggerheads since the latter...
  • SACA pleads for early end to India tour speculation September 30, 2013

    Johannesburg: The South African Cricketers Association has called on the BCCI and the CSA to urgently work out the itinerary for the upcoming tour by India, saying that the continuing delay is "worrying and frustrating" for the players. SACA CEO Tony Irish said the series is the highlight of the South...
  • I had no discussions with Haroon Lorgat on South Africa tour: Patel September 18, 2013

    New Delhi: The BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel on Wednesday termed his meeting with Cricket South Africa (CSA) CEO Haroon Lorgat as a "cordial one" but at the same time said that there were "no discussions" about India's tour to South Africa at the end of the year. "I had a very...
  • Lorgat-Patel meeting fails to break impasse on India's SA tour September 17, 2013

    Dubai: The uncertainty over India's proposed cricket tour of South Africa persisted and a final decision in this regard will only be taken after the BCCI's AGM in Chennai on September 29. The BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel and Cricket South Africa CEO Haroon Lorgat had a meeting yesterday on the sidelines...
  • Rohit Sharma confident of Test recall September 12, 2013

    New Delhi: He has often been painted as a batsman who has failed to realise his potential but Indian batsman Rohit Sharma is not bothered about the criticism, instead he is eagerly waiting to make his Test debut. After being promoted to the opening slot by skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Sharma...
  • Windies wicketkeeper Walton aiming for consistency on India tour September 10, 2013

    Bridgetown: Jamaican wicketkeeper batsman Chadwick Walton says he is aiming to achieve consistency in India in an effort to regain his place in the West Indies senior team. Walton, who has played most of his regional cricket for the Combined Campuses and Colleges, will be playing on the sub-continent for...
  • India's tour of New Zealand to start in Napier September 10, 2013

    Wellington: India's tour of New Zealand in early 2014 will start at Napier's McLean Park and conclude with the second Test at Auckland. New Zealand Cricket on Tuesday announced the venues for the five ODIs and two Tests the hosts will play against MS Dhoni's team. Hamilton will host two...
  • No deadlock with CSA, says Dalmiya September 6, 2013

    Kolkata: BCCI interim chief Jagmohan Dalmiya on Friday reiterated that there was no deadlock with Cricket South Africa over India's year end tour to South Africa. "The tour was never off and there was no issue or deadlock (with the CSA). We have a couple of home series (vs Australia and...
  • BCCI and CSA officials to meet in Dubai on Sept 16-17 September 6, 2013

    Cape Town: Officials from both the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Cricket South Africa (CSA) will meet in Dubai during the upcoming ICC Chief Executive Committee meeting on September 16 and 17 as the uncertainty over India's tour of South Africa thickens. Sanjay Patel, the BCCI's...