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  • I love races filled with overtakes and battles: Lewis Hamilton Yesterday

    London: Celebrated F1 driver Lewis Hamilton might have won the World Championship last season but he is still hungry for more races, involving battling and overtaking and wants more competition in this year's Formula One season that gets underway in Melbourne on March 15. The Mercedes AMG Petronas driver, Hamilton won...
  • World Cup 2015: India go from butterfingers to electric-heels in the field 4 days ago

    Mumbai: It is one of the accepted truths of international cricket that fielding is not India's particular forte but Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men have taken bold steps towards altering that reputation at the World Cup. Too often in the past, India's fast bowlers have been liabilities in the field, while during...
  • World Cup 2015: Sri Lanka back to reckoning at the MCG 6 days ago

    In the post-match press conference the fan question to Angelo Matthews, the winning captain, was whether he thought Sri Lanka were peaking. Mathews duly pulled out the PR talk and said they were taking it a game a time and then casually mentioned that he thought Sri Lanka were clinical...
  • World Cup: Bangladesh captain let down by batting, bowling, fielding 1 week ago

    Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza described the 92-run defeat against Sri Lanka on Thursday as "frustrating", saying his team was not up to the mark in batting, bowling or fielding. "It is obvious we did not play well today," said Mortaza. "We need to work hard if we are to do well...
  • World Cup: Dilshan, Sangakkara guide Sri Lanka to huge win over Bangladesh 1 week ago

    Something about Bangladesh triggers Sri Lanka into action. So far in the 2015 World Cup, Sri Lanka have failed to completely dominate an innings. At the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Thursday (February 26), they dominated a whole match. Perhaps that wasn't surprising, given their 32-4 record against Bangladesh heading into this...
  • As it happened: Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh, World Cup, Match 18, Pool A February 26, 2015

    (For Live Blog, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Brief Preview: The Islanders, losing finalists in the last two editions, have had an uninspiring start to the 2015 event, with their batsmen struggling to cope with the conditions in New Zealand. Angelo Mathews's men were thrashed by the co-hosts...
  • Upul Tharanga replaces Jeevan Mendis in Sri Lanka World Cup squad February 25, 2015

    Wellington: Opening batsman Upul Tharanga will join Sri Lanka at the World Cup as a replacement for injured allrounder Jeevan Mendis. The International Cricket Council approved the replacement after Mendis injured a hamstring at training on Tuesday. Sri Lanka will play Bangladesh in Melbourne on Thursday in their third match in Pool...
  • Sri Lanka seek World Cup lift against Bangladesh February 25, 2015

    Perennial contenders Sri Lanka will fear their own inconsistent form more than their opponents when they meet Bangladesh in the World Cup at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Thursday. The Islanders, losing finalists in the last two editions, have had an uninspiring start to the 2015 event, with their batsmen struggling...
  • ICC World Cup: Ajinkya Rahane is a monk with a bat February 25, 2015

    Perth: Ajinkya Rahane is an unlikely hero. Unlike many of his team-mates, flash is the last thing on his mind. He is not one of the in-your-face types; he is more understated and studied. See Ajinkya Rahane, and immediately you see serious. You see committed. You see determined. It's not...
  • World Cup: Ravichandran Ashwin-Ravindra Jadeja have proved critics wrong, says Virat Kohli February 24, 2015

    Perth: Question marks have been raised about their ability to trouble batsmen in overseas conditions but "spin twins" Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin have "proved their critics wrong" with an impressive start to their World Cup campaign, feels team's premier batsman Virat Kohli. With convincing wins over Pakistan and South Africa...
  • Sri Lanka, Bangladesh suffer World Cup injuries February 24, 2015

    Sri Lanka and Bangladesh were dealt injury blows ahead of Thursday's World Cup clash at the Melbourne Cricket Ground with both Jeevan Mendis and Mushfiqur Rahim taken to hospital for assessment. Mendis, a left-handed batsman and right-arm leg-spinner, has a hamstring injury that could be serious enough to rule him out...
  • Bangladesh rubbished World Cup bookie links February 24, 2015

    Melbourne: Bangladesh, on Monday, rubbished media reports back home that seamer Al-Amin Hossain had been kicked out of the World Cup for reportedly confessing to meeting an illegal Indian bookmaker. The official statement issued on Sunday by the team management had said Hossain, 25, was being sent home for breaking curfew...
  • Shikhar Dhawan most mentioned Indian player on Twitter February 23, 2015

    Melbourne: Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan topped the list of the most mentioned players from India in Twitter after his ton (137) for a winning cause against South Africa in a Pool B World Cup encounter. Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (@msdhoni) and Ajinkya Rahane (@ajinkyarahane88) were the second and third most spoken...
  • Never in my wildest dream I thought of such big win: Sunil Gavaskar February 23, 2015

    Perth: Lavishing praise on Team India for defeating South Africa in the cricket World Cup, former skipper Sunil Gavaskar on Monday said he never thought in his wildest dream that Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men would beat the Proteas by such a huge margin. Defending champions India crushed South Africa by 130...
  • Australia tour diary: A walk down memory lane at the MCG February 23, 2015

    The inside of the stadium is lined with cricket memorabilia which every cricket fan would love to get a snap with. ...
  • Anil Kumble becomes 4th Indian to be inducted into ICC Hall of Fame February 23, 2015

    To join an elite list of cricketers is a very special feeling and to be the 4th Indian to be inducted makes it even more special, says former India captain Anil Kumble. ...
  • Shafiul Islam cleared to join Bangladesh squad at World Cup February 23, 2015

    Melbourne: The International Cricket Council has approved Shafiul Islam as a replacement in Bangladesh's World Cup squad for pace bowler Al-Amin Hossain, who was sent home after breaking a team curfew. Al-Amin did not play in the team's opening 105-run win over Afghanistan, and Bangladesh's second match against Australia was washed...
  • Images: From Ghaziabad to Melbourne, fans rejoice in India's win over South Africa February 23, 2015

    Team India broke its World Cup jinx against South Africa, which sparked celebration by fans in India and Australia. Here's a look at the images after India's 130-run win. Fans gathered outside Suresh Raina's residence in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, to celebrate India's win. (Getty Images) Indore saw wild celebrations as fans burnt...
  • Shikhar Dhawan: Aggressive on the pitch, calm off it February 23, 2015

    Melbourne: Indian cricket's man of the moment Shikhar Dhawan, who mesmerised the MCG crowd with his 137-run match-winning knock against South Africa, said that staying calm during a lean patch was key to his success in the first two matches of the World Cup. Dhawan, who had an ordinary ODI tri-series...
  • ICC World Cup 2015: Teams will now take India's bowling seriously February 23, 2015

    Two clinical but extremely convincing wins has set the ball rolling in the right direction for Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men. The much assailed Indian bowling line-up would undoubtedly be the most discussed topic hereon in the team meetings of most countries in the tournament. More than the talent that the...
  • ICC World Cup: When Melbourne turned into Mumbai and Mohali February 23, 2015

    This could so easily have been Mumbai or Mohali, given the sea of blue that drove the Indian team and the profusion of Indian flags across the vast expanse of the hugely populated stands. In reality, this was the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Australia's pride and joy, by a distance the...
  • South Africa fined for slow over-rate at Cricket World Cup February 23, 2015

    Melbourne: South Africa have been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate during Sunday's World Cup match against India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the International Cricket Council said. Match referee Jeff Crowe found the South Africans fell one over short in the stipulated time and docked skipper AB de Villiers 20...
  • Harbhajan Singh, Ishant Sharma congratulate India February 22, 2015

    Melbourne: Pacer Ishant Sharma, who was ruled out of the World Cup with an injury, and out-of-favour off-spinner Harbhajan Singh congratulated the Indian cricket team on winning their World Cup Pool B encounter against South Africa on Sunday. India posted a healthy 307/7 in their 50 overs, courtesy superb knocks from...
  • Anil Kumble inducted into ICC Hall of Fame February 22, 2015

    Melbourne: Former India spinner Anil Kumble was Sunday inducted into the prestigious International Cricket Council (ICC) Hall of Fame at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Kumble became the fourth Indian to be given the honour after Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev and Bishan Singh Bedi and also joins the likes of Australian...
  • India have thrown a World Cup dare by hammering South Africa February 22, 2015

    There is a reason most of us compare cricket with life that is a great leveller, one of it being the great unpredictability that the sport offers in a matter of couple of hours where the fortunes of a side change at the drop of a hat. Never in the wildest...
  • World Cup: Shikhar Dhawan is the architect of India's change in fortunes February 22, 2015

    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...
  • Cricket fraternity hails India's big win over SA February 22, 2015

    Melbourne: As India broke a long-standing World Cup jinx against South Africa on Sunday, appreciation and congratulatory messages poured in from the cricket fraternity which hailed the team's "terrific" all-round performance in front of a packed MCG. Riding on another strong batting display powered by Shikhar Dhawan's strokeful century, India today...
  • ICC World Cup: India rout South Africa, title defence on February 22, 2015

    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 Shikhar...