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  • Team India returns home after dismal tour of New Zealand February 20, 2014

    Mumbai: The Indian team led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni returned from New Zealand after losing both One-day International and Test series, in what turned out to a disastrous tour. Soon after landing here last night, all the team members took connecting flights to their respective cities. India lost the five-match ODI...
  • Sourav Ganguly says MS Dhoni's Test captaincy 'obnoxious' February 19, 2014

    New Delhi: Mahendra Singh Dhoni's Test captaincy has come under severe criticism from former skipper Sourav Ganguly who described his leadership as "obnoxious" following India's humiliating series defeat against New Zealand. Ganguly, one of India's most successful captains, said had the 50-over World Cup not been just one year away, he...
  • Time has come to look beyond 'defensive' Dhoni: Amarnath February 19, 2014

    New Delhi: Former India cricketer Mohinder Amarnath says the time has come to remove Mahendra Singh Dhoni from captaincy as his "defensive approach" has resulted in the country's prolonged failure on foreign soil. "Dhoni is a defensive captain who allows opposition to make a comeback in the game. His record is...
  • Will split captaincy address Team India's woes? February 19, 2014

    Ten defeats in 15 overseas Tests without a win in over two and a half years is a cause of concern for any team - whether in transition or not. And India are now suffering what Australia did after the exodus of Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath, Steve Waugh and Adam...
  • Brendon McCullum's triple century lands him career-best ranking February 19, 2014

    Dubai: New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum's match-saving knock of 302 in the Wellington Test against India has helped him jump eight places to a career-best 12th in the latest ICC rankings for Test batsmen. McCullum, who became the first New Zealander to score a triple hundred, helped draw the second and...
  • Where's the improvement MS Dhoni is talking about? February 19, 2014

    Mahendra Singh Dhoni's India left New Zealand still seeking an overseas test victory after more than two and a half years' frustration on tour. New Zealand won the Test series 1-0 on Tuesday after the second match at the Basin Reserve ended in a draw highlighted by captain Brendon McCullum's triple...
  • New Zealand media hail 'Captain Fantastic', Brendon McCullum February 19, 2014

    Wellington: New Zealand media dubbed triple centurion Brendon McCullum "Captain Fantastic", as Black Caps coach Mike Hesson said his unfancied team was finally reaching its potential. "Our greatest innings," trumpeted the New Zealand Herald's front page on Wednesday, accompanied by a picture of McCullum with his arms aloft after scoring 302...
  • Dhoni must take a few risks to win abroad: Dravid February 19, 2014

    Wellington: Former captain Rahul Dravid has backed the underfire Mahendra Singh Dhoni to stay on as Test skipper for at least a year but added that he would need to take a "few risks" to win abroad. "I think he's got to realise this very quickly, that if he wants to...
  • MS Dhoni can give Test captaincy to Virat Kohli, says Martin Crowe February 18, 2014

    Wellington: New Zealand's former skipper Martin Crowe feels India's chances of defending the title at next year's 50-over World Cup could improve if Mahendra Singh Dhoni hands over the Test captaincy to Virat Kohli. "I would say that if India want to defend the next World Cup, I think MS Dhoni...
  • India @ 9 with Rajdeep Sardesai February 18, 2014

    Catch the day's top stories with Rajdeep Sardesai on India @ 9. ...
  • Kirmani bats for underfire Dhoni, downplays string of losses February 18, 2014

    Mumbai: Former stumper Syed Kirmani on Tuesday backed MS Dhoni's captaincy, saying too much should not be read into India's fourth consecutive series loss overseas as he felt every team goes through a bad phase. "It does not matter whether it is four losses or five. Every team goes through it....
  • News 360: Lok Sabha passes Telangana Bill by voice votes February 18, 2014

    After days of protest and an unprecedented decision to black out the live telecast of the proceedings, Lok Sabha on Friday passed the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill, 2013 (Telangana Bill) by a voice vote even as several MPs called it the "murder of democracy." ...
  • U-19 World Cup: West Indies, England cruise into quarter-finals February 18, 2014

    Dubai: England and the West Indies advanced to the quarter-finals of the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup when they comfortably won their decisive Group C and D matches respectively on Tuesday. England overcame Sunday's heart-breaking loss to Sri Lanka by bouncing back to defeat New Zealand by 115 runs at Dubai...
  • India had a great chance of winning both Tests: Kris Srikkanth February 18, 2014

    India had all the chance to win both the Tests in New Zealand but squandered the opportunity to extend their winless streak abroad. ...
  • Dhoni's India slammed after New Zealand tour flop February 18, 2014

    New Delhi: India's latest away series defeat at the end of a dismal tour of New Zealand triggered calls on Tuesday for a change in leadership and a warning that financial muscle does not translate to on-field success. A majestic triple century from Black Caps skipper Brendon McCullum in the...
  • India bowlers squandered winning positions in two of last four Tests February 18, 2014

    India are winless in 2014, and while that remains a surprise in ODI cricket for the current World Cup-holders, on at least two occasions in the last four Tests, Indian bowling failed to respond when the batsmen had put the side in a winning position. It happened once each on India's...
  • Amit Mishra should have been given a chance: Ghavri February 18, 2014

    Mumbai: Leggie Amit Mishra, who has been virtually a passenger with the Indian touring team without getting into the playing eleven, should have been tried out by the team management during the New Zealand series to show his mettle, said former India pacer Karsan Ghavri. "I think other spinners should be...
  • McCullum shows maturity with Wellington triple century February 18, 2014

    Wellington: Brendon McCullum showed his growing maturity and desire to stamp his mark on New Zealand with an inspirational triple-century that salvaged the second Test against India and sealed a 1-0 series win on Tuesday. The 32-year-old's 302 at Wellington's Basin Reserve capped a golden summer for the New Zealand captain,...
  • India retain second position in ICC Test team rankings February 18, 2014

    Dubai: India have retained their second position in the ICC Test team rankings following a draw in the second and final Test against New Zealand, which won the series 1-0. A two-Test series loss has resulted in India slipping from 117 ratings points to 112, which means that they are ahead...
  • How India drew a Test they should have won in three days February 18, 2014

    India let another opportunity of a Test win on foreign soil slip from their hands when New Zealand managed to erase a 246-run deficit to plunder 680 for 7 in their second innings and shut down India's chances of a series-levelling win. Here's how it happened over the course of...
  • Dhoni satisfied despite disastrous New Zealand tour February 18, 2014

    Wellington: Despite his team overwhelmingly crushed by New Zealand during the tour, India skipper MS Dhoni on Tuesday put up a brave front, saying it was "quite a good performance" by his team in the Test matches. It turned out to be a disastrous tour for India as they remained winless,...
  • Time to say goodbye to MS Dhoni the Test captain February 18, 2014

    In January 2012 Mahendra Singh Dhoni had hinted that he might quit one of the formats by the end of 2013. We're in 2014 now; Dhoni is still there playing everything and finishing two forgettable tours to start the new year, perhaps wondering - looking at his worsening away Test...
  • 2nd Test: India hold onto a draw, NZ win series 1-0 February 18, 2014

    After Brendon McCullum's historic triple century batted India out of the second Test at Wellington on day five, Virat Kohli helped the visitors overcome a top-order failure with his sixth Test hundred and hold on to draw a Test they looked like winning two days ago. All eyes were on McCullum...
  • Brendon McCullum first NZ player to score Test triple century February 18, 2014

    Brendon McCullum became the first New Zealand batsman to score a Test match triple century on Tuesday during the fifth day of the second Test against India at the Basin Reserve. The 32-year-old McCullum had resumed on 281 and brought up the milestone with a late cut for his 32nd boundary...
  • As it happened: India vs New Zealand, 2nd Test, Day 5 February 18, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) After Brendon McCullum's historic triple century set India 435 to chase on Day 5, Virat Kohli struck his 6th Test hundred to earn India a draw. Day 4 round-up: Bowlers win you Test matches because you need 20 wickets to win...
  • Better for India to lose 2-0 than not take an outside chance to win February 17, 2014

    At the end of the first session on day three, India could hardly imagine the nightmare they would be starting at five sessions later in the second Test against New Zealand that has been turned on its head by the hosts' middle order. India led by 246 at the end of...
  • Milestone man McCullum on the brink of greatness February 17, 2014

    Wellington: An exhausted Brendon McCullum stood on the cusp of history on Monday after he had saved the second Test against India and set up his side up for a tilt at what would be an astounding victory on the fifth and final day. The 32-year-old captain ended the fourth day...
  • Proud BJ Watling relished grinding India with a century February 17, 2014

    Wellington: The cricketing cliche of taking each ball on its merits and then switching off to deal with the next was never more appropriate on Monday as Brendon McCullum and BJ Watling batted New Zealand into a strong position in the second Test against India. The hosts were 571 for six...
  • Shikhar Dhawan still hopeful of a win on Day 5 February 17, 2014

    Wellington: At a loss of words to explain India's poor performance, batsman Shikhar Dhawan on Monday conceded that New Zealand have turned the tables on his side in the ongoing second cricket Test but insisted that the visitors still have a chance to not just save but win the match. The...