Twenty 20

  • Andrew Flintoff could make Twenty20 comeback 15-04-2014 07:27 PM

    London: Four years after retiring from international cricket, former England skipper Andrew Flintoff is eyeing a T20 return with former club St Annes. The 36-year-old allrounder played for the Northern League side - St Annes - as a junior before joining Lancashire. The BBC reported that the 6' 4" athlete...
  • Sanga, Mahela made correct decision to retire: Ranatunga 10-04-2014 10:35 AM

    Colombo: It triggered quite a furore in Sri Lankan cricket but the country's first World Cup-winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga has backed Mahela Jayawrdene and Kumar Sangakkara's decision to call it quits from Twenty20 Internationals, saying the duo's timing was correct. Jayawardene and Sangakkara were criticised by Sri Lanka Cricket for...
  • Cricket council happy with associates' progress at world events 10-04-2014 09:25 AM

    The International Cricket Council's faith in associate member teams was vindicated by their recent showing in the T20 WC, development manager Tim Anderson has said, singling out the Netherlands' upset win over England. Six ICC associate member countries - Ireland, Afghanistan, Nepal, Hong Kong, the United Arab Emirates and the...
  • Yuvraj did not deserve this unwarranted criticism: Pietersen 09-04-2014 12:26 PM

    New Delhi: Once labelled a 'pie-chucker' by Kevin Pietersen, beleaguered Yuvraj Singh has found support from the maverick batsman, who says the India left-hander is at the receiving end of "unwarranted criticism" following his scratchy knock in the World T20 final. Yuvraj's 21-ball 11 sucked the momentum out of India's...
  • Sri Lankan WT20 party marred by players dispute 09-04-2014 08:59 AM

    Colombo: Sri Lanka's team flew home in triumph Tuesday to a huge street party after winning the world Twenty20 tournament, but celebrations were marred by controversy over the retirements of Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara. Tens of thousands of fans lined the street from the main international airport to downtown...
  • World Twenty20 champion Sri Lanka return to warm welcome 08-04-2014 11:59 PM

    Colombo: Sri Lanka's World Twenty20 champions returned home to a heroes' welcome on Tuesday with tens of thousands of fans lining up to greet the players on an open top bus, lighting firecrackers and dancing to drumbeats. The players were welcomed with flower garlands as they left the plane and...
  • Jayawardene, Sangakkara slam officials over Twenty20 retirement controversy 08-04-2014 10:30 PM

    Sri Lanka's team flew home in triumph on Tuesday to a huge street party after winning the world Twenty20 tournament, but celebrations were marred by controversy over the retirements of Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara. Tens of thousands of fans lined the street from the main international airport to downtown...
  • Lasith Malinga attributes his success in World T20 to IPL 08-04-2014 10:13 PM

    Colombo: Pacer Lasith Malinga, who led Sri Lanka to the World T20 title, has attributed his success in the just-concluded event in Bangladesh to IPL. "My experience of playing in the IPL for 6 years helped," Malinga told reporters on arrival here. The team was given a hero's welcome at...
  • Top seven moments of 2014 World Twenty20 08-04-2014 12:25 PM

    It's over, but memories will stay. The 2014 ICC World Twenty20 delivered unbridled joy and also distressing heartbreaks that will shape up into bedtime stories the players will narrate to their grandchildren one day. Whether it was Hong Kong's win over Bangladesh, Dale Steyn's last over against New Zealand or...
  • Sri Lanka cricket fan suffers heart attack after betting on India 07-04-2014 10:40 PM

    A Sri Lankan fruit seller suffered a massive heart attack and died after he lost a USD300 bet that India would win the cricket T20 WC tournament, police said Monday. SP Kumara placed the 40,000-rupee bet on the eve of Sunday's final, wrongly predicting that Sri Lanka would repeat their...
  • Yuvraj can be criticised, but not crucified: Tendulkar 07-04-2014 09:18 PM

    New Delhi: Sachin Tendulkar on Monday stood firmly behind a beleagured Yuvraj Singh, saying that the talented left-hander "is down but far from being out" and backed him to make it to the 2015 World Cup squad. Tendulkar, who has always been a mentor to Yuvraj had soothing took to...
  • One defeat ruins India's World Twenty20 title dreams 07-04-2014 08:32 PM

    Understandably, there is a hue and cry over India's loss in the finals of World T20 against Sri Lanka in Dhaka. What's more, Yuvraj Singh is now deemed the villain. How fickle are we, the fans! Yuvraj was the toast of the nation three years ago when he won the...
  • Charlotte Edwards to lead World T20 XI for second time 07-04-2014 02:20 PM

    Dhaka: Finalists England and Australia contributed a total of six players to the ICC World T20 2014 women's team of the tournament, which was announced here on Monday, with England's Charlotte Edwards named captain for the second consecutive time. Chosen by a select group of experts, the team was selected...
  • MS Dhoni named captain of World T20 Team of Tournament 07-04-2014 02:10 PM

    Dubai: The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday announced the men's Team of the Tournament for the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, with India's Mahendra Singh Dhoni as its captain. The team includes four players from India, two each from South Africa and the West Indies, and one each from Australia,...
  • Mithali static as Coyte, Perry make gains in bowling 07-04-2014 01:52 PM

    Dubai: Indian captain Mithali Raj remained static at the fifth place with Poonam Raut (8th) and Harmanpreet Kaur (9th) being the other two in the top-10 of the latest ICC Women's Player Rankings for T20 International batsmen. Pacer Jhulan Goswami dropped two places to be 19th in the bowlers' list....
  • Leg spin placates batsmen at stellar World T20 07-04-2014 01:49 PM

    Mirpur: Now that the dust has settled on Sri Lanka's maiden World Twenty20 triumph in Bangladesh, legspinners across the world can raise a toast to a craft that shone against a barrage of power-hitting over the past three weeks. Modern powerful bats, field restrictions and the brevity of the format...
  • Virat Kohli - not just a run-monger 07-04-2014 12:39 PM

    India played two finals at the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 on Sunday - one that featured Virat Kohli and the other that the rest of his team-mates played. The Man of the Tournament was on a different planet - not finding any demons in the track or any riddles in...
  • India drop to second in ICC T20 rankings; Kohli, Ashwin rise 07-04-2014 12:14 PM

    Dubai: India lost their number one status to Sri Lanka after being defeated in the World Twenty20 final but star batsman Virat Kohli and spinner R Ashwin on Monday attained career-high positions of second and third respectively in the latest ICC rankings issued here. "India pair of Virat Kohli and...
  • World T20: Don't blame Yuvraj Singh, SL were brilliant in death overs 07-04-2014 11:22 AM

    Yuvraj Singh, who struggled for his 11 runs off 21 balls in the ICC World Twenty20 final against Sri Lanka on Sunday should not be singled out for India's loss in the final. Definitely Yuvraj looked out of sorts but after he was dismissed on the first ball of the...
  • Don't be so bitter about one bad day: Harbhajan on Yuvraj 07-04-2014 11:07 AM

    New Delhi: Facing a barrage of criticism for his slow batting in the lost World Twenty20 final against Sri Lanka, Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh found support from his teammate and close friend Harbhajan Singh, who urged fans to not be bitter about just "one bad day". "Shocking to c every1...
  • One failure can't belittle Yuvraj Singh's India job 07-04-2014 10:19 AM

    Easier said "success and failure are part of sport and sportspersons," but when failure hits, the statement becomes as good as just an adage, and contributions of the past fall prey to short memory. What Yuvraj Singh experienced on the evening of April 2, 2011, and three years later on...
  • 'Accidental' skipper Malinga relishes World T20 success 07-04-2014 09:31 AM

    Mirpur: Lasith Malinga found himself thrust into the Sri Lankan captaincy midway through the World Twenty20 and emerged with the trophy in his arms on Sunday after three heady weeks in Bangladesh. Having twice gone down in the final, Sri Lanka entered the tournament under the leadership of 24-year-old Dinesh...
  • Yuvraj Singh should not be singled out, says father Yograj 07-04-2014 08:39 AM

    Chandigarh: Yuvraj Singh's father Yograj came out in defence of his son, saying the left-handed batsman, who struggled for his 11 runs off 21 balls, should not be singled out for India's loss in the ICC World T20 final. "Yuvraj should not be singled out," Yograj said when asked if...
  • Stones pelted at Yuvraj Singh's house in Chandigarh 07-04-2014 08:26 AM

    Soon after Team India's defeat in World T20 final against Sri Lanka, security was beefed up around the house of Yuvraj Singh in Chandigarh on Sunday night. If reports are to be believed, the angry fans showered their frustration with stones. Yuvraj, who scored a struggling 21-ball 11, not only...
  • World T20: Sri Lanka celebrate biggest win in 18 years 07-04-2014 08:26 AM

    Colombo: Sri Lanka fans at home burst firecrackers and danced on the streets as the national team won the T20 WC title beating India by six wickets in Dhaka on Sunday. Instant celebrations broke out at cricket grounds and public parks in the capital Colombo as well as in suburban...
  • I don't think game of cricket owes us anything: Kumar Sangakkara 07-04-2014 12:27 AM

    Mirpur: Kumar Sangakkara's eloquence is unquestionable and he was grace personified on the final day of his T20 International career stating that it was a privilege to play the sport and it "does not owe anything to the players". It turned out to be a fitting farewell for Sangakkara and...
  • MS Dhoni defends underfire Yuvraj Singh, says he tried his best 07-04-2014 12:08 AM

    Mirpur: Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday did not sound convincing as he desperately tried to defend Yuvraj Singh whose painstaking 21-ball 11 put paid to India's hopes of a historic treble. India's quest ended in heartbreak as a gutsy Sri Lanka produced a clinical display to win their maiden...
  • Sri Lanka dedicate World T20 title to Jayawardene and Sangakkara 06-04-2014 11:45 PM

    Mirpur: It was a fitting farewell for Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara who pulled the curtains on their T20 careers with a memorable triumph at the ICC World Twenty20, and their team-mates dedicated it to the two retiring legends of Sri Lankan cricket. A gutsy Sri Lanka produced a clinical...
  • World T20: It was a perfect day for Sri Lanka, says MS Dhoni 06-04-2014 11:15 PM

    Mipur: India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday admitted that his batsmen couldn't execute the plans well in the last four overs against Sri Lanka in the final of the ICC World Twenty20 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Sunday. "In the middle overs, our batsmen tried our best to...
  • Man of the Series Virat Kohli pleased with World T20 outing 06-04-2014 11:03 PM

    Mirpur: Virat Kohli, who won the World Twenty20 player of the tournament award, said that India reaching the final was the most pleasing thing for him. Sri Lanka beat India in the final to win the 2014 World T20 title for the first time after reaching the finals in the...