Virat Kohli

  • Five months from World Cup, India favourites to defend title Yesterday

    After what at one stage earlier this month looked like a vast game of musical chairs, reigning champions India ended up topping the world rankings when the five-month countdown to the 2015 World Cup started on Sunday. With just three rating points separating the top four nations, however, the 11th version...
  • One-day cricket is struggling and irrelevant, says Dravid 3 days ago

    Mumbai: Former India captain Rahul Dravid on Friday said of the three formats of the game, ODI cricket at present was largely irrelevant and struggling to survive and consequently there should be more tournaments like Champions Trophy or World Cup to give it a proper context. "I think one-day cricket is...
  • Virat Kohli: Patchy form but still number one T20 batsman 5 days ago

    India's Virat Kohli has become the number-one ranked T20 batsman in the ICC Player Rankings for the first time in his career. Apart from Kohli, Suresh Raina is the only other Indian batsman in top 10. This followed his powerful performance in the one-off T20 in Birmingham on Sunday, where...
  • Only T20: Kohli's cameo in vain as England beat India by 3 runs September 8, 2014

    Virat Kohli's first half-century of a wretched tour came on India's last day in England but still it wasn't enough as the hosts managed to hold on for a close three-run win in the one-off Twenty20 International at Edgbaston on Sunday. England, powered by skipper Eoin Morgan's 31-ball 71 and India's...
  • 5th ODI: India lose to England but win series 3-1 September 5, 2014

    Riding on Joe Root's second ODI century and an improved performance by their bowlers, hosts England salvaged some lost pride by winning the inconsequential fifth ODI against India by 41 runs at Leeds on Friday, which ended the series 3-1 in favour of the visitors. Root's 113 at better than a...
  • New boys have brought in fresh energy in ODIs, says Ajinkya Rahane August 31, 2014

    Nottingham: Ajinkya Rahane on Sunday said the new players who have joined the ODI squad, have brought in fresh energy and helped in turning around India's fortunes in the ongoing one-day series against England. After their shambolic show in the five-Test series which they lost 1-3, India are leading the five-match...
  • Virat Kohli, Ben Stokes involved in a verbal spat in 3rd ODI August 30, 2014

    Nottingham: A brief verbal spat broke out between Indian batsman Virat Kohli and England pacer Ben Stokes during the third one-dayer, leading to the umpires calling the home side captain and the bowler before the match continued. Kohli was dismissed on 40 in the 26th over off the bowling of Stokes...
  • 3rd ODI: Clinical India hammer England by six wickets August 30, 2014

    India put in another all-round show at Nottingham on Saturday to hammer England for the second game in a row as they beat the hosts by seven wickets in the third ODI to take an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the five-match series. The world champions were clinical in every department of...
  • Live Score, 3rd ODI: India aim to maintain momentum in Nottingham August 30, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Fresh from the morale-boosting win in Cardiff, India will look to take an unbeatable lead in the ODI series against England by winning the third ODI at Nottingham after the first game was washed out by rain. Suresh Raina turned...
  • Kohli, Root, Smith, Williamson 'Fab Four' of Tests: Martin Crowe August 29, 2014

    Wellington: Former New Zealand captain Martin Crowe has said Virat Kohli, Joe Root, Steven Smith and Kane Williamson are the new "fabulous four" of Test Cricket but will go through "teething problems" before shooting for the stars. Calling them "leading young bucks in Test cricket today", Crowe said - Williamson from...
  • I will be soon playing for Team India, says Irfan Pathan August 29, 2014

    Out-of-favour Indian pacer Irfan Pathan is confident of making a "comeback" to the national fold and said that he would focus on the Ranji Trophy matches to make his presence felt. "I will return very soon. For that my focus is on the forthcoming Ranji matches. I will play all the...
  • 2nd ODI: A cracking win over England need of the hour for India August 27, 2014

    With off-field matters taking precedence over on-field performance, Indian cricket is in need of a cracking show by its team at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on Wednesday, where - weather permitting - the visitors take on England in the second ODI after a washout in the first. India captain...
  • Chance for youngsters to stake claim for World Cup berths: Dravid August 26, 2014

    New Delhi: Former India captain Rahul Dravid hoped that the youngsters would put up a better show in the five-match ODI series against England and stake their claim for the few spots available in the team ahead of the 2015 World Cup that will be co-hosted by Australia-New Zealand from...
  • As it happened: England vs India, 1st ODI August 25, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) After getting humiliated in the Test series, India would look to redeem their campaign when they take on England in the first one-dayer in Bristol. The visitors would be more comfortable in the 50-over format after being boosted by fresh...
  • Youngsters hold the key as India look to change fortune in first ODI August 25, 2014

    After getting humiliated in the Test series, India would look to redeem their campaign when they take on England in the first one-dayer in Bristol. The visitors would be more comfortable in the 50-over format after being boosted by fresh faces for the five-match series. This ODI series provides India with...
  • Actress Anushka Sharma rubbishes reports of wedding plans with cricketer Virat Kohli August 24, 2014

    Mumbai: Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma's representative has rubbished reports that she is planning to tie the knot with Indian cricketer Virat Kohli. There were reports that BCCI had allowed the 26-year-old actress to stay in the same hotel as Kohli, the vice-captain of Indian Cricket Team, during the tour of England...
  • Tour match: Clinical Indians beat Middlesex by 95 runs August 22, 2014

    London: Under-fire batsman Virat Kohli finally came good and the bowlers delivered to help India beat Middlesex by 95 runs in the the 50-over practice game at Lord's on Friday. Chasing a target of 231 runs, the hosts were bowled out for 135 runs (39.5 overs) with youngster Karn Sharma picking...
  • Girlfriends are a big no-no for Team India manager August 22, 2014

    The debate of Wives and Girlfriends (WAGs) accompanying cricketers on foreign tours has taken a different twist after India's team manager Sunil Dev questioned actress Anushka Sharma's stay with boyfriend Virat Kohli during the Test series in England. Once termed as the most eligible bachelor of Team India, under-performing Kohli has...
  • As it happened: Indians vs Middlesex, Tour match at Lord's August 22, 2014

    Middlesex innings: Karn Sharma took three wickets to end the Middlesex chase, handing the Indians a 95-run victory. End of 36 overs: Middlesex lost two quick wickets inside the gap of 2 overs to struggle at 119 for 8. End of 28 overs: Offspinner R Ashwin struck to sent Simpson back for 19....
  • Dhoni, Kohli skip practice before Middlesex game August 22, 2014

    London: Holding their last practice session before being forced to go on a break by the BCCI, India's bowling coach Joe Dawes and fielding consultant Trevor Penney made the players 'sweat' before the one-off practice game ahead of the five-match ODI series starting August 25. Looking to pick up the pieces...
  • No ban on WAGs while Team India on tour: BCCI sources August 21, 2014

    The Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) on Thursday rubbished reports suggesting girlfriends and wives of players will no longer be allowed on tour and there will also be restrictions on the duration of the wives' stay, according to the CNN IBN sources. Earlier, there were reports that the board...
  • Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli drop in Test rankings August 19, 2014

    Dubai: Indian batsmen Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli's dismal performances in the recently concluded five-match Test series against England saw them dropping down in the International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings for Test batsmen, following their side's 1-3 series defeat. While Pujara dropped four places to 16th, Kohli slid a further five...
  • Still no cure for Team India's travel sickness August 18, 2014

    London: 'Tigers at home, pussycats abroad', has long been said about India's cricketers. It is one that will be repeated after India's 3-1 defeat by England in a five-match Test series finished with a colossal innings and 244-run loss at The Oval on Sunday that culminated in the tourists collapsing to...
  • India hit new low in Test cricket after 3-1 drubbing August 18, 2014

    London: When Gary Ballance converted a quarter of a chance into a magnificent catch at slip to dismiss Ajinkya Rahane on the third afternoon of the fifth and final Test, that pretty much summed up a series in which England inflicted a third consecutive defeat on India, after trailing 0-1. While...
  • Top-order failed to absorb pressure, says MS Dhoni August 17, 2014

    London: Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni says continuous failure affected the confidence of their top-order as they could not absorb the pressure but at the same time he blamed lack of experience for India's meek 1-3 surrender in the series, which concluded here on Sunday. "The top-order felt the pressure of not...
  • India's shocking batting stats in last four innings: 63/6, 66/6, 44/6, 62/6 August 17, 2014

    Another batting disaster by the Indian batsmen once again illustrated the fact that the top order haven't learnt anything from their previous outings on the ongoing tour. The visitors have not crossed the 200-run mark in the previous four innings and surely have made a habit of losing five to...
  • India humiliated yet again as England decimate Dhoni & Co. to win Test series 3-1 August 17, 2014

    England wrapped up the five-match Test series 3-1 with a huge innings and 244-run victory on day three at The Oval on Sunday. Team India's win at Lord's seemed a distant memory as they were humiliated once again and had no answer to England's pace attack. India, faced with a...
  • Is a five-Test series beyond today's Indian cricketers? August 17, 2014

    India's campaign in the current series can, without fear of contradiction, be summarised as the tourists losing their way after the second Test, especially after the third. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) needs to seriously ponder: why? Was a five-Test series beyond the mental and physical faculties...
  • 5th Test: Fielding coach Trevor Penney defends struggling Indian batsmen August 16, 2014

    London: India's fielding coach Trevor Penney defended the under-performing batsmen, saying the visitors had to encounter tough conditions after losing the toss on the opening day of the fifth and final Test against England. Put in to bat on overcast conditions, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni waged a lone battle with a...
  • 5th Test: Full marks to MS Dhoni, not India August 16, 2014

    London: It was at least a 275 wicket, but India on Independence Day again made a mess of it by being bundled out for 148. It was, admittedly, a bad toss to lose, given the intermittent rain than has bathed London this week, thereby leaving residual moisture on a pitch with...