TEST CRICKET

  • Mahendra Singh Dhoni retires from Tests in the middle of Australia series, shocks world cricket December 30, 2014

    After India lost the Border-Gavaskar series to Australia on Tuesday, with one more Test to go, India's most successful Test captain decided to call time on his Test career with immediate effect. Dhoni, under whom India had become the world's number 1 Test side, wants to concentrate on the shorter format...
  • Cartoon of the day: Dhoni retires from Test cricket December 30, 2014

    Mahendra Singh Dhoni, India's most successful Test captain, has decided to call time on his Test career with immediate effect in the wake of India's series defeat against Australia. ...
  • Happy with the draw at the MCG, says MS Dhoni December 30, 2014

    Melbourne: After salvaging a draw against Australia, India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni expressed satisfaction with his team's performance in the third cricket Test, which eventually turned out to be his last match in the longer format following his shocking retirement. Australia had finished their second innings at 318/9 at lunch to...
  • Kevin Pietersen hankers for Test return December 8, 2014

    Melbourne: Kevin Pietersen says he hopes his exile from the England Test side will soon end allowing him able to achieve his goals of reaching 10,000 Test runs and again beating Australia in an Ashes series. Pietersen was dropped from the England team after their disastrous and acrimonious series in Australia...
  • India tour of Australia: a brief history December 6, 2014

    India's dream of winning a Test series in Australia hasn't fulfilled yet. They have toured Australia 10 times but never returned home with the trophy. Here is a look-back at India's performance in Australia from 1947 to 2012. 1947-48: India's first experience on the Australian soil came when the...
  • What India need to win a Test series in Australia October 26, 2014

    On a television show recently, Mr. Sunil Gavaskar said, and I quote: "You need bowlers who can take 20 wickets for a period of 2-3 matches at a stretch. And I am afraid, India have always missed such a bunch of bowlers. If they can do this, only then they...
  • James Anderson admitted to abusing Ravindra Jadeja during hearing August 3, 2014

    London: He may have been let off after an ICC hearing but it has now come to light that England pacer James Anderson did admit to abusing Indian allrounder Ravindra Jadeja during their altercation in the opening Test in Nottingham. According to a report in 'ESPNCricinfo', Anderson had threatened to break...
  • Sachin's feats incredible, but Lara best: Kallis March 3, 2014

    Cape Town: Retired South African allrounder Jacques Kallis would not rate Sachin Tendulkar as the best batsman he has played against but said the Indian legend has "tremendously" helped in taking the game forward by playing with the right spirit throughout his illustrious career. "He (Tendulkar) has done a tremendous amount...
  • Cricket going to have 11th Test nation? January 31, 2014

    The ICC Board has floated the idea of adding another Test nation to the existing ten during its twoday meeting in Dubai, ESPNCricinfo has reported. According to the report, the Associate nation winning ICC's Intercontinental Cup would play the lowestranked Test nation on a homeandaway basis. A win for the Associate...
  • India, Australia, England bid to reshape world cricket January 25, 2014

    London: Cricket's powerbrokers meet next week amid an apparent threat from India to withdraw from major global events unless there is radical reform of the International Cricket Council. The draft proposal to be discussed at a twoday ICC board meeting in Dubai on January 28 and 29 calls for more decisionmaking...
  • I want to hit a 100 in every innings I play: Cheteshwar Pujara October 15, 2013

    New Delhi: Cheteshwar Pujara is touted as the heir to the throne left vacant by Rahul Dravid at No. 3 in Test cricket. His three triple centuries and eight 200plus scores in firstclass cricket testify that, and Pujara doesn't want that run to cease, hoping to scale greater heights on...
  • Sachin Tendulkar will be asked to quit after 200th Test: report September 30, 2013

    New Delhi: Since Sachin Tendulkar has given no indications of retiring after playing his 200th Test, the BCCI has made up it's mind to ask India's greatest cricketer to retire following his landmark test, the Mumbai Mirror reported on Monday. Tendulkar will make his 200th appearance in Test cricket in the...
  • I love T20, but respect my Test success too: Chris Gayle August 22, 2013

    Port of Spain, Trinidad: West Indies batsman Chris Gayle has expressed dismay at the perception that he gives his best for Twenty20 as a freelancer across the globe and is referred to as a "mercenary" against the backdrop of a surge in cash-rich T20 league even as the primacy of...
  • New Zealand appeal for more Tests August 22, 2013

    Wellington: New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill on Thursday joined calls for more international matches for the Black Caps as they struggle to lift their profile. Guptill, who has been in impressive form in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), said New Zealand would struggle to improve on its eighthplaced Test ranking...
  • Dravid wants open approach towards daynight Tests August 20, 2013

    London: Former India captain Rahul Dravid wants cricket administrators to approach the introduction of daynight Tests with an open mind to bolster the dwindling popularity of the longer format among spectators. The idea of floodlit Test cricket, possibly played with a pink, orange or yellow ball, in more spectatorfriendly hours has...
  • Comparison with Dravid is a moralebooster for me: Pujara July 2, 2013

    New Delhi: Known for his sound technique and insatiable appetite for runs, Cheteshwar Pujara believes he has it in himself to succeed Rahul Dravid at the crucial number three position in the Test side and says comparison with his childhood idol acts as a "moralebooster". "It's a big compliment for me...
  • ICC cricket committee recommends legitimising switchhit May 29, 2013

    New Delhi: The International Cricket Committee (ICC) on Wednesday took a couple of key decisions while concluding the twoday meeting of its cricket committee in London, including setting a marker for Test playing nations to keep their Test status intact. In an attempt to ensure that Test cricket was protected, the...
  • I am still fit to play Test cricket: Laxman January 6, 2013

    New Delhi: Five months have passed since VVS Laxman bid adieu to international cricket but the stylish batsman feels he is still fit enough to play in the Test format. "May be in white flannel," the answer was predictable when Laxman, once the perennial troubleshooter of the Indian cricket team, was...
  • BCCI should promote Test cricket: Suresh Raina December 6, 2012

    New Delhi: Suresh Raina on Thursday urged the BCCI to play a more proactive role in promoting Test cricket, which rarely attracts crowd these days. He said the administrators of the game will have to find out innovative ways to make Test cricket more viewerfriendly and exciting. "Twenty20 is a form of...
  • Ind v Eng, 1st Test, 1st day: As it happened November 15, 2012

    For England, only Graeme Swann made an impact with four wickets, including centurion Sehwag and Tendulkar....
  • Bangladesh reassures West Indies after riots November 14, 2012

    Dhaka: Bangladesh has beefed up security around the visiting West Indies cricket team and sought to allay players' fears after riots outside their hotel, officials and police said on Wednesday. The violence in the capital Dhaka occurred when demonstrators from the opposition Islamist party JamaateIslami clashed with police on Tuesday, leaving...
  • Suresh Raina eyes India Test spot November 13, 2012

    New Delhi: Seeking to prove his detractors wrong, Suresh Raina has stated that he was "built" for Test cricket and is working on playing the short ball perceived to be the batsman's weakness better. "I know I am built for Test cricket. I have done well in Tests. I...
  • Cricket Australia says night Test cricket inevitable October 30, 2012

    While announcing the new ruling, the ICC said that the home and visiting boards will decide on the hours of play which will be six hours of scheduled play per day apart from deciding on the precise brand, type and colour of ball to be used for the match. Sutherland...
  • Raina keen to cement Test berth September 1, 2012

    Bangalore: Branded as a Oneday international and Twenty20 specialist, Suresh Raina said that he was keen to shrug off the tag and cement his berth in the Indian Test team, and felt that his effort of 55 on the second day against New Zealand in the second cricket Test here...
  • Gambhir living dangerously as a Test opener September 1, 2012

    He's one half of India's most aggressive Test opening pair. But approaching 31 and Indian batting going through a sea change, Gautam Gambhir hasn't lifted his game like he should have in Test cricket. Same for Virender Sehwag the other half, but more so in case of Gambhir...
  • Dhoni's tactics killing Test cricket August 31, 2012

    What's Test cricket without the ball brushing past a batsman's nose? Nothing. That perfume ball made famous by ma Caribbean maan is fast losing height in India courtesy mostly the tracks. And when that's not the case, MS Dhoni makes sure it stays nice and low by asking one...
  • Cook surprised by speed of Test ascent August 31, 2012

    London: He might have been the heir apparent for more than a year but Alastair Cook insisted he'd been taken aback by his elevation to the England Test captaincy following Andrew Strauss's retirement on Wednesday. Cook insisted he had no idea his Test match opening partner was considering not just giving...