The Rahane conundrum: Is it time to focus on the future?

“Hopefully it’s just a matter of an innings, a matter of a game where he can turn it around.” How often have we heard these words, about th...

Could India have won close Test against Kiwis? What captain Rahane says

New Zealand survived a testing final session to earn a draw against India in the opening Test at Kanpur on Monday.

India get back on track against the Kiwis, thanks to inspired performances

Shreyas Iyer’s 65 and an unbeaten 61 by the resilient Wriddhiman Saha, who battled pain and injury throughout his 126-ball innings, helped India get back on track and into a position of strength after Tim Southee and Kyle Jamieson ripped through the hosts’ top order on Day 4 of the first Test in Kanpur. Ravichandran Ashwin then dismissed New Zeala...

Head coach Dravid is impressed by this newcomer to India side

Former cricketer V V S Laxman has said India head coach Rahul Dravid is impressed with K S Bharat, who made his debut against New Zealand.  Dravid said Bharat’s “good keeping skills” are “next only to Wriddhiman Saha in Indian cricket”, according to Laxman.  Talking during a Star Sports show, the batting great said: “I still remember Rahul Dravid...

Axar’s fiver stops New Zealand run, India closes at 14 for 1 on Day 3

Axar Patel continued his golden run in favourable home conditions, grabbing another five-wicket haul to put India in the driver’s seat after New Zealand were bowled out for 296, despite an opening stand of 151, on the third day of the first Test on Saturday. The left-arm spinner had a couple of dream sessions when he finally found the ideal pace...

BCCI should consult govt before South Africa tour: Anurag Thakur

Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Thakur said on Saturday that the BCCI should consult the government before sending the men’s cricket team to South Africa, where a new COVID-19 variant has emerged. “The World Health Organisation (WHO) warned all countries on Friday after a new variant of COVID-19 was classified in South Africa,...

Can we call him an all-rounder? Asks Kapil about Hardik Pandya

Legendary former India captain Kapil Dev on Friday asked whether Hardik Pandya can be called an all-rounder given that he has not been bowling as much as the role demands. A vital cog in India's scheme of things in white-ball cricket, the flamboyant Pandya bowled in just two matches in the recent T20 World Cup where India went out in the group s...

Sindhu defeats Yujin to enter Indonesia Open semi-finals

Indian ace shuttler PV Sindhu came back from a game down to beat South Korea’s Sim Yujin and enter the semi-finals of the Indonesia Open Super 1000 tournament in Bali on Friday. Third seed Sindhu, the reigning world champion, had to toil hard to get the better of Yujin 14-21, 21-19, and 21-14 in the quarterfinal that lasted for one hour and six ...

Shreyas hits 100 on Test debut. Here are other Indians with the same feat

Shreyas Iyer became the 16th Indian batter to score a century in his Test debut on Friday, joining an illustrious list that includes legends like Lala Amarnath, Gundappa Viswanath, and Sourav Ganguly among others. The elegant right-hander, who hails from Mumbai’s Worli area, achieved the feat in the ongoing first Test against New Zealand on the ...

Dravid’s gesture: Gavaskar presents Test debut cap to Shreyas Iyer

Former captain of Indian cricket team Sunil Gavaskar presented debutant Shreyas Iyer with his India Test cap in Kanpur on Thursday, continuing head coach Rahul Dravid’s push to revive the bygone tradition of new entrants getting the coveted possession from greats of Indian cricket. Iyer became the 302nd player to make his Test debut for the nati...

Aus will be captain-less for 15 years if it is looking for perfect skipper: Clarke

Former captain of the Australian cricket team Michael Clarke said that he feels the Australian Test team would be without a captain for the next 15 years, if the country’s cricket administrators are looking for someone with a "perfect" and unblemished record. Cricket Australia (CA) is set to appoint a new captain after Tim Paine stepped down fro...

At Kanpur, a depleted Team India has a lot to prove against resurgent Kiwis

The clean sweep in the three-match Twenty20 International series is already history. First-round elimination in the T20 World Cup is a distant memory, at best. So frenetic and unyielding is the cauldron of international cricket, especially when it comes to the Indian team, that there is barely time to hit pause and catch one’s breath. And so, on...

BCCI’s ‘only halal meat’ rule for players triggers controversy

Reports alleging that the BCCI in its new dietary plan has prescribed only halal meat and also banned pork and beef for players, has triggered a storm in the cricketing fraternity and fans. A report in Sports Tak said, “According to the new dietary plan of the Indian cricket team, players aren’t allowed to eat pork and beef in any form and varie...

Will you play for CSK in IPL 2022? MS Dhoni has this to say

MS Dhoni has said that he will take a decision about playing for the IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the upcoming 2022 edition.

Best player of our times: Kohli sums up de Villiers greatness

Tributes poured in for AB de Villiers after the South African batter on Friday announced his retirement from all forms of cricket, with Indian captain Virat Kohli calling him the “best player of our times”. One of contemporary cricket’s greatest batters, de Villiers has brought an end to his 17-year career in top-flight, stating the flame within “...

What ICC’s new timetable tells us about the future of cricket

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday released the schedule for the next eight-year cycle, confirming the 14 host countries of men’s white ball events from 2024-2031. Eleven full members and three associate members have been selected to host two World Cups, four T20 World Cups and two Champions Trophy events. The USA and Namibia will ...

Voluntarily declared all items purchased from Dubai: Hardik Pandya

India all-rounder Hardik Pandya dismissed reports of custom officials at Mumbai airport seizing his luxury watches on Tuesday, saying that only one watch worth ₹1.5 crore had been taken for "proper valuation" after he "voluntarily declared" his purchases. The out-of-favour all-rounder, who was returning from Dubai after an ordinary outing in the...

Ravi Shastri joins Legends League Cricket as Commissioner

Former head coach of the Indian men’s cricket team Ravi Shastri has been roped in as the Commissioner of the Legends League Cricket (LLC), a professional event for retired players that is all set to take off next year. The first season of LLC is scheduled to be held in January next year in the Gulf. "It feels great to remain connected with cr...

Marsh a special player, nicest person: Finch after T20 World Cup win

Mitchell Marsh had once declared that most of Australia "hates" him for failing to make good of the promise he held out early in his injury-plagued career. On Sunday, after the all-rounder played a starring role in Australia’s maiden T20 World Cup triumph with a brilliant unbeaten 50-ball 77, Australian skipper Aaron Finch said that Marsh copped...

Warner-Marsh blitz hands Australia first-ever T20 World Cup

Australia has ticked another box in international cricket. A terrific second-wicket partnership between David Warner and Mitchell Marsh drove Australia to their first-ever T20 World Cup victory in Dubai on Sunday. Marsh remained not out on 77. Chasing a total of 172 against New Zealand, Australia romped home with six balls to  spare, having l...

‘He will serve India in all three formats’: Gavaskar has praise for this youngster

After their dismal T20 World Cup campaign in the UAE, India are set to take on New Zealand in the home series starting November 17.  India will play three T20Is and two Tests against the Black Caps. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced teams for both T20I and Test series.  The selection committee has rested former T20I s...

Kohli rested, Rahane to lead India in first Test against New Zealand

Ajinkya Rahane will lead India for the first Test against New Zealand in Kanpur on November 25, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said on Friday. Skipper Virat Kohli has been rested for the first Test; vice-captain Rohit Sharma has been rested for both the upcoming Tests. Bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami have been dropped...

Bio-bubble fatigue: Now, BCCI and Dravid will take call on resting players

India’s drubbing in the T20 World Cup and consequently cricketers complaining of exhaustion due to long stays in the bio-bubbles have compelled the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to evaluate the workload on players ahead of the New Zealand tour. Outgoing coach Ravi Shastri and his successor Rahul Dravid too have said that IPL, imme...

New era dawns: Rohit takes over as India’s T20 captain; KL Rahul deputy

It could well be another era in Indian cricket. Rohit Sharma was on Tuesday officially anointed India's new T20 captain, replacing Virat Kohli in the three-match T20 series against New Zealand starting November 17 in Jaipur. Incidentally, Kohli has been rested. Here's the team Indias T20I squad: Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (Vice-Ca...

Shastri says Rohit could be next captain, hints at return to commentary

Outgoing head coach of Indian men’s cricket team Ravi Shastri has hinted that he might return to cricket commentary. The 59-year-old was a celebrated commentator before he became the head coach of the Indian team. Shastri was in the commentary box during the 2011 ICC Men’s World Cup final, and is known for his iconic lines, “Dhoni finishes of...

Some players prioritise IPL over playing for India: Kapil Dev

Commenting on the dismal performance of the Indian cricket team in the T20 World Cup 2021, former Indian captain Kapil Dev has said that some cricketers “prioritise IPL” over national games, and thereby it falls upon the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to plan better schedules to avoid a recurrence of the mistakes of the ongoing T20 ga...