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How actor Manit Joura scripted his destiny

TV star discusses his journey and popular show Acclaimed actor Manit Joura has had such a close connection with super hit drama serial Kundali Bhagya since it premiered in 2017 that he recently made a winning return, after shocking fans by leaving last year. The popular star has perfectly picked…

Rohit not yet ruled out of England Test: head coach…

Ahead of the upcoming fifth Test against England beginning July 1, India head coach Rahul Dravid has said that skipper Rohit Sharma is yet not been ruled out. Rohit Sharma tested COVID-19 positive following a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) conducted on Saturday. Since then there has been speculation about him…

Babar Azam vs Virat Kohli: Pakistan captain shatters the record…

Pakistan captain Babar Azam has surpassed India's Virat Kohli in becoming the world No.1 T20I batter for the longest period of time after he maintained his top spot in the latest ICC T20 batting rankings Kohli was the No.1 ranked T20I batter for a total of 1,013 days during his…

Virat Kohli on vacation mode on beach ahead of England…

Ahead of the upcoming England tour, former India skipper Virat Kohli is off for a vacation.Taking to his Twitter, Virat posted a picture of him, sitting on a beach and relaxing.Virat was rested for the ongoing T20I series against South Africa, following his lean patch in the Indian Premier League…

Ranveer Singh is all praises for Virat Kohli’s acting skills,…

Bollywood star Ranveer Singh complimented Virat Kohli's acting skills in a recent BTS video, shared by the Indian Cricketer with his wife Anushka Sharma. On Friday, Cricketer Virat Kohli took to his Instagram handle, and posted a BTS video with his wife Anushka Sharma, "Some candid moments" he captioned the…

Babar Azam creates yet another batting record

Babar Azam reached another massive feat in men's international cricket history as he became the first batter to score nine consecutive half-centuries in all three formats of cricket. Pakistan skipper scored 77 off 93 balls in the second ODI match against West Indies and added yet another fifty-plus score to…

Babar Azam becomes first batter to score 3 consecutive ODI…

Pakistan skipper Babar Azam on Wednesday scripted a brilliant record with his century against West Indies in the first ODI in Multan, becoming the first batter to score three consecutive hundreds on two separate occasions in ODIs.Babar smashed 103 off 107 balls and led Pakistan to victory by five wickets.…

Virat Kohli becomes first Indian to hit 200 million followers…

Indian cricket star Virat Kohli has crossed the 200 million followers mark on the social media site Instagram. Former India and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain entered the 200m club on Tuesday. With this, he became the first Indian to have 200 million followers on Instagram. "200 mil strong, thanks…

Top 5 overseas performers of IPL 2022

The IPL 2022 season came close, with Gujarat Titans winning their first title. The performances of several Indian players in the IPL have amazed all. Similarly, the performances of overseas players have also been impressive. On the field, they performed and left their mark as well. Watching these crickets playing…

Kohli jinx to Indian talent: Five things we learned from…

AFP Sport looks at five things we learned from the 15th edition of the Twenty20 tournament, which was expanded to 10 teams this year. Kohli's jinx Former India captain Virat Kohli and Royal Challengers Bangalore's wait for their first IPL title dragged on after they went down to Rajasthan in…

Struggling Kohli mutes TV to silence critics

Out-of-form Virat Kohli says that he has a sure-fire way of drowning out his growing number of critics -- he just mutes the television. The 33-year-old former India skipper has endured an extended batting slump for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League and fell for his third golden…

Bangalore beat Dhoni’s Chennai to end three-game IPL losing streak

Royal Challengers Bangalore ended a three-match losing streak in the Indian Premier League as Josh Hazlewood and Harshal Patel inspired them to a 13-run win over Chennai Super Kings on Wednesday. Bangalore scored 173-8 after Mahendra Singh Dhoni's Chennai won the toss and chose to field first. CSK slipped away…

Kohli hits 58 but Bangalore lose to high-flying Gujarat

Superstar cricketer Virat Kohli struck form with his first half-century of this Indian Premier League season on Saturday, but failed to inspire Royal Challengers Bangalore who slipped to their third straight loss. After a string of low scores including two golden ducks, Kohli hit 58 off 53 balls to guide…

Shastri advises Kohli to pull out of IPL

For the second time in a week, former India coach Ravi Shastri has advised the out-of-form Virat Kohli to take a break, even if it meant "pulling out of the IPL, for all you care" to prolong his international career. Batting maestro Kohli has been battling one of his worst…

Wisden: Almost a Test year of India’s dreams

INDIAN and Pakistani players have won high praise from Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack 2022, which has long been considered the sport’s bible. Two Indians, the batsman Rohit Sharma, and the pace bowler Jasprit Bumrah figure in Wisden’s “Five Cricketers of the Year”, which is a great honour. Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Mohammad Rizwan…

Parag, bowlers help Royals return to top IPL

Riyan Parag's unbeaten 56 and inspired bowling helped Rajasthan Royals defend 144 against Royal Challengers Bangalore to go top of the IPL table on Tuesday. The 20-year-old Parag smashed 30 off the last two overs to steer Royals, who won the inaugural IPL title in 2008 under late Australian great…

‘Fantastic cricketer’ Kohli will turn form around: Du Plessis

Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Faf du Plessis is confident Virat Kohli will overcome his IPL batting slump. Kohli took his Indian Premier League tally this season to just 128 runs from nine matches after scoring a scratchy nine in the defeat to Rajasthan Royals on Tuesday following two golden ducks.…

Kohli flops again but Bangalore confident star ‘will come back…

Virat Kohli's second successive golden duck in the IPL saw Royal Challengers Bangalore crash to 68 all out and lose to Sunrisers Hyderabad by nine wickets on Saturday but the team insisted their star batter will bounce back. Kohli, who also fell to a first-ball duck against Lucknow Super Giants…

Kohli ‘anxious’ and ‘fried’ but will battle out of alarming…

Virat Kohli deserves more respect and will fight his way out of an alarming slump which hit a new low when he suffered a second successive golden duck in the IPL, fellow cricket stars say. It is the first time in the Indian's stellar career that he has got out…

Bangalore’s Du Plessis eyes IPL ton after match-winning 96

Skipper Faf du Plessis on Tuesday said an elusive IPL century is "around the corner" after his 96 helped Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Lucknow Super Giants by 18 runs. The South African made Bangalore fight back with his 64-ball knock after they lost two wickets, including Virat Kohli for a…

Overcooked Kohli risks ‘fried brain’ if not rested: Shastri

Out-of-sorts Virat Kohli could be lost to cricket with a "fried brain" if he is not given a break soon, said former India coach Ravi Shastri after the batsman's latest IPL failure. Kohli's extended lean patch in the Indian Premier League continued when the Royal Challengers Bangalore star was out…

‘Bigger goals’ as IPL star Karthik targets India return

Dinesh Karthik said he is eyeing an India comeback after his unbeaten 66 off 34 balls powered Royal Challengers Bangalore to a 16-run win over Delhi Capitals on Saturday. The in-form Karthik steered Bangalore to 189 for five after Glenn Maxwell's breezy 55 in the second match of the day…

Dube, Uthappa fire IPL holders Chennai to first win

Shivam Dube and Robin Uthappa smashed 17 sixes between them to help holders Chennai Super Kings register their first win of the Indian Premier League season against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Tuesday. Dube struck an unbeaten 95 and Uthappa hit 88 as the pair built a third-wicket partnership of 165…

‘Not close to winning’: IPL giants Chennai and Mumbai slump…

IPL big guns Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings fell to their fourth loss of the season on Saturday to raise fears of an early exit from the Twenty20 tournament. Holders Chennai and Mumbai have nine IPL title between them but reputation took a beating when they were outplayed by…

Azam to Khawaja: Five things we learned from Australia’s Pakistan…

Australia's cricketers were heading home Wednesday after completing their first tour to Pakistan since 1998. Pat Cummins' side won the three-Test series 1-0, lost the one-day internationals 2-1 and rounded off an incident-free trip with victory in the lone Twenty20 international. Eastern Eye highlights five things we learned from the…

Karthik, Shahbaz power Bangalore to IPL win over Royals

Powerful knocks by Dinesh Karthik and Shahbaz Ahmed led Royal Challengers Bangalore to a four-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League on Tuesday. Chasing 170 for victory, Bangalore were in trouble at 87-5 when Karthik (44 not out) and Shahbaz Ahmed (45) put on an attacking partnership…

Kohli says de Villiers will be first person on his…

Virat Kohli feels if Royal Challengers Bangalore were crowned champions for the first time this season, it would mean a lot to AB de Villiers, who would be the first person on the former captain's mind after the triumph. One of contemporary cricket's greatest batters, de Villiers retired from all…

Hasaranga shines as Bangalore edge Kolkata in IPL thriller

Sri Lanka's Wanindu Hasaranga returned figures of 4-20 to set up a three-wicket victory for Royal Challengers Bangalore in a low-scoring IPL thriller against Kolkata Knight Riders on Wednesday. Hasaranga's inspired spell of leg-spin helped bowl out Kolkata for 128, a total Bangalore overhauled with four balls to spare after…

Du Plessis shines on IPL captaincy debut but Bangalore lose

Faf du Plessis smashed 88 on his Indian Premier League debut as captain but his side Royal Challengers Bangalore went down to Punjab Kings in a high-scoring match on Sunday. The South African veteran put on fiery stand of 118 off 61 balls with predecessor Virat Kohli, who hit an…

Indian Premier League season 15: the teams, top players

The 15th edition of the Indian Premier League Twenty20 extravaganza begins on Saturday when holders Chennai Super Kings face Kolkata Knight Riders. Eastern Eye guides you through the 10 teams, including two new franchises, who will compete in the world's richest cricket championship. Mumbai Indians Key Indian players: Rohit Sharma…

IPL starts on Saturday with limited crowds

THE Indian Premier League (IPL) returns for its biggest season on Saturday (26), with a galaxy of top names and two new franchises expanding the world's richest cricket competition to 10 teams for its 15th edition. But crowds in the cricket-mad nation will, initially at least, be limited to 25…

Record-breaking Babar up there with the best after Pakistan heroics

Pakistan captain Babar Azam has long established his credentials in limited-overs cricket, but his 196 against Australia put him up there with some greats in the long form of the game too. Azam fought valiantly for 10 hours and seven minutes in an innings lasting 425 deliveries to help Pakistan…

India thrash Sri Lanka in pink ball Test to sweep…

A bowling attack led by Jasprit Bumrah helped India thrash Sri Lanka by 238 runs inside three days at Bangalore's pink ball Test to sweep the series 2-0 on Monday. Chasing 447 for victory, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 208 in the second session after skipper Dimuth Karunaratne's valiant…

Faf du Plessis to succeed Kohli as Bangalore skipper

SOUTH AFRICAN Faf du Plessis will succeed Virat Kohli as Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper, the Indian Premier League team has announced as it gears up to chase an elusive maiden tournament title. The former Test captain is a league veteran, making his debut for Chennai Super Kings in 2012 and…

Jadeja hailed as great all-rounder after Test-winning exploits

Ravindra Jadeja was hailed Monday as one of the world's best all-rounders after his swashbuckling unbeaten 175 with the bat and nine-wicket haul with the ball propelled India to a first Test victory over Sri Lanka inside three days. The left-hander's match-defining knock in Mohali, his best in Tests, and…

Sachin, Kohli hail Warne ‘the greatest’

INDIAN cricketers past and present from Virat Kohli to Sachin Tendulkar led tributes Friday (4) to Shane Warne after the Australian spin maestro died suddenly of a heart attack at 52. "Life is so fickle and unpredictable. I cannot process the passing of this great of our sport and also…

Kohli proud of playing 100 Tests in IPL era

India's star batsman Virat Kohli on Friday credited his level of fitness for achieving the landmark of 100 Tests in an age of relentless cricket that has included numerous Indian Premier League appearances. The 33-year-old Kohli made 45 and put on a key 90-run stand with Hanuma Vihari after India…

Kohli falls for 45 in 100th Test as Sri Lanka…

INDIA's cricketing hero Virat Kohli fell for 45 in his 100th Test as Sri Lankan bowlers rattled the hosts' top-order in the opening match on Friday (4). India reached 199 for four at tea after new captain Rohit Sharma won the toss and elected to bat at the start of…

Shreyas Iyer stars as India record 12th straight T20I win

SHREYAS IYER hit an unbeaten 73 to lead India to a record-equalling 12th successive Twenty20 international victory as they whitewashed Sri Lanka in the three-match series on Sunday (27). Chasing 147 for victory, India romped home with 19 balls to spare propelled by Iyer's third successive unbeaten half-century. They won…

Covid: No spectators for Kohli’s 100th test

CRICKETER Virat Kohli will play his 100th test behind closed doors with no spectators because of a coronavirus outbreak in the northern Indian city of Mohali, an official said on Sunday (27). The Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) host the first of the two tests against Sri Lanka starting Friday and…

New captain Rohit happy to groom India’s future leaders

Rohit Sharma said Wednesday he was happy to help train possible successors following his recent appointment as India's cricket captain across all formats in place of Virat Kohli. The star batsman was named Test captain on Saturday -- he was already white-ball skipper -- but since he will turn 35…

Kishan’s 89 helps India thrash Sri Lanka in first T20

Opener Ishan Kishan hit an explosive 89 to set up a thumping 62-run victory for India in the first Twenty20 international against Sri Lanka on Thursday. The left-handed Kishan put on an opening stand of 111 with skipper Rohit Sharma, who hit 44, to guide India to 199 for two…

Rohit named India’s Test captain

OPENER Rohit Sharma was named India's Test captain on Saturday (19), succeeding Virat Kohli as the team's leader in all three formats ahead of the home series against Sri Lanka. Kohli, India's most successful Test captain, resigned from the role in a shock move last month after seven years in…

India secure win in T20 series opener to keep Windies…

INDIA overcame a mid-innings blip to beat West Indies by six wickets in the first Twenty20 International on Wednesday to stretch the tourists' winless streak. Chasing 158 for victory, the hosts, who swept the preceding one-day series 3-0, got off to a flying start before West Indies made a brief…

‘Leave Virat alone’ as Rohit dismisses concerns around Kohli’s poor…

IN no mood to talk about the prolonged lean patch that Virat Kohli is enduring, India captain Rohit Sharma on Tuesday (15) said "everything will fall in place" if the chatter around him stops. Ahead of the T20 series against the West Indies starting Wednesday (16), media queries were once…

No lean patch for Kohli, insists India batting coach

India's batting coach played down concerns Monday about the recent poor batting form of Virat Kohli, saying he was on the brink of scoring some "big runs". Kohli, 33, last scored an international century in August 2019, and made eight, 18 and nought in India's recent 3-0 whitewash of the…

India beat West Indies by 6 wickets in landmark 1,000th…

SPINNERS Yuzvendra Chahal and Washington Sundar set up India's comfortable six-wicket victory over the West Indies for the hosts' landmark 1,000th one-day international on Sunday (6). Rohit Sharma took to the field as India's new full-time ODI captain and his decision to bowl was vindicated by the two spinners as…

India captain Rohit back for white-ball series against Windies

Rohit Sharma will return to lead India in the upcoming limited-overs series against West Indies after recovering from his hamstring injury, as the country's cricket board named the squad on Wednesday. Rohit, who was recently appointed white-ball captain, missed the team's tour of South Africa and KL Rahul stood in…

‘Post-mortem’ for India after South Africa ODI whitewash

INDIA'S cricket pundits on Monday (24) called for changes in the team after South Africa's one-day series whitewash following Virat Kohli's exit as skipper. India lost their third and final ODI by four runs in Cape Town to end a disappointing tour that also saw the tourists lose the Test…

De Kock century sets up South Africa clean sweep

FORMER captain Quinton de Kock hit a sparkling century to set up a four-run win for South Africa in the third one-day international against India at Newlands in Cape Town on Sunday. South Africa completed a 3-0 clean sweep in the series but not before what captain Temba Bavuma described…

Malan leads South Africa to ODI series win over India

OPENER Janneman Malan scored 91 as South Africa chased down a victory target of 288 for a comfortable seven-wicket win over India and an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series after the second One-Day International at Boland Park on Friday (21). India chose to bat in sweltering conditions, with…

India, Pakistan to clash on Oct 23 in 2022 T20…

INDIA and Pakistan will lock horns in a blockbuster T20 World Cup group clash for the second year running after the fixtures for the October-November 2022 tournament in Australia were announced on Friday. The arch-rivals will lock horns at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on October 23, a day after…

Kohli beats Tendulkar mark as India’s top away ODI run-scorer

VIRAT KOHLI became India's leading run-scorer in away one-day internationals as he hit an energetic half-century against South Africa just days after his shock exit as Test skipper. Kohli broke Sachin Tendulkar's India record for most runs in away ODIs during his 51-run knock in the first of the three…

Bavuma, Van der Dussen tons help South Africa beat India…

CAPTAIN Temba Bavuma and Rassie van der Dussen scored centuries and shared a partnership of 204 as hosts South Africa beat India by 31 runs in the first one-day international on Wednesday (19). The home side elected to bat and posted 296 for four in their 50 overs, with Bavuma’s…

Kohli ‘tends to quit’ when his captaincy is under threat:…

VIRAT KOHLI’S surprise resignation as India’s Test skipper has been a talking point in the cricketing world as pundits and fans alike are coming to terms with his move.While many current and retired players have expressed shock over his resignation, former batter Sanjay Manjrekar said Kohli “tends to quit” when…

Kohli will have to give up his ego, says Kapil…

VIRAT KOHLI needs to shed his ego to play under a new leader after giving up the Test captaincy, cricket icon Kapil Dev said as uncertainty swirled about the future of the national team. Kohli, 33, announced his surprise departure late on Saturday (15) having already quit as T20 captain…

Deposed captains Kohli, De Kock gear up for one-day series

TWO deposed captains, Virat Kohli and Quinton de Kock, could play significant roles in a three-match one-day international series between South Africa and India, starting at Boland Park in Paarl on Wednesday (19). Both former skippers have the potential to be the leading batters for their respective sides. For Kohli,…

India eyes next Test captain as Kohli era ends

AFTER Virat Kohli's sudden resignation the spotlight turned to his likely successor as India Test captain on Sunday (16), with white-ball skipper Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul favourites to take over the high-pressure job. Kohli, 33, shocked the cricket-crazy nation on Saturday (15) by stepping down following the team's 2-1…

Kohli steps downs as India Test captain

INDIA'S Virat Kohli has stepped down as captain of the Test side following their 2-1 series defeat by South Africa, the player said in a statement on Saturday (15). "It's been seven years of hard work, toil and relentless perseverance everyday to take the team in the right direction. I've…

Kohli’s India have ‘moved on’ from South Africa DRS controversy

Indian captain Virat Kohli said on Friday his side have "moved on" from the controversy over an overturned decision during the third Test defeat to South Africa, to lose the series 2-1, at Newlands. Kohli, 33, and two team-mates were caught on the stump microphone complaining after home captain Dean…

Kohli and India angry over candid camera in third Test

INDIA'S cricketers reacted with dismay and anger when a decision against South African captain Dean Elgar was overturned on review at a crucial stage on the third day of the third Test at Newlands on Thursday (13). Television viewers heard several players complaining within range of the stump microphone after…

Bumrah bowls India to lead before openers fall

Jasprit Bumrah bowled India to a slender first innings lead before South Africa hit back at the start of the second innings on the second day of the series-deciding third Test at Newlands on Wednesday. India were 57 for two at the close, an overall lead of 70, with Cheteshwar…

Kohli back in form but South Africa take the honours…

India captain Virat Kohli played a lone hand with 79 as the tourists were bowled out for 223 on the first day of the decisive third and final test against South Africa at Newlands on Tuesday. The home side had made 17 for one in reply at the close. Kohli's…

Kohli ‘at peace’ with form as India gear up for…

Indian captain Virat Kohli on Monday brushed aside concerns about his form as he looked ahead to the decisive third Test against South Africa starting at Newlands on Tuesday. Without a century in his past 14 Tests, Kohli said he believed he was still making important contributions to the team.…

Kohli returns as India look to hit back against South…

INDIA will be looking to Virat Kohli to provide inspiration and runs as they seek to bounce back in the decisive third Test against South Africa starting at Newlands on Tuesday (11). Kohli is expected to return as captain and key batsman after missing India's defeat in the second Test…

Kohli likely to return for third Test, says Dravid

INDIA captain Virat Kohli should be "good to go" for the decisive third Test against South Africa, which starts in Cape Town on Tuesday (11), coach Rahul Dravid said. Kohli missed his side’s seven-wicket defeat in the second Test at the Wanderers after pulling up with a back spasm but…

Elgar takes the blows to inspire South African win over…

South African captain Dean Elgar said there was a double significance to the bruises inflicted by India's fast bowlers during his match-winning 96 not out on the fourth day of the second Test at the Wanderers Stadium. South Africa won by seven wickets to set up a series decider in…

Jansen stars for South Africa to dismiss India

ROOKIE BOWLER Marco Jansen took four wickets as South Africa bowled India out for 202 in their first innings on the opening day of the second Test at the Wanderers on Monday (3). The 21-year-old Jansen, playing in only his second Test, returned impressive figures of 4 for 31 in…

Coach Dravid hails ‘phenomenal’ Kohli

INDIA coach Rahul Dravid believes a run of big scores from Virat Kohli is just around the corner and praised the work ethic and leadership of his captain ahead of the second Test against South Africa at The Wanderers on Monday (3). India wrapped up a 113-run victory on Thursday…

Kohli ruled out of second Test against South Africa

INDIA captain Virat Kohli was on Monday (3) ruled out of the second Test against South Africa in Johannesburg just before the start of the game because of an upper back spasm, leaving KL Rahul to lead the side in the crucial match. Rahul said at the toss that Kohli…

Kohli eyes historic series victory for India over South Africa

INDIAN captain Virat Kohli has every reason to be confident his team can seal an historic Test series win in South Africa when they face the hosts in the second Test at the Wanderers Stadium on Monday (3). India have yet to be beaten in a Test match at South…

KL Rahul to lead India in South Africa ODI series

INDIA opener KL Rahul has been named captain for the three-match one-day international (ODI) series in South Africa with newly appointed skipper Rohit Sharma still unavailable due to injury, the Indian board's (BCCI) selectors said on Friday (31). Rohit, who replaced Virat Kohli as India's white-ball skipper earlier this month,…

Kohli praise for “motivated” India after S Africa win

India seamers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami took three wickets each as the tourists bowled South Africa out for 191 to claim victory by 113 runs just after lunch on the fifth day of the first test at Centurion Park on Thursday. South Africa had resumed on 94 for four…

India strike early as South Africa start big chase

INDIA struck early as South Africa started a challenging chase for victory on the fourth day of the first Test at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Wednesday (29). Set to make 305 on a pitch of variable bounce, South Africa were 22 for one at tea. First innings hero Mohammed…

Dravid urges India to seize their moment in history

INDIA coach Rahul Dravid has urged his players to seize the chance to claim a first ever Test series win in South Africa, a moment that could be career defining for many in the team. India have enjoyed recent success in Australia and England, but South Africa remains a mighty…

Kohli’s India seek to conquer final frontier in South Africa

VIRAT KOHLI bruised from being fired as India's one-day captain bids to rebound by leading his country to a historic triumph in South Africa in a three-match Test series which starts at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Sunday (26). South Africa is the only regular Test-playing nation where India have…

Ganguly shouldn’t have spoken on Kohli captaincy issue: Vengsarkar

Former India captain and chairman of selectors Dilip Vengsarkar feels that BCCI president Sourav Ganguly wasn't right in airing his views on behalf of national selectors Virat Kohli's captaincy saga which has triggered a controversy. Ahead of their departure to South Africa, Virat Kohli in a media conference said that…

Gavaskar says Ganguly needs to clear air on Kohli’s comments…

THE legendary Sunil Gavaskar feels Sourav Ganguly is the best person to clear the air on Virat Kohli's contradictory statement on the issue of captaincy, saying the BCCI president "surely should be asked" how the difference in perception arose. Days after Kohli quit T20I captaincy, Ganguly said that the BCCI…

Kohli says given 90 minutes notice before ODI captaincy sacking

VIRAT KOHLI said on Wednesday (15) that he was told only 90 minutes before the official announcement that he had been sacked as India's one-day captain. Kohli quit as T20 skipper after the recent World Cup and last week was removed as ODI captain, with India's cricket board saying it…

Rohit out of South Africa Tests due to injury

INDIA batsman Rohit Sharma has been ruled of the three Tests in South Africa due to a hamstring injury he suffered while training, the country's cricket board said on Monday (13). Rohit, who has replaced Virat Kohli as the national limited-overs skipper, was earlier named vice-captain of the Test squad…

Kohli loses ODI captaincy, Rohit named India’s white-ball skipper

Opener Rohit Sharma replaced Virat Kohli as India's one-day captain on Wednesday, thus taking charge of both the white-ball squads ahead of their tour of South Africa later this month. Kohli led India in all three formats until the Twenty20 World Cup last month, after which he relinquished 20-overs captaincy…

Clear communication key while making tough selection decisions: Dravid

India coach Rahul Dravid on Monday indicated that the team management may take some tough selection decisions going forward and emphasised the need to have clear communication with the players. Opener Rohit Sharma was rested for the entire Test series while captain Virat Kohli skipped the opening match. Mayank Agrawal…

Ajaz makes 14-for as India set New Zealand 540 to…

INDIA on Sunday (5) set New Zealand a daunting 540 to win the second Test, with the Kiwis' Mumbai-born spinner Ajaz Patel taking 14 of the hosts' 17 wickets to fall. A wicket and a spider cam problem forced early tea on day three with Will Young batting on seven…

‘Clinical’ India thrash New Zealand to clinch Test series

INDIA hammered New Zealand by 372 runs to win the second Test on Monday (6), despite the Black Caps' Mumbai-born spinner Ajaz Patel making history with 10 wickets in the first innings. Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin claimed a match tally of eight wickets - and 300th scalp on home soil…

Ton-up Agarwal helps India to 221-4 after Patel’s four wickets

Mayank Agarwal hit an unbeaten 120 to lead India's fightback on the opening day of the second Test after Mumbai-born New Zealand spinner Ajaz Patel took all four wickets to fall. India reached 221 for four at stumps with Agarwal and wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha, on 25, in the middle after…

Fate of India’s South Africa tour should be known in…

India cricketers expect to know in the next few days whether their tour of South Africa later this month will go ahead following the emergence there of the Omicron coronavirus variant, captain Virat Kohli said on Thursday. Sport in South Africa began to shut down last week following the emergence…

India face welcome dilemma with return of skipper Kohli

Virat Kohli will return to lead India in the second Test against top-ranked New Zealand on Friday, posing a welcome selection dilemma for the hosts. The Mumbai clash will mark Kohli's return after he stepped down as Twenty20 captain at the end of the World Cup last month and took…

Stokes, Archer released from IPL’s Royals ahead of auction

ENGLAND stars Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer have been released by their IPL team Rajasthan Royals ahead of the auction as franchises on Tuesday (30) announced names of retained players. England's Eoin Morgan and David Warner of Australia also parted ways with Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad respectively, with…

Iyer, Saha fifties set New Zealand 284 target

INDIA'S Shreyas Iyer once again dazzled on his debut Test, hitting his second 50-plus score of the match to put his team in charge of the opening Test against New Zealand on Sunday (28). New Zealand claimed four wickets in the morning session to nose ahead on the penultimate day…

Debutant Iyer, Gill shine for India against New Zealand

DEBUTANT Shreyas Iyer and recalled opener Shubman Gill struck half-centuries to help India overcome Kyle Jamieson's terrific display of seam bowling and post 258-4 in the opening Test against New Zealand in Kanpur on Thursday (25). If Gill's 52 helped India overcome the early loss of opener Mayank Agarwal, Iyer's…

Can’t take India lightly in home conditions, says Williamson

New Zealand will not start as favourites despite facing an Indian team missing several key players, skipper Kane Williamson said Wednesday, as the world's two top-ranked teams geared up for a spin battle in their first Test. Hosts India have rested skipper Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah…

Exclusive: ‘Unfinished business’ as India, New Zealand renew Test rivalry

Former England bowler Steve Harmison predicts bright future for India under coach Rahul Dravid NEW India coach Rahul Dravid got a boost as the team beat New Zealand in the three-match T20I series, but the real battle will be the two Tests starting November 25 in Kanpur. It wasn’t long…

Ashwin says too early to comment on Dravid’s coaching style

RAVICHANDRAN ASHWIN says it's too early to comment on Rahul Dravid's coaching style but the premier India spinner is confident that happiness will be back in the dressing room under the stalwart's guidance. Dravid replaced Ravi Shastri in the Indian set-up, beginning his stint with the ongoing India-New Zealand Twenty20…

‘Players are not machines,’ says Indian T20 captain Rohit Sharma

INDIAN T20 skipper Rohit Sharma said on Tuesday (16) his players were "not machines" and needed rest, ahead of an imminent encounter with New Zealand on home turf just days after the World Cup. New Zealand's tour begins with the first of three Twenty20 internationals on Wednesday, only three days…

India’s new coach Dravid seeks right recipe for global success

INDIA must strike a balance between trying to win every match and building a side that can be successful in future global cricket events, new head coach Rahul Dravid said on Tuesday (16). Success in International Cricket Council events has eluded India in recent years and the team failed to…

Kohli should give up captaincy in all formats: Afridi

FORMER Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi feels India captain Virat Kohli should step down from the leadership role in all formats of the game to flourish as a batsman. Speaking on the Samaa television channel, Afridi said that the BCCI's decision to appoint Rohit Sharma as India's T20 captain was a…

Kohli to skip first match, Rohit rested for New Zealand…

INDIA'S regular captain Virat Kohli will skip the opening Test against New Zealand this month as the hosts named a depleted side for the two-match series on Friday. The team will be led by Ajinkya Rahane in the Nov. 25-29 Test in Kanpur with Kohli returning at the helm for…

Rohit Sharma named new India T20 captain

ROHIT SHARMA has been named the new captain of India's T20 side, replacing Virat Kohli, the cricket board said Tuesday (9) after the side were dumped out of the World Cup. The Board of Cricket Control of India tweeted that the 34-year-old opening batsman was "named the T20I Captain for…

Pakistan ’emperor’ Babar ready to conquer world

He was the fresh-faced 15-year-old who stared down Shoaib Akhtar in the nets, became the highest-ranked T20 batsman in the world before being elevated to national hero after masterminding a rare Pakistan victory over India. In the breathless aftermath of that 10-wicket win over their fiercest rivals at the World…

Kapil Dev says India stars put IPL before country

Indian legend Kapil Dev accused the country's cricket players of prioritising the cash-rich Indian Premier League over national duty, after the pre-tournament favourites were dumped out of the T20 World Cup. "When the players prefer to play IPL over playing for the country, what can we say? I believe that…

T20 World Cup: India blitz Scotland to keep alive slender…

FORMER Twenty20 World Cup champions India kept alive their slim chances of making the semifinals with an eight-wicket rout of Scotland in their Super 12 Group II match on Friday (5). Virat Kohli elected to field after winning his first toss of the tournament and the 2007 title holders bundled…

Anushka Sharma wishes Virat Kohli on his birthday: I just…

Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli tied the knot in December 2017. The two have been giving us a lot of couple goals. On Friday (5), Kohli celebrated his 33rd birthday, and Sharma took to Instagram to wish her husband. The actress wrote a heartfelt post which read, “No filter needed…

Sharma keeps India alive at T20 World Cup

Opening batsman Rohit Sharma hit a blistering 74 to set up India's first win at the Twenty20 World Cup with a 66-run drubbing of Afghanistan on Wednesday as Virat Kohli's team avoided a shock early exit. The Indian batting finally fired with Sharma and KL Rahul, who made 69, putting…

T20 World Cup: Kohli-led India blasted after loss to New…

FORMER India cricketers lined up to slate Virat Kohli's side after Sunday's (31) crushing eight-wicket defeat by New Zealand left them on the brink of elimination from the Twenty20 World Cup. India dropped to fifth in Group II, with their semifinal hopes virtually extinguished after managing to muster only 110…

Kohli admits India ‘not brave enough’ as World Cup hopes…

India captain Virat Kohli admitted his team was "not brave enough" after an eight-wicket rout by New Zealand left their Twenty20 World Cup hopes hanging by a thread on Sunday. Fast bowler Trent Boult and leg-spinner Ish Sodhi shared five wickets to restrict India to 110 for seven after being…

‘Analyse, move forward’, says Bumrah after second World Cup loss

India's Jasprit Bumrah on Sunday said they will "analyse and move forward" to keep their Twenty20 World Cup hopes alive despite a crushing eight-wicket defeat to New Zealand. Trent Boult led an inspired bowling attack to help New Zealand hand India a second successive loss of the Super 12 stage…

Boult stars as New Zealand thrash India in T20 World…

Trent Boult led an inspired bowling attack as New Zealand thrashed Twenty20 World Cup favourites India by eight wickets on Sunday to leave Virat Kohli's men facing a desperate struggle to reach the semi-finals. Boult and leg-spinner Ish Sodhi shared five wickets between them to restrict India to 110 for…

Kohli lashes out at ‘spineless’ online abuse, backs Shami

INDIA captain Virat Kohli lashed out on Saturday (30) at the "spineless people" who abused bowler Mohammed Shami online after his side's defeat in their Twenty20 World Cup opener against Pakistan last weekend. "There's a good reason why we are playing on the field and not some bunch of spineless…

Star at night: Shaheen Shah Afridi, Pakistan’s first-strike destroyer

Standing at an imposing 6ft 6ins (1.98m), Shaheen Shah Afridi, the first-strike destroyer of India at the T20 World Cup, is the latest high-end product of Pakistan's fast bowling factory -- left-arm division. From Wasim Akram to Mohammad Amir, with passing hat tips in recent years to the likes of…

Indian cricketer Shami abused online after defeat to Pakistan

A torrent of social media abuse was aimed at India's only Muslim player, the bowler Mohammed Shami, after his side were thrashed by arch-rivals Pakistan at the T20 World Cup. Cricket clashes India and Pakistan usually heighten tensions between the neighbours, who have fought three wars since their independence in…

Kohli denies complacency, vows to rectify mistakes after Pakistan loss

INDIA captain Virat Kohli denied his team underestimated Pakistan in Sunday's high-profile Twenty20 World Cup contest and said they know what went wrong in their 10-wicket thumping by the arch-rivals. India went into the match with a 12-0 record in World Cups against their neighbours but Pakistan snapped that streak…

India jinx over but long way to go, Babar tells…

PAKISTAN finally got the monkey off their back with a 10-wicket thumping of arch-rivals India but skipper Babar Azam refused to get carried away and reminded his jubilant teammates to stay focused on the task ahead at the Twenty20 World Cup. Babar led by example as Pakistan outclassed neighbours India…

‘Will you drop Rohit Sharma?’, bemused Kohli asks in reply…

A "brave" question in the news conference brought some moments of amusement for India captain Virat Kohli in an otherwise chastening night for his team, who were thrashed by arch-rivals Pakistan in the Twenty20 World Cup on Sunday (24). India went into the Dubai blockbuster with a 12-0 record in…

Babar, Rizwan star as Pakistan break India jinx with 10-wicket…

CAPTAIN Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan smashed unbeaten half-centuries as Pakistan crushed India by 10 wickets to register their first win over their arch-rivals in a Twenty20 World Cup on Sunday (24). Chasing 152 for victory, Babar (68) and Rizwan (79) took apart the Indian bowling as they steered their…

Gavaskar backs ‘well-balanced’ India to end world title drought

BATTING great Sunil Gavaskar says India will be the team to beat in the Twenty20 World Cup with a "well-balanced" unit and mentor MS Dhoni's experience. India, who clinched T20's biggest prize in 2007 but have not won a world title since the 2013 Champions Trophy, begin their campaign against…

T20 World Cup: Six great India-Pakistan clashes

VIRAT KOHLI'S India begin the Twenty20 World Cup as one of the favourites and take on arch-rivals Pakistan in Dubai on Sunday (24). Let's take a look at six memorable limited-overs matches between the Asian cricket giants ahead of their latest clash: Last-ball six (April 18, 1986 - Sharjah) Javed…

Kohli banks on ‘priceless’ Bhuvneshwar and fearless Ashwin

INDIA captain Virat Kohli believes swing bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar will prove quite a handful with the new ball in the Twenty20 World Cup beginning on Sunday (17), and said offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin's fearless bowling will boost their title hopes. Going by the just-concluded Indian Premier League (IPL) in the United…

Kohli hails impact of ‘inspirational’ mentor Dhoni

VIRAT KOHLI on Saturday (16) hailed MS Dhoni as an "inspiration" who had a "huge impact" on his cricketing journey as the India captain goes in search of the Twenty20 World Cup title. Dhoni, who on Friday (15) led Chennai Super Kings to their fourth IPL crown, captained India to…

Kohli gets a last shot at World Cup glory as…

Virat Kohli will be looking for a fairytale ending to his leadership of India's Twenty20 team as he chases an elusive first major title at the World Cup. The 32-year-old Kohli will step down as T20 skipper after the 16-nation tournament in the United Arab Emirates and Oman that starts…

Dhoni cameo helps Chennai down Delhi to reach ninth IPL…

RUTURAJ Gaikwad's 70 and an unbeaten cameo from skipper MS Dhoni helped Chennai Super Kings reach a ninth Indian Premier League (IPL) final with a four-wicket win over Delhi Capitals on Sunday (10). Chasing 173 for victory, Chennai rode on a 110-run second-wicket partnership between Gaikwad and Robin Uthappa (63)…

Delhi top IPL table, champions Mumbai crash out

Delhi Capitals topped the Indian Premier League table despite losing to Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore while holders Mumbai Indians crashed out on Friday. Srikar Bharat hit a last ball six to steer Bangalore to a dramatic seven-wicket in Dubai on a day IPL witnessed the final two league games…

Hetmyer steers Delhi Capitals to top of IPL table

WEST INDIES batsman Shimron Hetmyer produced a match-winning cameo as Delhi Capitals edged out Chennai Super Kings by three wickets to go top of the Indian Premier League table on Monday (4). Chasing 137 for victory, Delhi depended on a brisk 39 by Shikhar Dhawan and Hetmyer's 18-ball 28 to…

Kohli’s Bangalore claim IPL playoff spot

Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Punjab Kings by six runs in a thrilling clash Sunday to secure their place in the Indian Premier League playoffs. Glenn Maxwell hit 57 off 33 balls and Devdutt Padikkal 40 as Bangalore made 164 for seven from their 20 overs in Sharjah. Punjab…

Sharma claims victory for India in England Test series

India batting star Rohit Sharma risked controversy Monday (4) by claiming that his country won a recent Test series in England that was cut short by a coronavirus scare before the final match could be played. With England and India still negotiating over whether the fifth match in the series…

We have got rewards because we have been fearless: Kohli

Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli on Wednesday (30) said impressive middle overs bowling and staying fearless during the game's crucial moments contributed to the team's fine run in this edition of the IPL. RCB rode on an all-round performance to beat Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets here to boost…

Kohli becomes first Indian to reach 10,000 runs in T20…

VIRAT KOHLI became the first Indian batsman to notch up 10,000 runs in Twenty20 cricket during his side Royal Challengers Bangalore's (RCB) game against the Mumbai Indians in Dubai on Sunday (26). The 32-year-old is the second man after West Indies' Chris Gayle to reach the landmark in both T20…

IPL 2021: Chennai inflict new defeat on Kohli’s Bangalore

MS DHONI'S Chennai Super Kings inflicted new pain on Virat Kohli on Friday (24), beating his Royal Challengers Bangalore by six wickets in the Indian Premier League. Chennai, bolstered by 38 from opener Ruturaj Gaikwad, overcame Bangalore's 156 for six with 11 balls to spare as Dhoni won the latest…

IPL 2021: Iyer, Narine star as Kolkata thrash Mumbai

EOIN MORGAN'S Kolkata Knight Riders won their second straight Indian Premier League match with a seven-wicket thrashing of holders Mumbai Indians on Thursday (23) to move into the top four. Opener Venkatesh Iyer smashed 53 and put on an attacking second-wicket partnership of 88 with Rahul Tripathi, who made an…

Kohli says RCB’s heavy IPL defeat a wake-up call

ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli said Monday's (21) nine-wicket Indian Premier League defeat by Kolkata Knight Riders was a massive jolt to his side as they resumed their quest for a first title in the Twenty20 competition. Kohli, who will step down as captain of the franchise after…

Gaikwad stars as Chennai wins opener of revived IPL 2021

RUTURAJ GAIKWAD smashed an unbeaten 88 as Chennai Super Kings beat holders Mumbai Indians by 20 runs in the first match of the revived Indian Premier League on Sunday (19). The 14th edition of the Covid-hit Twenty20 tournament resumed in the United Arab Emirates with limited spectators back in the…

Kohli to step down as RCB skipper after 2021 IPL…

VIRAT KOHLI will step down as captain of the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) after the 2021 season, the player announced on Sunday (19). Kohli this week also gave up the captaincy of India's Twenty20 side to manage his immense workload, saying he would not continue…

Ravi Shastri says he will not seek extension after T20…

INDIA head coach Ravi Shastri has said that he will not seek an extension of his contract when his tenure ends after the Twenty20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates and Oman. Since replacing Anil Kumble in mid-2017, Shastri, 59, has overseen two test series victories in Australia, although…

Five players to watch as IPL rivalries are revived

THE Indian Premier League roars back this weekend in the United Arab Emirates, more than four months after being halted by the coronavirus pandemic in India. With the high-octane tournament concluding immediately ahead of next month's Twenty20 World Cup, AFP Sport highlights five players to watch in the white-ball extravaganza:…

International exodus casts shadow as IPL resumes in UAE

INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE action will resume on Sunday (19) in the United Arab Emirates in front of spectators, but without a host of top international stars after four months of pandemic suspension. Fans will be in the stands for the first time in two years when Rohit Sharma's title-holders, Mumbai…

Former players back Rohit as India’s T20 captain

OPENER Rohit Sharma has demonstrated his leadership qualities in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and is an obvious choice to succeed Virat Kohli as India's Twenty20 captain, according to several former players. Kohli, who has led India across formats, has decided to relinquish Twenty20 captaincy after the 20-overs World Cup…

Kohli to step down as India’s T20 captain after World…

VIRAT KOHLI will step down as captain of the Indian Twenty20 side after the upcoming World Cup in the United Arab Emirates and Oman, the player said on Thursday (16). Kohli, also the team's batting mainstay, cited the need to balance his workload as he vacated the role which is…

Kohli backed to continue as India captain in all three…

VIRAT KOHLI will continue to captain India in all three formats, a top national cricket board official said on Tuesday (14), after speculation that the batting great could be replaced as skipper for limited-overs games. Kohli's recent sketchy form with the bat has led to reports that changes could be…

India-England fifth Test cancelled due to Covid concerns

THE fifth and deciding Test between England and India was cancelled on Friday (10) just hours before the scheduled start over Covid-19 concerns in the tourists' camp. The England and Wales Cricket Board said fears over the coronavirus, related to an outbreak among backroom staff, had left India unable to…

T20 World Cup: Ashwin returns, Dhoni named mentor

INDIA on Wednesday (8) called in national legend MS Dhoni to act as team mentor for the Twenty20 World Cup starting next month. The 40-year-old, who retired from international cricket last year, is India's most successful captain having won the World Cup, the inaugural T20 World Cup and the Champions…

Kohli hails Indian bowlers, Root wants England to be ‘ruthless’

INDIA skipper Virat Kohli lavished praise on his bowlers on Monday (7), hailing their exploits in The Oval Test against England as one of the top three bowling performances under his captaincy. The touring side set England a massive victory target of 368 and shot them out for 210 in…

‘Lord’ Thakur proves his worth in India’s Oval triumph

ROHIT SHARMA took the player-of-the-match award and Jasprit Bumrah produced what pundits called the "spell of the summer" but Shardul Thakur's role was no less important in fashioning India's victory in the fourth Test against England on Monday (6). The team led by Virat Kohli produced a bowling masterclass on…

Ganguly: India cricket ahead of the rest

INDIA'S cricket chief Sourav Ganguly has said his country's win over England proves they are "far ahead" of the rest in the Test world. The Indian board president said it had been a "great show" to see Jasprit Bumrah lead the Indian attack to bowl out England for just 210…

Hameed, Burns give England steady start to daunting chase

ENGLAND made a strong start to their pursuit of a daunting 368-run victory target against India in the fourth Test, which appeared delicately poised heading into the final day at the Oval on Monday (6). Openers Haseeb Hameed and Rory Burns guided England to 77 for no loss at stumps…

Pitch invader arrested on suspicion of assault after Bairstow collision

A man who invaded the pitch in the fourth test between England and India at the Oval on Friday has run into trouble with the authorities after he was arrested on suspicion of assault for colliding with batsman Jonny Bairstow. The man, identified as YouTuber Daniel 'Jarvo' Jarvis by British…

‘A cultural thing’: Cricket defines British-Indian identity

Three flags fluttering above the pavilion of London's Oval cricket ground neatly symbolised the interchangeable identities of Britain's ethnic minorities at the fourth Test between England and India on Thursday. A British Union Jack flew highest in the middle, flanked by England's Saint George's Cross and an Indian tricolour, as…

Pope and Woakes edge England ahead of India in fourth…

Ollie Pope and Chris Woakes both scored valuable fifties on their return to Test cricket as England recovered from a top-order collapse to build a lead over India at the Oval on Friday. Pope made 81 on his Surrey home ground and all-rounder Woakes exactly 50 before England were dismissed…

India fight back with Root wicket after 191 all out

ENGLAND bowled out India for 191 before suffering a top-order collapse of their own on a bowler-dominated opening day of the fourth Test at The Oval on Thursday (2). The hosts lost their talismanic captain Joe Root in the penultimate over of the day to concede some of their advantage…

Kohli says India is the team that ‘everyone wants to…

INDIA captain Virat Kohli says his relationship with head coach Ravi Shastri is based on mutual respect and trust, something that has helped them make this team the one that "everyone wants to beat." On the eve of the fourth Test against England at the Oval on Thursday (2), Kohli…

England are ‘wary of Ashwin’s abilities’ – India bowling coach

India bowling coach Bharat Arun said it was possible Ravichandran Ashwin could feature in the fourth Test at the Oval starting Thursday as the "Englishmen are wary of his abilities". Although off-spinner Ashwin has 413 Test wickets and five hundreds to his credit, he has yet to feature so far…

Root urges England to be ‘ruthless’ against India in fourth…

England captain Joe Root has urged his team to produce a "ruthless" display in the fourth Test against India at the Oval starting on Thursday (2). England's innings and 76-run victory at Headingley last week has left the five-match series all square at 1-1. But with wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler absent…

Silverwood says England-India series could be an epic

England coach Chris Silverwood believes his side's ongoing contest with India could prove to be one of Test cricket's most memorable series. The teams travel to London for next week's fourth Test at the Oval all square at 1-1 in a five-match campaign after a rain-marred draw in Nottingham was…

Kohli vows India won’t be ‘demoralised’ by England hammering

India captain Virat Kohli insisted his side would not be "demoralised" by a resounding innings-and 76-run defeat in the third Test at Headingley on Saturday that saw England level the five-match series at 1-1. The tourists' fate in Leeds was effectively sealed when they were dismissed for just 78 by…

Washington Sundar ruled out of IPL with finger injury

ALLROUNDER Washington Sundar was ruled out of the remainder of this year's Indian Premier League on Monday (30) due to a finger injury, raising doubts over his availability for the Twenty20 World Cup later this year. The 21-year-old Sundar, who bowls off-spin and is a handy batsman lower down the…

India collapse as England level series with crushing win

ENGLAND'S Ollie Robinson struck four times with the second new ball as the hosts thrashed India by an innings and 76 runs to level the series on day four of the third Test at Headingley on Saturday (28). Resuming on an overnight score of 215 for 2, the visitors crashed…

Resurgent Pujara leads India’s resistance at Headingley

CHETESHWAR PUJARA orchestrated India's spirited resistance with an unbeaten career-reviving 91 but England remained on course for a series-levelling victory in the third Test at Headingley on Friday (27). Under pressure to save his place in the side, Pujara added 82 runs with Rohit Sharma and 99 with Virat Kohli…

Root hits hundred, England stamp domination at Headingley

ENGLAND captain Joe Root smashed his third hundred in three Tests, putting his team in pole position for a series-levelling victory in the third match against India on Thursday (26). Root's majestic 121 headlined a strong top-order performance by the hosts, who had bundled out India for 78 to seize…

‘Absolutely nailed it,’ says Anderson after India all out for…

James Anderson said England "absolutely nailed it" after they dismissed India for just 78 on the opening day of the third Test at Headingley on Wednesday (25) before surging into a first-innings lead without losing a wicket. India captain Virat Kohli won the toss only for Anderson to remove a…

England in charge at Headingley after India collapse for 78

ENGLAND shot out India for a paltry 78 and cruised to 120 for no loss in their robust reply to take early control of the third Test at Headingley on Wednesday (25). Complementing the bowlers' effort, Haseeb Hamid and Rory Burns batted through rest of the opening day forging England's…

Kohli adamant India ‘won’t back down’ against England

India captain Virat Kohli has promised his side won't back down in the remainder of their series against England after saying verbal abuse from the hosts inspired a memorable win at Lord's last week. India are 1-0 up in the five-match contest heading into Wednesday's third Test at Headingley following…

Anderson sparks India collapse to 78 all out in third…

England great James Anderson ripped through the top order as India collapsed to 78 all out on the first day of the third Test at Headingley on Wednesday. Anderson took 3-6 in eight overs, including the prize wicket of India captain Virat Kohli, who won the toss. Both Sam Curran…

India tempted to play Ashwin in Headingley Test

INDIA captain Virat Kohli said that he didn't want to break up a winning team but is tempted by the look of the Headingley pitch to play offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin in the third Test against England starting on Wednesday (25). Recognising the limited role of a spinner in a seam-dominated…

Wood injury adds to England pace problems ahead of third…

Mark Wood has been ruled out of this week's third Test with India dealing a blow to the hosts' hopes of levelling the five-match series which the tourists lead 1-0. The 31-year-old has a jarred right shoulder, a result of diving headlong into an advertising hoarding when saving a boundary…

Bangalore coach Katich steps down, Hesson takes over for rest…

Royal Challengers Bangalore said on Saturday their Australian coach Simon Katich will be unavailable for the remainder of the Indian Premier League campaign due to personal reasons, with Director of Cricket Operation Mike Hesson taking over. The eight-team Twenty20 competition was suspended in May after several players and backroom staff…

When Kohli told team to give England ‘hell’ at Lord’s

THE Indian team responded really well to their captain's call when Virat Kohli told his teammates to give England "hell" during the hosts' fourth innings in the second innings at Lord's. A video clip has emerged where Kohli is seen giving instructions to the players in a team huddle by…

Mohammed Siraj: India’s pace sensation

HE appeared in his very first India series in the long format as a tragic hero. Last November, Mohammed Siraj was in Australia, expecting to bag the Test cap for his country. The quarantine rule was at play at the height of the coronavirus pandemic and amid the restrictions, the…

Kohli elated after ‘late Independence Day’ win over England

INDIA captain Virat Kohli promised there would no let-up from his side following an impressive 151-run win over England in the second Test at Lord's on Monday (16) he labelled a "day late" Independence celebration. This match was in the balance early on the final day before a ninth-wicket stand…

Anushka Sharma, Shahid Kapoor and other B-Town celebs celebrate Indian…

Indian Cricket team on Monday (16) won against England at the Lord's Cricket Ground in the ongoing five-match series. Team India beat team England by 151 runs. Many Bollywood celebs like Anushka Sharma, Shahid Kapoor, Arjun Rampal, and others took to social media to celebrate team India’s victory. Anushka Sharma…

Bowlers shine as India thrash England to take series lead

India's pacemen produced a terrific display of swing bowling to crush England by 151 runs in the second test at Lord's on Monday (16), taking a 1-0 lead in the five-match series. England were bowled out for 120 in pursuit of a target of 272 on the final day, succumbing…

Former India cricket hope Chand moves to US

Unmukt Chand, captain of India's victorious Under-19 World Cup team in 2012 when he smashed a century, has become the latest out-of-favour player from South Asia and beyond to decamp to the United States. Chand, now 28, drew comparisons with Virat Kohli but never broke into the adult national side…

Moeen says new ball the key to second Test against…

Moeen Ali forecast the new ball would prove decisive in settling the second Test between England and India after Sunday's see-saw fourth day at Lord's left the match intriguingly poised. India were 181-6 in their second innings, a lead of 154 runs, when bad light forced an early close to…

England in control despite Pujara-Rahane defensive masterclass

AJINKYA RAHANE and Cheteshwar Pujara produced a defensive masterclass to keep India alive but England looked in charge of the second Test after an enthralling fourth day's play at Lord's on Sunday (15). India were 181 for 6, a lead of 154, when bad light stopped play with Rishabh Pant,…

Rahul century makes England bowlers toil at Lord’s

INDIA batsman KL Rahul cracked a superb unbeaten century and Rohit Sharma made 83 as the visitors reached a strong position at 276 for 3 after the opening day of a rain-hit second test against England at Lord's on Thursday (12). Rahul dropped anchor early in his innings as Rohit…

Kohli says India to blame for ‘crucial’ over-rate points penalty

India captain Virat Kohli said his team had no one to blame but themselves after both they and England were docked two World Test Championship points each for maintaining a slow over-rate in their rain-marred drawn series opener at Nottingham last week. Both teams were also fined 40 per cent…

England consider Moeen as they ponder Test changes against India

ENGLAND could recall Moeen Ali in one of several changes for the second Test against India at Lord's starting on Thursday (12) after escaping with a draw in the series opener. The tourists had the better of a rain-affected first Test at Trent Bridge, with a hundred from home captain…

Kohli confident of India ‘template’ in ‘blockbuster’ England series

India captain Virat Kohli said his side had the "right template" for the remainder of their "blockbuster" series against England after enjoying the better of a rain-marred draw in the first Test. The tourists were frustrated in their bid to go 1-0 up in a five-match contest when rain washed…

Kohli elated with ‘gold dust’ from tailenders

A near 50-run haul by India's notoriously brittle batting tail in the first innings of the drawn opening Test against England was like "gold dust", Indian captain Virat Kohli said. Since 2018, India's last three batsmen have had the worst average of all Test playing nations. They made a significant…

Rain prevents grandstand finish to England-India 1st Test

Rain scuppered what promised to be a thrilling conclusion to the first Test between England and India at Trent Bridge as the match ended in a draw without a ball bowled on Sunday's last day. The opening fixture in this five-Test series was intriguingly poised with India 52-1 in their…

Rahul and Jadeja repel England before rain arrives

KL RAHUL, Ravindra Jadeja and Jasprit Bumrah took a toll of England's attack in contrasting fashions to leave India well-placed in the first Test at Trent Bridge on Friday (6) before rain brought about a premature end to the third day's play. Opening batsman Rahul, in his first Test for…

Anderson strikes leave India wobbling on day two

INDIA captain Virat Kohli was out for nought first ball in the first Test amid a collapse that saw England great James Anderson take two wickets with successive deliveries on Thursday's (5) second day at Trent Bridge. Kohli was caught behind off Anderson by wicketkeeper Jos Buttler one ball after…

Bumrah strikes as India dominate first day of England series

India's Jasprit Bumrah took four wickets as England suffered their latest batting collapse in slumping to 183 all out on the opening day of the first Test at Trent Bridge on Wednesday. Bumrah, who struck with the fifth ball of the match to remove Rory Burns for one of four…

Kohli says more players could follow Stokes’ mental health example

India captain Virat Kohli believes more players could follow the example of England all-rounder Ben Stokes unless gaps are created in a congested global fixture schedule. Stokes is missing the five-Test series against India which started at Trent Bridge on Wednesday while he takes an indefinite break from the game…

Anderson ‘excited’ to go up against Kohli again

JAMES ANDERSON said he was "excited" by the prospect of facing India captain Virat Kohli again as two of the world's best cricketers prepare for yet another head-to-head clash. Anderson is the first fast bowler to take 600 Test wickets, with Kohli one of the outstanding batsmen of his generation.…

Kohli says more players could follow Stokes’ mental health example

INDIA captain Virat Kohli believes more players could follow the example of England allrounder Ben Stokes unless gaps are created in a congested global fixture schedule. Stokes is missing the upcoming five-Test series against India starting at Trent Bridge on Wednesday (4) while he takes an indefinite break from the…

Gavaskar says team can look for someone else if they…

FORMER batting legend Sunil Gavaskar has backed the under-pressure Cheteshwar Pujara and said the Indian team management can explore "someone else" if it feels his method is not working anymore. Known for his rock-solid defence and textbook batting technique, Pujara received a lot of flak for not being able to…

Hasaranga dominates India as Sri Lanka clinch T20 series 2-1

SRI LANKA continued its resurgence to defeat the Covid-battered India by seven wickets in the third T20 international on Thursday (29) and win the three-match series 2-1. The hosts’ victory was shaped by spinner Wanindu Hasaranga who took his career-best T20 haul of four wickets for just nine runs on…

Editor’s comment: India’s Olympics joy

IN A country where cricket stars such as Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar have god-like status, the time has come for India’s female sports stars to revel in a similar spotlight. Weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu became the latest Indian woman to proudly stand on the Olympic podium after she won…

Unboxing new ways to earn

POSTING online videos of unwrapping presents may sound bizarre to some people, but for social media influencers, it is the gift that keeps on giving. Internet personalities in countries including the UK and India, are making a fortune and gaining millions of subscribers and followers from unboxing items and reviewing…

Learnt from Dhoni how to take a match to last…

INDIA pacer Deepak Chahar, who starred with the bat in the second ODI against Sri Lanka in Colombo, said he has learnt the art of chasing from Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Chahar scripted India's come-from-behind win on Tuesday (20) with an unbeaten 69 at number eight. "He (Dhoni) has had a…

Dhawan, Kishan make short work of Sri Lanka’s total

SKIPPER Shikhar Dhawan and debutant Ishan Kishan hit half-centuries as India hammered Sri Lanka by seven wickets on Sunday (18) in the first one-day international of a series delayed by the coronavirus. Chasing 263 for victory, India depended on Dhawan's 33rd ODI half-century, fellow opener Prithvi Shaw's 24-ball 43 and…

India wicketkeeper Pant on ‘way to recovery’ after positive Covid…

India wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant is "on his way to recovery" after testing positive for Covid-19 as the squad prepares for a Test series in England, the Board of Control for Cricket in India said Thursday. India's players, led by captain Virat Kohli, are currently in London but will enter a…

Vaughan fears Covid could wreck England-India series

FORMER England captain Michael Vaughan on Thursday (15) raised concerns over the upcoming five-Test series between India and England, saying change to Covid-19 related isolation laws is the need of the hour. Vaughan's comments came after reports emerged that India wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant had tested positive for the coronavirus and…

There’s no reason to remove Shastri if he is doing…

There is no reason to remove Ravi Shastri from Indian cricket team's head coach's position if he continues to produce results, feels legendary former captain Kapil Dev. The 59-year-old Shastri's contract comes to an end after the completion of T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates in October-November and…

UK week wrap: 7 highlights and revelations you don’t want…

Missed the headlines last week? Eastern Eye presents some of the highlights from the past seven days: 1. UK opens new immigration route for graduates:     [caption id="attachment_148727" align="aligncenter" width="500"] iStock image[/caption]   A new immigration route opened on Thursday (1), allowing international graduates to kick-start their careers in…

Indian ‘B team’ tour undermines Sri Lanka’s dignity: Ranatunga

SRI Lanka's World Cup-winning skipper Arjuna Ranatunga on Friday (2) slammed the island's sports leaders for agreeing to a tour by a "second-level" India side. Ranatunga, 57, said the tour undermined the country's "dignity" as he attacked sports minister Namal Rajapaksa and Sri Lanka Cricket. India's team led by Shikhar…

Javid returns to the centre of UK politics

IT WOULD be ironic if Sajid Javid, who is back from the political wilderness as Matt Hancock’s replacement as health secretary, and Rishi Sunak, who succeeded him 16 months ago as chancellor, fight it out one day for the top job in British politics. Asian vs Asian for the post…

Instagram richlist: Kohli and Priyanka among world’s top 30 influencers

INDIA cricket team captain Virat Kohli and actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas are among the world’s top 30 costliest Instagram influencers, according to a recently released list, with footballer Cristiano Ronaldo taking the top slot.   With 125 million followers, the Indian cricket captain is in the top 20 list with…

Separate teams will ease pressure on India’s cricketers, says Dravid

Rahul Dravid on Sunday (27) said separate teams for different formats is a short-term solution to easing the pressure on India's cricketers during the coronavirus pandemic. Dravid, who has coached India A and Under-19 teams and is currently director at the National Cricket Academy (NCA), will travel with a second-string…

Kohli defends team combination after WTC final defeat

Skipper Virat Kohli defended India's bowling combination for the World Test Championship final, saying going in with a four-pronged pace attack was possible only with a fast-bowling all-rounder. India fielded both Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja along with pace trio of Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami. Kohli asserted…

Kohli calls for World Test final to be played over…

Virat Kohli said future editions of the World Test Championship final should be played as a three-match series after his India side were beaten by New Zealand in the inaugural showpiece match at Southampton on Wednesday. New Zealand triumphed by eight wickets in a final extended into a sixth day…

Kohli bemused by lack of warm-up matches before England series

India captain Virat Kohli said his team wanted to play first-class games to build up for the five-Test series against England in August but their request was turned down for reasons not known to him. The Indian team, which lost the Word Test Championship final against New Zealand, came into…

World Test Championship final: Southee’s strikes open up result possibility

TIM SOUTHEE removed both India openers late on Tuesday (22) to give New Zealand hope of an unlikely victory in the World Test Championship final as the showpiece match headed into the reserve sixth day. India were 64 for 2 in their second innings at stumps on the fifth day…

New Zealand’s Jamieson takes five before openers frustrate India in…

New Zealand's Kyle Jamieson dismissed Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant in quick succession on his way to a superb five-wicket haul as India were bowled out for 217 in their first innings of the World Test Championship final at Southampton on Sunday. Towering paceman Jamieson finished with miserly figures of…

Kohli leads India revival in World Test final

SKIPPER Virat Kohli led India's revival and steered his team to 146-3 against New Zealand before bad light stopped play in the weather-marred World Test Championship (WTC) final on Saturday (19). Kohli was 44 not out, with the star batsman having hit just one boundary in 124 balls faced. After…

New Zealand’s Latham thankful for extra day after India final…

New Zealand's Tom Latham was thankful for the possibility of extra time after the opening day's play in the inaugural World Test Championship final against India at Southampton on Friday was washed out without a ball being bowled. While a standard Test lasts a maximum of five days, this fixture…

Rain delays start of World Test Championship final

Rain delayed the scheduled start of the inaugural World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand at Southampton on Friday, with no play before lunch on the opening day. The toss should have taken place at 10:00 am local time (0900 GMT), with the match getting underway 30 minutes…

WTC final: Gavaskar says India would be hungry to get…

IT is India's batting depth that helps them bounce back from pressure situations, Sunil Gavaskar said ahead of India's World Test Championship final against New Zealand on Friday (18). Apart from batting stars Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane making the top order, the likes of Ravichandran…

World Test Championship: India and New Zealand get ready for…

INDIA face New Zealand in the inaugural World Test Championship final at the Hampshire Bowl on Friday (18), a clash that have a potential to impact cricket's popularity globally. New Zealand are battle-hardened thanks to a 1-0 series win against England completed on Sunday with a dominant eight-wicket win at…

WTC final: Ashwin and Jadeja named in India’s 15, Thakur…

RAVICHANDRAN ASHWIN and Ravindra Jadeja were both named in India's 15-man squad for the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand, which begins in Southampton on Friday (18). Jadeja, along with Mohammed Shami, Hanuma Vihari and Umesh Yadav, all of whom sustained injuries during the tour of Australia…

ICC T20 Men’s World Cup: Top 6 Teams

After being postponed in 2020 due to the pandemic, the ICC T20 Men’s World Cup is back with a blast in 2021. Hosted by India for the second time in a row, it is scheduled for October and November 2021. The 9 top ICC-ranked teams, 8 of which have fought…

Kohli says India and New Zealand on equal terms for…

INDIA captain Virat Kohli said on Wednesday (2) that India and New Zealand would contest the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) final as equals, despite expectations that playing conditions would better suit his opponents. The limited preparation time available to India before the final, which begins on June 18 at…

India, New Zealand to share title if World Test final…

INDIA and New Zealand will be declared joint winners of the World Test Championship if next month's final ends in a draw or tie, cricket's world body, the ICC, said on Friday (28). The two teams will face off in Southampton, England from June 18 to 22, with June 23…

Gill focused on playing sessions on his first UK tour

India opener Shubman Gill feels the team can't be better prepared for the World Test Championship final against New Zealand but underlined the importance of playing session by session in English conditions. Gill is undergoing a 14-day quarantine in Mumbai along with the rest of the squad. It will be…

India-New Zealand WTC final in Southampton to host 4000 fans

THE World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand in Southampton will be held in the presence of 4000 spectators, Hampshire County Club head Rod Bransgrove has said. The Covid-19 situation has improved in the UK and around 1500 people were allowed to watch the county game between Leicestershire…

New Zealand cricketers land for biosecure tour of England

NEW ZEALAND cricketers have arrived in London to start their biosecure tour of England before the ICC World Test Championship Final against India, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) said on Monday (17). Most of the Test squad and staff had been transferred to hotel quarantine in Southampton where they will warm…

Dravid picked cues from Australia and created solid pool for…

RAHUL DRAVID picked Australian brains to create a talent identification system better than Australia in India, the legendary Greg Chappell has said, lamenting the current lack of a similar structure in his own country that was "one of the best at developing young players". Chappell said that both India and…

Indian players including Kohli take the jab before England tour

INDIA captain Virat Kohli and several of his teammates have received their first dose of Covid-19 vaccines before they leave for a tour of England next month. India face New Zealand in the final of the inaugural World Test Championship at Southampton in June before playing a five-Test series against…

Remaining IPL games can’t happen in India, says BCCI chief…

THE remainder of the suspended Indian Premier League (IPL) season will have to be played outside the country, the Indian cricket board said, though it is unclear whether a window can be found to play the remaining 31 games. IPL was suspended indefinitely last week after several players and support…

IPL match postponed after two players positive for Covid-19

The Indian Premier League was forced into its first coronavirus postponement this season on Monday (3) after two players tested positive despite the tournament's bio-secure "bubble". The Kolkata Knight Riders' match against Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore was called off just hours before its start in Ahmedabad after Varun Chakaravarthy…

Rahul, Gayle and Brar lead Punjab Kings to victory over…

Captain KL Rahul, West Indies superstar Chris Gayle and slow left-armer Harpreet Brar led Punjab Kings to a 34-run win over Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League on Friday. Rahul hit an undefeated 91 from 57 balls in an innings which featured seven boundaries and five…

IPL 2021: Pant, Hetmyer knocks in vain as Bangalore seal…

ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE are again back on top of the table with a thrilling one-run win over Delhi Capitals in an IPL 2021 match on Tuesday (27). AB de Villiers scored an unbeaten 42-ball 75 to power Bangalore to 171 for 5 before their bowlers - Harshal Patel (2 for…

Azam replaces Kohli as fastest to reach 2,000 T20 runs…

Pakistan captain Babar Azam became the fastest batsman to reach 2,000 Twenty20 international runs Sunday, achieving the feat in 52 innings, four fewer than Indian superstar Virat Kohli. Azam lifted his T20 total to 2,035 runs by making 52 as Pakistan defeated Zimbabwe by 24 runs to win a T20…

IPL 2021: Padikkal century powers Bangalore to 10-wicket win

VIRAT KOHLI became first batsman in IPL history to go past 6,000 runs as Royal Challengers Bangalore extended their unbeaten run in this edition on Thursday (22). 20-year-old Devdutt Padikkal slammed an unbeaten century, his first in IPL as Kohli scored 72 not out in Bangalore's thumping 10-wicket victory over…

Rejuvenated Maxwell leads Bangalore’s IPL title charge

Royal Challengers Bangalore rescued Glenn Maxwell from the Indian Premier League doldrums and now the big-hitting Australian has repaid their faith with the runs that have taken them to the top of the table. The 32-year-old all-rounder was a surprise $1.95 million purchase by Virat Kohli's side after being almost…

Master blaster Babar hits 122 as Pakistan defeat South Africa

Babar Azam gave a batting masterclass to lead Pakistan to a nine-wicket win in the third Twenty20 international against South Africa at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Wednesday. Babar hit 122, his first T20 international century, and shared a record Pakistan first wicket partnership of 197 with Mohammad Rizwan (73…

Kohli reprimanded for IPL temper tantrum

Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli has been reprimanded after hitting a plastic chair with his bat following his dimissal during an Indian Premier League match. Kohli made 33 in Bangalore's second successive win this season of the popular Twenty20 tournament after they edged out Sunrisers Hyderabad by six runs…

‘Britain couldn’t have come through both wars without the Indian…

  By Amit Roy THE crucial contribution and valour of Indian soldiers in the two world wars are rec­ognised in a book the Royal British Legion is bringing out to mark its 100th anni­versary on May 15. Its author, Julie Summers, told Eastern Eye she had been inspired as a…

IPL 2021: Shahbaz, Maxwell shine in Bangalore’s six-run win

LEFT-ARM spinner Shahbaz Ahmed took three wickets and Glenn Maxwell scored a half-century in Royal Challengers Bangalore's six-run win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in an IPL 2021 match in Chennai on Wednesday (14). Put in to bat, Bangalore managed to score 149 for 8, riding on Maxwell's 41-ball 59 before Shahbaz…

IPL 2021: De Villiers, Harshal help RCB clinch thrilling opener

AB de Villiers scored a brisk 27-ball 48 to guide Royal Challengers Bangalore to a two-wicket win over Mumbai Indians in the IPL 2021 opener in Chennai on Friday (9). Put in to bat, Mumbai scored 159 for nine and Bangalore managed to cross the line with Harshal Patel sealing…

Mayor Sadiq Khan reveals IPL ambition for London

London Mayor Sadiq Khan wants to bring the glitzy Indian Premier League to the British capital as he seeks to establish the city as the "undisputed sporting capital" of the world. The 14th edition of the Twenty20 cricket tournament starts behind closed doors on Friday, with champions Mumbai Indians facing…

T20 World Cup in India on track despite pandemic woes,…

The International Cricket Council does not yet see the need to activate its backup plan for the Twenty20 World Cup and is sticking to hosting the event in India later this year despite the country experiencing a record COVID-19 surge recently. India reported a record 115,736 new cases on Wednesday,…

Foreign cricketers ‘give up’ on mental health in pandemic: Ganguly

Indian cricket chief Sourav Ganguly has stoked the debate on the pressures of bio-secure bubble cricket by saying Indian players are better at handling mental health than foreign stars. The former national team captain said that many England, Australia and West Indies cricketers "just give up on mental health." The…

From King Kohli to Universe Boss: five to watch in…

Top players from around the world have gathered for the 14th Indian Premier League, which starts on Friday for a 52-day Twenty20 extravaganza played in empty stadiums because of the coronavirus pandemic. Here, we highlight five stars who could be key in stopping Mumbai Indians winning for a third straight…

IPL to begin as per schedule despite Covid-19 worries in…

THE surge in new Covid-19 cases could yet scupper plans to host the Indian Premier League (IPL) in bio-secure bubbles at six venues across the country, starting on Friday (9) in Chennai and climaxing at the world's largest cricket stadium in Ahmedabad on May 30. Last year's delayed tournament was…

Hanuma Vihari set for county stint with Warwickshire

HANUMA VIHARI may have missed the IPL bus, but India's Test specialist is all set for a county stint at Warwickshire. The right-handed batsman in order to prepare for the upcoming six-Test season is believed to have left for the UK and would be featuring in at least three games…

Anushka Sharma resumes work post-pregnancy

By Murtuza Iqbal In January this year, Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli welcomed a baby girl and named her Vamika. It was said that post-pregnancy, Anushka will resume work in the month of May. However, the actress has resumed work and was recently spotted shooting for brand endorsement. A source…

England will not panic despite India tour defeats: Buttler

Consecutive Test, Twenty20 and One-Day series defeats would be enough for most cricket nations to ring the changes, but not England, according to team stalwart Jos Buttler. India captain Virat Kohli said after claiming the ODIs with a seven-run win in a tense decider on Sunday that it had been…

Kohli warns players ‘cooked’ in bubble life ahead of IPL…

Virat Kohli says cricketers are suffering after months of bio-secure "bubble" life during the coronavirus pandemic as they head into the high-stress environment of the Indian Premier League. Kohli, one of the game's most disciplined captains, raised his concerns after his India side edged England by seven runs in a…

India edge England in ODI decider despite Curran heroics

India beat England by seven runs on Sunday to clinch the one-day international series 2-1 despite a courageous unbeaten 95 from Sam Curran. England, who had already lost the Test and Twenty20 series, bowled out India for 329 with 10 balls to spare in Pune. England looked on the ropes…

Kohli calls for player power in cricket scheduling

India skipper Virat Kohli on Monday said players should be consulted over the cricket calender as the extended bubble life during the coronavirus pandemic has strengthened fears of burnout. With India headed into three one-day internationals against England starting on Tuesday after winning a gruelling Test series 3-1 and Twenty20…

Match-winner Kohli to stay as T20 opener after India success

Skipper Virat Kohli said he will continue to open the batting in Twenty20 cricket after his unbeaten 80 set up India's series-clinching win over England. Kohli was promoted up the order to partner Rohit Sharma for the first time in the shortest format and the move proved key as they…

India’s best T20 score against England seals series

Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma powered India to their best ever Twenty20 score against England as they clinched the series 3-2 with a convincing 36-run win on Saturday. India captain Kohli hit an unbeaten 80 and shared an opening stand of 94 with Sharma, who made a blistering 64, as…

England’s Buttler hails ‘pioneer’ Morgan after 100th T20

Match-winner Jos Buttler praised England captain Eoin Morgan as a "pioneer" after his landmark 100th Twenty20 appearance in Tuesday's victory over India. Buttler, whose unbeaten 83 eclipsed India skipper Virat Kohli's swashbuckling 77, said Morgan was an inspiration to up-and-coming England cricketers. Morgan, 34, has revamped England's approach to limited-overs…

Roy, Archer star as England trounce India by eight wickets…

Jason Roy and Jofra Archer played the lead roles as England thrashed India by eight wickets in the opening Twenty20 international on Friday. Chasing a modest 125, Roy hit a confident 49 as England romped home in 15.3 overs to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series at the…

No room for match-winner Ashwin in India T20 squad: Kohli

Ravichandran Ashwin's dream to play in the Twenty20 World Cup at home later this year could remain just that after skipper Virat Kohli said Thursday there was no spot for the record-breaking spinner in the Indian squad. Ashwin, who last played for India in the shortest format in 2017, has…

India T20 series opportunity to prepare for World Cup: Morgan

England Twenty20 skipper Eoin Morgan said on Thursday the upcoming series against India was an "extremely exciting" challenge that would help the team prepare for the World Cup later this year. The five-match series starts in Ahmedabad on Friday and would be the only opportunity for a full-strength England squad…

Kohli sets sights on ‘one big game’ to win World…

Skipper Virat Kohli said India were "relieved" to make the inaugural World Test Championship final and would now focus on that "one big game" against New Zealand in June after seeing off England. India crushed Joe Root's side inside three days in the fourth Test in Ahmedabad on Saturday to…

India thump England in three days for 3-1 series victory

INDIA thumped England by an innings and 25 runs inside three days in the fourth and final test to complete a 3-1 series victory in Ahmedabad on Saturday (6). India's 13th consecutive test series victory at home also secured their place in the June final of the World Test Championship…

Pant’s flamboyant ton puts India on top against England

RISHABH PANT launched a spectacular late assault in his flamboyant 101 to put India in charge of the fourth and final test against England in Ahmedabad on Friday (5). Ben Stokes led England's lion-hearted bowling effort in the first two sessions but Pant's century-plus partnership with Washington Sundar tilted the…

‘Nothing untoward’, says Stokes on showdown with Kohli

England's Ben Stokes on Thursday said his verbal duel with India skipper Virat Kohli highlighted that two professionals "care about the sport" in what he called the toughest batting conditions. Stokes made 55 in England's 205 all out on the opening day of the fourth and final Test after the…

Patel, Ashwin spin England out for 205 in final Test

INDIAN spinners Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin combined to dismiss England for 205 despite a gritty half-century from Ben Stokes on day one of the fourth Test on Thursday (4). Patel took four while Ashwin three to end England's innings in the final session after they elected to bat first…

Kohli credits Test success to not grumbling about pitches

India skipper Virat Kohli on Wednesday (3) credited India's Test success to not moaning about pitches as he fuelled controversy over spin tracks that have dominated the series against England. "There is always too much noise and too much conversation about spinning tracks," Kohli said on the eve of the…

Kohli hails India’s new ‘lethal’ spin king Patel

India unveiled the latest spin hero from its production line when Axar Patel claimed 11 wickets in the lightning fast two-day Test win over England. The 27-year-old started off his cricket life as a fast bowler and only got his place in this crucial series because of an injury to…

India’s two-day win is bad for Test cricket, pundits say

Victorious India and dejected England players took a rest on Friday on what should have been the third day of a key five-day clash, with warnings that the speed of the result had tarnished the Test format. New spin hero Axar Patel took 11 wickets in two innings as India…

India Test pitch pushed England to ‘extremes’ – coach Silverwood

The Indian Test pitch on which England lost in two days pushed the players to "extremes" but the experience will toughen them for the final clash of the series, coach Chris Silverwood said on Friday. Trailing 2-1 to India after the 10-wicket mauling in Ahmedabad, Silverwood said captain Joe Root…

Advantage India after England 112 all out in pink-ball Test

Axar Patel claimed six wickets as India gained the upper hand in their crucial day-night third Test against England on Wednesday, bowling out their rivals for 112 and then getting within 13 runs of taking the lead. Only the loss of captain Virat Kohli in the final over spoiled the…

India bring in rising IPL stars for T20s against England

India have brought rising IPL stars Varun Chakravarthy, Rahul Tewatia, Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav into their squad for the Twenty20 series against England next month. But India will rest star fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah for the five-match series to be played in Ahamedabad from March 12. Chakravarthy has had…

Virat Kohli reveals he suffered from depression during 2014 tour…

India captain Virat Kohli has revealed that he battled depression during a harrowing tour of England in 2014 where he felt like the "loneliest guy in the world" after a string of failures with the bat. In a conversation with former England player Mark Nicholas on his Not Just Cricket…

Boycott urges England batsmen to follow Kohli’s spin class

Geoffrey Boycott has told England to learn from the example of India captain Virat Kohli when it comes to batting on spin-friendly pitches. England were twice dismissed cheaply on a Chennai pitch offering considerable turn as hosts India won the second Test by the huge margin of 317 runs on…

Inconsistency in spin department biggest issue for England: Nasser Hussain

England need not moan about the condition of Indian pitches and instead rectify inconsistency in their spin department if they want positive results in the remaining two Tests against India, feels former captain Naseer Hussain. Hussain said Dom Bess' inability to maintain length has been the biggest issue for England,…

Morris smashes IPL record, Moeen goes for £700k as teams…

South Africa all-rounder Chris Morris became the most expensive player bought for the Indian Premier League when Rajasthan Royals paid $2.25 million (£1.6 million) as part of a spending spree by the world's richest Twenty20 tournament. Three-time IPL champions Chennai Super Kings, led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, got England spin…

Ashwin plays down Chennai pitch criticism

India's spin spearhead Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed criticism of Chennai's turning track after his match-winning performance secured the hosts' series-levelling victory in the second test against England on Tuesday. India's three-pronged spin attack wreaked havoc on the surface where the ball spun from the first session and kicked up dust on…

Ashwin stars as India thrash England to level Test series

India captain Virat Kohli said Tuesday (16) his side showed more "grit" and "determination" to thrash England in the second Test, playing down complaints about the difficult pitch. With local hero Ravichandran Ashwin claiming eight wickets in the match and scoring 106 in the second innings, India completed a 317-run…

India sense win after Ashwin century flattens England

India continued their march towards a series-levelling victory after Ravichandran Ashwin's scintillating century on a turning track flattened England in the second test on Monday. Chasing a record 482 for an improbable victory, England endured a top order collapse to finish day three on 53-3, still 429 behind at Chennai's…

Eight overseas players in highest bracket for IPL auction

Eight overseas players and two Indian players have chosen to be slotted in the highest bracket of the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction with a base price of two crore rupees ($275,000), India's cricket board (BCCI) said on Thursday. Australia's Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell, England's Moeen Ali, Sam Billings,…

India seek revenge against England as crowds return for second…

Stung by their crushing defeat in the opening match, India and captain Virat Kohli are looking to get their revenge on England in the second Test starting Saturday as crowds return to cheer on the hosts. England, led by Joe Root, outplayed India to win by 227 runs on Tuesday…

Joe Root will probably break all batting records of England:…

Former England captain Nasser Hussain feels incumbent Joe Root is “arguably” the country’s best ever player of spin and can break all the Test batting records accumulated by the nation’s batsmen. Root struck 218 in England’s first innings on a spin-friendly pitch to lead his side to a 227-run win…

Under-pressure Kohli vows ‘tough fight’ after England humiliation

After losing four Tests in a row as captain, Virat Kohli desperately needs his side to bounce back quickly from their crushing defeat by England in the opening match of the Test series. Team changes are certain for the second match that starts in Chennai on Saturday after the 227-run…

Root’s England thrash India by 227 runs in first Test

Joe Root led England to an emphatic 227-run win over India in the opening Test on Tuesday, taking the upper hand in their bid for a rare series victory against the hosts on their patch. Spinner Jack Leach claimed four wickets and paceman James Anderson took three -- two of…

Root celebrates milestone with century as England punish India

ENGLAND's Joe Root celebrated his 100th test with an unbeaten 128 against India as he and opener Dom Sibley put the tourists in a commanding position in the opening match on Friday(5). The England captain had demanded a big first-innings total from his team after electing to bat at Chennai's…

India skipper Kohli hails relationship with vice-captain Rahane

India skipper Virat Kohli said on Thursday his relationship with vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane, hero of India's landmark win over Australia last month, is based on "trust" and key to the team's Test success. Kohli, who missed most of the Australia tour on paternity leave and had faced calls to give…

Kohli’s India face England with Lord’s Test final at stake

New dad Virat Kohli returns to captain a buoyant India against England as they aim to build on their crushing win over Australia by sealing a place in the World Test Championship final. Kohli, who welcomed a baby daughter last month, missed most of the Australia series on paternity leave…

India ‘mentally tough’ for England series, says Test hero Rahane

India are "mentally tough" despite the coronavirus pandemic as they prepare to take on England in a Test series starting Friday, vice captain Ajinkya Rahane said. Rahane, one of the heroes of India's upset series triumph in Australia last month, also insisted that he was happy to have captain Virat…

Anushka Sharma shares a glimpse of her baby girl, reveals…

By Murtuza Iqbal On 11th January 2021, Virat Kohli on social media had made an announcement that he and Anushka Sharma are blessed with a baby girl. Well, fans of Virat and Anushka have been waiting to see a picture of their daughter, and today, the actress took to Instagram…

India’s Siraj says Australia abuse made him ‘mentally strong’

India bowler Mohammed Siraj has given his first public account of the crowd abuse he suffered during the Australia Test series, saying it made him "mentally strong". Siraj said India, who stunned Australia to win the series 2-1, declined an offer from the umpires to walk off the field as…

Siraj visits father’s grave after fulfilling test dream

WHILE his India team mates lapped up the acclaim after returning from their triumphant Australia tour, Mohammed Siraj drove straight from Hyderabad airport to a burial ground to pay his respects to his father, who passed away in November. The right-arm quick was one of the heroes of India's epic…

India coach Shastri hails ‘one of the greatest series ever’

An injury-ravaged India's 2-1 triumph in Australia under a stand-in captain will go down as one of the greatest series ever played, coach Ravi Shastri said on Tuesday. India were bundled down for a record low of 36 in Adelaide and regular skipper Virat Kohli left a demoralised team behind…

Tendulkar leads tributes to ‘stellar’ Indian cricketers

Cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli led tributes Tuesday to India's cricketers after their stunning fourth Test and away series win over Australia. Tendulkar described it as "one of the greatest series wins" after a fearless Rishabh Pant helped the injury-plagued visitors hand Australia their first defeat at Brisbane's…

Depleted India secure astonishing series win in Australia

Rishabh Pant unleashed a Twenty20-style batting assault to blast India to an incredible three-wicket win in the fourth test decider on Tuesday (19) as Ajinkya Rahane's injury-ravaged tourists humbled Australia with a 2-1 series triumph. Wicketkeeper-batsman Pant timed his innings to perfection in a 138-ball 89 as India galloped to…

Decisive Test in balance as rain clouds Australia’s victory push

Mohammed Siraj took his first five-wicket haul in just his third Test as India bowled Australia out for 294 to set up an enthralling final day of the four-match series in Brisbane on Monday (18). With the series locked at 1-1, India need 328 runs for victory or to bat…

Anushka and Virat appeal to paparazzi to not click their…

Actor-producer Anushka Sharma and her cricketer-husband Virat Kohli on Wednesday urged paparazzi to not click photos of their newborn daughter. Kohli had announced the arrival of their first child on January 11, saying that both the baby and Sharma were healthy. The couple has now written a note to the…

Depleted India out to breach Australia’s Gabba fortress

Injury-hit India head to Australia's Gabba fortress for Friday's (13) final Test with high hopes of retaining the Border-Gavaskar trophy after securing an epic draw in Sydney to leave the series locked at 1-1. The visitors only need to avoid defeat in Brisbane after their heroics in Sydney, when they…

Kohli announces birth of daughter

Indian cricket superstar Virat Kohli, who pulled out of a Test series in Australia to attend the birth of his first child, said on Monday (11) his Bollywood actress wife Anushka Sharma had delivered a girl. The captain, who returned to Mumbai after playing in the first Test in Adelaide,…

Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli blessed with a baby girl

By Murtuza Iqbal Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli were expecting their first child, and today, the two have been blessed with a baby girl. Virat took to Twitter to inform everyone about it. He tweeted a note which read, “We are thrilled to share with you that we have been…

Kohli denounces racist abuse in Sydney Test

India captain Virat Kohli has denounced as "absolutely unacceptable" the alleged racial abuse of the India team from sections of the crowd in the third Test against Australia in Sydney on Sunday (10). Cricket chiefs are investigating after Mohammed Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah were apparently targeted while they fielded by…

Former India captain Ganguly recovering after heart attack

Indian cricket chief Sourav Ganguly was under observation in hospital on Sunday (3) after a successful heart operation, doctors said, as well wishes including from the prime minister continued to pour in for the former star and captain. The 48-year-old, who heads the country's powerful cricket board, suffered a heart…

India include Natarajan in test squad for injured Yadav

India named left-arm seamer T. Natarajan on Friday as the replacement for injured paceman Umesh Yadav ahead of the last two tests against Australia. Yadav bowled only 3.3 overs in Australia's second innings in the second test before limping off as India went on to level the series 1-1 with…

India coach Ravi Shastri hails ‘one of the great comebacks…

India coach Ravi Shastri hailed his team's eight-wicket win over Australia on Tuesday (29) as one of the great comebacks of all time, praising their character after a crushing loss in the first Test last week. Despite missing superstar Virat Kohli, the Indians outplayed the hosts in Melbourne to silence…

India turn tables on Australia in Melbourne to level series

A rejuvenated India short of Virat Kohli turned the tables on Australia to claim the second test within four days in Melbourne on Tuesday(29), a rousing eight-wicket victory that breathed life into the series. Needing only 70 runs for victory after bowling Australia out for 200 by lunch, opener Shubman…

Virat Kohli named cricketer of the decade

India captain Virat Kohli was named the ICC's male cricketer of the decade on Monday as Australia all-rounder Ellyse Perry swept the top women's awards. Kohli and Perry were the big winners in the International Cricket Council's Awards of the Decade, while Australian batsman Steve Smith was crowned the best…

India rip through Australian batting to eye series-levelling win

A depleted Indian attack ripped through Australia's top order to leave the world's number one team with a slender two-run lead and in deep trouble on Monday after day three of the second Test. At stumps in Melbourne, Australia were 133 for six with Cameron Green on 17 and Pat…

Gutsy Rahane century puts India in driving seat against Australia

Stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane rode his luck to hit a gritty unbeaten century as India built an ominous 82-run lead over Australia on day two to take a stranglehold on the second Test in Melbourne on Sunday. It was a determined and crucial knock against a world-class attack by the…

Paine wary as India make four changes for Melbourne

Skipper Tim Paine on Friday called India a proud nation that won't roll over in the Boxing Day Test, and Australia must be "bang on the mark" to inflict more misery after their Adelaide collapse. Australia head into the second Test in Melbourne full of confidence after thumping the visitors…

Australia look to pile misery on Kohli-less India in Melbourne

Coach Justin Langer said the mark of a great team was to keep winning as he threw down a challenge to Australia on Thursday against a depleted India desperate to restore pride in the second Test this week. Australia head into the Boxing Day clash at the Melbourne Cricket Ground…

India to increase IPL to 10 teams

The Indian Premier League is to be increased from eight to 10 teams as the world's richest Twenty20 event seeks to cash in on its growing television audience. The Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) in India announced the move after its annual meeting on Thursday but did not say…

Ishant expects ‘bowler’s captain’ Rahane to fill India’s Kohli void

Ajinkya Rahane is a "bowler's captain" whose calm leadership will come in handy in India's bid to bounce back in the four-test series against Australia, seamer Ishant Sharma said. Regular skipper Virat Kohli left Australia to attend the birth of his first child after India's eight-wicket humiliation in the series-opener…

Kohli deserves credit for taking paternity leave, says Steve Smith

Australian batsman Steve Smith on Tuesday (22) said Virat Kohli deserves credit for prioritising the birth of his child over cricket as "there would have been a lot of pressure" on the India skipper to stay for the entire duration of the ongoing Test series. India are 0-1 down in…

Indian press, ex-players rue ‘massacre’ in Australia

The Indian press and former players savaged the national cricket team on Saturday after they slumped to their lowest-ever score in a "humiliating" and "jaw-dropping" Test defeat in Australia. India were bundled out for 36 in the second innings of the first Test in Adelaide as Australian pacemen Josh Hazlewood…

Kohli confident India will bounce back from batting nightmare

India captain Virat Kohli insisted on Saturday he was "very, very confident" his team would bounce back from their worst-ever batting display, blaming a poor mindset for the side throwing away the first Test against Australia. The visitors were skittled for a humiliating 36 in their second innings -- their…

India slump to lowest ever score as Australia clinch first…

A devastated India crashed to their lowest ever score of 36 on Saturday as Australia ran riot to win the opening Test in Adelaide by eight wickets after Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins produced a bowling masterclass. India started the third day of the pink-ball Test on nine for one…

Ashwin takes four as India lead Australia by 62

Ravi Ashwin bagged four wickets as a dominant India held a 62-run lead at stumps on day two of the Adelaide day-night Test after Australian captain Tim Paine ran out of batting partners. Paine was left stranded on 73 not out when the Australian innings ended at 191 to trail…

Comical Kohli run out as Australia take grip on opening…

Ajinkya Rahane ran out his captain Virat Kohli after a horror mix-up, sparking a mini collapse to gift Australia an advantage over India after an intense opening day of the day-night first Test at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday. Master batsman Kohli looked on track for a 28th Test century…

Kohli, Smith, pace and pink balls: what to watch when…

Australia and India renew their fierce rivalry in a four-Test series that begins with a day-night game in Adelaide on Thursday. India won a Test series for the first time Down Under when the sides clashed two years ago and Australia are determined to regain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Here are…

Kohli promises less niggle, more respect in Australia series

India captain Virat Kohli vowed a "high-voltage" Test series against fierce rivals Australia Wednesday but also predicted a more respectful era between the cricketing powers, saying grudges and tensions were "pointless". The superstar batsman, who has a reputation as one of the sport's most aggressive players, said this week's opening…

India stick with Shaw to open batting; Saha to keep…

India have kept faith with opener Prithvi Shaw while opting for Wriddhiman Saha ahead of Rishabh Pant as wicketkeeper for the opening day-night Test against Australia in Adelaide starting on Thursday (17). Selectors also confirmed Umesh Yadav as the third seamer alongside Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah in the absence…

Laxman and ‘Monkeygate’: five classic Australia v India clashes

Australia and India have been playing Test cricket against each other since 1947 and they renew their rivalry in Adelaide on Thursday. Some of the most competitive clashes have come since they began contesting the Border-Gavaskar Trophy -- named after the first two batsmen to pass 10,000 runs -- in…

‘Bring it on’ – Australia plot India’s downfall under Adelaide…

Top-ranked Australia are plotting revenge in their first day-night Test against fellow powerhouse India on Thursday, as both teams grapple with injuries and selection dilemmas. Virat Kohli's men clinched their maiden series in Australia in 2018-19, triumphing 2-1, but the hosts were without leading batsmen Steve Smith and David Warner…

Kohli absence creates ‘void and opportunity’ say’s India legend Tendulkar

Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar said captain Virat Kohli's departure will leave a "void" for India in their Test tour of Australia, but added that it will hand a golden opportunity to a younger player. The record-setting batsmen said India's bench strength would help as they bid to win a second…

Australia avoid T20 whitewash despite Kohli blitz

India captain Virat Kohli's breezy 85 went in vain as Australia prevailed by 12 runs in the final Twenty20 International to avoid a series whitewash at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday. Chasing 187 to sweep the three-match series, Kohli kept India in the hunt before falling in the penultimate…

India can bank on match-winner Pandya for next five years:…

India captain Virat Kohli has identified Hardik Pandya as their "bankable" match-winner for the next four to five years after the all-rounder dazzled in their series-clinching Twenty20 International victory over Australia on Sunday. India needed 25 runs off the last two overs and Pandya delivered in style, smashing two sixes…

Jadeja injured as concussion substitute Chahal fires India to win

Concussion substitute Yuzvendra Chahal took three wickets as India beat Australia by 11 runs in the first Twenty20 match in Canberra on Friday but the win was soured by an apparent hamstring injury to all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja. In a contest laced with controversy, Jadeja top-edged into his helmet in the…

Kohli inspiration behind career revival for England’s Hameed

Haseeb Hameed paid tribute to India captain Virat Kohli for inspiring a revival that the England top-order batsman hopes will see him regain his Test place. Hameed signed a new contract with English county side Nottinghamshire on Thursday (3) that is set to keep him with the Midlands club until…

Well-rounded India to pose tougher challenge to Australia in T20s

Short of resources in ODIs, India will have enough options to choose from to pose a stiffer challenge to Australia when the two sides clash in a three-match T20 series beginning in Canberra on Friday (4). The 2-1 ODI series loss reaffirmed that India have a lot of work to…

Celebrity baby boom and marital bliss amid lockdown

STARS WHO LET LOVE SHINE DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS WITH WEDDINGS AND NEW ARRIVALS by ASJAD NAZIR THE crippling Covid-19 may have resulted in celebrities having their wings clipped, but many used that extra time afforded to them being caged up in 2020 to fly high on the wings of…

Kohli becomes fastest cricketer to score 12,000 ODI runs, beats…

India captain Virat Kohli on Wednesday (2) became the fastest cricketer to score 12,000 ODI runs, breaking a record held by legendary compatriot Sachin Tendulkar. Kohli reached the milestone during the third and final match against Australia in Canberra. Kohli, who needed 23 runs for the landmark coming into the…

Pandya heroics help India to beat Australia by 13 runs

INDIA all-rounder Hardik Pandya scored his highest one-day international score of 92 to set up a thrilling 13-run win for his team against Australia in the third match at the Manuka Oval on Wednesday(2) and avoid a clean sweep in the series. Pandya's unbeaten knock in 76 deliveries featured seven…

Babar Azam aiming to be the best batsman in the…

Comparison with modern-day greats like Virat Kohli makes Babar Azam proud but young Pakistan skipper aspires to be on a pedestal from where comparisons are drawn with him. "I feel proud to be compared to these top batsmen and to be ranked in the top five of the world. But…

Another Smith ton as Kohli misses out and Australia take…

Another pulsating Steve Smith century and two flying outfield catches clinched the one-day international series for Australia with a 51-run victory over India in Sydney on Sunday. Smith tormented India with his second blistering hundred in as many matches as Australia posted another huge target, reaching 389-4 off 50 overs.…

Anushka Sharma: I will be back to my shoots after…

Murtuza Iqbal A few months ago, Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli announced that they are all set to turn parents, and the new member of their family will arrive in January next year. Well, after staying with Virat in Dubai during IPL, Anushka came back to India, and she has…

India ready for ‘hard, aggressive’ cricket as Aussie series begins

India are promising to play "hard, aggressive" cricket when they emerge from coronavirus quarantine to face Australia in a blockbuster limited-over series beginning in Sydney on Friday. The first of three ODIs, followed by three Twenty20s next week, comes after the visitors had to endure wrangling over quarantine requirements and…

Shastri backs India’s ‘fabulous five’ quicks to rule Down Under

Coach Ravi Shastri believes India's pace attack can conquer Australia "in their own den" in the upcoming Test series between the world's top two sides. India's quick bowlers, led by Jasprit Bumrah, will face a powerful home batting line-up including David Warner and Steve Smith when the four-Test series begins…

Twinjabi: Our sound is different

Murtuza Iqbal Twin brothers Kush and Neill are making a mark with their independent music. They call themselves Twinjabi, and compose music and sing in multiple languages like English, Hindi, and Spanish. We interacted with the duo and spoke to them about their recently released song Desi Dons, their Bollywood…

Australians love to hate ‘polarising’ Kohli, says Paine

Test captain Tim Paine says Australians have “polarising” opinions on India skipper Virat Kohli, one whom they love to hate as rivals but at the same time enjoy watching him bat as fans. Australia and India are set to lock horns in a four-Test series with the opening Day-Night game…

Calls for Sharma to replace Kohli as India’s T20 skipper

India captain Virat Kohli is facing calls to hand over some of his leadership duties to Rohit Sharma after another missed opportunity in the Indian Premier League. Sharma led the Mumbai Indians Tuesday to a fifth IPL title -- something that has eluded Kohli in the 13 editions of the…

Virat Kohli granted paternity leave, to return home after Adelaide…

India captain Virat Kohli has been granted a paternity leave and will return from the team's tour of Australia after the opening test in Adelaide, the Indian cricket board (BCCI) said on Monday (9). "The BCCI has granted paternity leave to the Indian captain. He will return after the first…

Sharma’s champions Mumbai out to shatter Delhi’s maiden IPL dream

Rohit Sharma's defending champions Mumbai Indians are aiming for a record-extending fifth title in the Indian Premier League final on Tuesday (10) but Delhi Capitals under Shreyas Iyer are threatening a changing of the guard. The 13th IPL final will be played in an eerily empty Dubai stadium because of…

Kohli’s IPL drought goes on after Sunrisers defeat

Kane Williamson hit an unbeaten 50 to guide Sunrisers Hyderabad to victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore on Friday and extend Virat Kohli's wait for a first Indian Premier League title. The win in the eliminator gave the Sunrisers one last chance to reach the IPL final in a knockout qualifier…

Kishan, Bumrah power Mumbai to IPL final after drubbing Delhi

Ishan Kishan's attacking 55 and four wickets by Jasprit Bumrah powered Mumbai Indians to their sixth Indian Premier League final with a 57-run win over Delhi Capitals on Thursday. The left-handed Kishan put on an unbeaten 60-run partnership with Hardik Pandya, who hit 37 off 14 balls, to steer holders…

IPL final four: Mumbai again, or can Kohli cause an…

The Indian Premier League playoffs begin on Thursday in the UAE with last year's champions Mumbai as favourites and Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore among the teams looking to cause an upset. Surprise package the Delhi Capitals, who like Bangalore are aiming for a first title, will take on the…

Warner powers Hyderabad to IPL play-offs, Kolkata out

Skipper David Warner struck an unbeaten 85 as Sunrisers Hyderabad sealed the final play-off spot in the Indian Premier League with a 10-wicket win over Mumbai Indians on Tuesday. Warner put on an unbeaten opening stand with Wriddhiman Saha, who made 58, to drive home Hyderabad's chase of 150 in…

Delhi seal second spot in IPL play-offs, Bangalore qualify too

Pacemen Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada combined to help Delhi Capitals take second spot in the Indian Premier League play-offs with a win over Royal Challengers Bangalore on Monday. Virat Kohli's Bangalore, who are chasing their maiden IPL title along with Delhi, also made the play-offs despite their six-wicket loss…

Injured Rohit Sharma, Ishant left out of India squad for…

India's injured opening batsman Rohit Sharma and fast bowler Ishant Sharma have not been named for the upcoming Australia tour after the country's cricket board (BCCI) announced the test and limited overs squads on Monday. India are scheduled to play four test matches for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy along with three…

Kohli ‘most complete player’ around, says England’s Root

England's test captain Joe Root considers India's Virat Kohli as currently the most complete player around and said he expects England team mate Jos Buttler to soon replicate his limited-overs dominance in test cricket. Root himself is considered one of the four best batsmen in contemporary cricket, alongside the prolific…

India great Kapil Dev suffers heart attack, stable after angioplasty

India's first World Cup-winning cricket captain Kapil Dev suffered a heart attack and underwent an angioplasty on Friday (23) but is expected to be discharged in the next couple of days, said the hospital where he is currently admitted. The 61-year-old complained of chest pain on Thursday following which he…

Siraj leads Bangalore’s eight-wicket rout of Kolkata in IPL

Paceman Mohammed Siraj returned impressive bowling figures of three for eight to help Royal Challengers Bangalore thrash Kolkata Knight Riders by eight wickets in the Indian Premier League on Wednesday. Siraj bowled two successive maiden overs -- the first ever in the IPL -- of his four to keep Kolkata…

Dhawan hits first IPL ton to keep Delhi top of…

Shikhar Dhawan hit his first Indian Premier League century on Saturday as Delhi Capitals beat Chennai Super Kings to go back top of the table. South African veteran AB de Villiers produced another blistering batting display meanwhile to take Royal Challengers Bangalore to victory over Rajasthan Royals and keep them…

Situation influenced decision to change AB De Villiers’ batting order:…

Royal Challengers Bangalore's decision to push AB de Villiers down the order backfired but skipper Virat Kohli said it was a well-thought-out strategy that somehow did not work against Kings XI Punjab. De Villiers, who had smashed a 33-ball 73 against Kolkata Knight Riders in their last match, was expected…

‘How can I be nervous?’: Gayle back in business with…

Chris Gayle smashed 53 in his first outing this Indian Premier League season to give Kings XI Punjab their second win of the virus-hit Twenty20 tournament on Thursday. The explosive West Indies batsman walked in at number three to put on a key 93-run partnership with skipper KL Rahul, who…

Kohli hails ‘super-human’ De Villiers after Bangalore’s massive win

Skipper Virat Kohli on Monday (13) praised AB de Villiers' "super-human" effort on a sluggish pitch after the South African great hit a match-winning 73 for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League. Bangalore thrashed Kolkata Knight Riders by 82 runs in Sharjah as De Villiers stood tall with…

Kohli stars as Bangalore thrash Chennai in IPL

Skipper Virat Kohli hit an unbeaten 90 as Royal Challengers Bangalore outplayed Chennai Super Kings by 37 runs in the Indian Premier League on Saturday. Kohli held the innings strong despite early losses including AB de Villiers for nought and a slow start to take the attack to the opposition…

Rabada helps Delhi rout Bangalore to top IPL table

South African quick Kagiso Rabada claimed four wickets including Virat Kohli's key scalp to lead Delhi Capitals to the top of Indian Premier League table on Monday. Rabada returned figures of 4-28 and topped the IPL bowling chart with 12 wickets in five matches as Delhi outplayed Royal Challengers Bangalore…

Kohli hits form in Bangalore’s big IPL win

Skipper Virat Kohli hit form with his first half-century of this Indian Premier League season as he led Royal Challengers Bangalore to a comfortable win over Rajasthan Royals on Saturday. Kohli, who came into the match with scores of 14, one and three, remained unbeaten on 72 as Bangalore chased…

Learnt the art of valuing teammates from Ponting, says Sharma

Rohit Sharma, one of the most successful captains in the Indian Premier League, says he learnt the art of making teammates feel important from Australian great Ricky Ponting. The India opener has led IPL side Mumbai Indians to a record four titles after being appointed Ponting's successor in the 2013…

‘Never blamed Anushka nor made sexist comment’: Sunil Gavaskar

Under fire for an alleged remark against Anushka Sharma, iconic cricketer and commentator Sunil Gavaskar on Friday said he neither blamed Virat Kohli's actor-wife for India captain's failure nor did he make any sexist remarks during the IPL match and his comments were being misinterpreted. Kohli had a bad day…

Rahul hits highest-ever score by an Indian in IPL history…

Captain KL Rahul on Thursday (24) recorded the highest-ever score by an Indian batsman in IPL history as he took Kings XI Punjab to a comfortable victory over Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore. Rahul, in his second outing as skipper, was dropped twice by Kohli before going on to smash…

Anushka Sharma on Sunil Gavaskar’s comment: When will I stop…

IPL has kickstarted and on 24th September 2020, it was Kings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore. Virat Kohli is the captain of RCB and while he was on the field playing the game, former cricketer Sunil Gavaskar during his commentary took Anushka Sharma’s name. Gavaskar said, “Ab jo lockdown…

Petition filed to arrest Virat Kohli and Tamannah for promoting…

Bollywood superstar actress Tamannah Bhatia and Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli seem to have landed in some sort of trouble as an advocate filed a petition before the Madras High Court seeking their arrest. The petitioner has accused both celebrities of promoting online gambling which is causing damage to the…

IPL’s foreign stars laud Indian young guns

Overseas stars including Australia's white-ball captain Aaron Finch praised young Indian talent in the IPL after batsman Devdutt Padikkal smashed a half-century for Royal Challengers Bangalore. The 20-year-old left-handed opener proved his worth for Virat Kohli's team with a 42-ball 56 that set up an opening Indian Premier League win…

De Villiers hits fifty as Bangalore trump Hyderabad in IPL

South African veteran AB de Villiers struck a brisk half-century as Royal Challengers Bangalore opened their Indian Premier League Twenty20 campaign with a win over Sunrisers Hyderabad on Monday. De Villiers smashed 51 off 30 deliveries to guide last year's wooden spooners Bangalore, captained by Virat Kohli, to 163 for…

World Gratitude Day: Anushka Sharma shares a beautiful picture with…

On 27th August 2020, Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli announced that they are expecting their first child and their new family member will arrive in January 2021. Well, after that Anushka had also shared another picture with her baby bump. Today, on World Gratitude Day, the actress has once again…

David Warner hopes crowds will be allowed when India tour…

Prolific Australia opener David Warner wants to see “at least 25 per cent crowds” inside the stadiums when they host Virat Kohli's India in a high-profile tour later this year. Warner said he was looking forward to the big-ticket assignment against one of their biggest rivals. “Well, I am looking…

IPL, a ‘sports breather’ during the pandemic, starts on Saturday

AFTER months of uncertainty due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the delayed season of the popular Indian Premier League (IPL) will kick off in the United Arab Emirates on Saturday (19) with a clash between defending champions Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings. The 2020 edition of the world's richest Twenty20…

From King Kohli to Afghan spin wizard: five to watch…

The Indian Premier League starts on Saturday (19), five months late and shifted to the United Arab Emirates because of the coronavirus pandemic. We highlight five players to watch in the 53-day Twenty20 extravaganza. - Virat Kohli (Royal Challengers Bangalore) - Captain Kohli will be key to Royal Challengers Bangalore's…

No cheerleaders, no fans: IPL pares down glitz for Covid…

THE much-delayed Indian Premier League will start on Saturday (19) without its customary glitz and glamour, but the Twenty20 tournament is expected to be a welcome relief to cricket fans during the pandemic. The short-form extravaganza normally starts in March but along with other major international sporting events was postponed…

Kohli ‘leading by example’ as Bangalore seek IPL turn-around

South African veteran AB de Villiers said captain Virat Kohli is "leading from the front" as Royal Challengers Bangalore look to shed their wooden-spooners tag in the Indian Premier League. De Villiers said India skipper Kohli was inspiring much hard work in the build-up to the IPL's start in the…

Anushka Sharma in consideration for the lead role in Adipurush?

Ever since filmmaker Om Raut of Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior (2020) announced his next directorial offering, Adipurush, with Prabhas, everyone is curious to know who would be the leading lady opposite the Baahubali star. A couple of days ago, rumours were doing the round that National Film Award-winning actress Keerthy…

Kohli best ODI batsman currently: Smith

Australian run-machine Steve Smith has rated his great Indian rival Virat Kohli as the best ODI batsman in world cricket currently. The two batsmen, who will face off in the upcoming IPL and also during India's tour of Australia later this year, have been fierce rivals on the field but…

‘Never felt so calm’: Kohli expects IPL challenge from Bangalore

Virat Kohli says he has "never felt so calm" going into an Indian Premier League season as the Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper chases an elusive title in the Twenty20 tournament. Kohli's Bangalore finished runners-up in the 2016 edition but have since disappointed and were bottom of the eight-team table last…

Kohli says didn’t miss cricket much during long coronavirus break

India skipper Virat Kohli has said he did not miss cricket as much as he expected during the months-long break caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Kohli, who also captains Indian Premier League side Royal Challengers Bangalore, recently started training in the United Arab Emirates for the virus-delayed start of the…

Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma expecting first child

Indian cricket superstar Virat Kohli and Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma announced on Thursday (27) they are expecting their first child in January. Photos of Kohli and a pregnant Sharma were posted on the celebrity couple's social media accounts. "And then, we were three! Arriving Jan 2021," Kohli tweeted. The pair…

Ganguly, Kohli hail Anderson as spin wizards Kumble, Warne welcome…

BOWLING greats Anil Kumble and Shane Warne welcomed James Anderson to the elite group of players who have taken 600 Test wickets as tributes to the England star poured in from around the cricketing world on Tuesday (25). Anderson become the first fast bowler to reach the landmark when he had…

‘If we get harmed, whole system… whole culture loses’: Kohli…

INDIAN skipper Virat Kohli has warned Indian Premier League players of serious "repercussions" for the tournament if they breach coronavirus safety rules. With all eight teams now in quarantine in the United Arab Emirates ahead of the September 19 start, the Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper said: "One mistake from us…

‘You’ll always be my captain’ – Kohli hails mentor Dhoni

India skipper Virat Kohli told Mahendra Singh Dhoni "you will always be my captain" as he hailed the influence of the cricketing great, who has called time on his international career. Kohli, who made his India debut under Dhoni's leadership in 2008, heaped praise on the talismanic captain who led…

‘Captain Cool’ Dhoni: From railway ticket collector to Indian cricket…

When MS Dhoni smashed the six that won the World Cup for India in 2011, it instantly became an iconic moment in cricket and established the man who started out as a railway ticket collector as one of the game's greats. Hard-hitting, unruffled no matter the pressure, the record of…

India legend Dhoni retires from international cricket

MS Dhoni on Saturday (15) retired from India's national team ending one of the most heralded international cricket careers ever. The 39-year-old wicketkeeper and batsman is India's most successful captain having won the World Cup, the inaugural T20 World Cup and the Champions Trophy. Dubbed 'Captain Cool' because of his…

Pakistan’s Babar in ‘same class as Kohli’ after England fifty

Pakistan's Babar Azam was compared to India's Virat Kohli as one of the world's leading batsmen after his unbeaten fifty on the opening day of the first Test against England on Wednesday. When bad light forced an early close at Old Trafford, Pakistan were 139-2, with Babar 69 not out…

Babar Azam stars as Pakistan make solid start in England…

Pakistan's Babar Azam underlined his status as one of the world's leading batsmen with a fine unbeaten fifty against England on an interrupted opening day of the first Test at Old Trafford on Wednesday. When bad light forced an early close, Pakistan were 139-2, with Babar 69 not out and…

Pakistan captain Azhar backs Babar Azam to shine in England…

Pakistan captain Azhar Ali is confident Babar Azam will show he is one of the world's leading batsmen in the Test series against England. The 25-year-old Babar has a fine career Test average of 45.12 from 26 matches heading into the first of a three-match campaign against England at Old…

Indian attack can rattle Australian batsmen, including Smith, Warner: Gambhir

Former India opener Gautam Gambhir believes that the Virat Kohli-led side has the bowling attack to rattle the Australian batting line up including Steve Smith and David Warner, who were serving ball-tampering bans in the previous series Down Under. India are slated to tour Australia in November for a gruelling…

Top 3 indian middle order batsman of all time

Indian batsmen, as they say, have scored truckloads of runs in international cricket. The subcontinent team has produced some of the greatest batsmen in world cricket and have been doing so since their inception at the highest level way back in 1932. A person who doesn’t want to measure a…

How tips from Tendulkar and Shastri helped Kohli post disastrous…

The lesson of "forward press against fast bowlers" from Sachin Tendulkar and a tip from head coach Ravi Shastri to stand outside the crease led to his transformation as a prolific Test batsman after a disastrous England tour in 2014, feels India captain Virat Kohli. Kohli had a nightmare of…

Kumble opens up about stint as India coach, says end…

Former skipper Anil Kumble does not regret his time as head coach of the Indian cricket team but says the ending of his tenure could have been better. The 49-year-old stepped down after the Champions Trophy in 2017 following a rift with skipper Virat Kohli. “We did really well in…

Australia to ensure India have ‘best’ training facilities in quarantine

India will have to abide by Australia's 14-day quarantine requirement ahead of the test series starting in December but arrangements will be made to ensure their players can prepare as well as possible, Cricket Australia (CA) said on Tuesday. The Indian board's (BCCI) chief Sourav Ganguly told local media earlier…

India’s Ganguly confirms Australia tour but seeks shortened quarantine

India's cricket chief Sourav Ganguly on Saturday (11) said the national team will tour Australia in December but called for a shortened quarantine period for the players. Australia has checked the spread of the coronavirus except in Melbourne, its second-biggest city, which has witnessed a recent surge in cases. "Ya,…

India cricket captain Kohli faces conflict of interest probe

India captain Virat Kohli faces an inquiry into a potential conflict of interest over his positions in two business ventures. DK Jain, ethics officer for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), said late Sunday that a complaint by a state association member will be examined. Sanjeev Gupta,…

Stokes is a bit like Kohli, he will turn out…

Former England skipper Nasser Hussain has compared Ben Stokes' leadership abilities with Virat Kohli, saying the all-rounder will turn out to be an "excellent captain" when he dons the hat in Joe Root's absence during the first Test against the West Indies in Southampton, starting July 8. England's World Cup…

There was environment of fear in Pakistan team during 2019…

There was a sense of insecurity among Pakistan players during the 2019 World Cup, claims former chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq, who also reckons that the PCB should have given Sarfaraz Ahmed more time as captain instead of removing him abruptly. Inzamam said captains need to be backed since they get better…

Dravid never got enough credit for captaincy: Gambhir

Former opener Gautam Gambhir feels that batting great Rahul Dravid is the country's most "under-rated" ex-captain, who never got enough credit for his contribution to the game in India despite making an impact comparable to only Sachin Tendulkar. Dravid captained India in 79 ODIs, winning 42 of them, which includes…

‘First love’ – how 1983 World Cup win triggered India’s…

"First love cannot be forgotten," is how one member of Kapil Dev's team describes India's debut cricket World Cup win in 1983 -- a victory that aroused passions so fierce they would change the game forever. When 'Kapil Devils' stunned the West Indies at Lord's, the traditional home of cricket,…

New Surrey coach Solanki glad of Kohli time

New Surrey coach Vikram Solanki said working with Virat Kohli in the Indian Premier League had given him an insight into the mindset of cricket's "superstars" as he prepared to take up the reins at the Oval. Former England batsman Solanki, who finished his playing career with Surrey before joining…

Kohli is a ‘terrific guy’, says Steve Smith

Australia's Steve Smith has hailed Indian superstar and on-field rival Virat Kohli as a "terrific guy" and a strong leader who plays hard on the field. While international sporting events were halted when the coronavirus pandemic hit, cricketers have been keeping in touch with each other through messages, phone and…

Kohli, Rohit, Bhutia pay tribute to Indian soldiers killed in…

India's leading sports stars, including cricket captain Virat Kohli and former football skipper Bhaichung Bhutia, have paid tributes to the 20 Army personnel killed during a clash with Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh. The clash at the Galwan valley was the biggest Indo-China military confrontation in over five decades and…

India’s ‘Wall’, Asian greats hail T20 era’s exciting Test batting

Asian cricket greats including Rahul Dravid believe modern Test batting has become a thrilling spectacle thanks to Twenty20 smash-and-wallop fests such as the Indian Premier League. "I actually believe Test batsmanship is a lot more exciting, lot more positive now than ever," batting legend Dravid said in video chat with…

India postpone Sri Lanka tour over Covid-19 fears

INDIA have postponed their limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka scheduled later this month over Covid-19 fears, cricket boards of both the countries said on Thursday (11). Virat Kohli and his men were scheduled to play three one-day matches and an equal number of Twenty20 internationals but the Indian board (BCCI)…

India vows probe after elephant killed with explosives

India pledged to investigate Thursday the death of a pregnant elephant that ate explosives-filled fruit, as cricket and Bollywood stars joined a chorus of outrage over the incident. The elephant died in agony last week in the southern state of Kerala, the latest casualty in a growing conflict in South…

Winning Dhoni’s trust key to getting India captaincy: Kohli

India captain Virat Kohli believes he landed the job largely because his predecessor Mahendra Singh Dhoni was impressed with his reading of situations in matches. Kohli, 31, replaced Dhoni as test captain in 2014-15 and took over the limited-overs reins in early 2017, becoming India's all-format leader as well the…

‘God of cricket’ Tendulkar looms over India prodigy Shaw

Comparisons to India's "god of cricket" Sachin Tendulkar have not always helped Prithvi Shaw as he seeks to put a doping ban and injury worries behind him and cement his place in the national side. Shaw, now 20, was instantly linked with Tendulkar when he matched the feat of the…

Gambhir picks Tendulkar over Kohli as ‘better batsman’ in ODIs

Former India opener Gautam Gambhir has chosen legendary Sachin Tendulkar over current skipper Virat Kohli as a better batsman in the ODI format, considering the changed rules of the game and the Mumbaikar’s longevity of career. Tendulkar, who retired in 2013, played 463 ODIs and amassed 18, 426 runs with…

Kohli says father refused to bribe way into team

India captain Virat Kohli has told how his late father refused to pay a bribe to get him into a Delhi state junior team when he was a teenager. The world's top ranked one-day batsman did not identify who had demanded the bribe but said he was rejected by the…

Afridi buys Mushfiqur’s bat for $20,000

FORMER Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has bought the bat put up for auction by Bangladesh wicketkeeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim for $20,000. Last month, Mushfiqur had announced he was auctioning the willow, with which he scored a double hundred against Sri Lanka in 2013, to raise funds for the COVID-19 relief…

Kohli could be stranded when India resume training, official warns

Top Indian players Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma could be left stranded in pandemic-stricken Mumbai when senior players start training again, an official has warned. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) could allow outdoor training as early as next week when a further easing of the government's…

‘Imposing’ Virat Kohli can’t share captaincy: Nasser Hussain

An "imposing character" like Virat Kohli will not be comfortable sharing power and hence split captaincy is not something that will work in Indian cricket, feels former England skipper Nasser Hussain. However, he does feel that the Indian team management often messes up selections as they did in that World…

Players must play, crowd or no crowd – Pietersen

The resumption of sport will lift morale for people around the world during the COVID-19 crisis and cricketers owe it to fans to play behind closed doors if that hastens the process, former England captain Kevin Pietersen has said. The spread of novel coronavirus has brought sport across the world…

Will miss the ‘magical’ buzz of playing in packed stadiums,…

The magical atmosphere will be missing if the cricket season currently stalled by the Covid-19 pandemic resumes in empty stadiums, India captain Virat Kohli has said. The spread of the novel coronavirus has brought sport to a standstill and staging games without spectators has been suggested as one way to resume professional…

‘King of Bollywood’, Will Smith in star-studded India virus benefit

India's "King of Bollywood" superstar Shah Rukh Khan told jokes and sang for his adoring fans on Sunday during an almost five-hour online benefit to raise funds for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Tens of thousands of viewers watched more than 70 of the country's biggest celebrities -- including…

India gears up for mega virus concert fundraiser with Mick…

Indians geared up on Sunday (3) for a massive online concert with top local and global stars, including rock legend Mick Jagger, to raise funds for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. More than 70 of the country's biggest celebrities -- including cricket captain Virat Kohli and actor Shah Rukh…

‘Many thought I would be last person to play for…

Jasprit Bumrah has risen rapidly to become one of the leading fast bowlers in the world but he says many thought that he would be the “last person to play for India” given his unusual bowling action. The Indian pacer made this revelation during a live session on Instagram with…

Kohli: I will never leave RCB

The love and loyalty of the fans will never let him leave Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), skipper Virat Kohli said on Friday (24). RCB have reached the IPL final three times but have not gone on to win the trophy. During a live session on Instagram with former South African…

Anushka Sharma works from home amid quarantine

Her videos on social media may give you an impression that Anushka Sharma is spending most of her time chilling with husband Virat Kohli amid the lockdown, but there is more to the situation than meets the eye. According to reports, the actress-turned-filmmaker is busy planning a series of projects…

Tendulkar’s ‘Desert Storm’ voted his top ODI innings on birthday

A blistering 143 scored against Australia in 1998 was voted Sachin Tendulkar's greatest one-day innings in an International Cricket Council poll released for his 47th birthday. The 131-ball knock, with nine fours and five sixes, became known as the 'Desert Storm' after a sand storm in Sharjah interrupted India's chase.…

Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli reveal what they are doing…

Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli are surely one of the most loved celebrity jodis. The two have become quite active on social media during this lockdown and have been entertaining their fans with their posts. Recently, during a live chat, Anushka and Virat spoke about what they are eating during…

Kohli ‘howled’ all night after team rejection

India captain Virat Kohli revealed on Tuesday (21) how he "howled" through the night after being rejected by his state side before turning into the world's leading batsman. Kohli and his Bollywood actress wife Anushka Sharma spoke about their lives and careers in an online session with students on how…

Tendulkar the best I faced, says Monty Panesar

Former England spinner Monty Panesar dismissed Sachin Tendulkar four times in 11 Tests but says the Indian legend was the best batsman he played against alongside Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene. Virender Sehwag was the "most destructive" of that era, Rahul Dravid was "The Wall", but the ability…

Bollywood celebs urge people to stand up against domestic violence…

Bollywood celebrities including filmmaker Karan Johar, Anushka Sharma, Farhan Akhtar among others have expressed concern over the increase in domestic violence cases in the country during nationwide lockdown. In a one-minute video clip titled Lockdown On Domestic Violence, prominent faces including cricketers Virat Kohli, Mithali Raj, actors Madhuri Dixit, Dia…

Anushka Sharma, Vidya Balan and others come together for a…

Bollywood celebs are leaving no stone unturned to create awareness about the lockdown and coronavirus. A few days ago, Bollywood actors like Akshay Kumar, Bhumi Pednekar, Kriti Sanon, Sidharth Malhotra, and others had come up with a music video titled Muskurayega India which they had shot at their respective houses.…

Anushka Sharma shares a hilarious video asking Virat Kohli to…

Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli are surely one of the most adorable celebrity couples. We love their social media PDA and the two have always given us couple goals. Now today, Anushka took to Instagram to share a video in which she is seen asking Virat to hit a four.…

Curran ‘can’t wait’ to play under Dhoni amid virus threat

England all-rounder Sam Curran said on Tuesday (14) he still hoped to play under India great MS Dhoni in the Indian Premier League -- and get one over older brother Tom -- despite the coronavirus pandemic. Curran, 21, was the most expensive England player in November's initial IPL auction, being…

There’s Something About Dhoni

By Sarwar Alam It’s an image ingrained in the fabric of Indian cricket, the iconic moment when MS Dhoni launched the mammoth six to clinch India the World Cup in 2011 and sent the entire nation into delirium. The image has been immortalised in posters, books, advertising campaigns and even…

Clarke slammed for suggesting Aussies ‘suck up’ to India

Michael Clarke's claims that Australian players "sucked up" to India and Virat Kohli to secure lucrative deals in the country's premier league are ridiculous, say former top Indian cricketers. Clarke said last week that Australians were "too scared to sledge" skipper Kohli or other Indian players because of the influence…

Difficult for Dhoni to make comeback if IPL doesn’t happen:…

Former India opener Gautam Gambhir says if the IPL is not played this year, it will be difficult for Mahendra Singh Dhoni to make a comeback to the Indian team. Dhoni last played for India in the World Cup semifinal against New Zealand in July last year. Since then he…

Kohli’s hunger to succeed is behind unparalleled success: Nasser Hussain

When ace cricketer Virat Kohli switches to football for the Indian team’s customary pre-match drill, he plays it as if it’s the Fifa World Cup final or the FA Cup final, says former England skipper Nasser Hussain. Hussain, who has played international cricket for more than a decade and is…

Australia did not go ‘easy’ on Kohli, says Paine

Australia captain Tim Paine has dismissed the suggestion of his predecessor Michael Clarke that his players went soft on India skipper Virat Kohli in their 2018-19 series for fear of losing lucrative Indian Premier League contracts. Kohli led India to their first test series triumph in Australia on the tour,…

Home series loss to India was a ‘wake-up call’, says…

Australia's unprecedented home Test series defeat to India in 2018-19 served as a "wake-up call" for Justin  Langer, who reckons the series will prove as the defining moment of  his coaching career. Langer was appointed as the Australian coach in May 2018, following the infamous ball tampering scandal that saw…

Pat Cummins is game for IPL behind closed doors, but…

Australian pace bowling star Pat Cummins says he is prepared to play in the Indian Premier League behind closed doors as it would restore a degree of "normality" into daily life during the coronavirus pandemic. The 26-year-old ICC Test player of the year -- he took 59 wickets in 12…

Stokes displaces Kohli as Wisden’s ‘Leading Cricketer in the World’

England all-rounder Ben Stokes was named the 'Leading Cricketer in the World' in the 2020 edition of the Wisden Cricketers' Almanack, the publication said on Wednesday. The 28-year-old played a leading role in England's 50-over World Cup victory at home last year while his brilliant unbeaten knock of 135 helped…

Australian cricketers ‘sucked up’ to Kohli to save IPL deals:…

Australian cricketers "sucked up" to India and Virat Kohli by holding back on verbal sledging to protect lucrative Indian Premier League deals, according to former Australia captain Michael Clarke. Clarke said players were "too scared" to play a normal game against India because of the influence of the world's wealthiest…

Bangalore burdened by title pressure – Kohli

Royal Challengers Bangalore need to rediscover the joy of cricket if they are to end their Indian Premier League (IPL) title drought, captain Virat Kohli has said. Star-studded Bangalore have reached three finals of the Twenty20 league but are one of only three existing franchises -- along with Delhi and…

Ranveer Singh & Deepika Padukone donate to PM-CARES fund

As the Coronavirus spreads across the length and breadth of India, dozens of celebrities are coming forward to donate money and make a major difference during the COVID-19 pandemic. The latest celebrity couple who has decided to do their part is Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone. Ranveer and Deepika have…

Modi to speak to Kohli, Tendulkar, other sports stars to…

Prime minister Narendra Modi will on Friday be speaking to India's top athletes—including cricket stars such as current captain Virat Kohli, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and batting legend Sachin Tendulkar—amid a national lockdown to combat the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. A total of 49 athletes, along with sports minister Kiren…

Shane Warne picks Sourav Ganguly as captain of India’s greatest…

Former Australian spinner Shane Warne on Wednesday picked Sourav Ganguly as the skipper of his greatest Indian XI. Among the selections, the most notable omission was of VVS. Laxman as he had an impeccable record against Australia. The 50-year-old nominated his greatest Indian XI during an Instagram Live session and…

The good, bad and ugly side of celebrities

HIGHS AND LOWS OF STARS FROM THE CURRENT CORONA PANDEMIC THE global coronavirus pandemic is bringing out different sides to celebrities around the world. Some have seemingly disappeared, others are using this crisis as an opportunity to gain cheap publicity and the select few are stepping up to make a…

Indian cricket stars urge people to ‘be sensible’, ‘stay at…

Ravichandran Ashwin lightheartedly invoked his 'mankad' controversy with England's Jos Buttler as India's superstar cricketers urged the nation of 1.3 billion to observe its strict lockdown to avoid spreading the novel coronavirus. The spin bowler tweeted a picture of his dismissal of Buttler exactly a year ago in the Indian…

Sanjay Bangar may coach Bangladesh for Tests

FORMER India batting coach Sanjay Bangar may be appointed as Bangladesh’s Test batting consultant for the two-match Test series against Australia scheduled to be played in June. According to reports, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is looking to rope in Bangar as the national team’s batting consultant for Tests. “We…

Kohli’s aggressive celebrations made Justin Langer feel like a ‘punching…

Australian coach Justin Langer has revealed that he felt like a “punching bag” after Virat Kohli’s aggressive celebrations during India’s 2018-19 tour while also calling out the “double standards” when it comes to sledging in cricket. India, led by Kohli, enjoyed an unprecedented summer Down Under, winning the Border Gavaskar…

IPL cricket season will be shortened, says Ganguly

India's cricket board chief Sourav Ganguly said on Saturday (15) the Indian Premier League will be truncated with the Twenty20 tournament pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic. The world's richest cricket league was postponed Friday, meaning instead of starting on March 29, it will begin on April 15 at…

India halts world’s richest cricket tournament amid virus fears

The Indian Premier League, the world's most lucrative cricket competition, on Friday (13)postponed the start of this year's tournament amid mounting anxiety in India over the coronavirus pandemic. While the country of 1.3 billion has reported just two deaths from coronavirus and 81 confirmed cases, the government has ordered measures…

Corona virus: Indian Premier League delayed to April 15

INDIA'S cricket board has said that the Indian Premier League (IPL) has been postponed till April 15 over coronavirus. The news comes after the government on Thursday (12) called for the IPL be cancelled to help slow the coronavirus pandemic after organisers said they were ready to play in empty…

Cricket’s IPL could go ‘TV-only’ over virus: official

The Indian Premier League could be played behind closed doors because of the new coronavirus, an official said on Thursday (12), as calls grew to cancel or delay the world's richest tournament. Cricket leaders will meet on Saturday to decide whether the Twenty20 tournament featuring top international players will start…

Pride of India: women’s cricketers hailed for T20 campaign

India has rallied behind its women's cricket team, hailing their efforts in the T20 World Cup despite a crushing loss to Australia in the final. Harmanpreet Kaur's side lost to the defending champions by 85 runs in front of more than 86,000 fans -- a record attendance for women's cricket…

Kohli anger as India ‘completely outplayed’ in New Zealand Test…

Frustrated India captain Virat Kohli criticised his team and sparred with a journalist as New Zealand won the second Test inside three days to sweep the series on Monday. Home skipper Kane Williamson celebrated "an outstanding performance" as New Zealand, who won the first Test by 10 wickets, claimed the…

New Zealand bowling ‘pack’ leave Kohli’s India reeling at 90-6

New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult said his side's "pack" mentality had left India reeling a day two of the second Test on which 16 wickets fell including another cheap dismissal for Virat Kohli in Christchurch on Sunday. At stumps India led by just 97 lead with only four wickets…

Day-night Tests are the way forward in T20 age: McGrath

FIVE-DAY cricket remains the ultimate format for Australia fast bowling great Glenn McGrath, who believes day-night Tests are the way forward for the format to survive in the age of the shorter Twenty20 version. The future of the longest format has been the subject of debate since the rise of…

‘Not good enough’: Kohli has no excuses for heavy India…

Virat Kohli refused to make excuses for India's comprehensive loss to New Zealand in the first Test in Wellington on Monday (24) with the skipper saying his side were simply "not good enough". The world's top-ranked team crashed to a 10-wicket defeat in the first session of day four to…

Trump trolled by ICC and others for mispronouncing ‘Sachin’

The US president Donald Trump, who is on a historic visit to India, has been trolled by the International Cricket Council (ICC), the apex body of global cricket, and others for pronouncing the name of Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar on Monday (24). While addressing a huge gathering at the…

Kohli says it’s ‘surreal’ to have 50M Instagram followers

VIRAT KOHLI, known for breaking sporting records, has become the first Indian to garner 50 million followers on Instagram. The Indian cricket captain had 930 Instagram posts and two IGTV videos, and followed 148 people. In video posted on Instagram, Kohli described the milestone as “quite surreal” and thanked his…

India to play day-night Tests against Australia, England: Ganguly

India will play a day-night Test in Australia this year and another during England's visit in 2021, cricket board chief Sourav Ganguly said. The decision of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) follows January's meeting with a Cricket Australia delegation led by chairman Earl Eddings. Australia have…

Kohli seethes as India let Black Caps sweep ODI series

Indian captain Virat Kohli criticised his team's ability to cope under pressure after they suffered a rare series whitewash Tuesday against New Zealand following a five-wicket hammering in the third one-day international at Mount Maunganui. A KL Rahul century was not enough of a platform for the tourists, who made…

India suffers first ODI series whitewash in 31 years

Indian cricket has faced a debacle on Tuesday (11) when New Zealand won the third and the final match of the three-match ODI series. This is the first ODI series whitewash for India in 31 years. It was the first time India has been whitewashed in a bilateral ODI series…

Shreyas Iyer makes his mark in ODI with maiden ton

Indian origin name Shreyas generally means superior or fame. India's Shreyas Iyer rose to fame on Wednesday (February 5) when he hit his first ODI hundred against New Zealand in Hamilton. Shreyas Iyer scored 103 runs off 107 balls batting at No.4. He joined a select list of India No.4…

Kobe Bryant’s death put life in perspective for me: Virat…

India captain Virat Kohli on Tuesday (4) said the death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash has impacted his outlook towards life, which he feels, is sometimes taken for granted in pursuit of control over the future. Bryant, a two-time Olympic gold-medallist and one of the most…

India hail ‘winning habit’ in T20 series sweep against New…

India hailed their "winning habit" as they rallied to pull off a dramatic seven-run win over New Zealand in the fifth and final Twenty20 at Mount Maunganui on Sunday (2) to sweep the series. New Zealand looked on course for a consolation win until India engineered a collapse that saw…

India snatch another super over T20 victory against New Zealand

India snatched the fourth Twenty20 against New Zealand on Friday after yet another super over was needed to separate the two sides after the scores were tied following the regulation 20 overs. New Zealand, batting first in the decider, made 13 with Tim Seifert dropped twice before he was eventually…

India beat New Zealand by six wickets in Twenty20 opener

Half-centuries from Lokesh Rahul and Shreyas Iyer led India to a six-wicket victory over New Zealand in the opening Twenty20 match in Auckland on Friday (24) with the winning runs coming with an over to spare. Talk of possible travel fatigue after only arriving in New Zealand three days ago,…

India to persist with Rahul as wicketkeeper, says Kohli

India skipper Virat Kohli said on Sunday that he will persist with KL Rahul as wicketkeeper to lend balance to his side's batting as they head for a tour of New Zealand. India charged to a seven-wicket victory over Australia in Bangalore to clinch the three-match one-day international series 2-1.…

India outplay Australia to clinch ODI series

A sparkling century by Rohit Sharma and some inspired bowling helped India to a series-clinching seven-wicket win over Australia in the third one-day international on Sunday. Sharma made 119 and put on a key 137-run second-wicket stand with skipper Virat Kohli, who made 89, as India chased down their target…

‘No panic’ as India power to series-levelling win over Australia

Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul and captain Virat Kohli hit swashbuckling half-centuries as India powered to a 36-run victory over Australia to level their one-day series on Friday. Thrashed by 10 wickets in the first match, Dhawan made 96, Rahul, described as a "revelation" by his skipper, hit 80, while Kohli…

Warner, Finch tons help Australia pummel India by 10 wickets

Openers David Warner and Aaron Finch struck dominant centuries in a record partnership to power Australia to a crushing 10-wicket win over India in the first one-day international on Tuesday. Warner blasted 128 while captain Finch made 110 as Australia chased down their target of 256 in just 37.4 overs…

Kohli open to day-night Test at Gabba or Perth

India skipper Virat Kohli said Monday (13) that his side are ready to play a day-night Test at Australia's formidable Gabba ground or in Perth when they tour Down Under later this year. Kohli's men played their first day-night Test in Kolkata last year, thrashing Bangladesh in just over two…

Kohli praises ‘clinical’ India for T20 series win over Sri…

Skipper Virat Kohli on Friday (10) hailed India's clinical start to the year after they completed a 78-run, series-clinching win over Sri Lanka in the third Twenty20 international. Openers KL Rahul, who top-scored with 54, and Shikhar Dhawan, who hit 52, put on 97 for the opening wicket as India…

India ride Thakur brilliance to win T20 series against Sri…

Shardul Thakur produced an all-round display and Navdeep Saini impressed with his pace again as India thumped Sri Lanka by 78 runs in the third and final Twenty20 International to complete a 2-0 series victory in Pune on Friday. KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan both hit fifties to lay the…

Amazing to see how India nurtures its young players: Mickey…

Sri Lanka coach Mickey Arthur feels that international cricket teams can learn from India on how to nurture young players and empower them with responsibilities at critical junctures. Be it in the bowling or batting department, cricketing powerhouse India has built a solid bench strength for all formats under Virat…

Saini, Thakur help India cruise to T20 win over Sri…

Fast bowler Navdeep Saini led a disciplined Indian bowling performance to set up a seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the second Twenty20 international in Indore on Tuesday. Saini returned impressive figures of 2-18 while fellow paceman Shardul Thakur claimed three wickets to help restrict Sri Lanka to 142 for…

Four-day Test a conspiracy against Asian teams, BCCI will not…

Former Pakistan sTAR Shoaib Akhtar has rubbished the idea of making Test cricket a four-day affair, alleging that it is a conspiracy against Asian teams and the BCCI will not let it happen. The ICC is considering introducing four-day Tests during the next FTP cycle between 2023-2031 in order to…

Virat Kohli reacts to citizenship act, steers clear of controversy

India captain Virat Kohli has refrained from making any comments on the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), without gaining full knowledge on the sensitive subject. The CAA will grant Indian nationality to people belonging to minority communities—Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians—in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan after six years of…

India captain Kohli opposes four-day Tests

India captain Virat Kohli on Saturday hit out at proposals to cut Test matches from five days to four as the world body battles with the crowded cricket calendar. Reports that the International Cricket Council could decide to cut the length of Test matches from 2023 have divided players and…

Actress Natasa Stankovic gets engaged to cricketer Hardik Pandya

Serbian actress Natasa Stankovic is known for her dance numbers in Bollywood films Satyagraha, Fukrey Returns, Jhootha Kahin Ka and others. She gained popularity after starring in the music video DJ Wale Babu. Well, Natasa is now engaged to cricketer Hardik Pandya. The cricketer took to Instagram to announce their…

‘Seeds of Virat Kohli’s stardom were sown at 2008 U-19…

Former South Africa pacer Makhaya Ntini feels the seeds of Virat Kohli's stardom were sown at the Under-19 World Cup back in 2008 when he captained the Indian team to the title. "If you look at players like Virat Kohli and Kagiso Rabada, they all started playing U-19 cricket and…

Virat Kohli among Wisden’s five cricketers of the decade

India captain Virat Kohli has been named in the cricketers of the decade list alongside four others by the Wisden Cricketers' Almanac. Apart from Kohli, the South African duo of Dale Steyn and AB de Villiers, Australia's Steve Smith and women's all-rounder Ellyse Perry also found a place in the…

Kohli declares 2019 ‘great year’ for India after Windies win

Virat Kohli declared it "a great year" for India cricket after ending 2019 on a high with a series-clinching win over the West Indies. The India captain's masterful 85 set up a successful 316-run chase on Sunday to win the third one-day international by four wickets and complete a 2-1…

Kohli stars as India hold nerve to win ODI series

Skipper Virat Kohli smashed 85 to help India pull off a nervous chase of 316 to win the third one-day international by four wickets against West Indies and clinch the series on Sunday. India relied on a key 58-run sixth-wicket stand between Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja, unbeaten on 39 off…

Sharma 159 helps India draw level with West Indies

Opener Rohit Sharma smashed 159 in a power packed batting show to set up India's 107-run series-levelling win over West Indies in the second one-day international on Wednesday. Sharma put on 227 runs with opening partner KL Rahul, who made 102, as India amassed 387 for five while batting first…

Kohli is cricketing version of Cristiano Ronaldo: Brian Lara

Virat Kohli is the cricketing equivalent of soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo for his sheer commitment towards the game even though a K.L. Rahul can consider himself at par with the India captain in terms of talent, feels West Indies batting icon Brian Lara. One of the greatest batsmen to have…

‘Never seen that before’: Angry Kohli slams late umpire call…

India skipper Virat Kohli on Sunday (15) slammed a controversial on-field decision to rule Ravindra Jadeja run out after a belated TV referral in the opening one-day international against the West Indies. Shimron Hetmyer hit a career-best 139 to lead West Indies to an eight-wicket win but the match saw…

Hetmyer, Hope power West Indies to huge ODI win over…

Centuries from Shimron Hetmyer and Shai Hope powered West Indies to an eight-wicket win over India after chasing down a target of 288 in the first one-day international on Sunday. Hetmyer, who hit a career-best 139, and Hope, unbeaten on 102, put on a key 218-run second-wicket partnership as West…

‘To hell with those who don’t understand’: Shastri on his…

"To hell with those who don't understand" was Ravi Shastri's inimitable response to the skeptics, who have constantly made conjectures about his alleged frosty relationship with BCCI president Sourav Ganguly. A week back, it was Ganguly who had cleared the air on his part making it clear that rumours of…

Sixes galore as India clinch T20 series win over Windies

Skipper Virat Kohli led the sixes charge with seven hits over the fence to set up India's series-clinching 67-run win over the West Indies in the third Twenty20 international on Wednesday. Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Kohli, who smashed an unbeaten 70 off 29 balls, combined to hit 16 sixes…

Simmons powers West Indies to series-levelling T20 win in India

Opener Lendl Simmons struck an attacking 67 to lead the West Indies to a series-levelling eight-wicket win over India in the second Twenty20 international on Sunday. Simmons put on crucial partnerships including a 73-run opening stand with Evin Lewis, who made 40, as West Indies chased down 171 in 18.3…

‘All-format’ Kohli leads India to opening T20 win over West…

Skipper Virat Kohli said he is an "all-format player" after his blistering 94 powered India to a six-wicket win over West Indies in the first Twenty20 international on Friday. The star batsman smashed six fours and six sixes to record his career-best T20 international score in 50 balls as he…

Kohli appeals for ‘space’ for struggling Pant

India captain Virat Kohli has come to the defence of under-fire wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant as he seeks a settled team to fight for the T20 World Cup in less than a year. Pant had been seen as the successor to M.S. Dhoni, now established as one of the country's all-time…

Hrithik Roshan named sexiest of 2019 and the decade 

Bollywood heartthrob Hrithik Roshan scored a dynamite double by being named as the sexiest Asian man in the world for 2019 and of the last decade. Topping the 16th edition of the world famous list published annually by UK-based Eastern Eye newspaper and being named hottest of the last 10…

Ganguly wants India to play pink-ball tests in every series

Indian cricket board chief Sourav Ganguly believes pink-ball tests are here to stay and wants the team under Virat Kohli to play at least one such match in every series. India became the last major cricket nation to embrace day-night tests when they hosted neighbours Bangladesh in front of a…

Vacations with wife makes King Kohli feel “human”

India superstar Virat Kohli told on Saturday (30) how he goes to isolated places like the mountains in Bhutan to escape his cricket-crazed homeland. Facing an even more intense social media spotlight since he married Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma in 2017, the Indian captain said the escapes were the only…

Mental health a challenge, important to maintain balance: Rahul Dravid

Former India captain and batting great Rahul Dravid feels maintaining good mental health is a “big challenge” in a “tough game” like cricket and players should strike a balance in everything they do to overcome the stress of busy schedules and uncertain futures. Speaking to ESPNCricinfo, Dravid, who is the…

Gavaskar irked by Kohli comments on India’s Test wins

Batting legend Sunil Gavaskar took exception to Virat Kohli's comment that India began to stand up to tough Test challenges during Sourav Ganguly's era, arguing that the team was winning even when the current captain was not even born. After India's crushing win in the second Test against Bangladesh, Kohli…

Kohli open to playing day-night Test in Australia

Skipper Virat Kohli said Sunday India was open to playing a day-night Test in Australia after the world number one ranked team crushed Bangladesh in just over two days of their international "pink-ball" debut. Kohli's side won by an innings and 46 runs after bowling out Bangladesh for 195 in…

India crush Bangladesh in day-night Test to sweep series

Paceman Umesh Yadav claimed five wickets as India thrashed Bangladesh in just over two days of their first day-night Test to sweep the series 2-0 on Sunday. Bangladesh were bowled out for 195 in less than an hour of the first session on day three in Kolkata, as India won…

Ishant leads India’s domination in day-night Test against Bangladesh

India paceman Ishant Sharma helped skittle out Bangladesh for 106 and Virat Kohli put the hosts in the lead on day one of the first day-night Test for both the teams. Ishant returned figures of 5-22 in India's pink-ball debut to bowl out the tourists in the second session after…

Kohli hopes day-night Test is ‘one-off’

Skipper Virat Kohli said Thursday (21) he welcomed the "buzz" around India's grand day-night Test debut but said pink-ball matches should not become a regular occurrence. India begin their pink-ball journey against Bangladesh on Friday in Kolkata, with the first four days sold out, contrasting with daytime Tests in India…

Four years on, traditionalist India joins cricket’s pink-ball party

India will become the last major cricketing nation to enter the pink-ball Test era Friday after long resisting innovations to the five-day format. The second Test against Bangladesh in Kolkata will be a day-night affair -- partly played under floodlights, and with a pink ball rather than red for better…

Battered Bangladesh must learn from India demolition, says captain

After seeing his side demolished by India, Bangladesh captain Mominul Haque said Saturday the players have tough lessons to learn from the world's top Test side if they are to compete on an international level. Bangladesh were bowled out for 213 on Saturday bringing defeat in the first Test inside…

Kohli lauds ‘clinical’ India after crushing Test win over Bangladesh

Skipper Virat Kohli on Saturday (16) praised "clinical" India after their pacemen helped crush Bangladesh by an innings and 130 runs inside three days of the opening Test. Mohammed Shami claimed four wickets and returned match figures of 7-58 as Bangladesh were bowled out for 213 in the final session…

Red-hot Agarwal delighted to cash in on strong form

India's Mayank Agarwal said getting big scores when in form is key after his double century guided the hosts to a giant first-innings lead over Bangladesh in the first Test on Friday. The 28-year-old opener, who has hit three tons including two double hundreds in his last five Test innings,…

Kohli hails courageous Maxwell for taking mental health break

India skipper Virat Kohli Wednesday lauded Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell's courage to take a break from cricket because of mental health issues and said international players should be looked after. Maxwell, one of the world's best batsman in the shortest format, left Australia's Twenty20 squad last month during a series…

Cricketers’ mental health thrown into the spotlight

Mental wellbeing as much as physical health is emerging as a key challenge for modern-day cricketers -- with relentless schedules, intense public scrutiny and the fear of failure weighing heavily. The issue has been thrust into the spotlight in Australia, where three top players recently stepped aside for mental health…

India look to consolidate top Test spot against Bangladesh

Virat Kohli's India will be aiming to strengthen their number one position in the world Test championship when they start a two-match series against Bangladesh on Thursday. India start as favourites to pick up 120 points from the two games against a Bangladesh side missing key players. The hosts have…

Sharma blitz flattens Bangladesh as India draw level

Skipper Rohit Sharma smashed 85 in his 100th Twenty20 international to power India to an eight-wicket series-levelling win over Bangladesh on Thursday. Sharma put on 118 runs with opening partner Shikhar Dhawan as the hosts achieved their target of 154 in only 15.4 overs in Rajkot to make the three-match…

India’s Rohit content with sporadic captaincy honour

Captaining India is such an honour for Rohit Sharma that he would not fuss whether it's full time or sporadic, the stylish opener said on Thursday. Virat Kohli leads India across formats but former players including Yuvraj Singh see merit in split captaincy with limited-overs stalwart Rohit as the white-ball…

Anushka Sharma hits a sixer with her clarification on selectors…

Anushka Sharma has always been trolled for a lot of reasons, especially that are connected to her husband Virat Kohli. When the two were dating, Anushka used to attend the matches and if, god forbid India lost a match she was called unlucky. Now, today, former Indian cricketer, Farokh Engineer…

PCB embarrasses Pakistan T20 captain Babar Azam

Pakistan's new Twenty20 captain Babar Azam wanted to have senior players such as Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik in the side for the Australia tour but the PCB officials shot down the suggestion, raising serious questions on his authority as the skipper. Before the team's departure, it has emerged that…

India ‘moving on’ from Dhoni, says chief selector

India's chief selector has strongly hinted that Mahendra Singh Dhoni's illustrious international career is over, saying on Thursday (25) they were "moving on" and giving opportunities to youngsters. Ex-skipper and one-day stalwart Dhoni has not played for India since the World Cup in July, triggering speculation that the 38-year-old warhorse…

‘Celebrities spark boom in destination weddings’

by KEERTHI MOHAN DESTINATION weddings are becoming  increasingly popular with couples who are inspired by the lavish nuptials of popular film stars and business personalities, India’s top wedding planners have said. Bollywood actresses Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone and Anushka Sharma all had intimate destination weddings that offered them the privacy…

Ganguly vows ‘corruption-free’ BCCI after becoming president

Sourav Ganguly will lead the Indian board like he led the national team, the former captain said as he promised a fair and untainted administration after taking over as president of the world's richest cricket board on Wednesday (23). One of India's most successful captains, Ganguly took over the reins from a court-appointed panel…

Kohli hails ‘multidimensional’ India after South Africa romp

India have evolved into a "multidimensional" team capable of winning anywhere in the world and irrespective of the nature of pitches, captain Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri said after the side's 3-0 series sweep against South Africa on Tuesday. Kohli and his men won the third test in Ranchi…

Kohli yet to speak to Ganguly on Dhoni’s future

India captain Virat Kohli on Tuesday (22) said he hasn't had any conversation with Sourav Ganguly with regards to Mahendra Singh Dhoni's international future and believes that the BCCI's President-elect will get in touch with him when he needs to. Dhoni, who is on a sabbatical from international cricket, is…

Sharma hits double ton as India pummel South Africa

Rohit Sharma struck his maiden double century in Test cricket to put India on course for a big total against South Africa on day two of the third match on Sunday. The in-form opener reached the milestone with a six off paceman Lungi Ngidi in the third over after lunch…

Sharma, Rahane help India hit back after early wobble

Opener Rohit Sharma hit his third century of the series to lead India's charge after they lost early wickets against South Africa on day one of the third Test on Saturday. Sharma, on 117, combined with Ajinkya Rahane, on 83, to put on an unbeaten 185-run stand after the hosts…

Kohli hot on Smith’s heels as India eye clean sweep

On-song Virat Kohli is looking to topple Aussie run machine Steve Smith in the international batting rankings as India push for a whitewash over South Africa in the third Test starting Saturday. Kohli's career-best 254 not out in India's second successive win in the three-match series moved him to within…

Kohli lauds India’s ‘hunger’ after record 11th-straight Test series win

India skipper Virat Kohli said Sunday the team's "hunger" to keep improving has led to their record 11th-straight Test series win at home after outplaying South Africa by an innings and 137 runs. South Africa were dismissed for 189 after following-on in the final session of day four in Pune,…

Double ton takes King Kohli past Bradman runs tally

India skipper Virat Kohli struck his highest Test score of 254 not out against South Africa on Friday to pass batting great Don Bradman's Test tally of 6,996 runs. Kohli completed his seventh 200 in his 81st Test as India made 601-5 declared in Pune. He swept Senuran Muthusamy for…

Kohli calls for double points for away Test winners

India cricket skipper Virat Kohli on Wednesday (9) called for a change in the points system for the new world Test championship, saying that an away win should get double the reward. He insisted that the new championship has already improved standards in Tests. "If you would have asked me…

Vishal Punjabi – The Wedding Filmer talks about shooting Anushka…

Vishal Punjabi is the founder and director of The Wedding Filmer, an organisation that shoots weddings. He has shot weddings of celebrities like Anushka Sharma-Virat Kohli and Bipasha Basu-Karan Singh Grover. Recently, we met Vishal and spoke to him about shooting Virushka’s wedding. Anushka and Virat had a secret wedding…