Cricket World Cup: Five batsmen to watch

Cricketers and pundits have predicted that the World Cup in England and Wales will be a high-scoring affair. We take a look at five batsmen who could wreak havoc. Devastating Gayle Self-proclaimed “Universe Boss” Chris Gayle reminded bowlers they have every reason to fear him, smashing 424 runs for the West Indies in the recent […]

India great Gavaskar tips England for World Cup glory

Batting great Sunil Gavaskar says Eoin Morgan’s England will be the team to beat at the World Cup, with home advantage giving them a vital edge over his native India. Top-ranked England recently outplayed Pakistan 4-0 in a one-day series to underline their supremacy in the 50-over format. The home side, who have never won […]

Rashid Khan puts a positive spin on Afghan World Cup bid

Afghanistan are making steady progress as a young cricketing nation and can boast a true star in Rashid Khan, whom they hope will to take them to the next level. The 20-year-old, who is top of the Twenty20 world rankings, will be a key weapon in the World Cup in England and Wales. Afghanistan can […]

Fakhar Zaman: Pakistan’s World Cup weapon

Fakhar Zaman was still establishing himself in the Pakistan team when Jasprit Bumrah’s no-ball in the Champions Trophy final triggered his unlikely rise from navy sailor to World Cup talisman. India appeared to have made the perfect start in the 2017 Champions Trophy showpiece when Zaman edged to wicketkeeper MS Dhoni off Bumrah. However, the […]

No ‘panic’ for Tendulkar as India slump before World Cup

India must not press the panic button despite losing badly to New Zealand in their first warm-up game for the World Cup, the country’s batting legend Sachin Tendulkar said. New Zealand thrashed India, one of the World Cup favourites, by six wickets at the Oval on Sunday with only Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandya scoring […]

Grieving Asif rejoins Pakistan squad after daughter’s funeral

Grieving Pakistan cricketer Asif Ali on Saturday (25) left for England to join up with his country’s World Cup squad following the funeral of his daughter, who he said will continue to be his strength and inspiration. Asif left the team’s tour of England and returned to Pakistan following the death last Sunday of 19-month-old […]

India run-machine Kohli eyes World Cup glory as captain

Virat Kohli’s reputation as one of cricket’s great entertainers is well-established, but the India star will not be completely satisfied until he leaves an indelible mark by winning the World Cup as captain. Kohli has been instrumental in building on Indian cricket’s rich legacy after taking over the captaincy from Mahendra Singh Dhoni. After helping […]

Sangakkara laments Sri Lanka’s ‘chaotic’ build-up to World Cup

Kumar Sangakkara hopes Sri Lanka can somehow overcome their “chaotic” build-up to the World Cup thanks to new captain Dimuth Karunaratne’s “lack of baggage”. The 1996 champions head into this year’s edition in England, which starts next week, having lost eight of their last nine one-day internationals — with the lone win in that run […]

India’s Rahul inspired by memories of 2011 World Cup glory

KL Rahul knows exactly what it would mean to win this year’s World Cup in England, having seen for himself what a 2011 triumph on home soil meant to his fellow Indians. Eight years ago, Rahul was a teenager watching television in a Bangalore bar as Gautam Gambhir’s 97 and then-captain MS Dhoni’s 91 not […]