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Virat Kohli best, but Steve Smith’s record speaks for itself: Ganguly

KOLKATA: Former India captain Sourav Ganguly on Monday did not want to compare Steve Smith and Virat Kohli, stressing that the India captain is still the best in the world but Smith’s records speak for itself. Former Australia skipper Smith maintained his position at the top of the ICC Test player rankings after the Ashes with Kohli sitting behind him ... Read More »

There will be rap on the knuckles, talent or no talent: Shastri to Pant

DHARAMSALA: India head coach Ravi Shastri has made it clear that Rishabh Pant will be “rapped on the knuckles” if he keeps on playing rash shots like the one he did against the West Indies recently. Shastri did not mince words as he pointed out that the young wicketkeeper-batsman has let the team down during India’s recent tour of the ... Read More »

India vs SA, 1st T20I: India’s home season faces wet start in Dharamsala

DHARAMSALA: It’s drizzling on Saturday afternoon, a day before India’s T20I opener against South Africa. The HPCA Stadium ground is a sea of blue tarp. The hydro-soppers work furiously but it rains just enough to interrupt the start of India’s first training session ahead of a new home series. Frustrated, some players head to the indoor nets to get a ... Read More »

Seagram’s Royal Stag strengthens its dream team with Jasprit Bumrah

Appoints the celebrated bowler as its brand ambassador Udaipur : Seagram’s Royal Stag today made the grand addition of the world’s leading bowler into their dream team. Jasprit Bumrah, India’s new pace sensation has joined the Royal Stag stable. Riding high on his excellent performance in the ICC Cricket World Cup & in the recently held West Indies tour, Bumrah ... Read More »

Dhoni always thinks about Indian cricket, says Virat Kohli

DHARAMSHALA: As India and South Africa get ready to face each other in the first T20I of the three-match series, skipper Virat Kohli lauded wicket-keeper batsman, MS Dhoni, saying ‘he always thinks about Indian cricket and there is no replacement for experience’. Dhoni is not a part of the team squad for the three-match series against South Africa. The wicket-keeper ... Read More »

Always wanted to make a mark in Test cricket: Jasprit Bumrah

MUMBAI: Branded a limited-overs specialist at the beginning of his career, Indian pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah on Friday said it was nothing short of a dream come true when he made the Test side as success in the longest format is what he has always craved for. Bumrah is just 12 Tests old and already has 62 wickets to his ... Read More »

Rohit Sharma replaces KL Rahul as opener, Shubman Gill named back-up batsman

NEW DELHI: The Indian team management and the senior selection committee have formally identified Rohit Sharma as their answer to the opening woes in Test cricket. In picking Rohit as the opening partner for Mayank Agarwal for the upcoming three-Test series against South Africa, the selectors have dropped KL Rahul from red-ball cricket after persisting with him for the last ... Read More »

KL Rahul dropped, Shubman Gill gets Test call up for South Africa series

NEW DELHI: Opener KL Rahul‘s inconsistent run with the bat led to his exclusion from the Indian Test team as the selection committee on Thursday announced the squad for the upcoming three-match Test series against South Africa starting next month. In the recently concluded two-Test series against the West Indies, Rahul scored just 101 runs in four innings at an ... Read More »

Steve Smith will always be known as a ‘cheat’, says Monty Panesar

NEW DELHI: Steve Smith has been the tormentor-in-chief for England in the ongoing Ashes series. Thanks largely to the former Australian captain, Australia have retained the urn and are now one win away from winning their first Ashes series in England in 18 years. But despite Smith’s batting being praised by one and all, some feel the ball-tampering episode, during ... Read More »

Brave India hold Asian Champions Qatar to goal-less draw in World Cup qualifiers

India managed a goalless draw against Asian champions Qatar but that tasted like a massive victory for Igor Stimac’s team in the World Cup 2022 qualifier at the Jassim bin Hamad Stadium in Doha on Tuesday. Without captain and legend Sunil Chhetri, India not just recovered from the heart-breaking 1-2 last-minute loss against Oman but proved they had enough firepower ... Read More »

Zinc Football Academy Boys Gearing Up For Their Debut Subroto Cup Tournament; To Face Previous Year’s Runners-Up Afghanistan In Their First Match

Udaipur : Zinc Football Academy footballers, representing DAV HZL School Zawar Mines, is leaving no stone unturned as they look to start their debut campaign at the prestigious Subroto Cup, slated to be held between September 7-18 at New Delhi. The Hindustan Zinc Ltd-initiated Academy have earned the honour of representing CBSE in the Subroto Cup International Football Tournament after their ... Read More »

4th Test: Australia retain Ashes after victory at Old Trafford

MANCHESTER: Australia retained the Ashes after beating England by 185 runs at Old Trafford on Sunday to take a 2-1 lead in the series with just one Test remaining. England, who resumed the day on 18-2, were bowled out for 197 on the final day with Australia seamer Pat Cummins taking four for 43. Scorecard Australia’s victory, with 81 balls ... Read More »

Dinesh Karthik tenders unconditional apology after violating BCCI clause

NEW DELHI: India discard Dinesh Karthik has tendered an “unconditional apology” for violating BCCI’s Central clause by watching a Caribbean Premier League game from the Shah Rukh Khan co-owned Trinbago Knight Riders‘ dressing room. Karthik is the captain of IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders but being seen in a Trinbago Jersey while watching the match from the dressing room forced ... Read More »

Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga first T20I bowler to claim 100 wickets

KANDY: Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga on Friday wreaked havoc after becoming the first bowler in Twenty20 internationals to claim 100 wickets as he struck four times with four balls in the third match against New Zealand. Malinga, who surpassed Pakistan spinner Shahid Afridi‘s tally of 97 scalps to become the leading T20I wicket-taker on Sunday, bowled Colin Munro for 12 ... Read More »

Out of Test side, Shikhar Dhawan shifts focus to T20 World Cup

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: It was August 2013. India A were playing South Africa A in a one-day tri-series also involving Australia A. Shikhar Dhawan, who had already made spectacular entry into the Indian team with a century against Australia in Mohali, the fastest on Test debut by any player, and a Man-of-the-Series performance in the Champions Trophy, further showcased his destructive ability ... Read More »

Rahul’s inconsistency makes room for Rohit as Test opener, says Ganguly

NEW DELHI: India decimated their hosts West Indies in the Test series, sweeping it 2-0; but one box India failed to tick was their opening combination, which is why former captain Sourav Ganguly has once again called for Rohit Sharma to be given an opportunity at the top. ALSO READ: Looking forward to great things from Vihari, says Laxman “After ... Read More »

ICC Test Rankings: Virat Kohli loses No.1 spot to Steve Smith

MANCHESTER: India captain Virat Kohli has been dethroned by Australia’s batting mainstay Steve Smith from the numero uno spot in the latest ICC Test Rankings for batsmen. Meanwhile, India vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane has returned to the top 10, rising four places to No.7, after following up his half-century and hundred in Antigua with another useful half-century in Jamaica. Hanuma Vihari, ... Read More »

2nd Test: India beat WI by 257 runs, win series 2-0

Scorecard |Blog A combined bowling effort in the second innings helped India bundle out West Indies for 210 as the Virat Kohli-led team defeated the hosts by 257 runs in the second Test in Jamaica to complete a 2-0 clean sweep. With the whitewash against West Indies, India also climbed to the top spot in the ICC Test Championship table ... Read More »

2nd Test: Vihari, Rahane take India closer to series sweep

KINGSTON (JAMAICA): Hanuma Vihari and Ajinkya Rahane took India closer to a series sweep with an unbeaten 111-run stand, helping the visitors set an improbable 468-run target for the West Indies on day three of the second Test here on Sunday. The in-form Rahane (64 not out) and Vihari (53 not out) got India’s second innings back on track after ... Read More »

I owe my hat-trick to you: Jasprit Bumrah tells captain Virat Kohli

KINGSTON: Star Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah said that he owes his hat-trick to captain Virat Kohli as the latter decided to review an LBW decision even when he was not sure about it. Bumrah on Saturday became the third Indian bowler to get a hat-trick in Test cricket as India reduced West Indies to 87/7 on Day 2 of the ... Read More »

2nd Test Live: India 336/7 at lunch on Day 2

LIVE BLOG | LIVE SCORECARD Lunch Break! Hanuma Vihari (84*) continued his fine form with the bat as India reached 336 for seven at lunch on Day 2 of the second Test in Jamaica. Scoring his third fifty in Tests, Vihari solidified India’s position in the first innings as he neared his maiden ton. Resuming on the overnight score of ... Read More »

ISSF WC: Abhishek wins gold, bronze for Saurabh in 10m Air Pistol

RIO DE JANEIRO: Abhishek Verma won the gold medal and Saurabh Chaudhary the bronze, in a dominant display by Indian shooters in the men’s 10m air pistol event of the World Cup. Verma shot 244.2 in the eight-man finals, while Chaudhary’s 221.9 was good enough to get him the bronze. The silver medal went to Turkey’s Ismail Keles, who aggregated ... Read More »

Deepa Malik basks in Khel Ratna glory, Bajrang Punia misses ceremony

NEW DELHI: Paralympic silver-medallist Deepa Malik on Thursday became the first Indian woman para-athlete and the oldest to be conferred the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award but training commitments kept co-awardee Bajrang Punia away from the ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhawan. Malik, who won a silver medal in the shot put F53 category in the 2016 Rio Paralympics, was joint ... Read More »

Dhoni unlikely as selectors ready to persist with Pant for South Africa T20Is

NEW DELHI: Mahendra Singh Dhoni may have put his international retirement on hold but he is unlikely to be selected for India’s three-match T20I home series against South Africa starting September 15 in Dharamsala. The team for the series is expected to be picked on September 4. The remaining two games will be played at Mohali (September 18) and Bengaluru ... Read More »

It felt like I was on top of the world: PV Sindhu

HYDERABAD: PV Sindhu is savouring the heady moment on arrival home after her World Championships triumph in Basel on Sunday. The 24-year-old Indian made short work of Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in the final to claim her first gold in five appearances — she also has two silver and two bronze medals — and she’s been busy calling on Prime Minister ... Read More »

BCCI under NADA ensures the rule of law in sport: Kiren Rijiju

NEW DELHI: Union minister Kiren Rijiju on Monday said bringing the BCCI under the ambit of National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) is a big achievement that ensures the rule of law in the sport. The BCCI was earlier this month forced to come under NADA’s ambit, a landmark development that has opened up the possibility of the cricket board becoming a ... Read More »

1st Test: Bumrah, Rahane star as India decimate Windies by 318 runs

NORTH SOUND (Antigua): India inflicted a humiliating 318-run defeat on the West Indies in the first Test as Jasprit Bumrah dismantled the hosts with a five-wicket haul after Ajinkya Rahane found his first century in two years on Sunday. West Indies were chasing a stiff 419-run target but Indian pacers led by Bumrah demolished the hosts, who were all out ... Read More »

Good pitches key to Test cricket’s revival: Sachin Tendulkar

MUMBAI: Test cricket can be pleasing to the eye if it is played on good pitches, batting great Sachin Tendulkar said on Sunday, terming the 22-yard strip the longest format’s “heart” and key to its revival. To support his point, Tendulkar cited, as example, the surface used for the Ashes Test at Lord’s last week, which saw a fierce contest ... Read More »

1st Test, Day 3 Live: Rahul, Pujara steady India

Live Blog | Live Scorecard 50 up for India in second innings! Lokesh Rahul is batting on 30 alongside Cheteshwar Pujara, who is on 7. IND 53/1 20.4 overs: FOUR! Good shot down the ground from KL Rahul. Over-pitched from Shannon Gabriel and Rahul makes good use of it. Times it to perfection. IND 48/1 20 overs are up and ... Read More »

1st Test, Day 2: Ishant Sharma puts India on top

NORTH SOUND (Antigua): Pacer Ishant Sharma‘s spirited effort and reckless batting from the West Indies helped India take control of the first Test on day two on Friday. The West Indies lost five wickets in the final session to be reeling at 189 for eight in their first innings at stumps, trailing India by 108 runs. SCORECARD: India vs West ... Read More »

Rishabh Pant best man to replace MS Dhoni, says Virender Sehwag

NEW DELHI: It’s no secret that young wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant is the frontrunner to be the long term replacement for MS Dhoni, whenever the former India captain hangs up his gloves. Former India opener Virender Sehwag also feels Pant is the best option to replace Dhoni. “I think Rishabh Pant is the best one (option). He proved himself in ... Read More »

1st Test Live: Virat Kohli departs, India 3 down

Live Blog | Live ScorecardEnd of 13th over: Consecutive maidens from West Indies skipper Jason Holder. Both KL Rahul (12*) and Ajinkya Rahane (1*) pretty watchful at the moment. Looking to rebuild India innings after fall of three quick wickets. IND 34/3 End of 10th over: FOUR! Boundary to end the over from Shannon Gabriel. KL Rahul pushes the ball ... Read More »