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2nd ODI: Kohli, Dhoni lead India to series-levelling win in Adelaide

SYDNEY: Virat Kohli smashed his 39th one-day international century as India claimed a dramatic six-wicket victory over Australia at a sweltering Adelaide Oval on Tuesday to level up the three-match series at 1-1. Skipper Kohli contributed 104 of his side’s runs as they successfully chased down their victory target of 299 for the loss of four wickets to send the ... Read More »

India lose 0-1 to Bahrain, crash out of AFC Asian Cup

SHARJAH: India suffered a heartbreak as they conceded an injury time goal through a penalty to lose 0-1 to Bahrain and crash out of the showpiece Asian Cup under dramatic circumstances here on Monday. India were on the verge of booking their maiden knock-out round berth in the continent’s biggest stage as the scoreline remained 0-0 till the 90th minute ... Read More »

What ails Mahendra Singh Dhoni?

NEW DELHI: Former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Saturday made a slow 51 from 96 balls in India’s 34-run defeat to Australia in the first ODI in Sydney, sparking another debate about his current form in a World Cup year. Chasing 289 for a win, India were at one stage reduced to 4/3 before Rohit Sharma, who scored his 22nd ... Read More »

India vs Australia: Agarwal, Shankar to replace Rahul and Pandya

NEW DELHI: Mayank Agarwal and Vijay Shankar will replace suspended KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya for the remainder of the ODI series against Australia. “Mayank Agarwal for KL Rahul and Vijay Shankar for Pandya are like-for-like replacements suggested by the selectors. They will be joining the team at the earliest,” a senior BCCI official told PTI. Pandya and Rahul have ... Read More »

Suspended Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul to be sent home

NEW DELHI/SYDNEY: Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul will be sent home on the first available flight from Australia as the BCCI suspended them on Friday for their outrage-evoking comments on women, hours after the duo’s on-field leader Virat Kohli expressed his disapproval. The under-fire players have been suspended pending an inquiry into their sexist comments on a TV show, ruling ... Read More »

Pandya’s ‘sexist’ comments not reflective of team: Kohli

SYDNEY: India captain Virat Kohli Friday distanced his team from controversial comments deemed sexist by all-rounder Hardik Pandya on a TV chat show that sparked social media outrage. Pandya bragged about his prowess with women during an interview on the Indian show that also involved opening batsman KL Rahul, sparking concern about the culture within the squad. The programme, Koffee ... Read More »

Harendra Singh removed as Indian men’s hockey team coach

NEW DELHI: Indian men’s hockey coach Harendra Singh was on Wednesday removed from the position following a disappointing 2018 and offered the task of helming the junior squad by the national federation. Constant chopping and changing of coaches is a frequent phenomenon in Indian hockey and Harendra, who was appointed in May, is the latest casualty. He has become the ... Read More »

After backlash, Hardik Pandya apologises for comments on TV show

SYDNEY: India cricketer Hardik Pandya has apologised after being slammed for making what many construed as misogynistic and sexist remarks on ‘Koffee With Karan‘, saying he got “carried away by the nature” of the show. The 25-year-old all-rounder has provoked a backlash after the comments he made on the celebrity chat show hosted by film maker Karan Johar, in which ... Read More »

IPL 2019 to be played in India, will commence on March 23

NEW DELHI: The speculation over where the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will be held has finally ended. The Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) on Tuesday decided that IPL 2019 will be scheduled to be played in India itself. The CoA met in the capital to discuss the IPL 2019 venues and window and based ... Read More »

This win more emotional for me compared to 2011 World Cup triumph: Virat Kohli

SYDNEY: He was a part of India’s victorious World Cup campaign in 2011 but Virat Kohli felt “more emotional” than ever before after his team’s maiden Test series win in Australia, something the captain termed as the “biggest achievement” of his career. READ ALSO: India win first-ever Test series in Australia “By far this is my best achievement. Has to ... Read More »

India make history, win first-ever Test series in Australia

NEW DELHI: Virat Kohli and his men made history as India registered their maiden Test series victory on Australian soil after the fourth Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground was drawn due to rain on Day 5 on Monday. SCORECARD Cheteshwar Pujara was declared the Man of the Match and the Man of the Series. Rain prevented any play on ... Read More »

PKL Season 6: Sehrawat stars as Bengaluru Bulls clinch maiden title

MUMBAI: Raider Pawan Sehrawat starred for Bengaluru Bulls as they defeated Gujarat Fortunegiants 38-33 in a pulsating final to lift their maiden Pro Kabaddi League title here on Saturday. Sehrawat accumulated 22 points in his 25 raids and turned the match on its head as he single-handedly took the southern outfit to a memorable win. Their second-best player was Sumit ... Read More »

Live Score: Aus 122/1 at lunch, trail India by 500

SCORECARD |BLOG 7:03 am Umpires announce lunch, and the players make their way off the park. Australia‘s session, with 98 runs scored for the loss of one wicket in 30 overs. The hosts are 122/1, trailing India (622/7 declared) by 500 runs. Marcus Harris is 77 not out and Labuschagne batting on 18. It is #PinkDay here at the SCG ... Read More »

Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant deflate Australia in Sydney on Day 2

NEW DELHI: Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara scored a sublime 193, while young Rishabh Pant notched up a brilliant hundred on Australian soil to put India in the driver’s seat on Day 2 of the fourth Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Friday. SCORECARD | BLOG Pant, who scored an unbeaten 159 off 189 balls, became the first Indian ... Read More »

Live Score, India vs Australia, 4th Test: India opt to bat first

4:53 am The teams have lined up for National AnthemsLIVE SCORECARD Playing XIsIndia: Lokesh Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah Australia: Marcus Harris, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Travis Head, Tim Paine (c/wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh ... Read More »

Ishant Sharma out of 13 shortlisted for Sydney Test, Ashwin U-turn keeps him in

SYDNEY: India reversed their decision Wednesday to rule out top spinner Ravichandran Ashwin from the fourth Test against Australia, while pace spearhead Ishant Sharma was mysteriously missing from their 13-man squad. Indian officials had earlier told reporters Ashwin had not recovered from an abdominal strain that has kept him out of the last two Tests, and skipper Virat Kohli had ... Read More »

Bumrah is nightmare to face but Pujara’s runs made vital difference: Hodge

SYDNEY: Former Australia cricketer Brad Hodge called Jasprit Bumrah “a nightmare to face” in an enormous compliment but picked Cheteshwar Pujara‘s runs at number three as the vital difference between the two sides. The final Test starts here on January 3, with India leading the four-match series 2-1. “Pujara has been the difference between the two sides. Both bowling units ... Read More »

Australian team selection process at its lowest: Sourav Ganguly

NEW DELHI: Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly rated the current Australian selection process as the “lowest ever” while responding to ex-captain Steve Waugh’s predicted playing XI for the fourth and final Test, starting Thursday at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). “Australian cricket selection at its lowest ever.. greats have to put teams in their Instagram posts to give direction….,” Ganguly ... Read More »

Virat Kohli targets series win after Boxing Day Test victory

MELBOURNE: Even inclement weather could not prevent the inevitable, though several spells of light rain delayed India’s victory in the Boxing Day Test at the MCG on Sunday. But when play finally started after the umpires decided on an early lunch, Indian bowlers needed less than five overs to wrap up the Australian innings. Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon managed ... Read More »

India vs Australia: India two wickets away from winning Boxing Day Test

MELBOURNE: Australia were teetering on the brink of defeat in the third Test on Saturday despite a battling unbeaten half-century from tailender Pat Cummins after being set a massive 399 to win by India.ALSO READ: Day 4- As it happened | Full ScorecardAfter early morning drizzle, India started an overcast fourth day in Melbourne with a 346-run lead and with ... Read More »

Live 3rd Test Day 4: Australia 44/2 at lunch

LIVE BLOG | LIVE SCORECARD OVERS 15.2: Khawaja sweeps a Jadeja delivery and Mayank is hit on the neck at short leg OVERS 14.4: FOUR! Shaun Marsh hits a Shami delivery through the covers for his first boundary. Fine shot that OVERS 14.1: FOUR! 4 leg byes are conceded Shami bowls the first over after lunch AND THAT’S LUNCH ON ... Read More »

Jasprit Bumrah rips through Australia, India on top despite 2nd innings collapse

MELBOURNE: Pacer Jasprit Bumrah had Australia’s batsmen tied up in knots with his immaculate line and length, giving India the decisive advantage that withstood a second innings batting collapse in the third cricket Test here Friday. AS IT HAPPENED | SCORECARD Called a “genius” on air by Australia’s former captain Michael Clarke, Bumrah’s career-best figures of 6/33 in 15.5 overs ... Read More »

3rd Test: Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli put India in command at MCG

MELBOURNE: Cheteshwar Pujara produced yet another classy hundred and stitched a 170-run stand with captain Virat Kohli (82) to put India in command against Australia on the second day of the third Test on Thursday. HIGHLIGHTS I SCORECARD Pujara hit his second century of the series, a dogged but faultless 106 off 319 balls, to ensure that India consolidated the ... Read More »

Live 3rd Test Day 2: Virat Kohli hits fifty

LIVE BLOG | LIVE SCORECARD OVERS 96.2: FOUR! Starc continues, Pujara cuts to the third man fence for his eighth boundary OVERS 90.3: Pujara edges a Starc delivery to the third man fence OVERS 89.6: 20th Test fifty for Virat Kohli as he flicks to mid-wicket for three Pat Cummins bowls the first over of the day Powerhouse Indian pair ... Read More »

3rd Test Day 1: India 215/2 at stumps against Australia

BLOG | SCORECARD AND THAT IS STUMPS ON DAY 1 OVERS 86.3: FOUR! 4 byes are conceded as the ball flies over Paine OVERS 86.2: DROPPED! Kohli edges a Cummins delivery, Paine dives to his right but drops the catch OVERS 85.1: FOUR! Pujara guides a Hazlewood delivery to the third man fence OVERS 82.5: 200 up for India as ... Read More »

I don’t need to carry banner for people to know who I am: Kohli

MELBOURNE: Virat Kohli is not interested in fighting perceptions about his public persona, something that has been debated endlessly over the years across various platforms. Asked about his take on how he has been perceived over the years, Kohli seemed nonchalant. “What I do or how I think, I am not going to take a banner outside to the world ... Read More »

Karthik, Pandya in ODI squad; Dhoni returns to T20Is

NEW DELHI: Mahendra Singh Dhoni was Monday brought back to India’s T20 squad to ensure he gets “enough game-time” before the ODI World Cup but the young Rishabh Pant was axed from the 50-over side for the upcoming series against Australia and New Zealand. While Dhoni’s inclusion in the shortest format came as a surprise after he was dropped for ... Read More »

Selection issues bog down India ahead of Boxing Day Test

MELBOURNE: Halfway into the tour, the Indian team management continues to be in a dilemma over selection issues despite having 19 players on their roster – the largest in recent times. According to coach Ravi Shastri, Rohit Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin – who missed the second Test in Perth due to injuries – are on the mend with the former ... Read More »

Virat Kohli is more Australian than Indian: Hayden

The interview was first published in Mumbai Mirror on December 23, 2018 Virender Sehwag once said Matthew Hayden would step out to a new ball bowler and then sledge him… he was a typical Australian cricketer who played the game hard. He finds same qualities in Virat Kohli and says India are the favourties for the series. Excerpts from an ... Read More »

Virat Kohli is the energy of Indian team: Brad Hogg

MELBOURNE: Virat Kohli might have come under sharp criticism from various quarters for his on-field aggressive behaviour but former Australia spinner Brad Hogg on Saturday defended the India captain, saying the visiting team derives energy from him. “Virat Kohli is the energy of this Indian team. He is their clear leader and they feed off him. You just see him ... Read More »

We wanted Kumble to continue despite his fallout with Kohli: Laxman

VISAKHAPATNAM: BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee member and batting legend VVS Laxman Friday said the their panel wanted Anil Kumble to continue as India’s coach but the former captain was bent on quitting after his fallout with skipper Virat Kohli last year. Reflecting on the tumultuous phase that gripped Indian cricket during last year’s Champions Trophy, Laxman said the episode left ... Read More »

Banned Steve Smith reveals details of ball-tampering debacle

SYDNEY: Former Australia captain Steve Smith said on Friday he had not been involved in planning to tamper with the ball during the Cape Town Test against South Africa but took responsibility as a leader for failing to put a stop to it. Smith, along with vice-captain David Warner and opening batsman Cameron Bancroft, was suspended for his part in ... Read More »

WV Raman pips Gary Kirsten for Indian women’s coach job

MUMBAI: Former opener WV Raman was on Thursday preferred over celebrated South African Gary Kirsten for the post of India’s women’s cricket coach despite dissension among the administrators over the selection process. The 53-year-old Raman is currently a batting consultant at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru. His first assignment is the tour of New Zealand beginning next month. READ ... Read More »

Virat Kohli doesn’t need to tone down his aggression: Zaheer Khan

NEW DELHI: Virat Kohli should remain the way he is, said former teammates Zaheer Khan and Praveen Kumar on Wednesday, staunchly defending the combative India captain, who has copped criticism from Australian legends for his on-field behaviour. ALSO READ: Langer calls Kohli-Paine showdown humorousAllan Border, Mike Hussey, Mitchell Johnson and even India’s Sanjay Manjrekar has expressed their displeasure over Kohli’s ... Read More »

Virat Kohli unfazed by stump mics, cameras

PERTH: Australian captain Tim Paine and his Indian counterpart Virat Kohli shared the sledging honours in the second Test and both seem to have enjoyed the exchanges. Kohli refuted the notion that both teams were under scrutiny following the banter between him and Paine. “Not really. As long as there is no swearing out there on the field and there ... Read More »

India crash to 140 all out, Australia level series

India crumbled in the face of Australia’s remarkable metamorphosis and crashed to a 146-run defeat in the second Test in Perth on Tuesday, surrendering a rare hard-earned ascendancy in a series Down Under. The hosts levelled the four-match series 1-1 after India were bowled out for 140 runs in 56 overs in their second innings on the fifth and final ... Read More »

We never thought about spin option: Kohli

Perth :  Skipper Virat Kohli Tuesday said the thought of having a spinner for the second Test against Australia never crossed his mind as he believed India’s four-pronged pace attack would do the job. India lost the match by 146 runs. The visitors were outdone by a second successive eight-wicket haul by off-spinner Nathan Lyon, who was adjudged the man-of-the-match, on ... Read More »

Hardik Pandya added to Indian team for final two Tests against Australia

MUMBAI: Hardik Pandya could soon be turning out for India in the Boxing Day Test against Australia, which begins on December 26 at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground. A few hours after the all-rounder scored a half-century and took seven wickets against Mumbai in their Ranji Trophy Group A match at the Wankhede Stadium – his first competitive game since ... Read More »

Live 2nd Test Day 4: Shami scalps Paine, Finch after Lunch

LIVE BLOG | LIVE SCORECARD OVERS 82.1: OUT! Five wickets for Shami as Khawaja (72) edges a bouncer for Pant to take the catch. Australia 198/7 OVERS 80.5: Khawaja hits through the covers for three runs The second new ball has been taken now OVERS 80.1: Cummins edges the hat-trick ball from Shami safely to point 80 overs gone, the ... Read More »

2nd Test: Bruised Australia build vital lead against India in Perth

PERTH: Australia battled through an onslaught from India’s fiery fast bowlers on the third day of the second Test, building an ominous 175-run lead with six wickets in hand on a menacing Perth Stadium pitch that is expected to deteriorate further. The hosts reached stumps at 132 for four in their second innings on Sunday with Usman Khawaja 41 not ... Read More »

2nd Test: Virat Kohli leads Indian fightback on Day 2 in Perth

PERTH (Australia): Captain Virat Kohli led an Indian fightback on day two of the second Test against Australia at Perth on Saturday. At stumps, the visitors had overcome a terrible start and were 172 for three, still trailing the Australian first innings total of 326 by 154 runs with seven wickets in hand. The imperious Kohli was unbeaten on 82 ... Read More »

India bounce back but Australia still on top

Perth : India recovered from a patchy start to reduce Australia to 277 for six on the opening day of the second Test but the hosts still walked out with advantage considering the bowler-friendly conditions, here on Friday. A 112-run opening stand between Marcus Harris (70) and Aaron Finch (50) vindicated their decision to bat on green top before Indian bowlers ... Read More »

Live 2nd Test Day 2: Australia resume first innings

LIVE BLOG | LIVE SCORECARD OVERS 99.4: 300 up for Australia as Cummins fends off a Bumrah bouncer and Paine calls him over for a quick single Double bowling change, Ishant has been replaced by Bumrah Umesh Yadav replaces Shami in the attack OVERS 94.6: FOUR! Paine cuts a Shami delivery through backward point for his fourth boundary OVERS 92.1: ... Read More »

2nd Test Day 1: Australia 277/6 at stumps

BLOG | SCORECARD India came back well after the 100-run opening stand but Australia are ahead in terms of the runs on the board Australia 277/6 at Stumps on Day 1 Bumrah bowls the last over of the day OVERS 84.6: FOUR! Paine pulls to square leg for his second boundary Umesh Yadav is back in the attack OVERS 83.4: ... Read More »