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Can Virat Kohli do a MS Dhoni in T20I series?

NEW DELHI: Team India, under the leadership of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, routed Australia 3-0 in the three-match Twenty20 International series in 2016 in Australia. Two years down the line, India will aim for an encore under Virat Kohli, who will be leading India in a full series for the first time in Australia. In the three-match T20I series in 2016, ... Read More »

India in Australia, ready to beat a home team in turmoil

BRISBANE: India’s cricketers have arrived in Australia ready to exploit a home team beset by turmoil on and off the field. A maiden Test series win on Australian soil is the main aim of the tour, which kicks off Wednesday with a Twenty20 International in Brisbane and includes games across all three formats. “It’s the one place that we want ... Read More »

Pat Cummins says he will be surprised if Virat Kohli keeps quiet

MELBOURNE: Refusing to buy Virat Kohli‘s self-appraisal that he is no longer the one looking for confrontations, pacer Pat Cummins said on Sunday that the Australians will hold their ground in the face of any verbal barrage from the India captain. ALSO READ: No team travels well nowadays, why pick on India? asks Shastri Prior to departing for Australia, run-machine ... Read More »

Hardik Pandya’s absence will hurt India: Mike Hussey

NEW DELHI: Mike Hussey, who has a fair idea about the current crop of India players, feels that all-rounder Hardik Pandya‘s absence will “hurt” the visitors in the upcoming Test series against Australia. The series starts on December 6 in Adelaide. Pandya is undergoing rehabilitation after suffering a lower-back injury during the Asia Cup in Dubai last September. “I think ... Read More »

Women’s World T20: India beat Ireland by 52 runs to seal semis berth

PROVIDENCE (Guyana): Indian spinners produced yet another controlled performance to clinch a semi-final berth with a comfortable 52-run victory against Ireland in a group league encounter of the ICC Women’s World T20 on Thursday.After managing 145 for 6 on a slow track, Indian spinners maintained tight leash on Irish women restricting them to 93 for 8 in 20 overs. Posting ... Read More »

I don’t have to change if people tag me: Pant

NEW DELHI: Rishabh Pant is a busy man these days, hurtling between cities, matches and multiple commitments. Much of it has to do with an impressive start to his Test career, highlighted by that remarkable century at the Oval. But as you start the conversation by recalling with the six he hit off Adil Rashid at Trent Bridge to fetch ... Read More »

India eye semifinals spot in Women’s World Twenty20

GUYANA: Eyeing a semi-finals berth, overwhelming favourites India will have to guard against complacency when they play Ireland in their third Group B match of the ICC Women’s World T20 on Thursday. India are on a roll having convincingly won their first two matches, including against arch-rivals Pakistan two days ago. Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur declared open the tournament with her ... Read More »

#MeToo: Rahul Johri gives his version to probe panel

NEW DELHI: Facing allegations of sexual harassment, BCCI CEO Rahul Johri on Tuesday deposed before the three-member probe panel appointed by the Committee of Administrators (CoA). It has also been learnt that two of the alleged victims have also deposed before the panel even though the dates of their appearance could not be confirmed. “Yes, Rahul appeared before the panel ... Read More »

Maybe Virat Kohli got emotional, but that’s fine: Viswanathan Anand

KOLKATA: Five-time former world champion Viswanathan Anand feels India cricket captain Virat Kohli became a bit emotional and lost control during his “leave India” comment to a fan on social media, which snowballed into a massive controversy. Kohli had stirred up a massive controversy and was trolled on social media and slammed by critics over his “I don’t think you ... Read More »

Dhawan’s return to form was important ahead of Australia tour: Rohit Sharma

CHENNAI: India’s stand-in captain Rohit Sharma said it was important for Shikhar Dhawan to return to form ahead of the crucial tour of Australia, which will be a completely “different ball game”. READ ALSO: India beat Windies by six wickets, complete series sweep Dhawan, who struggled throughout the preceding ODI series against West Indies, returned to form with a smashing ... Read More »

3rd T20I Live: Windies rebuild after early jolts

LIVE BLOG | LIVE SCORECARD WEST INDIES INNINGS Maiden fifty for Nicholas Pooran (53*) and a fine knock by Darren Bravo (43*) , after initial hiccups, have guided West Indies to a fighting total of 181 for the loss of three wickets. Pooran and Bravo have put on a fine unbeaten stand of 87 runs for the fourth wicket to ... Read More »

Bajrang Punia becomes world number one in 65kg

NEW DELHI: Star Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia on Saturday touched a new high in his career by achieving the number one rank in the world in the 65kg category. The 24-year-old Bajrang, who has won five medals this season, including CWG and Asian Games gold and a silver at the World Championship, was placed atop the ranking table with 96 ... Read More »

Pakistan is coming to India for Hockey World Cup: PHF Secretary

CHENNAI: A day after media reports from Pakistan raised doubts over the country’s participation in the upcoming hockey World Cup in India citing lack of funds, the game’s world body’s (FIH) president Narinder Batra and Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) secretary, former skipper Shahbaz Ahmed, allayed fears on Friday. They told TOI that the Pakistani team will surely take part in ... Read More »

Women’s World T20: Tough Kiwi test for Harmanpreet’s India

PROVIDENCE (Guyana): A young Indian squad will aim to emerge from the shadows of a winless past when it launches its bid for a maiden title with a tough opener against New Zealand in the first standalone Women’s World T20 starting here Friday.ALSO READ: ICC Women’s World T20 2018: Complete fixtures with timings India have not been very competitive in ... Read More »

Is Virat Kohli losing perspective off the field?

Virat Kohli the batsman is winning every battle on the pitch these days. There’s no argument about the fact that the Indian captain is the greatest batsman in the world at the moment. But as he goes from one peak to the other, is Kohli the man losing perspective? The cricket enthusiast, who told Kohli during the launch of his ... Read More »

Rohit’s blazing ton leads India to easy win over Windies

LUCKNOW: Hit-man Rohit Sharma lit up the Ekana Stadium on Diwali eve with a cracking unbeaten 111 (61 balls, 8×4, 7×6) as India registered a whopping 71–run win to clinch the T20 series against West Indies on Tuesday. The victory meant the home side went 2-0 up in the three-match series, having pocketed the opener in Kolkata on Sunday. The ... Read More »

2nd T20I: Rohit Sharma’s record ton leads India to series-clinching win

LUCKNOW: Skipper Rohit Sharma‘s record-breaking fourth T20 International hundred powered India to a comprehensive 71-run win over West Indies in what turned out to be another one-sided series victory for the hosts. Scorecard | Blog India, thus, took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match T20I series. The last match will be played in Chennai on November 11. The legend ... Read More »

Nadal pulls out of ATP Finals, Djokovic to end year atop rankings

LONDON: Rafael Nadal has pulled out of next week’s ATP Tour Finals in London due to injury, so Novak Djokovic will end the year as world number one having returned to the top of the rankings on Monday. French Open champion Nadal announced that an abdominal muscle problem, which prevented him from playing in the Paris Masters last week, and ... Read More »

EXCLUSIVE: I was in tears but Virat’s words helped, says Shardul

Shardul Thakur was presented the Indian Test cap by Team India coach Ravi Shastri just half an hour before the second Test against the West Indies at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. He became the 294th Test cricketer for India. But the medium pacer’s much-awaited Test debut made headlines for all the wrong reasons. He managed to bowl ... Read More »

Live 1st T20I: India lose openers in chase of 110

LIVE BLOG |LIVE SCORECARD End of Powerplay India 35/3 in chase of 110 OVER 5.4: OUT! Brathwaite strikes to send Pant back for 1. Bravo holds a fine sky-high catch. India 35/3 in chase of 110 OVER 5: Rahul hits two fine back-to-back boundaries off Thomas. 10 runs from it. India 32/2 in chase of 110 OVER 4: Rahul hits ... Read More »

Sardar breaks his silence, blames John & Marijne for ending his career

BHUBANESWAR: India’s former hockey captain Sardar Singh, who announced his retirement after the Asian Games earlier this year, on Saturday broke his silence over the decision to quit and blamed Hockey India’s (HI) High Performance Director (HPD), David John, for ending his career. India lost the Asian Games semi-final to Malaysia and had to settle for a bronze medal after ... Read More »

FIH to go big with Hockey 5s in 2019, Olympics will remain 11 vs 11

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) CEO, Theiry Weil, on Friday dispelled all speculations if the Hockey 5s will replace the traditional 11 vs 11 format at the Summer Olympics, confirming to Timesofindia.com that neither the FIH nor the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have any such plans. The FIH Congress began on November 1, but the corridors at the venue and ... Read More »

Can bowlers tackle unstoppable Virat Kohli? Yes says Jeff Thomson

BHUBANESWAR: He used to hit batsmen rather than get hit. Jeff Thomson‘s deliveries at times reached the batsmen before they could even move. Or so the legend goes. In the modern era, the game seems to have taken a 360-degree turn, with batsmen like Indian captain Virat Kohli hitting bowlers, pacers and spinners, out of the stadium with an ease ... Read More »

India thrash West Indies by 9 wickets, clinch series 3-1

NEW DELHI: A ruthless India completed a nine-wicket demolition of the West Indies in the fifth and final ODI on Thursday for their sixth successive series win at home. Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja took four wickets to help India bundle out the West Indies for 104 in just 31.5 overs. Pacers Khaleel Ahmed and Jasprit Bumrah chipped in with two ... Read More »

India vs West Indies: Hosts eye final flourish to clinch ODI series

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The legend goes that one of the sixes hit by Phil Simmons sailed over the University Stadium and landed inside the Mascot Hotel, a reflection of the dominance West Indies had over India as they completed a 6-1 drubbing. This was 1988, the last time Thiruvananthapuram hosted an ODI. Incidentally, another West Indies team has come to end the ... Read More »

“Kerala is absolutely safe to come to”, Kohli writes in special note

Kerala is called ‘God’s own country’. The beauty of the state has ensured that it is one of the preferred destinations for both Indian and foreign tourists. The recent devastating floods that hit the southern state, the worst in nearly a century though crippled Kerala and sent shock waves across the country. But the good news now is, that the ... Read More »

#MeToo: Ganguly writes to BCCI, criticises CoA’s handling of harassment charges

NEW DELHI: Raising concerns over the manner in which the sexual harassment allegations against BCCI CEO Rahul Johri has been handled by the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA), the former India captain and president of Cricket Association of Bengal Sourav Ganguly has written a letter to the cricket-governing body’s office-bearers on Tuesday. Worried over the image of Indian cricket, ... Read More »

4th ODI: India crush West Indies by 224 runs, take 2-1 lead

MUMBAI: India embarrassed the West Indies by 224 runs in the fourth One-day International on Monday for one of their biggest wins and a 2-1 lead in the five-match series. Scorecard | Blog Rohit Sharma (162) and Ambati Rayudu (100) struck belligerent centuries to guide India to an imposing 377 for five after the hosts opted to bat. The duo ... Read More »

India vs WI Live: Paul removes well-set Dhawan

LIVE BLOG | LIVE SCORECARD INDIA INNINGS Dhawan given a send-off in his own style; a ‘Thigh-Five’ by Keemo Paul as the left-hander walks past him. 12.5 Overs: OUT!Keemo Paul first welcomed to the crease by Dhawan (38) with two consecutive fours but then takes his revenge by dismissing the Indian opener off the fifth ball. A mistimed a pick-up ... Read More »

4th ODI: India seek ‘perfect’ balance against West Indies

MUMBAI: India will look to find the ‘perfect’ balance in their playing eleven when they take on a resurgent West Indies in the fourth One-day International on Monday. Going with five specialist bowlers in Pune on Saturday did not work for India, who ended up as the losing side for the first time in the home series against the West ... Read More »

3rd ODI: West Indies beat India by 43 runs to level series

PUNE: Centurion Virat Kohli threw the concept of law of averages in sport out of the equation with another milestone but the Indian team’s collective failure allowed the West Indies to level the series with a 43-run win in the third ODI here on Saturday. Scorecard | As it happenedKohli became the first Indian and 10th overall to score three ... Read More »

3rd ODI: India search for the perfect blend against resurgent Windies

PUNE: Can West Indies catch up with the high-flying Indians to level the series at the Gahunje stadium in the third ODI here on Saturday? They can but for that to happen the visitors can’t afford to spill catches, especially those of Indian captain Virat Kohli, who is redefining the meaning of consistency. Windies captain Jason Holder had failed to ... Read More »

We have forced India to bring back Bumrah, Bhuvi: WI coach

PUNE: West Indies coach Stuart Law is happy that his batsmen have been able to “manufacture” changes in the Indian bowling line-up with their premier pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah set to play the final three ODIs. The Indian bowlers have conceded 320 plus scores on both ODIs in batting friendly conditions with both Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami ... Read More »

I don’t feel any sense of entitlement: Virat Kohli on 10,000 runs milestone

NEW DELHI: Performing for the country is “not a favour done to anyone”, and may be that is the reason even after 10 years of international cricket, Indian captain Virat Kohli feels “no sense of entitlement”. Kohli, who completed the fastest 10,000 ODI runs eclipsing Sachin Tendulkar by an astounding 54 innings, feels that “nothing should be taken for granted” ... Read More »

Virat Kohli @ 10K: Another day in office

VISAKHAPATNAM: By the time Virat Kohli finishes his stunning, milestone-laden international career, his unbeaten knock of 157 here might just be a footnote in the grander scheme of things. The West Indian attack is not what you would call menacing nor was the pitch the most daunting. Yet, for Kohli and the thousands of fans in the stadium, it’s unlikely ... Read More »

Unstoppable Kohli fastest to 10,000 ODI runs, breaks Tendulkar’s record

NEW DELHI: There’s no stopping Virat Kohli. Literally. The Indian captain, who is hands down the most prolific batsman in world cricket currently has now broken yet another record. The 29-year-old has become the fastest to complete 10,000 ODI runs. What will make this an extra special record for Kohli is the fact that he has broken his idol, the ... Read More »

Virat Kohli doesn’t seem human sometimes: Tamim Iqbal

DUBAI: In awe of Virat Kohli‘s batting prowess, Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal on Tuesday said the prolific Indian captain does not seem human sometimes. “I sometimes feel he is not human because of the way he performs, my goodness, the moment he comes out to bat, it looks like he is going to score a hundred every game,” Iqbal was ... Read More »

Rohit Sharma breaks Sachin Tendulkar and David Warner’s joint record

NEW DELHI: Rohit Sharma on Sunday broke master blaster Sachin Tendulkar and Australian opener David Warner’s joint record to become the first batsman with six 150-plus scores in One-Day Internationals (ODIs). READ ALSO: Rohit Sharma-Virat Kohli blitzkrieg steamrolls Windies Rohit, nicknamed ‘Hitman’ by some for his power-packed batting, notched up his 20th ODI century in the first ODI of the ... Read More »

Asian Champions Trophy Hockey: Skillful India tutor Pakistan with a 3-1 win

NEW DELHI: The traditional hockey wizardry was on display in Muscat on Saturday as India defeated arch-rivals Pakistan 3-1 with pure skill to register their second consecutive win in the ongoing Asian Men’s Champions Trophy. The World No. 13 Pakistan stunned India with a first-minute strike, but that woke the World No. 5 team up, led by captain Manpreet Singh‘s ... Read More »

When girls will want to beat Hima Das, then Indian athletics will be richer: Sanya

The inimitable Sanya Richards-Ross is right up there when it comes to a head count of modern Black American sporting idols. Originally from Jamaica, the Olympic gold-medal winning quarter-miler wears this immense responsibility lightly but with ferocious pride, adding a dash of feminine charm, a no-nonsense attitude, a keen awareness of sporting politics and a deep understanding of the mental ... Read More »

13 medals in eight sports: India’s young guns break barriers at 2018 YOG

NEW DELHI: India’s most prolific Asian Games earlier this year followed by the best ever show at the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, has dispelled doubts over country’s aspirations to make Tokyo 2020 a momentous occasion in its sporting history. From eight medals in the inaugural YOG eight years ago to 13 (3 gold, 9 silver, 1 ... Read More »

Asian Champions Trophy: India rout hosts Oman 11-0

NEW DELHI: India started their 2018 Men’s Hockey Asian Champions Trophy campaign on a blistering note as the visitors routed hosts Oman 11-0 in their opening match in Muscat on Thursday, led by a hat-trick from teenage striker Dilpreet Singh. As it happened: India vs Oman India didn’t start on a dominating note as they failed to score in the ... Read More »

Hardik Pandya: I am worthy enough to be talked about

MUMBAI: After enjoying resounding success in the early part of his career, the past year has been a reality check for Hardik Pandya. Touted as India’s next big all-round hope in Test cricket, he struggled to live up to the hype. However, two ordinary Test tours of South Africa and England, followed by a back injury which forced him to ... Read More »

WADA starts process to make ICC non-compliant over BCCI’s refusal

NEW DELHI: The International Cricket Council‘s (ICC) failure to convince one of its member board – the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) – to allow dope testing of its cricketers by the country’s anti-doping watchdog, NADA, has prompted the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to set in motion the process to make the ICC non-compliant to its revised ... Read More »