Want K L Rahul to be versatile ODI player like Dravid, says Indian coach 

If K L Rahul could adjust to opening the batting in the absence of Shikhar Dhawan, it will provide much-needed balance to the side, says assistant coach Sanjay Bangar, citing history when Rahul Dravid excelled in a similar role.  Continue Reading

World Cup: Pant asked to join Team India as cover for injured Dhawan

Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has been asked to board the earliest possible flight to England and join the Indian team as a cover for injured opener Shikhar Dhawan. Pant, however, will not be named as an official replacement of Dhawan as the Indian team management has decided to keep the opener under observation. Continue Reading

All-rounder Stoinis better than Hardik, says ex-Australian opener Hayden

Former Australian opener Matthew Hayden rates his countryman Marcus Stoinis above India’s promising all-rounder Hardik Pandya. Hayden, who turned out for his country in 103 Test matches, also feels that his compatriot and fast bowler Pat Cummins was likely to trouble India opener Shikhar Dhawan in the coming ODI and T20 between the two countries. Continue Reading

England can end World Cup drought, says former skipper Cook 

London: Alastair Cook believes England can end decades of World Cup disappointment with a triumph on home soil this year. England have never won the men’s World Cup, but with 100 days to go until the start of the latest edition, a team captained by Eoin Morgan are top of the 50-over world rankings. Continue Reading

Dhoni’s presence will be important in World Cup, says Yuvraj Singh

Dhoni’s place in the side has been a subject of debate owing to his inconsistent form but many, including former captain Sunil Gavaskar, have said his tremendous grasp of match situations makes him invaluable. Continue Reading

New Zealand T20: Indian bowlers fail to shake hosts who make 219/6

Unheralded wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Seifert took the Indian bowling attack to the cleaners with a scintillating 84 off 43 balls as New Zealand scored a commanding 219 for 6 in the first T20 International here today. Continue Reading

Fifth and final ODI at New Zealand: Dhoni boost for Team India

Pushed out of their comfort zone by some incisive swing bowling in challenging conditions, a jolted India will gain confidence from Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s return as they aim to finish the five-match series against New Zealand on a high here tomorrow. Continue Reading

Second one-dayer: Indian batsmen set 325-run target for New Zealand

India 324 for 4 in 50 overs (Rohit Sharma 87, Shikhar Dhawan 66; Mahendra Singh Dhoni 48 not out; Trent Boult 2/61, Lockie Ferguson 2/81) in the second one-dayer against New Zealand. Continue Reading