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Prit Patel 16 412 323 13 34
Vikram Chatur 17 400 411 28 19
Harsha Khandige 16 393 359 24 13
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Nirav Patel 20 370 209 13 41
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Sheshank Reddy 18 62 43 242 4
jaimin patel 17 60.2 43 248 4
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CRICKET NEWS

Inspirational: He lost both arms at 8 but now captain's a cricket team - Meet Amir Hussain Lone, who not only plays the game but is captain of the Jammu and Kashmir Para-cricket team.

How ICC used Amir to educate players on perils of 'fixing' - The International Cricket Council's Anti-Corruption Unit on Monday said tainted Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir's video in which he admitted his guilt and also described the after-effect of his wrongdoing is being used to educate cricketers about the consequences of indulging in corrupt practices like spot-fixing and match-fixing.

How legalising betting in India could prevent fixing in cricket - 'Where betting is legalised it is heavily regulated and they work in close conjunction with us, so it does assist us'

India captain Mithali Raj's suggestion to popularise women's cricket... - The ever-improving Indian women cricketers could get a chance to become household names, just like tennis star Sania Mirza and shuttle queen Saina Nehwal, by televising their matches, feels national team captain Mithali Raj.

PCB stops women's team from travelling to India for WT20 - PCB stops women's team from travelling to India for WT20 The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has stopped its national women's team from going to India until it gets written security assurances and guarantees for the World T20 in India.

Sehwag's WT20 semifinalists: India, SA, West Indies, NZ - Swashbuckling former India opener Virender Sehwag has picked India, New Zealand, South Africa and West Indies as the teams which will make the semifinals of the World T20 starting in India on March 8.

Simmons ruled out of World T20 owing to back injury - West Indies have dropped batsman Lendl Simmons from their Twenty20 World Cup squad owing to a back injury, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) said on Saturday.

Akram slams PCB for probing Pakistan's Asia Cup debacle - Former Pakistan captain and fast bowling great, Wasim Akram slammed the formation of an inquiry committee by the cricket board to probe into the team's poor show in the Asia Cup in Bangladesh.

Pak security team to visit India on Monday before World T20 - A three-member team constituted by the Pakistan government will depart for India on Monday to assess the security arrangements for the national team for the World T20 cricket tournament beginning next week.

Jonty hits out at Australia for omitting Nathan Lyon - Jonty Rhodes believes Australia's omission of spinner Nathan Lyon will hurt them in the World T20.

Goodbye, Genius - In Martin Crowe's death, cricket has lost one of its most iconic figures in recent memory, says Shakya Mitra.

Row over image of Taskin carrying Dhoni's severed head - A photograph posted by a Bangladeshi fan has gone viral and attracted massive outrage from Indian fans ahead of the Asia Cup final between India and Bangladesh on Sunday.

Shakib suffers injury but 'will play' in the final - There was some bad news in the Bangladesh camp ahead of their big Asia Cup Twenty20 final against India with vice-captain and top all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan sustaining a "left hip-flex injury" in a training session.

Mind games begin: Mashrafe calls India favourites - Mind games have begun ahead of the Asia Cup final played between host Bangladesh and India at Mirpur on Sunday.

Shastri has only one piece of advice for Team India... - The excitement of being in the Asia Cup final might be palpable in the Bangladesh camp but for India, Sunday's summit clash would be just another game in the tournament, says Team Director Ravi Shastri.

Watson to return amidst selection conundrum - National selector Mark Waugh has confirmed Shane Watson will play the final two T20 internationals against South Africa after missing the game one defeat in Durban.

Focus on Iyer as Mumbai face Rest of India in Irani Cup - The domestic season-ending five-day Irani Cup game between newly crowned Ranji Trophy champions Mumbai and the Rest of India, commencing in Mumbai from Sunday, will provide fringe players a good opportunity to stake claims for the national team.

Tough talk from Finch: Tone down bravado while facing spinners - Australia swashbuckling batsman Aaron Finch has called on his side to play 'smarter' cricket when facing spinners, following their three-wicket loss to South Africa in the opening Twenty20 of the three-match series in Durban.

Asia Cup: Can Bangladesh stop the UNSTOPPABLE Team India? - Unstoppable so far with clinical performances, a formidable India will square off against a passionate and sprightly Bangladesh in their quest for continental supremacy in the final of the Asia Cup Twenty20 cricket tournament, in Mirpur, on Sunday.

Windies' Russell set for World T20 despite doping violation - Andre Russell looks set to play in the World Twenty20 after the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission said on Friday the West Indies all-rounder would not be suspended pending a hearing into his "anti-doping whereabouts" rule violation.

David Miller blasts South Africa past Australia in first T20I - David Miller smashed an unbeaten 53 as South Africa claimed a three-wicket victory over Australia in the first Twenty20 International at Kingsmead on Friday.

Pakistan trump Sri Lanka to secure third spot - Pakistan's batting finally came good as they successfully chased down a competitive total posted by Sri Lanka to win by six wickets in an inconsequential final round robin league encounter of the Asia Cup Twenty20 cricket tournament in Mirpur on Friday.

World T20: Pak security team to visit India; participation in doubt - Concerned by fresh protests, Pakistan government has decided to send a security team to assess the situation in India before taking a final call on the team's participation in the upcoming T20 World Cup.

Petersen admits fixing approach in Ram Slam T20 - Former Proteas opener Alviro Petersen revealed that he was approached to 'fix matches' in the Ram Slam T20 Challenge, South Africa's domestic T20 tournament.

'I never felt like I was playing my first match' - A bundle of nerves ahead of his international debut in the ongoing Asia Cup, India all-rounder Pawan Negi said emotions were getting the better of him before senior players like skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni stepped in with their calming words.

If we play to our potential, we can beat India: Tamim - Senior Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal says his side is good enough to upstage formidable India and lift the Asia Cup trophy when the two teams clash on Sunday.

We assure foolproof security but ball in PCB court: BCCI - The BCCI on Friday assured foolproof security to Pakistan for the World Twenty20 in India, a day after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) threatened to pull out of the mega event citing safety concerns.

What do you think of Team India's World T20 jersey? - So, now you've seen the new-look Team India, do you like it? Tell us!

Martin Crowe and the catch that stamped his commitment to cricket - Kapil Dev's running catch at the boundary, to dismiss Viv Richards, is widely remembered by fans and cricketers alike, but Martin Crowe's effort to pocket a lunging catch and dismiss Zimbawe's Dave Houghton in the 1987 Reliance World Cup will always be special, reckons Siva Sankar

Centre to provide paramilitary for Indo-Pak tie: Home Minister - Amidst uncertainty hanging over the India-Pakistan World Twenty20 cricket match scheduled in Dharamsala, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said central paramilitary forces will be provided to ensure security for the March 19 event.

Back in the fold, Bhuvneshwar 'working on good slower delivery' - His confidence boosted after a two-wicket haul against the United Arab Emirates in the Asia Cup, India pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar says he is now working on a slower delivery to further polish his skills.

Bangladesh skipper hints at retirement - Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza, on Friday, hinted that he may end his international career after the 2016 season with the ICC World T20 in all likelihood his last global event.

All you need to know about World T20 2016 is HERE! - Factbox on the World Twenty20 in India from March 8-April 3.

World T20: Who will take home the big trophy? - With 35 matches spread over 27 days, World T20 looks set to illustrate once again just how skewed the 20-overs game is against bowlers.

Number crunching: India set new highs vs UAE - Statistician Rajneesh Gupta has interesting numbers from India's Asia Cup match against the UAE. Check them out.

Is it too late for Pakistan to make changes for T20 World Cup? - PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan has slammed the team's performance at the Asia Cup but admitted it was too late to make sweeping changes ahead of the World Twenty20 this month.

From top cricketer to hotelier: Ashraful is on a road to redemption - When Bangladesh take on India in the Asia Cup final, on Sunday, the immensely talented but disgraced Mohammad Ashraful will watch from the sidelines wondering why his moral compass deviated, leading to a match-fixing ban and a regret that will last a lifetime.

Can this Indian T20 team win anywhere in the world? - India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels the current Indian team is a "balanced" side which can "take on any team anywhere in the world" at least in the shortest format of the game after they notched up their ninth win in 10 matches.

Bangladesh's Shakib reprimanded for breaching ICC code of conduct - Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has received an official reprimand for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during his side's five-wicket win against Pakistan in their Asia Cup clash in Mirpur on Wednesday.

PHOTOS: Robin Uthappa marries longtime girlfriend Sheethal Goutham - Indian cricketer Robin Uthappa married his longtime girlfriend and former tennis player Sheethal Goutham in a private ceremony in Bangalore on Thursday.

'We'll have to come up with another big performance in the final' - Mahendra Singh Dhoni has said they will have to dish out a "big performance" against Bangladesh in the summit clash of the Asia Cup Twenty20 tournament if they desire to lift the trophy on Sunday.

Asia Cup: India thrash minnows UAE, end league campaign unbeaten - India maintained their all-win record by producing yet another resounding performance to thrash minnows United Arab Emirates by nine wickets in a lop-sided inconsequential round robin league match of the Asia Cup T20 tournament in Mirpur on Thursday.

Why Pakistan is again threatening to pull out of World T20... - The Pakistan Cricket Board on Thursday threatened to pull out of the forthcoming ICC World Twenty20 if they are not guaranteed foolproof security and a 'public statement' about its participation in the mega-event by the Indian government.

Supreme Court pulls up BCCI over reluctance to accept Lodha recommendations - The BCCI submitted a 60-page affidavit to the Supreme Court in which it stated it's opposition to certain points in the Lodha Committee report including one association and one vote for each state and also the inclusion of a representative of the Comptroller and auditor general (CAG) in the Board.

Ex-servicemen adamant on cancellation of India-Pakistan WT20 match in Dharamsala - Uncertainty refused to die down over the fate of the high-profile match between India and Pakistan in the upcoming World Twenty20 as the ex-servicemen league's state chief on Thursday vehemently protested against hosting of the game in Dharamsala, saying the 'matter is non-negotiable'.

Cricketers Kulkarni, Uthappa tie the knot - India pacer Dhawal Kulkarni tied the nuptial knot with Shradha Kharpude, while Robin Uthappa also tied the knot with tennis player Sheethal Goutham.

'Martin Crowe was probably the best batsman against reverse swing' - Waqar Younis, one of the greatest practitioners of reverse swing, hailed former New Zealand captain Martin Crowe, who passed away today, as the "best batsman" when it came to tackling the difficult art.

Indian team, Gavaskar pay tribute to Kiwi legend Crowe - Batting legend Sunil Gavaskar hailed former New Zealand captain Martin Crowe, who passed away on Thursday, as one of the best batsmen in the history of the sport and a good thinker of the game.

Tough for pacers to choose between country and IPL: McGrath - Australia's pace great Glenn McGrath says it's getting increasingly difficult for present day fast bowlers to choose between representing the country or be lured by the quick buck of the Indian Premier League.

5 months after pulling out of IPL deal, Pepsi back as BCCI sponsor - Beverage major PepsiCo, which pulled out as title sponsors of BCCI's Indian Premier League in October, on Thursday entered into a four-year partnership with the apex cricket body as an associate sponsor for all its international matches at home.

Cricketers who lost their battle to the Big C - On Thursday morning, the world woke up to the news of the death of iconic New Zealand cricketer Martin Crowe. A teenage prodigy, who went on to carve an illustrious career with his superlative batting and smart captaincy, lost his three-year long battle against cancer at the age of 53.

World T20 to be Shastri's last assignment as team director? - The upcoming World T20 could turn out to be Ravi Shastri's last assignment as team director with the Board of Control for Cricket in India hinting that India may appoint a coach for the national team after the mega-event.

Check out Team India's new kit for World T20 - The Indian men's and women's cricket teams will take the field in the upcoming World Twenty20 Championships wearing brand new kits unveiled by Nike on Thursday.

Thakur hopeful of Indo-Pak WT20 match in Dharamsala, BCCI has no plan B - The Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Anurag Thakur on Thurday said he is hopeful of the Himachal Pradesh government giving the go ahead for the World Twenty20 match between India and Pakistan in Dharamsala following a meeting with state Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh.

'Crowe was a deep and innovative thinker of the game' - In a statement, ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said Crowe was a true legend of the game who had earned the admiration and respect of millions of cricket fans across the globe with his stylish stroke-play and strong-minded determination.

'Virat has turned into someone who reads the game very well' - Mahendra Singh Dhoni has said Virat Kohli's hunger to succeed is something that makes him special.

How Imran Khan reacted after Pakistan's Asia Cup exit... - Pakistan's legendary cricketer Imran Khan has stressed the need for his country's side to play ' correct combination' to succeed while maintaining that the nation has 'enough talent'.

'Pandya is the reason why our team is looking more balanced' - India's limited-overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has yet again extolled in-form all-rounder Hardik Pandya.

Why Steyn fears for future of fast bowlers... - In the wake of increasing dominance of batsmen in cricket, South Africa pace spearhead Dale Steyn believes that fast bowling would disappear if future generations focus solely on their work with the willow.

Mashrafe Mortaza: Pakistan's envy and Bangladesh's pride - Call it a compulsion, but sporting achievements are often measured by numbers in hand and that is precisely why it will be difficult to analyse Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza's influence and contribution in the country's ever-growing cricketing ambitions.

What Pakistan needs to do to start winning again - Saqlain Mushtaq says the cricket authorities must seek help of former greats to find solutions for the batting woes, afflicting the national team.

Windies all-rounder Russell faces ban for doping violation - West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell has committed an "anti-doping whereabouts" rule violation, the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) told Reuters on Wednesday.

Martin Crowe: From self-doubting prodigy to cricket icon - New Zealand's finest batsman was defined by one innings, one tournament and one seriously damaged knee.

The legend of Martin Crowe - The cricketing life of Martin Crowe, who passed into the ages on March 3.

Former New Zealand captain Martin Crowe dies aged 53 - Former New Zealand cricket captain Martin Crowe died after a long battle with cancer. He was 53.

'I congratulate India and Bangladesh for qualifying for the final' - Pakistan crashed out of the final of the Asia Cup cricket tournament after losing by five wickets to hosts Bangladesh here and skipper Shahid Afridi conceded that his side committed "too many mistakes" which cost them dearly.

Asia Cup: Bangladesh upset Pakistan, set up title date with India - Bangladesh defeated Pakistan by five wickets to qualify for the final of the Asia Cup.

Stalemate over Indo-Pak WT20 match in Dharamsala continues... - Uncertanity over the marque Twenty20 World Cup match between India and Pakistan at Dharamshala continues even after a meeting between BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur and Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh.

'Nehra will struggle even in 50 overs leave aside Test cricket' - Aaqib Javed has said that Ashish Nehra is a short term solution to India's fast bowling problems.

I don't see Bumrah playing 10 years of injury-free cricket: Aaqib - Former Pakistan fast bowler and current United Arab Emirates coach Aaqib Javed feels that Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah will "find it difficult" to sustain for long without injury in international cricket with his unusual action.

Laxman asked me if I would be interested in coaching India: Hussey - Michael Hussey was approached by former India batsman VVS Laxman for the job of Team India head coach, the ex-Australian cricketer has revealed in his latest book.

'The Indians have been patient with their team picked for WT20' - If veteran Sri Lankan allrounder Angelo Mathews is to believed, the key to India's success in the T20 format has been identifying the core group of players and then forming a winning combination with it.

Dhoni's take: Why the T20 format suits India best - The emergence of young Jasprit Bumrah as a potent death overs bowler has come as a huge relief for Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who complimented the Gujarat lad for being equally effective with the new ball.

Harbhajan, Negi may finally get a game as India face minnows UAE - Having already secured their place in the final with three back-to-back wins, India are set to field their benched players against minnows United Arab Emirates (UAE) in their final league encounter of the Asia Cup T20 tournament, in Mirpur, on Thursday.

Number crunching: Bowlers, Kohli star in win over Lanka - Virat Kohli's unbeaten 56 off 47 balls, Yuvraj Singh's explosive 35 off 18 balls and a clinical bowling performance helped India edge out Sri Lanka by five wickets to storm into the final of Asia Cup.

Why Yuvraj believes he has rediscovered his golden touch - Flamboyant left-handed batsman Yuvraj Singh says he felt like he rediscovered his old touch en route to a breezy 35, which played a pivotal role in India's five-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup match, in Mirpur, on Tuesday.

Former ICC chief urges PCB to pull out of Dharamsala WT20 tie - Sources in the PCB said that alternate venues such as Mohali and Kolkata had been discussed by Manohar and Shaharyar Khan but nothing was final as yet.

Fit-again Steyn returns to boost Proteas for T20s vs Australia - An 'energised' Dale Steyn has passed his fitness tests and will play for South Africa in their three-match Twenty20 International series against Australia starting in Durban on Friday.

Yuvraj, Kohli power India into Asia Cup final - Indian bowlers once again put up an impressive performance by restricting Sri Lanka to a modest 138 for nine in the third round robin encounter of the Asia Cup Twenty20 cricket tournament in Dhaka on Tuesday.

Kohli enjoying taking team out of crunch situations - Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said he was happy that the likes of Yuvraj Singh came good in the match.

Miandad questions Afridi's place in Pakistan team - Pakistan's former captain Javed Miandad has blasted the national team and made it clear that the current T20 captain Shahid Afridi didn't deserve a place in the side.

ED gets court nod to extradite Lalit Modi from United Kingdom - A special court on Tuesday issued an order allowing the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to begin extradition proceedings against former IPL chairman Lalit Modi in connection with its money laundering probe against him and others.

Home Ministry may play mediator on Indo-Pak WT20 match in Dharamsala - The Home Ministry may play the role of mediator between the BCCI and the Himachal Pradesh government, which expressed its inability to provide security to the India-Pakistan World Twenty20 match scheduled to be held in Dharamsala on March 19.

How Dravid plans to revive Delhi Daredevils' fortunes in IPL 9 - Delhi Daredevils, one of the worst-performing franchises in the history of the Indian Premier League, have turned to former India captain and ex-Rajasthan Royals mentor Rahul Dravid to take their charge of their team in the upcoming ninth season of Twenty20 extravaganza, starting next month.

India are favourites at World Twenty20: Sehwag - India have a perfect mix of world class performers and that makes them hot favourites at the upcoming World Twenty20, former batsman Virender Sehwag has said.

Dravid to mentor Delhi Daredevils in IPL 9; Upton named coach - Dravid recently coached the Indian team at the Under-19 World Cup. He was mentor of Rajasthan Royals in the last two seasons of the IPL before the franchise was suspended from the T20 tournament for two years by the Justice Lodha Committee in the aftermath of the spot-fixing scandal that rocked the sixth edition of the T20 tournament in 2013.

South Africa's WT20-bound spinner Phangiso suspended over illegal action - South Africa left-arm spinner Aaron Phangiso will miss the first two Twenty20 Internationals against Australia this week after his action was found to be illegal by the International Cricket Council's testing laboratory.

Himachal doesn't want to host India v Pak WT20 tie, BCCI in a fix - The much-awaited India-Pakistan World Twenty20 clash is in jeopardy after the Himachal Pradesh government expressed its inability to provide security for the match, leaving the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in a bind with Board Secretary Anurag Thakur saying that the state should not 'play politics'.

PMG sign rising India Under-19 star Rishab Pant - India's leading sports management company, Professional Management Group (PMG) has signed promising batting talent Rishabh Pant, on a five-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

Ambrose tips West Indies to win World T20 - Curtly Ambrose, the West Indies pace legend and the team's bowling consultant, backed it to win the ICC World Twenty20 2016. The squad, he said, had numerous match-winners suited for the format.

McDermott to quit as Australia's bowling coach - Craig McDermott, who took 291 wickets in 71 Tests for Australia, turned down a contract extension so he could concentrate on his outside business interests

Aussie quick Pattinson sidelined once again - Australia pace bowler James Pattinson has suffered a recurrence of shin soreness that kept him on the sidelines for much of January and been ordered to rest for the remainder of the season.

Should India play World T20 match against Pakistan in Dharamshala? - Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh asserted that the much awaited World T20 match between India and Pakistan, slated to be played on March 19, should not be held in Dharamshala.

'We would have liked to play against UAE before playing India' - After surviving early jolts in the chase against UAE, Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi said his team must cut down on mistakes to have any chance of beating the bigger teams in the Asia Cup.

Asia Cup T20: Malik, Akmal bail out Pakistan against UAE - Pakistan survived a top-order collapse before completing a seven-wicket win over United Arab Emirates in their second round robin league match of the Asia Cup T20 tournament on Monday.

Mustafizur out of Asia Cup with side strain, Tamim called - Hosts Bangladesh were on Monday dealt a telling blow as their strike bowler Mustafizur Rahman was ruled out of the Asia Cup due to a Grade I side strain sustained during the home team's win against Sri Lanka.

'The prospect of playing India again in final will spur Pakistan' - Pakistan's chief selector Haroon Rasheed has had a pep talk with the national team members and is confident that they can still qualify for the final in the ongoing Asia Cup.

ICC, Indian govt responsible for Pak's security: PCB boss - The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan has said that it is the joint responsibility of the International Cricket Council (ICC) and Indian government to ensure best security for the Pakistan team in the World T20.

BCCI media manager cleared of Conflict of Interest charge - The Board of Control for Cricket in India's ombudsman, Justice (Retd) A P Shah, has dismissed allegations of 'Conflict of Interest' against the its media manager, Nishant Arora, saying the charges levelled by independent activist Neeraj Gunde "cannot be an issue of consideration".

Team keen on rematch with India, says Malik - Pakistan's experienced all-rounder Shoaib Malik has said that he and his teammates are keen to set up a rematch with India in the final of the Asia Cup tournament in Bangladesh.

Rohit misses practice, Shikhar rusty at training session - Nursing a toe injury, India opener Rohit Sharma on Monday skipped the team's training session and is likely to miss Tuesday's Asia Cup T20 match against Sri Lanka in Mipur.

Taylor confident of gaining full fitness for World T20 - New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor is confident he will be back to full fitness by the start of the World T20 in India after making his comeback from injury by participating in a domestic competition in Wellington.

Why Ashwin won't complain about pitches - India's premier spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has no complaints about the seaming track at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium in Mirpur despite it not offering much assistance to the spinners. The off-spinner believes it is important to understand the different conditions and adapt accordingly.

Asia Cup: Fresh injury concerns for India against depleted Sir Lanka - Injuries to key players such as skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Rohit Sharma is giving them the jitters but India would still be firm favourites when they take on a depleted and struggling Sri Lanka in their penultimate league encounter of the Asia Cup Twenty20 cricket tournament, in Mirpur, on Tuesday.

Pakistan in good shape for World T20: Misbah - Despite losing their first Asia Cup encounter against arch-rivals India, Pakistan's former T20 captain Misbah-ul-Haq feels Shahid Afridi's boys look in good shape for the crucial World T20 to be held in India in March.

PIX: Kohli and Raina are entertainers off the field too! - India's flamboyant batsman Virat Kohli after steering India to an emphatic win over Pakistan during the Asia Cup, took charge of the microphone and started humming some songs.

Proteas pick Pitbull's 'Fireball' as theme song in quest for WT20 glory - Cricket South Africa on Monday unveiled the Proteas T20 squad's theme song and campaign ahead of the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 tournament which takes place in India next month.

Kohli vs Aamir is as exciting as Shoaib vs Tendulkar? Tell Us! - From Eden Gardens to Centurion, Shoaib Akhtar has had many memorable on-field battles with India's batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar and he feels that Mohammed Aamir and Virat Kohli's face-offs will also go down the cricket history as one of the epic duels.

Asia Cup: Bangladesh upset Sri Lanka; keep hopes alive - Bangladesh registered a 23-run upset victory over defending champions Sri Lanka in a round robin league encounter to keep their hopes alive of qualifying for the final of Asia Cup T20 cricket tournament, in Mirpur, on Sunday.

5 Reasons why Kohli went into 'non-T20' zone against Pakistan - India's flamboyant batsman Virat Kohli has conceded that the Pakistani attack he faced in the Asia Cup T20 was one of the most challenging spells of fast bowling but nonetheless expressed delight that his side had the last laugh as he guided India to a five-wicket victory.

Why Ashwin is rated above Nathan Lyon... - Pakistan spin legend Saqlain Mushtaq has described Ravichandran Ashwin as a 'world-class bowler', insisting that the Indian star spinner is way ahead of his contemporaries.

Kohli fined for showing dissent at umpire - Virat Kohli has been fined 30 per cent of his match fee for showing dissent at the umpire after being adjudged lbw during his side's Asia Cup T20 match against Pakistan in Mirpur.

Injury scare for Rohit Sharma? - India opener Rohit Sharma underwent a precautionary x-ray, on Sunday, after being hit on the left toe in the very first ball he faced against Pakistan.

How India has turned the table on Pakistan... - Pakistan teams of the bygone era, were better while India now have a more compact side.

'What Aamir did was his fault, no one should cry' - Pakistan coach Waqar Younis has termed Mohammed Aamir's performance against India as 'outstanding' but at the same time said his sufferings in the last five years after being convicted for spot-fixing has been his own fault for which no one should feel bad.

After another loss to India, Pakistani fans burn Afridi's effigies - Pakistani cricket fans and former players have reacted with disappointment and anger to the national team's defeat against arch-rivals India in their Asia Cup Twenty20 match.

'India is going to be very tough to beat in the World T20' - Australia skipper Steve Smith is determined to secure the one major international trophy his country has never won but thinks India are going to be tough to beat when they host the World Twenty20 next month.

Even if I play a defensive shot, the intent is positive: Kohli - Virat Kohli has said that he likes to counter attack.

'More than the runs scored, how many balls Yuvi faced was crucial' - Indian limited overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has praised Yuvraj Singh's gritty innings against Pakistan and feels more than amount of runs scored, the number of balls faced was important.

'Kohli has been consistent and ready to take extra responsibility' - Mahendra Singh Dhoni has expressed happiness that Virat Kohli has time and again shouldered extra responsibility in pressure situations but refused to draw comparisons about whether the Delhi batsman was the best India has ever produced in crisis situations.

'Not sure if Asia Cup is good advertisement for T20 cricket' - India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels that the 22-yard-strip at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium is certainly "not ideal" for the batsmen to try and practice attacking shots keeping the ICC World T20 in mind.

Dhoni takes a dig at match officials... - India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is not at all pleased with the use of some of the umpiring devices like ear-piece which he feels prevents the on-field official from hearing snicks and edges in a packed stadium.

Asia Cup PIX: Kohli steers India to victory after Aamir's fiery spell - Images from the Asia Cup T20 cricket match between India and Pakistan on Saturday.

Kohli explains why he bats at No 3 - Counter-attacking is the game I play, that's why I bat at No 3, says Virat Kohli.

Stats Pack: Kohli is Pakistan's nemesis again - Rajneesh Gupta has some interesting numbers from the match. Check them out.

Huge demand for tickets for India-Pakistan World T20 clash at Dharamsala - The online sale of tickets for the much-awaited India-Pakistan clash in the World T20 tournament in Dharamsala on March 19 has received an overwhelming 138101 registrations in just two days, Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association officials said on Saturday.

Nagpur gets a glimpse of World T20 trophy - India pacer Umesh Yadav was the cynosure of all eyes at an event in Nagpur on Saturday when the ICC World T20 trophies were introduced to the Orange City as part of the tournament's host city tour.

Kohli's Pakistani fan who hoisted tricolour granted bail - Umar Daraz, the die-hard Pakistani fan of Virat Kohli, who was arrested last month for hoisting the Indian flag on the rooftop of his house, has been granted bail by a court.

Sri Lanka unhappy with Jayawardena's English job - Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has expressed disappointment at former captain Mahela Jayawardene taking up the role of consultant with the England team for the upcoming ICC World T20.

Plunkett replaces injured Finn in England World T20 squad - Fast bowler Liam Plunkett has replaced Steven Finn in England's 15-man squad for next month's World Twenty20 tournament in India.

Bangladesh open account with 51-run win over UAE - Mahmudullah Riyadh produced an all-round effort to guideBangladesh to a comprehensive 51-run win against United Arab Emirates, as the host opened their account in the Asia Cup T20 tournament in Mirpur on Friday.

Let's not get carried away with Pakistan's bowling attack: Gavaskar - Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar feels Indian batting is equipped to handle Pakistan pacers, who will have to deal with the dashing opening duo of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan when the arch-rivals clash in Asia Cup in Mirpur, on Saturday.

MCA's Rs 2 crore bounty for its Ranji Trophy champs - The Mumbai squad led by Aditya Tare, which thrashed Saurashtra by an innings and 21 runs in the Ranji Trophy final inside three days, has earned a cash bonus of Rs 2 crore from the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA).

Dhoni skips nets; arch-rivals don't interact - Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and veteran pacer Ashish Nehra on Friday did not come for Indian team's pre-match day training after being advised rest ahead of the crucial Asia Cup T20 game against Pakistan, in Fatullah on Saturday.

Mumbai rout Saurashtra to win 41st Ranji Trophy title - Mumbai crushed Saurashtra by an innings and 21 runs in the final to win their 41st Ranji Trophy title, in Pune, on Friday.

'Amazing feeling', says Mumbai run machine Iyer after Ranji triumph - Batting sensation Shreyas Iyer was jubilant after finishing as the leading scorer in the Ranji Trophy this season and helping Mumbai win their 41st crown in the country's premier domestic cricket tournament.

It's my pacers against Dhoni's batsmen: Afridi - Supremely confident of his pace attack, Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi on Friday said his fast bowlers are capable of sending the Indian top-order packing in the first six overs itself when the two teams lock horns in the Asia Cup T20 group league match, in Fatullah on Saturday.

We have a plan against all Pakistani bowlers: Rohit - Indian opener Rohit Sharma said that the team will not only be thinking of Pakistan's ace pacer Muhammed Amir, who has made a successful comeback after being suspended owing to match-fixing, but the team has a plan to counter all bowlers from the arch-rivals.

Eyes fixed on Amir as India take on Pakistan in Asia Cup - World cricket's most intriguing rivalry will once again be renewed when India take on an unpredictable Pakistan with rehabilitated pacer Mohammad Aamir being the focus of attention in a round-robin league encounter of the Asia Cup T20 tournament, in Mirpur, on Saturday.

Indian eves demolish Sri Lanka in Ranchi T20I to complete whitewash - The Indian women's team dished out a clinical performance to thrash Sri Lanka by nine wickets in the third and final Twenty20 International and complete a 3-0 series whitewash, in Ranchi.

Virat Kohli tops Forbes Asia list - Indian batting mainstay Virat Kohli, tennis star Sania Mirza and top-seeded badminton player Saina Nehwal lead the pack of over 50 Indians in Forbes' inaugural list of top promising young leaders and game changers under the age of 30 in Asia.

'Whatever painkillers and injections that needs to be taken, I will take' - Sri Lanka's Twenty20 captain and strike bowler Lasith Malinga has hinted that he might call time on his international career after the International Cricket Council World T20 in India as he is finding it difficult to manage a grave knee injury.

Asia Cup: Malinga slings it in Lanka's favour to end UAE's challenge - Sri Lanka compensated for their batting failure with a disciplined bowling performance to beat United Arab Emirates by 14 runs in a round robin league encounter of the Asia Cup Twenty20, in Mirpur on Thursday.

No bilateral series in India until BCCI agrees to our home series: PCB - 'India owes us two home series and we want them to first fulfill this obligation to us'

As Viv Richards bid fails, PCB eyes Sangakkara - PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan told the media that negotiations with Richards were wrapped up as the two parties could not agree on financial details and the West Indian legend also had prior commitments.

Opening the innings is an added responsibility: Rohit - The in-form Rohit Sharma says being entrusted with the task of opening the innings in limited overs cricket has put added responsibility on his shoulders.

Ranji final: Iyer's ton hands Mumbai slender first innings lead - Shreyas Iyer scored a fine century to enable Mumbai take the first innings lead against Saurashtra on the second day of the five-day Ranji Trophy final, in Pune, on Thursday. The 21-year-old, who registered his sixth first-class century while scoring 117 off 142 balls, that included 15 boundaries and two sixes, singlehandedly guided Mumbai to 262 for 8 off 66 overs, in reply to Saurashtra's 235 all out.

South Africa pacer Tsotsobe probed for match-fixing - South Africa fast bowler Lonwabo Tsotsobe is reportedly under investigation in a match-fixing case that has already seen one of the country's former international players banned for 20 years.

Pakistan team gets government nod to tour India for WT20 - The Pakistan government on Thursday allowed its cricket team to participate in next month's World Twenty20 in India but has requested "special security arrangements" for the side during the event.

Asia Cup stats: Rohit, Nehra set new milestones - Statistical highlights of the opening Asia Cup 2016 match between India and Bangladesh, in Mirpur, Bangladesh.

Harbhajan not treated well by Indian cricket: Saqlain - Practitioners of the same art do have fellow feelings and no wonder pioneer of 'doosra' Saqlain Mushtaq feels sad about the manner in which the senior India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has been sidelined by the team management.

Nehra has proved age is just a number: Gavaskar - Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar heaped praise on veteran seamer Ashish Nehra, saying he's a crafty bowler who has proved that "age is just a number".

South Africa spinner Phangiso reported for suspect action - South Africa's Aaron Phangiso has been reported for a suspected illegal bowling action just weeks before the left-arm spinner will represent the national side at the World Twenty20 in India.

Siddle's career in doubt following stress fracture - Australia fast bowler Peter Siddle faces a "significant" stint on the sidelines after being diagnosed with a stress fracture in his back, the country's cricket board said on Thursday.

Six Indians in ICC match officials' list for World T20 - Six Indians, including match referee Javagal Srinath, on Thursday found a place in the ICC's 31-strong Playing Control Team for next month's World Twenty20, which will also feature women match officials for the first time.

I believe I am a proper batsman, not a pinch-hitter: Pandya - Whacking the ball hard and far is his natural style but fast-rising Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya insists he is a proper batsman and not merely a pinch-hitter.

Dhoni hails Nehra's "discipline", Yuvi's "approach" - Exactly a year ago when India were playing the 50-over World Cup, it was difficult to imagine Yuvraj Singh making a comeback into the team that was brimming with youthful exuberance.

Some of the stuff was pretty derogatory and vulgar: Warner - Australia vice captain David Warner has accused New Zealand fans of going "too far" in their abuse of the tourists during the two-test series which concluded on Wednesday.

'I am expected to score 25 runs in 10 balls, which is difficult' - India's limited-overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni says his role with bat has changed a bit in recent times as he is expected to score 20-25 runs in the 10-15 balls he normally gets to play.

Inconsistency haunts New Zealand cricket at end of McCullum era - New Zealand's 2-0 series defeat on home pitches by Australia was a disappointing end to the Brendon McCullum era and showed the Black Caps have work to do if they hope to consistently challenge the top test nations.

'Batting is Hardik's strength but he is a useful third seamer too' - Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is impressed by Hardik Pandya's cameo in India's convincing win in the Asia Cup T20 opener against Bangladesh and called the young all-rounder an "overall package" who could be promoted in the batting order in the coming days.

It's important for me to start afresh and not look back: Rohit - Rohit Sharma is going through a purple patch at the moment.

PHOTOS: Rohit shines as India crush Bangladesh in Asia Cup opener - Rohit Sharma slammed a quickfire 83 to power India to a comprehensive 45-run victory against Bangladesh in the first match of the Asia Cup T20 tournament in Dhaka, on Wednesday.

Australia regain ICC Test mace; also finish No 1-ranked ODI team - Australia regained the prestigious ICC Test mace and also won a cash award of $1million after beating New Zealand in the Christchurch Test by seven wickets and winning the series 2-0 on Wednesday. Australia finished two points ahead of India with 112 points in the final series before the April 1 cut-off date.

Ranji final: Vasavada rallies Saurashtra after Kulkarni wreaks havoc - Comeback man Dhawal Kulkarni wreaked havoc with the new ball to hand Mumbai the initial edge in their quest for 41st Ranji Trophy title by reducing Saurashtra to 192 for eight in the first innings on the opening day of the summit clash, in Pune on Wednesday.

ICC World Twenty20: Tickets to go on sale from Wednesday - The ICC has begun the sale of tickets for the World T20 in India on its website from Wednesday. The delay in sale of tickets has affected the travel plans for fans from across the world.

Lot of pressure on me that I shouldn't retire from T20: Afridi - He holds the record for playing most number of matches in T20Is (90). Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi will be taking part in his 6th ICC World T20 event, scheduled to be held in India in March.

Steyn returns to competitive cricket with eye on World T20 - South African speedster Dale Steyn, who has been marred by a string of injuries (groin and shoulder), will be returning to competitive cricket in a club game in Cape Town.

Smith leads Australia back to Test summit - Australia returned to the top of the Test world rankings on Wednesday after Steve Smith and Adam Voges steered the tourists to victory in the second Test against New Zealand to seal a comprehensive 2-0 series win.

Virat is going to be one of best skippers: Srikkanth - Former Indian captain Kris Srikkanth feels Test skipper Virat Kohli will turn out to be one of the best leaders ever for the cricket team, given his "adaptability skills".

Indian eves beat SL in 2nd T20, clinch series - The Indian women's cricket team survived a mid-innings collapse to beat Sri Lanka by five wickets in the second Twenty20 International to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series, in Ranchi on Wednesday.

Smith wants Australia to keep enjoying life at the top - Australia have achieved what Steve Smith set out to do when he assumed the captaincy last year by climbing to the top of the test rankings after beating New Zealand on Wednesday with the batsman admitting the trick now "was to stay there".

I am looking forward to the next stage of my life: McCullum - New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum expected to wake up on Thursday feeling "a bit dusty", hopefully with his cricket gear still intact rather than ceremonially burnt to a cinder and looking ahead to not doing a lot.

Smith charged with dissent, takes it on the chin after win - Steve Smith's joy at leading Australia to a Test series win over New Zealand that took them back to the top of the world rankings on Wednesday was tempered by the news he had been charged with dissent for his role in a confrontation with an umpire.

Rest was important as I was playing non-stop cricket: Kohli - Virat Kohli is happy that to have got a three-week break from the game post the Australia tour.

First Look: 2016 Asia Cup Trophy - The trophy was displayed by the captains of the participating nations.

Dhoni skips nets session as Team India players go through the grind - Uncertain for Wednesday's Asia Cup opener against Bangladesh, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni skipped the entire training session of the Indian cricket team in Fatullah on Tuesday even though he accompanied the team to the ground.

'Changing Asia Cup format is a sensible decision' - Former India cricketers tell Bikash Mohapatra/Rediff.com why it makes sense to change the Asia Cup format keeping in mind upcoming world events.

Does 'opener' Parthiv fit Dhoni's No 6 slot? - 'Parthiv has to bat at No. 6, and in that position it is a different ball game.'

Kohli sees Asia Cup as whole package before WT20 - Indian batting mainstay Virat Kohli said the Asia Cup starting in Mirpur, on Wednesday, is a perfect platform to assess the team's strengths, weaknesses and its current standing on the global stage ahead of the big-ticket World Twenty20 next month.

Mighty Mumbai eye 41st Ranji title against Saurashtra - A young but mighty Mumbai have history and form firmly on their side when they chase their 41st Ranji Trophy title by locking horns with Saurashtra, who are taking a rare shot at domestic cricket's biggest prize, in the summit showdown beginning in Pune from Wednesday.

Bangladesh pacer Rubel Hossain faces punishment - Bangladeshi cricketer Mohammad Rubel Hossain has been temporarily excluded from the new central contract for not following injury rehabilitation guidelines.

Who the f*** is the third umpire, fumes Hazlewood - Australian pace bowler Josh Hazlewood pleaded guilty to a dissent charge after launching an expletive-laden tirade when a decision went against him in the second Test versus New Zealand on Tuesday.

Mustafizur spices up the game, says Kohli - Virat Kohli was all praise for Bangladesh's Mustafizur Rahman, the pacer who tormented the Indians during their last visit where they lost the ODI series 1-2.

Kohli happy to see tainted Aamir back in international cricket - The jury is still out on whether Pakistan pacer Mohammad Aamir, who returned to international cricket after serving a five-year ban for his role in spot-fixing, should have been allowed to return to cricket but Indian vice-captain Virat Kohli is 'happy' to see the talented left-arm pacer back.

Kohli can't strike big sixes and he knows it! - He is among the most dreaded batsmen in international cricket right now but Indian swashbuckler Virat Kohli says he has made peace with one short coming in his game, that he can't strike big sixes.

Australia in charge at Hagley Oval, close in on No.1 Test ranking - Joe Burns and Usman Khawaja reduced Australia's victory target to 131 runs with nine wickets in hand at the end of the fourth day of the second Test against New Zealand at Hagley Oval on Tuesday.

Dhoni doubtful as India eye revenge against Bangladesh - For India, who are considered as title contenders, a good showing in the Asia Cup will give them the much-needed boost going into the World T20.

Pakistan pick Sharjeel, Sami for Asia Cup, World T20 - The Pakistan Cricket Board has included opener Sharjeel Khan and fast bowler Muhammad Sami in the squad for the upcoming Asia Cup and World T20 tournaments after injuries to Babar Azam and Ruman Raees.

'My memory is not that good, I've forgotten the losses in B'desh' - The last time India visited Bangladesh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men had a forgettable outing as slumped to their first-ever ODI series loss (1-2) against the hosts. However, team director Ravi Shastri does not remember those demoralizing defeats.

England coach Bayliss urges his batsmen to improve shot execution - 'In India the wickets and grounds are fairly quick so you have only got to play proper cricket shots and the ball will go for four and six'

Asia Cup: Getting off to a positive start will be key for India - Team Director Ravi Shastri expects a winning start from his Indian players in the Asia Cup, which kick-starts in Fatullah, in Bangladesh, on Wednesday.

How PCB is planning to revive international cricket in Pakistan - Pakistan's cricket authorities are making strong attempts to invite a Commonwealth XI side this year in a bid to revive international cricket in the country.

Asia Cup: Dhoni injured in training, Parthiv called in as back-up - India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's participation in the Asia Cup is in doubt after he suffered an injury during a training session in Dhaka on Monday.

MCA to move SC on Lodha panel recommendations - Mumbai Cricket Association, headed by former BCCI President Sharad Pawar, would file an intervention application before the Supreme Court to highlight the difficulties in implementing Justice R M (retired) Lodha Committee's recommendations to restructure the Board.

Why India needs to be wary of South Africa in upcoming World T20... - South Africa's swashbuckling batsman AB de Villiers has admitted that he is not satisfied with his current T20 record despite playing a major role in his side's two-match series win against England.

Anuja powers India Women to 34-run win over SL - Anuja Patil produced a cameo with the bat to lift the team to 130 and then took three wickets to guide India Women to a 34-run win over Sri Lanka Women in the first Twenty20 International on Monday.

'Cricketer can earn Rs 10 crore for playing 40 days' - Former captain Kapil Dev doffed his hat at the rise of cricket as a career option for youngsters, saying that parents now encourage their children to take up the game to earn a living.

Sheffield Shield: Indian origin teenager in NSW squad - Young off-spinner Arjun Nair, the Canberra-born son of Indian immigrants, has been included in the New South Wales (NSW) squad for their upcoming Sheffield Shield match against South Australia.

Christchurch Test: Pattinson bowls Australia into winning position - James Pattinson grabbed three wickets to brighten Australia's prospects of a comprehensive victory in the second Test against New Zealand with the hosts reeling at 121 for four by the end of the third day on Monday.

3 Reasons why New Zealand can still steal victory against Australia - Kane Williamson was looming as the difference between a comfortable Australian win in the second Test against New Zealand and a match situation that could tip the scales either way, according to both sides.

Scuffed ball downplayed as Australia push for win - Both Australia and New Zealand played down any significance of the umpires warning the visitors for throwing the ball to wicketkeeper Peter Nevill on the bounce in order to aid its deterioration during the third day of the second Test on Monday.

'Indian team for World T20 is a good mix of youth and experience' - Suresh Raina has no problems batting at No 4 in the Indian team despite being a No 3 batsman for Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

'We will try to give every player a chance in the Asia Cup' - Indian limited overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has indicated that the team would look to give everyone a chance in the upcoming Asia Cup so as to get their balance right ahead of the World T20.

When Sachin Tendulkar didn't play a single cover-drive... - Ricky Ponting has revealed that the Australian team at one point in time had spent hours coming up with plans for Sachin Tendulkar.

'India's looks like a very balanced squad ahead of the World T20' - India's limited overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has asserted that his team is shaping up well for the upcoming big-ticket ICC World Twenty20.

2nd T20: De Villiers, Amla help Proteas tame England, win series 2-0 - Openers AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla broke the backs of English bowlers, blasting a 125-run opening stand to beat England by 9 wickets in the 2nd T20 International at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Sunday.

Dhoni loses his cool, says same retirement question won't change answer - Exasperated by the never-ending speculation around his retirement, India's limited overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday said being questioned about it at every platform will not change his plan to continue playing for a "considerable period" of time.

'Scared' Russell equates playing in Pakistan to war-torn Iraq - West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell has expressed his willingness to play the second season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in the country, but said he is too scared to travel to Pakistan amidst safety and security concerns.

Viv Richards lauds McCullum for breaking his record - West Indies batting legend Vivian Richards has lauded swashbuckling New Zealand batsman Brendon McCullum for posting the fastest ton in Test cricket off just 54 balls, bidding adieu to the game on an incredible high.

How Sachin-Sourav partnership inspires openers Dhawan-Rohit - Their understanding of each other's game improving with every match, Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan has said that he and Rohit Sharma would look to not just emulate, but surpass the success of the legendary opening pair of Sachin Tendulkar-Sourav Ganguly.

Sehwag, Vijender appeal for peace with agitating protesters - After skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Shikhar Dhawan, it's former cricketer Virender Sehwag, who has now jumped into the political bandwagon.

Comebacks are much more difficult than debuts: Nehra - Back in the national cricket team after being ignored for almost five years, veteran India pacer Ashish Nehra on Sunday said it is tougher to make a comeback than making a debut.

New Zealand's Wagner defends bouncer after grounding Smith - New Zealand quick bowler Neil Wagner defended his use of the bouncer but admitted to feeling "shaky" when he felled Steve Smith with a blow to the head in the second Test in Christchurch on Sunday.

Mumbai gets Kulkarni boost for Ranji final against Saurashtra - Mumbai's bid to clinch their 41st Ranji Trophy crown, and the first after two seasons, got a significant boost with the availability of fit-again pacer Dhawal Kulkarni for the final against Saurashtra in Pune.

Dhoni hails army amidst freedom of speech debate - Amid continuing uproar on the issue of freedom of expression in the country, Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday called for respect to the armed forces, saying that the nation is in a position to debate because of the men in uniform.

Smith earns praise after battling head knock to hit century - Australia captain Steve Smith shook off a sickening blow to the back of his head and notched up his 14th test century, earning the praise of his team mates and New Zealand opponents at the end of the second day of the second test on Sunday.

Burns & Smith put Australia in command - Joe Burns and Steve Smith capitalised on perfect batting conditions to score centuries as Australia reduced New Zealand's lead to just seven runs at the end of day two of the second test on Sunday.

Number crunching: McCullum belts fastest ever Test century - Brendon McCullum - playing his last Test match- produced a sensational display of stroke-play, blasting to the fastest hundred in Test cricket history.

What keeps Naman Ojha motivated? - Naman Ojha may not be India's No 1 Test wicketkeeper but he has hopes of making the national team for its next assignment in the longest format.

I am happy that we have McCullum in Gujarat Lions team: Raina - On a day when Brendon McCullum broke the record for the fastest Test hundred, Suresh Raina said he couldn't be happier to have the Kiwi swashbuckler in his IPL team Gujarat Lions even though he wants an Indian to breach the milestone.

Khanna kept out of all DDCA Committees for World T20 - Senior Board of Control for Cricket in India vice-president and top DDCA official CK Khanna has been kept out of the two primary committees that will look into the organisation of the International Cricket Council World T20 matches at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium.

'James Pattinson will come out and perform in the second innings' - James Pattinson has the full support of the Australian team in his battle against over-stepping and they expect him to come out and "blow the game apart" in New Zealand's second innings, according to off-spinner Nathan Lyon.

'Viv was my idol growing up, it's nice to be able to go past him' - New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum broke the world record for the fastest Test century held jointly by his idol Viv Richards on Saturday without ever being aware he was about to make cricket history.

'Sachin Tendulkar is the greatest batsman after Don Bradman' - Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has rated Sachin Tendulkar as the all-time best batsman after Sir Donald Bradman, saying the maestro truly deserves to be called "great" at a time when the word is "bandied" about often.

Christchurch Test: McCullum hits fastest ton to revive New Zealand - Brendon McCullum blasted the fastest Test century to rescue New Zealand before Australia were reduced to 57 for one by the close of day one of the second Test on Saturday.

Newlands T20: Morris repeats dose as South Africa win thriller - Chris Morris again proved the scourge of England's bowlers after smashing 14 off the final over to power South Africa to a thrilling three-wicket win in the first Twenty20 at Newlands.

McCullum hits fastest Test century in farewell match - New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum set a new record for the fastest Test century after lunch on the first day of the second Test against Australia on Saturday when he clouted exactly 100 runs in 54 balls.

All you want to know Brendon McCullum - Factbox on New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum, who will retire from international cricket after the second Test against Australia, starting in Christchurch from Thursday.

Shami ruled out of Asia Cup, Bhuvneshwar named as replacement - Mohammed Shami has been ruled out of the upcoming Asia Cup.Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been named as the replacement.

Dhoni not retiring from international cricket anytime soon - India's limited overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has made it clear that he is not retiring from international cricket anytime soon.

I was prepared to take criticism: Sachin Tendulkar - Well aware that he would not pick up the willow again, cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar had discussed his last dismissal with his elder brother Ajit even after his farewell Test against the West Indies in November 2013.

Deepti scalps 6/20, India women's whitewash Lanka - Medium-pacer Deepti Sharma grabbed six wickets before Veda Krishnamurthy scored a half-century as India women completed 3-0 clean sweep after posting a comfortable seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the third and final ODI on Friday at Ranchi.

Graeme Smith rules out international comeback - Former South African skipper Graeme Smith, who appeared in the recently-concluded Masters Champions League ( MCL) in Dubai, has ruled out the possibility of his comeback to the international cricket.

Yuvraj, Negi present as World T20 trophy makes its way to Delhi - Yuvraj Singh was the cynosure of all eyes when the ICC World T20 Trophy reached the capital as part of the tournament's host city tour.

Dhawan jumps on political bandwagon: Supports hoisting national flag at universities - Indian cricketer Shikhar Dhawan, on Friday, supported the Union Government's move to hoist national flag on the campuses of all 46 Central Universities in order to instill nationalism and pride in students.

BCCI asks Manohar to discuss financial restructuring of ICC - BCCI president Shashank Manohar, who is committed to ending the monopoly of India, Australia and England in the ICC, has been asked by working committee to apprised them of the steps that are being taken regarding the financial restructuring of the global cricket body.

'The last 15 or 20 Tests have been an incredible part of my life' - Brendon McCullum's singular contribution to New Zealand cricket extends far beyond the pyrotechnics with the bat which attracted a new generation to the game and helped make the 2015 World Cup such a spectacular success.

Lodha report: BCCI to file affidavit in SC pointing out anomalies - The members approved the recommendation of the BCCI's affiliation committee to grant full member status to Chhattisgarh State Cricket Sangh, which will be part of Central Zone for all BCCI tournaments.

Asia Cup 2016: Asian giants eye continental supremacy - The Asia Cup to be played in Bangladesh from February 24, will be played in the T20 format for the first time in the tournament's history.

Pakistan court dismisses Kohli fan's bail plea - Notwithstanding a clean chit from the police, a Pakistani court dismissed the bail plea of a young die-hard fan of India's ace batsman Virat Kohli who was arrested on treason charges for hoisting the Indian flag atop his home.

2nd Test: Australia's Pattinson replaces Siddle - James Pattinson has been recalled to Australia' starting side for the second Test against New Zealand on Saturday, replacing his injured Victorian team mate Peter Siddle.

Johnson wants DRS to be scrapped - Former Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has entered into the Decision Review System debate, saying that he'd be happy with the controversial review system to be scrapped altogether.

Pakistan keen to appoint Viv Richards as mentor - The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is holding negotiations with legendary West Indian batsman Sir Vivian Richards to appoint him as mentor of the national team for the forthcoming Asia Cup and ICC World T20 in Bangladesh and India.

Will Australia ruin McCullum's farewell Test match? - New Zealand's cricket team have run a gamut of emotions this week after they slumped to a heavy first Test loss to Australia then won three awards at their country's premier sports awards on Thursday.

Kaneria lashes out at PCB, ECB after Westfield is cleared to play - Pakistan's banned leg spinner Danish Kaneria has slammed the Pakistani and English cricket authorities after it was announced on Thursday that fast bowler Mervyn Westfield has been allowed to play lower-level cricket with one year of his spot-fixing ban remaining.

BCCI joint secretary Choudhary has conflict of interest, claims Verma - Aditya Verma, the secretary of the Cricket Assocition of Bihar (CAB), has lodged a complaint with BCCI's Ombudsman Justice Ajit Prakash Shah that the Board's joint secretary Amitabh Choudhary has conflict of interest and wants the matter to be investigated.

Tendulkar's autobiography breaks World record; goes past Dan Brown, JK Rowling - He might have bid adieu to cricket but Sachin Tendulkar continues to make records with the his autobiography Playing It My Way entering the Limca Book of Records for being the best-selling adult hardback across both fiction and non-fiction categories.

Harbhajan seeks legal opinion regarding conflict of interest warning - Senior India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh said he is seeking legal advise on the way ahead after BCCI Ombudsman Justice (Retd) AP Shah observed that the bowler should dissociate himself from sports apparel company 'Bhajji Sports', which supplies kits to domestic teams.

Asia Cup, World T20 on mind, not coaching contract: Waqar - Pakistan's head coach Waqar Younis said he was focussing on preparations for the Asia Cup and World T20 events and not thinking about an extension of his coaching contract that expires in May.

Malinga returns to lead champions Sri Lanka in World T20 - Also returning to the 15-man squad, which will also take part in the upcoming Asia Cup tournament before the March 8-April 3 World Twenty20, was all-rounder Angelo Mathews.

McCullum legacy much more than pyrotechnics - While the triple century against India and an away series win over West Indies were the highlights of his career, Brendon McCullum said it was the camaraderie of the dressing room that would linger longest in his memory.

Watch out, reality TV bites... Warne gets stung by anaconda - Retired Australia spin bowling great Shane Warne has suffered a snakebite after dipping his head into a box full of the reptiles for a reality show.

Action remodelled, Pakistan's Ajmal in hope of one last tango - I will leave cricket with this (new) action. If I am not effective, I will step aside and leave...

Injured Siddle ruled out of second Test vs New Zealand - Australia fast bowler Peter Siddle has been ruled out of the second Test against New Zealand due to a back injury, Cricket Australia (CA) said on Thursday.

Lodha recommendations: Lots at stake for BCCI at Friday's SGM - The far-reaching effect on the implementation of the Justice Lodha Committee's recommendations and the subsequent scathing observation on the matter by the Supreme Court has left the BCCI members thoroughly shaken.

Pakistan face fine if they pull out of World T20 Championship - 'All these stories about the ICC threatening us with legal action or the Prime Minister having cleared the tour are not correct'

McKenzie named South Africa's batting coach - South Africa have appointed former player Neil McKenzie as batting coach until the end of next month's World Twenty20 in India.

DDCA shoots down Lodha panel recommendations - The Delhi and District Cricket Association on Wednesday refused to implement the Justice Lodha Committee's recommendations which could have direct ramifications on the functioning of BCCI's state units.

Mumbai make Ranji final despite hundreds by Ojha, Harpreet - Mumbai made it to their first Ranji Trophy final in three seasons even though they were denied an outright victory after fighting centuries from Madhya Pradesh wicketkeeper-batsman Naman Ojha and Harpreet Singh on Day5 of the semi-final in Cuttack, on Wednesday.

Eric Simons likely to join Pune Supergiants as bowling coach - Former India bowling coach Eric Simons is likely to join new IPL franchise Pune Supergiants for the upcoming season.

Indian women beat Lanka by 6 wickets, take 2-0 lead - The Indian women's cricket team took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka with a six-wicket win in the second match here on Wednesday.

The predicament of being Ajinkya Rahane - With a "no-vacancy" sign plastered on India's top order and his utility in the middle questioned by his own captain, Ajinkya Rahane suddenly finds his consistency with the bat means very little.

New Zealand pacer Bracewell out of second Australia Test - New Zealand seamer Doug Bracewell has been ruled out of this week's second Test against Australia with a shoulder injury but will not be replaced in the squad, New Zealand Cricket said on Wednesday.

The 3 mistakes of Virat Kohli's life - India's batting sensation Virat Kohli on Tuesday confessed he regrets crossing the line on a few occasions on the cricket field and hinted that that, in hindsight, he probably might have not done it.

Rasool, KL Rahul move to RCB from Sunrisers - Batsman Lokesh Rahul and all-rounder Parveez Rasool have joined Royal Challengers Bangalore from Sunrisers Hyderabad for the 2016 Indian Premier League.

MP have uphill task after Yadav, Tare tons hoist Mumbai - Madhya Pradesh were left to chase a mammoth 571-run target after Mumbai's Suryakumar Yadav and Aditya Tare scored centuries on Day 4 of the Ranji Trophy semi-final in Cuttack on

Will NZ's Ross Taylor return in time for World Twenty20? - Injured New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor will test his fitness ahead of next month's World Twenty20 tournament in India when he plays in an 'Island of Origin' match next week.

Warne's daughter slammed over controversial 'Instagram' post - Shane Warne's daughter Brooke Warne has been criticised on social media for making light of tragic events including the Malaysia Airlines crash and the Holocaust.

Watson confident of regaining full fitness in time for World T20 - The 34-year-old suffered the injury bowling for Islamabad in the T20 tournament in the UAE and immediately withdrew to fly home to Sydney for scans and an assessment

World T20: India to play warm-up games with South Africa, WI - Hosts India will play West Indies and South Africa in their two warm-up matches in the run up to the ICC World Twenty20 to be staged at eight venues starting next month.

I want to keep the batsmen guessing: Ashwin - Ravichandran Ashwin's career-best best spell (4-1-8-4) helped India bundle out Sri Lanka for a paltry 82 and secure a comprehensive win in the third and final T20 International in Visakhapatnam, thereby sealing a 2-1 series win.

India women thrash Sri Lanka in first ODI - Riding on half-centuries from Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur followed by Poonam Yadav's four-wicket haul, India women thrashed Sri Lanka by 107 runs in the first One-Day International of the three-match series.

Saurashtra thrash Assam to enter Ranji final, Mumbai dominate vs MP - Suryakumar Yadav and Aditya Tare hit unbeaten half-centuries to put Mumbai in a commanding position against Madhya Pradesh on day three of the Ranji Trophy semi-final in Cuttack, on Monday.

Desperate BCCI calls for Working Committee meeting ahead of SGM - The SGM has been convened to figure out a way forward after being told sternly by the country's apex court to 'fall in line' with the far-reaching consequences of the report.

'Ajinkya Rahane is someone who is very consistent' - Ahead of their Indian Premier League debut, the Rising Pune Supergiants have assembled a formidable team.

Why Dhoni chose to duck questions on Lodha panel report - India's limited overs captain Mahendra Singh subtly avoided commenting on the sweeping changes the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha Commission has recommended on the functioning of the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

West Indian batting legend Viv Richards wants to coach Pakistan - West Indian batting legend Vivian Richards is open to the idea of coaching Pakistan national cricket team though he feels that the current coach Waqar Younis is doing a 'great job'.

'I would be lying if I say I have moved on from CSK' - Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels 'different' about captaining a new team in the Indian Premier League for the first time in eight years and says he has not moved on from his days at the now suspended Chennai Super Kings.

The long and short of Adam Voges's Don Bradman-esque rise - The amazing high of confidence and the sober knowledge of cricket mortality have combined to inspire Australia batsman Adam Voges to the astonishing feats of his golden summer, according to his coach Justin Langer.

Gayle repeats infamous 'don't blush' comment - Chris Gayle has continued to poke fun at his controversial Big Bash League interview with TV reporter by repeating his infamous 'don't blush' line on former Australian player and pundit Tom Moody in the Pakistan Super League.

India are favourites for WT20, but Dhoni acknowledges a problem... - 'We will have to try and give batting to players, who have not batted so far but people who are batting close to 6, 7 or 8, they will have to play big shots because that is going to be certainly be very important for us'

Dhawan to keep things simple as he eyes top form in Asia Cup, WT20 - Hoping to carry his great run of form to the Asia Cup and World T20, India opener Shikhar Dhawan has said keeping things simple and "doing the basics right" has worked in his favour.

Smith and Co eye No 1 spot in Tests - Australia's aim of regaining the top ranking in Test cricket has taken a major step forward following Monday's comprehensive victory over New Zealand in the opener of their two-match series, according to captain Steve Smith.

Chandimal rues not taking advantage of Power Play - A disappointed Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal said not playing well in the Power Play overs cost his inexperienced side the Twenty20 series against India.

1st Test, PHOTOS: Australia 'outplay' New Zealand to secure innings win - Australia can take the top Test ranking from India with a series victory

Windies players end standoff, 12 from WT20 squad sign new contracts - The threat of West Indies being forced to field a second string side at the World Twenty20 was averted on Sunday when 12 of 13 players in the original squad signed the contracts which had caused a standoff with the board.

3 Takeaway points from India's series win against Sri Lanka - India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday said 'consistent' performances will give his side confidence going into big ticket tournaments.

PHOTOS: Ashwin spins India to series victory against Sri Lanka - India gave themselves a boost before next month's Twenty20 World Cup at home as Ravichandran Ashwin grabbed four wickets in their series-clinching nine-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the third and final Twenty20 international on Sunday.

Ashwin stars as India crush SL to win T20I series - Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin weaved his magic with a career-best four-wicket haul as India thrashed Sri Lanka by nine wickets in the deciding third and final Twenty20 International, to clinch the three-match series 2-1, in Visakhapatnam, on Sunday.

De Villiers steers South Africa to ODI series win against England - Captain AB de Villiers smashed an unbeaten 101 in his 200th One-Day International to lead South Africa to a five-wicket victory over England and a 3-2 series win at Newlands on Sunday.

Ranji semis: Mumbai hold edge; Pujara slams ton - Mumbai held a slight edge reducing Madhya Pradesh to 197 for five in their Ranji Trophy cricket semi-final after being bowled out for 371 in their first innings, in Cuttack, on Sunday.

PHOTOS: West Indies crowned Under-19 World champions - West Indies rode on its fast-bowling arsenal to win the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup for the first time with a tense five-wicket victory over three-time winner India in the final in Mirpur on Sunday.

Veteran Voges thankful for second chance - Adam Voges' double-century was the second of his short international career. He has now scored 1,267 runs to average 97.46 since making his debut at the age of 35 in the Caribbean last year.

4 Reasons why India lost U-19 World Cup final - India skipper Ishan Kishan blamed poor fielding for his team's defeat in the final of the Under-19 World Cup against the West Indies.

West Indies stun India to win maiden U-19 World Cup - Keacy Carty hit an unbeaten fifty to steer the West Indies to a thrilling five-wicket victory in the ICC Under-19 World Cup final, in Mirpur, on Sunday. Chasing India's paltry total of 145, the West Indies won with three balls to spare and claimed their maiden Under-19 World title.

PHOTOS: Australia tighten grip on first Test as Kiwis crumble - Brendon McCullum's dismissal in the final over of the day put Australia firmly in control of the first Test in Wellington on Sunday, as New Zealand were reduced to 178-4, still 201 runs behind the tourists' mammoth first innings of 562.

Watson's injury clouds Australia's World T20 plans - Australia all-rounder Shane Watson has suffered a suspected abdominal strain while competing in a Twenty20 tournament in the United Arab Emirates, throwing his participation in the World T20 in doubt.

U-19 WC: High-flying Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka in thriller; clinch third place - Skipper Mehidy Hasan's all-round effort helped host Bangladesh eke out a close three-wicket win over Sri Lanka with three deliveries to spare, to finish third in the International Cricket Council Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2016, in Fatullah, on Saturday.

Will Pakistan ever break World Cup jinx against India? - Pakistan's head coach Waqar Younis is confident that his new-look team would be able to break the jinx of not winning against India in major ICC events when they lock horns in the upcoming World T20, which begins right after the Asia Cup T20.

'PSL can't produce players like Virat, Rohit right away' - Pakistan head coach Waqar Younis has cautioned his countrymen not to expect the Pakistan Super League to immediately churn out players of the class of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, like the Indian Premier League has done for the game in the neighbouring country.

Ranji semis: Iyer, Tare steady Mumbai; Assam fightback on Day 1 - Shreyas Iyer struck a sublime 90 to take Mumbai to 327 for seven on day one of their semi-final against Madhya Pradesh in the Ranji Trophy, in Cuttack, on Saturday.

U-19 World Cup: India favourites to win final against West Indies - India's amazing track record and an unbeaten run in the tournament makes coach Rahul Dravid's boys overwhelming favourites to defeat the West Indies in the final of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in Mirpur on Sunday.

India eye series win in Vizag - Buoyed by an overwhelming victory in the previous game, a resilient India would look to continue the momentum and seal off their second successive T20 series win when they take on Sri Lanka in the third and final Twenty20 International, in Visakhapatnam on Sunday.

Didn't know about my hat-trick: Perera - Sri Lanka's medium pace bowler Thisara Perera said he did not realise that he had taken a hat-trick till his teammates informed him about it, as his entire concentration was on bowling in the death overs during the second T20 International against India in Ranchi on Friday.

ICC to review no-ball technology after Voges howler - The International Cricket Council is set to discuss the reviewing of no-balls with the controversial topic again rearing its head following Adam Voges' non-dismissal late on day one of the first Test in Wellington.

Voges breaks Sachin's record, puts Aus in command - Adam Voges continued to capitalise on an early reprieve by scoring his fifth test century as Australia eased to 463 for six by the close of the second day's play of the first match against New Zealand at the Basin Reserve on Saturday

Moving Yuvraj up in batting order slightly difficult: Dhoni - India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni admitted that he is aware of the lack of batting chances for Yuvraj Singh but said bringing him up the order is "slightly difficult" given the extraordinary record of top four batsmen.

Experimenting is a word banned from Indian cricket: Dhoni - After a series levelling win over Sri Lanka, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has said the team will continue to experiment in the lead up to the World T20 to be held at home in March-April.

Narine, Pollard pull out of World Twenty20 - West Indies' hopes of winning the World Twenty20 for the second time in four years suffered a setback on Friday when off-spinner Sunil Narine and all-rounder Kieron Pollard pulled out of their squad.

Morris magic helps South Africa level England ODIs series - A swashbuckling half-century by Chris Morris hauled South Africa back from the brink of defeat as they scraped past England by one wicket on Friday to level the one-day series at 2-2 with one match left.

PHOTOS: India thrash Sri Lanka by 69 runs in Ranchi, level series - Images from the second T20 International between India and Sri Lanka in Ranchi.

Under-19 WC: Pakistan trounce England to finish fifth - Pakistan ended their campaign in the ICC Under-19 World Cup on a winning note, defeating England by seven wickets in Fatullah on Friday to finish fifth in the 16-nation tournament.

'Where's the evidence? BCCI or IPL is no authority to ban me' - Tainted Pakistan umpire Asad Rauf hit out at the Board of Control for Cricket in India after being handed a five-year ban for corruption, saying the Indian cricket authorities did not have any evidence to pronounce him guilty.

'In T20 cricket I give my bowlers the liberty to set the field' - Indian limited overs captain MS Dhoni has said that in T20 cricket he allows his bowlers to set the field.

'I call Hardik Pandya a West Indian guy from Baroda' - Indian pace spearhead Ashish Nehra is pleased to see the rise of Hardik Pandya and has words of praise for the youngster.

Team bowled out for 0 in Kent indoor game! - A cricket team was bowled out for 0 in just 20 balls in a county six-a-side indoor championships match in England.

'Focus should be till the World T20, we will see after that' - Team Director Ravi Shastri has said he is focused on the World T20 and not thinking about the possibility of becoming a full time coach of the Indian team.

BCCI bans umpire Asad Rauf for five years - The decision to ban Rauf was taken at the BCCI's Disciplinary Committee's meeting in Mumbai on Friday.

1st Test, Day 1: Bracewell 'no ball' hands Voges a life at fag end - ?

Meet the biggest earners in Caribbean Premier League - The 2016 Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Player Draft was held in Barbados on Thursday, with the six franchises flexed their financial muscles to rope in their desired cricketers.

1st Test, Day 1 PHOTOS: Smith, Khawaja give Australia advantage - Steve Smith and Usman Khawaja hammered home the advantage their bowlers had established when they took Australia to 147-3, a deficit of just 36 runs, at the close of the opening day's play in the first Test against New Zealand on Friday.

It's now Steve Waugh's turn to hit back at Warne - Steve Waugh on Friday hit back at Shane Warne after the legendary spinner reignited a long-running feud between the two by calling the former Australia captain a selfish cricketer.

India may be faves for T20, but watch out for the Windies! - 'Dhoni has got his own ways of captaining the Indian team. He might not give out details or might not explain, but in his mind he knows very well how to captain the side, which players to pick and the right combination for a particular condition.'

Windies T20 row: Let's settle this, says captain Sammy - West Indies captain Darren Sammy has called for mediation to settle a contractual dispute that threatens to wreck the team's chances of winning next month's World Twenty20.

Why ex-servicemen are opposing India-Pak T20 match... - Himachal Pradesh's Ex-servicemen League has strongly opposed the hosting of Twenty20 World Cup match between India and Pakistan at Dharamsala on March 19 and asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India to reconsider its decision, keeping in view the sentiments of families of the martyrs.

Can India regain winning touch in Dhoni's backyard? - Shocked by an inexperienced Sri Lankan side on a green wicket in the first Twenty20 match, India would aim to regain its winning touch and keep the series alive.

'If Indian team lacked consistency it wouldn't have become no.1' - Not too affected by India's surprise loss to Sri Lanka in the first T20, Team Director Ravi Shastri has said the "endeavour" is to try out various combinations by giving everyone opportunities ahead of the big-ticket World Twenty20 next month.

India to meet West Indies in Under-19 World Cup final - Shamar Springer's unbeaten half-century steered West Indies to a thrilling three-wicket victory against Bangladesh in the semi-finals and set up a title clash against India, in Dhaka, on Thursday.

Will we see a second-string Windies side at World T20? - West Indies is likely to send a second-string side to the World T20 as the top players failed to reach an agreement in their contract impasse with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).

'The wicket at Basin Reserve looks like it might do a bit' - Swing and seam friendly conditions, a lack of truly scary Australian bowlers and New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum's retirement are all themes that will resonate when the first Test gets underway in Wellington on Friday.

'It will be nice to tick off a series win against Australia' - As much as Brendon McCullum looks back fondly on a stellar career, more than anything he wants to sign off with a series win over Australia starting with the first Test in Wellington on Friday.

PCB says government's decision on WT20 participation this week - The Pakistan Cricket Board says its government will decide over the national team's participation in next month's World T20, to be held in India, 'within this week'.

Why Afridi is the most misunderstood cricketer... - Former Zimbabwe captain and ex-England coach Andy Flower believes that Shahid Afridi's reputation in the media is 'misleading' and described the Pakistan skipper as an excellent leader.

'Proud' McCullum set for another milestone with 100th Test - As the clock ticks down on Brendon McCullum's international career, the New Zealand captain will achieve one more milestone on Friday in the first Test against Australia at the Basin Reserve.

1st Test: All you need to know about New Zealand v Australia - Swing and seam friendly conditions, a lack of truly scary Australian bowlers and New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum's retirement are all themes that will resonate when the first Test gets underway in Wellington on Friday.

Selection shock! Australia's Bird given opportunity to fly - Pace bowler Jackson Bird has been recalled by Australia for the first Test against New Zealand after James Pattinson was deemed not quite ready to stand up to the rigours of a full workload, captain Steve Smith said on Thursday.

Veteran Nehra loves to do the tough job for Team India! - Veteran Ashish Nehra has had a career plagued with injuries and now he has come to a stage where he doesn't leave anything to chance, so much so that he stays from the customary game of football during the Indian team's training sessions.

5 reasons why there is 'war' between West Indies players and Board - The impasse between the West Indies squad for the World Twenty20 and the region's cricket board appeared no closer to resolution on Wednesday with both sides sticking to their positions.

Cricketers may get red cards for bad behaviour - Cricketers might get red cards for bad behaviours in future as the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) is trying a new red card system in some amatuer games to reduce excessive sledging and violent behaviour by players.

Steyn in South Africa squad for World T20 - South Africa have named fast bowler Dale Steyn in their 15-man squad for the World Twenty20 in India next month, but will ask him to prove his fitness following a debilitating shoulder injury.

BCCI's revenue could dip from Rs 2000 crore to 400 crore - The Board of Control for Cricket in India could suffer a financial loss to the tune of Rs 1600 crore if the Justice Lodha panel's recommendations on curtailing advertisement breaks during the matches is implemented.

Will BCCI's SGM on Feb 19 accept Lodha panel recommendations? - The far-reaching effect on the implementation of the Lodha Committee's recommendations calling for sweeping reforms in the BCCI's structure and the subsequent scathing observation on the matter by the Supreme Court which has shaken the Board members, is set to dominate the Special General Meeting.

India will be toughest team to beat in World Twenty20: Watson - Australian all-rounder Shane Watson has said hosts India will be the toughest team to beat in next month's World Twenty20 Championship due to their familiarity with the conditions.

Tainted fast bowler Amir in Pakistan squad for WT20 - Tainted fast bowler Mohammad Amir was named in Pakistan's squad for the upcoming Asia Cup and the Twenty20 World Cup even as seasoned opener Ahmed Shehzad and veteran bowler Umar Gul were shown the door.

Uncapped Liam Dawson in England's WT20 squad - England have named uncapped Hampshire all-rounder Liam Dawson in their 15-man squad for the World Twenty20, to be staged in India next month, but there was no dramatic recall for Kevin Pietersen.

'No country should feel insecure playing in India' - BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur has said "no country should feel insecure" about playing in India amid reports that Pakistan has proposed to play its matches in the upcoming World T20 at a neutral venue citing security concerns.

T20 loss to Lankans good wake-up call for Team India: Gavaskar - The defeat to a depleted Sri Lanka in the first T20 International is a good wake-up call for the Indians, according to former captain Sunil Gavaskar.

1st T20: Dhoni rues lack of partnerships in defeat to Lankans - 'It's rare that in a twenty over game all wickets fall. I don't think it's a bad idea to test everyone. Because it will give us an idea about how deep is our batting'

Even Sri Lankan players surprised by India's poor batting in 1st T20I - India were dismissed for a paltry 101 in 18.5 overs by the inexperienced Lankan pace trio of debutant Kasun Rajitha (3 for 23) Dasun Shanaka (3 for 16) and Dushmantha Chameera (2 for 14).

Former champions Windies could pull out of World T20 - A contract row threatened West Indies' participation in the upcoming World T20 in India with the head of the region's cricket board saying the players will be thrown off the squad for the big-ticket event if they do not agree to the financial terms by Sunday's deadline.

CA toying with new idea to cut out pink ball visibility issues - Australia will trial a modified pink ball featuring a black seam in the domestic Sheffield Shield competition next week after complaints from players about visibility issues during the inaugural day-night Test last November.

Record man De Kock, Amla strike tons to help Proteas sink England - De Kock, 23, became the youngest player to record 10 ODI hundreds

Dhoni takes a dig: 'It was more English wicket than Indian' - A livid India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Tuesday took a dig at the pitch prepared for the first T20 International terming it an "English" rather than Indian track.

Second-string Lanka bring down mighty India - Sri Lanka defeated India by five wickets in the first Twenty20 international cricket match to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series, in Pune on Tuesday.

World T20: DDCA notifies BCCI about provisional NOC, seeks Mudgal help - The DDCA on Tuesday notified the Board of Control for Cricket in India president Shashank Manohar and secretary Anurag Thakur about getting the provisional No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) which will enable them to organize the World T20 matches smoothly.

DDCA given 20 days time to get Kotla ready for World T20 - The Delhi & Districts Cricket Association on Tuesday withdrew its plea from Delhi high court seeking occupancy certificate from South Delhi Municipal Corporation to hold World T20 matches at the

Gujarat Lions set to appoint Zimbabwe's Streak as bowling coach for IPL 9 - The former Zimbabwe pacer is currently the bowling coach of Bangladesh but he doesn't have an exclusive contract with the national team and that enables him to take up the IPL job

India trounce Sri Lanka to enter Under-19 World Cup final - Three-time champions India continued their invincible run to enter the ICC Under-19 World Cup final for a fifth time after an emphatic 97-run victory over Sri Lanka in the first semi-final, in Mirpur, on Tuesday.

Injured Dhawal to miss Mumbai's Ranji semi-final vs MP - Mumbai will be without injured pace bowler Dhawal Kulkarni for their Ranji Trophy semi-final against Madhya Pradesh, starting February 13, at Cuttack.

Azad's plea for CBI probe into DDCA dismissed - The Delhi high court, on Tuesday, dismissed as "premature" the plea of former Indian cricketers Kirti Azad, Bishan Singh Bedi and others seeking a court-monitored probe by CBI or SIT into the alleged financial irregularities in the Delhi and District Cricket Association.

Pakistan may pull out of World T20; says facing threat from 'extremists in India' - PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan said there have been incidents in India in recent months which pointed to Pakistan-specific threats one of them was the ICC's decision to pull out Pakistan umpire Aleem Dar midway during South Africa's tour of India last year and also the cancellations between PCB and BCCI officials in Mumbai.

Miller named Kings XI captain for IPL season 9 - South African batsman David Miller has been named as the captain of Kings XI Punjab for the upcoming 9th season of the Indian Premier League.

Why Dhoni doesn't want Raina to bat at Kohli's No. 3 slot - Unwilling to tinker with the line-up in view of next month's World Twenty20, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Monday said the team will prefer Suresh Raina in the No.4 slot in the series against Sri Lanka even though vice-captain Virat Kohli's absence has opened the No.3 position.

Having fit squad before World T20 crucial for India - India's One-day skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni reckons the current Indian squad is very balanced' ahead of the three-match series against Sri Lanka and insisted that maintaining fitness will be a crucial factor for his side during next month's World Twenty20.

Warne says Waugh 'most selfish cricketer I've played with' - His long-standing feud with Steve Waugh was out in the open once again when spin legend Shane Warne slammed the former Australian captain as being a 'selfish cricketer'.

Injured all-rounder Santner ruled out of first Test vs Australia - New Zealand all-rounder Mitchell Santner has been ruled out of the first Test against Australia and replaced by spinner Mark Craig, the team said on Tuesday.

Finch loses captaincy, Smith to lead Australia at World T20 - Aaron Finch has been dumped as Australia's captain in the shorTest form of the game and replaced by Test skipper Steve Smith just a month before the start of the World Twenty20.

Vizag stadium set to host third India-Sri Lanka T20 - Preparations are underway in Visakhapatnam for the third T20 cricket match between India and Sri Lanka on February 14 and tickets will be sold to spectators from February 11.

Why Pakistan is not announcing squad for World T20 - Pakistan national selectors have delayed announcement of the national squad for the Asia T20 and World T20 after some sterling performances in the ongoing Pakistan Super League in Dubai.

Pietersen won't be selected for World Twenty20 - Morgan - Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen will not be recalled for this year's World Twenty20 in India, captain Eoin Morgan was quoted on Monday as saying.

Don't select players for Tests, ODIs based on IPL performance, says Dhoni - India's limited overs captain captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Monday said that Indian Premier League should not be the yardstick to pick players for the hard grind of international cricket, particularly Tests and One-Day Internationals.

PCB takes up bilateral India series issue with ICC - The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has taken up the issue of cancellation of bilateral series with India last December, as per an MOU signed between the two boards in 2014 to play six bilateral series, with the International Cricket Council.

West Indies stun Pakistan to enter Under-19 World Cup semis - Skipper Shimron Hetmyer and Tevin Imlach hit half-centuries as the West Indies upset Pakistan by five wickets to cruise into the semi-finals of the ICC Under-19World Cup in Bangladesh on Monday.

'Money doesn't matter': Pandyas after 2 cr IPL deal - 'My brother is seedha saadha. He will spend the money on me only,' Hardik Pandya says about Krunal Pandya bagging a Rs 2 crore contract from the Mumbai Indians.

Do you know how much BCCI commentators get paid? - The Board of Control for Cricket in India has paid former India captain Anil Kumble and batsman Sanjay Manjrekar approximate amounts of Rs 39 lakh and Rs 36 lakh respectively as their commentary fee for the home series against South Africa held between October to December.

Will have to bring our 'A' game against Lanka in semis: Dravid - India Under-19 cricket coach Rahul Dravid says his team will have to produce a good all-round performance to outwit Sri Lanka in Tuesday's ICC World Cup semi-final, given that both sides are well aware of what to expect from each other.

Another blow for Sri Lanka! Binura out of India series - The already depleted Sri Lanka team on Monday suffered another blow with left arm fast bowler Binura Fernando being ruled out of the T20 series against India after sustaining a hamstring injury.

Virat-Anushka end relationship? - There were speculations that India's Test captain Virat Kohli had broken up with his girlfriend and actress Anushka Sharma.

End of an era: McCullum's aggression enticed crowds back to the game - His retirement will leave a hole at the top of New Zealand's batting order in limited-overs matches, while it could also change the way they approach games in future.

Kohli-less India hope to continue T20 momentum against Sri Lanka -

Was India-England 2014 Old Trafford Test fixed? - Former team manager Sunil Dev makes stunning claims.

McCullum's ODI career ends on high after NZ claim series win over Aus - New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum ended his One-Day International career with a series victory over Australia on Monday with his side sealing a 55-run win in the deciding third match at Seddon Park in Hamilton.

Why this run-machine was ignored at the IPL auction! - He was on the Marquee List. His base price was a meagre Rs 50,000. Yet batting sensation Martin Guptill failed to find a buyer at the IPL auction.

Smith set to replace 'injured' Finch as Australia T20 skipper - Aaron Finch is to be dumped as Australia's captain in the shortest form of the game and replaced by Test skipper Steve Smith just a month before the start of the World Twenty20.

Brendon McCullum scores 47 in ODI swansong - Brendon McCullum's final one-day international innings ended as spectacularly as it began when the New Zealand captain was dismissed for 47 in the series finale against Australia in Hamilton on Monday.

PHOTOS: Ravindra Jadeja meets his 'match' - Team India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja tells Haresh Pandya what attracted him to Reeva Solanki.

BCCI to convene SGM before responding to Supreme Court on Lodha report - While four weeks time was granted to the BCCI to respond to the implementation of the recommendations, the court had made it clear that there should not be any difficulty in accepting the recommendations.

Mithali powers India to consolation win over Australia - Skipper Mithali Raj led from the front with an 89-run knock to save the Indian women's cricket team from a whitewash by guiding it to a comfortable five-wicket in the third and final ODI against Australia in Hobart on Sunday.

Ranji: MP thrash Bengal by 355 runs, face Mumbai in semis - Skipper Manoj Tiwary and lower-order batsman Pankaj Shaw cracked individual hundreds but could not save Bengal from suffering a huge 355-run defeat against Madhya Pradesh in the five-day Ranji Trophy quarter-final at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium on Sunday.

Mustafizur delighted to get IPL contract - Promising Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman said that he can't wait to play in the Indian Premier League after being bought for Rs 1.4 crore by Sunrisers Hyderabad in the players' auction.

Setback for Pakistan, Yasir Shah suspended for three months - International Cricket Council (ICC) on Sunday has banned Pakistan's ace leg-spinner Yasir Shah from playing any forms of cricket for three months.

Tendulkar bats for safer Indian roads - Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar on Sunday launched a road safety campaign saying that like batting in the middle, a partnership is needed between the vehicle drivers and pedestrians to make the dangerous Indian roads safer.

Steyn's close call with deadly African snake - Proteas fast bowler Dale Steyn has cautioned his social media fans after a close run-in with a deadly snake in South Africa's Kruger National Park.

Joel Paris replaces injured Kane Richardson for Australia - Australia pace bowler Kane Richardson is to return home for further examination on a back injury and has been replaced by Joel Paris in the squad for their final one-day match against New Zealand in Hamilton on Monday.

Dilshan ruled out of first T20I against India - Sri lanka's senior batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan was on Saturday ruled out of the first Twenty20 international against India with a hand injury, with wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella named as his replacement.

Check out the craziest acquisitions at the IPL auction - The IPL auctions are known to spring surprises with little known players hitting a jackpot to become millionaires. Here's a look at some buys that left most people surprised.

Irfan Pathan marries 21-year-old model Safa Baig in Jeddah - India all-rounder, Irfan Pathan got married to Safa Baig, a 21-year-old Saudi Arabian model, in a private wedding ceremony held at Jeddah on Thursday.

Hales 99, Buttler put England 2-0 up against SA - England opener Alex Hales fell one short of a second one-day International century as his team completed a comfortable five- wicket victory over South Africa on Saturday.

Ranji: Bengal fighting to save outright defeat against MP - arpreet Singh Bhatia slammed his second first-class ton to lead the Madhya Pradesh run-spree in the second innings and set Bengal an improbable 788 runs for a win in their Ranji Trophy quarterfinals on Saturday.

Ranji: Mumbai thrash Jharkhand, set to meet MP in Ranji semis - Favourites Mumbai inflicted a crushing 395-run defeat on Jharkhand to enter the semi-finals of the Raji Trophy cricket tournament with left-arm spinner Iqbal Abdullah and part-time off-spinner Jay Bista helping themselves to five-wicket hauls on Saturday.

Painful to see no international cricket in Pakistan: Richards - West Indian batting great Vivian Richards says he is pained to see international cricket teams not touring Pakistan since the last seven years.

At 9.5 crore, Watson is top pick at IPL 9 auction - The auction ahead of the ninth edition of the Indian Premier League had in store something on expected lines and some surprises.

The Indian report card: Negi gets lucky, another big deal for Yuvi - While the auction ahead of the ninth edition, starting in April, was great for Indian players in general, there were a few surprises in store. Rediff.com takes a look at the Indian players who secured themselves the best deals.

ICC U-19 World Cup: Pant, Singh take India to semi-finals - Rishabh Pant hit 111 (off 96 balls) as India demolished Namibia by 197 runs in Fatullah on Saturday to cruise into the semi-finals of the ICC U-19 World Cup.

IPL schedule is not related to Lodha Panel: Shukla - IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla on Saturday said that the scheduling of the league has not been related to Lodha Pnael recommendations about having a 15-day gap between start of the cash-rich league and India's national calender.

'It is not that Yuvraj did not evoke interest among bidders' - Royal Challengers Bangalore Director Amrit Thomas has said the franchise team was interested in buying back Yuvraj Singh, who was eventually snapped up by Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs. 7 crore in the IPL players' auction.

Highly rated, consistent performer...and left unsold - Here's a list of few top draws who went unsold in the first round of auction ahead of the ninth edition of the Indian Premier League.

Wellington ODI: Marsh guides Australia to series-levelling win - Mitchell Marsh kept calm after New Zealand got the sniff of an unlikely victory and scored his sixth one-day international half century to guide Australia to a four-wicket win in the second match of their one-day series on Saturday.

IPL auction: The onus is on the owners...of course - Rediff.com takes a look at how the owners fared this time.

Ranji Trophy: Mumbai poised for outright win over Jharkhand - Set a near impossible victory target of 490 on a track that is offering help for the spinners, Jharkhand were 28 for one in their second innings with two full days' play left and 462 runs to get.

Unadkat steers Saurashtra to Ranji semi-finals - Left-arm seamer Jaydev Unadkat took four wickets in the second innings and took his match tally to nine for 116 as Saurashtra thrashed Vidarbha by an innings and 85 runs and booked a place in the Ranji Trophy semi-finals for the first time in three seasons, in Vizianagaram, Andhra Pradesh, on Friday.

'Need to understand that the Indian conditions are very different' - Ravichandran Ashwin believes India, which has recorded a historic T20 series win in the recently-concluded tour to Australia, will need to adjust to the home conditions quickly if they desire to win the ICC Twenty20 World Cup for a second time.

Madhya Pradesh sight semi-final berth after Patidar's ton - Young Rajat Patidar showed character to register his third first-class century as Madhya Pradesh tightened their grip on Bengal by the end of the third day in the Ranji Trophy quarter-final at the Brabourne Stadium, in Mumbai, on Friday.

'The BCCI is not looking for an escape route' - The Board of Control for Cricket in India said on Friday it is "not looking for an escape route" but needs to time to implement the Lodha Committee's recommendations on reforms in cricket administration.

Is this Indian team good enough to win the World T20? - In opting for an extra spinner, says Harish Kotian/Rediff.com, India have picked a batsman less.

ICC U-19 World Cup: Mehidy, Zakir carry Bangladesh to semi-finals - Hosts Bangladesh defeated a valiant Nepal by six wickets after a tense run-chase to storm into the semi-finals of the ICC under-19 World Cup on Friday, giving the nation its maiden appearance in the last four of a world event.

Taylor ruled out, Nicholls in line for Test debut against Australia - Left-handed batsman Henry Nicholls is in line to make his Test debut against Australia next week with Ross Taylor ruled out of the side for the match at the Basin Reserve with a side strain.

Australia women thump India in Hobart, seal ODI series - Smriti Mandhana's ton went in vain as Australia rode on half-centuries by Nicole Bolton (77) and skipper Meg Lanning (61) to register a comfortable six-wicket win over India in the second ODI and seal the three-match series 2-0 in Hobart.

India should have picked a leg-spinner in WT20 squad: Gavaskar - Former captain Sunil Gavaskar feels including injury-prone pacer Mohammed Shami in India's Tewnty20 World Cup squad is a bit of a risk but the team announced by the Board's selection committee, on Friday, has "terrific balance".

Will Feroz Shah Kotla host World T20 matches? - BCCI to make Delhi T20 venue decision on Monday

Shami in squad for World T20, Asia Cup; Negi gets surprise call - Young all-rounder Pawan Negi was the surprise inclusion in India's squad for the World Twenty20 and Asia Cup even as the selectors reposed faith in old warhorses Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh for the two tournaments.

Ravindra Jadeja gets engaged! - Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja got engaged to a Rajkot-based mechanical engineer, Reeva Solanki, in a private ceremony on Friday.

Australia recall Khawaja for New Zealand series - In-form batsman Usman Khawaja has been selected to play his first one-day international in three years when Australia meet New Zealand in the second match of their series in Wellington on Saturday.

Herwardkar's all-round show powers Mumbai - After a cracking century, left-handed opener Akhil Herwadkar spun web around Jharkhand batsmen with his off-breaks as heavyweights Mumbai took a step closer towards qualifying for the semi-finals of the Ranji Trophy on Thursday.

Syed Mohammad, pacers put Assam on top against Punjab - Wickets fell like a deck of cards as 16 batsmen perishing on the second day of the Ranji Trophy quarter-final between Assam and Punbal, in Valsad, on Thursday. Starting the day on 223 for eight, overnight batsman Jamaluddin Syed Mohammad (121) added 71 runs to his overnight score and hit the bulk of the runs to take Assam to a respectable score of 323.

Pacers dominate at MP take big lead over Bengal - On a day dominated by pace bowlers from both sides, Madhya Pradesh held the upper hand over Bengal by taking a handsome first innings lead of 227 runs after skittling out the latter for a paltry 121 in their Ranji Trophy quarter-final, at the Brabourne Stadium, on Thursday.

SC to BCCI: Fall in line with Lodha report and save trouble! - The Supreme Court has urged the Board of Control for Cricket in India to follow the recommendations of the Justice R M Lodha Committee and "save trouble".

ICC includes Dravid to fight corruption in cricket - Batting great Rahul Dravid has been named in ICC's newly appointed Anti-Corruption Oversight Group as part of the recommendation from its Integrity Working Party of the parent body.

Big 3 to lose clout? ICC Board calls for 'independent' chairman - The ICC Board, at its first meeting of 2016 in Dubai on Wednesday, considered amendments made to the ICC's constitution in 2014 and agreed that, in order to avoid any potential conflicts of interest and follow best practice principles of good governance, it will seek to re-establish as quickly as possible the 'independent' position of ICC chairman.

U-19 World Cup: Will it be an India-Pak semi-final? - Undefeated India, England, Pakistan and host Bangladesh will start as favourites when the Super League quarter-finals of the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup 2016 are played from 5 to 8 February in Mirpur and Fatullah.

Why India start as favourites to win World T20 - 'Dhoni may be hoping that luck stays with him for a couple of months more.'

Great if me and Shikhar can match Sachin-Sourav pair: Rohit - The comparisons with the legendary pair of Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly are certainly flattering but Rohit Sharma feels his partnership with Shikhar hawan still has a long way to go before matching up to the iconic opening combination.

Bailey hits back at non-referral finger-pointing - Australia batsman George Bailey hit back at reports he was to blame for the non-referral howler that saw David Warner's wicket thrown away and hastened his team's slide to a record 159-run defeat against New Zealand at Eden Park.

Shastri has just ONE word for Dhoni's critics... - Dhoni's contribution is second to none in Indian cricket, says Ravi Shastri.

Kohli 'wields his willow like a fencer'; Dhawan is destructive - In awe of Virat Kohli's meteoric rise, Indian Team Director Ravi Shastri on Thursday said the swashbuckling batsman seems like a mirror-image of West Indian great Viv Richards.

Who will get the selectors' nod? Rahane or Pandey? - The clean sweep in the T20 series against Australia has lessened their dilemmas but selectors will debate.

Fit-again Australia coach Lehmann set to join team in New Zealand - Australia coach Darren Lehmann has been cleared to fly to New Zealand after recovering from deep vein thrombosis and will join the squad on Saturday ahead of their third and final one-day international against the hosts.

Aussie female cricketer BANNED for betting on men's match - Australia has banned women's cricketer Piepa Cleary for six months, with another 18 months suspended, for placing bets on a men's test match between Australia and New Zealand in November.

Buttler serves up thrilling ton in England win - Jos Buttler struck a rapid century as England beat South Africa by 39 runs via the Duckworth/Lewis method in a high-scoring first One-day International marred by rain on Wednesday.

IPL Auction 2016: The 10 best buys on offer - 351 cricketers -- 230 Indians and 131 foreigners -- will go under the hammer in Saturday's IPL players' auction.

Ranji: Unadkat, Pujara put Saurashtra on top against Vidarbha - Saurashtra took firm control as India discard Jaydev Unadkat grabbed a five-wicket haul to skittle out Vidarbha for a paltry 151 on the opening day of their Ranji Trophy quarter-final in Vizianagaram, Andhra Pradesh.

Ranji: Kaul's four helps Punjab steal Day 1 honours - Punjab bowlers produced a disciplined performance with pacer Siddharth Kaul leading the way with a four-wicket haul as they restricted Assam to 233 for eight at stumps on the first day of their Ranji Trophy quarter-finals, in Valsad, on Wednesday.

Herwadkar's century lifts Mumbai on Day 1 of Ranji quarters - Mumbai rode on Akhil Herwadkar's century and a quickfire fifty from Suryakumar Yadav to post a healthy 303 for six at close of play on day one of their quarter-final clash against Jharkhand in Mysore, on Wednesday.

Ganguly rules out coaching Indian team - Sourav Ganguly has said that he was not in a position to take up the job of Indian cricket team's coach at present even if offered to him.

Ranji: MP recover after Bengal strike early blows on Day 1 - Madhya Pradesh recovered from the loss of two cheap wickets to a healthy 254 for four at stumps on the first day of their five-day Ranji Trophy quarter final against Bengal at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai, on Wednesday.

Seeing Kohli at the other end pumps me up: Rubel - Bangladesh pacer Rubel Hossain, who has a history of altercations with Virat Kohli said that seeing India's batting mainstay at the other end pumps him up to bowl better.

Why Manish Pandey is not taking Sydney ton for granted? - Manish Pandey believes a coming-of-age performance in Australia has provided a boost to his international career and he hopes to build on the exploits Down Under in the upcoming three-match T20 series against Sri Lanka.

Used favourite bats even if broken, wore left pad first: Sachin - India's batting legend Sachin Tendulkar shared his superstition of wearing the left pad first and using his favourite bat even if it was broken by fixing it in his hotel room.

U-19 WC: Pakistan down SL to set up West Indies quarter-final - Pakistan rode on a fine all-round performance by Hasan Mohsin to defeat Sri Lanka by 23 runs in the last league match and top Group B in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in Bangladesh on Wednesday.

Injured Faulkner to miss remainder of New Zealand tour - Australian all-rounder James Faulkner has been ruled out of the remaining of the one-day internationals series against New Zealand, Cricket Australia said in a statement on Wednesday.

I bowled Sachin with a teesra: Saqlain - Former Pakistan off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq, who dismissed Sachin Tendulkar in the All Stars League held recently in the Unites States of America, revealed that he bowled the legendary batsman with a 'teesra' - a delivery he developed, while he was playing County Cricket in England.

'Stop blaming each other after every defeat' - Pakistan veteran batsman Younis Khan has urged his side to stop blaming each other for their poor performances and called on the top management to boost their confidence.

REVEALED! Why Chanderpaul retired... - Stating that he was forced to retire from international cricket in order to get a NOC to play in the Masters Champions League, veteran West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul has warned that such shabby treatment by selectors is a worrying sign for future cricketers.

PHOTOS: Kiwis thrash Australia by 159 runs after Henry, Guptill show - Matt Henry shrugged off the disappointment of missing out on selection for next month's World Twenty20 with a hostile spell of pace bowling that helped New Zealand ease to a 159-run win over Australia in the first one-day international on Wednesday.

India team for Asia Cup, World T20 to be picked on Friday - The Indian squads for the upcoming Asia Cup T20 tournament in Bangladesh and the subsequent International Cricket Council World Twenty20 championship in India are to be chosen on February 5 at Delhi by the national selection panel headed by Sandeep Patil.

'Because we kept trying the same bowlers, we got similar results' - India's limited overs captain Mahendra Sigh Dhoni has said that inconsistent performances will be scrutinized thoroughly in the future.

'Yuvraj can just go and express himself batting at No. 5' - Mahendra Singh Dhoni seems to be satisfied with Yuvraj Singh's cameo in the third and final T20 against Australia in Sydney and expects that the veteran left-hander would only get better as he plays more and more matches in the lead upto the ICC World T20 starting in just over a month's time.

Australian women post 101-run win over India in Canberra ODI - Australian women's cricket team overcame the disappointment of losing the T20I series, as they thrashed India Women by 101 runs in the first One-day International in Canberra.

Did Windies steal victory from Zimbabwe in U-19 World Cup with a 'Mankad'? - West Indies registered a controversial two-run victory against Zimbabwe to enter the quarter-finals of the ICC Under-19 World Cup in Chittagong, on Tuesday.

Hodge to coach new IPL team Gujarat Lions; Raina to lead - Former Australian batsman Brad Hodge has been appointed coach of the new Indian Premier League franchise Gujarat Lions.

Started playing because of Sachin: Kohli - Virat Kohli is in the form of his life with several former players like Brett Lee comparing him to India's batting legend Sachin Tendulkar, but the hero of India's T20 triumph in Australia was full of praise for the master blaster.

Why India can play 'fearless cricket' at World T20 - With me, Yuvraj and Dhoni in the middle-order, we have the required experience, says Indian batsman Suresh Raina

Why Lara believes India will win World T20 - West Indies batting legend Brian Lara considers hosts India the favourites in the World Twenty20 Championship but insists that the West Indians can also pose a threat if they select their best players for the March 8 to April 3 event.

Spotted: Kohli, Yuvraj and Harbhajan in Sydney - Balram Singh met Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh in Sydney.

In-form but unlucky Khawaja sidelined as Shaun Marsh picked for 1st ODI - Steven Smith admitted that Usman Khawaja has the right to feel aggrieved after the Australia captain confirmed the in-form batsman had been overlooked for Wednesday's opening one-dayer against New Zealand.

4 reasons why PSL will be benificial - Pakistan Twenty20 skipper Shahid Afridi believes that the first edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) will be a great event in the history of Pakistan cricket.

Ranji cricketer DROPPED for black buck killing - The Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) has dropped all-rounder Rameez Khan from the Ranji trophy squad after he was arrested for allegedly killing a black buck in Sagar district in January.

'Hardik Pandya as a package is very good to have in the side' - Mahendra Singh Dhoni is highly impressed with young Hardik Pandya for his effort in the T20 series Down Under.

Play selector! Pick India's 15 for the World T20 - Before the selectors meet to finalise the squad, you can take on their role and pick 15 players you feel can deliver the World T20 Cup to India.

Is Nepal's U-19 captain Raju Rijal overage? - The ongoing ICC U-19 was struck by a controversy when a Mumbai cricketer accused Nepal captain Raju Rijal of being overage.

Why did Younis Khan retire from ODIs? - Former Pakistan captain Younis Khan has finally broken his silence on his decision to retire abruptly from one-day international last November during the series against England.

U-19 World Cup: Record-breaking Pant helps India maintain winning run - Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant smashed his way into the record books with a 24-ball 78 as India colts gave Nepal a rude reality check by handing them a seven-wicket hammering to finish their league engagements unbeaten in the ICC U-19 World Cup in Mirpur on Monday.

India face Bangladesh in Asia Cup opener, play Pak on Feb 27 - India would start their campaign in the Asia Cup T20 Championship by taking on hosts Bangladesh in the tournament-opener at the Sher-E-Bangla Stadium in Mirpur on February 24, according to the event schedule released on Monday.

'Did not expect getting picked in a squad which has won a series' - It is difficult to expect that selectors would ring in changes when an Indian cricket team wins a series 3-0 on Australian soil which is precisely the reason why Pawan Negi is "pleasantly surprised" after knowing about his selection for the T20 series against Sri Lanka.

Australia hopeful on captain Finch's return ahead of World T20 - Australia are hopeful T20 captain Aaron Finch will be available for the World T20, but say it's too early to declare him fully fit for the tournament in India next month.

Kohli rested for Sri Lanka T20 series, Yadav dropped - The in-form Virat Kohli was on Monday rested for the forthcoming T20I series against Sri Lanka, while Delhi's left-arm spinner Pawan Negi was a surprise inclusion for the three-match series.

World T20 is a waste of time: Ryan Harris - The World Twenty20 Championships to be held next month in India are nothing but a "waste of time", feels former Australian pacer Ryan Harris.

Sehwag appointed mentor of Kings XI Punjab - Former India opener Virender Sehwag has been appointed by Kings XI Punjab as the mentor for the upcoming Indian Premier League Season 9.

ICC T20 Rankings: Kohli rises to No 1 - Virat Kohli was on Monday rewarded for his stupendous performance in India's clean sweep against Australia in the T20 internationals as he replaced Aaron Finch as the top-ranked batsman in the International Cricket Council list for the shortest format.

Indian conditions compel Kiwis to stock squad with spinning options - Nathan McCullum gets recall into Kiwi set-up for World T20; Nicholls gets call-up after good showing in series vs Pakistan

TOP 3 reasons why Dhoni is impressed with Bumrah - Unorthodox Jasprit Bumrah gives MS Dhoni welcome option at the death.

With World T20 in mind, injured Finch says NO to surgery - Australia's Aaron Finch will not require surgery on his injured hamstring, the country's cricket board said on Monday, raising hopes that the captain will be fit for next month's World Twenty20 in India.

Bumrah is the find of the T20 series, says Dhoni - India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is highly impressed with young Gujarat pacer Jasprit Bumrah, who has given the Australian batsmen hard time during the limited overs series in Australia that concluded in Sydney on Sunday.

3 reasons why India are favourites for World T20 - "Conditions are different in India and they have so many world class players, especially in the batting and spin-bowling."

We are rewarding IPL performances: Dhoni - 'The conditions from now onwards will also be similar to what we get during the IPL so we want to cash in on that aggression'

U-19 WC: Defending champs South Africa knocked out by Namibia - Defending champions South Africa crashed out of the ICC U19 World Cup after suffering a shock two-wicket loss against qualifier Namibia in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh on Sunday.

For Kohli, hostility has now turned to mutual respect - 'They give you respect but they don't intrude in your private space. That's something that I adore about this country. It was tough early on when I came here. I have had confrontations but it has led to mutual respect'

Should India retain the same playing XI for World T20? - Yes, thinks former India captain Sunil Gavaskar.

T20 rankings: Clean sweep over Australia takes India to top spot - India, who are also the number one in Tests, overtook the West Indies to reach the top spot in the shortest format. India have 120 rating points, two more than the Caribbean unit.

India's reversal of fortune is surprisingly thanks to their bowlers - India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni credited his bowling arsenal for the 3-0 Twenty20 series whitewash over Australia and cited the contributions of young Jasprit Bumrah and experienced Ashish Nehra as being crucial to India's win in the series.

India script thrilling win to whitewash Australia in T20 series - Shane Watson's unbeaten hundred could not prevent Australia falling to a seven-wicket defeat to India in the third and final Twenty20 match on Sunday as Suresh Raina hit a four on the last ball to complete a 3-0 clean sweep in the series.

PHOTOS: India beat Australia in Sydney, complete 3-0 rout - Images from the third and final T20 International between Australia and India at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

'Dhoni, Kohli pep talk helped women's team excel in Australia' - Ecstatic with the women's cricket team's historic series triumph over Australia, men's fielding coach R Sridhar has sought to claim a bit of credit for it, saying that pep talks from him and the likes of M S Dhoni might have contributed to the aggressive approach that Mithali Raj and Co. displayed.

India Colts eye for group toppers spot as they face Nepal - Having already assured a quarter-final berth, Indian team will be aiming to top their pool when they square off against a spirited Nepal in the final group league encounter of the ICC U-19 World Cup, on Monday.

NZ seal rain-hit thriller to win series against Pak - A record partnership by Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson gave New Zealand victory with two balls to spare in a tense third one-dayer against Pakistan in Auckland on Sunday.

Series already clinched, Indian women lose to Aus in 3rd T20I - A historic series triumph already sealed, the Indian women's cricket team faltered in its quest for a clean-sweep as it went down by 15 runs to Australia in the third and final Twenty20 International following a spectacular batting collapse in Sydney on Sunday.

Clarke set to return to first class cricket, IPL on his radar - Former Australian Test captain Michael Clarke is set to return to first-class cricket six months after he announced international retirement and the lucrative India Premier League is on his radar, according to reports in the Australian media.

Australia still confident ahead of World T20 - Australia remain optimistic about their Twenty20 World Cup campaign despite being shown up in all facets by India in the opening two matches of their current series.

MCL: Yet another resounding victory for Gemini Arabians - Brad Hodge and Kumar Sangakkara added 105 runs for the unbroken third wicket stand as Gemini Arabians notched up their second successive victory in the Masters Champions League T20 tournament beating Leo Lions by eight wickets, in Dubai, on Saturday.

IPL auction: Yuvraj, Ishant among 351 players to go under the hammer - Yuvraj Singh, Ishant Sharma and Kevin Pietersen will be among the eight marquee players up for grabs at the IPL 2016 Player Auction scheduled to take place, in Bengaluru, on February 6.

U-19 World Cup: Sarfaraz, Avesh sizzle; India march into quarters - India stormed into the ICC Under-19 cricket World Cup quarter-finals after producing a clinical all-round performance to wallop New Zealand by 120 runs in their penultimate group D encounter, in Mirpur, on Saturday.

U 19 WC Roundup: Nepal enter first-ever quarters - Nepal rode on leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane's five-wicket haul, which included the first hat-trick in the tournament, to beat Ireland by eight wickets and book their maiden berth in the Super League quarter-finals of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup, in Fatullah, on Saturday.

How India is outplaying Australia in all three departments... - He does not consider the back-to-back Twenty20 losses to India a major setback but Australia's stand-in cricket coach Michael Di Venuto concedes that his team has certainly been outplayed in all three departments of the game so far.

Sydney T20: India eye clean sweep against Australia - The series already in their pocket, India would aim for a clean sweep against the hosts and end the tour of Australia on a high when the two teams clash in the third and final Twenty20.

Kotla stadium could lose World T20 matches - New Delhi's Feroz Shah Kotla ground is in danger of losing its World Twenty20 fixtures after the Indian cricket board (BCCI) moved a match against Sri Lanka away from the venue due to administrative lapses.

De Villiers named South Africa's full-time Test skipper - AB de Villiers has been appointed as the South Africa's Test captain on a permanent basis after the national selectors unanimously decided to choose the swashbuckling batsman to lead the nation through a transitional phase.

Top-ranked Windies call-up banned Narine for World T20 - All-rounder Darren Sammy will lead the team, which includes 11 players from the contingent that won the last World Cup in Sri Lanka four years ago

Injured McCullum named NZ captain for his final ODI series - New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has been named to lead his country in his final one-day series against Australia next month, providing he can prove his fitness.

Watson to captain Australia for final T20 v India - Finch suffered the injury while batting during the team's 27-run loss at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, which saw India take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

Kohli explains fiery send-off - Star Indian batsman Virat Kohli, on Friday, explained what was behind his fiery 'send-off' of Steven Smith during the first T20 International earlier this week and said that it had nothing to do with the Australian wearing a microphone.

Why Shane Watson is a worried man... - Australian all-rounder Shane Watson, on Friday, rued the failure of his side to negotiate the Indian spinners when the ball was not turning much and attributed it as the reason of their 27-run loss in the second

Injured Finch to miss 3rd T20; Khawaja to replace him - Australia captain Aaron Finch will miss the third and final T20 International against India in Sydney on Sunday because of a left hamstring injury he suffered, on Friday, and he will be replaced in the squad by Usman Khawaja.

Dhoni lauds bowlers after T20 series win over Aus - Mahendra Singh Dhoni lavished praise on his bowlers after India beat Australia by 27 runs in the second Twenty20 International at the MCG on Friday to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

Stats Pack: Dhoni and India high at the MCG! - Rajneesh Gupta presents some interesting numbers from the second T20 International between India and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

'Kohli can bat at night without lights' - The sublime touch that he is in, Virat Kohli can bat even at midnight without switching on the lights and still score runs, Sunil Gavaskar said, on Friday, eulogising the young Indian batsman.

PHOTOS: Rohit, Kohli power India to series win in Melbourne - Images from the second T20 International between Australia and India in Melbourne, on Friday.

Fazal's century steers India 'A' to Deodhar Trophy title - Faiz Fazal hit a century to steer India 'A' to the Deodar Trophy title following a comprehensive 87-run victory against India 'B' in the final in Kanpur, on Friday.

India seal T20 series after big win at MCG - India turned in a fine all-round show to beat Australia by 27 runs in the second Twenty20 International and take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, on Friday.

Will DRS be used in this IPL? - A staunch and consistent opponent of the controversial Decision Review System, the Board of Control for Cricket in India for the first time ever could use the technology with some changes in this year's Indian Premier League.

Will noRanchi to host India-Sri Lanka T20 after DDCA says will not - Snubbed by the Delhi high court, the Delhi and Districts Cricket Association on Friday officially intimated the Board of Control for Cricket in India that it will not be able to host the second India-Sri Lanka Twenty20 International on February 12. The BCCI named Ranchi as the new venue for the match.

India women outclass Australia at MCG to clinch T20I series - The Indian women's cricket team produced another clinical performance to crush Australia by 10 wickets in a rain-affected T20 International match and clinch the three-match series 2-0, at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, on Friday.

SC stays criminal proceedings against MS Dhoni - In a major relief for Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the Supreme Court on Friday stayed the criminal proceedings against him in his case of allegedly 'denigrating' a Hindu god by posing as Lord Vishnu on the cover page of a magazine.

Graham Ford returns as Sri Lanka coach - South African Graham Ford will take over as the chief coach of the Sri Lankan cricket team for his second stint replacing Marvan Atapattu, who had stepped down five months back.

Sangakkara powers Gemini Arabians to win in MCL opener - Riding on a superb all-round show, Gemini Arabians registered a massive 78-run win over Libra Legends in the opening match of the Masters Champions League Twenty20 tournament at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Friday.

Umpires to be issued helmets for World T20 - The International Cricket Council will issue all umpires with helmets in the upcoming World T20 tournament in India as part of a growing trend towards the increased safety of officials in the sport.

Mascarenhas to step down as NZ bowling coach - Dimitri Mascarenhas will step down as New Zealand bowling coach at the conclusion of next month's series against Australia to spend more time with his family, the team said on Friday.

ICC crackdown 'a bit of a joke': Warner - Star Australian opener David Warner has labeled the International Cricket Council's crackdown concerning on-field player behaviour "a bit of a joke".

Why Smith is miffed with Kohli... - Hitting back at Virat Kohli for a send-off following his dismissal during the first Twenty20, Australia batsman Steven Smith said the chatter-box gesture by 'emotional' Indian was not required at all.

Spidercam to be used in World T20 despite recent glitches - The controversial spidercam, which has been criticised by India's limited-overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, will be used during the upcoming World Twenty20 Championship but it won't disturb play, International Cricket Council's Chief Executive Dave Richardson said.

IPL GC to meet in Mumbai ahead of players' auction - The Governing Council of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is to meet, in Mumbai, on Friday ahead of the players' auction which is scheduled to be held on February 6.

PHOTOS: Kohli, Yuvraj, Maxwell's day out at the Australian Open - Indian cricketers Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh took some time off from their busy schedule to catch the action at the 2016 Australian Open tennis tournament, in Melbourne, on Thursday.

DDCA gets yet another extension after taking legal recourse - The faction-ridden Delhi & Districts Cricket Association (DDCA), on Thursday, got a one-day extension from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

Sarfaraz, Washington fashion big win over Ireland at U-19 World Cup - Sarfaraz Khan and Washington Sundar hit half-centuries as India scored a 79-run victory over Ireland in their opening ICC Under-19 World Cup Group D match at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, in Mirpur, on Thursday.

Under-19 WC: Qualifier Nepal shocks New Zealand; Shadab stars for Pak - Qualifier Nepal caused the first major upset of the World Cup, shocking New Zealand by 32 runs in a Group D match in Fatullah on Thursday.

Sri Lanka recall Dilhara Fernando India T20s - The 36-year-old Fernando, who last played for Sri Lanka way back in 2012, was included in place of T20 captain Lasith Malinga, who is recuperating from an injury.

Why Australia have struggled in T20 Internationals - Arguably the most successful cricketing nation as far as Tests and One-Day Internationals are concerned, Australia have struggled in Twenty20 and all-rounder Shane Watson feels it is because the shortest format only has 'entertainment value'.

Hardik Pandya reprimanded for celebrating excessively - India all-rounder Hardik Pandya was reprimanded by the ICC for celebrating aggressively after taking a wicket during the first Twenty20 International against Australia in Adelaide, on Tuesday.

India look for T20 series-clinching win in Melbourne - High on confidence after winning the first Twenty20 International, India will look to press home the advantage and seal off the three-match series when they take on Australia in the second T20 in Melbourne.

Ashwin dares Australia's batsmen to attack him - India's off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin said he is not intimidated by the Australian batsmen's strategy of attacking him as he has the ability to handle the onslaught and pick wickets as well.

Asia Cup: India to clash with arch-rivals Pakistan on Feb 27 - The Indian cricket team will start its their Asia Cup campaign against Bangladesh on February 24 before taking on arch-rivals Pakistan in what promises to be a high-voltage encounter on February 27.

Kohli's Pakistani fan faces 10-yr jail for hoisting tri-colour - A Pakistani die-hard fan of Indian batsman Virat Kohli is facing up to 10 years imprisonment after being arrested for hoisting the Indian tri-colour atop his home in Punjab Province which he had done to show his love for the cricketer.

'Ashwin going round the wicket makes it difficult for batsmen' - After a lackluster ODI series, the Indian spinners came into their own in the opening T20 against Australia in Adelaide, with Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja bagging two wickets apiece.

'Virat Kohli is at the moment from a different planet' - Sunil Gavaskar has praised Virat Kohli for his stellar show Down Under.

'It's pretty evident India want to win the World T20 at home' - Former Australia paceman Damien Fleming has said addition of Yuvraj Singh and Ashish Nehra to the side was an indication that India's preparations for the upcoming World Twenty20 are in full swing.

BCCI gives DDCA January 28 deadline - The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to give a day's extension to the beleaguered Delhi & Districts Cricket Association (DDCA), whose officials are set to meet LG Najeeb Jung and urban development minister Venkaiah Naidu regarding the requisite permissions for T20 Internationals against Sri Lanka at the Feroz Shah Kotla on February 12.

Simply not cricket: Pakistan man faces jail for flying India flag - A Pakistani man has been arrested for hoisting the flag of arch rival India on his roof, an act police described as "anti-state" but which the accused says was a tribute to Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli, officials said on Wednesday.

Warner pips Smith to win Allan Border Medal - David Warner won the 2016 Allan Border Medal- an award given to Australia's cricketer of the year.

Bangladesh stun defending champions South Africa in U19 WC opener - In the other match of the day, Dan Lawrence and Jack Burnham hit centuries as title contender England crushed Fiji by a massive margin of 299 runs.

U-19 World Cup: India start campaign against Ireland - A formidable India U-19 team coached by the legendary Rahul Dravid start as overwhelming favourites against minnows Ireland in their opening Group D league match of the ICC U-19 World Cup in Mirpur on Thursday.

Has technology done more harm than good to player's concentration? - Television network Channel Nine's use of on-field mike chat has come under fire following Australian batsman Steve Smith's dismissal just after a live conversation with commentators in the first cricket Twenty20 International against India.

Ganguly to miss Master Cricket League? - Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly will miss the inaugural edition of the Master Cricket League after sustaining a back injury during a practice session.

Parthiv's ton in vain as India A beat Gujarat - Kedar Jadhav's stroke-filled 91 was the cornerstone of a collective batting performance by India A as they comfortably beat Vijay Hazare Trophy champions Gujarat by six wickets to enter the final of the Deodhar Trophy one day cricket tournament on Wednesday in Kanpur.

Run-machine Rohit is MVP of Australia-India ODIs - India opener Rohit Sharma, who hit 441 runs in five matches with two centuries, is the MVP of the recently-concluded ODI series against Australia, ahead of Virat Kohli and Steve Smith.

Ashwin remains No.1 all-rounder in Tests - India's Ravichandran Ashwin continued to hold on to the top spot in the all-rounders' table and also retained his second position in the bowling list in the latest ICC Test rankings.

Is this 22-year-old rookie India's new pace sensation? - India should invest in someone like Jasprit Bumrah, says Damien Fleming.

How Warner wants Aussie batsmen to tackle India's spinners - Holding the team's batting failure responsible for the 37-run defeat to India in the first Twenty20 International, Australian batsman David Warner on Wednesday said the hosts need to bat smartly against the Indian spinners and take full advantage of the big stadiums Down Under.

'When you look to restrict, Virat puts pressure back on the bowler' - Australia Twenty20 captain Aaron Finch has heaped praise on Virat Kohli, saying it is nearly impossible to stop the Indian batsman once he gets going.

New Zealand stadium announcer admonished for taunting Aamir - New Zealand Cricket has come down heavily on a stadium announcer for taunting tainted Pakistani fast bowler Muhammad Aamir during the third Twenty20 International.

Victorious England nowhere near the finished article, insists Cook - A trio of match winners in Stuart Broad, Joe Root and Ben Stokes offer England a bright future in Test cricket but unfortunately for Alastair Cook, there seems to be no end in sight in his long search for a worthy opening partner.

Signs of hope for South Africa even as de Villiers ponders - For the first time in a decade, South Africa have been forced to acknowledge they are on the decline following back-to-back series losses to India and England that have knocked them off the top of the Test rankings.

'India will be the team to watch out for at the World T20' - Former captain Sunil Gavaskar feels hosts India will start as favourites at the upcoming World Twenty20.

'Batsmen will take time to get used to Bumrah's slingy action' - If former captain Sunil Gavaskar is to be believed, Jasprit Bumrah's unconventional slingy action is what could be

'Virat did it well once he got a chance to bat up the order' - Virat Kohli has been in great touch since landing in Australia, with two hundreds and two half-centuries in the five-match ODI series, and now an unbeaten 90 in this first T20I.

Chanderpaul should have received proper send-off: Lara - Former West Indies captain Brian Lara has described Shivnarine Chanderpaul as 'one of the giants of the Caribbean cricket' and expressed that the recently retired batsman should have been given a 'proper send-off' in international cricket.

DDCA to move court for Sri Lanka T20 - The Delhi & Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) has decided to move court to get requisite compliance certificates which are mandatory for hosting the T20 International against Sri Lanka at the Feroz Shah Kotla on February 12.

India ranked NUMBER ONE Test team in the world - India regained top status in Test cricket, after nearly four-and-half years, following England's 2-1 series victory over former leaders South Africa.

Adelaide T20: Kohli, Raina make it a memorable day for India - The India cricket team recorded a comprehensive 37-run win over Australia in the first T20 at the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday, and take a 1-0 lead in the three match T20 series.

Gavaskar tags India favourites at World T20 after Adelaide victory - India registered a resounding victory in the T20 series-opener against Australia, and following their clinical performance Sunil Gavaskar feels the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side will start as favourites at the upcoming World Twenty20 at home.

Dhoni relieved and impressed by team effort - Debutant Hardik Pandya stellar performance in Tuesday's T20 International against Australia caught the attention of India supporters, and India's ODI skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said the youngster can lend the side some much-needed stability if he performs consistently.

Gujarat lose to India 'B' despite Gandhi's unbeaten century - Chirag Gandhi's brilliant unbeaten century went in vain as Gujarat went down to India 'B' by seven runs in a thrilling last-over finish, in the Deodhar Trophy One-Day tournament in Kanpur, on Tuesday.

Number crunching: Records galore for Kohli in 1st Twenty20I at Adelaide - Virat Kohli's elegant unbeaten 90 and some wily bowling by their spinners saw India secure a comprehensive 37-run victory over Australia in the first Twenty20 International at the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday.

PHOTOS: Kohli, spinners secure India's T20 win against Australia - Virat Kohli's elegant unbeaten 90 and some crafty bowling by their spinners secured India's comprehensive 37-run victory over Australia in the first Twenty20 International at the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday.

Kohli's unbeaten 90 propels India to victory in 1st T20I - Virat Kohli slammed an unbeaten 90 before a collective effort by the Indian bowlers gave the visitors a resounding start in the Twenty20 series against Australia with a 37-run victory in the first match in Adelaide, on Tuesday.

Red-hot Rabada sinks England in fourth Test - Mercurial paceman Kagiso Rabada produced the second best match figures by a South African to propel his side to a consolation 280-run victory over a feeble England on the last morning of the fourth and final Test.

Ailing Australia coach Lehmann to miss ODI series in NZ - Australia coach Darren Lehmann will miss next month's One-Day International series in New Zealand as he continues his recovery from deep vein thrombosis but he plans to join the team for the subsequent Test matches.

PHOTOS: Indian women stun Australia with record chase in 1st T20I - The Indian women's cricket team produced a superb all-round performance to chase down a record total and upstage World champions Australia by five wickets in the opening Twenty20 International in Adelaide, on Tuesday.

Rabada's double strike gives South Africa sight of victory - Firebrand fast bowler Kagiso Rabada bagged two wickets as South Africa reduced England to 52 for three at the close of day four of the final Test on Monday.

DDCA on a sticky wicket again over India vs SL T20 match - Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Anurag Thakur shot off an e-mail to the faction-ridden Delhi & Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) enquiring whether they can host the second T20 International between India and Sri Lanka scheduled to be played at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground in New Delhi, on February 12.

South Africa bans Bodi for 20 YEARS for match-fixing - Cricket South Africa on Monday imposed a ban of 20 years on Gulam Bodi after he admitted charges of contriving or attempting to fix matches in the 2015 RAM SLAM T20 Challenge Series.

Khaleel, Sarfaraz shine as India thrash Pakistan in U-19 WC warm-up - Rahul Dravid-coached India recorded a five-wicket victory over Pakistan on the final day of the warm-up matches on Monday ahead of the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2016, which starts in Bangladesh, on Wednesday.

India vs Australia in T20I: All you need to know - India will eye revenge for their defeat in one-day series as they meet fierce rivals Australia in three Twenty20 Internationals, starting on Tuesday, January 26 at Adelaide Oval.

After ODI debacle, India to play fearless cricket in T20s, says Raina - The demoralising defeat in the One-Day International series is a thing of past and the Indian team will challenge the Australians in the Twenty20 series with some fearless cricket, batsman Suresh Raina said on Monday after joining the side Down Under.

Bumrah's ODI debut -- an instance of serendipity - In a series in which, batsmen have dominated the bowlers with an unprecedented 3159 runs being scored, including 11 centuries hit by batters of both sides in the five one-day internationals.

MCA meet on Lodha recommendations put off after Pawar hospitalised - The Mumbai Cricket Association's scheduled meeting to discuss implications of the Justice Rajendra Mal Lodha committee report was postponed on Monday due to the indisposition of MCA president Sharad Pawar.

'I have that control with the ball now' - Irfan Pathan discloses on how he coped with the disappointment of getting dropped from the Indian team and what inspired his superb comeback in domestic cricket this season which he hopes lead to bigger things and eventually into a 'a really good story and inspiration' for others.

Unmukt powers India B to victory in Deodhar Trophy - Skipper Unmukt Chand anchored the chase to perfection with an unbeaten 77 to guide India B to a five-wicket victory against India A in the opening match of the Deodhar Trophy one-day cricket tournament at Kanpur on Monday.

Recalled seniors' spot in playing XI not assured, says Shastri - India's Team Director Ravi Shastri has said that while "experience cannot be bought in super market" the likes of Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh and Ashish Nehra will play only if they fit into the combination that the team is looking for, going into ICC World Twenty20.

McClenaghan to undergo surgery for a fractured eye socket - New Zealand's Mitchell McClenaghan is to undergo surgery for a fractured eye socket after suffering a nasty blow to the face in Monday's one-day international victory against Pakistan.

How Australia plan to stop Raina and Yuvraj in T20s - Upbeat after convincingly winning the One-Day International series 4-0, Australia's Twenty20 captain Aaron Finch is confident that the hosts can handle the more experienced Indian reinforcements in Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina who have joined the visitors for the three-match rubber starting in Adelaide, on Tuesday.

India eye revival, redemption in T20 series against Australia - Outplayed in the ODIs, a faltering India will look to get the balance right as they eye redemption in a three-match Twenty20 series against Australia starting in Adelaide on Tuesday which also kicks off their build-up for the World T20 Championships in March-April.

Wellington ODI: Nicholls, Boult help New Zealand thrash Pakistan - New Zealand pacemen Trent Boult and Grant Elliott shared seven wickets as the hosts bundled out Pakistan for 210 to win the first one-day international at the pacy Basin Reserve by 70 runs on Monday.

Lyon dropped, Khawaja left out of Australia's ODI squad - Off-spinner Nathan Lyon has been dropped from Australia's squad for the one-day international series in New Zealand next month, while in-form batsman Usman Khawaja has also been overlooked for the three-match series.

'Team India will be more worried about winning the T20 series' - Former Australia batsman-turned-commentator Dean Jones is convinced that the Indian team, during their ongoing tour Down Under, has been solely concentrating on the Twenty20 series with the World T20 just eight weeks away.

Jeff Thomson to be inducted into Australian Cricket Hall of Fame - Former tearaway fast bowler Jeff Thomson will be inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame at the Allan Border Medal dinner on Wednesday.

Ravi Shastri, Indian Cricket's Mr Indispensable - 'In the merry-go-round of Indian cricket, amid abhorrent match-fixing scandals and incessant politicking, Ravi Shastri is a multifaceted personality who, when called upon, can don any hat with ease.'

'We want to get a bit of momentum in the T20s against India' - Stand-in Australia coach Michael Di Venuto has hoped the revamped T20 unit under Aaron Finch's could gel together and nail a breakthrough World T20 title.

'Looking back...that century in Johannesburg was special' - Virat Kohli has put his efforts in Johannesburg, Adelaide and Wellington as his three best Test centuries.

Centurion Park Test: Rabada puts South Africa in control - Kagiso Rabada became the youngest South Africa bowler to take seven wickets in an innings as the hosts took charge of the fourth and final Test against England on Sunday.

What makes Sachin Tendulkar's chest swell with pride... - Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar said that singing the national anthem in front of a packed Wankhede Stadium before the 2011 World Cup final is the 'proudest feeling' he has ever had in his life.

'T20s are more important than ODIs' - India might have been thoroughly outplayed in the ODI series in Australia, but former Australia batsman Dean Jones said the visitors will do much better in the three T20 Internationals as they have a balanced side, which was missing in the One-dayers.

Rohit Sharma analyses the ODI series in Australia - Rohit Sharma is delighted to win theMan of the Series award for his whopping 441 runs in the just-concluded One-day International series against Australia but the stylish right-hander rued the fact that his team 'could not capture crucial moments', which led to their 1-4 defeat.

'Visualisation' helped Manish Pandey play match-winning knock - 'Batting at No 4 is my forte'

ICC rankings: In-form Rohit jets to career-best fifth spot - India's Rohit Sharma jumped eight spots to enter the top five in the ICC batsman rankings after a stellar showing in the recently concluded series against top-ranked Australia.

Dhoni has reached his use-by-date: Chappell - Former Australia captain Ian Chappell feels Mahendra Singh Dhoni is overstaying his time as India's limited over skipper and it is having debilitating effect on the Indian team.

Warne defends his charity under probe for financial irregularities - Australian spin legend Shane Warne's charitable foundation is under the scanner of a consumer watchdog in Melbourne but the flamboyant former cricketer has insisted that the furore is a "malicious campaign" and he has "absolutely nothing to hide".

Injured Maxwell to miss T20 opener vs India - Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has been ruled out of the first Twenty20 International against India in Adelaide on Tuesday after sustaining a hamstring injury which forced him to fly back home to Melbourne.

Highest base price for Yuvraj, KP, Marsh at IPL auction - 11 other players have quoted the highest base price for this year's auction to be held on February 6 in Bangalore.

Dhoni, Smith think Spidercam not too friendly an interference - Mahendra Singh Dhoni knows the introduction of broadcast technology has enhanced the viewing experience for fans but the Indian skipper has called for restraint after the overhead 'Spidercam' interfered with play in Saturday's one-dayer against Australia.

How Pandey capitalised on Rahane's injury - Magnificient Manish Pandey struck his maiden One-day century to secure India a pride-salvaging six-wicket victory against Australia in the fifth and final ODI in Sydney on Saturday.

Centurion Park Test: Cook steadies England after De Kock ton - Alastair Cook posted his first half-century of the series with an unbeaten 67 as England closed day two of the final Test on 138 for two, still 337 runs behind South Africa at Centurion Park on Saturday.

Number crunching: Batsmen dismissed on 99 and more - Rajneesh Gupta has interesting numbers from the match. Check them out.

Why former Pakistan greats look worrisome... - Former Pakistan cricketers Wasim Akram and Shoaib Akhtar have expressed dismay over the national team's meek surrender in the Twenty20 series in New Zealand and said the crisis before the ICC World T20 in India was 'worrisome'.

Want to know Dhoni's retirement plans? 'File a PIL' - It now a common thing to ask Mahendra Singh Dhoni about his retirement and the limited overs skipper's witty reply was 'file a PIL for this'.

Dhoni's take on why India need to segregate three bowling units for formats... - India's bowling woes dominated Mahendra Singh Dhoni's assessment of the ODI debacle.

U-19 WC warm-up: Kishan, Bhui slam tons as India slay Canada - Captain Ishan Kishan and Ricky Bhui smashed unbeaten centuries as three-time champion India crushed Canada by 372 runs in their warm-up match of the U-19 World Cup in Mirpur on Saturday.

'India was masterclass in chasing' - Australian skipper Steven Smith was a happy man with a dominating scoreline to the team's credit but did not forget to praise the good performance of the visitors.

PHOTOS: Rohit, Pandey help India win SCG ODI; Aus take series 4-1 - Images from the fifth One-Day International between Australia and India in Sydney, on Saturday.

Australia's Lehmann to miss T20 series against India - Australian cricket coach Darren Lehmann will not be with the team during its three-match Twenty20 series against India after he was diagnosed with Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) for the second time in his life on Saturday.

3 takeaway points from India's series loss to Australia - Relieved he might be after a consolation win against the seemingly unstoppable Australians, but Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni rued the fact that the ODI side lacks a settled bowling line-up.

5th ODI: Pandey's debut ton helps India avoid whitewash - Manish Pandey struck his maiden one-day century in a high-scoring thriller to secure India a pride-salvaging six-wicket victory against Australia in the fifth and final ODI in Sydney on Saturday.

T20 top spot up for grabs! - India can seek motivation from the fact that they can claim the top spot in the ICC Twenty20 International rankings if they make a clean sweep in the three-match series that begins on January 26.

Bowling standards at all-time low, reckons Dean Jones. Do you agree? - Former Australia batsman Dean Jones feels the standard of bowling in international cricket has touched an "all-time low", voicing his concern at a time when 300-plus totals have become the norm in One-Day Internationals.

'Forever Unbeaten': A musical tribute to Phillip Hughes - A Canberra-based singer/song writer Jack Biilmann has paid a musical tribute to the late Phillip Hughes, releasing a track called 'Forever Unbeaten'.

Short boundaries: Munro gets NZ call-up; Chigumbura quits Zim captaincy - Summarising everything cricket from around the world...

Fixing: Did ICC's Anti-Corruption Unit shield McCullum? - The head of International Cricket Council's Anti-Corruption Unit has categorically rejected suggestions it struck a deal to protect New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum from punishment for not reporting an alleged match-fixing approach in 2008.

India T20 squad: Rishi Dhawan replaces injured Kumar - Paceman Bhuvneshwar Kumar will miss India's three-match Twenty20 series in Australia with a thumb injury and will be replaced by all-rounder Rishi Dhawan.

Chanderpaul retires from international cricket - West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul has officially retired from international cricket, seven months after selectors opted to discard the veteran and push for a youth-oriented policy.

Amla and Cook lead South Africa to 329-5 - Stephen Cook became the 100th batsman to score a debut test century and his innings of 115 helped South Africa amass 329 for five on the first day of the final test against England on Friday in their bid to salvage pride in a lost series.

'The BCCI threatened me' - 'Would the Board have acted in the same manner if a big player was involved?'

Maxwell denies attacking Kohli, says Australia in awe of him - Swashbuckling Australia batsman Glenn Maxwell dismissed reports that he had criticised Virat Kohli, saying it is "completely untrue" and the Australian team is actually "in awe" of the India Test captain.

Are Indian batsmen 'milestone driven'? - Australia batsman Glenn Maxwell claimed Indian batsmen, including Virat Kohli, who has scored two centuries in the series so far, are 'milestone-driven'. Do you agree?

Should Kohli lead India in all three formats? Pras says so! - Spin great Erapalli Prasanna says the time has come for Virat Kohli to lead India in all three cricket formats, and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who is captaining the One-Day International and Twenty20 squads, can continue playing as wicketkeeper-batsman in the limited-overs' formats.

'We just have to be smarter about chasing down totals' - Unfazed despite four successive defeats, a defiant Virat Kohli insisted that the Indian cricket team is "not mentally bogged down" and would like to win the next four matches, including Saturday's fifth and final One-day international against Australia.

All-round Anderson powers New Zealand to T20 series win - Corey Anderson's all-round show helped New Zealand thump Pakistan by 95 runs in the deciding Twenty20 international in Wellington on Friday and bag the three-match series 2-1.

Could Sydney ODI be Dhoni's final 50-overs match? - Battered and bruised after four successive defeats, India will make a last-gasp effort to avoid the embarrassment of being whitewashed by an unrelenting Australia when the two sides clash in the fifth and final One-Day International in Sydney, on Saturday.

Dominant Australia eye ODI whitewash against India - India have not beaten Australia in any format since 2013. The tourists looked like ending that barren run when they were on 277 for one, chasing 349 for victory, only to lose their last nine wickets for 46 runs in Canberra.

ICC unhappy as current players seek retirement to play in MCL - With current players from three full member nations seeking no objection certificates to participate in the upcoming Masters Champions League (MCL), the ICC warned the boards against entertaining such demands and called it 'unacceptable'.

Faulkner misses run-out, Kohli asks why are you 'fast asleep' - The Canberra ODI saw the second part of the now famous Virat Kohli-James Faulkner good humoured banter bordering a sledge with the Indian superstar trying to upset the Australian all-rounder during another of his superlative innings.

'Team India has actually played good cricket in this series' - India has lost four matches in a row in the ongoing series Down Under but if Australian batting great Michael Hussey is to be believed, the visitors have not fared badly.

Hastings enjoying 'responsibility' after good shows - Pacer John Hastings has provided fill-up to Australia's ambitions of notching up a 5-0 whitewash in the ODI series against India, saying he is thriving on the extra responsibility following a few impressive performances.

Cricket Australia to address imbalance between bat and ball - The eight innings in the ongoing Australia versus India has produced an unprecedented 2498 runs and Cricket Australia bosses have admitted that they are trying to ring in change to make all the pitches batting friendly.

Not seeking BCCI's help for life ban review, says Kaneria - Banned Pakistan spinner Danish Kaneria denied media reports that he is seeking the Board of Control for Cricket in India's help to take up his case with the International Cricket Council.

Dravid, Smith & Atherton excited about U-19 World Cup - Cricket greats Rahul Dravid, Michael Atherton and Graeme Smith are looking forward to the ICC U-19 World Cup, saying the tournament gives the young players the chance to test themselves against the best in their age group.

'I would back MS as captain... he is best suited to handle most situations' - Beleaguered Mahendra Singh Dhoni has found backing from former Australia cricketer Mike Hussey, who says the Indian captain was the most suitable to lead the team as he still has a lot of fire in his batting.

Centurion Test: Dominant England aim to complete 3-0 triumph - England, with a series win already secured, can complete South Africa's ignominious fall from the top of the rankings when the final Test of the four-match series starts at Centurion Park in Pretoria on Friday.

'India will go all the way at the World Twenty20 Championships' - Ahead of the World Twenty20 Championships in India between March and April, batting legend Sachin Tendulkar has voiced his support for the winners of the inaugural edition.

Injured Maxwell doubtful for fifth ODI against India - Australia's Glenn Maxwell is a doubtful starter for the fifth and final One-Day International against India to be played in Sydney on Saturday after the middle-order batsman injured his knee while batting in the fourth ODI.

'International cricket needs fixing' - 'T20 isn't the killer. The T20 format is good for the game.'

Number crunching: India 277-1... and last 9 wkts gone for 46 runs! - Rajneesh Gupta has interesting numbers from the fourth ODI between India and Australia in Canberra. Check them out.

Raina powers UP to maiden Mushtaq Ali T20 title - Uttar Pradesh clinched their maiden Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy with a thumping 38-run win over two-time champions Baroda in the final under flood-lights at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday.

De Kock back behind the wicket for South Africa - Wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock will return for South Africa in the last Test against England after recovering from a knee strain suffered while walking his dogs, Cricket South Africa said on Wednesday.

India to play three T20s against Sri Lanka in February - India will host Sri Lanka in a three-match series starting February 9 ahead of Asia Cup and World T20.

'Dhoni's wicket was the turning point' - Australian pacer Kane Richardson, who grabbed a five-for felt that the dismissal of Mahendra Singh Dhoni proved to be a turning point as the home team recorded a 25-run win against India.

Gavaskar calls for 'harsh steps' following Canberra defeat - Former captain Sunil Gavaskar on Wednesday called for harsh steps in the setup of the struggling Indian cricket team in Australia, saying some of the players have not learnt from their past mistakes despite making the trip Down Under multiple times.

Richardson demolishes India after Kohli, Dhawan tons - Paceman Kane Richardson claimed his maiden five-wicket haul to script India's spectacular collapse and bowl Australia to a 25-run victory in the high-scoring fourth one day international on Wednesday.

Dhoni takes responsibility for failed chase in Canberra - Taking full responsibility for the inexplicable collapse against Australia in the fourth ODI, in Canberra, on Wednesday, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said he should have steered the team home after fluent centuries from Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli.

Cricket can never be rid of corruption: Saleem Malik - Pakistan's only cricketer to get a life ban for match fixing, Saleem Malik is convinced that cricket and other sports can never be rid of corruption.

Richardson lauds Manohar's stance on conflict of interest - Lauding Shashank Manohar for his stand against conflict of interest, International Cricket Council CEO Dave Richardson today said the ICC Chairman, who also heads the BCCI, is a principled man and is trying to reform the governance structure in both the bodies.

PHOTOS: India crash to defeat despite Kohli, Dhawan centuries - Images from the fourth One-Day International between Australia and India in Canberra, on Wednesday.

T20 has changed cricket big time: Tendulkar - At an event to announce ICC's partnership with MRF Tyres ahead of the World Twenty20 Championships in India between March and April, Tendulkar spoke about how the format has revolutionised the game.

Rahane splits webbing, set to miss fifth and final ODI vs Australia - Star India batsman Ajinkya Rahane on Wednesday split the webbing of his right hand while fielding during the fourth One-Day International against Australia.

Kohli has same aura as Tendulkar: Lee - Australian pace legend Brett Lee on Wednesday heaped accolades on Virat Kohli, describing the swashbuckling Indian batsman as a legend whose aura is comparable to the iconic Sachin Tendulkar.

ICC bans Sri Lankan curator over failure to help graft probe - Sri Lankan pitch curator Jayananda Warnaweera was on Wednesday suspended by the International Cricket Council for three years after he 'failed' to cooperate in an ongoing anti-corruption investigation against him.

Australia eye No. 1 Test ranking against New Zealand - New Zealand strike bowler Tim Southee will miss the upcoming One-Day International series against Australia but Blackcaps coach Mike Hesson is optimistic the seamer would recover from a foot injury in time for the subsequent Test series.

'South Africa will play hard to salvage pride' - South Africa are fired up to perform in the dead-rubber fourth Test against England and will 'play hard' as they try to salvage battered pride, young Proteas fast bowler Kagiso Rabada said on Tuesday.

Feel privileged to get a national call-up: Tait - Veteran speedster terms his Australia T20 call-up as a 'privilege' and is not thinking in the lines of how many matches he will get to play in the series against Australia.

Lanka captain Angelo Mathews defends players after coach gets fixing ban - Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews defended the team's cricketers on Tuesday after recording a statement before police in connection with a match-fixing scandal that has led to the suspension of a bowling coach.

'The India cap is knocking on my door' - Shreyas Iyer, whose swagger is taking batting to the next level, tells Rediff.com that when he gets the opportunity to don India colours he will make it count.

'Representing India more important than winning U-19 World Cup' - One of the key aspects that the former India captain Rahul Dravid is focused on as the coach of the national colts squad, which is set to take part in the ICC Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh, is the ability to rotate the strike.

Uthappa hopes to 'get proper run' in international cricket - Karnataka opening batsman Robin Uthappa has expressed hope of getting a 'proper run' in international cricket to justify his talent.

Gayle slams critics as he leaves Big Bash! - A fuming Chris Gayle blasted current and former cricketers for not standing by him when he was roundly criticised for flirting with a television presenter during an interview at the Big Bash League.

Court recalls non-bailable warrant against Dhoni - The non-bailable warrant issued against India's limited overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni in a case of hurting religious sentiments was withdrawn by a local court in Anantapur in Andhra Pradesh.

Chandila will not challenge life ban in court - Ajit Chandila says he will appeal to the Board of Control for Cricket in India to reconsider its decision to ban him for life but will not take any legal recourse to get it revoked.

I am very much a work in progress as a cricketer: Kohli - He surpassed legends like Sachin Tendulkar to become the fastest to reach 7000 runs and 24 ODI centuries but Virat Kohli has said as a cricketer he is "still very much a work in progress".

Australia off-spinner Hauritz announces retirement - Australia off-spinner Nathan Hauritz announced his retirement from competitive cricket on Tuesday, bringing the curtain down on a 15-year career during which he represented the national side in all three formats.

Battered India hoping to banish bowling woes; Ashwin set to return - India's batsmen have gone about their job efficiently, posting big totals on the board but the bowlers have been ordinary at best, allowing the hosts to chase down those tall scores in each of the first three ODIs of the five-match series.

'The Indian top-order is playing great cricket at the moment' - David Warner has said that the Indian top-order is in great shape, but chasing 300 hasn't been too tough so far in this series.

Bowl better and be consistent, Shastri sets the rules for India's bowlers - Team Director Ravi Shastri claimed the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side can certainly arrest the slide in the ODI series against Australia if the inexperienced bowling line-up learns from its mistakes.

Sri Lanka bowling coach banned, skipper Mathews to meet police - Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews will appear before police on Tuesday to record a statement in connection with a match-fixing scandal that has led to the suspension of a fast bowling coach.

'Tait can do damage on Indian pitches in World T20' - Backing Shaun Tait's surprise return to the Australian T20 squad for the three-match series against India, former pacer Jason Gillespie said the tearaway speedster will cause a lot of damage on Indian tracks if he makes the squad for the World T20 starting March 8.

Maxwell's mature knock a glimpse of things to come: Warner - Glenn Maxwell earned the nickname 'Big Show' for his exciting but often irresponsible shot-making and was often criticised for throwing away his wicket while going for boundaries too early in his innings.

Mushtaq Ali T20: Baroda to meet Uttar Pradesh in final - Baroda and Uttar Pradesh will square off in the final of the Mushtaq Ali T20 cricket championships after notching up contrasting wins over their respective opponents in the final Super League encounters.

Aus-bound Raina draws confidence from success in 2015 World Cup - Dropped from the ODI squad, Suresh Raina is all set to join the Indian team for the upcoming T20 series in Australia and determined show what the 'Men in blue' are missing.

Gayle smashes 12-ball 50, equals Yuvraj Singh's World record - West Indies batsman Chris Gayle smashed fifty from 12 balls for the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League on Monday to match India's Yuvraj Singh's record for the fastest half-century in Twenty20 cricket.

BCCI to discuss 'conditional use' of DRS with team - With the contentious Decision Review System in focus again following some umpiring howlers in the ongoing ODI series between India and Australia, BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur said "we can deliberate" on its conditional use once the team is back.

Kohli's 'smashed you enough' retort leaves Faulkner stumped - James Faulkner's attempt to engage India's Virat Kohli in a war of words during the third ODI in Melbourne backfired on the Australian paceman as the star batsman emphatically told him to just keep bowling as "I have smashed you enough in my life".

Under-fire Dhoni gets BCCI's backing - Mahendra Singh Dhoni's job as India's limited-overs captain is safe despite the team's third successive one-day series defeat, the country's cricket board (BCCI) said on Monday.

Uncapped Bumrah to replace injured Shami in T20 squad - Gujarat medium-pacer Jasprit Bumrah was named as India's replacement for the injured Mohammad Shami in the Twenty20 series against Australia starting January 26, the Board of Control for Cricket in India wrote in a statement on Monday.

'Team India will get full-time coach after the World T20' - BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur has said the Indian cricket team will have a full-time coach after the World T20 and the high-profile advisory committee comprising Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly will have a say in the appointment.

Dhoni to lead new IPL team Rising Pune Supergiants - India's limited overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was named captain of new Indian Premier League franchise Rising Pune Supergiants on Monday.

Ajit Chandila banned for life, Hiken Shah for 5 years - Ajit Chandila has been handed a life ban, while Hiken Shah has been banned for five years for their role in match-fixing during the Indian Premier League, the Board of Control for Cricket in India announced on Monday.

NEEDED! Brave youngsters in the team - Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels the team needs a 'brave' bunch of youngsters going forward.

Looking forward to challenge Indian batsmen: Lyon - Back in the Australian ODI fold after more than a year, off-spinner Nathan Lyon says he cannot wait to challenge the Indian batsmen in the fourth one-dayer in Canberra, a venue he knows inside out after being a part of Manuka Oval's ground staff.

3rd India-Australia T20 to go Pink for McGrath Foundation - The third and final match of the upcoming Twenty20 series between India and Australia will turn pink to support the McGrath Foundation after rain washed out a large part of the annual Pink Test in Sydney.

T20 call up a pleasant surprise: Watson - Conceding that the T20 call up against India came as a 'pleasant surprise', Australian all-rounder Shane Watson on Monday said his familiarity with Indian cricket through IPL helped him in reviving his faltering international career.

Tait makes surprise return to Aus squad for India T20 series - Shane Watson also named in T20 squad to be captained by Aaron Finch

Number crunching: Kohli sparkles with ton but India humbled - Statistician Rajneesh Gupta has interesting numbers from the match. Check them out.

Dhoni at his sarcastic best! - Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, on Sunday, made light of the criticism he is facing in the wake of continuing poor results by saying that a review of his leadership can be done only through PIL.

2 reasons why Ashwin was dropped... - India made two changes for this must-win game, with Gurkeerat Mann and Rishi Dhawan handed debuts on account of their all-round capabilities. Ravichandran Ashwin and Manish Pandey made way for them in the playing eleven.

Will India suffer another whitewash in Australia? - The One-day International series in their bag, Australian big-hitter Glenn Maxwell, on Sunday, said the hosts are 'desperate' to achieve a 5-0 whitewash against India.

After series loss, check out Dhoni's TOP excuses... - Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, on Sunday, hit out at his fielders for conceding easy boundaries at crucial junctures as Australia took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match ODI series with a three-wicket win in Melbourne.

Kohli ton in vain as Australia claim ODI series 3-0 - Glen Maxwell and James Faulkner stitched up a 80-run partnership (off 63 balls) to help Australia beat India by three wickets in the 3rd ODI at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday and clinch the series 3-0.

PHOTOS: Maxwell blasts Australia to ODI series victory at MCG - Glenn Maxwell blasted a splendid 83-ball 96 to lift Australia to a three-wicket victory against India that also helped the hosts seal the five-match ODI series 3-0, in Melbourne, on Sunday.

World T20: India play Windies, South Africa in warm-ups - The Indian cricket team will square off against South Africa and the West Indies in the warm-up matches before the World Twenty20 Championships to be held in India from March 8.

Kohli breaks De Villiers's record, fastest to 7000 ODI runs - Indian batsman Virat Kohli broke Proteas star AB de Villiers's record to become the fastest batsman to reach 7000 runs in One-Day Internationals.

Record-breaking Williamson, Guptill sink Pakistan to level series - Skipper Kane Williamson and fellow opener Martin Guptill forged the highest partnership in Twenty20 Internationals to secure New Zealand a series-levelling 10-wicket victory against Pakistan in the second match in Hamilton on Sunday.

ICC Test Rankings: Broad soars to the top; Ashwin slips - Indian off-spinner R Ashwin on Sunday lost his top position in the International Cricket Council Test rankings, displaced by England pacer Stuart Broad, even as Ajinkya Rahane remained the country's top-ranked batsman at joint 10th in the latest list.

BCCI to decide fate of tainted Ajit Chandila, Hiken Shah - The fate of tainted cricketers Ajit Chandila and Hiken Shah will be decided by the BCCI's (Board of Control for Cricket in India) Disciplinary Committee, headed by president Shashank Manohar, in Mumbai, on Monday

Dethroned South Africa seek remedy for batting woes - Unceremoniously dethroned as the world's top-ranked Test team, an embarrassed South Africa are in a race against time to find answers to their steady decline before they begin the final Test against England on Friday.

How Broad demolished South Africa - Stuart Broad started the third Test against South Africa feeling unwell but finished it on an incredible high after grabbing six wickets to spur England to a series victory on Saturday.

Brilliant Broad lifts England to series win in South Africa - A venomous spell of fast bowling from Stuart Broad led England to an emphatic seven- wicket win over South Africa in the third on Saturday to clinch the series.

South Africa dethroned, India regain No.1 Test ranking - The Stuart Broad show in Johannesburg not only destroyed South Africa but also dethroned the Proteas from the No.1 Test rankings.

Moeen withdraws from IPL auctions after talking to Strauss - England all-rounder Moeen Ali has withdrawn his name from next month's Indian Premier League auction after discussions with former captain and ECB's Director of Cricket Andrew Strauss.

Shami's father claims 'cow slaughter' being used to target family - India's fast bowler Mohammed Shami's family is in 'danger' according to his father Tauseef Ahmad, who has reportedly alleged that 'cow slaughter' is being used to target them.

Mushtaq Ali T20: Iyer fifty powers Mumbai past Vidarbha - Shreyas Iyer's 51-ball 86 run blitzkrieg helped Mumbai sail past a tall Vidarbha total to notch up a five-wicket win in the Super League phase of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Group A match in Mumbai.

Dhoni may make India chase in third one-dayer - Back-to-back one-day defeats in Perth and Brisbane have forced India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni to rethink his strategy of opting to bat first against Australia, who have taken a 2-0 lead in the five-match series by chasing down 300-plus targets.

Desperate India eye survival, Australia aim hat-trick of wins - Their bowling frailties thoroughly exposed in the first two ODIs, India are left with no option but to bank heavily on their batsmen to steer the side and upstage the rampaging Australians in the must-win third one-dayer in Melbourne.

Another major reprieve for Cairns, Modi drops civil lawsuit - Former IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi has decided to drop a USD 3.3 million civil law suit against Chris Cairns in the match-fixing scandal, a major reprieve for the New Zealand all-rounder who was recently cleared of any wrongdoing in a perjury trial.

'Pakistan won't tour India, will only play if it's a home series' - Unwilling to give up on a seemingly jinxed series against India, Pakistan Cricket Board's Executive Committee Chairman Najam Sethi said the PCB can spare a fortnight for the matches should the Indian government give its go ahead.

Number crunching: Yet another run-riot from Rohit - Statistician Rajneesh Gupta has interesting numbers from the second One-dayer, in Brisbane, on Friday. Check them out.

Will he be the HOTTEST player to watch out for in IPL auction? - Released by Delhi Daredevils, in-form batsman from Australia, Travis Head, could emerge as one of the most coveted players at next month's Indian Premier League (IPL) auction.

3rd Test PHOTOS: Root century fuels England fightback - Joe Root scored an unbeaten 106 and shared a swashbuckling partnership with Ben Stokes as England put the brakes on a hostile South African attack to reach 238 for five at the close of the second day of the third Test on Friday.

Hazlewood rested for India series, Hastings retained - Australia has rested pace spearhead Josh Hazlewood for the remainder of the home international season which includes the remaining three ODIs of the five match series and the following three T20 internationals.

Aamir booed on return to international cricket: reports - Pakistan pacer Mohammad Aamir was Friday booed on his return to international cricket by the crowd during the first Twenty20 match against New Zealand in Auckland.

'India's pride and world's envy is struggling a bit now' - Not quite impressed with Mahendra Singh Dhoni's batting in the ongoing ODI series against Australia, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar said the wicketkeeper-batsman is "struggling but shouldn't be singled out" for criticism just yet.

Mushtaq Ali T20: Pandya blitz fires Baroda past Vidarbha - A summary of Friday's Super League matches in the Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament.

Finch praises Aus bowlers after another easy win over India - Australia may have made batting look easy while chasing 300-plus totals against India successfully twice, but opener Aaron Finch credited the team's inexperienced bowlers for it, pointing out that the current attack combined has played less ODIs than the now retired Mitchell Johnson.

Looking at our bowlers, we need to score 330 or more: Dhoni - Frustrated by the performance of his bowlers in the second One-Day International against Australia in Brisbane on Friday, India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni declared that given the attack at his disposal right now even 300-plus scores are not enough against the home side.

PHOTOS: Australia take 2-0 lead after another easy win in Brisbane - Rohit Sharma's second successive century was once again overshadowed by Australia's collective batting might as the hosts continued their dominance over Indian bowlers to notch up a seven-wicket victory in the second One-Day International in Brisbane.

India lose to Australia again despite another Rohit ton - Rohit Sharma struck his second successive hundred of the series but once again the Indians were comfortably outclassed by Australia by seven wickets, in the second One-Day International in Brisbane, on Friday.

Amir bags wicket on return as Pakistan score T20 win over New Zealand - Pacer Mohammad Amir claimed a wicket on his return to international cricket following a five-year ban as Pakistan registered a 16-run victory over New Zealand in the first Twenty20 International in Auckland on Friday.

How IPL stint with Ponting, Tendulkar shaped Pandya's career - Hard-hitting Baroda all-rounder Hardik Pandya said his selection to the Indian team for the T20 series boosted his confidence and is hoping to carry his good form in domestic cricket into the upcoming three-match Twenty20 series in Australia.

Gabba scoreboard gives Clarke a 'come back' - Fans trouping in for the second India-Australia cricket one-dayer in Brisbabe on Friday were in for a surprise when retired former captain Michael Clarke's name showed up at the top of the home team's line-up on the Gabba's giant scoreboard.

Lanka police meet Perera, Herath over fixing claims - Cricketers from the team of the Emirald Isle are under suspicion following their dismal performance in the recently concluded New Zealand tour

Rohit Sharma: Dynamite in disguise - 'Is there any other batsman in the world who can hold a candle to Rohit Sharma in purely aesthetic terms?' asks Haresh Pandya.

'Let's play ODI cricket with pink ball' - Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar says pink ball should be used in One-day cricket to make it more competitive since white ball leaves nothing for the bowlers.

Parthiv Patel eyes re-entry into Indian team - Bidding to lead Gujarat to their second successive domestic T20 title, wicket keeper batsman Parthiv Patel has not lost focus on a re-entry into the national team, but without putting pressure on himself.

3rd Test PHOTOS: England peg SA back on opening day - Ben Stokes claimed a wicket for England in the first session of the third cricket test at the Wanderers on Thursday, but South Africa dealt with the early swing from the bowlers and advanced to 73 for one at lunch.

Experience in senior level will help in U-19 World Cup: Sarfaraz - Gearing up to compete in his second Under-19 World Cup, India's Sarfaraz Khan says the experience he gained through playing at senior level in domestic cricket could be beneficial to him when the junior tournament begins in Bangladesh later this month.

Former South African player Gulam Bodi charged for match-fixing - Former South Africa international Gulam Bodi has been charged with attempting to fix matches in the country's domestic Twenty20 competition, the country's cricket authorities said on Thursday.

Will submit report on Delhi Test to HC on Jan 18: Mudgal - Justice (Retd) Mukul Mudgal, who was appointed observer for the India versus South Africa Test match at the Feroz Shah Kotla last month, will be submitting his detailed report to the court on January 18.

India look to bounce back with improved bowling effort - tung by the defeat in the series opener despite putting up a big score, India will have to plug their bowling loopholes when they take on Australia in the second One-Day International on Friday, fully aware that any slip-up will make their task of bouncing back difficult.

Border, Haddin question Marsh rest - Australia great Allan Bordrer was baffled by Cricket Australia's decision to rest all-rounder Mitchell Marsh from the squad for the second one-day international against India here.

Lankan players accused of 'drunken behaviour'; Mathews pledges 'no mercy' - Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews has promised `no mercy` for any teammate found guilty of misconduct after the country's Sports Minister raised allegations of drunken behaviour during New Zealand tour.

David Warner blessed with a baby girl - Dashing Australian opener David Warner took to instagram to announce the birth of his second child, a daughter with wife Candice.

With similar pitch conditions at Brisbane, Aus likely to go in with same attack - Aus all-rounder James Faulkner says that the new Powerplay rule crucial to team's total

Proteas in mad dash for wicket-keeper to play in Port Elizabeth Test - Wicketkeeper Dane Vilas was forced to make a desperate dash to the Wanderers on Thursday after being called up as a late replacement for the injured Quinton de Kock in South Africa's team for the third Test against England.

Don't ban Gayle, say Mandira, Archana - 'A little bit of banter is okay, because at the end of the day, especially with the T20 format, it is also entertainment.'

We need to learn to take wickets in middle overs: Rohit - Rohit Sharma's brilliant hundred was certainly one of the positives in India's five wicket defeat in the first ODI against Australia but one of the worrying factor according to the in-form opener is not picking up wickets in the middle overs.

The new kid on the block needs to work on specific areas... - Indian cricket team's new kid on the block Barinder Sran admitted that his debut has allowed some 'pressure to be released' but at the same time he needs to work on some specific areas including bowling effective 'slow bumpers'.

Dear ICC, please protect Tests - Test cricket must adapt to survive in the face of the ever-tightening squeeze from shorter, more lucrative, forms of the game, both England and South Africa's captains said on Wednesday.

Gabba in line for Pink Ball Test? - If crowds flock to the India ODI on Friday, the Gabba could host a day-night Test.

Why Pak cricketers are retiring in large numbers - 'If they want us to announce our retirements we will do it, but we can't waste an opportunity to earn good money.'

Watch out! England aim to wrap up series - 'It's an exciting time to play,' says Alistair Cook.

Anderson ready to shun IPL's riches to play Test cricket for England - England pace spearhead James Anderson is not keen to participate in domestic Twenty20 leagues like the Indian Premier League, saying that whatever he has left in his career is dedicated to playing Test cricket for his country.

The Pawar factor: Why MCA opposes Lodha plans - Recommendations would force Sharad Pawar out as MCA chief.

IPL 9 will be 'bigger and better' - 'Fans' comfort should be top most in franchises' mind.'

AB de Villiers considering retirement? - New South African captain AB de Villiers said he is still motivated to perform in all forms of international cricket and hopes the responsibility of being appointed South Africa Test captain will improve his performances. But confirmed there was 'a bit of truth' in rumours he was considering retirement.

India Under-19 captain Kishan involved in road accident in Patna - India's Under-19 cricket captain Ishan Kishan found himself embroiled in a controversy after a car, in which he was travelling, hit an autorickshaw in Patna.

'How many runs you score doesn't matter if team doesn't win' - His last three international hundreds having ended up in a losing cause, Rohit Sharma feels that even the best of knocks do not give a player satisfaction if the team ends up on a losing note.

Select team: Should Dhawan replace Jadeja for 2nd ODI? - Do you feel Dhoni should bring in all-rounder Dhawan for Jadeja, or strengthen the pace attack by playing Ishant? Select your Indian team for the second match against Australia, in Brisbane, on Friday, January 15.

After Bailey's reprieve should India embrace the DRS? - India's reluctance to accept the Decision Review System in its current form has cost them what would have been a crucial, match-changing wicket in their loss to Australia at the WACA Ground on Tuesday.

'The kind of bowling India has, Australia can chase even 350' - Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar has pointed out that the Indian bowling is simply not good enough for the Australian conditions.

For optimistic Nehra 'age is just a number' - The left-arm pacer, who was sidelined for five years, will make a return to the India squad for the Twenty20s against Australia. He also urges BCCI to nurture and look after bright fast bowling prospects

'When you compete against Australia, you gain more experience' - India's limited overs captain MS Dhoni is satisfied that India will play three T20 Internationals Down Under.

Bacher urges talented black cricketers to get out of townships - Former South Africa skipper Bacher Ali believes that young black players cannot make it to the country's cricket if they continue to stay in the township culture.

Dhoni 'may agree' that India is suffering for not using DRS - Mahendra Singh Dhoni maintained his stoic stance regarding India's aversion for contentious Decision Review System (DRS) but said that he 'may agree' with the notion that his team is suffering for non-usage of technology.

Dhoni 'still not convinced' about DRS - But the ODI captain was critical of spinners for their failure to come good in the first ODI against Australia on Tuesday

We did not want to risk Ishant's finger injury: Dhoni - After Mohammed Shami's hamstring injury that ruled him out of the limited overs series, India's most experienced fast bowler Ishant Sharma got an injury scare having sustained a blow on his finger, which was the reason team management did not risk playing him in the first ODI.

Khwaja in, Warner goes on paternity leave - Top-order batsman Usman Khawaja has been drafted into the Australia squad for the ongoing ODI series against India in place of opener David Warner whose wife is expecting the couple's second child.

No Indo-Pak series scheduled in 2016: BCCI secretary - BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur on Tuesday ruled out the possibility of an Indo-Pak bilateral series stating that no such series is scheduled in Futures Tours & Programme (FTP) calender.

Number crunching: Rohit's run-riot at Perth - Statistician Rajneesh Gupta has interesting numbers from the first ODI between India and Australia the match. Check them out.

India needs to find a way to dismiss Smith: Gavaskar - Former captain Sunil Gavaskar says if India wants to win the ongoing five-match ODI series in Australia they need to find a way to dismiss home team skipper Steven Smith early.

Ganguly to captain Libra Legends in MCL - Former India captain Sourav Ganguly was on Tuesday named captain and ambassador of Libra Legends in the upcoming Masters Champions League to be played in Dubai and Sharjah from January 28 to February 13.

Never thought spinners will have a bad day: Dhoni - India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said that he never thought his spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja will have such a 'bad day' but also praised Australian skipper Steve Smith and George Bailey for playing exceptionally well in the middle overs.

Was Bailey out first ball? Batsman says DRS would have been interesting! - Australia batsman George Bailey said the presence of the Decision Review System could have made the half-hearted, first ball appeal against him in the first ODI against India in Perth on Tuesday "interesting".

'Surprising that Rohit does not turn these performances in Tests' - Showering praise on Rohit Sharma, former India captain Sourav Ganguly has said the opener is as good as anybody in the world but wondered why he was not able to translate his limited overs performances in Test cricket.

Perth ODI: Smith, Bailey tons steer Australia past India - Steve Smith and George Bailey's brilliant knocks overshadowed Rohit Sharma's magnificent 171 as Australia beat India by five wickets in the first ODI of the five-match series in Perth on Tuesday.

Mushtaq Ali T20: Holders Gujarat in Group B, Mumbai & Baroda in Group A - Defending champions Gujarat and former winners Baroda are placed in different groups for the final stage of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 championship, which will be held at two venues in Mumbai from January 15-20.

PHOTOS: Rohit's ton in vain as Smith, Bailey seal Australia win - Images from the opening ODI between Australia and India at the WACA, Perth, on Tuesday.

'We're feeling good considering the amount of bowling in Cape Town' - The England bowlers have had time to recover after a marathon stint in Cape Town and are ready for the third Test against South Africa, record wicket-taker James Anderson said on Tuesday.

Now, Gayle under fire for Big Bash no-run! - The West Indies batting ace, who made headlines after attempting to flirt with Network Ten reporter Mel McLaughlin during a live interview, was savaged by commentators for refusing to take what appeared to be an easy single for his Melbourne Renegades team against Sydney Thunder late Monday.

Wanderers Test: South Africa determined to overcome bowling woes - Handicapped by the absence of key strike bowler Dale Steyn, South Africa will need to dig deep into their reserves if they are to beat England in the third Test and bring parity to the series.

When a fan paid for Afridi's meal... - Pakistan's Twenty20 captain Shahid Afridi was saved of much embarrassment when a fan stepped in to pay for his meal at a fast food joint in Auckland, after the flamboyant cricketer realised that he was not carrying local currency.

ICC charges and suspends Hong Kong cricketer over fixing - Hong Kong international Irfan Ahmed has been charged and provisionally suspended for failing to report an alleged fixing approach, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said in a statement on Tuesday.

MCA to oppose most recommendations of Lodha panel - The Mumbai Cricket Association headed by Sharad Pawar, is set to oppose most of the recommendations of the Justice Lodha committee submitted in its report to the Supreme Court last week.

India must cash in on inexperienced Aussie attack: Gavaskar - Former captain Sunil Gavaskar says the Indian team has an advantage in the upcoming five-match ODI series against Australia as the home team's bowling attack looks thin in the absence of the 'Two Mitchells' -- Johnson and Starc.

Perth ODI: Sans seam all-rounder, India opt for '3-2 bowling combination' - Claiming to be short of a seamer all-rounder, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said he has no option but field three fast bowlers and two spinners in a five-pronged attack for India's first ODI of the five-match series against Australia, in Perth, on Tuesday.

Steyn ruled out of third Test against England - Fast bowler Dale Steyn has been ruled out of this week's third test against England in a major blow to South Africa's bid to get back into the four-match series.

'It's a challenge to play against Australia but we want to win' - Ajinkya Rahane has said it is always a challenge to play against Australia.

Stephen Fleming named coach of Pune IPL team - Former New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming was on Monday named chief coach of the new Pune franchise of the Indian Premier League Twenty20 cricket tournament.

Watch out for rookie seamer Sran, Smith tells Aussie mates - Australian captain Steve Smith says rookie pacer Barinder Sran has impressive variations in his armoury and was discussed in the dressing room.

Why Zaheer picks India to win World T20 - Zaheer Khan discusses India's chances in the upcoming World T20 in March-April. Harish Kotian/Rediff.com listens in.

'The 2015 World Cup was a very good tournament for India...' - Ahead of their first ODI against Australia in Perth, Indian limited overs captain MS Dhoni has recalled his team's good show Down Under at last year's World Cup.

'I foresee that AB is going to be successful as Test captain' - Newly-appointed Test skipper AB de Villiers has it in him to become one of South Africa's greatest captains, says Cricket South Africa (CSA) supremo Ali Bacher.

Croft jumps to England's rescue - England will draft in former international off-spinner Robert Croft to assist their slow bowlers during the five-match One-Day International series in South Africa starting on February 3.

WACA ODI: 2 new pacemen for India opener - Uncapped pacemen Joel Paris and Scott Boland will make their international debuts for Australia in the first one-day match against India in Perth on Tuesday.

This is the most bizarre run out ever! - Somebody needs to tell Adam Zampa that cricket is not a contact sport as the Melbourne Stars bowler was lucky not to lose a few teeth during Saturday's Big Bash clash against Melbourne Renegades.

Tainted Butt hits century on domestic comeback after ban - Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt hit a century as he and fast bowler Mohammad Asif returned to competitive cricket on Sunday after serving five-year bans for spot-fixing.

India-Australia ODIs: The record so far - This is the first time India will play a bilateral series on Australian soil.

BCCI pays Rs 58.12 lakh for white kookaburra balls in World T20 - The Board of Control for Cricket in India, in its latest disbursement of funds, paid Rs 5.8 million (Rs 58.12 lakh) to Kookaburra Sports India for white kookaburra balls which will be used for the upcoming ICC World T20 Championship.

India must win one match against Australia to retain 2nd spot - India will need to win at least a game in the upcoming one-dayer series against Australia to retain their current second position in the ICC ODI Team Championships, even as second-placed Virat Kohli looks to close in on AB de Villiers in the batting chart.

Delhi, Jharkhand, Vidarbha seal knockout spots in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy - Results from final league games of Syed Mushtaq Ali Twenty20 tournament

Butt, Asif beg for second chance after domestic return - Pakistan cricket's tainted duo Salman Butt and Mohammed Asif started their journey on the road to redemption with both the convicted spot-fixers making a successful return to competitive cricket during the National One-Day Competition, in Hyderabad (Sind).

Ajmal accused of fraud, asked to vacate land for academy - Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has been accused of fraud and misuse of facilities by the administration of the University of Agriculture in his hometown Faisalabad.

Beating Australia is a big deal for India: Bailey - Australia batsman George Bailey says his team is looking forward to renew a "fierce" rivalry with India in the upcoming five-match ODI series and feels it will be a big deal for the visitors to beat them in their backyard.

'India will make it a tougher contest of white-ball cricket' - Not impressed by Australia's dominance in the summer of 2015 with Test wins against New Zealand and a lackluster West Indies, former pacer Geoff Lawson believes that India will make "tougher opponents" in the upcoming ODI series starting January 12.

'Indian team has to adjust to extra bounce at the WACA' - Looking to exploit the fast and bouncy conditions at the WACA, Australian opener Aaron Finch has said his team would look to corner the Indians early on in the opening ODI on January 12.

Akmal violates ICC dress code, banned from first T20 against NZ - Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal will miss the first Twenty20 against New Zealand on January 15 after being slapped with a one-match ban for violating the ICC's dress code during a domestic game.

Joel Paris set to wear retired McGrath's No.11 jersey - Australia's rookie pacer Joel Paris is set to don Glenn McGrath's No.11 jersey when he makes his likely international debut in the first cricket ODI against India on January 12.

Auckland T20: Record breakers Guptill, Munro lead NZ sweep - Colin Munro blasted New Zealand's fastest Twenty20 half century to surpass a mark set by Martin Guptill earlier in the innings as the hosts swept their two-match series against Sri Lanka with a nine-wicket win in Auckland on Sunday.

Check out who gives Team India an 'added advantage' in Australia! - India's bowling coach Bharat Arun said rookie Barinder Sran, being a left-armer, gives the team 'added advantage', indicating that the youngster may be blooded into the side for opening ODI against Australia.

Mushtaq Ali: Samson upstages Yuvraj to steer Kerala into quarters - Sanju Samson smashed 72 off 56 balls as Kerala completed a five wicket win over Punjab to cruise into the quarterfinals of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy, in Kochi, on Saturday.

ODI warm-up: Rohit, Pandey star in India's win at WACA - Rohit Sharma and Manish Pandey sparkled with half-centuries but rest of India's batsmen put up a lackluster performance before the bowlers came good to hand the team a 64-run win over a second string Western Australia XI in the warm-up one-day cricket match at the WACA, in Perth, on Saturday.

No contract for T20 skipper Darren Sammy - West Indies T20 skipper Darren Sammy has excluded from the list of central contract for the 2015-16 international cricket season.

Pacer Shami ruled out of Australia tour with injury - India suffered a big setback ahead of the forthcoming One-Day International series against Australia as pacer Mohammed Shami was ruled out of the tour with an injury.

Australia's pacers hoping to use 'bounce' to counter India in Perth ODI - More excited than nervous at the prospect of squaring off against the likes of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Australia's uncapped pacer Joel Paris on Saturday said his team's bowlers only need to focus on accuracy to tame India's 'world-class' batters in the One-Day International series starting on January 12.

I don't see India beating World champions Australia in ODI series: Ian Chappell - Former captain Ian Chappell feels the Indian team will be quite a handful for World champions Australia in the upcoming One-Day International series but the hosts will still be the favourites to win the five-game series as the visitors are short of one specialist batsman.

Lodha panel's recommendations really good for Indian cricket, says Kumble - Former captain Anil Kumble said that many of the recommendations of the Lodha Committee report would be good for Indian cricket if they are implemented.

Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy: Mumbai, UP and Karnataka post victories - A summary of the day's matches in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy Twenty20 tournament.

Ganguly hits out at detractors in Cricket Association of Bengal - Cricket Association on Bengal president Sourav Ganguly's differences with some of the other office-bearers came out in the open when the former India captain spoke how misinformation was being spread by a section about Eden Gardens' branding coming under the ambit of ambush marketing.

WI management knew of Gayle's 'bare act' last year: report - Even as Chris Gayle filed a defamation case against a media house for allegations that he indecently exposed himself to a lady last year, an email has emerged hinting the West Indies team management knew of misbehaviour by players towards a woman during the 2015 World Cup here.

'Sran looks a good prospect for India' - Opener Shikhar Dhawan was all praise for rookie pacer Barinder Sran after his impressive showing in India's easy victory in the opening T20 warm-up game against Western Australia on Friday, saying the left-arm speedster looks a "good prospect for India".

Sran impresses as India open Aus tour with easy warm-up win - India started their limited-overs tour of Australia on a positive note, comprehensively beating a second-string Western Australia XI by 74 runs in a Twenty20 warm-up game on Friday with Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan striking fluent half-centuries.

We'll be fighting fire with fire Down Under, says Rohit - India batsman Rohit Sharma expects the upcoming limited-overs series Down Under to be highly-charged up.

Court order against Dhoni erroneous, claims lawyer - Mahendra Singh Dhoni hasn't received any summons from a local court in Andhra Pradesh that he has been accused of ignoring, his lawyer Rajneesh Chopra said on Friday, insisting that the non-bailable warrant issued against India's cricket team captain is "erroneous".

Gayle's behaviour fairly expected: Watson - Veteran Australia all-rounder Shane Watson has said he was not surprised by Chris Gayle's behaviour, adding that the controversial remarks made by the Jamaican during an interview with a female presenter were 'fairly expected'.

South Africa unchanged for final two England Tests - South Africa have named an unchanged squad for the remaining two Tests against England as AB de Villiers prepares to lead the five-day team for the first time in Johannesburg on Thursday.

'Bavuma's ton opened door for black cricketers' - Former South African fast bowler Makhaya Ntini has lavished praise on Temba Bavuma after he became the first black African batsman to score a century for his side, saying that he has opened the door for rest of black batsmen.

World champions Australia eye good start against 'aggressive' India - Australia coach Darren Lehmann expects the upcoming limited-overs series against India to be an exciting one given the 'aggressive' brand of cricket that Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men have been playing of late.

Wordwide ban on Chris Gayle? Tell Us! - Australian cricket legend Ian Chappell has called for a worldwide ban on Chris Gayle.

Trending! #StandByGayle hashtag - The controversial West Indies star opener Chris Gayle has found his support through a hashtag campaign.

Will England's out of favour Buttler rise in IPL? - England wicket-keeper Jos Buttler is being encouraged by coach Trevor Bayliss to play in this year's Indian Premier League to hone his limited overs skills.

Tendulkar gifts his bat to Dhanawade - Pranav Dhanawade had another moment to cherish after scoring a record breaking 1009 when Sachin Tenduklar gifted the Mumbai schoolboy his autographed bat.

Warner may play only two games against India - Australia opener David Warner is likely to miss a few matches in the upcoming limited overs series against India as his wife is due with the couple's second child.

PHOTOS: Team India gets cracking Down Under - The Indian team led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni got down to business with their first training session in Perth, ahead of the upcoming ODI series.

Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy: Irfan powers Baroda, UP downs Mumbai - Irfan's all-round show helps Baroda trounce MP by 53 runs; UP humbles Mumbai and Bengal lose to Vidarbha

Sydney Test: Smith's offer for declaration rejected by Windies - The weather-ravaged, dead rubber third Test between Australia and the West Indies petered out in a draw at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Thursday.

BCCI asks state associations to discuss Lodha panel report - Rattled by the recommended sweeping reforms to its structure by the Supreme Court-appointed Justice Lodha Committee, the Cricket Board has advised its affiliated state units to convene a meeting of its managing committee before this month end to discuss its implications.

India to play two warm-up matches at Perth - The Indian cricket team would get into the groove for the short limited-overs series against Australia with a couple of warm-up games against a Western Australia XI at the WACA ground on Friday and Saturday.

Warner adds spark to SCG draw - Australia's David Warner breathed life into the rain-ruined final Test with a pulsating ton as the match meandered to a draw against the West Indies on Thursday.

Mt. Maunganui T20: Boult bowls New Zealand to win over Sri Lanka - Trent Boult produced an economical spell of bowling to take three wickets and help New Zealand to a tense three-run win over Sri Lanka in their first Twenty20 international on Thursday.

Afghan fans celebrate cricket team's win in 'fiery' fashion - With only three balls remaining, Gulbadin Naib hit a six to clinch a narrow win and prompt delirious scenes in the Afghan capital, where heavily-armed cricket fans fired automatic rifles into the air.

Chris Gayle to take legal action over reports of indecent exposure - Under-fire Chris Gayle has sought the services of a leading Australian lawyer to start defamation proceedings against Fairfax Media over allegations that the West Indian cricketer indecently exposed himself to a woman in Sydney during the World Cup last year.

Granted visa, Amir to resume international career in New Zealand - Tainted Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir will resume his international cricket career in New Zealand as immigration officials granted him a visa following a five-year ban and jail time for indulging in spot-fixing during the 2010 tour of England.

'Attitude and confidence should be high when you play Australia' - Umesh Yadav has stressed on "confidence" and "attitude" when taking on the Australians.

Wanderers Test: Steyn's participation uncertain, Philander out - South African strike bowler Dale Steyn could miss next week's third Test against England as he has yet to recover from a shoulder problem while fellow paceman Vernon Philander has been ruled out of the series, Cricket South Africa said.

'The Test captaincy has come at short notice but is an honour' - AB de Villiers described his appointment as captain of South Africa's Test team as the fulfilment of a life-long dream but it will raise further questions about the burden on the team's outstanding player.

Gayle could be banned from playing future BBL tournaments - Big-hitting West Indies batsman Chris Gayle is set to be banned from future Big Bash League tournaments as a fallout of his controversial TV interview with Channel 10 journalist Mel McLaughlin.

Lodha Report: BCCI may have to tweak IPL schedule - If the Supreme Court makes Justice RM Lodha committee's recommendations on BCCI reforms final and binding, the parent cricket body might have to alter the date of the ninth edition of Indian Premier League, scheduled to start on April 9, this year.

South Africa's Amla steps down from Test captaincy - Hashim Amla said on Wednesday he was stepping aside as South Africa's cricket Test captain with immediate effect, a day after a double century rescued his country from possible defeat in the second Test against England.

2nd Test PIX: Bad light, England lower order ensure match ends in draw - Off-spinner Dane Piedt raised hopes of an unlikely South African victory as he grabbed three wickets on Wednesday to leave England on 155 for six at tea on the final day of the high-scoring second Test.

Why these players were released by the IPL franchises - Check out how the players released by the IPL franchises fared in the last edition of the tournament in 2015.

Mushtaq Ali T20: Irfan, Parthiv steal the limelight - A summary of the day's matches in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 tournament.

When Afridi abandoned press conference in a huff! - A miffed Pakistan Twenty20 captain Shahid Afridi abandoned a press conference midway in Lahore on Wednesday after he had a verbal spat with a reporter leading to a partial protest by the media demanding an apology from the flamboyant all-rounder.

ICC penalises Stuart Broad for kicking pitch - Stuart Broad has been fined for showing dissent at the on-field umpire during the fourth day of the second Test against South Africa in Cape Town.

MCA to give wonder boy Dhanawade Rs 10,000 per month for 5 yrs - Mumbai schoolboy Pranav Dhanawade was awarded a monthly scholarship for five years from the Mumbai Cricket Association, a day after becoming the first batsman in the world to notch a four-figure innings.

I always think about my pace, not about the line and length: Yadav - Umesh Yadav belongs to the rare breed of Indian bowlers who can bowl consistently quick and the 28-year-old is not ready to sacrifice pace to gain more control on his line and length.

Adelaide 2014: When Kohli played like he was 'possessed'... - Virat Kohli has said that the greatest moment of his career so far is the Test series in Australia, which India lost 0-2, but not before giving a tough fight to the hosts.

I would love to be a coach, mentor or batting consultant: Sehwag - Former India opener Virender Sehwag says he would love to be a mentor or a batting consultant for any IPL team which will give him a chance to share his knowledge with youngsters.

Australia's Starc writes off World Twenty20 chances - Fast bowler Mitchell Starc has all but written off his chances of making a faster-than-expected recovery from ankle surgery and playing a part in Australia's bid for a first World Twenty20 title.

Sydney Test: Rain washes out play for second successive day - Heavy rain washed out play in the third Test between Australia and West Indies for the second successive day on Wednesday, further reducing the already slim chance of a result in the dead rubber match.

Meet the hardest working cricketers in the world! - Players with the maximum work load in 2015.

Aamir's attitude and behaviour will be monitored: PCB - His career handed a fresh lease of life, tainted Pakistan pacer Muhammad Aamir's attitude and behaviour would be as much under scrutiny as his on-field performances when he makes an international comeback, the PCB has asserted.

Chris Gayle in hot water again! - A woman who was working around the West Indies cricket team accused Gayle of exposing himself to her.

England sledging pushes tiny Bavuma to smash maiden Test ton - Tiny Temba Bavuma scored his maiden Test century for South Africa on Tuesday and suggested English sledging helped him reaching the landmark.

PHOTOS: Bavuma becomes first SA black man to hit Test ton - South Africa's Temba Bavuma struck his maiden Test century in quick time (102 off 148), and in so doing, became the first black South African to crack a Test ton.

BCCI Awards: Big honours for Kohli, veteran 'keeper Kirmani - Former stumper Syed Kirmani was bestowed with the prestigious Col. CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to Indian cricket, while Test captain Virat Kohli bagged the Polly Umrigar Trophy for Cricketer of the Year in the BCCI awards night in Mumbai on Tuesday.

Fit-again Shami hoping to repeat World Cup showing in Australia - During the ICC Cricket World Cup that was played Down Under, last year, Mohammed Shami was the pick of the Indian bowlers.

Pranav Dhanawade makes history; scores 1009 runs in an innings - Pranav Dhanawade, a school cricketer from Kalyan - on the outskirts of Mumbai, has scripted history by becoming the first batsman to score more than 1,000 runs in an innings.

Oz ODIs: In Raina's absence Dhoni in dilemma over his batting slot - India's One-Day International captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, on Tuesday, lamented the absence of a good attacking batsman lower down the order for the forthcoming tour of Australia for a One-day series, starting on January 12.

'I spend extra hours driving an auto to buy cricket gear for my son' - Prashant Dhanawade was lost for words initially when asked about his son Pranav's record-breaking cricketing feat.

Dhoni non-committal about future in international cricket - Mahendra Singh Dhoni was non-committal when quizzed on his future in international cricket, saying he is not looking beyond the World T20 in March-April.

'Madness' tour to India reason for Proteas' struggle, says Bacher - Former South Africa skipper and administrator Ali Bacher believes that the side's recently-concluded tour against India has played a part in the team's current struggle.

Tendulkar, Harbhajan applaud 1000-runs lad Dhanawade - Immediately after entering the record books Dhanawade's heroics were lauded by none other than batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar.

Davis Cup at Wankhede or hockey matches at Eden Gardens? - If the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decides to follow the recommendations on reforms suggested by the Justice RM Lodha committee, one could soon find stadiums in Pune, Nagpur, and Rajkot hosting Indian hockey team's 'Test' matches or tennis team's Davis Cup games.

Can MIT make DRS foolproof? - In an effort to bring all Test nations on board, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has sought the services of a leading technology institute -- the MIT -- to 'achieve' a uniform Decision Review System (DRS), an innovation which India has been opposing for long.

Security concerns force Australia to withdraw from u-19 World Cup - Australia have withdrawn from the under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh later this month because of concerns over the 'safety and security' of the squad, Cricket Australia said.

BCCI mulls Day-Night cricket in Duleep Trophy - Taking a cue from the success of the first Day-Night Test in Adelaide last year, the Tour and Program Fixtures Committee has recommended to the BCCI Technical panel to consider organising the Duleep Trophy matches with pink ball.

Pakistan to appeal against suspension of Yasir Shah - The Pakistan Cricket Board is set to appeal against the ICC-imposed provisional suspension of leg-spinner Yasir Shah for failing a dope test last November in the series against England.

Mount Maunganui ODI: Henry takes five as NZ complete series win - Matt Henry took the second five-wicket haul of his career to bowl New Zealand to a 36-run victory over Sri Lanka in the fifth one-day international and seal a 3-1 series victory at Bay Oval in Mt. Maunganui on Tuesday.

Gayle fined, defends 'inappropriate' comments to reporter as joke - West Indies batsman Chris Gayle has said he was joking when he asked an Australian reporter out during a live TV broadcast and said he was sorry if she was offended by the widely condemned remarks.

Sydney Test: Rain washes out the whole of third day - Rain washed out the whole of the third day of the third Test between Australia and West Indies at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday.

A wish-list for Indian cricket in 2016 - More runs from Virat Kohli. India winning the World T20 at home. A controversy-free IPL and more is what Harish Kotian/Rediff.com wants this year.

Australia to pursue day-night Ashes Test - Cricket Australia wants to establish the tradition of hosting a day-night Test every year, including during the Ashes series against England in 2017-18, chief executive James Sutherland said on Tuesday.

Mumbai school cricketer hits record unbeaten 652 runs in a single day! - Mumbai schoolboy Pranav Dhanawade etched his name in the annuls of local cricketing history when he scored a staggering unbeaten 652 runs from just 199 balls in an inter-school cricket tournament organised by the Mumbai Cricket Association on Monday.

Determined Amla returns to form as England made to toil - Captain Hashim Amla emerged from a year of poor form with a dogged century to lead a South Africa fight back in the second Test against England on Monday.

Dravid enjoys mentoring youngsters to help fulfill their dreams - Batting legend Rahul Dravid has termed his current stint as coach of India Under-19 and India 'A' cricket teams, as well as his mentorship of young athletes in Olympic sports as "exciting" and "fun".

Cautious BCCI to summon SGM to discuss Lodha Panel Recommendations - Shaken by Justice RM Lodha committee's recommended reforms of its governance structure, the Board of Control for Cricket in India has decided to call a Special General Meeting (SGM) within the next two weeks to discuss the implications of the report.

Chris Gayle slammed over sexist remarks to TV interviewer - West Indian batting star Chris Gayle has courted fresh controversy when he made 'inappropriate' remarks to a female television presenter live on air after a Big Bash League cricket match.

Lodha panel's recommendations: The possible implications - A look at what can happen if the Supreme Court decides to implement the reforms the Justice Lodha panel recommended for the BCCI.

Mushtaq Ali T20: Tare shines as Mumbai thrash Services - A summary of the day's matches in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament.

Bedi hails Lodha recommendations, says attempts will be made to find loopholes -

Laxman's 281 voted the best Test knock of last half century - Eclipsing several other great individual knocks, VVS Laxman's masterly innings of 281 against Australia at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata has been rated as the greatest Test performance of the last 50 years.

IPL scandal: BCCI to decide fate of Ajit Chandila and Hiken Shah - The BCCI's three-member Disciplinary Committee, headed by President Shashank Manohar, is set to decide on the fate of tainted cricketers, Ajit Chandila and Hiken Shah on Tuesday.

3rd Test: Windies' Brathwaite cameo a bright spot in washout at SCG - Carlos Brathwaite shone briefly for West Indies but the rain was the only real winner on Monday as wet weather washed away all but 11.2 overs of play on the second day of the third Test against Australia.

'I appreciate having been given a clean chit by Lodha Committee' - The Supreme Court-appointed Lodha Committee gave a clean chit to former IPL COO Sundar Raman in connection with the 2013 spot-fixing and betting scandal, citing lack of evidence against him.

Lodha panel suggests bar on ministers in BCCI, legalising betting - The Supreme Court-appointed Lodha Committee on Monday recommended sweeping reforms for the controversy-ridden Board of Control for Cricket in India, suggesting a bar on ministers from occupying positions, putting a cap on the age and tenure of the office-bearers and legalising betting.

The Lodha report in a nutshell - The Justice RM Lodha Committee on Monday submitted its report suggesting reforms in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to the Supreme Court.

'The anticipation is that there will be one day-night Ashes Test' - England's next Ashes series in Australia may have a day-night Test match, Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland said on Monday.

'See ball and hit it...is the only way to describe this approach' - Ben Stokes' reaction to his record-breaking day with the bat was almost as nonchalant as his approach in scoring 258 to help England to a stunning 629 for six declared in the second Test against South Africa.

'There's no doubt Dhoni will be available till 2019 World Cup' - The Indian T20 squad is an indication that selectors are looking at a specific short-term goal of winning the World T20 in March while the ODI squad is an indicator towards the core of the 2019 World Cup and Mahendra Singh Dhoni being a part of that side.

Shane Watson left out of Australia squad for India series - Shane Watson's international future looked bleak on Monday after the all-rounder was left out of Australia's 13-man squad for this month's one-day series against India on Monday.

2nd Test: Stokes strikes double ton on record-breaking day - Stokes now holds the record score for an England number six, beating Graham Hick's 187 against India in 1993, and became the first English centurion at Newlands for 50 years.

Stokes fires records galore for England in second Test at Newlands - Following are the records set by England and Stokes en route his magnificent double century and the massive first innings total...

Bowling great Andy Roberts's honest thoughts about Windies' cricket - Dejected by the shambolic state of the West Indies cricket team, legendary pacer Sir Andy Roberts feels the side is not even competing anymore and players cannot escape the blame by continuously citing their dispute with the country's Board.

Mushtaq Ali T20: Binny stars in Karnataka's thrilling win over Mumbai - A round-up of results from the matches played at the Mushtaq Ali Twenty20 cricket tournament across the country.

BCCI on tenterhooks as Lodha Panel to submit Reforms report - Trying to rebuild its tattered image after a spate of controversies, the BCCI is waiting anxiously for the Justice Lodha Committee's report which is set to recommend a host of reforms for the cricket body on Monday.

Waqar not expecting immediate Amir impact - Pakistan head coach Waqar Younis has admitted that he is impressed by Mohammad Amir in training but expressed that he doesn't expect the tainted fast bowler, who has been named in the national squad for the upcoming New Zealand tour, to make an immediate impact.

Ashwin does not have to do anything different: Raju - Praising Ravichandran Ashwin for becoming the No. 1 Test bowler in the ICC rankings, former spinner Venkatapathi Raju says his wicket-taking ability is amazing and he does not have to do anything different to remain a match-winner.

Sydney Test: Lyon spins Australia into strong position over Windies - At the close, after 75 overs were squeezed in around two lengthy rain interruptions, the West Indies were 207 for six with Denesh Ramdin on 23 and Carlos Brathwaite not out 35 after winning the toss.

McCullum backs Amir's return to Pakistan squad - New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum says convicted spot-fixer Mohammad Amir should be given 'the benefit of the doubt' and allowed to play for

Cape Town Test: Late Stokes burst gives England the edge on Day I - Ben Stokes struck a sparkling unbeaten 74 to help England finish the opening day of the second Test against South Africa on a healthy 317 for five at Newlands on Saturday.

Something has to be done for Test cricket to survive: Pietersen - Former England captain Kevin Pietersen feels ICC needs to lure cricketers to longer version of the game by creating Test wages that trump what T20 leagues such as IPL and BBL offer to the players.

'It is going to be a big challenge getting back into cricket' - Keen to put the past behind him after being included in the Pakistan limited-overs squad, left-arm pacer Muhammad Aamir has said he is physically and mentally ready for a comeback to international cricket.

New Zealand keen to host South Africa in pink ball 'extravaganza' - New Zealand are keen to build on the momentum of the inaugural day-night Test with their own 'pink ball' match, possibly against the touring South Africans, next season.

'Being no.1 in all formats is a huge motivation for Australia' - After picking up pretty much every individual honour on offer in a spectacular 2015, Australia captain Steve Smith has a more collective goal in his sights this year -- restoring his country to the top of the Test rankings.

Nelson ODI: Rain forces NZ versus Sri Lanka game to be abandoned - The fourth one-day international between New Zealand and Sri Lanka was abandoned after just nine overs of the hosts' innings after rain intervened for the final time at Saxton Oval in Nelson on Saturday.

Find out who is the highest-paid cricketer in IPL... - India Test skipper Virat Kohli was among the few cricketers who received a higher actual salary according to the salary details of the retained Indian Premier League players listed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India on Friday.

Pakistan pick tainted paceman Amir for New Zealand tour - Fast bowler Mohammad Amir was named in the Pakistan squads on Friday for the limited over New Zealand tour, marking a return to the national team after serving a five-year ban for spot-fixing.

Graeme Smith comes to rescue of South Africa - South Africa are still reeling after the first Test setback against England and have drafted in former captain Graeme Smith to assist the side with ideas and their psychological approach.

Rabada to replace injured Steyn for South Africa - South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn will miss the second Test against England, which starts at Newlands on Saturday, after failing to recover from a shoulder injury, captain Hashim Amla said.

Will the India-Pakistan cricket series finally happen in 2016? - The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is hopeful that following the thaw in India and Pakistan relations a breakthrough will come soon in the restoration of bilateral cricket ties with a short series in England likely to open doors in 2016.

Yuvraj, Ishant, Steyn off-loaded by IPL franchises - Sunrisers Hyderabad surprised quite a few by opting to release the fast bowling duo of Ishant Sharma and Dale Steyn, while they also let go of England discard Kevin Pietersen.

Kedar Jadhav joins Royal Challengers Bangalore - Batsman Kedar Jadhav has joined Royal Challengers Bangalore from Delhi Daredevils ahead of the 2016 Indian Premier League season.

Ashwin ends 2015 as No 1 Test bowler and all-rounder - Riding on his stupendous performance in the series against South Africa, India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, on Thursday, rose to a career-high first in the International Cricket Council's Test rankings for bowlers.

Test captain Kohli named BCCI's Cricketer of the Year - Under Kohli, the Indian team ended a 22-year wait for a series win on Sri Lankan soil before battering World No.1 South Africa 3-0 to hand the Proteas their first overseas loss in nine years.

Will it be a happier new year for South Africa? - South Africa will hope the new year brings about a change in luck as they seek to put behind them a disappointing 2015 and get back to winning ways against England in the second Test at Newlands starting on Saturday.

Don't think the doosra can be bowled without bending your arm: Ashwin - Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is adding a surprise leg-break to his already formidable bag of tricks but is convinced that the controversial 'doosra' cannot be bowled with a straight arm.

Mitchell Marsh: From scratching 'pad rash' itch to helping Aussies win - Having spent much of the home summer suffering 'pad rash' from waiting to bat, Australia all-rounder Mitchell Marsh has put the pent-up energy to good use when thrown the ball.

Sri Lanka stay alive in NZ series - Tillakaratne Dilshan scored his 47th one-day half century to anchor a much-improved Sri Lanka to a morale-boosting eight-wicket victory on Thursday that kept their one-day series against New Zealand alive.

After SA's India tour, Amla's performance has only gone downhill... - South African captain Hashim Amla has singled out his horrible performance in the recently concluded Test series in India, especially the Delhi Test as one of lowest points of the year 2015.

How cricket blurred the borders - Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq is enjoying the experience of working with former India seamer Manoj Prabhakar.

'Got to know from newspapers that I was dropped...and it hurt' - Virender Sehwag has admitted that he was "hurt" after being dropped in the middle of the 2013 Test series against Australia without any "communication from team management or selectors."

South Africa struggling to shake off crisis of confidence - Captain Hashim Amla has said South Africa were suffering a crisis of confidence following a woeful 2015 which culminated with a 241-run defeat to England in the first Test.

'Potentially this England team can do some really good things' - England have the makings of a strong future test team, captain Alastair Cook said on Wednesday after a comprehensive 241-run win over South Africa in the first Test at Kingsmead.

Durban Test: England beat South Africa by 241 runs - Moeen Ali took three wickets on Wednesday as England made quick work of securing victory in the first Test by bundling out South Africa for 174 before lunch and ensure a 241-run victory on the last day at Kingsmead.

Ashes loss only blip in an otherwise perfect year for WC winners Australia - Coach Darren Lehmann gave Australia a mark of '7.5' out of 10 for a year in which they won the World Cup but lost the Ashes, the series most prized by home fans.

How Kirmani faced discrimination at the hands of his team mates - The former India wicketkeeper said he was picked for the national team despite coming up with 'stellar performances' in domestic arena from 1986 to 1993.

Kiwi skipper McCullum doubtful for third ODI vs SL - New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum is 'unlikely' to play in the third One-day match against Sri Lanka on Thursday as he recovers from a back injury, coach Mike Hesson has said.

Durban Test: Finn's triple strikes helps England close on victory - England's Steven Finn took three wickets as South Africa, chasing an unlikely 416 for victory, struggled to 136 for four on the fourth day of the first Test.

Chandimal to lead Sri Lanka in T20s against New Zealand - Dinesh Chandimal will captain Sri Lanka in the T20 series against New Zealand in place of regular captain Lasith Malinga who has been forced out due to an injury, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said on Tuesday.

How Axar plans to spin out batsmen on the Australia tour - In-form Axar Patel believes he is fully ready for his second tour of Australia and is not losing sleep over the close competition between him and Ravindra Jadeja for the number one left-arm spinner's role in the five One-Day Internationals Down Under.

Pak court rejects petition, clears last hurdle to Amir's comeback - In a massive relief for Mohammad Amir, a Pakistan court rejected a petition against the inclusion of convicted spot-fixer in the national team.

Azhar Ali resigns over Aamir's inclusion, PCB convinces him to stay - Pakistan captain Azhar Ali tendered his resignation over presence of tainted paceman Mohammed Aamir in the national training camp but agreed to continue after PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan's intervention.

'We showed signs that we can compete, we just need that belief' - Deflated West Indies captain Jason Holder has demanded his players find the belief to win after their improved performance in Melbourne still ended in a draining 177-run loss in the second Test and a 2-0 defeat in the series.

Australia skipper Smith seeks explanation after DRS failure - Australia captain Steve Smith will seek an explanation from match referee Chris Broad over a Decision Review System malfunction during his team's march to victory over West Indies in the second Test on Tuesday.

Yousuf in war of words with Raja during TV show on Amir - Former Pakistan cricketers Mohammad Yousuf and Ramiz Raja were involved in an ugly war of words during a live debate on a news channel when both were called upon to give their views on return of tainted Mohammad Amir.

PHOTOS: Aus decimate Windies to claim Boxing Day Test and series - Australia defeated West Indies by a massive 177 runs to win the second Test match in Melbourne and claim the series 2-0.

Huge blow for SA as Steyn will not bowl for rest of Test - South African fast bowler Dale Steyn will not bowl again in the opening Test against England at Kingsmead after his shoulder spasm failed to clear up overnight, officials said on Tuesday.

Kirmani says nothing wrong in playing Pakistan - India and Pakistan were supposed to play a bilateral series this month but the planned rubber did not go ahead after the Indian government withheld permission for the same.

World Test C'ship could revive dwindling format, sadly it's scrapped! - Sri Lankan batting great Kumar Sangakkara believes that the revival of the abandoned World Test Championship can address some of the problems facing the iconic longer format of the game.

Durban Test: Root among runs again as England take command - An unbeaten half century from Joe Root helped England into a commanding position on the third day of the first Test as they opened up a 261-run lead over South Africa on Monday.

'It's important to look at my schedule and have a bit of rest' - Talismanic South African cricketer AB de Villiers wants to reduce his workload to keep himself fresh after several years of fulfilling a punishing international schedule.

Steyn to have scan on shoulder injury - South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn will have a scan on a shoulder injury after he twice pulled up in the middle of an over and left the field on the third day of the opening Test against England on Monday.

Parthiv Patel leads Gujarat to maiden Vijay Hazare title - Captain Parthiv Patel's polished 105 helped Gujarat hammer former champions Delhi by 139 runs and capture their maiden Vijay Hazare Trophy.

'Everyone wants India-Pakistan series to resume' - The proposed India-Pakistan series may not have taken place but there has been been no end to calls for resumption of cricketing ties between the two neighbors.

It would have been ideal to tour Australia: Mohit Sharma - Injured pacer Mohit Sharma is disappointed at missing India's limited-overs tour of Australia ahead of the more significant World T20 and says he will take at least a month to recover from a stress on his left ankle.

Carlos Brathwaite a new star in the making? - A thick gloom that has pervaded the West Indies lifted briefly on Monday as paceman Carlos Brathwaite struck a defiant half-century on debut and celebrated wildly upon taking his first wicket during the second Test against Australia.

Windies' 'laid back' approach not what it seems - While the Carribs have been panned even by coach Phil Simmons for 'poor body language', former West Indies captain Richie Richardson reckons that the Windies Cricket Board needs to be united in order to improve the scenario.

2nd Test, Day 3, PHOTOS: Smith, Khawaja shine after WI mini-resistance - West Indies were bowled out for 271 in their first innings after Australia pacer James Pattison ended Darren Bravo's stubborn resistance at tea on Day 3 of the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Monday.

Is Langer's stint as Aus coach for Windies tour a test run? - Australia coach Darren Lehmann will step aside to allow Justin Langer to guide the team during a one-day tournament in the Caribbean next year.

Guptill misses ODI record as Kiwis thrash sorry Sri Lanka - Martin Guptill flirted with a world record then had to settle for a New Zealand one as he demolished Sri Lanka's bowling to guide his side to a comprehensive 10-wicket victory in the second One-Day International in Christchurch on Monday.

1st Test: Elgar digs in for South Africa after Broad shines - Opener Dean Elgar provided stubborn resistance as South Africa finished the second day of the first Test on 137 for four in reply to England's 303 at Kingsmead on Sunday.

'Good news soon' for Indo-Pak cricket series? - PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan has again raised hopes of an Indo-Pak bilateral series saying in the aftermath of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit there could be 'good news soon', evoking sharp criticism in Karachi for continuing to pursue the issue.

After tearful apology, Pakistan players accept Amir - Pakistan paceman Mohammad Amir broke down during the national conditioning camp and offered to leave the game before being accepted by protesting players, who had reservations training with him.

ICC suspends Pakistan's Yasir for failed dope test - Pakistan rising leg-spinner Yasir Shah on Sunday was handed a provisional suspension by the International Cricket Council after being charged with an anti-doping rule violation.

Adam Voges wastes no time in joining Australian greats - Voges wastes no time in joining Australian greats

Boxing Day Test: Windies batting crumble against rampant Australia - The West Indies batsmen crumbled late on Sunday to leave their team teetering at 91-6 and staring at another humiliating defeat at the close of day two of the second Test against Australia.

Taylor and Compton rally England after Steyn strikes early - James Taylor and Nick Compton compiled gritty half-centuries to lead England to 179 for four on a rain-disrupted first day of the opening Test against South Africa at Kingsmead in Durban, on Saturday.

Vijay Hazare: Axar's six guides Gujarat into final; Delhi down HP - Left-arm spinner Axar Patel on Saturday wreaked havoc recording a career-best List A figures of six for 43 as Gujarat beat Tamil Nadu by 31 runs to set up a title clash with Gautam Gambhir-led Delhi in the final of the Vijay Hazare Trophy One-Day tournament.

Hafeez, Ali agree to train with tainted Amir after PCB intervenes - Following 48 hours of suspense, the two players met with the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Shaharyar Khan in Lahore after which the latter announced the two have agreed to join the camp.

2015 Rewind: Kohli leads new dawn of Indian cricket - Indian cricket's fortunes ebbed and flowed in 2015 with Virat Kohli successfully leading the national side in Tests and Mahendra Singh Dhoni appearing to be losing his midas touch, while in off the field drama Shashank Manohar returned as the president of Board of Control for Cricket in India.

Burns, Khawaja pummel Windies on Boxing Day - Having recovered from a hamstring strain, Usman Khawaja celebrated his recall with a glittering 144, with Queensland team mate Joe Burns making 128 in front of a festive Melbourne Cricket Ground crowd to drive Australia to 345-3 at stumps.

Run machine Guptill guides Kiwis past Sri Lanka in first ODI - Martin Guptill became the highest run scorer in One-Day International cricket this year as he guided New Zealand to a comprehensive seven-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the first game of their five match series in Christchurch, on Saturday.

Sri Lanka's Kusal Perera faces four-year doping ban - Sri Lanka's Kusal Perera faces a four-year ban after the country's sports minister said the wicketkeeper-batsman's 'B' sample has also tested positive for a prohibited substance.

PHOTOS: Merry Christmas, say the Australian cricketers - The Australian Test squad had a Christmas Day Luncheon at Crown Entertainment Complex in Melbourne. Here's a look at a few moments from the event

Shaun Marsh dropped after scoring 182 in Hobart Test - Top-order batsman Shaun Marsh has been dropped from Australia's side for their second Test against West Indies, despite scoring 182 in the comprehensive first Test victory in Hobart.

South African bowlers glad to be back on friendly wickets - A change from spin-friendly wickets in India to ones favouring seamers means South Africa's pace attack are keenly looking forward to the Test series against England, which starts on Saturday.

DDCA mulls disciplinary action against Azad, Bedi for targeting Jaitley - The executive committee of Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) is mulluing various disciplinary measures, including issuing show cause notice to former India cricketers Kirti Azad and Bishan Singh Bedi, for making corruption allegations against its former president Arun Jaitley.

Will Anderson's absence affect England in Durban Test? - There is sufficient depth in England's bowling department to make up for the absence of their record wicket taker James Anderson in the Boxing Day Test against South Africa, Stuart Broad said.

South Africa vs England Test series too close to call, says Pietersen - The former England captain said that both sides must address the fragility in their batting orders, with England too dependent on captain Alastair Cook and Joe Root and the hosts relying on Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers.

'I have worked really hard in the last 2-3 years since my recovery' - Yuvraj Singh's dreadful innings of 11 from 21 balls in the World T20 final against Sri Lanka in Mirpur last year led to his exclusion and the stylish left-hander admits that it 'always remained' at the back of his mind during the past year and half.

India to tour West Indies in 2016 after BCCI-WICB impasse ends - India are scheduled to play four Test matches in the Caribbean in July-August next year.

Pakistan players leave camp after tainted Amir's presence - One-Day International captain Azhar Ali and opening batsman Mohammad Hafeez reported for the national conditioning camp in Lahore in the morning session but did not return back for the second session, protesting against the presence of tainted left-arm pacer Mohammad Aamir.

Hazare Trophy: Gujarat, TN meet in semis after close wins - Skipper Parthiv Patel struck an exemplary fifty, while Axar Patel chipped in with an unbeaten 36, after picking two crucial wickets, as Gujarat edged out Vidarbha by two wickets and advanced to the semi-finals of the Vijay Hazare Trophy One-day tournament, in Alur, Karnataka, on Thursday.

IPL fixing: Chandila, Shah to learn fate next month - The Board of Control for Cricket in India's disciplinary committee deferred a decision on the tainted duo of Ajit Chandila and Hiken Shah till January 5, giving them time till January 4 to file a written response to the charges of spot-fixing against them.

C K Nayudu Lifetime Achievement award for Kirmani - Former wicketkeeper-batsman Syed Kirmani was nominated for this year's Col. C K Nayudu Lifetime Achievement award, which comprises a trophy, citation and cheque for Rs 25 lakh.

Look who is supporting the out of favour Kirti Azad... - Clean Sports (CSI), a movement for corruption-free sports, on Thursday offered its support to cricketer-turned-politician Kirti Azad who has been suspended by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for leading a campaign against Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on alleged corruption in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA).

South Africa v England: Anderson ruled out of first Test - England paceman James Anderson has been ruled out of the first Test against South Africa with a calf injury, the country's cricket board said on Thursday.

Boxing Day Test: Windies bid to avoid knockout blow - Under fire from all quarters after an abysmal start to their tour, West Indies have pledged to be more competitive at the traditional Boxing Day Test but will struggle to prevent hosts Australia from taking an unassailable 2-0 series lead.

England tour and Barmy Army's big income boost for South Africa - The Barmy Army are bringing much more than just their thirst and their songs to the Test cricket arena in South Africa over the next month - an expected 10,000 visitors also provide a marked income boost for the sport, says South African cricket supremo Haroon Lorgat.

West Indies eye completion of 2014 abandoned tour of India - Keen to complete the controversially-abandoned 2014 tour of India, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has said it would host the Indians in 2016 if its players' association agrees to a commitment on the series.

'Pleased to see Ishant as the leader of India's pace attack' - Virat Kohli has singled out Ishant Sharma for his efforts in the just-concluded Test series against South Africa, one that the home team won comprehensively.

'If India play to their potential, they will beat Australia' - If VVS Laxman is to be believed MS Dhoni and Co have a great chance of causing an upset in their upcoming tour Down Under.

England aim to dethrone Test kings South Africa - South Africa's status as the top-ranked Test-playing nation has been dented after their crushing defeat in India last month and is in danger of being eroded completely by England over the next month or two.

PCB clears tainted Amir's return to Pakistan cricket team - Spot-fixing-tainted pacer Mohammad Amir is eligible for national team selection though it's up to the selectors to pick him or not, the Pakistan Cricket Board said.

Finally, PCB gives up hopes on India-Pakistan cricket series - Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan finally gave up hope of organising the proposed India-Pakistan cricket series in the near future but has set sights for next year for the resumption of bilateral cricketing ties between the two countries.

Former players Hirwani, Raman, Sekar named NCA coaches - Former Test cricketers W V Raman, Narendra Hirwani and T A Sekar have been appointed on the coaching panel of the National Cricket Academy (NCA), the Board of Control for Cricket in India announced on Wednesday.

Poor rating for Nagpur pitch a subjective decision by Crowe: BCCI - The Board of Control for Cricket in India president Shashank Manohar on Wednesday said that the BCCI will abide by the International Cricket Council's decision of rating Nagpur pitch as 'poor' but at the same time termed the inference on the nature of the wicket being a 'subjective decision' by ICC match referee Jeff Crowe.

Hazare Trophy: Dhoni's 70 in vain as Delhi thrash Jharkhand - Mahendra Singh Dhoni's unbeaten half-century was in vain as Delhi scored a 99-run victory over Jharkhand in a lop-sided second quarter-final in the Vijay Hazare trophy, One-day tournament, at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, on Wednesday.

Raina needs a lot of clarity while playing short balls, says Laxman - Former India batsman V V S Laxman, who always reserved his best for the mighty Australia, feels that Suresh Raina 'needs a lot of clarity' as to how he would find a solution against short-pitched bowling.

'Yuvraj is a crowdpuller like McEnroe, Maradona' - Former India captain Kapil Dev on Wednesday lauded Yuvraj Singh's inclusion in the Indian T20 team terming him as a 'crowdpuller like John McEnroe'.

Steve Smith voted ICC Cricketer of the Year - Indian players failed to make a mark as Australians and South Africans swept the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Annual Awards with Steve Smith clinching the coveted trophies of Cricketer of the Year and the Test Cricketer of the Year.

Pak legend Imran Khan returns to cricket as mentor in PSL - World Cup-winning captain Imran Khan has been named mentor of Pakistan Super League franchise Peshawar Zalmi. The former pace ace, who is now chief of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, a political party, returns to cricket after a break of over two decades.

Axar determined to prove Gavaskar wrong in Australia - Left-arm spinner Axar Patel has taken Sunil Gavaskar's stinging criticism in his stride and says he is determined to prove the former India captain wrong with consistent performances, starting with the five-match ODI series in Australia next month.

Marsh waiting for moment to shine at crease vs WI - Mitchell Marsh's spot in a rebuilding Australia side is assured for at least the Boxing Day Test against West Indies but the all-rounder is feeling some heat to score runs to shore up his place.

England sweat on Anderson's fitness for Boxing Day Test - England are to wait until Thursday before making a decision on whether James Anderson can lead the attack in the first Test against South Africa after the fast bowler had a scan on his calf on Tuesday.

'Post India tour debacle, South Africa needs to go back to basics' - South Africa will need to go back to basics if they want to rediscover their form against England in the four-Test series, which starts on Boxing Day, coach Russell Domingo said.

'Dhoni has cricket left in him, can still represent India' - Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has praised the India's limited overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, stating that he still has a lot of cricket left in him.

'The India-SA series wasn't a good advertisement for Test cricket' - Saying the Indian pitches in the recently-concluded series against South Africa was not good advertisement for Test cricket, former Pakistan captain Younis Khan has urged the ICC to ensure uniformity of tracks in the longest format across the world.

Performance not age should be the criteria for selection, says Harbhajan - He has nothing more to prove to anyone after haunting batsmen for more than 15 years in international cricket and Harbhajan Singh believes that his 'tried and tested' strengths are the ones he will rely on as he prepares to lay his hands on a record third world title.

After Dhoni, another Jharkhand keeper to lead India - Jharkhand wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan was named captain of the Indian team for the ICC Under-19 World Cup to be held in Bangladesh from January 27 to February 14 next year.

Kane... and able! - With an impeccable tally of 2,633 runs across formats this year, Kane Williamson, says Bikash Mohapatra/Rediff.com, is right up there among the pantheon of modern great greats.

'There's something romantic about finishing career in New Zealand' - The romance of finishing his career by leading New Zealand into one last battle against Australia on home soil persuaded Brendon McCullum to bow out of international cricket before next year's World Twenty20.

FACTBOX: New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum - Factbox on New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum, who on Tuesday announced his decision to retire from all forms of international cricket in February.

'Today I am in front of you not as a cricketer, but as a fan' - India's limited overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni launched the ticket sales for the inaugural edition of Masters Champions League (MCL), as the brand ambassador of the tournament, with a special video message.

New Zealand captain McCullum to retire from internationals - Brendon McCullum, who led New Zealand through an exhilarating two years of success, will retire from international cricket in February after the two-Test series against Australia, the 34-year-old batsman said on Tuesday.

Pakistan Super League: Younis unsold; Misbah for Islamabad - Pakistan's Test stalwart Younis Khan, who led the national team to its only World T20 title in 2009, remained unsold while captain Misbah-ul Haq was snapped up by the Islamabad franchise on the first day of the Players' Draft for the Pakistan Super League, on Monday.

Sehwag's Arabians face Ganguly's Legends to kick-start MCL - The tournament is set to be played in Dubai and also at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah.

Nagpur pitch receives official warning - The International Cricket Council announced on Monday that Jamtha Stadium, Nagpur, has been given an official warning under the ICC Pitch Monitoring Process following the third Test between India and South Africa.

BCCI to decide on quantum of punishment to Chandila this week - The Board of Control for Cricket in India's three-member disciplinary panel, headed by president Shashank Manohar, will meet this week to decide the fate of Ajit Chandilla and Hiken Shah who have been accused of trying to fix games in the 2013 and last edition of the Indian Premier League respectively.

Kane Williamson rises to top of Test rankings - Kane Williamson is the second New Zealand batsman after Glenn Turner to top the ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen following a man of the match performance in the Hamilton Test against Sri Lanka, which helped the home side win by five wickets and take the series 2-0.

ICC Test rankings: Ashwin continues to reign among all-rounders - India's Ravichandran Ashwin maintained his stronghold at the top of the ICC Test All-Rounder rankings while Ravindra Jadeja stayed fifth in the chart.

India's Aussie team: Guess who has the best ODI, T20 records - Remember Yuvi's 6 sixes in an over in the first World T20?

'We have a bowling group that is world class and still improving' - While impressed by Kane Williamson's match-winning century, New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum praised his bowlers for their tenacity and ability to change plans to suit the conditions, which helped them seal a series win over Sri Lanka.

'It means more when you make a larger contribution to the team' - New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum called him 'The King' but Kane Williamson swatted aside the praise after his record-breaking century capped a five-wicket victory in the second Test against Sri Lanka.

Khawaja seals test spot with Twenty20 ton - Usman Khawaja proved his fitness with an unbeaten century in the domestic Twenty20 Big Bash League at the weekend to secure his place in the Australia team for the second Test against West Indies.

Hamilton Test: Williamson steers NZ to series win over Sri Lanka - Kane Williamson scored his fifth century in eight Tests in 2015 to guide New Zealand to a five-wicket victory over Sri Lanka before lunch on the fourth day of the second Test at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Monday.

DDCA president Bansal refutes Azad's accusations - Reacting to Kirti Azad's expose on the alleged DDCA scam, President Sneh Prakash Bansal has strongly refuted the charges saying that no company bill mentioned in the sting operation exists in the cricket body's transaction records.

Azad's claims nothing new, says former DDCA official Chetan Chauhan - Reacting to Kirti Azad's claim of financial bunglings in the DDCA, its vice-president Chetan Chauhan said that all the material the BJP MP relied upon for his allegations were taken from the earlier findings on the basis of which S P Bansal was removed as president.

Dean Jones rubbishes claims of deportation from Pakistan - Airport authorities in Islamabad, on Sunday, claimed to have deported Dean Jones because of an expired visa, but the former Australian batsman insisted that he had to return home because of incomplete documents.

DDCA corruption storm: Sehwag, Gambhir back Jaitley - Top India players, including Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, on Sunday, came out strongly in support of Finance Minister and former DDCA President Arun Jaitley, who has been accused of turning a blind eye to financial irregularities during his tenure by AAP.

Will Yuvraj get his old form back in 2nd innings? - His career getting a fresh lease of life following the selection for next year's Twenty20 matches against Australia, Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh on Sunday said he cannot wait to be back in the dressing room after going through a 'really terrible' phase.

New Zealand close in on win but Sri Lanka fight on - A hobbling Kane Williamson guided New Zealand to 142 for five at the close of play on the third day of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Hamilton, with the hosts needing another 47 runs to seal a 2-0 series sweep.

BCCI sends 'clear cut message': Dhoni will be our leader at T20 WC - Soon after retaining Mahendra Singh Dhoni as India captain till the World Twenty20 Championships, chief selector Sandip Patil said the Board wanted to end speculations and "send a signal" to players as to who would be their leader at the mega-event to be held in India from March 8 to April 3.

Yuvraj, Nehra surprise call-ups in T20 squad for Australian tour - Jadeja, Shami also return for limited overs series starting Jan 12

Impossible to arrange series in short time: BCCI on Indo-Pak series - Virtually ruling out the chances of playing Pakistan in the proposed bilateral series, Indian cricket board secretary Anurag Thakur said that it will be "impossible for PCB" to arrange a series in such a short time.

Red ball, white ball or pink ball; bring them all... - Australia spinner Nathan Lyon fought hard to cement his place in the Test team and now hopes to convince selectors of his white ball prowess in time for the World Twenty20 in India.

Tainted Amir included in Pakistan training squad - Paceman Mohammad Amir has taken another step towards international re-integration following a ban for match-fixing after being included in a Pakistan training and fitness squad.

Michael Clarke can make a U-turn - Former Australian skipper Michael Clarke, who retired from all forms of international cricket earlier this year, is considering a return to the Twenty20 format.

Chameera produces career-best return as NZ struggle - Paceman Dushmantha Chameera took career-best figures with aggressive short-pitched bowling to give Sri Lanka a slight advantage at the close of play on the second day of the second Test against New Zealand at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Saturday.

Sunil Joshi appointed Oman's spin-bowling coach - Former Indian spinner Sunil Joshi has been appointed as the Oman's spin-bowling coach ahead of the middle-eastern country's maiden World Twenty20 campaign in India next year.

Here's an idea to revolutionise T20 cricket... - Former Australian Test cricketer Brad Hodge has come up with a radical suggestion of 'switch bowling' to make the batmen-dominated T20 format more exciting and less predictable.

Hazare Trophy: Champs Karnataka win by 207 runs but knocked out - A summary of the day's matches in the Vijay Hazare One-day tournament.

Sri Lanka's Herath, Perera approached by bookies to fix Windies Test - Lanka's sports minister said some 10 million rupees (around $70,000) had been offered to the players to lose the match. Police had mounted a search for the suspect who was said to have approached the two players

Prabhakar ready to guide dream-chasing Afghans in partnership with Inzy - Former India seamer Manoj Prabhakar, who has been appointed bowling coach of the Afghanistan national side for the upcoming ICC World T20, is hopeful of forming a fruitful coaching partnership with chief coach Inzamam-ul Haq.

'Jadeja had a break for three months and got the time to reflect' - Ravindra Jadeja played a stellar role in Team India's recent series win against South Africa.

Jadeja stakes strong claim for Australia Tour; Shami, Ishant, Vijay in fray too - Back in form with an impressive performance against South Africa in the recently-concluded Test series, Ravindra Jadeja is likely to make a comeback when the national selectors meet in New Delhi on Saturday.

Hussey laughs off World Twenty20 comeback chatter - Retired Test batsman Mike Hussey has laughed off suggestions he could return to Australian colours for next year's World Twenty20 after scoring an unbeaten 80 to lead the Sydney Sixers to victory in the domestic Big Bash League.

Hamilton Test: Boult strikes before rain ends first day early - Trent Boult took two wickets in one over and broke a partnership that had threatened to take the game out of New Zealand's reach as Sri Lanka reached 264 for seven by the end of a rain-shortened first day of the second Test on Friday.

'Captaincy is not an easy job...you have to maintain your focus' - Captaincy is not an easy job as one also needs to be patient at times, India's Test skipper Virat Kohli has admitted.

'For an Indo-Pak series to take place now, the BCCI has to propose' - There's still a lot time left before a bilateral series between India and Pakistan materializes.

'We are pumped up for Indo-Pak clash in Dharamsala' - Pakistan's T20 captain Shahid Afridi is prepared for a tough World T20 campaign in India after the ICC announced the draws of the biennial event in March-April.

India Under-19s' unbeaten run continues; seal final spot - Virat Singh and Washington Sundar struck half centuries as India Under-19s defeated Sri Lanka Under-19s by four wickets to record their fourth successive win in the tri-nation cricket tournament in Colombo, on Thursday.

Hazare Trophy: Shreyas Gopal stars as Karnataka dismiss Kerala for 49 - A summary of the day's play in the Vijay Hazare One-day tournament.

DDCA refutes allegations against former chief Jaitley - The Delhi and District Cricket Association again strongly refuted the AAP's allegations of financial bungling by its former chief, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, saying the charges are completely baseless and without substance.

India team for tour of Australia to be picked on Saturday - The selection committee of the Cricket Board (BCCI) will meet in New Delhi on Saturday to pick the Indian team for the upcoming limited-overs tour of Australia, starting January 12.

Rohit Sharma set to launch India's first cricket-based comic - Rohit Sharma is set to launch a new environmental superhero team called, 'HYPER TYGERS' in collaboration with Graphic India, UK based ISM Komix and Cornerstone Sport.

Virat Kohli set to have a mobile game on him - Indian Test captain Virat Kohli is set to have a game on him with a leading mobile game publisher announcing the launch of Virat Cricket Challenge.

Williamson's finger adds to New Zealand's concerns in Hamilton - As if a pitch that can barely be distinguished from the outfield was not enough for New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum to worry about ahead of the second Test against Sri Lanka, it turns out his top batsman may have a broken finger.

2015: Indian cricket went from despair to deliverance - Test series victories over Sri Lanka and South Africa ensured Virat Kohli could justify the team's failures earlier in the year.

'Will be transparent in all our dealings and focus on execution' - With decks cleared for him to continue as president of Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) following rival Amin pathan's withdrawal of 'No Confidence Motion', former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi in a series of tweets spoke about making the state association "transparent".

Modi back in RCA as Amin Pathan withdraws No Confidence motion - Controversial former IPL czar Lalit Modi and his team are all set to resume their charges at the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) after rival group's Amin Pathan officially withdrew his 'No Confidence Motion' brought in to remove the four office-bearers.

A big challenge to bowl against Dhoni: Jadeja - India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, who will be pitted against his former Chennai Super Kings skipper, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, in the Indian Premier League later next year, believes bowling to India's limited-overs' team captain will be a big challenge.

Hazare Trophy: Uttar Pradesh beat Saurashtra by 5 wickets - A summary of the day's play in the Vijay Hazare One-day tournament.

BCCI paid ICC Rs 2 crore for extra squad member at 2015 World Cup - The Board of Control for Cricket in India paid the International Cricket Council around Rs 2.4 crore for various charges incurred for the Indian squad carrying "additional team members" during the World Cup earlier this year.

Big-hitting Yusuf eyes World T20 berth - "I have had a very good Ranji season this year. If you talk about T20 then I have had a very good IPL season for KKR. I am bowling well, letting down 9-10 overs in every match (Vijay Hazare), so things are moving in the right direction. Wickets are coming my way and I am also getting runs, when I am batting.

South Africa's Ram Slam T20 caught in match-fixing web - Cricket South Africa charges 'intermediary' with trying to fix Twenty20 games

Aus rope in former India cricketer Sriram in pursuit of World T20 title - Former Australia batsman Mike Hussey will also work with the side for two weeks of the tournament

Hazare Trophy: Yuvraj powers Punjab, Dhoni fails again - A summary of the day's play in the Vijay Hazare One-day tournament.

India colts down England in U-19 tri-series - Top-order batsmen made it count as India Under-19 stretched their unbeaten run to three matches after outplaying England colts by 20 runs in the tri-series youth ODI tournament at Colombo.

Gavaskar wants Indian captain for Rajkot IPL team - Former skipper Sunil Gavaskar has suggested that Rajkot, the new team in the Indian Premier League, should have an Indian captain, saying it makes sense to have somebody who knows the local players well at the helm.

Laxman excluded from Warne's 'Indian XI'; Ganguly named captain - Australia's legendary spinner Shane Warne picked his greatest Indian eleven, comprising the players he played against. A notable absentee from his list is VVS Laxman, who is named as 12th man.

IPL player draft: The 10 buys...their worth - IPL Player draft: How the bidding went

Who will lead Rajkot? Raina or McCullum? - India's limited-overs specialist Suresh Raina is likely to lead the new Intex-owned Rajkot IPL team. Picked first by the franchise in Tuesday's Player draft for a hefty sum of Rs 12.5 crore, he looks set to be entrusted the top job.

Australia adds more pink ball matches in domestic competition - Off the back of the spectacular success of the inaugural day-night Test last month, Cricket Australia has today announced an additional day-night round of Sheffield Shield cricket this summer.

ICC Test rankings: Ashwin, Jadeja among top-5 all-rounders - Ravichandran Ashwin held on to his top spot, while Ravindra Jadeja rose a rung to be fifth in the all-rounders' chart of the latest ICC Test rankings issued on Tuesday.

'We want to build our brand and Dhoni was an automatic choice' - Speaking at the media conference that followed the IPL Players' draft, Pune spokesperson Subrato Talukdar said Dhoni. was an automatic choice for the new franchise.

IPL: Dhoni, Ashwin, Steve Smith for Pune; Raina, Jadeja, McCullum for Rajkot - MS Dhoni will play for Pune in the next edition of the Indian Premier League.

Next year hopefully Test cricket is on the agenda: Gayle - Former West Indies captain Chris Gayle is hopeful he can return to Test cricket next year but said he was simply not fit enough to take part in the ongoing series against Australia.

'Difficult for India to find a quality spinner these days' - 'The present crop struggles overseas because they are not accustomed to getting wickets with patience and perseverance.'

'Even if the Indo-Pak series does not happen now, it will soon' - Former India cricketer Arun Lal has said that India should not call off bilateral series with Pakistan as sport was a way to improve relation between the two countries.

New Zealand rest Boult, Southee for ODIs; Nicholls gets call-up - Uncapped batsman Henry Nicholls has been called into New Zealand's one-day squad for the start of the five-match series against Sri Lanka, while pace duo Trent Boult and Tim Southee have been rested.

Punjab pip Assam by 1 run in Hazare thriller - A summary of the day's play in the Vijay Hazare One-day tournament.

IPL draft: Dhoni, McCullum and Jadeja up for grabs - India's limited-overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, along with his teammates Ravindra Jadeja, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina and Ravichandran Ashwin, among others, will be up for grabs for the two new IPL teams in the draft to be held in Mumbai.

ICC team inspects facilities at Mohali ahead of WT20 - Led by the ICC's head of events, Chris Tetley, and Board of Control for Cricket in India Tournament Director M V Sridhar, a joint team which arrived in the city on Sunday night, visited the stadium in the morning, carried out an inspection and met with PCA officials.

India favourites to win ICC World T20? - A lot of former players and cricket pundits have predicted India as the potential favourites to win the ICC World T20, scheduled to be held in India from March.

PHOTOS: Rohit Sharma ties the knot with Ritika Sajdeh - Images from Rohit Sharma's wedding to long time girlfriend Ritika Sajdeh in Mumbai.

West Indies' Samuels banned from bowling for 12 months - West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels has been banned from bowling for 12 months by the International Cricket Council after undergoing testing on his action.

Australia's Usman Khawaja suffers setback in Test return bid - Top order batsman Usman Khawaja has suffered a setback in his bid to return to the Australia team for the second Test against West Indies after being ruled out of a domestic Twenty20 match by his Sydney Thunder side on Monday.

Is Test cricket ready for Pinky? - After 138 years of its origin, Test cricket, is about to get a makeover in this week's first-ever day-night Test match between Australia and New Zealand in Adelaide.

Why Test cricket is running out of time... - Just 54 people turned up on the first day of an England-Pakistan Test a few weeks ago.

Sometimes you have to risk losing to win as well: McCullum - A frenetic first innings set up New Zealand's 122-run victory over Sri Lanka in the first Test on Monday, but captain Brendon McCullum was pleased with the way his bowlers stuck to their task without tangible reward.

'In difficult situations, Ashwin gives me proper insight' - India Test captain Virat Kohli has lavished praise on Ravichandran Ashwin.

'While bowling you don't want to be thinking about your action' - James Pattinson says a between-innings change to his bowling action was behind the five-wicket haul that fired Australia to victory in the first Test against West Indies and cemented his place in the side for the rest of the series.

Ambanis host star-studded party for Bhajji and Rohit - Mukesh Ambani and Neeta Ambani hosted a massive party on Saturday for cricketers Harbhajan Singh and Rohit Sharma to celebrate their marriages.

Dunedin Test: New Zealand thrash Sri Lanka by 122 runs - Trent Boult took two quick wickets after lunch to help New Zealand complete a 122-run victory over Sri Lanka on the fifth day of the first Test at University Oval in Dunedin on Monday.

Warne believes Lara can inspire Windies on Aus tour - Legendry spinner Shane Warne has issued an open invitation to West Indies to get aid from their former great Brian Lara following their humiliating defeat in the first Test against Australia.

Chappell bats for India over Nagpur Test pitch controversy - Virtually backing India's stance on producing spin-friendly tracks, former Australian captain Ian Chappell said he does not see anything wrong in the turning track in the Nagpur Test which saw India thrash South Africa inside three days, saying matches played elsewhere on seaming tracks have ended "in the blink of an eye".

PCB set to 'close chapter' on bilateral series with India - Shaharyar has written to the BCCI, asking the Indian board to come up with a definite decision on the series within 48 hours, failing which they would decide against playing India

When catches win cricket fans a million bucks! - Ten South African cricket fans shared a million-rand prize after catching one-hand sixes in the recently concluded domestic cricket tournament -- The Ram Slam T20.

Holder, Windies fined for slow over rate in Hobart Test - West Indies captain Jason Holder's week went from bad to worse on Sunday when he was fined 60 percent of his match fee for a slow over rate during the first Test loss to Australia and could face a ban if the tourists repeat the offence.

Akram advises PCB against boycotting World T20 in India - Notwithstanding India's delay in giving a go-ahead for the proposed Indo-Pak bilateral series this month, former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram has advised the PCB against thinking about a boycott of the World T20 in India in March-April next year.

Coach Waqar reason for Pakistan's slide, feel Younis, Razzaq - Pakistan stalwarts Younis Khan and Abdul Razzaq have blamed head coach Waqar Younis for the recent slide in the performances of the national team in ODI and T20 cricket.

Warner may step in for Smith as captain against India - Dashing opener David Warner may lead the Australian team in place of an injured Steven Smith during the upcoming limited-overs series against India starting January 12.

Sri Lanka 109-3 chasing NZ's 405 in 1st Test - At stumps on day four, with an hour's play lost because of the weather, Sri Lanka were 109 for three, requiring a further 296 runs to pull off an epic victory.

Amandeep century helps India colts beat Lanka by D/L method - Madhya Pradesh right-hander Amandeep Khare hit a fine century as India U-19 beat their Sri Lankan counterparts by 4 runs via Duckworth-Lewis method in a tri-series match in Colombo on Saturday.

Shastri reckons domestic cricket can help India batsmen play on turners - Despite crushing South Africa comprehensively in the recent Test series, Team Director Ravi Shastri feels that the current crop of Indian batsmen need "massive improvement" when it comes to facing spinners on tracks that offer turn.

'Hoping for Indo-Pak final in World T20' - Pakistan Hugh Commissioner Abdul Basit is hopeful that arch rivals India and Pakistan will meet in the final of the ICC World Twenty20 in Kolkata on April 3.

Dharamsala stadium to add 5000 seats for World T20 - Dharamsala has been allotted 10 ICC World Twenty20 matches and considering that the organisers have decided to raise the seating capacity of the stadium by 25 percent.

Smith confident for Boxing Day test despite niggles - Australia captain Steve Smith will sit out domestic Twenty 20 matches because of knee and hip niggles but has "no doubt" he will be fit to face West Indies in the second Test in Melbourne on Dec. 26.

Why Kohli is a big admirer of AB de Villiers... - Praising AB de Villiers for his 'versatility' as a batsman, India Test captain Virat Kohli on Friday said the South African maestro's defiant knock, albeit in a losing cause, in the fourth and final Test match in Delhi was a classic example of 'application' in the longer format.

Hobart Test: Australia thrash Windies by innings and 121 runs - Paceman James Pattinson took five for 27 to fire Australia to a thumping innings and 121-run victory with more than two days to spare in the first Test against West Indies in Hobart on Saturday.

Dunedin Test: Williamson milestone helps NZ stretch lead - Kane Williamson became the second New Zealand batsman to score 1000 Test runs in a calendar year as the hosts built an imposing 308-run lead over Sri Lanka at the close of the third day's play of the first Test in Dunedin.

IPL Players' draft to be held in Mumbai on Dec 15 - The IPL Players' draft to allow two new franchises based in Pune and Rajkot pick 10 players of their choice will be held at the Mumbai Cricket Association's clubhouse in the Bandra-Kurla Complex on December 15.

Sachin never played an innings like Gavaskar did: Imran - Not undermining Sachin Tendulkar's rich contribution to the game of cricket, Pakistani cricketing legend-turned politician Imran Khan today said he always rates Sunil Gavaskar above any batsman in the world.

Ishant takes 5 but Delhi lose to Vidarbha; TN beat Mumbai - Tamil Nadu produced an all-round display to beat Mumbai by 26 runs and register their second consecutive win in the Vijay Hazare One-Day cricket tournament, on Friday.

What Kohli wants to learn from 'Captain Cool' Dhoni - Star batsman Virat Kohli says India's triumph in the 2007 World T20 tournament proved the catalyst in the team winning the 50-overs World Cup four years later.

World T20 2016: India and Pakistan in same group - Arch-rivals India and Pakistan were drawn in same group for the ICC World Twenty20 2016. The two teams will face off on March 19 in Dharamsala.

ICC World Twenty20 2016: The full schedule - A total of 58 tournament matches, including 35 men's and 23 women's , will be played in the 27-day tournament in Bengaluru, Chennai, Dharamsala, Kolkata, Mohali, Mumbai, Nagpur and New Delhi. New Delhi and Mumbai will host the semi-finals on March 30 and 31 respectively, while Eden Gardens in Kolkata will be the venue for April 3 finals.

Waqar has massive ego problems; doesn't want seniors in the side: Yousuf - Former Pakistan captain, Muhammad Yousuf has launched a scathing attack at coach Waqar Younis, saying the legendary fast bowler has ego problems and doesn't want seniors in the side.

Hobart Test PHOTOS: Australia in control after record stand - Adam Voges and Shaun Marsh combined for 449 runs and the sixth highest partnership in Test cricket history to put Australia firmly in control after the second day of the first Test against West Indies on Friday.

Cook eager to topple Proteas - England captain Alastair Cook is still hurting after the Test series defeat by Pakistan but believes his side are equipped to strike back against the world's number one team in South Africa. As he prepared to fly out with his team to South Africa on Thursday, Cook, who has never won a Test series against the Proteas, described just how important a victory will be."It would mean a huge amount to beat the world number one nation in their backyard," the 30-year-old, leading the current fifth-ranked Test nation, told a news conference. "That's the challenge we've got ahead of us.

1st Test: Chandimal, Karunaratne defy New Zealand - Dinesh Chandimal and Dimuth Karunaratne obstinately defied New Zealand's bowlers for much of the second day of the first Test at University Oval in Dunedin on Friday though the hosts still have the upper hand.

Voges and Marsh rewrite record books in Hobart - Adam Voges and Shaun Marsh put together the highest fourth wicket stand in the history of Test cricket on Friday, their combined 449 pushing Australia to 583 for four at lunch on day two of the first Test against West Indies.

'Someone who hasn't played for the country has no right to comment' - India's Test captain Virat Kohli is unhappy that some of the former international cricketers have run down the team despite their comprehensive 3-0 win against South Africa in the recently concluded Test series.

WT20 final: ICC clean chit for Eden Gardens - The International Cricket Council inspection team foresees "no roadblock" in Eden Gardens hosting the ICC World Twenty20 final, even as it is learnt that they want two more dressing rooms at the venue.

Dhawan may not go for action check, to refrain from bowling - Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan will not bowl in competitive matches (domestic or internationals) as he in all likelihood will not go for any action correction at the ICC accredited institute in Chennai within the next 14 days.

Dhoni fails on return to domestic cricket, Ashwin bowls TN to victory - Playing for Jharkhand, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who was playing his first domestic match in eight years, made just nine before he was dismissed by Jammu and Kashmir's left-arm spinner Waseem Raza.

'Winning a series has a huge impact on the mindset of players' - Virat Kohli has hoped that India's 3-0 win over South Africa in the just-concluded Test series will have a positive impact on the young team.

Afghanistan's cricketers to train in Noida after MoU with BCCI - Afghanistan's cricket team will shifted its home base from Sharjah to the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association stadium in Noida where they will play their matches and practice after an MoU was signed on Thursday in this regard.

Jayawardene joins Adelaide Strikers in Big Bash League - Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene has joined the Adelaide Strikers for the fifth edition of Big Bash League on a one-year deal as the side's second international signing.

Kohli follows in Rohit's footsteps, co-owns wrestling team - India Test captain Virat Kohli became the second cricketer after Rohit Sharma to join the Pro Wrestling League bandwagon after he was named as the co-owner of the Bengaluru Yodhas team.

Time running out for India-Pakistan cricket series - Conceding that time is running out for the proposed India-Pakistan bilateral cricket series to take place, BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur said the Board is still waiting for the government's approval.

After India debacle, SA get De Villiers back to keep wickets in Tests - Batsman AB de Villiers will return to the role of wicketkeeper for South Africa in the opening two Tests of their four-match home series against England starting in Durban on Boxing Day.

Hobart Test: Voges, Marsh pile on runs against West Indies - Adam Voges scored 174 and Shaun Marsh 139 in an unbroken partnership of 317 runs to give Australia a commanding 438 for three at the close of play on the opening day of the first Test against West Indies in Hobart on Thursday.

Brian Lara to star for Australian Legends XI against Perth Scorchers - West Indies legend Brian Lara will team up with some of Australia's finest players like Ricky Ponting, Matthew Hayden, Adam Gilchrist, Justin Langer and Glenn McGrath for the Australian Legends XI, which will take on Big Bash League champions Perth Scorchers in the Festival of Cricket match in Perth on Friday.

Ponting believes day-night Test can reinvigorate Hobart - Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting believes that the roaring success of the day-night Test match in Adelaide could be seen as an example to secure embattled Hobart's status as a Test venue.

Ankle surgery set to keep Starc out of World T20 - Starc has long suffered from bone spurs in his right ankle and decided to take the opportunity to have an operation to resolve the problem while sidelined by a foot injury sustained against New Zealand.

PHOTOS: This Dhoni is super cute! - India's limited overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's daughter turned 10 month old and the fans were delighted when his wife, Saakshi, shared her recent adorable pictures on social networking site.

'Jadeja is a force of nature' - 'Ravindra is probably the best all-rounder in India today.'

Guptill, Williamson put NZ in strong position - Martin Guptill struck his third Test century while Kane Williamson fell just short his 13th as New Zealand blunted Sri Lanka's inexperienced bowling attack to set themselves up for a big total in the first Test in Dunedin on Thursday.

3 causes of West Indies cricket's decline - Brian Lara has slammed the ' badly run' Caribbean cricket administration, saying that the trust deficit between the board and players is harming the West Indies team.

India-Pakistan cricket series: PCB's ultimatum to BCCI - With time running out for the proposed India-Pakistan cricket series, the Pakistan Cricket Board has said it would call off the much-talked-about rubber if the Indian government does not give its approval in the next couple of days.

Why so much fuss about Indo-Pak cricket series? - Former Pakistan captain Mohammad Yousuf cannot understand the fuss around the proposed cricket series against India as he feels that apart from filling up PCB coffers, it would hardly make a difference to either of the two countries or to the world.

PCB confirms! India won't play a bilateral series with Pakistan - The Pakistan Cricket Board has confirmed a bilateral series with India is not happening.

'We can win against any opposition at any place in the world' - India's Test captain Virat Kohli has explained that what is being written is not in his hands but terming victories on basis of pitches prepared was something that he found unfair.

Will Windies fast bowlers expose Australia's batting weaknesses? - West Indies have lost their last four Tests, two to Australia and two to Sri Lanka, and have not enjoyed a single win in Australia since the 1996-97 tour.

Kohli takes a break; Shikhar, Ishant to turn out for Delhi - India's Test captain Virat Kohli has decided to take rest while teammates Shikhar Dhawan and Ishant Sharma will be playing for Delhi's home fixture against Baroda in their opening group league match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy, to be played on Thursday.

Philander to miss two England Tests but Steyn may return - South Africa paceman Vernon Philander will miss the first two Tests against England because of injury, team officials said as the squad returned from their 3-0 hiding in India.

So how will the new IPL franchises make money? - Has the IPL, its players and fans become secondary as big companies cynically use India's most followed and visible sport to push their phone or toothpaste brands?

Dhoni set for first domestic game in eight years - India's limited-overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will play his first domestic game for Jharkhand in eight long years when they meet Jammu and Kashmir in a group B game of the Vijay Hazare Trophy, in Alur, Karnataka.

Shikhar Dhawan reported for suspect bowling action - Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan has been reported with a suspect bowling action during the fourth Test against South Africa, which the host won in New Delhi on Monday.

Graeme Smith ponders Proteas return - Test cricket's most successful captain is contemplating a return to the international game almost two years after he bid adieu to the game.

Aamir may be considered for Pakistan's tour of NZ: PCB - Tainted left-arm pacer Muhammad Aamir was in line to make his comeback to the Pakistan team for the tour to New Zealand in January.

Australia v West Indies: Pattinson ready for opener - James Pattinson will replace fellow-quick Mitchell Starc in the Australia team for this week's opening test against West Indies, captain Steve Smith said on Wednesday, reviving a promising career that had stalled because of injury.

Controversies make IPL's stock soar - Despite all the controversies, the IPL's brand value hasn't diminished. Instead, says Harish Kotian/<em>Rediff.com</em>, the IPL made the BCCI richer by over Rs 3 billion!

Cairns trial: 'It's time to move on and focus on cricket' - New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum is 'very comfortable' with the evidence he gave against former all-rounder Chris Cairns, who was found not guilty of perjury and perverting the course of justice in a trial last month.

How everyone in Pakistan awaits India's 'yes' on cricket series... - Pakistani star cricketer Wasim Akram said he was anxiously hoping for a 'yes' result as fans wait to hear if a planned series between arch-rivals Pakistan and India will go ahead.

Indo-Pak series to be held between Dec 24-Jan 5: Sources - The short bilateral cricket series between India and Pakistan will be held between December 24 and January 5 if the much-anticipated rubber gets the green signal from the Indian government this week.

'Ganguly not involved with IPL Pune franchise' - Newly-bought Pune IPL franchise owner Sanjiv Goenka ruled out any conflict of interest over former India captain Sourav Ganguly's co-ownership of Indian Super League franchise Atletico de Kolkata and his team.

'I believe in the process because then results will follow' - Ajinkya Rahane has said that he always backs himself to do well, even when he is not exactly scoring runs.

Sourav Ganguly has no conflict of interest: BCCI chief - After industrialist Sanjeev Goenka's company, New Rising, successfully bid for the Pune Indian Premier League team, questions on potential conflict of interest were raised since Ganguly is a Governing Council member as well as co-owner of Indian Super League football team Atletico de Kolkata, of which Goenka is one of its owners.

IPL-9 to kick-off on April 9 - The next edition of the Indian Premier League will be held from April 9 with new franchisees Rajkot and Pune, which replaced Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals. The tournament will begin five days after conclusion of the ICC World Twenty20, which India will host.

Inexperienced Windies to feel heat in Australian summer - West Indies have said they are embracing their underdog status for the three-Test series against Australia, which starts in Hobart on Thursday, but the reality is they have very little choice in the matter.

Pune and Rajkot the two new IPL teams - The BCCI followed the reverse bidding process to select the two new team owners. The new teams will replace the suspended teams Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, for two years.

Rahane becomes India's highest-ranked Test batsman - Ajinkya Rahane has become India's highest-ranked Test batsman in the latest ICC Test Player Rankings after scoring two centuries in the 337 runs victory over South Africa in the fourth and final Test, at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi, which gave the home side a 3-0 series triumph.

Rich BCCI will get richer... - Rich BCCI will get richer...

It's time Ashwin & Co won matches abroad! - 126 of Ashwin's 176 Test wickets, points out Bikash Mohapatra, have come on home turf. Half of the remaining 50 have come on similar surfaces in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

Will Graeme Smith make a comeback to save South Africa? - Graeme Smith hints at international comeback after Proteas' India debacle.

Star India among bidders for two new IPL teams - The Indian Premier League will get two new teams on Tuesday for the ninth edition of the popular Twenty20 tournament.

'Failure-ridden Windies may disband within 10 years' - A former West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) director has said that the once-formidable Windies can completely lose its credibility and disintegrate ten years from now due to its constant failure at the international level.

India's physically challenged team win T20 series against Pak - The Indian physically challenged cricket team clinched the three-match Twenty20 series against Pakistan 2-1 despite losing the final match at Roshanara Cricket Ground, in New Delhi, on Monday.

India can go and win more Tests abroad too: Kohli - India's 3-0 home victory over South Africa is another indication of the growing stature of an improving team that can now go on and win Tests anywhere in the world, according to captain Virat Kohli.

India's Test report card: Ashwin, Jadeja 'turn' it on! - If India toyed with the South Africans, it was mainly because of awesome performances from spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.

Sri Lanka's Perera fails drugs Test, sent home from NZ tour - Sri Lanka wicketkeeper-batsman Kusal Perera has been sent home from their tour of New Zealand after failing a drugs Test, local media, citing a Sri Lanka Cricket statement, said on Tuesday.

I am sure our better days as a team are ahead of us: Ashwin - Ravichandran Ashwin feels the 3-0 win over South Africa is the start of a 'wonderful journey' for the current Test team and the series sweep against the number one side will help them improve on their dismal overseas record.

Number crunching: South Africa's record-breaking defiance, India's biggest win - Rajneesh Gupta has some interesting numbers from the final day's play in the fourth Test between India and South Africa at Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi.

I expected India to win the Test series but not 3-0: Gavaskar - India's 3-0 whitewash of South Africa in the four-match Test series has surprised former captain Sunil Gavaskar even though he feels that the Proteas were incapable of playing on Indian pitches.

MS Dhoni to play under Aaron's captaincy - India's limited overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be playing under pacer Varun Aaron's captaincy for Jharkhand in the Vijay Hazare Trophy.

We are waiting for Indian Foreign Minister's response: PCB - Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shahryar Khan said that he is hoping for the Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to come out with a response soon on the proposed bilateral cricket series between India and Pakistan. "For last 2-3 days, Indian High Commissioner was here for a farewell visit. He did not have much information relating to this (proposed tour).

Amla hails South Africa's 'selfless' blocking in defeat - South Africa captain Hashim Amla hailed his team's uncharacteristically dogged batting in the fourth and final test against India even though it was not enough to avert their third loss in the four-match series. Set a daunting 481-run victory target, South Africa resorted to extraordinary stone-walling at Feroz Shah Kotla, blocking over after over in their desperate bid to prolong the contest.

'This win over South Africa is special as we had to work harder' - India captain Virat Kohli has described their 337-run win at Ferozshah Kotla here as the most special of the four-Test series against South Africa, saying his team had to work harder to achieve the result as compared to the previous matches.

'Rahane's intent is backed by technique, that is a rare balance' - India Test captain Virat Kohli has hailed man of the match Ajinkya Rahane, terming him as one with rare qualities of "intent backed by solid technique".

Rahane, Ashwin dedicate awards to Chennai flood victims - India cricketers Ajinkya Rahane and Ravichandran Ashwin dedicated the team's 3-0 Test win against South Africa to the Chennai flood victims and also lauded the Indian Army for their rescue and relief work.

IPL: Delhi Daredevils axe chief coach Gary Kirsten - After two miserable seasons in charge as Delhi Daredevils' chief coach, South African Gary Kirsten was relieved from his duties on Monday.

South Africa's 'blockathon' approach against India; yae or nay? - Former West Indies batting great Brian Lara has criticized South Africa's 'blockathon' approach against India during the fourth and final Test at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, in New Delhi.

PHOTOS: India vs South Africa, 4th Test, Day Five - Images from Day 5 of the fourth Test between India and South Africa, at Delhi, on Monday.

Congratulate Team India on historic victory! - Indian bowlers showed outstanding perseverance to end South Africa's dogged resistance and register a comprehensive 337 run victory in the final cricket Test, winning the four-match series by a historic 3-0 margin.

India crush world No. 1 South Africa by 337 runs, win Test series 3-0 - India's bowlers, led by Ravichandran Ashwin, displayed outstanding perseverance to end South Africa's dogged resistance and register a comprehensive 337-run victory in the final Test at the Feroz Shah Kotla, in Delhi, on Monday.

India No. 2 in Test rankings after 3-0 series rout over South Africa - India moved into second place in the ICC Test Championship table after beating South Africa in the four-Test series 3-0, in Delhi, on Monday.

U-19 World Cup: India to face Australia in campaign opener - The tournament will be held across four cities in Bangladesh, from Jan 27 to Feb 14, 2016

Why the Govt is dragging its feet on Indo-Pak series - The Indian Premier League chairman, Rajeev Shukla, on Monday, questioned the delay behind the resumption of the much-awaited bilateral series between India and Pakistan, and called on the government to take a firm stand on the matter.

Rahane is currently India's most complete Test batsman: Gavaskar - Former captain Sunil Gavaskar has described Ajinkya Rahane, who scored a century in each innings of the fourth Test against South Africa at the Ferozshah Kotla, as the most complete Indian batsman in the current team as he has "done well in all conditions".

Number crunching: About Rahane's sixes and Amla's strike-rate - Rajneesh Gupta has some interesting numbers from the fourth day's play in the final Test between India and South Africa at Ferozshah Kotla in New Delhi.

'Hashim has laid down his mark, SA will try and salvage a draw' - South Africa opener Temba Bavuma believes that his skipper Hashim Amla has set the benchmark on how to survive as they managed to sustain the pressure put by Indian spinners on the fourth day of the final Test at Ferozshah Kotla.

'We didn't think that South African batsmen would play like this' - Umesh Yadav has expressed his surprise at the ultra-defensive strategy employed by the South African batsmen in the fourth and final Test but reminded them that one cannot last an entire fifth day by "just blocking" deliveries.

PHOTOS: India vs South Africa, 4th Test, Day Four - Images from Day 4 of the fourth Test between India and South Africa in New Delhi, on Sunday.

Fourth Test: South Africa stonewall at Kotla after Rahane ton - South Africa resorted to dogged stonewalling in their pursuit of an improbable 481-run victory target after Ajinkya Rahane stroked his second century of the match to tighten India's grip on the fourth and final Test on Sunday.

India opener Vijay fined for showing dissent - India opener Murali Vijay has been fined 30 percent of his match fee for showing dissent after being given out in the ongoing fourth and final Test against South Africa, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Sunday.

Here's why BCCI is in a fix... - It was a letter of April 2014 sent by the then Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Narayanaswami Srinivasan to Pakistan Cricket Board which bound India to a commitment to play Pakistan this month, leading to the present dilemma in the establishment.

Rahane fifth Indian to score a century in each innings of a Test - Ajinkya Rahane joins an elite list comprising of Vijay Hazare, Sunil Gavaskar, Rahul Dravid and Virat Kohli as the only Indian batsmen to have scored a century in each innings of a Test match.

INTERESTING numbers from Day 3 of the Delhi Test - Captain Virat Kohli roared back to form with a scintillating unbeaten 83 as India further consolidated their position with whopping overall lead of 403 runs at stumps on Day 3 of the fourth and final Test against South Africa at the Feroz Shah Kotla, in Delhi, on Saturday.

Stats: Skipper Kohli records 1000 Test runs in India - Captain Virat Kohli scored a scintillating unbeaten 83, while Ajinkya Rahane was unbeaten on 52 as the duo put on the first hundred-run partnership of the series and ensured that India took a massive 403-run lead on Day 3 of the fourth Test against South Africa in New Delhi on Saturday.

Tainted Butt, Asif to make Pakistan domestic cricket return - The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will allow disgraced former captain Salman Butt and fast bowler Mohammad Asif to return to domestic cricket after they are through with their rehabilitation programme.

India just taking benefit of home conditions, Bhajji on pitch row - Reacting to the excessive pitch talk in the ongoing series between India and South Africa, Harbhajan Singh has come out supporting the home team's viewpoint saying 'Indian pitches assist spinners and there is nothing new about it'.

Here's Gavaskar's suggestion to out-of form Rohit Sharma - Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has advised Rohit Sharma to get back to Ranji Trophy to regain form in the longest format after failing in the ongoing series against South Africa.

'BCCI is a bully; it has absolutely zero accountability' - Ian Chappell, Bishen Singh Bedi, others tear into the Indian cricket administration

Why Proteas are happy about India batting longer - 'I think if we had rattled one or two more in the morning, we threw everything at them today morning and with all due respect, they batted incredibly well. Maybe at a stage, 350 was on our mind, that we were possibly looking at. But then it just seemed to get a bit slower and it was definitely not reversing as much as it was yesterday'

BCCI had instructed Kohli to stay away from felicitation - It was also learnt that Board of Control for Cricket in India had turned down a similar request from Royal Challengers Bangalore during the second Test match when they wanted to felicitate AB de Villiers for playing his 100th Test match.

When horse riding and an old friendship helped Jadeja in tough times - Ravindra Jadeja has made a spectacular comeback to the Indian Test squad with 21 wickets against his name in the series against South Africa thus far.

Luck and timing crucial to Jadeja's impressive comeback - 'When I was dropped from the team, I think in June-July, I was out for nearly six months. At the start of the Ranji Trophy season I got three matches in Rajkot, and luck also favoured us with the wickets offering turn'

India in command after captain Kohli leads by example - Captain Virat Kohli roared back to form with a scintillating unbeaten 83 as India further consolidated their position with whopping overall lead of 403 runs at stumps on Day 3 of the fourth and final Test against South Africa at the Feroz Shah Kotla, in Delhi, on Saturday.

PHOTOS: India vs South Africa, 4th Test, Day 3 - Images from Day 3 of the fourth and final Test in Delhi, on Saturday.

Rookie CA XI embarrass 'stagnant' Windies in tour warm-up match - Six of the CA players were making their first class debut, while seven of them were also aged 21 or younger

Kejriwal insisted on felicitation on field of play: Mudgal - Delhi High Court appointed observer Justice (Retd) Mukul Mudgal said Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal 'insisted' on having the state government felicitation of World Cup-winning cricketers on the field of play of Feroz Shah Kotla, which he could not have allowed as per BCCI directives.

Why Dhawan lashed out at 12th man KL Rahul at Kotla - India's opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan looked visibly upset, venting out his anger on reserved opener KL Rahul on day 3 of the 4th Test at Feroz Shah Kotla ground in New Delhi.

BCCI says no to felicitation of World Cup winners in Delhi - The BCCI denied the Delhi Government permission to felicitate World Cup winners (1983 and 2011) from the state, along with former captain Bishan Singh Bedi, inside the Feroz Shah Kotla's field of play, saying that the planned ceremony would have violated norms.

Chennai boys Ashwin, Vijay send heartfelt messages for flood victims - As torrential rains wreaked havoc in Chennai flooding major parts of the city. Indian team members R Ashwin and Murali Vijay, who hail from the city, sent heartfelt messages for victims of the flood.

Interesting numbers from Day 2 of the Delhi Test - India rode on Ajinkya Rahane's cultured century to post a series-high 334 before returning to skittle out South Africa for 121 to take full control of the fourth and final Test in Delhi, on Friday.

Don't blame pitches, the Proteas lack technique: Gavaskar - Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar rejected criticism of the pitches in the ongoing Test series against South Africa, and said the blame rather lies with the Proteas batsmen, who lack 'application, technique and temperament'.

Under pressure we've fallen away badly, laments SA coach - South Africa coach Russell Domingo admitted that his team fell apart whenever the Indians applied the pressure on them during the ongoing Test series.

Pujara sustains bruised forearm, fit to bat - ndian team management confirmed that the forearm injury sustained by Cheteshwar Pujara is not very serious and he will be able to bat during India's second innings.

'Determination and patience' gets Rahane back among the runs - Ajinkya Rahane said the key to his success was keeping a blank mind and playing one ball at a time.

Mitchell Johnson to skip Big Bash League - Recently retired Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson won't play in the Big Bash League this season after opting to spend time with his family.

Defending champions Karnataka knocked out of Ranji Trophy - Defending champions Karnataka crashed out in the group stages of the Ranji Trophy after losing to Maharashtra by 53 runs in their final league encounter, in Pune, on Friday.

PHOTOS: India vs South Africa, 4th Test, Day 2 - Photos from Day 2 of the fourth Test played at the Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi on Friday

Jadeja sends South Africa crashing after Rahane's century - Ravindra Jadeja did the star turn with a five-wicket haul, after Ajinkya Rahane's brilliant century, as India took control of the fourth Test against South Africa by taking a commanding 213-run lead on the second day at the Feroz Shah Kotla, in Delhi, on Friday.

Kohli, Dhawan to play under Gambhir in Delhi's One-day squad - India Test captain Virat Kohli, premier batsman Shikhar Dhawan and speedster Ishant Sharma were named in Delhi's One-day squad, which will be led by Gautam Gambhir, for the North Zone leg of the Vijay Hazare Trophy between December 10-18.

'I look to become a better player with every match' - 'Sachin Paaji told me to enjoy the situation because this is a reward for all the hard work I have put in for so many years in domestic cricket. He told me not to take any pressure on myself, but to enjoy the moment because this will stay with me forever.'

Rohit Sharma is almost on self-destruction mode: Manjkrekar - Former batsman Sanjay Manjrekar feels that Rohit Sharma is on a self-destructive mode and said it will be difficult for him to retain his place in India's Tests squad.

Stay at the wicket, runs will come: Gavaskar tells Indian batsmen - Former captain Sunil Gavaskar has advised Indian batsmen to show patience and lauded Ajinkya Rahane for his unbeaten 89-run innings which helped India end the opening day at 231-7 against South Africa in the fourth and final Test in New Delhi.

Fought with selectors to include Kumble for 2003-04 Aus tour: Ganguly - Former India captain Sourav Ganguly said Anil Kumble was nearly dropped for their famous tour to Australia in 2003-04 but it was him who fought with the selectors till late in the night to take the legendary leg-spinner on board. According to Ganguly, the selectors were keen for a left-arm spinner Murali Kartik for the tour Down Under but on Ganguly's insistence Kumble was taken as he returned with 24 wickets, the highest in the series with India retaining the Border-Gavaskar Trophy after drawing the series 1-1.

Number crunching: Rahane registers highest score on home soil - Rajneesh Gupta presents some interesting numbers to take note of at the end of the first day's play in the fourth Test between India and South Africa.

Ranji: Rajasthan, Saurashtra & MP win; Gujarat in the hunt - A summary of the third day's play in the Ranji Trophy matches at various venues across the country.

Back from career-threatening injury, Piedt hurts India - South Africa off-spinner Dane Piedt says it took a lot out of him to play cricket again after suffering a career-threatening shoulder dislocation last year.

'Be patient with Rohit, like Sri Lanka was with Sanga, Atapattu' - India's batting coach Sanjay Bangar defend Rohit Sharma's repeated failures in Test cricket, saying the Mumbai batsman deserves the same patience Sri Lanka had with their greats, Marvan Atapattu and Kumar Sangakkara.

Bangladesh throw 'bookies' out of premier league - At least four suspected bookmakers have been thrown out of cricket stadiums during the ongoing scandal-tainted Bangladesh Premier League, in efforts to ensure the tournament is graft free, an official said on Thursday. BPL secretary Ismail Haider Mallick said anti-corruption officials had spotted the four whom they suspected of placing bets on behalf of clients during Twenty20 league matches, which is illegal in Bangladesh.

Disgraced pacer Aamir will be given chance to play again: PCB - The Pakistan Cricket Board and coach Waqar Younis indicated that disgraced left-arm pacer Muhammad Aamir would soon be given a chance to play for the national team again.

PHOTOS: India v South Africa, 4th Test, Day 1 - Images from Day 1 in the fourth Test between India and South Africa, at New Delhi, on Thursday.

Still awaiting India's response on bilateral series: PCB - Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Shaharyar Khan said the planned bilateral series with India has still not been finalised.

Rahane stands tall as India's batting falls short at Kotla - Ajinkya Rahane rallied India with a gutsy, unbeaten 89 as India's much-vaunted top-order failed yet again on the opening day of the fourth Test against South Africa at the Feroz Shah Kotla, in Delhi, on Thursday.

PHOTOS: Great moment at Kotla! BCCI felicitates Sehwag - The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) felicitated the recently-retired Virender Sehwag at his home ground Feroz Shah Kotla on Thursday before the start of the fourth Test match between India and South Africa.

Regret not scoring 400 runs: Sehwag - The recently-retired Virender Sehwag has rated his first Test century as the most memorable moment but said he regretted not having scored a 400 despite reaching the triple-century mark twice during his illustrious career.

Break my record and my Ferrari is yours: Sehwag's promise to sons - Virender Sehwag makes unique offer to sons if they break his record.

'The results have not justified our preparation for the series' - South Africa Test captain Hashim Amla has said that their preparation did not justify the end result in the ongoing series against India.

'Indian team is now in such a phase where we cannot experiment' - India captain Virat Kohli said that his team would be "ruthless" in the final Test making it clear that the team has not reached a phase where they can experiment with the playing eleven.

Ranji: Seven-star Harbhajan powers Punjab into quarters - A summary of Wednesday's play in the Ranji Trophy matches at various venues across the country.

BCCI to felicitate Sehwag before Kotla Test, DDCA to stay away - The BCCI will felicitate the recently-retired Virender Sehwag at his home ground Feroz Shah Kotla on Thursday before the start of the fourth Test match between India and South Africa.

Kotla is where everything fell in place for me: Kohli - Virat Kohli must be going through a gamut of emotions as he prepares to lead India against South Africa in the fourth and final Test of the series for the first time at the Feroz Shah Kotla.

Kotla Test: Confident India eye No.2 slot in Test rankings - The 22-yard strip at the Feroz Shah Kotla will be the cynosure of all eyes as a buoyant India seeks their biggest series triumph against South Africa when they square off in the final Test of the four-match rubber in Delhi on Thursday.

Steyn to miss final Test in Delhi - South African speedster Dale Steyn will miss the fourth and final test against India with a lingering groin injury that has limited his participation in the four-match series to a solitary contest in the series-opener in Mohali.

Ashwin, Shami in ICC teams of 2015; no place for Kohli - Off-spinner R Ashwin, who has been phenomenal in home conditions, has made it to the Test team as the 12th man, while pacer Mohammed Shami has been included in the ODI team.

Australia at risk! Not much left in its pace stocks - Top class left-armers are in short supply and chief selector Rod Marsh joked that he had mulled telephoning Johnson to see whether he might like to come out of retirement.

Kohli takes a dig at ICC - India's Test captain Virat Kohli on Wednesday took a dig at the ICC, which rated the Nagpur track as 'poor', and wondered why nothing is written when teams get out for under 50-100 runs on South African pitches.

Umpire Ward stable after blow to head during Ranji match - Australian umpire John Ward is stable after sustaining a blow to the head while officiating in India's Ranji Trophy on Tuesday.

I deserve a voice after playing 103 Tests: Hayden to Shastri - "Non-Indian commenting on the conditions in India and I reckon probably 80 percent said 'mind your business and go back to Australia and worry about your own country' which is fair enough.

How to counter Aussie sledging? - New Zealand all-rounder Mitchell Santner has revealed how he responded perfectly to the Australian sledgers during the historic day-night Test at the Adelaide Oval.

Ashwin engaged in a war of words with Hogg - Ravichandran Ashwin and Rodney Hogg were engaged in a war of words with the former Australian pacer saying that the Indian spinner was successful against South Africa mainly due to the spin-friendly wickets during the Test series.

We need to invest time and energy on junior cricket: Dravid - Former India captain Rahul Dravid has called upon the BCCI to formulate a blueprint for junior cricket and said it was imperative to remove age fudging and illegal bowling action at the that level for the development of Indian cricket.

Proteas happy with Kotla strip; 'Could last more than three days' - Their confidence in tatters after being entangled in a spin web on a rank-turner in Jamtha, Nagpur, the South Africans seemed a bit relieved on Tuesday following a look at the Kotla strip, on which the fourth Test will be played.

Rahul Dravid's Pataudi Memorial Lecture: Full Text - Full text of Rahul Dravid's Pataudi Memorial Lecture in New Delhi.

Ranji: Herwadkar, Yadav tons put Mumbai in command - A summary of Tuesday's play in the Ranji Trophy matches at various venues across the country.

Dravid lauds Vijay's 'superb' technique - Dravid lavished praise on Murali Vijay for his good run with bat in recent times.

ICC confirms, third umpire Llong made wrong call in Adelaide Test - Third umpire Nigel Llong made an incorrect call after using video technology to review an appeal during the day-night test between Australia and New Zealand in Adelaide, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Tuesday.

Nagpur pitch rated 'poor' by ICC Match Referee - In major embarrassment for the Board of Control for Cricket in India, the International Cricket Council rated the track at the Vidarbha Cricket Association ground in Nagpur, on which the third Test between India and South Africa was played, as "poor", triggering a review of the performance of the pitch under the ICC Pitch Monitoring Process.

Spinners' achievements should have been highlighted more than pitch: Mishra - Leg-spinner Amit Mishra is disappointed that the good showing of Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and him in the ongoing Test series against South Africa hasn't got the credit it deserves.

Steyn doubtful for Kotla Test, De Lange has extended session - When South African team entered the Feroz Shah Kotla arena on Tuesday, all eyes were on Dale Steyn but the pace spearhead skipped the net session, indicating that he has still not recovered from the groin injury he had sustained during the first Test against India in Mohali.

Balance-providing Santner retained in NZ squad for Lanka series - Spin-bowling all-rounder Mitchell Santner has been retained in New Zealand's 12-man squad for the two-match Test series against Sri Lanka after an impressive debut in the third and final Test against Australia.

'Credit to Sania Mirza for inspiring her husband' - Former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik credited his wife, Indian tennis star Sania Mirza, for his success in international cricket since his recall to the national side this year.

India vs SA: It was never meant to be 'pitch' perfect - With a record that was anything to be proud of, the only way India could have beaten the South Africans in the ongoing Test series was by using 'home advantage' to the optimum, says Bikash Mohapatra/Rediff.com.

'It is tough in India because conditions dictate the way you play' - Terming the Indian pitches in the ongoing Test series as the toughest he has faced in his career, South Africa batsman Faf du Plessis has said that the senior players in the visiting side need to support their younger team-mates and keep them motivated.

NZ Cricket back McCullum but Cairns calls him 'sad' - New Zealand Cricket have promised to support Brendon McCullum after former Test all-rounder Chris Cairns was acquitted of perjury in London despite evidence given against him by the Black Caps captain.

Australia call up Coulter-Nile after Starc injury - Australia called up uncapped paceman Nathan Coulter-Nile for the first Test against West Indies on Tuesday as a replacement for left-arm seamer Mitchell Starc, who was ruled out of the series due to a broken foot.

Complete whitewash! England wrap up T20 series with 'super' win against Pakistan - England captain Eoin Morgan hit the winning run as the tourists secured their first T20 whitewash with a thrilling super-over win against Pakistan in the third match of the series in Sharjah on Monday.

'PCB has to be very careful as the Indian board can't be trusted' - Former Pakistan captain and batting

ICC hails successful debut for day/night Test cricket - ICC Chief Executive David Richardson has hailed the successful debut of day/night Test cricket and expressed hope that more Boards will embrace the concept which can greatly enhance the traditional format of the game.

'Stop cribbing about pitches and get on with the job at hand' - Livid with the criticism that pitches for the ongoing series against South Africa are not sporting enough, Indian Team Director Ravi Shastri said there is nothing wrong with Test matches folding up in three days and the critics should "stop cribbing".

DDCA mum on Sehwag felicitation after 'no communication from BCCI' - The Delhi & Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) is still mum on whether it would arrange a felicitation ceremony for the retired legend Virender Sehwag, with their standard answer being "no communication from BCCI".

Dravid to deliver MAK Pataudi Memorial Lecture on Tuesday - Former Indian captain and under-19 cricket coach Rahul Dravid will deliver the fourth MAK Pataudi Memorial Lecture in New Delhi on Tuesday.

'Organising a Test match is like a daughter's marriage' - Describing his maiden experience of overseeing the organisation of a Test match as an "interesting experience", high court-appointed observer Justice Mukul Mudgal said it feels like a 'daughter's marriage'.

Imran bats for resumption of Indo-Pak cricketing ties - Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan on Monday said that Indo-Pak bilateral cricket series should take place as per schedule next month despite the prevailing political and diplomatic tensions between the two countries.

Ganguly joins Sehwag, Lara for Masters Champions League - Former India captain Sourav Ganguly will join compatriot Virender Sehwag and other top cricketers from around the world in the inaugural edition of the Masters Champions League Twenty20 tournament, to be held in the United Arab Emirates in January.

Cairns cleared by UK court after perjury trial 'Hell' - Former New Zealand cricket captain Chris Cairns was cleared by a London court on Monday of perjury and perverting the course of justice relating to a libel case three years ago.

Kumble steps down as Mumbai Indians mentor - Anil Kumble has decided to step down as the chief mentor of Mumbai Indians (MI) with immediate effect. The legendary spinner has been associated with Mumbai Indians since January 2013.

Mumbai's ace spinner Dabholkar reported for suspect action - Dabholkar, who has taken as many as 27 wickets in six games so far, and off-spinner Ankush Jaiswal - in his Ranji debut against Madhya Pradesh in Indore, were reported by the umpires to have flexed their elbows beyond the 15-degree permissible limit in the game and cannot play till their rectified action is cleared by the board.

Spectacular Ashwin grabs career-best No 2 ranking - Ravichandran Ashwin on Monday, rose to a career-high second in the ICC Test rankings for bowlers even as A B de Villiers lost his top spot in the batsmen standings.

Proteas visit Tiger reserve in Madhya Pradesh - "Awesome Tiger safari this morning. Dead eye Dale spotted Mr Tiger hiding in the bush, he kindly...." tweeted Steyn.

Australia paceman Starc ruled out of entire summer - Australia pace spearhead Mitchell Starc has been ruled out of the Test series against West Indies and is no certainty to play in Australia's tour of New Zealand early next year as he recovers from a broken foot, the left-armer said on Monday.

DRS controversy rages on... - New Zealand are awaiting clarification from the International Cricket Council regarding Nigel Llong's contentious third umpire decision in the day-night Test against Australia after the ruling had an "impact" on the game, coach Mike Hesson has said.

SPOTTED! Cricketers with their better halves at Tadoba National Park - Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara were spotted at the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, one of the largest National Parks in Maharashtra.

Will Kotla pitch offer assistance to spinners? - Former India opener and DDCA's working president Chetan Chauhan said that Feroz Shah Kotla track will be a "good Test match wicket" when the hosts play South Africa in the fourth and final match in New Delhi.

Nagpur pitch: Ganguly reckons it's a one-off thing - Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly has heaped praise on India Test captain Virat Kohli, saying he is fond of his attitude and aggression.

Bereaved Siddle pushes Australia over the line at Adelaide - 'We got around Sidds this morning and he came out and gave it his all as well like he always does'

McCullum mulls over controversial decision that had bearing on result - New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum refused to blame third umpire Nigel Llong's controversial review decision for his team's loss in the third and final Test against Australia but said the "frustrating" ruling had a major bearing on the game.

Pink ball passes test with big crowds - Australia went down as victors of the first floodlit test after sealing a nerve-jangling, three-wicket victory late on Sunday but organisers will also claim a win, with 120,000 fans flocking to Adelaide Oval through the match.

Day-night Test, PHOTOS: Australia edge out New Zealand in thriller - Adam Voges and Shaun Marsh drove Australia to within 74 runs of a series-winning victory at the dinner-break in the third and final Test in Adelaide on Sunday after New Zealand's pacemen captured three early wickets.

Narine banned from bowling in international cricket - An independent assessment revealed that all variations of Narine's deliveries exceeded the 15-degree limit.

Sarfaraz stars as India clinch Under-19 tri-series title - India put up a spirited bowling performance, before Mumbai youngster, Sarfaraz Khan struck an unbeaten half-century to steer the team to a seven-wicket win over Bangladesh and clinch the U-19 tri-series one-day cricket tournament in Kolkata on Sunday.

BCCI ties up with Maharashtra Police to fight corruption - The BCCI has submitted a written request to Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis to create a sports integrity Intelligence Gathering Unit (IGU) that will see the board and the Maharashtra Police come together to tackle corruption in Indian cricket.

Ian Chappell's ultimate insult to Shaun Marsh... - Former Australia captain Ian Chappell has slammed Shaun Marsh's topsy-turvy batting statistic in Test format by comparing it with former fast bowler Glenn McGrath's poor batting records.

Starc likely to return for NZ tour: McDermott - Australia's bowling coach Craig McDermott has revealed Mitchell Starc's foot injury isn't as bad as first feared and hopes the left-arm pacer will play on Australia's tour of New Zealand.

Few things that Pakistan need to improve ahead of T20 WC - Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi has admitted that his side need to work on their fitness and fielding ahead of next year's World T20 tournament following his side's three-run defeat against England in the second Twenty20 international in Dubai.

Shastri tells Aussies to shut up - 'Let them sit in Australia and talk about their pitches. Tell them not to waste their time about Indian tracks. Come and play here'

ECB makes helmets mandatory - The rule of mandatory helmets for English cricketers comes in the wake of former Australian batsman Phillip Hughes' death, who was struck by a bouncer on the back of the neck during a domestic match in Sydney.

DRS howler, team masseur's misfield take centre stage on Day 3 - The Decision Review System was again mired in controversy on Saturday (November 28) during the second day's play between Australia and New Zealand in Adelaide after Nathan Lyon was controversially given a reprieve off an appeal for a catch despite HotSpot clearly indicating an edge.

Cairns in limbo as perjury trial heads into ninth week - Former New Zealand captain Chris Cairns must wait until Monday at the earliest to learn the result of his perjury trial after jurors failed to reach a verdict following a second day of deliberations.

I go out there to get a five-wicket haul: Ashwin - If Ravichandran Ashwin is being hailed as the best spinner in contemporary cricket, the 29-year-old lanky Indian owes it as much to those long fingers as to an ever-ticking brain.

Day-night Test, PIX: Hazlewood makes Kiwis suffer in Starc's absence - Photos from Day 2 of the 3rd Test played at the Adelaide Oval on Saturday

More day-night Tests on the agenda: CA CEO - Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland believes there will be more day-night Tests in the future

Indo-Pak series proposal to honour 'Team Kasab': Shiv Sena - 'It seems as if the 26/11 was not a blood-shed and Pakistan had sent its cricket team who made a double century by killing innocent people and 20 policemen'

T20: England edge Pakistan by three runs after Afridi blitz - England won the toss and batted first, reaching 172-8 from their 20 overs, with James Vince top scoring with a sprightly 38 from 24 balls, while Jos Buttler (33) and opener Jason Roy (29) also contributed.

Number crunching: Ashwin overtakes Broad - India beat South Africa by 124 runs in the third Test in Nagpur,inside three days, to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the four-match series on Friday.

Bad wickets or bad batting? South Africa captain Amla explains... - 'It definitely got more difficult to bat -- I think from day one to day three, it got progressively worse. That's just what it was'

PCB confirms receiving government nod for India series - Pakistan cricket authorities confirmed on Friday that they had received the green signal from the government to play a series against arch-rivals India to be hosted in Sri Lanka next month.

'Team India showed character to come back after T20 and ODI losses' - Hailing India's incredible series win against the number one-ranked Test side South Africa, former captain Sunil Gavaskar said the home team's turnaround in the longer-format after the loss in the ODIs and T20s speaks volumes about the character of the Virat Kohli-led side.

Why Amit Mishra is a vital cog in India's bowling - India skipper Virat Kohli lauds his third spinner, who made most of the little opportunity he got in the third Test against South Africa. Harish Kotian/Rediff.com listens.

Australia field their masseur as 12th man - To have 11 fielders on the field, Australia had to field their masseur and logistics coordinator Grant Baldwin.

'It's the bowlers who are going to win you Test matches' - India's batting woes persist, but skipper Virat Kohli has no complaints. Harish Kotian/Rediff.com reports from Nagpur.

Under-19 One-Dayer: Indian colts trounce Afghans to finish on top - Centurion Rishabh Pant (118) led India to a spectacular 104-run win over Afghanistan to progress to the final of the Under-19 tri-series One-day cricket tournament in Kolkata on Friday.

Starc likely to miss rest of Adelaide Test - Scans reveal early stage stress fracture in Starc's right foot after he was forced from field for treatment

Govt yet to clear India-Pak cricket series - Days after the Board of Control for Cricket in India's request to the government for clearance on resumption of cricketing ties with Pakistan, the External Affairs Ministry said no decision has been taken on it.

PHOTOS: Bowlers take honours on Day 1 of historic day-night Test - New Zealand's pacemen struck back with two late wickets under the floodlights at Adelaide Oval but Australia's bowlers basked in the sun as the inaugural day-night Test opened on Friday.

Hockey India boss slams BCCI over Indo-Pak cricket ties - 'It is all about money (that BCCI wants to play Pakistan) but in times like these you have to rise above monetary gains'

PHOTOS: India vs South Africa, 3rd Test, Day Three - Images from Day 3 in the third Test between India and South Africa, at Nagpur, on Friday.

Ashwin, Mishra spin India to series-clinching win over SA in Nagpur - Ravichandran Ashwin displayed his magic yet again to record career-best figures of 7 for 66 as India took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the four-Test series against South Africa after an emphatic 124-run victory in the third match in Nagpur on Friday.

PHOTOS: Fans, players pay tribute to Phillip Hughes #63notout - Cricket fans paid tribute to the late Test batsman Phillip Hughes on the first anniversary of his death.

Shakib al Hasan suspended for abusing umpire - Shakib al Hasan has been handed one match suspension for abusing the on-field umpire

Arjun Tendulkar named in Mumbai Under-16 team - Arjun Tendulkar, son of Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar, has been selected for the Mumbai under-16 Vijay Merchant Trophy team after an all-round show in the Mumbai Cricket Association's Under-16 Payyade Trophy.

Get a sneak peek into historic pink ball Test... - New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum won the toss and chose to bat first against Australia on Friday in cricket's inaugural day-night Test match at Adelaide Oval.

Brilliant Billings fires England to opening win - Sam Billings played an inspired innings to help England to a comfortable 14-run victory in the first Twenty20 international against Pakistan on Thursday.

'The demons are there in batsmen's mind, not in the surface' - Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar has defended the nature of Jamtha track, saying it is poor "technique" of the batsmen and not any "demon" in the pitch that resulted in South Africa being bundled out for a paltry 79 during the third Test.

We don't want wickets where matches finishes in two days: Dravid - Former India captain Rahul Dravid was very critical of the pitches being prepared in the ongoing Ranji Trophy, where "getting six to seven wickets by bowling darts" has become the order of the day and said that it will prove to be detrimental towards producing "good cricketers".

Number crunching: 20 wickets in a day... and an Asian record! - Rajneesh Gupta has some interesting numbers from the second day's play in the third Test between India and South Africa at Nagpur.

Ashwin reveals plans for Day III as India eye series win - Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who claimed five for 32 in South Africa's paltry first innings of 79, says the home side needs to be patient on Day 3 as things will be different in the second innings. Harish Kotian reports from Nagpur.

'I didn't complain when I played in Joburg; will not complain here either' - India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin hit back at criticism of the pitch for the ongoing third Test between India and South Africa in Nagpur, saying it needs to be taken out of the equation since both teams have to deal with the same conditions. Harish Kotian/Rediff.com reports

India sight victory in Nagpur as South Africa succumb to spin - A staggering 20 wickets fell on a dramatic day as India shot out South Africa for a record-low first innings score of 79 before setting the visitors a formidable target of 310 to win the third and penultimate cricket Test and clinch the series.

PHOTOS: India vs South Africa, 3rd Test, Day Two - Photos from Day 2 of the 3rd Test match played in Nagpur on Thursday

Inaugural day-night Test marks Hughes' death anniversary - The first day of inaugural day-night Test match also marks the first death anniversary of Phil Hughes, who had died after being hit on the cricket field

Shukla optimistic of Govt. clearance for India-Pak series - Indian Premier League chairman Rajiv Shukla pushed for the resumption of cricket ties between India and Pakistan, saying the game should not be brought into political controversies.

Day-night match could be 'outstanding' for Tests: McCullum - f we have that final session on the fifth day under lights, and a Test match result is in the balance, then I think that it could be anything for Test cricket.

ICC chief Manohar slams 'bullying' by 'Big Three' - International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman Shashank Manohar has flayed the imbalance of power within the governing body and criticised last year's revamp which, he believes, allows India, England and Australia to "bully" the organisation.

Ponting remembers Hughes on first death anniversary - As the first death anniversary of former Australian batsman Phillip Hughes nears, former skipper Ricky Ponting has paid tribute to the late cricketer, saying that he misses his 'infectious personality'.

Indo-Pak series: Sharif has given Pakistan approval to play in Lanka? - According to sources, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has given his nod to Pakistan to play a bilateral series against India in Sri Lanka.

Aus stick to tradition for historic Test, will go in with 3 quicks - While Shaun Marsh gets another go at resurrecting his career

BCCI seeks government clearance on Pakistan series - The BCCI has formally sought the clearance of the central government to play Pakistan in Sri Lanka in December, its secretary Anurag Thakur confirmed.

Indian batting was below par apart from Murali Vijay: Gavaskar - Batting legend Sunil Gavaskar has criticised the performance of India's top-order batsmen save Murali Vijay terming their effort as "below-par" despite the pitch being a tricky one.

All-rounder Jadeja to India's rescue yet again! - When he walked out to bat, India were in a precarious position with all their top batsmen back in the hut and once again it was Ravindra Jadeja who played the rescue act.

Ranji: Abdulla, Thakur steer Mumbai to come-from-behind victory - A summary of Wednesday play in the Ranji Trophy matches at various venues across the country.

Bangladesh rout Afghanistan, meet India in U-19 tri-series final - Bangladesh's spinners claimed seven wickets in an eight-wicket victory over Afghanistan and set up a final against India in the Under-19 Tri-series One-day cricket tournament in Kolkata on Wednesday.

Number crunching: Ashwin finds his bunny in Van Zyl! - Rajneesh Gupta presents some interesting numbers to take note of at the end of the first day's play in the third Test between India and South Africa.

Three-day affairs the latest trend for Tests in India? - Going by the state of the pitch and the match situation after Day 1 in the ongoing third Test against South Africa in Nagpur, few are betting against another three-day finish, says Harish Kotian/Rediff.com.

PHOTOS: India vs South Africa, 3rd Test, Day One - Images from Day 1 of the third Test between India and South Africa in Nagpur, on Wednesday.

Nagpur Test: Indian spinners strike early after batsmen capitulate - India failed to make the best of first use of the wicket, their batsmen capitulating against both pace and spin as they were dismissed for 215 in the first innings in the third Test against South Africa at the Vidarbha Cricket Association stadium, in Nagpur, on Wednesday. However, the hosts hit back immediately, claiming two early scalps, leaving the Proteas reeling on 11 for 2 after nine overs at the end of Day 1.

ECB to discuss abolishing toss to reduce home advantage - A proposal to abolish the pre-match toss deciding which team bats first will be discussed at a meeting of the England and Wales Cricket Board on Thursday.

Will England host Indo-Pak Tests next year? - The much talked-about India-Pakistan cricket series could be played out in two parts with Sri Lanka hosting the limited-overs games next month and England being the venue for Test matches next year.

Pink ball Test: It's perfect, says Lyon - Batsmen have dominated Australia's series against New Zealand, but the pink ball and a green-tinged wicket should swing the balance of power back to the bowlers when Adelaide hosts Test cricket's inaugural day-night match.

All you need to know about Australia v New Zealand, 3rd Test - Factbox on third Test between Australia and New Zealand, which starts in Adelaide on Friday.

BCCI's olive branch? 'We can look at sending Indian players for PSL' - Indian Premier League Chairman and the Board of Control for Cricket in India functionary Rajeev Shukla has claimed that the Indian Board is open to considering any request from its Pakistan counterpart seeking permission for its players' participation in the Pakistan Super League.

PCB seeks government clearance on bilateral series with India - Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)has sought the permission of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to play their proposed bilateral series with India on a mutually agreed neutral venue.

London perjury trial: Jury in Cairns' case retires - Jurors in the London perjury trial of former New Zealand cricket captain Chris Cairns retired to consider their verdicts on Tuesday.

'We spoke to him about playing the ODIs but his mind was made up' - Australia coach Darren Lehmann says he and captain Steve Smith both wanted Mitchell Johnson to play on, at least in one-dayers, but were unable to convince the fiery fast bowler to reconsider retirement.

Ranji Trophy: Madhya Pradesh set Mumbai 280 for victory - A summary of Tuesday's play in the Ranji Trophy matches at various venues across the country.

Ranji Trophy: Odisha crash to Bengal for 37, slam pitch - Bengal wrapped up what was meant to be a four-day Ranji Trophy contest in just one-and-a-half day after blowing away Odisha for an unbelievable 37, prompting the livid visiting team to lodge a complaint about the nature of the pitch with the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

Under-19 tri-series: India colts beat Bangladesh, seal final berth - Sundar Washington produced an all-round show to help India cruise to a four-wicket win over Bangladesh, their third win in as many matches, and book a final berth in the Under-19 Tri-series one-day tournament.

India will play three spinners in Nagpur - 'Binny's slot could go to a spinning all-rounder in Nagpur. It could be either Rohit or Mann.'

'In the last six months Ashwin has got back to basics' - Ravichandran Ashwin's stupendous performances over the past year is a result of getting "back to basics without trying too much", feels his Test captain Virat Kohli.

Guess what Virat Kohli is excited about! - 'It is a big step towards changing something in Test cricket.'

India looking to spoil South Africa's away record - An enviable nine-year overseas record of 10 Test series wins in 14 rubbers by South Africa is under serious threat by India when the two teams face-off in the third and penultimate game of the current series at the VCA Stadium in Jamtha in Nagpur from Wednesday.

'Not having Dale in the team is a setback' - 'Not having the best bowler in the world is never a nice thing.'

Clarke regrets his 'dog' reference for Buchanan - Former Australian skipper Michael Clarke has stood by his criticism for former coach John Buchanan, but has admitted that his 'dog' reference for the coach was a step 'too far'.

Find out why Pakistan's Shoaib Malik announced Test retirement... - Former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik has revealed that he had called curtains on his Test career in order to completely focus his attention towards the 2019 World Cup.

'We always knew that the India tour was going to be tough' - Trailing the four-match Test series 0-1 after two games against India, South-African all-rounder Jean-Paul Duminy has said the ongoing tour is proving to be one of the toughest and challenging series for the team.

South Africa's Sports Awards: Rabada named newcomer of the year - Kagiso Rabada has been named the Newcomer of the Year at South Africa's annual Sports Awards.

Ranji: Karnataka in command after Uthappa, Agarwal flay Delhi bowlers - A summary of Monday's play in the Ranji Trophy matches at various venues across the country.

Sri Lanka likely venue for Indo-Pak series - Sri Lanka has emerged as the likely venue for the much-awaited Indo-Pak bilateral cricket series and an official announcement may be made on November 27.

You don't want to select a bowler who could break down: Morkel - Injured South Africa pacer Dale Steyn bowled for a short while in the nets, raising hopes of him being included in the playing XI in the third Test against India in Nagpur, but his fast bowling partner Morne Morkel said the team is keeping its fingers crossed.

'I am in a good state of mind' - 'I try to play my best and put India in a good position.'

'Virat Kohli is handling the Indian Test team very well' - Irfan Pathan believes that Virat Kohli's captaincy style is working well for the current Test team.

'The South Africans have lots of demons in their heads' - 'Batting against spin bowling you need to have your own individual plan. You can't go into a match saying, "Oh, this wicket is going to spin this much".'

Cricket seeks inclusion in Olympics. But when? - David Richardson, the chief executive of the International Cricket Council (ICC), has confirmed that possibilities of including cricket in the summer Olympics are being explored following a positive meeting with the officials of the International Olympic Committee.

We have capabilities to counter India's spin threat: Duminy - All-rounder JP Duminy has insisted that South Africa are capable enough to tackle the Indian spinners in the 'do or die' third Test match in Nagpur, which starts on Wednesday.

War of words: Buchanan reacts to Clarke's criticism - Former Australian coach John Buchanan has reacted to the criticism by recently retired skipper Michael Clarke, saying that the captaincy role is quite demanding and the former needs to work on it.

Pink ball Test will be a flop, reckons Wassan. Do you agree? - Former Indian cricketer Atul Wassan on Sunday said that the idea of experimenting with the pink ball and the day and night Test would be a flop from the perspective of attracting more spectators to the stadium to watch the game in real time.

I'd rather prefer my performance to do the talking for me: Irfan - Having made a remarkable return to the cricket field for his Ranji side Baroda, India all-rounder Irfan Pathan has said that rather than speaking about international comeback he would let his performance do the talking.

Under-19: Pant, Ahmed steer India to victory over Afghanistan - Delhi youngster Rishabh Pant's stroked a fluent 87 and left-arm paceman Khaleel Ahmed claimed four for 41 to steer India to a comfortable 33-run win over Afghanistan in the Under-19 tri-series match, in Kolkata, on Saturday.

RO-purified water, free entry for school kids: Mudgal's 'to-do' list for DDCA - The Delhi high court-appointed observer Justice Mukul Mudgal on Saturday handed out a list of 'to-do' to the executive committee members of the Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) with notable being 'free tickets for under-privileged school children' subject to approval from the Court.

Fast and furious: India's young pacer Khan making waves - He is just 18 but is capable of bowling really quick as was proved when he touched 139.8kmph against Pakistan in the last Under-19 World Cup. Meet India's young pace gun -- Avesh Khan, an unassuming 18-year-old from Indore, who wants to create his own identity.

Former Deputy CAG to look after DDCA tenders for 4th Test - The Delhi High Court-appointed observer Justice (Retd) Mukul Mudgal said that a former Deputy Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) will look after the tender process for the fourth cricket Test between India and South Africa starting next month.

Namibian cricketer dies after suffering stroke - Namibian cricketer Raymond Van Schoor died late Friday, five days after he suffered a stroke during a domestic match in South Africa on Sunday.

India will have no objection to playing in Lahore: Shukla - 'I don't think this is such a big issue ... why make an ego issue of it and insist on playing in Dubai only'

Indo-Pak series: 'India under pressure to honour MOU' - 'They (India) have no excuse for not playing in UAE. The MOU is between PCB and BCCI and it states clearly that the series will be held in the UAE or any other mutually accepted venue'

Dubai ODI: Dazzling Buttler, Roy lead England to series win - A brilliant century by Jos Buttler and a more routine one from Jason Roy fired England to an 84-run win over Pakistan in a high-scoring final one-day international in Dubai on Friday and a 3-1 victory in the series.

'I am confident that I will get to play in Test matches again' - The veteran off-spinner was part of the Indian squad for the Test series in Sri Lanka in August but was dropped for the ongoing four-match series against South Africa.

Justice Mudgal set for Kotla visit as DDCA starts Test preparations - The Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) during an internal meeting on Friday formed 10 sub-committees that will work under Delhi high court-appointed observer Jutice Mukul Mudgal to ensure smooth conduct of the fourth and final Test between India and South Africa, to be played from December 3 to 7.

U-19 Tri-series: Pacer Avesh Khan bowls India to easy win over Bangladesh - Pacer Avesh Khan bagged four wickets as India scored an emphatic 82-run victory over Bangladesh in the Under-19 Tri-series One-day tournament opener, at the Jadavpur University campus ground in Salt Lake, Kolkata, on Friday.

Will former ECB chief Giles convince India to play against Pakistan? - Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan on Friday said that former England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chief Giles Clarke is playing a role in trying to revive the planned India-Pakistan bilateral cricket series in December.

'No BCCI member was snooped during Srinivasan tenure' - Former Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Sanjay Patel on Friday said in his defence that UK-based company 'Page Protection Services', hired by the previous dispensation, 'did not snoop on any Board official' during his time in office.

South Africa call up De Lange as cover for Steyn - South Africa have added fast bowler Marchant de Lange to their squad for the final two Test matches in India as concerns remain over the fitness of attack spearhead Dale Steyn.

'Symonds is a guy who turned up drunk to play for his country' - Former Australia captain Michael Clarke, who stepped down after the Ashes series in England, took a shot at his erstwhile team mate Andrew Symonds for questioning his leadership credentials.

Hughes's death made feisty Johnson question aggressive approach - Retired Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has admitted that the tragic death of his former team mate Phillip Hughes made him question his aggressive bowling tactics in the game.

Bring on the pink ball Test: Lyon - Australia spinner Nathan Lyon has some reservations about meddling with the traditions of the longest form of cricket but cannot wait to get a pink ball in his hands in the world's first day-night Test against New Zealand next week.

A war-torn country finds solace in 'Sixers League' - The hugely popular Indian Premier League is leading a cricket 'revolution' in strife-torn Afghanistan where the cash-rich Twenty20 tournament and Bollywood sells like hot cakes.

BCCI has not ruled out Chennai as World T20 venue: Thakur - The MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai faces certain problems ahead of the ICC World Twenty20 next year, but the BCCI has not yet ruled out the ground as one of the venues for the biennial event.

Pietersen says decision to drop Ian Bell is 'pathetic' - Former England captain Kevin Pietersen took to Twitter to describe Ian Bell's omission from England's squad for the tour of South Africa as 'ridiculous' and 'pathetic'.

Decision on Indo-Pak series soon, says BCCI - The cricket fans will have to wait a few more days to find out whether the iconic bilateral series between arch-rivals India and Pakistan would go ahead next month.

Test rankings: Williamson, Warner surge after big-scoring in WACA Test - Kiwi Ross Taylor's mammoth 290 in the WACA Test against Australia, propelled him to the top-10 list

Which batman was the most 'difficult' for ferocious Johnson? - Recently retired Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has named No 1 ranked AB de Villiers as the most difficult batsman he had faced during his glorious international career.

Fit-again Pattinson ready to seize Test chance - Australian paceman James Pattinson has said he was ready to seize his unexpected chance in next week's historic New Zealand third Test following the retirement of Mitchell Johnson.

I don't think John knows a thing about the baggy green: Clarke - Former Australia captain Michael Clarke has broken his silence on the criticism he received after announcing his retirement during the recent Ashes series loss in England, using his "Ashes Diary 2015" to hit back.

England recall Compton, Ballance for SA tour; Bell dropped - The 33-year-old has played 118 Tests for England, scoring 7,727 runs and winning five Ashes series since becoming a regular in the side following his debut in 2004, but disappointed in the recently concluded series against Pakistan.

Kotla Test: DDCA will organise a good game, says Chetan Chauhan - With the Delhi high court clearing the decks for the fourth and final Test between India and South Africa to be staged at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi & District Cricket Association vice-president Chetan Chauhan declared on Thursday his association will "organise a good game", come December 3.

Ranji: Herwadkar, Iyer steer Mumbai to 6-wkt win over Railways - A summary of Wednesday's play in the Ranji Trophy matches at various venues across the country.

Proteas captain Amla has few positives to take from Bengaluru Test - With four days lost in the drawn second Test, South Africa captain Hashim Amla candidly admitted that he is unable to find many positives from the rain-truncated game apart from AB de Villiers's knock of 85 in his 100th game.

Dhawan's return to form India's biggest gain from Bengaluru Test! - Harish Kotian/Rediff.com explains why skipper Virat Kohli is backing his opening batsman to carry on the good form in the next two Tests of the series.

Court paves way for DDCA to stage India-SA fourth Test - Relieved after the Delhi high court's direction to the South Delhi Municipal Corporation to issue a provisional occupancy certificate, required to stage the fourth Test between India and South Africa, Delhi and District Cricket Association vice-president Chetan Chauhan welcomed the appointment of Justice Mukul Mudgal to oversee the affairs of the match at Feroz Shah Kotla.

Meet the man who transformed Warner into most-feared batsman - David Warner's fitness coach Wayne Geber has revealed about the sacrifice that the explosive Australian opener had made in the last few years in order to transform himself into a successful batsman.

Team not worried about personal performances: Kohli - India captain Virat Kohli addressed the media after the rain-ruined second Test against South Africa in Bangalore. Harish Kotian/Rediff.com reports.

Wriddhi Saha, a good replacement for Dhoni - 'When he gets more confident with the bat, you will see him developing into a batter more than a batter-'keeper.'

IPL spot-fixing: Delhi HC issues notice to all accused - The Delhi High Court has issued notices to all of the accused involved in the sixth edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing case after admitting the Delhi Police plea against their acquittal by a trial court.

India retain squad for last two Tests vs South Africa - Punjab batsman Gurkeerat Singh Mann, a surprise inclusion as the 17th member of the squad for the Bangalore Test, retained his place for the next two matches as well.

Why India's fielding has IMPROVED in the last few years - Fielding coach Ramakrishnan Sridhar explains the reasons behind Team India's excellent showing in the outfield.

Bengaluru Test drawn after four days of rain - The second Test between India and South Africa ended in a damp draw after cyclonic rains and a wet outfield ensured not a single ball could be bowled for a fourth successive day at Bengaluru's M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Wednesday.

Australia's Shaun Marsh gets another Test life - Top order batsman Shaun Marsh was called into the Australia squad for the third Test against New Zealand on Wednesday along with pace bowler James Pattinson and left arm spinner Steve O'Keefe.

Pakistan will NOT play 'home' series in India - Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Shaharyar Khan insisted that his country will not play its 'home' series in India and asked the BCCI to honour its commitment to play the proposed series in the UAE.

3rd ODI: Taylor steers England to series lead over Pakistan - James Taylor made a calm unbeaten 67 to lead England to a comfortable six-wicket victory over Pakistan in Sharjah on Tuesday and a 2-1 lead in the four-match one-day international series.

Ranji Roundup: Baroda thrash Punjab by an innings & 116 runs - A summary of Tuesday's play in the Ranji Trophy matches at various venues across the country.

PHOTOS: Johnson takes 2-20 in final Test innings - The second Test between Australia and New Zealand fizzled out in a draw on Tuesday but not before Mitchell Johnson gave one last reminder of his bowling prowess on the day he announced his retirement from international cricket.

Aus-New Zealand second Test ends in a draw - The second Test between Australia and New Zealand ended in a draw on Tuesday, with the tourists 217 runs short of their victory target of 321 on a rain-disrupted fifth and final day at the WACA.

Johnson drove a van for a living before achieving cricketing glory... - Factbox on Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson, who announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Tuesday

Teammates, opponents pay rich tribute to 'special' Johnson - Indian batting icon Sachin Tendulkar paid tribute to retiring Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson on Tuesday, describing him as a special bowler.

Wet outfield prevents play on Day 4 too in India-SA Test - The fourth day's play in the second cricket Test between India and South Africa was called off without a ball being bowled following rain and wet ground conditions, in Bengaluru, on Tuesday.

Warne re-unites with ex, Liz Hurley! - It was 'couple reunion time' as Liz Hurley recently went to meet her ex-fiance Shane Warne play in the Cricket All-Star Series in Los Angeles.

Galle curator suspended for missing anti-graft meetings - Galle chief curator Jayananda Warnaweera has been handed a two-year suspension from all cricket activities by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) after the former test player missed two meetings with anti-corruption officials.

Micheal-Kyly Clarke blessed with baby girl - A close source revealed about the former Australian cricket team captain and his model wife welcoming their first child and though the delivery was premature, the baby and the mother were all well and healthy, News.com.au reported.

Aus speedster Johnson announces retirement from international cricket - Pacer Mitchell Johnson, one of Australia's greatest fast bowlers, announced his retirement from international cricket on Tuesday, saying he felt this was the 'right time' to do so.

DDCA fails to get Govt nod, 4th Test set to be shifted to Pune - The fourth and final Test match between India and South Africa to be held in Delhi from December 3-7 is set to be moved to Pune after the Arvind Kerjiwal-led Aam Aadmi Party government refused to grant Delhi and District Cricket Association the required permissions to host the match.

Disabled Indian-origin cricketer BEHEADED in South Africa - In a brutal incident, a young promising South African Indian intellectually-impaired cricketer has been beheaded in a ritual sacrifice, prompting police to start a probe and arrest three persons including his best friend in connection with the murder.

Ranji round-up: Karn Sharma bags 6 wkts, but Mumbai take lead over Rlys - A summary of Monday's play in the Ranji Trophy matches at various venues across the country.

Mate, that's horrendous sportsmanship!!! - Former Australia fast bowler Dirk Nannes has slammed his countrymen's ' horrendous sportsmanship' for failing to acknowledge Ross Taylor's inspiring 290-run knock in the second Test in Perth.

5 reasons why Bhuvneshwar has fallen out of favour - Rediff.com's Harish Kotian lists five reasons why Bhuvneshwar Kumar has struggled to make it to the playing eleven.

No question of playing bilateral series in India: PCB chief - Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan says it will not be feasible to play the proposed bilateral series in India, as suggested by Board of Control for Cricket in India.

WACA Test PHOTOS: Aus hit back after Taylor's 290 gives Kiwis lead - Steve Smith and Adam Voges scored the fifth and sixth centuries of the second Test to give Australia a lead of 193 after Ross Taylor's epic 290 brought New Zealand back into the contest on day four on Monday.

BCCI considers itself above Indian law: Kirti Azad - Expressing his view on the BCCI's recent proposal to play Pakistan in a limited-over-series in India, former Indian cricketer and BJP MP Kirti Azad on Sunday said the Board of Control for Cricket in India always sees itself as being above the law.

Rain plays spoilsport again as Day 3 of Bangalore Test washed out - Rain played spoilsport yet again as Day 3 of the second and final Test between India and South Africa in Bangalore, on Monday, was also washed out.

10 facts you need to know about Ross Taylor - Here's what you need to know more about dominant batsman Ross Taylor.

Kiwi Taylor shows glimpses of yore after record, seamless innings - Ross Taylor became the third highest scorer for New Zealand when he was dismissed for 290 on Day 4 of the 2nd Test at WACA in Perth on Monday.

Yes, I am engaged!!! - India's flamboyant cricketer Yuvraj Singh has confirmed his engagement to model-actress Hazel Keech via social networking sites on Sunday.

Imran Khan's ex wife spills the beans on divorce - Two weeks after cricket star Imran Khan's second marriage ended in a divorce, his wife Reham Khan, former BBC presenter revealed some details.

Starc sizzles! Bowls fastest-ever Test delivery - Australia's Mitchell Starc bowled the fastest delivery ever measured at a Test match when the fourth ball of his 21st over at the WACA on Sunday was clocked at 160.4 kilometres per hour.

Ranji Roundup: Mumbai dismiss Railways for cheap total - Led ably by Shardul Thakur, Mumbai bowlers put up a much better display than the previous game and shot out Railways for a paltry 217 on day one of their four-day Group 'B' Ranji Trophy tie at the Wankhede Stadium, in Mumbai, on Sunday.

WACA Test PHOTOS: Taylor double ton puts New Zealand back in the game - Ross Taylor scored the first double century by a New Zealander against Australia to drive the tourists to within 49 runs of the hosts' tally on 510 for six at the close of play on the third day of the second Test on Sunday.

PHOTOS: What a thrilling end to All-Stars series! - Sachin's Blasters suffered their third successive defeat against Warne's Warriors, going down by four wickets in a last-over thriller, to lose the Cricket All-Stars T20 Series 0-3 at the Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

Rain washes out Day 2 of India-SA 2nd Test in Bengaluru - The second day's play of the second Test match between India and South Africa in Bengaluru on Sunday was called off without a ball being bowled because of rain.

Stats: Interesting numbers from Day 1 of the 2nd Test in Bengaluru - Rajneesh Gupta presents some interesting numbers from Day 1.

We can start talks if Pakistan agree to play in India: Thakur - "It was not possible to play in Pakistan and a neutral venue as the Indian government would not give the permission," he was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

Fresh injury makes Khawaja doubtful for Adelaide Test - Usman Khawaja is doubtful for the day-night Test against New Zealand in Adelaide later this month after the Australian top order batsman re-injured his left hamstring while fielding at the WACA on Saturday.

AAP govt steps in to save Delhi Test, meet BCCI chief - Delhi's ruling Aam Aadmi Party are going all out to ensure that the fourth and final Test match between India and South Africa is not shifted out of the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium.

The re-emergence of India's spin king, Ashwin - Ravichandran Ashwin, was again the highest wicket-taker for India with figures of 4 for 70 on Day 1 of the 2nd Test in Bangalore on Saturday. India's top off-spinner reveals how a new-found confidence allows him to place the odds in his favour whenever he bowling to a new batsman.

Reasons why South Africa batsmen crumbled against spin on Day 1 - South Africa's coach Russell Domingo lists reasons for South Africa's batting collapse on Day 1 of the second Test against India in Bangalore on Saturday. Harish Kotian/Rediff.com listens in...

Indo-Pak series: PCB claims invite from India, BCCI gives no assurance - The Board of Control for Cricket in India has officially invited Pakistan to play its 'home' series in India in December, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan said on Saturday.

2nd Test: Spinners put India in control - AB de Villiers' masterly 85 in his 100th test could not gloss over South Africa's spin frailty as India took charge of the second Test after dominating the opening day at Bengaluru's M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Saturday.

PHOTOS: India v SA, second Test, Day 1 - Images from the India v SA, second Test, day 1, at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, in Bengaluru.

PHOTOS: Dogged Kiwi Williamson fights on after Aus make mammoth total - Kane Williamson staged a fight-back along with opener Tom Latham (36), and Ross Taylor (26) as New Zealand reached 140 for 2 (42 overs) at close of play on Day 2 of the 2nd Test at the WACA in Perth on Saturday.

PHOTOS: AB's baby, parents witness his landmark 100-Test in Bengaluru - It is his 100th Test appearance and AB de Villiers's family made sure they were all with him in Bengaluru on his special day.

Umesh, Bhuvneshwar, Gurkeerat released for Ranji duties - The Indian team management released pace duo of Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar besides all-rounder Gurkeerat Singh Mann from the Test squad to enable them to play their next Ranji Trophy matches for their respective state sides on Saturday.

Hales ton fires England to emphatic win over Pakistan - Alex Hales scored an excellent 109 to lead England to an emphatic 95-run victory over Pakistan in the second One-day international in Abu Dhabi on Friday that levelled the series at 1-1.

RCB youngsters salute AB: 'He's down-to-earth, nice human being' - India's young batting stars Mandeep Singh and Sarfaraz Khan, who played alongside AB in this year's Indian Premier League, said it was like a dream come true for them to share the same dressing room with the South African, who is on the threshold of the unique landmark of 100 Test matches.

Sethi advises PCB to not send cricket team to India - A top official of the Pakistan Cricket Board said he would advise the PCB against sending its national team to India for the planned bilateral series in December.

Another 'spin test' in store for injury-hit Proteas - Having decimated South Africa inside three days on a turning track in Mohali, India will again look to unleash their troika of spinners to spoil A B de Villiers's landmark 100th match when the two sides meet in the second Test, in Bangalore, on Saturday.

British Airways incurs wrath of Tendulkar and his fans. Here's why... - When the 'god' is angry, look what happens. Sachin Tendulkar, 'God of Cricket' was annoyed and expressed his displeasure on Twitter. Since then, the social networking site is buzzing.

WACA Test PHOTOS: Double centurion Warner decimates hapless Kiwis - Picking up where he left off in the first Test in Brisbane, the opener scored 244 not out for his third century in three innings as the hosts dominated New Zealand's bowlers as ruthlessly as they had in the 208-run victory at the Gabba.

South Africa in a mess as Steyn ruled out of Bangalore Test! - South Africa's worst fears were confirmed on Friday when premier fast bowler Dale Steyn was ruled out of the second Test match against India in Bangalore because of injury depleting their already-weakened bowling attack.

REVEALED! Kohli spills the beans on Gurkeerat's surprise selection - Gurkeerat Singh Mann was a surprise addition to the Indian squad for the second Test against South Africa in Bangalore, however, India captain Virat Kohli says the Punjab all-rounder could be in the reckoning for an unlikely Test debut.

Why Ishant's return is a big boost for Team India... - With so much focus on turning wickets and spinners, India captain Virat Kohli on Friday stressed that fast bowlers also have an important role to play and the return of strike bowler Ishant Sharma is a big boost for the team.

It's confirmed! Yuvraj engaged to Bollywood starlet Hazel - The news of Yuvraj Singh's engagement to model-actress Hazel Keech was confirmed by Yuvraj's mother Shabnam Singh and his manager Aneesh Gautam.

Pakistan's Akmal dropped amid alleged discipline breach - Umar Akmal has been dropped from the Pakistan Twenty20 squad to face England as he is under investigation for bringing the sport into disrepute in an off-field incident, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) reported on Thursday.

PHOTOS: Cricket legends light up Houston on Diwali - Unfortunately, the day chosen for the match was the actual day of Diwali and cricket starved Houstonians were in a dilemma about staying home with family and friends or going to watch their back-in-action cricket heroes.

Yuvraj secretly engaged to Bollywood starlet Hazel? - After multiple speculations about Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh and Bollywood actress Hazel Keech's dating scene, sources have confirmed that the couple has secretly got engaged in Bali on Wednesday.

Cuttack T20: Report on bottle-throwing incident submitted - Odisha home secretary Asit Kumar Tripathy, on Thursday, submitted his inquiry report with the state government on the water bottle-throwing incident during the Twenty20 International match between India and South Africa at Barabati Stadium in Cuttack on October 7.

'Shamiana', hot air dryers: Novel ideas to have pitch set for 2nd Test - 'When I came here yesterday, I was worried and I couldn't sleep at night. But thanks to Brijesh, we found a way out. He asked me if it would help if we covered the pitch from above, and got a waterproof shamiana erected'

The secret of Pujara's success against spin - While the spinners stole the limelight in India's convincing victory in the first Test against South Africa in Mohali, one cannot forget the key contribution made by Cheteshwar Pujara with the bat, especially in the second innings when batting had become really difficult.

AB@100: 'I am not a nice guy on the field' - 'I don't care where I play my 100th Test. I didn't mind where I played my 50th; I don't mind where I play any of my Test matches. Representing my country is a great honour'

Nothing wrong with India preparing spinning tracks: De Villiers - 'I'm prepared for any kind of Bangalore wicket'

BIG setback for Proteas as Philander ruled out of Test series - The pacer injures ankle during warm-up session; Kyle Abbott has been called up as replacement

Warne's Warriors too good for Sachin's Blasters in Game 2 - Andrew Symonds bagged four wickets and Saqlain Mushtaq two as Warne Warriors easily defeated Sachin Blasters by 57 runs in Game 2 of the Cricket All-Stars series in Houston on Wednesday night.

Windies end dismal tour of Sri Lanka with consolation T20 victory - The West Indies ended their dismal tour of Sri Lanka with a consolation victory after Dwayne Bravo's all-round brilliance secured a series-levelling 23-run win in the second and final Twenty20 International on Wednesday.

Hafeez leads Pakistan to easy win over England - Mohammad Hafeez scored a fluent unbeaten 102 to lead Pakistan to a comfortable six-wicket victory over England in the first One-Day International in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

'Spoke to Sachin on the possibility of All-Stars event in Pakistan' - Shoaib Akhtar has requested Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar to hold the All-Stars Cricket event in Pakistan as well.

Ready to play in India but need written guanrantee: Afridi - Shahid Afridi believes Pakistan can go to India and play a series but only after the country's Cricket Board (PCB) gets written

I feel like getting out there and bowling: Johnson - A rejuvenated Mitchell Johnson needs only one victim to become Australia's third-highest Test wicket-taker but will hope for a bigger haul at his home ground in Perth, where New Zealand will be fighting to keep the three-match series alive.

The Board is passing through turbulent times: Shashank Manohar - BCCI president Shashank Manohar had made a fervent appeal to the Board's members ahead of its 86th AGM to lend their support to a few decisions which, according to him, were needed to protect the autonomy of the Board during its difficult times.

Younis Khan announces retirement from one-day cricket - Pakistan's veteran batsman Younis Khan has announced his retirement from one-day international cricket, saying the first day-night game against England in Abu Dhabi will be his last match.

Ranji: Karnataka beat Odisha to record 2nd outright win this season - A summary of Ranji Trophy matches played on the fourth and final day on Tuesday.

ICC Test rankings: No Indian batsmen in top-10 - Vijay in 11th spot; Kohli falls five places

Mumbai and India spinner Ramesh Powar quits competitive cricket - To play in Masters Champions League post retirement

Starc fined for throwing ball at Kiwi batsman in Gabba Test - Australia paceman Mitchell Starc has been fined half of his match fees for throwing a ball at New Zealand batsman Mark Craig during the final day of the first Test at the Gabba.

'There're Indian fans who want the series with Pakistan to happen' - Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Shaharyar Khan has said the Indian Board had conveyed to the PCB that they were ready to play the series but were waiting for clearance from the government.

'We've been impressed with Smith and the way he handles things' - Australia coach Darren Lehmann has praised captain Steve Smith's handling of an outburst by Mitchell Starc that cost the left-arm quick half his match fee from the first Test against New Zealand.

'We are expecting some response from BCCI on proposed series' - Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Shaharyar Khan has said that he's still waiting for his Indian counterpart to contact him regarding the proposed bilateral series in the UAE in December.

Sri Lanka maintain winning run against West Indies - Sri Lanka beat West Indies by 30 runs in the first Twenty20 International on Monday to go 1-0 up in the two-match series and extend the visitors' losing streak.

Ranji Trophy round-up: UP still trail Mumbai by 260 runs - A summary of the Ranji Trophy matches played on Monday

No conflict of interest in my role as commentator: Gavaskar - Gavaskar has held a position in the ICC as well, and the batting great said positions have never affected his service to the game as he speaks to serve the sport.

BCCI contracts: Dhoni remains in Grade A category, Raina demoted - Indian limited-overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was on Monday retained in Group A of the men's player contracts for 2015-16 by the BCCI.

ODI rankings: India stay in second spot despite series loss - The Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side, which lost a closely contested series 2-3 before heading into the Test matches, were 13 points behind leaders Australia (127 rating points) in the ODI table.

KEY decisions taken at BCCI's AGM, multiple roles for Ganguly - Board of Control for Cricket in India president Shashank Manohar on Tuesday took over as the International Cricket Council replacing his predecessor Narayanswami Srinivasan, while the BCCI's rules conflict of interest were unanimously approved by the members.

BCCI gives DDCA November 17 deadline for India-SA 4th Test - The Board of Control for Cricket in India has given the Delhi & District Cricket Association a deadline of November 17 to get their house in order, failing which the fourth and final Test match between India and South Africa will be shifted to Pune.

BREAKING: Ganguly is new technical committee chief - Former India players Gagan Khoda and M S K Prasad were named as the new national selectors at the Board of Control for Cricket India's annual general meeting, in Mumbai, on Monday.

Srinivasan loses ICC post... what next? - Narayanaswami Srinivasan's decade-long regime as a cricket administrator has come to an end, in Mumbai, on Monday.

Windies spinner Narine reported again for suspect action - West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine has been reported for a suspect bowling action during Saturday's third and final one-dayer against Sri Lanka, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said.

Cuteness alert! It's baby's day out - As soon as the Aussies clinched the victory, David Warner was seen having a good time with his daughter Ivy Mae.

Gabba Test: Australia wrap up victory despite McCullum defiance - Australia took the final seven wickets to dismiss New Zealand for 295 and win the first Test by 208 runs before lunch on the final day on Monday, taking a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

IPL to get replacements for CSK, Rajasthan on December 8 - The Indian Premier League Governing Council, on Sunday, decided to omit Jaipur and Kochi from the list of cities which will bid for new IPL teams on December 8.

BCCI announces monetary benefits to former players, umpires - The Board of Control for Cricket in India, on Sunday, announced a slew of monetary benefits for former cricketers, both domestic and international, including monthly and one-time payments, just a day before the Annual General Body Meeting of the Board in Mumbai on Sunday.

Ranji Trophy round-up: Ojha, Chatterjee put Bengal on top vs Vidarbha - A summary of the Ranji Trophy matches played on Sunday.

MCA curator Naik withdraws complaint against Shastri - Nearly ten days after the pitch controversy, Wankhede curator Sudhir Naik withdrew his complaint against Team India Director Ravi Shastri on Sunday.

Jaffer scripts record, first to score 10000 runs in Ranji Trophy - Vidarbha opener Wasim Jaffer became the first cricketer in Ranji Trophy history to notch up 10000 runs on day two of their Group A match against Bengal at the Jadavpur University second campus ground in Saltlake in Kolkata on Sunday.

All-Stars PHOTOS: 'Celebrating cricket' as legends turn back the clock - "The whole idea of Cricket All Stars is that, to try to get as many nations together to celebrate this'

BCCI conflict of interest rule: Players may face multiple restrictions - In what comes as a surprise move by the Indian cricket board, the BCCI is mulling to apply conflict of interest rules for current cricketers, who, in effect, will not be allowed to have business interest in player-management companies which represent them.

Gabba Test PHOTOS: Aus put Kiwis on the mat before storm halts play - Williamson's departure for 59 helped reduce New Zealand to 142 for three at the break -- 361 runs in arrears -- but a rain storm wiped out the final session and ensured the match would go into a fifth day.

All Stars: Sachin's Blasters lose to Warne's Warriors in Game 1 - Opener Virender Sehwag blasted a quickfire half-century but Sachin's Blasters went down to Warne Warriors by six wickets in Game 1 of the Cricket All Stars T20 Series at Citi Field in New York, on Saturday.

Samuels ton in vain as Sri Lanka sweep ODI series - Marlon Samuels' unbeaten century proved in vain as Sri Lanka beat West Indies by 19 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis method to complete a 3-0 one-day series whitewash on Saturday.

Sachin's Blasters vs Warne's Warriors: Game On! - Sachin's Blasters has Lara, Sehwag, Mahela, Murali and, of course, Tendulkar! Warne's Warriers has Ponting, Kallis, Sanga, Akram and Donald...

Steyn's fitness a concern for South Africa ahead of second Test - South Africa expect to have all-rounder JP Duminy and fast bowler Morne Morkel back for the second Test against India but will assess the fitness of leading paceman Dale Steyn on Thursday.

Captain Kohli rejects criticism of Mohali pitch. Do you agree? - India captain Virat Kohli rejected criticism of the pitch for the first Test against South Africa in Mohali and said it was 'errors in shot selection' that brought about wickets for spinners rather than the pitch playing tricks, a view his rival captain Hashim Amla also shared.

South Africa captain Amla slams batsmen after Mohali loss - Dismissing the notion that the Mohali pitch was a vicious turner, South Africa captain Hashim Amla on Saturday said most dismissals in the opening Test match was due to lack of spin rather than excess of it. He also came down hard on his batsmen, saying they could have applied themselves better.

Gavaskar on why Test matches are finishing inside 3 days - Former India opener Sunil Gavaskar on Saturday said that it is not a poor advertisement for cricket if a Test match finishes inside three days and such results are coming more often in recent years since the players nowadays lack patience to survive five days.

Jadeja feared being labelled 'domestic cricket performer' - All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja on Saturday said he always feared being labelled as a player who excels only in domestic cricket and desperately wants success at international level.

Ranji: Rohit, Iyer hit centuries as Mumbai dominate against UP - Youngster Shreyas Iyer slammed his third ton of the season, a strokeful 137, while senior batsman Rohit Sharma hit an unbeaten 110 as Mumbai made an imposing 407 for four on day one of their Group B Ranji Trophy match against Uttar Pradesh, in Mumbai, on Saturday.

Stats: INTERESTING numbers from Mohali Test, Day 3 - Ravindra Jadeja made a memorable comeback to Test cricket with a five-wicket haul as India scored a resounding 108-run victory against South Africa in a low scoring Test match. Rajneesh Gupta presents some interesting numbers from Day 3 of the first Test match, in Mohali, on Saturday.

'Fixing' horror returns to haunt South Africa's cricket again? - Speculation is mounting in Johannesburg that a corruption probe initiated by Cricket South Africa (CSA) may be related to the current RamSlam T20 tournament, which is the only domestic series televised internationally.

Captains speak: 7 key points from Mohali Test - There were no demons in the wicket, says Virat Kohli.

Jadeja, Ashwin wrap up Mohali Test in 3 days - India's Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin thrived on a spinners' paradise in Mohali, bamboozling South Africa's batsmen in the first Test to secure a 108-run victory with more than two days to spare on Saturday.

Congratulate Team India on their Mohali win! - India defeated South Africa, the No 1 Test side, in perfect home conditions, in the first Test, at the PCA stadium, in Mohali, on Saturday. Join us in congratulating Team India on its success.

PHOTOS: India vs South Africa, Mohali Test, Day Three - Images from Day 3 of the first Test between India and South Africa in Mohali, on Saturday.

Gabba Test, Day 3 PHOTOS: Australia on top after openers whip Kiwis - Joe Burns scored his maiden Test century and his opening partner David Warner his 14th as Australia finished the third day of the first Test against New Zealand in a dominant position on 264 for four with a lead of 503 runs on Saturday.

Thank God! I'm in Sachin's team, says Shoaib Akhtar - Former Pakistani fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar heaved a sigh of relief when he was named in the team of his long-time rival Sachin Tendulkar for an inaugural three-match series in the US and said he's done bowling against the Indian batting legend whom he considers a 'brutal force' and the 'greatest player history has ever seen'.

Johnson pondered retirement post Ashes defeat - Australian pace spearhead Mitchell Johnson has admitted that he considered calling it quits after four of his closest teammates retired from the Test arena following the team's failure to retain the Ashes series against England.

One more game for struggling Shikhar Dhawan? - Shikhar Dhawan might have had a nightmarish time with the bat in the ongoing first cricket Test against South Africa, but former India captain Sunil Gavaskar, on Friday, came in support of the opener, saying going by his record the left-hander deserves another chance.

Big blow for SA: Steyn unlikely to take field on Saturday - With the opening cricket Test delicately poised after two days of intense action, South Africa have suffered a big blow as pace spearhead Dale Steyn is unlikely to take field, on Saturday, due to a groin strain.

Stats: INTERESTING numbers from Mohali Test, Day 2 - Rajneesh Gupta presents some interesting numbers from Day 2.

REVEALED! Secret to Ashwin's consistent performance... - On being asked about his consistent performance, R Ashwin, who became the fastest Indian bowler to claim 150 wickets in 29 Tests, said, "I think two things. I have got a good stock of my bowling at the crease."

After tormenting SA batsmen, Ashwin turns up heat on media - India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, on Friday, ridiculed the media attention on the pitch for the first Test, saying most of the batsmen got out by playing bad shots.

Authorities investigate fraudulent activity in South Africa cricket - Cricket South Africa (CSA) is investigating potentially fraudulent activities by an international syndicate attempting to corrupt the domestic game, it said in a statement on Friday.

India extend lead after Ashwin takes five on Day 2 - Cheteshwar Pujara's unbeaten 63 gave India a firm hold on the opening Test against South Africa after off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin picked up his 13th five-wicket haul to restrict the touring side to 184 on the second day on Friday.

PHOTOS: India vs South Africa, Mohali Test, Day Two - Images from Day 2 of the first Test between India and South Africa in Mohali, on Friday.

Ashwin's day out in Mohali - India's off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin not only raced to the fastest 150 scalps in Indian Test history but also became the first man in over 100 years to bag 50 wickets after opening the bowling during the first cricket Test against South Africa, in progress, on Friday, in Mohali.

Gabba Test PHOTOS: Khawaja, pacemen put Australia in command - Usman Khawaja's magnificent 174 helped Australia to a dominant 556 for four declared and an imposing lead of 399 at the end of the second day of the first Test against New Zealand on Friday.

Is beach cricket best form for Olympic selection? - Australia's cricket chief James Sutherland believes beach cricket might be the solution to the logistical problems facing the sport in its attempts to get onto the Olympic schedule.

Wrecker-in-chief Yasir reveals Warne helped him against England - Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah has revealed that spin legend Shane Warne's useful tips helped him dismantle England batting line-up and clinched the three-match Test series 2-0 in the United Arab Emirates.

Find out why the hero of the day is FURIOUS... - Dean Elgar criticises Mohali pitch, says it's is a bad wicket.

Stats: INTERESTING numbers from Mohali Test, Day 1 - Rajneesh Gupta presents some interesting numbers from the Day 1 of the 1st Test.

Pitch row: Wankhede curator awaiting MCA reply - The controversy over the batting track prepared for the fifth ODI between India and South Africa at the Wankhede Stadium, where the visitors hammered the hosts by 214 runs to win the series last month, is yet to die down.

Mohali Test, Day 1: 8 talking points - India might have wasted the advantage of winning the toss after being bundled out for a paltry 201 against South Africa, on Thursday, but batting coach Sanjay Bangar feels the hosts' first innings total is 'much bigger' than it looks on a slow and low pitch.

India left in a spin by part-timer Elgar on Day 1 - Part-time spinner Dean Elgar ripped through India's batting line-up with four wickets as South Africa made the hosts rue their decision to bat first on the opening day of the first Test in Mohali, on Thursday.

PHOTOS: India vs South Africa, 1st Test, Day 1 - Images from Day 1 of the first Test between India and South Africa in Mohali, on Thursday.

Spinners give Pakistan 2-0 series win over England - Pakistan's spinners handed their team a 2-0 series victory after ripping through England's batting line-up on the fifth day of the third and final Test at Sharjah on Thursday.

Warner, Khawaja slam centuries as Australia dominate Day 1 - Opener David Warner put New Zealand's bowlers to the sword with a masterful 163 and Usman Khawaja scored his maiden Test century as Australia dominated the opening day of the first Test at the Gabba in Brisbane, on Thursday.

Rohit, Bhuvneshwar, Binny released to play Ranji Trophy - The Board of Control for Cricket in India released Rohit Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Stuart Binny from the Indian Test squad to play for their respective states in the next round of Ranji Trophy.

Wish India captain Kohli on his 27th birthday! - India's Test skipper Virat Kohli, celebrates his 27th birthday, on Thursday, in Mohali with the hosts taking on South Africa in the first match of the four-Test series.

Ishant Sharma's man bun: Yea or Nay? Tell Us! - India fast bowler Ishant Sharma was seen sporting the man bun in Mohali, a hairstyle popularised by soccer stars Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Gareth Bale.

'T20 is the perfect format for America' - 'Once you retire, it doesn't mean you never pick up a bat. We're picking up a cricket bat for fun, for enjoyment. While doing so if we can inspire thousands there's nothing wrong with it.'

Ajmal in a soup over controversial comments - Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal could face disciplinary action from the cricket authorities for his comments on the International Cricket Council (ICC) policy on bowlers with suspect bowling actions including of Indian spinners.

Kohli preaches: Don't drink and drive! - India Test captain Virat Kohli has lent his support to an initiative promoting responsible drinking and road safety.

Sharjah Test: England lose two wickets in run chase - England were 46 for two wickets against Pakistan at the close of the fourth day in Sharjah on Wednesday, chasing a target of 284 to win the third and final Test and draw the series.

How Mohali curator steers clear of controversy... - Amid intense speculation on the nature of the PCA pitch ahead of the opening Test between India and South Africa, chief curator Daljit Singh, on Thursday, said the ageing track might be on the slower side but it will definitely be result-oriented.

Play five bowlers in Mohali Test, Gavaskar tells Team India - Former captain Sunil Gavaskar said that he would favour India going with four specialist bowlers and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja in a five-pronged attack in the first Test against South Africa, starting in Mohali, on Thursday.

Duminy blow for South Africa ahead of 1st Test - In a blow to South Africa's spinning options, bowling all-rounder Jean-Paul Duminy was all but ruled out of the first Test starting, in Mohali, on Thursday.

Can Ashwin be India's trump card in Mohali? - Calling off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, the team's go-to man, ahead of the four-match Test series against South Africa, on Thursday, in Mohali.

Toss will play an important role in India-SA Test series, says Elgar - South Africa opener Dean Elgar reckons that the toss will play an important role in tougher Indian conditions during the four-Test series and said they will look to put the Indian new ball bowlers under pressure early on.

Why New Zealand stand a good chance to win the Test series in Australia -

India look to spin to counter World No. 1 South Africa in Mohali Test - Outwitted in both the T20 and the ODI series, India will seek redemption in the Test format by trying to spin a web around the formidable South Africans in the four-match series starting in Mohali, on Thursday.

Pakistan spinner Ajmal claims Harbhajan is a chucker - Questioning the ICC's new rules on chucking, the off-spinner says, 'If they put Harbhajan through a proper bowling assessment test now, I can safely tell you he will exceed the 15 degrees limit'

Hazlewood gets the nod ahead of Siddle for first Test vs Kiwis - Josh Hazlewood will be Australia's third pace bowler in this week's first Test against New Zealand after Peter Siddle was named 12th man on Wednesday.

Should India play five bowlers in the first Test vs SA at Mohali? - 'It's not about four or five bowlers; it's the balance that can get you 20 wickets. Like I have kept saying in the past, it depends on conditions'

Inzamam to continue as Afghanistan coach - Former Pakistan captain Inzamam ul-Haq has agreed to carry on working with the Afghanistan cricket team as coach for a two-year period after tasting success with the side in Zimbabwe.

India versus South Africa: How the numbers add up - Rajneesh Gupta glances at the history of this fascinating 21st century cricketing rivalry.

Former England batsman Graveney dies at age 88 - Graveney, who represented English counties Gloucestershire and Worcestershire as well as Australian state Queensland, also worked as a BBC television commentator and served as President of the Marylebone Cricket Club in 2005.

Pakistan's Shoaib Malik announces Test retirement - The announcement comes on the day Malik finished with career best figures of 4 for 33 to fold up England for 306, putting Pakistan in a strong position on Day Three of the ongoing third and final Test against Pakistan at Sharjah on Tuesday.

Malik scalps career-best figures to help resurrect Pakistan's fortunes - England claimed a 72-run first-innings lead to push for a series-levelling victory but Hafeez and Azhar Ali shared an opening partnership of 101 to bring the hosts back into the match.

Ashwin's fitness gets the thumbs up from Shastri - India's Team Director Ravi Shastri indicated that Ravichandran Ashwin will play in the opening cricket Test against South Africa, saying the off-spinner is "absolutely fine".

India have a great opportunity to upstage South Africa's record: Shastri - 'I believe, at home you should play to your strength, there is no need to hide behind that issue'

Steyn on strategies to counter Indian batsmen - The bowler, whose lethal pace is intimidating for most batsmen around the world, said he always found the going tough against an on-song Sehwag.

West Indies captain Holder suspended for slow over rate - West Indies captain Jason Holder has been slapped with a one-match suspension for his team's second slow over rate offence of the year under him, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Tuesday.

'There's a long way to go before Kohli matches Dhoni's captaincy' - Former India skipper Kapil Dev feels it is too early to compare Virat Kohli's Test captaincy to that of Mahendra Singh Dhoni's as the leadership role is still very new to the team's batting star.

IPL COO Sundar Raman submits resignation, BCCI accepts - Sundar Raman, chief operating officer (COO) of the Indian Premier League has resigned.

'Virat keeps reminding me to believe in my abilities' - KL Rahul has praised Virat Kohli for his easy-going nature.

India opt for 'surface tension' to counter South Africa - For a visiting cricketer, an India tour conjures up the image of a batsman surrounded by a shoal of fielders and facing relentless spin from both ends and South Africa should not expect anything different in the four-test series starting on Thursday.

'If we don't take steps globalization of cricket will never happen' - Legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar Tendulkar feels cricket might be the second most popular sport in the world but in order to make it a global sport more countries need to play in the game's showpiece event, the ICC World Cup.

Indo-Pak series: 'Sooner or later both will play against each other' - The 52-year-old, who has played 99 Tests and 334 One-Day Internationals, said that it was a fact that cricket relations between the two countries were subject to clearance from the governments.

'India is a formidable side, the Tests will be a tough challenge' - South Africa coach Russell Domingo has said he expected India to come hard at the visitors after losing both the T20 and ODI series against South Africa.

Ranji Trophy round-up: Bengal grabs three points despite Sehwag 50 - Owing to their first innings lead, Bengal grabbed three crucial points against Haryana after their Group A Ranji Trophy match ended in a draw at the CH Bansi Lal Cricket Stadium, Lahli on Monday.

We are the Shahid Kapoor of cricket though we think we are SRK - 'One glance at the Indians on the field compared to these visiting South Africans, and you know something is very wrong or very different. One side (not our side) looks like athletes do,' says Aakar Patel.

Injury-free Aaron hopes to take consistent Ranji form into Test series - Aaron, who has had a start-stop career ever since making his international debut in October 2011, has no qualms in acknowledging that the time has come to deliver consistently.

3rd Test: Pakistan strike back to restrict England to 224-4 - Pakistan's spinner Yasir Shah had Ian Bell (40) stumped in the third session as England ended the day at 222 for 4 on Day 2 of the 3rd Test in Sharjah on Monday.

The way we play Ashwin will determine our success: Du Plessis - Knowing their weakness against spin, all-rounder Faf dU Plessis said that South Africa are wary of slow and spinning tracks for the upcoming Test matches against India.

IPL has taken the ugly sledging away from cricket: Dhoni - Stressing the need to keep the spirit of gentleman's game alive, Indian limited-overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has said the Indian Premier League (IPL) has helped players from across the globe connect with each other and taken "ugly sledging" away from cricket.

'We'd like to get one back on New Zealand after Rugby World Cup defeat' - Australia's head cricket coach Darren Lehmann hopes the test team can avenge the Wallabies' Rugby World Cup final defeat by the All Blacks with a victory in the series opener in Brisbane starting this week.

'India will want to come back harder and stronger in the Tests' - South African captain AB de Villiers says he expects India to bounce back in the four-Test series starting on November 5.

'Amla is batting well, a big knock from him is round the corner' - South Africa coach Russell Domingo did not sound too worried about the indifferent form shown so far on the tour by Test captain Hashim Amla, even if the opening Test of the four-match contest is just round the corner.

'Test series will be a completely different challenge for India' - MS Dhoni believes India will do well in the Test series against South Africa if the matches are played on wickets that have something to help the spinners.

Colombo ODI: Sri Lanka thwart Narine to beat West Indies in opener - Sri Lanka paceman Suranga Lakmal took three quick wickets before Tillakaratne Dilshan smashed a 32-ball 59 to lead Sri Lanka to a tense one-wicket win in a rain-curtailed first one-dayer against West Indies.

SPOTTED! PM Modi, Team India at Harbhajan's wedding reception - India cricketer Harbhajan Singh hosted a high-profile wedding reception at a posh hotel, in New Delhi, on Sunday, which was attended by a host of Bollywood celebrities, teammates and politicians.

Sharjah Test: Anderson shines as Pakistan bowled out - James Anderson claimed four wickets as England made an excellent start to the third and final Test in Sharjah by bowling out Pakistan for 234 on Sunday.

Why India, Pakistan need to revive cricket ties... - Former batting great Sunil Gavaskar believes India and Pakistan must start a dialogue to pave the way for the revival of regular matches between India and Pakistan.

Ranji Roundup: Hooda 4-wkt haul brings Haryana back into match - Ashish Hooda scalped four wickets for 39 runs in an impressive pace bowling spell as Haryana came back into their Ranji Trophy Group 'A' match against Bengal on the third and penultimate day, in Lahli, on Sunday.

Pak players not willing to share dressing room with tainted Aamir - The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is facing resistance in its attempts to rehabilitate tainted pacer Muhammad Aamir with most of the players in the national side being averse to sharing the dressing room with him.

ICC clears Pak spinner Bilal Asif's action - Pakistan off-spinner Bilal Asif's bowling action has been cleared by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after it was found to be within the legal limits.

Meet Bhajji and his bride on Karva Chauth - Take a look at the newly married cricketer Harbhajan Singh with his wife Geeta Basra.

Is this enough for Thakur to knock on Team India's door? - Having made an impression with his efforts in the drawn warm-up match between Indian Board President's XI and South Africans, Mumbai medium pacer Shardul Thakur said he is confident of taking wickets anywhere except on rank turners.

Ranji Roundup: Gurkeerat shines as Punjab thrash Andhra - Off-spinner Gurkeerat Singh Mann registered his career best bowling figures as Punjab defeated a sorry-looking Andhra by seven wickets on the second day of a Group 'B' Ranji Trophy match, in Patiala, on Saturday.

Find out about the pain that will always remain with Sehwag... - Virender Sehwag, who has recently called time on his glorious international cricket career, says the sadness of being 'deprived of a farewell game shall always remain' in his mind.

Practice match: Thakur shines; AB rallies South Africa with ton - Mumbai pacer Shardul Thakur pushed South Africa to the backfoot before the classy AB de Villiers rallied the tourists with a typically aggressive century on the second and last day of the practice game against Board President's XI which ended in a draw, in Mumbai, on Saturday.

Playing against Steyn will be a different challenge: KL Rahul - Looking forward to the challenge of facing Dale Steyn in the upcoming four-match Test series against South Africa, Indian opener Lokesh Rahul has said

Rahul, Ojha shine for Board President's XI against South Africa - Lokesh Rahul enhanced his case for inclusion in India's first Test XI with a composed half century, guiding Board President's XI past a difficult period on day one of the two-day practice game against visiting South Africa on Friday.

IPL's positive impact...contributes billions to India's GDP - The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015 made a contribution of Rs 11.5 billion (USD 182 million) to India's GDP, a survey conducted by top financial auditing firm KPMG on behalf of the BCCI has said.

Resurgent New Zealand aim to upset an Australian team in transition - A resurgent New Zealand have landed in Australia with high hopes of upsetting Steven Smith's rebuilding side in a three-match series capped by Test cricket's first day-night clash.

Shastri 'abused me', Wankhede curator Naik asks BCCI to take action - Wankhede curator Sudhir Naik has written a strongly-worded letter to the Board of Control for Cricket in India calling for action against India's Team Director Ravi Shastri and bowling coach Bharat Arun for their abusive behaviour during the fifth and final One-Dayer against South Africa in Mumbai, on Sunday.

Sporting wicket on the card for 1st India-SA Test in Mohali - Punjab Cricket Association on Friday said they will prepare a sporting wicket for next week's opening Test match between India and South Africa at Mohali with the pitch expected to help fast bowlers initially and the spinners also coming into play later on, in the five-day match.

Why New Zealand pulled out of tour match on Day 2 in Sydney - Why New Zealand pulled out of tour match in Sydney on Day 2

Will pink ball prove to be a success in Test cricket? - Cricket Australia boss James Sutherland defended the use of the controversial pink ball in the face of players' criticism and is adamant it will prove a success during Test cricket's first day-night match in Adelaide next month.

Burns, Khawaja back in Australian Test squad, Shaun Marsh axed - Following the retirements of Chris Rogers, captain Michael Clarke and all-rounder Shane Watson, Smith will lead a team in transition into the three-match series which wraps up with cricket's first day-night Test at the Adelaide Oval.

BCCI approaches govt over Indo-Pak cricket relations - The Pakistan Cricket Board on Thursday said the Board of Control for Cricket in India in a letter expressed regret over the cancellation of talks between the heads of the two boards -- Shaharyar Khan and Shashank Manohar.

I am ready to bat at any number in Test cricket: Pujara - He might have scored a century as opener in the last Test that India played but Cheteshwar Pujara on Thursday said he was willing to bat at any position he is asked to by the team's think-tank in the opening game against South Africa starting November 5 in Mohali.

I'm close to full fitness and confident ahead of the Tests: Ashwin - Racing against time to get fit for the Test series against South Africa, starting November 5, Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin says he is close to regaining full fitness and is confident of bowling well in the four-match series.

'Cricket is becoming harder for bowlers' - 'I don't want it to be a batting affair otherwise you could just walk in with the umpire, with the bowling machine, put your hat on the bowling machine, walk away.' Brett Lee tells Harish Kotian on how Twenty20 cricket has changed the dynamics of cricket and why a bit of controlled aggression is needed in the sport.

India to host 2018 Asia Cup, 2016 edition in Bangladesh - The next year's Asia Cup T20 tournament will be held in Bangladesh in February with India hosting the 2018 edition of the marquee event, said Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Anurag Thakur.

PHOTOS: Harbhajan-Geeta Basra tie the knot in Jalandhar - In a ceremony attended by close relatives and friends the couple exchanged marriage vows through Sikh rituals at a Gurdwara in Jalandhar . The wedding was attended by no member of the film industry.

'Team India will be up for the challenge in the Test series' - In spite of winning both the T20 and One-Day International series, South Africa don't hold any significant psychological advantage going into the four-Test rubber against hosts India, said visiting team opener Stiaan Van Zyl.

JP Duminy in doubt for opening Test at Mohali - South Africa are still fretting over the fitness of their key batting all rounder Jean-Paul Duminy ahead of their opening Test against hosts India commencing at Mohali on November 5.

'Sachin didn't know how to score 200s, 300s' - Former India captain Kapil Dev says the iconic Sachin Tendulkar "did not know how to make double hundreds, triple hundreds and 400 though he had the ability" to scale such peaks and was "stuck in the Mumbai school of cricket".

Sehwag opens up about his bitter-sweet relationship with Dhoni - 'It was all media speculations that Sehwag and Dhoni are at loggerheads'

DRS backer Waqar says system needs to be reviewed - At present, if an umpire has given 'not out' generally the system is too complicated for the decision of the field umpire to be overturned

I wanted to retire in 2007 but Tendulkar stopped me: Sehwag - The former India captain rated Anil Kumble as the best captain he had played under.

BCCI to felicitate batting legend Sehwag - The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is planning to felicitate Virender Sehwag during the upcoming four-match Test series against South Africa.

I enjoyed training when Adrian Le Roux joined our team: Tendulkar - Retired batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar has heaped praise on former Indian team trainer Adrian Le Roux for keeping him fit and making physical training an enjoyable exercise in his playing days.

Pakistan's pride is far more important than World T20: Miandad - Former captain Javed Miandad has asked the Pakistan Cricket Board not to send a team in next year's World T20 in India if the BCCI does not agree to the proposed bilateral series in December.

BCCI officials brief IPL franchises on auction, new teams - Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Anurag Thakur along with Indian Premier League chairman Rajeev Shukla on Wednesday met the representatives of the six IPL franchises to intimate them about the modalities of the Players' Auction for years 2016 and 2017.

'Personally very satisfied with how I bowled against South Africa' - The Indian bowlers had a torrid time against South African batting line-up led by AB de Villiers but senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has said he

'How you motivate yourself in tough times defines you as a cricketer' - Star Indian batsman Virat Kohli has said he never doubts himself in tough times.

'Bowling combinations gives India the edge in the Test series' - Former India speedster Javagal Srinath thinks India have a "more balanced bowling attack in the longest format" compared to South Africa which will provide them the edge in the upcoming four-Test series starting November 5.

Leggie Mishra still eligible for Test selection - BCCI awaits details on Amit Mishra's assault case

PHOTOS: Tendulkar is back in the nets after 2 years - The batting icon has been busy practising for the last 10 days to get in shape for his brainchild the All Stars Cricket League, to be played in the US next month.

'Frustration happens when the home team is denied desired pitch' - Amid the controversy over Team Director Ravi Shastri's alleged verbal duel with Wankhede curator, former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar has said there is bound to be frustration when a home team does not get a desired pitch but there should be control over the language.

Tendulkar on how new rule changes are impacting ODIs - Sachin Tendulkar believes the rule changes in One-Day Internationals are responsible for batsmen dominating the 50-overs format in the last few years.

Cricketer Amit Mishra arrested, given bail, in assault case - The police had asked Mishra to appear before them in a week's time. Mishra was booked under the Indian Penal Code sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 328 (causing hurt with intent to commit an offence).

My mind is not on playing in the Indian Premier League: Rabada - Kagiso Rabada has said currently his thoughts are not towards participating in the cash-rich Indian Premier League which, though he did not rule out the possibility in the future.

Now, Tendulkar, Warne bat for cricket to make Olympic comeback - Former Australia spinner Shane Warne and India batting great Sachin Tendulkar have joined the chorus clamouring for cricket to become an Olympic sport, the BBC reported.

MCA to discuss Shastri-Naik 'confrontation' on Oct 30 - The Mumbai Cricket Association's (MCA) managing committee will discuss Wankhede Stadium curator Sudhir Naik's complaint of verbal abuse against Indian Team Director Ravi Shastri on October 30, in Mumbai.

Bhajji's bride to adorn 'royal-style' jewellery on big day - Actress Geeta Basra, who is all set to marry Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh, will wear royal and timeless jewellery on her wedding in Jalandhar on October 29.

Warner accepts 'thumb rule' of his life - 'I think I got hit against India in Brisbane on the same thumb last season as well and the pain is always going to be there'

ED issues third summon to Shah Rukh over KKR shares row - If the actor agrees to come and convey his confirmation to the ED officials, than it would be his second round of questioning in FEMA case.

Misbah lauds batsmen after winning the game of patience - Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq paid tribute to his batsmen after beating England by 178 runs in the second Test on Monday.

Virender Sehwag- a man who set his own rules - Sehwag's unpredictability and carefree attitude made him a unique batsman.

Will BCCI take action against Shastri for 'abusing' Mumbai curator? - BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur on Monday said action will be taken against team director Ravi Shastri if he is found guilty of reportedly abusing Mumbai Cricket Association curator Sudhir Naik following India's defeat in the fifth and final One-Day International against South Africa on Sunday.

'Controversies have not dented IPL's popularity' - BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur hinted that at least three companies are still keen on being associated with the IPL.

Look who is backing Dhoni! - Former India wicketkeeper Farokh Engineer backed under-fire limited overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, saying the time has not yet come to write him off, in Kolkata, on Monday.

Dubai Test: Pakistan beat England, lead series 1-0 - Pakistan overcame belligerent resistance from England's tail-enders to win the second Test by 178 runs on Monday after bowling out the visitors for 312 with 6.3 overs remaining on the final day.

REPORT CARD: India's pacers fail, Kohli and Rahane the saving grace - Rediff.com rates the Indian players' performances in the ODI series.

De Villiers on top as South Africans dominate MVP rankings - South Africans take the top 3 slots in Most Valuable Player Index.

SL v Windies: Herath, Siriwardana spin to series win - Rangana Herath picked up four wickets while spin partner Milinda Siriwardana took three as Sri Lanka defeated West Indies by 72 runs on the fifth day of the second and final Test on Monday to win the series 2-0.

ODI Rankings: India retain 2nd spot, Kohli rises to No 2 - The series loss to South Africa notwithstanding, India held on to their second spot in the team list, while star batsman Virat Kohli rose up a rung to second in the batsmen's table of the latest ICC ODI cricket rankings.

Did Ashwin's absence hurt India? - India might have felt the absence of their injured No 1 spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.

Dhoni had no flexibility while making bowling changes: Gavaskar - Critical of the way Mahendra Singh Dhoni rotated Indian bowlers during the crushing loss to South Africa in the ODI series-decider, former skipper Sunil Gavaskar said the captain was just not flexible enough in his approach.

Enjoyed bowling to Dhoni in a pressure situation at Kanpur: Rabada - Looking back at the five-match ODI series, rising South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada termed his one-on-one battle with Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the of opening contest in Kanpur as his best display of the series.

India's biggest home defeat...but records galore for South Africa - South Africa won the fifth One-Day International against India by 214 runs on Sunday, to win the five-match series 3-1, their first ODI series win on Indian soil. Rajneesh Gupta presents some interesting numbers from the match played in Mumbai.

'India won't always get results if we don't look into the process' - Once again harping on the "process" after India's embarrassing 214-run loss against South Africa in the fifth and final ODI, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni insisted that issues need to be addressed soon to get the national cricket team in order.

'Our bowling at Wankhede was so bad that I wouldn't count it as bad' - Indian ODI captain MS Dhoni has joked that the performance by the bowlers in the fifth match against South Africa was so pathetic that he would not count it as "bad" even.

'Faf did not get enough credit, but his was the most important knock' - Inspite of blasting a 61-ball 119 in the fifth and final ODI against India, South African skipper AB De Villiers has played down his effort in comparison to teammate Faf du Plessis's more sedate 133, saying the knock helped other batsmen free up.

'I did not make any racist remarks about the Bengali community' - Delhi skipper Gautam Gambhir has dismissed Manoj Tiwary's allegations that he made racist comments against the Bengali community and Sourav Ganguly as a "figment of imagination", saying the Bengal captain should concentrate on his game rather than making sensational claims.

It has been a great journey made up of wonderful memories: Zaheer - Former India Pacer Zaheer Khan, who recently retired from international cricket, has said that he has achieved everything he wanted to in his career spanning 14 years and there was "no missing link" for him to regret.

Indian team management unhappy with MCA over Wankhede track - The Indian team management was miffed with the Wankhede track prepared by the Mumbai Cricket Association ground staff for the deciding fifth and final ODI against South Africa which the hosts lost by 214 runs, enabling the visitors clinch the series 3-2

Our bowlers could not get much from the Wankhede pitch: Dhoni - A hapless Indian bowling attack was smashed all over the park by South African batsmen in the fifth and final ODI, which the home side lost by 214 runs, but captain MS Dhoni defended them, saying that the Wankhede wicket was "too true" to offer any assistance to them.

4 reasons why captain Dhoni is still defending his bowlers... - A hapless Indian bowling attack was smashed all over the park by South African batsmen in the fifth and final ODI, which the home side lost by 214 runs, but captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni defended them, saying that the Wankhede wicket was 'too true' to offer any assistance to them.

How Wankhede track upset Team India's calculations... - The Indian team management was miffed with the Wankhede track prepared by the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) ground staff for the deciding fifth and final ODI against South Africa which the hosts lost by 214 runs to clinch the series 3-2, in Mumbai, on Sunday.

SA thrash India by 214 runs; clinch ODI series - Quinton de Kock, Faf de Plessis and AB de Villiers all scored hundreds as South Africa crushed India's bowling attack to post 438-4 and win the deciding One-day International by 214 runs at the Wankhede Stadium, in Mumbai, on Sunday.

Dubai Test: Stubborn Root steadies England; Pakistan in control - Joe Root made a half-century as England rallied to 130 for three at the close of the fourth day of the second Test, in Dubai, on Sunday, 360 runs behind Pakistan after the hosts' Younis Khan had made a swaggering 31st Test century.

Records galore for South Africa in Mumbai ODI! - South Africa's mammoth total of 438 for four against India in the fifth and final One-dayer was the highest innings score in the country, besides being the joint third-highest ever in the world, in Mumbai, On Sunday.

Ranji Roundup: Mumbai gather three points; UP stun Andhra - Riding on Shreyas Iyer's marathon knock of 173, Ranji giants Mumbai gathered three points against Baroda on the basis of first innings lead in their Group B cricket encounter, in Vadodra, on Sunday.

Who is speaking the truth? Tiwary or Gambhir? - India discard Manoj Tiwary, who was involved in an ugly on-field altercation with Gautam Gambhir in a Ranji Trophy match, claimed that the Delhi skipper had made racist remarks about former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly and Bengalis.

'Atmosphere not conducive for Indo-Pak cricket' - The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Secretary Anurag Thakur said the atmosphere between India and Pakistan is not conducive for cricket right now and stressed on the importance of creating a good environment before resumption of the proposed bilateral series.

SL v Windies: Rain washes out fourth day's play in Colombo - The fourth day's play in the second and final Test between Sri Lanka and West Indies was washed out due to persistent rain on Sunday.

New ODI rules have made life difficult for batsmen: Kohli - India's Test captain Virat Kohli said the new ODI rule allowing one extra fielder outside the circle in the last ten overs has made things difficult for the batsmen.

What keeps Kohli ticking and why he loves No 3 - No matter what the format, India's batting hopes have always been majorly dependent on Virat Kohli in the last few years.

Gambhir, Tiwary come to blows during Ranji match - There were ugly scenes at Feroz Shah Kotla ground as rival captains Gautam Gambhir and Manoj Tiwary nearly came to exchanging blows during the Ranji Trophy match between Delhi and Bengal, in New Delhi on Saturday.

Ranji Roundup: Kulkarni gives Mumbai advantage; Andhra sniff victory - Pacer Dhawal Kulkarni took five wickets as Mumbai reduced Baroda to 345 for nine on day three of the Ranji Trophy match, in Vadodra, on Saturday.

Pakistan v England: Misbah and Younis Khan destroy tourists - Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan made half-centuries as Pakistan ambled to 222 for three at the close on day three of the second Test on Saturday, 358 runs ahead of England after Wahab Riaz and Yasir Shah had scuttled the tourists lower order before lunch.

Dhoni criticised for meeting Srinivasan in Chennai - A top source said that Dhoni met Srinivasan over breakfast and was at the ICC Chairman's residence for close to 45 minutes. After he left, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy met Srinivasan.

SL v Windies: Part-timer Brathwaite wreaks havoc with ball - Part-time spinner Kraigg Brathwaite took six wickets in an inspired bowling performance as West Indies bowled Sri Lanka out for 206 in their second innings to leave the touring side with a target of 244 to win the second Test.

Could ouster of injured Morkel, Duminy tilt scales in India's favour? - "I don't think Morne is fit enough to play tomorrow. He bowled a bit in the nets and probably we will take the final call tomorrow, but I don't think he will be fit," Amla told reporters at the Wankhede Stadium on Saturday.

Dhoni and Co have to come out all guns blazing in series decider - A humdinger on cards as South Africa chase first series win in India

Voges unimpressed by pink ball used in first tour match vs Kiwis - 'There were bits of pink left, but it was more green than pink by the end'

P Sara Oval Test: Prasad earns Sri Lanka lead over West Indies - Fast bowler Dhammika Prasad picked up four wickets as hosts Sri Lanka bundled out West Indies for 163 to take a first-innings lead on the second day of the second and final Test at the P Sara Oval on Friday.

Ranji Trophy: Iyer shines for Mumbai, Jadeja spins Saurashtra to win - A summary of the second day's play in the Ranji Trophy matches played at various venues across the country.

Dubai Test: Root defiant after Pakistan make early inroads - Joe Root's unbeaten half-century helped stuttering England reach 182 for three at the close on the second day of the second Test on Friday after Pakistan's seam and spin attack ran through the tourists' top order.

BCCI set for major changes at AGM, president may no longer approve team - As a follow-up to the views expressed by Shashank Manohar soon after being re-elected as BCCI president earlier this month, the Board of Control for Cricket in India is all set to appoint an Ombudsman at its Annual General Meeting which will be held at its headquarters in Mumbai on November 9.

South Africa's Du Plessis fined for dissent - South Africa batsman Faf du Plessis has been fined 15 percent of his match fee for showing dissent at an umpire's decision during the fourth one-day international against India in Chennai on Thursday.

Spin not a concern for SA despite Chennai defeat, says coach Domingo - South Africa coach Russell Domingo said that a couple of crucial partnerships and performance of the spinners were the key to India's success in the fourth One-Day International in Chennai.

'You have to motivate yourself in tough times and win tough games' - Exhausted and elated in equal measure after a match-winning hundred in the fourth One-Day International against South Africa in Chennai, Indian batsman Virat Kohli said the knock is among the most challenging of his career.

'Virat will always play a big innings because that's his mindset' - Lavish in his praise for centurion Virat Kohli, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said the swashbuckling batsman paced his knock very well while guiding India to what turned out to be a match-winning total against South Africa in the do-or-die fourth One-Day International in Chennai, on Thursday.

Plethora of records for AB, Kohli! INTERESTING numbers from Chennai ODI - Virat Kohli became only the fifth player overall to score a century in One-Day Internationals against all nine Test playing nations. Ricky Ponting, Herschelle Gibbs, Sachin Tendulkar and Hashim Amla are the other players to achieved the feat. Rajneesh Gupta presents the interesting numbers from the fourth ODI between India and South Africa in Chennai, on Thursday.

Day-night Test: Australia's pacers unhappy with pink ball - Australia paceman Josh Hazlewood has expressed concerns about the safety of the pink ball to be used in the maiden day-night Test match against New Zealand.

India-Pakistan series in December not ruled out yet, says Shukla - The senior Indian administrator also said that the BCCI extended full hospitality to the PCB delegation but Shiv Sena spoiled the schedule meeting last Monday.

Captain Misbah strikes ton to rally Pakistan on Day 1 - Misbah helped steady his side after two brilliant morning catches by the indomitable Jonny Bairstow and James Anderson's 418th Test wicket from the first ball of the afternoon had reduced Pakistan to 85-3.

Going into the decider, Dhoni happy with team's complete performance - Praising centurion Virat Kohli for his superb batting in the team's series-levelling win against South Africa on Thursday, Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said that it was the first game in which his team did well in all the three departments.

Ranji Trophy round-up: Sehwag, Yadav tons take Haryana to 319/8 - Virender Sehwag celebrated his international retirement with a scintillating ton for Haryana as Jayant Yadav also joined the century-makers' list to help the side post 319 for eight on a dramatic Day 1 of their Ranji Trophy cricket league match against Karnataka on Thursday.

Chennai ODI: India level series with a convincing 35-run win - Virat Kohli slammed a brilliant 138 before the bowlers produced an impressive performance as India comfortably beat South Africa by 35 runs to level the series 2-2 in Chennai on Thursday.

2nd Test: Debutant Warrican stars as WI dismiss Sri Lanka for 200 - West Indies left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican celebrated his test debut by capturing four wickets on the opening day of the second test against Sri Lanka at the P Sara Oval on Thursday.

Relief for Mishra as woman withdraws assault case - "Two days after lodging the complaint, I approached the police station and told them that I have in principle decided to withdraw the case," the complainant told PTI.

'Pakistan has big concerns about playing in India amid tensions' - Advocating for a series between India and Pakistan since long, Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq says he is "disappointed" and expresses concerns

Sehwag's amazing career in numbers - Rajneesh Gupta presents Virender Sehwag's amazing international career in numbers.

'Dhoni has been a brilliant captain for India' - Harbhajan Singh has lavished praise on skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who has drawn criticism owing to India's lacklustre show in the series.

Jacques Kallis appointed Kolkata Knight Riders' head coach - The Kolkata Knight Riders have named Jacques Kallis as their head coach, succeeding the now England coach Trevor Bayliss who was with the IPL franchise for four years.

Chances of Indo-Pak series in December has reduced significantly: PCB - Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan on Wednesday demanded a definitive answer from the Board of Control for Cricket in India on the proposed Indo-Pak series, saying Pakistan will assume a 'no' if India continue to delay the decision.

'He might have prolonged his career, but he wouldn't have been Sehwag' - Amazed by the mental strength that Virender Sehwag exhibited in his prime, former Australian captain Ian Chappell said he would miss the just-retired Indian swashbuckler, who could well have continued but only if he sacrificed his natural game.

'It will be nice to seal the ODI series in Chennai' - South Africa paceman Dale Steyn is wary of India's fightback but says his team is motivated to seal the one-day series on Thursday and complete a dominating overseas victory.

'Sehwag had a special gift from God, his hand-eye co-ordination' - Coach A N Sharma recalls his first meeting with Virender Sehwag way back in 1993 when he turned up at his academy in Vikaspur, West Delhi, wanting to be a cricketer. More than anything, he remembers how he had come across a young boy, who amongst other things, just wanted to hit every ball he faced.

'Amit Mishra is definitely available for the Chennai ODI' - Beleaguered leg-spinner Amit Mishra is "available" for the fourth One-dayer against South Africa and his selection in the playing XI would depend on nature of the Chepauk track, senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has said.

'We are in a tricky situation, but can turn things around' - Faced with a do-or-die situation against South Africa in the fourth ODI, senior Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has said his team's bowlers will have to be smarter than what they have been so far in the series.

Sehwag the star attraction as Haryana take on Karnataka in Ranji - Swashbuckling batsman Virender Sehwag, who announced his retirement from international cricket, will be the star attraction as Haryana takes on Karnataka in a Group A Ranji Trophy match, starting in Mysuru, on Thursday.

Bowlers used to be scared when bowling to Sehwag: Harbhajan - As Virender Sehwag called time on his international career, Harbhajan Singh recalls the memories of playing alongside the swashbuckling right-hander, whom he met a long time ago during the Under-16 days and has been good friends since then.

Muddle in the middle: Can India's batsmen find their mojo in Chennai? - Trailing 1-2 in the series, India have some concerns with most batsmen not showing enough flexibility at different batting positions.

Ganguly's contributions highest in Sehwag's decorated career - The 37-year-old also said that he would always remain thankful to Ganguly for backing and giving him the opportunity during his Test debut against South Africa in 2001.

Fixing probe: Ponting was with McCullum when Cairns approached him - Former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting has revealed before the London court that he was with New Zealand batsman Brendan McCullum when the latter received a phone call from Chris Cairns regarding business proposal linked to match-fixing.

'Can proudly say I've seen Sehwag tearing apart bowling attacks' - The cricketing fraternity has paid glorious tributes to just-retired Virender Sehwag with India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni leading from the front, comparing his destructive batting with that of legendary Viv Richards.

Exclusive! When Sehwag hit century on Test debut using Agarkar's pads - Former India pacer Ajit Agarkar relives Virender Sehwag's magnificent century on his Test debut in 2001 and what made him such a difficult batsman to bowl at.

Amit Mishra charged with assaulting woman - Amit Mishra has been charged with verbally and physically assaulting a woman.

Loved Sehwag's instinctive approach to batting: Tendulkar - Cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar says he had the best seat in the house as he watched his now retired opening partner Virender Sehwag bat from the non striker's end.

Swashbuckling Sehwag's illustrious career in numbers! - Virender Sehwag, one of India's greatest opening batsmen, retired from international cricket on Tuesday.

Virender Sehwag's five best knocks - Rediff.com takes a look at few of Virender Sehwag's best knocks.

'I have always done what I felt was right' - India's batting great Virender Sehwag on Tuesday announced his retirement from international cricket and the Indian Premier League.

India's batting great Sehwag retires from international cricket - The right-handed opener is regarded as one of the greats of Indian cricket and was one of their biggest match-winners, especially in Test cricket, where he scored 8,586 runs in 104 matches, with a strike rate of 82.23 and an average of 49.34, with 23 centuries, including two triple hundreds.

PCB chief Khan meets IPL chairman Shukla as Indo-Pak series hopes fade - Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shahryar Khan on Tuesday met Indian Premier League chief Rajiv Shukla at his residence in New Delhi in what was described as a 'courtesy call' in the backdrop of the furore surrounding talks for a possible resumption of India-Pakistan bilateral cricket ties.

Indo-Pak series: 'MOU signed by both boards is meaningless' - 'Today the PCB officials have brought embarrassment for Pakistan and its cricket. The government must order them to return home immediately'

Akram, Akhtar withdraw from commentary assignment for Mumbai ODI - Akram's agent Arsalan Haider confirmed that the pair would commentate during the fourth ODI in Chennai at the MA Chidambaram Stadium and return to Pakistan on October 23, two days before the Mumbai match.

Indo-Pak series: PCB chief likely to meet Arun Jaitley - With possibilities of a bilateral series against India looking remote, Pakistan Cricket Board chief Shaharyar Khan is trying to seek an appointment with Union finance minister Arun Jaitley in the capital on Tuesday.

'Jadeja is one of the best bowlers in India on a turning wicket' - Saurashtra coach Sitanshu Kotak on what makes Ravindra Jadeja such a dangerous bowler on turning wickets and why India made the right decision by recalling him to the Test side.

Sehwag hints at retirement from international cricket - Virender Sehwag has announced his international retirement. The batsman made the announcement in Dubai on Monday, ahead of joining the Masters Champions League.

Pakistan umpire Dar withdrawn from India-SA series after Shiv Sena threat - The International Cricket Council on Monday announced that it has withdrawn Pakistan umpire Aleem Dar from the remaining matches in the ongoing India versus South Africa series following threats from Shiv Sena.

'Don't think Yuvraj has that opportunity for one last fling at glory' - Batting legend Sunil Gavaskar feels "sorry" for Yuvraj Singh, who has been ignored by the selectors yet again, but said that he was "not surprised" at elegant left-hander's exclusion once he was not picked for this year's ICC cricket World Cup.

Pakistan players could refuse to tour India for World T20: Abbas - Citing the incident of Shiv Sena activists storming the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai protesting against the resumption of bilateral cricket series between the arch-rivals, the ICC President Zaheer Abbas said he feared for Pakistan players' security during the World T20 in India next year.

BCCI's unique plan to attract buyers for two new IPL teams - The Board of Control for Cricket in India's top brass has gone into overdrive to decide on a revenue model that would work for the potential investors bidding for the two new Indian Premier League teams with the idea of 'Reverse Bidding' doing the rounds.

Jadeja replaces Harbhajan in Test squad, Yadav dropped for ODIs - All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja on Monday made a comeback to the Indian team for the first two Tests against South Africa, replacing veteran Harbhajan Singh, who was the only casualty from the team which won the Test series in Sri Lanka last month.

Gary Kirsten: Ridiculous to ask Dhoni to step down - 'He has led India to wins in the World T20, the World Cup and the Champions Trophy. Which other captain in the world can boast of such a record?'

'Determined' Morkel ignores injury to turn the match in last four overs - The South African pacer however renders himself doubtful for 4th ODI

'Hoping India will give good news to cricketing world' - Condemning the attack on the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) headquarters in Mumbai by Shiv Sena workers protesting against the proposed Indo-Pak bilateral cricket series, International Cricket Council (ICC) president Zaheer Abbas said politics should never be mixed with sports.

West Indies' Samuels reported for chucking again! - Samuels has already served a near-four year ban from bowling from 2008 over concerns with his action but was allowed to resume in 2011 after remedial work.

Shiv Sena workers 'gherao' BCCI chief; talks with PCB rescheduled - The much-anticipated talks between the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Shashank Manohar and his Pakistan counterpart Shahryar Khan will not take place, on Monday, after Shiv Sena, a right-wing political party,

Caption this: What's Dhoni up to? - Please post your tongue-in-cheek captions in the message board below.

Is Axar Patel the answer to Team India's No 7 woes ? - Mahendra Singh Dhoni hoped that Axar Patel would eventually come good with the bat and fulfill his potential to be a good No 7 batsman.

Kohli is not somebody who is out of form, says Dhoni - Mainstay of Indian batting line-up, Virat Kohli was struggling to score runs of late. Since the arrival of South Africa team, the stylish right-hander has accumulated mere 67 runs in three innings - two T20s and two ODI matches.

INTERESTING numbers from Rajkot - 4 out of this 22 year old's 7 ODI hundreds have come against which country? Rajneesh Gupta has the numbers from the Rajkot ODI.

Skipper Dhoni backs under-fire Raina - Struggling for runs in the ongoing ODI series against South Africa, under-fire Suresh Raina has got the much-needed backing of skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who advised the middle-order batsman to give himself a bit more time before unleashing his big shots.

Find out why Dhoni's post-match media meet was disrupted... - The post-match media conference by India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni got disrupted for the second time in three years at the Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) Stadium, in Rajkot, on Sunday, because of laser show and bursting of crackers by the organisers.

India's batting order woes continue to baffle Dhoni - "Jinx (Ajinkya Rahane) batted well at No 3 but Virat couldn't score, this is something we will have to look at," Dhoni said.

De Kock, Morkel shine as South Africa steal victory in Rajkot ODI - Opening batsman Quinton de Kock provided the early flourish with the bat with his seventh century while fast bowler Morne Morkel applied the finishing touch with four wickets as South Africa beat India by 18 runs on Sunday to take a 2-1 series lead in Rajkot, on Sunday.

Ranji Roundup: Mumbai edge past TN; Unmukt stars in Delhi's win - Ranji Trophy giants, Mumbai, pulled off a thrilling one-wicket win over Tamil Nadu despite visiting skipper Dinesh Karthik's brilliant 167 in the first innings of the Group 'B' league encounter, in Mumbai, on Sunday.

BCCI won't terminate CSK, Rajasthan; 10 teams in IPL from 2018 - The BCCI will not be terminating Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals but will only be suspending the two franchises for a period of two years from the Indian Premier League (IPL) as per recommendations of the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha Committee.

China's Vivo replaces Pepsi as IPL title sponsor - Chinese mobile company Vivo replaced PepsiCo as the title sponsor of the high-profile Indian Premier League (IPL), a change necessitated by the beverage giant's sudden pullout from a five-year deal that was to end in 2017.

Can PCB boss convince BCCI for Indo-Pak series? - Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Shaharyar Khan and head of the PCB's executive committee Najam Sethi left for India in a bid to convince the BCCI to confirm the bilateral series in December.

How Pakistan lost the plot against England... - Former Pakistan players reacted strongly to the national team's 'great escape' in the first Test against England in Abu Dhabi with many saying that the batsmen's surrender in the second innings was appalling.

Cook proud as England nearly secure shock win - England captain Alastair Cook hailed his team's performance in drawing the first Test with Pakistan on Saturday after the tourists recovered from conceding more than 500 first innings runs to be within 25 of an improbable victory.

Ranji Trophy round-up: Delhi on course for second outright win - A summary of the third day's play in the Ranji Trophy matches played at various venues across the country.

1st Test: Bad light robs England of chance of win vs Pakistan - England had resumed on 569-8, with Adil Rashid and Stuart Broad at the crease as the tourists sought to build a defendable lead before putting Pakistan into bat.

'We had India on the ropes, but now we have given them a sniff' - South African batsman Faf du Plessis has said his team has let some of its own momentum pass and allowed India to gain in confidence by committing tactical errors during the Indore ODI.

IPL has helped me in improving my death bowling: Bhuvneshwar - The much-maligned Indian Premier League (IPL) got a dose of positive response when swing bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar credited the T20 League for improving him as a bowler at the death in limited overs cricket.

Herath spins Sri Lanka to massive win over Windies - Herath added three wickets to his previous day's removal of opener Kraigg Brathwaite (34) after taking six wickets in the first innings. He finished with match figures of 10-147.

India look to take series lead on flat Rajkot wicket - A threat issued by the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti or Patel agitation could affect the game temporarily

Zimbabwe's repeat offender Vermeulen banned for racist remarks - Zimbabwe have banned controversial batsman Mark Vermeulen from all cricket activities for what the board described as "repulsive remarks that reflect racism, prejudice and plain ignorance".

I should not have been England captain, admits Pietersen - Kevin Pietersen has said he should not have been made England captain in 2008 and only took the job because there was nobody else who could do it.

Cook's dogged double hundred helps England surpass Pakistan - Alastair Cook completed the third-longest innings in Test history and the longest by an Englishman as his side ended on 569-8 on the fourth day of the first Test on Friday, 46 runs ahead of Pakistan.

Ranji Trophy: Satish, Jaffer lead Vidarbha's strong reply - A summary of the second day's play in the Ranji Trophy matches played at various venues across the country.

Five-star Herath leaves West Indies reeling - The wily left-arm spinner picked up four wickets on the third day to complete his 23rd five-wicket haul in Tests.

Kulkarni officiated as umpires' assessment not done for 2 years - A loophole in the Board of Control for Cricket in India's working procedure enabled Maharashtra umpire Vineet Kulkarni to remain India's No 1 match official, as Sundaram Ravi is already in the ICC Elite Panel.

BCCI will not push for axing of Super Kings and Royals from IPL - The two troubled Indian Premier League franchises, Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, can breathe easy as members of the Board may not push for their termination at the Working Committee meeting to be chaired by newly appointed President Shashank Manohar in Mumbai on Sunday.

New CAB chief Ganguly promises Eden makeover for World T20 - Former India captain Sourav Ganguly began his new innings as Cricket Association of Bengal president on Thursday with a pledge to make Eden Gardens the best place within three months time.

English cricketer Sarah Taylor to step into man's world, again! - The English 'keeper will become first woman to play alongside men in an elite cricket competition in Australia

'I want to be remembered as someone who never gave up' - 'When I was in Shrirampur I thought I would make it to the Indian team. There were a series of events that happened, and even if one link was missing, I don't think I would be here.'

What a glorious career Zaheer Khan had! - How good was Zak really?

4 reasons why McCullum was shocked when Cairns approached him for fixing - New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum has revealed before a court in London that he felt shocked when his idol, Chris Cairns, approached him regarding fixing a match.

Rain ruins Day 1 in Rajasthan-Bengal Ranji match at Eden - A summary of the opening day's play from the Ranji Trophy matches at various venues across the country.

BCCI to decide about Indo-Pak series in next 10-12 days - PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan said on Thursday that the Board of Control for Cricket in India President Shashank Manohar has invited him for talks on the proposed Indo-Pak cricket series, the future of which is uncertain in the wake of strained political relations between the two countries.

Pakistan strike late after Cook scores his 28th Test century - With two days remaining and 17 wickets still potentially to fall, a draw looks the probable outcome, although Wahab Riaz's removal of Bell (63) and Mark Wood (4) in successive overs near the close again put the hosts in the ascendancy.

Windies in early trouble as Herath strikes after Sri Lanka make 484 - Opener Dimuth Karunaratne missed out on a maiden double hundred but his 238-run stand with fellow centurion Dinesh Chandimal set up Sri Lanka's first-innings total of 484 on day two against West Indies in the opening test at Galle on Thursday.

India manager Phadke fined for comments against umpire - India's team manager, Vinod Phadke, has been fined 40 per cent of his match fee after being found guilty of making inappropriate comments about umpire Vineet Kulkarni ahead of Wednesday's second One-Day International against South Africa in Indore.

What you must know about 'Zak the Ripper' - There are bowlers who have a better statistical record than the 311 wickets in Tests and 282 in ODIs, but those figures do not reveal Zaheer Khan's match-winning abilities in all conditions

Zaheer was a bowler who could out-think the batsmen: Tendulkar - Iconic Sachin Tendulkar and limited overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni have led the bandwagon of former and current cricketers praising Zaheer Khan, who ended his international career on Thursday.

'You want to push that few extra miles but the body decides not to respond' - As I was training for the upcoming season, it dawned on me that my shoulder may not last the rigours of bowling nearly eighteen overs a day, and that's when I knew it was time, says Zaheer Khan after his retirement from international cricket.

Virat's longest run drought... 12 straight innings sans a fifty! - India won the second One-Day International against South Africa by 22 runs on Wednesday, to draw level (1-1) in the five-match series. Rajneesh Gupta presents some interesting numbers from the match played in Indore.

'I have it in me to swing the ball a bit more than other bowlers' - Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been criticised of late for comprising on swing for a bit more pace but the Indian seamer believes that he can still do it better than other bowlers.

Like Sachin, I want to end career at my home ground: Younis - Like Sachin Tendulkar, Pakistan's record breaking Test batsman Younis Khan too wants to end his career in front of his home crowd.

Zaheer Khan to announce his international retirement today - Pace ace Zaheer Khan is all set to announce his retirement from international cricket on Thursday.

Virat's longest run drought...12 straight innings sans a fifty! - India won the second One-Day International against South Africa by 22 runs on Wednesday, to draw level (1-1) in the five-match series. Rajneesh Gupta presents some interesting numbers from the match played in Indore.

'For four years I've been saying Dhoni should bat up the order' - Former captain Sourav Ganguly has come in support of underfire Mahendra Singh Dhoni whose unbeaten 92 played a key role in India's win against South Africa in the second ODI at Indore.

'Indo-Pak bilateral series is bigger than the Ashes' - ICC president Zaheer Abbas has said that a Pakistan and India bilateral series is bigger than the Ashes and should be revived.

PCB still hopeful of bilateral 'home' series with India - The Pakistani cricket authorities have still not given up hope of playing a bilateral 'home' series with India in December in the United Arab Emirates.

'We didn't make the partnerships count and that cost us the game' - South Africa captain AB de Villiers blamed his batting unit for their 22-run defeat to India in the second cricket One-Dayer in Indore on Wednesday, on the placid wicket at Holkar Stadium.

'Keeping it simple' was secret of Team India's success - Mahendra Singh Dhoni might have paved the way for India's victory with an unbeaten 92 in the second cricket ODI, but the skipper preferred to credit his bowlers for the series-levelling win against South Africa in Indore on Wednesday.

When a woman inspires her husband... he scores a double century! - Hitting a patient century on Test comeback, former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik credited his wife and tennis star Sania Mirza for his success.

We didn't play to even 80 per cent of our capacity: Dhoni - A relieved Mahendra Singh Dhoni took a dig at his critics, after inspiring India to a series-levelling win over South Africa in the second One-Dayer in Indore on Wednesday.

Captain Dhoni inspires India to victory in Indore ODI - Under-fire Mahendra Singh Dhoni marked his return to form with an unbeaten 92 as India recorded a 22-run victory over South Africa in the second One-Day International to level the five-match series 1-1 at the Holkar Cricket Stadium, in Indore, on Wednesday.

1st Test: Pakistan declare after Malik falls on 245 - Pakistan declared their first innings on 523 for eight shortly after Shoaib Malik's marathon knock of 245 came to an end in the final session of the second day's play in the opening test against England in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

1st Test: Karunaratne hits century to frustrate Windies - Opener Dimuth Karunaratne frustrated West Indies with a patient unbeaten century to help Sri Lanka reach 250-2 on the opening day and stay on course for a big first innings total in the first Test at Galle on Wednesday.

Srinivasan is BCCI representative to ICC: Richardson - "At the moment Mr Srinivasan is the BCCI representative to the ICC and we have no issues with that," the former South African player said on sidelines of a function in Mumbai.

Japanese car maker turns to cricket to lure Indians - Nissan Motor Co has entered into an eight-year sponsorship agreement with the International Cricket Council (ICC), a company executive said, in a bid by the Japanese car maker to boost its small market share in cricket-crazy India.

Litmus test awaits Team India...and their under-fire captain - Facing the toughest phase of his cricketing life, an underfire Mahendra Singh Dhoni will seek to revive his career and change the fortunes of a dispirited

No. 1-ranked Test team to be awarded $1 million from 2016 - The International Cricket Council on Tuesday announced it has doubled the prize money of the top-ranked Test team to US $1 million from its existing $500,000 from April 1, next year and also increase investment in women's cricket by five-fold.

Record-breaker Younis overshadows Malik's returning ton - Younis Khan became Pakistan's all-time leading run scorer in Test cricket and Shoaib Malik scored his first century in almost six years, as the home side posted 286-4 at the end of the opening day of the first Test against England in Abu Dhabi.

Mongia says never fixed matches in ICL, mulls legal action against Vincent - All-rounder Dinesh Mongia claimed innocence and is mulling legal action against New Zealand cricketer Lou Vincent, who has alleged that the former India cricketer was involved in fixing during the unsanctioned and the now-defunct Indian Cricket League (ICL).

Dhoni can play for another 3-5 years, says Gavaskar - Sunil Gavaskar firmly defended underfire captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, saying the India limited overs captain has been made a mere scapegoat and is good enough to play for another three to five years.

Why Srinivasan represented BCCI at ICC Board meeting - International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman N Srinivasan yet again represented India at the governing body's board meeting that concluded in Dubai on Tuesday as the newly-elected Board of Control for Cricket in India president Shashank Manohar skipped the proceedings.

'Banned' Azhar's meeting with Ranji players in Delhi irks BCCI - The Board of Control for Cricket in India shot off a letter to the Delhi & Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) for allowing some of the Vidarbha cricketers to flout the Anti-Corruption norms by speaking to former India captain Mohammed Azharuddin during a Ranji Trophy match against Delhi at Feroz Shah Kotla last week.

Younis eclipses Miandad record, becomes Pakistan's top run-getter - Veteran batsman Younis Khan has become Pakistan's all-time leading Test run-scorer, surpassing Javed Miandad's tally of 8832 runs on the opening day of the first Test against England in Abu Dhabi.

2nd ODI: 'Captain Cool' Dhoni faces the heat... - Litmus test awaits India and MS Dhoni in second ODI against South Africa.

How South Africa plan to stop Rohit's rampaging run - The Proteas are working overtime to devise a strategy to get the better of the right-hander and they believe the best way to dismiss Rohit is to get him early before he gets his eye in.

'If India is to be the no.1 team, we cannot repeat the mistakes' - Consistency is key to any team's success and opening batsman Rohit Sharma has asserted that India cannot afford to commit small mistakes often if they aspire to be the numero uno cricket team in the world.

Why Holkar Stadium can turn around series for India... - India have played three ODIs at the venue and have won all the three ODIs.

REVEALED! Why Waqar resigned before 2015 World Cup... - Former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ijaz Butt has set off another controversy by claiming that the national team's head coach Waqar Younis had resigned before the 2015 World Cup after being insulted by Ahmed Shehzad.

Is Dhoni the 'finisher' finished? - Rajneesh Gupta presents a Look at close-run matches involving Mahendra Singh Dhoni to find out if India's best 'finisher' is finished.

Lou's incorrect, I wasn't involved in match-fixing: Dinesh Mongia - Tainted New Zealand cricketer Lou Vincent has told a London courtroom that former Indian cricketer Dinesh Mongia was one of the key members of a "Gang of four" that fixed matches during the unsanctioned and now defunct Indian Cricket League (ICL).

SA fined for slow over-rate in first ODI - South Africa were fined for maintaining a slow over-rate during Sunday's five-run victory over India in the opening game of the ODI series in Kanpur. The team's skipper, A B de Villiers, was docked 40 percent of his match fee.

South Africa series will be the biggest test for me: Lokesh Rahul - India opener Lokesh Rahul says the Test series against South Africa beginning next month will be the "biggest challenge" of his burgeoning career.

11 runs off the final over... MS had one thing on his mind: 'Maaro'! - 'Finisher' Dhoni takes blame for not taking the across the line, saying: "We lost the match in the last five overs of either innings."

'The Finisher' finished? India debate Dhoni - The 'helicopter shot' has disappeared, the boundaries are not flowing from his bat and the whisper is now growing louder that Mahendra Singh Dhoni is no more the middle-order finisher.

Azhar reckons Dhoni is no longer the player he was. Do you agree? - Citing Mahendra Singh Dhoni's lack of form, former India captain Mohammed Azharuddin has said that India's ODI skipper is "no longer the player he used to be".

Mishra back in the mix; keen to seal ODI spot - Making traditional leg-spin look attractive and effective in the opening One-day International against South Africa, India's Amit Mishra is keen to hold on to his ODI spot after an impressive return to the limited-overs field, in Kanpur, on Sunday.

Bad news for Anderson as injury rules him out of Australia tour - All-rounder Corey Anderson has been ruled out of New Zealand's tour of Australia with a back injury and been replaced by Mitchell Santner, the team said on Monday.

Kanpur ODI: South Africa snatch five-run win from India - Rohit Sharma's rollicking 150-run knock went in vain as South Africa pulled off a thrilling five-run victory in the first one-dayer against India in Kanpur to continue their winning run.

Did Ashwin's untimely injury affect India's chances in 1st ODI? - 'Frankly, we should have won this game ... We missed Ash's (Ravichandran Ashwin) six overs that was crucial because he was our best spinner ... until that point the plan was working beautifully but I had to get more overs from Binny and Raina'

Ranji round-up: Ishant on fire as Delhi bag bonus point - Needing 95 to win, Delhi knocked off the runs in 14.1 overs with Unmukt Chand hitting 51 off 41 balls, striking 9 fours and a six, while skipper Gautam Gambhir's 44 ball 45 had seven fours.

Amla completes 1000 ODI runs in calendar year for 2nd time! - It was a day that saw brilliant centuries by South Africa's captain AB de Villiers and India's Rohit Sharma in the first One-Day International on Sunday.

How South Africa's Rabada and Tahir proved game changers - For fast rising South Africa pacer Kagiso Rabada, bowling to Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the final over of the first One-Dayer at Green Park in Kanpur was the "biggest pressure moment" of his fledgling career.

De Villiers's 21 ODI tons have come at a strike-rate of more than 100! - India lost the opening One-Day International against South Africa by 5 runs on Sunday. Rajneesh Gupta presents some interesting numbers from the match played in Kanpur ...

Harbhajan called in to replace injured Ashwin for ODIs - Harbhajan, who was part of the T20 squad for the three-match series, was left out for the ODIs but got a lucky call-up after Ashwin managed to bowl only 4.4 overs at Green Park.

Will Ashwin be able to conquer De Villiers? - South Africa One-day captain AB de Villiers swatted aside suggestions that India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin could prove his nemesis.

Who gave permission to Dalmiya junior to represent NCC? - A section of members from the National Cricket Club (NCC), one of the affiliated voting units of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), questioned as to how late Jagmohan Dalmiya's son Avishek represented the club at the Special General Meeting of the BCCI on Saturday.

Rahane doesn't fit the bill in current scenario, says Dhoni - MS Dhoni hinted that Ajinkya Rahane may not feature in the playing eleven for the first One-day International against South Africa.

Ranji: Iyer, Tare put Mumbai on the verge of win over Punjab - Hosts Mumbai rode on a solid batting display following their excellent bowling stint and looked poised for an outright win against Punjab on Day 3 of their Ranji Trophy match in Mumbai on Saturday.

Will PM Modi attend Harbhajan's wedding? - Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and invited him for his marriage, scheduled later this month.

ICC Rankings: Here is how Team India can stay ahead of SA in ODIs... - India lead South Africa by five points and need to win two matches in order to stop falling behind the Proteas.

Proteas have 'all bases covered' as they chase first ODI series win - 'We have just got to play very good cricket. The T20 series is in the past. It is a whole new story now. India will try to bounce back and hopefully we will stop them'

Team India look to revive fortunes in ODI series - With India being outplayed in the Twenty20s, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will face added pressure to perform and lead India from the front against a formidable South African unit in the five-match ODI cricket series starting in Kanpur on Sunday.

'The selectors need to have a closer look at what Dhoni is doing' - Former India fast bowler Ajit Agarkar has questioned Mahendra Singh Dhoni's place in the Indian team and urged the selectors to scrutinise his performance as a player as well as captain in the limited overs format.

Ranji: Iyer's double ton gives Mumbai huge lead over Punjab - A summary of the second day's play in the Ranji Trophy matches played at various venues across the country.

'The second half of my life is all about satisfaction' - Iconic batsman Sachin Tendulkar on Indian cricket and life after retirement.

'I'm disappointed but the result won't give me sleepless nights' - Disappointed but not demoralised by the thrashing India got in the Twenty20 Internationals against South Africa, Team Director Ravi Shastri promised a strong comeback in the ODI series and said the experience from recent losses would be handy during next year's ICC World Twenty20.

Pepsi wants to end IPL sponsorship deal - The cash-rich Indian Premier League will have a new title sponsor for its next edition as PepsiCo "have shown a willingness to move out of the deal" with the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

Under fire Eden curator gets Shastri's backing - Team India director Ravi Shastri lauded the groundstaff at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata even as the Cricket Association of Bengal came under severe criticism for 'inefficiency' in the India-South Africa third Twenty20 International which was called off without a ball being bowled because of wet outfield.

Honorary Group Captain Tendulkar celebrates 83rd anniversary of IAF - Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar attended the 83rd Air Force Day, at the Hindon air base in Ghaziabad, on Thursday.

Don't want a lot of grass cover for ODIs: Dhoni - Comprehensively outplayed by South Africa in both the T20 internationals of the just-concluded three-match series, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said that he does not want a lot of grass cover for the upcoming five-match ODI series, beginning October 11 in Kanpur.

Exclusive: The Sachin Tendulkar Interview! - In an exclusive chat with Harish Kotian/Rediff.com, Sachin Tendulkar explains why he chose to launch the All-Stars League in baseball-crazy America. He also offers advice on the new aggressive attitude of India's up-and-coming young players, saying aggression should be reflected in the way you play the game.

Kolkata T20 called off due to wet outfield; SA win series 2-0 - The third and final T20 international between India and South Africa was on Thursday abandoned without a ball being bowled because of a wet outfield, allowing the visitors to clinch the three-match series by a 2-0 margin.

Mumbai pacers Thakur, Sandhu dismiss Punjab cheaply - A summary of the first day's play at different venues in the Ranji Trophy.

Ban on water bottles, cold drinks during India-SA Kanpur ODI - Confirming the news, SSP Shalabh Mathur said the state administration official has also decided to put up a 10-feet net in front of the stands so that a similar incident wouldn't be repeated.

PHOTOS: Team India slogs it out in the nets ahead of 3rd T20 - Images from India's practice session at the Eden Gardens, ahead of the third and final T20 against South Africa.

Focus on Yuvraj as confident Punjab take on Mumbai in Ranji - Yuvraj Singh-led Punjab go into the game after an innings victory at home over Railways that came about after a strong all round show with their batsmen mustering over 600 runs and their bowlers backing up well.

'Once we start winning we will be a difficult side to beat' - Despite India being down 0-2 in the three-match Twenty20 series against South Africa, ace spinner Harbhajan Singh says it's too early to write the team off.

Why were spectators allowed to carry bottles? BCCI asks OCA - The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has sought a report from the Orissa Cricket Association on the crowd trouble during Monday's Twenty20 match against South Africa which has prompted calls for a ban on the venue.

Tendulkar slams Cuttack incident, appeals for maturity from fans - Batting icon Sachin Tendulkar appealed for more maturity from cricket fans, saying the unruly crowd behaviour during the Twenty20 match between India and South Africa at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack was not good for the sport.

Will Dhoni play Rahane, Mishra in dead rubber against SA? - India needs to get the team composition right in the third and final Twenty20 International to prevent South Africa from recording a clean sweep, in Kolkata, on Thursday.

IPL experience key to South Africa's success in India T20s - Having already sealed the T20I series against India, South Africa batsman David Miller said the visitors are aiming to continue their good showing and complete a clean sweep in the three-match T20 International series in Kolkata, on Thursday.

Crowd behaviour mars Cuttack T20I as India concede series - South Africa clinched the Twenty20 series with a comfortable six-wicket win over a lacklustre India in the second match, which was marred by shameful and unruly crowd behaviour at the Barabati stadium in Cuttack.

Unveiled: Sachin and Warnie's plans for America - 'Sachin and I will be tossing a coin in New York City... It will be part of history.'

Odisha CM orders probe into second T20 fiasco at Cuttack - Expressing displeasure over the manner in which the organisers handled the second T20 cricket match between India and South Africa at Cuttack, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has ordered a probe into the incident by the home secretary.

Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne to play T20 matches in US - In an effort to popularize cricket in the US, several icons including master blaster Sachin Tendulkar and spin wizard Shane Warne will play T20 matches in the US in November.

'Once Ashwin bowls his quota, there's no depth in Indian attack' - Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has criticised the Indian bowling attack terming it as an unit that "lacks depth" as the only wicket-taking bowler is off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.

Pakistan's Bilal Asif reported for suspected illegal bowling action - Pakistan off-spinner Bilal Asif has been reported for suspected illegal bowling action during the third and final One-Day International against Zimbabwe.

Captain Dhoni analyses India's T20 woes - Having slumped to an embarrassing T20 series defeat to South Africa, India's limited-overs' captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, said "one bad performance per year" serves him a timely reminder that one should not use "too much brain" in the shortest format of the game.

Don't give Cuttack international match for two years: Gavaskar - Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar condemned the unruly crowd behaviour and police response to it during Monday's second Twenty20 International against South Africa, saying the Barabati stadium in Cuttack should be banned as an international venue for two years.

Ashwin breaks Irfan Pathan's record, becomes India's top wicket-taker in T20Is - Rajneesh Gupta presents some interesting numbers from second T20 between India and South Africa.

Dhoni slams his batsmen after listless showing in Cuttack - Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni lashed out at his batsmen after losing to South Africa by six wickets in the second T20 International in Cuttack on Monday, saying they did not address their shortcomings.

Srinivasan debarred from board meetings after Supreme Court upholds ban - 'We are going to write the BCCI president to take a call on Srinivasan's continuing as the president of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association despite the apex court's order'

Bilal Asif claims five wkts as Pakistan crush Zimbabwe - Bilal Asif took five wickets and made a handy contribution with the bat as Pakistan cruised to a seven-wicket victory over Zimbabwe to complete a 2-1 series win on Monday.

Srinivasan withdraws application for perjury against Thakur - International Cricket Council chairman Narayanswami Srinivasan on Monday withdrew the application for perjury against Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Anurag Thakur after the matter came up for hearing before the Supreme Court.

SC tells BCCI to decide on Srinivasan's conflict of interest issue - The Supreme Court declined to interfere with the Board of Control for Cricket in India's view on barring Narayanswami Srinivasan from participating in its meetings, saying it is free to stick to its stand that he has a conflict of interest "so long as a competent court of jurisdiction arrives at a decision to upset its view".

What it's like to have the second-most important job in India? - 'Of the 32 captains who have led India in Test cricket, only four have been pure bowlers -- Ghulam Ahmed, Venkatraghavan, Bishan Bedi and myself.'

Why Shashank Manohar is the right choice for BCCI... - There was a leadership crisis in the Board of Control for Cricket in India following the passing away of former chief Jagmohan Dalmiya, forcing the wise men in control of the all-powerful sports body to get into a huddle and recall Shashank Manohar to helm the Board yet again, four years after he had finished off his first term.

Cuttack T20: India to go out 'all guns blazing' to level SA series - 'Overall, there is a room for improvement, I'm sure the guys have learnt from it and they will come back stronger. We have to start really well and do a lot of things right whether it's batting or bowling, and come out all guns blazing'

Bangladesh's Hossain sent to prison on charges of torturing maid - Bangladesh fast bowler Shahadat Hossain was sent to jail after surrendering on Monday on charges of torturing an 11-year-old housemaid, a day after his wife was arrested.

Harbhajan Singh-Geeta Basra's wedding date REVEALED! - The veteran Indian off-spinner will tie the knot with his longtime girlfriend in what is expected to be a five-day ceremony later this month

New president Manohar's 3-point agenda to clean BCCI's image - Immediately after taking over as the Board of Control for Cricket in India president for the second time, Shashank Manohar stressed that his priority is to address the conflict of interest in the BCCI, prevent corruption and make the functioning of the Board transparent.

RTI not applicable to BCCI, says new chief Manohar - Board of Control for Cricket in India's new president Shashank Manohar on Sunday says the Board does not fall under the purview of the Right to Information Act (RTI).

Check out South Africa's 'Plan AB' for World T20 - AB de Villiers Opening the batting is an experiment for the World Twenty20, says Farhaan Behardien.

All you need to know about the new BCCI boss - Shashank Manohar, who took over as the 36th president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), is known for his integrity and regains control of the country's richest sporting body at a time when cricket's image has been tarnished by the spot-fixing scandal and intense factionalism.

Ranji Roundup: Karthick ensures 3 points for Assam - KB Arun Karthick struck a vital unbeaten 115 to help Assam garner three crucial points against defending champions Karnataka after their Group 'A' Ranji Trophy match ended in a tame draw, Guwahati, on Sunday.

Unopposed Manohar set to be elected as BCCI president - Shashank Manohar, who was the Board of Control for Cricket in India chief from 2008 to 2011, is all set to take over from Jagmohan Dalmiya, who passed away last month.

The team is only as good as its captain: Kumble - Former India captain Anil Kumble made light of the cliche 'it's a team decision' and said decision making always lies with the captain.

Zimbabwe level ODI series as bad light halts Pakistan charge - Opener Chamu Chibhabha hit 90 as Zimbabwe, aided by bad light, held off a spirited revival from Pakistan to level the One-Day International series with a five-run victory in the second match at the Harare Sports Club on Saturday.

Stats: INTERESTING numbers from 1st India v SA T20 - Rajneesh Gupta presents some interesting numbers from first T20 match between India and South Africa.

Ranji round-up: Jadeja guides Saurashtra to massive win - Riding on a superb all-round performance by Ravindra Jadeja, Saurashtra thrashed Tripura by an innings and 118 runs to bag a bonus point from their Ranji Trophy Group C game in Rajkot.

Inzamam set to coach Afghanistan for Zimbabwe series - Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has reportedly been roped in as the head coach of the Afghanistan national cricket team for the upcoming limited-overs series against Zimbabwe.

We have to encourage the opposition to play false shots: Dhoni - Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni rued the lack of consistency by his bowlers after India were beaten by South Africa by seven wickets in the first Twenty International on Friday, saying his team could have executed their game plans better.

Duminy steals Rohit's thunder as South Africa draw first blood - Rohit Sharma's blistering century went in vain as South Africa began their long tour of India on a winning note by scripting a thrilling seven-wicket victory in the first Twenty20 International match in Dharamsala.

Former Australian cricketer Lindsay Kline dies at 81 - Former Australian test cricketer Lindsay Kline has died at the age of 81.

Ranji Trophy round-up: Assam take first innings lead against K'taka - Pallavkumar Das (55) and Amit Verma (57) came up with twin fifties as Assam grabbed a crucial first innings lead over defending champions Karnataka after posting 194 all out on the second day of their Group A Ranji Trophy match in Guwahati.

England yet to decide on Cook's opening partner against Pakistan - England's selectors have yet to decide who will open the batting alongside captain Alastair Cook against Pakistan later this month and will use two warm-up games to choose between Alex Hales or Moeen Ali, coach Trevor Bayliss said on Friday.

Jadeja quits as Delhi Ranji team coach - Former Indian batsman Ajay Jadeja has resigned as the coach of the Delhi Ranji Trophy team.

Check out what Australia's players are doing after calling off Bangla tour - Australia's Test squad have been sent back to play domestic One-day cricket in order to prepare for next month's series against New Zealand after their tour to Bangladesh was postponed on Thursday due to security concerns.

Pakistan cruise home as Yasir's spin sinks Zimbabwe - Yasir Shah wrecked Zimbabwe's batting lineup with six for 26 as Pakistan cruised to a 131-run win in the opening One-dayer at the Harare Sports Club on Thursday.

Bedi, Kumble, Amarnath depose before Lodha Commission - Former India captains Bishan Singh Bedi and Anil Kumble along with yesteryear's great Mohinder Amarnath had deposed before the Justice Lodha Committee as they prepare an exhaustive report on the restructuring and reforms that need to be carried by the BCCI.

Verma appeals to Supreme Court to remove Srinivasan from TNCA - Cricket Association of Bihar secretary Aditya Verma moved an application in the Supreme Court for declaring Narayanswami Srinivasan as ineligible or disentitled to hold the post of president of Tamil Nadu Cricket Association.

Ranji round-up: Sehwag shines for new team Haryana on Day 1 - A summary of the opening day's play in the Ranji Trophy matches played across the country.

India-South Africa T20s: What's the score? - Ahead of the three-match series, commencing in Dharamsala on Friday, Rajneesh Gupta presents a recap on battles between the two sides over the years.

PCB demand compensation if India refuse to play Pakistan in December - With serious doubts hanging over the proposed bilateral cricket series between India and Pakistan later this year, Pakistan Cricket Board chief Shaharyar Khan on Thursday said they are open to options ranging from boycotting ties to demanding compensation if the Board of Control for Cricket in India fails to honour the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the two boards.

Security concerns force Australia to postpone Bangladesh tour - Cricket Australia said an independent security assessment confirmed there is a risk of terrorism in Bangladesh targeting Australian nationals.

Will dew be a factor during the India-SA T20 in Dharamsala? - The team bowling second in the first T20 International between India and South Africa will have their task cut out as dew is expected to play a major role during the match.

Dharamsala T20: Will captain Dhoni's return inspire India to victory? - Dhoni returns to the Indian dressing room after three months and for him the series will be start of the preparation for next year's World Twenty20, that will be hosted by India.

Jadeja back in domestic cricket after India axe - Sudeep Tyagi and Siddharth Trivedi, the medium pacers from Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat respectively, won't be a part of the Saurashtra Ranji Trophy squad for the first two matches this season.

India-South Africa gear up for World T20 2016 - Besides preparing for the 16-team World Twenty20 2016, India and South Africa will also aim to improve their positions on the ICC T20I Team Rankings.

Dalmiya was like a companion in my cricket career: Ganguly - Paying rich tribute to Jagmohan Dalmiya who passed away recently, Cricket Association of Bengal president-designate Sourav Ganguly said that the former BCCI chief was one administrator who had only friends all over the world.

Team India won't read much into Proteas defeat to India 'A': Rohit - Rohit Sharma says the Indian team is not reading too much into South Africa's surprise defeat in Tuesday's warm-up game against India 'A'.

Windies sink to a new low; fail to qualify for 2017 Champions Trophy - The declining fortunes of West Indies cricket hit a new low on Wednesday when the Caribbean team failed to qualify for the 2017 Champions Trophy in England.

Why India-Pakistan cricket must return to Sharjah - Walee Bukhatir and Mazhar Khan, the men who drive cricket in the UAE, tell Harish Kotian/Rediff.com what the game is missing by India and Pakistan not playing at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

Ganguly is a fan of Virat Kohli. Here's why... - Former India captain Sourav Ganguly lavished praise on Virat Kohli, saying he wants the Test skipper to do better than what he had done for his country.

Security concerns in Bangladesh could impact Aus cricket and football - A security delegation sent by Cricket Australia to Bangladesh over the weekend has since returned home and was to report to local authorities on Wednesday, prompting speculation the tour will be cancelled.

Toss will play crucial role in Dharamsala T20, says Raina - Senior India batsman Suresh Raina believes believes the team is brimming with confidence following the recent victory on Sri Lankan soil after 22 years.

Agarwal shines as India 'A' beat South Africans in T20 warm-up - Mayank Agarwal hammered a 49-ball 87 as India 'A' beat the touring South Africans in their opening warm-up T20 game by eight wickets, with two balls to spare, at the Air Force ground, in Palam, Delhi, on Tuesday.

Pakistan Cricket Board chief does U-turn on boycotting ties with India - Talking to the media in Lahore on Tuesday, Shaharyar Khan adopted damage control mode, insisting that if India did not pla