Sunday, November 30, 2014

Zaheer is unfit for Ranji trophy, Yadav to captain the team

Zaheer khan was not fit and has not been considered for Mumbai Ranji Trophy match against Jammu & Kashmir which is to be played at the Wankhade stadium from December 7.It is understood that Zaheer is yet to report to the Mumbai Cricket Association physiotherapist about fitness and should undertake fitness test. Zaheer was bowling in the nets but is believed to be far from ready for competitive cricket. Zaheer has been out of action for more than six months after suffering from injury on his bowling arm during IPL 2014. With Rohit and Ajinkya Rahane away on India duty the selectors then had to choose between Suryakumar and Nayar for the captaincy. The Mumbai selectors have appointed a young captain Surya Kumar Yadav. Selectors had approached opening batsman Wasim Jaffer to take over the job but Jaffer declined it.

Umpire died after hit by the cricket ball

Before getting out of the shock of Hughes death An Israeli umpire was died after he was struck by a ball during a league game in the port city of Ashdod, south of Tel Aviv. The incident shocked everyone as the cricket world mourns the passing of Australia batsman Phillip Hughes this week from head injuries after being struck by a ball. During the league game in Ashdod the ball hit by the batsman was ricocheted off the stumps and struck the umpire Hillel Awasker. Israel newspaper Haaretz quoted that doctors who tried to resuscitate Awasker as saying that he suffered a heart attack after being hit by the ball. Awasker was taken to hospital in a critical condition and doctors were unable to revive him. Awasker was a former captain of the Israel team and had represented Israel in five ICC trophies since 1982.

Clarke paid tribute to Hughes before his birthday

Clarke paid tribute to Phil Hughes by writing an emotional tribute in his newspaper column on Saturday before Hughes 26th birthday but he is not there with us. A fully disturbed and emotional Clarke appeared before media on Saturday morning to express the grief of the players and their love for Hughes and on Sunday news paper Clarke's column was appeared in the Sunday Telegraph. Clarke wrote that Hughes was loyal and sincere, optimistic and kind-hearted with a wicked sense of humor and with a childish behavior. They two first met when Hughes was 17 and moved from the country town of Macksville to play club cricket in Sydney for Western Suburbs which was the same club that Clarke was representing. He also said that he has no blood brother and Hughes is like my brother.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene ensured another easy win to Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has registered another easy win against England in the 2nd ODI at Premadasa stadium .England won the toss and elected to bat first but none of their players withstand at the Crease for a long time. England scored 185 in 50overs in which Bopara scored 51 runs and in Sri Lanka bowlers Mendis took 3 wickets. Chasing a very easy target of 186 Sri Lankan openers lost their wickets early but Kumara Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene batted really well with their vast experience scoring 67 and 77 respectively and ensured another win for Sri Lanka which took their lead to 2-0. Mahela Jayawardene was awarded man of the match.

First test between India and Australia postponed after Hughes death

First test between India and Australia at Brisbane which is scheduled to start on December 4 was postponed after the unexpected tragedy of Hughes death Cricket Australia have confirmed this and Philip Hughes funeral is set to take place at 2 pm on December 3 in the sports hall of Macksville High School which is the home town of Hughes. "We are grateful to the Australian community for the overwhelming show of support it has extended to the Hughes family in recent days," said cricket Australia CEO Sutherland. Cricket Australia also thanked the support of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Phil Hughes died on Thursday after injury on head by bouncer in a domestic cricket match.

Sean Abbott broken at Phil Hughes death

Sean Abbott was broken and not able to rebuild his life after delivering the ball that killed Australian batsman Phillip Hughes .Even though Cricket Australia said this young bowler was holding up well given the circumstances. Phil Hughes was died after hit by a bouncer bowled by Sean Abbott in a Sheffield Shield match on Tuesday. Jason Gillespie said that personal and professional life of Sean Abbott had been turned upside down by the unexpected tragedy. Abbott visited St. Vincent's Hospital and he was getting support from cricketing officials and his teammates. Australian captain Michael Clarke and Hughes' sister Megan went out of their way to spend a significant amount of time with him this week. Former Australian Test bowler Stuart Clark also spent some time with Abbott

Sean Abbott broken at Phil Hughes death Video

Pakistan and New Zealand abandoned 2nd day of third test match

Pakistan and New Zealand has suspended the remaining 2nd day play of the third test match in Sharjah after the news of Phil Hughes death, he was injured on his head by the ball when batting in domestic match on Tuesday. Players of both team has stopped play as assign of respect for Phil Hughes and Test match will resume on Friday and continue till Monday as a extra day. Before the start of the play on Friday New Zealand players kept their bats outside the team dressing room with their national black caps on them to join the "#putoutyourbats" campaign launched in Australia to pay tribute to Phil Hughes.

Sri Lankan players to pay tribute to Hughes

Whole cricket world and cricket Australia is in grieve of Phil Hughes who died on Thursday due to hit by a cricket ball in Australia domestic match on Tuesday. Sri Lanka's cricket players will make a two minute silence at the start of their second one-day international against England on Saturday in Colombo as a mark of respect for Phillip Hughes. Sri Lankan players will also wear black armbands as a sign of respect for Australia’s Phil Hughes in the second ODI at the Premadasa cricket stadium. "We are looking for formal clearance from the match referee," said Sri Lankan team manager.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Kohli is more approachable than Dhoni says Yadav

Fast bowler Yadav says that Virat Kohli is more approachable as captain than MS Dhoni for the youngsters in the team. Though MS Dhoni shows an open culture within the team, we found Virat Kohli friendlier because he belonged to the same age-group as the rest of the team while Dhoni is the senior player in the team. But it is a different atmosphere under Virat. Being of the same age group helps us to talk freely, discussing your problems becomes easy," Umesh said. "Don't get me wrong. Dhoni also keeps a very open channel for dialogue, but he is such a senior player so we are always a bit reserved. Kohli is going to captain India for the first time in a test match against Australia in Brisbane as Dhoni was injured and the team is ready to play under him.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Practice match between India and Australia has been cancelled

Second practice match between India and Australia which was scheduled on Friday and Saturday was abandoned following the death of Phil Hughes death today. Cricket Australia will decide over the coming days how to approach the first test in Brisbane which starts on Thursday next week. Four players in Australia's test squad were on the field when Hughes was struck by fatal blow during the Sheffield Shield game between New South Wales and South Australia on Tuesday. Cricket Australia has also cancelled the Sheffield Shield round matches. We thought that far ahead and we really don't think that it is right time to play first test", said cricket Australia CEO Sutherland. "The whole of Australian cricket is grieving now and we want to provide the Hughes family all the support we can give. The India team will practice nets on Friday but not on the ground as a mark of respect to Hughes. After Hughes died the India squad released a statement offering its condolences to Hughes.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Harbhajan eyes team India return for ICC cricket world cup 2015

Indian off spinner Harbhajan Singh was targeting cricket world cup 2015 for his in to the national side. Harbhajan was out of the national team has expressed his hope of making his comeback. He is currently playing Domestic cricket and lead Punjab team to the Semi Finals of Vijay Hazare trophy. "I am targeting the World Cup and want to be a part of the team for world cup. World Cup is a big tournament for any player and I am keeping my hopes alive," said Harbhajan in an event held by ICC where He was selected as a brand ambassador for Hublot which was announced as Official Timekeeper for ICC cricket world cup 2015. He also expressed that his experience in Australia will help him to make his comeback.

Misbah will decide about his retirement after cricket world cup 2015

Pakistan captain Misbah Ul Haq will decide about his retirement plans after the completion of ICC cricket world cup 2015. Misbah was 41 now and currently playing test match against New Zealand at Shargah which could be his last appearance in whites for Pakistan. “I have been thinking about the retirement, but let’s see,” said Misbah, who won more tests for Pakistan than any other captain. Misbah said that I will think about my retirement after cricket world cup 2015 as of now my concentration is on world cup. Pakistan is with 1-0 lead against New Zealand

Australian cricketer Phil Hughes dies

Phil Hughes died photo
Australian opener Phil Hughes passes away today in the Hospital. Phil Hughes was struck on his head by a bouncer bowled by Sean Abbott in a Sheffield round match between New South Wales and Northern Australia on Tuesday. Whole cricket fans and Cricket Australia was shocked by the news. Australia team doctor Brukner informed in the statement that Phil Hughes passed away at the age of 25 and he never regained his consciousness during the treatment and was in a state of induced coma with fractured skull. Phillip Hughes has left cricket Australia and cricket world in shock and tears. After this new many players and officials are visiting hospital some of the players were shuttered by the news.

Dilshan helped Sri Lanka to win 1st ODI against England

Sri Lanka who was suffered with form in the ODI series against India came back very strong against England in the seven match ODI series. England captain Cook won the toss and elected to field first. Sri Lankan openers made a steady start, Dishan scored 88 of 98balls while Kushal Perera scored 59 of 74balls, In the middle order Jayawardane score a half century and Sri Lanka scored 317/6. England started batting with Moeen Ali scoring a century 119 of 87 balls but no other batsmen supported him other than Bopara who scored 62 of 65 balls in the result England scored 292/8 and lost the match by 25 runs. Dilshan was awarded the man of the match.

35 years for day night one - day internationals

First day night one - day international was played between West Indies and Australia at Sydney cricket ground on November 27, 1979. Earlier the ground had hosted the first Day Night match in Kerry Packer’s World Series Cricket. The teams were same but world cricket series tags preceded their names. The first ever cricket match played under lights between Middlesex and Arsenal on November 28, 1978 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Collingwood will work with Scotland for ICC cricket world cup 2015

Former England player and captain Paul Collingwood is going to work with Scotland as a coach for cricket world cup 2015 which is going to be held in Australia and New Zealand jointly. Scotland has qualified for ICC world cup 2015. Collingwood and Former Scotland international player Craig Wright were selected as joint head coaches while Grant Bradburn will serve as head coach. Collingwood has worked with the team at the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier in Dubai. Scotland will play their first match against New Zealand on November 17.

Cricket Australia has cancelled Sheffield Shield round matches due to Hughes injury

Cricket Australia has decide to cancel all the Sheffield Shield round matches for this due to severe injury of Phil Hughes. 

Phil Hughes was suffering from life threatening injury and was in critical condition at St Vincent's Hospital and was in induced coma .

He has under gone a surgery today but still he was in critical condition. He was hit on his head by the bouncer bowled by Sean Abbott in a Match between News South Wales and South Australia on November 25.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Sri Lanka will bounce back strongly say Atapattu

Former Sri Lanka captain and present Sri Lanka head coach Marvan Atapattu is pretty confident that his team will forget the whitewash 5-0 defeat they suffered against India and will bounce back in the seven-match ODI series against England and will move ahead to Australia for ICC cricket world cup 2015 in a positive note. "I am quite confident at the team who were doing well especially in their preparation and the efforts they are putting in to bring back Sri Lanka to winning note. We knew that there are a few areas we need to brush up” said Atapattu.

New Zealand and Pakistan both want to seal the test series with a win

New Zealand and Pakistan are going head to head in a final test to win the test series which starts on November 26 at UAE. New Zealand would be pleased with Ross Taylor's return to form in the second innings of the Dubai Test. Addition of spinner Daniel Vettori is an added advantage which strengthen their spin attack. Pakistan will hope Hafeez return to the team after hamstring injury ruled him out of the Dubai Test. If Hafeez miss off-spin on the Sharjah surface then Shan Masood and Taufeeq Umar will open batting for Pakistan.

Five half centuries for India in Practice match

Indian players played well against cricket Australia XI in a practice match in Adelaide. Shikar Dhawan got out early but Murali Vijay and Puraja scored their half centuries respectively after that they was retired. Virat Kohli score highest score of 60 runs but Rohit and Rahane didn’t stayed at crease for a long time .Wicket keeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha and Karn Sharma who batted at No.10 scored half centuries respectively. Cricket Australia XI scored 219 and India scored 363/8 while in bowling Aaron picked 3 wickets. First test between India and Australia starts from December 4 at Brisbane.

Both teams want to regain their for ICC cricket world cup 2015

Sri Lanka and England who are suffering their current form and line up for a while seeks to regain their for before cricket world cup 2015 with the 7 match ODI series which starts on November 26 at Colombo. Home side Sri Lanka suffered from a white wash against India while England won only one series in their last 10 ODI series. Thilina Kandamby and Jeevan Mendis were included in the Sri Lankan squad but they are missing Sachithra Senanayake who was under ban and Lasith Malinga because of his injury. On the other hand England was missing their core fast bowlers Anderson and Stuart Broad.

Hughes was in critical condition after hit by a bouncer

Australian opener Phil Hughes was hit by a bouncer on head while batting and was in critical condition. Phil Hughes was struck on his head by a bouncer bowled by Sean Abbott and during a Sheffield Game at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday in a match between New South Wales and South Australia. He fell down instantly and was taken to the hospital in a critical state by helicopter to St Vincent's Hospital and Phil will undergo a surgery after being placed in an induced coma. Hughes played 26 Test matches and 25 one-day internationals for Australia and he was expected to replace the injured Michael Clarke for the first Test against India in Brisbane before which he was injured badly.

Phil Hughes Hit on Head - Rushed to Hospital in Critical Condition Video

Senanayake retested his bowling action in Chennai

Sri Lanka’s off spinner Sachithra Senanayake who is currently under the ICC ban due to his suspect bowling action has undergone an unofficial test in Chennai with human movement specialist Daryl Foster as well as with local coaches. Senanayake had been reported for his suspect bowling action during Sri Lanka tour of England in June. Senanayake had already undergone an ICC test for his bowling action in 2011 but was allowed to continue playing at that occasion. He played an important role in Sri Lanka's major limited-over successes in 2014 Asia Cup and World T20 triumphs.

Vettori was named in test squad again

New Zealand has announced test squad for 3rd test against Pakistan and surprisingly left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori has been added to the squad. Vettori did not played a Test since July 2012 after suffering lot of injuries in recent years. Vettori was in the UAE with the New Zealand A side, and training with the Test squad from Monday. New Zealand selectors thought that Ish Sodhi and Mark Craig who played in the first two tests are not up to mark to control Pakistan players who plays spinners very well and addition of Daniel Vettori will give advantage to the team and strengthen their spin attack.

Want to back before ICC cricket world cup 2015 says Ajmal

Pakistan off spinner Saeed Ajmal who is out of the team due to suspension by ICC because of his suspect bowling action expresses that his aim was to back into the national side before the cricket world cup 2015. Ajmal was currently undergoing bowling action tests in England and he is frustrated that his test results were not consistent. When asked about his place in World cup squad, Ajmal said that his aim was to get his action cleared before the upcoming cricket world cup 2015 which is co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand.

Clarke will be fit for 1st test against India says Haddin

Australian wicket keeper batsman, Brad Haddin who is going to captain his side for the 1st against India because of injured regular captain Michael Clarke, hoped that Clarke will be fit for 1st test against India in Brisbane which starts from December 4. Haddin who was recovered from shoulder injury will captain Australia. Michael Clarke was named in the squad for the 1st test against India but his availability depends on his fitness.

Amir’s return will take some time says ICC CEO

Mohammad Amir’s return to cricket may take some more time says ICC CEO Richardson at the event held by ICC where Hublot was announced as the official timekeeper for ICC cricket world cup 2015. "The PCB has written to us about Amir. But there is a process to be followed and it take some more time to be resolved," said Richardson. Amir is currently under a five-year ban imposed on him along with his teammates Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif after the spot fixing scandal during Pakistan's tour of England in 2011-2012. ICC has revised anti corruption codes recently.

Famous watch brand Hublot was official Timekeeper for ICC cricket world cup 2015

Famous swiss watch brand Hublot was announced as an official time keeper for upcoming ICC cricket world cup 2015. ICC Chief Executive David Richardson announced this officially at various events in New Delhi and Sydney with Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot. Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh was announced as a champion ambassador while in Sydney Australian captain Michael Clarke was picked as a brand ambassador. Hublot’s was enjoying long-standing partnerships for a number of other sports. Hublot also announced that a special themed limited edition Classic Fusion Chrono Cricket watch will be available for cricket fans.

Clarke slashed rumors about his retirement

Australia captain Michael Clarke denied reports and rumors circulating in media that he was retiring from cricket and he insisted that he is not going to retire from one day international and tests as both are well suited for him and want to play in both the formats for a lot longer period. Clarke is going to miss the first Test against India next month as he is struggling from hamstring injury which kept him out of recent one-day series against South Africa. Clarke is suffering from hamstring injury regularly but has no intention of making retirement from cricket.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Smith suffered from muscle strain, may not be fit for 1st test against India

Australian all rounder and middle order batsman Steve Smith is suffering from Muscle strain and has ruled out of New South Wales Sheffield Shield match against South Australia, which starts on November 25. Smith has undergone Scans after the last ODI against South Africa and Australian team chief medical officer John Orchard said that he is suffering from Muscle strain and expecting to be ready for 1st test against India which starts from December 4.Smith was named in the Australia squad for India series and was in great form in the recent ODI series against South Africa.

Australia occupied No.1 spot in ICC ODI rankings

Australia regained No.1 spot in the latest ICC rankings in ODI. Australia has clinked this by pushing world champion India to No.2. Australia won the series against South Africa by 4-1 in the recent ODI series where Australia won the last match by D/L method. Before this match Australia was with 116 points and India was with 117 points and with the help of this last match win Australia has regained their No.1 spot and entering in to cricket world cup 2015 with confidence.

Asif wants to play again for Pakistan

Pakistani fast bowler, Mohammad Asif who was away from Pakistan cricket after his ban after indulging in fixing issues in Pakistan tour of England in 2011-2012 was very eager to make a comeback into the Pakistan team. ICC has revised anti corruption codes and according to that Asif may come back into the Pakistan side in early September 2014. Along with Asif, Butt, Amir who was out of the team because of this ban may reappear in the Pakistan team. He also requested former players to support them to make their come back into national team.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sangakkara want to quit from cricket after cricket world cup 2015?

Sri Lanka player Kumara Sangakkara decided to quit from international cricket after the completion of ICC cricket world cup 2015 which will be hosted by New Zealand and Australia jointly. "As far as ODI and Tests are concerned, it's hard to give a time. I am 36 years old now and will be 37 next year during the time of the World Cup. At the next World Cup, I will be 41 and I don't hope that I will be playing then. So the 2015 World Cup will be my last. There is no denying I am in the twilight of my career," Sangakkara said after the win. Sangakkara scored more than 10000 runs both in tests and ODI. On the other hand Jayawardene also going to retire from test cricket against New Zealand before cricket world cup 2015

Latham should open batting for New Zealand in ODI

Tom Latham of New Zealand who opened and batted well in tests against Pakistan has grabbed attention of selectors and Former New Zealand players ahead of selection for ICC cricket world cup 2015. Former New Zealand player Mark Greatbatch has said that Tom Latham‘s Test success should not be wasted and he should bat at the top of the squad’s ODI order in the cricket world cup 2015. Neesham, who opened innings against South Africa should bat in middle order and Latham should open the batting as he was good at defensive and footwork.

Australia eyes on No.1 rank in ODI’s

Australia who is currently in second position wants No.1 spot in ODI with the win over South Africa in 4th ODI where Smith batted excellently and gave Australia a comprehensive win. Australia now wants surpass India and to hold ODI top spot if they win the fifth and final ODI in Sydney on November 23. Smith said that they won't be short of motivation in Sydney where another win will ensure they occupy No.1 spot from World Cup champions India in ICC ODI rankings. On the other hand South African team is hopeful of winning last ODI and to finalize squad for cricket world cup 2015.

Bangladesh registered first ODI win in 2014

Bangladesh breaks their 12 straight loss streak and registered their 1st ODI win in the year 2014 after winning ODI against Zimbabwe. All rounder Sakib Al Hasan handed a comprehensive win after scoring 101 and picking 4 wickets and bowled Zimbabwe for 194, earlier Bangladesh made 281-7.Shakib was the 12th Bangladesh player to score a century and picking 4wickets in ODI match. “It is a relief for Bangladesh to win the first ODI in 2014”, Shakib said at post match presentation.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Sourav is emotional but Dhoni is opposite to him says Laxman

Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly and star batsman VVS Laxman on Saturday took centre stage at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit in Delhi and both talked about some Indian victories during their time. Sourav described Victory at Eden garden when Laxman scored 281 runs was special to him while win at Adelaide in 2003 was special to him said Laxman. During a conversation on comparison of personalities between Ganguly and MS Dhoni as skippers, Laxman said, “Sourav is emotional while Dhoni is the opposite”. Laxman lauded Dhoni at handling of players including experienced players like Ganguly, Dravid, himself and Sachin Tendulkar. But Ganguly was the skipper who rediscovered modern Indian team to be competitive abroad.

Smith may help South Africa ahead of ICC cricket world cup 2015

Former South African captain Graeme Smith is expected to be involved with South African staff with some suggestions and to provide invaluable inputs during the ICC cricket World Cup 2015. "I believe that South Africa have an excellent chance to become the new world champions. I will be very excited about the prospects of this World Cup tournament. The top five batsmen are great and there's an excellent balance in the team. They will be very happy to play in Australia and New Zealand where the conditions suit us much more," Smith said. Recently around 80% of all tournaments are played in the subcontinent and now we will play a World Cup tournament in more familiar conditions that suit us." he added. Smith retired from international cricket earlier this year.

Sachin congratulated Rohit Sharma for his 264 Record

Former Indian great and batting legend Sachin Tendulkar has congratulated Indian batsmen Rohit Sharma for his brilliant 264 runs against Sri Lanka. "It is Spectacular achievement especially after a hand injury it is not so easy. I know when I have had a few injuries. Rohit has done remarkably well and I just feel that this Australian tour brings him more success and for India” said Tendulkar. Rohit Sharma became the only player in the world to score two double hundreds in the 50over format. Earlier Sehwag was the highest scorer for his 219.

Kohli confirms relationship with Anushka Sharma

Indian star batsman and present stand in team India captain for Australia series has confirmed that he is in a relation with Anushka Sharma and asked media and public to leave privacy for him. He also said that yes it was open and we are not hiding anything and confirmed relation with Anushka Sharma and urged public to respect both of them. “It is out in the open and we are not hiding anything and we are not trying to hide anything. I don't want to hide anything. But if you get repeatedly asked on the same thing and if it made a matter of debate then both the individuals feel it is wrong," said Kohli at the launch of his fashion line on Thursday and asked public to respect their relationship.

Indian team leaves for Australia series


Indian cricket team leaves for Australia here on Saturday to play 5match test series against Australia which starts from December 4 before which India will play two practice games. 19 members squad which led by stand in captain Virat Kohli as Mahendra Singh Dhoni was not available for first test match due to injury and he may join the team from the second test match in the mean time Naman Ojha was picked as reserve wicket keeper for Dhoni. After the test series, a tri- series comprising Australia, India and England will be played from January 16 to February 1.

Team India Test squad : Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain), Virat Kohli, Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Wriddhiman Saha, Naman Ojha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Karn Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Varun Aaron.

India will defend their cup in ICC cricket world cup 2015

Former Indian player VVS Laxman says that India have a good chance of winning the ICC cricket world cup 2015 which will be held in Australia and New Zealand. India will play nearly two-and-half months in Australia before the world cup and will play four Tests against the Australia besides playing a tri-series involving England."As far as the World Cup is concerned, no one starts as favourites because at least 4-5 teams are playing top-class cricket right now. But the way the Indian team is playing in ODI format, I have no doubt that they will be able to defend the title. The advantage that India will be having is that they will be spending more than two months in Australia prior to the world cup," Laxman said. Laxman also says that success in the tour of Australia will largely depend on the youngster ability to prepare themselves to the bouncy pitches. "It will be a great opportunity for the young team to showcase their talent and potential. It will be a highly competitive series but I am sure that the players have got the potential to do well. It will be very important to get used to the bouncy and fast wickets of Australia and once they get used to it, I am sure they will do well," Laxman concluded.

India need runs to perform well in Australia series says Ganguly

Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly feels that India need to score more runs to defend Australia in their home conditions and also said that India have not prepared for this Series. “India must put runs on the board to win test matches this is an area of concern. First test in Brisbane will be important for India and the team is capable of winning. India did not prepare well enough for the Test series in Australia”. Meanwhile Indian stand in skipper Virat Kohli expressed his confident on his team and hopes that it will win series in upcoming Australia series which starts from December 4.

Hopeful of making come back with ICC cricket world cup 2015: Yuvraj Singh

Indian star batsman and hero of 2011 cricket world cup Yuvraj Singh who is struggling with his form and out of the Indian team was hopeful of making come back in to Indian team with the upcoming ICC cricket world cup 2015. Yuvraj not played ODI cricket from a year, who lastly appeared South Africa in December 2013. "My words were twisted and were made to sound like I don't want to play. But, anything is possible in life and I am looking forward to playing for India again," he said to an interview with NDTV. Yuvraj Singh was player of the tournament for the 2011 world cup.

Australia’s mind game off the field will not affect India says Kohli

Indian stand in skipper and star batsman Virat Kohli says that Mind game and off the field words from Australian players before the test series will not affect team performance in the upcoming series. Australia which is known for sledging and mind games before the start of the series who is touring Australia started its off the field mind game activities with Peter Siddle who said that Virat will find tough to captain India who is captaining India for the first time in tests. Recently former fast bowler Glenn McGrath said India will be whitewashed by 4-0 .Ravi Shastri slashed McGrath words at Indian team.

Smith seals series win for Australia

Steve Smith of Australia seals Australia a series win against South Africa in the 4th ODI here at MCG in Canberra on Friday. South African captain AB De Villiers won the toss and elected to bat first, after the early fall of 3 wickets AB De Villiers scored 98 and David Miller scored 45 steadily batted for some time who made a 100 run partnership between them, after the dismissal of that partnership no other batsman batted well but made South Africa to a defend-able score 267/8 in 50overs. Australia opened batting very poorly and at one stage they were 98/5 but Smith and Wade build up the partnership slow and made a 121 run partnership between them which took Australia close to the total, Smith made 104 of 102 balls and Wade made 52 of 59 and at last Faulkner made 34 from 19 balls which seals victory in the match as well series for Australia. Smith was awarded player of the match. The last ODI will be played on November 23.

RCB roped Iqbal Abdulla for 2015 IPL season

Royal Banglore challengers added off spinner and lower order batsman Iqbal Abdulla to their squad for the upcoming 2015 IPL season, BCCI released in a press note yesterday. Iqbal Abdulla played earlier for the Knight Riders. He won the 'Rising Star' award for his performances in 2011 and was part of the winning KKR team of 2012. Abdulla has taken 28 IPL wickets in 34 games at an impressive economy rate of 6.62. He was bought by the Rajasthan Royals for the 2014 season but failed to break through into the playing eleven with the Royals due to the leg spinner Pravin Tambe who played really well for Royals in 2014 season .Earlier Bisla was traded to Banglore Royal Challengers from KKR and Partiv Patel to Mumbai Indians from RCB.

McGrath predicts another whitewash for India

Former Australian fast bowler and Director of MRF Pace Foundation Glenn McGrath predicted another whitewash Indian team in the Test series Against Australia in next month at Gabba. Australia can win without Clarke says McGrath."I have no issues in saying that I think it'll be 4-0," McGrath said to Sydney Morning Herald. India was consistent in the limited over cricket but their record in overseas was too bad who lost at England, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. “Historically they never played well against bounce and seam. They should turn things around big time otherwise they are going to get thumped over here," said McGrath. Last time played against Australia in 2011-2012 and lost the series with 4-0.

Manish Pandey puts Karnataka into semi final

Manish Pandey dominated bowlers in the Vijay Hazare Trophy and an unbeaten 99 which helped Karnataka to make victory over Mumbai in the last over in Vadodara. Karnataka lost Mayank Agarwal early but Robin Uttappa started well by scoring 43 off 45 balls. After the dismissal of Uttappa, Pandey and Binny scored together a 119-run stand for the fourth wicket. Binny scored 58 runs, with Karnataka still needing another 84 runs. Karun Nair blasted a 23-ball 32, and Pandey stayed till the end, ensuring that Karnataka won and reached the semi-finals. Earlier Mumbai made 286 for 8 in 50overs. Shreyas Iyer scored 77 and Surya Kumar Yadav scored 67 and built around a 135-run partnership.

Karn seeks to do well in Australia series

Karn Sharma, who made his debut against England in T20 and played recently in the ODI series against Sri Lanka looking forward to do well in Australia and make his name into cricket world cup 2015 which will be played in Australia and New Zealand. He will be looking to "give it a rip" in Australia, and concentrate on bowling the right lines said Karn Sharma. "The best way is to try and put more purchase on the ball. Give it a rip and tweak it more," Karn told to the media."Put some more shoulder on it than usual. Even with my lower-arm action, the pitches there will give me bounce. "Adjusting the line is important if the pitch turns a lot, you can pitch it more on off and middle. In Australia, the line has to be more around off stump and just outside. Karn Sharma picked over regular spinner Amit Mishra and he plays for Sun Risers Hyderabad in IPL.

India will play positively in Australia says Kohli

Virat Kohli, who is going to captain taste match for the first time due to injury Mahendra Singh Dhoni in tour for Australia looked very confident of beating the Australian team in their home town and urged fans and the media to support the Indian team. They lost all the four Test matches without putting up a fight during their last tour in 2011-2012. Kohli believes that a team can learn from such experiences rather than surrounding itself with the negatives. "I hadn't witnessed such a hostile environment before. My take away from that tour was that we always need to be positive. That is what I'll take forward this time. My experience will help me," Kohli said to media in a press conference. He says that they should be mentally prepared to face Australia fast bowling in likes of Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris and Peter Siddle. Kohli also praised team director Ravi Shastri on the team. "When a young guy looks at Ravi Shastri and hears him speak, there is a big, positive impact," he added. The Indian squad includes 5 fast bowlers in which Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron are capable of bowling at speeds over 140kmph. Kohli was confident at team's chances in the upcoming tour. "We have a good chance of beating Australia in their home-ground. We have done it before. I don't see why we can't do it again," he said. First test will be played in Brisbane from December 4th before which India plays 2 practice matches

Friday, November 21, 2014

AB lauds praised Steve Smith for his batting against them

South African captain AB praised Steve Smith for his batting in which South Africa lost the game. Steve Smith of Australia who was not picked for the first 2 ODI’s against South Africa has been picked for the 3rd ODI in which Steve Smith showed class and aggressive batting which made Australia to take lead in the series. Smith, who came in to the final eleven due to the injury of Clarke who was suffering from hamstring played really well and ensured Australia win. He was a “captain’s nightmare” assisted by South African captain AB De Villiers. "Smithy played one of the great innings I thought the way he came in from ball one and struck into the gaps and ran hard and never allowed the bowlers to settle," Finch said after match. Smith made 77 of 55 balls and supported Finch from the other end who scored a century.

PCB looks for review of ICC ban on Amir

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has written a letter to ICC asking the apex body of the game to review the ban on 22-year-old fast bowler Mohammad Amir in the light of the recent revision in the anti-corruption code which ICC made recently. "We have asked the ICC to give advice on how it would be possible for Amir to make an early return to domestic cricket after the changes in the anti-corruption code," PCB official said. Amir is currently under a 5-year ban from cricket after admitting to be involved in spot-fixing during Pakistan's tour of England in 2010 in which Salman Butt and fellow pacer Mohammad Asif also received bans for their role in corrupting the game.PCB has conveyed to ICC to look into Amir ban which will end in September 2015 as per new ICC anti corruption code. Salman Butt may also return to the cricket after Amir.

Australia wants to ensure series win with 4th ODI against South Africa

Fourth ODI between Australia and South Africa is to be played here on November 21 at Manuka Oval in Canberra and with ICC cricket world cup 2015 is not far away both the teams are ready to experiment their bench strength to pick best eleven for cricket world cup 2015.Imran Tahir of South Africa who was suffering from knee injury may not play in this match and South Africa may go for Robin Peterson or for extra player while Australia may continue with the same team if not they will bring Pat Cummins into the team which makes one pacer to sit outside.

Teams:
South Africa: AB de Villiers(cap), Hashim Amla, David Miller, Quinton de Kock(w), Faf du Plessis, Rilee Rossouw, Robin Peterson, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Kyle Abbott, Morne Morkel, Farhaan Behardien, Ryan McLaren, Wayne Parnell, Imran Tahir

Australia : George Bailey(cap), Shane Watson, David Warner, Aaron Finch, Steven Smith, Matthew Wade(w), Mitchell Marsh, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Xavier Doherty, Josh Hazlewood, Glenn Maxwell, James Faulkner, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins

England kept Alex Hales away from the warm up game

England became more defensive and experimenting with players who can also bowl along with batting. Alex Hales was not given a chance to play as opener in warm up game and made him sit while Moeen Ali was promoted as opener. Hales was the only batsman to score a hundred in T20 against Sri Lanka in world cup 2012. "It was incredibly hard to pick a side even for this warm-up game. We just wanted another bowler in top six, and Moeen Ali gives us that option. It's a real tough call on Alex. But we are nowhere near making our final decision." Cook said. “Being scored 92 runs in four innings against India at a strike rate of 68.65, were partly behind the decision to try out Moeen Ali”, said England coach Moores. Not more than 12 ODI to be played before ICC cricket world cup 2015 Hales is going with tough time.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Virat Kohli was the 2nd player to score 1,000+ runs in 4 consecutive years

Indian batsman and young sensation Virat Kohli continues to smash runs for India for the fourth consecutive year in ODIs. He reached the 1,000-run mark in the last ODI against Srilanka. Kohli has scored 1,054 runs in 20 innings this year at an average of 58.55 with four hundreds and five half-centuries. This is the fourth consecutive year he has aggregated over 1,000 runs in One Day Internationals where scored 1,381 runs in 2011, 1,026 in 2012 and 1,268 in 2013 consecutively. Another batsman who registered this record was Sourav Ganguly who nominated in 4 consecutive years from 1997 to 2000

Kohli’s ODI statistics in the last four years:

YearMatchesInningsRunsAvgS/R100s50sDucksHS
20113434138147.6285.56482117
20121717102668.4093.78531183
20133430126852.8397.53473115*
20142120105458.5599.62451139*

Michael Clarke unlikely to play cricket yet says physiotherapist

Australian captain Michael Clarke was dropped from South Africa series due to hamstring injury is not fit and he may not be able to play cricket at the moment.”Michael Clarke was not ready to play cricket at the moment due to a hamstring injury but it was hoped he could be available for the first test against India which starts in two weeks said Cricket Australia physiotherapist Alex Kountouris”. Clarke has injured in the 1st ODI against South Africa and this was the third time in 12 weeks that he had been suffering from hamstring injury and it was more important for Australia at Clarke fitness as India tour starts from December 4 and ICC cricket world cup starts from February 29 which will be hosted by Australia and New Zealand jointly.

T20 cricket tastes sweet but empty calories in it says Gideon Haugh

Popular cricket writer and analyst commented on T20 cricket and said test cricket is still alive. "T20 cricket is like empty calories and it leaves a sweet taste in my mouth but does not harm me," said the Australian author of "On Warne" and "Silent Revolutions" who was a famous cricket writer. He also compared T20 and test cricket and said that test cricket can be remembered for a period but T20 will be forgotten in a day. ‘Test cricket is mainly alive because players value it and Test centuries are still considered as a benchmark for cricketing excellence’, he said. "In Australia, the Ashes and the Border-Gavaskar trophy between India and Australia is popular too." Haugh says that we need results in test cricket as fans became result oriented. Gideon is on India tour and in Kolkata where he visited the historic Victoria Memorial celebrating World Heritage Week.

More than 50,000 seats sold for cricket world cup 2015

Cricket world cup 2015 in not so far away which will be played in Australia and New Zealand together. With less than 100 days remaining for the start of the ICC world event sports fans from both Australia and New Zealand are urged to book their ticket for this cricket world cup 2015 or they risk on missing action with more than 50,000 sold and less than 100 days for the start of the event. Organizers are expecting full houses here at MCG for all five matches including opening match between Australia and England. Tourists from both India and Pakistan booked their tickets more than expected said world cup chief John Harden. “We thought that we would have massive support but most importantly we had the support for a whole range of games, not just the Australian games.’’ he added. Cricket world Cup 2015 starts on February 14 and ends on March 29 across 14 cities in Australia and New Zealand.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Darren Bravo opts himself out of South Africa series

West Indies batsmen Darren Bravo opts himself out of South Africa due to personal reasons. Bravo also asked the Trinidad & Tobago selectors earlier to not consider him for the regional four-day competition which started last week. "Darren Bravo wrote to chairman of selectors Clive Lloyd and requested not to be considered for the Test series due to personal reasons," the WICB release stated. "The WICB extends its best wishes to Bravo as he seeks to resolve his personal matters and looking forward to return to the game”. WICB made mandatory for their players to sign contracts with the board because of recent tour of India where players left series in the middle. "The WICB thanks the players for their timely and positive responses and looks forward to a successful tour of South Africa," the WICB release said.

Hafeez to undergo testing on bowling action

Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has been dropped from the Test squad so that he can undergo independent testing on his suspect bowling action at Loughborough University in England on November 24.A team bio mechanics experts at the newly authorized laboratories in Loughborough will assess Hafeez's action and he is currently dropped due to hamstring injury while he was reported for his suspect bowling action in the second test against New Zealand.Mohammad Hafeez is returning back home tonight," said Moin Khan, the team manager in a statement, after that he shall proceed to Loughborough University for testing on bowlers with suspect actions, on November 23 for his appointment for tests on November 24 After which he will fly directly to Dubai from England to play third test against New Zealand. Ajmal has recently undergone a test at Loughborough following the extensive work on his action which was measured to significantly breach the 15-degree limit.

Finch hundred gives Australia the lead

Australia won the third ODI against South Africa here in Canberra on Tuesday. Australian captain Bailey who won the toss has elected to bat first, both the openers Warner and Finch started the innings with a brisk pace added a 100 run partnership for the first wicket in Warner scored 53runs and caught to AB in Philander bowling .Later Steve Smith and Finch batted excellently and Finch made scored 129 and Smith scored 77 puts Australia in a comfortable score of 329. Later South Africa opened innings steadily but failed to carry momentum. Amla scored a century and AB De villiers made 53 while others failed scored 278/9 with Imran Tahir retired hurt. While in Australia bowling Strac registered 32/4 and Hazlewood tool 3 for 51 and ensured Australia ease.

Australia and South Africa both want to take lead from 3 ODI

Third ODI is to be played on today between Australia and South Africa who leveled the series with 1-1 in a 5 match series and 3rd ODI is to be played in Canberra and both the teams are looking forward to register another win in this match. Australia won first match comfortably but struggled in the second ODI scoring 154 runs where South Africa chased. Australia lost Clarke who was suffering from injury and other batsmen were not in good touch other than Bailey and Marsh. On the other hand South Africa batsmen were also not looking in good form who batted very uncomfortably in 2nd ODI want to get all their batsmen into good touch. When coming to bowling both the teams look very strong with Nathan Counter- Nile bowled well in 1st ODI with 4/48 while in 2nd ODI Morkel of South Africa picked 5/21 and Hazlewood of Australia registered career best 5/31. Australia made a few changes to the squad, bringing in Pat Cummins and Doherty in place of Mitchell Johnson and Nathan Lyon. With Mitchell Starc also in the 15-member team, the hosts look strongly. On the other side South Africa are not likely to make any changes to their playing eleven.

Sehwag and Gambir drops themselves out of selection for Deodhar trophy

Indian openers and Delhi Batsmen Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambir opts themselves out from the team selection of 15 members squad from North zone for the Deodhar trophy which starts on November 29. Both the batsmen who were not able to find place in the national team were still eager to play in the ICC cricket world cup 2015. "Today, at the start of the selection committee meeting, the chairman Vikram Rathour intimated us that Virender Sehwag has specifically told him that he doesn't want to play Deodhar Trophy and insisted that some of the promising juniors may be picked. Gautam Gambhir has followed Sehwag and decided against playing but I have no clue about why he pulled out," a member of the North Zone selection committee told PTI on Tuesday.Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan are the only two experienced players in the team.

North Zone Squad: Harbhajan Singh (Cap), Yuvraj Singh, Amit Mishra ,Unmukt Chand, Manan Vohra, Mandeep Singh, Milind Kumar, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Rishi Dhawan, Parveez Rasool, Mohit Sharma, Sandeep Sharma, Nakul verma (Wk), Taruwar Kohli, Vikas Tokas.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Ryder opts himself out of New Zealand ‘A’ tour of UAE

New Zealand opening batsmen Jesse Ryder was opted himself out of the tour of United Arab Emirates citing personal reasons. New Zealand selected believed this as test for players to ensure there form for the ICC cricket world cup 2015 which will be hosted by Australia and New Zealand jointly. Ryder informed him about his unavailability after meeting with Otago officials in Dunedin on Monday morning. "NZC respects Jesse's decision and is currently considering options for a replacement," said Edgar. Ryder had missed Otago Volts' T20 match against Canterbury Kings in Christchurch on Sunday due to 'relationship issues'. "Jesse withdrew from today's game due to personal reasons and we're respecting that. If there are some concerns or issues, we'll work through those with him,” said Otago Cricket CEO Ross Dykes.

Mike Hussey supports Ferguson in place of Clarke for tests against India

Former Australian batsmen Mike Hussey supports Ferguson and gives a suggestion to selectors to give a chance for his test debut in the upcoming series against India in place of Michael Clarke if he is not fit for the 1ST test in the Brisbane. Hussey called upon the selectors to offer Callum Ferguson, who is the leading run-scorer in the Sheffield Shield, an opportunity to prove himself at Test level. "Personally I feel someone like Ferguson is ripe for the picking," he said. "He's leading the Sheffield Shield scoring and has been very consistent the last three years," he added. Ferguson who played for Australia in 2011 is performing in the domestic series and scored 140 runs against Victoria in the Sheffield Shield cricket matches. Hussey feels that he is 30 now and can play for another 8 years.

Finn will be key bowler for England says Harmison

Former England pace bowler Steve Harmison said that Finn will be key bowler for Ashes and ICC cricket world cup 2015. Finn who can bowl at 90kmph can bounce the ball in the bouncy track in Australia and New Zealand when compared to other bowlers. Steve said that other bowlers also get support from the pitches there but Finn had an added advantage over them. Harmison also remembered 2005 Ashes series which contains bowlers like Flintoff, Hoggard, Simon Jones and all the fans called them as ‘fab four’. He also stated that England has a good chances of winning Ashes and cricket world cup 205 as the pace bowling is filled with youth other than Anderson in the likes of Broad, Ben stokes and Finn.

West Indies announced full strength test squad and Ramdin to lead the team

West Indies tour of South Africa is coming nearer and West Indies announced a full length test squad to this tour against South Africa and Dinesh Ramdin was selected as test captain for this tour. "Of course at all times the selection panel aims to select the best and strongest team available. We look forward to this squad giving a good account of themselves for the three Tests in South Africa," Clive Lloyd was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo. "There is a significant amount of international cricket to be played over the next six months, including Test matches against some of the higher ranked teams in world cricket and as such it would be critical for the squad to get off on a positive note in South Africa.", he added.

Test squad: Dinesh Ramdin (c/wk), Chris Gayle, Shivanarine Chanderpaul, Suleman Benn, Jermaine Blackwood, Craig Brathwaite, Jason Holder, Leon Johnson, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor, Chadwick Walton, Darren Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Shannon Gabriel.

Akshar Patel was a bright prospect for India in cricket world cup 2015: Kohli

India stand in Captain Virat Kohli who was impressed with Akshar Patel batting and bowling in the series against Srilanka said that Patel has a bright future and good prospect for the upcoming cricket world cup 2015 which will be played in Australia and Newzealand. Kohli also hinted that Akshar Patel can be picked over Ashwin and Jadeja and Ashwin may not be fixed for single spinner spot and there will be competition between them. "Hopefully if Patel keeps performing like that and shows his composure, he will probably be preferred over a couple of other people in the batting order. You never know when that change arrives. All I can say is I'm happy for him” he said. Kohli also praised Rayudu’s performance in the series.

Virat Kohli will use lighter bats in Australia series

Indian batsman and present stand in captain Virat Kohli is going to use lighter weight bats in the upcoming test series against Australia to handle bouncy and extra pace pitches and use old model pads to get better grip while batting and running between wickets. Kohli will use new gloves to give better handle grip to play better cover drives. Kohli played last time in Australia during 2011-2012 test series and made 300 runs which included a century in Adelaide. “Kohli’s new bats are made out of top quality English willow, and are about 15 grams lighter than those that he used in the home ODI series against Sri Lanka”, said Gautam manager of player cricket bats and other. “Virat wants light bats that have good pick-up, and I select the willow for them in a factory in Meerut. When he plays in India or in the other Asian countries, the sweet spot is lower down the bat and the bottom part is heavy,” he added

Monday, November 17, 2014

Haddin may lead Australia in absence of Clarke for the first test against India

Haddin may be picked and lead Australia against India in the Brisbane test. Clarke, who was injured was injured with hamstring in the 1st ODI against South Africa may not be fit for Brisbane test and wicket keeper batsman may take his charge as a captain. He may be compelled to sacrifice his availability for the entire India series in order to help the national team's medical staff to find a solution for hamstring. "This is a board matter but I will be applying to the board for Haddin to be the captain of Australia. Nice and simple," Howard said. Clarke might undergo surgery a according to scan reports". We are putting the World Cup and Ashes right up there and if he's right for the Indian Test series so be it," he said. "But we've seen him rushed back and what we'd hate is for him to play a Test or two and then break down”, He added.

Johnson rested for remaining ODI’S against South Africa

Australia has announced squad for remaining 3 ODI’s against South Africa and rested their medium pacer Mitchell Johnson. They picked Pat Cummings in place of Johnson who came well after injury and performed well in T20 series. Nathan Lyon has been replaced by Doherty but they didn’t included another batsman in place of Clarke and added addition bowler Mitchell Starc to their pace attack. Mitchell Johnson was rested to ensure that he was fit for upcoming series against India and cricket world cup 2015. "We have chosen not to replace Michael Clarke in the squad with another batsman. After considering the situation we believe we have enough batting depth for the next three matches of this series without calling in another player," Rod Marsh said."We have decided to add two extra pace options to the squad with Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins. That also gives us the opportunity to ensure Mitchell Johnson is fresh and well prepared ahead of the first Test against India," He added.

One year for Tendulkar’s retirement from cricket

One year has been completed for Sachin Tendulkar retirement from the international cricket. Sachin who played last test in his career against West Indies in 2013 batted well in 2nd innings on the final day of the test and retired in a promising note but left his fans and the whole nation in sorrow. After the completion the test after post match presentation Sachin gone emotional and talked to the whole nation and all cricket fans around the world and thanked everyone in his cricketing career and also remembered everyone from his cricket starting days to ending days and thanked everyone who supported him to become a great player. Sachin played total of 664 international matches and scored 34,357 runs and first men to score a double century in an ODI. Tendulkar is now playing for IPL for Mumbai Indians.

India whitewashed Srilanka with 5-0 series win

Indian team won the final ODI against Srilanka on Sunday and made a clean sweep in a 5 match ODI series against Srilanka. Virat was a very happy man to win a series with clean sweep as he was captained the team for the first time. Srilanka made 286-8 and put down a challenging score but India chased it very easily. Virat Kohli made a century of 139 with Ambati Rayudu scoring 69 runs and made India with a 5-0 series win. Mathews was awarded man of the match and Kohli was awarded man of the series with brilliant captaincy .Mathews conveyed that this series will not affect the team for West Indies tour preparation. Kohli praised the Young guys in the team and said "Playing in MS' hometown that was a perfect finish for us," He added.

Many coincidences and records in Rohit 264 innings match

Few records are broken by Rohit Sharma in the 4th ODI against Srilanka in which Rohit Sharma break many records and make his name into the world cricket record book. There are many coincidences also there with Sachin and Sehwag when they scored 200 and 209 respectively in which the opponent team lost their match with the same difference of 153. The difference between Rohit Sharma’s score of 264 and Virat Kohli’s score of 66 is the highest differences between top two scores batsmen in a match. All batsmen who scored double century in a match are from India. Rohit was the first batsmen to score a two double centuries in ODI’S.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Johnson backs Bailey as Australia captain for Cricket World Cup 2015

Mitchell Johnson backed Bailey as a captain for Cricket world cup 2015 in case of unavailability as Clarke. Michael Clarke was injured again with hamstring here in the first ODI against Australia. Bailey captained Australia for 20 ODI’S IN which Australia won 9 matches. “Those thoughts haven’t come into our heads at the moment. We’re obviously just focused on just this series at the moment so I don’t want to think too far ahead. We’ll just have to wait and see”, He said. Johnson was named as a ICC cricketer of the year for the second time yesterday and Johnson expressed his happiness about that. “We back him [Bailey] 100 per cent,” Johnson said. “It’s unfortunate to have this injury but George has been captain for the Australian team for a few of the formats and has done very well in the one day stuff”, He added.

Yuvraj picks his favorites for Cricket World Cup 2015

Indian dashing batsman Yuvraj singh who played his last ODI for India in December 11 2013 picked Australia, Srilanka and India as his favorites for Cricket 2015 world cup said that the performances of Rohit Sharma ,Virat kohli and Dhoni will be crucial. "Kohli is a very talented boy. His determination is the reason behind his success. Rohit sharma, kohli and Dhoni will be very crucial and important for India in the World Cup." Said to IBN in an exclusive interview. When asked about his place in world cup 2015 squad he said that he is playing domestic cricket now and will try to impress selectors before selection and next two months were crucial for him to make a come back.

Pakistan bowler Amir to make a comeback after ban

Medium pacer Mohammad Amir of Pakistan who is disgraced and presently under ban after the spot fixing in the Pakistan tour of England in 2010 was very eager to make a strong come back after lifting his ban. Mohammad Amir is facing 5 years ban but now ICC has revised the anti corruption code and Amir will make a comeback soon in to the domestic cricket. When asked about making his come back into the national side Amir said "I am quite sure that the International Cricket Council (ICC) will act in the best interest of cricket and show leniency, and this will be the best possible solution. I am also very grateful to PCB, ICC and all those persons who stood by me in difficult times,". Along with Amir, Salman butt and Mohammad Asif were the other two players who faced ban along with Amir in the tour of England.

AB De Villiers breaks record of Sourav Ganguly

AB de Villiers breaked record and entered in to record book for making fastest runs of 7000 runs in ODI’S and broked the previous record of Sourav Ganguly with his name in the match against Australia. AB De Villiers who made 7000runs in 166 innings and breaks the Sourav Ganguly record of 7000 runs in 177 innings.

NameTeamMatchesInnings
AB de VilliersSouth Africa, Africa172166
Sourav GangulyIndia180174
Brian LaraWest Indies187183
Desmond HaynesWest Indies188187
Jacques KallisSouth Africa197188
Sachin TendulkarIndia196189
Chris GayleWest Indies, ICC194189
MS DhoniIndia, Asia212189
Ricky PontingAustralia196192
Saeed AnwarPakistan197194


Ravi Shastri comparing Virat Kohli with himself

Former Indian player Ravi shastri compared virat with himself and said that he is seeing a bit like himself in Virat kohli when he was playing. "He's aggressive and he's very young, so the exuberance is still seen in him, which is very good for the team. And I see a bit of myself in him," Shastri said. "Even when I was 20-22 years of age, the adrenaline was running high. We've have been playing some good cricket. It's a passionate bunch of boys."Kohli has bought a good factor into the team and kept India on a winning note.When asked about the Rohit batting of 264 he told that he was in pressure and I told him to bat slowly and get out of that pressure and make your most runs and he did that in a great way. "Sometimes having butterflies in your stomach is good but he was under pressure scoring the initial 10-15 runs, but once he overcame the phase, everything fell in place," he added.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Supreme Court revealed some players names in Mudgal report

IPL 2013 fixing and betting scandal which shakes the world cricket as cricket was a gentlemen game. Mudgal committee has given its report to Supreme Court and SC asked for a hearing on November 14 and revealed seven names out of 13 named in the Mudgal report. Justice TS thakur and FSM kalifullah said that reports are made available for both the lawyers to make the arguments on the next hearing on November 24.

ICC announced LG cricketer of the year 2014

International cricket council (ICC) has announced cricketer of the year awards , LG 2014 cricket awards are as below:

ICC Cricketer of the Year : Mitchell Johnson(Australia)
ICC Test Cricketer of the Year : Mitchell Johnson(Australia)
ODI Cricketer of the Year : AB de Villiers (South Africa)
LG People's Choice award : Bhuvaneshwar Kumar(India)
Women's ODI Cricketer of the Year : Sarah Taylor(England)
T20I Performance of the Year : Aaron Finch for his knock of 156(Australia)
Emerging Player of the Year : Gary Balance(England)
ICC Associate and Affiliate Cricketer of the Year : Preston Mommsen(Scotland)
David Shepherd award for the Umpire of the year : Richard Kettleborough
T20I Women's Cricketer of the Year : Meg Lanning(Australia)
ICC Spirit of Cricket award : Katherine Brunt, England women cricketer

Michael Clarke puts himself out of South Africa series due to injury

Michael Clarke, Who played 1st ODI against South Africa was ruled out of remaining matches in the series due to injury. Clarke was reinjured with his hamstring injury again in 1st ODI against South Africa. Team Australia has confirmed this after the scanning reports but did not say any information about playing test with India on December 4th. "Clarke has taken scans today in Perth for his ongoing left hamstring problem and as a result has been ruled out of the remaining matches in the ODI series. He will return to Sydney for further treatment and an update on his fitness for the first Test in Brisbane will be made in due course," Said Australia team doctor Peter Brukner. With world cup 2015 is just 3months away coach Lehmann said that Australia can win the world cup without Clarke but playing with Clarke gives us additional advantage and confidence, He added.

ICC puts an end to super over in the Cricket World Cup 2015

ICC introduced the super over to decide the match result when it ended in a tie. But now ICC is in a thought of putting an end to super over in Cricket world cup 2015 and are willing to follow their tested method ‘group position’ to decide the result in the knock out matches but if the final ends in a tie then the cup will be shared by two teams. ICC has also increased prize money to the winning team by 25% from $10 million and the teams existing in group stage will get $ 35000.

Modi, Abbott to give a pose with world cup at MCG

Prime Minister of India, Modi is on a 10-day visit to Australia, Myanmar and Fiji to attend key multilateral summits and bilateral meetings. On behalf of this tour Modi will visit Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne in the tour. Modi and Abbott will give a pose media with 2015 world cup. Modi was the first prime minister to visit after 28 years from India. He reached Brisbane after attending the ASEAN-India summit and the East Asia Summit on November 12-13.

Friday, November 14, 2014

India – Pakistan match tickets sold out in 12 minutes

Match between India and Pakistan is very interesting and lot of fans will watch and enjoy themselves than any other matches. According to Australian government tickets for 2015 world cup between India and Pakistan were sold out in 12 minutes. The stadium has a capacity of 50,000 spectators and expecting 20,000 from India and Pakistan. "We have just completed a new stadium at Adelaide, a great venue for cricket and we are very excited to host the India-Pakistan game. It will be a full house with many Indians and Pakistanis living in Australia in attendance along with around 20,000 fans coming from India,” said John Rau , deputy premier of Australia.

Australia tour is tough but gives exposure to India says Gavaskar

Former Indian batting legend Sunil Gavaskar says that the tour of Australia was a tough one but it will give good exposure to team India and gives practice to that conditions.“Australian tour will be a tough one for Team India. They will have a real hard game. But it will be a good exposure to the team ahead of the Cricket world Cup 2015," he said. Gavaskar refused to comment on Tendulkar’s allegation on Greg Chappel in his auto biography but said that Greg should have backed his captains during his tenure. He was in Kerela to receive an award and when asked about local boy sanju Samson there is still more time to make his name to the Indian team, He added.

India is strong contender to win cricket world cup 2015 champions title: Dravid

Former player Rahul Dravid said that the Indian team is one of the strong contenders for 2015 world cup which will be held in Australia and New Zealand and the team has an advantage of playing five bowlers in a match .”India are one of the strong contenders for World Cup as the team has been shaping up well and have an advantage of playing five bowlers in a match, which is a key factor for any side to be that good,” he told to media persons in Bangalore at the Gillette campaign launch. India has all rounder’s in the form of Ashwin and Jadeja , He also mentioned that all specialist bowlers including pace bowlers has been performing well in ODI’s and India will have an advantage with that bouncy pitches.” “The Australian tour will be a learning curve for young Indian players before they participate in the World Cup”, He said. When asked whether the likes of Virat Kohli ,Pujara and Rahane keep up the name of ‘ Fab Four’ that comprises greats like him, Tendulkar, Ganguly and VVS Laxman, He said that the younger lot must make efforts to establish themselves as good players, He added.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Australia had started its mind game against India

Australian team is well known for sledging and mind games at any team who is visiting Australia. Australian pacer Peter Siddle has thrown a Psychological dagger at Indian stand in skipper virat kohli saying that batsman could expect a harsh reception from players and fans on this tour. “Obviously , the captain is going to be bit daunting for him, Coming in for a big test series in Australia and taking over. I am sure that the crowds was right behind us backing up and putting a lot of pressure on him “, He said. Kohli who was already fined in Australia tour in 2011-2012 at Sydney cricket ground for making an offensive hand gesture at fans. Siddle also added that there is no other worse place than Gabba for a foreign player to play his first test as a captain.

Supreme Court will hear today on IPL fixing and betting scandal

Gurunath meiyappan, Chennai super kings owner fate could be decide today. Supreme court will have a hearing on IPL 2013 fixing scandal case today which was announced on November 3, It has adjourned the hearing o the matter today on November 14 after the submission of Justice Mukul Mudgul committee report . This case will also be crucial for former BCCI head N Srinivasan along with in son-in-law Gurunath meiyappan and Raj Kundra, co-owner of Rajasthan royals. IPL teams Chennai super kings and Rajasthan royals may face termination.

Kohli joins as star Ambassador for Cricket World Cup 2015

Indian star batsman Virat Kohli was selected as a star ambassador for the world cup 2015 which was 92 days away. Apart from him Srilanka player Kumara sangakkara, Newzealand captain Brendon Mccullum,Australia pacer Mitchel johnson and all rounder Shane watson are in the list. The ICC Ambassadors should add their support to this event .The star players will also be involved in corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programe and event promotions.” I thank ICC for this honor and I look forward to unify all global initiatives for cricket throughout the world”, He said. Watson expressed this honor proudly and said Australia is preparing well and looking forward to lift the world cup

Hafeez was reported for suspect bowling action

ICC was picking out players for their suspect bowling actions in the recent time. Many players were already under suspension and some are to be tested soon. Hafeez was another player to be reported for his suspect bowling action soon after the completion of 1st test against newzealand. He was regular bowler for Pakistan and he also reported earlier in CLT20 in India. He was the second Pakistan player who reported for suspect bowling action in recent time and ajmal was the first. Hafeez should undergo test in 21 days in any ICC testing center although he was permitted to play till the test results are announced. Earlier to this Saeed ajmal, Sohag gazi, Senanayake and Kane Williamson were reported for suspect bowling action and all under suspension.

India picked squad for Australia series

Selectors have picked 20 members squad for Australia series with a mix of experienced and fresh talent. Bcci has announced this squad by considering world cup 2015 which will be held in Australia and newzealand. Dhoni has been rested for 1st test due to injury and kohli has been named as captain for the 1st test. Karnataka opener Kl rahul who was performing well with bat in the domestic cricket has been included in the squad which also includes karn Sharma who made his debut in t20 against England was selected because wrist spinner may get help from Australia pitches while Naman ojha was picked as a cover for dhoni for 1st test. Raina was also included in the squad after 2012 by keeping world cup in mind. Selectors have picked five pace bowlers in as bhuvaneswar kumar,ishant Sharma,mohammad shami,umesh yadav and varun Aaron in which few of them have been suffering with fitness issues.

Squad : Ms dhoni(capt),Virat kohli,Shikar dhawan,M vijay,Kl rahul,Cheteswar pujara,Ajinkyane rahane,Rohit Sharma,Suresh Raina,Wriddhiman saha ,Naman ojha,R ashwin,Karn sharma,Ravindra jadeja,Bhuneswar kumar,Mohammad shami,Ishant Sharma,Umesh yadav,Varun Aaron

ECB is jealous of IPL’s success says Kevin Peterson

Former England player Kevin Peterson says that England and Wales cricket board (ECB) was feeling jealous of Indian premier league which was receiving huge response than any other tournaments and because of that it is not adjusting their schedule to leave a gap for IPL which resulting that their players are not being part of it .Kevin expressed this view in his auto biography ‘KP’. All English players are in fear that if they play IPL they may not be picked for national team.” The ECB won’t reduce their own schedule because it has a television contract with sky that provides a good chunk of their revenue. “The IPL has a potential audience of a billion people in India alone it is an adrenalin rush. The format is built on aggression and thrills .You are paid and looked after for better . I have got to make a living .Your career passes you by quickly. “The IPL is the future” , he said.

Rahul Dravid backs kohli as test captain

Former Indian player Rahul Dravid backs kohli as test captain and said that it is not fair to judge kohli’s captaincy on basis of one test. Kohli got a good cricketing brain and known to be next captain of india after Dhoni. Dhoni’s absence gives virat the opportunity to show that he leads may be differently”. According to Dravid “I think he has got a good cricket brain while kohli is struggling with his test form in the recent tour of England . But ,Dravid believes that the challenge of leading the team will do kohli “ a world of good”. When asked about Raina’s inclusion may be because to give enough practice for the world cup in Australia dravid disagrees with that and he said he selected many times for test squad before this, he added.

Rohit Sharma 2nd Double Century Full Video - 264 Runs against Sri Lanka

ICC should abolish international T20: Alan border

Border, Australian legend opener strictly believes that the T20 format of the game should be abolished at the international level and should stick with the limited over cricket and to protect test cricket. Border who led Australia to win world cup in 1987 said playingT20 world every two years would suffice, Since the shortest format of game has grown in landscape in the cricketing world. “I think there was enough t20 cricket leagues like Indian premier league, Big bash “, he added

Sachin’s Autobiography ‘Playing It My Way’ reveals Multan test controversy on Dravid’s decision

Sachin tendulkar’s ‘Playing It My Way’ which launched on November 6th in Mumbai has revealed many unknown facts about Indian cricket.One interesting news is Multan test controversy in 2004. Sachin reveals that how he was hurt by Rahul dravid’s decision on innings declaration when he was batting on 194 .Tendukar wrote,”At tea time I asked stand in captain dravid and coach john wright what was the plan. I was informed ,we were looking to give Pakistan an hour to bat. I was perfectly sensible and I went out with this game plan in mind. He continued that ‘A little later when I was on 194 Powar came out and said I should try and get double century in that over itself because Rahul has decided to declare’.”As it happened I did not get to play a single ball with yuvraj on strike and he was out to the fifth ball. “Then just as Parthiv ,the next batsman started to comeout ,I saw Rahul gesturing us to come back to pavilion.I was shocked and disappointed with the decision and after some time sourav and wright came and apologized. Sachin also compared Sydney test when Dravid was batting on 90’s and sourav had sent two messages asking when we should declare and Rahul Dravid carried on batting.” If Rahul was so keen on multan test he should have done the same in Sydney”. However Sachin said that the incident didn’t have any effect on his relationship with Rahul Dravid and we remained as good friends, he added.

Rohit Sharma 2nd Double Century against Sri Lanka - 264 Runs in 173 Balls

Rohit Sharma creates history and rewrites past records with his name. In the match against sri lanka here at Eden gardens Rohit Sharma scored 264 runs in 173 balls with 33 fours and 9 sixes with a strike rate of 152.60 and surpasses sehwag’s highest score of 219.He also created another record and became first man to hit two double hundreds,his first double hundred(209) came against Australia in 2013. Rohit Sharma who was not picked for the first three ODI’s against sri lanka showed his class batting with aggression in this match .He was out of Indian team after his finger injury in india’s tour of England and missed ClT20 too but came back strong with a century at practice match against srilanka but overlooked because of fitness but later for last two matches against srilanka . Rohit was dropped on 4 but later capitalized to make his name in to world cricket records.”I was not tired at all coming after a two months break, I was determined. Once I crossed 50, I had to get century,” Rohit said after his innings in a chat.


IPL opens it first trading window for Pepsi IPL 2015

IPL has opened its first trading window which opens from October 6th and closes on December 12th 2014. Mumbai Indians traded Unmukth chand from Rajasthan royals and Vinay Kumar from Kolkata knight riders to strengthen their team and released Australia player Michael hussy and medium pacer Praveen kumar and they will go into the auction pool. On the other day Parthiv Patel has been transferred to Mumbai Indians who played for Royal challenger’s Bangalore and Mumbai Indians bought Manvinder Singh bisla for an uncovered price from Kolkata knight riders. Trading window will close on December 12th 2014 and player’s auction may be held in early January 2015.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Sachin Tandulkar predicted the semi finalist teams for the cricket world cup 2015

Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar predicted the semi finalists for the Cricket world cup 2015 at the press conference at Lord’s London when he was promoting his auto biography ‘Playing It My Way’. According to him Australia,South Africa,Newzealand and India are his semi finalists. When asked about England chances of winning world cup he said ”I don’t think so but anything is possible in this sport but going on current form I don’t think England will be that competitive”. While talking about spinners role in the forth coming world cup he said “I feel India can surprise a lot of people and I also believe that spinners will come in to play in the upcoming world cup. Sachin also expresses his stand on DRS and diverged from BCCI saying that use of DRS should be standardized. When asked about current stand off between India and west indies he maintained silence. Sachin was optimistic about future of test cricket because of T20 format and somebody who favours T20 can get converted to Test cricket fan. He also remembered him playing for Yorkshire and signed off by saying England will always have a special place in my heart and I scored first test hundred in England” he added .

Sachin Tendulkar autobiography, "Playing It My Way" Launched

Sachin tendulkar's autobiography "Playing it my way" with boria as author which revealed many interesting things before its launch has finally launched on november 5th in the presence of his former team mates,family members in mumbai.Tendulkar presented first copy to his mother Rajni tendulkar and second copy to his childhood coach Ramakant Achrekar by his daughter Sara tendulkar .Later former team mates Sourav Ganguly,Rahul Dravid,Laxman have shared few moments they spent with Sachin tendulkar in their cricketing days.Later Anjali tendulkar joined the conversation and shared some interesting moments in their love life with sachin tendulkar and how they got married .Lastly sachin concluded the event by saying “I would like to thank my team in helping me put the book together. Anjali,Ajit,Boria and Aparna thanks to the entire team for helping me put out the show that I needed.