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What Virat Kohli did could affect the team, says Sunil Gavaskar


Not too impressed with Virat Kohli’s outbursts on and off the field, former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar said the aggression could backfire badly in the ongoing third cricket Test against Australia as the tourists already have their back against the wall. ....more »

India vs Australia, 3rd Test: Shikhar Dhawan faces home truth at MCG


Of the lot, they say Victorians are the most derided in Australia.Too snooty, too brash, too hung up on how they look, too rigid to try and change are only some of the many issues that the rest of the country has with the lot they often refer to as Mexicans, just because they are ‘south of the border’. ....more »

India vs Australia: We are going to continue with that aggressive brand of cricket, says Steve Smith


One of the youngest ever to take over as Australia’s Test captain, all-rounder Steve Smith on Monday said getting elevated to the position was an “amazing thrill” even as he promised to be an aggressive and positive leader in the ongoing Test series against India. ....more »

Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes succumbs to head injury


Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes died in hospital on Thursday, two days after the batsman was struck on the head by a bouncer during a domestic match. ....more »

SC questions Srinivasan’s return as BCCI chief; doubts over his conflict of interests still remain


In a setback to ousted BCCI chief N Srinivasan, the Supreme Court on Monday said that it was only his “assumption” that he has been given a clean chit by the Mudgal probe panel in the IPL betting and spot-fixing scandal, and asserted that questions over his “conflict of interests” still loomed large. ....more »

There needs to be more application from batsmen, says Virat Kohli


After he powered India to a clean sweep over Sr Lanka with an unbeaten ton in Ranchi on Sunday, Virat Kohli said he was a “little worried and annoyed” when his batsmen were throwing away their wickets and demanded more application from them. ....more »

At the top, India have a happy headache


It was a watchful start by Anjikya Rahane. He was on three off 13 balls when his first four came — a wristy flick behind square-leg off medium pacer Lahiru Gamage. His next boundary came in the 10th over. This time he charged down the wicket and dispatched the same bowler to the cover fence. ....more »

Virat Kohli ascends to 2nd spot in ICC ODI rankings


Benefitting from his return to form in the abruptly-ended West Indies series, Indian batsman Virat Kohli claimed number two slot in the ICC rankings while swing bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar broke into top-10 for the first time in his career. ....more »

India announce ‘Let’s Football’, Indian Super League off to a glittering start


It was an evening to remember for the people residing in ‘Mecca of Indian Football’ as a riot of colours lit the Salt Lake skyline with much awaited Indian Super League (ISL) doing everything possible to strike the right chord with the football afficianado. ....more »

Rohit Sharma gearing up for Australia pace test


Gearing up for the pace test that awaits India in Australia come December, batsman Rohit Sharma said the likes of Mitchell Johnson and Peter Siddle would be a tough challenge to deal with but the Indians are no longer intimidated by bouncy tracks Down Under. ....more »

Winning 11 games in a row is a great achievement: Gautam Gambhir


Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir chose not to be harsh on his fielders, who missed chances galore in the CLT20 contest against Lahore Lions, saying the team has worked hard in its impressive 11-match winning streak. ....more »

ICC no-balls Saeed Ajmal


For close to three years, few batsmen have managed to fathom Saeed Ajmal’s bowling, and fewer still have come close to unravelling the Pakistan off-spinner’s mystery. ....more »

The new boys have brought in a lot of fresh energy: Ajinkya Rahane


Ajinkya Rahane today said that the new players who have joined the ODI squad, have brought in fresh energy and helped in turning around India’s fortunes in the ongoing one-day series against England. ....more »

The aftermath: BCCI restricts company of wives, says no to girlfriends on tours


In England, while they slumped to a humbling 3-1 Test series defeat, India’s slip fielders dropped every second catch that came their way, and their top two batsmen were dismissed the same way on almost every occasion. The repercussions of that will be felt now by the players’ wives and girlfriends. ....more »

India tour of England: 94 all out


Alastair Cook and his men drank, spilled and finished the champagne very early in their victory lap. In the corporate boxes, flute-glasses filled up till the coolers ran empty. ....more »

India tour of England: In search of a break


Around here, it’s either raining or just about to rain. The hawkers in the city square load their carts with umbrellas and commuters on the tram carry woollens in their hand bag. ....more »

India finish fifth at Commonwealth Games, P Kashyap clinches historic gold


Parupalli Kashyap brought the curtains down on India’s campaign in the 20th Commonwealth Games to a thunderous applause, winning a historic gold in the men’s singles badminton in Glasgow on Sunday, as the country earned a fifth-place finish with 64 medals, including 15 yellow metals. ....more »

Play straight and big knock is round the corner: coach to Virat Kohli


Virat Kohli’s childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma has advised his ward to “avoid playing strokes square off the wicket initially” in order to counter the swing, saying it would help him get back to form with a bang. ....more »

India tour of England: India clinch historic win at Lord’s


Ishant Sharma claimed seven wickets to bowl India to a 95-run victory over England in the second Test at Lord’s on Monday, their first overseas win since 2011. ....more »

BCCI invites Pak team for CLT20


BCCI has invited PCB to send a team to take part in the Champions League. However, the team’s participation will once again depend on the clearance from the Indian government. ....more »

FIFA World Cup: Germany lift title after 24 years


A world class Mario Goetze volley in extra time fired Germany to a fourth World Cup crown with a 1-0 victory over Argentina on Sunday, leaving the South Americans and their captain Lionel Messi heartbroken. ....more »

A tale of the Indian tail


Early in the second session, India lost four wickets in 21 balls to go from 344 for 5 to 346 for 9. That got together the tailenders — Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami. The surprise collapse came with a buzz that swept across Trent Bridge. ....more »

Wimbledon 2014: Eight will have to wait


Novak Djokovic claimed a second Wimbledon title after coming out on top in an extraordinary battle of wills against seven-times winner Roger Federer, eventually triumphing 6-7(7) 6-4 7-6(4) 5-7 6-4 in a gripping encounter on Sunday. ....more »

Wimbledon 2014: Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic shine after struggle, make semis


Roger Federer finally blotted his copybook on Wednesday, dropping a set for the first time at this year’s Wimbledon before reaching the semi-finals with a 3-6 7-6(5) 6-4 6-4 win over fellow Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka. ....more »

FIFA World Cup: Netherlands fight to live another day


Klaas Jan Huntelaar and Wesley Sneijder scored late goals Sunday to give the Netherlands a 2-1 victory over Mexico and a spot in the World Cup quarterfinals. ....more »

The defence: Luis Suarez thrust shoulder


FIFA has officially charged Uruguay’s Luis Suarez for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini in the teams’ World Cup match, a process that could lead to a suspension for Uruguay’s best offensive player. ....more »

Ahead of 2015 World Cup, India to play Tests and ODIs in Australia


Defending champions India will get an early feel of the Australian conditions ahead of next year’s ODI World Cup after agreeing to play a Test series against the hosts and a triangular one-day series, also featuring England, between December 4 and February 1. ....more »

FIFA World Cup: Spain’s reign ends at Maracana


One of the greatest dynasties in modern football came to a shattering end when champions Spain lost 2-0 to Chile on Wednesday and crashed out of the World Cup with their glory days consigned to the history books. ....more »

Michael Schumacher no longer in coma, leaves hospital for rehabilitation


Formula One great Michael Schumacher is no longer in a coma and has left a French hospital where he had been receiving treatment since a skiing accident in December, his manager said Monday. ....more »

FIFA World Cup: Sublime Lionel Messi lights up Maracana


Lionel Messi finally made his mark on the World Cup and lit up the Maracana with his first goal in the finals for eight years but Argentina had to battle hard for a 2-1 win over debutants Bosnia in their opening Group F match on Sunday. ....more »