WTC Final: One game over five days isn’t going to reflect how we are as a team, says Kohli

SOUTHAMPTON: India captain Virat Kohli on Thursday asserted that one Test match is not a “true reflection” of his team even if it happens to be the World Test Championship final against New Zealand here and he is treating it as “just another” game. For the Indian captain and his team, the WTC final is […]

Ideal to bat first in seaming conditions, says Ganguly

New Delhi: Up against the “best New Zealand” side of the past 35 years, India should opt to bat first even if the conditions are overcast as that is what has worked best for the side during overseas tours, feels BCCI President and former captain Sourav Ganguly. The decorated former batsman is hopeful that Virat […]

India name 8 debutants in women’s hockey squad for Tokyo Olympics

BENGALURU: India on Thursday named eight Olympic debutants in its 16- member women’s hockey squad for the Tokyo Games to be held from July 23 to August 8. The squad includes eight experienced campaigners who last featured in the 2016 Rio Olympics. The Indian women’s hockey team will be captained by star striker Rani Rampal […]

Smith replaces Williamson as top-ranked Test batsman, Kohli rises to fourth

DUBAI: India skipper Virat Kohli climbed to the fourth spot while Australia batsman Steve Smith reclaimed the top position in the ICC Test rankings released on Wednesday. Kohli, who will lead India in the World Test Championship final against New Zealand at the Hampshire Bowl in Southampton from Friday, has 814 points. Keeping Kohli company […]

I have reached here because of criticism: Rahane

SOUTHAMPTON: Ajinkya Rahane doesn’t mind a bit of “criticism” but has never been too overtly bothered by what people think about his game as he goes on with his job of winning Test matches for the Indian cricket team. Despite his blow-hot-blow-cold form over the last few years, India’s Test vice-captain with 1095 runs in […]

Two India squads playing in different locations may continue if COVID challenges persist: Arun Dhumal

NEW DELHI: India fielding two different squads in different locations due to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic can become a norm as it allows more bilateral cricket and some respite to all-format players from bio-bubble fatigue, said BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal on Wednesday. In a rare instance, Shikhar Dhawan will be leading a […]

India among top five contenders for medal at Tokyo Olympics: Roelant Oltmans

NEW DELHI: Former head coach Roelant Oltmans has picked the Indian men’s hockey team among the medal contenders for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics in July-August. In an insightful conversation with ‘Hockey Te Charcha’, a podcast series initiated by Hockey India ahead of the Olympics, Oltmans emphasized that mental toughness will be a deciding factor for […]

Concussed Faf du Plessis ruled out of remaining PSL matches, returning home

ABU DHABI: Former South African captain Faf du Plessis, who had suffered a concussion during a Pakistan Super League match, was on Wednesday ruled out of the remaining matches of the T20 tournament. Du Plessis suffered the concussion following a nasty collision with his Quetta Gladiators teammate Mohammad Hasnain while trying to save a boundary […]

WTC final: Umesh pips Shardul, Siraj included in India’s 15-member squad

SOUTHAMPTON: Veteran speedster Umesh Yadav pipped Brisbane Test hero Shardul Thakur in the 15-member Indian squad that will take on New Zealand in the World Test Championship final starting on June 18. Umesh, along with Mohammed Shami, and Hanuma Vihari all of whom got injured during the Australia tour, were back in the 15 that […]

Pujara has done more than those who criticise his batting, says Tendulkar

NEW DELHI: Cheteshwar Pujara’s style of batsmanship is integral to Team India’s success and critics who haven’t achieved anything close to what he has for the country should just take it a bit easy, feels former captain and batting legend Sachin Tendulkar. Pujara, despite his lion-hearted effort in Australia, has often faced the criticism about […]

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