We have improved against fast bowling due to Raghu: Kohli

NEW DELHI: Throwdown specialist D Raghavendra’s ability to ratchet up speeds in excess of 150-155 kmph with the sidearm enormously contributed to Indian batsmen’s improvement against fast bowling in recent years, acknowledges skipper Virat Kohli. The sidearm is a cricketing equipment that is shaped like a long spoon, with its far end designed to hold […]

Kohli and I are different type of players: Babar Azam

KARACHI: Pakistan’s top batsman Babar Azam on Monday played down comparisons with Indian run-machine Virat Kohli, saying it is not wise to do so as both are “different” kind of players. “I think it’s better if you are not comparing. I have said that he is a different kind of a player, and I am […]

Virat Kohli unquestionably the best at the moment: Ian Chappell

New Delhi: Former Australian captain Ian Chappell feels India skipper Virat Kohli’s penchant for playing copybook cricketing shots and his incredible fitness make him the world’s best batsman across formats among the current generation of cricketers. “Of that group (including Steve Smith, Kane Williamson, Joe Root), Kohli is the best in all three forms. That’s […]

T20 World Cup’s likely postponement will open door for IPL: Taylor

MELBOURNE: Former Australia captain Mark Taylor feels eventually this year’s ICC T20 World Cup would be postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, opening the doors for BCCI to host lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) in that time slot. The ICC T20 World Cup, scheduled to be held in Australia from October 18 to November 15, […]

AITA to nominate Ankita Raina, Divij Sharan for Arjuna award

NEW DELHI: Asian Games medal winners Ankita Raina and Divij Sharan are set to be nominated for the Arjuna award by the national tennis federation, which plans to send former Davis Cup coach Nandan Bal’s name for the Dhyan Chand honour. The 27-year-old Ankita had won a women’s singles bronze medal at the 2018 edition […]

ICC Board members may discuss shifting T20 World Cup to 2022

NEW DELHI: The option of shifting the upcoming T20 World Cup to 2022 is expected to be put on the table when the ICC Board meets on May 28, a member of the world governing body’s influential Board said on Friday. A cloud of uncertainty hangs over the T20 World Cup in the wake of […]

Ganguly has political skills to lead ICC: Gower

NEW DELHI: Former England skipper David Gower feels Sourav Ganguly has the right “political skills” to lead the ICC one day and he has already displayed that as BCCI president, which is a “far tougher job”. The elegant left-hander is very impressed with Ganguly’s leadership abilities and believes that he has what it takes to […]

Denied Arjuna repeatedly, Panghal requests  Rijiju to revamp sports awards selection process

NEW DELHI: Repeatedly denied the Arjuna award for an “inadvertent” dope offence back in 2012, Asian Games gold-winning boxer Amit Panghal on Friday requested Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju to revamp the selection criteria for the national sports awards, calling the current process “discriminatory”. In a letter to the Minister, Panghal, who became India’s first male […]

Shoaib accuses ICC of bias after being trolled by apex body

KARACHI: The flamboyant Shoaib Akhtar has accused the ICC of “throwing neutrality out of window” after being trolled by the apex body for claiming that he can even now dismiss Australian run-machine Steve Smith in a jiffy. The International Cricket Council used a series of images featuring basketball star Michael Jordan to troll Akhtar after […]

Long-term goals put you under stress, I prefer short-term targets: Rohit Sharma

MUMBAI: Emphasising that long term goals can put stress and pressure on a player, star India opener Rohit Sharma says he prefers short term goals and would continue with the same strategy in future. Sharma, who has played 224 ODIs and 32 Tests, said he likes setting a target for himself before the start of […]