Shubman Gill will be one of the highest-scoring batsmen by end of IPL: Hussey

MUMBAI: Backing the out-of form Shubman Gill, Kolkata Knight Riders team mentor David Hussey said the opener is a “class act” who will be among the highest-scoring batsmen by the end of the IPL. The highly talented 21-year-old has not been at his best this season, managing 80 runs from five matches. “He is a […]

England spinner Dom Bess says he started ‘hating cricket’ after long bio-bubble in India

LONDON: England off-spinner Dom Bess has revealed that he had started “hating cricket” after his prolonged stay inside a bio-bubble during the Test tour of India earlier this year. Bess got just five wickets from two Tests in the four-match series, which India won 3-1. He was dropped after helping England to victory in the […]

I have to go beyond the Chinese lifters and win gold in Olympics: Mirabai Chanu

NEW DELHI: Nothing less than a gold will do for India’s champion weightlifter, Mirabai Chanu, in the Tokyo Olympics as she seeks to break China’s dominance and aura of invincibility in the sport. “I don’t want a silver in the Olympics, I want gold,” declared the world record-breaking lifter during an interview with PTI. She […]

Shastri’s ability to infuse confidence in youngsters is unbelievable: Gavaskar

NEW DELHI: Effusive in his praise for national cricket coach Ravi Shastri, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar on Saturday called him an “incredible” mentor with an “unbelievable” ability to motivate youngsters even in their lowest phases. Gavaskar’s view was second by the national team’s bowling coach Bharat Arun. “Just 10-15 minutes with Ravi Shastri after […]

2022 World Cup will be my swansong: Mithali Raj

NEW DELHI: Indian women’s ODI captain Mithali Raj on Saturday indicated that the 2022 50-over World Cup in New Zealand will be her “swansong” after 23 illustrious years in international cricket. The 38-year-old Mithali, arguably, the finest woman cricketer that India has ever produced, also said that she is seriously looking for some good seam […]

IPL 2021: Something is missing in our batting line-up, says Rohit Sharma

CHENNAI: Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma on Friday conceded that “something is missing” in their mighty batting line-up following their third loss in five games in the ongoing IPL. Mumbai Indians, who lost to Punjab Kings by nine wickets here, have not batted to their potential yet. “Something is missing in our batting line-up, we […]

IPL: Partnership with Kohli made it easier to hit boundaries in challenging middle overs: Padikkal

MUMBAI: It is a challenge to hit boundaries in the middle overs, concedes Royal Challengers Bangalore’s young star Devdutt Padikkal but he found the task to be relatively easy thanks to the partnership with skipper Virat Kohli in the IPL game against Rajasthan Royals. Padikkal notched up his maiden hundred of the IPL on Thursday, […]

Axar Patel beats Covid to re-join DC squad, calls it best moment after Test debut

CHENNAI: All-rounder Axar Patel has rejoined the Delhi Capitals (DC) squad after recovering from Covid-19 and said that getting to meet his teammates after a 20-day quarantine comes a close second to his Test debut as the “best moment” of his life. The 27-year-old had initially checked into the Capitals’ team hotel on March 28 […]

Too much workload detrimental to producing genuine all-rounder: Former India batsman VVS Laxman

KOLKATA: Former India batsman VVS Laxman on Thursday blamed too much workload of the players for the country not producing another genuine all-rounder of great Kapil Dev’s ilk. Players like Hardik Pandya have been compared with legendary Kapil, the country’s first World Cup-winning captain. “It’s a very difficult role being an all-rounder. Kapil paaji was […]

Fleming credits shift in attitude to CSK’s IPL turn around

MUMBAI: Chennai Super Kings’ (CSK) coach Stephen Fleming has attributed the team’s turnaround, after the flop show in last IPL, to a shift in attitude and addition of some key personnel. Three-time champions CSK are occupying the top spot following three successive wins in the ongoing league, less than six months after failing to make […]