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I see myself as a Test match bowler, says Nikit Dhumal, young Maharashtra fast bowler
I see myself as a Test match bowler, says Nikit Dhumal, young Maharashtra fast bowler

Nikit Dhumal picked up 11 wickets for Maharashtra in the Ranji Trophy this season (Image courtesy: Red Bull)Nikit Dhumal had a breakthrough Ranji Trophy season this year as he ended with 11 wickets in three matches at an average of 18.81, the least for any Maharashtra bowler this season. He capped the season off by taking an 8-wicket haul against two-time defending champions Karnataka to knock them out of the tournament.Here are excerpts fro

Feb 11 2016
How two childhood friends led Assam to their maiden Ranji Trophy semi-final
How two childhood friends led Assam to their maiden Ranji Trophy semi-final

The Assam Ranji Trophy squad 2015-16The scenes inside the dressing room were jubilant. Some were cheering with cacophonic cheers while few others decided to dance to a popular Bollywood numbers. However, in one corner of the room sat two childhood friends, Krishna and Arup Das, both calmly talking on the phone.It’s a big day for Assam cricket, they have qualified for the Ranji Trophy semi-finals for the first time ever, and calls have bomba

Feb 8 2016
Ranji Trophy QF, Day 4 Round-up: Assam reach first-ever Ranji semis; Mumbai, MP also qualify
Ranji Trophy QF, Day 4 Round-up: Assam reach first-ever Ranji semis; Mumbai, MP also qualify

Arup Das (second from left) returned match figures of 11 for 124Valsad (Gujarat), Feb 6 (IANS) The Assam team etched their names in domestic cricket history, beating much-fancied Punjab by 51 runs to enter the Ranji Trophy semifinals for the first time here on Saturday.With Punjab trailing by 63 runs in their second innings at the start of the fourth day of their quarter-final clash at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium, Assam needed just 20 ba

Feb 6 2016
Subramaniam Badrinath- The Ice Man India never made full use of
Subramaniam Badrinath- The Ice Man India never made full use of

Subramaniam Badrinath never got his share of chances to represent his country.I did a few years of my lower-grade schooling in Mumbai and for the few years that I was there, my teachers found me to be a very hard working student, but someone who never quite managed to get into the elite grade. By elite, I mean, someone who always missed out on featuring in the Top 10 rank holders in the class by a small margin.I was always the perennial 11th

Feb 6 2016
Ranji Trophy QF, Day 3 Round-up: Saurashtra crush Vidarbha, Assam on the cusp of historic win
Ranji Trophy QF, Day 3 Round-up: Saurashtra crush Vidarbha, Assam on the cusp of historic win

Shreyas Iyer continued his sensational run to put Mumbai in the driver’s seat1.Saurashtra vs Vidarbha at VizianagaramSaurashtra became the first team to progress through to the semifinals of the 2015/16 season of the Ranji Trophy after beating Vidarbha by an innings and 85 runs at Vizianagaram on Friday. Beginning the day at 17 for no loss, none of the Vidarbha batsmen looked in any kind of control as Jaydev Unadkat carried on from whe

Ranji Trophy QF, Day 2 Round-Up: Bengal collapse; Umesh Yadav picks up five-wicket haul
Ranji Trophy QF, Day 2 Round-Up: Bengal collapse; Umesh Yadav picks up five-wicket haul

Umesh Yadav picked up five wickets against Saurashtra in the Ranji Trophy quarter-final.Despite Umesh Yadav’s and Aditya Sarwate’s efforts with the ball, Saurashtra posted a big score of 375, thanks largely to two brilliant centuries by Sheldon Jackson and wicketkeeper Sagar Jogiyani, who endured fiery spell from Yadav. Yadav bowled with a lot of heart and also got his reward as he picked up a five-wicket haul against a form

Feb 4 2016
Ranji Trophy QF, Day 1 Round-Up: Unadkat demolishes Vidarbha; Herwadkar guides Mumbai to big total
Ranji Trophy QF, Day 1 Round-Up: Unadkat demolishes Vidarbha; Herwadkar guides Mumbai to big total

Jaydev Unadkat picked up five wickets against Vidarbha.Jaydev Unadkat picked up a five-wicket hull as Saurashtra restricted Vidarbha to a modest total of 151. In reply, Saurashtra posted 70/1 at stumps on day one of the Ranji Trophy quarter-finals at Dr PVG Raju ACA Sports Complex, Vizianagaram. It was a collective bowling display by the Saurashtra players led by the young Unadkat. Hardik Rathod and Chirag Jani also picked up two w

Feb 3 2016
Ranji cricketer Rameez Khan excluded from the squad for killing a black buck
Ranji cricketer Rameez Khan excluded from the squad for killing a black buck

Madhya Pradesh all-rounder Rameez Khan has been dropped from the Ranji squad by the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) after he was arrested for allegedly killing a black buck in Sagar district in January. The black buck is an ungulate species of antelope native to the Indian subcontinent that has been listed as ‘Near Threatened’ on the IUCN Red List since 2003.Rameez Khan (second right) and his father Mehmood Khan (left) were

Feb 2 2016
5 local Indian coaches who have produced great talent over the years
5 local Indian coaches who have produced great talent over the years

A cricketer takes wickets, makes truckloads of runs and wins games for his country, and in the midst of flash bulbs that chase these success stories, some men fade away in the background. These men were there for the players when others weren’t. These men helped the players correct their batting stance, and suggested improvements in the wrist position. These men carried the players pillion on their motorcycles, across the city, from on

Jan 26 2016
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