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Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy Final: Suresh Raina leads UP to maiden title
Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy Final: Suresh Raina leads UP to maiden title

Suresh Raina (L) led his UP side to a 38-run win over Irfan Pathan's (R) Baroda sideIn the final of the 2016 Syed Mushtaq Ali, the Irfan Pathan-led Baroda lost to the Suresh Raina-led Uttar Pradesh by 38 runs. This is Uttar Pradesh's first Syed Mushtaq Ali title as they beat two-time winners Baroda in Mumbai on Wednesday.A superior bowling performance from the UP bowlers made sure that Baroda kept losing wickets at regular intervals and r

Jan 20 2016
Truth be told -
Truth be told - "mystery of dead pitches"

The Nagpur pitch came under a lot of scrutiny after the third Test between India and South Africa (Image courtesy: India.com) Fast bowlers running down the green turf with a frowning face and hurling the cherry grenade at the batsmen who is left stuttering by his fiery pace, has been a treat for all admirers of the sport. The essence of Test cricket lies in quality bowling from the opposition and the sweet timing from the batsman

Dec 16 2015
Stats: Bowlers taking hat-trick and scoring 50 in the same Test match
Stats: Bowlers taking hat-trick and scoring 50 in the same Test match

Stuard Broad had taken a hat-trick and scored a 50 against India once in his test career, in 2011 Cricket is a team game. All the players in the squad have a role to play in the side, even those who don’t make it to the playing eleven. It is the different skillset of the various individual players that combine together to form a team. The same logic goes for the bowling unit. The different kinds of bowlers in a team gel together to f

Dec 2 2015
Dropping me was unjust, says Indian pacer Praveen Kumar
Dropping me was unjust, says Indian pacer Praveen Kumar

Praveen Kumar is sure about his chances of making a comeback Amidst his preparation for the Uttar Pradesh vs Mumbai Ranji Trophy match, pacer Praveen Kumar said that ignoring him even after his performance in the Asia Cup was unreasonable. He also feels Indian seamers need to focus more on their fitness and analysing the game. The 29-year-old from Meerut told TOI, “I still don't know why I was dropped. I was fit, and bowled well

Nov 5 2015
Manoj Tiwary answers Gambhir with a fighting knock as Karnataka show courage in Ranji Trophy: Day 4 Roundup
Manoj Tiwary answers Gambhir with a fighting knock as Karnataka show courage in Ranji Trophy: Day 4 Roundup

Manoj Tiwary showed resilience to deny Delhi a win After the disgraceful scenes at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi wherein Gautam Gambhir and Manoj Tiwary almost traded blows, the latter responded with a stellar innings to frustrate the Delhi bowlers. In reply, the home batsmen negotiated the remainder of the day even as Gambhir did not come out to bat. Bengal 357 & 217/5 (Tiwary 97, Gani 62, Narwal 2-37) Declared; Delhi 2

5 Indian fast bowlers who were not given enough chances at the international level
5 Indian fast bowlers who were not given enough chances at the international level

Zaheer Khan recently announced his retirement from international cricket Good fast bowlers in India are as rare as an oasis in a desert. Zaheer Khan, one of those rare match-winning fast bowlers India has produced, recently announced his retirement from international cricket with immediate effect and one can only hope that he offers his guidance to the younger fast bowlers that come in far and between from the streets of India.  Amongs

Oct 19 2015
Fast bowler Basant Mohanty skittles Assam for 92 in Ranji Trophy: Day 1 Roundup
Fast bowler Basant Mohanty skittles Assam for 92 in Ranji Trophy: Day 1 Roundup

Manish Pandey’s aggressive century blunted the Vidarbha bowling attack Odisha’s new-ball bowler, Basant Mohanty ripped the Assam batting unit apart with an incisive spell on a helpful surface at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack. He was ably supported by the other bowlers as only Assam batsmen reached double figures. However, the Assamese bowlers struck back by dismantling the Odisha top-order. Krishna Das scalped 4 wick

Oct 15 2015
Tamil Nadu pull off a Houdini-esque recovery to stun Baroda in the Ranji Trophy: Day 3 Roundup
Tamil Nadu pull off a Houdini-esque recovery to stun Baroda in the Ranji Trophy: Day 3 Roundup

A resilient Tamil Nadu outfit eclipsed Baroda in an exhilarating encounter In a comeback of epic proportions, an exuberant Tamil Nadu team defeated Baroda at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Riding on left-arm spinner Rahil Shah’s 5-wicket haul, the Abhinav Mukund-lead side successfully defended 122 on a raging turner. Apart from a cameo by Deepak Hooda, the remaining batsmen struggled to come to terms with the condit

Oct 3 2015
10 players we would love to see in the 2016 T20 World Cup
10 players we would love to see in the 2016 T20 World Cup

Quite a lot of teams have already started planning earnestly for the ICC World T20 next year. From deciding their ideal bowling combinations to testing out the batting order in the T20 matches scheduled leading up to the World Cup, preparations seem to be in the full swing. But at the same time, every cricket fan has a personal list of players that he adores and follows. There are quite a lot of brilliant and explosive players we would love to s

Aug 12 2015
Satire: An Indian coaching XI
Satire: An Indian coaching XI

Mumbai’s coaching staff has big names in it Secretly taking cue from Mumbai Indians’ success with multi-talented coaches in this year’s IPL and to avoid any country vs club debate, BCCI announced an Indian coaching XI, a group of 11 players that will coach the Indian team. A former coach from Australia was contacted by the BCCI to help with the process and was told to report to the BCCI advisory panel. Afte

Jun 26 2015
Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Delhi Daredevils by six runs
Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Delhi Daredevils by six runs

Saurabh Tiwary and Kedar Jadhav of Delhi Daredevils during the match against Sunrisers Hyderabad Raipur, May 10: Kedar Jadhav's valiant unbeaten knock of 63 in 34 balls went in vain as Delhi Daredevils lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad by six runs in an Indian Premier League encounter at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium here on Saturday. After winning the toss and choosing to bat, Sunrisers posted 163/4 thanks to Moi

May 10 2015
Sunrisers coach Tom Moody heaps praise on match winner Eoin Morgan
Sunrisers coach Tom Moody heaps praise on match winner Eoin Morgan

Tom Moody Mumbai, May 7 (IANS) Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Tom Moody on Thursday applauded man-of-the-match Eoin Morgan for his splendid and timely innings, saying the Englishman showed how dangerous he could be with the bat. Morgan struck a blistering 63 off 28 balls against Rajasthan Royals in their Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter, to help his side reach 201/4 at the Brabourne stadium here. The Royals were restricted to 194/7, thus lo

May 8 2015
Recapping all 13 hat-tricks in Indian Premier League history
Recapping all 13 hat-tricks in Indian Premier League history

Indian Premier League’s (IPL) 8th edition didn’t experience any hat-trick this time around. This season did see some terrific bowling performance by new and old bowlers, but no one could credit 3 consecutive wickets milestone in their pocket. So far, 13 hat-tricks have been taken in all the seasons. The IPL is associated with excitement because of the runs that get hammered by nearly all batsmen, but it has also g

May 5 2015
6 longest sixes in IPL history
6 longest sixes in IPL history

The Indian Premier League (IPL) is mostly about big hitting and more importantly, hitting sixes. A six is what brings the crowds alive and sometimes, a shot which travels many-a-mile can break the opposition and can win matches for the batting team. Over the years, we have seen a lot of sixes hit every year, some powerful and some beautifully timed. We have seen behemothic sixes over cow corner, beautiful sixes hit insid

May 2 2015
David Warner is fantastic as skipper: Sunrisers mentor VVS Laxman
David Warner is fantastic as skipper: Sunrisers mentor VVS Laxman

David Warner Mumbai, April 24 (IANS) Ahead of their match against Mumbai Indians, Sunrisers Hyderabad team mentor V.V.S. Laxman heaped praise on skipper David Warner on Friday saying the Australian, as a senior squad player, has taken lot of responsibility and has been fantastic in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL).  "Warner has been fantastic. We have given him the captaincy because of the way he contributed as a leader in

Apr 24 2015
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