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India put No. 1 ranking on the line against Sri Lanka in T20I series
India put No. 1 ranking on the line against Sri Lanka in T20I series

India whitewashed Australia 3-0 in the T20I series to attain the No. 1 ranking in T20I.ICC World Twenty20 2016 host India and defending champion Sri Lanka go head to head in a three-match T20 International series in Pune on Wednesday with the number-one ranking on the MRF Tyres ICC T20I Championship table up for grabs.India, which vaulted seven places to first after sweeping aside Australia last week, needs to win the series against Sri

Feb 7 2016
Jimmy Neesham and Ravichandran Ashwin having Twitter fun during IPL Auction 2016
Jimmy Neesham and Ravichandran Ashwin having Twitter fun during IPL Auction 2016

Ashwin and NeeshamThere is little doubt that when it comes to athletes on Twitter, there are few better than New Zealand's Jimmy Neesham. The New Zealand all-rounder is one of the most entertaining athletes, whether he is playing for his country or not. And during the IPL Auction 2016, he was involved in a conversation with Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.Also Read: IPL Auction 2016: Shane Watson, Pawan Negi, Yuvraj Singh fetch huge p

Feb 6 2016
5 players who caused a furious bidding war in the IPL 2016 Auction
5 players who caused a furious bidding war in the IPL 2016 Auction

The IPL Auction saw its fair share of surprises. It was an exercise in self-evaluation with the result being reaffirmed or shattered under the hammer. Some players set their base price in crores and the Veblen Effect failed them miserably. While others set a low base price, keeping their expectations low, only to be astonished at the price they were sold by.  The teams which participated in a bidding war for the lesser known players were pr

Feb 6 2016
5 takeaways from India's World T20 squad announcement
5 takeaways from India's World T20 squad announcement

The much-awaited announcement of India’s squad for the Asia Cup and the subsequent ICC World Twenty20 has been made. While the selectors have primarily stuck with the same unit that beat Australia 3-0 on their own soil, there has been a bit of chopping and changing. This includes the surprise inclusion of a couple of unlikely players and a few exclusions that may be a little tough to justify. Apart from this, a number of other points

Feb 5 2016
Predicted India XI for T20I series against Sri Lanka
Predicted India XI for T20I series against Sri Lanka

A confident India will be looking to win the thee-match series against Sri Lanka India followed the disappointment of the ODI series loss against Australia by hammering the hosts 3-0 in the T20I series, thus inflicting the first series whitewash on Australia in Australia. The level of confidence that India has following the series victory against Australia will definitely hold the Men in Blue in good stead as they look to continue their

Saqlain Mushtaq only watches India's matches to see Ravichandran Ashwin bowl
Saqlain Mushtaq only watches India's matches to see Ravichandran Ashwin bowl

Ravichandran Ashwin was the highest taker in Test matches in 2015Saqlain Mushtaq, the Pakistani off-spinner, who was the quickest to 100 ODI wickets, a record that has lasted close to two decades. Saqlain was Pakistan’s premier spin option for a long time till an injury bogged him down and Danish Kaneria went past him.He disappeared from internationals scene by 2004, when he picked up that injury. His variations were the soul of his of

Feb 3 2016
Ravi Ashwin sees Mankading as act of heroism, trolls advocates of 'spirit of cricket'
Ravi Ashwin sees Mankading as act of heroism, trolls advocates of 'spirit of cricket'

Ravi Ashwin has come out in support of more bowlers taking wickets by Mankading batsmenWith most of the cricket world coming down hard on West Indies U19 team’s ‘disgraceful’ method of qualifying for the World Cup quarter-finals in their match against Zimbabwe on Tuesday, Indian spinner Ravi Ashwin has taken a firm stand in favour of the under-fire young Caribbean bowler Keemo Paul.Zimbabwe needed only three runs in the 50th ove

Feb 3 2016
Ravichandran Ashwin engages in banter on Twitter; makes fun of bowlers in age of 400+ par scores
Ravichandran Ashwin engages in banter on Twitter; makes fun of bowlers in age of 400+ par scores

Ravichandran AshwinRavichandran Ashwin had an interesting exchange with a journalist on Wednesday, which ended with him making a self-deprecating joke on bowlers who had chosen their craft in an unfortunate time of high scores.Ashwin, who is a keen student of the game and a follower of cricket matches everywhere, was disappointed not to be able to watch the ongoing New Zealand vs Australia ODI, where Martin Guptill had launched on a typical carna

Feb 3 2016
The dying art of persistence in cricket: Is innovation really remoulding the game?
The dying art of persistence in cricket: Is innovation really remoulding the game?

While the brouhaha over these kinds of shots adds value to entertainment, is it adding value to the sport itself?I began to write this just after watching the final of the first Women’s Big Bash League in Australia. A nail biting finish would be an understatement to say the least. Also, the manner in which cricket is evolving into a wholesome entertainment package across geographies is quite heartening to see.However, evolution, i

Feb 2 2016
Rating Indian cricketers in the T20I series against Australia
Rating Indian cricketers in the T20I series against Australia

Idnia exceeded all expectations in the T20I series against AustraliaIndia became the first side to complete a whitewash over Australia in Australia. The 3-0 series win was made possible by not just one or two performers but by the entire team, who all chipped in with crucial efforts at the right time.While Virat Kohli will undeniably get all the plaudits for continuing his scarcely believable form in the three T20Is, he wasn’t the only Indi

Feb 1 2016
Possible Indian squad for the 2016 World T20
Possible Indian squad for the 2016 World T20

India's possible squad for the World T20 Last night, India created history by becoming the first team in 140 years to whitewash Australia in a series in Australia. Now, with this 3-0 win, India will go into the 2016 World T20 with a lot of confidence. India are already the red-hot favourites for the tournament that will take place in India. MS Dhoni, after last night’s victory, said that this will be the most likely Ind

Feb 1 2016
5 Talking Points: Australia v India, 3rd T20I
5 Talking Points: Australia v India, 3rd T20I

After having won the series in the first two matches, India were looking to make history by whitewashing the Aussies at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). Australian stand-in captain Shane Watson won the toss and elected to bat first. The captain led from the front with a brilliant 124* as the host put a big score of 197/5 in 20 overs. In reply, India got off to a flying start with scoring 74 runs in the first six overs. The Indian top-order

Jan 31 2016
5 Players who may rule the ICC World T20 2016
5 Players who may rule the ICC World T20 2016

5 tournaments, and each time a different winner- this has been the story of ICC World T20 so far. Another highly anticipated World T20 to be held in India is knocking at the door now. On the previous ocassions, we have seen Shahid Afridi, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kevin Pietersen, Shane Watson, Virat Kohli et al stealing the shows with great aptitude. So far we have seen young guns like Mohammad Aamir and Kohli, as well as exper

Jan 30 2016
5 Talking Points: Australia v India, 2nd T20I
5 Talking Points: Australia v India, 2nd T20I

The victorious Indian T20I squad after winning their first T20I series in Australia After having won the first T20I at the Adelaide Oval convincingly, India was looking to seal the three-match series at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Australia won the toss and elected to field and allowed India to bat first. The Indian top-order once again proved their prowess as they piled on the runs at a healthy rate and scored 184/3 in 20 overs. Austral

Jan 29 2016
Deserved to be dropped from ODIs, says Ravichandran Ashwin
Deserved to be dropped from ODIs, says Ravichandran Ashwin

Ashiwn took the blame upon himself for being left out of the ODI side for the last three ODIs of the VB Series.India star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Thursday said he was disappointed but deserved to being left out of the playing XI during the One-Day International (ODI) series against Australia.Ashwin conceded it was a fair decision taken by the management as he didn't perform well in the first two ODI matches.After successive losses

Jan 28 2016
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