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It's time Virat Kohli's Team India gets a head coach
It's time Virat Kohli's Team India gets a head coach

Team Director Ravi Shastri and Test captain Virat Kohli might just be a flawed combination “The only coach a cricket team needs is the one which carries it to the ground,” – this is what Shane Warne felt about coaches. The year was 2000. John Buchanan had taken over as Australian coach at the end of 1999. He was not a legend, he wasn’t even a Test player. He was not like Bob Simpson and Geoff Marsh, w

Aug 22 2015
BCCI deliberating over separate India coaches for Tests and ODIs
BCCI deliberating over separate India coaches for Tests and ODIs

Ravi Shastri watches over a India practice session on the tour of Bangladesh earlier this year BCCI is deliberating over the option of appointing two separate head coaches for the long and the shorter formats. Anurag Thakur, BCCI secretary, has revealed that the appointment of the coaches should happen before the South Africa series in October. The cricket advisory committee has been given full freedom to choose a coach but two coaches might

Aug 21 2015
Is Ravi Shastri turning out to be the Indian version of Greg Chappell?
Is Ravi Shastri turning out to be the Indian version of Greg Chappell?

Shastri needs to get his priorities right The liquid takes the shape of the vessel. This adage goes hand in hand when it comes to Indian cricket. Gary Kirsten departed following the 2011 World Cup leaving behind a legacy and the footprints which should have ideally been followed on the sands of time. But what followed, was the debacle which made Indian cricket hit rock bottom. In between there were some soothing moments like the Champions tr

Aug 20 2015
Satire: Team meeting before the 2nd Test turns out to be chaotic
Satire: Team meeting before the 2nd Test turns out to be chaotic

Leader and the think tank An urgent team meeting was called to chew over the game plan before the 2nd Test. It’s not so often we see a team losing after taking a first innings lead of about 200, as it needs some rare and mysterious skill to lose the ground after being in such commanding position most of the time. Losing Test matches one after another for at least a year, is probably the one and only way to acquire this unique ski

Aug 20 2015
The true meaning of Test Cricket: Lessons for the Indian Team
The true meaning of Test Cricket: Lessons for the Indian Team

Test Cricket isn’t that easy, Mr. Hit-Man. It’s easy for armchair critics (such as yours truly) to pour so much vitriol on the new-look Team India as it reels from yet another defeat in Test matches. To borrow a phrase from the irascible Geoffrey Boycott, the way these guys played was absolute rubbish. Dealing with the aftermath of a loss that could have been the win they were so desperately seeking, skipper Virat Kohli and cur

Ravi Shastri reiterates that India will continue with their attacking mindset
Ravi Shastri reiterates that India will continue with their attacking mindset

Rahane would look to make amends Team director Ravi Shastri said that the loss in the first Test will not change their strategy and style of play, reports ESPNcricinfo. "We won't change our style of play. Mindsets will remain the same. Exactly like how it was in the first Test match. But to close the deal, you have to walk the distance till the end. We made that one mistake in the end." The new combination of playing 5 b

Aug 18 2015
Kirti Azad blasts Ravi Shastri, wants Rahul Dravid to coach Team India
Kirti Azad blasts Ravi Shastri, wants Rahul Dravid to coach Team India

Team India director Ravi Shastri with captain Virat Kohli Former Indian cricketer, Kirti Azad was scathing in his criticism after Ravi Shastri and company lost the first Test in the ongoing series against Sri Lanka, saying that Shastri can only talk and Rahul Dravid can deliver. Azad wrote in his column in DNA news that India let the match go away from their hands after taking 192 runs lead in the first innings. He also taunted Shastri by

Aug 18 2015
Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri lead Indian tribute to Kumar Sangakkara ahead of his farewell Test
Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri lead Indian tribute to Kumar Sangakkara ahead of his farewell Test

Kohli said that Sangakkara’s numbers speak for themselves  Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli and team director Ravi Shastri has showered praise on Sri Lankan veteran batsman Kumar Sangakkara who will retire after the 2nd Test match between India and Sri Lanka, BCCI.TV reports.  While Shastri compared Sangakkara to Sachin Tendulkar, Kohli said that the left-handed batsman’s statistics speaks for themselves. India su

Aug 18 2015
Ravi Shastri explains why Rohit Sharma is being picked over Cheteshwar Pujara
Ravi Shastri explains why Rohit Sharma is being picked over Cheteshwar Pujara

Pujara and Sharma are fighting for the no. 3 batting position in Indian Test team  Indian team director and former player Ravi Shastri says it will be a battle of young team versus young team in Sri Lanka, reports www.bcci.tv. He briefed media ahead of the first Test between Sri Lanka and India in Galle. Shastri missed the practice match of India as he was contracted by Sky TV in the United Kingdom as a cricket pundit for the fir

Aug 11 2015
Ravi Shastri backs Kohli's strategy to play an extra bowler
Ravi Shastri backs Kohli's strategy to play an extra bowler

Shastri backs Kohli Indian cricket team director Ravi Shastri said that the learning period of the team is over and now is the time to deliver abroad by taking all 20 opponents wickets, reports www.bcci.tv. He arrived in Sri Lanka after finishing his four Ashes Test contract with Sky TV. Shastri turned up at his first media conference of the series ahead of the Galle Test which is starting from August 12. He was quick and straight with his

Aug 10 2015
Indian cricket team's coaching staff in a fix
Indian cricket team's coaching staff in a fix

Ravi Shastri is set to join the Indian squad on August 8 Colombo, Aug 5 (IANS) India's coaching staff is in a fix ahead of a busy season as team director Ravi Shastri's three assistants are reportedly yet to be given their contracts by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Shastri is set to join the squad on August 8, four days prior to the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle, but it appears the BCCI is still waiting

Aug 5 2015
No one is bigger than cricket: VVS Laxman on IPL controversy
No one is bigger than cricket: VVS Laxman on IPL controversy

VVS Laxman Mumbai, July 22: Former India batsman V.V.S Laxman on Wednesday termed the suspension of two Indian Premier League (IPL) teams Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) as unfortunate, but added nothing is bigger than cricket and the game will ultimately emerge victorious despite the controversy. "Suspension of both the IPL teams is very unfortunate. There are lot of positives as far as IPL is concerned. No one is

Jul 22 2015
Comic: Ravi Shastri is annoyed with MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli news
Comic: Ravi Shastri is annoyed with MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli news

Cartoon showing Ravi Shastri’s irritation over the two Indian cricket team’s captains rift news  

Jun 30 2015
BCCI sends out oblique message to MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli
BCCI sends out oblique message to MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli

Is Rahane the answer to Dhoni and Kohli rift? Mahendra Singh Dhoni has only been rested, so don't read much into (Ajinkya) Rahane becoming captain. That's what chief selector Sandeep Patil emphatically told the media after naming the Mumbaikar the India captain for three One-Day Internationals (ODI) and two Twenty20s in Zimbabwe. Patil's assertion is still open to debate even if there is nothing sinister about Rahane's elev

Jun 30 2015