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Kohli could go for 5-bowler strategy in Lanka
Kohli could go for 5-bowler strategy in Lanka

Led by Kohli, India will play a three-Test series in Sri Lanka this month Chennai, Aug 2 (IANS) India captain Virat Kohli said on Sunday that the basic idea in cricket is to take 20 wickets and for that he needs five bowlers in the team which would then put the responsibility on the batsmen to score runs. Speaking to reporters ahead of the team's departure for Sri Lanka on Monday, Kohli said there is a need to play with a stronger bowli

Aug 2 2015
Lasith Malinga's nadir - Is the clock ticking for the veteran?
Lasith Malinga's nadir - Is the clock ticking for the veteran?

Lasith Malinga celebrates the wicket of Ahmed Shahzad with Sri Lanka teammates during the 1st T20I against Pakistan The Sri Lankan team once had a lion in their team; the lion that swaggered around its territory, making the accidental trespasser cringe with fear; the lion whose roar itself pounded the hearts of prospective visitors with sheer fear and made them quiver with terror. So many battles did it win entirely of its own. No

Aug 2 2015
Worcestershire's Joe Leach takes hat-trick with first three balls of match
Worcestershire's Joe Leach takes hat-trick with first three balls of match

Worcestershire fast bowler Joe Leach Worcestershire fast bowler Joe Leach claimed a hat-trick with the first three balls of his side's Royal London One-Day Cup match against Northamptonshire on Sunday. The 24-year-old paceman had Richard Levi and Rob Keogh caught behind before removing Ben Duckett, caught at gully by Jack Shantry. Northamptonshire’s score read 0/3 after the first three balls of the match, prompting mad scenes

Aug 2 2015
India 'A' coach Rahul Dravid defends Virat Kohli
India 'A' coach Rahul Dravid defends Virat Kohli

Dravid and Kohli during India A practice session Indian Test team captain Virat Kohli may have not been at his best in the recent Test match against Australia 'A' but he has surely impressed Rahul Dravid with his commitment towards cricket. Former Indian skipper Dravid, as reported in Cricbuzz, said that Kohli is keen on improving and is working hard at the nets. "Virat had not played for over a month before coming here. I thi

Aug 2 2015
Pakistan pull off a miracle to clinch the T20 series
Pakistan pull off a miracle to clinch the T20 series

Afridi made a 22-ball 45 Pakistan completed a remarkable turnaround to win the second T20 against Sri Lanka by one wicket at Colombo. 27-year-old Anwar Ali sent shockwaves across the cricketing world by taking the Lankan attack (including skipper Malinga) to the cleaners when the game looked dead and buried at 107 for 7 while chasing 173. With this win, they have clinched the T20 series by a 2-0 margin after having won the Test series and

Tillakaratne Dilshan defying age with splendid performances
Tillakaratne Dilshan defying age with splendid performances

Tillakaratne Dilshan is in the form of his life Like fine wine, Tillakaratne Dilshan has only got better with age.The inventor of ‘Dilscoop’ has risen his game to a different level in the last few years. He is one of the few players whose performances have only improved with the increase in age. One of the pillars of Sri Lankan batting for the last seven-eight years, he will be more important to the island n

Aug 1 2015
Virat Kohli excited about Sri Lanka tour, says he won't change his approach as batsman
Virat Kohli excited about Sri Lanka tour, says he won't change his approach as batsman

Kohli says he will continue to bat the way he has always done. Virat Kohli is set to lead the Indian team in his first full-fledged series as Test skipper and is excited about the challenge facing his young side. Speaking to bcci.tv, Kohli also opened up on his decision to play for India A and has picked the players he believes will make a big impact in Sri Lanka.  "It's basically my first full assignment as Test captain. In

Aug 1 2015
7 players who enjoyed a great run of form after turning 35
7 players who enjoyed a great run of form after turning 35

Time is a fickle mistress, they say. In sport, time is as slippery as a rattlesnake, slithering away, painfully, one day at a time. In case of cricketers, it is one game at a time, or sometimes, one season at a time. Many a great players smelt the earth, as age caught up with them, their arrogance grinded away in the wheels of time, their reflexes numbed with the heroin of grey hair. Runs stop flowing, wickets stop coming. Batsmen feel the ball

Jul 31 2015
Stuart Law throws hat in the ring for the post of Indian coach
Stuart Law throws hat in the ring for the post of Indian coach

  Stuart eyes the coveted Indian coach’s post The current coach of Australia ‘A’, Stuart Law, has expressed his desire to be the next coach of Indian cricket team. Law was formerly the coach of Bangladesh. A stint of nine months which saw the minnows reach the final of Asia Cup. He has also worked previously in the capacity of the coach to the Sri Lankan team after World Cup of 2011. His CV from the point of vie

Jul 31 2015
Team India to travel to Sri Lanka without WAGS
Team India to travel to Sri Lanka without WAGS

Kohli with Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma during IPL opening ceremony The Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) has taken a decision on not allowing the wives and girlfriends (WAGS) of Indian cricketers for the upcoming Sri Lanka tour, reports ibnlive.com. India team haven't played a single Test after the Bangladesh series which happened a month back. The board said that players had enough time with their families during a mont

Jul 31 2015
Does Raina deserve another shot in Tests?
Does Raina deserve another shot in Tests?

Raina should be given a chance to prove his game "I have not been given enough chances to prove my calibre as a Test cricketer. You can't judge a player on the basis of just one match after a hectic series of one-day and T20 games. I am not asking for five Test matches to prove myself. Give me two-three games. And if I don't perform, drop me forever," Raina said recently. There is no doubt that he is one of the best I

Jul 31 2015
SL vs PAK, 1st T20: Pakistan wins by 29 runs and takes 1-0 lead in the series
SL vs PAK, 1st T20: Pakistan wins by 29 runs and takes 1-0 lead in the series

Akmal played a quick-fire innings Pakistan won the first-off two-match Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka convincingly by 29 runs at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. A powerful display by Pakistan with the bat helped them post a good target of 176 runs which they eventually defended successfully. Shahid Afridi won the toss and decided to bat first. Pakistan lost their first wicket as Mukhtar Ahmed got out in the second over itself o

Jul 30 2015
T20 World Champions Sri Lanka look for a fresh beginning
T20 World Champions Sri Lanka look for a fresh beginning

Kusal Perera will be hoping to score big again Sri Lanka were comprehensively beaten in both ODIs and Tests by a resurgent Pakistan and now the redundant Twenty20 series provides some respite for the seniors. It also allows the flexibility to field an experimental eleven. The two sides face off at Colombo on a pitch that is expected to be a batting paradise. A run fest awaits the spectators, as the teams look to build a tentative XI for th

Jul 30 2015
Pakistan must be applauded for their ODI series win over Sri Lanka
Pakistan must be applauded for their ODI series win over Sri Lanka

Pakistan defeated Sri Lanka by 3-2 Pakistan were well and truly hammered in the 5th ODI against Sri Lanka, but it must not overshadow what was a remarkable series win in the Island after 9 years. This was also Pakistan's first ODI series win against a top-eight side since December 2013. Yes, Pakistan had gone on for a year and a half without winning a bilateral ODI series against a what can be termed a ‘top tier’ team. Ther

Jul 30 2015
5 memorable Tests India played in Sri Lanka
5 memorable Tests India played in Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan line-up, especially their batting, assumes a menacing form on home soil. Many a batting records have broken when SL has played against India on these home turfs. Despite SL’s stronghold in their fortress, India has also come back strongly in more games than one, to snatch some great victories. While on one side, SL has displayed their dominance by achieving world record batting scores and often notching up daunting total

Jul 29 2015
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