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Sri Lanka vs India: What made Ishant Sharma angry at Dhammika Prasad?
Sri Lanka vs India: What made Ishant Sharma angry at Dhammika Prasad?

Aggressive Ishant Sharma vs Sri Lanka After getting a barrage of bouncers from Dhammika Prasad, Ishant Sharma replied in a manner which not many would have expected him to. A docile cricketer on most days, Ishant was unusually aggressive today, as he let loose a series of verbal volleys at the Sri Lankans. Ishant came in to bat for India on the fourth day of the final Test at number 11; it was the 77th over of India&rsq

Aug 31 2015
Instances of two wicketkeepers making their debut in the same match
Instances of two wicketkeepers making their debut in the same match

Naman Ojha and Kusal Perera (not in picture) made debut in the third Test between Sri Lanka and India  In the third Test between India and Sri Lanka played at Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) in Colombo both the teams bring in players who are making their debut in Tests and they are the wicketkeepers as well. For Sri Lanka, as Kumar Sangakkara has retired after the second Test, he is replaced by Kusal Perera. They do have their wicketkeeper-

Aug 31 2015
Things that can be done to increase the popularity of Test Cricket
Things that can be done to increase the popularity of Test Cricket

Indian fans light torches in the stands to celebrate India's victory over Australia at Eden Gardens in Kolkata 15 March 2001   If any cricketer is asked the question “which is the best format of cricket”, his answer would definitely be Test Cricket. Every cricketer aspires to be playing Test cricket for his country. The proudest moment in a cricketer’s life is when the first ever test cap is presented to him.

Aug 31 2015
In the midst of a transition period, is Sri Lankan cricket dying a slow death?
In the midst of a transition period, is Sri Lankan cricket dying a slow death?

Sri Lanka’s next big step Kumar Sangakkara’s poignant farewell speech overwhelmed a country and touched a hundred souls, but it did not fail to leave a couple of questions lingering at the end. The bit about Sri Lanka having an amazing future under Angelo Mathews left cynics wondering whether the southpaw was indeed serious. Sangakkara is a kind man. For all we know, Bishen Singh Bedi, had he been interested in Sri Lankan cricket

Aug 31 2015
The possible reasons behind Kumar Sangakkara opting to play only two Tests in a series
The possible reasons behind Kumar Sangakkara opting to play only two Tests in a series

Sangakkara walks towards the pavilion for the last time on August 23, 2015 The legendary Sri Lankan batsman, Kumar Sangakkara hung his boots at the end of the 2nd Test between India and Sri Lanka. Amidst all the raving encomium, there were few eyebrows raised about the veteran’s decision to play only two Tests in each series in what could now be considered as Sri Lanka’s cricket season. This article would try to do an appraisal

Indian top order's technical insufficiencies exposed by the Sri Lankan pacers
Indian top order's technical insufficiencies exposed by the Sri Lankan pacers

The Indian top order batsmen were found wanting against the Sri Lankan pacers The Sri Lankan pacers  have been an absolute nightmare for the Indian top order batsmen in the ongoing Test series, especially the openers. Dhammika Prasad’s extravagant movement which either comes back in or leave away from the batsmen and Nuwan Pradeep’s deceptive pace and incoming deliveries have made life tough for the Indian top order.

Aug 31 2015
Sri Lanka vs India, 3rd Test Day 3 Stats - Pujara carries his bat through and India's Deja vu
Sri Lanka vs India, 3rd Test Day 3 Stats - Pujara carries his bat through and India's Deja vu

Ishant Sharma picked up five wickets for India India ended day three of the third Test against Sri Lanka with a lead of 132. With two days remaining in the Test, they would love to capitalise on the situation and give the hosts a stiff target to chase. However, they need their skipper Kohli and Rohit Sharma to do the bulk of the scoring as the top order has already been dismissed.  Earlier, Sri Lanka made 201 in their first i

Aug 30 2015
Sri Lanka vs India, 3rd Test: Third day's play in pictures
Sri Lanka vs India, 3rd Test: Third day's play in pictures

Nature decides to delight one and all with a rainbow after rain brought an early end to the day’s play The third Test between Sri Lanka and India is evenly poised after the hosts staged a remarkable fightback before rain once again forced an early end to the third day’s play at the SSC Colombo. Skipper Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are at the crease for India who are struggling at 21/3.  The visitors’ overall lead now

Aug 30 2015
Best Pictures of the Day - Braveheart Dhammika Prasad, an inequal face-off and Pujara's unique feat
Best Pictures of the Day - Braveheart Dhammika Prasad, an inequal face-off and Pujara's unique feat

15 wickets fell on an eventful Day three to leave the 3rd ​Test firmly in the balance before rain stopped play on Sunday. It was a day when the pacers from both sides extracted a lot of bounce and movement from the pitch, producing a treat for fast bowling fans. India currently lead the match with 111 runs and have 8 wickets in hand. Here are the best pictures of the day:  

Aug 30 2015
Sri Lanka vs India: Indian and Sri Lankan bowlers impress to leave Test firmly in the balance
Sri Lanka vs India: Indian and Sri Lankan bowlers impress to leave Test firmly in the balance

Ishant Sharma picked up five wickets for India Sri Lanka’s opening bowlers staged a remarkable fightback to restrict India to 21/3 at the end of the third day’s play, at the SSC Colombo.  The late surge wrestled the advantage away from India who had gained a first-innings lead of 111 runs after dismissing the hosts for 201 in just over two sessions.  In spite of taking a healthy lead, India will be disappointed at

Aug 30 2015
Cheteshwar Pujara vs Rohit Sharma: All batsmen are equal, some more equal than others
Cheteshwar Pujara vs Rohit Sharma: All batsmen are equal, some more equal than others

Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara’s roles in the Indian team are apt for the Orwellian quote In cricket, one is as good as somebody else’s opinion. In Indian cricket, one’s intrinsic worth is effectively gauged by interest groups and lobbyists. While perceptions indubitably play their part, Indian cricket is psychotically obsessed with the idea. So, it is impossible not to be swayed by Yuvraj’s prophecy about potent

Aug 30 2015
Cheteshwar Pujara credits Rahul Dravid's words of confidence for century knock
Cheteshwar Pujara credits Rahul Dravid's words of confidence for century knock

Pujara remained unbeaten on 135 at the end of the day’s play against Sri Lanka Cheteshwar Pujara has thanked India A coach Rahul Dravid for his support during his time away from the Indian Test team, Times of India reports. The 27-year-old said that Dravid had reassured him that there was nothing wrong in his technique and added that playing close to his body proved crucial in his unbeaten knock of 135 against Sri Lanka today. “

Aug 29 2015
Sri Lanka vs India, 3rd Test Day 2 in Stats: Pujara ends long wait for a Test century while Mishra scores a rare fifty
Sri Lanka vs India, 3rd Test Day 2 in Stats: Pujara ends long wait for a Test century while Mishra scores a rare fifty

Pujara hit his first Test century in 23 innings today against Sri Lanka. 135 - runs Pujara have scored so far in this innings. It is the 2nd highest for any Indian opener at the SSC Colombo and the 3rd highest for an Indian opener in a Test match in Sri Lanka.  0 - instances prior to today when 100 plus runs were accumulated for 8th Wicket at the SSC Colombo. Amit Mishra and Cheteshwar Pujara added 104 ru

Aug 29 2015
Sri Lanka vs India, 3rd Test: Second day's play in pictures
Sri Lanka vs India, 3rd Test: Second day's play in pictures

India ended Day 2 of the third Test against Sri Lanka at 292/8. Cheteshawar Pujara’s brilliant unbeaten knock of 135 helped the visitors recover after a shaky start and along with Amit Mishra, who scored 59, helped India gain the upper hand in the series decider.  Resuming at 50/2, India lost skipper Virat Kohli early on before Dhammika Prasad picked up the wickets of Rohit Sharma and Stuart Binny in successive deliveries to press hom

Aug 29 2015