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5 Sri Lankan players India should watch out for in the Test series
5 Sri Lankan players India should watch out for in the Test series

India’s return to Test action in August sees them take on Sri Lanka and the former will be looking to beat the islanders for the first time away from home in 22 years. Their awful record abroad – India have won just one Test outside of India since 2011 (Lord’s 2014) – does not bode well for the visitors although Sri Lanka are not looking too spritely either, having recently suffered a 2-1 series defeat against P

Jul 28 2015
Stats: Tillakaratne Dilshan breaks into the 10000 club
Stats: Tillakaratne Dilshan breaks into the 10000 club

Tillakaratne Dilshan – Getting better with age As soon as Angelo Mathews won the toss and decided to bat first, all eyes were set on the opener Tilakaratene Dilshan, who was just 55 runs away from reaching the 10,000 runs milestone. He didn’t upset the crowd too, reaching the new height and becoming the fourth Sri Lankan to ever score 10,000-plus runs in an ODI career. The home team, Sri Lanka restore their pride by winning the

Jul 27 2015
Riot in Sri Lankan aisles - Deteriorating culture, heightened nationalism or ugly politics?
Riot in Sri Lankan aisles - Deteriorating culture, heightened nationalism or ugly politics?

Sri Lankan police escort Pakistan players to safety as play is brought to a halt for violence in the stands during the recent series   For a nation that has been hit by war, riots and violence, armed men invariably elicit only one feeling. 6 years ago, we had an armed man every 10 meters. Cities were garrisoned with sentry points and check points. In short, Sri Lankans were mere prisoners of war. In the six years since 2009,

Jul 27 2015
Can Amit Mishra turn things around?
Can Amit Mishra turn things around?

Can he deliver and cement his spot? From delivering a stellar display of quality spin bowling against the Aussies in 2008 to living in oblivion for almost four years, Amit Mishra has gone through the grinds to finally emerge out of the shadows of Anil Kumble and the rest. At 32, this talented leggie has been presented with a precious platform to show the world that he belongs to the big stage. His selection in the Test team that is goi

Jul 27 2015
Sri Lanka restore pride with a massive win in the final ODI
Sri Lanka restore pride with a massive win in the final ODI

Dilshan went past 10.000 ODI runs today Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 165 runs in the final ODI at Hambantota to end the series on a winning note. Pakistan already wrapped up the series when they won the 4th ODI and thus completed a double as they also won the Test series earlier.  Angelo Mathews won the toss and had elected to bat first on a good looking wicket. Sri Lanka made a bold statement by dropping Lasith Malinga from the pla

Sri Lanka look to salvage some pride in the final ODI after losing the series
Sri Lanka look to salvage some pride in the final ODI after losing the series

Pakistan have 3-1 unassailable lead in the series Having already lost the series 3-1 to Pakistan, Sri Lanka have only pride to play for when they take on Pakistan in the last match of the 5 match ODI series. The hosts have been inconsistent throughout the series which allowed Pakistan to take an unassailable lead. The biggest challenge for Sri Lanka will be to get their combination right and click as a unit if they want to beat an in form

Jul 26 2015
Should Ravichandran Ashwin bat at No. 6 for India?
Should Ravichandran Ashwin bat at No. 6 for India?

Ravichandran Ashwin during his innings of 83 against England in a 2014 Test match “There is that greedy batsman inside me who says that one day I should bat at No. 4 for India.” Millions of Indian Cricket fans would be more than happy if R Ashwin let that greedy batsman out. We have seen glimpses of that batsman. He averages 36 in Test Cricket and has scored 2 centuries and 4 half centuries; including an unbeaten 91. His away a

Jul 25 2015
Remembering India's last away series win over Sri Lanka
Remembering India's last away series win over Sri Lanka

Sachin Tendulkar on way to 104* in the Colombo Test India’s announcement of the squad for the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka has officially begun the countdown to yet another overseas excursion where India must look to register a series win – something India haven’t achieved in Sri Lanka  in 22 years. There have been four trips to the island nation since a 1-0 victory in 1993, but India have been bested twice (2001, 2008),

Jul 24 2015
Sri Lankan squad for T20 series has five uncapped players
Sri Lankan squad for T20 series has five uncapped players

Kapugendera has been roped in to lend his experience Sri Lanka's squad for the upcoming series against Pakistan has thrown up a surprise. The squad includes five uncapped players – fast bowler  Binura Fernando, legspinner Jeffrey Vandersay and batsmen Shehan Jayasuriya, Dasun Shanaka, and Dhananjaya de Silva. "We need to get the younger brigade in the stream, so we have a gradual trans

Jul 24 2015
Amit Mishra thinks he bowls better now
Amit Mishra thinks he bowls better now

Amit Mishra included in Indian squad for Sri Lanka tour Amit Mishra has got a call for Indian Test team after a gap of four years. He last played Test in 2011 against England team at the Oval. He believes that a lot of experience has been added to his profile compared to the last time. "No doubt I have more experience now, I have more experience of [assessing] how to bowl, how the partnership is going, how the wicket is, which batsman

Jul 24 2015
6 times the stadium crowds shamed Cricket
6 times the stadium crowds shamed Cricket

Cricket, known as the gentleman’s game, has had many not-so-gentlemen-like moments over the years. While most of the incidents involve the players, the stadium crowds have had their share too, much to the embarrassment of their home team, stadium officials and board members. The recent crowd violence in the Sri Lanka-Pakistan ODI in Colombo is an example of this trend. The unrest in the stand had escalated to such a level that security

Jul 23 2015
Looking at the conditions, we have picked Mishra: Sandeep Patil
Looking at the conditions, we have picked Mishra: Sandeep Patil

Selection committee is led by Sandeep Patil New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) Seasoned leg-spinner Amit Mishra was on Thursday recalled to the Indian cricket squad for the three-Test away series against Sri Lanka next month. The 32-year-old Haryana tweaker, who comes in place of injured leg-spinner Karn Sharma, was named in the 15-member team picked by the Sandeep Patil-led All-India Senior Selection Committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in

Jul 23 2015
Sri Lanka series will be interesting: Sehwag
Sri Lanka series will be interesting: Sehwag

Sehwag wants India to win in Sri Lanka Lucknow, July 23 (IANS) Former India opener Virender Sehwag on Thursday hoped the cricket team would win against Sri Lanka in a three-match Test series beginning August 12. India are scheduled to play three Tests in Sri Lanka. The first Test begins at Galle on August 12, followed by two matches at Colombo, starting August 20 and 28, respectively. Sehwag, here on a promotional visit, said that the seri

Jul 23 2015
Amit Mishra makes a comeback as BCCI announce 15-member squad for SL Tests
Amit Mishra makes a comeback as BCCI announce 15-member squad for SL Tests

Mishra is back in Test colours Leg-spinner Amit Mishra has made a comeback to the Test team for the series against Sri Lanka next month. The 32-year-old leggie last played a Test match in August 2011 against England at The Oval.  As reported yesterday, the selectors had to pick a third spinner for the series since it will be played on wickets that are expected to spin. Harbhajan Singh has sealed his spot for now after a decent ou

Jul 23 2015
Pakistan breeze through against Sri Lanka in 4th ODI to claim series win
Pakistan breeze through against Sri Lanka in 4th ODI to claim series win

Ahmed Shehzad hits a shot in the 4th ODI against Sri Lanka Pakistan defeated Sri Lanka by seven wickets in the fourth one-day international in Colombo to take a decisive 3-1 lead in the five-match series.  Chasing 257 for victory, Pakistan opener Ahmed Shehzad (95 off 90 balls) and Azhar Ali (33 off 28 balls) wasted no time in getting off to a brisk start. Mohammad Hafeez (70 off 88 balls) came in at No. 3 to carry on the good wor

Jul 22 2015
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