Ajinkya Rahane

Yuvraj Singh likely to be ruled out of semi-finals against West Indies

India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh is likely to sit out of the second semi-final of the ongoing World T20 against the West Indies on Thursday due to an ankle injury. According to sources, the team management are sweating over the various options they have on the bench, including batsman Ajinkya Rahane and all-rounder Pawan Negi. Sources say, while manager Ravi Shastri wants Rahane to replace Yuvraj in the middle order, captain Mahendra

Clash of the titans! Virat Kohli v Chris Gayle in World T20 semi-finals

Chris Gayle is determined to grab the World Twenty20 limelight back from in-form Virat Kohli when the West Indies and India clash in a mouthwatering semi-final in Mumbai on Thursday.  The destructive opener smashed an unbeaten century, which included 11 sixes, in the West Indies’ opening win against England but has only batted once since, making just four. Kohli has been the star of the tournament so far, expertly guiding

Saurabh Tiwary, Albie Morkel Join Pune Supergiants for Indian Premier League 2016

Pune Supergiants have added South African allrounder Albie Morkel and Jharkhand’s Saurabh Tiwary in the team for the 2016 edition of the Indian Premier League. Both Morkel and Tiwary, who were part of the Delhi Daredevils franchise in 2015, have been added in the squad which will be led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Morkel had an ordinary time with the Daredevils, playing in just four matches but contributed a wonderful

How MS Dhoni helped Manish Pandey script history

Manish Pandey got a lucky break when he replaced the injured Ajinkya Rahane for India’s fifth and final ODI against Australia at the SCG. The Karnataka run-machine grabbed the opportunity with both hands, slamming a hundred at No.4 to ensure a record – breaking victory for the visitors. When Pandey walked in during India’s chase of 331, he had a massive job at hand. The in-form Burst Kohli had just

Ajinkya Rahane becomes only fifth Indian to score ton in each innings

Ajinkya Rahane on Sunday become only the fifth Indian batsman to register a hundred in both innings of a Test match. Rahane remained unbeaten on 100 with eight boundaries and three sixes. The Mumbai lad, who had scored 127 in the first innings, thus notched the fifth ton of his career. Vijay Hazare, Sunil Gavaskar (3), Rahul Dravid (2) and Virat Kohli are the other four batsman in this elite

Virat Kohli, other stars likely to join MS Dhoni in Vijay Hazare Trophy

This December, MS Dhoni is likely to be joined by fellow Team India superstars in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. According to a report in the Times of India, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane and others may participate in the domestic ODI tournament if the Pakistan tour does not materialize. “With an uncertainty over the India-Pakistan tour, the top India stars are likely to play the domestic ODI matches. The

Ajinkya Rahane reminds me a bit of Sachin Tendulkar: Steve Waugh

Former Australian captain Steve Waugh on Sunday said that Ajinkya Rahane reminded him a bit of Sachin Tendulkar and his “compact technique” would fetch him a lot of runs for India. Waugh, who is here for the inauguration of world class sports arena at Brigade Orchards at the outskirts of the city, said Rahane has modelled himself on iconic batsman Tendulkar. “I like Rahane and he is a quality player. He

Amit Mishra included as third spinner in Team India squad for Sri Lanka Tests

Leg-spinner Amit Mishra Wednesday staged a comeback into the national Test side after a gap of four years while veteran Harbhajan Singh retained his place in the 15-member squad for the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka. Barring 32-year-old Mishra’s inclusion, there were no major surprise in the team with the selectors retaining as many as 14 players, who had toured Bangladesh for the one-off Test early this month. Leg-spinner Sharma

Zimbabwe tour: Ajinkya Rahane to lead India

In an attempt to provide much-needed rest to the senior players of the Indian team, the BCCI announced an expected second-string squad for the short tour of Zimbabwe beginning July 8. BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur and chairman of selectors Sandeep Patil, on Monday, announced that the board has entrusted their faith in Ajinkya Rahane to lead the 15-member squad in Zimbabwe, providing time off to high-profile players such as MS

Ravi Shastri could continue as Team Director until 2016 World T20

The Board of Control for Cricket In India (BCCI) could further extend Ravi Shastri’s contract as Team India director until the World T20. As per a report in the Time of India, BCCI after consultation with the newly formed cricket advisory committee, could take this decision. As Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman meet with BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya and secretary Anurag Thakur in Kolkata on Saturday, finding a

Added responsibility brings out best in me: Virat Kohli

Test captain and mainstay of Indian batting line up, across all formats, Virat Kohli is set to enter his own chain of gym and fitness centers under the brand name of CHISEL. During an official conference of the event in New Delhi, the 26-year-old spoke on a range of topics including the fittest cricketer in the Indian team, Royal Challengers Bangalore’s performance in IPL 8, leading the Test side, too

Flexibility is Ajinkya Rahane's key strength, says Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels that talented Mumbai batsman Ajinkya Rahane is one player who has improved by leaps and bounds in recent times and is ready to don any hat for the team’s cause. His 60-ball-79 against South Africa was equally important in the final context of the match, as much as Shikhar Dhawan’s explosive century. A Test century each in Wellington, Lord’s and Melbourne bore hallmark of