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Anya Shrubsole stars as England beat India to lift fourth World Cup title

England won their fourth Women’s World Cup when Anya Shrubsole took six wickets to clinch a nine-run victory over India amid delirious scenes at a packed Lord’s on Sunday. The home side looked in danger of defeat as India chased down their total of 228/7, but an astonishing spell of seam bowling by England’s vice-captain turned the game on its head in the most nail-biting of finishes. India were coasting on 191/3

Harmanpreet Kaur Stars As India Outclass Australia To Reach Final

Opting to bat first, India got off to a poor start. After losing Smriti Mandhana (6) and Punam Raut (14) early, captain Mithali Raj (36) and Harmanpreet Kaur stitched together a 66-run stand for the third wicket and built a solid base. Harmanpreet’s (171*) stunning display of power towards the end of the innings helped India post a mammoth total of 281 for 4 against Australia. During her innings, the right-handed batter slammed

Virat Kohli swings it Ravi Shastri's way after high drama in bid for India coach

Team India finally has a new coach. After weeks of high drama and anxiety around the Anil Kumble-Virat Kohli rift, several players in the side will breathe a sigh of relief after the Cricket Advisory Committee named Ravi Shastri as Kumble’s successor. Shastri’s appointment does not come as a major surprise. But it does complete a full cycle for the former captain, who was bitterly disappointed after being overlooked in

Mithali Raj becomes leading run-scorer in women’s ODI cricket

Indian skipper Mithali Raj has become the first player in the history of women’s ODI cricket to have crossed 6000 career runs. Mithali reached the milestone in India’s ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 match against Australia. She is now the all-time highest run-scorer in women’s cricket, surpassing the record previously held by England’s Charlotte Edwards. Edwards scored 5992 runs in 191 matches at an average of 38.16 including nine centuries

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

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma to feature in sixth successive ICC World T20

India’s limited overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, star opener Rohit Sharma and middle-order specialist Yuvraj Singh are set to make their sixth successive appearance at the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20 tournament, which is scheduled to start in India next month. The 27-day tournament begins in Nagpur on March 8 with a total of 19 men from all countries set to feature in their sixth straight event, while 29

Aaron Finch dumped, Steve Smith to lead Australia in World T20

Aaron Finch has been dumped as Australia’s captain in the shortest form of the game and replaced by test skipper Steve Smith just a month before the start of the World Twenty20. Selectors also axed wicketkeeper Matthew Wade from the 15-man squad for the tournament in India. Test gloveman Peter Nevill, who has never played a limited overs international, was picked instead. Opener Finch, who has been struggling with a

Post memorable comeback after 5 years, Shoaib Malik retires from Test cricket

Veteran Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik, who made a spectacular comeback into the Pakistani Test squad after five years, on Tuesday announced retirement from the longest format of the game. Malik confirmed the news on social micro-blogging site Twitter. Shoaib Malik ✔@realshoaibmalik I have decided to retire from Test Cricket, will post my retirement blog soon. Please remember me in your Duas, love you all & thank you The 33-year-old said

Salman Butt apologises to Shahid Afridi for spot-fixing fiasco

Pakistan’s disgraced cricketer Salman Butt has tendered a personal apology to his former captain Shahid Afridi when they crossed paths at the national cricket academy in Lahore. According to eye witness accounts Butt, who was the Test captain in England in 2010 when the spot-fixing scandal broke out, on Thursday evening approached Afridi at the NCA where the Pakistan squad bound for Zimbabwe is presently training. “Butt who is coming

I have become a better batsman in last eight months: Shikhar Dhawan

Having scored consistently since the last ICC Cricket World Cup, Shikhar Dhawan believes that he has “become a better batsman” in the past eight months compared to what he was when he made his Test debut against Australia back in 2013. “Obviously, there has been a transformation in my game over the past two years. But I would admit that I have become a far better batsman in the past

Retiring Michael Clarke on par with Allan Border, says Shane Warne

Shane Warne likened retiring Australian captain Michael Clarke to all-time great and former skipper Allan Border Monday as the nation`s media mourned the loss of the Ashes series. Clarke ended his international career with 8,643 runs in 115 Tests, including 28 hundreds, going out on a high with a comprehensive innings and 46-run win in the fifth and final Ashes Test at The Oval on Sunday. But it was a bittersweet

Michael Clarke blames pitches for Ashes woe

Australia captain Michael Clarke claimed pitches prepared specifically to help England`s bowlers were to blame for his side`s failure to retain the Ashes. Despite marking his last match before international retirement by leading Australia to victory by an innings and 46 runs in the fifth Test at The Oval, Clarke was frustrated that a succession of bowler-friendly pitches had played a decisive role as England won the series 3-2. While