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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

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

Virat Kohli reclaims top spot in ICC T20 rankings, India still No. 1

Powered by his brilliant knocks in the ICC World T20 so far, Indian batsman Virat Kohli became the top-ranked batsman in the ICC rankings, while India remained static at the No.1 spot in the team list. Kohli, who averages 92 after scoring 184 runs in four matches at a strike-rate of over 132, had entered the tournament 24 points behind Aaron Finch, but has now opened up a 68-point advantage

India vs Australia will be an open game, says Sachin Tendulkar

Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar refused to pick a favourite ahead of the crucial India vs Australia game in Mohali on Sunday. The former India captain his heart said India would win and make it to the semis but insisted that it would be a fairly open game. India and Australia will battle it out at the PCA Stadium for a place in the semi-finals after losing to New Zealand and

Vivian Richards lauds Brendon McCullum after fastest Test ton in swansong

West Indies batting legend Vivian Richards has lauded swashbuckling New Zealand batsman Brendon McCullum for posting the fastest ton in Test cricket off just 54 balls, bidding adieu to the game on an incredible high. Richards, who held the record for the quickest hundred in Tests off 56 balls jointly with Pakistan’s Misbah-ul-Haq till McCullum broke it on Saturday, was all praise for the Kiwi skipper for his record-breaking feat.

Australia should brace for a strong New Zealand backlash: Darren Lehmann

Australia coach Darren Lehmann had little to complain about after his team wrapped up the first Test against New Zealand inside four days but he says the challenge for his young squad will be to build on that victory in the second match next week. A superb bowling effort on the first day, and a double century from Adam Voges that drove them to a mammoth first innings of 562,

Adam Voges overtakes Don Bradman's average, beats Sachin Tendulkar's record

Australian batsman Adam Voges has surpassed Sir Donald Bradman’s legendary batting average of 99.94 to steer his side to a commanding position against New Zealand on the second day of the opening Test in Wellington on Saturday. The 36-year-old veteran batsman walked off the Basin Reserve with an unbeaten 176 and an average of 100.33 to boot as Australia reached 463 for six while holding a lead of 280. Voges

Brendon McCullum bids goodbye with series win

Brendon McCullum got a fitting farewell on Monday, when he led New Zealand to a thumping victory over Australia in the third and final ODI of the series. This was the last time McCullum will appear in ODIs for Black Caps. As expected, McCullum gave it a 100 percent in his final ODI, before bidding adieu to the 50-over format of the game on Monday. McCullum gave New Zealand the

Darren Lehmann cleared to rejoin Australia squad in New Zealand

Australia cricket coach Darren Lehmann has recovered from a bout of deep vein thrombosis and will rejoin his squad in time for Saturday’s second limited-overs international against New Zealand in Wellington. Lehmann spent time in hospital in late January with a recurrence of DVT during Australia’s recent home limited-overs international series against India. He had been uncertain when he would be able to join the Australia team in New Zealand,

Are Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma on The Brink of a Break-Up

Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli ‘s social media behaviour suggests all may not be hunky dory in their relationship. Fans of ‘Virushka’ – the couple nickname for cricketer Virat Kohli and actress Anushka Sharma – went into a tizzy recently after they unfollowed each other on Instagram. Rumour mills suggested that Virat ended his three-year relationship with Anushka after she declined his marriage proposal, saying that she wants to currently

World T20 waste of time: Ryan Harris

Former Australia fast bowler Ryan Harris has lamented the compressed international schedule and labelled the World Twenty20, scheduled to start in India next month, a waste of time. Australia have played eight Twenty20 Internationals since the last World T20 in Bangladesh two years ago, including a run of just one game between November 2014 and January this year. The side was also whitewashed 0-3 by visitors India on Sunday in

India are favourites for World T20: Shane Watson

Australian stand-in skipper Shane Watson has said that there are no doubts about hosts India being the favorites for the 2016 World T20, besides adding that his side has its work cut out in the build-up to the March-April tournament. The hosts surrendered the Sydney T20I by 7 wickets, thus losing the series 0-3. “I think, no matter what, they would have always been the favourites,” said Watson after the