Bharat Sundaresan


India vs West Indies: Unlike his hundreds, Brian Lara stadium doesn’t make everybody happy
Mon, Jun 26, 2017

The Brian Lara Stadium has been in the news for a number of wrong reasons including the naming of one of the stands after Sachin Tendulkar and the backlash the decision faced and the infrastructure that leaves a lot to be desired.

India vs West Indies, 2nd ODI: Ajinkya Rahane back on his feet
Mon, Jun 26, 2017

While the hundred might not guarantee Ajinkya Rahane any permanency in the eleven, he has done enough to repay the selectors’ faith. Rahane ended up scoring the third century of his 75-match ODI career that stretches back six years now.

Steady batting stand forged between Virat Kohli and Sanjay Bangar
Sun, Jun 25, 2017

Amidst all the turmoil in the Indian dressing-room of late owing to the Anil Kumble issue and the former coach's strained relationship with the captain, the Kohli-Bangar relationship has remained the same.

India vs West Indies: ‘They basically want Indian fans to sleep more and want us to sleep less’
Sat, Jun 24, 2017

Early start to India-West Indies opener leaves local fans peeved; eyeballs in India responsible for 9 am start at Queen’s Park Oval

India vs West Indies, 1st ODI: Shikhar Dhawan reigns before rain interruption
Sat, Jun 24, 2017

The West Indian pace attack, tall and brimming with pace, stuck to testing the bounce on the slow pitch. But rather than rising sharply, the bouncers sat up and were duly pummelled to the square boundaries by both Indian openers.

Team India had no idea Anil Kumble wasn’t joining them in West Indies
Fri, Jun 23, 2017

India’s tour party to the West Indies is still coming to terms with the sudden resignation of their head coach Anil Kumble. The Indian team was unaware that Kumble wouldn’t be joining them in the Caribbean.

India vs West Indies: Dust settles but clouds gather
Fri, Jun 23, 2017

India will try to move on from the Kumble episode during series against West Indies but weather could come in the way of cricket

Virat Kohli breaks silence, maintains it: I’ve respected sanctity of change room
Fri, Jun 23, 2017

This was Kohli’s first press conference since Kumble’s resignation and his first chance to give out his side of the story regarding his failed relationship with the coach. But he stuck to talking about the change-room code.

Anil Kumble ‘bhai’ has expressed his views…we’ve tried to maintain the sanctity of dressing room: Virat Kohli
Thu, Jun 22, 2017

Virat Kohli, in the press conference ahead of the first ODI against West Indies on June 23, 2017, talks about Anil Kumble stepping down and why he won't go public with the details.

From lead roles to cameos, MS Dhoni- Yuvraj Singh star power on wane
Thu, Jun 22, 2017

Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni will have to do a lot more to ensure that they’re part of 2019 World Cup. Their performances weren't ones that did India any good despite them getting time to settle in.

ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Fireworks, honks and Pakistan anthem from London to Lahore
Tue, Jun 20, 2017

Fireworks, honks and team’s anthem from London to Lahore, refuses to abate. The streets of Lahore are said to have been filled with people till the wee hours of Monday morning with blaring horns and drums creating a din through the night.

India vs Pakistan, ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Final: Sunday belonged to Pakistan
Mon, Jun 19, 2017

Since their defeat in the tournament opener, Pakistan team began to stir: South African went down, Sri Lanka followed and England were blown away. And now this is their biggest victory over India in One-Day Internationals.

India vs Pakistan, ICC Champions Trophy Final: Fakhar Zaman, the fauji who is now the pride of Pakistan
Mon, Jun 19, 2017

Fakhar Zaman, who didn’t play the first game against India and made his ODI debut against South Africa at the expense of the out-of-form Ahmed Shehzad, powered Pakistan with his well-anchored knock of 114.

India vs Pakistan, ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Final: Unpredictability glorious as Pakistan beat odds and India
Mon, Jun 19, 2017

Pakistan, the lowest-ranked team in Champions Trophy, wake up on the right side; beat odds and defending champs India by a record margin of 180 runs to lift their maiden trophy.

India vs Pakistan, ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Final: In London today, cricket’s El Clasico
Sun, Jun 18, 2017

It’s learnt that BCCI officials spent most of Friday and Saturday haggling with ICC organisers for extra tickets with a number of luminaries from the political and Bollywood world expected to turn up.

India vs Pakistan, ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Final: India take on Pakistan in first 50-over final
Sun, Jun 18, 2017

ICC Champions Trophy 2017 final: Seldom has there been so much at stake in a final than when India and Pakistan clash today — the first in a 50-over world event

ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Rohit Sharma credits his balance for summer spree
Sat, Jun 17, 2017

Rohit Sharma said his focus in terms of batting technique over the last few years has been incessantly based on 'balance'. He revealed how his promotion in the order during Champions Trophy 2013 had allowed him to do so, and also subsequently transformed his career.

India vs Pakistan, ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Final: Hasan Ali — Discovery of Pakistan
Sat, Jun 17, 2017

Hasan Ali has exuded a sense of maturity and awareness beyond age to emerge as his country's bowling spearhead in a short time. He has been Pakistan's leading wicket taker in the ongoing Champions Trophy.

India vs Bangladesh, ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Dream team vs Redeem team
Fri, Jun 16, 2017

Imperious India to meet arch-rivals Pakistan again, this time in the Champions Trophy final, after their comprehensive nine-wicket victory over Bangladesh. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli put up a brilliant show with the bat for the defending champions.

India vs Bangladesh, ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Tamim Iqbal takes fresh guard
Thu, Jun 15, 2017

Prior to the Champions Trophy, Iqbal had never scored a century in a world event. He started his campaign here with a 128 against England at the Oval. He then fell five runs short of an encore in the next game against Australia at the same venue.

India vs Bangladesh, ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Bangladesh hope to shed baggage
Thu, Jun 15, 2017

In second semifinal, Mortaza’s side will hope to overcome the mental barrier of losing crunch matches to India at ICC events

India vs Bangladesh, ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Banglatown seeks ‘liberation’
Wed, Jun 14, 2017

Brick Lane is situated in the East End of London right next to Whitechapel, which till the early part of the 20th century used to be one of the most impoverished and downtrodden areas of the capital, with a massive population of immigrants and a very high crime-rate.

MS Dhoni looking to make minor tweak in technique
Tue, Jun 13, 2017

The runs haven't come like they used to or in the destructive manner that the cricket world is used to seeing from MS Dhoni. And it has consequently started a lot of debate over whether Dhoni will ever be the indomitable force.

Sri Lanka vs Pakistan, ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Butterfinger Sri Lanka, steady Sarfraz Ahmed send Pakistan into semis
Tue, Jun 13, 2017

Without any prodding from Sri Lanka, Pakistan began self-imploding with unforced errors, a couple of premier batsmen getting leading edges to nothing deliveries and a veteran gloving a short ball to the wicketkeeper. Yet Sarfraz Ahmed stayed steady

India vs South Africa, ICC Champions Trophy 2017: It wasn’t a choke, insist AB de Villiers and Co
Mon, Jun 12, 2017

Though the choke wasn’t mentioned, an ashen-faced AB de Villiers was understandably asked to explain the umpteenth failure for South Africa in an ICC event. So were Faf du Plessis and coach Russell Domingo.

India vs South Africa, ICC Champions Trophy 2017: India put foot on throat, South Africa choke
Mon, Jun 12, 2017

In a knockout match at the ICC Champions Trophy, defending champions India play relentless all-round cricket and compel world No.1 team South Africa to commit unforced errors; set up semi-final against Bangladesh.

India vs South Africa, ICC Champions Trophy 2017: When Virat Kohli empathised with AB de Villiers
Sun, Jun 11, 2017

On Sunday, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers will take a new step in their relationship. They’ll walk to the middle half-hour before the match for the first time as opposing captains in an international match and hope to knock each other’s team out.

India vs South Africa, ICC Champions Trophy 2017: A knockout before the knockouts
Sun, Jun 11, 2017

For India looms their worst campaign since the 2007 World Cup; for the Proteas, it will be a reacquaintance with the ‘chokers’ tag. The two teams collide at The Oval in a must-win game to book a place in the semifinals of the ICC Champions Trophy.

Keeping the shine of the Dukes ball
Sun, Jun 11, 2017

The Indian Express reporter travels to a nondescript factory in the East End of London, and finds ball maker Dilip Jajodia, a man who revels in his work of art: manufacturing the iconic Dukes balls.

India vs Sri Lanka, ICC Champions Trophy 2017: A minor storm in the teacup
Sat, Jun 10, 2017

The Sri Lanka defeat has suddenly gashed open a few twitchy issues for India. A debilitating loss like that can lead to certain doubts about strategy and approach creeping into the dressing-room, doubts that India must avoid ahead of must-win SA clash.

On counting day, Newcastle stuns Sunderland in North-East derby
Sat, Jun 10, 2017

When the Newcastle City Council announced the Labour Party’s Chi Onwurah as their MP just after 11 pm, they became the first to do so, winning the 'election derby', taking the title from long-standing early birds, Sunderland.

India vs Sri Lanka, ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Sri Lanka make it all square at The Oval
Fri, Jun 09, 2017

Sri Lanka shock India by chasing down 322 ; breathe life into ICC Champions Trophy 2017 by making the next two Group B matches virtual quarterfinals. India have now have a win and a loss under their belt and will next face South Africa in their last group game.

India vs Sri Lanka, ICC Champions Trophy 2017: With key figures missing for Sri Lanka, who will stop India now?
Thu, Jun 08, 2017

Sri Lanka face a formidable challenge as India, after a dominant win over Pakistan, look to close in on a semis spot at the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. Upul Tharanga is suspended due to an atrocious over-rate and Chamara Kapugedera injured his knee.

India vs Sri Lanka, ICC Champions Trophy 2017: At Oval, lighter side of English cricket
Thu, Jun 08, 2017

The Oval went from a piece of land where Henry VIII used to grow asparagus to hosting the first-ever Test on English soil. In a city with two stadiums, there’ve been more cricketing highlights of historic value played out here than at Lord's.

ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Different ‘ball’ game
Wed, Jun 07, 2017

Despite typical English conditions, there’s hardly any swing on offer for pacers; the ball holds the answers. Genuine swing bowlers Mohammad Amir, Mitchell Starc, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Tim Southee, Trent Boult have had to alter their length.

India v Pakistan, ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Yuvraj Singh’s thrill-a-minute half-century rolls back the years
Tue, Jun 06, 2017

Legend has it that during his days at Bishen Bedi’s camp, bowlers would just scamper whenever the young Yuvraj Singh would connect with one of his characteristic straight-drives, because it was hit so hard.