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CoA tells Supreme Court: Sack BCCI’s top three office-bearers
Thu, Aug 17, 2017

CoA has urged the Supreme Court to remove the top three BCCI office-bearers, stating that their conduct was “unfit” and that they weren’t in a position to “make good” on their undertakings of implementing the Lodha reforms.

Get rid of top three BCCI office-bearers, CoA tells Supreme Court
Wed, Aug 16, 2017

The report mentioned that Anurag Thakur and Ajay Shirke were removed from their posts of the BCCI president and secretary, respectively, through an order of apex court on January 2 and that “it was only fair” the current office-bearers be treated in the “same manner”.

Opener Abhinav Mukund lashes out at trolls targeting his skin colour
Fri, Aug 11, 2017

In a lengthy post on Twitter, Abhinav Mukund, who is presently in Sri Lanka with the Indian team, wrote that he was speaking up not just for himself but “for many from our country who experience ridicule based on the colour on one’s skin”.

Overworked Virat Kohli deserves a mini break
Wed, Aug 09, 2017

Rohit Sharma could be named skipper for limited overs series in Sri Lanka if selectors rest Virat Kohli. The Indian selectors will meet in two days' time to pick the squad for the five ODIs and solitary T20 in Sri Lanka.

Back home, Indian women’s cricket team get their share of the sun
Thu, Jul 27, 2017

The arbitrary photo-shoot once done, it was time for the women to take the podium with Mithali taking first strike. The rest sat diligently on seats arranged on the side, some looking on nervously as if already preparing for their time in the spotlight and in front of the microphone.

Patrick Patterson: The story of an Unquiet Mind
Sun, Jul 30, 2017

The most fearsome of Caribbean pacers disappeared into oblivion in the 1990s. Patrick Patterson is still around, though he does not quite remember the man he was, or his bowling spells which went down in history. But he is grateful for the dogged fan who travelled half-way around the world to his door — to hear his story.

Coaching is the toughest job… captain has tools; as coach, you have nothing, says Ravi Shastri
Fri, Jul 14, 2017

Ravi Shastri shares his vision of how he sees the coaching job should work, the relationship with the team, his time as a player and the philosophy surrounding the coaching job. He was appointed as coach on July 11.

Indian cricket team’s unsettled nine-to-five shift
Tue, Jul 11, 2017

India still seemed to have a 9-5 conundrum, and a weak West Indies outfit should have been the best opportunity for them to get some clarity on it. The 3-1 series win was dominated more or less by the same players.

Beyond a boundary, former West Indian spin-bowling-all-rounder Omari Banks is now Reggae music phenomenon
Tue, Jul 11, 2017

Banks became the first Anguillan to play international cricket when he debuted against Australia in Barbados. He was probably also the first major professional athlete to come out of his island. That still didn’t make him the most popular member of his family.

India vs West Indies: At the fag end, a battle of equals
Sun, Jul 09, 2017

The five-match ODI series was woefully lopsided, but the one-off T20I match promises a more even contest with the return of Chris Gayle and Co. For the record, India have only ever beaten Windies twice in this format in seven matches.

Anil Kumble’s short innings as India head coach
Sun, Jul 09, 2017

Was Anil Kumble overbearing, or sticking to his beliefs? Did Virat Kohli undermine him, or voicing what the team felt? As a meeting is held to pick new India coach on July 10, The Indian Express give the view from dressing room on Kumble’s exit

To hell and back: How former fast bowler Franklyn Rose’s New Zealand stint turned into ‘Banged up Abroad’ experience
Sat, Jul 08, 2017

The charges that were used to send Rose to prison were based on him over-staying his visa. But he insists now that it wasn’t his intention, and that his Kiwi sojourn had turned pear-shaped, and quite dramatically, ever since he was attacked by four unknown men outside his home back in 2012.

India v West Indies, 5th ODI: After landmark century, older Virat celebrates like Virat of the old
Sat, Jul 08, 2017

In his early days, Kohli would always celebrate a batting milestone with a display of brazen anger. His celebrations of course have mellowed down considerably with age and time, but on Thursday he rolled back the clock somewhat, punching the air and screaming “come on”.

India vs West Indies, 5th ODI: Hope flickers before India snuff it at Sabina Park
Fri, Jul 07, 2017

The first innings of the fifth one-dayer went almost according to the same script as the preceding one, with the home team huffing and puffing to what seemed to be an inadequate total (205 for nine). The only difference being it was a much better batting surface.

Umesh Yadav – racehorse who is in for the long haul
Thu, Jul 06, 2017

After a slightly tepid Champions Trophy, Yadav has been back to his rhythmic best in the West Indies, and been one of the main reasons the hosts have struggled to get off to starts with any sort of momentum.

Raghu’s behind-the-scenes contribution to India’s success
Thu, Jul 06, 2017

Throw-down specialist Raghu, who ‘bowls’ 145-150 kph for hours at nets, has been the unsung hero behind India’s batting exploits

India vs West Indies: Hardik Pandya’s lessons of chase
Wed, Jul 05, 2017

As it turns out, Pandya found himself yet again in a run chase scenario this Sunday at North Sound in Antigua. But this was a lot different to that backs-to-the-wall position that India found themselves in against Pakistan.

Hurt locker: Matchwinner Ravichandran Ashwin in a crisis
Wed, Jul 05, 2017

The last time Ravichandran Ashwin had a good run in ODI's was the 2015 World Cup where he picked up 13 wickets at 25.38 and was instrumental in India making the semi-finals. Ever since, captains and coaches have changed but they’ve continued to drop Ashwin.

India vs West Indies 4th ODI: MS Dhoni, in super slow-mo, fails to lead India to victory
Tue, Jul 04, 2017

Decline in the MS Dhoni’s batting was evident during his 114-ball 54 against West Indies on Sunday as India failed to chase down a meager total of 190 runs. India still lead the five-match series 2-1 with one match remaining to be played

Board games that people never get bored of in Caribbean
Mon, Jul 03, 2017

Not all Antiguans call dominoes their game. They prefer their national game, warri (house), another board game that was brought to the isles by slaves from Africa, Sudan in particular.

India vs West Indies, 4th ODI: Mohammed Shami returns from ODI wilderness
Mon, Jul 03, 2017

Right-arm medium fast bowler Mohammed Shami spent the entire Champions Trophy on the bench, bowling in the nets with his knee-strap as a constant companion. And till Sunday, he continued to do the same in the Caribbean.

India vs West Indies: Twin Hope in the side, but West Indies remain hopeless
Sun, Jul 02, 2017

West Indies might have two Hopes- Shai and Kyle — in their ranks but there was little of it in the stadium. It was another occasion where their fans en masse chose to abandon them. In the fourth ODI, hosts look to salvage pride.

India vs West Indies: Partners in crime, MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav finish off West Indies’ revival bid
Sat, Jul 01, 2017

India eventually ended with 251 runs on the board, thanks mainly to Kedar Jadhav and M S Dhoni who added 81 off 46 balls, a partnership which was as unorthodox as the early half had been conservative.

Winston Benjamin – From next Malcolm Marshall to fixing boundary boards and sight screens
Sat, Jul 01, 2017

Winston Benjamin, once a promising pacer and likened to Malcolm Marshall, now fixes boundaries and sightscreen besides tending horses. His career didn't take off and he faded away after 21 Tests spread over 8 years.

India vs West Indies: Sleepy Antigua remains oblivious to the big Indian stars 
Fri, Jun 30, 2017

The WICB and the local authorities, though, are pulling out all stops to ensure that the two ODIs here aren’t played in front of empty stands.

India vs West Indies: For Virat Kohli & Co, life’s a beach
Fri, Jun 30, 2017

The Indian team did manage to slip in a couple of hours of practice at the stadium on Wednesday, with all the batsmen getting some valuable time in the nets. The fast bowlers too got to stretch their limbs and bowl adjacent to the centre wicket.

As a team we can put forward our views to the coach only if asked by BCCI, says Virat Kohli
Fri, Jun 30, 2017

Virat Kohli reiterated that currently his side has a series at hand and that is what they are focused on right now. The process is taking place and that is something to be done by the BCCI, Kohli said.

India vs West Indies: Two ways to hit a moving ball for Kieran Powell
Thu, Jun 29, 2017

West Indies opener Kieran Powell attended trials for Major League Baseball, before returning to cricket. As a batsman, Powell was used to hitting length balls for sixes, and that too of spinners where he was generating all the power.

India vs West Indies: Back among runs, Shikhar Dhawan traces comeback trail
Thu, Jun 29, 2017

Shikhar Dhawan rarely looks out of touch, especially in ODI cricket. It’s just that there are periods when he just kicks on like he has been of late, and others where he does not.

R Sridhar on coach role: You have to yield to the demands of the group
Wed, Jun 28, 2017

R Sridhar has been part of the setup for nearly three years and has worked under both the Ravi Shastri and Anil Kumble regimes. He said, "What’s important in today’s cricket as a leader is to follow the energies within the group."

As a coach, you have to make sure that each guy is in the best possible space: R Sridhar
Tue, Jun 27, 2017

R Sridhar also felt that with the kind of players in the present Indian team, the coach’s focus should be on letting their experience be taken on board while taking decisions.

A perfect script for Virat Kohli’s 2019 World Cup plot being written in West Indies
Tue, Jun 27, 2017

After the second ODI, West Indies' hopes of qualifying for the World Cup faded while it was a day when a routine Indian team member finally stepped up to the plate with a coming-of-age century and a new face burst onto the scene.

Kuldeep Yadav’s mystery of utmost happiness
Tue, Jun 27, 2017

Kuldeep Yadav was bringing back the phrase “imagine being done in by a chinaman” back in vogue, that too at the Queen's Park Oval, which witnessed it being used for the first time for Ellis Achong.

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.