Shamik Chakrabarty


Kuldeep Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the UP-wardly mobile men
Sat, Sep 23, 2017

Kuldeep Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar symbolise the quintessential shrewdness of their state. The chinaman bowler’s hat-trick was the theme in the 2nd ODI, but India might have struggled without Kumar’s opening spell.

India vs Australia: Chinatown at Eden Gardens
Fri, Sep 22, 2017

Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav’s hat-trick helps India complete a comprehensive win over Australia and take 2-0 lead in the ODI series.

India vs Australia: Grass is greener at Eden Gardens before 2nd ODI
Thu, Sep 21, 2017

The Eden Gardens pitch has changed its character after the whole centre square was re-laid in the lead-up to the World T20. On the surface, the pitch provides Australian seamers an opportunity to improve their record and level the ongoing series.

India vs Australia: Adam Zampa lost on Indian pitch map
Wed, Sep 20, 2017

Adam Zampa was candid enough to reveal the uncertainty factor for an Australian leggie on Indian grounds. It concerns relatively smaller fields and little margin for error for wrist spinners, length-wise.

Performing at home makes you feel like hero… this generation misses it, says Zaheer Abbas
Fri, Sep 15, 2017

As international cricket makes its return to Pakistan batting great Zaheer Abbas, who earned the moniker ‘Asian Bradman’, spoke about the joy of playing in front of home fans and the current vacuum.

Pakistan vs World XI: Disappointed that no players from India participating, says former ICC president Ehsan Mani
Wed, Sep 13, 2017

Former ICC president and PCB functionary Ehsan Mani believes there’s no perceived security threat for the on-going Pakistan vs World XI series and the hosts are capable of playing more games at home.

After the pink-ball conquest, Priyank Panchal eyes a rosy upturn in his career
Tue, Sep 12, 2017

Scores of 105 and 133 not out against India Green have been sort of an extension of Priyank Panchal’s form last season, when he scored 1,310 runs in 10 Ranji Trophy matches including five centuries to anchor Gujarat’s maiden title march.

Team India’s ruthlessness against Sri Lanka earns them All Blacks comparison
Fri, Sep 08, 2017

India became the first team in the history of bilateral cricket to secure a complete whitewash across three formats on foreign soil steamrolling Sri Lanka 3-0 in Tests, 5-0 in ODIs and 1-0 in a one-off T20 International.

In search of Rabindranath ‘Thagore’ in Sri Lanka
Thu, Sep 07, 2017

The Sri Lankan government’s school curriculum includes Tagore’s life and works at ‘A’ level, informs Coperahewa, the CCIS director. The undergraduate syllabus has the writer’s novel ‘Gora’ for English literature students.

A win-win-win for India in Sri Lanka
Thu, Sep 07, 2017

After Test and ODI sweep, India come up trumps in the one-off T20 too, thanks to another Virat Kohli masterclass in chase. India were given a target of 171 by Sri Lanka to chase, Kohli and Manish Pandey saw them through.

India vs Sri Lanka T20I: In short, Sri Lanka eye long-term gains
Wed, Sep 06, 2017

With not much at stake in the only T20 international against India, Sri Lankan cricketers will look to impress Indian Premier League franchises during the match which will also be the last of this tour.

In series of experiments in Sri Lanka, India tick a few boxes
Tue, Sep 05, 2017

Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal came through with flying colours, choking the opponents, giving away just 76 runs between them in 20 overs and taking two wickets.

Tuk-tuk driver by day, Lasith Malinga’s chauffeur by evening
Tue, Sep 05, 2017

“Part-time tuk-tuk, evening Malinga,” Kumara drove home the point that every evening he works as Lasith Malinga’s personal chauffeur. Like Malinga, Kumara is also a Galle native who has now moved to the Sri Lankan capital

India vs Sri Lanka: Virat Kohli & co whitewash hosts in ODIs
Tue, Sep 05, 2017

Virat Kohli and Bhuvneshwar Kumar lead the way as Team India, after the 3-0 Test series clean sweep, whitewash Sri Lanka in the five-match ODI series too.

In ODIs, Ajinkya Rahane still has to prove he is a ‘strike’ force
Sun, Sep 03, 2017

During an interview with this paper on Friday, Ravi Shastri called Ajinkya Rahane’s situation a “happy headache.” . But no player worth his salt and professional pride would like to be a serial bench-warmer.

If someone doesn’t fit into fitness parameters, he is really unfit or lazy, says India coach Ravi Shastri
Sat, Sep 02, 2017

In a chat with Shamik Chakrabarty, India coach Ravi Shastri speaks on a range of topics — from the equation Dhoni and Kohli share, on Ravichandran Ashwin's future in ODIs, and more.

Cricket is run by gamblers and cricket has become a gambling game: Arjuna Ranatunga
Fri, Sep 01, 2017

Arjuna Ranatunga speaks about Sri Lanka's obsession with fitness, the current issues plaguing Sri Lankan cricket and also looked back at the country’s most famous win.

India vs Sri Lanka: Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma to fore, India win ODI number four
Fri, Sep 01, 2017

Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma hit centuries as India, after posting 375 for the loss of five wickets, beat Sri Lanka by 168 runs in the fourth one-day international in Colombo to take a 4-0 lead in the five-match series.

As his pace drops, ageing Lasith Malinga turns to Zaheer Khan for swing
Thu, Aug 31, 2017

At 34 years of age, Lasith Malinga can no longer bowl at 90mph steadily, especially after returning from an 18-month knee injury layoff and he now wants to concentrate on movement in the air and off the deck and there's a common thread between him and Zaheer Khan in this regard.

India vs Sri Lanka: ODI series in pocket, India set to test bench strength
Thu, Aug 31, 2017

Nothing is certain yet and the team management might continue with the winning combination. But going by the practice sessions over the last two days, there appears a possibility of some tinkering, inclusion of two-three new faces in the form of Manish Pandey, Kuldeep Yadav and Shardul Thakur.

India vs Sri Lanka: Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav aims to shed kilos to fit in
Wed, Aug 30, 2017

These days, there is a slow murmur building up around Indian cricket about fitness. The selectors and the team management have made it clear that they are looking for very fit cricketers.

Romesh Kaluwitharana’s post-retirement hideaway
Tue, Aug 29, 2017

Former Sri Lankan wicket-keeper Romesh Kaluwitharana has ventured into hospitality sector and runs a jungle retreat now. His hideaway is a luxury jungle retreat at Udawalawe in southern Sri Lanka that now has 14 rooms.

India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI: Rohit Sharma races to ton, India sleepwalk to six-wicket win
Mon, Aug 28, 2017

Like the last match, the Sri Lankan fans hoped for a victory after the visitors lost their first four wickets inside 16 overs for 61 runs. But Rohit Sharma along with MS Dhoni guided India to a six-wicket win and take an unassailable 3-0 lead.

India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI: After the oval, life comes full circle for Jasprit Bumrah
Mon, Aug 28, 2017

Fast bowler, who drew flak for his no-ball in Champions Trophy’s final against Pakistan, makes amends by snaffling his first five-for in ODIs to secure series win in Sri Lanka

India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI: Despite wobble, India set to continue experiments
Sun, Aug 27, 2017

India will look to continue the experiments in the one-day internationals despite a close game in the second match of the five-match series against Sri Lanka when the two teams meet each other for the third ODI at the same ground on Sunday.

Niranjan Shah appointed CEO of SCA, says he is yet to accept the offer
Sat, Aug 26, 2017

Niranjan Shah ruled the state association as its secretary for over four decades before being made ineligible by the Supreme Court’s July 18, 2016 order.

Akila Dananjaya’s mystery of utmost happiness
Sat, Aug 26, 2017

Like Ajantha Mendis, Akila Dananjaya has become an overnight sensation, after his 6/54 against India at Pallekele on Thursday. Like Mendis, he bamboozled the Indian batting with his mystery, bowling wrist spin with the action of an off-spinner.

India vs Sri Lanka: India win second ODI despite Akila Dananjaya’s six-wickets
Fri, Aug 25, 2017

Despite Akila Danajaya’s record haul, Sri Lanka fail to open account; MS Dhoni and Bhuvneshwar Kumar take India home in Kandy by 3 wickets after stitching an unbeaten stand of 100 runs for 8th wicket.

Sri Lanka’s transition gospel: Learn it from Virat Kohli and Co.
Thu, Aug 24, 2017

Sri Lanka haven’t won a bilateral ODI series against a higher-ranked team since 2015. They have lost 12 of their last 16 ODIs, including a home series against Zimbabwe this year.

Lasith Malinga: Sling without the sting
Thu, Aug 24, 2017

While age and injuries have caught up with Lasith Malinga, the Sri Lankan cricket fraternity is hopeful he can dust up some old magic.

Nike gives new training kits to Team India
Wed, Aug 23, 2017

The gear-switch is noteworthy since it comes in the wake of players, and subsequently the BCCI, complaining about the quality of their playing and training clothing in the series so far.

India vs Sri Lanka: Another arrow in Jasprit Bumrah’s quiver
Wed, Aug 23, 2017

India fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah, to enhance his cutting edge in the middle overs of an One Day International is nuancing the knuckle ball, which was a fad in the last Indian Premier League.

If I had the opportunity to play with modern bats, I would have done so, says Sanath Jayasuriya
Tue, Aug 22, 2017

Sanath Jayasuriya, now the chief selector, played with 2.6-2.7 pounds bat with thin edges, talks about ICC’s bat-dimension regulations, besides some of the issues plaguing Sri Lankan cricket.

India vs Sri Lanka, 1st ODI: The quick and the dead
Mon, Aug 21, 2017

Shikhar Dhawan slams his fastest one-day international century as dominant India, after set a target of 217 runs, steamroll listless Sri Lanka by chasing chasing down the target in 28.5 overs and with nine wickets in hand in first ODI of the five-match series.

Sri Lanka ban sweets in dressing room to keep ‘bellies’ in check
Sun, Aug 20, 2017

The Sri Lankan team cricket manager Asanka Gurusinha said that the dietary change is a decision of the team physio Nirmala and physical trainer Nick Lee.

India vs Sri Lanka: Virat Kohli kick-starting auditions for 2019 World Cup
Sun, Aug 20, 2017

India vs Sri Lanka isn’t a meaningless bilateral series for Kohli’s team. They will look to identify right players for key positions