Rohit Sharma & Co usher in Diwali early at team hotel

Kolkata: The Diwali presented a wonderful opportunity for the Men in Blue, as the Indian cricket team is known as, for a bonding session at their team hotel in Bengaluru on Saturday. As the team will be facing wooden spooners Netherlands in their last league game of the World Cup on Sunday, they ushered in … Read more

Mick Jagger at Eden enjoying the Eng-Pak WC encounter

The England-Pakistan game at the Eden Gardens had a surprise guest of honour – Mick Jagger, the Rolling Stones frontman and one of the biggest pop music icons.   An acknowledged sports fan, the 80-year-old musician had earlier met a group of England players, including captain Jos Buttler, in their hotel restaurant ahead of the game. He was … Read more

When Virender Sehwag turns troll

‘’Dear sehwag, if you are a TRUE SPORTS MAN, u would never post this… SHAME ON U….,’’ another wrote. A third added, “This is not professional at all and not expected from you, this will create unnecessary hatred.”  Sehwag also took a dig at Sri Lanka, saying: “Pakistan ki khaas baat hai ki jis team … Read more

ICC suspends Sri Lanka Cricket membership over ‘govt interference’

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has suspended Sri Lanka Cricket’s membership of the ICC with immediate effect, citing interference in the governance of the sport by the country’s government. The ICC board met on Friday and determined that Sri Lanka Cricket is in serious breach of its obligations as a member, in particular, the requirement … Read more

It’s knives out for captain Babar Azam as Pakistan lose hope

The knives are out for Babar Azam, captain of Pakistan across all formats — what with the team’s hopes of making the semi-finals of the ICC World Cup evaporating after New Zealand’s comfortable win over Sri Lanka on Friday, 10 November.  The match between Pakistan and battered champions England at the Eden on Saturday, 11 … Read more

Semifinals as good as decided after NZ thrash SL

Pakistan’s equation to make the semifinals after New Zealand’s huge win is a near-impossible one, however: if they bat first, they need to win by a margin of 287 runs at least, and if they chase, they need to dismiss England for 50 runs and reach the target in two overs, or 100 runs in … Read more

India, expect more from Shubman Gill, world’s top ODI batter

India meet the Netherlands this Sunday at Bengaluru in what is otherwise an inconsequential tie. Not entirely so for Gill though, who would look to get a big one ahead of the knockouts. Thus far, it’s been Rohit Sharma’s high-risk batting in the powerplays which has made sure there is no undue rush when the … Read more

Kapil’s Dev 175 was iconic, but is Maxwell’s 201 more heroic?

The morning after, the debate on the greatest innings in limited overs cricket still rages in right earnest: Has Glenn Maxwell’s 201 not-out against Afghanistan just overtaken Kapil Dev’s iconic 175 not-out in the 1983 World Cup against Zimbabwe, in terms of quality and impact?  Comparisons, as they say, are odious — but neither can … Read more

Ex-Afghan coach Lalchand Rajput decodes their batting prowess

“As an ICC full member over last five years, they had been playing more ODIs and Tests against Ireland, Bangladesh, West Indies and Zimbabwe. While they always had some explosive players in the T20 format, I tried to drill into them the fact that only quick 40s or 50s will not help if you want … Read more