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Smith back as top-ranked Test batsman; Kohli 2nd

Australia's Steve Smith is back on top of the list of batsmen in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings after India captain Virat Kohli could manage only 21 runs in his two innings in the first Test against New Zealand in Wellington, which his side lost by 10 wickets to concede a 1-0 lead in the two-match series. This is the eighth time that Smith is on top of the rankings after first occupying the top position in June 2015.

26 Feb 2020 3:35 pm
Teenage star Shafali a big hit at T20 World Cup!

The early overs used to be all about Smriti Mandhana but India's star opener says she feels relieved of pressure thanks to the emergence of teenage prodigy Shafali Verma. There's been no hesitation from Verma in making a name for herself on the global stage, the 16-year-old having scored 68 runs across two games, including five sixes and seven fours, at an impressive strike rate of 212.

26 Feb 2020 2:17 pm
'Indian batsmen finding it tough against pace, bounce'

The Indian batsmen will get a liberal dose of chin music in the second Test at the seamer-friendly Hagley Oval, senior New Zealand pacer Neil Wagner declared on Wednesday, harping on the visitors' struggles when faced with pace and bounce. With India troubled by short balls bowled from round the wicket, the 33-year-old Wagner promised that they will employ the same strategy during the second match starting Saturday.

26 Feb 2020 2:01 pm
Captain Kohli comes out in support of Shaw

Trent Boult and Tim Southee have exposed the chinks in Prithvi Shaw's armour but India captain Virat Kohli is ready to wait and watch before any corrective analysis as he does not see a pattern in the young opener's dismissals so far. There are a few shortcomings that experts have noticed in Shaw's batting after the 20-year-old right-handed batsman scored just 16 and 14 in the two innings of the first Test against New Zealand in Wellington, which India lost by 10 wickets.

26 Feb 2020 11:23 am
Ex-BCCI chief Pawar's advice to sports administrators

Former ICC and BCCI president Sharad Pawar said politics should not be brought into sports and the administrators' only aim should be to help sportsperson and provide them the best of facilities.

26 Feb 2020 10:47 am
India's worst Test defeats under Virat Kohli

When India lost the Wellington Test by 10 wickets, was it the worst defeat for Virat Kohli's team? Rajneesh Gupta has the answers.

26 Feb 2020 9:40 am
PIX: Stokes, Buttler honoured at Buckingham Palace

English all-rounder Ben Stokes was given a royal honour at the Buckingham Palace after he guided his side to the ICC World Cup triumph last year. Along with Stokes, Jos Buttler, Eoin Morgan, coach Trevor Bayliss, and Joe Root also received the honours as part of the New Year's Honours List.

26 Feb 2020 9:22 am
Now retired, Ojha keen to play in overseas leagues

Former India left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha, who recently drew curtains on his international career, is keen to compete in T20 Leagues abroad and will seek the Board of Control for Cricket in India's permission for exploring the options.

25 Feb 2020 8:55 pm
Australia on track for T20 World Cup success: Warner

Australia, who host the T20 World Cup from October 18 to November 15, had won eight games in a row before losing to South Africa by 12 runs in Port Elizabeth on Sunday.

25 Feb 2020 7:17 pm
Kohli to star in Asia XI squad for T20Is in B'desh?

Virat Kohli was named in the Asia XI squad to take on a Faf du Plessis-led World XI in next month's Bangabandhu 100-year celebration three-match T20 International series in Dhaka.

25 Feb 2020 4:52 pm
When will Dhoni start training for IPL?

Dhoni is expected to practice for a couple of weeks with the likes of Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayudu among others

25 Feb 2020 3:56 pm
'How are you Sue-Chin': Vaughan asks Tendulkar

Michael Vaughan mocked the President of the United States, Donald Trump over him mispronouncing Sachin Tendulkar's name.

25 Feb 2020 2:24 pm
'Indians batsmen didn't make any adjustments'

New Zealand's drubbing of India was hailed as one of their best in Black Caps' history by the media.

25 Feb 2020 2:05 pm
India's batting collapse was surprising: NZ coach

New Zealand coach Gary Stead, on Tuesday, said he was a bit surprised by India's abject surrender in the first Test but is expecting a strong comeback in Christchurch.

25 Feb 2020 1:15 pm
A first: DRS to be used in Ranji Trophy semis

BCCI's general manager of cricket Saba Karim had said the limited use of DRS was always planned for the Ranji Trophy semifinals and not from the knockout stages.

25 Feb 2020 12:34 pm
Captain Kohli exudes confidence ahead of 2nd Test

Virat Kohli said India would not go into their shells as they prepared for the series-deciding game at Hagley Oval from Feb. 29.

25 Feb 2020 11:58 am
'Soo-chin': Why hate someone over mispronunciation?

Jimmy Neesham had a crackling observation to make and said that why someone should be hated just on the basis of mispronunciation when there can be more solid reasons to hate the same person.

25 Feb 2020 11:46 am
Here's what Kiwi bowlers must do during 2nd Test

New Zealand coach Gary Stead expected India would be more competitive in the second match in Christchurch.

25 Feb 2020 10:12 am
Beware! NZ's Jamieson promises more after dream debut

Kyle Jamieson said he believed he was capable of rapid improvement in both speed and general performance.

25 Feb 2020 9:52 am
How world's largest cricket stadium came up in Motera

The Motera stadium in Ahmedabad dominated the headlines as it is set to become the world's largest cricket stadium.

25 Feb 2020 8:34 am
'Shafali has licence to play fearless cricket'

Shafali Verma smashed a 17-ball 39, including four sixes, to steer India to 142 to six

24 Feb 2020 10:12 pm
Ranji Roundup: Karnataka seal semis spot

A round-up of Ranji Trophy matches played on Monday.

24 Feb 2020 9:09 pm
ICC bowls-out Trump for calling Tendulkar 'Soo-chin'

Trump gave a special mention to Indian cricket legends Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli

24 Feb 2020 8:31 pm
Women's T20 WC: India beat Bangla for their second win

Images from ICC Women's T20 World Cup opener between Australia and India, in Perth, on Monday

24 Feb 2020 7:58 pm
Women's T20 WC PIX: India vs Bangladesh

Images from ICC Women's T20 World Cup opener between Australia and India, in Perth, on Monday

24 Feb 2020 6:38 pm
On this day Tendulkar scored first ever 200 in ODIs

Sachin Tendulkar achieved the feat against South Africa in Gwalior. He scored runs at a brisk pace and went on to register a double century off just 147 balls.

24 Feb 2020 3:57 pm
How New Zealand restored pride by thrashing India

New Zealand pace spearheads exploited a tricky Basin Reserve wicket to bowl India out for under 200 twice with Jamieson's height and delivery angle providing plenty of problems.

24 Feb 2020 3:41 pm
Fit-again Hardik, Dhawan to play in DY Patil T20

Fit-again India all-rounder Hardik Pandya is attempting to make his comeback by taking part in the D Y Patil T20 tournament, starting in Mumbai, on Monday. Shikhar Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are also on their road to recovery after sustaining injuries.

24 Feb 2020 2:52 pm
ICC hands 7-year ban to Oman player for match-fixing

Oman's Yousuf Abdulrahim Al Balushi has been banned from cricket for seven years due to match-fixing offences, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Monday. Al Balushi was found guilty of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code on four counts relating to Twenty20 World Cup qualifiers held in the United Arab Emirates last year.

24 Feb 2020 1:12 pm
'New Zealand outplayed India in all departments'

After New Zealand thrashed India by ten wickets in the first Test in Wellington on Monday, former cricketer VVS Laxman said the visitors were outplayed in all departments. This was New Zealand's 100th Test match win, while on the other hand World No 1 India suffered their first defeat in the ICC World Test Championship.

24 Feb 2020 11:09 am
My scores don't reflect the way I am batting: Kohli

Virat Kohli isn't unduly perturbed by his relatively low run of scores on the ongoing tour of New Zealand. India's premier batsman feels analysing too much can unnecessarily clutter his mind.

24 Feb 2020 10:42 am
Keeping it simple the key for New Zealand: Williamson

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said forgetting about results and getting the simple things right helped his side recover from the 3-0 drubbing by Australia to beat India, the world's top ranked Test side, by 10 wickets on Monday.

24 Feb 2020 9:35 am
Why Kohli is 'not bothered by another loss...'

India's captain Virat Kohli, speaking after the 10-wicket defeat in the first Test, says he is not too concerned with his batsmen, as technically they were all sound and able to deal with New Zealand's attack.

24 Feb 2020 9:14 am
PHOTOS: India walloped in Wellington

The batsmen's inadequacies in adverse conditions were laid bare as India crashed to an embarrassing 10-wicket defeat against a ruthless New Zealand side that wrapped up the opening Test in just over three days, in Wellington, on Monday. Starting the day on 144 for four, India were all out for 191 in 81 overs in their second innings, a shade better after their dismal 165 in the first innings, which eventually proved decisive.

24 Feb 2020 8:00 am
We were not just competitive enough: Kohli

India's captain Virat Kohli said the toss turned out to be very important in the first Test which New Zealand won by ten wickets on Monday, Day 4, in Wellington.

24 Feb 2020 7:06 am
PHOTOS: New Zealand crush India by 10 wickets

Tim Southee picked up five wickets as India suffered another batting failure to lose the opening Test against New Zealand by 10 wickets, on Day 4, in Wellington, on Monday. Needing just nine runs for the win, New Zealand eased to victory in just 1.4 overs to finish the game with one full day and a half to spare and take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.

24 Feb 2020 6:35 am
Ranji Roundup: Bengal virtually seal semis berth

A round-up of Ranji Trophy matches played on Sunday.

23 Feb 2020 9:09 pm
Gillespie praises Ishant Sharma

Ishant picked up his 11th five-wicket haul to help India bowl out New Zealand for 348 in their first innings.

23 Feb 2020 8:28 pm
This visually impaired fan loves cricket from stadium

Allan Jones is visually challenged since birth but he still turns up to take his designated seat whenever there is a Test match at the Basin Reverse.

23 Feb 2020 7:24 pm
Here's how Romi Dev reacted to '83

Feels wonderful to see Ranveer, Deepika play us: Romi Dev

23 Feb 2020 5:54 pm
How Trent Boult strategised Kohli's fall

Trent Boult revealed his gameplan against Kohli after third day's play

23 Feb 2020 4:21 pm
Virat Kohli's flop show continues in New Zealand

Virat Kohli's split second indiscretion became his undoing as he went for a needless pull-shot to a well-disguised short ball.

23 Feb 2020 3:46 pm
India must survive Day 4, says Ashwin

India ended the third day at 144 for 4 in their second innings and still trail New Zealand's first innings score by 39 runs.

23 Feb 2020 3:20 pm
India's batting a concern ahead of Bangladesh tie

Leg-spinner Poonam Yadav's magical spell helped India beat Australia by 17 runs in the tournament opener on Friday but the Harmanpreet Kaur-led side can't afford to take Bangladesh lightly as their eastern neighbours had beaten them twice in the 2018 T20 Asia Cup.

23 Feb 2020 1:06 pm
PIX: Batsmen let India down again; NZ in control

Mayank Agarwal scored his fourth Test half-century as India inched to 78-2 at tea on the third day of Trent Boult followed up his counter-attacking cameo innings of 38 to take three wickets, including that of Virat Kohli, to put New Zealand on top against India at the end of the third day of the first test on Sunday. Trent Boult followed up his counter-attacking cameo innings of 38 to take three wickets, including that of Virat Kohli, to put New Zealand on top against India at the end of the thi

23 Feb 2020 12:22 pm
PHOTOS: New Zealand vs India, 1st Test, Day 3

Colin de Grandhomme, Kyle Jamieson and Trent Boult counter-attacked to help New Zealand post 348 at lunch on the third day of the first Test after India's pace bowlers had grabbed two early wickets. Images from Day 3 of the first Test between New Zealand and India in Wellington, on Sunday.

23 Feb 2020 7:17 am