Here’s a preview of the third Investec Test between England and India:The Ageas Bowl at Southampton is set to host its second Test ever when the hassled England take on a buoyant Indian side in the 3rd Test on Sunday.India won the second Test at Lord’s on a pitch tailormade for the hosts after drawing the first Test played on a flat track at Trent Bridge. The win was built on stellar contributions from Ajinkya Rahane, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Murali Vijay, Ravindra Jadeja and on the final day, Ishant Sharma guided by MS Dhoni. England suffered due to their bowlers wasting the conditions, poor keeping from Matt Prior, lack of contributions from the senior batsmen and a brainfade on the final day which saw them collapse to defeat from a point where they could have easily saved the match if not won it.England have rung in a change after Prior opted out of the rest of the series, bringing in the attacking and in-form Jos Buttler while India’s preparation indicates Rohit Sharma will replace Stuart Binny in the line-up.Alastair Cook is under tremendous pressure to justify his position as skipper and batsman and he will want to pile on the kind of scores that drove England to so many victories when he first took on the captaincy
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24th July 2014 Rahul Dravid’s impact as batting consultant is there to be seen. His presence has not only influenced regular batsmen like Vijay and Rahane, but even rubbed off on someone like Bhuvneshwar. Rahul Dravid – The man nicknamed ‘The Wall’ was the only one who stood tall amidst the ruins of India’s dismal outing on their 2011 tour of England.
23st July 2014 Former India captain and Rajasthan Royals’ Mentor Rahul Dravid played for MCC against Hong Kong Cricket Club at Lord’s on Tuesday 22 July. It was Dravid’s second appearance at the Home of Cricket this year, having also played in the MCC v Rest of the World Lord’s bicentenary match on 5th July. Dravid, who played 164 Tests and 345 One Day Internationals for India, has a long association with MCC.
22nd July 2014 After 28 years, India celebrated a win, what will count as a historic win at cricket’s most hallowed ground, against the imposing backdrop of the 124-year-old Lord’s pavilion. The 95-run victory ends a 1,124-day drought of overseas wins for India, marked by humiliating 4-0 whitewashes in England and Australia, and is their first triumph at the “Home of Cricket” in 28 years – the second overall in 82 years of trying. Here’s are five positives Team India gained from this mat
22nd July 2014 Delighted to be on the Lord’s roll-of-honour after a gritty hundred on the opening day of the second Test, Ajinkya Rahane revealed that he was a little nervous before his first Test at this celebrated ground. The batsman though did calm down on the morning of the match and that was enough to make him register his second Test ton in his seventh match – both the tons coming in overseas conditions. “Every hundred is special, be it at Wellington or at Lord’s,” said Rahane,
Here’s the match report of the second Investec Test match between India and England.Ishant Sharma proved all his critics wrong to fashion a 95-run victory for India against the hosts in the second Investec Test match at Lord’s. Although he was reluctant at first, India captain MS Dhoni convinced Ishant to test England’s batsmen with short-pitched bowling and boy did it work wonders!
Here’s a preview of the second Investec Test match between England and India at Lord’s:The Lord’s Cricket Ground will host the 2nd Test between England and India. The 1st Test between the two, played at Trent Bridge in Nottingham was drawn after spectacular batting rearguards from both sides in all the three innings played.Alastair Cook will hope for a pitch more likely to provide a result at Lord’s after his seamers were run into the ground bowling a total of 242 overs for just 13 wickets between them.
The first Investec Test between India and England eventually ended in a stalemate due to a great show of resistance shown by both teams. Team India recorded an impressive score of 457 in the first innings thanks to Murali Vijay’s brilliant century of 146. India looked like they were going to get England out cheaply but an astonishing 198-run partnership between Joe Root and Jimmy Anderson changed the course of the match.It was India’s turn to erase the deficit and post a competitive total on the board
—> 9th Jul 2014 India handed Stuart Binny a Test debut as they went into an overseas Test with five bowlers for the first time since Adelaide in 2008. Stuart Binny performed exceptionally well with the ball in India’s short tour to Bangladesh. Breaking Anil Kumble’s record, he bagged 6 wickets for 4 runs helping India clinch the ODI series
In a dream match organized to celebrate the bicentenary of cricket’s very own Mecca, Lord’s, Yuvraj Singh stood out for the Rest of the World XI against the Tendulkar-led Marylebone Cricket Club XI with a cracking century.The RCBian scored 132 off 134 balls to help Shane Warne’s team post a decent target of 294. Unfortunately for ROW XI, MCC XI managed to chase down the target thanks to Aaron Finch’s exceptional 181*. Finch was ably supported by Tendulkar and later on, Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s partnership with Finch ended ROW XI’s challenge.Yuvraj, on the other hand, didn’t receive a lot of support from his teammates and had to take on the responsibility to accelerate himself.
India recorded a morale boosting win in the second practice match of their long English campaign scheduled till the first week of September. Dhoni’s men chased down 142 runs in the second innings to beat Derbyshire by 5 wickets in the 3-day tour game and are all set for the 5-match Test Series against Alastair Cook’s side.India used the entire 18-man squad in the two warm up games they played in, giving a fair amount of practice to all the players. The first warm up game was played against Leicestershire which was curtailed due to rain and ended in a draw
04th July 2014 After proving his mettle in junior cricket, Sanju Samson is on track to become the next poster boy of Indian cricket. The likes of Rahul Dravid have earmarked this 19-year-old from Kerala for greatness and with his IPL exploits and India A selection, Sanju Samson is proving his supporters right. The wicketkeeper-batsman took time out of his busy schedule during the BCCI Under-23 camp being held in Alur for a candid conversation about Rajasthan Royals in the IPL, Rahul Drav
RCB captain Virat Kohli, who was earlier leading the race for the top spot in the ICC Player Rankings for ODI Batsmen, dropped 13 points to hand the No.1 ODI batsmen’s tag to his RCB teammate, AB de Villiers.A cricketer loses 1% of his rating every time he misses a match. Since Kohli decided to opt out of the Bangladesh ODI series, he dropped enough points to give de Villiers, who’s already the top batsman in Tests, a 4-point lead. With AB set to play in Sri Lanka and Virat to wield his willow in England, we’re in for a thrilling battle between two titans at the top of the rankings table
18th June 2014 Former India skipper Rahul Dravid believes that the forthcoming England tour will be a good opportunity for young Indian batsmen and the long tour will help them grow as players. The Indian batting legend said batsmen including the likes of Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane and Shikhar Dhawan will be keen to make it count in the difficult English conditions.
Chris Gayle steadied the West Indies innings as they looked to break down the big score New Zealand posted in the first innings of the first Test match between the two teams at Sabina Park.Playing in front of his home crowd in Jamaica, the opener scored 64 runs off 125 balls to try and help reduce the huge deficit. Unfortunately, he was not helped by his partners at the other end who kept on perishing due to poor shot selection.
6th June 2014 Ajinkya Rahane’s calm at the crease is not an act. Off the field too, the right-handed batsman is calmness personified. Speaking soon after he turned 26, Rahane chose his words carefully, and was as sincere addressing a question as he is at the crease, deciding whether to leave a ball or play it.
5th June 2014 Born on June 5, 1988, Ajinkya Rahane belongs to old school of batting. At the same-time, he has shown in his brief career that when required, he can also play a wide array of strokes. Back in 2007-08 domestic season, when Ajinkya Rahane with oodles of talent aggregated over 1,000 runs, there was genuine hope that he can be a pillar of strength in the Indian batting line-up
Just days after fellow RCB teammates Virat Kohli and Vijay Zol won top honours at the CEAT cricket awards, RCB stalwart AB de Villiers was adjudged the South African Cricketer of the Year last night. De Villiers pipped new South African Test captain Hashim Amla, Dale Steyn, JP Duminy and Quinton de Kock for the award.Mr 360 did one better and took home the Test Cricketer of the Year award as well.
RCB captain Virat Kohli was adjudged the CEAT International Player of the Year in the 17th CEAT cricket awards. While he scored a healthy 359 runs for RCB in the just concluded IPL, Kohli has also been in tremendous touch in the international circuit over the last few years. The premier Indian batsman had previously won the preestigious award in the 2011-12 season.RCB captain Virat Kohli was adjudged the CEAT International Player of the Year in the 17th CEAT cricket awards.
Today the BCCI announced India’s squad to tour England starting from July. Virat Kohli and Varun Aaron from RCB made the cut for the test matches in an 18-man squad.India play their 1st test match of the series against England starting from 9th July after playing 2 practice games from 26th June. Kohli has been in excellent touch on the international level recently scoring hundreds at free will.
26th May 2014 Wankhede Stadium erupted in intermittent chants of “Corey, Corey,” “Rayudu, Rayudu,” “Tare, Tare,” and of course, “Mumbai, Mumbai” as emotions as diverse as joy, relief and disbelief swept through a sea of blue. In a match that was meant to separate the two sides – Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals – for the lone available Playoffs spot, emotions took centre stage as the defending IPL champions made it to the final four – albeit miraculously.
RCB’s IPL 7 season ends with 8 wicket defeat to CSK at M ChinnaswamyChennai’s batsmen led by MS Dhoni crashed RCB’s Go Green game, the team’s last game of the season at the M Chinnaswamy on Sunday, chasing a target of 155 successfully to win by 8 wickets.Chennai won the toss and decided to put the men in green today in to bat first. The home side rang in four changes as Rilee Rossouw came in for Chris Gayle, Shadab Jakati for Ashok Dinda, Ravi Rampaul for Muttiah Muralitharan and Vijay Zol for Abu Nechim.The innings did not see the Bangalore side get off to best start, losing Rossouw in the first over as Ashish Nehra broke through his defenses. In came Vijay Zol and looked to take the attack to the CSK bowling.
24th May 2014 Which also means MI, SRH still in Playoffs race Despite some late heroics by the likes of Brad Hodge and James Faulkner, the Rajasthan Royals ended up losing their away match against Kings XI Punjab by 16 runs. By virtue of this result, RR (14 points, 4th place), Mumbai Indians (12 points, 5th place) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (12 points, 6th place) are still in the running for the last available Pepsi IPL 2014 Playoffs spot. Meanwhile, KXIP (20 points) are guaranteed a top
23rd May 2014 The Australian national team’s next engagement is a long way off, but if you glanced at the nets session in progress at the PCA Stadium in Mohali on Thursday (May 22), you might have been forgiven for thinking they were playing an away series against India. Each of Shane Watson, Brad Hodge, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, George Bailey and Shaun Marsh were active participants, conversations between all flowed freely, and at one point there were four Aussie batsmen on each of the f
23rd May 2014 Rajasthan Royals pacer Vikramjeet Singh Malik today said that his side were not facing any pressure in the scramble for a play-off berth in the IPL and their strategy has been to take it from match-by-match. “There is no pressure, we take it from match-to-match. We focus on a particular match
23rd May 2014 These days, the two most talked about figures in the Rajasthan Royals camp are the team’s mentor, Rahul Dravid, and leg-spinner Pravin Tambe. The bowler, a club cricket veteran, has been noticed because of Dravid and has gained recognition with his game-changing performances. Though the two can’t be compared in terms of stats – Dravid played over 500 international matches and Tambe none – the recent exploits of the 42-year-old leggie have caught the imagination of the legen
21th May 2014 RR batsman speaks about opening the batting during the loss to MI Chasing a challenging 179-run target, Karun Nair scored a 24-ball 48 to keep the Rajasthan Royals in the game. However, as he held up one end, wickets fell like nine pins at the other, which cost RR their fifth loss of the season.
On winning the toss against SRH, Virat Kohli elected to bat first and look to defend the total on a flat track. While RCB fielded an unchanged side, the home side made 2 changes by getting in Parvez Rasool and Venugopal Rao for Amit Mishra and Lokesh Rahul.Bhuvneshwar Kumar proved why he is the leading wicket taker so far, setting Parthiv Patel up for a LBW in the first over of the match. Chris Gayle looked uncomfortable again and his misery ended when Karn Sharma struck with the first ball of his spell
19th May 2014 RR empowers its players: Dravid He no longer wears the captain’s hat, but Rahul Dravid, in his new role as the Rajasthan Royals mentor, has been as busy in shaping the team’s fortunes just like when he was playing. After leading his team to the Playoffs in Pepsi IPL 2013, he is now helping them go the extra mile and lift the trophy in 2014.
19th May 2014 DATE: 19th May, 2014 VENUE: Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad TIME: 16:00 (IST) After 11 games, Team Rajasthan are sitting pretty on third in the table after notching up seven wins in their 11 matches. The inaugural champions have been performing as per the expectations with some little-known players as usual contributing massively to their success. RR’s teamwork has been its key to victory in almost all matches
Venue: JSCA Stadium, RanchiTime: 4 PM ISTThe Ranchi pitch has been slow and low. Teams batting second have found modest chases turning slippy due to the progressive slowness of the pitch and increasing turn on offer. CSK have played 2 matches at Ranchi so far and have won them both rather convincingly thanks to aggressive clean hitting by Dwayne Smith at the top.Head To HeadFierce rivals, RCB and CSK have faced each other on 15 occasions with Chennai holding the honours with a 8-6 lead and one match having been washed out
15th May 2014 Cutting relives his IPL debut RR’s Aussie pacer shares his eventful first match that ended with a win A tall, lean Australian fast bowler who can get the temperatures to soar with a fiery quick, sharp bouncer – Ben Cutting had his first taste of the IPL in Ahmedabad, in the Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Daredevils contest. And it was a rather interesting outing, filled with mixed performances but ending in a win. The match started for him when RR’s stand-in captain, Steve
15th May 2014 Registering a 62-run win against Delhi Daredevils in Ahmedabad, RR have cemented their place in the points table at the third position. A Shane Watson-less RR team that was led by Steve Smith set their opponents a mammoth 202-run target, which proved too steep for DD to scale as they ended up at 139 for nine after 20 overs.