With the IPL season starting form today, Virat Kohli, the RCB captain has made his resolve clear to go all out and win the trophy this time round. RCB have reached the finals twice in the past, but the trophy still remains just a stretch away.With the mega auctions, the RCB squad has a new look with strong additions like Yuvraj Singh, Albie Morkel and Mitchell Starc adding to the arsenal.
16th April 2014 Captaincy a huge motivation: Shane Watson JAIPUR: Rajasthan Royals’ captain for IPL 7, Shane Watson tells TOI that not playing in Jaipur is extremely disappointing. Excerpts: A lot has been said about Rajasthan Royals’ team spirit.
With the entire squad bustling with energy ahead of the start of IPL 7, a new look side is looking to mingle with each other. Chris Gayle, who was retained before the mega auctions is highly enthusiastic to get to know the new additions – Yuvraj Singh in particular.Gayle expressed his pleasure at sharing the dressing room with someone of the caliber of Yuvraj Singh. “Well, it’s always an honour to share the dressing room with international stars and particularly, with Yuvi, who’s one of them.”Being the colourful personality that he is, Gayle did not forget to mention a thing or two about his celebrations.
15th April 2014 Rahul Dravid, Paddy Upton have helped the players gel in Rajasthan Royals’ camp, says Pravin Tambe Rajasthan Royals’ (RR) veteran cricketer Pravin Tambe reveals that the reason behind the impressive performances by the Indian Permier League (IPL) side is also due to the relaxed environment created by Rahul Dravid and Paddy Upton. Rajasthan, who bowed out of the IPL 2013 tournament after the Eliminator, are all set for a fresh beginning in IPL 7 under the leadership of Sha
With the IPL-7 drawing closer by the day, the young guns would be looking to make an impact in the game. IPL has proved to be a great platform for budding talents, and it is imperative to do well here to strengthen bids for a better future.RCB’s very own Vijay Zol falls in the same category. The U-19 captain for India is hoping to learn as much as he can from the stars he will share the dressing room with.
14th April 2014 Getting hit by Dale Steyn bouncer changed me, says Ajinkya Rahane During India’s recent Test tours of South Africa and New Zealand – away tours for the side after nearly two years – Ajinkya Rahane came into his own as a Test player. Not only did he register his maiden Test century in this period, Rahane was the only batsman to succeed on both tours apart from Virat Kohli.
11th April 2014 Sanju Samson and the great expectations Having dazzled as a rookie in the previous edition, Kerala’s wicket-keeper batsman now will be in spotlight and with more burden on his young shoulders There is a sense of calmness around Sanju Samson, the youngest to score an IPL half-century last year. Even while facing bowlers, he maintains composure, reads the situation and bats accordingly. This characteristic of the right-handed batsman and wicket-keeper from Kerala was
Partnership Marks Huawei’s First-Ever Sponsorship Foray into Cricket Mumbai, India, April 13, 2014: Huawei India, a leading ICT solutions provider, today announced a strategic partnership with the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) team just days ahead of the 7th season of the Indian Premier League which will kick-off from 16th April, 2014 in Dubai.Huawei India will be designated as the Principal sponsor of the Bangalore based team which is captained by super star Virat Kohli. The partners unveiled the new RCB team jersey, which features the Huawei logo on the front of the jersey as a principal sponsor of the team. Huawei will also have significant brand exposure around RCB’s home ground, the Chinnaswamy Stadium, along with in-stadium promotional rights.
With less than a week to go for the beginning of IPL 7 in UAE, Royal Challengers Bangalore raised the temperature in the Gulf when they reached the venue of the first half of this year’s tournament on Wednesday night.Royal Challengers Bangalore players including Parthiv Patel, Tanmay Mishra, Shadab Jakati, Abu Nechim, Sandeep Warrier, Ashok Dinda, Vijay Zol, Sachin Rana, Harshal Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal made the trip, bonding as new teammates and discussing the upcoming T20 festival. An excited but tired Parthiv Patel wryly remarked that the red eye flight to Dubai was the first step in getting used to the IPL’s demands on players.Trainer Shankar Basu too accompanied the players and was seen talking to Tanmay Mishra. Basu is considered India’s best physical fitness guru and he will be a busy man soon, enforcing his drills to get team RCB in top shape to fight and perform at their best in the severe conditions of the desert.
India batsman Virat Kohli achieved a career-best 2nd position in the ICC T20 rankings after India lost to Sri Lanka in the World T20 final at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium on Sunday.“India pair of Virat Kohli and Ravichandran Ashwin has attained career-best rankings, at the end of the ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014, in the latest Reliance ICC Player Rankings for T20 batsmen and Reliance ICC Player Ranking for T20I bowlers respectively,” the ICC said in a statement.Kohli, who was adjudged player of the tournament, finished as the leading run-scorer with 319 runs at a 100-plus average that included four fifties. Consistent performances helped Virat gain 68 rating points that took him one place ahead.
India were on an unexpected winning spree all along the tournament, but on a day when it all boiled down to composure, Sri Lanka displayed nerves of steel as they finally broke the jinx of winning a World Cup ever since the 1996 triumph.It was a night brimming with varied emotions – excitement, nervousness, nostalgia, etc. For Sri Lanka, it meant bidding adieu to two their greatest cricketers to have graced the game. Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara had reached the finals four times, only to end up being heartbroken.
Virat Kohli scripted one his best T20 innings, a classy 72 not-out under pressure that delivered a 6-wicket win for India over South Africa in a tense semi-final at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium on Friday.South Africa’s World T20 campaign was full of close finishes until now. With an intent to put up a strong total on the board, Faf du Plessis elected to bat first against an Indian side that feasted on chases. They quickly lost Quinton de Kock at the start, with Hashim Amla and du Plessis doing the reconstruction bit
The seventh edition of the Indian Premier League returns to India for it’s second leg on May 2, 2014. A total of 36 matches will be played, along with four playoff games.Franchises will play nine matches each, and five of the eight teams will play at least four games in their home stadiums. Royal Challengers Bangalore will be hosting five matches at the M
India batsman Virat Kohli has moved a spot up to the number three position in the latest T20 Rankings for batsmen released by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday.Kohli was ranked fourth before the ongoing World T20 in Bangladesh, but his consistent performances in the tournament has helped him jump a place in the rankings with 821 rating points. RCB teammate Yuvraj Singh is next on the list, placed in sixth position with 695 rating points. The southpaw is also the fourth best all-rounder in the world.
01st April 2014 Shane Watson on Rajasthan Royals and the Australian WorldT20 campaign Our Skipper Shane Watson has had a forgettable ICC World Twenty20. But he is keen to move on and after a couple of weeks of rest, he will be in the Indian Premier League (IPL), where he will lead Rajasthan Royals./p> There were some doubts over the participation of Rajasthan and Chennai Super Kings in IPL 7, doubts that have since been laid to rest. Watson said he had tried to remain positive even
With consistent performances in the ongoing World T20, Team India has regained it’s top position in the ICC world T20 rankings, according to the latest rankings released on March 30.India cruised to the semi-finals of the ICC tournament after they comprehensively defeated hosts Bangladesh at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium on Friday. They are now placed at the top of the table with 129 rating points, followed by Sri Lanka (128 points) in second place.
Team India continued their unbeaten run at the World T20, recording their fourth consecutive victory after thumping Australia by 73 runs at Mirpur on Sunday.India finally dropped Shikhar Dhawan to give Ajinkya Rahane a go, while Mohit Sharma replaced Mohammad Shami in the pace department. MS Dhoni lost his first toss in 13 international outings, but this time he got what he asked for as George Bailey put them in. Pakistan’s win over Bangladesh earlier in the day had already ousted Australia from the tournament, but India still had a little experimentation to do with their playing XI as well as the conditions