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West Indies opener and explosive batsman Chris Gayle will return from injury in the T20I series against England at Barbados, starting Sunday.Gayle missed the ODI leg of the series due to soreness in his hip, and his presence was deeply felt as the Windies lost the series 1-2. Gayle will now take guard at the Kensington Oval, where the first Twenty20 International will be played.The WICB announced a 15-member squad to face England, almost identical to the one named for the upcoming World T20 in Bangladesh.
Team India ended their Asia Cup campaign with an 8-wicket victory over Afghanistan at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Mirpur on Wednesday.The Indian bowlers did a decent job of restricting Afghanistan under 200 after Virat Kohli opted to field first. Spinners operated in tandem as Ravindra Jadeja (4/30) and R Ashwin (3/31) ripped through the batting order. Opener Noor Ali Zadran (31) got a start but it wasn’t enough to evoke an inspired batting performance from the rest.
28th February 2014 Sanju Samson: Cricket teaches us how to take on failures and learn from it Sanju Samson impressed at the ICC Under-19 World Cup 2014 to enhance his reputation, as one of the most promising youngsters in India. Nishad Pai Vaidya spoke to Samson about the tournament. Sanju Samson cools down after India ended its ICC Under-19 World Cup 2014 campaign with a win in the fifth place encounter against the West Indies
On Friday, Kumar Sangakkara’s fastest ODI century orchestrated a stellar Sri Lanka victory over India by 2 wickets, taking them almost into the finals of the Asia Cup at Fatullah.Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to bowl, putting the Indians right on the back foot. India lost opener Rohit Sharma early, but Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli stitched a 97-run 2nd wicket partnership that could have possibly been the best phase of India’s innings.
26th February 2014 Watson returns to his allrounder role. Shane Watson has conceded he does not merit a place in Australia’s Test side on his batting alone and is committed to pursuing a more targeted pre-season this winter in a bid to be fitter for the all-round role the captain Michael Clarke and coach Darren Lehmann require of him. Little more than a year after he toured India as a non-bowling batsman, Watson is now at peace with his definition as an allrounder with a variable comm
27th February 2014 Bangladesh win will give us momentum ahead: Ajinkya Rahane Fatullah: India began their Asia Cup campaign with a comfortable win over hosts Bangladesh here and talented batsman Ajinkya Rahane said the victory would give his side the momentum in the tournament ahead. “Obviously it’s very important for us.
In the latest player rankings released by ICC on Monday, India batsman Virat Kohli has reached his career-best eighth position in Tests after his decent performances in the Test series against New Zealand.Previously placed at No.9, Kohli jumped a place after finishing with 214 runs in Two Tests in New Zealand, collecting 784 ranking points. Cheteshwar Pujara at No.7 remains the top-ranked Indian batsman in the list, while South Africa batsman AB de Villiers continues to rule the No.1 spot.
In an outstanding achievement, AB de Villiers has become the first player in the history of Test cricket to make a half-century in 12 consecutive Tests.He reached this record after he passed 50 in the first innings of the opening day of second Test against Australia at St George’s Park on Thursday.AB is the only cricketer who has this record currently. De Villiers went ahead of a record that was previously held by West Indies legend Sir Vivian Richards and former India opening partners Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir.De Villiers has passed 50 in every test since December 2012. At this rate there could be more records that will be broken.
India batsman Virat Kohli will be leading the Men in Blue in this year’s Asia Cup to be held in Bangladesh from February 25.Regular captain Dhoni has been ruled out of action due to a side strain, which means Kohli will take over in his absence. The Delhi lad has previously captained the Indian team successfully in Zimbabwe, with results of 5-0 in India’s favour. Wicketkeeper batsman Dinesh Karthik has been named as Dhoni’s replacement.
Young Sanju Samson’s sensational blitz with the bat propelled India Under-19s to a massive 245-run win over Papua New Guinea Under-19s at Sharjah on Wednesday, the victory margin being India’s 7th highest in youth ODI history.India were off to a positive start after electing to bat first, with openers Ankush Bains and Akhil Herwadkar (37) putting up a 50-run stand inside 12 overs. PNG then got a breakthrough as Herwadkar holed out to deep square leg. Bains (58) continued the rampage, bringing up his half-century alongside captain Vijay Zol (35), who accelerated after a cautious start
India batsman Virat Kohli broke into the Top 10 of the ICC Test Rankings for the first time in his career, securing the 9th position according to the latest rankings released on Wednesday.The jump in places came after his knocks of 38 and 105 in the 2nd and final Test against New Zealand that ended in a draw at Wellington on Tuesday. Kohli has now joined team-mate Cheteshwar Pujara (7th place) as the only two Indian batsmen to feature in the T0p 10.
Virat Kohli’s 6th Test century on Day 5 saved India from what could have been a humiliating defeat at the hands of hosts New Zealand as the 2nd Test at Wellington ended in a draw, sealing the series 1-0 in New Zealand’s favour.It was a Test match to remember for Brendon McCullum, who became the first New Zealander to have scored a Test triple (302), surpassing former Kiwi batsman Martin Crowe’s previous best of 299. India fought back with a Virat ton in the 4th innings, which ultimately saved the visitors.
Just a few days after being picked by RCB at the IPL 7 auction, India batsman Yuvraj Singh proved his worth with an explosive 74-ball 105 in the BCCI Corporate Trophy at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday.Representing Air India, Yuvraj looked in sublime form as he struck 12 fours and 5 sixes to bring up his hundred in the opening game against State Bank of Mysore. The southpaw was bought for a mind-boggling price of Rs.
After being reduced to 22/5 at one stage, India Under-19s came back with a spirited performance to register a 5-wicket win over Scotland Under-19s in the Group A encounter of the ICC Under-19 World Cup in Dubai on Monday.Led by youngster Vijay Zol, India opened their World Cup campaign with a 40-run victory over arch rivals Pakistan on Saturday, in what was a run fest of sorts. However, their second outing was a juicy, low-scoring contest.