Ashes: Michael Vaughan, Kevin Pietersen slam possibility of families not

LONDON: Former England skipper Michael Vaughan believes the iconic Ashes series should be cancelled if families are not allowed to travel with the players for the four-month tour of Australia due to strict Covid-19 protocols. According to a report in the UK media, there is still uncertainty whether families of the visiting England players will…

India Women vs England Women: Sophia Dunkley in line for

BRISTOL: Batting all-rounder Sophia Dunkley has been named in the England women’s ODI squad for the series against India following an impressive performance on her Test debut. The three-match series begins here on Sunday. India, playing their first red-ball match in almost seven years, pulled off a dramatic draw in the one-off Test last week.…

Shafali Verma: Plays like Sehwag, idolises Sachin and is inspired

NEW DELHI: ‘Watch the ball, hit the ball’ – this used to be former India opener Virender Sehwag’s mantra whenever he stepped onto the field in his illustrious career. It might not be part of classical cricket manuals, but many cricketers have tried to model their playing style on Sehwag’s. One current cricketer who seems…

ICC Test Rankings: Ravindra Jadeja becomes top-ranked all-rounder

DUBAI (UAE): South Africa’s wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock on Wednesday returned to the top 10 of the ICC Men’s Test Player Rankings after top-scoring against the West Indies and helping complete a 158-run victory in St Lucia for a 2-0 win in their ICC World Test Championship series. Meanwhile, former West Indies captain Jason Holder…

On this day in 2013: MS Dhoni-led India won the

NEW DELHI: It was on this day, eight years ago, when MS Dhoni-led India defeated England in the final to win the Champions Trophy. The match was slated to be a 50-over contest, but rain curtailed the affair to 20-overs per side. England won the toss and opted to bowl first. The Dhoni-led side was…

WTC Final: Kohli congratulates Watling on his last day in

SOUTHAMPTON (UK): As New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman BJ Watling stepped out to the field in international cricket for the final time on Wednesday, India skipper Virat Kohli was quick to congratulate him on a phenomenal career. Kohli congratulated Watling as both India and New Zealand stepped out to the field on the Reserve Day of the…

Watling returns to keep in farewell Test despite dislocated ring

SOUTHAMPTON: New Zealand wicketkeeper B J Watling returned to the field despite dislocating his right ring finger during the morning session of the World Test Championship Final against India, displaying the grit and courage he is known for in his farewell game. Watling had fittingly led the New Zealand team into the ground on the…

India vs New Zealand WTC Final: Looking at it as

India have taken the bold step of going in with five specialist batsmen, two frontline spinners in Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin and the veteran pacer Ishant Sharma over young Mohammed Siraj for the WTC Final. Usually, India tend to play a sixth specialist batsman in overseas Tests. With threat of rain looming over the…

She was trained to play aggressively: Shafali's dad on her

NEW DELHI: Sanjeev Verma, father of India opener Shafali Verma, who scored 96 against England on Thursday, the highest for an Indian debutant in women’s Test cricket, was not surprised with the way his daughter went about the task for he says he had prepared her to play the aggressive way. “I am happy with…

WTC Final: Rain plays spoilsport, Vaughan says weather is saving

SOUTHAMPTON (UK) : As rain continues to play spoilsport on Day One of the World Test Championship (WTC) final between India and New Zealand at the Ageas Bowl, former England captain Michael Vaughan on Friday said the Virat Kohli-led side is being saved by the weather. “I see India have been saved by the weather,”…