Virat Kohli usually knows exactly where his off stump is. One of the best batsmen in the world at the moment, Kohli prides himself on his exceptional judgment. Apparently, there is an exception to this rule. When Kohli toured England last for a Test series, he endured a rare failure. At first he left the ball poorly, and having stumps and confidence rattled, he then nibbled at everything outside off to be repeatedly caught behind. On his successful trip to England for the Champions Trophy 2017, Kohli's judgment at the crease was spot on; his decisions as skipper were astute; off the field, however, he made the kind of blunder that can only lead to a lifetime of regret. Kohli pole-axed Anil Kumble as coach. To not want to work with someone is reasonable, but the honourable thing to...
Twitter is overflowing with reactions, cricket fans around the world are busy debating over this issue and veterans of the sport have also formed an opinion about Anil Kumble's exit as Team India coach. Rumours of rifts between Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble did the rounds for the past 30 days. And soon after India's Champions Trophy run ended in disappointment, Kumble dropped the bomb by choosing not to stay as coach. In a statement late on Tuesday night, Anil Kumble revealed that he had resigned as the coach of the Indian cricket team due to ‘untenable’ differences with the current captain, aka Virat Kohli. Promptly on cue, Twitter exploded – painting Kumble as the champion, and Kohli as the egomaniac. Personal interest >>>Professionalism for players of this generati
Wicket-keeping great Ian Healy says he is “losing respect” for Indian captain Virat Kohli for his constant sledging of the Australians in the ongoing second cricket Test but other former Aussie players see it differently. Healy said Kohli disrespected Australia and the Indian captain should tone down his trademark on-field aggression. He also said that Kohli’s confrontational attitude is putting pressure on his teammates. Former Australian player Simon Katich, however, offered a totally different assessment. He felt neither side crossed the line while the tension was understandable considering the magnitude of the series between the two top-ranked Test sides.Kohli was on a sledging spree on day two of the second Test in Bangalore. After frequent exchanges between Kohli and Steven Smith,
To decide on the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore as the venue for the Pakistan Super League 2017 final by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) was nothing but a message to the various cricket nations across the world that Lahore still has the capability to host high-intensity matches, with the best safety and security. A major blow to those hopes was dealt after Monday night’s Lahore bomb blast, that left at least a reported 15 people, which included top police officers, dead and several injured. The bomb blast, which reportedly has been carried out by a suicide bomber from the Islamist terrorist group ‘Jamaat-ur-Ahrar’, took place outside the Punjab Assembly in Lahore. The shocking terror attack has sent shockwaves across the domestic and international cricketers participating in the o
All the teams heading into the IPL 2017 auction on Monday in Bengaluru must be close to completing their homework about which players to buy. However, that process of research into who to buy is never-ending and franchises will still be mulling over alternative options. The eight participating teams come into the auction with the thought of buying the players who will strengthen their overall squad. Though they may have their set of batsmen, bowlers and wicketkeepers ready in their existing squad, buying some additional players to make the team even stronger is what the franchise will aim at in the IPL 2017 auction. The names of 351 players will go under the hammer in the IPL 2017 auction, and the list includes some quality batsmen, bowlers, all-rounders and wicketkeepers. All th...
Almost a month after the stepping down of Sharad Pawar as its president, the Mumbai Cricket Association today nominated its vice president Ashish Shelar to fill up the post as its interim chief. “We have today filled up the posts which have become vacant. Mr Ashish Shelar has been made the interim president of the Mumbai Cricket Association as Mr Sharad Pawar has resigned,” said MCA’s joint secretary, Umesh Khanvilkar after a meeting of the association’s managing committee here. Pawar had cited his ineligibility to continue as president as he had crossed the age cap of 70 laid down by the Supreme Court in its order based on the Lodha Committee recommendations and quit the post on December 17 last. Following the elevation of Mumbai BJP chief Shelar to the helm and the other vic
Mahendra Singh Dhoni has stepped down as skipper of India’s limited overs sides, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced on Wednesday. Dhoni, however, will be available for selection for the three-match One-Day International (ODI) and T20 International series against England, starting January 15. “Mahendra Singh Dhoni has informed the BCCI, that he wishes to step down as the captain of the Indian Cricket Team from the One Day Internationals and the T20 Internationals formats of the game,” a statement from the board read. “He will be available for the selection for the One Day and T20I series against England and the same has been conveyed to the Senior Selection Committee.” Commenting on the development, BCCI Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Rahul Johri said:
Politicians and Bollywood stars had largely dominated the list of top newsmakers in India over the past few years. 2016, however, has been a different year. Indian sports stars including PV Sindhu, Sakshi Malik and Dipa Karmakar topped the list of most-searched people this year after making the country proud at the Rio Olympics. Ace shuttler, PV Sindhu, won the silver medal at the Rio Olympics, thus becoming the first Indian woman ever to win an Olympic silver medal. She emerged as one of the top newsmakers in India in a list released by Yahoo. Wrestler Sakshi clinched the bronze medal in Rio and thus became the first Indian woman to win an Olympic medal in wrestling. Her compatriot Vinesh, however, was not so fortunate as she suffered a devastating injury that ended her dreams