When there's extreme disappointment, the first human reaction is to look for someone to blame.
The first “official” confirmation that the Goa One-Day International against Australia had been called off came from the most unusual of sources. Anand Vasu
For someone who has played over a 100 ODIs, and a majority of those with some success, Suresh Raina gets talked about very little.
The once-mighty Australians are no longer the force they used to be in Tests, and the ODI team has several key players resting, but still, a clean sweep is a clean sweep.
The India team, who arrived in Goa and had their first practice session under overcast skies at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, have had their own version of the pilot for the last two years. That man, is Gary Kirsten, reports Anand Vasu
The man who shoulders the greatest burden is M S Dhoni, doubling up as wicketkeeper and batsman and being the central figure in all three formats, reports Anand Vasu
Young Virat Kohli overcame a bout of cramps to make a career-best 118 as India posted a thrilling five-wicket win over Australia in the second one-day international, reports Anand Vasu
Mahendra Singh Dhoni knows just how good Dhawan can be, having opened the batting with him for India Seniors in the Challenger Series in 2005. Dhawan made a 124-ball 126, reports Anand Vasu
This is a World Cup year, and though Yuvraj is the cornerstone of the ODI team, times have not been good. Injuries to knee, shoulder, wrist and fingers have led to a drop in form and his eventual axing from the Test team, reports Anand Vasu
Saurabh Tiwary, hailed as Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s clone, could make a mark at a venue where his statemate announced his arrival. Anand Vasu reports.
The disappointment was too much to bear for some of those involved with the Kochi one-day international. For three years, the city waited for an international match, and yet their best-laid plans went to waste as heavy rains leading upto Super Sunday ensured that not a single ball was bowled. Anand Vasu reports
For all young Indian players out there, either on the fringes of the national team or at the top of their game in domestic cricket, there was a clear dose of good news.
Two points of conversation dominated gatherings at Kochi on Saturday. For weeks now, the city has held its breath in anticipation, thrilled to be hosting a One-Day International between India and Australia. Anand Vasu
reports. Blast from the past
Move over masters, take a back seat elder statesman. Thank you for all the memories from the most absorbing and event-filled 10 days of cricket that was the 2-0 Test sweep of Australia, but it's now time for the one-day internationals, reports Anand Vasu
Though the festive season had begun, the atmosphere in the Pujara household in Rajkot was sombre, and the mood was black, for it was the day Rinaben, Cheteshwar’s mother, lost her battle with cancer.
The second day of Navratri in the year 2005 was one Cheteshwar Pujara will never forget, for as long as he lives. Though the festive season had begun, the atmosphere in the Pujara household in Rajkot was sombre, and the mood was black, for it was the day Rinaben, Cheteshwar’s mother, lost her battle with cancer, reports Anand Vasu.
Immediately after receiving the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, MS Dhoni led his troops on a lap of honour around the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. The act, however, was not to bask in the glory of having just beaten Australia, but to give thanks to a crowd that had provided the kind of support that is normally reserved for IPL matches and ODI's.
Debutant Cheteshwar Pujara proved an unlikely hero as India thrashed Australia by seven wickets in the second and final Test today to sweep the series 2-0 at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, reports Anand Vasu. Scorecard
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The Test between India and Australia last week in Mohali was, by all accounts, one of the most exciting ever. So exciting that several newspapers, including this one, editorially commented on the match as one that signalled the return of Test cricket in all its glory and grandeur. Anand Vasu