After a fraud land deal dealt a huge blow to Indian cricket board's plan to set up the National Cricket Academy on a bigger scale, the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) has come to its rescue. Sahan Bidappa reports.
Travel to Zimbabwe means a torrent of advice from family and friends, but the most common one is to carry a large bag. For most back home, Zimbabwe is known for its inflated currency rate and some cricket memories. Sahan Bidappa reports.
As India celebrated their third successive ODI away series win in the dressing room, the Zimbabwe players waited patiently next door. Once the champagne had finished, Indians had visitors trooping in from the opposite camp. Sahan Bidappa reports.
At the outset, India’s comprehensive 5-0 whitewash might seem ordinary as it came against Zimbabwe. But that should not take anything away from India, who under Virat Kohli had a spring in every step. Sahan Bidappa writes.
Parvez Rasool will head home without realising his dream. The Jammu and Kashmir all-rounder’s hopes rose that he would make his India debut against Zimbabwe in the final ODI on Saturday. But he will leave as the only player in the squad to not get a game.
Halfway into a football game, as part of their warm-up programme, the shoulders drooped. The intensity with which the game was played for the first 15 minutes was missing. Sahan Bidappa reports.
Every now and then, he folds his hands and sings ‘Hare Rama, Hare Krishna’ and then pauses before muttering ‘swaha’. At the Queen Sports Club, even as his contemporaries share the commentary box, Bryan Strang has set up ‘house’ at the far corner of the ground.
It all seems surreal for Mohit Sharma. Before this T20 edition, he was an unknown commodity. But after a two-month stint in the gruelling and pressure-filled T20 league, the Haryana pacer was the best uncapped player on view. Sahan Bidappa
Much after the rest of his team-mates had finished their practice session and were gorging on the Gujarati food at the Queens Sports Club, Cheteshwar Pujara was still sweating it out in the field. Sahan Bidappa reports. The trio in list a matches | ODI matches at Bulawayo
Hidden behind his famous shades, Duncan Fletcher says little in public and mostly stays expressionless regardless of the match situation. No wonder, he chose to name his autobiography, 'Behind the shades'. Sahan Bidappa
For four India players - Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Parvez Rasool and Mohit Sharma - touring Zimbabwe for the five-match series must be more like an African Safari. Sahan Bidappa reports.
It's been 10 years since Amit Mishra first broke into the India team for a tri-series in Bangladesh, also involving South Africa. Since then, he has featured in just 18 ODIs in what has been a stop-start career. Sahan Bidappa
A friendly match is on at a college ground in Groombridge, some 10 km away from the city centre. For Dougie Marillier, it's serious business. His side is chasing a competitive total and is behind the required run rate in the T20 game. Sahan Bidappa reports.
A disciplined India notched up a convincing seven-wicket victory over Zimbabwe in the third One-day International to secure an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series in Harare today. Scorecard
The most pleasing aspect of Shikhar Dhawan's rise in international cricket has been the way he has adapted to the new conditions in one-dayers. Sahan Bidappa
As his Zimbabwe team-mates finish a strenuous practice session and head for home before the winter cold sets in, Ray Price stays back at the Harare Sports Club.
Shikhar Dhawan's 116 in India’s 58-run win is the most unconvincing hundred of his 17-match ODI career, and it came against a Zimbabwe side, which bowled and fielded as badly as their No 10 ranking suggests. Sahan Bidappa
It wasn't as if Sikandar Raza needed more motivation, but a handful of fans wearing 'Team Raza' t-shirts and making the loudest noise at the Harare Sports Club spurred the Zimbabwe batsman on. Sahan Bidappa reports.
Suresh Raina has not fulfilled the potential he showed in 2005 as an 18-year-old. And Virat Kohli's meteoric rise is not helping his cause either. Sahan Bidappa