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HindustanTimes Sun,24 Aug 2014

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Utility players like Jadeja should be nurtured

India start afresh against England and, I believe, the boys will be a lot more confident after their win in the last match against Pakistan at Delhi in trying conditions, writes Sourav Ganguly.

Home joy unlikely for in-form Pujara

For two days, Cheteshwar Pujara held his hometown and beyond spellbound with a stunning triple century that floored Karnataka and sealed Saurashtra's semi-final berth in the Ranji Trophy. HT reports.

Ind vs Eng: hosts look to get back their touch with series

Seldom has there been so much focus on one individual when an entire team is failing the test of credibility, and struggling to meet the basic yardstick by which it is rated - performances on home turf. N Ananthanarayanan reports. Road to the top

First ODI: India's woes continue, lose by 9 runs against England

India's woeful run of losses continued after a struggling top-order failed to convert good starts even on a placid track as England drew first blood with a thrilling nine-run victory in the first cricket one dayer in Rajkot today. Scorecard

Well begun, left half done

The hosts had left things half done, losing by nine runs as England fought back superbly to end a 13-match losing streak in India going back to 2006. N Ananthanarayanan reports. Just too expensive

Gloating in the darkness, Indian cricket style

Indian cricket slipped one more rung on Friday after the team finished second best to England in the first one-day tie, but for the organisers it was still celebration time regardless of the embarrassment it brought. N Ananthanarayanan reports. Quick fact

Spin in the tale hurting India’s home advantage

India’s narrow defeat in the first one-dayer against England on Friday projected a recent trend where top order batsmen have been upstaged by spinners, particularly off-break bowlers. N Ananthanarayanan reports. Offies against India

For Virat, time to drop anchor once again

Pitted against a tough England team, India needs the middle order batsman to regain his assurance and steer the hosts out of the mire that they’re in. N Ananthanarayanan reports. Kohli in recent times

India need to work on bowling frailties ahead of second ODI

A struggling India will have to work on their bowling frailties and inconsistent batting as they take on England in the second ODI in Kochi tomorrow with the pressure on the home team.

BCCI may begin process of looking beyond Fletcher

With Duncan Fletcher's coaching graph slipping with each passing game, the Board of Control for Cricket in India's working committee is likely to begin the process of looking beyond the Zimbabwean.

Ashwin hits long pause, India go into a tailspin

Almost unconsciously, Ravichandran Ashwin rolled over his left arm, to bowl a delivery at an unoccupied batting net on Monday, as the India players slogged it out in the heat ahead of the second one-day international against England. N Ananthanarayanan reports. Expert views

Ahead of game, Gambhir puts up a brave front and bats for teammates

The questions were put in an orderly fashion, on India's poor bowling at the death, the spin struggle, failure of a set top-order batsman to get a big score, which would have made the chase easier in Rajkot.

India finally win, thrash England in Kochi ODI

India finally found their winning touch as they relied on a brilliant all-round display to thrash England by an emphatic 127 runs in the second cricket one-dayer in Kochi on Tuesday. India has levelled the five match ODI series against England 1-1. Scorecard

India fly over England on helicopter

MSD brings out his signature shot, Jadeja joins party with an all-round show to crush England and draw level, N Ananthanarayanan writes. Jadeja finally clicks | Scorecard

Hinterland boys find a shepherd in skipper Dhoni

It is no secret that Mahendra Singh Dhoni sees players from small towns as natural allies. The hunger in them to compete with players from bigger cities and better infrastructure and succeed has always found the India skipper play the guide, N Ananthanarayanan reports.
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