They might not have stars and big names in their rank but Rajasthan Royals' new entrant Rahul Dravid is confident the youngs guns possess the fighting spirit to outwit any team in the fourth Indian Premier League.
The Deccan Chargers management would be splitting their hairs. What else would they have to do to earn a victory, apart from picking a good squad and distributing complimentary passes in bulk to bring in supporters to the Rajiv Gandhi stadium in Hyderabad. Abhijeet Kulkarni reports.
Going into Sunday night's Indian Premier League match against the Rajasthan Royals, Shrikant Wagh — the only Maharashtrian face in the Pune Warriors India XI on their IPL debut — has sent down more than 3,000 deliveries balls in domestic cricket.
Perfection doesn't come easy, and neither does it come cheap. And one man in Indian cricket can be singled out to back the statement. Even if it is for a popcorn tournament like the IPL.
Opener Rahul Dravid and Johan Botha chipped in with useful contributions as Rajasthan Royals registered a comprehensive six-wicket victory over Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League here today. Debjeet Kundu reports.
Delhi Daredevils captain Virender Sehwag failed to hide his disappointment about the failure of the top-order that led to their second defeat in IPL in as many matches after Rajasthan Royals won wwith 10 balls to spare.
One major focus of Twenty20 cricket is to wean new, young fans who have many other games to follow, especially on television. However, on the field, the Indian Premier League (IPL) 4 is again proving that class is permanent.
Four seasons ago, apart from changing the way cricket was perceived, the IPL was also looked at as a platform for unheralded domestic players to get noticed. If there's one team that's mastered the act, it's Rajasthan Royals. Debjeet Kundu
Today's game against the Rajasthan Royals should be a spectacle, not to mention a test of strength for both teams. The Royals have made a great start with the legendary Warne still going strong, writes Jacques Kallis
Grounds are getting smaller, wickets flatter, bats thicker and just to make it even tougher for the bowlers the format too has gotten shorter. While it has become ostensibly tougher for the bowlers to succeed, good bowlers nonetheless will always have their say.
It’s a Catch-22 situation for fans and authorities here ahead of the Rajasthan Royals' clash against the Kolkata Knight Riders. While they are happy to have ‘local boy’ Yusuf Pathan in the city, this time he is pitted against them. Debjeet Kundu
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On Friday, new skipper Gautam Gambhir and the rock-solid Jacques Kallis were too good as they rolled aside hosts Rajasthan Royals by nine wickets. Debjeet Kundu
Now it is time to turn Eden Gardens into a Knights' stronghold as the team prepares for a sequence of three home games in six days, beginning with Sunday's rematch against the Royals. Nikhilesh Bhattacharya reports.
Their styles are vastly different, but what they share is immense pride in performance and a hunger to excel. Amrit Mathur
Two veteran Australians - Adam Gilchrist and Shane Warne - will be pitted against each other when the Kings XI Punjab take on the Rajasthan Royals at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium on Thursday. Ashutosh Sharma