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Ishan Kishan, Shreyas Iyer's road to redemption will be taxing, uncomfortable

Where does all this leave Iyer and Kishan? In a pickle, for sure. Their respective roads to redemption will be long, arduous, taxing and uncomfortable.

Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer (R)(BCCI)
Updated on Feb 29, 2024 01:29 PM IST

Dhruv Jurel, Shubman Gill come of age as India's young turks take charge

Dhruv Jurel and Shubman Gill batted with the kind of maturity one would associate with a 50-Test veteran.

Shubman Gill, Dhruv Jurel and a partnership both will cherish. (AFP)
Updated on Feb 27, 2024 01:02 AM IST

Dhruv Jurel imbibes the 'VVS Laxman' spirit to steer India's comeback in Ranchi

Dhruv Jurel produced a fine 90-run knock in India's first innings, narrowing India's deficit to just 46 runs.

India's Dhruv Jurel plays a shot during Day 3 of the 4th Test match against England(BCCI-X)
Published on Feb 25, 2024 06:12 PM IST

Shoaib Bashir outperforms R Ashwin despite fewer tricks, marathon spell

Shoaib Bashir picked four wickets during Day 2 of the fourth Test against India

England's Shoaib Bashir, right, celebrates the wicket of India's Rajat Patidar during 4th Test(AP)
Published on Feb 24, 2024 06:54 PM IST

Emotions over cricketing acumen sums up Rohit Sharma's DRS nightmare in 4th Test

India lost all of their three reviews within 61 overs of the first innings against England in Ranchi

India's captain Rohit Sharma looks on while fielding during Day 1 of the fourth Test between India and England in Ranchi(AFP)
Published on Feb 23, 2024 07:41 PM IST

Jasprit Bumrah was keen to play all 5 Tests vs England but got rested because…

Bumrah isn’t the first pacer India have rested this series. Mohammed Siraj sat out the second Test in Visakhapatnam even though the hosts trailed 0-1

India's Jasprit Bumrah has been released from the squad for the 4h Test(PTI)
Updated on Feb 21, 2024 04:42 PM IST

India's annihilation of England biggest win of Rohit Sharma's captaincy career

With players injured or unavailable for selection, Rohit Sharma led India to a famous win over England in Rajkot, one that could well be the most cherished.

Rohit Sharma leads his players off the park. (ANI)
Updated on Feb 19, 2024 09:09 AM IST

In Ashwin’s absence, India’s next-gen steps up to bring Bazball to a halt

India maintained relentless pressure, refusing refreshingly to be sucked into England’s brand of play

India's Mohammed Siraj, right, leaves the field with Jasprit Bumrah, second right, and other teammates at the end of England's first innings in Rajkot(AP)
Published on Feb 17, 2024 06:12 PM IST

Ashwin, once dropped to accommodate Rohit, is now a champion at 500 and counting

Ravichandran Ashwin's legacy continue to grow as India's champion spinner scaled Mount 500.

Ravichandran Ashwin's journey has been nothing short of remarkable(Getty)
Published on Feb 16, 2024 07:40 PM IST

Sarfaraz Khan's dream debut ends in cruel twist but leaves us wanting more

Sarfaraz Khan produced one of the most entertaining fifties on debut by an Indian batter in recent memory.

Sarfaraz Khan goes big(BCCI-X)
Updated on Feb 15, 2024 07:15 PM IST

India's batting thin, but Rohit Sharma's comrades are no novices

Seldom has a more inexperienced Indian Test batting line-up taken the field in recent times.

India's captain Rohit Sharma with teammates Shubman Gill, Yashasvi Jaiswal after the 2nd Test match against England, at Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, in Visakhapatnam (ANI)
Updated on Feb 15, 2024 06:48 AM IST

Why India are unable to beat Australia in ICC finals

Three straight ICC finals, three defeats. Australia have had the wood over India and here's why.

Uday Saharan and Rohit Sharma after their respective teams' World Cup final defeat to Australia. (Getty Images)
Updated on Feb 12, 2024 01:30 PM IST

Debate all you want over KS Bharat and Dhruv Jurel but where is Ishan Kishan?

One suspects the pitch in Rajkot will have some bearing on who of Bharat or Jurel gets the nod, but you still can’t help but wonder: Where is Ishan Kishan?

Ishan Kishan
Published on Feb 10, 2024 02:27 PM IST

Virat Kohli doesn't owe explanation to anyone, not even to the decision-makers

It’s also up to Virat Kohli whether he chooses to explain or not because, truth to tell, he really doesn’t owe any explanation to anyone.

India's Virat Kohli(AFP)
Published on Feb 09, 2024 03:05 PM IST

How many more chances will Shreyas Iyer get in Tests before he's finally let go?

Shreyas Iyer is walking on a tightrope. He needs to score runs quickly before the team management decides enough is enough.

India's Shreyas Iyer(AFP)
Updated on Feb 06, 2024 05:59 PM IST

Has Jasprit Bumrah overtaken Kapil Dev as India's greatest fast bowler ever?

The numbers may not be a criteria; but the impact, the beauty, the craftsmanship make you wonder how between Jasprit Bumrah and Kapil Dev is the real GOAT.

Jasprit Bumrah or Kapil Dev: Who has your vote?(ANI-Getty)
Published on Feb 05, 2024 06:43 PM IST

Shubman Gill shows shades of old, but also exudes plenty of new in Vizag grind

Shubman Gill showed what he is capable as the India youngster struck a timely century against England on Day 3 of the Visakhapatnam Test.

Shubman Gill soaks it a delightful century(PTI)
Published on Feb 04, 2024 07:02 PM IST

How do you play Jasprit Bumrah? Root, Pope, Stokes had no answer, but who does?

In India, in six Test matches, Jasprit Bumrah averages a ridiculous 12.80. Just take a pause, and let that sink. 12.80.

India's bowler Jasprit Bumrah celebrates the wicket of England's batter Tom Hartley during the second day of the second Test cricket match between India and England(PTI)
Updated on Feb 03, 2024 09:50 PM IST

In Shubman Gill's drastic dip in form, a pattern and major technical flaw

In Shubman Gill’s case, there is also a pattern to the dismissals, especially against the faster bowlers.

India's Shubman Gill plays a shot during the first day of the second Test cricket match vs England at the Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy cricket stadium in Visakhapatnam (AFP)
Published on Feb 02, 2024 06:05 PM IST

Rajat Patidar vs Sarfaraz Khan: Who should get India Test cap and why

Rajat Patidar or Sarfaraz Khan? Take your pick for the second Test; the Indian think-tank already has but isn’t talking.

Rajat Patidar and Sarfaraz Khan
Updated on Feb 01, 2024 11:56 PM IST

Dear Rohit Sharma, break free from Virat Kohli comparisons and show who’s boss

Rohit's captaincy has been compared unfavourably with Kohli’s; whether Rohit is aware of that or not, that’s unfair on a usually strong tactician.

Indian captain Rohit Sharma with teammate Virat Kohli(PTI)
Updated on Jan 31, 2024 07:23 PM IST

Kuldeep should walk into India's XI for 2nd Test in place of Ravindra Jadeja

India’s rejigged squad includes three potential ‘replacements’ – Kuldeep Yadav, the out-and-out specialist wrist-spinner, Washington Sundar and Saurabh Kumar.

India's Kuldeep Yadav during a practice session(PTI)
Updated on Jan 30, 2024 05:44 PM IST

India's conundrum: Task cut out for Rohit, Dravid and Co. after Hyderabad shock

The Indian think-tank must come up with concrete plans to keep England’s attack-minded batters quiet and to negotiate the visitors' spin threat.

Skipper Ben Stokes has instilled a sense of pride in the England team in adhering to their uncompromising style of play.(ANI )
Published on Jan 29, 2024 12:16 PM IST

Pope's knock, Hartley's spell or self-destruction? Where India lost first Test

There was a time when India would have knocked off 231 against an attack of this nature without batting an eyelid. Let’s clarify ‘an attack of this nature’.

India's bowler Ravichandran Ashwin celebrates the wicket of England's batter Tom Hartley during the fourth day of the first Test(PTI)
Updated on Jan 29, 2024 08:35 AM IST

Ollie Pope reverse sweeps critics and India spinners, wows England fans

Few have played reverse sweep as often, and with as much authority, as Ollie Pope did in front of 30,000 mesmerised fans in Hyderabad.

England's Ollie Pope celebrates his century during Day 3 of 1st Test match against India, at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad
Updated on Jan 27, 2024 06:48 PM IST

Kohli irreplaceable but Rahul, Iyer, Jadeja show there's more to Indian batting

How would India’s middle order shape up in Kohli’s absence? Would that massive absence prove decisive? Quite nicely, thank you. And definitely not.

India's Ravindra Jadeja (L) and India's KL Rahul bump fists(AFP)
Updated on Jan 27, 2024 08:35 AM IST

What Yashasvi Jaiswal did to England in 1st Test was not Bazball. It was greater

Yashasvi Jaiswal scored rapidly without indulging in the unconventional that England have made their calling card.

ndia's Yashasvi Jaiswal plays a shot during Day 1 of 1st Test match against England, at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad
Updated on Jan 26, 2024 04:30 AM IST

England's bazball, three spinners vs India's all-rounders: Which team is better?

England have dropped James Anderson and picked three spinners; India are likely to pick Axar over Kuldeep but which XI is better balanced to win the first Test?

Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill congratulate each other(BCCI)
Published on Jan 24, 2024 09:40 PM IST

IND vs ENG Preview: India's decade-long bull run at home faces Bazball test

Ben Stokes, England’s captain acknowledged that India were the ‘absolute best in home conditions, there’s no doubt about that. We understand and respect that.’

India haven't lost a Test series at home in more than a decade(Jay Shah-X)
Published on Jan 24, 2024 07:15 PM IST

The 3-0 England rout that triggered India's era of Test dominance at home

The forgotten India star takes pride in the fact that the 3-0 sweep of England was a seminal moment in Indian cricket

Leggie Anil Kumble was India’s star performer with 21 wickets against England in the 1993 series
Published on Jan 23, 2024 09:06 AM IST
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