KOHLI DOUBT FOR IPL SEASON OPENER

ViratKohli’s shoulder injury he sustained in the Tests against Australia might keep him from the start of the Indian Premier League 2017.


The captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore would need time to recover full fitness ahead of the start date of April 5.

Royal Challengers are set to play defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad in the season opener. However, the club would have to decide if they want to risk him for the game or let him sit it out.

“It’s still a few weeks to go before I can be 100 percent on the field. But these things happen in your career. Got to take in my striker and move forward,” the star said after the Dharamsala Test.

Kohli did not play in the final Test after he injured his right shoulder. He dived during the game while trying to stop a boundary during the third Test in Ranchi. The injury might take time to heal and this might have repercussions for the club. Continue reading

BORDER-GAVASKAR SERIES: INDIA WIN 2-1

Day four of the fourth Test in Dharamsalasee Australia stare at a loss in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series.


India just have the task of hitting 87 runs with ten wickets in hand. Australia have defeated the Indians just once back in 2004 despite the two nations meeting since 1969.

Australia would surely miss David Warner who was dismissed early in the last game and their poor batting record in the second innings would be a problem.

“David will be very disappointed with his series aggregate on tour. He was desperate to have a very big tour and a very big influence here. Where he puts himself under too much pressure to do so, only he can answer that.

“He’ll reflect on it as your champions do and assess it himself. Without doubt, he’s one of our major players – you would have hoped for a little bit more from him,” Australian batting Coach Graeme Hick said of Warner’s actions. It was the player’s top three worst series of his entire Test career. He made just one half-century (56) in the first innings of the game.

For the rest, just three batsmen in Aussie skipper Steve Smith, CheteshwarPujara and Lokesh Rahul have broken the 30+ barrier in the series ahead of the final Test.

The Aussies conceded the trophy which India claimed 2-1. ViratKholi received the trophy from Sunil Gavaskar after declaring that it was “the best series win so far.” Continue reading

NEW CHALLENGE AWAITS SKILFUL YASIR – STEVE SMITH

Steve Smith, the captain of the Australian cricket team believes the Yasir Shah, the skillful Pakistani spin whiz would face different test of his skills when he comes onto Australian surfaces.


Smith is suggesting that the hosts could “cash in” if the leg sooner even misses his length slightly on a bouncy Gabba ticket,

And considering a lot of focus on the respective pace attacks leading into this series opener and a cloud over the fitness of Yasir, the 30 year old has remained somewhat under the radar as the buildup to the game continued.

Since debuting in Dubai against Australia two years ago, the leggie has had a phenomenal record which has seen him collect 116 wickets in 20 Tests, thus in the process of becoming the first leg spinner to be ranked the number one Test bowler in the world since 2005 where Shane Warne became one.

And while speaking today to a packed conference, Smith had said his team would ensure to be wary of Yasir.

He however is still pretty much not convinced that the conditions would suit the spinner, whose 15 out of 20 Tests has been played on the lower, slower tracks of Asia. Continue reading