Set to embark for a gruelling Test tour of Australia starting December 4, star batsman Virat Kohli on Friday said that India will play aggressive and positive cricket in their four-match series and his young side can beat the Aussies in their own backyard.
India retained the number two spot in the latest Reliance ODI team rankings while Virat Kohli maintained the number two position with skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni static at the seventh place in the batting chart released here.
Legendary Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath has predicted India to suffer a 0-4 whitewash defeat against the Aussies this summer. Sydney Morning Herald quoted the 44-year-old as saying, "We (Australia) won 4-0 over here (2011-12), they won 4-0 (2012-13) over there (in India). Potentially, I think, it's going to be exactly the same when they come here."
After leading Indian cricket team to a One-Day International series whitewash against the touring Sri Lankan side, stand-in skipper Virat Kohli said he is ready to lead a young side. He also said that, if a captain is lazy, it will look stupid.
Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's stand that Gurunath Meiyappan was a "mere cricket enthusiast" supporting Chennai Super Kings has been contradicted by the Justice Mudgal IPL probe committee report.
Following in the footsteps of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Suresh Raina has become the second cricketer to be associated with the Hero Hockey India League (HHIL) after he was named on Monday as the co-owner of the Uttar Pradesh Wizards franchise.
Former India captain Rahul Dravid feels that it won't be fair to judge Virat Kohli on the basis of one Test match that he will be leading India in Brisbane as Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be back in the saddle by the time second Test begins.
Two Indian batsmen are now in the top five of the ICC ODI rankings, with Virat Kohli remaining at number three and opener Shikhar Dhawan climbing up the ladder to fifth after earning four places in the latest list issued here today.
India's not-so-good record Down Under might not place them as favourites to win the 2015 World Cup but former captains Bishan Singh Bedi and Dilip Vengsarkar have strong hopes of the Men in Blue defending the crown.
Budding cricketers in Thane have nowhere to play, as the popular Dadoji Konddev stadium has been shut since the monsoon. However, in an irony of sorts, the stadium was given out for an advertising film shoot featuring Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Wednesday.
Confident about defending the World Cup, Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said the upcoming tour of Australia would be a great opportunity for his already well-prepared side to hone its skills further ahead of the mega-event to be played Down Under next year.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni was on Wednesday named captain of ICC' 'ODI Team of the Year' but none of the Indian players found berth in governing body's 'Test Team of the Year' led by Sri Lankan Angelo Mathews.
When Team India won the most coveted ICC trophy in 2011, for the second time in its history, this time under the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, it was full of players who had a reputation of being match-winners.