Looking to retain the title, defending champions Karnataka will face an uphill task against the formidable Tamil Nadu in the final of the Ranji Trophy cricket tournament at the Wankhede Stadium, here on Sunday.
The current Indian cricket team may not have got a lot of appreciation in the past three months but former Australia left-hander Mike Hussey believes that this bunch will be a "force" to reckon with in near future.
Kings XI Punjab said it has made strategic additions to the squad for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) by buying India opener Murali Vijay and domestic cricketers Nikhil Naik and Yogesh Golwalker in the players' auction held in Bengaluru.
Fine half centuries by India Test opener Murali Vijay (96) and Vijay Shankar (90 n.O.) enabled Tamil Nadu reach 234 for four at the close on the first day in their Ranji Trophy quarterfinal clash against Vidarbha at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium here.
India have made the "mistake" of carrying too many injured players in their squad for the upcoming cricket World Cup, according to former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar who reckons that it may be a handicap for the defending champions in their bid to retain the title.
Squaring off with India once again after a fiercely fought Test series, left-arm Australian pacer Mitchell Starc predicted an intense contest against the same opponents in their cricket tri-series match here on Sunday.
He "hates" defeats but Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli on Saturday said he was not too disappointed by the Test series loss to Australia as his team put up a tough fight, displaying "intent and character" all through.
India overcame some anxious moments on a tricky fifth day track before salvaging a tense draw in the fourth and final cricket Test against Australia who sealed the four-match series with a 2-0 margin, here on Saturday.
Legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar on Tuesday said while India's batting line-up for the upcoming ODI cricket World Cup looks formidable, the all-rounders in the side are expected to play a major role in defending the title at the quadrennial extravaganza in Australia and New Zealand.
New Indian captain Virat Kohli should channelise his aggressive attitude in the right direction, according to Team Director Ravi Shastri, who said Mahendra Singh Dhoni's "selfless act" of retiring from Test cricket format at the right time should also be given its due respect.