Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni slipped down the ladder to be fourth and 10th respectively, while Shikhar Dhawan retained his seventh spot in the latest ICC ODI batsmen's rankings released here today.
Innovation is the name of the game if one wants to beat drudgery of mundane training sessions as Team India showed on Wednesday during their 75-minute fielding session with drills that had the cricketers interested and enjoying every bit of it.
Impressed by India's clinical performance against South Africa, former cricket captain Sourav Ganguly said the Proteas have not been outplayed like this in a "long long time" and Mahendra Singh Dhoni's side can gain a lot of courage from such a display.
Buoyed by their overwhelming victory against arch-rivals Pakistan in the opening game, India will aim to turn the tables when they meet a formidable South Africa in the cricket World Cup, here on Sunday.
His mohawk hairdo caught the eye as much as his wide range of shots, but Virat Kohli was focus personified while feasting on the spinners at the nets here on Friday, as India geared up to take on a traditionally pace-heavy South Africa in their next cricket World Cup match.
Virat Kohli might be the "kingpin" of India's batting in the ongoing cricket World Cup but South Africa coach Russell Domingo on Thursday said his team is not making any special plans for the swashbuckling player ahead of the two sides' pool clash here on Sunday.
His confidence on a high after an impressive display against Pakistan in India's World Cup opener, all-rounder Suresh Raina wants to fill in the shoes of Yuvraj Singh, the hero of 2011 edition, in the ongoing showpiece event being jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand.
The doubts over Bhuvneshwar Kumar's fitness continue to be a concern for the Indian cricket team ahead of its second World Cup pool game against South Africa as the seamer looked far from convincing during a net session here on Wednesday.
A clinical display from India helped register their 6th win over Pakistan in World Cups. Virat Kohli led the way with a fine century for the defending champions as they completed a comfortable 76-run win over their arch-rivals.
Defending champions India launched their Cricket World Cup campaign in style as they produced a clinical performance to spank Pakistan by 76 runs, maintaining their unbeaten record against the arch-rivals in the mega event here.
Set to begin their cricket World Cup campaign with a high-voltage clash against arch-rivals Pakistan here tomorrow, Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni today said that his players were well equipped to tackle pressure situations as they have "calm nerves" and the experience of playing in big matches.
Despite the pessimism over India's prospects at the cricket's 50-over showpiece event, former coach Gary Kirsten feels the side has a good chance to defend the title as it has "learnt how to win World Cups".
India finally celebrated a first win on their marathon Australia tour with a resounding 153-run victory over outclassed Afghanistan in a World Cup warm-up. The defending World Cup champions piled up 364-5 in their 50 overs at the Adelaide Oval with record-breaking batsman Rohit Sharma making 150 with 12 fours and seven sixes.
Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Tuesday left the question on Indian bowling combination for the World Cup beginning Saturday unanswered, saying the team will take a decision depending on the conditions.
Countdown for ICC's biggest cricketing carnival – World Cup – scheduled to take place in Australia and New Zealand, is mere a week away. But the defending champions, India, are looking off-colour to retain their title. Let's find out five reasons why Dhoni & Co are not looking upbeat for the forthcoming cricketing extravaganza.