India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will have to put in some serious thinking in the next four days as to what exactly will be his team`s bowling combination in the first Test against England at Trent Bridge, starting July 9.
Paceman Bhuvaneshwar Kumar followed up his team`s superb collective batting effort with a four-wicket haul as India Blue lifted the NKP Salve Challenger Series Trophy with a convincing 50-run victory over Delhi, on Sunday.
Royal Challengers Bangalore opener Tillakaratne Dilshan said on Monday that his team`s first aim was to gain two vital points and defend the table topper`s position in tomorrow`s match against Pune Warriors before they embark on winning away matches.
Pune Warriors assistant coach Pravin Amre defended his team`s decision to ask listless Ashok Dinda to bowl the final few overs on Saturday, in their IPL game against Mumbai Indians, that they lost by 41 runs here.
Seeking to save the third Test match, Australia`s miseries have been compounded by a back injury to skipper Michael Clarke, which has raised a question mark over his batting position going into the final day`s play of the third cricket Test on Monday.
Duncan Fletcher`s role may be under scanner following India`s prolonged poor run of form but Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni today refused to blame the coach, saying the utmost responsibility for performance lies with the players.
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni`s heroic unbeaten century under pressure went in vain as arch rivals Pakistan held their nerve to clinch the first one day international with a comfortable six-wicket victory in a low-scoring contest here on Sunday.
It is still early days but the coach who taught Bhuvaneshwar Kumar the basics of cricket, says the talented India seamer could soon prove to be a cricketer of an ilk, who epitomises the value of a true all-rounder.
Pakistan on Tuesday snatched a thrilling five-wicket victory over India in the first Twenty20 International to record its first win in shortest format against arch rivals, whose bad streak continued close on the heels of their disastrous series against England.
Right-arm pacer Bhuvaneshwar Kumar scalped three wickets in an over but missed a hat-trick as Uttar Pradesh made a remarkable comeback to gain upperhand against Punjab at the end of the second day`s play in their Group A Ranji Trophy Elite division match on Friday.