Former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin on Tuesday backed the selectors` decision to drop Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh from the team for the fourth and final Test against England but is hopeful that both will make a comeback in the squad.
Indian off spinner Ravichandran Ashwin skipped Indian team`s optional practice session on Tuesday at the VCA Stadium in Jamtha where the fourth and final match of the series gets under way from December 13.
Criticised in many quarters for his demands for turning tracks in the ongoing Test series against England, beleaguered Mahendra Singh Dhoni got unexpected support from visiting team off-spinner Grame Swann who said there is nothing "strange" about the Indian skipper`s request.
England captain Alastair Cook has claimed the team is yet to shut their critics’ up, who have often lambasted the players for their inability to play spin well, but the skipper believes the team is moving in the right direction.
England captain Alastair Cook has warned his players of any kind of slip up ahead of the final Test match against India in Nagpur, saying the team wants to complete a historic treble and complete the series win.
Test great Ian Botham has claimed the current England side is the best among previous English teams to tour India, and added the host would find it very difficult to stop Alastair Cook’s men in the final Test match at Nagpur.
Nearly nine years ago, 18-year-old Parvinder Awana from Harola village in Noida, and 19-year-old Ashok Dinda, from a hamlet called Naichanpur in West Bengal, decided to participate in the `Speedster Contest` by a popular channel in pursuit of better life.
Observing that "only god can save" India from a humiliating defeat against England in the ongoing third Test match at the Eden Gardens, India opener Virender Sehwag Saturday blamed the batsmen for the team's dismal performance.
Describing as "frustrating" India`s rearguard resistance led by Ravichandran Ashwin which thwarted England`s bid for an innings victory, English pacer Steve Finn Saturday credited the bowlers for "sticking to the plans".
Off spinner Harbhajan Singh, not chosen in the Indian playing eleven for the third Test match in progress against England at Kolkata, is hopeful of getting into the side after leading Punjab in the Ranji Trophy league game against Mumbai from Saturday.
England pacer James Anderson, who has dismissed Sachin Tendulkar eight times in the longer version of the game, Wednesday called the little master`s wicket as the most crucial in the ongoing third cricket Test against India at the Eden Gardens here.
England coach Andy Flower has warned his players against any kind of complacency heading into the Kolkata Test against India, reminding them that winning a solitary Test match in Mumbai doesn’t mean their goals have been achieved.
English cricketing great Ted Dexter just cannot stop admiring India`s new Mr Consistent Cheteshwar Pujara. He describes the 24-year-old right hander as "classical" and "one of the "most correct players" he has seen for a long time.
Nari Contractor, who led India to its first cricket Test series win against England over half-a-century ago, disapproved skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni`s continued insistence on a rank turner from Day 1 of the home matches recently.
England all-rounder Samit Patel is confident that the likes of skipper Alastair Cook, Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell have the ability to hit big hundreds and also save the Test match in the remaining three days.