In a huge jolt to Indian men`s hockey team captain Sardar Singh has been suspended for the semi-final match against New Zealand Saturday following his yellow card for a dangerous slide tackle in pool A match against South Africa at the Commonwealth Games here.
Skipper Mithali Raj made a strokeful half-century but could not save India from a 17-run defeat in their first warm-up match against New Zealand in the ICC Women`s World Twenty20 Championship here today.
The BCCI is likely to summon under-fire captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and coach Duncan Fletcher for a meeting to take stock of the Indian cricket team`s disastrous overseas record in the last three years.
India have tightened noose against New Zealand on Day 2 of the second Test at Basin Reserve, kudos to Ajinkya Rahane`s blistering ton and skipper MS Dhoni`s magnificent half-century that came at a time when India was struggling at 228 for 6 after lunch.
Former India cricketer Mohinder Amarnath says the time has come to remove Mahendra Singh Dhoni from captaincy as his "defensive approach" has resulted in the country`s prolonged failure on foreign soil.
India`s dismal overseas Test record is threatening to hit Mahendra Singh Dhoni`s run as captain but the man in the line of fire continues to harp on the "positives" even though his own assesment of the team`s troubles runs longer than the gains he can list.
Despite his team overwhelmingly crushed by New Zealand during the tour, India skipper Mahendra Singh today put up a brave front, saying it was "quite a good performance" by his team in the Test matches.
Former stumper Syed Kirmani on Tuesday backed Mahendra Singhi Dhoni`s captaincy, saying too much should not be read into India`s fourth consecutive series loss overseas as he felt every team goes through a bad phase.
Leggie Amit Mishra, who has been virtually a passenger with the Indian touring team without getting into the playing eleven, should have been tried out by the team management during the New Zealand series to show his mettle, said former India pacer Karsan Ghavri here today.
Brendon McCullum showed his growing maturity and desire to stamp his mark on New Zealand with an inspirational triple-century that salvaged the second test against India and sealed a 1-0 series win on Tuesday.
India ended the ignominious tour of New Zealand by drawing the second and final cricket Test after home team skipper Brendon McCullum became the first Kiwi batsman to hit a triple-century and stage an incredible turnaround to clinch the the two-match series 1-0, here today.