Suresh Raina's all-round show in the five-match ODI series, helped India to clinch the series 3-1. After the first match was washed out due to rain, without a ball being bowled, the southpaw scored a magnificent ton in the 2nd match, to make sure that the Men in Blue put up a total of over 300 runs. He then fielded brilliantly to lift the spirit of the team and took a wicket as well. Later, for his match-wining performance, he was rewarded with the Man of the Match award.
Former New Zealand captain Martin Crowe has said Virat Kohli, Joe Root, Steven Smith and Kane Williamson are the new "fabulous four" of Test Cricket but will go through "teething problems" before shooting for the stars.
India`s recent saga of spineless performances touched a new low as they crashed to a humiliating innings and 244 runs defeat well inside three days in the fifth and final cricket Test against England, who clinched the series with a 3-1 margin, here on Sunday.
England took a massive first innings lead of 338 runs in the fifth and final cricket Test against India when they were bowled out for 486 shortly after an hour`s play on the third day at The Oval here Sunday.
England batsman Gary Ballance rued at not completing another hundred against India in the fifth and final cricket Test here while praising team-mate Joe Root for countering the visitors` efforts on day two.
Joe Root slammed an unbeaten 92 as England took a substantial first innings lead of 237 runs on the second day to tighten their grip on the fifth and final cricket Test against a hapless India here on Saturday.
Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin today conceded that India had a bad day in office but expressed confidence that his team`s batsmen would do a better job in the second innings of the fifth and final cricket Test against England here.
England left-hander Gary Ballance has admitted that a dinner with skipper Alastair Cook helped get his focus back in the game after he came in the news for his shirtless act in an inebriated state at a Nottingham pub after the conclusion of the first Test at Trent Bridge.