He might soon become the first cricketer to have played 200 Tests and has 100 international centuries to his name but Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar isn’t a part of former England skipper Michael Vaughan’s all time Test XI.
Spinner Sunil Narine proved to be the stand-out performer with a four-wicket haul as Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by five wickets here on Sunday to keep alive their faint hopes of reaching the play-offs stage of the Pepsi Indian Premier League.
Their title defence in danger, a struggling Kolkata Knight Riders desperately need a win against a resurgent Kings XI Punjab here on Thursday, in order to revive their fortunes in the India Premier League 6.
Relegated to the bottom half after four defeats, defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders must raise their game as they face another struggling giant Mumbai Indians in second of their three back-to-back home fixtures in the sixth Pepsi IPL here on Wednesday.
Sachin Tendulkar was a picture of humility as he celebrated his 40th birthday with a brief cake-cutting ceremony here, thanking his legions of fans for their "unconditional love" in a cricket career spanning over two decades.
Kevin Pietersen has come under sharp attack in the 150th edition of Wisden Almanack, which has described the star batsman`s behaviour as ‘arrogant’ during South Africa-England series last year when the SMS saga led to his ouster from the national side.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Zaka Ashraf has said that the team’s performance was satisfactory in South Africa despite being thrashed 3-0 in the Test series and losing a closely fought ODI series 3-2.
More than 20 South African players, who are on the list of various teams of the Indian Premier League starting from April 3, are reportedly ready to test their skills against some of the best players in the world.