Playing against Chennai Super Kings has always been the toughest challenge for an Indian franchise. The MS Dhoni-led side, which has a squad comprising world class cricketers, has over the years been a force to reckon with in the shortest format of the game.
Riding on his two match-winning knocks against Bangladesh in the second Test, West Indies' veteran batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul leapfrogged Angelo Mathews and David Warner to be positioned third in the latest ICC Test rankings released Wednesday.
Ravichandran Ashwin's performance in the shorter versions has been comparatively better than Test cricket which the burly Tamil Nadu spinner attributes to the time spent at the nets with his personal coach sorting out his bowling action.
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni today lauded his spinners and batsman Ambati Rayudu for his side's six-wicket thrashing of England in the third cricket one-dayer to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the five-match ODI series here.
Indian batting legend Sunil Gavaskar lavished parises on Suresh Raina's match-winning knock in the second ODI against England and rated the left-hander's hundred as one of the best ODI innings overseas.
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.
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.
Former Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara has regained the number-one Test batting spot in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen while there was some good news for India as Ravichandran Ashwin moved to the top of the all-rounder`s list.
Legendary off-spinner Erapalli Prasanna on Friday questioned India`s logic behind ignoring Ravichandran Ashwin and termed team management`s move to play Ravindra Jadeja as a strike bowler a "disastrous" one.
Former New Zealand captain Martin Crowe has lashed out at the Indian team management`s decision to drop Ravichandran Ashwin from the playing XI comparing the treatment meted out to the off-spinner to a "wheelie bin dumped on the side of the road".
India`s top batsman Virat Kohli today won the Ceat International Cricketer of the Year award while off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, the fastest player from the country to pick 100 Test wickets, bagged the Indian Player of the Year award for 2013-14.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni stunned many with his decision of sending Ravichandran Ashwin ahead of himself in the batting order but Chennai Super Kings skipper defended the tactics, saying players needed to be given more responsibility to convert them into match winners.
India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin today said that "off-field distractions" is something that cricketers are hardly bothered although last 12 months have seen a lot of controversies in Indian cricket.