Five takeaways from IPL 2015

The Indian Premier League 2015 didn’t get off to the best of starts. Terming the opening ceremony as a disaster would be putting it mildly. However, that was quickly forgotten as the tournament got underway.

Learning leadership skills from Ricky Ponting, says Rohit Sharma
Learning leadership skills from Ricky Ponting, says Rohit Sharma

 Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma said on Monday that having two-time World Cup-winning captain Ricky Ponting in the side as coach helps him learn a lot about leadership skills and qualities.

Australian summer continues in Indian Premier League 2015

It's probably the best time to be an Australian cricketer. After lifting the World Cup trophy in their own backyard, many of them are leading the charge of their respective franchises in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Mumbai Indians support-staff not hampering chances: Parthiv Patel
Mumbai Indians support-staff not hampering chances: Parthiv Patel

Rebutting assertions that the large Mumbai Indians coaching entourage is hampering the team's chances in IPL, wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel said that the results may not be coming but the star-studded support staff gives players space and their inputs are valuable.

IPL: Mumbai Indians' Unmukt Chand praises coach Ricky Ponting for support
IPL: Mumbai Indians' Unmukt Chand praises coach Ricky Ponting for support

 Mumbai Indians batsman Unmukt Chand on Monday heaped praise on team coach Ricky Ponting saying "if he believes in you, he backs you to the hilt".

Ricky Ponting's positive attitude working wonders for MI: Harbhajan Singh
Ricky Ponting's positive attitude working wonders for MI: Harbhajan Singh

Relieved after ending a four-match losing streak, Mumbai Indians' spin spearhead Harbhajan Singh said head coach Ricky Ponting's positive attitude and calm demeanour played a huge part in keeping the team together in tough situations.

Good performance just around the corner: MI coach Ricky Ponting
Good performance just around the corner: MI coach Ricky Ponting

 Despite getting off to a poor start, Mumbai Indians coach Ricky Ponting on Wednesday said the team has displayed glimpses of good cricket in the previous matches in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and a really promising performance is just around the corner.

IPL 2015: Mumbai Indians undergo intense practice session
IPL 2015: Mumbai Indians undergo intense practice session

Two days ahead of their match against Kings XI Punjab, Mumbai Indians underwent a rigorous training session at the Wankhede Stadium here on Friday.

Mumbai Indian's practice session captured with drone cams

The Mumbai Indians (MI) media management team has taken the innovative measure of introducing drone cameras to cover team practice sessions with an aerial view which will be used to help the team-mates prepare well by watching and gauging their own strengths and weaknesses on field.

IPL 2015: James Faulkner backs Ricky Ponting's view on sledging
IPL 2015: James Faulkner backs Ricky Ponting's view on sledging

True to expectations allrounder James Faulkner on Monday endorsed the view expressed by his Australian compatriot and former captain Ricky Ponting on verbal duels on the cricket field.

Not winning World Cup disappointing, but IPL is new challenge: Rohit Sharma
Not winning World Cup disappointing, but IPL is new challenge: Rohit Sharma

Star India batsman Rohit Sharma said while the national cricket team members are disappointed at not being able to retain the World Cup, a new challenge awaits them in the form of the upcoming Indian Premier League. 

Verbal duels part of the game: Ricky Ponting
Verbal duels part of the game: Ricky Ponting

Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting, who in his playing days led a team known for its sledging, said on-field verbal duels was part and parcel of the game but it should be within limits. 

Ricky Ponting starts new innings as Mumbai Indians coach
Ricky Ponting starts new innings as Mumbai Indians coach

Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting on Monday began his new innings as the head coach of the Mumbai Indians who commenced their training at the Wankhede Stadium ahead of the Indian Premier League season 8, scheduled to start on April 8.

No Asian team in Cricket World Cup final for first time in 28 years
No Asian team in Cricket World Cup final for first time in 28 years

For the first time in 28 years, there will be no Asian team in the final of a Cricket World Cup. Australia defeated defending champions India in the second semi-final of the cricket's show-piece event by 95 runs in Sydney. The Aussies will meet tournament co-hosts New Zealand in the final on Sunday.

ICC Cricket World Cup: Aaron Finch reckons he's close to the 'big one'
ICC Cricket World Cup: Aaron Finch reckons he's close to the 'big one'

Opener Aaron Finch knows he`s the one Australian batsman struggling for runs ahead of Thursday`s World Cup semi-final against India but, ever confident, thinks a big innings is just around the corner.

Pace will be ace for Proteas against New Zealand: Ricky Ponting
Pace will be ace for Proteas against New Zealand: Ricky Ponting

Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting on Monday said South Africa should consider unleashing an all-out pace assault against New Zealand in the semifinal of the Cricket World Cup on Tuesday.

Cricket World Cup 2015: SCG set to turn Indian for Australia semi-final
Cricket World Cup 2015: SCG set to turn Indian for Australia semi-final

India fans are likely to outnumber their Australian counterparts when the two teams clash in the World Cup semi-final in Sydney on Thursday -- much to the annoyance of the home captain.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni becomes first Indian skipper to register 100 ODI wins
Mahendra Singh Dhoni becomes first Indian skipper to register 100 ODI wins

Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Thursday led India to a 109-run victory over Bangladesh in their 2015 ICC World Cup quarter-final match in Melbourne and became the first Indian skipper to register 100 ODI wins.

MS Dhoni jumps two places to 8th in ODI batting chart
MS Dhoni jumps two places to 8th in ODI batting chart

Having regained his form with two unbeaten knocks in the league stage of the cricket World Cup, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has gained two spots to be placed eight in the latest ICC batting rankings.

MS Dhoni's imperious India continue to build cricketing legacy
MS Dhoni's imperious India continue to build cricketing legacy

Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Saturday helped India record their highest successful run chase in a World Cup match. He stitched an unbeaten 196-run partnership for the fifth wicket with Man of the Match Suresh Raina to bail out Men in Blue against a spirited Zimbabwean side at Auckland.