Delhi Daredevils are gearing up to get their campaign back on track amid uncertainty over the availability of their best batsman Kevin Pietersen for the Indian Premier League match against Kolkata Knight Riders who will look to continue their winning momentum here on Saturday.
The `Club versus Country` debate has been on since IPL`s inception in 2008 but former New Zealand captain Ross Taylor feels that his country`s Board was among the first to realise that "allowing players in the IPL will only prolong their international careers".
Dinesh Karthik grabbed eyeballs when Delhi Daredevils bought him for an astounding Rs 12.5 crore at the last IPL auctions and the Tamil Nadu stumper knows only too well that the franchise has pinned a lot of hopes on his ability to win matches.
JP Duminy blasted an unbeaten 86 and Dale Steyn bowled a sensational last over as South Africa pulled of a dramatic two-run win over New Zealand to bring their ICC World Twenty20 campaign back on track, on Monday.
An exhausted Brendon McCullum looked wearily back at the Basin Reserve wicket as the sun that had beat down upon him for almost six hours on Sunday was slowly sinking and knew he would need to do the same again on Monday.
New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor has reportedly been ruled out of the second Test against India, starting on Friday, as his wife has still not given birth to their second child, who is expected to arrive during the Test.
A bunch of quality international cricketers today went unsold on the first day of the IPL 7 players` auction here, but what surprised former India captain Rahul Dravid the most was that hard-hitting Kiwi batsman Ross Taylor and Australia`s Cameron White did not find a buyer.
New Zealand cricketers Jesse Ryder and Doug Bracewell have been suspended by the country`s cricket board after they were found hanging out for a late-night drinking session on the eve of the opening Test match against India here.
New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor has reportedly exhausted all the batting superlatives and comparisons with his country`s legend Martin Crowe following his consistent heroics against West Indies and India this winter.
His team overwhelmingly crushed by New Zealand, ranked seven rungs below India, a confused skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni muttered some inanities about the loss, asking his batsmen to "improvise and adapt" while praising his bowlers who gave away 303 runs in the fifth and final one-dayer.