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Friday, 29 November 2013
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Dinesh Karthik engaged to squash ace Dipika Pallikal

India and Tamil Nadu wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik got engaged to the Indian squash ace Dipika Pallikal at the Taj Grand Chola in Chennai. Karthik, who failed to make the cut for the South Africa tour, recently went through a tumultuous time in his first marriage to Nitika Karthik, whom he married in 2007. Following his bitter divorce, Karthik had vowed to concentrate on his cricket to keep his mind off it.

However, he and Dipika attended fitness sessions under the same coach and got along very well. With time, they gelled well together and having kept things under wraps for one full year, they have now taken their relationship to the next level by getting engaged.

Karthik made the Indian team in 2004 and has often been in and out of the side. Consistent performances in the domestic circuit coupled with good showing in IPL 2012 brought him back in national reckoning, giving him a chance to feature in the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 as well as India's tour of Zimbabwe.

Pallikal, who is the first Indian woman to break into the top 10 in the world rankings, is considered to be one of the most beautiful sportspersons in the country today.
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MPCA official steps down over sexual assault charge by U-19 cricketer

Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association Joint Secretary Alpesh Shah on Thursday decided to step down after being accused of sexual harassment by a female cricketer.

Shah will not be holding the post until the internal enquiry into the matter is completed.

MPCA secretary Narendra Menon was quoted as saying in a press release today that Association`s President Jyotiradiya Scindia has accepted Shah`s request to this effect.

The 18-year-old cricketer had charged Shah, the convenor of the under-19 selection committee, with attempt to sexually harass her, an allegation denied by Shah.

Alpesh claimed the girl was saying all this as she had not been selected for the under-19 team.

Meanwhile, MPCA`s 72-year-old lifetime member Leeladhar Paliwal has lodged a police complaint in this regard.

Sachin Tendulkar: The God of cricket will never retire

Sachin Tendulkar: The God of cricket will never retire

e magician called Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar today ensured that it was a farewell that each and every Indian will remember for posterity as the country's greatest sporting icon walked into the sunset with a knock which exhibited just why he is the greatest of this era. 

In his 200th and last Test match, Tendulkar showed how a genius can keep overwhelming emotions under control as he scored a majestic 74 in what will probably be his last international innings. 

The numbers mattered for the uninitiated but for those who loved the man for the last 24 years, each and every stroke that came out from that blade was a celebration. His 74 came off 118 balls with 12 boundaries. A deft late cut off Shane Shillingford, straight drive past Tino Best, a shot off his hips off Shanon Gabriel, it was India's most loved hero's way of saying 'Thank You' as he completed 24 years in international cricket today.

Thursday, 28 November 2013
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Shikhar Dhawan's century gives India series win vs West Indies

Shikhar Dhawan stole the show with a sensational century as India beat the West Indies by five wickets in the third and final ODI at Green Park Stadium in Kanpur to clinch the three-match series 2-1. After the 2-1 series defeat to Pakistan in December-January, India have now won six one-day international tournaments on-the-trot. (As it happened | Scorecard | Pics)

Chasing 264 for victory, Dhawan's 95-ball 119 guided India home with 3.5 overs to spare. The 27-year-old was involved in a 129-run third-wicket stand with Yuvraj Singh, who scored 55, his 51st ODI half-century. Wednesday's innings was Dhawan's career-best score in ODIs, his previous being 116 versus Zimbabwe in Harare earlier this year.

After being put into bat, West Indies rode on half-centuries by Kieran Powell, Marlon Samuels and Darren Bravo to post 263 for five in their 50 overs. Powell and Samuels put on 117 runs for the second wicket before both were dismissed by off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who ended with impressive figures of 2 for 45. Darren Bravo and Darren Sammy (37 not out) mounted a late surge as the visitors posted a challenging score.

In the chase, West Indian medium pacer Ravi Rampaul dismissed the two in-form batsmen Rohit Sharma (4) and Virat Kohli (19), but Dhawan and Yuvraj ensured that India would suffer no hiccups. Dhawan was ultimately dismissed in the 38th over after his fifth ODI century of the year, but it was too little too late for the visitors. Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (23 not out) completed the formalities as India won with a lot to spare.
Shikhar Dhawan is find of the year

Shikhar Dhawan is find of the year

New Delhi:  Former India cricketer Sunil Gavaskar believes that healthy competition in India's top-order is helping the team win consistently. He reserves his best praise though for Shikhar Dhawan, calling him 'find of the year'.

Dhawan - one of the three overall highest ODI scorers this year with Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli - hit 119 off just 95 deliveries to help India seal series against West Indies on Wednesday. "Shikhar Dhawan is definitely the find of the year for India because he has hit five ODI centuries. And these centuries have come against tough opponents in big matches. He is definitely in prime form," Gavaskar told NDTV after the match. (Pics:Boom Boom Dhawan paints Green Park red)

The 27-year-old has also hit five fifties in ODIs. Interestingly, while he made his Test debut earlier this year, he had fallen of selectors' reckoning after his ODI debut in 2010. "I think he realized in the last couple of years when he was out of the team that his very good-looking 20s and 30s weren't doing his skills any justice," said Gavaskar. "A good long at oneself is important and I think Shikhar has done that. Look how good he has become."

Dhawan's 're-birth' in international cricket has been phenomenal with big knocks replacing solid starts, this year. The opener averages 46.88 in ODIs with a strike rate of 94. In Tests, the numbers only improve as the Delhi player averages 81 with a staggering strike rate of almost 103. His heroics at the top have also eased pressure on other batsmen like Yuvraj Singh who hit a fifty in his company, on Wednesday. "Luckily for him (Yuvraj), Shikhar Dhawan was batting so well at the other end that he could play himself in and take his time," said Gavaskar. (Also read: Runs will come, have to handle tough times, says Yuvraj)

Yuvraj (32 on December 12 this year) scored 55 in the Kanpur ODI, a knock which took him 74 deliveries. Gavaskar praised the veteran south-paw for his efforts but added that one can't expect flamboyancy from Yuvraj anymore. "It was an innings of experience. It may not have been a youthful knock as we have seen him play several years ago but the fact that he has 9000 runs and that he is still a great fielder means that his value has not diminished."
Monday, 25 November 2013
Milkha Singh wants Sachin Tendulkar to stay away from politics

Milkha Singh wants Sachin Tendulkar to stay away from politics

egendary athlete Milkha Singh believes that after being bestowed upon India's highest civilian honour - Bharat Ratna - Sachin Tendulkar should stay away from politics.

"Sachin should always stay away from politics, jo izzat mili hai, jo naam mila hai wo kharaab hoga (hard-earned reputation and respect will be spoiled). Government and nation has already given him the biggest honour which is Bharat Ratna, nothing bigger than that," said the 'Flying Sikh' at the sidelines of a school function in Noida.

With the election season on, many politicians expected recently retired Sachin Tendulkar to turn out as a star campaigner for Congress even though the Master Blaster has himself denied such reports.

Milkha has spoken his mind more than a few times over the last few days on whether hockey legend Dhyanchand deserved a Bharat Ratna before Sachin Tendulkar but the question props up at every interaction.

"See, I am really happy that sportspersons will now be considered for Bharat Ratna. This is a big plus. As far as Major Dhyanchand vs Sachin Tendulkar is concerned, I always pushed for Dhyanchand as 200 countries participate in the game he played. However, I am not against Sachin. Maybe, both of them could've got it together, said the 84-year-old former Olympian.

"Sportspersons are country's real ambassadors. They should be appointed high commissioners or ambassadors instead of politicians and bureaucrats," he added.

And, what about producing a track and field champion from the country who can win laurels for the country at the international level?

"Frankly speaking, I don't see any. We have everything today - money, stadiums, equipment. But, players, coaches and associations have to come together to produce world champions. We can win a medal or two in track and field events in Asian Games or Commonwealth Games. But, I don't see anybody in India right now who can win a medal for India at the Olympics in next 4-5 years. That is why I only talk about winning a medal in Olympics," Milkha said.

MS Dhoni becomes 1st wicketkeeper-batsman to lead a team in 150 ODI matches

MS Dhoni becomes 1st wicketkeeper-batsman to lead a team in 150 ODI matches

While Team India's defeat against West Indies in the second One-Day International on Sunday broke many hearts, skipper MS Dhoni notched up a personal achievement that could surely liven up the cricket fanatics across the nation.

As India geared up to lock horns with their rivals at Andhra Cricket Association stadium in Vizag, Dhoni became the first wicketkeeper-batsman in the ODI history to lead a team in 150 matches.

Dhoni is the second skipper after Mohammad Azharuddin to lead India in 150 ODIs. Azharuddin holds the record of leading India in 174 matches.

Dhoni, who took the command of the Indian team in 2007, is also the first captain in the history to win all three ICC global events - T20 World Cup(2007), ODI World Cup(2011) and Champions Trophy(2013).

Former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting holds the record of leading his country in most matches - 230 ODIs.

During his tenure in 150 ODIs, Dhoni has led India to 87 wins and 51 losses. But, Azharuddin is still India's most successful skipper with 90 wins followed by Dhoni and Ganguly's 66 wins in 147 ODI games.

India vs West Indies: 2nd ODI, Visakhapatnam

India vs West Indies: 2nd ODI, Visakhapatnam

West Indies achieved the imposing total of 288 runs at the loss eight wickets against India. Windies got off to a poor start when they lost Charles and Samuels early. But Darren Bravo and Powell steadied the innings and added 100 runs for the third wicket. Both got to their fifties before throwing it away. Simmons was joined by Sammy with whom he added 82 runs for the sixth wicket. Simmons had a reprieve on 43, when Yuvraj dropped a simple catch. He then went on to score a fifty and became one of the four batsmen to do so. But it was their Test skipper, who kept his cool and took them home. It was a poor day in the field for India. They dropped as many as 5 catches in the field. The bowling lacked instinct, apart from Ashwin none of the bowlers really troubled the batsmen. The pacers gave away too many freebies and were taken to the cleaners. There was dew around but that should not be an excuse for the lacklustre bowling.

49.3 overs: Darren Sammy thumps it over the midwicket for a single and seals an EMPHATIC WIN for West Indies!!

49.2 overs: Veerasammy Permaul gets struck on the pads and sneaks in a quick single. SCORES ARE LEVEL now!! 

West Indies are just three runs away from victory. Can they produce an upset here?

Veerasammy Permaul comes to the crease for West Indies.

48.5 overs: That's OUT!! Mohammed Shami has got Sunil Narine out caught at square leg. Narine goes for the pull and gets a leading edge that flies straight to Ambati Rayudu(sub) for a simple catch. Sunil Narine departs for a duck.

Sunil Narine comes to the crease for West Indies.

48.2 overs: OUT!! Mohammed Shami has got Jason Holder out caught by the wicket-keeper. Holder was was looking to go big but gets a thick outside edge through to MS Dhoni.Jason Holder departs after scoring seven runs off five balls with a boundary. 
West Indies require just six runs off 12 balls to level the series!!

SIXTEEN RUNS off the over!!

47.6 overs: SIX!! Darren Sammy leans forward and tonks it over midwicket for the maximum. POOR LINE from Shami!!

47.5 overs: FOUR!! Darren Sammy takes it on the full and clubs it wide of long-on for a boundary.

47.3 overs: FOUR!! Jason Holder waits for it and steers it behind point for a boundary.

47.1 overs: Darren Sammy drives it towards long-off for a single and brings up his 6th ODI FIFTY.

Jason Holder comes to the crease for West Indies.

46.6 overs: That's OUT!! Ravindra Jadeja has got Lendl Simmons out lbw on a quicker delivery. Simmons was caught in the crease and gets hit on the pads in front of the stumps. Lendl Simmons departs after scoring 62 runs off 74 balls with five boundaries and a six. BIG WICKET for India!! 
West Indies require just 26 runs off 24 balls and are RACING AWAY towards an EMPHATIC win here!!

45.6 overs: SIX!! Darren Sammy stands tall and smashes it over the long-on fence for the maximum. Sammy is HITTING AT WILL now!!

45.4 overs: FOUR!! Lendl Simmons rocks back and cuts it towards the sweeper cover fence for a boundary. 
This is turning out to be a BRILLIANT COUNTER-ATTACK by the Windies!!

43.5 overs: SIX!! Darren Sammy picks the length early and sends it deep into the stands over the deep midwicket fence for the maximum. MIGHTY BLOW from Sammy!! 
42.4 overs: FOUR!! Darren Sammy gets inside the line and swirls it behind square for a boundary. 
42.1 overs: SIX!! Lendl Simmons gets down on his knee and slogs it over the deep midwicket fence for the maximum. BLISTERING SHOT by Simmons to bring up his 13th ODI FIFTY!! 
West Indies require another 63 runs off 48 balls to win this match!!

41.6 overs: SIX!! Darren Sammy stands tall and smashes it over the deep midwicket fence for the maximum.

41.1 overs: CATCH-DROPPED!! Lendl Simmons goes for the big shot and sends it straight down the throat of Yuvraj Singh who DROPS A DOLLY!!

TWELVE RUNS off the over!!

40.4 overs: FOUR!! Darren Sammy swivels across and pummels the pull shot past square leg for another boundary.

40.3 overs: FOUR!! Darren Sammy leans forward and drills it through extra cover for a boundary. 
With Darren Sammy(2) and Lendl Simmons(33) at crease, West Indies are currently at 188/5 after 36 overs.

Darren Sammy comes to the crease for West Indies.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar gets the BREAKTHROUGH for India!!

34.3 overs: That's OUT!! Bhuvneshwar Kumar has got Dwayne Bravo out caught at deep square leg. Bravo goes for the pull and sends it straight to Shikhar Dhawan in the deep for a simple catch. Dwayne Bravo departs after scoring 18 runs off 26 balls with two boundaries. Another BLOW for the Windies!! 
33.3 overs: FOUR!! Dwayne Bravo rocks back and cuts it past cover point for a boundary. 
31.6 overs: FOUR!! Dwayne Bravo gets a big stride forward and hoicks it over cover for a boundary.

30.3 overs: FOUR!! Lendl Simmons swivels across and whips it towards the fine leg fence for a boundary. 
27.2 overs: FOUR!! Lendl Simmons goes for the cut shot again and gets it past gully for another boundary. BACK-TO-BACK boundaries for Simmons!!

27.1 overs: FOUR!! Lendl Simmons rocks back and flays the cut shot towards the deep backward point fence for a boundary. 
Dwayne Bravo comes to the crease for West Indies.

26.1 overs: OUT!! Ravichandran Ashwin has got Kieran Powell out stumped on a flighted delivery. Powell skips down the track for the big shot but misses it as MS Dhoni whips the bails off in a flash to catch him short at the crease. Kieran Powell departs after scoring 59 runs off 70 balls with seven boundaries and a six. BIG BLOW for the Windies!! 
25.4 overs: FOUR!! Lendl Simmons gets on the frontfoot and drills it through midwicket for a boundary. 
With Kieran Powell(59) and Lendl Simmons(6) at crease, West Indies are currently at 141/3 after 25 overs.

24.5 overs: FOUR!! Kieran Powell makes use of the flight and smashes it towards the deep square leg fence for a boundary.

TIDY START by Sir Jadeja, three runs off it!!

Ravindra Jadeja comes into the attack for India.

22.6 overs: FOUR!! Kieran Powell waits for it and employs the leg glance for a boundary. Powell brings up his 4th ODI FIFTY in STYLE!! 
Lendl Simmons comes to the crease for West Indies.

22.1 overs: That's OUT!! Ravichandran Ashwin has got Darren Bravo out caught by the wicket-keeper. Bravo was looking to cut but gets a faint edge through to MS Dhoni behind the stumps. Darren Bravo departs after scoring 50 runs off 54 balls with eight boundaries. Bravo FINALLY RUNS OUT OF LUCK!!
21.6 overs: SIX!! Darren Bravo stands tall and muscles the pull shot over the deep midwicket fence for the maximum. LUSTY BLOW from Bravo!!

21.4 overs: Darren Bravo guides it towards square third man for a single and brings up his 14th ODI FIFTY.

21.3 overs: FOUR!! Darren Bravo hangs back and steers it towards the third man fence for a boundary. SALT TO THE WOUNDS there for India!!

21.1 overs: CATCH-DROPPED!! Darren Bravo tries to work it towards the on-side but gets a leading edge back towards Mohammed Shami who drops a tough chance in his follow through. Bravo is RIDING HIS LUCK here!!

20.6 overs: CATCH-DROPPED!! Darren Bravo goes for the cut again and gets a thick outside edge towards Suresh Raina at the first slip. Raina goes for it with both hands and DROPS a tough chance.

20.4 overs: CATCH-DROPPED!! Darren Bravo goes for the cut and gets a faint edge through to MS Dhoni behind stumps. But, the Indian skipper PUTS DOWN a simple catch. It could have been a VITAL WICKET for India!! 
19.1 overs: FOUR!! Kieran Powell goes for the flick and misses it as the ball beats the keeper towards the fine leg fence for a boundary. LEG BYES for West Indies!!

18.4 overs: FOUR!! Darren Bravo goes for the cut and gets a thick outside edge towards the third man fence for a boundary.

17.3 overs: FOUR!! Darren Bravo gets on the frontfoot and creams the drive towards deep extra cover for a boundary. 
13.6 overs: FOUR!! Darren Bravo waits for it and flicks it off his pads towards the fine leg fence for a boundary. 
With Kieran Powell(30) and Marlon Samuels(21) at crease, West Indies are currently at 71/2 after 13 overs.

11.4 overs: FOUR!! Kieran Powell skips down the track and flicks it towards the deep midwicket fence for a boundary.

Suresh Raina comes into the attack for India.

Ashwin starts off with a MAIDEN!!

First sign of spin, Ravichandran Ashwin comes into the attack for India.

FOURTEEN RUNS off the over!!

9.5 overs: FOUR!! Darren Bravo hangs back and slices it over backward point for the third consecutive boundary in the over. Bravo has SHIFTED GEARS here!!

9.4 overs: FOUR!! Darren Bravo leans forward and whacks it towards the deep extra cover fence for another boundary.

9.3 overs: FOUR!! Darren Bravo gets on the frontfoot and creams the drive towards the sweeper cover fence for a boundary.

8.6 overs: FOUR!! Darren Bravo leans into the drive and caresses it towards the deep extra cover fence for a boundary.

First change, Mohammed Shami comes into the attack for India. 
7.3 overs: FOUR!! Kieran Powell gets on the frontfoot and drills it through extra cover for a boundary. Powell is in SUBLIME TOUCH here!!

TWELVE RUNS off the over!!

6.5 overs: FOUR!! Kieran Powell gets forward and thumps it back past the bowler for the third boundary in the over. That was TIMED BEAUTIFULLY by Powell!!

6.2 overs: FOUR!! Kieran Powell rocks back and clouts the pull towards the deep backward square leg fence for another boundary.

6.1 overs: FOUR!! Kieran Poweel plays it away from his body and gets an outside edge towards the third man fence for a boundary. First slip would have GOBBLED that up!! 
Darren Bravo comes to the crease for West Indies.


5.4 overs: OUT!! Mohit Sharma has got Marlon Samuels out caught by the wicket-keeper. Samuels was looking to drive but gets an outside edge through to MS Dhoni behind the stumps. Marlon Samuels departs after scoring eight runs off 10 balls with two boundaries. Another BLOW for Windies!!

5.3 overs: FOUR!! Marlon Samuels leans forward and hoicks it over the extra cover fielder for another boundary. BACK-TO-BACK boundaries for Samuels!!

5.2 overs: FOUR!! Marlon Samuels moves across and creams the drive through extra cover for a boundary. That was EXQUISITE from Samuels!! 
With Kieran Powell(3) and Marlon Samuels(0) at crease, West Indies are currently at 15/1 after 5 overs.

Marlon Samuels comes to the crease for West Indies.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar gets the BREAKTHROUGH for India!!

2.4 overs: That's OUT!! Bhuvneshwar Kumar has got Johnson Charles out caught and bowled on a short of a length delivery. Charles was looking to drive but pushes it back towards the bowler for a simple catch. Johnson Charles departs after scoring 12 runs off nine balls with two boundaries. BIG BLOW for Windies!!

SIX RUNS off the over!!

1.2 overs: FOUR!! Johnson Charles goes for the drive and gets a thick outside edge towards the third man fence for a boundary. LUCKY-ESCAPE for Charles there!!

Mohit Sharma will bowl from the other end for India.

0.6 overs: FOUR!! Johnson Charles gets forward and punches it thrugh extra cover for the first boundary in the innings. CRACKING SHOT by Charles!!

Johnson Charles and Kieran Powell are out in the middle for West Indies while Bhuvneshwar Kumar will open the attack for India. 
Team India have posted an imposing total of 288 runs at the loss of seven wickets against West Indies. The hosts looked good for more when Kohli was going all guns blazing. He looked set to create history by scoring three consective tons on this ground, it was not to be though as Rampaul sent him packing for 99. Rohit Sharma fell early and Dhawan promised more than just 35. Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina disappointed yet again, and it was left to skipper MS Dhoni to lift India to a challenging score. 'Captain Cool' did his job and India will be pretty happy with their final tally. Ravi Rampaul was the best bowler on display, although his figures were damaged right the end. Narine started poorly but pulled it back with an excellent spell during the batting PowerPlay.

That's the END OF INNINGS for India!!

49.6 overs: Bhuvneshwar Kumar drives it towards cover point for a single.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar comes to the crease for India.

49.5 overs: That's OUT!! Jason Holder has got Ravichandran Ashwin out caught by the wicket-keeper. Ashwin was looking to play the reverse-pull but runs it straight towards Johnson Charles behind the stumps. Ravichandran Ashwin departs after scoring 19 runs off 10 balls with two boundaries and a six.

49.4 overs: SIX!! Ravichandran Ashwin picks the slower ball and heaves it over the backward square leg fence for the maximum. Ashwin JOINS THE PARTY!!

49.1 overs: FOUR!! Ravichandran Ashwin makes room and sends it over extra cover for a boundary. 
48.6 overs: SIX!! MS Dhoni clears his left leg and smashes it over the long-on fence for another maximum. Dhoni brings up his 50th FIFTY in STYLE!!

48.5 overs: SIX!! MS Dhoni stands tall and sends it sailing deep into the stands over the long-on fence for the maximum. That was 97-m HIT!! 
47.3 overs: FOUR!! MS Dhoni makes room and scoops it wide of midwicket for a boundary. 
47.1 overs: FOUR!! Ravichandran Ashwin shuffles across and helsp it past the wicket-keeper for a boundary. CRUCIAL RUNS for India!! 
With Ravichandran Ashwin(1) and MS Dhoni(31) at crease, Team India are currently at 249/6 after 47 overs.

46.6 overs: FOUR!! MS Dhoni walks across and steers it past the short fine leg fielder for another boundary. BACK-TO-BACK boundaries for MSD!!

46.5 overs: FOUR!! MS Dhoni gets across and chops it past point for a boundary.

Ravichandran Ashwin comes to the crease for India.

Ravi Rampaul gets his FOURTH WICKET for Windies!!

46.3 overs: OUT!! Ravi Rampaul has bowled Ravindra Jadeja on a pitched up delivery. Jadeja was looking to work it towards the on-side and gets beaten by sheer pace as the ball rattles the stumps. Ravindra Jadeja departs after scoring 10 runs off 20 balls. 
45.6 overs: SIX!! MS Dhoni swivels across and swings it over the backward square leg fence for the maximum. Dhoni is on FIRE!! 
41.5 overs: SIX!! MS Dhoni leans forward and bludgeons it to the 2nd tier of the stands over the long-off fence for the maximum. MASSIVE HIT from Dhoni!!

Friday, 22 November 2013
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Mitchell Johnson's 'short-ball terror' humiliates

Mitchell Johnson's unsettling pace and bounce led the carnage as England was routed for 136 on Friday, giving Australia a numerical and psychological advantage merely two days into the Ashes series.

Johnson, overlooked for the winter Ashes tour to England, snared 4-61 with some well-directed short-pitch bowling and worked in tandem with new-ball partner Ryan Harris, who took 3-28.

Offspinner Nathan Lyon took advantage from the opposite end, opening with three maiden overs and taking wickets with consecutive balls during a slide when England lost six wickets for nine runs in 58 balls.

Australia was 65 without loss at stumps in its second innings with David Warner on 45 and Chris Rogers on 15, extending its overall lead to 224 runs.

A dozen wickets fell after Australia resumed its first innings on the second morning at 273-8. Australia was dismissed for 295 within eight overs, with vice-captain Brad Haddin last man out for 94 and Stuart Broad finishing with six wickets for England.

Haddin was quickly back in action as wicketkeeper, gloving catches for the first two wickets to reach a milestone 200 dismissals in test cricket.

"The Gabba is one of those grounds where things can happen quite quick, especially with the extra bounce," said Haddin, explaining how the wickets tumbled so suddenly. "Sometimes when you do get on a roll here it's hard to stop."

England was coasting at 55-1 in reply before Johnson dismissed Jonathan Trott (10) just before lunch.

That and some verbal encouragement from bowling coach Craig McDermott swung the momentum after the break.

"I thought we built some pressure leading up to Nathan Lyons' two big breakthroughs and Mitchell Johnson letting some go," Haddin said. "You had to earn the right to have sessions like that and I thought we built the pressure quite well."

It was only three years ago that Johnson conceded 170 runs and didn't take a wicket in his previous Ashes test at the Gabba, where he grew up and made his name playing for Queensland. His return to Australia's XI for this series has no doubt given him confidence. He also contributed 64 in a valuable 114-run seventh-wicket stand with Haddin on day one after Australia slumped to 100-5.

The critics considered the first innings another failure from the Australian top order after winning the toss and opting to bat on a pitch that appeared to be ideal for scoring runs.

But England was quickly undone by the conditions.

Opener Michael Carberry top-scored with 40 in his second test and Broad, the pantomime villain for the local crowd, scored 32 in a rearguard innings to continue his excellent form after taking 6-81 with the ball.

Otherwise, the scorecard was grim reading for England.

"It was a disappointing session before tea, which really swung the game," Carberry said. "Credit to the Australian bowlers, they bowled really well through the innings, we never got away from it at any point. On a personal note I loved the challenge - it was great to be involved with the start of the Ashes."

England has a recent trend of failing in the first innings of away test series, and Carberry said the second innings was destined to be an improvement.

The England batsmen "are proven world-class performers and you don't become bad players overnight," he said. "It's basically a bad session which can happen to any team, but I'm positive we'll come back strong."

Captain Alastair Cook (13) was out to Harris with the total on 28 and Trott (10) edged a legside catch to Haddin off Johnson just before lunch.

Kevin Pietersen, playing in his 100th test, got a reprieve on 8 when Peter Siddle put down a sharp return catch, but his dismissal for 18 by Harris triggered the stunning collapse as England slid from 82-2 to 91-8.

Left-armer Johnson started bowling around the wicket at Carberry and hit him once on the chest with a short ball, sent one skidding over his head and had him caught by Shane Watson in the slips in an inspired piece of bowling as England slipped to 87-4.
Thursday, 21 November 2013
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Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma script Indian win after spinners destroy West Indies

Kochi:  West Indies' poor run on their Indian tour continued as India thrashed them by six wickets in the first ODI in Kochi on Thursday evening. Needing to score 212 for a win, Virat Kohli slammed an 84-ball 86 in his 120th game to become the joint fastest with Vivian Richards to score 5000 ODI runs. In his bid to race to his 18th ODI ton, Kohli threw his wicket away but his nine fours and two sixes put India on the threshold of victory. India won with 14.4 overs to spare to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

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Yuvraj Singh (16 not out) and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (13 not out) completed the formalities after India suffered a mini hiccup, losing Suresh Raina for zero. It was Rohit Sharma's 72 that set up India for an easy run chase after quickie Jason Holder sent Shikhar Dhawan back for five. Kohli and Sharma produced a 133-run second wicket partnership to take the stuffing out of the West Indian challenge.  (Dhoni praises spinners)

Earlier, Raina took a career-best 3 for 34 and Ravindra Jadeja took 3 for 37 to wreck West Indies batting. Raina picked up wickets at regular intervals and Jadeja played perfect foil as West Indies were all out for 211 in 48.5 overs. Part-time off-spinner Raina bettered his previous best of 2/17 against West Indies in 2011 in Indore. (Kohli joint-fastest to 5000)

Opting to bat after winning the toss, West Indies lost Chris Gayle on the second ball of the day. The big Jamaican tried to steal a cheeky single after playing Bhuvneshwar Kumar on the off-side. But Kumar was quick and ran out Gayle at the non-striker's end. Gayle injured his hamstring and had to be stretchered off. He is doubtful for the rest of the series. (Raina, Jadeja spin West Indies out)

Gayle's dismissal started a slide of sorts as Darren Bravo fought a lone battle. The Brian Lara bat alike, Bravo, scored his 13th ODI fifty but failed to stitch a noteworthy stand as wickets kept falling at the other end. However, Bravo's 77-ball 59-run knock helped West Indies gain some sort of respectability. His innings was ended by a Mohammad Shami delivery that kept low and knocked off the off stump. Opener Johnson Charles scored a polished 42 but was caught and bowled by Jadeja on a slow Nehru Stadium wicket that afforded a lot of turn
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Vinod Kambli hurt that Sachin Tendulkar

They played school cricket together, scored a world record 664-run partnership for Shardashram Vidyamandir in 1988 and wore Team India colours with pride. They were the best of friends for years and even shared rooms on tours. Vinod Kambli says he hasn't met or spoken to Sachin Tendulkar for almost seven years now. A few text messages are all that they have shared.

An emotional Kambli is hurt that Tendulkar didn't invite him for the farewell dinner party in a Mumbai hotel on Monday (November 18). The talented left-hander, who played 17 Tests and scored 1084 runs including four centuries, feels Tendulkar should have mentioned him during his farewell speech at the Wankhede Stadium on November 16. The 41-year-old Kambli also played 104 ODIs for India, scoring 2477 runs. (Also read: Proud I played with Sachin, says Kumble)

"I wish he could have taken my name in his speech because I was expecting him to at least mention our world record partnership because it was from there that we started... it was a career-changing innings. I was definitely hurt," Kambli told NDTV on Thursday. (Related: Sachin's humility makes him special, says Gambhir)

Kambli, who knew Tendulkar since he was 10 years old, said: "We shared everything, we grew up together and we learnt from each other. There were frequent comparisons who were a better hitter of the ball, but we didn't care." (How Sachin is cooling off after retirement frenzy)

Kambli said he remembered his entire journey with Tendulkar. "When he made the speech all the things were coming in front of my eyes and even when he had tears in his eyes, I couldn't control mine. The way he has served the country, I salute him," Kambli said.

Kambli said Tendulkar stopped communicating with him after a TV reality show in 2009. In that show, Kambli had said that Tendulkar didn't help him enough to overcome his self-destructive tendencies. "After that, we never spoke. It has been very difficult for me since we were close friends. I don't know if there is any friendship left," Kambli said.
Wednesday, 20 November 2013
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How Sachin Tendulkar is cooling off after retirement frenzy

Dehradun:  Sachin Tendulkar, who announced hisretirement from the international cricket, arrived in Mussoorie on Wednesday, about 20 km from here, to spend a quiet vacation with his family.

The legendary batsman, accompanied by wife Anjali, headed straight for the hill station soon after landing at Jollygrant Airport in a chartered plane, airport authority officials said.

Tendulkar would be staying at family friend and business partner Sanjay Narang's hotel in Mussoorie.

Tendulkar had spent a few days in Mussoorie last year also after announcing his retirement from the ODI cricket.

The Master Blaster used to visit this hill station along with his family on many occasions to celebrate Christmas and the New Year.

Tendulkar bowed out as the most successful batsman in international cricket with 15,921 runs in 200 Tests. In his ODI career, the Mumbaikar amassed 18,426 runs in 463 matches.

Tendulkar is the only batsman in international cricket to score 100 centuries. He was the first batsman to get a double hundred in one-dayers as well.
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The next Sachin Tendulkar

In a school-level tournament at Azad Maidan on Wednesday, Prithvi Shaw scored a 330-ball 546 in a single innings to re-write the record books of Mumbai cricket. Representing Rizvi Springfield, Shaw drove the St Francis D'Assisi bowlers to dust on Day 2 of the prestigious Elite Division Harris Shield Under-16 cricket tournament. His knock was laced with 85 boundaries and and five sixes.

Shaw's knock brought back memories of the mammoth 664-run Harris Shield partnership between Vinod Kambli (349) and Sachin Tendulkar(326) for Shardashram Vidyamandir at the very same ground in February 1988.

On Wednesday, Shaw's record 546 erased Armaan Jaffer's 473, scored in a Harris Shield match earlier this year. Armaan is the nephew of former Test batsman Wasim Jaffer. Armaan was in the news in December 2010 when he slammed 498 in the Under-14 Giles Shield to break the record held by Sarfaraz Khan (439 in 2009-10). Interestingly Shaw, Armaan and Sarfaraz come from the same school, Rizvi Springfield.

An excited Shaw, who is is just fourteen years old, said,"My coaches tell me to be patient and that's what I did. I told my friends not to tell my score, but when I reached five hundred they could not control themselves."

The highest recorded individual score in all forms of cricket is 628 not out by Arthur Collins, a 13-year-old schoolboy playing in a Junior House Match in June, 1899 in England. Collins was an Englishman born in India, but never went on to play first-class cricket. The second highest recorded score is 566 by Australian Charles Eady in 1901.

At the end of Day 1 on Tuesday, Shaw was unbeaten on 257 in just 166 balls including 27 boundaries and three sixes. Rizvi Springfield coach Raju Pathak had then indicated that Shaw would be given the freedom to score 400. The youngster though went one better and scored 500!
Tuesday, 19 November 2013
 Sachin on his retirement

Sachin on his retirement

Sachin Tendulkar on Sunday said he decided to retire from cricket because after 24 years, his body was unable to consistently take the physical load of the playing the matches.

"I got that feeling, because after 24 years, you have to appreciate. I had many injuries, not easy to overcome. You reach a stage when your body gives you a message, enough of this physical load. The body requires rest. The body is not able to take more load consistently. If I had to do a training session, it had become an effort," he said at a press conference a day after his 200th and last Test match. India Today Group Special: Salaam Sachin 

He said he may not physically play for India, but "in my heart I'll always be playing for India. It d

On winning the Bharat Ratna - the country's highest civilian honour-- for his contribution to the game, Sachin said he wanted to share the award with "millions and millions of mothers in India who sacrifice many things for their children".
Full text of what Sachin said at the press conference in Mumbai:

"I played cricket for 24 years for India, and that was a great thing for me. I faced lots of challenges, but the desire to play for India was so strong that we came up with solutions to those challenges. It was a dream journey, with my family and friends supporting.

It hasn't struck me that I won't play cricket again. It has been a dream journey, no regret that I am leaving cricket. This was the right time to stop playing cricket. An enjoyable journey.

Cricket has been my life, it is oxygen to me. In 40 years, at least 30 years I have played proper cricket. 75% of my life has been cricket, so there will be some association with the game, maybe not in the immediate future. Still, it is only 24 hours since my retirement.
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I was enjoying cricket still. I have always said the day I felt I should stop playing, I would inform you. I got that feeling, because after 24 years, you have to appreciate, I had many injuries, not easy to overcome. You reach a stage when your body gives you a message, enough of this physical load. The body requires rest. The body is not able to take more load consistently.

I was of course enjoying. I always felt the moment I felt I felt I should stop playing, I would tell others. That feeling came to me, after playing for 24 years. It was not easy to overcome the injuries. Your body gives you a message that enough of this physical load. The body is not able to take that load consistently.

If I had to do a training session, it had become an effort.

When I requested BCCI to keep the last match in Mumbai, since my mother had never seen me play enough one ball live, I wanted it to be a surprise for her that I'm making this arrangement, but thanks to you, she came to know about it in advance.

Even though physically I'm not playing for India, in my heart I'll always be playing for India. It doesn't matter whether I am part of the team or not. Not just in cricket, in other fields as well, India comes first.

Yesterday I said that, this award (Bharat Ratna) is for my mother, because of all the sacrifices she made for me.

As a child, you don't understand life. When you grow up, you realise all these things. It is not just for my mother, not just my mother, but there are millions and millions of mothers in India who sacrifice many things for their children. I would like to share my award with them.

I'm humbled and honoured to be given the Bharat Ratna.
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The award belongs to the entire nation, I'd say. At this stage, I would like to congratulate Prof CNR Rao for getting the Bharat Ratna. It is an honour to get the award with him, his contribution to the field of science is immense, it's only that cricket is played in front of thousands of people.

West Indies have world-class players. There have been ups an downs for everyone, certain times things don't work out, I think this series was one of those times. I think they are a terrific side, they play the game in the right spirit.

Even before I retired, I have spend time with youngsters from U-19 teams, Ranji side. I like to interact with them. It also teaches you more about the game, I will continue to do so, may not be publicly. I would like to help the youngsters, the next generation.

The 22 yards is like a temple for me, I just wanted to say a big thank you to cricket.. that's what I did yesterday. I thanked cricket for everything I have got in my life

When I touched the pitch, it was an emotional moment. When I thought of retirement, I was not that emotional. I became emotional the way the players gave me a send off. I became emotional when I was talking to the wicket.

Injuries are never thought of as good luck (laughs). When I was injured, it was quite difficult. The injuries I got were different ones, not common ones. It was not easy to overcome those injuries and come back and play the game. If the recovery time was 3 months, it wasn't that you could go to the gym and make sure you are ready in two and a half months.

You need to respect nature, you have to allow time. For eg, my tennis elbow injury, the doctor told me it would take 4.5 months to come back to competitive cricket. I tried to come back earlier, but I couldn't.

You have to respect time. I couldn't even lift Arjun's plastic bat at that time.

When I woke up this morning at 6.50 am in the morning, I realized I didn't need to quickly have a shower and go for a play. I made myself a cup of tea and enjoyed breakfast with my wife. I enjoyed a relaxed morning. A lot of guys sent me their best wishes, I spent a lot of time thanking them. Morning was relaxed, and then here I am in front of you.

Both nations are looking forward to, England wanting to prove a point that they can go Down Under and still give Aus a difficult time. It's going to be exciting, seeing Mitchell Johnson bowl against India here.

SRT on his favourite moments against England: First was my maiden Test century against England in 1990, and then the Chennai Test in 2008 when we chased down 274

SRT on how his brother Ajit reacted to the retirement decision:

As I said in my speech it was a dream that we lived together. I was representing the country and Ajit. It's difficult to put into words what he has done for me. Yesterday, he was emotional but wasn't showing it to me. At the same time, he was also relieved and relaxed. because the way I retired and the way people responded, you can't plan it. That's decided by God and I pray to God that he showed me a day after which I cannot ask for anymore. Ajit had the same feeling. We didn't talk too much but from whatever we spoke, he was relieved that everything had happened well.

The first moment when I went on the wicket and stood between the 22 yards, I realised this was the last time I was in front of a packed stadium as part of the Indian team. That made me quite emotional, that I wouldn't have a bat in my hand, playing for India.

While I walked back to the dressing room, I didn't look up when shaking hands with many of the WI team members because I was in tears.

The beauty about my family was that they never lost my balance, whether I scored a hundred or 15-20, my parents always had a word of encouragement. Nobody got carried about my good performances or bad, like all Indian families we just bought a packet of sweets and offered it to the Almighty. My mother presented sweets to God yesterday as well. Their reaction when I returned home from any tournament was never related to my performance.

British Parliament honours Sachin Tendulkar

British Parliament honours Sachin Tendulkar

A motion was on Monday laid in Britain's House of Commons congratulating cricket maestro Sachin Tendulkar on his magnificent career.

The early day motion, moved by Indian-origin MP Keith Vaz, stated that Tendulkar has served as an inspiration for millions around the world and recognised his selfless dedication to the sport.

Vaz said: "This motion is a fitting tribute to such an exceptional batsman. Tendulkar is adored almost as much in the UK as he is India so it is only right that Parliament pays tribute to him."

Tendulkar brought curtains down on his 24-year-long illustrious career on November 16 bidding a tearful adieu to international cricket.

Monday, 18 November 2013
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Big B, Aamir, Lara light up Sachin Tendulkar's dinner party

The Bollywood glitterati, business tycoons, politicians and members of the Indian cricket team were in attendance at a dinner party thrown by Sachin Tendulkar in a hotel in Andheri East on Monday. The 40-year-old Tendulkar retired from cricket on Saturday. Among the prominent Bollywood stars were Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Rahul Bose and director Karan Johar. Tendulkar's guru and coach Ramakant Achrekar was among the select gathering. (Related: Sachin plans to write an autobiography)

Dressed in a black suit, Tendulkar accompanied by his wife Anjali, also in black, personally welcomed the guests as security was watertight. Among the political heavyweights, Union Minister Sharad Pawar, Raj Thackeray and Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan attended the party. Tendulkar's mentor Sunil Gavaskar and the chairman of the selection committee Sandeep Patil and former opener Krishnamachari Srikkanth were among the early guests who arrived. Nita Ambani, the owner of Mumbai Indians and Subrata Roy of Sahara were also part of the gathering. Melody queen Lata Mangeshkar and Tendulkar's former teammates Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman and Virender Sehwag were also present.

It's been a busy few days for Tendulkar. After an emotional farewell from his teammates and a packed Wankhede Stadium on Saturday, Tendulkar, on Sunday evening, spoke to the media for the first time since hanging up his boots. "After 24 years, give me at least 24 days to rest before I decide on my next moves," he had told the media. But it is very unlikely that the darling of Indian cricket, even after he has retired, is going to relax anytime soon. Monday, surely, will be a long night. (Dedicate Bharat Ratna to all mothers: Sachin)

Monday's party was a private affair but with the who's who of the nation in attendance, how could the media be far behind. Flashbulbs popped and TV cameras whirred as celebrities walked in. The attention on Tendulkar just refuses to go away. Given the high security, media reporters were kept at bay and all efforts to grab a quote or two went in vain
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Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Co. assured of keeping No.1 spot in ODI rankings

Dubai:  India start the three-match series against West Indies assured of retaining their No.1 rank in the ICC ODI team rankings table, irrespective of the outcome of the the contest beginning November 21 in Kochi.

India are ranked first with 123 ratings points and enter the series leading seventh-ranked West Indies by 34 ratings points. Because the rankings are weighted to reflect this difference, India's failure to win the series will result in them losing as many as four ratings points.

The West Indies, on the other hand, could gain as many five ratings points if they win the series 3-0 to move up to 94, but they will retain its pre-series seventh rank.

South Africa start the series against sixth-ranked Pakistan with an opportunity to move up two places to third, but only if they makes a clean sweep of the series.

South Africa, currently ranked fifth with 109 ratings points, could gain two ratings points in such a scenario to move level with England, but will be ranked above Alastair Cook's men when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point.

But if South Africa win the series by any other margin they will retain their pre-series fifth rank with no change in ratings points.

For Pakistan a series win by any margin will only mean gain of as many as three ratings points to 101, thereby reducing the gap with fifth-ranked South Africa, but will not result in any change in their ranking position.

The 1-1 series between Sri Lanka and New Zealand has resulted in both sides retaining their pre-series rank. Sri Lanka continue to be ranked fourth with 110 ratings points, while New Zealand trail West Indies in seventh position with 85 ratings points.