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December 11, 2017 12:00 AM Kohli, Anushka set to marry in Italy

NEW DELHI: India cricket captain Virat Kohli is set to marry long-time girlfriend and Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma in a much-anticipated wedding in Italy this week, according to media reports on Sunday. Rumours started swirling when Kohli pulled out of India’s limited-overs matches against Sri Lanka and Sharma also ducked out of her busy acting schedule 3

December 5, 2017 12:00 AM India’s Bumrah earns maiden Test call-up

NEW DELHI: India’s national selectors on Monday handed a maiden Test spot to promising fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah in a 17-member squad for the upcoming tour of South Africa. Bumrah, 23, was rewarded with a place in the Indian Test squad, ranked number one in the world, after taking 52 wickets from 28 one-day internationals. The bowler would boost India’s 3

December 4, 2017 12:00 AM Australia expects India to agree to day-night Test

ADELAIDE: Cricket Australia are confident that India will agree to play a day-night Test match in Adelaide next year, chief executive James Sutherland said on Sunday. India have been reluctant to embrace the playing of the longest format of the game under lights and are the only major cricketing nation yet to participate in a pink-ball Test. Virat Kohli’s 1

December 4, 2017 12:00 AM Delhi smog blurs Kohli masterclass against Lanka

NEW DELHI: Virat Kohli smashed a record double century to put India on top in the third Test against Sri Lanka, whose fielders wore anti-pollution masks in extraordinary scenes in a smoggy New Delhi Sunday. Kohli cracked a career-best 243 but his sixth double century as captain was overshadowed on the second day after Sri Lanka complained about air pollution 1

November 29, 2017 12:00 AM Smith extends lead as No1 Test batsman

DUBAI: Australia captain Steven Smith’s unbeaten 141 in the Brisbane Test earned him five points and helped consolidate his position at the top of the ICC Rankings for Test batsmen. The other big movement on the batting charts was India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara’s rise to No 2: he reclaimed the second spot after 143 against Sri Lanka in the Nagpur Test, moving 1

November 29, 2017 12:00 AM Smith consolidates top spot in batting rankings

DUBAI: Australia captain Steve Smith has extended his lead at the top of the ICC player rankings for Test batsmen, but the next four batsmen are separated by just 11 points in the latest rankings which were released on Tuesday following the conclusion of the Brisbane and Nagpur Tests, says an ICC release. Smith stroked a magnificent unbeaten 141, his 21st century 1

November 29, 2017 12:00 AM Kohli leads pay rise call for India cricketers

NAGPUR: National team skipper Virat Kohli has demanded a greater share of India’s growing cricket wealth for players ahead of contract talks this week, officials said. Top players saw their annual basic deals doubled to $300,000 this year. But the Indian squad, who are due to hold talks with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in New Delhi 1

November 28, 2017 12:00 AM India to rest Kohli before S Africa tour

NEW DELHI: India’s captain and star batsman Virat Kohli will be rested for the One-Day matches against Sri Lanka after the ongoing Test series ends, selectors said Monday. Kohli has stepped up calls in recent weeks for a break from cricket because of a packed calendar. India, the world’s top Test nation, start a demanding tour of South Africa in January 7

November 25, 2017 12:00 AM Ashwin, Sharma make India shine against Sri Lanka

NAGPUR, India: Ravichandra Ashwin and Ishant Sharma formed a fearsome partnership for India to skittle out Sri Lanka for 205 on the opening day of the second Test. But the hosts were 11 for one at the close after opener Lokesh Rahul fell for seven, bowled by Sri Lankan paceman Lahiru Gamage.Murali Vijay, on two, and Cheteshwar Pujara, on two, were batting 1

November 24, 2017 12:00 AM Wicket set for India-Sri Lanka Test of pace

NAGPUR, India: A green tinge across the wicket when the second Test between India and Sri Lanka starts on Friday (today) indicates a fast-paced challenge, with India captain Virat Kohli looking ahead to overseas tours. Bowling tracks in India traditionally help spinners but in the opening drawn Test in Kolkata fast bowlers took centre-stage 3