Virat Kohli will be leading team India against Sri Lanka in first three one day international matches after skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni rested. Virat Kohli is an young angry man in Indian team and he doesn't want to lose any single match. Yuvraj insists that it will be tough challenge for Virat Kohli to lead team India against Sri Lanka in three one day matches.Yuvraj Singh said Virat Kohli is considered as one of the best players in team India in past years and he had played several match winning knocks. He added Kohli had struggled a lot during England Tour, but he had return back strongly against West Indies and hopes to continue similar form against upcoming Sri Lanka series. Kohli is an angry young man and more aggressive player in the team, which it is going to be very interesting to see him as a skipper for three ODI’s. Yuvraj Singh will return back to play in Duleep Trophy semifinal, which will kick off from next week. It is the best opportunity for all-rounder to show best performance to secure place in team India. Yuvraj said he has been working hard over his performance from past months and he is looking very confident to come back into team soon.
Roger Federer is looking very positive to clinch 2014 Swiss Indoors championship crown for sixth time, ahead of the BNP Paribas Open in Paris next week. Meanwhile, 14-time singles Grand slam champion Rafael Nadal withdraws from the Paris Masters due to personal reason and he is expecting to return back to play in the ATP World Tour Championships in London next month. Roger Federer is eyeing to clinch Swiss Indoors crown this week, where he will be facing Bulgarian Dimitrov in Basel Open quarter finals on Friday scheduled match in front of home fans. It is going to be a big match for Federer ahead of semi finals on Saturday. Federer is having most of the chances to meet Rafael Nadal in Swiss Indoors final on Sunday and it will be a epic final in between two tennis champions. World no. 2 Roger Federer has been passing through good form at the moment and he is inching close to reclaim top position in the ATP Ranking Points by end of the season. Roger Federer has been working hard in practice session along with his coach in Basel indoors courts and he is all set to clash against Dimitrov in quarter final battle.
Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar believes that former opener Virender Sehwag and all-rounder Yuvraj Singh can come back into the team India on the basis of good domestic performances. Both the players should work hard on their domestic performances’ to return back into the side, as Virender Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh are well known as best match winners says Sunil Gavaskar.Gavaskar said BCCI selection committee wants to give opportunity for young players ahead of the ICC World Cup Championship in February next year, where both Virender Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh should not lose hope. He added Virender Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh are considered as best match winner and they have showed outstanding performance to lead team India several times. Sunil Gavaskar feels both the players are having possibilities to pick for the World Cup, if they play best knocks in Domestic season. Sehwag and Yuvraj are looking very aggressive to bounce back into the team India, where both the players will make their domestic return in the Duleep Trophy semifinal, schedule to start from Wednesday. Sehwag, who has played his last international match in March 2013 against Australia, while Yuvraj was last seen in Centurion in December 2013. Gavaskar feels both the players are capable to play their best innings in Duleep Trophy.
India cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been rested, while Virat Kohli to lead team India against Sri Lanka for the first three one day International matches. Pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar also rested for the first three ODIs, while Wriddhiman Saha, Varun Aaron and R Ashwin have been return back into the side. India and Sri Lanka have agreed to play five one day international matches begins from November 2 to 16. The first one day match will kicks off on 2nd November at Cuttack Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin will join along with Amit Mishra, Akshar Patel and Ravindra Jadeja to lead bowling line-up for team India against Sri Lanka, where he is looking very confident to show best performance. Mohammed Shami will be the key bowler for India in bowling along with Mohit Sharma. BCCI announced that Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane have retained for the opening responsibility, while Rohit Sharma has been named in the India A for a practice game against Sri Lanka. The All India Senior Selection Committee has released a statement that India A squad for the one-day practice match against Sri Lanka, to be played at the CCI ground in Mumbai on October 30. India A team will lead by Manoj Tiwary India Squad: Virat Kohli(C), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Wriddhiman Saha, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra, Murali Vijay, Varun Aaron, Akshar PatelIndia A Team: Manoj Tiwary (Capt), Unmukt Chand, Manan Vohra, Karun Nair, Rohit Sharma, Kedar Jadhav, Sanju Samson, Parvez Rasool, Karn Sharma, Stuart Binny, Dhaval Kulkarni, Jaspreet Bumrah, Manish Pandey, Kuldeep Yadav
Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams are looking big favorites to clinch year end 2014 WTA Championship Finals in Singapore, where both the players have been playing high level tennis in second half of the season. American Serena Williams working hard to be fit after struggling with ankle injury during WTA China Open earlier this month in Beijing. Maria Sharapova, the five time singles Grand slam champion will come back to action on Tuesday, where she will battle against former World no. 1 Caroline Wozniacki in WTA Championship Finals opening round robin match. Serena William has outclassed Ana Ivanovic of Serbia in opening round robin match. Serena was placed in a red group Caroline Wozniacki, Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska and 2014 Wimbledon champion Petra KvitovaMaria Sharapova is eyeing to clinch No. 1 spot in the WTA Ranking Points by winning 2014 WTA Championship Finals, where she could face some best players on the route to finals. Russian beauty is expecting to meet her best rival Serena Williams in the WTA Championship Finals on Sunday, where both the champions have played several epic matches on the tour.
Former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting says team India will have to struggle a lot to face home team Australia during their match test series down under. Meanwhile, former Australian greats Allan Border and Steve Waugh hints India have to play with the right attitude in all departments to clinch series in Australia.39-year-old Ricky Ponting said India bowlers should work hard to face Australian top order batsmen and it will be a big challenge to get our batsmen out twice in Australia. He added India batting line-up will be a huge bonus for the team with best players Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikar Dhawan and MS Dhoni. Ponting feels MS Dhoni has to work hard on the technique in Test series against Australia ahead of the tour.Ponting said MS Dhoni has led his team India very well in other formats of the game ODI’s and Twenty20, but he needs to think big in test matches. Former India opener Sunil Gavaskar also insists that India having inexperience bowling line-up for Australian Tour, which it could be a big worry and it may be a difficult challenge to clinch test series. He added our bowlers need to pick 20 wickets in a match.
Rafael Nadal had seeded as No. 2 ahead of the home favorite Roger Federer as No. 1 seed respectively at the 2014 Swiss Indoors, begins from Monday. Rafael Nadal has arrive in Basel Airport last week and has been part of training along with his coach Toni Nadal, where he will face a qualifier in opening round match at Basel Open. Toni Nadal said Rafael Nadal has been feeling good without any pain at the moment and has no symptoms after using antibiotics. Rafael Nadal will have to face big challenge against top seed Roger Federer, who was passing through best form at the moment and he is considered as hot favorite to clinch Basel Open for sixth time in his career. Federer is also aiming to regain top place in the ATP Ranking Points by end of the 2014 season. Rafael Nadal, who was struggling with his form since losing 2014 Wimbledon Championships fourth round in London, he is looking very aggressive to bounce back to finish the season on top mode. Rafael Nadal has been working hard in preparations for the Basel Open and he is eyeing to clinch first in front of Swiss fans this week. Later, Nadal will travel to Paris to take part in the BNP Paribas Open ahead of year ending ATP World Tour Finals in London next month.
The Board of Cricket Control in India is expecting to claim damages around Rs 400 crore from the West Indies Cricket Board for being pulled out of the tour to India says Reports. Meanwhile, the BCCI working committee is going to decide whether to go ahead with the claim at a meeting in Hyderabad on Tuesday 21st October. West Indies Cricket Board has agreed to play five one day matches, a Twenty20 and three Test matches in India, but the visitors team have been pulled out after the fourth one day match in Dharamsala, due to the players being displeased over a revision to their payment structure, which cause the BCCI’s income for 17 match-days. However, Sri Lanka Cricket board have asked to fill in for West Indies and play for five ODIs in India in November, where the BCCI will still lose income for 12 match-days for the 2014-15 season.The BCCI is also planning seriously to avoid the West Indies players' participation in the cash-rich Indian Premier League from next season. Report says the issue is going to be raised at Indian Premier League governing council meeting, where the issue will come up for serious discussions, while the key members of Board's top brass want to ban the West Indies players for at least one season.
India Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has overtaken former India skipper Rahul Dravid’s in one day internationals for most runs and become the second highest run getter in ODIs at home. MS Dhoni has made 3407 runs so far in one day internationals played in India, while Dravid scored 3406. MS Dhoni has secure second place among Indian batsmen who have scored most runs on home soil. Former Indian cricket Sachin Tendulkar is leading top place with 6976 runs, occupies the first place. Dhoni, who had played his 250 One day international in his career on Friday against West Indies in Dharamsala and become the only fourth wicket-keeper in the annals of ODIs to appear in 250-plus games. Others players includes Sri Lanka Kumar Sangakkara (336), Mark Boucher of South Africa (294) and former Australian opener Adam Gilchrist (282). The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) have decided to call off West Indies’ tour to India, due to immense displeasure to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). According to sources the major reason for this move was the payment-related spat between the West Indies Player Association (WIPA), the WICB, and the West Indian players.
Russian beauty Maria Sharapova was enjoying a holiday vacation in a resort at Phuket earlier this week along with her team, where she is looking forward to travel to Singapore by this weekend. Maria Sharapova is considered as hot favorite to clinch 2014 WTA Championship Finals crown in Singapore next week and she was seeded as No. 2 ahead of Serena Williams as No. 1 seed respectively. World No. 2 Maria Sharapova has posted a picture on her Facebook wall that thank you Trisara Resort for providing us with such beautiful and photogenic accommodation during our stay in Phuket. It’s never easy being away from home during training weeks, but you made it so special, we didn’t want to leave. I will do my best to make that delicious Shrimp Curry dish back home Can’t wait to be back. Maria Sharapova has been working hard in training for the upcoming WTA Championship Finals in Thanyapura and she is inching close to reclaim No. 1 spot in the WTA Rankings.
Roger Federer is looking confident to overtake Novak Djokovic for No. 1 position in the ATP Rankings to finish the 2014 season, where the two champions will have to fight hard in forthcoming ATP tournaments. Seven-time singles Grand slam champion Novak Djokovic will be having big threat against Roger Federer to steal No. 1 by end of the season. Roger Federer was schedule to play next ATP Tournament at the Swiss Indoors in Basel. Roger Federer will have to work hard to surpass Novak Djokovic in the ATP Rankings, where Swiss legend will be having 1060 points to defend the remaining three events. Meanwhile, Federer had climbed to second spot with 9080 points earlier this week after clinching Shanghai ATP Masters for the first time in his career. Rafael Nadal slips to third position with 8105 points, as he was struggling with health problems from couple of week. Spanish star is looking confident to play in upcoming Swiss indoors in Basel next week, where he was seeded as No. 2 ahead of the home favorite Roger Federer as No. 1 respectively. Federer will begin preparations for the Basel Open soon this week and hopes to continue similar form against best players on the tour.
Dharmastala ODI Preview-India will take on West Indies in the fourth one day international match on Friday 17th October, where the chief curator at the picturesque HPCA Stadium Sunil Chauhan says the pitch will be faster and bouncy. India and West Indies are looking aggressive to clinch victory in the fourth one day international match to lead the five match ODI series, as both the teams have tied with 1-1. The third match being cancelled due to Hudhud Cyclone in Vizag.India captain MS Dhoni is looking very confident to continue winning streak in the fourth one match on Friday, where the opening partnership Ajinkya Rahane and Shikhar Dhawan yet to make a good start in the series. Dhoni feels Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina can play key role in middle order in remaining one day matches and he is unlikely to change playing XI for the fourth match. West Indies team is also unlikely to change playing XI, where the team is looking forward to bounce back in the fourth one day match after losing second one day by 48 runs at Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi.India Squads:MS Dhoni (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Murali Vijay, Kuldeep Yadav, Akshar PatelWest Indies Squad: Dwayne Bravo (c), Darren Bravo, Jason Holder, Leon Johnson, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Darren Sammy, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith, Jerome Taylor, Sulieman Benn.