Indian former captain Sourav Ganguly said Mahendra Singh Dhoni needs to think better as test captain after failing in the recent Test series against England with a 3-1.Sourav Ganguly said India's 3-1 defeat against host England in the recently-concluded Test series, Mahendra Singh Dhoni needs to work hard a lot to lead in the five-day format. India is going to play their next Test series at home against West Indies in October-November and team will travel to Australia starting December. Ganguly also supported MS Dhoni to lead team India at least till the 2015 World Cup in Australia-New Zealand. Sunil Gavaskar also worried about Dhoni’s Captaincy, as he lost eight overseas Test matches successively in 2011 in England and Australia. According to sources BCCI selectors are not likely to remove Dhoni from the hot seat.India will play five one day matches against England begins on 25th August at County Ground in Bristol, where both the teams are looking very aggressive in 50-overs match. Ravi Shastri has been appointed as a director for the team India the upcoming ODIs against England.
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has been working hard in training session along with his coach Boris Becker in New York, where he needs to push him up to play high level tennis in forthcoming US Open begins next week at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis CenterSeven-time Grand slam champion Novak Djokovic has posted a picture on his Facebook wall he have been very busy preparing for the US Open Tennis Championships begins next week in New York but he took a break to answer the #ALSIceBucketChallenge made by his friends Johnny Mac, Niall Horan and Sabine Lisicki. Serbian said he is very proud to donate and be part of this great movement to defeat the disease. Now he is likely to compete against Conchita Wurst, Mr. Bean and Michael Jordan.28-year-old Novak Djokovic hopes to prepare well for the US Open, where he is working along with his coach Boris Becker in New York, after losing early at Rogers Cup in Toronto and West and Southern Open in Cincinnati. Djokovic is looking very confident to regain his form after two successive defeats on the hard court tournaments.
India has slide down a place to fifth place in latest ICC Test Rankings announced on Tuesday, after losing five test match series to 3-1 against England. Meanwhile, England has gained two places to No. 3 place in Test Rankings, where they have showed outstanding performance to clinch three consecutive wins against India.Meanwhile, Sri Lanka has moved to 4th in the ICC Test Rankings following their 2-0 white wash against Pakistan in the recently concluded Test series, where previously held the sixth spot in the rankings following their 1-0 series defeat by South Africa. South Africa has been leading top place in test side followed by Australia at number 2 place.Currently, South Africa pacer Dale Steyn leading top place in the bowling list along with Australian Ryan Harris at second place in ICC Test Rankings, while Sri Lankan wicket keeper Kumar Sangakkara holds first spot with South African skipper AB de Villiers at second place. Sri Lankan Left arm spinner Rangana Herath who had picked a total 23 wickets in the series against Pakistan, he had moved to No. 3 place in latest ICC rankings.
14-time singles Grand slam champion Rafael Nadal has been working hard over his wrist injury, where he is still concern over his right hand wrist ahead of the 2014 US Open championship. King of clay Nadal had sustained injury during training along with Toni Nadal in Manacor. World No. 2 Rafael Nadal is looking very confident to return back to play in US Open, as he withdraws from Masters 1000 events at Toronto and Cincinnati due to right hand wrist injury. Nadal is going to defend the 2014 US Open title, begin from 25th August at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center at New York City. 28-year-old Rafael Nadal has postponed his decision on US Open participation to next week and he is still feels little bit pain on his right hand wrist. Nadal said he is going to try 100 percent to be part of the 2014 US Open and he hopes to recover from injury. Nadal, who had not played any ATP tournament since losing early in the Wimbledon Championships. Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are going to lead men’s singles field in the US Open begins from 25thAugust to 8th September at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center at New York City.
England thrashed India for the third consecutive time to clinch five test match series with a 3-1 at The Oval on Sunday evening. England players Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Gary Ballance and pace spearhead James Anderson have showed outstanding performance to lead their team in five test matches against India.India skipper MS Dhoni said his team has not played well in last three test matches after losing the five-match Test series against England 3-1 on Sunday. India has won the second test match at Lords, but they struggle to continue similar form says Dhoni at the presentation ceremony following his team's defeat by an innings and 244 runs in the fifth and final Test at The Oval. Pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar was named player of the series for his outstanding performance and consistent seam bowling, where he is looking very confident to continue his best form for the five one day matches and a twenty20 international match against host England. Bhuvneshwar Kumar insists that it will be a great experience for him and it is not easy to maintain performance like this. He added he always enjoy bowling in England and tried to keep his line and length.England will take on India in first one day match begins on 25th August at Country Ground in Bristol, where team India will play a practice match against Middlesex on 22nd August at Lords in London.
Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo has showed outstanding performance to lead Real Madrid in their 2-0 victory over Sevilla in the Uefa Super Cup on Tuesday, where Portuguese star has reached 70 goals in European tournaments and overtake Barcelona forward Lionel Messi.29-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo holds full 18 strikes behind Argentinean Messi in April of 2012, but he has closed that gap after making 12 and then a record 17 in the previous two editions of the Champions League. Ronaldo has made two goals on Tuesday, where he has surpassed Argentine in the all-time list of European scorers.Cristiano Ronaldo has made 70 Champions League goals including and two in the Uefa Super Cup for a total of 70 goals, where he was tied on second place in the list of scorers in continental competitions along with former AC Milan and Juventus striker Filippo Inzaghi. Portugal soccer star has netted 254 goals in 247 games for Real Madrid so far.
India Captain MS Dhoni said Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara are key batsman for Indian batting line for the fifth and final test match against England, schedule to kick off from 15th to 19th August at Kennington Oval.India has lost second consecutive test match to hosts England at Old Trafford after losing Southampton test. Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara are looking very confident to bounce to play big knocks in fifth test match, where both the players have failed to impress with big scores so far in four test matches. Kohli has made just 108 runs from six innings, while Pujara has scored 207 runs in four test matches respectively.England will play their final match with a 2-1 lead, after clinching victory with an innings and 54 runs victory over MS Dhoni's side on last Saturday, where the fourth Test match has ended in less than three days. MS Dhoni said it could be a difficult challenge for him team to bounce back in the fifth test match, where top order batsman should fire to save third consecutive defeat to England. EnglandProbable Team Lineup: Alastair Cook (c), Sam Robson, Gary Ballance, Chris Jordan, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler (wk), Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes, James AndersonIndiaProbable Team Lineup: Murali Vijay, Gautam Gambhir, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni (c &wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Varun Aaron, Mohammed Shami
Star opening batsman Virender Sehwag has said that India could win the world cup as the team was in complete form and not just because of the captaincy of MS Dhoni. When asked what could possibly be the reason behind his success in the T20 and ODI world cups in 2007 and 2011 he said, “Dhoni is leading a very strong team. It is easier to perform well with a strong team just like Australia did previously. Our victory was due to the team performance which was well led by Captain MS Dhoni. Both the world cups were due to a collective effort”. All teams who won the world cup had a good team and its not just the skipper. Australia won the world cup earlier not because of Steve Waugh but due to a good team”, he added. There was a tiff earlier between Viru and Dhoni after the team has failed to perform in Australia. Sehwag's remarks might be heralding another rift among the senior players in the team again.Sehwag has been declared to be in the team that is to play in Sri Lanka later this month along with left handed pace bowler Zaheer Khan after his respite from the team in Asia Cup that was held in Bangladesh. AW Anil
Latest updates are that 27-year old Australian Player, Luke Pomersbach, is alleged to have misbehaved with an US citizen of Indian origin woman and beaten up her beau who resisted. He is arrested by the police based on the complaint by the couple. In her complaint, the woman said the player invited himself for some drinks with the couple and some common friends from Mumbai in their room. She left the men alone and went to her bedroom for catching some sleep but Luke followed her and misbehaved with her, she alleged. When her fiancée intervened, Luke allegedly beat him up, she said. The fifth edition of Indian Premier League going on at the moment is in limelight for all wrong reasons. On Wednesday the Kolkata Franchiser, noted Bollywood actor Sharukh Khan was accused of a drunken brawl with the grounds men at the Mumbai grounds. On Thursday in Delhi, the visiting players staying at a hotel are alleged to have assaulted a foreign couple after heated brawl, late last night. The game seems to be getting dirtier day by day. As per latest reports the couple is being treated for bruises, alleged to have been inflicted by some IPL players who were also guests at the hotel. `Players reportedly from the Bangalore Royal Challengers team allegedly got into a brawl with the US national, who was with her boyfriend at the Maurya Sheraton hotel in Delhi. Both the foreigners were injured and admitted to the nearby Primus hospital.’ The latest controversy goes on to prove that the country’s most luxurious and lucrative encounter is taking ugly turn which seems bad for the game and the society as well. Just recently spot-fixing was unearthed in the IPL and BCCI suspended almost five players alleged to have been involved in the scam. Hope things get sorted out amicably and the prestige of the sport maintained. For the benefit of Cricket, that is supposed to be a `game of gentlemen’, well followed by billions across the globe. (With Inputs from Internet- Aarkay)
Oh what a day at the fifth session of Indian Premier League was on Thursday. The 66 and 67 matches played at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium Dharmasala and Feroze Shah Kotla Delhi saw the stalwarts on the points table being tamed by lesser known teams. At Dharmasala the Kings XI Punjab defeated the Chennai Super Kings, while at Delhi the Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated the home team Delhi Dare Devils. Punjab ruins Chennai: Punjab wins the toss and elected to field. Dwayne Bravo was the lone star performer in the camp for the day, scoring 48 runs. Chennai wound up at 120/7. Miserable play by Chennai led them to a colossal loss. On the other hand Punjab captain Adam Gilchrist was the man of the day and single handedly drove his team towards success. While bowling Gilchrist was a part of sending four Chennai players back to the stands, and in batting he slammed an undaunted 64 runs and remained not out to claim the Man of the Match honors. Bangalore upsets Delhi:Delhi wins the toss and elected to field. The Delhi stadium was hit by Gayle storm in the first half and he went on to score 128 runs and remained not out. Chris Gayle was the tough man who scripted the Bangalore victory with his impeccable willow display. His massive ton included 7 boundaries and sixteen sixes. Bangalore scored 215/1 runs with Virat Kohli scoring 73 runs. Delhi on the other hand ended up miserably and scored 194/9, 22 runs short of victory. Of course Gayle claimed the Man of the Match honors. (With Inputs from Internet- Aarkay)
Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by 35 runs in the IPL match that was played at Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium in Delhi on Friday. RCB jumped to third position from fifth in IPL table. It has secured 15 points. The target of 174 runs became a hard nut to crack for Kolkata Knight Riders who lost wicket after the wicket making the victory scope much grimmer. While pacer Vinay Kumar took three wickets for 32 runs that too in four overs, Muttaiah Muralutharan and Zaheer Khan took two wickets each while Harshal Patel and Appanna took one wicket each. There’s something special about the match as it has got some statistical highlights. They include: • Chris Gayle becomes Man of the Match twenty times in T20 matches • With yesterday’s match, Chris Gayle became fourth man of the match in IPL 5 • Gayle records 113 sixes • Chris Gayle scored half-century in 24 balls • Royal Challengers Bangalore won all three matches against Pune Warriors in IPL • Pune Warriors team becomes the first IPL team to lose seven consecutive games this season • 138/9 by Pune Warriors becomes their lowest score against Royal Challengers Bangalore • Vinay Kumar’s 3/32 becomes the best bowling figure This is perhaps the first time in IPL that so many milestones were recorded. We should wait and see as to which match will have so many statistical highlights in the future. (Phani)
17-time singles Grand slam champion Serena Williams will battle against former US Open winner Samantha Stosur in the 2014 Cincinnati Masters second round, schedule to kick off on Wednesday 13th August in Cincinnati.32-year-old Serena Williams has been playing good tennis from beginning of the season, where she has lost Rogers Cup semi final to her sister former World No. 1 Venus Williams in three sets last week. American star will have to prepare for the upcoming challenge against best players on the tour and she also retained as No. 1 in latest WTA Rankings announced earlier this week.Samantha Stosur has defeated opening round opponent American qualifier Lepchenko in straight sets with a 6-2 7-5 to advance to the second round where she will battle against top seed Serena Williams. Both the WTA players are meeting for 12th time on the WTA tour, where Serena Williams is leading with a 7-4 win loss head-to-head record against Stosur.Serena Williams doesn’t want to take lot of pressure ahead of the US Open, where she is likely to take rest for a week to relax herself.