India was scheduled to play against Australia in the opening test match, which will kick off just seven days after Australian cricket star Phillip Hughes plunging Australia and the wider cricket world into mourning. Phil Hughes died in a Sydney hospital on Thursday after struggling with life for two days. Hughes being struck on the head by a ball as he batted for South Australia in a match against New South Wales.Cricket Australia Chief Executive James Sutherland has released a statement on Friday that the decision hasn’t been made on whether the opening test match would still take place. India two day tour game has been canceled in Adelaide, where the touring team’s last chance to get some match practice before the four-test series starts at the Gabba in Brisbane next week.Several team members of the Australian cricket, including David Warner, Brad Haddin, Shane Watson and Nathan Lyon were also playing in the match when Hughes was hit by a bouncer and rushed to his aid as he collapsed on the pitch.
Virat Kohli is likely to make his debut as test captain for Team India against Australia, ahead of the four-Test series starting in Brisbane on December 4. MS Dhoni was struggling with thumb injury and he was sidelined from past month. Dhoni also pulled out of the 5-match ODI series against Sri Lanka, where Kohli leads the team to clinch victory with a 5-0.India has played practice game against Cricket Australia XI at the Gliderol Stadium, where Skipper Virat Kohli top-scored on the day with 60 runs, Murali Vijay (51), Cheteshwar Pujara (55), Wriddhiman Saha (56 not out) and Karan Sharma (55 not out) scored half-centuries. India has finished at 363 for 8 wickets declared after 91 over’s in reply to the hosts’ all out for 219 runs. India is going to play second and final practice match before heading to four-Test series, scheduled to kick off on Friday at the Adelaide Oval. It will be a two-day affair against the Cricket Australia Invitational XI team. MS Dhoni is expecting to regain 100 percent fitness and hopes to join with the team in second test match.
Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes has been struggling for his life after he was knocked out by a Sean Abbott bouncer in a freak incident at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday. Phillip Hughes crumbling to the ground unconscious after the big blow to his lower head, where the doctors said that he had underwent brain surgery and he was still in a 'critical condition'. According to sources Hughes family, friends and team-mates have rushed to the St Vincent's Hospital, where he was gravely injured after he was struck by a ball to the head on Tuesday afternoon. Hughes' close friend Australia team captain Michael Clarke has arrives to St Vincent's Hospital at 7am on Wednesday morning after keeping vigil by his bedside on Tuesday. Cricket Australia team doctor Peter Brukner has released a statement on Wednesday afternoon that Phillip's condition is unchanged and the next 24 hours will be crucial. He will have further scans on Wednesday and we hope to be able to provide you with some more information following the scans.' Cricketer Brad Haddin also spotted at St. Vincent's Hospital to see Hughes on Wednesday morning, where he had left the Hospital after 40 minutes.
Cricketer Sreesanth is all set to make his Bollywood debut with filmmaker Pooja Bhatt's next production venture, titled "Cabaret", meanwhile, he has been in headlines last year for his alleged role in the Indian Premier League spot-fixing and banned for life by the BCCI.In the film the former India pacer will be seen playing the role of a Malayali mentor to Chadda and the film completely revolves around the lead actress, Richa Chadda, who plays a dancer. Sreesanth is well known for his dancing skills and he previously took part in a dance-based reality TV show, Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa’ has helped his career in the world of entertainment.“I cast him on my instinct. Initially we had thought of casting someone who is older but when I saw him I felt he is perfect for the role. The character is very close to his persona. I have asked him to retain his Malayali accent. Sreesanth is a natural performer, he is camera friendly and I have a gut feeling that the film will do him good," Bhatt saidThe film is directed by Kaustav Narayan Niyogi and also features Gulshan Devaiah in the lead role and it is slated to go on floor in January 2015.-Priyanka
Rohit Sharma, Dilip Vengsarkar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have been received BCCI prestigious awards in an event on Friday November 21. Former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar has received BCCI-instituted Colonel C K Nayudu Lifetime achievement award, where he was conferred with the honor for his contribution to Indian cricket for several years. The 58-year-old Dilip Vengsarkar has played key role in the World Cup in 1983, where he had received a citation, trophy and cheque of Rs 25 lakh. Vengsarkar also a member of the World Championship of Cricket in 1985 and led India in ten Tests in 1987-89. Indian pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar has received Polly Umrigar Award Trophy and cheque for Rs. 5 lakh for his outstanding performance for scoring 263 runs, including three fifties and 22 wickets from 7 Tests, 17 wickets from 22 ODIs, 7 wickets from 7 T20 Internationals. Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma had received special award for scoring a world record ODI score of 264 in the fourth against Sri Lanka earlier this month.
Australia vs. South Africa Live Scores: Australian and South Africa are clashing in the fourth One Day International match at Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday 21st November, 2014. Australian and South Africa are going to fight hard to clinch victory in a crucial forth ODI match at Melbourne cricket Ground here on Friday. South Africa has scored 267 runs for lost of eight wickets in 50 over’s in the fourth ODI match, where Skipper AB de Villiers has lead team from front with 91 runs in just 88 balls with six fours. David Miller has smashed 45 runs and Du Plessis scored 28 runs to guide their team for 267 runs. James Faulkner and Cummins have bagged two wickets each to restrict South Africa to a descent total. South African pace has showed outstanding performance to send Australian openers Finch and Warner early, where Dale Steyn has picked two wickets in six over’s. Shane Watson, Skipper George Bailey and Maxwell has lost their wickets early, whereas Smith and Wade are on the grease. Australia struggling at the moment with losing five wickets for 119 runs in 29 over’s.
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been preparing well in training session to regain 100 percent fitness, ahead of the upcoming tour to Australia. MS Dhoni was rested for the first test match, as he needs time to recover from thumb injury. MS Dhoni, who had missed the five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka , he also pulled out of the first Test in Brisbane starting December 4. MS Dhoni is likely to lead team India in the second Test in Adelaide starts December 12, while stand-in captain Virat Kohli is going to lead Indian side in opening test match. MS Dhoni made a quiet trip to the city-based on cricket company, where he was reportedly spent around five hours to select the right bats for the bouncy Australian tracks. Sareen Sports Industries (SS) Chairman Jatin Sareen insists that Dhoni’s visit to the city was personal and that is the reason he did not meet the media. According to sources, Dhoni has selected six bats of 1260 grams each for the trip Down Under.
Rafael Nadal insists that he will come back strongly in 2015 season, after struggling with several injuries to finish without playing year end tournaments in second half of the 2014 season. Nadal had missed the year end ATP World Tour tournaments including China Open, Shanghai Masters and Paris Masters due to appendix surgery.Rafael Nadal has bagged 10 ATP tour titles including French Open and US Open in 2013 season, but he was struggled several injuries this year and losing matches against lower ranked players this year due to health problems. Nadal wants to work hard to regain old form in off court season soon, as he underwent appendix surgery earlier this month in Barcelona. World No. 2 Roger Federer said Nadal is one of the tough competitor in 2015 season and he is will come back strongly in Australian Open. Rafael Nadal will prepare well to give tough challenge to best players on the Australian Open and he is one of the heavy favorite to lift the crown. Nadal will be right back next year with roaring with best form and it will very interesting to watch him on court in training.
India stand in-captain Virat Kohli has moved to No. 2 position in the ICC ODI rankings for batsmen, after his outstanding performance with his batting to lead team India with a 5-0 series win over Sri Lanka, while double centurion Rohit Sharma has climbed 18 places to 15th spot in the latest rankings table.Virat Kohli has smashed 139 runs in the final and fifth One Day International match against Sri Lanka, where he also scored 66, 53 and 49 to be adjudged man-of-the-series. Virat Kohli is also going to face tough challenge to lead team India in upcoming Australia Tour begins next month, while Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was injured to his thumb. Virat Kohli has moved one place ahead of the South African wicketkeeper AB de Villiers. 27-year-old Rohit Sharma has moved 18 places in ODI batting rankings table after his world-record breaking innings of 264 in Kolkata. Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews has been leading top place in the ICC ODI Player Rankings for all rounder’s for the first time, after making 339 runs in five match ODI series, including 139 not out and two half-centuries 75 and 92 not out.
Roger Federer is all set to return back to play in the 2014 Davis Cup final, where Swiss team will clash against host France in Paris this weekend. Switzerland and France Davis cup teams are filled with outstanding tennis players and it is going to be a big challenge for both the teams in Paris. Roger Federer said it was unfortunate to withdraws from the ATP World Tour Championship Final, but it he is likely to bounce back in Davis Cup final. Federer was scheduled to play ATP Tour singles finale against his rival world No. 1 and defending champion Novak Djokovic on Sunday evening at Arena O2 in London. Federer is going to finish at No. 2 ahead of his rival Novak Djokovic at No. 1 position in the ATP Ranking Points by end of the 2014 season. Roger Federer is looking very confident to recover soon from back injury, ahead of the 2014 Davis Cup finals. Federer said he had played best tennis season by winning five titles so far this year and he is eyeing to take part in the Davis Cup final against France in Paris. Federer will join with his teammate Stan Wawrinka in training session soon on clay courts.
India stand-in Captain Virat Kohli has played outstanding knock of 139 in 126 balls to clinch fifth and final One Day International match against Sri Lanka on Sunday in Ranchi by three wickets. After, team India innings got off a poor start as the team lost both their openers Rahane and Rohit Sharma within a span of couple of over’s to Mathews. However, Ambati Rayudu and Virat Kohli into the crease and sewed together a 136-run stand which got India right back in the match. Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews has dominated with a brilliant 139 not out to guide the visitors to a challenging total of 286 for 8 wickets after electing to bat. Virat Kohli has knocked of 139 not out off 126 deliveries, with his 21st ODI ton, guided India home with eight balls to spare. India has won the five ODI series with a 5-0 against Sri Lanka, which it was the amazing performance by team India. Angelo Mathews received Man of the Match for his remarkable knock and Virat Kohli grabbed man of the series for this best performance throughout the tournament.
World No. 2 Roger Federer and Australian Open winner Stan Wawrinka are going to lead Switzerland Davis Cup team against France in Davis Cup final and both the champions are likely to play key role for his nation to clinch Davis Cup 2014 crown. Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka are playing in the year ending 2014 ATP World Tour Championship Finals in London. Roger Federer is going to join along with Swiss Davis Cup team in training session before heading to compete against France. Meanwhile, Federer is expecting to prepare well on clay courts, which it is will be a difficult challenge against France at their home. Roger Federer will arrive in Paris, after finishing 2014 ATP World Tour Championship Finals tournament this week at Arena O2 in London. Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka was scheduled to play five rubbers and Swiss Davis Cup team captain Severin Luthi said Marco Chiudinelli and Michael Lammer as reserves. Federer and Wawrinka also confirmed to play doubles against France in Davis Cup finals, where the final will be played in front of 27000 fans in Paris, which will take place in a football stadium in Lille.