The ODI series against Zimbabwe will be KL Rahul's dress rehearsal before the Asia Cup and hence he is all set to replace Shubman Gill at the top-of the order alongside Shikhar Dhawan for the upcoming games.
Anshu Jain, who was born in Jaipur, attended school and college in Delhi, and rose to the pinnacle of financial giant Deutsche Bank, died in the UK in the early hours of Saturday at the age of 59.
Australian legend Ricky Ponting feels Mohammed Shami's strength lies in the longest format and there are better quick bowlers in India's T20 set up, weighing in on his absence from the Asia Cup squad. India have picked Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Avesh Khan and Arshdeep Singh as the three specialist fast bowlers with all-rounder Hardik Pandya being the fourth pacer in the 15-member squad.
Indian cricketer Shikhar Dhawan, who became the first captain to guide India to a clean sweep against the West Indies in their own backyard recently, is looking forward to next year's ICC World Cup which will be held in India. That Dhawan is a dominant player in the ICC 50-over events is no secret. He has played 10 matches in the ODI World Cups so far (in the 2015 and 2019 editions) and has 537 runs under his belt, averaging 53.70.
With cricket being played round the year, India captain Rohit Sharma feels having a solid bench strength is paramount, and the team is striving to build one with an eye on the future.
Behind Shikhar Dhawan's cheerful exterior lies an intensely "spiritual man" who has made peace with representing India in only one format. "Till the time I am playing for India, I would like to be an asset and not a liability," Dhawan told PTI in an exclusive interaction after leading India to an ODI series victory in the West Indies.
India pacer Avesh Khan's redemption, after being whacked around the Caribbean grounds with strong wind and short boundaries, came about after he slowed down his pace following skipper Rohit Sharma's advice.
Rohit Sharma is now gearing up to lead the Indian side in the upcoming edition of the T20 showpiece in Australia, but before that, they have the Asia Cup to deal with. Rohit said, "We've made it very clear after the T20 World Cup in Dubai, where we didn't qualify for the finals, that we felt there needed to be a change in our attitude and approach in how we play our game."
In what will be a big relief for Team India, skipper Rohit Sharma, who had retired hurt while batting on 11 off 5 balls in the third T20I due to back spasm in Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts, on Tuesday, will be available for the last two games of the India-West Indies T20I series on Saturday and Sunday in Lauderhill, Florida.
India skipper Rohit Sharma wants the team to step away from what it had been doing for the past five-six years and has given the players security and freedom to express themselves, said star all-rounder Hardik Pandya.
Senior opener KL Rahul has been left out of the India squad which will travel to Zimbabwe for an ODI series next month after aggravating his hamstring injury, a development which could potentially jeopardise his T20 World Cup chances. It is understood that Rahul hasn't yet recovered despite undergoing a successful sports hernia surgery for lower abdominal injury. His hamstring also remains sore.
A full-strength Indian team in all its might will be looking to overwhelm West Indies in its bid to record a second successive clean sweep in the three-match T20I series starting Friday. With less than three months left for the T20 World Cup, skipper Rohit Sharma and coach Rahul Dravid will get around 16 games (5 vs WI, 5 in Asia Cup (if India play final), 3 vs Australia, 3 vs South Africa) to firm up their core team that will then play unchanged going into mega event.
India coach Rahul Dravid lauded the "professionalism" of his young outfit which has shown some "great signs" moving forward while routing the West Indies 3-0 in their own backyard in the just-concluded ODI series.
Paddy Upton's vast reservoir of knowledge will be an immensely useful "resource" at a time when mental health of cricketers is becoming paramount in a choc-a-bloc international cricket calendar, feels India head coach Rahul Dravid.
Renowned mental conditioning coach Paddy Upton is "excited and privileged" to rejoin the Indian team for a short-term contract ahead of the T20 World Cup in Australia later this year.
Renowned mental conditioning coach Paddy Upton, who was part of the support staff of India's 2011 World Cup winning team, is rejoining the national set-up in the lead up to the T20 World Cup in Australia. Upton has been roped in on a short term contract and will be the latest addition to coach Rahul Dravid's team of support staff.
Sixth edition of the Mysuru Literature Festival organised jointly by the Mysuru Literary Forum Charitable Trust and Mysuru Book Club-2015 began at Hotel Southern Star in the city on Saturday.
The "cricket in shorts" question was a googly that the leg-spinner was not expecting after India's three-run win over the West Indies in a last-ball thriller at the Queen's Park Oval, which put the visitors ahead in the three-match ODI series.
India's rich bench strength of polished cricketers is the envy of the world but National Cricket Academy chief VVS Laxman feels it is equally important to develop a vast pool of world-class coaches and other support staff to take Indian cricket to the next level.
The BCCI spent around Rs 3.5 crore on booking a chartered flight for Team India to reach the West Indies - where they'll play three ODIs and five T20Is against the hosts - from England, a source has revealed to TOI.