Akshay Iyer

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Akshay loves everything to do with cricket and has been a supporter of the South African team since 1991

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  • Twin tons by Kohli and Gambhir set up India's win

    Kohli continued with his good form while Irfan Pathan took 4-32 in India's 50-run win over Sri Lanka.

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    Indian cricketers celebrate the dismissal of Kumar Sangakkara at Dhaka. (AFP/Getty Images)

    Virat Kohli scored his second consecutive ton against Sri Lanka and shared a double century partnership with Gautam Gambhir before Irfan Pathan continued his good run on his most recent comeback as India defeated Sri Lanka by 50 runs tonight in the second match of the Asia Cup at Dhaka.

    At the toss, India captain MS Dhoni said, "We are going through a transition phase, it is not a settled side, youngsters are still looking to seal places in the side, there is a lot of competition, which is good. It is good to have the experience of Sachin in the side." However, the team selection for this match raised more questions than answers as it was almost the same playing eleven who took the field in the just-concluded Commonwealth Bank Series. Ravindra Jadeja retained his place in the team despite his below-par performances in Australia; while the likes of Yusuf Pathan, Manoj Tiwary and the in-form Ashok Dinda sat out on the bench.

    India and Sri Lanka last played each

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  • Dravid - Champion batsman and a terrific role model

    It is an acknowledgement of the value that Dravid brought to the team that it was a given that there's no need for concern as long as he was in the middle.

    "A phenomenal batsman and a great human being. If you can't get along with Dravid, then you're struggling in life"
    - Brett Lee.

    Lee's comment is an apt reflection of the enormous esteem that former India captain Rahul Dravid is held in because of his on and off the field conduct during his illustrious and glittering 16-year international career. It is every professional's desire to be respected and admired not only by their colleagues, but also by their contemporaries in the opposition. And, Dravid achieved that without much fanfare through his innumerable gritty knocks, mental strength, discipline as well as his positive and inspirational attitude to the sport and life.

    Dravid ends his career with 13288 runs, including 36 centuries and 63 half-centuries with a highest score of 270 at an average of 52.31 from 164 Tests; and 10889 runs, including 12 centuries and 83 half-centuries with a highest score of 153 at an average of 39.16 from 344 One-dayers. As impressive as these numbers are,

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  • If not now, then when?

    By hanging on to off-colour players, India's selection committee has missed another chance to blood young players.

    Struggling for runs in Australia, Sachin Tendulkar runs the risk of overstaying in the ODI team. “All powerful teams go through a period of transition”, BCCI President N Srinivasan told The Week recently. Srinivasan though left the onus on the selectors to put a phasing out plan for seniors into motion.

    It's a pity, but not a surprise, that the Krishnamachari Srikkanth-led selection committee missed the boat yet again to introduce new faces in India's squad for the Asia Cup in Bangladesh; thereby letting go of another opportunity to initiate the transition and start building a team with an eye towards the 2015 World Cup.

    The manner in which the squad itself was announced smacked of miscommunication with Manoj Tiwary being initially omitted and then included in the 15-member squad. Also, by sticking with almost the same set of players (especially under-performers), who have been at the receiving end of more than a few crushing defeats in the recent past; and not showing the courage to take some tough decisions, the selectors have sent out a wrong message.

    Suresh Raina (182 runs in

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  • Day 5 at the Wankhede

    (During the course of the third Test between India and the West Indies at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai we’ll post live updates, analysis, reader comments and reactions. Please hit F5 periodically for new posts.)

    05.12pm: Ashwin is deservedly the Man of the Match for his haul of 9-190 and maiden international century. He is also named Man of the Series for his 22 wickets at an average of 22.90 and strike rate of 46.3.

    Ojha took 20 wickets at an average of 22.50 and strike rate of 53.2; while the highest run-scorer for India in the series was Rahul Dravid who scored 319 runs, including a century and two half-centuries at an average of 63.80.

    Darren Bravo with 404 runs, including two centuries at an average of 67.33 topped the run-scoring chart for West Indies; while captain Darren Sammy was the highest wicket-taker for the tourists with 9 wickets at an average of 34.77 and strike rate of 50.

    The two sides next square-off in the first of the five-match ODI series at Cuttack in a

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  • Yuvraj needs to ask himself tough questions

    Yuvraj Singh

    Yuvraj Singh's desire to establish himself as a Test cricketer has hit another roadblock.

    Yuvraj Singh’s stop-start Test career has hit another roadblock after he was dropped from India’s squad for the third and final match of the series against West Indies. Rohit Sharma, who has been in good form for Mumbai in the early part of the Ranji Trophy season, has replaced Yuvraj in the squad.

    Yuvraj’s scores in the Test series against West Indies read 23, 18 and 25 for an aggregate of 66 runs at an average of 22, which is by far the lowest among India’s batsmen. Yuvraj has been troubled by the West Indies bowling attack and his weakness and inability to face the fast bowlers thanks to weaknesses in his technique were again ruthlessly exploited and exposed, more so in the second Test at Kolkata.

    This has been the story of Yuvraj’s Test career where he has routinely struggled against quality seam and spin bowling. Yuvraj has played only 37 Test matches for India since he made his debut in

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  • India vs West Indies: 2nd Test, Day 3

    (During the course of the second Test between India and the West Indies at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata we'll post live updates, analysis, reader comments and reactions. Please hit F5 periodically for new posts.)

    If the task for West Indies wasn’t hard enough as it was after India had declared their first innings at a mammoth 631-7, the newly wed Ashwin has got rid of the hosts’ nemesis S Chanderpaul and the Caribbean team has it all to do. Time for the young and talented Darren Bravo to step up to the plate.

    9.44am: West Indies appear to be headed for a follow-on after a good length ball from Umesh Yadav uproots Darren Bravo's off stump. West Indies in a heap of trouble here. India's bowlers on top.

    9.55am: Umesh Yadav, take a bow! I am not his biggest fan and feel Varun Aaron should play ahead of the Vidarbha pacer. That being said, Yadav has just bowled a beauty and got Marlon Samuels to play down the wrong line. The result ... off and middle stump were uprooted. Terrific delivery

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  • India vs England, 5th ODI at Kolkata

    (Yahoo! Cricket will post updates and analysis through the course of the fifth ODI between India and England. For new updates, please press the F5 button on your keyboard periodically.)

    Complete coverage: Report| Scorecard | Pictures | Dhoni’s feat | Low crowd turnout

    9.57pm: Only one England batsman - Trott - scored more than 200 runs in the series, an apt reflection of how well the Indian bowlers have bowled and also how ineffective the England batsmen have been. Jadeja was the highest wicket-taker for India with 11 scalps in the series closely followed by Ashwin's 10.  The rest of the bowling attack chipped in as well and it's this team effort that has played a large part in India's 5-0 series win. Jadeja was named Man of the Match while Dhoni fittingly was Man of the Series for his brilliant batting and astute leadership.

    9.48pm: India have outbatted, outbowled and outfielded England not only in this match but also the series as the 5-0 series scoreline suggests. England just Read More »from India vs England, 5th ODI at Kolkata
  • India vs England, 4th ODI at Mumbai

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    9.26pm: Another outstanding performance and yet one more amazing run chase. This Indian team have been outstanding humbling England in the process. Raina was terrific but Kohli continues to impress with his temperament. 5-0 has to be on the cards now and that will be sweet justice. Well done India!

    8.59pm: Finn gets his third wicket of the match as he cleans up Raina as the southpaw attempted another of his trademark slogs. Raina batted incredibly well for his 62-ball 80 and has put India on the brink of victory thanks to his partnership with Kohli.

    Can’t agree more with Ayaz Memon who tweets: “In these conditions, Suresh Raina is a monster; of Kohli it could be safely said now that he is the world's most engaging young batsman”

    Virat Kohli

    Kohli continues to impress and his run-scoring form has been

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  • India vs England, 3rd ODI at Mohali

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    11.05pm: The batsmen from both teams have cause to be pleased with their performance today, but the same can't be said for most of the bowlers. India's bowlers were disciplined though and bowled only two wides in the England innings. In contrast, England's bowlers bowled seven wides and two no-balls, that's 1.3 overs extra and this lack of discipline hurt them. But, what was most appalling was England's woeful fielding which included misfields, bungled run outs and dropped catches. This was the main difference between the two teams today. Dhoni and his team will be happy that the series has been sealed and will now target a whitewash to give England a dose of their own medicine.
    Indian players

    Indian players celebrate their five-wicket win against England. The win has also given India a series victory with two matches still to be played.

    10.23pm: Dhoni finishes the match and seals the series win for India in style as he hits two consecutive boundaries

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  • India vs England: 2nd ODI at Delhi

    Complete coverage: Scorecard | Action in images| Report | Dhoni’s plan for Kohli

    9.50pm: England always had their backs to the fall from the moment they lost their opening batsmen without a run on the board in the first two overs of the match. While England did well from there to score 237, none of their batsmen played an innings substance with the highest being Kevin Pietersen's 46.

    England's cause wasn't helped by the fact they lost most of their wickets in pairs and as a result never really managed to press home whatever advantage they had in the face of some terrific bowling by India's seamers and outstanding fielding especially by Kohli and Suresh Raina. Vinay Kumar who took a career-best 4 for 30 was the pick of India's bowlers by a distance.

    India's run chase got off to a bad start as they lost both their opening batsmen - Ajinkya Rahane and Parthiv Patel - with only 29 runs on the board inside the first seven overs. Kohli and Gambhir saw off some brilliant bowling by

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