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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  • Wrong message sent out by RP Singh’s selection

    The Indian cricket team has been dethroned from their No.1 position in the ongoing Test series in England by the hosts, the body language and attitude of most of the players has come under intense scrutiny as have the decisions taken by the team think-tank and the role of the support staff. So it wasn’t much of a ‘surprise’ when the recalled from oblivion Rudra Pratap Singh was preferred ahead of Munaf Patel to replace the injured Praveen Kumar in the Indian XI for the ongoing Oval Test, which is his first at this level in three years.

    While it many not have been a surprise keeping in theme with the nightmare series India are having, the decision certainly has raised plenty of questions and the as expected the below-par performance of RP Singh hasn’t helped his skipper MS Dhoni either nor has the left-arm bowler done himself any favours. England continued to dominate India and scored freely on the second day of the Oval Test as the hosts went into stumps at 457 for 3 in 123 overs; RP

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  • The Enemy Camp – Time for India to show some pride

    (Note to readers: 'The Enemy Camp' will be the name for Yahoo! Cricket's coverage of the English press during India's tour of England.)

    The first day of the fourth Test between India and England at The Oval yesterday saw only 26 overs being bowled as persistent rain played truant to give the tourists some much-needed respite from what would have been another long day in the field.

    Alastair Cook has been praised aplenty for his stellar form this year and though he had a lean start to the India series, he scored a career-best 294 at Edgbaston as England became the No. 1 Test team. And, England’s batting coach Graham Gooch is all praise for Cook as he says:

    I try to coach run-making. Not batting, but run-making. Alastair has the four attributes that make up a run-maker: he's got a great attitude, he has great technical ability, his knowledge pool is increasing all the time and he has the No1 attribute – he has massive powers of concentration.

    Virender Sehwag made a disastrous comeback to

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  • The Enemy Camp: Praise aplenty for Cook

    (Note to readers: 'The Enemy Camp' will be the tongue-in-cheek name for Yahoo! Cricket's coverage of the English press during India's tour of England.)

    Cook out

    Alastair Cook was unlucky to miss out on a well-deserved 300 by only six runs.

    Alastair Cook missed out on a well-deserved triple century by six runs, but his marathon knock saw England declare their first innings at Edgbaston on 710 for 7 declared; with which Andrew Strauss’ team has taken one step closer to usurping India from their ranking as the No. 1 Test team.

    Scyld Berry pays tribute to Cook’s effort in this well-written article in The Daily Telegraph. And, writing in the same paper, Simon Hughes feels with his second Test century, Eoin Morgan has closed the debate on who should be England’s No. 6 batsman.

    A telling indictment of how Sehwag’s king pair sums up India’s tour of England so far in this article. Vic Marks compares India’s woes to in the series to the ones usually suffered by lesser county cricket teams.

    David

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  • Live Blog: England vs India, Day 4, Trent Bridge

    (Note to readers: We will post live match updates, analysis and expert views through the course of the Trent Bridge Test. New updates will appear on top. Please hit the refresh button periodically.)

    England win

    England players celebrate their thumping 319-run over India in the second Test at Trent Bridge. England now lead the four-Test series 2-0 and are closing in on the No. 1 Test ranking.

    11.04 pm – The final post on this blog is reserved for the Bell run-out reversal by Dhoni and the Indian team at Tea-time yesterday. Asked about the incident at the post-match presentation ceremony, England captain Andrew Strauss was all praise for his Indian counterpart and said: “It was a very commendable decision. It was the right thing for cricket. As captain it is a very difficult decision to take and I think Mahendra has set a great example for me and other Test captains.”

    10.29 pm - India need to pull up their socks and use the two-day warm-up match against Northants on August 5 and 6 to get some of

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  • Live Blog: England vs India, Day 3, Trent Bridge

    (Note to readers: We will post live match updates, analysis and expert views through the course of the Trent Bridge Test. New updates will appear on top. Please hit the refresh button periodically.)

    Tweets on England’s dominant position at the end of Day 3 –

    @cricketwallah - India's bowling has been plundered for over 400 runs today. Harbhajan has conceded only 47 of these, but is the biggest worry in the attack.

    @cricketaakash - One could understand this scoring rate if we'd bowled 140 overs..tired bowlers, flat track etc. But not after 75 overs on a responsive pitch

    @warne888 - England just scored 400 runs in a day - tremendous batting - India have been very poor today & do not look like the number 1 side in world !

    @ZaltzCricket - India now officially bowling total garbage. Their heads couldn't be any more down if they were the French royal family in the early 1790s.

    @cricketaakash - Fast bowlers needed support (not so much wickets) but unfortunately it wasn't forthcoming.

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  • Dravid – The Great ‘Wall’ of India

    Seaming conditions, the opposition has an outstanding pace attack, the team is down 0-1 in the series and it's up to the batsmen to build on the bowling attack's good work, and the team needs a volunteer to open the batting as one of the opening batsmen is injured. Sounds like pressure and a lot of work ahead? For most batsmen in international cricket probably, but not if your name is Rahul Sharad Dravid.

    Dravid has already done it all half through the second of the four-Test series against England - he donned the wicket-keeping gloves at Lord's as India skipper MS Dhoni wanted to have a bowl, he has already faced 548 balls in the series to hold the Indian batting together, and in the absence of the injured Gautam Gambhir, the Indore-born batsman batted at the top of the order at Trent Bridge.

    Dravid and VVS Laxman survived a testing final hour on the first day's play, but both started in an aggressive fashion on the second day as conditions veered towards being "batting-friendly" with

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  • Live Blog: England vs India, Day 2, Trent Bridge

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    10.52 pm - This is Test cricket at its absolute best. The first two days of the Trent Bridge Test have been action-packed and riveting with Dravid and Broad being the undisputed stars of the show. While Dravid gave the perfect example of what Test match batting is all about, Broad was exemplary with the ball. At stumps on Day 2, England are 24-1 (effectively two down because of Trott's injury) and trail India by 43 runs with Cook back in the pavilion. Strauss and Bell have survived some nervy moments courtesy some excellent bowling from Ishant, Praveen and Sreesanth. The pair will want to stay together for quite a while on the third day.

    Dravid century

    Rahul Dravid scored his 34th Test century and the third in his last five Tests as he put on a batting masterclass.

    10.26 pm - England's high spirits have

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  • Live Blog: England vs India, Day 1, Trent Bridge

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    11:03 pm - This has been an engrossing day of Test cricket at Trent Bridge. Sreesanth, Ishant and Praveen took three wickets each as they made the most of the seam-friendly conditions as England was all out for 221. The hosts could have folded up for far less if it weren’t for Broad and Swann’s counter-attacking partnership for the ninth wicket in the post-tea session even as the former put the Indian attack to the sword.

    In response, India lost Mukund off the first ball of their innings when the opening batsman edged an Anderson delivery to Pietersen at gully. Anderson and Broad then asked questions aplenty of Dravid and Laxman as they made the most of the conditions to put the experienced duo under pressure as they were forced to be on guard. Both survived a couple of close shaves but

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  • Associates deserve World Cup lifeline

    The International Cricket Council (ICC)'s decision to exclude associate nations from the 2015 World Cup in April had caused a lot of anger and frustration among the officials, players and fans of countries like Ireland and Netherlands who performed credibly in the 2011 edition of the tournament which was held in the sub-continent. But, now better sense seems to have prevailed in the game's governing body as the ICC's Executive Board in its ongoing annual conference at Hong Kong decided to overturn that decision and allow the associates to be part of the 2015 World Cup, which like the 2011 tournament, will have 14 participating teams.

     

     

    "The ICC Board opted to retain the 14-team format that was used at the highly successful and universally acclaimed ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 in Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka with the 10 Full Members being joined by four Associate or Affiliate qualifiers," a statement from the governing body said on Tuesday.

     

     

    The 2019 World Cup though will have

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  • Change in fortunes for Knight Riders and RCB

    Deccan Chargers and Royal Challengers Bangalore completely turned around their wooden spoon performances in the first edition of the Indian Premier League and were the finalists in IPL-2. And, if their performances in the first fourt matches is any indication, it is now the turn of Kolkata Knight Riders to change their fortunes around in IPL-4.

    The Knight Riders were at the wrong end of the points table in the first three seasons apart from being embroiled in controversies galore, as a result of which the team
    management didn't retain a single player and had a clear vision and strategy for the franchise heading into the IPL-4 auction as they paid the big bucks for Gautam Gambhir and Yusuf Pathan. By the end of the auction, KKR also had Jacques Kallis, Brett Lee, Eoin Morgan, Shakib Al Hasan, Brad Haddin, Ryan ten Doeschate, Manoj Tiwary and Lakshmipathy Balaji to form the nucleus of their squad. Though KKR lost their first match by two runs to Chennai Super Kings sparking fears of

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