Bikash Singh

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Bikash still thinks cricket's a gentleman's game. And that our batsmen run away with most of the prizes.

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  • Live Blog: India vs England, Day 3, The Oval

    (Note to readers: we will post live match updates, analysis and expert views through the course of the fourth Test at The Oval. New updates will appear on top. Please hit the refresh button periodically)

    Match Package: Scorecard | Action In Images

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    James Anderson celebrates the wicket of Virender Sehwag.

    11:44 pm - Another top-order failure and India are now left with lots to do to avoid a series whitewash. The Englishmen have been able to apply unrelenting pressure on our batsmen and our 'sudden surprising' helplessness to bat means a larger challenge awaits India tomorrow. At stumps, India crawled to 103 for five in reply to England's first innings score of 591/6 declared.

    11:38 pm - Inside edge and a simple catch to Cook at short-leg - Ishant gone too. Swann is on song, India...well somebody stop this cruelty.

    11:29 pm - Suresh Raina's poor/staggeringly staggering run in the series continues. Excellent glove work by Matt Prior behind the stumps off Graeme Swann. India four down.

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  • Live Blog: India vs England, Day 2, The Oval

    (Note to readers: we will post live match updates, analysis and expert views through the course of the fourth Test at The Oval. New updates will appear on top. Please hit the refresh button periodically)

    Match Package: Scorecard | Report

    Kevin Pietersen (R) celebrates his century with Ian Bell.

    Kevin Pietersen (R) celebrates his century with Ian Bell.

    11:31 pm - Unbeaten Ian Bell (181*) and Kevin Pietersen (175) led England into a commanding position against India on the second day of the fourth Test at Kennington Oval. Their record stand of 350 runs rounded off a good day for England, already 3-0 up, as they pursued a whitewash in the four-match series. At stumps, England were 457 for three as mediocre India continue to labour on a flat wicket. As for Indian bowlers (by bowlers I mean RP Singh and Amit Mishra), they just got hammered. See you guys tomorrow. Goodnight.

    11:16 pm - Oh dear! Kevin Pietersen has gifted his wicket to Suresh Riana here. Good catch off his own bowling. End of a stunning knock by KP - series' highest-scorer.

    11:11

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  • Live Blog: India vs England, Day 1, The Oval

    (Note to readers: we will post live match updates, analysis and expert views through the course of the fourth Test at The Oval. New updates will appear on top. Please hit the refresh button periodically)

    Match Package: Scorecard | Action In Images | Report

    Question for readers: Can India improve upon this performance on Day 2?

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    Groundsman remove water from the covers as rain played spoilsport at The Kia Oval.

    09:33 pm - Allright folks, the play has been abandoned for the day due to persistent rain.

    Recap: Only 24-over of play was possible on the first day of the fourth Test. Opening pair of Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook scored 75 without loss after opting to bat first on a good Oval pitch. Indian bowlers were far from impressive - except from a bouncer which Andrew Strauss took on the helmet from Ishant Sharma. RP Singh and Sreesanth were largely unimpressive.

    09:11 pm - Apparently it has stopped raining Kennington Oval. Stay tuned for more...

    8:48 pm - It's still raining at The

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  • The Enemy Camp: Of India’s agony and a relieved 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.)

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    Unbeaten Alastair Cook (182) added to India's misery as England batsmen piled 456 for three on the second day of the third Test against poor/listless/weary-looking India at Edgbaston. Cook, with his 19th century, moved ahead of David Gower, Michael Vaughan and Kevin Pietersen in the list of Test centurions. With three more days to go, England are in complete control of the third Test and a win here will not only give them an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the four-Test series but will also replace India as No.1 team.

    Vic Marks of The Guardian sums it up with 'Nowadays a Cook century is never a surprise.'

    But there are signs of evolution in Cook's batting. Increasingly he cracks the ball through extra-cover, hitherto a bit of a no-go area. Off the back foot he hits in that direction with surprising power and a vertical bat. Moreover the cover

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  • The Enemy Camp: England run riot at Edgbaston

    (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.)

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    Seamers Stuart Broad and Tim Bresnan took four wickets each as India continued with their struggle against England in the Test series. Skipper MS Dhoni rescued India from the depths of 111 for seven to 224 in 62.2 overs. Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook took England to 84 without loss in reply to India's modest first innings 224, a deficit of 140 runs, at Edgbaston. Perfect day for England cricket team as police across the country prepared for a fifth successive night of rioting.

    Simon Hughes says the Indian batsmen played like men expecting to fail. Excerpts from his column in The Daily Telegraph -

    England bowl to carefully laid plans. They bowl in partnerships. All teams attempt to do this, of course. It is just that this England are exceptional at sticking to the programme devised for them by their bowling coach David Saker.

    They

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  • India, England set for third Test despite riots

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    Sachin Tendulkar during a nets session at Edgbaston. (Getty Images)

    Players from both sides mostly opted to remain in their hotels as rioting and looting spread across and beyond London. England football friendly against Netherlands fell victim to UK riots but an ECB spokesman insisted the third Test at Edgbaston will go ahead as planned.

    The third Test in Birmingham will be the subject of a police assessment to ensure resources will not be overstretched and they can police the game safely.

    "This is pertaining to the situation in Birmingham. All the members of the Indian touring squad are safe and accounted for. The team management is keeping a close watch on the situation," Cricinfo quoted Indian team manager Anirudh Chaudhary.

    Here's the list of sporting events affected by rioting in UK.

    Meanwhile Daily Mail reported Chris Tremlett is out of the third Test after failing to recover from a back injury.

    They have just locked our hotel in Birmingham Riots just started here. Insane!,

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  • The Enemy Camp: Dhoni and co win hearts at Trent Bridge

    (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.)

    Cricket has always known to be a gentleman's game and keeping the spirit of the game Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni recalled Ian Bell - who was controversially run out off the final ball before tea for 137 during the second Test at Trent Bridge. Bell's 15th Test hundred guided England back into a position of strength in the match after being bowled out for 221 in the first innings. The day was filled with all kind of drama...let's have a look what British press had to say about the eventful day...

    Jonathan Agnew of BBC feels England batsman Ian Bell was lucky India changed their review.

    I don't think India were to blame for taking the bails off and I don't think Kumar was to blame, because he thought it was four runs. If anyone was at fault it was Bell and the people that must take all the credit are the Indian team.

    Cricket does

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  • The Enemy Camp: The day of drama at Trent Bridge

    (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.)

    Stuart Broad inspired England with his first-ever hat-trick after Rahul Dravid's 34th hundred as India were bowled out for 288 in their first innings on Day 2 of Trent Bridge Test. Dravid equalled the record of fellow India great Sunil Gavaskar and his second in as many matches after his 103 not out at Lord's. All-rounder Broad, who rescued England in their first innings with 64 from 66 balls, took five wickets for no runs in 15 balls to finish with a Test best of six for 46 from 24.1 overs.

    Paul Weaver in his piece England's Stuart Broad begins to live up to his promise against India for The Guardian explains how the pacers' dramatic intervention rocked India at Trent Bridge.

    When Broad, early in his England career, was likened to Sir Garfield Sobers by Geoff Boycott, eyebrows were raised. And they have remained raised ever since. But

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  • The Enemy Camp: Swing in the tale

    (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.)

    Indian seamers had reduced England to 124 for eight at tea on the first day of the second Test at Trent Bridge when Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann came out and showed they can bat a bit. England's top scorer Broad (64) and Swann (28) added 73 runs for the 9th wicket as India look to level the four-match series at 1-1 after losing the first Test at Lord's by 196 runs. Sreesanth, Ishant and Praveen Kumar ripped through England line-up in the seam-friendly conditions to hand India initiative on the opening day of the second Test.

    Vic Marks explains how Trent Bridge got the reputation for being a haven for swing bowlers and how Sreesanth, Praveen Kumar and Ishant Sharma merrily went about their business in this piece for The Guardian.

    This is what we have come to expect here. The ball keeps swinging; the pitch is hard and has sufficient

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  • India superior to England: Borde

    Former cricketer Chandu Borde, who played 55 Tests between 1958 and 1969, feels Indian batting, bowling and fielding is superior in comparison to the English team and backs the MS Dhoni-led team to come out on top in the upcoming four-match Test series.

    In 2007, you were suddenly faced by the huge task of managing the Indian team. Were there any apprehensions about accepting the responsibility?


    (Laughs) Frankly I like challenges. See I am a practical person and not a theoretician. I was not acting as a coach to them...instead I helped the players with few tips. Being a senior cricketer, who had played for the country before, they respected me and implemented those ideas to good effect.


    We won the Test series in England 1-0 then; do you think India can better the result this time around?


    We have a better team now and I am very impressed with our pace bowlers this time around. Zaheer Khan is one of the best left-arm bowlers in the world at the moment; Ishant Sharma has got his confidence

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