Jharna Kukreja Chauhan

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Jharna is a hardcore Dravidian (read: Rahul Dravid worshipper) who thinks being a girl covering cricket is as tough as being a straight man covering fashion

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  • 5th ODI at Sophia Gardens


    3:30 am - With this loss India now move all the way down to number 5 according to the ICC ODI Championship rankings.

    3:15 am - Debutant Bairstow who made 41 off 21 was adjudged Man of the Match for keeping his cool under pressure. His father the late David Bairstow who was a wicketkeeper for England (and later committed suicide due to depression) interestingly made his debut against India in the Oval Test of 1979.

    Indian skipper MS Dhoni was adjudged player of the series for his batting performances in the ODIs. That and Dravid's Man of the Series prize for the Tests will be the only awards the Indians take home after over two months in England.

    3:00 am - England have won - achieving the rain truncated target of 241 with 10 balls to spare, thereby finishing a clean sweep of 3-0 in the ODIs after their 4-0 sweep in the Tests. India have struggled throughout the summer with injuries aplenty that showcased their wafer thin bench strength. They looked like they could compete on different

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  • Show us the money, Mr Shukla

    The fact that India's Sport Minister Ajay Maken wanted to bring the cash-rich BCCI under the Right to Information Act is well documented. As expected, with BCCI head honchos doubling up as Cabinet Ministers - the bill was binned - for the time being at least.

    Maken has been asked to work on a draft of a new bill that will be more acceptable to Cabinet members, one that wouldn't 'infringe on the autonomy' that Sports bodies require. The Sports Minister is in no mood to back down and has vowed to fight for the bill. His argument being, "If the BCCI puts accounting in its balance sheets, why are they scared of RTI?"

    The BCCI has responded  by going on the offensive. Board vice president Rajiv Shukla (who is also a Rajya Sabha MP and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs) told the media that the board's accounts are already in the public domain through their website.

    "He (Maken) should find out what's happening at the ground level. He does not know anything. All the information is

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  • The Enemy Camp – Tracing England’s Rise

    (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.)

    England’s rise to the No 1 spot has given the sport a new lease of life in its home country. With the good reason, the British media is going all out in praise of their team.

    Former England captain Nasser Hussain in the Daily Mail, takes a look things have taken a turn from the time he was booed at The Oval during England’s darkest hour –

    Twelve years ago, at the same venue where England today embark on their new lives as the world’s best Test team, our cricket team hit rock bottom. I know because I was our captain — and it was not pretty.

    Staying with the Telegraph - in detailing what England’s secret recipe has been to achieve the No 1 status, Simon Briggs lists out all the gadgets and gizmos the team has invested in with their £28 million budget –

    England have Merlin, the specialist spin-bowling machine which outclasses any human practitioner

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  • Live Blog: England vs India, Day 4, Edgbaston

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

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    England - "We are the Champions"

    8:10 pm - Indian captain MS Dhoni has doled out a bunch of excuses in his post-match interviews - ball was turning, difficult to bat out 2 days etc etc, but what was most disturbing when he said that the margin of defeat doesn't matter - that losing is losing. Truth is the way you lose does matter. I think an Indian cricket fan wouldn't mind to see their team losing, provided they fought till the end - provided it wasn't as humiliating as this loss - provided they showed the will to win. Ever since India decided they didn't want to attempt chasing 180 against the West Indies just over a month ago, they haven't looked like that team.

    Something to read over the weekend - Aakash Chopra on why preparation requires foresight

    7:40 pm - And it's all

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  • Live Blog: England vs India, Day 3, Edgbaston

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

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    11:25 pm - End of Day 3, India 35/1

    Day 3 ends 1 over early due to poor light with India on 35/1 (Dravid 18, Gambhir 14) after losing Virender Sehwag for a King Pair. They are still 451 runs in arrears with two days of this Test to go. Saving this Test match will need another Kolkata 2001 - but the men who orchestrated that brilliant comeback are still part of this Indian side - we'll have to wait to Day 4 to see how Edgbaston unfolds.

    Is this Viru's worst Test ever?

    Question for readers: Who should open for India in the 4th Test at the Oval next week? Would you still bank on Sehwag given his King pair and lack of match practice? Or would you go for Mukund who despite having failed in the first 2 Tests did make a century against (a second grade)

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  • Live Blog: England vs India, Day 2, Edgbaston

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

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    11:25 pm End of play - Day 2 - England 456-3

    India's annihilation was summed up in the last over of Day 2 when another catch went a begging - the 4th of the day - Dravid thew his cap down in disgust after dropping Morgan in the slips off Suresh Raina. England have batted India out of the Test and it will take an enormous effort for them to even salvage a draw out of it. We'll be back for all the action on Day 3.

    10: 55 pm England’s lead has crossed the 200-run mark and they still have 7 wickets handy. India have let down 3 chances in the field and despite a good effort from Praveen Kumar, the bowling hasn’t been able to dislodge the now mighty English batting lineup.

    KP rubs his bat onto Dravid

    9:45 pm - We may have acquired independence from England on 15th

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  • Live Blog: England vs India, Day 1, Edgbaston

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

    Scorecard / Action in images

    11 pm - England 84 for no loss at stumps on Day 1

    Andrew Strauss made his first 50 of the series and with India unable to get a breakthrough, Day 2 is already looking long and painful for the Indian bowlers. This was after the batsman gave up a good chance to put up a decent score on a pitch that looked favourable for batting. Fans are secretly wishing the team would have cited security concerns and made the trip back home to save them from the humiliation of another debacle.

    Will Day 2 see a miraculous turnaround or will England firm their grip around the number 1 Test ranking status that is slipping away from India's soapy hands? We'll be back to take you through all the action.

    10:45 pm Yahoo! Cricket readers are angry, and we don’t blame them. The Indian

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  • Rahul Dravid and Indian cricket’s shock and awe

    Early Saturday morning and an Indian tabloid carried news that Rahul Dravid might be selected as part of the limited overs squad for the England series. I termed the story ridiculous while discussing it with a colleague, but then again taking into account what the selectors had done in the past, I didn’t put it past them.

    In the late afternoon, the squad for the ODIs and one-off T20 was announced and true to form, India’s selectors justified just why they’re often referred to as a ‘bunch of jokers’. Rahul Dravid was named as part of the team for the 6 matches.

    My first reaction was that of anger. How could a player like Rahul Dravid be treated that way? My colleague A R Hemant has summed up just why we all were aghast at the decision.

    The other issue that I couldn’t get my head around was why Rahul agreed to be part of the team. Knowing the kind of cricketer and person he is, it just seemed impossible that he would be happy making a comeback into the ODI team after all these years and

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  • The Enemy Camp: All of India’s woes

    (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.)

    India in trouble as Zaheer strains hamstringIndia in trouble as Zaheer strains hamstring

    India may have a batting line-up studded with some of the world’s best but the one man they needed fit to win this series was strike bowler Zaheer Khan. They were dealt a big blow when Zaheer left the field on day one clutching his hamstring. With no Zak, the British media were quick to starting penning India's obituaries. BBC’s Jonathan Agnew feels that his absence gives England a great opportunity to go one up in the series -

    India have taken a risk in only selecting four bowlers, especially allowing for the fact that Zaheer has only played one first-class match in seven months.

    Given his lack of cricket, it was no huge surprise to see him hobble off, and it does raise questions over India's decision to only schedule one warm-up match ahead of this series.

    I know they have a very busy schedule over the next few months, but that

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  • ‘Happy with a draw’ Say what?!?!

    2 am on a Sunday night/ Monday morning after a hectic weekend of meeting and greeting and I sat up resisting my eyelids attempts to call it a day. After all, India was on the verge of a Test and series win in the Caribbean and I wasn’t about to miss it. Or so I thought.

    At the start of play on Day 5, the West Indies were in the lead by 81 runs with only 4 wickets in hand. India looked on course to another exciting win and luck seemed to agree, early on at least with Sammy and Rampaul departing in the same over. Darren Sammy headed back to the pavilion in a contentious decision when the umpire gave him caught out at short leg after he thought the ball had deflected from his glove. Replays later showed the delivery had actually come off his chest. Three balls later Ravi Rampaul was run out after making the mistake of going for a quick single. The Windies were just 113 runs ahead and victory looked well within sight for the visitors. India’s old nemesis Shivnarine Chanderpaul however

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