• I want to do well in Test cricket: Kohli

    "People have been saying things, but the MCG Test was only my fifth and the first in Australia. I've never got desperate in ODIs and don't intend being so in the Tests," Kohli said.

    Sydney (The Telegraph): India won only 25 per cent of their Test matches in 2011, but Rahul Dravid finished as the leading scorer (1,145 runs) and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni ended the year as the most successful 'keeper (50 dismissals). It's a first for both.

    Additionally, Virat Kohli finished as the leading scorer in ODIs — 1,381 runs. An absolute first for him as well.

    On Saturday morning, The Telegraph spoke to all three toppers at Melbourne airport. The following are excerpts:

    DRAVID (No.1 Test batsman in 2011): It's a nice statistic, but I'm rather blase about such things... There's work to be done (in the ongoing series).

    DHONI (No.1 Test 'keeper in 2011): That I've been the most successful means that our bowlers have done well! They made the batsmen offer catches and also gave me the opportunity for stumpings... I realise we didn't do well as a team and the 0-4 defeat in England dragged us down. Next year, we'll be playing a lot at home, which should be an advantage.

    KOHLI (No.1

    Read More »from I want to do well in Test cricket: Kohli
  • If you can't get along with Dravid, then you're struggling in life: Lee

    Lee also said the young James Pattinson has got the credentials to spearhead Australia's attack.

    Melbourne (The Telegraph): Brett Lee, who continues to force batsmen on the back foot, spoke to The Telegraph, at the MCG, around lunch time on Wednesday.Brett Lee said Rahul Dravid is a phenomenal batsman and a great human being.

    The following are excerpts:

    Having flown in from Sydney on the morning after playing in the KFC Big Bash at the SCG

    Yeah... It was good to win last night. It was a close game against the Melbourne Stars.

    His thoughts at lunch on Day III of the Boxing Day Test

    Australia have taken the lead, and while it's not much, I reckon the team which has gone ahead has the best chance to travel to the SCG 1-0 up... Had Virat Kohli, at least, stayed till the break, India would've harboured hopes of taking the lead... The day should have a huge bearing on this series... We have the makings of a fantastic Test.

    Sachin Tendulkar still going strong

    Yes, I started my Test career (1999-00) bowling to him and while I'm through with Tests, he's holding centre stage... Look, for me, Sachin has been the best... If any parent wants their son to learn the perfect

    Read More »from If you can't get along with Dravid, then you're struggling in life: Lee
  • No ideal temperament for an opener: Mark Taylor

    Former Australia captain Mark Taylor feels Gautam Gambhir is a really good foil for the aggressive Virender Sehwag.

    Melbourne (The Telegraph): Former Australia captain Mark Taylor, a triple centurion in Test cricket, spoke to The Telegraph at the MCG on Tuesday.Taylor said he had no issue with middle-order batsmen being promoted as openers.

    Taylor, incidentally, is one of the directors of Cricket Australia.

    The following are excerpts:

    His thoughts on the India openers

    VIRENDER SEHWAG: He's a terrific player... Anyone who enjoys the game will enjoy watching Sehwag, it's as simple as that. I had Michael Slater in my time and, now, you have Sehwag... We also had Matthew Hayden and, in the ODIs, Adam Gilchrist... The attacking type of an opener... The dashing ones... Don't forget Sehwag has two triple hundreds in Test cricket... It takes a lot to get a triple, but what's surprising is that he's the only Indian with a 300... I've seen Sehwag score 195 in less than a day at the MCG, eight years ago... He's some opener, getting his runs quickly.

    GAUTAM GAMBHIR: He's a really good foil for Sehwag... He's more the classical type, an accumulator... Gambhir brings that lovely contrast...

    Read More »from No ideal temperament for an opener: Mark Taylor

Pagination

(299 Stories)

Matches

Sound Byte

They have an ageing and declining team
Lawson on India More

SPECIALS

  • Five memorable moments from the India-West Indies match that don’t fade away
    The West Indies are evoking their legendary teams of the 1980s

    As part of a generation of cricket fans too young to remember Viv Richards or Clive Lloyd, we relied on mythology to learn about those inimitable West Indies teams of the 1970s and ‘80s who ruthlessly crushed opponents to the tune of their magnetic rhythm. Perhaps no team has ever transcended the sport quite like those inimitable West Indies, comprised of a collection of effervescent players that even captured the hearts of opposition fans. Legendary pacemen Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh were in their primes, and a young Brian Lara beguiled with the bat but it was obvious the West Indies were on the slide. More »The West Indies are evoking their legendary teams of the 1980s

    Five memorable moments from the India-West Indies match that don’t fade away

    As part of a generation of cricket fans too young to remember Viv Richards or Clive Lloyd, we relied on mythology to learn about those inimitable West Indies teams of the 1970s and ‘80s who ruthlessly crushed opponents to the tune of their magnetic rhythm. Perhaps no team has ever transcended the sport quite like those …

  • Smith sad to see Watson miss out on fairytale finish
    Unfairly mocked and maligned, Shane Watson will be missed from international cricket

    Loved by the Indian public for his IPL performances, the 34-year-old does not evoke similar sentiments from his compatriots. More »Unfairly mocked and maligned, Shane Watson will be missed from international cricket

    Smith sad to see Watson miss out on fairytale finish

    Loved by the Indian public for his IPL performances, the 34-year-old does not evoke similar sentiments from his compatriots.

  • Cricket - South Africa v England - World Twenty20 cricket tournament
    Classy Root flourishes into master of all formats By Amlan Chakraborty

    By Amlan Chakraborty NEW DELHI (Reuters) - There was never an iota of doubt over Joe Root's class since his 2012 test debut against India but the 25-year-old Yorkshireman's latest heroics have left many wondering if he is England's best ever batsman across the three formats of the game. Root is among the rare breed of Twenty20 batsmen who need not sacrifice aesthetics to score freely, a virtue he displayed with a magnificent 83 in England's campaign-reviving victory against South Africa in Friday's World Twenty20 match in Mumbai. "He is the best England batsman across all forms of cricket... ever," former England captain Nasser Hussain told Sky Sports after the team chased down an imposing target of 230 to record a two-wicket win. More »Classy Root flourishes into master of all formats

    Cricket - South Africa v England - World Twenty20 cricket tournament

    By Amlan Chakraborty NEW DELHI (Reuters) - There was never an iota of doubt over Joe Root's class since his 2012 test debut against India but the 25-year-old Yorkshireman's latest heroics have left many wondering if he is England's best ever batsman across the three formats of the game. Root is among the rare breed of …

 

Regulars

 

Subscribe

[X]

How to subscribe

Roll over each section to subscribe using Add to My Yahoo or RSS Feed feeds.

Yahoo News offers dozens of RSS feeds you can read in My Yahoo or using third-party RSS news reader software. Click here to find out more about RSS and how you can use it with Yahoo News.