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July 23, 2011

Dhoni has made a mockery of Test cricket: Kapil

New Delhi: Mahendra Singh Dhoni`s decision to bowl his seam-up stuff during the second day of the Lord`s Test on Friday came under severe criticism from former India captain Kapil Dev, who feels that the current skipper made the mockery of Test cricket.

“Dhoni has made mockery of Test cricket by bowling (himself). This is not acceptable that on the second day of the Test match, you can`t do this,” a release from a news channel quoted Kapil as saying.

Kapil who never minces words was also scathing about Zaheer Khan suffering from hamstring injury.

“Zaheer is responsible for this. He has put the team in trouble. He should have known his fitness and tested his fitness levels before returning to test cricket,” he fumed.

Dhoni has made a mockery of Test cricket: Kapil

“It`s really tough to bowl 20 overs a day in Test cricket.

Zaheer is responsible for this. He has killed the possibility of India winning this Test match,” he added.

Zaheer suffered a hamstring strain in his right thigh on the first day of the Lord`s Test.


June 18, 2011

No Gayle, Bravo for first Test against India

Kingston: Chris Gayle continues to be ignored for selection following an unproductive meeting with the WICB management on June 14 and has been left out of the squad for the first Test against India at Sabina Park. The only change to the squad chosen for the St. Kitts Test against Pakistan is Trinidad opener Adrian Barath replacing Barbados opener Kraigg Brathwaite. This meant there was no place for allrounder Dwayne Bravo as well.

Bravo had skipped the Test series against Pakistan, after playing the ODIs, to play the IPL. He returned for the one-day series against India and played the first two games before asking to be rested for the remaining three. Bravo had said he wanted to “refocus, reflect” and “rejoin the team for the beginning of the Test series.” Apart from Bravo, there was also no place for allrounder Andre Russell, who impressed during the one-dayers against India.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who missed the second Test against Pakistan because of injury and was omitted from the limited-overs matches against India, was included in the squad. The WICB, however, said it would meet with Chanderpaul before the first Test.

“Following communications between WICB management and Chanderpaul over the past weeks the WICB management and team management will meet with Shivnarine Chanderpaul prior to the Test,” the board said. “The WICB management and team management will outline to Chanderpaul the WICB’s expectations of him in his future participation in the West Indies team as a player.”

Barath had suffered a hamstring injury in the lead-up to the 2011 World Cup and had been out of action since. He made his return in the final ODI against India at Sabina Park. The first Test against India begins on June 20.

Squad: Darren Sammy (capt), Brendan Nash, Adrian Barath, Carlton Baugh (wk), Devendra Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Fidel Edwards, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Lendl Simmons.

June 7, 2011

India vs West Indies: Rohit Sharma guides India to easy win over Windies

Rohit SharmaPORT OF SPAIN: Rohit Sharma’s unbeaten half-century guided India to a comfortable four-wicket win over West Indies in the first ODI in Trinidad on Monday.

Sharma, who batted sensibly after India had slumped to 104 for four following the loss of three early wickets and opener Shikhar Dhawan for 51, made 68 not out in 75 balls as the world champions wrapped up victory with more than five overs to spare.

West Indies, batting first on a low bouncing pitch that suited spinners, could only manage 214 for nine from their 50 overs with Ramnaresh Sarwan (56) and Marlon Samuels (55) combining for more than half the team’s score.

Only three other batsmen made double figures and none scored more than 22. Sarwan and Samuels put on 82 for the fourth wicket but when they departed the tourists were able to stem the run flow and pick up regular wickets.

Harbhajan Singh was the pick of the Indian bowlers, capturing three for 32 from 10 overs.

India, playing their first ODI since winning the World Cup on home soil in April, were missing captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and master batsman Sachin Tendulkar and made a shaky start to their reply.

They lost three wickets in the first 16 overs and the game was still in the balance when Dhawan threw his wicket away just after reaching his half-century when he holed out in the deep.

But Sharma knuckled down and shared a vital 80-run stand with Suresh Raina that put India back on course.

Raina departed for 43 and although India lost a sixth wicket they got home safely, Harbhajan sealing the win with a six.

Sharma, who also hit a six and three boundaries, was named man of the match.

The second of the five matches is scheduled for Wednesday. The teams also play a three-match test series starting at the end of June.


March 3, 2011

Netherlands Win Toss, Elect To Bowl Against SAfrica


Mohali, Mar 3: The Netherlands captain Peter Borren won the toss and elected to bowl against South Africa in their Group B match of the cricket World Cup here today.

South Africa have made one change to their team, bringing in Morne van Wyk instead of Johan Botha.

The Netherlands are playing the same team which lost to the West Indies in its previous group match.


The Netherlands: Peter Borren (capt), A Kervezee, WBarresi, T Cooper, R ten Doeschate, B Zuiderent, T de Grooth,Mudassar Bukhari, P Seelaar, B Loots, B Westdijk

South Africa: Graeme Smith (capt), H Amla, J Kallis, ABde Villiers, JP Duminy, F du Plessis, M van Wyk, R Peterson, M Morkel, D Steyn, Imran Tahir. PTI