Not concerned about my hundred – Rahane

Ajinkya Rahane, who scored a crucial 81 on the opening day of the first Test in Antigua, isn’t too bothered about missing out on a century, and said that his partnership with KL Rahul was crucial as India managed to reach 203 for 6 before stumps. The Indian vice captain had come out to bat in…

Holder, Dottin win top CWI awards

Jason Holder and Deandra Dottin were named the best players in the men’s and women’s category respectively at the seventh West Indies Players’ Association/Cricket West Indies annual awards night held in Antigua, on Monday. Apart from being recognised as the Player of the Year, Jason Holder was also named the Test Player of the Year.…

Smith inches closer to Kohli in Test rankings

Steve Smith followed his two centuries in Edgbaston with a 92 at Lord’s and has now overtaken Kane Williamson in the ICC Test Rankings for batsmen. Smith is now trailing the top-ranked Virat Kohli by only nine points. On the other hand, Joe Root has dropped three places to the ninth position following a string of…

Chris Gayle hasn’t retired, again

We all thought Chris Gayle’s 301st one-day game for West Indies would be his last – except for the man himself. Gayle, 39, scored 72 in his side’s defeat by India in what had been expected to be his final match. But the batsman – who recently surpassed Brian Lara’s ODI run record, which now stands at…

India look to complete white-ball double

After a comprehensive victory in the rain-affected second One-Day International (ODI), Virat Kohli’s India have a chance to complete the double in white-ball cricket before the two teams move across to Antigua for the first of two Tests. Sunday’s 59-run drubbing has ensured that India can’t lose the series, but coming on the back of…

TV umpires to call front-foot no-balls in ICC trial

TV umpires may soon become the sole adjudicators of front-foot no-balls, if planned ICC trials prove successful. The ICC will identify a number of limited-overs series over the next six months for implementing a system where the TV umpire – and not the on-field umpires – will call no-balls for overstepping. The system has been…