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Dasgupta: Gill batting up the order can give KKR the spark


India's World Cup squad

Naming the 15

Who bats where in World Cup is a decision for later - Kohli

But the India captain backs Vijay Shankar's inclusion for the tournament, and says Dhoni 'is the most important factor'


IPL 2019, Kolkata

Fines not working to fight slow over rates in IPL - De Villiers

The RCB batsman proposed a reduction in the duration of the innings break to ensure matches finish within the stipulated three and a half hours

KKR grapple with Russell's bowling form as RCB receive Steyn boost

Also, question mark remains over Russell's fitness after blow to the shoulder during training

Dasgupta: Gill batting up the order can give KKR the spark


Tracking the rise of the big-hitting Shivam Dube

Friends and family of the Mumbai and Royal Challengers Bangalore allrounder recall his journey into the IPL spotlight


Runorder: Are IPL matches too long?


Top Headlines

Squad announcement

2019 World Cup

Mohammad Amir left out of Pakistan's World Cup squad

Usman Shinwari and Asif Ali were also omitted while Mohammad Hasnain made the cut

Why Amir isn't in Pakistan's World Cup squad (yet)

The numbers say one thing about Amir, but many a Pakistani heart is at odds with that. He has one last chance before the World Cup to beat his bowling blues

World Cup Countdown

42 days to go

1999: The start of something big

The 1999 World Cup was the first under the ICC's control but it also served as a wake-up call for cricket's governing body in managing itself and world cricket better

2015: Bangladesh knock out England

Rubel Hossain took four wickets to help his side advance to the 2015 World Cup quarter-finals

Mumbai v Delhi

IPL 2019

Dasgupta: Rahul Chahar's action helps him get extra bounce

What makes Rahul Chahar effective? Deep Dasgupta and Shaun Tait on his strengths, following his fine bowling performance against Delhi Capitals


Pandya brothers, Chahar star in Mumbai's emphatic win

Chasing 169, Capitals laboured to 128 for 9 and suffered their third loss in four games at home this season

Talking points - Whose home ground is the Feroz Shah Kotla?

Delhi Capitals have lost three out of their four games so far at this venue, only managing to tie the fourth and win in the Super Over

Hardik's batting changed the momentum for us - Krunal

Krunal Pandya discusses his brother Hardik's batting, the crucial partnership between him and Suryakumar Yadav, and more


Dasgupta: Strong base key to Hardik's six-hitting

Deep Dasgupta and Shaun Tait dissect Mumbai's Indians' crushing win over Delhi Capitals at Feroz Shah Kotla


Where did Delhi go wrong against Hardik Pandya?

And what did Hardik do right against Delhi? Here's Shaun Tait and Deep Dasgupta


Runorder: Are IPL matches too long?

The Runorder crew discusses the length of IPL matches and whether there needs to be stricter penalties against slow over rates


Are we witnessing a new and improved Hardik Pandya?

Pandya has had a successful IPL with the bat so far, which is good news for India ahead of the World Cup


Tait: Hardik Pandya among the best batsmen in the death

Shaun Tait on what makes Hardik Pandya a top finisher


West Indies squad announcement

Women's cricket

West Indies recall Hayley Matthews, Stacy-Ann King for Ireland, England tours

Offspinner Anisa Mohammed and wicketkeeper-batsman Merissa Aguilleira, meanwhile, have been dropped

Spinning a web

IPL 2019

Shreyas Gopal puts a new spin on his skills

He first took to legspin as a way to better his chances of being picked. Now, he's evolved to add a handy skill to his repertoire as an allrounder

Squad announcement

2019 World Cup

Amla in World Cup squad; Hendricks, Morris miss out

Quinton de Kock is the only specialist wicketkeeper in the squad, with David Miller available for back-up should de Kock be injured during a game

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World Cup squad

Sri Lanka news

Thirimanne, Siriwardana, Vandersay in World Cup squad

Not selected, meanwhile, are Niroshan Dickwella, Akila Dananjaya, openers Danushka Gunathilaka and Upul Tharanga, as well as Dinesh Chandimal

Karunaratne to captain Sri Lanka at World Cup

It is a left-field choice though considering the opener has not played any ODIs since the last World Cup


Pat Rousseau

Former West Indies board president Pat Rousseau dies aged 85

Rousseau was considered a visionary administrator for bringing in a professional set-up and initiating the corporatisation of the WI board

Editor's Picks

Kumar Sangakkara takes our World Cup quiz


How many of his team-mates are in Eoin Morgan's all-time World Cup XI?

Eoin Morgan picks his all time World Cup XI. How many of his current England team-mates are in it?


Mark Butcher takes our World Cup quiz

Former England cricketer Mark Butcher attempts to answer some World Cup questions


Sunrisers v CSK

IPL 2019, Hyderabad

Tait: Rashid does things the Warne way

Experts Shaun Tait and Murali Kartik praise Rashid Khan's consistency over the years in the IPL


Sunrisers' vintage bowling attack takes them back to winning ways

After three successive losses, they relied on the depth in their attack, some solid bowling plans and a bit of fortune

Ambati Rayudu v Vijay Shankar - non-fight after mega hype

In the same week one took the other's place in India's World Cup squad, they squared off against each other in an IPL game and it was... well, weird

Archer debate continues

World Cup 2019

Wanted to give Archer an opportunity as soon as we could - Ed Smith

England's national selector says Jofra Archer will only make the final World Cup 15 if it makes the playing group stronger


'I don't want to step on anyone's toes' - Archer

Focus on debut series against Ireland and Pakistan, not the prospect of forcing way into World Cup squad

Dobell: England play safe over Archer but World Cup surely beckons

England's preliminary World Cup squad will keep most people happy, although the retention of Joe Denly might raise questions

Cricket Administration

Problems brewing

PCB board meeting abandoned as five members demand MD Wasim Khan removal

The PCB's first-ever board of governors meeting in Quetta had to be adjourned after five members walked out, demanding, among other things, the removal of managing director Wasim Khan

World Cup 2019

Support staff

Sarwan to mentor West Indies ahead of World Cup

He will spend this week working with players, especially the batsmen, ahead of their next month's tri-series in Ireland and the World Cup later on

Mushtaq Ahmed, Corey Collymore in WI's support team for World Cup

Roddy Estwick has been named assistant coach as Floyd Reifer's support staff is announced

Taking stock

IPL 2019

IPL 2019 mid-season review: how has each team fared?

Halfway through IPL 2019, what are the teams' biggest strengths, and what potential strategy changes can they employ to make up for their weaknesses?


Why Pollard's 31-ball 83 is the top innings of IPL 2019

Where does Alzarri Joseph's record-breaking 6 for 14 rank? Here are all the top batting and bowling performances of IPL 2019

Quiz - Which of these batsmen has not hit a six this season?

How clued in are you to the IPL? Take our quiz and find out



The Jofra Archer question: rivals feel the heat

Everybody seems to have an opinion on bringing the newly qualified resident into an established squad - here's what some prominent names have had to say

Archer or Curran? Dawson or Denly?

Mark Butcher picks his 15-man England squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup, ahead of the announcement on Wednesday.


England's fringe picks - which bowlers will make the 15?

England's selectors name their preliminary World Cup squad on Wednesday, and there will be several bowlers sweating on their places

Around the IPL

IPL 2019

Tait picks 'vintage' Dhoni to lead IPL XI

Who makes the cut in Shaun Tait's team of the tournament?


Deep Dasgupta's IPL XI: Kohli in, Gayle out

Chris Gayle and Yuzvendra Chahal have no place in Deep Dasgupta's IPL XI


World Cup 2019

Picking the 15

Bangladesh pick ODI newbie Abu Jayed for World Cup

Batsman Mosaddek Hossain makes a comeback to the squad for the showpiece event

Abu Jayed - swinging his way into the World Cup mix

Taskin Ahmed and Shafiul Islam might feel upset at missing out, but the uncapped Jayed has been Bangladesh's most improved paceman in recent times

World Cup selection

Pakistan news

Imad Wasim allowed extra time to pass fitness test

The allrounder is recovering from a knee injury, and medical staff believe the problem will clear by the time the World Cup begins

Mumbai v Royal Challengers

IPL 2019, Mumbai

Syncing in speed: How Mumbai Indians' pace attack ambushed RCB

Much before Hardik Pandya's meaty blows with the bat, the Mumbai Indians fast-bowling unit scripted RCB's undoing. Here's how

Malinga and Hardik hand RCB seventh defeat

AB de Villiers and Moeen Ali struck fifties but Mumbai chased down 172 with an over to spare

Smart Stats - Hardik drop costs RCB 18 runs (and the match)

Hardik Pandya had a slice of luck early in his innings, but he was good enough to make the most of it even as his brother had a night to forget at the Wankhede

World Cup 2019

Australia news

Langer's sympathy for Handscomb as 'all-time great' Smith pips him

The head coach has admitted the World Cup selection was 'really tough' as room was made for David Warner and Steven Smith

The winners and losers from Australia's big day

Good news for some meant bad news for others as Australia laid down their plans for the World Cup, Ashes and beyond

Confident that Smith, Warner will slot back in - Hohns

Australia's chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns believes Steven Smith and David Warner are unlikely to face any issues on their return to the Australia squad


World Cup Countdown

45 days to go

1996: Aravinda de Silva's masterful performance in the final


1983: Amarnath ambles to glory

Amiable, apologetic, lazy, relaxed Mohinder Amarnath put in a Man-of-the-Match performance in the 1983 final

Squad annoucements

World Cup 2019

Smith and Warner make World Cup return, Handscomb out

Josh Hazlewood's back injury has meant the selectors won't risk him for the World Cup while Handscomb is the unlucky batsman in the logjam for places

Pattinson, Warner, Smith handed contracts; Mitchell Marsh dropped

There is no place for current Test players Kurtis Patterson, Joe Burns and Marnus Labuschagne in the 20-man list

Switch Hit podcast

English cricket

Summer is coming

The Switch Hit team on England's World Cup squad announcement, Ashes anticipation and more



Smart Stats: Tahir's haul worth 5.4 wickets, the best this season

Tahir finished with figures of 4-0-27-4, but his Smart Stats were even better, given the batsmen he dismissed and the time when he dismissed them

Raina, Jadeja script another last-over win for CSK

Chennai Super Kings extended their winning streak to four matches and lengthened their lead at the top of the table in IPL 2019

The Ashes 2019

Australia news

James Pattinson and Matthew Wade named in strong Australia A squads

The four-day leg of the Australia A tour of England will be a final play-off for places in the Ashes squad

'Sometimes thought I might never get back' - fit-again Pattinson targets Ashes

Australia quick ready and raring for spell with Nottinghamshire as he seeks route back into Test side

We have high hopes from Pattinson - Hohns

Australia's chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns discusses James Pattinson's selection in the Australia A squads




Middx v Lancs: Maxwell claims first five-for as Lancashire win

Australian helps bowl Middlesex out for 200 as Lancashire secure seven-wicket victory

Gloucs v Derbs: Madsen hits unbeaten 200 in draw

Alex Hughes chimes in with 109 not out as match closes at Bristol

Leics v Worcs: Morris seven-for seals innings win

Bowler runs through Leicestershire line-up before lunch on final day

Kings XI v Royal Challengers

IPL 2019, Mohali

Dasgupta: The intensity in Kohli's game was high as ever


Kohli, de Villiers mastery trumps Gayle's 99*

RCB overcome sequence of six successive losses in style; Kings XI consigned to first loss at home this season

Quitting international cricket has kept me energetic - AB de Villiers

Nearly a year after retirement, de Villiers said his staggered schedule has worked out well

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