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IPL 2018

Gayle's blazing ton hands Sunrisers first loss

The opener smashed his sixth IPL hundred and 21st overall in T20s to lead Kings XI Punjab to 193 for 3


Agarkar: Sunrisers lacked firepower in the chase.

Gaurav Sundararaman, meanwhile, reckons Kings XI Punjab have hit upon a formula for beating Sunrisers Hyderabad - bat first, bat big


Kings XI v Sunrisers

IPL 2018, Mohali

'Sehwag saved IPL by picking me' - Gayle

With all the big T20 batting records in his hands, Chris Gayle has nothing more to prove but wants people to "just put some respect on the name"

Monga: Gayle, T20's biggest visionary

The man from Jamaica, who first turned chaotic T20 hitting into a science, continues to mould his batting to suit the circumstances

Ashwin's calculated punts pay off

Could batting first become the next big trend? And where did it all go downhill for Rashid Khan?

Future of cricket

England news

Dobell: Fast-food cricket is coming, whether we like it or not

The ECB's proposals may seem radical, but change is inevitable for a sport that is too deep in crisis to stand still

ECB to propose '100-ball' competition

The ECB’s new city-based competition is set to shrink the game further and include one 10-ball over

Faulkner: There's a danger in getting too funky.

Gaurav Kalra with Ajit Agarkar and James Faulkner discuss the ECB's proposal of a 100-ball competition


World XI v West Indies

Team news

Afridi named in World XI for West Indies charity match

Shoaib Malik and Thisara Perera were also among the first group of World XI players confirmed for the side that will be captained by Eoin Morgan

Tour preparation

India v England

County cricket would improve my game - Kohli

The India captain has been strongly linked with Surrey in recent months with the BCCI keen that key players have the chance to get used to conditions in England

Top headlines

Netherlands news

Captain's retirement

'Leaving Dutch cricket in a better state than when I turned up' - Borren

The outgoing Netherlands captain said he is retiring to give the younger players the best chance to gain experience under Pieter Seelar

Borren calls time on Netherlands career

Pieter Seelaar takes over the captaincy, while Jeroen Smits, the former Netherlands wicketkeeper, has been appointed the new team manager

Australia's rebuilding

New captain

Paine promises to cut Australia's sledging

Australia's new Test captain said that talk of changing the team's on-field approach had started when Steven Smith was still in charge

'It was sad to see what Australia went through' - Elgar.

Dean Elgar reflects on being a part of the infamous South Africa v Australia series


CSK v Royals

IPL 2018, Pune

CSK seek to recreate stronghold at new home

Both MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina, who are recovering from injuries, trained on the eve of the match against Rajasthan Royals

Agarkar: Royals missing the X-factor.

Ajit Agarkar and James Faulkner pick their XIs for Super Kings v Royals


Kimber: How slow can CSK start before it hurts them?

Their batsmen aren't exactly explosive off the first ten deliveries they face. It hasn't hurt them yet this season, but can that last?

Ten years of the IPL

Fun and games

From 2008 to 2018: How IPL has changed

On April 18, 2008, the IPL began with a Brendon McCullum blaze. How does T20 look today, exactly ten years later?

How well do you remember the first IPL game?

We've just crossed the ten-year mark in IPL history. How well do you remember the first game? Take our quiz to find out

Runorder: How do cricketers deal with trolls?

James Faulkner, Deep Dasgupta, Cyrus Broacha and the team at ESPNcricinfo discuss the recent events surrounding Vinay Kumar


IPL 2018

Tait: Rajasthan Royals lacked intensity.


Faulkner: Chawla's control in his lines was exceptional.


Moment of the week: A fit and firing Chris Gayle.


Should T20s do away with the toss?


South Africa news

Player contracts

Key elements of MoU yet to be discussed, says SACA

SACA's fear is that if the MoU is not signed by the time the current deal expires, SA players may consider their options outside the country

Australia News

Coach Hunt

Tait: Langer the right coach for Australia's tough times.

Justin Langer has a reputation for establishing discipline in a team, which Australia need right now, says former fast bowler Shaun Tait


Cricket Australia to begin hunt for new coach on Friday

Reports in the Australia media suggest Justin Langer could be the one to take over from Darren Lehmann

New season

County news

Surrey open to Warner, Smith county deals

Surrey coach Michael Di Venuto said it would be "mad" not to consider either of the pair if the ECB allowed such a move

How will Burns lead Surrey?

Alec Stewart, Mark Stoneman and Rory Burns himself talk about his new role as Surrey captain.


New selection structure

England news

Ed Smith set to be named England head selector

Smith is understood to have been preferred from a shortlist that also included Andy Flower, Derek Pringle, Mike Selvey and one of the current selectors, Mick Newell

Mumbai v Royal Challengers

IPL 2018, Mumbai

Wrong replay puts broadcasters in focus again

It has emerged that the TV umpire may have looked at the wrong replay when checking on a no-ball during the Mumbai-RCB game

Rohit uses 'perfect platform' to change fortunes

The Mumbai Indians captain said he would continue batting at No. 4 to help bring stability to the middle order

Was Kohli playing for the not-out?

The RCB captain slowed down despite a rising asking rate, but he was doing it to keep his team's net run-rate up

Mumbai v Royal Challengers

IPL 2018, Mumbai

Faulkner: A big Rohit innings was always coming.

Rohit Sharma scored 94 match-winnings runs at a strike-rate of over 180 against RCB at Wankhede stadium


Rohit's 94 muscles Mumbai to massive first win

The win helped them stall a three-game losing streak, while Royal Challengers succumbed to their third loss in four games

West Indies news

Hurricane Relief T20 Challenge

Russell returns to WI squad for hurricane fundraiser

The allrounder has been named in a 13-man squad that will take on an ICC Rest of the World XI to raise funds for cricket centres in the Caribbean

IPL 2018

ESPNcricinfo's smart stats

Smart stats round-up: Dhawan's rise, and Lynn's fall

The leaders and laggards after the first ten days of IPL 2018

T20 leagues v country

FICA news

Player survey: T20 leagues more appealing than national contracts

A FICA survey of 300 cricketers indicate a growing willingness to forego international cricket and national contracts to play T20 leagues

Curran loss leads Stewart to call for IPL cut-off date

Surrey director of cricket believes counties need better protection against last-minute IPL signings and asks: "Who controls the players?"

Pakistan news

Squad announcement

The mysterious snubbing of Fawad Alam

A look at the prolific domestic run-scorer's record since his last Test match for Pakistan in November 2009

Seen 'better players than Fawad' - Inzamam

The chief selector says the decision to omit Fawad Alam from the England tour was based purely on merit

Not getting selected is upsetting - Fawad Alam.

The Pakistan batsman says his job is to keep scoring runs in the domestic circuit and remain fit


Knight Riders v Daredevils

IPL 2018, Kolkata

KKR got 200 off 18 overs - Maxwell

Delhi Daredevils have conceded the most sixes and fours and have the worst economy rate in the Powerplay this IPL season

'I enjoy batting under pressure' - Rana.

Nitish Rana talks about the difference in his and Andre Russell's role after Kolkata Knight Riders' victory over Delhi Daredevils


Andre Russell - going bang from ball one.

Ajit Agarkar and James Faulkner too were blown away by the Kolkata Knight Riders allrounder


IPL 2018

Trends in the first week

IPL trends: Why teams batting first are struggling to win

Takeaways from the first week: attacking the first over and going big in the Powerplay, but middle overs are a muddle

Colin Bland


Legendary fielder Colin Bland dies aged 80

The allrounder, who played 21 Tests for South Africa between 1961 and 1966, had been suffering from colon cancer for several years

IPL 2018

KXIP v CSK, Mohali

Dhoni sees future for Jadeja the finisher

The Chennai Super Kings captain explains why he has the left-hander batting ahead of the big-hitting Dwaye Bravo. Hint: it has to do with his left-handedness

Talking points: Ashwin outsmarts old mate Dhoni

Against his former side, R Ashwin got his own team selection and Powerplay tactics right to come out on top

Agarkar: CSK need to bat Bravo higher.

James Faulkner, Ajit Agarkar and the ESPNcricinfo crew discuss MS Dhoni's approach to chases


ICC Women's ODI Rankings

Mandhana, Deepti earn career-best rankings on ODI charts

Smriti Mandhana and Deepti Sharma claimed the No. 4 and No. 3 spots on the ICC Women's ODI Rankings for batsmen and allrounders respectively

RCB v Royals

IPL 2018, Bengaluru

Didn't think it was going to be a 200-plus wicket - Kohli.

The RCB captain talks about losing to Rajasthan Royals, how he was surprised by the pitch, and more


Samson finally begins to fan his spark into a flame

The batsman has begun the IPL in terrific form for Rajasthan Royals, after a strong domestic season

Talking points - RCB tripped up by friendly long-hops

The fab four fell pulling short balls from spinners, and the bowlers didn't find the right lines in the death


Talking T20

Does the T20 format favour chasing sides too much?


Australia news

Ball-tampering fallout

'Harsh penalty for ball-tampering' - Stewart.

Alec Stewart believes Steven Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft will learn from their suspensions and come back better


Finch open to Australia captaincy

Once, the kind of leader who would "throw caution to the wind", Finch said he has learnt "to be a bit calmer out on the field, take a bit more of the planning that you have pre-game."

Mumbai v Daredevils

IPL 2018, Mumbai

Mumbai rue bad luck and a poor finish

Rohit Sharma is the only captain not to have won a toss this season, and his team has lost three really close games

Coach's Diary: Mumbai reflecting Rohit's form.

ESPNcricnfo's new segment on what the teams will need moving forward into the IPL season


Agarkar: Losing two home games a big worry for Mumbai.

What went wrong for Mumbai against Daredevils? The Match Day Runorder team has its say


Mumbai Indians news

Squad changes

Adam Milne replaces injured Pat Cummins at Mumbai

The New Zealand fast bowler arrived and trained with the squad ahead of their match against Delhi Daredevils

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