Tough test for Gavaskar
Tough test for Gavaskar

Rohan Gavaskar's inclusion ahead of Mohammad Kaif - poor county stint notwithstanding - and Sridharan Sriram seemed a bizarre choice, given that his name has never been part of discussions regarding Test match probables

Forget the elevator
Forget the elevator

When you approached the Chinnaswamy Stadium from the south in the afternoon, you saw a sea of people dressed in white - sporting bright green scarves - milling around Mahatma Gandhi Park

Pakistan eye victory despite Bashar's century
Pakistan eye victory despite Bashar's century

Pakistan overcame the early loss of Taufeeq Umar to make steady but unspectacular progress towards the victory target of 217 at the National Stadium in Karachi

'I am a middle-order batsman' - Sehwag speaks out
'I am a middle-order batsman' - Sehwag speaks out

Virender Sehwag, Adidas-apparelled from head to toe, arrived at the mid-morning press conference wearing a serious expression on his face

Fighting trim
Fighting trim

When Sourav Ganguly walked into the NCA premises - bulky equipment "coffin" in tow - he was surrounded by so many flashbulbs and microphones that you wondered if it was Oscar night, rather than just the start of the Indian cricket team's preparatory

Rayudu gets ready to step up to the big league
Rayudu gets ready to step up to the big league

When you first meet Ambati Rayudu, you can scarcely believe that he's the person who got so many rave reviews in his first full season of domestic cricket

Hits and misses with India A
Hits and misses with India A

It's the penultimate day of the India A team's preparatory camp at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore, and after 17 days of the grind, there's an end-of-term feel to the place as the players troop in for fielding practice in the afternoon

South Africa wrest control
South Africa wrest control

Bangladesh had South Africa on the mat early on, but the absence of another frontline slow bowler to back up Mohammad Rafique - who bowled beautifully to finish with 4 for 59 - cost them dear as South Africa recovered from the worrisome total of 63

South Africa turn to spin for second Bangladesh Test
South Africa turn to spin for second Bangladesh Test

South Africa go into tomorrow's May Day Test match - time for the hosts to resort to distress signals

South Africa cruise to victory
South Africa cruise to victory

Bangladesh, unused to reaching the fourth day of a Test match, collapsed within an hour to 237 all out, granting South Africa a victory by an innings and 60 runs

Taufeeq and Youhana take Pakistan home
Taufeeq and Youhana take Pakistan home

The classy elegance of Yousuf Youhana and the true grit of Taufeeq Umar combined to lead Pakistan to a facile eight-wicket victory in the Sharjah Cup

Sri Lanka gain revenge for Kenyan World Cup shock
Sri Lanka gain revenge for Kenyan World Cup shock

Another beautifully-paced century from Kumar Sangakkara - his second in succession, making him the 35th batsman to achieve the feat - inspired Sri Lanka to an emphatic 129-run victory over Kenya at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium