Ben Stokes fetches INR 14.5 crore in IPL auction

Ben Stokes becomes the most expensive overseas acquisition in the history of the Indian Premier League as Rising Pune Supergiants prised him away for a massive INR 14.5 Crore following an intensely-contested bidding war, that was kick-started by two heavyweights Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore. Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Daredevils also entered midway but none of them could top RPS’ valuation. Sanjeev Goenka, the owner of the franchise, termed Stokes the ‘hero we need’. “He’s a complete player. He completes our squad. We’ve been lacking this genre of player.…

India v NZ, ODI team selection: Opening headache for selectors

NEW DELHI: The Indian ODI team has struggled to find a settled middle order post the 2015 World Cup. Having lost the last two ODI series, against South Africa at home and in Australia, the Indian selectors will have some brainstorming to do to find the right batting lineup when they sit to pick the squad for the home series against New Zealand. With Shikhar Dhawan suffering a broken thumb and KL Rahul recovering from a hamstring, the new selection panel, which has already copped criticism for its lack of…

Pujara, Rahane make New Zealand bowlers toil

In the sapping Kolkata heat, India finally found their comfort zone as Cheteshwar Pujara (64) and Ajinkya Rahane (47) stitched together an unbeaten 90-run stand to give India a semblance of control. New Zealand had propelled themselves into a position of strength with three wickets in the morning session. That two of those were Murali Vijay and Virat Kohli, meant India needed Pujara and Rahane to come good. Pujara had already showed what he was capable of with twin fifties in Kanpur, and he carried on in the same vein.…

India brace for spin showdown against New Zealand

The 500th Test of India is a milestone that has been marketed energetically by the BCCI. While a host of former players, captains and administrators are expected to be in attendance, it’ll all matter little once the first ball is bowled. The focus has been on getting the eyeballs in before that first ball. Kanpur has hoardings congratulating Rajiv Shukla’s administrative powers in getting the 500th Test to the town. The venue itself has a lot of history to it, with the crowd on various occasions being touted as one…

India vs New Zealand: MPCA announce ticket rates for Indore Test

The Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA), which is hosting the third Test match between India and New Zealand here, has announced ticket rates for the game. The final Test of the three-match series will start on October 8 at the Holkar Cricket Stadium. “Nearly 18,000 to 20,000 tickets of the Test match between India and New Zealand will be available for sale in the range of Rs 350 to Rs 2,500. The dates when the tickets are available for sale will be announced soon,”, MPCA’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Rohit Pandit said. He also informed that MPCA has given an…

Kotla ODI postponed by a day

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to postpone the upcoming third One-Day International between India and New Zealand at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi by a day. As per reports on Thursday (September 8), CK Khanna has confirmed that the change of the match date was due to Karva Chauth, a festival celebrated with pomp and show in the northern parts of India. The Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) had earlier written to the BCCI stating the challenges of hosting a…