1st ODI: Sri Lanka bulldoze India by seven wickets in Dharamsala

DHARAMSALA: They were crying for South African wickets, they got them twice, and they came out with a cropper on both occasions. The Indian team, during the ongoing tour by Sri Lanka, has often talked about the looming tour to South Africa in January next year, and how they wanted to prepare for it by simulating pitches and conditions in matches against the Lankans. The first time when the Indian team was provided seaming conditions in this series was in the first Test in Kolkata when the team was shot out for 179 in their first innings, and Suranga Lakmal … Continue reading 1st ODI: Sri Lanka bulldoze India by seven wickets in Dharamsala

Players were being exposed to deadly situations: IMA on air pollution issue

CHENNAI: The Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI) should consider atmospheric pollution’s in assessing the criteria for a match just like it considers rain and poor light, the Indian Medical Association has said. IMA president Dr K K Agarwal has written to BCCI acting president CK Khanna and head of committee of administrators Vinod Rai. “Air pollution also reduces performance of the athletes. In a situation where milliseconds and millimeters often determine success of athletes, air pollution can be an important factor in affecting their performance,” he wrote. In the past two days, doctors particularly pulmonologists and cardiologists, have … Continue reading Players were being exposed to deadly situations: IMA on air pollution issue

Chandimal, Dhananjaya hang in there; take SL to 119/4 at lunch

NEW DELHI: Starting the day at 31 for three, Sri Lanka faced an uphill task ahead on day five in order to save the third and the final Test at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi. And it was an ominous start for the visitors as they lost first innings centurion Angelo Mathews to Ravindra Jadeja in the sixth over of the day, when the left-armer tossed up a wide one and Mathews tentatively prodded at that, only managing an edge. Ajinkya Rahane took a sharp catch at slips. 31 overs were bowled in the session with SL losing just one … Continue reading Chandimal, Dhananjaya hang in there; take SL to 119/4 at lunch

Delhi may lose winter Tests

NEW DELHI: The Indian cricket board (BCCI) said it would factor in Delhi’s pollution before scheduling a match in the city at this time of the year. “This point about scheduling matches in Delhi in this particular period can be considered in view of the situation encountered in the last two-three days,” acting BCCI secretary Amitabh Choudhary told reporters late on Monday. “This pollution issue has been spoken about for years. It can’t be seen affecting just one walk of life. The agencies which need to be dealing with it, I’m sure are dealing with it.” Delhi’s government last month … Continue reading Delhi may lose winter Tests

PMO panel on Delhi air reviews crop burning options

NEW DELHI: With the Sri Lankan cricket team’s dramatic protest against playing conditions highlighting the mounting embarrassment over Delhi’s pollution, a PMO-headed panel met on Monday and reviewed the need for more accurate real-time monitoring of air quality and measures to control stubble burning. The monitoring of air quality and pollutants was considered necessary so that the sources of Delhi’s bad air could be mapped and understood, and medium-term solutions devised. There has been considerable discussion on the role of vehicular emissions, dust, local coal fires and stubble burning in raising air pollution levels in Delhi-NCR. Source:- Times Of India Continue reading PMO panel on Delhi air reviews crop burning options

Virat didn’t need pollution mask to bat nearly two days: Bharat Arun

NEW DELHI: India’s bowling coach Bharat Arun on Sunday took a dig at the Sri Lankan cricketers, stating that home team captain Virat Kohli did not require anti-pollution mask to bat for nearly two days in the third Test. Kohli struck a career-best 243, batting nearly seven and half hours and he was the last home side batsman dismissed on a controversy-marred second day when Sri Lankan players forced an Indian declaration by halting play for 26 minutes, citing uneasiness due to poor air quality caused by smog. All Sri Lankan fielders were wearing anti-pollution masks while fielding during the post-lunch … Continue reading Virat didn’t need pollution mask to bat nearly two days: Bharat Arun

India and the art of making ‘surrogate’ pitches

NEW DELHI: BCCI’s current power brokers aren’t the only ones forced to take note of the Indian team’s cramped international schedule ahead of the big away tour to South Africa. Following Virat Kohli’s strident complaints about the packed calendar, the board’s curators and groundsmen – jolted by the captain’s gentle diktat to ‘replicate’ South African conditions against a wobbly Sri Lankan side – have been rushing to give home pitches the ‘green’ treatment. Lost in the scramble has been the fact that such ‘surrogate pitches’ necessitate altering the characteristics of the 22-yard strip at any particular ground – whether more, … Continue reading India and the art of making ‘surrogate’ pitches

NCR farmers reap gold with cricket

NEW DELHI: Hidden amidst the glass skyscrapers and chaos of Delhi NCR are tiny pockets of peace and sheer ingenuity. While most tech startups are burning investor money in glitzy offices trying to break even, a handful of farmers in this dry region are scripting a brilliant home run by turning their agricultural land into high-quality cricket grounds. At first glance, anybody might mistake these grounds for their distant cousins in the quaint counties of UK. Several are professionally managed and come equipped with showers, canteens and floodlights, the basic requirements of any weekend warrior in his 40’s, who burns … Continue reading NCR farmers reap gold with cricket

Youngsters need to take to Test cricket: Virat Kohli

NEW DELHI: The early winter evening at the Ferozeshah Kotla here in the Capital on Wednesday was about celebrating its greats as the two stands named after Bishan Singh Bedi and Mohinder Amarnath were unveiled two days ahead of the final Test against Sri Lanka. The spirit of Delhi cricket could be felt around the Hill B stand at the Kotla as the legends – Amarnath in particular – showcased the unapologetic, in-your-face demeanor of the quintessential Delhi cricketer, narrating their story evolutionized in Indian cricket. Indian skipper Virat Kohli wasn’t about to be left behind. He raked up the most disturbing debate over the future of Test … Continue reading Youngsters need to take to Test cricket: Virat Kohli