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Somshuvra Laha is a sports journalist with over 11 years' experience writing on cricket, football and other sports. He has covered the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, the 2016 ICC World Twenty20, cricket tours of South Africa, West Indies and Bangladesh and the 2010 Commonwealth Games for Hindustan Times.

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England's Bazball, less boom and more bust in India

It may have entertained, but England didn't win against Australia, New Zealand and now India.

England's Ben Stokes with coach Brendon McCullum before the match(REUTERS)
Published on Feb 27, 2024 11:41 PM IST
By, Ranchi

India vs England: Gabba to Ranchi, Shubman Gill slowly builds a reputation

The technique hasn’t always been top-class but there is no denying the temperament that has fuelled his rise.

India's Shubman Gill celebrates his half-century during Day 4 of the 4th Test match against England in Ranchi (ANI)
Updated on Feb 28, 2024 06:17 AM IST
By, Ranchi

Bazball falls as India’s gen next hold fort against Eng

India secured a victory in the fourth Test, exposing flaws in England's attacking approach. Young Indian players excelled, sealing a 3-1 series lead.

Shubman Gill (left) and Dhruv Jurel celebrate after their 52* and 39* helped India coast to a win against England. (AFP)
Updated on Feb 27, 2024 06:54 AM IST
By, Ranchi

Rohit Sharma sets record straight over India's Test selection principle

Rohit didn't mention Ishan Kishan or Shreyas Iyer -- both are under fire for missing Ranji Trophy -- but sent out a firm message after the Ranchi Test win

India's captain Rohit Sharma addresses a press conference after their win during the fourth Test against England (AFP)
Updated on Feb 26, 2024 10:05 PM IST

Winning it in singles, India’s gen next shows they too can

Shubman Gill and Dhruv Jurel showed maturity, squeezing in singles and doubles when hitting boundaries got tough.

Shubman Gill and Dhruv Jurel dug deep and showed fortitude that augurs well for the future of Indian cricket. (ANI)
Updated on Feb 27, 2024 06:32 AM IST
By, Ranchi

India’s young guns ace Bazball test to takes hosts to series win

This is England’s first Test series defeat after Brendon McCullum and Ben Stokes came together as coach and captain in May 2022

A jubiliant Indian cricket team coach, Rahul Dravid, hugs batter Shubman Gill after the team’s victory over England. (Screengrab)
Updated on Feb 26, 2024 04:23 PM IST
BySomshuvra Laha

In Dhoni land, India unearth a Jurel

Scoring a stirring 90 shepherding India's lower order, Dhruv Jurel shows calm and poise MS Dhoni would have been proud of

Ranchi: India's Dhruv Jurel plays a shot during the third day of the fourth Test cricket match between India and England(PTI)
Published on Feb 25, 2024 10:01 PM IST

4th Test: Ashwin, Kuldeep and Jurel give India winning hand over England

Wicketkeeper helps trim first-innings lead with 90 before Ashwin and Kuldeep share nine wickets.

Rohit Sharma's India are 152 runs away from capturing the series against England. (PTI)
Updated on Feb 27, 2024 06:34 AM IST
By, Ranchi

Shoaib Bashir spins into Indian orbit

The England off-spinner's four wickets rattled India in the Ranchi Test. His swift rise to Test centre stage is as absorbing as his marathon spell on Saturday

England's Shoaib Bashir celebrates the wicket of India's Shubman Gill.(PTI)
Updated on Feb 25, 2024 06:09 AM IST
By, Ranchi

India bow to England spinners in battle of first innings

Off-spinner Shoaib Bashir runs through India’s batting order to put the visitors in control of the fourth Test at Ranchi on Day 2

England's Shoaib Bashir (L) celebrates with teammates after the dismissal of India's Rajat Patidar during the second day of the fourth Test(AFP)
Published on Feb 24, 2024 05:38 PM IST

Joe Root shows grace under fire as India keep chipping away

England’s most experienced batter shelves innovations to score 31st Test hundred to keep visitors in the game

Ranchi, Feb 23 (ANI): England's Joe Root celebrates his century on Day 1 of the 4th Test match against India, at JSCA International Stadium Complex
(ANI )
Updated on Feb 24, 2024 06:26 AM IST

Akash Deep makes his Test debut in style

The skiddy-off-the-deck pacer claimed three quick wickets in the first hour on Day 1 to give India a big lift

India's Akash Deep and skipper Rohit Sharma celebrate the wicket of England's Ben Duckett on Day 1 of the 4th Test (ANI )
Published on Feb 23, 2024 09:30 PM IST
By, Ranchi

India vs England: For Ben Stokes the innovator, it all boils down to this

The England skipper is going to stick to Bazball but for the tactic to work, his team needs to raise the game.

England's captain Ben Stokes during a practice session (PTI)
Updated on Feb 28, 2024 06:18 AM IST
By, Ranchi

India vs England: Surface tension adds another layer to gruelling series

On an odd looking Ranchi pitch, India aim to win series with their most inexperienced eleven so far.

India vs England 4th Test in Ranchi
Updated on Feb 23, 2024 06:34 AM IST

Outside noise didn’t bother me: Shubman Gill ahead of 4th Test vs England

India No 3 says Visakhapatnam innings felt “different” after spate of low scores.

India's Shubman Gill addresses a press conference ahead of the 4th Test match against England, at JSCA stadium in Ranchi on Wednesday(ANI)
Published on Feb 21, 2024 11:11 PM IST
By, Ranchi

With Bumrah rested, India's back-up pacers warm-up for Ranchi Test

Mukesh Kumar is likely to partner Siraj, unless India prefer Akash Deep’s extra pace, or even go with four spinners.

India's Jasprit Bumrah celebrates the wicket of Zak Crawley on Day 4 of the 3rd Test match against England(ICC - X )
Updated on Feb 22, 2024 07:54 AM IST

How Yashasvi Jaiswal is living up to his name in India vs England Test series

The conviction and effortlessness in his batting sets up the young India opener for bigger, brighter returns

India's Yashasvi Jaiswal celebrates his double century (AP)
Updated on Feb 21, 2024 11:48 AM IST
By, Kolkata

India vs England 3rd Test: Ravichandran Ashwin, cricket’s rare alternate take

Pushing the boundaries of possibilities, milestone man Ashwin brings to the game much-needed verve and ingenuity.

Ravichandran Ashwin bowls on Day 2 of the Rajkot Test(PTI)
Published on Feb 16, 2024 09:35 PM IST
By, Kolkata

The Virat Kohli void that has caught India on the wrong foot

This series has provided a peek into a not-so-far future without Virat Kohli, and it’s not pretty

India's Virat Kohli during a practice session(PTI)
Published on Feb 14, 2024 09:55 PM IST
By, Kolkata

IND vs ENG: Rohit Sharma's India need to stamp their authority

India won the Visakhapatnam Test comfortably in the end, but the India skipper can take a leaf out of Ben Stokes' dynamic leadership

India captain Rohit Sharma after winning by 106 runs against England during Day 4 of the 2nd Test match, at Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, in Visakhapatnam(ANI)
Published on Feb 06, 2024 11:56 PM IST
By, Visakhapatnam

England defeat in Vizag will only embolden their Bazball cricket

England showing no regret in going down in glory in the Visakhapatnam Test should prompt batting introspection from India

England's Zak Crawley celebrates his half century with Ollie Pope on Day 4 of the 2nd Test match against India, at Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium(ANI)
Published on Feb 05, 2024 07:53 PM IST
By, Visakhapatnam

Ashwin, Bumrah make short work of Bazball as India level series against England

The duo shared six wickets in the visitors' second innings to orchestrate a 106-run victory on Day 4 in the second Test at Visakhapatnam

India's Jasprit Bumrah celebrates the wicket of Ben Foakes(AP)
Updated on Feb 05, 2024 05:24 PM IST
By, Visakhapatnam

India vs England: Decline in India's batting standards gives sleepless nights

Once again, India missed out on the chance to bat Englandout of the game after getting 255 all out in the second innings of the Visakhapatnam Test.

India's captain Rohit Sharma gestures as he walks back to the pavilion after his dismissal during Day 3.(AFP)
Updated on Feb 05, 2024 06:41 AM IST
By, Visakhapatnam

India vs England: Shubman Gill hundred pushes Test into Bazball's court

The India No.3 helped set an improbable target of 399 for England to win the Visakhapatnam Test. The visitors were 67/1 at stumps on Day 3

India’s Shubman Gill celebrates his century on Day 3 of 2nd Test match.(ANI )
Published on Feb 04, 2024 07:10 PM IST
By, Visakhapatnam

IND vs ENG, 2nd Test: Kuldeep Yadav picks up from where he had left off

There was variation and guile as the left-arm wrist spinner picked three wickets on Day 2 at Visakhapatnam, in his first Test since December, 2022

India’s Kuldeep Yadav celebrates the wicket of England's Ben Foakes on Day 2 of 2nd Test match, at Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium(BCCI-X)
Published on Feb 03, 2024 09:02 PM IST
By, Visakhapatnam

Crafty Jasprit Bumrah crashes England party in 2nd Test

Takes 6/45 to bowl out England for 253 before India take overall lead to 171 at stumps on Day 2 of the Visakhapatnam Test

India's bowler Jasprit Bumrah with teammates, who took 6 wickets, at the end of the first innings of England during the second day of the second Test cricket match between India and England, at Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium(PTI)
Published on Feb 03, 2024 07:35 PM IST
By, Visakhapatnam

Limited but effective: England bowlers get the job done

Experience and the lack of it joined hands to keep England in the fray on a pitch that looks good for batting

England's Rehan Ahmed celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of India's Srikar Bharat on the first day of the second cricket test match between India and England(PTI)
Updated on Feb 02, 2024 10:01 PM IST
By, Visakhapatnam

Yashasvi Jaiswal scores brilliant ton but wickets peg India back in 2nd ENG Test

India opener scores career best on a day all other six batters failed to convert starts

India's Yashasvi Jaiswal celebrates after reaching his century (REUTERS)
Published on Feb 02, 2024 05:41 PM IST
By, Visakhapatnam

Relaxed India ready to give a fitting reply to England in 2nd Test

There is talk of belief, of not panicking, of India knowingly exactly what it would take to break this tide and slowly regain ground.

India's mantra: Get abundance of spin and level the series (ANI)
Updated on Feb 02, 2024 10:03 AM IST

Jack Leach missing but James Anderson hopes to make some magic

At 41, James Anderson will play his 184th Test while the other three England spinners share three games among them.

England's James Anderson delivers a ball during a practice session(AFP)
Published on Feb 01, 2024 11:21 PM IST
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