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IPL Auction: 70 spots, 1003 players and a new auctioneer

New Delhi, Dec 5: A total of 1003 players have registered themselves for the 70 spots available in the eight IPL franchises for the upcoming mini-auction of the 12th edition of Indian Premier League on December 18 in Jaipur.

While the newest addition are players from the Northeastern states, Uttarakhand and Bihar, there will also be 232 overseas players,...

I wanted Indian team to return home after Sydney Test: VVS Laxman

New Delhi, Dec 5: Batting great VVS Laxman on Tuesday recollected how he wanted the Indian team to return home immediately after the infamous monkey-gate scandal at Sydney in 2007-08.

"I was the one who suggested that we should go back home immediately because it was clear it was one-sided and it was not fair but Anil (Kumble) showed...

Gautam Gambhir announces retirement from all forms of cricket

New Delhi, Dec 5: Veteran Indian opener Gautam Gambhir, who played a pivotal role in India's two World Cup triumphs, Tuesday announced retirement from cricket, saying the "irritable noise of 'It's over Gauti'" has triumphed over his will to continue.

The 37-year-old, in a video message on his social media pages, said the Ranji Trophy game against Andhra Pradesh...

Why aren't Dhoni, Dhawan playing domestic cricket? Asks Gavaskar

New Delhi, Dec 4: Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has questioned the BCCI for allowing the likes of Shikhar Dhawan and Mahendra Singh Dhoni to skip domestic cricket ahead of a hectic six months culminating into the World Cup in England.

Dhawan, who was dropped from the Test team, is spending time with family in Melbourne following the T20...

Australian cricketer Usman Khawaja's brother charged over 'terror' notebook

The brother of Australian cricketer Usman Khawaja has been charged with attempting to pervert justice and forgery after he allegedly used fake documents containing a terror plot to kill senior politicians to “set up” his colleague over a personal grievance.

Police confirmed on Tuesday that Arsalan Khawaja had been formally charged after he was arrested on Tuesday as part...

Luka Modric breaks Messi-Ronaldo dominance to win 2018 Ballon d'Or

Paris, Dec 4: Real Madrid`s Croatia midfielder Luka Modric was named winner of the 2018 Ballon d'Or on Monday, breaking Cristiano Ronaldo`s and Lionel Messi's decade-long hold on the prestigious award.

Juventus forward and 2017 winner Ronaldo came second, while Atletico Madrid and France striker Antoine Griezmann came third. Paris St Germain`s France forward Kylian Mbappe, who also collected...

India's No.1 Test ranking on line in series against Australia

Dubai, Dec 4: The Indian cricket team's No.1 Test ranking will be at stake in the four-match series against Australia but the side can hold on to the position if it manages to draw even just one game.

Australia are currently ranked fifth on the table.

"A 4-0 series win for Australia will move them into No.1 position...

Don't let Virat Kohli be a bully: Ricky Ponting's message to Australian cricketers

Dec 3: Virat Kohli can be "rattled" and Australia should try to get under his skin rather than sitting back and be bullied by the Indian captain, said former skipper Ricky Ponting.

India will take on Australia in the four-Test series beginning on Thursday and former Australia batsman Dean Jones has advised against provoking Kohli.

The India skipper...

Chris Gayle awarded $300,000 in defamation case against Australia media

Sydney, Dec 3: West Indies batsman Chris Gayle has been awarded a compensation of $ 300,000 in a defamation case against an Australia media which he had won in October, last year.

The Australia media i.e Fairfax Media has been ordered to pay the amount in damages to the swashbuckling batsman over a series of defamatory reports accusing him...

Our pacers have skills to trouble Virat Kohli: Tim Paine

Sydney, Dec 2: Australia have enough firepower in their pace attack to "trouble" India's talismanic captain Virat Kohli, believes skipper Tim Paine, who urged his seamers to not get too "emotional" during the four-Test series starting at Adelaide on December 6.

"I think our fast bowling attack … if they play purely on skill, they're going to trouble him,"...