Free Press Journal
  • BCCI SGM: Team India to play 81 matches at home from 2019-2023

    New Delhi: India will be hosting 81 matches across formats from 2019-2023, 30 more than the current Future Tours Programme, but the BCCI today insisted that the number of playing days per year for the ever-busy cricketers will decrease.

  • Cricket’s Lost Talents! Mohammad Kaif: From the high of Lord’s to an unimaginable low

    In the aftermath of the match-fixing scandal (2000) Indian cricket was losing credibility and identity in double quick time. Indian cricket was at its lowest and BCCI appointed a slightly inexperienced Sourav Ganguly as the skipper of the side and this decision turned out to be a masterstroke. The prince of Bengal decided to give youngsters a chance and the team saw the influx of Zaheer Khan, Mohammad Kaif, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan

  • Why politicise cricket by not playing Pakistan, asks Bishan Singh Bedi

    New Delhi: Former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi feels that one should not “narrow down the meaning of patriotism” by politicising bilateral cricketing relationship with Pakistan. The Indian government has not given any go-ahead to Indo-Pak bilateral series since the last one (a short limited overs series) was held in India in 2012. Since then, India have played against Pakistan only in ICC events.

  • Cricket’s Lost Talents! Amol Muzumdar: A perfect case of being born in the wrong era

    Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Amol Muzumdar are all names of cricketers of a particular era. If you ask any layman, he wouldn’t come up with any distinction and would say like the first four, Muzumdar must have played for India. But, the bitter truth is that Muzumdar never got to play for India and always remained a domestic giant plying his trade for Mumbai Ranji side for close

  • India vs Sri Lanka Nagpur Test: SL reach 47/2 at lunch on day 1

    Nagpur: Opener Dimuth Karunaratne lived a charmed life with two lucky reprieves as Sri Lanka made a sedate start, reaching 47 for 2 at lunch on the opening day of the second cricket Test against India here today. At the break, Karunaratne (21 batting) had faced 82 balls and was in company of Angelo Mathews (1 batting). Opener Sadeera Samarawickrama (13) and one down LahiruThirimanne (9) were out during a session where the

  • Live Scores, Match updates, Commentary: India vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Day 1 at Kolkata

    India, the No 1 ranked Test side will take on less fancied Sri Lanka in the first Test match at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. After last year’s bumper home season, which included 13 Tests and India were victorious in 10 matches and after the whitewash of SL in the island nation, the men in blue would be expected to continue the winning run. Captain Virat Kohli has some tough decisions to make as the issue

  • Virat Kohli wants fans to take a call on overkill of India-SL series

    Kolkata: Skipper Virat Kohli today left it to the fans to decide if there has been an overkill of India-Sri Lanka contest in recent years, something that had led to dwindling interests in a cricket crazy nation. India played an away Test series against islanders in 2015followed by a short limited overs series at home in 2016 andin the current year are playing them full series across formats on home and away basis. Not

  • Sri Lanka’s tour of India: Can India complete yet another rout of Lanka?

    India vs Sri Lanka contests might not create the same buzz as India vs Australia or India vs Pakistan, but the matches between this two sub-continental giants have always garnered interest and coincidentally Sri Lanka’s maiden Test win was against India in 1985. India, the numero uno Test side has been on a winning spree in recent past and the last time these two teams met India annihilated SL 9-0 across formats

  • Like Dalmiya, Kohli is also our hero: Kapil

    Kolkata : India’s first World Cup winning skipper Kapil Dev on Tuesday compared current captain Virat Kohli with the late Jagmohan Dalmiya, terming them heroes on and off the field.

  • Sri Lanka’s tour of India: Can Lankan Lions break their duck against India?

    Indian cricket is currently going through a wonderful phase and had just registered commanding wins over Australia and New Zealand in the limited overs matches and will now face Sri Lanka for a full series. Not too long ago when India had toured Lanka, the hosts were comprehensively beaten (9-0; across formats) and there was a sense that SL is struggling to stay relevant and this loss of form could be a

  • Cricket’s Lost Talents! Munaf Patel: How Ikhar Express got derailed

    India is a country which idolises batsmen and over the years has produced many legends when it comes to batting. Indian cricket has produced very few genuine fast bowlers, and apart from Kapil Dev, one really has to dig deep to find another quality fast bowler after former Indian captain’s retirement. International cricket is a tough gig and many players have been found wanting at the highest level.

  • The impressive evolution of Jasprit Bumrah, India’s new death-overs specialist

    New Zealand’s tour of India ended with hosts prevailing in a very tight series in both one day international (ODI) and T20I series by 2-1 margin. Black Caps showed their grit and determination, but could not cross that finishing mark and India, as some would say, got lucky and won the big moments during the series. Indian team has over the years excelled in limited overs cricket due to its powerful batting

  • People are conveniently targetting Dhoni: India captain Virat Kohli to critics

    Thiruvananthapuram: Livid with constant scrutiny of Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s finishing skills, India captain Virat Kohli hit back at the critics for “conviniently” singling out one man while ignoring failure of other players, including himself. Dhoni’s 37-ball-49 in the second T20 International that India lost to New Zealand was panned by experts as he played too many dot balls. While VVS Laxman has said that someone younger should be tried in T20s,

  • India vs New Zealand: India beat Black Caps to clinch series

    Thiruvananthapuram: India defeated New Zealand by six runs in the third and final Twenty20 International (T20I) to win the series at the Greenfield International Stadium here on Tuesday. The three-match series was locked 1-1 after the hosts won the opening match in Delhi while New Zealand clinched the second encounter in Rajkot.

  • India vs New Zealand: End of the road for MS Dhoni in T20s, or final flourish left?

    New Zealand’s tour of India has seen many twists and turns and on November 7 (Tuesday) the final T20I will be played at Greenfield International stadium, Kerala. India in this particular series have played inconsistent cricket and just managed to win the one day international (ODI) series by 2-1. India’s performance in the second T20I at Rajkot, where men in blue lost the match by 40 runs has raised many pertinent questions

  • Lot of people tried to create rift between Dhoni and myself: Virat Kohli

    “A lot of people try to plug in stories of rift between us. The best part is neither he reads those articles nor do I. And when the people see us together, they wonder ‘wasn’t there rift between the two. We laugh amongst ourselves”

  • Cricket’s lost talents! Narendra Hirwani: From record-breaking debut to oblivion

    Which bowler took 16 wickets on Test debut? Which bowler created the world record of taking most wickets in his first Test? To find the answer many people will have to use Google and the answer will be Indian wrist spinner Narendra Hirwani of Madhya Pradesh. Hirwani, who? Many people from the current generation might not have heard the name of Narendra Hirwani and after knowing about his record feat people must

  • Virat Kohli at 29: Is Kohli the face of New India?

    Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli will turn 29 on November 5 (Sunday). Who is Virat Kohli? What defines Virat Kohli? What stands about Virat Kohli? These questions are not complex and Kohli ever since he made his debut for the senior team in 2008 against Sri Lanka in one day international cricket (ODI) great things were destined for this Delhi lad and he has overachieved in the last nine years. Indian skipper

  • Is Rahul Dravid’s criticism of Virat Kohli case of sour grapes?

    Who is currently the best batsman in the world? Who is breaking record after record? Which player is the trendsetter in the modern era? The above questions doesn’t require any rocket science and it’s quite obvious that we are talking about the Indian captain Virat Kohli. Kohli is currently the undisputed leader of world cricket and is in a place where very few batsman have reached. India’s skipper has always divided the

  • Birthday Special! How VVS Laxman’s iconic 281 at Eden Gardens changed Indian cricket forever

    Vangipurapu Venkata Sai Laxman or famously known as VVS Laxman is celebrating his 43rd birthday today. A good day to ponder what kind of legacy would the stylish and silky batsman from Hyderabad has given to Indian cricket, and how will the current generation remember this very very special player. Indian cricket over the years has produced many kinds of players and ones such as Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar and now Virat