Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Watch India vs New Zealand 2016 Test Series Live Streaming on HotStar and Star Sports HD

HotStar Live Streaming India vs New Zealand 2016 Test Series
HotStar and Star Sports HD network brings another cricket streaming and telecast to us. This time in the form of test cricket. 13 test match long season for India kicks off with India vs New Zealand 2016 test series. This series will include three test matches. The schedule is provided later in this post. The live cricket streaming of this test series will be available on HotStar and Star Sports HD TV network. Live telecast will be available on Star Sports and DD National (Doordarshan) with Hindi and English commentary.

India vs New Zealand 2016 Test Series Schedule:

22nd Sep 2016 - 1st Test at Green Park, Kanpur
30th Sep 2016 - 2nd Test at Eden Gardens, Kolkata
8th Oct 2016 - 3rd Test at Holkar Stadium, Indore

Indian test team - Virat Kohli(c), Lokesh Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Murali Vijay, Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Amit Mishra, Umesh Yadav

New Zealand test team - Kane Williamson(c), Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Mark Craig, Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, James Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Luke Ronchi, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Matt Henry, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling

Head to Head:
India has played 54 test matches against New Zealand - won 18, lost 10. New Zealand has managed to win just two test matches in India. 

India plays its 500th test match at Kanpur. Indian team under Virat Kohli would be pumped up to register a win for the country in its 500th test match. Virat Kohli would also love to register another test series win after beating Sri Lanka, West Indies and South Africa in the same format. 

New Zealand team under Kane Williamson would strive hard to do something different this time. With a decent spin attack, NZ will try hard to nail test win in India. If they can somehow manage to cope up with Indian spin attack, they can create an upset in India.

This promises to be an exciting test series. With the likes of Kane Williamson, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, R Ashwin, Trent Boult, Ish Sodhi, Ross Taylor and many to name, we are promised for an absolutely good cricketing treat.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Watch India vs West Indies T20 Cricket Match Live Streaming HotStar Star Sports HD

Watch Ind vs WI Live Streaming Cricket HotStar

While bilateral T20 series have not yet gained the expected level of popularity, T20 cricket has slowly and gradually become the most popular form of cricket. Even though this isn't a T20 league or a T20 world cup, still we can expect a pumped up West Indies team out there in USA. They just love this format, don't they? There was a time when Viv Richards or Clive Lloyd dominated test cricket. Now West Indies cricket loves dominating T20 cricket with the likes of Chris Gayle or Dwayne Bravo. India on the other hand will now lead by MS Dhoni after a grand test series success against West Indies under the leadership of Virat Kohli.

Watch India vs West Indies T20 cricket matches live streaming and telecast on Star Sports and HotStar! One can also enjoy live Hindi and English commentary.

The squads are mentioned below:
India: MS Dhoni (capt, wk), R Ashwin, Virat Kohli, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Amit Mishra, Stuart Binny, Jasprit Bumrah, Shikhar Dhawan, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Ajinkya Rahane, KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Umesh Yadav.

West Indies: Carlos Brathwaite (capt), Johnson Charles (wk), Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Samuel Badree, Dwayne Bravo, Evin Lewis, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons.

Some real big ones out there in the squads listed above! Won't one love a tussle between Chris Gayle and Ashwin? And what about Virat Kohli's aggression against West Indies bowlers? It is going to be a treat to watch.

West Indies recently lifted the T20 world cup 2016 trophy in India. They outperformed India in the semi-finals and went on to win the final against England. They are still on a dream run and would love to dominate T20 cricket, if not the other forms of cricket.

India is more likely to play Mohammed Shami along with Bumrah. They might have to opt one from Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav and Stuart Binny. If R Ashwin plays, either Amit Mishra or Ravindra Jadeja will get into the playing XI. 

Anil Kumble has showered praises for the venue - Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground in Lauderhill, Florida. He said the infrastructure is very good and the pitch-outfield is perfect for a T20 match.  This is the only cricket venue certified by the ICC in the US. 

Let us hope for some interesting T20 matches today and tomorrow.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Watch India vs West Indies 2016 Test Series Live Streaming, Telecast on Ten Sports

India kicks off a long cricket series against West Indies which also embarks on a good long test schedule for India. Test matches had been too scarce for India but not anymore. India is scheduled to play lot many test matches in next 12 months. Virat Kohli leads the side to West Indies hopefully to add some more feathers to his hat. Watch India vs West Indies 2016 cricket series live streaming on Ten Sports and live telecast on Ten Network with Hindi and English commentary.

The test series schedule is mentioned below:

1st Test from 21st July at Antigua
2nd Test from 30th July at Jamaica
3rd Test from 9th August at St Lucia
4th Test from 18th August at Trinidad

The squads for both the teams are as follows:
India: Virat Kohli (captain), Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Stuart Binny.

West Indies: Jason Holder (captain), Kraigg Brathwaite (vc), Devendra Bishoo, Jermaine Blackwood, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Rajendra Chandrika, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich (wk), Shannon Gabriel, Leon Johnson, Marlon Samuels

India team looks stronger on paper but not to forget - West Indies team has gained a lot of confidence after winning the T20 world cup and also reaching finals of tri series against South Africa and Australia.

India hasn't lost to West Indies in a test since 2002. Let us see if India can continue its winning run against West Indies. Stay tuned with us for more updates.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Let's reduce the work load of Umpires!

Cricket has changed so much in last 20 years. In the early 90s, we couldn't have imagined teams chasing a score of 300 and now even a score of 400 runs look so small. With the inception of T20 cricket, things have changed further. Batsmen are swinging their bats either ways to connect and take the ball out of the park. They are hitting unusual shots like reverse sweeps, upper cuts and scoops! Bowlers might have been suffered more in last two decades due to batting friendly conditions and rules, they have become smart in terms of containing the batsmen. The game of cricket is becoming tougher and competitive day by day.

With loads of changes in the great game of cricket, comes a lot of pressure on players as well as umpires. A bowler runs in, bowls a delivery at a speed of 150 kilometers per hour, within a split of the second the batsman tries to hit it and a small edge lands the ball in the gloves of wicket keeper. The whole process ends within a second. An umpire has to take care of so many things. First of all he has to check whether the batsman is ready or not. Then he has to keep an eye on the front foot of the bowler. This is followed by whether the ball pitches in line with the stumps or it lands outside the off. There is always a possibility of an LBW appeal and hence the umpire has to check this for each and every delivery. In a jam packed stadium with so much noise, the umpire also has to pay very minute attention to the edges. There could be a caught behind appeal anytime!

Similarly once this whole action ends, there could be a chance of a run out too! Thankfully we saw the inclusion of 'Third Umpires' who would take care of the run out appeals through TV replays. And the tradition continues from more than two decades. Just for the reference of cricket fans, Sachin Tendulkar was the first ever batsman to be declared run out by a third umpire. This happened in a test match against South Africa in November 1992.

But there are many other challenges the umpires are facing in the modern game of cricket that has been full of pressure cooker situation. Recently there has been incidents where the umpires have misjudged the no-balls and the batsmen survived even after being out. One of those incidents took place at the Lord's during the final test between England and Sri Lanka.

It is high time to think about awarding the no-ball decisions to the third umpire. Let the third umpires work a bit harder apart from sipping some cold drinks. Anyhow the on field umpires are checking for no balls on almost all dismissals. Let they pay more attention to what happens after the bowler has delivered the ball rather than first having a look at the bowler's front foot and then the further action.

More fundamental reforms in the no-ball rule seems complicated. Infact logically the rule seems fine. But some sort of relief for the on-field umpires in this game of cricket which was never saw quick and umpire decisions were never so scrutinized. 

As we all know one wrong decision can change the whole course of the game. Just imagine if anything as such happens in the last over of a World Cup Final. This can receive so much of scrutiny. While we are already in the modern elite cricket world of Hawk Eyes and Snickometers, let there be some technology in place where the on field umpires are relieved from making calls for the no-balls.

Friday, June 10, 2016

India vs Zimbabwe 2016 Cricket Series Preview, Live Streaming, Score & Telecast Information

India vs Zimbabwe 2016 Series Preview

Indian team had a fair share of success in the T20 world cup played at home. Then the players got involved in the ever successful IPL that was clinched by Sunrisers Hyderabad. Time to get back to some International cricket. BCCI has recently announced a full fledged schedule for International matches in India where they have introduced some new venues for test cricket. India will get an opportunity to host England, New Zealand, Australia and Bangladesh in 2016-17 cricket season. Before that, India faces Zimbabwe for a short cricket series that kicks off from 11th June 2016.

India vs Zimbabwe Live Streaming, Telecast and Score

Ten Sports official website will bring the live streaming of these matches. Ten 2 HD cricket channel will provide live telecast in India.

India tours to Zimbabwe for a three ODI and three T20 International match series. All the matches are scheduled to be played at the Harare Sports Club in Zimbabwe. The complete schedule is as follows:

1st ODI on 11th June 2016
2nd ODI on 13th June 2016
3rd ODI on 15th June 2016

1st T20I on 18th June 2016
2nd T20I on 20th June 2016
3rd T20I on 22nd June 2016

Team Squads:
India squad for ODI and T20 series: MS Dhoni ,KL Rahul, Jayant Yadav, Dhawal Kulkarni, Faiz Fazal, Manish Pandey, Karun Nair, Ambati Rayudu, Mandeep Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Rishi Dhawan, Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Barinder Sran, Jaydev Unadkat.

Zimbabwe squad for ODI series: Graeme Cremer, Richmond Mutumbami, Tawanda Mupariwa, Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza Butt, Neville Madziva, Donald Tiripano, Timycen Maruma, Wellington Maskadza, Taurai Muzarabani, Chamunorwa Chibhabha, Peter Joseph Moor, Elton Chigumbura, Vusimuzi Sibanda, Tendai Chisoro, Hamilton Masakadza, Tendai Chatara, Craig Ervine.

Zimbabwe squad for T20 series: Graeme Cremer (C), Richmond Mutumbami, Taurai Muzarabani, Brian Chari, Peter Joseph Moor, Elton Chigumbura, Luke Jongwe, Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza Butt, Neville Madziva, Donald Tiripano, Timycen Maruma, Wellington Maskadza, Vusimuzi Sibanda, Tendai Chisoro, Hamilton Masakadza, Tendai Chatara, Malcolm Waller.

Sanjay Bangar would coach team India for this tour. He is happy with the players at his disposal. He has a lot to experiment with the bench strength. With the likes of Rayudu, Jadhav, KL Rahul, Kulkarni and many more to name, Bangar is confident that the team will prosper in Zimbabwe.

MS Dhoni will lead the team and he would miss the services of Kohli and Rohit Sharma. He believes most of the youngsters in the squad have done well in the IPL but it would need a bit extra to prove the mettle in International matches.

The team doesn't get an opportunity to play tour games. So they will straight away start with the ODI series. Indian team is in no mood to take Zimbabwean team lightly. Last time when India toured Zimbabwe, they faced a hard time in the first ODI. Although the series went India's way 3-0, but it wasn't as easy as it reads.

Having said so, let us hope for another competitive series rather than a one sided affair. Catch the action live on Ten Sports official website and Ten 2 TV channel in India.

Here is a video posted on BCCI's official twitter handle. Some of you might be amused to see Dhoni bowling in nets!