The year 2007 wasn't proving to be a good one for cricket, financially that is. The ODI World Cup in the West Indies turned out to be a drab affair. The tournament went on for far too long, its format deemed unacceptable. The final between Australia and Sri Lanka ended in a farce, and early favourites India were knocked out in the nascent stages. Pakistanâ€™s off-field troubles didnâ€™t help either.
Since the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 in South Africa, team India hasnâ€™t done so well in this format. For a side that has all its cricketers - first team, fringe, reserve and domestic - participating in the worldâ€™s foremost T20 league, this is a bit of shame.
Yuvraj Singh was denied a fairytale comeback by the narrowest of margins as New Zealand won the second T20 International in Chennai by a single run.
Yuvraj was out for 34 off 26 balls, leaving Rohit Sharma needing to hit six off the final two balls to complete the win. He could only manage a pair of twos as James Franklin held his nerve to end with figures of two for 26 from his four overs.
Yuvraj Singh's international cricketing comeback has been delayed by the weather after India's opening match in their two-match Twenty20 International series against New Zealand was abandoned without a ball bowled due to heavy rain.
The match in Visakhapatnam - which was hosting its maiden T20 International - was abandoned without even the toss taking place as the heavy rain which had been a feature for much of the week in the lead-up to the match failed to relent.
Former Australian Test, One Day and Twenty20 cricketing great, Brett Lee, is lending his support to Australiaâ€™s tourism continued push in India, joining Tourism Australia's 'Friends of Australia' advocacy program to promote the countryâ€™s tourism experiences to a growing market of Indian travellers.
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India capitalised on the excellent start given to them by Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir to chase down the 261 runs that they needed for victory in the second Test against New Zealand in Bangalore. Jeetan Patel kept the visitors in the hunt with three wickets, but India's sixth-wicket pair of MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli added an unbroken 94 to ease them home by five wickets.
The New Zealand government hosted a reception this week in Bangalore to allow local business people involved in trade and investment with New Zealand to meet the touring New Zealand cricket team the Black Caps.
New Zealand is increasingly stepping up its promotional and engagement activities in India in the lead up to the signing of a Free Trade Agreement, currently being negotiated between the two countries.
New Zealand's middle-order collapsed to the spin of R Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha for the second time in the match as they lost the first Test against India by an innings and 115 runs on the fourth day in Hyderabad.
They began the day on 41 for one and progressed nicely to 98 before losing their second wicket as Brendon McCullum and Kane Williamson took their second-wicket partnership to 72.
India reached the final of the Under-19 World Cup with a tense nine-run win over New Zealand in Townsville. They will now play tournament hosts Australia in Sunday's final. Elsewhere, Zimbabwe avoided a humiliating last place finish by beating Namibia in the 15th place play-off and Nepal beat Papua New Guinea.
There were two extremely close and unbelievably tense quarter-finals in the Under-19 World Cup today, with India running out winners by one wicket over arch rivals Pakistan, and New Zealand beating West Indies off the final ball in Townsville. The plate quarter-finals were much more one-sided in contrast, with Ireland and Sri Lanka easing past Namibia and Nepal.
S Badrinath has been called up by India as a replacement for the retired VVS Laxman in their squad for the two Test matches against New Zealand. Laxman had been included in Indiaâ€™s original 15-man squad, but announced his retirement from all international cricket with immediate effect yesterday.
West Indies recorded a surprise victory over pre-tournament favourites India at Townsville. They restricted the Indians to just 166 for eight from their 50 overs after asking them to bat, with Kyle Mayers (two for 35), Ronsford Beaton (three for 33) and Jerome Jones (two for 23) doing the bulk of the damage.
Yuvraj Singh will make his cricketing comeback following his battle with cancer in a Twenty20 International against New Zealand on 8th September. He has been named in the 15-man squad which will contest two Twenty20 Internationals against the Kiwis and then the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka later that month.
India rounded off their limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka with a comprehensive 39-run win in the one-off Twenty20 match in Pallekele. Virat Kohli was again the start of the show, hitting 68 off only 48 balls to help India post 155 for three from their 20 overs. Irfan Pathan and Ashok Dinda then shared seven wickets in the Sri Lankan run chase to help bowl them out for just 116.
New Zealand have been dealt a blow ahead of their tour of India after Daniel Vettori was ruled out of the Test leg with a groin injury. He has been replaced in the squad by Jeetan Patel, while fellow spinner Tarun Nethula retains his place. The other change from the squad that toured the West Indies is the axing of batsman Dean Brownlie in favour of all-rounder James Franklin.
India moved up to second in the ICC One-Day International rankings after wrapping up a comfortable 20-run victory in the final ODI against Sri Lanka in Pallekele. Gautam Gambhir, Manoj Tiwary and MS Dhoni each passed 50 in the visitors' total of 294 for seven, while Irfan Pathan took five for 61 to help bowl Sri Lanka out for 274.
Virat Kohli scored another century as India won their five-match series in Sri Lanka with a match still to play by chasing down the home side's total of 251 for eight with more than seven overs to spare.
India captain MS Dhoni had gambled at the start of the match by dropping leg-spinner Rahul Sharma in order to play batsman Manoj Tiwary, but Tiwary actually excelled with the ball and took four for 61 with his part-time leg-spin.
Gautam Gambhir led India to victory in a closely-contested third One-Day International at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. He hit 102, while Suresh Raina and Irfan Pathan finished the job as India passed Sri Lanka's impressive total of 286 for five in the final over.