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And then there was a magician…

There was a magician without a wand in his hand, who did not wear a hat or had a secret magic spell. He just had a heartwarming smile on his face and was blessed to control the ball in every condition and on every stage. The magician had the superpowers of bowling off-spin and Doosra, he had the ability to rule the best in the world, the skill to bamboozle any opponent, and got the capability to even make the maestros struggle. There were highly skilled opponents in front of him, who had dominated the world in the…

Ashwin set to play county cricket… Is India now much serious about winning overseas?

LONDON: Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin will play for Worcestershire for the rest of their County Championship campaign, it was revealed Tuesday. The 30-year-old -- who took 17 wickets on the recent tour of Sri Lanka as India completed their first three-Test series sweep on foreign soil on Monday -- will replace Australian John Hastings as the county's overseas player in a coup for the second-tier side. India’s victories in series against South Africa, New Zealand, Bangladesh, England and Australia have already…

Suspended Ajmal getting better by degrees

DUBAI: Suspended Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal has substantially improved his suspect bowling action but he still needs work to return to being within the legal limit, the Pakistan Cricket Board said Saturday.