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IPL 2021: Race for fourth playoff spot now realistically between KKR and MI – All possibilities in 5 points | Cricket News – Times of India
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IPL 2021: Race for fourth playoff spot now realistically between KKR and MI – All possibilities in 5 points | Cricket News – Times of India

Mumbai Indians needed a big win to keep their playoff hopes alive and they delivered just that on Tuesday. A comprehensive 8 wicket win vs Rajasthan, after the Royals were restricted to just 90-9 helped MI climb to fifth place on the points table, just behind KKR on NRR. MI chased down the small target with as many as 70 balls remaining. With PBKS and RR on 10 points, with one game left to play each, the best these two teams can do in terms of points is get to 12. MI and KKR however can both get to 14 points each. KKR enjoys the best NRR among all these teams. The race for the fourth playoff spot has now effectively boiled down to one between KKR and MI. KKR play their last match vs RR on Thursday, while MI play their 14th league stage match vs SRH on Friday. Here's a quick look, in 5 p...
Playing last will allow us plan better to grab IPL play-off spot, says Rohit Sharma | Cricket News – Times of India
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Playing last will allow us plan better to grab IPL play-off spot, says Rohit Sharma | Cricket News – Times of India

SHARJAH: Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma is happy that they are playing Sunrisers Hyderabad on the last day of the league stage since they would have a clear idea about what needs to be done to sneak into the IPL playoffs. Mumbai Indians after their facile eight-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals still have a negative run-rate of -0.048 and not only do they need to win against Sunrisers Hyderabad but also expect that KKR lose to Royals a day before to make their passage easier. If it doesn't happen, they would need to win big against SRH. Asked if it is an advantage to play a team like SRH on the last day, the MI captain said: "All eight teams are capable of beating each other. But the good thing is that KKR will play before us, so we will know what to do." A look at the Points Table ...
Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians Highlights: Neesham, Coulter-Nile knock Royals out of IPL as MI live to fight another day | Cricket News – Times of India
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Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians Highlights: Neesham, Coulter-Nile knock Royals out of IPL as MI live to fight another day | Cricket News – Times of India

SHARJAH: James Neesham and Nathan Coulter-Nile bowled exceptionally well to keep Mumbai Indians alive and kicking as they outclassed Rajasthan Royals by eight wickets in a low-scoring Indian Premier League match on Tuesday. New Zealander Neesham (3/12) and Aussie Coulter-Nile (4/14) snapped seven wickets for only 26 runs in eight overs between them to choke Rajasthan for a meagre 90 for 9. Scorecard | As it happened | Points TableThe five-time champions then knocked off the runs in 8.2 overs to go up to 12 points and more importantly improve their net run-rate to -0.048. This was also the biggest victory for MI in terms of balls left (70). Ishan Kishan (50 not out) got some much-needed confidence during the short chase as MI knocked Royals out of IPL from the league stage itself yet aga...
Pau Gasol retires after 23-year career, two NBA titles, three Olympic medals | More sports News – Times of India
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Pau Gasol retires after 23-year career, two NBA titles, three Olympic medals | More sports News – Times of India

BARCELONA: Spanish basketball great Pau Gasol announced on Tuesday that he is retiring from the sport after a 23-year career. "I'm here to tell you that I'm going to retire from professional basketball. It's a difficult decision after so many years but it's a decision I've taken carefully," Gasol, 41, told a news conference at Barcelona's Liceu theatre. Gasol, who stands 7 feet 1 inch, made his professional debut in 1998 with Barca as a centre before being signed by NBA side Memphis Grizzlies in 2001. He won NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009 and 2010 while being chosen in the All-Star team on six occasions. Gasol later played for Chicago Bulls and San Antonio Spurs and had a brief stint with Milwaukee Bucks plus four months at Portland Trail Blazers, where injury prevented ...
Harbhajan Singh ‘still hoping’ to see Chahal in India’s T20 World Cup squad | Cricket News – Times of India
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Harbhajan Singh ‘still hoping’ to see Chahal in India’s T20 World Cup squad | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh on Tuesday said he is still hoping to see Yuzvendra Chahal in India's T20 World Cup squad. Chahal wasn't included in India's T20 World Cup squad when national selectors last month picked the players for the upcoming showpiece event to be hosted in UAE and Oman. Harbhajan also advised Chahal to not bowl too slow which was one of the reasons for the spinner's exclusion from the squad. "You have given ur best as always.. keep it up.. and make sure u keep bowling the right pace. Not too slow OK..still hoping to see you in team India for T20 World Cup. Champion bowler," Harbhajan tweeted for Chahal. You have given ur best as always.. keep it up.. and make sure u keep bowling the right pace 😝.. Not too slow OK..st… https://t.co/0eGdV7Q5xh— Harb...
MS Dhoni all but confirms he won’t retire after this IPL season | Cricket News – Times of India
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MS Dhoni all but confirms he won’t retire after this IPL season | Cricket News – Times of India

CHENNAI: There has been a lot of speculation of late that this is MS Dhoni's last season as a player in the IPL. But the Chennai Super Kings captain, in a programme celebrating 75 years of India Cements, all but made it clear that he will play at least one more season. When asked by one of the India Cements dealers as to why he didn't wait for a farewell match for India before announcing his international retirement on August 15, 2020, the CSK captain said: "There couldn't have been a better day to make the announcement. And you will get a chance for a farewell match hopefully when I play for CSK in Chennai." It means that Dhoni will play for CSK next season when a new team is formed. There will be fresh auctions at the end of this season and there were doubts whether the captain, after...
Doeschate picks Jadeja, Shakib as current best all-rounders | Cricket News – Times of India
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Doeschate picks Jadeja, Shakib as current best all-rounders | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: Netherlands cricketer Ryan Ten Doeschate has picked Bangladesh's spin bowling all-rounder Shakib al Hasan and India's Ravindra Jadeja as the two best all-rounders in the current era. "I think Shakib (Al Hasan) would be hard to look past. Ravindra Jadeja will be up there. If I had to choose two of the top (all-rounders), I (would) probably go with those two," Doeschate said during an interaction facilitated by the ICC on Tuesday. Doeschate, who was part of the 2009 Netherlands team that took part in the T20 World and had defeated hosts England at the iconic Lords, admired Saurashtra's Jadeja for his sheer ability to turn the game on its head. "Okay, his (Jadeja's) ability to affect the game, so yes he is never going to be your leading run-scorer or leading wicket-taker, (but) he i...
Dinesh Karthik to lead Tamil Nadu in Mushtaq Ali Trophy | Cricket News – Times of India
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Dinesh Karthik to lead Tamil Nadu in Mushtaq Ali Trophy | Cricket News – Times of India

CHENNAI: Dinesh Karthik will lead the Tamil Nadu team in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 tournament to be played in Lucknow. The team picked by the State Senior Selection Committee of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association features a few players who shone in the recent TNPL like B Sai Sudharshan and P Saravana Kumar. Out of favour India all-rounder Vijay Shankar has been named Dinesh Karthik's deputy in the squad, which also includes left-arm pacer T Natarajan, who has not featured in the second phase of the IPL in the UAE after he tested positive for Covid-19, and all-rounder M S Washington Sundar, who is recovering from an injury. The team also comprises experienced campaigners like B Aparajith, N Jagadeesan and power-hitter M Shahrukh Khan. The bowling unit includes Natarajan, Sandeep Wa...
With T20 World Cup approaching, Varun Chakravarthy’s dodgy knees are BCCI medical team’s biggest headache | Cricket News – Times of India
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With T20 World Cup approaching, Varun Chakravarthy’s dodgy knees are BCCI medical team’s biggest headache | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Varun Chakravarthy is expected to play a key role in the T20 World Cup but the BCCI's medical team will need to work overtime with the Tamil Nadu wrist spinner, whose knees are not in the greatest of conditions. The Indian squad can be changed till October 10 but despite Varun's dodgy knees, his top notch skill sets will ensure that he will be around unless his pain becomes unbearable. The Indian team management is desperate on having Varun on the park for the opening game against Babar Azam's Pakistan on October 24 and there will be plans in place to ensure that he is managed throughout the three-week tournament. "Varun's knees are not in greatest condition. He is in pain and trust me had it not been in a T20 World Cup, perhaps even Indian team management wouldn't have taken...
MI on a Mission: Big win over Royals keeps Rohit Sharma’s team in contention, along with KKR, for final Playoff spot
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MI on a Mission: Big win over Royals keeps Rohit Sharma’s team in contention, along with KKR, for final Playoff spot

Mumbai Indians couldn’t afford to lose this game. Another slip and the defending champions would have been out of this year’s Indian Premier League. They came into the win-or-bust contest against Rajasthan Royals with 10 points and a net run rate of -0.45. After an eight-wicket win with 70 balls to spare, they are now on 12 points with a net run rate of -0.04. The message was clear – never write them off, ever. With MI now breathing down Kolkata Knight Riders’ neck, the top-four scrap between the two teams is going down to the wire. Dominant display from @mipaltan! 💪 💪 The @ImRo45-led unit seal a comprehensive 8⃣-wicket win and registered their 6⃣th win of the #VIVOIPL. 👏 👏 #VIVOIPL #RRvMI Scorecard 👉 https://t.co/0oo7ML9bp2 pic.twitter.com/psjBCAI90R — IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) Octob...
Wrestling World Championship: Indians dismal show continues for fourth day
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Wrestling World Championship: Indians dismal show continues for fourth day

India grapplers continued their dismal show for the fourth consecutive day of the World Wrestling Championships at Nye Jordal Amfi, Oslo in Norway. On Tuesday, in the women’s 55kg category, Pinki who reached the bronze medal round lost to Jenna Rose Burkert of the USA 2-5 and failed to break the duck. The Indian began defensively of which the American took advantage and looked better on the mat all through the game. After conceding two points, Pinki tried to go on the offensive but Jenna countered well and took her lead to 5. The hardworking Pinki managed to bag two points in the last minute. Earlier in her semi-final bout, Pinki, the 2020 Asian champion nearly pinned Nina Hemmer of Germany before losing 6-8 thus missing the chance to become the first Indian woman to enter a World final...
Hockey India withdraws from 2022 Birmingham CWG; cites Covid concerns, discriminatory quarantine rules | Hockey News – Times of India
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Hockey India withdraws from 2022 Birmingham CWG; cites Covid concerns, discriminatory quarantine rules | Hockey News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India on Tuesday pulled out of next year's Birmingham Commonwealth Games' hockey competition, citing Covid-19 concerns and UK's discriminatory quarantine rules for travellers from the country. Hockey India President Gyanandro Ningombam communicated the federation's decision to Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Narinder Batra. Hockey India reasoned that there is only a 32-day window available between Birmingham Games (July 28-August 8) and the Hangzhou Asian Games (September 10-25) and it can't risk sending its players to the UK which has been one of the worst affected countries by the coronavirus pandemic. "You will appreciate that the Asian games is the Continental qualification event for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games and keeping the priority of the Asian Games in mi...
Playing last will allow us plan better to grab IPL Play-offs spot: Rohit
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Playing last will allow us plan better to grab IPL Play-offs spot: Rohit

Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma is happy that they are playing Sunrisers Hyderabad on the last day of the league stage since they would have a clear idea about what needs to be done to sneak into the IPL play-offs. Mumbai Indians after their facile eight-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals still have a negative run-rate of -0.048 and not only do they need to win against Sunrisers Hyderabad but also expect that KKR lose to Royals a day before to make their passage easier. If it doesn’t happen, they would need to win big against SRH. Asked if it is an advantage to play a team like SRH on the last day, the MI captain said: “All eight teams are capable of beating each other. But the good thing is that KKR play before us, so we will know what to do.” The skipper was pleased that they ach...
IPL 2021: I’ll be back stronger, says injured CSK all-rounder Sam Curran | Cricket News – Times of India
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IPL 2021: I’ll be back stronger, says injured CSK all-rounder Sam Curran | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: Chennai Super Kings (CSK) all-rounder Sam Curran has been ruled out of IPL 2021 and the upcoming T20 World Cup due to a lower back injury. But the English player has promised to come back stronger. "Unfortunately I have received a gutting news that I will, unfortunately, be missing the remainder of the IPL season and the World Cup. Extremely gutted...absolutely loved my time with Chennai this season," CSK website quoted Curran as saying. A special message from #KadaikuttySingam to the #Yellove family! Read More: https://t.co/g0QxFMUkWS#WhistlePodu… https://t.co/DDOJoVTrgI— Chennai Super Kings - Mask P😷du Whistle P🥳du! (@ChennaiIPL) 1633436569000"The boys are doing extremely well. It hasn't really sunk in yet but I'm leaving with the team in a fantastic space. The boys are playing...
Mandhana can be appointed India captain after World Cup: WV Raman | Cricket News – Times of India
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Mandhana can be appointed India captain after World Cup: WV Raman | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Flamboyant opener Smriti Mandhana should be handed over India captaincy after the upcoming Women's World Cup, regardless of the result in the mega event, the team's former coach WV Raman said on Tuesday. Mandhana, 25, has evolved into one of the team's key players since making her international debut in 2013. "Captaincy has got nothing to do with age but I am convinced that Mandhana can be the captain. She is a good reader of the game and has already played a few years of cricket," Raman said during a virtual interaction. "It can be a good time and giving captaincy to a younger cricketer means they can lead the side for a stretch for some years. "But this is not the right time for handing over captaincy because of the upcoming World Cup. So just to hold on to whatever is happ...
Ishan Kishan’s 50 is the toast of Mumbai Indians’ quick-chase; Neesham grins and Phillips is blah & blur
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Ishan Kishan’s 50 is the toast of Mumbai Indians’ quick-chase; Neesham grins and Phillips is blah & blur

For the under-the-weather Ishan Kishan, the 25-ball 50 not out might have felt like a kiss of life, a much-needed respite from a string of low scores in the IPL before the biggest test of his career. The T20 World Cup later this month. He got a literal kiss on his helmet too, by his colleague Hardik Pandya, the non-striker when he struck the winning runs, a beefy six of Mustafizur Rahman in just the second ball of the ninth over. He clenched his fists and punched the air, and just as he was about to take off the helmet to further ventilate his joy, Pandya wrapped his arms around him and kissed on Kishan’s helmet. Soon after, he was swarmed by his onrushing teammates, though none of them kissed him. Dominant display from @mipaltan! 💪 💪 The @ImRo45-led unit seal a comprehensive 8⃣-wicke...
Shooting star: Delhi girl Naamya Kapoor, 14, becomes junior world champ
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Shooting star: Delhi girl Naamya Kapoor, 14, becomes junior world champ

After clinching the gold medal in the 25m pistol event at the Junior World Championship in Lima (Peru), 14-year-old Naamya Kapoor called her parents Praveen and Gunjan. It was an apt time for the mother to recall how Naamya took up shooting. “Before she started shooting at the age of nine, Naamya would never take anything seriously. She would easily get bored. When she started shooting, we thought she would leave this too. But after some time, she urged her father to get her a new pistol,” Gunjan told The Indian Express. On Monday in the Peruvian capital, the youngster made the finals in sixth spot with a score of 584 as compatriot Manu Bhaker topped the qualification with a score of 587. Naamya shot a score of 288 in precision stage followed by 292 in rapid stage, including 99 out of 1...
Women’s IPL will happen at some point but having stronger domestic structure more important: Saba Karim | Cricket News – Times of India
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Women’s IPL will happen at some point but having stronger domestic structure more important: Saba Karim | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: While clamour for a women's IPL gets louder, former women's cricket head at BCCI, Saba Karim, feels it is more important to have a stronger domestic structure including the resumption of multi-day red ball cricket. The former India wicketkeeper, who looked after women's cricket as BCCI General Manager - Cricket Operations, said the board will eventually organise the IPL but a stronger domestic structure is needed to unearth more talent like Shafali Verma, Yastika Bhatia and Richa Ghosh. One argument against staging women's IPL is that there are not enough players to choose from at the domestic level. "'Going forward, yes, BCCI will be looking at organising women's IPL but I also feel that it is more important to have very stronger domestic structure so that it keeps throwing ...
‘Hope I can play my last game in Chennai’: MS Dhoni hints at playing in IPL 2022
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‘Hope I can play my last game in Chennai’: MS Dhoni hints at playing in IPL 2022

MS Dhoni, the captain of Chennai Super Kings (CSK), hinted on Tuesday that he will continue playing for the franchise after the end of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) season by saying that his fans can see him play in Chennai next year. The 40-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman, in an event celebrating 75 years of India Cements, said that he hopes to play his last match in Chennai. “When it comes to farewell, you can still come and see me play for CSK and that can be my farewell game. So, you will still get that opportunity to bid me farewell. Hopefully, we will come to Chennai and play my last game over there and we can meet the fans there,” Dhoni said while interacting with fans during the event. Dhoni, who hung up his boots from international cricket last year, has not played in t...
Mountaineers Tashi-Nungshi get itchy feet to end lockdown by scaling the Alps
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Mountaineers Tashi-Nungshi get itchy feet to end lockdown by scaling the Alps

What’s there to look up to for a climber who summited Mount Everest at 21? A lot, in case you happen to be Tashi and Nungshi Malik, the adventure-seeking twins who celebrated their own unlockdown by scaling the Swiss Alps. Now 30, the outdoorsy women from Dehradun, after being on the roof of the world, trekked to the two ends of the earth – South and North poles. Their dazzling CV, a dream for all mountaineers, also has the conquest of the Seven Summits, the highest peaks of the seven continents. Their latest expedition to Mount Breithorn and Allalinhorn in the Alps, the two 4000m plus summits, had half the ascent as compared to Everest but the challenge didn’t get scaled down in the same proportion. “It was night climbing and we could summit in a day and come back. We have never had th...