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T20 World Cup, England vs Sri Lanka Highlights: Jos Buttler ton helps England virtually seal semi-final spot | Cricket News – Times of India
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T20 World Cup, England vs Sri Lanka Highlights: Jos Buttler ton helps England virtually seal semi-final spot | Cricket News – Times of India

SHARJAH: Jos Buttler hit the first century of the Twenty20 World Cup as England effectively booked their semi-final spot with a 26-run victory over Sri Lanka on Monday. Buttler's unbeaten 101 - his maiden century in 86 T20 internationals - steered England to 163 for four after being invited to bat first in Sharjah. Scorecard | As it happened | Points TableEngland bowlers led by Adil Rashid then combined to bowl out Sri Lanka for 137 in 19 overs and remain unbeaten with four wins in the Super 12 stage to stay top of the group. Only South Africa and Australia can match their eight points but England already have the cushion of a far superior run rate. Buttler smashed six fours and six sixes in his 67-ball knock and put on 112 with skipper Eoin Morgan, who made 40, to lift England after th...
Nadal targets Australian Open warm-up return in December | Tennis News – Times of India
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Nadal targets Australian Open warm-up return in December | Tennis News – Times of India

PARIS: Rafael Nadal, who has been out with a foot injury since losing in the semi-finals of the French Open, said on Monday that he wants to return in December in Abu Dhabi, as he targets the Australian Open in January. "My plan is to play Abu Dhabi in December and then in a tournament before Australia and then the Australian Open. That's my goal," the Spaniard said at a sponsor event in Paris. "We're working hard to make it happen." Nadal won the Australian Open in 2009 and has lost in the final four times since then. The 35-year-old Spaniard could face a weakened field as uncertainty swirls around the Covid-19 rules for players coming into Melbourne for the first Grand Slam of next year which runs from January 17-30 in Melbourne. World number one Novak Djokovic, who beat Nadal at Rola...
Haven’t seen such body language in Indian players in a long time, Ashwin’s exclusion is a mystery: Vengsarkar | Cricket News – Times of India
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Haven’t seen such body language in Indian players in a long time, Ashwin’s exclusion is a mystery: Vengsarkar | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar says he has not seen the Indian team as "off coloured" as it was against New Zealand in a long time and called for an investigation into R Ashwin's repeated exclusion from the playing eleven. "The team looked off coloured and the players looked jaded. I don't know if it is the bio bubble fatigue or something else, I have not seen such body language in the players in a long time, Vengsarkar told PTI on a day after India's eight-wicket loss to New Zealand. "It was quite a lacklustre performance, be it in batting or bowling. This format demands you to be energetic from ball one," added the former India captain. POLL: WHY HAS INDIA LOST SO BADLY IN THEIR TWO T20 WORLD CUP MATCHES SO FAR?In the first two games, India picked Varuan Chakaravart...
Team effort behind South Africa’s run at Twenty20 World Cup: Dwaine Pretorius | Cricket News – Times of India
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Team effort behind South Africa’s run at Twenty20 World Cup: Dwaine Pretorius | Cricket News – Times of India

All-rounder Dwaine Pretorius says the secret to South Africa’s success at the Twenty20 World Cup has been the team effort that means they are not reliant on a few individuals ahead of their vital Group 1 clash against Bangladesh in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday. South Africa have been dependent on big-name players getting them over the line in past competitions, and struggled when they did not fire. Pretorius believes the fact that important contributions are coming from the entire team makes them more dangerous. South Africa will likely have to beat both winless Bangladesh and red-hot England to reach the semi-finals, but Pretorius says they are fired-up to perform. "Our whole team, batting, bowling, whatever is contributing every time. We are not relying on one or two superstars to get us over...
Unfortunate that Chahal not playing in T20 World Cup: Tahir | Cricket News – Times of India
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Unfortunate that Chahal not playing in T20 World Cup: Tahir | Cricket News – Times of India

ABU DHABI: Veteran South Africa spinner Imran Tahir is surprised by the omission of Yuzvendra Chahal from the ongoing T20 World Cup, saying the leg-spinners with their variations can change a game in a matter of minutes. As the Virat Kohli-led side's T20 World Cup campaign is left in tatters following two successive losses, many have pointed fingers at the "selection blunders" including that of Chahal. "He is a wonderful bowler. I personally wanted to see him playing in the T20 World Cup. But unfortunately he didn't get picked," Tahir said in a virtual media interaction arranged by Abu Dhabi T10 League. "All the leg-spinners have got different variations. It's not just about googly and legbreak. Top-spinner, flipper, slider (are there). Leg spinners are playing a big role. Batsmen now c...
Sports Minister hands over trophies to 2020 National Sports Awards winners | More sports News – Times of India
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Sports Minister hands over trophies to 2020 National Sports Awards winners | More sports News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Sports Minister Anurag Thakur on Monday physically handed over trophies to the winners of National Sports Awards 2020 after the award ceremony was held virtually last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All the winners of the National Sports Awards 2020 had already received their cash awards but were not able to collect their trophies and citations because of the pandemic. On August 29 last, the Sports Ministry had conferred 74 National Sports Awards, including five Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (now renamed as Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna) and 27 Arjuna awards. Congratulations to all the Awardees of Khel Ratna 2020, Arjuna Award 2020, Dronacharya Award 2020 (Lifetime & Regul… https://t.co/Nq0Q9FkvCA— Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) 1635766404000The notable awardees who attended ...
Boxing World C’ships: Nishant, Sanjeet enter quarters; 4 others bow out
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Boxing World C’ships: Nishant, Sanjeet enter quarters; 4 others bow out

Indian boxers Nishant Dev (71kg) and Sanjeet (92kg) made the quarterfinals following impressive victories but four others, including Asian silver-medallist Deepak Bohria (51kg), bowed out of the AIBA Men’s World Championships after losing their last-16 stage bouts here on Monday. Nishant defeated Mexico’s Marco Alvarez Verde 3-2 in a late night bout on Sunday to set up a clash with Russia’s Vadim Musaev. Sanjeet, a quarterfinalist from the previous edition and the reigning Asian champion, got the better of Georgia’s Giorgi Tchigladze 4-1 to enter the last eight stage for a second successive time. He will face Italy’s Aziz Abbes Mouhiidine. However, Rohit Mor (57kg) went down to Kazakhstan’s Serik Temirzhanov 1-4. Akash Sangwan (67kg) too lost 0-5 to Cuba’s former world youth champion Ke...
ENG all but book semifinal spot after win over SL: A look at the points table so far
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ENG all but book semifinal spot after win over SL: A look at the points table so far

England: With their 26-run win over Sri Lanka, England have all but sealed their semifinal spot. Even if South Africa or Australia tie with them on points, England’s superior run rate (+3.183) should see them through. South Africa: If South Africa beat Bangladesh and but then lose to in-form England they will have to depend on how the results of the other games go. Australia: Australia, despite the loss to England, have a chance of advancing if they win their next two games, against Bangladesh and West Indies. Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka have just two points and will have to beat West Indies in their last game to have an outside chance. But for this to happen, Sri Lanka will hope that Australia and South Africa lose their last two games. West Indies: West Indies have to win their next two gam...
It was one of those matches where nothing worked out for India: Sachin Tendulkar | Cricket News – Times of India
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It was one of those matches where nothing worked out for India: Sachin Tendulkar | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Batting great and former India captain Sachin Tendulkar on Monday said the national team's defeat to New Zealand in the T20 World Cup was one of those matches where "nothing works out even if you try". India were pushed to the brink of elimination after Virat Kohli and his men suffered a seven-wicket loss to the Kiwis in Dubai on Sunday, their second successive defeat of the tournament. Tendulkar said Indian batters were forced to play big shots as they were not given easy singles by New Zealand and the bowlers lacked penetration while defending a low total of 110. "It was a difficult day for our team but these kind of days come sometimes, when even if you try, nothing comes out. Nothing much to talk about honestly. I just hope in the coming days, our team will show something...
T20 World Cup: Williamson is like a rock for New Zealand team, says Sachin Tendulkar | Cricket News – Times of India
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T20 World Cup: Williamson is like a rock for New Zealand team, says Sachin Tendulkar | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has explained the "critical" point where Team India went wrong on Sunday against New Zealand in the ongoing T20 World Cup. New Zealand produced a stunning bowling display to beat India by eight wickets and get their campaign up and running. "From the ball one, the bowling changes of Williamson were top notch. The planning was good and in the first six overs we were 35/2 and from those 35 runs the 20 came in five overs," said Tendulkar in his Facebook video. "After six overs till 10th over we only scored 13 runs, so according to me that was a critical point where we missed out on capitalising. Those easy singles were not available and that forced our batters to play the big shot," he added. Both India and New Zealand had lost their opening ...
Kapil Dev says Kohli’s ‘not brave enough’ statement is weak; urges Dhoni, Shastri to lift team morale | Cricket News – Times of India
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Kapil Dev says Kohli’s ‘not brave enough’ statement is weak; urges Dhoni, Shastri to lift team morale | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The legendary Kapil Dev feels Virat Kohli's admission of his team not being brave enough in the T20 World Cup loss to New Zealand is a "very weak statement" and head coach Ravi Shastri along with mentor Mahendra Singh Dhoni should step up to lift the players' morale. India lost by eight wickets to the Black Caps in Dubai on Sunday night, severely jeopardising their chances of making the semifinals. The 62-year-old former captain said the big names will have to take responsibility for what is transpiring in the UAE. "Obviously, it's a very weak statement from a player as big as Virat Kohli. We all know and we believe that he has the hunger and desire to win games for the team," he told 'ABP News'. POLL: WHY HAS INDIA LOST SO BADLY IN THEIR TWO T20 WORLD CUP MATCHES SO FAR?"But...
Shoaib Malik’s Pakistan morale ‘high’ before Namibia match | Cricket News – Times of India
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Shoaib Malik’s Pakistan morale ‘high’ before Namibia match | Cricket News – Times of India

ABU DHABI: Veteran allrounder Shoaib Malik said on Monday Pakistan's morale was "high" from last month's win over India ahead of this week's Twenty20 World Cup match against Namibia in Abu Dhabi. Pakistan raced to three wins in as many games starting with a resounding ten-wicket opening fixture victory over arch-rivals India followed by New Zealand and Afghanistan. They need another win to qualify for the semi-finals from Group 2 of the Super 12 stage. "The morale in the camp is high," said 39-year-old Malik before Tuesday's meeting. "When you win games, the confidence level is quite high in the dressing room. Everyone is looking forward to playing the rest of the games we have left in the tournament. "When you start your tournament against a big team (India) and then you win that game,...
T20 World Cup: McCullum praises Williamson’s ‘superb’ captaincy after New Zealand’s win | Cricket News – Times of India
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T20 World Cup: McCullum praises Williamson’s ‘superb’ captaincy after New Zealand’s win | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI (UAE): Former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum was left impressed with the Kiwis' performance against India in the T20 World Cup on Sunday. New Zealand produced a stunning bowling display to beat India by eight wickets and get their campaign up and running. Both India and New Zealand had lost their opening Super 12s matches to Pakistan and came into this one knowing that defeat would leave their hopes of reaching the semi-final hanging by a thread. McCullum praised skipper Kane Williamson for his captaincy against India and said the win has now put the New Zealand World Cup campaign back on track. "Professional performance full of planning and intent from the @BLACKCAPS v @BCCI today. World Cup campaign on track. Balanced bowling line up and superb tactically from the skipper,...
Retire? It has not crossed my mind, says Lionel Messi | Football News – Times of India
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Retire? It has not crossed my mind, says Lionel Messi | Football News – Times of India

MADRID: Argentine football superstar Lionel Messi says he has not given any thought about retiring after next year's World Cup adding he would love to be Barcelona sporting director when he does finally hang up his boots. The six-time Ballon D'Or winner will be 35 by the time the World Cup -- a trophy that has eluded him through his stellar career -- comes round in Qatar next year. Messi is tied to French Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint Germain till June 2023 -- with the option of an extra year -- after leaving his beloved Barcelona in August. He told Monday's edition of Catalan newspaper Sport retirement was not on his agenda. "No, truthfully no," he said regarding hanging up his boots. "After all that has happened to me, I just live day to day, year after year. "I do not know what is goin...
India don’t have mental strength: Gautam Gambhir | Cricket News – Times of India
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India don’t have mental strength: Gautam Gambhir | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: After the crushing eight-wicket defeat against New Zealand, former India opener Gautam Gambhir has slammed the Virat-Kohli-led side, saying that they have the skills but lack the much-needed mental toughness to win big knockout games in ICC tournaments. India have succumbed to pressure and lost two successive matches, against Pakistan and New Zealand, in the T20 World Cup. According to Gambhir, the Indian team has the skills but they lack the mental strength to win important games in ICC events. "Yes talent is one thing; you've got all the skills and do really well in bilateral and stuff. But when it comes to these kinds of games and tournaments, this is when you have got to stand up and perform," said Gambhir on ESPNCricinfo. "This game was literally like a quarterfinal. The...
Tottenham sack manager Nuno Espirito Santo after latest defeat | Football News – Times of India
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Tottenham sack manager Nuno Espirito Santo after latest defeat | Football News – Times of India

Tottenham Hotspur have sacked manager Nuno Espirito Santo, the Premier League club announced on Monday, after a 3-0 home loss to Manchester United at the weekend left the London side eighth in the table. "I know how much Nuno and his coaching staff wanted to succeed and I regret that we have had to take this decision," Spurs' managing director of football Fabio Paratici said in a statement. Source link
Desert Disaster: Virat Kohli’s captaincy, bubble fatigue, poor squad selection, IPL scheduling | Cricket News – Times of India
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Desert Disaster: Virat Kohli’s captaincy, bubble fatigue, poor squad selection, IPL scheduling | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: A captain struggling to find his bearings, a team in which few players were picked on the basis of reputation than current form and jaded bodies desperately seeking a break from the bio-bubbles have all contributed to India's disastrous T20 World Cup campaign. In 2021, it will be very difficult to point fingers at one particular cause for this shoddy performance -- it could be those first 12 balls from Shaheen Shah Afridi that scarred them, or perhaps it was about "not being brave enough" in terms of execution as skipper Virat Kohli said after the defeat to New Zealand. "I am shocked, not just by the loss, it's the manner in which they have lost. You can have all the support staff but it's about execution. It's the cricketers who have to go out there and play." When someone a...
How India’s batsmen, Kohli included, failed to play bravely against New Zealand
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How India’s batsmen, Kohli included, failed to play bravely against New Zealand

What is it to be brave on a cricket field, especially in the T20 version, when one isn’t talking about facing bouncers on a hostile pitch? A dash of initiative to seize the game by the scruff of its neck and bend it your way. Not desperate slogging after dawdling around, and certainly not meandering along hoping the opposition would muck up, both of which India did against New Zealand. Skipper Virat Kohli certainly didn’t see that quality in his team on Sunday. Usually after a loss, the Indian skipper speaks about intent, this time he put the side’s courage under the scanner. “I don’t think we were brave enough with bat or ball … Every time we felt like we want to take a chance [while batting], we lost a wicket,” Kohli said after the defeat. “That happens in T20 cricket, but that’s most...
Anurag Thakur hands over trophies to 2020 National Sports Awards winners
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Anurag Thakur hands over trophies to 2020 National Sports Awards winners

Sports Minister Anurag Thakur on Monday physically handed over trophies to the winners of National Sports Awards 2020 after the award ceremony was held virtually last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All the winners of the National Sports Awards 2020 had already received their cash awards but were not able to collect their trophies and citation because of the pandemic. On August 29 last, the Sports Ministry had conferred 74 National Sports Awards, including five Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (now renamed as Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna) and 27 Arjuna awards. The notable awardees who attended Monday’s ceremony at a city hotel here were women’s hockey captain Rani Rampal, star wrestler Vinesh Phogat and 2016 Paralympics gold winner Thangavelu Mariyappan, who were handed the prestigious Khel R...