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Day: November 10, 2021

Jeev Milkha Singh: It’s like a new start for me in golf
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Jeev Milkha Singh: It’s like a new start for me in golf

It has been close to a year since 14-time International winner 49-year-old Jeev Milkha Singh competed in an event at his home course Chandigarh Golf Club. Jeev, who lost his parents, legendary athlete Milkha Singh and former Indian volleyball captain Nirmal Milkha Singh early this year to Covid-19, will be competing in the Jeev Milkha Singh Invitational 2021 at the Chandigarh Golf Club starting Thursday. “The last months have been  emotionally tough for all of us. While I took a break from golf over these months, we spent two months in England. We also spent time with my mother’s younger sister in Liverpool. She remains perhaps the only relative alive from both my parents’ generation and we talked about all the memories. My parents watched me play this tournament in the last three editi...
KL Rahul climbs to 5th, Virat Kohli drops to 8th in latest ICC T20I rankings | Cricket News – Times of India
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KL Rahul climbs to 5th, Virat Kohli drops to 8th in latest ICC T20I rankings | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: India's KL Rahul climbed three places to fifth but Virat Kohli slipped four spots to eighth in the latest ICC men's T20I rankings issued on Wednesday. Rahul, who scored three fifties in India's last three matches after struggling against Pakistan and New Zealand in the first two games of the T20 World Cup, moved to No. 5. The 29-year-old batter scored 69, 50 and 54 not out against Afghanistan, Scotland and Namibia but the knocks came too late for India as they exited the tournament in the Super 12 stage. Among others, Aiden Markram's unbeaten knock of 52 in just 25 balls in South Africa's victory over Group 1 table-toppers England saw him climb to the No. 3 spot. Markram's heroics with the bat has also helped him break into the top 10 all-rounders' list, rising seven places to No...
Wrestler, brother shot in Sonipat, mother injured; accused coach on the run
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Wrestler, brother shot in Sonipat, mother injured; accused coach on the run

A 20-YEAR-OLD wrestler and her 18-year-old brother were shot dead Wednesday afternoon at a wrestling academy in Halalpur village of Haryana’s Sonipat, allegedly by her coach and his accomplices, police said. The mother of the victims, Nisha Dahiya and Suraj Dahiya, was also shot at and is undergoing treatment at PGIMS in Rohtak, police said. The victims’ father, who is an Inspector in the CRPF and posted in Srinagar, has been informed about the incident that occurred at around 2 pm. In a statement to police, the mother, Dhanpati, alleged that the coach, Pawan, who is also the owner of the academy, had opened fire at them after her daughter accused him of harassing her. Mayank Gupta, Assistant Superintendent of Police (Kharkhoda), said: “Prima facie, the main suspect is Pawan, who is...
Women’s World Boxing Championship postponed; AIBA says Covid-19 situation too difficult | Boxing News – Times of India
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Women’s World Boxing Championship postponed; AIBA says Covid-19 situation too difficult | Boxing News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Next month's women's world boxing championship in Istanbul was on Wednesday postponed till March 2022 by the sport's governing body AIBA, which said the "Covid-19 situation is too difficult at present" and it cannot take the risk to proceed with the event. As reported by PTI on Tuesday, the event's postponement was sealed during the recent men's world championships in Belgrade where several countries expressed apprehensions about travelling to Turkey amid a surge in COVID cases. AIBA Women‘s World Boxing Championships to be postponed until March 2022🥊https://t.co/c2BkjygBDf#boxing… https://t.co/jk0RTY5dsP— AIBA (@AIBA_Boxing) 1636558078000"As such, AIBA Board of Directors, in consensus with the Turkish National Federation, has decided to postpone the Women's World Championshi...
‘This could be ‘underdogs’ Australia’s year’, says Brett Lee on prospect of maiden T20 World Cup title | Cricket News – Times of India
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‘This could be ‘underdogs’ Australia’s year’, says Brett Lee on prospect of maiden T20 World Cup title | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: Former pacer Brett Lee believes with David Warner in prime form, "underdogs" Australia are well poised to clinch their maiden ICC T20 World Cup title this time. But for that to realise, Australia first will have to beat firm favourites Pakistan in the second semifinal on Thursday. "After almost a month of action, it all comes down to five days, four teams and three matches at the ICC Men's T20 Cricket World Cup 2021. And I reckon this could be Australia's year," he wrote in a column for the ICC. "England are the favourites from here but I sense the belief in the Australia camp and I think there is some real momentum there. Everything is clicking nicely ahead of Thursday's semi-final against Pakistan." Lee said he had faith in Warner's ability to regain form and had a chat with hi...
Afghanistan appoints former all-rounder Mirwais Ashraf as new cricket chief | Cricket News – Times of India
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Afghanistan appoints former all-rounder Mirwais Ashraf as new cricket chief | Cricket News – Times of India

KABUL: The Taliban Wednesday appointed former all-rounder Mirwais Ashraf as acting chairman of the Afghanistan Cricket Board to replace Azizullah Fazli, who was in charge for just two months. Afghanistan media reported the decision was taken after demands by national players while meeting Taliban officials in Abu Dhabi during the ongoing Twenty20 World Cup. "The prime minister of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has appointed Mirwais Ashraf as acting chairman of the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB)," said a Taliban statement. MirwaisAshraf16 Appointed as the Acting Chairman of ACBBased on decree No: 199 of Afghanistan’s Prime Minister an… https://t.co/mYUveKplH1— Afghanistan Cricket Board (@ACBofficials) 1636551975000Ashraf played 46 one-day internationals and 25 Twenty20 international...
Portugal’s Bernardo Silva ruled out of World Cup qualifier against Ireland | Football News – Times of India
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Portugal’s Bernardo Silva ruled out of World Cup qualifier against Ireland | Football News – Times of India

Portugal midfielder Bernardo Silva will miss Thursday's World Cup qualifier away to Ireland due to "muscle issues", manager Fernando Santos told reporters on Wednesday. Silva, who has been in terrific form for his club Manchester City this season and was instrumental in their Premier League derby win against rivals United at the weekend, missed training on Monday and was also absent on Tuesday. "I don't count on him. He has muscle complaints. I don't think he has the conditions to go to this game. We think he will be okay for Serbia (on Sunday)," said Santos. "He arrived tired, complaining, he has many games on him, and couldn't go to training, but he's recovering well and we hope and we believe he'll be able to play here with Serbia." The game in Dublin against Ireland is crucial for P...
Neesham’s journey: From fighting depression to being New Zealand’s crisis manager
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Neesham’s journey: From fighting depression to being New Zealand’s crisis manager

Sometime in 2017, New Zealand’s World T20 semi-final hero Jimmy Neesham was gripped by a growing sense of depression. He would wake up in the mornings of games, open the shades of his room, and would hope for rain. “Hoping it was raining is not the ideal way to be starting a day of cricket,” he said. He decided to quit the game. Luckily for him, Heath Mills, the head of player association in New Zealand cricket, and his team had been closely observing Neesham. Mills has seen talented players like Jesse Ryder and others struggling with mental-health issues in the past and is particularly sensitive to spotting signs. “I had observed him and suspected that he was struggling mentally. I got in touch with him and we started talking,” Mills tells The Indian Express, hours after Neesham’s thr...
Growing up on rugby circuit, how Daryl Mitchell became a world class cricketer
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Growing up on rugby circuit, how Daryl Mitchell became a world class cricketer

Daryl Mitchell’s first cricketing memory is of the Lord’s. The Mitchell household was then shuttling between London and Manchester, where his father, John, was coaching English rugby sides, Sales and Wasps. And they would often drive around the stadium, and his father would tell him that it’s the most historic cricket ground in the world. Nothing specifically registered in his mind, except his father’s words and the architectural grandeur. It’s later, when he blossomed into a fine cricketer, that he realised the glow of his first cricketing memory. Twenty five years later, it turned out to be his temporary home when Middlesex acquired his services. “I felt emotional, and I still remember we used to drive past [Lord’s] and all of that as a little kid. I think I was about five years old,...
Mitchell learns to rock as Kiwis pull off heist, enter T20 World Cup final
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Mitchell learns to rock as Kiwis pull off heist, enter T20 World Cup final

It was a chance selection that changed Daryl Mitchell’s T20 World Cup future. Coming into the tournament, he wasn’t New Zealand’s first-choice opener. Wicketkeeper Tim Seifert was to partner Martin Guptill at the top. But Seifert agreed to bat down the order in New Zealand’s second warm-up game, against Pakistan, and through his 20-ball 27, Mitchell emerged as a better power-hitting option in the Powerplay. The Kiwis are unassuming winners and in their five-wicket victory over England in the semifinal on Wednesday, they produced an unlikely hero. Mitchell is the angry young man in the New Zealand team, an aberration in a group of well-behaved gentlemen. Last year, he was fined for using foul language during a Test against the West Indies. But the team culture has helped him subdue his ...
Czech Kretinsky acquires 27% stake in Premier League club West Ham United | Football News – Times of India
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Czech Kretinsky acquires 27% stake in Premier League club West Ham United | Football News – Times of India

LONDON: Czech billionaire Daniel Kretinsky has completed his purchase of a 27 percent stake in West Ham, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday. West Ham said in a statement "it is intended" that Kretinsky and his colleague Pavel Horsky would become members of the board at the London Stadium alongside joint-chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold and vice-chair Karren Brady. The London club said the deal would help reduce long-term debt and continue the "positive progress" made in recent years. "On behalf of the board I am very pleased to welcome Daniel Kretinsky, Pavel Horsky and (investment group) 1890s holdings a.s to West Ham United," said Brady. "We are always looking to continue to progress and Daniel's involvement brings investment which strengthens the club's position and...
‘Their fighting spirit is Kane Williamson’s 12th Man’: Reactions pour in as NZ reach first T20 WC final
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‘Their fighting spirit is Kane Williamson’s 12th Man’: Reactions pour in as NZ reach first T20 WC final

Whenever England and New Zealand play with each other in the World Cup, spectators can be sure that there’s going to be loads of drama in the offing. This one was no different as New Zealand, after a stuttering start, demolished England bowlers in the last couple of overs to punch their tickets to the final of the 2021 T20 World Cup. Daryl Mitchell and James Neesham powered the Kiwis to a stunning five-wicket victory over England on Wednesday. This will also be New Zealand’s first-ever appearance in the final of a T20 World Cup. 2019WC ✅2021WTC ✅2021T20WC ✅ Newzealand Reached Final in Last 3 ICC Tournaments#T20Worldcup — CricBeat (@Cric_beat) November 10, 2021 Needing 57 off the last four overs, Neesham clobbered 26 off just 10 balls before Mitchell anchored New Zealand to 167-5 with a...
Bairstow finds himself in boundary drama; Kane Williamson marshalls his troops to reach first World T20 Final
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Bairstow finds himself in boundary drama; Kane Williamson marshalls his troops to reach first World T20 Final

A wicket-keeper since his junior days, Johnny Bairstow has spent many hours diving around on the field. But here he was playing probably the most important T20 game of his life and England’s fortunes depended on his diving catch. But this was cricket. Pardon the pun, there was a catch. And he was on the boundary ropes. Had Jimmy Neesham hit the ball a bit harder, Bairstow would have merely watched the ball sail over the fence. If the shot was slightly less powerful, he wouldn’t have to dive. This was a cruel skier, it lingered over the rope for a while and the stadium watched Bairstow with open mouth. Will it drop in or out? Will Bairstow catch it or not? He dived, he got the ball in his hands but his knee touched the boundary rope. This was a game of small margins. New Zealand had won...
‘Thank you for being constant source of learning and counsel’: Bumrah to Shastri and coaching staff | Cricket News – Times of India
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‘Thank you for being constant source of learning and counsel’: Bumrah to Shastri and coaching staff | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India pacer Jasprit Bumrah on Wednesday thanked Team India outgoing head coach Ravi Shastri and other members of the support staff for always offering support, motivation, and encouragement. Shastri (head coach), Bharat Arun (bowling coach), and R Sridhar (fielding coach) had the ICC Men's T20 World Cup as their last assignment and now Rahul Dravid will be taking over as the head coach and his first assignment would be home T20I and Test series against New Zealand. "For the words of support, motivation, and encouragement. For the guidance and the tireless work behind the scenes. For being a constant source of learning and counsel. Thank you for your invaluable contribution and good luck for your future endeavours," tweeted Bumrah. For the words of support, motivation and enco...
Not ideal World Cup for us, but we learn and grow, says KL Rahul | Cricket News – Times of India
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Not ideal World Cup for us, but we learn and grow, says KL Rahul | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: Indian opening batter KL Rahul expressed his disappointment after his side failed to qualify for the semi-final of the ongoing ICC Men's T20 World Cup. India rounded off the Super 12s stage of the showpiece event with a resounding nine-wicket victory over Namibia in Group 2 on Monday. Both sides had already failed to make the semi-finals before the action got underway in Dubai, but India finished on a high as half-centuries from Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul helped them chase 133 with ease. "Not the ideal World Cup for us, but we learn and grow. Grateful to all our fans for their love and support. Thank you to our coaches for helping us grow as cricketers. A big shout-out to @virat.kohli for being a leader who led by example and for everything you have done for us," wrote Rahul on Ko...
Keshav Maharaj to lead South Africa in ODI series with the Netherlands | Cricket News – Times of India
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Keshav Maharaj to lead South Africa in ODI series with the Netherlands | Cricket News – Times of India

JOHANNESBURG: Left-arm spin bowler Keshav Maharaj will captain South Africa in three one-day internationals against the Netherlands, starting on November 26. Cricket South Africa on Wednesday announced a 16-man squad missing several leading players, including regular white ball captain Temba Bavuma. Bavuma and fellow batsmen Aiden Markram, Quinton de Kock and Rassie van der Dussen and fast bowlers Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje were all rested, according to a statement by Cricket South Africa, "following a high workload and back-to-back (bio-secure) bubbles". All the rested players are likely to feature in a three-Test series against India in December and January. All-rounder Wayne Parnell was recalled to the national team for the first time since 2017 after a Kolpak county contract in...
T20 World Cup: Battle with Shaheen Afridi in Powerplay will be crucial, says Finch | Cricket News – Times of India
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T20 World Cup: Battle with Shaheen Afridi in Powerplay will be crucial, says Finch | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: Australia will need to handle Shaheen Shah Afridi's inswinging deliveries in the Powerplay overs well when they face Pakistan in the second semi-final of the T20 World Cup, captain Aaron Finch said on Wednesday. Pakistan have won all five group league games but it's Afridi's fiery first spell against India in the opening Super 12 game that is now a part of T20 folklore. "Shaheen has been in really good form for Pakistan. Yeah, so that's going to be a crucial battle no doubt,' Finch said at the pre-match press conference. Underlining the importance of the first six overs, Finch said: "I think what we've seen over the course of the tournament is how important the powerplay is for batting and bowling. "I think the stats around the middle overs and the death overs are pretty similar ...
Win against India gave Pakistan momentum, says Matthew Hayden | Cricket News – Times of India
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Win against India gave Pakistan momentum, says Matthew Hayden | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: Pakistan's batting consultant Matthew Hayden believes the 10-wicket thrashing of arch-rivals India set the tone for his side in the ongoing T20 World Cup and cited the players' commitment to training and spirituality as the reasons for a stupendous unbeaten run so far. With five wins out of as many games in the group stages, Pakistan are one of the favourites to lift the T20 World Cup and will take on Australia in the semifinal on Thursday. Hayden, who was roped in as batting consultant for the mega-event, heaped praise on skipper Babar Azam for showing wonderful temperament and control during a high-pressure campaign. "The highlight...the first game that we played here at Dubai, where we're playing tomorrow night, against India, and just how under immense pressure...only compara...
Meet Asser Malik: Nobel laureate Malala’s husband and Pakistan cricket official
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Meet Asser Malik: Nobel laureate Malala’s husband and Pakistan cricket official

Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai now has a cricket connection after marrying Asser Malik, Pakistan Cricket Board’s general manager (high performance). They tied the knot in Birmingham on Tuesday after a two-year courtship. The bride confirmed the news on Twitter, posting pictures and a message: “Today marks a precious day in my life. Asser and I tied the knot to be partners for life. We celebrated a small nikkah ceremony at home in Birmingham with our families. Please send us your prayers. We are excited to walk together for the journey ahead.” Malala Yousafzai. (CWC) Malik graduated from Aitchison College in Lahore and after higher studies at Lahore University, took to entrepreneurship. Cricket has always been his passion. “I know Asser professionally. What I can tell you is that he us...
Meet Asser Malik: Nobel laureate Malala’s husband and Pakistan cricket official
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Meet Asser Malik: Nobel laureate Malala’s husband and Pakistan cricket official

Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai now has a cricket connection after marrying Asser Malik, Pakistan Cricket Board’s general manager (high performance). They tied the knot in Birmingham on Tuesday after a two-year courtship. The bride confirmed the news on Twitter, posting pictures and a message: “Today marks a precious day in my life. Asser and I tied the knot to be partners for life. We celebrated a small nikkah ceremony at home in Birmingham with our families. Please send us your prayers. We are excited to walk together for the journey ahead.” Malala Yousafzai. (CWC) Malik graduated from Aitchison College in Lahore and after higher studies at Lahore University, took to entrepreneurship. Cricket has always been his passion. “I know Asser professionally. What I can tell you is that he us...