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Indian para shuttlers in Uganda witness twin blasts near team hotel | Badminton News – Times of India
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Indian para shuttlers in Uganda witness twin blasts near team hotel | Badminton News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Indian para shuttlers competing at the Uganda Para badminton international suffered a jolt when there were multiple explosions near the team hotel at the capital city of Kampala on Tuesday. The two bomb blasts led to the death of at least three civilians and caused chaos in Kampala as terrified residents fled the city's centre. Chief coach of Indian para badminton team, Gaurav Khanna said the blasts happened around 100 metres away from the hotel but everyone is safe and there is nothing to worry. "Few players were leaving for the badminton hall when there was this blast. It led to a lot of chaos on the street. We also immediately went back but now things are fine. We have spoken to the embassy and there is nothing to worry," Khanna told PTI. "It won't have any effect on our s...
If a player fails while trying to perform assigned role, we will still give him confidence: Rohit Sharma | Cricket News – Times of India
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If a player fails while trying to perform assigned role, we will still give him confidence: Rohit Sharma | Cricket News – Times of India

JAIPUR: India's new T20 captain Rohit Sharma on Tuesday said instilling a sense of security in players will be his priority and he will not stop hand-holding them even if they fail in a few games while trying to perform specific roles for the team. Ahead of his first full-time assignment as India captain against New Zealand, Rohit outlined the need for him and coach Rahul Dravid to play a "big role" in allowing individuals to play fearless cricket and instil confidence even when they don't get the desired results. "I think it is an important aspect of the format (T20) where people have that assurance of going in and taking those chances in the middle. If it comes off, it comes off, if it doesn't then what happens," Rohit said when PTI asked how he would like to maintain a balance betwee...
Mushtaq Ali Trophy: Vidarbha stun Maharashtra by 7 wickets to enter quarters; Kerala, Karnataka too win | Cricket News – Times of India
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Mushtaq Ali Trophy: Vidarbha stun Maharashtra by 7 wickets to enter quarters; Kerala, Karnataka too win | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Vidarbha stunned Maharashtra by seven wickets in the first pre-quarterfinal of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy on Tuesday to enter the last-eight stage of the national T20 championship. Opting to field at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Vidarbha restricted Maharashtra to 157/8 despite a brisk 45-ball 66 by one-down Rahul Tripathi. Then they rode on half centuries by opener Atharva Taide (56 off 38 balls) and skipper Akshay Wadkar (58 not out off 47 balls) to chase down the target with 13 balls to spare. Maharashtra lost skipper Naushad Shaikh (0), who was trapped in front of the wicket by young right-arm pacer Yash Thakur (3/17), in the second over. ICYMI: Yash Thakur's impressive 3/17 against Maharashtra 👌 👌The young Vidarbha pacer put on a fine show with the… https://t.co/A4yo4mxfqr— BCC...
From Shastri-Kohli to Dravid-Rohit, coach-captain camaraderie could be the unchanging theme of Indian cricket
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From Shastri-Kohli to Dravid-Rohit, coach-captain camaraderie could be the unchanging theme of Indian cricket

The India captain then was being asked about the importance of communication between players and coaches. Just as he had said his bit, the head coach and former India captain chimed in. “I will answer that same question.” That was former head coach Ravi Shastri, sitting next to Virat Kohli, at his first press conference after taking over from Anil Kumble in July 2017. It had been a time of acrimony inside the dressing room and innuendo outside. That evening at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai, Shastri was at his combative best. He even ended up answering a few questions addressed to Kohli. The world has changed unrecognisably four years hence. On Tuesday, another former India player and captain addressed their first press conference together. The new appointee – head coach Rahul Dravid a...
Rafiq calls Joe Root a ‘good man’, but criticises him for pleading ignorance to ‘institutional racism’ | Cricket News – Times of India
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Rafiq calls Joe Root a ‘good man’, but criticises him for pleading ignorance to ‘institutional racism’ | Cricket News – Times of India

LONDON: Former Yorkshire player Azeem Rafiq on Tuesday called Joe Root "a good man" but expressed his disappointment at the England Test skipper for pleading ignorance to what he described as "institutional racism". Rafiq narrated his experiences of racism and discrimination at the club in detail as he addressed UK Members of Parliament in the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (DCMS). He questioned the England cricket establishment where people tend to forget the racism that exists. Root had recently said that the racism scandal at his county Yorkshire has "fractured our game and torn lives apart". "Rooty is a good man," Rafiq said during the hearing. "He has never engaged in racist language. I found it hurtful because Rooty was Gary Ballance's housemate." "Maybe he didn't rem...
Bangladesh rest Mushfiqur Rahim for Pakistan T20Is | Cricket News – Times of India
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Bangladesh rest Mushfiqur Rahim for Pakistan T20Is | Cricket News – Times of India

DHAKA: Bangladesh will rest batsman Mushfiqur Rahim for the three-match Twenty20 International series against Pakistan starting in Dhaka on Friday. Mushfiqur was under fire for his below-par performance in the recent Twenty20 World Cup, having scored just one half-century in eight matches. Bangladesh had a dismal tournament, where they lost to Scotland in the qualifiers and failed to win a single game in the Super-12 phase. They were forced to make at least six changes to the squad for the upcoming series, with all-rounders Shakib Al Hasan and Mohammad Saifuddin ruled out due to injury. Batsmen Liton Das and Soumya Sarkar have been dropped for the series against the World Cup semi-finalists, as well as fast bowler Rubel Hossain. Those recalled to the side include batsman Najmul Hossain ...
Indian archers confirm three medals, face ‘nemesis’ Korea in all finals | More sports News – Times of India
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Indian archers confirm three medals, face ‘nemesis’ Korea in all finals | More sports News – Times of India

DHAKA: India entered the finals of the men, women and mixed team events of the Asian Archery Championships on Tuesday, assuring the nation of at least three medals in continental showpiece. India also remained in the hunt for three bronze medals in the compound men, women and recurve mixed team events after losing their respective semifinal matches. Top seed Korea, who has been their perennial nemesis in almost every international competition, will once again stand in India's gold medal way in all the three events. The archery heavyweight nation, Korea, are in line for a clean sweep at the continental showpiece. India had on Monday kept themselves in the hunt for two medals in the individual compound section, with one being assured. Making amend for their below-par show in the individua...
Rohit Sharma: Virat Kohli’s role as batter will remain the same | Cricket News – Times of India
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Rohit Sharma: Virat Kohli’s role as batter will remain the same | Cricket News – Times of India

JAIPUR: India's new T20 captain Rohit Sharma doesn't foresee any change in Virat Kohli's role as a batter in the new set-up and expects his predecessor to continue dishing out impactful performances. Kohli has relinquished his T20 captaincy and from Wednesday's opening T20 International against New Zealand, Rohit will be the full-time skipper in the shortest format going into next year's World Cup. When asked how he perceives the former captain's role, Rohit was precise in his reply. "It's very simple. Whatever he has been doing till now, his role in this team remains the same," the Indian captain said ahead of the first T20 International against the Black Caps. "He is a very important player for the team and whenever he plays, he creates an impact. From the team's perspective, he is an...
Rahul Dravid: Players are not machines, workload management a must | Cricket News – Times of India
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Rahul Dravid: Players are not machines, workload management a must | Cricket News – Times of India

JAIPUR: Aware that guiding an age-group outfit is vastly different from helming a ruthlessly result-oriented international outfit, India's new head coach Rahul Dravid wants to strike a fine balance between winning every game and building a team for the future. On the eve of New Zealand T20 Internationals, Dravid admitted he will have to think long-term but also need to focus on ensuring that the team is on a winning way. 🎥 Head Coach Rahul Dravid rekindles his first meeting with a young @ImRo45 & lauds the #TeamIndia T20I captain for… https://t.co/qdiGYxsDx9— BCCI (@BCCI) 1637076009000"You can't coach different teams in the same way. Certain principles of coaching will never change. But of course the teams that you coach, they come with unique set of challenges, unique set of requir...
Mithali, Smriti remain in top 10; Taylor, Matthews advance in ICC women’s ODI rankings | Cricket News – Times of India
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Mithali, Smriti remain in top 10; Taylor, Matthews advance in ICC women’s ODI rankings | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: Indian duo of Mithali Raj and Smriti Mandhana were static at the third and sixth spots respectively in the latest update to the ICC women's ODI player rankings on Tuesday. Veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami was at the second place among ODI bowlers, while Deepti Sharma stayed at the fifth position in the ODI all-rounder rankings. West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor moved up in the list of batters after a match-winning century against Pakistan that helped complete a 3-0 series win. Tuesday's updates by the ICC, which take into account the second and third ODIs between Pakistan and the West Indies as well as the three Zimbabwe versus Bangladesh matches, saw Taylor move up two slots to 12th position after an unbeaten 102 in the third ODI in Karachi. Taylor's compatriot Hayley Matthews is ...
Medvedev beats Zverev and edges closer to ATP Finals semis
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Medvedev beats Zverev and edges closer to ATP Finals semis

Defending champion Daniil Medvedev inched closer to the ATP Finals semifinals after beating 2018 champ Alexander Zverev on Tuesday to make it two wins out of two in Turin. Medvedev, who won the U.S. Open in September for his first Grand Slam title, took just over 2 1/2 hours to beat Zverev 6-3, 6-7 (3), 7-6 (6) and move level with the German on a tour-leading 56 wins. He leads Red Group and will be guaranteed a place in the final four if first-time qualifier Hubert Hurkacz beats local favorite Matteo Berrettini later Tuesday. Berrettini retired against Zverev on Sunday with an apparent abdominal injury and, if he isn’t fit enough, could be replaced by Jannik Sinner, another Italian, who is the first alternate. 7 wins in a row at the #NittoATPFinals 👏@DaniilMedwed is on the hunt for bac...
India’s Test specialists brace up for NZ series by toiling hard at BKC | Cricket News – Times of India
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India’s Test specialists brace up for NZ series by toiling hard at BKC | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: India's Test specialists, including senior speedster Ishant Sharma, toiled hard at the nets on the second day of the short camp on Tuesday as they braced up for the upcoming Test series against New Zealand. Hosts India will take on New Zealand in a two-match series, starting in Kanpur from November 25. The second Test will be played at the iconic Wankhede stadium from December 3. While the focus was on skipper Ajinkya Rahane on the opening day, it was Ishant and comeback man Jayant Yadav who bowled in the nets for a considerable amount of time on Tuesday. The lanky Delhi speedster, who has played a staggering 104 Tests, bowled both in the morning and the afternoon session as he looked to sharpen his skills. Jayant Yadav, who made a comeback to the Test team after a long time, al...
Azeem Rafiq tells British lawmakers he felt ‘humiliated’ by racism | Cricket News – Times of India
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Azeem Rafiq tells British lawmakers he felt ‘humiliated’ by racism | Cricket News – Times of India

LONDON: Former Yorkshire cricketer Azeem Rafiq fought back tears as he told a committee of British lawmakers on Tuesday he felt "isolated and humiliated" by the racist treatment he received while playing for the club. An independent report found the Pakistan-born player was a victim of "racial harassment and bullying" while Rafiq himself said he had been driven to thoughts of suicide over the way he was treated. Although the English county apologised, they said they would take no disciplinary action against any staff -- a decision that was met with disbelief in many quarters and prompted the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee to hold a hearing. "I felt, isolated, humiliated at times," Rafiq, who had two periods at the club, told the committee. The 30-year-old Rafiq said ...
Azeem to Tribunal: Hoggard called us Raffa the Kaffir, Elephant washer, P***
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Azeem to Tribunal: Hoggard called us Raffa the Kaffir, Elephant washer, P***

On Tuesday, former Yorkshire player Azeem Rafiq, at the centre of English cricket’s racism scandal, gave disturbing details from his playing days to the Leeds Employment Tribunal. The 30-year-old spinner, while alleging ill-treatment and bias because of his roots, had filed a case against the Yorkshire Cricket club. His emotional outpouring is part of the document published for public record on the UK Parliamentary committees website. Spectacular courage from Azeem Rafiq giving this testimony. So so grim pic.twitter.com/njq1ROF2fi — Oli Dugmore (@OliDugmore) November 16, 2021 Following are the excerpts from Rafiq’s submission. “Raffa the Kaffir, Elephant washer and Pigs” On Matthew Hoggard, former England bowler: It was Hoggy [Matthew Hoggard] who started calling me “Raffa the Kaffir”....
Clarke predicts Langer will bow out if Australia win Ashes | Cricket News – Times of India
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Clarke predicts Langer will bow out if Australia win Ashes | Cricket News – Times of India

SYDNEY: Former skipper Michael Clarke feels Justin Langer will step down as head coach if Australia add an Ashes victory to their recent T20 World Cup title. Langer, who was appointed as Australia's chief coach in the aftermath of the infamous 2018 ball-tampering scandal, helped deliver the country's maiden T20 World Cup title on Sunday. "He wanted Australia to be the best team in the world. He wanted us to play a brand of cricket that he's proud of, and we've just won the World Cup," Clarke was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald. "If we can win the Ashes as well, he's achieved everything that he's come here for and knowing Lang (Langer) he won't coach for the wrong reasons," he added. The former Test opener's job had been under the scanner since Australia's disappointing los...
Guanyu Zhou signs for Alfa Romeo, becomes China’s first F1 driver | Racing News – Times of India
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Guanyu Zhou signs for Alfa Romeo, becomes China’s first F1 driver | Racing News – Times of India

PARIS: Guanyu Zhou will become China's first ever Formula One driver after Alfa Romeo announced on Tuesday the 22-year-old would drive for the team. Zhou has been making waves in Formula Two this season and will team up with Valtteri Bottas, who will be moving from Mercedes. Breaking news! 🗞️ @gyzhou_33 completes our line-up for 2022! 👏Check the full story 📲 https://t.co/WEr8lhNFEV… https://t.co/6AUfDDffqb— Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN (@alfaromeoracing) 1637054140000"To be the first ever Chinese driver in Formula 1 is a breakthrough for Chinese motorsport history," said Zhou. "I know a lot of hopes will be resting on me and, as ever, I will take this as motivation to become better and achieve more." Our latest signing @gyzhou_33 has a special message for the team’s fans... 😊💬 #AlfaRomeoRaci...
If a player fails while trying to perform assigned role, we will still give him confidence: Rohit
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If a player fails while trying to perform assigned role, we will still give him confidence: Rohit

India’s new T20 captain Rohit Sharma on Tuesday said instilling a sense of security in players will be his priority and he will not stop hand-holding them even if they fail in a few games while trying to perform specific roles for the team. Ahead of his first full-time assignment as India captain against New Zealand, Rohit outlined the need for him and coach Rahul Dravid to play a “big role” in allowing individuals to play fearless cricket and instill confidence even when they don’t get the desired results. “I think it is an important aspect of the format (T20) where people have that assurance of going in and taking those chances in the middle. If it comes off, it comes off, if it doesn’t then what happens,” Rohit said when PTI asked how he would like to maintain a balance between secur...
Sachin visits seva kutir, meets kids on 8th anniversary of his retirement
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Sachin visits seva kutir, meets kids on 8th anniversary of his retirement

On the eighth anniversary of his retirement, legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar visited social projects for children that he is supporting, in various parts of Madhya Pradesh. He also took stock of the construction of a school that his foundation is building in association with NGO Parivaar, in memory of his late father Ramesh Tendulkar. With the situation around Covid-19 easing, he visited children in the remote village of Sewaniya in Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday. The Master Blaster interacted with the children as well as the the young teachers at the centre. He also visited the kitchen, to understand how nutritious meals are being cooked for the beneficiaries. Always a privilege to play for #TeamIndia – on the field or off it. Was satisfying to visit our seva kutirs & free reside...
Sindhu, Lakshya enter second round of Indonesia Masters
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Sindhu, Lakshya enter second round of Indonesia Masters

P V Sindhu eased into the second round with a straight-game win after fellow Indian Lakshya Sen showed his mettle with a stunning victory over world No. 10 Japanese Kanta Tsuneyama on the opening day of Indonesia Masters Super 750 here on Tuesday. Two-time Olympic medallist Sindhu, seeded third, recorded a 21-15 21-19 win over Thailand’s Supanida Katethong in a 43-minute women’s singles match to set up a second-round clash with Spain’s Clara Azurmendi. However, the highlight of the day was Lakshya’s win over Kanta Tsuneyama in the men’s singles. The 20-year-old from Almora, who had reached the semifinals at Hylo Open Super 500 and final of Dutch Open, displayed tremendous grit on way to a 21-17 18-21 21-17 win over Kanta in an hour and eight minutes. Lakshya will face top seed and two-t...
Racism in English cricket recounted by Rafiq at parliament
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Racism in English cricket recounted by Rafiq at parliament

Giving testimony in tears, former cricketer Azeem Rafiq told a British parliamentary hearing on Tuesday that he was humiliated by the racist abuse and bullying he suffered at England’s most successful cricket club. Rafiq said Yorkshire teammates used an offensive term referencing his Pakistani heritage, and the leadership at the 33-time winners of the English county championship failed to act on the racism. “Pretty early on, me and other people from an Asian background,” Rafiq told a House of Commons select committee overseeing sport, “there were comments such as, ‘You lot sit there near the toilets,’ ‘Elephant washers.’ The word P*** was used constantly. And there just seemed to be an acceptance in the institution from the leaders and no one stamped it out.” Azeem Rafiq tells MPs abou...