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Day: December 7, 2021

Rahane’s vice captaincy, Ishant’s place in doubt in team for SA tour | Cricket News – Times of India
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Rahane’s vice captaincy, Ishant’s place in doubt in team for SA tour | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Ajinkya Rahane is expected to keep his place in the Indian team but whether he would remain vice captain remains to be seen when the selectors announce the Test squad for the tour of South Africa on Wednesday. It is learnt that announcement of the ODI squad could be delayed as the first match is on January 19 and the sensitive issue of Virat Kohli's future as white ball leader is at stake. However, Rahane, whose place in the playing XI is under doubt, will find it difficult to retain his vice-captaincy after 12 consecutive failures that led the team management to drop him from the Mumbai Test on the pretext of hamstring niggles. If Rahane is stripped of Test vice-captaincy, senior batter Rohit Sharma is the front runner for the job. Similarly, Ishant Sharma, who has played mo...
3rd unofficial Test: Kishan, Vihari hit fifties as India A reach 229/6 in reply to South Africa A’s 268 all out | Cricket News – Times of India
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3rd unofficial Test: Kishan, Vihari hit fifties as India A reach 229/6 in reply to South Africa A’s 268 all out | Cricket News – Times of India

BLOEMFONTEIN: Wicket-keeper batter Ishan Kishan and skipper Hanuma Vihari hit a fifty each to take India A to 229 for six in reply to South Africa A's 268 all out at stumps on the second day of the third unofficial Test on Tuesday. At the close of play, Kishan was batting on 86 off 141 balls with the help of 12 boundaries and one six, while Vihari scored 63 off 170 balls during which he hit six fours and one over the fence. Besides the duo, opener Abhimanyu Easwaran made 28 while Sarfaraz Khan scored 14. Opener Prithvi Shaw and devdutt Padikkal failed to live up to the expectations, scoring just five and eight respectively. Right-arm medium pacer Lutho Sipamla was the pick of the bowlers for South Africa A with figures of 3 for 63, while Migael Pretorius (1/27), Marco Jansen (1/43) and ...
New ball, new captain and some old scars
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New ball, new captain and some old scars

With former captain, Steve Smith as his deputy, new Aussie skipper Pat Cummins has a ready source of suggestions on the field, but the premier fast bowler – who has a cumulative professional leadership experience of four one-day games for New South Wales – is looking for as many people for advice as possible, including his immediate predecessor. Australia’s captain Tim Paine, left, gives instructions to his bowler Pat Cummins on day 2 during their cricket test match against India in Sydney, Friday, Jan. 4, 2019. (AP Photo Tim Paine stepped down in scandalous circumstances, but that hasn’t prevented Cummins from sounding out the veteran wicketkeeper-batsman. “It’s been good to chat, still wish he (Paine) was here and part of it all, but he needs to be home,” the new captain said. “He’s...
Ashes baptism by fire
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Ashes baptism by fire

In his first few days as Australia’s captain, Pat Cummins didn’t stray from the long-formed image of him. He was serious yet serene. He talked about human flaws and sympathy, of being kind and understanding to people in tough times. He conveyed that Australian captains were humans and not superheroes while flashing that trademark smile of his. It was Pat Cummins as we had known him since that morning of November 2011 in Bullring when the fresh-faced teenager ripped through the most decorated South African batting line-up and swirled into the consciousness of the cricketing world. Look beyond the veneer of composure, and you could see how carefully he has masked the backdrop of tumult. In a sense, making Cummins the captain was the inevitable solution—and the only—to cut the...
World Chess Championship: Nepo’s daddy-blunder brings Carlsen closer to title
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World Chess Championship: Nepo’s daddy-blunder brings Carlsen closer to title

Magnus Carlsen had an incredulous look on his face when it dawned on him what had happened. These World Chess championships have been dictated by a solitary factor — Ian Nepomniachtchi’s one crucial blunder in two of his three loses. Game 9, a decisive encounter for the Russian, was no different. Carlsen took advantage of a brain fade from Nepomniachtchi to win and essentially seal his victory in the 14 game series. The scores currently are 6-3 in favour of the champion and a mathematical possibility is all that remains with the challenger. Carlsen’s first win came on the back of the longest ever chess world championship match. Nepomniachtchi could be forgiven for letting up near the end of the marathon. But Carlsen’s second victory, when both players were on largely equal ...
India vs South Africa: Selectors seek time on ODI team and captaincy | Cricket News – Times of India
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India vs South Africa: Selectors seek time on ODI team and captaincy | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Picking the team for the tour of South Africa has become a tricky affair for the selectors. TOI understands that the selection panel headed by Chetan Sharma has sought more time to pick the ODI squad while the Test team is likely to come out in a day or two. This means the decision on captaincy of the ODI team will be delayed. It has been learned that the selectors are keen to give the veteran out-of-form players a longer rope for the tour. While Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara are likely to travel with the Test team, Ishant Sharma too is likely to get the nod. Even Shikhar Dhawan, who was recently dropped from the T20I squad, is likely to get a shot at the ODIs next month. The selection is seen as a marker to the vision of the selectors and the team management. At the m...
Barty named WTA Player of the Year, Raducanu wins newcomer award | Tennis News – Times of India
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Barty named WTA Player of the Year, Raducanu wins newcomer award | Tennis News – Times of India

World number one Ash Barty was named WTA Player of the Year for the second time and US Open champion Emma Raducanu took the Newcomer of the Year title, the governing body of the women's game said on Tuesday. Australian Barty, who won the title in 2019, won a tour-leading five titles this year including the second Grand Slam trophy of her career at Wimbledon where she beat Czech Karolina Pliskova in the final. And finally...🖐 Tour-leading five WTA titles in 2021🙌 Reigning Wimbledon champion☝️ Third straight Year-End Wor… https://t.co/yPC0AstpTH— wta (@WTA) 1638885847000She also defended her title at Miami and triumphed in Melbourne, Stuttgart and Cincinnati to secure her third year-end number one ranking in a row. Raducanu, 19, entered the US Open as a qualifier ranked 150th in the world...
Rs 10.50 crore to para athletes and Rs 32 crore to PCI allocated in last 4 years: Anurag Thakur | More sports News – Times of India
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Rs 10.50 crore to para athletes and Rs 32 crore to PCI allocated in last 4 years: Anurag Thakur | More sports News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Government of India has allocated more than Rs 32 crore to the Paralympic Committee of India during the four year period of 2017-18 to 2021-22, Sports Minister Anurag Thakur said at the Parliament on Tuesday. In a reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, Thakur said the fund was given under the Scheme of Assistance to National Sports Federations. He also informed the House that an amount of Rs 10.50 crore was also spent during the last Paralympic cycle under the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) for the para athletes. India had achieved unprecedented success in the Tokyo Paralympics earlier this year by winning 19 medals (5 gold, 8 silver, 6 bronze). "Para sports have been placed in the 'Priority' category for financial assistance by the Government and all the requisite as...
‘You will be with me this whole week’: Stokes remembers late father ahead of Ashes opener | Cricket News – Times of India
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‘You will be with me this whole week’: Stokes remembers late father ahead of Ashes opener | Cricket News – Times of India

BRISBANE: England all-rounder Ben Stokes on Tuesday said he wasn't sure of playing the game again a few months ago following the indefinite break from all cricket he took earlier this year. Stokes will be seen in action on Wednesday when England and Australia lock horns in the first Ashes Test. Last year, on December 8 Stokes' father Ged Stokes passed away after a year-long battle with brain cancer at the age of 65. Stokes penned an emotional note for his late father on the eve of the first Test. "I wasn't sure if I would ever walk out onto a field ever again a few months ago, I find it amazing that when I do walk out tomorrow I'll be remembering you exactly 1 year on since you left us....You are gonna be with me this whole week," Stokes said in his Instagram post. The all-rounder had o...
India D maintain unbeaten record, storm into Women’s Challenger final | Cricket News – Times of India
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India D maintain unbeaten record, storm into Women’s Challenger final | Cricket News – Times of India

VIJAYAWADA: All-rounder Pooja Vastrakar led from the front with a run-a-ball 96 to help India D beat India A by 22 runs and storm into the Women's Challenger Trophy final with an unbeaten record on Tuesday. The final of the four-team tournament, to be played on Thursday, will be a repeat match between India D, who won all their league games, and India A, who advanced on better run rate than India B and India C with three teams tied at one win each. India D scored 219 for 7 with Vastrakar's help and India A could only reach 197 for seven in 50 overs. India left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad bowled a miserly spell for India D, conceding just 20 runs in 10 overs and took a wicket. Vastrakar also took a wicket after her match-winning effort with the bat. India are looking for more power-h...
Ruturaj Gaikwad to lead Maharashtra in Vijay Hazare Trophy | Cricket News – Times of India
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Ruturaj Gaikwad to lead Maharashtra in Vijay Hazare Trophy | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Off-spinner Ruturaj Gaikwad will lead a 20-member Maharashtra team in the Vijay Hazare Trophy one-day cricket tournament beginning on Wednesday. Rahul Tripathi was named Gaikwad's deputy by the selection committee. Maharashtra have been clubbed with Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Kerala, Uttarakhand and Chandigarh in Elite Group D to be played in Rajkot. They play their first match against Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday. The Squad:Ruturaj Gaikwad (capt.), Rahul Tripathi (vice-capt.), Yash Nahar, Naushad Shaikh, Azim Kazi, Ankeet Bawane, Shamshuzama Kazi, Mukesh Choudhary, Pradeep Dadhe, Manoj Ingale, Ashay Palkar, Divyang Hinganekar, Jagdish Zope, Swapnil Fulpagar, Avdhoot Dandekar, Taranjit Singh Dhillon, Siddhesh Veer, Yash Kshirsagar, Pavan Shah, Dhanraj Pardeshi. !function(f,b,e...
Vijay Hazare Trophy: Chance for youngsters to impress ahead of IPL mega auction | Cricket News – Times of India
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Vijay Hazare Trophy: Chance for youngsters to impress ahead of IPL mega auction | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Indian fringe players would get one last chance to impress ahead of the IPL Mega Auction in the Vijay Hazare Trophy one-day cricket tournament beginning on Wednesday. The auction is slated for January and a stand out performance in the 50-over event could lead to a hefty pay package with an IPL franchise. The likes of Harshal Patel, Rahul Chahar, Deepak Chahar, who were not retained by their respective franchises in the IPL, would look to make it count when they represent their respective states in the domestic one-dayers. The IPL has seen a number of youngsters making it big overnight as it also has served as a big platform to represent the country and it would be no different this time around. In the opening day's action, defending champions Mumbai will take on Tamil Nadu who ...
‘There was a climate of fear’: Ajaz Patel recalls Christchurch mosque attack | Cricket News – Times of India
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‘There was a climate of fear’: Ajaz Patel recalls Christchurch mosque attack | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: It's been close to three years since two consecutive mass shootings that occurred at mosques in a terror attack in Christchurch resulted in the death of more than 50 people, but it's understandable if Ajaz Patel remembers it as vividly as the his 'perfect 10' feat, which came against India in the first innings of the Wankhede Test just last Saturday. Being Muslims of Indian origin living in New Zealand, Patel and his family felt the full impact of the dastardly attack. It was a Friday on March 15, 2019. Ajaz had just returned home from offering prayers in the mosque when the news of a gunman on a killing spree in two mosques in Christchurch broke out. Recalling the 'climate of fear' in the aftermath of the gory incident, the left-arm spinner narrated what went through his commun...
2nd Test: Pakistan’s Sajid adds life to rain-hit Bangladesh Test with six wickets | Cricket News – Times of India
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2nd Test: Pakistan’s Sajid adds life to rain-hit Bangladesh Test with six wickets | Cricket News – Times of India

DHAKA: Off-spinner Sajid Khan's maiden five-wicket haul for Pakistan brought back some life to the rain-hit second Test in Dhaka on Tuesday. Sajid's 6-35 held Bangladesh to 76 before bad light forced early stumps on the fourth day at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. Shakib Al Hasan was unbeaten on 23 alongside Taijul Islam (0) at stumps, with Bangladesh still needing 25 runs to avoid the follow-on. Mohammad Rizwan hit an unbeaten 53 while Fawad Alam added 50 not out as Pakistan declared their innings on 300/4 an hour into the post-lunch session. Sajid then took Mahmudul Hasan and Mehidy Hasan for ducks along with Shadman Islam (3), Mushfiqur Rahim (5), Liton Das (6) and Najmul Hossain (30), while skipper Mominul Haque was run out for one. Shakib fought back with some aggression of hi...
Hardik Pandya undergoing rehab in Mumbai, decides to skip Vijay Hazare Trophy for Baroda | Cricket News – Times of India
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Hardik Pandya undergoing rehab in Mumbai, decides to skip Vijay Hazare Trophy for Baroda | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Out of favour India all-rounder Hardik Pandya has decided to skip Vijay Hazare Trophy (National One Dayers) starting across the country from Wednesday as he is undergoing an extensive rehabilitation programme in order to regain his bowling fitness. "The Baroda Cricket Association (BCA) had sent an e-mail to Hardik enquiring about his availability for the Vijay Hazare Trophy. He has rarely played for Baroda in the last three years. However he gave a one-line reply that he is currently doing rehab in Mumbai," a senior official privy to developments in BCA told PTI on conditions of anonymity. Asked what is the injury he is carrying at the moment, the official said: "Even the BCA doesn't know. It is understood that he is trying to do some strength and conditioning module for his ...
Hanuma Vihari, Ishan Kishan hit fifties as India A reach 229/6 in reply to South Africa A’s 268
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Hanuma Vihari, Ishan Kishan hit fifties as India A reach 229/6 in reply to South Africa A’s 268

Hanuma Vihari and wicket-keeper batter Ishan Kishan hit a fifty each to take India A to 229 for six in reply to South Africa A’s 268 all out at stumps on the second day of the third unofficial Test here on Tuesday. At the close of play, Kishan was batting on 86 off 141 balls with the help of 12 boundaries and one six, while Vihari scored 63 off 170 balls during which he hit six fours and one over the fence. Besides the duo, opener Abhimanyu Easwaran made 28 while Sarfaraz Khan scored 14. Opener Prithvi Shaw and Devdutt Padikkal failed to live up to the expectations, scoring just five and eight respectively. Right-arm medium pacer Lutho Sipamla was the pick of the bowlers for South Africa A with figures of 3 for 63, while Migael Pretorius (1/27), Marco Jansen (1/43) and Senu...
David Warner, Tim Southee among three nominated for ICC men’s player of the month | Cricket News – Times of India
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David Warner, Tim Southee among three nominated for ICC men’s player of the month | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: Explosive Australia opener David Warner, Pakistan batter Abid Ali and New Zealand fast bowler Tim Southee were on Tuesday shortlisted for the ICC men's player of the month award for November. Left-arm spinners Anam Amin of Pakistan and Nahida Akter of Bangladesh are in the running to scoop the women's award, alongside West Indies all-rounder Haley Matthews, who is nominated for the second time. The nominations for the month of November were announced based on performances across formats and including matches from the ICC Men's T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates and Oman. An independent ICC Voting Academy and fans around the world can vote to decide the winners, which will be announced next week. Fans are invited to cast their votes until Sunday. Warner, who was Player of t...
Australia vs England: From Bradman’s duck to Stokes’ heist — The 10 blockbuster Ashes moments
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Australia vs England: From Bradman’s duck to Stokes’ heist — The 10 blockbuster Ashes moments

The Ashes, one of cricket’s greatest series, is back once again and this gives us the perfect chance to relive some of the blockbuster moments by looking at some of the finest performances on the field. From Sir Donald Bradman’s infamous duck to Jim Laker’s 19 wickets, to the Stokes’ heist in 2019, we take a look back at the most memorable Ashes moments of all time. Bradman’s Last Duck, 1948 What occurred in the last century is still the most talked-about ducks in cricket history. The legendary Don Bradman, playing his 52nd, and final, Test was dismissed for a second-ball duck by leg-spinner Eric Hollies. That dismissal, in the final Ashes match of 1948, left his career runs at 6996, at an average of 99.94 — Bradman had needed just four runs for a perfect average. It was his seventh Tes...
I-League to kick off on Boxing Day
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I-League to kick off on Boxing Day

The I-League 2021-22 season is all set to kick-off at the Mohun Bagan Ground in Kolkata on December 26 where TRAU FC will take on the Indian Arrows. The matches in the I-League this season will be played across three venues – the Mohun Bagan Ground in Kolkata, the Kalyani Stadium in Kalyani, and the Naihati Stadium in Naihati. The number of teams in the I-League has increased this season, with as many as 13 teams taking part in the league, and all of them, along with the referees, officials, and volunteers will be housed inside bio-secured bubbles in four different hotels across Kolkata. “The AIFF has been a pioneer in the Indian sporting ecosystem in hosting sporting events from inside bio-bubbles, and we are happy to continue providing a safe haven for the players, referees, and every...