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India vs South Africa: Credit for pace unit’s success should only go to players who worked hard for it, says Shami | Cricket News – Times of India
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India vs South Africa: Credit for pace unit’s success should only go to players who worked hard for it, says Shami | Cricket News – Times of India

CENTURION: The credit for India's world class pace attack should always rest "only and only" with its playing members, feels Mohammed Shami, whose five-wicket haul has put India in complete control against South Africa in the first Test. Shami's sixth five-for in Tests also brought up a personal milestone of 200 wickets on a day when the four-pronged attack bowled the Proteas out for 197. Over the past few years, one has always heard bowlers at times making it mandatory to have words of praise for the support staff, especially former coach Bharath Arun but Shami took a divergent route. "Indian pace bowling is a formidable one because each and every member has worked hard and achieved it all with their sheer hard work. "They have created their own little units (niche) for themselves and ...
South Africa feeling the effect of a lack of Test cricket, says Bavuma | Cricket News – Times of India
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South Africa feeling the effect of a lack of Test cricket, says Bavuma | Cricket News – Times of India

PRETORIA: Batsman Temba Bavuma says South Africa's lack of red ball cricket this year has been a big disadvantage and a key factor in their disappointing performance so far in the first Test against India at Centurion Park. The tourists lead by 146 runs with nine second innings wickets remaining on a spicy pitch. They went to the close at 16 for one after dismissing the home side for 197 late in the day. South Africa had played five tests before this one in 2021, and none since June when they won away in the West Indies. This is India's 15th Test this year, and they are coming off a home series against New Zealand that finished earlier this month. "I don't want to be accused of making excuses for our play, but that does have an impact," Bavuma said after he top-scored in South Africa's ...
ISL: Ogbeche scores a brace as Hyderabad thrash Odisha 6-1 | Football News – Times of India
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ISL: Ogbeche scores a brace as Hyderabad thrash Odisha 6-1 | Football News – Times of India

BAMBOLIM: Bartholomew Ogbeche scored a brace on either side of halftime as Hyderabad FC recorded an emphatic 6-1 win over Odisha FC in the Indian Super League on Tuesday. Ogbeche scored in the 39th and 60th minute after Hector Rodas turned one in his own net in the 9th minute to hand Hyderabad an early lead. Edu Garcia (54th), Javier Siverio (72nd) and Joao Victor (86 P) got on the scoresheet for Hyderabad in a mind-blowing second-half display. For Odisha, Juanan scored an own goal in the 16th minute to make it 1-1, but after that, it was one-way traffic till the final whistle. The result means Hyderabad remain second in the points table with 15 points from eight games while Odisha are seventh in the table having 10 points from eight matches. Ogbeche is now the top-scorer with eight goa...
Rishabh Pant breaks MS Dhoni’s record, becomes fastest Indian wicket-keeper to reach 100 dismissals in Tests | Cricket News – Times of India
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Rishabh Pant breaks MS Dhoni’s record, becomes fastest Indian wicket-keeper to reach 100 dismissals in Tests | Cricket News – Times of India

CENTURION: Rishabh Pant on Tuesday became the fastest Indian wicket-keeper to reach 100 dismissals in the longest format of the game. Pant achieved the feat on Day 3 of the ongoing first Test against South Africa. The left-handed batter broke former skipper MS Dhoni's record to reach 100 dismissals. While Pant reached the milestone in 26 matches, Dhoni had taken 36 games to reach 100 dismissals. Kiran More (39) and Nayan Mongia (26) are third and fourth in the list respectively. A century of dismissals for @RishabhPant17 from behind the stumps in whites👏👏 He becomes the fastest Indian wicke… https://t.co/6YxezXzf3m— BCCI (@BCCI) 1640701378000Coming to the match, India might have lost Mayank Agarwal's at the cusp of the Stumps but the visitors still ended Day 3 of the first Test against ...
Mohammed Shami reaches 200 wickets landmark in Tests | Cricket News – Times of India
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Mohammed Shami reaches 200 wickets landmark in Tests | Cricket News – Times of India

CENTURION: India seamer Mohammed Shami claimed his 200th Test wicket and completed figures of 5/44 to put India into strong position on the third day of the first Test against South Africa at SuperSport Park in Centurion. Shami bowled a relentless length at lively pace and was rewarded with his sixth five-wicket haul in 55 Tests.His haul saw him become the 11th Indian to take 200 wickets in Tests. Milestone Alert 🚨 - 200 Test wickets for @MdShami11 👏👏#SAvIND https://t.co/YXyZlNRkQ1— BCCI (@BCCI) 1640704766000His haul included the wicket of South Africa's top-scorer Temba Bavuma, who had reached 52 when he edged to wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant. Shami led the Indian attack with a superb bowling display, eking out every ounce of assistance from the helpful conditions. Shabash Sultan of Bengal...
In Pics: Shami joins 200 Test-wicket club as India tighten grip in first South Africa Test  | The Times of India
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In Pics: Shami joins 200 Test-wicket club as India tighten grip in first South Africa Test | The Times of India

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India vs South Africa, 1st Test: Five-star Shami puts India in driver’s seat against South Africa | Cricket News – Times of India
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India vs South Africa, 1st Test: Five-star Shami puts India in driver’s seat against South Africa | Cricket News – Times of India

CENTURION: Mohammed Shami's sheer artistry with new and old ball fetched him another five-wicket haul as India seized control of the first Test against South Africa on the third day by extending their overall lead to 146 runs that could prove to be decisive. Shami (16-5-44-5) and his pace bowling colleagues Jasprit Bumrah (7.2-2-16-2), Mohammed Siraj (15.1-3-45-1) and Shardul Thakur (11-1-51-2) further enhanced their reputation as world beaters by dismissing the Proteas for mere 197. Scorecard | As it happenedThe quartet neutralised Lungi Ngidi's lion-hearted morning spell which saw him finish on 6 for 71 from 24 overs as India lost seven wickets from 55 runs to be all-out on 327. The wily old Shami, manfully shouldered the duties of a pace spearhead for the better part of the 62.3 over...
Patna Pirates beat Puneri Paltan 38-26 in PKL | Pro-Kabaddi-League News – Times of India
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Patna Pirates beat Puneri Paltan 38-26 in PKL | Pro-Kabaddi-League News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Three-time champions Patna Pirates beat Puneri Paltan 38-26 in a Pro Kabaddi League Season 8 match on Tuesday. Sachin scored a Super 10 (10 points) and was ably supported by Patna's defensive trio of Sunil (4 points), Mohammadreza Chiyaneh (3 points) and Sajin C (3 points). The lack of a quality raider despite promising performances from youngsters will be a cause of concern for the Puneri Paltan who succumbed to their second loss in three matches. All eyes were once again on Pune's Rahul Chaudhari but the showman, despite starting the match, was substituted for young Mohit Goyat by coach Anup Kumar in the first half. The trio of raiders including Aslam Inamdar and Pankaj Mohite caused problems for the Patna defence while at the other end Prashant Kumar Rai and Sachin were eq...
Yearender 2021: From Biles and Osaka to Hamilton and Kohli, athletes find their voice
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Yearender 2021: From Biles and Osaka to Hamilton and Kohli, athletes find their voice

In sport, as in life, there are events within events. Moments that shape the moment of glory or moments that stay in the mind beyond the runs, wickets, goals and trophies. Moments that are more imperishable than numbers. As a breathless year of sport ends, and another sporting year restless to unfold, The Indian Express looks back at 2021. “We also have to focus on ourselves, because at the end of the day, we’re human, too.” The GOAT of gymnastics. The 4’8 American with the tallest stature of them all. The question following Simone Biles into the Tokyo Olympics was if she would equal her haul of four gold medals in Rio, or would she top it? She ended up achieving something bigger: making mental health the subject of conversations in sports and beyond. The first reminder tha...
Joe Root should step down as England captain, says Boycott | Cricket News – Times of India
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Joe Root should step down as England captain, says Boycott | Cricket News – Times of India

Joe Root must step down as England captain after his team's meek surrender in Melbourne ensured Australia retained the Ashes, former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott said on Tuesday. Australia's commanding victory in the third Test by an innings and 14 runs gave the hosts an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series. England were heavily criticised after their second-innings capitulation, with former captain Ian Botham saying he was "embarrassed" to see them lose the Ashes in only 12 days of Test cricket. "Now Australia are 3-0 up and the Ashes have gone, will Root please stop saying Australia are not much better than us? I don't mind him living in cuckoo land but stop trying to kid us," Boycott wrote in his column in The Telegraph. "If he really believes what he says then maybe it is time he...
Full day fast: How pacers dominated day’s cricket in the Southern Hemisphere
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Full day fast: How pacers dominated day’s cricket in the Southern Hemisphere

Fast bowlers reigned across time zones in the Southern Hemisphere on Tuesday. First in Melbourne, and then in Centurion, the sound of balls crashing into stumps, thudding into pads and smocking bat-edges narrated the tale of how much leather dominated willow. As many as 24 wickets fell on the day – 18 in Centurion alone – and all of them to pace. Boland the reaper, Starc the ripper Just how dreamy can a dream debut get? Winning a Boxing Day Ashes Test at the MCG for Australia with unreal figures of 4-1-7-6 was 32-year old debutant seamer Scott Boland, as he blew England away for just 68. Boland opened up Jonny Bairstow with a beauty that angled in and nipped away to trap him in front. England captain Joe Root was sucked into a fatal drive with a fuller one that again nipped...
‘Result of honest effort’: Mohammed Shami after reaching 200 Test wickets
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‘Result of honest effort’: Mohammed Shami after reaching 200 Test wickets

On Tuesday at SuperSport Park in Centurion, Mohammed Shami became only the fifth Indian fast bowler to reach 200 Test wickets, scything through the South African batting line-up and claiming 5/44 from 16 overs. Kagiso Rabada was his 200th scalp. About a couple of months ago, after India’s T20 World Cup loss to Pakistan, the fast bowler was at the receiving end of deplorable social media abuse, targeting his religion. Only his captain, Virat Kohli, publicly stood by him then. On a fair-weather day, adulation poured in. Shabash Sultan of Bengal @MdShami11. Dekh ke maza aah gaya. Biryani. Doh din ke baad. Mehnat ka Phal. God bless. #SAvIND #Shami #Shami200 pic.twitter.com/QGZ41g4bD7 — Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) December 28, 2021 Shami has seen several ups and downs in life and cricket...
ashes:  Hope you have a good IPL mega auction: SRH to David Warner | Cricket News – Times of India
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ashes: Hope you have a good IPL mega auction: SRH to David Warner | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad on Tuesday congratulated left-handed batter, David Warner, on the Ashes victory, and wished that the Australian has a good outing at the mega auction. It is important to note that Warner was released by SRH before the mega auction for IPL 2022. The left-handed batter was left out of the team in IPL 2021 and was even stripped of the captaincy. "Congrats on the Ashes win Davey - Looks like you are back and enjoying the after-party! On the other hand, we hope you have a good auction," the official handle of SRH tweeted. Congrats on the Ashes win Davey - Looks like you are back to 🍾🍻 form and enjoying the after party! On the other han… https://t.co/Dz8NZC1Qkc— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) 1640693163000This tweet by the...
2021 Flashback: Neeraj Chopra’s historic gold fulfills late Milkha Singh’s long-standing wish | More sports News – Times of India
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2021 Flashback: Neeraj Chopra’s historic gold fulfills late Milkha Singh’s long-standing wish | More sports News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra not only created history when he clinched a gold medal in the Tokyo Olympics but also fulfilled legendary athlete Milkha Singh's wish to see India bringing the biggest laurel back at the mega event in track and field event. One of the country's earliest sports heroes, Milkha Singh died of Covid-19 related complications in a hospital in Chandigarh in June this year, leaving the whole nation in shock and disbelief. The legendary sprinter had time and again said that it was his last wish to see an Indian winning a gold medal in athletics at the Games. And Neeraj fulfilled Milkha Singh's wish when he created history by becoming the first from the country to win a gold in track and field in the Olympics. Days after winning the gold, Neeraj Chopra said...
India vs South Africa 1st Test: Shami 5-for gives India big lead
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India vs South Africa 1st Test: Shami 5-for gives India big lead

Pure fast bowling is pure thrill. Bowlers howling in, the ball bursting out of their palms, bristling off the deck past the startled eyes of batsmen and smacking into the ’keeper’s gloves. Batsmen gasp, spectators heave. Few spectacles in the game can instinctively set the pulse raising and the hair stand on the end as a fast bowler operating at his peak. At SuperSport Park on Tuesday, it was a common sight. The chief narrative of the series was built around the duel of two supreme fast-bowling sides, and after a batsmen-centric first day, high-class fast bowling packs on both sides took centre-stage. As many as 18 wickets fell, pacers accounting for all of them. First, in a brilliant display of merciless, destructive seam-bowling, Lungi Ngidi and Kagiso Rabada atoned for t...
Ashes 2021: The Aboriginal Dreamtime story of Boland
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Ashes 2021: The Aboriginal Dreamtime story of Boland

Paul Stewart’s phone rang in the stands at the MCG where 40,000 Victorians were losing their heads as debutant Scott Boland was in the midst of a dreamy spell of 6 for 7 that shot out England in the third Test. An already emotional Stewart would choke up in happiness as he recognised the call had come up from a pub in the small town of Harrow, halfway between Melbourne and Adelaide, home of Johnny Mullagh, the most popular Aboriginal player who starred in Australia’s first ever tour of England in 1868. Stewart had once taken Boland, the fourth aboriginal man to don the baggy green, to Harrow, the spiritual cricket home of aboriginal cricketers. “Laughter, tears, and joy flowed in the call,” Stewart would tell The Indian Express. “Their Scotty, our Scotty, was doing us prou...
India vs South Africa, 1st Test: Jasprit Bumrah suffers right ankle sprain, medical team monitoring pacer | Cricket News – Times of India
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India vs South Africa, 1st Test: Jasprit Bumrah suffers right ankle sprain, medical team monitoring pacer | Cricket News – Times of India

CENTURION: An ankle sprain forced India's pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah off the field on the third day of the first Test against South Africa on Tuesday. Bumrah, whose 14-run cameo helped India get past the 325-run mark, dismissed skipper Dean Elgar before walking off the field. He suffered the sprain while bowling the penultimate delivery of the sixth over of the Proteas innings. On the last step of his follow-up, Bumrah's right ankle twisted and he was seen in considerable pain as he got medical attention. "Jasprit Bumrah has suffered a right ankle sprain while bowling in the first innings. The medical team is monitoring him at the moment. Shreyas Iyer is on the field as his substitute," a BCCI statement read. Update: Jasprit Bumrah has suffered a right ankle sprain while bowling in t...
SC East Bengal’s Antonio Perosevic handed five-match ban, fined Rs 1 lakh
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SC East Bengal’s Antonio Perosevic handed five-match ban, fined Rs 1 lakh

SC East Bengal player Antonio Perosevic was on Tuesday handed a five-match ban and fined Rs 1 lakh by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) Disciplinary Committee for his “violent conduct towards a match official” during an Indian Super League match. The incident happened during SC East Bengal’s match against NorthEast United FC here on December 17, when the Kolkata side lost 0-2. “In the terms of the decision passed by the Disciplinary Committee on Tuesday, Perosevic has been informed that a ‘repeat violation may be met with more severe punishment’,” the ISL said in a statement. “The player and the club have 10 days should they wish to lodge an appeal.” The 29-year-old Croatian has already served his automatic one-match suspension and he is eligible for selection next a...
From being depressed to a champion bowler: How Bharat Arun, Ravi Shastri turned Shami’s career
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From being depressed to a champion bowler: How Bharat Arun, Ravi Shastri turned Shami’s career

Mohammad Shami was the pick of the bowlers for India, taking five wickets for 44 runs in 16 overs as the visitors took a 130-run first-innings lead after bowling out South Africa for 197 in the final session on day three of the first Test on Tuesday. In the process, he became just the 11th Indian bowler to claim 200 wickets in Test cricket and the fifth pacer behind Kapil Dev, Ishant Sharma, Zaheer Khan, and Javagal Srinath. Incidentally, Shami’s five-for on Tuesday was his sixth in Test cricket and only his second in the first innings. Mohammad Shami joins an elite list of fast bowlers. (Screengrab) Shami dismissed Rabada to complete his five-wicket haul and also reached the 200-wicket milestone in his 55th Test match and also took the fewest balls (9896) to reach the mil...
Calls for ‘red-ball reset’ after England’s Ashes humiliation | Cricket News – Times of India
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Calls for ‘red-ball reset’ after England’s Ashes humiliation | Cricket News – Times of India

MANCHESTER (England): England's humiliating surrender of the Ashes to Australia exposed not only a gulf in class between the two old rivals but also laid bare, in brutally emphatic fashion, the deep-seated problems in English Test cricket. The faint hope of a turnaround in their fortunes in this series ended with them being scuttled out for 68 in their second innings and 14-run loss in Melbourne. Australia have an insurmountable 3-0 lead after winning the opening Test in Brisbane by nine wickets and the second match in Adelaide by 275 runs. It has been an abysmal 12 months in red-ball cricket for England, who lost four series in a year for the first time -- the crushing in Australia following home losses to New Zealand and India, and a defeat at the start of the year in India. Never bef...