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Virat Kohli must continue playing drives but he needs to pick better balls: Vikram Rathour | Cricket News – Times of India
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Virat Kohli must continue playing drives but he needs to pick better balls: Vikram Rathour | Cricket News – Times of India

CENTURION: Virat Kohli shouldn't give up on expansive drives which has got him loads of runs but he does need to be judicious while choosing the right delivery for the perfect execution, feels Indian team batting coach Vikram Rathour. Kohli getting caught behind by the keeper or in the slip cordon while trying to lunge into cover drives and off-drives have become some sort of a norm and Rathour was asked about the kind of discussions that he has had with the Indian skipper. "These are shots which brings him (Kohli) lots of runs and it's his scoring shot. He needs to play that shot and I think it is always your strength that turns out to be your weakness as well," Rathour said at the end of the fourth day's play of the first Test against South Africa. While Sachin Tendulkar once didn't p...
India vs South Africa, 1st Test: India sniff big win as South Africa depend on Elgar and rain | Cricket News – Times of India
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India vs South Africa, 1st Test: India sniff big win as South Africa depend on Elgar and rain | Cricket News – Times of India

CENTURION: Jasprit Bumrah produced a couple of magic deliveries at the fag end of the fourth day as India remained on course for an emphatic victory against a rattled South Africa in the first Test on Wednesday. The home side would be praying for their captain Dean Elgar's dogged defiance and some rain on the final day on Thursday. Scorecard | As it happenedChasing a never achieved victory target of 305 at the SuperSport Park, South Africa finished the day at 94 for 4 with Elgar unbeaten on 52 after Indian batters caved in on a track with uneven bounce, getting all-out for 174 in just 50.3 overs. It was another failure for the seasoned trio of skipper Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane but the pacers again swung the match in India's favour. With 211 runs required and six ...
In Pics: Gritty South Africa stay in the fight against India in first Test  | The Times of India
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In Pics: Gritty South Africa stay in the fight against India in first Test | The Times of India

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Vijay Shankar to lead Tamil Nadu in Ranji Trophy; 3 newcomers in squad | Cricket News – Times of India
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Vijay Shankar to lead Tamil Nadu in Ranji Trophy; 3 newcomers in squad | Cricket News – Times of India

CHENNAI: All-rounder Vijay Shankar will lead Tamil Nadu in the Ranji Trophy matches that will be played in Ahmedabad while Washington Sundar will be his deputy. The squad includes three newcomers- medium-pacers R Silambarasan and P Saravana Kumar apart from batter B Sai Sudharsan. The team boasts of a strong batting line-up that includes the in-form B Aparajith and B Indrajith, N Jagadeesan, M Kaushik Gandhi and Sudharsan, apart from the power-hitting M Shahrukh Khan and skipper Vijay Shankar. Apart from Washington Sundar, the spin department consists of lanky left-arm spinner R Sai Kishore, M Siddharth and Aparajith, while Sandeep Warrier, M Mohammed, Silambarasan, Saravana Kumar and Aswin Crist, on a comeback trail, form the pace attack. Experienced wicketkeeper-batter Dinesh Karthik ...
PKL: Naveen shines in Dabang Delhi’s win over Bengal Warriors | Pro-Kabaddi-League News – Times of India
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PKL: Naveen shines in Dabang Delhi’s win over Bengal Warriors | Pro-Kabaddi-League News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Naveen Kumar shone in Dabang Delhi's 52-35 win over defending champions Bengal Warriors in a Pro Kabaddi League match on Wednesday. Kumar picked up 24 points from 25 raids, his best performance in PKL, as Dabang Delhi avenged their last season's defeat in the final against the same opponents. Kumar was unstoppable as he was in the thick of things from the word go and the Bengal defence were left looking for answers every time he stepped on to raid. In another match, Gujarat Giants and UP Yoddha shared the spoils at 32-32 tie in a pulsating contest. Gujarat Giants would rue the result as they led for most parts of the match, holding a good 20-14 lead at the break, while UP Yoddha staged a spectacular comeback in the second half. Rakesh Narwal was the star raider for Gujarat Gi...
ranji trophy:  Kuldeep Yadav to lead Uttar Pradesh in Ranji Trophy | Cricket News – Times of India
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ranji trophy: Kuldeep Yadav to lead Uttar Pradesh in Ranji Trophy | Cricket News – Times of India

KANPUR: Indian spinner Kuldeep Yadav will lead the Uttar Pradesh squad in the Ranji Trophy. Karan Sharma has been named as the vice-captain of the squad which included the likes of Shivam Mavi and Priyam Garg. "Senior Selection Committee of our Association selected following cricketers of our state to represent UP Squad for Ranji Trophy," Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA) said in a statement. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Saurabh Kumar can also be included in the squad if they are available for the tournament. Ranji Trophy will start from January 13 with the final of the tournament to be played on March 17. UP Squad: Kuldeep Yadav (C) Karan Sharma (VC) Madhav Kaushik, Almas Shaukat, Samarth Singh, Hardeep Singh, Rinku Singh, Priyam Garg, Akshdeep Nath, Sameer Choudhary, Kritagya Singh, A...
Prithvi Shaw to lead Mumbai in Ranji Trophy | Cricket News – Times of India
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Prithvi Shaw to lead Mumbai in Ranji Trophy | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Flamboyant opener Prithvi Shaw was on Wednesday named captain of Mumbai for the first two matches of the upcoming Ranji Trophy season. The 41-time Ranji champions Mumbai are placed in Elite nine-team Group C and will open their campaign against Maharashtra on January 13. They will clash against Delhi from January 20 in Kolkata. "Prithvi is a brilliant captain and fantabulous opening batsman, what else you need," Mumbai chief selector Salil Ankola told PTI. Young opener Yashasvi Jaiswal, middle-order batters Sarfaraz Khan, Arman Jaffer and Aakarshit Gomel have made it to the 20-member squad along with experienced stumper-batter Aditya Tare. All-rounder Shivam Dube, who has played one ODI and 13 T20Is, has been also picked by the selection committee that has Gulam Parkar, Sunil Mo...
Indian Blind cricket team beats Bangladesh to complete 3-0 rout in ODIs | Cricket News – Times of India
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Indian Blind cricket team beats Bangladesh to complete 3-0 rout in ODIs | Cricket News – Times of India

BHOPAL: Indian Blind cricket team completed a 3-0 rout of Bangladesh on Wednesday by winning the final 'ODI' by 177 runs in a bilateral series organised by the Cricket Association of Blind in India (CABI). The series was sponsored by IndusInd Bank. Electing to bat first, opener Durga Rao's 173 runs off 113 balls and skipper Sunil Ramesh's 177 off 76 balls ensured a mammoth total of 466 for India in 40 overs. In reply, Bangladesh were restricted to 289 with Mohammad Abdul Malek contributing 138 runs off 129 deliveries. Durga Rao was adjudged Player of the Match. The CABI and the associations for physically challenged and hearing impaired are now part of a sub-committee formed by the BCCI. !function(f,b,e,v,n,t,s) {if(f.fbq)return;n=f.fbq=function(){n.callMethod? n.callMethod.apply(n,argu...
I-League suspended for at least a week after 8 players test positive for Covid-19 | Football News – Times of India
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I-League suspended for at least a week after 8 players test positive for Covid-19 | Football News – Times of India

KOLKATA: I-League was on Wednesday suspended for at least a week after Covid-19 breached its bio-bubble as eight players and three officials have tested positive for the dreaded virus. Five players and three team officials from Real Kashmir FC, one player each from Mohammedan Sporting, debutants Sreenidi Deccan FC and Aizawl FC returned positive in the tests conducted on Tuesday. "The next round of matches (on December 30 and 31) will be rescheduled. We will review the situation on January 4," I-League Chairman Subrata Dutta told PTI after an emergency meeting. The first round matches were played on Sunday and Monday while the third round games are scheduled for January 4 and 5. Sreenidi, Mohammedan Sporting, NEROCA and Aizawl FC have matches scheduled for Thursday while RKFC have a gam...
Naveen shines in Dabang Delhi’s win over Bengal Warriors
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Naveen shines in Dabang Delhi’s win over Bengal Warriors

Naveen Kumar shone in Dabang Delhi’s 52-35 win over defending champions Bengal Warriors in a Pro Kabaddi League match here on Wednesday. Kumar picked up 24 points from 25 raids, his best performance in PKL, as Dabang Delhi avenged their last season’s defeat in the final against the same opponents. Kumar was unstoppable as he was in the thick of things from the word go and the Bengal defence were left looking for answers every time he stepped on to raid. In another match, Gujarat Giants and UP Yoddha shared the spoils at 32-32 tie in a pulsating contest. Gujarat Giants would rue the result as they led for most parts of the match, holding a good 20-14 lead at the break, while UP Yoddha staged a spectacular comeback in the second half. Ise kehte hai असली दबंगई 😏@DabangDelhiKC...
Andhra Pradesh CM gifts cash, land to shuttler Kidambi Srikanth | Badminton News – Times of India
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Andhra Pradesh CM gifts cash, land to shuttler Kidambi Srikanth | Badminton News – Times of India

AMARAVATI (Andhra Pradesh): Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Wednesday felicitated badminton player Kidambi Srikanth for becoming the first shuttler in the country to have won a silver medal at the World Championships in Spain recently. Jagan announced a cash award of Rs seven lakh and five acres of land at Tirupati for setting up a badminton academy, an official press release said. Srikanth, who paid a courtesy visit to the Chief Minister at the camp office, has been working as Deputy Collector. Speaking on the occasion, Kidambi Srikanth expressed happiness for meeting the Chief Minister who has assured the sportstar of all help. Thanking the Chief Minister for allotting the land, Srikanth said he would set up a world-class badminton academy. He said the sportsp...
Woakes backs Root to remain England Test captain despite Ashes failure | Cricket News – Times of India
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Woakes backs Root to remain England Test captain despite Ashes failure | Cricket News – Times of India

England all-rounder Chris Woakes has supported Joe Root to continue as the team's Test skipper despite their humiliating Ashes capitulation to Australia. England suffered an innings and 14-run loss to Australia on Tuesday in Melbourne as Root's team surrendered the five-Test Ashes series with two Tests to spare. Root, who was reluctant to discuss the long-term future of his captaincy after the Ashes defeat in the third Test, has not won any of his three Ashes series in charge. The 30-year-old has also suffered a record nine defeats in 2021 as the captain. Asked if the England team would support Root's continuation as skipper, Woakes told British media on Wednesday, "Absolutely. "It's clear that the captaincy isn't having an effect on his batting, which a lot of the time with captains ca...
How Kohli, Rahane, and Pujara contrived to get out again
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How Kohli, Rahane, and Pujara contrived to get out again

India’s experienced middle-order trio of Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, and Ajinkya Rahane hasn’t scored big runs for a couple of years now and ended 2021 with a top score of 48 across their six knocks in the Centurion Test. Their dismissals in the second innings on Wednesday were a mix of the disappointingly familiar and the shockingly uncharacteristic. Ten in ten The India Test captain has sharpened the cover drive into a weapon of remorseless accumulation over the years. He also likes to reach out and feel deliveries in the channel, an area where convention dictates letting them pass. There have been calls for him to avoid the drive, but it is also the stroke that has brought him so many runs through his career, and runs are what he dearly needs at the moment. In any ca...
Bumrah answers Kohli’s SOS with Ball of the Match
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Bumrah answers Kohli’s SOS with Ball of the Match

A dogged partnership needed something special to break. Virat Kohli handed over the ball to Jasprit Bumrah and he did the rest. A well-set Rassie van der Dussen, who had faced 64 balls by then, could do nothing to that Bumrah special. The previous delivery provided the set-up, bowled from closer to the stumps and a little fuller. Van der Dussen had played it towards cover. Then, Bumrah went a little wide of the crease, bowled on length, the angle-switch forcing the deception. The batsman thought he had the line covered and shouldered arms, only to see the ball breaking back sharply to hit the top of off stump. Even for a set batsman, it was unplayable, but that’s what Bumrah does, opening up the game for India. This time, he did it to break a gritty 40-run third wicket part...
Virat’s cover drive: ‘His strength is also his weakness’
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Virat’s cover drive: ‘His strength is also his weakness’

For 10th successive overseas Test innings, Virat Kohli got out, chasing deliveries outside off stump. After the day’s play, India’s batting coach Vikram Rathour suggested that the skipper needed to be more judicious in terms of picking the balls. If Lungi Ngidi had induced Kohli to play away from his body in the first innings, this time it was the rookie pacer Marco Jansen who got him. On both occasions, Kohli had played himself in and was looking to be in control. For two years on the spin, India’s best batsman failed to score a Test hundred. If the pandemic-hit 2020 had very little long-form cricket, Kohli played 11 Tests in 2021. Again Virat Kohli gets out while playing cover drive shot 💔#SAvsIND #INDvsSA#SAvIND #Kohli #INDvSA pic.twitter.com/oJc2GSd5E8 — CRICKET VIDEOS...
Buttler, Marsh, Rizwan among nominees for ICC Men’s T20I Player of the Year | Cricket News – Times of India
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Buttler, Marsh, Rizwan among nominees for ICC Men’s T20I Player of the Year | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday announced Jos Buttler, Wanindu Hasaranga, Mitchell Marsh and Mohammad Rizwan as the four nominees for the Men's T20 Cricket of the Year Award. The ICC Awards 2021 will recognise the outstanding achievements and feats in cricket over the past year. Pakistan wicket-keeper batter Mohammad Rizwan ruled the roost in 2021 when it came to the shortest format of the game. Aggregating a staggering 1,326 runs in only 29 matches, Rizwan struck at an average of 73.66 and a strike rate of 134.89. Apart from his exploits with the bat, he was as solid as ever behind the stumps, playing a key role in Pakistan's run to the semis during the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2021, where he ended up as the third-highest run-scorer. Coming to the Sri Lankan ...
If Shami wouldn’t get you, Bumrah will
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If Shami wouldn’t get you, Bumrah will

A compelling case could be made of the phalanx of India’s bowlers as the most lethal in the world now. The year began with them—even without Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami—out-bowling their Australian counterparts Down Under, before they put to shade England’s group, and by the end of this year, they out-bowled South Africa’s pace pack at their fortress. If their coming of age have been unfolding in the last few years, this year has been their tour de force, when they made a resounding statement that, in their current form, they are the most dangerous in the world. The natural culmination is series wins abroad. Having conquered Australia, twice in their last two expeditions, snatched a 2-1 lead in England, they are on the edge of wrapping up the first of the three Tests...
India sniff at big win as South Africa depend on Elgar and rain
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India sniff at big win as South Africa depend on Elgar and rain

Jasprit Bumrah produced a couple of magic deliveries at the fag end of the fourth day as India remained on course for an emphatic victory against a rattled South Africa in the first Test here on Wednesday. The home side would be praying for their captain Dean Elgar’s dogged defiance and some rain on the final day on Thursday. Chasing a never achieved victory target of 305 at the Supersport Park, South Africa finished the day at 94 for 4 with Elgar unbeaten on 52 after Indian batters caved in on a track with uneven bounce, getting all-out for 174 in just 50.3 overs. It was another failure for the seasoned trio of skipper Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane but the pacers again swung the match in India’s favour. Stumps on Day 4 of the 1st Test. South Africa en...
Vijay Shankar to lead TN in Ranji Trophy; 3 newcomers in squad
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Vijay Shankar to lead TN in Ranji Trophy; 3 newcomers in squad

All-rounder Vijay Shankar will lead Tamil Nadu in the Ranji Trophy matches that will be played in Ahmedabad while M S Washington Sundar will be his deputy. The squad includes three newcomers- medium-pacers R Silambarasan and P Saravana Kumar apart from batter B Sai Sudharsan. The team boasts of a strong batting line-up that includes the in-form B Aparajith and B Indrajith, N Jagadeesan, M Kaushik Gandhi and Sudharsan, apart from the power-hitting M Shahrukh Khan and skipper Vijay Shankar. Apart from Washington Sundar, the spin department consists of lanky left-arm spinner R Sai Kishore, M Siddharth and Aparajith, while Sandeep Warrier, M Mohammed, Silambarasan, Saravana Kumar and Aswin Crist, on a comeback trail, form the pace attack. Experienced wicketkeeper-batter Din...
Terry to start academy coaching consultancy role at Chelsea | Football News – Times of India
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Terry to start academy coaching consultancy role at Chelsea | Football News – Times of India

LONDON: Former Chelsea captain John Terry will return to the Premier League club to begin a coaching consultancy role at their academy, the team said on Wednesday. Terry won five Premier League titles and FA Cups plus the Champions League, when he was suspended for the 2012 final, and the Europa League at Chelsea from 1998-2017. I’m delighted to announce that I’m coming home, and have taken up a consultancy role @ChelseaFC academy. As well as… https://t.co/UxsyadwtqQ— John Terry (@JohnTerry26) 1640773839000The 41-year-old, who also captained England, left his role as Aston Villa assistant head coach in July. Chelsea said Terry will begin his new role in a part-time capacity at the start of next month. !function(f,b,e,v,n,t,s) {if(f.fbq)return;n=f.fbq=function(){n.callMethod? n.callMetho...