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Day: January 3, 2022

State sports minister Manoj Tiwary named in Bengal Ranji squad | Cricket News – Times of India
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State sports minister Manoj Tiwary named in Bengal Ranji squad | Cricket News – Times of India

KOLKATA: Veteran batter Manoj Tiwary was on Monday named in Bengal's 21-member Ranji Trophy squad less than a year after he made his political debut for ruling Trinamool Congress party in the state. The 36-year-old former Bengal captain, who is also a minister of state in sports and youth affairs in the Mamata Banerjee-led government, will gear up for his 17th year in first-class cricket. Tiwary, who last played for Bengal in their Ranji final against Saurashtra in March 2020, joined TMC ahead of the Assembly polls and won from Shibpur constituency beating BJP's Rathin Chakraborty. He missed the COVID-interrupted last season due to an injury but he's back again in the Bengal side under Abhimanyu Easwaran. Placed in Group B, along with Vidarbha, Rajasthan, Kerala, Haryana and Tripura, Be...
Hoping Siraj can come out and bowl tomorrow: Ashwin on bowler’s hamstring injury | Cricket News – Times of India
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Hoping Siraj can come out and bowl tomorrow: Ashwin on bowler’s hamstring injury | Cricket News – Times of India

JOHANNESBURG: Mohammed Siraj is a tough customer, who will do everything in his might to get back onto the field after sustaining a hamstring injury on the opening day of the second Test against South Africa. Siraj was seen in pain after bowling the penultimate delivery of his fourth over during the South African innings. He immediately felt his hamstring and later hobbled off the field along with the medical staff. Speaking to media after stumps, Ravichandran Ashwin was first asked about the fitness of in-form pacer Mohammed Siraj, who left the field immediately after what appeared like a hamstring injury. "The medical staff are assessing him overnight and obviously it is very immediate. So initially what they do with these injures is just ice and they see for the next hour or two and ...
ISL: Odisha FC outplay leaders Mumbai City in 6-goal thriller | Football News – Times of India
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ISL: Odisha FC outplay leaders Mumbai City in 6-goal thriller | Football News – Times of India

In this season of Indian Super League big scorelines have become almost the norm with matches involving Odisha FC. And they have been on either side of the margin. On Monday, at Tilak Maidan in Goa, it was their man of all season Jerry Mawihmingthanga who scored a brace and turned provider for the fourth goal as the Kalinga Warriors emerged 4-2 victorious in a thrilling battle with table-toppers Mumbai City FC. The 24-year-old Mizo winger scored his double in a span of a blistering seven minutes of second half and Aridai Suarez and super-sub Jonathas de Jesus scored one apiece for Odisha while Ahmed Jahouh and Igor Angulo scored for the Islanders in a match which saw end-to-end action throughout. And if Mumbai were the better side in the first half barring the initial setback, Odisha ta...
‘It felt like a debut game’: Kolpak returnee Olivier on his South Africa comeback | Cricket News – Times of India
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‘It felt like a debut game’: Kolpak returnee Olivier on his South Africa comeback | Cricket News – Times of India

JOHANNESBURG: South African quick Duanne Olivier, who played his first game for South Africa in nearly three years following his forced return from England, said playing the second Test versus India felt like a "debut game". The 29-year-old, who signed a Kolpak deal with Yorkshire in 2019 but only to return to South African domestic circuit this season, returned with 3/64 as India were bowled out for 202 in 63.1 overs on day one of the second Test. "To be honest, when I played today I felt like it was a new debut. You can say I was very nervous today," Olivier said in a media interaction after the day one's proceedings. Olivier opened his account with Cheteshwar Pujara's wicket and then sent the struggling Ajinkya Rahane out for a golden duck off the very next ball to race to his 50 wic...
We can still make a match out of it: Ashwin after India’s 202 all out on Day 1 | Cricket News – Times of India
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We can still make a match out of it: Ashwin after India’s 202 all out on Day 1 | Cricket News – Times of India

JOHANNESBURG: India's premier spinner R Ashwin termed his team's first innings score as slightly below par on a "two paced" Wanderers pitch but might be enough with their bowling arsenal to make a match of the second Test against South Africa. India finished their first innings at 202 with Ashwin scoring a crucial 46 towards the end of the innings on a testing pitch after stand-in skipper KL Rahul (50) opted to bat. Asked what's a tricky total, Ashwin replied: "" (what is a) good total in South Africa has been tricky, especially in the first innings. It's always a good thing to win the toss and bat first and you want to post a good score in excess of maybe 260 or 270 which is around about score. "South Africa always batted first (in the past) and got in excess of 250 and dominated games...
Bengal Warriors beat Jaipur Pink Panthers 31-28 in PKL | Pro-Kabaddi-League News – Times of India
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Bengal Warriors beat Jaipur Pink Panthers 31-28 in PKL | Pro-Kabaddi-League News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Captain Maninder Singh and all-rounder Mohammad Nabibakhsh helped the defending champions Bengal Warriors beat Jaipur Pink Panthers 31-28 in a closely fought match of the Pro Kabaddi League on Monday. Maninder scored 13 points while Nabibakhsh fetched 10, including a last-minute Super Tackle, to help Bengal overcome a stiff challenge from Jaipur. Arjun Deshwal was the sole performer for the Pink Panthers, clinching another Super 10 and finishing the game with 16 points. But his failed attempt in the last raid of the match cost Jaipur a chance to win. Bengal and Jaipur went into the match with the worst tackle strike rates in the league and it wasn't surprising to see the raiders dominate the early stages. Bengal captain Maninder Singh was in red-hot form with Mohammad Nabibak...
Ashish Nehra all set to become head coach of Ahmedabad IPL team, Vikram Solanki to be ‘Director of Cricket’ | Cricket News – Times of India
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Ashish Nehra all set to become head coach of Ahmedabad IPL team, Vikram Solanki to be ‘Director of Cricket’ | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former India fast bowler Ashish Nehra will be Ahmedabad IPL franchise's head coach during the 2022 Indian Premier League season while England opener of yesteryears Vikram Solanki is in line to become 'Director of Cricket'. World Cup-winning former India coach Gary Kirsten will be the 'Mentor' of the franchise which is expecting to get its formal 'Letter of Intent' (LOI) during the month. "As far as I have heard, they have signed Ashish as their head coach and someone who would be in overall charge of the franchise. Solanki will be the 'Director of Cricket' and also expected to double up as batting coach and Kirsten will be in a mentorship role," a senior IPL source told PTI on conditions of anonymity. "The Ahmedabad franchise can't announce it formally as it is a BCCI diktat ...
India vs South Africa, 2nd Test: Rahane, Pujara flop show continues as Indian middle-order disappoints again | Cricket News – Times of India
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India vs South Africa, 2nd Test: Rahane, Pujara flop show continues as Indian middle-order disappoints again | Cricket News – Times of India

JOHANNESBURG: Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane's saga of failures compounded a shoddy batting performance by India even as stand-in skipper KL Rahul impressed with a defiant show amid the ruins on the opening day of the second Test against South Africa on Monday. Rahul's patient 50-run knock on a day when India missed Virat Kohli due to back spasms and Ravichandran Ashwin's cavalier 46 at the rear end ensured that India scored 202 in their first innings on a bouncy Wanderers track. Scorecard | As it happenedAt stumps, Mohammed Shami sent back Aiden Markram even as Dean Elgar (11 batting) and Keegan Peterson (14 batting) took South Africa to 35 for 1. It could have been two down had Rishabh Pant snapped Peterson off Jasprit Bumrah, which seemed a regulation catch. Worse, Mohammed Sir...
I-League suspended for six weeks after fresh COVID outbreak | Football News – Times of India
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I-League suspended for six weeks after fresh COVID outbreak | Football News – Times of India

KOLKATA: The I-League was on Monday suspended for at least six weeks by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) after a fresh COVID-19 outbreak hit the participating teams inside the bio-bubble. It has been learnt that the total number of COVID-19 cases now stands at 45 after the latest round of tests which prompted the AIFF to suspend the league for six weeks. "The League Committee, abiding by the consensus of all participating clubs as per the suggestion of Dr Harsh Mahajan (member of AIFF Sports Medical Committee) ratified the decision to postpone the ongoing Hero I-League 2021-22 for at least 6 weeks," the AIFF said in a release. The I-League Committee, chaired by senior AIFF vice-president Subrata Dutta, will have a review meeting after four weeks to take stock of the situation an...
Pujara, Rahane can’t seem to turn a corner as batting woes continue
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Pujara, Rahane can’t seem to turn a corner as batting woes continue

A porous Indian middle-order became even weaker after back spasms ruled Virat Kohli out of the second Test. Even in the middle of an elongated fallow period, Kohli has been scoring 30s and 40s, and India missed their captain today. In his absence, the onus fell on two senior batsmen, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane, to raise their game. Pujara is horribly out of form at the moment. Rahane, despite not scoring big in the first Test at Centurion, looked good and showed intent. Both came to this tour walking a tightrope and so far they have failed to live up to the pressure. On Monday, if Pujara fell prey to extra bounce, Rahane played a loose shot. Kohli’s replacement, Hanuma Vihari, got out by committing to front-foot early. Pujara stays low To start with, Pujara’s app...
Bengal sports minister Manoj Tiwary named in state Ranji squad
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Bengal sports minister Manoj Tiwary named in state Ranji squad

Former Bengal captain Manoj Tiwary, who is also a minister of Bengal in sports and youth affairs in the Mamata Banerjee-led government, will gear up for his 17th year in first class cricket when he was named in Bengal’s 21-member Ranji Trophy squad on Monday. Tiwary last played for Bengal in their Ranji final against Saurashtra in March 2020. He joined TMC ahead of the Assembly polls and won from Shibpur constituency beating BJP’s Rathin Chakraborty. He missed the Covid-interrupted last season due to an injury but he’s back again in the Bengal side under Abhimanyu Easwaran. Placed in Group B, along with Vidarbha, Rajasthan, Kerala, Haryana and Tripura, Bengal are slated to kick off their campaign against Tripura in Bengaluru from January 13. The Bengal Ranji squad (Express...
Back problem resurfaces for captain Virat Kohli after 2018 as he grapples on and off-field issues | Cricket News – Times of India
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Back problem resurfaces for captain Virat Kohli after 2018 as he grapples on and off-field issues | Cricket News – Times of India

JOHANNESBURG: The upper back spasm that ruled Virat Kohli out of the second Test against South Africa could well be a recurrence of the slip disc problem that had stopped him from playing English County cricket back in 2018. The Indian skipper missed out on what would have been his 99th Test match for the country on the morning of the second game against South Africa here, adding to the intriguing drama that is unfolding around him on an almost daily basis now. This was after the skipper had a good net session at the Wanderers on Sunday afternoon and coach Rahul Dravid, as is his wont is, didn't drop the slightest hint that the skipper has niggling back issues which have resurfaced after nearly three and half years. Kohli, in fact, had posted some snap-shots of his training session wher...
Saqlain Mushtaq conveys to PCB that he can’t take up head coach job full-time | Cricket News – Times of India
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Saqlain Mushtaq conveys to PCB that he can’t take up head coach job full-time | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI: Former Pakistan spinner Saqlain Mushtaq has conveyed to the PCB that he would be unable to take up the head coach job with the national team on a full time basis due to his personal commitments. According to a well-informed source in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Saqlain, who has worked as interim head coach with the Pakistan team since September, has informed PCB chief Ramiz Raja of his inability to take up the role full-time. “Saqlain told the chairman that while he was happy to have contributed as interim head coach he wouldn't be able to accept a long term and permanent assignment as head coach as he had prior business and personal commitments.” “Saqlain conveyed that already his business has been affected due to his absence with the Pakistan team as interim head coach,...
We can still make a match out of it: Ashwin after India’s 202 all out on day one
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We can still make a match out of it: Ashwin after India’s 202 all out on day one

India’s premier spinner R Ashwin termed his team’s first innings score as slightly below par on a “two paced” Wanderers pitch but might be enough with their bowling arsenal to make a match of the second Test against South Africa. India finished their first innings at 202 with Ashwin scoring a crucial 46 towards the end of the innings on a testing pitch after stand in skipper K L Rahul (50) opted to bat. Asked what’s a tricky total, Ashwin replied: “” (what is a) good total in South Africa has been tricky, especially in the first innings. It’s always a good thing to win the toss and bat first and you want to post a good score in excess of maybe 260 or 270 which is around about score. “South Africa always batted first (in the past) and got in excess of 250 and dominated games...
Nehra all set to become head coach of Ahmedabad IPL team, Vikram Solanki to be ‘Director of Cricket’
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Nehra all set to become head coach of Ahmedabad IPL team, Vikram Solanki to be ‘Director of Cricket’

Former India fast bowler Ashish Nehra will be Ahmedabad IPL franchise’s head coach during the 2022 Indian Premier League season while England opener of yesteryears Vikram Solanki is in line to become ‘Director of Cricket’. World Cup-winning former India coach Gary Kirsten will be the ‘Mentor’ of the franchise which is expecting to get its formal ‘Letter of Intent’ (LOI) during the month. “As far as I have heard, they have signed Ashish as their head coach and someone who would be in overall charge of the franchise. Solanki will be the ‘Director of Cricket’ and also expected to double up as batting coach and Kirsten will be in a mentorship role,” a senior IPL source told PTI on conditions of anonymity. “The Ahmedabad franchise can’t announce it formally as it is a BCCI dikt...
What India expected from Rishabh Pant, Ashwin delivers – an attacking cameo
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What India expected from Rishabh Pant, Ashwin delivers – an attacking cameo

Not many tinker with the batting technique and set-up as much as he has done over the years. A flip-book of him at the crease will throw up so much variety that it can bewilder: the bat tapping the ground, held high in the air and parallel to ground. That’s just the bat. The knee also has been contorted in various degrees over the years. It flexes up and down at the crease, it has stayed a bit firmer, upright. The upper body too has had its variations. Upright, crouching, mid-way. So does the hands. He can rock and cradle that bat back and forth at crease as he does these days. The elbow too can be crooked up, like now, ala Imran Khan. The angle of his posture too; it’s been mostly side-on but he has also tried the open-stance. Clearly, he is someone who loves to bat; afte...
Root needs to carry on as England captain, says Vaughan | Cricket News – Times of India
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Root needs to carry on as England captain, says Vaughan | Cricket News – Times of India

Former England captain Michael Vaughan backed Test skipper Joe Root to guide England back from the brink following widespread criticism of the 31-year-old's captaincy after a meek surrender of the Ashes series to Australia. Vaughan's comments are in stark contrast to the opinion of England great Geoffrey Boycott, who called on Root to step down and Michael Atherton, who suggested Ben Stokes as a viable alternative for the captaincy. "If Joe (Root) can get a victory it will give him a clear insight into what this team needs to do to be successful," Vaughan wrote in a column for The Telegraph. "I hope he carries on. "I can't see anyone else doing the job in the circumstances they are in at the moment. It is best if he carries on and lays the foundation for the cricket England need to play...
Second Test: SA hold initial bragging rights
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Second Test: SA hold initial bragging rights

The first nine overs of the Wanderers Test suggested a near-repeat of the first hour of the Centurion Test. South Africa had squandered the new ball on Boxing Day, bowling too wide and serving up too many boundary balls to build any sort of pressure with the new Kookaburra. India’s openers KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal had gone on to add 117, and the match was to slip away from South Africa right there. But in sharp contrast, at the end of the day in Johannesburg, hosts were the happier lot after dismissing India for 202 and reaching 35/1. Had it not been for a resolute half-century by KL Rahul, leading India in the absence of Virat Kohli who is nursing an upper back spasm and a valuable cameo from Ravichandran Ashwin, the tourists would have struggled to cross 150. With the ...
2nd Test: Rahane, Pujara flop show continues as Indian middle-order disappoints again
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2nd Test: Rahane, Pujara flop show continues as Indian middle-order disappoints again

Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane’s saga of failures compounded a shoddy batting performance by India even as stand-in skipper KL Rahul impressed with a defiant show amid the ruins on the opening day of the second Test against South Africa here on Monday. Rahul’s patient 50-run knock on a day when India missed Virat Kohli due to back spasms and Ravichandran Ashwin’s cavalier 46 at the rear end ensured that India scored 202 in their first innings on a bouncy Wanderers track. At stumps, Mohammed Shami sent back Aiden Markram even as Dean Elgar (11 batting) and Keegan Peterson (14 batting) took South Africa to 35 for 1. It could have been two down had Rishabh Pant snapped Peterson off Jasprit Bumrah, which seemed a regulation catch. STUMPS on Day 1 of the 2nd Test. South A...