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Was trying to hit one particular crack from where it was kicking off: Shardul Thakur | Cricket News – Times of India
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Was trying to hit one particular crack from where it was kicking off: Shardul Thakur | Cricket News – Times of India

JOHANNESBURG: Shardul Thakur had spotted a crack in between back of length to good length area and was trying to hit that region to get the ball back into the right hander. Thakur's maiden five-wicket haul put India in pole position after the second day as they restricted South Africa's first innings lead to only 27 and then finished the day at 85 for 2. "When I started bowling, there was a length somewhere in those 22-yards from where the ball was kicking in (off) and also was staying low a bit. So all I did was to try to hit that spot and hit that crack,” added the pacer, who hails from Palghar region near Mumbai. The key was to hit the right areas as both Centurion and Johannesburg tracks offered help for fast bowlers. "See both the venues, even when we played in Centurion and here i...
Wicket at Wanderers will not get easier: Keegan Petersen | Cricket News – Times of India
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Wicket at Wanderers will not get easier: Keegan Petersen | Cricket News – Times of India

JOHANNESBURG: South African batsman Keegan Petersen predicts the wicket at the Wanderers will get tougher to bat on as the second Test against India progresses, offering the potential of a gripping contest between bat and ball. Petersen top scored for South Africa with a maiden half century on Tuesday as the home team managed a slender first innings lead over the tourists but then allowed India to score quickly near the close of play to take a 58-run lead with eight wicket second innings wickets in hand. "I think it's going to be tough for the rest of the test match and pitch is definitely not getting better," he told a virtual news conference at the close of play on Tuesday. But he warned that South Africa would need to bowl India out cheaply on Wednesday if they were to have a chance ...
COVID-19: NRAI postpones selection trials after weekend curfew imposed in Delhi | More sports News – Times of India
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COVID-19: NRAI postpones selection trials after weekend curfew imposed in Delhi | More sports News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: A rise in the graph of Covid-19 cases in the national capital has led to the local government imposing weekend curfew from this week onward. The decision has forced the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) to postpone the selection trials for pistol events, which were scheduled for January 13 to 25. The federation also decided to postpone the rifle and shotgun selection trials to be held in Bhopal this month. Shooters who achieve the qualification mark in various age categories at the National Championships are eligible to participate in selection trials, which are held to pick the India squad for future tournaments. "Due to restrictions (weekend curfew) imposed by the Government of Delhi, it has been decided to postpone the selection trials which were scheduled to be h...
ISL: Bengaluru, SC East Bengal share points after 1-1 draw | Football News – Times of India
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ISL: Bengaluru, SC East Bengal share points after 1-1 draw | Football News – Times of India

BAMBOLIM: Bengaluru FC's hopes of securing playoffs qualification suffered another blow as they were held to a 1-1 draw by a resilient SC East Bengal in the Indian Super League on Tuesday. The result also extended SCEB's winless run to nine matches. Semboi Haokip (28th) opened the scoring with a diving header until Sourav Das (OG 55th) handed the equaliser to the opposition with an own goal at the Athletic Stadium. In a nervy start, SC East Bengal's goalkeeper Arindam Bhattacharja was shown an early yellow card for fouling Prince Ibara. On the other end, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu also had a rusty start as he misjudged a free-kick from deep that went unpunished. It took the 18th minute for either side to create a meaningful scoring opportunity when Lalrinliana Hnamte's shot from the edge of ...
Haryana Steelers, U Mumba share spoils in PKL | Pro-Kabaddi-League News – Times of India
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Haryana Steelers, U Mumba share spoils in PKL | Pro-Kabaddi-League News – Times of India

BENGALURU: U Mumba held Haryana Steelers to a 24-24 tie in a low-scoring match of the Pro Kabaddi League on Tuesday. Captain Fazel Atrachali had 4 points in defence for Mumbai in a game where defences overpowered the raiders. Haryana had themselves to blame after allowing Abhishek Singh to make a valid final raid of the match with scores tied and no time remaining. All-rounder Rohit Gulia scored 8 points for the Steelers. The first half was a low scoring affair despite both teams having in-form raiders in their line-up. The likes of Abhishek Singh of U Mumba and Vikash Kandola of Haryana found it difficult to get raid points against well-drilled defences. U Mumba's Rinku set the tone for the match with an incredible thigh hold in the first move of the match. His captain, Fazel soon join...
India vs South Africa, 2nd Test: Shardul takes 7-for to bring India back in game, visitors 85/2 at stumps on Day 2 | Cricket News – Times of India
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India vs South Africa, 2nd Test: Shardul takes 7-for to bring India back in game, visitors 85/2 at stumps on Day 2 | Cricket News – Times of India

JOHANNESBURG: Unheralded seam bowler Shardul Thakur turned out to be an unlikely hero with a career-best 7 for 61 to keep India on even keel against South Africa on an intriguing second day of the second Test on Tuesday. Standing at 5 feet 7 inches and with a physique which is an antithesis of what is perceived to be a fast bowler's body, the skiddy Thakur (17.5-3-61-7) landed crucial blows at opportune moments to send the Proteas packing for 229 in their first innings. Scorecard | As it happenedIt was his effort that nullified India's seemingly inadequate first innings score of 202 with the lead being restricted to 27 and then erased by visitors as they reached 85 for 2 at stumps, losing stand-in skipper KL Rahul (8) and Mayank Agarwal's (23) wicket. The two under-fire seniors Cheteshw...
sreejesh:  PR Sreejesh in race for World Games Athlete of the Year award | Hockey News – Times of India
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sreejesh: PR Sreejesh in race for World Games Athlete of the Year award | Hockey News – Times of India

LAUSANNE: Olympic bronze medal winning India men's hockey goalkeeper PR Sreejesh is in the race to win the prestigious World Games Athlete of the Year award after being nominated for the honour. The winner will be selected following an online voting process which begins on January 10 and ends on January 31. Elected FIH Goalkeeper of the Year for 2021, Sreejesh -- a triple Olympian with over 240 international appearances -- has enjoyed an exceptional 12 months, producing his very best form to help his team claim a historic bronze at the Tokyo Games. If Sreejesh manages to win, he will be the second hockey player from the country to bag the title after women's team skipper Rani Rampal. Rani became the first-ever hockey player to win the award in 2020. A total of 24 athletes have been nomi...
Rise and rise of ‘Lord Shardul’ and how coach Dinesh Lad played a part | Cricket News – Times of India
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Rise and rise of ‘Lord Shardul’ and how coach Dinesh Lad played a part | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: From handling the frustration of not being played by his IPL franchise to a career-best seven-wicket haul in Test cricket, Shardul Thakur has come a long way but his childhood coach Dinesh Lad says he never really had to do anything special to mould the driven all-rounder except for "working on his mental strength". Shardul returned fine figures of 7/61, his best bowling figures in Tests, as India bundled out the hosts for 229 on the second day of the second Test at the Wanderers in Johannesburg. It was Lad with whom 'Lord Shardul' or 'Palghar Express', as he is fondly called now for his reputation as a partnership breaker, stayed with in Mumbai during his formative years. Shardul Thakur picks up 7 wickets as South Africa are all out for 229 runs. #TeamIndia's second innings und...
Elgar, SA team manager meet match officials to discuss van der Dussen’s dismissal | Cricket News – Times of India
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Elgar, SA team manager meet match officials to discuss van der Dussen’s dismissal | Cricket News – Times of India

JOHANNESBURG: South Africa skipper Dean Elgar and team manager Khomotso Masubelele met match officials during the lunch break on Day 2 of the second Test to discuss a questionable caught behind dismissal of Rassie van der Dussen. ESPNcricinfo reported that Elgar and Masubelele wanted to discuss the dismissal with on field umpires Marais Erasmus and Allahudien Palekar, third umpire Adrian Holdstock and match referee Andy Pycroft. What was discussed between them remains unclear. Van der Dussen was adjudged caught behind by the on-field umpire at the stroke of lunch off Shardul Thakur but there were questions on the legality of the catch taken by wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant. However, there was no conclusive evidence that the ball bounced before going into Pant's gloves. Law 2.12 requires co...
Bengaluru, SC East Bengal share points after 1-1 draw in ISL
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Bengaluru, SC East Bengal share points after 1-1 draw in ISL

Bengaluru FC’s hopes of securing playoffs qualification suffered another blow as they were held to a 1-1 draw by a resilient SC East Bengal in the Indian Super League here on Tuesday. The result also extended SCEB’s winless run to nine matches. Semboi Haokip (28th) opened the scoring with a diving header until Sourav Das (OG 55th) handed the equaliser to the opposition with an own goal at the Athletic Stadium. In a nervy start, SC East Bengal’s goalkeeper Arindam Bhattacharja was shown an early yellow card for fouling Prince Ibara. On the other end, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu also had a rusty start as he misjudged a free-kick from deep that went unpunished. It took the 18th minute for either side to create a meaningful scoring opportunity when Lalrinliana Hnamte’s shot from the ...
How chat with Zaheer Khan put Shardul Thakur on path to become Lord Thakur
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How chat with Zaheer Khan put Shardul Thakur on path to become Lord Thakur

Dhawal Kulkarni still remembers the advice Zaheer Khan had for a young Shardul Thakur. The former India left-arm pacer had told Thakur that if he had ambitions of playing at a higher level, he would have to reduce his weight and get fitter. The youngster took those words to heart. He was 83kg at that time, but had got 13kg lighter by the time he returned to the Mumbai dressing room a few months later, Kulkarni recalls. Shardul Thakur bowls against South Africa’s batsman Marco Jansen, during the second day. (AP Photo) Apart from getting much slimmer, Thakur’s attitude towards the game had also changed. He became more eager and aggressive in pursuing his goal of playing for the country. “His attitude took him to a different level. The intensity with which he bowled his first over was als...
Yuki Bhambri receives direct entry at Tata Open Maharashtra | Tennis News – Times of India
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Yuki Bhambri receives direct entry at Tata Open Maharashtra | Tennis News – Times of India

PUNE: India's Yuki Bhambri received a direct entry into the men's singles main draw at the 4th Tata Open Maharashtra which will see some of the top players vying for honours from January 31. The 29-year-old is currently preparing for the Australian Open after recovering from an injury and will kickstart his campaign with a protected ranking at the prestigious event which is making a return after a COVID induced break. World number 18 Aslan Karatsev and defending champion Jiri Vesely will also be in action alongside seven other Top-100 players as South Asia's only ATP Tour tournament gears up for a much-awaited comeback at the Balewadi Stadium. With a stiff cut off at 149, the ATP 250 event will also see the participation of some of the experienced names as well as promising young guns s...
Covid-19: Ranji, Col C K Nayudu Trophy & senior women’s T20 League postponed
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Covid-19: Ranji, Col C K Nayudu Trophy & senior women’s T20 League postponed

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday announced the postponement of the Ranji Trophy, Col C K Nayudu Trophy & Senior Women’s T20 League for the 2021-22 season in the wake of the rising Covid-19 cases in the country. The Ranji Trophy & Col C K Nayudu Trophy were scheduled to begin this month while the senior women’s T20 League was scheduled to commence in February. The BCCI press release stated, “BCCI does not want to compromise the safety of the players, support staff, match officials and other participants involved and hence, has decided to put the three tournaments on hold till further notice. The BCCI will continue to assess the situation and take a call on the start of the tournaments accordingly.” 🚨 NEWS 🚨: BCCI postpones Ranji Trophy, Co...
Zak’s take: Zaheer Khan on the Indian pace bowling attack, the search for a left arm pacer and Hardik Pandya | Cricket News – Times of India
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Zak’s take: Zaheer Khan on the Indian pace bowling attack, the search for a left arm pacer and Hardik Pandya | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The current Indian pace bowling attack is widely recognised as one of the best, if not the best attack in the world. The one missing component in India's pace arsenal is a quality left-arm fast bowler. Since 2017 (in the last five years), Jasprit Bumrah and Md. Shami have claimed 235 and 199 wickets respectively, across all formats (Tests, ODIs, and T20Is). The two pacers have been maintaining their position in the top 10 rankings. In the Pataudi Trophy (India's tour of England), in the four Tests played, Bumrah claimed 18 wickets in 4 Tests and Siraj bagged 14, while Shami took 11. (AFP Photo)The young sensation Siraj was instrumental in India's second successive win on Australian soil. He was the highest wicket-taker for India with 13 scalps in 3 Tests. Is this the best pac...
Djokovic will defend Australian Open title after exemption from vaccination | Tennis News – Times of India
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Djokovic will defend Australian Open title after exemption from vaccination | Tennis News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Novak Djokovic ended speculation over his Australian Open title defence by announcing on Tuesday that he would compete at the season's opening Grand Slam event after receiving a medical exemption from getting vaccinated against COVID-19. The world number one, who had declined to reveal his vaccination status, said previously that he was unsure whether he would compete at the Jan. 17-30 tournament in Melbourne due to concerns over Australia's quarantine rules. "I've spent fantastic quality time with my loved ones over the break and today I'm heading Down Under with an exemption permission. Let's go 2022," the Serbian said on Instagram. Organisers of the Australian Open had stipulated that all participants must be vaccinated against the coronavirus or have a medical exemption g...
Deficit overcome, a lead building, India stay on track at Wanderers
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Deficit overcome, a lead building, India stay on track at Wanderers

The second ball of the second day of the Wanderers Test from Mohammed Shami leaped at Dean Elgar, who fended it safely to point. The last ball of the day from Keshav Maharaj spun and bounced at Cheteshwar Pujara, who edged it softly past slip for his seventh four and took India’s lead to 58 with eight wickets standing. What ensued in between those two deliveries was not only utterly absorbing cricket, but also the build-up of several narratives that are hurtling towards one grand denouement at the Bullring. The headline story of the day was, of course, how Shardul Thakur transformed his golden arm into a goldmine extracting one precious wicket after another. Before Thakur ripped through the South African batting line-up, the morning had been about the craft and threat of Sh...
Sreejesh in race for World Games Athlete of the Year award
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Sreejesh in race for World Games Athlete of the Year award

Olympic bronze medal winning India men’s hockey goalkeeper PR Sreejesh is in race to win the prestigious World Games Athlete of the Year award after being nominated for the honour. The winner will be selected following an online voting process which begins on January 10 and ends of January 31. Elected FIH Goalkeeper of the Year for 2021, Sreejesh — a triple Olympian with over 240 international appearances — has enjoyed an exceptional 12 months, producing his very best form to help his team claim a historic bronze at the Tokyo Games. #FIH The World Games Athlete of the Year: PR Sreejesh in the race https://t.co/Dy9j2DOGlB — World Hockey News (@WorldHockeyNews) January 4, 2022 If Sreejesh manages to win, he will be the second hockey player from the country to bag the title ...
Rumesh Ratnayake appointed interim coach of the National Team
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Rumesh Ratnayake appointed interim coach of the National Team

Former pacer Rumesh Ratnayake has been named as the interim coach of the Sri Lankan team ahead of their home series against Zimbabwe, the country’s cricket board said on Tuesday. “Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce the appointment of Rumesh Ratnayake as the interim coach of the National Team for the upcoming Zimbabwe tour of Sri Lanka,” SLC said in a statement. The 58-year-old Ratnayake, who has played 23 Tests and 70 ODIs in a career spanning from 1982 to 1993, is currently serving as a fast bowling coach at the High-Performance Center. Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce the appointment of Rumesh Ratnayake as the interim coach of the National Team for the upcoming Zimbabwe tour of Sri Lanka.READ ⬇️https://t.co/igIzhxCWoU — Sri Lanka Cricket 🇱🇰 (@OfficialSLC) January 4...
I have a role to play in SA cricket and RCB: AB de Villiers
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I have a role to play in SA cricket and RCB: AB de Villiers

He isn’t sure what future holds in store for him but former South Africa captain AB de Villiers is confident that he will have a role to play in national team and his IPL franchise RCB’s future set-up. One of contemporary cricket’s greatest batters, De Villiers had retired from all forms of game in November last year, putting an end to his glorious 17-year career in top-flight. “I still believe that I have a role to play in SA cricket and also over there in the IPL with the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB),” he was quoted as saying by ‘Times LIVE’. Besides a staggering 20,017 international runs across all formats under his belt, De Villiers also holds the record for fastest 50, 100 and 150 in ODIs. He has also played 156 matches for RCB and scored 4,491 runs. “I have no id...