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Day: February 2, 2022

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In times of Messi and Ronaldo, Lewandowski is undervalued: Ruud Gullit | Football News – Times of India

Ruud Gullit knows how it feels to be officially named the best player in the world. The former Netherlands captain has been there before, in 1987, when he won the Ballon d’Or. Now 59 and a member of the Laureus World Sports Academy, Gullit took questions from TOI and other select journalists on the best footballers on the planet. Excerpts… Robert Lewandowski has been nominated again for the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award. Has he now overtaken Lionel Messi as the number one footballer?I think he has been very unlucky that he is playing in an era with (Cristiano) Ronaldo and Messi. He has been undervalued, a little bit. They didn’t notice him that much and that’s a pity because he has done a great job with Bayern (Munich), scoring so many goals. He has also been unlucky because...
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ISL: SC East Bengal hold Chennaiyin FC to 2-2 draw | Football News – Times of India

VASCO: SC East Bengal denied Chennaiyin FC a chance to rise to third spot with a 2-2 draw in their Indian Super League (ISL) match here on Wednesday. The red and golds scored in injury time to deny three points to Chennaiyin. The Marina Machans raced to a 2-0 lead through goals from Hira Mondal (2nd minute, own goal) and Ninthoi (15th). Darren Sidoel (61st) pulled one back with a well-hit free-kick and the equaliser finally came through Lalrinliana Hnamte (90+1). Chennaiyin went into the lead after Suhail Pasha's header took a deflection from Hira Mondal and went inside the net for an own goal. The left-back's night became worse in the 15th minute after his individual error led to the second goal. Ninthoinganba Meetel made the interception on the right flank, made room for himself and s...
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Team India Covid: COVID outbreak in India camp; Dhawan, Gaikwad, Shreyas and multiple non-coaching staff test positive | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: A COVID-19 outbreak hit the Indian cricket team on Wednesday as three players -- senior opener Shikhar Dhawan, reserve opener Ruturaj Gaikwad and middle-order batter Shreyas Iyer -- tested positive for the virus during their mandatory isolation period before the start of West Indies series. The Indian team assembled in Ahmedabad on January 31 for the upcoming white-ball series against the West Indies and were going through a three-day isolation period post their break from the South Africa series. "Three players -- Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shreyas Iyer and Shikhar Dhawan have tested positive. However there are multiple COVID positive cases among non-coaching administrative support staff. It could be between two to four people," a veteran BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonym...
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Want to play for RCB again but won’t feel bad if I go somewhere else: Yuzvendra Chahal | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has said he would love to continue playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) but he won't feel bad if some other franchise picks him in the upcoming mega auction, scheduled for February 12 and 13. The 31-year-old Chahal has been one of best performers for RCB over the years after moving there from Mumbai Indians prior to the 2014 season. In 113 matches for them, he has picked up 138 wickets at an economy rate of just over 7.50. However, the leg-spinner wasn't retained by the franchise ahead of the auction. RCB have decided to retain Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell and Mohammed Siraj in their team. In a recent chat with veteran spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on his YouTube channel, Chahal opened up on his journey with RCB. "The journey for eight ...
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Beijing 2022: China soldier in Olympic torch relay raises ire in India | More sports News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Beijing Winter Olympics drew a frosty reception in India on Wednesday after a Chinese soldier involved in a deadly Himalayan skirmish took part in the traditional torch relay. Qi Fabao, a regiment commander for the People's Liberation Army, was among the troops present in 2020 during the high-altitude clash in the Galwan Valley, which is disputed between the world's two most populous nations. Troops fought a hand-to-hand battle that left at least 20 Indians and four Chinese soldiers dead, though it took Beijing eight months to acknowledge the casualties on its own side. China's Global Times state media outlet feted Qi -- who sustained a serious head injury during the fighting -- as a "hero" after reporting his inclusion among the Games' 1,200 torchbearers. But Qi's recept...
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Skipper Dhull leads India to fourth consecutive U-19 World Cup final

Skipper Yash Dhull gave a glimpse of his rare talent with a well-paced hundred as powerhouse India reached their fourth consecutive U-19 World Cup final with an emphatic 96-run win over Australia here on Wednesday. Dhull struck a sublime 110 in as many balls and shared a game- changing 204-run stand with his deputy Shaik Rasheed (94 off 108 balls) to fire India to a formidable 290 for five after opting to bat. Indian bowlers then performed their roles to perfection to bowl Australia out for 194 in 41.5 overs. Lachlan Shaw’s fine 51 came too late in the day for Australia. Pacers Rajvardhan Hangargekar (0/26) and Ravi Kumar (2/37) were impressive in the first powerplay before spinners Nishant Sindhu (2/25), Vicky Ostwal (3/42) and Kaushal Tambe (1/32) dominated the opposition in the middl...
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Sri Lanka’s Suranga Lakmal to retire from internationals | Cricket News – Times of India

Sri Lanka fast bowler Suranga Lakmal will retire from all forms of international cricket following a tour of India in February-March, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said on Wednesday. Lakmal made his international debut in 2009 and went on to play 68 Tests, 86 one-day internationals and 11 Twenty20 internationals, taking 285 wickets and scoring 1,179 runs. The 34-year-old briefly captained Sri Lanka's Test side in 2018 in the absence of Dinesh Chandimal due to a ball-tampering ban, winning his first match as skipper against West Indies at the Kensington Oval. "We take this opportunity to wish Lakmal the very best for his future endeavours, and look forward to seeing him perform for the country during the Sri Lanka Tour of India, if the selectors consider him," SLC CEO Ashley De Silva said. For...
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Few aspects of goalkeeping remain unchanged, feels Padma Shri Brahmanand Sankhwalkar | Football News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former India captain and goalkeeper Brahmanand Sankhwalkar, the eighth footballer to be honoured with the Padma Shri, feels the art of goalkeeping has changed a lot in modern times but few aspects remain unchanged. In getting the prestigious award, Brahmanand joined legends such as Gostho Paul, Sailen Manna, Chuni Goswami, PK Banerjee, Bhaichung Bhutia, Sunil Chhetri, and Bembem Devi. "There have been a lot of improvement in goalkeepers over time since my playing days," said Brahmanand in a chat with www.the-aiff.com. "Nowadays you have taller goalkeepers, who are extremely agile, and good with the ball at their feet," he added. "A goalkeeper has a completely different view of the game, and can really influence the positioning of his teammates," opined Brahmanand. "But he als...
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Coach Justin Langer refuses ‘morally inappropriate’ bonus due to CA’s massive COVID job cuts | Cricket News – Times of India

SYDNEY: Australia's T20 World Cup and multiple Ashes winning coach Justin Langer has refused a handsome bonus offered by his cricket board as he found it "morally inappropriate" to accept it at a time when the organisation witnessed massive job cuts due to COVID-19. "Australian cricket coach Justin Langer secretly knocked back a six figure sum in bonuses because he felt it would be morally inappropriate amid Covid job cuts," eminent cricket writers Robert Craddock and Peter Lalor reported for the Australian newspaper 'The Daily Telegraph'. "It is understood Langer privately informed his bosses he could not, in all good conscience, accept bonus payments while other staff members had been made redundant. Neither side has made the matter public," the report further stated. Cricket Australi...
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Tata Open Maharashtra: Vukic living immigrant’s dream in Australia after parents fled Balkan war

When Rad Vukic fled Sarajevo in the early 1990s, escaping the war by blending in with another family catching a SOS plane, tennis was far off his mind. Son Aleksandar ‘Alex’, playing at the Tata Open Maharashtra, says it wasn’t a sport his dad knew much about. But when the family – his mother Lijljna and brother Vladimir had left earlier with other vulnerable women and children – found refuge in Sydney, Vukic Sr took to the game obsessively, and would steer his younger son into a career in the sport. Australia boasts of several tennis players, children of immigrants who landed on its shores fleeing tough times, in search of a better, safer life. Many of East European and Mediterranean heritage call the country their home, and while Alex stresses the society is very inclusive, he adds th...
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Words of the coach of U19 skipper Yash Dhull comes true after fighting century

On the eve of the semi-final against Australia, Yash Dhull was reminded about the contrasting career graphs of two of his senior state mates – Delhi’s Virat Kohli and Unmukt Chand – who like him had led the India under-19 team. The shy boy, overawed by the attention of the world media, shook his head, acknowledged the need to upgrade to reach the next level and gave a short reply. Needing a translator by his side to negotiate questions in English, Dhull gave a short and matter-of-fact reply. “I will have to work doubly hard,” he said. Dhull, on Wednesday, showed he had the mental strength to put his head down and avert a crisis. At 37/2 in 13th overs, India had lost both its openers. The pair of Angkrish Raghuvanshi (6) and Harnoor Singh (16) had finally failed in the tournament where t...
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Why IPL teams may break the bank for Washington Sundar and rising star Shahrukh Khan at auction

A full IPL auction offers unpredictability as franchises rebuild their respective squads almost from scratch. A few days ago, during a Kolkata Knight Riders YouTube show, the franchise CEO and managing director Venky Mysore was recollecting how their strategy had gone haywire during the 2011 IPL full auction. The Kolkata-based franchise wanted a slow burn, but their prime targets, including Gautam Gambhir, were under the hammer very early, forcing KKR to spend two-thirds of their purse within the first one hour of a two-day auction. For a franchise like Chennai Super Kings, as their chief executive Kasi Viswanathan was telling this paper, retention of a core group over the years had served them wonderfully well. This time, though, as the 15th season of the IPL will have a mega auction i...
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Winter Olympics: Curling kicks off, but Putin-Xi the main event as politics envelop Beijing | More sports News – Times of India

BEIJING: Mixed doubles curling opened competition in the Beijing Winter Olympics on Wednesday as the shadow of war in Ukraine, and the impending arrival of Russian President Vladimir Putin, loomed over an event already transformed by the coronavirus pandemic. Curling teams from Sweden and Britain clashed inside Beijing's "closed loop", where the world's athletes will compete until Feb. 20 in front of crowds made sparse by COVID-19 curbs. Earlier, basketball great Yao Ming and a Chinese soldier wounded in a border clash with India joined in a torch relay set to last just three days and only be viewed by selected members of the public before the Olympic cauldron is lit. But the political showdown between Putin and the West over Ukraine remained the main Olympic act ahead of Friday's openi...
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Revised fixtures for remainder of ISL season unveiled | Football News – Times of India

MARGAO: The Indian Super League on Wednesday unveiled the revised fixture list for the ongoing event with the organisers incorporating all the matches that were postponed due to Covid-19 outbreaks last month in the schedule that begins February 9. ATK Mohun Bagan will face Jamshedpur FC in the final match of the regular season at the PJN Stadium here on March 7, according to the revised fixture drawn by the league organisers Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL). "Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL) today released the revised fixture list for 25 matches, from February 9 onwards, for the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22 season. The League has incorporated the matches that were postponed in January into the redrawn calendar," the ISL said in a statement. There will be th...
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aquarius: Aquarius relationship compatibility with siblings – Times of India

Aquarius has a strong desire to serve others in whatever way they can. They are constantly willing to help their siblings with personal and professional matters. Aquarians are always willing to provide a hand and would walk miles for their siblings! Aquarius is a wonderful sibling since they are unique and kind. They have a lot of energy and encourage their siblings to join them in various societal situations. They may not have their siblings' skills or willingness to engage in a normal discussion with the people sitting next to them, but they will always appreciate their siblings' accomplishments. Aquarians urge their siblings to serve the poor by volunteering and donating their work and attention. Aquarians, anticipate their siblings to continue to offer them some one-on-one affection...
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Aquarius relationship compatibility with Grand-parents – Times of India

Aquarians are simply unconstrained by conventional gender or household duties, and they are content with the freedom that their grandparents provide. Grandparents of Aquarians will become active in their grandchildren's vast range of friends and associates, teaching them to be expansive and interested in individuals from many sectors of life. Grandparents of Aquarians are the ones that support their grandchildren's aptitude to critically examine and come up with innovative remedies to challenges. Grandparents of Aquarians will be terrific role models for them, and they will learn from them to look ahead rather than being caught in the moment or the history. The primary challenge for Aquarian grandparents as grandparents may be training to socially open themselves to their offspring. Aqu...
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South Africa skipper Dean Elgar gives backing to coach Mark Boucher | Cricket News – Times of India

CAPE TOWN: Test captain Dean Elgar says the team will show "support" for embattled coach Mark Boucher, who faces a Cricket South Africa disciplinary hearing on charges of gross misconduct in May. Boucher has been accused of racism by former team mate Paul Adams and of sidelining his former assistant coach Enoch Nkwe. He denies both allegations. CSA had wanted the hearings to be held next month following the team's two-test series in New Zealand that starts on Feb. 17, but they have been postponed to the week of May 16 to allow players to testify at the request of Boucher's legal team. South Africa host Bangladesh for a test and One-Day International series from March 18. "Cricket comes first for us, irrespective of what our head coach is going through," Elgar told reporters ahead of the...
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Dhawan, Shreyas among four team members test positive ahead of WI series

Four Indian team players, including Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer, and three support staff have tested positive for Covid-19 in Ahmedabad, with the three-match ODI series against West Indies starting on February 6. The Indian Express understands that Dhawan, Iyer, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Navdeep Saini (who is a reserve player) tested positive along with three support staff. The Indian board conducted RT-PCR tests on January 31, February 1 and February 2. It is learnt that Dhawan and Saini tested positive after the first test while Gaikwad and Iyer were found infected in the second and third tests respectively. There is no clarity at the moment whether the BCCI will name replacements of the above players, or wait for a few days. However, a BCCI release stated that Mayank Agarwal was added ...
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ICC T20 rankings: KL Rahul moves a place up to 4th | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: Opener KL Rahul moved a place up to fourth while Virat Kohli and India's new white ball skipper Rohit Sharma remained static on 10th and 11th positions, respectively, in ICC T20 rankings for batters issued on Wednesday. In the bowling chart, seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the best-placed Indian at 20th position, having dropped a run while pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah feel two places to 26th. No Indian featured in the all-rounder's list. India, though, did not feature in T20 Internationals in recent times. PIC Credit: @ICC Twitter handleLeft-arm spinner Akeal Hosein and fast bowler Jason Holder have achieved career-best rankings in bowling after helping the West Indies to a series-deciding 17-run victory in the fifth match against England in Bridgetown. In the latest weekly update ...
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I am a genuine all-rounder: Shardul Thakur

Shardul Thakur doesn’t hesitate to call himself a genuine all-rounder. The way he has performed in the last few months, Thakur has become a player teams can’t ignore. Before joining the Indian team for the series against West Indies, Thakur spoke with The Indian Express about his batting, the partnership-breaker tag and other matters. EXCERPTS: What’s the secret about your backfoot punch and straight drive? I always had talent but in between, I didn’t get the opportunity to bat much, especially in Ranji Trophy. It all started when I came into the Indian team. Compare to other bowlers, I was a better batsman and (former head coach) Ravi Shastri gave me the opportunity to bat at number 7 or 8. Whatever talent I had, I just applied it. Whenever I get an opportunity, I bat in the nets. Duri...