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Day: February 5, 2022

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With all other things on the outside, India will have their work cut out: Pollard | Cricket News – Times of India

AHMEDABAD: West Indies captain Kieron Pollard on Saturday said India will have their task cut out in the ODI series against the visitors as they are coming off a 0-3 whitewash in South Africa and "all the other things on the outside". By "all other things on the outside", Pollard appeared to refer to the controversy around Indian captaincy after Virat Kohli's departure from the top job in all three formats. "As you mentioned they (India) didn't do too well in South Africa, and with all the other things on the outside, they will have their work cut out," Pollard said on the eve of the first ODI here. "But as I stated earlier for us, it is about focusing on what we can do, they will have their challenges, we will have our challenges. "The good thing is that when we start the game tomorrow...
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ICC U-19 World Cup final: Raj Angad keeping family’s legacy alive | Cricket News – Times of India

Tarlochan Bawa's proudest moment came when he stood on the podium at the 1948 London Olympics after his goal played a crucial part in India's gold-winning game against Great Britain. 74 years later, his grandson Raj Angad Bawa tormented England with a five-wicket haul in a U-19 World Cup final in Antigua on Saturday. He claimed 5/31 in nine overs to break the spine of the English team and set up the game for India U-19s. Tarlochan passed away when Raj Angad was too young to retain the memories of the time spent with his grandfather. His parents ensured that the legacy of Tarlochan was etched in Raj's mind. "My wife and I would always tell the stories my father told me about his playing days. One of the anecdotes that has stayed with Raj is the one of my father standing on that podium. M...
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ISL: Stellar second-half show helps Bengaluru rally past Jamshedpur | Football News – Times of India

BAMBOLIM: Bengaluru FC made it three wins on the spin to move to the third spot, riding a come-from-behind 3-1 victory over Jamshedpur FC in the Indian Super League at the Athletic Stadium on Saturday. Daniel Chima Chukwu had given Jamshedpur the lead inside the first minute but Bengaluru made a roaring comeback in the second half with Cleiton Silva (62nd, 90th) scoring twice on either side of Sunil Chhetri's equaliser in the 55th minute. Chhetri scored his 49th goal, equalling Hyderabad FC's Bart Ogbeche who became the all-time highest scorer of the ISL the other day with 49 strikes as Bengaluru stretched their unbeaten run to eight games. Bengaluru now have 23 points from 15 games, same as Kerala Blasters who are second due to better goal difference. Jamshedpur dropped to fourth with ...
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Neymar faces ‘crucial’ week as Real Madrid Champions League tie looms | Football News – Times of India

PARIS: Paris Saint-Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino says Neymar is making "encouraging" progress ahead of the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against Real Madrid. The Brazil star has been sidelined by an ankle injury since the end of November and will also miss Sunday's trip to reigning Ligue 1 champions Lille. Neymar, who turned 30 on Saturday, began running again late last month but has yet to return to full training, with La Liga leaders Madrid due at the Parc des Princes on February 15. "His development is encouraging. Next week will be crucial to know his percentage of chances of being back with us against Real," Pochettino said ahead of PSG's game against Lille. Midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum is expected to be fit for the visit of Madrid, but Sergio Ramos is a dou...
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PKL: U Mumba beat Tamil Thalaivas to improve playoff chances | Pro-Kabaddi-League News – Times of India

BENGALURU: U Mumba beat Tamil Thalaivas 35-33 in a Pro Kabaddi League match here on Saturday. Thalaivas fought valiantly after a dismal first half to make it a close affair in the final minutes. But Mumbai's captain Fazel Atrachali marshalled his defence well to ensure they walked away with all five points in the race for a playoff spot. Abhishek Singh scored 10 points for Mumbai while defenders Rinku, Fazel Atrachali and Rahul Sethpal had three points each. Thalaivas raiders Manjeet and Ajinkya Pawar had seven points each. The first half was completely dominated by U Mumba with their raiders Abhishek Singh and Ajith Kumar finding easy points from a disjointed Tamil defence. Abhishek's hand touches gave Mumbai an early lead, but Sagar's Super Tackle helped Thalaivas stay in the match. B...
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Chelsea come from behind to beat plucky Plymouth in FA Cup | Football News – Times of India

LONDON: Chelsea suffered an FA Cup fourth-round scare on Saturday when they had to come from behind and needed extra time and a penalty save to beat League One Plymouth Argyle 2-1 with goals from Spaniards Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso. Plymouth shocked the Premier League side when defender Macaulay Gillesphey nodded the ball home from a free kick by former Chelsea player Jordan Houghton in the eighth minute, sparking wild celebration and a shower of green balloons from the travelling fans. Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel had tested positive for COVID-19 and missed the game. It was not clear whether he would be free to travel to Abu Dhabi next week for the Club World Cup. Tuchel tests positive for Covid-19. ⤵️— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) 1644059810000His expensively assembled squad looke...
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India vs West Indies: Ishan Kishan, Shahrukh Khan added to India’s squad for 1st ODI against Windies | Cricket News – Times of India

AHMEDABAD: Opener Ishan Kishan and hard-hitting Tamil Nadu batter Shahrukh Khan were on Saturday added to the Indian squad for the first ODI against West Indies to be played on Sunday. “The All-India Senior Selection Committee has added Ishan Kishan and Shahrukh Khan to India's squad for the first ODI against the West Indies to be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium on Sunday,” BCCI secretary Jay Shah said in a media release. Earlier in the day, skipper Rohit Sharma had already confirmed that Kishan would open the batting with him when the hosts take field on Sunday at the ‘Motera'. "Ishan Kishan is the only option we have and he will open with me," Rohit said on the eve of the series-opener. "Mayank (Agarwal) was added to the squad and he is still in isolation. He came (joined) late an...
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We are trying to find a finisher, haven’t really got one after MS Dhoni: Rohit Sharma | Cricket News – Times of India

AHMEDABAD: India captain Rohit Sharma on Saturday said the team has not found a finisher since the international retirement of the peerless MS Dhoni and going into next year's ODI World Cup, they are hoping to find one. Rohit was asked how he was looking at the finisher's role -- especially the No 6 and 7 in batting order -- where he admitted that they need to create more back-ups other than Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja. "Finisher's role in ODI is very important but since MS Dhoni's retirement we haven't got anyone who could fit in that role," Rohit said on the eve of the first ODI against the West Indies. "We have tried Hardik, even Jadeja has played but we need to create more back-ups for that slot. The boys who will be getting chances in the series, hopefully, they will utilise ...
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In Raj Bawa, India could have finally discovered a white-ball pace all-rounder

Around the 13th over mark, the Indian voices became louder on the field. Kaushal Tambe from first slip was the ‘chirp-leader’, with captain Yash Dhull giving him good company. The England colts were already intimidated, thanks to Raj Bawa and his delivery that dismissed George Bell for a golden duck. It reared off a length, angled in towards the grille and got Bell bounced out, who gloved it to wicket-keeper Dinesh Bana. Bawa had accounted for William Luxton in his previous delivery, extra bounce getting the better of an attempted square cut. But it was the bouncer to Bell that tilted the balance of the World Cup final in India U-19’s favour, psychologically. Going ahead, England U-19 batting, save James Rew and James Sales to some extent, would succumb to the fear factor. Bawa welcome...
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Emil Ruusuvuori advances to Tata Open final with win over Kamil Majchrzak | Tennis News – Times of India

PUNE: Finland youngster Emil Ruusuvuori earned a shot at his maiden ATP World Tour title with a hard-fought victory over a fighting Kamil Majchrzak in a high-quality semifinal of the Tata Open Maharashtra on Saturday. Kamil got himself to a position where he was serving for the second to force a decider but 22-year-old Emil walked out with a 6-3, 7-6 (0) win after one hour and 46 minutes of engrossing tennis at the Balewadi Sports Complex. Intense rallies featured from the beginning with both Emil and Kamil displaying their range of shots. It was not before the eighth game that a break opportunity opened up for the Finnish player in the opening set. Kamil's backhand landed just outside the lines and Emil found a passing winner to convert the chance as the Polish player was not in a posi...
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Cricket is slowly changing into football: Pietersen on Langer’s resignation | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former England skipper Kevin Pietersen on Saturday said cricket is "slowly changing" into football, following the resignation of Australia coach Justin Langer. Cricket Australia accepted men's team head coach Langer's resignation, which was received on Saturday. Cricket Australia said Langer was offered a short-term extension to his current contract, which sadly he has opted not to accept. Pietersen feels players are becoming more powerful than coaches in cricket too. "Langer goes as Aus coach. Cricket is slowly changing into football now as the players become very wealthy & player power is full steam ahead," Pietersen tweeted. Langer goes as Aus coach. Cricket is slowly changing into football now as the players become very wealthy & playe… https://t.co/y6vAO7HdpC— Ke...
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Not allowed to bowl fast for five years, Raj Angad Bawa takes 5/31 in U19 World Cup final

Back in 2000, when Mohammad Kaif-led India won the U-19 World Cup, Sukhwinder Bawa was the toast of every cricket journalist. His ward Yuvraj Singh was Player of the Tournament, and everyone wanted a piece of the coach who had trained the to-be superstar. Cut to the present, two decades later, his phone is again buzzing, and the inboxes are full, but Bawa is not overwhelmed. He says, “I am having deja vu. I have seen it before. “Back then, it was an adrenaline rush. Abhi aisa lag raha ki yaar ye sab dekh chuka hun (Now I feel like I have seen all these things before). Yes, I am a bit emotional because Raj is my son,” says Bawa with a heavy voice. Sukhwinder Bawa’s son Raj Angad Bawa has not put a foot wrong in the 2022 U-19 World Cup. He bagged a four-wicket haul against South Africa in...
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ISL 2022: Stellar second-half show helps Bengaluru rally past Jamshedpur

Bengaluru FC made it three wins on the spin to move to the third spot, riding a come-from-behind 3-1 victory over Jamshedpur FC in the Indian Super League at the Athletic Stadium on Saturday. Daniel Chima Chukwu had given Jamshedpur the lead inside the first minute but Bengaluru made a roaring comeback in the second half with Cleiton Silva (62nd, 90th) scoring twice on either side of Sunil Chhetri’s equaliser in the 55th minute. Yet another night of breathtaking action in the #HeroISL as @bengalurufc came from behind to grab all 3️⃣ points! 😍 Watch the best moments from the match in under 60 seconds, ICYMI! 📺#ISLRecap #BFCJFC #LetsFootball | @JamshedpurFC pic.twitter.com/UdrDyFU30p — Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) February 5, 2022 Chhetri scored his 49th goal, equalling Hyderaba...
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Rohit Sharma: Individuals need role clarity but will carry on from where Virat had left | Cricket News – Times of India

AHMEDABAD: India captain Rohit Sharma on Saturday admitted that some individuals in the team needed "role clarity" but he would prefer carrying on from where his predecessor Virat Kohli had left rather than trying to reinvent the wheel. In his first interaction with media as full-time ODI skipper, Rohit refrained from entertaining any questions on his likely elevation as Test captain, Kuldeep Yadav's gradual integration into system post surgery and need to manage the workload properly. "It is always important that everyone comes together and plays that role that has been given to them. What is important for us, moving forward is the role clarity of certain individuals in the squad," Rohit said at a virtual press conference ahead of the first ODI against West Indies. The skipper said tha...
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FA Cup: West Ham, Chelsea come from behind to oust lowly opponents

When the FA Cup game entered stoppage time, West Ham was facing a humiliating loss to sixth-tier side Kidderminster. Alex Penny had scored in the 19th minute for the National North division’s third-place team who were outplaying the millionaires from London who are only point away from the Champions League places in the Premier League. Only Declan Rice’s equalizer forced the game into extra time to prevent West Ham from being on the receiving end of the biggest upset in the 150 years of world soccer’s oldest competition. Then to avoid a penalty shootout at the 6,000-capacity central England stadium, it took Jarrod Bowen scoring in stoppage time of extra time to recover a 2-1 victory against the team 113 places lower in the English league system. It was a struggle too in London for E...
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Athletics season to begin with Indian Open Throws event in Delhi

The domestic athletics season will begin with the inaugural Indian Open Throws competition on February 26 while the first National Javelin Day events will be held on August 7 in all the states to mark Neeraj Chopra’s Olympic gold medal-winning feat. Star javelin thrower Chopra had clinched the country’s first Olympic gold in athletics in Tokyo Games on August 7 last year and the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) had earlier said that national javelin day will be observed to mark the feat. As promised earlier by AFI, Javelin championships will be held in all states on August 7 in honour of @Neeraj_chopra1 ‘s historic feat. https://t.co/1Th2mZlH0R — Andrew Amsan (@AndrewAmsan) February 5, 2022 The Federation Cup Senior National Athletics Championships will be held in Kozhikode from Apr...
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India vs England Live Score, U19 World Cup 2022 Final: Red-hot India take on England in final – The Times of India

LIVE NOWTHE TIMES OF INDIA | Feb 05, 2022, 16:00:12 ISTHaving successfully overcome a Covid-19 outbreak in their camp that saw their campaign almost derailed after as many as seven players were infected with the virus, India's Under-19 team is writing an inspirational story of its own at the junior World Cup in the West Indies. Stay with TOI to get ICC U19 World Cup live score, scorecard, highlights and ball by ball score updates of U19 Final match between India and England.Read Less!function(f,b,e,v,n,t,s) {if(f.fbq)return;n=f.fbq=function(){n.callMethod? n.callMethod.apply(n,arguments):n.queue.push(arguments)}; if(!f._fbq)f._fbq=n;n.push=n;n.loaded=!0;n.version='2.0'; n.queue=[];t=b.createElement(e);t.async=!0; t.src=v;s=b.getElementsByTagName(e)[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(t,s)}(wi...
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India vs West Indies, 1st ODI: Ishan Kishan, Shahrukh Khan added to squad

The BCCI on Saturday added Ishan Kishan and Shahrukh Khan to India’s squad for the first ODI against the West Indies to be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium. Captain Rohit Sharma had earlier confirmed that Kishan will open the innings with him on Sunday in the first ODI. NEWS – Ishan Kishan and Shahrukh Khan added to squad for 1st ODI. More details here – https://t.co/lJRVufPI3s #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/I5jqVp3BQf — BCCI (@BCCI) February 5, 2022 Rohit Sharma’s presence as the new leader, with a fresh template to arrest the familiar ‘middle-order muddle’, is exactly what the Indian team needs while ushering in a new era, which will begin in Ahmedabad. After a rude reality check against a weak South African side in the away series, India are now back in familiar settings with a new ODI ...
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Rohit Sharma: India vs West Indies; Ishan Kishan will open with me as he is only option available, says Rohit Sharma | Cricket News – Times of India

AHMEDABAD: India's new ODI captain Rohit Sharma on Saturday said that Ishan Kishan will open alongside him in the first ODI against the West Indies since the youngster is the only available option for the team with late entrant Mayank Agarwal serving mandatory quarantine period. Kishan was drafted into the ODI squad after Shikhar Dhawan and Ruturaj Gaikwad tested positive for COVID-19 and are now in isolation. "Ishan Kishan is the only option we have and he will open with me," Rohit said on the eve of the series-opener. Ishan Kishan (PTI Photo)"Mayank was added to the squad and he is still in isolation. He came (joined) late and we have some rules in place. If someone is travelling, we have to put them in (mandatory 3-day) quarantine. He has still not finished his quarantine, so Ishan w...
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First gold of the Winter Olympics lets athletes shine over politics

Norway nabbed the first gold medal of the Winter Games on Saturday as the politics dominating the Beijing Olympics began to make room for the snowy feats of the world’s best athletes. Norwegian Therese Johaug nL8N2UG08K powered to victory to take the gold medal in the women’s skiathlon race, well ahead of Russian Natalia Nepryaeva and Austria’s Teresa Stadlober, who snagged the bronze medal. Further back in 43rd place was Dinigeer Yilamujiang, a 20-year-old cross-country skier whose role as a final torchbearer for China in the opening ceremony continued to make waves. The selection of Yilamujiang nL8N2UG08W, from Altay in China’s western Xinjiang region, as one of two final torchbearers came as many western nations diplomatically boycotted the Games over China’s treatment of Uyghurs and...