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Day: February 15, 2022

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ISL: Manvir racks up double as ATK Mohun Bagan strengthen grip over top-four | Football News – Times of India

BAMBOLIM: Manvir Singh struck twice as ATK Mohun Bagan notched up a clinical 2-0 win over FC Goa to put themselves in a commanding position in the semi-final race of the Indian Super League (ISL). Manvir Singh (3rd, 46th) scored on either side of half-time to ensure the Mariners stretched their unbeaten run to 11 games under Juan Ferrando, who did a double over his former side after switching allegiances mid-season. FC Goa's slim chances of making the semis all but went up in smoke as they remained on 18 points from 17 outings. The Mariners were at it from the word go, taking the lead as early as the third minute. Prabir Das' cross was cleared for a corner by Dylan Fox. Liston Colaco whipped in a delightful flag kick for Manvir to flick the ball home with his back behind the goal. Dheer...
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IPL auction is done and dusted, it’s about giving best for West Indies now: Pollard | Cricket News – Times of India

KOLKATA: Their players may have earned hefty deals at the IPL mega auction but West Indies skipper Kieron Pollard on Tuesday said it's time to move on and focus on international cricket as his team looks to tame India in the T20 series. From the large pool of available players, 14 West Indians were chosen to join Pollard, Sunil Narine and Andre Russell, who were retained by their respective franchises ahead of the auction, making up the largest number of foreign players in the IPL, from any territory outside of India. "That's (IPL auction) is done and dusted and it's back to International cricket. When the IPL comes they will deal with that. It's about representing the West Indies and putting your best foot forward now," the Windies skipper said in a virtual media interaction on the eve...
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PKL: Jaipur Pink Panthers beat U Mumba to get closer to playoff spot | Pro-Kabaddi-League News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Arjun Deshwal shone bright as Jaipur Pink Panthers thrashed U Mumba 44-28 in the Pro Kabaddi League on Tuesday. The young raider scored 17 points in a stellar display to help Jaipur leapfrog Mumbai on the points table and become favourites for a playoff spot. Mumbai missed multiple opportunities to inflict an 'All Out' on Jaipur and that came back to haunt them in the second half. Their raider Ajith Kumar scored a Super 10 (11 points). Mumbai started the match on the front foot with their raiders Abhishek Singh and Ajith Kumar looking in good form. Ajith clinched a 4-point Super Raid in the fourth minute to give his team an early advantage. But at the other end, Arjun Deshwal picked points with ease. The former Mumbai raider found bonus points easily as Fazel Atrachali and hi...
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When Nepal lost a cricket match, but won everyone’s hearts with a spirit of cricket gesture | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: At the Al Almerat Stadium in Muscat on Monday, Nepal lost a closely-fought Twenty20 International game against Ireland but they may have won the hearts of the entire cricket world. In a rare on-field instance that would perfectly embody the spirit of cricket, Nepal wicketkeeper refrained from running out an Ireland batsman who had the bowler obstructing him while taking a run. “Yesterday was a really special day. It was a magic moment in the game,” Andrew Leonard, the Irish cricket commentator, who was on air at that time, told TOI on Tuesday. 1/9) 🎙️It's been so inspiring to see this moment go that viral around the world. There's a few things I might not h… https://t.co/noC9dzFAEj— Andrew Leonard (@CricketBadge) 1644923148000“It all happened in a split second. Having followed N...
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Nicholas Pooran gives Rs 15,000 pizza treat after his IPL payday | Cricket News – Times of India

KOLKATA: Elated after his Rs 10.75 crore IPL payday, West Indies batter Nicholas Pooran gave his teammates a pizza party inside the bio-bubble, ordering 15 pizzas that cost him Rs 15,000. Pooran had endured an abysmal IPL 2021 season for Punjab Kings scoring 85 runs at a poor average of 7.72 and in the ongoing series too his performances have been below par. But despite his poor run, Sunrisers Hyderabad went all out for the Windies lefthander." "Since outside food is not allowed he placed the order at the hotel chef for 15 pizzas," the local manager told PTI. As the team is in a grade one bio-bubble, everything had to be sanitised and even the temperature had to be maintained. "It needed to be vetted by a qualified chef. Since it's a strict grade one biobubble we have to tell the food t...
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Virat Kohli remains relaxed and positive, that hundred will come soon: Childhood coach | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Virat Kohli remains in a relaxed frame of mind and it is just a matter of time before he gets that elusive hundred," said childhood coach Raj Kumar Sharma on Tuesday. Kohli has been getting starts and half-centuries regularly but has not added to his 70 hundreds in more than two years. Questions are being raised over his form but Sharma feels they are not valid ones as he continues to score runs. "I feel people who are questioning his form should look at his stats. After watching that they will find it tough to criticise him. The hundred is not coming but he has 70 of them. People should realise that. "Honestly, he is playing well and it is only a matter of time before he plays a big innings. He is very positive and very relaxed and soon we will have a big one from him," Shar...
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IPL 2022: Getting the role of death bowler at RCB, changed my career, says Harshal Patel | Cricket News – Times of India

BENGALURU: India pacer Harshal Patel said bowling in the death overs for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 changed his career. Harshal was a part of the Delhi Capitals squad in IPL 2020 but was traded to RCB ahead of the 2021 season. "I spent six years of my initial IPL career with RCB and then three years with Delhi Capitals, then they traded me. I was very surprised because I believed Delhi will keep me as a backup option," said Harshal Patel in The RCB Podcast. "I didn't think they would let me go, but luckily, they decided to let me go and RCB was very keen on bringing me on board from what I heard. "I got the role of a death bowler in this stint and obviously, it changed my career," he added. Meanwhile, RCB acquired Harshal Patel (Rs 10.75 cr...
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Tokyo medallists Mirabai, Bajrang & Ravi to return to competitive action next week | More sports News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The sports ministry on Tuesday sanctioned the foreign exposure trips for athletes across the sports of wrestling, weightlifting and shooting at full cost to the Government, in preparation for the Birmingham CWG and Hangzhou Asian Games. The ministry has approved the participation of men’s and women’s wrestling teams in the 59th International Wrestling Tournament Seniors to be held in Bulgaria from February 17 to 20. A total of 20 men’s wrestlers across the freestyle and greco-roman categories will be taking part while 10 coaching staff will accompany them. The women’s wrestling contingent, meanwhile, consists of 10 wrestlers and five support staff. Also, in the 1st Ranking Series International Tournament to be held in Turkey from Feb 24 to 27, a total of 11 women’s wrestlers ...
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Covid fallout: 9 players can constitute a team in Ranji Trophy, substitutes an option

Nine players can constitute a team in the eventuality of a medical emergency in Ranji Trophy this season, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced in a list of guidelines formulated in view of the COVID-19 situation in the country. The norm, though, is applicable only after a match has begun and the team is exhausted of like-for-like replacements. The board is taking all precautions to conduct the premier first-class tournament that begins on February 17 after a two-year pandemic-induced layoff. “Due to COVID outbreak within a team after the start of the match, if the team has a minimum of nine players available to take the field (after utilising all the replacements), then the match will continue,” the board stated in a circular issued on Tuesday. The board ha...
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India-Sri Lanka T20I series to begin from Feb 24, Mohali to host first Test on March 4 | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The BCCI on Tuesday announced a revised itinerary for the home series against Sri Lanka, beginning February 24, confirming that the Twenty20 series will be played before the two Tests. Originally, the two-Test series was planned before the T20s but the BCCI has made the change following a request from Sri Lanka Cricket. "Sri Lanka will first play the T20I series comprising three matches followed by a two-match Test series, which will be a part of the ICC World Test Championship, 2021-23," said the BCCI in a statement. 🚨 NEWS 🚨: BCCI announces a change in schedule for the upcoming @Paytm Sri Lanka Tour of India. #INDvSL #TeamIndia More Details 🔽— BCCI (@BCCI) 1644925599000It was widely reported that the T20s against the Lankan side will take place before Test matches in Mohali...
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Australia seal T20 series against Sri Lanka with six-wicket drubbing | Cricket News – Times of India

Australia's Kane Richardson and Ashton Agar combined for a miserly bowling performance as the hosts outclassed Sri Lanka by six wickets in Tuesday's low-scoring third Twenty20 international in Canberra. The home side now have an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series. Richardson (3-21) and Agar (1-14) helped restrict Sri Lanka to a modest 121-6 from their 20 overs. Australia chased the target with ease, reaching 124-4 with 19 balls to spare. Glenn Maxwell rode his luck for a quick 39, aiding skipper Aaron Finch (35), who anchored the reply, in overpowering a Sri Lankan bowling attack missing leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga, who tested positive for COVID-19 before the match. Off-spinner Maheesh Theekshana ploughed a lonely furrow for the touring side, accounting for Ben McDermott i...
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Experiment is over-rated, need to give juniors security: Rohit Sharma | Cricket News – Times of India

KOLKATA: "Experiment" is the buzz word in any global tournament year but Indian captain Rohit Sharma finds it a tad "over-rated" and he does not want the juniors in the team to feel insecure. With T20 World Cup in Australia scheduled layer this year, Rohit knows that some of the slots, like pace and spin bowling all-rounders still need to be filled and he wants youngsters to get adequate chances. "The word 'experiment' is a little overrated in my terms. We are trying to fill in that gap in our squad, so whatever it takes we will try and do," Rohit said during a virtual media interaction on the eve of the opening T20 against the West Indies. So is he going to experiment in the lead upto the World T20, the skipper answered in negative. "Not necessarily experiment, because all these guys a...
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ISL: Manvir racks up double as ATKMB strengthen grip over top-four

Manvir Singh struck twice as ATK Mohun Bagan notched up a clinical 2-0 win over FC Goa to put themselves in a commanding position in the semifinal race of the Indian Super League. Manvir Singh (3rd, 46th) scored on either side of half-time to ensure the Mariners stretched their unbeaten run to 11 games under Juan Ferrando, who did a double over his former side after switching allegiances mid-season. FC Goa’s slim chances of making the semis all but went up in smoke as they remained on 18 points from 17 outings. The Mariners were at it from the word go, taking the lead as early as the third minute. Prabir Das’ cross was cleared for a corner by Dylan Fox. Liston Colaco whipped in a delightful flag kick for Manvir to flick the ball home with his back behind the goal. THAT'S IT! The refer...
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IPL 2022: We are not here to just participate, we are here to compete and win, says Gujarat Titans head coach Ashish Nehra | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Gujarat Titans is one of the two new entrants to the Indian Premier League. Led by Hardik Pandya, the team had also signed India opener Shubman Gill and Afghanistan's all-rounder Rashid Khan as their three pre-auction signings. Building the team from scratch, Gujarat Titans spent Rs 89.85 crore out of their total kitty of Rs 90 Crore (pre auction and during). Talking to TimesofIndia.com after the auction, Gujarat Titans head coach and former India pacer Ashish Nehra sounded confident ahead of the 15th season of the IPL and the first for the Ahmedabad based franchise. Nehra also sounded a warning to the other teams that they are not here just to participate, but to compete and win. (Reuters Photo)India all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who was not retained by the Mumbai Indians ahead...
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IPL auction is done and dusted, it’s about giving best for West Indies now: Pollard

Their players may have earned hefty deals at the IPL mega auction but West Indies skipper Kieron Pollard on Tuesday said its time to move on and focus on international cricket as his team looks to tame India in the T20 series. From the large pool of available players, 14 West Indians were chosen to join Pollard, Sunil Narine and Andre Russell, who were retained by their respective franchises ahead of the auction, making up the largest number of foreign players in the IPL, from any territory outside of India. “That’s (IPL auction) is done and dusted and it’s back to International cricket. When the IPL comes they will deal with that. It’s about representing the West Indies and putting your best foot forward now,” the Windies skipper said in a virtual media interaction on the eve of their ...
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IPL 2022: Budding pacer Yash Dayal living his father’s dream after multi-million deal | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Having landed a staggering Rs 3.2 crore deal at the 2022 IPL auction, young left-arm pacer Yash Dayal is living the dream of his father Chandrapal Dayal, who was once a medium pacer. The 24-year-old from Allahabad was snapped up by the Gujarat Titans at the IPL mega auction on Sunday, bringing immense joy to his family. "His father was a cricketer. He had played Vizzy Trophy and was also a medium-pacer but for some reasons, could not play further. He is currently working in the AG office in Allahabad. His son fulfilled his dream," Yash's coach Amit Pal told PTI. "He brought Yash to me when he was around 14-15 years old. I was cricket coach at the Madan Mohan Malaviya stadium in Allahabad then. Yash came to me and we started training." Pal said like most players who make it big, ...
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IPL auction: Rahul Tripathi hopes to make big Sunrisers move count

It has been a topsy- turvy ride for Rahul Tripathi. At one point while playing for Rajasthan Royals, he started wondering whether to continue playing cricket or not. It was very difficult for him to adjust to a role in the middle order for the franchise, as he used to open the innings when he was first picked by Rising Pune Supergiant. But last weekend was a lucrative one for the 30-year-old, a consistent run-maker in the Indian Premier League. Tripathi came into last weekend’s mega auction with a base price of Rs 40 lakh and was bought for Rs 8.50 crore by Sunrisers Hyderabad. “I was with Pune for the first year and did well. Then I came to Rajasthan Royals, and there I was given a different role where I batted in the middle order. It was new for me but it went well in the first year. ...
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We were looking for left-armer pacers, glad it worked out: Zaheer Khan

Stressing that left-arm bowlers bring a different angle while having a go at the batters, former India pacer Zaheer Khan said that Mumbai Indians were indeed looking for such bowlers and got them at the recent IPL auction. During the two-day mega auction, five-time champions Mumbai Indians roped in left-arm pacers in England’s Tymal Mills and India’s very own Jaydev Unadkat, who is an experienced campaigner. Mumbai Indians meri jaan 💙#OneFamily #MumbaiIndians #AalaRe #IPLAuction pic.twitter.com/f6azyFgL6p — Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) February 14, 2022 .@ImZaheer is all pumped up to have a new set of left-handed bowlers in the side! 🤩#OneFamily #MumbaiIndians #AalaRe #IPLAuction @MahelaJay pic.twitter.com/BQcTBvr01A — Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) February 15, 2022 “Look, a left-armer doe...
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Kohli remains relaxed and positive, that hundred will come soon: Childhood coach

“Virat Kohli remains in a relaxed frame of mind and it is just a matter of time before he gets that elusive hundred,” said his childhood coach Raj Kumar Sharma on Tuesday. Kohli has been getting starts and half-centuries regularly but has not added to his 70 hundreds in more than two years. Questions are being raised over his form but Sharma feels they are not valid ones as he continues to score runs. “I feel people who are questioning his form should look at his stats. After watching that they will find it tough to criticise him. The hundred is not coming but he has 70 of them. People should realise that. “Honestly, he is playing well and matter of time before he plays a big innings. He is very positive and very relaxed and soon we will have a big one from him,” Sharma told PTI. ‘Yash...