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Day: February 19, 2022

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Dravid told me won’t be picked henceforth, suggested retirement, says furious Wriddhiman Saha | Cricket News – Times of India

KOLKATA: Veteran wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha, who has been dropped from the Indian Test team, on Saturday revealed that the team management headed by head coach Rahul Dravid had told him to think about "retirement" as he won't be considered for selection henceforth. It was reported by PTI on February 8 that Wriddhiman has pulled out of Ranji Trophy as he has been told that he won't be selected in the Indian team. "The team management had told me that I would not be considered henceforth. I could not tell this so long as I was part of the India team setup," an explosive Wriddhiman told media persons on Saturday. "Even coach Rahul Dravid suggested that I think about taking retirement," he spilled the beans on classified conversations with the head coach. Wriddhiman also hit out at BCCI p...
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PM Narendra Modi hails IOC’s decision to award India hosting rights of its 2023 session | More sports News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday hailed International Olympic Committee's decision to award India the right to host the 2023 IOC session, saying it will lead to positive outcomes for world sports. "It is gladdening to note that India has been chosen to host the 2023 International Olympic Committee Session. I am confident this will be a memorable IOC session and will lead to positive outcomes for world sports," the Prime Minister Office of India wrote on its twitter handle. It is gladdening to note that India has been chosen to host the 2023 International Olympic Committee Session. I am… https://t.co/alINoA1lfT— PMO India (@PMOIndia) 1645271284000India will host the session for the first time since 1983. The session will be hosted at the state-of-the-art, brand new Jio Wo...
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Ireland bounce back in T20 World Cup qualifying with Bahrain win | Cricket News – Times of India

MUSCAT: Ireland kept their hopes of qualifying for a seventh straight T20 World Cup alive on Saturday with a 21-run victory over Bahrain in Oman, while the United Arab Emirates and Nepal made it two wins from two. The Irish posted a challenging total of 157/5 after winning the toss and electing to bat first, and Bahrain never threatened a successful run chase despite a late flurry from Sathaiya Veerapathiran. Ireland, the only Test team playing at the Global Qualifier A tournament, would have been knocked out by a defeat after their opening loss to the UAE on Friday. There are two places for the showpiece event, being held in Australia later this year, up for grabs at the qualifier. The top two teams in each of the two four-nation groups will reach the semi-finals, with the finalists se...
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ISL: ATK Mohun Bagan got top of table after heated 2-2 draw with Kerala Blasters | Football News – Times of India

VASCO DA GAMA: ATK Mohun Bagan moved to the top of the table and Kerala Blasters FC entered the top-four after the two sides played out an entertaining 2-2 draw in the Indian Super League here on Saturday. Adrian Luna (7', 64') opened the scoring for Kerala before David Williams (8') drew level inside one minute. In the second half, Luna scored his second and handed Kerala the lead back but in stoppage time Joni Kauko (90+7') made it 2-2 to break Kerala hearts at the Tilak Maidan Stadium. The result means Kerala now have 27 points from 16 games and sit in fourth place while ATK Mohun Bagan moved to the top of the table for the time being with 30 points from 16 outings. The game was off to a frantic start as both teams scored in the space of one minute. Kerala took the lead inside the fi...
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EPL: Chelsea grab late winner to beat Crystal Palace 1-0 | Football News – Times of India

LONDON: Chelsea snatched a 1-0 win at Crystal Palace on Saturday courtesy of an 89th minute strike by Moroccan winger Hakim Ziyech as the newly crowned world champions returned to winning ways in the Premier League after nearly a month's absence. Ziyech kept his eye on a looping cross by substitute Marcos Alonso and calmly side-footed in the volley at the far post to give Chelsea the win that they had looked unlikely to claim for much of the match. Palace limited the visitors to only a handful of opportunities including a 35-yard pile-driver shot by centre-half Antonio Rudiger in the 11th minute that Vicente Guaita palmed away acrobatically. The hosts had their own chances with Wilfried Zaha and Michael Olise coming close to breaking the deadlock as Palace sought to catch the visitors o...
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Premier League: Liverpool hit back in style to beat Norwich | Football News – Times of India

LIVERPOOL: Liverpool had to dig deep for a 3-1 victory against lowly Norwich City with goals by Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Luis Diaz securing the points after the visitors had threatened to pull off a massive shock at Anfield on Saturday. In the end it looked relatively comfortable for Juergen Klopp's side as they reduced Premier League leaders Manchester City's lead to six points - for a few hours at least. But when Milot Rashica's shot deflected off of Joel Matip to give Norwich the lead just after the break, Liverpool's hopes of putting some pressure on City looked in peril. They were eventually rewarded for their intense pressure when Mane's overhead kick levelled it up in the 64th minute and less than three minutes later Salah made it 2-1 after latching on to a long clearance by...
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India vs Sri Lanka: Disappointed Wriddhiman Saha not ready to quit | Cricket News – Times of India

KOLKATA: A disappointed wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha vented out his frustration after being dropped from the India squad for the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka. Although the words about his exit were doing the rounds for quite some time now, the Bengal player had kept mum so far. The chairman of India's senior men's cricket team Chetan Sharma did not disclose the exact reason for ignoring Saha, but stated that the player was told about it just after the South Africa Test series. "I can't tell you on what grounds he (Saha) has been dropped. That is for the selectors only. All I can tell you is that he was told before," he said on Saturday after announcing the squad. Saha agreed to that. "Yes, the team management told me that I would not be considered henceforth. I could not tell ...
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India vs Sri Lanka: Disappointed Wriddhiman Saha not to quit | Cricket News – Times of India

KOLKATA: A disappointed wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha vented out his frustration after being dropped from the India squad for the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka. Although the words about his exit were doing the rounds for quite some time now, the Bengal player had kept mum so far. The chairman of India's senior men's cricket team Chetan Sharma did not disclose the exact reason for ignoring Saha, but stated that the player was told about it just after the South Africa Test series. "I can't tell you on what grounds he (Saha) has been dropped. That is for the selectors only. All I can tell you is that he was told before," he said on Saturday after announcing the squad. Saha agreed to that. "Yes, the team management told me that I would not be considered henceforth. I could not tell ...
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Ranji Trophy: Pujara dismissed for duck as Mumbai enforce follow-on on Saurashtra | Cricket News – Times of India

AHMEDABAD: Cheteshwar Pujara endured a horror Saturday after first being dismissed without troubling the scorers and then getting the news of being axed from the Indian Test team as defending champions Saurashtra were made to follow-on in a group D Ranji Trophy match by 44-time champions Mumbai. Having declared their first innings at 544 for 7 riding on Sarfaraz Khan's 275, Mumbai then dismissed Saurashtra for 220 on the third day with little-known pacer Mohit Avasthi (4/56) and left-arm spinner Shams Mulani (4/55) being wreckers-in-chief. After being enforced follow-on, Saurashtra gave a better account of themselves in the second innings reaching 105 for no loss at stumps, with openers Snell Patel (64 no) and Harvik Desai (39 batting) at the crease. However it was Avasthi, who had a da...
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Afghanistan name Stuart Law as interim head coach for Bangladesh tour | Cricket News – Times of India

KABUL: Former Australian cricketer Stuart Law was on Saturday named as the interim coach of the Afghanistan team ahead of its tour of Bangladesh for a limited over series. The 53-year-old Law will take over from South African Lance Klusener, who had ended his association with the Afghanistan team in September last year after deciding not to renew his contract. "Former Australian middle-order batter Stuart Grant Law has been named as the interim head coach of our national men's cricket team for the Bangladesh Series. He has already reached Bangladesh and will step up into the role of interim head coach ahead of the upcoming ODI and T20I series against side," ACB said in a statement. "ACB has launched the recruitment process for hiring a new head coach and is looking forward to having the...
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Ranji Trophy: Easwaran keeps Bengal’s victory hopes alive | Cricket News – Times of India

KOLKATA: Bengal batters made amends of their poor show in the first innings as they put up a brave fight on Saturday to set up an intriguing final day's play against Baroda in the Elite Group B Ranji Trophy tie at the Barabati stadium in Cuttack. Chasing a huge 349 runs for victory, Bengal skipper Abhimanyu Easwaran stood tall to remain undefeated on a solid 79 facing 119 deliveries. He scored at a brisk rate early in the second innings that helped in releasing the pressure. Youngster Sudip Gharami too rose to the occasion as the duo were involved in a 79-run opening wicket stand. However, Bengal suffered a mini setback losing Gharami and Writtick Chowdhury within a span of two deliveries. While Gharmi was bowled by pacer Atit Sheth for 27, Chowdhury, promoted up the order was picked up...
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Squad announcement for Lanka series signals changing of guard

‘Kaun jaane kis ghadi, waqt ka badle mizaaj’ [loosely translated, who knows when time will change its mood] goes a timeless Mohammed Rafi song. It speaks a universal truth, but was a particularly apt fit for Indian cricket on Saturday, as chief selector Chetan Sharma announced Rohit Sharma as captain of the Test squad which did not include Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane. About four years ago, finding himself out of the Indian Test team yet again, Rohit Sharma had said that half of his playing days were over, and he didn’t want to spend the remaining half worrying whether his Test career would ever take off. In 25 Tests until then in more than a decade of international cricket, Rohit had added just one hundred to the two he had scored in his first two Tests. At that time, India vi...
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Wriddhiman Saha shares chat with journalist forcing him for an interview

Wriddhiman Saha on Saturday shared a screenshot of a chat with a journalist forcing him for an interview and then using arrogant tone to belittle him for not replying. “After all of my contributions to Indian cricket..this is what I face from a so called “Respected” journalist! This is where the journalism has gone,” Saha wrote in his tweet with the screenshot. After all of my contributions to Indian cricket..this is what I face from a so called “Respected” journalist! This is where the journalism has gone. pic.twitter.com/woVyq1sOZX — Wriddhiman Saha (@Wriddhipops) February 19, 2022 On Saturday, the Indian selection committee headed by Chetan Sharma announced the India squads for the T20I and Test series against Sri Lanka, leaving out Wriddhiman Saha from the squad. The exclusion cam...
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Overcoming hurdles, Sakibul Gani brings glory to Bihar with world record in first class debut | Cricket News – Times of India

PATNA: It is seldom that a youngster from Bihar makes a splash in the world of cricket, overcoming the hurdles thrown by a system that reeks of apathy for such sporting activities. To make a debut so spectacular that the name enters record books is nothing short of extraordinary. Sakibul Gani, playing for Bihar, smashed an astounding 341 in the Ranji Trophy Plate Group match against Mizoram on Friday to break the world record for the highest individual score on first-class debut. "He became the 1st batter to score a triple ton on First Class debut," says the Twitter handle of BCCI domestic. 🚨 RECORD ALERT 🚨3⃣4⃣1⃣ Runs4⃣0⃣5⃣ Balls5⃣6⃣ Fours2⃣ SixesSakibul Gani, playing for Bihar, created a world re… https://t.co/toIc7GF9DV— BCCI Domestic (@BCCIdomestic) 1645190227000It is quite likely th...
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Kerala’s Edhen Apple Tom is player of match on Ranji debut

Just over 10 days ago, when the Kerala Ranji Trophy squad was announced, one name captured the attention of cricket followers across the country. After all, if one is named Edhen Apple Tom, a classic from the stable of unique Kerala names, one would become the talk of the town before bowling a single ball in first-class cricket. But as Kerala notched up an innings-and-166-run win against Meghalaya, Edhen ensured that everyone will now talk about his bowling, not his name. pic.twitter.com/WAI8DXpHMI — KCA (@KCAcricket) February 19, 2022 First-ball wickets in both innings, six wickets overall (4/41 & 2/30) and player-of-the-match award on debut, the 16-year-old right-arm pacer has begun his career spectacularly. “I have got a good start to my career. It has been a dreamy few days for...
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Australia’s James Faulkner leaves PSL over payment dispute | Cricket News – Times of India

LAHORE: Australian all-rounder James Faulkner abruptly left the Pakistan Super League (PSL) on Saturday citing payment disputes, though the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has denied the allegation. Faulkner did not play the last three games of his Quetta Gladiators franchise and announced his shock withdrawal on Twitter. "...unfortunately I’ve had to withdraw from the last 2 matches and leave the @thePSLt20 due to the @TheRealPCB not honouring my contractual agreement/payments," Faulkner said in the first of his two posts. 1/2I apologise to the Pakistan cricket fans.But unfortunately I’ve had to withdraw from the last 2 matches and le… https://t.co/eXtve1G6rx— James Faulkner (@JamesFaulkner44) 16452649710002/2It hurts to leave as I wanted to help to get international cricket back in Pakis...
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Being in bubble for months, I decided to spend time with family: Wriddhiman Saha on skipping Ranji Trophy

On Saturday, the Indian selection committee headed by Chetan Sharma announced the India squads for the T20I and Test series against Sri Lanka, leaving out Wriddhiman Saha from the squad. The exclusion came as no surprise for the Test veteran, who said that he was informed about the committee’s decision to not pick him by coach Rahul Dravid in South Africa itself. In an interview to Sportstar, Saha said, “After the Test against New Zealand, Dada texted me, congratulating me for my innings and boosted my confidence. So, when Rahul bhai called me, I thought maybe he wanted to talk to me about his plans.” “But as we started speaking, Rahul bhai said, ‘I don’t know how to tell you this, but for a while, a few selectors and the team management are thinking of trying a new keeper’. I asked hi...
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Afghanistan names Stuart Law as interim head coach for Bangladesh tour

Former Australian cricketer Stuart Law was on Saturday named as the interim coach of the Afghanistan team ahead of its tour of Bangladesh for a limited over series. The 53-year-old Law will take over from South African Lance Klusener, who had ended his association with the Afghanistan team in September last year after deciding not to renew his contract. “Former Australian middle-order batter Stuart Grant Law has been named as the interim head coach of our national men’s cricket team for the Bangladesh Series. He has already reached Bangladesh and will step up into the role of interim head coach ahead of the upcoming ODI and T20I series against side,” ACB said in a statement. “ACB has launched the recruitment process for hiring a new head coach and is looking forward to having the servic...
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Ranji Trophy: Sachin Tendulkar congratulates Bihar’s Sakibul Gani for ‘solid performance’ | Cricket News – Times of India

KOLKATA: Former India cricketer Sachin Tendulkar on Saturday congratulated Bihar batter Sakibul Gani for a "solid performance" in his debut Ranji Trophy match. Gani scripted history on Friday as he became the first player to score a triple-century on first-class debut. The batter achieved the feat in Bihar's ongoing Ranji Trophy Plate Group match against Mizoram here at Jadavpur University Campus 2nd Ground, Kolkata. Tendulkar praised Gani for his achievement. "Congratulations to Sakibul Gani for a solid performance in his debut Ranji Trophy match. Keep it up," the batting legend tweeted. Congratulations to Sakibul Gani for a solid performance in his debut Ranji Trophy match.Keep it up. https://t.co/B7C7cF7mwL— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) 1645256242000The batter scored 341 runs off ju...
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India vs West Indies: We are improving with every series, says Rovman Powell | Cricket News – Times of India

KOLKATA: West Indies' explosive middle order batter Rovman Powell says his side is improving with every series in run up to the World Cup and the ongoing T20 contest against India is a proof of that. West Indies threatened to chase down a stiff 187 set by India in the second T20 on Friday before falling short by eight runs to concede the series. Powell power 💪Brings up his fifty in just 28 balls!#INDvWI | https://t.co/a9C8ROsj1Y https://t.co/yFeyrssu0T— ICC (@ICC) 1645203673000"If you look at the last series, and this series, there are a lot of areas we can identify that the guys have improved," Powell said in the post-match media interaction. "We are slowly building towards the World Cup and it's important to keep improving series by series." Powell smashed an unbeaten 36-ball 68 and w...