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Smriti Mandhana tops women’s T20 league auction with Rs 3.4 cr

IT WAS a day when cricket became as much a lucrative career option for women as it is for men around the world. Monday’s player auction for the T20 Women’s Premier League (WPL) made top women cricketers millionaires overnight and brought hope for those on the fringe. India’s left-handed opener Smriti Mandhana attracted the highest winning bid — Rs 3.4 crore — an amount higher than what was paid by IPL franchises for elite men’s cricketers like Ajinkya Rahane, Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan, England’s Adil Rashid and Australia’s Adam Zampa. Mandhana later put the significance of the day in perspective. “Over the last 10 years, we have been watching auctions for men… It’s such a big movement for women’s cricket. I think this is history. I think the whole thing is exciting and I am saying i...
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‘Your people are fighting there, you have to fight in the court… have to win the match’: Ukraine’s Vladyslav Orlov after playing Russian Alibek Kachmazov at Chennai Challenger

Even by Chennai standards, the 310 Celsius felt a lot more on Monday especially when Ukraine’s Vladyslav Orlov faced Russia’s Alibek Kachmazov in the qualifying draw of the Chennai Open ATP Challenger. The two countries are still engaged in a war, which has led to 7,155 civilian deaths in Ukraine alone and as the two faced each other – thousands of miles away – there was eerie silence that you don’t find inside the court. If that was telling, the scene at the end where Kachmazov prevailed 6-4, 7-6 had an even bigger message as the two didn’t shake hands post finishing. Although he wasn’t at his fluent best on court, off the court Orlov spoke on what it felt to play against a Russian amidst the ongoing war back home. “If it was up to me, of course I would ban them because it’s not normal...
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WPL auction: Smriti Mandhana hits pay dirt, Harmanpreet Kaur gets half as 10 Indian women get crore-plus deals

Smriti Mandhana stole the thunder in the inaugural Women’s Premier League (WPL) auctions as Royal Challengers Bangalore pipped Mumbai Indians in a bidding war to buy the India vice-captain for Rs 3.40 crore (USD 410,000) on Monday. On a day when 10 Indian players got crore-plus deals, skipper Harmanpreet Kaur came much cheaper for Mumbai Indians at nearly half the price of Mandhana at Rs 1.80 crore. Harmanpreet is also not the highest paid in her team where England’s Nat Sciver-Brunt got way more at Rs 3.20 crore. In fact, Harmanpreet was not even among the top-six Indian buys as the second costliest player from the country is all-rounder Deepti Sharma, who was bought by UP Warriorz for Rs 2.6 crore. The list you’ve been waiting for 😉 Take a look at the 🔝 Buys of the inaugural #WPLAuct...
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When Lionel Messi retires, I am sure Kylian Mbappe will win many Ballon d’Or awards: Emiliano Martinez

Argentina and Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, who was in the eye of the storm due to his antics after winning the World Cup especially with his taunting of French star Kylian Mbappe, recently said that he did not target 24-year-old during the celebrations. Martinez was filmed carrying a doll with Mbappé’s face on it while standing alongside teammate Lionel Messi as Argentina paraded the trophy back home. “I held it (doll) for like two minutes and I threw it away, that’s all. How can I make fun of Mbappe? He scored four past me. Four goals in a final! He must think I am his toy baby! I have huge respect for Mbappe,” the 30-year-old said in an interview with France Football. Martinez, who also made a crude gesture after winning the Golden Glove award for best goalkeeper, was al...
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Horoscope Today, February 14, 2023: Read Daily Horoscope Predictions – Times of India

Aries: Today your moon is not positive, you may have health issues. You may face losses in the business or in past investment. It is advised not to invest into business. Your gains will convert into losses. So you are advised to stop making investments in worthless objects. You should avoid to be involved in controversies, otherwise it will pull you down negatively.ALSO READ: Weekly Horoscope February 12 to 18, 2023 for all Zodiac SignsALSO READ: Daily Panchang: Know Today's Tithi, Nakshatra, Yog, Karan, Vaar, Shubh and Ashubh MuhuratTaurus: Today is good for your work, you may be able to perform well in terms of work. Your boss may likely give you some new responsibility in terms of promotions. Disputes with the partner may be settled down. You may lend money for making your assets. Yo...
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Stability and trust, cornerstones of Saurashtra’s decade-long excellence

Back in the frame: The Saurashtra team of today has bridged the gap with its historic past, reaching the business end consistently. PHOTO : SUDHAKARA JAIN Cricket and Saurashtra go back a long way. The Ranji Trophy, established in 1934, is named after K.S. Ranjitsinghji, once the ruler of the princely state of Nawanagar (present-day Jamnagar) in Saurashtra. Nawanagar, and later Western India, were also among the early winners of the premier domestic competition (1936-37 & 1943-44).It took a side representing the region more than seven-and-a-half decades to regain the trophy (2019-20). But it can be safely said that the Saurashtra cricket team of today has bridged the gap with its historic past, one meticulous step at a time. Starting Thursday against Bengal, Saurashtra will play i...
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Karnataka grapples with a season of so near yet so far again

Shining light: Nikin Joseph’s debut season saw him score 547 runs was a big positive for Karnataka. | Photo Credit: SUDHAKARA JAIN Fielding, especially catching, let the side down when it mattered most against Saurashtra after topping the group stagesTwo titles and four semifinal finishes in nine editions of the Ranji Trophy is a fine record for most sides. But not for Karnataka, a heavyweight outfit that has won the trophy eight times and been runner-up on six other occasions.Sunday’s defeat in the last-four clash to nemesis Saurashtra capped another underwhelming season. For all the promise it showed earlier in the competition, Karnataka came up short on the face of its first real test.In the group stages, where it secured a tournament-topping 35 points, and in the quarterfinal victor...
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‘It’s like with my girlfriend. Football isn’t just love and friendship’: Neymar on dispute with PSG sporting director

With media reports flying suggesting that he had a heated argument with Luis Campos, Paris Saint Germain’s sporting director, Brazilian forward Neymar Jr. has now confirmed reports of a dressing room altercation with the former. “It happened, a little discussion, we weren’t in agreement. It’s part of football. Things happen every day. But I love them all,” he said. The 31-year-old did however add that the said incident had been exaggerated by the French media. French newspaper L’Equipe on Monday had reported that Neymar had reprimanded his PSG team-mates Vitinha and Hugo Ekitike for failing to pass him the ball during the Ligue 1 defeat, further reporting that Campos, unhappy with the team’s ‘lack of competitiveness’ in their 3-1 loss to Monaco on Saturday, then exchanged heated words w...
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inaugural women premier league 2023 auction on february 13 2023

BCCI president Roger Binny during the inaugural Women’s cricket Premier League Players Auction, in Mumbai, on February 13, 2023. | Photo Credit: PTI Up went the paddle from a smiling Nita Ambani’s right hand. The player under the hammer was Smriti Mandhana. The price was ₹50 lakh. The auction for the inaugural Women’s Premier League was underway at the Jio World Convention Centre here on a hot Monday afternoon. Delhi Capitals made a bid for Smriti at ₹55 lakh. But it soon became an intense battle between Ms. Ambani’s Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore. It ended with RCB winning Smirti for a whopping ₹3.4 crore. When you consider the purse available to a franchise, that amount looks even bigger. What the RCB paid for ensuring those elegant drives on the off-side ...
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Chase’s 70 puts West Indies in command against Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe bowler Victor Nyauchi,left, celebrates West Indies batsman Roston Chase wicket on the second day of the second Test cricket match between Zimbabwe and West Indies at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe on February 13, 2023. | Photo Credit: AP Roston Chase top-scored with 70 and Joshua Da Silva chipped in with 44 as West Indies reached 290-8 in its first innings to lead Zimbabwe by 175 runs after the second day of the second and final test was twice cut short by rain on Monday.West Indies began the day on 133-4 and Chase was largely untroubled on a dry pitch before becoming one of three wickets for Zimbabwe seamer Victor Nyauchi at the Queens Sports Club.Chase had put on 60 for the fifth wicket with Kyle Mayers, who was then caught for 30 by Wellington Masakadza off leg-sp...
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Samarawickrama, De Silva steer Sri Lanka to win over Bangladesh

Nilakshi de Silva of Sri Lanka plays a shot during the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup group A match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka at Newlands Stadium on February 12, 2023 in Cape Town, South Africa. | Photo Credit: Getty Images Harshitha Samarawickrama and Nilakshi de Silva shared an unbeaten 100-run partnership as Sri Lanka defeated Bangladesh by seven wickets in a low-scoring match to register their second consecutive win in the ICC Women's T20 World Cup. Opting to bat on Sunday night, Bangladesh posted a paltry 126 for 8, which Sri Lanka eclipsed in 18.2 overs by reaching 129 for 3. Samarawickrama (69 not out) and De Silva (41 not out) were the architect of Sri Lanka's chase as they shared unconquered 104 runs for the fourth wickets as the islanders were reduced to 26 for 3 in the Pow...
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Jadeja trains at Jamtha, Iyer unlikely to play 2nd Test, Bumrah not to be rushed for Australia ODIs | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Star batter Shreyas Iyer, who was ruled out of the first Test due to a lower back injury, is still doing rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy and it is unlikely the team management will risk playing him directly in a Test match.India and Australia will play the second Test at the Feroz Shah Kotla from Friday and it is to be seen if Iyer is able to join the team.Iyer had posted a few videos of his intense rehab programme at the NCA in Bengaluru under trainer S Rajnikanth.Iyer is doing his strength and conditioning routines but the norm for returning to play in the international arena is to at least play a domestic game of some form before donning national colours again.Hence Iyer, who hasn't played any competitive cricket for a month now, might not be directly thrown...
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UP Warriorz WPL 2023 Squad: UP Warriorz Women’s Premier League team complete players list | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: UP Warriorz have spent their entire purse of Rs 12 crore to buy 16 players - lowest among all the franchises - at the inaugural auction of the Women's Premier League on Monday.Warriorz splurged a hefty amount of Rs 2.6 crore to own the services of all-rounder Deepti Sharma who became the second costliest Indian player. UP Warriorz also got England left-arm spinner Sophie Ecclestone on board for Rs 1.80 crore. Squad: Sophie Ecclestone, Deepti Sharma, Tahlia McGrath, Shabnim Ismail, Alyssa Healy, Anjali Sarvani, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Parshavi Chopra, Shweta Sehrawat, S Yashasri, Kiran Navgire, Grace Harris, Devika Vaidya, Lauren Bell, Laxmi Yadav, Simran ShaikhTotal Players: 16Overseas: 6Purse Left: Rs 0!(function(f, b, e, v, n, t, s) { window.TimesApps = windo...
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Having retired from international cricket last year, Eoin Morgan quits franchise cricket

England’s Eoin Morgan. File. | Photo Credit: Reuters Eoin Morgan, England's lone 50-over World Cup-winning captain, on Monday announced retirement from all short-format franchise cricket with immediate effect, less than a year after he quit the international game. The 36-year-old Morgan had retired from international cricket in July 2022 after a 16-year career—first with Ireland and then with England—but continued to play in short-format tournaments around the world. "It is with great pride that I am announcing my retirement from all forms of cricket. After much deliberation, I believe that now is the right time to step away from the game that has given me so much over the years," Morgan said in a statement. Morgan captained London Spirit to the Hundred's eliminator last year, was a lo...
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RCB WPL 2023 Squad: Royal Challengers Bangalore Women’s Premier League team complete players list | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Royal Challengers Bangalore pipped Mumbai Indians in a bidding war to secure the biggest deal of the inaugural Women's Premier League auction in India's attacking batter Smriti Mandhana for a whopping Rs 3.4 crore.Smriti was also the first player to have come up in the auction. The explosive batter Richa Ghosh made her way into the RCB squad after being bought for Rs 1.9 crore. Bangalore also bagged Ellyse Perry of Australia for Rs 1.7 crore.Squad: Smriti Mandhana, Sophie Devine, Ellyse Perry, Renuka Singh, Richa Ghosh, Erin Burns, Disha Kasat, Indrani Roy, Shreyanka Patil, Kanika Ahuja, Asha Shobana, Heather Knight, Dane van Niekerk, Preeti Bose, Poonam Khemnar, Komal Zanzad, Megan Schutt, Sahana PawarTotal Players: 18Overseas: 6Purse Left: Rs 10 lakh!(function(f, b, e, v, n...
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2nd Test: Chase half-century helps West Indies take a commanding lead against Zimbabwe | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: West Indies built a commanding 175-run first innings lead against Zimbabwe despite rain interruptions on the second day of the second Test on Monday. The visitors still have two first innings wickets left to push their lead further on day three.Roston Chase scored 70, off 132 balls, to be the top-scorer of the West Indies innings, while Joshua Da Silva contributed 44 as the duo added 85 runs for the sixth wicket. Play resumed after a long 150-minute stoppage soon after lunch, but the pay was soon abandoned for the day after the rain returned.A severely depleted home side were dismissed for 115 on the opening day and the tourists reached 133 for the loss of four wickets by the close.The partnership between Chase and Da Silva helped the West Indies reach 290 for the loss of eig...
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Mumbai Indians WPL 2023 Squad: Mumbai Indians Women’s Premier League team complete players list | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Mumbai Indians made the smart buy at the Women's Premier League as Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur came much cheaper for them at Rs just 1.80 crore which is not even among the top two buys of the team.Mumbai shelled out Rs 3.20 crore to sign England all-rounder Natalie Sciver-Brunt, 10 times more the highest salary in the women's Hundred run by the England and Wales Cricket Board. Mumbai bagged the services of Pooja Vastrakar for Rs 1.9 crore after engaging in intense bidding wars with Delhi Capitals and UP Warriorz.Squad: Harmanpreet Kaur, Nat Sciver-Brunt, Amelia Kerr, Pooja Vastrakar, Yastika Bhatia, Heather Graham, Isabelle Wong, Amanjot Kaur, Dhara Gujjar, Saika Ishaque, Hayley Matthews, Chloe Tryon, Humaira Kazi, Priyanka Bala, Sonam Yadav, Jintimani Kalita, Neelam Bish...
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South Africa vs New Zealand Women, T20 World Cup, Live Score – The Times of India : 18.2 : New Zealand Women : 67/10

A no-contest really! New Zealand were outsmarted by the hosts who kick off the tournament finally. South Africa Women really turned up when it mattered the most. First, after choosing to bat, kept on losing wickets but the stand between Chloe Tryon and Nadine de Klerk turned out to be a match winning one as both scored some crucial runs. Above 130 is always going to be a tough one but with some brilliant bowling, South Africa builded the pressure with some amazing fielding as well. !(function(f, b, e, v, n, t, s) { window.TimesApps = window.TimesApps || {}; const { TimesApps } = window; TimesApps.loadFBEvents = function() { (function(f, b, e, v, n, t, s) { if (f.fbq) return; ...
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ICC Women’s T20 World Cup: England beat Ireland by 4 wickets for their second win | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: England defeated neighbours Ireland by four wickets on Monday to register their second win of the ICC Women's T20 World Cup in South Africa. The second consecutive victory placed them on top of Group B with four points above India, who play their second game on Wednesday against West Indies. After bowling out Ireland for a meagre 105, England chased down the target in 14.2 overs with four wickets in hand. The quick chase also boosted their NRR to 2.497.Alice Capsey top-scored for England with a quick-fire 51 off 22 balls, which included a six and 10 fours.Capsey, who was bought by Delhi Capitals for Rs 75 lakh during the Women's Premier League player auction on Monday, blew Ireland away and helped England notch up the win with 34 balls to spare.Chasing 106 for a win, England ...