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Let the bat do the talking, says Pujara

Cheteshwar Pujara addressing a press conference. | Photo Credit: R.V. MOORTHY Another chapter is set to be added to Cheteshwar Pujara’s memorable tales featuring Australia.Ahead of a landmark 100th Test appearance on Friday against the team from Down Under, the gritty batter was all praise for the team’s approach on the playfield. “Australia has a good fighting spirit. No matter what the situation of the game is, they will always challenge you as an opponent,” acknowledged Pujara here on Thursday. Interestingly, out of Pujara’s choice of his five best knocks, four have come against Australia. For the record, Pujara lists the 72 on debut in 2010, 92 in 2017, both in Bengaluru, 123 in 2018 in Adelaide and 56 in 2021 in Brisbane as among his favourite innings, in addition to the 153 ...
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Let the bat do the talking, says Pujara

Cheteshwar Pujara addressing a press conference. | Photo Credit: R.V. MOORTHY Another chapter is set to be added to Cheteshwar Pujara’s memorable tales featuring Australia.Ahead of a landmark 100th Test appearance on Friday against the team from Down Under, the gritty batter was all praise for the team’s approach on the playfield. “Australia has a good fighting spirit. No matter what the situation of the game is, they will always challenge you as an opponent,” acknowledged Pujara here on Thursday. Interestingly, out of Pujara’s choice of his five best knocks, four have come against Australia. For the record, Pujara lists the 72 on debut in 2010, 92 in 2017, both in Bengaluru, 123 in 2018 in Adelaide and 56 in 2021 in Brisbane as among his favourite innings, in addition to the 153 ...
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India looks comfortably poised to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 

Dravid, Rohit and Suryakumar having a look at the pitch during practice. | Photo Credit: R.V. MOORTHY Riddled with self-doubt, injuries and lack of skill-sets in dealing with spin-friendly surfaces, Australia faces a cautious and upbeat India in its bid to prevent the host from retaining the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with two Tests to spare.Contrary to popular perception, the second encounter of the four-Test series beginning at the Ferozeshah Kotla here on Friday could last longer than the eight sessions of action seen at Nagpur.Good news for battersUnlike the weather in the Orange City, the cooler temperatures here carry a lot of moisture, and that could lead to the pitch staying batter-friendly for more sessions. The cool mornings and evenings, coupled with breezy afternoons suggest t...
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India looks comfortably poised to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 

Dravid, Rohit and Suryakumar having a look at the pitch during practice. | Photo Credit: R.V. MOORTHY Riddled with self-doubt, injuries and lack of skill-sets in dealing with spin-friendly surfaces, Australia faces a cautious and upbeat India in its bid to prevent the host from retaining the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with two Tests to spare.Contrary to popular perception, the second encounter of the four-Test series beginning at the Ferozeshah Kotla here on Friday could last longer than the eight sessions of action seen at Nagpur.Good news for battersUnlike the weather in the Orange City, the cooler temperatures here carry a lot of moisture, and that could lead to the pitch staying batter-friendly for more sessions. The cool mornings and evenings, coupled with breezy afternoons suggest t...
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Horoscope Today, February 17, 2023: Read Daily Horoscope Predictions – Times of India

Aries: Today your spiritual power may make you happy. Your way of thinking may be positive. You are inclined to spiritualism today. You may plan to visit some religious place. You may also take interest in occult science. You are likely to observe flawlessness in your nature. It is advised to keep your views with you only, try to discuss with those people, who may understand your frequency.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,you may feel nervous, you have lack of patience, for seeking peace you may be attracted to the occult, it is advised to follow your intuition before going ahead. You may also get in-depth knowledge on a subject or you ...
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Asian Mixed Team Badminton: With power and placement, Treesa-Gayatri register coming of age win

Treesa Jolly didn’t stop attacking, and then Gayatri Gopichand Pullela joined in the party, with a zing added to her smash on the day. Both had served well, defended seamlessly and displayed tactical clarity to go with a cool temperament. It helped the young Indian pairing score their first win against Malaysian World No.5 Thinaah Muralitharan and Pearly Tan and gave India a 3-2 Group topping tie win in the Badminton Asia Mixed Team championships at Dubai. The 23-21, 21-15 win booked a quarterfinal berth for the Indian team. HS Prannoy had earlier set the tone, taking down World No. 4 Lee Zii Jia, 18-21, 21-13, 25-23 to put India 1-0 ahead. Then PV Sindhu scythed past Wong Ling Ching, 21-13, 21-17 to make it 2-0. Yet, one of the three doubles was always going to determine which way thi...
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Ashwin calls him ‘white walker of Indian cricket’, Virat Kohli cherry-picks his best innings, Dravid-Rohit hit nostalgia lane: Tributes paid to Cheteshwar Pujara ahead of 100th Test

On Friday, Cheteshwar Pujara will become only the 13th Indian player ever to play 100 Test matches. The 35-year-old, who made his Test debut in 2010 against (guess what) Australia, has scored 7021 runs across 99 matches for India in the longest format of the game and has established a repertoire as one of the all time greats in Tests. Ahead of his 100th Test, the his teammates as India head coach Rahul Dravid showered praise on the number three batter. India all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin referenced Game of Thrones while referring to his India teammate. “Congratulations to the ‘White Walker’ of Indian cricket. He has just been walking there at the same pace, defending bowlers out. Phenomenal achievement. I am not sure how many of the next generation of players will go on to play 100 Te...
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An ode to sparkling serenity of Rohit Sharma’s batting stillness

Rohit Sharma’s batting traps us inside an awed headspace. Watching him watch the bowler run in is a minimalistic marvel. A stillness has descended in recent years. Almost Jacques Kallis-ish compact serenity in the wait. The classicism in Rohit Sharma the Test opener seems so effortlessly natural and the aural and visual aesthetic of his timing and stroke play suffuses the senses so much that the sweat behind it is under-appreciated. He has had at least two visible overhauls to his game to get here. In his earlier days in international cricket, the compactness that seems so self-evident these days was missing. Even his stance was different. He would have his bat grounded, tapping away. The hands would come in from the gully. The front leg would press across at the first instance. Resulta...
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Arthur to be named Pakistan team director and consultant: PCB chief

Former Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur will be appointed national team director and consultant before the T20 International series against Afghanistan in Sharjah next month, Board chief Najam Sethi said on Thursday. PCB chief Sethi said a contract with Arthur would be inked in the next few days and a new team management will be announced. Arthur, who has remained head coach of the Pakistan team between 2016 and 2019, will continue working with Derbyshire. He will travel with the Pakistan team when he is available from his Derbyshire duties. “Chief Selector Haroon Rasheed is working with Arthur to finalise the names of the support staff that will work with the national team,” Sethi told reporters here. He said all the support staff members would be announced with the consent of Arthur who h...
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India vs Australia: At Kotla, Virat Kohli seeks home comfort in his quest to arrest Test form slump

A gaggle of teenagers hung restlessly outside the Virender Sehwag Gate, in the narrow alley flanked by brown-bricked walls, asking passers-by whether Virat Kohli is batting. A grumpy policeman yells at them and threatens to brandish his oiled cane-lathi. A stranger tells them, whether he was unaware or was merely playing around is unsure, he is practising. He even claimed he had spotted him spinning into the stadium in his ruby-red Porsche. Another bluntly informs them that he skipped the optional training session. Though uncertain, they hung around, in the hope that he would zip out in his car and wave his arms at them. The whispers and debates at Kotla, even though he was absent on Thursday, revolved around Kohli. Whether he would end his century drought at home, whether you managed a...
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Hope, Powell new captains of West Indies limited-overs teams

Shai Hope was named the new captain of the West Indies one-day team on February 15, with Rovman Powell taking the reigns of the Twenty20 side. | Photo Credit: AFP Shai Hope was named West Indies one-day international captain and Rovman Powell the new Twenty20 skipper.Their appointments on Wednesday came after Nicholas Pooran stepped down from both positions in November following West Indies' early elimination at the T20 World Cup in Australia.The first assignments for Hope and Powell come next month when West Indies plays three ODIs and three T20 games in South Africa.Hope is a wicket-keeper batter who has played more than 100 ODIs for West Indies. He has previously filled in as vice captain. All-rounder Powell is a limited-overs specialist and has played 55 T20 internationals. He was ...
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Women’s T20 World Cup: Australia thrash Sri Lanka by 10 wickets to virtually qualify for semis | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: A clinical bowling display followed by an outstanding batting show powered Australia to a crushing 10-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the Women's T20 World Cup in Gqeberha, South Africa on Thursday.With the win, Australia have now virtually sealed the semis spot.Openers Beth Mooney and Alyssa Healy struck unbeaten half-centuries after medium pacer Megan Schutt (4/24) returned with a four-wicket haul to restrict Sri Lanka to 112 for 8 after opting to bowl.Besides Schutt's four wickets, Harris (2/7) picked up two wickets while Perry (1/14) and Georgia Wareham (1/20) took wicket apiece.It turned out to be a cakewalk for Australia as Healy and Mooney shared an unbeaten 113-run opening stand to chase down the target in 15.5 overs.While Mooney remained unbeaten on 56 off 53 balls with...
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My son is 15 and already working hard to get a chance in IPL: Virender Sehwag | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: His father once lit up the IPL with his dazzling strokeplay, and now, Virender Sehwag's son Aryavir Sehwag, a budding cricketer who found a place in the Delhi Under-16 squad last season, too is itching to play in the high-profile T20 tournament."The IPL has benefited young talent the most. Earlier, nobody got noticed from Ranji Trophy performances and hence couldn’t make it to the Indian team. But now, if you perform well in the IPL and you showcase your talent, then immediately, you get an opportunity to play for the Indian team. Because of the IPL, so many children from smaller states of the country have started taking cricket seriously and try their best to participate in the IPL and strive hard for it. For example, my son is 15 years old and is already working hard to get a ...
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Jasprit Bumrah needs to put less pressure on the body to avoid injury: Alan Mullally | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The back injury has kept India's pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah out of action for close to five months and his return to international cricket is still not in the offing.To remain injury free, Bumrah has got a piece of advice from one of England's most talented pacers Alan Mullally, who shares his views on how the India pacer can prevent his injury.The 6 feet 5-inch-tall pacer, now settled in Perth gives a masterclass on swing bowling, reckons Bumrah needs to put less pressure on the body at the moment and lengthen his run up a little. "Maybe he could lengthen his run up a little. He is putting too much pressure on the body at the moment. He needs to be at optimal speed when he is at the crease. Build up speed and get the job done. But if he jogs like he does he is putting a l...
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Sports Ministry approves financial assistance for judokas, shuttlers and fencers | More sports News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: In a bid to provide foreign exposure to our athletes, the Sports Ministry on Thursday approved financial assistance towards training and competitions for 10 judokas, two badminton players and three fencers, among others.During the two-day meeting which ended on Thursday, the Mission Olympic Cell (MOC) members along with representatives of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) and various National Federations also discussed their roadmap for the upcoming Asian Games and the year leading to the Paris Olympics.While 10 Judokas, which includes 3 TOPS Development and 7 NCOE athletes would be training for 21 days in Uzbekistan and Georgia, they will also compete in 3 Grand Slam events in Uzbekistan, Georgia, and Turkey during this period.The players' participation fees, airfare, lodg...
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India looks comfortably poised to retain the trophy with a win at the Kotla

Fit for the fray: One of the speculations surrounding the India team selection is whether Shreyas will replace Suryakumar. | Photo Credit: R.V. Moorthy Riddled with self-doubt, injuries and lack of skill-sets in dealing with spin-friendly surfaces, Australia faces a cautious and upbeat India in its bid to prevent the host from retaining the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with two Tests to spare.Contrary to popular perception, the second encounter of the four-Test series beginning at the Ferozeshah Kotla here on Friday could last longer than the eight sessions of action seen at Nagpur. Good news for batsmen Unlike the weather in the Orange City, the cooler temperatures here carry a lot of moisture, and that could lead to the pitch staying batter-friendly for more sessions. The cool morni...
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PCB mulling India matches in UAE on possible solution to Asia Cup logjam: Sources | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The ongoing tussle between BCCI and Pakistan Cricket Board over the hosting rights of the Asia Cup 2023 seems to have found a solution with PCB considering offering India to play their matches in UAE in place of Pakistan, according to the sources.If sources in the board are to be believed, PCB will remain the host and India can play their games in UAE where some games will be held.The final can also be held in UAE if India qualifies for it, according to a PCB source.The Asia Cup was initially allotted to Pakistan and was scheduled in September this year but BCCI secretary Jay Shah, who is also the ACC chairman, had announced last October that India will not travel to Pakistan due to the tense political relations between the two countries.An emergent meeting of the Asian Crick...
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England women’s Rugby players to receive maternity cover

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) announced a new maternity leave policy on Thursday, entitling contracted England women’s players to 26 weeks of fully paid leave and funds for children under a year old to travel with them to games. The policy, which the RFU described as “ground breaking”, also offers pregnant players the opportunity to move into other employment within rugby until they go on maternity leave. “I am confident that the policy will help normalise motherhood in sport and give players the best possible chance of returning to play… in a secure and safe way,” said England lock Abbie Ward, who announced her pregnancy last month. The issue of maternity leave for professional athletes has gradually come into sharper focus in recent years. Tennis star Serena Williams was denied a see...
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Watch: Tributes pour in as Team India congratulates Cheteshwar Pujara ahead of his 100th Test | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Cheteshwar Pujara, who made his Test debut against Australia back in 2010 in Bengaluru, will achieve his 100th Test milestone against the same opponent when he takes the field in the second Test on Friday in New Delhi. The 35-year-old batter will be the 13th Indian cricketer to play a century of Tests.Indian players including head coach Rahul Dravid extended best wishes to Pujara ahead of his landmark 100th Test.'A journey full of hard-work, persistence & grit' 🙌 🙌𝗗𝗢 𝗡𝗢𝗧 𝗠𝗜𝗦𝗦: Wishes & tributes pour in as #TeamIndia congrat… https://t.co/0SG6eCHmXq— BCCI (@BCCI) 1676551030000"Firstly, I would like to congratulate Pujara for making it to the 100th Test match for the country. It's a big big achievement, not many people go on to achieve what you have done for your countr...