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Day: February 21, 2023

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Cricket selection | Putting the human back in the machine

India’s K.L. Rahul and Shubman Gill at a practice session for Team India during the Test series against Australia. Selectors are wondering what to do with the talented and in-form Gill or the talented and out-of-form Rahul | Photo Credit: AFP Selectors have been in the news of late, which may not be ideal. Actually, they should neither be seen nor heard; or perhaps just seen at matches so we know they are doing their job. Australia came to India for the current series carrying injured players who were unlikely to play the first couple of Tests, and India have already retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. India, meanwhile, are wondering what to do with the talented and in-form Shubman Gill or indeed the talented and out-of-form K.L. Rahul. And then there is the Chetan Sharma fiasco. The ...
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Cricket selection: Putting the human back in the machine

Selectors have been in the news of late, which may not be ideal. Actually, they should neither be seen nor heard; or perhaps just seen at matches so we know they are doing their job. Australia came to India for the current series carrying injured players who were unlikely to play the first couple of Tests, and India have already retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. India, meanwhile, are wondering what to do with the talented and in-form Shubman Gill or indeed the talented and out-of-form K.L. Rahul. And then there is the Chetan Sharma fiasco. The chairman of selectors has resigned over his remarks on senior players. It was foolish, whatever trickery was used to get him to lower his guard and shoot his mouth off. Can someone with such poor judgement choose a national team?Cricket literat...
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It’s mentality: Rio Ferdinand reveals meaning of Marcus Rashford’s viral goal celebrations

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand recently revealed the meaning behind Marcus Rashford’s viral goal celebration. Rashford who is like a man reborn under manager Erik Ten Hag, has scored 16 goals in 17 matches since the Qatar World Cup. And after scoring each goal, he does a celebration where he stands still and holds his index finger to his temple. The celebration has also been used by many other players since it was first introduced by the English striker. Now, Ferdinand who recently paid a visit to United’s training ground Carrington, has revealed that the celebration stands for United’s recent tough as nails mentality. “Rashford, I found out today, by the way, I went to Carrington today to interview Bruno, it was good. But the celebration, it’s mentality. Nice, innit. Simple. Bu...
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Liverpool vs Real Madrid Live Score: Benzema on the scoresheet, LIV 2-5 RMA after 85 mins at Anfield

Liverpool vs Real Madrid Live Score Updates UEFA Champions League Match Today: The round-of-16 match at Anfield on Tuesday is also a repeat of last year’s final in Paris, which saw Real Madrid win the competition for a record-extending 14th time by winning the match 1-0 against Liverpool. Real Madrid secured come-from-behind wins against Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Manchester City in each of the knockout rounds before beating Liverpool 1-0 in the final. The Premier League side has the chance to avenge the 1-0 loss to Real in the final in Paris last May and goes into the first leg in much-improved form after back-to-back wins against Everton and Newcastle in the Premier League. Lineups: Real Madrid (4-3-3) Courtois; Carvajal, Eder Militao, Rudiger, Alaba; Valverde, Camavinga, Modric...
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Horoscope Today, February 22, 2023: Read daily horoscope predictions for all 12 zodiac signs – Times of India

Aries: Today, you may be blessed by the moon. You may get a high position after your hard work. Your performance in the work may be improved. You may also meet some influential person, who may give you a good direction to improve your life. You may manage your domestic issues very easily, which may boost harmony in the domestic life. Taurus: Today you may be happy, things may be somehow better. You may plan to visit some religious place, it may give you inner strength. You may also donate some amount to religious places or to charity. You may expect some overseas travel in terms of education or work. Couples may get their suitable match. Singles are likely to find a soul mate.Gemini: Today, you may feel unhappiness , you may feel dull, it affects your way of working, there may be some d...
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World Cup bronze in women’s 10m air rifle, courtesy 14-year-old Tilottama Sen

In 2020 during the Covid-19 lockdown and subsequent months, an 11-year old Tilottama Sen would be busy watching Chhota Bheem and other cartoons on Pogo at her home in Bengaluru. It was then that her father Sujit Sen, a Tech Mahindra employee, took her to a nearby shooting range to take her mind off them. On Tuesday, when the 14-year-old Tilottama won the bronze medal in women’s 10m Air Rifle event at the ISSF World Cup in Cairo with a score of 262.0 in the ranking match, Sujit, his wife Nandita and son Srijan headed to a temple. “While Tilottama played volleyball and karate, she would spend time watching Chhota Bheem and other cartoons on Pogo most of the time sitting at home during the Covid-19 lockdown. She was physically strong and when we took her to a shooting range, she was happy ...
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We never exerted any kind of pressure on Sania to win: Father Imran Mirza

It is hard to believe but it has been 30 years since Sania picked up a tennis racket for the first time in her life. Of course, she was gifted with phenomenal talent and it did not take me long to understand this. I have only played club level tennis and some state ranking tournaments in my younger days but have watched and followed the game meticulously and analytically since I was a schoolboy. I was never a great tennis player but I believe I had a very sharp eye and an analytical brain for the game. Sania was destined to earn laurels and fame in a sport that she adored. Many famed coaches on the Tour have told me privately that just as God had gifted Sania with abundant talent in tennis, he had also gifted me with the power of observation and understanding of the game to nurture her ...
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Renowned boxing coach Dmitry Dmitruk will guide Indians now | Boxing News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Renowned coach Dmitry Dmitruk will add some Irish flavour to Indian boxing. He was on Tuesday appointed as the chief foreign coach of the country’s elite men and women’s teams for a period of two years. The 47-year-old Dmitruk’s first big assignment as coach will be the upcoming women’s World boxing championships, scheduled to be held here from March 15-26.The former Russian boxing professional who holds an Irish passport joined the Indian women’s squad preparing for the Worlds at NIS Patiala on Monday after completing his contractual formalities with the Sports Authority of India (SAI). Dmitruk’s appointment came four months after former Irish professional boxer, Bernard Dunne, was named the high-performance director (HPD) for Indian boxing in October 2022.The two veterans h...
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Leeds name ex-Watford boss Javi Gracia as manager

Leeds United have agreed terms to appoint former Valencia and Watford head coach Javi Gracia as their new manager on a ‘flexible contract’ to replace Jesse Marsch, the Premier League club said on Tuesday. American Marsch was sacked on Feb. 6 after a poor run of form left the club in a relegation battle. Leeds are 19th in the standings with 19 points from 23 games and face bottom club Southampton on Saturday. 📰 #LUFC is delighted to announce the club have agreed terms with Javi Gracia to become head coach, subject to obtaining a work permit — Leeds United (@LUFC) February 21, 2023 “Leeds United are delighted to announce the club have agreed terms with Javi Gracia to become men’s first team head coach, subject to obtaining a work permit,” a club statement read. Spaniard Gracia, 52, manag...
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Women’s T20 World Cup: South Africa Women vs Bangladesh Women – The Times of India : 19.6 : Bangladesh Women : 113/6

A sedate batting show from Bangladesh Women. At the start, after losing two wickets, they concentrated on preserving the wickets and skipper Nigar Sultana formed a steady stand with Sobhana Mostary. Sultana was involved in yet another partnership, with Shorna Akter but their innings lacked the desired impetus. With not many boundaries coming, they decided to pick couples and pressurized the fielders. There were a few errors from the home team as they felt the heat once the score touched 100.!(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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Richa Ghosh jumps 16 places to be in top-20 in Women’s T20I rankings

India wicketkeeper-batter Richa Ghosh | Photo Credit: EMMANUAL YOGINI India wicketkeeper-batter Richa Ghosh on Tuesday jumped 16 places to move into the top 20 of the latest ICC Women’s T20I rankings for the first time after some good scores in the ongoing shortest format World Cup in South Africa.Ghosh’s unbeaten knocks of 41 against the West Indies and 47 against England in the Women’s T20 World Cup over the past week took her to a career-best 20th position. She became the fifth Indian in the top 20 with Smriti Mandhana (third), Shafali Verma (10th), Jemimah Rodrigues (12th) and Harmanpreet Kaur (13th) ahead of her in the list.New Zealand all-rounder Amelia Kerr and Muneeba Ali of Pakistan are other batters to achieve career-best rankings.Kerr’s match-winning 66 against Sri Lanka at ...
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Women’s T20 World Cup: England crush Pakistan by 114 runs | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Nat Sciver-Brunt scored a blistering 81 off 40 balls as England crushed Pakistan by 114 runs in a dead rubber of the Women's T20 World Cup at the Newlands stadium in Cape Town on Tuesday. Nat Sciver-Brunt was adjudged Player of the Match.England, who have already qualified for the semifinals, have finished the Group B as table toppers along with second-placed India.Opener Danielle Wyatt gave England a fine start with 59 off 33 balls before Sciver-Brunt unleashed carnage in his knock comprising 12 fours and a six to take her team a massive 213 for five.England win by a record margin!That’s quite the way to warm up for the semi-finals 👀Follow LIVE 📝:… https://t.co/6H56lGunbJ— T20 World Cup (@T20WorldCup) 1676995743000Amy Jones also made a quickfire 47 off 31 balls.Pakistan were...
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Sania Mirza ends career with first round defeat in Dubai | Tennis News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Indian tennis great Sania Mirza brought the curtains down to her glorious career with a defeat in the first round match at the WTA Dubai Duty Free Championships on Tuesday.Sania along with American partner Madison Keys suffered a straight-set defeat at the hands of Vernokia Kudermetova and Liudmila Samsonova. Sania and Keys lost 4-6, 0-6 to the formidable Russian pair in exactly one hour.The 25-year-old Veronika is ranked 11th in singles and number five in the doubles while Liudmila is world number 13 in doubles.The 36-year-old Sania, who turned Pro in 2003, walks out of competitive tennis with six Grand Slam titles, including three women's doubles with Swiss legend Martina Hingis.She won two of her three mixed doubles with compatriot Mahesh Bhupathi (2009 Australian Open and...
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Venkatesh Prasad, Aakash Chopra in bitter Twitter war | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Venkatesh Prasad's staunch criticism of out-of-form KL Rahul turned into a bitter war between the former pacer and former opener Aakash Chopra.Prasad has been questioning Rahul's place in the team for the past few days with his regular posts on social media which did not go well with Chopra.Prasad, after being accused of running an agenda by Chopra in a Youtube video, posted a flurry of tweets to clear his stand and said he has nothing against Rahul or any other player.How BAD is KL RAHUL's Test Form? | Betway Scores Cricket Chaupaal"So my friend Aakash Chopra after making a vile video on YouTube this morning where he calls me an agenda peddle, conveniently and cleverly misquotes me, removes Mayank's average of 70 at home, wants to gag views which are not in line with what he...
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After IPL, Tata Group bags title rights of WPL too | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: The Tata Group, which is the title sponsor of the IPL, will also be the title sponsor of the inaugural edition of the Women's Premier League."I am delighted to announce the #TataGroup as the title sponsor of the inaugural #WPL. With their support, we're confident that we can take women's cricket to the next level.@BCCI.@BCCIWomen@wplt20," BCCI secretary Jay Shah tweeted on Tuesday.I am delighted to announce the #TataGroup as the title sponsor of the inaugural #WPL. With their support, we're co… https://t.co/RlezqPXGxj— Jay Shah (@JayShah) 1676992233000The Indian corporate giant had last year replaced Vivo as the title sponsor for the IPL. Apparently, the deal with Tata for the WPL title sponsorship is for five years. The value of the deal, though, could not be ascertained.The BC...
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Following Abhinav Bindra’s footsteps, Rudrankksh Patil finds ‘sixth gear to his car’ by working with German coach Heinz Reinkemeier

Rudrankksh Patil took two trips to Germany seeking control over his mind last year. The teen’s short journeys – one just eight-day-long and another for 15 days – retraced the ones that his idol Abhinav Bindra would frequently undertake during his career to work under renowned coach Heinz Reinkemeier. The German coach is known to have moulded the careers of not just India’s first individual Olympic medallist, but also Athens Olympics finalist Suma Shirur, who is currently a coach with the Indian rifle team. “Reinkemeier’s experience is the sixth gear to my car. He was the coach of many Olympic medallists. Due to that, he has tremendous experience in all the other fields, not just shooting,” Rudrankksh told The Indian Express from Cairo after winning gold in the 10m air rifle event at the...
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‘Saurashtra feared playing Mumbai 10 years ago, now it’s the other way round’ | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: "There was a time when we feared playing Mumbai, now they and other teams fear us," said Saurashtra head coach Niraj Odedra, summing up his team's remarkable rise over the last decade.Saurashtra have never had it better in Indian domestic cricket's rich history, having won their second Ranji Trophy title in three seasons on Sunday.Saurashtra had beaten Bengal to win their maiden title days before the nation-wide COVID-19 induced lockdown in March 2020 and, led by the inspirational Jaydev Unadkat, they thoroughly outplayed the same opponents last week to reaffirm their dominance in red ball cricket.In Odedra's own words, they also became a "white-ball force" this season by lifting their first 50-over Vijay Hazare trophy since 2007-2008.The current lot comprising Unadkat, Arpit...
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Umpire Nitin Menon to officiate in all 3 India-Australia ODIs | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Indian umpire Nitin Menon will have the distinction of officiating in all the India-Australia games during the Aussies ongoing tour of India. In a big vote of confidence in his abilities, the International Cricket Council has chosen Menon, who is the on-field umpire in all the four Tests of the Border Gavaskar Trophy, to continue in the same role in the three-match ODI series between the two countries in March too. In fact, the entire umpiring panel for the ODIs will be from India.As per a noting on the ICC website under the section: ‘ICC Umpire and Referee appointments,’ Menon and KN Padmanabhan will be the on-field umpires in the first ODI at Mumbai on March 17, while Virender Sharma will be the third umpire. Menon and Sharma will officiate in the second ODI at Vizag on March ...
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Michael Di Venuto: You’ve got to play safe in India: Australia batting coach | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Australia's casual approach with the bat in the second Test against India has drawn criticism from all quarters with former players slamming their inability to tackle Indian spinners.Aussie batting coach Michael Di Venuto also joined in the raging debate saying the batters committed a blunder by trying to push the scoring rate in the second Test, which the visitors lost to India by six wickets.Di Venuto said Australia's batting plans were working well till a dramatic collapse saw them lose eight wickets for 28 runs.Steve Smith's dismissal to the sweep shot triggered the collapse as Australia were all out for 113 in 31.1 overs, giving India just 115 runs to win the Test, which the home side did in 26.4 overs to go 2-0 up and retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy."Plans certainly w...