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Day: March 24, 2023

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New-look Sunrisers Hyderabad looks for a new dawn after large-scale overhaul

Match-winner: Heinrich Klaasen can change the course of the game not only with his batting, but with fielding also. | Photo Credit: Getty Images Former champion Sunrisers Hyderabad sports a new look under a new leader in Aiden Markram. Not surprisingly the team would hope to reverse its fortunes after the dismal showing in the last edition, when it finished eighth. That SRH decided to release New Zealand’s most successful batter, Kane Williamson — after his indifferent form last season — and West Indian Nicholas Pooran, gives a fair indication of the team management’s approach to the fresh season.HeavyweightsMarkram is expected to lead from the front with the likes of the big-hitting Harry Brook of England (bought at a a whopping ₹13.25 crore), Glen Phillips, who has two T20I centur...
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New-look Sunrisers Hyderabad looks for a new dawn after large-scale overhaul

Match-winner: Heinrich Klaasen can change the course of the game not only with his batting, but with fielding also. | Photo Credit: Getty Images Former champion Sunrisers Hyderabad sports a new look under a new leader in Aiden Markram. Not surprisingly the team would hope to reverse its fortunes after the dismal showing in the last edition, when it finished eighth. That SRH decided to release New Zealand’s most successful batter, Kane Williamson — after his indifferent form last season — and West Indian Nicholas Pooran, gives a fair indication of the team management’s approach to the fresh season.HeavyweightsMarkram is expected to lead from the front with the likes of the big-hitting Harry Brook of England (bought at a a whopping ₹13.25 crore), Glen Phillips, who has two T20I centur...
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For Gardner, ‘there is more to cricket than cricket’

Ashleigh Gardner has the word ‘Muruwari’ tattooed on her left arm. It is her community’s name and she is proud of her Indigenous lineage. She is one of the biggest game-changers in women’s cricket. She is also one of the most passionate voices for Australia’s Aboriginal population. Only four Australians of Indigenous descent have played Test cricket so far. Gardner was the third. The others are Faith Thomas — the first Aboriginal woman to represent Australia in any sport — Jason Gillespie and Scott Boland. Unfortunately, women’s Tests are few and far between. So it is Gardner’s skills in the shorter formats that the world has seen more of. She is a brilliant finisher, and when Australia fields, she is often the go-to woman. With her off-spin, she floats through all phases of...
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Mumbai Indians storms into final

Making history: Wong performed the first hat-trick of the WPL.  | Photo Credit: EMMANUAL YOGINI The present and future of English cricket shone brightly on Friday night. Mumbai Indians was the beneficiary, as it moved into the final of the Women’s Premier League, crushing UP Warriorz by 72 runs in the Eliminator at the D.Y. Patil Stadium in front of a near full house. After Nat Sciver-Brunt, one of the best in the women’s game, smashed a brilliant 72 not out off just 38 balls (9x4, 2x6). Best foot forward: Sciver-Brunt’s hurricane knock took MI to a formidable total.  | Photo Credit: EMMANUAL YOGINI Young Issy Wong produced the WPL’s first hat-trick to end whatever faint hopes Kiran Navgire (43, 27b, 4x4, 3x6) may have given Warriorz. Chasing MI’s imposing 182 for four, Warriorz wa...
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Premier League refers Everton for alleged financial breach

The Premier League has referred Everton to an independent commission for an alleged breach of financial fair play rules last season, it said on Friday without giving details. Everton said in a statement the club was disappointed by the decision. “The club strongly contests the allegation of non-compliance and together with its independent team of experts is entirely confident that it remains compliant with all financial rules and regulations,” it said. “Everton is prepared to robustly defend its position to the commission. “The Club has, over several years, provided information to the Premier League in an open and transparent manner and has consciously chosen to act with the utmost good faith at all times.” Everton narrowly avoided relegation from the 20-team league last season, finishi...
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It’s all a bit surreal: Issy Wong on hat-trick

England pacer Isabelle Wong called it “a bit surreal” after recording the first hat-trick of the Women’s Premier League to fire Mumbai Indians into the final with a crushing 72-run win over UP Warriorz here on Friday. Wong returned with incredible figures of 4-0-15-4 to bundle out UPW for 110 in their chase of a stiff 183-run target. “It’s all a bit surreal, it’s been a bit of a whirlwind for the last couple of weeks. Put in a bit of hard yards for the last couple of years in the gym and rewarding to enjoy all of that,” the 20-year-old Wong said after the match. WWW – 𝐅𝐈𝐑𝐒𝐓 𝐄𝐕𝐄𝐑 𝐇𝐀𝐓-𝐓𝐑𝐈𝐂𝐊 IN THE #WPL! 🔥#OneFamily #MumbaiIndians #AaliRe #WPL2023 #MIvUPWpic.twitter.com/JxJ0kecQ6S — Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) March 24, 2023 “Under lights, it swung. The square allows you to keep the swing ...
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Women’s Premier League: Mumbai turns UP’s eliminator

It was an evening where Mumbai Indians could not put a foot wrong. After a slight hiccup towards the end of the league phase where they ended up losing two matches on the trot and failed to make the final directly, on Friday, they rediscovered their title credentials. Playing UP Warriorz in the Eliminator at the DY Patil Stadium in blistering home support, Mumbai Indians won by 72 runs and set up a final with Delhi Capitals. Ensuring Mumbai’s place in the final were two English cricketers, who have lit up the inaugural Women’s Premier League. If Nat Sciver-Brunt’s power-packed innings of 72 off just 38 deliveries, floored Warriorz in the first half of the match, then seamer Issy Wong’s four wickets – including a hat-trick – buried them in the second half. For UP, while the margin of def...
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Fencing Nationals: For Indian fencers, sharing kits and equipment are thing of the past… well almost

Pune: As struggles of procuring equipment get relegated to nostalgia amongst reuniting athletes at Pune’s Balewadi stadium, the Fencing Nationals in India wear a slick look of professionalism. Days of shared kits aren’t completely in the past, but receding slowly as the various schemes of SAI, Khelo India, Universities, state governments and nonprofits equip fencers with up-to-date gear. Still, Ena Arora of Patiala recalls how Ajinkya Dudhere, her senior from Maharashtra, brought her the first proper blade. “In juniors we used to use Chinese weapons, which were highly inconsistent in flexibility but affordable. They used to be so hard, there would be marks on the neck and I’d get asked in school if someone had been violent towards me!” Arora remembers. “Whenever anyone got selected for ...
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Issy Wong: MI vs UPW Highlights: Issy Wong, Nat Sciver-Brunt shine as Mumbai Indians thrash UP Warriorz to reach the final | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Young pacer Issy Wong (4 for 15) on Friday became the first bowler to take a hat-trick in the Women's Premier League (WPL) as she fired Mumbai Indians into the final of the inaugural edition. Mumbai outclassed UP Warriorz by 72 runs in the Eliminator at DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai.With the big win, Mumbai set up a mouth-watering summit clash with Delhi Capitals on Sunday.As it happened: Mumbai Indians vs UP WarriorzWong's historic achievement helped Mumbai bowl out UP for 110 in 17.4 overs after setting a challenging 183-run target. Sent in to bat first, Mumbai rode on the blistering knock of 72 not out, off 38 balls, from Nat Sciver-Brunt to post a massive 182 for 4 in their 20 overs. Amelia Kerr contributed 29 off 19 balls for Mumbai too, with the duo adding 60 for the ...
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Bundesliga: Bayern Munich hires Thomas Tuchel to replace Julian Nagelsmann as coach

Bayern Munich hired Thomas Tuchel as coach on Friday to replace Julian Nagelsmann after losing the lead of the Bundesliga. Bayern chief executive Oliver Kahn blamed “big fluctuations in performance” and said the squad wasn’t showing its true potential under Nagelsmann. Tuchel will take over training from Monday with a contract until the end of the 2024-25 season. The decision came after the team lost at Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 in the Bundesliga on Sunday. Bayern’s domestic league form over the last two months has been mixed, but the removal of Nagelsmann was widely seen as a surprise, especially following an assured win over Paris Saint-Germain this month to reach the Champions League quarterfinals. In a sign of loyalty to Nagelsmann within the squad, midfielder Joshua Kimmich praised him ...
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Jasprit Bumrah’s recovery process kept secret, only NCA head VVS Laxman allowed to talk to him and physios: Report | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Premier Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah underwent a back surgery in New Zealand earlier this month but the details about his recovery process are only known to former Indian cricketer and NCA chief VVS Laxman.According to an Indian Express report, the BCCI have assigned Laxman as the sole representative to get regular updates from Bumrah. Even the selectors don't have a clear idea about the extent of injury and the surgery that followed."Not many in the BCCI are aware of his injury. Only VVS Laxman (NCA director) has been assigned to speak to him and the physios. Even the selection committee has been told that they will be informed about Bumrah's actual injury and his rehab details in due course," a BCCI source told the newspaper.The BCCI source also accepted that Bumrah was hast...
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Issy Wong: Watch: Issy Wong becomes first bowler to take hat-trick in WPL | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Mumbai Indians pacer Issy Wong etched her name in the record books by becoming the first bowler in the Women's Premier League to take a hat-trick. Wong achieved the milestone against UP Warriorz in the Eliminator at DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai.The hat-trick took place in the 13th over when the England pacer removed Kiran Navgire, who was caught at deep midwicket by Nat Sciver-Brunt. The right-arm pacer castled Simran Shaikh with a cross seam delivery on the next ball to make it two in two.𝙁𝙄𝙍𝙎𝙏 𝙃𝘼𝙏-𝙏𝙍𝙄𝘾𝙆 𝙀𝙑𝙀𝙍 𝙄𝙉 #𝙏𝘼𝙏𝘼𝙒𝙋𝙇 🔥Take a bow Issy Wong 🫡Follow the match ▶️ https://t.co/QnFsPlkrAG… https://t.co/IpDXBhv09p— Women's Premier League (WPL) (@wplt20) 1679676964000Wong went on to make history as she cleaned up Sophie Ecclestone to complete a hat-trick and leave Warriorz re...
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Virat Kohli: There’s a lot of room to get to my best: Virat Kohli | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Virat Kohli carried a lean patch for a long time but the batter is back to doing what he does best as his 1205-day Test century hiatus came to an end with a marathon 186-run knock in the fourth and final Test against Australia in Ahmedabad.The former Indian skipper ended century drought in international cricket last year by smashing his maiden T20I ton against Afghanistan during an Asia Cup encounter. He followed that up with three more centuries in the ODIs against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.In a chat with the Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kohli reckoned that he is back to playing the way he did but there is still some improvement needed to get back to his best, hoping it happens in the IPL 2023.“I think I’m back to playing the way I do, but there’s a lot of room to get to my b...
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Ms Dhoni: Sunil Gavaskar hails MS Dhoni’s leadership: ‘CSK’s 2018 triumph was absolutely amazing’ | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Banned for two years in 2015 for their owners' involvement in the fixing scandal, Indian Premier League franchise Chennai Super Kings made a roaring comeback in 2018 as talismanic skipper MS Dhoni took his side to title triumph in their year of return. Batting great Sunil Gavaskar on Friday lauded Dhoni for his 2018 heroics saying that his ability to get the best out of his players makes him stand out.As the upcoming edition of the IPL starts from March 31, Gavaskar on a star Sports show highlighted how 'Captain Cool' brought out the best in his team mates."I think when CSK returned and won the IPL trophy, it was absolutely amazing because the team had not been together for two years and they had moved out with different franchises and suddenly they come back again. That tell...
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CSK’s 2018 triumph tells you about leadership: Sunil Gavaskar praises MS Dhoni

Recalling an ageing Chennai Super Kings’ remarkable triumph after returning to IPL from a two-year ban, batting great Sunil Gavaskar praised talisman Mahendra Singh Dhoni and said his ability to get the best out of his players makes him stand out. The upcoming edition of the IPL starts on March 31. Speaking on Star Sports Network, Gavaskar recalled the highlights of the illustrious IPL career of ‘Captain Cool’ and how he has brought out the best in his team mates. “I think when CSK returned and won the IPL trophy, it was absolutely amazing because the team had not been together for two years and they had moved out with different franchises and suddenly they come back again. That tells you about leadership,” Gavaskar said. In July 2015, the Justice Lodha Committee pronounced a two-year b...
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13 ‘suspicious’ cricket matches played across globe in 2022, none in India: Sportradar

Image for representation. | Photo Credit: Getty Images There were 13 competitive cricket matches that came under the cloud of suspicion in 2022, according to a review report published by Sportradar Integrity Services. Sportradar Integrity Services unit is an international team of qualified integrity experts who deliver analysis on irregular betting, match-fixing and other forms of corruption in sports. The 28-page report titled 'Betting, Corruption and Match-Fixing' states that in calender year 2022, an unprecedented "1,212 suspicious matches" were detected across 12 sporting disciplines in 92 countries. The company uses an application Universal Fraud Detection System (UFDS) to detect suspicious activity during matches. While football accounted for 775 matches, which possibly could hav...
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IPL 2023: No specific directive on workload management of World Cup prospects: Delhi Capitals CEO | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The workload management of Team India players is of utmost importance keeping the ODI World Cup in mind. Since the IPL 2023 is around the corner, skipper Rohit Sharma also voiced his opinion saying it will now be between franchises and players to manage workload ahead of the 50-over showpiece."It's all up to the franchises now. The franchises own them (the players) now, so we've given some indications or some kind of borderline kind of thing to the teams. At the end of the day it's up to the franchise and, most importantly it's the players, they have to take care of their own body," Rohit said.But IPL franchises were not given any specific directive for the players as to what the workload should be for them, said Delhi Capitals CEO Dheeraj Malhotra on Friday.Malhotra, who has...
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In 2022, 13 suspicious cricket matches were played across globe: Sportradar report

There were 13 competitive cricket matches that came under the cloud of suspicion in 2022, according to a review report published by Sportradar Integrity Services. Sportradar Integrity Services unit is an international team of qualified integrity experts who deliver analysis on irregular betting, match-fixing and other forms of corruption in sports. The 28-page report titled ‘Betting, Corruption and Match-Fixing’ states that in calender year 2022, an unprecedented “1212 suspicious matches” were detected across 12 sporting disciplines in 92 countries. The company uses an application Universal Fraud Detection System (UFDS) to detect suspicious activity during matches. While football accounted for 775 matches, which possibly could have been corrupted, basketball is second in the list with 2...
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Nikhat Zareen: Women’s World Boxing Championships: Nikhat, Lovlina, Nitu and Saweety to fight for gold | Boxing News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Nikhat Zareen will have history in her sights as she stands a chance to become only the second Indian boxer after MC Mary Kom to win World Boxing Championships title more than once when she squares off against the two-time Asian champion and 2018 Asian Games bronze medallist Nguyen Thi Tam of Vietnam in the final on Sunday.The 2022 Commonwealth Games champion Nitu Ghanghas, the Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist Lovlina Borgohain and three-time Asian medallist Saweety Boora will also be competing for the gold medals.Kicking off India's gold medal charge, the two-time World Youth champion Nitu (48kg) will take to the ring against the two-time Asian Championships bronze medallist Lutsaikhan Altantsetseg of Mongolia in the finals on Saturday. The 22-year-old Indian who is competing...