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Day: August 2, 2023

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India can pick even a third XI: Lara tells Gill, Kishan

[ad_1] Legendary Cricketer Brian Charles Lara poses for a picture with India’s Shubman Gill and Ishan Kishan during the 3rd ODI match, at Brian Lara Stadium in Tarouba on Tuesday. | Photo Credit: ANI The Indian cricket landscape is bursting at the seams with young talent and batting great Brian Lara feels the country's senior men's side can field not two but "even a third XI" at the moment. Lara, one of the game's greatest batters, said this during an interaction with Shubman Gill and Ishan Kishan, the dominant players in the 200-run drubbing of the West Indies in the series-deciding third ODI. "Well, India is like a second home to me. Looking at the young promising cricketers in India, it is something that I've grown up doing... "...And just to see the talent here with this Indian team...
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India-Pakistan now one of three games on Oct 14, Pak-SL on Oct 10

[ad_1] The much-awaited India-Pakistan game in the 50-over World Cup will now be played on October 14 instead of October 15. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has got the approval for the change in schedule from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). It is also learnt that apart from Pakistan’s game against India at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, the date for their clash with Sri Lanka in Hyderabad has also been changed. Instead of October 12 as it was in the original schedule, the game has been brought forward a couple of days to October 10. This paper was the first to report that the date for the India-Pakistan game was likely to be changed as it would coincide with the first day of the Navratri festival, celebrated with much fervour in Gujarat. The revised schedule ...
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Hockey to trial penalty corner rule change to ‘protect’ defenders, may end drag flick

[ad_1] OVER THE next 10 months, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) will try out a new penalty corner rule that, if eventually implemented, could spell the end for drag-flicks. The FIH also believes it could reduce the danger of defenders getting injured as they tend to rush towards the ball struck at up to 150 kmph when a drag-flick is executed.According to the proposed rule, during a penalty corner, all attackers except the pusher at the backline must start at least 5 metres outside the striking circle – called the ‘D’. The ball must travel outside the 5m dotted line — which is beyond the ‘D’ — before it can be played back into the ‘D’ for a shot on goal, and give defenders more time to react to situations.The current captain of the Indian hockey team, Harmanpreet Singh, is one o...
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Fairytale homecoming for Karthi Selvam at Asian Champions Trophy hockey

[ad_1] Thursday will be special for more than one reason for Tamil Nadu’s hockey enthusiasts, especially the Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu (SDAT). Having put in a lot of effort to bring the Asian Champions Trophy and renovating the Mayor Radhakrishnan Stadium – which includes laying down a new turf – the SDAT will rejoice also as one of its own, Karthi Selvam, will be leading India’s forward line against China. The 21-year-old Karthi, who hails from Ariyalur district that sits in the belly of the state, has already made an impression at the international stage, netting goals against Australia and world champions Germany during the Pro League season that concluded in March. One of the young forwards vying for a spot at the 2024 Paris Olympics, Karthi’s strengths are his speed...
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Double beckons South Zone as it looks to annexe Deodhar Trophy

[ad_1] In great touch: Parag, with two centuries to his credit in the tournament, will be determined to sizzle on the big stage. | Photo Credit: S.S. KUMAR South Zone, having won the Duleep Trophy last month, will look to do the double when it takes on East Zone in the final of the Deodhar Trophy at the Siechem Stadium on Thursday. The Mayank Agarwal-led South Zone has been the standout team in the competition, having won all its five league matches. With all its bases covered, the side has looked formidable and clinical in how it has gone about its work. Skipper Mayank has led with the bat, scoring three-half centuries, while his fellow-opener Rohan Kunnumal has given the side quick starts with his aggressive approach in the PowerPlay. Sai Sudharsan joined the team for the last ...
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Australia and England docked World Test Championship points for slow over rates in Ashes

[ad_1] England’s Chris Woakes celebrates the dismissal of Australia’s Steven Smith, left, on day five of the fifth Ashes Test match between England and Australia, at The Oval cricket ground in London, on, July 31, 2023. | Photo Credit: AP Australia and England were docked points in the World Test Championship on August 2 for their slow over rates during the recently completed Ashes series.Australia, the reigning test world champion, had 10 points deducted and England lost 19 points. They had each collected 28 points for winning two tests apiece as well as a draw in the five-match series that finished 2-2 on Monday.The punishments meant Australia dropped to third place in the nascent standings and England to fifth. The next WTC final isn't until 2025.England fell foul of the over-rate re...
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Jasprit Bumrah: KL Rahul likely to miss Asia Cup, World Cup could be touch and go for Shreyas Iyer | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Senior batter KL Rahul in all likelihood will miss the Asia Cup in Sri Lanka as he will take more time to recover from his hamstring injury while it could be a touch and go for another star Shreyas Iyer as far as his participation in the World Cup is concerned.Rahul had undergone a thigh surgery while Iyer had a surgery on his lower back to cure stress fracture.The last BCCI update didn't specify their date of return of the duo as they were seen slowly building on their workload as far as 'Return to Play' is concerned."It is unlikely that both Rahul and Shreyas would be match fit for 50-over cricket and that too in humid conditions in Sri Lanka. But the BCCI medical team feels that Rahul can at least get fit before the three-match series against Australia before the Wor...
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I never play for spot, always play for team’s success: Shardul

[ad_1] Shardul Thakur celebrates the dismissal LBW of West Indies’ Brandon King during the second ODI cricket match at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados | Photo Credit: AP With his performance in West Indies, Shardul Thakur has made a strong case for his selection in India's World Cup squad, even as the seam-bowling all-rounder looks to keep "contributing" instead of focusing on sealing his place. Shardul turned out to be the most successful bowler in the ODI series against the West Indies, picking up eight wickets from three games with a best bowling figures of 4/37 in the decider here on Tuesday. The ODI World Cup will be held in India from October 5 to November 19, and the team management is looking to give opportunities to players to cement their places ahead of the showpiece...
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Misbah-ul-Haq to head Pakistan’s Cricket Technical Committee

[ad_1] Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Wednesday announced the formation of a Cricket Technical Committee (CTC) to be headed by former captain Misbah-ul-Haq.Besides Misbah, former skippers Inzamam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Hafeez will be the members of the committee. It also includes the head of the PCB’s domestic cricket department and a representative of the chairman of the Cricket Management Committee. For the last few days, speculations were rife that Zaka Ashraf had formed the cricket committee with Misbah as its head and that it had already held a meeting. But the official announcement came one day after another former captain, Rashid Latif, who attended the preliminary meeting, made it clear that he has no association with any PCB committee. The board also confirmed the Cricket Technica...
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Women’s Hundred: Smriti Mandhana shines as Southern Brave beat Trent Rockets by 27 runs in opener 

[ad_1] Indian batter Smriti Mandhana's 55 powered a Southern Brave to 157, the highest total in the women's Hundred in Nottingham to have a perfect kick start of women's Hundred tournament. Despite Nat Sciver-Brunt's best efforts, Trent Rockets lost by 27 runs.Sciver-Brunt gave Brave a scare by slamming 18 runs off five balls from Maitlan Brown to reach 44 runs off 27 balls. She smashed another boundary from Anya Shrubsole, leaving 57 required off 24, but chipped a return catch to fall for 49 and end the game.With only one nets session since returning from India's visit to Bangladesh, Mandhana collaborated with Danni Wyatt and Maia Bouchier to make 55 off 36 balls. As the Rockets' seamers struggled to react to the left-right opening combination, the Brave surged to 45 for 0 in their 25-b...
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Sanju Samson equipped to bat in middle-overs, should be in ODI World Cup squad: Mohammad Kaif | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Sanju Samson possesses all the necessary skills to excel in the middle-order, making a strong case for his inclusion in the final 15 for the ODI World Cup scheduled at home in October-November, according to former India international Mohammad Kaif.In the series-deciding third ODI against West Indies in Tarouba, Samson displayed his prowess by smashing an impactful fifty under pressure. With the middle-order spots up for contention, Samson's performance in that crucial match has certainly bolstered his chances.The injuries to Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul have opened doors of opportunity for players like Samson and Suryakumar Yadav. While Suryakumar had a forgettable series in the Caribbean, Samson has been making the most of his chances, impressing with his batting prowess ...
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WATCH: Brazil’s Marta shares heartwarming exchange with Jamaica captain after final World Cup match

[ad_1] Top scorer in FIFA World Cup (men’s and women’s) history, Marta – 17 goals – bowed out of the big stage after Brazil shared points with Jamaica in one of the biggest upsets at the 2023 Women’s World Cup on Wednesday. Marta was featuring in her sixth and final World Cup and with Brazil having eliminated from the group stage, came to an the 37-year-old’s run at the marquee tournament. “For me, that is the end, but it’s just the beginning for the others,” she’d say post-match. In the moments that followed the final whistle in Melbourne, Marta would share a hug and a warm exchange of dialogue with the Jamaica captain Bunny Shaw. Here’s the video: Beautiful: Moments after Brazil shocked and eliminated, their 6-time World Cup ace, Marta has the class to hug Jamaica’s star Bunny Shaw. N...
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Misbah-ul-Haq to head Pakistan’s Cricket Technical Committee | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) made an official announcement on Wednesday regarding the formation of a Cricket Technical Committee (CTC). The committee will be headed by former captain Misbah-ul-Haq, and it will include former skippers Inzamam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Hafeez as its members.Additionally, the committee will comprise the head of the PCB's domestic cricket department and a representative of the chairman of the Cricket Management Committee.There were earlier speculations about the formation of the cricket committee, with rumors suggesting that Zaka Ashraf had created the committee with Misbah as its head and that they had already held a meeting.However, the official announcement came a day after another former captain, Rashid Latif, who had attended the prelimi...
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Rinku Singh’s checklist: Telling dad to take ‘rest’ and cricket hostel for kids | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Rinku Singh speaks in a matter of fact manner, just like his evening job under arc-lights -- smoke the bowlers to all parts of the park and dip the crowd in delirium.After making the heads turn in the IPL 2023 with that five-sixes in an over for Kolkata Knight Riders, the 26-year-old Aligarh man is ready to rock in India Blues during the upcoming tour of Ireland and the Asian Games in Hangzhou."Humara kaam sirf run banana hai. Match milega toh accha karenge. Main zyada sochta nahin hoon. Present mein jeeta hoon. Uparwala baas dekhle. Apne haath mein toh sirf mehnaat hai. Mehnat karte rahenge, dekhte hai kya hota hai (My job is to score runs. If I get an opportunity, I would try to do well."I don't over-think. I like to live in present. Hope Almighty keeps blessing me. W...
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Manchester City reportedly close to signing Croatia center back Josko Gvardiol

[ad_1] Manchester City is ready to make a big move in the transfer market, days before the start of the new season. The English and European champions are set to sign Croatia center back Josko Gvardiol for a reported 90 million euros ($98.3 million) from German club Leipzig, making him one of the world’s most expensive defenders. Neither City nor Leipzig have commented publicly about the deal for Gvardiol, who will reportedly undergo a medical examination this week. Manchester United’s Harry Maguire cost 80 million pounds (then $97 million) when he joined from Leicester in 2019, while Virgil van Dijk moved from Southampton to Liverpool for 75 million pounds (then $100 million) in 2018. The 21-year-old Gvardiol, known as “Little Pep” because of his name’s likeness to City manager Pep Guar...
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Ashwin defends management’s decision to rest Kohli, Rohit in WI ODIs | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: The team management's decision to rest Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma for the last two ODIs against West Indies has sparked significant criticism. However, Ravichandran Ashwin stepped up to defend the call, stating that the critics were merely finding faults for the sake of it.On social media and in the opinions of a few former cricketers, displeasure was expressed over keeping two key players like Kohli and Sharma on the benches, particularly in the year leading up to the 50-over World Cup."So many players are recovering at the NCA. (Jasprit) Bumrah is back after a long break. Prasidh Krishna also made a return after an injury break. It seems that people are faulting team management just for the sake of it," said Ashwin on his YouTube channel.The senior spinner said vict...
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Indian archers fail to secure Olympic team quotas, make quarter-final exit at World Championships | More sports News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: The Indian archers participating in the World Championships in Berlin faced disappointment on Wednesday as they failed to secure team quota places for the Paris Olympics.Both the men's and women's recurve teams reached the quarter-finals but were unable to secure a top-three finish, which would have granted them Olympic quota spots.In the men's recurve event, the Indian team consisting of Dhiraj Bommadevara, Rajat Chauhan, and Tushar Shelke faced a tough challenge against arch-rivals Korea and lost 1-5 in the quarter-finals. Despite putting up a valiant effort, they were unable to overcome the Korean team's strong performance.The women's recurve team, comprising Bhajan Kaur, Ankita Bhakat, and Simranjeet Kaur, also reached the quarter-finals but faced a defeat against t...
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Watch: KL Rahul begins wicket-keeping practice at NCA | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: After Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah made a much awaited return to the national team, another good news is on the cards for fans as the batter KL Rahul started practicing at full throttle at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru.The Indian opener shared a video on Instagram in which he was seen honing his wicket-keeping skills and sweating it out in the nets with bat.The top-ranked T20I batter Suryakumar Yadav commented on Rahul's video, posting "Ye baaaaaat" along with the emoticon of fire.The right-hand batter suffered a thigh injury he sustained while playing for the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) in this year's Indian Premier League (IPL 2023).The LSG skipper Rahul injured in the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore on May 1. Chasing a ball in the outfield i...
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‘Need full backing from team management and fans’: Ashwin on India adopting ‘Bazball’ in Tests | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: The 'Bazball' is the latest buzzword resonating in the cricketing circle and with England successfully executing it in the recently concluded drawn Ashes series against Australia, it has earned plaudits from purists to fans across the globe.But the big question is - Will Bazball turn out equally good for India? veteran Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has a different take and minced no words in expressing his views on this issue as he feels the attacking approach, specially in the five-day format, needs full backing not only from the team management but also from the enthusiastic Indian fans like the England team getting it from ECB and the crowd.Ashwin, while speaking on his YouTube channel on India adopting 'Bazball', said: "We are playing Test cricket really we...
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Neeraj Chopra’s phone call leaves Pakistan javelin thrower Yasir elated | More sports News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Muhammad Yasir, the talented javelin thrower from Pakistan, is overjoyed after receiving a heartwarming phone call from Neeraj Chopra, India's Olympic gold medalist, who congratulated him on his remarkable achievement.Yasir secured a well-deserved bronze medal in the Asian Athletics Championships held in Bangkok last month, achieving an impressive throw of 79.93 meters."It was a pleasant surprise when he (Neeraj Chopra) called me up and appreciated my performance after I won the bronze medal in the javelin event recently. He wished me best of luck for future events," Yasir told Geo TV.While India took home 27 medals including six gold and 12 silver from the Asian meet, Pakistan's only medal came through Yasir.Pakistan's top javelin thrower Arshad Nadeem didn't take part...