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Day: August 3, 2023

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Tilak Varma sizzles but India combust in the final lap in first T20 against West Indies

[ad_1] 37 runs in five overs with six wickets in hand and Hardik Pandya & Sanju Samson at the crease. It should have been wrapped up but India found a way to collapse to a loss. The five-match T20I series is largely an opportunity to find players for the next World Cup in the format, to be held in the Caribbean and the United States. In that sense, the four-run loss at the Brian Lara Academy in Tarouba, Trinidad would not concern the Indian team management too much, even though they let a winning position slip while chasing a target of just 150. India handed out two debuts, and the one to catch the eye the most was young Tilak Varma with his poise and attitude. Playing for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League, he had given ample evidence of his class and finishing acumen. On T...
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Asian Champions Trophy: India concede ‘soft goals’ in 7-2 win over China

[ad_1] On a night when India looked like scoring each time they went forward, against an opponent, China, that’s a lightweight in men’s hockey, it was the couple of goals they conceded that revealed a lot more about the team than the seven they netted. For, it reflected once again the team’s tendency to get complacent and brought out the old habits of getting a needless card and the consequent suspension. Both mistakes led to the hosts conceding goals – ‘soft goals’, coach Craig Fulton called them in his half-time assessment. Thankfully for Fulton, the errors did not cost India a lot. They were far too superior to China and eventually won by a handsome 7-2 scoreline in their opening match of the Asian Champions Trophy at the Mayor Radhakrishnan Stadium in Chennai. They scored half-a-doze...
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Brain haemorrhage at 17, World University Games’ medals at 20: Archer Pragati beats odds to win gold, silver

[ad_1] ON MAY 5, 2020, compound archer Pragati was just 17 years old when she suffered a brain haemorrhage. Three years later, which included a difficult recovery period, she stood on the podium at the World University Games in Chengdu, China, this week, winning two medals – a gold and a silver. Pragati, who goes just by her first name, and Aman Saini upset the favourites from South Korea 157-156, to win the gold in the mixed team event. The Koreans struck back in the women’s team event final, and Pragati and her teammates had to settle for the silver. For the 20-year-old, who was left struggling to even lift the bow after a complex neurosurgery, the twin medals have come at the end of a long struggle. “It was a difficult journey but I’m happy I was able to achieve this. From the start, ...
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Priyanshu Rajawat captivates with net play to sink Wang, enters quarters of Australian Open Super 500

[ad_1] Deception with stops and pushes from the net by Priyanshu Rajawat boggled Wang Tzu Wei enough for the Indian to secure a 21-8, 13-21, 21-19 victory over the Taiwanese and make the quarterfinals of the Australian Open Super 500 tournament at Sydney. Rajawat’s backhand at the net was in such fine form that it helped him open up the court and close out the match even though Wang threatened with some power net play of his own. Twice in the last fortnight, Rajawat had struggled to finish against Kodai Naraoka and Lakshya Sen in three. On Thursday in Sydney, playing someone marginally higher ranked than him at No 28, the World No 31 Indian used his backhand net pushes to good effect as he won in the decider in 59 minutes. His intention was quite clear from the first point, when he took ...
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Bangladesh’s Tamim Iqbal steps down as ODI captain | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] DHAKA: Tamim Iqbal stepped down on Thursday as captain of Bangladesh's one-day international side and pulled his name out of the Asia Cup to be held in Pakistan and Sri Lanka in August and September.The 34-year-old opening batsman announced his decision citing an injury problem after holding a meeting with senior officials within the Bangladesh Cricket Board in Dhaka a month after his retirement U-turn from international cricket."I have informed them (the BCB officials) that from today I am stepping down as the Bangladesh ODI team captain. I have explained the reason. Injury is an issue," Tamim told reporters after the meeting."I have always thought about the team first. For the betterment of the team (I thought) I should step down as captain and concentrate as a player, and try t...
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Beyond the boundaries: Meeting friends, exchanging gifts and dusting up memories

[ad_1] When the Pakistan team crossed the Wagah Border on Tuesday morning, two familiar faces awaited coach Muhammad Saqlain and his assistant Rehan Butt. Those of their old rivals but close friends, Kamalpreet Singh and Jugraj Singh, now an SP in Amritsar. “They could have chosen to surprise us, but when we told them we were coming via Wagah border, they couldn’t hide the excitement and told us that they would be waiting,” says Saqlain.Hugs and handshakes followed, photographs were clicked and lunch was taken together. “When I got to know they are travelling via Wagah Border, I decided to go and meet them,” says Jugraj. “We have been close friends since our playing days and hadn’t met in a long time. We had lunch together while reminiscing about our playing days, catching up on everyth...
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With Broad retiring, Anderson”s experience will be required in India: Nasser Hussain

[ad_1] Stuart Broad and James Anderson of England. File | Photo Credit: Getty Images Former England skipper Nasser Hussain expects pace bowler James Anderson to tour India for the gruelling five-Test series early next year, saying that with pacer Stuart Broad and all-rounder Moeen retiring, the experience of the 41-year-old will come in handy in sub-continental conditions.Anderson, the highest wicket-taking quick in Test cricket, would be more than keen to tour India for the series, scheduled to commence in January next year, after an ordinary bowling effort during the recently concluded Ashes."Jimmy's (Anderson) got a very good record against India... and you need a balanced attack. You need that experience for younger players to come in," Hussain said on The ICC Review on Thursday.And...
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India off to winning start, thrash China 7-2 in Asian Champions Trophy | Hockey News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: India's skipper Harmanpreet Singh and Varun Kumar each netted two goals, propelling the team to a dominant 7-2 victory against China in the opening match of their Asian Champions Trophy hockey campaign at the Mayor Radhakrishnan Hockey Stadium in Chennai on Thursday.The Indian side wasted no time in taking control, with Harmanpreet showcasing his penalty corner expertise to score twice in the 5th and 8th minutes. Varun Kumar followed suit, adding two more penalty corner goals in the 19th and 30th minutes, solidifying India's lead.Not content with just penalty corners, India exhibited their attacking prowess in open play, with Sukhjeet Singh (15th), Akashdeep Singh (16th), and Mandeep Singh (40th) brilliantly finding the back of the net.While China managed to respond wit...
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Debutant Tilak Varma’s knock in vain as India loses opening T20I against West Indies

[ad_1] Rovman Powell (48 off 32) played a captain’s knock to take West Indies to 149 for six after the hosts opted to bat at the Brian Lara Stadium, in Tarouba on Thursday, August 3, 2023. | Photo Credit: ANI Tilak Varma looked very much at home on his international debut before India made a mess of a modest run-chase to lose the opening T20 International against the West Indies by four runs here on Thursday, August 3, 2023.Rovman Powell (48 off 32) played a captain’s knock to take West Indies to 149 for six after the hosts opted to bat at the Brian Lara Stadium.With 37 needed off the last 30 balls and six wickets in hand, India self-destructed to end at 145 for nine in 20 overs.Jason Holder brought the West Indies back into the game by producing a maiden in the 16th over, when he found...
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It’s getting harder to play all three formats and Jasprit Bumrah has to decide on it: Glenn McGrath | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The uniqueness of his action makes Jasprit Bumrah a deadly fast bowler. Perhaps, it’s the very same reason why the Gujarat pacer has been plagued by injuries during his seven-year international career.After undergoing surgery on his back in March, the 29-year-old is bracing himself for yet another comeback and has been named captain of the Indian team for the T20 series against Ireland in two weeks.With the ODI World Cup to be played in India in two months, everyone is watching Bumrah’s return, after almost a year, with bated breath.One man who is excited by Bumrah’s comeback is Glenn McGrath. The former Aussie pacer, who had his share of injuries during his playing career has a lot of empathy for the Indian seamer. “He (Bumrah) has been incredible for India. H...
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Team India becomes second team after Pakistan to play 200 T20Is | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Team India on Thursday achieved yet another milestone in their historic cricket journey as they became the second team to play 200 T20Is after Pakistan.The Indian team scripted history in the opening T20I of the five-match series against the West Indies at Brian Lara Stadium in Trinidad. Pakistan are sitting right at top on this list as they have played 223 T20Is, winning 134 and losing 80 games till date.New Zealand are at third spot having played 193 T20Is followed by Sri Lanka and West Indies (179 each), Australia (174), England (173), South Africa (168), and Bangladesh and Ireland (152 each).Out of 199 matches, India have won 130 (three victories in tied matches) and lost 63 games, one tied game vs NZ at Napier on November 22, 2022, which did not produce a result (D...
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South Zone beat East Zone by 45 runs to clinch Deodhar Trophy title for 9th time | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: In a dominant display, South Zone clinched the Deodhar Trophy title for the ninth time by defeating East Zone with a commanding 45-run win in the final in Puducherry on Thursday.South Zone's opening batter, Rohan Kunnummal, played a sensational knock, scoring a rapid century off just 75 balls. His innings included four sixes and 11 fours, setting the stage for South Zone to pile up an imposing total of 328 for eight in their allotted overs.In response, East Zone faced a challenging task as they faltered early, reaching 75 for four after 16 overs. The top order's struggle made the chase appear formidable.Although East Zone's Riyan Parag and Kumar Kushagra tried to resurrect their team's innings with a brilliant 105-run partnership for the sixth wicket, their efforts fell...
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GM Gukesh, 17, wins in Baku, to go past Viswanathan Anand as India’s top-ranked chess player

[ad_1] When FIDE, the global governing body of chess, publishes its monthly rating list at the end of this month, five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand will not be the top Indian in the published classical chess rankings for the first time in 36 years. Anand’s protege Gukesh D ensured he will end the month as the top-ranked Indian after his victory over Mistradin Iskandrov in the second round of the FIDE World Cup at Baku.The end-of-the-month ratings list will also see Gukesh break into the top 10 ranks for the first time, a lightning-quick rise for a teenager who only broke into the top 100 at the end of April 2022. Only two Indians before this have been in the top 10 — Pentala Harikrishna, who went ahead of Anand briefly in the live ratings in 2016 is the other Indian to have achi...
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Watch – ‘Be proud of yourself’: Hardik Pandya’s message to debutant Tilak Varma | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: India's T20 skipper Hardik Pandya spoke his heart out while handing debut cap to young Tilak Varma ahead of the first T20I against West Indies in Trinidad on Thursday.Pacer Mukesh Kumar, who made his Test and ODI debut earlier on the tour, got his T20I debut cap from leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal.The BCCI posted a video of the Team India huddle and skipper's pep talk before handing debut cap to Varma with a caption: "Be proud of yourself".The huddle talk started with head coach Rahul Dravid requesting Pandya to hand debut cap to Varma. "This is what dreams are made of. Mehanat karke yahan par aaya hai. Kuch alag nahi karna hai. Same cheez yahin par karega life mein aur aage jayega (You have come here after putting in a lot of effort. Need not to do something different. J...
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Bumrah should take a call on his workload: Glenn McGrath

[ad_1] Glenn McGrath. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement Glenn McGrath. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement  From being a trainee to a chief coach, it has been an amazing journey at the MRF Pace Academy for Australian pace bowling great Glenn McGrath. Glenn McGrath with trainees at the MRF Pace Academy. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement From being a trainee to becoming a chief coach, it has been an amazing journey at the MRF Pace Academy for Australian pace bowling great Glenn McGrath. In Thiruvananthapuram to oversee the fast bowlers camp, Glenn McGrath is happy that India has produced a battery of fast bowlers over the years. “India is the toughest place to be in as a fast bowler. But if you succeed here you can be successful anywhere,” he said. The fast bowler also defended Ind...
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Virat Kohli returns from West Indies in special charter flight | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Virat Kohli's West Indies tour came to an end as the star Indian batter returned from the Caribbean island in a special charter flight on Thursday.The former India skipper Kohli, who was rested for the second and third ODIs against West Indies, took to Instagram to share photos of the private jet. He also thanked the private jet service for arranging his flight."Thank you @acs_aircharter and @capt.abupatel for arranging my flight and great service too," Kohli captioned the post.Kohli did not get a chance to bat in the first ODI he played as the team management experimented with the batting order.The decision to rest Kohli and skipper Rohit Sharma in the last two ODIs has drawn a lot of flak with former players expressing their displeasure in keeping them on the benches ...
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West Indies 57/2 in 7.0 Overs | IND vs WI 1st T20 Live Cricket Score: West Indies opt to bat – The Times of India

[ad_1] Yuzvendra Chahal to Brandon King, OUT! LBW! Yuzvendra Chahal with the double whammy! India have turned this game on its head as both the openers are back in the hut now. Chahal tossed this one up, full and around middle, lands and keeps straight, Brandon King prods forward to defend and plays for the turn but the ball goes past the inside edge to hit him on the front pad. Another appeal, and given. King goes for the review, UltraEdge shows no bat involved and Ball Tracking indicates three reds. West Indies two down now!!(function(f, b, e, v, n, t, s) { function loadFBEvents(isFBCampaignActive) { if (!isFBCampaignActive) { return; } (function(f, b, e, v, n, t, s) { if (f.fbq) return; n = f.fbq = function() { n.callMethod ? n....
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Delhi court summons wrestler Bajrang Punia in criminal defamation complaint | More sports News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: A Delhi court on Thursday summoned wrestler Bajrang Punia on September 6 in a criminal defamation complaint filed against him by wrestling coach Naresh Dahiya.Metropolitan Magistrate Yashdeep Chahal directed Punia to appear before the court on that day, holding he is of the "prima facie" view that all the ingredients of defamation were made out.He said at the stage of summoning it was fairly settled that the court was not required to go into a comparative analysis of the possible defence that may be taken by the accused."On a consideration of the complaint, supporting documents and pre-summoning evidence, I am of the prima facie view that all the ingredients of defamation are made out. It appears that the statement made in the press conference was a result of malicious ...
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PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth, HS Prannoy enter quarterfinals of Australian Open | Badminton News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Indian badminton stars PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth, and HS Prannoy showcased their prowess in the Australian Open BWF Super 500 tournament, securing their spots in the quarterfinals with impressive performances in Sydney on Thursday.In the women's singles category, the fifth seed PV Sindhu, who had faced early exits in seven different tour events this season, displayed a dominant form under the guidance of her new personal coach, Malaysia's Muhammad Hafiz Hashim.She cruised past her compatriot Aakarshi Kashyap with a commanding score of 21-14, 21-10 in the second round. Sindhu's next challenge in the quarterfinals will be against the fourth seed, Beiwen Zhang of the USA.In the men's singles, Srikanth exhibited an outstanding performance, overpowering Li Yang Su of Chine...
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Trials for wrestling World Championships likely after elected body takes charge | More sports News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: The ad-hoc committee for wrestling, constituted by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), is considering leaving the responsibility of organising trials for the World Championships to the newly elected office-bearers of the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI).A directive to this effect is likely to be issued by the ad-hoc committee within the next day or two.The Wrestling Federation of India is scheduled to elect its new office-bearers on August 12. If they take over the responsibility of organising the trials, they will have a very tight timeframe as the entries for the World Championships close on August 16. This leaves the newly elected officials with only four days to conduct the trials and submit the entries for the tournament.The World Wrestling Championships are s...