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Day: August 7, 2023

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Tamil Nadu’s Sai Kishore riding a wave

[ad_1] Over the last few years, R. Sai Kishore has made rapid progress in domestic cricket, especially in the shorter formats. He has already been a part of a limited-overs tour to Sri Lanka in 2021, was back-up for the home series against West Indies in 2022 and is also a standby for the Asian Games next month.The 26-year-old was also appointed as captain of the Tamil Nadu Ranji Trophy side last year for the final two matches though he led in only one game and missed the other due to illness. With impressive performances in the Duleep and Deodhar Trophy tournaments for South Zone this year, the lanky tweaker is inching close to earning his maiden India cap. With the buzz increasing with every tournament he plays, Sai Kishore refuses to buy too much into the hype. Sportspersons often...
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Sai Kishore eyes a maiden India cap

[ad_1] Over the last few years, R. Sai Kishore has made rapid progress in domestic cricket, especially in the shorter formats. He has already been a part of a limited-overs tour to Sri Lanka in 2021, was back-up for the home series against West Indies in 2022 and is also a standby for the Asian Games next month.The 26-year-old was also appointed as captain of the Tamil Nadu Ranji Trophy side last year for the final two matches though he led in only one game and missed the other due to illness. With impressive performances in the Duleep and Deodhar Trophy tournaments for South Zone this year, the lanky tweaker is inching close to earning his maiden India cap. With the buzz increasing with every tournament he plays, Sai Kishore refuses to buy too much into the hype. Sportspersons often...
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Middle-order blues: Who will play the boring middle overs for India at World Cup?

[ad_1] In the 2011 World Cup, as the eighth-highest runscorer with a strike rate of just over 86, having hit only three sixes in nine innings, Yuvraj Singh won the Player of the Tournament award, heralded as the man that won India the game’s biggest honour at home.Six-hitting and strokeplay were not what got Yuvraj his plaudits, instead, it was his match-winning feats in pressure situations, playing the situation by smartly handling the middle overs, manipulating fields and milking bowlers, delaying the attack for a final flourish or setting the stage for finishers.Exactly two months prior to their opening game in the upcoming 50-over World Cup, the Indian think tank must ask itself, following untimely injuries to KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant, and Shreyas Iyer, whether they have any batsmen wh...
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Lyon sign Maitland-Niles from Arsenal on free transfer

[ad_1] Olympique Lyonnais have signed midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles on a four-year contract until 2027, the Ligue 1 club said on Monday, after his contract with Arsenal expired in June. The 25-year-old, who made over 130 appearances for boyhood club Arsenal in all competitions, will join up with former team mate Alexandre Lacazette in France. Maitland-Niles struggled for game time at the Gunners in the 2021-22 season before going on loan to AS Roma and Southampton. He made his England debut in 2020 and made five appearances that year but has not played for Gareth Southgate’s side since. Lyon finished seventh in Ligue 1 last season. !function(f,b,e,v,n,t,s) {if(f.fbq)return;n=f.fbq=function(){n.callMethod? n.callMethod.apply(n,arguments):n.queue.push(arguments)}; if(!...
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I don’t see why Bumrah can’t return to where he was: Glenn McGrath

[ad_1] Plainspeak: Glenn McGrath feels that a series like the Ashes was needed to preserve and promote Test cricket. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement Former Australian cricketer Glenn McGrath’s pre-series prediction of his side blanking England 5-0 did not happen, but he felt that the 2-2 result in the Ashes was a fair result. The pace bowling legend is in the city on his third visit this year for his periodical camp at the MRF Pace Foundation, where he is the Director of Coaching. He spoke on the Ashes, the future of Test cricket, Jasprit Bumrah and more.On the AshesIt was a great contest. Every day someone would get in front, and then the (other) would fight back; it ebbed and flowed through the day. It was great viewing for fans. To have a series like that is good for Test cricket....
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India showcase better fitness and intensity to beat Korea 3-2 in Asian Champions Trophy hockey

[ad_1] Chennai: To say the Asian Champions Trophy has been gruelling on players would be a massive understatement. In what is a second summer in Chennai, where afternoon temperatures have been touching 40 degree Celsius in certain pockets, it has tested the players to the core. With humidity too on the higher side and breeze non-existent, teams have been struggling to maintain intensity. In such extreme conditions, just weeks ahead of the Hangzhou Asian Games, Korea have endured three back-to-back 4:15 pm starts. Malaysia, who played the late evening game against India, which they lost 0-5, had only a 16-hour turnaround before they faced Japan in Monday’s first game. In comparison, hosts India have had the luxury of not just playing all their matches at 8:15 pm, in the company of a sligh...
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Asian Champions Trophy: Semifinal berth sealed, India edge out South Korea 3-2 | Hockey News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: With their semifinal berth already secured, India triumphed over reigning champions South Korea with a 3-2 victory in their fourth round-robin encounter of the Asian Champions Trophy in Chennai on Monday. This win solidified India's undefeated streak in the continental hockey tournament.Prior to the commencement of the match at the Mayor Radhakrishnan Hockey Stadium, India's spot in the semifinals had been confirmed, a result of Japan's defeat to Malaysia earlier in the day.From the opening moments, both teams initiated the game with high intensity, displaying possession-oriented hockey.In the sixth minute, the deadlock was finally broken by the home team, as Nilakanta Sharma expertly guided the ball into the net following Sukhjeet Singh's skillful dribble past a couple...
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‘It’s a vindication’: Indian swimmer SP Likith reacts to five-year ban on two Uzbek administrators for cheating scores

[ad_1] Back in 2021 when Indian swimmer SP Likith complained that local officials at the Uzbekistan Open had manipulated results to help home competitors qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, he was called a liar. Last week, Likith came to know that the world aquatics body, following an investigation, had handed the Uzbek officials a five-year suspension. The crucial evidence that vindicated the Indian swimmer was provided by two US-based Uzbek swimmers, who also helped Likith land a full scholarship with the University of Indianapolis where he pursued an MSc in Strategic Leadership and Design. The time spent on the highly-competitive NCAA Division 2 circuit helped Likhit win the Nationals with a timing of 28.31 seconds and also qualify for the Asian Games where he will compete in the 50m brea...
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Watch: Ravindra Jadeja dances on the US streets during vacation | Off the field News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Star Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja is having a great time during his vacation as he was seen dancing and enjoying on the streets of the United States.Jadeja, who is currently on vacation in the US along with his family, has been rested for the white-ball series in the Caribbean.IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK) posted a video on Instagram where Jadeja can be seen grooving to music. The caption of the video post read: “When life gives you Mondays, vibe like JADDU! #WhistlePodu #Yellove”.Jadeja was one of the top performers during the two-match Test series against West Indies which India won 1-0 after the second match ended in a draw.!(function(f, b, e, v, n, t, s) { function loadFBEvents(isFBCampaignActive) { if (!isFBCampaignActive) { return...
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Cricket Association for Blind laments lack of financial support from BCCI | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: The Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI) made another plea to the BCCI to extend financial support to the organisation, saying that while moral support was much appreciated, monetary aid will go a long way in improving the standard of the sport in the country.CABI on Monday announced that it will be sending its men's and women's teams for the IBSA World Games, scheduled to commence in Birmingham on August 19.Cricket is making an entry into the quadrennial International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) World Games this year and CABI hopes the success of its teams in the global event will take blind cricket to great heights."The BCCI had asked us to constitute the DCCI (Differently Abled Cricket Council of India) which we did. But we are not getting financial s...
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Karnataka runs the risk of turning the clock back by confining top-tier cricket to Bengaluru

[ad_1] Crossroads: The state’s cricketers will be losing out on the opportunity to test their skills on different pitches and conditions with this move. | Photo Credit: File photo: Sudhakara Jain In July 2022, at the unveiling of the Maharaja Trophy KSCA T20, the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) had hoped that the tournament would energise cricketing activity in the state after the Covid-induced lull. The premier T20 competition was also returning in a new avatar – earlier called the Karnataka Premier League (KPL) – after the betting scandal of 2019.Roger Binny, then KSCA president and now the head of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), had stated that the event would “continue the development” in the districts. “We won’t let you down,” he had promised.A year on, ...
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Don’t judge India on the basis of just two losses in West Indies: Mohammad Kaif | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Former cricketer Mohammad Kaif expressed his confidence in the Indian cricket team's ability to win the upcoming World Cup, which will be held in India. He stated that the team should not be judged solely based on their two T20I losses in the West Indies.team India had performed well in the preceding two-Test series and ODIs. Kaif argued that these two T20I losses should not overshadow the team's overall preparations for two significant upcoming competitions—the Asia Cup in Pakistan and Sri Lanka, followed by the ODI World Cup at home.Kaif dismissed the concerns that India might under-perform in the World Cup, asserting that the team has the potential to excel on home turf.However, he did point out that the fitness of pace bowlerJasprit Bumrah would be a crucial factor ...
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Asian Champions Trophy 2023: Pakistan remain in semifinal race with 2-1 win over China

[ad_1] Goals from Muhammad Khan and Afraz helped Pakistan eke out a 2-1 victory over China to stay in the race for the semifinals in the Asian Champions Trophy hockey tournament here on Monday. However, the defeat meant that China were knocked out of contention for the last-four stage. The opening quarter happened to be a quiet one in terms of goal-scoring activities. Pakistan earned a couple of penalty corners but failed to convert them. It was followed by a field goal chance from both sides, but to no avail, as it was goalless at the end of the first quarter. Five minutes into the second quarter, Pakistan earned a penalty corner and Muhammad Khan successfully converted it to give his side the lead. While China challenged the goal through video referral for dangerous height, the TV umpi...
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Asian Champions Trophy: Pakistan remain in semis race with 2-1 win over China | Hockey News – Times of India

[ad_1] CHENNAI: Goals from Muhammad Khan and Afraz helped Pakistan eke out a 2-1 victory over China to stay in the race for the semifinals in the Asian Champions Trophy hockey tournament on Monday.However, the defeat meant that China were knocked out of contention for the last-four stage.The opening quarter happened to be a quiet one in terms of goal-scoring activities.Pakistan earned a couple of penalty corners but failed to convert them. It was followed by a field goal chance from both sides, but to no avail, as it was goalless at the end of the first quarter.Five minutes into the second quarter, Pakistan earned a penalty corner and Muhammad Khan successfully converted it to give his side the lead.While China challenged the goal through video referral for dangerous height, the TV umpir...
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Glenn McGrath picks Australia, England, India and Pakistan as ODI World Cup semifinalists | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Legendary Australian pacer Glenn McGrath on Monday predicted India, Australia, England and Pakistan as the semi-finalists of the 2023 ICC World Cup, which will take place in India in October-November.McGrath also emphasised the importance of preparation for Australia, stating that playing in an ODI series in India before the World Cup would be highly beneficial for his country.This preparation would help them acclimatise to the conditions and fine-tune their strategies for the mega-event.Australia and England have been dominant forces in ICC competitions in recent times, and McGrath believes that both teams have the best chances of making it to the semi-final stage of the tournament."Although the (Australian) Test team is quite different to the one-day one, I think they...
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Nicholas Pooran fined for publicly criticising on-field umpires during second India T20I | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday fined West Indies’ wicketkeeper-batter Nicholas Pooran 15 per cent of his match fee for publicly criticising the on-field umpires during the second T20I against India in Guyana.The incident occurred following the review of a LBW decision in the 4th over of the India innings. Pooran criticised the umpires for having to use up a player review for a decision which he thought was clearly not out."Pooran was found to have breached Article 2.7 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to public criticism in relation to an incident occurring in an international match," read an ICC statement."Pooran admitted to the offence and accepted the sanction of a reprimand that was proposed by matc...
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Injury layoff will help Jasprit Bumrah return fresh to international cricket: Glenn McGrath | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Glenn McGrath, the legendary Australian fast bowler, expressed his belief that the extended period of injury recovery could prove to be a blessing in disguise for India's pace spearhead, Jasprit Bumrah.McGrath feels that this break from international cricket would allow Bumrah to return to the game refreshed and at his best, just in time for the ICC World Cup 2023.Bumrah had been out of action for almost a year due to a lower back stress fracture. His last appearance for India was in a T20I against Australia in Hyderabad in September 2022.However, after a lengthy rehabilitation process, the 29-year-old is now ready to lead India in a three-match T20I series against Ireland later this month.The time away from the game due to injury might have given Bumrah an opportunity ...
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Sachin Tendulkar visits Sri Lankan schools as UNICEF’s Regional Goodwill Ambassador | Off the field News – Times of India

[ad_1] COLOMBO: Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar on Monday visited two schools in Sri Lanka and interacted with students in his role as UNICEF's Goodwill Ambassador.Tendulkar was appointed UNICEF Ambassador for South Asia in 2013 to advocate good hygiene and sanitation across the region.He toured the southwestern Sabaragamuwa province's Kegalle district on Monday, visiting selected schools.Tendulkar, 50, visited two schools where he interacted with primary school students and senior students and also participated in a game of cricket with teams consisting of male and female students, the NewsWire portal reported.In a statement, provincial Governor Navin Dissanayake said he had an interesting interaction when the iconic cricketer visited a preschool in the province."Appreciate his t...
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Indian football clubs must listen to national team coach Igor Stimac for their own good

[ad_1] When he agreed terms to become India head coach, it is unlikely that Igor Stimac’s job would’ve included making frequent public appeals, with folded hands and heart emojis, for the most rudimentary things.He’s had to beg to the All India Football Federation (AIFF) for matches against decent opposition.He has reached out to the Prime Minister, seeking his intervention to ensure the team did not miss out on the Hangzhou Asian Games. And after the government relaxed its norms to allow the football team to board the plane to China, Stimac penned another open letter on Sunday. This time, to the Indian Super League (ISL) clubs, requesting them to release their national team players. Here’s why Stimac has had to make an appeal to the clubs. All his players are contracted with the teams, ...
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PCB re-appoints Inzamam-ul-Haq as chief selector | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Monday took the decision to reinstate the illustrious Inzamam-ul-Haq as its chief selector, marking his return to the role for a second term. Inzamam, aged 53, had previously occupied this position from 2016 to 2019.Having already tasted victory in the 1992 World Cup, Inzamam's extensive cricketing experience and knowledge have led him to embrace the responsibility of chief selector once again. His decision to assume the role of a paid selector was finalised last week.Inzamam boasts a remarkable cricketing career, having participated in 120 Tests where he accumulated 8830 runs at an impressive average of 49.60. His record includes 25 centuries and 46 half-centuries.From 378 ODIs, Inzamam amassed 11739 runs at 39.52 with 10 centuries a...