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R Praggnanandhaa first Indian after Viswanathan Anand to enter World Cup semis | Chess News – Times of India

[ad_1] Erigaisi Arjun and R Praggnanandhaa - two teenage friends - went toe-to-toe and braincell-to-braincell before the latter emerged winner in their World Cup chess quarterfinal in Baku on Thursday.The reward for the 18-year-old is a date with Fabiano Caruana in the semis - he is the first Indian after Vishy Anand in the WC last four - and at least $50,000 in prize money. But importantly, he secures a spot in the Candidates tournament in 2024, the winner of which will play China's Ding Liren for the world crown.The intense tiebreak drama between the two Indians exploded from the 10-min games after a set of the first two rapid games ended in draws.Praggu prevails after heart-stopping dramaVeteran GM Peter Leko said during the webcast, "Sensational match...there were mistakes but the pl...
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Kohli is the solution to India’s No 4 concerns, says Shastri

[ad_1] Indian skipper Virat Kohli and team head coach Ravi Shastri. File | Photo Credit: PTI Fielding Virat Kohli at number four could address India's long-standing concerns about a settled batter at that crucial position, former coach Ravi Shastri has said.Since 2017, India have tried a dozen players at that position but none could nail down the place, which skipper Rohit Sharma called "an issue" ahead of the home World Cup in October-November.Kohli has amassed the lion's share of his 12,898 runs, which include 39 hundreds, batting at number three in 212 of his 275 innings.In his 42 appearances at number four, Kohli averaged 55.21, slightly below his overall 57.32, and has scored seven hundreds.Shastri, who was coach of the India team when Kohli was captain, and lost to New Zealand in...
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R Praggnanandhaa overcomes compatriot Arjun Erigaisi in World Cup quarters in blitz after repeated games failed to find a winner

[ad_1] Indian Grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa defeated compatriot Arjun Erigaisi 5-4 via the sudden death tie-break to enter the semifinals of the FIDE World Cup chess tournament here on Thursday. With the win, the 17-year old Praggnanandhaa booked a place in the semifinals against American ace Fabiano Caruana and almost secured a spot in next year’s Candidates event. The teenaged chess star from Chennai, by virtually securing a place in the Candidates tournament, would be the only other Indian other than five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand to feature in the Candidates. With world No.1 Magnus Carlsen not likely to feature in the Candidates, Praggnanandhaa could be playing in the tournament to decide the challenger to current world champion Ding Liren. Praggnanandhaa had bounced back...
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Vinesh Phogat undergoes knee surgery in Mumbai, vows to come back stronger

[ad_1] Star Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat, who pulled out of Asian Games due to a knee injury, on Thursday underwent a surgery in Mumbai and vowed to come back stronger. Phogat, who was at the forefront of the protest against WFI chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, had got a direct entry to the Hangzhou Asian Games but suffered an injury while training on August 13. Phogat posted a picture on X, formerly twitter, with her doctor Dinshaw Pardiwala, who operated on her left knee. Whenever I have fallen, you have stood by my side against all odds. 🙏Just like my faith in god, my faith in you is beyond measurable. Today I look at you as not just my doctor but someone I look up to for life-advice. Every conversation with you give me confidence, hopefulness… pic.twitter.com/WwzfIs5x47 — Vinesh P...
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M.A. Chidambaram Stadium gears up to host ODI World Cup matches

[ad_1] Palani says that the stadium infrastructure renovation is in its final stages. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement With the ICC men’s ODI World Cup around the corner, the TNCA is leaving no stone unturned to make it extra special. The M.A. Chidambaram Stadium is hosting an event of this magnitude after 12 years. And the TNCA wants the house in order before the marquee opening clash between India and Australia. “We have undertaken infrastructure renovation of the A and B stands. There are a few pending here and there and we are in the process of completing it,” TNCA honorary-secretary R.I. Palani told The Hindu on the sidelines of the ongoing Buchi Babu tournament.“We are changing the floodlights to LED and that’s why we could not have the Buchi Babu in Chennai. We also thought of...
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Ravi Shastri presses for more all rounders in India squad for ODI World Cup

[ad_1] The more the merrier. That is the view of former India head coach Ravi Shastri when it comes to the all-rounders in India squad for the 2023 ODI World Cup. When asked of his opinion with regards to the 15-player squad India would go with in the marquee event, Shastri told Star Sports, “I think to be fair, I will go with both the all-rounders – Axar and Shardul, it gives me an opportunity. And keep Sanju Samson on standby in case something happens to the keeper there, where he can just fly out.” Furthermore, the former India all-rounder who was part of the 1983 World Cup winning squad, also pressed on the need for having more pacers in the squad. “So, now you start with the pacers because, for me, the pacers are important. If you need four over there, you already have one all-roun...
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Vinesh Phogat undergoes knee surgery in Mumbai, vows to come back stronger | More sports News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Star Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat, who pulled out of Asian Games due to a knee injury, on Thursday underwent a surgery in Mumbai and vowed to come back stronger.Phogat, who was at the forefront of the protest against WFI chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, had got a direct entry to the Hangzhou Asian Games but suffered an injury while training on August 13.Phogat posted a picture on X, formerly twitter, with her doctor Dinshaw Pardiwala, who operated on her left knee."Whenever I have fallen, you have stood by my side against all odds. Just like my faith in god, my faith in you is beyond measurable. Today I look at you as not just my doctor but someone I look up to for life-advice," she wrote. "Every conversation with you gives me confidence, hopefulness and clarity. I tha...
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Dutee Chand, India’s fastest woman athlete, gets four-year dope ban | More sports News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: India’s fastest woman athlete, Dutee Chand, who holds the national 100m record of a sensational 11.17s, which she recorded in 2021 (Indian Grand Prix 4 in Patiala), has been banned for four years for failing twin out-of-competition dope tests for selective androgen receptor modulators (SARMs) in December last year.Dutee’s ban period will be effective from January 3, 2023.During this period, “all the competitive results obtained by the athlete from the date of her sample collection, which was December 5, 2022, shall stand disqualified with all resulting consequences including forfeiture of medals, points and prizes,” the Anti Doping Disciplinary Panel (ADDP), headed by its chairperson Chaitanya Mahajan, said in its order passed on Thursday, a copy of which is with TOI.Th...
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Unlike Gareth Southgate’s men, Sarina Wiegman’s women highlight English football’s attacking riches

[ad_1] The minute was 86th. The match, a World Cup semifinal. England were already 2-1 up. The old textbook would suggest them to see this through by defending deep and bombarding bodies inside their own box to deal with incoming threats. Instead, Lauren Hemp – who had already run her fair share of miles in the game – burst towards the Australian goal with four yellow shirts in front of her while two approached from behind. Alessia Russo was there to her right, but England were outnumbered – five to two. And yet, the 23-year-old kept sprinting until she cut inside and thread a through ball for Russo the other way. A one touch finish and England were 3-1 up. Against the hosts, in front of an almost 75,000 strong crowd rooting hard for their failure. Their defence in the minutes that follo...
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Devdutt Padikkal faces weeks of recovery following thumb fracture | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Devdutt Padikkal, Indian opener, revealed on Thursday that he will be absent for three to four weeks due to a thumb injury.Padikkal, who played two T20Is for India in 2021, was injured earlier this month during the Deodhar Trophy.Padikkal has been ruled out of the Maharaja KSCA T20 Trophy, for which he was selected by Gulbarga Mystics."I had a left-thumb fracture during the Deodhar Trophy. So, I had to undergo a minor surgery to get that fixed. I will be out of the game for probably another three to four weeks. Hopefully, I can be back on the field soon," Padikkal told Fancode.The left-handed batter had thumb surgery and posted about it on social media."Just a quick update. Sustained a fracture on my left thumb and had to undergo a surgery. The road to recovery begins n...
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Pistol shooters misfire on opening day of Worlds

[ad_1] Not a single Indian men’s or women’s 10m air pistol shooter was able to make it to the finals of their event at the 2023 Baku World Championships on Thursday, failing to take the opportunity of winning Paris Olympic quota spots on offer. Despite newer faces making the team in both men’s and women’s events, the results remained similar to the 2022 World Championships, where Indian pistol shooters were unable to crack the code in Cairo and win a quota or a medal. Shiva Narwal, Sarabjot Singh and Arjun Singh Cheema started the day for India in the men’s 10m air pistol qualification. Narwal, part of the first set of shooters, started brightly with a 97 series followed by a 99. But then his next four series went 96, 96, 95 and 96. A couple of shots here and there, and Narwal could have...
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‘If KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer are not fit…’: Saba Karim weighs in on Team India’s no.4 & 5 conundrum | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Former India wicketkeeper Saba Karim on Thursday backed Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan as the top contenders to step in at positions 4 and 5 if Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul miss out on the Asia Cup and ODI World Cup squads due to their respective injuries. With the India squad for the Asia Cup likely to be announced on Sunday it remains to be seen whether national selectors pick Shreyas and Rahul, who have been out of action for months.“The selectors should take KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer into consideration — they can be included in the team if they are fit. But the wait has not ended, the team will be announced on the 20th from what I know, they have the time until then,” Karim told the media during a chat organised by Jio Cinema.“But if they are not fit, Ishan Kishan i...
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Vimal, Mohammed partnership saves TNCA President’s XI the blushes

[ad_1] Patience pays: TNCA President’s XI opener Vimal worked hard to notch up a century. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement Vimal Khumar’s stubborn knock of 144 (293b, 10x4, 2x6) helped TNCA President’s XI declare its innings at 333 for nine and take a marginal six-run first innings lead against Indian Railways on the penultimate day of the Buchi Babu invitation cricket tournament here on Thursday.Resuming at 179 for five, the hosts lost an early wicket, but Vimal, in the company of M. Mohammed, showed tremendous patience to help the team gain the lead. It was certainly a difficult task considering Railways’ quality attack. Railways did not allow the left-right combination to score freely. After showing immense concentration for nearly one and half-hours, Mohammed finally cover-drove l...
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‘It can be frustrating’: Jasprit Bumrah on long injury layoff | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: A fit-again Jasprit Bumrah is making a comeback to international cricket with the three-match T20I series against Ireland, starting from Friday. Bumrah, who spent 11 months away from the game due to lower-back stress, will lead a young Indian team in Ireland. Bumrah acknowledged that it was frustrating to spend a long period of time in rehabilitation as the injury took time to heal, but he also added that instead of having self doubt he was thinking about making a comeback. "When injury takes time to heal, it can be frustrating. Instead of having self doubt, I was thinking how to get fit and make a comeback," Bumrah said on Thursday ahead of the first T20I against Ireland."It is important to give the body time and respect. I never took it as a dark phase and thought my ...
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Kevin De Bruyne, Erling Haaland and Lionel Messi nominated for UEFA player of the year | Football News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: European football governing body, UEFA, on Thursday revealed the top three contenders for the men's Player of the Year award. Manchester City's dynamic duo, Kevin De Bruyne and Erling Haaland, secured the spots alongside the legendary Lionel Messi as finalists.The three outstanding players garnered the most votes from a distinguished panel consisting of club coaches participating in UEFA competitions, managers of European national teams, and a handpicked group of journalists.The winner of the prize will be revealed on August 31 in Monaco at the Champions League group stage draw ceremony.Haaland finished as the Champions League's top scorer last season with 12 goals, while De Bruyne -- who had a leading seven assists -- played an integral part in City lifting the trophy ...
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‘I was always preparing…’: Jasprit Bumrah reveals his mindset during rehabilitation | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: After missing 11 months due to injury, Jasprit Bumrah is back and hungrier than ever, saying he is ready to bowl long stints for India in the Asia Cup and subsequent ODI World Cup at home.Bumrah, who last played in September 2022 before being sidelined by lower-back stress fractures for the "biggest break" of his cricketing career, is making his long-awaited return with the T20 series in Ireland.He will be needed to bowl four overs every game here, but speaking ahead of the first T20 on Friday, the top pacer said the objective has always been to prepare for 50-over games such as the Asia Cup, which starts on August 31 and the World Cup, which starts on October 5."We were mindful of the fact there is no Test cricket till the ODI World Cup. In my rehab as well, I was not ...
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ISSF World Championship: Indian men bag 10m air pistol team bronze | More sports News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: India's ISSF World Championship campaign began on an unsatisfactory note, as none of the six 10m air pistol shooters competing on Thursday were able to secure a quota for the 2024 Paris Olympics, though the men did win a consolation bronze medal in the team event.With an aggregate score of 1734, the men's 10m air pistol team of Shiva Narwal (579 points), Sarabjot Singh (578) and Arjun Singh Cheema (577) won bronze.The Chinese team of Zhang Bowen (587), Liu Junhui (582) and Xie Yu (580) won gold with a total of 1749 points, while the German team of Robin Walter (586), Michael Schwald (581) and Paul Froehlich (576) got silver with a total of 1743 points.On a day when the Chinese shooters took all four gold medals up for grabs, the Indian men fared poorly in the solo 10m a...
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India pacer signs up with county side Sussex, to play three matches in September | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Sussex Cricket on Thursday announced the signing of Indian left-arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat for the first three County Championship matches in September.Unadkat will be available for selection for the games against Durham, Leicestershire and Derbyshire.Sussex are looking to secure promotion to the first division.Unadkat, 31, has played 4 Tests, 8 ODIs and 10 T20I matches for India and was recently part of the Test side that toured the West Indies.“I am excited to join Sussex for their Championship games in September. The English County Championship has a wonderful legacy, and I was keen to grab the opportunity whenever I can and it seems to be the right time for me at this point in my career," Unadkat said in a release. “His record is outstanding, and we will be looking fo...
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‘Match against India…’: Pakistan’s star batter urges Elon Musk, X to ban account ‘spreading hate’ | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Highlighting a fake post and misuse of verified accounts, Pakistan middle-order batter Iftikhar Ahmad tagged social media platform X, formally known as Twitter, and its owner Elon Musk, urging a ban against the user. The user shared an alleged quote of Iftikhar which read, "Whenever we have played against India it feels like we are playing against street children," this quote was falsely attributed to him, which the batter vehemently denied and said the user was 'spreading hate' with such posts. Clearing the air over the alleged statement, Iftikhar said that no professional cricketer would ever make such statements. Amid the political tensions between the two nations over the years, arch-rivals India and Pakistan have not played a bilateral series since 2012. However, t...
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Buchi Babu tournament: TNCA XI coasts to ten-wicket win over Kerala 

[ad_1] Jhathavedh Subramanyan’s four-wicket haul took his side to an easy victory. | Photo Credit: File photo Leg-spinner Jhathavedh Subramanyan picked up four for 44 to help TNCA XI bowl out Kerala for 178 in its second innings and coast to a ten-wicket win in the Group-D match of the Buchi Babu All India invitational cricket tournament at the India Cement Company ground here on Thursday.TNCA XI skipper Shahrukh Khan on Wednesday said that the last-wicket pair will try and accumulate as many runs as possible, but with only 14 runs added to the overnight score of 344 for nine, the lead finally stood at 140 runs. Turning pointIt proved to be sufficient because of the turning point provided by Shahrukh himself. He chose to bowl himself and removed a well-set Sachin Baby who with a fifty (...