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Badminton World Championships: On slow courts, embattled Sindhu hopes luck drifts her way

[ad_1] The alchemy of a PV Sindhu-Nozomi Okuhara faceoff and long rallies is etched on minds since that glorious August of 2017 when the two played the Glasgow World Championships final. At Basel two years later, Sindhu won a short, snappy summit clash. The last time they met, though – in the All England quarters in 2020 – it was again a three-setter back and forth with long, punishing rallies in slow conditions.Four years on, and much earlier than they’d like in a tournament week, the two will meet in Round of 32 at Copenhagen. On a lower perch than the pedestal, and with considerably slower limbs now, the two will go another round at the Royal Arena in the Danish capital which winkingly has conspired to give them the slow shuttle conditions that can see them reprise the long rally game...
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With a fifth-placed finish at Worlds, Sift Kaur Samra bags India’s sixth Paris 2024 quota spot

[ad_1] Sift Kaur Samra became the sixth Indian to claim a quota spot for the 2024 Paris Olympics after a fifth-placed finish at the ongoing World Championships in Baku in the women’s 50m rifle three-position event on Monday. Three of those quotas have come at the 2023 Worlds with Akhil Shoeran securing a men’s 50m rifle three-position spot in Paris, as well as Mehuli Ghosh ensuring a women’s spot in the 10m air rifle event. Before heading to the World Championships, 50m three position shooter Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar spoke about why the event, especially in its current iteration, can be such an unforgiving spot for shooters. One series of 95 in a 120-shot event is salvageable, but when its just a matter of 60 shots, then a 95 can be a death sentence. For Samra, a poor qualification st...
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The hunger to play cricket never went away: C.M. Gautam

[ad_1] C.M. Gautam. | Photo Credit: File photo Former Karnataka captain C.M. Gautam has taken the long and arduous route back to First Class cricket. Gautam’s long held wish to wear the whites was fulfilled when he took the field for Sebastianites Cricket and Athletic Club in Sri Lanka’s Major League Tournament.The wicketkeeper-batter played two matches for the club in June, before returning to Bengaluru as the tournament was paused to accommodate the 2023 Lanka Premier League.Gautam, 37, will fly to Sri Lanka on Wednesday, to complete his Major League Tournament season.A little over three years ago, Gautam was among those chargesheeted in connection to corruption allegations in the 2019 Karnataka Premier League. Stumbling blockThe case put a halt to Gautam’s career. He last represented...
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India has got a really solid 1-2-3 combination, similar to Australia’s: Mathew Hayden

[ad_1] Talking cricket: Hayden and McCullum having a chat at the Ceat awards function in Mumbai on Monday. | Photo Credit: EMMANUAL YOGINI Despite the injury-prone middle-order, Matthew Hayden, the two-time World Cup champion, has backed India’s selection for the Asia Cup and has billed it a strong contender for the World Cup. “In the lead up to World Cups you are always going to have some trial players and we have seen the class of Tilak Varma. I think it’s a good strategy in terms of not just this World Cup but even potentially getting into the next World Cup (cycle) as well,” Hayden said here on Monday, on the sidelines of the Ceat Cricket Rating awards. “The great thing about Team India is it’s got a really solid 1-2-3 combination. Similar to Australia, actually. When you look at the...
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R Praggnanandhaa: The OG, original child prodigy, now challenger to World No 1 Magnus Carlsen

[ad_1] In the post-pandemic world, a new tidal wave of Indian teenagers had swamped the chess landscape, but the 18-year-old R Praggnanandhaa remains the OG, the original child prodigy. The other bright young stars – D Gukesh, Arjun Erigaisi, Nihal Sarin – are all walking the path paved by the Chennai boy who goes by the name of Pragg on the global chess circuit. On Monday, Pragg nudged a reminder by downing the reigning US chess champion Fabiano Caruana via the tiebreaker to enter the final in Baku, where Magnus Carlsen, the modern day chess genius, another OG, awaits him. Befittingly, Viswanathan Anand, who breathlessly tweeted about Pragg’s progress, would be moved to post: “what a performance”. Before the COVID-19 pandemic brought over-the-board chess tournaments to a grinding halt, ...
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Hockey: PHF sacks entire coaching staff of Pakistan men’s team ahead of Asian Games

[ad_1] The entire coaching staff of Pakistan men’s hockey team was reportedly sacked by country’s sports board-run committee after it failed reach the semi-final of the recently-concluded Asian Champions Trophy in India. Shahnaz Sheikh has been named the head coach but the move has courted controversy with the person in question being a part of the Pakistan Sports Board run committee that apparently issued ‘Pink Slips’ to Rehan Butt, Muhammad Saqlain, Haseem Khan and Muhammad Ghafoor, who were all in Chennai for the Asian Champions Trophy in Chennai. Shahnaz has been a head coach earlier also. He was also named as a consultant and was scheduled to travel to Chennai for ACT but Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) couldn’t obtain a visa for him on time. PHF insiders informed that Shahnaz was ...
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Chess World Cup: Praggnanandhaa shocks Caruana, meets Carlsen in final | Chess News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: In a remarkable display of skill and determination, Indian Grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa secured a stunning victory over World No. 3 Fabiano Caruana with a score of 3.5-2.5 in the tie-breaker round of the FIDE World Cup chess tournament held in Baku, Azerbaijan on Monday.Following a classical series of two games that concluded with a 1-1 draw, the 18-year-old Indian prodigy showcased his prowess by outsmarting the highly-regarded American GM in an intense tie-breaker. This thrilling encounter of mental prowess saw Praggnanandhaa triumph over his opponent.Now, Praggnanandhaa is set to face off against Norway's Magnus Carlsen in the final, marking a significant achievement in his chess career."Pragg goes through to the final! He beats Fabiano Caruana in the tiebreak and wi...
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Hayden backs Tilak Varma, Gill to fire, terms Chahal’s omission from Asia Cup ‘big’

[ad_1] Former Australia batter Matthew Hayden on Monday backed young players Shubman Gill and Tilak Varma to make the opportunity count after they were named in India’s squad for the Asia Cup.After making a stunning 890 runs in the IPL 2023, Gill went through a lean patch during the tour to West Indies, hitting just two fifties in 10 matches across three formats.However, Varma impressed all with fine outings in the T20I series in the Caribbean, culminating in his maiden call-up to the India ODI side. “(It) is this extreme talent, especially within the batting sense, that brings India to life. Gill hasn’t played a lot of one-day cricket for his country yet. Tilak Varma hasn’t played a game of one-day cricket for his country. But that doesn’t mean they’re not able to deliver. “And this is ...
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‘Chahal’s omission from Asia Cup…’: Former Australian great’s massive statement | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Describing the omission of leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal from the Asia Cup squad as a significant oversight, former Australian batsman Matthew Hayden expressed his viewpoint."There are some big omissions. Chahal in particular, that leg-spinner is such a superb player and (it) must be tough for the selectors because they've also got another one in Kuldeep (Yadav).... he's a superb player. So, they've gone for that as an option," Hayden told media on the sidelines of the CEAT Cricket Rating Award in Mumbai.Hayden backed young players Shubman Gill and Tilak Varma to make the opportunity count after they were named in India's squad for the Asia Cup.Asia Cup 2023 | Asia Cup 2023 India Squad Announcement Live | Asia Cup India SquadAfter making a stunning 890 runs in the IPL 20...
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Watch – ‘Hopefully Sharma and Kohli can roll some arm over’: Rohit Sharma’s hilarious reply | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Team India skipper Rohit Sharma faced a barrage of questions when he along with chief selector Ajit Agarkar addressed the media after the Asia Cup squad announcement on Monday.Rohit often comes up with cheeky replies to questions and today was no different as he was at his hilarious best with the entire press conference room bursting into laughter.When asked whether the 2011 World Cup squad had the better part-time bowling options than the 2023 squad, Rohit responded hilariously 'hopefully Sharma and Kohli can roll some arm over in the World Cup.'Rohit also wants his middle order batters to show flexibility as no one in the national team owns any particular batting position.Asia Cup 2023 | Asia Cup 2023 India Squad Announcement Live | Asia Cup India Squad"One thing I ne...
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Selectors, team management banking on KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Jasprit Bumrah to be fit and running in Asia Cup, World Cup

[ad_1] In the iconic movie The Shawshank Redemption, there are a couple of famous lines about “hope”. In one of their conversations, Red (played by Morgan Freeman) says, “Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane.” In reply, Andy Dufresne (played by Tim Robbins), says “Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”The Indian cricket team’s selection for the Asia Cup follows a similar theme. Captain Rohit Sharma and the chief selector Ajit Agarkar “hope” that their three key players – KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer and Jasprit Bumrah, who are coming back after long injury layoffs – will hit the ground running and be at their best during the World Cup at home.Not to forget, Rohit Sharma’s team will be clocking a lot of air miles in the upcoming tournamen...
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In response to a communication from the HCA, seeking a reconsideration of the schedule featuring two back-to-back matches to be hosted given the logistics involved with security aspect being the main concern, the BCCI has said it will be difficult for it to make any changes as that will also mean handling a lot of difficult things for it

[ad_1] HYDERABADThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has informed the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) that it would not be feasible to change the schedule of the World Cup matches to be held in Hyderabad on October 9 and 10. In response to a communication from the HCA, seeking a reconsideration of the schedule featuring two back-to-back matches to be hosted given the logistics involved with security aspect being the main concern, the BCCI has said it will be difficult for it to make any changes as that will also mean handling a lot of difficult things for it. “So, we have decided to go ahead with the matches as scheduled originally and the Commissioner of Police has assured that all security arrangements will be made for successfully hosting the two matches,” a senior off...
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Virat Kohli is a man for big stage: Former West Indies great | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Former West Indies pacer Ian Bishop holds the view that star Indian Virat Kohli possesses the qualities of a player who excels in significant matches. According to Bishop, Kohli's role will be pivotal for India's prospects in the upcoming ICC World Cup 2023, set to commence on October 5th."He is a man for the big stage and has a sense of the occasion as we all know. He was one of the people who stood up for India in Australia and will want to score a lot of runs in India in home conditions. And I hope he will do that because, like I said, he is a master of the occasion and a fantastic player in white ball cricket, especially the 50-over format," Bishop said in 'Backstage With Boria' on RevSportz in World Cup special series.As a celebrated commentator and known for his i...
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‘It is a small setback for…’: Ajit Agarkar explains new injury of returning batter | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: India chief selector Ajit Agarkar emphasised the significance of providing ample playing opportunities to Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul in preparation for the forthcoming ODI World Cup in India.Despite being chosen for the 17-member Asia Cup squad, both Rahul is facing a challenge as he has encountered an unrelated issue to his previous injury, raising doubts about his availability for the first match against Pakistan on September 2.Asia Cup 2023 | Asia Cup 2023 India Squad Announcement Live | Asia Cup India SquadAgarkar, while addressing the media, acknowledged the potential scenario of Rahul's absence from the opening game.Leading up to the selection meeting, doubts had arisen regarding the inclusion of both Rahul and Iyer in the Indian squad due to their extended absence...
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‘It has been conveyed to every individual…’: Rohit Sharma reveals big message to Team India players | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Team India skipper Rohit Sharma is advocating for adaptability among his middle-order batters, emphasising that no player in the squad is tied to a specific batting position.Rohit also expressed that the team has been transparent in communicating with every player, ensuring that they understand their designated roles and their standing in the context of their international cricket careers.When queried about the potential batting position of Ishan Kishan should KL Rahul be unavailable in the Asia Cup opener against Pakistan, Rohit shed light on the team's rationale behind their decision-making process."Ajit (Agarkar) is new to the picture and he didn't know what was happening before that. I have tried to keep him updated as much as possible," Rohit said while talking to ...
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HS Prannoy, Lakshya Sen advance to second round of World Badminton Championships | Badminton News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Indian badminton stars HS Prannoy and Lakshya Sen advanced to the second round of the World Championships in Copenhagen with commanding victories over their respective opponents on Monday.Prannoy, ranked 9th globally, secured his spot in the next round by defeating Finland's Kalle Koljonen in straight games, 24-22, 21-10. This victory extended Prannoy's unbeaten record against Koljonen to 3-0.Lakshya Sen, the reigning gold medalist from the Commonwealth Games, followed suit with a dominating performance against Mauritius' Georges Julien Paul. Sen cruised to a swift 21-12, 21-7 victory in just 25 minutes, securing his passage into the second round.Having won a bronze medal in the 2021 edition, Sen is poised to face Korea's Jeon Hyeok Jin in his upcoming match, while Pran...
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‘I’ll keep playing as long as people will have me’: Glenn Maxwell | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has expressed his strong desire to remain an integral part of the Australian cricket team, underscoring his belief that his wealth of experience makes him an invaluable asset even after the upcoming ODI World Cup.Regarded as a pivotal figure in the team's white-ball strategy, Maxwell's presence has been secured in the Australian lineup for the impending tour of South Africa. Notably, he has also secured a place in the preliminary squad for the forthcoming ODI World Cup.Maxwell faced a significant setback following the 2022 T20 World Cup due to a severe leg injury. This injury, stemming from a slip during a casual gathering, resulted in multiple fractures, leading to an extended period of absence from the sport.Presently, at 34 years ...
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Rohit Sharma says doors are not shut for these star spinners for World Cup | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Yuzvendra Chahal might have failed to make the cut for the Asia Cup squad but India skipper Rohit Sharma reckons if the leg spinner is required in the World Cup the efforts will be made to get him on the board.While addressing a press conference with chief selector Ajit Agarkar, Rohit said that the team had a discussion about an off or leg spinner."But we also want someone who can bat at number eight and nine.Axar has had a great run with the bat in all formats and the IPL. He got some chances in the West Indies too, but he bats too low. Him being there gives us batting depth, a left-hand option and someone who we can use up the order to play spin.We also thought of Ashwin (Ravichandran Ashwin) and Washi (Washington Sundar) as well. The only way we could include them wa...
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‘One batting slot does not make much difference’: Sourav Ganguly on No 4 position

[ad_1] Former captain Sourav Ganguly on Monday said India have a lot of options for the No 4 position in their ODI side, and stressed that one position alone will not win important tournaments like the World Cup. Ganguly said the team management should zero in on one player and give him a long rope at the No 4 slot. “India has enormous talent. I keep hearing about this…we don’t have this or that but we have too much and that is the problem that we cannot decide. “The No 4…Rahul (Dravid), selectors and Rohit (Sharma) need to decide that ‘this is my No 4 and I will continue with him’. One batting slot does not make much of a difference,” Ganguly told the media here while being appointed as the brand ambassador of the real estate company Casagrand. Downplaying the debate over the No 4 posit...
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Why no Shikhar Dhawan? Fans react to the India squad picked for Asia Cup | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: India's much-awaited ODI squad for the upcoming Asia Cup was announced by the BCCI on Monday at a press conference by chief selector Ajit Agarkar and skipper Rohit Sharma.04:09Big talking points from India's Asia Cup 2023 squad announcementAmong the biggest talking points of the 17-member squad was the comeback of KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer. However, Rahul's availability is subject to his recovery from what Agarkar described as a "niggle", which is not related to his original thigh injury.IPL sensation Tilak Varma, who recently made his debut for India in the T20I series in Ireland, has also been included in the squad, which will have Sanju Samson as the backup player. Prasidh Krishna, who, like Jasprit Bumrah, returned from injury in the T20I series in Ireland, has also...