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Not at his best, but Neeraj Chopra’s last round throw of 85.71 metres gives him second place at Zurich Diamond League

[ad_1] It was perhaps the strain of competing in a Diamond League just four days after being crowned World Champion. India’s Neeraj Chopra didn’t have an easy night in Zurich with three no marks but he still managed a throw of 85.71 metres in the sixth and last round to finish second behind Czech Republic’s Jakub Vadlejch (85.86 metres). Julian Webber of Germany finished third with 85.04 in a close contest. The three occupy top 3 spots on the points table after four rounds; Vadlejch on 29, Webber on 25 and Chopra on 23.The top six qualify for the Diamond League final in Eugene in mid September. The other Indian in Zurich, long jumper Murali Sreeshankar finished fifth with a best jump of 7.99 metres. Sreeshankar is third after four events with 14 points and trails Simon Ehammer of Switze...
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You have to be at your absolute best to face them: Virat Kohli on Pakistan bowlers

[ad_1] The great Virat Kohli feels one has to be at his absolute best to face a high quality bowling attack like Pakistan’s. The Indians have won their last three ODIs against Pakistan but the last one was played during the 2019 World Cup. “I feel bowling is their strength. And they’ve got some really impactful bowlers that can change the course of the game anytime based on their skill set. So, you have to be at your absolute best to face them,” he told Star Sports.Most Read 1 Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka, Asia Cup 2023 Highlights: Fifties from Sadeera Samarawickrama and Charith Asalanka help Sri Lanka defeat Bangladesh by 5 wickets 2 Gadar 2 box office collection Day 20: Sunny Deol film makes almost eight times its budget, mints Rs 475 crore ...
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PSG, Dortmund, Milan, Newcastle in tough Champions League group

[ad_1] Paris St Germain (PSG) will kick off their quest for a maiden Champions League trophy in a strong Group F featuring Borussia Dortmund, AC Milan and Newcastle United following the draw on Thursday. PSG, AC Milan and Dortmund have crossed paths on multiple occasions in Europe’s elite competition, but it is a tough welcome back to the Champions League for Newcastle, who will be playing in the tournament for the first time in 20 years. Holders Manchester City will take on RB Leipzig, Red Star Belgrade and Young Boys in Group G. City captured their first European crown this year and Pep Guardiola’s side should have few problems in making the last 16, having handed Leipzig a 7-0 thrashing in last year’s tournament. The 2023/24 group stage draw ✅#UCLdraw pic.twitter.com/kCTj9JfBFM — UE...
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Asia Cup 2023, BAN vs SL: Dasun Shanaka’s men win with MS Dhoni’s personnel

[ad_1] It is a scene that played out repeatedly during the Indian Premier League, of two special young Sri Lankan bowlers playing a stellar role in Chennai Super Kings’ march to the title. Even the conditions at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium at times resembled what Maheesh Theekshana and Matheesha Pathirana had encountered at Chepauk in April and May, wearing the famous yellow jersey. For a Sri Lanka team ravaged by injuries ahead of the Asia Cup, the duo provided the lift they desperately sought in their bowling, as they set up a comfortable five-wicket win over Bangladesh on Thursday. This win should serve a reminder, rather a warning, to the rest that in these slow conditions, overcoming the hosts, though depleted by the absence of four first-choice players, won’t be an ...
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“Proud of him”: Australia skipper Mitchell Marsh hails debutant Tanveer Sangha

[ad_1] Australia’s Mitchell Marsh batting against South Africa in the first T20 match. | Photo Credit: Reuters Australia skipper Mitchell Marsh heaped praise on the young debutant Tanveer Sangha who was one of the standout players in the Baggy Greens victory against South Africa. In 18 years, his bowling figure of 4-31 was the best for a player making his debut for Australia. Tanveer's spin magic made short work of the hosts South Africa as Australia cruised comfortably towards a thumping 111-run victory.After the game, Marsh lauded the 21-year-old for his exceptional performance, hailed the calmness of spinner and said as quoted from cricket.com.au, "I don't think Tanveer's heart rate gets over 100," his captain Mitch Marsh said, labelling Sangha a "ripping young kid"."He was in the gy...
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Harry Brook and Dawid Malan prove points to guide England to easy T20 win over New Zealand

[ad_1] England batsman Dawid Malan during the 1st Vitality T20 match between England and New Zealand at Emirates Riverside on August 30, 2023 in Chester-le-Street, England. | Photo Credit: Getty Images Playing with points to prove, Harry Brook and Dawid Malan guided England to an easy win over New Zealand in the first of four Twenty20 internationals between the teams.Brook (43 not out off 27 balls) and Malan (54 off 42) shared a 54-run partnership as England reached its target of 140 with six overs to spare at Chester-le-Street for a seven-wicket victory.England's selectors surprisingly left Brook out of the squad for the 50-over World Cup in India starting in October but his form is making a mockery of that decision.Widely viewed as one of the world's most destructive batsmen, he starr...
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PSG, Dortmund, Milan, Newcastle in tough Champions League group | Football News – Times of India

[ad_1] MONACO: Paris St Germain will kick off their quest for a maiden Champions League trophy in a strong Group F featuring Borussia Dortmund, AC Milan and Newcastle United following the draw on Thursday.Holders Manchester City will take on RB Leipzig, Red Star Belgrade and Young Boys in Group G.City captured their first European crown this year and Pep Guardiola's side should have few problems in making the last 16, having handed Leipzig a 7-0 thrashing in last year's tournament.Record 14-times winners Real Madrid will play Serie A champions Napoli, Braga and Union Berlin in Group C. German heavyweights Bayern Munich take on Manchester United, FC Copenhagen and Galatasaray in Group A.Last season's runners-up Inter Milan meet Benfica, RB Salzburg and Real Sociedad in Group D, while Euro...
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Credit to bowlers for executing their plans on a tricky surface: Dasun Shanaka | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Skipper Dasun Shanaka on Thursday lauded the all-round performance of his bowlers after Sri Lanka's five-wicket win over Bangladesh in the Asia Cup Group B match in Pallekele.Young pacer Matheesha Pathirana led the attack from the front, grabbing 4 for 32 as Bangladesh folded for a paltry 164 after opting to bat.The hosts then rode on Sadeera Samarawickrama's 54 off 77 balls and Charith Asalanka's unbeaten 62 off 92 balls to overhaul the target with 39 overs to spare. "The way the bowlers executed, credit to them. Especially Theekshana up front, Dhananjaya, and Pathirana who's bowling so well. It was a tricky surface. The way Sadeera batted, today was his day. Asalanka has been outstanding over last two years. Good signs for Sri Lankan cricket," said Shanaka.Bangladesh ...
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‘It was not a 300-run wicket, but…’: Shakib Al Hasan on Bangladesh’s defeat | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Bangladesh had a horrific start to their Asia Cup campaign as they were outperformed by hosts Sri Lanka on Thursday at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium. Bangladesh suffered a five-wicket defeat against Sri Lanka in their opening game. Reflecting on the defeat, Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasansaid that they failed to put up a decent total even though the pitch was not a batting paradise.After opting to bat first, Bangladesh were bowled out for just 164 in the 43rd over. And Sri Lanka chased down the target in 39 overs with five wickets in hand."Yes, it was not a 300-run wicket, but we needed 220-230 runs to make a game," Shakib said at the post-match presentation."Yes more responsibility, I couldn't do it, but as a batting effort we didn't do well. We have a big...
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Controversy erupts over omission of Pakistan’s name on Asia Cup logo | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is facing intense backlash from cricket enthusiasts and former players after the country's name was conspicuously missing from the official Asia Cup logo on participating teams' jerseys. The issue came to the forefront during the opening match between Pakistan and Nepal in the Asia Cup held in Multan on Wednesday.Former Pakistan cricket captain Rashid Latif was among the vocal critics who lambasted the PCB for this oversight. Latif expressed his dissatisfaction, highlighting that the Asia Cup was jointly organised by Pakistan and Sri Lanka, with Pakistan serving as the host nation for the tournament."This is unacceptable, and it is the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) which must explain this lapse since the Asia Cup is under their purview," L...
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‘Mahi and Mahindra’: Anand Mahindra on why his and MS Dhoni’s paths were meant to cross | Off the field News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Industrialist Anand Mahindra said on Thursday that his and former Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's paths were always meant to cross as he welcomed the wicket-keeper batter into his 'family'.#WelcomeMahi was trending on the social media platform X after it was announced that Dhoni will endorse the tractor brand - Swaraj Tractors.Quoting the welcome message for Dhoni from Swaraj Tractors, owner Anand Mahindra, who is very active on social media, explained why it was all meant to be. "Mahi and Mahindra, when it’s already in the name, it means our paths were always meant to cross! Join me as we #WelcomeMahi to the Swaraj family," Mahindra posted on X.Dhoni, who retired from international cricket three years back, is one of the most adored cricketers around...
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‘You have to be at your absolute best against…’: Virat Kohli ahead of Asia Cup clash | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: A top calibre bowling attack like Pakistan's requires one to perform at their absolute best, feels star Indian batter Virat Kohli ahead of their Asia Cup opener.The Indians have won their last three ODIs. However, the most recent ODI between India and Pakistan was played at the 2019 World Cup.“I feel bowling is their strength. And they've got some really impactful bowlers that can change the course of the game anytime based on their skill set.So, you have to be at your absolute best to face them,” he told Star Sports.Since last December, Kohli has played 13 ODIs and scored 554 runs at a respectable average of 50.36, which reflects his recent strong performance in the format.Talking about his approach lately, Kohli said, “I only try to understand how I can better my game...
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Man behind HS Prannoy’s mental strength: Former international fencer and Israeli special forces member

[ad_1] In his private thought swirl amidst the din and decibel of 12,000 screaming people, a sense of calm focus descended. “I just zoned out. I was actually not thinking about anything else today, just thinking about what to do to take the next five points. A lot of thinking I was doing inside but was not aware of what was happening around me. I was pretty much in my zone after the second game.”This was HS Prannoy explaining in brief how he famously brought down Viktor Axelsen playing the Dane at the badminton World Championships quarterfinals in Copenhagen. At stake when playing in the lion’s den was Prannoy’s first World’s success, an elusive achievement, after spending a dozen medal-less years on the international circuit. At 31, Prannoy though wouldn’t think time was running out, bu...
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You have to plan a lot to bowl to Virat Kohli: Shadab Khan | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Pakistan all-rounder Shadab Khan has described Virat Kohli as a world-class player and added that he understands the level of preparation required to bowl to the master batter.On Saturday, India and Pakistan will face off in the ongoing Asia Cup.And, ahead of the big game, Pakistani bowlers are working hard to prepare for and counter Kohli's threat."He (Kohli) is a world-class player, definitely.You have to plan a lot to face him," Shadab told Star Sports on the sidelines of the tournament.Kohli smashed an unbroken 82-run knock, off 53 balls, against Pakistan in a group match of the ICC T20 World Cup in Melbourne last year, leading India to a four-wicket victory.Recalling that knock, Shadab said, "The kind of batsman that Virat Kohli is, the way he has performed against...
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N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba left out but Lucas Hernandez returns to France squad

[ad_1] Defender Lucas Hernandez has been recalled to the France squad for this month’s Euro 2024 qualifier against Ireland and a friendly against Germany, while midfielders N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba miss out. Hernandez was sidelined for several months last season after suffering a cruciate ligament rupture at the World Cup, but he has played three Ligue 1 games for Paris St Germain this season after moving to the French champions in July. Arsenal defender William Saliba also returns to the squad, after recovering from a back injury that kept him out of action earlier this year. Kante, a 2018 World Cup winner who joined Saudi Pro League side Al-Ittihad in June, has been left out of the squad. The 32-year-old has dealt with a string of injury issues in recent years, making just two appea...
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Sai Sudharsan joins Surrey for the remainder of County Championship season | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Uncapped Indian opener B Sai Sudharsan signed with Surrey County Cricket Club for the remainder of the County Championship season on Thursday, a remarkable feat.Sudharsan, 21, has only played eight first-class matches for Tamil Nadu, scoring 598 runs at an average of 42.71, including two hundreds and a half-century, with a highest score of 179.Sudharsan has also been a mainstay for previous champions Gujarat Titans in the Indian Premier League during the last few seasons, scoring 507 runs in 13 matches at an average of 46.09 and a strike rate of 137.03, with a best score of 96.He made his India 'A' debut a few months ago in the Emerging Asia Cup, when he smashed a ton.Speaking on Sudharsan's signing, Surrey head coach Alec Stewart said, "With the busy schedule of intern...
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How Viacom 18 has created a near monopoly with India home cricket rights | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] Viacom 18 now officially holds the rights for all India home cricket across TV and digital for the next five years. They beat the other two serious contenders - Star India and Sony in a three way battle in an e-auction on Thursday to bag the coveted rights. With this Viacom 18 has created a near monopoly in the Indian cricket broadcasting sphere.How was the bidding conducted?3 Key Points:- The BCCI had opted for an e-auction for the bilateral media rights- The base price was of Rs 25 crore for India digital and rest of world TV & digital rights and Rs 20 crore for India television rights, continuing the trend from IPL media rights auction.- This brought the combined rights value to INR 45 crore per game for a total of 88 matches for the 2023-28 cycle. What were the final winni...
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Indian hockey teams announced for Asian Games with notable changes in squads | Hockey News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: The Indian men's and women's hockey teams have been announced for the upcoming Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, with notable changes in the squads. The men's team sees the exclusion of veteran striker Akashdeep Singh and young talent Karthi Selvam, while Lalit Upadhyay makes a comeback to the squad.The Hockey India selectors have dropped three players—Akashdeep Singh, Karthi Selvam, and defender Jugraj Singh—from the victorious side of the Asian Champions Trophy held in Chennai earlier this month. Drag-flicker Harmanpreet Singh and midfielder Hardik Singh will retain their roles as captain and vice-captain for the Asian Games.Jugraj Singh's spot has been taken by Sanjay, while Lalit Upadhyay and Abhishek replace Akashdeep Singh and Karthi Selvam, respectively. The team b...
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Danielle McGahey to become first transgender to play international cricket | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: In an historic moment, Danielle McGahey from Canada is set to become the first transgender cricketer to participate in an international match. Her groundbreaking inclusion will occur next month during a regional qualifying tournament for the 2024 Women's T20 World Cup in Bangladesh.Aged 29, McGahey holds the role of an opening batter and has been chosen as a member of Canada's women's squad for the qualifying tournament. She fulfilled the eligibility criteria outlined by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for male-to-female transgender players.Scheduled from September 4 to 11, the qualifying tournament will take place in Los Angeles. Canada is pitted against Argentina, Brazil, and the United States in the ICC Americas Qualifier, vying for a spot in the global quali...
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Prithvi Shaw to make Northamptonshire return in 2024

[ad_1] Young Indian opener Prithvi Shaw will return to Northamptonshire County Cricket Club in 2024 after his stint this year was cut short due to a knee injury. He made a huge impact during its domestic One-Day Cup campaign, hammering a record-breaking 244 off 153 balls against Somerset, followed by an unbeaten 126 off 76 deliveries against Durahm. Shaw scored 429 in four contests at an incredible average of 143.00 before a knee injury halted his glorious season. 𝐏𝐒𝟏𝟎𝟎 𝐱 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟒 🤩 We’re delighted to confirm Prithvi Shaw will return to Northamptonshire next season. 🏵️ Read more 👉 https://t.co/maporZhCil pic.twitter.com/QTRmcZTpSw — Northamptonshire CCC (@NorthantsCCC) August 31, 2023 “I’m so excited to be heading back to Northamptonshire next summer. Even though it was over quickly, I real...