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Your daily horoscope: 4th October, 2023 | – Times of India

Woirried about how your day is going to go today? Don't worry as we have astrologer Pandit Jagannath Guruji who has predicted your day for all zodiac signs, be it Aries' love life flow or Pisces professional issues, here is a low down. AriesYou're feeling a burst of energy today, Aries. Use it to tackle tasks and projects that have been on your to-do list. Your assertiveness and determination will help you overcome obstacles. However, take care of your physical health as a backache is foreseen. Do keep tabs on your savings. TaurusToday is a good day to focus on your financial goals. Consider budgeting and saving for the future. Avoid impulsive spending and stay practical. Pay attention to what your colleagues are discussing around you but do not react. you may chance upon something you ...
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Rohit puts to rest shadow of past: ‘Yes, we have not won; it is fine… It happens’

THE LAST time India won an ICC tournament was in 2013, when M S Dhoni lifted the Champions Trophy. A decade later, captain Rohit Sharma says he wouldn’t allow the decade-long futile Cup chase to pull down his team during the 50-over cricket carnival that starts on Thursday, when defending champions England take on New Zealand in Ahmedabad. “Yes, we have not won; it’s fine! I’m not a person who overthinks and puts myself in a tough place where I’m not able to make a decision. England started winning now; in 2019 they won the World Cup after so many years. It happens. Australia is the only consistent team who have won. After 2007, they won the ODI World Cup in 2015. They won the T20 World Cup in Dubai,” Sharma told The Indian Express. So who will win the Cup? “I don’t have an answer for i...
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Cricket World Cup 2023 | England, New Zealand teams arrive in Ahmedabad for WC opener 

Ready for business: The England players will be keen to start their campaign on a winning note | Photo Credit: VIJAY SONEJI The New Zealand and England teams arrived here on Tuesday for the World Cup opener on Thursday. Both will have a day’s training at the Narendra Modi Stadium on Wednesday. The dew factor is something the teams will prepare for as it could impact the opening game. It is learnt that there has been dew on the outfield for the last few days and the ground staff are planning to use the anti-dew spray on the morning of the match, if needed. Three pitches of different types — black soil, red soil and one mixture of red and black — will be used for the five matches to be played at this venue. During the IPL, there were quite a few high-scoring contests and the World Cup gam...
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The World Cup as a farewell tour for top players is well established 

File picture of former Sri Lankan batsman Mahela Jayawardene, who retired at the 2015 ICC World Cup | Photo Credit: AP The World Cup is often a farewell tour for top players. Rohan Kanhai and Farokh Engineer finished their careers at the inaugural Cup in 1975. It was Imran Khan 1992 and Javed Miandad four years later. In 2015, it was Mahela Jayawardene. There’s a long list.Every four years, players use the occasion for the final wave before disappearing into commentary boxes, coaching assignments, administration or sometimes, obscurity. There’s something about a World Cup campaign that evokes thoughts of completion and a curiosity in other aspects of life. Today the word ‘retirement’ does not automatically mean the end of a career. You can retire from red ball cricket but continue in w...
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The World Cup as a farewell tour for top players is well established 

The World Cup is often a farewell tour for top players. Rohan Kanhai and Farokh Engineer finished their careers at the inaugural Cup in 1975. It was Imran Khan 1992 and Javed Miandad four years later. In 2015, it was Mahela Jayawardene. There’s a long list.Every four years, players use the occasion for the final wave before disappearing into commentary boxes, coaching assignments, administration or sometimes, obscurity. There’s something about a World Cup campaign that evokes thoughts of completion and a curiosity in other aspects of life. Today the word ‘retirement’ does not automatically mean the end of a career. You can retire from red ball cricket but continue in white. You can retire specifically from one of three formats, or retire from all international cricket but continue playi...
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Babar Azam is applauded, Shaheen Afridi admired, as Pakistan settle into warm hospitality of Hyderabad

A gasp of disbelief first and an applause of admiration next met every stroke of Babar Azam, as he purred along, pulling, driving and even slogging with stupefying grace. When he retired at 90 off 59 balls the crowd embraced an awkward silence before they rang in the applause as if to say, “Welcome to India.” Later, after the warm-up match was over, Australia winning by 14 runs, the crowd massed near the stands behind Pakistan’s dugout and screamed Babar’s name until he left the area. It could be that India might not be playing a game in Hyderabad, but the audience are past the phase of mourning and beginning to soak in the World Cup fervor, putting aside allegiances and rivalries. Not just Babar, but his colleagues too might have felt the blanket of adulation. None more than Shaheen A...
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ICC names Sachin Tendulkar as Global Ambassador for the 2023 World Cup 

Tendulkar says that winning the World Cup in 2011 was the proudest moment of his cricketing journey.  | Photo Credit: PTI  Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar was announced as the Global Ambassador for the Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 by the International Cricket Council on Tuesday. The Master Blaster, who has an enviable record of featuring in six 50-over World Cups in his decorated career, will walk out with the Men’s Cricket World Cup Trophy before the opening match at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, declaring the tournament open on Thursday.“From being a ball boy in 1987 to representing the country in six editions, World Cups have always held a special place in my heart. Winning the World Cup in 2011 was the proudest moment of my cricketing journey. With so many special teams an...
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Ajay Jadeja appointed as Afghanistan cricket team mentor for World Cup

Former Indian batter Ajay Jadeja has been appointed as the mentor of the Afghanistan Cricket Team for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 which will start on October 5 in India.Ajay Jadeja has played 15 test matches for India from 1992 to 2000, scoring 576 runs at 26.18 with 4 half centuries to his name and a best of 96. He has also represented India in 196 One Day Internationals (ODIs) during the period, having scored 5359 runs at 37.47 with 6 hundred and 30 fifties to his name in the format, as per the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) press release.He has also been part of 111 First Class and 291 List A games and has scored over 8000 runs in each format with 31 hundreds and 88 fifties combined in both formats of the game.Currently, the Afghanistan Cricket team is in India getting read...
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Irani Cup 2023 | Rest of India lifts trophy as batters fall like nine pins on third day

Rest of India defeated Saurashtra by 175 runs to clinch the Irani Cup as 21 wickets fell on the third day at the Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) stadium here on Tuesday. Parth Bhut’s seven-wicket spell in the second session hit Rest of India (RoI) like a big yellow school bus as he ended up with figures of seven for 53. The Rest of India camp would have clutched at anything that looked like a lifeline as it lost nine wickets for 64 runs in the session to be bowled out for 160 in its second innings. Chasing 255, though, Saurashtra was tasered, tied-up, and gagged in the third session as it was bowled out for 79, courtesy left-arm spinner Saurabh Kumar (six for 43, match haul of 10 for 108). The first session, in stark contrast, was a mushroom cloud of casual. Mayank Agarwal (49, 93b...
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India schedule for ICC World Cup: Fixtures list and venues for India matches

Hosts India will be favourites entering the 2023 World Cup and will start their campaign against five-time champions Australia in Chennai. The last time the tournament was held in the sub-continent in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh under the captaincy of MS Dhoni India lifted the trophy after 28 years. This time around under Rohit Sharma the expectations from the fans would be the same. Coming into the tournament the Men in Blue are in stunning form winning the Asia Cup 2023 and outplaying Australia in the three-match ODI series and winning it 2-1. Another big positive for India is all the players who are making a comeback into the side are looking in good touch and have had sufficient game time ahead of the showpiece event. However, the World Cup is a long tournament where Rohit’s me...
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India vs Australia | An engrossing rivalry that always charms Chepauk

Greg Matthews traps Maninder Singh LBW and the Test match ends in a tie on September 22, 1986. | Photo Credit: THE HINDU ARCHIVES The coming Sunday (October 8) when Rohit Sharma and Pat Cummins stride out for the toss ahead of the World Cup encounter at Chennai’s M.A. Chidambaram Stadium, fondly referred to as the Chepauk, the rival skippers will be adding another key chapter to the India-Australia cricketing rivalry. Kolkata’s Eden Gardens in 2001 may remain the eternal peak, but there is no mistaking the charms of Chepauk as many Chennai fans would always vouch for. Years may have ebbed away and yet the Indo-Aussie lore at Chepauk always has an immense recall value. Since we are in the business of the World Cup, a trophy that Kapil’s Devils and M.S. Dhoni’s men won in 1983 and 2011, ...
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Asian Games: Fired up by prospect of government job, Parul Chaudhary aces tactical race to win 5000m gold

Hangzhou: Collectively, they propelled India closer to her best-ever finish at the Asian Games. Individually, the two gold medallists – Parul Chaudhary and Annu Rani – were driven by their deep-lying motivations and frustrations.One was fired up by the prospect of finally landing a government job, the other was consumed by the guilt of ‘wasting’ the government’s money, slipped into depression as a consequence and nearly quit. On a nippy night when India collected half a dozen medals from track and field to take the overall tally to 69, including 15 gold, the two Indian women – both from Meerut – savoured their moments of redemption. When she came prancing out of the bend, Parul had the gold medal within her sights – and the UP Police on her mind. After running 12 gruelling laps on the ...
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World Cup offers Men in Blue a shot at redemption

Eyeing the pinnacle: Rohit would look to emulate Kapil’s Devils and Dhoni’s merry band. | Photo Credit: Getty Images Playing in their backyard while eyeing an ICC title that has eluded them since 2013, the Men in Blue get another opportunity to replicate the winning exploits of Kapil’s Devils (1983) and M.S. Dhoni’s merry band (2011). The ICC World Cup’s 13th edition played across India from this Thursday to November 19, will also witness Rohit Sharma’s men clocking excessive air-miles as they criss-cross the nation.Ever since the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy victory, India has faltered in the climactic stages of inter-continental tournaments. It is a result that goes against the grain as in bilateral jousts, be it Tests, ODIs and T20Is, India, under Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and now Roh...
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Hangzhou Asian Games: Full India schedule on October 4; live updates, live streaming details | Asian Games 2023 News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India's track and field athletes continued the medal rush on Tuesday but the moment is set to arrive we all have been waiting for with the country's golden boy Neeraj Chopra will be in action in the javelin throw final on Wednesday.World champion Lovlina Borgohain will fight for gold in the 75kg final.Follow Timesofindia.com's live blog to catch all the action and live updates straight away from Hangzhou.Following is India's Day 11 schedule at the Asian Games on October 4:Athletics4:30 AM: Manju Rani, Ram Baboo in 35km Race Walk Mixed Teams Final Kabaddi6 AM: India vs Thailand in Men's Team Group A - Game 5Archery6:10 AM: India vs Malaysia in Compound Mixed Team QuarterfinalBridge6:30 AM: Jaggy Shivdasani, Sandeep Thakral, Rajeshwar Tiwari, Sumit Mukherjee, Raju Tolani, Ajay ...
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ODI World Cup: Babar Azam knock in vain as Australia warm up with 14-run win over Pakistan | Cricket News – Times of India

HYDERABAD: Pakistan’s stand-in captain Shadab Khan believes in walking the talk. At the toss, Shadab, who was leading the side in the absence of regular skipper Babar Azam, had remarked: “Babar (Azam) and (Mohammad) Rizwan are resting but I am the captain and will make him (Babar) work hard.” Shadab, later in the evening, lived up to his word. Babar was forced to play yet another exceptional knock but couldn’t prevent his team from losing by 14 runs to Australia in their warm-up game at the RGIC Stadium, here on Tuesday night.Chasing 352 for victory, on a flat track with a lightning quick outfield, Pakistan top-order, including Shadab, collapsed to 83 for four. Openers Fakhar Zaman (22) and Imam-ul-Haq (11) got a start but failed to build on it. Abdullah Shafiq (12) and Shadab (9) too s...
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Cricket World Cup | Logan van Beek — the Dutchman who turned up for New Zealand

Positive approach: Logan van Beek wants to soak in the experience of playing in the World Cup irrespective of the result.  | Photo Credit: P.K. Ajith Kumar  Midway through our conversation on an overcast, slightly windy afternoon, Logan van Beek quotes Maya Angelou: This is a wonderful day. I have never seen this one before. That, the Netherlands all-rounder says, is going to be his motto for the cricket World Cup. “Whether we get badly beaten, I get badly hit bowling-wise, or I get out for a duck, the next day is a wonderful day,” van Beek tells The Hindu, shortly after the training session at the St. Xavier’s College Ground.He also speaks about his conversation the other night he had with the 10-year-old Logan, who grew up in Christchurch dreaming of playing the cricket World Cup for ...
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Cricket World Cup | IPL experience could be handy in this World Cup: Van der Dussen 

South Africa’s Rassie van der Dussen in action. | Photo Credit: REUTERS South Africa boasts one of the most formidable batting line-ups at this World Cup. Rassie van der Dussen, who could have an important role to play in that line-up, says it is a good place to be.“We have played together for a few years now as the batting unit,” he said, after making 51 in Monday’s rain-affected warm-match that South Africa lost against New Zealand by the DLS method. “Everyone knows each other’s game very well. We have found a nice blueprint of how to go about it in different conditions, especially in the last few games against Australia.” He feels the IPL experience of several players would come in handy at the World Cup. “It is very important,” said van der Dussen, who averages an impressive 56.78 ...
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ICC names Sachin Tendulkar as ‘Global Ambassador’ for ODI World Cup | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The International Cricket Council on Tuesday named legendary Sachin Tendulkar as the 'Global Ambassador' for the Cricket World Cup 2023, beginning this Thursday in Ahmedabad.Sachin, who featured in a record six 50-over World Cups will be unveiling the World Cup trophy before the inaugural clash between England and New Zealand, officially opening the tournament."From being a ball boy in 1987 to representing the country in six editions, World Cups have always held a special place in my heart. Winning the World Cup in 2011 is the proudest moment of my cricketing journey," Tendulkar was quoted as saying in a press release."With so many special teams and players set to compete hard in the World Cup here in India, I am excitedly looking forward to this fantastic tournament. Marquee...
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How intimidating is it to play Fan Zhendong, the Virat Kohli of table tennis, in China?

Hangzhou: He tries not to show it, but as he lifts the paddle to serve, Jang Woojin’s hands quiver.It’s the semifinals of the Asian Games. And the match has gone off the script. The South Korean has made the ‘mistake’ of taking a game off Fan Zhendong. The Chinese world number 1 and two-time world champion doesn’t look like he needs outside help. But the crowd has made this personal. They worship Zhendong here. And that’s putting it mildly. A Chinese journalist tells a story that recently was a trending topic for days. Zhendong was staying at a hotel in Beijing. When he stepped out, a fan connived with the hotel staff, snuck into his room and stole his underwear. This other time, the Zhendong diehards took over an airport in southern China’s Guangdong province before he could board a fl...
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ODI World Cup: Gujarat Cricket Association creates half-a-dozen mini-ICUs for spectators in case of medical emergency | Cricket News – Times of India

AHMEDABAD: Indian cricket fan have always got a raw deal from the establishment but Gujarat Cricket Association is showing some serious intent to make it a pleasant experience for the paying public by creating half a dozen medical kiosk with six mini ICUs inside the Narendra Modi Stadium for any kind of emergency.Add to it, 3000 police personnel and 600 members of private security will man the stadium premised and the adjoining perimeter during the opening World Cup match between England and New Zealand.It must be mentioned that the Motera Stadium will attract a capacity 132,000 people during the high profile India vs Pakistan game on October 14."We have tried to create the best experience for everyone as per the standards and guidelines from the ICC and the BCCI," Gujarat Cricket Assoc...