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Your daily horoscope: 6th October, 2023 – Times of India

Daily horoscopes offer astrological insights into the day ahead for each zodiac sign, providing guidance and predictions related to love, career, health, and more. So here is your daily horoscope for 6th October, as predicted by Pandit Jagannath Guruji. AriesToday, you may feel a surge of energy and enthusiasm. Use this motivation to tackle any tasks or projects you've been putting off. Your assertiveness can lead to success, but remember to be diplomatic in your interactions with others.TaurusIt's a good day to focus on your financial goals and budgeting. You might also find comfort in spending time with loved ones or indulging in some self-care. Avoid impulsive purchases and stick to your long-term plans.GeminiYour communication skills are on point today, making it a great time to con...
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Cricket world cup ticketing trouble

Narendra Modi Stadium, Motera in Ahmedabad | Photo Credit: VIJAY SONEJI Mehul Shah (name changed to protect privacy) is a cricket fan and has booked three rooms in a five-star hotel in Ahmedabad for his friends from Mumbai and Jaipur. They will travel to watch the much-anticipated ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup match between India and Pakistan to be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium, the world’s largest cricket stadium, with over 1 lakh seats, on October 14. In Ahmedabad, nearly all hotels and guests houses have been sold out at the time, as more than 30,000 people from out of station are expected to arrive to watch the match. However, Shah and others who have arranged the peripheral logistics like accommodation and taxis, are now scrambling for tickets. With none available at the venue...
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IND vs AUS, ICC ODI World Cup 2023: Playing in familiar pitches has its advantages, says Australia captain Pat Cummins

Clear vision: Cummins is confident that his team has the firepower to go all the way.  | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement Australia captain Pat Cummins said he was optimistic about his side’s performance in Indian conditions as the team tries to reclaim the ODI World Cup crown and add to its record of five titles. “It feels like we’ve got plenty of game-time coming into the World Cup. We had ODIs in South Africa, India, and the warm-up games,” said Cummins during an event hosted by Carrera Eyewear here on Thursday. Cummins also touched upon whether playing an ODI series against the host and having players who have plenty of IPL experience will negate India’s home advantage. “It’s pretty similar for most teams. Playing with the crowd’s support and on familiar pitches does have its advan...
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10 great matches of all time at the ICC World Cup

Sachin Tendulkar scored a century against England in a thrilling tied game at the 2011 World Cup | Photo Credit: AP West Indies beats Australia by 17 runs. Lord’s, 1975 Clive Lloyd’s blistering hundred | Photo Credit: via Getty Images The final of the inaugural World Cup had everything: A sensational 85-ball 102 by the West Indies captain Clive Lloyd, an exceptional spell from left-arm swing bowler Gary Gilmour (five for 48 off 12 overs), an incredible show of fielding by the great Viv Richards, who featured in three run-outs, Keith Boyce’s four-wicket haul, and a gritty last wicket stand of 41 between Jeff Thompson and Dennis Lillee.India beats Zimbabwe by 31 runs. Tunbridge Wells, 1983 Kapil’s incredible innings | Photo Credit: via Getty Images Kapil Dev’s innings against Zimbabwe at...
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Classics that have gone into the Cricket World Cup lore

Dictating the fortunes: Clive Lloyd’s blistering hundred, Kapil’s incredible innings, Inzamam’s assault on the New Zealand bowlers, Warne’s wizardry and a tragicomic run out were some of the highlights of the World Cups held between 1975 and 1999.  | Photo Credit: File photos West Indies beats Australia by 17 runs. Lord’s, 1975The final of the inaugural World Cup had everything: A sensational 85-ball 102 by the West Indies captain Clive Lloyd, an exceptional spell from left-arm swing bowler Gary Gilmour (five for 48 off 12 overs), an incredible show of fielding by the great Viv Richards, who featured in three run-outs, Keith Boyce’s four-wicket haul, and a gritty last wicket stand of 41 between Jeff Thompson and Dennis Lillee.India beats Zimbabwe by 31 runs. Tunbridge Wells, 1983Kapil D...
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World Cup 2023: Brown black soil pitch may prompt India to play three spinners vs Australia

The Chepauk pitch to be used for Sunday’s World Cup game between India and Australia sports a brown colour after the groundstaff shaved off the grass. It is likely that a predominantly black soil surface – which the Indian team usually prefers – will be used for their first match of the tournament, which may prompt the home team to play three spinners.Most Read 1 Asian Games 2023, Day 12 Highlights: Antim Panghal wins bronze; Compound archery teams bag 2 golds; Silver for Saurav Ghosal 2 AR Rahman issues legal notice to surgeons’ association seeking Rs 10 crore damages, unconditional apology See More Because of the soaring temperatures, the groundstaff had the pitch covered throughout Thursday afternoon to prev...
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Rahmanullah Gurbaz: Afghanistan’s Dhoni fan with a zidd carves out a national image

The town of Khost in south-eastern Afghanistan is separated by more than 1800 kms from Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand, India. The stories of the two cities’ favorite sons however, are closer. Like MS Dhoni, Rahmanullah Gurbaz doted on football, playing goalkeeper in the friendly street games. Like his cricketing idol, once exposed to the game, keeping-batting became Gurbaz’s obsession. Owner of an extensive motorbike collection? Not really, this one’s a fan of fast cars but we can let that slide for the sake of romance. More importantly, just like the former Indian skipper, Gurbaz’s liking of the sport was met with reservations back home. But first, a moment of discovery. Gurbaz was 13 and playing tennis ball cricket when the coach of the Khost province, Mohammad Khan Zadran was taken...
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Mickey Arthur, Pakistan’s director of cricket, backs a struggling Shadab and the bowling unit

At full tilt: The Dutch cricketers practise in right earnest on the eve of the Pakistan match. | Photo Credit: NAGARA GOPAL Mickey Arthur, Pakistan’s director of cricket has thrown his weight behind all-rounder Shadab Khan as Pakistan takes on the Netherlands in its World Cup opener at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here on Friday. The Pakistan vice-captain has struggled to make an impact in the two warm-up games that Pakistan played against New Zealand and Australia registering scores of 16 and 9 and picking just one wicket from the two outings. Arthur, however, believes that the all-rounder needs one good match to make an impact. “I wholeheartedly back Shadab’s ability and he is a wonderful cricketer. He is exceptional, [but] a bit short of confidence. He is one performance a...
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Pakistan eyes a buoyant start against Netherlands after warm-up debacle

Key player: Pakistan will hope all-rounder Shadab comes good against the Netherlands. | Photo Credit: AFP Pakistan, despite losing its two warm-up matches against New Zealand and Australia, will be a different proposition altogether when the Netherlands takes on the former champion in their first match of the ICC World Cup at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium here on Friday.Babar Azam has to lead from the front if Pakistan were to make an emphatic statement and will also need the other big names to strike it rich. In the two warm-up games Pakistan played at this venue, its batters looked in fine touch with wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan scoring a century against New Zealand and Babar once again showcasing his class even as the others like Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz , Saud Shakeel remin...
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Rachin Ravindra underlines the efforts of the bowlers in restricting England

Lone-ranger: Root, who came up with a busy knock, lacked support from his teammates. | Photo Credit: VIJAY SONEJI Rachin Ravindra might not have been a sure starter for New Zealand without an injury to skipper Kane Williamson, but on the opening day of the World Cup, he laid down the marker in stylish fashion as he slammed his maiden ODI hundred.“It was pretty special, and to share it with Devon (Conway), my good mate, was very cool. It was a good game for us as a team,” said Ravindra on the match-winning stand with his fellow left-hander. Keeping it simpleSpeaking about how the two went about their knocks, the 23-year-old said, “I think it was just keeping it pretty simple. The way me and Dev go about is to check in ball after ball and make sure what is important stays important inste...
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Ex-England cricketer Andrew Flintoff speaks about ‘Top Gear’ accident for the first time – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former England cricket captain Andrew "Freddie" Flintoff has made his first public statement since his hospitalization following an accident during the filming of the popular motoring show "Top Gear."In a video shared by the England Cricket team on social media, Flintoff was seen presenting an England cap to current spin bowler Tom Hartley in recognition of his debut performance last month. During his speech, Flintoff expressed gratitude for the support he received following the December 2022 accident.The incident had left Flintoff with reported broken ribs and facial injuries, and nine months later, he still bears visible facial cuts and scars as a result."This cap changes your life. It's one of those things. It's before and after it," said an emotional Flintoff while addres...
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Cricket World Cup: New Zealand put down early marker, Rachin Ravindra & Devon Conway hit tons as holders England thrashed in opener

Devon Conway was sitting in the corner of the press room, his toes peeping out of the slip-ons that had ‘Black Caps’ big and bold. On the dais, his co-wrecker in the 273-run partnership Rachin Ravindra, who loves sprinkling “it was pretty cool” in most answers, was addressing the media. When someone asked how it felt that two persons who have their roots away from New Zealand – Conway in South Africa, and him in India – combined to give defending champions England a 9-wicket hiding in the first game of the World Cup, Ravindra would play it cool: “Well, we are both Kiwis, now”.On the sidelines, Conway, who was intently listening to his younger teammate, would murmur: “My Man!”. And when Ravindra finished his media interaction, Conway and Matt Henry, who was sitting beside him, would clap...
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Cricket World Cup 2023 | India’ ’Shreyas Iyer gets ready for short-pitched stuff

Bubbling with energy: Kohli, despite the hot conditions, enjoyed the practice session in Chennai on Thursday. | Photo Credit: JOTHI RAMALINGAM B K.L. Rahul practised just sweeps, reverse sweeps and slog hits in the side nets and Shreyas Iyer faced a barrage of short balls during India’s training session on Thursday ahead of the opening game against Australia at M.A. Chidambaram Stadium. Taking throwdowns — twice within a gap of 15 minutes — Rahul played attacking shots, often forcing the bowlers to take evasive actions. For Shreyas, the focus was more on his ability to play the short-pitch deliveries. He then took a 15-minute break before getting back to work on his pull and hook shots with Dravid using a racquet and a few tennis balls to simulate steep bounce. Post his second break, ...
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ODI World Cup: Indian trio in Dutch team set for ‘homeland’ debut – Times of India

BENGALURU: You can take Indians out of India, but you can rarely take cricket out of them. When Netherlands open their campaign against Pakistan in Hyderabad on Friday, three key players of the Dutch squad —Teja Nidamanuru, Vikramjit Singh and Aryan Dutt will fulfil their families’ long-standing dream of watching them play a World Cup in India. It is only incidental that Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his men’s 2011 World Cup title triumph was a catalyst that fuelled the trio’s cricket journey.While Teja was born in Vijayawada and Vikramjit in Jalandhar, Aryan traces his roots to his Delhi-born father.“I’m an Andhra boy,” said the 29-year-old Teja, who spent his first six years in Vijayawada before his parents migrated to New Zealand. Having failed to seal his place in the first-class set up ...
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‘We are not robots’, says Jos Buttler after England’s tough loss – Times of India

NEW DELHI: England skipper Jos Buttler on Thursday said his team has enough 'experience in the room' to bounce back from their crushing loss to New Zealand in the World Cup opener.The defending champions were completely outplayed in Ahmedabad as the Kiwis registered an emphatic nine-wicket win to extract a sweet revenge of their World Cup final heartbreak four years ago.,Riding on Devon Conway and Rachin Ravindra's dazzling tons, the Black Caps chased down their target of 283 in just 36.2 overs. Buttler admitted that the defeat was a 'tough loss' but the disappointment will not blur his perspective going forward in the tournament."The first thing that springs to mind is whether you lose by a run or a defeat like that, it is one loss at the start of a very long tournament," the 33-year-o...
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World Cup 2023: Like every Pakistan captain since 1992, Babar Azam needs to fill Imran-sized boots

For much of the sixty minutes that Pakistan spent on the ground before moving to the nets behind the arena, Babar Azam meandered from one spot to the other, surveying his scattered troops like a caring but not an anxious general. He checked into the ring of footballers, where he cheekily nutmegged Mohammad Rizwan before swiping the air, attempting an audacious overhead kick.He joined the pacers, stretching their sinews on the furnace-hot grass and himself contorted his body like a gymnast. He turned his gaze towards the centre pitch, had a quick peep at the surface roasting in the heat, before he flung half-a-dozen flat throws at a yellow plastic stump, where Mohammad Nawaz and Shadab Khan were target-practising. Then, as though a siren went inside him, he called for a huddle. He addres...
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ODI World Cup: Ashwin sweats it out in nets, might feature in XI against Australia in Chennai – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin appears to be gearing up for India's World Cup opener against Australia in Chennai on Sunday, as he engaged in an intensive net session on Thursday.Ashwin is being considered as a potential inclusion as the third spinner in the lineup, alongside Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav, particularly due to the anticipation of a gripping pitch at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.His ability to create problems for experienced Australian batsmen like David Warner and Steve Smith further strengthens his case.Will Virat Kohli fire on all cylinders in 2023 World Cup?Ashwin has had considerable success against Warner in the past, dismissing him 11 times in Test matches. To counter Ashwin's off-breaks, Warner even switched to batting right-handed in a recen...
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Focus on long-term growth as AIFF extends Igor Stimac’s contract by two years

On the back of three tournament triumphs and some stellar performances, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) has extended head coach Igor Stimac’s contract by two years, until 2026, with a possibility of giving him a further two years if India make it to the third round of FIFA World Cup qualifiers.India have lost just one match in regulation time in 2023 and climbed into the top 100 of world football. AIFF secretary Shaji Prabhakaran said that with the focus on long-term growth, it was a no-brainer to extend Stimac’s contract. “Over the last 12 months, we have seen many positive results with the men’s national team, as well as with the development teams. After discussions with the Executive Committee (of AIFF), we decided that to ensure long-term growth and consistent development, ...
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Hangzhou Asian Games: Full India schedule on October 6; live updates, live streaming details – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Indian men's hockey team will take on Japan in the final on Friday at the Hangzhou Asian Games. They will be eyeing a repeat of the 2014 Incheon Asian Games, where they won the yellow metal. Men's cricket team will be up against Bangladesh in the semifinal while kabaddi teams also will play their semifinal matches.Follow Timesofindia.com live blog to catch all the action and live updates straight away from Hangzhou.Following is India's Day 13 schedule at the Asian Games on October 6:Sepaktakraw6:30 AM: India vs Myanmar in Men's Regu Preliminary Group BEquestrian6:30 AM: Yash Nensee in Jumping Individual Competition 1Canoe Slalom6:30 AM: Vishal Kewat in Men's Canoe SemifinalCricket6:30 AM:India vs Bangladesh in Men's Semifinal 1Sport Climbing6:30 AM: Bharath Stephen Pereir...