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Day: October 10, 2023

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IOC chief Thomas Bach: Serious considerations, interest in India on hosting Olympics

Ahead of the 141st session of the International Olympic Committee here, IOC president Thomas Bach said he has noted India’s “great interest” in hosting the Games, while adding that the T20 format, which is set to be included in the 2028 edition, was the perfect vehicle to re-introduce cricket into the quadrennial sporting extravaganza. There has been talk of India throwing its hat in the ring to stage the Olympics, possibly in 2036, and while the official bidding process hasn’t started yet, Bach said there are “serious considerations” about the possibility. “We have so far noted that there’s a great interest and there are apparently serious considerations here within India (to bid for the Games). We have to wait now how this will turn into a project and will be brought forward to us. On...
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India and Afghanistan should have shared Asian Games gold, says Afghan pacer Fareed Malik

Left-arm pacer Fareed Malik, one of the travelling reserves in the Afghanistan contingent here for the World Cup, still can't get over the outcome of the Asian Games final against India in Hangzhou. Put in to bat, Afghanistan were 112 for five before rain arrived at Zheijang University of Technology Cricket Field on Saturday. No play was possible after that and India were awarded the gold medal on the basis of their superior world ranking. The no result meant that Afghanistan had to settle for silver for their third consecutive Asian Games after 2010 and 2014. Cricket was not played in the 2018 edition at Jakarta. Malik, who is 15 ODIs and 28 T20s old in his Afghanistan career, had played a major role in the win over Pakistan in the low-scoring semifinal with figures of three for 15 in...
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Ex-Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh gives verdict on Rohit Sharma’s bowling selection dilemma | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh has weighed in on India's World Cup campaign strategy, specifically on the choice between playing three spinners or opting for a pacer in the squad.The Indian cricket team, known as the 'Men in Blue,' commenced their World Cup campaign with a hard-fought victory over Australia. One noticeable aspect of India's playing XI was the inclusion of three spinners, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, and Ravindra Jadeja.As India gear up to face Afghanistan at the Arun Jaitley Stadium, there is speculation about whether they will once again field a squad with three spinners or make adjustments.Harbhajan Singh offered his perspective, stating, "It will depend on the pitch. If the match takes place on a pitch like Chennai, then three spinners can pl...
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‘We were 20-25 runs short on this wicket’: Sri Lanka skipper Dasun Shanaka reacts to Pakistan defeat | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Sri Lanka's ICC World Cup campaign faced its second defeat, and captain Dasun Shanaka acknowledged that his team fell short by 20-25 runs with their batting performance. Pakistan achieved the highest run chase in World Cup history, securing a 6-wicket victory over Sri Lanka at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Tuesday, fueled by centuries from Abdullah Shafique and Mohammed Rizwan.Sri Lanka's Kusal Mendis (122) and Sadeera Samarawickrama (108) played remarkable innings that posed significant challenges for the Pakistan bowlers."Mendis is in form at the moment and is in the zone. Also, Sadeera has been playing very well recently, but we should've finished stronger in the end. Of course, I thought with the way the wicket behaved, we were 20-25 runs short," ...
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Arctic Open 2023: PV Sindhu prevails in straight games against former World Champion Nozomi Okuhara

In what used to be once a storied rivalry at the top stages of world badminton, the latest chapter was not much home to write about. Both PV Sindhu and Nozomi Okuhara are former world champions, and are both struggling to bounce back from injuries. On Tuesday in Finland, however, it was Sindhu who dominated her Japanese rival in a round of 32 clash at the Arctic Open. The Indian breezed through 21-13, 21-6 in a match that lasted just 33 minutes and was a shadow of some of their meetings in the past. Sindhu started off slowly, trailing 0-4 after the early exchanges. But the current world No 13 started dictating the tempo with her attacking strokes while Okuhara’s fame defence let her down repeatedly. If the game 1 was about Sindhu taking control after a slow start, game 2 saw Okuhara c...
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Cricket at the Olympics – good news all around for a sport going global

For the average cricket fan, the news that the sport will be featured at the Los Angeles Olympics in 2028 is welcome, even inspiring. Modern players from Steve Smith and Trent Boult to Ravichandran Ashwin and Shubhman Gill have said they are all for it. An Olympic gold is the most coveted honour in international sport even if world championships are sometimes seen to be on a plane of their own. But administrators seldom think like the average fan – their pulls and pressures are different. For long the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was opposed to Olympics participation for a variety of reasons, as were the players themselves. The International Cricket Council (ICC) was not too keen either, seeing the quadrennial event cutting into their already crowded calendar. Unique and...
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‘Sometimes cramps, and sometimes I was…’: says Mohammad Rizwan after Pakistan beat Sri Lanka in ODI World Cup | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Following his match-winning innings against Sri Lanka, Mohammad Rizwan expressed his pride in scoring 131 runs and underlined the team's collective belief that they could successfully chase down the target."Always proud when you perform like that. It was difficult, and when you chase like that, it's always special. Every player in the dressing room had the belief we could chase that. Basically, it's a good track and we decided to calculate the innings," Mohammad Rizwan stated during a post-match presentation.During the 37th over's third ball, Rizwan boldly advanced down the track and dispatched the ball over long-off for a maximum. Although he later experienced cramps and briefly fell to the ground in pain, he made a remarkable recovery and played an exceptional match-winning...
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IOC chief Thomas Bach pulls no punches: ‘We cannot see integrity with current boxing federation’

IOC chief Thomas Bach on Tuesday slammed the suspended global governing body of boxing — the International Boxing Association (IBA) headed by Russian Umar Kremlev — for their lack of integrity as the sport finds itself out of the initial program for Los Angeles 2028. The IBA (earlier known as AIBA) has been suspended since 2019, with the IOC hosting the boxing competition at Tokyo 2020. The IOC will also host boxing at the Paris Olympics. Talking to a select group of journalists in Mumbai ahead of the IOC session, Bach said: “With the IBA there’s no ongoing process, for us the case is closed. There will be no boxing with IBA in the Olympic program. It’s done! Full stop! We gave them four years, they have not met conditions set by us. The way they’re expressing themselves now and they’r...
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World Cup: Centurions Mohammad Rizwan & Abdullah Shafique star in record chase for Pakistan

The images the match produced would blend into World Cup folklore. Mohammad Rizwan limping and stumbling, compiling a hundred of infinite courage, running the winning run maniacally, before ecstatic teammates swarmed in. The distraught Kusal Mendis gazing pensively into the skies, his disconsolate colleagues walking half-dead. The tale that unfolded this sweaty night in Hyderabad, where Pakistan chased 345 in the most heroic fashion, would be retold a hundred times and reshape into bedtime stories that would fill the imagination of generations. The thriller — at last one, almost a week in — could lift the detachment towards the World Cup. Pakistan’s six-wicket win, hauling down Sri Lanka’s 345, could finally awaken the forgotten joys of ODI cricket. It was ODI cricket as it is meant to ...
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Afghanistan captain Hashmatullah Shahidi: We face Rashid, Nabi, Noor & Mujeeb at nets and can play spin better

Spinners have been Afghanistan’s strong suit over the years. In Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Mujeeb ur Rahman and Noor Ahmad they have arguably one of the most potent spin attacks in this World Cup. Thanks to the army of spinners they have in their ranks, they are fancied to cause an upset here and there at the World Cup. But before that, their bowling unit will need some support from the batsmen. In their first match against Bangladesh, a familiar opponent, Afghanistan lost six of their wickets to spinners Shakib al Hasan and Mehidy Hasan Miraz. And on Wednesday they face hosts India, who have in their ranks three world-class spinners in Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin. However, Afghanistan skipper Hashmatullah Shahidi feels the Afghan batsmen are one of the finest players o...
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India vs Afghanistan | Rashid Khan can do anything on his day, says captain Shahidi

It’s game time: Rashid and Nabi will look to make their presence felt against India. | Photo Credit: MOORTHY RV Having lost to Bangladesh in the rarefied heights of Dharamshala, Afghanistan quickly descended to the plains ahead of its World Cup clash here against India. Speaking to the media on Tuesday afternoon, Afghanistan skipper Hashmatullah Shahidi stressed that all departments within his squad need to perform: “We have a good spin attack, but only one department can’t win you games. You have to score runs for that, to win the game. Also in the Bangladesh game, we didn’t bat well but I still believe we can come back.” Countering the host will not be easy and Shahidi said: “We have to make these things simple, and we are used to full stadiums. We need to focus on our own game and d...
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India vs Afghanistan | Vikram Rathour in no mood to tinker with India’s batting order

India’s Virat Kohli and K.L. Rahul during the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 match between India and Australia at M.A. Chidambaram Stadium. | Photo Credit: JOTHI RAMALINGAM B   Adaptability and following the process, were the twin dogmas that India’s batting coach Vikram Rathour stressed upon here on Tuesday. Briefing sports writers at the Arun Jaitley Stadium ahead of Wednesday’s World Cup game against Afghanistan, Rathour said that this Indian team has the right personnel and can adapt to different conditions. “We understand it is nine different venues, nine different wickets. But the strength of this team is adaptability.” K.L. Rahul’s unbeaten 97, batting at No. 5 against Australia, along with Virat Kohli’s 85 may have swung the game India’s way, but Rathour is in no mood for tin...
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Cricket World Cup 2023 | Rohit’s Men in Blue primed to have a smooth passage against Afghanistan

Ready to regroup: Kishan and Shreyas, who had a forgettable outing in India’s opener, will be keen to bounce back. | Photo Credit: MOORTHY RV Deep in the heart of Delhi with its symbols of power, tree-lined roads, dry heat and dodgy air, the Arun Jaitley Stadium, Kotla for the old fans, geared up for Wednesday’s World Cup clash between India and Afghanistan. On Tuesday, the sun beat down on the turf, painters got busy dabbing sponsor logos on the outfield and the public address system cleared its throat with English songs and there was even an impromptu interlude with shades of Arabic music.The venue, a witness to many a stellar deed with the prime one being Anil Kumble’s ‘Perfect 10’, should help the Indian caravan roll smooth. Having got past Australia in Chennai, Rohit Sharma’s men s...
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Asian Games hockey gold: Of pride and a plan coming together

The Indian men’s hockey team entered Asian Games as overwhelming favourites for gold, and they completed the job with just a brief hiccup in the semifinals. For coach Craig Fulton, the priority was to establish his team as the best in Asia. He did not have much time to do it, but the plans came together since he took over in May. “I think I am proud more than anything,” the South African tells this newspaper. “It’s been under 5 months really and a lot has happened in that time, first with getting to know the squad, then two rounds of Pro League, then Spain, then Asian Champions Trophy. It’s been tough. The boys have pushed really hard. And I think if you look back at all the results, it’s shown consistency that we are proud of.” One of the first things that Fulton did was bring in his ...
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Ind vs Afg | Rohit’s Men in Blue primed to have a smooth passage against Afghanistan

Shreyas Iyer and Ishan Kishan are seen during a practice session ahead of their ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 match against Afghanistan, in New Delhi on October 10, 2023. | Photo Credit: R.V. Moorthy Deep in the heart of Delhi with its symbols of power, tree-lined roads, dry heat and dodgy air, the Arun Jaitley Stadium, Kotla for the old fans, geared up for Wednesday’s World Cup clash between India and Afghanistan. On Tuesday, the sun beat down on the turf, painters got busy dabbing sponsor logos on the outfield and the public address system cleared its throat with English songs and there was even an impromptu interlude with shades of Arabic music. The venue, a witness to many a stellar deed with the prime one being Anil Kumble’s ‘Perfect 10’, should help the Indian caravan roll smooth. H...
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Watch: Dushan Hemantha’s absolute stunner leaves Abdullah Shafique in disbelief | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: When chips were down you need an extraordinary effort for the much needed impetus and Sri Lanka substitute fielder Dushan Hemantha produced that special moment during the ODI World Cup match against Pakistan in Hyderabad on Tuesday.Abdullah Shafique was breathing fire with his century knock before Hemantha's absolute blinder at backward point left him in disbelief.The incident took place in the 34th over when Shafique played Matheesha Pathirana delivery in the air and Hemantha dived full length to his right and grabbed a stunner to end Pakistani batter’s innings at 113 off 103 balls.The 23-year-old batter, playing in only his fifth ODI, reached his maiden century off 97 balls with eight fours and three sixes.Shafique, who replaced the out-of-form Fakhar Zaman, is one of the s...
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‘He is a leader, no doubt about it’: Afghanistan mentor Ajay Jadeja on Rashid Khan | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Afghanistan cricket team mentor Ajay Jadeja has praised star spinner Rashid Khan, describing him as "a leader" and a player who can excel regardless of the conditions he's playing in. Rashid has certainly made a significant impact in the world of cricket with his exceptional spin bowling skills, and his performances have earned him the top spot in the T20I bowling rankings."You can see that why he is a global leader. He performs every day whenever he plays - whether in India, Australia or elsewhere. He is a leader, there is no doubt about it," Jadeja, a former India cricketer, told ANI.Jadeja said the players believe in themselves and are capable of bouncing back."I don't think it is difficult for me or I have to make them believe. I think they believe in themselves and more ...
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How Kusal Mendis walloped Shaheen Afridi and Haris Rauf and why he went for a six on 94 against Pakistan

Whenever Kusal Mendis reaches the vicinity of a hundred, the idea of a six enters his mind. His childhood coach Jayanith Aponso, who died a few years ago, once explained the reason: “He happened to watch Aravinda reach the milestone with a six and since then, he always tries to hit a six to his hundred.” The trait has irritated his coaches and teammates over the years. “I used to tell him to take a single, and get to the hundred and then hit sixes,” the coach had then said. But Mendis would not listen. It was the only advice he did not heed to, at the Moratuwa Sports Academy on the suburbs of Colombo where he honed his skills. His second highest Test score is 196; the third highest 194. Both times he perished slogging to the midwicket fence, and both times against Bangladesh. “I would t...
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ODI World Cup: Sri Lanka’s Kusal Mendis suffers cramps, taken to hospital | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Sri Lanka's wicketkeeper-batsman, Kusal Mendis, has been taken to a hospital on Tuesday due to cramps he experienced following his stunning innings of 122 in the ODI World Cup match against Pakistan in Hyderabad.Mendis's remarkable performance took a toll on his physical condition, leading to the need for medical attention."Kusal Mendis was taken to the hospital after the player suffered cramps upon returning from the field after his brilliant knock in the ongoing game vs Pakistan," the Sri Lanka Cricket board said in a statement.The 28-year-old displayed incredible batting prowess by smashing six sixes and 14 boundaries during his aggressive 77-ball innings. Notably, this performance resulted in the fastest century ever scored by a Sri Lankan player in World Cup history.Mend...
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‘No such temptations’: Vikram Rathour on changing Shreyas Iyer’s batting position | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Batting coach Vikram Rathour has emphasised that Shreyas Iyer's position at number four in the lineup is secure and not threatened by his in-form teammate KL Rahul. Rathour made this statement on the eve of India's World Cup match against Afghanistan, scheduled for Wednesday.Iyer recently made his comeback after recovering from a back injury and reclaimed his spot at the crucial number four position in the batting order. Unfortunately, in India's opening match against Australia, he faced an early setback, scoring a three-ball duck.Setback for Team India ahead of IND vs AFG World Cup match: Shubman Gill to miss match against Afghanistan in DelhiDuring the chase for a target of 200 runs, India faced trouble as both openers, Ishan Kishan and skipper Rohit Sharma, were dismissed ...