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Day: October 12, 2023

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Neeraj Chopra nominated for World Athlete of the Year award | More sports News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Javelin throw champion Neeraj Chopra, who made India proud by clinching Olympic and world titles, has been announced as one of the 11 nominees for the prestigious 2023 World Athlete of the Year award. The selection of nominees was made by an international panel of athletics experts, representing all six continental areas of World Athletics.These nominations highlight the remarkable achievements of athletes during the World Athletics Championships in Budapest, various one-day meeting circuits, Label road races, and other global events, as stated by the sport's international governing body.Chopra joins an elite group of athletes vying for the award, including shot putter Ryan Crouser from the USA, pole vaulters Mondo Duplantis of Sweden, 3000m steeplechaser Soufiane El Bakkali ...
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How squash helped Abhay Singh drop 26 kilos in a year as a teen, and propelled him to stardom after Asian Games

Despite the towering glass walls of the cage surrounding him, Abhay Singh managed to deposit his racquet into the crowd with an almighty heave. In the days since that moment — which sealed the men’s squash team’s gold medal at the recently-concluded Asian Games with a win over Pakistan — Abhay has replayed it a fair few times courtesy of clips on the internet.He admits now that he cannot remember too much of what happened during that adrenaline-soaked, testy final against Noor Zaman. “I lost myself (in that moment) which is why I chucked my racquet into the crowd. I didn’t know what was happening. I was really feeling a lot of emotion. Even after everything had settled there was too much going on. So many emotions,” Abhay recollected to The Indian Express on a Twitter Space earlier this...
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‘You’ve got to adapt to all conditions’: Pat Cummins after Australia’s second successive defeat | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Australia's World Cup campaign took another hit as they suffered a resounding 134-run defeat at the hands of South Africa, following a previous loss to India. Captain Pat Cummins expressed the need for his team to swiftly adapt to the diverse Indian conditions if they intend to be competitive in the ongoing tournament.The Australians were given a harsh lesson by the hosts, India, as they faced a six-wicket loss in Chennai.However, their woes continued as they found themselves overwhelmed by South Africa in a clash held at a different venue.Scorecard: Australia vs South AfricaSpeaking at the post-match presentation ceremony, Cummins remarked, "If we want to be challenging for this tournament, you've got to adapt to all conditions. Not much needs to be said tonight, everyone's ...
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Top 5 most run getters and wicket takers in ICC World Cup 2023 | Cricket News – Times of India

The TOI Sports Desk excels in a myriad of roles that capture the essence of live sporting events and deliver compelling content to readers worldwide. From running live blogs for India and non-India cricket matches to global spectacles featuring Indian talents, like the Chess World Cup final featuring Praggnanandhaa and the Badminton World Championships semifinal featuring HS Prannoy, our live coverage extends to all mega sporting events. We extensively cover events like the Olympics, Asian Games, Cricket World Cups, FIFA World Cups, and more. The desk is also adept at writing comprehensive match reports and insightful post-match commentary, complemented by stats-based articles that provide an in-depth analysis of player performances and team dynamics. We track news wires for key stories...
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Top 5 most run getters and wicket takers in ICC World Cup 2023 | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: New Zealand opener Devon Conway, who scored a massive 152 not out against England in the opening match of the ongoing 2023 ICC ODI World Cup, scored a handy 45 against Bangladesh in Chennai to leapfrog Quinton de Kock as the leading run-getter of the mega event. Conway has accumulated 229 runs in three games at an average of 114.50.South Africa's De Kock is second in the list with 209 runs from two games, followed by Pakistan's Mohammad Rizwan (199) and Kusal Mendis of Sri Lanka (198).Most runs in ICC World Cup 2023:Devon Conway (NZ): 229 runs in 3 matches | HS 152* | Ave. 114.50Quinton de Kock (SA): 209 runs in 2 matches | HS 109 | Ave. 104.50Mohammad Rizwan (PAK): 199 runs in 2 matches | HS 131* | Ave. 199.00Kusal Mendis (SL): 198 runs in 2 matches | HS 122 | Ave. 99.00Rach...
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World Cup 2023: Thrashing at the hands of South Africa shows Australia a shadow of great teams of the past

A haunting quietness lingered in the dying moments of South Africa’s 134-run thrashing of Australia. Much of the audience had already emptied out of the elegantly-facaded stadium, those that remained were out of courtesy, the famous Lucknowi tehzeeb, and not out of hope of a distant Aussie miracle. Hollow faces peered from Australia’s dugout.It was a defeat dripped in symbolism. It had the feeling of an empire crumbling, perhaps unknown to the emperors themselves, like Premchand’s Shatranj ki Baazi woven around the erstwhile nawabs of this city. In the short story, two nawabs are so engrossed in a game of chess that they are oblivious to the Britishers usurping their land. Similarly, no one saw Australia’s descent coming, not because the signs were not there, but because they chose to b...
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Pakistan team receives traditional warm welcome in Ahmedabad, PCB posts video

Pakistan’s Mohammad Rizwan (centre) looks out as Pakistan’s team bus departs upon landing at the airport in Ahmedabad on October 11, 2023, ahead of the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup match between India and Pakistan. | Photo Credit: AFP The famed Indian hospitality was at its best once again here on Thursday as the Pakistan squad received a grand welcome at the team hotel following an in-flight celebration, ahead of their marquee World Cup game against arch rivals India.Upon their arrival at the hotel here, Pakistan players received a warm welcome with a shower of flower petals and balloons, traditional scarves, the sound of dhols combined with a dance performance. It followed a cake cutting ceremony which was organised by the cabin crew of the carrier that flew them into Ahmedabad f...
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Hopefully, India will win World Cup under Rohit Sharma’s captaincy: Yuvraj Singh

Rohit Sharma celebrates his century during the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup match between Afghanistan and India in New Delhi, on October 11, 2023. | Photo Credit: AP Former India player Yuvraj Singh is hopeful that India will win the ICC 2023 World Cup at home under Rohit Sharma's captaincy and labelled the opener as one of the greats of the game.During his 84-ball 131 against Afghanistan on Wednesday, Rohit shattered several records, including passing West Indies legend Chris Gayle for the most sixes in international cricket.After being dismissed on duck in the opening game of the WC, India's captain made a comeback with an astonishing ton in a match against Afghanistan.In the same match, Rohit slammed his seventh century at the men's ODI World Cup, the most by any player, surpassing l...
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As soon as I saw my opponent wearing a watch early in game, I lost my ability to concentrate: Magnus Carlsen says after losing at Qatar Masters

5-time world champion Magnus Carlsen on Thursday said that he lost in the Qatar Masters chess event because his opponent, 23-year-old Kazakh GM Alisher Suleymenov, ‘was wearing a watch early in the game’ which made him lose concentration. The last time Carlsen was defeated by a player rated below 2520 was in the Norwegian Championship 2006 where he lost to Berge Ostenstad who was rated 2480. Carlsen also expressed his frustration with the organisers for ‘still not taking anti-cheating seriously at all.’ “I was completely crushed in my game today. This is not to accuse my opponent of anything, who played an amazing game and deserved to win, but honestly, as soon as I saw my opponent was wearing a watch early in the game, I lost my ability to concentrate,” Carlsen wrote on X, formerly Twi...
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Quinton de Kock stars as South Africa crush Australia by 134 runs to go top | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Wicketkeeper-batter Quinton de Kock notched his second consecutive century at the World Cup, propelling South Africa to a resounding 134-run victory over the five-time champions Australia in Lucknow, on Thursday.The Proteas set a formidable target of 311-7, leaving Australia in a precarious position as they lost six wickets with only 70 runs on the board.Australia eventually succumbed to a total of 177 with 55 balls remaining.South Africa's batting innings saw Australia dropping five crucial catches, which added to their frustration.Their woes continued when they embarked on the chase of a 312-run target. South Africa's fast bowlers wreaked havoc on Australia's top order, with Marco Jansen and Lungi Ngidi dismissing openers Mitchell Marsh and David Warner. Kagiso Rabada then ...
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‘Gill ko maine tagda kar diya hai’: Yuvraj Singh hopeful of Shubman Gill’s recovery for India-Pakistan clash | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh has expressed optimism that India's talented opener, Shubman Gill, will recover in time for the much-anticipated clash between India and Pakistan at the Narendra Modi Stadium.The high-voltage contest is set to take place on Saturday in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2023.Gill, a rising star in Indian cricket, missed the team's first two World Cup games due to an illness that has been plaguing him.Yuvraj, who played a pivotal role in India's 2011 World Cup victory while battling cancer, understands the challenges of playing cricket when unwell. He shared his own experience and expressed his hope that Gill will be fit and ready to participate in the India-Pakistan encounter.In an exclusive conversation with ANI, Yuvraj mentioned, "Shubham Gill ko...
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‘I try to back my strengths’: Jasprit Bumrah on his bowling strategy | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The most significant and eagerly awaited clash between arch-rivals in the ICC World Cup is on the horizon, as India is set to face Pakistan this Saturday at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.As India aims to uphold their flawless record of 7-0 against Pakistan, the visitors are eager to secure their maiden victory over their neighbors in the 50-over World Cup format.The fact that both teams are entering the contest on the back of two consecutive wins only adds to the excitement surrounding this highly anticipated match.Speaking to Star Sports, Indian fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah and former Indian cricketer Sanjay Bangar expressed their perspectives on the eagerly awaited clash between India and Pakistan.Bumrah said, "I just go with my preparation, I go with the process tha...
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‘It was special and thank you’: Hardik Pandya after winning against Afghanistan on his 30th birthday

Hardik Pandya celebrates during the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 match between India and Afghanistan, at Arun Jaitley Stadium, in New Delhi, on October 11, 2023. | Photo Credit: PTI Following India's eight-wicket win against Afghanistan in the ninth ODI World Cup match at Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi on Wednesday, star allrounder Hardik Pandya celebrated his 30th birthday with his teammates in the dressing room.The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) shared a small glimpse of the birthday celebration on their official X account. "For the birthday boy from #TeamIndia From the birthday boy to everyone," BCCI wrote on X while sharing the video. While speaking in the video, the 30-year-old thanked everyone for the birthday wishes. He later added that it was a special mome...
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Cricket World Cup: New Zealand bank on Stephen Fleming’s expertise and his Chennai Super Kings experience as they face Bangladesh

Shortly after the World Cup schedule was announced, New Zealand dialled up former skipper Stephen Fleming to come on board as part of the support staff for a brief period. For a team known to maximise its resources on the field, behind the scenes they are masters of paying attention to even the minutest details that have the potential to make a big difference. The call to Fleming was one such move, as they needed his knowledge of Indian conditions, especially those in Chennai where he spends a good two months every year during the IPL with the Super Kings.Having started their campaign with two wins out of two, including the big one against defending champions England, New Zealand are now in the Tamil Nadu capital. In terms of conditions, it is the polar opposite to what they encounter b...
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Neeraj Chopra in running for men’s world athlete of the year award

Neeraj Chopra, who recently defended his Asian Games title in Hangzhou is in the fray for the men’s world athlete of the year award. Chopra will be joined by USA’s Ryan Crouser (shot put), Sweden’s Mondo Duplantis (pole vault), Morocco’s Soufiane El Bakkali (3000m steeplechase), Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigtsen (1500m/mile/5000m), Kenya’s Kelvin Kiptum (marathon), Canada’s Pierce LePage (decathlon), USA’s Noah Lyles (100m/200m), Spain’s Alvaro Martin (race walk), Greece’s Miltiadis Tentoglou (long jump) and Norway’s Karsten Warholm (400m hurdles/400m). The polling has started and the finalists will be decided after a three-way voting process and the winners will be announced on World Athletics’ social media platforms on December 11. Most Read 1 Australia vs South Africa Hi...
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World Cup: Controversial dismissal of Marcus Stoinis mars Australia-South Africa clash | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: A controversial dismissal marred the Australia-South Africa World Cup encounter at Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow on Thursday. Australia's Marcus Stoinis was controversially given caught behind off the bowling of pacer Kagiso Rabada.The incident occurred in the 18th over of the Australian run chase, when Stoinis faced a back-of-length delivery that was sliding down the leg side. In an attempt to glance at the ball, it appeared to make slight contact with his glove as it made its way to the wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock. What intensified the controversy was that Stoinis' backhand had come off the handle of the bat.Scorecard: Australia vs South AfricaSouth Africa, sensing an opportunity, opted to review the decision for a caught-behind dismissal. The pivotal question at this j...
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Cricket World Cup: Before he bids farewell to ODIs, an unburdened Quinton de Kock rediscovers his best form with back-to-back hundreds

Sometime during the peak of the pandemic, Quinton de Kock lost his love for the game. The ceaseless bio-bubble-hopping knackered his mind. The burden of all-format captaincy too weighed on his mind. He was expecting his first child, and missed the family.“There are a lot of nerves that go around when it comes to the bubble – lots of small things get into your mind; things that you’re not used to in life,” he confessed during a Test against Sri Lanka. He decided to take a mental-health break from the game. A few months earlier, he had refused to take a knee in the T20 World Cup and left the team. De Kock would, inevitably, make a comeback. But nothing seemed the same, he seemed detached from the game, his mind seemed floating elsewhere, and he was a shadow of the wicketkeeper- batsman he...
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India-Pakistan World Cup game gets global gaze on Ahmedabad, the city of contradictions

Ajay Choudhary swivels in his chair in his large office room at Shahibaug in Ahmedabad. He is one of India’s leading abstract-painting artists, who has exhibited his work in Paris, New York. He is also the joint-commissioner of police. On October 14, the city will host the most anticipated game of the World Cup; nothing else, unless India and Pakistan meet again in the final at the same venue, is going to flutter the heartbeats as much. Not just the game, but the city itself has been caught in the Indo-Pak chatter.The former PCB chairman Najeem Sethi had set the cat among the pigeons when he said he wouldn’t like Pakistan to play India at Ahmedabad. Interpretations and curiosity abounded: Was it because of the perception of the city after the 2002 riots? Was it because it’s the home sta...
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Russian Olympic Committee suspended by IOC over Ukraine move | More sports News – Times of India

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Thursday imposed an immediate ban on the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) for its recognition of regional organisations in four territories annexed from Ukraine.The IOC clarified that this ban would result in the ROC's ineligibility for any financial support. The ROC had acknowledged the Olympic Councils in the regions of Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhia earlier this month. However, this ban will not impact Russian athletes competing as neutrals."The unilateral decision taken by the Russian Olympic Committee on 5 October 2023 to include, as its members, the regional sports organisations which are under the authority of the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of Ukraine (namely Donetsk, Kherson, Luhansk and Zaporizhzhia) constitutes a b...
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Defending Olympic gold in Paris will be tough, maintaining form for long is challenging: Neeraj Chopra | More sports News – Times of India

GURUGRAM: Neeraj Chopra has been in sizzling form in season 2023, winning almost everything on offer, but the star athlete has no qualms in admitting that defending his gold medal at Paris Olympics will be a huge challenge since maintaining top form on a consistent basis is not easy.Chopra said it is not wise to write off two-time world champion (2019 and 2022) Anderson Peters of Grenada, who has endured a miserable season as he struggled to even touch the 80m mark.Peters was one of the medal favourites, going into the Tokyo Olympics but he could not even qualify for the finals.Neeraj Chopra explains the controversy over his first throw as he defends Asian Games gold"Defending my Olympic gold medal could be tough because there is pressure and expectations from the people. Maintaining to...