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Eager to host 2036 Olympics…dream of 140 cr Indians: PM Modi

Making a formal declaration of India’s interest in hosting the Olympics, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here Saturday that the country will “leave no stone unturned in our efforts” to host the Summer Games in 2036.Hosting the Olympics, Modi said, is the “age-old dream and aspiration of 140 crore Indians.” He was addressing a gathering of more than 100 of the who’s who of world sport – with International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach seated on the dais – in Mumbai during the opening ceremony of the governing body’s annual summit, called the IOC Session. “India is eager to host the Olympics in the country. India will leave no stone unturned in the preparation for the successful organisation of the Olympics in 2036, this is the dream of 140 crore Indians. This dream has ...
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‘Shaheen Shah Afridi is not Wasim Akram, so let’s not overhype him,’ says Ravi Shastri after Pakistan’s defeat to India

Pakistan cricket team slumped to a seven-wicket defeat at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad against India on Saturday. It was a reality check for the Pakistan team which was cruising at one stage at 154/2, before skipper Babar Azam departed in the 30th over. That saw Pakistan unravel, with the visitors collapsing to a paltry target of 191. Click here to follow all the action from the Cricket World Cup While the target to defend was not big, the Pakistan team lost inside 31 overs, with their attack managing to take just three Indian wickets. Most Read 1 When ex-ISRO chief was told to ‘get lost’ by ISRO satellite centre 2 IND vs PAK Live Score, World Cup 2023: Fifties from Rohit Sharma and Shreyas Iyer guide India to 7-wicket win agai...
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Cricket World Cup 2023 We are trying to be creative in the middle period, says Ferguson

Hues of a catch: Conway came up with a superlative effort to send back Shanto off Phillips. | Photo Credit: RAGU R  New Zealand pacer Lockie Ferguson was pleased with the bounce on offer from the pitch at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium on Friday. His fiery spell, in which he peppered the Bangladesh batters with short-pitched stuff, paid rich dividends as he scalped three wickets and grabbed the Player-of-the-Match award.“It was nice. I have played once here before, and it was spin-friendly. But it’s nice that this wicket had pace and bounce,” said the Kiwi pacer. “When it was not swinging and on a fuller length, it looked pretty defendable. We tried to change things up, go short, and sort of what I do through the middle,” added Ferguson. “We are trying to be creative in the middle period...
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Cricket World Cup 2023 | Thumb fracture rules Kane Williamson out of another few matches

Unfortunate: Williamson suffered a freak injury against Bangladesh. | Photo Credit: RAGU R  A star name is necessary for non-India matches to pull the crowd during the ongoing World Cup. If it is one among the so-called contemporary ‘Fab Four’ of batters, then it sure helps fill up at least half the stadium. One could see that on Friday when the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium’s 14,000-strong crowd threw its support behind only one person — Kane Williamson. It was his No. 22 jersey that was widely seen from among the crowd that got the money’s worth. The 33-year-old played his role as the team’s crisis man to perfection yet again with a superb 78 to help New Zealand chase down 246 against Bangladesh on Friday. It was as if he picked off from his last international game seven months ago (215 v...
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Cricket World Cup 2023 | England will be keen to win big against a struggling Afghanistan

Prep time: It will be a good chance for England to make the most of the Afghanistan contest to fine-tune for sterner tests ahead. | Photo Credit: MOORTHY RV England has a reputation to protect. The defending champion may have taken off on the wrong foot in the World Cup but the thumping win over Bangladesh has underlined its preparedness.On Sunday, on a batter-friendly surface at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground here, England will eye a run-feast at the expense of a winless Afghanistan. Going by the fact that 754 runs were scored here in the South Africa-Sri Lanka match and how India chased down Afghanistan’s 272 in just 35 overs, England would love to do its net run-rate some good. Afghanistan’s inexperience stands exposed on the big stage, especially against the elite teams. Somehow, the ...
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Cricket World Cup 2023 Ind vs Pak | It looked like a bilateral series, not like an ICC event: Pakistan team director Mickey Arthur 

Wave of support: The Men in Blue fans raised the decibel level in the marquee clash. | Photo Credit: VIJAY SONEJI The streets of Ahmedabad were a sea of blue as spectators donning India colours turned up for the marquee World Cup fixture against Pakistan at the 1,32,000-seater Narendra Modi Stadium on Saturday.With just a handful of Pakistan fans and media personnel permitted to attend the matchmost-anticipated fixture of the tournament, the home team enjoyed the maximum crowd support, as it pulled off a convincing seven-wicket win over the arch-rival. However, sitting in the opponent’s dressing room, Pakistan team director Mickey Arthur felt that it was more like a bilateral series. “It didn’t seem like an ICC event, I would be pretty honest. It looked like a bilateral series, like a ...
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Cricket World Cup 2023 Ind vs Pak | I have faith in myself and I am happy with the way I bowled, says Mohammed Siraj

Turning point: Once Siraj castled a well-set Babar, the Pakistan innings disintegrated. | Photo Credit: DEEPAK KR Mohammed Siraj leaked runs early before coming back with a stellar run that put the initial brakes on Pakistan in the World Cup match at the Narendra Modi Stadium here on Saturday. He got the first breakthrough (Abdullah Shafique) and then returned to castle a well-set Babar Azam. From that moment, the game tilted towards India and understandably while striding into the media conference hall, Siraj (two for 50) was all smiles. A reference was made to his expensive spells in the previous game against Afghanistan and quickly he said: “Just because you had an off-day doesn’t mean that you are a bad bowler. I have faith in myself and I am happy with the way I bowled here. I am ...
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‘Completely owned the Pakistanis’: Wishes pour in as Team India pummels arch-rivals in ODI World Cup | 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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World Cup: Stern English test awaits Afghanistan

One swallow doesn’t make a summer, and a convincing win over Bangladesh doesn’t necessarily mean England are back to their best. These are alien conditions for the defending champions and they would be better advised not to take anything for granted, even if it’s a game against Afghanistan on a Kotla pitch predicted to be a belter.England are one of the fancied sides in the World Cup, though there may be some whispers of it being a Dad’s Army, with more than a few survivors from the successful 2019 campaign. Add to it the uncertainty surrounding their talisman Ben Stokes and they can’t afford to put a foot wrong. Having lost their opener against New Zealand – it was a mauling, in fact – the margin of error from them has gone down, even if it’s still early days in the competition. For a ...
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Getting praise from Waqar Younis is great: Jasprit Bumrah | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Jasprit Bumrah on Saturday said that he had grown up watching Pakistan bowling legends Waqar Younis and Wasim Akram bowl magical deliveries and the Indian pacer acknowledged the praise he got from Waqar for his match-winning performance.Bumrah produced a peach of a delivery to dismiss Mohammad Rizwan for 49 and was adjudged the Man of the Match for his spell of 2 for 19 against Pakistan in the World Cup match in Ahmedabad."I have seen him (Waqar Younis) and Wasim Akram bowl some magical deliveries. So, to get his nod is great," he said.Bumrah said his focus was on reading the wicket quickly and it helped him to find the correct length."It felt good. You get to analyse the wicket as soon as possible. We knew the wicket was on the slower side, so the hard lengths were the way."...
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‘Aapne umeed nahi haarni…’: Disappointed Shoaib Akhtar backs Pakistan to come back stronger | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: As India blew away Pakistan in a lopsided affair at the iconic Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad in front of a packed house on Saturday, former pacer Shoaib Akhtar was quite disappointed with Babar Azam and co.'s performance. India cruised past their arch-rivals, winning the high-octane contest by 7 wickets to make it 8-0 at the ODI World Cups. However, despite the humiliating loss, Akhtar backed the team and asked the Babar-led side not to get demoralised by the defeat as there is still a long way to go in the tournament."It was a disappointing performance from Pakistan. Our captain scored fifty and Rohit Sharma played an incredible knock (hamare kaptaan ne 50 kiya, unke kaptaan ne jigra dikhaya aur demoralize kiya) and demoralised Pakistan. Rohit has shown what class and c...
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IND 8-0 PAK: As Rohit Sharma and Co maintain India’s winning record against Pakistan at Cricket World Cup, a brief history of the 8 wins

Across the ICC Men’s and Women’s ODI World Cups, India’s unbeaten record against Pakistan continued with 12 wins in 12 matches played. In the men’s edition, India improved their record to 8-0 against Pakistan, as Rohit Sharma and Co outplayed the men in green in Ahmedabad on Saturday.Here’s a brief look-back at India’s 100% record against Pakistan in the history of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, dating back to 1992. Sydney, 4 Mar 1992: India won by 43 runs POTM: Sachin Tendulkar India’s first match against Pakistan in the tournament didn’t happen until 1992. In a match remembered for the Javed Miandad-Kiran More incident (read more about the brilliant bond the two former players share here), it was a young Tendulkar who starred with the bat and chipped in with the ball too. Batting in...
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Cricket World Cup: Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanka ruled out of tournament due to thigh injury

Sri Lanka were dealt a big blow as the ICC confirmed on Sunday that captain Dasun Shanaka will miss the rest of the ongoing Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 in India. The Event Technical Committee of the tournament has approved Chamika Karunaratne as a replacement for Shanaka in the Sri Lankan squad. Karunaratne who has played 23 ODIs, was named as a replacement after Shanaka was ruled out due to a right thigh muscle injury sustained during Sri Lanka’s match against Pakistan on 10 October. The injury needs three weeks to recover. Most Read 1 When ex-ISRO chief was told to ‘get lost’ by ISRO satellite centre 2 IND vs PAK Live Score, World Cup 2023: Fifties from Rohit Sharma and Shreyas Iyer guide India to 7-wicket win against Pakistan ...
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It didn’t seem like an ICC event: Mickey Arthur on India-Pakistan World Cup match | Cricket News – Times of India

AHMEDABAD: Even as he wasn’t willing to dish out that as an excuse, Pakistan team director Mickey Arthur minced no words in pointing out the fact that his team did miss the presence of its fans, as a 1,30,000 partisan crowd cheered India to a seven-wicket win for the hosts at the Narendra Modi Stadiumin their 2023 ODI World Cup league clash on Saturday night.Pakistan’s fans are yet to receive a visa to travel to India to watch the mega tournament.“It didn’t seem like an ICC event, I would be pretty honest. It seemed like a bilateral series, like a BCCI event. I didn’t hear ‘Dil Dil Pakistan’ coming through the microphones too often. That does play a role, but I am not using that as an excuse because for us, it was about living in the moment, about the next ball and about how we would co...
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‘My job as a captain is…’: Rohit Sharma after Pakistan victory | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India's domination over Pakistan in ODI World Cups continued with the host inflicting a seven-wicket hammering on arch-rivals to keep their unbeaten record intact with eighth victory. It was an all-round effort from India who outplayed Pakistan in all departments of the game to record their third successive victory in the tournament.Rohit Sharma, who continued from where he left against Afghanistan, took Pakistani bowlers to the cleaners during his whirlwind knock of 86 off 63 balls, stressed on his role as a skipper saying his role comes into play while figuring out the right players to get the job done."My job as a captain is important there as well. It's to read the conditions and figure out who's the right guy to do the job. It's only because the guys - before entering th...
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‘Sab kuch bilkul thanda rakha…’: Sachin Tendulkar’s hilarious response to Shoaib Akhtar after India rout Pakistan | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: As India fired on all cylinders to register and emphatic seven-wicket win over arch-rivals Pakistan in front of a packed house at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, legendary Sachin Tendulkar took a cheeky dig at former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar, teasing him on their eight straight defeat against the Men in Blue in the marquee tournament.Skipper Rohit Sharma emerged as the undisputed star as India took their ODI World Cup score line to 8-0 against the neighbours. On the eve of the match, Shoaib in a social media post had asked Pakistan to keep their cool in the high-octane clash against India. Along with the tweet Shoaib had also shared his photo, dismissing Sachin in a Test match during his first tour of India as a player."Kal agar asa kuch kerna hai, toh #ThandRakh,...
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World Cup: How India’s bowlers turned match against Pakistan into one-sided affair in half-an-hour

THERE WAS hardly any cheer for the bowlers when the slides of the Indian playing XI for the Pakistan game rolled on the giant screen at the Narendra Modi Stadium here after the toss. The six-digit crowd that turned up early for the “one game that matters so much to so many” screamed their lungs out for the batting superstars, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and K L Rahul. But when it came to Mohammad Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav and even local star Jasprit Bumrah, all they offered was some gentle, polite applause.In a couple of hours, Ahmedabad would have to change its mind, and as India chases their second World Cup at home in the days to come, the country, obsessed with its batting heroes, too may have a rethink. The script of the India-Pakistan game at Ahmedabad saw a small, but significant, tweak...
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After India vs Pakistan game, Mickey Arthur says: ‘Didn’t seem like ICC event… didn’t hear Dil Dil Pakistan’

Pakistan team director Mickey Arthur said the atmosphere at the Narendra Modi Stadium for the India versus Pakistan encounter felt like a bilateral series was being played. With Pakistani fans and journalists still awaiting their visas from India, the match was played in front of a sea of blue jersey sporting fans. The Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad can host over 1,30,000 people. On Saturday, all of them were partisan Indian supporters, thereby making the atmosphere even more intimidating for the visiting team, which has not played in Indian conditions for many years. “It didn’t seem like an ICC event to be brutally honest. It seemed like a bilateral series; it seemed like a BCCI event. I didn’t hear Dil Dil Pakistan coming through the microphones too often tonight,” he said after t...
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Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka ruled out of World Cup due to thigh injury | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Sri Lanka captain, Dasun Shanaka, has been forced to withdraw from the ongoing ICC ODI World Cup due to a thigh injury, as confirmed by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Saturday. In his place, Chamika Karunaratne has been officially approved as a replacement in the squad.Shanaka sustained a right thigh muscle injury during Sri Lanka's recent six-wicket loss to Pakistan, and medical assessments have determined that he will require approximately three weeks to recover from the injury.The International Cricket Council (ICC) stated, "The Event Technical Committee of the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023 has approved Chamika Karunaratne as a replacement for Dasun Shanaka in the Sri Lankan squad."Sri Lanka, currently ranked seventh in the tournament standings and having fa...