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Day: October 15, 2023

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‘Winning world medals in distance-running is not easy, but with right thinking, training, it is possible’

Parul Chaudhary talks about the overwhelming reception she received after winning gold in 5000m, and Avinash Sable offers insights into the challenges of steeplechase. The Asian Games medallists speak about the warm bond they share. This Idea Exchange was moderated by Associate Editor Nihal Koshie.Nihal Koshie: Both of you train together in Colorado Springs (USA). How satisfied are you after winning two medals each? Parul Chaudhary (PC): We felt good about winning the two medals. We train hard — two to three hours in the morning and evening. Our events require speed, endurance and strength. We have to put in a lot of effort to maintain all three. I had a good performance at the World Athletics Championships and also qualified for the Olympics. Avinash Sable (AS): There were ups and down...
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Afghan fans celebrate win over England from Mini Kabul to Delhi metro, from DU hostel mess to streets of Kandahar

Ahead of their match against India, the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) requested the International Cricket Council (ICC) for fifty passes to the local Afghan fans, but they didn’t get any.On Sunday, in Delhi’s mini Kabul all the Afghan shops were closed as most of them bought tickets for the Afghanistan-England match and those who didn’t, got passes from the Afghan cricketers. Haseebullah Siddiqi was among the handful of Afghan fans, who got tickets, because his childhood friend Rahmanullah Gurbaz managed three for him. Haseebullah, who spent most of his time these last few days with Gurbaz in the team hotel, didn’t know how exactly to celebrate. “I am just running with the Afghan flag in the metro. We are singing songs. This is a very emotional moment for the entire Afghan community i...
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ODI World Cup: Decoding Mujeeb Ur Rahman’s mystery – Accuracy, aggression and variations

Joe Root is arguably England’s finest player of spin in the sub-continent this century. But Mujeeb-Ur-Rahman flummoxed with a simple piece of trick. In their early exchanges, Root stepped out and met him on the full to get used to his deception. Mujeeb played along. When Root gets confident, he tends to play spinners off the back-foot, with the turn and using those dexterous hands to stub out the danger, if any. But here, he lost to Mubeeb the battle of skills as well as wits. He slipped in the off-break — his change-up ball, and therein is the irony of being Mujeeb — that rushed him through the gate to hit the stumps. The ball kept a trifle low, Mujeeb had released this from a slightly lower trajectory. He has an unorthodox grip too, as he holds the ball between the thumb and forefinge...
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Afghanistan tastes its second success in the World Cup

Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan after the wicket of Mark Wood during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 match against England. | Photo Credit: MOORTHY RV  Afghanistan (284) registered its second-highest ODI World Cup total, surpassing the 272 it scored against India in its previous game. Afghanistan’s best (288) came against the West Indies in the 2019 edition. The Afghans recorded their first win over the Englishmen in six meetings across formats. It was the third ODI clash between Afghanistan and England, having previously met only in World Cups in 2015 and 2019 when England won comprehensively. It was Afghanistan’s second win in the World Cup in 18 games. The maiden victory was against Scotland in its third match during the 2015 campaign. Only the Netherlands (9.09%) has a lower win percentag...
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Watch: Crying fan hugs Mujeeb Ur Rahman after Afghanistan’s famous win | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: As Afghanistan caused one of the biggest upsets in the history of ODI World Cup, thrashing defending champions England, emotions ran wild at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in the national capital. Be it players or the fans of the Afghan team, the stadium was filled with immense joy and cheers after Hashmatullah Shahidi's men pulled off an epic triumph over heavyweights and tournament favourites England. Amid sheer happiness, a heart-warming video of a young little fan, who was in tears of joy after Afghanistan's win also hogged the limelight. The fan was greeted by star spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman, who was seen consoling and hugging him after the win. An all-round Afghanistan dishing out a collective effort to bundle out England for 215 runs in 40.3 overs in their chase of 285 to regi...
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Travis Head returns to nets; hopes to join Australia WC squad this week

Australia’s Travis Head during the 1st Betway ODI between South Africa and Australia at Mangaung Oval on September 07, 2023 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. | Photo Credit: Getty Images Australia's Travis Head returned to nets on Sunday having recovered from a fracture on his left-hand, and the middle-order batter is expected to travel to India on Thursday to join his country's World Cup squad.Head had his protective splint removed from his hand on Friday. The South Australian had suffered a fracture on his hand after getting hit by South African pacer Gerald Coetzee at Centurion ahead of the World Cup.Although he might miss Australia's fixture against Pakistan on Friday in Bengaluru, Head could feature against the Netherlands on October 25 in Delhi, provided he passes the fitness test."...
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Travis Head returns to nets; hopes to join Australia WC squad this week

Australia’s Travis Head during the 1st Betway ODI between South Africa and Australia at Mangaung Oval on September 07, 2023 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. | Photo Credit: Getty Images Australia's Travis Head returned to nets on Sunday having recovered from a fracture on his left-hand, and the middle-order batter is expected to travel to India on Thursday to join his country's World Cup squad.Head had his protective splint removed from his hand on Friday. The South Australian had suffered a fracture on his hand after getting hit by South African pacer Gerald Coetzee at Centurion ahead of the World Cup.Although he might miss Australia's fixture against Pakistan on Friday in Bengaluru, Head could feature against the Netherlands on October 25 in Delhi, provided he passes the fitness test."...
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Relive biggest upsets of ODI World Cup after Afghanistan stun England | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Afghanistan achieved one of the most remarkable victories by defeating the defending champions England by 69 runs in an extraordinary upset at the World Cup on Sunday in New Delhi.England, tasked with chasing 285 to win after opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz's explosive 80, found themselves all out for 215, despite Harry Brook's resilient 66, as spinners Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Rashid Khan each secured three wickets.Take a look at the greatest upsets at the showpiece event:1983: India vs West IndiesIn one of the most remarkable upsets in World Cup history, led by Kapil Dev, India shocked the two-time defending champions (1975, 1979), West Indies, by a margin of 43 runs to claim their first-ever title at the iconic Lord's. Despite defending a modest total of 183, India displayed a splen...
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Cricket World Cup 2023 | Every game now becomes almost like a final: Australia captain Pat Cummins

Prep time: Australia’s Green at a practice session on the eve of the game against Sri Lanka.  | Photo Credit: SANDEEP SAXENA After facing its heaviest World Cup defeat on Thursday against South Africa, Australia captain Pat Cummins said the mood in the camp was fantastic and that the team was treating every game as a final, starting from Monday against Sri Lanka.“Everyone after the last game was a little bit flat, but the last couple of days have been really good... The mood in the camp has been fantastic,” he said on match eve. “Every game now becomes almost like a final. You’ve got to win just about all of them,” he added. Interestingly, the only two games the Aussies lost ahead of the semifinals at the World Cup in 2019 were against India and South Africa, the same two sides they ha...
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Cricket World Cup 2023 | Australia, Sri Lanka seek to reboot flagging campaign

First look: Karunaratne will look to impress on his first outing this WC, having replaced Shanaka. | Photo Credit: SANDEEP SAXENA  Australia, a pre-tournament favourite, and Sri Lanka, which often punches above its weight, will be desperate to open their World Cup 2023 account at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium here on Monday. Both sides are coming off two successive defeats, one against South Africa each, and find themselves on the wrong side of history. While Sri Lanka conceded the highest total against the Proteas in its opener, it saw Pakistan pull off the highest successful chase in the tournament’s history in the following game. Australia, meanwhile, faced its heaviest World Cup defeat against South Africa in its previous match here and has kick-s...
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From India in 1983 to Afghanistan in 2023: When underdogs stunned defending champions at the Cricket World Cup

In a World Cup that has so far been crying out for either a thriller or an upset, New Delhi on Sunday witnessed a result that will be spoken about for ages as Afghanistan stunned defending champions England by 69 runs. Batting first, Afghanistan had a brilliant start and finish to their innings, scoring 284 in 49.5 overs. With the pitch starting to grip and offer turn in the first half, that felt like a good challenge for Jos Buttler and Co, especially with the quality of spinners Afghanistan had. It proved to be more than a challenge as Afghanistan emerged winners and added their names to an elite list of results in the history of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. 1983: India stun West Indies, not once but twice By now we all know the story. India were no favourites for the 1983 World C...
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ODI World Cup: Virat Kohli, Sunil Narine’s doppelgangers spotted during England-Afghanistan match | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The ODI World Cup match between England and Afghanistan witnessed 'special guests' in the stands at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi on Sunday.The doppelgangers of star India batter Virat Kohli and West Indies' mystery spinner Sunil Narine were spotted watching the match as a picture of them started doing the rounds on social media.Talking about the match, Afghanistan secured a convincing 69-run victory over the defending champions England in a remarkable upset at the World Cup.This win marked their second-ever triumph in the ODI World Cup history, elevating them from the bottom of the group standings.Afghanistan had entered the match with a track record of losing 16 out of their last 17 World Cup games, with their lone victory against Scotland in 2015.Opting to bat first, A...
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Cricket World Cup 2023 | The greatest World Cup upsets

Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan and teammates celebrate the team’s victory against England in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, at Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi on October 15, 2023. | Photo Credit: ANI With Afghanistan pulling off an upset of epic proportions by humbling defending champions England in the ODI World Cup, PTI takes a look at six underdog triumphs at the global showpiece.1983: India vs West IndiesIn one of the most stunning upsets in the history of the World Cup, the Kapil Dev-led India floored two-time defending champions (1975, 1979) West Indies by 43 runs to win their maiden title at the iconic Lord's. Defending a meagre 183, India produced a splendid bowling show to bundle out the mighty West Indies for 140.1983: Zimbabwe vs AustraliaThe 1983 edition saw another upset whe...
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ODI World Cup: Afghanistan snap 14-match losing streak with an upset win over defending champions England | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: An all-round Afghanistan caused one of the greatest ODI World Cup upsets on Sunday, stunning the defending champions England by 69 runs in the national capital for their first win of the 2023 edition.Riding on a power-packed performances from opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz and spinners, the ninth-ranked Afghanistan notched up only their second-ever win at the marquee tournament -- the other win for the Afghans came against Scotland back in 2015 in their first World Cup appearance. The shock defeat for England has now put their title defence is in real trouble as Jos Buttler and co. suffered their second loss in three matches. Chasing 285 to win, after opener Gurbaz had hit a blistering 80, England were bowled out for 215 despite Harry Brook's 66 with spinners Mujeeb Ur Rahman and ...
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‘Many might call it an upset, but I say Afghanistan…’: Wishes pour in for Afghans after historic win over England | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: In a stunning turn of events, Afghanistan scripted one of the most significant upsets in World Cup history by defeating the defending champions England by 69 runs at the Arun Jaitley Stadium on Sunday.Afghanistan, who were put into bat, posted a total of 284 before being bowled out in 49.5 overs. They then returned to dismiss England for 215 in 40.3 overs to register their second World cup victory ever.Rahmanullah Gurbaz played a pivotal role, leading Afghanistan's innings with a brisk 80 off 57 balls, while his opening partner Ibrahim Zadran added 28 runs, forming a commanding first-wicket partnership of 114 runs in just 16 overs.The moment Afghanistan posted a stunning upset win over England, social media platform 'X' went abuzz with heartfelt wishes for the Afghans.!(funct...
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Cricket World Cup 2023 | Life has come a full circle for Rohit Sharma

Man of the moment: The seemingly effortless sixes, delicate cuts and vanilla-melting drives were all there in Rohit’s knock against Pakistan on Saturday. | Photo Credit: DEEPAK KR The Indian juggernaut keeps marching ahead. In a vital World Cup game imbued with history’s quirks and hype’s stifling embrace, the Men in Blue remained clinical while vanquishing Pakistan here on Saturday. A quiet confidence was evident right from the moment Rohit Sharma won the toss and opted to field.In a cricketing era where no target seems insurmountable, it was a brave choice to prefer a breathless pursuit against the arch rival when scoreboard pressure in a full house could twist the narrative. It so happened that the sheer brilliance of the Indian bowlers in the middle overs overwhelmed Babar Azam’s m...
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New Zealand players meet school students in Chennai under UNICEF initiative

New Zealand’s Daryl Mitchell with children during the ICC UNICEF Cricket 4 Good clinic program at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on October 15, 2023. | Photo Credit: VEDHAN M New Zealand Players met the school student at Chennai’s MA Chidambaram Stadium under the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) initiative on Sunday.Around 58 students interacted with the Kiwi players who are getting sports training from Greater Chennai Corporation and Smart City Project Limited. New Zealand star players like Tim Southee, Trent Boult, and Mark Chapman were seen training the students on how to bowl, bat and field. Following the event, Chapman said that the initiative was awesome and it gave the players an excuse to get out of the hotel and do something other than train, and play. The Kiwi...
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“This should hurt Pakistan”: former Pakistan cricketer Ramiz Raja on Pakistan’s 7-wicket defeat

Pakistan players celebrate the wicket of India’s Rohit Sharma during the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 between India and Pakistan at Narendra Modi Stadium on October 14, 2023 in Ahmedabad, India. | Photo Credit: Getty Images The former Pakistan cricketer Ramiz Raja was disappointed with the performance of Pakistan as they were beaten by India in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup match by seven wickets.Pakistan were all out for 191 runs in 42.5 overs. Captain Babar Azam scored the highest for Pakistan with 50 (58 balls) while Mohammad Rizwan scored 49. “This should hurt Pakistan because they weren’t able to compete. When you’re playing against India obviously it’s such an environment where it’s 99 per cent India fans and crowds, you’re obviously overwhelmed. I understand all of that,” ...
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Man Utd fan Jasprit Bumrah stunned by ‘temple celebration’ going viral

Jasprit Bumrah celebrates the wicket of Pakistan’s Shadab Khan during the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 match between India and Pakistan at Narendra Modi Stadium, in Ahmedabad, on October 14, 2023. | Photo Credit: PTI India fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah said he was surprised to see his World Cup "temple point" gesture go viral especially as he's usually "too tired to celebrate".The 29-year-old was man of the match in Saturday's seven-wicket rout of Pakistan.Along with New Zealand pair Matt Henry and Mitchell Santner, he is the tournament's leading wicket-taker with eight in three games.Bumrah's eight wickets have cost just 93 runs.Also Read: CWC 2023 | KL Rahul wins “Gold Medal” by team for best fielding against PakistanHis performance in the 132,000-seater Ahmedabad Stadium on Saturda...
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CWC 2023 | KL Rahul wins “Gold Medal” by team for best fielding against Pakistan

Pakistan’s Mohammad Rizwan plays a shot as India’s wicketkeeper KL Rahul watches during the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup ODI between India and Pakistan at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on October 14, 2023. | Photo Credit: AFP Following India's seven-wicket win against Pakistan in the 12th match of the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup (CWC) 2023 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Saturday, India fielding coach T Dilip gave the best fielding award of the game to the wicketkeeper-batsman KL Rahul.Before giving the award, Dilip praised the Indian bowling attack for moving around quickly to their places."I think special mention to Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur, and Jasprit Bumrah for moving around quickly to their places, doing their best in the afternoon b...