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Day: October 16, 2023

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Cricket World Cup: Rain puts Dharamsala outfield in more strife ahead of South Africa-Netherlands game

On the eve of the South Africa-Netherlands World Cup game, the hill town witnessed rain throughout the day, starting early in the morning. The surrounding mountains had their first snowfall of the season and as a result, Dharamsala saw heavy showers from well before dawn. Not a ray of sunshine graced the HPCA Stadium throughout the day and the groundstaff were hard at work with super-soppers. It remains to be seen how an already ‘average’ outfield fares during Tuesday’s match. “Kya lagta hai sir, match hoga kya?” A CID official tasked with the security of the venue can’t resist asking if the game is under threat. It may take the investigation resources and nuance of the agency to find an answer to the question. However, the host association expressed confidence that their was no threat ...
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Cricket World Cup 2023 | I was under the weather before the match, says Australia spinner Adam Zampa

Australia’s Adam Zampa celebrates the wicket of Sri Lanka’s Maheesh Theekshana during the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup match between Australia and Sri Lanka. | Photo Credit: AP Adam Zampa was not at his physical best during his match-winning performance against Sri Lanka here on Monday.“I did a gym session a couple of nights ago and I don’t know if it was a back spasm, but I was under the weather the last couple of days. I had to do fitness tests before the game today. It felt like adrenaline was going to get me through,” the leg-spinner, who rattled the Sri Lankan middle-order with a four-wicket haul, said. However, the 31-year-old didn’t seem too impressed with his spell and feels that it is taking him too long to find his rhythm. “It took me a lot longer than I wanted to get into the...
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After Asiad silver in 1500m, runner Ajay Saroj hopes he gets INR 1.5 cr cash prize from UP govt, helping him repay debts

The first time India’s long distance foreign coach Scott Simmons met middle distance athlete Ajay Kumar Saroj during a training camp at Bengaluru, the foreign coach was impressed by the calm demeanour of the Uttar Pradesh athlete. With Saroj training for months under him, the impression stayed the same and Simmons would give a new name to Saroj in his diary. It would read ‘The Silent Monk’ and as the 26-year-old Indian athlete won the silver medal in men’s 1500m final in Hangzhou Asian Games earlier this month, Simmons would once again make an entry in his training diary. “My first impression of Saroj being so calm and silent made me name him ‘The silent monk’. Luckily the impression has remained the same and that has been Saroj’s biggest strength as a middle distance runner. The same...
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Will the best in cricket be at the Olympics

The unanswered questions after cricket’s return to the Olympics: Will the big stars turn up? Cricket is back at the Olympics, but whether the top cricketers will follow is the question. At the recent Asian Games, most top teams of the continent didn’t send their main players given the tournament’s proximity to the ICC Men’s 50-over World Cup. India, in fact, wasn’t even going to send a team until the cricket board had a last-minute rethink. Karl Stoss, the chairman of the Olympic Programme Commission, said the IOC will ‘work closely’ with the International Cricket Council to ensure the best players compete at the Olympics. The international cricket calendar for 2028 isn’t finalised yet and with the Games to be held from July 14-30, the IOC hopes a window will be created for the Games in...
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Purpose of including cricket was to bring high-profile players: IOC president Thomas Bach

Exchanging pleasantries: Bach and Nita Ambani during the Reliance Foundation — Olympic Values Education Programme. | Photo Credit: ANI Cricket’s return to the Olympics after a lengthy break owes much to the growth of the sport and particularly the rising popularity of the T20 format. IOC president Thomas Bach, responding to a query about cricket’s exclusion from the Games for the previous 125 years, said: “Cricket has evolved very much in recent years. I can’t speak about 50 years before. What I can see is that this great development of cricket and we have been made aware of this not just in India but beyond by our IOC member, Nita Ambani. We have seen the figures developing. We had a discussion with the Organising Committee of Los Angeles, and everything came together.” “The expectat...
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I wasn’t feeling great because I had a bit of a back spasm: Adam Zampa – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Leg-spinner Adam Zampa on Monday played a pivotal role in Australia's first win of the 2023 ODI World Cup in Lucknow, picking up four Sri Lankan wickets. The 31-year-old was adjudged Player of the Match as he returned impressive figures of 8-1-47-4 in Australia's 5-wicket win. However, after the game, Zampa revealed that had been struggling with back spasms for the last couple of days. "To be honest, I wasn't feeling great because I had a bit of a back spasm. Was playing through it the last couple of days. Today I felt better, bowled better today," Zampa said after the match."Personally, not at my best and last game particularly felt I could have been doing better. My job in this team is to take wickets in the middle order. Didn't quite do that last game and put the pressure ...
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Cricket World Cup 2023 | South Africa starts as favourite against spirited Netherlands

Point to prove: Netherlands skipper Edwards would hope his team puts on a show against the Proteas. | Photo Credit: MOORTHY RV Though the men’s Cricket World Cup started over 10 days ago, it was not until last weekend that it truly came alive. On Saturday, India and Pakistan sparred in front of a sell-out crowd, with the match even featuring a glitzy pre-game show, usually the preserve of tournament-openers. Then on Sunday, Afghanistan dished out the first upset of the edition, soundly beating defending champion England.On Tuesday, the Netherlands will look to join the party and rev up the festivities when it takes on the mighty South Africa at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamshala. Having lost their opening two fixtures, the Dutchmen are desperate to prove that they are not here to just mak...
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Jasprit Bumrah — one of a kind among the pantheon of Indian speed merchants

An old cricketing stereotype about India entirely revolved around wristy batters and wily spinners. The willow-wielders with their wide bouquet of aesthetic shots were expected to defy geometry on the turf. The practitioners of the slow-art were supposed to spin a web, luring perplexed batters to their doom. This was essentially about poetry at one end while a lullaby held the other point of the spectrum.How about some rock-and-roll that rested on fast bowlers? Well at one point, gentle coughs ensued, throats were cleared and a whisper traipsed into waiting ears: “Oh they are supposed to just take the shine off the ball before the Bedis, Prasannas, Chandrasekhars and Venkataraghavans spun their wares.” Indian speed merchants were deemed non-existent or at best were relegated to the real...
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In an evening of collapses, Australia rediscover Australian way to beat Sri Lanka

It was an evening of collapses. In the stands, minutes before Australia shut out Sri Lanka, the World Cup-logo imprinted hoardings of the boudin-shaped roof fell dangerously and dramatically into the pale-blue seats. Some clung onto the edges of the frame and flapped violently in the breeze that kicked up from nowhere. Spectators fled their seats to the safety of the corridors, its entrance carved like the guards’ perch of Mughal forts. There were intermittent power outages, a bristling spell of rain that stopped the game for half an hour and a gust of dust-storm. But Sri Lanka and Australia combined to script the biggest collapse story, one that rivals Pakistan’s the other day in Ahmedabad in its suddenness, though without the cruelly partisan crowd shrieking hostilities in their ears....
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Australia revive ODI World Cup campaign with five-wicket win over Sri Lanka | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Josh Inglis and Mitchell Marsh struck attractive fifties after Adam Zampa four-for as Australia injected life to their ODI World Cup campaign, registering a five-wicket win over Sri Lanka in Lucknow on Monday.The win was Australia's first in the 2023 edition and it came after two successive defeats against hosts India and South Africa.Showing urgency with the ball Australia first bundled out Sri Lanka for a lowly 209 inside 44 overs with Zampa (4/47) leading the rout despite half-centuries by Kusal Perera (78) and Pathum Nissanka (61). Inglis and Marsh then smashed fiery fifties as Australia chased down the target with 88 balls to spare -- also improving on their NRR.Australia, who were languishing at the bottom in the standings, jumped to the 8th spot with their first win. S...
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‘His style is a bit different from others’: Former domestic stalwart on Rohit Sharma’s captaincy | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former Mumbai captain and domestic stalwart Amol Muzumdar lauded Rohit Sharma's captaincy, highlighting the Indian skipper's exceptional leadership as he guided the team to three consecutive victories in the 2023 ODI World Cup.In his analysis of Rohit's captaincy, Muzumdar emphasized three key aspects with a stress on data and statistics during the Star Sports show, 'Follow the Blues'.Muzumdar further pointed out Rohit's unique captaincy style, which involves friendly and effective communication with his players. This approach helps in simplifying complex situations and contributes to the team's success."I want to highlight 3 things about his captaincy. The first one is, Rohit Sharma gives a lot of weightage and importance to data and statistics. This includes one of the most...
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Cricket World Cup 2023 ENG vs AFG | The tournament, despite its ‘early days’ caveat, has finally come alive!

Afghanistan bowler Fazal Farooqi being greeted by teammates after the wicket of Jonathan Bairstow during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 Match against England at the Arun Jaitley Cricket Stadium in New Delhi. | Photo Credit: MOORTHY RV  World Cups are not entirely about who triumphs in the end. These multi-nation championships are also about those stunning delights. These may seem microscopic in the larger scheme of things, but obviously their effects are macroscopic for the concerned team that sprung a surprise against a strong rival. And therein lies the charm. Years down the line, there could be a trivia question in a random quiz about Afghanistan’s stunning dismantling of England at Delhi’s Arun Jaitley Stadium on a feverish Sunday. However, there is no mistaking the aura this upset...
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Cricket gets a shot in the arm as IOC approves it for 2028 LA Olympics

New frontiers: Cricket’s inclusion in the Olympics will provide a much-needed base for the sport to tap into fresh fans from across the globe. | Photo Credit: AFP Cricket’s return to the Olympics after 128 years at the 2028 Olympics Games was a foregone conclusion.However, the LA Local Organising Committee’s (LALOG) proposal to include the sport, along with four others (squash, baseball/softball, lacrosse and flag football), failed to receive unanimous support at the International Olympic Committee’s 141st Session here as two of the 99 members voted against it. “To have the opportunity to showcase our great sport at the LA28 Games and hopefully many Olympic Games to come will be great for players and fans alike,” International Cricket Committee Chairman Greg Barclay said. The cricket e...
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Delhi crowd cheers for Naveen-ul-Haq days after booing him | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Afghanistan pacer Naveen-ul-Haq experienced a complete turnaround, shifting from facing the fervent Delhi crowds to being wholeheartedly cheered on by them at the Arun Jaitley Stadium during ICC World Cup match against England on Sunday.Naveen was welcomed with the chants of 'Kohli Kohli' during the match against India but he soon witnessed a complete shift from the same crowd as they erupted in joy when the young Afghan pacer dismissed England captain Jos Buttler.Naveen and Virat Kohli were engaged in a heated exchange during the IPL when the former came to bat for the home team Lucknow Super Giants' tense chase against Royal Challengers Bangalore.But both the players decided to bury the hatchet with a warm embrace during their match on Wednesday. The duo exchanged a handsha...
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Cricket’s return to Olympics based on success of IPL

As cricket charted its way back into the Olympic fold after more than 120 years, it had one major reference point: the Indian Premier League (IPL).The competition wasn’t even 10 years old when Los Angeles was awarded the 2028 Olympics. However, it had caught the imagination of the Games organisers not just for its money-spinning ability but also the match-day fanfare, the heady mix of sport and entertainment as well as for showing the full potential of the sport that, outside the Commonwealth, was mocked for being too long, too slow and too complex. “We want to recreate that environment,” said Casey Wasserman, the head of the Los Angeles Olympics Organising Committee. Wasserman was speaking moments after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) members rubber-stamped cricket’s return t...
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ODI World Cup: Hoardings fall from Ekana Stadium roof during Australia-Sri Lanka match | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Strong gusts of wind at Ekana Stadium in Lucknow during the World Cup match between Australia and Sri Lanka caused several advertising hoardings to topple from the stadium's roof onto the empty seats below on Monday.Following a temporary rain delay, a dust storm accompanied by strong winds resulted in multiple branding materials, including iron angles, falling onto the lower-level seating areas.While the situation had the potential for disaster, it fortunately occurred when the stands were sparsely populated. Nonetheless, it induced panic among spectators, prompting a public announcement instructing them to relocate to the safe confines of the higher seating areas.By the time the second innings commenced, security personnel had successfully relocated all spectators to the ele...
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International Olympic Committee puts boxing ‘on hold’ for 2028 LA Games | Boxing News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Boxing faces an uncertain long-term future as an Olympic sport after its place at the 2028 Los Angeles Games was confirmed as being "on hold" Monday by the International Olympic Committee.Boxing has been part of every Olympics since 1920 and will feature at next year's Paris Games.But in June, the International Boxing Association was effectively expelled from the Olympic movement following a bitter dispute between Games chiefs and its Russian president, Umar Kremlev.The withdrawal of recognition by the IOC's executive board followed concerns over the credibility of IBA sanctioned tournaments as well as the boxing governing body's finances and governance.No other boxing governing body has been recognised by the IOC.Monday's IOC session in Mumbai voted on the programme for the 202...
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Waqar Younis tells Shaheen Afridi to copy Jasprit Bumrah World Cup blueprint | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Pakistan's cricket legend Waqar Younis on Monday offered some valuable advice to the struggling strike bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi. He suggested that if Shaheen aims to make a significant impact at the World Cup, he should take a page out of India's fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah's book.Currently, Shaheen is grappling with issues related to his pace and fitness, which have resulted in lackluster performances in all three World Cup games.He has managed to secure just four wickets, but at a steep cost of 139 runs."I don't know if there is a problem with his fitness," Waqar, who is in India as a commentator, told AFP."The missing link in his bowling is discipline and he is over trying to get wickets."When you do the same thing again and again, like Shaheen is bowling to get his yorke...
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Mitchell Starc warns Kusal Perera for leaving crease at non-striker’s end | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Australian pacer Mitchell Starc exhibited a brilliant example of the spirit of the game as he decided not to run out Sri Lanka opener Kusal Perera at the non-striker's end during the ODI World Cup match in Lucknow on Monday.The incident took place in the very first over of the match when Perera was leaving the crease at the non-striker's end giving Starc an opportunity to dislodge the stumps but the Aussie instead gave the batter a warning.Starc also brought the matter to the attention of the umpire, emphasising Perera's tendency to prematurely leave his crease.Starc once again interrupted his run-up, suspecting that Perera might be leaving the crease prematurely once again. However, on the second instance, Perera's departure wasn't as early as it had been the last time.Despi...
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How Virat Kohli is instrumental in cricket’s inclusion in 2028 Los Angeles Olympics | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Star Indian batter Virat Kohli's iconic global status has such an aura that even International Olympic Committee (IOC) 141st session can't do without his mention, during which the historic decision to include cricket in the Olympics was taken.Kohli has such an impact globally that even non cricketing legends are aware of his stature as a legendary sportsman. With an impressive record of over 25,000 international runs, 77 centuries, and numerous memorable moments in his roles as a captain, cricketer, and a prominent figure in society, Kohli has earned a place in the hearts of sporting enthusiasts across the globe."My friend Virat Kohli has 340 million Social Media followers, making him the third most followed athlete - surpassing combined numbers of LeBron James (NBA basketbal...