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It’s Afghanistan’s turn for a lap of honour at Chepauk

Thanks for the support: The Afghanistan players receive a standing ovation from the Chepauk crowd.  | Photo Credit: JOTHI RAMALINGAM B The Chepauk cricket ground in Chennai has witnessed quite a few iconic games over the years, from India’s first Test victory in 1952 against England to the thrilling 1986 tied Test between India and Australia and, subsequently, some of Sachin Tendulkar’s best Test hundreds. As much as the venue is known for these matches, it also became associated with having the most sporting crowd in the country, which was best symbolised when the Pakistan team received a standing ovation after beating India in a thrilling Test match in 1999. That moment has become an integral part of the stadium’s rich history, so much so that when the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association ...
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Bishan Singh Bedi | Indian left-arm spinners pour tributes to the greatest of them all 

Former left-arm spinners, Bishan Singh Bedi, and S.L. Venkatapathi Raju, at an event in Hyderabad. | Photo Credit: File photo SUBRAHMANYAM VV  “We all started our career fascinated with the famed art of spin bowling by the famous four of Bishan Bedi, Erapalli Prasanna, B.S. Chandrasekhar and S. Venkatraghavan. I was privileged to be associated with him in one way or the other over the years,” says former India left-arm spinner S.L. Venkatapathi Raju, reacting to the demise of the great Bishen Singh Bedi.“In fact, Bedi paaji was my coach when I played for India on the 1990 New Zealand tour. And, I remember Shastri (Ravi) telling me - never to look (emulate) at Bedi when bowling for no one matched him when he bowled even in the nets, we all looked so ordinary in front of him,” Raju recal...
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Cricket World Cup 2023 AUS vs NED | Happy to bat at three if and when Travis Head comes in: Mitchell Marsh

Ready to launch: Marsh said he is feeling confident after contributing to the team’s cause in a couple of victories. | Photo Credit: Getty Images With scores like 96, 31, 52 and 121 over the last one month in India, Mitchell Marsh has done rather well as an opener. After injured Travis Head joined the Australian team, there has been speculation if the partnership with David Warner, which raised a record 259 in the last match against Pakistan, would be split.On the eve of the World Cup match against the Netherlands, Marsh said he would be happy to go back to No. 3. “I mentioned to David Warner, maybe he can bat three, but I got a firm no from him – that is being sarcastic,” Marsh said. “I have obviously batted there a lot over the last couple of years, so I feel really comfortable at th...
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Spin king Bedi gets an emotional final send-off

Poetry in motion: With a classical and easy action, Bedi confounded the best of batters the world over and spelt their doom. | Photo Credit: Getty Images The mortal remains of Bishan Singh Bedi were consigned to flames at the Lodi Road crematorium here on Tuesday with a sea of former and current cricketers in attendance to pay their tributes.Many broke down when Bedi’s body was brought from his home ‘Cricket Abode’ in South Delhi. Wife Anju, son Angad, daughter Neha, daughter-in-law Neha Dhupia, son-in-law Gautam, cricketers Kapil Dev, Madan Lal, Kirti Azad, Gursharan Singh and Kartik Murali were the pallbearers. Bedi, 77, passed away on Monday following prolonged illness. Madan Lal was heartbroken. “He was my Ustad. He taught me to dream big and work hard to make them come true. He wa...
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Cricket World Cup 2023 | Australia will not risk taking the Netherlands lightly

Gearing up: Smith had a hit at the nets on the eve of the match. | Photo Credit: AFP Bathed in orange, the Netherlands Residency looks magnificent under the half-moon.On this pleasant night, on the sprawling lawns, Teja Nidamanuru is speaking in Telugu to a lady in a saree; Aryan Dutt is having a lengthy chat with Kartik Murali, probably trying to pick the India spinner-turned-commentator’s brains on the art of slow bowling; Max O’Dowd, his shoulder-length blond hair glistening under lights, poses for a photograph for the umpteenth time. On the stage, the singer is rendering the John Denver classic ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads’. It was a night to unwind for the Netherlands players at the party hosted by their country’s ambassador Marisa Gerards. They seemed to enjoy the attention. Mind...
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Memories of Bishan Bedi — a man of integrity, wisdom and wit

File picture of Bishan Singh Bedi in 2012. | Photo Credit: PTI Bishan Bedi’s favourite word — and one which he personified — was “integrity.” The last time we met, at his farmhouse near Delhi where I stayed for a day, Bedi was recovering from a surgery. He had slowed down, yet he hadn’t lost his sense of mischief. The great communicator was frustrated that his speech couldn’t keep up with his thoughts. “I am exercising more now than I did in my playing days,” he said. The familiar guffaw followed. Bedi’s integrity, his insistence on calling a spade by its name and his abiding respect for the game often got him into trouble. He always spoke his mind; diplomacy was an alien concept. Yet, even if you didn’t agree with him, you knew his ideas came from a place of purity and concern. Bedi w...
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Memories of Bishan Bedi — a man of integrity, wisdom and wit

File picture of Bishan Singh Bedi in 2012. | Photo Credit: PTI Bishan Bedi’s favourite word — and one which he personified — was “integrity.” The last time we met, at his farmhouse near Delhi where I stayed for a day, Bedi was recovering from a surgery. He had slowed down, yet he hadn’t lost his sense of mischief. The great communicator was frustrated that his speech couldn’t keep up with his thoughts. “I am exercising more now than I did in my playing days,” he said. The familiar guffaw followed. Bedi’s integrity, his insistence on calling a spade by its name and his abiding respect for the game often got him into trouble. He always spoke his mind; diplomacy was an alien concept. Yet, even if you didn’t agree with him, you knew his ideas came from a place of purity and concern. Bedi w...
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Bishan Singh Bedi’s words always had the depth of a life well lived and the world acutely observed

Spinning a chat: Bedi with Chandrasekhar, Venkatraghavan and Prasanna. | Photo Credit: THE HINDU ARCHIVES To be in the presence of Bishan Singh Bedi is to know what warm affection is, what righteous anger could be and to also recognise that sport is part of a larger life. The iconic left-arm spinner, who breathed his last in Delhi on Monday, was not just a cricketer, he had other shades too that ranged from philosopher to being a sharp observer of the nation’s politics.As a great left-arm spinner, he gently lured batters to their doom and his words always had the depth of a life well lived and the world acutely observed. In his 77 summers, with the prime years dedicated to cricket, as a player, coach, administrator and observer, Bedi gained immense stature. He had a larger-than-life pr...
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French Open 2023: PV Sindhu fights back again to defeat Gregoria Mariska Tunjung, Satwik-Chirag off to a winning start

For the second time in two weeks, PV Sindhu came back from a game down to defeat world No 7 Gregoria Mariska Tunjung as she got off to a winning start at the French Open Super 750 tournament in Rennes on Tuesday. Sindhu, who has re-entered the top 10 in the world after a couple of semifinals in the European swing, wasn’t off to the best of starts but bounced back to win in 69 minutes 12-21, 21-18, 21-15. And once again, like in Odense, she will face Thailand’s Supanida Katethong on Thursday against whom she now has a 4-2 head-to-head. Also progressing to the round of 16 was the newly crowned world No 1 duo of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty. In their first appearance on court after moving to the top of the world rankings on the back of the historic Asian Game hold, Satwik-Chir...
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I was a bit nervous before the Bangladesh match, says centurion Quinton de Kock | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Following his incredible performance of 174 runs in the World Cup match in Mumbai against Bangladesh, South African opener Quinton de Kock admitted to feeling a bit nervous before the game.De Kock's remarkable century, coupled with Heinrich Klaasen's explosive 90, played a pivotal role in South Africa's commanding 149-run victory over Bangladesh.“I was a bit nervous this morning, don't normally get nervous at all.I had a bit of fun, great to get two points. But I was a bit more tired than satisfied (after the innings),” said de Kock during the post-match presentation.The left-handed batter praised Klaasen for producing another hurting knock.“I need some of the juice he's having. He's been special, for every team he's played for. Taking the tournament by storm,” he added.South...
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World Cup, SA vs BAN highlights: Ton-up Quinton De Kock leads South Africa’s rout of Bangladesh | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Quinton de Kock showcased his brilliance with a stunning 174, marking his third century of the World Cup, as South Africa dominated Bangladesh in a match held in Mumbai on Tuesday.The Proteas faced an early setback, finding themselves at 36-2 after winning the toss. However, they regrouped vigorously, amassing 144 runs in the last 10 overs to conclude their innings at 382-5, punctuated by a flurry of boundaries.Bangladesh, in response, never seemed capable of chasing down this imposing total, plummeting to 58-5.Their eventual total of 233 owed much to Mahmudullah's resilient 111 off as many balls. By the time the 37-year-old veteran notched up his fourth one-day international century in 195 innings, the match had long lost its competitiveness, with no other Bangladesh batsman...
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Murali Kartik says he is what he is only because of Bishan Singh Bedi

File photo of former Indian captain and legendary spinner Bishan Singh Bedi. | Photo Credit: ANI Murali Kartik remembers the question, and the answer, from Bishan Singh Bedi, on his first day with the legendary spinner. “Who is a spinner?” Bedi asked. He gave the answer himself: “A spinner is somebody who spins the ball.” Kartik, a talented left-arm spinner who probably deserved to play more than the eight Tests or 37 ODIs that he played for India, told The Hindu that he would not have become a left spinner at all if not for Bedi. “I must have done a lot of good deeds to get him as my guru” said Kartik of the Bedi, who passed away on Monday. “I am what I am because of all that time he spent with me, making a non-left arm spinner into a left-arm spinner. I was a medium-pacer before I me...
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Cricket World Cup: Free popcorn and cold drink to be given to all fans at Wankhede Stadium

The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) will be providing free popcorn and a cold drink to all fans turning up to watch World Cup games to be played at Wankhede Stadium. The decision was taken by MCA president Amol Kale after the South Africa vs Bangladesh World Cup league game held at Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday. Mumbai will be hosting the game between India and Sri Lanka on November 2, followed by Australia vs Afghanistan and the semi-finals on November 15. The fans will have to show their tickets at the counter and after getting it stamped they will be provided with free popcorn and a cold drink. “I had proposed to provide free one time popcorn and cold drink to all fans who turn up to watch World Cup games. It will be for non-hospitality areas. Once their tickets are stamped, free pop...
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ICC World Cup | Heinrich Klaasen one of the most fearsome ODI batters in world cricket

File photo of South Africa batsman Heinrich Klaasen. | Photo Credit: Emmanual Yogini It may sound odd but arguably the best batter of spin bowling in limited overs’ cricket is a South African. It is not at all odd that he is equally indomitable against pace bowlers. No wonder then that Heinrich Klaasen is one of the most fearsome batters in world cricket, at least in 50-over-a-side format, at the moment. Klaasen has continued his classy batting and silken touch in the Men’s ODI World Cup. His back-to-back knocks at the Wankhede Stadium, including Tuesday’s 49-ball 93, have underlined his prowess in the format.Having joined Quinton de Kock at the crease towards the end of the 30th over, Klaasen knew that neither would face too much of spin nor was he in danger of running out steam on ye...
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Quinton de Kock: A divisive figure, a genius and South Africa’s batting atlas at the World Cup

Paddy Upton, the South African mind master who has untangled the complex worlds inside cricket and hockey dressing rooms, described it the best without having to use his own words.Explaining the underrated genius of Quinton de Kock, the sports psychologist who has been a part of Gary Kirsten’s coaching staff with South Africa and India, dipped into a brief conversation he had with Rahul Dravid. Follow all the action from the Cricket World Cup 2023 on our special World Cup section. You can also find the latest stats, like the top scorer and the highest wicket-taker of the current edition, upcoming World Cup fixtures and the points table on the site. It was the summer of 2016 and Upton had just taken over from Kirsten as the coach of Delhi Daredevils in the IPL. He was overseeing de Ko...
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Hangzhou Asian Para Games, Day 2: Prachi Yadav claims gold for her 2nd medal at the event as Indian athletes add 17 medals

The fourth edition of Asian Para Games officially got underway with medal events from 22 October. India had won 14 medals at the 2010 edition, 33 in 2014 and 72 in 2018. In Guangzhou at the inaugural edition, India had won 1 gold while that number went up to 15 in Indonesia. In Jakarta, India finished 9th overall in the medals tally. Historically, much like the Asian Games, track and field have contributed most to the India medal tally at the Asian Para Games. Before the 2023 edition, India had won a total of 119 medals and 60 of those came from athletics. ———– On Day 2 of medal events at the fourth edition of the Asian Para Games in Hangzhou, Indian athletes added 17 more medals to the tally with three gold, six silver and eight bronze medals. Prachi Yadav, who had opened India’s tall...
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Sarfaraz, Shaheen, Rizwan being discussed as candidates who could replace Babar as captain | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Sarfaraz Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan, and Shaheen Shah Afridi are emerging as potential contenders for the captaincy role upon the national team's return from the World Cup in India.Following the World Cup, Pakistan is slated to embark on a tour of Australia. Additionally, preparations are essential for the 2024 T20 World Cup and the 2025 ICC Champions Trophy.A growing consensus within the Pakistan Cricket Board suggests that Babar Azam has had his opportunity to prove his captaincy mettle and has fallen short in delivering the expected results.Despite their recent setbacks, including a defeat to Afghanistan on Monday, Pakistan still has four more league games remaining in the World Cup, providing them with an opportunity to secure a spot in the semifinals."Only if Pakistan can st...
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Pakistan’s World Cup loss against Afghanistan opens can of worms; flood of criticism directed at Babar Azam

Pakistan has suffered a shocking and continuous decline in hockey and squash in the past two decades. For, a country that has won three Olympic golds and a record four World Cup titles in hockey, being on the brink of missing out on their third straight Olympic Games is nothing less than a catastrophe. In 80s and 90s, squash was ruled by the Khans – Jahangir and Jansher. Following Jansher’s last triumph in the British Open in 1996, squash as a sport in Pakistan has only gone down.Following Pakistan’s Chennai debacle in the ODI World Cup, the question has been raised whether cricket will face the same fate as hockey and squash in Pakistan. Fakhar-e-Alam, host of the cricket show The Pavillion on ‘A Sports’, asked this question to his panellists, former skippers Wasim Akram, Moin Khan, ...
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Mohammad Shami over Shardul Thakur? Can India be bold enough and prioritize saving runs instead of scoring them?

It was one of the loudest pops in Dharamsala on Sunday. Mohammed Shami held the ball for the first time at this Cricket World Cup, scampered in from over the stumps, and then let go of a length ball with that picture perfect seam bolt upright. It would come into Will Young, who dragged it onto his stumps and pop. 10 Indian shirts converged in jubilation towards the middle of the 22-yard strip at the HPCA Stadium while one just raised his finger up. For Shami, who was benched for the previous four India games in the tournament, business looked as usual. It raised a pertinent question. Where was he all this time? Why didn’t the Indian management look at him as a first choice bowler from the very first game of the World Cup? Shardul Thakur has been entrusted in place of the most-experienc...
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South Africa’s Quinton de Kock completes 12,000 international runs – Times of India

NEW DELHI: South African opener Quinton de Kock reached a significant milestone by surpassing 12,000 international runs with his impressive knock of 174 runs in the ODI World Cup 2023 match against Bangladesh at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Tuesday.This achievement places him among the select group of just seven South African players who have amassed over 12,000 international runs. De Kock now boasts a total of 12,160 runs in 284 international matches.Currently, in the ongoing ODI World Cup, De Kock leads the run-scoring charts with 411 runs in five matches, maintaining an extraordinary average of 102.75, including three centuries.With his third World Cup century, he has become the second South African to score the most World Cup hundreds for the Proteas. AB de Villiers, with four cent...