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Day: October 26, 2023

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2 medals at Asian meet, 16-year-old from J&K is ‘first female archer without arms’

SHEETAL DEVI, a 16-year-old archer from Loidhar village in Kishtwar, Jammu and Kashmir, is the “first female archer without arms to compete internationally”, according to World Archery, the sport’s governing body. This week, she won two medals at the Asian Para Games in Hangzhou. How she releases an arrow is a testament to Sheetal’s spirit. She holds and balances the 27.5 kilogram bow with her right leg, pulls the string back using a manual releaser attached to her right shoulder, and uses a device called the trigger, held in her mouth, to direct the arrow at a target 50 metres away. All the while, she holds herself upright on the seat with her left leg. Sheetal was born with Phocomelia, a rare congenital disorder that causes under-developed limbs. “Initially, I could not even lift the ...
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World Cup match at Lucknow

Let’s do it: India will look to Kohli and Bumrah to continue their form as the tournament progresses. | Photo Credit: SANDEEP SAXENA A few days in the lap of the Himalayas must have done a world of good for the Men in Blue. The break after Sunday’s triumphant World Cup contest against New Zealand at Dharamshala’s HPCA Stadium helped the players unwind. Some like K.L. Rahul dipped their feet in cold mountain streams.It was all pastoral and nice, and there was a touch of Ruskin Bond in the air with the slow life being embraced. But now it is time to get sweaty and inflate the laundry bills with team apparel put through the wringer in practice sessions in the days leading up to Sunday’s clash at the Ekana Stadium here against England. Hardik being missed With a cloud of uncertainty linger...
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Bangladesh’s Shakib booed by home fans on World Cup break

Bangladesh’s skipper Shakib Al Hasan bowls during the match against South Africa in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, at Wankhede Stadium, in Mumbai on October 24. | Photo Credit: ANI Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan was booed by fans Thursday as he left Dhaka's Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium after a training session on a break from the Cricket World Cup back home.Shakib returned home on Wednesday to work with his mentor Nazmul Abedeen to settle batting issues he felt during the ongoing World Cup in neighbouring India.Video footage seen by AFP showed a group of people jeering Shakib.The skipper has scored only 56 runs in the four innings he has batted in the tournament, including just one in the 149-run defeat against South Africa in Mumbai on Tuesday.He had two sessions with Naz...
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Hangzhou Asian Para Games, Day 4: India’s medal tally crosses 80 for best-ever showing, Sheetal-Rakesh clinch first gold in archery

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 Thursday, India officially crossed their best ever medal tally at the Asian Para Games, breaking the mark set in 2018. The medal count stood at 82 at the end of day’s proceedings with 18 gold, 23 silver, 41 bronze. While the tota...
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Cricket World Cup: Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Shubman Gill roll their arms over to cover for Hardik Pandya’s absence as India hit the nets ahead of England match

With Hardik Pandya set to miss the Lucknow tie against England and India continuing with the five-specialist-bowlers formula, the team management is banking on part-timers to bail the team out if one or more of the main men have an off day. 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. The key highlight of India’s first net session in Lucknow on Thursday was Virat Kohli, Shubman Gill and Suryakumar Yadav rolling their arms over to cover for any contingencies during the game against the beleaguered holders. Kohli, who completed Hardik’s over in Pune against Bangladesh after th...
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French Open 2023: PV Sindhu retires mid-match after left knee injury; Satwik-Chirag bow out in three games

Despite leading in her round of 16 match against Thailand’s Supanida Katethong, PV Sindhu retired hurt due to an issue with her left knee at the Frence Open Super 750 tournament in Rennes on Thursday. It was also the end of the campaign for defending champions and world No 1 Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty as they lost 23-25 21-19 19-21 in a thriller against Indonesian legends Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan. Sindhu took the call to stop the match with the scoreline at 21-18 1-1 in what is perhaps the first time she has retired mid-match in her career so far, as per information available on BadmintonStatistics. After her opening-round win against Gregoria Mariska Tunjung, where she had to dig deep after losing the first game, Sindhu had said she was running on fumes toward...
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How much 50 over cricket domestically has Virat Kohli played: Nasser Hussain tears into England after they lose to Sri Lanka

Former England skipper Nasser Hussain lashed out at the England squad after they were thrashed by Sri Lanka by 8 wickets at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium on Thursday. 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. “What I don’t like is giving the players a cop out. Sometimes, I think we do that in English cricket. When they win the 50 over World Cup or the 20 over World Cup, aren’t they great? They are brilliant. Then when the wheels come off, it’s the structure. It’s the structure of English cricket. We are a disgrace. We play 20 over cricket, we play 100 ball cricket, we don’t p...
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India ready to host Olympics in 2036, no dearth of sporting talent in country, says PM Narendra Modi | More sports News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that this year's sports budget is three times larger than the allocation made nine years ago and pointed out that India possesses an extensive pool of sporting talent and is ready to host the 2036 Olympic Games.PM Modi's statement comes after India's recent success in the world of sports with the nation securing a record-breaking 107 medals at the Asian Games in China.The PM said that the accomplishment will serve as a source of motivation for aspiring young athletes.Speaking after inaugurating the 37th National Games at the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium at Margao, Modi said the Games are taking place in Goa at a time when Indian sports is reaching new heights.“We have brought in changes in schemes to provide financial incentive...
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World Cup: ‘England underestimated Sri Lanka’ – Maheesh Theekshana takes a jibe at defending champions | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Sri Lankan spinner Maheesh Theekshana didn't mince words and said that the defending champions England had underestimated the Islanders at their own risk. Sri Lanka cruised to an eight-wicket win against the 2019 champions England and dented their hopes of reaching the semifinals of the mega tournament.The Sri Lankan bowlers demonstrated remarkable accuracy on a pitch with unpredictable bounce, dismantling England's lineup for a mere 156 runs.Sri Lanka clinched victory withSadeera Samarawickrama and Pathum Nissanka both scoring half-centuries. Sri Lanka chased down the total in 25.4 overs.With this win, Sri Lanka are now fifth in the points tally with 2 wins and 3 losses in 5 matches. They have a run-rate of -0.205."I think they underestimated our team because we also lost th...
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World Cup 2023: Open-chested predator Lahiru Kumara destroys England

In his Twitter intro, Lahiru Kumara describes himself as “a strongly built right arm quick bowler. Gasman Lahiru.” No one quite knows the genesis of the Gasman epithet, or who named him thus. The common reference is that he could bowl at high pace all through the day. Some others think it’s because he is imposingly built, like a Marvel superhero. Whatever be the origins, he was his country’s Gasman against England, bowling 10 mean overs of sustained aggression and hostility. Pace was always his biggest gift once he chanced to lay his hands on a cricket ball. The path he chose was incidental. He was a hockey player in his teens, but after a cut he sustained on his forehead when playing the sport, his mother burned the hockey gear. He then just walked into the nets in his school and start...
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‘Incredibly disappointing’, says Jos Buttler as England crash at ODI World Cup | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: England skipper Jos Buttler on Thursday admitted that the ongoing ODI World Cup has been 'incredibly disappointing' as the defending champions found themselves on the verge of elimination following a crushing eight-wicket loss to Sri Lanka.As the Lankans successfully chased down a target of 157 runs with nearly 25 overs to spare, Kusal Mendis and co. handed England their fourth defeat in five games.England now are at the ninth position on the table and must secure wins in their remaining four matches to remain alive in semi-finals race. Three of those games are against India, Australia and Pakistan."It's incredibly tough, an incredibly disappointing tournament. As captain, you feel that a lot," said Buttler."We've been short of our best by a very long way. I'm disappointed fo...
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ENG vs SL: Sri Lanka push England closer to World Cup exit | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Sri Lanka dealt a severe blow to England's hopes of advancing in the World Cup, delivering an emphatic eight-wicket victory that brought the defending champions to the brink of elimination.This marked Sri Lanka's second win out of five games in the tournament, harking back to their 1996 championship victory. In contrast, England found themselves in a precarious position with four losses and only one victory, necessitating a string of four consecutive wins to maintain their slim chance of reaching the semi-finals.AS IT HAPPENED: England vs Sri LankaIn a straightforward chase of 157 runs, Sri Lanka cruised to 160-2 with a remarkable 146 balls remaining, courtesy of the outstanding performances by Pathum Nissanka and Sadeera Samarawickrama.Nissanka showcased his exceptional form...
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‘Worst World Cup campaigns in English cricket history’: Michael Vaughan lambasts dismal England | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: As Sri Lanka pushed England closer to the ODI World Cup exit door on Thursday with an 8-wicket win, former stars seemed pretty unhappy with the lacklustre performance by the defending champions in the ongoing cricketing extravaganza.A horrendous batting performance from Jos Buttler and co. in Bengaluru against Sri Lanka meant England suffered their fourth defeat in 5 matches.England, who won the toss and opted to bat, folded for a lowly 156 inside 34 overs and the likes of Michael Vaughan, Paul Collingwood and Ravi Shastri seemed baffled by the sliding England campaign. "This is turning out to be one of the worst World Cup campaigns in English cricket history .. btw .. & we have had some stinkers, wrote Vaughan on social media platform X. "It's difficult to watch. You can...
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India creates history in Asian Para Games, takes tally to record 82 medals | Asian Games 2023 News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Indian para athletes on Thursday achieved a historic milestone, securing the highest number of medals in the Asian Para Games in Hangzhou and raised the country's tally to a whopping 82, including an impressive 18 gold medals. The remarkable accomplishment surpasses India's previous record of 72 medals achieved during the 2018 edition held in Indonesia. On the fourth day, India clinched 18 medals, including three golds.India's medals tally stood at 18 gold, 23 silver and 41 bronze at the end of Day 4 of the competitions.India's position in the medals tally, however, dropped two places to eight, as not too many gold medals were won on Thursday.South Korea and Indonesia moved ahead of India in the medals tally led by China (156 gold, 128 silver, 108 bronze).With two more da...
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Greg Chappell going through rough patch financially, friends launch fundraising campaign

Australian legend Greg Chappell is going through a rough patch financially leading to his friends to set up an online fundraising platform for him, according to a report. “I’m not on the bones of my a**e. I certainly don’t want it to sound like we’re in desperate straits, because we’re not — but we’re not living in luxury either. I think most people assume that, because we played cricket, that we are all living in the lap of luxury. While I’m certainly not crying poor, we’re not reaping in the benefits that today’s players are,” Chappell was quoted as saying to News Corp. The Australian great also said that he is not the only player from his era who experienced financial difficulties, even though the landscape of professional cricket has come a long way since his retirement. “It is just...
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VVS Laxman likely to be in-charge for Australia T20I series post World Cup

VVS Laxman. File | Photo Credit: VEDHAN M National Cricket Academy head VVS Laxman could be in-charge of the Indian team for the five-match T20 International series against Australia, which will start within a week after the conclusion of the ODI World Cup.Head coach Rahul Dravid's contract will run its course at the end of the World Cup and obviously the BCCI has the option of requesting the former India captain to reapply as the board will have to reinvite applications for the post following the norm.It will be interesting to see if 51-year-old Dravid wants to continue as head coach of the national team, which involves extensive travelling and constant pressure. There is a possibility that Dravid, who has previously coached IPL teams like Delhi Capitals and Rajasthan Royals, might re...
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Sunil Gavaskar makes huge prediction on Virat Kohli’s 50th ODI century | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Virat Kohli may have fallen short of his 49th ODI century against New Zealand, but legendary Sunil Gavaskar is confident that the former skipper's 50th hundred is in sight and believes that Kohli will achieve this milestone on his birthday, which falls on November 5.On that day, India will face South Africa in their second-to-last group match at Eden Gardens.Kohli came close to equalling Sachin Tendulkar's record for most ODI hundreds (49) but got dismissed for 95 against New Zealand in Dharamsala before India chased down its target of 274.Speaking on Star Sports, Gavaskar made a huge prediction saying Kohli will get to his 50th ODI hundred on his birthday in front of the Kolkata crowd that cheers and gives you a standing ovation.Cricket World Cup crisis for Team India: Hardi...
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VVS Laxman likely to be in-charge for Australia T20I series post World Cup | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: VVS Laxman, the head of the National Cricket Academy, may take charge of the Indian team for the upcoming five-match T20I series against Australia which starts soon after the conclusion of the ongoing ODI World Cup.With Rahul Dravid's current contract is set to expire at the conclusion of the World Cup, the BCCI has the option to invite him to reapply for the role as per the standard procedure.However, it will be interesting to see if 51-year-old Dravid wants to continue as head coach of the national team, which involves extensive travelling and constant pressure. There is a possibility that Dravid, who has previously coached IPL teams like Delhi Capitals and Rajasthan Royals, might return to the T20 league fold which has 10 teams.But it is highly likely that Dravid, as well ...