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Day: October 30, 2023

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Caste slurs, missing father’s funeral, going for broke: Vandana Katariya sets 300th game record today

GROWING UP in Haridwar, Vandana Katariya was mocked for playing hockey. When she ignored the noise around her, broke stereotypes and became a trailblazer in the sport of her choice, she was subjected to casteist slurs.On Tuesday, Vandana will reach a milestone that no other woman player in the country has achieved before — make 300 international appearances. The landmark moment will arrive when Vandana takes the field against Japan at the Asian Champions Trophy here. On the eve of the match, Vandana was at ease. After the training session where the 31-year-old matches the national team’s youngsters Sangita Kumari and Lalremsiami, she quips: “Oh! Mujhe spotlight nahi chahiye (I don’t want to be in the spotlight).” But the spotlight will well and truly be on her Tuesday evening. “When I s...
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Cricket World Cup: Afghanistan shows maturity that bigger teams lacked as win over Sri Lanka keeps semis hopes alive

Azmatullah Omarzai had just pulled Kasun Rajitha with no timing whatsoever in the 43rd over, soon after reaching his 50. Pathum Nissanka would put in a brave dive from the deep, but the ball failed to stick. Afghanistan still needed 30-odd in the awkward chase that wasn’t steep but sufficiently deceptive.Not thwarted, showing fearless instinct to risk-proof the same stroke, Omarzai would tame the pull shot next ball, playing it along the ground before it reached the mid-wicket fence. Meticulously- calculated aggression was Afghanistan’s batting mantra on Monday, as they overwhelmed the target of 242 for a comfortable 7-wicket win, despite losing opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz for nothing in the first over. After chasing down Pakistan’s total of 282 like pros, they have now shrugged off Sri L...
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After booking the flight to India,  The Netherlands continues to soar higher and higher

Only one batter scored more runs than Max O’Dowd in the last T20 World Cup. That was Virat Kohli, someone he has always looked up to.O’Dowd scored 242 runs for the Netherlands at an average of 34.57 from eight matches in Australia last year. In the Netherlands’ famous victory against South Africa, he had put on 58 for the opening wicket with Stephan Myburgh.Remarkably, the Dutch stunned South Africa at the ongoing World Cup, too. They, then, went on to beat Bangladesh as well.O’Dowd, however, hasn’t been amongst the runs. To be fair, the main batters of the Netherlands have struggled most of the time and it is the men lower down the order — led from the front by captain Scott Edwards — that have invariably performed the rescue act. All about the momentumO’Dowd, nevertheless, is delighte...
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Asian Champions Trophy hockey: Salima Tete’s reluctant move to the centre pays off in India’s intense 2-1 win against China

After India beat China 2-1 at the Asian Champions Trophy in Ranchi on Monday, head coach Janneke Schopman gave Salima Tete a bear hug. The 21-year-old stood there with the player of the match award in her hand, receiving her coach’s adulation. The Simdega speedster’s goal was the difference between the two teams in the end in an intense battle that India won to confirm their place in the semifinals. Deepika (15′) and Salima (26′) scored for India in the first half, while Jiaqi Zhong (41′) brought China back in the second in a match of two halves. And one of the keys to India’s win was how well Salima played through the middle. The player known for her blistering pace, with the strength in the legs that was built up through the days of playing barefoot in the mud fields as a kid, usually...
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Cricket World Cup 2023 AFG vs SL | The Afghanistan faithful have the time of their lives!!!

Unbounded joy: Afghanistan fans celebrating their side’s victory against Sri Lanka.  | Photo Credit: VEDHAN M As Afghanistan outmuscled Sri Lanka to a convincing seven-wicket win in the ODI World Cup at the MCA Stadium in Pune on Monday, a smattering of Afghan fans in the stands were dancing in joy. To be fair, they have been on it for a while.Comprising mostly of Pune-based students, these fans were relishing yet another praise-worthy performance from their side as it put itself in the fray for a semifinal finish. Clad in their native flags, the Afghan fans were egged on by a well-prepared stadium DJ, who whipped out Afghani songs frequently. Nostalgia “These are songs from our childhood. It reminds us of our homeland. How can we not dance to it,” said Iqbal, an Afghan student from Pu...
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“Chase against Pakistan gave us….”: Afghanistan captain Hashmatullah Shahidi | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Following their comfortable victory over Sri Lanka in a World Cup match on Monday, Afghanistan's captain Hashmatullah Shahidi credited his team's confidence to their previous successful run chase against Pakistan. Afghanistan on Monday confidently pursued a target of 242 against Sri Lanka, losing only three wickets, marking their first World Cup triumph against the Islanders.Shahidi was referring to Afghanistan's impressive eight-wicket victory over Babar Azam's Pakistan side in Chennai on October 23. In that game, they successfully chased a target of 282, losing just two wickets, which served as a significant confidence booster for the team.“Pakistan chase gave us a lot of confidence and belief that we can chase any kind of target. We started really well in bowling (against ...
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Iconic Sri Lankan cricket team supporter ‘Uncle’ Percy Abeysekera passes away

Percy Abeysekera, the iconic flag-waving, quick-witted supporter of the Sri Lankan cricket team, passed away after a battle with prolonged illness in Colombo on Monday.The 87-year-old Abeysekera, who was fondly called as Uncle Percy by fans and cricketers alike, was a constant presence on cricket grounds across the world where his country played.Abeysekera, known for his colourful dressing, began his travels to cheer for the Lankan cricket team from the 1979 World Cup and since then he attended all major cricketing events except the on-going World Cup owing to poor health.His friendship with leading Lankan cricketers like Arjuna Ranatunga, Sanath Jayasuriya and Kumar Sangakkara made him an unavoidable figure in the country's cricketing landscape.Abeysekera also shared cordial relationsh...
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‘Many congratulations for beating 3 former world champions’: Wishes pour in after Afghanistan stun Sri Lanka in ODI World Cup | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Afghanistan continued their remarkable campaign at the 50-overs World Cup by securing a significant victory over the 1996 champions, Sri Lanka, winning by seven wickets in a thrilling encounter in Pune on Monday.The foundation for their third win in six matches was set by the Afghan bowlers, who restricted Sri Lanka to a below-par total of 241 runs in 49.3 overs.During their chase, three of Afghanistan's top five batters, including Hashmatullah Shahidi, displayed exceptional performances, each contributing with half-centuries.Their clinical performance allowed them to chase down the target in 45.2 overs, propelling them to the fifth position in the points table.Azmatullah Omarzai played a vital role, scoring 73 runs and sealing the victory with Shahidi contributing 58 runs fr...
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World Cup, AFG vs SL: Afghanistan beat Sri Lanka to keep semifinal hopes alive | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Afghanistan continued their remarkable journey in the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 by pulling off an impressive victory over the 1996 champions Sri Lanka by seven wickets. The foundation for this triumph was laid by Afghanistan's bowlers, who managed to dismiss Sri Lanka for a below-par 241 in 49.3 overs.During the chase, three of Afghanistan's top five batsmen, including Shahidi, contributed with half-centuries in a clinical manner, securing the win in 45.2 overs and elevating Afghanistan to the fifth spot on the points table. Azmatullah Omarzai (73) scored the winning run while Shahidi (58) watched from the other end.This victory highlighted Afghanistan's prowess, as they had previously stunned defending champions England and 1992 winners Pakistan in the tournament, proving that ...
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‘Ghatiya harkat’, ‘Pathetic’: Pakistan cricket legends livid as Pakistan news channel airs Babar Azam’s purported WhatsApp chats

Cricket legends Shahid Afridi and Waqar Younis lashed out at a Pakistan new channel and its journalists after it aired a purported WhatsApp conversation with Pakistan cricket captain Babar Azam. The chats are said to be between Babar and PCB’s Chief Operating Officer Salman Naseer. This comes on the heels of former Pakistan cricketer Rashid Latif claiming that Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Zaka Ashraf has stopped answering calls from Pakistan captain. Pakistan cricket is already going through a turbulent time with the Pakistan team in 6th spot in the standings of the ongoing Cricket World Cup, having won just two of their six matches so far. “I saw Rashid Latif reporting that there is a tiff between Babar Azam and Zaka Ashraf. To counter those reports in this way was uncalled for. ...
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Cricket World Cup 2023 | I’m not sure where you get ‘favourites’ from: Pakistan coach Grant Bradburn

Focus shifts: Shakib and Bangladesh will look to seal a berth for the Champions Trophy by finishing in the top seven. | Photo Credit: RITU RAJ KONWAR Coach Grant Bradburn wore a confused look on Monday when a scribe inquired how Pakistan went from being one of the favourites going into the ODI World Cup to somehow trying to keep its campaign from foundering at present.“I’m not sure where you get ‘favourites’ from. There are 150 cricketers who are the best on the planet. In terms of ICC rankings, we know they are skewed because we don’t get to play India and a lot of the top nations, which haven’t been to Pakistan of late,” Bradburn said during a media conference on the eve of his side’s match against Bangladesh. Pakistan, which started the tournament with back-to-back wins against the ...
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‘Brilliant chaser’ Virat Kohli exceeds Sachin Tendulkar: Graeme Smith | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Former South Africa captain and SA20 league commissioner, Graeme Smith, hailed Virat Kohli as a brilliant chaser saying that he believes that India's batting talisman even exceeds the legend Sachin Tendulkar with the quality that he has produced right through his international career.Kohli is just one century away from equalling Sachin Tendulkar's record of 49 ODI tons."Virat's career has been incredible.But I think when you dig into his one-day stats and record, it is mind blowing. I think the quality that he has produced right through his international career, in my opinion, he exceeds Sachin. He is brilliant, in particular with Chase. The way he controls chases. His ability to play one day game no matter what the situation is around him and he is a key figure along withRohit ...
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Virat’s 35th Birthday: CAB plans to distribute 70,000 ‘Kohli Masks’ for Eden spectators during SA game | Cricket News – Times of India

KOLKATA: Around 70,000 supporters will be provided with free 'Virat Kohli masks' to cheer the ace batter on his 35th birthday, which coincides with India's World Cup game against South Africa at the Eden Gardens on November 5.To mark 'King Kohli's' birthday, the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) has made the grand plan to distribute Kohli masks among the spectators.The match is set to be a full house with all the tickets sold out much in advance.Apart from distributing masks, the CAB has plans to have a cake-cutting ceremony before the start of the match and felicitate Kohli with a memento."We hope to get an approval from the ICC on this. We want to make the day special for Virat," CAB president Snehasish Ganguly told reporters."We want every fan in the stadium wearing Kohli masks as ...
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Fit-again Hasan Ali hit straps, batters slog it out in Pakistan training | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: On the eve of their World Cup match against Bangladesh at Kolkata's Eden Gardens, the Pakistani team witnessed a series of activities and practice sessions.Hasan Ali, who is now fit after missing the previous match due to illness, displayed good form. Meanwhile, captain Babar Azam and senior player Mohammed Rizwan extended their net sessions.Pakistan, having faced four consecutive defeats, confront a must-win situation against Bangladesh to sustain their slim hopes for semi-final qualification.With Hasan back and deemed fit to play, the team might consider including him alongside Mohammad Wasim Junior to establish a formidable four-pronged pace attack on the seam-friendly Eden pitch.The potential strategy might involve dropping Mohammad Nawaz, who faced criticism for loose bo...
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Cricket World Cup 2023 | Pakistan, Bangladesh look to bounce back from a state of despair

Time to go all out: Pakistan needs to do buck up as it still nurtures hopes of making the knockouts. | Photo Credit: RITU RAJ KONWAR Troubled by their dismaying performances and the resultant backlash, Pakistan and Bangladesh will sincerely look for course correction in their World Cup engagement at the Eden Gardens here on Tuesday.While Pakistan, which has suffered four consecutive losses still nurtures hopes for a semifinal berth against the odds, Bangladesh, having lost five in a row, knows that its last-four dream is practically over. The biggest challenge for both sides would be to reboot psychologically in order to bounce back from a state of despair. Even as Pakistan still has some motivation left, Bangladesh needs to back itself to fight for the country’s pride in the remaining...
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‘My job is to shoot, jab goli nishane pe lage…” Anish Bhanwala clinches Paris Olympics shooting quota for India

The Haryana shooter Anish Bhanwala didn’t go back to his home in Karnal after he finished 22nd at the Hangzhou Asian Games. Instead the 21-year-old called his coach, the Commonwealth medallist Harpreet Singh, to Delhi to train him at Dr Karni Singh Shooting Ranges for two-three weeks leading into the Asian Shooting Championships. On Monday, Bhanwala secured India’s 12th Paris Olympics quota in shooting with a bronze medal in the men’s 25m Rapid Fire final in the Asian Shooting Championship in Changwon, Korea. He is now headed to the Changwon market to get a gift for his longtime coach and his father. “Mera kaam hai goli chalana and jab goli nishane pe lage toh who choti choti Khushi hi badi Khushi ka rasta banati hai (My job is to shoot and when the bullet hits the bulls eye, those sma...
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‘I heard a lot of question marks on my career that…’: Jasprit Bumrah | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Jasprit Bumrah's return to international cricket after a long injury layoff has been nothing short of exceptional. The Indian pace spearhead swiftly rediscovered his rhythm and resumed causing troubles for the opposition batsmen, much like he used to do.Bumrah, has taken 14 wickets in six matches so far at an average of 15.07, with the best bowling figures of 4/39, said there were questions raised about his comeback but he chose not to pay attention to them as those concerns held little significance."My wife [TV sports presenter Sanjana Ganesan] also works in the sports-media department. I heard a lot of question marks on my career that I will never come back and all of that, but it does not really matter," Bumrah told Sky Sports."I am very happy. I came back and I realised h...
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Cricket World Cup 2023 | The Men in Blue’s current run is another pointer to home comforts

Stalwarts: Rohit and Virat have offered a united front and the team has leapfrogged from this positive springboard. | Photo Credit: K.R. DEEPAK World Cups were presumed to be the graveyard of hosts. The hype and fan indulgence, bordering on extreme passions, tended to deflate even the most hardened teams. Right from 1975 to 2007, cricket’s premier championship always honoured the tourist while the home unit tended to its wounds. A partial exception was Sri Lanka, a co-host for the 1996 edition, but it won the title at Lahore!But this trope changed when M.S. Dhoni, molten lava in his eyes and steel in his limbs, hoisted a winning six. That 2011 April night at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium proved that a host can win the cup that matters in the willow game. Subsequently, Australia in 2015 and...
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Pakistan’s chief selector Inzamam ul Haq resigns over ‘conflict of interest’ allegations

Former Pakistan cricketer Inzamam ul Haq has reportedly stepped down from his post as the chief selector for the Pakistan cricket team over allegations that he was also a shareholder in a prominent player management company. That role had led to conflict of interest allegations. Meanwhile, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said in a statement that it has set up a five-member fact-finding committee to “investigate allegations in respect of conflict of interest reported in the media pertaining to the team selection process. “The committee will submit its report and any recommendations to the PCB Management in an expeditious manner,” the statement said. The news is a fresh blow for Pakistan cricket, which is already going through a turbulent time with the Pakistan team in 6th spot in the ...
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Inzamam-ul-Haq resigns as Pakistan chief selector over conflict of interest allegations | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: In a latest development, Pakistan chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq on Monday announced his resignation midway through the ODI World Cup after PCB initiated a conflict of interest investigation on the former Pakistan captain.Pakistan have lost four games on the trot after registering two wins and stand on the brink of elimination of the World Cup. Pakistan are currently sixth in the points table with 4 points in six games.The emergence of this news comes amidst reports suggesting a possible conflict of interest involving the former Pakistan captain.Allegations have surfaced, claiming that he is a shareholder in "Yazo International Limited," a company owned by Talha Rehmani. Rehmani serves as an agent for prominent players such as skipper Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, and Shaheen A...