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Humbling if fans put me in same bracket as Mr Bachchan and Kishore Kumar: Sunil Gavaskar on another ’50’
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Humbling if fans put me in same bracket as Mr Bachchan and Kishore Kumar: Sunil Gavaskar on another ’50’

Amitabh Bachchan was captivating the audience with ‘Zanjeer’ and ‘Deewar’ while Kishore Kumar was belting out iconic chartbusters during those heady days of ’70s. And what was Sunil Gavaskar doing? He was carrying a young nation’s hopes on his shoulders, using cricket as a metaphor for life, giving a lesson or two in “how to fight a good fight”. Come March 6, Gavaskar will complete 50 years of his association with Indian cricket — five decades when he has remained ever-relevant taking on a variety of roles. “Mr Bachchan still is India’s greatest icon and the late Kishore Kumar is evergreen and unforgettable. So if you ask me, I am humbled to have been even thought of in the same bracket,” Gavaskar told PTI in an exclusive interview on the eve of the 50th anniversary of his ...
Ton-up Rishabh Pant, Washington Sundar take India to 294-7 on Day 2 of 4th Test against England
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Ton-up Rishabh Pant, Washington Sundar take India to 294-7 on Day 2 of 4th Test against England

Wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant scored a well-compiled century, while Washington Sundar hit an unbeaten fifty as India reached 294 for seven at stumps on day two of the fourth and final Test against England here on Friday. Pant cracked a 118-ball 101 studded with 13 hits to the fence and two sixes to anchor India’s innings after a 144-ball 49 by opener Rohit Sharma at the top. Washington Sundar also scored a crucial 60 and was at the crease along with Axar Patel (11) at the draw of stumps here. India now lead by 89 runs with three wickets in hand. 1⃣0⃣0⃣-run stand! 👌👌@RishabhPant17 & @Sundarwashi5 complete a century partnership as #TeamIndia move closer to 250. 👍👍@Paytm #INDvENG Follow the match 👉 https://t.co/9KnAXjaKfb pic.twitter.com/YF3aDRRcbG — BCCI (@BCCI) Mar...
Boxam International: Satish, Ashish enter semis | Boxing News – Times of India
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Boxam International: Satish, Ashish enter semis | Boxing News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Olympic-bound Indian boxers Satish Kumar (+91kg) and Ashish Kumar (75kg) entered the semifinals of the 35th Boxam International Tournament in Castellon, Spain with impressive victories. Also advancing to the last-four round was Sumit Sangwan (81kg) after a 4-1 triumph over Mohor El Ziad of Belgium. Satish, the first super heavyweight from the country to qualify for the Olympics, defeated Denmark's Givskov Nielsen 5-0 in his last-eight bout late on Thursday. Asian silver-winner Ashish, on the other hand, got the better of Italy's Remo Salvatti in a split 4-1 verdict to make the medal rounds. With this the Indian representation in the semifinals touched 10 -- six men and four women. Earlier on Thursday, Mohammed Hussamuddin (57kg) and the Tokyo-bound duo of Manish Kaushik (63kg...
Shikha Pandey’s omission a tough call but she is not dropped: Harmanpreet Kaur
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Shikha Pandey’s omission a tough call but she is not dropped: Harmanpreet Kaur

Indian women’s ODI team vice-captain Harmanpreet Kaur on Friday said it was a “tough call” to leave veteran pacer Shikha Pandey out of the upcoming limited-overs series against South Africa and insisted that she has not been dropped for good. The Indian women’s team will play five ODIs and three T20Is against South Africa, starting here on Sunday, which will mark the team’s return to competitive cricket after almost 12 months. Pandey’s omission from the ODI and T20 teams for the South Africa series created quite a flutter. She was the India’s second highest wicket-taker in their previous assignment — the T20 World Cup. “I know it was a tough call, sometimes, you need to give chance to other players,” said Harmanpreet, who is the captain of India’s T20 team, during a virtual...
England batsmen are frankly not good enough in Indian conditions: Andrew Strauss | Cricket News – Times of India
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England batsmen are frankly not good enough in Indian conditions: Andrew Strauss | Cricket News – Times of India

LONDON: Former captain Andrew Strauss believes England batsmen are just not good enough to tackle the spin-friendly Indian conditions after yet another flop show by the visitors in the first innings of the ongoing fourth Test in Ahmedabad. England's batsmen on Thursday produced a shoddy performance to surrender the momentum to India with Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin calling the shots on the opening day of the Test here. After five innings, England crossed the 200-run mark when the managed a total of 205 in 75.5 overs before being bowled out. "Let's not hide away from the truth. England's batting quite frankly is not good enough in these conditions," Strauss was quoted as saying by 'Channel 4'. "You can talk about the pitch and about the ball and about anything else, but you have t...
Bahrain limits F1 tickets to vaccinated and COVID recovered | Racing News – Times of India
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Bahrain limits F1 tickets to vaccinated and COVID recovered | Racing News – Times of India

Fans will be allowed to attend Formula One's season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix this month if they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have recovered from the virus, organisers said on Thursday. The race at the Sakhir circuit is scheduled for March 28. Organisers said there would be health screening on entry and masks would have to be worn at all times. There will be no 'Paddock Club' hospitality or corporate lounges. Bahrain hosted two races in November and December last season, with only health workers in the grandstands. The Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) has offered vaccinations to teams and personnel attending March 12-14 testing and the race but they are not expected to take up the offer. "Formula One, as a UK-based organisation, has no plans to be vaccinated as a travell...
Delhi Capitals co-owner JSW group named as principal sponsor of IPL franchise
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Delhi Capitals co-owner JSW group named as principal sponsor of IPL franchise

Indian Premier League side Delhi Capitals on Friday named its co-owners JSW Group as team’s principal sponsor for a three-year term. As per the agreement, JSW will be DC’s principal sponsor from 2021 to 2023. Through this association, the JSW insignia will be sported on the front of the team’s jersey, and complemented by in-stadia branding of the diverse JSW product portfolio during the tournament. The JSW Group first came on board as the team’s prinicipal sponsor in 2020. Speaking on the association, GMR’s Kiran Kumar Grandhi, chairman and co-owner of DC, said: “I am delighted that we continue to deepen our association with the JSW Group. We share the same ethos and philosophy, and that makes our franchise one of the most formidable brands in the IPL. I am confident that t...
Bishan Singh Bedi shifted to private room from ICU; recovering well
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Bishan Singh Bedi shifted to private room from ICU; recovering well

Former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi, who underwent a surgery to remove a blood clot in his brain a few days ago, has been shifted to a private room from the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and is doing well, a source close to the legendary spinner said. The 74-year-old is admitted at a city hospital. “He (Bedi) has been shifted to a private room yesterday, He is fine now. They (doctors) will monitor him for a few more days,” the source told PTI. Bedi had undergone bypass surgery at the hospital last month after he complained of heart problems. He underwent the procedure to remove the blood clot just after the bypass surgery. Bedi, one of the most successful left-arm spinners from India, represented the country in 67 Tests and 10 ODIs between 1967 and 1979, scalping 266 and se...
New Zealand vs Australia 4th T20 Live Streaming: When and where to watch match live?
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New Zealand vs Australia 4th T20 Live Streaming: When and where to watch match live?

New Zealand vs Australia 4th T20 Live Cricket Streaming: Hosts New Zealand and visitors Aussies are all set to lock horns in the fourth T20I of the five match series today at Wellington. Australia fought back nicely in the third T20I as skipper Aaron Finch and swashbuckling all-rounder Glenn Maxwell returned to run-scoring forms and blew away the Kiwis in the New Zealand capital. After losing the first two games, the visitors desperately needed a win to stay alive in the series. The series now stands at 2-1, while New Zealand will look to seal the series and Australia will look to level the five-match series going into the final encounter on Sunday. New Zealand vs Australia 4th T20I match details: When and what time will New Zealand vs Australia 4th T20I match begin? The Ne...
Barcelona’s Gerard Pique set to be out for weeks with right knee injury
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Barcelona’s Gerard Pique set to be out for weeks with right knee injury

Barcelona defender Gerard Piqué is facing another spell on the sidelines after spraining a ligament in his right knee, the club said Thursday. Piqué sustained the injury in the team’s 3-0 win over Sevilla in the semifinals of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday. The defender scored four minutes into second-half stoppage time to force extra time and help the team advance to the final. He was limping in the final minutes but finished the game at the Camp Nou Stadium. Barcelona said tests conducted on Thursday showed that Piqué has “a sprain in the internal lateral ligament of his right knee.” “He is therefore unavailable and the evolution of the injury will determine when he returns,” the club said. Spanish media said Piqué will miss at least two weeks. Piqué has already missed sev...
Indian women’s trap team settles for silver in ISSF World Cup | More sports News – Times of India
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Indian women’s trap team settles for silver in ISSF World Cup | More sports News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Indian women's trap team trio Kirti Gupta, Manisha Keer and Rajeshwari Kumari lost 4-6 to Russia to settle for a silver medal on the concluding day of the ISSF World Cup in Cairo. The Indian team engineered a fantastic comeback in the gold medal match on Thursday, coming back from 0-4 down to tie the final at 4-4. However, it could not hold on in the last series of 15-shot per team and had to be content with second best. The Indian women’s trap team of #KirtiGupta, #RajeshwariKumari and #ManishaKeer win the silver medal at the… https://t.co/Jj9SiEAYZw— SAIMedia (@Media_SAI) 1614876277000The trio's effort ensured that the Indian squad finished the World Cup with two medals, with the men's skeet team bagging a bronze earlier in the tournament. Kirti, Manisha and Rajeshwari shot...
India vs England: Rohit Sharma finally gets ‘consistent’ run after seven years | Cricket News – Times of India
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India vs England: Rohit Sharma finally gets ‘consistent’ run after seven years | Cricket News – Times of India

AHMEDABAD: Rohit Sharma has been considered one of the stalwarts of Indian batting for over a decade, but quite surprisingly this is only the second time in his 13-year international career that he has played six Tests in a row that India have played. The first time this happened for Sharma was in late 2013 and early 2014 when he had made his Test debut after playing limited-overs cricket for six years. Sharma played two Tests against West Indies in India, then flew to South Africa for two Tests and then went to New Zealand for two Test matches in 2013-14. After that, however, the batsman had been in and out of the Test side due to inconsistent performances. Sharma's first two Tests in 2013 produced centuries and set him on track to achieving greater heights, i.e. one who was ready to r...
Indian women’s hockey team ends Germany tour with 1-2 defeat | Hockey News – Times of India
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Indian women’s hockey team ends Germany tour with 1-2 defeat | Hockey News – Times of India

DUSSELDORF: The Indian women's hockey team ended its tour of Germany with yet another defeat, going down 1-2 in the fourth and final match on Thursday. Naomi Heyn (29th) Charlotte Stapenhorst (37th) scored for the world number three side before Lalremsiami (51st) pulled one back for the visitors late in the game. It was India's fourth defeat in as many matches as the team stayed winless in the tour. After rain delayed the start of proceedings, Germany found a lively tempo to their attack and earned a penalty corner with just ten minutes on the clock. Savita and her defence stood firm to see off the threat. India, too, were awarded a PC just minutes later. But Germany's defensive line ensured that the score remained goalless after the first quarter. With barely a minute left before the e...
Sharath goes down in pre-quarters as Indian challenge ends in WTT Contender Doha | More sports News – Times of India
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Sharath goes down in pre-quarters as Indian challenge ends in WTT Contender Doha | More sports News – Times of India

NAGPUR: Indian paddler Achanta Sharath Kamal suffered a 6-11, 4-11, 8-11 defeat against World No. 7 Lin Yun-Ju of Chinese Taipei in the men’s singles pre-quarters as Indian challenge came to an end in the World Table Tennis (WTT) Contender Doha on Thursday. The World No. 32 Sharath, who was playing his first international tournament after a year’s break due to the pandemic, couldn’t gain momentum despite showing good resistance in the latter part of the match against higher-ranked Yun-Ju. With Sharath's loss, the Indian challenge came to an end after the men’s doubles pair and women’s singles paddlers lost their respective outings in the tournament. In the mixed-doubles category, French pair of Emmanuel Lebesson and Nan Jia Yuan were given a walkover against India's Gnanasekaran Sathiya...
India vs England: Hosts ‘completely’ out skilled visitors, admits Vaughan | Cricket News – Times of India
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India vs England: Hosts ‘completely’ out skilled visitors, admits Vaughan | Cricket News – Times of India

AHMEDABAD: While Michael Vaughan had criticised the pitch in the pink-ball game, the former England skipper admitted that India outplayed the visitors on the opening day of the fourth and final Test at the Narendra Modi Stadium on Thursday. Spinners Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin spun a web over visitors as England was bundled out for 205 in the first innings. Vaughan praised the hosts and slammed a very "average" batting by England in the first innings on day one of the final Test. "India today with the ball showed why they are so good in these conditions ... Pitch did very little for 60 overs and they completely out-skilled & out-thought England ... !! High class ... England with the Bat were very very average," Vaughan tweeted. India today with the ball showed why they are so...
Father’s words ‘boxing is not for women’ challenged me, says Nikhat Zareen | Boxing News – Times of India
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Father’s words ‘boxing is not for women’ challenged me, says Nikhat Zareen | Boxing News – Times of India

CHENNAI: Indian pugilist Nikhat Zareen on Thursday said she had to overcome many hurdles in life, including opposition from her father, who once told her 'boxing is not for women', something which challenged her to go out and prove him wrong. "I had to work hard and overcome hurdles including talk that boxing is not for women," she said at the launch of "Watch Us Move", a campaign by global sportswear giant Adidas to celebrate womanhood and their freedom of movement. "I had to tell people that nothing will happen to my face and my beauty will be intact." The former world junior boxing champion said her father's words provoked her to pursue a career in boxing. "I can still feel my father's voice echo in my head 'Boxing is not for women, is what society thinks & that it's a men's spor...
India vs England: Siraj shows why he is a proper Test match bowler | Cricket News – Times of India
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India vs England: Siraj shows why he is a proper Test match bowler | Cricket News – Times of India

AHMEDABAD: While India spinners once again took the honours picking up eight wickets, it was Mohammed Siraj's energy, consistency and nagging line that helped the hosts grab two most important wickets - no. 3 Jonny Bairstow and no. 4 Joe Root - to hasten the end of the England innings. Siraj, who bowled short spells, kept hitting consistent line and length and got the two batsmen out leg-before to rattle the visitors. On top of that, he got into a chat with Ben Stokes to ruffle feathers further. "The idea was to build pressure. Both Virat (Kohli) and Ishant (Sharma) said that I should bowl at one spot and not try too much (variations). If you build pressure, wickets follow," said the right-arm pace bowler who is playing only his fifth Test. Former India pace bowler Atul Wassan says Sira...
India vs England: Hardest series as batsman but Stokes ‘frustrated’ at throwing it away | Cricket News – Times of India
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India vs England: Hardest series as batsman but Stokes ‘frustrated’ at throwing it away | Cricket News – Times of India

AHMEDABAD: Ben Stokes couldn't hide his "disappointment" at frittering away a good start as he had defended well for almost two and half hours during the "hardest conditions" that he has ever batted in his 70-odd Test matches. Stokes scored 55 off 121 balls before a skidder from Washington Sundar trapped him leg before on the opening day of the final Test against India. "I am more disappointed that I actually get myself in and get out. Fifty is not really a (score) that will win you a Test match," Stokes told after day's play. "I was very disappointed to get on that wicket, start feeling comfortable and then get out in the way I did especially because I spent two and a half hours protecting myself from the ball that skids on and getting out to the ball that skids on. So, I was very frus...