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Lack of tactical awareness, non-existent club culture behind India’s early exit: Oltmans

Former India men’s hockey head coach Roelant Oltmans has blamed the lack of tactical awareness and a non-existent club culture for India’s early exit in the ongoing edition of the FIH Men’s World Cup. India lost the crossover match to New Zealand and failed to make the quarter-finals after going down 4-5 in sudden death. India’s current head coach Graham Reid had also voiced concern about the lack of club culture after the Hockey India League (HIL) became defunct in 2017. “There is no club culture in India, that is for sure. And the players need to continue playing games, that this team is lacking,” Oltmans, who was at the helm of affairs of the Indian team from 2015 to 2017, told PTI in an interview. “These Indians are fantastic hockey players, no doubt about that. But you need to kno...
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Lack of tactical awareness, non-existent club culture behind India’s early exit: Roelant Oltmans | Hockey News – Times of India

BHUBANESWAR: Former India men's hockey head coach Roelant Oltmans has blamed the lack of tactical awareness and a non-existent club culture for India's early exit in the ongoing edition of the FIH Men's World Cup.India lost the crossover match to New Zealand and failed to make the quarter-finals after going down 4-5 in sudden death.India's current head coach Graham Reid had also voiced concern about the lack of club culture after the Hockey India League (HIL) became defunct in 2017."There is no club culture in India, that is for sure. And the players need to continue playing games, that this team is lacking," Oltmans, who was at the helm of affairs of the Indian team from 2015 to 2017, told PTI in an interview."These Indians are fantastic hockey players, no doubt about that. But you nee...
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I’m quite tired and exhausted: David Warner ahead of Test tour of India | Cricket News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: An intense home season has left star Australian opener David Warner "tired and exhausted" ahead of the upcoming four-Test series in India, beginning in Nagpur on February 9.The 36-year-old played in multiple formats in a hectic summer, including ODI series against Zimbabwe, New Zealand, and England and Tests against West Indies and South Africa.Warner also competed in the T20 World Cup at home besides playing half a dozen games for Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League (BBL)."It's been challenging. I'm quite tired and exhausted," Warner was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz."A few guys have gone to the UAE League but aren't attending the Cricket Australia awards. From my perspective, it would have been nice to have had another night at home. But it is what it is."Warner snapped a ...
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Australia should have separate coaches for Test and white-ball like England: O’Keefe | Cricket News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Ahead of Australia's Test and ODI tour of India, former spinner Steve O'Keefe has raised the pitch for separate coaches for different formats, saying that it would help reduce the pressure on one individual.Andrew McDonald is currently Australia's all-format coach after he replaced Justin Langer last year ahead of the series against Pakistan.O'Keefe, who played nine Tests and seven T20Is, felt if the two-coach model could work for England, there was no reason why it wouldn't work for Australia.England, after splitting the Test and white-ball coaching setup, have done remarkably well.The Test team under coach Brendon McCullum has won nine out of 10 Tests, while under Matthew Mott, England won the T20 World Cup in Australia last year.With Australia set for a busy year that incl...
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Factfile on Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka | Tennis News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Facts and figures about Aryna Sabalenka after she won the Australian Open women's final on Saturday:Aryna SabalenkaAge: 24World ranking: 5Prize money: $14,602,010Career titles: 12Grand Slam titles: 1 (Australia 2023)Australian Open best: Champion (2023)Coach: Anton DubrovPath to the final:1st rd: bt Tereza Martincova (CZE) 6-1, 6-42nd rd: bt Shelby Rogers (USA) 6-3, 6-13rd rd: bt Elise Mertens (BEL x26) 6-2, 6-34th rd: bt Belinda Bencic (SUI x12) 7-5, 6-2Quarter-final: bt Donna Vekic (CRO) 6-3, 6-2Semi-final: bt Magda Linette (POL) 7-6 (7/1), 6-2Final: bt Elena Rybakina (KAZ x22) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4!(function(f, b, e, v, n, t, s) { window.TimesApps = window.TimesApps || {}; const { TimesApps } = window; TimesApps.loadFBEvents = ...
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Perth Scorchers overcome Sydney Sixers to secure BBL final berth

The Perth Scorchers managed to blunt an in-form Steve Smith and choke the Sydney Sixers on Saturday, advancing directly to the Big Bash League (BBL) final by way of a seven-wicket victory at home. The four-time champions restricted the Sixers to 151-8 before replying with 154-3 in 18.3 overs. Skipper Ashton Turner led from the front with a powerful 84 not out from 47 balls. Sydney Sixers must now win a knockout final on Thursday against one of Brisbane Heat or Melbourne Renegades to keep their chances of playing in the Feb. 4 decider alive. The Scorchers opened their run chase in disastrous fashion, reduced to 22-3 after Sixers’ seamer Sean Abbott (3-25) repeatedly induced catching opportunities. Turner and opener Cameron Bancroft then partnered sensibly in the middle overs, regularly w...
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Santner currently best spinner in white-ball cricket, lucky to have him: Daryl Mitchell | Cricket News – Times of India

RANCHI: New Zealand all-rounder Daryl Mitchell believes stand-in T20 captain Mitchell Santner is currently one of the best spinners in white-ball cricket after the left-arm tweaker's impressive outing against India in the series opener here.Santner returned with miserly figures of 2/11 from his four overs to set up New Zealand's 21-run win over India in the first T20I of the three-match series on Friday.Santner bowled a splendid spell and kept India under check by bowling a maiden over to Suryakumar Yadav in powerplay."He is one of the best spinners in world cricket with the white ball at the moment," Mitchell, who was adjudged man-of-the-match for his 30-ball unbeaten 50, said at the post-match media interaction.He picked up the wicket of in-form Shubman Gill, who inspired India to a 3...
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‘I’m quite tired, exhausted’: David Warner cites fatigue before India tour

Ahead of the upcoming Test series against India, veteran Australia opener David Warner said he feels “tired, exhausted” after an intense Australian summer season. In the home summer, Warner played in the three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe, New Zealand, and England and was a part of the five Tests against West Indies and South Africa. He also opened in T20 World Cup at home and, in addition to that, played half a dozen games for Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League (BBL). “It’s been challenging. I’m quite tired and exhausted. A few guys have gone to the UAE League but aren’t attending the Cricket Australia awards. From my perspective, it would have been nice to have had another night at home. But it is what it is,” Warner was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz. “Hopefully, next year I c...
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2nd T20I: India aim to keep series alive against New Zealand | Cricket News – Times of India

LUCKNOW: India will have to raise their game a few notches as the Hardik Pandya-led side faces a must-win situation to level the three-match T20I series against New Zealand, here on Sunday.India were caught in a spin web on the Ranchi pitch and lost the opener by 21 runs on Friday.The loss also highlighted India's bowling profligacy, especially by the pace duo of Arshdeep Singh and Umran Malik.If tearaway pacer Malik conceded 16 runs in one over, Arshdeep leaked 27 runs in the last over, which put pressure on the India batters while chasing.That expensive over from the young left-arm quick was the turning point as he was smashed for three sixes and a boundary.India's batters were off to an inauspicious start with the top-three managing just 15 runs. The hosts ended up scoring 155/9, whi...
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Eng vs SA 1st ODI | Roy ton in vain as England collapse to 27-run defeat

South Africa’s Sisanda Magala celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of England’s Harry Brook in the first ODI at Bloemfontein, South Africa. He was adjudged man of the match | Photo Credit: Reuters England opener Jason Roy smashed his way back into form with 113 from 91 balls but the tourists lost from a commanding position as South Africa claimed victory by 27 runs in the first One-Day International at Manguang Oval in Bloemfontein on Friday.The hosts won the toss and elected to bat, posting 298 for seven, their total boosted by 111 from Rassie van der Dussen, before restricting England to 271 all out in their reply.The visitors raced to 146 without loss in the 20th over as they bludgeoned the home bowling attack to all parts of the ground but when Dawid Malan (59) was the...
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Hockey World Cup Diary: Nothing can ‘trip’ up the indomitable Anupam Ghulati | Hockey News – Times of India

BHUBANESWAR: Like the crossovers, Anupam Ghulati -- the hockey expert, historian and broadcaster rolled into one -- walked into the Kalinga Stadium complex on Friday. It was the day of the World Cup semifinals, and the 68-year-old was struggling to hide his evergreen excitement behind his characteristically calm demeanour. But to his dismay on the day, the way to the All India Radio commentary box required a detour.Pacing towards the media tribune, Mr. Ghulati was perhaps pulling out some statistical figures in his mind from his wealthy experience of almost 50 years of covering India's Olympic sports. That's when he stubbed his toe against something and fell face down.The fall resulted in gravel rash and abrasions on his face and hands besides a slight side strain, but fortunately no se...
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Salah struggling as Liverpool’s front three no longer ‘well-drilled’: Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah’s struggles in front of goal are down to the club no longer having the “well-drilled” front three that terrorised defences in the past, manager Juergen Klopp said. Although Salah has scored 17 goals in all competitions at the halfway mark this season, he has scored only seven in the Premier League where he has averaged nearly 24 goals a season during his time with Liverpool. The Egyptian forward has won three Golden Boots for most goals in a season, but has been far from his best after the summer departure of his strike partner Sadio Mane and injuries to Roberto Firmino, Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz. “Of course Mo is suffering. It was a well-drilled machine the front three, everything was clear (in) what we were doing. Everybody suffers from that, that’s clea...
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India vs New Zealand: ‘It was just one-off game’, says Washington Sundar | Cricket News – Times of India

RANCHI: India allrounder Washington Sundar termed their defeat to New Zealand in the first T20I as a "one-off" defeat. Sundar also backed the Men in Blue to bounce back in the series. The second T20I will be played at Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, in Lucknow, on Sunday. Chasing an competitive 177, India's top-three, including in-form Shubman Gill (7) were dismissed for just 15 runs inside 19 balls, making the task difficult for the remaining batters with the home team settling for 155 for 9, handing New Zealand a 21-run win, their first victory of the tour on Friday night.New Zealand were swept 0-3 in the preceding ODI series by India before the new-look home side under Hardik Pandya took over for the T20 leg."I think it was just a one-off game," said Was...
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Hockey World Cup: Was India’s decision to release Robin Arkell a mistake? | Hockey News – Times of India

BHUBANESWAR: Strength & conditioning specialist Robin Arkell was with the Indian men's hockey team when it won the Olympic bronze in Tokyo in 2021. Hockey India didn't retain him after that. Three months ago, he joined the German national team who are now in the World Cup final.The context of the above shouldn't be misunderstood. The Indian team's fitness hasn't nose-dived since Arkell left. But he is one notable absentee from the Indian bunch that travelled to Tokyo and finished on the Olympic podium. After India's insipid show in the ongoing hockey World Cup, the postmortem process is on to list the reasons behind the team's failure to reach even the quarterfinals.The jury is out on whether not retaining the South African Arkell was one of the many reasons behind India not being a...
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WATCH: Sarfaraz Ahmed sings Bollywood special at Shan Masood’s wedding

Former Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed has been known as the ultimate team player in the Pakistan cricket circuit. A leader, who goes out of his way to make the players under him comfortable. So it wasn’t out of the blue that the 35-year-old sang a Bollywood song at the wedding ceremony of Shan Masood. In a recent video that has been doing rounds on social media, the 2017 Champions Trophy winning captain is singing the Akshay Kumar-Abhishek Bachchan starring wedding song, ‘Mubarak ho tumko ye shaadi tumhari’ for Masood. An act that invited cheers and applause from those present. In case you missed it – here is Sarfaraz Ahmed showing his brilliant singing skills pic.twitter.com/lz60SxsYxe — Saj Sadiq (@SajSadiqCricket) January 26, 2023 Later last year, Sarfaraz marked his comeback into ...
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Hockey World Cup: Long camps adding to Indian players’ fatigue? | Hockey News – Times of India

BHUBANESWAR: 'Living out of a suitcase' is how Indian hockey probables would best describe their lives, especially since April last year. They have spent about 150 days in camps at SAI, South Centre or here, and another 120 odd days travelling and competing.Most don't see their families for months together, and there has been no time for friends or social events. This all-work and little else schedule does impact players, admitted Olympian SV Sunil, but he insisted that it is the price — a heavy one — of being part of the national team."It is mentally exhausting to spend months in camps," Sunil said. "You miss out on a lot of things in life, like quality time with family, a social life, family functions. Many of us planned our weddings around breaks, which meant we got married and heade...
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Ranji Trophy matches should be played over five days: Ajinkya Rahane | Cricket News – Times of India

Ajinkya Rahane, who led India to a sensational Test series win against Australia in 2020-21 , wants all Ranji Trophy matches to be played over five days.Speaking on Friday after Mumbai failed to qualify for the Ranji quarterfinals, Rahane said, "First-Class cricket can become five-day cricket. We play Test matches over five days and in five days the possibility of a result is almost guaranteed. Every game should be result-oriented. In four-day games, on flat decks, you don't really get results. We tried to get as many results as possible but it becomes challenging. In five-day cricket, that will happen more frequently. I don't know how it can be fit into the calendar, but five-day cricket will help domestic cricketers to get used to the rigours of First-Class cricket.""If you play out a...
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Ajax fires coach Alfred Schreuder after winless streak

Ajax coach Alfred Schreuder has been fired after only half a season at the Dutch powerhouse following a string of seven matches without a victory for the four-time European champions. Schreuder, who took over the team when Erik ten Hag left for Manchester United, was sacked after his team could only draw 1-1 with Volendam on Thursday night, with Ajax citing “disappointing results and lack of development within the team.” “It’s a painful but necessary decision,” said club director Edwin van der Sar. “We had faith in Alfred to change things. It became clear to us that he could not turn the tide.” Defending champion Ajax is fifth in the top flight Eredivisie, seven points behind league leader Feyenoord. No replacement for Schreuder was immediately announced. !function(f,b,e,v,n,t,s) {if(f...
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Australian Open: Milestones beckon Novak Djokovic, Stefanos Tsitsipas | Tennis News – Times of India

Serbian eyes record-equalling Slam No. 22; Greek ace targets maiden Major and No. 1 rankingMELBOURNE: Stefanos Tsitsipas was engaged in an on-court interview with Jim Courier after the third seed had dispatched Russian Karen Khachanov 7-6 (2), 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-3 to make his first Australian Open final.The interaction ended a little abruptly when Tsitsipas, talking about going for his first Grand Slam title and the world No. 1 ranking, turned to the full house that appeared to be a sea of blue and white. "Let's do it, guys," the Greek called out to fans at the Rod Laver Arena, "Let's go!"1/20Rampant Djokovic to meet Tsitsipas in Australian Open finalShow Captions<p>A rampant Novak Djokovic surged into a 10th Australian Open final to close in on a record-equalling 22nd Grand Slam cro...
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1st ODI: Rassie van der Dussen hits ton as South Africa beat England by 27 runs | Cricket News – Times of India

England opener Jason Roy smashed his way back into form with 113 from 91 balls but the tourists lost from a commanding position as South Africa claimed victory by 27 runs in the first One-Day International at Manguang Oval in Bloemfontein on Friday.The hosts won the toss and elected to bat, posting 298 for seven, their total boosted by 111 from Rassie van der Dussen, before restricting England to 271 all out in their reply.The visitors raced to 146 without loss in the 20th over as they bludgeoned the home bowling attack to all parts of the ground but when Dawid Malan (59) was the first wicket to fall, there was a stutter in England's chase.They were largely undone by poor shot selection at the back end of the innings when calm heads would have seen them comfortably home, losing 10 wicke...