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I still have much more to offer to cricket, says Laxmi Ratan Shukla | Cricket News – Times of India

KOLKATA: While not ruling out a comeback to the political crease, India all-rounder-turned-minister-turned coach Lakshmi Ratan Shukla said he decided to return to the cricketing greens as he had much more to offer to the gentleman's game, the first love of his life. The 42-year-old ex-minister of state for youth services and sports said quitting politics was "quite tough”, but the decision was prompted by realisation that he still had a lot to give back to the game. "I realised that I have so much to offer to this beautiful sport. I knew it was the right time to harness the budding talents of Bengal and prepare them for a place in the cricketing sun,” Shukla told PTI during an exclusive interaction at its Kolkata office. Shukla, who made his debut in India colours against Sri Lanka i...
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India vs England ODI 2022: India look to carry T20 template into ODI series | Cricket News – Times of India

LONDON: India won't go ballistic from ball one but the batters are expected to carry their fearless approach from the shortest format to the ODIs when the three-match series against England begins here on Tuesday. India's high-risk play helped them win the series against England and considering that the ODIs have become an extension of the shortest format, skipper Rohit Sharma sees no reason why his team should back down from that approach. England redefined the way ODI cricket was played and their dominant run culminated with the World Cup trophy back in 2019. It won't be an exaggeration to say that India's fresh outlook towards the shorter formats is inspired by the English template. The three games will be the only 50-over contests India will feature in before the T20 World Cup but R...
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‘Outside Noise’: From Dhoni to Virat to Rohit, Team India’s famous catchphrase

Rohit Sharma on Sunday insisted that Virat Kohli would continue to be backed by the team despite the former skipper’s lean patch. Kohli hasn’t been among big runs for nearly three years now and his position in the playing XI has been questioned by several experts, including the former India captain Kapil Dev, who feels that Indian team management will be doing a disservice if in-form players aren’t given enough opportunities to showcase their skills. It was another failure for Virat Kohli (11) in India’s 17-run loss in the third T20 International match against England. However, India captain Rohit Sharma on Sunday not only defended Kohli’s form but also take a dig on former cricketers, who are questioning the place of Kohli in the playing XI. Rohit Sharma opens up about Virat Kohli's c...
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Bangladesh gets 1st win on tour, beats WIndies in ODI opener

Bangladesh scored its first win on the tour of West Indies with a six-wicket victory in the first one-day international. Bangladesh won the toss and chose to bowl in a match reduced to 41 overs per innings because of a wet outfield. The West Indies struggled to get going and posted an unchallenging 149-9, with No. 3 Shamarh Brooks leading the scoring with a 66-ball 33. Tailenders Anderson Phillip (21 not out) and Jayden Seales (16 not out) refused to give up the final wicket, adding 39 runs. Phillip hit his team’s only six of the innings at Providence. Shoriful Islam took 4-34 and Mehidy Hasan Miraz 3-36 and were the pick of the Bangladesh bowlers.Bangladesh reached the target with 55 balls to spare, scoring 151-4 in 31.5 overs. Mahmudullah top scored with an unbeaten 41 off 69 deliver...
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Shooting World Cup: Arjun Babuta strikes gold in 10m Air Rifle final | More sports News – Times of India

Arjun Babuta (Twitter Photo)CHANGWON: Young Indian shooter Arjun Babuta won the men's 10m Air Rifle event to clinch the country's maiden gold medal at the ongoing ISSF World Cup here on Monday. In the gold medal clash, Arjun humbled Tokyo Olympics silver medallist Lucas Kozeniesky with a rather one-sided 17-9 effort. The 23-year-old from Punjab, who has been representing India since 2016, had earlier topped the ranking match with 261.1 points to qualify for the gold medal clash. This is Arjun's maiden gold for the senior side. He had bagged the yellow metal at the 2016 Junior World Cup in Gabala, Azerbaijan. The other Indian in the fray, Parth Makhija, who also qualified for the ranking event following an impressive show on Sunday, finished fourth with a score of 258.1, behind 33-year-o...
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Ireland vs New Zealand: Kiwis set record with 24 runs off last over to beat Ireland

Michael Bracewell smashed 24 runs in the last over, including a winning six off the penultimate delivery, as New Zealand beat Ireland by one wicket with one ball to spare in the series-opening one-day international. New Zealand finished on 305-9 in 49.5 overs at Malahide in reply to Ireland’s 300-9. The Black Caps seemed well out of the contest at 120-5 in the 22nd over when opener Martin Guptill was bowled for 51, but Bracewell took charge and blazed an unbeaten 127 off 82 balls, with the last of his seven sixes finishing the tense contest in style. What a knock by Michael Bracewell – 127* (82) with 10 fours and 7 sixes while chasing 301 against Ireland. New Zealand were 120/5 when he came, soon 217/8, but he kept going from one end. Superb win for NZ after being nowhere some time bac...
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Sri Lanka vs Australia: Sri Lanka’s Pathum Nissanka out of second Test with Covid-19 | Cricket News – Times of India

GALLE: Sri Lanka's Pathum Nissanka was ruled out of the second Test against Australia ahead of Monday's fourth day in Galle after testing positive for Covid-19. Opening batsman Nissanka is the sixth player from the Sri Lanka squad to test positive during the past two weeks. "He was found to be positive during an Antigen test conducted on the player yesterday morning, following the player complaining of feeling unwell," a Sri Lanka Cricket statement said. "Nissanka was immediately isolated in a different hotel upon identification and will undergo Covid-19 protocols." Oshada Fernando will replace Nissanka in the team when play begins on Monday with Sri Lanka resuming their first innings on 431-6, a lead of 67. Sri Lanka suffered a Covid outbreak on the eve of the final Test. Angelo ...
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The Indian Basketball connection that helped Nick Kyrgios reach Wimbledon final

“Literally a month and a half ago, I was actually playing basketball with some boys back home and I said to one of them, ‘I think I’m going to have some fun and maybe win Wimbledon’,” said Nick Kyrgios after losing to Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon Final on Sunday. “Then I’m here as a finalist. I didn’t hit for more than an hour a day.” As amazing as his ride has been since then, there is an Indian hand in that journey.  Mahesh Padmanabhan, the Indian-origin basketball player and now trainer from Australia, oversees the basketball games that Kyrgios referred to. Kyrgios plays with a band of  college and semi-professional basketball players.  Doing his thing on the grandest stage 💪​ Presenting Nick Kyrgios with our Play of the Day#Wimbledon | @HSBC_Sport pic.twitter.com/Jd7BRKCNGe — Wi...
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India vs England 2022, 3rd T20I: We wanted to try out bowlers and see if they can deliver four overs, says Rohit Sharma | Cricket News – Times of India

NOTTINGHAM: India captain Rohit Sharma on Sunday said the purpose of playing a second-string bowling attack in the third T20 International against England was to see "if they can bowl four overs". Having already sealed the series, India had made three changes to their bowling attack, bringing in Umran Malik, Avesh Khan and Ravi Bishnoi in place of the senior bowlers who were rested. India lost the match by 17 runs but clinched the series 2-1, having won the first two matches. Malik was the most expensive bowler with 56 runs in four overs as England posted 215 for seven. Bishnoi was the most successful bowler with two wickets for 30 runs in four overs. "We were clear in trying out guys if they can bowl 4 overs. We have things to work on as a group...So far things are pretty good. We don'...
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Rohit defends Virat, says it has happened to me also, we back quality of player

Kohli was caught at the cover while trying to manufacture a third consecutive hit after collecting a four and a straight six off David Willey. Virat Kohli’s lean patch has gone past two and half years now. However, India captain Rohit Sharma on Sunday defended Kohli’s form and said he too had gone through the lean patch and the team management is backing Virat Kohli. Rohit Sharma opens up about Virat Kohli's continuous failure with the bat.@ImRo45 @imVkohli #ViratKohli #RohitSharma𓃵 #ENGvIND [T60] pic.twitter.com/BkAgcEhsWn — RevSportz (@RevSportz) July 10, 2022 “Form upar neeche hota hai, player (Virat Kohli) ka quality kabhi kharab nahi hota hai. (There will always be ups and downs in the cricketer’s form but players’ quality will never fade away.) We should always keep this in min...
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India vs England 2022: ‘Kapil Dev watching from outside, doesn’t know what’s happening inside’ – Rohit Sharma defends Virat Kohli | Cricket News – Times of India

NOTTINGHAM: Following the continuation of Virat Kohli's disappointing run of form in the final T20I against England, India skipper Rohit Sharma disagreed with former skipper Kapil Dev's comments about the star batter's place in the team, saying that he is watching the game from the outside and does not know what is happening inside. Virat Kohli's run of low scores continued on Sunday as he was dismissed for 11 in the second T20I, thus managing only 12 runs in his two innings. "He (Kapil) is watching the game from outside and does not know what is happening inside. We have our thought process. We build our team, and behind this there is a lot of thinking. We back the boys and give them opportunities. So these things you do not get to know from outside. So whatever is happening outside is...
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While You Were Sleeping: India knocked out of Hockey World Cup, France thrash Italy in Euro 2022, Bangladesh beat WI by 6 wickets

Indian women’s team has been knocked out of the FIH Hockey Women’s World Cup after losing to Spain 0-1 in their must-win crossover match. Marta Segu (57th minutes) scored the lone goal for the hosts as they march into the quarterfinals. On July 12, India will take on Canada for the 9th-place match. Look at what that win means to this Spain side. They’re through to the quarter finals on home soil 👏🇪🇸 An incredibly tense and technical game against India was decided in the final minutes 💪#HWC2022 | @Rfe_hockey | @FIH_Hockey pic.twitter.com/6B21fz1HzM — Watch.Hockey (@watchdothockey) July 10, 2022 Both the teams got off to a nervy start. It took them a while to settle down. India earned their first penalty corner in the eighth minute of the match through Neha. India, however, could not mak...
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Depth of return and clutch play: Novak Djokovic trumps Nick Kyrgios’ serve-reliant game to win 7th Wimbledon crown

An aggressive return strategy and subtle adjustments to his baseline game allowed Novak Djokovic to pick up a seventh Wimbledon title, this time against Nick Kyrgios on Sunday. The Serb’s well-rounded technique and grasscourt ability was on full display and he showed up his opponent by amplifying his weaknesses rather than focusing on his own strengths. Kyrgios went big on serve The key to Kyrgios’ high-profile wins over Djokovic in the spring of 2017 was a high-risk high-reward service strategy, particularly into the Serb’s forehand in order to close the angle for the next shot. One of the Aussie’s strongest traits is that he is able to maintain similar power and accuracy on his second serve as he does on his first. This trend continued, and worked to an extent, particularly in the fir...
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India vs England 3rd T20I: Surya shines in defeat

Soaked in sweat and applause, Suryakumar Yadav walked off the ground as a tragic hero. Just when the elusive shores of victory drew closer, the man who had anchored the ship towards the sands drowned. In the end, India lost the match by 17 runs — the target of 216 always seemed steep — but not after the most refined of hundreds one would behold in a T20 game. Like all great batsmen — Yadav is on the way, if he could produce more such evenings — he gave hope. The mountain of runs always seemed unsurpassable. At one point, India were 31 for 3, with the established trio of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant all back in the dugout. At another point, India required 120 off 48 balls. The stadium had begun to empty. There were distracted and dismayed faces. An England win seemed all bu...
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Krishna Khaitan Memorial badminton: Unnati progresses; Shettigar shocks top seed Pranav Gandham

Haryana’s highly-rated Unnati Hooda, seeded fifth at the country’s premier junior tournament, Krishna Khaitan Memorial, was ruthless in beating Andhra Pradesh’s Durga Isha Kandrapu 21-13, 21-9 in the Round of 64 at Panchkula on Sunday. Top seed Sakshi Phogat of Rajasthan was tested by Telangana’s Driti Bhonsle 21-5, 18-21, 21-9 in the middle game, but also advanced. Hooda, already a winner of a senior title in Orissa, is expected to fight for the title, though other seeded rivals also advanced on the day. Notably, the tall second seed Anupama Upadhyaya benefitted from a walkover, while Devika Sihag, completing the trio of higher seeds from Haryana, was put through the wringer by Karnataka’s Gloria Athavale, but fought back for a 19-21, 21-10, 21-19 win. Akanksha Matte, 4th seed, also ra...
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Novak Djokovic beats Nick Kyrgios for 7th Wimbledon title

Novak Djokovic waited. He waited for Nick Kyrgios to lose focus and lose his way. Waited to find the proper read on his foe’s big serves. Waited until his own level rose to the occasion. Djokovic is not bothered by a deficit — in a game, a set, a match. He does not mind problem-solving. And at Wimbledon, for quite some time now, he does not get defeated. Djokovic used his steady brilliance to beat the ace-delivering, trick-shot-hitting, constantly chattering Kyrgios 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (3) on Sunday for a fourth consecutive championship at the All England Club and seventh overall. Magnificent. In its 100 years, Centre Court has seen few champions like @DjokerNole#Wimbledon | #CentreCourt100 pic.twitter.com/vffvL2f08Q — Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 10, 2022 “Every single time, it gets mo...
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Dinner’s on me, but not tonight, Djokovic tells Kyrgios after Wimbledon win | Tennis News – Times of India

LONDON: Novak Djokovic said he would make good on his deal to buy Nick Kyrgios drinks and dinner after beating the Australian to claim a fourth successive Wimbledon title on Sunday. The 35-year-old stayed ice cool on a fiercely hot afternoon as he absorbed some early brilliance from maverick Kyrgios to come back from a set down and win 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(3). The 27-year-old Kyrgios, who lit up his first Grand Slam final with his unique blend of unique shot-making and verbal diarrhoea, described Djokovic as a God after succumbing in an absorbing three-hour contest. As it happened: Djokovic vs KyrgiosIn the build-up to the final the players, who previously had a frosty relationship, were all peace and harmony with a deal being made for the winner to buy dinner, although Kyrgios had sugges...
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AFI clears Jeswin Aldrin to compete in World Championships

AFI clears Jeswin Aldrin to compete in World Championships New Delhi, Jul 10 (PTI) Long jumper Jeswin Aldrin was on Sunday cleared by the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) to take part in the upcoming World Championships despite failing to touch the stipulated mark in the two trials held earlier this month. Aldrin was called for trials on July 4 and 8 and asked to jump close to 8.10m mark to take part in the July 15-24 World Championships in Eugene, USA. But, he could only clear 7.99m and 7.93m in the two trials held in Thiruvananthapuram and Patiala. The AFI, however, decided to allow Aldrin to compete in the showpiece. “AFI today decided, in consultation with the members of the Selection Committee, to include long jumper Jeswin Aldrin in the squad for the World Athletics Championshi...
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Post-race penalty robs Jehan Daruvala of second spot in Austria | Racing News – Times of India

SPIELBERG (Austria): Indian racer Jehan Daruvala put in a stirring drive from 11th to second in the Formula 2 feature race on Sunday before he was robbed of his sixth podium of the season due a post-race penalty. Jehan had finished a provisional second after an inspired strategy call to start the race on slick tyres on a damp track. The searing pace from the Red Bull-backed racer in the tricky conditions saw him make rapid progress up the field. But a 20-second time penalty, handed out after stewards deemed the Prema Racing team had attempted to dry the track surface at Jehan's grid spot, negated his brilliant run. The penalty was all the more disappointing as Jehan was briefly in with a chance of inheriting the race win after provisional winner Richard Verschoor was disqualified for a ...