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First few matches will be important for me to get back into rhythm: Lakshya Sen | Commonwealth Games 2022 News – Times of India

MUMBAI: World championships bronze medallist Lakshya Sen on Saturday said the first few matches at the Commonwealth Games would be crucial to find his rhythm back after being out of action for a month due to fitness issues. Sen, a member of India's Thomas Cup winning team, did not play any tournament after the Indonesia Open, where he lost to compatriot HS Prannoy in the second-round clash. Sen had some shoulder issues and underwent rehab for about two weeks to recover. Asked how he assesses his current form, the world number 10 said, "It's pretty good. I have not played a tournament in a month. So I think the first few matches will be really important for me to get my rhythm back. "But I am looking forward; the training which I have put in for the last three weeks will help me," Sen to...
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Durand Cup to enter Assam and Manipur

The organising committee of the Durand Cup on Saturday announced that the football tournament will enter Assam and Manipur for the first time with its 131st edition. Besides Kolkata, Guwahati and Imphal will be the host cities for the tournament beginning on August 16. The Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan will host the final on September 18. The number of teams have increased from 16 to 20. The Indira Gandhi Athletic stadium in Guwahati and Imphal’s Khuman Lampak stadium will be the newest tournament hosts alongside the Kishore Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata and the Naihati Stadium in North 24-Paraganas district of West Bengal. The VYBK will play host to 10 games, including the opening derby between ATK Mohun Bagan and East Bengal, as well as all seven knockout games. Guwahati and Impha...
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People can only dream about what you’ve done in cricket: Kevin Pietersen backs Virat Kohli | Cricket News – Times of India

LONDON: Former England skipper Kevin Pietersen on Saturday threw his weight behind the out-of-form Virat Kohli, saying that he should be proud as "people can only dream about" what he has achieved. The former Indian skipper is enduring a wretched run with the bat and has failed to score a century since November 2019. "You go big guy! People can only dream about what you've done in cricket. And they're some of the best players that have played the game," Pietersen wrote in a social media post. ❤️ https://t.co/RG9rSDHnjZ— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) 1657965629000In another message for Kohli, Pietersen wrote on his Instagram: "Buddy, your career has had some of the best that have played the game only wish they could have done what you have (so far). "Be proud, walk tall & enjoy life. Ther...
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Harry Kane on target again as Tottenham draw 1-1 with Sevilla | Football News – Times of India

SUWON, SOUTH KOREA: Harry Kane scored from Son Heung-min's pass as Tottenham Hotspur drew 1-1 against Sevilla on Saturday, to the delight 43,000-plus fans at the Suwon World Cup Stadium. Spurs faced a much tougher test against the Spanish side in the final game of their preseason trip to South Korea than on Wednesday, when Son and Kane both scored twice in front of 64,000 adoring fans in a 6-3 win over a K-League "all star" team. Son and Kane, whose every move has been followed avidly since English Premier League side Tottenham's arrival in Korea last Sunday, both started against the La Liga side They only played the second half on Wednesday, but they played for 70 minutes at Suwon World Cup Stadium, near Seoul, before departing to an ovation. Despite this being a friendly, there was li...
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R Praggnanandhaa wins Paracin Open title

Young Indian Grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa won the Paracin Open ‘A’ chess tournament 2022 here on Saturday, scoring 8 points from nine rounds. The 16-year-old remained unbeaten and finished half a point ahead of the field. Alexandr Predke took the second spot with 7.5 points ahead of Alisher Suleymenov and India’s AL Muthaiah, who both scored 7 points. Suleymenov grabbed the third place on the basis of a better tie-break score. Young Indian International Master V Pranav ended up with 6.5 points after a defeat at the hands of Predke in the final round. Indian GM Arjun Kalyan (6.5 points) settled for seventh place. The Olympiad-bound Praggnanandhaa was in superb form, winning his first six games before Predke held on for a draw in round seven. He subsequently beat compatriot and fellow GM ...
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‘Stronger’ Dinesh Chandimal says family, friends got him through tough times | Cricket News – Times of India

GALLE: Former Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal on Saturday credited support from friends and family in helping him get back among the runs after being in and out of the national side. Chandimal, 32, hit an attacking 76 in Sri Lanka's 222 all out on day one of the opening Test against Pakistan in Galle to lead his team's fightback. His knock comes after an unbeaten 206 -- his maiden Test double century -- set up a series-levelling win over Australia earlier this week. "You have got to be mentally strong if you are playing Test cricket," said Chandimal, who averages more than 42 in 68 Tests, after an absorbing day's play. "I have been out of the side at times. That makes me stronger. You have to score runs to remain in the side. So I thought about the technique and how to keep myself no...
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Robert Lewandowski set to join Barcelona after verbal agreement with Bayern Munich | Football News – Times of India

Poland striker Robert Lewandowski is set to join Barcelona after Bayern Munich reached a verbal agreement with the LaLiga side on a transfer, the Bundesliga champions said on Saturday. The 33-year-old has 12 months remaining on his Bayern contract and multiple media reports had said he was expected to sign a three-year deal with the 26-times Spanish champions. "We have come to a verbal agreement with Barcelona," Bayern president Herbert Hainer said in a statement. "It's good to have clarity for all parties. Robert is an incredible player and he won everything with us. We are incredibly grateful to him." #FCBayern president Herbert #Hainer on Robert #Lewandowski: "We have come to a verbal agreement with Barcelona. It'… https://t.co/XwOeg65H7g— FC Bayern Munich (@FCBayernEN) 1657977129000...
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Pakistan lose openers after Sri Lanka post 222 in 1st Test

Pakistan reached 24 for two at stumps on day one in reply to Sri Lanka’s first innings total of 222 all out in the first test on Saturday. The visitors trail Sri Lanka by 198 runs with eight wickets in hand at Galle International Stadium. Having elected to bat first, Sri Lanka’s batting collapsed as they slumped to 133 for eight but the lower order fought back to enable them to get to 222 on a good batting surface. Sri Lanka was in danger of being shot out for less than 150, but the last two wickets produced 89 runs to salvage some pride. 4️⃣ wickets for @iShaheenAfridi as he spearheads a top bowling performance by Pakistan! 💪 Sri Lanka are all out for 222 ⚡ 📸: @OfficialSLC #SLvPAK | #BackTheBoysInGreen https://t.co/0pNhVKgmR3 pic.twitter.com/t4MrImoSN5 — Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB)...
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Virat Kohli replies to Babar Azam’s ‘stay strong’ tweet: ‘Keep shining and rising; wish you all the best’ | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: On Thursday, shortly after talismanic India batter Virat Kohli was dismissed for 16 in the second ODI against England at Lord's, Pakistan skipper Babar Azam put out a tweet with a picture of him and Kohli from the ICC Men's T20 World Cup last year, with the caption reading as "this too shall pass. Stay strong #viratkohli." Soon after the tweet was released, many cricket fans from around the world started praising Babar for supporting Kohli. Now, on Saturday, Kohli replied to Babar's post, thanking him for his words of support. "Thank you. Keep shining and rising. Wish you all the best (clap emoji)," read Kohli's reply on Twitter. @babarazam258 Thank you. Keep shining and rising. Wish you all the best 👏— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) 1657971567000On the eve of Pakistan's first Test ...
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It wasn’t easy to convince Florentin Pogba: ATKMB coach

ATK Mohun Bagan head coach Juan Ferrando on Saturday said it was not easy to convince high-profile Guinean central defender Florentin Pogba, who is the elder brother of French World Cup winner Paul Pogba. Florentin is ATKMB’s biggest signing this season. They have been one of the active teams in the transfer market with some top-quality signings ahead of Indian Super League 2022-23 season. The Mariners head coach said the left-footed centre-back was on their wishlist and he was convinced only after learning about the club’s vision. F. Pogba is Green Maroon 💚♥️#ATKMohunBagan #JoyMohunBagan #AmraSobujMaroon pic.twitter.com/diuxLL9j1N — ATK Mohun Bagan FC (@atkmohunbaganfc) June 25, 2022 “After the AFC Cup matches, we started looking for a left-footed centre-back. Florentin’s attributes w...
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1st Test, Day 1: Sri Lanka hit back after Shaheen Afridi’s four-for | Cricket News – Times of India

GALLE: Pakistan's Shaheen Shah Afridi led an inspired attack to bowl out Sri Lanka for 222 but the hosts hit back with two wickets before stumps on the opening day of the first Test on Saturday. The tourists reached 24 for two at the close of play in Galle after losing their openers Imam-ul-Haq and Abdullah Shafique. Azhar Ali, on three, and skipper Babar Azam, on one, were batting at close of play with Pakistan still trailing by 198 runs. Fast bowler Kasun Rajitha trapped Imam leg before wicket for two and Prabath Jayasuriya took down Shafique for 13 with his left-arm spin on a day dominated by the bowlers. Left-arm fast bowler Shaheen stood out with figures of 4-58 but Dinesh Chandimal's attacking 76 and a late cameo of 36 by Maheesh Theekshana gave the hosts a fighting total on a pit...
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ICC’s rough FTP draft has dedicated two and half month IPL Window: Reports

The IPL is all set to have its dedicated two and half month exclusive window from the next Futures Tours & Programme (FTP) calender of the ICC starting 2024, with no international cricket scheduled in that phase. That the T20 extravaganza would be a “two-and-a-half-month” affair from the next FTP was confirmed by PTI in an exclusive interview with BCCI secretary Jay Shah on the sidelines of the blockbuster IPL media rights deal last month. “Let me inform you that from the next ICC FTP calendar, IPL will have an official two-and-a-half month window so that all the top international cricketers can participate. We have had discussions with various boards as well as the ICC,” Shah had told PTI back then and it is now turning into a reality. As per the draft by the International Cricket ...
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KSCA to organise Maharaja Trophy T20 cricket tourney from August 7 | Cricket News – Times of India

BENGALURU: After a lull of two years due to COVID-19, the Karnataka State Cricket Association has come up with Maharaja Trophy KSCA T20 tournament, the latest avatar of Karnataka Premier League (KPL), which will be held from August 7 to 26. The matches will be organised at Bengaluru and Mysuru, KSCA president Roger Binny said. "Due to COVID-19, we could not organise the T20 event. It was a setback. We lost two crucial years. Now we are conducting the tournament to unearth young talent from small towns," Binny, a former India cricketer told reporters. According to him, the tourney is being organised in memory of former titular Mysuru king Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar, who was a former president of the KSCA. The KSCA is playing it safe this time, after having burnt its hands in the...
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Virat Kohli might have been dropped or rested for WI T20Is: Kapil Dev

The legendary Kapil Dev wondered if Virat Kohli was indeed rested or ignored for the upcoming five T20Is against the West Indies, hinting that the word “dropped” may have been avoided as he “is not an ordinary” cricketer. Kohli’s lean run is now into its third year, the modern-day great last scoring an international century in 2019, something that recently prompted Dev to say that the team management can’t go by reputation only. The former India skipper will not feature in the the five-match T20I series against the West Indies, to be played in the Caribbean and the United States from July 29. “It’s not like India haven’t played without Virat in the last five to six years, but I want such a player to be back in form. He might have been dropped or rested but there’s still a lot of cricket...
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Shoaib Akhtar backs Virat Kohli, says ‘He has 70 hundreds in international cricket, it’s not candy crush’

With former India captain Virat Kohli struggling for runs recently, Pakistan pace icon Shoaib Akhtar has thrown his weight behind him and said that the criticism is unnecessary. “People are saying that he should be dropped. Virat Kohli is finished. There is nothing more left in his career and he would not be able to do anything more in his career. To them, I say Virat Kohli is the greatest player. In the last 10 years, if there has been any greatest player, it is Virat. He has 1-2 bad years, he still has scored runs, just the century has not come,” Akhtar said in his YouTube channel. “As a Pakistani, I’m supporting Virat Kohli because he has 70 centuries. It’s not Candy Crush. Only a great player can score these many centuries, something a normal player can’t do. When Kohli comes out of...
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Pakistan wants ICC to regulate growth of T20 leagues

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Saturday that it has asked the International Cricket Council (ICC) to devise a way to regulate the growth of lucrative Twenty20 leagues with rising concerns about its impact on the sport’s calendar. South Africa this week pulled out of a three-match bilateral one-day series in Australia in January as it clashes with their new domestic Twenty20 competition. The next cycle of the Future Tours Programme (FTP), which lays down which national sides play where and when, is set to be confirmed later this month at the annual conference of the ICC, the global governing body, in Birmingham. Franchise cricket is likely to dominate the busy international calendar, which also includes ICC events like the World Cups in all formats. “The growth of franchise cri...
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Pakistan wants ICC to regulate growth of T20 leagues | Cricket News – Times of India

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Saturday that it has asked the International Cricket Council (ICC) to devise a way to regulate the growth of lucrative Twenty20 leagues with rising concerns about its impact on the sport's calendar. South Africa this week pulled out of a three-match bilateral one-day series in Australia in January as it clashes with their new domestic Twenty20 competition. The next cycle of the Future Tours Programme (FTP), which lays down which national sides play where and when, is set to be confirmed later this month at the annual conference of the ICC, the global governing body, in Birmingham. Franchise cricket is likely to dominate the busy international calendar, which also includes ICC events like the World Cups in all formats. "The growth of franchise cri...
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Still a lot of cricket left in Virat Kohli; he has to create path for that: Kapil Dev | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Since November 2019, Virat Kohli hasn't scored a century in international cricket and has been in a prolonged lean patch across all formats. With every low score coming off his bat, the debate on Kohli's poor form climbs up with the Men's T20 World Cup in Australia just three months away. Now, legendary all-rounder and 1983 World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev feels that Kohli has still got a lot of cricket left in him and pointed out that the talismanic batter has to himself create a way for getting back amongst the runs. "It's not like India haven't played without Virat in the last five to six years, but I want such a player to be back in form. Yes, he's been dropped or rested but there's still a lot of cricket left in him. And he has to create the path for that. "Maybe play...
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Virat Kohli should have responded to Babar Azam’s tweet by now: Shahid Afridi

From Rohit Sharma, Jos Buttler to Babar Azam, Virat Kohli is getting support from all corners. The right-handed batter has now gone 77 consecutive international innings without reaching three figures, after scores of 1 and 11 in the T20I series and failures in the rescheduled fifth Test. Kohli has not hit a century since 2019. On Friday, Pakistan skipper Babar Azam has extended his support to the out-of-form Virat Kohli. Babar took it to Twitter and wrote a heartfelt message to former India captain Virat Kohli, who is finding it difficult to get going at the moment. This too shall pass. Stay strong. #ViratKohli pic.twitter.com/ozr7BFFgXt — Babar Azam (@babarazam258) July 14, 2022 “This too shall pass. Stay strong. #ViratKohli.” Babar wrote on Twitter. Babar’s post was lauded by former ...