England, June 4: India decimated Pakistan by 124 runs in a one-sided ICC Champions Trophy 2017 match in Birmingham.
The top four Indian batsmen scored half-centuries as India put on a dominating show and posted a mammoth 319 for 3 against Pakistan in their ICC Champions Trophy 2017 match at Edgbaston.
Innings was led by Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan’s 136-run opening stand which gave the Men in Blue the perfect start. Virat Kohli played a captain’s knock with a whirlwind 81 not out off 68 balls, Hardik Pandya hammered three sixes in his six-ball 20 runs knock.
India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (captain), Yuvraj Singh, M.S. Dhoni (wicketkeeper), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah.
Pakistan: Azhar Ali, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (wicketkeeper/captain), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali.
Mohammed Azharuddin names his World Cup starting XI, drops a big name
With many players sharing their views about the probable Indian World Cup squad, former India skipper Mohammed Azharuddin has also joined the wagon and has picked his starting XI.
According to Azhar, he feels that the young Rishabh Pant and former skipper MS Dhoni, both will feature in the first match against South Africa.
He also feels that Kedar Jadhav will find a spot in the playing XI. However, his list does not contain Dinesh Karthik. When asked about the crucial number four position batsman, he said he would choose Pant over the much favored Ambati Rayudu.
As for the bowlers, he said his squad would include pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami. He says he would only have one fast-bowler and that is Hardik Pandya – which means there is no Vijay Shankar in his squad. Azhar also feels only one spinner will be picked between Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal.
Mohammed Azharuddin’s Indian playing XI for World Cup 2019:
Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (C), Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav /Yuzvendra Chahal.
Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2019: Hockey India name 34 players for national camp
Hockey India on Saturday named 34 players for the senior men’s national camp, beginning February 18 at the Sports Authority of India, Bengaluru, to prepare for the season’s first tournament — Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh, Malaysia. The tournament starts on March 23.
Hockey India has retained all 18 players in the Indian team that took part at the World Cup last December, for the month-long camp that concludes on March 18.
The list also features Sultan of Johor Cup silver-medal winning India Colts Shilanand Lakra, Suman Beck, Mandeep Mor, Yashdeep Siwach, Vishal Antil and Gursahabjit Singh who had figured in the 34-member camp for the World Cup.
The youngsters have been credited for showing continued improvement and potential to match the standards at the senior level.
“The team for the 28th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup will be selected from this core group of 34 players after a selection trial is held in Bengaluru in the last week of February. I am happy to note that the junior players who have recently been inducted into the senior camp have shown significant improvement and that the depth in the group is strong,” said David John, High-Performance Director, Hockey India.
List of campers:
Goalkeepers: P R Sreejesh, Suraj Karkera, Krishan Bahadur Pathak Defenders: Harmanpreet Singh, Gurinder Singh, Varun Kumar, Kothajit Singh Khadangbam, Surender Kumar, Amit Rohidas, Jarmanpreet Singh, Pardeep Singh, Suman Beck, Mandeep Mor, Birendra Lakra, Rupinder Pal SinghMidfielders: Manpreet Singh, Chinglensana Singh Kangujam, Sumit, Simranjit Singh, Nilakanta Sharma, Hardik Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Vivek Sagar Prasad, Yashdeep Siwach, Vishal AntilForwards: Akashdeep Singh, Ramandeep Singh, Gurjant Singh, Mandeep Singh, Dilpreet Singh, Sumit Kumar, Gursahabjit Singh, Shilanand Lakra, S V Sunil.
Pulwama Attack: Virat Kohli postpones Indian Sports Honours as a ‘mark of respect’ to CRPF
Star cricketer Virat Kohli has postponed the RP-SG Indian Sports Honours, which was to take place on Saturday, as a “mark of respect” to the CRPF personnel martyred in the Pulwama terrorist attack.
On Thursday, at least 40 CRPF paramilitary troopers were killed in a terror attack while several others are battling for their lives following what is being termed as the deadliest terrorist strike in three decades in Jammu and Kashmir.
Indian Sports Honours is an initiative of Virat Kohli Foundation and RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group.
“The RP-SG Indian Sports Honours has been postponed. At this heavy moment of loss that we all find ourselves in, we would like to cancel this event that was scheduled to take place tomorrow,” Kohli wrote on his twitter handle Friday night.
The sporting fraternity, including Kohli, had joined the country in condemning the dastardly attack.
The batting mainstay annually rewards excellence in sports and nurtures promising athletes through his foundation.
“The RP-SG Indian Sports Honours that was supposed to happen tomorrow night has been postponed by Virat as a mark of respect to the CRPF jawans who were martyred at Pulwama by a tragic terror attack,” the foundation said in a statement.
“The who’s who of entertainment and sports industry were supposed to be present for the award ceremony. Every partner and all the sportstars and delegates associated with this award have been informed and communicated with(,) stating that hosting an event was unacceptable at this moment when India is mourning the death of its jawans.” An explosive-laden SUV rammed into one of the buses in the CRPF convoy at Awantipora town in the Pulwama district.
Condolence messages have been pouring in for the family of the deceased CRPF soldiers since the news of the attack broke out.
The foundation, an organisation dedicated to assisting the underprivileged sections of society, provides scholarships to promising young athletes, as well as individuals and initiatives that have promoted the sport at the grassroots level.
Gautam Gambhir wants life ban on player who assaulted Delhi selector Amit Bhandari
Gautam Gambhir on Monday condemned attack on former India pacer and chairman of Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) senior selection committee Amit Bhandari and demanded a life ban for the player.
Bhandari was attacked by a group of an unidentified men during the Under-23 team’s trials at St Stephen’s ground. He sustained injuries on head and ear and then his colleague Sukhvinder Singh took him to the Sant Paramanand Hospital at Civil Lines.
Former India opener and Delhi captain Gambhir took to Twitter, saying, “Disgusted to see this happen right in the heart of the Capital. This can’t slip under the carpet and I will personally ensure it doesn’t. To begin with I am calling for a life ban from all cricket for the player who orchestrated this attack post his non-selection.”
Disgusted to see this happen right in the heart of the Capital. This can’t slip under the carpet and I will personally ensure it doesn’t. To begin with I am calling for a life ban from all cricket for the player who orchestrated this attack post his non-selection.https://t.co/RpS6fzTcNl
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir)February 11, 2019
Shankar Saini, Delhi’s senior and U-23 team manager, said that around 15 men came with hockey sticks, rods and cycle chains.
“I was having my meal along with a colleague inside the tent and Bhandari along with other selectors and senior team coach Mithun Manhas was watching the probables play a trial match,” said Saini.
“A couple of men first came and went up to Bhandari. There were heated exchanges between Bhandari and the two men. They left and before we could gather our thoughts, suddenly some 15 men armed with hockey sticks, rods and cycle chains came charging,” Saini added.
“When the other boys attending the trials along with us rushed to save Bhandari, they started threatening us and one of them said, “Don’t get into this or else we will shoot you.”
“They hit Bhandari with hockey sticks and rods and he sustained head injury,” said the former Delhi seamer.
“I was not there when these two guys came and spoke with Bhandari. He is obviously rattled and once he gives his statement to the police, we will get to know more,” concluded Saini.
Pakistan to host ODI series in UAE after Australia raise security concerns
Australia have refused to any of the ODI series matches in Pakistan due to security concerns and the two teams will now compete in the World Cup preparatory five-match rubber in the UAE.
After much delay, the Pakistan Cricket Board on Sunday finally announced that the one-day series would be played entirely in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from March 22 to 31.
The PCB had invited CA to send its team to Karachi to play one or two matches of the and were hopeful of convincing the Australians to come to Pakistan for the first time since 1998.
“The PCB was optimistic that it will be able to convince Cricket Australia to send its side for some matches after successfully staging high-profile bilateral series and the Pakistan Super League matches in the past 18 months, PCB Director Cricket – International, Zakir Khan, said.
“But, we are disappointed for the enthusiastic and passionate cricket fans in Pakistan who will now have to wait for some more time before they can see Australia cricket team live in action for the first times since 1998,” he said.
“Australia are the world champions and this series will provide the Pakistan cricket team an opportunity to assess their World Cup preparations,” Khan added.
Khan, however, said that the CA has assured them that they will send their security expert to oversee the execution of security plans for the PSL 2019 matches “In the meantime, the CA have confirmed they will maintain regular contact with the ICC, Zakir added.
In the last 18 months, Pakistan have hosted the ICC World XI, also comprising Australia Test captain Tim Paine and fast bowler Ben Cutting, in September 2017.
A month later, Sri Lanka played a T20I at the same venue. In April 2018, Karachi was the venue for three-T20I series between the Windies and Pakistan. Last month, the Windies women’s team played three T20Is against Pakistan women’s team in Karachi.
Davis Cup: India bank on Prajnesh, CSC grass courts to upset Italy
India would rely heavily on in-form Prajnesh Gunneswaran and favourable home conditions to upset former champions Italy in their bid to qualify for the inaugural Davis Cup Group Finals when the two teams clash in the Qualifiers starting here from Friday.
The rejigged Davis Cup enters a new era with 12 qualifiers across the globe on the road to Madrid Finals in November.
Against a team which leads 4-1 on head-to-head record, India have returned to their favourite Calcutta South Club (CSC) grass courts after 16 years.
The venue boasts of an impressive 8-2 win-loss record for India, including the solitary victory over Italy in the 1985’s World Group 1st Round.
“It’s grass, not clay! Maybe next time, we will play on clay against India. We have nothing to complain,” said 1976 Davis Cup winner Corrado Barazzutti, here as the non-playing captain of Italy.
Another boost for India is the shortened format. The popular ‘home-away’ format has been retained for the qualifiers and the ties now will be held in two days with two singles on Friday and a doubles plus two return singles on Saturday.
Matches will now be played over best-of-three sets in place of gruelling best of five, adding to the unpredictability factor and Italy, despite having three of their five players inside top-50, cannot breathe easy.
India’s non-playing captain Mahesh Bhupathi has already said there is no room for excuses for the home side and would be banking on their top-ranked singles player Prajnesh (102) to get the hosts off the block.
The big-serving southpaw, who is fresh from making his Grand Slam debut at the Australian Open, achieved one of the best wins of his career on grass when he shocked Canada’s Denis Shapovalov, the current world number 25.
And it’s no surprise that Bhupathi will heavily bank on Prajnesh in singles while the most-experienced Rohan Bopanna will look to carry on his fine momentum with comeback man Divij Sharan in doubles. The duo won the Tata Maharashtra Open earlier this month.
With the hosts needing to win at least three rubbers to secure a place in the finals, Prajnesh will play a key role, while the doubles will be equally crucial as has been the case historically for India.
But it’s easier said than done with world number 16 Marco Cecchinato spearheading Italy’s challenge.
Cecchinato won two ATP 250 titles last year, both on clay and it remains to be seen how the top-ranked Italian adjusts to grass.
In world number 37, Andreas Seppi, Italy also have the most-experienced player. Italy also has doubles specialist in Simone Bolelli, the 2015 Austrlian Open winner, while 22-year-old Matteo Baerrettini, the youngest member of the side will give X-factor to the visitors.
India lost 0-4 to Serbia in their World Group play-off clash in Kraljevo and the upcoming tie will be a litmus test for non-playing captain Bhupathi with reports indicating that his contract may not be renewed.
The venue has produced some of the epic encounters for India in the history of Davis Cup, including the 3-2 win over Australia to reach the Eastern Final in 1974 but conceded the title to South Africa, protesting the Apartheid regime.
But it was India’s World Group first round win over Switzerland that had made headlines after they had triumphed 3-2 in a rain-interrupted tie which was termed “black magic” by the referee
“It had rained whole night and the referee had booked return tickets. But we worked whole night to get the court ready. In the morning, the referee came and said it is ‘Indian black magic’ and we won. Their big serving player Marc Rosset almost looked redundant,” Bengal Tennis Association COO Sujoy Ghosh recalled.
Indonesia Masters: Saina Nehwal wins title after Carolina Marin retires hurt
Former world number one Saina Nehwal lifted the Indonesia Masters title as her Spanish opponent Carolina Marin retired hurt during the first game of the summit showdown here on Sunday.
Carolina injured her right foot after a hard landing and, despite trying hard, she could not continue playing. Eventually, she decided to pull out of the match.
Saina did not make the best of the starts in the final match as her three-time world champion opponent raced ahead with a four-point lead in the first game. Carolina further consolidated her lead over the Indian shuttler as she was now leading the game 9-2.
With the first game scoreline reading 4-10 in Carolina’s favour, the match was brought to a forced end.
This is Saina’s first-ever Indonesia masters title.
Nehwal had defeated China’s He Bingjiao on Saturday to enter the finals of the USD 350,000 Indonesia Masters. The 28-year-old from Hyderabad, who had reached the finals at the last edition, notched up a come-from-behind 18-21 21-12 21-18 triumph over sixth seed Bingjiao, who had won a bronze medal at the World Championship last year.
Marin, three-time World Champion and reigning Olympic champion, had bested China’s Chen Yufei to set up the final clash with Nehwal.
In men’s singles event, Danish badminton player Anders Antonsen defeated Kento Momota of Japan 21-16, 14-21, 21-16 in the final match to win the Indonesia Masters trophy.
Women’s Big Bash League: Beth Mooney guides Brisbane Heat to maiden WBBL title
Australia wicketkeeper-batswoman Beth Mooney’s skillful innings helped Brisbane Heat to clinch their maiden Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) title at the Drummoyne Oval in Sydney on Saturday.
Bowling efforts of Delissa Kimmince (2/25) and Grace Harris (3/23) assisted the Heat to wrap up hosts Sixers for 131 for the loss of seven wickets.
Although Harris failed with the bat, opener Mooney powered to add 84 for the third wicket with her skipper Kirby Short in hot and testing conditions.
Mooney brought up her fifty in just 35 deliveries, which included nine boundaries, before departing for 65, while Short pitched in with 29.
No other Heat batswoman got to double figures, as they slipped from 98/2 to 126/7. With just four runs needed off five balls, Laura Harris walloped the ball to the boundary to seal a memorable three-wicket victory over two-time champions Sydney Sixers.
Mooney, who was adjudged Player of the Final, said: “I just told myself we need to stay in the middle and we needed a good partnership. Kirby and I generally do a good job of that. The team has been really amazing. Several of them have come out of their shells and it has been a great pleasure to watch them evolve.”
Ellyse Perry, on the other hand, was declared Player of the Tournament for amassing 744 at an average of 93 and scalping 10 wickets.Short heaped praises on Sixers skipper Perry for making it a great contest.
“To Ellyse (Perry), there is a reason you are always in a WBBL final, and even when we only had a run a ball to get, you always pushed us, so thank you for a great contest today. You are an incredible team,” Short said.
ICC names Rishabh Pant as Emerging Cricketer of 2018
India’s fast-rising wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant was Tuesday named the International Cricket Council’s Emerging Player of the Year in the world body’s annual awards.
The 21-year-old Pant was picked by the ICC’s voting academy for a stellar show in his breakthrough Test year in 2018.
He became the first Indian wicket-keeper to score a Test century in England and equalled the record for the most catches taken in a Test, with 11 against Australia in Adelaide in December.
He was also the first Indian wicketkeeper to score a Test hundred in Australia.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli was also named as the captain of the ICC’s Test and ODI teams of the year, leading the country’s domination in both the line-ups.
“…Virat Kohli named the captain of both sides following a remarkable 2018 as batsman and skipper,” the ICC said in a statement.
Bageshwar’s Gold Medalist Nitendra to participate in London Merathon
The athletes n sportspersons of Uttarakhand are making the Himalayan state proud by their outstanding performances and Gold medal winning streak in various national n international competitions.
While the shooting prodigy and daughter of the internationally acclaimed shooter Jaspal Rana has made Uttarakhand n India proud in her outstanding pistol shooting achievements in the World pistol shooting championships n Khelo India games by winning several Golds n silver medals another athlete of Uttarakhand namely Nitendra Singh Rawat who’d recently won the prestigious Gold medal in Mumbai Merathon 2019 has surprisingly qualified for the World marathon championships to be held in Doha in the near future.
As a sequel to that Nitendra Singh Rawat got an opportunity to participate in the London Merathon where he would be participating for the first time representing India.
A high spirited enthusiastic racer Nitendra Singh primarily belonging to village Aana near Garud in Bageshwar district of Kumaon, Uttarakhand while talking to this reporter disclosed that he is the only n first athelete from Uttarakhand n India who would be participating in the significant London Olympics.
According to a report of Anshul Dangi of HT hindi, UK, popular as a merathon runner Nitendra Rawat has secured the Gold medal in the Mumbai Merathon after being out of races for the last one year due to severe injury. However he is back to the racing track with renewed vigour n vitality. Nitendra won the race in the catagory of Indian atheletes in two hours, fifteen minutes n fifty one seconds.The qualifying deadline for participation in the the World Merathon championship was 2 hours 16 minutes which Rawat qualified a minute before.
He is also credited with winning Gold in the South Asian Games but due to injury ( he) was constrained to be out of the games for over a year.
The future of Nitendra Rawat as a merathon runner is quite bright and as such the government of Uttarakhand should take notice of such budding atheletes by helping them financially to the core.
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