New Delhi, Jul 27 (PTI) Twenty young boys and girls will represent India at the inaugural Junior NBA World Championship, a first-of-its kind global youth basketball tournament for top 13 and 14-year-old players from around the world. The National Basketball Association (NBA) has announced the rosters of the 32 teams that will compete at the Jr. NBA World Championship. The competition will take place from August 7 to 12 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Florida. The boys team of India is from New Delhi, while the girls team is from Bengaluru. Sehajbir Singh Bedi, Bhavik Garg, Jeevanshu Khatri, Nikhil Kumar, Dinesh Pal, Yatish Sakhuja, Abhishek Singh, Arpit Singla, Laivish Vats and Sachin Yadav are the members of the Indian boys’ team to be coached by Siddharth Dalal while Devojyoti Karmakar will be his assistant. The Indian girls team comprises Vedaa Anand, Shreya Ashok, Nuha Asif Masood, Shreya Bose, Sunishka Kartik, Diya Kothari, Meghana Manjunatha, Moumita Mishra, Hamsa Nanjundaiah and Smriti Vemula. Prasanna Venkatesh Rajamanickam is the head coach while Sonal Nambiar is the assistant coach. Three-time NBA Champion and Jr. NBA World Championship Global Ambassador Dwyane Wade, 2018 NBA All-Star Andre Drummond, eight-time NBA All-Star Vince Carter, Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez, 2018 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Grant Hill and WNBA Legends Tamika Catchings, Swin Cash and Jennifer Azzi will join the 317 boys and girls from 35 countries at the event. The inaugural event will bring together the top 32 boys’ and girls’ teams (16 US and 16 international) that advanced from regional competitions earlier this year. The 16 international teams (eight boys’ and eight girls’ teams) represent Africa and Middle East, Asia Pacific, Canada, China, Europe, India, Mexico and South America.advertisement The Junior NBA World Championship will feature boys and girls divisions, separated into US and international brackets that begin with round-robin play and continue with single-eliminations competition. The winners of the US and international brackets will play in the World Championship games on August 12. PTI SSC SSC PDSPDS
India played out a draw with English county side Essex in the three-day warm up match at Chelmsford on Friday. India failed to put up a strong show ahead of the high-octane five-match Test series against England, which will begin on August 1 at Edgbaston.India failed to bowl out Essex in 94 overs and then Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara endured another failure when they went back to the pavilion for a duck and 23 runs, respectively on the final day.Essex resumed Day 3 at 237/5 and then went on to frustrate the Indians for 36 overs before declaring at 359/8, just 36 runs short of India’s first innings total.The stumps for the final day was called one and a half hours early due to rain, with India’s score reading 89/2 in 21.2 overs. The game ended rather abruptly, courtesy the first spell of rain in Chelmsford in two months.Also read – Watch: Shikhar Dhawan fails again, bags second duck in 3 daysThe away team would have been heading to Birmingham, the venue of the first Test, in a much better space if two of its key batsmen Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara had gotten some runs under their belt. However, it was not to be as Dhawan departed without scoring for the second time in the match while Pujara perished after scoring 23 off 35 balls.Lokesh Rahul, who was among the runs in the first innings alongside skipper Virat Kohli, Dinesh Karthik, Murali Vijay and Hardik Pandya, was sent out to open today alongside the struggling Dhawan.advertisementThe stylish right-hander made a strong case for selection in the series opener with a an unbeaten 36 off 64 balls, following his 58 in the first innings.Also read – Watch: Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan show off some bhangra skills at practice matchIt remains to be seen whether the team management sticks to the left-right combination of Dhawan and Vijay or brings in Rahul at the top. Pujara is also not a certain starter and if he is overlooked, Rahul can also bat at his number three position.After the bowlers were made to work hard by Essex, India got off to another poor start in their second innings, with Dhawan bowled for a three-ball duck in the second over. He was unable to comprehend Matt Quinn’s (1/5) swing and fell for a pair in this game having faced only four balls.Pujara improved on his first innings’ showing before falling to Paul Walter. Looking comfortable to a great extent, Pujara put on 36 runs for the second wicket with Rahul (who was dropped on 8 at second slip).Also read – Catching up with Virat Kohli after 12 years: The story of Varun ChopraBut just as he was beginning to drop anchor and have a good session or two, a low catch ended his stay at the crease with Varun Chopra making no mistake at short mid-wicket.Needing some batting time under his belt, Ajinkya Rahane then walked to the crease and saw India safely to tea. Afterwards though, it was surprising to see Rahul still walk out to bat, as Karun Nair (who scored 4 in the first innings) could have done with another hit in the middle.Perhaps the biggest news of the day, however, came in the pre-lunch session when R Ashwin (0/21) bowled five overs. He overcame the minor finger injury sustained in the nets on Thursday and took the field for a first time in three days, much to the relief of the team management.Ashwin bowled with decent control on a slow wicket not yet affording turn, and looked the best out of three spinners on display. Kuldeep Yadav (0/24) had also bowled in the morning session, his first outing in this game as well. But Walter (75 runs, 123 balls, 13 fours, 1 six) got stuck into him, hitting three fours and a six in two overs, as he attacked the wrist spinner.It was surprising that the spinners bowled only 11 out of 94 overs India sent down in the Essex innings with Ravindra Jadeja (0-17) not bowling on this final day.India’s pacers all had a good workout on day three as well, with Hardik Pandya (0/54) and Ishant Sharma (3/59) sharing the second new ball. The latter struggled to find his line for the second day running, while Shardul Thakur (1/58) put in some vital horse work.Mohammed Shami (0/68) generated enough momentum to get into reckoning, should India choose to go in with only two full-time pacers in the first Test, given how Pandya bowled well enough in both innings.As such, the stand out bowler for India in this game was Umesh Yadav who took 4/35 in 18 overs and always found enough movement to trouble the Essex batsmen. He has made a stern case to be included for the Birmingham Test, but there are far more important questions regarding the batting order and spin combination to be answered.advertisement(With PTI inputs)
Wellington, Jul 31 (PTI) India’s tour to New Zealand early next year, which will comprise five ODIs and three T20 Internationals, will start with the first One-day International in Napier on January 23. The opener will be followed by two matches in Mount Maunganui on January 26 and 28, Hamilton on Janaury 31 and the final 50-over game in Wellington on February 3. The three-match T20 series will start on February 6 in Wellington, followed by matches in Auckland on February 8 and Hamilton on February 10. Besides, the Indian women’s teams will also feature in three T20I double-headers in early February. Prior to the T20Is, the Indian and New Zealand women’s teams will also square off in three ICC Women’s Championship fixtures that will help to identify seven direct qualifiers (excluding the hosts) for the 2021 Women’s World Cup to be held in New Zealand. According to the fixture announced by New Zealand Cricket today, the men’s and women’s ODIs between India and New Zealand will be played over consecutive days in Napier, Mt Maunganui and Hamilton, and the T20s on the same days in Wellington, Auckland and Hamilton. NZC has also deferred the start of all games, barring the second T20I in Auckland on February 8, by one hour as per its agreement with India’s host broadcaster Star Sports. While the first and third T20Is will begin at 8pm local time, the Auckland game will start an hour earlier. The timing of Auckland T20I remained unchanged as there are restrictions on the number of events that can be held at night at Eden Park because of its proximity to residential areas.advertisement “NZC would’ve liked to have scheduled more India matches at Eden Park in Auckland but was unable to do so because of restrictions at the venue,” NZC’s chief operating officer Anthony Crummy said. All five ODIs between the men’s teams will start at 3pm local time. The joint initiative is one of the highlights of a 2018-19 International schedule that features visits from the two India sides plus the India A team to New Zealand. The India A side’s visit to New Zealand corresponds with NZC’s increased investment in the A programme, as announced in the new NZC-NZCPA Master Agreement, last week. It will feature three four-dayers in Mt Maunganui, Seddon Park and Cobham Oval, respectively, and three 50-over fixtures – all to be played at the Bay Oval. “It’s exciting to have the India men’s and women’s team here. The men are currently ranked No.2 in ODIs and T20s and the women arrive as ICC Cricket World Cup finalists,” the NZC COO added. Schedule of India’s tour of New Zealand: 1st ODI: January 23, Napier; 2nd ODI: January 26, Mount Maunganui;3rd ODI: January 28, Mount Maunganui; 4th ODI: January 31, Hamilton;5th ODI: February 3, Wellington. 1st T20: February 6, Wellington; 2nd T20: February 8, Auckland; 3rd T20: February 10, Hamilton. PTI SSC AHAH
Chelsea will lock horns against Manchester City in the Community Shield – the first official match of the season which augers in the new Premier League season.Maurizio Sarri is looking forward to the new season but is aware of the importance a winning mentality can breed into his squad. The new Chelsea manager is hoping he can start that trend by lifting the Community Shield on Sunday.”I think it’s very important to start with a trophy, At this moment in the season it is also important to see a step forward with our performance, but it’s also very important to win something and we want to do that tomorrow (Sunday) at Wembley.””It’s going to be a very difficult match that’s for sure, but we want to win the trophy. Every manager wants to do this,” he said.It’s matchday at Wembley…COME ON CHELSEA! #CommunityShield pic.twitter.com/RggbW6rFJBChelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 5, 2018Sarri is aware of the quality of the opposition and reiterated his intentions of staying at Chelsea for a long time.”The Premier League table of last season tells me that Man City got 100 points and Chelsea 70 points, so at this moment there is a big difference. We have to try and reduce the 30 points and I know the only way to do this is through hard work. My job is to improve my players and I will try to do this every day.”I want to stay here for 10 years. But to do that, I have to win things. It of course depends on the club but I repeat, I would like to stay here for many years,” he said.advertisementThe last time we matched up against Chelsea… #mancity pic.twitter.com/td1pRFuTfEManchester City (@ManCity) August 4, 2018Sarri also had some kind words for his counterpart in the opposition dug-out, Pep Guardiola.”Guardiola told me that here in England it is very difficult and the level is very high. He had some problems in the first season with results but he says that ‘football is football’ wherever you are. He told me to come to England if I get the chance. I think every coach wants to work in England, as the Premier League is the best league in the world and I feel very lucky to be here now.”Guardiola is a friend, yes. I think he’s the best coach in the world, or one of the best for sure. The match is very difficult for one reason: they have worked together for two years and we started only two-and-a-half weeks ago, so for us it will be a very difficult game,” he said.Maurizio Sarri also said that Chelsea are not done with their business and are looking to sign at least one player before the transfer window closes.Without specifying the name of any particular player, the Sarri expressed that a midfielder with different characteristics would be good for the club.”I had a word with the club about the market but only one or maybe two times, not more. I spoke about positions and characteristics but no names. So, I don’t know. I think we need something, but maybe only a player,” goal.com quoted Sarri, as saying.Goosebumps!The incredible moment Jorginhos mother saw his name on the back of a Chelsea shirt… pic.twitter.com/mbBbQhDDkzChelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 4, 2018″We have very good midfielders, but maybe a midfielder with different characteristics [would be a good fit],” he added.Chelsea have made only one deal in the season so far in the form of Italian footballer Jorginho which cost them over 57 million euros.(With inputs from ANI)
Realme, which recently announced it would be an independent brand from Oppo, is gearing up to launch its second phone on August 28. The company made its debut earlier this year with the Realme 1, which became a major success and a best-seller on Amazon thanks to its power-packed performance at an affordable price. The Realme 2 is now being teased by the company and we already know a few interesting things that this device will bring to the table.It looks like the Realme 2 will be about fulfilling what consumers want most in a 2018 smartphones. Realme has already revealed that the device will sport a notch and is also teasing the Realme 2 with the hashtag #ANotchAbove. Additionally, the upcoming device will get a dual rear camera setup and a larger battery compared to the Realme 1. Here’s everything that we know so far.– The biggest visual change with the Realme 2 is that it will bring a display notch. This means you can expect slimer bezels all around and a larger display on a footprint similar to the Realme 1. The company has confirmed that the device will bring a 6.2-inch display, which is two inches bigger than the first iteration. Realme is yet to confirm the resolution, but a recent leak suggests that it will be downgraded from FHD+ to HD+ resolution.– The overall look and build of the Realme 2 is expected to be similar to its predecessor. The most noticeable inclusion will be a fingerprint sensor on the back, a feature that was disappointingly missing with the Realme 1. This along with facial recognition means you’ll have two biometric login options.advertisement– Realme has also confirmed that the Realme 2 will get dual cameras on the back, another popular feature for consumers in 2018. As per a leak last week, the dual cameras will get a 13MP + 2MP configuration and will now support portrait mode. Up front, things will be same with an 8-megapixel selfie sensor.– The other major upgrade is the battery which is now a big 4,230mAh capacity compared to the 3,410mAh inside the Realme 1. When I reviewed the Realme 1, I was quite surprised with how good the battery life was and with the Realme 2 getting a bigger capacity, you should expect a good day and a half to two days worth of battery life.– One of the reasons the Realme 1 was such a success was because it comes with some powerful hardware. You get a Helio P60 chipset with up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage at under Rs 15,000. That was pretty exciting to see, but if recent leaks are true, the Realme 2 will be coming with a less powerful processor. It is rumoured that the device will be powered by a Snapdragon 450 SoC with up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.– Based on everything else recent leaks have told us, the Realme 2 will ship with Android 8.1 Oreo-based ColorOS 5.1. It will support two 4G VoLTE SIM slots, will measure 156.2×75.6×8.2 and weigh 168 grams.– Because of the downgraded hardware, we expect that the Realme 2 will be cheaper than the Realme 1. So anything south of Rs 10,000 should be expected as the price tag.– Based on everything Realme and recent leaks have told us, the Realme 2 does pack a few upgrades but at the same time it may bring a few downgraded specs as well. It will be interesting to see if the device can be called a real successor to the Realme 1 or a low-cost variant. The company is holding an event on August 28 at 12.30pm to unveil the device. Unlike the Realme 1 which was exclusive to Amazon India, the Realme 2 will be sold on rival e-commerce platform, Flipkart.
Juan Martin Del Potro overcame sweltering heat and a tough fight from John Isner to reach the semi-finals of the US Open on Tuesday at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.The three hour and 31 minute long quarter-final was played in suffocating humidity and it was so extreme that officials had to suspend junior matches on the outside courts for more than two hours.Play continued on Arthur Ashe with temperatures around 37.7 degree Celsius and it left Isner and Del Potro struggling as they went on in their competitive quarter-final clash before Del Potro finally won it 6-7 6-3 7-6 6-2.”I weigh 238 pounds, so I have always said it’s pretty difficult to play in hot conditions,” said Isner, who had 11 shirt changes during match. “I weigh a lot and I sweat a lot.”It takes its toll on bigger guys, in my opinion.”I don’t know what I weighed before the match. I did not weigh myself, but I can tell you I lost a lot of weight out there.”Raw energy.Raw emotion.Pure joy.@delpotrojuan#USOpen pic.twitter.com/qYkGEi8bJ2US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 4, 2018Anyone looking for serve and volley came to the wrong place as the pair traded bombs from the baseline with Isner, bidding to become the first American since Andy Roddick in 2006 to reach U.S. Open semi-finals, belting 26 aces and Del Potro 14.Break chances were few and far between, Isner managed just three and was unable to convert any, while Del Potro had 11, cashing in on three, including one to close out the match.advertisementIt was enough to see Del Potro, the 2009 U.S. Open champion, through to the last four at Flushing Meadows for a third time where he will face Rafael Nadal.Leaving it all out on the court:Massive respect for both these competitors…#USOpen pic.twitter.com/pX9YD9vJeVUS Open Tennis (@usopen) September 4, 2018″I think I played very solid this game,” said Del Potro. “In particular I made good returns every service game.”I saw John a little bit tired also. That’s give me a little bit more energy to keep trying.”I don’t know if I’m playing my best tennis ever but I’m feeling good. I reach another semi-finals in this grand slam, which means something big to me.”The Argentine had the sole break chance in the opening set but the third seed could not convert, while Isner had a mini-break at 3-3 in the tiebreak and turned that into a 1-0 lead.It was the first set surrendered by Del Potro at the tournament this year and a positive omen for 11th seed Isner, who was 24-2 at Flushing Meadows when winning the first set.But Del Potro would not drop another set as the Argentine appeared better equipped to deal with the conditions even though he joked he did not want to come back on court following a 10-minute break between the third and fourth sets.”I had a shower, lay on the table and I didn’t want to come back again,” laughed Del Potro.”It was too hot for tennis.”(With inputs from Reuters)
Vivo is set to launch the V11 Pro in India today at 12 PM. Ahead of the V11 Pro India launch today, Vivo has launched the V11 and the V11i phones in Thailand. Both the V11 series of phones come with a lot of similar features like the waterdrop notch as seen on the Oppo F9 Pro, in-display fingerprint sensor, AI-based dual rear cameras, Android 8.1 Oreo and more. Either of the two phones will launch in India as the V11 Pro today. Most likely, it will be the V11. The V11 has been launched in two colours — Nebula and Starry Night.In Thailand, the Vivo V11 has been launched at a price tag of THB 9,999, which roughly translates to Rs 21,800, while the Vivo V11i comes with a price of THB 13,999, which roughly translates to around Rs 30,600. In India, the upcoming V11 Pro is expected to be priced between Rs 20,000 to Rs 30,000 range. Vivo is yet to reveal the pricing and the availability details of the V11 Pro.Let’s take a quick look at what the already launched Vivo V11 and the V11i have in stock to offer.Vivo V11 specsThe V11 comes with a 6.41-inch full-HD+ Super AMOLED display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio and 1080x2340p resolution. The smartphone packs Oppo F9 Pro-like waterdrop notch on top of the display which fits the selfie camera on it. The upcoming V11 Pro is also expected to come with the same design as the V11. Under the hood, the V11 is powered by the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor clocked up to 2.2GHz. The phone has been launched in only one variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage which can expandable via microSD card.advertisementOn the software front, the V11 runs Funtouch OS 4.5 based on Android 8.1 Oreo. The phone comes with dual SIM support and 3,400mAh battery with 18W quick-charging support. On the camera front, the V11 sports a dual camera setup which consists of a primary sensor of 12-megapixel and secondary sensor of 5-megapixel, which is similar to that of the Vivo X21 and Vivo Nex S. On the front, the phone comes with a 25-megapixel sensor that comes with AI-based camera features.Vivo V11i specsThe Vivo V11i comes with a smaller screen than the V11. The phone comes with a 6.3-inch full-HD+ Super AMOLED display with 1080x2280p resolution and aspect ratio of 19:9. The phone is powered by MediaTek Helio P60 processor paired with 4GB RAM and 128GB storage which is expandable up to 256GB via microSD card.ALSO READ: Vivo V11 Pro set to launch in India today, could be priced around Rs 25,000On the software front, the V11i runs Funtouch OS 4.5 based on Android 8.1 Oreo. The phone also comes with dual SIM support and packs a 3,315mAh battery along with 18W quick-charging support. On the camera front, the Vivo V11i comes with dual camera setup on the rear panel which consists of a 16-megapixel primary sensor and 5-megapixel secondary sensor. On the front, just as the Vivo V11, the V11i also sports a 25-megapixel sensor paired with AI-based features.
Thimphu, Oct 8 (AFP) Every weekend Bhutanese Pema Dorji channels his inner Robin Hood and aims for the bull’s-eye, but not without generous sips of the local brew and a leg-kicking dance and song routine.The likes of Dorji make up the vibrant archery scene in the small Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan where the traditional sport is a way of life for its 800,000 people.Competitions are held across the country on various auspicious days each month before culminating in national championships attended by hundreds of raucous fans.”Alcohol and archery go hand in hand,” said Tashi Dorji, the research and development officer with the Bhutan Indigenous Games and Sports Association (BIGSA).”We drink to gain confidence. We have a belief that if we drink we can hit the target better,” the 25-year-old said, barely hiding a sheepish grin.The game they play pits two teams of 11 players each who try to hit the maximum number of bull’s-eyes on a fixed target a full 140 metres (yards) away.A war cry rings out each time the target is hit. Players in traditional “gho” dresses dance and sing folk numbers — different ones for winning and losing.The crucial drink breaks see archers gulp down locally brewed whisky before locking horns again on the field where colourful flags flutter in the breeze. The beloved national sport is steeped in legends about how bows and arrows were used to hunt prey and destroy demons and evil spirits.Stories also abound about how the Bhutanese fought the rifle-armed soldiers of the British army in the 19th century using arrows dipped in poison.advertisementArchery was popularised by the first king of Bhutan Gongsa Ugyen Wangchuk (1862-1926) and it continued to flourish under royal patronage through the years.But it suffered a decline after the reclusive nation decided to pursue economic development and open its doors to modernisation, eventually allowing in television in 1999.”TV made modern sports available, sports like football and volleyball which are cheaper to play. Suddenly there was competition for our traditional sports,” said Kinzang Dorji, president of the BIGSA.”Children had a wider choice unlike the generations before them,” he told AFP.In addition, the advent of more advanced compound and recurve archery has meant Bhutanese archers used to traditional equipment made of bamboo reeds have struggled to find their feet in international competitions.Bhutan has sent archers to every Olympics since 1984 but a medal has eluded the nation. Some say the Bhutanese, who will vote in only the country’s third elections later this month, lack the fiercely competitive streak needed to do well in the sport.The likes of Ygyen Dorji beg to differ though.”The rivalry is quite intense. Opponents often plant women in the stands to distract the rivals,” said Ygyen Dorji, a mental health counsellor and archery enthusiast.”The ladies mimic you, try to pull you down and one has to concentrate hard as pride and honour are at stake.” Fellow participant Karma Tshering said Bhutanese archers were not aspiring to global acclaim.”Anybody can shoot with the sophisticated modern bows with the help of release aids and all,” said Tshering.”It’s the traditional archery which is more challenging, you have to focus on both your body and mind,” he said, adjusting the sashes on his waist which he won for scoring maximum points during a game at Thimpu’s national sports stadium.The Bhutan Archery Federation recently started a programme to train and encourage children to take up the sport.In a shot in the arm for traditional archery, two Bhutanese athletes won gold medals at the historical World Archery championship held in August in Hungary.”It was a great experience to compete with some 300 archers from all over the world,” said gold-medallist Damcho Wangdi.”It showed traditional archery can be revived as many countries in Europe and Asia have some history of playing with bows and arrows.”And with our rich archery history and culture Bhutan can lead the way.” (AFP) PMSPMS
Sourav Ganguly was unsure of the combination Indian team management are looking for at the 2019 ICC World Cup but backed MS Dhoni at doing well at the showpiece event in England next year.Of late a lot of questions have been raised on Dhoni’s role in the Indian team considering his form with the bat. Dhoni has not even showed the prolific finishing that he is known for and there have been constant calls from legends for Dhoni to come up the order.At the Indian Premier League this year, Dhoni had promoted himself up the order and went on to put up a lot of runs on the board. However, he has not been able to replicate the same form in international cricket.Dhoni is a part of the Indian squad for the five-match ODI series against West Indies but the selectors have also added wicketkeeper batsman Rishabh Pant in the mix, making the entire scenario interesting.”I don’t know what combination they are thinking at. But I’m sure he [Dhoni] will do well in the World Cup. It’s [against West Indies] big series for him,” Ganguly told PTI at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium while watching the ODI with Assam governor Jagdish Mukhi.India vs West Indies 1st ODI: Live UpdatesIn the Asia Cup, Dhoni batted four times, scoring 77 runs with an average of 19.25 and a strike rate of 62.09. Overall in 2018, he has batted 10 times in 15 matches, for an average of 28.12 and a strike rate of 67.36.Dhoni has an unimpressive record in the seaming conditions of England where he is yet to score a century from 20 ODIs, and averages 38.06, a sharp drop from his career average of 50.61.advertisement”His overall record is very good,” Ganguly pointed out. “It all depends how the players perform going ahead to the World Cup. It’s about scoring runs. That’s why Pant has been given a chance,” Ganguly further said.Also read – India vs West Indies: Virat Kohli smashes 36th ODI century, 4th in 2018All the 10 teams will play each other in a round-robin format, with the top four qualifying for the semi-finals in the next year’s World Cup beginning with England versus South Africa at the Oval on May 30.”India are a good ODI side. This World Cup will be worth watching. All teams play all and the best four go. It will be a competitive one,” Ganguly said.Hosting its first ODI, the Assam Cricket Association invited Ganguly as the guest of honour and he was felicitated with traditional Assamese gamcha (towel) and xorai, an offering pot with a stand at the bottom, a decorative symbol of Assam used for offering tamul pan (betel nut and leaves). Ganguly also launched ACA’s souvenir.(With PTI inputs)
Rohit Sharma is back on his home turf and gearing up to face the West Indies in the fourth ODI at the Brabourne stadium in Mumbai on Monday.The right-handed opener is busy preparing for the big game but in between practice sessions Rohit found some time to play gully cricket in the streets of Mumbai on Sunday.Rohit shared a video where he could be seen playing cricket on a street with some boys with a makeshift traffic cone acting as the wicket.Also read – Rohit Sharma and Murali Vijay back in India Test squad for Australia tour”Gully cricket kind of Sunday,” Rohit wrote on the post he shared on social media.Also read – Can Virat Kohli equal Kumar Sangakkara’s record of 4 successive ODI hundreds?Rohit will be hoping to regain his touch in front of his home crowd in the fourth game after a couple of single digit scores in the previous two games which came after the 152 not out he smashed in the first ODI in Guwahati last week.Also Read – Another Sachin Tendulkar record set to be broken. This time by Rohit SharmaRohit has so far scored 164 runs in the three games at an average of 82 and is the fourth highest run-scorer in the series behind Virat Kohli (404), Shai Hope (250) and Shimron Hetmyer (237).Team India meanwhile, will be looking to find the ‘perfect’ balance in their playing eleven and bounce back after losing the 3rd ODI by a margin of 43 runs despite Kohli’s 107 while chasing 284 in Pune.advertisementGoing with five specialist bowlers in Pune on Saturday did not work for India, who ended up as the losing side for the first time in the home series against the Windies.With the series surprisingly tied at 1-1 and two matches to go, Kohli’s team finds itself in a must-win situation at the Cricket Club of India (CCI).Credit must be given to the West Indies, who have not only moved on from a dismal Test series but have given the formidable hosts a run for their money in the one-day format.An unstable middle-order and lack of runs from MS Dhoni’s bat are another issues facing India, not just for Monday’s fixture but also in the long run with 15 games remaining before the World Cup in England next year.
USA Cricket achieved a significant milestone on Tuesday as it was inducted as the 105th member of the International Cricket Council (ICC). It is a significant landmark for the governing body that was established in 2017 to develop the cricket community in the United States following the expulsion of the USA Cricket Association (USACA).USA Cricket’s application to become the 93rd Associate Member in accordance with the ICC Constitution was approved by ICC Members following the Membership Committee’s recommendation to the ICC Board late last year and is implemented with immediate effect, according to a ICC media release.As a Member of the ICC, USA Cricket is now eligible to receive funding in accordance with the ICC Development Funding Policy and can sanction domestic and international cricket in the United States.A transition plan has been agreed for the governing body, which has, to date, been managed by the ICC Americas regional support programme. This will see all governing body obligations transferred to USA Cricket under the auspices of the USA Cricket Board of Directors this month. The recruitment of a Chief Executive and key management roles will begin in due course as the immediate priorities of the new Member.Notably, the USACA was suspended thrice between 2005 and 2015 as the ICC had constantly expressed concerns over governance, finance, reputation, and cricketing activities before it was expelled in 2017.ICC chief congratulates Paraag MaratheICC Chief Executive, David Richardson said: “This is the culmination of a great deal of hard work and I would like to congratulate the Chair of USA Cricket, Paraag Marathe, and the Board, on this important milestone and wish them all the very best for the future.advertisementUSA Cricket Board Chair, Paraag Marathe said: “USA Cricket was established to bring together the cricket community in the United States, develop the game and unlock the sport’s undoubted potential for growth. Today’s confirmation that it is the ICC’s newest Member is a significant staging post on that journey.”As David mentioned, this recognition is not just the work of our Board but is a result of thousands of volunteer hours over the last 18 months and USA Cricket appreciates the time, effort and sacrifice of all those involved.”On behalf of our Board of Directors and the entire U.S. cricket community, I also want to thank the ICC and the other 104-member countries for your faith in us to deliver on the nearly limitless potential for cricket in the United States. We do not take this responsibility lightly and pledge to lead this great game with the integrity, passion and tireless work ethic that is a foundation for global cricket.”Also Read | Indian Premier League 2019 to be played in India from March 23Also Read | India vs Australia: BCCI announces huge cash rewards for Virat Kohli’s history makersAlso Read | It takes some serious marbles: Ravi Shastri on Virat Kohli’s captaincyAlso See:
Arsenal right back Hector Bellerin has been ruled out for the rest of the season after sustaining an anterior cruciate knee ligament injury in Saturday’s 2-0 Premier League win over Chelsea, his club said in a statement on Tuesday.Bellerin will have surgery to repair the injury to his left knee in the coming days and the Spain international’s rehabilitation is expected to take between six and nine months.The 23-year-old, who was making his first start after returning from a calf injury, went down clutching his knee while challenging for the ball in the second half and was carried off the pitch on a stretcher.His injury is another blow to manager Unai Emery, who had already lost defender Rob Holding for the rest of the season to a similar knee problem last month.The Spanish coach said he had players to fill in for Bellerin and was unlikely to dip into the transfer market to sign a replacement, having previously said he could only take players on loan in the January transfer window.”We have Ainsley [Maitland-Niles]. He can help us by playing like a right back or a right winger. And also, [Stephan] Lichtsteiner is another player,” Emery said.”I don’t forget [Carl] Jenkinson… he played some matches and if we need [him], he is okay to help us.”Arsenal next host Manchester United in an FA Cup fourth round tie on Friday, before returning to Premier League action against Cardiff City at home on January 29.
Sri Lanka opener Dimuth Karunaratne has been discharged from the hospital hours after he was taken there for assessment of a blow he suffered on the back side of his neck on Saturday in Canberra, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has confirmed.”Dimuth has been discharged from Canberra hospital following assessment and all cleared. A further update will be provided on his playing status tomorrow prior to play,” SLC said.Dimuth Karunaratne fell to the ground, wincing in pain after he was hit on the back of his neck while trying to duck to a bouncer from Australia pacer Pat Cummins on Day 2 of the ongoing second Test between Australia and Sri Lanka at the Manuka Oval earlier in the day.Sri Lanka will take a call on whether or not the retired hurt batsman will take the field on Sunday before the third day’s play.Cummins along with members of Australia and Sri Lanka cricket teams were looking on anxiously as the medical staff rushed on to the ground for immediate assistance. The nasty blow brought back memories of the fatal blow that Australia opener Philip Hughes suffered in 2014.pic.twitter.com/bxVvpbKBFRMr Gentleman (@183_264) February 2, 2019Karunaratne was batting on 48 as he and Lahiru Thirimanne had put on a solid 90-run opening stand in reply to Australia mammoth first-innings total of 534. The left-hander, it seems, misjudged the bounce as the Cummins bouncer didn’t climb as expected and struck the batsman.Sri Lanka cricketer Angelo Mathews shared a photo of Karunaratne being treated at the hospital and called his neck band-wearing cricketer a “tough cookie”.advertisementGet well soon @IamDimuth we know your a tough cookie and team needs you.Get well first and go get a biggie pic.twitter.com/Dsvcgura8TAngelo Mathews (@Angelo69Mathews) February 2, 2019Meanwhile, Pat Cummins was a relieved man after hearing Dimuth Karunaratne was not in any danger.”It’s never a nice feeling seeing someone go down like that. The good thing was he looked like he was moving his hands and the physio said he seemed all right when he left,” Cummins said.”I wish him all the best and hopefully he’s doing all right. You never like seeing that. It’s just one of those things that happen in cricket. Whether it’s your teammate, another teammate, you just hope they’re OK.”Sri Lanka slumped from 90 for 1 to 123 for 3 at stumps on Day 2 after Karunaratne was stretchered off the field. The visitors stare at an uphill task as they are already trailing 1-0 in the two-match series.Also Read | Never like seeing that, says Pat Cummins after flooring Karunaratne with a bouncerAlso Read | Australia vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test, Day 2 in Canberra: As it happenedAlso See:
England all-rounder was recalled from the dressing room after he was dismissed off a no-ball on the first day of the third Test against West Indies in St Lucia on Saturday. Stokes enjoyed a most unusual reprieve when he was caught-and-bowled for 52 by Alzarri Joseph, who took a sharp catch as the ball cannoned towards him.After walking back to the pavilion, Stokes was removing his protective equipment when the third umpire declared that Joseph had indeed bowled a no-ball after reviewing the footage. The onfield umpire signalled a no-ball and also recalled Stokes from the pavilion.Jonny Bairstow had already joined Jos Buttler in the middle but made a quick u-turn and walked off the field as Stokes returned to rousing cheers from the England camp and their fans.However, he benefitted from MCC’s April 2017 decision to define Law 31.7. The law governs the status of a batsman “leaving the wicket under a misapprehension”.The law has given the authority to the umpires that they can recall the batsman if they are satisfied that a batsman has left the field under a “misapprehension of being out”.”An umpire shall intervene if satisfied that a batsman, not having been given out, has left the wicket under a misapprehension of being out. The umpire intervening shall call and signal Dead ball to prevent any further action by the fielding side and shall recall the batsman.”A batsman may be recalled at any time up to the instant when the ball comes into play for the next delivery, unless it is the final wicket of the innings, in which case it should be up to the instant when the umpires leave the field.”advertisementStokes and Buttler were involved in an unbroken fifth-wicket stand of 124 to help England reach 231 for four at stumps on Day 1 of the third Test.”Thank God for technology. It’s a first for me and it’s probably something they need to get control of. In international cricket you shouldn’t be walking off, getting into the changing rooms, and then back out there two minutes later,” Stokes said at the end of first day’s play.”It’s a good job I didn’t take my pants off. It was just a bizarre bit of cricket all round.”I tried to get myself back in that same frame of mind I was when me and Jos were going well out there. There was a lot of cheering going on so I had to blank that out and start again.”Stokes was unbeaten on 62 while Buttler was on 67 as England took the upper hand for the first time in the series. England have already lost the series after defeats in the first two Tests of the three-match contest.Also Watch:
India leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal took to social media on Tuesday to troll Shikhar Dhawan over what seems to be a new fashion statement. Chahal uploaded a picture of Dhawan wearing a sock on only one of his legs.Chahal, who has made it a habit to post funny comments on his teammates’ social media posts, uploaded the photograph and wrote: “The one and only @SDhawan25 can forget to wear one sock… #legend.”Meanwhile, Dhawan shared a video of him trying out horse riding on Tuesday. The left-handed India opener, who is certain to make India’s World Cup squad, suggested that he has been learning horse riding during his time away from competitive cricket.”Jatt Shaunkiyaa tey Shaunk poore karda (If a Jatt has passion, he finishes it). #horsebackriding #horseriding #learninghorseriding #tuesdaythoughts #TuesdayMotivation,” Dhawan wrote on Twitter. Notably, Dhawan’s India teammate Ravnidra Jadeja is an avid rider as well.The one and only @SDhawan25 can forget to wear one sock #legend pic.twitter.com/TBXvKsZGUMYuzvendra Chahal (@yuzi_chahal) February 19, 2019Jatt Shaunkiyaa tey Shaunk poore karda. #horsebackriding #horseriding #learninghorseriding #tuesdaythoughts #TuesdayMotivation pic.twitter.com/bbGiRmM3kuShikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) February 19, 2019India cricketers have been able to find time to unwind after a hectic season of overseas cricket. Only recently, MS Dhoni was spotted flaunting his football skills in a charity practice match in Juhu, Mumbai. The celebrated wicketkeeper-batsman, once known for his trendsetting hairstyles, also found time to pay his hairstylist Sapna Moti Bhavnani a visit last week.India had a relatively successful overseas campaign even as they finished their tour Down Under with a defeat in a T20I series in New Zealand. The Virat Kohli-led team had clinched their first-ever Test and bilateral ODI series wins in Australia and then followed it up with a 4-1 win in a five-match series against the Black Caps.advertisementKohli, who was rested for the latter half of the New Zealand tour, returns to lead India in the upcoming limited-over series against Australia which will also be their final international assignment ahead of the World Cup, starting May 30 in England and Wales. India will play two T20Is and five ODIs from February 24 at home against the reigning 50-over world champions.Speaking ahead of their departure to India, Australia captain Aaron Finch said the team can’t afford to make even the slightest of errors if they are to do well against India in India.”I don’t think you need anything to put a pep in your step when you’re going on an Aussie tour, particularly to India,” Finch said.”If you’re slightly off the mark you’re going to get hurt. They’re the best side in one-day cricket in their own conditions, I think. So you’ve got to go there full of confidence and have a real clear game plan.”Also Read | I don’t look at Rishabh Pant as my competition: Wriddhiman SahaAlso Read | My processes are working, I can trust my game: Rishabh Pant on Test cricket experienceAlso See:
Batting great Sachin Tendulkar has told Sourav Ganguly there was no need for him to come up with clarification after media reports tried to pitch Ganguly’s comments on India-Pakistan World Cup tie against the ones made by him.”Never felt the need for you to justify. Strongly believe that all of us want what’s best for our nation,” Tendulkar wrote on Twitter.Tendulkar’s reaction comes after Ganguly hit out at media reports over the reportage of his comments on the boycott of the World Cup tie against Pakistan in the aftermath of the terror attack in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir wherein 40 soldiers lost their lives.Notably, quite a few from the Indian cricket fraternity have been urging India to boycott the World Cup tie against Pakistan, scheduled for June 16 in Manchester. Sourav Ganguly had backed a complete boycott of cricketing ties with Pakistan even as emotions are running high after the dastardly attack.”He [Sachin Tendulkar] wants two points against Pakistan, I want the World Cup. Whichever way you look at it,” Ganguly had said.Responding to media reports, Ganguly had clarified: “A lot of people in the media is trying to put my statement against sachin s when I said I want the World Cup My response has got nothing to do with his statement, nor is my statement against his .. he is, has been and will be one of my best friends for last 25 years (sic).”Tendulkar had said he would personally hate to see India gifting two points to Pakistan by not playing against their arch-rivals at the World Cup. Notably, India have not lost a World Cup tie to Pakistan.advertisement”India has always come up trumps against Pakistan in the World Cup. Time to beat them once again. Would personally hate to give them two points and help them in the tournament,” said Tendulkar.”Having said that, for me India always comes first, so whatever my country decides, I will back that decision with all my heart.”Also Read | We were not up to scratch: Virat Kohli after 3-wicket loss vs Australia in 1st T20IAlso Read | India vs Australia: India players wear black armbands in honour of Pulwama martyrsAlso Read | Australia win last-ball thriller vs India despite Jasprit Bumrah heroics in Vizag T20IAlso Read | MS Dhoni records second-lowest strike rate by an Indian batsman in T20IsAlso See:
Southampton secured their Premier League status for another year after a thrilling 3-3 home draw with Bournemouth on Saturday as Cardiff City slumped to a 1-0 defeat at Fulham.The draw put Southampton in 16th place on 38 points, seven ahead of Cardiff and four clear of Brighton & Hove Albion with two games left to play.Fresh from scoring the fastest goal in Premier League history against Watford, Irish striker Shane Long again got Southampton off to a flying start with a goal in the eighth minute, but Dan Gosling equalised eight minutes later.Long missed a sitter in the 24th minute, stabbing the ball against the post with the keeper stranded and the goal at his mercy, and it was to prove costly as Callum Wilson pounced to rattle home a rebound in the 32nd minute.James Ward-Prowse put the Saints level with a skimming shot that flew in at the foot of the post 10 minutes into the second half.Matt Targett thought he had put the icing on the cake for Southampton when he leapt to meet Yann Valery’s cross, sending his header into the net to spark scenes of wild celebration.They were interrupted when Wilson scuffed home his second, but news that Cardiff had gone behind to Fulham had filtered through to the ground and Southampton were able to enjoy confirmation of their survival in the top flight.FULL-TIME Fulham 1-0 CardiffA Ryan Babel worldie proves the difference as Cardiff’s hopes of #PL safety are dented#FULCAR pic.twitter.com/JoYp8xbqzeadvertisementPremier League (@premierleague) April 27, 2019Babel strike leaves Cardiff on brink of relegationRyan Babel struck a potentially deadly blow to Cardiff City’s Premier League survival chances with a stunning 25-yard strike that secured Fulham a deserved 1-0 win at Craven Cottage on Saturday.The defeat left Cardiff three points adrift of Brighton & Hove Albion, who play Newcastle United later on Saturday, and means they are likely to join Fulham in the Championship next season.Somewhat bizarrely, Fulham equalled their own Premier League record of three successive wins as Dutchman Babel struck a fierce first-time shot 11 minutes from time to register his sixth goal of the season.The game was delayed for seven minutes in the first half after Fulham’s Denis Odoi was accidentally kicked in the face by team mate Maxine Le Marchand.The defender was knocked out cold and had to be revived with oxygen before being carried off to a standing ovation.FULL-TIME Watford 1-2 WolvesRaul Jimenez and Diogo Jota secure victory for Wolves at Vicarage Road#WATWOL pic.twitter.com/hB9aNnzh1gPremier League (@premierleague) April 27, 2019Wolves avenge FA Cup heartbreak with 2-1 win at WatfordWolverhampton Wanderers got some revenge for a stinging FA Cup semi-final defeat by Watford as they beat them 2-1 in a lively Premier League clash on Saturday.They also stayed in contention for a Europa League berth, seventh in the table on 54 points from 36 games, four ahead of closest challengers Everton and Watford.Having thrown away a two-goal lead in their 3-2 Cup defeat by the Hornets at Wembley, Wolves enjoyed better fortunes this time after goals by Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota gave them the win at Vicarage Road.Also Read | West Ham United inflict first defeat on Tottenham Hotspur at new stadium
Shreyas Gopal dismissed Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Marcus Stoinis to pick up his maiden hat-trick in the Indian Premier League as Rajasthan Royals rocked Royal Challengers Bangalore in a rain-hit match in Bengaluru on Tuesday.This the 2nd hat-trick in the 2019 Indian Premier League after Sam Curran of Kings XI Punjab had taken one against Delhi Capitals earlier in the season.Shreyas Gopal became only the third Indian player after Amit Mishra and Yuvraj Singh to pick up multiple hat-tricks in Twenty20 format. Gopal had bagged a hat-trick in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2018-19 for Karnataka against Haryana.Rajasthan Royals had won the toss and decided to field earlier in the evening but heavy rain meant the players had to wait for 3 hours and 26 minutes before the match, reduced to 5-overs-a-side, could finally begin.Virat Kohli came out all guns blazing and hit the first 2 balls from Varun Aaron for sixes. AB de Villiers joined the party with 2 boundaries off Varun Aaron.Kohli then hit Shreyas Gopal for his 3rd six of the innings but he was dismissed for a 7-ball 25. AB de Villiers fell to Gopal in the next ball – this was the second time in the season that Gopal dismissed both RCB danger men.Marcus Stoinis walked out to face the hat-trick ball but he could not avoid a dream feat for Shreyas Gopal. He now has 18 wickets from 13 matches in the 2019 IPL.An ecstatic Shreyas Gopal after picking up a hat-trick at his home turf pic.twitter.com/UG1hufYFiQadvertisementIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 30, 2019Shreyas Gopal, who plays for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL, is a Bangalore local boy. Born in 1992, Gopal has played 56 first-class matches and has picked 184 wickets. In 29 List A matches, Gopal has 46 wickets.Earlier in the season, Sam Curran had stunned Delhi Capitlas with a hat-trick in Mohali. DC were cruising along in their chase before Curran led a sensational fightback for KXIP with 3 wickets in 3 balls. He would latet go on to say he had no idea he had taken a hat-trick because of the noise in Mohali.Also Read | Sam Curran did not realise he had taken a hat-trick: Couldn’t hear myself thinkAlso Read | Will take call on MS Dhoni’s participation against Delhi Wednesday: FlemingAlso See