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Hyderabad Test: Virat Kohli hits double century,

Written by | February 10, 2017 | 0
Hyderabad: Indian skipper Virat Kohli on Friday became the first batsman in test history to score double centuries in four successive series, when he scored 204 against Bangladesh in one-off Test match in Hyderabad. He became the second captain to score four double centuries for his country. Kohli started the day from where he had left on Thursday, with two thumping boundaries off Taskin Ahmed. The first was an uppish slash while the second rocketed down the ground. The stand-out shot of the session came in Taskin’s next over. A good full length delivery was just firmly pushed. It looked like an on drive where all that the skipper had done was to roll the wrists. During the course of his innings, Kohli overtook Virender Sehwag as the top scorer in a single home season for India. Sehwag had

Sania Mirza-Ivan Dodig reached mixed doubles final of Australian Open

Written by | January 28, 2017 | 0
Sania Mirza and her Croatian partner Ivan Dodig defeated Australian team players Sam Groth and Samantha Stosur by 6-4, 2-6, 10-5 in the Australia Open matches. They have entered the mixed doubles final round of the tournament. Now, they will play against Indo-Croat pair Svitolina-Guccione. In the beginning of the game, Indian pairs showcased terrific performance and dominated the opponent players through which Australians did three double faults. Indian team took a lead of 4-2 against opponent players. In the first set of the game, Mirza and Dodig won the game by 6-4. In the second set, Groth and Stosur presented outstanding performance and conceded the second set by a score of 2-6. In the third set, Mirza and Dodig clinched next five points in a row and took a lead of 8-3 over Australians.

Saina Nehwal beats Pornpawee Chochuwong to clinch Malaysia Masters title

Written by | January 22, 2017 | 0
Indian badminton ace Saina Nehwal notched up her first title after a career-threatening injury by claiming the Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold with a hard-fought victory in the summit clash on Sunday. Up against 18-year-old Thai Pornpawee Chochuwong, the top-seeded London Olympics bronze-medallist triumphed 22-20 22-20 in a 46-minute clash. India vs England live score This was her 23rd title overall and the first after last year’s Australian Open. The 26-year-old world No.10, who had been desperately looking for a title that boosts her confidence after recovering from a knee surgery last year, was squaring off against a rival ranked more than 50 places below her at 67th. The two were meeting for the first time in the circuit and Saina was on the backfoot in the opening game when Chochuwong

Can Virat handle all the responsibilities in the long run, asks Kapil Dev

Written by | January 22, 2017 | 0
There have been many captains who have led India in the history of the game. But very few have managed to get into the record books for their leadership skill. One of the pioneers in this league of extraordinary Indian captains in Kapil Dev. It was under his captaincy that India lifted their first ever World Cup in 1983. Recently, in a conversation with The Telegraph, Kapil Dev spoke at length about some of India’s greatest captains over the years. He started off by explaining his notion of captaincy. He mentioned that a captain is someone who must take the ownership of defeats and put his team first in moments of glory. “To talk of cricket, I’d say a captain who takes ownership of defeats and puts the team, not himself, right in front when the times are good… Often, captains tend to

Sania-Strycova in final of Apia International

Written by | January 12, 2017 | 0
Sania Mirza has closed in on his second title of the season in as many tournaments after reaching the final of the WTA Apia International with Czech partner Barbora Strycova, here today. The top seeds thrashed America’s Vania King and Yaroslava Shvedova from Kazakhstan 6-1 6-2 in just 51 minutes. Sania and Barbora saved all five breakpoints in the semifinal match and broke the rivals twice in each set.  They will clash for the title with Timea Babos and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who defeated Andreja Klepac and María José Martínez Sánchez 6-3 6-4 in the other semifinal. After splitting with Martina Hingis last year in August, it is Sania’s sixth final in eight tournaments. She won the Cincinnati and Tokyo events with Strycova and the New Haven tournament with Monica Niculescu.

I really admire the way Virat is – Sania Mirza

Written by | December 21, 2016 | 0
The number tennis star of India has praised Virat Kohli for his performance in international cricket. Sania Mirza is followed by millions but she is a big time admirer of Virat Kohli. “I really admire the way Virat is. His aggression is amazing. And he backs it up with performances and I think that’s the most important thing,” she said. “We want world beaters, leaders in sport, world champions but we don’t want them to be aggressive. We want them to be docile and mild. It doesn’t work that way. I don’t think Virat would be the athlete that he is, if he was not aggressive.”

Badminton: PV Sindhu named most improved player of 2016

Written by | December 13, 2016 | 0
New Delhi: India’s female badminton star and Rio Olympics silver medallist PV Sindhu has been named ‘most improved player of the year’ by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) on Monday (Dec 12). The 21-year-old shuttler from Hyderabad was honoured at the Players’ Reception and Gala Dinner in Dubai. Sindhu was defeated by World No. 1 and Spain’s Carolina Marin in Rio Olympic finals. ‘I didn’t expect to get this award, so I’m excited and happy. It’s good to be here in Dubai. It’s my first time at the Dubai World Superseries Finals. My draw is tough, I’m with Carolina (Marin), He Bing Jiao and Sun Yu. I have to play well from the start,’ Sindhu was quoted as saying by BWF’s official website. Earlier last month, Sindhu

Saina Nehwal marches into second round of Hong Kong Super Series event

Written by | November 23, 2016 | 0
New Delhi: Indian ace shuttler Saina Nehwal started off her campaign at the BWF Hong Kong Super Series in winning style by advancing to the second round of women’s singles with a hard-fought win over Thailand’s Porntip Buranaprasertsuk on Wednesday. London Olympics bronze medallist, Saina, who had lost to Porntip in the opening round at China Open after making a comeback following a three-month lay-off due to injury, avenged the loss with a 12-21 21-19 21-17 win over the World No. 12 Thai shuttler. The fifth seeded Indian, who is looking to seal her Dubai Super Series Final spot, will next take on the winner of the match between Chiang Mei Hui and Japan’s Sayaka Sato at the Hong Kong Coliseum. In men’s singles, Swiss Open winner H S Prannoy defeated China’s Qiao

Did Virat Kohli tamper with the ball and pull a du Plessis at Rajkot Test?

Written by | November 22, 2016 | 0
Independent Online (IOL), an online news portal based out of South Africa posted a video that showed Virat Kohli rubbing his ball with his saliva and then shining it on his trouser. South African skipper Faf du Plessis did the same with a lolly in his mouth which forced the International Cricket Council (ICC) into action. ICC reviewed the match footage and Plessis was ultimately charged with tampering with the ball during the second test at Hobart against Australia. Even though he was allowed to play the third test, a considerable amount of his match fee was deducted as penalty. In the video of Viral Kohli by IOL, he is shown rubbing his fingers against an artificial substance inside his mouth and then rubbing the ball with it. His action seemed similar to du Plessis’, who was eventually

Heena Sidhu’s refusal to wear hijab: Should athletes have to do as Romans when in Rome?

Written by | November 1, 2016 | 0
New Delhi: Heena, the reigning title holder, has withdrawn her name because of Iran’s insistence on female contestants adhering to the dress code which makes wearing of ‘hijab’ mandatory for women participants. “Forcing tourists or foreign guests to wear ‘hijab’ is against the spirit of the game. Since I don’t like it, I have withdrawn my name,” Heena Sidhu told. “You follow your religion and let me follow mine. I’ll not participate in this competition if you are going to force me to comply with your religious beliefs,” she added. The organisers have made it clear on their official website that the female contestants will have to wear clothes in compliance with the rules of the Islamic Republic of Iran. It’s not for the first time that Heena has withdrawn her name from

Sania Mirza Retains World No. 1 Status for Second Straight Year

Written by | October 31, 2016 | 0
Hyderabad: India’s tennis star Sania Mirza retained her numero uno status in women’s doubles for the second consecutive year, despite failing to defend the WTA Finals Singapore title with partner Martina Hingis. Defending champions Sania and Hingis had lost to Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina in the semi-finals of the WTA Finals Singapore on Sunday. Makarova and Vesnina then defeated Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova to lift the doubles title and denied Mattek-Sands the Number One spot. “I am very happy. It’s an amazing honour to be number one for the second year. It has been an amazing journey for me,” Sania told PTI. During the year, Sania has won titles, including Australian Open with Hingis, Cincinnati Masters with Barbora Strycova. Sania had split

Ranji Trophy: Manoj Tiwary upbeat as Bengal face Raina-less UP

Written by | October 13, 2016 | 0
Jaipur: A confident Bengal side is hopeful of posing a strong challenge for an under-pressure Uttar Pradesh, who will be without their skipper Suresh Raina, in a Ranji Trophy group league encounter starting on Thursday. While it will be the opening match for Bengal, Uttar Pradesh would ideally like to pick up pieces after their humiliating innings and 63-run defeat against Madhya Pradesh in their opening game in Hyderabad. For UP, Raina’s absence will affect them especially after a stinging loss. The left-hander was down with viral fever and could not bat in either innings and now he is back in national duty for the ODIs against New Zealand. “I wouldn’t say it’s a great advantage but a bit of a psychological edge that Raina will not be there. Also UP had lost their first

No entry for Pakistan team in Kabaddi World Cup 2016 to be played in India

Written by | October 5, 2016 | 0
Due to the ongoing tension between neighbours India and Pakistan, sport seems to be the causality as well. Pakistan was all set to take part in the 12-nation Kabaddi World Cup to be held in Gujarat’s Ahmadabad starting from October 07. However, it has now been debarred to participate in the tournament. Confirming the news, International Kabaddi Federation (IKF) chief Deoraj Chaturvedi said that Pakistan has been denied entry in the upcoming tournament because it is not the right time to engage with them. ”Pakistan is a valuable member of the IKF but looking at the current scenario and in the best interest of both the nations, we decided that Pakistan must be refrained from the championship,” Chaturvedi was quoted as saying by the Express Tribune. Meanwhile, Pakistan accused the IKF of

Sania continues to dominate WTA doubles ranking

Written by | September 26, 2016 | 0
New Delhi: India’s Sania Mirza maintained her numero uno position in the latest WTA women’s doubles ranking following her recent victory in the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, partnering Barbora Strycova of Czech Republic. Sania (9730) continued to be world number one in doubles but only five points separate her from her estranged partner Martina Hingis (9725). Sania and Strycova had earlier ousted Hingis and CoCo Vandeweghe in the final of the Cincinnati Open last month. Sania and Strycova have lost just once since pairing up in Cincinnati, reaching the quarterfinals of the US Open and taking home a second title at the Pan Pacific Open. Among Indian men, Saketh Myneni is the highest place singles player. Myneni, who entered the main draw of the US Open after winning three rounds in

India wins 500th Test match, beats NZ by 197 runs

Written by | September 26, 2016 | 0
Kanpur: India notched up a mammoth 197-run win in their historic 500th cricket Test to assert their supremacy in home conditions, bowling out New Zealand for 236 to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series here on Monday. After setting the Kiwis a rather improbable target of 434, the Indian bowlers, especially senior off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (6/132), revelled in home conditions to rip through the visiting team’s line-up with more than a session to spare. Beginning the day at a precarious 93 for four, overnight New Zealand batsmen Luke Ronchi (80) and Mitchell Santner (71) frustrated the Indian bowlers for only about 20 overs by adding 65 runs in the morning session but that only delayed the inevitable. The Black Caps raised hopes of a fight till the time Ronchi and Santner held

Sania-Barbora enter Pan Pacific Open final

Written by | September 23, 2016 | 0
Tokyo: Sania Mirza and Barbora Strycova entered the women’s doubles final of the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament with a 4-6, 6-3, 10-5 win over Gabriela Dabrowski Maria Jose Martina Sanchez. The Indo-Czech pair took an hour and 18 minutes to emerge victorious from the tough battle against their unseeded opponents here on Saturday, winning 66 of the total 121 points played. They earlier registered a commanding 6-2,6-2 victory over Miyu Kato and Yifan Xu in the semi-finals and beat Misaki Doi and Kurumi Nara 6-7 (3),7-5,10-8 in the first round. The second seeds will face China’s Chen Liang and Zhaoxuan Yang, who defeated Raquel Atawo and Abigail Spears from the United States 4-6, 6-2, 10-5. It will the first meeting between the two pairs. Sania and her new partner Strycova, following

Kanpur Test: Rain forces early stumps on Day 2

Written by | September 23, 2016 | 0
Kanpur: New Zealand were on 152/1 at stumps on the second day of the first cricket Test against India here on Friday before rain interrupted the momentum of Tom Latham and Kane Williamson. Latham (56 batting) and Williamson (66 batting) were at the crease at the break. The duo struck half-centuries to put the visitors in a comfortable position following the early departure of the in-form Martin Guptill (21). Fast bowler Umesh Yadav was the only Indian to bag a wicket, trapping Guptill leg before for figures of 1/22. Brief scores: New Zealand (first innings) 152/1 (Tom Latham 56 batting, Kane Williamson 66 batting; Umesh Yadav 1/22) vs India 318 (Murali Vijay 65, Cheteshwar Pujara 62, Ravindra Jadeja 42 not out; Trent Boult 3/67, Mitchell Santner 3/94)  

IRCTC offers free ride to Rio winners Sakshi Malik and P V Sindhu in Maharajas’ Express

Written by | August 25, 2016 | 0
New Delhi: Rio Olympics medal winners, P V Sindhu and Sakshi Malik, has been offered a complimentary ride in the luxurious Maharajas’ Express train by IRCTC. The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation, railways PSU, has also extended the offer to Tripura’s gymnast Dipa Karmakar, who put up a spectacular performance at the Rio Olympics but missed out on a medal by a whisker. “We feel proud to honour wrestler Sakshi Malik and ace shuttler P V Sindhu who have brought glory to the country through their medal-winning performances at the Rio Olympics.  “We feel equally honoured to felicitate Dipa Karmakar, who became the first Indian to reach the finals of an Olympics gymnastics event,” said IRCTC Chairman and Managing Director A K Manocha. “Congratulations to @Pvsindhu1 @DipaKarmakar

Badminton Association of India announces 50 lakh cash reward for PV Sindhu

Written by | August 20, 2016 | 0
New Delhi: Badminton Association of India (BAI) President Dr. Akhilesh Das Gupta today announced a reward of Rs 50 lakh for PV Sindhu after she settled for a historic silver medal at the Rio Olympics. BAI also announced a reward of Rs 10 lakh for Dronacharya awardee coach Pullella Gopichand who trained Sindhu to achieve this feat. The World No. 10 lost to Spain’s Carolina Marin by 21-19, 12-21, 15-21 in the thrilling final match held at Riocentro.This is India’s first silver Medal in Badminton. Saina Nehwal won the first medal ? Bronze ? for India in badminton in 2012 London Olympics. Praising Sindhu’s efforts, Dr. Das Gupta said, “I congratulate her for this historical achievement and bringing laurels for India. This is a huge milestone in Indian Badminton fraternity

Sania breaks down after loss, says ‘Don’t know if I will be at the Olympics again

Written by | August 15, 2016 | 0
Rio de Janeiro: Sania Mirza broke down in front of the media after losing the mixed doubles tennis bronze medal play-off here with her partner Rohan Bopanna, and raised doubts if she would be playing at the next Olympics in Tokyo. India’s hopes of their first medal at the Rio Olympics were dashed as Sania and Rohan lost 1-6, 5-7 to Czechs Lucie Hradecka and Radek Stepanek at the Olympic Tennis Centre’s Court 1 on Sunday. “It’s really hard (the loss). I don’t know if I will be playing tennis in four years,” an emotional Sania Mirza said with tears in her eyes. A few minutes earlier, she wept copiously while being interviewed by a TV journalist. Sania said it would take some time to get over this. “Unfortunately we were not able to produce our best today,” she said adding that