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  1. MADRID: Brazil's World Cup preparations have suffered a blow with a serious injury to Atletico Madrid defender Filipe Luis. He had been preferred over Juventus' Alex Sandro in Brazil coach Tite´s squad released Thursday for the upcoming friendlies against France and World Cup hosts Russia. But hours later he suffered a broken leg in Atletico's Europa League tie at Lokomotiv Moscow. He underwent surgery in Madrid on Friday and returned home on Saturday. "His absence is estimated at eight weeks," Atletico said in a press release. That would put his return some time in mid-May, meaning he would not play for Atletico again this season and giving him little time to rediscover his form and fitness ahead of the World Cup which begins on June 14.
  2. Evin Lewis blasted 84 to set up West Indies' tall score, West Indies v Netherlands, World Cup Qualifier, March 12, 2018/ICC/Getty Images HARARE: Big-hitting opener Evin Lewis was the star as the West Indies made it four straight wins at World Cup qualifying by beating the Netherlands in Harare on Monday, while Ireland joined them in the Super Six stage. Lewis hit 84 as the two-time World Cup winners racked up 309-6 from 48 overs in a weather-affected match, with the rain coming for a second time with the Dutch well adrift on 167-6. That left Jason Holder´s Windies top of Group A, with Ireland progressing thanks to a 226-run thrashing of the United Arab Emirates. Paul Stirling crashed a blistering 126 as the Irish posted 313-6 from only 44 overs, before skittling out the UAE for just 91. William Porterfield´s men take two points through to the next round as the six remaining sides prepare to battle it out for the last two spots at next year´s tournament in England and Wales. Afghanistan, one of the pre-tournament favourites, still have a slim chance of reaching a second successive World Cup, after Nepal beat Hong Kong by five wickets to send the Afghans through from Group B on net run rate. The West Indies were already through to the next round, but played their strongest side against the Netherlands. Chris Gayle was at his very best early on as the 38-year-old smashed five sixes in a 31-ball 46 before holing out off Paul van Meekeren. Lewis continued where his opening partner had left off, before Marlon Samuels made a timely return to form with an unbeaten 73, while Rovman Powell crashed a quickfire 52 after making his maiden ODI hundred on Saturday. The Netherlands were always behind the rate, and although key player Ryan ten Doeschate was still at the crease on 67 when the game was stopped, three earlier run outs had ended any chance of victory. Zimbabwe grab last-gasp tie Zimbabwe and Scotland will start the Super Six round with three points apiece, after a thrilling tie to close out Group B in Bulawayo. Needing two runs from seven balls with two wickets in hand to chase down 211, the Scots lost two batsmen in as many legitimate deliveries, with a wide in between ensuring a tie. "Unbelievable game of cricket, in the end it went all the way to the death. Pretty exciting stuff," said Scotland all-rounder Richie Berrington. "Obviously, from our point of view it is disappointing to get in that position, so close and not get over the line, obviously though we will take a point from it." A five-wicket haul from Shafyaan Sharif and Michael Leask´s 4-37 restricted the hosts to 210 all out, before Berrington´s 47 took Scotland to 145-4. But a clutter of wickets left the match delicately poised, and after Tendai Chatara had dismissed Mark Watt with the final ball of the penultimate over, Blessing Muzarabani bowled a wide before having number 11 Brad Wheal caught behind by Brendan Taylor.
  3. The Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports made a declaration at the Rajya Sabha to promote traditional sports in India and work towards the welfare and promotion of indigenous, rural and tribal games in the country. Simultaneous to that statement, inclusion of the tribal's to participate in various sports in India and outside is becoming more prominent. An Indian team of archers participated in the Asia Cup, stage I archery meet in Bangkok, and came home with a gold medal, defeating the Mongolian team, scoring 27-26, in the first tiebreaker. The trio of Akash Malik, Gaurav Lambe, and Gora Ho bagged a total of three gold medals and two bronze medals in Bangkok. But the one name we're really proud of, who stood out from the trio is a young tribal boy from Jharkhand, who battled poverty, to participate in the Asia Cup and came out as the winner! This is the story of the young Gora Ho and his ceremonious victory which will never be forgotten for years to come. © Facebook World Archery Standing straight, with one hand gripping the arrow and the other holding the bow, Gora released the arrow to bring gold for the country, after struggling to make it to the finals. The tribal belt in Jharkhand still battles with carrying forth daily chores with ease, to make ends meet. In so much poverty, Gora always lacked resources to hone his skills or even practice with the resources required. About six years ago, he was found by his current coach B Srinivasa Rao, at the Arjuna Archery Academy in Kharswan, who spotted him there and realised his talent immediately. Rao was sure of the fact that Gora would do wonders in archery if he got proper guidance and resources. And he was absolutely right. Rao enrolled Gora at the Dugni Academy in Seraikela, and there was no looking back from there! "This boy is Olympic material. His natural talent needs to be honed through focused training under the guidance of a recognised foreign coach" - B Srinivasa Rao (as told to Times Of India © thinkstock representative image With about 100 medals under his belt, in sub-junior and junior events, at state and national level, Gora is considered as the youngest prodigy and the brightest talent the state has seen in the longest time, earning him the title of the 'Golden Boy'. The ace archer will definitely be seen in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, as predicted by those who have seen him in action. But life's not been so simple and kind to Gora. Even though he possesses immense talent in archery, he belongs to a poverty-stricken background, like most of the tribal's from the region do and up until his talent was recognised, he didn't have proper means to propel his interest in archery. Pursuing sports as a career choice was way out the realms of his imagination and he was very well aware of that. Youngest of the four siblings, Gora lost his mother two years ago in 2016. The same year, his father, Khaireu Ho, suffered a paralytic attack and has been bed-ridden since. Looking at these bleak circumstances, Gora had every reason to back out from following his dreams but he pursued them regardless, to bring back fame, honour, and glory to his country. © Twitter In 2015, Gora received the National Child Award from the then president Pranab Mukherjee, as he won three tournaments at the National School Games in Ranchi. He also bagged ten medals at the Jharkhand Archery championships at the age of 13. "Even as a little boy, he showed a remarkable talent for archery. He has the capacity of doing the country proud in more international competitions. He needs the proper guidance" - Prem Shankar, Gora's elder brother (as told to Times Of India). If you're wondering what's next for this bright lad, then you can put your curiosity to rest. Gora plans to continue acing his skill as an archer and presently he is a cadet at the Army Boys Club in Pune. He is still continuing his training in Jamshedpur and hopes to participate in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. We've really got our fingers crossed and hope to witness this young prodigy in action, very soon! © Facebook World Archery "Support from my teammates and hard work helped me perform well at my first tournament. I wish to keep this dream alive and shoot for India at the 2020 Olympic Games." - Gora Ho (as told to Times Of India) Watch the video from the Asia Cup tournament here
  4. Rovman Powell celebrates his first ODI hundred, West Indies v Ireland, Group A, World Cup Qualifiers, Harare, March 10, 2018/IDI via Getty Images HARARE: West Indies batsman Rovman Powell said his side are focused on winning all their World Cup qualifying games, after his century led them to victory over Ireland on Saturday. Powell´s maiden one-day international ton dragged the Windies from a difficult position to beat Ireland in Harare and reach the Super Six stage of qualifying. "We didn´t come here for four wins out of four, we came here to win every single game and we´re still on course to do that," said the 24-year-old, who brought up his hundred with a massive six that smashed a window. "Qualifying for the World Cup means a lot for the 16 million Caribbean people and that´s our aim." Hosts Zimbabwe also booked their spot in the next round by making it three wins from three in Group B with a comfortable victory over Hong Kong, while Afghanistan saw off Nepal to keep their slim hopes alive. Powell helped the West Indies reach 257-8 off their 50 overs, before the two-time World Cup winners took regular wickets to secure a 52-run victory, with Kemar Roach claiming 4-27. The Caribbean outfit can seal the maximum four points to carry into the Super Six round when they play the Netherlands in their final Group A game on Monday, when Ireland will have to beat the United Arab Emirates to be sure of progression. Only two teams from the qualifiers will join the world´s top eight ODI nations at next year´s World Cup in England and Wales. After losing the toss and being put in to bat, the Windies slipped to 83-5 as veteran seamer Tim Murtagh took the crucial early wickets of Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels. But captain Jason Holder, who hit a match-winning 99 not out in Thursday´s win over Papua New Guinea, combined with Powell in a sixth-wicket stand of 86 before falling to Murtagh for 54. The 24-year-old Powell took his time to get in as he reached nine off only 34 balls, but exploded into life late in his innings, muscling seven fours and as many maximums before being caught behind off Murtagh for a run-a-ball 101. Roach impressed with the ball in Ireland´s reply as William Porterfield´s men struggled to 32-3, but a well-compiled 63 from Ed Joyce gave the Irish hope. The former England opener holed out to Roach, though, and medium-pacer Kesrick Williams ran through the tail to finish with figures of 4-43, as Ireland fell short in their attempt to replicate their win over the West Indies in the 2015 World Cup. Zimbabwe continue good form Zimbabwe were seen as outsiders to reach the World Cup before qualifying got underway, but Hamilton Masakadza struck 84 as they thrashed Hong Kong by 89 runs for a third straight triumph. Hong Kong, who will reach the Super Six with victory over Nepal on Monday after stunning Afghanistan, bowled well to restrict Zimbabwe to 263-9 in Bulawayo. But all-rounder Sikandar Raza continued his excellent form by taking 3-30 with his off-spin as Hong Kong fell well short. Afghanistan need Nepal to beat Hong Kong to reach the Super Sixes, after finishing their Group B campaign with a six-wicket win over the Nepalese. Stand-in skipper Rashid Khan took 3-45 and Mohammad Nabi 4-33 as Nepal were bowled out for just 194, and an unbeaten 52 from Najibullah Zadran finally got Afghanistan their first points at the fourth time of asking. "In Hong Kong v Nepal, anything can happen, that´s cricket," said Khan. "We just tried to do our best to do what we could and chase it within 40 overs (to reach positive net run rate), which we did." The other game saw the Netherlands beat Papua New Guinea by 57 runs, but the Dutch need to beat the Windies and hope Ireland lose to the UAE to have any chance of going through.
  5. Belgium's football fans. Photo: AFP Belgium's football association has dropped its official World Cup song with rapper Damso after he was accused of sexism in his lyrics. Damso?s selection was criticised by activists and sponsors as his songs detail sexual violence against women and include misogynistic language. The rapper was to perform a song he had written called Humains during the tournament, which begins in July in Russia. The Royal Belgian Football Association (RBFA) apologised to those who felt offended by their choice and said they had ended the deal in mutual agreement, BBC reported. The statement read, "The Belgian Football Federation gives up its choice in favor of Damso to make the official song of the Red Devils in view of the World Cup in Russia.? Rapper Damso. Photo: File "We deplore the social controversy that has emerged in recent days. This controversy is in contradiction with all that the URBSFA represents and removes attention from all the values of which our Federation is the flag bearer. The football association further said, ?Unfortunately, this implies that there will be no official song for the 2018 World Cup." After the announcement, Damso published a clip of the song on Twitter with no comment. Belgium have been drawn alongside England, Tunisia and Panama in Group G. The Red Devils will face the Three Lions in their third group game in Kaliningrad on June 28.
  6. DOHA: Migrant labourers in Qatar have worked up to 148 days in a row, a report into conditions faced by workers building stadiums for the 2022 football World Cup has found. A London-based consultancy firm, Impactt, said long working hours remained a problem for many of the 18,500 workers at projects overseen by Qatar's World Cup organisers, the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy. Impactt -- contracted by the Supreme Committee to carry out an annual labour review -- said 13 out of 19 World Cup contractors were overworking their employees. "At eight of 19 contractors, these non-compliances were critical, as working hours exceeded 72 per week and overtime exceeded two hours per day," Impactt said in its report. "The most extreme case found was 14 hours within a day... (and) 402 hours within a month." It added: "Additional non-compliances include eight contractors where workers worked an excessive number of consecutive days without a rest day. "The most extreme cases were found at one contractor where three workers worked between 124 and 148 consecutive days without a rest day." Under Qatari law, workers should complete a 48-hour week, equivalent to eight hours per day. They can also work an extra two hours a day overtime and should have at least one rest day per week. However, it praised the Supreme Committee for introducing an initiative which reimburses workers who pay recruitment fees to agents before they get to Qatar, a major issue. "This ground-breaking 'Universal Payment' approach will impact 1,700 workers, equivalent to 10 percent of the total workforce at SC sites," it said. The reimbursements were worth around $824,000, it said. Doha says it has made great strides in labour relations in recent years, including the "abolition" of the kafala system which ties a worker to a sponsor and the introduction of a minimum wage. But Amnesty International says migrant workers in Qatar, who number more than two million, continue to face widespread exploitation.
  7. Chris Gayle powers one down the ground, UAE v West Indies, World Cup Qualifiers, Harare, March 6, 2018/IDI/Getty Images HARARE: Chris Gayle hammered his 23rd one-day international hundred to lead the West Indies to victory in their opening World Cup qualifier against the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday, while Afghanistan collapsed to defeat by Zimbabwe. Windies opening batsman Gayle struck 11 sixes in a blistering 91-ball 123 in Harare as the two-time World Cup winners racked up 357-4 in their Group A clash, with the UAE falling 60 runs short. Afghanistan´s hopes of taking one of the last two places for next year´s tournament in England and Wales are hanging by a thread, after following Sunday´s shock loss to Scotland with an agonising two-run defeat by the hosts. "The batsman played some irresponsible shots, because of which we lost the match," said stand-in Afghanistan skipper Rashid Khan. "Lots of things to learn from it and hopefully in upcoming matches we will not repeat the mistakes. "It is part of cricket and it happens. These are the things that we learnt and hopefully will not repeat in the future." Elsewhere, Ireland and Scotland both made it two wins from two by seeing off Papua New Guinea and Hong Kong respectively. The 38-year-old Gayle became only the third batsman in ODI history after Hashim Amla and Sachin Tendulkar to score hundreds against 11 different countries. After captain Jason Holder elected to bat first, Gayle quickly got into his stride alongside big-hitting youngster Evin Lewis in an opening partnership of 88. Lewis fell for 31, but Shimron Hetmyer outdid even Gayle, plundering 127 to score his maiden international ton. The UAE, who had beaten Papua New Guinea in their opening match, never threatened a famous run chase after slipping to 69-3, but an excellent unbeaten 112 from Rameez Shahzad carried them to a respectable 297-6. Windies skipper Holder ensured his side got off to a winning start, taking 5-53 after fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell´s day was cut short by injury. Afghanistan dream in tatters Afghanistan came into the qualifiers as favourites to qualify alongside the West Indies, but will now probably need five consecutive wins to have any chance of reaching a second straight World Cup. With the defeats against Scotland and Zimbabwe set to count in the Super Six stage, should Afghanistan get there, their chances are all but over. Rashid Khan caught Tendai Chatara short of his ground, Zimbabwe v Afghanistan, Bulawayo, March 6, 2018/IDI/Getty Khan and co put in a much-improved display with the ball as they limited Zimbabwe to 196 all out in Bulawayo. Teenage stand-in captain Khan took 3-38 to reach 90 wickets in ODIs, while 16-year-old fellow leg-spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman finished with 3-49. But Brendan Taylor´s 89 and 60 from Sikandar Raza proved crucial as Zimbabwe won in dramatic fashion. At 156-3 with almost 17 overs remaining, Afghanistan were cruising to victory, but the pressure proved too much as they lost six wickets for only 21 runs. Last-wicket pair Dawlat Zadran and Shapoor Zadran dragged the Asian outfit to within four runs of their target heading into the final over, but the latter was caught behind off Brian Vitori to secure Zimbabwe´s second win. Ireland and Scotland look set to challenge the West Indies and Zimbabwe for qualification, after both moved to the top of their groups. Captain William Porterfield´s 111 steered Ireland to a four-wicket win over Papua New Guinea, who had managed 235 thanks to a stunning 151 from opener Tony Ura. Scotland survived a middle-order collapse to successfully chase down 92 to beat Hong Kong, with skipper Kyle Coetzer making 41 not out.
  8. While people her age are getting ready for exams, Manu Bhaker went and made history. Making the whole country proud, the 16-year-old became India's youngest shooter to win a World Cup gold. Rifle shooter Gagan Narang and pistol shooter Rahi Sarnobat were India's previous youngest World Cup gold medallists at 23 in 2006 and 2013 respectively, but Manu has swooped in and taken the title now. She won women's 10m air pistol gold at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico, on Sunday. Manu, who hails from Jhajjar, started shooting when she was just two years old, and well, now we can see only good things happen when you start off early. © TOI And her victory was quite dramatic, as it should be with such a huge achievement. Scoring 237.5 in the final, she beat local favourite Alejandra Zavala Vazquez by a just 0.4-point difference. Wow, that was close. Vazquez is a multiple World Cup and World Cup Finals gold medallist, and to make things even better, Manu beat a competitor who has been shooting since 1998, four years before even Manu was born. That loss must have stung. Reportedly, Manu is so good at what she does that she became national champion in all three categories she is eligible to participate in — youth (U-18), junior (U-21) and senior – just two years after she started competing. It seems like she was such a pro that she didn't even look nervous while taking the big stage. Even though she was leading by almost 1.5 point throughout the 24-shot final, the gold almost slipped from her hand when she shot three below-9 shots within the gap of seven shots. © Twitter But she made a brilliant return by shooting a 10.2 in her 18th shot. When she was down to the last shot, she was 1.4 point behind her competitor. So basically, she not only had to take a great shot, but also the matter of her opponent making a mistake was also required. But, as we know, she took the incredible shot and the rest was history. © Twitter While talking to TOI, she said, “This medal will motivate me to reach greater heights in the future and I dedicate this to my family and coaches, who have been supportive throughout.” Well, we know for sure that she does have a bright future and we look forward to see her making more records.
  9. Ibrahimovic has struggled to recover from a serious knee injury sustained in April 2017 STOCKHOLM: Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has opened the door for a return to the Swedish national team at this year?s World Cup in Russia if he can recover his fitness in time. ?We?ll see, it?s a tough question. I want to feel that I can perform and give back. I don?t want to come just because I?m somebody. The door isn?t closed for anything,? he said. Speaking to reporters at the opening of his new paddle tennis centre in Stockholm, the 36-year-old added that it was hard to watch the Swedes play without him. ?I miss the national team. When you?ve played in the national team for 20 years and then you?re not in it anymore, and you see the others playing in the national team, it?s tough,? he told reporters on Thursday. ?It?s tough in general, when you think that I?m injured and not playing. I want to play, with the club team, with the national team, it?s the same thing. They (the Swedish national team) have done a good job,? he added. Without him, Sweden came second to France in World Cup qualifying Group A, edging the Netherlands on goal difference, and then beat Italy in a playoff to reach the finals. Ibrahimovic has struggled to recover from a serious knee injury sustained in April 2017 and he missed United?s Europa League final victory over Ajax Amsterdam in Stockholm last May. Sweden?s record goalscorer with 62 goals in 116 games, Ibra quit after their exit at the Euro 2016 group stage but said even a phone call may not be necessary for him to return. ?I don?t think anyone needs to call. If I want to, I?m there, that?s how it is. But one thing at a time. When I can do what I want to, I?ll have other thoughts,? he said.
  10. Vivian Kingma gets mobbed by teammates after taking a hat-trick, Namibia v Netherlands, 2015-17 WCL Championship, Dubai, December 8, 2017. Photo: Peter Della Penna THE HAGUE: On a fine summer´s day more than a century ago, a local and British sports team bowled what is widely believed to be one of the first-ever "international" overs in a cricket game in the Netherlands. Today, 136 years after the Dutch team lost by an innings and 56 runs against Uxbridge Cricket Club, the men in orange are setting their sights on competing in cricket´s ultimate tournament -- next year´s World Cup in England. The plucky Dutch are in Zimbabwe for the World Cup qualifying event starting Sunday -- which will give two teams who did not automatically make it like cricket giants Australia, India and South Africa, the chance to compete in the 2019 showpiece. "There is a lot on the line in the short-term," admitted Dutch coach Ryan Campbell, a former Australian national player who took over the reins of the Dutch national squad in April last year. Observers in the Netherlands agree, saying that under Campbell´s careful eye, working with the Royal Dutch Cricket Federation´s (KNCB) high performance manager Roland Lefebvre, the national team has made impressive strides in less than a year. ´Under pressure´ But the game of leather on willow has always seen its ebbs and flows in the low-lying Netherlands and the country´s cricketing highs -- although the stuff of legends -- can be counted on one hand. And while Dutch cricket is again hoping to rise in the international arena, there are worrying signs for the sport at home. "I won´t deny that cricket is under pressure in the Netherlands," said top KNCB official Alex de la Mar. "This is perhaps mainly because we have to compete more-and-more with football," he told AFP. Dutch veteran cricketer Ryan ten Doeschate. Photo: Peter Della Penna Many cricket clubs share their fields with their football counterparts and recent measures have seen soccer being extended into summer, eating up much of the already desperately short cricket season. In the football-mad Netherlands youngsters who show talent in both sports "are often forced to make a choice at a very young age as sports are not played in schools but at clubs," said former Dutch national player and international cricket coach Tim de Leede. "Unfortunately many of them choose football," said De Leede, regarded as one of the country´s greatest all-rounders and the Netherlands´ top World Cup wicket taker. Game of numbers The numbers tell a simple story: the KNCB counts some 5,500 members, the Royal Dutch Football Federation (KNVB), over 1.2 million from a population of 17 million people. Fewer players mean less money, also internationally. While main cricket-playing countries like India, England and other Test nations get the lion´s share of funding, the Netherlands and other International Cricket Council associate members get far less to see their teams play. "It´s very simple... it´s money. I hate to say it but money changes everything," national coach Campbell told AFP. "You need cash for us to play more, to improve facilities and get the support of players if you wish to compete constantly on the world stage," he said. It is then not without irony that the Dutch national team -- which will now also compete as the 13th country in the 2020-22 ODI League against the world´s top teams -- still doesn´t have a main sponsor. Spirit of cricket Nowhere is the battle for Dutch cricket more visible than at the V.O.C. training hall just outside the western port city of Rotterdam. Being the country´s only full-time dedicated indoor training facility, it´s not uncommon to find a Dutch youth training session followed immediately by the national squad. Because of limited training times and bad Dutch weather, indoor sessions often run until late at night and take place irrespective of rain or even snow. Some believe that it perhaps best embodies the spirit of Dutch cricket -- a small tight-knit community where young players have easy access to the expertise of nationals like Dutch captain Peter Borren and former greats like Tom de Grooth. Former Dutch national player Tim de Leede. Photo: Getty Images The country´s selectors are now looking at these young and upcoming talent to carry the torch, said Campbell. De Leede´s 18-year-old son Bas recently got his call-up, while the triplet sons of Pakistan-born Dutch international Ahmed Zulfiqar were all selected to the 2017 squad. Also rising in the wings are other eager youngsters, some Dutch, but many from cricket-playing nations like India and South Africa "adding spice" to Dutch cricket, as Zulfiqar puts it. For now all eyes will be on the Netherlands when it faces Ireland on Sunday. "This will be our chance to show the world that we want to be more than just the 13th team," said captain Borren. "What better stage for us to shine," he asked.
  11. Afghanistan´s incredible rise has continued to gain momentum over the last 12 months, led by teenage leg-spin sensation Rashid Khan HARARE: Qualifiers for the 2019 Cricket World Cup get under way in Zimbabwe on Sunday, with 10 teams battling it out for only two places at next year´s tournament in England and Wales. Two-time world champions the West Indies and Afghanistan are favourites to claim the remaining spots for the reduced 10-team World Cup, while fellow Test sides Ireland and Zimbabwe will be hoping to cause an upset. Here are five things to watch out for during the qualifiers from March 4-25. Can Universe Boss revive Windies? The West Indies are facing the ignominy of failing to qualify, despite being one of only three teams to have won the World Cup on multiple occasions. The Caribbean outfit have slipped out of the top eight in the ODI rankings after a poor run of form and the loss of several key players to T20 franchise leagues. Chris Gayle is back and ready to try and add to his tally of 22 ODI hundreds But star batsman and self-styled ´Universe Boss´ Chris Gayle is back and ready to try and add to his tally of 22 ODI hundreds. The big-hitting left-hander turned down the allure of the lucrative Pakistan Super League in order to play in Zimbabwe, and all eyes will be on the 38-year-old as he tries to reach his fifth World Cup. The million-dollar leg-spinner Afghanistan´s incredible rise has continued to gain momentum over the last 12 months, led by teenage leg-spin sensation Rashid Khan. The 19-year-old will captain the team for the early part of qualifying in place of the injured Asghar Stanikzai and is closing in on becoming the fastest-ever bowler to reach 100 ODI wickets. Khan, who was bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad for $1.41 million in last month´s IPL auction, has taken 86 wickets in 37 ODIs. Mitchell Starc´s record of taking only 52 matches to reach 100 wickets is in danger of falling over the next few weeks in a torrent of fizzing leg-breaks and googlies. Floundering hosts Host country Zimbabwe, who have played in every World Cup since 1983, have fallen from grace over the last 15 years and are seen as underdogs to qualify. They have only won three matches at the last three World Cups, against the UAE, Canada and Kenya, and were comprehensively beaten 4-1 in a one-day series by Afghanistan last month. Their hopes will be pinned on the recently-returned Brendan Taylor, Kyle Jarvis and Sean Williams, but an embarrassing loss to one of the game´s lesser lights is perhaps more likely than qualification. Nepalese nail-biters Nepal scraped into the qualifying tournament after a series of thrilling victories in the World Cricket League Division Two, culminating in a last-ball, one-wicket win over Canada to book their spot in Zimbabwe. They had also edged to an earlier triumph over Namibia with the last pair at the crease in the final over. Nepal team celebrates after beating Canada in ICC World Cricket League Division Two, Windhoek, February 14, 2018/Peter Della Penna Led by 17-year-old leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane, Nepal will be fun to watch in the qualifiers, but any victories will probably result in some frayed nerves back home for their cricket-mad supporters. Battle for ODI status The first group stage may seem to just be a precursor before the stronger sides battle it out for a World Cup place in the following Super Six round, but there are three slots as an ODI nation up for grabs. The top three Associate teams -- Ireland, Afghanistan, West Indies and Zimbabwe are full ICC members -- will join World Cricket League Championship winners the Netherlands in gaining ODI status until 2022. As a result, outsiders Nepal, the UAE, Hong Kong, Scotland and Papua New Guinea have plenty on the line in the opening two weeks.
  12. For a former black belt and a Karate trainer, gymnastics is not always the natural choice. However, Aruna Reddy was not meant for the obvious choices. Her father enrolled her in an academy in Hyderabad when she was just eight years old and that marked the beginning of her relationship with sports. Today, she has carved history by winning a bronze medal and getting India its first world cup medal. © Twitter She registered a score of 13.369 points in the Women's Vault event. WAG Vault Medal Ceremony ð#GymnasticsWorldCup #MelbWC18 #VisitVictoria #VisitMelbourne pic.twitter.com/Hozv3xcsHX — World Cup Gymnastics (@gymworldcup) February 24, 2018 The Vault has previously been made famous by Dipa Karmakar , who is not participating this year owing to a knee injury. However, the pro was quick to congratulate Aruna for this historic win. So proud of you Aruna!! Congratulations on your outstanding achievement! ð#Gymnastics #Gymnasticsworldcup #Bronze #India https://t.co/FRaYwMYdUr — Dipa Karmakar (@DipaKarmakar) February 24, 2018 In a telephonic interview with TOI, Aruna shared her immediate thoughts. “Every medal I will win is dedicated to my father. Indian gymnastics is synonyms to Dipa, but now people will know that there's Aruna Reddy as well. “We have been training together since 2011. We are not rivals and can't be. We are each other's support system during training and competition time. We treat each other as sisters and are close friends. Her hard work actually inspires me. Even before leaving for this competition, Dipa had motivated me by telling me to give my best shot and not to feel the pressure”. © Twitter With the stellar win, congratulations were in tow for the winner. Many congratulations to Aruna Budda Reddy for creating history and clinching bronze in women's vault at #GymnasticsWorldCup pic.twitter.com/YkWCgGp1A2 — Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) February 25, 2018 Congratulations to Aruna Reddy for giving India its first medal in the Gymnastics World Cup. This is a landmark achievement and Aruna has done our country proud #PresidentKovind — President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) February 25, 2018 Aruna Budda Reddy creates history by becoming the first Indian gymnast to win an individual medal at the Gymnastics World Cup.She won Bronze at #GymnasticsWorldCup 2018. Congratulations girl. India is Proud of its Daughter.#JaiHind #vandemataram ð®ð³#ArunaBuddaReddy #girlpower pic.twitter.com/6qgE2wvT0q — Jagrati Shukla (@JagratiShukla29) February 25, 2018 Aruna has made us super proud and we only have mad respect for our wonder woman!
  13. Tiger Woods plays his shot from the ninth tee during the second round of the Genesis Open golf tournament at Riviera Country Club, Pacific Palisades, California, US, February 16, 2018. USA TODAY Sports/Orlando Ramirez/Files Fourteen-times major winner Tiger Woods will serve as one of the vice-captains on the US Ryder Cup squad that will try to snap a 25-year drought on European soil later this year, Jim Furyk said on Tuesday. Furyk, who will serve as captain when holders United States battle Europe in September at the Golf National on the outskirts of Paris, also announced 12-times PGA Tour winner Steve Stricker as a vice-captain. ?To win in Paris will be a great challenge, and to have Steve and Tiger share in the journey is important for me and for American golf,? said Furyk, who made the announcement from the PGA of America Headquarters in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. ?The deep appreciation they both have for competition, the concept of team, and the Ryder Cup is infectious. Their knowledge and experience will be an invaluable resource in our effort to retain the Ryder Cup.? Woods, who this week will make his third start of the PGA Tour season after a year-long absence during which he had back surgery, first served as a vice-captain at Hazeltine in 2016. The 42-year-old Woods is a veteran of seven Ryder Cups as a player, most recently in 2012. He said he was thankful to be selected as a vice-captain but is still keen to earn a spot on the team as a player. ?My goal is to make the team, but whatever happens over the course of this season, I will continue to do whatever I can to help us keep the Cup,? Woods said in a video played at the news conference. ?I?m excited about the challenge.? Furyk said Woods possesses an ability to effectively pair players together in foursomes and fourballs while also inspiring a young team room filled with players who took up the game in the hope of emulating Woods. Woods may have plenty of ground to make up if he hopes to be a playing vice-captain, but Furyk did not rule out the greatest golfer of his generation filling a dual role. ?I want to do what?s best for Tiger and I want to do what?s best for the team and that would be a bridge we cross when we got there,? said Furyk. ?If he could be valuable as a player, I mean, I?m sure we would want him playing on this team. But there?s so much time to go.? This year?s Ryder Cup, to be played from Sept. 28-30, will mark Stricker?s third stint as a vice-captain, having served at Gleneagles in 2014 and in the 2016 US victory at Hazeltine. Furyk previously appointed former Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III as a vice-captain and will announce additional vice-captains at a later date. The United States won the biennial matchplay event at home in 2016, marking their first triumph since 2008, but they have not celebrated on European soil since a 15-13 victory at The Belfry in England in 1993.
  14. Rochdale's players, and their mascot, celebrate after Ian Henderson scores the opening goal LONDON: Lowly Rochdale scored deep into stoppage time to deny Tottenham Hotspur victory as their FA Cup fifth-round tie ended in a thrilling 2-2 draw on Sunday. It seemed Spurs had done enough to book their place in the quarter-finals when in-form England striker Harry Kane, on as a substitute, scored from the penalty spot with two minutes of normal time remaining to make it 2-1 to the visitors. But Rochdale, who had opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time through Ian Henderson, equalised when substitute Steve Davies scored from 12 yards in the third minute of stoppage time. This result means Rochdale, bottom of third-tier League One, can now look forward to a lucrative replay at Wembley -- the national stadium is London club Tottenham´s temporary home while their successor ground to White Hart Lane is completed. "They say it´s every kid´s dream (to play at Wembley) and we have done enough to go there," Davies told the BBC, before saying of his equaliser: "I´ve done my job, it´s dropped to me and I´ve finished it." Rochdale went ahead when Henderson crowned a slick move that made a mockery of the club´s league position with a composed finish after an excellent angled through-ball from Andrew Cannon split Spurs´ defence. Lucas Moura, however, drew Spurs level, exchanging passes with Moussa Sissoko and beating Rochdale keeper John Lillis just shy of the hour-mark. It seemed Spurs´ recovery was complete when Rochdale defender Harrison McGahey brought down Dele Alli and Kane beat Lillis, who dived the right way, with a well-struck penalty. But there was still time for one more twist which means Spurs are facing a Wembley replay for the second round in a row, having needed two games to end fourth-tier strugglers Newport County´s FA Cup run. "It´s unbelievable," said Henderson. "We played some incredible football against Spurs. We cannot wait to go to Wembley to play them." ´FA Cup magic´ Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, tried to play down the inconvenience of an unscheduled extra game for his side, still involved in the Champions League and in the hunt for a top-four finish in the Premier League. "The FA Cup is magic," said Pochettino, as the Argentinian gave voice to one of English football´s best-loved, but in this case apt, cliches. "We have another opportunity at Wembley, the same situation like before." Pochettino paid tribute to Rochdale, saying the way they had raised their game for the FA Cup was no shock in his eyes. "I was not surprised," he said. "This competition is completely different. Newport gave us a fantastic game and they lost their next game in the league 5-0." Whichever club wins at Wembley will face either Sheffield Wednesday or Swansea, who will also need a replay after Saturday´s goalless draw at Hillsborough, in the quarter-finals. Saturday´s draw saw four of the top Premier League´s top five kept apart in the quarter-finals, with Manchester United hosting Brighton -- a repeat of the 1983 final won by United in a replay -- and Chelsea away to Leicester. Romelu Lukaku scored twice for United as they won 2-0 in a match where Jose Mourinho´s side had to make do without Paul Pogba after the midfielder withdrew on the morning of the match with an unspecified "illness". United´s first brush with the controversial Video Assistant Referee saw them denied a goal when, leading 1-0, technology helped decide ´scorer´ Juan Mata had been offside, although it was a desperately close call that took several minutes to resolve -- much to the frustration of players and fans alike. "I think our game is so beautiful that to change we have to change for the better," said Mourinho. "If they find a way in the VAR that the VAR is always right and always bring the truth, I´m happy." Manchester City continue their quest for a historic quadruple of Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup with a fifth round trip to Wigan on Monday. Should Pep Guardiola´s men avoid a repeat of the Latics´ shock 2013 FA Cup final victory, City will be at home to Southampton in the quarter-finals.
  15. File Photo NEW DELHI: Hockey?s governing body indicated Thursday that Pakistan will take part in the men?s World Cup this year in India despite acute tensions between the two countries. Pakistan have qualified for the World Cup to be held in the eastern Indian city of Bhubaneswar between November 18 and December 16. But fears have been raised that Pakistan could skip the 16-team event as sporting ties between the neighbours are frozen. The International Hockey Federation (FIH) told AFP however that no participating nation has indicated problems that could lead to a withdrawal, or India refusing to let any nation attend. "We are looking forward to welcoming all 16 qualified teams. We have not received concerns from any of the participating teams nor the host about this matter," an FIH official told AFP in an email statement. "FIH strongly believes that hockey is an inclusive sport, aimed at celebrating diversity and promoting friendship and respect." India?s blind cricket team did not go to Pakistan in January for the 50-over World Cup, forcing their matches to be switched to United Arab Emirates. India and Pakistan?s senior cricket teams have not played a bilateral series since 2013 because of the tense political climate. India accuses its neighbour of supporting militant activities, particularly in the disputed Kashmir region. Pakistan?s kabaddi, squash, and wrestling teams also did not travel to India for marquee tournaments last year. Pakistan ? who did not qualify for the 2014 World Cup ? are the most successful team in the sport?s showpiece event with title wins in 1971, 1978, 1982, and 1994.
  16. Karan KC is hoisted into the air by his team-mates after rallying Nepal to a miracle win, Canada v Nepal, ICC World Cricket League Division Two, Windhoek, February 14, 2018. Photo: Peter Della Penna DUBAI: Young leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane starred with bat and ball as Nepal claimed a thrilling one-wicket win over Canada on Wednesday to book a place at next month´s 2019 cricket World Cup qualifying tournament. The United Arab Emirates will also compete in Zimbabwe for a place at next year´s tournament in England and Wales, after edging out Namibia by 19 runs. On the final day of the World Cricket League Division Two group stage in Namibia, Nepal were indebted to an unbroken 51-run stand for the final wicket between tailenders Lamichhane and Karan KC, who hit the winning run off the final ball as they chased down 195. The 17-year-old Lamichhane, who will be the first-ever Nepalese IPL player in April with the Delhi Daredevils, had earlier taken 2-40 as Canada posted 194-8 from their 50 overs. At 144-9 with only 7.5 overs left, Nepal looked set to miss out on a place in Zimbabwe, but Canada failed to hold their nerve as Karan struck four sixes in a match-clinching unbeaten 42 from 31 balls. Nepal have never reached the World Cup, while the UAE are looking to qualify for the second successive edition. Nepal will take on Papua New Guinea, Ireland, the Netherlands and two-time World Cup winners West Indies in Group A of qualifying, with the UAE to face Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, Scotland and Hong Kong in Group B.
  17. Virat Kohli is jubilant upon sealing the maiden bilateral ODI series win in South Africa, South Africa v India, 5th ODI, Port Elizabeth, February 13, 2018/BCCI PORT ELIZABETH: India´s first ever one-day international series victory in South Africa has laid a strong platform for the country´s hopes of a successful 2019 World Cup campaign, captain Virat Kohli said. "We are a team that always wants to think of ways we can improve and after this tour we will look be to even stronger with the 2019 World Cup in mind," he said after India took a 4-1 lead in the six-match series on Tuesday. "It´s a wonderful feeling to have created some history. The guys really got stuck in, with the bat and the ball and in the field as well," he added after the Port Elizabeth triumph. Success in the series has lifted India above South Africa in the International Cricket Council´s one-day rankings and they retained their number one status in tests as well despite losing 2-1 to the South Africans last month. Sharma sets up ODI series win for India India take a decisive 4-1 lead against South Africa "For now, 4-1 feels amazing. Obviously the players put up some really good cricket to be in this position," Kohli added. The last match of the ODI series is in Pretoria on Friday. "We want to win 5-1 but there might be a scenario to give a few (other) guys a chance," Kohli said, with the series won using only 12 of India´s 17-man squad. The 2019 World Cup is being hosted by England and Wales, where India won their first global title in 1983 before adding a second on home soil in 2011.
  18. Fawad Alam receives Man of the Final award for his 149. Photo: Fawad Alam Twitter RAWALPINDI: A dazzling innings of 149 by Fawad Alam steered Karachi Whites to the National One Day Cup on Sunday. Fawad Alam hit 149 off 130 balls with 18 4s as Karachi Whites beat Islamabad by five wickets in the final of the National One Day Cup? Regions 2017-18 at Pindi Stadium, Rawalpindi. Batting first after winning the toss, Islamabad Region piled up a total of 347 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in 50 overs. Babar Azam scored 105 runs on 95 balls including 8 4s and 2 6s, followed by Shahid Yousaf 96 not out, Shan Masood 51, Abid Ali 37, Faizan Riaz 27 and Saad Ali 26 not out. For Karachi Whites, Asad Shafiq took 1 wicket for 29, Danish Aziz 1 for 31, Zia-ul-Haq 1 for 71 and Muhammad Asghar 1 for 86. In reply, Karachi Region Whites hit 349 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in 49.3 overs to clinch the title. Fawad Alam was helped along by Danish Aziz 86 not out, Akbar-ur-Rehman 41 and Asad Shafiq 22. For Islamabad, Raza Hasan took 1 for 49, Nouman Ali 1 for 61, Hamza Nadeem 1 for 70, Ahmed Bashir 1 for 76 and Shahzad Azam 1 for 80. Karachi Whites grabbed a prize money of Rs1,000,000 while Islamabad took away Rs500,000. Man of the Match Fawad Alam got Rs 100,000 while Shan Masood (Islamabad Region, best batsman, 656 runs), Muhammad Imran (Faisalabad Region, best bowler, 14 wickets) and Abid Ali (509 runs & 9 dismissals, outstanding player/all-rounder) were given Rs100,000 each.
  19. Karachi Whites beat Peshawar Region by five wickets ISLAMABAD: Karachi Region Whites beat Peshawar Region by five wickets on Thursday in the first semifinal of the National One Day Cup ? Regions 2017-18 at Pindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi. Batting first after winning the toss, Peshawar Region piled up 281 runs, losing all wickets in 49.5 overs. Mohammad Rizwan 72, Akbar Badshah 40, Adil Amin 33 and Zohaib Khan 31 stood out. For Karachi Whites, Mohammad Asghar and Anwar Ali took 3 wickets each for 43 and 49 runs, respectively, while Zia-ul-Haq took 2 wickets giving 66 runs. In reply, Karachi Whites scored 285 runs and achieved the target in 49.1 overs for the loss of five wickets. Khurram Manzoor hit 100 on 102 balls smashing 11 4s while Akbar-ur-Rehman scored 82 runs off 107 balls including 3 4s. Asad Shafiq 36, Fawad Alam 25 and Danish Aziz 20 not out also contributed with the bat. For Peshawar, Israrullah took 1 wicket for 36, Taj Wali 1 for 44 and Zohaib Ahmed 1 for 48.
  20. FIFA has warned the Spanish federation it could be suspended from 2018 World Cup because of government interference MADRID: FIFA and the Spanish government agreed on Monday the "need to clarify as quickly as possible" the situation regarding the country´s football federation (RFEF) to avoid a potential World Cup ban. World football´s governing body warned the Spanish federation in December that it could be suspended from the Russia 2018 because of government interference. The issue arose after long-time RFEF president Angel Maria Villar was forced to resign last year from the post he had occupied since 1988 following his arrest as part of a corruption investigation. He was detained in July on allegations of collusion, embezzlement and falsifying documents and spent two weeks in custody before being released on bail. However, the Spanish Sports Council´s (CSD) insistence that new elections be called for the presidency of the football federation attracted FIFA´s interest for political interference. On Monday, FIFA secretary general Fatma Samoura met with Spanish sports minister Inigo Mendez de Vigo in Madrid, along with CSD president Jose Ramon Lete and interim RFEF chief Juan Luis Larrea. "The two delegations agreed on the need to clarify as quickly as possible and by legal means the exceptional situation of the RFEF," read a statement from the ministry of education, culture and sports, adding that talks were held in "a climate of full collaboration". Larrea, another long-time football administrator, said he was "convinced there is no danger" surrounding Spain´s participation at this year´s World Cup.
  21. The Adidas Brazuca football being used in the 2014 FIFA World Cup quarterfinal ? between Brazil and Colombia ? held in the Estádio Governador Plácido Castelo, Fortaleza, Brazil, July 4, 2014. Danilo Borges/Creative Commons/Attribution 3.0 Brazil Alexey Dedov ? the Russian Ambassador to Pakistan ? confirmed earlier this week that Sialkot-made footballs will be used in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which is slated for later this year. Pakistanis will have their special moment of joy when they see footballs made in their own country being used to score goals in the international-level event. But Pakistan, the 198th-ranked football country, will unfortunately not partake in the mega event. Located just outside Sialkot, Forward Sports "was also the official football provider of 2014 World Cup in Brazil" and has made "footballs for the German Bundesliga, France Ligue 1, and the Champions League", Al Jazeera reported, citing Turkey's Anadolu Agency. The company "is a contracting manufacturer of global sports brand Adidas" and is making its labourers work "extra hours to ensure on-time delivery of the footballs". According to Forward Sports chairman Khawaja Masood, his company churns out 700,000 footballs a month. "This is an honour for us, that we are going to provide footballs for the world cup once again. We are very excited to meet this challenge," he said. First introduced in 2014, the football to be used in 2018 FIFA World Cup is "thermo bonded". Prior to this, Pakistan used to supply handmade and stitched footballs. "Thermo bonded balls are made by attaching the panels through heat - the latest technology adopted by Adidas and transferred to Forward Sports in 2013."
  22. Aisam ul Haq (L), Aqeel Khan (R)/File photo ISLAMABAD: Pakistan beat South Korea in the doubles contest to win the Davis Cup Asia-Oceania Group I tie by 3-0 at the Pakistan Sports Complex today. Aisam and Aqeel beat their South Korean rivals Soon Woo Kwon and Lim Yong Kyu 7-6, 6-4 (8-6) in the doubles to claim a 3-0 win in the tie. In the first match of the tie on Friday, Aisam had defeated the visitors? top player Soon Woo Kwon 6-3, 1-6, 7-6(8-6). In the second singles match, Aqeel had overcome Korea?s No. 2 Seong-chan Hong after a tough contest of 4-6, 7-5, 7-5. Also read: Pakistan take 2-0 lead in Davis Cup Group I tie opening day With today?s victory, Pakistan have qualified for Round 2 against Uzbekistan.
  23. This is India's record-breaking fourth ICC U-19 World Cup title India thrashed Australia by eight wickets to lift a record-breaking fourth ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup title on Saturday. Given a lacklustre target of 217 by Australia, India sailed to a comfortable World Cup victory, driven along by an unbeaten 101 from Manjot Kalra. HM Desai contributed 47 not out. Deciding to bat first in overcast conditions at Mount Maunganui, Australia, on the back of two strong partnerships and a fighting half-century from Jonathan Merlo, looked strong before their last six wickets were dismissed for 33 runs. India chased down the target with 67 balls remaining. With today?s win, India U-19 have maintained their unbeaten streak in the tournament.
  24. India won! Yay! But, more importantly, it was a big win for Rahul Dravid and everyone couldn't be happier for him. This day will go down in history because our former captain finally got his hands on a World Cup trophy after his boys beat Australia in the final of the ICC U-19 World Cup final. Dravid has missed out on a World Cup title on two occasions – once as a player in 2003 and another as coach of the U-19 team in 2016. But, his moment has finally come and we couldn't be happier. Head coach Rahul Dravid deserves all the applause and appreciation for mentoring the team, but even at this proud moment, he's as humble as ever. Overwhelmed and embarrassed by all the attention he's receiving, he said, “I am really proud of the boys and the effort they put in. I don't want to mention names, but everyone in the support staff has put in a great effort.” Now, this is the quality of a true leader. Even though he doesn't want all the credit, everyone on Twitter can't stop showering him, and his team, with a ton of love. The king of trolls, Virendra Sehwag himself left trolling aside and celebrated this glorious moment. These boys in such safe hands. Safest hands of Rahul Dravid. Great great contribution for the future of these youngsters and Indian Cricket. We have some great upcoming talent #INDvAUS — Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) February 3, 2018 So did Mohammad Kaif. What a moment for these boys. Feel so so happy for them and am reminded of our triumph 18 years ago. Great effort by Rahul Dravid and these guys have a great future. #under19worldcup pic.twitter.com/Cu2Mrm2FJ4 — Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) February 3, 2018 Yes, take a bow. Congrats to the U19 Boys in Blue ð®ð³ for winning the #CWCU19ðð Loved the celebration ð Rahul Dravid take a bow. #INDvAUS #kalra #undefeated — Preity zinta (@realpreityzinta) February 3, 2018 He honestly deserves it. Finally a World Cup for Rahul Dravid! No one deserves it more than him!#U19CWC — Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) February 3, 2018 Very satisfying, indeed. Rahul Dravid holding the world cup is a very very satisfying sight. — Anmol swamy (@AnmolSwamy94) February 3, 2018 How to sum up Rahul Dravid in two sentences. Typical Dravid. Kept saying 'them' because the team won. Had they lost, it would have been 'we'.ððð#U19CWC — Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) February 3, 2018 Finally! The World Cup always deserved Rahul Dravid! And it has finally happened! ð­♥ï¸ð®ð³ #U19CWCFinal pic.twitter.com/d0xzC8Czf0 — Manya (@CSKian716) February 3, 2018 What a classy guy! This is Cute Rahul Dravid trying to give interview to TV and U19 boys shouting behind him but Dravid still serious about what he does... ââ — Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) February 3, 2018 Obviously, some jokes as well. * At a Bank * Bank Manager: Sir, credit card? Rahul Dravid: Sorry, main credit nahi leta https://t.co/V9mbNDMJuP — Sunil- The Cricketer (@1sInto2s) February 3, 2018 That's a spot on comparison. Rahul Dravid reminds me of that teacher in the school, on which students used to write my favourite teacher essay.#INDvAUS — Sunil- The Cricketer (@1sInto2s) February 3, 2018 What a guy! This man possibly deserves the biggest credit. Always genuine, always honest, quintessential team man. I could listen to him all day. Congrats #RahulDravid #ICCU19WorldCup CHAMPIONS!! ðð®ð³ pic.twitter.com/un74XhTgok — Viren Rasquinha (@virenrasquinha) February 3, 2018 Umm. When Life Gives You Rahul, Make It Dravid Not Gandhi. ðªðð®ð³#ICCU19WorldCup #U19CWC #INDvAUS #INDvsAUS #Under19WC #ManjotKalra #U19CWCFinal #U19WorldCupFinal #RahulDravid Rahul Dravid pic.twitter.com/OTM2x3seaM — Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) February 3, 2018 Another apt comparison. RAHUL DRAVID RIGHT NOW #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/Wu9yjqqUac — BOBBEY (@iamsrktheking) February 3, 2018 Yes, thank you. Thank You #RahulDravid #U19CWCFinal ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ pic.twitter.com/ktGdMYnJpP — Freelance 007 (@James_Beyond) February 3, 2018 So humble. The problem is that the guy is too busy working to even see all this praise!! #RahulDravid #TheWallStandsTall — Dhimant Chovatia (@dhimmagic) February 3, 2018 When movies become real. It's like the chak de movie moment for Rahul Dravid. Lost 2007 World Cup as captain, came back to train the U19 and won the #under19worldcup #salute #hero #RahulDravid ðð»ðð»ðð» — Ankit Khandelwal (@anki_th) February 3, 2018 Bohot mast. India to legend #RahulDravid pic.twitter.com/Hvl0aQPP56 — RAVI #STP (@RaviBolega) February 3, 2018 All the respect. He couldn't do it as a player. He couldn't do it as a captain. He did it as a coach... Respect the wall#RahulDravid #U19CWCFinal #U19WC @BCCI #INDvAUS — Pankaj Sharma (@02Pankaz) February 3, 2018
  25. Aisam ul Haq Qureshi/File photo ISLAMABAD: Pakistan?s tennis ace Aisam ul Haq Qureshi saw Pakistan off to a winning start in Davis Cup Asia-Oceania Group I tie against South Korea here on Friday. Aisam outclassed the visitors? top player Soon Woo Kwon 6-3, 1-6, 7-6(8-6) on the grass courts of the Pakistan Sports Complex, taking Pakistan 1-0 up in the tie. Fellow tennis star Aqeel Khan will complete the opening day proceedings against Korea?s No. 2 Seong-chan Hong in the second singles today. In the doubles contest on Saturday, Aisam and Aqeel will take on Soon Woo Kwon and Yong-Kyu Lim, while reverse singles will see Aqeel face off against Soon Woo and Aisam against Seong-chan Hong on the same day. The draw ceremony for the tie was held on Thursday. International Tennis Federation?s (ITF) referee Tom Kinloch supervised the draw ceremony and emphasised the need of playing the tie in the best spirit.