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  1. It all began a long, long time ago. 2014 to be exact - in the early months leading up to Indiaâs most groundbreaking general elections so far. Before Narendra Modi became Prime Minister, several social outreach programmes were conducted to cement his influence among the masses - one of them being a campaign called #ChaiPeCharcha. Today, six years on, weâre seeing chai and politics mix once again - just in a very different camp. In a new campaign called âKaam Ki Chaiâ, the Aam Aadmi party has set up chai stalls throughout all of Delhiâs assembly constituencies, with various kinds of tea on offer, each highlighting various achievements and campaign promises of Delhiâs currently reigning party. The campaign was spearheaded by an Ahmedabad MBA-dropout named Praful Billor. Billor, who goes by the moniker âMBA-Chaiwalaâ, contacted the Delhi chief minister directly and offered to spread through the tea stall concept information about the work done by the Kejriwal government. © PTI According to party members, 30-40 volunteers will soon join him and put up tea stalls in all assembly constituencies here. © PTI The first available chai is named shiksha wali chai (education tea), and represents recent work on education facilities and programmes in Delhi, such as mega PTMs (Parent-Teacher Meetings) and the cabinetâs recent approval of a âSports Universityâ, which aims to help train and develop world-class athletes. Another variety named swasthya wali chai (health tea) represents the partyâs work on improving healthcare facilities in the capital for government hospitals, and initiatives such as free tests, surgeries and medicines, mohalla clinics and poly-clinics. The third kind, âspecial teaâ aims to highlight special subsidies such as cheap electricity, water and free bus/metro travel for women - while the last kind, vikas wali chai (development tea) focuses on the governmentâs doorstep delivery of citizen services, free Wi-Fi schemes and installation of CCTV cameras. © BCCL While Billor seems to clearly have a favourite, he insists that he is not directly associated with any political party and simply wishes to support good work being done. He said he decided to come all the way from Ahmedabad to put up a tea stall here as he believes that Kejriwal has delivered good governance in Delhi, which "is evident on the ground and needs no promotion". View the full article
  2. During the 44th over of Indiaâs innings in the first ODI in Mumbai, Rishabh Pant suffered a head concussion following a Pat Cummins bouncer which struck the batsman right in the helmet and also caused him to lose his wicket. While Pant was immediately rushed for medical assistance, the wicket-keeping gloves were handed over to KL Rahul. It was later confirmed that Pant was kept under observation and will not be travelling with the team for the second ODI in Rajkot. Update: Rishabh Pant has got a concussion after being hit on his helmet while batting. KL Rahul is keeping wickets in his absence. Pant is under observation at the moment. #TeamIndia #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/JkVElMacQc â BCCI (@BCCI) January 14, 2020 Now where does that leave the Men in Blue as far as roster selection and batting order are concerned? If this situation would have presented itself last month, the answer to this question might have been a lot more than it seems to be now. Back then, an out of form Shikhar Dhawan suffered a big knee injury and was out of action for multiple series. All that while, it was Rahul who opened the innings with Rohit Sharma and he was doing a phenomenal job. We all believed that this top-form Rahul was the end of Dhawanâs time with the team and that the southpaw was going to be dropped soon. But in the last two T20Is against Sri Lanka and the first Australia ODI, a healed Dhawan has looked like his old self - confident and very capable of playing under immense pressure. In addition, the left-right combination of Dhawan and Sharma at the top would definitely help India during the upcoming ICC Menâs T20 World Cup. View this post on InstagramFIFTY! A hard-fought half-century for @shikhardofficial off 66 deliveries. This is his 28th in ODIs. #INDvAUSA post shared by (@indiancricketteam) So what happens to Rahul? The Mangalore-born has proven himself to be a more than capable wicket-keeper during the Indian Premier League and other domestic tournaments such as the Vijay Hazare Trophy, and his batting speaks for itself. During the Mumbai match on Tuesday, he showed that he does a significantly better job in following the ball from behind the stumps than Pant. His assessment of the trajectory of the ball during David Warnerâs LBW on a Shardul Thakur appeal also helped Kohli save the DRS, something Pant has been specifically bad at, granted the sample size is small. If Dhawan and Sharma are fixed as openers, that leaves Rahul with the third and fourth spot, based on how flexible Virat Kohli is. Even though Kohli has said that he isnât all that worried about playing on either of the spots, Indian veteran VVS Laxman decoded why Kohli at 4 wouldnât work. âI donât see this working. Sachin Tendulkar was the best player the world had ever seen. But he never relished batting at number four.â Laxman said. âYou want your best batsman to play maximum number of deliveries and set the game up and finish the game for the team, especially against quality attack. One cannot afford to experiment against this Australian bowling line-up," he said. âYouâve got someone like Virat Kohli that has played 230-odd one-day matches and 180 of those have been at No.3 and he has scored almost 10,000 runs at that particular position," he added. With Shreyas Iyer sliding to five, Rahul is left with the cursed number four spot, which isnât the best of news for either the player or the team. In his six-year ODI career, Rahul has played a total of four innings at two-down and has only made 52 runs with the highest score of 26, according to HowsSTAT. Even amidst the crisis that Team India has found itself to be in, what is certain is that KL Rahul is a far superior batsman than Rishabh Pant. He has the shots, the experience and the patience to make it through a challenging innings that the 22-year-old clearly lacks. Pantâs time away from the field could turn out to be a blessing in disguise for the team as this gives them the opportunity to explore a new and improved Rahul at the number four spot of doom. Will he be the one to lift the curse? View the full article
  3. Former South African skipper AB de Villiers. Photo: FileBRISBANE: South African star AB de Villiers is keen to make an international comeback at the T20 World Cup this year, but admits there are no guarantees he will be picked. The batting maestro bowed out of representing his country in 2018, saying he was "tired" after a 14-year career during which he was hailed as one of the best players in the game. He then made himself available for the one-day World Cup last year, only to be rejected, with officials saying he left it too late and calling him up would be unfair to other players. The 35-year-old has now given selectors plenty of time to consider him for the T20 World Cup in Australia in October. "There's a lot that needs to happen before that becomes reality," he told cricket.com.au after hitting 40 from 32 balls on his Big Bash League debut for Brisbane Heat against Adelaide Strikers on Tuesday. "I would love to. I've been talking to 'Bouch' (new South Africa coach Mark Boucher), (new director of cricket) Graeme Smith and (captain) Faf (du Plessis) back home, we´re all keen to make it happen. "It's a long way away still, and plenty can happen — there's the IPL coming up, I've still got to be in form at that time. So I´m thinking of throwing my name in the hat and hoping that everything will work out." De Villiers won fans around the world for mixing traditional and unorthodox shots, as well as his fast scoring and ability to hit the ball to all parts of the ground. He played 114 Tests, retiring with an average of 50.66 after smashing 8,765 runs. In limited overs, he hit 9,577 runs at an average of 53.50 and in the shortest format made 1,672 runs from his 78 T20Is. Boucher and Smith are former colleagues of de Villiers and he said he wanted to work with them again. "Absolutely, they're my friends and I played 10-plus years with them internationally," he said. "We've been through a lot and it's great to have them involved again, and as I said, hopefully I'll be involved again as well pretty soon."
  4. There's always room for true love. It doesn't matter where it's from, who brings it to you or how many times your heart's been broken. When love comes knocking, you've ought to open the door and welcome it with nothing but warmth. And while you do that for yourself, make room for happiness for others around you too by acknowledging their preferences and choices that they've made. © Instagram When Colin met the love of his life on a dating app, he had no idea what lay before him. When he came across Andrew, while swiping, he could barely make him out from his pictures. It's the conversations he had when they matched that led him to believe Andrew was someone he could look forward to meeting. Andrew's added interest in Indian culture was something that highly impressed Colin. They both live in Chicago and the freedom to express one's sexual preferences or/and sexuality is immense. Even though Colin is Indian, he understood the prejudices and the not-so-alarming discontent that stems from intense conditioning, towards homosexuals men, from where he is. But he knew, if his family accepted him and his partner, he wouldn't have to worry about anyone else. © Instagram Andrew's openness in admitting he really loved the Indian culture and his want to express the fact that he deeply cared for his partner, by making him adrak -wali- chai, made Colin fall more in love with him. They decided to tie the knot, in July last year, at Colin's family home in South India. © Instagram The celebrations were huge and of course very welcoming for Andrew and his family. They had a temple wedding and a church wedding, and Andrew dressed in traditional south Indian wedding attire. Love knows no bounds and has no boundaries, religion, or even sexual preferences. Love is freedom. It's an entity so free, that if it's ever bound, it'll cease to exist. And Andrew and Colin's love is the truest testimony to that! © Instagram They both don't know what the future holds but they know for a fact that love like theirs is unreal, rare and possibly ever-lasting. Here's their story (narrated by Colin) on the Officials Humans Of Bombay's Instagram page: “I was swiping away on a dating app when I came across Andrew. I couldn't figure out anything from his photo. But when we matched, conversation came easily–he loved Indian culture. I was living in Chicago & I missed home, so I could share my excitement for spicy food. But he sounded too good to be true! © Instagram 2 months of texting later, our first date was over a bowl of Ramen! When he invited me over for tea, I was expecting American 'tea', but when I walked into his home, I was hit with the smell of ginger-garlic! He had a steel spice box & when he made me tea, it was adrak chai! I felt comfortable with him–we were so similar in our beliefs. In 9 months, the universe played its role–our rents were coming to an end so we moved in together! I'd even make us dabbas with dal & chawal for lunch! © Instagram The decision to get married was simple–we'd found our soulmates in each other! We flew out to India to tell my parents & they organized a south Indian banana leaf meal to celebrate us. We got married in June 2019 & had a huge celebration–we had a Haldi, Sangeet & a black tie party! After all, you only get married to the love of your life once! Our family & friends helped us organize it all–we were surrounded by so much love. One of the best moments was when my dad raised a toast & said, 'If you have a child love & understand them, if you don't understand them, then love them more.' Our wedding was perfect! But getting to where we are today wasn't easy–I've been sent to therapy to 'get better' & I've had priests pray for my soul. But all of it has led me to him, so it was worth it. © Instagram The first time we went to India after our marriage was so lovely. There was an Indian swagat & we were showered with so much love. Our families accepted us beautifully–my mom always asks about him when I talk to her & the same goes for his family. © Instagram I don't know what the future holds, but that doesn't frighten me–because a love like ours was meant to be. We're going to continue making Bollywood playlists, we'll always come home to adrak-wali-chai… & we'll always fall asleep knowing that when we wake up, 'we' will still be there tomorrow & every single day for the rest of our lives.” © Instagram If I had a penny for negating the fact that true love exists, I'd fill an entire jar, but every time I am cynical about the fact that love indeed does exist, I go back to what Andrew and Colin share and reaffirm my faith in love, and more! View the full article
  5. Federica Brignone. Photo: AFPALTENlMARKT, Austria: Italian specialist Federica Brignone clung on in the slalom run to win the World Cup combined event in Austria on Sunday having romped the Super-G run that took out a third of the field. In overcast conditions on a tight, challenging first run American superstar Mikaela Shiffrin, her key rival Petra Vhlova and 14 other competitors failed to complete the treacherous first run. Shiffrin pulled out of the ultra-fast and fog-blighted downhill on the same daunting Kälberloch slope on Saturday, making Sunday´s Super-G her first ever run in Altenmarkt. This was Brignone´s third combined win on the World Cup circuit and it firms up a good run of form that has lifted her to second in the overall World Cup standings. "That last part of the course is really difficult because you just can´t allow yourself to go too fast due to how technical it is, this was a tactical win," said Brignone on 565pts, 52 ahead of Vlhova but 261 behind the American. Swiss double combined world champion Wendy Holdener almost did enough to catch the Italian reducing her half second deficit from the first run to 0.15sec on the second. Hodener is fourth in the overall standings.
  6. It has been more than five months since the Indian cricket team got eliminated at the hands of Kane Williamson and the New Zealand cricket team but the heartbreak continues to stay fresh for many fans of the Men in Blue. © Reuters From questioning skipper Virat Kohli's judgement to sending an inexperienced batsman like Rishabh Pant and off-form Dinesh Karthik ahead of the veteran Mahendra Singh Dhoni to watching the former skipper walking towards the pavilion, disappointed and gasping for breath, the memories of that day will remain in our heads for a long time. @imVkohli today karthik is wrong choice And Rishabh pant 's shot is not gud at that time Or Kohli ur decision is bad For line up of india team Dhoni had came before karthik — pratik kumar shah (@pratikkumarsh14) July 10, 2019 But one moment of the game that left quite the impression in all our hearts and apparently in that the wicket-keeper batsman as well was when Martin Guptil fired the ball towards the stumps at the striker's end and hit bull's eye. Dhoni, who was just a couple of inches away from the crease when the bails flew, had to walk off. Many believed that it was at this moment Dhoni saw the end of his cricketing career. Also, many believed that he was crying, but one thing was for certain, India's dominating run at the 2019 World Cup had met a deadend. Nearly half a year later, Dhoni was interviewed by India Today's Consulting Editor Boria Majumdar about that very moment and the cricketer expressed his regret. He said, “I keep telling myself, why didn't I dive. Those two inches I keep telling myself, 'MS Dhoni, you should have dived.” © Twitter Ever since that day, we haven't seen him on the field. He took a two month sabbatical to serve in the Indian Army but that time off the team hasn't come to an end till date. “January tak mat poochho,” Dhoni had said on November 27, 2019. It is January and there is still no word from the Ranchi-born on his future with the national team. What if Dhoni had leapt for the safe zone that day? How would that have faired out for the cricketer and the team? Would India go on to win the Cup? Would Dhoni continue to be the main wicket-keeper for Virat Kohli? That one moment of misjudgement will never let us get the answers to all those questions and we will just have to live with the burden, just like Dhoni is. View the full article
  7. Rafael Nadal suffered a stunning upset at the ATP Cup on Friday.Photo: AFPSYDNEY: A lethargic world number one Rafael Nadal suffered a stunning upset at the ATP Cup on Friday, crashing in two tough sets to Belgium´s David Goffin. The Spaniard was heavily favoured to win the match and secure Spain a berth in the semi-finals after Roberto Bautista Agut eased past Kimmer Coppejans 6-1, 6-4 in the first singles match. But the 19-time Grand Slam winner slumped 6-4, 7-6 (7/3) to the 11th-ranked Belgium -- a rare defeat for Nadal while playing for his country. It sent the tie into a decisive doubles match to determine who meets Australia in the last four. "I had to hold my nerve for a long time, which wasn´t easy," Goffin said. "I knew against Rafa I had to take the ball early and take more risk. I was in the court trying to dictate and he had to find a solution." Spain´s group games during the round-robin phase of the inaugural team event were played in Perth, where the air was much drier. Nadal, who had not dropped a set this year before meeting Goffin, faced not only heat but energy-sapping humidity in Sydney and struggled to deal with it, dripping in sweat for much of the match. He was not on song and struggled to find his rhythm, giving away nine break points in the first set. Goffin had two more break points to go 5-3 up in the second, but Nadal clung on and became more offensive to take the match to a tiebreak before the Belgian closed out the match for one of the biggest wins in his career.
  8. Photo: fileSeveral members of the national cricket team offered their best wishes to the U19 side ahead of their departure for South Africa, where the U19 Cricket World Cup will be staged from January 7. The senior players, according to a press release by the Pakistan Cricket Board, hoped that the U-19 side would carry last year’s winning momentum into the World Cup, and advised the players to make the most of the platform as it would lead to their eventual recruitment into the national team. “I wish all the best to the U19 team. My message for them is to do well, like they have been doing recently. Help each other and believe in your teammates’ abilities,” said T20I captain Babar Azam, who was part of the U19 World Cup in 2010 and 2012. “Our batsmen and bowlers are in good shape and after having played in South Africa, I would suggest the batsmen to stay upright while batting. Enjoy this opportunity and put your heart in it as that would enhance your performances.” Test captain Azhar Ali, who was a part of the U19 team in 2002 World Cup, told the current crop to focus on unity and aggressive play. “I wish all the best to this team and advise them to stick together as a unit and play fearless cricket," he said. “Playing the U19 World Cup gives you a flavour of international cricket as the matches are televised and the players get to experience the pressure of international cricket. "It is a great opportunity for these cricketers to learn, which will certainly help them when they graduate to the senior team." Azhar praised U-19 captain Rohail Nazir and Haider Ali, saying that "they have done well at the U19 level and impressed at the first-class level too. When a player performs at the first-class level, it lifts his morale up. If these two are able to stretch their form into the World Cup, the team will benefit immensely. Recent graduate of the side, Naseem Shah, also expressed his confidence in the former team. “I was recently playing with this side and I am hopeful that they are going to do well in the tournament. They have gelled very well and possess good combinations, which will help them excel in the World Cup." “I wish good luck to Rohail Nazir and his team,” he added. Shaheen Shah Afridi, who played in the previous edition of the U19 Cricket World Cup, reminded the youngsters of the importance the junior platform. “The way this team played in South Africa and won, I am hopeful that the U-19 team will win the World Cup. “U-19 cricket grooms a cricketer. It happened with me as after the last World Cup, in which I was the highest wicket-taker [for Pakistan], I was picked up for the PSL and subsequently called-up for the senior side. “This is a very good side and I wish them all the best. I have played with Rohail Nazir and Aarish Ali and I know they are very good players.” “Pakistan have a very good record at the U19 level and I am sure this team will do very well in the tournament," said Fakhar Zaman, who played U-19 domestic cricket. “U-19 level is very important for a player and such international tours help a great deal in the development of the players as they provide crucial opportunities to rub shoulders with the best cricketers. “I have played domestic cricket with these players and they all are very talented and have proved themselves.” Mohammad Hasnain, another former Pakistan U-19 player, said: “I wish all the best to the team and hope that they will do well. U-19 cricket is a very important phase in the development as it teaches you the basics which help in graduating to the next level. “My message to the team is to work hard and eye a spot in the national side.” The Rohail-led side begin their ICC U19 World Cup 2020 campaign on 19 January against Scotland. They will play Zimbabwe U19 and Bangladesh U19 on 22 and 24 January respectively in the group-stage.
  9. If you have been following limited-over matches of the Indian cricket team in the recent past, you must have recognised umpire Anil Chaudhary's face by now. Most of India's ODIs and T20I matches in the past few years, that have taken place on home soil, have been officiated by the Delhi-born, who was also seen during their contest against the visiting Sri Lankan side in Indore on Tuesday. According to a PTI report, the 54-year-old has now been selected as the only Indian umpire to be a part of the International Cricket Council's officiating team for the upcoming U-19 World Cup tournament in South Africa, starting January 17, 2020. One of the leading umpires of the ICC in the past decade, Chaudhary made his ODI debut on November 27, 2013, during India's match against the West Indies at the Green Park stadium in Kanpur. He also made his debut in the shortest format of the game when the Men in Blue locked horns with George Bailey's Australian side at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot. © Twitter Ever since, Chaudhary has officiated in 20 One-Day Internationals and 27 T20Is and has received a lot of praise for having a great eye for the minute details of the game that helps him make the right call most of the time. However, his career as an umpire began on a rather interesting note when Pradeep Gupta (one of the local umpires during Chaudhary's club cricket days in 1989), gave him a call to make him stand as a substitute official. “I got a call from Pradeep Gupta (local umpire) to report at the St. Stephen's ground. He had taken ill and I was to stand as a substitute. Obviously, I was unprepared and honestly had little clue about umpiring. Fortunately, it turned out to be a low-scoring match with little pressure on the umpires,” the Delhiite had mentioned to The Hindu in 2016. © Twitter His first paycheck? 50 Rupees. “I went to give the money to Guptaji and was told to keep it since it was the fee for my work. That was petrol money and I just loved the idea,” he said. His dedication and also a little bit of good fortune guided him towards more and more matches and eventually landed him right next to international umpire Ram Babu Gupta, someone Chaudhary truly credits his career to. “I owe everything to Ram Babuji,” said the then 51-year-old Chaudhary. “He shaped my career. There was a SAIL Trophy match (between Mohan Meakin and Central Warehousing Corporation). It was a big tournament with some renowned players participating. It was again an emergency replacement and I did a decent job going by the reports that reached Ram Babuji. A pat from him made my day.” View the full article
  10. Injured - Andy Murray has been ruled out of the Australian OpenAndy Murray said he was "gutted" to be missing next month's Australian Open after being ruled out of the first Grand Slam of 2020 with a pelvic injury. The 32-year-old Scot suffered the injury playing for Britain in the Davis Cup last month and will also miss the inaugural ATP Cup team event across three Australian cities in early January. "I've worked so hard to get myself into a situation where I can play at the top level and I'm gutted I'm not going to be able to play in Australia in January," Murray said Saturday. "After the AO (Australian Open) this year, when I wasn't sure whether I'd be able to play again, I was excited about coming back to Australia and giving my best, and that makes this even more disappointing for me. "Unfortunately I've had a setback recently and as a precaution, need to work through that before I get back on court competing." Murray had hoped to make his return to Grand Slam action in Melbourne following a hip operation in January. But concerns over the fitness of the five-time losing Australian Open finalist were raised when he cancelled a scheduled block of training in Miami. As a result he won't be back at Melbourne Park, the scene of an emotional press conference this year where he suggested he might retire as a result of his hip injury. Despite being less than fully fit Murray played a gruelling five-set loss to Roberto Bautista Agut. A fortnight later the double Olympic gold medallist, twice a Wimbledon champion and the winner of the 2012 US Open singles, had hip resurfacing surgery and started his return to action at the Queen's Club grass-court event in London in June. October saw Murray win the European Open in Antwerp, a victory that suggested he could still contend for major honours. But the latest announcement means he will not play again until February at the earliest. "I know how excited Andy was about coming back to compete in Australia in January, and how disappointed he is not to make it for 2020," said Tennis Australia chief Craig Tiley, who praised his "determination and iron will". "Although we will miss him in January, we wish him all the very best for his recovery and look forward to seeing him back on court very soon." The Australian Open takes place from January 20-February 2 with the ATP Cup acting as the new men's lead-up tournament in Sydney, Perth and Brisbane for 10 days from January 3.
  11. Putin slammed the decision as a 'politically motivated' ruling. Photo: AFP The World Anti-Doping Agency on Monday banned Russia for four years from major global sporting events including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar over manipulated doping data, prompting an angry response from President Vladimir Putin.WADA´s executive committee, meeting in Lausanne, handed Russia the "robust" four-year suspension after accusing Moscow of falsifying data from a doping testing laboratory that was handed over to investigators earlier this year.The toughest ever sanctions imposed on Russian state authorities will see government officials barred from attending any major events, while the country will lose the right to host or bid for tournaments."For too long, Russian doping has detracted from clean sport," WADA president Craig Reedie said."Russia was afforded every opportunity to get its house in order and rejoin the global anti-doping community for the good of its athletes and of the integrity of sport, but it chose instead to continue in its stance of deception and denial."Under the sanctions, Russian sportsmen and women will still be allowed to compete at the Olympics next year and the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, but only as neutrals and if they can demonstrate that they were not part of what WADA believes was a state-sponsored system of doping.Russia will still be allowed to compete in qualifiers for the 2022 football World Cup, but WADA director general Olivier Niggli added that should they progress to the finals in Qatar, "the team there will not be representing the Russian federation".Russia´s participation in Euro 2020 -- and Saint Petersburg´s hosting of four matches -- is not affected by the ban because it is not defined as a "major event" for anti-doping purposes.Speaking in Paris, Putin slammed the decision as a "politically motivated" ruling that "contradicted" the Olympic Charter."There is nothing to reproach the Russian Olympic Committee for and if there is no reproach towards this committee, the country should take part in competitions under its own flag," Putin said.Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev also said the ban was politically motivated. "This is the continuation of this anti-Russian hysteria that has already become chronic," Medvedev told domestic news agencies.´A tragedy´ The significant extent of state-sponsored doping in Russia, notably between 2011 and 2015, was revealed in the independent report by sports lawyer Richard McLaren, released in 2016.It led to the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) being suspended for nearly three years previously over revelations of a vast state-supported doping programme.Full disclosure of data from the Moscow laboratory was a key condition of Russia´s controversial reinstatement by WADA in September 2018.RUSADA´s supervisory board is set to meet on December 19 to take a decision on whether to appeal against the ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.Yury Ganus, the head of RUSADA, told AFP Monday that his country had "no chance" of winning an appeal."There is no chance of winning this case in court," Ganus said."This is a tragedy," he added. "Clean athletes are seeing their rights limited."Documents released Monday show WADA´s Compliance Review Committee (CRC) believes "deletions and alterations" to Russia´s doping data "materially prejudiced the ability to pursue cases against 145 of the 298 athletes" whose doping controls between 2011 and 2015 WADA thought to be suspicious.About one third of the 145 athletes are still active, WADA chief of investigators Gunter Younger said Monday.The WADA decision was widely predicted, with Reedie having made a presentation Saturday to the Olympic Summit, participants of which "strongly condemned those responsible for the manipulation of the data from the Moscow laboratory"."It was agreed that this was an attack on sport and that these actions should lead to the toughest sanctions against those responsible," the IOC said, asking that the Russian authorities deliver the "fully authenticated raw data".Positive doping tests contained in data leaked by a whistleblower in 2017 were missing from the laboratory data supplied in January 2019, which prompted a new inquiry.
  12. Every single day we have been talking about how great the Indian cricket team is and how talent-laden is our pool of cricketers. We have a tendency to ignore some very crucial aspects of the game that helps teams win championships and maybe even a World Cup down the line and focus more on the highlighted strengths of the individuals that get to wear the blue jersey. We like to talk about the “goods” that happened during a match but very rarely do we mention the “bads” and maybe that's why despite having such an exceptional reservation of players in the bank that BCCI has become, we haven't been able to bag a single World Cup in either of the limited formats of the game in the past eight years. Which players from the second and third lists here would make it to India's squad for the T20 World Cup next year? pic.twitter.com/T2gba8aINk — ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) December 4, 2019 One of those “bads” is the horrific fielding that we have had the dishonour of witnessing, especially in 20-over cricket in the recent past. The India-West Indies series has to be the greatest (?) example of exactly how amateur we have been on the field. The first match which took place in Hyderabad, has to be one of the worst outings for the Men in Blue as far as stopping the bleeding of runs and successful catches are concerned. On one hand, Deputy in charge, Rohit Sharma dropped Windies skipper Kieron Pollard on 24 and allowed him to go on a rampage scoring 37 off 19 balls. Washington Sundar, on the other hand, dropped Shimron Hetmyer on 44 and he made his maiden T20I half-century. Sundar spills one again and Kohli doesn't know what to do with him. Hetmyer came down the wicket and played a lofty drive. Sundar, running at full pace but fails to hold on. Rohit Sharma backs him up to save the boundary. Later Sharma drops a couple and Pollard is looking good. — Wesley00005 (@Wesley000051) December 6, 2019 For a team that boasts having a really great bowling attack, India let a struggling Windies side score over 200 runs in 20 overs! Had Kohli not been in the middle of a rage-infested innings, we would have already lost the series against the visitors instead of looking ahead to a decider in Mumbai on Wednesday, November 11 2019. One of the finest fielders in his prime, Yuvraj Singh slammed the team's sloppiness on the field with a tweet during the first match: India very poor on the field today ! Young guns reacting a bit late on the ball! Too much cricket ? ? Let's get these runs come on lads — yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) December 6, 2019 Sundar has been unbelievably faulty for the side when it comes to catching the ball. Even his technique was criticised by maestros like Harsha Bhogle and Sunil Gavaskar when he dropped the Player of the Match, Lendl Simmons. If you are being selected to play for the Indian national cricket team, you HAVE to know how to properly catch the ball! Ravi Shastri Showing Virat's Catch To Washington Sundar.#INDvWI pic.twitter.com/dcQ5Gc1ZZA — Abhishek Maurya (@abhishekkkkk30) December 8, 2019 And what has the “worthy” head coach of Team India, Ravi Shastri and fielding coach Ramakrishnan Sridhar done about the awful fielding that have been put on display, recently? Earlier in the year, Sridhar was found complementing our team as the best fielding unit in the world. Where is he now? Why hasn't he made a statement on how we have become one of the worst fielding sides with the T20 World Cup just 10 months away now? Believe me, this is in no way an overreaction. While these bilateral series don't feel as important as World Cup games, it is the best platform to check out what our team is made of. Personally, I don't want to start the blame game once the Cup doesn't make it to our trophy room. The time to make things better is NOW! View the full article
  13. Novak Djokovic is expected to recover from an elbow injury to lead Serbia's bid for the Davis Cup. Photo: AFPSerbia´s Davis Cup captain Nenad Zimonjic was optimistic on Sunday that world number two Novak Djokovic will be fit to play in this...
  14. The tournament is intended to identify talented individuals ahead of the ICC Women?s U19 Cricket World Cup in 2021. Photo: PCBA four-team U18 women?s T20 tournament will commence from Monday, 18 November in Lahore, intended to identify...
  15. With the ICC Men's T20 World Cup now less than a year away, the Indian cricket team is in the middle of a testing period during which younger/inexperienced talent have the opportunity to prove their mettle and fix themselves a spot in the roster. Ever since the T20I series against Quinton de Kock's South African team, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma have been given the duty of examining callow cricketers like Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini and Khaleel Ahmed before the final squad for the World Cup Down Under is set. One of the leading prospects during the three match T20I series against Mahmudullah Riyad's Bangladesh team was the 26-year-old Shivam Dube. The all-rounder who is an above-average First-Class and List A player, struggled to perform on either sides of the pitch for the first two games. #ShivamDube came back to struck crucial blows to dent #Bangladesh's chances. Zaheer Khan believes that the all-rounder will clearly gain a lot of confidence from his showing in the #Nagpur T20I#INDvBAN #CricbuzzLIVE #TeamIndia@My11Circle pic.twitter.com/aHl6EmgTna — Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) November 11, 2019 On his T20I debut, Dube gave up his wicket after scoring just a single and also delivered three balls of the final over that led to Bangladesh's solitary win against the Men in Blue in the shortest format of the game. In the second match as well, the Mumbai-born failed to scalp a single wicket and gave up 12 runs in two overs in India's win. As the third and final match of the series began, even the commentators were a bit sceptical of Dube's selection and were wondering why interim skipper Rohit Sharma continued to give Dube opportunity after opportunity. There was good backing from my captain - shivam dube pic.twitter.com/yYRqnBbi3y — Jay Jadhav (@JayJadhav2108) November 10, 2019 Dube's first spell in the series decider also started out on a bad note as Bangladesh batsman, Mohammad Naim put pressure on him with a boundary on the first ball. After struggling with pace and placement on the pitch for the first couple of overs, the ambidextrous made a massive comeback when his yorker stunned in-form hitter Naim and struck the middle stump for his second and arguably the most important wicket of the night. Shivam Dube shows serious character. What a Yorker and what a huge wicket! — Joy Bhattacharjya (@joybhattacharj) November 10, 2019 “He needs just one ball to get that flow and this was it,” commentator Harsha Bhogle said during the game. The cricketer's oversimplified bowling was probably what was required on a due-heavy pitch at the VCA Stadium and maybe, just maybe, Shivam Dube has saved face and kept his dream of representing India at the ICC T20 World Cup from crumbling. View the full article
  16. Ashleigh Barty of Australia kept her cool to embarrass a stunned Caroline Garcia. Photo: AFP Ashleigh Barty played the "best match of her life" to crush Caroline Garcia 6-0, 6-0 and haul Australia back into contention at the Fed Cup final Saturday...
  17. Australian cricket legend Adam Gilchrist has picked his four favourites for next year?s Twenty20 (T20) but, surprisingly, Pakistan isn?t one of them.Gilchrist predicted that India, New Zealand, England, and Australia would contest in the...
  18. The captain of the Indian cricket team, Virat Kohli turns 31 today and while he is on a private vacation in Bhutan with wife Anushka Sharma, where they will be celebrating his birthday, we, the fans of the cricketer take a look back at how phenominal a year 2019 has been for the skipper. Kohli's journey towards completing his 31st birth anniversary began on a historic note when the Delhi-born became the first Indian skipper to have won a Test series against Australia on their home turf. While the Aussies managed to win the second Test, Team India won the first and third red-ball matches to bring home the victory at the end of the Border-Gavaskar Cup as the fourth and final match ended in a draw. A couple of weeks later, Kohli crossed another point from his team's 'To-Do' list when his side defeated Aaron Finch's men for the very first time in a bilateral ODI series. Team India beat Australia by 7 wickets. First ever Test and ODI (bilateral) series win for India in Australia. Historic Tour comes to an end. So much positives for team India. ððð®ð³ #INDvAUS #AUSvIND — Sir Jadeja fan (@SirJadeja) January 18, 2019 By the end of January, Kohli had not only humbled the men from Down Under in the longer formats of the game, he had also dominated the International Cricket Council (ICC) Awards. He became the first cricketer in the history of the game to all three major ICC awards in a single year. He was named the Men's Cricketer of the Year as well as the Test and ODI Cricketer of the Year and the competition was nowhere near for the top-order batsman. ICC Men's Cricketer of the Year â ICC Men's Test Cricketer of the Year â ICC Men's ODI Cricketer of the Year â Captain of ICC Test Team of the Year â Captain of ICC Men's ODI Team of the Year â Let's hear from the man himself, @imvKohli! #ICCAwards ð pic.twitter.com/3M2pxyC44n — ICC (@ICC) January 22, 2019 In February, Kohli went on to become the first and only batsman to score 2500-plus runs in a single ground when he played a blistering 72 off 38 balls innings during the second T20I match against Australia at the Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru. As the captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore, the stadium is a home ground for the cricketer where he has scored three centuries as well. March saw the cricketer score his 40th ODI ton which placed him just second to Indian master blaster Sachin Tendulkar. The 116-run innings against Australia also made him the fastest captain to score 9000 runs and made him the only cricketer in the world to score seven or more centuries against three countries: Sri Lanka (8), West Indies (7) and Australia (7). Virat Kohli now the fastest to reach 4000 Runs 5000 Runs 6000 Runs 7000 Runs 8000 Runs 9000 Runs in International cricket as a captain — Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) March 5, 2019 While during the ICC World Cup 2019 that began in May and went on till mid July, Virat Kohli made and broke numerous records, the most important and iconic one would have to be when he surpassed Tendulkar and Windies legend Brian Lara to become the fastest cricketer to score 20,000 runs in all formats of the game. In June, the Indian cricketer also made it to the Forbes list of the world's highest-paid athletes. Ranked 100th on the list with an annual salary of $4 million and endorsements worth $21 million, Kohli was the only cricketer and the only Indian to make an appearance in the famous Forbes catalogue. The World's Highest-Paid Athletes 2019 1.ð¦ð· Lionel Messi: $127m 2.ðµð¹ Cristiano Ronaldo: $109m 3.ð§ð· Neymar: $105m 5.ð¨ð­ Roger Federer: $93m 8.ðºð¸ LeBron James: $89m 11.ðºð¸ Tiger Woods: $63.9m 13.ð¬ð§ Lewis Hamilton: $55m 98.ðªð¬ Mohamed Salah: $25.1m 100.ð®ð³ Virat Kohli: $25m (Forbes) — World Index (@theworldindex) September 19, 2019 During the second ODI against the West Indies host in August, Kohli walked in and slammed 120 runs, thereby shattering a 26-year-old record which was previously held by Pakistan's Javed Miandad for most ODI runs for any batsman in the world against the West Indies. What is also interesting that while Miandad took 64 innings to achieve this feat, Kohli did it in just 34 games. In September, the Indian captain surpassed the interim captain and white-ball opener for the Men In Blue, Rohit Sharma in becoming the highest run scorer in T20 Internationals. During the second T20I match against the Proteas, Kohli slammed an unbeaten 74 off 52 deliveries. In total, Kohli went on to make 2441 runs in 71 games, while Sharma had made 2434 runs in 97 innings. Most runs in T20 Internationals 2441 Virat Kohli * 2434 Rohit Sharma 2283 Martin Guptill 2263 Shoaib Malik 2140 Brendon McCullum#INDvSA — Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) September 18, 2019 The now 31-year-old also outdid the timeless 'Don' of cricket, Don Bradman when he set the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium ablaze and struck an unbeaten 254 off his bat during the second Test against Faf du Plessis' side and became the captain with the most number of 150-plus individual scores in the history of the game, even more than the Australian himself. While November has just begun and Kohli is currently out of action, it is yet to be seen what sorts of records will the cricketer make or break this month. Nonetheless, there is no doubt in saying that Virat Kohli is the finest batsman this game has ever seen. His technicality, consistency and the ability to perform under pressure don't just make him a brilliant cricketer but an elite class athlete. View the full article
  19. Kareena Kapoor Khan lifts the veil off the T20 World Cup trophies. Photo: Indian ExpressCricket and Bollywood, the two domains that appear to be illimitable in India are gelling in together as Kareena Kapoor Khan steps in to unveil the T20 World...
  20. Jurgen Klopp remains concerned about Liverpool's League Cup double booking. Photo: AFPJurgen Klopp admits Liverpool are yet to resolve their League Cup dilemma after holding talks over the fixture clash between the quarter-final against Aston Villa...
  21. Pakistan's top tennis star Aisam ul Haq Qureshi. Photo: File Pakistan?s chances to win the Davis Cup tie against India have doubled as the new Indian squad without their key players would not be able to put up a tough fight, former Davis Cup...
  22. "It pains me to not be a part of the most exciting new event on the calendar," Federer said. Photo: AFPRoger Federer has withdrawn from the ATP Cup, a new team competition to be held in Australia in January, citing "family reasons"."It is with...
  23. Jos Buttler runs out Martin Guptill to win England the World Cup. Photo: AFPWELLINGTON: England wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow believes New Zealand will be intent on exacting World Cup revenge in the T20 series that begins in Christchurch on...
  24. KARACHI: Two-time winners Pakistan will play Scotland in their opening match of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2020 at the University Oval, Potchefstroom on January 19, according to the tournament schedule announced on Thursday by the International...
  25. FAISALABAD: Northern wins the National T20 Cup by defeating Balochistan in the final by 52 runs at Faisalabad''s Iqbal Stadium, here on Thursday.Umar Amin of Northern was the man of the match, scoring 60 runs from 38 balls, whereas Mohammad Rizwan...
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