India cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been rested, while Virat Kohli to lead team India against Sri Lanka for the first three one day International matches. Pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar also rested for the first three ODIs, while Wriddhiman Saha, Varun Aaron and R Ashwin have been return back into the side. India and Sri Lanka have agreed to play five one day international matches begins from November 2 to 16. The first one day match will kicks off on 2nd November at Cuttack Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin will join along with Amit Mishra, Akshar Patel and Ravindra Jadeja to lead bowling line-up for team India against Sri Lanka, where he is looking very confident to show best performance. Mohammed Shami will be the key bowler for India in bowling along with Mohit Sharma. BCCI announced that Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane have retained for the opening responsibility, while Rohit Sharma has been named in the India A for a practice game against Sri Lanka. The All India Senior Selection Committee has released a statement that India A squad for the one-day practice match against Sri Lanka, to be played at the CCI ground in Mumbai on October 30. India A team will lead by Manoj Tiwary India Squad: Virat Kohli(C), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Wriddhiman Saha, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra, Murali Vijay, Varun Aaron, Akshar PatelIndia A Team: Manoj Tiwary (Capt), Unmukt Chand, Manan Vohra, Karun Nair, Rohit Sharma, Kedar Jadhav, Sanju Samson, Parvez Rasool, Karn Sharma, Stuart Binny, Dhaval Kulkarni, Jaspreet Bumrah, Manish Pandey, Kuldeep Yadav
Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams are looking big favorites to clinch year end 2014 WTA Championship Finals in Singapore, where both the players have been playing high level tennis in second half of the season. American Serena Williams working hard to be fit after struggling with ankle injury during WTA China Open earlier this month in Beijing. Maria Sharapova, the five time singles Grand slam champion will come back to action on Tuesday, where she will battle against former World no. 1 Caroline Wozniacki in WTA Championship Finals opening round robin match. Serena William has outclassed Ana Ivanovic of Serbia in opening round robin match. Serena was placed in a red group Caroline Wozniacki, Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska and 2014 Wimbledon champion Petra KvitovaMaria Sharapova is eyeing to clinch No. 1 spot in the WTA Ranking Points by winning 2014 WTA Championship Finals, where she could face some best players on the route to finals. Russian beauty is expecting to meet her best rival Serena Williams in the WTA Championship Finals on Sunday, where both the champions have played several epic matches on the tour.
Former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting says team India will have to struggle a lot to face home team Australia during their match test series down under. Meanwhile, former Australian greats Allan Border and Steve Waugh hints India have to play with the right attitude in all departments to clinch series in Australia.39-year-old Ricky Ponting said India bowlers should work hard to face Australian top order batsmen and it will be a big challenge to get our batsmen out twice in Australia. He added India batting line-up will be a huge bonus for the team with best players Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikar Dhawan and MS Dhoni. Ponting feels MS Dhoni has to work hard on the technique in Test series against Australia ahead of the tour.Ponting said MS Dhoni has led his team India very well in other formats of the game ODI’s and Twenty20, but he needs to think big in test matches. Former India opener Sunil Gavaskar also insists that India having inexperience bowling line-up for Australian Tour, which it could be a big worry and it may be a difficult challenge to clinch test series. He added our bowlers need to pick 20 wickets in a match.
Rafael Nadal had seeded as No. 2 ahead of the home favorite Roger Federer as No. 1 seed respectively at the 2014 Swiss Indoors, begins from Monday. Rafael Nadal has arrive in Basel Airport last week and has been part of training along with his coach Toni Nadal, where he will face a qualifier in opening round match at Basel Open. Toni Nadal said Rafael Nadal has been feeling good without any pain at the moment and has no symptoms after using antibiotics. Rafael Nadal will have to face big challenge against top seed Roger Federer, who was passing through best form at the moment and he is considered as hot favorite to clinch Basel Open for sixth time in his career. Federer is also aiming to regain top place in the ATP Ranking Points by end of the 2014 season. Rafael Nadal, who was struggling with his form since losing 2014 Wimbledon Championships fourth round in London, he is looking very aggressive to bounce back to finish the season on top mode. Rafael Nadal has been working hard in preparations for the Basel Open and he is eyeing to clinch first in front of Swiss fans this week. Later, Nadal will travel to Paris to take part in the BNP Paribas Open ahead of year ending ATP World Tour Finals in London next month.
The Board of Cricket Control in India is expecting to claim damages around Rs 400 crore from the West Indies Cricket Board for being pulled out of the tour to India says Reports. Meanwhile, the BCCI working committee is going to decide whether to go ahead with the claim at a meeting in Hyderabad on Tuesday 21st October. West Indies Cricket Board has agreed to play five one day matches, a Twenty20 and three Test matches in India, but the visitors team have been pulled out after the fourth one day match in Dharamsala, due to the players being displeased over a revision to their payment structure, which cause the BCCI’s income for 17 match-days. However, Sri Lanka Cricket board have asked to fill in for West Indies and play for five ODIs in India in November, where the BCCI will still lose income for 12 match-days for the 2014-15 season.The BCCI is also planning seriously to avoid the West Indies players' participation in the cash-rich Indian Premier League from next season. Report says the issue is going to be raised at Indian Premier League governing council meeting, where the issue will come up for serious discussions, while the key members of Board's top brass want to ban the West Indies players for at least one season.
India Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has overtaken former India skipper Rahul Dravid’s in one day internationals for most runs and become the second highest run getter in ODIs at home. MS Dhoni has made 3407 runs so far in one day internationals played in India, while Dravid scored 3406. MS Dhoni has secure second place among Indian batsmen who have scored most runs on home soil. Former Indian cricket Sachin Tendulkar is leading top place with 6976 runs, occupies the first place. Dhoni, who had played his 250 One day international in his career on Friday against West Indies in Dharamsala and become the only fourth wicket-keeper in the annals of ODIs to appear in 250-plus games. Others players includes Sri Lanka Kumar Sangakkara (336), Mark Boucher of South Africa (294) and former Australian opener Adam Gilchrist (282). The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) have decided to call off West Indies’ tour to India, due to immense displeasure to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). According to sources the major reason for this move was the payment-related spat between the West Indies Player Association (WIPA), the WICB, and the West Indian players.
Russian beauty Maria Sharapova was enjoying a holiday vacation in a resort at Phuket earlier this week along with her team, where she is looking forward to travel to Singapore by this weekend. Maria Sharapova is considered as hot favorite to clinch 2014 WTA Championship Finals crown in Singapore next week and she was seeded as No. 2 ahead of Serena Williams as No. 1 seed respectively. World No. 2 Maria Sharapova has posted a picture on her Facebook wall that thank you Trisara Resort for providing us with such beautiful and photogenic accommodation during our stay in Phuket. It’s never easy being away from home during training weeks, but you made it so special, we didn’t want to leave. I will do my best to make that delicious Shrimp Curry dish back home Can’t wait to be back. Maria Sharapova has been working hard in training for the upcoming WTA Championship Finals in Thanyapura and she is inching close to reclaim No. 1 spot in the WTA Rankings.
Roger Federer is looking confident to overtake Novak Djokovic for No. 1 position in the ATP Rankings to finish the 2014 season, where the two champions will have to fight hard in forthcoming ATP tournaments. Seven-time singles Grand slam champion Novak Djokovic will be having big threat against Roger Federer to steal No. 1 by end of the season. Roger Federer was schedule to play next ATP Tournament at the Swiss Indoors in Basel. Roger Federer will have to work hard to surpass Novak Djokovic in the ATP Rankings, where Swiss legend will be having 1060 points to defend the remaining three events. Meanwhile, Federer had climbed to second spot with 9080 points earlier this week after clinching Shanghai ATP Masters for the first time in his career. Rafael Nadal slips to third position with 8105 points, as he was struggling with health problems from couple of week. Spanish star is looking confident to play in upcoming Swiss indoors in Basel next week, where he was seeded as No. 2 ahead of the home favorite Roger Federer as No. 1 respectively. Federer will begin preparations for the Basel Open soon this week and hopes to continue similar form against best players on the tour.
Dharmastala ODI Preview-India will take on West Indies in the fourth one day international match on Friday 17th October, where the chief curator at the picturesque HPCA Stadium Sunil Chauhan says the pitch will be faster and bouncy. India and West Indies are looking aggressive to clinch victory in the fourth one day international match to lead the five match ODI series, as both the teams have tied with 1-1. The third match being cancelled due to Hudhud Cyclone in Vizag.India captain MS Dhoni is looking very confident to continue winning streak in the fourth one match on Friday, where the opening partnership Ajinkya Rahane and Shikhar Dhawan yet to make a good start in the series. Dhoni feels Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina can play key role in middle order in remaining one day matches and he is unlikely to change playing XI for the fourth match. West Indies team is also unlikely to change playing XI, where the team is looking forward to bounce back in the fourth one day match after losing second one day by 48 runs at Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi.India Squads:MS Dhoni (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Murali Vijay, Kuldeep Yadav, Akshar PatelWest Indies Squad: Dwayne Bravo (c), Darren Bravo, Jason Holder, Leon Johnson, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Darren Sammy, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith, Jerome Taylor, Sulieman Benn.
Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo is the only athlete to reach 100 million fans in Facebook, where he has pitched with 18 goals in the 14 games this season. Cristiano Ronaldo, the two-time FIFA player of the year has made 13 goals in just six La Liga games, where he has dominated on a social media Facebook and became the first athlete to reach 100 million Facebook likes. Cristiano Ronaldo is the only person to achieve the feet, musicians Eminem (96 million) and Rihanna (90 million) are the next two poised to hit nine figures on Facebook. Soccer star Ronaldo has posted a video on his Facebook page thanking his fans for the great milestone. Lionel Messi holds second place on the Facebook fan likes among athletes with 74 million, where Argentinean star ranks ninth overall among all people. Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have the most Facebook fans of any sports teams with 77 million (Barcelona) and 75 million (Real Madrid). Meanwhile, the leading active American athlete LeBron James grabs around 22 million Facebook likes and former NBA legend Michael Jordan with 27 million.
India will take on West Indies in the fourth one day match in Dharmasala on Friday 17th October and fifth and final one day match will be played at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on 20th October. Meanwhile, the only twnety20 match will be played at Cuttack on 22nd October, where BCCI has announced team on Tuesday. BCCI has announced squads for the tour matches against visitors West Indies, where Suresh Raina will lead the Board President's side in the three-day match to be played at Kanpur from 25 October to 27 October. Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma is likely return back into the team, where he was not played cricket since injuring his finger on the England tour. Rohit Sharma is expecting to play in Kanpur match. India: M.S. Dhoni (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli,Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Murali Vijay, Kuldeep Yadav, Akshar Patel. Squad for one-off T20I: M.S. Dhoni (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Stuart Binny, Ravindra Jadeja, Akshar Patel, Karn Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Sanju Samson, Manish Pandey, Umesh Yadav. Board President's squad: Suresh Raina (Captain), Jiwanjot Singh, K.L. Rahul, Naman Ojha, Rohit Sharma, Manoj Tiwary, Wriddhiman Saha, Karun Nair, Parvez Rasool, Pankaj Singh, Ishwar Pandey, Jasprit Bumrah, Karn Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav.
Five-time singles Grand slam champion Maria Sharapova hopes to challenge Serena Williams for top place position in the WTA Rankings, where the two champions will battle to finish the 2014 season on high mode. Maria Sharapova has been passing through good form by clinching WTA China Open crown last week, where she is eyeing to surpass Serena Williams in WTA Rankings. American Serena Williams has been suffering from knee injury and she was forced to withdraw from the WTA China Open last week. World No. 1 Serena Williams is expecting to undergo surgery to her foot by end of the 2014 season. Serena Williams holds top place with 8645 points followed by Russian Sharapova has come back to second spot with 6680 points in the WTA Ranking Points. Maria Sharapova is aiming to surpass her rival Serena Williams in WTA Ranking to finish the 2014 season on high mode. Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova are going to fight to clash for WTA BNP Paribas Open in Singapore this month, where both the WTA Champions will battle for top spot in WTA Rankings.Serena Williams is still doubtful to play in the year end WTA Championships in Singapore.