U-18 Hockey team of India has clinched a big win by defeating Pakistan in the semi-final of the Under 18 hockey Asia Cup tournament 3-1 on Thursday. India will be facing Bangladesh in the final on Friday. Indian team, paying beautifully, scored two goals in the first half and added one to its tally in second taking India’s lead to 3-0. In the last 10 minutes, however, Pakistan struck back reducing India’s lead to 3-1. India had lost to Bangladesh in the opening game in a thriller by 4-5. Part from the lost against Bangladesh, India defeated Oman 11-0 and Pakistan and has reached the final. By Prajakt K.
After the Indian opener KL Rahul, who has been in tremendous form in all the three formats of the game, has been ruled out of the remaining two Test matches against NZ, another Indian opener from Delhi, Gautam Gambhir has made his way to the Indian squad for the remaining Test series. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday said, “BCCI medical team has confirmed that team India opener, KL Rahul has an injury in his right hamstring and he is ruled out for the remainder of the Paytm Test series against New Zealand. The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named Gautam Gambhir as Rahul's replacement for the next two Test matches.” According to the reports, Gautam Gambhir who had a tremendous form in the recent Duleep Trophy, has been chosen ahead of Abhinav Mukund for the remaining Tests. The second Kolkata Test will be played at Eden Gardens from September 30. Read Also: Kapil Dev To Ring Bell On First day Of Kolkata Test Between India And New Zealand Another surprising name has entered the in Indian squad is of off-spinner Jayant Yadav on place of pacer Ishant Sharma. “Medium pacer Ishant Sharma is recovering and won't be available for the second Test of the series to played in Kolkata. BCCI medical Team will continue to monitor his progress. Off spinner Jayant Yadav will replace Ishant for the second Test,” said BCCI. Gambhir has been selected over Mukund to join Team India in Kolkata on the basis of his fitness report. Gambhir was at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru to undergo fitness tests and left the city on Tuesday morning. Gambhir had played his lasts Test against England in August 2014 and was aavoided by the selectors for the 17 Test matches after that. By Prajakt K.
India’s former Indian all-rounder and a skipper Kapil Dev will be ringing the bell at Eden Gardens in Kolkata to signify the start of play during the second Test match between India and New Zealand starting from Friday (September 30). Eden Gardens will be the first Indian stadium where a bell will be rung to signal the start of each day’s play, which is something normal at Lord’s since 2007. Although Kapil Dev is confirmed for the first day, currently there are no reports which eminent personalities will do the honors on the remaining four days of the Test. Read Also: To Mark India’s 500th Test Appearance, CAB To Organize Photo Exhibition At Eden Gardens Joint Secretary of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), Avishek Dalmiya, confirming the news said, “This was (president) Sourav Ganguly's idea and Kapil (Dev) has agreed to ring the bell on the morning of the Test.” Anurag Thakur, the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), confirmed that on the occasion of 250th Test of Indian Team at home, special felicitation has been organized and the players from both the teams will be gifted with specially minted silver coins, each of them weighing 100 grams. “The Board president will arrive on October 1 and the next day, on day three of the match we will have the felicitation to mark the 250th landmark Test,” said Avishek. CAB President Sourav Ganguly said that the special gold coin will be arranged to mark the Toss and the coin will be used in every match at the Eden Gardens henceforth. After taking 1-0 lead by beating New Zealand by 197-runs in Kanpur Test,Team India along with New Zealand players will be arrived in Kolkata on Tuesday evening. By Prajakt K.
India won for a mammoth 197-run in their historic 500th cricket Test to assert their supremacy in home conditions, bowling out New Zealand for 236 to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. At a precarious 93 for four, overnight New Zealand batsmen Luke Ronchi (80) and Mitchell Santner (71) faced the Indian bowlers for only 20 overs by adding 65 runs in the morning session. The Black Caps raised hopes of a fight till the time Ronchi and Santner held the fort but it all went upside down for them when the former played an extravagant slog sweep off Ravindra Jadeja, handing India the opening. Ashwin (6/132) completed his fifth six-wicket haul by adding scalps of Santner and Ish Sodhi (17) and Neil Wagner (0) and had become the second-fastest man to take 200-Test wickets while grabbing three wickets on Sunday. Jadeja took one wicket on Monday while Mohammed Shami, who got some reverse swing, scalped two batsmen in the morning session. The Kiwis struggled to negotiate a slow track, which had offered occasional turn and bounce but improved as the match wore on. The visitors, chasing a mammoth 434-run target, had been a daunting task at hand to bat out three full sessions on the fifth day, which has always been a big challenge. With this win, India has inched closer to the No.1 spot in the ICC Test rankings. Virat Kohli’s men need to win this series to go on the top in the list. After the Kolkata Test, the two teams will travel to Indore for the series finale, which is scheduled from October 8. "The boys applied themselves really well. Initially we had the momentum with the bat, but a couple of soft dismissals put pressure. Jadeja and Ashwin added crucial runs. I am still pretty early in my captaincy career, I look forward to advice from others. There have been cases where we've gone on one mode and the runs were leaked. All the sides that are doing well around the world have strong lower-middle orders. That's one area that we have improved and we need to keep working it because those 30-40 extra runs could prove crucial," Vrat Kohli, Indian Captain said. By Premji
The National Institute for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog has come up with few plans to make India win at least 50 medals in 2024 Olympics, after the disappointing performance of the Indian athletes in the recent Rio Olympics According to the reports, the NITI Aayog has orchestrated a plan to increase that tally, which in short terms includes prioritizing 10 sports with a high winning potential.The Aayog has also called plans for spotting talent from tribal and rural areas that had under developed sporting infrastructure. The report titled ‘Let’s Play’ said, “Efforts need to be undertaken at each level, from family and communities to schools, regional academies, states and national level.” It added, “These efforts need to be aimed at radically increasing the level of sporting activities, filling the gaps in the system and monitoring for lags.” The recommendations also includes, developing a school curriculum, inclusive of both sports and academics and the need to encourage children to focus on a specialized sport. It has also added that it needs to take lot of experience and drawing from Cricket’s Indian Premier League (IPL) to attract investment and increase viewership. By Prajakt K.
The much awaited Test series between India and New Zealand kicked off at the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur on Thursday.In the 500th Test, India opting to bat first, started well with Lokesh Rahul and Murali Vijay opening the Indian innings quite strongly and making a 42-run stand. The visitors, playing with three spinner and two pacers, got no success in the initial stage of the game before Kane Williamson turned to Mitchell Santner, who provided first breakthrough to NZ and took the wicket of Lokesh Rahul (32 off 39). Later, Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay put a great batting effort and 112-run stand before Pujara handing over his wicket to Santner again. After the Pujara’s wicket nobody could contribute well despite R Ashwin and Rohit Sharma’s small partnership and Indian batsmen collapsed after the strong start. Rohit Sharma (35 off 67) and R Ashwin (40 off 76) tried to support India batting in the middle order but the failure of Indian skipper Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and Wriddhiman Saha has put India backward on stumps of first day of the first match of the series. At the stumps on Day 1, India were 291 for the loss of 9 wickets with Ravindra Jadeja and Umesh Yadav still in the middle. From New Zealand, pacer Trent Boult and Mitchell Santner took 3 wickets each and Sodhi, Wagner and Craig took 1 wicket each on the first day. By Prajakt K.
MSK Prasad, the former Indian wicket-keeper has been appointed as the chief selector of the Selection Committee representing South Zone and replacing former chairman of the Selection Committee Sandeep Patil. The decision was taken at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in Mumbai on Wednesday. Reports said that, according to the the Lodha Panel Guidelines, the decision will be sent the Supreme Court-appointed body for approval. For the first time, BCCI had advertised for the post, reports said. Reports said, the eligibility criteria for the post of the chief selector includes, A. That the candidate must have represented the Indian team either in a Test match or a One Day International or more than 50 first class matches in India and B. Candidate should not be part of any IPL team/management or part of any other league in the world. The 41-year-old former Indian wicket-keeper MSK Prasad had played six Tests and 17 ODIs scoring 106 runs in Tests and 131 runs in ODIs with a fifty. While Gagan Khoda’s term as a representative for the Central Zone has been extended, Prasad will be joined by new selection committee, Devang Gandhi (East Zone), Jatin Paranjpe (West Zone) and Sarandeep Singh (North Zone). By Prajakt K.
Sri Lanka’s top pacer, Nuwan Kulasekara, who arrested earlier, for being involved in a fatal road accident which resulted into the death of 28-year-old motorcyclist, has been released on bail. According to the reports, the accident took place on Monday when Kulasekara’s car collided with the motorcyclist, who had lost control of his bike while coming from the opposite direction. Reports added that Kulasekara was returning to Colombo from Kandy. “Preliminary inquiries have revealed that Kulasekara was returning to Colombo from Kandy, when the unfortunate motorcycle rider who was travelling in the opposite direction had lost control of his bike whilst trying to overtake a bus and got flung into Kulasekara's path,” confirmed The Sri Lanka Cricket. The 34-year-old Sri Lankan pacer, who had earlier retired from Test cricket to concentrate on limited -over format, has been released on bail by the Kadawatha Chief Magistrate. By Prajakt K.
The New Zealand’s cricket squad for the upcoming ODI series against India has been announced and the main highlight was the recall of all rounder Corey Anderson, who will be paying as a specialist batsman in the squad. Corey Anderson, who was ruled of the Zimbabwe and South Africa tours due to his back injury, played his last international game for New Zealand during the World T20 in India. Reports said that he proved his fitness in a match between New Zealand XI against Emerging XI at Christchurch last week. Praising his work ethic, New Zeland selector Gavin Larsen said that Anderson’s rehab would continue to be monitored. “Corey's superb professionalism throughout his rehab process has led to this point, and it's a credit to him and the hard work he's put in. We're excited to have Corey back. He provides power through the middle-order and knows the conditions in India well. He's still working on his bowling and we'll continue to monitor that, but for this series he will be used solely as a specialist batsman,” said Larsen. Tim Southee, who has been ruled of the Test series against India due to ankle ligament, has been recalled for the ODI series. All-rounder Jimmy Neesham, batsman Anton Devcich and wicket-keeper BJ Watling have also been recalled in the ODI squad, while Henry Nicholls, who is a part of Test squad, has been ruled out from the ODI squad. Although Henry Nicholls have been ruled out, Larsen believes that NZ have many other options in the middle-order. Larsen said, “Indian conditions are known to be quite harsh, so it's really important that we have cover for all positions. Luke Ronchi and BJ Watling provides us with wicketkeeping and middle-order cover, while Anton is another spin option for us and can bat anywhere in the order. The last time we played ODIs was in the Chappell Hadlee series and victory there helped us reach the world number two ranking. We obviously want to keep growing on that and this series is another massive challenge for us.” New Zealand ODI Squad Against India Kane Williamson (capt), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Anton Devcich, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, James Neesham, Luke Ronchi, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, BJ Watling. By Prajakt K.
The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) to organize a photo exhibition to celebrate India’s 500th Test match appearance at the iconic Eden Gardens during the second Test match of upcoming three-match Test series between India and New Zealand. CAB President and former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly on Friday said, “There will be photos of India’s 500 Tests. A small show will be organized during the lunch break on the first day.” The second Test at Eden Gardens between India and New Zealand will be starting from September 30, which will be India’s 501st Test appearance. The honor to host India’s 500th Test appearance has gone to Green Park Stadium in Kanpur, where the series will kickstart from September 22. Reports said that the canopy will also be set up in CAB premises for the exhibition. Sourav Ganguly, by asserting that there will also be fanzone, with places to click selfies, said, “There will be television sets and entertainment. Anil (Kumble) and Sunil (Gavaskar) will talk about India’s glorious Test journey.” The CAB president dismissed the rumors that Chandu Borde being invited for the second Test as he was a member of Indian team which took on New Zealand in a Test at Eden Gardens in March 1965. By Prajakt K.
New Zealand’s senior attacking batsman Ross Taylor said that his team will put in best efforts to do well against India as it’s challenge to play against India in India. He added that sweep and cut shots are crucial while playing in subcontinent. He said, “The sweep shot is something that I have played a lot at the start of my career, and it is something that I have tried to get away from and specially in the Test match format. But I think anytime you are playing in the subcontinent you need to be able to play the sweep shot or the cut shot.” Taylor, 32, further said that his team has formidable batting attack, which capable to generate number of shots such as reverse sweep against India’s experience spin attack. “A lot of the guys are practicing during training and we will talk about it with the team. Yes, my strength is the sweep shot and some of the people who have had success here, looking at Brendon McCullum when he came over here and two-hundred it wasn’t necessarily the sweep shot it was the reverse sweep that he was able to put the pressure back on the bowler. We have people that can play the reverse sweep and put pressure on whoever is bowling. Whatever happens you have to play to your strengths and mine is sweep shot,” said Taylor. He accepted that playing against India in India is a challenge and said that his team will put all the efforts required to do best in the upcoming three-match test series. He said, “India have come off a great series win and playing India at home is challenge. We will put in our best preparation.” New Zealand’s India challenge to start from September 22 at Green Park Stadium in Kanpur. By Prajakt K.
Former England batsman, Graeme Hick, who have played 65 Tests and 120 ODIs for England has been promoted as Australia’s new Batting coach after being named as Australia’s High Performance coach in 2013. Hick acted as Assistant Coach on the recent West Indies tour while Lehman took a break. Hick was the Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1987. He has 136 centuries and 41,112 first class runs on his back before retiring in 2008. He has been appointed as batting coach till 2020. Australia’s head coach Darren Lehman while speaking on Hick’s abilities said, “Graeme worked with us during the recent ODI tour in the West Indies and we were really impressed with what he brought to the group.He is a very experienced player in all conditions and will bring a wealth of knowledge with him.” He added, “With an ICC Champions Trophy, an Ashes Series and an ICC World Cup all to be played in England near future, his knowledge of those conditions will also be invaluable.” Hick said, “I have thoroughly enjoyed my current role with Cricket Australia and have worked with some great young up-and-coming players during my time.” “To take the next step up with the men’s team and getting the opportunity to work with some of the best players in the world is something I am really looking forward to,” he added. Australia’s South Africa challenge is starting from September 30 where they will play five ODIs against the Proteas. By Prajakt K.