The in-form Kabaddi team of India, continued their outstanding performance against England on Tuesday as they beat the Englishmen 69-18 to qualify for the semi finals at the TransStadia in Ahmedabad. Pradeep Narwal and Ajay Thakur played incredibly well with scoring 13 and 11 points respectively in India’s comfortable win against England. India has suffered a shocking defeat against South Korea in the opening match of the Kabaddi World Cup 2016, although India then bounced back and win all the group matches with huge difference of 174. On the other hand, England finished fourth with ten points in Group B. On Tuesday, India dominated the whole match through their performance and gave England no chance to bounce back. Narwal opened India’s account and gave India 5-2 lead over visitors. And Indian players went on to increase their lead with their strong domination over the game as on the 18th minute India were leading 37-5. At the end of the first half India were leading 45-6 with Pradeep attaining Super 10 and Surjeet getting a High 5. In Tuesday’s match, India also used its bench strength and brought five substitutes in the second half, including Rahul Chaudhari. On 28th minute, when India were leading 57-8, England’s star raider Tope Adewalure scored two raid points consecutively to become the first man to score 50 points in the ongoing World Cup. In the 39th minute, Thakur attained Super 10 to give India a massive win over England by 69-18. By Prajakt K.
The Indian sportsperson and a star shuttler Saina Nehwal has been appointed as the member of International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Athletes’ Commission. On Monday night Saina received a letter from the IOC President Thomas Bach, according to the reports. The letter said, “Following your candidature for the elections of the IOC Athletes’ Commission during the Olympic Games Rio 2016, it is with great pleasure to appoint you in consultation with the Chair, as Member of the Athletes’ Commission.” The next meeting of the Athletes’ commission, which is chaired by Angela Ruggerio and comprises nine vice presidents and ten other members, is scheduled for November 6. Saina has received the appointment just when she has resumed practice after recovering from a knee-injury, which resulted her exit from the Rio Olympics. In an interview Saina, who sustained intra-articular injury (inside the joint) to her right knee, said that she is hoping to play tournaments in November if everything went well. Expressing happiness over her appointment to the Olympic panel, Saina’s father Harvir Singh said, “I have become very emotional. It is a matter of great privilege for us that they recognized her and to be a part of the IOC. They thought that she could be of some use. She lost (a medal in the Olympics) because of the injury. We are proud of her.” By Prajakt K.
In the first match of the ODI series against New Zealand at the beautiful Himacha Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) Stadium in Dharamsala, Indian bowlers thrashed the New Zealand batting in the first innings and Virat Kohli, continuing his tremendous form in the limited over cricket led the team to chase an easy target of 191 runs, resulted into the win by 6 wickets against the visitors and 1-0 lead in the five-match ODI series. New Zealand, who had lost the Test series 3-0 and failed to do well in the first ODI, will now look to bounce back in the second ODI at Delhi on October 20, 2016. Chasing the target of under 200, Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane played well and gave a nice platform for the upcoming batsmen to build more on it. Virat Kohli, who is in his golden period currently, played a super inning of 85 runs in 81 balls and guided India towards victory. Although the New Zealand pacers managed to send Manish Pandey and the skipper MS Dhoni quickly, it was late for New Zealand as Virat had already took the match away from the Kiwis. Earlier, the New Zealand batting order just could not hold enough in front of the inexperienced but the lethal bowling attack, which was led by the debutante Hardik Pandya, who took 3 crucial wickets and won the Man of the Match award. Umesh Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah, too bowled well and Yadav took 2 wickets. Among the spinners, Kedar Jadhav took 2 wickets and Amit Mishra also bowled well and managed to send 3 New Zealand batsmen into the pavilion. While all the batsmen collapsed in front of the Indian bowlers, Tom Latham scored brilliant 79 in 98 deliveries and at the end Tim Southee (55 off 45) took New Zealand to a respectable total. By Prajakt K.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has made the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Anurag Thakur a part of its powerful Finance and Commercial Affair committee after the completion of its board meeting in Cape Town on Saturday. According to the reports, the F&CA is considered as the most powerful decision making sub-committee of the ICC as all the revenue related financial aspects are first passed through this committee. The decision came after the BCCI raised the objection about not having an Indian member in the F&CA committee and termed it as a humiliation with Shashank Manohar being the chairman of global body. However, according to the reports, when Anurag Thakur became the president of the BCCI he automatically became the part of F&CA committee. A report said, “The rule states that since Anurag has been made Chairman Development Committee, he is also a member of the F&CA, Executive Committee (ExCo) and Governing Committee.” The BCCI had also raised the objection over the proposed budget for the next year’s Champions Trophy and according to the board their absence from the committee has been one of the reasons of it. By Prajakt K.
India’s shooter Mairaj Ahmad Khan finished 4th in the ISSF Shotgun World Cup Final in Rome on Thursday, after he lost a shoot-off against Egypt’s Azmy Mehelba in the skeet event. After scoring 118 in the qualification round, Mairaj had managed to reach the final even after finished tied 6th with other two shooters as he advanced to the final after a superior score in the shoot-off. In the match for the 3rd place, Mairaj scored 14 out of 16 targets where as Mehelba missed only one which took his tally to 15 points. In Rio Olympics, Mairaj had finished 9th with a disappointing performance and failed to reach the final. However, the shooter had managed to win a Silver medal at the World Cup in Rio de Janerio, earlier this year. By Prajakt K.
Indian batsman Suresh Raina, who had made a comeback to the ODI side after full one year, has been ruled out of the first ODI against NZ at Dharamsala on Sunday. According to the reports, the left-hand batsman will be missing the first ODI due to viral fever. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in a statement said, “The BCCI Medical team has confirmed that Suresh Raina, who is recovering from a bout of viral fever, is ruled out of the first ODI against New Zealand. There will be no replacement in the team.” The opening match of the ODI series against New Zealand could prove a comeback match for Suresh Raina, who was out of the team since October 2015. He was dropped for the ODIs in Australia and the limited-overs tour of Zimbabwe earlier this year along with the two-match T20 series against West Indies in USA. Raina, who recently played in the Duleep Trophy scored 52. 35 and 90 runs. He also led the team of Uttar Pradesh against Madhya Pradesh in the Ranji Trophy, in which he did not come to bat and eventually Uttar Pradesh had to face a loss by an innings and 64 runs by the hands of Madhya Pradesh. India has already won the Test series against New Zealand 3-0, the first ever clean sweep to New Zealand by India. By Prajatk K.
India continued their dominating performance at Kabaddi WC 2016 after losing to South Korea, against Bangladesh in their third game as they routed Bangladesh 57-20 at TransStadia stadium in Ahmedabad on Tuesday. Ajay Thakur’s 10 raid points lead India after coming as a substitute before Pradeep Narwal’s thrilling performance in the first half ended with 8 raid points. This is was a crucial game for India and a tough once as well. However, the Indians showed some outstanding performance to dismiss Bangladesh. India’s defense also contributed well with the defenders keeping the Bangladeshi raiders into their pockets most of the times. India will now play against Argentina on Saturday bu their eyes, simultaneously, will be on the match against Bangladesh and South Korea, where Bangladesh will need to beat South Korea to keep their semi-finals hopes alive. Pradeep Narwal opened India’s account and Sandeep Narwal followed it with a tackle to provide India 2-1 lead. Bangladesh scored their first raid point in the 12th minute as they were trailing 5-14 in the 12th minute. At the end of the first half, India led 27-10 with their strong performance. In the second half, Indian continued their lead reached 29-15 in the 29th minute with help of star raider Ajay Thakur. At the 37th minute India were leading 52-18 and reached 57-20 as Surender Nada attained high five in the dying second of the game. By Prajakt K.
In a deeply shocking upset, South Korea managed to beat India 34-32 in the opening game of the Kabaddi World Cup 2016. This is the first ever loss of India by South Korea in Kabaddi. Although India were well ahead in the game and dominated most of the part, it was South Korea’s outstanding performance due to which they wiped off the deficit and brought laurels for their country. The Koreans celebrated their win after the match quite strongly and the hosts were still couldn’t that they could not hold on to their three-point lead in the final three minutes and faced the lost in the opener. “Our raiders weren't at their best today, we also made some mistakes at the end and that's why we lost. But nothing's lost yet. We will get back and correct our mistakes,” said Indian captain Anup Kumar. Although Anup Kumar performed brilliantly while India were leading 18-13, other players such as Jasvir Singh and Rahul Chaudhari could not perform well and the South Koreans were giving the tough fight. Korea managed to reduce the deficit to just three points 15-18 in the second half. However, Manjeet’s performance took India to 22-15 ahead. Countering steadily but strongly, Koreans managed to cut the deficit by 19-24, then 26-29 and finally leveling at 31-31. The Koreans managed to take lead of 33-31 as Jan Kun Lee super raided Deepak Hooda, at the final minutes. By Prajakt K.
Indian team for the first three matches of the five-match ODI series against New Zealand has been announced. Batsmen Suresh Raina has made a comeback in the Indian squad for the first three matches of the ODI series. However, the three senior players including off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin were rested keeping in busy season in mind. Leg spinner Amit Mishra has also been chosen for the series. The chairman of the selection panel MSK Prasad made it clear that Raina’s selection is a short term move made primarily keeping in mind his ability to bowl tight off-breaks in sub continental conditions. The other two players, Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Shami has also been rested as the committee feels they would prove significant in the upcoming Test series against England and Australia. As both the opening batsmen KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan are injured and have been ruled out of the series, newcomer Mandeep Singh will be opening the game along with Rohit Sharma. Off-spinner Jayant Yadav and left arm spinner Axar Patel have replaced Ashwin and Jadeja while Dawal Kulkarni is making a comeback in place of Mohammed Shami. Hardik Pandya, who was dropped during Zimbabwe tour and the tour to the United States, has also made a comeback into the squad. The series will kick-off from the first match on October 16 at a beautiful Cricket stadium of Dharamsala. Indian Squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni(Capt), Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Manish Pandey, Suresh Raina, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Jayant Yadav, Amit Mishra, Jasprit Bumrah, Dhawal Kulkarni, Umesh Yadav, Mandeep Singh, Kedar Jadhav. By Prajakt K.
Indian pacer Mohammed Shami was looking in his full flow during the second Kolkata Test of the ongoing series against New Zealand, which India won by 179 runs and the pacer took three wickets in each innings. However, the world was unaware of the fact that Shami’s daughter got admitted into the hospital on the second day of the Test as she was suffering from breathing problems. After the end of every day’s play Shami used to visit his daughter in the hospital before returning to the team hotel. People close to Shami said that his daughter was released from the hospital on the last day of the Test. Reports said that during the few days when his daughter was in the hospital, he was not in peace, however, he never let his sorrow to come between his performance while playing for the national team and took three wickets in each innings and scored important 14 runs which took India past 300 in the first innings of the Test. Shami said that his team and especially the captain Virat Kohli supported him throughout the difficult period. About Kohli, Shami has been quoted as saying, “My captain had given me huge inspiration every night after I returned from the hospital. So, I am extremely thankful to him and also thankful to the mates who also gave me belief that my daughter must get cured by the time Test ends.” By Prajakt K.
The Kabaddi team of Pakistan has been barred from competing in the Kabaddi World Cup 2016, starting this week in Ahmedabad, India, the International Kabaddi Federation (IKF) confirmed on Wednesday. The World Cup is starting with formidable Iran taking on against the new-comers the United States on Friday. The other nations participating in the world cup are Australia, South Korea, England, Poland, Kenya and Argentina. The chief of the IKF, Deoraj Chaturvedi told an international news channel, “This is not the right time to engage with Pakistan. Pakistan is a valuable member of the IKF but looking at the current scenario and in the best interest of both the nations, we decided that Pakistan must be refrained from the championship.” Reacting to the decision Pakistan Kabaddi Federation Secretary, Rana Muhammad Sarwar said, “We have called a meeting to discuss this issue but let me tell you that a Kabaddi World Cup is no world cup without Pakistan.” Pakistan added that if there were the security concerns, both the rival nations should have been excluded. It alleged that IKF is unfairly targeting the country. Nasir Ali, Pakistan team’s captain said that his boys had been favorites to clinch the cup after defeating India at the six-nation Kabaddi cup held in Pakistan in May and last month’s Asian Beach Games in Vietnam. By stating that the fans were being denied matches between the top two sides, Ali said, “We were hoping to win the world cup in India by beating India.” The decision has come amid the tensions between India and Pakistan after the terrorist attacked army base in Uri, which killed 18 soldiers. By Prajakt K.
In reaction to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)’s threatening to call off on going series against New Zealand, Justice RM Lodha-led panel on Tuesday clarified that it didn’t directed the bank to freeze the accounts of the Board and the board can carry on with its routine expenses. After the BCCI refused to accept the recommendations of the Lodha Panel, which is directed by the Supreme Court, the Lodha panel had asked the banks, where BCCI hold accounts, not to disburse large funds to the state associations, a decision taken by the Board at its special meeting on September 30. Lodha, however, clarifying on Tuesday said, “We have not frozen the accounts of BCCI, we have directed the BCCI to not disburse funds to the state association. Day to day affairs, routine expenditure, matches, games, that should go on. There is absolutely no prohibition.” The BCCI had said that the state associations are dependent on the parent body to organize matches and they were unable to carry on their functioning in the wake of the latest directive from the Lodha panel. A senior BCCI official said, “The members are pained at the treatment meted out to them. They are depended on BCCI's funds for organizing matches. So far seven associations have communicated their inability to host games in the home season while nine of them have inquired about the matter. If things are the way they are, the series (against New Zealand) could be called off by today evening.” “There is too much interference at the moment. People need to realise India has become a cricketing super power under BCCI's administration. We are the only sports body which has not taken a single penny from anyone including the government. We have created the entire infrastructure on our own,” he said. BCCI President Anurag Thakur, on Monday, warned that India may have to pull out of next year’s Champions Trophy in England if the BCCI implements the Committee recommendations. However, Lodha made it clear that as the schedule of the Champions Trophy has already been prepared a year ago, recommendations won’t affect India’s participation. “If Champions Trophy calendar was already settled a year back, our recommendations won't affect that,” he said. By Prajakt K.