India’s leading Batsmen Virat Kohli was in news for the past few days for abusing the Journalist after his net session. He abused the Hindustan Times reporter Jasvinder Sindu as the Indian Express’s National Sports Editor Sandeep Dwivedi. Responding to this BCCI on Thursday censured the batsman and warned him to “avoid such behaviour” and asked to “maintain the dignity of the Indian team at all times”. The BCCI was in touch with the Indian Team management on the issue and advised that this kind of incident should not be repeated. On Wednesday, the Indian team’s media manager, R N Baba, had claimed “there was a misunderstanding and no abusive language was used, Virat has spoken to the concerned gentlemen immediately and the matter ends.” However even after conveying apology by the middlemen, the issue is not going to calm down. AW: Lizitha
As well all know, Virat Kohli is one of the best batsmen among Indian cricketers, but apart from his cricket he has been in news today for abusing the journalist. As the Indian team management supported him saying that Kohli did not use any abusive language, he was back lashed by the Cricket journalists today. The contradictory events are taking place in Perth and the incident took place at the Murdoch Oval, where team India cricketers were training ahead of Friday’s Pool B match against the West Indies at WACA. After finishing his practice, the 26-year-old batsman started swearing at an Indian national daily reporter over a story about the cricketer's private life involving Anushka Sharma, according to reports from journalists covering the World Cup. But after the incident he realised it and apologized to the target abuse through another journalist. "There was a misunderstanding and no abusive language was used, Virat has spoken to the concerned gentlemen immediately and that ends the matter," the team's media manager R.N. Baba said on Wednesday. “Go and tell him that he is an international player and he should learn how to behave" Jasvinder Sidhu told the intermediary to inform Kohli after receiving the apology. He also said that "I would like to add that Kohli did not apologise to me directly." Anway it is not new to Virat for being in news with such kind of issues. Even there were multiple reports of him having a dressing room spat with his team mate Shikhar dhawan. AW: Lizitha
Jagmohan Dalmiya was elected as president of Board of council for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Gokaraju Gangaraju was elected as Vice-President of the board. Dalmia turned India into cricket’s financial powerhouse in the 1980s and 90s by negotiating mega television deals before being dumped by his peers. He was elected unanimously on Monday in place of the sport’s scandal hit global supreme. His return was made possible after Srinivasan’s camp mobilised to thwart another former BCCI president, Sharad Pawar. Srinivasan had been forced to stand aside after the Supreme Court found him guilty of a conflict and however, his position became precarious from the time when his son in law was accused of betting on matches involving the Chennai Super kings. However observers say that Srinivasan will remain a powerful figure behind the scenes and the board will use his influence to ensure he can extend his tenure as president of the ICC. Dalmiya challenged the decision and in 2007 both the Bombay High Court and Supreme Court cleared him of any irregularities. He returned as president of the Cricket Association of Bengal in 2007 and was back in the BCCI fold. AW: Lizitha
After a month World’s No. 1 Batsmen Sangakkara is going to announce his retirement for international cricket. On Sunday, Sagakkara smashed his second successive century of the World cup in Wellington against England. On this occasion his former teammate Sanath Jayasuriya praised him saying, "There's no one better than Sanga in the world at the moment. His presence is making all the difference”. Jayasuriya is not the only one who thinks that Sangakkara is the best in the business at the moment. Lahiru Thiramanne also stated, "He completely takes the pressure away from you. With Sanga flowing like that, all I had to do was to bat through the innings", he also scored century in the same match. He gets asked about his imminent retirement and he said: "I am getting old and that too very quickly. But I am still enjoying the game and that's the best part of it."AW: Lizitha
Shikhar Dhawan is leading in his second innings and he is so called as one of the India’s leading batsmen in the world. He shared his experiences on the ongoing World match 2015 in Australia. He stated that he had been enjoying the matched in the world cup and also stated that "Australia's a very beautiful country and very orderly. Yeah, I've got a home here now and my family lives here. So I enjoy coming over here. I feel it's one of the best places to play cricket, and I really enjoy playing here. This is my first World Cup, so that has added to the thrill." He said "As in any match, we have focused on our preparations and we are just going to play the game the way we have been playing," he told the media on the eve of the match at the WACA. "We're going to play with the same fighting spirit and going to keep the same intensity," he added. Shikhar praised his team members as well as his mentor Ravi Shastri for supporting him. “He’s always given me lots of confidence, positivity, especially when I needed it. My team also has stood by me really strongly and I am really thankful to my team-mates and my support staff. I'm scoring runs because of my teammates and my support staff supported me a lot,” he pointed out. AW: Lizitha
BCCI President N. Srinivasan tendered apology to Supreme Court for presiding over BCCI working committee meeting on February 8. Few days before Supreme court expressed displeasure over BCCI and today in reply to that N.Srinivasan said sorry for the things happened and stated he would not chair the meeting. Earlier to this incident, the apex court bench of Justices T.S. Thakur and Ibrahim Kalifulla said that Srinivasan should not have presided over cricket board's working committee meeting on February 8 as he was already disqualified from holding any post in the board. On first day of hearing, the bench concluded that the court has certainly found that there is a conflict of interest by his presence during the board meeting. But today as final hearing before adjourning, the bench asked apology and explanation from BCCI president.AW:Lizitha
Frustrated over his team's debacle performance, Pakistan fielding coach-cum-trainer Grant Luden has decided to walk out from his job of Pak fielding coach. However, with great effort the team management has managed Luden to withdraw his resignation, guarenteed him that all his grievances will be addressed.Luden was disappointed with Pakistan's poor show in the opening match against India on Sunday which they lost by 76 runs at the Adelaide Oval. The South African coach was upset after some cricketers expressed dissatisfaction over his working ways. Luden then decided to call it quits.Luden was appointed by former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi May 30, 2014, after he was relieved by Bangladesh from the same post at the conclusion of the 2014 World Twenty20.The South African was appointed soon after Waqar Younis was hired as head coach, Mushtaq Ahmad as bowling coach and Grant Flower as batting coach.- Manohar
India started 2015 Cricket World Cup campaign with a winning note, as they recorded a 76-run victory over arch-rivals Pakistan, which is 6th in the row. Pakistan's jinx against India at cricket World Cup continued today with their heavy defeat in Adelaide, making it 6-0 in favour of India and prompting angry Pakistani fans to take to streets and burn TV sets. Star batsman Virat Kohli's splendid ton that helped them put up a 301-run target for Misbah-ul Haq's men. Kohli put up a 129 run second-wicket partnership with opener Shikhar Dhawan, who scored his individual 73, then went on to put up a third-wicket partnership of 110 runs Suresh Raina, who hit 74 runs off 56 deliveries that included five fours and three sixes.Indian paceman Mohammad Shami grabbed four wickets as he and Umesh Yadav reduced the Pakistani batting line-up. Mohit Sharma, Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja also picked one wicket each as they helped steer India to a 76-run win with 18 balls remaining. Pakistani batsman continued to struggle on the pitch with Haris Sohail falling prey to Ravichandran Ashwin's delivery at his individual score of 36 and Sohaib Maqsood and wicketkeeper batsman Umar Akmal going for a duck. Skipper Misbah provided some stability with the bat, but he could contribute only 76 runs to the Pakistani score line. The sad thing is that Misbah was never been able to score a century in the international cricket.First time when India and Pakistan met in a World Cup match was in 1992 were beat 43 runs in Sydney. In 1996 World Cup, India beat Pakistan by 39 runs in Bangalore. Three years later, they again lost for 47-run in Manchester. India under captain Sourav Ganguly beat their neighbours by six wickets in the 2003 World Cup in Centurion. In 2011, India beat Pakistan by 29 runs in Mohali.Cricket-crazy fans in Pakistan woke up early to watch the eagerly anticipated clash between the arch-rivals in Adelaide hoping that the Misbah-ul-Haq-led side will change history but were left fuming as their team suffered its sixth straight loss to India in ODI World Cups. A Pakistani TV channel showed visuals of people taking to streets with TV sets and smashing them to pieces to show their anger at the Pakistan team's showing. An eerie silence descended on Pakistan's biggest city on Sunday after its national cricket team was annihilated in the much-hyped up World Cup game against India in Adelaide.By Premji
World No. 4 Andy Murray will marry Kim Sears, where the wedding ceremony will held at Murray’s Cromlix House hotel, close to his home town of Dunblane in central Scotland. The Scot and his fiancé Kim Sears have been dating from past 10-years. Andy Murray’s own hotel, Cromlix House will host he wedding ceremony with the venue being close to his hometown of Dunblane in central Scotland. However, the wedding venue announcement comes after the Scot has bought Cromlix House for £1.8m in 2013 before proceeding to give it major refurbishment work. Murray’s mother announced about their engagement rumours in November after being together for nine years. The pair has been enjoying outing in a chilled climate, where Murray and Sears have spotted for the first time since losing Australian Open final to Djokovic last week at Melbourne. Murray and Sears, who are both 27, have decided to come together in a private wedding at Cromlix, with no magazine deals and only close friends and family present on April 11.
Maria Sharapova is aiming to steal No. 1 position in the WTA Ranking Points from her best rival Serena Williams, where she is going to work hard to win more titles on the WTA Tour. Russian beauty will come return back to play Fed Cup for Russia against Poland this weekend. Five-time singles Grand slam champion Maria Sharapova, who had lost WTA Australian Open Championship final to American Serena Williams in two sets with a 3-6, 6-7, she also lost another Grand slam final at Rod Laver Arena. However, Serena has secured 19th Grand slam of her career and leading to position in the WTA Rankings. Sharapova holds second place with 8210 points and just 1565 away from Serena’s No. 1 with 9776 points. 28-year-old Maria Sharapova is looking very confident to return back to play Fed Cup 2015 and she will lead Russia. Sharapova has not played in the tournament for three years and she is all set ready to play against World No. 6 Agnieszka Radwanska. World No. 2 hopes to continue similar form to clinch more titles on the WTA Tour and return back to No. 1 spot in WTA Rankings. Russia has won Fed Cup for four times and a four-time runner-up in Fed Cup in 1999, 2001, 2011, and 2013. They have won the Fed tournament in 2004-2005 and 2007-2008. The first round matches will kick off in February while the semifinals and finals will be played in April and November, respectively.
India all rounder Yuvraj Singh has been placed as the final member of the squad for the annual competition, which will also features Lancashire, Yorkshire and Sussex. Yuvraj Singh is going to play for Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) in the Emirates Twenty20 tournament in Dubai on March 20. Lancashire will take on Yorkshire in the first semi-final and MCC play against Sussex in the afternoon, before the final takes place in the evening. Yuvraj is likely to join along with former England Skipper Alastair Cook, Michael Carberry and Nick Compton in the MCC squad. Nepal captain Paras Khadka will take part in the MCC side for the Emirates T20 tournament, a release from the MCC said. The Emirates T20 tournament will commence the Champion County match in between MCC and Yorkshire. However, this annual fixture is a day-night match will be played with a pink ball under the MCC Spirit of Cricket banner, and acts as a curtain-raiser for the new English county season.
Australian Open champions Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams are top position in the latest ATP Rankings and WTA Rankings on the ATP World Tour to begin the new season. The two champions have clinched Australian Open 2015 championships in respective categories. Novak Djokovic has bagged the Australian Open championship after beating Britain’s Andy Murray in four sets at Rod Laver Arena last week. However, Djokovic is leading with 3800 points ahead to lead the top position in the ATP Rankings, while Roger Federer holds second place with 9245 points. Djokovic and Federer were scheduled to play next ATP Tournament in the Dubai ATP Championships this month ending. 19-time singles Grand slam champion Serena Williams has outlasted Russian beauty Maria Sharapova in straight sets for sixth Australian Open crown in Melbourne Park and 19th Grand slam crown overall. Serena holds top position with 9776 points followed by Maria Sharapova 8120 points in WTA Rankings. ATP Rankings: 1. Novak Djokovic (SRB) 13,045 2. Roger Federer (SUI) 9245 3. Rafael Nadal (ESP) 5745 4. Andy Murray (GBR) 5515 (+2) 5. Kei Nishikori (JPN) 5205 6. Milos Raonic (CAN) 4845 (+2) 7. Tomas Berdych (CZE) 4660 8. Marin Cilic (CRO) 4105 (+1) 9. Stan Wawrinka (SUI) 4090 (-5) 10. David Ferrer (ESP) 3965 11. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) 3645 12. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) 2560 13. Ernests Gulbis (LAT) 2420 14. Feliciano Lopez (ESP) 2220 15. Kevin Anderson (RSA) 2125 16. Roberto Bautista (ESP) 1975 17. Tommy Robredo (ESP) 1845 18. John Isner (USA) 1765 (+3) 19. Gilles Simon (FRA) 1730 (+1) 20. Gal Monfils (FRA) 1725 (-1) WTA top 20 1. Serena Williams (USA) 9776 2. Maria Sharapova (RUS) 8210 3. Simona Halep (ROM) 6571 4. Petra Kvitova (CZE) 6480 5. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 4565 (+3) 6. Ana Ivanovic (SRB) 4425 (-1) 7. Eugnie Bouchard (CAN) 4365 8. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 4270 (-2) 9. Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) 3285 (+2) 10. Angelique Kerber (GER) 3130 (-1) 11. Venus Williams (USA) 2790 (+7) 12. Andrea Petkovic (GER) 2735 (+1) 13. Sara Errani (ITA) 2551 (+1) 14. Flavia Pennetta (ITA) 2441 (-2) 15. Lucie Safarova (CZE) 2425 (+1) 16. Jelena Jankovic (SER) 2360 (-1) 17. Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) 2295 18. Dominika Cibulkova (SLQ) 2137 (-8) 19. Aliz Cornet (FRA) 2125 20. Madison Keys (USA) 2100 (+15)