Cricket News Shikhar Dhawan creates unique Twenty20 International world record in Sydney vs Australia

first_imgNew Delhi: Shikhar Dhawan ended a monumental year in Twenty20 Internationals with a blazing 41 off 22 balls in the third and deciding Twenty20 International against Australia in Sydney as he put Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team on course for a series-levelling win. During the course of his knock, the left-hander created a new world record as he accumulated the most runs in a calendar year, be it men’s or women’s T20Is. During the course of his knock, Dhawan went past New Zealand woman cricketer Suzie Bates’ tally of 670 runs in 2018 as the Indian opener finished the year with 689 runs at an average of 43 with six fifties.After the end of the Brisbane game, Dhawan had 648 runs in 16 games in 2018, breaking Kohli’s mark of 641 runs which he achieved in 2016 15 games at a staggering average of 106. Only three Indians have ever crossed 500 runs in a calendar year in Twenty20 Internationals. Apart from Kohli and Dhawan, Rohit smashed 567 runs in 2018 at an average of 37.Dhawan has been the leading run-getter for India in the series against Australia, smashing 76 in the first match in Brisbane which India lost by four runs. In 2018, he has enjoyed a phenomenal year, scoring an aggressive 72 against South Africa. The left-hander began the Nidahas Trophy tri-series with aggressive fifties against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. After scoring a blazing 74 against Ireland, Dhawan had a poor series against England but he returned in style for the West Indies series at home, smashing 92 to help India achieve a 3-0 clean sweep of the two-time World T20 champions.However, unlike Dhawan, Bates did score a hundred when she smashed 124* against South Africa in Taunton.Dhawan’s magnificent form at the top of the order has played a huge role in India registering seven consecutive bilateral series wins in Twenty20 Internationals. In the last couple of years, they have drawn a series against Australia in India and have suffered two series losses only to the West Indies. His blazing start at the top has given India a great chance to ensure their unbeaten bilateral series run in 2018 continues. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Other Sports Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth enter quarterfinal of Malaysia Masters Badminton tournament

first_imgSaina Nehwal has an 8-4 head-to-head record against OkuharaSaina could face Carolina Marin in the next roundKidambi Srikanth could face Son Wan Ho in next round Kuala Lumpur: Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth produced yet another fine display to progress to the quarterfinal of the Malaysia Masters in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday. Saina, seeded seventh, took 39 minutes to tame Hong Kong’s Pui Yin Yip 21-14 21-16 in her second round women’s singles encounter. The London Olympics bronze medallist will play second seed and 2017 world champion Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in the last-eight stage of the first Super 500 tournament of the year on Friday. World no. 9 Saina holds an 8-4 overall head-to-head record against Okuhara, which includes back-to-back wins over the current world no.2 in the last two tournaments — last year’s Demark Open and the French Open. If Saina manages to go past Okuhara, the Indian might run into fourth seed Carolina Marin, who is placed in her half of the draw.Saina got off to a solid start, taking a strong 11-3 lead against Yin at mid-break in the first game. Continuing with the momentum, Saina finished the first game 21-14. In the second game, Yin showed some resilience but still trailed 7-11. In the second half, Saina gave her Hong Kong opponent very few chances and wrapped up the game 21-16 in her favour. In men’s singles, Srikanth continued his unbeaten run with a hard-fought 23-21 8-21 21-18 win over Hong Kong’s Wong Wing Ki Vincent to set up a fight with fourth seeded Korean Son Wan Ho. The seventh seeded Indian, who had a title-less run last season, has a 4-5 head-to-head count against the Korean world no 5. Former Commonwealth Games champion Parapulli Kashyap, however, bowed out of the tournament after his fight ended with a 17-21 23-25 loss to Anthony Sinisuka Ginting of Indonesia.     Srikanth had a tough outing against Vincent with the match lasting an hour and four minutes. In the first game, Vincent and Srikanth took the game to the tie breaker. But Srikanth held his nerves, finishing the game 23-21. The second game was a one-sided affair as Vincent registered a 21-8 win in the second game taking the match into the decider. In the final game, both the players displayed superb on-court play with Srikanth taking a slender 11-8 lead at mid-break. The World No.8 then held on to his lead and eventually won the game 21-18Women’s doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy also suffered an 18-21 17-21 loss to Indonesian combination of Ni Ketut Mahadewi Istarani and Rizki Amelia Pradipta. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Cricket News India should be ready to forfeit World Cup final if they play Pakistan: Gautam Gambhir

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The India vs Pakistan ICC Cricket World Cup clash on June 16 in Manchester is under a cloud following the Pulwama terror attack which killed 40 CRPF jawans. Following the attack, there has been calls from Indian sporting personalities to boycott the World Cup encounter. Gautam Gambhir has been vocal about his stance that India should boycott the game against Pakistan in the World Cup and they should be mentally prepared to give up two points. The move by India could result in a backlash, with world sporting bodies proposing to boycott events in India in the near future. In an interaction recently, Gambhir said the nation comes first.“All of us need to decide if sport is more important or lives of our soldiers? I am all for facing backlash if the international sporting federations decide to ostracise us. Sentiment of the country is far more important than sports, Bollywood, art or culture. If we get boycotted at sports events, we should be ready for it,” Gambhir said. highlights The United World Wrestling (UWW) asked all the national federations under it to stop communication with the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) in the wake of visa denial of Pakistani shooters in the recent World Cup in New Delhi. The denial of visas to Pakistani shooters in the Delhi World Cup last month has jeopardised India’s chances of hosting the Olympics or any global event with the IOC suspending all such discussions with the country and recommending that no big tournament be awarded to it.Although India are facing Pakistan in the league stage, there is every possibility that the two sides can meet in the final of the World Cup as well. In the 2007 World T20 in South Africa, India defeated Pakistan by five runs while in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 in England, Pakistan thrashed India by 180 runs to complete the set of ICC titles. When asked whether India will be ready to boycott Pakistan if they meet in the final, Gambhir was forthright.“Two points are not that important. Country is important, those 40 soldiers who lost their lives are far more important than a cricket match. If we let go of a World Cup final, the country should be ready for it. Certain section of society says that don’t mix sports with politics but Jawans are far more important than a game of cricket,” Gambhir said.The left-hander, who played a key role in India’s triumphs in the 2007 World T20 and 2011 World Cup, has said even England boycotted the game against Zimbabwe in the 2003 World Cup in Harare in protest of the Robert Mugabe regime in the country. The forfeiture proved to be costly as England were eliminated in the first round of the tournament.“England decided in 2003 and they wouldn’t go to Zimbabwe, they forfeited. If BCCI decides not to play against Pakistan, everyone should be mentally ready to give those two points,” Gambhir said. India will take on Pakistan in the ICC Cricket World Cup clash on June 16.The Pulwama terror attack killed 40 CRPF jawans.England forfeited the 2003 World Cup clash against Zimbabwe.last_img read more

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Other Sports Series win against Korea vital for India women’s team in preparation for FIH Series Finals: Sjoerd Marijne

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. India is in Group A with Uruguay, Poland and Fiji.The other teams are Mexico, Japan, Russia and Chile in Group B.The FIH Women’s Series Finals is scheduled to be held in Hiroshima, Japan from June 15. highlightscenter_img Bengaluru: Indian women’s hockey team coach Sjoerd Marijne said victory in the just-concluded series in South Korea is vital to its preparations for the forthcoming FIH Women’s Series Finals. The tournament is scheduled to be held in Hiroshima, Japan from June 15. Against Korea, India won two back-to-back matches and lost the third match. “It was not exactly the way we wanted to finish the series but I think the experience was important at this juncture,” Marijne said.     Reflecting on the tour, he said, “Two of the three matches we did very good and executed our plans well. While those two wins were confidence boosting, we must forget those victories and only think about the last match which did not go according to plan and focus on how we can improve ahead of the crucial Olympic Qualifying event.”RELATED     The core group will include 26 players for the upcoming national coaching vamp which commences on May 27 at Sports Authority of India, Bengaluru. “Important thing is to get good recovery now as this was a short and very high-intensity tour. During this National Camp we will focus on making the final steps towards achieving desirable results,” Marijne stated.     For the Women’s Series Finals, the Indian team will be grouped in Pool A where they will play against Uruguay, Poland and Fiji.  The other participating teams include Mexico, Japan, Russia and Chile grouped Pool B.      “When we meet on the first day of the National Camp, we will introspect on our last game against the Republic of Korea to find out what the real reason was to not play our A game. Only that will bring us forward and that’s what we will do,” asserted Marijne.last_img read more

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Cricket News Kapil Dev finally opens about reported ‘rift’ between Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma

first_img Kolkata: Skipper Virat Kohli and his deputy Rohit Sharma can have “differences off the field” but it should not matter as long as their on-field commitment is up to the mark, former skipper Kapil Dev said on Thursday. There are reports of an alleged rift between Kohli and Sharma post India’s World Cup semifinal exit though the Indian captain rubbished them ahead of the team’s departure to the United States on Monday.”There can be off the field differences but it depends how you play on the field. Everyone should look into that,” Kapil said”Off the field, the way of thinking can be different, approach can be different. But when you’re playing there’s only one aim — how we can win a match. That is important. Differences of opinion does not mean you will be pulling somebody down,” Kapil, whose hot and cold relationship with Sunil Gavaskar used to be headlined during the early and mid-80’s.He also took a dig at the media urging them to be more responsible while reporting.”You have to do your job, right. Thoda bahut toh aap bhi help karte ho naa rumour banane mein. (You people also do your bit in spreading rumours),” he said.Meanwhile, the legendary Kapil Dev, head of the three-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) that will appoint the next head coach agreed with his colleague Shantha Rangaswamy that skipper Virat Kohli’s opinion “needs to be respected”. The World Cup winning former skipper however assured that his panel will do their job to the best of their ability. highlights Kapil Dev heads three member CAC committee.India to play full bilateral series against West Indies.Virat Kohli to lead India in all-three formats.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS4th NHL player tests positiveUNDATED (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche say a second player has tested positive for the coronavirus. The team says it was informed Friday night and the player is in self-isolation. The Avalanche say those who came in close contact with the player have been informed and remain isolated. Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson is stepping up his preparation for a possible move into IndyCar racing by entering the series’ inaugural virtual racing event. The seven-time NASCAR champion is the 26th driver entered in Saturday’s online race.The opener of IndyCar’s six-race series will be contested at Watkins Glen International, the upstate New York track that was picked in a fan vote. Johnson is winless in Cup Series at the road course, and also had a spectacular crash there in the 2000 Xfinity race after which he climbed from his crumpled car onto the roof and raised his arms in triumph, an indelible moment of his distinguished career.Johnson says he’s retiring from full-time NASCAR at the end of this season. He wants to try racing in IndyCar, IMSA and other series. He was scheduled to test an Indy car next month in Alabama but that was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.NFL-NEWSVikings re-sign veteran guard Dakota Dozier — Athletic trainers across the country are changing their routines and joining the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. The National Athletic Trainers Association put together an app aimed at helping trainers assist understaffed hospitals. The app was intended to give health care providers a database to look for help nationwide. More than 950 athletic trainers have signed up over the last week.— USA Curling says additional participants at a tournament this month in Laurel, Maryland, have tested positive for the coronavirus. The United States Curling Association Club National Championships were held March 7-14 at Potomac Curling Club. Fox 5 DC reported that at least 20 people who participated in the event are sick. USA Curling also canceled the 2020 Arena National Championships scheduled for April 27 to May 2 in Gillette, Wyoming. The event will be held there in 2022 instead.— Spain’s Barcelona soccer team has delivered 30,000 masks to the Catalonia government to help fight the coronavirus pandemic. The club says the masks were made in China and donated by insurance company Taiping, a regional partner of the club. Barcelona said the “daily use” masks will be distributed to nursing homes.INDYCAR-IRACE-JOHNSONNASCAR’s Jimmie Johnson eyes IndyCar, enters virtual race COLLEGE BASKETBALL-TEXAS-SMART STAYSUT athletic director: Shaka Smart to remain for next seasonAUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas will stick with coach Shaka Smart next season after the Longhorns won five of their final six games and were fighting for a spot in the NCAA Tournament before it was canceled amid the coronavirus scare.Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte told the Austin American-Statesman, “Shaka’s our coach.”Smart was facing open speculation on his future with the Longhorns at midseason when the program was mired near the bottom of the Big 12. The Longhorns had missed the tournament in two of the previous four seasons.center_img March 28, 2020 UNDATED (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have re-signed veteran guard Dakota Dozier.The team announced the re-signing of the Furman product, who played in 16 games last season with a career-high four starts. He originally joined Minnesota as a free agent last April.Dozier was drafted by the New York Jets in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL draft. He has appeared in 54 career games with 11 starts.In other NFL news:— The New York Giants have reached a one-year contract agreement with tight end Eric Tomlinson, who split last season with the Giants, New England Patriots and Oakland Raiders. He appeared in eight games and had one catch. Tomlinson confirmed the signing on his Instagram account. The Giants posted the news on their website and Twitter account, citing reports, but they won’t confirm it until the player passes his physical. Four NHL players are now known to have tested positive for the virus. The other two are with Ottawa.In other news related to the coronavirus pandemic:— A deal worked out between Major League Baseball and the players doesn’t include details of what a reconfigured schedule would look like. The agreement calls for play to resume “as soon as is practicable” with a goal of completing “the fullest 2020 championship season and postseason that is economically feasible.” It also says there must be no legal restrictions on mass gathering and travel. The two sides agreed to consider playing past the usual end of the postseason in late October, even if it involves using neutral sites and domes. Details were divulged to The Associated Press by people familiar with the agreement.— The postponement of the Tokyo Games has catapulted the sports organizations that make up the backbone of the U.S. Olympic team into crisis. At least one has already started layoffs and others are desperate to stay solvent. Some are expecting a major downturn in membership dues, while others are reeling from event cancellations totaling more than 8,000 across all sports. A database analyzed by The Associated Press shows combined projected losses of more than $121 million in revenue between February and June for 43 of the 50 national governing bodies that responded to a survey from the NGB Council in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.— Naomi Osaka says she is disappointed that the Olympics in her native Japan were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, but she supports the decision to delay the Summer Games to 2021. In a posting today on social media, the two-time Grand Slam champion wrote: “Sport will eventually unite us again and be there for us always, but that time is not now.” She also addressed “the people of Japan,” saying, “stay strong, hang in there and let’s show the world our beautiful country when the time is right.” Next season will be Smart’s sixth in a seven-year contract. He is 90-78 overall at Texas but just 40-50 in the Big 12. The Longhorns were 19-12 last season with no seniors and are expected to return the entire lineup.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

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Milo Quarter-final action today

first_img… Bishops’ High to face Sir Leon’s Lessons; Morgan tackle CarmelQUARTER-FINAL action is on today and tomorrow in the Petra-organised Milo Schools Football Festival, billed for the Ministry of Education ground on Carifesta Avenue.In the first game of the day from 13:00hrs, the Bishops’ High will take on Sir Leon’s Lessons in a stern first encounter. The Bishops’ will be riding high after their win last week over arch rivals Queen’s College, but they must put that behind them and focus on the task ahead.And it is by no means an encounter that should be taken lightly, considering the fact that Sir Leon’s Lessons have been thrashing opponents by six-goal margins. Their last game against Dolphin Secondary ended 7-1. They have also managed to keep their concession levels low.All in all, it’s a fight against the tide for the Bishops’ High considering the quality and level of the opposition.In the day’s second game, Morgan Learning Centre will take on Carmel Secondary in another brawl to the finish with the Carmel side being the underdogs.It will take a host of skill for the Carmel side to overcome their Morgan opponents, something they are known for, having reached this far in the competition. However, they take on one of the tournament powerhouses and it will be interesting to see what their game plan is.They must weather the storm of Morgan’s all-out attack which has a plethora of finishers in the final third and hope to push past a defence which has also managed to keep its concession rate decent.That match is billed for 15:00hrs.last_img read more

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150 schools to compete at Digicel Schools Football championship

first_imgONE hundred and fifty schools, drawn from the ten administrative regions of Guyana, will once again vie for the country’s ‘Holy Grail’ of schools football when the Digicel Football Championship kicks off on June 12 countrywide. The tournament will conclude with the final on July 30 at the Leonora Track and Field Facility.At a simple but significant launch, held at the West Demerara Secondary School yesterday, Digicel Head of Marketing Jacqueline James said that the continuity of the tournament, which is now in its seventh year, is testimony to the telecommunication provider’s commitment not only to the development of football in Guyana, but also to the country’s future stars ensuring that they are given a platform to showcase their God-given talent.One million dollars will go the winning school for a project of their choice, while second through fourth will pocket $700 000, $400 000 and $350 000 respectively.However, as explained by Digicel’s Head of Customer Care, Sherwin Osborne, the tournament, which will see Georgetown being divided into north and south, will see the winners of each zone, win $100 000 towards a school project.“We want the public to also be engaged and more involved. We want them to win prizes. We want them to come out and support our youths. We want to feature the public so we’ll have a ‘Digicel Favourite Fan’ in the community,” James said.She expressed her company’s plans to ensure that this year the fans will be shown appreciation for their support to the tournament over the past seven years.James also thanked other stakeholders; the Ministry of Education, National Sports Commission (NSC) and the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) for their continued and unwavering support which contributed to the success of the country’s largest schools football tournament.Meanwhile, Dr Wazir Mohamed, Special Technical Adviser to the Minister of Education Dr Rupert Roopnaraine, stated that the Ministry is pleased to be associated with Digicel as they help Guyana’s schools and Guyana’s youths realise their full potential.“Participation in football and other school athletic and sporting activities is very important to the all-round development of our young people. Athletics, the broad umbrella under which football falls, provides an important means, avenue and resource that helps students become more rounded; and hence helps them to more meaningfully engaged with their education,” Dr Mohamed said.Director of Sport Christopher Jones also expressed his delight at seeing the continuity of the championships, calling it one of the most, if not ‘the’ most, anticipated event on the schools calendar.He added that the NSC is willing and ready to lend Digicel any assistance where necessary, in an effort for a positive outcome of the 2017 championship.Thandi McAllister, vice-president of the GFF, pointed out the Digicel Schools Football tournament has become a remarkable feature on the country’s football calendar, and as such, the game’s local governing body is more than pleased to be associated with Digicel to pull off the championship.Chase’s Academic Foundation are the defending champions for the tournament, while the Christianburg Wismar Secondary School, popularly known as Multi are the most decorated team.The Linden-based team have played in every final since the inception of the tournament, winning four consecutive titles, only losing in the inaugural year to the Georgetown Technical Institute and in last year’s final. … Tournament to kick off on June 12last_img read more

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MOE/NSC hosts successful cricket coaching workshop in Region 6

first_imgTHE Ministry of Education/National Sports Commission (NSC) recently conducted a three three-day cricket coaching workshop at Pour Mourant cricket ground for teachers of Secondary Schools in Region #6.The programme, which concluded last Thursday, saw male and female teachers from 20 schools drawn from New Amsterdam to Crabwood Creek, tutored on the basics of cricket.Sessions were conducted by former Guyana national female and NSC Level One cricket coach Latchman Yadram.Teachers actively involved in the lecture.In the three-day foundation of the coaching workshop teachers were actively involved in lectures and several practical sessions. The participants were schooled in the basic roles of a coach, coaching styles and principles, understanding coaching objectives, warm-up, batting, bowling and fielding techniques.According to Yadram, “Women’s cricket is growing, and the presence of these teachers shows that development of the game is necessary.”Yadram also urged the teachers to organise and manage sessions in schools for the growth of the game.Carl Vanier of Corentyne Comprehensive said, “The programme was informative and it will benefit not only the teachers but the students and he hopes to use the skills learnt to better equip his students.”All participating schools received a Cricket Coaching Manuel for Schools.last_img read more

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Guyana Amazon Warriors begin CPL title hunt today

first_imgTHE Guyana Amazon Warriors aim of winning their first Caribbean Premier League T20 title will begin today when they play the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots from 11:00hrs at the Central Broward Regional Park and Central Broward Stadium in Lauderhill, Florida, the first of two games before returning to the Caribbean.The Warriors, three-time finalists in the CPL will look to complete the journey this season with their new-look team led by New Zealand’s Martin Guptill.However, the task ahead will be no easy one, since they were dealt a major blow on the eve of the tournament when their leading scorer of 2016, Chris Lynn, was ruled out of the season due to upcoming shoulder surgery.He has been replaced by the up-and-coming Pakistan batsman Babar Azam, while the batting order has been injected with fresh blood in the form of Chadwick Walton and USA captain Steven Taylor, who is expected to take on a bigger role after limited opportunities in his two years with Barbados Tridents.The Australian Adam Zampa, last season’s leading spinner, is no longer with the side. In most cases, any replacement would be considered a downgrade, but the arrival of Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan may be what this side needs to clear the final hurdle and claim their first title.The Warriors second assignment will be tomorrow against St Kitts & Nevis Patriots before returning to the Caribbean.Guyana home games are billed for August 17, 19, 20 and 22 at the Guyana National Stadium.The host team (Guyana Amazon Warriors) take on the Jamaica Tallawahs on August 17 from 20:00hrs; Trinbago Knight Riders on August 19 from 12:00hrs; Barbados Tridents on August 20 from 18:00hrs and St Lucia Stars on August 22 from 18:00hrs.The full squad reads: Martin Guptill (captain), Babar Azam, Sohail Tanvir, Rayad Emrit, Jason Mohammed, Veerasammy Permaul, Assad Fudadin, Steven Jacobs, Steven Katwaroo, Chadwick Walton, Rashid Khan, Steven Taylor, Roshon Primus, Gajanand Singh, Keon Joseph and Keemo Paul.last_img read more

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