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Haircuts and horses: India cricketers make the most of coronavirus lockdown

NEW DELHI: From Virat Kohli having his hair cut by his Bollywood wife to Ravindra Jadeja on a stallion, India’s superstar cricketers are making the most of their enforced break during the national coronavirus lockdown. At a time when the Indian Premier League (IPL) would normally be in full swing, Kohli has sent out a number of video messages telling ... Read More »

IOC chief Bach thanks PM Modi for his support to Tokyo Olympics

LAUSANNE: International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach has thanked India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his unflinching support to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which has now been shifted to 2021 because of the global coronavirus pandemic. In a letter to Modi, dated April 1, Bach said he was “grateful” to the Indian Prime Minister for his support to the ... Read More »

Wimbledon cancelled in 2020 due to coronavirus pandemic

LONDON: The Wimbledon championships were cancelled for the first time since World War II on Wednesday as the coronavirus pandemic struck another blue-riband sports event off the calendar and wiped out the entire tennis grass-court season. While the decision had looked inevitable for some time, since the virtual shutdown of world sport and the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics, Wimbledon ... Read More »

Indian cricketers may face pay cuts: Indian Cricketers Association president

MUMBAI: The financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic is set to be massive, particularly in the sporting world, which has seen all the events either cancelled or postponed. With almost all the leagues stalled there, most of the European footballers have agreed to, or are taking massive pay cuts. On Saturday, Juventus had revealed that superstar footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, a ... Read More »

IPL can happen in Oct-Nov if T20 WC is postponed: BCCI official

NEW DELHI: With the coronavirus outbreak bringing the world to a standstill, sporting events across the world have either been postponed or cancelled, and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is now looking at the October-November window to host the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). But the move can only be possible if the ... Read More »

Postponed Tokyo Olympics to open July 23 next year

TOKYO: The Tokyo Olympics will begin on July 23 next year, organisers said on Monday, after the coronavirus forced the historic decision to postpone the Games until 2021. “The Olympics will be held from July 23 to August 8, 2021. The Paralympics will be held from August 24 to September 5,” Tokyo 2020 chief Yoshiro Mori told reporters at a ... Read More »

VVS Laxman’s 281 among Ian Chappell’s all-time great knocks against spin

MELBOURNE: Former Australia captain Ian Chappell has picked his two all-time favourite innings against high-quality spin bowling and one of those is VVS Laxman‘s iconic 281 at the Eden Gardens in 2001. Thanks to Laxman and Rahul Dravid (180), India went on to win the game against Australia after following-on. “The absence of any cricket (due to the COVID-19 pandemic) ... Read More »

Virat Kohli is not a guy to mess around: Ravi Shastri

NEW DELHI: Head coach Ravi Shastri has called Virat Kohli the “boss” of Indian cricket and said the support staff is there to “take the burden off” the skipper. Batting maestro Kohli has been at the heart of India’s world-record 12 Test victories in a row on home soil. “The captain is the boss, I always believe that. The job ... Read More »

ICC, BCCI to head into arbitration over money due to India

MUMBAI: BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, on Friday, attended his first board meeting of the International Cricket Council (ICC) as India’s representative. The meeting was held via a teleconference due to the Covid-19 outbreak that has put all global travel on hold. “The board met in lieu of planned meetings to discuss urgent matters for decision only”, the ICC said in ... Read More »

I know we will win the battle against coronavirus: Kapil Dev

NEW DELHI: Former India skipper Kapil Dev has urged countrymen to stay indoors during the lockdown which according to him has become the “lifeline for mankind” amid the coronavirus pandemic. According to Kapil, during the lockdown which has been imposed to stop the spread of novel coronavirus, people should stay at home as that is the least they can do ... Read More »

T20 World Cup: ICC postpones all qualifying events

DUBAI: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has postponed all the qualifying events, which were scheduled to be held before June 30, due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The coronavirus outbreak has so far claimed more than 21,000 lives and infected over 4,00,000 globally, prompting countries to shut down borders and operate on lockdown mode.“In light of the significant global health ... Read More »

Bach opens door to Spring Tokyo Games, says will require sacrifice and compromise

ATHENS: The head of the global Olympic movement said on Wednesday that the rescheduled Tokyo Games faced “thousands” of logistical and financial problems and could go ahead before summer 2021. Though most people have assumed the Games will be held around roughly the same July-August timetable as they were planned for this year, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach ... Read More »

Tokyo begins Olympic task of reorganising Games

TOKYO: Japan set about the unprecedented task of reorganising the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Wednesday after making the tough decision to postpone the Games by a year as the coronavirus pandemic locks down one third of the planet. The dramatic step to shift the Olympics, never before seen in peacetime, upends every aspect of the organisation — including venues, security, ticketing ... Read More »

Coronavirus hasn’t affected my courage and determination, says Amit Panghal

NEW DELHI: India is under lockdown due to the Coronavirus pandemic, but that hasn’t stopped Olympic-bound star boxer Amit Panghal from practising and follow his daily routine. He gets up early in the morning, sanitises his gloves, follows the instructed diet chart and starts his day in full throttle. He doesn’t have sparring partners now as he trains inside his ... Read More »

IOC to start discussions on possible Tokyo 2020 postponement

ATHENS: The International Olympic Committee is to step-up its “scenario planning” for the Tokyo 2020 Games — including their postponement — it said after an emergency meeting on Sunday. The IOC will hold detailed discussions which will include possibly changing the July 24 start date due to the global coronavirus pandemic, but emphasised that a cancellation of the Games would ... Read More »

Tokyo 2020 organisers quietly plan for potential Olympic delay: Sources

TOKYO: Tokyo 2020 organisers have started drafting possible alternatives to holding the Olympics this summer, two sources familiar with the talks said, in contrast to the Japanese government’s stance that postponement is not an option. While the coronavirus outbreak has disrupted sports events around the world, Japan has been steadfast in saying that the Games will go on. The top ... Read More »

Don’t think Dhoni will find place in T20 WC squad: Gavaskar

MUMBAI: Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar feels it would be very difficult for MS Dhoni to find a place in the India squad for the T20 World Cup slated to be played in October-November in Australia. “I would definitely like to see Dhoni in India’s World Cup squad but it’s highly unlikely that it is going to happen,” Gavaskar told ... Read More »

PK Banerjee had great influence on my career: Sourav Ganguly

NEW DELHI: Former cricketer Sourav Ganguly expressed condolences on the demise of Indian football legend PK Banerjee, who passed away on Friday after prolonged illness. Taking to Twitter, BCCI president Ganguly said he had enormous love and respect for Banerjee as the latter had a great influence on his career when he was an 18-year-old boy. “Lost a very dear ... Read More »

When PV Sindhu decided to play on at All England despite COVID-19 threat

NEW DELHI: PV Sindhu was given the choice of pulling out of All England Championships after the Indian government’s travel restrictions came into force but the Olympic silver-medallist decided to play on despite the chaos triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. On March 11, the government issued a revised travel advisory, cancelling all visas till April 15 and making it clear ... Read More »

It is better if Olympics is postponed: Pullela Gopichand

NEW DELHI: India’s chief badminton coach Pullela Gopichand believes the Tokyo Olympics should be postponed given the unprecedented crisis that the world is facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The call to defer the Olympics, scheduled to be held in Tokyo from July 24 to August 9, is growing after most of the major sporting events were either cancelled or ... Read More »

Tokyo Olympics: Interests of athletes paramount, says IOC chief Thomas Bach

LONDON: Olympic athletes realise there is still four months to go before the Tokyo Games and preparations will be in line with protecting their health from the coronavirus, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach said on Wednesday. In a statement made after a “really great” and “very constructive” conference call with 220 athletes representatives, Bach said the IOC ... Read More »

I had no expectations going into All England: Pullela Gopichand

Indian national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand talks about his All England Championships victory in March 2001: As Indians we’ve always identified with the All England Championships. And even now as a coach when I look back, my triumph in 2001 keeps coming back. It’s a defining moment and Indians always looked at the tournament as something huge and compared it ... Read More »

Players go back home as IPL franchises call off camps till further notice

NEW DELHI: The eight Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises have called off their respective pre-tournament camps till further notice, three days after the COVID-19 pandemic forced a suspension of the cash-rich event from March 29 to April 15. Royal Challengers Bangalore on Monday deferred their training camp, which was scheduled to begin on March 21, due to the outbreak of ... Read More »

3 Tips That Will Make You a Better Blackjack Player

The advent of modernisation has made the idea of learning less abstract and more accessible by means of online resources, such as, of course, the internet. Learning a new skill or developing on pre-existing ones have never been easier—learning curves have never been smoother. In this regard, for the ardent bookmaker, learning and mastering blackjack is no exception—and there is ... Read More »

MS Dhoni leaves Chennai as COVID-19 puts IPL on hold

CHENNAI: With the Indian Premier League (IPL) being postponed till April 15 due to the coronavirus outbreak, Chennai’s date with MS Dhoni was cut short as the captain of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) left the base amid huge fanfare. “It has become your home, sir!” Keep whistling, as #Thala Dhoni bids a short adieu to #AnbuDen,” a tweet from CSK ... Read More »

3 Tips That Will Make You a Better Blackjack Player

The advent of modernisation has made the idea of learning less abstract and more accessible by means of online resources, such as, of course, the internet. Learning a new skill or developing on pre-existing ones have never been easier—learning curves have never been smoother. In this regard, for the ardent bookmaker, learning and mastering blackjack is no exception—and there is ... Read More »

India-South Africa ODI series called off due to COVID-19 threat

NEW DELHI: The two remaining India-South Africa ODIs in Lucknow and Kolkata were on Friday called off owing to the COVID-19 threat after the visiting players “expressed unwillingness” to continue in view of the rising positive cases in the host country. This is only the second time in three decades that an international cricket series in India has been called ... Read More »

Coronavirus: BCCI invites all franchises for IPL Governing Council meeting

MUMBAI: With the BCCI all set to decide the future of the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) season amidst the coronavirus outbreak, the board has decided to invite all the franchises for an IPL Governing Council meeting. The meeting is set to be held on Saturday, where a decision will be taken. Amidst coronavirus fears, the cricke board has mainly ... Read More »

India vs SA: Lucknow, Kolkata ODIs likely to be played behind closed doors

NEW DELHI: The remaining two one-dayers between India and South Africa are likely to be played in empty stadiums in Lucknow and Kolkata due to the dreaded novel coronavirus pandemic. The matches are scheduled to be held in March 15 (Lucknow) and March 18 (Kolkata). The sports ministry has issued an advisory that in case it’s unavoidable to postpone a ... Read More »

1st ODI: India ready for fresh start against South Africa

DHARAMSALA: Hardik Pandya‘s eagerly-awaited international comeback adds a lot of context to India’s three-match ODI campaign against South Africa starting Thursday where the hosts would be aiming to put the ‘New Zealand Nightmare’ behind them. Amid the ever-rising danger of Novel Coronavirus and threat of rain once again playing spoilsport, Pandya’s all-round flamboyance will keep skipper Virat Kohli in a ... Read More »

Australia coach Langer in search of ‘white-ball finisher’ like Dhoni

MELBOURNE: Australia head coach Justin Langer says his team is desperately looking for a finisher in the mould of Mahendra Singh Dhoni or Michael Bevan in limited overs cricket. Their three-match ODI series against New Zealand, beginning on March 13, provides Australia an opportunity to test the depth in their middle order, and potentially hone in on batsmen who could ... Read More »

Mary Kom, Amit Panghal, Simranjjit Kaur qualify for Tokyo Olympics

AMMAN (Jordan): Six-time world champion M C Mary Kom (51kg) and world number one Amit Panghal (52kg) were among three Indian boxers who secured Olympic berths by advancing to semifinals of the Asian Qualifiers on Monday, taking the total number of the country’s Tokyo-bound pugilists to eight. Second-seeded Mary Kom notched up a comfortable 5-0 win over Philippines’ Irish Magno ... Read More »

Women’s T20 WC: India lose by 85 runs as Australia breeze to fifth title

MELBOURNE: India saved their worst for the last as a brutal Australian side outclassed them by 85 runs for an unprecedented fifth T20 World Cup triumph in a final that promised much but delivered very little on Sunday. Batting first after the coin landed in Meg Lanning’s favour, Australia came out in scintillating fashion with their openers Alyssa Healy (75 ... Read More »

Pooja Rani books Olympic berth, enters semis of qualifiers

AMMAN: Asian champion Pooja Rani (75kg) on Sunday became the first Indian boxer to qualify for this year’s Tokyo Olympics by advancing to the semifinals of the continental qualifiers with a facile win over Thailand’s Pornnipa Chutee here. The fourth-seeded 29-year-old Indian defeated her 18-year-old rival 5-0 to be assured of a medal as well as her maiden Olympic spot ... Read More »

TOISA: These kinds of awards give me confidence, says PV Sindhu

NEW DELHI: India’s badminton star PV Sindhu was on Thursday named Sportsperson of the Year for 2019 at the fourth Times of India Sports Awards (TOISA). Elated after winning the coveted award, the Rio Olympic silver medallist Sindhu told, “I am really thankful to TOISA and jury members for giving me this award and selecting me. Of course these ... Read More »

PV Sindhu is Sportsperson of the Year at TOISA

NEW DELHI: The best of Indian sport in 2019 was honoured during a glittering function in the Capital on Thursday, with shuttler PV Sindhu claiming the Sportsperson of the Year award at the fourth Times of India Sports Awards (TOISA), powered by BHIM-UPI. Year 2019 saw Sindhu winning a historic gold at the World Championships in Basel, Switzerland. She staved ... Read More »

Joshi named BCCI’s selection committee chairman, Harvinder added to panel

MUMBAI: Former India spinner Sunil Joshi was on Wednesday named chairman of the national selection panel by the BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), which also picked ex-pacer Harvinder Singh in the five-member group. The CAC, comprising Madan Lal, RP Singh and Sulakshana Naik, named the two selectors. Joshi replaces MSK Prasad (South Zone), who had an extended run after completing ... Read More »

India retain top spot, Virat Kohli remains second in ICC Test rankings

DUBAI: India on Tuesday retained their number one spot and captain Virat Kohli remained static at second in the ICC Test rankings despite a dismal Test series against New Zealand. India have 116 rating points, six more than New Zealand with third-placed Australia accumulating 108 points. The 0-2 result against New Zealand was India’s first series loss in the World ... Read More »

Inzamam-ul-Haq backs Virat Kohli, says there’s nothing to worry

LAHORE: Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has backed Virat Kohli, saying he has nothing to worry about and will come back stronger after the Indian captain failed to score runs in the New Zealand series which ended on Monday. India lost the two-Test series 0-2 with Kohli averaging just 9.50. The premier batsman in the world had scores of 2, 19, ... Read More »

2nd Test: New Zealand beat India by 7 wickets, sweep series 2-0

BLOG| SCORECARD Kane Williamson, New Zealand captain: “Outstanding feeling. Fairly sporting surfaces in both Tests. Bowlers had to put it in the right areas, but this pitch played well on all the days, even though history suggests it flattens out. I don’t think the end result shows how tight that match was. We saw how many times the ball beat ... Read More »

Batsmen waste Shami-Bumrah’s brilliant show, India stare at another defeat

CHRISTCHURCH: India’s top-order frittered away a golden chance with another shoddy batting performance as New Zealand regained complete control after Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah’s hostile fast-bowling spell had given the visitors a slender first-innings lead in the second Test here on Sunday. Shami (4/81 in 23.1 overs) and Bumrah (3/62 in 22 overs) were brilliant in their execution, dismissing ... Read More »

NCA physio faces heat after Ishant injury, pacer could miss IPL first part

CHRISTCHURCH: The resurfacing of Ishant Sharma‘s ankle injury has left the BCCI red-faced and National Cricket Academy (NCA) head physio Ashish Kaushik under the scanner. The 31-year-old speedster could miss the first part of the IPL in case he is required to undergo rehabilitation at the much-maligned NCA. Ishant joined the Indian team in New Zealand 72 hours before the ... Read More »

2nd Test Live: Jamieson sends Shaw back for 54

LIVE BLOG | LIVE SCORECARD 6:30 am: And it’s lunch. India 85/2 in 23 overs. 6:22 am: End of the 21st over, a maiden by Southee. Virat (3*) isn’t willing to take any risk with lunch around the corner. India 83/2. 6:13 am: What a catch! Shaw (54) went for a flashy drive but the edge was brilliantly caught in ... Read More »