'Dhoni's instincts, behind-the-scenes work reason for CSK's success'

Posted on Sun, 02 Aug 2020 15:54:34 IST - sports

Rahul Dravid has attributed Chennai Super Kings' consistent run in the IPL to skipper MS Dhoni's instincts, game-smarts and the incredible amount of work that goes behind the scenes. N Srinivasan, the former BCCI president and head of India Cements, which owns the CSK franchise, agreed that Dhoni is a man of instinct who doesn't believe in attending team meetings and going over data.

Tokyo-bound Bajrang Punia wary of his tricky weight category

Posted on Sun, 02 Aug 2020 18:18:51 IST - sports

He is one of India’s brightest medal prospects in the Tokyo Olympics, deferred by a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, but ace grappler Bajrang Punia is aware of the threats of being a contender in the 65 kilogram weight category.

Considered retirement after Southampton snub: Stuart Broad

Posted on Sun, 02 Aug 2020 16:02:29 IST - sports

England's Stuart Broad said he considered retiring after being omitted for last month's series opener against West Indies at Southampton.

Best moment with MS Dhoni was my first ODI double ton: Rohit Sharma

Posted on Sun, 02 Aug 2020 18:09:45 IST - sports

India white-ball vice-captain Rohit Sharma has said that his most special moment with wicket-keeper-batsman MS Dhoni remains when he hit his first ODI double century.

F2: Jehan Daruvala finishes creditable fourth in action-packed sprint race

Posted on Sun, 02 Aug 2020 16:49:57 IST - sports

India's Jehan Daruvala jumped six places in an action-packed final three laps to finish fourth in the sprint race on Sunday, his best result so far in the FIA Formula 2 Championship.

Mithali Raj and Co welcome Sourav Ganguly's announcement on women's IPL

Posted on Sun, 02 Aug 2020 15:49:40 IST - sports

Indian cricketers including ODI captain Mithali Raj on Sunday welcomed BCCI President Sourav Ganguly's announcement that the Women's IPL will take place during the men's league in the UAE.

Members of 500-Test-wicket club are an eclectic group of bowlers: Ian Chappell

Posted on Sun, 02 Aug 2020 18:15:24 IST - sports

Former Australian skipper Ian Chappell heaped praise on all the bowlers who are a part of the 500 Test wickets club, calling them as "eclectic".

Bajrang tips wrestlers to win 3-4 medals at Tokyo Olympics

Posted on Sun, 02 Aug 2020 17:01:11 IST - sports

Asian Games gold medalist Bajrang Punia is confident of Indian wrestlers performing well and winning medals at the Tokyo Olympics next year. "The World Championship is a tougher tournament than the Olympics but we performed well there. So I think Indian wrestlers are in top form which makes them strong contenders for a medal haul in Tokyo," Punia said.

This IPL can't be selection criteria for MS Dhoni: Ashish Nehra

Posted on Sun, 02 Aug 2020 14:30:41 IST - sports

Mahendra Singh Dhoni at this year's IPL can be a talking point but the tournament cannot be a selection trial for the enigmatic former India captain, reckons former pacer Ashish Nehra. Dhoni has retired from Test cricket and has not played for India in the limited overs format since last year's World Cup, where India ended semifinalists.

How Dravid's advice to play spin changed the world for Pietersen

Posted on Sun, 02 Aug 2020 10:20:16 IST - sports

During his 10 years as an England player, from 2004 to 2014, Kevin Pietersen was one of the world's most explosive batsmen -- particularly in limited-overs cricket. "Dravid wrote me the most beautiful e-mail, explaining the art of playing spin and ever since then it was a whole new world," the former England batting star said.

Dhoni bhai not just a friend, he's my guiding force: Raina

Posted on Sun, 02 Aug 2020 14:07:05 IST - sports

On the occasion of Friendship Day, Suresh Raina hailed his 'mentor' MS Dhoni, saying that the latter has been his 'guiding force'. IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings on Sunday shared a video featuring both Raina and Dhoni and captioned it as "F.R.7.3.N.D.S - together in the pursuit of perfect10n, for a perfect den. #WhistlePodu #Yellove #FriendshipDay."

We are going ahead with women's IPL on time: Sourav Ganguly

Posted on Sun, 02 Aug 2020 12:07:15 IST - sports

The men's IPL will be held between September 19 and November 8 or 10 (final date yet to be locked in) in the UAE due to the surge in Covid-19 cases in India. The women's IPL will also be fit in to the schedule, according to the BCCI chief. "I can confirm to you that the women's IPL is very much on and we do have a plan in place for the national team also," Sourav Ganguly said.

IPL franchises await answers as Governing Council set to meet

Posted on Sun, 02 Aug 2020 07:39:44 IST - sports

The members of the governing council will meet on Sunday afternoon. Long due already, and with franchises and other stakeholders waiting to hear more, the meeting can be expected to turn into a marathon as BCCI president Sourav Ganguly joins the GC members in capacity of a special invitee.

Covid-19 impact on grassroot cricket will be felt in October: Rahul Dravid

Posted on Sun, 02 Aug 2020 13:27:59 IST - sports

NCA Director of Cricket Operations Rahul Dravid said the real impact of Covid-19 pandemic on domestic cricket in the country will start to be felt around October. Dravid said that even if a vaccine becomes available towards the end of the year, some parts of the domestic season may have to be omitted. "We've been lucky so far but come October, things might start getting stressful," Dravid said.

Ajinkya Rahane won't mind families not being there at IPL in UAE

Posted on Sun, 02 Aug 2020 11:14:14 IST - sports

The IPL is all set to be played from September 19 to November 8 in the UAE, a move forced by the rising COVID-19 cases in India. Ajinkya Rahane, who has changed base to Delhi Capitals from Rajasthan Royals, said health should be top priority.

'Internal agendas' within CSA a 'cancer', says Graeme Smith

Posted on Sun, 02 Aug 2020 12:33:29 IST - sports

Former captain and Cricket South Africa director of cricket (DOC) Graeme Smith has said that there were "internal agendas" at play within the organisation, which have become a "cancer".

Test recall, 2023 World Cup on Jonny Bairstow's mind

Posted on Sun, 02 Aug 2020 11:49:03 IST - sports

Jonny Bairstow is keen to return to England's Test squad and also wants to help the team retain their 50-overs World Cup title in 2023, the 30-year-old has said.

Caught between I-League and ISL, East Bengal faces the burden of a century

Posted on Sun, 02 Aug 2020 08:24:01 IST - sports

There were a 300-odd people - wearing team jerseys and holding club flags - at the East Bengal tent on Saturday but their mood was distinctly subdued, dampened further by a sudden spell of downpour.

2nd ODI: Bairstow stars as England clinch Ireland series

Posted on Sun, 02 Aug 2020 08:10:10 IST - sports

Jonny Bairstow equalled the England record for the fastest one-day international fifty as the world champions beat Ireland by four wickets in a series-clinching victory in the second ODI at Southampton on Saturday.

Nick Kyrgios pulls out of US Open over virus fears

Posted on Sun, 02 Aug 2020 08:19:04 IST - sports

Outspoken Nick Kyrgios pulled out of the US Open on Sunday, saying he was giving it a miss for "the hundreds of thousands of Americans who have lost their lives".

Two Olympic-bound boxers in trouble for flouting quarantine rule

Posted on Sat, 11 Jul 2020 07:59:21 IST - sports

India's elite boxers Vikas Krishan, Satish Kumar and Neeraj Goyat have landed themselves in a soup after flouting the quarantine rules for coronavirus at the NIS centre in Patiala, where Tokyo Olympics-bound men and women boxers have been assembling for a national camp, scheduled for August 1. Vikas (69kg) and Satish (+91kg) have already secured quota places for Tokyo.

Wimbledon hailed as 'class act' for prize money gesture

Posted on Sat, 11 Jul 2020 08:46:52 IST - sports

Wimbledon was hailed as "a class act" on Friday after the tournament agreed to award £10 million in prize money to the 620 players who would have taken part in the tournament had it not been cancelled.

Usain Bolt says he could be tempted to make a comeback

Posted on Sat, 11 Jul 2020 08:24:31 IST - sports

Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt has hinted he could be tempted out of retirment if former coach Glen Mills asked him. The world 100m and 200m record holder and eight-time Olympic champion told Variety magazine he had no plans to resurrect his sprinting career.

Real Madrid in sight of title after beating Alaves

Posted on Sat, 11 Jul 2020 08:10:37 IST - sports

Real Madrid could win La Liga on Monday after a routine 2-0 win over Alaves on Friday put them within touching distance of the title.

Premier League contacts clubs over need for distancing during games: Report

Posted on Sat, 11 Jul 2020 08:37:37 IST - sports

The Premier League has contacted all 20 clubs in England's top-flight regarding their players' failure to adhere to social distancing guidelines during water breaks and goal celebrations, the Telegraph newspaper reported on Friday.

BWF seeking "more clarity" from China before deciding on World Tour Finals

Posted on Sat, 11 Jul 2020 09:29:11 IST - sports

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) are seeking more information from China about its decision to cancel all international sport in the country this year before they make a decision on the season-ending World Tour Finals.

Granada stun Sociedad to boost European hopes

Posted on Sat, 11 Jul 2020 08:52:32 IST - sports

Granada pulled themselves into contention for a European spot by beating Real Sociedad 3-2 away in La Liga on Friday, snatching all three points with a late goal after throwing away a two-goal lead.

Lewis Hamilton ponders 'dry dance' as Mercedes left in dark over struggles

Posted on Sat, 11 Jul 2020 08:35:27 IST - sports

A puzzled Lewis Hamilton said on Friday he may try a "dry dance" to avoid starting Sunday's Styrian Grand Prix from sixth, or worse, on the grid.

Empty Wembley waits for Euro 2020 party postponed by coronavirus

Posted on Sat, 11 Jul 2020 09:09:33 IST - sports

Wembley should have hosted the Euro 2020 final on Sunday, but instead the home of English football is preparing for a League One playoff final on Monday in front of 90,000 empty seats.

1st Test: Brathwaite, Dowrich put Windies in control vs England

Posted on Fri, 10 Jul 2020 23:59:32 IST - sports

West Indies hold a commanding 99-run lead over England at the end of the third day of the first Test on Friday after posting 318 in their first innings at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. In response, England openers Dom Sibley and Rory Burns saw off fiery spells from West Indies pacers Shannon Gabriel and Kemar Roach to guide the hosts to 15-0 in their second innings at stumps.

Wish there were microphones: Kiran More on sledging in India-Pak matches

Posted on Fri, 10 Jul 2020 22:55:17 IST - sports

India-Pakistan matches are considered one of the biggest spectacles in world cricket. The rivalry between the two countries leads to packed stands and it often spills over onto the field. Former India wicket-keeper Kiran More revealed that sledging was rife in matches between the two sides and recounted some of the incidents he was involved in.

Kolkata Police seeks Eden Gardens’ facility for quarantine unit

Posted on Fri, 10 Jul 2020 23:22:52 IST - sports

With an alarming rise in Covid-19 cases, the Kolkata Police on Friday requested the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) to make use of the spaces under the galleries for makeshift quarantine facility for police personnel on urgent basis.

Manchester City to get Monday verdict in UEFA ban case

Posted on Fri, 10 Jul 2020 22:26:28 IST - sports

Manchester City will get the verdict on Monday in its appeal against a two-year ban from UEFA competitions. The Court of Arbitration for Sport on Friday set the date to publish the ruling from its panel of three judges.

Styrian Grand Prix: Ricciardo crashes, Verstappen on top in second practice

Posted on Fri, 10 Jul 2020 20:52:19 IST - sports

Max Verstappen topped the times for Red Bull ahead of Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas in Friday's crash-hit second free practice ahead of this weekend's Styrian Grand Prix.

1st Test Live: WI off to steady start vs England

Posted on Thu, 09 Jul 2020 21:31:18 IST - sports

Check live cricket score, scorecard and ball-by-ball commentary of 1st Test match between England and West Indies on Times of India

Fernando Alonso needs no help from me, says Daniel Ricciardo

Posted on Thu, 09 Jul 2020 20:39:55 IST - sports

Daniel Ricciardo has welcomed Fernando Alonso's Formula One return as his Renault replacement next year while ruling out sacrificing any time in the car to help the Spaniard get up to speed.

Masked IPs, fabricated emails: Here's how UVA T20 scam blew up

Posted on Fri, 10 Jul 2020 19:24:43 IST - sports

Ever since the morning of July 4, when the story first broke on the ingenuity of a totally fictitious Sri Lankan T20 league being "played" on the outskirts of Chandigarh, probing authorities that include the ICC's ACSU, BCCI and SLC anti-corruption units and police from Mumbai and Chandigarh have become part of an inquiry to look into the most bizarre of cricketing scams in recent times.

Wimbledon to disburse prize money in lieu of cancelled C'ships

Posted on Fri, 10 Jul 2020 18:46:11 IST - sports

The prize money set aside for the Wimbledon Championships will be distributed to 620 players who were set to take part at this year's cancelled tournament, the All England Lawn Tennis Club said on Friday. Wimbledon, which was initially scheduled for June 29-July 12, was cancelled for the first time since World War Two due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Champions League final eight draw throws up possible Barca-Bayern clash

Posted on Fri, 10 Jul 2020 16:22:44 IST - sports

Barcelona and Bayern Munich will meet in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League should both sides make it through, Friday's draw for the final eight confirmed.

Sammy backs Ngidi after former SA players criticise pacer on 'BLM' stand

Posted on Fri, 10 Jul 2020 18:25:50 IST - sports

West Indies' World Cup-winning former captain Darren Sammy on Friday backed Lungi Ngidi after some ex-South African players criticised the pacer for his support to the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement.

Take your appeal to ECB if you want to resume playing cricket: PCB to Kaneria

Posted on Fri, 10 Jul 2020 17:24:47 IST - sports

The PCB on Friday advised banned Test leg-spinner Danish Kaneria to approach the England Cricket Board (ECB) if he wants to resume playing club or domestic cricket. A desperate Kaneria, banned since 2012, wants to resume cricket activities to earn his livelihood but the PCB said it can't do much since the punishment was handed to him by the ECB.

Chelsea's top-four fate in own hands, says Frank Lampard

Posted on Fri, 10 Jul 2020 20:05:20 IST - sports

Chelsea's Champions League hopes are firmly in their own hands and winning their final four Premier League games will cap off a successful season, manager Frank Lampard said on Friday.

In lockdown, you gain physically but rhythm will be affected: Shami

Posted on Thu, 09 Jul 2020 17:51:44 IST - sports

The Covid-19 lockdown is a double-edged sword for India pacer Mohammed Shami. While it gives an exhausted body enough time to "heal" and get stronger, he fears the break can also have ruinous implications on rhythm. "While on one side, you become fitter with a lot of training but not playing the sport means that at the same time the rhythm is not there," Shami said.

Nasser Hussain wants ICC to change its 'bad light' laws

Posted on Thu, 09 Jul 2020 18:44:56 IST - sports

Former England captain Nasser Hussain wants the ICC to revisit its regulations related to bad light which has affected Test matches over the years. Hussain, who has scored 5764 runs in 96 Tests for England, feels perhaps the umpires can keep the players on the ground longer even if light might be considered poor.

India's FIH Pro League campaign to restart in April 2021 in Argentina

Posted on Thu, 09 Jul 2020 18:30:46 IST - sports

The Indian men's team will resume its FIH Pro League campaign in April next year with an away tie against Argentina, according to a revised fixtures announced by the International Hockey Federation on Thursday. India will play Argentina on April 10 and 11 next year in the revamped Pro League.

Asia Cup postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic

Posted on Thu, 09 Jul 2020 19:04:57 IST - sports

This year's Asia Cup tournament, originally scheduled for September, has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) said on Thursday.

Tiger Woods ready to return, commits to Memorial

Posted on Thu, 09 Jul 2020 20:07:33 IST - sports

Tiger Woods announced on Thursday that he will compete at next week's Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio, the 15-time major champion's first PGA Tour event in five months.

COVID-19 may have pushed back growth of women's cricket by 2 years: Mithali

Posted on Thu, 09 Jul 2020 20:06:46 IST - sports

Legendary Indian skipper Mithali Raj feels the COVID-19 forced break may have pushed back the growth of women's cricket by at least two years.

Relief for boxers Satish, Vikas, Neeraj after trio tests Covid negative

Posted on Thu, 09 Jul 2020 19:49:36 IST - sports

Boxers Satish Kumar, Vikas Krishan and Neeraj have on Thursday tested negative for the novel coronavirus even as the rest of the first batch of boxers, who had arrived in Patiala last week are awaiting their test results. Men’s national chief coach CA Kuttappa, who is also observing quarantine, said a total of 10 male boxers have reached and have been practising some light exercises.

Setback to BWF's plans; three major events including Finals in China to be cancelled

Posted on Thu, 09 Jul 2020 20:00:34 IST - sports

Badminton World Federation (BWF) plans to restart the international tournaments suffered a huge setback as China announced cancellation of all remaining sports events except the Winter Olympic Games trials this year. With this announcement the year-end BWF World Tour Final scheduled to be held at Guangzhou from December 16 is likely to be cancelled.