Siraj has shown remarkable improvement, should play WTC final: Harbhajan

Posted on Thu, 10 Jun 2021 20:22:52 IST - sports

Pacer Mohammed Siraj's "remarkable improvement" should be rewarded with a place in the playing XI in the World Test Championship final against New Zealand, reckons former India spinner Harbhajan Singh. Harbhajan also says young opener Shubman Gill must get back to his groove after a cheap run against England and in the IPL at home since a good start is paramount.

Pavlyuchenkova reaches first Grand Slam final at French Open

Posted on Thu, 10 Jun 2021 20:25:58 IST - sports

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova beat world number 85 Tamara Zidansek of Slovenia 7-5, 6-3 to reach a first Grand Slam final at a record 52nd attempt at the French Open on Thursday.

NZ know how to punch back, it will be a close game: Sidebottom

Posted on Thu, 10 Jun 2021 15:20:29 IST - sports

Former England left-arm medium-pacer Ryan Sidebottom feels the mega clash between India and New Zealand at the World Test Championship will be a closely fought battle between the number one (India) and number two (NZ) ranked Test teams in the world. Sidebottom said while India scores in terms of strength and depth, NZ is competitive and knows how to punch back.

Rafa vs Novak, French Open, 2006: Chapter 1 in 15-year rivalry

Posted on Thu, 10 Jun 2021 16:12:31 IST - sports

It's one of the greatest rivalries in tennis, currently standing at 57 matches, encompassing Grand Slams, Masters, Olympics and Davis Cups. Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will meet once again in the semi-finals of the French Open on Friday at Roland Garros, the very place where they first clashed in 2006.

Live Score: England vs New Zealand, 2nd Test, Day 1

Posted on Thu, 10 Jun 2021 14:54:14 IST - sports

India's Olympic team to be fully vaccinated: Narinder Batra

Posted on Thu, 10 Jun 2021 17:32:41 IST - sports

India's Olympic contingent will be fully vaccinated by early July ahead of their journey to Tokyo for the Games, the country's top sports official Narinder Batra told AFP. India will send nearly 200 athletes, coaches and support staff to the Tokyo Games scheduled to run from July 23 to August 8 after last year's event was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Racism: Buttler, Morgan's non-participation in IPL could save KKR, RR the blushes

Posted on Thu, 10 Jun 2021 18:05:31 IST - sports

The likely non-participation of Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler in the second phase of the IPL could save them from being sanctioned by their respective franchises Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals for posting allegedly racist tweets about Indians in 2017.

Live Cricket Score: West Indies vs South Africa, 1st Test Day 1

Posted on Thu, 10 Jun 2021 19:36:59 IST - sports

After old tweets fiasco, Ollie Robinson takes a short break from cricket

Posted on Thu, 10 Jun 2021 20:14:33 IST - sports

English county Sussex on Thursday confirmed that pacer Ollie Robinson will not be a part of the team squad for the opening two Vitality Blast fixtures against Gloucestershire and Hampshire Hawks. "After a difficult week, Ollie has decided to take a short break from the game to spend time with his young family," said Sussex in an official statement.

Exciting that I'm going to play in first-ever game of The Hundred: Harmanpreet

Posted on Thu, 10 Jun 2021 18:51:05 IST - sports

India's T20I skipper Harmanpreet Kaur and teen batting sensation Shafali Verma will be representing the Manchester Originals and Birmingham Phoenix respectively in the inaugural edition of The Hundred in the UK starting on July 21.

Euro 2020 finally set for lift-off under Covid cloud

Posted on Thu, 10 Jun 2021 18:35:21 IST - sports

The delayed Euro 2020 tournament will finally get underway on Friday, a year behind schedule, with Covid still set to cast a shadow over the event.

WTC Final: Team India undergoes first group training session

Posted on Thu, 10 Jun 2021 11:56:26 IST - sports

It was the first time the Indian players mixed with their teammates on the ground after being allowed to run in the gymnasium and the main playing field at different time slots on completion of the third day of their hard quarantine in the UK.

Anderson becomes England's most-capped Test cricketer

Posted on Thu, 10 Jun 2021 15:51:57 IST - sports

Veteran pacer James Anderson added another feather to his already illustrious cap on Thursday as he surpassed former skipper Alastair Cook to become England's most-capped Test cricketer. The legendary pacer has now featured in 162 matches for England one more than Cook, who played 161 games in the longest format.

Oldest, youngest, most capped - all the numbers for Euro 2021

Posted on Thu, 10 Jun 2021 17:45:18 IST - sports

Belgium not only take their top ranking into the European Championship but they will also be the most experienced of the campaigners at the tournament, which kicks off on Friday.

A Supernova called Dingko Singh

Posted on Thu, 10 Jun 2021 14:05:39 IST - sports

He exploded on the scene like a seasoned superstar. Not many fit this description in Indian sports, especially without an Olympic medal, but then Dingko Singh was unlike most. All of 42 and four years after losing over 70 per cent of his liver to cancer, Dingko breathed his last at his Imphal home on Thursday, leaving Indian boxing stunned and the many he inspired with a void.

All Indian shooters are capable of winning in Tokyo Olympics: Smirnov

Posted on Thu, 10 Jun 2021 16:13:40 IST - sports

It's not about one, two or three but all his shooters are capable of winning a medal, including gold, at the Tokyo Olympics, reckons Pavel Smirnov, the longstanding foreign coach of the Indian pistol team. On the back of their unprecedented success in recent years, the Indians will enter the upcoming Olympics with heightened expectations.

'Witch hunt has to stop': Vaughan on racist tweets investigation

Posted on Thu, 10 Jun 2021 16:11:41 IST - sports

The probe into England cricketers' old tweets is a "witch hunt" that must stop, says former skipper Michael Vaughan as the ECB investigates alleged racist remarks on social media by many of its cricketers.

Salisbury ends Britain's 39-year wait for French Open success

Posted on Thu, 10 Jun 2021 17:43:10 IST - sports

Joe Salisbury ended Britain's 39-year wait for a main draw title at the French Open when he combined with American Desirae Krawczyk to win the mixed doubles at Roland Garros on Thursday. Krawczyk and Salisbury rallied from a set down to beat the Russian pair of Elena Vesnina and Aslan Karatsev 2-6 6-4 (10-5) to clinch the title on a sun-bathed Philippe Chatrier court.

Djokovic vs Nadal - six of the best Grand Slam matches

Posted on Thu, 10 Jun 2021 16:19:35 IST - sports

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal meet for the 58th time on Friday in the French Open semi-finals. We look at six of their best Grand Slam matches:

Norwich end kit sponsor deal with BK8 after backlash from fans

Posted on Thu, 10 Jun 2021 15:34:18 IST - sports

Premier League club Norwich City on Thursday ended their partnership with kit sponsor BK8 following supporters' criticism of the Asian betting company's provocative marketing material online.

EXCLUSIVE: Reports of friction with Sports Minister 'factually incorrect': Batra

Posted on Wed, 26 May 2021 12:57:40 IST - sports

For this exclusive interview with, Batra sat in the chair of IOA president only, taking questions ranging from India's preparedness for the Olympics, reports of alleged friction with sports minister Kiren Rijiju and his views on the arrest of India's two-time individual Olympic medal-winner Sushil Kumar in a murder case.

MS Dhoni's best may come in 2nd half of IPL: Deepak Chahar

Posted on Wed, 26 May 2021 19:15:29 IST - sports

Pace bowler Deepak Chahar has said that veteran wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni may hit form with the bat if the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) season resumes.

Achinta Sheuli wins silver at World Junior Weightlifting C'ship

Posted on Wed, 26 May 2021 19:26:08 IST - sports

Indian lifter Achinta Sheuli produced his personal best in all three events to clinch an overall silver medal in the 73kg category at the Junior World Championship on Wednesday. The 19-year-old lifted 313kg -- 141kg in snatch, followed by 172kg in clean and jerk -- at the gold level Olympic qualifier event.

Amit Panghal enters semis of Asian Boxing, India assured of 13 medals

Posted on Wed, 26 May 2021 20:13:39 IST - sports

Defending champion Amit Panghal (52kg) advanced to the semifinals and assured himself of a second successive medal at the Asian Boxing Championships after overcoming a stiff challenge from Mongolia's Kharkhuu Enkhmandakh in the last-eight stage on Wednesday.

English conditions should suit NZ more than India in WTC final: Cummins

Posted on Wed, 26 May 2021 19:40:24 IST - sports

Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins feels if the current wet weather conditions in England persist, New Zealand will enjoy an edge over India in the World Test Championships final, starting in Southampton on June 18.

EXCLUSIVE: There's a conspiracy to frame Sushil, says lawyer

Posted on Wed, 26 May 2021 13:53:47 IST - sports

With the high-profile case transferred to the Crime Branch and the investigation team digging deeper to know the truth, got in touch with one of Sushil Kumar's lawyers, BS Jakhar, for a clearer picture of what exactly the defence's stand is in this case.

Enthusiam for final beats COVID fears, say Europa League fans

Posted on Wed, 26 May 2021 19:46:19 IST - sports

Fans flocking into Poland's historic city of Gdansk for the Europa League final between Manchester United and Villarreal on Wednesday said their enthusiasm for the game had triumphed over their fears about COVID-19.

Children barred from England's second Test v New Zealand

Posted on Wed, 26 May 2021 19:53:29 IST - sports

Children will not be allowed to attend England's second Test against New Zealand at Edgbaston next month after the match was chosen as one of the British government's pilot events to allow bigger crowds.

Intra-squad hockey games right warm-up for Olympics: Akashdeep Singh

Posted on Wed, 26 May 2021 20:16:38 IST - sports

Experienced hockey striker Akashdeep Singh is unperturbed by the lack of pre-Olympic Games tours due to Covid-enforced travel restrictions and says that intra-squad matches are providing good preparation.

Cancellation not discussed after sponsor's editorial: Tokyo 2020 CEO

Posted on Wed, 26 May 2021 16:54:04 IST - sports

Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto said on Wednesday it was only natural for news organisations to have different views on the Olympics Summer Games, when asked about an editorial from a sponsor company urging cancellation. He added that no board member had discussed the cancellation or delay of the Games as a possibility during a Tokyo 2020 board meeting held earlier in the day.

'Match practice important for women's team ahead of Eng tour'

Posted on Wed, 26 May 2021 16:15:13 IST - sports

The Indian women's cricket team is set for their England challenge. They are scheduled to play a one-off Test, 3 ODIs, and as many T20Is against England Women, starting June 16.

Kohli, Rohit static in ODI batting chart, Bumrah fifth among bowlers

Posted on Wed, 26 May 2021 17:13:56 IST - sports

India skipper Virat Kohli and his deputy Rohit Sharma held on to their second and third positions respectively in the batting chart, while pacer Jasprit Bumrah remained static at number 5 in the bowling list of the latest ICC ODI player rankings. Kohli and Rohit were sitting pretty with 857 and 825 points respectively in the batting list headed by Pakistan's Babar Azam with 865 points.

Saurabh leads way in stellar show by India's pistol & rifle mixed teams

Posted on Wed, 26 May 2021 18:21:12 IST - sports

India's Tokyo 2020 Olympic-bound 10M Pistol and Rifle Mixed Team pairs, put up stellar shows while participating in the Minimum Qualification Score (MQS) section of the events, at the ongoing European Shooting Championship in Osijek, Croatia, on Wednesday.

English stumper Foakes ruled out of NZ Tests after freak injury

Posted on Wed, 26 May 2021 18:20:27 IST - sports

England's wicketkeeper-batsman Ben Foakes was on Wednesday ruled out of the upcoming two-match Test series against New Zealand after a freak dressing-room accident resulted in a torn hamstring. Haseeb Hameed and the uncapped Sam Billings have been added to England's Test squad for the matches against New Zealand.

States should have annual contracts for its players, proposes Rohan Gavaskar

Posted on Wed, 26 May 2021 19:17:26 IST - sports

Former India player Rohan Gavaskar has suggested the country's state cricket associations to start offering annual contracts to its players, quite like the way the BCCI does with the Indian team.

Bergwijn is major casualty as Netherlands trim Euro 2020 squad

Posted on Wed, 26 May 2021 18:42:51 IST - sports

Forward Steven Bergwijn was dropped on Wednesday as Netherlands coach Frank de Boer finalised his 26-man squad for next month’s European Championship, axing eight players from a preliminary squad named earlier this month. The final squad was released by social media ahead of a news conference that De Boer was giving at 1400 GMT.

On this day in 1999, Ganguly, Dravid formed 318-run stand against SL

Posted on Wed, 26 May 2021 16:33:14 IST - sports

It was on this day, 22 years ago, when Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid formed a 318-run stand against Sri Lanka in the 50-over World Cup. The duo achieved the feat in the group stage match against Sri Lanka played at Taunton. In the match between India and Sri Lanka, the latter won the toss and opted to bowl first.

Barty excited for 'spine tingling' Olympic debut in Tokyo

Posted on Wed, 26 May 2021 15:06:52 IST - sports

Winning a Grand Slam is the ultimate goal for most tennis players but Ash Barty says there is no greater honour than representing your country and the world number one sees the Olympic Games as the pinnacle of sport.

Will you pay in one go or installments, jovial Chhetri asks Virat

Posted on Wed, 26 May 2021 14:50:45 IST - sports

Impressed with Virat Kohli's ability to hit a perfect free-kick, Indian football team's captain Sunil Chhetri asked the Indian cricket team's skipper to pay up for lessons in a friendly banter.

Watch: Virat Kohli displays free-kick skills, coach not surprised

Posted on Wed, 26 May 2021 13:15:45 IST - sports

Virat Kohli, whose football skills are no secret, displayed his ability to hit perfect free-kicks on social media. The India skipper, struck a pile-driver from outside the box and struck the crossbar as the goalkeeper stretched to stop it.

IPL: Punjab Kings face an uphill task against RCB juggernaut

Posted on Fri, 30 Apr 2021 09:19:35 IST - sports

During every player auction, Punjab Kings’ (PBKS) team management emphasizes on getting a balanced side for the upcoming season, but six matches down in the 14th season of the IPL, they still seem clueless about a settled unit. Tottering at the bottom half of the table KL Rahul’s boys have their task cut out against a rampaging Royal Challengers Bangalore on Friday.

Tokyo Olympics could be held without fans: Games chief

Posted on Fri, 30 Apr 2021 13:24:13 IST - sports

Overseas spectators have already been barred from the Games, and this week a decision on domestic fans was delayed until June, with organisers citing a new wave of infections in Japan.

Shahrukh Khan can aspire to be like Hardik Pandya: Styris

Posted on Fri, 30 Apr 2021 12:32:18 IST - sports

Playing his first season in the Indian Premier League, Punjab Kings youngster Shahrukh Khan has shown he has the ability to play the finisher's role with bat in hand.

In Pics: How Prithvi Shaw's knock hit KKR out of the park

Posted on Fri, 30 Apr 2021 11:33:46 IST - sports

Aussies may fly to UK with India, Eng players after IPL

Posted on Fri, 30 Apr 2021 12:48:21 IST - sports

A senior BCCI official agreed that the option could be explored looking at the international travel guidelines during the last week of May as all commercial flights from India to Australia are banned at the moment due to sky-rocketing cases of Covid-19.

I knew where Shivam Mavi would bowl: Prithvi Shaw

Posted on Fri, 30 Apr 2021 08:23:41 IST - sports

His six fours in the very first over set up Delhi Capitals' easy win over Kolkata Knight Riders in an IPL match here on Thursday and Prithvi Shaw said he knew where pacer Shivam Mavi would bowl and was prepared for it.

If you give Prithvi Shaw the confidence, he can do wonders: Rishabh Pant

Posted on Fri, 30 Apr 2021 08:49:07 IST - sports

After registering a comprehensive seven-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL), Delhi Capitals skipper Rishabh Pant said that right-handed batsman Prithvi Shaw is a very talented player and he can do wonders if the side shows confidence in his abilities.

Bengaluru FC's AFC Cup play-off match rescheduled to May 11

Posted on Fri, 30 Apr 2021 14:47:10 IST - sports

Indian club Bengaluru FC's AFC Cup play-off match, which was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic earlier this month, has been rescheduled for May 11. BFC, runners-up in 2016, were earlier scheduled to play on April 28.

We feel very safe inside IPL bio-bubble, says Quinton de Kock

Posted on Thu, 29 Apr 2021 21:29:19 IST - sports

Mumbai Indians' senior player Quinton de Kock said he feels "very safe" inside the IPL bio-security bubble, two days after leg-spinner Adam Zampa called it one of the "most vulnerable" before taking a flight back to Australia. "To be honest, we trust in our doctors, so we are pretty safe in our bubbles. At least we feel very safe and it is quite easy," de Kock said after winning match against Rajasthan.

Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu frets over training trip to US

Posted on Fri, 30 Apr 2021 09:41:01 IST - sports

A sense of anxiety has gripped Mirabai Chanu as the world record-holder weightlifter from Manipur hurriedly works out plans to visit Kansas City for treating her recurring shoulder injury before the imposition of a likely travel ban on Indian visitors by the US owing to the unprecedented Covid-19 situation.