Sports | GG2.Net Sports | GG2.Net 2017-02-25 en // Garavi Gujarat <![CDATA[Indian eves win ICC World Cup Qualifier finals]]>
Harmanpreet Kaur blasted a six in the penultimate delivery to power India to a one-wicket win over South Africa in a last-ball thriller at the ICC Women's World Cup Qualifier Final at P Sara Oval here on Tuesday. Needing nine off six balls, Indian women were staring at defeat when they lost Poonam Yadav (7) in the first delivery but Harmanpreet plundered Letsoalo over deep midwicket to bring India back on the chase and sealed the win with a couple of runs in the last ball of the over. ]]>
<![CDATA[India gets 2019 Combined World Cup for shooting]]>
India will be hosting the Combined World Cup for shooting in 2019, a qualifying event for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which will further boost the country's profile as a global shooting destination. The National Rifle Association of India's (NRAI) bid was approved by the International Shooting Sport Federation's Executive Board in its meeting held in New Delhi. Combined World Cup comprises all the three categories -- shotgun, rifle and pistol --, and at stake in the 2019 edition will]]>
<![CDATA[India beat Pak to make final of Women's World Cup Qualifier]]>
The Indian women's cricket team continued its unbeaten run at the ICC World Cup Qualifiers by advancing to the final with a seven-wicket victory over arch-rivals Pakistan here today. India bundled out Pakistan for a meagre 67 in 43.4 overs after asking them to bat upon winning the toss. The team then achieved the target in just 22.3 overs, scoring 70 for three to post a comprehensive win which helped it top the Super 6 table. Ekta Bisht shone for India with an impressive five-wicket haul,]]>
<![CDATA[ Afridi announces international retirement]]>
Legendary Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi today announced his retirement from international cricket, ending an illustrious and sometimes controversial 21-year career. The 36-year-old star had already quit Tests in 2010 and ODI cricket after the 2015 World Cup but still skippered the Pakistan Twenty20 team at the 2016 world championships in India. He stepped down as captain after the tournament although he retained his slender hopes of continuing his career in the sport's shortest forma]]>
<![CDATA[Dhoni removed as Pune captain, Smith to take over]]>
Indian cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni was on Sunday removed as captain of IPL franchise Rising Pune Supergiants and replaced by Australian Steve Smith, ending his innings as skipper in both international and  franchise cricket. Dhoni, who had stepped down as India's limited-overs captain to snap his international run as skipper earlier this year, will, however, continue to be a part of the Pune franchise as a player. "Dhoni has not stepped down. We have appointed Steve Smith]]>
<![CDATA[Service Tax Dept summons Sania Mirza for alleged tax evasion]]>
Tennis player Sania Mirza has been issued notice by the Service Tax department in connection with alleged non-payment or evasion of service tax. The Principal Commissioner of the Service Tax office here issued the summons to the tennis star on February 6, asking her to appear before it in person or through an authorised agent on February 16. The notice says, "Whereas an investigation against you about non-payment/evasion of Service Tax/contravention of provisions of Finance Act 1994 and ]]>
<![CDATA[ No tax evasion, Telangana govt gave Rs 1 cr as incentive: Sania]]>
Tennis star Sania Mirza, who was summoned in connection with an alleged case of non-payment of Service Tax, has denied any tax evasion. In response to the summons issued to the tennis star on February 6, her Chartered Accountant appeared on her behalf before the Service Tax authorities yesterday, as she has gone abroad. She contended that the Rs one crore given to her by the Telangana government was a "training incentive". "Sania's representative submitted certa]]>
<![CDATA[ Tendulkar adopts another village for transformation]]>
After transforming the lives of villagers in Puttamraju Kandriga in Andhra Pradesh, Indian cricket icon and Rajya Sabha MP Sachin Tendulkar is now set to adopt Donja in Osmanabad (Maharashtra) under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojna. Tendulkar has sanctioned over INR 4 crore from his MPLAD fund for development of Donja. The amount will be spent on development of a new school building, a water Supply scheme that would provide potable water to each household, concrete roads and a sewage line att]]>
<![CDATA[My role in BCCI is that of a night-watchman, says Vinod Rai]]>
Former Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) Vinod Rai, who will head the Supreme Court-appointed four-member panel of administrators, on Monday called himself a "night-watchman" whose only job will be to ensure a "smooth transition" to an elected body in BCCI. The Supreme Court on Monday appointed a four-member committee of administrators to run the affairs of the BCCI and implement the court-approved recommendations of the Justice R M Lodha panel. Asked Rai ]]>
<![CDATA[ Ex-CAG Vinod Rai to head administrators' panel to run BCCI: SC]]>
Brushing aside all resistance, the Supreme Court on Monday appointed a four-member committee of administrators headed by former Comptroller and Auditor General of India Vinod Rai to run the affairs of the BCCI and implement court-approved recommendations of the Justice R M Lodha panel on reforms in the cash-rich cricket body. Other three members of the committee of administrators  are famous cricket historian Ramachandra Guha, Vikram Limaye, Managing Director of Infrastructure Develo]]>
<![CDATA[ Bumrah's nerveless final over helps India level series]]>
Jasprit Bumrah lived up to his billing as a death-overs specialist, defending eight runs in the final over as India completed a thrilling five-run victory on Sunday (January 29) to level the three-match series 1-1. India posted 144 on a sluggish wicket at the VCA Stadium in Nagpur and were heading for defeat after a 52-run fourth wicket stand between Joe Root and Ben Stokes before Ashish Nehra (3 for 28) and Bumrah's (2 for 20) expert death bowling helped India defend 41 off the final fiv]]>
<![CDATA[ Sania and Dodig end runner-up at Australian Open]]>
 Sania Mirza will have to wait for her seventh Grand Slam trophy as the Indian and her Croatian partner Ivan Dodig lost the Australian Open mixed doubles final 2-6 4-6 to underdogs Abigail Spears and Juan Sebastian Cabal, here on Sunday The second-seeded Indo-Croatian pair paid the price for the free-flowing unforced errors from the racquet of Dodig,  who struggled with his serve and groundstrokes on Sunday.It is second runners-up finish for Sania and Dodig together after losing the]]>
<![CDATA[ England colts gear up for One-day series against India U-19]]>
England Under-19 captain Matthew Fisher on Sunday said that the One-day series against their India counterparts, starting here tomorrow, would be a tough one but his team was here to win. "We are not here to just develop and learn, we are here to also win. We are going to compete best we can. We know it's going to be tough but that's not an excuse. We are going to leave everything on the field, just back ourselves, " Fisher told a media conference this afternoon. The England]]>
<![CDATA[Hussey warns Australia to avoid angering Kohli]]>
Australia need a clear strategy to keep Virat Kohli in check and refrain from getting into verbal confrontations with the India captain during the four-test series starting this month, former batsman Mike Hussey has said. Under leading batsman Kohli, India are unbeaten in their last 18 tests, registering series wins in Sri Lanka and West Indies, while thumping South Africa, New Zealand and England at home. The captain's form has been key to India's rise to number one in the te]]>
<![CDATA[ Cricket-Chahal sparks England collapse as India win T20 series]]>
Yuzvendra Chahal spun a web around England's batsmen to pick up six wickets and fire the hosts to a series-clinching 75-run victory in the third and final Twenty20 international on Wednesday. Chasing 203 for victory, the touring side collapsed spectacularly to lose their last eight wickets in 19 deliveries for the addition of eight runs as they were dismissed for 127 in the 17th over.Leg-spinner Chahal's figures of 6-25 were the third best in the shortest format of the game. E]]>
<![CDATA[Indian-American to build 8 cricket stadiums in US]]>
An Indian-American cricket enthusiast has announced plans to build as many as eight cricket stadiums across the US at an estimated cost of USD 2.4 billion to professionalise the game in the country. The eight proposed stadiums, each having a capacity of 26,000 people in New York, New Jersey, Washington DC, Georgia, Florida, Texas, Illinois and California, would create as many as 17,800 new jobs in the US, said Jignesh (Jay) Pandya, chairman of Global Sports Ventures. Gujarat-born Pand]]>
<![CDATA[ England restrict India to 147/7 in first T20 International]]>
Indian batsmen were found struggling against a disciplined England bowling attack which restricted the hosts at 147 for 7 in the first T20 International, here this evening. Loss of wickets at regular interval did not allow India to accelerate even though MS Dhoni's 36 off 27 balls towards the end helped them get closer to 150. The other contributions came from captain Virat Kohli (29 off 26), who opened the batting, and comeback man Suresh Raina (34 off 23). Offie Moeen Ali was the st]]>
<![CDATA[ ICC names 4 women in umpiring panel for Women's WC Qualifier]]>
The ICC has named four women in a strong field of nine umpires to officiate in next month's ICC Women's World Cup Qualifier 2017 in its continued efforts and commitment to the overall growth and development of women's cricket. Seasoned Kathleen Cross of New Zealand lead the group of  women umpires who all have international experience and are being groomed for more future responsibilities by the ICC. tbe others are Sue Redfern of England, Claire Polosak of Australia  ]]>
<![CDATA[ England post decent 321/8 vs India in 3rd ODI]]>
India's bowlers put up a comparatively better show even as England managed a competitive score of 321 for 8 riding on a late flourish from Ben Stokes in the third and final ODI, here on Sunday. Stokes hammered the Indian attack in final overs with his unbeaten 39-ball-57 had four boundaries and two sixes. The last seven overs produced 75 runs as England jumped from 246 for 6 to 321 for 8. With Stokes on fire, Jasprit Bumrah's horrifying series continued despite a decent first-spell of]]>
<![CDATA[Paralympic great Weir brands British Athletics 'a joke']]>
Six-time Paralympics gold medallist David Weir labelled British Athletics "a joke" on Tuesday and said he would never represent his country again. Weir, who won four golds at the London 2012 Games and two in Beijing four years earlier, took to his Twitter account to vent his anger, without detailing exactly what he was referring to. "Today is the day I officially retire from GB I will never put a shirt on again.#thanksBritishAthletics what a joke," the 37-year-old ]]>
<![CDATA[Kohli, Jadhav hit magical centuries to script sensational win]]>
Skipper Virat Kohli smashed a majestic 122 while Kedar Jadhav conjured up a career-best 120 before India's lower middle-order held nerves to pull off an incredible three-wicket win over England in the first One-day International, here today.Kohli and Jadhav rattled up a sensational 200-run partnership for the fifth wicket to set up the platform after England set the hosts a stiff 351-run target.   Chips were down for India after losing four wickets for just 63 runs but Kohli ]]>
<![CDATA[Joe Root arrives to join England squad]]>
    England were bolstered by the arrival of their top batsman Joe Root in Mumbai in time for travelling with the squad on Friday (January 13) to Pune for the first of three ODIs on January 15. 'Joe Root has arrived. He is at the ground (Brabourne Stadium),' the team's media manager said on Thursday (January 12). Root had stayed back for a few days for the birth of his first child. England will field 12 men, with eleven to bat, while the home si]]>
<![CDATA[ Agut subdues Medvedev to begin 2017 with Chennai Open title]]>
Roberto Bautista Agut captured his fifth ATP singles title to deny Danill Medvedev his maiden trophy at this level as the World number 14 subdued the young Russian 6-3 6–4 in the final of the Chennai Open here on Sunday. Agut remained solid from the baseline while Medvedev paid the price for little mistakes against a superior opponent, who kept the strokes and emotions under control. Medvedev's serve was always under pressure and in contrast the Spaniard served out his games comfort]]>
<![CDATA[Dhoni quits limited-overs captaincy]]>
      Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the country’s most successful skipper, on Wednesday (January 4) sprang a major surprise by stepping down as India’s limited-overs captain, thereby bringing an abrupt end to his glorious leadership tenure.   The 35-year-old Dhoni under whom India had won two World Cups and a Champions Trophy title, stunned the cricket fraternity by relinquishing the captaincy barely 11 days before the ODI series against E]]>
<![CDATA[ Leander rules out retirement, says his comments were misread]]>
The iconic Leander Paes has ruled out immediate retirement from the competitive tennis, saying his comments were misconstrued and he actually aims to capture another Chennai Open trophy next year and motivate his new partner to win his maiden Grand Slam title.   Paes and Brazilian Andre Sa began the 2017 season with a defeat against Indian team of Purav Raja and Divij Sharan in the opening round on Wednesday night."I hope to be back and I hope to be holding this trophy again,&qu]]>
<![CDATA[Serena Williams hooked to Reddit co-owner Ohanian]]>
    Tennis superstar Serena Williams announced on Thursday (December 29) she is engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, breaking the news with a poem on her verified Reddit account.   Williams, 35, and Ohanian, 33, did not reveal a wedding date in the postings, listed under the Reddit tag 'isaidyes'.   ‘I came home a little late, Someone had a bag packed for me, And a carriage awaited, Destination: Rome, To escort me to my very ow]]>
<![CDATA[India vs England Jan 15 ODI is a sell-out]]>
  The Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) has announced that tickets for the first One-Day International cricket match between hosts India and England, scheduled on January 15, 2017 at the MCA's International Stadium, Gahunje, Pune (Maharashtra), have been sold out. Ticket sales for the day-night fixture commenced on December 15 and were sold out in 12 days, MCA said in a media release, adding that bookings for both physical and online tickets have thus, ended. As ]]>
<![CDATA[Gujarat's Samit Gohel breaks record with 359 not out]]>
    Gujarat's 26-year-old opening batsman Samit Gohel on Tuesday (December 27) broke a 117-year-old record in first-class cricket by notching up the highest score while carrying his bat through the innings of 359 not out during his team's Ranji Trophy quarter-final against Odisha. While Hanif Mohammed's epic 499 remains the highest score by an opener in first-class cricket, no one has scored more than Gohel while remaining not out in his team's score of ]]>
<![CDATA[Records galore in India's thumping win]]>
 India broke a deluge of records during their 4-0 series drubbing of England as the team stretched its unbeaten streak to a record 18 matches while scripting its ninth win of the current calendar year, which is also a first. The 4-0 series win is also their biggest-ever against England. Their previous best was the 3-0 series verdict under Mohammad Azharuddin's captaincy in 1992-93. Celebration erupted in the stands at the M A Chidambaram Stadium as Ravindra Jadeja snared the final En]]>
<![CDATA[Ashwin, Jadeja occupy top two spots in ICC Test bowling chart]]>
         Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja made it a rare instance of two India bowlers topping  the ICC Test rankings after the left-arm spinner's maiden 10-wicket match haul against England in the Chennai Test propelled him to the second position. Jadeja's performance has earned him 66 points and brought him within eight points of star off-spinner Ashwin, who has already been occupying the number one position.This is just the second time the t]]>
<![CDATA[Inzamam criticises Anderson over comments on Kohli]]>
Pakistan chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq has criticised James Anderson for his uncharitable comments about Virat Kohli’s technique, saying that the England pacer should first take wickets in India before questioning the Indian skipper’s capabilities. Anderson had recently said Kohli’s technical deficiencies were not at display during the ongoing Test series between India and England because the pitches in India are devoid of bounce and there is lack of movement. &ldquo]]>
<![CDATA[Ashwin fights back for India after Jennings' debut ton]]>
England opener Keaton Jennings struck a century on debut before off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin led an Indian fightback with late wickets to leave the visitors 288 for five on the first day of the fourth test at the Wankhede Stadium on Thursday (8). The touring side, trailing 2-0 in the five-match series, had been cruising on 230-2 thanks largely to left-handed opener Jennings who made 112 after being dropped on nought. But Ashwin, the world’s top-ranked test bowler, picked up f]]>
<![CDATA[Ball thrown by fielder hits umpire in Mumbai Test ]]>
  On-field umpire Paul Reiffel was forced to leave the field on Thursday for medical attention after being hit on the back of the head by a throw from fielder Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the post-lunch session of the fourth Test between India and England in Mumbai. The former Australia fast bowler was stationed at square leg when the ball thrown by Kumar from deep square leg hit him flush on the back of the head and he fell down on the turf. Play was halted for a while as on-fie]]>
<![CDATA[India's Rahane out of series, Shami doubtful for Mumbai]]>
India middle-order batsman Ajinkya Rahane has been ruled out of the last two tests against England with a fractured finger while fast bowler Mohammed Shami is also doubtful for the fourth match at the Wankhede Stadium, beginning on Thursday (8). The 28-year-old Rahane, who has had a modest series so far, was hit by a ball during Wednesday's practice and sustained an avulsion fracture on his right index finger. Batsman Manish Pandey has replaced Rahane in the squad, with pacem]]>
<![CDATA[Pakistan to host first Davis Cup match in 12 years]]>
Pakistan has said it has received the green light to host its first Davis Cup tennis tie at home for 12 years, after being forced to play at neutral venues due to security fears. International sporting events have been rarely held in the country which has fought a homegrown Islamist insurgency for years, with foreign teams citing security fears ever since the 9/11 attacks on the United States. A 2009 militant attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team bus in Lahore effectively sealed Pakis]]>
<![CDATA[China's Zhang stuns Saina]]>
    Top seed Saina Nehwal on Friday (Dec 2) crashed out of the Macau Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament after suffering a straight-game loss against lower-ranked Zhang Yiman of China in the women's singles quarterfinal clash in Macau, a Chinese special administrative region. Former World No.1 Saina, who is slowly trying to come back to her best after recovering from a major knee injury which affected her Olympic campaign, found the going tough today, going]]>
<![CDATA[India beat England by 8 wickets]]>
India spinners once again held centre-stage as the hosts produced a clinical performance to cruise to a comfortable eight-wicket victory against England on the fourth day of the third cricket Test on Tuesday (Nov 29). India has taken a 2-0 lead in the five-match series. The trio of Ravichandran Ashwin (3/81), Ravindra Jadeja (2/62) and Jayant Yadav (2/21) shared bulk of the spoils to dismiss the visitors for 236 in their second innings. Comeback man Parthiv Patel then made a ]]>
<![CDATA[India's Jadeja and Ashwin turn screw on England]]>
Ravindra Jadeja led India's strong lower-order batting display with a career-best 90 before spin partner Ravichandran Ashwin wrecked England's top order to put the hosts firmly in charge of the third test on Monday.   Jadeja fell agonisingly short of his maiden test century but shared 75-plus partnerships with Ashwin and Jayant Yadav to give India, who were all out for 417, a handy first-innings lead of 134 runs.   Ashwin struck three times in the final sessi]]>
<![CDATA[ Kohli gives thumbs-up to DRS]]>
India test captain Virat Kohli gave a thumbs-up to the Decision Review System (DRS) on Friday (25), signalling cricket's financial powerhouse might permanently embrace the technology aimed at curbing umpiring errors. It took a lot of cajoling to convince India, a staunch DRS opponent after their bitter 2008 initiation in Sri Lanka, to use the technology on a trial basis in the current five-test series against England. Kohli did not get it always right in the first two tests but th]]>
<![CDATA[Rejuvenated Ashwin spins India back to the top]]>
For those who feared for the future of finger-spin bowling, Ravichandran Ashwin's stupendous success over the last 16 months has come as a mighty relief. While the art of off-spin has grappled with the menace of chucking, the 30-year-old Indian has risen to the top of the ICC test bowling rankings on the back of seven Man of the Series performances. Apart from skipper Virat Kohli, nobody is more important to India's test success on home soil and on Saturday (26) he will unpack]]>
<![CDATA[Kumble, Nasser Hussain bat for Virat Kohli]]>
Kumble, Nasser Hussian bat for Virat Kohli Virat Kohli   After a leading British daily alleged that Indian skipper Virat Kohli was involved in ball tampering during the first India versus England Test in Rajkot, ex-England skipper Nasser Hussain and India coach Anil Kumble have come out in Kohli’s support. While Hussain, who is on the commentary duties in India, lashed at ICC for the way they handled the Faf du Plessis ball-tampering issue in Australia, Mohali, Nov]]>
<![CDATA[Hardik Pandya lone new face in Tests vs England ]]>
  All-rounder Hardik Pandya was the lone new face even as senior speedster Ishant Sharma made a comeback, after recovering from Chikungunya, in the 15-member Indian Test squad announced on Wednesday (Nov 2) for the first two matches against England starting November 9 in Rajkot (Gujarat). While KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were left out due to fitness related issues, batsman Rohit Sharma was also out forced out by a thigh injury which might require sur]]>
<![CDATA[Kohli anchors India to 6-wicket win over NZ, lead series 1-0 ]]>
Virat Kohli held centrestage with a delightful unbeaten 85 after a collective bowling effort as India cruised to an easy six-wicket victory over New Zealand taking a 1-0 lead in the five-match ODI series, here on Sunday (Oct 16).       After bowling out New Zealand for 190 in 43.5 overs, India reached the target in a mere 33.1 overs in a match that turned out to be thoroughly one-sided.       If debutant all-rounder Hardik Pand]]>
<![CDATA[Pakistan kabaddi team kept out of World Cup: Organizers ]]>
The Pakistan Kabaddi team has been kept out of the Kabaddi World Cup, hosted by India, due to the prevailing tension between the two countries, organisers of the fortnight-long event, which begins from Friday (Oct 7), said. The International Kabaddi Federation (IBF), which is the main organiser of the tournament, apparently wants to keep Pakistan away in view of the soured relations between the two countries. "We do not want to comment much on this. ]]>
<![CDATA[Paralympics: Indian Javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia wins gold ]]>
Javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia scripted history by becoming the first Indian to clinch two gold medals at the Paralympics after he broke his own world record to clinch the top honours at the ongoing Rio Games. The 36-year-old, who won his previous gold in the 2004 Athens Games, bettered his own world record to finish on top in the men's F46 event.       Devendra, whose previous best was 62.15 metres (achieved in the 2004 Games), imp]]>
<![CDATA[India's cricketing association BCCI to invite all former India captains for '500th Test' ]]>
The BCCI has decided to invite all the former India captains to celebrate the occasion of country's '500th Test match' that will be played against New Zealand in Kanpur from September 22.       A specially minted silver coin with 500th Test embossed on it is being prepared for the toss.       Senior BCCI official and UPCA supremo Rajeev Shukla said that a host of events are being organised by the BCCI to make the ev]]>
<![CDATA[India's Sania wants AITA to probe Venus issue but AITA wont rush]]>
As reports have emerged that Rio Olympics silver medallist Venus Williams have allegedly been allowed to use prohibited substances under Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs), Indian tennis star Sania Mirza has demanded that All India Tennis Association (AITA) takes up the matter with the appropriate authorities but the national body says it won't rush into the matter.       'Fancy Bears', a Russian hackers group, has claimed that ]]>
<![CDATA[Wawrinka wins US open, stuns Djokovic]]>
Stan Wawrinka became the oldest US Open men's champion in 46 years when he defeated world number one Novak Djokovic to claim a third Grand Slam title on Sunday. The oldest winner of the men's tournament since 35-year-old Ken Rosewall in 1970 said a taste for pain helped him to victory and admitted he was shaking and at one point burst into tears before the match. "You have to accept to suffer and you have almost to enjoy to suffer. Because I think this Grand Slam was the ]]>
<![CDATA[Kerber begins reign as number one with US Open win]]>
Germany's Angelique Kerber began her reign as world number one in imperious style battling past a determined Karolina Pliskova 6-3 4-6 6-4 to win US Open final on Saturday (Sept 9) and claim her second grand slam title of the year. Kerber, who officially takes over from Serena Williams as the world's top ranked player on Monday (Sept 11) , underlined her number one status displaying the heart of a champion as she fought off a fierce challenge from Czech 10th seed Pl]]>
<![CDATA[Paralympic: Thangavelu clinches gold, Bhati gets bronze ]]>
Mariyappan Thangavelu became only the third Indian ever to clinch a Paralympic gold, while Varun Bhati secured a bronze as the duo scripted history for the country in the men's T42 high jump event of the ongoing Rio Games.       The 21-year-old Thangavelu, who was merely five-years-old when his right leg was crushed by a speeding bus while he was on his way to school, joined Murlikant Petkar (1972, swimming) and Devendra Jhajharia (2004, ja]]>