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India vs Australia 1st Test Preview

Big Picture In this era of facts and alternative facts, let’s consider one of each regarding the Test series that starts in Pune on Thursday. Australia can regain the No.1 Test ranking by the end of this tour. That is a fact. Australia have a good chance of doing so. That is an alternative fact. In other words, a falsehood. A statement that is backed up by no evidence whatsoever. To do so, Australia would need to win this series either 3-0 or 4-0, and not even Sean Spicer could…

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IPL Auction 2017 update

Sold players INR 1 crore = INR 100 lakh = INR 10000000 = USD 149254 approx INR 1 lakh = INR 100 thousand = INR 100000 = USD 1493 approx Eoin Morgan (Base price INR 2 crore) – Sold to Kings XI Punjab for INR 2 crore Pawan Negi (Base price INR 30 lakhs) – Sold to Royal Challengers Bangalore for INR 1 crore Angelo Mathews (Base price INR 2 crore) – Sold to Delhi Daredevils for INR 2 crore Ben Stokes (Base price INR 2 crore) – Sold to…

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Jadeja, Ishant wrap up India’s 208-run win

India 687 for 6 dec. (Kohli 204, Vijay 108, Saha 106*, Taijul 3-156) and 159 for 4 dec. (Pujara 54*) beat Bangladesh 388 (Mushfiqur 127, Umesh 3-84) and 250 (Mahmudullah 64, Ashwin 4-73, Jadeja 4-78) by 208 runs Ravindra Jadeja‘s relentless accuracy and Ishant Sharma‘s reverse swing ensured India dismissed Bangladesh for 250 in an improbable chase of 459 and secured a 208-run victory in Hyderabad, extending their undefeated streak to 19 Tests. Bangladesh’s major source of resistance on the fifth day came via a Jekyll-and-Hyde 56-run stand between Mushfiqur…

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India beat Pakistan by nine-wickets to win T20 Blind World Cup

India successfully defended their title in the T20 Blind World Cup on Sunday at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore by beating arch-rivals Pakistan in the final by nine wickets. Incidentally, in the previous and only edition of the T20 World Cup for the visually impaired, Pakistan had been on the losing end then too. Both teams came into the contest with a superb record during the tournament. Where India had won eight out of nine games, losing only to Pakistan, beat Sri Lanka in the semi-final by a convincing ten wicket margin to…

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Rahul Dravid-coached India U-19 team has no money for dinner

In a case of administrative shambles, the India Under-19 squad and their management staff which includes coach Rahul Dravid, have not yet received their daily allowances. There seem to be a couple of reasons for this situation which has left the players relying on their families for money. After the Supreme Court removed BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke, there is no official signatory to release funds. Secondly, the demonetisation policy has put the cash withdrawal limit at Rs 24,000 per week. According to the Indian Express, sources confirmed that the players…

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IPL 2017 Player Auction on February 20th

The player auction of the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will be held on February 20th in Bengaluru, it was officially confirmed on Friday. The venue of the cash-rich league was not much of a reason for contention as much as the date was not being confirmed by the BCCI and the IPL committee. The originally proposed date for the auction was February 4 with reports claiming the date could be between Feb 20 and Feb 25. There were some reports earlier in the day which said…

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Mishra, Rasool added to India’s T20 squad

India have added legspinner Amit Mishra and offspinner Parvez Rasool to their squad for the three T20s against England, choosing to rest their first-choice spin pair of R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja for the series. Ashwin and Jadeja had been part of the initial 15-man squad for the series, which also includes legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal. The series begins on January 26 in Kanpur, rounding off England’s full tour of India. Mishra played two Tests against England in the recent home series and picked up five wickets. In the home ODIs…

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Malaysia Masters 2017: Saina Nehwal Wins Grand Prix Gold 2017

Indian badminton ace Saina Nehwal notched up her first title after a career-threatening injury by claiming the Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold with a hard-fought victory in the summit clash here on Sunday. Up against 18-year-old Thai Pornpawee Chochuwong, the top-seeded London Olympics bronze-medallist triumphed 22-20 22-20 in a 46-minute clash.  This was her 23rd title overall and the first after last year’s Australian Open. The 26-year-old world No.10, who had been desperately looking for a title that boosts her confidence after recovering from a knee surgery last year, was…

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India win series with Yuvraj and Dhoni tons

India 381 for 6 (Yuvraj 150, Dhoni 134, Woakes 4-60) beat England 366 for 8 (Morgan 102, Roy 82, Moeen 55, Root 54, Ashwin 3-65) by 15 runs Remember the time chasing was hard in ODIs? A second match of this series assumed heart-stopping proportions as a flat track, a fast outfield, short boundaries and batsmen with self-belief the size of a small planet came together. India put up 381, fuelled by a career-best 150 from Yuvraj Singh and a 10th hundred from MS Dhoni. But they only just came…

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Ranji Trophy: Parthiv Patel hundred takes Gujarat to maiden title

Gujarat have lifted the Ranji Trophy for the first time in their history, beating domestic heavyweights Mumbai by five wickets on the last day of the final at Indore’s Holkar Stadium. This stunning victory came on Saturday, the last day of this engaging summit clash, with Gujarat captain Parthiv Patel scoring an excellent 143 to help Gujarat chase down 312. It capped a memorable season for Parthiv’s team, one that began in the first week of October with a hard-earned three points in a draw with Baroda in Jaipur and…

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