Junior Hockey World Cup: Blaze of India’s young guns

December 20, 2016

Putting to practise lessons taught by coaches, junior world hockey champions stunned fancied teams with sheer pace, grit Has anyone, in recent times, seen Indian hockey players dominate a match with sheer pace? This question was asked by those who watched Indian colts outpace Belhium, considered Europe’s most improved country in the sport in the Junior Owrld Cup hockey final. The first 20 minutes of title clash witnessed some of…


R Ashwin, Murali Vijay in Tamil Nadu Ranji team

December 19, 2016

For the quarterfinals against Karnataka to be held at Vizag from September 23. Chennai: Tamil Nadu Cricket Association president N. Srinivasan said India mainstays R. Ashwin and M. Vijay would be part of the Tamil Nadu Ranji team for the quarterfinals against Karnataka to be held at Vizag from September 23. Ashwin was scheduled to travel to Dubai for the inauguration of a private academy, but the off-spinner has cancelled…


India hold nerve to enter Jr World Cup final after 15 years

December 17, 2016

India came from a goal down to pip Australia 4-2 via shootout in a thrilling contest and enter men’s Junior Hockey World Cup final. Lucknow: Favourites India came from a goal down to pip Australia 4-2 via shootout in a thrilling contest and enter the final of the men’s Junior Hockey World Cup after a hiatus of 15 years in front of a packed Major Dhyan Chand Astroturf Stadium here…


Sindhu loses second match at BWF World Super Series Final

December 16, 2016

World No 2 Carolina Marin of Spain also figures in her same group and Sindhu will have task cut out when she faces the Spaniard on Friday. Dubai: Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu lost her second Group B match at the prestigious BWF World Super Series Final going down to Sun Yu of China in straight games here, on Thursday. Sindhu, who recently clinched the China Super Series Premier…


Master of 3 formats, Virat Kohli nears a peak

December 15, 2016

Not even Sachin Tendulkar could climb the triple peak of Tests-ODIs-T20 because his tryst with the shortest format was all too brief. The computerised ranking system refuses to acknowledge yet what we believe. Virat Kohli should be the number one Test batsman in the world at the moment, except that the algorithms do not seem to agree.  What we know beyond the rankings is Kohli is currently the master batsman…


PV Sindhu wins Most Improved Player award

December 14, 2016

Lee Chong Wei won the Male Player of the Year Award. Japan’s Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi won the Female Player of the Year award. Dubai: Rio Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu won Badminton World Federation (BWF) Most Improved Player of the Year award at the Players’ Reception and Gala Dinner in Dubai on Monday. Sindhu, who lost to Carolina Marin in the finals of the womens’ singles in the summer games,…


Junior Hockey WC: India beat SA 2-1 to enter quarters

December 13, 2016

India started as favourites and the hosts lived up to their billing at least in the opening 20 minutes of the game. Lucknow: Favourites India maintained their unbeaten run in the tournament and eked out a fighting 2-1 win over a spirited South Africa in their final Pool D match to book a place in the quarterfinals of the men’s Junior Hockey World Cup at the Major Dhyan Astroturf stadium,…


How Sachin Tendulkar put Virat Kohli on path to glory

December 12, 2016

‘The best advice was not to read or look up things that were being said about me. That was the best advice I got’. Mumbai: Virat Kohli revealed Monday that sage advice from India great Sachin Tendulkar after a disastrous tour of England two years ago helped turn him into world cricket’s top batsman. Kohli flopped during India’s 3-1 series defeat in England in the summer of 2014, making a…


Selectors name R Ashwin as Virat Kohli’s deputy

December 10, 2016

Their choice was conveyed to the BCCI on Thursday and the announcement is likely to be made in the next 24 hours. Mumbai: The national selection panel headed by MSK Prasad has chosen R. Ashwin as Team India’s new vice-captain, it is learnt.According to sources in the Indian cricket board, the five selectors (MSK Prasad, Jatin Paranjape, Gagan Khoda, Devang Gandhi and Sarandeep Singh) have unanimously picked the in-form Ashwin…


Dominant India thrash Canada 4-0 in Junior World Cup opener

December 9, 2016

India will play England in their next pool match. Earlier in the day, England defeated South Africa 4-2 in another Pool C encounter. Lucknow:  Rated as strong favourites for the title, hosts India started their campaign on a resounding note spanking Canada 4-0 in their opening Pool D match of the Junior Hockey World Cup at the Major Dhyan Chand Astroturf Stadium, here on Thursday. India were by far the…


Ind vs Eng: Virat Kohli’s India look to seal series in Mumbai

December 8, 2016

Thursday’s Test match gives India a chance to exact revenge for the two earlier defeats and also make the Chennai Test inconsequential. Mumbai: A dominant India will be eyeing to clinch the five-Test series against England with yet another comprehensive victory when the two teams square off in the fourth match of the series starting Thursday. With an unassailable 2-0 lead after three Tests, the confidence of the Virat Kohli-led…


Will aim at consistency, says Roelant Oltmans

December 7, 2016

The Dutchman these days is working along with the Harendra Singh-coached junior team as they prepare for the mega event at home. New Delhi: Indian hockey is entering into a crucial period, with the think-tank set to make changes to the core group of players keeping an eye on the next four year cycle, that will include the 2018 World Cup at home and the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo….