Eyeing a historic bilateral ODI cricket series win in India, New Zealand senior batsman Ross Taylor on Thursday said they are hungry to win the five-match series decider on Saturday and make up for the 0-3 whitewash in Tests. Hopefully we can get better than what we have in the past," the former New Zealand captain told the New Zealand Cricket (NZC) website as they checked into the coastal Andhra city this evening.
Indian cricket's poster boy Virat Kohli was the latest icon to join PM Narendra Modi's initiative Sandesh2Soldier. Kohli, who reached Visakhapatnam with the Indian team on Thursday to play the fifth ODI against New Zealand, tweeted a video with a caption, "Whenever you see a jawan, salute them. We get to celebrate festivals & live in peace because of them. Jai Hind."
Puducherry 237 in 49.3 overs (Thambiraj Ezhumalai 29, Prasanth 72, A. Mohammed Azarudeen 37, K. Sanjeev 31, N. Harish four for14) lost to Tiruvallur 240 for nine in 50 overs (R. Nandhagopal 37, Mitchell Anthony Mannays 59, N. Nithiyanandhan three for 37, S. Gunalan four for 40). Kancheepuram and Namakkal qualify At Nagapattinam: Nagapattinam 264 for four in 50 overs (J. Anthony Raj 66, S. Siddharth 146) lost to Salem 270 for six in 48.4 overs (M.S. Pramoth 28, S. Guru Raghavendran 67, N. Rikesh Kumar Sharma 29, S.I. Vasudevan 90 n.o.).
The 36-year-old has not been selected since Pakistan's early exit from the World Twenty20 in India in April, after which he resigned as Twenty20 captain. A hard-hitting right-handed batsman and leg-spinner, Afridi retired from Test cricket in 2010 and from one-day internationals in 2015. Meanwhile, off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has also been omitted by the Pakistan Cricket Board, hurting his chances of making a comeback in the national side.
With Sushil Kumar's chances of participating in the second season of the Pro Wrestling League (PWL) next to nil, another star India wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt is also likely to opt out of the upcoming event taking the sheen away from the tournament. "It is very difficult for me to be a part of PWL as the League will take place in December and my wedding is in January. Although I have still not ruled it out completely, it seems unlikely," Yogeshwar told PTI.
Delhi Dynamos dominated the proceedings but yet again played out a draw in a 1-1 result against FC Pune City in a familiar show of their strikers missing chances galore in the Indian Super League football on Thursday. Delhi were denied thrice with Pune goalkepeer Edel Bete making fantastic saves each time while home side player Marcelo Pereira missing the target with an empty net in front as Zambrotta's men played out their fourth draw of the season from six matches.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday announced a 15-member women's squad for a series in New Zealand and the Asia T20 Cup in Thailand but with uncertainty still prevailing over whether India would play Pakistan in the regional event. Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and Thailand are the participating teams in the women's Asia T20 Cup with the tournament starting from 27 November.
You knew that the new ball would be taken by Stuart Broad and James Anderson - it was that way for the best part of eight years. While he has the substantial benefit of a team containing three decent all-rounders - you could make a decent argument to suggest both Mike Brearley and Michael Vaughan owe some of their captaincy reputation to the presence of fine all-rounders within their teams - he also has three relatively inexperienced spinners in his side.
Asian Hockey Federation's Technical Delegate Ramesh Appoo conducted a disciplinary hearing under the Code of Conduct and found Surender guilty of a serious foul, warranting suspension for two matches. ( India beat Malaysia to seal top spot in Asian Champions Trophy hockey ) The Indian defender, whose good performance in the Champions Trophy earned him a place in the squad for the Olympic Games, will have to sit out of the knockout round, starting with the semifinal on Saturday.
Yasir Shah and Sarfraz Ahmed have been promoted to the 'A' category in the list of annual contracts announced by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday (October 27). "It may be recalled that the Pakistan Cricket Board had extended the July 2015-June 2016 Player Central Contracts by three months as three of the four members on the Central Contracts Committee had only just taken up their new roles and a number of Tours were ongoing, therefore time was required to assess the performances of players," a PCB media release stated.
Shaun Marsh struck a century to follow up from his first-innings 73 on the third day of Western Australia's day-night Sheffield Shield game against South Australia at the WACA. Marsh, who struck a century in Australia's previous Test against Sri Lanka in August, suffered a right hamstring tear while batting for Western Australia in a Matador Cup game earlier this month.
Indian cricketer Rohit Sharma doesn't need any introduction to the cricketing world. Popularly known as the hitman, the Mumbaikar is the only batsman in the in the international arena to have registered two double centuries in ODIs. Rohit seemed to be in a jovial mood as the members from both the teams were waiting for their flight to Vizag in the Birsa Munda international airport in Ranchi.