India to face Australia in ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup opener

India to face Australia in ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup opener

India will face Australia in their tournament-opener of the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup scheduled to be held from January 13 to February 3 in 2019 at New Zealand. India and Australia are placed along side Zimbabwe and East Asia Pacific qualifier Papua New Guinea, in group B. Defending champions West Indies, 2012 champion South Africa, New Zealand, Africa qualifier Kenya are placed in Group B. Notably, the Indian team has won the tournament thrice.


We need few more days to appoint India coach… need to discuss with Virat Kohli: Sourav Ganguly

The Cricket Advisory Committee, comprising of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman, have delayed the coach’s announcement as they need more time to decide the candidate. Ganguly said they want to have a word with Virat Kohli so that everyone is on the same page.

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly, part of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), said they need more time to finalise the next coach for the Indian cricket team. Ganguly added that they want to have the captain Virat Kohli on the same page.

Ganguly added that Virat “needs to understand how the coach will operate.” “We want to have a word with Virat before finalising so that everybody is on the same page. He is in America at the moment,” said Ganguly.

Did Virat suggest any names? “No he didn’t send or suggest any names,” Ganguly responded.

The CAC met on Monday to interview the candidates for the high-profile post. Sehwag’s interview lasted for close to two hours. Other than Shastri, the Indian cricket board received applications from Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Richard Pybus, Dodda Ganesh, Lalchand Rajput, Lance Klusener, Rakesh Sharma, Phil Simmons and Upendranath Bramhachari.

Former coach Anil Kumble stepped down as India’s coach last month saying that skipper Virat Kohli had reservations with his ‘style’ before Team India left for the recently-concluded West Indies tour without Kumble. He also refused a two-week extension offered to him by the BCCI. There was a lot of tension between the coach and captain due to difference in working styles.

While Kohli remain tight-lipped over the matter, Kumble had a long ‘Thank You’ post when he resigned from the position. Kumble’s decision took everyone in the Indian camp by surprise as they were expecting the former India leggie to accompany them in the West Indies.

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Kohli responds to questions about MS Dhoni

India cricket captain Virat Kohli backed MS Dhoni and said that the former captain knows how to build an innings. “He is striking the ball beautifully, you don’t need to tell him anything in terms of how to play a situation, how to build an innings,” Kohli said during the post-match press conference after India won the ODI series against the West Indies 3-1 on Thursday.

Kohli responds to questions about MS Dhoni

India placed at No.96 in latest FIFA rankings

The Indian football team has been placed at No.96 in the latest FIFA rankings released on Thursday. Interestingly, this is India’s best FIFA ranking since February 1996 when the team was placed at No. 94. Also, the team, which has won 13 of their last 15 matches and are unbeaten in the last eight, is currently 12th in Asian Football Confederation.

India placed at No.96 in latest FIFA rankings

On PV Sindhu’s 22nd Birthday, We Look Back At Why She Is Truly The Queen Of Badminton

On the occasion of PV Sindhu’s 22nd birthday, we takes a look back at her historic silver medal at the 2016 Rio Games.

Following the surprise exit of former World No 1 Saina Nehwal to 61st ranked Maria Ulitina in her second match in Rio, it had fallen upon Sindhu to carry the hopes of Indian badminton at the Olympics

In her first Olympics, the 21-year-old entered the pre-quarters with a grueling 72-minute win over Canada’s Michelle Li 21-19, 21-15, setting up a very tough match against the London Olympics silver medalist Yihan Wang of China.

In the end, she beat Yihan – seven years older than her – 22-20, 21-19 to become the second Indian after Saina to reach the last four at the Olympics. She then beat Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in straight sets 21-19, 21-10 in 51 minutes to become the first Indian in an Olympics badminton final.

On the biggest day of her career, Sindhu faced the world No 2 Carolina Marin and never stopped fighting until the Spanish champion won gold. And yet it did not feel like Sindhu had lost, for in her hands was the biggest prize in the history of Indian badminton – an Olympic silver, to go past Saina’s bronze four years ago in London

Early into the game and all in the family

Her initiation into badminton began at an early age as she started training playing the sport at the age of 8. Her efforts bore fruit when bronze medal at the 2009 Sub-Junior Asian Badminton Championships held in Colombo.

Her family has always stood behind her in her success. Her father PV Ramana and mother PV Vijaya were national level volleyball players. Ramana, who was a member of the Indian volleyball team that won the bronze medal in 1986 Seoul Asian Games, received the Arjuna Award in 2000 for his contribution to the sport.

She has an elder sister, PV Divya, who was a national-level handball player. However, she was not interested in pursuing professional sports and became a doctor. She later married US based software engineer, Anurag Kumar.

Originally Published In The Times Of India

PV Sindhu

India Defeat Arch-Rivals Pakistan In Title Clash To Clinch Asian Snooker Championship

Pankaj Advani teamed up with Laxman Rawat to demolish Pakistan in the final of the Asian Team Snooker Championship.Advani drew first blood by putting on a sterling performance against Mohammad Bilal.

After the Pakistani scored the first solitary point and benefited from a foul from Advani, the Indian bounced back to piece together a brilliant break of 83 to seal the first tie of the best-of-five final.

India’s fate was going to be determined by Advani’s partner Rawat’s form and he did not disappoint.

He rose to the occasion to head towards what was to be his first major international title with a clinical 73 break to win the frame without allowing his opponent, Babar Masih to score a single point.

To complete a whitewash the Indian pair needed to maintain their superlative performance in the doubles tie.

However, the Pakistani duo responded well to pressure of being 0-2 down, knowing they needed to win this crucial tie to stay alive in the final. But it was Rawat who saved the day for India by scoring a 50 break just when they had a deficit of a similar margin.

But a critical miss on the pink before starting with the colours, brought Masih back to the table, gifting him a regulation clearance of yellow to black. Given the kind of pressure that was resting on his shoulders to rescue Pakistan from the brink of defeat, he fumbled on the green and gave Advani an unintended snook.

But the Indian ace was in no mood of leaving the table without getting the job done. He played a classy swerve and managed to just sink the green in the pocket and saw himself in a spot of bother with the brown.

Pankaj Advani