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Afridi, Alam frontrunner’s for Pak T20 captain race

While Shahid Afridi and Fawad Alam have emerged as frontline candidates to be named as the national Twenty20 captain this week, confusion reigns on whether Misbah-ul-Haq will be retained as skipper of the one-day squad. The chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Shaharyar Khan has not helped matters by adding to the confusion with his statements on the Misbah ...

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World No. 1 Novak Djokovic pulls out of Davis Cup

World No.1 Novak Djokovic has decided to skip the Davis Cup World Group play-off tie against India scheduled to be played here from Sep 12-14, according to the visiting team’s non-playing captain Bogdan Obradovic. “Novak is definitely not coming to India, mainly because of fatigue and also he would like to be with his wife who is expecting their first ...

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PM Modi congratulates Sania for winning US Open Mixed Doubles

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday congratulated Sania Mirza for winning the US Open mixed doubles title, saying it was a matter of pride. “Congratulations to Sania Mirza for the victory in the US Open Mixed Doubles Finals. We are very proud of the achievement,” the Prime Minister said. He also congratulated Japanese tennis player Kei Nishikori for making it ...

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Leave decision on playing in Asiad to federation: Sania Mirza

Cricketers are not the only ones who manipulate the media. These days all sports persons with major achievements are in the news regularly, failing which they feel their market value takes a tumble. Wrestlers, boxers and shooters all have their media favourites. Tennis makes news so long as Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi keep discussing their differences as also their ...

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Brathwaite century boosts WIndies

Kraigg Brathwaite`s second Test hundred was the foundation-stone of a formidable West Indies batting effort as the home side closed a rain-affected first day of the first Test against Bangladesh on Friday at 264 for three. On a day when the tourists relied heavily on debutant spinners Taijul Islam and Shuvagata Hom on a placid pitch at the Arnos Vale ...

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Williams to face on Wozniacki in US Open final

Serena Williams will fight for an 18th Grand Slam title against Caroline Wozniacki after sweeping past Ekaterina Makarova 6-1, 6-3 on Friday to reach the US Open final. World number one Williams, winner of the past two titles at Flushing Meadows and five overall, will try to match Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova on 18 career major titles when she ...

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Practising on hockey turf led to Raina”s success

Suresh Raina, whose century in the second ODI helped India regain its confidence back after successive defeats in Tests against England, has extensively worked hard on tackling short pitch deliveries in the hockey turf at Guru Govind Singh Sports College here, his coach Deepak Sharma said. Sharma said before leaving for England tour, Raina sweated out on the astroturf ground ...

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Gavaskar not in favour of comparison but hails skipper Dhoni

Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar on Wednesday refused to draw comparison between country’s most successful ODI captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his predecessors, but said that going by sheer record the wicketkeeper-batsman surpassed all his seniors. Dhoni registered his 91st ODI win as India captain, edging past Mohammad Azharuddin to become the most successful one-day skipper during his side’s emphatic ...

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Suresh Raina”s belligerent ton powers India to 304/6

Put into bat, India lost a couple of early wickets after opener Shikhar Dhawan (11) and Virat Kohli (0) were scalped by Chris Woakes (4-52) with India reeling on 19 for two. But Rohit Sharma (52) and Ajinkya Rahane (41) batted sensibly to lay a solid foundation for the middle-order to build upon. Raina, registering his fourth ODI ton, then ...

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It’s a good format to come back into form: Dhoni

Dhoni was cheered on as he walked up to the dais for the post-match presentation ceremony. Suresh Raina smashed a belligerent 75-ball century as India began their one-day campaign on a resounding note when they trounced England by 133 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series at Sophia Gardens. “In the next three matches we’ll have more ...

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