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Denmark Open: Sindhu, Sameer, Praneeth knocked out in 2nd round

HYDERABAD: Seventeen year-old An Se Young recorded the biggest victory of her career when she stunned world champion PV Sindhu in straight games 21-14, 21-17 in the second round of the Denmark Open BWF Super-750 Tournament in Odense on Thursday. Indian challenge also ended in men’s singles and doubles. Sameer Verma went down to Chen Long of China 12-21, 10-21 and Sai Praneeth lost to Kento Momota of Japan in straight games 6-21, 14-21. Incidentally, this is the third straight early exit for Sindhu after her historical Worlds title in August. She lost in the second round of China Open and the first round of the Korea Open last month. The lanky shuttler surprisingly lost her form after the Worlds and on Thursday, she looked clueless as the Korean teen attacked her relentlessly with fas...

Indian pace attack reminds me of West Indies of old: Brian Lara

MUMBAI: West Indian batting great Brian Lara on Thursday praised the current Indian pace attack, which reminded him of the deadly West Indian attacks of yore.The Indian pace trio of Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami, in 2018, picked a record 142 wickets among them in Test matches.Asked what makes Indian team special, Lara said: “It’s the Indian pace attack. Unbelievable. I saw them in the West Indies. When you look at the quality — (Jasprit) Bumrah, (Mohammed) Shami, (Umesh) Yadav — all these guys, and the guys on the sidelines, like Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) are unbelievable.” “It reminds me a little bit of the (pace bowling) strength that the West Indies had in the 80s and 90s. The reserve strength is very important in assessing a team&#...

‘You have to ask Modi ji and Imran’: Ganguly on India-Pak ties

KOLKATA: BCCI president-elect Sourav Ganguly has said that resumption of bilateral cricket ties with Pakistan is subject to approval from India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his counterpart Imran Khan. Asked about the resumption of India-Pakistan bilateral ties during a media briefing here, Ganguly said, “You have to ask that question to Modi ji and the Pakistan Prime Minister.” “Of course we have (to take permission), because international exposure (tours) is all through governments. So we don’t have an answer to that question,” the former India captain added. The last time both neighbours featured in a bilateral series was in 2012, when India hosted Pakistan for a limited-overs series comprising two T20Is and three ODIs. The 47-year-old Ganguly, w...

Will speak to selectors about Dhoni on October 24: Ganguly

KOLKATA: Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president-elect and former India captain Sourav Ganguly on Wednesday said he will speak to the selectors about MS Dhoni‘s future and seek their opinion before giving his views during the meeting on October 24. India’s T20 squad for the Bangladesh home series will be picked in Mumbai on October 24 after Ganguly is officially appointed the president of BCCI on October 23. The selection was supposed to take place on October 21 initially. India will play Bangladesh in three T20s starting November 3 and two Tests. Former India skipper Dhoni, 38, has been away from international cricket since India’s exit from the World Cup after losing the semi-final clash to New Zealand. I am like everyone else but I control my emotions be...

Denmark Open: Yet another early exit for Saina, Srikanth; Sameer cruises

HYDERABAD: Sameer Verma and mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Sikki Reddy progressed to the pre-quarterfinals while Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth endured yet another early exit at the Denmark Open BWF Super-750 Tournament in Odense on Wednesday. Saina suffered a straight game loss against Sayaka Takahashi of Japan 15-21, 21-23. The former World No.1 looked good in the second game but failed to win big points towards the end. Saina saved four match points from 16-20 but her rival nosed ahead by clinching two consecutive points from 21-21. Srikanth lost to fourth seed Anders Antonsen of Denmark 14-21, 18-21 in the first round. Sameer Verma faced no such issues as he eased past Kanta Tsuneyama of Japan 21-11, 21-11. Sameer started with a 4-0 lead in the first game and maintai...

Anil Kumble’s learnings from previous coaching stints

NEW DELHI: Spin great Anil Kumble says one of the biggest learnings from his previous coaching stints, including the controversial one with the Indian team, is to “back off and help the players relax”. Kumble resigned as India head coach after the 2017 Champions Trophy final due to an “untenable relationship” with skipper Virat Kohli though the team did well under his tutelage. The 48-year-old is back to coaching again, this time as director of cricket operations at Kings XI Punjab. He also held mentorship roles at Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians. “With RCB we did not win the title but we came close a couple of times. With Mumbai, we had wonderful success those three years I was there. It is nice to have the experience of crossing the line. It c...

Yashasvi Jaiswal youngest cricketer to score double century

BENGALURU: Mumbai teenager Yashasvi Jaiswal on Wednesday smashed his way into the record books by becoming the youngest player to score a List-A double century. Playing in his debut Vijay Hazare season, the 17-year-old scored 203 off 154 balls, which included 12 sixes and 17 fours against a Jharkhand attack that included out-of-favour India pacer Varun Aaron and Shahbaz Nadeem. The opener’s scintillating innings helped Mumbai beat Jharkhand by 38 runs in their final Elite Group A match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy. Jaiswal has been in fine form in the tournament, scoring 113 and 122 against Kerala and Goa respectively. The opener made it the ninth instance of an Indian scoring a List A double-ton. The feat comes less than a week after Sanju Samson scored 212 not out – his first L...

Would like Virat to focus on winning big tournaments: Ganguly

KOLKATA: Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president-elect and former India captain Sourav Ganguly on Tuesday said he would like to see the Indian team management focus on winning more ICC tournaments and that is an area he would like skipper Virat Kohli to address. “My only thing is that they need to win big tournaments. They are not going to win every time but they have gone through seven tournaments without winning one,” Ganguly told reporters at the Eden Gardens on his arrival to the city from Mumbai amid much fanfare. “They are a much better side than that. That is an area they need to get ready mentally. Talent is enormous. We reached the World Cup semis. That’s an issue which Virat needs to address. It doesn’t happen in the boardroom,” ...

Mary Kom questions protest rule at World Championships

NEW DELHI: Six-time world champion MC Mary Kom on Tuesday questioned the rationale behind the rule which did not allow her to lodge a protest after her semi-final loss in the recent World Championships. “Our protest was not considered as it was a 1-4 verdict. I don’t know what this rule is, that you cannot file an appeal if it is 1-4,” Mary Kom said on the sidelines of a felicitation function by the sports ministry. “If deserving winners are made to lose, it does not do any good to the sport,” said the 36-year-old who won her maiden 51kg medal, a bronze, in the just-concluded World Championships in Russia. After Mary Kom lost her semifinals bout 1-4 to Busenaz Cakiroglu of Turkey, India lodged a protest but it was turned down by the International Boxing Associ...

PV Sindhu, Sai Praneeth enter second round at Denmark Open

HYDERABAD: PV Sindhu, Sai Praneeth and men’s doubles duo of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty advanced to the second round of the Denmark Open while Parupalli Kashyap and Sourabh Verma exited losing their first round matches in Odense on Tuesday. Kashyap, who reached the semifinals of the Korea Open, faltered against Sitthikom Thammasin of Thailand in straight games 13-21, 12-21. Sourabh won the first game but lost way after that, losing the next two against Mark Caljouw of the Netherlands 21-19, 11-21, 17-21. World champion Sindhu, who was stunned in the first round of Korea Open last month, worked hard against Gregoria Mariska Tunjung of Indonesia during her 38-minute victory 22-20, 21-18. Sindhu, who, usually takes time to settle down in the first couple of rounds was trai...

Meet the men who are likely to rule Indian cricket

NEW DELHI: The reins of the most powerful and richest cricket board in the world, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will now be in the hands of a new team, headed by former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly, who will be taking charge on October 23. Here’s a brief look at the new top team of the BCCI and the men who are likely to rule Indian cricket in the near future: Sourav Ganguly (President) One of the most successful captains in Indian cricket history, Ganguly retired from international cricket in 2008 having accumulated 7,212 Test runs and 11363 ODI runs. He scored a total of 38 international centuries. In 2009, Ganguly became a working committee member of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB). 2014 saw Ganguly becoming the CAB joint secretary. In 2015 he took over ...