Young talent in focus as India seek start to home season

After the first T20I ended in a washout, India would be itching to get on to the field against a new-look South Africa for their first home fixture since March 2019. In an attempt to groom new talent before next year’s ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, India have persisted with Rahul and Deepak Chahar, Washington
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Ravi Shastri, the India head coach, had stern words for Rishabh Pant, urging the big-hitting wicket-keeper batsman to be smarter with his shot selection. Pant, 21, is seen as one of India’s brightest hopes. While he already has two hundreds in 11 Tests, he is considered an especially explosive force in limited-overs cricket, as reflected
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Joe Root, the England Test captain, is determined to be “at the front” and lead the charge during the next Ashes series in 2021-22. Root has captained England in two Ashes series so far: the 4-0 drubbing they received in 2017-18 Down Under and the 2-2 draw this year. The 28-year-old believes that England now
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The retirement of stalwarts from their previous generation and a change in leadership have left South Africa wearing a thin look, but starting with the series against India, they have a year to build up before the T20 World Cup Four years after they kick started their previous tour of India with a 200-run T20
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Mandalay, Sept 16: One of India’s most consistent sportspersons, Pankaj Advani, on Sunday increased his tally of world titles to 22 by winning a fourth straight final in the 150-up format at the IBSF World Billiards Championship here. The 34-year-old has brought home a world trophy every year ever since returning from a professional stint
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Ho Chi Minh City, Sept 14: Indian shuttler Sourabh Verma stormed into the men’s singles semifinals of the Vietnam Open BWF Tour Super 100 after beating local hero Tien Minh Nguyen in straight games here on Friday. Second seed Sourabh, who had won the Hyderabad Open last month, defeated Tien Minh 21-13, 21-18 in a
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Sarfaraz Ahmed will retain his leadership role for Sri Lanka’s limited-overs visit to Pakistan, while Babar Azam will fill in as vice-captain. With the Pakistan Cricket Board and former head coach Mickey Arthur having parted ways after the Men’s Cricket World Cup, in which Pakistan failed narrowly to make the semi-finals, there had been speculation
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The FIFA Technical Study Group (TSG) has presented its main conclusions from the FIFA U‑20 World Cup Poland 2019 in a 136-page report. The document includes a tournament technical summary highlighting, among others, how ball possession was not key to success as confirmed by the fact that champions Ukraine had an average of 44%, a
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New Delhi, Sept. 13: Opener KL Rahul was on Thursday dropped from the Indian Test squad for the upcoming Test series against South Africa, propelling senior batsman Rohit Sharma to the opener’s role in red-ball cricket. Rookie Punjab batsman Shubman Gill has been rewarded with a place in the Test side as back-up floater, who
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New Delhi, Sept.12: The celebrated M C Mary Kom, young shooter Yashaswini Singh Deswal and shuttler Sai Praneeth were among 12 top sportspersons who were included in the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) of the government on Wednesday. The six-time world champion and Olympic bronze medallist Mary Kom was among 10 boxers who were brought
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