Commonwealth Games 2018: Jitu Rai wins gold, Mehuli Ghosh silver; updates

Commonwealth Games 2018 Day 5: Jitu Rai won gold and Om bronze in 10m Air Pistol final. Pardeep Singh bagged silver in men’s 105kg weightlifting. India’s medal tally in CWG 2018 currently stands at 15

CWG 2018 India

It was a brilliant day for India at Gold Coast on Monday as the country’s medal tally doubled from the previous day in Commonwealth Games 2018. The weightlifting winning streak continued, with Pardeep Singh bagging a silver in the men’s 105kg category. Shooter Jitu Rai won gold after defeating Australia’s Kerry Bell, while Om Mitharwal bagged bronze medal for India in men’s 10m air pistol event. India’s overall medal tally stands at 15th at the CWG 2018. | Today’s Paper

A day before, women formed the core of India’s stupendous day at the 21st Commonwealth Games in Golad Coast, Australia, where a 16-year-old Manu Bhaker delivered a record-shattering shooting gold medal. The table tennis team, meanwhile, stunned the fancied defending champions Singapore to clinch the top honours for the first time at the event. M C Mary Kom advanced to the medal rounds in her first and probably last appearance at the Games. India held on to their fourth position in the medals tally, having claimed seven gold, two silver and three bronze medals so far. A distant silver-medallist in the event also happened to be a woman — Heena Sidhu for shooting. In weightlifting, again, Punam Yadav (69kg) pulled off a personal best of 222kg to improve the bronze she had won in the 2014 edition, in the process adding another gold to India’s haul. In hockey, Indian eves stunned Olympic champions England in its third pool match for a 2-1 victory, which took them closer to a semifinal berth.

Here are the top 10 developments around Commonwealth Games 2018, India’s performance, and schedule for the CWG events:

1. Weightlifting: Pardeep Singh bagged silver in men’s 105kg weightlifting. This is India’s 13th medal overall at the Games.

2. Shooting: Mehuli Ghosh won silver medal for the Women’s 10m Air Rifle Final. Compatriot Apurvi Chandela bagged bronze. The 25-year-old broke her own Games qualification record of 415.6 she set in Glasgow in 2014.

3. Athletics: Tejaswin Shankar clears 2.21m in his second attempt in Men’s High Jump Qualifying Round (Group A)

4. Jitu Rai, Om bag gold and bronze respectively in 10m Air Pistol final: Jitu Rai bagged Gold for India and shooter Om Mitharval equalled the Commonwealth Games (CWG) record on his way to qualifying for the final of the men’s 10m Air Pistol event on Monday. Om shot 584 in the qualifying round to equal the meet record set by fellow Indian Samaresh Jung at the 2006 CWG in Melbourne.

5. Gold Coast CWG medal tally after Day 4 competitions: Top-10 positions in the medal tally after Day 4 of the 21st edition of the Commonwealth Games (CWG) on Sunday. The list is in the order of rank, nation, gold medal, silver medal, bronze medal and total medals.

6. SV Sunil shines as Indian men’s hockey team beat Wales: SV Sunil ensured India’s victory in the 59th minute and beat Wales 4-3 in a dramatic encounter at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games on Sunday. It was a must-win game for India, having drawn 1-1 to Pakistan and losing 0-3 to Malaysia in the previous two Pool B matches.

7. President Kovind, PM Modi laud Indians for CWG victory: President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday lauded the Indian women’s table tennis team for their victory. “Congratulations to the Golden Girls – Manika Batra, Madhurika Patkar, and Mouma Das – for bagging India’s first ever Women’s Table Tennis Team GOLD at Commonwealth Games. Stupendous achievement,” he tweeted.

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Ball-tampering row: Steve Smith, David Warner banned for 12 months; updates

Cricket Australia is expected to come out with the results of an investigation into the ball tampering scandal involving Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft today

David Warner

David Warner has stepped down as captain of the IPL team Sunrisers Hyderabad. The twitter handle of SRH tweeted: “In light of recent events, David Warner has stepped down as captain of SunRisers Hyderabad. The new captain of the Team will be announced shortly. – K Shanmugam, CEO, SunRisers Hyderabad.”

Cricket Australia is expected to come out with the results of an investigation into the ball tampering scandal involving Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft on Wednesday.

As such, the three players will be sent home in the ‘next 24 hours’, according to the Aussie cricket board chief James Sutherland. He added that the players will be penalised with sanctions that will ‘reflect the gravity’ of the situation.

Tim Paine, a batsman with only 10 test caps, has been appointed the new skipper of the side. Matthew Renshaw, Joe Burns and Glenn Maxwell will join the team in South Africa to replace the disgraced trio charged with ball tampering.

Here are the top 10 developments in the ball-tampering row:

1) Steve Smith, David Warner banned for 12 months

Steven Smith and David Warner, formerly captain and vice-captain of Australia, have been banned for 12 months by Cricket Australia for their roles in the pre-meditated plan to tamper with the ball on the third day of the Cape Town Test against South Africa. Cameron Bancroft, the player to actually tamper with the ball, has been banned for nine months.

2) Smith, Warner, Bancroft sent home: Cricket Australia Chief Executive Officer James Sutherland announced on Tuesday that Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft will return home and will not play the fourth and final Test match against South Africa that starts on Friday. Coach Darren Lehmann will continue in the position as he had no knowledge according to CA’s preliminary inquiry.

Matthew Renshaw, Glenn Maxwell and Joe Burns have been named their replacements.

3) Steve Smith stepped down as Rajasthan Royals captain: Steve Smith yesterday decided to step down from Rajasthan Royals’ captaincy in the wake of the of severe backlash he has faced after admitting to ball tampering during the third Test against South Africa.
The decision was on expected lines the moment Cricket Australia indicated that harsher penalty was on cards for Smith and Co for their role in an episode that has shaken Australian sporting fraternity.

4) Ajinkya Rahane to replace Steve Smith: Right-hand Indian batsman Ajinkya Rahane will replace Steve Smith in the upcoming season of the IPL. “Ajinkya Rahane has been an integral part of the Royals family for a long time now and he understands the culture and values of our team. We have absolutely no doubt that he will be a great leader of the Rajasthan Royals,” Zubin Bharucha had said.

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It’s Lalit Modi again! BCCI domain name almost sold for $270 on non-renewal

In September, the powerful board bagged a $ 2.55 billion for granting the IPL media rights to Star Sports

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BCCI, the richest cricket board in the world, has not been able to renew the domain of its official website in time. | Today’s Paper 

Website registrars and have put the domain name up for public bidding, receiving seven bids so far with the highest of USD 270.
The The domain was valid from 2-2-2006 to 2-2-2019.

The updation date, however, happened to be February 3, 2018.

According to a Times of India report, the glitch occured because BCCI’s internet domain is still owned by former IPL czar Lalit Modi, who had not paid for the renewal in time.

BCCI and Modi estranged ties in 2010 after the former Rajasthan Cricket Association chief was suspended on 22 charges. He was subsequently banned for life in 2013.

The board’s website was dysfunctional till Sunday evening and even more embarrassment as the senior national men’s team was playing the second ODI against South Africa at the Centurion.

The BCCI website is an important source of live scores across age categories besides putting up key documents regarding the functioning of the board.

In September, the powerful board bagged a $ 2.55 billion for granting the IPL media rights to Star Sports. The board also gets the maximum revenues from the ICC, $405 million.

Coach will be appointed before Sri Lanka tour, says BCCI’s Shukla

It is not that captain is given all the importance, added Shukla

Anil Kumble

Today’s Paper : The BCCI failed to resolve the differences between Anil Kumble and Virat Kohli despite its best efforts, said senior board official Rajeev Shukla before assuring that a new head coach will be appointed before India’s tour of Sri Lanka next month.

BCCI tried its level best to resolve the issue. The acting secretary, the CEO, they discussed the matter with Kumble and Kohli in great detail, the board consulted the chairman of the COA (Vinod Rai) also,” Shukla told reporters here today.

“They tried to resolve the issues but eventually no outcome could be found out and Kumble decided to move on,” he added.

Kumble, in his statement, said that Kohli had reservations about his coaching ‘style’ and there partnership was untenable.

“BCCI wishes Kumble best for the future. Meanwhile, BCCI has decided to search further for the coach. Before the Sri Lanka tour, the coach will be appointed and it will be the best coach for India,” said Shukla.

When asked whether Virat Kohli was the only one who objected to Kumble as coach, he said: “All these are speculations.

“As I said, sometimes there are differences of opinion and BCCI tried its level best to resolve the whole issue but sometimes things don’t work. Sometimes it happens that you can’t get along with someone.

“It is not that captain is given all the importance. We give importance to everybody. There are differences sometimes. They are also human beings,” Shukla added.

CT 2017: Pak cricketer Amir, once banned for spot-fixing, wanted to make up

‘Amir, since completing his punishment, wanted to do something exceptional for Pakistan’


Today’s Paper :Seven years after Muhammad Amir was banned for five years for spot-fixing, his family has finally heaved a sigh of relief.

His brothers, Naveed and Ejaz said Amir’s brilliant new ball spell against India in the Champions Trophy final and the celebrations that have followed all over Pakistan have eased a big burden off them.

“Our family village, Changa Bungial is near Gujjar Khan near Rawalpindi and after the spot-fixing scandal happened, we were so ashamed and felt bad about facing people,” Naveed told PTI on telephone from Lahore.

“Our family has now settled in Defence Lahore but our roots remain in our village and now when we go there we can proudly look up to our people again,” he said.

“Amir, since completing his punishment, wanted to do something exceptional for Pakistan to make up for his wrong doing and I think he managed that on Sunday,” he said.

Hailing from a poor family, Amir is the sixth child of seven children, six brothers and a sister, and Naveed says his kid brother has now started atoning for the mistake he made in 2010.

“Everyone is calling us from our village and congratulating us on Aamir’s performance in the final,” he said.

Left-armer, Amir who made a return to the Pakistan team after serving the five-year ban in January 2016, had struggled to leave an impact with his bowling since his comeback and many critics felt he was being unduly favoured by the national team’s head coach Mickey Arthur. | READMORE…

Champions Trophy 2017: Shikhar Dhawan breaks Sachin Tendulkar’s record

Becomes the fastest Indian to reach the 1,000 run landmark in ICC matches


Today’s Paper : India’s victory against South Africa at the Oval on Sunday was special, not only for the team and its billions of fans but also for opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan. Clearly, in the middle of a purple patch, the left-hander has continued his love affair with Champions Trophy. As he smashed yet another half-century, scoring 78 in India’s chase of 192 runs, Dhawan broke the enviable record of master blaster Sachin Tendulkar and became the fastest batsman to score 1,000 runs in ICC one-day international matches.

While Tendulkar had taken 18 innings to reach the milestone, Dhawan did so in just 16. Former India captain Sourav Ganguly, who took 20 innings for 1,000 runs, is the third on the list.

While Dhawan has evidently raised his game in the present series, his relationship with ICC tournaments had begun way back in 2004, when he had scored 505 runs with three centuries in seven innings in the Under-19 World Cup.

His next world tournament was the 2013 Champions Trophy in England, where he averaged 90.75 at a strike rate of 101, with two hundreds in five innings. The leading run-getter in the tournament, he also won the Man-of-the-Series award. Then came the 2015 World Cup in Australia, where Dhawan scored 412 at an average of 51.50 and a strike rate of almost 92. His eight innings in the tournament included 73 against Pakistan and 137 against South Africa. He was India’s highest run-getter in the tournament, and fifth overall.

Does he raise his game for big events?

Dhawan’s performance in World T20s has been quite ordinary – he averages 10.57. In ODIs, his overall average of 44.36 looks pale when compared with the brilliant 69.14 at which he has scored in big tournaments of 50-over games. Clearly, he doesn’t perform above par in all big tournaments across formats.

Also, his form coming in the last two Champions Trophy competitions has been very good. He was the third-highest run-scorer in IPL 2017. Similarly, in 2013, he had played Champions Trophy after an impressive IPL show and a century on debut in Tests. So, for him, it seems more like continuing productive patches than lifting the performance. Before the 2015 World Cup, though, he had had a poor Test and ODI series in Australia. But he managed to improve dramatically during the World Cup, played under similar conditions. | READMORE…



IPL final 2017: Mumbai Indians beat Rising Pune Supergiant; Dhoni defeated

For Mahendra Singh Dhoni, it was yet another final that ended in a defeat


LATEST| Magnificent death bowling saw Mumbai Indians snatch an incredible one-run victory from the jaws of defeat against Rising Pune Supergiant in a thrilling grand finale of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Monday.

This was Mumbai Indians third IPL trophy in 10 editions and more special for their skipper Rohit Sharma, who is the only captain to win a hat-trick of titles. Rohit has in fact ow won four IPL titles (one for Deccan Chargers in 2009).

For Mahendra Singh Dhoni, it was yet another final that ended in a defeat — fifth in seven summit clashes.

In one of the closest finals during the 10 editions, the trio of Jasprit Bumrah (2/26 in 4 overs), Mitchell Johnson (3/26 in 4 overs) and Lasith Malinga (0/21 in 4 overs) were brilliant at the death defending a lowly total of 129/8 as Supergiant were restricted to 128 for 6 at the end.

It was Johnson, who kept his nerve during the final over where 11 runs were needed. Manoj Tiwary smacked the first one to mid-wicket boundary bringing the eqaution down to 7 from 5 balls.

However the next two deliveries turned out to be disaster with both Tiwary and skipper Steve Smith (51, 50 balls) were caught in the deep.

With four required off final ball and 3 for a Super Over, Dan Christian went for an impossible 3rd run only to be run out as Mumbai players celebrated like never before.

Credit should also be given to Bumrah and Malinga for giving away only 10 runs between them in the 17th and 18th over which suddenly increased the pressure.

While the target was an easy one, it turned out to be tricky with 47 needed off the last five overs.

With Mahendra Singh Dhoni (10) at the crease in company of Smith, the Krunal Pandya over yielded 14 runs. Dhoni square cut Krunal and then Smith played a reverse pull for a six to get 14 runs off the over.

But death overs specialist Jasprit Bumrah bowled a fuller delivery inducing a thickish edge from Dhoni to bring some cheer back in the MI camp.| READ MORE….