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Chris Gayle became the fastest to score 4,000 runs in the IPL and joined the elite list of batsmen that includes Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Shikhar Dhawan, David Warner and MS Dhoni. The Windies star achieved the feat in his 112th innings and the fourth match of the IPL 2019 between Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals.

10:10:02 on 25 Mar

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Kidambi Srikanth said it was irritating to lose close quarterfinals in a title-less season and stressed on the need to get physically and mentally tougher to win medals at the World Championship and Olympic Games. Srikanth, who had clinched four titles in 2017, lost nine quarterfinals and two semifinals while reaching the finals only once at the Commonwealth Games.

06:39:59 on 25 Mar

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Gully cricket can be a challenging sport. With no umpires assisting them, the street cricketers often turn into match referees themselves to decide the fate of the batsman or the bowler. Not surprisingly, this leads to endless quarrels and banter with often the player who "owns" the bat eventually having the last laugh.

06:02:56 on 25 Mar

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MS Dhoni continues to be one of the most crucial members of the Indian cricket team and CSK despite being in the twilight of his career. With the World Cup 2019 approaching, CSK coach and former New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming believes the veteran MS Dhoni should get through the marquee tournament, although he is not sure if Dhoni will continue playing after that.

05:39:45 on 25 Mar

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ICC, Booking.com join hands for 5 years

The International Cricket Council (ICC) and Booking.com, digital travel platform, on Monday announced a strategic five-year global partnership in which the e-commerce company will become the exclusive accommodation and attractions booking partner for all ICC events. The five-year agreement includes all ICC events around the world.

03:52:13 on 25 Mar

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The Indian women’s football team continued its dominance at the SAFF Women's Championship by lifting its fifth straight title. And the one goal that left everyone westruck was Dalima Chhibber’s stunning freekick in the final on 22 March. In the 26th minute, she smashed the ball past the keeper from a free-kick from 30 yards, putting the defending champions into a 1-0 lead.

03:00:06 on 25 Mar

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Rishabh Pant has firmly established his reputation as a big hitter of the ball since he arrived on the Indian cricket scene. The IPL was a big platform to further this reputation, with the wicketkeeper-batsman playing some crucial knocks for his side Delhi Capitals (formerly Delhi Daredevils) over the years.

01:39:39 on 25 Mar

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Former champions P V Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth will look to shrug off their erratic form and ensure an Indian sweep at the USD 350,000 India Open, which is shorn of star power this time. With Saina Nehwal pulling out of the tournament due to acute gastroenteritis, the onus lies on Sindhu, Srikanth to keep the flag flying.

01:28:28 on 25 Mar

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Pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah has "recovered well" after hurting his left shoulder during the IPL match on Sunday, Mumbai Indians' team management said. "His condition will be "assessed" on Monday," the management added. The Indian selectors and team management would have their fingers crossed on the fitness of Bumrah, with the World Cup just over two months away.

07:10:02 on 25 Mar

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Mumbai Indians’ coach Mahela Jayawardene is hopeful that his compatriot Lasith Malinga can be part of the full IPL season and said that reports of his unavailability hadn’t been communicated to the team. The Sri Lankan selectors had reportedly told the players that in order to play the 2019 World Cup they must play in the domestic Super Provincial One-Day tournament.

12:56:01 on 25 Mar

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Andre Russell spoilt David Warner's dream return to the Indian Premier League (IPL) with a 19-ball 49 as KKR defeated SRH by six wickets in their campaign opener at the Eden Gardens, here on Sunday. Russell came in to bat with KKR needing 68 off 27 balls. It chasing 182 for victory in the 16th over just after a set Nitish Rana was removed by Rashid Khan.

10:05:33 on 24 Mar

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The world ranking says so and India football captain Sunil Chhetri too has no qualms in conceding that the national women's team is better than the men's side. The men's team is currently ranked 103rd out of 211 countries. It was in the top-100 last year. The women's side is currently at 62nd out of 152 nations.

07:57:05 on 24 Mar

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Mumbai Indians, the three-time IPL champions, will look to start their 2019 season on a positive note when they host a rejigged Delhi Capitals at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday. Under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma, Mumbai Indians won the IPL in 2013, 2015 and 2017, while Delhi Capitals have never played a final with their best being qualifying for IPL playoffs in 2012.

06:41:20 on 24 Mar

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Shakib Al Hasan provides the perfect start for Sunrisers Hyderabad as he sends back Chris Lynn in the second over of KKR's 182-run chase. Nitish Rana and Robin Uthappa are in the middle now and are looking to counter-attack for the hosts at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Siddharth to Rana, pushed down the ground for a single which brings up 50 for the Kolkata Knight Riders.

06:36:24 on 24 Mar

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SRH is a franchise cricket team based in Hyderabad, Telangana, that plays in the Indian Premier League. The franchise is owned by Kalanithi Maran of the Sun TV Network. Sunrisers Hyderabad is all set to face Kolkata Knight Riders in their IPL encounter. Will Shikhar Dhawan's absence cost them this tournament or do they inch closer towards success.

06:23:54 on 24 Mar

15.3 overs: Russell to Warner, SIX! Super shot from the Aussie as he picks the bones out of the slower short ball from Dre Russ. It was a slower delivery but Warner still managed to time the ball over long-on as he went through with the line of the ball. Piyush Chawla has finally broken the 118-run opening partnership with Jonny Bairstow's wicket.

05:22:00 on 24 Mar

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IPL 2019, Preview: Steve Smith In Focus

IPL's inaugural champions Rajasthan Royals (RR) open their IPL 2019 campaign against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) on Monday at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. Buoyed by the comeback of Steve Smith, Rajasthan Royals captained by Ajinkya Rahane will be up against Ravichandran Ashwin-led Kings XI Punjab who finished seventh last season.

05:04:34 on 24 Mar

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DavidWarner and Jonny Bairstow have got SRH off to a positive start. The pitch looks a belter and a high score is on the cards. The openers have to build on this platform. SRH have dominated proceedings in the powerplay, the openers have looked brilliant and now Dinesh Karthik has to rely on his spinners to bring his side back into the contest.

04:37:42 on 24 Mar

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Dinesh Karthik wins the toss and he has elected to field first. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is leading the side in the absence of Kane Williamson. Lockie Ferguson makes his debut for KKR and Jonny Bairstow makes his debut for SRH. The average first innings average score at Eden Gardens is 175 and that would be a good score, reckons Michael Clarke in his pitch report.

03:58:04 on 24 Mar

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Rival captains Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli expressed their dissatisfaction over the slowness of the Chepauk track as the opening IPL encounter turned out to be damp squib. While RCB were out for 70 in 17.1 overs, CSK scored the runs in 17.4 overs and Dhoni made it clear that he would expect better wickets in the coming games.

02:52:41 on 24 Mar

Comeback man David Warner would be the cynosure of all eyes when last year's finalist Sunrisers Hyderabad open their campaign against two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders in the 12th Indian Premier League in Kolkata on Sunday. Under Warner's captaincy, Sunrisers won their maiden IPL title in 2016 and in 2017 he was the leading run-getter for his team.

12:38:03 on 24 Mar

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Manchester City have spent the most money out of European teams in the last decade. Research by La Gazzetta dello Sport has revealed how much clubs in Europe have spent in the last 10 years. Premier League champions City are the biggest spenders with £1.4billion splashed out. Having spent £1.015bn the newly-crowned La Liga champions Barcelona are in second place.

10:42:54 on 24 Mar

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The BCCI contributed Rs 20 crore - the budget earmarked for the IPL opening ceremony - to the funds of the Armed forces and CRPF. The Committee of Administrators, running the BCCI, had decided to cancel the glitzy opening ceremony in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed. The 12th editions of the popular league began on Saturday.

10:35:19 on 24 Mar

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Chennai Super Kings’ Suresh Raina became the first-ever cricketer to score 5,000 runs in the Indian Premier League on Saturday. The 31-year-old achieved the feat when he reached an individual score of 14 during the opening match of IPL 2019 between CSK and RCB. Raina, who aggregate at the start of the season was 4,985 runs, beat RCB captain Kohli to the feat.

08:29:38 on 24 Mar

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Chennai Super Kings crushed Royal Challengers Bangalore by seven wickets in the opening match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, on Saturday. Kedar Jadhav was unbeaten on 13 and Ravindra Jadeja not out on six as CSK chased down the small target with 14 balls to spare.

11:38:10 on 23 Mar

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Known for his swashbuckling batting style, wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant says the one thing that scares him is the anger of India skipper Virat Kohli. "I am not scared of anyone but Virat bhaiya ke gusse se dar lagta hai (I'm scared of Virat Kohli's anger)," Pant said in a video posted by his IPL team, Delhi Capitals in their official website.

03:31:20 on 23 Mar

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Sri Lankan limited overs captain Lasith Malinga will retire from international cricket after next year's T20 World Cup, he said on Friday. "I want to play in the T20 World Cup and then end my career," the 35-year-old told AFP after his side were beaten by 16 runs by South Africa in the second Twenty20 international at SuperSport Park.

12:07:50 on 23 Mar

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The Indian Premier League will kickstart its 12th season on Friday with the blockbuster encounter between Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore. While the CSK have seasoned veterans led by MS Dhoni, RCB can be described as under-achievers as they failed to win a single title despite having two of the biggest match-winners in Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers.

08:28:52 on 23 Mar

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The 12th edition of the IPL will be upon us in a few days and the air in these parts is inevitably rife with, well, pollution. What else did you expect? Just because it is the IPL season, the atmosphere is not going to be filled with excitement. That is just lazy usage by us media people who cannot get by without resorting to banalities.

06:15:46 on 22 Mar

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Putting behind the disappointments of last year the Indian men's hockey team will renew its quest for glory when it takes on Asian Games gold medallists Japan in their opening encounter of the 28th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup here on Saturday. The Indian team reached Malaysia on Monday and have been going about their routine to get used to the humid conditions.

04:45:02 on 22 Mar

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In the video posted by Mumbai Indians on their social media platforms, Jasprit Bumrah can be seen steeping down from a car as a gateman welcomes Bumrah with folded hands. Bumrah nods his head in acknowledgement but as he looks up to say 'hi' to the camera, he missed a hand rising slightly to shake his. Fans have criticised Bumrah for not shaking the man's hand -

12:12:01 on 22 Mar

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Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina are arguably the most successful batsmen in the history of the IPL and ahead of the 12th season, they will both be looking to add another accolade to their name. So far, Kohli has scored 4948 runs in the tournament and is second only to CSK's Suresh Raina in the list of most runs scored by a player in the history of the competition.

12:09:46 on 22 Mar

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Pakistan Minister of Information and Broadcasting Fawad Ahmed Chaudhry said that the upcoming edition of the IPL will not be broadcast live in Pakistan. Chaudhary said that Pakistan will not permit the broadcast of the T20 league, given the recent tensions with India. In February, the telecast of Pakistan Super League 2019 was stopped in India following the Pulwama attack.

10:57:51 on 22 Mar

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IPL is set to start on Saturday and the captains of the eight teams embarked in Chennai on Thursday for the captains' meet and signing of the pledge to play the game in fair spirit. The pledge was being pre-recorded on the sidelines of the captains' meet so that all of them can go back to their respective franchises well in time for their opening games of the season.

07:57:01 on 21 Mar

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The 12th edition of IPL will begin with a mouth-watering clash between MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings and Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Saturday. A lot will be riding on this match as defending champions CSK will look to get off to a perfect start in the tournament in their bid for a historic fourth IPL crown.

05:48:18 on 21 Mar

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Eleven seasons down and the 2019 Indian Premier League is now upon us with defending champions Chennai Super Kings taking on Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore in the opening fixture on Saturday, 23 March, in Chennai. Here’s a look at some of the big records that could tumble, and some new ones that could be made, over the next few weeks.

05:27:02 on 21 Mar

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Eleven seasons down and the 2019 Indian Premier League is now upon us with defending champions CSK taking on Virat Kohli’s RCB in the opening fixture on Saturday in Chennai. With all of India’s biggest stars as well as a few names from the international area fighting it out for the title, here’s a look at some of the big records that could tumble over the next few weeks.

01:50:43 on 21 Mar

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India’s Prajnesh Gunneswaran, beat Jay Clarke in straight sets to make the main draw of the Miami Open, his second straight Masters appearance. Prajnesh defeated Great Britain’s Clarke 6-4 6-4 in the second qualifying round of the ATP-1000 tennis tournament in Miami to progress to the main draw. The Indian will meet Jaume Munar of Spain in the first round main draw Friday.

12:51:59 on 21 Mar

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On paper, Royal Challengers Bangalore could have won all the IPL seasons so far. On paper, their side looks to be world-beaters, loaded with explosive batsmen at the top, who on their day can bludgeon opposition bowlers into submission, but then, once they step out on the field, and once the top order is controlled, they have fumbled and faded away.

10:39:42 on 21 Mar

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A cunning off-spinner and a gutsy fighter on the field, Harbhajan Singh is always keen to learn a trick or two to keep adding to the agony for batsmen the world over. Days before CSK's IPL 2019 opener against RCB, Harbhajan Singh was spotted picking up some cooking tips from CSK coach Stephen Fleming and guess what - Harbhajan looked like a pro whipping some tasty dishes.

06:45:10 on 20 Mar

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Many thought that without David Warner the SunRisers Hyderabad would struggle in IPL 2018, however, under the leadership of Kane Williamson, the Hyderabad team finished runners-up and were one of the most consistent teams of last season. Here are the five SunRisers Hyderabad players to watch out for in IPL 2019:

04:29:47 on 20 Mar

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Since 2008, the yearly edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has served as a launchpad for several budding talents and it is expected that this year will also be no different. The 2019 season meanwhile, could also be the last time when fans will witness some of their favourite stars in action in the cash-rich league.

04:19:23 on 20 Mar

Left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav believes that India have a strong chance of winning the upcoming World Cup 2019 that gets underway in England and Wales from May 30. India recently lost their final limited-overs assignment, the ODI series against Australia at home, where the visitors came back strongly after going down 0-2 to win the five-match ODI series 3-2.

04:11:51 on 20 Mar

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Oscar Isaac has denied rumours that he will be the next actor to play Batman, but has hinted that he was interested in the role. Following actor Ben Affleck's official departure from the role in January, the part of the caped crusader has been left wide open for a new star to take up in Matt Reeves' upcoming "The Batman" movie, reports aceshowbiz.com.

04:03:05 on 20 Mar

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The closure of Pakistan’s air space in the aftermath of the Balakot air strikes has resulted in India losing the hosting rights of the junior Davis Cup and Fed Cup, a source in the national federation said on Tuesday. A total of 16 Under-16 Davis Cup teams, including Pakistan, were to travel to India for the annual competition, often dubbed as the World Cup of tennis.

03:51:18 on 20 Mar

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Chennai Super Kings did not play the Indian Premier League in 2016 and 2017 because they were banned over the betting activities of one of their key officials. In 2018, the Super Kings reunited under MS Dhoni, who led his bunch of merry men, some of them past their prime in the international arena, to glory.

03:29:54 on 20 Mar

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The closure of Pakistan’s air space in the aftermath of the Balakot air strikes has resulted in India losing the hosting rights of the junior Davis Cup and Fed Cup, a source in the national federation said. on Tuesday. A total of 16 Under-16 Davis Cup teams, including Pakistan, were to travel to India for the annual competition, often dubbed as the World Cup of tennis.

02:46:11 on 20 Mar

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Asian Games gold-medallist Amit Panghal will be making his competitive debut in the 52kg category while Shiva Thapa (60kg) will eye a record-breaking fourth successive medal after the duo found a place in the Indian men’s boxing team for the Asian Championships, next month. The Asian Championships are scheduled to be held in the Thai capital of Bangkok from April 19 to 28.

01:22:28 on 20 Mar

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Despite all the criticism, the Indian Premier League has helped many cricketers graduate into the big league. The likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja are all from the school of IPL. During the early days of the competition, we even had Manpreet Gony and Mohit Sharma making the cut in ODIs based on their IPL performances.

10:42:21 on 20 Mar

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Mumbai Indians have always had the bluster and panache and have backed it up with the titles. Mumbai is the most successful side in the IPL alongside Chennai Super Kings with three trophies to their name and probably have always looked the most balanced side of all. But, the one thing which has always gone against them is consistency.

07:12:29 on 19 Mar

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The closure of Pakistan's air space in the aftermath of the Balakot air strikes has resulted in India losing the hosting rights of the junior Davis Cup and Fed Cup, a source in the national federation told PTI on Tuesday. A total of 16 Under-16 Davis Cup teams, including Pakistan, were to travel to India for the annual competition, often dubbed as the World Cup of tennis.

06:50:05 on 19 Mar

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To bring fans closer to the Indian Premier League (IPL), broadcaster Star Sports has collaborated with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to make the upcoming edition interesting for fans with an artificial intelligence-powered training installation that is being developed by Google.

06:47:26 on 19 Mar

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Former India pacer Zaheer Khan, a master in injury management during the later part of his playing career, feels that Hardik Pandya's workload should be monitored since he has had recurring lower back injuries. Zaheer has observed that Hardik's injury is about the impact on the follow-through which has caused him problems.

06:35:09 on 19 Mar

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IPL has unearthed quite a few talents over the years. While some have gone on to prove their calibre on the international circuit, many others have vanished into oblivion. The forthcoming season of the IPL will also feature some promising young talents. Here is a look at the top five uncapped players, who can leave a mark in the lucrative tournament.

06:07:30 on 19 Mar

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The schedule of the group stages of the 12th edition of the IPL is out with all eight teams playing seven home matches at their respective home venues. The schedule is balanced in terms of afternoon matches/weekend matches and travel. The board has factored the 2019 Lok Sabha elections dates/phases in the respective states and cities and clearance thereof.

04:16:32 on 19 Mar

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Yuvraj Singh has had rough decade alright but it's impossible to put the man down. Eight summers back, he won India the World Cup, battled cancer, won and came back into the Indian team. But gone was his magic. Gone was his power and gone was Yuvraj Singh's ability to turn a match on its head.

04:12:54 on 19 Mar

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Roger Federer departed Indian Wells empty-handed for a second straight year, but the Swiss great sees no reason he can’t get back on track at the Miami Masters. “Sure, it’s frustrating and disappointing and sad to some extent,” Federer said after falling 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 to Austrian Dominic Thiem in Sunday’s final.

03:24:10 on 19 Mar

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Rohit Sharma, who will be walking out to the toss for Mumbai Indians for the first time this IPL season against Delhi Capitals on Sunday, spoke about a range of issues at a pre-season press conference on Tuesday. Sharing the dais with support staff member and former India pacer Zaheer Khan, Rohit laid out the plans Mumbai Indians have in place to land another IPL title.

03:21:44 on 19 Mar

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Going into the last ODI series before the upcoming World Cup - against Australia - India skipper Virat Kohli had said that Indian players' performance in the IPL wouldn't have any bearing with selection in the squad for the showpiece event. But a senior BCCI official said that recent performances mean that the IPL will have to be looked into while World Cup Selection.

11:41:19 on 19 Mar

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Tennis in 2019, at least till the Indian Wells finals on Sunday, is in a good place. Bianca Andreescu and Dominic Thiem’s stunning wins broke new records and showed once again how enthralling the uncertainties of sport can be. But even without the top seeds, the competition is at an unprecedented level with youngsters giving WTA veterans a run for heir money.

10:25:01 on 18 Mar

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The BCCI on Monday said it will work with the National Anti-Doping Agency for the next six months, a major climbdown from its previous position of not adhering to the global anti-doping guidelines. The decision that was taken by the top BCCI office-bearers and COA after a meeting with the ICC chairman Shashank Manohar, came with its share of riders.

07:40:36 on 18 Mar

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Former India opener Gautam Gambhir has said that the BCCI has to have a firm stand on cricketing relations with Pakistan. Gautam Gambhir, who was speaking to reporters on the side of a promotional event, stressed that BCCI should either snap all cricketing ties with Pakistan, including multi-lateral events, or engage with the arch-rivals at every level.

07:04:16 on 18 Mar

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Participating in the Indian Premier League is obviously a feather in any cricketer's cap. But the bigger laurel is to be among the highest-paid players in the most coveted T20 league in the world. Here are talking about the top five buys of the IPL 2019, which featured names that aren't usually part of your daily cricketing conversations.

05:06:05 on 18 Mar

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IPL has been the perfect platform for youngsters to showcase their skills and impress the global audience. In the last 11 years, the IPL has seen some quality players make a mark. With less than a week left for this year's league to start, it will once again be interesting to see which players rise to the challenge against the best in the business.

04:40:53 on 18 Mar

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Afghanistan wicketkeeper Mohammad Shahzad lifting the Test trophy after his side's victory over Ireland in the one-off match reminded everyone of Baahubali. Chants of Baahubali were heard when Shahzad lifted the trophy and placed it on top of his head just like Prabhas had done with the Shivalinga in the blockbuster film.

03:40:13 on 18 Mar

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IPL 2019: Five Debutants To Watch Out For

The Indian Premier League (IPL) is set to enter its 12th year as the fresh season starts on March 23. The IPL 2019 will also provide some cricketers a platform to hone their skills ahead of the ICC World Cup 2019, to be held in England from May 30 to July 14. Before the start of the 12th edition, let's have a look at some of the much-awaited IPL debutants.

03:19:18 on 18 Mar

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Senior opener Shikhar Dhawan Monday reckoned that the Indian batsmen would need to score the bulk of runs for Delhi Capitals to harbour hopes of winning the Indian Premier League. Dhawan joined the rest of the Delhi Capitals squad here on Sunday after having taken part in the recently concluded One-Day series against Australia.

02:12:48 on 18 Mar

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Indian boxing star M C Mary Kom says her decision to skip the Asian Championships is part of a larger plan to enhance her chances of Olympic qualification at a time when the competition in her weight category has become significantly “difficult”. The 2019 AIBA World Boxing Championships will be held from September 7 to 21.

02:06:58 on 18 Mar

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Ireland and Afghanistan are playing only their second Test after making their respective debuts in the five-day format last year. Irish cricketer Tim Murtagh entered the record books by becoming the first number 11 batsman to make 25-plus scores in each innings of a Test match. However, Murtagh's record-breaking performance might not be enough to save Ireland.

10:46:36 on 18 Mar

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Kolkata Knight Riders is known for discovering talent and sticking to trusted lieutenants. Be it finding good leaders in Gautam Gambhir and Dinesh Karthik or promoting players like Sunil Narine and Kuldeep Yadav to become match-winners, KKR has always been consistent in building its team with great care. KKR has bolstered its bowling attack with some imported ammunition.

06:40:01 on 18 Mar

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Think of the 2011 World Cup, and the first thing that comes to your mind is Dhoni “finishing it in style” with a six. There is nothing more memorable in sport than the winning moment. But more often than not, in a battle between two equally matched opponents, the one who plays the superior tactical game on the day goes home with the spoils of victory.

02:25:02 on 18 Mar

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The Indian Premier League begins only on March 23, but the frenzy has already started in Chennai. The home of the defending champions Chennai Super Kings, MA Chidambaram stadium, saw a packed house for an intra-squad training game! Yes, that's the craze with which fans follow the MS Dhoni-led side in Chennai. The game saw as many as 12000 people witnessing from the stands.

01:25:01 on 18 Mar

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Disgraced Australian stars Steve Smith and David Warner joined their Indian Premier League teams Sunday after missing out on the previous edition of the Twenty20 tournament over a ball-tampering controversy. Both Smith and Warner were barred from participating in the lucrative league last year after their involvement in the scandal.

09:59:01 on 17 Mar

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With the 12th edition of the IPL just a week away, Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has hit the nets with a vengeance, smashing sixes for fun. Dhoni, who was in stellar form on international duty with India during their tours of Australia and New Zealand will be eager to replicate his performances in the domestic T20 competition that begins Saturday.

08:25:02 on 17 Mar

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With the IPL just a week away and the 2019 World Cup following shortly after it, there has been a lot of debate about managing the workload of the Indian players who will play prominent roles for their IPL teams as well as in England. After the conclusion of the IPL, the players will get about a two weeks’ break leading into the world cup that begins 30 May.

01:57:25 on 17 Mar

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There's been plenty of talk about managing the workload of India's cricketers during the Indian Premier League due to its proximity to the World Cup, but Virat Kohli stressed there was no cap on the number of matches for the players during the tournament. The Indian skipper instead put the onus on the individuals, saying they would be the best judges of their fitness.

09:27:01 on 17 Mar

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Virat Kohli and Co have no more ODIs left before the marquee event as a long international season came to a close with a rather surprising series defeat against Australia. Despite that, with just a few weeks left for the final squads to be announced, Kohli sounded confident that the team is well aware of their best combinations.

01:23:17 on 16 Mar

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Hours before the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) ad-hoc committee was to discuss the fate of the senior selection panel, all four members of the selection committee have submitted their resignation on Friday. The resignations have brought an end to a controversial stint of the four-member panel a day after the conclusion of the senior domestic season.

06:19:30 on 15 Mar

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Whether India reaches the World Cup final on July 14 or not, it is quite certain that Dhoni’s face would pop up not only during the final but also throughout the tournament that starts on May 30. This is possible because one of Dhoni’s many clients, GoDaddy Inc., has just signed with the ICC to become an official sponsor of the 50-over World Cup.

05:56:02 on 15 Mar

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Jaydev Unadkat may not have justified the record-breaking bid for him in the IPL last year, but Rajasthan Royals showed that he was still crucial to the franchise, when they broke the bank for the pacer, again this year. He revealed that after the IPL season last year, Rajasthan’s team management had communicated to him that he was still an important cog in their wheel.

05:00:11 on 15 Mar

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The Yo-Yo test might be considered a must under the leadership of India skipper Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri, but M.S. Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings will not be performing the fitness test as they gear up for the rigours of the 12th edition of IPL. Former India trainer Ramji Srinivasan, has picked the 2km or 2.4km run and the Sprint Repeat test as the measuring scale.

03:38:46 on 15 Mar

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MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli, the two heavyweights of Indian cricket, are set to lock horns when their IPL franchises Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore take on each other in the first game of the tournament in Chennai on March 23. In a latest TV advertisement, MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli can be seen challenging each other ahead of the tournament opener.

03:09:40 on 15 Mar

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SSreesanth gained partial relief from the turmoil he has been through in the last six years as the Supreme Court revoked the life ban imposed on him from cricket on Friday. The apex court gave the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) three months to decide afresh on the point of quantum of punishment for the fast bowler.

02:40:28 on 15 Mar

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Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on his first visit to Chhattisgarh after his party swept the Assembly polls in December, dismissed that Tom Vadakkan's joining the BJP was a big loss and said that the latter was "not a big leader." Responding to reporters in state capital Raipur, Mr Gandhi said, "Vadakkan? No, no Vadakkan is not a big leader."

02:37:36 on 15 Mar

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In a huge relief for S Sreesanth, the Supreme Court on Friday revoked the life ban imposed on the cricketer by the BCCI and asked the board to decide afresh on the point of the quantum of punishment given to him within 3 months. SC asked the BCCI to reconsider its order of life ban imposed on Sreesanth following the spot-fixing scandal that rocked the IPL in 2013.

11:39:49 on 15 Mar

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FIFA’s ruling council has not ruled out expanding the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to 48 teams but a final decision will probably be pushed back until June, according to sources. FIFA’s feasibility study on the tournament envisages some additional games in an expanded World Cup possibly being held in other countries, with Kuwait and Oman mentioned as options.

10:49:56 on 15 Mar

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During the limited overs series in NZ, and then the series at home against Australia, there was a focus on picking India’s squad for the World Cup. It seemed like the focus wasn’t as much on the series at hand as on the management of players’ workload, and testing the bench strength. India beat NZ in the ODIs, lost the T20Is and then lost in both formats to Australia.

10:57:01 on 14 Mar

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Sunil Gavaskar has differed from most former cricketers ahead of the World Cup 2019 as he declined to make any predictions . While India and hosts England are touted as the favourites to clinch the World Cup, Gavaskar addressed the question by saying, he hasn't been able to check India skipper Virat Kohli's palm to make any prediction and sidelined the question.

07:19:08 on 14 Mar

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Former Australian captain Michael Clarke on Thursday warned critics to “never underestimate” the importance of veteran Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the Indian limited overs teams. Clarke tweeted after the Australian team beat fancied India in the fifth and final ODI at the Feroz Shah Kotla for a stunning come-from-behind 3-2 series win in New Delhi on Wednesday.

06:13:06 on 14 Mar

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For the first time in a decade the Premier League reigns supreme, providing half of the Champions League quarterfinalists for Friday's last-eight draw. Liverpool were the last to book their ticket, with a hugely impressive 3-1 win away to Bayern Munich on Wednesday, joining Tottenham and Manchester City in beating German opposition.

05:36:59 on 14 Mar

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This year’s ESPN World Fame 100 list, an annual list of the most famous athletes on the planet. As far as Indian athletes, Indian cricket team Captain Kohli, former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni were among eight Indian cricketers who found a place in the list. Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, stands on the seventh position and is the only Indian athlete in the top 10 club.

04:50:45 on 14 Mar

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The Supreme Court on Thursday appointed senior advocate and Amicus Curiae in BCCI case, Mr PS Narasimha, as the mediator for issues raised by BCCI. Narasimha will hear the BCCI's position, and then make recommendations to CoA. SC said that BCCI was not satisfied with the outcome, then it go to the court.

03:56:32 on 14 Mar

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Vanquishing India on their home turf is huge for this Australian side and it's time to relish the victory than thinking about the World Cup which is still far away, says opener Usman Khawaja. The left-handed opener was one of the main architects of Australia's 3-2 series win over India after going down 0-2. He scored 50, 38, 104, 91, 100 in five matches.

03:09:03 on 14 Mar

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The riddle over India's no.4 batsman needs an immediate fix. Skipper Virat Kohli claimed on Wednesday that the team was pretty sure about the playing XI except for one spot, and while he didn't divulge the spot he was speaking about, it is no secret that almost all the batsmen tried at the fourth spot have failed.

03:00:48 on 14 Mar

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Cricket experts and pundits can criticise Mahendra Singh Dhoni as much as they want but one thing became very clear in the recent one-day international series between India and Australia - the former India skipper is probably the one of the most important pieces in the puzzle for the team ahead of the upcoming ICC World Cup in England and Wales.

02:46:24 on 14 Mar

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India’s loss in the ODI series against Australia could not have come at a better time. For a side rated as the favourite to win the World Cup, India has quite a few problems to address. There will be a lot of discussion on whether the think-tank experimented too much. But the fact is that the loss in the series has given a reality check for the Indian ODI squad.

01:02:26 on 14 Mar

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Usman Khawaja struck his second century in three matches as Australia thumped India by 35 runs in their final one-dayer to seal a come-from-behind 3-2 series victory on Wednesday. Rohit Sharma became the joint third fastest to complete 8000 runs in ODIs. The opening batsman, who scored 56 in the fifth ODI, took 200 innings to achieve the feat.

11:56:26 on 14 Mar

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FIFA World Cup is by far the biggest competition on Earth but ahead of the next edition of the world's most elite competition, FIFA seems troubled with a new and glorious opportunity. One question which has made the headlines is whether 32 team competition will be extended to 48 teams this time around or will the fans have to wait for the 2026 World Cup to see the change.

06:40:01 on 14 Mar

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The long wait is over for Australia! They have beaten India in India in an ODI series after almost 10 years. Great character is shown by the new-look Aussie team. They were thin on experience, had quite a few new faces, the conditions were alien but they gave it their all and have upset the Men in Blue in their own backyard.

09:21:56 on 13 Mar

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Rohit Sharma added another major milestone to his name as he became the joint third fastest to reach 8000 ODI runs during the series decider against Australia in New Delhi on Wednesday. The Indian cricket team opener achieved the feat on his 200th ODI innings and is tied with former India skipper Sourav Ganguly.

07:35:24 on 13 Mar

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