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Bharat Arun, Sanjay Bangar

Sanjay Bangar Under The Scanner, Bharat Arun LIkely To Retain His Role

It seems like Bharat Arun is going to stay with the team as a bowling coach for his brilliant work in the recent past. The board is satisfied with the performance of Bharat Arun, under whom, the Indian Bowling raised to newer heights. Meanwhile, the batting coach Sanjay Bangar is under the scanner following India’s poor batting display against the Kiwis.

Sanjay Bangar, who has been the batting coach of India is under pressure after India’s debacle. Despite staying with the team for a long time now, Sanjay Bangar failed to settle the issues of the team in the middle-order department. The never-ending problem of the number 4 spot has been the major problem before heading into the tournament and it remained the same.

Bharat Arun has been phenomenal:

If those privy to the developments are to be believed, Arun could turn out to be a unanimous choice considering the performance of India’s pacers in all formats of the game.

Bharat Arun, Sanjay Bangar
, Bharat Arun. Image courtesy: web

“In the last 18 to 20 months, the work put in by Arun has been phenomenal. The current Indian attack is considered to be the best in the longest format. Mohammed Shami back at his best and (Jasprit) Bumrah’s consistency are a few things Arun must get credit for. It’s up to the selectors but they might find it difficult to replace him,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on Friday.

Sanjay Bangar failed:

According to reports, the BCCI is unhappy with the way Sanjay Bangar dealt with India’s middle order. The Men in Blue crashed out the Cricket World Cup after their semifinal defeat to New Zealand at Old Trafford.

Sanjay Bangar, Rohit Sharma
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“Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma have been performing much before Bangar came into the fray. He has no role in their success. However, his job was to create a few solid options in the middle order and we have seen in the World Cup that he has failed miserably in that,” the official added.

R Sridhar was also brilliant as a fielding coach:

Meanwhile, Jonty Rhodes, who has been brilliant as a fielding coach also applied to the role of fielding coach. He has achieved tremendous success and the CV of him is certainly impressive. However, the board would acknowledge the services of R Sridhar.

R Sridhar, ICC World Cup 2019
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“Rhodes is a big name and his candidature can’t be ignored. However, this also needs to be taken into account that how the team’s fielding performance has been,” the official said.

Well, it would be interesting to see how things would pan out for Sanjay Bangar. For now, the support staff handed a 45-day extension post the World Cup.

India, Australia, BCCI, CA
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BCCI vs CA: Australia to Tour India for the ODI series in Mid-January 2020

Following the disagreement, the world cricket governing body’s powerful board Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Cricket Australia (CA) have had resolved the conflict as the latter has accepted to send their team to play limited-overs series on the Indian soil.

It’s pertinent to mention that CA has agreed upon on playing One-day International series (ODI) in 2020. Furthermore, Australia will play away series early next year.

On Tuesday (May 7) both boards have reached to the point following their differences.

Earlier, CA has not allowed its three top-class women cricketers Meg Lanning, Alyssa Healy and Ellyse Perry – to feature in the Women’s Twenty20 Challenge in India.

It’s been confirmed when CA has released its detailed summer cricket schedule earlier this week.

The press release from CA has stated that Australia will tour India for the three-match ODI series. To be precise, the series will commence from mid-January, next year.

CA rescheduling set ODI series in India:

Australia, India, BCCI, CA
Australia has recently won the five-match ODI series 3-2. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

“Cricket Australia will honour its commitment to tour India for three ODIs in mid-January, which had caused a reshuffle of the home international schedule and pushed back the Chappell-Hadlee series,” the statement from CA has confirmed.

Thus, Australia has pushed the ODI series of the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy against New Zealand – to March 2020. The decision came following the reshuffling of the schedule.

However, the three-match Test series will get underway from December 2019.

On confirmation of the development, Head of Cricket Operations Peter Roach reiterated they’ve always aimed to work according to the binding of the international schedule. He added, their preference is in January for the ODI series.

“CA took the position that while January was our preference for these ODI matches. There are times we need to honour our commitments to work in the greater context of international cricket scheduling,” Roach told CA.

Concurrently, World Cup-bound Australian team led by Aaron Finch is preparing for the ICC World Cup 2019. The reigning champions have faced a major jolt on Wednesday as their young pacer Jhye Richardson got ruled out. Kane Richardson has replaced him.

On the other side, in a bid to prepare for the ODI showpiece, Australia is currently facing New Zealand XI. The three-match warm-up series is taking place at the Allan Border Field in Brisbane.

Australia will start their World Cup campaign against Afghanistan on June 1st at the Bristol County Ground.

Tirop looks to defend her crown at the TCS World 10K

Tirop looks to defend her crown at the TCS World 10K

Bengaluru, April 29: Kenyas Agnes Tirop will defend her title –- a feat never achieved before in the womens race since the TCS World 10K was inaugurated in 2008 –- in the 12th edition of the TCS World 10K slated to be held on May 19.

In 2018, Tirop set a course record of 31:19 after managing to shake off Ethiopia’s Senbere Teferi with just 250 metres to go.

Teferi, who won the RAK Half Marathon earlier this year in a national record 1:05:45, is also back while other familiar faces on the start line include Kenya’s Caroline Kipkirui and Ethiopia’s 2018 world half marathon champion Netsanet Gudeta, who were third and fourth in 2018.

Meanwhile, Kenya’s Geoffrey Koech and Vincent Kiprotich Kibet finished 2018 as the third and fifth fastest men over 10km in the world last year with 27:18 and 27:21 respectively, both times considerably faster than the TCS World 10K course record of 27:44 set by their compatriot Geoffrey Kamworor in 2014.

Koech, the fastest man in the field, hasn’t been in quite the same sparkling form in his two outings so far this year, both half marathons, but is hoping that dropping down distance will pay dividends but Kiprotich Kibet has already won one major 10km race this year, winning the famous Würzburger Residenzlauf in Germany in 27:35 on 14 August.

Ethiopian duo Birhanu Legese and Andamlak Belihu both know what it’s like to win on Indian roads having respectively won the Tata Steel Kolkata 25K and Airtel Delhi Half Marathon in December and October last year.

Legese, second in Bengaluru last year, has also started the year in winning fashion by taking the honours at the Tokyo Marathon in an impressive 2:04:48 in March while the 20-year-old Belihu was eighth at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships.

The TCS World 10K Bengaluru 2019 has a total prize fund of US$213,000, with the men’s and women’s winners taking home US$26,000.

Heena recommended for Khel Ratna, Ronak for Dronacharya

Heena recommended for Khel Ratna, Ronak for Dronacharya

New Delhi, April 29: The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) has recommended the names of Heena Sidhu and Ankur Mittal for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award.

Asian Games bronze medallist Heena, in 2013, became the first Indian pistol shooter to win a gold medal in an ISSF World Cup finals when she won the 10m Air Pistol event.

The 29-year-old has also won a silver medal in the women’s 10m Air Pistol event, and a gold medal in the women’s 25m Air Pistol event. In 2014, she was conferred with the prestigious Arjuna Award.

Ankur, on the other hand, had won a gold medal in Double Trap event at 2018 ISSF World Shooting Championships at Changwon, South Korea. He also won a silver medal at the 2017 World Championships.

In the 2018 Commonwealth Games held in Gold Coast, he won a bronze medal in the Double Trap Shooting (Men) event. Last year, he was conferred with the Arjuna Award.

Earlier, shooters Abhinav Bindra, Anjali Bhagwat, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Manavjit Singh Sandhu, Vijay Kumar, Gagan Narang, Ronjan Sodhi and Jitu Rai had been conferred with the prestigious Khel Ratna Award.

Besides, the NRAI has also recommended the names of Anjum Moudgil, Shahzar Rizvi and Om Prakash Mitharwal for the Arjuna Award while Jaspal Rana and Ronak Pandit have been recommended for the Dronacharya Award.

Vinesh Phogat, Bajrang Punia recommended for Khel Ratna

Vinesh Phogat, Bajrang Punia recommended for Khel Ratna

New Delhi, April 29: The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) has recommended the names of Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award.

Current number one wrestler Punia recently stamped his authority on Asia after he won the Asian Wrestling Championships in Xi’an, China. Punia had last year won the gold medal in the 65-kg freestyle wrestling event at the Asian Games held in Jakarta. He defeated Japanese wrestler Takatani Daichi 11-8. Before that, he had also won the gold medal in the same category at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. He overcame Kane Charig of Wales by Technical Superiority to clinch the gold.

On the other hand, Vinesh became the first Indian woman wrestler to win gold in both Commonwealth and Asian games.

At the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, Vinesh won gold in women’s freestyle 50-kg event by defeating Canada’s Jessica MacDonald. In the 2018 Asian Games, she created history as she became the first Indian woman wrestler to win gold in the games by beating Japan’s Yuki Irie in women’s 50-kg freestyle wrestling gold medal match.

She also became the first Indian athlete to be nominated for the prestigious Laureus World Sports Awards held in February 2019.

Apart from Vinesh and Bajrang, the WFI has recommended Rahul Aware, Harpreet Singh, Divya Kakran and Pooja Dhanda for the Arjuna Award while Virender Kumar, Sujeet Maan, Narendra Kumar and Vikram Kumar have been recommended for Dronacharya Award. Bheem Singh and Jai Prakash have been recommended for the Dhyan Chand Award.

Best-ever show by Indians at Asian Wrestling meet

Best-ever show by Indians at Asian Wrestling meet

Xi’an (China), April 28: India’s Greco-Roman wrestlers finished their campaign on a high with two more medals — a silver through Harpreet Singh (82kg) and a bronze through Gyanender (60kg) — as the Asian Wrestling Championships came to an end here on Sunday.

With three silver and one bronze, India’s Greco-Roman wrestlers bettered their tally of two bronze from the last edition. It was also India’s best ever showing in Greco-Roman discipline so far at the Asian Championships.

After a strong show, Harpreet Singh had to settle for the second-best position to win his first silver after bagging three consecutive bronze from this meet.

In the final, Iran’s Saeid Morad Abdvali, a former world champion and Olympic medallist, never allowed the Indian to settle down, registering a comfortable 8-0 win by technical superiority.

Harpreet had begun his campaign with a 5-1 win over Burgo Beishaliev of Kyrgyzstan in the quarterfinal and continued to shine against China’s Haitao Qian in a commanding 10-1 victory in the semifinal.

“I gave my all but it wasn’t my day, especially against an opponent who is a former world champion and Olympic medallist. I am still happy to have bettered the colour of my medal from last year and hopefully will be able to bring more laurels to India in the future,” Harpreet said after the final.

In 60kg, Gyanender stamped his authority over Taipei’s Jui Chi Huang with a dazzling 9-0 victory to take the bronze. He had earlier beaten Ali Abed Alnaser Ali Abuseif of Jordan 9-1 in the quarters but lost his semifinal bout 0-9 to Islomjon Bakhramov of Uzbekistan. With the Uzbek making it to the final, Gyanender got a chance to contest the bronze medal play-off bout and made the most of it.

In 72kg, Yogesh missed the bronze as he went down 0-8 to Kyrgyzstan’s Ruslan Tsarev. The Indian had lost 0-9 in the quarterfinal to Hujun Zhang but with the Chinese reaching the final, Yogesh got a chance to fight for the bronze.

In 97kg, Hardeep failed to overcome the quarterfinal hurdle, while Ravinder could not make it past the qualification in the 67kg category.

The increase in the medal count this time has reflected the surging confidence levels of India’s Greco-Roman wrestlers after the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) sent them abroad for training. Even though Greco-Roman has not been India’s forte, the country has already taken giant strides to slowly becoming a powerhouse.

The 30-member Indian wrestling contingent thus had an impressive showing at this six-day continental event, winning a total of 1 gold, 6 silver and 9 bronze.

World No. 1 Bajrang Punia (65kg) opened India’s medal rush with a gold while the freestyle wrestlers added 3 silver and 4 bronze. While Amit Dhankar (74kg), Parveen Rana (79kg) and Viky (92kg) had to settle for silver medals, Rahul Aware (61kg), Deepak Punia (86kg), Satyawart Kadian (97kg) and Sumit Malik (125kg) picked up the bronze medals.

Among the women grapplers, Commonwealth and Asian Games gold medallist Vinesh Phogat (53kg) and Rio Olympic bronze medallist Sakshi Malik (62kg) had to be content with the bronze.

Divya Kakran (68kg) and Manju Kumari (59kg) brought home two more bronze to take the women’s wrestlers’ tally to four bronze.

In Greco-Roman, while Gurpreet Singh (77kg), Sunil Kumar (87kg) and Harpreet Singh (82kg) delivered silver medals, Gyanender (60kg) got the solitary bronze.

Honda's solo Indian team jumps to Top 5 in Australia

Honda’s solo Indian team jumps to Top 5 in Australia

Adelaide, April 28: IDEMITSU Honda Racing India, the solo Indian team in the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship 2019 (ARRC), had mixed results in Sunday’s AP 250 Race 2 of the Australian round at the Bend Motorsport park.

After his best ever qualifying finish of 12th, Rajiv Sethu made a good start and stayed with the front bunch for most part of the race. Till the fifth lap, he maintained his 11th position but after losing traction of his rear tyre during the next lap, he lost the position.

However, he recovered well and maintained his 12th position till the chequered flag finishing 19:43:636.

Sethu has notched up a total of 10 points in round two here (his first ever double digit tally in a single round) maintaining his presence in top 12 in championship overall. This round saw Rajiv break his previous best and record new fastest lap time of 2:09:254 in Australia.

Meanwhile, Senthil Kumar couldn’t finish the AP 250 race 2 on Sunday after his bike developed a technical snag in lap 1 and he returned to the pits.

At the top was the first win for Japanese rider Aiki Iyoshi. Following him, were the Honda duo of Muklada Sarapuech (2nd) and Tatchakorn Buasri (3rd) from Thailand who fought a tough battle till the end.

With this, IDEMITSU Honda Racing India continues strong in the top seven teams of the AP 250 class.

After earning 10 points in the Australian round and looking forward to Round 3 at Chang International circuit, Thailand, Sethu said: “Today there was a lot of juggling at the start itself. After yesterday, I stayed calm and recorded my best ever lap time of 2:09 seconds and maintaining this for five laps. But the highside in lap 5 pushed me back and it’s disappointing that I couldn’t stay with the rider before me.

“But the positive thing is that I have narrowed my gap and I am less than two second away from the leader on a consistent basis. Australia round was good for me and entering top 10 bunch.”

More than 40,000 participate in London Marathon

More than 40,000 participate in London Marathon

London, April 28: More than 40,000 people participated in the 39th London Marathon on Sunday, with many runner targeting over 80 Guinness World Records.

Tennis ace Andy Murray fired the starting gun at this year’s event as the participants descended on the British capital for the race, the BBC reported.

The marathon has raised 1 billion pounds since it started in 1981, according to race sponsors Virgin Money.

Event director Hugh Brasher said: “No other mass participation event comes anywhere near this kind of fundraising.

“We would like to thank every runner, supporter, donator, charity, volunteer, sponsor, spectator, staff member and everyone else who has contributed to this wonderful total.”

Speaking about the funds raised for good causes, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said: “This is an astonishing achievement and my congratulations go to everyone involved in making the London Marathon such a world-renowned fundraising success – helping millions of people over the last 38 years.”

Men’s world record holder Eliud Kipchoge and home favourite Mo Farah headline a strong field for the elite men’s race.

Kipchoge, the Olympic champion who holds the course record, is looking for a fourth win in the race in five years. He has not been beaten over 26.2 miles since the 2013 Berlin Marathon.

Eight-time winner David Weir will compete in the wheelchair race for the 20th consecutive year.

A star-studded women’s field features four of the 10 fastest women of all time, the BBC said.

Last year’s winner Vivian Cheruiyot is set to renew her rivalry with fellow Kenyan and world record holder, Mary Keitany.

ISSF World Cup: India end campaign with 3 golds, 1 silver

ISSF World Cup: India end campaign with 3 golds, 1 silver

Beijing, April 28: India ended their campaign at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup with a total of four medals: three golds and a silver.

Divyansh Panwar and Anjum Moudgil had won the first medal for India at the Beijing ISSF World Cup after clinching gold in 10m Air Rifle Mixed event. They defeated the Chinese pair of Liu Ruxuan and Yang Haoran on Thursday.

Thereafter, Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Choudhary won the gold medal in 10m Air Pistol Mixed event. The pair of Bhaker and Chowdhary outshot Jiang Ranxin and Pang Wei of China 16-6 in the final on Thursday.

On Friday, 17-year-old Divyansh won another medal for the country by winning a silver medal in 10m Air Rifle event. While the next day, Abhishek Verma won the gold in 10m Air Pistol event.

On Sunday, none of the Indians were able to add to the medals tally as they failed to qualify for the finals in their respective events.

While Gaayathri, Sunidhi Chauhan and Kajal Saini finished to make it to the finals of the Women’s 50m Rifle 3P event, Manu Bhaker, Rahi Sarnobat and Chinki Yadav could not make it to the summit clash of the 25m Pistol Event.

At the ISSF World Cup, India secured five quotas in shooting for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Abhishek and Saurabh secured the Olympic quota in 10m Air Rifle event while Divyansh clinched the quota in 10m Air Rifle event. In women’s, Anjum Moudgil and Apurvi Chandela secured an Olympic quota in the 10m Air Rifle event.

Sunil, Gurpreet win silver at Asian Wrestling

Sunil, Gurpreet win silver at Asian Wrestling

New Delhi, April 27: Indias Greco-Roman style wrestlers began their campaign on a successful note as Gurpreet Singh (77kg) and Sunil Kumar (87kg) delivered silver medals on Saturday, the penultimate day of the Asian Wrestling Championships.

With this, India’s Greco-Roman wrestlers have done better than the last edition where they had won only a couple of bronze medals through Rajender Kumar (55kg) and Harpreet Singh (82kg).

Sunil gave his all, but passivity cost him the gold as he went down 0-2 to Iran’s mighty Hossein Ahmad Nouri, the reigning Asian Games gold medallist who has three gold from the Asian Championships.

Earlier, Sunil took care of Tokhirdzhon Okhonov of Tajikistan 14-7 in the quarter-finals and then followed it up with a win over Kazakhstan’s Azamat Kustubayev 6-6 in a ‘victory by fall’ verdict.

“I wish I were a little bit more aggressive. That could have changed the colour of the medal. I will strive to train harder and do better in the upcoming tournaments. It’s also because I had a chance to train in Kazakhstan and training with foreign partners improved my standard,” said Sunil after the medal bout.

Gurpreet brought India’s second silver medal of the day when he tasted a 0-8 defeat at the hands of South Korea’s Hyeonwoo Kim, who has 2012 Olympic gold, 2013 World Championships gold, and four Asian Championships gold medals.

Gurpreet was impressive against Qatar’s Bakhit Sharif K Badr and earned a 10-0 victory by technical superiority in the last-eight clash. Gurpreet was made to work harder in the semi-finals where he narrowly edged Tamerlan Shadukayev of Kazakhstan 6-5.

In 55kg and 63kg, however, Indian wrestlers failed to make a mark. In 55kg quarters, Manjeet lost to Kyrgyzstan’s Asan Sulaimanov 3-5, while Vikram Krushnath Kurade went down to Jinwoong Jung of South Korea 0-8 in the same round in 63kg.

The Greco-Roman wrestling competition will continue on the final day of the tournament. On Sunday, Gyanender (60kg), Ravinder (67kg), Yogesh (72kg), Harpreet Singh (82kg) and Hardeep Singh (97kg) will be in action.

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