Sad focus has shifted from game: PUjara

Friday, 24 Mar 2017 | PTI | Dharamsala

Cheteshwar Pujara on Thursday lamented the Australian media's comparison of Virat Kohli with Donald Trump's attitude towards scribes, saying tasteless comments are dominating headlines instead of cricketing achievements. Pujara's epic double ton in the third Test, Smith's battle of attrition in Pune and Ranchi, Lyon and Ashwin's magical spells in Bengaluru...

O'Keefe may be replaced by Bird

Friday, 24 Mar 2017 | PTI | Dharamsala

Australia's Pune Test hero Steve O'Keefe in all likelihood will be dropped from the playing XI at expense of pacer Jackson Bird for the fourth Test match against India, starting Saturday. The Dharamsala track has traditionally been a seamer-friendly track which may force Steve Smith to opt for a third seamer...

Wicket will have good bounce: HPCA curator

Friday, 24 Mar 2017 | PTI | Dharamsala

Insisting that there was no interference from the team management, HPCA curator Sunil Chauhan on Thursday said he has prepared a typical bouncy wicket for the decisive fourth Test, starting Saturday. "Till date I have never taken any instruction from anyone and I have always prepared wicket keeping the traditional nature...

Fairytale end for Podolski

Friday, 24 Mar 2017 | AFP | dortmund

Lukas Podolski admitted his Germany farewell could not have been scripted better after netting the superb winner in the 1-0 friendly win over England. It was only fitting that the Galatasaray forward should claim his 49th goal on his 130th — and final — international appearance in Wednesday's emotional farewell. "The way...

Virat skips nets, Iyer called as cover

Friday, 24 Mar 2017 | PTI | Dharamsala

Skipper Virat Kohli's participation in the fourth and deciding Test match against Australia here hangs in balance even as young Mumbai batsman Shreyas Iyer has been called as cover. Kohli had suffered a serious right shoulder injury during the Ranchi Test in which he played through pain. Iyer, who is flying...

Pressure is on Indians: Josh

Friday, 24 Mar 2017 | PTI | Dharamsala

Australia pacer Josh Hazlewood feels that India are under pressure going into the fourth and final Test beginning on Saturday even as he expects a result-oriented pitch here. "I think the wicket will determine a result. They need to win so the wicket they serve up will bring a result into...

‘Ranchi track extremely challenging’

Thursday, 23 Mar 2017 | PTI | Dharamsala

Middle-order batsman Peter Handscomb, who played a crucial role in salvaging a draw for Australia in the third Test, says his unbeaten 72-run knock came in the "toughest conditions" he has ever played in. Starting the final day at a nervy 23/2, still needing 129 runs to avoid innings defeat, Australia...

‘Virat should not bother about criticism’

Thursday, 23 Mar 2017 | PTI | New Delhi

Former Australia captain Michael Clarke has said that India skipper Virat Kohli should not be "bothered" by a couple of Australian journalists who are trying to "tarnish his image". Australia's Daily Telegraph in its report had compared Kohli to the US president Donald Trump. "Just like President Trump, Kohli decided to blame...

Fear of series defeat behind India's verbal attacks: Starc

Thursday, 23 Mar 2017 | PTI | MELBOURNE

India are scared of losing the home series against Australia and that is the reason behind their repeated barbs against the visiting cricketers, injured paceman Mitchell Starc has remarked. Starc, who left the tour mid-way due to stress fracture in his foot, said the the defeat in the series-opener in Pune...

India break 12-year jinx, beat Cambodia 3-2

Thursday, 23 Mar 2017 | PTI | Phnom Penh (Cambodia)

The Indian football team on Wednesday broke a 12-year-old jinx of not winning a match away from home as they beat lower ranked Cambodia 3-2 in an international friendly here. Playing in their first international friendly this year, India — currently at 132nd in the FIFA rankings — were given...


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UPward and forward

19 Mar 2017 | Rajesh Singh

Is the marginalisation of the two caste-based parties in Uttar Pradesh a harbinger of change — from identity politics to the politics of development? If we take the 2014 and 2017 elections together, that does seem to be the suggestion, writes RAJESH SINGH Understanding an election result as monumental as that of Uttar Pradesh is akin to unravelling a deep thriller plot. The why, when, where, how and what — this...

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CM carries out minor reshuffle

25 Mar 2017 | PNS | Lucknow

Chief Minister Adityanath Yogi carried out a minor reshuffle in five ministers on Friday. A government spokesman said that Labour minister Swamy Prasad Maurya has been given additional charge of Co-ordination ministry while he has been divested of Urban employment and poverty alleviation and the charge of these ministries have been given to Urban Development minister Suresh Khanna...

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