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Against the run of play...Virat Kohli (C)

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Ex-skipper Clarke says Aussie public loves Kohli, Australia’s “2-3 reporters trying to tarnish him”23 Mar 2017 | 2:44 AM

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”.

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New Delhi, March 22 

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”. The Australian media has been largely critical of the Indian skipper right through the series. In the latest attack, Australia’s Daily Telegraph has compared Kohli to US president Donald Trump. “Just like President Trump, Kohli decided to blame the media as a means of trying to hide the egg smeared right across his face,” a report in the newspaper said.

Apparently not amused with how Kohli is being portrayed, Clarke came out in support of the Indian skipper. “Comparing Virat with Donald Trump — what a load of s*** is that!” said Clarke. “What Virat did, even Smith would have. Bear in mind, I love Kohli and the Australian public love him. I always somehow find an Australian in him... the way he plays and I absolutely love how he accepts challenges. It’s just two or three reporters who are trying to tarnish him but Virat shouldn’t be bothered.”

Clarke said even Smith wouldn’t be bothered by what the Australian media was writing. “I don’t think even Smith would bother about what the Australian media is saying. In fact both the captains would be telling their teams to concentrate on how to win in Dharamsala. 

“It is more like the 2005 Ashes where every Test was life and death and the players gave their all on the field. But off the field, both teams remained friends.” Clarke said Virat was just one innings away from getting a big score. “Virat is tough and if you’re No. 1, then you have got to be tough. He may come up with a big century and win India the series in Dharamsala,” Clarke said. “Expectations from him are so high that every time he steps out to bat, people want him to score a century.” — PTI

‘Australia have proved themselves’

‘Australia have proved themselves’

23 Mar 2017 | 2:44 AM

NEW DELHI:Australia deserve credit for their impressive performances and proving wrong a host of experts and pundits who predicted a clean sweep for the home side, Gautam Gambhir has said.

India beat Cambodia 3-2

India beat Cambodia 3-2

23 Mar 2017 | 12:56 AM

PHNOM PENH (CAMBODIA):The Indian men’s football team 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 today.

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Blinding nationalism: Sport makes way for feverish jingoism

23 Mar 2017 | 12:56 AM

CHANDIGARH:Sport is the medium through which civilised nations engage in warfare and acrimony in modern times.

Windfall for India cricketers: Retainer, match fee doubled

23 Mar 2017 | 12:56 AM

NEW DELHI:The Indian cricket board (BCCI) today doubled the annual retainership fee of 32 centrally contracted cricketers.

British grappler Sandhu banned for doping violation

23 Mar 2017 | 12:56 AM

LONDON:British freestyle wrestler Chinu Sandhu, who won bronze at the Commonwealth Games in 2014, has been handed a four-year ban for a doping violation.

Need to speed up preparation work: FIFA

23 Mar 2017 | 12:56 AM

NEW DELHI:India’s preparations for hosting the FIFA U-17 World Cup need to gather “urgent pace” as the deadline to complete the unfinished job at the six venues is April 30, said Jaime Yarza, FIFA’s head of tournaments.

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SCA, HPCA demanded funds despite having money: COA

23 Mar 2017 | 2:04 AM

New delhi: The Committee of Administrators (COA), in their second status report, has mentioned that the Saurashtra Cricket Association, which has in excess of Rs 250 crore in its bank account, has sought funds to conduct the upcoming IPL matches .

BCCI doubles central contracts; Dhoni in Grade A, Raina out

BCCI doubles central contracts; Dhoni in Grade A, Raina out

22 Mar 2017 | 7:13 PM

NEW DELHI:The BCCI today doubled the Annual Retainership fee of India's 32 centrally contracted cricketers with current skipper Virat Kohli and former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the Rs 2 crore Grade A bracket along with five others.

Football greats to visit India ahead of U-17 World Cup

Football greats to visit India ahead of U-17 World Cup

22 Mar 2017 | 5:36 PM

NEW DELHI: Football legends will be visiting India for promotional purposes in the lead-up to the U-17 World Cup, much like Diego Maradona and Pablo Aimar did for FIFA’s U-20 tournament draw in Korea recently.

Time to end the childishness

Time to end the childishness

22 Mar 2017 | 2:18 AM

RANCHI:After three matches, the India-Australia Test series is tied 1-1, testifying to Australia’s grit and preparedness and India’s power at home.

Be brave and smile, ECB tells its players

Be brave and smile, ECB tells its players

22 Mar 2017 | 2:18 AM

LONDON:England’s new Test captain Joe Root and ODI skipper Eoin Morgan must provide crowd pleasing cricket and bear a sunny disposition so as to attract new players to the game, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Monday.

It’s not advisable to bid for 2022 CWG: IOA chief

22 Mar 2017 | 2:18 AM

NEW DELHI:India will not bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games since it’s too late to make a proposal when so many nations are already in the contention, Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president N Ramachandran clarified today.

Warner hopeful of a turnaround

Warner hopeful of a turnaround

22 Mar 2017 | 2:18 AM

RANCHI:It has been a barren run for David Warner since arriving in India but the Australian opener is hopeful of a turnaround.

Jadeja is top bowler, Pujara second best

22 Mar 2017 | 2:18 AM

NEW DELHI:Ravindra Jadeja pipped Ravichandran Ashwin to grab the pole position in the latest ICC rankings for Test bowlers while Cheteshwar Pujara reached a career-high second rank among batsmen.

With an eye on Yangon, India reach Phnom Penh

With an eye on Yangon, India reach Phnom Penh

22 Mar 2017 | 2:18 AM

PHNOM PENH (CAMBODIA):Preparing for the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers, the Indian men’s football team will get a chance to assess its strengths and weaknesses in a match situation when it plays Cambodia in an international friendly here tomorrow.

Juniors need to earn their place: Sreejesh

22 Mar 2017 | 2:18 AM

BENGALURU:India hockey captain PR Sreejesh says it is heartening to see healthy competition for spots in the national team between juniors and seniors.

Federer’s resurgence spices up the fight at the top

Federer’s resurgence spices up the fight at the top

22 Mar 2017 | 2:18 AM

LONDON:As far as Roger Federer is concerned, the future is still on hold.

Bharat Kesri dangal kicks off in Ambala

22 Mar 2017 | 2:18 AM

AMBALA:Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki inaugurated the ‘Bharat Kesri Dangal’ at the War Heroes Memorial Stadium in Ambala Cantonment today.

Jadeja grabs top spot in bowling, Pujara 2nd in batting list

Jadeja grabs top spot in bowling, Pujara 2nd in batting list

21 Mar 2017 | 2:07 PM

NEW DELHI: Spinner Ravindra Jadeja pipped fellow team mate Ravichandran Ashwin to grab the pole position in the latest ranking for ICC Test bowlers.

Australia find escape route

Australia find escape route

21 Mar 2017 | 2:18 AM

RANCHI:The wicket of Steve Smith, bowled by Ravindra Jadeja some 30 minutes before lunch, seemed to spell curtains for Australia.

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