Bravo sets up Windies win
University Games camps begin from July 1
Indian Open back on Asian Tour
Gayle might walk away from Windies cricket
Randhawa to continue as AAI selection committee chief
*WI beat India by 7 wickets *Darren Bravo scores 86 *Kohli’s knock of 94 goes in vain *India win series 3-2 *Test series starts on June 20
Kingston, June 17
Chasing a target of 252, Bravo's clean-hitting helped West Indies reach the target in 48.4 overs yesterday. Interestingly, West Indies had lost the first three ODIs against Pakistan in the earlier series as well before winning the last two.
Cheered by local hero Chris Gayle from the stands, Bravo (86, 99 balls, 3x4, 6x6), who many believe is a 'Brian Lara clone', launched into Indian spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Amit Mishra hitting as many as five out of his six sixes off the two.
The Batting Powerplay proved to be the turning point for Windies as Indian bowlers gave away 57 runs between overs 43 and 47. When Bravo was finally out in the 46th over with 39 still to get, Kieron Pollard (24, 13 balls, 3x4, 1x6) and Marlon Samuels (28, 25 balls, 3x4) plundered 42 runs in only 3.3 overs to seal the issue.
Credit should also be given Ramnaresh Sarwan (75 retd hurt, 94 balls, 5x4, 1x6) who anchored the innings to perfection before he couldn't carry on due to cramps. Sarwan and Bravo added 103 runs for the third wicket before the right-hander retired hurt.
Bravo took his time to settle down but with wickets in hand, he waited for the batting Powerplay to explode. The other turning point was India losing seven wickets for 62 runs despite Virat Kohli's solid 94.
Bravo sprang to life with two successive sixes off Ashwin as he scored 15 runs in the 43rd over. Mishra, the most consistent Indian bowler in the series, met with similar fate as he too went for couple of sixes with 15 runs coming off it.
Vinay Kumar, who had a good first spell, went for 11 runs reducing the target to 23 from the final three overs. West Indies openers Lendl Simmons (6) and Adrian Barath (17) fell cheaply before Sarwan and Bravo began their rescue mission.
Earlier, when India batted it was a case of poor shot selection by the middle and lower order batsmen after Kohli (94, 104 balls, 10x4) along with Rohit Sharma (57, 72 balls, 2x4, 1x6) laid the foundation with a 110-run partnership for the fourth wicket.
Coming in to bat in the fourth over, Kohli stayed put till the 36th over to help India overcome early jitters although a fantastic piece of fielding by Sarwan from the deep robbed the batsman of a chance to score his sixth international hundred. Andre Russell was the pick of the West Indian bowlers, grabbing four for 35. — PTI
Dhawan c Sarwan
b Roach 11
Patel c Martin b Russell 6
Kohli run out 94
Tiwary c Baugh b Pollard 22
Rohit b Martin 57
Raina c Barath b Pollard 0
Yusuf c Baugh b Russell 30
Ashwin not out 8
Mishra b Russell 0
Vinay c Baugh b Roach 2
Ishant b Russell 0
Extras (lb 1, w 19, nb 1) 21
Total: (all out; 47.3 ovrs) 251
Bowling: Roach 10-0-52-2, Sammy 6-0-48-0, Russell 8.3-0-35-4, Pollard 8-0-39-2, Martin 10-1-39-1, Simmons 5-0-37-0.
Simmons c Mishra b Vinay 6
Barath lbw b Mishra 17
Sarwan retired hurt 75
Bravo st Patel b Mishra 86
Samuels not out 28
Pollard not out 24
Extras (lb 9, w 9, nb 1) 19
Total: (3 wkts; 48.4 ovrs) 255
Bowling: Vinay 9-2-46-1, Ishant 9.4-0-49-0, Mishra 10-1-46-2, Ashwin 10-1-50-0, Raina 6-0-35-0, Yusuf 1-0-7-0, Kohli 3-0-13-0.
University Games camps begin from July 1
Patiala, June 17
In an email sent to the Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor and the Sports Department of the university, AIU secretary-general Beena Shah has defined the criteria for selection and announced various SAI centres where the camps would he held.
According to the letter, the camp for aquatics and shooting will be held at the SAI Centre Bangalore, archery at Kolkata, athletics at Bhopal, badminton at the Laxmi Bai National Institute of Physical Education, Gwalior and tennis at Panjab University, Chandigarh.
Beginning from July 1, the camps will be held till the time of departure of the teams for the Games. AIU has also instructed the universities to send a list of their core probables for these camps by June 21. SAI had also requested AIU to send a list of probables, coaches and support staff, maintaining that AIU was still be in charge of things.
Talking to The Tribune, Shah said that the camps had been given to SAI because SAI had the best infrastructure in the country. “I want that there should be complete transparency in selection process and I assure you that the best players would be selected. Another reason for choosing SAI is that often universities whose players are not selected indulge in blame games in case camps are held at other universities.
Therefore, no one would now be able to do that. “It’s not that we are unfair to the universities. We have given two camps to universities that have not been party to any controversy in past,” she further added.
Mumbai, June 17
“The Indian Open would thus become the richest full-field Asian Tour event and is the result of a newly-inked agreement between the Asian Tour and Nimbus Sport”, a media release said. The development also ensures that India's national championship features prominently on the Asian Tour schedule for the next three years.
Since its inauguration in 1964, the Indian Open has unearthed many of the country's finest talents, including the likes of Arjun Atwal, Jeev Milkha Singh, Jyoti Randhawa and Gaganjeet Bhullar, besides attracting a stellar field of international players in the past such as Daniel Chopra, Mark Brown and Darren Beck.
Asian Tour Executive Chairman, Kyi Hla Han lauded Nimbus Sport's latest commitment to the development of golf in India and is confident that the Indian Open will continue to grow from strength to strength.
"We are extremely pleased to enter into a long-term exclusive partnership with Nimbus Sport for the Indian Open. With an increased prize fund up for grabs this year, it promises to be an exciting week of golf," said Han. "We will work closely with Nimbus Sport in putting together a grand event this year and building up to the ‘Golden Jubilee’ in 2013," added Han. — PTI
Lahiri stays in hunt
Samui (Thailand): Anirban Lahiri brought home a card of 72 to slip to tied eighth at the Queen's Cup golf here today. The 23-year-old Indian, however, stayed in the contention with three shots behind the leaders — South African Jbe Kruger (68) and Japan's Daisuke Maruyama (67). Chinnarat Phadungsil (67) was third, while four golfers, including Bangladesh's Siddikur (68) and Chawlit Plaphol (67) were tied for fourth. Overnight leader Prayad Marksaeng slipped three off the pace after struggling to a 73 and was tied eighth. "It was a roller-coaster round today with six birdies against seven bogeys. The winds made it difficult out there and in the middle of the round, I felt my shoulder twinge a bit. It's not unbearable," said Lahiri. Lahiri, however, said he was still hopeful. "The good thing with this 72 is that I'm still in it, only three shots back of the leaders. There are two more days to go and I'll give it a shot." Meanwhile, only three other Indians made the cut and leading them is Jyoti Randhawa (69), the only Indian making a upward move. From a lowly 58th, he rose to tied 15th at 142, indicating that a turnaround in fortunes could be around the corner. He was joined in tied 15th by young Himmat Rai (73). — PTI
Samui (Thailand): Anirban Lahiri brought home a card of 72 to slip to tied eighth at the Queen's Cup golf here today. The 23-year-old Indian, however, stayed in the contention with three shots behind the leaders — South African Jbe Kruger (68) and Japan's Daisuke Maruyama (67). Chinnarat Phadungsil (67) was third, while four golfers, including Bangladesh's Siddikur (68) and Chawlit Plaphol (67) were tied for fourth.
Overnight leader Prayad Marksaeng slipped three off the pace after struggling to a 73 and was tied eighth. "It was a roller-coaster round today with six birdies against seven bogeys. The winds made it difficult out there and in the middle of the round, I felt my shoulder twinge a bit. It's not unbearable," said Lahiri.
Lahiri, however, said he was still hopeful. "The good thing with this 72 is that I'm still in it, only three shots back of the leaders. There are two more days to go and I'll give it a shot."
Meanwhile, only three other Indians made the cut and leading them is Jyoti Randhawa (69), the only Indian making a upward move. From a lowly 58th, he rose to tied 15th at 142, indicating that a turnaround in fortunes could be around the corner. He was joined in tied 15th by young Himmat Rai (73). — PTI
Kingston, June 17
The friction between the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and Gayle only increased after a stormy meeting, which was ironically called to settle the differences after the batsman's controversial radio interview.
Gayle had lambasted the WICB for leaving him in a lurch during his recent injury crisis. The WICB wants Gayle to retract from the statement but he has refused, heightening the tensions.
"Chris wants to play cricket for the West Indies and this is why he turned up for the meeting. However, what was said and how it was said at the meeting has left him rather frustrated.” — PTI
Randhawa to continue as AAI selection committee chief
New Delhi, June 17
Randhawa, an Asian Games gold medallist in hurdles and the first Arjuna Awardee in athletics, had resigned as chairman of the AAI selection committee on August 16, 2010 when some coaches and politicians intervened to get a few athletes included in the Indian team for the Commonwealth Games in Delhi. As a result, India fielded a jumbo squad of 40-odd athletes. Randhawa not only resigned from his post (first reported by The Tribune), but also refused to witness the CWG athletics competition.
The AAI, however, kept Randhawa’s resignation on hold, as following the Commonwealth Games and later the Asian Games in China, AAI secretary Lalit Bhanot, who was also the secretary-general of the CWG Organising Committee, was arrested and lodged in Tihar Jail in connection with the alleged misappropriation of funds for the CWG.
While Bhanot technically still continues to be the AAI secretary, though an acting secretary was nominated to carry out the functioning of the association, the Executive Committee met at the Habitat Centre here today and the first item on the agenda was to persuade Randhawa to withdraw his resignation.
AAI senior vice-president Ranga Rao was the first to request Randhawa to withdraw his resignation as his services were required by the association. Then Sushil Salwan, former national coach and Dronacharya Awardee Joginder Singh Saini, acting president M.L. Yadav and the Chandigarh-based acting secretary Ravinder Chaudhary all requested Randhawa with folded hands to reconsider his decision.
Punjab Olympic Association’s Ishwar Singh Deol also prevailed upon Randhawa to reconsider his decision. Yadav and Chaudhary also assured him that there will be no interference in the selection of the athletes from the federation nor from coaches/officials/politicians and Randhawa and his committee would be given a free hand to select the deserving candidates on the basis of performances, as they deem fit.
Though Randhawa was touched by the unanimous support he got from the AAI Executive Committee, he went home without making any commitment. But after consulting with his son, Randhawa informed the AAI Executive Committee telephonically that he was willing to continue as the chairman of the senior selection committee, provided he was given a free hand in the selection process.
“I cannot be party to something patently wrong, and I would not approve of the selection of an undeserving athlete to represent the country,” Randhawa told The Tribune.
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