Dravid stands tall
Sukhbir urged to bail out JCT
Venus survives scare
I play for India and not for captains’
India face uphill task against Qatar
SLC-BCCI meeting called off
India’s tour of west indies1st test: Day 3
India reach 166 for 6 at Lunch on Day 3 Rahul unbeaten on 69
India lead by 239 runs
Kingston, June 22
Starting their day at 91 for three, India lost Virat Kohli (15), Suresh Raina (27) and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (16) while adding 75 runs in the first session of the third day.
Dhoni who was showing a lot of positive intent was out at the stroke of lunch when he tried to cut a long hop from Devendra Bishoo (3/41) being caught by Fidel Edwards at cover.
Young Bishoo infused hope for the hosts by claiming couple of wickets in the final quarter of an hour before lunch as Raina and Dhoni tried to hit their way out of trouble on a track that was difficult for batting.
That's where Dravid's 203-ball vigil that contained eight boundaries is all the more praiseworthy. The innings was typically Dravid where the concentration was intense, risk-factor minimal trying to consolidate. On a track with variable bounce where the others found it difficult to defend Dravid played both pace and spin with minumum fuss.
In the morning, it was Kohli who was the first one to depart when he managed to glove one down the leg-side with Edwards digging it short.
Raina, as is his wont, was positive from the moment he arrived and played the rising deliveries well. A straight drive off Edwards was a real treat as Dravid was trying to see off the first hour leaving anything that was a shade outside the off-stump channel.
Earlier, India held the upperhand as they dismissed West Indies for a paltry 173 before taking a vital 164-run lead.
At stumps yesterday, India were 91 for three in their second innings with Rahul Dravid (45), who was dropped on six by West Indies skipper Darren Sammy, at the crease along with debutant Virat Kohli (14). Sammy (1/16), Ravi Rampaul (1/17) and leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo (1/27) accounted for a wicket each for the home team. Starting their second essay with a lead of 73, India once again made a sloppy start and lost their first three batsmen with only 57 runs on the board. — PTI
India 1st innings:
246 all out
West Indies 1st innings:
(Overnight 34 for one)
Barath c Dhoni b Praveen 64 Simmons c Vijay b Ishant 3
Sarwan lbw b Ishant 3
Bravo c Dhoni b Praveen 18 Chanderpaul c Mukund
b Harbhajan 23
Nash c Raina b Praveen 1 Baugh c Vijay b Harbhajan 27 Sammy b Ishant 1
Rampaul not out 14
Edwards c Dhoni b Mishra 7 Bishoo c Raina b Mishra 4 Extras: (b-1, lb-3, nb-4) 8
Total: (all out; 67.5 overs) 173 Bowling: Praveen 18-5-38-3, Ishant 17-6-29-3, Mishra 13.5-1-51-2, Harbhajan 19-5-51-2.
India 2nd innings:
Mukund c Baugh b Bishoo 25
Vijay lbw b Rampaul 0
Dravid not out 69
Laxman c & b Sammy 0
Kohli c Baugh b Edwards 15
Raina c Sammy b Bishoo 27
Dhoni c Edwards b Bishoo 16
Extras (b 8, nb 6) 14
Total: (6 wkts at lunch) 166
Bowling: Edwards 13-1-40-1, Rampaul 17-3-35-1, Sammy 20-8-36-1, Bishoo 16-2-41-3, Nash 1-0-6-0.
Sukhbir urged to bail out JCT
New Delhi, June 22
Indian Olympic Association (IOA) senior vice-president Tarlochan Singh has written to Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal to prevail upon JCT boss Sameer Thapar “to review his order of closing the football club”.“It will be a big loss not only to Punjab, but also to the country as the role JCT played for the promotion of football will be written in golden letters”.
Tarlochan Singh suggested to Sukhbir Badal that “the State Government can give some financial benefit to JCT if money crunch is the problem”. “All sports lovers are looking towards you for some immediate action in this regard. The Punjab Government should step in if JCT is not willing to carry on,” Tarlochan Singh added in his letter.
He said contrary to popular perception, football and not hockey, was the most popular sport in certain parts of Punjab, notably in the Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar and Kapurthala districts, and Phagwara, where JCT was headquartered, was in the centre of this region.
Tarlochan said people had appreciated the Punjab Deputy CM’s zeal to promote sports in Punjab by providing maximum monetary benefits to the Punjab players who won medals in the Olympics, Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games. He had also honoured cricket stars Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh for their contribution to India’s World Cup victory, and his enthusiasm to promote kabaddi has also been well-received. He should do something for the revival of JCT “as for decades, they (the Thapar Group) nursed and trained budding Punjab youth through their football academy. Some international football players, who did the country proud, came through JCT’s efforts” and such a club should not be allowed to fade away unsung.
Former Indian international Jo Paul Ancheri, who played for JCT for four years, from 1995-96 and 2002-2003 and was part of JCT’s many cup-winning deeds along with I.M. Vijayan, echoed similar views. He said every effort should be made to keep the club going as otherwise the players will be the biggest sufferers as they will have no club to represent.
“I had a very enjoyable and productive time with JCT for four years, when the club won the inaugural I-League, the Federation Cup, IFA Shield, Durand Cup and many more. The club had no financial problem then,” Ancheri told The Tribune from Kerala.
He said JCT had a large fan-following in Kerala for their robust football and fair play. “When I was part of the JCT, we won many important tournaments in Kerala like the Nagjee Trophy, Scissors Cup and the Mamman Mappila Trophy. That was one of the best phases of my career,” Ancheri noted.
Vijayan said JCT had endeared to fans in the south as stalwarts like Inder Singh and Parminder Singh, who both had figured in the Asian All-Star teams, were role models for their exemplary behaviour on and off the field. “It will be in the interest of Indian football to revive the JCT team,” Vijayan added.
London, June 22
Date-Krumm surged into a 5-1 lead under the Centre Court roof and although American Williams fought back to force a tiebreak, the Japanese won it 8-6 on her fifth set point.
Williams, five-times Wimbledon champion but seeded 23rd this year following injury problems, improved as the match wore on but Date-Krumm refused to lie down.
Williams made the decisive break in the 14th game of the final set, clinching victory when Date-Krumm sent a backhand wide. — Reuters
‘I play for India and not for captains’
Kolkata, June 22
"The question is totally baseless. I was badly ill. I have started training. It is totally baseless that I have denied playing under Suresh Raina. I play for India and my team, and not for any captain," said said Yuvraj while addressing a programme of 'Emotional Atyachaar - Season 3' here.
"I have played under Sourav, MS Dhoni, Gautam Gambhir. I have played under so many captains. And Gautam and MS came to the team five years after I got included in the team. There has been no such thing. I play for my country and not for captains," said Yuvraj. — IANS
Pune, June 22
India were outplayed by a technically superior Qatar in the first leg in Doha on June 19 and it will be a difficult job, if not impossible, for Desmond Bulpin's under-23 boys to turn the tables tomorrow at Shiv Chhatrapati Stadium Balewadi.
A 2-0 win will see India through to the final round on 3-3 aggregate and on away goal rule, but Bulpin's worry would be in his defence as his boys had been a disappointment in that front in the first leg. — PTI
Colombo, June 22
On the advise of Sri Lanka Sports Minister Mahindanda Aluthgamage, SLC chairman DS de Silva and secretary Nishantha Ranatunga were scheduled to meet the BCCI officials tomorrow to sort out the issue at the earliest. — PTI
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