India’s Tour of England
Indian bowlers struggle
Ravi Bopara recalled for 3rd Test of series
Murali wanted to postpone retirement
Dilshan stars in win
BSF Jalandhar march to victory
Atwal slips, Fowler leads
Bhullar, Lahiri blow it up
Indian archers fall short of gold
Gangjee makes cut
Pinegrove enter semis
India’s Tour of England
New Delhi, August 6 It was way back in September, 2009, when Dravid donned coloured clothing last for India, in the ICC Champions Trophy in South Africa. As he was dismissed against the West Indies, run-out for just four runs, he had begun what was considered a permanent walk out of the Indian ODI scheme of things. India made major inroads in the format of the game in the time since Dravid sat out, culminating with the World Cup win. But the Karnataka veteran’s return proves one thing - when an athlete is good, he is good enough for anything thrown at him. While his inclusion is being termed as a ‘surprise’ in some quarters, it is really a reflection of the poor state India batting finds itself in, where a veteran, who for all intents and purposes had given up on this format, is asked to come back to shore up things. Ample proof of his ability to handle the conditions in England. Equal castigation also of the others not being able to do so. While Dravid’s return is good news, one can’t but feel a little sorry for Yuvraj Singh. One of the most lethal bats in Indian cricket, the left-hander has always been on a mind-numbing ride, from the crest of success to the depths of despair. It wasn’t so long ago that Yuvraj was the toast of India, emerging Man of the Series in the World Cup campaign. But ill health and poor luck have sent him to the sidelines again. Time is a cruel master, and the effects of its whip can only get worse for Yuvraj now onwards. Harbhajan Singh’s axing - for the politically correct, he is on the injured list - had become something of an impending event, so no surprises there. Maybe it is time to seriously consider R. Ashwin and Amit Mishra as real alternatives, in ODIs and Tests, respectively. S. Sreesanth is another character in Indian cricket who can oscillate between the ebullient spoilt brat and the tragic hero. It seems his career too will be blighted with alternate doses of hope and disappointment. As for the rest, nothing really new there. Squad:
New Delhi, August 6
It was way back in September, 2009, when Dravid donned coloured clothing last for India, in the ICC Champions Trophy in South Africa. As he was dismissed against the West Indies, run-out for just four runs, he had begun what was considered a permanent walk out of the Indian ODI scheme of things.
India made major inroads in the format of the game in the time since Dravid sat out, culminating with the World Cup win. But the Karnataka veteran’s return proves one thing - when an athlete is good, he is good enough for anything thrown at him.
While his inclusion is being termed as a ‘surprise’ in some quarters, it is really a reflection of the poor state India batting finds itself in, where a veteran, who for all intents and purposes had given up on this format, is asked to come back to shore up things. Ample proof of his ability to handle the conditions in England. Equal castigation also of the others not being able to do so.
While Dravid’s return is good news, one can’t but feel a little sorry for Yuvraj Singh. One of the most lethal bats in Indian cricket, the left-hander has always been on a mind-numbing ride, from the crest of success to the depths of despair.
It wasn’t so long ago that Yuvraj was the toast of India, emerging Man of the Series in the World Cup campaign. But ill health and poor luck have sent him to the sidelines again. Time is a cruel master, and the
effects of its whip can only get worse for Yuvraj now onwards.
Harbhajan Singh’s axing - for the politically correct, he is on the injured list - had become something of an impending event, so no surprises there. Maybe it is time to seriously consider R. Ashwin and Amit Mishra as real alternatives, in ODIs and Tests, respectively.
S. Sreesanth is another character in Indian cricket who can oscillate between the ebullient spoilt brat and the tragic hero. It seems his career too will be blighted with alternate doses of hope and disappointment. As for the rest, nothing really new there.
Squad:MS Dhoni (capt/wk), Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag (vice-capt), Rahul Dravid, Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Parthiv Patel (wk), Amit Mishra, R. Ashwin, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Praveen Kumar, Munaf Patel, Vinay Kumar.
Rahul Dravid retires from T20s & ODIs
LONDON: Rahul Dravid, who was recalled to the Indian squad for the upcoming T20 and ODI series against England, will retire from both formats once the England series is over. Dravid last played an ODI match against the West Indies during the 2009 Champions Trophy in Johannesburg. — PTI
Selection based on English conditions: Srikkanth
Chennai: Without taking Rahul Dravid's name, chairman of selectors Krishnamachari Srikkanth made it clear that ODI squad was selected keeping the English conditions in mind. Most of the younger Indian batsmen have been found wanting in seaming and bouncy conditions where Dravid stood out with back-to-back tons that prompted his recall after nearly two years.
"We have selected the team on basis of the conditions in England. We have selected the team after a lot of deliberation and I am sure it is a very good side," Srikanth told reporters after announcing the squad.
Srikkanth termed Yuvraj Singh's injury as an "unfortunate" one and something about which little could be done. "Yuvraj Singh is one of our main players, but unfortunately when you have a fracture in the finger, you cannot do anything about it," he said.
He made no bones about the fact that both Yuvraj and Harbhajan Singh will have to do a complete rehabilitation before being considered for national selection. — PTI
Northampton, August 6
Zaheer Khan's much expected return to action after his hamstring injury lasted a mere three overs before he parked himself in the pavilion and did not come out thereafter at all. By the looks, things do not appear too bright for the left-arm seamer ahead of the third Test between India and England at Edgbaston starting on April 10.
Loye and Brien batted with authority and imposed themselves on the Indian bowlers even though leg-spinner Amit Mishra would feel that the umpire at his end was particularly hard on a couple of his genuine appeals.
Pacers S Sreesanth and Munaf Patel were treated without respect by the Northants openers for 51 runs in their 10 overs each while Mishra conceded 44 runs from 17 overs. Part-timer Suresh Raina was punished for 21 runs from his five overs. As the end of post-lunch session drew nearer, Indians had begun to bowl no-balls and conceding byes off the errant bowling.
Northamptonshire's top order did not have a particularly good time at the crease this season so this success of their openers would particularly rankle the visitors.
Earlier, resuming at their overnight score of 327 for seven, India were all out for 352 after tailender Amit Mishra completed his half century. Mishra, overnight 48, completed his half century off the first ball of the morning and was the last man out for 61.
Bowling spearhead Zaheer, who returned to action after his hamstring injury in the first Test against England at Lord's, was unimpressive in his three overs before lunch as he conceded 24 runs. Mal Loye and Niall O' Brien were batting on 13 and 17 respectively at the break. — PTI
Indians 1st innings 352
Northamptonshire 1st innings
Loye c Dhoni b Patel 100
O'Brien c Dhoni b Mishra 117
White lbw b Mishra 25
Newton c sub b Patel 3
Sales lbw b Sreesanth 11
Willey c sub b Sreesanth 12
Murphy not out 26
Best lbw b Raina 1
Burton not out 36
Total: (7 wkts; Stumps) 355
Bowling: Zaheer 3-0-24-0, Sreesanth 16-1-74-2, Munaf 17-2-91-2, Mishra 25-2-64-2, Raina 16-1-68-1, Dhoni 3-0-13-0, Gambhir 3.2-0-14-0.
London, August 6
The Essex player was summoned as Trott failed to regain full fitness after landing heavily on his shoulder while fielding during second Test at Trent Bridge. England squad also consists of lanky pacer Steven Finn who has been brought on as a cover for Chris Tremlett who is recovering from hamstring injury.
Bopara, who played the last of his ten Tests against Australia in August 2009, has been in good form of late having scored 178 for Essex against Leicestershire in a County game. He is likely to bat at No 6 as Ian Bell is certain to bat at No 3 after his brilliant 159 in the second innings.
Bopara has scored 502 runs from 10 Tests at an average of shade above 33 with three centuries. — PTI
London, August 6
Muralitharan, who retired from Test cricket after taking his 800th wicket in a match against India at Galle last July, said he had developed second thoughts about his retirement as he wanted to set a record which no other cricketer could surpass.
"I did think long and hard about becoming the first man to take 1,000 Test wickets. I had decided to retire after the game against India, but had second thoughts after taking eight wickets to reach 800," Muralitharan, who got to his 800th wicket - that of Pragyan Ojha - in his final ball of Test cricket, said.
"I wondered if it was possible to make it to 1,000 and whether retiring was the right thing to do. I had to decide whether to keep going and set a record that would never be beaten or retire while I was still fit and performing well," he said in the latest edition of 'Wisden Cricketer' magazine.
Muralitharan, who retired from international cricket in Sri Lanka's World Cup summit clash loss to India in April, said the toll his body will have to take for another four years led to his dropping the fleeting ambition.
"But then I worked out how much longer I would have to go on playing to reach that target and realised it was probably asking too much. Sri Lanka play only about eight Tests a year and at the rate I was taking wickets I would have needed to keep playing until I was 43," he said.
"In the end my body told me to stop. I thought to myself, 'Why go on? You have achieved everything there is to achieve in the game and you don't have to prove anything to anyone.' Yes 1,000 Test wickets sounded nice but I knew I could not play at the same level into my forties," said the 39-year-old off-spinner who took 800 wickets in a Test career spanning 18 years and 133 matches from 1992.
Muralitharan made it clear that he will retire from all forms of cricket next year after finishing his Twenty20 stint at English county side Gloucestershire.
"No player can go on forever. There always comes a day when you have to say 'enough is enough'. I love cricket and I am still enthusiastic about playing the game but I do not see myself carrying on beyond the next two years. I will be 41 then and that is old enough. — PTI
Pallekele, August 6
Sent in to bat at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, the hosts were headed for a total of about 150 before Dilshan (104 from 57 balls) and allrounder Jeevan Mendis (29) combined for a stand of 104 runs in a mere 45 balls to lift the hosts to 198 for 3. — Agencies
Jayawardene b Lee 11
Dilshan not out 104
Chandimal hit wicket
b Johnson 11
S’kara c White b Watson 30
Mendis not out 29
Extras (lb 7, w 6) 13
Total: (3 wkts; 20 ovrs) 198
Bowling: Lee 4-0-38-1, O'Keefe 3-0-18-0, Johnson 4-0-47-1, Hastings 3-0-34-0, Smith 2-0-13-0, Watson 4-0-41-1.
Watson b Kulasekara 10
Warner c Dilshan
b Kulasekara 53
Marsh lbw b Perera 4
Hussey b Perera 6
White b Perera 7
Smith st S’kara b Herath 12
Haddin run out 7
Johnson not out 22
O'Keefe b Lakmal 22
Hastings not out 14
Extras (lb 1, w 5) 6
Total: (8 wkts; 20 ovrs) 163
Bowling: Kulasekara 4-0-39-2, Lakmal 3-0-23-1, Perera 4-0-26-3, Prasad 3-0-37-0, Dilshan 3-0-26-0, Herath 3-0-11-1.
BSF Jalandhar march to victory
Ludhiana, August 6
BSF exhibited great mobility in their attacks and perfection in ball control that helped them to clinch the issue quite comfortably. The winners were leading 39-18 at the breather. Varinder contributed 16 points and anchored the Jalandhar outfit’s win.
The match in the boys under-16 group between Ferozepur and Mansa turned out to be a cliff-hanger in which the former emerged victors by a narrow margin (46-44). Ashish chipped in with 19 points for the winning side.
In another match (boys u-16), Ferozepur came out triumphant against MGM Public School, Ludhiana, without sweating it out (42-12). Ashish and Abhishek scored 12 and eight points, respectively to steer Ferozepur to a comprehensive win.
In the girls' under-16 category, Delhi Public School, Ludhiana, drubbed MGM Public School, Ludhiana, 38-5 (Ravneet 20 pts); Guru Teg Bahadur Public School, Dakha, outclassed BCM Senior Secondary School, Chandigarh Road branch, Ludhiana, 31-9 (Simranpreet 16, Gurpreet Kaur 11); Khalsa School, Ludhiana, beat Doraha Public School 39-16 (Karamjeet Kaur 19, Gurpreet Kaur 10).
In the boy's (u-13) group, KVM, Ludhiana defeated Green Land School, Ludhiana, 22-10; Government High School, Gure, beat BCM School, Dugri, 23-15; Gymkhana Club, Ludhiana, outplayed MGM Public School, Ludhiana, 39-16; Doraha Public School, Doraha, prevailed over Delhi Public School, Ludhiana, 23-9.
Akron , August 6
Atwal, tied 18th overnight with Tiger Woods, had just one birdie against four bogeys, two on either side after starting from the 10th. His sole birdie came on the 14th and the bogeys were on 16th and 18th, sixth and eighth.
Atwal's iron play let him down and he had very few birdie chances managing only 44 per cent greens in regulation. He totals three-over 141 for two days.
Even as star attraction Tiger Woods managed only a one-over 71 and was in a tie for 36th, down 18 places from previous day, a young star, Rickie Fowler came up with a stunning card of 64 that included eight birdies and an eagle, besides four bogeys in an action-packed round.
He was in a four-way tie for the lead with Adam Scott (70), who had Woods' former caddie Steve Williams on the bag. — PTI
Petaling Jaya, August 6
The Indians, who were just a shot behind the leaders after three rounds, succumbed to nerves and saw their dreams of qualifying for the World Cup of golf crash with a quadruple bogey on the 18th hole.
Bhullar and Lahiri, who a day earlier carded a brilliant 64, were just not in the right form. They were very much in the race for top honours till the turn, despite making it two-over. But, finally they ended with an eight on the par-4 finishing hole. — PTI
Indian archers fall short of gold
Patiala, August 6
Despite 17-year-old Deepika putting on a spectacular show throughout the tournament, she had to settle for silver medal in the Recurve Individual event. She lost to Chinese archer Cheng Ming by four points. Though both were tied at 2-2 till the second end, Deepika could not score consistently and lost the remaining two ends to Cheng, the final score being 6-2.
In the women’s Recurve Team, India, comprising of Deepika, Chekrovolu Swuro and Bombayla Devi, lost to Ukraine by a margin of three points. They scored 210 points against Ukraine’s 213. Similarly, in the Recurve Mixed team event, duo of Deepika and Jayanta Talukdar lost to the US by a big margin of seven points.
Omaha, August 6
The Kolkata golfer, playing in his rookie year, shot a second round of two-under 69 and made the weekend rounds at a total of seven-under 135.
Indian-origin Swede golfer Daniel Chopra also made the cut after carding a 67 to go with his first round 68 and he was also tied 37th.
Chopra had an eventful day with six birdies, an eagle on the 10th, and two bogeys and a triple bogey on the par-four seventh.
Gangjee had bogeys on the second and fourth with a birdie in between. Birdies on the fifth and sixth steadied the Indian, who then added another birdie on 10th.
A bogey on the 14th was followed by a birdie on 15th for a card of 69 on a day when he struggled with his driving. Ken Duke shot a bogey-free eight-under 63 and moved into a share of the lead with Russell Knox (65). — PTI
Pinegrove enter semis
Chandigarh, August 6
In the first match of the day, Pinegrove defeated Army Public School, Dagshai, 3-0. The trio of Jaskamal, Rahul and Parteek controlled the tempo and utilised the spaces in a good way and scored one goal each.
Sherwood College subdued YPS, Patiala 7-1. The Patiala boys had their moments, but failed to make them count. Despite spirited runs on some occasions, they looked out of sorts and could not contain the opponents’ forward-line.
Rohan scored three goals, Tabish, Yash, Aneesh and Puru added one each for the winners while Jagsher was the solitary goal scorer for YPS. In another league match, Rashtriya Military School, Chail, opened their account in the tournament with a 1-0 victory over Punjab Public School, Nabha.
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