Dhoni Led Chennai Wins IPL Opener With a Bang

New Delhi: Led by redoubtable veteran Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Chennai Super Kings on Saturday registered a comprehensive victory in the opening tie of the Indian Premier League. The former captain of the Indian national side Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led CSK beat Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), led by Dhoni's successor and current skipper Virat Kohli, by seven wickets in the opening encounter.

Batting first, RCB were bowled out for 70 in 17.1 overs in which Parthiv Patel top scored with 29 off 35 balls. Harbhajan Singh (3/20 in 4 overs), Imran Tahir (3/9 in 3 overs) and Ravindra Jadeja (2/15 in 4 overs) shared the wickets. Dwayne Bravo also chipped in with a wicket. In reply, CSK scored the runs in 17.4 overs with Ambati Rayudu scoring 28.


Mandhana And Goswami Consolidate Their Top Spots For Batters And Bowlers Respectively In ICC Ranking

New Delhi: In the updated ICC Women’s ODI player rankings, Indian opener Smriti Mandhana and fast bowler of the team Jhulan Goswami on March 22 consolidated their top spots for the batters and bowlers respectively.

Mandhana leads the batters list, thanks to her brilliant performance against England in Mumbai last month. The top five saw no change as Ellyse Perry of Australia, Kiwi captain Amy Satterthwaite, India captain Mithali Raj, and West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor, all retained their places.

In the bowlers’ rankings, Australia’s Jess Jonnasen, Pakistan’s Sana Mir, Megan Schutt of Australia and Shikha Pandey of India form the list led by Goswami.


Dhoni To Look To Get His Team Off To A Flying Start In IPL; CSK Take On RCB In The First Match

New Delhi: Mahendra Singh Dhoni will look to get his team off to a flying start in the tournament when Chennai Super Kings take on Royal Challengers Bangalore in the first match of the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Saturday.

Over the years, Chepauk has been Dhoni’s happy hunting ground and he has scored bucketloads of runs at this famous venue. Dhoni stands second on the list of most runs scored at this stadium in the IPL. Dhoni’s teammate and the highest run getter in IPL Suresh Raina takes the top spot.

To make matters worse for the visitors, Dhoni also enjoys a great record against RCB and he is the leading run-scorer against RCB in the cash-rich league. Dhoni’s 710 runs against RCB is better than the likes of Gautam Gambhir, Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma.


Indian Athletics’ 39-Member Team Named For Next Month’s Asian Championships In Doha

New Delhi: Star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra was named to lead a 39-member Indian athletics team for next month’s Asian Championships in Doha, with sprint sensation Hima Das also making the cut in 400m despite her recent below-par show.

National record holders Mohd. Anas (400m), Jinson Johnson (800m and 1500m), Dharun Ayyasamy (400m hurdles), Avinash Sable (3000m steeplechase), Tajinder Pal Singh Toor (shot put), Dutte Chand (100m) and Annu Rani (javelin throw) were also among those named in the team.

Tejaswin Shankar (high jump) and M Shreeshankar (long jump) -- both national record holders -- were left out of the team for different reasons while seasoned campaigners Seema Antil (discus throw) and Arpinder Singh (triple jump) opted out of the continental showpiece to focus on the World


Wrestler Ritu Phogat Dropped From Government’s TOPS After She Decided To Shift Her Loyalty To MMA

New Delhi: Wrestler Ritu Phogat, youngest of the celebrated “Phogat Sisters”, was dropped from the government’s Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) after she decided to shift her loyalty to Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).

The Sports Authority of India (SAI) decided to axe Ritu from the TOPS programme after the young wrestler made herself unavailable for 2020 Tokyo Olympics and decided to try her luck in MMA in Singapore.

“Wrestler Ritu Phogat who had earlier been inducted into the TOPS scheme, has been excluded from the scheme since she will not be participating in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, on account of her shifting to Singapore to train for Mixed Martial Arts,” the SAI said in a statement.