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Kapil Dev Says Mahendra Singh Dhoni Is The ‘Greatest Player India Has Ever Produced’

New Delhi: Legendary India captain Kapil Dev heaped praise on wicket-keeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and also referred to him as the ‘greatest player India has ever produced’. Speaking to a news website, the 1983 World Cup winning skipper said that Dhoni always kept country before himself and should be given the due credit for it.

“MS Dhoni is the greatest player India has ever produced. He played 90 Tests and then said let’s give a chance to the youngsters. Dhoni did that and hats off to him for putting his country before himself,” Kapil told India Today.

Kapil was referring to the time when Dhoni stepped down as captain of the Test side in 2014 and Virat Kohli was handed the mantle to lead the side in the longest format.

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India Handed A 146-Run Defeat In The Second Test; Surrenders A Rare Hard-Earned Ascendancy

New Delhi: India crumbled in the face of Australia’s remarkable metamorphosis and crashed to a 146-run defeat in the second Test here Tuesday, surrendering a rare hard-earned ascendancy in a series Down Under.

The hosts levelled the four-match series 1-1 after India were bowled out for 140 runs in 56 overs in their second innings on the fifth and final day. India had won the opening game by 31 runs to go in front.

Starting from overnight 112 for five, India lost their last five wickets for 28 runs and it was all over within 65 minutes of play.

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Australia Pacer Josh Hazlewood Plays Down Verbal Duet Between Kohli And Paine As Done In Good Spirits

New Delhi: The on field verbal duel between rival captains Virat Kohli and Tim Paine has been one of the talking points of the second Test here but Australia pacer Josh Hazlewood Monday played it down, saying it was done in good spirits.

During the 71st over of the Australia innings bowled by Jasprit Bumrah, the respective captains were seen exchanging words after Kohli decided to field close to the non-striker and on-field umpire Chris Gaffaney warned both the players.

But, Hazlewood cautioned against reading too much in the exchange of words between Kohli and Paine.

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PV Sindhu Writes History By Becoming The First Indian To Win A World Series Final Title

New Delhi: PV Sindhu scripted history by becoming the first Indian to win a World series final title. The Indian shuttler was at her best in a real humdinger of a contest against Japanese Nozomi Okuhara as she walked away with the match 21-19, 21-17.

Sindhu, who had finished second in the Olympics, Commonwealth Games, Asian games and World Championships, finally got the monkey off her back and broke her title jinx as she dominated Okuhara to win the match in straight sets.

In both games, Sindhu was quick to get off the blocks and pulled early in the set. However, Okuhara scrapped hard and kept coming back. The Indian shuttler had enough fuel in the tank to breach the barries. She won crucial moments in the match as was able to cease any momentum Okuhara managed to sustain.

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Olympic Silver Medallist PV Sindhu Continued Her Unbeaten Run At The BWF World Tour

New Delhi: Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu continued her unbeaten run while debutant Sameer Verma also qualified for the knockout stage with a straight-game win in his last group B match at the BWF World Tour Finals in Guangzhou on Friday.

Playing her third successive year-ending finale, Sindhu dished out some deceptive strokes and showed precision during the 35-minute contest to prevail over world number 12 Beiwen Zhang 21-9, 21-15 in a one-sided women’s singles contest to top Group A. “I was down 2-6 initially but I picked up the lead, so after that I was fine,” Sindhu, the last edition’s runner-up, said after the match.

“I have played a few matches against her after the Indian Open final, so I took it as a fresh match,” said the 23-year-old referring to her Indian Open final loss to Zhang at New Delhi early this year.

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