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India Well-Prepared For ICC U-19 World Cup: Skipper Shaw

New Delhi: Prithvi Shaw, captain of India's U-19 World Cup team averred that his team has prepared well under the guidance of Rahul Dravid and the goal is to return home with the trophy.

The ICC U-19 World Cup officially got underway at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch with an impressive ceremony showcasing New Zealand's culture.

Warm-up matches will be held from Monday while the tournament proper gets underway on January 13 with matches spread across seven venues in the cities of Christchurch, Queenstown, Tauranga and Whangarei.

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Injured Mary Kom To Skip Women's National Boxing Championship

New Delhi: Five-time World Champion MC Mary Kom will not be participating in the Elite Women's National Boxing Championship starting today.

The reigning Asian Champion Mary Kom will be nursing a few niggles.

Over 300 top boxers will be stepping into the ring during the second edition with the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) indicating that the week-long tournament will be seen as selection trials for the CWG and the Asian Games.

Most of the newly-crowned champions at the Youth World Championships from 36-member units have registered themselves for this competition.

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The Test That Gave Birth To The ODI On January 5, 1971

New Delhi:Earlier, there was a time when Test cricket dominated the scene with fans thronging the stadiums. It was a ‘mela’ for fans and their families. But, as times changed, Test matches lost the glamour and sheen as crowd-pullers.

Then one day, on January 5, 1971 the first-ever One-Day International (ODI) was played. And, with that novel idea to the one-day format; the International Cricket Committee (ICC) basically hit the jackpot.

So today, lets looks back at the time when a potentially abandoned Test match set a concept that has gone on to dominate the world of cricket for over three decades and boasts probably the most coveted reward in the sport.

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MS Dhoni Returns ToCSK, RCB Retain Virat Kohli For IPL 2018

New Delhi: Mahendra Singh Dhoni was back at his  Chennai Super Kings while Royal Challengers Bangalore retained India captain ViratKohli during Indian Premier League retentions in Mumbai.

Mumbai Indians had the league's most successful captain Rohit Sharma back in their stable as most of the retentions happened on expected lines.

Current Australia skipper Steve Smith was Rajasthan Royals' only pick while his deputy David Warner remains with Sunrisers Hyderabad along with pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

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ICC Says No Threat To India's No.1 Status Even If South Africa Sweep Tests

New Delhi: India's status as the No.1 Test side in ICC rankings will remain intact irrespective of how the series against South Africa pans out.

Faf du Plessis's side is presently 13 points behind ViratKohli's team, which is sitting on top of the table on 124 points.

However, both the sides will finish on 118 points if the South Africa side makes a clean sweep of the series which starts in Cape Town on January 5, the International Cricket Council said in a statement.

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