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Rahane Says, India Is Not Taking Afghanistan Lightly In Its Test Debut

New Delhi:Skipper AjinkyaRahanehas assured his side is not taking Afghanistan lightly and will be ruthless against them in their maiden Test starting at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Thursday.

Rahane, filling in for ViratKohli, said while it’s an honour to be part of the historic Test, his side will focus on their strengths.“As a Test team, we cannot take anyone for granted. We just want to go out there and play our best, the way we have been playing throughout the season, especially in this format. Yes, we are going to focus on our strengths and our positives, without thinking about Afghanistan.

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Karthik Does Not Have Any Qualm in Losing Test Spot To M S Dhoni

New Delhi: Eight years down the line, following the hard grind of domestic cricket and on-and-off call ups to the India team, the 33-year-old Dinesh Karthik has yet another chance due to Wriddhiman Saha’s injury as India host Afghanistan for the latter’s first-ever Test starting Thursday. It was in January, 2010 when Dinesh Karthik had last played a Test.

Karthik had no issues over losing his Test spot to MS Dhoni, even admitting that perhaps he wasn’t playing that well. With the Test whites beckoning again, Karthik looked at ease and admitted he had persevered due to the love of the game.

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Navdeep Saini Replaces Sami For One-Off Test Against Afghanistan Starting June 14

New Delhi: Indian speedster Mohammed Shami, who was recently in news for all the wrong reasons, has gone through another setback on Monday while failing the Yo-Yo fitness test. This has prompted the selectors to summon rookie Delhi speedster Navdeep Saini for the one-off Test against Afghanistan starting June 14.

Saini is currently one of the quickest red ball bowlers in domestic circuit and has been touted by many as one for the future after his consistent Ranji Trophy performance in the past two seasons. Saini is part of the four-day set-up of the India A team and is set to travel to UK next month. The 25-year-old has so far played 31 first-class games, taking 96 wickets.

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India Win Intercontinental Cup Title By 2-0 Over Kenya With Chhetri Scoring A Brace

New Delhi: With the Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri leading the team from the front has brought result for the team with Intercontinental Cup title with a 2-0 win over Kenya in the summit clash here on Sunday. Chhetri scored a brace to put himself on par with Lionel Messi and lead the home side to win.

Playing in his 102nd international match, Chhetri struck in the eighth and 29th minutes to hand a dominant India the trophy to the wild celebration of the home fans at the Mumbai Football Arena here.

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Nadal Defeats Martin To Reach French Open final; Showdown With Thiem For Title

New Delhi: Ten-time champion Rafael Nadal reached his 11th French Open final when he defeated Juan Martin del Potro in straight sets, setting up a title showdown with Dominic Thiem.

Nadal, a 16-time Grand Slam champion, claimed his 85th win in Paris against just two losses after weathering a big-hitting opening from 2009 US Open winner Del Potro to win 6-4, 6-1, 6-2. In his 24th Grand Slam final, Nadal will face Thiem who ended Marco Cecchinato’s French Open fairytale, reaching his first major final with a 7-5, 7-6 (12/10), 6-1 victory.

Seventh seed Thiem is the first Austrian to make a final at the majors since Thomas Muster was champion in Paris in 1995. “It was a very difficult first set and Juan Martin had lots of opportunities. He was a little unfortunate,” said Nadal, who reeled off 14 of the last 17 games, having seen Del Potro fail to convert any of his seven break points.