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PV Sindhu Produces Another Dogged Performance To Get Past Tai Tzu Ying In A Three Game Match

New Delhi: Rio Olympics silver medallist PV Sindhu produced another dogged performance to get past her nemesis, top ranked Chinese Taipei shuttler, Tai Tzu Ying in a tough three game match to record her second consecutive victory in the BWF World Tour Finals.

Coming into the match on a high after beating Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi in her tournament opener, the Indian ace was made to sweat by the nimble footed Tai Tzu. The Taipei player used her drop shots to great effect in the first game as she got the better of a visibly hassled Sindhu 21-14.

The Indian shuttler got a dose of advice from Pullela Gopichand at the change over and it seemed to work for Sindhu who looked more composed in the second game. Sindhu played to her advantage and made Tai Tzu work hard for her points in the second game.

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A Leaked Email Suggests Virat Kohli Had Frequently Worked Behind The Scenes Against Kumble

New Delhi: The acrimonious exit of India’s cricket coach last year was given a fresh twist as a leaked email suggested captain Virat Kohli had “frequently” worked behind the scenes against him. Former coach Anil Kumble quit over a rift with Kohli in June 2017, saying his relationship with the skipper was “untenable”.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India has denied any division in the Indian camp. But in a leaked email seen by AFP, a senior BCCI official wrote to board administrator Vinod Rai that Kohli “frequently sent SMSs to the CEO on which you acted and there was a change in the coach”.

“Mr Kumble a legend in his own right was subjected to loss of face and made to look like a villain,” added senior administrator Diana Edulji.

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New Zealand Skipper Leapfrog To Second Position In The Latest ICC Test Rankings For Batsmen

New Delhi: India skipper Virat Kohli’s twin failure in the just concluded first Test against Australia has coincided with Kane Williamson hitting 89 and 139 in Abu Dhabi to help the New Zealand skipper leapfrog former Australia skipper Steve Smith to the second position in the latest ICC Test Rankings for batsmen. Willimson has become the first New Zealand batsman and 32nd overall to break the 900-point barrier in the rankings. The batsman is currently on a career-high 913 points and just seven points behind Kohli.

Richard Hadlee, ICC’s Cricket Hall of Famer, is the only other New Zealand player – with bat or ball – to reach the 900-point mark in the ICC Test rankings. He reached 909 points with the ball following his five for 65 and six for 90 against Australia in Perth in November-December 1985.

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Vinod Rai Decides Against Diana Edulji’s Call To Scrap Selection Process Of Indian Women’s Team Coach

New Delhi: Committee of Administrators (COA) chairman Vinod Rai has decided to go against colleague Diana Edulji’s call to scrap the selection process of the Indian women’s team coach and continue with Ramesh Powar at least till the New Zealand tour beginning next month.

In a letter to Rai, COA member Edulji said Powar should be given an extension at least till the New Zealand tour, considering he has the backing of T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur and seasoned opener Smriti Mandhana. Rai, however, in his reply made it clear that scrapping the coach selection process is out of the question as the BCCI has already invited applications for the job. The application deadline ends on December 14 and Manoj Prabhakar, Herchelle Gibbs and Dimitri Mascarenhas are among the applicants.

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Rajyavardhan Rathore Announces Khelo India School Games To Be Upgraded To Khelo India Youth Games

New Delhi: Sports ministry’s flagship Khelo India School Games, which was launched early this year, threw up many young athletes with teenaged pistol shooter, Manu Bhaker winning multiple medals and proving the face of the event launched by the government to encourage youth to take to sports in a big way.

Hardly a year on, it is being expanded with sports minister, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, announcing at a function in New Delhi on Sunday that it would be upgraded to Khelo India Youth Games and staged in Pune from January 9 to 20. Competitions will be held in 18 events, with college-level athletes being brought into the fold.

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