Kapil Dev Says The Idea Of Permanent Batting Slots Is Probably Irrelevant In The Age Of Twenty20 Cricket

New Delhi: Former captain and winner of 1983 world cup Kapil Dev said that the idea of permanent batting slots is probably irrelevant in the age of Twenty20 cricket and India should not lose sleep over a designated number four at the World Cup in England.

The team under Virat Kohli continue to fret over the slot after a series of candidates fluffed their auditions before they fly to England seeking a third ODI World Cup crown.

All-rounder Vijay Shankar is expected to bat at number four while they have another option in back-up opener Lokesh Rahul but Kapil, the captain of India’s 1983 World Cup winning team, said batting order demarcation had blurred.


Azharuddin says any result less than coveted trophy would be a disappointment for India in world cup

New Delhi: Former Indian skipper Mohammed Azharuddin has described India’s ICC World Cup 2019 team a balanced one and has gone up to the extent of saying that any result less than the coveted trophy would be seen as a disappointment for the two-time champions.

The World Cup gets underway in the United Kingdom from May 30. India won the big prize in 1983 and 2011.

“India have a very good chance (in the World Cup) because we have got a very balanced side. We have got good bowlers, good batsmen and then our fielding is very good (and has) improved a lot over a period of time,” Azharuddin told reporters in Mumbai.


Boxing Saves Sarita Devi And First Medal In Bangkok On The Big Stage Is A Proof Of It

New Delhi: As Sarita Devi, 37, stood on the podium to receive her eighth Asian Championships medal in Bangkok on April 26, a fond memory flashed through her head. She thought of her first international medal, also won at Bangkok, also at the Asian Championships, 18 years ago.

Boxing had saved her and that first medal on the big stage was proof. When she was barely in her teens, the Manipuri boxer was gripped by the idea of joining an insurgent group. She had come dangerously close — once helping some armed rebels smuggle weapons. Her village, Mayang Impala, on the hilly outskirts of Imphal, was then a fertile recruitment area for the insurgency.


Gaurav Solanki And Manish Kaushik Bag A Gold Each As Indian Boxers Finish With Six Medals

New Delhi: Gaurav Solanki and Manish Kaushik bagged a gold each as Indian boxers finished with a rich haul of six medals at the XXXVI Feliks Stamm International Boxing Tournament in Warsaw, Poland. Besides two gold medals, Indians boxers clinched a silver and three bronze to wrap off their campaign on a high.

The 22-year-old Solanki (52kg) outpunched England’s William Cawley 5-0 on his way to the coveted yellow metal. He showed glimpses of the impeccable form that brought him gold medals at the Commonwealth Games and the Chemistry Cup last year.


Gambhir To Afridi: Come to India for Medical Tourism, Will Take You to Psychiatrist

New Delhi: Not known to pull back punches, Gautam Gambhir hit back at Shahid Afridi, offering to take him to a session with "a psychiatrist" after the former Pakistan captain wrote a few uncharitable things about the Indian opener. Afridi in his just-released autobiography 'Game Changer' had sarcastically referred to Gambhir as someone who "behaves like a cross between Don Bradman and James Bond," and has a "lot of attitude and no great records"

Gambhir responded through his official twitter handle tagging Afridi. "...you are a hilarious man!!! Anyway, we are still granting visas to Pakistanis for medical tourism. I will personally take you to a psychiatrist," Gambhir tweeted. The duo never shared a great rapport on and off-the-field and it was reflected in Afridi's take on Gambhir. "Some rivalries were personal, some professional. First the curious case of Gambhir. Oh poor Gautam. He & his attitude problem. He who has no personality. He who is barely a character in the great scheme of cricket. He who has no great records just a lot of attitude," Afridi wrote.