Despite Injuries, Wonderful Journey So Far, Says Pujara

New Delhi:Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara has said that injuries was the toughest part of his career.

"Getting injured was the most challenging time of my career. I was out for six months due to a knee injury and then again in 2011, when I was out for another six months. Overall, I wasn't able to play for a year, which was really tough on me," Pujara recalled those early days of hardship.

"When you get injured, you need to get that rhythm going for you again as your concentration goes down. Injury was the toughest part of my career but now I have come out of it and I am working hard on my fitness," he added.


SC Asks: Why Not IPL Broadcasting Rights Be E-Auctioned

New Delhi:The Supreme Court has asked BCCI why IPL broadcasting rights should not be e-auctioned to bring transparency in the bidding process and to fetch the best price.

Agreeing to hear a plea of BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy for e-auctioning of media rights, a bench of Justices Dipak Misra and AM Khanwilkar issued notice to the board and asked it to file response within two weeks.


Womens IPL Close To Reality: Mithali Raj

New Delhi: India captain Mithali Raj has said a women's Indian Premier League is closer to reality after her team's brilliant World Cup campaign.

Asked if she expects a women's IPL soon, Mithali said: "If you had asked me this question, a couple of years back, probably I would not (support the idea to have women's IPL), but (maybe) now since after going to the World Cup and the way they have responded and improved the standard of women's cricket, taking it to different level."

For a women's IPL, the general standard of the game needs to be good and Mithali feels that it has happened as the statistics of this World Cup suggests.

"Scoring more than 300 plus, every team has got a centurion and a five-wicket haul bowler, so it is probably because of the leagues in Australia and England and may be a couple of players have improved their standard and they have performed very well for the country," she said.

Mithali feels that an IPL will also help the domestic players improve their standard."We now have a base, it will help even the domestic players in terms of exposure, but again it is up to the BCCI to organize the league. As a player, I feel now the domestic players are exposed to good cricketing environment and interact with foreign players, they will benefit," Mithali stated.

She is proud that her team has now got global acceptance."This was a moment when a team sport apart from men's cricket garnered so much attention because it's individual sport always gets that mileage”, she added.

"In team games, irrespective of having 2-3 good players, if the team does not do well, you do not get that attention, but it feels nice because we play cricket and it is like a religion in India," she said.

But the bunch of 15 women fully deserves it, feels their captain."They always deserved it. Now because of broadcasting and televising of the game, it is more, coming under BCCI has made a difference. I always believed if more matches are televised, we can attract more people," said Raj, who became the leading run-scorer in women's One-day Internationals, during the event.

"The way the girls have played, Indian and other teams have put up good standard of cricket in World Cup and it has given impetus to women cricket globally, it has given us more positive feedback," she added.


To Build Wresting Academy Following Failed Govt Promise, Olympic Medal Put On Sale

New Delhi: : India`s first individual Olympic medal has been put up for auction to raise funds for building a wrestling academy.

"The decision to auction the bronze medal is a painful one but we are left with few options as Maharashta government has reneged on its promise to build the academy," Ranjit Jadhav, son of the famous wrestler Khashaba Jadhav, said.