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Mithali Raj To Bid Adieu Her T20 International Career After Home Series Against England

New Delhi: Indian women cricket team’s seniormost player Mithali Raj in all likelihood will bring down curtains on her T20 International career after the home series against England while continuing in the 50-over format where she is still the captain of the side.

While India’s three-match T20 series against New Zealand starts in Wellington on Wednesday, it is still not clear whether Mithali will be a part of the playing XI.

Even if she is picked in the playing XI, it has been learnt that the 36-year-old will not continue beyond the three-match T20 series against England, starting March 4 in Assam’s Barsapara.

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Rohit And Dhawan Can Be Rested For Some Matches During Upcoming T20I Series Against New Zealand

New Delhi: Ravi Shastri, Indian cricket team head coach, hinted that openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan can be rested for some matches during the upcoming T20I series against New Zealand.

Shastri, after India defeated New Zealand in the fifth ODI to clinch the five-match series 4-1, said that Dhawan and Rohit will be rested to keep them fresh for the upcoming series against Australia.

 “There would still be one or two places we would be looking at. In general, the team picks itself. What you want is the team not losing form with five games to go for the World Cup. You, in fact, should grab every opportunity you get and make the most of it. Now, Shami would need a break – he has had a long season. Shikhar [Dhawan], Rohit [Sharma] could get a break as well,” Shastri said after the fifth ODI encounter in Wellington.

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Indian Women’s Hockey Team Notch Up A Stunning 3-0 Victory Against World Cup Silver Medallists Ireland

New Delhi: Indian women’s hockey team dished out a spirited performance to notch up a stunning 3-0 victory against World cup silver medallists Ireland in their second and final friendly to end their tour of Spain on a high on Sunday. India had drawn the first match 1-1 against Ireland on Saturday.

India’s attacking prowess stretched the Irish defenders right from the start as the forwardline made potential forays into the striking circle.

Navjot Kaur found the first breakthrough for India when she converted a splendid field goal in the 13th minute to help India take a 1-0 lead.

An Indian infringement in the second quarter saw Ireland being awarded a PC but it was well-saved by India’s defence.

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Vaani Kapoor Becomes The First Indian To Earn A Card For The Australian Ladies PGA Tour

New Delhi: Yet another sportswoman appearing on the horizon, when Vani Kapoor became the first Indian to earn a card for the Australian Ladies PGA Tour (LPGA) after coming through its first-ever Qualifying Tournament at the Ballarat Golf Club here. Vani shot rounds of 71, 78 and 69 to finish at two-over 218 and was tied-12th with three others.

The top-20 from a field of 81 earned playing rights on the Australian LPGA but there were many other benefits and spots available too. Other Indian girls in the Australian LPGA Qualifying were Diksha Dagar (tied-30th with round of 79-73-72); Astha Madan (tied-37th with cards of 75-78-73) and Ridhima Dilawari (tied-57th with cards of 76-79-76).

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Sindhu Says, Despite Olympic Champion Carolina Marin’s Absence It Won’t Be Easy For Her At All England Championship

New Delhi: Star Indian shuttler P V Sindhu said that it won’t be an easy outing for her at the upcoming All England championship even in the expected absence of injured reigning Olympic Champion Carolina Marin.

The All England Championship is to be held from March 6 and Rio Olympics silver medallist Sindhu feels she would have to give her 100 per cent there in order to win the women’s singles title.

“We have the nationals and then we have the All England Championships. It (All England) is one of the biggest tournaments and I hope I give my best, play well and I know it is not going to be easy. I think we have to be at our 100 per cent,” said Sindhu here after being named as the brand ambassador of life insurance company PNB Metlife.

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