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Tendulkar leads the way as cricket fraternity wishes Lara on his birthday
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Tendulkar leads the way as cricket fraternity wishes Lara on his birthday

The International Cricket Council (ICC) also tweeted their birthday wishes to the former West Indies captain and asked fans to rate their favourite Brian Lara innings. West Indies batting legend Brian Lara turned 51 on Saturday. Widely rated as one of the greatest batsmen of all time in a generation that had stalwarts like Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Rahul Dravid and so on, the West Indian got wishes from a number of quarters within the cricket fraternity on the occasion. Tendulkar led the way in wishing his long-time rival at the top of the batting charts. "Wishing my fellow Taurean a very happy birthday. Was great fun catching up with you recently. Have a great one, Prince! Look forward to seeing you soon. Take care," said Tendulkar. The International Cricket Council (I...
Hope there are not more T20 leagues than international cricket after Covid-19 pandemic: R Ashwin
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Hope there are not more T20 leagues than international cricket after Covid-19 pandemic: R Ashwin

India's premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin doesn't want a post-COVID-19 world that is more conducive for organising T20 leagues at the expense of international cricket. The fastest Indian to 350 Test wickets, the seasoned spinner said on Saturday he forsees another "purple patch" for him in the traditional format, provided his body holds. He also outrightly rejected the four-day proposal. "I really do hope that this (pandemic) does not transpire into something where you have more leagues and not much of international cricket because the borders are closed," Ashwin said during a videocast with former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar on ESPNcricinfo. With the COVID-19 pandemic yet to subside, Ashwin doesn't see cricket resuming anytime soon. "I think we are still some di...
Lockdown Tales from Hockey: Neha Goyal Dribbles Around Life’s Questions
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Lockdown Tales from Hockey: Neha Goyal Dribbles Around Life’s Questions

A virus has halted everything, even the Olympics, the greatest sporting constant. Stuck now at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) centre in Bengaluru — the Indian hockey teams’ training base — Neha Goyal admits feeling a little disappointed. However, she knows she is one of the few lucky migrants, safe and shielded even as the facade of an egalitarian society crumbles around. Neha Goyal has played over 50 times for the Indian women’s hockey team in the last six years — assisting, scoring and cheering at crucial moments, completely fit and her place secure. Neha Goyal’s dream was finally real, or she hoped it would be. Thirteen years after first picking up a hockey stick, six since her national team debut, two since a lung busting performance established her in Indian hockey’s main...
Sai Prithvi wins Indian Sim Racing Championship
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Sai Prithvi wins Indian Sim Racing Championship

MUMBAI: For the new generation of India’s racers, its practice arena has turned into a battlefield in the lockdown era. Cooped up inside homes and missing out on valuable wheel time, racers from 14 cities took part in the country’s most popular competition: the Indian Sim Racing Championship (ISRL). Chennai's Sai Prithvi garnered the maximum points, 252 over the five rounds, with the final one held on Friday night, to emerge Season 2's undisputed champion. Thrissur's Abdul Fattah collected 191 while Mumbai's Raiden Samervel managed 172 to take the third position. Incidentally, following innumerable queries, the ISRL announced that the third season would begin on May 8, with the promise of upgrades, a more viewer-friendly format and an attractive prize pool. Registrations are alre...
Flamengo boss Jorge Jesus returns to Brazil
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Flamengo boss Jorge Jesus returns to Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO: Flamengo head coach Jorge Jesus has returned to Brazil after five weeks in his native Portugal as the Rio de Janeiro club steps up plans to resume training. Brazilian football has been suspended since mid-March as part of efforts to combat the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. "They are workers like any others. Players have the advantage of testing and working outdoors. We have to be careful, this is no joke. I was asked in Portugal if I was going to put myself in the eye of the storm when I returned to Rio. We are going to take it day by day." Brazilian clubs cannot resume training without the authorisation of their corresponding state governments, which are yet to make a pronouncement. Brazil has 92,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 6,000 deaths...