SPORTS

Sunil Gavaskar praises Kohli, Sehwag

Pune: Batting legend Sunil Gavaskar yesterday said the current Indian team under Virat Kohli was “fulfilling my dreams”. “What Kohli and his boys have done is amazing. Such a run of Test wins is amazing. They are fulfilling my dreams,” said the Little Master. At a program to mark 40th anniversary of his book `Sunny Days’, Gavaskar was speaking to former India batsman VVS Laxman at the Sports Literary Festival

ICC mulls scrapping full membership status

New Delhi: Cricketing powerhouses like India, Australia and England may no longer enjoy full membership of the ICC as every nation’s status in world cricket’s governing body will be up for review after every five years. According to ESPN Cricinfo, an email circulated among ICC members has explained how the concept of Full Membership is to be opened up. The ICC is planning two types of membership — full membership

Hard work brought Dravid close to Sachin, says Laxman

Pune: Former India great VVS Laxman feels that Rahul Dravid in terms of his contribution came somewhere close to Sachin Tendulkar due to his ‘sheer hardwork’. “Sachin (Tendulkar) was already an established cricketer when me and Dravid joined the team. Dravid sometimes underestimates his own talent, but if he has come somewhere close to Sachin it was sheer hard work,” Laxman said at the inaugural sports literature themed festival ‘SporTale’.

India primed to take on aggressive Oz

Pune: On a fairytale 19-match unbeaten streak, India would seek extension of their incredible dominance on home turf when they clash against an aggressive Australia in the four-Test series, beginning here tomorrow. The series against the Steve Smith-led side is the fourth and last home series of the 2016-17 season for India, who have conjured up emphatic victories over New Zealand (3-0), England (4-0) and Bangladesh (one-off Test). India are going

Aguero stars as Man City sink Monaco in thriller

Manchester: Sergio Aguero starred as Manchester City beat Monaco 5-3 in a breathless and dizzyingly end-to-end Champions League last 16 first-leg encounter at a rocking Etihad Stadium on Tuesday. Raheem Sterling put City ahead, only for Kylian Mbappe to level and Radamel Falcao to score twice — the second goal a magnificent chip — as Leonardo Jardim’s side moved into a 3-2 lead. But City struck three times in the last 19

Shooters impress new rifle coach Oleg Mikhailov

New Delhi: They may not have been setting the stage ablaze in recent times but newly-appointed rifle foreign coach Oleg Mikhailov feels Indian shooters are among the ‘best in the world’ and all they need is a bit of polishing in their technique. Mikhailov, who had coached the Brazilian pistol team at the Rio Olympics last year, has so far spent about 10 days with the likes of Sanjeev Rajput and Tejaswini

Griezmann among goals as Atletico gain upper hand

Leverkusen: Antoine Griezmann was among the scorers for Atletico Madrid as they weathered a late storm against Bayer Leverkusen to claim a 4-2 victory in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie. Saul Niguez and Antoine Griezmann scored to put the Spanish side two goals up at the interval, but Leverkusen pulled one back through Karim Bellarabi at the start of the second half. A Kevin Gameiro penalty then restored

Ton-up Taylor leads Black Caps batting revival

Christchurch: A record-breaking century from Ross Taylor steered New Zealand to an imposing 289 for four in the second one-day international against South Africa on Wednesday. Taylor completed his ton in dramatic fashion with a boundary off the last ball of the innings to finish 102 not out and claim a New Zealand record of 17 ODI centuries. The 32-year-old, who had shared the record of 16 with Nathan Astle, received solid support

Ben Stokes to skip Ireland ODIs to play 14 IPL games

London: After fetching a record deal Rs 14.5 crore deal at the IPL auctions, England’s richest cricketer Ben Stokes will now skip his country’s two-match ODI series against Ireland as he will be available for the entire duration of 14 league matches of Rising Pune Supergiants. Mumbai Indians’ Jos Buttler and Kolkata Knight Riders’ Chris Woakes will also be available for entire league stage and will only return post 14 May,

Virat thrives on responsibility: Harbhajan Singh

Pune: Ace off-spinner Harbhajan Singh termed Indian captain Virat Kohli as ‘an intense cricketer’ who thrives on responsibility. “Virat (Kohli) is a very intense cricketer. He likes to take on the responsibility and expects the same from his team. That has really worked well and the team has performed beyond expectations,” Harbhajan said during a session at the ‘SporTale’ – sport themed literary festival. While talking about comparison between Tendulkar

From Chinnappampatti to Mohali...

Chennai: From a sleepy hamlet near Salem in Tamilnadu to a Rs 3 crore IPL contract, Thangarasu Natarajan’s tale is a rather interesting one. The pacy left-arm bowler is the talk of the town in the State’s cricketing circles after being picked by Kings XI Punjab in the auction held at Bengaluru yesterday. Having watched the auction proceedings from the comforts of the guest house of Chemplast Sanmar, where he