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French Open: Sindhu, Srikanth advance to second round, Prannoy bows out (ld)

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Paris, March 6 (IANS) Star Indian shuttler PV Sindhu made a winning return to the BWF circuit in an 80-minute marathon match against Michelle Li and defeated her 20-22, 22-20, 21-19 in three games in the first round of the French Open Super 750 tournament on Wednesday.

Li, with her sharp attacks and precise shots, posed a formidable challenge for Sindhu, dominating the first game (22-20) and appearing poised for victory. But Sindhu, spurred on by the guidance of legendary coaches Prakash Padukone and Agus Dwi Santoso, dug deep and found the reserves of strength within her.

In a stunning display of skill and strategy, Sindhu staged a remarkable comeback (22-20), turning the tide of the match in her favor with a series of breathtaking shots and expertly executed maneuvers.

In the decisive moments of the third game, Sindhu’s determination proved unwavering as she seized control, inching closer to victory with each precise shot and well-placed smash. With the match hanging in the balance, she summoned her last reserves of energy and resolve, delivering the final blow that secured her triumphant return (21-19) to the BWF circuit.

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Earlier, Indian men’s badminton ace Kidambi Srikanth advanced to the men’s singles second round with a stunning three-game 21-15, 20-22, 21-8 victory over Chinese Taipei’s Chou Tien Chen.

Facing off against the 14th-ranked Chen, Srikanth showcased his prowess with a masterful display of shot-making and strategic play. Despite facing stiff competition from his opponent, Srikanth remained composed, mounting a comeback from an early deficit to clinch a hard-fought victory. With this triumph, Srikanth notched his third win over Chen in seven meetings, reaffirming his status as a formidable contender on the international badminton circuit.

Looking ahead to his next challenge, Srikanth is set to square off against China’s Lu Guang Zu, the world number 17, in what promises to be another thrilling showdown.

However, it was a different story for fellow Indian shuttler HS Prannoy, who suffered an early exit from the tournament following a defeat at the hands of Lu Guang Zu with a scoreline of 17-21, 17-21. Despite a strong start and a valiant effort on the court, Prannoy was unable to maintain his momentum, ultimately succumbing to his opponent’s relentless pressure.

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Gambhir backs Rohit, Virat to play 2027 ODI World Cup if fitness goes well

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Mumbai, July 22 (IANS) Newly-appointed Indian team head coach Gautam Gambhir backed captain Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli for the 2027 ODI World Cup saying that both have a lot of cricket left and if they maintain their fitness, they can play in the next quadrennial showpiece.

Rohit and Kohli announced retirements from T20I cricket following the T20 World Cup final win against South Africa that ended India’s 11-year-long ICC title drought.

The duo confirmed that they will continue to play the other formats of the game, and Gambhir feels that their exceptional qualities to deliver in big tournaments will be crucial for the country in the upcoming Australia tour and next year’s Champions Trophy.

“I think they have shown what they can deliver on the big stage, whether it’s the T20 World Cup or the 50-over World Cup as well,” Gambhir said in the first press conference on Monday.

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“One thing I can be very clear of is that both those guys have a lot of cricket left in them. More importantly, with the Champions Trophy (in 2025) and a big tour of Australia (in November 2024), obviously they would be motivated enough. And then, hopefully, if they can keep their fitness, the 2027 (ODI) World Cup as well.

“But this is a very personal decision. I can’t say how much cricket is left in them. Ultimately, it’s up to them as well, it’s up to the players. How much can they contribute to the team’s success. Because, ultimately, it’s the team that is important.

“But looking at what Virat and Rohit can deliver, I think they still have a lot of cricket (left to play). They’re still world-class players and obviously any team would want to have both of them for as long as possible,” he added.

The 2027 ODI World Cup will be held in Africa as South Africa, Zimbabwe and Namibia will jointly host the tournament.

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Rohit has not won any ODI World Cup despite coming very close last year before Australia dashed all their hopes in the final. He missed out on the 2011 ODI World Cup-winning squad as India lifted their second ODI title at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Kohli was part of the team and also played a vital knock in the final against Sri Lanka.

Last week, Rohit confirmed that he will continue playing “at least for a while” in the ODIs and Tests.

“I just said it. I don’t look that far ahead. So clearly, you will be seeing me play at least for a while,” Rohit had said during a promotional event in the US.

Gambhir will start his first assignment with the Indian team with the Sri Lanka tour. India are scheduled to play three T20Is and as many ODIs starting on July 27.

–IANS

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SKY has necessary qualities, fitness challenge for Hardik: Agarkar

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Mumbai, July 22 (IANS) Chief selector Ajit Agarkar has explained a reason behind chosing Suryakumar Yadav as India’s T20I captain over Hardik Pandya, saying the that SKY is one of the deserving candidates. He added fitness was one of the reason why Hardik was not considered for the role.

“He is one of the deserving candidates,” Agarkar told the reporters. “He is one of the best T20 batters in the world. We wanted a captain, who is likely to play all the games. We will see how he will do in two years,” he said.

Suryakumar, who is ranked No.2 in ICC Men’s T20I batting rankings, has captained the Mumbai team in the Indian domestic cricket circuit in all formats. He also led India to a 4-1 T20I win over Australia last November and then captained India to a 1-1 series draw in South Africa in December 2023.

The chief selector also said that Hardik is valuable for the side, adding that fitness has been a challenge over the past few years.

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“As far as Hardik is concerned, he is still a very important player. And that’s what we want him to be. Fitness has been a challenge for him over the last few years… Then it becomes difficult for the coach or selectors. I think, Surya has the necessary qualities to succeed as a captain,” he said.

Interestingly, Gill has been named the new T20I vice-captain for Sri Lanka tour ahead of Hardik, who held the role in the 2024 T20 World Cup triumph.

Hardik has led India in three ODIs and 16 T20Is, apart from leading the Gujarat Titans and Mumbai Indians in the IPL.

–IANS

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Chess Olympiad: Indian teams seeded second. Will there be a Gukesh-Liren clash?

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Chess Olympiad: Indian teams seeded second. Will there be a Gukesh-Liren clash?

Chennai, July 22 (IANS) Will there be a clash between the World Chess Champion and Chinese Grandmaster (GM) Ding Liren of China and the title Challenger from India GM D.Gukesh at the Budapest Olympiad?

As per the details published by the noted chess portal chess-results.com Gukesh and Liren will be playing on the second board for India and Liren respectively in the Open category.

There are chances of both crossing swords at Budapest ahead of their title clash later this year in Singapore, if there is a match between India and China in the Olympiad.

Meanwhile, for the Olympiad the US team has been top seeded followed by India, China and Uzbekistan seeded second, third and fourth respectively as per chess-results.com.

The Indian team comprises of GMs Arjun Erigaisi (World No.4 Rating 2778), Gukesh (Rank 7, Rating 2763), R. Praggnanandhaa (Rank 8, Rating 2757), Vidit Santhosh Gujrathi (Rank 22, Rating 2720) and the reserve P. Harikrishna (Rank 37, Rating 2695).

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The team is headed by non-playing captain GM Srinath.

The US team includes GMs Fabiano Caruana (2796), Wesley So (2757), Levon Aronian (2729), Leinier Dominguez Perez (2748) and Ray Robson (2700), as per chess-results.com.

The players for the Chinese team are: GMs Wei Yi (2755), Liren (2745), Yu Yangyi (2720), Bu Xiangzhi (2697) and Wang Yue (2652), the chess portal lists out.

In the women’s category, Georgia are the top seed country followed by India, Poland and China as second, third and fourth seed, respectively.

The Indian Women’s team for the chess Olympiad will be GM D.Harika (Rank 11, Rating 2491), GM R.Vaishali (Rank 14, Rating 2488), International Master (IM) and Woman GM (WGM) Divya Deshmukh (Rank 20, Rating 2464), IM and WGM Vantika Agarwal (Rank 63, Rating 2390) and the reserve player IM and WGM Tania Sachdev (Rank 66, Rating 2386).

The Indian team’s non-playing captain is GM Abhijit Kunte.

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A total of 374 teams (Open 193,Women 181) will be fighting it out for the honours in the Olympiad.

The chess Olympiad will be held between September 10 – 22, 2024 i Budapest, Hungary.

–IANS

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Former NBA center Chris Silva joins Israeli club Bnei Herzliya

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Former NBA center Chris Silva joins Israeli club Bnei Herzliya

Jerusalem, July 22 (IANS) Israeli Super League club Bnei Herzliya announced on Sunday the signing of former NBA player Chris Silva to a one-season contract.

The 27-year-old Gabonese center played college basketball in South Carolina, and between 2019 and 2023 played 70 NBA games, 64 of them with the Miami Heat. His NBA average stood at 2.8 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 0.5 assists per game.

In recent months he has played for the Piratas de Quebradillas and Mets de Guaynabo of Peurto Rico’s Baloncesto Superior Nacional league, reports Xinhua.

“Chris is a major signing for us,” said Herzliya head coach Yehu Orland. “He plays strong on both sides of the court and brings many qualities to help the team.”

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England jump to sixth in WTC standings after win over Windies in Nottingham

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England jump to sixth in WTC standings after win over Windies in Nottingham

Nottingham, July 22 (IANS) Following a comprehensive 241-run victory over the West Indies in the second Test of three-match series in , England have moved off the bottom of he ICC World Test Championship standings.

England wrapped up the series-clinching triumph late on the fourth day, with spinner Shoaib Bashir (5-41) claiming the third five-wicket haul of his career to help England dismissed the West Indies for just 143 in pursuit of 385 for victory.

It means England now hold a 2-0 series lead in the three-match series against the West Indies and Ben Stokes’ side get the chance to clinch a series sweep when the third and final Test commences in Birmingham on Friday.

The win helped England jump up the World Test Championship standings, with the victory catapulting the European side past South Africa, Bangladesh and West Indies and into sixth place on the current table, ICC reports.

England have a 31.25 percentage of possible points from 12 Tests till now and still have another 10 Test matches remaining between now and the end of the year to try and earn a place at next year’s World Test Championship final at Lord’s.

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After the final match of the series against the West Indies, England host Sri Lanka for three Tests on home soil from the end of next month and then embark on tours of Pakistan in October and New Zealand in November and December for further three-match series.

The West Indies, on the other hand, fell to ninth on the standings with a 22.22 percent win-loss percentage following the late fadeout against England at Trent Bridge and have seven Tests remaining this period against England (one), South Africa (two), Bangladesh (two) and Pakistan (two).

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