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Ind vs Eng, 3rd Test: Floodlights at Motera Stadium programmed to help sighting in twilight period

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Ahmedabad (Gujarat) [India], February 23 (ANI): It is no secret that the twilight period is the most challenging when it comes to a pink-ball Test match. And keeping that in mind, the floodlights at the Motera Stadium have been programmed in a manner that there will be no shadows hindering sighting of the ball.
Speaking to ANI, a Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) official revealed that the groundstaff and state association officials have worked on the floodlights for seven-eight months to ensure that sighting the pink ball doesn’t become an issue during the twilight phase.
“Shadow monitoring has been done for seven-eight months. The lights will come on in this Motera Stadium according to the shadow. Day-night matches have the twilight period and it is the most challenging.
“During the sunset period, the lights are uneven. To maintain that, the floodlights are automatically programmed so that there are no shadows on the ground. There would be no shadows on show here. This facility is not present anywhere in the world right now,” he explained.
Earlier in the day, India skipper Virat Kohli had spoken about the need to take fresh guard in the evening session — the most difficult for batsmen in day-night Test matches.
“If you are starting your innings in the evening under lights then that one, one and a half hour is very challenging. Yes, the spin will come into play for sure but I don’t think the new ball and fast bowlers can be ignored. The pink ball does bring them into the game till the ball is nice and shiny, something we are very well aware of and preparing accordingly,” he said.
The India skipper explained how playing under the lights is similar to playing in the first session of a normal Test match and a batsman must adjust to the “reversal of roles” quickly.
Kohli also pointed out how a batsman needs to start afresh even though he may be set when the sun goes out. “Well last time we experienced that the first session is probably the nicest to bat when the sun is out and the ball doesn’t do as much but when it starts to get dark especially during that twilight period it gets very tricky the lights changes and it becomes too difficult to sight the ball and then under lights, it becomes like playing the first session in the morning in a normal Test match as the ball does tend to swing,” Kohli explained.
“I think it’s a reversal of roles and something you need to adjust quite quickly as the batsmen. Even though you might be set in the afternoon, you have to take guard again and start from scratch in the evening and probably have to bit more disciplined,” he further said.
“So these are the major differences. Similarly, with the bowlers, the plan is bowl a nice consistent line and length, and in the evening if the situation allows we can attack,” he added.
The third Test will get underway on Wednesday with the series locked at 1-1. (ANI)

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Pant will be an all-time great in all formats in years to come: Ganguly

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Ahmedabad (Gujarat) [India], March 5 (ANI): India looked in a tough situation after losing early wickets on day two of the fourth Test against England, but wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant put the hosts back in the driver’s seat with this brilliant century.
Praising Pant for his “unbelievable” knock, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly said that the player will be an “all-time great in all formats” in the years to come.
“How good is he? Unbelievable..what a knock under pressure…not the first time and won’t be the last time..will be an all time great in all formats in the years to come.keep batting in this aggressive manner .thats why will be match winner and special..@bcci @RishabhPant17,” Ganguly tweeted.
Reverse sweeping James Anderson to pick a boundary on the second day of a Test match perfectly summed up Pant’s belligerent knock at the Narendra Modi Stadium on Friday.
The swashbuckling wicket-keeper batsman single-handedly put India in command on the second day of the fourth Test with his third century in Test cricket. Having started cautiously, Pant took the English bowlers to the cleaners in the final session to take the game away from the visitors and put the hosts on top.
India opener Rohit Sharma on Friday labelled Pant’s 101-run knock as the finest he has seen from the wicketkeeper-batsman so far in the longest format of the game.
“In my opinion, it was probably his (Pant) finest knock. It came under pressure as well, we were not in a good position when he came out to bat. We saw few sides of Rishabh Pant’s knock today. He was cautious at the beginning and then he actually flourished like we know Rishabh can. He put the team into a good position, when we came inside during the tea break, the message to both Rishabh and Washington Sundar was that we need to get to England’s score and then try to press from there.
“Then, Rishabh played his natural game, which is absolutely fine and a lot of courage he showed in the middle and it was fantastic,” said Rohit while replying to an ANI query during a virtual press conference on Friday.
At stumps, India’s score read 294/7 with Washington Sundar (60) and Axar Patel (11) at the crease — leading the visitors by 89 runs in the first innings. India scored 141 runs in 32 overs in the final session of the second day. (ANI)

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Gujarat State Futsal Club Championship to kick off from Sunday

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Ahmedabad (Gujarat) [India], March 5 (ANI): Gujarat State Football Association (GSFA) is hosting the first-ever Gujarat State Futsal Club Championship 2021 slated to be played from March 7 to 11 at Bhavnagar.
The tournament will be played in the hall on the wooden court of the Sports Complex of Sports Authority of Gujarat (SAG) at Bhavnagar.
“With this, the Gujarat state also becomes the first in the country to take initiative to promote and develop the new form of football in the state. The enthusiasm of organising team of GSFA is upbeat as Bhavnagar-based firm M/s Acrysil Ltd came forward to sponsor the championship and the SAG agreed to provide the indoor wooden court,” the GFSA said in an official statement.
As many as 11 clubs are participating in this 5-day tournament named Gujarat State Futsal Championship. A minimum of 4 matches will be played by each team.
In accordance with the criteria prescribed by the All India Football Federation (AIFF), a state should have a minimum of eight participating club teams, minimum of three matches per team, and a minimum of four days of the championship.
Futsal (also known as futsal or footsal) is a football game played on a hard court, smaller than a football pitch, and mainly indoors.
Futsal is played between two teams of five players each, one of who is the goalkeeper. Unlimited substitutions are permitted. Futsal is also played with a smaller, harder, low-bounce ball.
The surface, ball and rules together favour ball control and passing in small spaces. The emphasis of this type of football, however, is on improvisation, creativity, and technique.
During the sabbatical of the field football due to pandemic, GSFA actively participated in AIFF online sessions on a variety of topics including futsal. Coaches and referees were trained online about various aspects of futsal.
The State Women League recently and the Futsal Championship are corollary to those sessions. GSFA has many more such events in store such as baby leagues, sub-junior, junior and seniors leagues etc for boys and girls both. (ANI)

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Ind vs Eng, 4th Test: Pant showed great courage, probably his ‘finest’ knock, says Rohit

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Ahmedabad (Gujarat) [India], March 5 (ANI): India opener Rohit Sharma on Friday labelled Rishabh Pant’s 101-run knock as the finest he has seen from the wicketkeeper-batsman so far in the longest format of the game.
Reverse sweeping James Anderson to pick a boundary on the second day of a Test match perfectly summed up Pant’s belligerent knock at the Narendra Modi Stadium on Friday. The swashbuckling wicket-keeper batsman single-handedly put India in command on the second day of the fourth Test against England with his third century in Test cricket.
“In my opinion, it was probably his (Pant) finest knock. It came under pressure as well, we were not in a good position when he came out to bat. We saw few sides of Rishabh Pant’s knock today. He was cautious at the beginning and then he actually flourished like we know Rishabh can. He put the team into a good position, when we came inside during the tea break, the message to both Rishabh and Washington Sundar was that we need to get to England’s score and then try to press from there.
“Then, Rishabh played his natural game, which is absolutely fine and a lot of courage he showed in the middle and it was fantastic,” said Rohit while replying to an ANI query during a virtual press conference on Friday.
When asked about the pitch behaviour in the first session, where India lost three wickets, Rohit said: “The pitch was fine, good to bat on. There was some help for the seamers and the spinners. We know that early on there is a lot of moisture on the pitch, we need to get through that 40-45 minutes in the beginning. We did that pretty well, actually, unfortunately, we lost Pujara at that time. We played that spell of Anderson and Stokes pretty well. They bowled in good areas, got some wickets as well.
“But it was important for us that we make sure to assess the pitch and try to build partnerships. England’s first innings was a small total so we needed to get to their total first. Test cricket we have seen many times that there could be occasions where you could be tested. We knew there was something on offer for the bowlers, it was important for us to not lose many wickets. Unfortunately, we lost few wickets but we knew we were in the game if we keep on batting as long as possible,” he added.
Further elaborating on his point, Rohit said: “Rishabh took his chances after tea, they came off and that is something we need, we need that spark in the middle and Pant brings that for us. He understands his game really well now. You need to give credit to Washington as well for the way he batted, he showed a lot of respect and he was tight on his technique and he put away the loose balls when they were on offer. We were on the backfoot when we lost wickets but the partnership between Washington and Rishabh was so important from the team’s perspective. They put us in the driver’s seat, our lead is 90-odd which is fantastic and I just hope Axar and Washington can carry the same intent tomorrow as well.”
At stumps, India’s score read 294/7 with Washington Sundar (60) and Axar Patel (11) at the crease — leading the visitors by 89 runs in the first innings. India scored 141 runs in 32 overs in the final session of the second day.
With wickets tumbling around him, Pant took 82 balls to reach his first fifty runs. But the next 50 came off just 33 balls as he decided to send the English bowlers on a leather hunt. The second new ball turned to be a blessing in disguise for the batsman as the ball started coming onto the bat beautifully and Pant was more than happy to bring out the unorthodox shots from the kitty. (ANI)

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Chelsea defeat ‘tough to take’: Alexander-Arnold

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Liverpool [UK], March 5 (ANI): Disappointed after being beaten by Chelsea in the Premier League, Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold said the defeat is “tough to take”. Mason Mount scored a brilliant goal as Chelsea secured a 1-0 win here at Anfield on Friday. Also, with this win, Chelsea climbed to the fourth position in the Premier League table.
“Tough to take. These are the games that we need to win, especially with our aims and targets for the season. I’d say pushing for the top four, it’s massively important that we won today. But there’s nothing we can do about it now, except learn from it and pull out what we could have done better and go again. We’re on a quick turnaround to put things right on Sunday,” Alexander-Arnold told Liverpoolfc.com.
During the match, the Blues were the more dangerous side from the start, with Timo Werner twice going close early on and then having a goal overturned for offside after a Video Assistant Referee review. Mount gave Chelsea their deserved lead in the 42nd minute.
Chelsea, who are unbeaten in their 10 matches under head coach Thomas Tuchel in all competitions, leapfrogged West Ham United and Everton on the table. Whereas, Liverpool, who suffered their fifth successive home league defeat, drop to seventh.
Alexander-Arnold also said: “We’ve just got to play our natural game. It’s difficult when things are going wrong. You start overthinking and try to find what it is, and try to fix it as soon as possible. But I think as soon as we get back into a rhythm and winning games, then that’s OK. But it’s easier said than done.”
Liverpool will next play against Fulham on Sunday. (ANI)

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Ind vs Eng, 4th Test: Pant’s heroics puts hosts on top after torrid start

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Ahmedabad (Gujarat) [India], March 5 (ANI): Reverse sweeping James Anderson to pick a boundary on the second day of a Test match perfectly summed up Rishabh Pant’s belligerent knock at the Narendra Modi Stadium on Friday.
The swashbuckling wicket-keeper batsman single-handedly put India in command on the second day of the fourth Test against England with his third century in Test cricket. Having started cautiously, Pant took the English bowlers to the cleaners in the final session to take the game away from the visitors and put the hosts in the driver’s seat.
At stumps, India’s score read 294/7 with Washington Sundar (60) and Axar Patel (11) at the crease — leading the visitors by 89 runs in the first innings. India scored 141 runs in 32 overs in the final session of the second day.
With wickets tumbling around him, Pant took 82 balls to reach his first fifty runs. But the next 50 came off just 33 balls as he decided to send the English bowlers on a leather hunt. The second new ball turned to be a blessing in disguise for the batsman as the ball started coming onto the bat beautifully and he was more than happy to bring out the unorthodox shots from the kitty.
He found a perfect company in Sundar as the bowling all-rounder held one end up and gave Pant the freedom to wield the willow. To reverse sweep Anderson is audacious to say the least and to think the legend was bowling with the new ball makes it even braver.
Batting risk-free in the second session, Pant put on his dancing shoes post-tea and creamed a flurry of boundaries post the drinks break. A top-quality knock from Pant saw him receiving a standing ovation from the Ahmedabad crowd.
While Pant looked in sublime form as he smashed two consecutive boundaries off Anderson’s over just after the drinks break, Washington joined the party as he first hit a superb backfoot drive and then flashed hard at the ball for a four.
Having lost six wickets in the first two sessions, Pant and Washington started the final session cautiously but the wicket-keeper batsman soon changed gears. Minutes into the final session, Pant completed his seventh half-century in the longest format of the game. There was no looking back after that. In fact, the wicket-keeper brought up his third Test century with a six as he kept swatting the ball.
But Anderson broke the deadlock as Pant departed soon after his ton. Washinton continued his fine form and completed a well-made fifty with Axar Patel giving him company.
In the second session, Pant and Washington had taken India to 153/6 after losing Rohit Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin. A disciplined effort from the English bowlers saw the visitors taking the honours in the session. Rohit and Pant had started well in the post-lunch session as they looked to defend the good balls and score of the rare bad deliveries. But just when the two started to look good, Stokes sent back Rohit, one short of a much-deserved fifty.
Ashwin joined Pant in the middle and tried to accumulate runs to reduce the deficit. The duo had a brief 25-run partnership for the sixth wicket until Jack Leach sent Ashwin (13) back in the concluding minutes of the session.
In the first session, Anderson had claimed the wicket of Ajinkya Rahane at the stroke of lunch as England bowlers led the fightback for the visitors. Going into the morning session with the score of 24/1 and with Rohit and Pujara at the crease, the hosts would have liked to get closer to the visitors’ total without losing a wicket. But it wasn’t to be as Leach struck first to send back Pujara, leg before.
Virat Kohli too failed to leave a mark as Stokes produced a nothing shot to a ball that got big on the India skipper and ended up giving keeper Foakes an easy catch. India went to lunch with a scorecard of 80/4.
Brief Scores: England 205; India 294/7 (Rishabh Pant 101, Washington Sundar 60*; James Anderson 3-40) (ANI)

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Olympic movement is not complete till India hosts Games: Rijiju

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New Delhi [India], March 5 (ANI): At a virtual conference organised on Friday by the Conference of Indian Industry, the 6th CII Scorecard, Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju in his keynote address appealed to the business fraternity to help in making sports a vibrant industry in India.
“Sports is a big industry, if we really take it forward, it can become a big part of India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), sports can give big direction to our youth. The CII can play a role in making sports a vibrant industry. The industry can set a target of what should be the share of sports in GDP,” he pointed.
Rijiju was joined in the conference by his counterpart in the United Kingdom, Nigel Huddlestone, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in Sport, Tourism, and Heritage.
Complimenting the UK for hosting the Olympics on three occasions, Rijiju said it is imminent that India hosts an Olympics in the coming years to establish itself as a sports power. “India hasn’t claimed its rightful place in sports. The Olympics is the biggest event in sports. London has hosted three Olympics, Tokyo has already hosted an Olympics in 1964 before the one scheduled for this year. The Olympic movement is not complete till India hosts an Olympic Games. We are taking this very seriously.”
Saying that hosting major events helps in building the profile of a nation, the Sports Minister called for the industry’s help in this regard. “After the lockdown, tournaments have resumed across the world and they are happening successfully. We have the shooting World Cup in Delhi later this month and the badminton Super Series is scheduled for May this year. I want to tell the industry to contribute through Corporate Social Responsibility for organising international events in India. Industry should be associated with big events.”
He also spoke of the need for world-class infrastructure saying, “We really need world-class infrastructure where I want to call upon industry under the Public-Private partnership in helping create this infrastructure,” he said.
The Sports Minister also spoke of the Ministry’s two big initiatives Khelo India and Fit India. He appealed to corporates to launch the Fit India movement in their offices. He said that he wants the Khelo India movement to grow in the country and reach small towns and villages, where small children can be picked up from base level.
He also said that after the Khelo India Winter Games in Kashmir this year, the Ministry is planning to start winter sports facilities in Jammu, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim. (ANI)

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