Indian spinner Rahul Sharma has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Sunday.
The leg-spinner who plied his trade from Punjab at the domestic level played four ODIs and two T20I for India. Apart from playing for India, he also turned up for Deccan Chargers, Pune Warriors India, Delhi Daredevils, and Chennai Super Kings. The wily spinner took to Twitter to break the news to his fans and also announce his participation for the upcoming season of the Road Safety World Series.
“Today the day has come I am writing this letter with mixed emotions…From getting up early in the morning for training to scheduling my entire day around cricket & There was a time when I had to battle with my injury but never give up on my hard work & trying to find out a way to become a better player always has been my motivation & still keeps me going in my cricket journey.” he wrote on Twitter.
He expressed his gratitude to BCCI for giving him the opportunity to live his dream and acknowledged the players with whom he had the fortune of sharing the dressing room with.
“I would like to thank BCCI for making me a part of the family. Playing for the country is the ultimate dream for any cricketer…I am glad and blessed to have achieved the feat. It’s fortunate and lucky to have shared the dressing room with Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Virender Sehwag, MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli. Especially blessed to have Sachin Tendulkar in the team. He is a true inspiration. Thanks to Anil Kumble sir. He has been my idol during his cricket journey,” he further added.
He reserved a special word of appreciation for Adam Gilchrist who was his captain during his tenure with the Deccan Chargers. “I still remember when I went to my first IPL. The biggest tragedy happened to me at that time, a facial nerve dysfunction affected my eyes but at that time my captain Adam Gilchrist helped me a lot. He motivated me to play further, a big thanks to him. That was the biggest experience of my life and the biggest challenge at the initial stage of my cricket career which I faced and took my journey forward,” he wrote.
“I have always been honest to cricket with my hard work & determination. I can play this game with all my heart & energy for a lifetime and more I am a firm believer in hard work and destiny and God has his own ways to give chance. He closes some doors but opens many others. I would like to say that things have not been as smooth in the last few 4-5years. After recovering from my injury. I was continuously working hard but it’s unfortunate I couldn’t get a single chance at the state level to showcase my bowling after recovering from my injury,” he concluded.
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Arshdeep’s three-wicket, Suryakumar’s unbeaten 50 help India defeat SA by 8-wickets
Arshdeep Singh’s three-wicket haul followed by Suryakumar Yadav’s 50* and KL Rahul’s unbeaten knock of 51 helped India defeat South Africa by eight wickets in the first match of the three-match T20I series here at Greenfield International Stadium on Wednesday.
For India Suryakumar played a knock of unbeaten 50 while KL Rahul smashed 51 not out. For South Africa, Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje bagged one wicket each. Chasing a target of 107, India got off to a bad start as they lost their opening batter Rohit Sharma on two ball duck in Kagiso Rabada’s over.
Skipper wicket invited right-handed batter Virat Kohli to the crease. However, the stylish batter could not do much and went back to the pavilion after scoring just three runs in the over of Anrich Nortje.
New batter Suryakumar Yadav hammered Nortje for back-to-back two sixes in the 7th over innings. After 10 over India’s score read 47/2. Suryakumar along with KL Rahul played a sensible knock while gathering boundaries at regular intervals. India needed six runs in 24 balls, and Suryakumar brought up his half-century in 33 deliveries. With a help of a six on the fourth delivery of the 17th over KL Rahul also brought up his fifty and took his side home with an eight wickets victory over Proteas.
Earlier, Arshdeep Singh’s three and Deepak Chahar’s two-wicket haul followed by Harshal Patel’s late blows helped India restrict South Africa to 106/8. For South Africa, Keshav Maharaj scored the highest 41 runs while Aiden Markram played a knock of 25 runs. For India Arshdeep Singh bagged three, Deepak Chahar scalped two while Harshal Patel’s late two wickets haul helped India restrict Proteas to a low total.
Opted for field first, India got off to a flying start as Chahar and Arshdeep rocked South Africa’s top order. Chahar got the ball rolling for India with the wicket of the Proteas captain Temba Bavuma in the final ball of the opening over.
In the very next over it did not take long for Arshdeep to send Quinton de Kock and David Miller packing for one and zero runs respectively. At this point, South Africa was struggling to find a place on the Indian bowler as they were tottering at 8-4.
Chahar delivered another blow to the Proteas’ top order as he dismissed Tristan Stubbs, who was caught by Arshdeep Singh. This was the third golden duck in the space of five balls. Wayne Parnell then came out to bat.
Arshdeep took 3 wickets in an over and Chahar struck twice as South Africa was five down in powerplay. Aiden Markram looked in great form but could not do much as he was sent packing by Harshal Patel after scoring 25 runs in 24 balls.
Markram helped South Africa build a bit with 25, his dismissal left Proteas tottering at 42-6 after 10 overs.
Keshav Maharaj then tried to form a much-needed partnership with Wayne Parnell.
Parnell then tried to play a big shot but handed an easy catch to Suryakumar Yadav on the delivery of Axar Patel. Parnell went back to the pavilion after scoring 24 runs in 37 balls.
In the second last over, Keshav Maharaj smashed 17 runs in the spell of Ashdeep. Maharaj’s fighting 41 kept a small hope alive for South Africa, however, he failed to continue his form in the last over as he was bowled out by Harshal Patel after scoring 41 runs in 35 balls.
In the last over Patel bounded Proteas batters, never letting them score any run and restricted them to a total of 106/8.
Brief score: South Africa 106/8 (Keshav Maharaj 41, Aiden Markram 25; Arshdeep Singh 3-32) vs India 110/2 (KL Rahul 51, Suryakumar Yadav 50; Kagiso Rabada 1-16)
FIFA honours Sunil Chhetri with docu series ‘Captain Fantastic’
Governing body of world football FIFA in its bid to honour Indian skipper Sunil Chhetri immense contribution towards the sport in India has come up with a unique and noble gesture.
Captain Marvel is currently the third highest active goal scorer with 84 strikes and fifth on all-time list trailing Portuguese great Cristiano Ronaldo (117) and Argentine magician Lionel Messi (86). Sunil will have a special three-episode series dedicated to his life and career and can be streamed on the digital platform of the federation FIFA+.
The series titled ‘Kick Off – Captain Fantastic’ will cover everything right including his personal and professional life and the people who has been his pillar of support for all these years.
FIFA made the decision public on Twitter and in a heart-warming photo placing Sunil alongside Ronaldo and Messi, wrote “You know all about Ronaldo and Messi, now get the definitive story of the third highest scoring active men’s international. Captain Fantastic is available on FIFA+ now.”
As per media reports, the series was shot in Bengaluru and Delhi. Both cities hold a special place for him as he plies his skills with Bengaluru FC in the Indian Super League and Delhi is the place where he grew up. He is India’s most-capped player and also its leading goal-scorer.
Chhetri helped India clinch the 2007, 2009, and 2012 Nehru Cup trophies and 2011, 2015, and 2021 editions of the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship. The star footballer has also been honoured with the AIFF Player of the Year award for a record seven times.
Shubman Gill smashes maiden county cricket century against Sussex
Young Indian batter Shubman Gill registered his first-ever county cricket century, playing for Glamorgan against Sussex in their ongoing County Championship Division Two match on Tuesday.
In the match, the stylish batter from Punjab smashed 119 runs in 139 balls, consisting of 16 fours and two sixes. He struck the ball at a solid strike rate of 85.61. He was, however, dismissed by Jack Carson. Gill is having a solid stint in county cricket so far. He started off the season with a bang, slamming 92 runs in 148 balls against Worcestershire. However, his next outing against Middlesex saw him scoring only 22 and 11. In this match against Sussex, he outdid himself by scoring 119. So far, he has scored 244 runs in four innings at an average of 61.00, with a century and fifty each.
Earlier in August, it was announced that Gill will be playing for Glamorgan for the remainder of the County Championship season. It came after he won two back-to-back ‘Man of the Series’ awards in series against Zimbabwe (245 runs, one century and fifty in three matches) and West Indies (205 runs, two fifties in three matches).
Gill is the third Indian to wear the Glamorgan jersey after former India head coach Ravi Shastri played for the team from 1987-1991 and BCCI president Sourav Ganguly in the year 2005 donned the jersey of the English County club.
Sussex is struggling in the second division of the championship.
In 14 matches they have played so far, they have won only one, lost six and drawn six.
They are at the second-last position in points tally with 120 points.
Coming to the match against Sussex, after opting to bat first, Glamorgan posted 533/9 declared in their first innings, with centuries from Gill (119), Chris Cooke (141) and fifties from skipper David Lloyd (56) and Ajaz Patel (51) taking the side to a huge score. Sean Hunt (3/84) was the best bowler for Sussex. Sussex is currently at 88/1, with skipper Tom Haines (38) and Tom Alsop (3*) unbeaten. They trail in the match by 445 runs after Day two.
Hanuma Vihari to lead Rest of India squad against Saurashtra in Irani Cup
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday announced Rest of India (ROI) squad for the Irani Cup 2022 to be played against the 2019-20 Ranji Trophy Champions Saurashtra from October 1-5, 2022 at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot.
The prestigious tournament is back after three years after it was called off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. India batter Hanuma Vihari captain of the Rest of India team, while Mayank Agarwal has also been picked in the squad. Yash Dhull, who led India to the U-19 World Cup in 2022, has also been added along with young pace Umran Malik.
Saurashtra emerged victorious in the Ranji final in March 2020, beating Bengal. They were supposed to play Irani Cup a week later before COVID-19 put things to a halt.
There was no red ball domestic cricket in India during the 2020-21 season due to COVID-19. Ranji made its return in the 2021-22 season, with Madhya Pradesh clinching its maiden title by defeating multi-time champions Mumbai by six wickets in the final back in June.
The previous edition of the competition was held back in February 2019 in which Vidarbha beat the Rest of India on the basis of the first innings lead in Nagpur.
The Rest of India squad will be coached by Sitanshu Kotak, the former Saurashtra captain, who is currently part of VVS Laxman’s larger coaching group at the National Cricket Academy.
Rest of India squad: Hanuma Vihari (Captain), Mayank Agarwal, Priyank Panchal, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Yash Dhull, Sarfaraz Khan, Yashasvi Jaiswal, K.S.Bharat, Upendra Yadav, Jayant Yadav, Saurabh Kumar, R Sai Kishore, Mukesh Kumar, Umran Malik, Kuldeep Sen and Arzan Nagwaswalla.
Saurashtra squad: Jaydev Unadkat (capt), Cheteshwar Pujara, Sheldon Jackson, Prerak Mankad, Arpit Vasavada, Chirag Jani, Dharmendra Jadeja, Chetan Sakariya, Parth Bhut, Snell Patel (wk), Harvik Desai, Vishvaraj Jadeja, Kamlesh Makwana, Kushang Patel and Kishan Parmar.
Shubman Gill registers maiden century in county cricket
Indian opener Shubman Gill scored a scintillating 119 to register his maiden century in the County Championship here on Tuesday.
Playing against Sussex, the 23-year-old took 123 balls to reach the three-figure mark to help Glamorgan to a healthy total in the crucial match. Glamorgan are currently eight points behind second-placed Middlesex and need a win to stay in the hunt to earn promotion to the top tier of the county championship from Division Two.
Shubman, a regular for India in red-ball cricket, played a total of 139 deliveries, and his innings at the top of the order consisted of 16 fours and two huge hits over the fence.
Gill had made his debut for the English county against Worcestershire earlier this month and scored 92.
The Punjab batter has scored a total of 3002 first-class career runs in 37 matches with the help of seven centuries and 16 fifties at an average of 52.66.
Magnus Carlsen accuses American grandmaster Hans Niemann of cheating
Under fire from the chess fraternity for allegedly cheating against Hans Niemann of the USA, World Champion Magnus Carlsen has come up with his version and accused the former of cheating, which forced him to take such unprecedented steps.
The Norwegian took to twitter to issue a statement on why he withdrew from his games against the American.
“At the 2022 Sinquefield Cup, I made the unprecedented professional decision to withdraw from the tournament after my round-three game against Hans Niemann. A week later during the Champions Chess Tour, I resigned against Hans Niemann after playing only one move,” the statement from Carlsen read.
“I know that my actions have frustrated many in the chess community. I am frustrated. I want to play chess. I want to continue to play chess at the highest level in the best events,” he added.
During the third round of the game against Niemann at the Sinquefield Cup, Carlsen succumbed to a shock defeat to the American.
Following that, he withdrew from the event, and last week, he once again resigned after just one move against Niemann at Julius Baer Generation Cup. Niemann is behind Carlsen by almost 200 Elo points, a measure used to calculate the relative skill level of chess players.
Carlsen said that cheating is a big deal and poses an “existential threat” to the game.
“I also believe that chess organisers and all those who care about the sanctity of the game we love should seriously consider increasing security measures and methods of cheat detection for over-the-board chess.”
“When Niemann was invited at the last minute to the 2022 Sinquefield Cup, I strongly considered withdrawing prior to the event. I ultimately chose to play.”
“I believe that Niemann has cheated more—and more recently—than he has publicly admitted. His over-the-board progress has been unusual, and throughout our game, in the Sinquefield Cup, I had the impression that he was not tense or even fully concentrating on the game in critical positions, while outplaying me as black in a way I think only a handful of players can do. This game contributed to changing my perspective,” Carlsen alleged.
The 19-year-old grandmaster has admitted to cheating twice, as per Chess.com, when he was 12 and 16 years of age. However, he regrets that.
“We must do something about cheating, and for my part going forward, I do not want to play against people that have cheated repeatedly in the past, because I do not know what they are capable of doing in the future,” added Carlsen in his statement.
“There is more that I would like to say. Unfortunately, at this time I am limited in what I can say without explicit permission from Niemann to speak openly. So far, I have only been able to speak with my actions, and those actions have stated clearly that I am not willing to play chess with Niemann. I hope that the truth on this matter comes out, whatever it may be,” the world champion concluded.
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