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With 12 code of conduct breaches in last 3 years, England in danger of crossing dreaded ‘win-at-all-cost’ line

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New Delhi [India], March 15 (ANI): Days after the infamous ‘Sandpaper Gate’ rocked Australian cricket, then skipper Steve Smith had spoken about the ‘win at all costs’ culture which saw the team being told that nothing meant more than winning for the boys — even if that meant crossing the line of fair play.
While Cricket Australia has undergone a complete changeover and the focus under coach Justin Langer and skippers Tim Paine (Test) and Aaron Finch (limited-overs) has been to play in line with the gentleman’s spirit, what comes as a surprise is the number of times the English team has found itself on the wrong side of the line in the last three years.
The on-field behaviour of cricketers has in recent times come under severe scrutiny as television cameras and stump microphones pick every banter and verbal duel on the field of play. While some see the level of competition hitting a new high and giving fans exhilarating moments to cherish, others lead to Code of Conduct breaches.
The stakes are higher as the passion isn’t restricted to just the 22 players on the field. Even fans don’t wish to give away an inch and bragging rights play a huge role just not in the stands, but also on social media. And that can sometimes lead to a ‘win at all cost’ approach.
In a revealing stat as per ICC’s official website, it has surfaced that England has recorded the most number of Code of Conduct breaches in the last three years. Since the start of April 2018, England has recorded 12 breaches of ICC’s Code of Conduct and among these, James Anderson, Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow have violated the rules on two occasions each.
Pacer Stuart Broad has violated the Code of Conduct on three different occasions. This is the most number of violations by any player and this is quite a shock as the veteran plays just one format of the game (Tests).
In August 2020, Broad saw 15 per cent of his match fee being deducted as he directed an inappropriate word at Pakistan’s Yasir Shah after dismissing him. Earlier, in January 2020, Broad had seen a 15 per cent deduction in match fees after he went up to South Africa batsman Faf du Plessis and used inappropriate language which was caught by the stump mic.
In the same year, Ben Stokes directed obscene and offensive language towards spectators after being dismissed and he also saw his match fees being deducted. Most of England’s violations have been considered as a Level 1 offence. Only, Jason Roy has once been found guilty of breaching a Level 2 offence.
In the 2019 Cricket World Cup semi-final against Australia, Roy expressed dissent after being given caught behind and this was considered to be a Level 2 offence.
On the other hand, the Australia boys who had quite a reputation of sometimes using unruly measures to get under the opposition’s skin, have successfully managed to change their standing after the ‘Sandpaper Gate’.
Since the fiasco in South Africa in 2018, Australia has breached the Code of Conduct just twice and it is a testament that Langer, Paine and Finch have been successful in getting Australia to play the game in accordance with the gentleman’s spirit.
These two breaches are the lowest number recorded by any team (tied with Afghanistan, Ireland, and Pakistan) after the Sandpaper Gate episode. If matches after the Sandpaper Gate are to be taken into consideration, India has breached ICC’s Code of Conduct on five occasions.
India’s latest ICC Code of Conduct breach was recorded in September 2019 after skipper Virat Kohli made avoidable shoulder contact while taking a run with the Proteas bowler Beuran Hendricks. This was considered to be a Level 1 offence and Kohli was reprimanded for the act. (ANI)

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Olympics: Deepika Kumari bows out after losing to top-seed An San

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Star Indian archer Deepika Kumari bowed out of the ongoing Tokyo Olympics after losing to South Korea’s An San in the women’s individual quarter-finals here at Yumenoshima Park on Friday.

Top seed San defeated world number one Deepika in an absolutely dominating fashion 6-0 to march into the semi-finals of the individual event. 20-year-old San is aiming for her third gold medal at Tokyo after finishing top of the podium in the mixed team event and the women’s recurve team event. Korean An San had a brilliant start to the first round as she aimed at three 10s while Deepika shot 7-10-10. San carried that momentum in the second round and clinically shot 9-10-7 to which Indian responded with 10-7-7.

The dominance of the South Korean continued in the third set as she gathered 26 as opposed to 24 of Deepika. Match ended in less than six minutes. With this San will either face USA’s Mackenzie Brown or Mexico’s Alejandra Valencia in the last four.

Earlier in the day, Deepika defeated Russian Olympic Committee’s (ROC) Ksenia Perova to progress into the quarter-finals (6-5) in the 1/8 Eliminations round in the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

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YUZVENDRA CHAHAL AND GOWTHAM TEST POSITIVE IN SRI LANKA

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Three days after Krunal Pandya tested positive for COVID-19, it has come to light that spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and K. Gowtham have also tested positive for the virus in Sri Lanka.

Sources in the know of developments confirmed that the duo have tested positive for COVID-19. “Unfortunately, they have tested positive. They were close contacts of Krunal and were already away from the rest of the squad in the team hotel,” the source said. Krunal Pandya tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday and eight Indian players — Prithvi Shaw, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Deepak Chahar, Manish Pandey, Ishan Kishan, and K Gowtham were identified as close contacts.

Being close contacts of Krunal, they were staying away from the rest of the team and didn’t participate in the last two T20Is after Krunal’s test came positive.

Meanwhile, Wanindu Hasaranga’s four-wicket haul and Dhananjaya de Silva’s unbeaten 23-run knock helped Sri Lanka defeat India by seven wickets in the third and final T20I. With this win, Sri Lanka won the series 2-1.Sri Lanka won the T20I series while India had earlier won the ODI series.

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TOKYO OLYMPICS: NUMBER ONE SEED DJOKOVIC BOWS OUT, LOSES TO ZVEREV

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Number one seed Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic on Friday was knocked out of the men’s singles event in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics after losing the semi-final clash. Germany’s Alexander Zverev defeated Djokovic 1-6, 6-3, 6-1 in the men’s singles event.

As a result of this loss, Djokovic would not be able to achieve the Golden Slam (all four Grand Slams and Olympic gold) in the same year. Djokovic had brought out his A-game to the court in the first set, and he ended up winning it 6-1. However, disappointment followed for the Serbian as he lost two back-to-back sets and as a result, he bowed out of the tournament.

Djokovic had won the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon this year and now he would look to win the US Open, beginning August this year. Earlier, top seeds Ashleigh Barty and Naomi Osaka were also knocked out of the Olympics.

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INDIA WOMEN’S HOCKEY TEAM BEAT IRELAND 1-0, KEEP QF HOPES ALIVE

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The Indian women’s hockey team defeated Ireland 1-0 here at the Oi Hockey Stadium North Pitch on Friday. As a result, India’s hopes of making it to the quarter-finals of the women’s hockey event remain intact.

Earlier, the Rani Rampal-led side had suffered defeats in its first three group-stage games. The first quarter between India and Ireland saw no goals and after the end of the first 15 minutes, the scoreline remained 0-0.

A similar story was on the offer in the second quarter and at the halftime mark, the scoreline remained the same and it was Rani Rampal’s side that was feeling the pressure going into the third quarter. The third quarter also saw no goals, however, Navneet Kaur finally broke the deadlock in the fourth quarter and she gave India a lead with three minutes left to play. In the end, India managed to hang on to the advantage to score a 1-0 victory.

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INDIA MEN’S HOCKEY TEAM FIRE ALL CYLINDERS, DEFEAT JAPAN 5-3

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A resilient Indian hockey team came firing on all cylinders to thrash Japan 5-3 in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics on Friday. This was India’s fourth win of the ongoing quadrennial event. The Men In Blue will next be in action in the quarter-finals of the mega event. Japan might have scored three goals but the Indian boys made sure the Men in Blue were in the lead throughout the game and dominated proceedings.

Just two minutes before the end of the third quarter, India earned their second Penalty Corner only to miss the net. But the Indians were in the lead (3-2) with one quarter to go. Both teams got off to a cautious start but the Manpreet Singh-led side broke the shackles and netted the first goal in the 13th minute.

Gurjant Singh then scored early in the second quarter as India doubled the lead over Japan. However, Japan came back with a goal as Tanaka opened the team’s account.

In the third quarter, Kota Watanabe scored an equaliser but Shamsher Singh again put India on top as he scored a goal in the 34th minute. At the end of the third essay, India led 3-2 with a thrilling final quarter on cards. In the final quarter, Nilakanta Sharma doubled India’s lead after a desperate attempt from both sides to find the net.

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TOKYO OLYMPICS: SINDHU DEFEATS YAMAGUCHI, GETS INTO SEMIS

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India shuttler P.V. Sindhu stormed into the semi-finals of the women’s singles event after defeating Japan’s number four seed Akane Yamaguchi in the quarterfinals here at the Musashino Forest Plaza Court 1 on Friday. Sindhu defeated Yamaguchi 21-13, 22-20. The quarterfinal clash between Sindhu and Yamaguchi lasted for 56 minutes.

The first game was more close than the scoreline suggested and Sindhu had to bring out the best in her to win it 21-13. The scoreline in the first game might not indicate how closely it was fought, but Yamaguchi made her fight for every point. The star Indian shuttler was just one more game away from progressing to the semi-finals.

Yamaguchi made Sindhu toil hard in the second game, and for every point, the Indian shuttler had to be at her best. In the end, the number six seed Sindhu ended up winning the match in straight games.

In the second game of the quarter-final, there was a 54-shot rally between Sindhu and Yamaguchi and it lasted for one minute and two seconds. On Thursday, Sindhu had defeated Denmark’s Mia Blichfeldt in the Round of 16 match of women’s individual event in the Tokyo Olympics here at the Musashino Forest Plaza Court 3. Sindhu defeated Blichfeldt 21-15, 21-13 in just 41 minutes to cruise into the quarter-finals.

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