Saturday, November 25, 2017

File image of Kidambi Srikanth in action. AP

The sustained efforts that Indonesian coach Mulyo Handoyo has been putting into the physical training regimen of India’s elite players practising at Hyderabad’s Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy could be seen at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium on Wednesday, when Kidambi Srikanth handed China’s Tian Houwei a resounding 21-15, 12-21, 21-11 thrashing in an hour and four minutes, in his opening outing of the Japan Open Superseries badminton championships.

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Australia captain Steve Smith on Wednesday backed his teammates to deliver and said the visitors have enough talent at their disposal to challenge India in the remaining games of the ongoing five-match ODI series.

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BCCI Nominates MS Dhoni For Padma Bhushan Award

The Indian cricket board has nominated Mahendra Singh Dhoni for the country's third highest civilian award -- the Padma Bhushan -- for his contribution to the game.

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On Virat Kohli's 30 Centuries, A Question From Steve Smith

The ongoing limited-overs cricket series is as much a battle between the two captains as it is between their respective teams. Virat Kohli and Steve Smith, considered two of the finest batsmen in the world at the moment, are not just leaders of their teams but also chief run-getters. In the limited-overs format, Kohli holds an edge over the Australian. In 99 ODIs, Smith has 8 centuries to his name, while Kohli has notched up 30 tons in 195 ODIs. Hence, it came as no surprise when Smith was asked about Kohli's record in the post-match press conference in Chennai on Sunday. While Smith said his counterpart was a very good player, he also had a little query for the reporters.

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Hardik Pandya (L) and Kedar Jadhav (R) are proving to be just the right foil for Mahendra Singh Dhoni in India's middle order. AFP

His side were in considerable disarray when Kedar Jadhav walked out to bat on Sunday afternoon in Chennai. Nathan Coulter-Nile’s late shape had proved too much for India’s top order, the Perth pacer striking three early and telling blows. With Shikhar Dhawan absent for personal reasons, the selectors had returned to Ajinkya Rahane to open, but the right-hander soon snicked off and slunk off. It’s a forlorn business being Rahane in ODIs, where he has occupied every position in the top seven except number five in his 80 games. He had recently been granted some stability and form in the West Indies, but was then promptly dropped for the following tour of Sri Lanka when Rohit Sharma — fit for the Caribbean but rested — was brought back in his place.

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