Tennis players have to go through multiple interruptions during a match – it can be the noisy crowd, adverse weather, injuries to one of the players or spectators, or a player obliterating their racket. But Miami Open which got underway this week had an unwelcome guests on court to hold up the play. And it was an exotic guest no less.
Indian cricket hit the depths of despondency 10 years ago on this very day. Following a shock loss to minnows Bangladesh in their opening game of the 2007 World Cup, the Indian team were expected to see off Sri Lanka at Port of Spain in Trinidad, but crashed to a 69-run defeat.
Roger Federer continued his good start to the year as he beat Stan Wawrinka for the second consecutive time to clinch the Indian Wells title.
South Africa wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock is in doubt for the third Test against New Zealand and may miss the entire Indian Premier League because of a finger injury.
The BCCI’s Committe of Administrators, which interacted with the media after it met here on Wednesday, issued an assurance that India’s interests in world cricket would be well preserved, but it would also do its bit to help other countries like Afghanistan or Ireland to improve their lot.
The Committee of Administrators of the Board of Control for Cricket in India which is appointed by the Supreme Court of India, is headed by former CAG Vinod Rai, who rubbished all rumors of the IPL being scrapped off this year, and assured that it will be conducted as per schedule.
A bumper 100 percent hike is a dream for most employees but is now a reality for Indian cricketers who will go into the final Test vs Australia in Dharamsala knowing that the BCCI has just been very kind to them. But was the BCCI kind or did they just give in to the demands of Indian cricketers? Sources told NDTV that the Indian cricketers were not happy with their pay structure.
Around two years ago, two men who were once mainstays of the Indian Test team, Jadeja and Cheteshwar Pujara, were actually fighting to maintain their relevance. Jadeja had, in fact, completely lost his place in the Test side and then found himself out of the ODI team too. Likewise, Pujara's fortunes were endlessly oscillating after a loss of form and stiff competition from Rohit Sharma.
Lukas Podolski signed off his Germany career in style on Wednesday smashing home the winning goal with his trusty left boot to seal a 1-0 friendly victory over England.
Before this series, the term ‘head of the snake’ meant more to gamers than cricketers. It was an update in the computer game Guild Wars II released only last month. Now though, think 'head of the snake', and India thinks of Virat Kohli. Along with ‘brain fade’, it has become one of the series’ catchphrases.