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Captaining ODI side will make Virat a better player, says his mentor RK Sharma

Updated: Jan 06, 2017 20:13 IST      
Captaining ODI side will make Virat a better player, says his mentor RK Sharma

New Delhi [India], Jan. 6 (ANI): As Indian Test Captain Virat Kohli takes over the One Day side from his predecessor Mahindra Singh Dhoni, Kohli's mentor and his childhood coach Raj Kumar Sharma on Friday said the additional responsibility will only make the swashbuckling batsmen a better player.

"Virat is a kind of a player who likes challenges and prepares well when he gets additional responsibility and god has been kind where he has been successful in delivering. I hope he will emulate similar success he had in the test format and play positive cricket," Sharma told ANI.

Dhoni, who stepped down from the post on Wednesday, has been retained in the squad for the wicket-keeper-batsman slot thereby keeping himself available for selection for the England series.

"Dhoni is one the best captains India has ever had and Virat, who used to be vice-captain, learnt a lot from him and I believe Virat is going to learn more on remaining calm and cool in tough situations, his presence on the ground would be very helpful for Kohli," Sharma added.

Meanwhile, Yuvraj Singh has also been recalled in both ODI and T20 squad, which also sees a return for experienced seamer Ashish Nehra.

19-year-old Rishabh Pant has also earned his maiden senior team call-up with the selection committee including the precocious batsman in the T20 squad.

Earlier, the meeting to select India's squads for the ODI and T20I series was delayed by three hours because of a lack of clarity over protocol in the wake of the Supreme Court order on January 2, which left the country's cricket board without most of its office-bearers. (ANI)

Zverev confident for US Open despite Cincy loss

Updated: Aug 17, 2017 19:49 IST     

Cincinnati [US], August 17 (ANI): Alexander Zverev, whose 10-match win streak was snapped at the Cincinnati Masters on Wednesday against Frances Tiafoe, enters the US Open confident and feels his best ahead of any Grand Slam event.

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Stuart MacGill turns down Bangladesh spin-coaching role

Updated: Aug 17, 2017 18:57 IST     

Melbourne [Australia], August 17 (ANI): Former Test spinner Stuart MacGill has rejected Bangladesh offer to join the side ahead of two-Test series against Australia.

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Attempts being made to malign my image: Vijay Goel

Updated: Aug 17, 2017 18:28 IST     

New Delhi [India], Aug.17 (ANI): Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel on Thursday rejected reports that the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) changed its layout plan to allot a plot to an NGO closely associated to him, and said that attempts were being to malign his image.

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], August 17 (ANI): One of the hallmarks of India's football coach Stephen Constantine's coaching career has been his eye to spot players from nowhere and draft them into his squad as part of the team's developmental process.

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Johannesburg [South Africa], Aug 17 (ANI): "Accept it and keep going", says 15-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal while offering advice to tennis players who are in danger of skipping the fourth and final major of the season-US Open.

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Barcelona `close` to sign Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele

Updated: Aug 17, 2017 16:52 IST     

Johannesburg [South Africa], August 17 (ANI): Barcelona general manager Pep Segura has claimed that the club are "close" to signing Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele from Borussia Dortmund.

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Hastings optimistic to tour India despite injury blow

Updated: Aug 17, 2017 14:48 IST     

Melbourne [Australia], Aug 17 (ANI): Australian pacer John Hastings, who is currently nursing a foot injury, has expressed confidence that he will be available for selection for the upcoming limited-overs, featuring five ODIs and three T20 Internationals against India.

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Lahore [Pakistan], Aug 17 (ANI): Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Najam Sethi has lauded his predecessor Shaharyar Mohammad Khan for his contribution to cricket development in the country, as the PCB hosted a farewell in his honour at the Gaddafi Stadium last evening.

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Umar Akmal accuses head coach Arthur of abuse

Updated: Aug 17, 2017 12:55 IST     

Karachi [Pakistan], August 17 (ANI): The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is likely to issue a show cause notice to out-of-favour middle-order batsman Umar Akmal for going to the media with a complaint that head coach Mickey Arthur abused him and had barred him from practicing at the National Cricket Academy (NCA).

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ICC U-19 World Cup: Windies to take on Kiwis in opener

Updated: Aug 17, 2017 12:01 IST     

Dubai [UAE], Aug 17 (ANI): Defending champion West Indies will take on hosts New Zealand in the opening day of the next year's ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup, which runs from January 13 to February 3.

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Mirza advances, Paes crashes out of Cincinnati Masters

Updated: Aug 17, 2017 11:31 IST     

Cincinnati [U.S.A.], Aug 17 (ANI): Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza and her Chinese partner Peng Shuai showcased a splendid performance as they booked their place in the quarter-finals of 2017 Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati following a straight-set victory in the women's doubles clash here on Thursday.

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Nadal cruises, Ramanathan bows out of Cincinnati Open

Updated: Aug 17, 2017 10:26 IST     

Cincinnati [U.S.A.], Aug 17 (ANI): Fifteen-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal continued his quest to regain top spot as he trounced Richard Gasquet of France in straight sets to romp into the third round of the 2017 Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati here on Thursday.

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India outplay Austria 4-3 to end European tour on high

Updated: Aug 17, 2017 09:57 IST     

Amstelveen [Netherlands], Aug 17 (ANI): The Indian men's hockey team registered a sensational 4-3 win against Austria in their final encounter of the Europe Tour here last evening.

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Mumbai [India], Aug 16 (ANI): The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators on Wednesday took a jibe at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for deliberately misconstruing the apex court's order to bar CEO Rahul Johri and the legal team from attending the Special General Meeting (SGM) held on July 26.

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Excited to play as India's vice-captain: Rohit Sharma

Updated: Aug 16, 2017 17:48 IST     

Dambulla [Sri Lanka], Aug 16 (ANI): Indian opener Rohit Sharma, who has recently been appointed as the vice-captain of the limited-overs team, on Thursday said he is excited with the prospect of stepping onto the field in his new role when the national side head into the five-match ODI series, beginning August 20 in Dambulla.

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'Aunt' Venus gearing up for Serena's child, US Open

Updated: Aug 16, 2017 15:42 IST     

Johannesburg [South Africa], August 16 (ANI): Seven-time Grand Slam Champion Venus Williams has revealed that she has been preparing well for the fourth major of the season - U.S. Open - as well to become a new aunt with his younger sister Serena due to give birth to her first child next month.

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Birmingham [U.K], Aug 16 (ANI): West Indies coach Stuart Law has backed the Jason Holder-led side to exploit the weaknesses in the England side and prove the critics wrong when the two sides meet each other in the three-match Test series, beginning tomorrow at Edgbaston in Birmingham.

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Serena sets sights on `outrageous` Australia Open comeback

Updated: Aug 16, 2017 12:54 IST     

Johannesburg [South Africa], Aug 16 (ANI): Former world number one Serena Williams, who is expecting her first child next month, has revealed that she has set herself the most `outrageous` goal of making a comeback at the Australian Open in January.

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ICC hires international security company for Pakistan

Updated: Aug 16, 2017 11:25 IST     

Lahore [Pakistan], Aug 16 (ANI): The International Cricket Council (ICC) has employed a security company for a three-year period in their bid to resume the international cricket in Pakistan.

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Paes-Zverev suffer first-round exit in Cincinnati

Updated: Aug 16, 2017 10:27 IST     

Cincinnati [U.S.A.], Aug 16 (ANI): Indian tennis ace Leander Paes and his German partner Alexander Zverev were knocked out of the 2017 Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati after going down in the opening round of the men's doubles event here on Wednesday.

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