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David Miller named as Kings XI Captain in IPL9

Already associated with Kings XI Punjab team since IPL season 4, South African batsman David Miller has been chosen as the captain of the team for the upcoming Indian Premier League season 9. Kings XI coach Sanjay Bangar has also expressed his confidence about Miller’s tremendous potential as a leader. The exemplary batting skills and a cool temperament make Miller an excellent asset for Kings XI Punjab team.

Irfan Pathan ties knot with Jeddah model

Following the footsteps of his professional buddies, Irfan Pathan also married a twenty-one-year-old model from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Pathan exchanged wedding vows with Safa Baig in a low key ceremony that took place last Thursday in Mecca. The thirty-one-year-old Irfan Pathan last played for India in the year 2012 and recently led Baroda to the Syed Mustaq Ali Trophy against Uttar Pradesh. 

Gold Rush for India at SAG 2016

India is not only witnessing a gold rush but also dominating the 12th South Asian Games, especially in the medal’s tally. Till now, India is leading the chart by winning 14 gold and five silver medals. Second and third positions are held by Sri Lanka and Pakistan respectively. Injeti Srinivas, CEO of SAG 2016, claimed that all efforts will be made to ensure Guwahati and Shillong become the best sports venues among all South Asian games played till now.

PM Modi inaugurates 12th South Asian Games

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated 12th South Asian Games (SAG) yesterday in one of the main cities of Assam, Guwahati. While addressing an audience at the opening ceremony of the 12-day sporting event, PM Modi said that the event will bring peace and prosperity in the region through sporting activities, interaction, and business. The event is co-hosted by Shillong (capital of Meghalaya) and Guwahati, and will see participation by over 2,600 athletes. The event is taking place after a delay of 4 years.

Mohammad Shami included in India squad for World T20

The Board of Control for Cricket in India said that pacer Mohammed Shami has been included in the Indian team for the World Cup T20 which will begin next month. As per media reports, Shami was suffering from a knee injury and has not played for India since 2015. Pawan Negi, uncapped left-arm slow bowler who represents Delhi in the domestic circuit, has also been included.

SC asks BCCI to implement Lodha panel recommendations

To ensure more transparency in the operations of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, the Supreme Court has asked it to implement the Lodha panel recommendations on structural changes. The Supreme Court judges said that the BCCI should understand that this is not a second innings and it’s all over.

Sexual Harassment charges on Indian hockey captain

Indian hockey captain Sardar Singh has been accused of sexual harassment by his British fiancee. According to the woman, the two met during the London Olympics and got engaged in 2012. The woman has filed a written complaint withLudhianapolice but an FIR is yet to be registered. The 21-year-old has also accused Sardar of forcing her to abort their child in 2015 after which he abandoned her.

Suresh Raina named skipper of Gujarat Lions in IPL

The Rajkot franchise of the Indian Premier League has announced Suresh Raina as its skipper. As per media reports, the franchise, which is one of the two new teams introduced for the next two editions, at the ceremony announced its logo and team name, christening itself as the Gujarat Lions.  

Kidambi Srikanth enters final of $120,000 Syed Modi International Badminton Championship

Ace Indian shuttler, Kidambi Srikanth, defeated Boonsak Ponsana (11th seed) of Thailand in straight sets 21-14, 21-7 to enter finals of $120,000 Syed Modi International Badminton Championship. Srikanth took 32 minutes to defeat the Thai shuttler at men’s singles semi final match, played at Babu Banarasi Das Indoor Stadium. In the final, he will play against China’s Huang Yuxiang. In men’s doubles match, Akshay Dewalkar-Pranaav Jerry Chopra defeated Korea’s Kim Gi Jung-Kim Sa Rang 25-23, 13-21, 21-17 to enter final.

3rd Consecutive Grand Slam Title Win for Sania-Hingis

Successful Indo-Swiss pair of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis registered their 3rd consecutive Grand Slam title win (after winning Wimbledon as well as US Open in 2015) by winning the Australian Open yesterday. In the final, Sania-Hingis pair defeated spirited Czech women’s doubles pair Lucie Hradecka and Andrea Hlavackova in a 1 hour and 45 minutes duel in straight sets (7-6 (7-1), 6-3). It was Santina’s 36th match straight win, taking pair’s consecutive title win to 8.

India beats Australia by 27 runs

Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli slammed fifties to enable India beat Australia by 27 runs in the second Twenty20 International that was held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. India posted a competitive 184/3 in 20 hours. In reply, the Australia could only manage 157/8 in the allotted overs.  

Heena to represent India at Rio Olympic Games 2016

Heena Sidhu, the pistol shooter, has won a ticket to Rio Olympics Games scheduled to start from 5 August 2016. She won gold and a quota in the 10m air pistol event at the Asian Olympic shooting qualifier at Dr. Karni Singh Range yesterday. Heena topped the qualification round with a score of 387 followed by shooting 199.4 to win a gold medal and one out of two quotas available.

Hoisting tricolor lands Virat's Pak fan in jail

A Pakistani fan of cricket heartthrob Virat Kohli has been arrested for hoisting the Indian National flag atop his home in Okara district of Punjab Province. Umar Draz’s house was raided by Pakistan Police and the Indian flag was seized from his rooftop. A case has been registered under the Maintenance of Public Order, followed by presenting Draz in court and remanding him to police custody.

IOA acts on Delhi HC directives, Asks State Units to Choose between IABF and BI

After Delhi High Court asked Indian Olympic Association (IOA) for taking decision on recognition of boxing associations - Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) and Boxing India (BI) – IOA has asked state Olympic associations of taking decision among these two. Per HC order, IOA is supposed to take a final decision on this issue by January 31, 2016. Per the HC order, Sports Ministry has to recognize one of the associations by March 15, 2016 as National Sports Federation for boxing.

Consolation win for India in 5th Match of Australia ODI Tour

India snatched a consolation 5th match win during the 5-match India-Australia ODI series. India’s Australian tour of ODI thus ends with Australia winning the series 4-1. Australian batsmen put up a steep 331 runs target before India but with the brilliant batting of Manish Pandey (unbeaten 104) and amazing 123 runs partnership of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, scoring 99 runs and 78 runs respectively, India won the 5th match with 2 balls to spare.

Mary Kom, Sarita Devi, & Puja Rani to Represent India at South Asian Games 2016

Three leading woman boxers MC Mary Kom, L Sarita Devi and Pooja Rani won their respective category’s final bouts to get selected for representing India at South Asian Games 2016. The twelfth version of the game is going to be held this year in India’s Guwahati and Shillong. While Sarita Devi defeated Soniya in the light weight category, Mary Kom defeated Sarjubala Devi in the fly weight one. Pooja Rani humiliated Aruna Mishra by 3-0 in the middle weight category.

Virat Kohli, the new face of Bengaluru-based Real Estate Brand

Possessing a brand value that has grown over the years, India’s Test captain Virat Kohli has been chosen as the new brand ambassador of a luxury real estate brand named Nitesh Estates. As a first generation company, Nitesh Estates has set benchmarks and unbeatable records in the real estate sector. The company is popular for its distinguished projects that involve best of global architectural and design skills.

India loses to Australia in the 4th ODI in Canberra

Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan’s centuries went in vain as India got defeated by Australia in the fourth ODI held in Canberra. While Australia recorded a giant score of 348-8, suicidal batting by some of the Indian players made the host country the winners. Superb batting from Aussies David Warner and Aaron Finch led Australia to a commendable win by 25 runs.  

IPL 2013 & 2015 spot-fixing invites ban for Chandila and Shah

A life ban and five-year ban has been imposed on Ajit Chandila (former Rajasthan Royals player) and Hiken Shah (Mumbai Ranji Trophy player) respectively. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has handed these bans for the players’ involvement in spot-fixing in the 2013 and 2015 editions of the Indian Premier.

Delhi HC asks Centre to take decision on incorporating Provisions to Appeal against decisions of International Sports Body

A Delhi High Court bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath has asked sports department under Union Government to decide whether there is a need of incorporating arbitration clause in national sports federation’s rules and regulation so that appeal can be filed to Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) against the decisions of international sports bodies such as AIBA (Amateur International Boxing Association). The concerned petition was filed challenging suspension of boxer Laisram Sarita Devi in October 2014 by AIBA.