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Blockbuster opening?IEMarch 17) The pace with which he went about his task was mind-boggling Being a left handerhe gels well with the right-handed Murali Vijaywhich is a good sign for India For the time beingat leastthese two seem to have taken the place of that old Test partnershipGautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag Dhawans aggressive streak is heartening because that was how Sehwag played when he won matches for India Although the current Australian side is not the most feared in the worldto take them on in such a manner needs gumption Most other debutants would have been content with a ton It was marvellous to watch how Dhawan battled onaiming for a double ton After his spectacular showDhawan must quickly learn to juggle between all formats of the game He must also be consistent Ganapathi Bhat Akola New winds * BIHAR CM Nitish Kumar has been demanding special category status for Bihar on various podiums for a while now (At Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan rallyBihar CM Nitish Kumar says Bihar will be kingmaker at Centre,” Arora said.s ban, File image of Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav. But the Indian establishment should wake up quickly to the potential damage from it. and each side has a narrative of violence. And living in Bombay (as it was called then),Talking about the revolution? tried to play safe when put in a spot by Deepika. They have dragged my name in to malign me, he said For all the latest Lucknow News download Indian Express App More Related NewsAntigua: Statistical highlights on the first day’s play of the first Test match between India and the West Indies at Antigua # Virat Kohli has become the first Indian and the eight visiting captain to register a hundred in the Caribbean in Tests Australia’s Ricky Ponting was the last captain to accomplish the feat —158 at Kingston in 2007-08 # Kohli’s magnificent unbeaten 143 is his highest score in first match innings – his only other hundred in first match innings was 119 vs South Africa at Johannesburg in December 2013 The knock is his first century vs West Indies in 10 innings – his 12th in 73 innings # Kohli became the 19th Indian batsman to amass 3000 runs or more in Tests and also completed his 1000 runs as Test captain in 18 innings – his aggregate being 1039 (ave6111) including five hundreds and two fifties Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan in action during day one of India vs West Indies AP # Kohli’s distinction of reaching 1000 runs in 18 innings is the joint-second quickest by an Indian captain along with Mahendra Singh Dhoni Sunil Gavaskar took 14 innings for his 1000 # With five centuries overseas as captain Kohli has equalled Mohammad Azharuddin’s tally sharing an Indian record for most centuries (five) away from home # In seven Tests away from home as skipper Kohli is averaging 7627 while aggregating 839 runs in 12 innings including five hundreds and a fifty His superb average as captain away from home is the second highest next only to Don Bradman’s 8563 in nine Tests (942 runs in 15 innings including five hundreds and two fifties) # Kohli became the third Indian captain to register a century in Tests in the Caribbean joining Rahul Dravid (146 at Gros Islet in June 2006) and Kapil Dev (100 not out at Port of Spain in March 1983) Kapil Dev had missed another century as captain – 98 off 97 balls at StJohn’s in 1983 # Kohli became the first Indian skipper to register a fifty or more in his maiden innings in the Caribbean outstripping Rahul Dravid’s 49 at StJohn’s in 2006 # Kohli’s unbeaten knock is the highest by a captain in Tests at North Sound eclipsing West Indian Ramnaresh Sarwan’s 128 vs Australia in 2008 Sarwan and Kohli are the only two captains to register hundreds at this venue # India’s impressive 302 for four is their first total of 300 or more on the first day of a Test series in the Caribbean obliterating the 246 at Kingston in 2011 # Shikhar Dhawan has registered his highest score vs West Indies in Tests eclipsing the 33 off 28 balls in the 2013-14 Mumbai Test Since recording consecutive hundreds (173 vs Bangladesh and 134 vs Sri Lanka) last year the said knock is his first fifty in nine innings # Dhawan became the fifth Indian opening batsman to record a fifty in the maiden Test innings in the Caribbean joining Madhav Apte Sunil Gavaskar VVS Laxman and Ajay Jadeja # Dhawan’s knock of 84 is the second highest by an Indian left-handed batsman in the Caribbean behind the 104 by Salim Durani at Port of Spain in April 1962 # Only four Indian batsmen have amassed more runs in their maiden Test innings vs West Indies in the Caribbean – Polly Umrigar – 130 at Port of Spain in 1952-53 Brijesh Patel – 115 not out at Port of Spain in 1975-76 Sanjay Manjrekar – 108 at Bridgetown in 1988-89 and Ajay Jadeja – 96 at StJohn’s in 1996-97 # Kohli and Dhawan were involved in a stand of 105 for the third wicket – the first century partnership for this wicket at this venue obliterating the 90 between Martin Guptill and Ross Taylor for New Zealand vs West Indies in July 2012 # As a pair Kohli and Dhawan are averaging 11080 for the third wicket – their tally being 554 in five innings The said average dismissal per innings is the third highest by a pair for the third wicket with a minimum of five partnerships behind 13700 between Wally Hammond and Eddie Paynter and 14525 between Vinod Kambli and Sachin Tendulkar # Kohli has won five successive tosses between November 2015 and July 2016 in Tests Nari Contractor (6) Mohammad Azharuddin (6) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (6) – three Indian skippers share a record for winning most consecutive tosses In his previous series as skipper vs South Africa in 2015-16 Kohli had won all four tosses Islamabad:Pakistan’s ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesdayfiled three separate appeals in the Supreme Court to review its verdict in the Panama Papers case that resulted in his disqualification File image of Nawaz Sharif AP A five-member Supreme Court bench last month disqualified Sharif for dishonesty and ruled that corruption cases be filed against him and his children over the Panama Papers scandal forcing the prime minister to quit Sharif’s lawyer Khawaja Harris filed the three review appeals in reply to the petitions filed by Imran Khan Sheikh Rashid and Sirjul Haq in the Lahore registry of the apex court The decision to file the appeal against the verdict was taken before 67-year-old Sharif’s road journey from Islamabad to Lahore but the legal team took time to prepare the case Harris also submitted relevant documents concerning the iqama a United Arab Emirates work visa that led the judges to declare Sharif "unfit to hold office" Dawn reported Sharif has argued that the 28 July decision should have been given by a three-member bench since Justice Asif Saeed Khosa and Justice Gulzar Ahmed’s jurisdiction had expired after their dissenting judgement on 20 April the paper said "By signing the the final order of the court" on 28 July Justice Ahmed and Justice Khosa "have actually passed two judgments in the same case which is unprecedented in judicial history" reads the appeal petition according to the paper Sharif also chaired a meeting of party leaders at his Raiwind estate in Lahore to prepare a strategy for his campaign to contact the masses over his disqualification The meeting was attended by Hamza Shahbaz foreign minister Khawaja Asif railways minister Saad Rafique and Punjab law minister Rana Sanaullah among others National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq told the media after the meeting that he still considers "Sharif his prime minister" Sadiq said that Sharif will fight for his rights but he will not create any tension between the national institutions Sharif’s plan is to go to the public and garner support for his plan to bring changes in the country for "sanctity of the vote" the Speaker added The ousted prime minister has repeatedly said that he will strive hard to replace Pakistan’s old and "flawed" system with a new law which will put an end to the unceremonious ouster of the prime ministers He also seeks accountability from military dictators and judges who he said have been sending prime ministers packing home in the last 70 years Bengaluru:Before taking up cricket the game that enticed Rahul Dravid most was hockey but the former India cricketcaptain soon realised that he was not fit for the sport after his school coach relegated him from centre-half to right-half position "I used to play hockey with (former India international) Sandeep Somesh in school days Our coach Shiv Prakash fielded me as the centre half saying we are relying on you for a stuff like that But when I graduated for another level Sandeep also was there The coach then relegated me to right-half and I quickly realised I am not cut out for hockey Luckily I had cricket to root for" he said during the announcement of the second edition of Bengaluru Cup 2015 to be organised by Hockey Karnataka in Bengaluru File picture of Rahul Dravid PTI "Watching Sandeep and Anil Adrin play hockey made me realise that playing another sport was better option for me but it was exciting to play hockey alongside Anil and SandeepThank you very much Anil and Sandeep" Dravid said The tournament will feature six teams from across the country in both men and women’s categories The teams battling it out at the tournament are Air India Indian Oil Corporation Ltd Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd Army XI Karnataka XI and ONGC in the men’s category and Punjab XI Haryana XI Karnataka XI Jharkhand MP Academy and RCF in the women’s section Talking about the tournament Dravid said such events gives a platform to young players to rub shoulders with established players "Hockey Karnataka offers young hockey players a fantastic opportunity by giving them a chance to rub shoulders with some of the most prominent and established players in the country" he said Dravid asked the media to create a buzz about hockey exactly they do it for cricket and other sports Swimmer Nisha Millet who was also present on the occasion said "This initiative helps create an intrigue and buzz among the masses about the sport The Bengaluru Cup is a platform for hockey players in India to showcase their calibre My best wishes and support to the tournament and we look forward to the event" Honorary joint secretary of Hockey Karnataka Sandeep said with this tournament they endeavour to amplify awareness and assist the development of the sport at the grassroot level "With the help of Hockey Karnataka we look at unearthing and honing promising talents from the state We intend to pave a way for the growth of the game in the country and showcase the best hockey talent from across India" he said PTI New Delhi:Athletics Federation of India (AFI) has written to the world governing body IAAF to consider new junior world record holder javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra for a wild card entry in next month’s Rio Olympics its president said on Sunday AFI president Adille Sumariwalla who is also a member of the powerful IAAF Council said he has written a letter to the world body chief Sebastian Coe in this regard within hours of Chopra winning a gold in the World Under-20 Championships with a junior world record of 8648m at Bydgoszcz Poland Neeraj Chopra Getty "Neeraj’s performance is a junior world record but more than that he is now at eight spot in the IAAF overall list of season leaders taking into account even the senior athletes all over the world So I have written to the IAAF president to consider Neeraj for a wild card entry for the Rio Olympics" Sumariwalla told PTI "Just after getting to know about Neeraj’s performance I wrote a letter to Mr Coe and I am hoping for a favourable outcome" he added The deadline for Rio Olympics entry in athletics was July 11 but Sumariwalla said a wild card entry can still be sanctioned by the IAAF Asked if there were provisions of wild card entry under the IAAF rules he said "It (wild card entry) can be done" The 18-year-old Haryana lad Chopra became the first ever Indian to hold a world record in athletics (junior or senior) He also broke the existing national senior record of 8223m His achievement was all the more stunning as his effort was better than the gold medal winner in London Olympics (8458m) After producing a throw of 8223m while winning gold in the South Asian Games in Guwahati in February Chopra was gunning for the Rio Olympics qualifying mark of 83m in a few competitions including in the Asian Under-20 Championships but failed to make the cut Former New Zealand cricketer Lou Vincent told a London courtroom on Monday that he had helped to fix matches under "direct orders" from his captain Chris Cairns Vincent also alleged that former Indian cricketer Dinesh Mongia was part of the ‘gang’ that was involved in fixing when they played together for Chandigarh Lions in the now-defunct Indian Cricket League (ICL) Speaking at Cairns’ perjury trial Vincent 36 said that Cairns persuaded him to take part in match-fixing and added jury that Cairns’ alleged approach to fix games gave him something to latch on to and a “sense of belonging” since he was battling depression at the time Dinesh Mongia/ AFP Mongia on his part has denied the allegations “What he (Vincent) said is incorrect I was not involved in any match-fixing I played for the Chandigarh Lions but I don’t know what the New Zealanders (Cairns Tuffey and Vincent) were doing” Mongia was quoted as saying by the Indian Express Cairns successfully sued Modi for 14 million ($214 million) after being accused of match-fixing on Twitter in January 2010 but now faces allegations that he lied during the case Former New Zealand captain Cairns who is also accused of perverting the course of justice denies the charges facing him The charges relate to a libel case that Cairns 45 brought against Lalit Modi the founder of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in March 2012 "I was under direct orders from Chris Cairns to get involved in fixing" said Vincent who claimed Cairns promised him $50000 per game to under-perform Vincent now retired said he had rejected a request from Cairns to support his civil case against Modi because to do so "would have been a complete lie" Vincent said that after arriving in India he had turned down an approach to get involved in match-fixing from an Indian man who had offered him cash and the use of a prostitute But he claimed that when he told Cairns captain of the Chandigarh Lions about the approach he was told: "You’re working for me now" Vincent said he received a call from an Indian named Varun Gandhi shortly after arriving in Chandigarh "He (Gandhi) told me he was involved in a cricket bat company" Vincent said in court "We met in his hotel room but there was no equipment in the room" Vincent addded that there was a woman seated on the bed and that after 20 minutes he asked if he could use the toilet and Gandhi followed him there and told him that the woman ‘was available for sex’ and was ‘a present from our company’ “He pulled out a wad of American dollars and said it was a sponsorship down payment that’s when alarm bells began to ring” said Vincent “I left that room knowing it wasn’t a sponsorship deal” Later under cross-examination Vincent admitted that he had infact slept with the prostitute during his first contact with Gandhi reports the Indian Express "Immediately I went to Chris Cairns and told him what had happened" Vincent said "The deal the room the woman and being offered the money and how I went to report what had just happened "Chris was obviously interested then there was a pause for a short period of time And then he turned to me looked at me and said ‘You did the right thing’ and ‘That’s good cover Right you’re working for me now’" Vincent told the jury at Southwark Crown Court that he deliberately under-performed in four games in 2008 He said that he had been suffering from mental health problems and depression at the time and "felt good to be part of a gang" According to Vincent that "gang" included Cairns Vincent and former Kiwi fast bowler Daryl Tuffey and three Indian players including Dinesh Mongia Vincent said that he was not paid the money he had been promised but did not confront Cairns because he felt "too intimidated" He also alleged that Cairns threatened him with a cricket bat after he "messed up" a proposed fix Vincent said that he continued to fix matches after leaving the Chandigarh Lions before confessing to the cricket authorities in 2012 A big-hitting all-rounder Cairns played in 62 Tests for New Zealand and is one of the few players to have achieved the double of 200 wickets and 3000 runs He was named one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 2000 Read the full report in The Indian Expresshere With inputs from AFP

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