Vivian Richards has slammed the criticism of the pitch that was on offer for the Pink–ball Test between India and England in Ahmedabad

Legendary West Indies batsman Vivian Richards has slammed the criticism of the pitch that was on offer for the Pink–ball Test between India and England in Ahmedabad, saying it’s not surprising to see a turning track in “spin land”. Richards urged the moaning and groaning from former England cricketers to stop and said the visitors should look to improve and rise above the challenges. The Pink-ball Test ended inside 2 days with India thrashing England by 10 wickets in Ahmedabad. England struggled to put bat to ball against Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin as the two Indian spinners ran through the visiting batting line-up. England were bundled out for 112 and 81 across two innings as the Test match ended in little more than 5 sessions.

I have been asked questions recently about the Test match that was played in India – Vivian Richards

I have been asked questions recently about the Test match that was played in India the second and third Test match against England. And I am a little confused about the question really because there seems to be a lot of moaning and groaning about the wicket that they were playing on. I just felt that the ones who are moaning, in my opinion, should realise that there are times that you’re going to get a seaming track, a ball that is basically jumping off a good length and everyone thinks that’s a problem for batters. There are times batters sometimes cope with that.

Ex-IAS officer Shah Faesal slammed the hue and cry over naming the Motera stadium as Narendra Modi Stadium and noted that credit must be given where it is due

Ex-IAS officer Shah Faesal slammed the hue and cry over naming Ahmedabad’s Motera stadium as Narendra Modi Stadium and noted that credit must be given where it is due. The massive 132,000-seater that has been built at the spot where the erstwhile Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium used to stand at Motera was christened after PM Modi and is now the world’s largest cricket arena as part of a larger Sardar Patel Sports Enclave which Amit Shah claims is capable of hosting the Olympics with just 6 months notice. The stadium was inaugurated by President Kovind and the Home Minister on Wednesday ahead of India’s pink-ball Test against England.

I believe that credit must be given where the credit is due – Shah Faesal on Narendra Modi Stadium

The outcry was understandable if this was the first time when a stadium was being named on someone. Hasn’t the Left always celebrated naming, in as far as it’s to memoralize extraordinary human action? I believe that credit must be given where the credit is due!

Motera’s Sardar Patel Cricket Stadium renamed as the Narendra Modi Stadium

Ahead of the much-awaited pink-ball Test between India and England in Ahmedabad, the cricket world witnessed a big sruprise as the Motera’s Sardar Patel Cricket Stadium was renamed as the Narendra Modi Stadium on Wednesday. President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the venue which will host the 3rd and the 4th Test between India and England. Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who was also the guest of honour on the occasion, confirmed the news and said that since PM Modi’s days as the Gujarat Chief Minister, it was his vision to get the world’s largest cricket stadium built in Ahmedabad.

As CM, he (Modi) used to say Gujaratis must also Progress in 2 fields – Sports & Armed Forces – Amit Shah

As CM, he used to say Gujaratis must also progress in 2 fields – sports and armed forces. He took charge of GCA on my request and promoted sports here. His vision was that world’s largest cricket stadium be built here. This 1,32,000-seater stadium will be known as Narendra Modi Stadium. Coupled with Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Sports Enclave & Narendra Modi Stadium in Motera, a sports complex will also be built in Naranpura. These 3 will be equipped to host any international sports event. Ahmedabad to be known as the ‘sports city’ of India

Kerala: BJP Eyeing Olympian and Former Athlete PT Usha

The BJP is on a mission to make an inroad into God’s Own Country, Kerala. After metro man E Sreedharan, who joined the BJP, the party is now eyeing Olympian and former athlete PT Usha. This comes as no surprise to many in Kerala that the BJP has been wooing her aggressively. She supported the BJP and Centre strongly over farm laws. Her tweets also show a definite leaning and support for the BJP. BJP has had representation in Parliament from the Kerala but the state is largely between Left and Congress. As part of ‘mission south’ the BJP wants to make its presence felt. It feels that roping in icons from the state could boost its prospects and help also grab eyeballs.

Anil Kumble backs Wasim Jaffer after ex-opener rejected allegations of adopting a communal approach

Former India skipper and head coach Anil Kumble has backed Wasim Jaffer after the ex-opener on Wednesday rejected allegations of adopting a communal approach during his stint as the coach of Uttarakhand side. Earlier this week, Jaffer stepped down as Uttarakhand’s head coach due to “interference in team selection”, days before they were to compete in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. After Jaffer’s resignation, Cricket Association of Uttarakhand (CAU) officials made allegations that he tried to force religion-based selections in the team, which the 42-year-old denied in a virtual press conference.

Encouraging words by Prime Minister Narendra Modi will further strengthen the cricket team – Team India’s head coach Ravi Shastri

Team India’s head coach Ravi Shastri on Sunday said the encouraging words by Prime Minister Narendra Modi will further strengthen the cricket team and the resolve to perform under pressure. Shastri’s remarks came as PM Modi hailed the Indian cricket team for their Test series win against Australia, saying that the team’s hard work and teamwork were inspiring.

I don’t let my father drive an auto-rickshaw anymore – Indian fast bowler Mohammed Siraj

“I don’t let my father drive an auto-rickshaw anymore” – that’s what Indian fast bowler Mohammed Siraj had said after being picked up by the Sunrisers Hyderabad at the IPL 2017 auction for a whopping Rs 2.6 crore. Siraj’s determination, hard work and love for the game paid him rich dividends. He kept his promise of not letting his father work anymore.

As a practising Muslim I always try to follow religious customs – Bangladesh cricketer Shakib Al Hasan forced to make a public apology

I was on the stage for barely two minutes. People are talking about this and thought I inaugurated it. I did not do this and being a conscious Muslim I would not do this. But, maybe, I should not have gone there. I am sorry for this and apologise. As a practising Muslim I always try to follow religious customs. Please forgive me if I have done anything wrong.

Born in India & having a surname of Hussain and the first name of Nasser I did encounter some name-calling due to ignorance – Former England Captain Nasser Hussain

I encountered very little racism at Essex. Growing up as a young boy in Ilford having been born in India and having a surname of Hussain and the first name of Nasser I did encounter some name-calling due to ignorance. I was lucky enough to play at a club like Essex where we had a middle-order of Nadeem Shahid, Saleem Malik and myself. We had a very multi-cultural county in the south of our county at Ilford where I grew up with my dad and his cricket school where we had a British West Indian net, British Indian net and a British Pakistani net and we would all take the mickey out of each other when India were playing Pakistan, or England were losing to the West Indies. It was great banter and it was fun.

I have always believed that sports shouldn’t be a victim of politics – Wasim Akram

I have always believed that sports shouldn’t be a victim of politics but that is a government subject of both countries and it won’t be apt for me to say anything. But as you said in the question itself, yes IPL is one of the most competitive domestic leagues in the cricketing world and I wish Pakistan youngsters get to be a part of it and I also wish to see Indian players playing in PSL.

By the time you finish reading this you would have learnt about my point of view, and hopefully, will support it too – Star Indian shuttler PV Sindhu

I have been thinking about coming clean with my feelings for a while now. I admit I have been struggling to deal with it. It just feels so wrong, you know. That’s why I’, writing today to tell you that I’m done. It’s undertandable if you’re shocked or confused but by the time you finish reading this you would have learnt about my point of view, and hopefully, will support it too.

Former Indian captain and coach Kapil Dev discharged from hospital after angioplasty

Former Indian captain and coach Kapil Dev on Sunday was discharged from a Delhi hospital two days after being admitted due to complaint of chest pain. He underwent angioplasty treatment late that night. On Sunday, Kapil was discharged from the hospital while former cricketer and his teammate Chetan Sharma took to Twitter to reveal the news while sharing a photo of the 61-year-old cricketer with his doctor at the hospital.

Legendary cricketer and World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev suffered a heart attack

In a shocking piece of news, India’s 1983 Cricket World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev has suffered a heart attack and reportedly underwent angioplasty at a hospital in New Delhi on Friday. The news of the Kapil Dev heart attack came to light after several media houses covered the news, with many fans and members of the cricket fraternity taking to social media to wish the legendary cricketer a speedy recovery.

Farooq Abdullah appears before Enforcement Directorate (ED) in Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association money laundering case

National Conference president Farooq Abdullah appeared before the Enforcement Directorate on Wednesday, the second time this week, for questioning in connection with a money-laundering probe into an alleged multi-crore scam in the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA). After the questioning on Monday, Abdullah had said he was not worried and would cooperate in the probe.

Rajnath Singh equated alliance between BJP & JDU with ‘superhit’ opening pair of Sachin Tendulkar & Virender Sehwag in cricket

Addressingh an election rally, Rajnath Singh equated the alliance between the BJP and Janata Dal (United) with the ‘superhit’ opening pair of Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag in cricket. He said that one can debate on quantum of development in Bihar, but no one can point finger at CM Nitish Kumar on corruption.

I do not have any issues with my coach Mr Gopichand or the training facilities at the academy – India’s ace Badminton player PV Sindhu

I came to London a few days back to work on my nutrition and recovery needs with GSSI.In fact, I have come here with the consent of my parents and absolutely they were no family rifts in this regard. Why will I have problems/issues with my parents who have sacrificed their lives for my sake. Mine is a very close-knitted family and they will always support me. I am in touch with my family members every day. Also, I do not have any issues with my coach Mr Gopichand or the training facilities at the academy.

Cricket coach Lalchand Rajput has not travelled with Zimbabwe team for a tour of Pakistan

Zimbabwe cricket coach Lalchand Rajput has not travelled with the team for a tour of Pakistan after the Indian embassy in Harare requested his exemption from the limited-over series. Zimbabwe will be without their head coach Lalchand Rajput for the upcoming tour of Pakistan after he pulled out over travel restrictions. A statement from Zimbabwe Cricket said that the Indian embassy in Harare had sought exemption for Rajput visiting Pakistan, citing travel guidelines issued by the Government of India for its citizens.

Tamil nationalists in Tamil Nadu claim that cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan is a traitor of the cause of Sri Lankan Tamils

Over the last week, the announcement of a biopic on legendary off spinner Muttiah Muralitharan has caused a big controversy in Tamil Nadu. Several political parties and Tamil nationalist sympathisers have claimed that the movie an attempt to whitewash a figure who is problematic in Sri Lanka. The movie is being produced by Movie Train Motion Pictures and Dar Motion Pictures.

Senior Kollywood actress Radhika Sarath Kumar comes in support of Vijay Sethupathi in Sri Lankan Cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan Biopic Controversy

A controvesial debate is going on over a biopic being planned on Srilankan cricketer Muttiah Muralidharan. The movie is titled ‘800’ and was announced sometime back. Senior Kollywood actress Radhika Sarath Kumar has rendered full support to the actor. She has also said not to weigh politics and entertainment in the same balance.

ED grills Farooq Abdullah in a case related to money laundering when he was the chairman of J&K Cricket Association

Enforcement Directorate on Monday questioned National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah in connection with the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association scam. According to reports, the agency grilled Farooq in connection with a money laundering probe in a case related to the alleged irregularities of Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association funds when he was the chairman of J&K Cricket Association.

Sri Lankan Cricketer Muttiah Muralidaran has released a statement requesting Vijay Sethupathi to opt out of the film

Vijay Sethupathi has been making the headlines recently after signing 800. The film is the biopic of legendary spinner Muthiah Muralidaran. Muralidaran has released a statement requesting Vijay Sethupathi to opt out of the film. Vijay Sethupathi has shared the statement on his social media handle.

Advocate Rohan Jaitley, son of late Union Minister Arun Jaitley elected unopposed president of Delhi and District Cricket Association

Advocate Rohan Jaitley, son of late Union Minister Arun Jaitley, elected unopposed president of the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) after the lone candidate who had filed his nomination against him withdrew his candidature. The final list of candidates was declared by the Election Returning Officer, after the deadline for withdrawal of candidature for candidates expired on Saturday.

Olympic medallist Yogeshwar Dutt to be BJP Candidate from Baroda Bypolls In Haryana

BJP named party leader and Olympic medallist Yogeshwar Dutt as its nominee for the bypoll to the Baroda assembly constituency. According to a party statement, the wrestler-turned-politician will contest the November 3 bypoll from Baroda seat in Sonipat. The bye-election was necessitated due to the demise of Congress MLA Shri Krishan Hooda in April.

Cricket commentator & Veteran sports journalist Kishore Bhimani dies at 74

Veteran sports journalist and cricket commentator Kishore Bhimani died at the age of 74. He had suffered a cerebral attack a few days back and was undergoing treatment. Bhimani was one of the most recognised English voices of the 1980s. Following his death, a pall of gloom descended on the country’s sports fraternity, with tributes coming in from all quarters.

16 Year old boy arrested in Gujarat for allegedly issuing threats against cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s minor daughter

A 16-year-old boy was nabbed on Sunday from Mundra in Gujarat for allegedly issuing threats against cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s minor daughter. The class 12 student from Namna Kapaya village was detained for questioning in connection with a disgusting threat message that was posted on the Instagram account of Dhoni’s wife Sakshi Dhoni a few days back.

Jammu and Kashmir, Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha inaugurated sports infrastructure worth Rs. 49.78 crore

In Jammu and Kashmir, Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha inaugurated sports infrastructure worth Rs. 49.78 crore and laid foundation of various projects costing Rs. 10.5 Crore across the Union Territory in a function held at Pologround in Srinagar. While addressing the gathering, Mr Sinha observed that the youth of Jammu and Kashmir have immense sports potential with many players representing the country in different sports.

After a match loss, Cricketer MS Dhoni’s daughter Ziva gets rape threats on social media

In an incident that has left social media users both shocked and disgusted, cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni`s five-year old daughter has been given rape threats following Chennai Super Kings loss in an IPL match. The alleged threats appeared on both Dhoni and his wife Sakshi’s Instagram accounts following Chennai’s loss to Kolkata Knight Riders.

Bihar Elections: Shooter Shreyasi Singh who joined BJP gets ticket from from Jamui

Ahead of the Bihar assembly election 2020, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday released its first list of 27 candidates. Shooter Shreyasi Singh, who recently joined the party BJP, has been fielded from Jamui.

Shooter Shreyasi Singh to join BJP today. She is the daughter of former union minister late Digvijay Singh

Shooter Shreyasi Singh to join BJP today. She is the daughter of former union minister late Digvijay Singh. According to reports, she is likely to contest from Amarpur of Jamui assembly constituencies. Shreyasi Singh is the daughter of former Union Minister Digvijaya Singh. Her father died in 2010.

BCCI President Sourav Ganguly said the Board will do all it can to ensure that India’s home series against England remains in the country

BCCI President Sourav Ganguly on Monday said the Board will do all it can to ensure that India’s home series against England remains in the country and domestic tournaments kick off at some point despite the “fluid” COVID-19 situation. India’s COVID-19 case load has gone past 60 lakh and the death toll has surged beyond 95,000. England are scheduled to tour India next year between January and March for five Tests, three ODIs and three T20 Internationals.

Neetu David, will head the five-member committee, BCCI secretary Jay Shah said in a statement

On account of seniority, Neetu David, the former left-arm spinner, will head the five-member committee. She is also the second-highest wicket-taker for India in WODIs with 141 scalps and was also the first from India to take 100 WODI wickets. The BCCI didn’t name a new selection panel, inviting criticism from many quarters, but the rationale behind the delay was absence of any cricketing activity due to the COVID-19-forced lockdown.

Gavaskar-Anushka War of Words, Cricketer Irfan Pathan tweets “Always respect Sunil Gavaskar sir always”

In response to actress Anushka Sharma’s comments that Gavaskar’s remarks on hubby Kohli was ‘distasteful’, Pathan took to twitter and posted a message for those who are criticizing the former cricketer. In his tweet, giving a piece of advice those flooding the social media with messages slamming and calling out on the legendary cricketer over his remark, Pathan wrote: “Always respect Sunil Gavaskar sir always”

MS Dhoni hailed the induction of five Rafale jets into the Indian Air Force

Former Indian captain and honorary Lieutenant Colonel in the Indian Territorial Army MS Dhoni on Thursday commemorated the induction of five Rafale Jets in the Indian Air Force. “With the Final Induction Ceremony the world’s best combat proven 4.5Gen fighter plane gets the world’s best fighter pilots. In the hands of our pilots and the mix of different aircrafts with the IAF the potent bird’s lethality will only increase,” Dhoni wrote.

If one is taking actions against actors and Bollywood, they must also do the same with politicians and cricketers – Navaneet Kaur Rana

It is not just only Bollywood, if you see, you’ll find percentage in politics also where druggies are there. You can find many officers, children going to big colleges, cricketers consuming drugs. We have seen cricketers get a lifetime ban for having drugs. I think drugs are not new for India. If one is taking actions against actors and Bollywood, they must also do the same with politicians and cricketers

Kiren Rijiju announced an enhancement in the prize money in four of the seven categories of the National Sports Awards

Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Saturday announced an enhancement in the prize money in four of the seven categories of the National Sports Awards. Rijiju made this announcement on the occasion of the 115th birth anniversary of hockey legend Dhyan Chand, which is also celebrated as National Sports Day.

Former and current hockey players came together to demand Bharat Ratna, the country’s highest civilian award, for the legendary Major Dhyan Chand

Former and current hockey players came together to demand Bharat Ratna, the country’s highest civilian award, for the legendary Major Dhyan Chand, a week ahead of his 115th birth anniversary. With National Sports Day approaching, greats such as Gurbux Singh, Harbinder Singh, Ashok Kumar and current player Yuvraj Walmiki took part in a virtual discussion on Saturday to celebrate the life and career of the iconic player.

Reacting on MS Dhoni’s retirement from international cricket, Subramanian Swamy said that world cup winning skipper should fight LS General Elections in 2024

Reacting on former India cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s retirement from international cricket, senior BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Dr Subramanian Swamy on Sunday said that the two-time World Cup winning skipper should fight Lok Sabha General Elections in 2024.