Indian hockey team suffered a 3-2 loss against Malaysia in the ongoing Hockey World League Semi-final on Thursday. With this defeat, India has been sent out of the tournament. Meanwhile, Malaysia has been qualified for the upcoming 2018 World Cup. Notably, the 2018 World Cup will be held in India.
Responding to Anil Kumble’s resignation message on why he quit the post of head coach, India captain Virat Kohli on Thursday responded saying that while the players respect him, the sanctity of the dressing room needs to be maintained. At a pre-match press conference from Trinidad, Kohli said, “The players respect Anil Kumble,” adding “It is important to maintain the sanctity of the dressing room.”
Sri Lanka pacer Lasith Malinga faced an investigation on Thursday after he compared a government minister to a monkey. Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera said that he ordered an inquiry after Malinga lambasted him for questioning the endurance of Sri Lankan players following their failure to reach the Champions Trophy semi-finals.
The ICC had reportedly agreed to pay USD 405 million to the BCCI as per the International Cricket Council's revenue sharing model. ICC agreed to the deal after the apex body conference in London. Notably, the ICC had agreed to give USD 293 million but, after hectic negotiations, its chairman Shashank Manohar agreed to increase it by USD 100 million. Finally, it was decided that USD 112 million more will be given to BCCI from the previously agreed amount.
IPL Commissioner and senior BCCI official Rajeev Shukla reportedly said that the captain of the Indian cricket team would have no say in the selection of the new coach. "BCCI tried its level best to resolve the issue. The acting secretary, the CEO, they discussed the matter with Kumble and Kohli in great detail, the board consulted the Chairman of the COA (Vinod Rai) also", Shukla told. "They tried to resolve the issues, but eventually no outcome could be found out, and Kumble decided to move on", added Shukla.
According to reports, a top BCCI official has warned the Indian captain Virat Kohli to deliver as captain. “It has been given to understand that Kohli eventually had the veto power on the coach issue which pushed Kumble out of the team. Now that he has his way, he has to deliver as captain. Otherwise, he had to give up captaincy”, reports said.
Brazilian footballer Oscar, on Thursday, was banned for eight games for triggering a massive fight between players in Chinese Super League recently. According to reports, Oscar, along with three other players, was also fined 40,000 yuan by the Chinese Football Association. Notably, Oscar represents Shanghai SIPG FC in the tournament.
According to reports, Virat Kohli would have stepped down as the Indian team's captain if Anil Kumble had not resigned as the team's head coach. "Kohli had been adamant that Kumble couldn't continue as the head coach and that the Board needed to look for a replacement. Had the Board gone ahead and implemented Sachin, Sourav and Laxman's recommendation to stick with Kumble, then Kohli would almost surely have resigned", The Telegraph reports said.
Pakistan limited-overs captain Sarfraz Ahmed is reportedly set to be appointed as the team’s Test skipper following a massive victory against India in ICC Champions Trophy finals. According to reports, Pakistan Cricket Board confirmed the appointment and also added that the decision has been taken and is final. Notably, Sarfraz was appointed as deputy captain the recent West Indies Test tour.
Indian badminton players Kidambi Srikanth, Sai Praneeth and PV Sindhu have advanced to the quarterfinals round Australian Open Super Series tournament on Thursday. Srikanth defeated world number one Son Wan-Ho of South Korea by 15-21, 21-13, 21-13, while Praneeth won 21-15, 18-21, 21-13 against China’s Huang Yuxiang. Notably, PV Sindhu beat Chen Xiaoxin of China 21-13, 21-18 in women’s singles category.
A video of a minor scuffle between the fans of Indian cricket fans and their Pakistani counterpart has gone viral. According to reports, the scuffle reportedly broke out on the streets of London between the two fans after India lost to Pakistan in the 2017 Champions Trophy final. Notably, local police present at the scene, soon stepped in to intervene.
In what can be seen as a new development in the ongoing Anil Kumble saga, various reports have claimed that the legendary bowler's harsh criticism on Indian bowlers after their performance in the Champions Trophy final against Pakistan hastened his resignation. Kumble allegedly told the bowlers that they were no match for former legends of the sport. Notably, Kumble stepped down from the post on Tuesday, revealing that differences with captain Virat Kohli led to the move.
Indian captain Virat Kohli has reportedly deleted his tweet from 2016 welcoming Anil Kumble as coach of the team on Thursday. This comes two days after Anil Kumble announced that Kohli had ‘reservations’ about his coaching style. Notably, Kohli’s deleted tweet said: “looking forward to Kumble's tenure and "great things" were in store for Indian cricket”.
England fast bowler Stuart Broad has reportedly suffered heel injury ahead of South Africa Test series, starting on July 6 at Lord’s. According to reports, the 30-year-old cricketer, while playing a county match, injured his heel after bowling just one over for Nottinghamshire. Notably, the county team coach Peter Moores has said that they would monitor it and look after him.
India cricketer Gautam Gambhir welcomed the birth of his second daughter on Wednesday. Gambhir took to Twitter and shared a picture of the newborn which has garnered a lot of attention on social media. Gambhir wrote, "An angel blessing our family, An angel brightening our lives, Welcome to the world, little angel!".
England thrashed South Africa by nine wickets in the first Twenty20 international at Southampton on Wednesday. South Africa was restricted to 142/3 in the first innings as England reached their target for the loss of only one wicket with 33 balls left. Opener Alex Hales was 47 not out, his unbroken second-wicket stand with Bairstow worth 98 runs.
A top BCCI official has reportedly revealed that Indian skipper Virat Kohli and the team coach Anil Kumble stopped talking to each other since December last year. According to reports, the official also added that they were made to sit across table following ICC Champions Trophy finals and they both agreed that it's not working out.
Indian Women's cricket team skipper Mithali Raj has reportedly said that first target of the team is to reach ICC Women’s World Cup semifinals. According to reports, Raj also added that they must play good cricket throughout the tournament and have good momentum to achieve their target. Notably, the Women’s World Cup starts on Saturday in England.
New Zealand cricketer Luke Ronchi has reportedly announced his retirement from international cricket on Wednesday. The 36-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman had recently played in Champions Trophy and scored 81 runs in three matches. Notably, Ronchi, who had earlier represented the Mumbai Indians in IPL, has said that he would continue to play in the domestic circuit.
Swiss Icon Roger Federer posted his 1,100th ATP Tour win at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle on Wednesday. Federer, who is the top seed in the tournament, has the second most number of ATP Tour wins in tennis history behind Jimmy Connors, beat 66th-ranked Japan's Yuichi Sugita 6-3, 6-1 in 51 minutes to reach the round of sixteen.