NEWDELHI: It had been a long wait but Kidambi Srikanth has managed to overcome Chen Long at last since their first meeting in 2014. The Indian shuttler defeated the World and Olympic champion from China, for the first time in six meetings, in the men’s singles final to lift the $750,000 Australian Open Superseries crown in Sydney on Sunday.
Srikanth came out with a brilliant performance to outclass the former World No 1 22-20, 21-16 at the Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre to claim his second successive and overall fourth Superseries crown.
The 24-year-old had already become the first player since Malaysian great Lee Chong Wei in 2015 to reach a hat-trick of Superseries finals. Before the title in Australia, the Gunturborn had also reached the finals in Singapore, which he lost to compatriot B Sai Praneeth in April, and the Indonesia Open final last Sunday, which turned out to be his first Superseries title this year.
But the manner in which Srikanth won on Sunday was stunning. The Indian had managed to win only one game in five previous face-offs against the two-time World champion opponent.
But it was quite evident who the better player was in Australian, although the Chinese gave a tough fight. It must not be forgotten that a player of Chen Long’s calibre has not won a single Superseries event in 2017. Hence, no one would be hungrier than the 28-year-old Chinese.
But that did not bother Srikanth. He matched each step taken by Chen in the final. The court coverage was fantastic as both shuttlers made each other run all around the court.
Yuvraj Singh’s patchy form and fear of inclement weather will be paramount when India take on the West Indies in the second One Day International, here on Sunday . The first ODI was abandoned after 39.2 overs with India reaching 199 for 3 when persistent showers played spoil sport.
Shikhar Dhawan’s 87 and comeback-man Ajinkya Rahane’s 62 were the highlights of the Indian innings. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: The BCCI top brass had an inkling that all was not well but was taken aback that Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble were not on talking terms for the “last six months”.
Another point that has come out was that the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman, also didn’t give the green light to Kumble’s extension.
“There had been reports that the CAC had okayed Kumble’s extension. They had said that Kumble should be retained provided Indies is offering discounts on ticket prices and offer on purchases just to boost the sales.
NEW DELHI: A high-speed bike stunt killed a 15-year-old boy and injured his neighbour in northeast Delhi’s Shastri Park on Sunday morning, an accident that underscores rising fatalities from underage driving.
Mohammad Umar Sheikh was riding a ~1.5-lakh Duke, manufactured by Austrian bike major KTM AG, that his father had gifted him. He was trying to perform wheelies on a public road with 19-year-old neighbour Mohammad Anas as the pillion passenger.
BHOPAL: The Madhya Pradesh police have arrested 15 Muslims and filed sedition charges against them for allegedly celebrating Pakistan’s victory against India in the finals of the Champions Trophy in the state’s Burhanpur district.
The 15 people were arrested on Monday evening on charges of shouting slogans in favour of Pakistan and bursting crackers, police said. The accused would be produced in court on Tuesday. The alleged incident occurred in Mohad, nearly 24 km from the Burhanpur district headquarter.
LONDON: A fearsome burst of pace bowling from Mohammad Amir consigned India to a horror 180 run defeat at The Oval on Sunday as Pakistan won their maiden ICC Champions Trophy title with plenty to spare.
Chasing Pakistan’s 338 for four, India went down without a fight as the defending champions lost three in-form batsmen in the first nine overs. Hasan ‘bomber’ Ali took three wickets for 19 to polish off the Indian tail. Pakistan won with 117 balls to spare.
Hardik Pandya’s 43-ball 76-runs was the alone bright spot in India’s batting, but his run out gave Pakistan an easy passage to victory. Continue reading