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When you have bad patch like that, you do start having doubts: Hesson on Kohli

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Mumbai: A prolonged bad patch can really dent someone’s confidence and it is only human that Virat Kohli also desperately sought some luck which hasn’t gone his way of late, said Royal Challengers Bangalore Director of Cricket Mike Hesson. Kohli finally showed glimpses of his old self with a chiselled 73 in a successful run-chase which kept RCB in the equation for a play-off berth. After having found 13 different ways to get dismissed, Kohli had some rub of the green going his way and it was because he never stopped working hard, opined Hesson. “The fact that he (Virat) was working so hard in the nets and trying to find rhythm away from the playing games, away from the contest, allowed him to keep that confidence up,” Hesson said at post-match post-conference. But having been dismissed che...

Not able to contribute to team’s cause was bothering me, says Kohli

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Mumbai: Virat Kohli has said not being able to contribute to the team’s cause and his failure to live up to his own expectations bothered him the most during his prolonged lean patch in this year’s Indian Premier League. Kohli roared back top form with a 54-ball 73 to help Royal Challengers Bangalore register a thumping eight-wicket win over table-toppers Gujarat Titans and stay alive in the play-off race. “It was an important game. I was disappointed that I haven’t done much for my team and that is what bothers me, not the stats. Today was a game where I was able to create an impact for the team. Puts us in a good position. “There are expectations because of the performances that you have put in. You need to keep the perspective right. You can forget the process in order to live up to the...

Atya Patya C’ship to begin from May 22

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SRINAGAR: Jammu & Kashmir Atya Patya Association is going to conduct 7th J&K Atya Patya championship at Gindun Stadium, Raj Bagh. The two day championship will start from 22nd May. Players from 15 districts of J&K are expected to take part in the championship. The championship will be conducted in three categories viz Sub Junior ( Boys & Girls), Junior ( Boys & Girls) and Senior (Men & Women). The championship is being organized by Jammu & Kashmir Atya Patya Association under the aegis of Atya Patya Federation of India and supported by Jammu & Kashmir Sports Council. KR Desk

SP College Srinagar organizes Annual College Road Race-2022

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SRINAGAR: S.P College Srinagar today organised Annual College Road Race-2022 from Nishat Garden to Naseem Bagh Hazratbal. The race was organised by Department of Physical Education and Sports in Collaboration with College Sports board as per the Annual Sports calendar from the month of May 2022. The race for Boys was flagged off today morning by College Principal, Prof. Khurshid Ahmad Khan, held from Nishat Garden to Naseem Bagh Hazratbal. Around 60 students of the college participated in the run via Foreshore road, Duck Park and Culminated at Naseem Bagh Hazratbal covering a distance of 6 kilometers. Mehraj-u-Din finished first with the timing of 24:5 minutes followed by Suhail Ashraf with the timing of 26:4 minutes Suhail Bashir finished third with the timing of 28:3 minutes. The Prize D...

Royals seek another Buttler show versus CSK to clinch play-off spot

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Mumbai: Having gone off the boil in the last few games, Jos Buttler would be eagerly waiting to pounce on an inexperienced Chennai Super Kings attack in order to clinch a play-off berth for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL here on Friday. A win will take Sanju Samson’s men to 18 points and help them steer clear of any permutations or combinations for a top-four finish. In fact a win will ensure a top-two finish for Royals as they will then enjoy a superior Net Run Rate (NRR) of +0.304 compared to Lucknow Super Giants’ +0.251. In this backdrop, Royals would like to turn the heat on a lacklustre CSK, who can turn out to be ‘party poopers’ in their final game. To prevent that, Buttler, who is currently leading the batters’ chart with 627 runs, will need to do better than register scores of 22, 30,...

CUK’s PE deptt wins T-10 cricket tournament

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Ganderbal: The Physical Education Department of the Central University of Kashmir (CUK) Thursday comprehensively defeated the Department of Zoology, by 33 runs, to win the T-10 Inter-Departmental Cosco Cricket Tournament, at Tulmulla here. Winning the toss, the Zoology Department decided to bowl first. Batting first, the Department of Physical Education scored 108 runs for the loss of seven wickets. Aadil Baba, who batted brilliantly and played some magnificent shots all around the ground, scored 31 runs. From the Zoology Department, Dr. Aquib was the pick of the bowlers claiming three wickets in one over. Chasing the required target, the Department of Zoology were never in the race and were bundled out for 75 runs. Aadil Baba took two crucial wickets to see their team home. And for his al...

29th Federation Cup: Selection trails to be held today

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SRINAGAR: The J&K Tennis Ball Cricket Association is going to conduct day long selection Trails at Gindun Stadium, Rajbagh today (20th May). The selected players will represent J&K in the upcoming 29th Federation Cup Tennis Ball Cricket Championship. The three day championship is scheduled to be held at Anantapuru (A.P) starting from 11thof June. Interested players who are desirous to participate in the selection Trails are directed to report Gindun Stadium Rajbagh Srinagar on the scheduled date at 10:00 am sharp in proper cricket kit to report Ab.Rashid Mobile No. 7006763920.The selecting Players have to borne their expenses from Srinagar to Andhra Pradesh & Back at their own as the said activity is not being sponsored by the J & K Sports Council. The screening of the sele...

I’m actually in the happiest phase of my life, says out-of-form Kohli

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Mumbai: In a declaration that is not commensurate with his current form, Virat Kohli says he is “actually” going through the “happiest phase” of his life, when he is not receptive to either success or failure. He is “not finding any self-worth or value” in what he is doing on the field now, a far cry from the man known for his intensity and passion, things that made him a cricket icon, besides his incredible range of shots with the bat in his pomp. Kohli has not scored a hundred in competitive cricket for nearly three years and current edition of IPL happens to be his worst. “I’m actually in the happiest phase of my life. I am not finding any self-worth or value in what I do on the field. I’m way past that phase. This is a phase of evolution for me,” Kohli told Star Sports. The former Indi...

Umran will be a great bowler for India: Vaas

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Mumbai: Former Sri Lankan pacer Chaminda Vaas reckons rookie speedster Umran Malik, who has thrilled everyone with his pace in the IPL, will become a “great bowler” for India. Playing for the Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL-15, the fast bowler from Jammu has been impressive with his pace and consistently clocked above 150 kmph in the speed gun. He has so far taken 21 wickets, with best figures of 5/25 and is the fourth highest wicket-taker in the tournament. “I think he (Umran) is getting better day by day and I saw him playing in the last IPL as well. He is bowling consistently and accuracy is important when it comes to T20. And he will be a great bowler for India. He will be there with (Jasprit) Bumrah, I guess if India gives him a chance. He will go a long way,” Vaas told reporters here. The...

Laxman likely to coach India on Ireland tour

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New Delhi: National Cricket Academy chief VVS Laxman is likely to coach the Indian team during the two-match series in Ireland next month as it coincides with the Test squad’s preparation in England. Head coach Rahul Dravid will be with the Test squad in England ahead of the series beginning with the one-off Test from July 1. The four-day practice game against Leicester ahead of the Test will be played from June 24-27 and that coincides with the two T20s in Ireland on June 26 and June 28. “In all likelihood, Laxman will be with the T20 squad in Ireland as Dravid will be busy in England with the Test team,” a BCCI source told PTI. A similar situation arose last year when then head coach Ravi Shastri was with the Test team in England and Dravid, who was NCA head at that time, travelled with ...