IND vs ENG: Ben Stokes Seen Applying Saliva To The Ball, Umpire Has A Word With Him | Cricket News

IND vs ENG: Ben Stokes was seen applying saliva to the ball on Day 1 of third Test.© BCCI

England all-rounder Ben Stokes was seen applying saliva on the ball on the opening day of the day-night third Test against India in Ahmedabad on Wednesday, following which the ball had to be sanitised. The incident took place at the end of the 12th over when Stokes was seen using saliva to shine the ball, prompting umpire Nitin Menon to have a chat with him. The ball was subsequently sanitised. The International Cricket Council (ICC) had banned the use of saliva to shine the ball due to the COVID-19 pandemic in June last year.

As per the ICC’s COVID-19 regulations, a team can be issued up to two warnings per innings but repeated use of saliva on the ball will result in a five-run penalty to the batting side.

Whenever saliva is applied to the ball, the umpires have to clean it before play recommences.

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Sakshi Malik Named In India's Final Matteo Pellicone Squad | Wrestling News

The final Indian squad for the 2021 International Ranking Series Tournament ”Matteo Pellicone” in Free Style, Greco Roman Style and Women Wrestling has been announced. Sakshi Malik has been included in the women’s team. The tournament will take place in Rome from March 4 to 7. Sakshi was initially left out of the squad, but she later requested the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) to add her to the squad. Sakshi’s request has been accepted by the federation, but she will have to bear her own expenses. The 34-member team also includes Deepak Punia, Bajrang Punia, and Vinesh Phogat.

The Free Style Wrestling Team: Ravi Kumar (57 Kg), Pankaj (57 Kg), Bajrang (65 Kg), Rohit (65 Kg), Vishal Kaliraman (70 Kg), Sandeep Singh Mann (74 Kg), Narsingh Yadav (74 Kg), Jitender (74 Kg), Rahul Rathi (79 Kg), Deepak Punia (86 Kg), Parveen Chahar (86 Kg), Praveen (92 Kg), Satywart Kadian (97 Kg), Sumit (125 Kg).


Greco Roman Style Wrestling Team: Arjun Halakurki (55 Kg), Manish (60 Kg), Neeraj (63 Kg), Gaurav Duhoon (67 Kg), Kuldeep Malik (72 Kg), Gurpreet Singh (77 Kg), Harpreet Singh (82 Kg), Sunil Kumar (87 Kg), Deepanshu (97 Kg), Naveen (130 Kg).

Women Wrestling Team: Meenakshi (50 Kg), Vinesh (53 Kg), Nandini Bajirao Salokhe (53 Kg), Anshu (57 Kg), Sarita (59 Kg), Sonam (62 Kg), Sakshi Malik (62 Kg), Nisha (65 Kg), Anita (68 Kg), Kiran (76 Kg).

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IND vs ENG: England Players Disappointed After Soft Signal 'Out' For A Catch Overturned By Third Umpire. Watch | Cricket News

An on-field soft signal of ‘Out’ was overturned by the third umpire on Day 1 of the third Test between India and England, a decision that left England players disappointed. A delivery from Stuart Broad in the second over of the second innings took opening batsman Shubman Gill’s outside edge and landed in Ben Stokes’ hands in the slips. England appealed and the on-field umpire Anil Chaudhary referred the decision to the third umpire to check for a clean catch. The on-field umpire’s soft signal was ‘Out.’

However, on replays it appeared that while Stokes had grabbed the ball initially, he had indeed grassed it while he was in the act of completing the catch.

The ball was gripped precariously in Stokes’ palm in the right hand but there was conclusive evidence for the third umpire to deduce that the ball had touched the ground before the catch was completed.

When the decision of ‘Not Out’ flashed on the big screen, Stokes, Broad and England captain Joe Root had different reactions.

While Stokes seemed to take it in his stride, smiling after the decision was made, Root and Broad were involved in animated discussions with umpire Anil Chaudhary.

Broad seemed particularly disappointed as he shook his head after breaking away from the umpire as well as at the start of the next over.


India captain Virat Kohli was bemused as well, reacting animatedly to the decision.

Some of the commentators on air at the time, including former India captain Sunil Gavaskar, agreed with the third umpire’s decision even as play went on.

Earlier on Day 1, England were bowled out for 112 runs as Axar Patel took 6 for 38 and Ravichandran Ashwin returned three wickets.

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IND vs ENG: Sachin Tendulkar Hails Ishant Sharma's 100th Test As "Great Landmark" | Cricket News

Sachin Tendulkar on Wednesday lauded Ishant Sharma ahead of his 100th Test, and said playing that many matches of the game’s most challenging format is a great landmark for any cricketer, most of all for a fast bowler. Ishant, 32, is only the second Indian fast bowler after the great Kapil Dev to feature in 100 Test matches. “Playing 100 Tests is a great landmark for any cricketer, especially a fast bowler. Have seen you play from your U-19 days & played alongside you in your 1st Test. Proud of you & your service to #TeamIndia,” Tendulkar tweeted.

“Continue to serve in the best possible manner. Congrats,” the former cricketer added.

During the first Test against England earlier this month in Chennai, Ishant became the sixth Indian and third pacer from India to take 300 wickets in Test cricket, joining legendary former captains Kapil Dev and Anil Kumble.

Speaking on Star Sports show Cricket Connected about Ishant, former India pacer Ashish Nehra called it a “big achievement” while analysing the changes he has brought about in his bowling to become successful.

“Not only any Indian fast bowler, but any fast bowler playing 100 Test matches is a big achievement. When people talk about Ishant Sharma’s length, yes, he has altered his length, which is very important in Test cricket.”

“Plus, he is the same old Ishant Sharma, the ball is coming into right-handers, which is really important for him, bowling around the stumps,” Nehra said.

“Earlier, he used to bowl only over the stumps, but still the ball was not going away nicely against left-handers or you can say when right-handers are batting coming in nicely.”

Ishant has 11 five-wicket hauls and picked up 10 wickets in a match once. The lanky pacer’s spell to former Australia captain Ricky Ponting during his teenage years, is still discussed in Indian cricketing circles.

Analysing Ishant’s bowling a bit more, Nehra said, “From the last 18 to 24 months, even around the stumps, forget over the stumps, the ball is going away nicely to the left-handed batsmen.”


“This shows that he is thinking about his game, looking to add new things, and the results have gone in his favour. It’s a great thing for India!”

Ishant, who made his Test debut back in 2007 against Bangladesh, missed the four-match Test series against Australia due to a side strain and came back for the challenge against England.

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IND vs ENG: Virat Kohli Hilariously Imitates Steve Smith At The Nets. Watch | Cricket News

IND vs ENG: Virat Kohli was seen shaking his bat in a manner similar to that of Steve Smith.© Twitter

Team India skipper Virat Kohli imitated Australian batsman Steve Smith’s style of batting during a net session. Kohli was seen shaking his bat after defending a delivery, in a manner similar to that of Smith whose unorthodox reactions are quite well-known. The cricketer’s hilarious imitation was captured in a video posted by a fan, on social media platform Twitter. “@imVkohli imitating Steve Smith !! #INDvsENG_2021,” read the caption on the tweet comprising of the video. The 32-year-old’s net session took place before the ongoing third Test against England, at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.

Indian fast bowler Ishant Sharma who was selected in the hosts’ line-up for the third Test, is currently playing his 100th Test. Ishant was felicitated by President Ram Nath Kovind and Home Minister Amit Shah, before the start of the opening day’s play in Ahmedabad. 

The pacer is the most capped Test player in Team India’s squad for the third Test. He made his debut in the longest format of the game in 2007, recently crossing the milestone of 300 Test wickets. Ishant is only the third Indian pacer after Kapil Dev and Zaheer Khan to account for more than 300 Test dismissals. 


The four-match Test series between India and England is currently drawn level at 1-1, with both teams winning a game apiece. 

The final Test of the series will be played at the same venue.

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IND vs ENG: Ishant Sharma Felicitated By President Ram Nath Kovind, Home Minister Amit Shah Ahead Of His 100th Test | Cricket News

IND vs ENG: Ishant Sharma was felicitated by President Ram Nath Kovind ahead of his 100th Test.© BCCI

India fast bowler Ishant Sharma, who played his 100th Test today, was felicitated by President Ram Nath Kovind and Home Minister Amit Shah before the start of play in the third Test between India and England in Ahmedabad. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) posted a video on social media where President Kovind is seen presenting Ishant with a memento to mark the occasion followed by Amit Shah presenting the pacer with another – a cap to mark his 100th Test appearance. Ishant, 32, is the most capped Test player in the Indian squad for this Test and he has 303 wickets to his name. 

After commemorating Ishant on this milestone, President Kovind and Amit Shah met all members of the Indian squad as captain Virat Kohli did the introductions on the team’s behalf. 

The introductions were socially-distanced as the players greeted the dignitaries from a distance with folded hands even as President Kovind and Amit Shah walked along the boundary line outside the field of play. 

The four-match series is tied 1-1 at this stage and the final two Tests will be played in Ahmedabad at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera that was rechristened as Narendra Modi Stadium, named after the Prime Minister of India, ahead of this match. 


Ishant, who made his Test debut in 2007, crossed the milestone of 300 Test wickets in the first Test in Chennai. 

He became only the third Indian pacer after Kapil Dev and Zaheer Khan to take more than 300 wickets.

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Motera Cricket Stadium Inaugurated By President Ram Nath Kovind, To Be Called Narendra Modi Stadium | Cricket News

Motera cricket stadium was renamed as Narendra Modi stadium on Wednesday.© Twitter

President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the newly revamped Motera cricket Stadium in Ahmedabad, which has been renamed Narendra Modi Stadium, on Wednesday. Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju, Home Minister Amit Shah along with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah were also present at the event in the capital of Gujarat. The Narendra Modi stadium — the largest cricket ground in the world with a capacity of 1,10,000 — will host its first international stadium on Wednesday, when India will take on England in the Day-Night Test.

The stadium will be a part of the planned Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Sports Enclave in the city.

“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,” Home Minister Amit Shah said at the event.

“Ahmedabad will be known as the ‘sports city’ of India,” he added.


“Not just for cricket but it’s a proud moment for India. Besides being the largest cricket stadium, it’s also one of the most modern stadiums in the world,” Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said earlier.

“As children, we used to dream about the world’s largest stadium in India. And now as sports minister, my happiness knows no bounds that this has finally happened,” he had said.

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IND vs ENG, Day-Night Test: Sourav Ganguly Feels India Favourites To Win 3rd Test Against England | Cricket News

India leveled the four-match series with a thumping win in Chennai in the 2nd Test against England.© BCCI

Ahead of the pink-ball Test against England, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly said that the hosts are favourites to win the match, set to begin on Wednesday. “Indian cricket has changed a lot and our cricketers have done so well. I am sure if we play well, we are going to win it. I generally don’t predict but I feel India is favourite here,” Ganguly told ANI. High on confidence after thrashing England in the second Test in Chennai, the Virat Kohli-led Indian team will look to keep the winning momentum going when they take the field in the pink-ball Test. A win will take them one step closer to a spot in the final of the maiden World Test Championship.

Ganguly also said that pink-ball Test is the future of Test cricket. “Pink-ball Test is the future of Test cricket. I remember when we hosted the pink-ball Test vs Bangladesh in Kolkata, it was a jam-packed stadium and the crowd also loved it. Cricketers also enjoy it, so I feel the pink-ball test has a long way to go,” the BCCI president stated.

The Motera is now the world’s largest cricket stadium with a capacity of 1,32,000 spectators. While most cricket grounds are built round in shape, the Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad is oval. And the reason behind that is to ensure that the size of the boundary remains the same irrespective of the pitch on which a match is being played. There are a total of 11 pitches on the ground — six are of red soil and five of black soil.


Commenting on the stadium, Ganguly said: “It’s really a big day for the Indian cricket. Having such kind of facility is something which itself is saying everything. Motera Stadium is going to create history. We have many upcoming international tournaments and I am sure we’ll stage many matches here, it’s a fantastic stadium.”

India needs to win the ongoing series by at least a margin of 2-1 to make the finals of the WTC, but if the side loses another game, Kohli and boys are out of the WTC contention. On the other hand, England has to win both the remaining matches to qualify for the WTC finals and if the series ends in a 1-1 or 2-2 draw, then Australia would make the finals of the WTC.

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India vs England 3rd Test Live Cricket Score: India, England Face Pink-Ball Challenge At Motera | Cricket News

IND vs ENG Live: India and England come into the match with the series tied at 1-1.© Instagram

India and England are set to begin the third Test at the Motera stadium in Ahmedabad, with the series finely poised at 1-1. This will be the first international match at the Motera since its renovation and also the second Day-Night Test to be held in India. England took the lead in the series at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, but India fought back in the second Test — also at the same venue — to level the four-match series. Defeat for India would see them out of contention for the World Test Championship final. India pacer Ishant Sharma is set to make his 100th Test appearance. England will be without Moeen Ali, who was their best bowler in the last match, as he has flown back. Umesh Yadav has been added to India’s squad after he passed a fitness test. (LIVE SCORECARD)

3rd Test, Day 1 LIVE UPDATES Between India (IND) vs England (ENG), Straight From Motera Stadium, Ahmedabad

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Shorter, Convenient Quarantine Being Planned For Shooting World Cup: Kiren Rijiju | Shooting News

A shorter and convenient quarantine period will be put in place for next month’s shooting World Cup, Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju has promised in order to not discourage international shooters from competing at the event. The ISSF Combined World Cup will be held in New Delhi from March 18 to 29 with shooters from more than 40 countries, including UK and Brazil, taking part in the event. “I have already assured that India will conduct international tournaments in such a way that COVID protocols will be followed but foreign players will not be staying in long quarantine and will not be discouraged to participate,” Rijiju said after visiting the new Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad.

Recently, a request was placed before the ministry that shooters be exempted from hard quarantine of 14 days and foreign delegates be given vaccine shots on priority.

Rijiju made it clear that providing vaccine shots falls in the domain of the health ministry but they will ensure that participants do not feel any inconvenience.

“If our players are also stuck for 14-15 days in quarantine, they would also not be comfortable. So what we are planning is that all delegates coming from outside will have to get themselves tested before arriving and we will test them again upon their arrival at the airport. We will do it in such a way that it is convenient for them,” Rijiju said.

Asked when will the process of giving vaccine shots to India’s Olympic-bound athletes begin, the minister said as of now the government’s priority is COVID warriors.

“COVID vaccine is something which Health Ministry has to decide and it has already been decided that it has to begin with COVID warriors. They have to be safe first, the doctors, nurses, security officers. After this, players and others will come.”

“Obviously, the Tokyo-bound athletes, technical teams like coaching staff, trainers will be given priority but overall priority lies with home ministry and PM office. Athletes are definitely sports ministry’s priority.”

The National Sports Development Code 2011 is currently governing the National Sports Federations but Rijiju insisted that it needs to be modified as per the needs of today’s times.

“There is a sports code, but we want to form a new code that takes care of the requirement of the present times. We want to change certain provisions that are not taking care of many sport that are of different nature.”

“Like golf and boxing can’t be same. And for example, (if) union territories (want) to have national federations which may not be possible for some. Sports like golf, equestrian, ice hockey and skiing are some disciplines which can’t be played in every state,” he said.

“You need club culture for equestrian and skiing can’t be played everywhere. Sports code does not define all this, it just says how an NSF can be formed. A few things need to be changed. We are still deliberating over it. Rules need to be changed with times,” he said.

Rijiju’s comment has come at a time when the sports ministry is locked in a legal battle in the Delhi High Court, where it is defending a relaxation clause with regards to NSFs’ recognition, which has been challenged.

The Centre last week had told the Delhi High Court that it has the executive powers to relax the provisions of the sports code, with regard to grant of recognition to national sports federations.

Advocate Rahul Mehra, who filed the application, has claimed that by introducing the relaxation clause, the ministry was trying to “negate” or “nullify” the court’s orders to ensure the federations comply with the code before they are granted recognition.

The ministry, in its reply filed through the central government contended that there was “no overreach” on its part when it passed the order on February 1.

In its affidavit, the ministry has said that the power of relaxation would be “exercised as a special exemption where considered necessary and expedient for the promotion of sports, sportspersons” and would always be guided by the sports code.


Rijiju also said that a sports facility will be named after wrestler KD Jadhav, independent India’s first Olympic medallist, his remark coming at a time when there is a demand that the bronze medal winner at the 1952 Helsinki Games be honoured with the Padma Shri.

“We have already decided that a sports facility will be named after him or a new centre will be created in his honour,” he said.

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