Brass statues of football legends Diego Maradona and Cristiano Ronalado will be erected in the popular beach village of Candolim in North Goa to inspire youngsters to take up the game, Goa Deputy Speaker Michael Lobo said on Tuesday.
With their vision set on securing qualification for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, confident Indian men and womens gockey teams on Tuesday left for the 18th Asian Games to be held in Jakarta. While the 18-member women's team will begin their campaign against hosts Indonesia in their opening match in Pool B clash on 19 August, the men's will begin their title defence against Indonesia on 20 August, according to a statement.
Rising leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal says "using the brain more" is important while playing red-ball cricket as batsmen tend to attack the bowlers less in the longer format of the game. Chahal, who returned to the longer format after a gap of two years, finished the two-match four-day India A series against South Africa A with four wickets.
Former England opener Geoffrey Boycott was scathing in his criticism of the Indian team, terming the visitors' batting performance "naive, irresponsible and bordering on stupidity". "So far, the Indian players have let themselves and their supporters down. The batting has been so naive and irresponsible, it has bordered on stupidity. Wafting drives at tempting outswingers is thoughtless," Boycott wrote in his column for the Daily Telegraph.
All-rounder Ben Stokes, who was deemed not guilty of affray charges by a Bristol court on Tuesday, has subsequently been added to the England squad for the third Test starting on Saturday in Nottingham. Owing to this court case, Stokes had missed the second Test at Lord's, which England won by an innings and 159 runs to take a 2-0 series lead.
The beleaguered Indian team on Tuesday received a boost with pacer Jasprit Bumrah being declared fit and available for selection for the third Test against England starting in Nottingham on Saturday. England lead the five-match series 2-0 after convincing wins.
Embattled India captain Virat Kohli called on the fans to back his team following consecutive losses to England in the ongoing Test series, hoping that they "never give up" on the side. "Sometimes we win and other times we learn. You never give up on us and we promise to never give up on you either. Onwards and upwards," read a message on Virat Kohli's official facebook page.
Boxing legend Mike Tyson is all set to set foot on Indian soil for the first time at the launch of the first global team Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) league -- Kumite 1 League on September 29 here. A brainchild of Mohamedali Budhwani, the league is supported by the All India Mixed Martial Arts Federation (AIMMAF) and marks the first time an MMA competition will be contested by teams representing their countries, with India going against UAE in the first Kumite 1 bout at the NSCI Dome here.
India skipper Virat Kohli dropped a spot to No.2 in the latest ICC rankings for Test batsmen, a day after his side slumped to an innings and 159-run loss to England in the Lord's Test. Kohli, who rose to the numero-uno spot by overtaking banned Australian Steve Smith last week, scored 23 and 17 at the home of cricket, even as the visitors succumbed for 107 and 130, to concede a 0-2 lead to the hosts in the five-Test rubber.