India vs England, 1st ODI: As It Happened

first_imgHello and welcome to our Live blog of the first one-day international between India and England in Pune. Stay tuned as we bring you all the latest updates. (LIVE SCORECARD | BALL-BY-BALL UPDATES)India Innings:India (356/7) beat England (350/7) by 3 wickets, take 1-0 series lead. Kohli 122, Jadhav 120, Pandya 40*, Ball 3/67  That is how you finish things off. In style! #TeamIndia go 1-0 up in the series @Paytm #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/BAAtZemVtG BCCI (@BCCI) January 15, 2017What a run chase from India! They have scaled a gigantic target to go 1-0 up in the 3-match ODI series. They stuttered early on in the chase but the superlative 200-run partnership between Kohli and Jadhav brought back on the track. Things got tensed towards the end when both these batsmen got out, but India’s lower order batsmen held their nerves and dragged the home team beyond the finish line. Hardik Pandya towards the end showed great maturity and Ashwin sealed the deal with a biggie.That will do! Ashwin says even I want to chip one and sends this loopy ball down the ground over long on for a maximum. A glory finish to an emphatic chase. INDIA WIN BY 3 WICKETS! Kohli is all smiles and he would be happy about the fact that his side hasn’t let him down and have taken India over the line. Customary handshakes all around.21.33 IST: Moeen to Ashwin, SIX!! That’s it, India have pulled off a magnificent run chase thanks to Kohli (122) and Jadhav (120).India win an absorbing 1st ODI by 3 wickets with 11 balls remaining #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/rcyiEJ9gU8advertisement England Cricket (@englandcricket) January 15, 201721.29 IST: Virat Kohli played an unbelievable shot tonight in the midst of a tense run chase in Pune.21.15 IST: Ball to Jadeja, OUT!! Big blow for the hosts as Jadeja falls against the run of play with India 318/7 vs England (350/7), need 33 from 35 balls.WICKET! Ball gets his 3rd! Jadeja gone for 13 & we’re right back in this – come on lads!India 318-7, chasing 351, 35 balls left #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/VAfzQL6Qys England Cricket (@englandcricket) January 15, 201721.01 IST: India reach 300/6 in 41.1 overs, need 51 runs more to win from 53 balls. Pandya 12*, Jadeja 5*20.51 IST: Ball to Jadhav, OUT!! A body blow in the chase for India! Jadhav was struggling with cramps and now has got out. Ball digs in a short ball on middle and off, Jadhav swivels with the pull shot and hits it over square leg. But there isn’t enough distance behind the shot and Stokes grabs the catch at deep square leg. The local lad walks back after playing an outstanding knock. India 291/6 vs England (350/7), need 60 to win from 61 balls. WICKET! Jake Ball’s shorter delivery accounts for Jadhav, caught Stokes in the deep for 120India 291-6 chasing 351. Game back on? #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/VsUhtjTX5W England Cricket (@englandcricket) January 15, 201720.46 IST: Stokes to Jadhav, FOUR!!1st ODI. 38.3: B Stokes to K Jadhav (118), 4 runs, 286/5 https://t.co/WxGh1oC7Ms @Paytm #IndvEng BCCI (@BCCI) January 15, 201720.42 IST: Ball to Jadhav, SIX!! Cramps or no cramps, nothing is going to stop Jadhav tonight. India 277/5, need 74 runs from 72 balls. 1st ODI. 37.6: J Ball to K Jadhav (114), 6 runs, 277/5 https://t.co/WxGh1oC7Ms @Paytm #IndvEng BCCI (@BCCI) January 15, 201720.41 IST: Kedar Jadhav is struggling with cramps and is unable to run now. But he’s still hanging in there and not going off the field with India still needing 80 runs from 73 balls.20.32 IST: Stokes to Kohli, OUT!! Got him! Yes, England have got the big fish here and that too at the right time! Back of a length ball outside off, Kohli is early into the shot as he slices it towards extra cover. Rashid from mid off comes in but David Willey comes across to his right from covers and pouches it safely. Virat Kohli walks back but not before setting it up for his mates. Ind 263/5, need 88 runs from 82 balls20.29 IST: Kedar Jadhav scores second hundred as India reach 261/4 vs England (350/7), needing 90 more runs to win from 85 ballsAfter the captain, @JadhavKedar joined the century wagon. How good has this knock been @Paytm #TeamIndia #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/VvINcSpOuh BCCI (@BCCI) January 15, 2017Well batted Kedar Jadhav – 2nd ODI century from just 65 balls. India are 261-4 chasing 351 #INDvENGLive blog: https://t.co/ARc1orBai5 pic.twitter.com/eEbNTVfkEH England Cricket (@englandcricket) January 15, 201720.26 IST: This is how King Kohli got to his 27th ODI hundred. And King @imVkohli starts off the series with a bang! The magic wand continues to weave, this time in Pune #TeamIndia @Paytm #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/P20vBXERoZadvertisement BCCI (@BCCI) January 15, 201720.15 IST: India 232/4 vs England (350/7), need 119 more runs from 17 overs. Kohli 106*, Jadhav 88*20.05 IST: Woakes to Kohli, SIX!! Straight down the ground!! Virat Kohli slams 27th hundred as India reach 229/4 vs Eng (351), needing 122 more runs to win. Kohli equals Sachin Tendulkar’s record with 17th ton in a run chaseWell batted @imVkohli – 27th ODI century from 93 balls. India are 229-4 – chasing 351 #INDvENGFollow LIVE: https://t.co/ARc1orBai5 pic.twitter.com/ZvZeewx7se England Cricket (@englandcricket) January 15, 201719.55 IST:  India 205/4 in 29.4 overs, need 146 runs from 182 balls. Kohli 94*, Jadhav 73* 19.44 IST: Moeen to Jadhav, FOUR! India 181/4, need 170 runs more from 23 ovs. Kohli 77*, Jadhav 66*1st ODI. 26.6: M Ali to K Jadhav (66), 4 runs, 181/4 https://t.co/WxGh1oC7Ms @Paytm #IndvEng BCCI (@BCCI) January 15, 201719.37 IST: Moeen to Jadhav, FOUR!! India 165/4 in 25 overs, need 180 runs in 25 overs. Kohli 67*, Jadhav 60*19.28 IST: Kedar Jadhav gets to his fifty in just 29 balls. The local lad gets a warm round of applause. Full floated ball on off, Kedar plays it with soft hands to square leg for a run. Handy knock but he needs to carry on and support his skipper. India 148/4 in 22.1 ovs, need 203 runs. This is Jadhav’s first half-century in ODI cricket, he has a highest score of 105* which he scored against Zimbabwe in Harare in 2015.And, how good have these two been? Fifty for @JadhavKedar who is giving captain @imVkohli good company #TeamIndia @Paytm #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/co4i7BWKvB BCCI (@BCCI) January 15, 201719.20 IST: India 132/4 in 20 ovs vs England (350/7), need 219 more. Kohli 55*, Jadhav 39*. Stand: 69 (49)19.11 IST: Virat Kohli gets to his 39th ODI half-century. Drags his length short and lands it on middle, Kohli goes deep inside the crease and pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs. Huge cheer from the crowd as the Indian skipper reaches his fifty! India need to bat as long as possible. India 112/4 in 17.2 ovs, need 239 runs more to win.19.04 IST: Rashid to Jadhav, FOUR!! 100 comes up for India thanks to a smashing four from Jadhav. Ind 102/4 in 16 ovs, need 249 more runs to win.1st ODI. 15.5: A Rashid to K Jadhav (20), 4 runs, 101/4 https://t.co/WxGh1oC7Ms @Paytm #IndvEng BCCI (@BCCI) January 15, 201718.54 IST: India 94/4 in 15 overs vs England (350/7), need 257 runs more to win from 35 overs. Kohli 42*, Jadhav 15*.18.44 IST: Ball to Dhoni, OUT!! Top edge! Another one bites the dust and the Indians are going nowhere in the chase. Ball bowls a back of a length ball on middle, Dhoni was a step out of his crease and looks to pull this. The ball climbs on Dhoni and cramps his for room. He however has no option but has to go after it. Top edge squirts up towards the on side and David Willey from mid on settles under it. India 63/4 in 11.5 overs, 288 needed from 229 ballsWICKET! Jake Ball has MS Dhoni caught at midwicket for 6! England very much on top here… ???India 63-4 chasing 351 #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/KXvE59ChCD England Cricket (@englandcricket) January 15, 201718.36 IST: Stokes to Yuvraj, OUT!! Stokes strikes! Once again he bowls a length delivery down the leg side, asking Yuvi to fiddle with it. He does so and pays the price for the same. Edges one and Buttler behind the stumps swiftly moves to his right to pouch a regulation catch. They appeal and keep on appealing and the umpire after taking his time raises his finger. Yuvraj falls after a promising start. Ind 56/3in 10.2 ovsadvertisementWICKET! Ben Stokes gets Yuvraj Singh caught behind for 15! India are 56-3 chasing 351… #INDvENGLive: https://t.co/ARc1orBai5 pic.twitter.com/ovlJcoMg4A England Cricket (@englandcricket) January 15, 201718.32 IST: Ball to Kohli, SIX!! Risky shot from Kohli but he collects another six runs. India 50/2 in 9.4 ovs 1st ODI. 9.3: J Ball to V Kohli (25), 6 runs, 49/2 https://t.co/WxGh1oC7Ms @Paytm #IndvEng BCCI (@BCCI) January 15, 201718.24 IST: Willey to Yuvraj, FOUR!! That made a cracking sound of the bat! Kohli admires it as well. Certainly will tell you Yuvraj’s confidence. Willey goes short again and Yuvraj doesn’t miss out this time. Just like the first ball of the over he connects one again and sends it on the bounce towards mid-wicket for a boundary. 10 off the over. India 42/2 in 8 overs1st ODI. 7.6: D Willey to Y Singh (10), 4 runs, 42/2 https://t.co/WxGh1oC7Ms @Paytm #IndvEng BCCI (@BCCI) January 15, 201718.20 IST: Willey to Yuvraj, SIX!! Pulled away in style! A length ball on off and comes up at a nice height too. Yuvraj Singh stands put and deposits this with a pull over mid-wicket for half a dozen. He played well in the first warm-up game against England, can he do the same tonight?1st ODI. 7.1: D Willey to Y Singh (6), 6 runs, 38/2 https://t.co/WxGh1oC7Ms @Paytm #IndvEng BCCI (@BCCI) January 15, 201718.18 IST: Woakes to Kohli, ANOTHER FOUR!!1st ODI. 6.5: C Woakes to V Kohli (18), 4 runs, 32/2 https://t.co/WxGh1oC7Ms @Paytm #IndvEng BCCI (@BCCI) January 15, 201718.18 IST: Woakes to Kohli, FOUR!! 1st ODI. 6.4: C Woakes to V Kohli (14), 4 runs, 28/2 https://t.co/WxGh1oC7Ms @Paytm #IndvEng BCCI (@BCCI) January 15, 201718.14 IST: Willey to Rahul, OUT!! Terrific delivery from Willey uproots Rahul’s middle stump. Yuvraj Singh is the next man in. India 24/2 in 5.5 oversWICKET! Yes @david_willey! He clatters Rahul’s stumps with an absolute beauty! ???Rahul goes for 8 & India are 24-2 #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/wGJWgrgSbM England Cricket (@englandcricket) January 15, 201718.11 IST: Kohli comes down the pitch and whacks Willey for a huge SIX!! Good length delivery, angling in, Kohli comes down the track, gets to the pitch and pulls it with all timing over mid-wicket. Terrific connection he made and got the desired result. This gets the crowd going as well. Ind 21/1 in 5.1 ovs 18.09 IST: Pressure building on India as they reach 14/1 in 5 overs vs England (350/7). Rahul 8*, Kohli 1* 18.04 IST: Willey to Dhawan, OUT! Dhawan slices the ball straight to Moeen at third man, who latches on to the catch on his third attempt. India 13/1 in 4 overs. The new appointed skipper, Virat Kohli arrives at number 3. Big hopes are pinned on his shoulders in this massive chase. Can he deliver?1st ODI. 3.6: WICKET! S Dhawan (1) is out, c Moeen Ali b David Willey, 13/1 https://t.co/WxGh1oC7Ms @Paytm #IndvEng BCCI (@BCCI) January 15, 201718.01 IST: Willey to Dhawan, comes down the pitch and plays an uppish drive over the gully fielder and takes a single to get off the mark.17.55 IST: David Willey concedes 7 runs from his first over. India 9/0 in 2 overs. Rahul 5*, Dhawan 0*17.51 IST: Willey to Rahul, FOUR!! Rahul gets off the mark in style.1st ODI. 1.2: D Willey to L Rahul (4), 4 runs, 7/0 https://t.co/WxGh1oC7Ms @Paytm #IndvEng BCCI (@BCCI) January 15, 201717.50 IST: Good start from Chris Woakes, gives away just two runs. India 2/0 in 1 over17.45 IST: India all set for a mammoth run chase. KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan have come out to open the innings. Rahul will take first strike against Chris Woakes.England 350/7 in 50 overs vs India. Root 78, Roy 73, Stokes 62, Pandya 2/46, Bumrah 2/79. This is England’s highest score against India 17.04 IST: Bumrah to D Willey, A bye to end the innings! 12 off the final over, 105 from last 8, informs Nasser Hussain on air, phew! A low full toss angled across, Willey misses to put bat on ball and they look to steal a bye. Dhoni underarms it towards the striker’s end but misses the shy. ENGLAND FINISH ON 350/7!England in the last…last 5 ov: 65/2last 8 ov: 105/2last 10 ov: 115/3#IndvEng Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) January 15, 2017Roy, Root & Stokes fire England to 350-7 – our highest-ever ODI total in India! #INDvENGFollow the reply: https://t.co/ARc1orBai5 pic.twitter.com/WFJq2tsFV6 England Cricket (@englandcricket) January 15, 2017Powerful batting show by England! They have notched up their highest ODI total against India and it’s a monumental task in front of the home team now. The English batting initiated superbly after put into bat and Jason Roy, in particular, looked in fine touch. His innings, however, was cut short as India tried to claw their way back.Joe Root then took the command of the innings in his hands and stroked a fluent 78. He was involved in few useful partnerships with Roy, Morgan, Buttler and Stokes. 17.01 IST: England 339/7 in 49.1 overs. This is England’s highest score against India.16.58 IST: Umesh uproots Moeen’s off-stump with a fantastic yorker. Eng 336/7 in 48.4 ovs, Woakes 6*WICKET Moeen Ali hits 28 off 17 before falling to an Umesh Yadav yorker. ENG 336-7 (48.4) #INDvENGLive: https://t.co/ARc1orBai5 England Cricket (@englandcricket) January 15, 201716.50 IST: Bumrah to Stokes, WICKET!! Bumrah removes Stokes for 62. England 317/6 in 47.1 overs vs India. Moeen 19*, Bumrah 2/59WICKET Stokes’ brilliant innings comes to an end – ct by Yadav off Bumrah for 62. ENG 317-6 (47.1) #INDvENGLive: https://t.co/ARc1orBai5 England Cricket (@englandcricket) January 15, 201716.49 IST: Umesh Yadav concedes 20 runs in the 47th over as England reach 317/5. Stokes 62*, Moeen 19*16.42 IST: Ben Stokes brings up his seventh ODI half-century with a six off Bumrah. Eng 296/5 in 45.4 ovsBrilliant from @benstokes38! ??? 50 up from just 33 balls!England are 296-5 (45.4) #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/EdaR9526jW England Cricket (@englandcricket) January 15, 201716.37 IST: Stokes (42*) and Moeen (9*) have hammered 30 runs in the last two overs. England 285/5 in 45 ovs16.22 IST: Bumrah to Root, OUT!! Bumrah deceives Root (78 off 95 balls) with a slower delivery as he holes out at long-on. Eng 244/5 in 41.4 oversWICKET Root is caught in the deep by Pandya off Bumrah & goes for 78. ENG 244-5 (41.4) #INDvENGLive: https://t.co/ARc1orBai5 England Cricket (@englandcricket) January 15, 201716.07 IST: Pandya to Buttler, OUT! England are four wickets down now as Buttler departs for 31. Eng 220/4 in 37.5 oversWICKET Jos Buttler goes for 31 – caught at mid-off by Dhawan off Pandya’s bowling. ENG 220-4 (37.5) #INDvENGLive: https://t.co/ARc1orBai5 England Cricket (@englandcricket) January 15, 201716.01 IST: Jadeja (1/50) finishes his quota of 10 overs. Eng 211/3 in 36 overs. Root 66*, Buttler 24*15.53 IST: Meanwhile, as players take a drinks break you go ahead and check out India captain Virat Kohli’s latest interview on bcci.tv15.47 IST: Pandya to Root, takes a single and brings up his 18th ODI fifty in 72 balls. Eng 188/3 in 32.3 overs vs India Roooooooooot! 5??0?? up! ???Joe Root reaches his 18th ODI half-ton off 72 balls & England are 188-3 (32.3) #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/6Xi5d3uJvo England Cricket (@englandcricket) January 15, 201715.44 IST: Jadeja to Buttler, SIX! Buttler ruins a good over from Jadeja by smacking the last ball over long-off. Eng 184/3 in 32 overs1st ODI. 31.6: R Jadeja to J Buttler (16), 6 runs, 184/3 https://t.co/WxGh1oC7Ms @Paytm #IndvEng BCCI (@BCCI) January 15, 201715.31 IST: Attendance at the Pune stadium today is 37,500.#TeamIndia’s first international match of 2017 and fans have come out in large numbers for the 1st ODI of @Paytm series. #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/zDpLIYWhfv BCCI (@BCCI) January 15, 201715.25 IST: Jos Buttler is the new man in15.25 IST: Pandya to Morgan, OUT!! Good review from India as Pandya removes Morgan for 28, caught behind to Dhoni. Eng 157/3in 27 oversWICKET Morgan feathers one to Dhoni off Pandya & is given out after review for 28. ENG 157-3 (27) #INDvENGLive: https://t.co/ARc1orBai5 England Cricket (@englandcricket) January 15, 201715.24 IST: Pandya to Morgan, huge appeal for caught behind but umpire says not out. India take a review15.13 IST: Pandya to Morgan, FOUR!! Easy pickings! Short of a length ball, angling down, Morgan shuffles a touch and pulls it fine down the leg side for a boundary. Eng 150/2 in 25 overs1st ODI. 24.5: H Pandya to E Morgan (25), 4 runs, 149/2 https://t.co/WxGh1oC7Ms @Paytm #IndvEng BCCI (@BCCI) January 15, 201715.01 IST: SIX! Morgan hits Ashwin out of the park for the first maximum of the match. ENG 126/2 in 22 overs 14.49 IST: OUT! Stumped! Jadeja bowls it quicker through the air around off, Roy comes down the track to get to the pitch but the ball sneaks through his bat and pad and MS Dhoni collects it cleanly and then whips the bails off. A much-needed breakthrough for the Indians as Roy was looking threatening out there. ENG 108/2 in 18.3 overs. Eoin Morgan walks in next!14.41 IST: India need to be watchful here. This England side can bat well and bat deep. ENG 99/1 in 17 overs14.26 IST: FOUR! Innovative! Loopy full ball on off, Root premeditates his shot this time and reverse paddles it over the keeper for a boundary. ENG 82/1 in 13 overs14.24 IST: FOUR! Fine shot! Bumrah offers width and serves it short outside off, Roy goes on his back foot and spanks it through point for a boundary. ENG 77/1 in 12 overs14.20 IST: Time for spin as Ravindra Jadeja is asked to roll his arm. A slip is in place for him. ENG 72/1 in 11 overs14.19 IST: FOUR! Jason Roy hits 50 off 36 balls. That’s put away nicely! Short of a length ball on off, Roy rides the bounce and nails his pull shot over square leg for a boundary. Races to his fifty and raises his bat. Top knock so far! Sixth ODI fifty for Roy. ENG 67/1 in 9.5 overs 14.17 IST: FOUR! What a shot! Roy is in his zone. A fractionally over-pitched ball on middle from Bumrah, Roy just presents a straight bat and caresses it down the ground for a boundary. Didn’t try to hit it hard, just timed it.14.15 IST: FOUR! Roy is batting beautifully here. Umesh’s line has been very straight and Jason has punished him every time. On a length around middle, Roy gets back and closes the face of the bat to ease it through backward square leg for a boundary. ENG 57/1 in 9 overs14.14 IST: FOUR! Short delivery, too straight in line from Umesh, Roy gets on top of the bounce and pulls it fine down the leg side for a boundary.14.04 IST: FOUR! Superb shot! Umesh Yadav is once again too straight in his line, on middle and leg, Roy flicks it beautifully through mid-wicket for a boundary. ENG 44/1 in 7 overs14.02 IST: OUT!  Alex Hales is run out! All thanks to the brilliance of Jasprit Bumrah. Full length delivery around off, Roy tucks it off his pads to deep backward square leg and attempts for the second run. Bumrah in the deep latches onto the ball and sends in a bullet throw at the non-striker’s end. It finds the stumps as Hales tries to drag his bat inside the crease. The Indians appeal and the umpire refers it upstairs. The replays show that Hales is inches short of the crease. First wicket for India and the home crowd is absolutely ecstatic. ENG 39/1 in 6.2 overs. Root comes out to bat next. 13.59 IST: FOUR! Pristine timing! Good length ball angling into the batsman, Roy closes the face of the bat at the right time and times his flick shot to perfection. Finds the gap through mid-wicket and no stopping it after that.13.57 IST: FOUR! Wrong line and punished! Good length ball angling down the leg side, Hales gets across a bit and nudges it fine down the leg side for a boundary. ENG 34/0 in 6 overs13.43 IST: Jason Roy is adjudged lbw. He is reviewing it. NOT OUT! Missing leg. Yadav sticks to a straighter line, bowls it full and around middle and leg, angling down, Roy fails to flick it on the leg side and is hit on the pads. They appeal and the umpire raises his finger. Hales and Roy have a chat and the latter signals for the DRS. The replays show that the impact is within line but it’s going on to miss the leg stump. Well reviewed, Roy! ENG 22/0 in 3 overs13.41 IST: FOUR! That’s a very poor delivery by Umesh. Bangs it short and wide outside off, Roy chances his arms and slaps it over point for a boundary. The crowd goes silent.13.37 IST: FOUR! Much better this time! Pandya bowls it full and Jason takes his front leg to the pitch of the ball before driving it elegantly through covers for a boundary. ENG 15/0 in 1 over13.35 IST: FOUR! It’s aerial but through the gap. Full in length and outside off, Roy is lured into the drive and gets it aerially through extra cover for a boundary. A similar shot Mitchell Marsh attempted in the ongoing game at the MCG and was caught, thereby bagging a golden duck.13.33 IST: FOUR! A touch short and outside off, Roy pushes at it away from his body and gets it away off the outside half of the bat. It’s wide of second slip this time and Pandya in the deep fails to make a clean stop. The onfield umpire has a little chat with the third umpire and gives it a boundary. England are away! ENG 6/0 in 1 over13.30 IST: The national anthems are done and it’s now time for the real action to kick off. There is the Indian team huddle near the boundary rope. Out come the English openers Alex Hales and Jason Roy. Umesh Yadav to start off with the bowling proceedings. He has a couple of slips in place. Here we go…13.28: The players are out for the national anthems.Playing XIs: India: Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli (C), MS Dhoni (WK), Yuvraj Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh YadavEngland: Alex Hales, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (C), Jos Buttler (WK), Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, David Willey, Jake BallPITCH REPORT: There is a bit of grass on the pitch and Sunil Gavaskar says there are a few patches that would assist the seamers. He adds that it’s a two-paced wicket and the carry will be more when the ball lands near the grassy area. However, he declares that it remains a good batting surface.TOSS: India win toss, opt to bat/bowl vs England in Pune. Yuvraj Singh, Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul return for the hosts. Dawson, Plunkett, Billings and Bairstow miss out for England.12.50 IST: Eoin Morgan-led England have a powerful batting line-up who can take any attack to the cleaners. His side would need to forget what happened in Tests and need to start afresh.12.45 IST: The three matches against the England are the only ODIs available for India to fine tune themselves before defending their Champions Trophy title in England in June. 12.30 IST: These are big boots to fill for Virat Kohli, who will seek to carry forward the superb run in the home Test series into the limited over format.Dhoni will be playing under Kohli for the first time as a pure wicket-keeper batsman and it would be interesting to see how the new arrangement works for India. Dhoni has always appeared cool as captain while Kohli does not mind being vocal and showing emotions on the field.Brief Preview: A confident India under new skipper Virat Kohli will aim to start the new year with a series win in the limited-overs format, when the men-in-blue take the field against a rejuvenated England side in the first of the three-match One-day International (ODI) series here on Sunday. (Virat Kohli’s Team India will rewrite history, says MS Dhoni)The series, also comprising three T20 Internationals, will mark Kohli’s first assignment at the helm, since Mahendra Singh Dhoni relinquished the post earlier this month. (Kohli already has a formidable record as ODI captain)The series also holds importance from third-ranked India’s perspective as it is the only opportunity for the limited overs specialists to make a mark before the International Cricket Council (ICC) Champions Trophy in England from June 1 to 18. (Read Full Preview)last_img read more

Yuki surprised at TOPS exclusion, AITA backs top singles player

first_img(Eds: Correcting dateline) By Amanpreet Singh New Delhi, Jun 15 (PTI) Yuki Bhambri is aghast at being excluded from the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) after preferring the US Open over Asian Games even as a red-faced All India Tennis Association (AITA) said it is trying to convince the Sports Ministry to reconsider its decision. AITA had exempted the country’s top singles player considering that playing at the Grand Slams is crucial to secure ranking points, which would earn the Delhi player a direct entry into the Tokyo Olympics. “We have asked the government to reconsider the decision and include both Yuki and Leander Paes in TOPS. We told them that Yuki needs to be in top-64 to earn direct qualification for Tokyo Olympics and that’s why playing at the US Open is important, ,” AITA secretary Hironmoy Chatterjee told PTI. “They told us that when Yuki gets back to playing Davis Cup, his case would be re-examined,” he added. Yuki recently reclaimed a spot in the top-100 and if he manages to maintain his rank by the cut-off date, he will get direct entry to compete at the Flushing Meadows. An appearance at the US Open would secure Yuki a minimum prize purse of USD 50,000 (approx Rs 33 lakh). If Yuki manages to go beyond the first round, the prize money will also go up. Yuki had bowed out with first-round losses at the Australian Open (AUD 60,000) and French Open (Euro 40,000). Even if he loses at the same stage at the Wimbledon (30,000 pounds) and US Open (USD 50,000), it would give him enough money to travel with his Australian coach Stephen Koon and a physio for the whole year.advertisement The biggest advantage of being in top-100 is a direct entry into the Grand Slams. Even if one loses in the first round, it ensures funds to the tune of R sone crore after tax deduction. Ever since Yuki turned a pro, he has never had a consistent sponsor who would take away his travel and equipment worries. He is employed with ONGC and draws a salary from there. “I thought I was doing the right thing according to what the aim of TOPS committee is — to compete and be a medal prospect for India in the Olympics in two years’ time. Challenging myself against the best in the world at the US Open is the best way to prepare for that,” said Yuki . “I am a little disappointed and confused that I have been removed from the scheme. I don’t think I did something wrong by choosing to play and compete against the best in the world,” he reasoned. “Regardless of whether I am included in a scheme or supported by the government or federation or not, I will keep working to be the best player I can be each and every year and represent India on the tennis tour.” Yuki received a monthly stipend of Rs 50,000 for few months after he was included in TOPS recently. Similarly, for his preparations for the 2014 Asian Games, he was sanctioned close to Rs 20 lakh from NSDF in 2011-12 and 2012-2013. Over the years, AITA and DLTA have chipped in with financial support of Rs 20 lakh. If he makes the cut for the last two Majors of the season, there is a bit of history Yuki will make. Yuki will become only the fourth player in the history of Indian tennis to compete in men’s singles main draw in all four Grand Slams in a single season. Ramesh Krishnan was the first Indian to do so. He did it four times in his career (1983, 1984, 1988, 1990). After him, it was Leander Paes, who competed in all singles major in 1997. Somdev Devvarman was the last Indian to do so in 2011. After Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi stopped playing singles in 2000, it took almost a decade for the next Indian to come on to the scene with Somdev competing at the 2009 US Open. he had to opt out of the Asian Games because of the lash of dates with the US Open. Had it not been the case, the Delhi-player would have appeared at both events. PTI AT PM PM PMlast_img read more