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Yadav replaces Bumrah for Test series against S Africa

New Delhi, Sept 24: In a major setback to India, pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah was on Tuesday ruled out of the upcoming Test series against South Africa due to stress fracture in his lower back.

Fellow paceman Umesh Yadav replaced him in the Indian squad for the three-match series, beginning in Visakhapatnam from October 2.

"The injury was...

Sri Lanka squad leaves for Pakistan despite security concerns

Sept 24: Sri Lanka’s depleted national cricket squad left for Pakistan on Tuesday expressing confidence in security promises by the hosts despite reports that the team could be targeted by militants.

The Sri Lanka team were attacked in Lahore in 2009. Since then most international teams have refused to tour the South Asian country, leaving Pakistan to play nearly...

Rohit Sharma lauds teenage Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, calls her 'inspiration

New Delhi, Sept 24: Greta Thunberg, the teenage Swedish environmental activist who has taken social media by storm through her rousing speech at the UN Climate Change Summit in New York was lauded by India opening batsman Rohit Sharma who labelled her as 'an inspiration'.

"Leaving the saving of our planet to our children is utterly unfair. @GretaThunberg, you're...

Yuvraj wants end to criticism of Rishabh Pant, calls on Kohli to guide him

New Delhi, Sept 24: Former India cricketer Yuvraj Singh on Tuesday backed the under-fire Rishabh Pant, saying the youngster doesn't deserve the criticism coming his way and needs the support of captain Virat Kohli to overcome the slump.

Pant has been drawing flak for failing to grab his chances and getting out to rash shots despite being given a...

Lionel Messi, Megan Rapinoe named FIFA players of the year

Milan, Sept 24: Argentine star Lionel Messi on Monday bagged his sixth FIFA Men's Player of the Year award while US' Megan Rapinoe, who captained her team to victory in this year's World Cup, has been named Women's Player of the Year.

At the FIFA Best awards ceremony here, both the players were handed over the coveted trophies and...

No risk, no gain: Kohli's T20 World Cup mantra

Bengaluru, Sept 23: His eyes trained on next year's T20 World Cup, skipper Virat Kohli is willing to take risks in order to mould his India players into an "unfazed" unit, one that is able to "take toss out of the equation".

His bold but surprising decision to bat first in a venue always known to favour the chasing...

Former India International Madhav Apte Passes Away at 86

Mumbai, Sept 23: Veteran cricketer Madhav Apte died after suffering a cardiac arrest here on Monday morning, a family member said. He was 86.

The former India and Mumbai opener was admitted to the Breach Candy Hospital where he breathed his last at 6.09 am, his son Vaman Apte said.

Madhav Apte played seven Tests in which he...

FIFA reiterates its stand on allowing women entry into football stadiums in Iran

Zurich, Sept 22: Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has reiterated its stand on allowing women entry into football stadiums in Iran.

"FIFA has reiterated its firm and clear position that women need to be allowed to enter football matches freely and that the number of women who attend the stadiums be determined by the demand, resulting in ticket...

Panghal wins silver at world championships

Ekaterinburg, Sept 22: Indian boxer Amit Panghal's phenomenal campaign in the men's world championships ended with a silver medal after he went down to Olympic champion Shakhobidin Zoirov of Uzbekistan in an intense 52kg category final here on Saturday.

Panghal lost 0-5 but the scoreline was hardly a reflection of the fight he put on against the more fancied...

India aim to wrap South Africa T20I series in Bengaluru

Bengaluru, Sept 21: After a commanding performance in Mohali, Team India will aim to seal the three-match series when they enter the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium for the third and final T20I against South Africa on Sunday.

With a washout in the first game in Dharamsala, both the teams were looking to take the upper hand and take an unassailable lead...