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IPL 2019: Ajinkya Rahane, Jaydev Unadkat To Feature In Rajasthan Royals’ Practice Match

Premier Rajasthan Royals’ players Ajinkya Rahane and Jaydev Unadkat will feature in the franchise’s practice match ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019, the Jaipur outfit said in a media release on Monday. Among others Sanju Samson, Stuart Binny, Dhawal Kulkarni and new recruits Riyan Parag, Shubham Ranjane, Shashank Singh will also be a part of the practice matches. Rajasthan Royals, who will be donning the pink jersey in the forthcoming season, also underwent a training camp at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Monday, which was attended by few of their Indian cricketers.

Rajasthan Royals‘ first practice session was held under the watchful eyes of their Head Coach Paddy Upton and Head of Cricket Zubin Bharucha.

According to the media release, the camp will include three days of intensive training as well as fitness drills which will help the players enhance and hone their batting, bowling and fielding skills.

Coach Upton said, “It feels great to be back with the Royals and to work with this squad that is full of energetic and talented players. They show promise and determination. They are eager to deliver the best they can. We are indeed excited to be beginning the season at home in the SMS stadium.”

The other team members present for the camp were Krishnappa Gowtham, Varun Aaron, Shreyas Gopal, Prashant Chopra, Rahul Tripathi, S. Midhun, Mahipal Lomror, Aryaman Birla and Manan Vohra.

Rajasthan Royals, who clinched the first-ever season of the IPL, will open their campaign against Kings XI Punjab at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on March 25.

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Virat Kohli’s Top Test Rank At Stake As Kane Williamson Closes Gap

Virat Kohli’s (922 points) position as the top Test batsman is currently at risk as New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson reached his career-best 915 rating points and narrowed the gap with the India skipper, ICC announced on Monday. Williamson’s 200 not out against Bangladesh in Hamilton has lifted him from 897 points to within 7 points of Kohli. With two more Tests to go in the series, Williamson has a chance to regain the top spot, which he occupied briefly towards the end of 2015, according to an ICC website.

Williamson’s rating points are the highest by any New Zealander in Test cricket with Richard Hadlee the only other player from his country to cross the 900-point mark with a best of 909 points in bowling.

Openers Tom Latham and Jeet Raval have also made good progress after their centuries in Hamilton.

Among their bowlers, Trent Boult (down two places to eighth) and Tim Southee (ninth) remain in the top 10, while Neil Wagner is moving in the right direction, gaining three places and reaching 11th position after finishing with seven wickets in the match, including a five-wicket haul in the first innings.

For Bangladesh, left-handed opener Tamim Iqbal has gained 11 slots to reach 25th position after scores of 126 and 74, overtaking Shakib Al Hasan to become the top-ranked batsman from his country in this format.

Mahmudullah has moved up 12 places to reach a career-best 40th after scoring 22 and 146, while Soumya Sarkar’s one and 149 in Hamilton have lifted him 25 places to 67th position.

Mahmudullah has also gained three places to reach 63rd position among bowlers.

(With IANS inputs)

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Fans Line Streets To Pay Tribute To 1966 World Cup Hero Gordon Banks

Hundreds of football fans lined the streets to pay tribute to Gordon Banks on Monday as his funeral cortege was driven through Stoke, with former England teammate Geoff Hurst hailing him as a “superstar”. A five-car funeral cortege carrying the body of the World Cup-winning goalkeeper passed through Stoke’s stadium, stopping at the pitchside dugout for a few minutes. The various achievements of Banks, who also won the League Cup with Stoke and Leicester, were displayed on a big screen as a chant of “England’s number one” broke out.

Sheffield-born Banks made nearly 200 appearances for Stoke, in central England, and was named the club’s president following the death of Stanley Matthews at the turn of the century.

Banks, England’s goalkeeper during their triumphant 1966 World Cup campaign on home soil, died on February 12, aged 81.

He was probably best known for a wonderful save he produced to deny Brazilian great Pele in a 1970 World Cup group match.

A statue erected in Banks’s honour, holding the Jules Rimet trophy aloft, was decorated with several Stoke and England scarves.

The ground was adorned with shirts, flags and even goalkeeping gloves in tribute to one of the city’s favourite adopted sons.

Jack Butland, Joe Anyon and Kasper Schmeichel, the current number ones at the three English clubs Banks played for — Stoke, Chesterfield and Leicester, as well as England stalwart Joe Hart served for the funeral service at Stoke Minster.

Hurst, who scored a hat-trick in the 1966 World Cup final, delivered a moving eulogy in which he referred to his teammate as “a superstar on the field, (but) off the field he was an ordinary guy with no airs or graces.

“He was a joker, a funny man, for over 50 years and every time we met during our careers or years after he would come up and joke.”

Hurst started his eulogy by jokingly referencing his penalty that was saved by Banks in the League Cup semi-final between Stoke and West Ham in December 1971. West Ham were beaten after a replay.

Hurst said: “Gordon Banks… contributed to the worst moment of my footballing career.”

As well as Hurst, Bobby and Jack Charlton, both of whom started alongside Banks in the 1966 World Cup final win over Germany at Wembley, were among the attending mourners.

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High Court To Hear Plea Over Seating Block At Feroz Shah Kotla On April 25

High Court To Hear Plea Over Seating Block At Feroz Shah Kotla On April 25

The advocate said that there is chances that the DDCA may use the R.P. Mehra block. © AFP

The Delhi High Court has said that it will hear, on April 25, the plea seeking directions to Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) not to use the R.P. Mehra block at the Ferozshah Kotla Stadium in the upcoming matches including the IPL till it is certified as structurally stable. Justice Vibhu Bakhru said that he will hear the plea along with the main petition which claims that the R.P. Mehra block was unauthorised and built without any sanctioned plan.

Petitioner Dinesh Saini’s advocate Tanuj Khurana told the court that India and Australia are going to play an One Day International (ODI) on March 13 and home matches of the Delhi Daredevils will be played at the stadium in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL).

The advocate said that there is chances that the DDCA may use the R.P. Mehra block without obtaining any permission from the high court.

The block, also known as the old club house, is a threat to public safety and must be sealed until the main petition is decided, the petitioner said.

He also said that the block is standing without any sanctioned plan and is a fire hazard.

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Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi Cricket

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