QPlay: Kohli Tops ICC T20 Rankings, India Lose to Turkmenistan

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File photo of Virat Kohli. (Photo: Reuters)

1. Kohli Zooms to Top in ICC T20 Rankings, India Also Number One

Powered by his marauding knocks in the World T20 so far, Indian batsman Virat Kohli became the top-ranked batsman in the ICC rankings, while India remained static at the Number one spot in the team list.

Kohli, who averages 92 after scoring 184 runs in four matches at a strike-rate of over 132, had entered the tournament 24 points behind Aaron Finch, but now leads with 68 points over the Australian, the ICC said in a statement.

In the bowlers’ table, West Indies’ Samuel Badree has displaced Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin to return to the number one position. Badree has taken six wickets in four matches to date while Ashwin has dropped to third after managing just four wickets in the same number of matches.

2. India Lose 1-2 to Turkmenistan, Finish Last at WC Qualifiers

(Photo: <a href="https://twitter.com/AiffMedia/media">Indian Football Team Twitter</a>)
(Photo: Indian Football Team Twitter)

India ended their 2018 World Cup football qualifying campaign on a disappointing note as they suffered a 1-2 defeat to Turkmenistan in their last group match to finish at the bottom of the heap at Kochi on Tuesday.

The Indians led 1-0 at the breather with a dominating show in the first session in hot and humid conditions courtesy a Sandesh Jhingan strike but then allowed the opposition to score two goals in the second half to lose the Group D match at the Nehru Stadium.

There are no excuses. To be honest, we started very poorly and if we look at ourselves, we got exactly what we deserved from the game.
Stephen Constantine, Coach, Indian Football Team

3. Mary Kom, Shiva in Asian Olympic Qualifiers Semis

(Photo: PTI)
(Photo: PTI)

Three Indian boxers, including top seeds MC Mary Kom (51kg) and Shiva Thapa (56kg), stood just one win away from clinching an Olympic berth after they advanced to the semifinals of the Asia/Oceania Qualifying Tournament at Qian’an on Tuesday.

Fourth seed L Devendro Singh (49kg) was the third Indian to enter the semifinals.

With wins on Tuesday, the three boxers are assured of at least bronze medals but will have to make the final to qualify for the Rio Olympics.

In case of Shiva and Devendro, they will have a shot at Olympic qualification even if they lose on Wednesday as a box-off between the bronze-medallists will decide the third qualifier in the men’s draw.

The biggest disappointment today was former Asian champion L Sarita Devi (60kg) bowling out of contention after losing her quarterfinal bout 1-2 to Vietnam’s Luu Duyen.

4. Waqar Questions Afridi’s Captaincy Skills and Offers to Resign

(Photo: PTI)
(Photo: PTI)

Pakistan’s chief coach Waqar Younis asked for forgiveness from the nation and said he was ready to resign for the team’s disastrous outing in the ICC World T20. Pakistan failed to clear the group stage and the campaign included a six-wicket defeat to arch-rivals India.

I place my hands together and beg forgiveness from the nation. If my leaving makes things better, then I would do it without delay.
Waqar Younis

A source said that the coach was not happy with Shahid Afridi’s captaincy.

Waqar has also questioned the captaincy skills of Shahid Afridi and some of his decisions. In totality, the head coach is clearly not happy with the way the players have responded or shown improvement in their game.
A source told PTI

5. Anand Draws With Svidler, Karjakin New Challenger For Next World C’ship Match

(Photo: Reuters)
(Photo: Reuters)

Former world champion Viswanathan Anand ended his stint with a draw against Peter Svidler of Russia, while another Russian Sergey Karjakin emerged as the new challenger for the next World Championship match after the conclusion of the Candidates Chess Tournament at Moscow.

Anand did not have to worry too much and a comfortable draw in the end ensured that the Indian tied for the second spot and finished third in the event.

Karjakin defeated United States’ Fabiano Caruana to end on 8.5 points out of a possible 14 to win the Candidates solely by a full point margin.

(Photo: PTI)
(Photo: PTI)

6. Pele Sues Samsung Over Improper Use of Image in Newspaper Advertisement

Brazilian football legend Pele is suing Samsung in Chicago federal court, claiming the electronics company improperly used his identity in The New York Times.

The lawsuit was filed earlier this month by attorney Fred Sperling on behalf of Pele, 75, claiming Samsung used a Pele look-alike in an October advertisement for televisions.

The advertisement’s wording doesn’t mention Pele, but claims the elderly man pictured in it very closely resembles Pele with another football player performing a modified bicycle or scissors-kick, perfected and famously used by Pele.

The lawsuit says the advertisement will confuse consumers and hurt the value of his endorsement rights. It seeks USD 30 million in damages.

(Photo: Reuters)
(Photo: Reuters)

7. Lendl Simmons to Replace Injured Fletcher in West Indies Squad

Lendl Simmons will replace injured Andre Fletcher in the West Indies squad ahead of their semi-final against hosts India at Mumbai on Thursday.

“Simmons will join the squad and Andre Fletcher has gone back home,” West Indies team’s media manager told PTI on the sidelines of a practice session at the Brabourne stadium in Mumbai.

Fletcher was ruled out of the tournament with a hamstring injury sustained during their match against Afghanistan last Sunday.

(Photo: AP)
(Photo: AP)

8. India to Play Four Tests in West Indies Later this Summer

India will travel to the West Indies for a four-match Test series later this summer, which will revive bilateral ties between the two teams after almost two years.

The tour is likely to take place in July-August, although the dates and venues are yet to be announced.

The official word is that the tour is on. We are just awaiting confirmation of the venues now. And once we have done that, we will send out a release with the dates, the venues and everything.
Dave Cameron, President, West Indies Cricket Board

Bilateral series between the two teams were suspended since the West Indies abandoned their tour to India mid-way in June 2014.

The announcement puts an end to the uncertainty that has surrounded the series - listed on the ICC’s Future Tours Programme - ever since the BCCI suspended bilateral engagements as a penalty.

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