QPlay: Pandey Named as Cover For Yuvraj, Andy Murray Loses & More
All the latest sports news in The Quint’s morning wrap.
1. Manish Pandey Joins Indian Team After Yuvraj Injures His Ankle
An unfortunate injury for left-handed batsman Yuvraj Singh has opened the doors for Ajinkya Rahane and Manish Pandey, who was named as his cover ahead of India’s semi-final against West Indies in the ICC World T20 at Mumbai on Thursday.
Karnataka batsman Pandey has arrived in Mumbai, while Mumbaikar Ajinkya Rahane, who was warming the bench so far, is also back in focus ahead of the all-important clash.
Sources in the BCCI said that Yuvraj, who sustained an ankle injury when setting off for a run against Australia at Mohali on Sunday, went for a MRI scan soon after arriving in Mumbai.
The senior batsman is going through rehab and the medical staff think that he might be fit for the semi-final.
2. Andy Murray, Serena Williams Crash Out of Miami Open
Andy Murray, accustomed to going deep into the Miami Open, was derailed in the third round on Monday, falling 6-7(1), 6-4, 6-3 to Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov on Monday.
After winning a tight opening set by breezing through a 7-1 tie-break, Murray quickly found himself down a break 2-0 in the second and that was all the 26th-seeded Dimitrov needed to level the match.
The pendulum swung on both sides in the third set but Dimitrov held his nerve and took the third set to seal the match.
Serena Williams’ bid for a ninth Miami Open title came to an end when the world number one was beaten 6-7(3), 6-1, 6-2 in the fourth round by 15th-seeded Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova on Monday.
The loss on the Miami hardcourts was the first since 2012 for Williams, who had won the last three titles in her unofficial home tournament.
3. It’s Official: Zaheer Khan Will Captain The Delhi Daredevils
The Delhi Daredevils announced that Zaheer Khan will be the captain of the franchise for the 2016 IPL season. Zaheer will be featuring for Delhi Daredevils for the second successive season.
Zaheer has been a leader for a very long time. Anyone who has followed Indian cricket will know the impact Zak has had. He has always proven himself to be one of the leaders. Zak has a big personality, but it is the steel, focus and drive behind the outward confidence which I think he will bring to the captaincy and that I am sure will inspire the rest of the team. He has the respect of the dressing room and the franchise is proud to have him as our captain. I would like to congratulate him on the appointment and wish him, and the rest of the squad all the very best.Rahul Dravid, Mentor, Delhi Daredevils
4. V Anand Bows Out of Contention For World Championship
Indian chess ace Viswanathan Anand played out a thrilling draw with Holland’s Anish Giri but bowed out of contention for a ticket to the World Championship after the 13th and penultimate round of the Candidates Chess Tournament at Moscow.
For the first time in 10 years, there will be a World Championship without Anand, who has won the crown as many as five times.
Either Ukraine’s Sergey Karjakin or Fabiano Caruana of United States will challenge Magnus Carlsen of Norway in the next World Championship match, which is slated to be held in November this year.
5. I Thought We Were Out of the Tournament After 10 Overs: Kohli
India’s star Virat Kohli feared that India were virtually out of the ICC World T20 after the first 10 overs of their chase against Australia and has no idea how he and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni managed to achieve the seemingly imposing target.
It virtually felt like you are out of the tournament at the end of 10 overs. To pull the game back after that along with MS Dhoni - I don’t know how we did it. Even out there in the middle, I didn’t know how this was happening. I am just grateful that I was able to do it for the team.Virat Kohli
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