QPlay: Rahane’s Pune Beat Delhi, Sushil To Meet WFI Bosses & More

Delhi Daredevils drop to 6th in the standings after losing to Pune on Tuesday.

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(Photo: BCCI)

1. Pune Beat Delhi by 19 Runs Under D/L Method

Adam Zampa and Ashok Dinda shone with the ball by grabbing three wickets apiece before Ajinkya Rahane hit an unbeaten 42 as Rising Pune Supergiants beat Delhi Daredevils by 19 runs in a rain-interrupted match on Tuesday.

Leg-spinner Zampa (3/21) and pacer Dinda (3/20) led a disciplined bowling display for Pune to restrict the Daredevils to a meagre 121 for 6 and later opener Rahane led the batting charge with 42 not out as the “home” side won the match by 19 runs under D/L method.

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(Photo: PTI)
(Photo: PTI)

2. Don’t Know If I Have Hit My Peak: Virat Kohli

India’s star batsman Virat Kohli says he has not batted better than the last two months but stopped short of calling the ongoing phenomenal phase the peak of his career.

I don’t know if I have reached my peak yet. It just feels that I have just started in the last couple of months. Coaches including in IPL ask me regularly whether I have hit my peak or not. All I can say is that I have been hitting the ball better than I have ever but I know this phase can’t be taken for granted.
Virat Kohli

Kohli’s breathtaking run began with the World T20 and he has carried it well and truly into the IPL, where he has scored a record three centuries and has become the highest run-getter in a season.

I would like to enjoy this phase rather than think about anything else. I have never been this calm in my head. I am aiming for improvement not just as a cricketer but also as a person.
Virat Kohli
Sushil Kumar with his silver medal from the London Olympics. (Photo: Reuters)
Sushil Kumar with his silver medal from the London Olympics. (Photo: Reuters)

3. WFI Bosses to Meet Sushil Kumar Today

With the Delhi High Court directing WFI to hold a meeting with Sushil Kumar, the decorated grappler’s hopes of competing at the Olympics seem almost over as the Federation is not keen on conducting a trial in the contentious men’s 74kg category, saying it would set a wrong precedent and might “finish Indian wrestling”.

Following the HC directive, the Wrestling Federation of India President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh decided to hold a meeting with the two-time Olympic medallist today, to sort out what has snowballed into a major controversy ahead of the mega-event in August.

I will be conducting a meeting tomorrow. Earlier, there was suppose to be a selection committee but now that the court has directed us to form a four-member committee, we will meet tomorrow and then put forward our opinion. 
Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, President, Wrestling Federation of India
(File photo: Reuters)
(File photo: Reuters)

4. 31 Athletes Could Miss Rio After Failing Beijing Drug Re-Tests

Thirty-one athletes from six sports could be banned from this year’s Rio Olympics after failing dope tests when 454 samples were re-examined from the 2008 Beijing Games, the International Olympic Committee said on Tuesday.

The IOC also said it would start re-testing Sochi 2014 winter Games samples after allegations of tarnished samples were made last week by Russia’s former top anti-doping scientist. Some 250 samples from the London Games will also be reexamined.

In an effort to crack down on cheats during the Olympics, the IOC said this was targeted re-testing on athletes likely to be at the Rio Games starting on Aug. 5, and those found to have tested positive would not compete.

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5. Kohli, Rohit, Shikhar Likely to be Rested for Zimbabwe Tour

India’s Test captain Virat Kohli along with opening batsmen Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are likely to be rested for India’s tour of Zimbabwe but there is no confirmation on Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s availability for the short series, starting 11 June.

It is more or less certain that both Virat and Rohit will be rested for series against Zimbabwe. They have been playing non-stop cricket for the last six months and are required to be fresh before India embarks on their tour to West Indies. The chances of Shikhar Dhawan going for the Zimbabwe tour are also very less.
BCCI Source to PTI

India will play three ODIs and two T20 Internationals during the series which will mark the end of the season.


6. AIFF Unveils Three-Tier Football Structure, ISL Takes Top Spot

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) on Tuesday announced a three-tier football structure, headed by a revamped Indian Super League (ISL), to be implemented from the 2017-18 season in a major overhaul of the game’s domestic setup.

The top tier league in the new structure will be constituted of 10 or 12 teams. There will be no relegation from the ISL. The ISL will be followed by a first division named League 1 and a second division called League 2. Both will have relegation and promotion. Both the divisions will have 10 teams each.

A final decision on the number of teams to be included in the ISL will be decided later. All the eight existing franchises will participate in the top tier league.

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