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first_imga wide shot of notre dame football's stadiumSOUTH BEND, IN – NOVEMBER 14: Tabari Hines #6 of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons lets a punt bounce as the Notre Dame Fighting Irish close in for the tackle during the first quarter at Notre Dame Stadium on November 14, 2015 in South Bend, Indiana. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish won 28-7. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)A Notre Dame football wide receiver was reportedly arrested early Sunday morning. The Fighting Irish have since confirmed that the arrest is being handled by the criminal justice system.Irish Sports Daily is reporting that Notre Dame wide receiver Javon McKinley was arrested on Sunday morning. The wide receiver, a California native, was reportedly arrested for Resisting Law Enforcement and Battery.McKinley, a Corona, California native, was a four-star recruit coming out of high school.#NotreDame WR Javon McKinley was arrested early Sunday morning.Details here including an official statement from the University: https://t.co/rKOQMgJQLf— Matt Freeman (@mattfreemanISD) February 11, 2019Irish Sports Daily had more details:According to public records, Notre Dame wide receiver Javon McKinley was arrested early on Sunday morning.The Corona, Calif. native was arrested for Resisting Law Enforcement (Def. knowingly or intentionally flees from a law enforcement officer after the officer has, by visible or audible means, including operation of the law enforcement officer’s siren or emergency lights, identified himself or herself and ordered the person to stop) and Battery or BBW resulting in bodily injury to public safety officer while engaged in official duties.Notre Dame released the following statement to Irish Sports Daily:“The incident is being handled by the criminal justice system. As for internal discipline, we do not publicly discuss specific cases, and impose sanctions as warranted.”McKinley was ranked the No. 18 WR in the country coming out of high school.Stay tuned for more updates.last_img read more


first_imgkliff kingsbury yells at an official during a texas tech gameTEMPE, AZ – SEPTEMBER 10: Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Texas Tech Red Raiders reacts on the sidelines during the first half of the college football game against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium on September 10, 2015 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)It’s been a while since we knew definitively ahead of time who was going No. 1 overall in the NFL draft. Sure, we’ve known that certain prospects such as Jadeveon Clowney and Andrew Luck were locks to be the first pick, but rarely due to things the organization had said or done. Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury seems to be bucking that trend though.According to Tony Pauline of DraftAnalyst, Kingsbury has been openly telling people that the Cardinals will draft Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray with the No. 1 overall pick. Per Pauline’s report, Kingsbury has gone so far as to call the move a “done deal.”Of course, Kingsbury will not be the decision-maker, as general manager Steve Keim ultimately has final say. Even so, the news that Kingsbury allegedly has such strong interest in Murray might rub incumbent second-year quarterback Josh Rosen feeling uneasy.Adding fuel to the Murray fire, Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury was telling people last night that it’s a “done deal” the Cardinals will select the Oklahoma Sooners quarterback with the first pick of the draft. Whether or not Kingsbury has the final say on the choice remains to be seen, but stay tuned.Last year the Cardinals traded up in the first round to draft Rosen No. 10 overall.Unfortunately for Rosen and company, the offense proved anemic under head coach Steve Wilks. The team failed to score even 20 points in most of their games, and never scored 30 points at any point in the season.Wilks was fired after a 3-13 season and replaced by Kingsbury.last_img read more


first_imgArch Manning takes a snap in a high school game.YouTubeThere’s another quarterback coming up in the Manning family. Arch Manning made his much-anticipated high school debut over the weekend.Arch is the nephew of Peyton and Eli and the grandson of Archie. His father Cooper Manning was a star wide receiver at the high school level before an injury ended his career.Arch is a freshman at Isidore Newman School in New Orleans, where his father and uncles played. He dominated his team’s spring game a few months ago, and his first start at the high school level could not have gone any better.In a 41-15 win over Lusher High School, Arch completed 22-of-34 passes for 224 yards and three touchdown strikes. He led scoring drives the first two times he touched the ball. “We wanted to see maturity and pocket presence, and he did everything we asked him to do as far as executing our offense and his ability to stay mature and balanced leading our wide receivers,” said Newman coach Nelson Stewart, via NOLA.com. “That’s why he’s in this position.“He doesn’t look like a freshman. That maturity and how you handle those tight moments are where the greatness can come.”Sure, his high school career has only just begun, but Arch is already drawing attention from colleges. You have to figure Ole Miss and Tennessee will get involved since Eli and Peyton played there, and LSU surely has its eyes on him as well.If he keeps putting up performances like he did in his debut, Arch will have his pick of where he wants to play at the next level.last_img read more


first_img 1. Ohio State, 71 percent Justin Fields warms up before game at Nebraska.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 28: Quarterback Justin Fields #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes warms up before the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on September 28, 2019 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)2. Alabama, 68 percent Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa throws a pass against Duke.ATLANTA, GEORGIA – AUGUST 31: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide warms up prior to facing the Duke Blue Devils at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on August 31, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)3. Clemson, 66 percent Trevor Lawrence throws up his hands at North Carolina.CHAPEL HILL, NORTH CAROLINA – SEPTEMBER 28: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers looks to the sideline during the first half of their game against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Kenan Stadium on September 28, 2019 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)4. Oklahoma, 46 percent Jalen Hurts makes his debut at Oklahoma.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 1: Quarterback Jalen Hurts #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners warms up before the game against the Houston Cougars at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2019 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Cougars 49-31. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)***Ohio State is now the most likely team to reach the playoff, according to the Allstate Playoff Predictor.The Buckeyes also have moved into the No. 2 spot in FPI’s rankings — behind Alabama but ahead of Clemson. pic.twitter.com/jzpbKNIYjS— Seth Walder (@SethWalder) September 29, 2019Who do you see end up making this year’s College Football Playoff? Justin Fields scrambles around the pocket for the Ohio State Buckeyes.BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – SEPTEMBER 14: Justin Fields #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes scrambles in the game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium on September 14, 2019 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)ESPN’s computer has a new College Football Playoff prediction following Week 5 of the 2019 regular season.The College Football Playoff Predictor has a new favorite – Ohio State – following the Buckeyes’ dominant win at Nebraska on Saturday night.The Buckeyes now have a 71 percent chance of making the College Football Playoff, according to ESPN’s model.Here are the new four favorites.last_img read more


first_img India Today Web Desk SydneyJanuary 5, 2019UPDATED: January 5, 2019 18:29 IST Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant’s hundreds got placed on the honours board (@BCCI Screengrab)HIGHLIGHTS4th Test Day 3, brief scores: Australia 236/6, trail India (622 for 7 declared) by 386 runs. Marcus Harris (79), Kuldeep Yadav (3 for 71)Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant got their named etched on the SCG honours boardPujara and Pant signed beside their names on the board after the pair’s contrasting hundreds4th Test, Day 3 Scores(Full scorecard)Brief scores:India 622 for 7 declared (Pujara 193, Pant 159 not out, Jadeja 81, Lyon 4 for 178)Australia 236 for 6 (Harris 79, Handscomb 28 not out, Cummins 25 not out, Kuldeep 3 for 71)Australia trail India by 386 runsCheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant had the honour of having their name etched in history on Saturday, as their knock in the fourth and final Test found their way onto the honours board at the Sydney Cricket Ground.Pujara and Pant also signed beside their names on the board after the pair scored contrasting hundreds on day two.Pujara’s 193 put him on the sixth spot in the list of highest scores by an Asian batsman in Australia, whereas Pant became the first Indian wicketkeeper to score a hundred in Australia with his knock of unbeaten 159.On the Board and with signatures – @cheteshwar1 & @RishabPant777 do the “Honours” at the SCG #TeamIndia #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/QPBbuCCNxsBCCI (@BCCI) January 5, 2019Pant is now only one of four Indian wicketkeepers – Budhi Kunderan, Nayan Mongia and MS Dhoni – with a 150-plus score in Test cricket.Pujara has scored 521 runs, including three centuries, so far in the series. He has has also faced 1258 deliveries in the seven innings.After his mammoth innings, Pujar said that he is looking forward a good long sleep after the Test match gets over.”I’m still a bit sore and couldn’t sleep well but that’s after all long innings I play, I’m unable to sleep much. Hopefully I can sleep well after this Test match,” Pujara told FOX Sports before the start of play on Day 3.advertisementPujara also said that his father congratulated him for his innings and even though most people said that he missed out on a double hundred, his father was happy with the 193.”He [Pujara’s father] congratulated me. People said I missed out on a double hundred but he said you scored 193 and double hundred is just a number,” Pujara told Mark Howard before the start of Day 3’s play on Saturday.Pant, after end of play on Friday had said that he was nervous when he reached the 90s.”I was a little nervous because when we were playing in India against the West Indies, in the last two innings I got out on 92 both times. I was scared slightly but I got through that phase early,” Pant said.Also Read | Rishabh Pant’s perfect birthday gift for his mother: A record-breaking hundredAlso Read | Still a bit sore, hopefully I can sleep well after this Test match: Cheteshwar PujaraAlso Read | Spotted: Shane Warne advises Kuldeep Yadav before Chinaman bowler’s 3-wicket haulFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Cheteshwar PujaraFollow Rishabh PantFollow India vs AustraliaFollow Sydney Cricket GroundFollow SCGFollow Honours board Watch: Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant sign SCG honours board after sensational hundreds4th Test, Day 3, Brief scores: India 622 for 7 declared (Pujara 193, Pant 159 not out, Jadeja 81, Lyon 4 for 178), Australia 236 for 6 (Harris 79, Handscomb 28 not out, Cummins 25 not out, Kuldeep 3 for 71), Australia trail India by 386 runs. Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant got their named etched on the honours board at the Sydney Cricket Ground for their historic hundred in the first inningsadvertisementlast_img read more


first_img Rajarshi Gupta MohaliMarch 30, 2019UPDATED: March 31, 2019 14:17 IST IPL 2019, KXIP vs MI: KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal and Chris Gayle starred for Kings XI Punjab. (@lionsdenkxip Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKings XI Punjab defeated Mumbai Indians by 8 wickets in Mohali on SaturdayThis was KXIP’s second win of the 2019 IPL – they had won vs RR and lost to KKRMumbai Indians have now lost 2 out of their 3 matches this seasonKL Rahul hit his first fifty of the season while Chris Gayle and Mayank Agarwal scored 40 and 41 respectively as Kings XI Punjab chased down 177 against Mumbai Indians to win their second match of the 2019 Indian Premier League. Rahul, who got out cheaply in the first two matches for KXIP, took his time to get going on Saturday before unleashing some classic shots.Chris Gayle was explosive even as KL Rahul struggled early on in the chase for KXIP. Gayle announced his intentions with two successive sixes off Mitchell McClenaghan – he became the first batsman to hit 300 sixes in the Indian Premier League – no other batsman has even hit 200 sixes in the tournament’s 12-year history.Gayle was looking very dangerous and hit 4 sixes in the innings before being caught out by Hardik Pandya off the left-arm spin of Krunal Pandya. While Rahul tried hard to find his rhythm, Mayank Agarwal came out all guns blazing and smashed a scintillating 43 off only 21 deliveries. His innings was studded with 4 fours and 2 sixes.IPL 2019, KXIP vs MI: HIGHLIGHTSWith David Miller at the crease alongside KL Rahul, KXIP needed 37 off the final 5 overs. It was KXIP’s match to lose but with Lasith Malinga and Jasprit Bumrah set to bowl 4 out of those 5 overs, Mumbai Indians were still in with a chance.Malinga was brought on to bowl the 16th over but he was a little wayward and ended up giving 12 runs including a last-ball boundary which helped KL Rahul hit his first fifty of the season.advertisementEarlier in the afternoon, Rohit Sharma set the tone for the Mumbai Indians innings with an 18-ball 32 before falling to Hardus Viljoen four balls before the end of the power play. Suryakumar Yadav. Yuvraj Singh and Kieron Pollard failed to deliver but Hardik Pandya played another cameo to give Mumbai a strong total.Hardik’s elder brother Krunal hit two nicely timed boundaries but it was Hardik who put the finishing touches to the MI innings once again. He had exploded against Royal Challengers Bangalore and against Kings XI Punjab, Hardik was once again in destructive mood.For Kings XI Punjab, R Ashwin and M Ashwin played pivotal roles with the ball. R Ashwin, the skipper, started off with the new ball and gave away only 26 runs off his 4 overs while M Ashwin conceded 25 runs off his 4 overs and picked up the key wickets of Suryakumar Yadav and Yuvraj Singh.Yuvraj was in fine touch against Delhi Capitals and hit three successive sixes against Yuzvendra Chahal in Bengaluru – in Mohali, he looked a little rusty and managed only 18 off 22.This was happy homecoming for Kings XI Punjab. Their first game of the season was dogged by the Mankading controversy despite a stunning victory over Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur. At the Eden Gardens, Andre Russell’s blitz shocked KXIP. In Mohali, the two Ashwins bowled brilliantly before Chris Gayle, KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal sealed a fantastic win.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow Kings XI PunjabFollow Mumbai IndiansFollow KXIP vs MIFollow KL RahulFollow Mayank AgarwalFollow Chris Gayle KXIP vs MI, IPL 2019: KL Rahul, Chris Gayle and Mayank Agarwal hammer MumbaiIPL 2019: Chris Gayle, KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal starred with the bat after R Ashwin and M Ashwin bowled brilliantly as Kings XI Punjab defeated Mumbai Indians by 8 wickets in Mohali on Saturday.advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgadvertisement Indo-Asian News Service KolkataApril 22, 2019UPDATED: April 22, 2019 17:18 IST IPL 2019: MS Dhoni smashed an 48-ball 84 not out, showing glimpses of his vintage self in Bengaluru on Sunday (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDhoni has been in fine form for CSK in the ongoing season of IPLKiran More said Dhoni’s knock vs RCB on Sunday took him down the memory laneThe innings took me back to… the time when a young Dhoni took the scene by storm: MoreAn MSD special is no longer as frequent an affair as it used to be in the early 2000s. But Mahendra Singh Dhoni turned back the clock once again on Sunday not just for his fans, but also for one man, who literally had to fight it out as chief national selector in 2004, to ensure that a young man from Ranchi got the nod to be part of the Indian squad for a tour of Bangladesh.Yes, skipper Sourav Ganguly too, had a role to play in the final approval, but More had hand-picked him when scouting for a bunch of talented cricketers, who were all considered the future of Indian cricket. So, when Dhoni sent the Royal Challengers Bangalore bowlers on a leather hunt at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, More went back in time to 2006 when MSD would finish matches like he was taking a walk in the park.In a battle of nerves that went down to the wire, Dhoni failed as Chennai Super Kings lost by a run on Sunday, but this was after he tonked Umesh Yadav for 24 runs off the first five balls to nearly pull off an improbable target of 26 runs from 6 balls.Dhoni’s unbeaten 48-ball knock of 84 was made of stuff that harked back the former chief selector More to a nostalgic past.Speaking to IANS, More said that even as people have written him off in recent times, Dhoni is still a force to reckon with at 37.He went on to add that age was never a criteria, fitness of players is what counts when competing at the international level.advertisement”Oh! He was brilliant. It was an outstanding innings and only goes to show age is never a criteria. Dhoni is in top form and age is just a number. Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid all played till late in their career and with distinction,” he said.It was a vintage Dhoni knock which was studded with five fours and seven sixes. CSK needed 70 runs in the last five overs and it was almost a lost cause when Dhoni decided it was time to unleash the brute force that saw him dominate world cricket as the ultimate finisher over the last decade.”The innings took me back to 2006 and maybe, around that time when a young Dhoni took the scene by storm,” More said.MS Dhoni will be a vital cog in India’s World Cup team: MoreDhoni has been in good form this IPL, amassing 314 runs in seven innings at an average of 104.66. But the 2007 inaugural World T20 and 2011 50-over World Cup winning captain saved the best for Kohli and his charges, sending social media into a tizzy.Even though CSK lost the game, Dhoni once again showed that he is far far away from his swansong and More agreed that a lot will depend on the former skipper when India look to win the tournament in England and Wales.”He will definitely be a vital cog for the Indian team at the World Cup,” he said.Dhoni, on Sunday, also become the first Indian batsman to hit 200 sixes in the IPL. Dhoni took his overall IPL tally of maximums to 203. In the ongoing edition, he has so far clubbed 17 sixes. The CSK, despite the defeat, remained at the top of the points table with 14 points.Also Read | Will never question MS Dhoni’s final-over calculations: CSK coach Stephen FlemingAlso Read | Never expected MS Dhoni to miss that last ball: Parthiv PatelAlso Read | MS Dhoni magic leaves cricket fraternity in awe: Cricket needs Dhoni to write its scriptsAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow Kiran MoreFollow Chennai Super KingsFollow IPL 2019Follow 2019 World Cup commentary IPL 2019: MS Dhoni is in top form and age is just a number, says Kiran MoreFormer India national chief selector, Kiran More heaped rich praise on MS Dhoni after the Chennai Super Kings skipper’s valiant 84 not out in Sunday’s IPL 2019 match. He also said Dhoni will be crucial to India’s chances at the 2019 World Cup. graphscenter_img scorecard view more view less No data available!last_img read more


first_imgOverseas players keen on Women’s IPLInternational stars like Suzie Bates, Danielle Wyatt, Stafanie Taylor, Sophie Devine, Dane van Niekerk and Marizanne Kapp, said that a full-fledged IPL-style women’s league is long overdue.advertisement Asian News International New DelhiMay 4, 2019UPDATED: May 4, 2019 17:37 IST International stars feel a full-fledged IPL-style women’s league is long overdue (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSAustralia have the Womene’s BBL, while England also recently started the Kia Super LeagueIndia will have a Women’s T20 challenge which is a three team tournament during the IPLInternational star in the Women’s T20 challenge feel that there should be a Women’s IPLIndia’s triumph over Pakistan in the final of the first-ever ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in 2007 drew not only worldwide attention towards T20 cricket but also led to the creation of the Indian Premier League by the BCCI a year later. With further introduction of leagues around the world, the shortest format has taken the centre stage given it is just a three-hour spectacle, unlike One-Day Internationals.Down Under, Cricket Australia moved a step further and staged Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) alongside the Big Bash League, for both locals and overseas players. The England Cricket Board (ECB), in an attempt to water the same garden, started Kia Super League (KSL) shortly. In an exclusive interaction with ANI, star players Suzie Bates, Danielle Wyatt, Stafanie Taylor, Sophie Devine, Dane van Niekerk and Marizanne Kapp, shared not only how these tournaments developed their games but also revealed that a full-fledged IPL-style women’s league is long overdue.”It (WBBL and KSL) has really contributed to the improvement of the women’s game globally, not only with the skill level but also in attracting new fans to the game,” New Zealand all-rounder Devine said. “To be able to play alongside players from different countries and in different conditions has been hugely beneficial for my own game.”Devine’s smashing sister and world number one T20 batswoman Bates commented, “They (leagues) have really challenged me to expand my game and I have enjoyed getting to know other players from around the world and how they go about their cricket and the different challenges players face from other countries.” While South Africa captain van Niekerk pointed out, “The best play against the best and that is what you want outside of international cricket. It has changed women’s cricket and truly made it a global sport for all girls and women. As a player, you grow and learn so much in these leagues.”advertisementSince the WBBL started, Wyatt has donned the Melbourne Renegades’ jersey. The England opener said, “Melbourne is a great place to play cricket and to test myself against some of the best cricketers in the world. It is the same for KSL. I love playing in these different T20 tournaments across the world. It is a lot of fun making friends and playing together but it is also a massive challenge on the pitch which I love as I want to carry on improving and getting better. The ECB has done a fantastic job with the KSL and it is great to see (the same) in other tournaments across the world.”In August 2004, New Zealand defeated England in the first Women’s T20I. Since then, women’s cricket has made rapid progress but that has created its own challenges — from empty stands to fewer matches broadcast, the reach of women cricketers is still limited. The BCCI had organised a one-off Women’s T20 Challenger last year. Overseas players including Wyatt, Bates and Devine featured in the inaugural match consisting two teams — Harmanpreet Kaur-led Supernovas and Trailblazers captained by Smriti Mandhana, respectively, which was conducted as a means to test the feasibility of starting women’s IPL.Considering it was all last minute, Wyatt admitted, “It went very well as it is an amazing opportunity to be playing with and against the best players in the world and to test ourselves.” Bates, who bagged the Player of the Match, is hopeful that it “is the start of something big for the women’s game in India and future female cricketers.” While Devine added, “It was great fun to be able to play alongside both domestic and international Indian players and get a glimpse into how they go about their cricket.”Following an unexpected yet satisfying baby step, the BCCI has returned with the concept on a slightly larger scale and added a third team — Velocity, led by Mithali Raj. The Women’s T20 Challenger, beginning May 6, will see the participation of 12 overseas players. The T20 World Cup 2016 winning captain Taylor said, “I think that a similar set up to that of men’s IPL will be ideal (to make women’s game a success). However, the duration should be shorter than the men’s.”South Africa all-rounder Kapp will be busy hosting Pakistan for the ICC Women’s Championship but she stated, “I personally think what works really well in the Women’s Big Bash and Kia Super League is that you basically have the same type of setup up as the men’s teams.” Kapp’s teammate van Niekerk, who is nursing a neck injury, added, “I think we need the support from the fans. Without the fans, it will struggle to be a success. Also, the best players from all the countries should take part to make it truly competitive.”advertisement Players like Anjum Chopra, Mithali Raj, Jhulan Goswami are considered pioneers, for cricket before them was hardly telecast. However, the dedication of players and administration is commendable. After the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017, the Indian team started getting its share of name and fans, which has doubled with a brilliant performance at the ICC Women’s World T20 2018.”The athleticism, talent of the young players coming into the women’s squad and the fearless cricket they play,” has impressed Bates. While Kapp likes the Indian batting for “the way they are hitting the ball and amount of skill that some of the players have.””Players like Kaur and Mandhana have shown they can clear the boundaries with ease and there are a number of other players coming through that can do the same. Also, the fielding has improved massively — some of the catches taken not only in last year’s T20 exhibition match but the recent World T20 in the West Indies were outstanding,” Devine expressed.Taylor highlighted, “The organisation and commitment to the development of the sport have impressed me the most. India is the biggest consumer of cricket and it is evident by their dominance in international cricket. The meticulous planning and training by both the men’s and women’s teams show the importance of cricket to not just the players but the administrators as well.””First of all, the fans are incredible in India. Watching the IPL at home and seeing the crowds turn up, just amazing to see. Secondly, after the 2017 ODI World Cup, the Indian Women’s team has taken off massively. Exciting new players have made a name for themselves. Their attacking brand of cricket is exciting to see,” van Niekerk said.The one-off exhibition was a last-ball thriller and telecast by the board’s host broadcaster, but the crowd presence at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai was thin, partly because the game had a 2 pm (IST) start. Now in its second year, the tournament will commence at 7:30 pm except the second game, which will start at 3:30 pm as it clashes with the men’s eliminator match. Three teams will square up against each other in one round-robin league, with all games to be held at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur.Wyatt acknowledged, “Nobody came to watch us in Mumbai (during the ICC Women’s Championship in February) but we had quite big crowds in Guwahati (for T20Is) so hopefully the people of Jaipur will be excited and we can get big crowds in.” Keeping aside the venue, Kapp said, “As long as the games are being promoted properly, people will show up and support the women’s game. Indians absolutely love their cricket and I believe they will support women’s IPL.”Temperature in Jaipur is relatively high during summer. Wyatt, who claims to “love the heat”, said, “The conditions are obviously quite different to home and that takes a bit of getting used to. It is a lot hotter but you have to deal with it and just enjoy it I guess.” While Bates added, “It is difficult adjusting to the heat of playing in India but the more you play around the world the more you learn about what to expect and therefore plan and have strategies to keep cool. I try not to over think conditions and keep my game simple and stick to my strengths.”advertisementBCCI’s attempt to build a full-fledged league may take a few more years, but to strengthen women’s game at the grass-roots level and inspire more girls to take up cricket professionally, these high-profile overseas players promise big motivation to lead that route. Van Niekerk said, “You might not know everything but if you can help one person with a bit of advice that is a win. I think that you need to showcase the cream of women’s cricket. It gets girls and women interested in the game. You need them to participate, to have grassroots to strengthen. Grassroots are important, but if this era of women cricketers get it right, the girls at grassroots will benefit from it ten folds.”Taylor called for “words of encouragement about cricket and life off the cricket field” to influence the next generation and added, “We have to start somewhere and these T20 exhibition matches would only help to fuel interest from young girls entering into grassroots cricket. It will also make the administrators take a closer look at what improvements can be done to existing programs.”Bates said, “It (inspiring local players) is not just about your performances on the field but what you can bring to a team off it. I always try to have a professional and positive attitude and be open to chatting to local players about my game and answering any questions they may have but also showing them how fun the game of cricket can be when you put in the hard work.” Devine remarked, “If we can all help one another then the standard of women’s cricket will continue to grow. It (women’s league) is a great product that is working hard to balance not only the top women cricketers but also exposing domestic players to the next level up.”At the international level, India played New Zealand in double-headers setup early this year. The recent Women’s Big Bash League was staged alongside Big Bash League to get in more crowds. However, Cricket Australia has decided to provide separate platforms for its future domestic leagues. Even the ICC is set to organise standalone T20 World Cup 2020 for both men and women.Contemplating the future of women’s league in India, Kapp said, “Double-headers is a good idea, especially maybe just for the first year of the women’s IPL, just to make people aware of the women’s game. However, after that, I think it should be a standalone tournament.” Wyatt, however, disagreed, “Maybe in the long-term, they will serve a different role, but I think that is the way forward for now. Obviously, we want to get the crowds in and hopefully, they will come in early and watch us first. We want all the fans to see that actually women cricketers are amazing, as well as men cricketers.”Devine, who was part of the New Zealand team during the double-headers, said, “The timing is crucial to playing double-headers as there is a massive gap between games. It can be a long time for spectators to have to wait around. Also, the time of day and location of matches can have a huge impact. I know at the World T20 back in 2010 in West Indies the men played their final before the women and there was a great crowd that stayed on for our match.”There is definitely a place for women’s T20 leagues and the IPL obviously offers a great platform to the aspirations of women cricketers. The Jaipur event holds the key for a possible women’s IPL in the near future.Also Read | Jasia Akhtar 1st cricketer from Jammu & Kashmir to feature in Women’s T20 ChallengeAlso Read | Women’s T20 challenge: Chance to make statement as BCCI eye women’s IPLFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. 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first_img India Today Web Desk GeorgetownAugust 7, 2019UPDATED: August 7, 2019 20:15 IST Khaleel Ahmed picked up 1 wicket from 2 T20Is vs West Indies in the recent 3-match series (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli, Anushka Sharma and Khaleel Ahmed were spotted at a restaurant in GeorgetownIndia swept the T20I series vs West Indies 3-0 on Tuesday with Kohli and Rishabh Pant playing key rolesIndian players are now gearing up for the three-match ODI series starting August 8 in GuyanaTeam India captain Virat Kohli and his wife, Bollywood actor Anushka Sharma, went out for a lunch date in Georgetown on Wednesday and were joined by fast bowler Khaleel Ahmed as well.The trio was spotted at a restaurant in Guyana’s capital city. The players enjoyed their day’s break after the final T20I against the West Indies which India won by 7 wickets to sweep the three-match series 3-0.Anushka Sharma is on a break at the moment and has been by her husband’s side since the Cricket World Cup in England. She travelled with Kohli and the Indian team to Miami as well where India played two T20Is in Lauderhill before coming to the West Indies for the final match.Virat Kohli was back among the runs on Tuesday after a couple of cameos as he struck 59 off 45 balls with the help of six boundaries to guide the team to victory while chasing 147 in 20 overs against the Windies at the Providence cricket stadium.Rishabh Pant also roared back to form in that match as he top-scored with 65 off 42 balls with four boundaries and as many sixes. Kohli and Pant were part of a 106-run partnership which anchored India’s run chase.After the game, Kohli was all praise for young Pant, who came under criticism for throwing his wicket away in the first-two matches.advertisementKhaleel Ahmed was left out of the game after he played the first two matches in Lauderhill and managed to pick up 1 wicket in the first T20I.The Indian players are now gearing up for the three-match ODI series against the Windies which begins with the first match at Providence on August 8.Kohli will be back to lead the team while it will be interesting to see if India pick the 21-year-old Khaleel in the playing XI or not.Also Read | Rishabh Pant breaks MS Dhoni’s India record during Guyana T20I heroicsAlso Read | Kohli keen on giving Pant more space, delighted with Guyana T20I knockAlso Read | 3rd T20I: Virat Kohi, Rishabh Pant help India complete 3-0 whitewash over West IndiesFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow Anushka SharmaFollow Khaleel AhmedFollow India VS West Indies Khaleel Ahmed joins Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma for lunch in GeorgetownKhaleel Ahmed joined Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma for lunch in Georgetown where Team India will play the first ODI against West Indies from August 8.advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgOther Galleries 12 images Thu, 24 Oct, 2019 Kiara Advani to Urvashi Rautela: Best and worst-dressed at award night 9 images Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 Kriti Sanon pairs smart denim jacket with neon green dress for Housefull 4 promotions. See pics 10 images Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 Sara Ali Khan is elegance personified in white dress at airport. See pics 10 images Tue, 22 Oct, 2019 Priyanka Chopra in satin red mini wrap-dress enjoys date night with Nick Jonas in NYCOther Photogallery CategoriesIndiaMoviesLifestyleTelevisionAdd new comment Your name * E-mail * The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. Comment *More information about text formatsPlain textNo HTML tags allowed.Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.Lines and paragraphs break automatically.647×363: 483×271: 370×208: 170×96: 88×50: Section: PhotoLifestyleLifestyleGallery Image: Image: Caption: Sara Ali Khan was recently spotted in Bandra, Mumbai.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Caption: The Simmba actress gave us athleisure goals with her attire.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 1Image: Caption: Sara went for a white halter neck sports bra.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 2Image: Caption: Over her sports bra, she opted for a yellow slogan crop top.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 3Image: Caption: The 24-year-old flaunted her washboard abs in her crop top.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 4Image: Caption: She teamed the crop top with a pair of black yoga pants.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 5Image: Caption: With her attire, Sara went with black and white sneakers.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 6Image: Caption: The actress accessorised her look with a transparent Mickey Mouse bag.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 7Image: Caption: The Kedarnath actress looked radiant as she tied her hair in a lose ponytail and went without any makeup.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 8Image: Caption: On the work front, Sara is currently shooting for her film, Coolie No 1 with Varun Dhawan.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 9Tags: Sara Ali Khancelebrity fashionSource type: photogallerySocial media integration: Facebook Instant ArticlePhoto By: Yogen ShahShort description: Sara Ali Khan was recently spotted in Bandra, Mumbai. For her day out, the actress opted for a crop top flaunting her washboard abs with a pair of yoga pants.Syndicate: YesPreview_unique_id: preview_5d64ba5ce7ddb1566882396_1592008_editCommentContent Publish date: Tuesday, August 27, 2019 – 10:30Story Extra Data: eyJzZWN0aW9uIjpbIjEyMDY1NjciLCIxMjA4NTIxIl0sImNhdGVnb3J5IjpbIjEyMDg1ODkiXSwic3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJzdWJfc3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJzdWJfc3ViX3N1Yl9jYXRlZ29yeSI6bnVsbCwicHJpbWFyeV9jYXRlZ29yeSI6IjEyMDY1NjcifQ==770×433: Short Headline: Sara Ali Khan flaunts washboard abs in crop top and yoga pants. See picsApp headline: Sara Ali Khan flaunts washboard abs in crop top and yoga pants. See pics1200x675:last_img read more