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5 Most Expensive Sports of India. 7 Top Reasons Cricket is Loved in India. India loves sports and is a multi-sporting country. Several games are played here on a day to day basis. Some of the most popular sports in India are tennis, football, badminton, and hockey. Cricket is the most popular of all. If you are wondering why, listed below are top reasons why cricket is the most popular sport in India: 1.

World Class Cricketers India has successfully produced several exceptionally talented cricketing legends. 2. In India, cricket has always attracted a huge range of advertisements and sponsors because it is the most viewed game. A few seconds break obtained frequently during the overs or even when a wicket falls, the television shows advertisements. 3. Introduced by Lalit Modi in 2008, T20 turned into a huge sensation instantly. 4. Cricket loving Indians are proud of their God, Sachin Tendulkar. 5.

One of the major reasons behind then ever increasing popularity of the game is its simplicity. 6. 7. The cricket love among Indians is endless. MS Dhoni's Bradmanesque feat: Averages 99.16 in successful chases. Kolkata: Of late, there have been a lot of discussions and debates regarding the future of former skipper and wicketkeeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni. It might be true that he is not the same hitter anymore but his invaluable 45-run knock against Sri Lanka on Thursday showed why India’s most successful captain across all formats still has a lot left to offer. Chasing a revised target or 231, India were cruising to a victory with openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma putting on a hundred run stand.

But in a dramatic turn of events, they ended up losing seven wickets for just 22 runs in no time and were staring down the barrel. Then came Dhoni, who along with Bhuvneshwar Kumar scored a record 100-run partnership for the eighth wicket which guided India to a memorable win. Although Bhuvneshwar was the one who stole the limelight with his maiden fifty in ODI cricket, MS Dhoni’s patient and gritty 45* from 68 balls deserves no less applause. Like this: Like Loading... Dananjaya’s heroics in vain as India clinch three-wicket win. Kolkata: Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s gritty half-century coupled with a cool and solid 45* from former skipper Mahendra Singh guided India to one of it’s most memorable ODI wins in recent times after they had lost seven wickets mid-way into the chase. After restricting Sri Lanka to 236/8 in their 50 overs, the Indian openers-Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan came out all guns blazing and looked to win the game in quick time chasing a revised target of 231, in a match that had been reduced to 47 overs due to rain.

The Indian duo put on a solid 109 opening partnership before Rohit Sharma, who was run-out in the first match was trapped in front of the wicket by off-spinner Akila Dananjaya for a well-made 54. Shikhar Dhawan too fell shortly to Milinda Siriwardana, missing out a fifty by just one run and little did anyone expect that it would be the beginning of a batting collapse for the visitors. Kedar Jadhav (1) and KL Rahul (4) were both dismissed by Dananjaya. Brief scores- Like this: Like Loading... India win the Tri-Nation series despite 1-1 draw against St. Kitts and Nevis.

Kolkata: The Indians were held on to a 1-1 draw by St. Kitts and Nevis at the Mumbai Football Arena on Thursday but nonetheless won the Tri-nation Football series as they finished with one win and one draw. St. Kitts finished second among the three nations, having drawn both their games. The match started off with India getting very close to open the scoring as Jackichand Singh proved threatening to the opposition. India could have had an early 1-0 lead but Balwant Singh, who had scored against Mauritius missed to net in the header by a whisker.

But Jackichand did not miss with his header in the 38th minute through a long ball from Rowlin Borges and India looked the lead that they were looking for. India’s midfielders put on a dominant show right from the beginning as they dictated the terms against St. The Men in Blue went into the break with a 1-0 lead and looked good to win this match also. After an hour, St. Robin Singh’s shot hit the bar and Md. Like this: Like Loading... ISL: Manchester United star Dimitar Berbatov signs for Kerala Blasters. Kochi: While speculations were doing the rounds for the last two weeks, Kerala Blasters finally made one of the biggest signing in the entire ISL history. The Kochi based club have signed former Manchester United striker and Bulgarian legend Dimitar Berbatov, the player’s agent confirmed. Following the trend they have set up, Kerala put out a tweet to confirm the deal.

“Golden touch, turns like a dream & a deadly finish. The Bulgarian Hitman is set to take ISL by storm. According to reports, the striker’s agent, Emil Danchev, confirmed the signing saying: “I can today say Dimitar Berbatov is a player of Kerala Blasters, a club that has finished in second place in two ISL seasons. Born in Blagoevgrad, Berbatov started his football career with local club Pirin before moving to CSKA Sofia in 1998 at the age of 17. One of the few players who have had a illustrious club career, Dimitar was brought to England in 2006 by Tottenham Hostpur. Like this: Like Loading... Saina, Srikanth and Praneeth proceed to the pre-quarter finals of World Badminton Championships. Kolkata: The Indians continued with their good run in the World Badminton Championships in Glasgow as ace shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth registered dominating victories over their opponents to proceed to the pre-quarter stages of the tournament.

But Sai Praneeth also fought bravely to register a hard-fought victory over Indonesian Anthony Sinisuka Ginting on Wednesday. Saina, who had won a bronze medal for India at the London Olympics in 2012 comfortably beat Sabrina Jaquet 21-11, 21-12 in just 33 minutes to finish off the game. After the match, the twelve seeded Nehwal said, “It was a tricky match I felt. Sabrina is a formidable opponent but I am happy that I overpowered her nicely in the match.” “I think it is always tough to play first round but once you get used to the conditions, it gets better and better,” she further added. Kidambi Srikanth too won in a dominating fashion over Frenchman Lucas Corvee.

After the match, he said, “It was a very tough match. Like this: Sindhu storms into the pre-quarter finals on Day 2 of the World Badminton Championships. Kolkata: PV Sindhu entered the pre-quarter finals of the World Badminton Championships in Glasgow on Tuesday after she thrashed South Korean Kim Hyo Min 21-16, 21-14 in the women’s singles event. The fourth seeded Sindhu, dominated right from the beginning as she won eight consecutive points in the first match. Kim temporarily applied the brakes on Sindhu’s rampage as she pocketed two points to make it 2-8 but Sindhu fought back to head to the break 11-5.

Although the South Korean put up a fight, Sindhu was able to maintain a lead and thus ended up winning the first match 21-16. The second game too began with Sindhu’s dominance and it looked like the Rio silver medalist would run away with this one as well before Kim fought back to reduce the lead to two points. But Sindhu had a foot ahead as they headed into the break at 11-8. Later, the 22-year old from Hyderabad lead the game at 17-11 before winning at 21-14. Like this: Like Loading... AFC club competitions get Sponsor deal with C’estbon. Sandesh Jhingan is a captain for the future: Stephen Constantine. Mumbai: Head coach of the Indian national football team Stephen Constantine was highly impressed by the Indian captain Sandesh Jhingan and showered praise on him for his performance in India’s 2-1 victory over Mauritius in the tri-nation tournament that also involves St.

Kitts and Nevis. He said, “The captain has to reflect the character of the team. He has to set the tone of the team. Sandesh is a fighter like me who loves to lead from the front.” Interestingly, Jhingan had made his debut for the national team against Nepal in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier match, which was also Constantine’s first match in charge, in his second stint as a head coach of the Indian national team. With the performances that Jhingan has put up so far not only for the national team but also for the clubs he has played for, Constantine thinks it’s time for the lanky defender to play in the bigger leagues. “Sandesh to me is a player who should be playing in the bigger leagues,” he said.

Indian next face St. FIFA U-17 World Cup Trophy begins it’s journey in India. New Delhi: With just about 40 days remaining for the U-17 World Cup to kick start here in India, the tour of the trophy across the host cities has already began with a bang. The first showcase of the FIFA U-17 World Cup at the India Gate got a staggering response from the fans, as more than 2.5 lakh people turned up just to get a glimpse of the shining trophy which will be presented to the winner of the upcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup. The 49.5cm trophy was manufactured by Thomas Fattorini Ltd. in 2004 and weighs 4.56kgs. This will be the 17th edition of the World Cup and it was first put to display at the Dhyan Chand National Stadium on Saturday before it was taken to the iconic India Gate on Sunday.

The silverware will be put to display in the six host cities which are set to hold the World Cup matches. Javier Ceppi, tournament director of the World Cup was also quoted as saying, “It’s been a fantastic start to the trophy experience. The places where the trophy would be taken this week- Kabul in focus: Lalchand Rajput may not continue as Afghanistan head coach. Kolkata: Lalchand Rajput, the head coach of the Afghanistan national team has played an instrumental role in them getting Test status earlier this year. From being considered as minnows, the Afghan cricketers have come a long way so far to become one of the most exciting teams in the world cricket at the moment. But Rajput wouldn’t be able to continue doing the great work he has done with the team so far as now after they have got Test recognition, he has been asked to stay in Kabul to spend time with the boys.

This isn’t possible for him and also if things are looked at from the other side, without him staying with the team, he wouldn’t be able to prepare them for the upcoming challenges. Thus, he might not be able to continue as the head coach and the reason is thus justified from both the ends. Talking to SportsCrunch, he said, ” I said them that now we worked so well and now you’ve got Test status, they asked me to spend some time in Kabul.” Like this: Like Loading... First ODI: Shikhar, Virat shine as India thump Sri Lanka by nine wickets. Dambulla: India continued with their winning run from the Test series as they thrashed the Sri Lankans by nine wickets with 127 balls to spare in the first ODI in Dambulla on Sunday.

After Rohit Sharma was run out early in the chase of 217, Shikhar Dhawan and skipper Virat Kohli guided the run chase with an emphatic 197-run partnership that was all about dominance and carnage. The duo wasn’t troubled by any Sri Lankan bowler as hit boundaries at will and rotated the strike beautifully to help India take a 1-0 lead in the series. Of the two, Dhawan was the one who ripped apart the bowling single-handedly as he carried on from where he had left in the Test series bludgeoning his way to an unbeaten 132 of just 90 balls, hitting 20 fours and three sixes in the stylish yet aggressive knock. Courtesy Virat and Shikhar, India have notched up their biggest win in terms of balls spared in a chase of 200-plus runs. Earlier, the Indian skipper won the toss and put the hosts to bat. Brief scores- Sandesh Jhingan named India captain for the tri-series. Kolkata: With the absence of star forward Sunil Chhetri for the tri-series opener defender Sandesh Jhingan has been declared as the captain of the national team for the first match against Mauritius.

Having made his debut for the national team in 2014 after impressive performances in the Indian Super League, Jhingan has gone on to establish himself as one of the main defenders in the team. Now he has been given the additional responsibility of leading the Blue Tigers in an international match. The Men in Blue go into the tri-series tournament with a record of eight consecutive wins on the trot and Sandesh Jhingan who has been an important part of this great run, thoroughly deserves the arm band. India take on Mauritius in the opening match of the tournament in the Mumbai Football Arena and head coach Stephen Constantine considers this tournament to be perfect ‘stage to try new players,’ before the all important AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers. “We haven’t played together since June. Like this: ICC U-19 World Cup 2018: India to begin vs Australia on January 14.

Kolkata: The schedule of the U-19 World Cup has been announced with the tournament beginning from the 13th of January next year and ending on February 3. India have been clubbed in Group B with Australia, Zimbabwe and Papua New Guinea. The boys in blue kick off their campaign against the Australians in Tauranga on January 14. The other four cities which would host U-19 World Cup is Christchurch, Queenstown, and Whangarei from where as many as seven venues have been selected to host the 11th edition of the tournament. All the ten Test-playing nations have attained an automatic qualification (before Afghanistan and Ireland got their Test status) which also includes associate nation Namibia, who performed the best among the associate nations in the last edition.

Hosts New Zealand would begin their campaign against the defending champions West Indies in Tauranga on January 13. Here are the groups- Group A: West Indies, South Africa, New Zealand and Kenya Like this: Like Loading... Kerala Blasters secure the services of former Manchester United defender. Kolkata: Two-time ISL finalists Kerala Blasters announced the arrival of former Manchester United defender Wes Brown as their latest overseas signing for the upcoming ISL season. The club who has made it a norm to announce it’s signings via Twitter, once again tweeted to announce the singing of the 37-year old defender.

“One of PLs most decorated players, @rmeulensteen1 ‘s own, @wesbrown24 joins the Blasters family. #KBFC #NammudeSwantham,” the club tweeted out soon after the deal was finalised. Brown a product of United’s own academy, spent 19 years with the club after coming up through the ranks. He made a record 362 appearances for the first team winning five Premier League titles and also two Champions League trophies, before leaving the club in 2011 for Sunderland. He was part of the famous United side that won the treble in the 1998-99 season and also a key member of the Champions League winning team of 2008. Like this: Like Loading... Sreesanth returns to the cricket pitch after a four-year gap. Kolkata: Tainted Indian pacer S.

Sreesanth finally took the cricket field after a gap of four years as he led his team in an exhibition match at the very same ground where he began playing cricket. He was cheered by all present at the place at that point of time and he was also gifted roses by both the teams when entered the field. Sreesanth was the captain of his team- Playback singers XI as they played against Producers XI. The pacer opened the batting and did a good job with the willow. He was the chief guest at the club and hoisted the national flag as the country celebrated it’s 71st Independence Day. Said Sreesanth, “I am really happy that I am back and I am beginning my return from the same ground where it all began. This would have indeed made the right-arm paceman happy as he is eagerly waiting for the BCCI to lift the life-time ban it had slapped on him back in 2013 when he was involved in a spot-fixing scandal in the IPL. Like this: Like Loading... India thrash Sri Lanka by an innings and 171 runs to claim series 3-0.

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