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       HEADLINES: Goons attack cinema producer in Kochi                                              Thrissur Pooram: Legal permission will be given to fireworks, says Centre                                              First complaint lodged in phone trap case                                              Nalini Netto new chief secretary                                              Parl passes bill that decriminalises suicide attempt by mentally ill people                                              No legal slaughterhouse is being targetted in UP: Naidu                                              Kundan Chandravat who announced bounty for Pinarayi's head held                                              Sena MP books AI ticket, airline cancels it                                              China's military facilities on man-made SCS islands nearly ready                                              Snapping of Indo-Pak talks only encourages terrorists: Pak                                              Pakistan court asks Punjab govt to explain detention of Hafiz Saeed                                              India beat Australia to win series 2-1                                              India retains ICC Test Championship mace                                              Ashwin receives Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy                                              Bhupathi picks four singles players; Paes, Bopanna reserves                                              Aussie cricketers are no longer friends, says Virat Kohli                                              Kaumudi Facebook
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         Aussie cricketers are no longer friends, says Virat Kohli    
 
 
DHARMASALA: Indian captain Virat Kohli today said he no longer considers Australian cricketers his friends after being targetted both on and off the field by them in a fiercely-fought Test series that his team won. Kohli had stopped short of calling Steve Smith a cheat for his 'DRS Brain Fade' moment after which a section of Australian cricketers (current and former) along with their media targetted the Indian captain, going as far as to compare him with controversial US president DonaldTru

 
         Bhupathi picks four singles players; Paes, Bopanna reserves    
 
 
NEW DELHI: In a bold decision, India's non-playing captain Mahesh Bhupathi today opted for four singles players in the squad, keeping veteran Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna as reserve members, for the Davis Cup tie against Uzbekistan. Ramkumar Ramanathan (ranked 269), Yuki Bhambri (307), Prajnesh Gunneswaran (325) and N Sriram Balaji (350) are in the playing squad for the tie scheduled from April 7 to 9 in Bengaluru.

 
         Ashwin receives Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy    
 
 
DHARMSALA: India's off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin today received Garfield Sobers Trophy for being named the ICC Cricketer of the Year as well as the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year. "It has been a great honour to be named by the ICC for two top awards and it is dreamlike to actually receive them here," said Ashwin, who had finished 2015 as the number-one ranked Test bowler in the world, a position he twice reclaimed in 2016.

 
         India retains ICC Test Championship mace    
 
 
DHARMASALA: India today retained the ICC Test Championship mace and also won a cash award of USD one million for holding on to the top position in the Test Team rankings on the annual April 1 cut-off date. Captain Virat Kohli received the mace and cheque from Sunil Gavaskar at a ceremony after the fourth and final Test against Australia, in which Ajinkya Rahane led the side as Kohli could not play due to a shoulder injury.

 
         India beat Australia to win series 2-1    
 
 
DHARAMSALA: A clinical India Tuesday regained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, beating Australia by eight wickets in the deciding fourth Test here to clinch one of the most controversial and hard-fought bilateral contests in recent times.

 
         India bowl out Australia for 137, to chase 106 to win 4th Test    
 
 
DHARNSALA: India set themselves a target of 106 to win the fourth Test and claim the series 2-1 after bundling out Australia for 137 in their second innings on the third day, here. Glenn Maxwell was top scorer for the Australians with his 45-run knock while Matthew Wade remained unbeaten on 25. For India, paceman Umesh Yadav and spinners R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja took three wickets apiece.

 
         Shaun Tait retires from all forms of cricket    
 
 
MELBOURNE: Australia's Shaun Tait, one of the world's fastest bowlers in his prime, has called time on his injury-ridden career. Tait, who last played for Australia in January 2016, said he realised that age was catching up with him. "I honestly wanted to play a couple more years, whether it was over in the UK or here," the 34-year-old, who recently acquired an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card, was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.

 
         FIFA praises infrastructure at IG Stadium    
 
GUWAHATI: The FIFA inspection team on March 26 left "highly impressed" after overseeing the preparations at the Indira Gandhi Stadium, one of the six venues selected to host matches in the U-17 World Cup later this year.

 
         India finishes 248/6 on Day 2    
 
 
DHARAMSALA: Indian batsmen frittered away the initial advantage before reaching 248 for six against a disciplined Australia to leave the fourth and final cricket Test evenly poised, here on March 26.

 
         Debutant Kuldeep takes 4, Australia all-out for 300 on Day 1    
 
 
DHARMSALA: Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav made a memorable debut with a four-wicket haul that negated Steve Smith's defiant hundred as India bowled out Australia for 300 on an engrossing opening day of the fourth and final cricket Test, here today. The 22-year-old Kuldeep, who replaced injured skipper Viart Kohli, returned figures of four for 68 in 23 overs after Australia decided to bat and made a resounding start.

 
         FIFA lauds Navi Mumbai venue, says this should be benchmark    
 
 
NAVI MUMBAI: A FIFA delegation today expressed happiness at the preparedness of the facilities at Navi Mumbai for the Under-17 Football World Cup, saying the D Y Patil stadium here should be treated as benchmark for other venues in the country. The delegation led by FIFA Head of Events Jamie Yarza today inspected the D Y Patil Stadium here.

 
         Kohli ruled out, Rahane becomes India's 33rd Test captain    
 
 
DHARMSALA: Ajinkya Rahane became India’s 33rd Test captain after injured Virat Kohli was ruled out of the fourth and deciding Test against Australia, here today. Kohli suffered a shoulder injury while fielding in the Ranchi Test match. Left-arm chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav will be making his debut as India go back to five bowler theory with Bhuvneshwar Kumar replacing Ishant Sharma.

 
         Hamilton on pole for Australian GP with record lap    
 
 
MELBOURNE: Triple world champion Lewis Hamilton will start off the pole in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix after winning qualifying on Saturday. Hamilton in a Mercedes clocked a record lap of one minute 22.188 seconds to take his 62nd career pole and sixth in Australia into Sunday's race in Melbourne.

 
         Manohar defers decision to step down as ICC chairman    
 
 
DUBAI: ICC chairman Shashank Manohar today deferred his recent decision to step down from the post until a successor is elected following the completion of the 2017 Annual Conference. The decision comes following an ICC Board resolution to request him to remain in post was passed with overwhelming support earlier this week.

 
         Waugh says pressure on India, urges Australia to retain XI    
 
 
MELBOURNE: Australian cricket legend Steve Waugh felt the pressure will be on pre-series favourites India going into the deciding fourth Test and urged the visitors to not tinker with the playing XI in Dharamsala. "I think a lot of the pressure is on the Indian side. They've been expected to win this series and they now come into this Test match with the possibility of losing it," Waugh was quoted as saying by 'cricket.com.au'.

 
         Ajinkya is more chilled out than Virat: Smith    
 
 
DHARMASALA: Australia's Steve Smith today felt Ajinkya Rahane will do a good job as skipper in the probable absence of Virat Kohli, terming the India vice-captain a "more chilled out guy" than his opposite number. Asked how much India would miss Kohli's leadership if he is forced to skip the series-deciding fourth Test, Smith showered accolades on his Rising Pune Supergiants teammate.

 
         Kohli skips batting at nets, no Shami for 4th Test    
 
 
DHARMASALA: Skipper Virat Kohli today skipped batting at India's net session ahead of the fourth cricket Test against Australia. It was also learnt that pacer Mohammed Shami will not be picked for the match as he is still being monitored by physio Patrick Farhart. Kohli is nursing an injury on his right shoulder sustained while trying to save a boundary in Australia's first innings at Ranchi. While there were speculations that he would be fo

 
         Sad that focus has shifted from game: Pujara on Trump comment    
 
 
DHARMASALA: Cheteshwar Pujara today lamented the Australian media's comparison of Virat Kohli with Donald Trump's attitude towards scribes, saying tasteless comments are dominating headlines instead of cricketing achievements. Pujara's epic double ton in the third Test, Smith's battle of attrition in Pune and Ranchi, Lyon and Ashwin's magical spells in Bengaluru have all been put in the backburner thanks to the bad blood that has spilled over with equal contribution from all stakeholders

 
         Virat Kohli is a great leader, says Gilchrist    
 
 
MELBOURNE: Australian cricket legend Adam Gilchrist has called Virat Kohli a great leader and said it is time for both the countries to put an end to the 'cheatgate' controversy before it turns into infamous 2008 'monkeygate' episode. Kohli is yet to fire in the ongoing series against Australia and Gilchrist said the Indian skipper is due for big runs in the fourth and final Test in Dharamsala, starting Saturday.

 
         We are going through tough times: Pakistan's new captain    
 
 
KARACHI: Pakistan's new ODI and T20 captain Sarfaraz Ahmad avoided speaking on the PSL spot-fixing scandal, which has rocked the cricket community, but admitted that the country's cricket was going through tough times. Terming the coming series in the West Indies as a big challenge for Pakistan cricket, the wicketkeeper-batsman told the media on the eve of the team's departure for the Caribbean that the first target was to win the three match ODI series and qualify directly for the next World

 
         Fear of series-defeat behind India's verbal attacks: Starc    
 
 
MELBOURNE: India are scared of losing the home series against Australia and that is the reason behind their repeated barbs against the visiting cricketers, injured paceman Mitchell Starc has remarked. Starc, who left the tour mid-way due to stress fracture in his foot, said the the defeat in the series-opener in Pune rattled India and that's why the hosts have adopted such defensive tactics.

 
         India to test waters against Cambodia    
 
 
PHNOM PENH: Preparing for the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers, India will get a chance to assess their strengths and weaknesses in a match situation when they plays Cambodia in an international friendly here on Tuesday. This is India’s first friendly since the 4-1 rout of Puerto Rico on home soil in September last year. Both the sides will be looking to approach the game with seriousness, as it’s their last competitive outing before kicking off their respective qualifying campaigns for the AFC A

 
         It will turn around, I will score runs: Warner    
 
 
RANCHI: It has been a barren run for David Warner since arriving in India but the Australian opener is hopeful of a turnaround, saying he will soon be among runs. The left-handed opener has managed just 131 runs in six innings with a 33-run knock in the first innings of the Bangalore Test being his best so far.

 
         Jadeja grabs top spot in bowling, Pujara 2nd in batting list    
 
 
NEW DELHI: India's Ravindra Jadeja pipped spin twin Ravichandran Ashwin to grab the pole position in the latest ranking for ICC Test bowlers while Cheteshwar Pujara reached a career-high second rank among batsmen. Left-arm spinner Jadeja whizzed past Ashwin after snaring nine wickets in the drawn third Test against Australia, which put the four-match series interestingly poised at 1-1.

 
         Afghan IPL debutant Rashid Khan wants to pick Yuvraj's brains    
 
 
NEW DELHI: Eighteen-year-old Afghan sensation Rashid Khan can't wait to start his maiden stint in the IPL with Sunrisers Hyderabad, where he will be sharing the dressing room with his childhood hero Yuvraj Singh. The last three months has been a "dream" for leg-spinner Rashid, who alongside senior teammate Mohammad Nabi, became the first among equals from the war-torn nation to be bought by an IPL franchise during last month's auction.

 
         India denied by Aussie grit, third Test ends in draw    
 
 
RANCHI: Indian bowlers were thwarted by Australia's perseverance as Steve Smith's men survived a battle of nerves today to force a draw in the third cricket Test here and keep the series alive. Starting the day at a nervy 23/2 in reply to India's 603/9 declared, Australia were 204/6 in 100 overs in their second innings when the two teams decided to end the proceedings.

 
         Kohli alleges disrespect to India physio; Smith rubbishes it    
 
 
RANCHI: Allegations and denials flew thick and fast between rival captains Virat Kohli and Steven Smith with the India skipper claiming that the home team physio Patrick Farhart was "disrespected" by visiting players. Kohli alleged that some Australians unnecessarily taunted the Farhart but Smith denied the claim.

 
         Pujara double, Saha ton put India in complete command    
 
 
RANCHI: Cheteshwar Pujara's marathon double hundred complemented by Wriddhiman Saha's dogged century put India in complete command with an imposing total of 603 for 9 against Australia on the fourth day of the third cricket Test.

 
         Dhoni wins hearts but Bengal win Hazare semi-final    
 
 
NEW DELHI: Mahendra Singh Dhoni enthralled one and all with some breathtaking sixes but a young Bengal side put up a spirited display to beat Jharkhand by 41 runs and enter the Vijay Hazare final here today. They will meet Tamil Nadu in the final. Bengal had lost to Dinesh Karthik and Co. in the two successive finals in 2008-09 and 2009-10.

 
         Maharaj sets 'impossible' win for South Africa    
 
 
WELLINGTON: South African captain Faf du Plessis hailed an "impossible" victory after the Proteas recovered from a desperate situation to win the second Test against New Zealand by eight wickets in Wellington today.

 
 
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