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Glenn Maxwell replaces Murali Vijay as Kings XI Punjab skipper

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New Delhi, March 10: Kings XI Punjab has announced Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell as the captain for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) season, beginning April 5.

Maxwell has replaced Indian star batsman and former captain of Kings XI Murali Vijay who was appointed captain midway through the last season.

The franchise welcomed the new captain on its official Twitter account.

Maxwell debuted IPL with Delhi Daredevils in 2012. In the Last season, Kings XI had dropped David Miller as captain after the side had lost five of their first six games.

The mercurial all-rounder, who is well known for his hitting batting style performed exceedingly well in the last two seasons of the IPL.

Kings XI will start their campaign against Rising Pune Supergiant on April 8 in Indore, their second home venue after Mohali

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I will continue boxing till my body allows, says CWG gold medallist Mary Kom

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New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) After clinching her maiden Commonwealth Games medal, five-time world champion M.C. Mary Kom says she took the Gold Coast Games as a challenge and has urged other athletes to “flush out” the age factor.

Mary, 35, clinched the gold in Light Flyweight (48kg) category in Gold Coast, defeating Kristina O’Hara of Northern Ireland in the final.

“I never spoke about retirement, these are all rumours. My focus is now solely on that elusive Olympic gold. Whether I win or not is a separate thing but I am working hard to achieve that goal,” Mary told IANS putting a lid on all talks of her retirement, reiterating that she will continue boxing till her body allows her.

“Age has never been a factor for me, let’s flush this ‘age factor’ out of our minds. I will continue boxing till my body allows me,” she said.

Kom conceded she had a busy schedule — as a professional athlete, parent, gym owner and lawmaker — but sounded a warning to her opponents against assuming she had too much on her plate.

“I took the CWG as a challenge and emerged successful since I have always prioritised my training. With this medal I believe I have succeeded in silencing many of my critics. I can challenge anyone when I am on top of my training,” she added.

Asked about her chances in the upcoming Asian Games in Jakarta in August, the London Olympics bronze medallist conceded that the Asiad is a tougher tournament, considering the fact that she will have to compete in a higher weight category.

Mary, a Rajya Sabha MP, will have to compete in the Flyweight (51kg) category at the Asiad, since the 48kg division is not a part of the Asian Games and the Olympics.

“The Asian Games will be a bigger challenge, where I will have to compete in a higher weight category. So whatever the category is, I have to be fully ready and focussed on my training,” she said.

Mary, who has been competing non-stop for the past five months, starting with the Asian Championships gold in November, has no plans of taking a break.

Ahead of the CWG, Mary won a gold medal in the India Open in January before settling for a silver in the Strandja Memorial in Bulgaria in February.

When asked about the quality of India’s coaching staff, Mary was quick to pick women’s High-Performance manager Raffaele Bergamasco and her personal coach Chhote Lal Yadav as a great combination.

“Raffaele and Chhote Lal are very good coaches. Rafael is an experienced coach, Chhote Lal is young and can learn a lot from his company. If he continues in the same way, India will not require foreign coaches,” she said.

Asked about India’s bench strength in women’s boxing, Mary sounded positive, and also credited the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) for the gradual rise of Indian boxers.

“India has a rich bench strength in women’s boxing. I have seen a lot of young boxers coming up, thanks to BFI’s efforts of introducing new tournaments like the India Open boxing and also raising their hands in hosting international tournaments like the women’s Youth World Championships,” she said.

“Lovleena (Borgohain) is a very talented and promising boxer but unfortunately missed the medal (in 69kg category). But I do hope she keeps training hard and not lose focus. Medals will definitely come to her kitty one day,” she added.

After returning with an impressive haul of nine medals from the CWG, the Indian boxing contingent will take a break for a few days before heading to the United States for physical training, while the second string side will participate in a tournament in Serbia.

Commenting on the upcoming national camp, Mary said: “It’s an 18-day camp, a very good idea by the BFI and the coaches. In boxing, it is very important to maintain fitness and strengthening.”

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KKR romp to seven-wicket win over Royals

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Jaipur, Apr 18 : Kolkata Knight Riders delivered a professional performance to beat Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets here tonight, putting their IPL campaign back on track with back-to-back victories.

The highly-rated KKR spinners restricted Royals to 160 for eight before opener Robin Uthappa (48 off 36 balls), Nitish Rana ( 35* off 27 ) and captain Dinesh Karthik (42* off 23) did the job with the bat as the visitors cruised to victory in 18.5 overs.

It was a second emphatic performance in a row for KKR, who now have three wins from five games. Royals have lost two games out of the four they have played.

The away team was always in control of the chase despite losing Chris Lynn in the first over. Uthappa put up a show that is expected of him, entertaining the crowd with a blazing knock that comprised six fours and two sixes.

Captain Karthik then batted responsibly alongside Rana, taking KKR home comfortably.

Earlier Royals, put in to bat, were not able to build on the start provided by captain Ajinkya Rahane (36 off 19) and D’Arcy Short (44 off 43) after the openers shared a 54-run stand off 41 balls.

The trio of Piyush Chawla (1/18), Kuldeep Yadav (1/23) and part-timer Nitish Rana (2/11) conceded 52 runs in 10 overs, sharing four wickets amongst themselves.

KKR’s lead-spinner Sunil Narine had an off-day as the West Indian went wicketless and leaked 48 runs in four overs. Pacer Tom Curran (2/19) chipped in with a couple of wickets towards the end.

The highlight of Rahane’s knock was hitting Narine for four consecutive boundaries in his opening over.

His innings ended when KKR skipper and wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik effected a brilliant run-out after collecting the ball from in front of the stumps.

Rahane’s opening partner Short ended up with his highest score in the tournament so far but it was not one of his fluent knocks. The Australian, used to playing on bouncy pitches back home, later said he is still getting used to the low bounce in his maiden IPL stint.

The in-form Sanju Samson (7) getting out cheaply also hurt the home team which could never get a move-on with wickets falling at regular intervals.

KKR began with the spin from both sides and Chawla and Kuldeep Yadav kept things tights, conceding nine runs in the first three overs.

Rahane welcomed Narine in the next over hitting him for four consecutive boundaries as the over went for 18 runs.

The following over from pacer Shivam Mavi too produced 13 runs, giving the innings a much-needed impetus.

However, Royals did not get a big enough partnership thereafter as KKR spinners continued to control the innings.

An 18-ball 24 from Jos Buttler in the death overs helped Royals get past the 150-run mark.

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Mohammed Shami stays back in Kolkata following police summons

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Kolkata, April 18: Indian pacer Mohammed Shami, facing charges of domestic violence and extra-marital affairs levelled by his estranged wife Hasin Jahan, stayed back in the city on Tuesday the following summons from the Kolkata police while his team Delhi Daredevils flew to Bengaluru for their next IPL game.

Police sources said Shami has been summoned to appear before police at 2 p.m. on Wednesday for questioning in connection with her allegations.

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Delhi Daredevils are slated to take on Royal Challengers Bangalore in the southern city on April 21.

“He stayed back because of the summons though the DD team has already left for Bengaluru,” said a source close to the development.

The source said Shami could join the team late on Wednesday evening after meeting police. “That I think would be the normal course.”

Shami had stepped into the city – to play the IPL game against Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens on Monday night – for the first time since Hasin Jahan, last month made series of accusations against him to the media, on Facebook and police. She had even met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee with her complaints.

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A source close to Shami said he was holding discussions with his lawyers to decide his next step with regard to the summons.

A case was registered in Jadavpur police station against Shami and four others on March 8 on charges of attempt to murder, rape, criminal intimidation, and causing hurt by means of poison after she accused him of multiple extramarital affairs and domestic violence.

Hasin Jahan also alleged that he was spending time with a Pakistani woman in Dubai and taking money from her.

Following the accusations that he was involved in match-fixing, the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) temporarily left out Shami from the list of central contracted players, and the Bengal pacer was also probed by the anti-corruption officials of the BCCI for allegedly taking money from Pakistani contacts.

Shami was included in the contracted players’ list after the anti-corruption officials found him not guilty.

Earlier this month, Hasin Jahan moved a petition against Shami in the court of the third judicial magistrate, Alipur, praying for a monthly maintenance of Rs 10 lakh for her and their daughter.

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