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IPL: Amol Muzumdar to join Rajasthan Royals as batting coach

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Mumbai: Former cricketer Amol Muzumdar with his award during Dr Dayal Foundation award ceremony in Mumbai on Dec 21, 2017. (Photo: IANS)

Jaipur, March 13: Rajasthan Royals has appointed domestic stalwart Amol Muzumdar as their batting coach for the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), it was announced on Tuesday.

Muzumdar, along with Head of Cricket Zubin Bharucha and bowling coach Sairaj Bahutule, will oversee Rajasthan Royals’ first camp in their hometown from March 13 at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium here.

“We are proud to have Amol Muzumdar on board as the team’s batting coach. His record on domestic circuit speaks for his greatness. The young batsmen will get so much to learn from him and develop their skills,” Bharucha said.

“Amol and Sairaj both bring skill, experience and vehemence that will surely drive the energy of the team in the right direction,” he added.

Amol Muzumdar said he was honoured to be part of Rajasthan Royals and was eager to work with the players.

“These are exciting times for a batsman. Twenty20 has completely changed the contours of the game. The skill-sets are different, the game is more happening. There is never a dull moment,” he said.

“As a coach one has to constantly innovate and adapt while guiding the youngsters acquire new batting skills and keeping the basics of the game intact at the same time. It is a role I am excited about,” Muzumdar added.

Muzumdar made his first-class debut for Mumbai. Playing the pre-quarterfinal against Haryana, Muzumdar racked up 260, setting a world record for the highest first-class score on debut.

In 171 first class matches, Muzumdar has scored a staggering 11,167 runs at an average of 48.13 runs with 30 hundreds and 60 half centuries.

Muzumdar holds second position, behind teammate Wasim Jaffer, in the list of all-time run scorers in the Ranji Trophy with 9,202 runs.

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Sindhu becomes first Indian to win BWF World Tour Finals title

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Guangzhou (China), Dec 16 :  Indian shuttler P.V. Sindhu created history by emerging as the first Indian to win the season-ending BWF World Tour Finals.

Sindhu clinched her maiden BWF World Tour Finals Title ,beats Nozomi Okuhara of Japan 21-19, 21-17 in the final match.This is Sindhu’s 14th career title and first season-ending title and several people congratulated her through twitter.

The Indian shuttler made a fast start but Okuhara managed to stay within touching distance.
Sindhu defeated former world champion Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand in straight games in their women’s singles semi-final on Saturday.

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2nd Test: India 172/3 at stumps, trail by 154 runs vs Australia

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Perth, Dec 15: India were 172/3 at stumps on the second day of the second Test against Australia at the Perth stadium here on Saturday.

India skipper Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane were batting on 82 and 51 runs respectively when the day ended.

The visiting side still trail by 154 runs against Australia’s first innings total of 326. Resuming the second day at 277/6, the Aussies were all out for 326 shortly before lunch.

Brief Scores: India (First Innings): 172/3 (Virat Kohli 82 batting, Ajinkya Rahane 51 batting) vs Australia (First Innings): 326 (Marcus Harris 70; Ishant Sharma 4/41).

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India’s Sindhu defeats Thailand’s Intanon, storms into final

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Guangzhou (China), Dec 15: Indian shuttler P.V. Sindhu defeated former world champion Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand in straight games in their women’s singles semi-final at the 2018 BWF World Tour Finals here on Saturday.

The 23-year-old Olympic silver medallist, who has not lost to World No.8 Intanon in the last two years, breezed into the final after quashing her Thai opponent 21-16, 25-23 in 54 minutes, reports Efe.

The world number six from Hyderabad – who entered the semi-finals after defeating Beiwen Zhang of the US 21-9, 21-15 on Friday – dominated the first game, winning it in 20 minutes after grabbing an initial 6-4 lead.

Intanon bounced back in the second game but Sindhu did not lose nerve and won it in a nail-biting finish to wrap up the match.

Sindhu will now play against Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in the final on Sunday.

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