Ramkumar stuns world number 8, Dominic Thiem

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Photo by Vipin Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images
Photo by Vipin Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Vikrant Jha

In a historical turn of events, Indian Tennis player Ramkumar Ramanathan defeated eighth-ranked Dominic Thiem in the second round of the Antalya Open. Thiem, the French Open semifinalist was undone by the Indian in two straight sets 6-3 and 6-2. The sporting world celebrated Ramanathan’s stunning victory:

Shastri to apply for the position of Indian Head Coach

Former team India Director, Ravi Shastri has decided to apply for the post of the Head Coach of the Indian cricket team. On Tuesday he told Indian Express, “yes, I have decided to apply for the job.” Shastri had applied for the job last year as well but veteran Anil Kumble was favoured over him, for which Shastri held Sourav Ganguly responsible. He had claimed that Ganguly convinced Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman to not select him as the coach. The panel of the same three members of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), Sourav, Sachin and VVS, will yet again be interviewing candidates for selecting the Indian Coach.

Kumble-Kohli rift not handled properly: Sourav Ganguly

Former India Captain Sourav Ganguly finally broke his silence on the infamous rift between Captain Virat Kohli and (now former) Coach Anil Kumble. Ganguly, one of the three members of the Lodha Panel-recommended Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), said on Tuesday “the matter should have been handled a lot better, by whoever is in charge. It was not handled properly.”

Germany defeats England in Euro U21 semi-final

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Spanish professional footballer Saúl Ñíguez Esclápez. Germany will clash with Spain in the final of Euro U21

In a gripping semi-final which extended to the penalty shootouts to decide the winner, Germany U21 defeated England U21 4-3 on penalties. Both the teams conceded their lead on one occasion and the scoreboard read 2-2 at the end of the match. Germany held their nerve in the shootout and booked a place in the final for a clash with Spain. Spain U21 had defeated Italy U21 3-1 to book their slot in the final.

English women enter record books en route their victory over Pak

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Photo courtesy: Twitter
Natalie Sciver and Heather Knight celebrate after a formidable English win against Pakistan in ICC Women’s World Cup

England Women’s team entered the record books as they posted the highest ever total of 377 in an ICC Women’s World Cup match. Natalie Sciver and Heather Knight scored their maiden centuries to propel England to a 107-run victory (D/L method) over a hapless Pakistan side. England came back strongly after their disappointing defeat against Indian Women in the tournament Opener. The Mithali Raj-led side had defeated the English women by a margin of 35 runs. Smriti Mandana, the 20-year-old Indian Opener, had scored a brisk 90 of just 72 balls and was adjudged the player of the match.

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Published: 28 Jun 2017, 12:40 PM