IMAGE: Latest casualty, Harendra Singh. Photograph: Hockey India Indian men's hockey coach Harendra Singh was, on Wednesday, sacked from the position following a disappointing 2018 and offered the task of helming the junior squad by the national federation. Constant chopping and changing of coaches is a frequent phenomenon in Indian hockey and Harendra, who was appointed in May, is the latest casualty. "Though the year 2018 was very disappointing for the Indian Men's Hockey Team with results not going as expected, Hockey India believes investing in the junior program which will reap long-term benefits," Hockey India said in a statement explaining the reasons behind Harendra's axing.The Junior World Cup-winning coach took charge after India's medal-less showing at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games but was unable to change the team's fortunes. India were also below-par in the Asian Games in Indonesia, settling for a bronze after going into the tournament as the defending champions. They … [Read more...] about Indian men’s hockey coach sacked!
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'Everyone is different, every board is different, and the way they deal with certain issues' IMAGE: Australia's Steven Smith looks on during a training session ahead of the first Test between Australia and Pakistan at the BUPA National Cricket Centre in Brisbane. Photograph: Chris Hyde/Getty Images Former Australia captain Steve Smith, who was banned for a year for ball-tampering, says he does not feel hard done by despite a much lighter sanction handed down to West Indies batsman Nicholas Pooran for the same offence. Pooran was given a four-game ban during the third one-day international against Afghanistan, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said last week. Smith was initially banned for a test by the ICC after admitting that Australia had tried t o alter the condition of the ball during the Newlands test against South Africa in March 2018. But governing body Cricket Australia subsequently banned him for 12 months along with team mate David Warner, and stripped … [Read more...] about Smith shrugs off Pooran’s light ball-tampering ban
Chasing 275 for victory, India were in a spot of bother at 114/3 when Gambhir was joined by skipper Dhoni, and the two added 109 runs for the fourth wicket to help India to the famous victory.Former India opener Gautam Gambhir on Monday suggested that it was then captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni who was responsible for him not getting a century in the 2011 World Cup final. Gambhir starred for India, scoring 97 off 122 balls in the final of the 2011 World Cup, helping India win the title for the first time since 1983.Gautam Gambhir starred for India, scoring 97 off 122 balls in the final of the 2011 World Cup, helping India win the title for the first time since 1983. Photograph: Getty Images Chasing 275 for victory, India were in a spot of bother at 114/3 when Gambhir was joined by skipper Dhoni, and the two added 109 runs for the fourth wicket to help India to the famous victory. Gambhi, however fell just three runs short of a century in a World Cup final and that rankles him to date. … [Read more...] about Did Gambhir blame Dhoni for missing ton in WC final?