Weekly Digest (September 13-19): Kohli quits T20 captain, India loses to Finland in Davis Cup


Last week, Virat Kohli announced he would step down as India captain of the T20 Internationals following the T20 World Cup, citing a heavy workload. He was successful as India’s T20 captain, leading the team to 27 wins in 45 matches at the time of his announcement. A T20 World Cup crown can add a feather to his cap when he takes his bow.

The PCB remained furious after the New Zealand team withdrew from their tour of Pakistan hours before the first ODI in Rawalpindi, citing a threat to the team’s safety. The PCB says the decision was made unilaterally and the New Zealand team had no threat to their safety.

In tennis, India lost their Davis Cup World Group I match to Finland 3-1.

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Here are some headlines from the sports world from the past week.

LOCUST

Virat Kohli will step down as India’s T20I captain after the T20 World Cup, the cricketer confirmed on Thursday. (REPORT)

New Zealand scrapped their Pakistan cricket tour on Friday amid security concerns that mystified the host, just ahead of the Black Caps’ first scheduled game in Pakistan in 18 years. (REPORT)

New Zealand’s brutal decision to withdraw from its Pakistan cricket tour has created “an unfortunate scenario,” but the host knows how to overcome such crises, Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ramiz Raja said on Saturday. (REPORT)

The BCCI announced the national junior selection committee on Friday. Former Tamil Nadu captain Sridharan Sharath has been appointed president. (REPORT)

India will not tour New Zealand later in the year due to a busy schedule and COVID-19 restrictions. India should have been quarantined for 14 days to play three ODIs in the World Cup Super League. (REPORT)

The Saint Kitts and Nevis Patriots host claimed a three-wicket victory over the Saint Lucia Kings in a last-ball thriller to claim their first Caribbean Premier League title at Warner Park. (REPORT)

Rishabh Pant will continue to lead Delhi Capitals for the remainder of IPL 2021, starting September 19. (REPORT)

Former West Indies quick pitcher Michael Holding has bid farewell to cricket comments. (REPORT)

Former Bengal player and current Mizoram Under-19 coach Murtaza Lodhgar died of a heart attack on Friday evening, sources from the Bengal Cricket Association (CAB) said. He was 45 years old. (REPORT)

Harri Heliovaara and Henri Kontinen who won the doubles and won the Davis Cup draw for Finland on Saturday. – FINNISH TENNIS ASSOCIATION

TENNIS

India’s hopes for a revival were dashed as Harri Heliovaara and Henri Kontinen sealed the decisive brace for the Finnish host with a 7-6 (2), 7-6 (2) victory over Rohan Bopanna and Ramkumar Ramanathan in the third rubber on day two of the Davis Cup World Group game at the Espoo Metro Arena on Saturday.

With Finland winning both singles matches on Matchday 1 thanks to Otto Virtanen and Emil Ruusuvuori, against Prajnesh Gunneswaran and Ramkumar respectively, it was up to India to maintain the tie.

India lost the rubber 3-1. (REPORT)

The pair Sania Mirza and Shaui Zhang were beaten 3-6, 6-3, 10-8 by Belgians Greet Minnen and Alison Van Uytvanck in the quarterfinals of the doubles of the WTA tennis tournament at 189,708 euros. (REPORT)

Sumit Nagal lost in the first round of the 132,280 Euro Challenger tennis tournament in Poland, losing to Italy’s Stefano Travaglia in three sets. (REPORT)

Sania Mirza believes Emma and Leylah’s fairy tale run has provided a glimpse of depth into the female realm. (REPORT)

GOLF

Indian Tvesa Malik excelled again, finishing tied for 12th with an Under-70 final round at the 2021 Lacoste Ladies Open de France in Bordeaux, France. She now has three top 10s this season. (REPORT)

HOCKEY

Indian men’s hockey team midfielder Nilakanta Sharma hoped his contribution to the country’s bronze-medal feat at the Tokyo Olympics would inspire a generation of young people from his home state of Manipur. (REPORT)

Forward Shamsher Singh said winning the Olympic bronze medal only ticks a box in the Indian men’s hockey team’s fresh start. (REPORT)

TABLE TENNIS

Manika Batra has been excluded from India’s squad for the Asian Championships, which kick off in Doha on September 28, after she failed to attend Sonepat’s compulsory national camp. (REPORT)

Swastika Ghosh, Yashaswini Ghorpade, Suhana Saini, Hansini Rajan and Dhaani Jain became champions of the World Table Tennis Youth Contender tournament in Tunis. (REPORT)

The appointment of a worthy foreign coach is the “top priority” for Sharath Kamal among recent suggestions to the Indian Table Tennis Federation. (REPORT)

ATHLETICS

World Athletics restructures cross-country, combined and walk events (READ HERE)

Tokyo Ujah medalist’s B sample is positive, case referred to CAS (READ HERE)

Next year’s cross-country world championships have been postponed to 2023 due to COVID-19-related travel restrictions in Australia, the governing body World Athletics said on Wednesday. (READ HERE)

Review of the 2021 National Athletics Open: Santhosh Kumar back on track; Patience pays off for Parul and Abhishek; Gold Harmilan and Aishwarya bag

Abhishek Pal of Railways won the men’s 5000m while Parul Chaudhary won the women’s 5000m. (
National Open: patience pays off for Parul and Abhishek
). Harmilan Bains smashed the national record with a gold medal time of 4: 05.39s. (READ HERE)

B. Aishwarya won gold in the long jump with a personal best 6.52m. (READ HERE). T. Santhosh Kumar returned to victory after winning the 400m hurdles. (READ HERE).

Mohammad Ajmal moved up to the 400m while playing (READ HERE).

Four-year ban on Salazar confirmed by CAS

The 63-year-old was banned in 2019 from the US Anti-Doping Agency for “orchestrating and facilitating” doping as the head coach of Project Nike Oregon. (READ HERE)

Tokyo Marathon postponed, 2022 edition canceled due to Covid-19

The 2021 Tokyo Marathon has been postponed to March 6, 2022, due to the increase in the Delta variant of the CO-19, the Tokyo Marathon Foundation announced on Friday. (READ HERE)

Gatlin beaten in Nairobi 100m, suspends retirement

The 39-year-old American, who has been twice suspended for doping, failed to qualify for this year’s Tokyo Games and was hoping to make amends in Kenya. (READ HERE)

Bermuda sprint and relay world championships canceled due to COVID-19

This year’s world sprint and triathlon relay championships have been canceled due to an increase in COVID-19 infections in Bermuda. (READ HERE)

BOXING

Nishant Dev upset Strandja Memorial Bronze Medalist Naveen Boora to enter the semi-finals and secure his first podium at the National Boxing Championships at the Inspire Institute of Sports (IIS). (REPORT)

SOCCER

In the 2021 Durand Cup, Gokulam Kerala and Army Red advanced to the quarter-finals (READ).

Bengaluru FC were held in check 2-2 by Delhi FC with a qualification for the quarter-finals until the last game (READ) while Jamshedpur FC ended their campaign with a 5-0 loss to FC Goa (READ).

From the mind-blowing defeat for Manchester United to the wins for Chelsea and Bayern Munich, here’s a recap of all the action in the Champions League. (READ)

Grealish scored on his UCL debut in Man City’s savage 6-3 win over Leipzig (READ) while Griezmann mocked Atletico Madrid held 0-0 by Porto in the Champions League (READ)

Real Madrid and Rodrygo won over Inter Milan; Atletico Madrid saved by VAR. Haaland’s prolific Champions League record continued with one goal in Borussia Dortmund’s 2-1 win at Besiktas. (READ)

In the Bundesliga Lewandowski scored again as Bayern routed Bochum 7-0 (READ), while Ekkelenkamp scored on his debut as Hertha wins again (READ)

In the Premier League, Brentford beat Wolves 2-0; Watford puts past three Norwich (READ), while curler Odegaard gave Arsenal a victory at Burnley (READ). Man City were held to a frustrating draw by Southampton despite being suspended from VAR (READ)

Sadio Mane reached 100 goals for Liverpool in the 3-0 victory over Palace (READ), while Bailey’s cameo inspired Villa to a 3-0 win over Everton (READ)

Lingard, De Gea secured a spectacular late win for Man United over West Ham in the Premier League. (READ)

In La Liga, Benzema’s hat-trick saw Madrid make a winning comeback at the Bernabeu (READ), while Joao Felix saw red as Atletico Madrid were held in check by Athletic Bilbao. (READ)

Cadiz beat Celta for their first La Liga win this season (READ) while Betis scored late in the Andalusia derby to end a winless streak. (READ)

In Serie A, Mazzarri was named Cagliari boss after Semplici was sacked (READ). Pjaca’s goal saw Torino win 1-0 over Sassuolo (READ) while Inter won 6-1 over Bologna (READ).

In Ligue 1, Lens defeated Lille after the match was interrupted by fan violence (READ); Strasbourg defeated Metz 3-0 (READ) while Shaqiri scored the Lyon goal in the 3-1 victory, Angers drew in Brest (READ)

SPORTS CAR

Aston Martin has started work on a new Formula 1 plant and wind tunnel which, according to team owner Lawrence Stroll, underpins his commitment to the sport and his goal of fighting for the World Championships during over the next three to five years. (REPORT)

Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia survived a late charge from world championship leader Fabio Quartararo to win the San Marino Grand Prix on Sunday and claim a second straight MotoGP victory. (REPORT)

Quadruple world champion Sebastian Vettel and Canadian Lance Stroll, son of the owner, will race for Aston Martin next season in an unchanged roster of drivers, the Formula 1 team announced Thursday (REPORT)

Formula One World Championship leader Max Verstappen will drop three grid places at the Russian Grand Prix on September 26 after commissioners decided he was mainly to blame for a collision with title rival Lewis Hamilton at Monza Sunday. (REPORT)

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