FEBRUARY 2019-SPORTS NEWS
ICC roped in Coca-Cola as official sponsor
Mithali Raj Becomes First Woman Cricketer To Play 200 ODIs
India’s women’s cricket team captain Mithali raj has become the first woman to play 200 matches in the ODI format when she played against New Zealand in Hamilton.
She already holds the record for being the most capped woman in one-day internationals.
Mithali made her ODI debut back on 25 June 1999 against Ireland in Milton Keynes, scoring 114* as India won by 161 runs.
She is the leading run-scorer in ODIs.Currently, she has 6622 runs against her name.
G. Sathiyan surpasses Sharath Kamal to become highest-ranked Indian at 28, Manika Batra breaks into top-50
Qatar stun Japan to win the AFC Asian Cup for the first time
South Korean footballer Ki Sung-yueng announces retirement
Vani Kapoor becomes first Indian to grab Australian LPGA card
Vani Kapoor finished tied-12th in the first-ever Australian LPGA Qualifying Tournament to earn playing rights for the Australian Ladies PGA Tour.
Total 81 players participated in the Qualifying tournament out of which top-20 earned the card for LPGA.
Diksha Dagar, Astha Madan and Ridhima Dilawari also participated in the qualifying tournament but they could not grab the Card of LPGA.
INS Dronacharya wins Kochi Area Pulling Regatta 2019
INS Dronacharya team won Regetta trophy (also called The Cock) in Kochi Area Pulling Regatta 2019 conducted by Indian Navy’s Southern Naval Command (SNC) and held in Ernakulum Channel, Kerala.
Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) School & Diving School secured runners up position.
The Boat Pulling Regatta Six teams, formed from all major units of South Naval Command participated in the regatta, in which boats had to cover a distance of 1.6 km of the navy.
Haryana Hammers beat Punjab Royals to win PWL-4 title
Punjab’s Bajrang Punia who is Asian Games Gold Medalist and Padma Shri Awardee scored an impressive 11-0 win over Haryana’s Rajneesh but could not make his team the winner of the tournament.
Haryana Hammers defeated Punjab Royals in the first five bouts of the summit class to clinch the title.
Ukraine’s Aleksandra Khotsianivski playing for Haryana defeated Canadian Korey Jarvis who was representing Punjab by 3-0 in the 125 kg super heavyweight bout.
Nepal's Sundeep Jora youngest man to hit T20 International fifty
Earlier, Rohit Paudel of Nepal had scripted history by becoming the youngest man to score a half-century in international cricket.
Greg Chappell set to retire as Australia National Selector after Ashes 2019
ICC ODI Rankings: Smriti Mandhana becomes No.1 batswoman in world
Smriti Mandhana has moved up three spots to attain the number one rank in the updated ICC ODI batting rankings, released on Saturday.
After scoring her fourth ODI century and an unbeaten 90 in the three-match series against New Zealand, Mandhana now sits above the Australians Ellyse Perry and Meg Lanning.
In the ODI Bowler’s ranking, veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami is fourth, with Poonam Yadav at eighth and spinner Deepti Sharma at ninth.
Whereas, Deepti Sharma is fourth in the All-rounders rank and is the Indian cricketer to be the top-10 list.
Former captain of the Pakistan women team Sana Mir became the first Asian woman to play hundred T20Is.
She achieved this milestone, while playing against West Indies during the final of T20I that was held in Karachi.
Sana Mir is the sixth woman in the world to complete 100 T20Is,whereas Daendra Dottin of West Indies lead the list with 110 T20Is
Ambati Rayudu was conferred with Player of the Match title as he scored 90 runs off 113 balls which include 4 sixes and eight fours in the pressure situation.
He is also the highest run scorer of the series as he scored 190 runs in 5 ODIs with an average of 63.33.
Indian Pacer Mohammed Shami was conferred with the Player of the series title for his brilliant bowling in the series.
He Claimed 9 wickets in the four matches with an economy of 4.76.
New Zealand’s Trent Boult is highest wicket taker of series with 12 wickets.
Indian squash player Ramit Tandon defeated Egyptian Mohamed El Sherbini in the finals to win the Seattle Open, a PSA challenger squash Tour event here.
Ramit Tandon who belongs to Kolkata won by 11-4, 11-7, 2-11, 11-2 for his first PSA title.
Ramit Tandom rose to his career best ranking of 58 in the latest list released in February 2019 by World Squash Federation.
Jacques Fountaine is president of World squash federation which is headquartered at East Sussex, England.
The Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku will continue at least until 2023 after the organizers of the event renewed their contract.
This is the first renewal of 2019, the organizers from Belgium, China, Germany, Japan and Singapore has already extended their deals over the previous two years.
This renewal will help the organizers of Azerbaijan GP to maximize commercial revenues through new sponsorship approach and enhanced fan activities.
India is among the six countries that have presented bids to host the next edition of the hockey World Cup, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) announced.
India has proposed conducting the event for either men or women in the January 13 to 29, 2023 window.
India has hosted themen's World Cup thrice, the latest being last year in Bhubaneswar, but has never hosted the women's World Cup.
Sarfraz Ahmed, who was banned for four ODIs by the ICC over remarks to South African all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo, will take the reigns as Pakistan captain at the upcoming World Cup tournament.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ehsan Mani confirmed that wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfraz Ahmed will lead the side as captain at the upcoming World Cup tournament starting May 30, 2019.
Smriti Mandhana struck a half century in just 24 balls in the 1st T20I against New Zealand at Westpac Stadium in Wellington.
New Zealand’s Sophie Devine holds the record of the quickest half-century in women’s T20Is.
She set the record in 2005 against India when she hammered an 18-ball fifty.
Vidarbha defeated Saurashtra by 78 runs to retain Ranji Trophy 2018-19 edition at the Vidarbha Cricket Association in Nagpur.
Left-arm spinner Aditya Sarwate (Vidarbha), with eleven wickets in the match to steer Vidarbha to domestic glory.
The Ranji Trophy is a domestic first-class cricket championship cricket associations.
World champion Indian weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu notched up a gold medal at the EGAT Cup in Thailand.
Chanu won the 48 kg category gold with an effort of 192 kg in the silver level Olympic qualifying event.
Making a strong comeback from the lower back injury that kept her out of action for nearly nine months, the 24-yearold Manipuri lifted 82 kg in snatch and 110 kg in clean and jerk to finish on top of the podium.
With the end of AFC Asian cup in UAE,the world ranking list had some changes, in which India is dropped out of the top 100 ranks, but Belgium ‘s pole position remained same.
India has dropped six places in the latest FIFA Rankings released on February 7 (Thursday) and the first of the year.
India’s points tally has gone from 1240 to 1219 which has seen the Blue Tigers slide to 103rd in the rankings.
Cricket Australia announced three-time World Cup winning former captain Ricky Ponting's appointment as assistant coach to Justin Langer for the 2019 tournament.
Cricket Australia also stated that the appointment will help batting coach Graeme Hicks focus on the preparation for the Ashes which will be held in England after the World Cup.
He is going to replace David Saker.
The International Paralympics Committee (IPC) today said that it will conditionally readmit Russia by next month, lifting a suspension imposed over a doping scandal.
A Kremlin spokesman responded by saying Russia is delighted.
The IPC says the ban will be lifted by 15th, providing the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) adheres to strict criteria.
In August 2016 the IPC suspended the RPC because it was necessary and proportionate to the situation they faced and essential to ensure a clean sport.
They dished out a scintillating performance to stun defending champions Punjab 3-2 and claim the gold medal.
Harsahib Singh (35', 45') scored a brace while Dilpreet Singh (57') struck late for the winners.
Punjab’s goals came from Rupinder Pal Singh (23') and Ramadeep Singh (60').
Petroleum Sports Promotion Board (PSPB) beat Punjab & Sind Bank 4-1 to clinch the bronze medal.
In Table Tennis, India's young paddlers clinching four medals, including gold, at the Bahrain Junior and Cadet Open tournament in Manama.
Besides the gold, India won two silver and a bronze.
India fielded three teams in the cadet girls' team event and swept all the three medals on offer India A team won the gold, the India B the silver and the India C the bronze In the final, the India A team of Suhana Saini and Anargya Manjunath proved too strong for India B and clinched the gold medal.
The stand-in captain also holds the record for hitting most international sixes against an opponent who also broke Chris Gayle’s record in the Australia series
The smashed the second six against New Zealand, he completed 100 sixes in T20I international thus makes him first Indian to join the list along with Martin Guptill and Chris Gayle.
It almost took 9 years for him to smash 50 sixes in T20I it didn't take much time for him to reach next 50 sixes as it came in just three years.
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