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Back on his feet playing golf, Kapil Dev praises India’s speed battery Cricket News | Instant News

NEW DELHI: India World Cup won the former captain Kapil Dev returns to playing golf after recovering from heart surgery he underwent in October 2020.
The 1983 World Cup winner, who holds the world record for most Test wickets at any one time, has only been watching cricket occasionally of late. However, he is excited to see the depths of India’s fast bowling reserves and has suggestions for “great talent” Hardik Pandya.
“Incredible. I never thought 20-30 years ago we could have so many fast bowlers, and fast bowlers who could become the best bowlers in the world. You could say they are some of the best in the world – (Jasprit) Bumrah , (Mohammed) Shami and Bhuvneshwar (Kumar). I thought it was great, “Kapil, 62, told IANS as he played nine holes in Delhi Golf Club to raise funds for the operation of poor children with congenital heart defects.
“When I started playing cricket, fast bowlers were new. Now we have so many. If our three fast bowlers don’t play, then the next three players can replace them and win games for the team,” he added.
Since Kapil retired in 1994, India has been looking for fast paced bowling. The search has yet to come to fruition and India is currently pinning hopes on Pandya to become an all-round bowling athlete who can have a long international career.
Current Captain India Virat kohli said recently that Pandya’s workload needs to be well managed ahead of their long tour of England which will see India play the World Test Championship final against New Zealand apart from playing five Test matches against the hosts.
Kapil feels that Pandya, who has been struggling with back injuries and rarely plays ball lately, still has a long way to go before proving himself.
“I think he has to go a long way. He is a great talent and a very good cricketer. He has to work on his fitness,” said Kapil.
Kapil said he hasn’t watched cricket much lately and hasn’t followed India’s recent exploits closely to be able to comment on them.
“The only time I watch cricket carefully and analytically is when I have to talk about it on television and news channels. Otherwise, I just see it as a person watching cricket. I don’t think about it. I just enjoy the game,” he said.
Kapil, who was with Imran Khan from Pakistan, Richard Hadley from New Zealand and from England Ian Botham formed a legendary all-around quartet in the 1970s, 80s and early 90s, played 131 Test matches and 225 ODI and said he felt fine after his recovery. He added that the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has proven to be a learning experience.
“Great, very good. God is good. I am kicking it. It (the Covid-19 pandemic) is not difficult. It is a positive thing. This is something in this world that no one has ever experienced. Not bad. A lesson learned. , “said Kapil.


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Italian football coach De Rossi is in hospital after testing positive for COVID-19 | Instant News

April 9 (Reuters) – Former Italy captain and national team technical coach Daniele De Rossi is hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19 during last month’s World Cup qualifiers, Sky Italy reported on Friday.

The former AS Roma midfielder, who is fourth on Italy’s all-time appearances list after playing 117 times for the Azzurri, tested positive alongside three other staff and several national players during the international break.

Sky reported De Rossi, 37, is being observed at the Roman Institute for Infectious Diseases as a precaution.

The players who tested positive were Federico Bernardeschi, Leonardo Bonucci, Alessio Cragno, Vincenzo Grifo, Alessandro Florenzi, Marco Verratti, Matteo Pessina and Salvatore Sirigu.

De Rossi, who ended his 18-year playing career in January 2020 after brief stints with Argentine side Boca Juniors, joined Italian coaching staff Roberto Mancini last month. (Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Radnedge)


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An extraordinary match in Germany, France leads the race for the European title | Instant News

GENEVA (AP) – The European domestic league will resume this weekend, after a break for World Cup qualifiers, with two outstanding matches in a tense pair of title contests.

Champions League winners Bayern Munich travel to German rivals Leipzig while Paris Saint-Germain, finalists who lost last August, host French counterparts Lille on Saturday.

The fight kicked off an intense battle after a hectic pandemic era football season with hardly any fans in the stadium to see it.

A tense title race is also underway in Spain and Turkey, while teams that stand out have left their rivals behind in England, the Netherlands and Portugal.

Sporting Lisbon, meanwhile, are one of the few undefeated clubs aiming to extend their streak throughout the season.

Here are some title races in a season unique to European football:


In Germany, Bayern have won the last eight Bundesliga titles and are 13 points clear of last season. PSG won the French Ligue 1 in the procession of the last three seasons.

This time it was different.

Leipzig could cut Bayern’s lead to one point on Saturday by beating a side expected to be without prolific goalscorer Robert Lewandowski throughout April.

PSG haven’t topped the league since January until Lille lost at home to humble Nimes in the final round before the international break.

The advantage is still only on goal difference towards Saturday’s top-flight standings at the Parc des Princes.

This is more than a two-horse race with Lyon and Monaco, the 2017 champions, also four points away.

In Spain, Atlético Madrid run at the top until January. Losing at Real Madrid is the only one short of a 15-game winning streak in 16 games.

Barcelona are now only four points behind before Atlético resumed Sunday’s match in fourth place Sevilla. Barcelona host Atlético on 9 May.

Both challengers crashed out of the Champions League and were able to focus on La Liga for a thrilling 10-match climax that culminated in May 23.

The Turkish Süper Lig has been very attractive throughout the season. At one point, Istanbul Beşiktaş rivals Fenerbahçe and Galatasaray were locked at the top of a league which has had three different winners in the last four seasons.

Beşiktaş now leads by three points from Galatasaray with a game in hand, and Fenerbahçe is two points further back. Only the top two teams will enter the Champions League qualifying round.


Manchester City may be the best team in Europe right now, but nobody said that at the end of November when the team was languishing in the bottom half of the Premier League.

A streak of 13 wins has sparked City’s jump to 14 points now from second-placed Manchester United.

The other dominant teams in Friday’s standings are Ajax, 11 points ahead of the Dutch Eredivisie, Club Brugge, who are 16 points clear in Belgium, and Olympiacos, ahead by an equal margin in Greece. Ferencváros is also 13 points clear in Hungary.

All played in the group stage of this season’s Champions League, earning tens of millions of euros (dollars) in prize money.

Inter Milan’s lead in Serie A is only six points, although it still has the game remaining compared to old leader AC Milan. Nine years in a row Juventus’ third place looks like it’s over.


Sporting Lisbon has had one of the most impressive seasons in Europe’s top 54 leagues.

Sporting are unbeaten, 10 points clear of second place Porto, and are heading for their first league title in 19 years. It is no better than third in the last four seasons.

Red Star Belgrade has won 26 matches and only two draws in the Serbian league. Red Star has been boosted by earning around 40 million euros ($ 47 million) in Champions League prize money over the past two seasons.

Slavia Prague are on their way to the Czech Republic title and start their Europa League quarter-final against Arsenal on Thursday.

Rangers were beaten by Slavia in the previous round after becoming the first team to claim a domestic European title in the league from September to May.


Sporting are heading into the Champions League group stage for the first time since the 2017-18 season. Rangers enter in the third qualifying round, needing to beat two opponents to rejoin the elite 32 teams after waiting 10 years.

Along with the usual European powers, the middle rank countries that win directly qualify for the group stage are Belgium, the Netherlands and Ukraine.

That means Club Brugge and Ajax, while Dynamo Kyiv are seven points clear of Shakhtar Donetsk in the Ukrainian league.


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Football: Germany were stunned by North Macedonia in their rare World Cup qualifying home defeat | Instant News

(Reuters) – Germany suffered their first World Cup qualifying home defeat in 20 years when they were stunned 2-1 by unknown North Macedonia in Group J on Wednesday.

Football Soccer – European World Cup Qualification – Group J – Germany v North Macedonia – MSV-Arena, Duisburg, Germany – 31 March 2021 Eljif Elmas of North Macedonia celebrates scoring their second goal with team mates Pool via REUTERS / Thilo Schmuelgen

Armenia are the surprise group leaders after they scored twice in the last four minutes for a 3-2 win over Romania in Yerevan to make it three wins out of three.

The result means that coach Joachim Loew, who retired after the European Championship, will leave Germany in third place with six points, behind 65th-placed North Macedonia after they scored the winner in the 85th minute through Eljif Elmas.

Armenia’s victory was also impressive and the hosts, ranked 99 in the world, celebrated wildly in front of more than 4,000 spectators – an oddity in COVID-19 times.

They have beaten Liechtenstein and Iceland before facing a Romanian side seen as strong candidates to qualify for the play-offs behind group favorites Germany, who have not lost a World Cup qualifier at home since losing 5-1 to England in 2001.

Before the match started, the German players unfurled banners in support of human rights.

World champions France struggled to beat Bosnia 1-0 away to open a gap of four points at the top of Group D.

Antoine Griezmann scored his 35th goal for France with a header from Adrien Rabiot’s cross on the hour to give Les Bleus seven points from three games.

Italy, who failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, continued their perfect start when Stefano Sensi and Ciro Immobile’s goals in the third match saw them win 2-0 over Lithuania.

Italy are now unbeaten in 25 matches under Roberto Mancini, the second longest streak without defeat, level with Marcelo Lippi, among Italian coaches.

The Azzurri lead Switzerland, which have one game remaining, by three points in Group C.

England also maintained their perfect start in Group I although they had to wait to beat Poland, who are without the injured Robert Lewandowski, in a 2-1 home win.

Maguire found the net from a corner in the 85th minute to give England the three points as they were rewarded for their dominance.

They took the lead after 19 minutes when Harry Kane fired a shot from the penalty spot, but Jakub Moder equalized in the second half after a John Stones error.

Spain leads Group B with seven points from three games after claiming a 3-1 home win against Kosovo, which was scored in the 70th minute when goalkeeper Unai Simon lost the ball after coming out of his box and Big Halimi savagely pounced on and scored. from a distance.

Spain, however, were already 2-0 up after goals by Dani Olmo and Ferran Torres and they put the result up without a doubt when Gerard Moreno headed in the third.

In Group F, substitute Andreas Skov Olsen scored twice in a resounding second half as Denmark made three World Cup qualifying wins out of three by crushing Austria 4-0.

They lead Scotland, which beat the Faroe Islands 4-0, by four points.

Reporting by Julien Pretot; Edited by Clare Fallon


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Top European teams win WC qualification as Switzerland’s movable goalposts | Instant News

The World Cup qualifier in Europe took a unique turn when the goalpost was removed before the match between Switzerland and Lithuania due to the wrong size.

It was one of the few things that went unscripted on Sunday.

All the heavyweights on the continent sealed victory, even though Spain was too late – second minute of added time, to be precise – to beat Georgia 2-1 after falling behind.

Like Spain, France started their qualifying campaign with an unexpected draw at home, but also got back on track in the second leg, abating with a 2-0 win in Kazakhstan.

Italy extended its unbeaten streak to 24 games with a 2-0 win in Bulgaria, and England also added a maximum of six points in group play with a 2-0 win in Albania. Germany made two straight wins to open qualification, too, by beating Romania 1-0 away.

Meanwhile, Denmark is the latest European team to take advantage of a World Cup qualifier to draw attention to workers’ rights in 2022 to host Qatar. The players wore red jerseys with the slogan “Football supports the change” for the regular team photo before starting the match against Moldova, which Denmark then beat 8-0.

The Danish football federation said the shirts would be signed and auctioned to raise money for projects with Amnesty International that help migrant workers in Qatar.


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