12-year-old Naresh Babu stood quietly at the reception area. It was his first day at the Sehwag International School (SIS) — owned, conceptualised and run by cricketer Virender Sehwag. And the presence of the former Indian opener at the premises made it quite an experience for Naresh and his father, both of whom had travelled from Patna.
The Indian Premier League-7 auction on Wednesday is likely to evoke great interest, with a total of 517 players set to go under the hammer.
The deep roots of malpractice in Indian cricket, particularly the Indian Premier League, have shaken the sporting fraternity. Following Justice Mukul Mudgal’s report that held BCCI chief N. Srinivasan’s son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan guilty in the spot-fixing scandal, former greats called for a complete overhaul to “expose further evil elements”.
Delhi Waveriders consolidated their lead at the top of the table, beating Mumbai Magicians 2-1 in a closely-fought encounter of the Hero Hockey India League match here on Thursday night. Delhi have 24 points from seven games, while this was Mumbai’s fourth loss in five matches.
Punjab Warriors emerged stronger in the top of the table clash, downing Delhi Waveriders 3-1 in a gripping match of the Hero Hockey India League here on Friday night.
Delhi Waveriders eased to a 5-0 win over Orissa-based Kalinga Lancers in their first home game of the Hero Hockey India League here on Thursday night.
A win and a loss in their two away encounters is not the start they would have expected, but last year’s runner-up Delhi Waver-iders will be high on confidence ahead of their first home game in the Hero Hockey India League Season 2.
The inaugural edition of the Hockey India League, a franchise-based tournament involving five cities, evoked a good response from the fraternity.
During the inaugural Hockey India League last year, former national coach and commentator Cedric D’Souza couldn’t help but marvel at the brand of hockey that the Delhi Waveriders were putting on display.
India’s uninspiring display at the Junior World Cup Hockey has raised many questions.