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Virat Kohli loses No. 1 Test ranking after Lord’s debacle

first_imgVirat Kohli lost his number one Test ranking for batsmen to Steve Smith after scoring only 23 and 17 in India’s embarrassing defeat to England at Lord’s in the second Test on Sunday. Kohli had taken the top spot last week after smashing 149 and 51 in the first Test of the five-match series at Edgbaston.Kohli slipped back to the second spot on Monday with 919 points after low scores at Lord’s cost him 15 points.Kohli had become the first Indian batsman to reach the No.1 Test ranking for batsmen since Sachin Tendulkar in 2011.Former Australia skipper Steve Smith, who is currently serving a one-year ban over his role in the ball-tampering scandal, moved back to the top of rankings with 929 points.India lost the Lord’s Test by an innings and 159 runs as India’s batsmen continued their dismal performance away from home. With the loss, India also went 0-2 down in the five-match Test series against England.READ – Virat Kohli after innings defeat at Lord’s: We were outplayed and deserved to loseMeanwhile, James Anderson broke the 900-point barrier for the first time in his career on the back of his match-winning performance at Lord’s.The pacer, who took nine wickets in the second Test against India, gained 19 points to move to 903 rating points. He’s the first bowler to do so after Ian Botham in 1980.READ – India handed humiliating defeat by ruthless England at Lord’sAnderson is currently at the top of ICC Test rankings for bowlers, followed by South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada with 882 points.advertisement Virat Kohli is in second spot with 919 points (@ICC Photo)The loss at Lord’s also brought bad news for other Indian cricketers.READ – Virat Kohli suffers biggest Test defeat as captainMurali Vijay slipped eight places to No.33 after being dismissed for a pair at Lord’s. This, after he managed just 20 and 6 in the first Test at Edgbaston. Dinesh Karthik fell 18 places and is now ranked No.195 after totalling just one run across two innings at Lord’s.Among the bowlers, Kuldeep Yadav fell by 13 places to No.70 after his returns of 1/44 in nine overs at Lord’s.Pleasingly for India, a couple of players made decent gains. Ravichandran Ashwin’s stock as a batsman rose after scores of 29 and 33* – he jumped 10 places to No.57 in the batting charts, and is now the No.3-ranked player among all-rounders after moving up by one place.READ – Downright embarrassing: Indian cricket fans fume after Lord’s disasterHardik Pandya jumped 18 places in the all-rounders’ charts, and is now ranked No.44 – he returned 3/66 and resisted the relentless English attack during knocks of 11 and 26.It also earned him a jump of 25 places among the batsmen, and he is now ranked No.74 in the world.last_img read more

Bajrang, Vinesh, Pooja get Grade A contracts; Sushil, Sakshi in Grade B

first_imgBy Amanpreet Singh(Eds: Dropping extra word in intro) Gonda (UP), Nov 30 (PTI) Star wrestlers Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat were included in the top Rs 30-lakh Grade A along with Pooja Dhanda as the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) on Friday rolled out its revolutionary contracts system for the grapplers. It was expected that Bajrang and Vinesh, who won the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games gold medals this year, will be kept in the top grade. Pooja had become only the fourth Indian woman to win a medal at the World Championship recently. Two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar and Rio Olympic bronze medallist Sakshi Malik, who are struggling with form for quite some time, could not make the top Grade. They will figure in the Grade B, which will offer a financial support of Rs 20 lakh for one year. The contracts will be reviewed after one year. WFI is the only Indian Olympic Association-affiliated National Sports Federation to offer contracts to its athletes and only the second after the BCCI. The announcement was made by WFI President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh in the presence of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Aditya Nath, who inaugurated the senior National Championship at Nandini Nagar here. “Grapplers could move up or down after review in the grades,” said Singh. “Sushil changed the face of the sport in the country with his two Olympic medals. We have to have him in the list despite the fact that he is not competing much. Sakshi’s performance is also going up and down but wrestlers can jump into the next category with good performance.”advertisement Vinesh hailed the move saying it will give a huge boost to the sport at the junior level. “It is good for the junior wrestlers. It will be an added motivation. There will be medal, fame and support. It’s really a good incentive for the Cadet and junior level wrestlers,” Vinesh told PTI. Vinesh said the support will also help established stars like her. “The budget will shoot up now and we can use it for more exposure in terms of training and competitions abroad. We can plan better now without worrying about funds. I plan to compete in at least 5 tournaments, specially the UWW ranking events, next year,” she said. Sakshi, who is enduring a tough time, said she was a tad “disappointed” for not featuring in the top grade. “Yes, I was expecting to be in top grade but once I again start performing strong, there is a good chance to get upgraded to the top bracket,” she said. Talking about her lean patch, Sakshi said, “I was winning in last 4-5 seconds earlier but now I am losing at the same time, giving away points in the last few seconds. I think I am getting puzzled. I am working on mat. We are not machines, performance can go up and down.” The C category, offering support of Rs 10 lakh, features Sandeep Tomar, Greco Roman grappler Sajan Bhanwal, Vinod Om Prakash, Ritu Phogat, Sumit Malik, talented Deepak Punia and Asian Games bronze medallist Divya Kakran. The D category, which will give Rs 5 lakh support, will have Rahul Aware, Naveen, Sachin Rathi, Greco Roman’s Vijay, Ravi Kumar, Simran, Mansi and Anshu Malik. PTI AT ATKATKATKlast_img read more