Category: Cricket

Ashok DhamijaJune 14, 2019


Yuvraj Singh illustrious cricketing career for India lasted over 25 years during which he earned many individual awards in his team’s success in ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2011 and at the inaugural ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2007.

The International Cricket Council (ICC), the global governing body of cricket recently congratulated Yuvraj Singh for an outstanding career which included pivotal roles in India winning the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2011 and at the inaugural ICC Men’s T20 World Cup four years earlier. Yuvraj in fact last donned the Indian colours in 2017 during a T20I match against England, which India won by 75 runs and represented four times champions Mumbai Indians in the recently concluded Indian Premier League 2019.

The India all-rounder Yuvraj who announced his retirement from International cricket on  Monday June 10, 2019, was earlier named ’Player Of The Tournament’ at the 2011 World Cup played in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, when he scored one century and four fifties for an aggregate of 362 runs, while also grabbing 15 wickets. During the 2007 T20 World Cup in South Africa, he smashed six sixes in an over off Stuart Broad in a crucial league match.

Yuvraj was diagnosed with ‘Mediastinal seminoma’, a germ-cell tumour located between his two lungs immediately after the 2011 World Cup, but made a return to international cricket and also established a cancer foundation.

ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney in his address said ,“Yuvraj had an outstanding international career. He was one of those players who could raise his game in crunch situations and excelled at ICC events time after time. He has been an inspiration both on and off the field and given so much joy to millions of fans the world over.

“I have no doubt that Yuvraj is a hero not just in the cricketing world but outside of it too. On behalf of the ICC, I congratulate Yuvraj for his superb career and wish him all the best for the future.”

Yuvraj, 37, first came into the limelight at the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in 2000 in Sri Lanka, when he was named ‘Player of the Tournament’ and made his international debut at the ICC Champions Trophy in the same year.

The left-handed all-rounder last played international cricket in 2017 and has retired with 1,900 runs and nine wickets in 40 Test matches, 8,701 runs and 111 wickets in 304 ODIs, and 1,177 runs and 28 wickets in 58 T20Is.

Yuvraj was named in ICC’s ODI Team of the Year in 2006, 2009 and 2011 while his six sixes in an over won him the ‘ICC T20 Performance of the Year’ award in 2008.


Ashok DhamijaJune 13, 2019


ICC Men’s World Cup 2019

Unbeaten in the ICC Men’s World Cup 2019 so far both India and New Zealand, will look to maintain ascendancy as they take on each other at Trent Bridge, Nottingham
 on Thursday, 13 June, 2019.

Team India riding on a brilliant ton by their opener Shikhar Dhawan put up a clinical performance against Australia, in their 36-run win in their last league encounter. But Dhawan’s thumb injury, courtesy Australian pacer Pat Cummins has given them a major jolt ahead of their next few matches. Stand by opener KL Rahul, who had been slotted to bat at no.4 up until now, will hope to fill the void in the company Rohit Sharma. He will face a tough challenge first up against a potent New Zealand pace attack.

While wrist-spinners  of the likes Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have provided breakthroughs at crucial junctures in both their leagues games so far, the first being against South Africa, it will be interesting to see if skipper Virat Kohli goes in with the same combination on Thursday. Short boundaries and overcast conditions at the venue being the key concerns against New Zealand power hitters of the likes of Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Ross Taylor. Kohli in fact would aim his team settle scores against the Kiwis, post their first warm up game loss last month after left arm pacer Trent Boult destroyed the famed Indian batting line up with his swing and subtle  variations.

New Zealand are currently leading the points table with three wins from as many games all registered against Asian countries Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.  With Lockie Ferguson and Matt Henry leading the bowling charts with 15 wickets between them in the tournament so far, and with James Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme providing able support, along with India’s nemesis Boult (22 wickets in the last four years) skipper Kane Williamson has enough bowling options. He will hope to do an encore against the men in blue coming at the backdrop of his recent experiences in the Indian Premier League over the years. With their top-order doing bulk of the scoring in the first three matches, the middle order is likely to be tested against a well-rounded Indian bowling unit.

Key Players

India: Pacer Jasprit Bumrah  who currently tops the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Rankings for bowlers, has been giving his best results in the World Cup so far, providing timely breakthroughs. With his subtle variations and the ability to extract movement and bounce, Bumrah will be a tough challenge for New Zealand batsmen on Thursday.  Skipper Virat Kohli and his assistant Rohit Sharma have played important innings in the tournament. While Rohit who scored  a match winning unbeaten 122 against South Africa followed it up with another equally good performance against Australia with 57 runs, in the process became the fastest Indian to go past 2000-run mark against Australia in ODIs. Virat on his part didn’t fire against South Africa and was dismissed for 18, came back with a crucial 82 against current champions Australia.

New Zealand: Skipper Kane Williamson is one of the best batsmen of the modern era, Williamson’s ability to score runs in any conditions makes him New Zealand’s most reliable player. With his smart play and the ability to counter spin-bowling, the Kiwi skipper will look to hold the innings together against India. Ross Taylor on the other hand has been the backbone of his team with knocks of 82 against Bangladesh and 48 against Afghanistan in World Cup 2019.


With heavy and thundery showers predicted later in the day, there is a slim chances to get a full 100-over game, With bowlers from either team capable of exploiting overcast conditions, much like West Indies did against Pakistan here, both captains will look to field first.


India: Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, MS Dhoni (WK), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Vijay Shankar, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (C), Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor, Colin Munro,  Tom Latham,  (WK), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme,, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Henry Nicholls, Tom Blundell,


Interesting Facts

* Head-to-head record in the World Cup: India-3, New Zealand -4

* Last Meeting in World Cup: India beat hosts New Zealand on 14 March, 2003 by seven wickets

Ashok DhamijaMay 31, 2019


Navi Mumbai: Defending champions Larsen & Toubro Sports Club (L&T SC) successfully overhauled the 118 runs target set by Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited Sports Club (BPCL SC) for the loss of three wickets and three overs to spare, to lift the Hinduhriday-Samrat T20 Cup 2019 for the fourth time in a row.

Electing to field first in the championship round, after winning the toss at the picturesque BPCL SC Refinery Ground in Mahul,  L&T SC skipper Jagdish Sorkhade led from the front with his medium pace attack. The well built all-rounder from the Mahape, Navi Mumbai based team gave away only 21 runs in his allotted four overs and took three crucial wickets which restricted the hosts to a partly 117 for 9 in 20 overs. He was well supported by Siddhesh Chavan (3/23) and Sushant Shetty (2/18) and backed by live wire fielding by his team mates.

In response the reigning champions L&T SC who had won the Inter Office Cricket Tournament organised by NMSA, Navi Mumbai in the recent past, were off to a bright start with openers Nishadh Mutalik and Shiva Yadav scoring freely. Mutalik was the aggressive of the two and scored a quick fire 39 off 25 ball inclusive of six boundaries. He was the first one to be dismissed. Yadav on the other hand played with his ease and reached his half century, before being dismissed soon after for 52 runs in 42 balls Latter Sagar Kamble & skipper Sorkhade scored 10 runs each to ensure their team achieve yet another success in the tourney, which was organised by Indian Airlines Sthaniya Lokadhikar Samiti Mumbai. L&T SC had defeated Mahindra & Mahindra in the previous edition last year.

L&T SC opener Shiva Yadav bagged the ‘Man of the Match” for his game changing 52 runs while  his skipper Jagdish Sorkhade for his overall fantastic performance in both Batting & Bowling departments took home the ‘Man of the Series’ award.

Brief Scores (Final): BPCL Sports Club: 117/9 in 20 Overs (Jagdish Sorkhade 3/21, Siddhesh Chavan 3/23, Sushant Shetty 2/18) lost to L&T Sports Club: 118/3 in 17 Overs (Shiva Yadav 52, Nishadh Mutalik 39) by 7 Wickets and three overs to spare


Ashok DhamijaMay 21, 2019


A skipper knock of 84 by Bharat Chipli and a inspired spell by pacer MG Naveen (5 for 24) helped Canara Bank beat Mumbai Customs by six wickets in a high-scoring match in the quarter-finals of the 15th DY Patil T20 Cup at the DY Patil University Ground on Thursday. Along with Canara Bank, Reliance One, DY Patil A and DY Patil B also entered the semi-finals.

Mumbai Customs posted 183-8 in their 20 overs thanks to their skipper Sachin Wagh’s 87. In  reply Chipli starred in the chase as Canara chased down the target in 16.4 overs to enter the semi-finals.

In the other quarter-finals, DY Patil A successfully defended a total of 164-5 at the DY Patil Stadium to win by 57 runs against Western Railway. In the other quarter-final at the Stadium, DY Patil B also held CAG at bay to win by 12 runs.

On the other hand DY Patil B led by experienced campaigner Pravin Tambe (3 for 25, one catch and a run–out too) defeated CAG by 12 runs while defending a score of 170. The hosts in fact were provided a solid start of 79 runs in 7.3 overs by their young openers Arjun Tendulkar (35) and Aman Khan (47). Ankit Kaushik scored a fighting unbeaten 77 for CAG after his team lost four early wickets in their run chase. 19 year old all-rounder Arjun Tendulkar, son of the legendary Sachin Tendulkar who latter took one wicket while speaking to Newsband after the quarter final tie, said” It was fun and a new experience playing with the seniors in my first D Y Patil T 20 tournament.  Playing in a familiar position as an opener which I did for Mumbai in various age groups was a morale boosting experience. However I expected more from myself with the willow and hope to improve with my performances in the coming matches with the support of my team mates”.

In the last game of the game, Reliance 1 posted a massive 193-6 in their 20 overs and then bowled out BPCL for 145 to register a 48 run win.

Former champions DY Patil A and DY Patil B will square off in the semi-finals at the DY Patil Stadium, whereas Canara Bank will play Reliance 1 for a place in the final.


At Stadium

DY Patil A 164-5 in 20 overs (Rahul Tewatia 39, Shubham Ranjane 30) bt Western Railway 107 in 18 overs (Nikunj Mohite 25, Asad Pathan 20; Mukesh Choudhary 2-13, Iqbal Abdullah 2-13, Aniket Redkar 2-27)-by 57 runs

DY Patil B 170-8 in 20 overs (Aman Khan 47, Arjun Tendulkar 35, Sarfaraz Khan 33; Ankit Sharma 3-26. Gurinder Singh 2-29) bt CAG 158-6 in 20 overs (Ankit Kaushik 77 n.o., Abhishek Raman 21; Pravin Tambe 3-25)-by 12 runs

At University Ground

Mumbai Customs 183-8 in 20 overs (Sachin Wagh 87, Swapnil Pradhan 48; MG Naveen 5-24) lost to Canara Bank 184-4 in 16.4 overs (Bharat Chipli 84, Pallav Kumar Das 40, KV Siddarth 38 n.o.; Pratik Dabolkar 2-25)-by six wickets

Reliance 1 193-6 in 20 overs (Nikhil Naik 57, Tajinder Dhillon 38 n.o.; Sandeep Sharma 2-29, Parikshit Valsankar 2-29) bt BPCL 145 in 18.4 overs (Shreyas Iyer 44, Aakarshit Gomel 32; Baltej Singh 2-12, Rahul Shukla 2-17, Barinder Sran 2-20, Anukul Roy 2-30)-by 48 runs

Ashok DhamijaAugust 8, 2018


India’s First 360 degree Sports Tech-Ecosystem

Former Indian skipper M.S. Dhoni, a Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri awardee on Tuesday  August 7, 2018, launched, India’s first 360 degree sports Tech-Ecosystem, ‘Run Adam’, created with a vision to help realize every sporting dream.  ‘Run Adam’ uses its technology platform to connect athletes with resources, including sponsors, experts, coaches, academies, specialists among others. Designed to be a single-access, tech-enabled platform for sportspersons, ‘Run Adam’ provides instant and easy access to resources across the country. Registration on ‘Run Adam’ is free for the sporting community and is available for download on Google Play store and Apple store.

The most successful Indian skipper of all times M.S. Dhoni, speaking on the  launch of the sports tech-ecosystem and said, “’Run Adam’ will play a significant role in aspiring sportspersons’ life to help achieve their dreams. I have faced challenges during the initial stages of my career and I see Run Adam filling a vacuum”.

Dhoni who has taken 25% stake in his personal capacity in the bootstrapped tech-company and will be the brand ambassador and mentor for the mobile app further added “ The sports ecosystem will naturally help identify, help and nurture sporting talent early and this can change the destinies of sportspersons as also the future of sports in India. When you help sportspersons achieve their full potential, you propel the sporting quotient of the entire country. My decision to take stake in the company was due to the passion of the team and their vision for sportspersons”.

K. Yeragaselvan, CEO, and MD of ‘Run Adam’, said “India is yet to achieve its full potential in sports and this is not because there is a lack of talent in the country. Pursuing sports is expensive in terms of money, time and other sacrifices that one has to make. Most sportspersons are self-funded and often don’t come from affluent backgrounds, and many cannot reach their goal mainly due to lack of access to resources. This mobile app aims to bridge this gap in sports. We are excited and encouraged by the support that a stalwart like M. S. Dhoni has given us. His interest and involvement in ‘Run Adam’ inspired us to reinforce our vision to bring the country’s sporting ecosystem under one umbrella to help solve the biggest challenges facing sporting talent.”

Ashok DhamijaMay 8, 2018


28th tournament edition – City to host Group ‘B’ league matches

Dr.  D.Y. Patil Sports Academy, Nerul based Navi Mumbai Centre will take on last year’s finalist Mahul Centre at the Jhansi Ki Rani Lakshmi Bai Maidan, Sanpada in their opening Group ‘B’ league match, in one of the most awaited tournaments for the budding young cricketers of future, the LIC – Kalpesh Govind Koli Memorial Cricket Tournament, that gets underway today, Saturday 5th May, 2018.

In to its 28th edition the Boys under-16 two day tournament being organized by Matunga based New Hind Sporting Club for Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA)’s various Summer Vacation Camp Centres in its jurisdictions across Navi Mumbai and Mumbai. The inaugural function will be held today at New Hind Sporting Club, Major Ramesh Dadkar Maidan which will also host the opening Group ‘A’ league match between Azad Maidan Centre and Shivaji Park Centre, Matunga. Miss Jemimah Rodriques, India Women Cricketer, Mumbai, has kindly consented to grace the occasion as Chief Guest while Atul Parchure well known Actor will be the Guests of honour.

A total of 24 league matches will be played every weekend (Saturday & Sunday) by the sixteen teams (Centres), pooled in to four groups. The toppers from the four groups will qualify for the semi-final stage which will be followed by the finals on 25th  and 26th May,2018.

In another Group B league match Ghatkopar Centre will lock horns with Kalwa Centre at the 40+ Cricket Ground, Belapur, while defending champions Matunga Centre will meet  Dahanu/Chinchani/Pdtsa Centre in their opening Group C match at Sainath Sports Club (Virar), Ground No 1.

 “The tournament is being played in honour of late Kalpesh Koli, the son of renowned leg spinner Govind N Koli who was an excellent leg spinner and was part of the Mumbai Under-14 team, before he met with his untimely demise at premature age of 15 years. The then secretary of our club and current Jt. Secretary Nagesh Thakur along with Govind, Gopal and Chandrakant Koli father and uncles respectively of Master Kalpesh sowed the seeds for this tournament,” shared Hiramon Bhor, President of the New Hind Sporting Club which was established way back in 1927.

“The tournament has over the years received active support from MCA and has been appreciated by one and all for its organization in Mumbai. We are happy to continue our association with our sponsors LIC and thankful to Dr. Vijay Patil, President of DYPSA for  his support among other patrons” shared Govind N Koli, Jt. Secretary of the club.

 “This tournament organized by New Hind Sporting Club with the motto ‘Youth Talent Search’ which came into inception way back in 1991 has gained immense strength and has become an ideal platform which budding young cricketers in the under-16 age category to showcase their talent. Keeping in mind the objective of search for hidden talent, this MCA tournament witnesses participation from nearly 320 talented cricketers who are associated with our Summer Vacation Camps Centres who will play 27 two day matches in league cum knock out phase. Many players who have played in this tournament of the likes of Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer etc. have gone on to represent not only Mumbai but also India,” shared Prof. Dr. Unmesh Khanvilkar, Jt. Hon. Secretary, Mumbai Cricket Association.

 “For the first time in the history of LIC – Kalpesh Govind Koli Memorial Cricket Tourney, Navi Mumbai will have two venues that will host the Group ‘B’ league matches. These are Jhansi Ki Rani Lakshmi Bai Maidan, Sanpada and 40+ Cricket Ground, Belapur. The same have been given facelift with active cooperation from NMMC Sports Department”, said Ghanshyam Nakhwa, one of the committee members of this prestigious tournament. (Photos by Author).



Group A: Kalyan / Bhiwandi Centre; Shivaji Park Centre; Azad Maidan Centre and Worli Centre.

Group B: Dr. D Y Patil (New Mumbai) Centre; Kalwa Centre; Ghatkopar Centre and Mahul Centre.

Group C: Matunga Centre; Dahanu/Chinchani/Pdtsa Centre; Kandivali Centre and Goregoan Centre.

Group D: Virar/Palghar Centre; Vasai Centre;  Kalina Centre and Bandra Centre.

Schedule of Group ‘B’ 1st Round in Navi Mumbai (5th & 6th May 2018):

1) Dr. D Y Patl (New Mumbai) Centre Vs Mahul Centre (Jhansi Rani Laxmibai Maidan, Sanpada)

2) Ghatkopar Centre Vs Kalwa Centre (40+ Cricket Ground, Belapur)

Ashok DhamijaFebruary 9, 2018


15th DY Patil T20 Cup: MandeepTewatia star for hosts

Hosts DY Patil produced their ‘A’ game when it mattered the most as they shocked two times reigning champions Reliance 1 by seven wickets in the final of the 15th DY Patil T20 Cup held recently.  The key protagonists of the DY Patil ‘A’ team success was Mandeep Singh’s brilliance with the bat and Rahul Tewatia all-round performance which included a late order 13 ball onslaught that floored the opposition while chasing a target of 181, much to the delight of thousands of home supporters who thronged the picturesque floodlit DY Patil Stadium in Nerul.

In a battle royale between two champion teams , Reliance 1 posted 180 for 6 in their 20 overs thanks to handy knocks by their burly opener Nikhil Naik (53)  and former u-19 world Cup player Anukul Roy (50 n.o.) in the later part of the innings. However it was some excellent aggressive leg spin bowling by the Tewatia (3/21) post the power play and accurate medium pace attack by Shubham Ranjane (1/34) coupled with some excellent catches by Subodh Bhatti of Unmukt Chand (2)

at deep square leg and former Reliance 1 captain Saurabh Tiwary (12) running back from mid-on towards long- on, along with that by Shashank Singh off current captain Krunal Pandya (2) at the edge of deep fine leg boundary with his back to the batsman that ensured DY Patil ‘A’ chase a par score.

In their chase, DY Patil ‘A’ were well served by their inform Mandeep’s unbeaten 78 off 51 balls with seven boundaries and two sixes which included one over long off boundary in the final over off slow left arm spinner Pawan Negi in the final over. Batting at No. 3 Mandeep first added 41 runs with former India international Robin Utthapa (27) before the latter was dismissed in the final over of the power play to slow left arm spin  off Ankul Roy’s (1/23). Mandeep latter added 79 runs for the third wicket with Shubham Ranjane (39) to stabilise the innings and then added a further 52 with south paw Tewatia (31 n.o.) for an unbroken fourth wicket stand to ensure the host a morale boosting win over their rivals. DY Patil A pocketed eight lakh rupees plus the trophy, whereas Reliance One had to settle for a runner-up trophy and a sum of Rs five lakhs.

DY Patil A’s winning captain Iqbal Abdullah under whose leadership the hosts had defeated the same rivals way back in 2013 and did an encore in the 15th edition too, paid tribute to the spirit in the side for the triumph. “Robin (Uthappa) Bhai, Mandeep, Rahul, Takawale all helped me with their inputs throughout the tournament. We never let the morale sag and came through with a strong all-round performance. Full credit to the whole side,” said Abdullah.

A disappointed Reliance 1 skipper Krunal Pandya (selected to represent India in T20 series against New Zealand) however was proud of the performance of his squad. “At half stage we felt we had enough on the board, because in a final chasing around 180 is not easy. But all credit to DY Patil A, they batted superbly. This tournament is one of the best in the country in T20 format and it was good to have played here before I head off to New Zealand,” said Pandya.

Men of the final Tewatia and Mandeep were ecstatic with their performances. Mandeep Singh said: “My gameplan was simple to bat till the end. I backed my self and it paid off well It has been a good tournament for me. I have scored three-four fifties.”  Tewatia said: “Mandy was set, I was keen to finish the game with him. We thought they would be putting up 190 to chase because they had a good powerplay.”

Player of the tournament Aman Khan who also won the award for the most sixes was pleased to have come out on top of the charts. “I got the start that I wanted in the tournament and I just carried it forward in the other matches. I practice to hit big because I like hitting sixes. It could have been a better tournament for us as a side, but DY Patil A was the better side today. I would have liked to have been on the winning side,” said Aman who turned out for DY Patil B in the tournament.

Earlier in the edge of the seat semi-finals ties, DY Patil A held their nerves to beat DY Patil B by mere two runs, whereas Reliance One managed to come through a high-scoring clash against Canara Bank with five runs to spare. Incidentally both the ties were decided in the final ball of the matches.

Brief Scores:

Semi-Finals: At University Ground: Reliance 1 – 217 for 6 in 20 overs (Nikhil Naik 95, Saurbh Tiwary 32; MG Naveen 2/38, Kranti Kumar 2/45)beat Canara Bank – 212 for 9 in 20 overs (Kranti Kumar 39 n.o., Raajoo Bhatkal 29, KB Pawan 27, Bharat Chipli 24; Rahul Shukla 3/54, Baltej Singh 2/23) by five runs. Man of the Match: Nikhil Naik (Reliance 1).

At DY Patil Stadium: DY Patil ‘A’ – 165 for 5 in 20 overs (Mandeep Singh 59 n.o., Rahul Tewatia 29, Yogesh Takawale 28, Shubham Ranjane 28; Nathu Singh 2/38) beat DY Patil ‘B’ – 163 for 7 in 20 overs (Kevin D’Almeida 59, Sarfaraz Khan 36; Rahul Tewatia 2/29) by two runs. Man of the Match: Mandeep Singh (DY Patil ‘A’).

Final: At DY Patil Stadium: Reliance 1–180 for 6 in 20 overs (Nikhil Naik 53 (36b; 4x4s, 2x6s); Anukul Roy 50 n.o (32b; 4x4s, 2x6s)., Tajinder Dhillon 20; Rahul Tewatia 3/21) lost to DY Patil ‘A’ –183 for 3 in 19.2 overs (Mandeep Singh 78 n.o. (51b; 7x4s, 2x6s), Shubham Ranjane 39 (29b; 1×4, 2x6s) , Rahul Tewatia 31 n.o.( 13b; 3x4s, 3x6s); Rahul Shukla 2/27) by seven wickets. Men of the Final: Rahul Tewatia and Mandeep Singh (DY Patil ‘A’)

Individual Award Winners Of The Tournament

Player of the tournament (Rs 50,000): Aman Khan (DY Patil B)

Best bowler (Rs., 25,000): Rahul Shukla (Reliance One)

Best batsman (Rs. 25,000): Bharat Chipli (Canara Bank)

Best fielder (Rs. 25,000): Rippal Patel (DY Patil B)

Most Sixes (Rs. 20,000): Aman Khan (DY Patil B)

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