Injured Kiwi Matt Henry to miss WI T20I series

WELLINGTON: New Zealand speedster Matt Henry will miss T20I series against West Indies starting next month due to injury. Henry was sidelined from Canterbury’s Plunket Shield game after recieving a blow to his thumb while in the nets while batting. He is expected to take four to six weeks to heal, raising doubts over his participation for the home series against West Indies that begins on November 27. “Matt was unfortunately struck on the tip of the right thumb while batting in the nets,” Canterbury physio Tim Dovbysh said. “Matt got an X-ray [done] immediately after training which confirmed the fracture. He’ll need a temporary rest from bowling but will still add value to the team at training and will start bowling when able.”

Dhawan’s IPL record is huge: Gambhir

NEW DELHI: Former India opener Gautam Gambhir has heaped praise on Shikhar Dhawan, saying his record of scoring back-to-back hundreds in the Indian Premier League (IPL) is a huge achievement. He is at the second spot in the list of leading run-scorers in the ongoing tournament, having amassed 471 runs in 11 matches. “First thing, the record itself is a huge achievement! No other Indian has done it. In fact, no other player has done it in the IPL. Two back to back hundreds, that too in a T20 format,” said Gambhir while speaking on Star Sports show Cricket Live. “The more important thing about these two centuries, is the timing, the time at which they have come, when the Delhi Capitals need to peak. If your most experienced batsman peaks at this moment and is in his best form, then it’s an advanta ge for DC,” he added.

Oldest Indian Test cricketer DK Gaekwad turns 92

New Delhi: India’s oldest living Test cricketer, Dattajirao Krishnarao Gaekwad, turned 92 on Tuesday and, even at this age, he recalled his entire career with pin-point accuracy – from his alma mater Maharani Chimnabai High School in Baroda to winning the Ranji Trophy in his first year as Baroda captain in 1957-58 to representing India. The postal department paid a fine tribute to Gaekwad as it issued a ‘Special Cover’ in his honour on Thursday. Titled “Dedicated to Shri DK Gaekwad”, it bore the former India captain’s photo printed in the centre, along with that of other stalwarts of Baroda cricket. 

Hockey players in Assam, Manipur back on field

GUWAHATI: Hockey players in Assam and Manipur have resumed sports activities in accordance with the Ministry of Home Affairs’ (MHA) guidelines amid the Covid-19 pandemic. In Assam, approximately 100 players have resumed limited sports activities. The players, who belong to the U-16 and U-19 age group, are focussing on basic drills and are slowly and steadily finding their feet back in the game, as per a Hockey India media release.

Roma break AC Milan’s winning run

ROME: AC Milan’s perfect Serie A record was snapped by Roma on Monday, as the Rossoneri fumbled the lead three times, only managing a 3-3 home draw. AC Milan showcased fearsome form since the start of the new season, going on a run of four consecutive victories, scoring nine goals and conceding just one. But in Monday’s match, Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma and Jens Petter Hauge tested positive for COVID-19 just hours before kick-off. The home side had a dream start just two minutes into the game, as Rafael Leao whipped in a cross from the left, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic cushioned a volley into the net. 

AB de Villiers to skip BBL

CANBERRA: AB de Villiers has decided to skip the upcoming Big Bash League 2020 tournament as the veteran batsman and his wife are expecting their third child. De Villiers also said that uncertainties surrounding travel and conditions due to the Covid-19 situation played a part in him opting out for the season. The experienced batsman is currently playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL 2020 and has been in fine form scoring 324 runs at an average of 54. AB de Villiers penned a contract with the BBL franchise last season and ended up with 146 runs at an average of 24.33.