Sports Snippets

Rishabh Pant Replaces Dhoni in Sourav Ganguly’s IPL Fantasy Team

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has a reputation for sticking by his beliefs. Dada has also been in the news after his comments about MS Dhoni’s ability as a T20 batsman. Despite facing heat from Dhoni fans for his remarks, Ganguly snubbed the Rising Pune Supergiant player when he selected his Indian Premier League Fantasy XI. Dhoni didn’t find favour with Ganguly, who instead picked Delhi Daredevils’ Rishabh Pant as the wicketkeeper-batsman in the side.

Ganguly’s Final XI is as follows: Virat Kohli, Gautam Gambhir, Steven Smith, AB de Villiers, Nitish Rana, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant, Sunil Narine, Amit Mishra, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Chris Morris. However, he didn’t give any explanation for choosing Virat Kohli who has been out of colours since Australians toured India.

Arjuna Awardee Subrata Paul Suspended for Dope Taint, Will Go for ‘B’ Sample Test

Acclaimed Indian goalkeeper Subrata Paul has been provisionally suspended after failing a dope test but has vowed to prove himself innocent by going for the confirmatory ‘B’ sample test. All India Football Federation (AIFF) General Secretary Kushal Das said Paul, an Arjuna Awardee, failed an out-of-competition test last month. Paul is facing the prospect of a four-year ban. Terbutaline is a bronchodilator and is taken when people have troubled breathing or asthma.

“The banned substance is terbutaline. According to the NADA letter to AIFF, Subrata is under provisional suspension,” Das told adding, “He can apply for a B sample test as well as simultaneously appeal for the lifting of this provisional suspension.” Under new WADA rules, a first-time dope offender will serve a maximum period of four-years.

Sebastian Vettel Wins Bahrain Grand Prix As Lewis Hamilton Pays Penalty

A delighted Sebastian Vettel moved clear at the top of the world championship when he claimed a well-judged victory for Ferrari in the Bahrain Grand Prix. The 29-year-old four-time champion came home seven seconds ahead of three-time champion Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes, who made a late charge for victory after collecting a five-second penalty for a pit-lane misdemeanour. Hamilton’s new Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas finished third, after starting from his maiden pole position, ahead of compatriot Kimi Raikkonen in the second Ferrari and fifth-placed Australian Daniel Ricciardo.

It was Vettel’s third win in Bahrain and the 44th of his career, a landmark that left him satisfied with his and the team’s work which proved that Ferrari, who employed an aggressive strategy, are back as championship contenders.

Serena Celebrates World No. 1 Status With Message to Unborn Child

Serena Williams returned to the No 1 spot in the WTA ranking charts without having played a single tournament since her Australian Open win in January. The fact that she won her 23rd Grand Slam being pregnant had everyone celebrating the American’s greatness. Serene celebrated the return to number one spot in style sending an adorable message to her unborn child, “My Dearest Baby, You gave me the strength I didn’t know I had. You taught me the true meaning of serenity and peace. I can’t wait to meet you. I can’t wait for you to join the players box next year. But most importantly, I am so happy to share being number one in the world with you…. once again today…. — Your Mommy.”

Sai Praneeth Stuns Kidambi Srikanth to Clinch Singapore Open Men’s Singles

Indian shuttler B Sai Praneeth upstaged compatriot K Srikanth to clinch the Singapore Open men’s singles title, his maiden Super Series trophy. Praneeth prevailed 17-21, 21-17, 21-12 in a 54-minute contest, which was the first all-Indian Super Series final in the history of international badminton. The two players dished out an engaging opening game before Praneeth staged a remarkable comeback to dominate the proceedings. Before this, only three nations — China, Indonesia and Denmark — had two of their shuttlers playing in finals of a Super Series event.

World No.30 Praneeth, who had won the Canada Open Grand Prix last year and reached the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold final this year, outmanoeuvred Srikanth in the summit clash of the USD 350,000 event.

Neeraj Chopra Gets Silver In Asian Grand Prix, Qualifies For World Championships

Neeraj Chopra, the world junior record holder in javelin, qualified for the IAFF World Championships to be held in London in August, thanks to a silver medal-winning performance in the second leg of Asian Grand Prix Athletics meet in Jiaxing (China). Neeraj had won the silver in the first leg on April 24 as well. While the entry mark for the men’s javelin event at the World Championships stands at 83m, Neeraj threw a distance of 83.32m for the silver and to qualify for the elite meet.

The 19-year-old’s personal best is a distance of 86.48m — the junior world record — which he threw en route to winning gold at the Junior World Championships last year. He became the first Indian to become a World Champion at any level.