Delhi Boy Mohit Ahlawat Hits 300 In A T20 Match
- NEW DELHI : By the time the North Zone selectors sat down to pick the squad for the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 at the Ferozeshah Kotla here on Tuesday afternoon, there was already a huge buzz over the name of an unheralded 21-yearold Delhi cricketer.Mohit Ahlawat had just finished batting in a local T20 match and returned to the dressing room with a scarcely believable score of 300 not out off 72 balls, including 39 sixes and 14 fours. By late evening, the wicketkeeper-batsman had got a call from Delhi Daredevils for a trial on Wednesday . The tournament where Ahlawat exploded is being played at Lalita Park in East Delhi. With no DDCA-backed to urnaments taking pla ce given the state of affa irs in the association, several local cricketers are playing in these club-based leagues. Ahlawat made his Ranji Trophy debut in November 2015 but fai led to score in his last three first-class knocks.
- He has been on the fringes ever since, but found his mojo on Tuesday and went berserk. Tuesday's match began as just another game for Mohit Ahlawat in a season in which he has hopped from team to team to get maximum match exposure. This time he got a call from Maavi XI to play against Friends XI in the quarterfinal of the Friends Premier League. "Bhaiya, bas khelne bulaya thha, toh main chala gaya (They invited me to play and I simply went). It's good that something like that has happened," Ahlawat said, keeping it simple. It was in the 11th over that he realised something really special was in the offing.
- That's when he started to farm the strike. When I reached 150, I told myself 250 was there for the taking. So I told my partner at the other end that I was going to take most of the strike," he told TOI. The 300 notwithstanding, the exposure in Ranji Trophy cricket still has more bearing on his cricket. "The failures have toughened me up," he said. Ahlawat started his cricket only four years ago when his father sent him from Panipat to LB Shastri club in Delhi under the guidance of Sanjay Bhardwaj, who is the coach of the likes of Gautam Gambhir and Unmukt Chand. He had not played any age-group cricket before making the Ranji squad. "Mine is a family of farmers.I wasn't really doing anything sitting at home. My family's livelihood is taken care of but my necessities are looked after by Sanjay sir. I hope to get a job after I finish my graduation," Ahlawat said of his plans. For now, he would like to impress the Daredevils management before he goes up for the IPL auction.
NBA : LeBron Jaw-Dropper, Irving's Grit Spark Cavs Thriller Win
- WASHINGTON : LeBron James sank an astonishing 3-pointer to force overtime and Kyrie Irving sparkled late as the Cleveland Cavaliers outlasted Washington 140-135 on Monday in an epic NBA thriller. A game featuring playoff-level intensity from tip-off to last shot saw the defending champions rally in overtime after James had fouled out while the Wizards, who saw their 17-game home win streak snapped, served notice they will be a formidable foe when the playoffs arrive. "It was an instant classic -- a great basketball game by two really good teams," Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. On the same night the New York Daily News reported unnamed sources saying James was pushing for the Cavs to trade Kevin Love to New York for former Olympic teammate Carmelo Anthony, Love scored 39 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, making major plays late to doom the Wizards.
- "Thirty-nine and 12? We're going to trade him tonight," Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue told reporters with a grin after the game before adding, "He's not going anywhere." James said of the report: "That's trash." With the Wizards leading 118-117 and 12 seconds remaining, James drove the length of the court but missed a layup, setting up two John Wall free throws for a 3-point Washington lead with 3.4 seconds remaining. "It was a point-blank layup and I missed it," James said. "I was blessed to (get) in position where I could make up for it." Love hurled a long pass to James along the right sideline and the four-time NBA Most Valuable Player banked in a shock fade away 3-pointer over Washington's Bradley Beal to deadlock the game at 120-120.
- "LeBron made a heck of a shot that he would probably make one out of a million times," Wall said. James, who also made three consecutive 3-pointers for Cleveland late in regulation, fouled out seconds into overtime trying to defend a shot by Beal, who scored a game-high 41 points, the last of them on a 3-pointer that put Washington ahead 133-131. Irving answered with a baseline jumper and a 3-pointer to put the Cavaliers ahead to stay. Marcin Gortat pulled the Wizards within 136-135 but Irving and Love each hit two late free throws to seal the victory, snapping a seven-game Wizards win streak, their longest in 12 years. "(We won) by executing at a high level," Irving said. "I'm glad we pulled it out -- great win. Motivating." James scored 32 points and passed out a career-best 17 assists, Irving scored 11 of his 23 points in overtime and Tristan Thompson added 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Cavaliers. "I think they respect us. That's the most important thing," Wall added.
- "Throughout the game LeBron said, 'You all are playing some hell of a basketball right now.'" There was bad news in the triumph for Cleveland. Starting guard Iman Shumpert, filling in for injured J.R. Smith, suffered a left ankle sprain and missed most of the contest. The Cavaliers improved to 35-15, best in the Eastern Conference, while Washington fell to fourth in the East at 30-21 -- positions that would set up a possible second-round playoff meeting between them. "We're definitely going to see them down the line," Beal said. Goran Dragic scored 33 points, including a career-high seven 3-pointers on his first seven shots from beyond the arc, and Miami's win streak reached 11 games with a 115-113 victory at Minnesota. DeMar DeRozan returned after missing seven games with a sprained ankle and scored 31 points to lead Toronto over the visiting Los Angeles Clippers 118-109. Marcus Morris had 19 points and Andre Drummond added 16 points and 17 rebounds in Detroit's 113-96 home win over Philadelphia.
- Paul George scored 21 points and Indiana Pacers beat visiting Oklahoma City 93-90. NBA scoring leader Russell Westbrook had 27 points, 18 rebounds and nine assists. The San Antonio Spurs missed 23 of their first 25 shots in the fourth quarter in an 89-74 loss at Memphis, setting season lows for points and assists with 11. Anthony Davis scored a game-high 34 points and Jrue Holiday added 30 as New Orleans ripped visiting Phoenix 111-106. Will Barton scored a season-high 31 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lift host Denver over Dallas 110-87. Utah's Gordon Hayward scored 30 points and the Jazz won 120-95 at Atlanta while the Los Angeles Lakers snapped a 12-game road losing streak with a 121-107 victory at New York.
Sourabh Ends Lakshya's Dream Run, Wins Men's National Title
- PATNA : Seasoned campaigner Sourabh Varma used all his experience to deny Lakshya Sen a fairytale end as he tamed the new badminton sensation in straight games in the summit clash to emerge men's singles champion at the 81st Senior Badminton National Championship here on Tuesday. Third seed Verma walked away with a 21-13 21-12 win over the junior world number one, who made a lasting impression with his game in this tournament. Varma dominated the 33-minute contest in which he won 42 points to 25 of his rival. The women's singles title was lifted by second seed Rituparna Das, who brushed aside the challenge of ninth seed Reshma Karthik 21-21 21-14 in 28 minutes in the final.
- The men's doubles crown was taken by third seed pair of Satwik Sai Raj R and Chirag Shetty, who overcame a stiff resistance from Nanda Gopal K and Sanyam Shukla 21-17 16-21 21-14 in a battle of 54 minutes. The women's doubles title was annexed by third seeds Aparna Balan and Prajakta Sawant, who hardly broke a sweat in beating Shikha Gautam and Sanyogita Ghorpade 21-9 21-11 in 24 minutes. The top seeded pair of Satwik Sai Raj R and Maneesha K took the mixed doubles crown with a hard fought 21-14 21-18 win over second seeds Venket Gaurav Prasad and Juhi Dewangan.
BCCI State Associations To Meet
- The BCCI is gearing up for an uprising. Member associations of the Board, who have made a resolve to keep their internal differences aside for now, are planning a meeting to figure out how India can resist pressure from the international cricket fraternity that has proposed a flurry of "undesirable" policy changes. While it is not clear if this can be officially addressed as a meeting of the general body and even as connotations are still being worked out, sources did confirm that the stage is being set for a get-together. "Expect it to happen as soon as possible," two state association members both eligible under the Lodha Committee reforms told TOI. But this meeting is not about who's eligible and who's not. The meeting has been planned to sit down and discuss how India can stop the International Cricket Council (ICC), read: chairman Shashank Manohar, from going ahead and implementing the policy changes in finance and governance of the parent body that the BCCI has rejected.
- The members have an argument to make. Their logic says "cricket infrastructure that state associations have invested in over decades is not a result of government grants. The government has not given BCCI a single penny. On the other hand, BCCI has made contributions to the exchequer. If BCCI loses ground at the ICC, it means the state associations stand to lose out as a result." These associations are armed with an agreement that BCCI has signed with the ICC on their behalf - the Members Participation Agreement (MPA). Among other things, the MPA details India's bilateral rights vis--vis the international cricket calendar gives BCCI the authority to call the ICC back to the table for a renegotiation. The Committee of Administrators (CoA) knows that a meeting has been called for. What they don't know yet is what the MPA entails. Sources say the CoA is ready to have a look at the document but is not yet reacting to the idea of associations meeting. "The money at stake is a lot of money.
- Money that is India's by right and there are people who've made an effort for India to earn that money. Leadership change doesn't mean losing out on it," an official tracking developments said. The individuals who attended the ICC Board meeting last week may have missed out on a trick, one that the old hands in the Indian cricket administration point out."When Manohar called for an in-principle vote despite BCCI requesting him for deferral, all that they could've done is asked or requested Sri Lanka Cricket to ask if there's any agreement signed between BCCI and the ICC that protects the BCCI's rights in any way," he added. Nobody raised the point and the ICC Board went ahead with the in-principle vote.
- The CoA's line is "What can the BCCI do if there's a voting process in place and India has been outvoted." BCCI's member associations say: "A lot can be done provided the CoA agrees to a bit of intelligence gathering and see who is capable of negotiating with the ICC." The MPA signed in 2014 with N Srinivasan at the helm of affairs technically gives India the right to red flag policy changes they believe is not in their interests. The CoA for the responsibilities that it has been tasked with by the SC does realise this is uncharted territory . "If we have to approach the court and request them to look into our side of the story, then so be it," a state association representative, playing an important role in calling for this meeting, said.