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Bowling Great And Former England Captain Bob Willis Passes Away Aged 70

Former England cricket captain regarded as one of the finest fast bowlers of his generation.

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LONDON (England): England cricket hero Bob Willis has died, aged 70, after secretly battling cancer for three years. It is understood Willis was diagnosed with prostate cancer three years ago but never made his illness public.

The Ashes legend and fast-paced bowler played 90 Test matches for England between 1971 and 1984 and took 325 wickets. He was an integral member of the iconic Ashes-winning England team of 1981, claiming a memorable 8 for 43 in the team’s come-from-behind victory in the third Test at Headingley.

Willis was the best English fast bowler of his generation, and also the staunchest. When others defected, first to play for Kerry Packer’s rival circuit and then to comfort the banned white South Africans, Bob was always there for the English Cricket Board (ECB) — whenever his legs would carry him.


Willis played for Surrey, Warwickshire and England during an illustrious career.

He was famed for his long run-up and currently stands as England’s fourth-best all-time wicket-taker behind Jimmy Anderson, Ian Botham and Stuart Broad. With his long run-up, a sprint across 30 yards that earned him the nickname ‘Goose’, Willis offered a compelling sight with the ball in hand. Termed ”a tremendous trier” by Botham, he fought his way back after suffering multiple injuries to both his knees in 1975.

His health deteriorated over the last two months after a scan revealed cancer had advanced.



In a statement, his family said: “We are heartbroken to lose our beloved Bob, who was an incredible husband, father, brother and grandfather.

“He made a huge impact on everybody he knew and we will miss him terribly.”

His family has asked for donations to be made to Prostate Cancer UK in his memory.

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MS Dhoni Left Out Of Central Contract; Changes Nothing About His Situation

The 38-year-old icon was in category ‘A’, which is worth five crore rupees per year, until last year.

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MUMBAI (Maharashtra): Mahendra Singh Dhoni was today dropped from the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s list of centrally contracted players. The BCCI announced the central contracts for the period of October 2019 to September 2020.

The 38-year-old player was in the ‘A’ category, which fetches a player five crore rupees as annual retainership, until last year.

The development, however, makes no difference to the ‘Dhoni situation’ whatsoever.


Coach Ravi Shastri has, more than once, said unambiguously that while Dhoni has played his last Test and ODI, and taking a well-earned break from competitive cricket, if he does well in the IPL and feels he is fit enough to not be a burden on the Indian team, he can put his hat in the ring for the T20 World Cup in Australia in October.

If the selectors still do not rule out picking Dhoni for the World Cup (for his experience, the match awareness, the on-field assistance he brings to the captain etc), chances are that they might try him out in the Asia Cup before that. And if he does play there, he will get a contract just like how a debutant gets one.

Skipper Virat Kohli, his white-ball deputy Rohit Sharma and top pacer Jasprit Bumrah were retained in the highest A bracket of seven crore rupees.



Among others, batsman K.L. Rahul has been promoted from ‘B’ grade to ‘A’ category.

Test opener Mayank Agarwal has been included in the Grade ‘B’ category, which also features Hardik Pandya and Yuzvendra Chahal along with two others.

Pacer Navdeep Saini and T20 specialist Washington Sundar are new entrants in Grade ‘C’ alongside Shreyas Iyer, Deepak Chahar and Shardul Thakur.

Veteran Cricketer Mithali Raj was demoted to Grade ‘B’ from ‘A’ while Radha Yadav and Taniya Bhatia were elevated to the middle bracket.

T20 skipper Harmanpreet Kaur retained her ‘A’ category contract alongside Smriti Mandhana and Poonam Yadav.


Players getting a central contract for the first time is the 15-year-old opener Shafali Verma, and Harleen Deol.

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Maharashtra Stays At The Top After Day 4 Of Khelo India; Harayana Second

Day 4 was the day for athletics as a total of 19 medals were in stake in multiple disciplines.

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GUWAHATI (Assam): On a day when the host Assam boys team won gold in 4×100 meter relay in the under-21 category, Team Haryana came into its elements and won all the 4 gold medals in boys and girls Kabaddi today in the Khelo India youth games in Guwahati. Maharashtra, however, retained the top spot in the medals tally.

It was the day for athletics as a total of 19 medals were in stake in multiple disciplines. Kerala’s Priscilla Daneil and Uttarakhand’s Anup Kumar Mahim got gold in the 800-meter race in under 21 girls and boys categories.

Kerala’s Priscilla Daniel and Uttarakhand’s Anup Kumar Mahim won gold in the 800-meter race in under 21 girls and boys categories respectively.


In girls below 17 years category in 800 meters, Kerala’s Stephy Sara won gold for the state.  In boys, under 17 in the 800-meter hurdle, Pradeep Senthil from Tamil Nadu won gold.

In girls 400 meter hurdle,  Delhi girl Preety won gold while in boys Gujarat’s Dhaval Mehesh got the gold.

Assam girl Gangotri Bordoloi won Gold in 60-kilometre cycling while another local favourite Hriday Hazarika won silver in 10-meter air rifle shooting. Haryana is leading the medal tally with 17 gold and 17 silver medals followed by Maharashtra with 16 gold and 20 silver medals.



In boys, under 17,800-meter hurdle, Pradeep Senthil from Tamil Nadu won gold. In girls 400 meter hurdle, Delhi girl Preety snatched the gold while in boys category Gujarat’s Dhaval Mehesh got the gold.

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10,000 Fans In Frozen Srinagar Watch Mohun Bagan Beat Real Kashmir 2-0

Real Kashmir FC dropped to the eighth spot in the points table with five points from four games.

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SRINAGAR (Jammu-Kashmir UT): Kolkata giants Mohun Bagan registered a 2-0 win over Real Kashmir FC (RKFC) in an away game to climb to the top of the Hero I-League table in Srinagar today.

The game started at 11.30 am at the TRC ground because of biting cold, but the harsh weather conditions failed to stop the visitors from recording the victory.

After a barren first half, Joseba Beitia net first goal at 71st minute while Nongdamba Naorem scored another at 73rd minute for the Kolkata giants in a span of two minutes, shattering the hopes of hosts.


Both sides got golden chances to score but the first half remained goalless.

Mohun Bagan have 10 points from five games, while Kashmir dropped to the eighth spot with five points from four games.

The Mariners will next host Indian Arrows on 9th of this month while the Snow Leopards will host Punjab Football Club a day later.



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