Cricket News Jasprit Bumrah promoted to Grade A+, Rishabh Pant in A category of BCCI central contracts

first_imghighlights New Delhi: Jasprit Bumrah has made giant strides in Indian cricket ever since he burst onto the scene during India’s tour of Australia in 2016. His magnificent death bowling and his ability to nail Yorkers at will as well as his durability in Tests has marked him out as an asset. His performances in the Test series in South Africa, England and Australia promoted him as the new spearhead of the Indian bowling attack. On Friday, Bumrah has gotten a new promotion as he has been elevated to the Grade A+ contract where a player gets a retainer of Rs 7 crore. Bumrah is one of only three players to be in the Grade A+ contract, along with Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.  Bumrah was the bright spot for India in their tours of South Africa, England and Australia. In Johannesburg, Bumrah’s first five-wicket haul helped India salvage some pride as they lost the series 2-1 while in England, his five wickets in Trent Bridge helped India win their only Test in the tour. In Australia, his exploits in Melbourne helped India win the Boxing Day Test for the first time as India won a Test series Down Under. Along with Bumrah, the other notable promotion is Rishabh Pant, who has been elevated to Grade A which has a retainer of Rs 5 crore. Pant made his debut in the series against England and he impressed with a century at The Oval. In Australia, he blasted 159 in Sydney and took a joint-world record 11 catches in the Adelaide Test. His sledging behind the stumps earned him a cult following in Australia. Shikhar Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who were part of the Grade A+ contracts in the 2017/18 season, have been demoted to Grade A.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Jasprit Bumrah is the No.1 bowler for India in ODIs.Rishabh Pant is only Indian keeper to hit two centuries overseas.Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal are not included in the list. Kuldeep Yadav, who has been India’s ace spinner ever since 2017, taking 24 wickets in six Tests and 82 wickets in 41 ODIs, has also been elevated to Grade A. Kuldeep is the only Indian bowler to take a five-wicket haul in all formats in the same year and he will be a key part of the Indian cricket team in the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. No Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal In the entire list of 25 central contracted players, there were two major omissions. Prithvi Shaw, who blasted a century on debut against the West Indies, has been left out while Mayank Agarwal, who slammed two fifties in the Melbourne and Sydney Tests in Australia, has also been left out. Shaw was forced to miss the entire series in Australia after he suffered an ankle injury during the warm-up game against Cricket Australia XI at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul in Grade B Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul’s international careers were at the crossroads following their comments on the show Koffee With Karan hosted by Karan Johar, a prominent Bollywood film director. Pandya and Rahul were called back from the series in Australia and the Committee of Administrators (CoA) looked to take strict action. However, Pandya came back for the third game against New Zealand in Mount Maunganui while Rahul played for India A in the series against England Lions. Despite all the uproar, Rahul and Pandya have been included in Grade B which has an annual retainer of Rs 3 crore. In Grade C, which has an annual retainer of Rs 1 crore, there are players like Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik and notably Wriddhiman Saha. Saha, who is currently undergoing rehabilitation for a shoulder surgery, has fallen back in the pecking order following the exploits of Pant. There is also Khaleel Ahmed and Hanuma Vihari in Grade C along with Ambati Rayudu. The Indian players who have been omitted totally from the contracts list are Suresh Raina, Parthiv Patel, Karun Nair, Murali Vijay, Axar Patel and Jayant Yadav. The BCCI also released the list of retainer contracts for the Indian women’s cricket team. Poonam Yadav, who was the leading wicket-taker for India in Twenty20 Internationals in 2018, has been awarded with a Grade A contract which has an annual retainer of Rs 50 lakhs. Poonam is only the fourth player in the Grade A list along with Mithali Raj, Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana. Jemimah Rodrigues, who has been touted as the future of the India women’s cricket team, is in Grade B with an annual retainer of Rs 30 lakhs.last_img read more

Anderson breaks UW’s all-time scoring record in win

first_imgBEN CLASSON/Herald photoIn her four seasons as a Badger, senior Jolene Anderson has now scored more points than any men?s or women?s basketball player in UW history.With less than eight minutes to go in the game against Indiana on Wednesday, Anderson nailed a shot from the corner, notching the record-setting point. This breaks the previous record set by Alando Tucker last season.?Congratulations to Jolene Anderson. She is a fantastic player who has really taken Wisconsin to another level,? Indiana head coach Felisha Legette-Jack said. ?I had an opportunity to coach her in Olympic basketball, and it was my privilege and my honor.?Shooting 57 percent from the field against Indiana, Anderson was able to tally 18 points, raising the record four points to the current record of 2,222 points, with three regular season games remaining. Anderson leads the Big Ten conference this season in scoring with 20.4 points per game as she builds her resume for Big Ten Player of the Year honors.Anderson went into the half with seven points, and her team well ahead in the game, 39-25. Ultimately, the most important thing to Anderson is a win for her team and to provide a boost heading into the postseason.?It definitely mattered more to get the ?W? then to get the scoring record,? Anderson said. ?I came into the game thinking we have to get a win for our team, and if the scoring record came it came, and if it didn?t, then there will always be next game.?Coming out of the half, Anderson came closer with a quick jumper, five points shy of the record. The next possession was a similar result, with Anderson converting on a 3-point attempt, shooting 33 percent from beyond the arc. Fatigue becoming an issue, Anderson turned the ball over three times in succession, forcing head coach Lisa Stone to pull her star out to regain composure.Anderson sat for under two minutes, only to return to the game. Off a Rae Lin D?Alie steal, Anderson had a fast break opportunity, with one defender standing between her and UW history. Two feet from the basket, Anderson dished the ball to teammate Mariah Dunham, who converted the layup.?On the breakaway with Mariah, I knew it was for the record, but I saw Mariah so I gave it to her,? Anderson said. ?I did the same thing in high school, but whatever. When I finally did make the shot, I was like ? thank God it?s over with.?Once official, a timeout was taken and the Kohl Center crowd got to their feet in support of Anderson. Stone benched Anderson at the time to further enjoy the moment, and the timeout ended with an official recognition by the announcer.?Today was a big day for Jolene Anderson, to become the all-time leading scorer, both male and female,? Stone said. ?It is a wonderful feat, and she?ll credit her teammates because that?s the way she is.?Anderson grabbed ten rebounds and dished out three assists to go along with the already historical day.She has scored double digits in 113 of 118 career games, hitting at least one 3-pointer in 100 of those games.Contributing to her record point total in her career are the seven double-doubles she?s posted this season, with 25 for her career, currently ranked fifth all-time at UW.?[Setting the record] will definitely [mean something] to me. It hasn?t sunk in yet, but by the time I graduate and I?m away from the University of Wisconsin, I?m sure it will,? Anderson said. ?It?s definitely something I?m proud of and how I?ve persevered through the years, but right now it?s just focus on Minnesota.?Anderson has been chasing and breaking records all season, with this particular achievement being the most notable. With three games left on the schedule, and Iowa at home, she can raise the scoring bar even higher. Now, as Anderson stated, the pressure is gone, and she has left her mark in yet another UW record book.last_img read more

USC travels to Iowa, prepares for NCAAs

first_img1976 and 2001.These are two very important years to the USC track and field team. They mark the years when the men’s and women’s teams, respectively, last won an NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship.Cremé of the crop · Junior captain Joey Hughes (far right) has developed into one of the top 400m runners in the country, and his time of 45.15 sec ranks seventh all-time in USC history. This week, he will be competing in the 400m race and the 4x400m race. – Summer Trojan file photo Entering this year’s competition, the men’s team ranks No. 6 in the nation and the women’s team comes in at No. 7.Both teams are primed to make some noise at the NCAAs as USC will look to use its 19 qualifying athletes to conquer 15 different events throughout the course of the competition.With the events taking place at historic Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa, the team hopes for the best in continuing its legacy.Yes, a legacy.Even though it has been quite some time since the USC men’s and women’s teams, took home the national title, that doesn’t mean the Trojans haven’t seen overall success.The men’s team has won the most NCAA outdoor titles — 26 in total — which is more than double the next-best program in Arkansas.As for the women’s team, its only title was in 2001. Regardless, USC as a whole has constantly appeared in the top-10 at the NCAA championships.Junior captain Joey Hughes expressed his optimism, especially in terms of the men’s team, for this year’s competition.“I have confidence in our team,” Hughes said. “I feel like we will do excellent. We have a strong group of guys and we will do good overall for the men’s side.”One of the fastest 400-meter runners in the country, Hughes will be a big asset to the team at the NCAA championships. He will also participate in the 4×400-meter relay with junior Duane Walker, sophomore Reggie Wyatt and freshman Josh Mance — one of the fastest relay teams in the country.The young USC team, which heads to Des Moines with only four seniors, has done a few things to prepare for competition.“One thing that we did versus the other teams is that we got here a few days earlier,” Hughes said. “We will be used to the time zone, we won’t feel like we just flew in and feel uncomfortable. And we had lighter practices before this so we wouldn’t be tired.”Even though they are scarce in number, two of four USC’s seniors will be a force to reckon with.Seniors Oscar Spurlock and Brendan Ames are ranked third and fourth in the nation, respectively, in the 110-meter hurdles.As for the team’s biggest strength, the junior captain named three key areas, in addition to hurdles, where the Trojans excel.“Our strength is in the hurdles, 400 and the throws,” Hughes said. “We have two strong hurdlers, runners and throwers who qualified.”The competition begins today with the women’s 4×100-meter relay at 5:30 p.m. and runs through Saturday.last_img read more