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Murali Vijay has been one of the surprise packages of the ninth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Tasked with the added responsibility of captaincy midway into the tournament, the 32-year-old turned out to be the most low-profile captain of any side in the league.
The circumstances were lot different. He wasn’t unveiled at a grand event like leaders of other franchises. His appointment was more forced than expected. Faced with a spate of losses under the leadership of David Miller, Kings XI were forced to replace him with Vijay.
The India opener did not seem out of place. Despite the many foreign stars in the squad, he remained in control. Kings XI might not have gone on a winning streak but they did put up a fight, which was largely missing with Miller at the helm.
On Saturday, they will face the Rising Pune Supergiants, the winners will walk away knowing that they did not finish at the bottom of the table, if that is any consolation.
India are likely to announce the national men’s hockey squad for the Rio Olympics on July 5, chief coach and country’s High Performance Director Roelant Oltmans said in Bengaluru on Friday.
“The national selectors are likely to meet on July 5 to pick the final squad for the Olympics. We will start the national camp on July 11 which will be a two-week camp. After that we leave for Madrid to play two friendly matches with Spain and then head to Rio and play a friendly with Spain and New Zealand. I believe we have entered a very exciting period in the lead up to the Olympics, “ Oltmans said.
Oltmans also feels the one week break starting on Friday before the Champions Trophy will help rejuvenate the players ahead of the Olympics, the countdown for which has already begun.
The 29-member men’s hockey squad will be on a week’s break before they rejoin on May 29 and Oltmans said the idea behind the move was to ensure the players feel fresh and hungry ahead of next month’s FIH Champions Trophy in London.
“Starting June 5, the team will be away for almost a month playing two different tournaments in two different countries. Everything we do in this period will be demanding not just physically but also mentally,” Oltmans said.
Big-hitting Kieron Pollard was recalled to the West Indies squad announced on Wednesday for next month’s triangular one-day series against Australia and South Africa.
The squad also includes five members of the team that won last month’s World Twenty20 in India, notably the heroes of the deciding match against England, Carlos Brathwaite and Marlon Samuels.
Pollard, who missed the World Twenty20 citing a knee injury, is a veteran of 91 one-day internationals (ODIs), with a batting average of 25.20 and a strike-rate of more than 93.
Fast bowler Shannon Gabriel, who has played in 16 test matches, and off-spinner Ashley Nurse have also been named, and are set to make their ODI debuts for West Indies.
Notably absent from the squad is veteran all-rounder Chris Gayle, who has played 269 ODIs with his last appearance in the format coming in March 2015.
The series starts in Guyana (June 3-7), moves to St Kitts (June 11-15), before concluding in Barbados (June 19-26).
Argentina’s Juan Monaco won the ATP clay court title in Houston on Sunday, cementing his return from injury with a 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 victory over defending champion Jack Sock.
“I didn’t expect this so fast,” said Monaco, who had surgery on his right wrist in August and was sidelined for six months. “No words to describe this moment.”
The former top-10 is projected to rise from his 146th in the world to 90th, and said it was fitting that the first title of his return came in such a dramatic battle.
“Today was a quick movie of my life,” said Monaco, 32, claiming his first ATP title since Duesseldorf in 2013 and his second in Houston to go with the one he earned in 2012.
After Sock took the first set, Monaco received treatment on his right arm, and after the injury timeout Sock lost 10 of the next 14 games.
Sock, the fourth seed, received treatment on his right arm and right shoulder, and was visibly limping in the third set -- when he still managed to erase two breaks of serve in the decider before Monaco finally finished him off.