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Kapil Dev inducted into Legends Club’s Hall of Fame

Former Indian skipper Kapil Dev on 17 January 2017 was inducted into Legends Club 'Hall of Fame' in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
●    Dev was inducted in presence of former captains Sunil Gavaskar, Nari Contractor and Ajit Wadekar at the Cricket Club of India.
●    Madhav Apte, President of the Legends Club and the former Indian cricketer, presented the honour to Kapil Dev.
●    Kapil Dev captained the Indian cricket team that won the Cricket World Cup in 1983.
●    He is considered as one of the greatest all-rounders of all time.
●    In 2002, Wisden named him as the Indian Cricketer of the Century.
●    Between October 1999 and August 2000, he served as India's national cricket coach.
●    During the 1980s, he developed a fine inswinging yorker, which he used against tail-enders.
●    He was nicknamed as The Haryana Hurricane.
●    He held the world record for the most number of wickets taken in Test cricket. The record was broken by Courtney Walsh in 2000.
 

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Gujarat wins 2016-2017 Ranji Trophy

Gujarat on 14 January 2017 won its maiden Ranji Trophy title. 
●    The team defeated Mumbai by five wickets in the final at the Holkar stadium in Indore.
●    Parthiv Patel’s 143 and Munprit Juneja’s 54 runs helped Gujarat to chase down a score of 265 on the final day.
●    In the semi-finals, Gujarat defeated Jharkhand by 123 runs to reach only their second final in the history of the Ranji Trophy. 
●    Gujarat had previously played in the finals during the 1950–51 Ranji Trophy. 
●    In the second semi-finals, Mumbai beat Tamil Nadu by 6 wickets to progress to their 46th final in the tournament.
●    Gujarat’s Parthiv Patel was declared as the Player of the match for the final.
●    The Ranji Trophy is a domestic first-class cricket championship played in India.
●    It is played between teams representing regional cricket associations.
 

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India Rise to 129 in FIFA Rankings, Best Ever Position in a Decade

India jumped six places to the 129th spot, their best football ranking in over a decade, according to world governing body FIFA on Thursday.
●    It is India’s best ever ranking since December, 2005, when they were at the 127th spot. 
●    They have now improved 42 places in less than two years up from 173rd in March, 2015, according to a release.
●    India won nine of their last 11 international matches. A 4-1 win against Puerto Rico, ranked 114, in September last year, has been the highlight of the surge.
●    The top 34 positions remain unchanged with Argentina, Brazil and Germany still holding first, second and third place respectively.
●    National Coach Stephen Constantine said “I think we have had a really good couple of years during my time and while results have been mixed, we have achieved what we said we would. Our ranking is at its highest since 2005 which is obviously great for Indian football.”
 

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Virat Kohli is the fifth cricketer to score three double test centuries in a calendar year

Virat Kohli, India’s captain for Test Cricket, on 11 December 2016 became the fifth batsman in the world to score three double-hundreds in a calendar year. 
●    He scored his third double-century in the first innings of the third test match against England.
●    His first double-ton was scored against West Indies, while the second came in Indore against New Zealand. 
●    His third double test-century also made him the first batsman to score a double-century in three successive series in a year. 
●    He is also first Indian to score three double-tons in a year.
●    His score of 235 also became the highest score for an Indian captain in Test cricket. 
●    The previous best score was 224, which was scored by Mahendra Singh Dhoni against Australia in Chennai in 2013.
●    Beside this, Kohli is the only player to have an average of 50+ in all formats of the game.  
●    His averages in the three formats are : Test: 50.53 . ODIs: 52.93 . Twenty20 internationals: 57.13
 

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PR Sreejesh takes charge as Goalkeeping Coach of India Under-21 hockey team

Indian field hockey player PR Sreejesh on 8 December 2016 took over as goalkeeping mentor of the India Under-21 team.
●    The decision was taken when the home team is all set to compete in the Junior World Cup title after a prolonged 15-year wait.
●    Sreejesh, who is the captain of the senior national men’s team, will take charge of the role from South African Dave Staniforth.
●    Staniforth was roped in by Hockey India to work with the junior goalkeepers for a short three-week period keeping in mind the World Cup. He is set to leave for his home nation tomorrow.
●    Born on 8 May 1986, Parattu Raveendran Sreejesh is an Indian field hockey player.
●    He plays as a goalkeeper in the Indian national team and is its current captain.
●    He plays for Uttar Pradesh Wizards in the Hockey India League.
●    In 2004, he made into the junior national team in a match against Australia in Perth.
●    He made his debut in the senior national team at South Asian Games in Colombo in 2006.
●    After India's victory at the 2008 Junior Asia Cup, he was awarded the Best Goalkeeper of the Tournament.
●    His second Best Goalkeeper of the Tournament award came at the 2013 Asia Cup, in which India finished second in the tournament.
●    He was the captain of the team that won the silver medal at the Hero Champions Trophy 2016 held at London.
●    On 13 July 2016, he was given the responsibilities of the captain of Indian hockey team.
 

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Construction of the world's largest cricket stadium in the gujarat started

The Gujarat Cricket Association, helmed by BJP president Amit Shah, is seeking to make the Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad, an 110,000 capacity venue, exceeding the biggest cricket stadium in the world — Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) — which has a capacity of 100,024.
●    Chief Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah project GCA's Dream project.
●    The old structure of the stadium is already present.
●    The new stadium will be built on the same location.
●    With a seating capacity of 110,000 spectators.
●    Capacity largest audience yet Australia Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is
●    100.0024 The viewer can watch the match together.
●    According to GCA secretary Rajesh Patel Ground Construction Company is willing to be quoted.
●    When completed, it will be the world's largest stadium.
●    It will be the latest international standard.
●    The new stadium will have better infrastructure and will increase the number of AC boxes.
●    Parking will feature even better.
●    "Come inside and get out of the stadium and will be made accessible way.
●    Food, good Washroom Fan Among Jones will also feature.
●    6 Pavilion and the 54,000 spectators present at the stadium has a seating capacity.
 

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Haryana sprinter Dharambir Singh banned by NADA

Haryana sprinter Dharambir Singh in the third week of November 2016 was handed an eight-year ban by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA).
●    The 25-year old runner was earlier stripped of his gold medal won in the 100m race during the National inter-State Championships in 2012 for eluding a mandatory dope test.
●    Dharambir Singh is an Indian male sprinter.
●    In July 2016, he set a new national record for India when he won the 200 metres race at the Indian Grand Prix in Bengaluru. 
●    His time of 20.45 seconds was under the 20.50 seconds qualifying threshold for the 200 metres race in the 2016 Summer Olympics. 
●    With this, he became the first competitor for India to qualify for the 200 metres at the Olympics in 36 years.
●    On 2 August 2016, he failed to board his flight to Rio de Janeiro, and was reported to have failed a drug test.
 

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India to host T20 World Cup for the blind

India are to host the T20 Cricket World Cup for the Blind at nine different centres from January 31 to February 12 and Pakistan is among the competing teams.
●    The opening game between hosts India and the West Indies is to be held at Delhi.
●    The final is to be conducted in Bengaluru.
●    The tournament, to be organised by the Cricket Association for the Blind in India, is budgeted to cost Rs 24.5 crore.
●    Vengsarkar, invited the organisers to conduct all the matches in Mumbai to be hosted by the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA), of which he is the vice president.
●    Asked about the presence of Pakistan, Mahantesh said that they will land in Delhi, play matches there and play their remaining matches only in Bengaluru.
●    The other teams in the fray are England, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal.
●    Matches would be held in Delhi, Mumbai, Faridabad, Gujarat, Kochi, Bhubaneswar, Andhra Pradesh and Bengaluru.
 

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BCCI agrees to test DRS from England Test Series

BCCI ended its long-standing opposition to the Decision Review System (DRS), and agreed to its usage on a trial basis during India’s home Test series against England starting next month.
●    The BCCI and India’s limited-overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni have long opposed the system. 
●    But the Board’s stance has softened after Test captain Virat Kohli and coach Anil Kumble expressed their openness to experiment with the technology.
●    India last played a Test series using DRS in 2008 against Sri Lanka.
●    The Board said that it was “satisfied” that most of the concerns and suggestions that were expressed by it over a period of time were “addressed to a significant extent“.
●    The Board said additional cameras have been installed so that there is “redundancy and also provide 100 per cent reliable spin vision for DRS”.
 

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Ballon d'Or Gala set for France, FIFA World Player in London

Since 2010, FIFA had enjoyed the role of sole proprietor of football’s most prestigious individual award; FIFA merged the two awards into one, leaving its title as the Ballon D’Or, and doing away with the FIFA version.
•    France Football are set to regain control of the Ballon D’Or this year, while FIFA will take care of its own award once more.
•    The Ballon D’Or gala will take place in Paris, its original home until 2010, when Zurich took over as Ballon D’Or HQ.

•    FIFA, meanwhile, are working on getting their own award show ready, with London set to be their location.
•    FIFA President Infantino wants to make the FIFA World Player award the most prestigious award in football.

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