New Delhi: Indian opener KL Rahul’s two impressive knocks in the recently concluded two-match T20 series against Australia helped him climb to fifth in the latest ICC Rankings for T20 batsmen here Tuesday. Rahul, who made a comeback to international cricket after a brief suspension by the BCCI for his sexist comments on a TV show, scored 47 and 50 in the two matches and gained a spot in the latest rankings.In the bowlers’ list, Kuldeep Yadav, who was rested for two T20 Internationals, dropped a place to fifth.’ KL Rahul climbs to the fifth spot in ICC T20 Rankings. India wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav drop by a notch to occupy the fifth spot. Babar Azam tops the batsmen list in the T20 Rankings. Pakistan’s Babar Azam and Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan remained in top positions in batsmen and bowlers’ list respectively. Pakistan (135) enjoys a 13-point lead over second-placed India (122) with England remaining at third place with 121 points.Leg-spinner Adil Rashid has equaled his career-best third place in the latest rankings. Rashid’s five wickets in the series against the West Indies have helped him gain two slots and cross the 700-point mark for the first time in his career during the series. Meanwhile, India will be up against Australia for one final time in this series as the two teams will be locking horns for the decider game at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi on March 13. this will also be India’s last assignment before the forthcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. This remains to be seen if India can finish on a high and go into the most prestigious event of the year with a series win under their belt. (With Inputs: PTI) highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
COMMONWEALTH GAMES 2018Team Nigeria athletes preparing for the Commonwealth Games billed for April 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia have intensified preparations in various camps across the nation.The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports began its first phase of camping on December 17, 2018 in Lagos, Port Harcourt and Abuja.Boxers, Table tennis and Para Table tennis players are camping in Lagos, the weightlifters are in Abuja while Port Harcourt is hosting Athletics and Para Athletics. Speaking on activities at the Brai Ayonote Boxing Gymnasium where the boxers are currently training, the Camp Commandant Dr Segun Akinlotan said that a total of 32 boxers and four coaches led by Tony Konyegwachie will camp till January 16, 2018 for the first phase.According to Akinlotan, the boxers are in high spirit.“The boxers and officials are in high spirit. Training kit including track suits, T-shirts, slippers and knickers have been supplied to the boxers. Feeding is okay and the atmosphere is generally conducive.“By the end of the first phase of camping, the boxers will be reduced to 16 as the 2nd phase is billed to start from Jan 17th to 16th February 2018.”Elsewhere at the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research Yaba, Lagos, 16 players including eight para-table tennis players, eight able players and 14 officials are also carrying out training at the place.Camp Commandant, Ms Mbora Ikana Mbora said the players train twice daily at the Knock-up hall of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos and are well kitted for training.“Feeding is adequate and timely as supervised by the Medical team. Haruna Quadri and two other para players Faith Bazuaye and Tope Ogunsanya have already qualified for the games. We are targeting a podium appearance”, Mbora said.In Abuja, a total of 12 Weightlifters comprising 7 female and 5 male are camping at Package B of the Abuja National Stadium.The Camp Chaperone Mrs Chinedu Ezeala said that the lifters have shown great sense of responsibility and discipline.“The weightlifters have obeyed camp rules to the latter and have displayed a great sense of responsibility. We want to ensure a podium performance at the forthcoming Commonwealth Games in Australia,” Ezeala stated.The IAAF High Performance Center at the University of Port Harcourt is hosting 40 track and field athletes and nine Para athletes.Camp Commandant and Assistant Director Elite Athletes, Mrs Maria Wophil said athletes enjoyed a peaceful celebration on Christmas Day.“We celebrated Christmas in camp and it was peaceful. There are no complaints on feeding.”Wophil spoke further on preparations to get the best athletes for the Commonwealth Games.“Our first trial comes up on January 15, 2018. It will be an open trial as athletes who are not in camp will be allowed to fight for qualification. The second Phase of camping will commence immediately after the trials as we expect changes in times and performance. Facilities here are of high standards so we also expect good performances from the athletes,” Wophil said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram