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New Delhi, Apr 17 (PTI) Young wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant and veteran batsman Ambati Rayudu were Wednesday named among the standbys for India's World Cup squad, reigniting their dashed hopes of making the trip to the UK in case an injury setback hits the side.
SPO-WC-SHASTRI Shastri says he wanted 16-strong squad for WC; tells excluded bunch to not lose heart
New Delhi, Apr 17 (PTI) Rishabh Pant will be in focus after his fiercely-debated World Cup exclusion when a buoyant Delhi Capitals aim to replicate its stellar away form at home against the Mumbai Indians in an Indian Premier League match here Thursday.
SPO-PONTING-LD PANT Ponting surprised at Pant's exclusion, says he could have been India's X factor
By Bharat Sharma New Delhi, Apr 17 (PTI) Australian great Ricky Ponting on Wednesday expressed surprise at Rishabh Pant's exclusion from India's World Cup squad, saying he could have been the X factor in the playing eleven.
SPO-LEE INDIAN PACERS
Lee heaps praise on pacers Bumrah, Prasidh and Saini Mumbai, Apr 17 (PTI) Former Australia speedster Brett Lee Monday heaped praise on death overs specialist Jasprit Bumrah as well as lanky speedsters, Prasidh Krishna and Navdeep Saini.
Thorough study of candidates' profile most important in coach appointment: Bhutia New Delhi, Apr 17 (PTI) Former captain Bhaichung Bhutia Wednesday said "thoroughly studying the profile" of applicants must take precedence over other considerations such as nationality or stature in the appointment of the next Indian football coach.
BFI Secretary General Kowli elected Asian Boxing Confederation's EC member Bangkok, Apr 17 (PTI) Boxing Federation of India (BFI) Secretary General Jay Kowli was Wednesday elected as a member of the Asian Boxing Confederation's (ASBC) Executive Committee here.