Kumble eyes Zimbabwe tour
Vandana & Co. lift crown
Debopam puts team in control
Unimpressive 3-1 win for EB
Calcutta Racing / Fame Star juggernaut rolls on
GOLCONDA DERBY/ Knighted may strike
Bagalore Racing / Amber Dancer wins

 
 
KUMBLE EYES ZIMBABWE TOUR 
 
 
BY LOKENDRA PRATAP SAHI
 
Calcutta, Jan.27: 
Anil Kumble, recuperating from surgery on his right shoulder in Johannesburg, will return home Thursday.

Kumble was operated upon by Dr Mark Fergusson, at the Rosebank Clinic which houses the Centre for Sports Medicine, on January 17. He was discharged the next day.

“My brother (Dinesh) and I intend leaving on Wednesday night and, so, will be home (Bangalore) Thursday,” Kumble told The Telegraph this afternoon, when contacted on his cell phone.

He added: “Both Dr Fergusson and I are happy with the pace of recovery... Of course, I’ll have to come back to Johannesburg around the seventh-week (early March) for a detailed assessment.”

Kumble, who confessed to having been “scared” when wheeled into the operation theatre, remarked that the prospect of returning a “stronger bowler” gave him much comfort after the hour-long surgery.

“It’s disappointing I’ve not only missed quite a bit of international cricket, but will also surely miss the series against Australia and the Sharjah tri-series. At the same time, when I resume bowling, I won’t have to worry about a painful shoulder...”

Kumble indicated his comeback could be in Zimbabwe itself (end-May) and not later in the year.

“Well, seeing the current progress, it’s a possibility my international-return may be during the tour of Zimbabwe... But, yes, I’m not going to rush things and will be guided entirely by Dr Fergusson and Andrew Leipus (the Indian team’s physio-cum-physical trainer),” he observed, choosing words carefully.

But will his action be compromised, in any way?

Kumble answered, almost interrupting: “No... No... It will remain the same. The only change, really, will be that my shoulder will be stronger.”

The 30-year-old star leg spinner’s tally stands at a very handsome 276 wickets in Tests and 274 in ODIs. Had he not been out of action from end-October, Kumble could well have joined the 300-club in both categories.

Kumble, who reached Jo’Burg just over a week before the surgery, initially stayed in Leipus’ apartment but, with Dinesh joining him (to extend moral support), shifted to an exclusive apartment after being discharged.

For Kumble, the day begins with a trip to the Centre for Sports Medicine for an hour of physiotherapy. But for two 20-25 minute sessions of exercises, in the apartment, he has the rest of the day to himself.

“I’ve been watching a lot of movies on the TV... Books? I’ve never ever been a big reader,” Kumble pointed out, laughing.

It’s been quite a while since Kumble saw a game of cricket in person, but he has been in touch with fellow-cricketers.

“Sri (Jawagal Srinath) returned my call, while Syed Saba Karim and Sunil Joshi e-mailed good wishes... I also spoke to (Muttiah) Muralidharan and Aravinda (de Silva).”

Kumble informed he’ll be at the conditioning camp in Chennai (there’s talk it may be shifted to Bangalore, though), so as to be close to Leipus. “My progress will have to be constantly monitored. A watch will also have to be kept on my rehab-exercises. The best man for all this, clearly, is Andrew.”

It’s possible, therefore, Kumble may (unofficially) travel with the team during the up-coming series against Australia. That’s hardly consolation enough but, in the circumstances, not a bad idea.

   

 
 
VANDANA & CO. LIFT CROWN 
 
 
FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
 
Calcutta, Jan. 27: 
Team A01, represented by former national champion Vandana Agarwal and India’s current No. 1 amateur golfer Rahil Gangjee, with a score of 167 points lifted the Royal Challenge Invitation Golf Cup at the RCGC today.

Arjun Singh and Sanjeev Mehra were the other members of the winning team.

RESULTS

Best two-ball scores:(1st round) Team A20, 47 pts (on count back B07) — Rachpal Singh and Soma Ray. (2nd round) team A12, 49 pts — Govind Atwal and Shiv Mohan.

Division III winners: Team C02, 155 pts (on count back C14) — Amit Sen, G. Singh, Dr Abhijit Sen, C.R. Addy.

Division II winners: Team B20, 165 pts (on count back B11) — Rita Punwani, Tara Halwasia, Anu Bindra, S.S. Kapany.

Division I winners: Team A39, 164 pts — Rajiv Pasari, Timir Roy, Ravindra Kanoi, G.S. Baweja.

Best gross: Team A04, 130 pts — Aditya Bajoria, C K Pasari, Abhay Pasari, Sudeep Chitlangia.

Royal Challenge invitation Cup runners-up: Team B27, 165 pts (on count back B20) — AV Bhagat, R N Sahay, A Mittal and Sunil Kedia.

Wooden spoon: Team C35, 93 pts — Kallol Dutta, Kushal Bhowmick, Praveen Agarwal, Dharmen Trivedi.

   

 
 
DEBOPAM PUTS TEAM IN CONTROL 
 
 
FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
 
Calcutta, Jan. 27: 
Debopam Sarkar’s 180 helped Tapan Memorial declare their innings at 407 for five against Talatala Institute on the opening day of the CAB senior division league tie today.

SUMMARISED SCORES

Mohun Bagan 354 (Gautam Chakraborty 106, Madhusudhan Acharya 66, Nikhil Haldipur 55; Avishek Ghosh 6/99). Kumartuli 41/0.

Mohammedan Sporting 152 (Khurshid Khan 59, Soumen Singh 3/49, Sarfraz Ahmed 3/57). CPT 104/3 (Sanjeev Pandey 59 n.o., Soumen Singh 41).

George Telegraph 341/7 (Tirtha Roy 96, Amitava Roy 58, Subhranil Som 101; Sourav Sil 4/95) vs Suburban.

Aryan 251/3 (Dipak singh 109, Sovan Mitra 59) vs BNR.

Belgachia United 347 (Arpan Hazra 50, Sagnik Banerjee 56, Sanjib Sashmal 87, Sanjib Ghoshal 89; Birendra Pratap Singh 3/45, Anup Das 5/68). Tollygunge Agragami 45/0.

YMCA Coll. 98 (Arghya Maitra 4/12, Tapan Mallick 3/34). Milan Samity 99/0 (Siddhartha Lahiri 64 n.o.).

Town 292/8 (Sunil Sudan 103 n.o., Subhajit Pal 43, Arnab Ghosh 59) vs Customs.

Tapan Memorial 407/5 decl. (Debopam Sarkar 180, Samir Ghosh 122, Swarup Chatterjee 55). Taltala Institute 44/0.

Shyambazar 382/6 (Amitava Chakraborty 157, Debdulal Majumder 123). Excelsiors 9/2.

East Bengal 373/8 (Alokendu Lahiri 128, Gautam Shome 53, Sumitra Mazumder 59) vs Sporting Union.

Wari 356/5 decl. (Probal Dutta 171, Aurijit Basu 84, Nilanjan Majumder 53). Shibpur Institute 8/3.

MCC winners

MCC beat Veterans’ by 108 runs in the final to emerge champions in the women’s meet organised by Central Calcutta Women’s Sports Club.

BRIEF SCORES: MCC 202/7 in 30 (Chandrabati Pal 79 n.o., Tanuja Samanta 38). Veterans’ 94 in 23 (Shyama Shaw 22).

BBA champions

Bhowanipore Boxing Association, with 25 points emerged champions in the 16th state sub-junior boxing championship.

South Calcutta Physical Culture Association, at 14, were runners-up. Howrah District Boxing Association (11) finished third.

   

 
 
UNIMPRESSIVE 3-1 WIN FOR EB 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Jan. 27: 
Their tryst with international soccer over, Calcuttans woke up to the domestic fare as the National League resumed. Over 10,000 people turned up at Rabindra Sarobar Stadium today to witness East Bengal prevail 3-1 over State Bank of Travancore. The quality of soccer, though, was quite insipid.

After Shabir Ali’s freak goal put the visitors ahead in the sixth minute, East Bengal scored through Dipendu Biswas, Dipankar Roy and Omoloja Olalekan.

East Bengal have five points from three games while SBT have two from as many matches.

Playing their first match under reinstated coach Manoranjan Bhattacharjee, East Bengal didn’t quite impress. The presence of four foreigners hardly helped and the team looked distinctly disjointed.

With Jiju Jacob and Vinu Jose easily bottling up Dipendu Biswas and Bijen Singh, the forwardline lacked bite and momentum. A non-existent midfield made the forwards’ task even more difficult.

There was no wing-play and East Bengal’s attempt to work down the middle proved futile. It was only after Surkumar Singh was brought in as left-back, in the 29th minute, that the local giants made a mark in the game.

Surkumar’s frequent overlaps helped East Bengal stretch the SBT defence to the hilt and the chinks were clearly visible. An unmarked Dipendu headed in the equaliser in the 35th minute from a Suley Mussah cross. None of the defenders made an effort to challenge the East Bengal striker.

With the SBT resistance fast fizzling out, Dipankar gave East Bengal the lead with a brilliant 25-yard right-footed volley five mintes from the breather. Goalkeeper Rajeev Kumar was taken by surprise and the dive to his right came a little too late.

A couple of minutes later, Omoloja failed to connect a Dipendu pass from close following a good move with Bijen.

The Manipur boy himself missed a sitter early in the second session, his volley sailing over the target by a few yards.

The ‘credit’ for East Bengal’s final goal should go more to the SBT custodian than Omoloja. The Nigerian’s low header, from a Dipankar cross, had Rajeev seemingly in control of the situation. But the ball slipped out of his grasp at the last minute and his valiant attempt to prevent it from crossing the goalline was of no consequence.

TEAMS

EAST BENGAL: Nasim Akhtar, Suley Musah, Jackson Egygpong, Dipak Mondal, Ratan Singh (Surkumar Singh, 29 min), Chandan Das (Carlton Chapman, 70), Isiaka Abayomi, Omoloja Olalekan, Dipankar Roy, Dipendu Biswas (Srikanta Dutta, 46), Bijen Singh.

SBT: Rajeev Kumar, Shiva Kumar, Jiju Jacob, Vinu Jose, Lanel Thomas, X.R. Prajeev (Abdul Noushad, 17), V. Suresh Babu, T. Shabir Ali, V.P. Shaji (Paul Antony, 46), Asif Saheer, Abdul Hakim.

Referee: Krishna Avatar

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CALCUTTA RACING / FAME STAR JUGGERNAUT ROLLS ON 
 
 
BY STAR RACER
 
Calcutta, Jan. 27: 
Fame Star who beat Alternator in the 1,600m Gold Cup on New Year’s Day, repeated the winning performance in the 2,000m Eveready Indian Champion Cup today. Relishing the extended trip, the Gaswar-Dancing Flame daughter notched up her seventh straight victory with an equal ease. C. Rajendra partnered the Vijay Singh-trainee.

RESULTS

1. Goldgainer Cup 1,600m: (1-2/5-3) Arco Europa (A. P. Singh) 1; Friendly Knight (Smith) & Blessed Spirit (A. Imran) 2; Anntari (C. Alford) 4. Won by: 1-1/4; D-H; 2-1/4; (1-43.4). Tote: Win Rs 114; Place: 14; 17 (on no. 2); 25 (on 5); Quinella: 234 (on 1 & 2); 644 (on 1 & 5); Tanala: 4,823. Fav: Anntari (3). Winner trained by Vijay S. (Note: The winner survived objection lodged by the rider of second horse).

2. Prince Regent Handicap 1,100m: (7-3-8-2) Madame X (Gowli) 1; Aliqa (M. Reuben) 2; Armila (Yasin) 3; Cancun (Rutherford) 4. Won by: 1-1/4; 2-1/4; SH; (1-7.4). Tote: Win Rs 28; Place: 13; 15; 41; Quienlla: 44; Tanala: 875. Fav: Madame X (7). Winner trained by Rodrigues.

3. Amrit Bhushan Gujral Memorial Cup 1,100m: (8-3-4-7) Orbital Star (Merchant) 1; Melodeon (C. Alford) 2; On The Bit (Bhati) 3; Diplomatic Gesture (Shanker) 4. Won by: 3/4; 1-1/2; 1/2; (1-6.6). Tote: Win Rs 76; Place: 19; 13; 23; Quinella: 74; Tanala: 1,090. Fav: Melodeon (3). Winner trained by Daniel D.

4. Republic Cup 1,200m: (7-4-8-3) Annalee (C. Alford) 1; Tsavo (Gowli) 2; Clarice Cliff (Rabani) 3; Highland Flame (Rajendra) 4. Won by: 1-1/4; SH; 2-1/4; (1-13.4). Tote: Win Rs 17; Place: 12; 19; 17; Quinella: 51; Tanala: 191. Fav: Annalee (7). Winner trained by Vijay S.

5. Eveready Indian Champion Cup 2,000m: (7-1-2-3) Fame Star (Rajendra) 1; Allodium (C. Alford) 2; Alternator (Kader) 3; Alyssum (Shanker) 4. Won by: 1-1/4; 1/2; 1-3/4; (2-7.1). Tote: Win Rs 36; Place: 12; 36; 11; Quinella: 512; Tanala: 1,451. Fav: Alternator (2). Winner trained by Vijay S.

6. Indian Champagne Stakes 1,400m: (7-3-4-2) The Archer (Bhati) 1; Aiberni (Rajendra) 2; Accrete (C. Alford) 3; Angeles (Kader) 4. Won by: 7-3/4; 3/4; 1/2; (1-26.4). Tote: Win Rs 76; Place: 16; 25; 16; Quinella: 335; Tanala: 3,225. Fav: Angeles (2). Winner trained by J. Stephens.

7. Phoenecian Handicap, Div-I 1,400m: (4-10-3-9) Lovely Prospect (A. Imran) 1; Silver Toy (M. Reuben) 2; No Regrets (Gowli) 3; Gambino (Som S.) 4. Not run: Smokey Bear (6). Won by: 2-3/4; 1-3/4; SH; (1-26.2). Tote: Win Rs 99; Place: 22; 14; 18; Quinella: 102; Tanala: 916. Fav: Silver Toy (10). Winner trained by Daniel D.

8. Phoenecian Handicap, Div-II 1,400m: (9-6-10-7) Soviet Port (Rabani) 1; Sky Command (Rutherford) 2; Bul Bul (Amil) 3; Raaz (M. Reuben) 4. Won by: 4; Nk; 1; (1-26.7). Tote: Win Rs 51; Place: 16; 34; 29; Quinella: 415; Tanala: 5,005. Fav: Ashbury (3). Winner trained by Bath.

Jackpot: Rs 43,690; (C) Rs 3,226.

Treble: (i) Rs 546; (ii) Rs 3,039.

   

 
 
GOLCONDA DERBY/ KNIGHTED MAY STRIKE 
 
 
BY TITAN BOY
 
Jan. 27: 
The Dallas Todywalla-trained Knighted is taken to win The 2,400m Hindu Golconda Derby Stakes in the hands of jockey B. Prakash.

SELECTIONS

12.50 pm: Cambridge Blue 1. Fine Glance 2. Seranova 3.

1.20 pm: Rainbow Style 1. Scoring Shot 2. Miami Vice 3.

1.50 pm: Pal Of Mine 1. Factual 2. Flying Monarch 3.

2.20 pm: Tololing 1. Best Port 2. Timeline 3.

2.50 pm: Asprey 1. Grass Is Greener 2. Ewigkeit 3.

3.25 pm: High Point 1. Regal Rocket 2. Lady In Lace 3.

4 pm: Knighted 1. The Proletarian 2. Appeaser 3.

4.45 pm: Balance Of Power 1. Royal Tradition 2. Venus Star3

5.15 pm: General Challenge 1. Janus 2. Gold Chunk 3.

Day’s Best: High Point

Double: Cambridge Blue & Pal Of Mine

   

 
 
BAGALORE RACING / AMBER DANCER WINS 
 
 
FROM WILLIAM TELL
 
Bangalore, Jan. 27: 
Amber Dancer won the Kelachandra New Year Trophy today.

RESULTS

1. Novice Plate, Div-II: Royal Mission (Lynch) 1; Icelandic Hope 2; Airtel 3. Won by: 4; 4; (1-30.1). Win Rs 58; (P) 17; 12; 17; (F) 86; (Q) 34; (T) 158 & 148. Fav: Icelandic Hope (2).

2. Novice Plate, Div-I: Imperial Legend (S. Narredu) 1; Marcus Aurelius & Misty Charms 2. Won by: 7-1/2; D-H; (1-28.8). Win Rs 20; (P) 13; 14 (on no; 2); 14 (no. 9) (F) 27; (Q) 27; (T) 50 & 50. Fav: Imperial Legend (4).

3. Bhagamandala Plate, Div-II: Royal Castle (Warren) 1; Royal Birkdale 2; Aryawun 3. Not run: Beauty Castle (7). Won by: 1/2; Hd; (1-17.5). Win Rs 85 (P) 25; 90; 20; (F) 856; (Q) 691; (T) 4,038 & 3,461. Fav: Scandal Sheet (5).

4. Kakanakote Plate: Furia Rossa (Shobhan) 1; Vertigo 2; Zoracia 3. Won by: 1/2; 4-3/4; (1-29.7). Win Rs 57; (P) 19; 22; 17; (F) 113; (Q) 55; (T) 447 & 156. Fav: Zoracia (6)

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5. Kolar Plate: Ronson (Shobhan) 1; One So Wonderful 2; Winning Glory 3. Won by: 1-1/2; 3/4; (1-27.6). Win Rs 84; (P) 24; 35; 48; (F) 544; (Q) 405; (T) 6,695 & 4,017. Fav: Badge Of Fame (4).

6. Kelachandra New Year Trophy: Amber Dancer (Prakash) 1; Pettalumma 2; Fizaa 3. Won by: Nk; 7-1/4; (1-15.3). Win Rs 23; (P) 14; 15; (F) 33; (Q) 17; (T) 30 & 20. Fav: Amber Dancer (1).

7. Vijayanagar Cup: Appleby (Rajesh) 1; Top Socialite 2; Royal Debut 3. Won by: 1/2; 1-1/2; (2-8.7). Win Rs 52; (P) 16; 17; 33; (F) 137; (Q) 69; (T) 868 & 646. Fav: Soviet Dance (4).

8. Bhagamandala Plate, Div-I: Save The Day (Faisal I.) 1; Winning Charm 2; Pharoah 3. Won by: 4-1/4; 3/4; (1-16.9). Win Rs 119; (P) 34; 33; 61; (F) 473 (Q) 213; (T) 5,088 & 2,348. Fav: Golden Finisher (14).

9. Amathos Plate: Adelante (Mrs Storai) 1; Ma Baker 2; Starry Halo 3. Won by: 1/2; 1/2; (1-42.5). Win Rs 160 (P) 33; 20; 25; (F) 237; (Q) 99; (T) 857 & 554. Fav: Ma Baker (3).

Jackpot: Rs 89,173; (C) Rs 1,803.

Mini jackpot: Rs 30,483.

Treble: (i) Rs 742; (ii) Rs 4,611.

Friday’s Bangalore results

(With inter-state dividends)

1. Gulbarga Plate: Auchterarder (Appu) 1; Magic Stride 2; Spirited Effort 3. Won by: 2; 5; (1-16.6). Win Rs 46; (P) 13; 10; 79; (Q) 15 (T) 812. Fav: Magic Stide (2).

2. Indian Republic Trophy: Averoff (Kader) 1; Aerobee 2; Mandrillo 3. Won by: 7; Dist; (1-38.6). Win Rs 12; (P) 10; 18; (Q) 22; (T) 112. Fav: Averoff (1).

3. Bangarpet Plate Sounds Sweet (Hughes) 1; Zulia’s 2; Royal Satsuma 3. Won by: 6-1/4; 1-1/2; (1-16.4). Win Rs 21; (P) 14; 26; 58; (Q) 76; (T) 1,218. Fav: Sounds Sweet (2).

4. Karnataka Trophy, Div-II: Classic Belle (Mrs Storai) 1; Grisogono 2; Machrie Bay 3. Won by: 1-3/4; 1/2; (1-15.3). Win Rs 111; (P) 34; 28; 19; (Q) 1,178; (T) 9,199. Fav: Sea Horse (5).

5. Silicon Valley Plate, Div-I: Millennium Flame (Shakti) 1; Sher Khan 2; Saturn Star 3. Not run: Paris Lights (7). Won by: 1-3/4; Nk; (1-28.8). Win Rs 64; (P) 19; 16; 40; (Q) 59; (T) 2,853. Fav: Sher Khan (8).

6. Karnataka Trophy, Div-I: So Thrilled (Rakesh) 1; Spark Of Life 2; Far Excellence 3. Won by: 6; 3/4; (1-15.2). Win Rs 22; (P) 13; 30; 13; (Q) 190; (T) 659. Fav: So Thrilled (4).

7. Brig. M. S. Dhillon Memorial Plate: Facsimile (Prakash) 1; Saujas 2; Whattagirl 3. Not run: Fly Past (10). Won by: 3-1/4; 3-3/4; (1-28.2). Win Rs 25; (P) 13; 22; 18 (Q) 64; (T) 237. Fav: Facsimile (5).

8. Gaganchukki Plate: Alylady (Faisal I. ) 1; Al Habib 2; Tareek 3. Won by: 1-1/2; 1-1/4; (1-14.9). Win Rs 35; (P) 16; 19; 28; (Q) 61; (T) 532. Fav: Alylady (3).

9. Silicon Valley Plate, Div-II:Crystal Goblet (Shakti) 1; Trojan Crown 2; Pride Valley 3. Won by: 4-1/4; SH; (1-29.3). Win Rs 35; (P) 18; 30; 128; (Q) 135; (T) 17,374. Fav: Crystal Goblet (1).

Jackpot: Rs 3,790; (C) Rs 459.

Treble: (i) Rs 817; (ii) Rs 17,462; (iii) Rs 220.

   
 

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