Wright tastes the Indian craze
Greetings from Sachin
Bagan win
Corporate golf
Bangalore race/ Astronautics for Stewards Cup
Mumbai Races/ Immaculate posts upset victory

New Delhi, Nov. 16: 
India�s first ever foreign coach John Wright of New Zealand was overwhelmed today by the massive adulation (autograph-seeking youngsters) at his first practice session with the Indian squad today.

After extensive practice at nets Wright re-emphasised that he he had no magic formula to boost performances. He harped on pragmatic expectations and gradual development. Wright said: �I am basically wanting a lot of practice, a lot of development in skills and a lot of hard work. They (players) will have to involve themselves in team work and play with a lot of passion.�

He said the areas of possible development were plenty, like improved fitness, better understanding of tactics and running between wickets. He said fielding would be given priority. He wants the Indian players to be sharp on the field, in throwing to the wicketkeeper, saving runs and taking catches.

Getting the basics right by constant practice at nets was how he plans to work.

Expectedly, Wright hedged queries about match-fixing, but said that this it had not seemingly affected the morale of the Indian players.

The rapport between skipper Sourav Ganguly and Wright was obvious. The Indian skipper thanked the BCCI for appointing Wright. �We had been looking forward to it for quite some time and I hope John (Wright) will enjoy working with the team,� Sourav said.

Sourav, hoping for back-to-back Test wins, said his team has been playing good cricket in the last one month, except the recent Sharjah final, which India lost to Sri Lanka by a record 245 runs. Sourav termed this result as an aberration and a nightmare to be forgotten.

A turner

There is speculation that the Kotla will be a turning track. Hence India could cap young offie Sarandeep Singh and drop one of the medium pacers. Sourav wants Jawagal Srinath to play but the paceman had light practice today because of a hamstring muscle srain. If Sarandeep plays, either Zaheer Khan or Ajit Agarkar could be relegated to the reserves.

Zimbabwe skipper Heath Streak is confident about his team�s batting but, after a look at the pitch, felt it could turn a lot by the third day. He stressed that all his key batsmen would have to perform to overcome the talented Indian team in home conditions.

Streak is fit after a tooth extraction which delayed his arrival in India. He hopes that his key bowlers Henry Olonga and Paul Strang can maintain their consistency.

Both Streak and coach Carl Rackemann have named India as the favourites, but want their team to play with a positive attitude. About superstar Sachin Tendulkar, opposing skipper Streak said: �Sachin is human, and can makes mistakes too, and we must capitalise on that.�    

New Delhi, Nov. 16: 
Sachin Tendulkar was seen in a new humanitarian role today. After nets Sachin, who this year became the brand ambassador for Child Care greeting cards, released a special card and spoke on the occasion.

Set up in 1994, Child Care is involved in the education of 6,000 deprived children across 150 villages and slums across Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. Of these 3,800 are girls

Sachin said that he was proud to be associated with such a noble cause and appealed to citizens to assist this venture and thereby reduce child labour. The Child Care cards are unique paintings by children from villages and slums. The long term aim of Child Care is to educate 100,000 children by 2005.

Another popular programme they hope to set up with more funds is evening tution in villages and slums and to provide school stationery to deprived children.

Father Gerard thanked Sachin and also praised the cricketer�s co-operative attitude and hopes that with his involvement, sales will get a boost.    

Calcutta, Nov. 16: 
A four-wicket haul by left-arm spinner Vishal Yadav along with impressive batting by Amitava Banerjee (67) and Deep Dasgupta (66) helped Mohun Bagan record a eight-wickt win in their opening match of the A.N. Ghosh memorial meet at Eden Gardens today.

Chasing 187, Mohun Bagan reached the target in 42.3 overs.

BRIEF SCORES: Wari 186/7 in 45 ovs (Saikat Mukherjee 66; Vishal Yadav 4/23). Mohun Bagan 187/2 in 42.3 (Amitava Banerjee 67, Deep Dasgupta 66, Nikhil Haldipur 34 not out). Mohun Bagan won by 8 wkts.

Amitava hits 148

Amitava Chakraborty�s superb 148 took Bengal to 353 for six against Bihar on the opening day of the Cooch Behar Trophy (under-19) tie in Jamshedpur today, according to information received here.

BRIEF SCORES: Bengal 353/6 (Amitava Chakraborty 148, Manabendra Yadav 57, Avishek Jhunjhunwala 49, Ritesh Jaiswal 38 batting).

10-wkt win for Bengal

Bengal beat Bihar by ten wickets in the zonal under-14 meet at the ECDSC ground today.

After conceding a 134-run first innings lead, Bihar were bundled out for 136 in their second essay. Avishek Saha did the star turn for Bengal, claiming four wickets.

BRIEF SCORES: Bihar 161 (Sarnendu Pal 5/14, Prasenjit Roy 2/58) & 136 (Avishek Saha 4/70, Prasenjit Roy 2/14, Sarnendu Pal 2/20). Bengal 295 (Samik Mukherjee 123) & 6/0. Bengal won by 10 wkts.

Sunrise champions

Sunrise English Medium School, Belur emerged champions in the Millennium Cup inter-school meet at the Don Bosco Liluah.    

Calcutta, Nov. 16: 
Nearly 120 top executives and celebrities will take part in the Astor Cup corporate golf tournament to be held over the Royal Calcutta Golf Club course Saturday.

Model Lisa Ray will be flying down from Mumbai for the meet that will feature, among others, Messrs Anup Singh of ITC, Bharat Bajoria of Teesta Valley Tea, Ranabir Sen of J. Thomas and N.N. Framjee of CESC.

Mr Devinder S. Puri, new owner of the Astor Hotel, the sponsors of this meet, said others in fray will be golfers like Lakshman Singh of Williamson Magor and Alan Singh of Tisco.

There will be 11 ladies in fray, including Vandana Agarwal and Anu Bindra.    

Bangalore, Nov. 16: 
Among the five runners vying for the 1,800m Stewards Cup, tomorrow�s main attraction, the two most likely to be involved at the finish are Ace Academy and Astronautics. Both horses are working well.

But going by their summer campaign and Mysore runs, the one who is tipped to come out with flying colours is the Habib Khan-ward Astronautics with Satish Narredu in the saddle who enjoys a age and weight advantage.


2 pm: Whitehall 1. Magical Talent 2. Be My Star 3.

2.30 pm: Anandini 1. Adelante 2. Make No Mistake 3.

3 pm: Scenic Star 1. Alisa 2. Allabreva 3.

3.30 pm: Appleby 1. Sendawar 2. Tareek 3.

4 pm: Astronautics 1. Ace Academy 2.

4.30 pm: Royal Power 1. Tina�s Tune 2. Save The Day 3.

5 pm: Sinister Minister 1. Kylin 2. Nobody�s Angel 3.

Day�s Best: Whitehall

Double: Scenic Star & Appleby    

Mumbai, Nov. 16: 
The N. Lagad-trained four-year-old Immaculate posted an upset victory in the 1,000m the Mohawk Trophy at the Mumbai races on Thursday, the opening day of the season. H.Rathod partnered the winner.


(With inter-state dividends)

1. Blue River Plate 1,400m: (4-1-3) Summer Of Fortytwo (Prakash) 1; Perception 2; Shooting Mercury 3. Won by: 3-3/4; 1-3/4; (1-29.9). Tote: Win Rs 32; Place: 17; 18; Quinella: 47; Tanala: 130. Fav: Shooting Mercury (3).

2. Prince Alone Plate 1,400m:(3-1-5) Alustar (Prakash) 1; Flamebird 2; Waltzing Matilda 3. Won by: 1; Hd; (1-28.7). Tote: Win Rs 12; Place: 12; 18; Quinella: 21; Tanala: 179. Fav: Alustar (3).

3. Mohawk Trophy 1,000m: (6-1-2) Immaculate (Rathod) 1; Merry Lea 2; Anna Pavlova 3. Won by: 1-1/4; 1-1/4; (1-0.5). Tote: Win Rs 310; Place: 106; 18; Quinella: 561; Tanala: 4,308. Fav: Anna Pavlova (2).

4. Hector Plate 1,200m: (4-3-7) San Vitale (M. Narredu) 1; Cruel Intention 2; Piabo 3. Won by: 1-1/4; 3-3/4; (1-14.2). Tote: Win Rs 32; Place: 12; 19; 30; Quinella: 90; Tanala: 1,408. Fav: Soviet Fire (2).

5. Harbour View Plate 1,000m: (3-1-9) Coronado (Gallagher) 1; Lets Party 2; Sabara 3. Won by: 1-1/2; 1-3/4; (1-2.3). Tote: Win Rs 27; Place: 14; 14; 47; Quinella: 35; Tanala: 735. Fav: Lets Party (1).

6. Aware Plate 1,200m: (1-9/10) Current Bay (Shroff) 1; Majesty Of Law & Rebounding Ray 2. Not run: Gold Buck (2). Won by: 1/2; D-H; (1-13.3). Tote: Win Rs 16; Place: 12; (on Majesty Of Law) 21; (Rebounding Ray) 68; Quinella: (Current Bay & Majesty Of Law) 35 & (Current Bay & Rebounding Ray) 250; Tanala: 737. Fav: Current Bay (1).

Jackpot: Rs 7,364; (C) Rs 2,065.

Treble: (i) Rs 2,233; (ii) Rs 183.    


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