Punjab wins 2017 Santosh Trophy of FootballPunjab got the better of Railways by a 2-1 margin in a Group B final round league match of the 71st Santosh Trophy football tournament on Sunday. Punjab, who led by 1-0 at half time, scored through a brace from Rajbir Singh(16th, 61s)t while Railways pulled one back through Rajesh Soosanayakam in the 59th minute. Read more at Firstpost.
Ashwin’s strike rate best among spinners in 100 yearsRavichandran Ashwin's strike rate of 49.4 is the best among spinners in the last 100 years, and the third-best overall for spin bowlers. Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne, the top wicket-takers in Tests, are at fifth and sixth spot respectively. Sri Lanka's Rangana Herath and Australia's Nathan Lyon are the only other active spinners besides Ashwin in the top 10. Read more at Hindustan Times.
Ravichandran Ashwin sets record for most balls bowled in a Test seasonIndia’s premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who has bowled a total of 41 overs in the match so far, surpassed Anil Kumble’s record for the most deliveries bowled in a Test cricket season on Sunday. Ashwin has bowled 3,701 balls (616.5 overs) in the 2016/17 season while Kumble had bowled 3,673 balls (612.1 overs) in the 2004/05 season. Interestingly, the top five bowlers with most balls bowled in a season are all Indian spinners. Read more at Deccanchronicle
Team India staff refuses BCCI’s offer of 25% salary hike: ReportsThat the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is sitting on a bed of thorns at present is a well-established fact. With the Supreme Court dealing it a massive blow by removing both Anurag Thakur and Ajay Shirke from their posts as president and secretary respectively, and the Shashank Manohar-led International Cricket Council (ICC) increasing its sanctions on the richest cricket body in the world, things don't look to be sailing too smoothly for the Indian board. Read more at Scroll in