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Zimbabwe volleyball coach in line for Malawi sports award – Chronicle

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Munyaradzi Munzabwa, Sports Correspondent
ZIMBABWE-born volleyball coach, Thulani Maphosa has been nominated for one of the Malawi National Council of Sports-run 2022 Malawi Sports Awards set for Bingu International Conference Centre in Lilongwe tonight.

In what could be another feather in his cap, the much travelled former Highlanders and University of Zimbabwe volleyball player and coach who spent almost 15 years in Eswatini before moving to Malawi is odds-on favourite to bag non-citizen award.

Thulani Maphosa

An invitation sent to him read: “You have been shortlisted for the Sports Awards that are taking place on Friday evening under the Non-Citizen category. It is going to be a black tie event. And if you are not dressed properly, you will not be allowed to enter.”

Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) disclosed that this year’s Malawi Sport Awards would take into consideration exploits of athletes, teams and officials attained in the last two-and-a-half years to make up for the Covid-19 imposed hiatus.

It was during the period under review that Maphosa, apart from being appointed as the head coach of the Malawi volleyball national team, added to the numerous feathers to his cap with attaining Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) coaches’ trainer two years ago.

In the same era, the Bulawayo-born volleyball prodigy and icon became a serving member of the Confederation of Africa Volleyball (CAVB) Coaches Commission — the first-ever official from the Southern Africa (Zone VI) region.

Contacted for comment yesterday, an elated Maphosa felt honoured.

“It is always an honour to be recognised for whatever you do moreso when volleyball is my passion. Just the nomination itself means a lot to me. Volleyball has been part of my life for almost 30 years now and I don’t see that passion dying anytime,” said Maphosa.

The Malawi Sports Council has jointly organised the awards with the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

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Virat Kohli is going to dominate T20 World Cup, predicts former West Indies pacer – WION

Indian cricket fans breathed a sigh of relief during the Asia Cup with Virat Kohli returning to form. The 33-year-old former Indian skipper was out of action from international cricket, after the end of the England tour, and missed the entire white-ball tour of West Indies and the three ODIs versus Zimbabwe, in the African nation.

However, the break seemed to have worked wonders for Kohli who regained form in the Asia Cup, in the UAE. The right-hander returned with scores of 35, 59*, 60, 0, 122* to end as the second-highest run-getter in the tournament (276 runs in five outings) despite Rohit Sharma-led India’s dismal campaign, where they failed to enter the final. He continued his good form in the India-Australia home T20Is, ending on a high with a crucial 63 in the final encounter that helped India clinch the series 2-1.

Ahead of India’s last T20I series — where they face South Africa — before departing for Australia for the forthcoming T20 World Cup, former West Indies pacer Fidel Edwards has made a bold claim on Kohli.

In an exclusive interaction with Times Now, Edwards — who is part of the second season of the Legends League Cricket (LLC) in India — said, “Virat has a point to prove and being in the World Cup, others need to watch out for him and I think he is going to dominate in the T20 World Cup. They say class is permanent has Virat has it all. Bowlers should be really worried for him.”

Kohli is the fifth-highest run-getter in T20 WC history, second-most among Indians, with 845 runs including two Player-of-the-Tournament awards (in 2013 and 2016).

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On Rohit & Co.’s chances of winning the T20 WC title, Edwards opined, “India is one of the best teams around playing T20 cricket. I am hoping to see them perform well in Australia. Bumrah is a real talent and he is going to come good in Australia. So I don’t think India should be worried about their bowling attack. In fact, other teams should be worried about India.”

India host SA in three T20Is, starting on Wednesday (September 28), before leaving for Australia for the T20 WC. In their opening fixture, they face Pakistan at the MCG, Melbourne on October 23.

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Umesh Yadav, Shreyas Iyer and Shahbaz Ahmed added to India`s squad for T20I series against South Africa – WION

The trio of pacer Umesh Yadav, batter Shreyas Iyer and all-rounder Shahbaz Ahmed was on Wednesday added to India’s squad for the three-match T20 series against South Africa, starting here.

Senior pacer Mohammad Shami, who had missed the recently-concluded T20 series against Australia after contracting COVID-19 infection, is yet to recover completely and thus won’t be a part of the T20 matches against the Proteas.

Deepak Hooda has also been ruled out of the series owing to a back injury. The all-rounder is at the NCA for “further management of his injury”.

“The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named Umesh Yadav as Shami’s replacement and Shreyas Iyer as a replacement for Hooda,” a BCCI release stated.

“Shahbaz Ahmed has also been added to the T20I squad,” it added.

Also Read: Rishabh Pant, Arshdeep Singh to return? India’s predicted playing XI for 1st T20I vs South Africa

Umesh was brought in as Shami’s replacement in the series against Australia. He has competed in the series-opener but did not play the second and third T20Is.

On the other hand, left-arm spin-all-rounder Shahbaz is still uncapped. He was picked in the Indian ODI squad as Washington Sundar’s replacement for the Zimbabwe series in August but did not get a game.

Rookie pacer Arshdeep Singh, who was rested for the series against Australia, has linked up with the squad for the three T20Is.

Also Read: India vs South Africa, 1st T20I: Will rain play spoilsport in series opener at Trivandrum?

The series against South Africa will serve as a final dress rehearsal for both side ahead of the marquee event in Australia next month.

All-rounder Hardik Pandya and senior seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who have been rested for the series ahead of the T20 World Cup next month, have also reported to the NCA for “conditioning-related work”.

Revised India squad for South Africa T20Is:

Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (vice-captain), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), R. Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Arshdeep Singh, Harshal Patel, Deepak Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Shreyas Iyer and Shahbaz Ahmed.

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Cricketer Shubman Gill smashes maiden county century against Sussex – Economic Times

Young Indian batter Shubman Gill registered his first-ever county cricket century, playing for Glamorgan against Sussex in their ongoing County Championship Division Two match on Tuesday.

In the match, the stylish batter from Punjab smashed 119 runs in 139 balls, consisting of 16 fours and two sixes. He struck the ball at a solid strike rate of 85.61. He was, however, dismissed by Jack Carson.

Gill is having a solid stint in county cricket so far. He started off the season with a bang, slamming 92 runs in 148 balls against Worcestershire. However, his next outing against Middlesex saw him scoring only 22 and 11. In this match against Sussex, he outdid himself by scoring 119. So far, he has scored 244 runs in four innings at an average of 61.00, with a century and fifty each.

Earlier in August, it was announced that Gill will be playing for Glamorgan for the remainder of the County Championship season. It came after he won two back-to-back ‘Man of the Series’ awards in series against Zimbabwe (245 runs, one century and fifty in three matches) and West Indies (205 runs, two fifties in three matches).

Gill is the third Indian to wear the Glamorgan jersey after former India head coach Ravi Shastri played for the team from 1987-1991 and BCCI president Sourav Ganguly in the year 2005 donned the jersey of the English County club.

Sussex is struggling in the second division of the championship. In 14 matches they have played so far, they have won only one, lost six and drawn six. They are at the second-last position in points tally with 120 points.

Coming to the match against Sussex, after opting to bat first, Glamorgan posted 533/9 declared in their first innings, with centuries from Gill (119), Chris Cooke (141) and fifties from skipper David Lloyd (56) and Ajaz Patel (51*) taking the side to a huge score.

Sean Hunt (3/84) was the best bowler for Sussex.

Sussex is currently at 88/1, with skipper Tom Haines (38*) and Tom Alsop (3*) unbeaten. They trail in the match by 445 runs after Day two.

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