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January 2018 Sports

  • India win 3rd Cricket test against South Africa by 63 runs
    India has won the third and final Cricket test at Johannesburg against South Africa by 63 runs. Chasing a victory target of 241 runs, the hosts were all out for 177 in their second innings on the fourth day on 27th January. Africa has already clinched the series by winning first two tests. 

  • Caroline Wozniacki wins Australian Open in women category
    Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki beat Romanian Simona Halep to win her first Grand Slam title and regain the number one ranking at the Australian Open. Nine years after her first Grand Slam final defeat, and 17 months after she was ranked 74th, the Dane was overcome. 

  • Shuttler Siddharth Singh wins Swedish Open Junior title
    Young Indian shuttler Siddharth Pratap Singh secured his maiden international title, bagging the Swedish Open Junior International Series with a straight-game victory over Denmark's Mads Christophersen in the finals in Uppsala in Sweden. 

  • Virat Kohli named ICC world cricketer of the year
    Indian captain Virat Kohli has been named the world cricketer of the year at the ICC annual awards announced in Dubai on 18th January. Kohli reclaimed the award he first won in 2012. This is the second time in succession that an Indian has won the overall cricketer of the year award. Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin had claimed the honour last year. 

    Kohli also bagged the top honour for ODI players. This is the first instance since 2013 that the ODI Cricketer of the Year award has been won by a non-South African. Quinton de Kock received the accolade for 2016, with AB de Villiers winning it in 2014 and 2015. Kohli was also named captain of the ICC Test and ODI teams of the year. 

    In the qualification period from 21st September, 2016 to the end of last year, Kohli amassed 2,203 Test runs at an average of 77.80 including eight centuries. In ODIs, he scored 1,818 runs including seven centuries at an average of 82.63. In Twenty-20s, Kohli made 299 runs at a strike rate of 153. 

    Australian captain Steve Smith claimed the Test Player of the Year honour. He had scored 1,875 runs in 16 matches at an average of 78.12, with eight hundreds and five 50s. 

  • Blind Cricket World Cup: India retains title
    India has retained the World Cup for the Blind. In the final on 20th January, India defeated Pakistan by two wickets at Sharjah in UAE. Team India achieved the victory target losing 8 wickets for 309 with one over to spare. 

  • Gilles Simon beats Kevin Anderson to win Maharashtra Open
    Gilles Simon won his first major ATP Tour title since 2015 when the Frenchman defeated second-seeded Kevin Anderson in the final of the Maharashtra Open on 6th January. 

  • BCCI bans all-rounder Yusuf Pathan for five months after failed dope test
    Indian all-rounder Yusuf Pathan was on 9th January handed a five-month retrospective suspension for failing a dope test. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said in a statement that Pathan has been suspended after he inadvertently ingested a prohibited substance, commonly found in cough syrups. 

    The BCCI said, terbutaline, a specified substance, is prohibited both In and Out of Competition in the World Anti-Doping Agency's Prohibited List of Substances. 

    Yousuf Pathan had provided a urine sample as part of the BCCI's anti-doping testing program during a domestic T20 competition in March last year. 

    The BCCI said, in all of the circumstances, the five-month period of ineligibility will be deemed to have started to run on 15th August and end at 14th of this month. 

  • Aanchal Thakur wins India's first-ever international medal in skiing
    Aanchal Thakur made history by winning India's first-ever international medal in skiing in Turkey. The 21-year-old clinched bronze in the coveted Alpine Ejder 3200 Cup organised by Federation International Ski Race. She won the medal in the slalom race category. 

  • Boxing Nationals: Sarjubala, Sonia, Sarita Win gold, RSPB Claim Team Title
    Former world silver-medallist Sarjubala Devi (48kg), representing Manipur, claimed the gold as well as the best boxer trophy even as the Railways Sports Promotion Board emerged overall champions in the National Women's Boxing Championships. Sarjubala edged past Haryana's Ritu 3-2 to clinch Manipur's lone gold medal and her second successive national title. 

    Former world and Asian champion L Sarita Devi (60kg), representing the All India Police (AIP), also picked up a gold medal after beating RSPB's Pavitra in her summit clash. The marquee clash of the day was between world silver-medallist Sonia Lather, representing RSPB, and world youth champion Shashi Chopra, turning up for Haryana, in the 57kg category. 

  • Indian golfer Shiv Kapur wins Royal Cup at Pattaya
    Indian golfer Shiv Kapur won the Royal Cup at Pattaya, on 31st December, which is his third Asian Tour title of 2017. The 35-year-old, who had just one win in almost 11 years till April this year, has now won three times in last eight months. 

    Kapur first won on Asian Tour in his debut season in December 2005, but it took more than 11 years and four months for the next Asian Tour win, which came in April 2017. Now he has won three times in eight months. This latest win marks Kapur's fourth Asian Tour win and sixth international title as he won twice on European Challenge Tour also. 

  • Virat Kohli remains in 2nd spot in latest ICC Test rankings
    Virat Kohli remained in second spot behind Australia's Steve Smith in the latest ICC Test rankings which were released on 31st December following the conclusion of the Melbourne and Port Elizabeth Tests. 

    England's Alastair Cook jumped nine places to be eighth after his unbeaten double century in the ongoing Ashes series. England captain Joe Root is the other batsman to improve his ranking, when he moved up one place to join his opposite number from New Zealand, Kane Williamson, in fourth place. 

    In the bowlers' rankings, there is no change in the top nine with England’s James Anderson leading the field. Anderson has finished on 892 points in number-one spot. India's Ravichandran Ashwin has finished at the third spot, while Ravindra Jadeja holds the fourth position. The only change in the top 10 is the return of South Africa fast bowler Morne Morkel in 10th position. 

    Morkel’s team-mate Keshav Maharaj has gained two places and is now at a career-high 16th position. Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh is the number-one ranked al-rounder and he is followed by India’s Ravichandran Ashwin. 

  • Viswanathan Anand bags bronze in World Blitz Chess Championship
    Indian chess Grand Master and five time World Champion Viswanathan Anand continued his excellent run bagging a bronze in the World Blitz Chess Championship at Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on 31st December following his gold winning performance in the Rapid section only a couple of days back. 

    World Champion Magnus Carlsen won the tournament scoring 16 points and followed by Sergey Karjakin with 14.5 points out of the maximum possible 21 points. 

    On December 31st, the second day of the championship, Anand won five games and drew five. His only loss in the championship was to the Russian GM Ian Nepomniachtchi. 

    Curiously Carlsen had lost two games in the championship and won the title well ahead of the others to prove his superiority over competition. 

  • Vidarbha defeats Delhi to win Ranji Trophy
    Vidarbha won the Ranji Trophy for the first time with a nine-wicket win over Delhi at the Holkar stadium in Indore on the fourth and penultimate day of their final. 

    After conceding a 252-run first innings lead, Delhi was bowled out for 280 in their second innings, setting a target of merely 29 runs for Vidarbha. 

    Vidarbha lost only one wicket and took only five overs to chase down the target which gave them their first Ranji Trophy title.
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