Murali Vijay back at crease for India

Murali Vijay has recovered from a wrist injury which saw him miss out last time around. (Reuters)
Updated 23 October 2017
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Murali Vijay back at crease for India

MUMBAI: Selectors have recalled experienced opener Murali Vijay to India’s Test squad for the first two matches of a three-Test series against Sri Lanka which starts next month.
The right-hander has recovered from a wrist injury that forced him to miss India’s recent tour of its island neighbor, when Virat Kohli’s side crushed the Sri Lankans 3-0 in the summer.
Left-handed Abhinav Mukund makes way for the 33-year-old Vijay in what is the only change to India’s Test squad from the one fielded in the last Test series against the Sri Lankans. Spin twins Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja are joined by India’s new spin king, 22-year-old Kuldeep Yadav, who has impressed since taking four wickets in his Test debut against Australia in Dharamsala in March.
Ashwin and Jadeja have been rested from India’s limited-overs side after selectors decided to give younger bowlers a chance in the run-up to the 2019 World Cup.
Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar will lead the hosts’ speed attack.
The squad for the third and final Test will be named later, with Indian media reporting that Kohli could be rested for the game and the subsequent limited-overs series before India embark on a gruelling tour of South Africa.
India and South Africa are scheduled to play three Tests, six ODIs and three T20s from early January to late February.
The first India-Sri Lanka Test takes place in Kolkata from Nov. 16 to 20.
The sides travel to Nagpur for the second match, which starts on Nov. 24. The final Test will be played in Delhi between Dec. 2-6.
Squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Lokesh Rahul, Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravi-chandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma.


Tearful Tiger Woods breaks duck in emotional scenes at Tour Championship

Updated 52 min 32 sec ago
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Tearful Tiger Woods breaks duck in emotional scenes at Tour Championship

  • The Big Beast caps a remarkable turnaround to claim first title since 2013.
  • This time last year it was feared Tiger's career was over.

LONDON: Tiger Woods was moved to the brink of tears after capturing his first title since 2013 with a two-stroke triumph at the Tour Championship in Atlanta on Sunday that proved he was far from washed up at the age of 42.
Tossing aside five years of career-threatening injury woes, Woods reasserted his status as the best frontrunner in the history of the sport, leading throughout the final round and finishing at 11-under-par 269 at East Lake.
With the massive gallery chanting his name as they stampeded the final fairway in scenes reminiscent of British Opens of yesteryear, Woods moved within two victories of Sam Snead’s all-time record of 82 PGA Tour titles.
“I was having a hard time not crying coming up the last hole,” he said.
“All of a sudden it started hitting me I was going to win the tournament.
“I’ve been sitting on 79 (wins) for five years now. To get 80 is a pretty damn good feeling.”
After carding 71, Woods walked off to a big kiss from girlfriend Erica Herman and a hug from agent Mark Steinberg as security tried to keep the frenzied fans at bay.
The victory capped off a season that started with questions over whether Woods, now 10 years removed from his 14th major title, would even be able to play a full schedule after undergoing spinal fusion surgery in April 2017.
“My body was a wreck,” recalled Woods, who hoped the operation would alleviate debilitating back and leg pain.
“The low point was not knowing whether I would be able to live pain-free again.
“I was beyond playing. I couldn’t sit, I couldn’t walk, I couldn’t lay down without feeling the pain in my back and leg.”