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 •  Reconciled to tougher times
The Narayanswami Srinivasan camp in the Board is more or less reconciled to tougher times ahead.
 
 •  Sourav: It is not a Test pitch
Sourav Ganguly on Friday made it clear that the Mohali wicket, being used for the India-South Africa opening Test, isn't a good advertisement for Test cricket.
 
 •  ATK firm favourites
Considering how they had been performing till leaving for Navi Mumbai, Atletico de Kolkata (ATK) pulled a rabbit out of the hat by thrashing Mumbai City FC last Sunday.
 
 •  India take control on Day II
India proved their superiority in utilising a spinner-friendly track and thereby put themselves in a dominating position after the second day’s play of the opening Test against South Africa, on Friday.
 
 •  Anand: Hard to compare rivals
Calcutta: Former world champion Viswanathan Anand isn’t in favour of rating his opponents. The Grandmaster believes everyone has their strengths and weaknesses and it’s hard to compare rivals. And thus he refused to rate current world champion Magnus Carlsen vis-a-vis others.
 
 •  Sourav & Lara in  Sachin’s team
Sachin Tendulkar hopes to see cricket become a global sport by making an impact on the youngsters and women in America through the inaugural three-match Cricket All Stars series, starting here on Saturday.
 
 •  I want to give something back to the game: Simao
For a footballer who has played at the highest level for more than a decade, he feels more complete if he gives something back to the game. That's what Simao Sabrosa believes.
 
 •  Mitch’s our enforcer, says Starc
Usman Khawaja’s magnificent 174 helped Australia to 556 for four declared and an imposing lead of 399 at the end of the second day of the first Test against New Zealand.
 
 •  Manoj credits Sairaj
Sairaj Bahutule doesn’t wish to take credit for Bengal’s decent start to their Ranji Trophy campaign this season. With 10 points from four games, Bengal are lying fifth in Group A and have a fair chance of making the knockout  stage.
 
 •  Sujan is the chief curator
The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) on Friday reconstituted its grounds committee following the October 8 fiasco when a half-an-hour downpour in the afternoon washed out the T20I between India and South Africa at the Eden. Sujan Mukherjee will be the chief curator of all grounds under CAB. Safi Ahmed will be his assistant. Maheshwar Sahu, who had stopped coming to the Eden following differences with former curator Prabir Mukherjee, will be back as groundsman. 
 
 •  Bengal are ambitious
Manoj Tiwary had promised a turnaround when he was named captain at the start of the season. Four matches into the Ranji Trophy, Bengal are placed fifth with 10 points and seem to have a good chance of making the knockout rounds.
 
 •  Claude: Going to be difficult
South African spin coach Claude Henderson, on Friday, supported the home team’s policy of making a spin-friendly track at the PCA Stadium here and said he would have done the same thing if he was the India coach.
 
 •  Am a different bowler now: Ashwin
A day before the start of the first Test match at the PCA Stadium here, India captain Virat Kohli described Ravichandran Ashwin the most crucial member of his bowling department and one of world’s top-three spinners. On Friday, Ashwin proved how right his captain was in assessing the abilities of the off-spinner. Having come to defend India’s modest total of 201, the Tamil Nadu player bowled exceptionally to return with a figure of five for 51.
 
 •  Ashwin hogs the limelight
• Ravichandran Ashwin, playing in his 29th Test match, picked up the 150th wicket of his career when he claimed Imran Tahir’s wicket on Friday. 
 
 •  Man United seek to win fans' support
The chorus of disapproval that strikes up every time Manchester United struggle to find the net is having a negative effect on the players, manager Louis van Gaal said on Friday.
 
 •  Dynamos draw 1-1 vs MCFC
Local lad Robin Singh struck in the injury time to help Delhi Dynamos hold Mumbai City FC to a 1-1 draw in an Indian Super League football match on Friday.
 
 •  Andy makesIt to last four
Andy Murray remained on course for a maiden Paris Masters title after the Briton saw off local favourite Richard Gasquet, on Friday, to reach the semi-finals with a 7-6(7), 3-6, 6-3 victory.
 
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