Major Sports News For Today: January 8

Major Sports News For Today
Here are the major sports news for today: India vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day Two: Honours even, as Smith, Jadeja shine! One of the major sports news for today came from the land down under, where day two of the third Test match concluded with India 96 for 2 at stumps. In the first session, […]

Here are the major sports news for today:

India vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day Two: Honours even, as Smith, Jadeja shine!

One of the major sports news for today came from the land down under, where day two of the third Test match concluded with India 96 for 2 at stumps. In the first session, Australia carried forward their good form from day one, with Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne putting up a solid hundred run partnership. Their gritty stand was brought to a halt by Ravindra Jadeja, who was the star of the day for India. With his exceptional left-arm orthodox bowling, he scalped a total of four wickets, including the one of Marnus Labuschagne who was batting confidently at 91. Even on the field, Jadeja didn’t fail to impress, by getting Steven Smith run out at 131 to end the Australian innings at 338.

It was more of India’s day than it was of Australia’s, as the men in blue showed promising performances both with the bat and ball. After restricting Australia to 338, India went on to put 96 runs on the board at the loss of two wickets, reducing the trail to 242 runs. The opening combination finally worked for India, with the new pairing of Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill stitching together a 70-run record-breaking partnership (the longest time an opening partnership has been at the crease for India in an away Test since 2010). Shubman Gill gave another reassuring performance, scoring his first maiden half-century.

Australia did make a slight comeback into the game, with Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins picking up the two openers. Day three is set to begin with captain Ajinkya Rahane at the crease with Cheteshwar Pujara, a partnership which will be extremely crucial if India is to gain solid ground in this Test match.

IPL governing body sets January 21st as the retention deadline, trading window to be closed next month

Another major sports news for today came from the Indian Premier League, as the governing body announced the deadlines for retention and transfer of players. The league’s chairman, Brijesh Patel, informed the PTI that teams will be required to submit the lists of retained players by the 21st of January to the council. When it comes to retention, Mumbai Indians seem likely to retain most of their players, while teams like Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals look set to undergo a complete revamp.

For the trading of players between IPL teams, the last date has been set for February 4. Patel also announced that there would be no increase of purse for the mini-auction that is to be held ahead of the 2021 season. While there has been no official declaration from IPL’s Governing Council regarding the auction date, there have been speculations that it would take place on the 11th of February. However, there are high chances that it would take place in the short break between the first and second test of the India-England Test series.

The IPL venue is still not fixed either. According to a source from BCCI, “The BCCI will wait for a month to see how the COVID-19 situation is in India before finalising the schedule. Everyone wants it to be held in India but we still need to wait for some more time before taking a call.”

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