But how do the numbers stack up? We take a closer look at the Hundred in which India batting star Jemimah Rodriguez, who plays for Northern Superchargers, too scorched the field. 103,650 - The number of people who have watched the action live in grounds over the first seven days. 13,537 - The record attendance for a professional women's domestic game was seen at Lord's for the London Spirit vs Oval Invincibles. 8,540,000 - The number of people that have watched some of the action on television - 3.33m of whom had not watched any other live ECB cricket on TV this year. 6,700,000 - The total number of video views online so far across The Hundred. 24 - The number of runs that rookie Chris Benjamin smashed from 15 balls, as he took Birmingham Phoenix to victory against London Spirit, in only his fourth first-class game. 152 - The number of runs that leading scorer Jemimah Rodrigues has smashed in the competition so far. She's also the current leader of the . . .
Saini, who did not bowl a single over in the game, was taken off the field in the penultimate over of the Sri Lanka innings, when he injured his shoulder while fielding at extra-cover. With eight of its players in isolation following all-rounder Krunal Pandya's positive COVID-19 test, the depleted Indian team lost by four wickets in the second T20 here on Wednesday (July 28). "In Navdeep's case, I think the medical team is handling him. We will assess the situation, maybe tonight or in the morning and take a decision accordingly," Mhambrey said in the post-match press conference. "And I think, once the decision is finalised and conveyed to the selectors and the coach, I think we will go ahead and then if needed we need to make any changes, we will do that," he added. Put into bat, India were restricted to a modest 132/5 with skipper Shikhar Dhawan top-scoring with a 40. The hosts then chased the target with four wickets in hand and two balls to spare with Dhananjaya de . . .
"He (Kuldeep) is a very thinking bowler," Mhambrey said of the spinner, who claimed four wickets in three limited over games that he played during the tour. "They are a lot of discussions we had during the period that we spend before the games together, seen the videos, discussing on the plans, and it all boils down to execution. And so, the credit should be given to him." Mhambrey said Kuldeep will have to keep working hard to retain his place in the squad. "...he is in and out of the team for a while now, which he knows, he also knows that he needs to work hard to maintain his position which he is doing, so happy to see that," he said. "And I'm very happy with the results that he is getting. I am sure he will take a lot of positives from this since the T20 World Cup is also around the corner, and it really increases his chances to be part of the squad." Gaikwad and Padikkal weren't able to convert their starts on their India debut during the second T20I against Sri . . .
Dressel started strongly and held off rival Kyle Chalmers of Australia at the end to win the 100m freestyle, the 24-year-old's first individual Olympic gold after taking two relay wins in Rio and one earlier this week. The Floridian swam the 100m free three times in Rio and his time got worse from the preliminaries to the semi-finals to the final, ultimately leaving him sixth overall at 48.02 while Chalmers won gold with a 47.58. This time, Dressel was at his best when it mattered most, posting a 47.02 to break an Olympic record that had stood since Beijing 2008. Afterward, he described winning his first individual gold as a weight off his shoulders. "It is different," Dressel said. "I didn't want to admit it but now that I did it, I can. "It's a lot different – you can't rely on anyone else. It's just you and the water, there's no one there to bail you out. It's tough." Winning the gold in a head-to-head showdown with the reigning champion made victory even sweeter. . . .
The former Asian Tour No. 1 Lahiri had six birdies against two bogeys and was Tied-sixth though many players were yet to finish. The other Indian, Udayan Mane, who made the field of 60 at a late stage, also had a fair start as he 1-under through 10 holes. He was T-30 though his position will change as the round ends. The field was led by Austrian Sepp Straka, who came into the Games after six missed cuts in last seven starts. He equalled an Olympic record of 8-under 63. Straka lipped out his birdie attempt on 18th that would have set the record. Belgium's Thomas Pieters and Mexican Carlos Ortiz shot 6-under 65 each, while Thailand's Jazz Janewattananond was also 6-under with three holes left when play was stopped due to dangerous weather in the area. Lahiri, coming off a third place in Barbasol Championships on the PGA Tour, was happy with the start. "It was good. I started off a little dodgy first few holes, couldn't get my rhythm going early. But then I settled down . . .
The 23-year-old Chopra, currently ranked fourth in the world, is the brightest prospect for an Olympic medal though he is short on preparations, having competed in only one top-class international event in the run-up to the Olympics due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Athletics Federation of India had planned training-cum-competition tours abroad for the athletes prior to the Games but had to cancel them due to the global travel restrictions triggered by the pandemic. Out of the 26-member Olympic team, only Chopra was able to train and compete in Europe in early June before arriving in Tokyo. He had just three international events before the Olympics but the first two were minor ones with local athletes competing. In his only top-class international event this year, Chopra finished third with a throw of 86.79m at Kuortane Games in Finland while Tokyo Olympics gold medal hot favourite Johannes Vetter (93.59m) of Germany won the event. Chopra, who began the season by breaking . . .
A week after their mixed team partnership was split up, the duo's bonding was well evident during Das' upset last-32 win over Oh Jin Hyek. Deepika was seen shouting from the gallery to cheer her husband who came from being 2-4 down to win in the shootoff. The duo thus remains the only Indian archers in medal fray, advancing to their respective pre-quarter finals. "I was listening to her full time. She was pushing me: 'believe in myself', 'you can do it', 'just stay calm and handle the situation'," Das said in the mixed zone after his 6-5 (10-9) win. "She is world number one and I'm privileged to have my wife in this competition. It was a great support and motivation for me." Das was denied a chance to recreate his chemistry with Deepika in the mixed pair section after he slipped four places behind Olympian debutant Pravin Jadhav, who stood 31st in the ranking round. The Indian think tank went by the rankings, ignoring the star couple's gold medal feat at the Paris World . . .
The right-arm pacer took to his Twitter handle to flaunt his latest collection, a Harley Davidson. In the video post, Saini could be seen sporting a shirtless look revving the engines up. The video which is being widely shared, captioned, "Accompany me on my bike to feel the fear." Saini's post left his fans in awe. Saini - who plays for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL - has been spending time at home with family and friends after the suspension of IPL 2021 due to positive Covid-19 cases in the bio-bubble. Accompany me on my bike to feel the fear @harleydavidson pic.twitter.com/iosa8wS2ya — Navdeep Saini (@navdeepsaini96) May 30, 2021 The cricketer has been keeping himself busy at home by focussing on his fitness. Earlier this month, the speedster shared a video on his Instagram handle in which he could be seen working out at his terrace. Saini played just a game in the IPL 2021 and was later not picked up in India's Test squad for the upcoming World Test . . .
The equation for Team India is such that they must emerge with a win against Ireland to keep their chances of qualifying for the quarterfinals alive. Ireland will be approaching the match on the back of a 4-2 defeat at the hands of Germany; but with plenty of incentive as the Irish side can secure their own quarterfinal berth with a win. India Chief coach Sjoerd Marijne reflected on the team's performance against Great Britain, and spoke about the changes that the team must make for the match against Ireland. "We underperformed as a team against Great Britain. It wasn't a good match on our part, and we must quickly put it behind us and move on as there are still 6 very crucial points to play for in the Group Stage. We have to aim for the full 6 points from the next two games. It's now or never," said Marijne. Captain Rani Rampal believes that the team must assess their performance relative to the strength of opposition they have faced so far in the competition. "Our . . .
There were no medals to trigger a frenzy but definitely some top-notch performances that India raised a toast to on day 6 of the Olympic Games, the highlights being the men's hockey team's march into the quarters and archer Atanu Das ' stunning triumph over a two-time Olympic champion Korean. A big, big heartbreak was boxing legend M C Mary Kom's pre-quarterfinal exit despite the fact that the London Olympic bronze-medallist had actually won two of the three rounds in her flyweight (51kg) bout against Colombia's Ingrit Valencia. But how could one not celebrate the fact that the 38-year-old mother-of-four is still going strong and has promised not to stop just yet even though her Olympic journey has drawn to a close now. Before India celebrated her grit, it woke up to some fantastic news from the hockey stadium. The Manpreet Singh-led men's team hammered defending champion Argentina 4-1 in its penultimate group match to storm into the quarterfinals. This was after badminton ace . . .