If injuries and back-to-back Test defeats were not enough, the Indian team’s tour of England has taken another disastrous turn as pacer Praveen Kumar reportedly got into a spat with fans after the practice match against Nothamptonshire.According to a report on the website pakpassion. net , large groups of Indian fans encircled the visitors’ team bus as they attempted to make an exit from the County ground.While most of the banter directed towards the players was good natured and in support of the Indian team, as it had been throughout the day, things turned ugly shortly before the team bus departed.Praveen reportedly charged out of the team bus with a bat in his hand.He apparently had to be restrained by teammate Suresh Raina as he lunged towards a group of supporters. Praveen could be seen pointing at a group of fans and had to be restrained by stewards.The website reported that it did not stop at that and medium pacer Munaf Patel left his seat to complain to stewards that the fans were being disrespectful to him and some teammates.”Munaf was seen speaking to the stewards and pointing towards the fans and asking stewards to intervene in the issue.stunned fans looked on at the bizarre events, not long after Munaf went back to his seat, Praveen once again leapt out the team bus and made a charge for the same group of fans who he had attempted to lunge towards him a few minutes earlier,” the report said.advertisementThe stewards once again had restrain Praveen as he hurled abuse and pointed at one particular fan. Raina once again played peacemaker and brought Praveen back to the team bus.It was then the turn of the Indian security manager come face to face with the young fan as another verbal exchange ensued. Once again the stewards had to intervene just as the incident was about escalate. The young fan was dragged away by stewards and taken out of the ground.- With inputs from PTI
World number four Marin Cilic and Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov have sealed their spots in next month’s ATP Finals, leaving two spots still up for grabs in the season-ending tournament in London.The duo join world number one Rafa Nadal, Swiss ace Roger Federer, Germany’s Alexander Zverev and Austrian Dominic Thiem in the elite eight-man field after Sam Querrey lost his first round match at the Vienna Open on Tuesday.Croatian Cilic won the Istanbul Open in May and reached the finals at Wimbledon and Queen’s Club to help earn his spot in the ATP Finals for the third time, having previously competed in the 2014 and 2016 editions.”Third time in four years to make it to London. That was one of my goals at the beginning of the season with my team and I’m glad that we have accomplished it,” Cilic told the ATP website.Dimitrov’s first ATP 1000 title at the Cincinnati Open in August and his Sofia Open and Brisbane International triumphs helped the 26-year-old became the first Bulgarian to qualify for the ATP Finals.With Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka all out injured, Belgian David Goffin and Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta are favourites to grab the remaining spots at the November 12-19 event.
London: Australia batting mainstay Steve Smith wished wife Dani Willis on their first wedding anniversary by sharing a romantic picture of the two on social media. “Happy 1st wedding anniversary @dani_willis thanks for all of your support, guidance and love. I love you!” Smith said in a post on Instagram. Smith, who has taken the ongoing Ashes by storm by scoring a record number of runs and a memorable double hundred, tied the knot with long-time girlfriend Willis on September 15 last year. The couple got engaged in July 2017, when Smith proposed to Willis atop the famous Rockefeller Centre in New York. Smith has amassed a whopping 751 runs in just six innings with a highest score of 211 as he helped the Aussies retain the Ashes. Smith has averaged 125.16 bringing to the fore a comparision between him and the legendary Sir Donald Bradman.