Weekly Digest (November 29-December 5): Ajaz’s perfect 10 to Messi’s record 7

From Ajaz Patel’s unique 10-wicket feat against India to Lionel Messi’s record-breaking Ballon d’Or victory, here are the main sporting titles of the past week.


India’s tour of South Africa will continue, despite the threat of the new COVID-19 mutant Omicron. However, given the current situation, the BCCI and the CSA have mutually agreed to play three Tests and as many ODIs. The T20I series will take place at a later date. (REPORT)

Ajaz Patel became the third cricketer to scalp all 10 wickets in an inning as New Zealand beat India 325 on day two of the second test at Wankhede Stadium. (REPORT)

Rachin Ravindra and Ajaz Patel defended resolutely for 40 minutes in the dark as New Zealand managed a remarkable breakaway in the first test, securing their first draw in India since 2010. (REPORT)

BCCI officials and support staff can now retire at 65, after the board raised the age limit on Saturday. (REPORT)

England’s Eileen Ash, the world’s oldest test player described as a “pioneer” in the sport, has died at the age of 110. (REPORT)

Former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns isn’t sure if he’ll ever walk again, but says he’s lucky to be alive after a series of life-threatening surgeries left him paralyzed to the size. (REPORT)

The book “Why We Kneel, How We Rise” by great West Indian bowler Michael Holding won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year on Thursday. (REPORT)

Assistant coach Andy Flower has parted ways with the Punjab Kings and is set to land a role in one of the new teams ahead of the 2022 IPL. (REPORT)

IPL Player Loyalty: Six of the eight existing Indian Premier League franchises have retained proven players for the coming season. However, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Punjab Kings came as a surprise by keeping Indian players uncapped. With the departure of KL Rahul, the Punjab kept Mayank Agarwal and Arshdeep Singh, uncapped. Hyderabad retained the young guns of Jammu and Kashmir Abdul Samad and Umran Malik, as well as its captain Kane Williamson. (REPORT)

Former England skipper Ray Illingworth, famous captain of the team for an Ashes triumph in Australia in 1970-1971, said he was undergoing treatment for esophageal cancer. He says he hopes for a full recovery. (REPORT)

Australian spinning legend Shane Warne was left “beaten and bruised” after suffering a motorcycle accident. The 52-year-old was in an accident on Sunday while cycling with his son Jackson. (REPORT)


Mumbai City FC finished the week at the top of the Indian Super League (ISL) table after big wins over ATK Mohun Bagan (5-1) (REPORT) and Bengaluru FC (3-1) (REPORT).

Vinicius Junior and Luka Jovic stepped up to secure Real Madrid a 2-0 win over Real Sociedad and strengthen their hold over La Liga. (REPORT)

Lionel Messi defeated Robert Lewandowski at the prestigious men’s Ballon d’Or, bringing his total to a record seven. Spain and Barcelona midfielder Alexia Puttelas won the women’s Ballon d’Or. (REPORT).

Lionel Messi with his seventh Ballon d’Or. – REUTERS

AC Milan have suffered a heavy blow after medical tests revealed that their Danish center-back Simon Kjaer is set to be sidelined for six months following knee surgery. (REPORT)

Robert Lewandowski scored twice against his former side for Bayern Munich to extend his Bundesliga lead with a controversial 3-2 victory at Borussia Dortmund in “der Klassiker”. But the wrath of Dortmund fans was directed at the referee, who awarded Bayern one penalty and denied his team another. (REPORT)

The assault on English fans in the European Championship final revealed an “embarrassing” part of the national culture which put lives at risk and should lead to fans banning stadiums if they chanted abuse and under the influence of drugs or alcohol, an investigation into the disorder has concluded. (REPORT)

German politicians agreed on Thursday to reduce the maximum participation in outdoor sporting events to 15,000 people, although some states still plan to have empty stadiums. (REPORT)

Sydney will host the 2023 Women’s World Cup final at Stadium Australia on August 20, while co-host New Zealand kicks off the tournament at Auckland’s Eden Park on July 20. (REPORT)

FIFA will test its semi-automatic offside technology at the 2021 Arab Cup which kicks off in Qatar on Tuesday, with refereeing manager Pierluigi Collina saying the competition was their most important try to date. (REPORT)

Manchester United have appointed Germany’s Ralf Rangnick as interim manager until the end of the season, the Premier League club announced on Monday, eight days after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking. (REPORT)


Gennady Golovkin’s world title fight against Ryota Murata in Japan has been postponed due to the global spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant. (REPORT)


After the grueling sixth marathon match, Magnus Carlsen and Ian Nepomniachtchi played a fairly quick 41-stroke draw, in just over two and a half hours, in the seventh match of the World Chess Championship match in Dubai on Saturday. . (REPORT)

In an epic 136 moves, spread over 7 hours and 45 minutes, Carlsen broke through Nepo’s resistance and took a 3.5-2.5 lead after six games in the longest game of the World Championship. chess in Dubai in the early hours of Saturday. (REPORT)

Ian Nepomniachtichi had every reason to be disappointed after missing an opportunity to hurt Magnus Carlsen more than he did in the fifth World Chess Championship draw in Dubai on Wednesday. (REPORT)

Magnus carlsen chose to play it safe against a well-prepared Ian Nepomniachtchi and forced a 33-stroke draw after lifelong failures in Game 4 of their World Chess Championship title clash in Dubai on Tuesday. (REPORT)


Olympian Manu Bhaker asserted her class by winning gold in the women’s air pistol at the 64th Dr. Karni Singh National Range Archery Championship, Tughlakabad (READ)

Bihar shotgun shooter Shreyashi Singh won her second national women’s trap title. (READ)

Kiran Jadhav was at his best competitive level in the heyday as he shot 10.9, 10.9, 10.8 and 10.7 to clinch gold with a 0.4 point margin over his teammate from Navy Niraj Kumar in the 3-position 50-meter event in the 64th National Shooting. Championship in Bhopal. (READ)

Darshna Rathore shot 50 points to beat Ganemat Sekhon by four in the women’s skeet final of the 64th National Shooting Championship at New Moti Bagh Gun Club. (READ)

Rajshree Sancheti of Delhi took gold in the women’s air rifle by beating Zeena Khitta of Himachal Pradesh by 1.7 points in the 64th National Archery Championship in Bhopal. (READ)


Indian racer Jehan Daruvala believes 2022 could be the defining year for his childhood dream of becoming a Formula 1 driver (READ)

McLaren’s Lando Norris has announced that he is moving from England to Monaco, financial reasons having played a role in his decision. (READ)

Formula One stewards berated Lewis Hamilton and fined his Mercedes team after summoning the seven-time world champion twice ahead of qualifying for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix on Saturday. (READ)

Lewis Hamilton questioned on Saturday whether the brand of a company linked to the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017 would remain on his Mercedes race car amid a backlash in Britain and called on his team to end to the agreement. (READ)

TABLE TENNIS (Updated December 5)

The Indian women’s under-15 team lost 2-3 to Russia in the semifinals and settled for bronze at the ITTF World Junior Table Tennis Championships on Friday, despite Suhana Saini’s valiant efforts to win both of her matches. (REPORT)

The Indian Women’s Under-15 team made history by competing in the medal round of the ITTF World Junior Table Tennis Championships, with a 3-1 victory over Portugal in the quarter-finals Thursday. (REPORT)

The official complaint by Chinese authorities for racist abuse of one of their players at the world table tennis championships in Texas has been taken “very, very seriously,” the sport’s governing body said. (REPORT)


Novak Djokovic is still not sure whether he will take part in the 2022 Australian Open, but will make a decision soon, the world number one said after Serbia’s loss to Croatia in the Davis Cup semi-final on Friday. (READ)

Polish Iga Swiatek has separated from her trainer Piotr Sierzputowski after working with him for more than five years, the 2020 Roland-Garros champion announced on Saturday.READ)

WTA founder Billie Jean King said the organization was “on the right side of history” after suspending tournaments in China over concerns over Peng Shuai’s treatment. (READ)

Former British No.1 Johanna Konta has announced her immediate retirement from professional tennis. (READ)

Ajeet Bhardwaj started competing in the international tennis circuit at the age of 55 and is thrilled to reach the maximum number of wins for an Indian tennis player on the senior circuit. (READ)

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