SPORTS - 2018 FEBRUARY

February 1

Virat Kohli hit century in all the countries where he played
Virat Kohli has added a fresh feather into his already illustrious cap by slamming his 33rd ODI ton against South Africa during the first match of the six-match series at Kingsmead in Durban.
Kohli now holds the unique distinction of having scored centuries in every Test-playing nation that he has played in so far. In total, Kohli has now scored a total of 33 centuries in nine Test-playing nations, with only Pakistan being left out of the list as he hasn't travelled to the country yet.

February 2

Saurav Ghosal becomes the highest-ranked Indian squash player.
India’s leading squash player, Saurav Ghosal jumped five places to No 14 to become the highest ranked Indian in the latest Professional Squash Association (PSA) rankings.
Ghosal beat Joshna Chinappa who slipped three places to No 17 while Dipika Pallikal Karthik remained on 20. Former Indian national champion Harinder Pal Sandhu was placed at 49th, Mahesh Mangaonkar on 64, the spot that Ramit Tandon too achieved after rising 16 places and Vikram Malhotra on 68.
Among others, Sunayna Kuruvilla progressed from 104 to 89 to be placed third in the women’s section behind leaders Joshna and Dipika while Sachika Ingale is on 96.

India Open Boxing: Mary Kom Clinches Gold, India Bag 10 Medals
M C Mary Kom claimed Gold but the Indian men's juggernaut was denied a complete sweep by traditional powerhouses Cuba and Uzbekistan on an exciting final day of the India Open boxing tournament in the capital.
Pwilao Basumatary (64kg) was the first among the women to fetch a gold. The former world and Asian bronze medallist claimed a 3-2 win over Thailand's Sudaporn Seesondee.
The Assam boxer is a regular in the national camp and had claimed a gold medal at the 2015 Nation's Cup in Serbia.

February 3

U-19 World Cup: India thrash Australia to win title for fourth time
India and Australia played in the finals at Mount Maunganui on. It was 12th Edition of World Cup. India defeated Australia by 8 wickets.
Man of the match was awarded to Manjot kalra. Man of the tournament is awarded to Shubman gill.
This is the fourth U-19 World Cup title for India. Earlier India had won the U19 World Cup in 2000, 2008 and 2012.

BCCI announces huge cash reward for India U-19 team after World Cup triumph
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced cash prize for the world cup winning U-19 Indian cricket team which defeated Australia by eight wickets to win the title for a record-breaking fourth time in New Zealand.
The Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) announced a cash reward of Rs 30 lakh each for the Prithvi Shaw-led U-19 squad while head coach Rahul Dravid will receive Rs 50 lakh. Apart from that, members of the support staff will also get Rs 20 lakh each.

February 4

India's Shubhankar Sharma fires 10 birdies to clinch Maybank Championship in Malaysia
India's Golfer Shubhankar Sharma fired 10 birdies to stun crowds and secure a two-shot win at the $3 million Maybank Championship in Malaysia.
It is the second Asian Tour and European Tour victory for the 21-year-old, who pocketed $500,000 and triumphed with a 10-under-par 62 on the final day of the tournament just two months after clinching the Joburg Open.

2. India Open: Sindhu settles for silver, loses to Zhang in final
Defending champion PV Sindhu failed to retain the title as she went down fighting against world No. 1 Beiwen Zhang of USA in the summit clash of India Open Super 500 at Siri Fort Complex in Delhi.
Sindhu lost the final in three games. It is the first major title for the fifth seed American.

February 5

Four Indian sportspersons in Forbes India 30 Under 30 list
Indian athletes Jasprit Bumrah, Harmanpreet Kaur, Savita Punia and Heena Sidhu made it to this year’s Forbes India 30 Under 30 list.
The list prepared by Forbes is based on three broad criterias: the extent of impact of their achievements, and their ability to disrupt the status quo; scalability of the business or line of work and; their potential to stay a long-term player.
Fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah, who made his Test debut against South Africa this, had a spectacular 2017 to get included in the list of Forbes India 30 under 30.

London Stadium to host new athletics World Cup in July
A new World Cup event featuring eight top nations will take place at the London Stadium in July.
The format of the inaugural World Cup event will feature all field and track events up to and including the 1500 metres, with teams led by female captains. The tournament follows on from London’s successful hosting of the World Athletics and World Para Athletics championships last summer.
As well as Great Britain, confirmed participants are the United States, China, Germany, France, Jamaica, South Africa and Poland.

CRPF crowned Senior Women Hockey champions
Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were crowned as champions of the 8th Hockey India Senior Women National Championship 2018 (B Division) after they defeated Kerala Hockey by a margin of in the final match of the competition.
Whereas, it was Steel Plant Sports Board who defeated Bengaluru Hockey Association in the third-fourth classification match.
In the final match, CRPF produced a performance worthy of becoming champions as they dominated the match from the start, scoring their first goal in the third minute through a Penalty Corner which was converted by Pragya Mourya.


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