Sports & Games Current Affairs - 2019

Latest Sports Current Affairs 2019 for National and International sports and tournaments, awards, trophies and cups related to cricket, football, tennis and other sports for UPSC, SSC, States, Civil services and other competitive examinations.

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BCCI retains Ravi Shastri as team India’s head coach till 2021

Ravi Shastri has been re-appointed head coach of Indian men’s cricket team till 2021 by Kapil Dev-led Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC).  The CAC unanimously felt that incumbent’s communication skills and understanding of team issues stood out. Ravi had the public backing of captain Virat Kohli even before the short-listing was initiated.

Key Highlights

Cricket Advisory Committee: The 3-member CAC headed by Kapil Dev comprised of former India coach Anshuman Gaekwad and ex women’s captain Shantha Rangaswamy.

Reappointment Period: Ravi Shastri is reappointment for a 2-year period. His tenure will end with T20 World Cup 2021 in India. This will be his 4th stint with national team. Earlier, he has breifly served as Cricket Manager (2007 tour of Bangladesh), Team Director (2014-2016) and head coach (2017-2019).

Ravi has played 150 ODIs and 80 Tests. He was contracted till World Cup 2019 in England, but he was given a 45-day extension till end of ongoing West Indies tour, where visitors have won both T20 and ODI series.

Others who applied: Apart from Shastri, former New Zealand coach (and Kings XI Punjab coach) Mike Hesson, former Australia all-rounder and Sri Lanka coach Tom Moody, former India teammates Robin Singh and Lalchand Rajput also applied for post. Former West Indies and Afghanistan coach Phil Simmons pulled out of race, citing personal reasons.

Indian Team Under Ravi Shastri

On Shastris’ watch, India have won 11 out of 21 Tests (with a success rate of 52.38%), 43 out of 60 ODIs (success rate of 71.67%) and 25 T20 Internationals out of 36 (success rate of 69.44%).

Ravi Shastri’s record since his comeback in 2017 has been very impressive, having guided Indian team to its maiden Test series win on Australian soil in 2018.

The only blip could be fact that in 2015 World Cup in Australia (when Ravi was Team Director) and last edition in UK, Indian team couldn’t go beyond semi-finals.

India win historic gold at 2019 Junior Track World Cycling Championship

Indian men’s cyclist team created history by clinching the Team Sprint gold medal at World Junior Track Cycling Championships in Frankfurt, Germany. The team comprised of Esow Alben, Ronaldo Singh, James Singh and Rojit Singh. This is India’s 1st-ever gold in a global cycling competition.

Key Highlights

This is India’s historic 1st gold win at a world cycling event, senior or junior.

In first round of men’s team sprint, India clocked fastest time at 44.764 seconds, beating China’s time of 46.248s.

To claim the top honours, Indian cyclist team defeated Australia in final, clocking 44.681 seconds in gold medal race. Great Britain took bronze home.

Currently, the Indian men’s junior team is ranked No. 2, behind Malaysia

In individual Men’s Keirin Event at World Junior Track Cycling Championships in Frankfurt, Esow Alben of India won bronze medal by finishing behind Greece’s Konstantinos Livanos who won gold and Australia’s Sam Gallagher who won silver.

Esow Alben: At present, Esow Alben, the cycling star from Andaman and Nicobar Islands is top-ranked junior cyclist in world in sprint and keirin events. In 2018, he had become 1st Indian to win a medal at the Junior Track Cycling World Championships when he won silver in men’s Keirin event.