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Roger Federer announces retirement from tennis after Laver Cup 2022, says time to end his competitive career

Roger Federer finishes his career with 20 Grand Slam singles titles, third all-time among men behind rivals Rafael Nadal (22) and Novak Djokovic (21), who are still active.

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Tennis legend Roger Federer, the first men’s player to win 20 grand slam titles, on Thursday announced his retirement from Tennis after Laver Cup 2022.

Federer, who has been struggling with a knee problem for the last three years, announced retirement at the age of 41. He announced his retirement from tennis by posting an emotional letter on social media.

The tennis legend called his 24 years on tour an incredible adventure in his letter posted on social media.

In a statement posted on his Twitter account, the tennis legend informed his fans that the Laver Cup next week in London will be his final ATP event

The tennis legend finishes his career with 20 Grand Slam singles titles, third all-time among men behind rivals Rafael Nadal (22) and Novak Djokovic (21), who are still active.

Federer, who was expected to compete at the Swiss Indoors, his home tournament, in October, and possibly at least Wimbledon next year, will play in next week’s Laver Cup in London.

Rafel Nadal overtook Federer’s tally at this year’s Australian Open due to injuries and now sits in first place with 22 major titles.

Novac Djokovic is also ahead of Federer with 21, following his win this year at Wimbledon.

Federer’s sudden retirement announcement is the second exit from Tennis in September after 23-time major winner Serena Williams, who shared the stage with Federer for his entire career, also transitioned into retirement following her defeat in the third round of the U.S. Open.

However, reports are coming out that she has taken a U-turn on her retirement plan.

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Chennai Super Kings begin pre-season camp ahead of IPL 2024

Defending champions CSK and RCB are all set to square off in their opening match on March 22.

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In the presence of pacer Deepak Chahar, who will be aiming for a national comeback through an ongoing run for his team in the IPL commencing on March 22, the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) pre-season training got underway here on Saturday.

An official from the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) said the first batch of local (Indian) players arrived on Friday, and more are expected to arrive in the coming days.

The first group of players to arrive in the city were Simarjeet Singh (pacer), Rajvardhan Hangargekar (all-rounder), Mukesh Choudhary (pacer), Prashant Solanki (spinner), Ajay Mandal (all-rounder), and Deepak Chahar (seamer), as verified by CSK on Friday.

But last month, when working out at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru, he declared himself perfectly fit. With the T20 World Cup in the Caribbean and the USA in June, the injury-prone bowler is hoping to return to the national team.

However, the team’s captain and fans favorite, MS Dhoni He was seen in Jamnagar on Friday with his wife Sakshi, where they were present to attend Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant’s pre-wedding event.

On March 22, CSK will play their first IPL 2024 match against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at Chepauk Stadium in Chennai.

It is anticipated that this would be last season for MS Dhoni. The keeper-batter would like to win the title one last time to cap off his stellar career.

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BCCI to introduce women’s Test match tournament in Pune from March 28

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After four years, women’s red-ball cricket will be contested domestically in India again as the BCCI holds the senior inter zonal multi-day Trophy in Pune starting on March 28, the board said on Friday.

Following the Indian women’s team’s return to Test cricket, the decision was taken. In recent years, the team has faced Australia and England in Test matches. The last time women’s domestic red ball cricket was played was in 2018.

Former India bowler Amita Sharma said this is a positive move made by BCCI.  Sharma said, they need the next generation of cricketers to play red ball cricket at the domestic level. The national team has started playing Test cricket again.

Red ball should be played at the state level as well, not simply the zonal level, in her opinion. They had both of those incidents back then, she continued.

Six teams representing the East, West, North, South, Central, and North-East zones will compete in the tournament, which is being hosted by the Maharashtra Cricket Association.

Taking place over three days each, the five matches they will compete in will be one day longer than the two-day games of the 2018 season.

The tournament will start immediately following the Women’s Premier League, which concludes on March 17.

On March 28, the quarterfinals between the East and North East Zones and the West and Central Zones will take place. On April 3, the semifinals are scheduled. The final match is scheduled to be held on April 9, 10 and 11.

Meanwhile, the Women’s Premier League (WPL) is off to a great start in its second edition. There have already been a few nail-biting dramas in the six-team competition, and it looks like more to come. Delhi Capitals (DC) have won two of their last three games and are now top of the rankings with four points. Both the Mumbai Indians (MI) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have four points overall, although they lag behind DC on the net run rate (NRR).

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IND vs ENG: KL Rahul ruled out of 5th Test against England, Jasprit Bumrah to rejoin team in Dharamsala

India’s young batter, Devdutt Padikkal, is named as the replacement for KL Rahul.

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The BCCI said on Thursday that India batsman KL Rahul will not play in the fifth and final Test of the five-match series against England in Dharamsala. Rahul is still recuperating from his injury, and the BCCI Medical Team is keeping a close eye on him and working with London-based doctors to manage his condition going forward.

Star pacer Jasprit Bumrah, who was previously out of the team, will be joining them in Dharamsala for the fifth Test, the BCCI has now announced.

In a release, the BCCI said Jasprit Bumrah, who was released from the team for the fourth Test in Ranchi, will join the team in Dharamsala for the fifth Test.

Washington Sundar has been dropped from the team. He will play with his Ranji Trophy team, Tamil Nadu, as they take on Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy semi-final on March 2, 2024. If necessary, he would join the India team for the fifth Test when the domestic match is over, the statement continued.

Additionally, the BCCI announced that standout pacer Mohammed Shami, who had surgery on Monday, will shortly report to Bengaluru’s National Cricket Academy (NCA) to begin his recuperation.

Meanwhile, India’s young batter, Devdutt Padikkal, is named as the replacement for KL Rahul in the middle order. This will also be his debut match.

India defeated England at Ranchi by 5 wickets, and they went on to win the 5-match series 3-1. One of the most intriguing tests to date was the Ranchi Test, in which both teams competed on a wicket that was unpredictable and gave spinners an added advantage. To keep their respective sides in the match, India’s Ravichandran Ashwin and England’s Shoaib Bashir secured crucial wickets.

Updated India’s playing eleven for the fifth Test are: Rohit Sharma (captain), Jasprit Bumrah (vice captain), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill, Rajat Patidar, Sarfaraz Khan, Dhruv Jurel (wk), KS Bharat (wk), Devdutt Padikkal, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohd. Siraj, Mukesh Kumar, and Akash Deep.

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