Murali Kartik retires from cricket

Former India left-arm spinner Murali Kartik ( above ) on Saturday announced his retirement from all forms of cricket, bringing down the curtains on a career that spanned more than 17 years.

The 37-year-old Kartik played eight Tests, 37 ODIs and one Twenty20 international for India. He made his first class debut with Railways in 1996.

“I have decided to hang up my boots from all forms of competitive cricket but will honour my commitments for Kings XI Punjab during this year’s Champions League T20. I want to thank everyone for their support and felt that it is the right time to go. I have enjoyed playing this game and it has given me a lot,” Kartik said here during a press conference Saturday.IANS

Looking to build on what India achieved in 2011: 2015 WC CEO

Australia and New Zealand are looking to build on the spectacular show that India pulled off four years ago along with Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, says 2015 cricket World Cup CEO John Harnden, who feels the troika set the bar sky high in the previous edition.

“Everyone is really excited about the World Cup. A lot of it is about building on the success of the last World Cup in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. It was the most successful World Cup ever, watched by more than a billion people. We want to build on that success,” Harnden said.PTI

Indian women team continues dominance over Malaysia

The Indian women’s hockey team continued its winning run on the Malaysian tour, as it thrashed the hosts 3-0 here on Saturday, for the fourth straight time in a row in the six-match series. This tour is a build-up to the upcoming Commonwealth Games.PTI

India beat South Korea 3-0, finish ninth in hockey WC

Akashdeep Singh scored two goals as India posted a comfortable 3-0 win over Asian champions South Korea to finish a lowly ninth in the men’s hockey World Cup at the Kyocera Stadium here on Saturday. Akashdeep opened India’s account in the sixth minute by tapping in a square-pass from SV Sunil and then rounded off the scoring with a reverse hit in a crowded circle in the 50th minute.

In between, Rupinder Pal Singh converted a penalty stroke in the 42nd minute after his penalty corner flick was stopped by a defender with body on the goal-line.PTI

Netherlands win women’s World Cup

Olympic gold medallists The Netherlands ( below ) defeated Australia 2-0 in the title showdown to clinch the women’s hockey World Cup at the Kyocera Stadium here on Saturday.

This was the fourth time these two nations met in the women’s World Cup title encounter, and The Netherlands have won three of them.

Out of 13 women’s World Cups since its inception in 1974, the Dutch have won it seven times.

Captain Maartje Paumen, one of the four Dutch players winning her second World Cup gold, put her team ahead in the 12th minute with a penalty stroke conversion. Livewire striker Kim Lammers increased the lead by beating goalkeeper Rachael Lynch with her second try in the 29th minute, after her initial shot was blocked by the custodian.PTI

Indian challenge ends at Korea Open TT

The Indian campaign at the ITTF World Tour Korea Open ended after Anthony Amalraj lost to Frenchman Tristan Flore in the round of 32 at the Incheon City on Friday.

The Indian paddler found the French a tough nut to crack in the round of 32 and lost 9-11, 6-11, 6-11, 11-6, 7-11 in a one-sided affair.PTI

Indian men and women’s squash teams lose in semi-finals

Both the Indian men’s and women’s teams lost to their Malaysia opponents in the semi-finals of the Asian team squash championship here on Saturday, but will return home with a bronze medal apiece.IANS

Kapur makes the cut at US Open

Not even a crippling triple bogey on the stretch back home could stop Indian golfer Shiv Kapur from making the midway cut at the US Open here.

At three-over 143, Kapur was tied 33rd to become only the second Indian, after Jeev Milkha Singh to make the cut in an US Open.PTI

Jessy misses gold at Asian Junior Athletics

Middle-distance runner, Jessy Joseph ( above ) missed the gold medal by a whisker as India returned with two silvers and a bronze on the third day of the 16th Asian junior athletics championships here on Saturday.

Japan’s Ryoko Hirano had an ‘edge’ of two-hundredth of a second over the Indian (2:06.75 to 2:06.77) for the title.

India’s Archana Adhav joined Jessy on the podium with her third place finish in 2:09.11.

Meghana Shetty, who hails from Karnataka, returned a personal best 14.09 secs for the silver in the 100m hurdles.

On Friday, Haryana’s Sharwan Kharb lived up to the occasion as he brought home a silver medal in the 10000m run.

The second medal for India on Friday came from shot putter Shakti Solanki, who won bronze.PTI