HYDERABAD: Syed Md. Shoaib, the 22-year-old Hyderabad Ranji fast bowler, has been selected by the Deccan Chargers to play in the second edition of the DLF Indian Premier League scheduled to commence next month.

Shoaib, who plays for Andhra Bank in local league, has taken 24 wickets this Ranji season for Hyderabad.

Apparently, the Chargers selectors were impressed with his seven-wicket spell against Andhra in the K.S. Subbaiah Pillai Trophy in Vizag recently which helped Hyderabad obtain second place.

Shoaib was earlier called for selection trials by the Kolkata Knight Riders but could not make it since he got the call on the very day of the selections. “But now, looking back, I have no regrets,” he says.

“I am delighted to be in the Chargers team. It will be a great honour to play alongside some of the finest cricketers like Adam Gilchrist and V.V.S. Laxman. The IPL stint should benefit my bowling as I will try to pick up a few tricks,” he said.

“This should also help me in realising my ultimate goal of playing for the country. I will not be found wanting in commitment and hard work. This is surely a golden chance to progress as far as my career is concerned,” Shoaib said.

He is also eagerly looking forward to the chance to meet his role model — former Australian fast bowling great Glen McGrath. “That should be a memorable moment in my life,” exclaimed Shoaib.

Prashant wins title

Vijay Sunder Prashant of Tamil Nadu defeated his state mate Vinod Sridhar 6-4, 6-4 to win the singles title in the Moin-ud-Dowla AITA all-India men’s ranking tennis tournament organised by Secunderabad Club here late on Friday evening.

Ravi, Smithi win

Ravi Kumar of Deloitte and Smithi of Oracle won the men’s and women’s singles badminton titles respectively in the fourth Country Oven-sponsored Corporate Olympiad.

The results: Badminton: Individual event: Men’s singles: Ravi Kumar (Deloitte) bt Srinivas Reddy (Dr. Reddy’s) 21-17, 21-14. Doubles: Srinivas Reddy & Rajesh Kumar (Dr. Reddy’s) bt Ravi Kumar & Madhu (Deloitte) 21-10, 21-23, 23-21.

Women’s singles: Smithi (Oracle) bt Nidhi (Oracle) 21-9, 21-10.

Mixed doubles: Anupam & Nidhi (Oracle) bt Srinivas Reddy & Preethi (Dr. Reddy’s) 21-13, 14-21, 21-5.

Table tennis: Team event: Deloitte bt Dr. Reddy’s 3-0.

Individual events: Men’s singles: Siddarth (Deloitte) bt Rajesh Kumar (Dr. Reddy’s) 11-8, 11-5, 11-0.

Mens doubles: Siddarth & Dattu (Deloitte) bt Rajan & Rajesh Kumar (Dr. Reddy’s) 11-6, 11-6, 11-7.

Women’s singles: Nithya (Deloitte) bt Preethi (Dr. Reddy’s) 11-6, 11-7, 11-6.

Mixed doubles: Siddarth & Nitiyal (Deloitte) bt Rajan & Preethi (Dr. Reddy’s) 9-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-8.

Cricket: Pre-quarterfinals: ADP India 115 (Uday five for 14) bt Sonata Software 108 (Ramakanth 42).

Cognizant 150 for nine (Sunil 49) bt Axis Bank 148 for seven (Neeraj 54).

Vikram shines

A good spell by Vikram (five for 17) helped Ness Technologies record a 15-run win over Thomson Reuters in the Gopala Krishna-Gen.Next Foundation corporate cricket tournament.

The scores: Ness Technologies 140 (Jay 55, Murali three for 25) bt Thomson Reuters 125 (Srinivas 39, Murali 37, Vikram five for 17).

Ceredox 62 lost to Motorola 64 for two.

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