Weekly Digest: India’s crushing win, and Djokovic’s absence

A look at the major events in the sporting world in the past week.

Virat Kohli's men, against a weak Sri Lankan side, put on a commanding display at Galle in the first Test.   -  AP


All-round India crushed Sri Lanka by 304 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the first Test in Galle. Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli scored centuries for the victors. This was Kohli’s 17th Test win in 27 Tests as captain. (Report)

Toby Roland-Jones enjoyed a successful debut at The Oval to lay the foundation for England’s strong position in the third Test against South Africa. The fast bowler dismantled South Africa’s top order in the first innings, taking a five-for. (Scorecard)


Former Tamil Nadu captain Sunil Subramaniam was chosen by the BCCI as the administrative manager for the Indian team. (Read)

The Committee of Administrators slapped a notice to the BCCI for prevented its representative Rahul Johri from attending the Special General Meeting. (Read)

Tuti Patriots, Chepauk Super Gillies, VB Thiruvallur Veerans, Karaikudi Kaalai and Dindigul Dragons secure victories in the Tamil Nadu Premier League. (Reports)

The BCCI welcomed the idea of a women’s Twenty20 league for Indian cricketers but admitted there were hurdles to its implementation in the near future. The Indian women’s team was greeted warmly in the country after its brilliant run in the ICC Women’s World Cup. (Read)


Barcelona claimed the International Champions Cup after prevailing 3-2 in a thrilling Classic encounter against bitter rival Real Madrid. (Report)

Jordan Morris's late strike lifted the United States to a 2-1 victory over Jamaica on Wednesday in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final. (Report)


Novak Djokovic on Facebook announced his absence from the remainder of the tennis season due to an elbow injury. Djokovic said that, having spoken to various medical specialists, “they all agree that I need rest, that I need time.” (Read)

India will host a WTA tournament after five years with the USD 125,000 ‘Mumbai Open’ set to take place in November. (Read)

Fabio Fognini won the Swiss Open Gstaad. (Read)

Somdev Devvarman will head the Centre of Excellence at the Delhi Lawn Tennis Association. (Read)

Maria Sharapova has been handed the wildcard for the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati. (Read)

Table Tennis

Falcons TTC won the inaugural Ultimate Table Tennis title with a 14-9 win over Shaze Challengers. (Report)

Pro Kabaddi League

The fifth season of the Pro Kabaddi League began this week, with Telugu Titans emerging winner against Tamil Thalaivas. Dabang Delhi and U Mumba also post victories. (Reports)

Formula One

Sebastian Vettel clinched the Hungarian Grand Prix title to extend his lead in the Formula One drivers’ championship. He is now ahead by 14 points. (Report)


Indian boxers clinched five gold, two silver, and one bronze medal at the 48th Grand Prix Usti Nad Labem in Czech Republic. Shiva Thapa (60kg), Manoj Kumar (69kg), Amit Phangal (52kg), Gaurav Bidhuri (56kg) and Satish Kumar (+91kg) claimed gold medals. (Report)

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