New Delhi, Feb 5 (PTI) The following are the top/expected stories at 1700 hours
*Ranji Trophy Final: Vidarbha vs Saurashtra in Nagpur
*I-League reports: Minerva vs Indian Arrows and Shillong Lajong vs Churchill Brothers.
*Report of ATP Challenger in Chennai.
*Report of Men's National Hockey Championship in Gwalior.
STORIES ON THE WIRE:
SPO-IND-PREVIEW World Cup countdown: Time for Pant to make strong case in New Zealand T20s
Wellington, Feb 5 (PTI) They have hit the homestretch of a memorable three-month tour and a rampant India will be fancying another series win when they clash with under pressure hosts New Zealand in the opening T20 International here on Wednesday.
SPO-IND-DHAWAN Dhawan's high praise for Pant: asset for team, changes games in little time
Wellington, Feb 5 (PTI) Senior Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan Tuesday said rising wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has become an asset for the team due to his ability to change the course of a game in no time.
SPO-SHASTRI Now, Kuldeep will be our No.1 overseas spinner: Coach Shastri indicates shift in plan
Wellington, Feb 5 (PTI) Kuldeep Yadav is firmly ahead of veteran Ravichandran Ashwin in the pecking order as India's frontline spinner on foreign soil, head coach Ravi Shastri asserted, citing his five-wicket haul against Australia in the Sydney Test this year.
SPO-IND-WOM-PREVIEW Indian women eyeing another series win in New Zealand
Wellington, Feb 5 (PTI) Smarting from a heavy loss in the final one dayer, the Indian women's team will aim for a solid showing in the opening encounter of the three-match T20 series against New Zealand, beginning here Wednesday.
SPO-HARBHAJAN-INTERVIEW Finger spinners need to reinvent to remain relevant in ODIs: Harbhajan
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By Kushan Sarkar
New Delhi, Feb 5 (PTI) Senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh feels Ravindra Jadeja is still in with a chance to make India's World Cup squad on the back of his all-round skills but to survive purely as a finger spinner, he will have to improvise.
SPO-IND-WILLIAMSON Excited to test NZ's bench strength in T20 series against India: Williamson
Wellington, Feb 5 (PTI) The deflating ODI loss behind him, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson Tuesday said he is excited about the prospect of testing unheralded players against a "top" team like India in the T20 series starting Wednesday.
SPO-FED-IND Ankita holds key as India aim for Fed Cup World Group II
Astana (Kazakhstan), Feb 5 (PTI) India's top singles players Ankita Raina and Karman Kaur Thandi will have to punch above their weight when the battle to qualify for Fed Cup tennis tournament's World Group II, begins here Wednesday.
SPO-FIH-HOCK-IND India bids to host next hockey World Cup
Lausanne, Feb 5 (PTI) India are among the six countries that have presented bids to host the next edition of the hockey World Cup, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) announced Tuesday