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New Delhi, Apr 2 (PTI) The following are the top/expected stories at 1700 hours: EXPECTED STORIES: *Report of HCL SRFI Indian Tour - Chennai leg 1.

STORIES ON THE WIRE: SPO-CRI-ICC-MENON Like players, umpires too have form and I would like to make the most of it: Nitin Menon (Eds: A PTI EXCLUSIVE) By Bharat Sharma New Delhi, Apr 2 (PTI) Nitin Menon, who showed remarkable accuracy in his debut series as an ICC 'Elite Panel' umpire, feels pressure situations bring the best out of him and like cricketers, he too wants to make most of this purple patch.

SPO-CRI-IPL-SWOT-LD KKR IPL: KKR desperate to turn fortunes post tough transition (Eds: Adding byline and minor edits ) By Tapan Mohanta Kolkata, Apr 2 (PTI) Two-time IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders will be striving for consistency in their bid to recreate old magic which has been lost during a difficult phase of rebuilding after Gautam Gambhir's departure.

SPO-CRI-VIRUS-LD TENDULKAR Down with COVID-19, Tendulkar hospitalised as precautionary measure (Eds: Adds more inputs) Mumbai, Apr 2 (PTI) Former India captain and batting icon Sachin Tendulkar has been hospitalised as a precautionary measure, six days after he tested positive for COVID-19.

SPO-CRI-IYER-SURGERY Injured Shreyas Iyer to go under the knife on April 8 Mumbai, Apr 2 (PTI) India batsman Shreyas Iyer is set to undergo a surgery on April 8 for his shoulder injury which had ruled him out of the last two ODIs against England and the entire IPL.

SPO-CRI-SA-BOUCHER Boucher looks at positives from IPL-bound players missing Pakistan series Karachi, Apr 2 (PTI) South Africa head coach Mark Boucher sought to dwell on the positives from his IPL-bound players missing the Pakistan series, saying it will help their T20 World Cup preparation in India and also allow him to test his team's bench strength.

SPO-HOCK-RUPINDER Important to play simple hockey and not do anything too dramatic: Rupinder Buenos Aires (Argentina), Apr 2 (PTI) On his first foreign tour since 2019, seasoned drag-flicker Rupinder Pal Singh on Friday emphasised on playing simple hockey instead of being too dramatic on the field as the Indian team gears up to take on Olympic Champions Argentina.

SPO-FOOT-IND-STIMAC Stimac expresses his desire to include overseas citizens in Indian football team New Delhi, Apr 2 (PTI) Beleaguered coach Igor Stimac has dropped enough hints about his inclination to include Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) in the national football team that stands shaken after one of its biggest defeats in years.

SPO-GOLF-WOM-MAJOR-ADITI Quiet start from Aditi Ashok at ANA Inspiration Rancho Mirage (US), Apr 2 (PTI) Indian golfer Aditi Ashok made a quiet start at this year's first Major, the ANA Inspiration, carding a one-over 73 to be placed T-70, which is the current projected cut line.

SPO-GOLF-TEXAS-LAHIRI Anirban Lahiri makes a steady start in Texas San Antonio, Apr 2 (PTI) Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri got off to a steady start at the Valero Texas Open as he brought home a card of one-under 71 to lie Tied-22nd at the TPC San Antonio's Oaks Course here.

SPO-CRI-IND-MORGAN-HUNDRED I know Indian cricketers who want to play in 'The Hundred' and other leagues: Eoin Morgan Kolkata, Apr 2 (PTI) England's white ball captain Eoin Morgan, who also leads Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL, claims that a lot of Indian players are interested in being a part of his country's ambitious 'The Hundred' league as well as other franchise events across the globe.

SPO-CRI-IPL-DC-BILLINGS My game has improved a lot since I last played for Delhi: Billings New Delhi, Apr 2 (PTI) England wicketkeeper batsman Sam Billings believes that he has improved as a cricketer and is ready to make a difference in his second stint for the Delhi Capitals in the upcoming Indian Premier League starting April 9. PTI ATK ATK