• Vidarbha won the Ranji Trophy for the first time in history with a thumping nine-wicket win over Delhi at the Holkar stadium in Indore. A hat-trick and a century from Akshay Wadkarwere Rajneesh Gurbani’s 6/59 were the key moments. For Delhi, Dhruv Shorey was the star with a century.

Static/Current Takeaways-
Rajneesh Gurbani was declared man of the Match.


  • Indian golfer Shiv Kapur won the Royal Cup at Pattaya, which is his third Asian Tour title of 2017. He has now won three times in last eight months. This latest win marks Kapur’s sixth international title and fourth Asian Tour win as he won twice on European Challenge Tour also.

 Static/Current Takeaways-
Shiv Kapur first won on Asian Tour in his debut season in December 2005.


  • In the latest International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) rankings,  G Sathiyan has become India’s highest-ranked player . He surpasses his compatriot the legendary Sharath Kamal. The current ranking of Sathiyan is 49. As for the women, Manika Batra is topping the world chart among Indians at 62th.
Static/Current Takeaways-
Thomas Weikert Germany is the present President of ITTF.



  • Meghalaya signed the Host City Contract with the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) for hosting the 39th National Games in 2022.  Meghalaya had successfully co-hosted the South Asian Games in 2017. The tripartite contract was signed between the IOA, the Meghalaya State Olympic Association and the state government.
Static/Current Takeaways-
Meghalaya CM- Mukul Sangma, Governor- Ganga Prasad. 


  • Philippe Coutinho has become the 2nd Most Expensive transfer in World Soccer History. Team Liverpool sold Brazilian football player Philippe Coutinho to Team Barcelona for 160 million Euros ($192 million). World’s most expensive transfer is Brazilian football player Neymar’s transfer from Barcelona to Paris Saint Germain team in 200 million pounds in 2017.
Static/Current Takeaways-
FC Barcelona President - Josep Maria Bartomeu
Based in - Barcelona, Spain.


  • Gilles Simon of France has lifted the inaugural Tata Open Maharashtra Tennis trophy. In the summit clash in Pune, the unseeded French player defeated second-seeded Kevin Anderson in straight sets.
Static/Current Takeaways-
Maharashtra Capital- Mumbai, CM- Devendra Fadnavis, Governor- Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao. Simon is ranked 89 in the world, while Anderson is ranked Fourteen.


  • Switzerland won their third Hopman Cup as Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic beat Germany's Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber in the deciding mixed doubles to secure a 2-1 victory in the final at the Perth Arena. It was Federer's second Hopman Cup triumph after victory in 2001 alongside then world number one Martina Hingis.
Static/Current Takeaway-
The capital of Switzerland is Bern.
The Association of Tennis Professionals was formed in September 1972.


  • The Khelo India logo was launched at a ceremony by Rajyavardhan Rathore the Union Minister of State (I/C) Youth Affairs and Sports in New Delhi. The logo also conveys an impression of fitness and competitiveness. The three-stroke Khelo India logo, designed by Ogilvy India, has in-built modularity, allowing plenty of adaptability and flexibility into endless pictorial forms.


  • Elina Svitolina secured her first WTA title in Australia with a straight-sets victory in the Brisbane International final. Svitolina beat Belarusian qualifier Aliaksandra Sasnovich.

Static/Current Takeaways-
Elina Mykhaylivna Svitolina is a Ukrainian tennis player. 
The Association of Tennis Professionals was formed in September 1972.


  • Professional player Aditya Mehta won the Kolkata Open 2018 International Invitation Snooker Championship in Kolkata. This is his third Kolkata Open title since its inception.  He defeated Englishman Professional Player Alfie Burden.


  •  Aanchal Thakur made history as she won India's first ever international medal in skiing. The 21-year-old Manali resident clinched bronze in the coveted Alpine Ejder 3200 Cup. The Championship was organised by the Federation Internationale de Ski (skiing's international governing body) in Erzurum, Turkey. She won the medal in the slalom race category.
Static/Current Takeaways-
Turkey Capital- Ankara, Currency- Turkish lira.


  • Rajyavardhan Rathore , Sports Minister made the announcement during the launch of the official anthem and mascot of Khelo India School Games, beginning January 31.  “Now when an athlete wins a medal at Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and Olympics, the coach gets incentive. The video features India's eminent sports personalities such as Sardar Singh, Sunil Chhetri, Devendra Jhajharia, Baichung Bhutia, Pullela Gopichand, Leander Paes, Mary Kom, Akhil Kumar, Sakshi Malik and Saina Nehwal.
Static/Current Takeaways-
The anthem also aims to focus on brotherhood, equality, and solidarity in sports. 
The government of India has approved Rs 1,756 crore for a period of three years for the revamping of 'Khelo India'.
Constituency of Rajyavardhan Rathore- Jaipur (Rural), Rajasthan.


  • Brazilian World Cup winner Ronaldinho has formally confirmed his retirement from football, more than two years since his last appearance as a professional report in Brazil. The 37-year-old former Paris Saint-Germain and player of Barcelona, a key member of the Brazil side which won the World Cup in 2002, last played in 2015. He spent five years with Barcelona between 2003 and 2008, helping the Catalans win the Champions League in 2006, after being awarded the Ballon D’Or in 2005.



  • Virat Kohli was named the captain of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test and One-Day International (ODI) teams of the year that included four other Indians as well.  The Test team also comprises Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravichandran Ashwin. Kohli was chosen to lead the ICC ODI team, which includes Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah as the other two Indians.



  • India beat Pakistan by two wickets to win the Blind Cricket World Cup 2018 for the second time after a match at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, the UAE. India conquered the modest target in the 39th over, with two balls to spare and eight wickets lost. Sunil Ramesh was declared the man of the match.
Static/Current Takeaways-
The inaugural World Cup in 1998 was won by South Africa who defeated Pakistan in New Delhi to become the first blind cricket world champion.


  •  The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced, the 2018 edition of the Women’s World T20 will be hosted by West Indies in November 2018. The three venues were selected by Cricket West Indies through a bidding process and have been ratified by the ICC.
Static/Current Takeaways-
ICC Chief Executive- David Richardson, Headquarters- Dubai, United Arab Emirates.


  • Young Indian shuttler Siddharth Pratap Singh secured his maiden international title, bagging the Swedish Open Junior International Series with a straight-game victory over Denmark’s Mads Christophersen in the finals in Uppsala in Sweden. Playing his first career final, Siddharth defeated Christophersen to claim the men’s singles title.
Static/Current Takeaways-
Sweden Capital- Stockholm, Currency- Swedish krona.


  • Lifter Rakhi Halder created a new national record in clean and jerk to a gold medal in the 63kg women’s category in the 33rd Women Senior National Weightlifting Championships, in Mangaluru, Karnataka. Rakhi lifted 128kgs in the clean and jerk for a total of 230kgs to create a new national record, bettering Karnam Malleswari’s feat (127kg) created in Athens in 1999.



  • The Australian Open is a tennis tournament held annually in Melbourne Park, Australia.  Roger Federer defeated Marin Cilic in the final. It was Federer's 20th Grand Slam title. In women's' single, Caroline Wozniacki became the first Danish player to win a Grand Slam singles title, defeating Simona Halep in the final.


Here is the complete list of Winners of Australian Open:
S.No.
Category
Winner
Runner Up
1.
Men's Singles
Roger Federer
(Switzerland)
Marin Cilic
(Croatia)
2.
Women's Singles
Caroline Wozniacki
(Denmark)
Simona Halep
(Romania)
3.
Men's Doubles
Oliver Marach (Austria)
Mate Pavic(Croatia)
Robert Farah (Colombia)
J. Cabal (Colombia)
4.
Women's Doubles
Kristina Mladenovic (France)
Tímea Babos (Hungary)
Elena Vesnina (Russia)
Ekaterina Makarova (Russia)
5.
Mixed Doubles
Gabriela Dabrowski (Canada)
Mate Pavic (Croatia)
Timea Babos (Hungary)
Rohan Bopanna (India)






  • Sandeep Lamichhane became the first cricketer from Nepal to land a deal an IPL contract. He was picked by Delhi Daredevils in the player's auction. The 17-year-old, the only Nepal player in the IPL auction, was sold at his base price of Rs 20 lakh. The leg-spinner hogged the limelight in 2016 U-19 World Cup by becoming the second-highest wicket-taker in the tournament with 14 scalps in six innings.


  • The world no.1 Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan has defeated Saina Nehwal in the finals of the Indonesia Masters in Jakarta. Tai Tzu has now defeated the former world No.1 nine times in their last 10 meetings.
Static/Current Takeaways-
Indonesia Capital- Jakarta, Currency- Indonesian rupiah.




  • Melbourne Cricket Ground will host the final of both the men’s and women’s World Twenty20 when the tournaments come to Australia in 2020. It will mark the first time the tournaments are held as stand-alone events in the same year in the same country. The women’s final will coincide with International Women’s Day (8th March).

Static/Current Takeaways Important for Canara Bank PO 2018 Exam-
Australia Capital- Canberra, Currency- Australian dollar.


  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the first Khelo India School Games at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in New Delhi. Talented Under-17 players identified in priority sports disciplines at various levels by a High-Powered Committee will be provided annual financial assistance of Rs. 5 lakh per annum for 8 years.

Static/Current Takeaways-
Rajyavardhan Rathore. - Union Minister of  State ( I/C) Youth Affairs and Sports.


  • Sharath Kamal beat top-seeded Anthony Amalraj to win the men singles title for the eighth time, equalling the feat of Kamlesh Mehta in the 79th edition of the 11 Even Sports Senior Nationals in Ranchi, Jharkhand. Suthirta Mukherjee from West Bengal emerged the new women champion, beating Hyderabad Natiosnals winner Manika Batra.

Static/Current Takeaways-
Sharath Kamal is from Tamil Nadu