England pacer Stuart Broad hopeful of playing in Tests against India

first_imgEngland paceman Stuart Broad has confirmed that he plans to return to action this month after having injections on an ongoing ankle injury.Broad is aiming to recover from the injury in time to play domestic first-class cricket for his county Nottinghamshire later this month, days before the first Test against India.The 32-year-old, who last played for England in the second Test against Pakistan in June, sustained the injury against Worcestershire last week.Broad is eager to return for Nottinghamshire when they take on Surrey in the County Championship, starting on July 22.”I’ve had some injections in my left ankle for an ongoing ligament problem after seeing brilliant specialists and having different scans,” Broad said on his official Instagram account.”It needs five days’ rest, then aiming to run Tuesday and build up quickly with an aim to play for Notts CC against Surrey CCC July 22nd. That’s the plan!!”Following a three-match Twenty20 and one-day international series this month, England and India will face off in five Tests series starting on August 1.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

US Open: Stan Wawrinka, Victoria Azarenka headline wildcards list

first_imgFormer Grand Slam champions Stan Wawrinka, Victoria Azarenka and Svetlana Kuznetsova were among the biggest names in the list of players who were given a wildcard into this year’s US Open, the US Tennis Association said on Tuesday.Switzerland’s Wawrinka, a three-time Grand Slam champion, did not defend his 2016 Flushing Meadows title last year because of a knee injury that required surgery last August and kept him sidelined until January.Since exiting in the second round at Wimbledon, Wawrinka has won only three matches during the American hardcourt campaign.He fell in the first round in Washington before suffering a third-round loss to world number one and eventual champion Rafael Nadal in Toronto. He is back in action in Cincinnati this week and will face Japan’s Kei Nishikori in the second round.Former world No.1 Azarenka, who has been the runners-up at US Open twice and is the winner of two Australian Open titles, withdrew from the tournament last year as she was in the midst of a custody battle for her child. Victoria Azarenka is a former world number one. (Reuters Photo)In the latest WTA rankings, she has risen to 87th in the world but Azarenka was not ranked high enough when the cutoff for the entry list was made and therefore, she required the wildcard.The same is the case with Kuznetsova, who is currently world No.88. The Russian, who won the first of her two Grand Slam titles at the 2004 US Open as a 19-year-old, lifted her 18th WTA title in Washington nine days ago.advertisementThe US Open will begin on August 27 and will go till September 9.Current French Open winner Rafael Nadal will be the defending champion in men’s singles while Sloane Stephens will look to hold her title in the women’s singles category.Last year, Nadal has defeated South Africa’s Kevin Anderson in straight sets to win his 3rd US Open title while Stephens had won her first US Open title with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Madison Keys.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

India fail to reach men’s kabaddi final for first time after losing to Iran

first_img(Eds: specifying that India will end with bronze medal) Jakarta, Aug 23 (PTI) Seven-time champion India failed to reach the Asian Games men’s kabaddi final for the first time after a shock 18-27 loss to Iran in the semifinals here today. India, who had won the men’s kabaddi gold in all the earlier seven Asian Games after the sport was introduced in 1990 in Beijing, produced the worst ever show in the continental mega multi-sporting event. The country settled for the bronze medal along with Pakistan, which had lost to South Korea in the other semifinal. India had finished second in the group stage after a loss to South Korea. PTI PDS PMlast_img read more

Belgian GP: Lewis Hamilton takes record pole with Sebastian Vettel in second

first_imgFormula One leader Lewis Hamilton made the most of the changeable conditions to seize pole position for the Belgian Grand Prix ahead of Ferrari title rival Sebastian Vettel on Saturday.French driver Esteban Ocon qualified a remarkable third for Force India for the team’s first race under new ownership, with Mexican team mate Sergio Perez fourth after a rain-hit final session.The pole was Hamilton’s fifth at Spa, a record, and 78th of his F1 career but it was touch and go on a drying track with the clock ticking.More poles at Spa than any other driver in #F1 historyAnother record for @LewisHamilton #BelgianGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/9o40IHfilkFormula 1 (@F1) August 25, 2018Slipping wide and across the grass runoff, the champion left himself just one final shot at a flying lap before the time ran out and he nailed it.”It was one of the toughest qualifying sessions I can remember,” said Hamilton, who won from pole in Belgium last season and is 24 points clear of fellow-four times champion Vettel with nine races remaining.”We were very close, I was hopeful, Ferrari were very quick on the straights, then the rain came and I can’t stress how difficult it was.”The track looked dry in some places, but it was actually wet. It was so hard, I went off twice, but so glad I managed to keep it together. Everyone is on the edge of their seats.”Sunday’s race looked set up to be a battle between the two great rivals, with Vettel possibly having the faster car, after a qualifying that shook up the grid beyond the two championship contenders.advertisementVettel’s team mate Kimi Raikkonen, a four-times winner at Spa, starts only sixth while Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas will line up at the back of the field due to accumulated engine grid penalties.The Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo qualified seventh and eighth.QUALIFYING CLASSIFICATION: @LewisHamilton scores a 78th career pole at a rainy Spa #BelgianGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/HhhEX34zPcFormula 1 (@F1) August 25, 2018″It got drier at the end, we had done our laps at the beginning thinking it (the conditions) was going to get worse so we were just unlucky I guess,” said Ricciardo.Taking advantage of the drying track, surprised Frenchman Romain Grosjean put his Haas in fifth place behind the Force India pair.Vettel and Raikkonen had both earlier shattered the Spa circuit record, banging in laps of one minute 41.501 and 1:41.627 respectively to better the 1:41.770 set by a Porsche 919 world endurance car in April.Hamilton’s pole time was a comparatively slow 1:58.179, with Vettel managing 1:58.905.”It was a bit chaotic and not great from a management point of view,” Vettel said. “I don’t feel we put everything together in the last lap, we ran out of battery.”It wasn’t a nice ending to a great qualifying up to that point. It’s great fun but obviously not very rewarding when you know you could have done a bit better.”last_img read more

Sri Lanka arrests two Indians on suspicion of match-fixing

first_imgColombo, Aug 29 (AFP) Sri Lankan cricket’s anti-corruption unit detained two Indian spectators on suspicion of match-fixing during a domestic Twenty20 league game, officials said today. The men were apprehended after officials spotted them behaving suspiciously and making repeated calls on their mobile phones during the match between Galle and Dambulla at Pallekele, in the island’s central hills. “We saw suspicious behaviour of the two Indians and ACU (anti-corruption unit) officials handed them over to the police for further investigations,” a Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) official told AFP. The arrest comes a day after SLC issued a new match-fixing alert after a group of spectators were asked to leave another venue after officials suspected them of involvement in attempted match-fixing. The ongoing T20 tournament features solely Sri Lankan cricketers after plans to emulate the massively lucrative Indian Premier League and attract foreign stars to Sri Lanka fell through. Authorities say the scaled-down competition is still attracting match-fixers, and have increased the deployment of officials at games and team hotels, while players have been warned to inform the authorities of any attempt to approach them to fix matches. Sri Lanka has also announced plans for tougher laws against sports corruption and a special police unit to deal with match-fixing following an Al-Jazeera documentary exposing corruption in global cricket in which three Sri Lanka officials were filmed agreeing to sway matches. (AFP) ATKATKlast_img read more

Asia Cup: Shaheen Afridi gets maiden ODI call up for Pakistan, Hafeez, Yasir axed

first_imgYoung pace sensation Shaheen Afridi and opening batsman Shan Masood have earned their maiden ODI call-up as Pakistan named a 16-man squad for the upcoming Asia Cup, starting in September 15 at UAE.Experienced cricketers Mohammad Hafeez and Yasir Shah were surprisingly left our of the squad for the six-nation tournament.The 18-year-old fast bowler Shaheen Afridi has been included in the squad while opening batsman Shan Masood has also received a call-up for the six-nation tournament.Afridi, 18, impressed in the U-19 World Cup in New Zealand earlier in the year and followed it up with a brilliant Pakistan Super League for the Lahore Qalandars. He earned his maiden T20 call-up following that and made his debut against the West Indies on April 3, 2018. He went wicketless but left an impression with his 0/27 from four overs.Since then, he has played two more matches and picked up four wickets with a best of 3/37 against Australia at Harare in July.Masood on the other hand, has represented Pakistan before in 12 Test matches. He made his debut against Australia at Abu Dhabi in 2013 and played his last Test against Sri Lanka at Dubai in October last year.He has scored 565 runs at an average of 23.54 with a career-best of 125 in red-ball cricket for Pakistan.On the other hand, Hafeez’s exclusion will come as a big blow to him personally, especially, after being dropped to ‘Grade B’ in Pakistan’s central contracts.Hafeez was extremely disappointed with the snub and even went onto say that he will be considering retirement.advertisementHafeez, 37, has been one of PCB’s top category contract earners for quite a while but PCB but was replaced by Babar Azam in the top category.The decision came after Hafeez refused to play the fifth ODI of the series against Zimbabwe after he was not included in the team for the first four matches of the series.Pakistan begin their Asia Cup campaign with a league game against the winner of the ongoing Asia Cup Qualifier on September 16.Full squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (C & WK), Fakhar Zaman, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Amir, Shadab Khan, Imam ul Haq, Shan Masood, Babar Azam, Asif Ali, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Nawaz, Fahim Ashraf, Hasan Ali Junaid Khan, Usman Shinwari and Shaheen Afridilast_img read more

Virat Kohli retains top spot in ICC rankings after 593 runs in England Tests

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli ended the England tour as the number-one ranked batsman in world despite failing in his last innings while just retired England opener Alastair Cook signed off from international cricket on a remarkable note, moving into the top-10 of the ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen.Cook was adjudged Player of the Match in the final Test at The Oval.The left-hander’s scores of 71 and 147 made him only the fifth man in history to notch a century in his first and last Test matches, and also helped his side win by 118 runs to complete a 4-1 win in the five-match series.This memorable performance lifted the 33-year-old 11 positions to 10th in the latest ICC rankings released on Wednesday.Sunil Gavaskar lends support to Virat Kohli: Not right time to ask tough questionsCook had achieved a career-high ranking of second in September 2011 after he had scored a Test best 294 against India at Edgbaston. This was the same year when Cook won the prestigious ICC Test Cricketer of the Year award.Virat Kohli angry after journalist asks sharp questions at press conferenceThe former England captain has ended an impressive career with the third-best ranking for a retiring England batsman after Wally Hammond (fifth) and Geoff Boycott (eighth). However, he has finished in a higher position than any of the batsmen who scored more runs than him in the pinnacle format.A series of what could have been: Opinions float after India lose 4-1 to EnglandJacques Kallis hung his boots in 12th position, Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid both ended their careers in 18th spot and Ricky Ponting finished in 26th place.advertisementVirat Kohli batted like a champion but captaincy raises questionsApart from winning the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year award in 2011, Cook was named in the ICC Test Team of the Year in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016 (as captain).He also made his way into the ICC ODI Team of the Year in 2012, the year in which he reached his career-best fifth position in ODIs during the month of June.Virat Kohli signs off 593-run Test series vs England with a golden duckKohli, meanwhile, had started the series 27 points behind Australia’s Steve Smith and finished one point ahead of his closest rival.Kohli had first reached the top of the world after the Edgbaston Test and then reclaimed the top spot after the Trent Bridge Test. He will now defend his number-one ranking in the two-Test home series against the West Indies, which starts on 4 October.In other movements amongst the batsmen, captain Joe Root has moved up one place to fourth position after a fine knock of 125 in the second innings while other England batsmen to gain in the rankings include Jos Buttler (up nine places to 23rd) and Moeen Ali (up five places to 43rd).India’s Lokesh Rahul and Rishabh Pant have made big gains in the latest rankings update. Rahul has advanced 16 places to 19th position after his knock of 149 and Pant has moved up 63 places to 111th position after his 114 in only his third Test match.Ravindra Jadeja’s unbeaten 86 in the first innings has helped him gain 12 places to reach 58th among batsmen while he has also moved up one place in the all-rounder’s list to second position.In the rankings for Test bowlers, England fast bowler James Anderson started and finished the series in number-one ranking. After the Lord’s Test, Anderson reached a career-high 903 points. Anderson started the series with 892 points and finished just one point shy of the coveted 900-point mark.Other bowlers to make an upward movement after the Oval Test include Ben Stokes (up one place to 27th), Adil Rashid (up six places to 44th) and Sam Curran (up four places to 51st) all advancing after taking three wickets each.Meanwhile, England have advanced to fourth position in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings. They have gained eight points to move above New Zealand to 105 points and just one point behind South Africa and Australia, who are both on 106 points with the former marginally ahead on decimal points.India remain the top side in the format but the result has seen them lose 10 points and slip to 115 points.(With IANS inputs)last_img read more

Hockey India congratulates just-retired former captain Sardar

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 14 (PTI) Hockey India (HI) Friday congratulated just-retired Sardar Singh on his glorious international career, saying he was a “true ambassador of the game”. Sardar called time on his 12-year career on Wednesday after he was dropped from the national camp probables for the Asian Champions Trophy and the World Cup. “In the best and worst of times, Sardar Singh has exemplified steely determination. His qualities and dedication as a player makes him a true ambassador of the game,” HI president Rajinder Singh said in a statement. “He has inspired an entire generation of youngsters with his performances and as captain. He led the team to one of the biggest victories at the 2014 Asian Games. He has been part of Indian hockey’s resurgence and elevation in world ranking,” he said. “His contribution to the sport will be cherished and Hockey India would like to congratulate him for his achievements and wish him the very best for his future endeavours.” Sardar formally announced his retirement Thursday at a press conference in Chandigarh. Considered a legend, Sardar has been part of India’s important feats in the past decade, having won silver medal at the 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games, two Asia Cup Gold (in 2007 and 2017) and a silver (2013), gold at the 2014 Asian Games, bronze at the World League Final in Raipur 2015 and silver medal at the 2011 Champions Challenge. This year, he was part of the Indian team that won a silver medal at the FIH Champions Trophy in Breda and a bronze at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta. PTI SSC PDSPDSadvertisementlast_img read more

Delhi: Sale of air filters shoots, early bird gets the mask

first_imgAfter last year’s winter pollution scare, whereby a dust storm originating in the Gulf enveloped Delhi/NCR in a thick brown haze, residents are not taking any chances this time. Instead of expensive indoor air purifiers, affordable face masks are their ‘weapon of choice’ this season.Most online stores are reporting great sales in this latest “health and fashion accessory”. Portal ‘Nirvana Being’, for example, which also has a shop at Khan Market in South Delhi, told Mail Today that it has already sold 500 per cent more such masks this October as opposed to the same month in year 2017.”A trend of early purchases is being noticed as people are avoiding waiting till Diwali in November when things will get far worse and long queues will be noticed at chemists,” informed Jai Dhar Gupta, the owner.Orders are now being placed from even smaller towns in Uttar Pradesh (UP), hill stations like Pune and coastal states like Goa as more of them figure on the annual World Health Organisation (WHO) list of “most polluted spots on the globe”. Also, air filtration masks have emerged as a great gifting option for Diwali as more people realise that ‘health is wealth’.Deepak Kumar, a supervisor at the Apollo Pharmacy in G Block, Connaught Place, said, “Companies have been buying masks from us in bulk to gift to their employees on Diwali. We understand that HR departments have been taking this initiative.” Last winter was a shocker for most Delhiites as a cloud of smog descended on the city post Diwali (October 19).advertisementAfter a multi-day dust storm rose in the Gulf — Kuwait, Iran and Saudi Arabia — a heavy influx of grainy Particulate Matter (PM) 2.5 and PM 10 was seen in Delhi-NCR’s ambient environment. Crop residue burning in Punjab and Haryana added to it.Air quality remained ‘severe’ and worse (as per the National Air Quality Index) from November 7-13, leading to many instances of hospitalisation of those suffering from asthma and other respiratory diseases, and more OPD (Out Patient Dept.) cases coming in.”We stock only two varieties of masks. One is the Vogmask which has an N99 filter (meaning it can keep out 99 per cent impurities) and an activated carbon layer that removes odour and gases. The other type is ‘id Sports Pollution Mask’ which is especially for athletes as they suck in more air while exercising. Both are selling very well,” said Jai Dhar Gupta of Nirvana Being. In the market, generally, a range of masks with filters of capacity – N95, N99, N100, P95 and P100 — are available which absorb chemicals, viruses and bacteria as well.READ | Air quality worsened in Delhi: Pollution Control Board enforces graded response action planSome have double exhale valves above the nostrils to prevent build-up of Carbon Dioxide inside. “As news starts circulating of air quality going down, people will be concerned for their health and purchase masks. Our retailers and distributors in Delhi have already started receiving queries and we are stocking up on both masks for children and adults,” said Kusha Gupta, Assistant Manager of Sales, Honeywell, an American MNC which specialises on personal care products. She said she sold more masks in year 2016 winter than 2017 as in some respects, the air quality was worse at that time. While doctors are not exactly advising air masks for the general populace that is not suffering from pulmonary diseases already, even small drug stores are doing well, selling the `5-20 disposable green surgical masks. “It got so bad last year, we sold almost 2,000 pieces in November,” said Naveen Goyal of Safdarjung Medicos, next to the hospital. “Also, our clientele was not the regular expats and NRI population, but the middle class and lower middle class as well,” he said.ALSO READ | Green bench imposes Rs 50 crore fine on Delhi govtlast_img

HC stays CIC direction to HI to disclose sponsorship details to Kirti Azad

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 2 (PTI) The Delhi High Court on Friday put on hold the Central Information Commission’s (CIC) order directing Hockey India to provide to BJP MP Kirti Azad the details of sponsorship amounts received, commissions paid and litigation expenditure incurred by the sports body’s league, HIL, since 2013.Justice Suresh Kait also stayed the CIC’s show cause notice to Hockey India (HI) asking why “maximum penalty” be not imposed on it for not providing documents sought by the commission.The show cause notice and the direction to provide the details sought by Azad under the Right to Information (RTI) Act was issued by the commission on October 22.While putting on hold the operation of the October 22 order, the court gave four weeks time to Azad to indicate his stand on HI’s plea against the CIC’s decision and listed the matter for hearing on January 18.During the brief hearing, HI told the court that the information that CIC had directed to be disclosed was “commercially confidential”.On the other hand, the lawyer for Azad contended that HI was a public authority which was receiving funds from the government and public sector entities and therefore, it should disclose how much money it was receiving from sponsors.The lawyer also alleged that according to information in his possession, HI spends Rs 1.5 crore to Rs 2 crore every year on litigation and added that redacted material was submitted to CIC by the sports body when the commission had called for certain documents.The court on October 30 had said it would not pass any interim order without hearing Azad. PTI HMP SKV SAadvertisementlast_img read more

Usman Khawaja’s brother Arsalan re-arrested for trying to influence witness after bail

first_imgAustralia cricketer Usman Khawaja’s brother Arsalan Tariq Khawaja was re-arrested on Thursday afternoon by Australian Federal Police and NSW Crime Commission investigators from his Sydney house on charges of breaching his bail conditions. Arsalan has now been accused of attempting to influence a witness in his case. Earlier in December, Arsala was arrested by counter-terrorism police over forging a fake terror-plot that led to his colleague, Mohamed Nizamdeen spending four weeks in solitary confinement.Arsalan’s lawyer did not apply for his release after his bail was revoked at Parramatta Bail Court on Friday. He was refused a bail ahead of his court appearance in Sydney later on Friday.According to Australian media, Arsalan Khawaja was given a bail on a $50,000 surety on December 4 and the conditions stated that he was not to go within 100 metres of the University of NSW’s Kensington or Cliffbrook campuses. On top of that, he was absolutely barred from approaching any witnesses or employees of the university’s IT department.However, he was found to have breached the conditions and will now remain in custody until his matter is heard again in February next year.Arsalan’s brother Usman Khawaja is currently playing for Australia in the Boxing Day Test against India, where the visitors have an upper hand.Arsalan, 39, was arrested in early December after being pulled over while driving in western Sydney, according to a spokesperson for New South Wales state police.Arsalan was questioned over an attempt to pervert justice and forgery by making a false document. Over rivalry with Nizamdeen due to a common love interest, Arsalan is alleged to have set up a fake plot to get his colleague arrested.advertisementThe police operation stemmed from the discovery in an office at the University of New South Wales of a laptop which contained an alleged hit-list naming former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and his deputy Julie Bishop.The device also reportedly contained blueprints for attacks on train stations and landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House.Also Read | Usman Khawaja’s brother arrested by counter-terrorism police over fake terror plotAlso See:last_img read more

Galaxy Watch Active, Galaxy Buds, Galaxy Fit listed on Samsung’s own app after update

first_imgAhead of the Unpacked event on February 20, Samsung seems to have unwittingly confirmed the launch of the Galaxy Watch Active smartwatch, Galaxy Buds truly wireless earbuds and Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e fitness bands. The wearables have been listed on Samsung’s official Galaxy Wearable app for Android. The product names and images have been put up, pretty much confirming their designs.The wearables have been listed after a new update to the Galaxy Wearable app for Android, and was first spotted by Twitter account SamCentralTech. The Galaxy Watch Active has the same image that has been seen in leaked renders recently. According to the app, the Galaxy Watch Active will come in a 40mm case and at least two colours. The image once again confirms that Galaxy Watch Active will come without Samsung’s trademark rotating bezel.The Galaxy Watch Active is said to run on Samsung’s new One UI. The new software is expected to bring a Dark Mode that will darken the background for watch faces, which will help conserve battery life. The smartwatch is tipped to come with an Exynos 9110 chip with 768MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage. It may also get a smaller battery at 230mAh compared to the 300mAh battery inside the Gear Sport. Next up, we see the Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e fitness bands listed. This is the first time we are getting a look at the fitness band, and it seems pretty traditional with a rubber strap and a possible AMOLED display. It is still unclear how the Galaxy Fit and Fit e differ from each other, but it might have something to do with some additional health related features for one of them.advertisement Lastly, we have the Galaxy Buds, which has been talked about in recent days with rumours saying that Samsung will bundle the wireless earbuds with the Galaxy S10 for preorders. The image keeps in line with past renders and leaked official images. The tiny earbuds will come in a charging case that can wirelessly charge by placing it on the back of the Galaxy S10 since the flagship smartphone will support reverse wireless charging. The Galaxy Buds are said to come with 58mAh batteries, while the case will hold a 252mAh capacity.With these wearables showing up on the Galaxy Wearable app, it is pretty much a surety now that Samsung will announce them at its Unpacked event on February 20. The event will also see the launch of the Galaxy S10, S10e and S10+ and possibly the foldable smartphone as well.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy Watch Active, Galaxy Buds images show off design, expected specs detailedALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy S10 full specs leak out revealing everything ahead of February 20 launchlast_img read more

MS Dhoni slams Chennai pitch again: Don’t want to play on wickets like these

first_imgChennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni on Tuesday expressed his disappointment at the pitch conditions in MA Chidambaram Stadium despite the defending champions winning all their four matches at home in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019.Chennai Super Kings clinched a comfortable seven-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders to seal the top spot of the eight-team IPL 2019 table. KKR struggled to get going on a sluggish pitch wherein batsmen were finding it difficult to put bat to ball. Andre Russell though managed to work his way to a half-century helping KKR go past the 100-run mark in the 20th over of the innings.In reply, Chennai Super Kings never even got to the fourth gear while batting but still managed to get home in 17.2 overs.Shedding light on how difficult it has been for batsmen in Chepauk this year, Dhoni said: “I don’t think we want to be playing on these tracks. It becomes too low scoring. It becomes slightly difficult for our batsmen as well. After losing (Dwayne) Bravo, it is slightly difficult for us to get the combination right.”We have been cribbing about the track but we have ended up winning the game.”Notably, Dhoni had slammed the pitch at the MA Chidambaram Stadium after the IPL 2019 opener wherein Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore were bowled out for just 70 runs. Even Kohli had expressed his disappointment at the rank turner that was on offer during the first match of the season.Chennai Super Kings spinners, including veterans Harbhajan Singh and Imran Tahir, have relished bowling on this wicket. The seasoned campaigners were at it again on Tuesday as they picked up four wickets between them, conceding just 36 runs in 8 overs.advertisementMeanwhile, young fast bowler Deepak Chahar won the Man of the Match award for his match-winning spell of 4 for 20. While Chahar had been completing his four-over quota inside the powerplay, unavailability of West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo due to an injury forced Chennai Super Kings to give the right-arm pacer overs at the death.Chahar responded well on Tuesday and even went on keep the big-hitting Andre Russell quiet in the 19th over of KKR’s innings.”I think I knew we are going to play a lot of games at Chennai. So, I worked on my slower ball and yorkers. I spend a lot of time in the dressing room with MS while playing Table Tennis and I have got to learn a lot from him. With Bravo injured, I have got opportunity to bowl at the death,” Chahar said.Also Read | Tahir, Harbhajan maturing like fine wine: Dhoni after CSK outclass KKR in ChennaiAlso See:last_img read more

Why focus only on Rishabh Pant? I feel bad for Ambati Rayudu: Gautam Gambhir

first_imgIndia skipper Virat Kohli and the selectors, led by M.S.K. Prasad, may have decided to back experience while picking the 15-member squad for the World Cup in England and Wales, but former India opener Gautam Gambhir feels they may have missed out on thinking out-of-the-box and bringing in a few unknown faces to take the opponents by surprise.Speaking to IANS, on the sidelines of the CricPlay media round table, Gambhir said it was for Prasad to show faith in the youngsters and back them.However, the 2011 World Cup winning opener also added that if the current selectors feel this is the best team, then others should support them.”I don’t know. It is ultimately about MSK because it is not about people who have experience. It is about what you think is right and that doesn’t come with experience, it comes with belief.”If your belief is strong enough, it doesn’t matter if you have played 100 Test matches or you haven’t played a single Test. It is your belief and confidence that matters more than anything else.”Whether they have picked bits and pieces players — that is what the selectors, the captain and the team management needs to decide.”Ultimately we want the Indian team to do well and try and win the World Cup. If they think this is the best 15 that can achieve that, we have to support them. I love thinking out-of-the-box and that is what I always did,” he said.Asked if it was unfair on Rishabh Pant as the selectors picked Dinesh Karthik over the youngster, Gambhir said that he was equally sad for Ambati Rayudu and that Pant still had age on his side, but Rayudu doesn’t.advertisement”Why speak about only one player? There is Ambati Rayudu who missed out as well. He is averaging 48 in ODIs, why focus only on Pant? I feel it is far more disheartening for someone like Rayudu because Pant has age on his side.”Rayudu doesn’t have age on his side and we should be talking about Rayudu because Pant is at least playing one format of the game,” he pointed.Commenting on the current squad, Gambhir said that this time the bowling unit looks better than the one which helped India win the World Cup in 2011.”We have the experience of Dhoni, who is playing his fourth World Cup. We also have Hardik Pandya who has an X-factor, but we have a better bowling attack this time than what we did in 2011.”We have Jasprit Bumrah who is at present the best white-ball bowler and that is why I think this bowling attack is far more better than the one in 2011. It is on the batsmen to now put the runs on the board.”This is a format where you have to be the real world champion to win the trophy because whoever wins will have beaten all the other teams in the world,” he said.Talking of backing players, Gambhir is often seen as the man behind the rise of pacer Navdeep Saini, but the former opener feels it is the bowler’s credit that he has constantly worked on his game.”You have to give credit to him. I backed a talented player. As a captain my job was to give opportunity to the talent. It was ultimately up to him as to where he wants to take that opportunity. He is working hard and clocking 150kmph. There is nobody in India who is clocking that pace and that is why I had picked him in my World Cup squad as I felt he could be the X-factor.”We had picked R. Ashwin in the 2011 World Cup because we thought he had the X-factor. He was an unknown commodity and he did wonders for us in the game against Australia. Not many people in world cricket is bowling at 150kmph at present and that is why I felt the unknown factor could have worked,” he explained.Commenting on his involvement with CricPlay, Gambhir said: “It is a great stress buster for me. Whatever you do, you are still a leader and you want to think as a leader and that takes your mind away from other things. I get to play against people across the country and I love that.”Business head Gaurav Sarin added: “We honestly believe if we touch you in a positive way, we can find a better way to make money than asking the users to pay to play. People aren’t playing this for money.”advertisementAlso Read | India have strong side for ICC 2019 World Cup: Shikhar DhawanAlso Read | Dinesh Karthik celebrated World Cup call-up with Rosogollaslast_img read more

IPL 2019: Umesh Yadav short on confidence, says Ashish Nehra

first_imgFormer India pacer Ashish Nehra feels not playing regularly for the national team has dented Umesh Yadav’s confidence and its impact can be seen in the ongoing IPL where he has conceded almost 10 runs per over in nine games.The 31-year-old fast bowler played his last Test for India against Australia in December while he dawned the national ODI jersey in October. He was also overlooked for the World Cup squad and even failed to make it in the list of standby players.”Umesh is short on confidence especially because of the way he has performed in the last 4-5 months. He hasn’t been playing for India. He is not a part of the World Cup, it’s not easy for any cricketer to take that. He is not even in the standby,” Nehra said after RCB’s 16-run loss to Delhi Capitals here on Sunday.”That definitely must be playing on his mind. He is someone who has always been good. He has plenty of skill and talent. He bowls really well with the new ball, last year that was the mantra of his success. He should look to make a comeback in the Indian team and he knows what he has to do for that,” Nehra added.Yadav has taken eight wickets for RCB in nine games, conceding 315 runs at an economy rate of 9.59.Talking about RCB’s loss, Nehra lamented that his fast bowling unit was not up to the mark. After restricting Delhi to 151 in 18 overs, the pace duo of Umesh and Navdeep Saini leaked 36 runs in last two overs helping Delhi set an above-par target of 187.advertisement”I don’t think it was a 188-run wicket. I feel we could have bowled much better. Compared to Bombay, Bengaluru it was an easier wicket to bowl on. Bowlers missed the trick especially the way Navdeep Saini and Umesh Yadav bowled the last over. 36 are too many runs. Anything more than 160 batting second on this wicket is tough,” Nehra said.Delhi Capitals spinner Amit Mishra, who bowled an excellent spell of 2/ 29, said the reason behind the team’s success this season lies in the middle order performing well.”Last year a lot of our players were injured especially our fast bowlers. This year we have a very good middle order, that was one place where we were lacking. We a good blend of experience and youth,” Mishra said.Delhi Capitals, earlier known as Delhi Daredevils has reached the playoffs after six years. The finished last in 2018.”The team atmosphere is very good. The players are bonding well with each other. We have kept everything simple. We have tried to commit fewer mistakes. “The spinner also credited coach Ricky Ponting and advisor Sourav Ganguly for the team’s success.”Dada and Ricky Ponting joining the squad has been huge for us. Both are aggressive but handle the team very calmly which is very important for the team,” he said.Also Read | Deepak and Rahul Chahar: Brothers separated by fate, united by one dreamAlso Read | IPL 2019: Unadkat credits Steve Smith’s backing for match-winning spell vs SRHAlso Seelast_img read more

I don’t care about records: Hardik Pandya after 34-ball 91 vs KKR

first_imgMumbai Indians were reeling at 58 for 4 in chase of a mammoth 233-run target against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens on Sunday. Andre Russell had demolished the MI bowling attack smashing a 40-ball 80 in a must-win Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019.Not a lot of cricketers have been able to overshadow Russell’s masterclass in IPL 2019 but in-form India all-rounder Hardik Pandya managed to do it with ease.Pandya gave Mumbai Indians dugout and their fans a glimmer of hope in their 233-run chase with some extraordinary ball-striking skills. Pandya smashed the fastest fifty of IPL 2019 (17 balls) and made 91 from just 34 balls before getting out in the 18th over in a bid to bring the asking rate down.Pandya was hitting sixes at will. To be precise, he had hit a six every four balls on Sunday and gave KKR a huge scare before perishing while trying to add another six to his tally.Panya was just 9 runs short of his maiden T20 century but the Mumbai Indians’ all-rounder said he didn’t play for records and has never cared about personal milestones.”I don’t care about records. I’m someone who will never play for records. For me, I don’t care about the numbers, I don’t care about my stats. It’s just that in short, the team should win. That’s the only focus I always have. It’s good to be honest but I will never play for records. I had no idea… In the end, for me, what matters is that the team should win. Today [Sunday] was not our day and I don’t count these records,” Hardik Pandya told Mumbai Indians.advertisement| #KungFuPandya is striking the ball cleanly and we’re all loving it #OneFamily #CricketMeriJaan #MumbaiIndians #KKRvMI @hardikpandya7 pic.twitter.com/RLbALGbF3zMumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 29, 2019Hardik added: “I knew I had to keep scoring runs and keep hitting sixes. To be honest, I didn’t have much of a plan. It was simple. Everyone knew what I had to do – just go and enjoy my game, keep hitting and make sure I don’t get out.”Hardik Pandya has been in fine form in IPL 2019. The India all-rounder missed out on most part of the limited-overs tours to Australia and New Zealand earlier this year due to an off-field controversy.On his comeback, Hardik has batted at a different level altogether. His IPL 2019 numbers 355 runs at close to a strike rate of 200 from 12 matches tell us a lot about his improved consistency.Want to continue good form at 2019 World Cup: HardikStressing he wants to carry forward the batting form to the 2019 World Cup, Hardik said he is keen on completing an IPL-World Cup double this year.”My confidence will obviously grow high. I really want to win this IPL. After that, I have the World Cup – which is my dream. I want to get the World Cup and I want to make sure I keep doing this, what I’m doing right now. Hopefully, we get the IPL trophy and the World Cup,” Hardik said.Also Read | Delhi Capitals star Rishabh Pant surpasses Kumar Sangakkara to set new IPL recordAlso Read | I try to make sure no back-biting in KKR camp, says Dinesh KarthikAlso See:last_img read more

Massimiliano Allegri to leave Juventus at end of season

first_imgJuventus coach Massimiliano Allegri is leaving after five seasons in which they dominated Serie A, the Italian club said on Friday.”Massimiliano Allegri will not be on the Juventus bench for the 2019-2020 season,” the club said in a statement, announcing a news conference for Saturday.His departure could open the way for the return of Antonio Conte, who left Juventus in 2014 to take charge of the Italian national side.The 51-year-old has won Serie A in each of his five seasons with the Turin club, helping them become the first side to win the Italian league eight times in a row.They also won the Coppa Italia in his first four seasons in charge and were Champions League runners-up in 2015 and 2017.However, this season was still seen as a disappointment as the signing of five-time World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo failed to prevent Juventus being knocked out of the Champions League in the quarter-finals by Ajax Amsterdam.Allegri, who spent much of his playing career as a midfielder in Serie B, said immediately after that defeat that he wanted to stay at the club.He had arrived at Juventus six months after being sacked by AC Milan, whom he had led to the Serie A title at the first attempt in 2011 after earning coaching plaudits at Cagliari.He was initially greeted with hostility at Juventus; supporters hurled eggs at his car as he arrived for his first training session. But he quickly won the fans over as the club continued their dominance of Serie A.advertisementHis final game in charge will be at Sampdoria on May 26.Also Read | Will give our 100 per cent: Sunil Chhetri on Igor Stimac’s appointmentlast_img read more

Champions League Final 2019: Klopp pokes fun at finals record as he aims for 7th time lucky

first_imgLiverpool coach Juergen Klopp is looking to put right a dismal personal record of six straight defeats in finals when his side take on Tottenham Hotspur in Saturday’s Champions League showdown but the German has dismissed suggestions he is unlucky.Klopp’s worrying trend in finals began when his Borussia Dortmund side lost an all-German Champions League final to Bayern Munich in 2013, while he lost the biggest game in club football last year when Real Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1.In between those disappointments he lost two German Cup finals with Dortmund, to Bayern and Wolfsburg, as well as a League Cup final to Manchester City in his first season with Liverpool and the Europa League showpiece to Sevilla.”Since 2012, apart from 2017, I was with my team in a final. Sometimes by luck, but in the last seven years I am a world record holder in winning semi-finals,” a smiling Klopp told a news conference.”There can be moments that are unlucky and lucky, but I cannot change that. I understand luck… if you work for it, then you get it from time to time.”If I was the reason for losing six finals in a row then everyone should worry! If not, we have a chance.”The affable Klopp poked more fun at his poor record in one-off matches by jokingly suggesting that UEFA directors proposing changes to the Champions League could consider awarding the trophy to semi-final winners.Klopp has a full squad at his disposal after he confirmed forward Roberto Firmino had fully recovered from a muscle injury which has kept him out of action since May 1.advertisementFortune certainly seemed to desert him last year against Madrid when his side lost talisman Mohamed Salah to injury and conceded two goals due to woeful errors from goalkeeper Loris Karius, but he believes his team are stronger this time around.Bolstered by a more reliable keeper in Brazilian Alisson and with the added power of midfielders Fabinho and Naby Keita, Liverpool picked up an astounding 97 points as they finished runners-up in the Premier League.They have also beaten European heavyweights such as Bayern, Paris St Germain, Napoli and Barcelona on their way to the final.”It was three strange goals which we don’t usually concede but we accepted it and we’ve learnt a lot since then, last year’s final was like a starting point for the next step,” he said.”We have become a completely different team, we had to develop our approach, our tactics and look at how to behave in different situations.”We still have fantastic football games, the boys made this step, that’s the reason for 97 points. They’ve been really consistent and tomorrow we should be consistent again.”Also Read | I wish to retire at Real Madrid: Sergio RamosAlso Read | Antonio Conte named new Inter Milan coachAlso Seelast_img read more

Dominic Thiem extends olive branch to Serena Williams with mixed doubles offer

first_imgAustria’s Dominic Thiem has extended an olive branch to Serena Williams after their media room misunderstanding at the French Open by offering to partner the American in mixed doubles at Wimbledon or the U.S. Open.Thiem, who finished runner-up at Roland Garros, was left fuming after being asked to make way for Williams at a post-match news conference following her third-round defeat in the first week of the tournament.Williams, who had just lost in straight sets to Sofia Kenin, was pushing organizers to give her a room right away and Thiem accused the American of showing bad personality and treating him like a junior.”Probably it was not Serena’s mistake,” he told reporters on Tuesday. “I find her achievements unbelievable, sensational. I would like to make amends with her in Wimbledon or the U.S. Open mixed doubles,” Thiem said.”In retrospect, it was funny that such an organizational mistake happened at a Grand Slam tournament. What I do not understand is that it blew up so much.”Thiem, a clay court specialist, said he wanted to improve his record at Wimbledon, where he has never reached the quarter-finals. He retired midway through his opening round match against Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis last year.Wimbledon is special, the 25-year-old added. I want to show myself better than last year. At that time I was slightly injured and had to give up in the first round. Now I see good chances to get relatively far.Also Read | French Open 2019: Dominic Thiem ends Novak Djokovic streak to reach finalAlso Read | French Open 2019: Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem to clinch 12th title at Roland GarrosAlso Seeadvertisementlast_img read more