Dhoni no longer automatic choice, says MSK Prasad

first_imgM S Dhoni stepped down as limited-overs captain in January. File Photo   –  The Hindu M S Dhoni stepped down as limited-overs captain in January. File Photo   –  The Hindu Mahendra Singh Dhoni is no longer an automatic choice in one-day internationals and the former India captain needs to keep performing to be involved in the 2019 World Cup, chief selector MSK Prasad has said.The wicketkeeper-batsman announced his sudden and stunning retirement from test cricket midway through an Australia series in 2014, with the Boxing Day match in Melbourne being the last of his 90 appearances in the longer format. He has continued to compete in 50-over and Twenty20 internationals but questions are being asked in the local media if Dhoni, who will be 38 in 2019, will still be in the India side at the England and Wales-hosted tournament.“Whenever a player keeps ageing… I was just reading (Andre) Agassi’s book “Open”, his life actually started after 30 years,” Prasad told reporters in Pallekele on Monday as India completed a 3-0 test series sweep of Sri Lanka. “Till then he won two or three (grand slams). His actual life started after that. He lived with media pressure, ‘When are you going to retire?’ But he played till 36 and he won so many grand slams. So you never know. We don’t say it is an automatic this thing… but we will see. We are all stakeholders. We all want the Indian team to do well. If he is delivering, why not? If he is not, we will have to look at alternatives.”Dhoni, who stepped down as limited-overs captain in January, was once considered India’s best finisher and no target was deemed out of reach with the boundary-hitting right-hander at the crease. Although Dhoni remains supremely fit and his glove work is still of the highest quality, opinions are divided over whether age is catching up with his batting abilities.Prasad said the selection committee has had discussions about Dhoni but refused to answer when asked if he would also be occasionally rested as India worked towards their core group for the 2019 World Cup. “We will see, we will see. The legend that he is, we don’t want to make it… but yes we have a plan,” he said.India omitted 35-year-old batsman Yuvraj Singh from their squad for the upcoming limited-overs series in Sri Lanka but Prasad clarified it was part of their rotation policy ahead of the 2019 World Cup. MS Dhoni steps down as India’s limited overs captain COMMENT cricket SHARE SHARE EMAIL MS Dhoni: Master of his fate, Captain of his soul RELATED COMMENTS Although Dhoni remains supremely fit, opinions are divided over whether age is catching up with his batting abilities. × Published on SHARE August 15, 2017last_img read more

Del Potro sets up Federer US Open showdown

first_img COMMENT tennis SHARE Published on September 05, 2017 0 Juan Martin del Potro shrugged off sickness to save two match points and defeat Dominic Thiem in a five-set US Open epic on Monday to book a quarter-final showdown with five-time champion Roger Federer.Argentina 24th seed Del Potro claimed a heroic 1–6, 2–6, 6–1, 7–6 (7/1), 6–4 victory over the sixth-seeded Austrian on a rocking Grandstand court, describing it as night he would remember forever.Del Potro famously defeated Federer in the 2009 final for his only career Grand Slam title before his career was almost torpedoed by a succession of wrist surgeries.Federer, the third seed, eased into the last-eight with a 6–4, 6–2, 7–5 win over Philipp Kohlschreiber, taking his record over the German veteran to 12–0.Elsewhere, top seed Rafael Nadal claimed his 50th win at the US Open and will meet Russian teenager Andrey Rublev.In the women’s event, world number one Karolina Pliskova setup a quarter–final date against America’s CoCo Vandeweghe. Estonia’s world number 418 Kaia Kanepi also reached the quarter-finals, just the second qualifier to make the last eight.But the day belonged to Del Potro, who celebrated his win, which came off a Thiem double fault, by stretching out his arms, head facing the night sky, as his legion of fans, many dressed in the light blue colors of Argentina’s famed football and Pumas rugby teams, celebrated wildly.“Oh my God,” said Del Potro, who had been 2–5 down in the fourth set. “I was sick the last two days. I came here trying to play the best I can and then when I see this crowd cheering for me, I was trying to play better every game. I will always remember this,” he said.Federer’s ‘bum’ noteFederer has a 16–5 advantage over Del Potro but they have split their last six meetings.The 36 year-old Swiss maestro didn’t face a break point against Kohlschreiber with his biggest challenge having to take a medical time-out off court at the end of the second set. “I needed a rub on my back… or bottom and I didn’t want to do it in front of you guys,” he explained before he turned his attentions to Del Potro, he said, “It’s great to see him back on tour. He’s had a rough ride with wrist problems. He’s a good guy.”World number one and 2010 and 2013 champion Nadal, who could meet Federer for the first time in New York in the semi-finals, crushed Ukraine’s Alexander Dolgopolov 6–2, 6–4, 6–1.The 31–year–old Spaniard goes on to face Russian 19 year–old Rublev, who stunned Belgian ninth seed David Goffin 7–5, 7–6 (7/5), 6–3 to become the youngest quarter-finalist since Andy Roddick in 2001.“I played a solid match with not many mistakes,” said Nadal, the reigning French Open champion.Rublev, ranked 53, has won 13 of his last 17 matches after breaking the top 100 for the first time in June. “Rafa is a real champion. I will try to do my best—I have nothing to lose,” said Rublev.Meanwhile, the 32 year-old Kanepi, a former world number 15 whose career was almost ended by illness and a crippling injury, downed Russia’s Daria Kasatkina 6–4, 6–4. She will next face Madison Keys of the United States, who put out fourth seed Elina Svitolina 7–6 (7/2), 1–6, 6–4, ending the Ukrainian’s hopes of taking the world number one spot.It will be Kanepi’s sixth quarter-final at the majors and second in New York after also reaching the last eight in 2010. “It’s very tough to believe where I am now after all that has happened. I didn’t expect it,” said Kanepi, who is playing in the main draw of an event for the first time this year.Top seed Pliskova, the runner-up in 2016, needed just 46 minutes to sweep past American Jennifer Brady 6–1, 6–0 and make her third Slam quarter-final of the year. She will next face American 20th seed CoCo Vandeweghe, who made the last eight for the first time by beating Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic 6–4, 7–6 (7/2). SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTSlast_img read more

Friends Made Fun of Wushu, Parents Are Now Enquiring About It: World Champion Praveen Kumar

first_imgNew Delhi: Taking up a sport that was at first ridiculed by his friends, Praveen Kumar’s historic gold at the recent World Championship ended up bringing parents and kids closer to wushu.Going off to sleep every night “with thoughts of winning only the gold” has paid off handsomely, for the feat in Shanghai, China last week is as much a recognition for the sport as it for the Haryana athlete himself. “My parents were unaware of the sport and friends would make fun of the name wushu. I would show them the fight videos and they started finding it interesting. Fight dekhke bolte the ye to bahut accha game hai (after watching the fights, they found it interesting),” Praveen told Sports Authority of India (SAI).”I set up my mind then that I have to do well in the Asian and the World meets,” said the first Indian man to win a World Championship gold.Since winning the gold, Praveen said he has been flooded by calls with parents enquiring about the sport.”I am now getting a lot of calls from youngsters and parents where to start their training. Pramod Kataria, my senior, has opened his own academy in Haryana, while there are academies in Delhi as well,” he said.”My suggestion is start with a mixed regime with focus on punches and throws. As for me, my favourite technique is throwing with a single leg takedown as well as the right thigh kick,” he added.Serving in the Indian Army, Praveen achieved the feat in the 48kg sanda category, defeating Philippines’ Russel Diaz 2-1 in the final.”My Army coaches and mentors kept motivating me, telling me constantly ‘tu yeh kar sakta hai’ (you can do it).””Every night, as I lay in bed, even I thought that I can probably do it. I started working hard and during the camp two months back, I made up my mind, ‘agar medal laana hai toh gold leke hi aana hai’ (If I have to bring home a medal it has to be gold),” he added.The 2016 Asian Championship silver medallist was inspired to take up the Chinese martial art in 2011-12 after watching a state-level tournament at a university in Rohtak.Wushu sanda is a martial art which combines full-contact kickboxing, including close range punches and kicks, with wrestling, takedowns, throws, sweeps and kick catches.”It had kicks, punches, throws and that intrigued me. I approached Pramod Kataria, who was working in the CRPF then, to help me practice the sport,” Praveen recalled.The 22-year-old won a silver medal in the junior nationals in 2014 and followed it up by clinching the senior national title a year later.After settling for a silver at the Taiwan Asian Championships in 2016, Praveen missed the chance to qualify for the World Championships in 2017 Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. friendsparentsPraveen Kumarworld champion First Published: October 28, 2019, 7:03 PM ISTlast_img read more

Premier League: Soyuncu, Vardy Lift Leicester City Up to Third With Win at Crystal Palace

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Crystal PalaceEPLfootballjamie vardy First Published: November 3, 2019, 10:44 PM IST London: Leicester City moved up to third in the Premier League as the Foxes fine form continued with a hard-fought 2-0 win at Crystal Palace thanks to second half goals from Caglar Soyuncu and Jamie Vardy.Brendan Rodgers’s men smashed Southampton 9-0 last Friday, but were made to work much harder for all three points by a resilient Palace. Soyuncu’s stooping header from James Maddison’s corner just before the hour mark made the breakthrough and Vardy’s hot streak continued when he finished off an excellent team move two minutes from time.Leicester edge ahead of Chelsea on goal difference and six points clear of fifth-placed Arsenal, who they host next weekend, in the battle for a top four finish.Vardy had the best opportunity of an uninspired first half when a wonderful Maddison pass freed the former England international in behind, but he could not force the ball beyond Vicente Guaita from a narrow angle.Set-pieces seemed the most likely source of a goal for either side early on and Jonny Evans headed the first warning shot from the visitors looping just over moments later.Securing the W in style. pic.twitter.com/xIliuUjhgn— Leicester City (@LCFC) November 3, 2019 Vardy was then inches away from latching onto a brilliant defence-splitting pass from Youri Tielemans, but it was the hosts who threatened first after the break.Cheikhou Kouyate’s cross picked out Jordan Ayew, but the Ghanaian could not make contact as the ball flashed across goal.At the other end Evans threatened again when he met a Maddison corner with a towering header that Guaita turned over the bar.However, from the resulting corner, Leicester made the breakthrough when Soyuncu stooped to head home.Palace have scored just four goals in their first six home games of the season and their lack of a goal threat was clear as they probed for an equaliser without ever forcing Kasper Schmeichel into a serious save.Leicester then produced one of the few real moments of quality in the game to seal all three points when Vardy played a one-two with substitute Demarai Gray before drilling into the bottom corner with his left foot. last_img read more

Davis Cup: AITA Stays Firm as ITF Seeks India’s View after Pakistan Appeal Against Change of Venue

first_img aitadavis cupIndiaITF First Published: November 11, 2019, 10:09 PM IST New Delhi: The national tennis federation on Monday maintained that security concerns remain in Pakistan after the world governing body ITF sought a fresh response from India following Pakistan’s appeal against shifting of the Davis Cup tie to a neutral venue.The cloud of uncertainty continued to hover over the venue for the November 29-30 tie, which was shifted out of Islamabad by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) on security grounds. The ITF had taken the decision on November 4, paying heed to All India Tennis Federation’s repeated requests for a neutral venue, which prompted the Pakistan Tennis Federation to challenge the move. In response, the ITF reached out to AITA on Monday.An independent tribunal of the ITF will now deliberate upon the appeal and make a final decision by November 18.”The ITF has sought our response on Pakistan’s appeal. Our stand has not changed. We still feel that security concerns remain in Pakistan for our players and neutral venue is a better option. We will convey this to the ITF on Tuesday. ITF will let us know a final decision by November 18,” AITA secretary Hironmoy Chatterjee told PTI.The PTF believes that the peaceful opening of the Kartarpur corridor on Saturday is a clear indicator that it is safe to host the Indian tennis team in Islamabad despite diplomatic tensions between the two nations.PTF President Salim Saifullah Khan has said they will explore other options in case the ITF rejects their appeal.”We may tell the ITF that we’ll not nominate the neutral venue. We’ll request it to ask AITA to choose where its outfit wants to play,” Saifullah said.If the ITF decision comes on November 18, the AITA will face practical difficulties in making travel arrangements, including procuring visas, within four days.AITA would like to send its players at least five days before the tie to acclimatise to the conditions which means the selected ones must reach the venue by November 25.The development further delays the selection of the Indian squad since confusion remains as to who will play the tie.The top players who had refused to travel to Pakistan, made themselves available for selection after the tie was moved to a neutral venue.If the ITF takes the tie back to Islamabad, top players such as Ramkumar Ramanathan, Sumit Nagal, Sasi Mukund and Rohan Bopanna may again pull out.The second-string players who were ready to play in Pakistan still don’t know if they will be picked if the tie is played at a neutral venue.Bopanna, who had lashed out at AITA for removing Mahesh Bhupathi as captain without consulting the players, has confirmed his availability after some convincing from new captain Rohit Rajpal.”Rajpal has urged the players to put nation first, leaving behind the bitterness of the past. Bopanna has sent his availability by mail. He would not have any issue if he is paired with Paes, if the tie is played on neutral venue,” said an AITA source.”Sasi Mukund has also sent confirmatory mail to the federation,” added the source.Ramkumar and Nagal had earlier confirmed their availability for the tie, having pulled out of the matches initially due to security concerns in Pakistan. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Hockey: India falter at the final hurdle as the Aussies claim their 15th Champions…

first_imgBreda: Indian and Australia hockey players compete during their match at the Rabobank Men’s Hockey Champions Trophy Breda 2018, in Netherlands on Wednesday, June 27, 2018. (PTI Photo)(PTI6_27_2018_000268A)AdvertisementIndia lost 1-3 to Australia in a shootout in the summit clash of Champions Trophy hockey in Breda, the Netherlands. It was a highly competitive battle between the two finalists of last edition but once again Australia came out on top in the shoot-out to clinch their 15th Champions Trophy title. Australia took the lead in the 24th minute through a penalty corner by Blake Govers, but India hit an equalizer in the 42nd minute through a field strike by Vivek Sagar Prasad.Three minutes from the final hooter, Manpreet failed to get his stick to Sunil’s pass from close range as the match went into shoot-off, where Australia came out stronger.The Australian Goalkeeper produced a brilliant show in the shoot-off, denying Sardar Singh, Harmanpreet Singh and Lalit Upadhayay while Manpreet Singh was the only scorer for India.Australia, on the other hand, converted their first two efforts in the shoot-off through Aran Zalewski and Daniel Beale before Indian goalkeeper PR Sreejesh denied Matthew Swann and Tom Craig.But Jeremy Edwards converted the last try to hand Australia their record 15th Champions Trophy title.Advertisementlast_img read more

NBA: Houston Rockets waive R.J. Hunter

first_imgAdvertisementR.J. Hunter has penned a heartwarming Instagram post explaining his feelings after being waived — again — for the third time in his three years in the NBA.He was a first-round pick of the Boston Celtics in 2015 and expected to be a sharpshooter at the NBA level. He went on to play in 35 games for Boston his rookie season but was cut later.He was then signed but was eventually waived by the Chicago Bulls. And now, the Houston Rockets are moving on without him.Over the past two years, he’s appeared in eight NBA games, spending most of his time in the G-League. However, despite averaging just over 20 points per game for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the Rockets’ G-League affiliate, the organization apparently didn’t feel he was worth the investment.With a proper mindset and perhaps a change in approach to playing style, Hunter will be back in the NBA in no time. Advertisementlast_img read more

Cricket: India and Afghanistan teams with touching gestures to cheer up crying kid after…

first_imgOne of the reason I love this Afghanistan team👏🙏🙏👏#Afghanistan #INDvAFG #AsiaCup2018 pic.twitter.com/nLgg9Y8KgK— CricfreakZ (@cricfreakz) September 26, 2018 Koi na putt Rona Nahi hai final aapa jittange 😘 pic.twitter.com/fjI0DWeBoy— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) September 25, 2018 Advertisement(Photo Courtesy: News 18)India vs Afghanistan Asia Cup game last Tuesday was a match to remember. The Afghans who were clearly the underdogs played their hearts out in an enthralling game of cricket. They came so close in defending their target and finally managed to pull off a tie.India and Afghanistan teams with touching gestures to cheer up crying kid after matchBut the moment of the game came right after the match finished. Once the game ended in a dramatic tie, the cameras pointed towards a young kid, crying, as his father consoled him.The Son who had come to watch the match along with his father was pretty much clearly disappointed as his side, India, did not end up on the winning side. His reaction following the match had it’s presence felt on the social media.Apart from cricketing fans, who gave their support to the young kid, Afghanistan players took time off their busy schedule to meet the kid and console him. Indian pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar went a step further and called up the kid too cheer him up. Also several other cricketers such as Harbhajan Singh sent their support to the young fan.pic.twitter.com/DPRx8ju7yi— Kabali of Cricket (@KabaliOf) September 25, 2018 Advertisement @BhuviOfficial ‘s call 😊 Special moment for Arjan… Thank you Team India pic.twitter.com/Z5S6GgrrRQ— Amarpreet Singh (@itsamarpreet) September 26, 2018The young kid is also aspiring to become a cricketer for the country one day in the future. His father stated that he’ll surely finish a match for India in the future.He is currently training at MS Dhoni Cricket Academy in Dubai… Your wishes will come true one day… If not bowling, he will surely wrap up the match with a clean hit 😄 @msdhoni @pacific_club pic.twitter.com/p2frCYMBXP— Amarpreet Singh (@itsamarpreet) September 25, 2018Also Read:Asia Cup 2018 Final Preview: Bangladesh set to face favourites India for the crownlast_img read more

Rohit Sharma, Ashish Nehra star as India crush Bangladesh in Asia Cup opener

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Aryan Mahajan wins Arnold Table Tennis Challenge

first_imgAryan Mahajan from Jammu and Kashmir won the 2016 Arnold Table Tennis Challenge organised by Butterfly at the Voinovich Center, Ohio State Fairgrounds in Columbus, Ohio.Earlier, in the first quarterfinal, Zych Kuba was outclassed by Reuter William, whereas in the second quarterfinal played between Harris Zane and Godlewski Michal, the latter emerged winner and sailed into the semifinals.In the third quarterfinal, Slaback Steve crushed Soja Daniel, whereas in the fourth quarterfinal, Aryan thrashed Escape Glenn S and entered the semis.In the first semifinal, William defeated Godlewski Micheal. In the other semifinal clash, Aryan , thanks to some brilliant shots, routed Slaback Steve.In the one-sided title clash, Aryan smashed William.Tournament Director Ed Hogshead presented the title trophy to Aryan and runners-up trophy to Reuter William.Earlier, on January 31, the Indian teen from Jammu had won the under-16 Table Tennis Tournament at Ohio, organised by the Columbus Table Tennis club as part of celebrations for the Chinese New Year in Columbus.He defeated Joon Sung (3-2) after a series of very close games, portraying excellent gameplay with a strategic game-plan.He has actively been participating in other events including the Aurora Cup in Chicago (IL), where he also proved his mettle going on to the quarterfinals.He has been training extensively with Ohio’s top player and mentor Samson Dubina.last_img read more

SPORT-ALAM 2 LAST

first_imgOn the match against India at Kolkata, the former test On the match against India at Kolkata, the former test captain and coach said that everything went against the team. “On the day, the events also conspired against us,” wrote Intikhab. “For one, the weather didn?t help. On the same square where the Pakistan batsmen gave a command performance against Sri Lanka [the warm-up match] and Bangladesh, the weather suddenly turned from sultry and sunny to wet and unpredictable. Intermittent rain during the night prior to the game, followed by further downpours and overcast skies, meant that the pitch and outfield remained covered for more than 24 hours, changing its character from slow in pace to a spitefully turning and gripping one.” Alam added that Pakistan legend Imran Khan was only good enough to give a pep talk to the team and lacked the ability to understand the post-modern demands of the game. “To prop up the team?s morale, Shahid Afridi invited Imran Khan for a pep talk prior to the game. Imran for his part tried to lift the morale, advising the boys to stay positive till the last ball was bowled, and never allow the possibility of defeat enter their consciousness. It was a pretty decent one as far as pep talks go, but it was evident that Imran ? not unlike many outstanding exponents of the game from his time who have not stayed abreast with it ? was not too familiar with the demands and tactics employed in this condensed, post-modern format of the game.” He also criticised the non-aggressive field placing by Afridi: “I also felt if proper field placing was placed for Shoaib Malik in his initial over it may have given us a breakthrough; it was very surprising to see that in a low- scoring game there was no attacking field-placing. There was no slip; had he employed a slip cordon for Malik, we may have had Yuvraj as two chances from his blade went through.” PTI Cor AT ATadvertisementlast_img read more

SPORT-WT2O-WOM-BOARD

first_imgKolkata, Apr 3 (PTI) The scoreboard of the ICC Womens Kolkata, Apr 3 (PTI) The scoreboard of the ICC Womens World T20 final between the West Indies and Australia here today. Australia Women innings: A Healy?c & b Matthews4 E Villanic Taylor b Dottin52 M Lanning*lbw b Mohammed 52 E Perryb Dottin28 A Blackwellnot out3 E Osbornerun out (King/Dottin)0 J Jonassennot out0 Extras(B 4, LB 2, W 3)9 Total(5 wickets; 20 overs)148 Fall of wickets 1-15, 2-92, 3-134, 4-147, 5-147 Bowling:S Connell 2-0-15-0, H Matthews 2-0-13-1, S Taylor 3-0-26-0, D Dottin 4-0-33-2,A Fletcher 1-0-9-0, A Mohammed 4-0-19-1, S Quintyne4-0-27-0. MORE PTI BS BSlast_img read more

SPORT-AZLAN-LD IND 2 LAST

first_img(REOPENS FGN 18) (REOPENS FGN 18) India got off to a flying start with Manpreet picking up a short pass from Sunil on the left and shooting on target with a firm reverse drive in the fourth minute of play. Pakistan equalised within three minutes when they forced two successive penalty corners with captain Muhammad Irfan converting the second one with a low drag-flick to the right of Indian goalkeeper Akash Chikte. The Manpreet-Sunil combination produced the second Indian goal in the 10th minute when Sunil got a faith deflection into the net to Manpreets free-hit from 25 yards. Pakistan goalkeeper Imran Butt then brought off a fine save when he leapt to his left to palm away a rasping drag-flick by Rupinder from Indias first penalty former in the 18th minute of play. Rupinder was off the field, serving two minutes for a green card suspension, when Pakistan earned their third penalty corner, but Irfans rising drag-flick struck Manpreet on the knee and he had to limp off the pitch. Sunil boosted Indias lead to 3-1 when he pushed the ball into an open goal after receiving Nikkin Thimmaiahs square pass on an opening created by Kothajit Singhs push from the sideline in the 41st minute. Talwinder then picked up the ball from a defenders stick to shoot on target for an opportunistic goal in the 50th minute before Rupinders rasping drag-flick ended in the net from a penalty corner four minutes later. Manpreet later came back to earn India a penalty stroke, when he was tripped in the scoring zone, but Rupinder sent the flick straight into the goalkeepers pads. India will next play title holders New Zealand tomorrow. PTI Cor SSC PMadvertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgButtler admitted the Mumbai players were under pressure Buttler admitted the Mumbai players were under pressure at the start of the match against KKR. “We thought we were under pressure to perform tonight and they (KKR) scored a pretty big score. The fantastic opening partnership really laid the foundation to get there till the end, and it was a masterstroke to send in Mitchell McClenaghan. He got a few sixes away it really gave us some momentum,” he said acknowledging the New Zealand left-handers eight ball-20 studded with three sixes. Having received throwdowns from none other than the World Cup winning Australian captain Ricky Ponting the other day, Buttler said it really was an unreal feeling, something that played a key role in his impressive batting. “You pinch yourself that someone like Ponting is throwing balls to you. Its obviously one of the great things of IPL. To meet these guys, have a specific routine that I would like to go through before I bat is a key part. It builds my confidence. To have a guy like him doing that, passing on some information obviously makes you feel good and comfortable and is key to perform the next day.” Asked about the pitch, he said it was pretty similar to the one they had during the April 3 World T20 final where both English and Windies teams struggled with their batting. “Its a pretty similar pitch. It played pretty similar. Both sides in World T20 final did not bat as they should have and lost early wicket and its hard to score a good score from there. But both sides had two good opening partnerships which helped to a better total,” said the 25-year-old. “Ideally in T20, you want your top three to bat the majority of the balls. If you do that you generally get a good score, and pretty much there. Gambhir faced a lot of balls for them (KKR) and they scored a good total, and thats a pretty good template in T20.” PTI TAP PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

IPL 2016: Don’t write off Pune Supergiants so early, says Rajat Bhatia

first_imgThe new team Rising Pune Supergiants has not got off to a desired start in IPL 2016 and added to that are hit my injuries to key players but allrounder Rajat Bhatia feels the team can still stage a comeback.With Faf du Plessis, Kevin Pietersen, Mitchell Marsh and Steve Smith having been ruled out of the tournament due to injuries, Pune have managed only two wins from their eight games so far. (Full IPL 2016 coverage )Pune take on an in-form Delhi Daredevils in their next match and Bhatia said that it would be too early to write off his team at this stage of the tournament.”You never know. Some teams who are winning might lose and teams that are losing may win. You can’t judge any team at this stage of the tournament. In T20 cricket, it can change any time. It’s all about momentum,” Bhatia said.”We now have Usman Khawaja and George Bailey in the side, coming in as replacements. Hope it (combination) works now.”Bhatia, who has played Ranji cricket for Delhi, said no side can do much if the players get injured but it gives chance to other players to showcase their talent.”Injuries are unavoidable. We can only do our best. It’s a big squad and everybody gets opportunity. Let’s hope for the best,” he said.Asked if the team’s strategy would be moulded according to the new players coming in, Bhatia said it won’t make much of a difference.”There is no strategy. When you win people say, the strategy has worked. But it is about momentum.”advertisementBhatia also said that skipper MS Dhoni was still keeping a cool demeanour and that is remarkable.”Nobody knows what is going on in his mind. His thinking is completely different. He is unbelievable. Even when you are expecting that he will be angry, he does not get angry. That’s what I am learning from him. How to stay calm.”Since he has played a lot at the Feroz Kotla ground and is familiar with the conditions, will it help RPS in Wednesday’s game?”You can just share your views, which I am going to do. Wickets and associations keep changing in Delhi,” Bhatia said.(with PTI inputs)last_img read more

SPORT-FOOT-GERMAN 2 LAST

first_imgMinutes later, Hummels was substituted off to muted Minutes later, Hummels was substituted off to muted applause from the Dortmund fans.Bayern continued to push forward in vain, and two more Dortmund counter-attacks came to nothing in the final five minutes.Neither side could break the deadlock, and Guardiolas farewell was taken to extra-time.Ribery set up Lewandowski in the penalty area. The Polish striker was denied only by a brilliant challenge from Erik Durm.Dortmunds best chance came in the 103rd minute, Henrikh Mkhitaryan firing a shot across the face of goal. David Alaba also had a chance for Bayern, but neither side could score, and the final went to penalties.After Sven Bender and Sokratis failed to score for Dortmund, Douglas Costa fired home the winning penalty to give Guardiola the perfect happy ending. AFP AH AHlast_img read more

HTC 10 with Snapdragon 820, 4GB RAM launched in India at Rs 52,990

first_imgTaiwanese tech major HTC finally launched its flagship phone of the year, the HTC 10 in India on Thursday. The HTC 10 has been launched here at a price of Rs 52,990.Globally launched on April 12, the ’10’ is HTC’s answer to Samsung’s Galaxy S7 (and S7 Edge) and LG’s G5. The company said that the phone will be available for buying from June 5 and also  the first 500 customers will receive free Ice View case.To recall, HTC sparked a controversy earlier when it listed the Snapdragon 652/3GB RAM toting Lifestyle variant of the HTC 10 on its official website for India giving out the impression that it would bring the mid-level version of the phone here. Soon after the company had to make a clarification that it would indeed bring the original flagship to the country.The flagship HTC 10 phone boasts of a new metal design, better camera, improved performance and possibly better battery life over its predecessor phone, the One M9 (M9+), according to the company.The phone comes with a full-metal unibody with distinct chamfers. The front is carved out of Corning Gorilla Glass 4 and is pretty reminiscent of the HTC One A9, a phone that drew quite a controversy for resembling a certain iPhone . It comes with a fingerprint scanner and a USB Type-C port for charging and data syncing purposes.The HTC 10 has a 5.2-inch QuadHD super LCD 5 display with a 2560 x 1440-pixels resolution and is powered by Qualcomm’s latest and greatest Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB RAM and 32GB/64GB internal memory which is further expandable by up to 2TB via microSD card. The dualSIM phone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based Sense 7 UI and supports 4G LTE connectivity.advertisementIt further sports a 12-megapixel (UltraPixel) camera on the rear with f/1.8 aperture, laser autofocus, Optical Image Stabilisation and dualLED flash. There’s also a 5-megapixel camera on the front with f/1.8 aperture, autofocus, Optical Image Stabilisation and a screen flash.In addition the company also launched an all new mid-ranger Desire range starting at Rs 13,990. It also announced the One X9 dualSIM phone for India which will be available for buying from June 20 at Rs 25,990.last_img read more

Vijender Singh unsure of Rio participation despite new AIBA rule

first_imgIndia’s biggest pro-boxing star Vijender Singh is unlikely to feature at the Rio Olympics 2016 despite the international boxing association AIBA allowing professional boxers to compete at the Games. (Boxing body votes to let top pros fight at Rio Olympics)LANDMARK RULING The AIBA today approved a constitutional change that will now open the Olympic doors for professional boxers.AIBA boss Ching-Kuo Wu said the change of the constitution was approved with 95 percent in favour – 84 of 88 voting members – paving the way for professionals to fight for medals for the first time at the Olympics starting on 5th August.MIXED RESPONSE The boxing body’s decision has been met with a mixed response with some like Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis calling it “foolish” and “preposterous” while others like Amir Khan welcoming the step. (Rio Olympics: India to seek wildcard for MC Mary Kom)In India, AIBA’s decision brought the focus on Vijender, who turned professional last year. The 30-year-old, a former amateur world No.1 in middleweight, is enjoying an unbeaten run in his pro career and is scheduled to fight for the WBO Asia title belt on 16th July in New Delhi.NO TIME FOR VIJENDERHowever, the Beijing Games bronze medallist will not be seen in Rio as he is not left with any time or chance to make the cut.”I welcome AIBA’s decision of allowing professional boxers to compete in the Rio Olympics. I am yet to receive the formalities for this entire process. Since there is no federation in the country, I don’t know who will guide me for this entire thing. Right now I am concentrating on my 16 July title fight to be held in New Delhi,” Vijender told PTI.advertisementVijender’s measured response to the world body’s decision is not without ground given that the final Olympic qualifier for the Indians will be the AIBA World Qualifiers in Azerbaijan, starting 16th June.The team for that event has already been finalised and since Vijender was not a part of the trials held last month, he is not in the reckoning to make the cut.Vijender is already preparing for his next pro bout which leaves him with no time to pursue an Olympic berth at this stage.last_img read more