By Bharat Sharma New Delhi, Nov 23 (PTI) Mandeep Singhs confidence is on a high after an enlightening A tour to Australia where he spoke at length on his batting with the legendary Rahul Dravid. “It was amazing that a technically solid player like him (Dravid) never told me to worry about my technique. For four to five days he was by my side in the nets. If a player like him tells me that your technique is good and you just have to go about your training as usual, it works wonders for your confidence. That is what happened with me,” Mandeep told PTI during an interaction. Mandeep was left frustrated in the recent ODIs against New Zealand as he could not get a game in the five-match series that India won 3-2. “It was a bit frustrating that I did not get the chance to play. I think if we would have won the series 3-0 and not 3-2, I would have got to play. They selected me as the third opener and now with Rohit injured, hopefully I will get a chance,” said Mandeep, who is a brand ambassador of sports goods giants Puma. Mandeep, on his part, is open to playing as per the teams needs having batted in different positions in domestic cricket and IPL. He, however, made his international debut as an opener when a second string India toured Zimbabwe in June. In between Zimbabwe and New Zealand series, Mandeep played for India A in Australia and it turned out to be a memorable experience for the 24-year-old. After four failures in a row, he bounced back to help his team win the Quadrangular series including Australia and South Africa. “It was a very different experience for me. First of all the grounds were very different, much bigger. You had to run for every run as boundaries were hard to come by. I have worked a lot on my fitness in the last two three years and there I felt that it was paying dividends,” he recalled. His morale was down after a string of failures but he overcame the self doubts with help from coach Rahul Dravid. The result was a 56 and match-winning 95 in the final against the home team. “Rahul sir said told me that me that footwork in Australia is very important because the ball swings and the bounce is on the higher side. He said you would get out if you are not sure about playing back or forward. He also attributes his improvement as a cricketer to improved fitness, which has become an important aspect of ones all round game than ever before. “Fitness and fielding has become really important if you have to make the national team. That is what I have realised during my limited time in the Indian dressing. Hopefully it would work in my favour going ahead,” he added. If not at his preferred opening slot, Mandeep could well find himself in the middle order against the Englishmen. It could be a three-way toss up between Mandeep, Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane as KL Rahuls partner. Rahul is also back in thick of things having recovered from a hamstring injury and is a certainty at the top of the order. PTI BS KHS KHSadvertisement
Eden Hazard says that he is finding it a ‘hard decision’ over whether to renew his Chelsea contract and has reiterated that moving to Real Madrid is something he has dreamed about.Chelsea are keen to secure Hazard on a new deal following a summer of interest from Madrid, but the Belgium international has so far been reluctant to renew a contract which has less than two years left to run on it.The 27-year-old has been central to Chelsea’s impressive form this season, with Maurizio Sarri’s side second in the Premier League on goal difference after eight games going into the international break. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Hazard is the Premier League’s top goalscorer with seven goals after his strike in Sunday’s 3-0 win at Southampton and he admits that his next decision could define his future.”Yes, that’s why I spoke after the World Cup and I said that I think it is time to change because I played a great World Cup,” Hazard told reporters at St Mary’s Stadium. “I am really in the game, I am playing good football at the moment. Real Madrid is the best club in the world. I don’t want to lie today.”It is my dream since I was a kid. I was dreaming about this club. We will see. I don’t want to talk about this every day. I don’t have time, but we will talk about my future soon. I think so. It is also when you have a dream and you want to make it happen.”It is like I have said a lot of times, if I leave I will be happy. I know if I stay, I will be happy. It is not like if I go I am happy and if I stay that I am unhappy.”Hazard’s close friend Thibaut Courtois has become a pariah among the Chelsea fanbase after a series of press conferences has left them frustrated.Chelsea fans now have a number of unflattering chants for their goalkeeper, who ran down his contract to force a £35 million summer move to Madrid, and Hazard says he is wary of tarnishing his reputation, like Courtois, should he leave Stamford Bridge.”I don’t want that,” he added. “I want what’s good for me, but I want what’s good for the club because the club has given me everything. I don’t want to say, ‘yes I am signing a new contract’, and then in the end I don’t end up signing. So, I will see.”In my head, sometimes in my head I wake up in the morning and think I want to go. Sometimes I think I want to stay. It is a hard decision. It is my future. I am 27 and I will turn 28 in January.”Chelsea regard Hazard as their most marketable player and a contract renewal could see their star man become a real club legend. He already ranks in the top 10 goalscorers of all time at the club, while he has won a host of honours already at Stamford Bridge.Hazard would land a new five-year deal in west London on around £300,000 a week upon a contract renewal but he is still unsure if there is any one thing Chelsea can do to finally close the deal.”I don’t know,” when asked what it would take to convince him to stay. “I am happy and I don’t need anything. It is not trophies. Of course, when you play, you want to win, but I just want to enjoy things on the pitch, like I am at the moment. Then, I am happy. “I could talk now. If they come to me, then I will talk. I don’t want to say that I am not talking (at all) with the club or the owner. I am talking a lot with them. So, we just need to find a good solution.”What is clear is that Chelsea are becoming reliant on Hazard, who has been involved in 12 goals in his last 11 appearances, scoring nine times and providing three assists.Hazard was asked whether he was fed up with questions about his future and contract situation but signed off in honest fashion.”No, this is part of journalism, you know,” he added. “It is better to talk about football but it is okay, no problem.”
Hyderabad, Apr 13 (PTI) Sunrisers Hyderabad captain David Warner praised Afghanistans teenage spin sensation Rashid Khan for delivering another impressive IPL performance at a venue known for sporting thick dew at night. The Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai is known for heavy dew, which makes the bowlers life even more difficult, and with Sunrisers Hyderabad defending a modest total of 158, Rashid conceded just 19 runs from his four overs and took the key wickets of Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma. “Its always a tough ground to defend, we knew there was going to be a bit of dew,” Warner told IPLT20.com. “Its tough circumstances (bowling) out here with the dew. That was something always in the back of my mind, whether (Rashid) was going to be able to handle that.” The 18-year-old reaped the reward for practising with a wet ball ahead of the match. “At training, credit to him, he put a ball in a bit of water and practiced on that. To come out here and bowl the way he did… what a fantastic bowler.” Last nights showing continued whats been an impressive beginning to Rashids IPL career. PTI AH AT ATK
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Even as India and South Africa battle for one spot in the semi-finals of the ICC Champions Trophy, Virat Kohli has empathised with his counterpart AB de Villiers, who is struggling score runs in England in the ongoing tournament. India and South Africa lock horns in a must-win game and winners will book their spot in the last four.De Villiers has endured a torrid time with the bat in two matches so far, making four against Sri Lanka and bagging the first golden duck of his career against Pakistan.”I actually empathise with him. I go through this a lot as well when you have set standards for yourself and then people get shocked. He’s by far the most committed cricketer I’ve seen. The reason for that (his failures) was trying to do something extra for his team..That’s the kind of character he’s been. I wouldn’t say I am shocked, I know AB quite well, I know the reason behind his mindset of playing like that. But at the same time you know that when he’s in the right frame of mind and it’s his day and his mood then it doesn’t matter what he’s done in the past. We’ll look to stop not only him but all their batsmen. They are a quality side,” Kohli said ahead of the South Africa clash.De Villiers, who is nursing a hamstring injury, will undergo a fitness test ahead of the team’s penultimate group clash against at The Oval on Sunday.advertisementThe 33-year-old sustained the injury during his South Africa’s 19-run defeat against Pakistan at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground on Wednesday.He was seen clutching his hamstring while fielding in the second innings of the match and subsequently had to walk off to get some treatment. However, he was back on the field, marshalling his resources, soon enough.Cricket South Africa (CSA) confirmed De Villiers would have to undergo a fitness test on Saturday to determine his availability for the India clash.In case De Villiers is ruled out of the match, Faf du Plessis will in all likelihood take over the reins. Farhaan Behardien could be called in to the XI to replace De Villiers.Group B which has defending champions India, South Africa, Pakistan and Sri Lanka is still wide open and any of the two teams could make it to the last-four.India’s star all-rounder Yuvraj Singh is nearing 300 ODI mark. He will be playing his 299th ODI on Sunday and ff India manage to beat South Africa then Yuvraj will have a chance to play his 300th ODI in England. Only four Indians — Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Mohammad Azharuddin and Sourav Ganguly — have achieved the milestone.”It will be magnificent achievement. Obviously you have to be super talented and super skilled to play those many games for your country. No one has ever doubted the ability he possesses to win games for his country. He has done it in big tournaments. I wish him all the best for tomorrow and many more games that he will play for India,” Kohli said.
World number one Andy Murray, who suffered a shocking exit at the Wimbledon at Wednesday after struggling with hip issues in the latter stages of his quarter-final loss against American Sam Querrey, has been urged to miss next month’s US Open, which starts August 28 if his damaged hip will stop him being a serious contender for that title.The world number one slumped to a 3-6, 6-4, 6-7 (4/7), 6-1, 6-1 defeat to Querrey in the contest that lasted for two hours and 41 minutes on the Centre Court on Wednesday. And his brother Jamie has claimed the world number one, who has now passed the age of 30, could play a more limited schedule in future. On Thursday, Murray saw a hip specialist to discuss treatment for his nagging hip injury.Former British number one Greg Rusedski has insisted that Murray doesn’t need to rush and all he needs is to go away and get himself healthy, even if that means missing the US Open.”He needs to go away and get himself healthy. Don’t rush it. Don’t start up until he’s ready – even if that means missing the US Open. Be healthy, be smart if you want to continue your career because for him, after everything he’s accomplished, he doesn’t want to be one of those guys who just turns up at Majors with no chance of winning them,” mirror.co.uk quoted Rusedski as saying.”He’s the world No.1. He doesn’t want to (just) take part in Majors – he wants to be winning them. So he needs to be sure he takes that time. Last year was a Herculean effort to get to world No.1. But you need rest and recuperation and his body just hasn’t had enough of it,” he added.advertisementIn 2013, Murray underwent surgery on his back to clear up a longstanding injury and was then out of the game for three months. And it is understood that he is reluctant to go under the knife again.”It is your brother – you don’t like to seeing him in pain obviously,” said Jamie Murray said.”You could tell he was not going to be able to get through the match. Even though it was sad to see him like that the last 45 minutes to an hour of the match, he did his best.”I am sure it is cumulative. It has been a huge build-up for him over the last seven to 10 years with his training that he done and the matches he has played, the conditions he has faced and what he has put his body through,” he added.Citing example of Swiss maestro Roger Federer, Jamie said Murray needs to manage his workload with the advancing age.”At some point he is going to have to manage his workload. Federer has done an amazing job of that,” said Jamie.”He didn’t play for like six months last year and came back in Australian playing amazing and then skipped the clay-court season. He is coming in fresh and looking forward to playing. He has got a great chance to win again. I am sure that guys, not just Andy, will probably look at that and learn from that,” he added.Asserting that age is only a number, former champion Boris Becker, however, added that Murray needs to look after his body.”I had my struggles with certain injuries, especially with my right ankle, and I am paying a heavy price today. He has got to think long-term, not worry about making the US Open – if he is moving there like he did at Wimbledon, then he won’t win it anyway,” said Becker.
New Delhi, Aug 13 (PTI) Two-wheeler market leader Hero MotoCorp plans to launch three new scooter models by next fiscal as part of strategy to enhance its leadership position as erstwhile partner Honda challenges its number one spot.The company plans to launch a new 125 cc scooter in the fourth quarter of the ongoing fiscal, while two more new models will hit the market in 2018-19, according to people in the know of the development.Besides, the company is working to enhance its product portfolio in the premium motorcycle segment, with plans to launch a completely new 200cc sports bike by the end of this fiscal.”Having maintained its leadership in motorcycles, Hero is now looking at further consolidating the pole position with an enhanced focus on premium bike segment and scooters,” said a source.When contacted for comments, a Hero MotoCorp spokesperson declined to comment on the product launch programmes of the company.”Our scooter volumes have been driven by our 360 degree go-to-market programmes along with introduction of new upgrades and refreshes earlier in the quarter,” the spokesperson said.Yet, in his message to the companys shareholders in the annual report for 2016-17, Hero MotoCorp CMD Pawan Munjal had said: “We have lined up half a dozen new products – across segments, including the premium and scooter categories – for launch in the next fiscal (FY18) to drive our growth.”Clearly, we are going to have enhanced focus on these two growing segments to make rapid inroads with new products and innovative customer engagement and communication”.advertisementThe three new upcoming models will further augment Heros existing portfolio of three scooters ? Maestro Edge and Duet (both 110cc) and the Pleasure (100cc).HMSI has five scooter models in the market at present. These are Activa 4G, Dio, Aviator, Activa i, CliQ, which are all 110 cc along with Activa 125. TVS has models such as Zest 110, ScootyPep Plus, Wego and Jupiter.Over six years since separating from Honda, Hero MotoCorp still continues to lead the domestic motorcycle market with over 50 per cent share.However, in the scooter segment, Hero MotoCorp has just over 12 per cent share. It is third in the segment behind HMSI (nearly 60 per cent share) and TVS Motor Co (over 15 per cent share).Recently, Honda had reiterated its intention to overtake erstwhile partner Hero MotoCorp and become the top two-wheeler manufacturer in India by 2020.In 2013 also, Honda had stated that it could overtake Hero by 2015 if the market slowdown continued but didnt achieve that goal.As per latest SIAM data, in the April-July period this fiscal, Hero MotoCorp sold 24,22,650 units of two-wheelers, while HMSI clocked 19,90,438 units in the domestic market.In the scooters segment Hero sold 2,77,159 units during the period, while HMSI had 13,17,610 units. Heros scooter sales were also lower than TVS Motor Co, which sold 3,38,723 units during April-July quarter.Total scooter sales stood at 22,17,499 units in the April-July period this fiscal.On the other hand, in the motorcycles segment, Hero sold 21,45,491 units as against HMSIs 6,72,828 units during the period. Total motorcycle sales in India during the April-July quarter stood at 41,03,644 units. PTI RKL BAL JM
New Delhi, Aug 21 (PTI) German luxury carmaker Mercedes- Benz today launched AMG GT R in India with prices starting at Rs 2.23 crore (ex-showroom).The company also introduced AMG GT Roadster at a starting price of Rs 2.19 crore.”Bringing the fastest cars from the fastest family in the world is proof of the increasing importance of India as a market and its potential for performance sports cars,” Mercedes-Benz India MD & CEO Roland Folger told reporters here.The company is confident that these two models will bring more customers and redefine the performance motoring segment altogether, he added.The 585 HP AMG GT R can race to 100 km per hour in just 3.6 seconds and can achieve a top speed of 318 km per hour.The GT Roadster pumps out 476 HP of power and can achieve a top speed of 302 km per hour.With these launches, Mercedes-Benz now has 12 AMG models in India.”We are confident that these two products will be well received by our elite Indian customers and reinforce AMGs reputation as the mist preferred performance brand in the country,” Folger said. PTI MSS MKJ
As Bangladesh prepare to take on Australia in the two-Test series beginning Sunday, all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan believes that his team are very much “unbeatable” at home.Australia have not won a series in the subcontinent since 2011 and were clean-swept in two of the three Test series’ since then. In the last series against India, the Steve Smith-led side had to face a 1-2 defeat in the four-Test series. (Australia’s sole warm-up match against Bangladesh cancelled due to rain)Australia has won all four Tests they have played against Bangladesh, but the teams haven’t met in the longest format of the game since 2006.Bangladesh have not played a single Test match against Australia since Ricky Ponting’s side toured the country in 2006, six years after they were granted Test status.”We knew that we have this ability, and we needed that belief, and we can only get this belief by winning matches,” the Guardian quoted Shakib as saying.”But there is no shortage of self-belief at this moment. Now we feel that we are very much unbeatable at home – doesn’t matter who we are playing against. So this is the belief that makes a team a very good team, and a winning team,” he added.Reuters PhotoIt should be noted that Bangladesh have not played a single Test against Australia during Shakib’s entire career, making this impending series all the more significant.”None of our team members in this squad played Tests against Australia, so it will be very exciting,” said the left-arm all-rounder.advertisementBangladesh, which had a disastrous run of 71 defeats in 72 internationals from 1999 to 2004, have transformed into a team capable of surprising their opponents and causing upsets.In the last one year, they have reached the Champions Trophy semi-finals, cemented their ODI ranking of seventh and defeated England at home in a Test and Sri Lanka away – where their 1-1 series draw bodes ill for Australia, who lost 0-3 in Sri Lanka in 2016.The second Test will start in Chittagong on September 4 and the Australians will depart from Bangladesh on September 9.
Australia’s Jeff Horn has given Conor McGregor little chance of beating Floyd Mayweather in Saturday’s super-fight and hopes the American will “annihilate” the mixed martial arts fighter for the sake of boxing.Horn, who became WBO welterweight champion by beating 38-year-old Manny Pacquiao in Brisbane last month, said McGregor would struggle to even land a punch on the undefeated American.Mayweather (49-0) has not fought in nearly two years but is a heavy favourite to surpass Rocky Marciano’s record in the Las Vegas bout, which purists have dismissed as an exhibition.”They say I’ve got no chance, but they say that every fight.” #ConorMcGregor @TheNotoriousMMA #MayweatherMcGregor pic.twitter.com/6Cb6GtzsCW- UFC (@ufc) August 21, 2017″I hope Mayweather annihilates him and I think he will,” Horn said in comments published by News Ltd media on Tuesday.”It will be dreadful for the sport of boxing if Mayweather, one of the greatest fighters of all time, gets rolled by a guy having his first fight but I can’t see McGregor doing too well even with all the hype.Wake up Floyd. It’s all over. pic.twitter.com/XfssL4HrjV- Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) August 21, 2017″Their fight is going to be under boxing rules and Mayweather will probably not even get hit.”If McGregor’s got any sense he’ll crash tackle Floyd at the opening bell and put a choke hold on him, get disqualified and then they’ll have a rematch and make even more money.”Reuters Photo Saturday’s fight is tipped to test the pay-per-view and revenue records set by the Mayweather-Pacquiao bout in 2015.advertisementMayweather’s defeat of the Filipino generated over $400 million from 4.6 million pay-per-views.After Horn’s own win over Pacquiao, the Australian immediately laid down a challenge to Mayweather, holding up a walking stick to bait the 40-year-old.Former schoolteacher Horn is set for a rematch against Pacquiao in Brisbane later in the year but said he would “love a crack” at Mayweather.”He could challenge me for the world welterweight title. And if McGregor wanted to fight me I’d take it right now. I wouldn’t be worried one bit,” said the 29-year-old.Horn added that he would fight Mayweather like Marcos Maidana, who pushed the American in two defeats in 2014.”A few years ago we saw Marcos Maidana from Argentina give Floyd the fight of his life but Maidana didn’t have the engine to sustain it for 12 rounds,” the Australian said.”I’d fight Mayweather like Maidana did but I’d do it for 12 rounds, not six.”
Rohit Sharma continued with his rich vein of form to hit a sublime century in the third one day international against Sri Lanka helping India take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series at Pallekele on Sunday.Rohit, who scored a 54 in the second ODI, reached the three-figure mark off 118 balls when he guided a length ball from Dushmantha Chameera to the third man for a single in the 35th over.Rohit hit 124 not out off 145 balls in a knock that was studded with 16 fours and a couple of sixes. This was also his first century on the Sri Lankan soil.Rohit was involved in an unbeaten 157-run stand for the fifth wicket with MS Dhoni, who joined him after India were reduced to 61/4 in 15.1 overs in reply to Sri Lanka’s 217/9.While Dhoni played a calm knock to steady the ship, Rohit attacked the bowlers at will as the duo nullified Akila Dananjaya’s threat.Dhoni also reached his 65th ODI half-century when he smashed Chameera for a four over backward point in a match that was interrupted by unruly crowd behaviour.The frustrated crowd started throwing bottles onto the ground forcing the umpires to stop the play. However, the play was resumed after a short delay as India easily completed the victory.
Jasprit Bumrah broke the backbone of the Sri Lankan batting line-up with a fiery display of accurate fast bowling, finishing the innings with career-best figures of 5/27. The Indian quick’s maiden five-wicket was the first time any in the blue of India scalped five wickets since Stuart Binny’s record 6/4 against Bangladesh in June 2014. (SCORECARD)Bumrah’s splendid bowling performance was an equally impressive feat, if not more, as India look to close out the series with a win, leading the five-match series 2-0.After such a superb bowling display from Bumrah, he as of now has 11 wickets in the series, which is the highest by any Indian bowler in Sri Lanka in the ongoing series.Maiden 5-wkt haul for @Jaspritbumrah93 and he leads the team’s way out! India need 218 runs to win the 3rd ODI #SLvIND pic.twitter.com/PvX8YE7B9J- BCCI (@BCCI) August 27, 2017This was also the fourth-best bowling figures by an Indian against Sri Lanka. with Ashish Nehra ‘s 6/59 coming in 2005, followed by Robin Singh’s 5/22 in 1997 and Javagal Srinath’s 5/24 in 1993, all preceding it on the list.He picked up the precious wickets of Niroshan Dickwella, Kushal Mendis, Lahiru Thirimanne, Akila Dananjaya and Milinda Siriwardana.Reuters Photo Here’s a look at Bumrah’s five wickets:Fifth – J. Bumrah to M. SiriwardanaBumrah has the last laugh! Maiden 5-fer for him as well! Once again Siriwardana tries to go after Bumrah, makes room to smash but misses. And, the ball sneaks through the rattle the woodwork. This is a timely wicket for India as Siriwardana had started to look dangerous. 11th wicket in the series for Jasprit and that’s the highest by any Indian bowler in Sri Lanka.advertisementFourth – J. Bumrah to A. DananjayaBack-to-back 4-fers for Jasprit Bumrah! He becomes the first Indian to secure back-to-back 4-fers in ODIs against Sri Lanka! Bowls a cutter around middle, Dananjaya gives it a big swing but misses and the ball crashes onto the stumps. The variation proved to be too good for the tailender. 10 wickets in the series and this is his personal best as well!Third – J. Bumrah to L. ThirimanneSoft dismissal! Fuller on middle and leg, Thirimanne looks to flick it over Jadhav at mid-wicket. Fails to get the required elevation and the ball flies straight to the Kedar, who takes it with ease in a reverse cup. Bumrah strikes again, completes yet another 3-fer! A good knock from Lahiru comes to an end. He was the one who was anchoring the innings and Sri Lanka will have to get their act back.Second – J. Bumrah to K. MendisA stunning catch from Rohit Sharma! Simply superb! Bumrah pitches it on a length around off. Mendis flirts with it, get an outside edge and it flies to the right of Sharma at second slip. The Indian opener leaps to his right and grabs it safely with both the hands. One of the best catches you must have seen in this tournament. Bumrah kept probing Mendis with this line and he completely deserved this wicket. Another failure for Kusal!First – J. Bumrah to N. DickwellaBumrah gets his man this time! Similar to the first delivery of this over, Jasprit darts it very full around leg. Once again Dickwella fails to dig it out and is rapped low on the pads. The Indians start appealing but this time the umpire stays put. Dhoni looks confident and urges Kohli to take the review, who obliges. The Hawk Eye shows it to be pitching in line and going on to hit the stumps. Second successful review in the over. Dickwella has to walk back and this is an early blow for the Islanders. SL 18/1 in 3.4 overs
Bhopal, Oct 13 (PTI) Automobile major Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd (M&M) today launched a new model of its sports utility vehicle KUV100.The updated version, KUV100 NXT, is packed with 40 new features, the company said.”The KUV100 NXT has created a new category within the SUV segment in the price range of Rs 4.5-7.5 lakh. We have managed to successfully launch the new model within 21 months (of launch of KUV100) after seeking feedback from various quarters,” the companys senior general manager, sales, Deepak Kapoor told reporters here.Available in five variants, the SUV comes with 40 new features, including hi-tech ones like touchscreen infotainment system with GPS navigation and new driver information system with voice alert, among others.The company has sold 60,000 units of KUV100 across the country, including 3,000 in Madhya Pradesh, since its launch in January 2016, Kapoor said.The car is available in eight colours and has both diesel and petrol options, he added.The company commands 41 per cent market share in the SUV segment in the state, Kapoor added. PTI MAS ADU RSY
Skipper Virat Kohli’s huge workload will come up for discussion while Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja are expected to make a comeback when the selectors announce the India squad for T20 and Test series against New Zealand and Sri Lanka respectively.India will play three T20 Internationals against New Zealand in New Delhi (November 1), Rajkot (November 4) and Thiruvananthapuram (November 7).The three-match Test series against Sri Lanka starts November 16.The Indian team has been playing non-stop since Champions Trophy in England and the team management has been using rotation policy to protect players from fatigue.However, one man who has been constantly playing across formats is Kohli.Taking into account that Kohli will be playing all three 50-over games, by the time the New Zealand ODI series finishes, the skipper would have played three Tests, 23 ODIs and three T20 Internationals (1 abandoned) since June.If Kohli is rested for the T20 series with Sri Lanka Tests in mind, then Rohit Sharma will lead the national team.In case Kohli plays the T20 series against New Zealand, it could be safely concluded that he would be rested during the limited overs leg of the Sri Lanka series before the team embarks on a tough tour of South Africa.Coming to the Test squad, spinners Ashwin and Jadeja will be back in the Test squad after being overlooked for three consecutive limited overs series against Sri Lanka, Australia and now New Zealand.While selectors initially maintained that Ashwin and Jadeja were rested but in the interim, Ashwin played as many as six first class matches which includes four in the County Championship for Worcestershire and two in Ranji for Tamil Nadu.advertisementJadeja in his only game for Saurashtra, made a statement with a double hundred and seven wickets in the game.Test specialists like Cheteshwar Pujara, Wriddhiman Saha will be back in the squad. Murali Vijay if fit, KL Rahul will also be back for the Test matches.Kuldeep Yadav is likely to become the third specialist spinner in the Test side.Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav are also set to make the longer version squad.Shami has been in good form for Bengal, having taken 10 wickets in two games and more importantly bowled more than 80 overs.However, there may be a few changes in the T20 squad keeping the rotation policy in mind.Ashish Nehra, who is expected to retire from international cricket after the first T20 International in Delhi on November 1, may be replaced by Jaydev Unadkat orBasil Thampi for the next two games.It remains to be seen if Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who has been a constant feature in the limited overs since Champions Trophy, gets some much needed rest.
By Amanpreet SinghNew Delhi, Nov 2 (PTI) The AITA has recognised the urgent need to tackle the serious issue of age fraud during the National tennis championships but anticipating litigation, it has expressed helplessness to address the menace and is seeking guidelines from the government.The recent hard courts national championship at DLTA was rocked by allegations that several over-aged players were competing in various age groups, denying a level-playing field to genuine kids.The aggrieved parents had signed a petition during the championship and demanded appropriate action from the National Federation.Acknowledging the concerns, the All India Tennis Association (AITA) discussed the matter at its recent Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Kolkata.”We dont know what to do if we make someone (suspects) undergo the medical tests to establish the real age and it is challenged in the court and the court sets aside the findings. What will we do then?,” said AITA Secretary General Hironmoy Chatterjee said, explaining the predicament.”Thats why we will ask the ministry to provide the guidelines.”An AITA Executive Committee member informed that a committee has been formed which will soon start looking into the complaints.The National Sports Code (2011) has made provisions to tackle the issue and approved the guidelines, circulated via a letter by the then joint secretary Injeti Srinivas on November 25, 2009.The guidelines stipulated that the Federation should resort to medical examination of an athlete whenever doubt arises with regard to the age of an athlete on account of his or her physical appearance, receipt of any complaint or any other valid ground, which should be duly communicated to the athlete.advertisementIt further stated that the Federation should ensure that the medical tests include physical examination, dental examination and radiological examination at a credible hospital, preferably a government.If an athlete contest the findings of the medical test in question, it would be incumbent upon the Federation to arrange for a re-examination, preferably at a reputed government hospital.In the event of a conclusive proof that an athlete has committed an age fraud, he or she should be banned from participating in any sporting event for a period of two years on the first detection and for five years on any subsequent detection.The guidelines also stipulated that Federation should conduct random verifications at regular intervals.The Code is though silent on what should be done if the findings are challenged in the court and if the findings are set aside by the judiciary. PTI AT CM CM
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TweetPinShare0 Shares UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Playing the reeling Arizona Coyotes, the New York Islanders weren’t at their best for the first 40 minutes.But they rebounded for the final 20 as they scored four unanswered goals and earned another home win.Matt Martin and Johnny Boychuk scored less than a minute apart early in the third to break a tie and the Islanders went on to rout the Coyotes 5-1 on Feb. 24.Martin snapped a 1-1 tie before Boychuk added his seventh at 4:15. The win kept the Islanders atop the Metropolitan Division by two points over the rival Rangers and sent the Coyotes to their seventh straight defeat.“We knew we needed to be better and we went out and played a strong third,” said Martin, who tied his career high with this eighth goal of the season. “We want to play up to our capability and we did.”Kael Mouillierat — his first goal in the NHL — and Brock Nelson also scored in the third. Mouillierat’s goal came at 7:16 while Nelson’s was at 9:10. Colin McDonald assisted on both.“There are times in the minors when you think it’s never going to happen so when it does happen, it’s a pretty unbelievable feeling,” said the 27-year-old Mouillierat who was playing his third game and also assisted on Martin’s goal.Backup Chad Johnson made 27 saves in his fourth start in the past 11 games to improve to 8-7-1.“We stayed focused and tight as a group and it paid off,” Johnson said. “It all starts in the room for us as it has all year. We know what it takes to be successful.”The Islanders played the type of third period that has them in first place as Monday’s trade deadline approaches.They skated hard and wore down the tired Coyotes and goaltender Mike Smith, outshooting Arizona 14-8 and scoring four times. The victory was a rebound for the Islanders after a Feb. 22 4-0 loss to Vancouver.“We had 1-1 game in the third period on the road and we just self-destructed,” Smith said. “It’s about giving ourselves a chance and again, we didn’t get it done. Simple plays have got to be made.”Anders Lee opened the scoring with his 20th goal 37 seconds into the second before Arizona’s Marc Arcobello tied the game at 15:52 of the second.It was the 12th goal of the season for Arcobello. He was acquired by Arizona on waivers from Pittsburgh on Feb. 11. He has four goals for the Coyotes.The teams played a bland first with the Islanders failing to take advantage of Arizona playing the night before at Newark, New Jersey, where the Coyotes lost 3-0 to the Devils.There was more energy in the second as the Coyotes had a 14-13 shots advantage and the teams traded goals.Islanders coach Jack Capuano started shifting line combinations midway through the first period and kept the trend going throughout the second and third.The Islanders have won 19 of their past 25 home games and have outshot their opponents in 29 of the past 33 games.They will finish a busy month of 10 home games with back-to-back games at Nassau Coliseum on Feb. 27 against Calgary and Feb. 28 against Carolina.New York is 22-8 at home this season and it has reached the 40-win mark for the first time since 2006-07.Earlier Feb. 24, the Islanders announced the signing of defenseman Nick Leddy to a seven-year contract extension worth a reported $38.5 million.Leddy was acquired from Chicago on Oct. 4 — the same day they snared his defense partner Johnny Boychuk from Boston. Leddy, 23, would have been a restricted free agent this summer. He won a Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in 2013.“He’s a great young defenseman with a lot of upside,” Capuano said. “It speaks volumes that he wants to be here. It’s gratifying.”Arizona will visit the Rangers on Feb. 26 before completing its trip at Boston on Feb. 28.(ALLAN KREDA)
LONDON (AP) — The search to find missing Argentine soccer player Emiliano Sala and his pilot resumed Wednesday with authorities in the Channel Islands looking at whether the pair may have landed safely and been unable to make contact.The Piper PA-46 plane disappeared from radar on Monday night near the island of Guernsey as it was flying from the French city of Nantes to Cardiff, where Sala was due to start playing for the city’s Premier League club.Two planes were part of the search, which is focused on a “targeted area we believe has the highest likelihood of finding anything, based on review of the tides and weather,” Guernsey harbor master Capt. David Barker said.Authorities said Tuesday they did not expect to find any survivors, but the latest search is focused on possibly finding a life raft.Barker wrote on Facebook that the search was continuing based on the hope that the pair is safe but hasn’t been able to make contact with anyone.Among the possibilities Barker offered were that they landed safely on the ground somewhere, were picked up by a passing ship after landing on water, were in a life raft from the plane or were floating at sea because the plane “broke up on contact with the water.”Cardiff said Saturday it had signed Sala from French club Nantes for a club record fee reported to be 15 million pounds ($19 million).___By ROB HARRIS , AP Global Soccer WriterCORRECTS NAME OF PARTNER – Horacio Sala, father of Argentine soccer player Emiliano Sala, holds hands with his partner Liliana Ponce outside their home in Progreso, Argentina, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. The French civil aviation authority says the 28-year-old Argentine striker was aboard a small passenger plane that went missing off the coast of the island of Guernsey on Monday. “I don’t know what to think. … The hours pass and I am just beginning to think the worst,” Sala told media gathered outside the family home. (AP Photo/Mauricio Garin)Residents of Nantes, western France, and FC Nantes soccer fans are gathered in the city center to pay tribute to FC Nantes soccer player Emiliano Sala of Argentina, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. The French civil aviation authority said Tuesday, Emiliano Sala was aboard a small passenger plane that went missing off the coast of the island of Guernsey. (AP Photo/David Vincent)Five year old Grace Elliott and father Chris lay a Southampton FC scarf on the statue of former Cardiff City soccer player Frederick Charles Keenor outside Cardiff City Football Club in Cardiff, Wales, Tuesday Jan. 22, 2019 after a plane with new signing Emiliano Sala on board went missing over the English Channel. The French civil aviation authority said Tuesday Jan. 22, 2019, Argentine soccer player Emiliano Sala was aboard a small passenger plane that went missing off the coast of the island of Guernsey. French and British maritime authorities are searching the English Channel for the plane. (Ben Birchall/PA via AP)TweetPinShare0 Shares
LOS ANGELES — Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Cristian Pavón propelled the LA Galaxy to three goals in just 16 stunning minutes. Carlos Vela and Latif Blessing snatched away the lead shortly after halftime.The latest chapter of the El Tráfico derby produced yet another thriller for Los Angeles soccer fans.It just couldn’t produce a winner, leaving the Galaxy’s supporters chanting “You can’t beat us!” deep into the night.Ibrahimovic scored two first-half goals before Vela tied it early in the second half, but the Galaxy remained unbeaten against rival Los Angeles FC with a 3-3 draw Sunday night.The latest chapter of the 17-month-old El Tráfico was played in another atmosphere of unusual passion and excitement in frequently laid-back Los Angeles. Although LAFC only came into existence last season, the teams have created an instant rivalry with their spirited supporters’ groups, premier individual talents and an immediate knack for playing thrilling games.MLS’ two biggest stars love this stage: Ibrahimovic has scored eight goals in just five games against LAFC, topping Vela’s seven goals against the Galaxy.“If they don’t beat us, they don’t beat us,” said Ibrahimovic, who celebrated both of his goals in front of the LAFC supporters’ section. “What can I say? I enjoy it when I play against them. I enjoy to play in this stadium.”Their supporting casts also get fired up by the rivalry. Blessing had extra motivation after his friends told him about the billboards put up around Banc of California Stadium this week showing Ibrahimovic knocking him down during his club’s last meeting with the LA Galaxy.“I was mad,” Blessing said. “It was so disrespectful. I felt sad. I felt like this game, I need to go all-out. I need to do my best.”And so the 5-foot-7 dynamo that has emerged as a steal from last year’s expansion draft produced the second two-goal game of his MLS career.Pavón scored his first MLS goal to put the Galaxy up 3-1 after just 16 minutes, but Blessing scored two first-half goals for LAFC before Vela connected for his MLS-leading 27th goal. Vela was unwillingly taken off shortly after his goal with a possible hamstring injury, but neither team could conjure a winning goal in the fifth edition of the El Tráfico derby.The Galaxy are 2-0-3 against MLS-leading LAFC, including a win and a draw this season.“You lead 3-1, I think we should hold the results, but then we were doing mistakes that killed ourselves,” Ibrahimovic said. “It wasn’t them. I mean, they punished us, but when they play their game, and we do mistakes, they punish us. At a higher level, the one that does the most mistakes is going to pay the most.”LAFC (19-3-5) is cruising toward MLS’ best regular-season record and the top seed in the playoffs. LAFC had won five straight games since its 3-2 loss last month to the Galaxy (13-11-3), who are fourth in the Western Conference after their first three-game unbeaten run since April.Although the regular-season series is over, these archrivals easily could meet in a playoff game in October, adding even more spice to an already sizzling rivalry.Ibrahimovic still craves the big stages on which he played for nearly two decades in Europe, and this rivalry already has the closest thing to it in MLS. Unsurprisingly, Zlatan has thrived on it since his Galaxy debut in March 2018, when he came on as a substitute and scored two electrifying goals during a three-goal comeback victory in these clubs’ inaugural meeting.Ibrahimovic had a hat trick against LAFC last month, overcoming two goals by Vela in a 3-2 Galaxy victory.And Ibrahimovic needed about 100 seconds to get on the board against LAFC this time. After he scored with a left-footed strike on a sublime pass from Pavón, the Swedish superstar celebrated with his arms outstretched defiantly in front of LAFC’s vociferous North End supporters. Blessing evened it with a rebound header 10 minutes later, but Ibrahimovic added his 22nd goal in 22 games and blew kisses to the LAFC fans.Pavón made it 3-1 less than a minute afterward with the rising Argentine star’s first goal for his new club, but LAFC rallied. Blessing slipped in to score again shortly before halftime, and Vela tied it with a superb piece of skill in the 53rd minute.Vela’s 27 goals are as many as FC Cincinnati’s entire roster has scored this season, but the LAFC captain apparently strained his hamstring moments before coach Bob Bradley pulled him in the 61st minute. Vela threw his captain’s armband on the ground in disappointment after he was replaced by Brian Rodríguez, a 19-year-old Uruguayan prospect making his MLS debut.Both teams played more cautiously in the final minutes. Ibrahimovic nearly got another hat trick in injury time, but his wicked turnaround shot from outside the box went just outside the post.___By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares