first_imgGoan were not disheartened and they counter-attacked to Goan were not disheartened and they counter-attacked to earn a penalty after Harmonjit Singh Kabra brought down Rafael Coelho inside the box and Joffre Gonzalez made no mistake as his left footer found the far corner of the net in the 21st minute. The visitors were once again in the lead in the 28th minute through Dudu Omagbemi who, after receiving a through pass from Daniel Lalhimpuia, cut past onrushing keeper Kattimani and slotted the ball into the empty net to have Chennaiyin FC leading 3-2 at half time. Goa brought in Tavora in place of Mandar Rao Desai after the break and they looked more enterprising in their attack as they kept rival keeper Karanjit Singh on his toes. After coming close on several occasion substitute Tavora equalised in the 68th minute. Rafael Coelho then put Goa in the lead for the first time when he was put through by Trinade Goncalves as he beat rival keeper Karanjit Singh to find the back of the net in the 76th minute. The visitors brought fresh pairs of legs by making a couple of changes and the move paid off as they equalised in the 88th minute after Goa defender Raju Gaikwad handled the ball inside the box off a throw-in by substitute John Riise who converted the penalty with a fierce shot. But Goa had the last laugh when they scored the winner in the injury stoppage time through Tavora who cut past a rival defender on the left and essayed a shot which beat keeper Karanjit all ends up. PTI MCS PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

Home pitches hide Virat Kohli’s weaknesses, says James Anderson

first_imgEngland fast bowler James Anderson took a dig at Virat Kohli, saying that the Indian captain’s technical flaws are not visible because of the helpful Indian tracks which lack pace and movement.Anderson dismissed Kohli four times during India’s Test series in England in 2014 but the batsman has already scored 640 runs in the ongoing  five-Test series at an average of 128. Kohli has been in prolific form in 2016, scoring heavily in all formats of the game. (The world will be at Virat Kohli’s feet in a few years’ time: Sourav Ganguly to India Today)However, England’s most prolific wicket-taker felt Kohli, who has scored three double hundreds in 2016, was not tested enough in home conditions.”I am not sure if Virat Kohli has changed. I just think any technical deficiencies he has got are not in play out here. The wickets just take that out of the equation. There is not that pace in the wicket to get the nicks, like we did against him in England – with a bit more movement,” said England’s highest ever wicket-taker in Test matches. (Virat Kohli joins Bradman, Ponting in elite list after third double hundred in 2016)”When that (pace and movement) is not there, Kohli is very much suited to playing in these conditions. He is a very good player of spin – and if you are not bang on the money and don’t take your chances, he will punish you,” he added.ENGLAND FAILED TO EXECUTE The veteran pacer admitted that they could not execute their plans against Jayant Yadav despite being aware that he is a very capable batsman.advertisement”We plan for every batsman – from 1 to 11. We have played three Tests now against Yadav, so it is no surprise – we knew he can bat very competently. We had plans for him. Sometimes they don’t come off; sometimes you don’t execute your plans well enough, as was the case today. I thought he played exceptionally well,” he said. (Kohli made batting a lot easier, says Jayant Yadav)Anderson said England will notlook to play for a draw on the final day but would rather try to score quickly to set the hosts a targetand keep alive the series.England, down 2-0 in the series, trail India by 49 runs with four second-innings wickets remaining at the close of the fourthday.On a turning Wankhede Stadium pitch, batting fourth will not be easy for the hosts, who made 631 in their first innings. (Virat Kohli gives Wankhede, that Tendulkar experience)England lost three wickets cheaply in their second innings before Joe Root andJonny Bairstow launched a counter-attack with brisk fifties to bringdown the deficit.”We are going to come here tomorrow and try to fight our way back into this game if we can. We are 50 runs behind. If we can bat with the positive intent we showed today, there’s no reason why we can’t get a hundred ahead of them and then try to put some pressure on them with the ball,” Anderson said.last_img read more

Virat Kohli calls Mumbai ‘home of cricket in India’, fans gratified

first_imgMumbai’s redemption with Virat Kohli is complete. Three seasons after they booed him for being a ‘I mean business’ opponent against Mumbai Indians in an IPL game at the Wankhede, fans are now going gaga over the Indian skipper for making them proud. (Virat Kohli 235, R Ashwin 12/167 give India historic series win over England)”We are proud to have a captain who is the best in the world. I will never forget the shots he played against England in this match,” said Nitin, a Test match regular in Mumbai.The local merchandise sellers could not thank Kohli enough for boosting their business. “Generally for a Test match we don’t sell much. But this time everyone wanted to buy a Virat Kohli t-shirt before going in for the match,” said one. (Beating England not as easy as it looked: Virat Kohli)We spotted a couple of English fans wearing Kohli jerseys and when asked if they had switched sides, one of them replied: “We are England fans but we are soaking in the atmosphere. You have the best batsman in the world. On a track England found difficult to survive on, he scored 235 without any trouble.”Kohli on his part, has done enough to win fans over from this part of the country by paying them the ultimate compliment.At the post-match presentation ceremony, Kohli said: “The way the crowd came out and supported us, it gave us the energy to push through the tough moments in what is the home of cricket in India.” (Virat Kohli one of the batting greats of our generation: Alastair Cook)advertisementKohli remembered how his team had let their supporters down in Mumbai twice before against England in 2006 and 2012. “I was telling Ashwin while taking the victory lap, this is the ground, where the last time we played England, that we lost our momentum and lost the series mentally,” he said.Close to capacity crowds came in to watch Kohli bat through the course of his eight-hour gem. By taking a victory lap around the ground acknowledging their support, Team India has more than made up for the losses in the past.And Virat Kohli with his batting artistry and heartfelt gratitude, has forged his own special bond with the city.last_img read more

Barca’s Supercopa roster draws Sevilla threat

first_imgSevilla have threatened to file a complaint should Barcelona attempt to pick more than three players from outside the European Union in Sunday’s Supercopa de Espana.The Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) announced ahead of the match that the two teams faced no nationality restrictions in compiling their squads, leaving Barca free to pick from their clutch of new South American recruits, Brazilian pair Arthur and Malcom and Chile’s Arturo Vidal having arrived at Camp Nou in the off-season.Sevilla had already been antagonised by the RFEF’s decision to stage the Supercopa, traditionally a two-legged, home-and-away tie, as a one-off match in Tangier.  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! And the Andalusian club posted a message on Twitter on Saturday raising their concerns about Barca’s potential line-up.”Sevilla FC is surprised by the RFEF’s statement 24 hours before the Super Cup,” the tweet read.”It has stated that as many non-EU players as desired can be registered, despite the fact that in their last notice for the 18/19 season, only three were due to be permitted, without exception.”The club’s legal department is studying the matter and should FC Barcelona submit a team with more than three non-EU players, it would present possible ground for the filing of a complaint on account of an improper line-up.”Sevilla’s objections may prove unfounded, though. Widespread reports in the Spanish media claim Brazilian Philippe Coutinho has gained a Portuguese passport through his wife, easing Ernesto Valverde’s selection constraints.This will be the 32nd edition of the Supercopa, with the previous season’s winners of La Liga facing off against the Copa del Rey champions.last_img read more

‘Pogba wants to compete for more trophies’ – Suarez

first_imgLuis Suarez has said that Manchester United’s Paul Pogba would be welcome at Barcelona as the midfielder continues to be linked with a move away from Old Trafford.Suarez has become the second Blaugrana player to state that the Frenchman would be greeted with open arms at Camp Nou following Gerard Pique’s similar statement .Pogba’s relationship with manager Jose Mourinho is said to be fractious, with the World Cup winner reportedly open to a move away from a Manchester side which has struggled in the early stages of the season. 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! As such, Suarez feels that a move to the Spanish champions would be a good fit should the 25-year-old make the switch at some point in the future.“Pogba is an elite player – he has won everything,” the Uruguayan told RAC1 . “He has a lot of quality and he is a key player for United.“I think he would like to be competing for more [silverware] than he is at the moment. He may not be a Barca player yet, but he would always be welcome.”Pogba’s France national team-mate Antoine Griezmann is another player who had been tipped to join Barca over the summer, but the attacker ultimately chose to stay with Atletico Madrid.Reports had suggested that Griezmann would have replaced Suarez at the head of Barca’s attack, but the 31-year-old does not feel that would have been the case.Suarez on Pogba GFX“It was a surprise [that he stayed at Atletico],” he went on. “But you have to respect his decision, which he made with his family. He earned everyone’s respect.“There was some people saying I would leave if he came in, but I don’t know where that came from. If he came, he would have been well received because he’s an excellent player.”Reports of being replaced by Griezmann may have been in part down to Suarez having come in for some criticism over his form in the past season, but he believes he still has a lot to offer.Suarez did admit, however, that he needs to pay more attention to his body if he is to prolong his time at the top of the game.“You begin to realise that you have to might have to rest in some of the more winnable games,” he said. “I want to play every minute but I have realised that you have to understand how to stay at your best for big games. You have to keep in shape, and when you feel fatigue you have to take a step back.“I will keep going for Barca for as long as my body allows it, though. It’s hard to know where I will go it if I will retire at Camp Nou.“Look at Xavi and [Andres] Iniesta, who came through at the club but couldn’t end their careers here, which is every player’s desire.”last_img read more

‘It was a penalty’ – Pochettino bemoans no-call

first_imgTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino felt his team merited a stoppage-time penalty in their 2-1 loss to Liverpool .Spurs were second best for long periods at Wembley as Georginio Wijnaldum and Roberto Firmino scored either side of half-time, but a goal from substitute Erik Lamela set up a grandstand finale.And they might have had the chance to snatch a point from the spot, only for referee Michael Oliver to remain unmoved when Sadio Mane clumsily challenged Son Heung-min. 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! “Of course, I think they were better. We competed, we were close and the last action was crazy because it was a penalty,” Pochettino told Sky Sports .”We should be talking in a different way, but Liverpool were better.”I am disappointed with the result. We need to keep working and improving. It’s only early in the season, we need to improve a lot.”Tottenham have now suffered back-to-back defeats, with Watford puncturing the early season optimism that followed a 3-0 win at Manchester United.Yet Pochettino insisted flaws were also on show at Old Trafford and believes the heavy workload a number of his first-team stars undertook during the World Cup have taken a toll.5 – All five of Tottenham’s goals conceded in the Premier League this season have been headers. Hindrance. #TOTLIV — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 15, 2018 “It is easy to criticise the performance because we lost the game and conceded many chances, but the circumstances were the same when we beat Manchester United,” he said.”It is a lot to analyse and try to fix. I think we are far way in terms of performance.”It is early in the season. It is a moment to be calm and clear with the assessment, help the team to improve and be more consistent in our performance.”Pochettino added: “I am not a person who suffers too much. I try to find the solution. Don’t worry for me – we need to be worried for the real things. I am so good, I am so happy.”We started the season with good results, but we knew the circumstances and the reality after the World Cup were completely different.”I was relaxed and not worried and today I am relaxed and not worried. My faith in this group of players is 200 per cent, not 100 per cent.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Money in football indecent – Mbappe

first_imgParis Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe, one of the best paid players in the world, admits the amount of money involved at the highest level has become “indecent”.The 19-year-old became the second most expensive player in history when he completed a permanent transfer to PSG from Monaco this year for a reported fee of €180 million (£157m/$201m).His team-mate Neymar joined from Barcelona in 2017 for €222m (£198m/$249m) in a deal that shook the European game and led to four more deals worth more than €100m, including Mbappe’s taking place over the next 12 months. 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! Reports based on documents from whistleblowing platform Football Leaks this month claimed Mbappe asked for a five-year contract worth close to €55m after tax when he joined PSG, along with various performance-based incentives, which was turned down by the club.And Mbappe has conceded there are sums involved in the top tiers of the game that he could scarcely have imagined when he was growing up.”It’s truly indecent for me, who comes from a fairly modest family,” he told RTS.”It’s true that it’s indecent but the market is like that. The world of football works like that.”I’m not going to revolutionise football. I’m in a system. You have to know how to respect it and to stay in place.”A pleasure and an honor to welcome you in Paris. See you soon King  @Pele— Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) November 1, 2018In the wake of France’s World Cup success, L’Equipe reported that Mbappe had donated his entire fee from the tournament – an estimated €439,000 (£384,000/$494,000) – to Premiers de Cordee, a sports charity that works with disabled and hospitalised children.Mbappe has been compared to Brazil great Pele following a remarkable rise to stardom during the last three years, in which he has won four major trophies in France and become a world champion.However, the forward insists he is not trying to emulate anyone, saying: “I don’t want to be a copy of anyone else. Like the greats, you want to make your own story yourself, and not be a copy of another.”I think it’s only natural to have high self-esteem, even if in everyday life you need to have that humility that is a strength of the greats.”Despite his spectacular career at senior level to date, Mbappe says it is important to retain a childish sense of humour.”There is no bad time to laugh. I always joke, even five minutes before a game. It’s not bad to stay a little immature,” he added.”There is so much pressure in football that a little bit of ‘joie de vivre’, a little bit of fun doesn’t hurt in this environment.”last_img read more

Chelsea team news & likely line up

first_imgChelsea return to action on Saturday in the weekend’s showpiece Premier League match as the Blues face fierce rivals Tottenham at Wembley Stadium.Just one point separates the two London rivals in the league as they sit third and fourth respectively, with both aiming to keep pace with leaders Manchester City – themselves four points clear of Chelsea.Maurizio Sarri’s side are unbeaten in 18 games, while Mauricio Pochettino’s side are also in good form too, having won four in a row.Chelsea Injuries Chelsea can boast a fully fit squad with the entire group having trained on Thursday and Friday ahead of one of their toughest tests of the season. 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! Emerson Palmieri, N’Golo Kante, Willian and Olivier Giroud were the last to return from international duty on Thursday while injuries picked up by Ethan Ampadu and Mateo Kovacic on international duty appear not to be serious.Jorginho was also allowed to return early from international duty with Italy, after coming home tired last time around. Sarri confirmed the good news at his Friday press confernece at Cobham Training Ground.“No big problems. As usual after the national teams, there are some little problems,” Sarri said ahead of Spurs. “Some with little injuries, some a little bit tired. Fortunately, we don’t have big problems. Kovacic is doing better.”He had an ankle problem, but he is doing better yesterday in training with the team. And so I think that he will be able to play.”Saul Niguez Ethan Ampadu Spain Wales 2018Chelsea Suspensions Neither Chelsea nor Tottenham have any players out with suspensions ahead of Sunday’s clash, while there are no players in danger of bans should they pick up yellow cards.Chelsea Potential Starting Line-Up Chelsea will put out their strongest side against Spurs at Wembley, with Alvaro Morata earning himself back his starting spot before the international break as he competes with Giroud to start.Eden Hazard will start on the left wing with Willian and Pedro battling it out for the other spot. Mateo Kovacic and Ross Barkley will continue to try to establish themselves as the third midfielder alongside both Jorginho and Kante.The defence and goalkeeper is likely to remain unchanged from the 0-0 draw with Everton at Stamford Bridge, as the back five establish themselves as Sarri’s first choice for league matches.Chelsea XITottenham Team News Jan Vertonghen is back in training and eases a few selection issues for Pochettino ahead of Chelsea’s visit.Danny Rose and Kieran Trippier are both out with groin injuries. Mousa Dembélé has an ankle issue and Davinson Sanchez is out with a hamstring complaint. TV channel & kick-off time The match at Wembley kicks off at 17:30 GMT on Saturday and it will be shown on BT Sport in the UK.Best Opta Match Facts Tottenham have won three of their last seven Premier League games against Chelsea, as many as they’d won in their previous 49 top-flight games against the Blues (W3 D18 L28). Chelsea have won just two of their last 12 away games vs Tottenham in league competition (D5 L5), though they did win this exact fixture 2-1 last season. Tottenham are looking to win consecutive league games against Chelsea for the first time since August 1987. This will be the seventh meeting between Tottenham and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium – Chelsea have beaten Spurs four times, more than any club has beaten another at the ground. Tottenham’s Dele Alli has scored five goals in his last four games against Chelsea in all competitions.last_img read more

This is how much the LG G6 will cost in India

first_imgThe LG G6, which is scheduled to launch in India on April 24, will start at Rs 51,990 and will go on sale from April 29, according to Mumbai-based retailer Mahesh Telecom. The G6 will further be available alongside a barrage – four to be precise – of offers including a Rs 7,000 cash back on HDFC and SBI credit and debit card on both EMI and non-EMI transactions, the retailer wrote on Twitter.Should the price and availability be close to what the retailer has mentioned – which going by his track record, it should – the LG G6 will have a competitive edge over Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ phones. The Galaxy S8 starts at Rs 57,900 and will be available for buying from May 5.*Pre-Book the #LGG6 (?51990/-)*stock availability-29th April *Get 4 offers mentioned in the below image Mahesh Telecom (@MAHESHTELECOM) April 21, 2017The LG G6, to recall, was first announced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February. Successor to last year’s modular phone, the G5, the LG G6 comes with an unusual 18:9 Full Vision display — instead of a regular 16:9 — and a wide-angle 13-megapixel dual rear camera system.On the inside, the phone is powered by a 2.35GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor clubbed with Adreno 530 GPU and 4GB of RAM. It comes with 32/64GB of internal memory which is further expandable via a microSD card slot. It is further backed by a 3,300mAh battery with support for fast charging.The G6 comes with a dual camera system on the rear, consisting of two 13-megapixel sensors – – offering a 125-degree wide angle — with one working ‘specifically’ to offer the wider field of view. It also sports a 5-megapixel camera with a ‘wide’ 100-degree field of view on the front.advertisementAlso Read: LG G6 India launch set for April 24last_img read more

Rajasthan High Court directs RCA to hold elections

first_imgThe Rajasthan High Court today directed the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) to hold its elections this month. The court set aside the observer’s order which had called off the polls last month.As per the court order, elections are to take place within three weeks of the issue of notification. Mehmood Abdi, deputy president of the RCA, told India Today that elections will be held on May 29.The order may have come as a jolt for the Lalit Modi faction. Modi’s son, Ruchir, was planning to contest for the top post.It has been alleged that the Modi faction wanted the elections to be called off after it emerged that the opposing faction had the backing of senior Congress leader CP Joshi.Abdi said the elections will be held as per the Lodha Committee recommendations, a demand the Modi faction had been making for long.The High Court’s order came on the petition of Bhilwara District Association president Ramlal Sharma. Sharma, in his petition, had mentioned that RCA executive members and district associations were not taken into confidence before calling off the elections.last_img read more

Sachin Tendulkar conferred with Fellowship Award in UK

first_imgFrom H S RaoLondon, May 6 (PTI) Indias cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar plans to support charities and various initiatives to help the under-privileged people in the second innings of his life.Tendulkar, 44, made the remarks here while receiving the Fellowship Award at the 7th annual Asian Awards last night.He said playing for India for 24 years was a memorable journey and winning the world cup was icing on the cake.Now in the second chapter of his life he plans to support charities and various initiatives to help the under-privileged people. Providing solar lights to poor people in India was one of them, Tendulkar said.He called on the stage 8-year-old Hollywood star Sunny Pawar and said, “when I was his age, my dream was to play cricket for India.”Hollywood child actor Pawar earlier won the Rising Star award for his role in the film Lion.The ceremony, which celebrates excellence in the global Asian community, also paid tribute to Indian actor Om Puri.The award for outstanding achievement in Cinema was posthumously conferred on Om Puri who died earlier this year at the age of 66.Indias playback singer Adnan Sami won the award for Outstanding achievement in Music.”Other award recipients were Krishnan Guru-Murthy (Outstanding Achievement in Television), Ajay Banga (Business Leader of the Year), Masayoshi Son (Entrepreneur of the year), Nisha Dutt (Social Entrepreneur of the year), Dr Jack Preger (Philanthropist of the year), Ding Punhui (Outstanding achievement in sport), Demis Hassabis (Outstanding achievement in Science and Technology) and Sir Harpal Kumar (Outstanding contribution to the community). PTI HSR ZH AKJ ZHadvertisementlast_img read more

Former team director Ravi Shastri is Team India’s new coach: All you need to know about him

first_imgRavi Shastri has been appointed as the head coach of Indian National Cricket Team till 2019 World Cup. The post was lying vacant since Anil Kumble resigned from the position stating that his partnership with India captain Virat Kohli had become “untenable”; post Team India’s defeat against arch rival Pakistan during ICC Champions Trophy final.UPDATE: @RaviShastriOfc appointed as the Head Coach of the Indian Cricket Team till ICC World Cup 2019 BCCI (@BCCI) 11 July 2017It was only then that the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) invited applications for the vacant post.The BCCI also appointed Zaheer Khan as the bowling consultant and Rahul Dravid as the batting consultant for India’s overseas Test series.UPDATE: Mr. Rahul Dravid is appointed as the Batting Consultant for overseas Test tours BCCI (@BCCI) 11 July 2017UPDATE: @ImZaheer is appointed as the Bowling Consultant of the India Cricket Team till ICC World Cup 2019 BCCI (@BCCI) 11 July 2017Listed below are facts on the former India all-rounder and team directorRavi Shastri started his cricket carrier as a left arm spinner but later became an all-rounderIn the year 1981 he made his Test debut against New ZealandHe scored 3830 runs in 80 Test matches for India at an average of 35.79He has also taken 151 Test wickets, which makes him one of the most successful all-rounders to play for IndiaEven while playing one-dayers he tasted success. He played 150 matches for India and scored 3108 runs. He also took 129 wickets at an average of 36.04A knee injury forced him to cut short his cricketing career. At 30, Shastri played his last Test match for India against South Africa in 1992After retiring he became a well known commentatorHe became temporary coach of the Indian national cricket team in 2007 after Greg Chappell resigned from the post due to the team’s debacle in the World CupHe was appointed as the Director of the Indian cricket team in 2014. He remained in his position till the 2016 T20 World CupEarlier also he was in the race for the position of head coach but lost to Anil Kumble who became the Coach for team India.Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.advertisementTo get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

Sri Lanka transition grinds to halt at India roadblock

first_imgTwo years have passed since Sri Lanka bid farewell to the last of their batting greats yet the South Asian side appears no nearer to ending what has been a difficult period of transition. (Captain Upul Tharanga calls for patience before India ODI: Can Sri Lanka turn it around)When the brilliant Kumar Sangakkara followed the equally prolific Mahela Jayawardene into retirement in 2015, even the most optimistic Sri Lankan fans acknowledged the void they left was simply too big to be filled overnight.What they probably did not anticipate was that two years down the line, the team would still be hopelessly in the throes of a seemingly interminable era of regeneration.Once admired, even envied, for their steady supply of freak bowlers with bizarre actions and a near-invincible record at home, Sri Lanka’s recent humiliating 3-0 whitewash at the hands of India made for a particularly painful watch.Only Kusal Mendis and Dimuth Karunaratne offered fleeting glimpses of batting prowess but Sri Lanka were otherwise completely outclassed by the tourists in one of the most lop-sided series of recent times.Reuters Photo”Since I’ve been in this team, this is the worst series loss I’ve experienced,” Test skipper Dinesh Chandimal said after his team lost three matches in 11 days against their neighbours.The debacle followed their first ever one-day series loss to Zimbabwe in July, which prompted a frustrated Angelo Mathews to relinquish the captaincy of both the Test and one-day sides.Mathews appeared to have sparked a revival last year when they whitewashed Australia but the 3-0 home win proved little more than a false dawn.advertisementSri Lanka were subsequently thrashed in both Tests and one-dayers in South Africa, lost a home Test against Bangladesh and then failed to progress beyond the group stage at this year’s Champions Trophy.The India whitewash has led the country’s sports ministry to call for a report from Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to explain why the side performed so poorly, while former captain Aravinda de Silva believes the board lacks vision.”We are going through a rebuilding process but you can’t be saying that forever,” de Silva, hero of Sri Lanka’s 1996 World Cup triumph, told the Hindu newspaper last week.”Short-term process is good for a few months, one or two series, but not for the future.”So we need to seriously look at the team in the long-term and not keep chopping and changing,” said de Silva, who quit as head of the board’s cricket committee in May. (Ranatunga slams Sri Lankan board after India rout)STRING OF INJURIESHis former teammate and chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya pointed to a string of injuries as one reason for the side’s struggles and dismissed allegations of leading a trigger-happy panel.”Why should we change a squad of players if they are performing well and are injury free?” he told reporters. “Do you know how many players have been injured in the last 14 months?”Asela Gunaratne missed a majority of the series after fracturing his hand on the first day of the opening Test and paceman Nuwan Pradeep was sidelined after picking up a hamstring injury in the second Test.Reuters PhotoRangana Herath, who has helped Sri Lanka overcome the loss of retired spin great Muttiah Muralitharan, missed the final Test with a stiff back.Sri Lanka were twice subjected to being made to follow-on and a lack of balance was evident as they failed to stretch any of the three Tests to a full five days.Jayasuriya sought to explain the lack of competitiveness.”For instance, Mathews is not bowling after his hamstring injury,” the former captain said of the all-rounder.”He used to bowl at least 15 overs in a Test innings earlier but now plays purely as a batsman. So it’s very difficult to get the right balance when your key all-rounder is not bowling.”last_img read more

Guv & CM felicitates Manipur players of India U-17 team

first_imgImphal, Oct 16 (PTI) Manipur Governor Najma Heptulla and Chief Minister N Biren Singh today felicitated the eight players of the state who were part of Indias Under-17 FIFA World Cup team.During her interaction with the players and their parents, the governor expressed her happiness and said that she feels proud that in the U-17 team the team captain and seven other players were from the State.The eight players are – Amarjit Singh Kiyam, Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem, Boris Singh Thangjam, Jeakson Singh Thounaojam, Nongdamba Naorem, Suresh Singh Wangjam, Ningthoinganba Meitei and Md. Shah JahanIt is heartening to see that maximum number of players from a state like Manipur, which is known, as the powerhouse of sports.She congratulated the parents for supporting their children to play the game and expressed her desire that all the players continue to play not only for U-17 but also in the senior national team.Heptulla said every sporting activity is good as it keeps the mind and body healthy and helps in concentration. She said the entire State of Manipur is proud of the players.The chief minister handed over cheques of Rs 5 lakh each to all the eight players at the state secretariat.The cash rewards were earlier announced by the state government in recognition to the hard work, achievement and performance of the players. PTI COR RGlast_img read more

India has delivered a hugely successful U-17 World Cup: FIFA

first_imgFIFA on Thursday lauded India for delivering a hugely successful Under-17 World Cup, both in terms of quality of football as well as organisation, and said that the country seems capable of hosting bigger global tournaments in the future.Addressing a press conference, along with All India Football Federation President Praful Patel, FIFA Head of Competitions Jaime Yarza said the infrastructure provided for the first ever FIFA tournament was world-class and all the teams were happy with the organisation.”The figures speak of themselves, it is going to be the most attended U-17 World Cup. On the field, the matches were of high quality, played in high speed and technically also it was of high class. It has been a fantastic tournament and India has delivered it. It shows that India is a football nation in every sense,” Yarza said.”We want to commend all the six host venues for the successful hosting of the tournament. All the teams are happy and the coaches told us that training sites were of top level.”They did not expect such a good quality training pitches. All the teams are satisfied regarding accommodation, food and transportation,” he added.Asked if India can host bigger FIFA tournaments in future with the kind of infrastructure the country now has, the top FIFA official said, “All these stadia are not only of FIFA U-17 World Cup level but of (senior) FIFA World Cup level. In every aspect, India can host bigger FIFA events in future.”India should be proud of having these kind of infrastructure.”advertisementYarza said the FIFA U-17 world Cup has catapulted India to the global stage and it has shown that it’s a footballing country.”This tournament has touched so many hearts and souls like in the case of Mission XI Million Project which is a fantastic one. India is going to be a pioneer breaking new records for this approach. We will keep on working with AIFF, we will try to make this country into a football nation in many ways.”He said the Indian team had also not done badly despite crashing out of the group stage after losing all their three matches.”The Indian team had also played well, executing what the coach had asked them to. They played at high speed, they were not afraid of facing some very good teams and all the Indians should be proud of their performance. They should continue to develop and get support,” the FIFA official said.Patel, on his part, waxed eloquent on the success of the tournament and said the country should pick up from this U-17 World Cup to move ahead.”We have heard in the words of FIFA that it has been an astounding success in terms of organisation, infrastructure and conduct of the matches.”The FIFA President, in his message, has said that India has arrived in world football scene. I am sure India is ready for bigger FIFA events in future,” said Patel, who is also the chairman of the Local Organising Committee.He expressed satisfaction that the entire tournament had gone on without any hiccups and according to the schedule.”The six venues that hosted the tournament met the exact standards of FIFA. The FIFA is extremely satisfied with the facilities which is outstanding in every sense. This Salt Lake Stadium which is going to host the final match is the best in the country and I think it will also be the one of the good stadiums in the world.”Patel thanked FIFA for allotting this tournament and for its guidance throughout. He also said that this tournament would not have achieved this success but for the hard work by the LOC led by Chilean Javier Ceppi.Talking about the Indian team performance, he said, “Our boys have shown that they compete at the highest level. They played against very tough teams. But the results did not matter. The fighting spirit they showed and the way they organised themselves and executed what the coach wanted was exemplary.”Asked what will be the biggest legacy of this FIFA U-17 World Cup, he said, “A lot more corporates will come forward and invest in football. The infrastructure will keep on improving from here on. Besides the six venues we have used, there are at least six more venues which could have been used with minor modification.”He also said that India has made the bid for the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup and he will present the country’s case when he addresses the FIFA Council to be held here tomorrow.advertisement”This is going to the first FIFA Council Meeting to be held outside Zurich during an Under-17 World Cup. It’s a great moment for Indian football. I have been invited to address the FIFA Council as a host country federation chief which itself is a rare honour. I will present my case for allotting the 2019 U-20 World Cup to India during my address today,” said Patel who is not a member of the FIFA Council.LOC Tournament Director Javier Ceppi said that there were challenges initially but those were overcome by the sheer desire to deliver the first FIFA event in the country.”Like any other World Cup, there were challenges initially. But the amount of energy and the desire to succeed in the first ever FIFA event did the job and we were able to deliver the event. It has been a fantastic journey of three years,” he said.last_img read more

OnePlus 5T hands-on images leaked, could launch on November 16

first_imgReports that OnePlus will soon launch a successor to the OnePlus 5 with the OnePlus 5T have been steadily growing since the past few weeks. There have been teasers and leaked images that suggest that OnePlus will bring out its very first full-screen smartphone, and after popular tipster Evan Blass confirmed the same via a source, the OnePlus 5T is now closer to reality. Recently, the phone’s specs and price was listed online and now some leaked hands-on images give us another look at what the smartphone could look like.The images popped up on Chinese social media site Weibo that reveal the alleged OnePlus 5T’s front and back. Staying true to past rumours and leaked images, the latest hands-on shots show minimal bezels on the front. The smartphone is expected to sport a 6-inch (1080×2160) display with an aspect ratio of 18:9. Slimmer bezels also suggests that the OnePlus 5T will not have a home button, and the fingerprint sensor could be moved to the back, as is shown in the leaked images. The fingerprint sensor is shown to have a square shape to match the company’s logo.There have been reports that the OnePlus 5T will feature a design similar to the newly launched Oppo F5. Based on the images so far, that looks to be true as the OnePlus 5T shows a fingerprint sensor above the logo, antenna lines pushed to the edges, and a dual camera setup on the top left side, all of which will remind you of the Oppo F5.advertisementAlso Read: Oppo F5 with 6-inch bezel-less display, 20-megapixel selfie camera launchedApart from the leaked images, OnePlus founders Carl Pei and Pete Lau have been tweeting images that are suspected to have been shot on the upcoming OnePlus 5T. Pei this week also took a dig at a review of the OnePlus 5, saying that “review came in pretty late,” which suggests the company is ready to come out with the OnePlus 5T, unless we’re reading too much into it.Cool photo, must have come from a great camera ?? Carl Pei (@getpeid) October 25, 2017OnePlus 5T possible price and availabilityBased on a recent listing of the OnePlus 5T on Oppo Mart, the smartphone could come with a price tag of $549 (for 64GB), which roughly translates around Rs 35,500.  Meanwhile, the 128GB variant of the smartphone will cost around $649 (approx. Rs 42,000). The smartphone could be the company’s most expensive one yet. Considering the OnePlus 5 was launched in India starting at Rs 32,999 for the 6GB + 64GB variant, you can expect the OnePlus 5T to carry a price tag a few notches higher.Blass recently tweeted that the OnePlus 5T will be launched post November 20. However, a new screenshot of an Amazon promo shared by GizChina suggests that the phone could be unveiled at an event on November 16 and will be Amazon exclusive.OnePlus 5T features and specificationsIn terms of hardware, the OnePlus 5T will largely be similar to the OnePlus 5 and will follow this year’s high-end specifications. Here’s what we know so far:– The OnePlus 5T will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor.– The smartphone will likely be offered in variants, one with 6GB RAM and 64 internal storage and the other with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.– The dual rear camera setup could be bumped up to a pair of 20-megapixel sensors, based on a recent AnTuTu benchmark listing.– OnePlus could bump up the front camera to a 20-megapixel sensor as well, up from 16-megapixel on the OnePlus 5.– The OnePlus 5T is tipped to run on Oxygen OS based on Android Oreo. Much like the OnePlus 5, the upcoming smartphone will also sport a clean UI with stock Android.last_img read more

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Kolkata dance to samba tune before all-European final

first_imgStreets have been cordoned off, traffic diverted. A sea of yellow, red and white have fill the streets of Kolkata, all of them walking in the same direction. Kolkata is staying true to the love of football they are known for, never siezing to amaze.The final two matches of the FIFA U-17 World Cup is in town and the football crazy city thronged the Vivekandna Yuvabharti Krirangan.Spain and England are facing off for the crown while Brazil take on Mali in the third-place match. Kolkata has picked their favourite colour (read yellow) and the greatest show in India’s footballing history is all set to begin.Fodens and Brewsters are surely going to get a good support at the VYBK Stadium tonight #ENGvESP #FIFAU17WC Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 28, 2017″I bought the ticket the day Roberto Carlos unvieled the ticket a month back,” Tathagatha Das said standing in the line to get inside the stadium.He though belongs to a handful section of the crowd supporting England.Photo Credit: India Today The colour of Brazilian yellow and green is actually the one that is most visible inside and outside the stadium. Kolkata’s love for ‘o jogo bonito’ (the beautiful game) is well known and though Brazil will not be featuring in the final, their fans haven’t lost heart.”I am here for Brazil. They will win today, Mali is no match,” states young Shreya.”The final is the bonus match, I am here to see Brazil play,” says Sumit Ghosh, who naturally has worn his favourite Brazil jersey for the occasion.advertisementA city generally divided on the basis of Mohun Bagan and East Bengal, when football season comes around, has united to celebrate the beautiful game.Photo Credit: India Today Snehashish Das and Rahul Bera have been coming to the stadium all their lives but in different colours.  The ‘usually enemies’, who sit in opposite parts of the stadium, will be sitting together and cheering for the love of the game today.The Mariners are here too. Come, cheer for #IndianFootball and #FIFAU17WC Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 28, 2017last_img read more

When MS Dhoni asked Hardik Pandya to behave on his India debut

first_imgHardik Pandya revisited the words of Mahendra Singh Dhoni during his international debut in Australia, which has impacted and shaped up his short career and has showed him the way to be on a cricketing field.Pandya shared that Dhoni reprimanded him after he got over-excited upon getting his first international wicket. Pandya had got for 21 runs in his first international over and getting Chris Lynn out fired him to the extent of getting an ICC Code of Conduct warning on his debut.”It was nightmare, giving 21 runs in my first international over. First time in my life I was blank, I didn’t know what to do. But Mahi bhai being a legend said ‘aaja doosra over daal’ (come, bowl another over). I went for 6 runs in the first ball and it was like 1.1 overs and I went for 28 runs. But after that I gave only 7-8 runs in two overs and took two wickets. He (Dhoni) didn’t say anything but I still remember in the post-match press conference, he said ‘I knew that after the first over, he will be a better bowler for sure’.””After getting Lynn out, I still remember I got over-excited. Mahi bhai then said ‘you are doing this thing for the last time because you will get banned plus the team will lose a player. So we don’t want that’. I was like ‘ya sorry’. I might be the first player to get ICC Code of Conduct warning in the first international game. I just thought after that ‘for a couple of slangs, I won’t lose money, it’s my hard earned money,” Pandya told Gaurav Kapur at Breakfast with Champions.advertisementEarlier in the year, Pandya scored his maiden Test hundred in just 86 deliveries against Sri Lanka at Pallekele. With the century, he became the quickest Indian to score a century batting at No.8 in the longest format.Pandya shared that he could not sleep the night before he scored that hundred. He said he was under extreme anxiety till the time he stepped on the field next morning.”I was not able to sleep the previous night till 3. My anxiety level was very high because I had previously got out to the same bowler and I was furious then. I usually don’t think much when I get out but if I lose my wicket in a certain way, I think a lot.”That morning everyone noticed that I wasn’t talking to anyone and only warming up. It was like in 10 minutes, I asked 5-6 times about the start of play and as soon as the umpire signalled, I went out and it was only then that I calmed down. I remember all the fielders were at the boundary only and I was like, ‘bro, I am going all guns blazing’,” Pandya told.Pandya revealed that the hairstyle he currently spots is actually given to him by India opener Shikhar Dhawan, who cleaned half his hair when the all-rounder has asked Dhawan to just remove some of his hair.”I asked Shikhar to remove a bit of my hair but he removed it all. I was like it’s alright. I am pretty confident that I can carry it so it’s okay.”last_img read more

Rohit Sharma’s 3rd ODI double hundred: A recap of his 209 in 2013 and 264 in 2014

first_imgRohit Sharma smashed his third double hundred in ODI cricket during India’s second ODI against Sri Lanka at Mohali on Wednesday.He became the only batsman in the history of the format to hit three double tons.This was also the highest score by any captain against Sri Lanka. He crossed Vivian Richards, who had 181 against the Lankans.Rohit, who scored two in the first match in Dharamsala, came out all guns blazing and attacked the bowlers after the debacle in the first ODI.WATCH VIDEO HEREHe was watchful in a 115-run stand with Shikhar Dhawan before opening up when Shreyas Iyer joined him in the middle. He started attacking the bowlers and took charge along with his fellow Mumbaikar. He completed his hundred off 115 balls of the bowling of Sachith Pathirana in the 40th over and then completely took apart the Sri Lankan bowlers.The stylish right-hander then kicked on and completed his double ton off the 151 balls and his second vs Sri Lanka.LIKE A BOSS! THIRD double century in ODIs. The first man to scale Mt.200 on three occasions in ODIs. Stand up and Salute @ImRo45 #TeamIndia #INDvSL BCCI (@BCCI) December 13, 2017Here is a recap of his two previous double centuries:209 vs Australia, Bangalore (November 2, 2013): That was another match at home and Rohit was involbved in another big partnership with Shikhar Dhawan. And then disaster struck when a mix-up between Rohit and Virat Kohli saw the latter depart for a duck. However, Rohit tore into the Australian attack and smashed 12 fours and 16 sixes to finish with 209 off 158 balls. India piled up 383/6 and Australia fell short by 57 runs.advertisement264 vs Sri Lanka, Kolkata (November 13, 2014): A year later, Rohit was at it again. Making a comeback into the Indian team, Rohit needed some runs before the World Cup. And he responded to the pressure with the highest individual score in ODI history.Like today, Rohit had got off to a slow start at the Eden Gardens but exploded later to finish with 264 off 173 balls. His knock was studded with 33 fours and nine sixes. The hapless opponents were Sri Lanka (again) and they fell way short of India’s 404/5.3rd double-century for Rohit Sharma in ODIs. He has scored 10.61% of his career runs (6417) in the three inns alone – 264, 209, 208. No other batsman has more than one 200. #IndvSL- Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) December 13, 2017last_img read more