MS Dhoni not dropped: Virat Kohli backs ex captain after T20I snub

first_imgVirat Kohli crushed all talks of Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s T20 career coming to an end after he was overlooked for the T20I series against West Indies and Australia.On Thursday, speaking at the post-match press conference regarding the issue, he said that the selectors have already discussed this at length and he has nothing to add. He went on to add that Dhoni remains an integral part of the limited-overs team.”I think the selector has already explained what happened and I don’t think I need to sit here and explain it more. I wasn’t a part of that conversation but it is not what people are making out of it. I can assure you that he [Dhoni] is still a very integral part of this team and it was only about giving chance to others.The selector felt that in T20 format, Rishabh Pant can be given a chance, he [Dhoni] anyway plays ODIs for us regularly. It was about giving a chances to a youngster and it has nothing to do with what people are thinking and I as a captain can certainly assure you that,” Kohli said.WATCH VIDEOThe MSK Prasad-led selection committee announced the teams for the two T20 series against West Indies and Australia before the third ODI and Dhoni’s exclusion from the team came as a major shock. The selectors and Kohli maintained that Dhoni remains an integral part of the limited-overs side (AP Photo)Dhoni was left out of both the squads and Rishabh Pant was the designated wicket-keeper for the occasions while Dinesh Karthik was being looked as a back-up keeper according to Prasad.Also read – Kohli, Rohit part of meeting where Dhoni was dropped. What lies ahead for ex-captain?advertisement”He [Dhoni] is not going to be play the six T20Is [West Indies and Australia] because we are looking at the second keeper’s slot. So I think we will retain Rishabh [Pant] and Dinesh Karthik. So they will be getting a chance to keep and bat,” Prasad said.But, according to a close member of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Dhoni was dropped from the squad because of his inconsistency.Also read – MS Dhoni faces the biggest test of his career as World Cup looms closer”It’s a given that Dhoni won’t be around when next ICC World T20 happens in Australia in 2020. So, there wasn’t any point continuing with him if he will not play World T20,” a senior BCCI official privy to selection policy told news agency PTI on Saturday.”Obviously, the selectors and team management had a good deliberation on this issue. Both Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma were present at the selection committee meeting.”You think selectors could have gone ahead without their approval?” the official added.Also read – Believe it or not: MS Dhoni has been dropped. Here is why it happenedBut, Kohli’s comments on Thursday proves that the matter is nothing that is advertised and speculated and Dhoni’s career in the shortest format of the game is not over.However, for Dhoni to make a comeback in the T20 squad, it will be a long road ahead as India have very few T20I games scheduled after the Australia series. Following the T20I and Test series against Australia, India will only play five ODIs against Australia and New Zealand each and three T20Is against the Black Caps following the completion of the T20 series against them.And if he isn’t’ selected for the T20Is against New Zealand, will get to play the five ODIs against New Zealand and Indian Premier League before the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales.Kohli also spoke about the issues that the Indian team needed to address and according to him, they were taken care of in this series.”Change-room atmosphere is very important, and when you play like that, the energy is always good. Everyone wants to be part of it. Two areas I can think of (World Cup plans): third seamer – Khaleel has been outstanding.”Rayudu has also taken responsibility at No.4. God forbid anything happens to Bhuvi or Bumrah, good to have Khaleel who can come in and take wickets. Those two areas we’re looking at. And those two have been addressed,” Kohli said in the post-match interview.last_img read more


Pankaj Advani amasses world title number 20

first_imgYangon, Nov 15 (PTI) India’s ace cueist Pankaj Advani on Thursday won his third straight IBSF billiards crown in the 150-up format, taking his overall tally of world titles to a staggering 20.The 33-year-old from Bengaluru overcame Nay Thway Oo of Myanmar in a high-quality final. After bossing the ‘150-up’ format, Advani will now compete in the longer version, ‘Up’ format, commences immediately.It was also a proud moment for Myanmar which saw its own player in the title round for the first time. Nay Thway Oo did well to oust multiple world champion Mike Russell in the semifinal with a convincing 5-2 victory. With home support and overall advantage the one thing that was evidently lacking was the experience of competing in a World Championship final as Oo was denied much opportunity to reproduce the magic of his previous match. Up against the man to beat in the world of billiards, Oo wasn’t given much breathing space as Advani was clearly on a mission to retain his title. And he did so with absolute supremacy. His flow and fluency left even the local crowd in awe of his prowess as they saw the visitor steal the dream from its national hero.Advani started off the final with a century break of 108. But since he wasn’t able to settle down at the top of the table, the high-scoring zone, he couldn’t reach the 150-mark of the frame, allowing his opponent on to the table. Oo, however, did not capitalise and the Indian drew first blood. But the Myanmar cueist was determined to put up a fight and made the score 1-1 with the help of a 147 break.advertisementThe Indian pulled one back to maintaining the lead with breaks of 91 and 54 to go 2-1 up. However, Oo was not going to relent and added another century to make the score two apiece. But it was from there that Advani went into overdrive and never looked back. The next four frames in the race-to-6 encounter saw Advani play with sheer dominance as he compiled four back-to-back centuries of 141, 129, 145 and 151 to stamp his authority on the contest. “This win is extremely special for me. It’s a perfect 20 and I’m glad that I’m still hungry for more. It’s pleasing to be able to play at a quality level over the years and looking to take this tally beyond a score’,” said the champion.As Advani played the winning shot, the sporting Myanmar cueist clapped, smiled and rose from his chair to congratulate his worthy opponent.While this is yet another world title for the maestro, this win also marks a hat-trick of wins in the shorter format. Advani had won in his hometown Bengaluru in 2016 before doing the same in Doha last year.Earlier in the tournament, Pankaj qualified top of his group without dropping a frame. In the entire tournament it is to be noted that another record was created when he dropped a total of only three frames – one in the quarterfinal against Dhvaj and two in the final.Scores (Knockout) Final: Pankaj Advani beat Nay Thway Oo 6-2150(108)-21, 0-151(147), 151(91,54)-0, 4-151(103), 151(141)-11, 150(129)-81(77), 151(145)-109(52,57), 151(151)-0Semifinal: Pankaj Advani defeated David Causier 5-0150(97)-73, 152(139)-17, 152(83,69)-8, 151(151)-4, 157(74,51)-86(83). PTI APA BSBSlast_img read more


Kumkum Bhagya’s Shikha Singh aka Alia slays it in a monokini. See pics

first_imgTelevision actress Shikha Singh, who is currently winning hearts with her negative role in Kumkum Bhagya, is on a mini vacation to Vietnam.The socially active actress is keeping her fans engaged with regular updates from the picture perfect location.She also posted pictures of herself sporting a hot monokini and captioned one of them as, “Oh Boy! What a time! What happens on a cruise, stays on a cruise!”.The bold and beautiful actress, has been part of the showbiz industry from last one decade and has managed to prove her mettle as well. She had started her career with Left Right Left in 2007 and then did quite a few shows like, Meri Doli Tere Angana, Uttaran, Phulwa and Sasural Simar Ka to name a few.But one character that made her popular was of Amba in popular daily soap Na Aana Is Des Laado in 2011.Also read | Kumkum Bhagya actress Shikha Singh files police complaint against troll for lewd commentlast_img read more


Rafael Nadal crushes Matthew Ebden to reach Australian Open third round

first_imgRafael Nadal advanced to the thid round of the Australian Open with a comfortable victory over Matthew Ebden on Wednesday.Rafael Nadal beat Matthew Ebden 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 to move to No. 3 on the list of match wins at the Australian Open in the professional era, and extended his record of never losing a second-round match at Melbourne Park.The win improved 2009 champion Nadal’s win-loss record to 57-12 at the Australian Open, surpassing Stefan Edberg’s mark of 56 wins.Six-time champions Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic hold the top two spots on that list. Defending champion Federer recorded his 96th win earlier Wednesday and top-ranked Djokovic had 62 after his first-round win..@RafaelNadal, simply too good #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/o0J5kftwPv#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 16, 2019Nadal has opened with back-to-back wins over Australians and takes on another one in the next round. He will face Alex de Minaur, who battled past Swiss qualifier Henri Laaksonen 6-4, 6-2, 6-7, 4-6, 6-3.”If things are working, don’t change it.”Life lessons with @RafaelNadal #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/YpqopxICN4#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 16, 2019And still… never lost a 2R at the #AusOpen @RafaelNadal eases into the 3R, def. Matt Ebden 6-3 6-2 6-2.#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/6HbuQLeKCo#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 16, 2019Another Spaniard ousted another Australian on a nearby court around the same time. John Millman saved four match points in the fourth set before losing 6-3, 6-1, 3-6, 6-7 (6), 6-4 to No. 22-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut, who ended five-time finalist Andy Murray’s likely last trip to Melbourne Park in the first round.advertisementMillman had an upset win over Federer at last year’s U.S. Open before losing to Djokovic in the quarterfinals.last_img read more


Not everybody is meant to look the same, says Athiya Shetty

first_imgMost know Athiya Shetty as daughter of actor Suniel Shetty. But prestige also comes from being the granddaughter of architect IM Kadri, the man behind the iconic Nehru Centre building in Mumbai, and social worker Vipula Kadri, who started Save the Children India, a well-known non-profit organisation. She may be,Most know Athiya Shetty as daughter of actor Suniel Shetty. But prestige also comes from being the granddaughter of architect IM Kadri, the man behind the iconic Nehru Centre building in Mumbai, and social worker Vipula Kadri, who started Save the Children India, a well-known non-profit organisation. She may be what one refers to as a star kid, but Shetty’s childhood was unlike most others. She grew up on Altamount Road, a swanky neighbourhood in Mumbai, away from the star dens in Juhu and Bandra. She studied at American School of Bombay where her father’s credentials didn’t earn her a special status. And while her action star father made it mandatory that she and her younger brother Ahan devote time to sport along with academics, her mother Mana ensured they were guarded from the glitz and glamour of Bollywood. “I have always been allowed to have an opinion and to decide things on my own,” Athiya says when talking about her upbringing. This means that Athiya gets to chart her own destiny and so far with only two movies, Hero (2015) and Mubarakan (2017), under her belt, she is yet to be taken seriously as a member of most-promising-actresses club. Athiya, 26, concurs.”I haven’t necessarily proven myself as an actor yet and hopefully in the coming years I will,” she said. For an industry where being seen and making a noise is paramount, Athiya doesn’t adhere to the rules. “I don’t think being seen everywhere is going to get you what you really want at the end,” she said. “If you are good and talented, people will want to see you on the big screen.”Athiya identifies herself as an ambivert, a person who has a balance of both extrovert and introvert features. “I understand it may not be the correct way because social media Wis so big and being seen on it is important,” she says. “But I don’t think I can compromise on the person I am. It is only if I am convinced about what I want to do that I will go ahead and do it.” This demeanour is apparent on her Instagram feed as well where she posts philosophical and motivational quotes when she isn’t sharing sun-glazed photos of herself, adorable shots of her canine pets and throwback family photos. One by Lebanese-Canadian author Najwa Zebian reads: “True liberation is not when you are able to pretend like you don’t care, but when you actually don’t care.”advertisement Actor Athiya Shetty (centre) with her mother Mana Shetty (left) and father Suneil Shetty (right). Photo: Bandeep SinghAthiya doesn’t care much about conforming to the industry’s standards of beauty. She swears by the “less is more” approach instead. Following in her grandmothers’ and mother’s footsteps she uses very few products on her face. “I don’t like applying too much makeup,” she says. “I prefer accentuating one feature on my face. So if I do loud lips, then I will do nude eyes.” She credits her lean physique to her active love for sports which she grew up playing including swimming, basketball, track and field and flexibility to martial arts which she did for a few years thanks to her brother. “Now I look back and think we were blessed that we had a childhood where we were on a playground,” she says. A high metabolic rate ensures that putting on weight is never a concern so she eats as she pleases and home-cooked food is a weakness. “I eat for five,” she boasts though she has cut down on sugar and is more strict about what she eats now.Athiya is all for being transparent about her feelings. Not a bad trait to possess given the profession she has chosen. Yet in many ways this is also a liability. Pretending becomes harder if her heart is not in it, even though there’s no other place she’d rather be than in front of the camera. Shetty recently wrapped up her third feature, Motichoor Chaknachoor. Also starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui, the comedy required her to learn to speak in Bundelkhandi. “It’s not the kind of film I’d expect to be offered,” she said. “I like to challenge myself so it was fantastic.”Other things she likes? Her very own chai pe charcha with her mother whenever both are at home. “We sit in bed and never ever get tired of it,” she said. “It’s simple but it means so much. She brings normalcy and balance in all our lives.” With her father of course films are discussed. He has always told her not to fear the first Friday of a release. “How do you not be scared of the Friday that will make or break a film?” she says.advertisementThis year, Athiya feels, is already shaping up as the beginning of a new her. She started with yoga in January. She recently turned vegetarian. She feels healthier. She is more comfortable with her body than ever before. “People need to be sensitive to all body types,” she says. “Not everybody is meant to look the same.” There is a wiser Athiya too, one who now has a better sense of who she is and one who is not unnerved by silence. “Growing up I always had the fear of being alone,” she said. “Now I find it a blessing.” Clearly Athiya has her eyes trained on a well charted road ahead.Athiya on AthiyaOn her beauty regimeI don’t use that many products on my face so even if it is a face pack I will put squashed tomatoes and bananas. During the day I can’t leave the house without sunscreen, mascara and lip balm. For the night, my ritual is to keep the skin hydrated so it’s a night cream or coconut oil. Drinking lots of water makes me feel good about my skin. My mother made me install an app which reminds me after every hour to drink water.On fitnessI do weight training just to be healthy, stay fit and feel strong. I am blessed with great metabolism so I eat whatever I want. I recently started yoga. My dad put me on to it. Then my mother started it, then my brother and I think out of FOMO (fear of missing out) I also joined. It was hard for me because there’s so much silence and to get comfortable with it is something you learn over time. I never understood the importance of it until now. It helps with breathing, digestion and instills calm.On foodI am a complete foodie. I love Japanese. I recently turned vegetarian. I am actually eating more because of it. I feel healthier and not as lazy as before.On styleI like how Kendall Jenner dresses. It’s important you don’t let the clothes wear you. You have to let your personality shine through it. Be comfortable.On musicI carry my speakers everywhere. Coldplay, Drake, Rihanna, Ed Sheeran are some of my favourites.last_img read more


OnePlus 7 Pro hands-on photos and full specs sheet leak, may come to India soon

first_imgRumours have been suggesting for a long time that this year — 2019 — OnePlus will launch three phones instead of two. Last year OnePlus launched OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T. At Mobile World Congress 2019 OnePlus announced that it will be one of the first smartphone companies to bring a usable 5G phone. As of now, there’s no report whether the OnePlus 5G phone will come to India or not.Alongside the 5G handset, OnePlus is also expected to launch the successors to the OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T, which so far were expected to be the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7T. But a new leak now tells a different story. It seems there’s a phone called OnePlus 7 Pro that will launch this year.For the first time ever pictures of the OnePlus 7 Pro have been leaked online. The live images of the alleged OnePlus 7 Pro have been leaked on the Chinese microblogging site, Weibo, first. The images show the OnePlus 7 Pro from the front and sides. Interestingly, in the pictures, the OnePlus 7 Pro appears with no bezels on almost all sides. In another report tipster Ishan Agarwal revealed that OnePlus 7 Pro with model number GM1911 will come to India.Going by the leaked hand-on pictures there’s no notch on the OnePlus 7 Pro, which possibly means that similar to the OnePlus 7 the Pro version may also come with a pop-up selfie camera. In the pictures, the pop-up camera isn’t visible. In one of the pictures, the full specs sheet of the OnePlus 7 Pro has been leaked.advertisementAccording to the specs sheet, the OnePlus 7 Pro will be powered by Qualcomm snapdragon 855 chipset (Ofcourse. Considering the OnePlus 7 is also expected to be powered by Qualcomm’s latest flagship processor.) The specs sheet further reveals that the OnePlus 7 Pro will include three cameras on the rear panel while there will be just one sensor on the front which will pop-up when the camera app opens. On the rear panel, the OnePlus 7 Pro is tipped to sport 48MP + 16MP + 8MP camera configuration.The leaked specs sheet further reveals that the OnePlus 7 Pro will come with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. However, going by the past records there are high possibilities that OnePlus will bring more variants of the OnePlus 7 Pro. The smartphone will run on Android 9 Pie based on the latest Oxygen OS. The model number of the OnePlus 7 Pro is – according to the leaked specs sheet – GM1915. The specs sheet further reveals that the OnePlus 7 Pro will sport super optic 6.67-inch display.Meanwhile, another report coming from tipster Ishan Agarwal states that that the OnePlus 7 will launch in three variants — GM1901, GM1903, GM1905, while the OnePlus 7 Pro will launch in four variants including — GM1911, GM1913, GM1915, and GM1917. The same report suggests that the 5G phone from the company will be called OnePlus 7 Pro 5G and will come in one variant with model number GM1920.ALSO READ | Redmi smartphone with Snapdragon 855 in works, Redmi GM confirms it isn’t Redmi Pro 2ALSO READ | Cable TV subscribers may have to pay additional service charges soon: All you need to knowALSO READ | BSNL offers new recharge plans for IPL 2019 fans, offers cricket score caller tunes from Rs 199last_img read more


Heartening to see a great bowling performance: Sachin Tendulkar after MI beat CSK

first_imgLegendary India crickter and Mumbai Indians icon Sachin Tendulkar praised his team’s all-round effort that put them into the Indian Premier League title contention for the fifth time by outclassing Chennai Super Kings in Qualifier 1 at their fortress.Mumbai Indians’ spin trio on Tuesday proved to be a big obstacle for the Chennai Super Kings batsmen as they could manage only a below-par total of 131 for 4 on their home ground at Chepauk.Put to bowl first, Mumbai Indian’s leg-spinner Rahul Chahar shone at the MA Chidambaram Stadium as he picked the wickets of Faf du Plesis and Murali Vijay, leaking only 14 runs off his 4 overs, while Krunal Pandya and Jayant Yadav shared one wicket apiece.It didn’t seem to be a big challenge for MI to chase the 132-run target as they gunned it down with six wickets in hands and 9 balls to spare to remain unbeatable against CSK in IPL 2019 and become the first team to secure the berth in final.Mumbai Indians’ SuryaKumar Yadav made the CSK spinners sweat as he hit an unbeaten 71 while Ishan Kishan scored 28 runs to guide their team home.Tendulkar praised Yadav and Kishan for their crucial knocks and also appreciated Mumbai’s quality spin bowling against Chennai.”Heartening to see a great bowling performance by the boys, especially the spinners. @surya_14kumar’s innings along with @ishankishan51 was crucial in helping us win the game,” Tendulkar wrote on his offcial Twitter handle.Heartening to see a great bowling performance by the boys, especially the spinners. @surya_14kumar’s innings along with @ishankishan51 was crucial in helping us win the game. #MIvCSK #OneFamily #MI @mipaltan pic.twitter.com/pNT5znwNpjadvertisementSachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) May 7, 2019Mumbai Indians had first reached the final in 2010 when they lost to Chennai Super Kings. In 2013, 2015 and 2017, Mumbai Indians won the IPL.Also Read | Rohit Sharma juggled his bowlers to the best situation: Jayant YadavAlso Read | Mumbai Indians’ enviable record in IPL finals: 3 wins, 1 loss out of 4 finalsAlso Seelast_img read more


Mohammad Amir opened up on spot-fixing after Shahid Afridi slapped him: Abdul Razzaq

first_imgMohammad Amir had confessed to spot-fixing only after then ODI skipper Shahid Afridi slapped the fast bowler while Salman Butt was involved in corruption much before Pakistan’s ill-fated tour of England in 2010, claimed former all-rounder Abdul Razzaq.Spilling the beans on the scandal which tarnished the image of Pakistan cricket, Razzaq narrated the Aamir incident while speaking to the GNN news channel.”He (Afridi) told me to leave the room but after a while I heard the sound of a slap and then Aamir told the whole truth,” Razzaq said.The all-rounder also blamed the then PCB set-up for bringing bad name to Pakistan cricket.”I thought instead of going to the ICC to prove its efficiency, the PCB should have instead directly taken the three players to task despite their denials and sent them back home on some pretext. They should have banned them for a year or so. In the end by not doing this, the PCB spoilt the image of Pakistan cricket worldwide.”Razzaq, 39, also claimed that Butt was deliberately getting out and playing dot balls much before the scandal broke out in England.”I shared my concerns with Afridi but he said it is just my Waham (misconception) and nothing is wrong. But when I was batting with Salman Butt during a match of the World T20 in West Indies, I was convinced he was letting down the team.”Razzaq recalled he told Butt to take a single and give him the strike but he did not pay heed to his advise.advertisement”I was surprised when he refused this strategy. When I realised what he was up to (something) I told him strictly to give me the strike. Yet every over he deliberately played two or three balls and then gave me strike. I got upset and felt the pressure and got out.”Butt, Amir and Muhammad Asif were the three players eventually banned for a minimum of five years in early 2011 by the ICC’s anti-corruption tribunal after they were first suspended in September 2010.All three have now returned to playing cricket after completing their five-year bans. But only Amir has been considered and picked for the Pakistan national team and is presently competing in the World Cup.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Sania Mirza blasts cringeworthy’ TV ads ahead of India-Pakistan matchAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Pakistan sport black armbands vs Australia in honour of late cricketer, umpireAlso See:last_img read more


The Kapil Sharma Show: Kiku Sharda goes blonde in new avatar, gifts Kapil a sari

first_imgAfter Chandu’s (Chandan Prabhakar) mother Chandni made a smashing entry on the show, it’s Kiku Sharda aka Bachcha Yadav’s twin brother to steal the limelight. In his new avatar, Kiku is seen as Achcha Yadav from London and is seen sporting blonde hair.Achcha Yadav feels Kapil is an achcha aadmi (nice human being) and has brought a sari as a gift for the comedian. When Kapil asks why a sari, Achcha says it’s because he makes everyone on his show wear one and it’s now his turn.Ek se bhale do! Baccha Yadav se toh aap waakif hai hi, ab miliye Accha Yadav se #TheKapilSharmaShow mein, Sat-Sun raat 9:30 baje sirf Sony par. pic.twitter.com/y7RPBeNzLP Sony TV (@SonyTV) June 26, 2019Kiku Sharda is known for his funny one-liners or PJs and has been playing various characters on the show. In the first season of TKSS, Kiku was seen along with Sunil Grover as Santosh, Rinku Bhabhi’s sister-in-law. He also played Bumper on the show. He has been associated with Kapil Sharma since his Comedy Nights days and had at that time played characters like Palak, Lachha, Pankhuri among others.Apart from The Kapil Sharma Show, Kiku has in the past worked in shows like Partners Trouble Ho Gayi Double, FIR, Har Mushkil Ka Hal Akbar Birbal, Agadam Bagdam Tigdam.Chandan’s new avatar on the showChandan Prabhakar recently played a woman character for the first time on The Kapil Sharma Show and his new avatar was loved by one and all. Chandan played Chandu’s mother Chandni who came to avenge her son’s insult and is in no mood to spare anyone.advertisementEven Kapil and Krushna Abhishek were left dumbfounded with Chandni’s baahubali style entry. “Jo aurat apne bachche ko mandir ki seedhiyon par chhod kar aa gayi thi, aaj wahi aurat apne bachche ke dhaabe ke liye tumhare show ki seedhiyan chadh kar aa gayi hai,” he said.Chandni lashed out at Kapil saying, “jab mere Chandu ke baare mein bolte ho to mujhe dukh nahi hota.” When Kapil tries to say something, she doesn’t let him complete the sentence. “Saara to tum kaam karte ho, mere bete ko tumne oye hoye karne ke liye rakha hua hai.”The mother of all laughter riots is here! How will Kapil deal with Chandu’s Mother? Be sure you don’t miss #TheKapilSharmaShow, Sat-Sun at 9:30 PM.@KapilSharmaK9 @kikusharda @haanjichandan @Krushna_KAS @bharti_lalli @sumona24 @RochelleMRao @trulyedward @banijayasia @apshaha pic.twitter.com/t16XZ4saA0— Sony TV (@SonyTV) June 14, 2019Also read | The Kapil Sharma Show: Chandan Prabhakar dons a new avatar, leaves Kapil Sharma flabbergastedAlso read | Sumona Chakravarti couldn’t take Kapil Sharma’s call on her birthday for this reasonlast_img read more


Win over Sri Lanka feels bittersweet, doesn’t mean much: Faf du Plessis

first_imgSouth Africa, at last, exhibited colours of confidence as they resgitered a comprehensive win over Sri Lanka at the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street on Friday. The Proteas defeated the Islanders by 9-wicket but the winning captain admitted that the victory did not feel like it meant much.South Africa are already out of the World Cup semi-finals race, as before facing Sri Lanka, they had a solitary win in the tournament. After losing to Pakistan on Sunday, they joined Afghanistan to become the second team to get eliminated from the contention for the last four.However, against Sri Lanka, South Africa had no baggage of pressure and had nothing to lose as they dished out a clinical performance from both bat and the ball to win the game with 11.4 overs to spare. But, as Faf du Plessis said, it was loo late for it.”It feels bitter-sweet, it doesn’t feel like it means that much. It’s a little bit too late,” Faf du Plessis said in a post match interview.South Africa suffered their first World Cup 2019 defeat to hot favourites England and later slumped to Bangladesh, who were termed a weaker side to the Proteas on the paper. Faf confessed that the defeat to Bangladesh actually hampered their confidence.”The basics of batting were shown today. We’ve batted well all through the tournament, but we just didn’t have guys batting through. Hashim gave us a good foundation, one big partnership makes it look so much easier. We hadn’t done that consistently in the tournament. I think Bangladesh was the one that really took the wind out of our sails.”advertisement”England are a very good team and they were too good for us on that day. Bangladesh played an unbelievably good game and that sucker punched us and we almost took the hangover of that game into the next game. The first week really put us back, but we knew that was the case and we can’t hide from that.”Chasing down 204, Faf du Plessis and Hashim Amla discovered their lost touch as the two stictched 175-run stand for the second wicket and also got their personal best scorers. Faf du Plessis scored 96*, whereas Hashim Amla amassed 80 to guide their side home.On the bowling part, Dwaine Pretorius, who came in for Lungi Ngidi, chipped in with 3 wickets while Chris Morris too picked 3 to all-out Sri Lanka for 203.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Swarm of bees invades pitch during SL vs SA matchAlso Read | Myth buster: India’s bowling, not batting, their main strengthAlso Seelast_img read more


Important for me to cement my position in Indian team: Shreyas Iyer

first_imgMiddle-order batsman Shreyas Iyer is hoping that rain doesn’t play spoilsport in the next two ODIs against the West Indies and gives him the opportunity to cement his spot in the Indian team.Iyer, who has a couple of half-centuries in the five ODI innings he has played so far for the national side, is coming into the team after an year and is eager to make the most of the opportunities that he believes will come his way if weather permits in the ongoing ODI series in the Caribbean.”It’s really important for me as a youngster, coming into the side after a year again to cement my position,” Iyer said on Saturday ahead of the second ODI.”When you have to cement your position, you will be needing opportunities, and I feel that I will be getting that opportunity this time and I will be making the best use of it,” he added.Ever since the World Cup, India haven’t had a chance to discuss the much-debated number four spot so far as the first ODI got washed out. However, Iyer said the team will experiment and give several players a chance to bat and cement that spot.That means KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant and Iyer could get a chance to play at that spot in the next couple of matches in the Caribbean island.”It’s totally the management’s decision where they want to play me,” he said.”It’s (number four) definitely a vacant spot and they are trying to give chances to youngsters to play in that position. Currently, no one is settled in that position.advertisement”Personally, I am not thinking about batting only at number four. I want to be someone who is very flexible batting at any number or if you go into any situation you should be able to grab that opportunity and make the best use of it,” he addedThe Men in Blue were not able to practice at the ground because of rain and were forced to train indoors on Saturday.But despite the lack of practice, Iyer is looking to carry on the momentum he got from the India A matches in the Caribbean. The Delhi lad was the third-highest run-getter in the one-dayers with 187 runs in four innings and is looking to carry that form for the national side.”It’s going to be another two opportunities for me to make the best use of it,” Iyer said. “Hopefully this also doesn’t rain off. We are hardly getting any net practice. I am eager to go out there and carry forward the momentum which I got from my India A matches. Looking forward to a good series finish.”The Virat Kohli-led side appears to have left behind the World Cup debacle — where they faced a shocking semifinal exit against New Zealand — as they have gone on to thrash West Indies 3-0 in the T20Is.Iyer, 24, believes the key to success for the team in the recent years has been the fact that different individuals have taken responsibility at different times to see the team through.”We have just come out of T20s, which we won. The way the team is playing currently, it’s totally amazing,” he said. “If one doesn’t perform, the next one raises his hand and he takes the responsibility to take the team through and this is what has been happening throughout the year.”Also Read | Watch: Virat Kohli aces bottle cap challenge with Ravi Shastri’s commentary in backgroundAlso Read | Watch: Rishabh Pant, Kuldeep Yadav play cricket in their hotel corridor ahead of 2nd ODI vs West IndiesAlso Read | India vs West Indies 2nd ODI: Dream 11 Prediction, captain and vice-captainlast_img read more



first_imgThe murder trial of a Sioux City man charged in a stabbing death last February has been continued.47-year-old Elias Wanatee is charged with first degree murder in the February 17th stabbing death of 50 year old Vernon Mace.Police say Wanatee and Mace were in an argument at Mace’s daughter’s house and Wanatee stabbed Mace six times.Mace later died at a hospital.Wanatee’s attorney, filed for a continuance Monday and a judge granted the request.The trial had been set to begin on Tuesday.Elias Wanatee remains held in the Woodbury County Jail on $800-thousand dollars bond.last_img read more





OSU Defensive Power Rankings: Linebacker Could be Strength of Defense

first_imgYesterday we looked at the offensive side, and now it’s time to break down the defensive performance so far this season. This includes all games played (which obviously at this point is just one).5. Defensive End (Previously: 4)Triston Grant had the most solo tackles of any defensive end Thursday night, and he isn’t even on the depth chart.The defensive ends got little pressure on Tulsa’s inexperienced quarterbacks and flushed them out of the pocket time after time, which, while it wasn’t exclusively their fault, led to a few conversions on third and long.For a position where its proclamation was depth, the defensive ends’ strength in numbers looked took a while to take shape (and never really did in the pass rush). PBU1100002 Total Tkl2220006 Pen Yds001500015 INT0000000 TFL2111005 DTD. OsborneE. Smith Jr.D. DanielsT. CarterT. BakariC. MurrayTotal TDs vs.0000000 4. Cornerback (Previously: 5)No one is a bigger critic of the OSU cornerbacks than I am, but they did better than I thought they might.Here is the play that summed up the corners’ play best from Thursday. Tulsa was clearly trying to get after A.J. Green early and often (see his targets below).If other guys complete that ball, so be it. That would have to be a flawless toss, but 9-of-10 times, you will take that from an inexperienced corner in his first test as a starter. Improvement should be imminent. Yds vs.56200150091 Solo Tkl5011119 TFL0000000 PBU0000000 Pens0010001 FF0001001 Total Tkl5011119 Yds vs.3404119058 Total Tkl54221115 TFL0110002  LBC. WhitenerK. HenryK. E-McGruderJ. PhillipsC. BundageA. Og…K. TuckerD. HarperG. AkemTotal Comp4011107 Solo Tkl2110004 Solo Tkl65432321026 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Total Tkl83322220 Solo Tkl53322217 3. Safety (Previously: 1)This group is only so low because all of the others did particularly well.The play OSU got from its safeties, particularly Ramon Richards in his first start at the position, was not bad at all. In fact, I’ve heard and seen nothing but positive reviews of Richards’ play, especially his eyes in surveying the field and checking his reads and the quarterback.He looked solid, and as he said Monday, there wasn’t ever any grace period he needed to get acclimated.“I was already settled in from the jump,” Richards said. “I’ve been settled in. I’m ready.” Pens1000001 Comp3302008 Total Tkl76553322033 QBH1000000012 TDs vs.0000000 1. Linebacker (Previously: 2)The addition of Kenneth Edison-McGruder is such a game-changer. Calvin Bundage took a knock to the head and didn’t play for the second half, but through the first, they were flying around everywhere.Defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer called a variety of fronts, including a 3-3-5 and 4-2, which allowed both guys to be on the field at once. Scary. Especially when Edison-McGruder picks up a fumble and rumbles home for an 82-yard score.They weren’t all that was good at this spot. Chad Whitener, Justin Phillips and even some of the depth players looked nice at what could end up being the defense’s best position group. Sacks0000000 Sacks0000000 2. Defensive Tackle (Previously: 3)The FOX guys in the studio after the game took a few shots at the Cowboys’ defensive line, but their take only told half of the story. DeQuinton Osborne looked like Vincent Taylor at times Thursday, and Darrion Daniels played well, too.One guy who caught my eye more than most others though was Enoch Smith Jr., a junior college transfer who was signed in the 2017 recruiting class. He played and performed better than I would venture to guess anyone expected.PFF Week 1 Big 12 Team of the Week – Defense pic.twitter.com/kTIrAcrajN— PFF College (@PFF_College) September 5, 2017This group looked far more potent than its friends to the outside, and that might be a redeeming factor for the Cowboys’ front four. TFL0110000002 DET. GrantJ. BrailfordV. LeveniJ. OwensC. WalterscheidT. WebberTotal ST. FlowersR. RichardsJ. MorrowD. CurryT. MwanikiZ. GreenTotal Solo Tkl34211011 INT0000000 Pen Yds150000015 Tgt91421017 Sacks0010000001 Tgt58220017 QBH0100001  CBA.J. GreenR. WilliamsM. HarperM. KearseB. BalousB. BrownTotal QBH0000000 TFL0000000last_img read more


Through Three Games, This Is Mike Gundy’s Most Dominant Team

first_img20092-1+7.00 YearRecordAvg Scoring Margin It wasn’t that 2011 team — which this current group is leading in efficiency through three weeks as well. It was Mike Gundy’s second team, all the way back in 2006, that dominated non-conference opponents at the same rate of Mason Rudolph and Co.The season that would end in the first of OSU’s current streak of 12-straight bowl appearances. That Bobby Reid-led team destroyed Missouri State 52-10 and traveled to Arkansas State and bested the Red Wolves 35-7 before dispatching Florida Atlantic 48-8.So we’ve got an FCS team and two Sun Belt members. This 2017 team beat one Sun Belt team on the road and trounced an American Athletic team in Tulsa at home — which I might add has averaged 58.5 points per game since leaving Stillwater with just 24. It then went to an NFL/ACC stadium and DeQuinton Osborne carved the brand into the Steelers’ end zone with Roc the Panther.The Cowboys have had their way with the teams they’ve met so far. Does this non-con dominance mean 2017’s team will end up better than any of those others? No. But, through three games, they have been better. And that’s what is so exciting.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! 20122-1+34.67 20113-0+25.33 Oklahoma State opens Big 12 play on Saturday with a formidable opponent in 16th-ranked TCU. So to put a bow on the non-conference let’s stop and appreciate just how dominant the Cowboys have been so far in 2017.A blowout of Central Arkansas, Southeastern Louisiana, South Alabama is not surprising and really doesn’t tell us much. But which of us expected the Cowboys to dominate in all three games, including a Pitt team (on its field) that OSU barely beat a year ago? From the opening drive? I didn’t.I wanted to believe in growth, progress, maturity. I wanted the Cowboys to fire out of the gate with the killer instinct we’ve pined for these last two seasons. But I would not have put money on the result we got in a Thursday night season opener against Tulsa or the drumming of Pitt. Not in the first quarter. Not from the opening kick. Sometimes it’s good to be wrong.Mike Gundy’s squad walked into every game with the supreme confidence that a team has when its coach goes on SportsCenter to talk about his mullet. The type of confidence it takes to let your punter drive his own faux Heisman campaign at the risk of distracting from your quarterback’s — who most would have assumed was a long shot. They would have been wrong.It’s the kind of confidence a team has when it’s that damn good.How’s this for a fast start? In three games, Oklahoma State has outscored opponents 59-0 in the first quarter and has only punted once — the opening possession against South Alabama. In Pittsburgh on Saturday, the Cowboy offense took the field eight times in the first half and the only reason it scored seven touchdowns instead of eight was that it simply ran out of clock.So it should be no surprise that this team exits the non-conference portion of its schedule in better shape than any in Mike Gundy’s tenure. I’ll explain.First off, the Cowboys went undefeated. That’s happened eight times in Gundy’s 13 years. Check. Next, it tied for the highest scoring margin in the non-conference of any of Gundy’s previous 12 squads. Oklahoma State outscored its first three opponents by 110 points. The only other team to do that is not the one you might be thinking of.Take a look.Non-Conference Games 20103-0+29.33 20071-2+3.00 20173-0+36.67center_img 20153-0+30.00 20083-0+29.67 20162-1+19.33 20133-0+31.67 20063-0+36.67 20053-0+11.67 20142-1+13.67last_img read more


Old injury prevents Syazwan from completing full 90

first_imgAsian Cup Qualification Syazwan admits to still being hampered by his troublesome hamstring Ooi Kin Fai Last updated 2 years ago 14:39 6/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Syazwan Zainon, Malaysia, Hong Kong, 2019 Asian Cup qualifier FAM Asian Cup Qualification Malaysia v Hong Kong Malaysia Hong Kong Syazwan Zainon was on hand to help Malaysia to their first point in the group but acknowledges the qualification task now becomes harder. After two matches without a win in the final Asian Cup qualification round, Malaysia are left rooted in the bottom spot of Group B. The single point was achieved in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Hong Kong, a result which left a lot to be desired.Given that Lebanon and North Korea are generally accepted as the two teams that perhaps are on a different level, it was the old cliche six-pointer against Hong Kong, a side that was arguably closer in terms of strength to Malaysia. Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Kedah’s Syazwan Zainon was on tap to tap home a rebound after the ball had spun into his path, following Safiq Rahim’s shot that hit a Hong Kong defender. The winger took his shot without hesitation and it was a precise finish to the near post, just three minutes after the away side had taken the lead.Despite the lack of a win since the team’s management was handed over the Eduardo ‘Nelo’ Vingada, Syazwan had little doubt that the Portuguese is the right man for the job. While results haven’t been promising, Syazwan points to the incremental improvements to the players and the team as one factor why the team will continue to keep faith with Vingada.”We all have high confident in coach Nelo. He has given us a lot of guidance. On a day to day basis, the players have improved working under him. Even though we have lost some games, our game have become better. He is a very good coach.””Yes, the draw did reduced our chances a little bit. But the coach still trust us. Even after the match he told us not to lose heart and we can be better in the next game,” said Syazwan to Goal after the match on Tuesday night.Hong Kong kept a close eye on Syazwan throughout the match as they worked to limit his influence on the match. However, the winger was still able to produce good runs down the left hand side but his final ball left a lot to be desired.In the two matches that Malaysia have played in this stage of the qualifiers, Syazwan has yet to complete the full 90 minutes. He was taken off after 85 minutes against Hong Kong which followed his second half substitution in June’s match against Lebanon.”I still have an old injury with my hamstring which I’m still not fully recovered yet. But I just wanted to play however long I can manage. I can still play around 60 to 80 minutes every game,” explained Syazwan.Malaysia will need a fit Syazwan for the crucial encounter against North Korea in October and if Vingada can improve Syazwan’s final passes, Malayan Tigers’ chances of getting a result in Pyongyang could well depend depend on the Kedah player’s performance.last_img read more


Mourinho: Lukaku’s joined Man Utd at the right time

first_imgManchester United Lukaku’s joined Man Utd at the right moment – Mourinho Jon Fisher Last updated 2 years ago 22:24 15/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Romelu Lukaku - cropped Getty Images Manchester United Romelu Lukaku Manchester United v Everton Everton Premier League The former Everton man has been praised by his manager, with the Portuguese also expecting Old Trafford to give Wayne Rooney a warm welcome on Sunday Romelu Lukaku joined Manchester United at the “right moment”, according to Jose Mourinho.The Belgium international has made a flying start to his Old Trafford career, scoring six times in his first six appearances in all competitions, and, on Sunday, comes up against former club Everton following his £75million switch from Goodison Park in July.Rom 8/1 for a hat-trick Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Having emerged at Anderlecht before spells with Chelsea, West Brom and the Toffees, Mourinho now believes Lukaku is at the perfect club to further his career.He said: “Especially for a striker it’s important how many goals you score but I don’t put any pressure on a player over that. He is playing well, there is a good relationship between the way our striker and the way the team plays.”I think he comes [to United] in the right moment, [he is] a good age, a good number of years of experience in different clubs in the Premier League and clearly a player adapted to the Premier League with good friends already in this dressing room.”[He has made] an easy interaction into our group and the way the team tries to play has a good relationship with his qualities as a player, he came at the right moment in his career.”Jose on @RomeluLukaku9: “He is playing well, the team is playing well and there is a good understanding between them.” #MUFC pic.twitter.com/7XAY0qbgIH— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 15, 2017While Lukaku joined United from Everton in the close season, another player made the opposite journey with former England captain Wayne Rooney set to make his first appearance back at Old Trafford after rejoining his hometown club.Rooney claimed five Premier League titles and each of the Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup once in a 13-year stint at United and Mourinho, who described the 31-year-old as a “real legend”, expects him to receive a warm welcome from the home crowd.He said: “I think he will get the welcome he deserves.”I think sometimes the word legend in this country comes too easy, that’s not the case with him, he’s a real legend – the number of goals, trophies, he’s clearly one of the most important players in Manchester United’s history and I think the stadium will show him the respect he deserves, I hope before the match and after the match, not during the match.”last_img read more


U17 WC: Mali plays India’s Group A rivals

first_imgU17 World Cup Under-17 World Cup: Mali plays India’s Group A rivals Goal Last updated 2 years ago 05:01 21/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mali Niger U-17 CAF qualifiers spag.asia U17 World Cup Mali U17 Ghana U17 India U17 The African giants have played a friendly against Ghana and are scheduled to come up against USA… The All India Football Federation (AIFF) turned down the opportunity to play against Mali as coach Luis Norton didn’t want to play a strong opposition ahead of the Under-17 World Cup next month.India are instead scheduled to play against Mauritius on Thursday morning.Meanwhile, Mali have opted to play friendlies against India’s Group A rivals, namely Ghana and USA. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Mali, who were runners-up in the 2015 edition of the Under-17 World Cup, downed Ghana Under-17 2-1 on Wednesday evening in Abu Dhabi.They are to come up against USA Under-17 team on September 30 in Abu Dhabi before the two teams leave for India.last_img read more


Bagan to question Kamo over derby display

first_imgMohun Bagan Mohun Bagan to question Kamo Bayi over performance against East Bengal Goal Last updated 2 years ago 05:11 27/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Stephane Bayi Kamo Mohun Bagan East Bengal Calcutta Premier Division A The Green and Maroon brigade have expressed their disappointment over the display by striker Kamo Bayi in their last three crucial games… Mohun Bagan officials are taking stock of the performance of the Calcutta Football League (CFL) and Kamo Bayi has been at the centre of their attention.The striker, who finished as the second highest scorer in the competition, couldn’t make as much impact especially in the high profile derby against East Bengal last weekend. He didn’t score against Mohammedan Sporting, Peerless and East Bengal.“The technical committee is not satisfied with his performance in last three matches. We have noticed a lack of effort.  We will meet him to understand as to why he couldn’t perform in the key games. We are not blaming him for anything. However, we are keen to understand his side of the story,” informed  Mohun Bagan official Debashish Datta. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. It is believed that the striker will be let go of his duties once his contract expires at the end of the month.Meanwhile, East Bengal have expressed their interest in signing Bayi.“For me, Kamo has been the best player in this season’s CFL. Honestly, we don’t know what is to be done with him, as our Indian strikers, too, are very good. But if Bagan do release Kamo, we will certainly think about him,” said coach Khalid Jamil on Tuesday.last_img read more