Mitchell McClenaghan out of ODI series against India with pelvis injury

first_imgIn a major setback to New Zealand, fast bowler Mitchell McClenaghan has been ruled out of next month’s one-day international series against India with a pelvis injury. (India vs New Zealand third ODI postponed by one day due to ‘Karva Chauth’ festival)The news was confirmed by New Zealand Cricket spokesman, two days after it was revealed that paceman Adam Milne was also in line to miss the five-match series, starting in Dharamsala on October 16, stuff.co.nz reported.The 30-year-old, who has taken 82 ODI wickets in 48 matches, has not played a 50-over game since January when he suffered a nasty blow in the eye while batting against Pakistan in Wellington. (Also read: Gautam Gambhir makes a strong case for third opener’s slot ahead of New Zealand Test series)The leading seamer, however, had recovered in time to represent New Zealand at the World T20 in India.The absence of both Milne and McClenaghan could increase Doug Bracewell’s chances of making into the ODI squad, featuring Matt Henry, Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Jimmy Neesham.last_img read more

Live Updates: No funds to state associations without compliance, Supreme Court tells BCCI

first_imgThe Supreme Court has barred the BCCI from releasing any more funds to its state associations without compliance. Meanwhile BCCI chief Anurag Thakur has been asked  file an affidavit on his conversation with ICC boss Shashank Manohar.Four key points of the Supreme Court’s interim order:- Out of 25 associations, the 13 associations who got the money cannot use it unless they comply with Lodha reforms- The remaining 12 associations who didn’t get money have to file their unequivocal support to Lodha reforms or can’t get any money- BCCI president Anurag Thakur to file an affidavit in personal capacity on his conversation with ICC. The question he has to answer is whether he asked ICC to say that Lodha reforms amount to government interference- BCCI to file counter affidavit explaning their problems in detail on implementation of Lodha Reforms  15.56 IST: Rs 18.79 crore will be given to 13 state associations only if they abide by the Lodha recommendations. – Shetty in a fix as he has been asked to file an affidavit replying how he was authorised to file an affidavit on behalf of  BCCI- Anurag Thakur has to file a personal affidavit as to the conversation between him and ICC about the government interference.- Decision on ad-hoc body will be argued on Oct 17 15.53 IST: In case a state association needs funds, they will have to pass a resolution. Ratnakar Shetty placed on record whether he was authorised to file an affidavit on behalf of BCCI.Shetty has to swear how he got all the information about the meeting between BCCI chief Anurag Thakur and ICC president Shashank Manohar.advertisementThakur will have to file an affidavit on what happened between him and ICC chief. 15: 45 IST: Chief Justice of India passing interim order: No money to state association until a resolution is passed by state associations that they will comply with Lodha recommendations. 15:42 IST:  Chief Justice of India passing interim order:- Where money already given, State cannot appropriate money until above affidavit is filed before SC and Committee- Mr Shetty will place on record authorisation which showed he can swear to this affidavit14.00 IST: According to sources, the Lodha committee will object to further arguments in the matter. 13.45 IST: The Supreme Court is likely to pass only an interim order today and it could be related to fund allocation for state associations . Further arguments could resume on October 17. 13.35 IST: Will the apex court sack the entire top brass of the BCCI? In its hearing on Thursday, the Supreme Court was furious with state associations that had voted against the Lodha reforms. The Chief Justice of India told BCCI not to give any money to such associations and directed that all money paid to those states should be refunded to the Indian cricket board. 13.32 IST: Word JUST IN – The Supreme Court order will be pronounced after 2 PM. BCCI has refused to give any undertaking to accept the Lodha reforms.   A defiant BCCI agreed to implement only part of a raft of changes recommended by a court-appointed panel, which was set up last year to usher in reforms at the world’s richest cricket board.The Supreme Court will today pass an order if the BCCI refuses to give any undertaking to accept the RM Lodha panel reforms. The Supreme Court is expected to pass the order at around 1PM today.Meanwhile, former Indian Premier League chairman Lalit Modi has lashed out at BCCI president Anurag Thakur and called him the “original fixer”.You might want to answer that one @ianuragthakur While at it also let all know how you played your only #RanjiTrophy game to become selector pic.twitter.com/cG4Ey0m2iL Lalit Kumar Modi (@LalitKModi) October 7, 2016SUPREME COURT RAPS BCCIBCCI faced the Supreme Court’s wrath for its “defiant attitude” in implementing the directions of the Justice RM Lodha committee to reform cricket in the country and “hurriedly” disbursing around Rs 400 crore to state bodies.The apex court decided to pass an order on the issue of implementation of directions of the committee headed by former CJI Lodha on Friday after the counsel for Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) declined to give an “unconditional undertaking by Friday” that it will seek instructions to stop funds to the state bodies and abide by the panel’s recommendations. (Let’s collectively decide whether to stop IPL: Anurag Thakur) “You must not create a defiant attitude. This is not going to lead you anywhere,” a bench headed by Chief Justice TS Thakur said, emphasising that transparency, fairness and objectivity were most important aspects in all decisions including disbursal of funds by BCCI.advertisementThe bench was pained at BCCI’s stance that the verdicts and directions of the apex court and the Lodha panel were contrary to statutory provisions, saying its reluctance to accept them was part of a “strategy” or “design”, after senior advocate Gopal Subramaniam, assisting as an amicus curaie, drew attention to the BCCI’s affidavit.He also referred to constitutional provisions dealing with Supreme Court judges and criticised the board for roping in Justice (Retd) Markandey Katju who made “inappropriate remarks” against the judgement of the apex court and the deliberations of the Justice Lodha committee, to undermine the dignity of the apex court.”Once you become judge of the Supreme Court, you become part of the institution to which there is dignity attached,” he said, asking “can a former judge, once a colleague, can speak about the judgements”, talk to media or hold press conferences.Though the BCCI received the comments of Justice Katju in writing, it later distanced itself from him but used his views as an averment in the affidavit, Subramaniam said, adding that the apex cricket body was liable for both civil and criminal contempt for disobeying the binding judgement.”Can a body find out ways and means to subvert the judgement. The answer is ‘No’. It is a civil as well as criminal contempt. A binding judgement of this court cannot be disobeyed and subverted in such a manner till the time it is either modified or reviewed,” he said while stressing that all decisions of BCCI, post apex court judgement, be declared “non est (null and void).”The senior advocate said the apex court should pass an order that BCCI office bearers should be “superseded” by court-appointed administrators of “impeccable integrity”.last_img read more

Why are Barca stars disappearing from Spain’s squad?

first_imgBarcelona are carrying less and less clout in the Spain national team.When La Roja finished second at the 2013 Confederations Cup to hosts Brazil, nine of their squad hailed from Camp Nou, yet from that high, the number of players coming from the Catalan city have gradually been whittled down.Indeed, former Blaugrana boss Luis Enrique named just two players from his former club in his first squad, which will face England at Wembley on Saturday before tackling Croatia in Elche on Tuesday. 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! In 2018, the number of Barcelona players in the Spanish national squad (3.6) is at the lowest for a decade. In part, this has been brought about by the international retirements of Gerard Pique and Andres Iniesta while Jordi Alba has controversially been overlooked by the new coach , whose selection of Sergi Roberto has ensured that Sergio Busquets will not be the sole representative of his former club.Not since May 2016 has there been only one Barca player in a Spain squad, when Marc Bartra was the only player called for the post-season friendly against Bosnia-Herzegovina.Roberto has argued that it is “anecdotal that there are only two Barcelona players” in the squad, and he may be right. In recent years, there have been several squads that have contained so few players – the October 2017 teams that beat Israel and Albania, or the November 2016 squad that drew against England.The truth is, though, that with Alba left out, Luis Enrique has few other players to look at in the Barcelona starting XI, with Pique – the only other Spaniard who regularly appears for Ernesto Valverde’s side – already having ruled himself out of returning to the national side.Jordi Alba Spain 2018In some ways, it’s a direct consequence of the progressive turnover of heavyweight players like Carles Puyol, who quit the international game, or others like Victor Valdes, David Villa, Pedro, Cesc Fabregas and Thiago Alcantara, who left Barcelona, or others still like Xavi and Iniesta, who did both.These circumstances have coincided with the fact that Barca missed out on signing Marco Asensio and failed to convinced Dani Ceballos to sign up. Both are now in Real Madrid’s ranks and earned call-ups to Luis Enrique’s first squad.Spain Squad GFXAdditionally, both Denis Suarez and Munir El Haddadi have already played for Spain, while Carles Alena, just back from serious injury, and Sergi Samper were both regulars in the national youth teams. Both hope to make progress up the ladder.If the quota of Barcelona players in the national team is diminishing, it is because, in turn, that there are only seven eligible players (plus Pique) for the coach to select from. In contrast, there are 15 foreigners.Both Spain and Barca find themselves in a cycle of change.last_img read more

Virat Kohli, ruthless on the field, is a soft-hearted good Samaritan off it

first_imgVirat Kohli is an aggressor on the field; yet when he is off that competitive turf, he exhibits the opposite – calm, soft and giving.Recently in the Indian Premier League, Virat Kohli made a comeback after a short-injury lay-off and in the three matches that he has played, he has already scored two half tons. It has been long established that his much-criticised aggression is what makes him so dominant in the record books.While he is establishing his feet in the Indian Premier League 10, Kohli along with his Royal Challengers Bangalore teammates AB de Villers and Shane Watson visited the Tamahar Care Centre for “special children” stamping it yet again that off-the-field he’s all heart.Along with a photograph of himself, AB and Watson with a kid, Kohli wrote on his Instagram profile, “Came to meet some really special children at tamahar with Shane and AB. What a special time and so much to learn from them. Just happy with small things in life.”Time and again, Kohli has opened up with his soft side to his fans constantly giving them a sneak peek into his personal life, happenings and thoughts.Love being lazy at home with this naughty little dynamite. Unconditional Love ???? pic.twitter.com/Lzs5ijPK9eadvertisement- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) October 12, 2016Very recently, on April 18, Kohli had gone to visit CARE, a rescue and rehabilitation centre in Jakkur and what was originally supposed to be just a visit turned into Kohli spending time with the dogs and cats there for nearly an hour.Moreover, he also adopted 15 destitute dogs and decided to take care of the crippled and blind ones, according to Sudha Narayanan, founder and trustee of the organisation.On Women’s Day this year, Kohli also posted on Instagram a picture with his mother and alleged girlfriend Anushka Sharma saying, “Happy women’s day to every woman out there, but specially to the two strongest women in my life. My mom for looking after the family in toughest times in life and Anushka Sharma for fighting against the odds regularly and standing up for righteousness and changing the norms.”Kohli came under the scanner for his immense aggression and sledging during the Test series against Australia and clearly, his movement on the field, his expressions and body language exuded assertiveness and almost an element of antagonism. But it is this zeal and confidence that he has managed to transgress into his teammates which has made this Indian team look so spirited.Despite all the controversy around his on-field antics, Virat Kohli has always managed to assert that he has immense compassion for all beings off the competitive field.last_img read more

Mitchell Starc aims for early Ashes blows at Champions Trophy

first_imgAustralian pacer Mitchell Starc believes that his side’s clash with England during the forthcoming Champions Trophy would provide them with an opportunity to knock of their Ashes opponents and carry on that momentum in the five-match Test series between two sides.The arch-rivals will face each other at Edgbaston on June 10 in their final group game of the tournament, which starts June 2, and Starc wants his team to win that game and find weaknesses of England going into the Ashes.”Because it’s such a short tournament, you basically need to win every game anyway. So every game is going to be important, but with the Ashes on later in the year, there’s always going to be a little bit of momentum there if we can knock the Poms off, especially in England, and if we can create a few headaches with our quicks especially,” Starc told cricket.com.au.”Both teams have got a fair amount of cricket between the Champions Trophy and the Ashes, but it’s always important to beat the Poms whenever we play them,” he added.The left-arm pacer, who has resumed bowling for the first time since injuring his foot last month during the four-match Test series in India, said that they would look to create doubts in the minds of the English players during their Champions Trophy face-off.”And hopefully we can create a bit of doubt or open up a few old wounds or find a few extra weaknesses heading into the summer back here,” he said.advertisementChampions Trophy squads:Australia: Steve Smith (c), David Warner, Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, John Hastings, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, Adam ZampaEngland: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.last_img read more

Injured Nick Kyrgios withdraws from Rome Masters

first_imgAustralian tennis player Nick Kyrgios has retired from the Rome Masters due to injury and is set to be replaced by Aleksandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine.Kyrgios, who fell in the knockout stages of the Madrid Open against Spanish star Rafael Nadal, was scheduled to meet title contender Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the round of 16.But the World No.18 withdrew on Tuesday because of a hip problem, according to the organisers.The absence of the Australian presents a chance to Dolgopolov.The World No.89 had lost on Sunday against Nicolas Almagro of Spain in the qualifying rounds of the Rome Masters.He will meet Spanish Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round.last_img read more

First phase U-17 World Cup tickets sold out in Kolkata

first_imgll tickets for the 10 matches of the FIFA U-17 World Cup to be held in India from October 6-28 here have been sold out in less than 12 hours after the first phase of tickets were launched.With football supporters of the city lapping up tickets for the 10 games which will be held at the Salt Lake Stadium, including the final, all tickets for these matches were marked “sold out” in red on the FIFA website.Tickets for the matches in Kolkata were priced at Rs 480, Rs 960 and Rs 1,920.The local organising committee’s (LoC) tournament director Javier Ceppi had said that the first phase tickets will be limited and if all were sold out they would put up more on sale.Spanish World Cup winner and former FC Barcelona skipper Carles Puyol kick started the ticket sales on Tuesday as it went live on FIFA website at 19:11 hours, in a tribute to Mohun Bagan icons who in the same year had become the first Indian club to defeat an English side (East Yorkshire Regiment) in the IFA Shield final.The 85,000-capacity Salt Lake stadium will also host one Round-of-16 game, one quarterfinal, the third place playoff and the final besides six Group F matches.last_img read more

Sachin Tendulkar said he was “not going to act” when first approached for biopic

first_imgSachin Tendulkar’s bipoic is set to release next week and the Master Blaster has revealed he had denied to “act” in the film when he was first approached for ‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’.Tendulkar, who is known for having a protective approach of his privacy, is excited with his biopic which will relive the some of the most crucial moments from his life on and off the field. The making off the film started in 2012 and will hit the theatres on May 26.”When Ravi (Bhagchandka, producer) met me in 2012, his idea was that the life of other sports personalities have been covered so there should be a film on my life. My first reply was: ‘But I am not going to act’. It took me a while to say yes,” Tendulkar told PTI in an interview.”I continue to be slightly uncomfortable (to talk about myself). That’s why I have got other guys to talk about me. I always wanted to play cricket for India. Rest of the things happened around it. And when I got there, it was about winning the World Cup for India.”This film is about that. It is about chasing my dreams. My dream was not only my dream, it was a dream shared by a billion plus people.”The audience will also get to see the romance between him and his wife Anjali.”The audience will get to see my romance with Anjali (Tendulkar). How I met my wife and how we took it forward is part of film.advertisement”The biopic will show things that no one else had access to before. I had to speak with the whole family before coming out with this film. The most important objective is that the fans should have something to take back,” Tendulkar had last week told India Today in an exclusive chat.The 44-year-old will dedicate the film to to his father and brother.Tendulkar’s father used to tell him in his childhood that no matter if he has chosen cricket in his life, what would matter in the end is how virtuous he was as a person.Whereas Tendulkar’s brother Ajit played an integral part in his life as he was the person who introduced him to cricket, who introduced the former Indian batsman to his coach Ramkant Achrekar and encouraged him always during his cricketing journey.Tendulkar on Friday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi to brief him about his film. The 44-year-old legendary cricketer, who is also a Member of Parliament from Rajya Sabha, tweeted a picture of him with Modi, saying that he received the Prime Minister’s blessings ahead of the release of his much-anticipated film.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Venketrama Raja re-elected All-India Chess Federation chief

first_imgChennai, Jun 28 (PTI) Tamil Nadus P R Venketrama Raja was unanimously re-elected president of the All India Chess Federation (AICF) for the term 2017-2020 while Bharat Singh Chauhan of Delhi was elected honorary secretary. The new AICF office-bearers were elected during the annual general body meeting held in Chennai on June 25, said a press release here. Chauhan returns as the Federation honorary secretary and takes over from V Hariharan. He had served as the CEO in the previous term after stepping down as secretary as per government guidelines on tenure of office-bearers of national sports federations. The other office-bearers elected unopposed are: Treasurer: Kishor M Bandekar (Goa). Vice Presidents: D V Sundar (TN), A Bhakthavatchalam (Puducherry), A Narasimha Reddy (Telangana), Sekhar Chandra Sahu (Odisha), G Bhasker (Andaman) and Manoj Itkelwar (Maharashtra). Joint secretaries: R Hanumantha (Karnataka), Kapil Saxena (MP), Atanu Lahiri (Bengal), Th B Singh (Meghalaya), Naresh Sharma (Haryana) and Bhavesh Patel (Gujarat). PTI SS ATK ATKlast_img read more

Germany shock favourites Spain to win Euro Under-21 title

first_imgGermany stunned title favourites Spain 1-0 with a looping first-half header from Mitchell Weiser to win the European Under-21 championship on Friday and earn their second title.Germany blunted the sharpest attack at the finals, centred around the tournament top scorer Saul Niquez whose Spain side were bidding for a record-equalling fifth Euro crown.Germany’s Max Meyer headed against the post after seven minutes with the first of several chances in a dominant first half as Spain were taken by surprise.Serge Gnabry also twice came close for the Germans before Weiser’s clever header from Jeremy Toljan’s cross in the 40th minute sailed over keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga and into the net.Spain threatened only once in the first half, with a Hector Bellerin header, but increased the pressure after the break.Saul forced an outstanding save from Germany’s Julian Pollersbeck on the hour and Dani Ceballos fired narrowly wide as they went in search of an equaliser.But Germany, with several players confirming their status as potential contenders for next year’s World Cup squad, held on to add another Euro Under-21 trophy to their 2009 triumph.Germany’s senior team, the world champions, face Chile in the Confederations Cup final in Russia on Sunday.last_img read more

Timea Bacsinszky pulls out of US Open with hand injury

first_imgSwitzerland’s Timea Bacsinszky has withdrawn from the US Open due to a lingering hand injury, the world number 24 has said.Bacsinszky, who will also miss this month’s Connecticut Open in New Haven, was carrying a thigh injury during Wimbledon last month but said on Wednesday she had also been troubled by her hand since last year.”Unfortunately, I was forced to pull out of New Haven and the U.S. Open,” Bacsinszky, who reached the French Open semi-finals earlier this year, said on her Instagram account.”My thigh is now much better, but I still need to undertake a few exams for my hand. I cannot express how sad I am to announce such bad news, but my priority… is to let my body heal completely and take all the time needed in order to do so.”The US Open runs from August 28 to September 10 at Flushing Meadows, New York.last_img read more

Jason Behrendorff laughs off comparisons with WWE superstar John Cena

first_imgHe is ecstatic after his match-winning performance in his very second international game but rookie left-arm speedster Jason Behrendorff’s ultimate aim is to play Test cricket for a long time.”Test cricket is the ultimate prize and wearing the baggy green cap is something I am sure all cricketers aspire to and I certainly do. I will be pursuing and doing everything I can to play Test cricket,” Behrendorff said after winning Man of the Match award for his 4/21 in Australia’s eight wicket victory.Having bowled just an over on his debut in Ranchi, the lanky pacer made the most of the overcast conditions to rip through the Indian top four – Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and Manish Pandey – in 15 deliveries.The feeling of winning a game for Australia is yet to sink in. “An unbelievable feeling to be honest. Ranchi was almost nearly not getting on at all, to get one over was great to get out there but to bowl four overs tonight to take four wickets but mainly to get a win, to get the boys back up and about after a pretty tough time in the one-dayers, it’s very special,” said Behrendorff.”I was really happy with that. A few ones that I got hit to the boundary probably were not obviously where I needed to be bowling. But obviously to get the ball up there, swing the ball, hit guys on the pads and nick blokes off those are the things we talk about in our meetings to get the balls in those areas especially up front so I was very happy with that.”advertisementIt’s interesting to see if Australia would field two left-armers in Behrendorff and Mitchell Starc in the upcoming Ashes. “We are left-armers, we both swing it a bit. Mitch bowls a bit quicker than I do, but I know Mitch reasonably well. I’ve spent a bit of time playing with him occasionally but mainly against him. He is someone that I feel I can talk to and get some advice off as well.”Having been hit for two boundaries in the first over, Behrendorff set it up nicely for Rohit Sharma. The full length delivery swung back to trap him leg before. “For me, that’s what I generally try to do — swing it back, that’s my plan up front especially to the right handers,” he said.Behrendorff has also gained attention for his close resemblance to WWE superstar John Cena. Behrendorff was in splits after Cena’s name came up in the post match press conference.”From what I can understand he is a fair bit bigger than I am. But I’ll take it (the comparisons made by fans), sure.”Being aggressive may be fast bowlers’ forte but Behrendorff wants his ball to do the talking. “You don’t have to be mean and nasty all the time. Generally I try and let my skills and the ball do the work and let that do the talking for me instead of getting into a verbal battle or anything like that.”Some guys enjoy that and that’s what gets them going and fired up, but it’s not really my style.”Having struggled with injuries, Behrendorff has acquired education in sports science. “It’s nice to have a bit of knowledge about what’s going on so I can chat to the doctors and the physios and understand exactly what’s going on, what I need to do.”Behrendorff knows a thing or two about intense rehabiliation programmes. “The main thing is doing your rehab and getting back… and now enjoying playing international cricket for the first time. It’s something I have worked so hard for and I am loving every minute of it.”Back home it was an emotional time for his family. “It was a very special moment probably telling my wife first off was amazing. She was away at the time so we had to do it over the phone. She was very excited. The next best one was my dad. He’s never speechless, he’s an outgoing sort of guy but he was speechless on the phone for about 10 seconds.”The latest Aussie pacer may also be sought after in the lucrative Indian Premier League T20. “It might do. That’s down the track, I’ve got a fair bit of cricket to play yet so first and foremost focussed on winning the next game in Hyderabad and then got a summer of cricket to play but that would be very nice,” he concluded.advertisementlast_img read more

Tackling Virat Kohli and Co will not be easy: Mitchell Santner

first_imgNew Zealand spinner Mitchell Santner said on Monday that the key to success against India’s much-vaunted batting line-up would be to bowl reasonably quick and induce mistakes from Virat Kohli and Co.India and New Zealand will lock horns in a limited-overs series, comprising three ODIs and an equal number of T20 Internationals, starting October 22.”It is tough (to bowl against India), they are a very good players of spin. They have grown up playing spin. I just try to keep it pretty simple,” Santner said ahead of his team’s practice game against Board President’s XI.”Bowl the ball reasonably quick on the surface and make the batsmen commit a mistake. If you get a few dots and build pressure that way, you can hopefully get a few wickets. That’s what I’ll be trying to do,” he added.Asked about the plans to tackle the ever-dangerous Virat Kohli, Santner was candid enough to admit that it was no easy task. “Not easy. He’s a very good player, and so is a lot of their team. They’re in good form, the way they played against Australia was very good. The last time we came here, we did OK. Hopefully we can do one better this time and take the series.”According to Santner his past experience will help him in this series. “We haven’t been here for a while. But for me, it’s about taking those past experiences of the way I bowled over here, and the way to bowl spin over here. So I’ll be looking to do that,” he added.advertisementThe legendary Daniel Vettori has had plenty of experience of bowling in India and Santner has taken his advice. “I have (learnt from him). He’s a very good left-arm spinner. I am not trying to bowl miracle balls every ball. It’s about tying up a batsman and waiting for them to make amistake.”Especially on wickets that offer a little bit, I watched a lot of Axar Patel and Ravindra Jadeja. They just try to bowl very consistent and good areas and wait for the batsmen to hit a big shot and get out or run past one. I have taken a little bit of footage from there”, he added.Santner said the in-form all-rounder Hardik Pandya is a concern but the Kiwis were ready with ways to tackle him. “He is a very good striker. He tends to hit down the ground very good. So I guess it’s key to take the length off him. I saw him hit (Adam) Zampa for 3 sixes in an over. So, once he hits one, he wants to keep going.”So if you can tie him down or make him hit singles, hopefully he will try to play a big shot and go for a ball that’s not quite there. But yeah he’s a very good player and striker. So we have to beware,” he said.Santner said personally he enjoys bowling in India. “It always tends to spin here more, which is a good thing for me as a spinner. But yeah the Indians are very good players of spin, and we have to work really hard. Hopefully get a little bit of turn out there, but just hopefully be able to control them a little bit. Try and get a few dots in the over and try and be happy with maybe 4 an over. Looking forward to the series,” he said.Santner played a crucial role in New Zealand’s win against India in the opening match of World T20 last year and the bowler has fond memories of the game. “I think on that day, we did keep it pretty simple, tried to bowl relatively quick. Didn’t try and give them too much and let them make a mistake. We can learn from that experience and take it into this series. We have to adapt, if it’s not going to sin as much then you might have to change the way we bowl,” Santner recalled.last_img read more

Virat Kohli overtakes AB de Villiers to become fastest to reach 9000 ODI runs

first_imgVirat Kohli just keeps on scoring runs and smashing records!The India captain has now surpassed South African star AB de Villiers to become the fastest to reach 9000 One-Day International runs — in just 194 innings.The list, that is now lead by Kohli, has De Villiers on second with 9000 runs in 205 innings and former India captain Sourav Ganguly is third having reached the mark in 228 innings.On Sunday, in the ODI series decider vs New Zealand in Kanpur, Kohli stepped up his game once again and as soon as his score tally touched 83, he achieved another record.Earlier in the match, Kohli also became the first batsman to score 2000 ODI runs in 2017, beating the likes of South Africa’s Hashim Amla (1988 runs) and England’s Joe Root (1855 runs).Kohli’s list of records doesn’t end there!In the decider itself, he also became the fastest to reach 5000 runs in international cricket as captain across formats, taking only 93 innings to reach the mark. Second to him in the list is Michael Clarke who took 109 innings to reach the mark.In the first match of the series, Kohli also surpassed Australian great Ricky Ponting in the list of most ODI hundreds scoring his 31st ton. He only trails Sachin Tendulkar, who tops the list with 49 ODI centuries.The India captain had a brilliant 2016 where he struck 2595 international runs and the 28-year-old has only bettered his statistics this year.Kohli became the first batsman to reach 1000 runs in 2017 in ODIs. Till now, the India captain has scored two Test centuries and five ODI hundreds.advertisementODI isn’t the only format Kohli is flourishing in this year!Earlier in 2017, the Delhi batsman became the first to score double hundred in four straight Test series — 200 vs West Indies, 211 vs New Zealand, 235 vs England and 204 vs Bangladesh.The skipper has also led India to four consecutive ODI series win this year, along with reaching the final of ICC Champions Trophy.last_img read more

Arsene Wenger backs Alexis Sanchez’s ‘full of commitment’ display, fans think otherwise

first_imgArsene Wenger defended the reportedly unsettled Alexis Sanchez after the Chilean’s brace helped Arsenal overcome Crystal Palace 3-2 on Thursday.Wenger said that his attitude is fine and performances such as these proved his commitment to the club.Sanchez has been accused of not giving his all for the club after his much hyped move to title rivals Manchester City failed in the summer. His contract expires in June next year but his show against Palace would take away any doubts regarding his commitment to the North London club.Wenger told reporters afterwards he was not “fearful” that Sanchez, whose second-half brace in the space of just four minutes turned the game, would leave in next month’s transfer window.WATCH FULL VIDEOThe Arsenal coach also spoke about Sanchez’s contract situation and made it clear that he doesn’t fear much about the situation. However, some incredulous fans think that this performance of his, right before the transfer window opens in January, is for the likes of City and Paris Saint Germain to come and lap him up.City, the Premier League’s runaway leaders, have been consistently linked with a move for Sanchez but, coming into the final six months of his contract, they could wait until the summer to snap him up on a free transfer.That’s 7️�?� @premierleague goals this season for our No 7️�?�#ElNinoMaravilla �??��??� pic.twitter.com/dfENKgGfBZ- Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) December 28, 2017Wenger, though, told reporters: “Always when people don’t have long contracts, they are questioned. The best way to show they are committed is to give that kind of performance.advertisement”I felt he was very good tonight from the first minute on, focused on the game. This kind of Sanchez is a great football player, as we know. That’s the kind of performance we want from him.”Though it has been considered a formality that Sanchez will leave, Wenger added: “Look, first of all nobody knows what will happen really. It’s difficult to speculate.”At the moment we are focused on the next game, with the players committed and ready to fight. It’s not a guarantee of how long you stay somewhere.”As long as you are somewhere, you give your best. I’m not a specialist in psychology.”�??� @Alexis_Sanchez #ElNinoMaravilla �??��??� pic.twitter.com/yGJyihFZ6m- Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) December 28, 2017Jack Wilshere, also outstanding in the Arsenal win and creator of Sanchez’s second goal with an exquisite long pass, said afterwards that he expected to sign a new deal with the club.The England midfielder, who like Sanchez is out of contract in the summer, said: “The boss said he will speak to me…I’m sure it will get done.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

IOC faces tricky decision over possible Russia ban

first_imgUnder huge pressure from all sides, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will decide on Tuesday whether to ban Russia from next year’s Winter Olympics over alleged institutionalised doping.Anti-doping agencies and many athletes want Russia to be completely excluded from Pyeongchang, but Moscow has vehemently denied state involvement and complained of political manipulation.Facing the same decision ahead of the Rio Summer games 18 months ago, the IOC stopped short of imposing a blanket ban and instead left decisions on individual athletes’ participation to the respective sports federations.Russia’s anti-doping agency (RUSADA) has been suspended since a report by a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) commission headed by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren in 2015 found evidence of state-sponsored doping in Russia and accused it of systematically violating anti-doping regulations.A further WADA report by McLaren in 2016 found that more than 1,000 Russian competitors in more than 30 sports had been involved in a conspiracy to conceal positive drug tests over a five-year period.In the last month, the IOC’s own commission has banned more than 20 Russian athletes from the Olympics for life over doping violations at the 2014 Winter Games that Russia hosted in Sochi, while WADA has said that Russia remains “non-compliant” with its code.The options facing the 15-member IOC Executive Board, which meets on Tuesday, include a blanket ban on Russia or allowing Russian athletes to compete in South Korea as neutrals. This would mean that they could not participate under Russia’s flag and the Russian anthem would not be played at medal ceremonies.advertisementThe IOC could also do what it did at Rio and defer the decision to the international sports federations. Although Russia was barred from athletics and weightlifting, it was able to send around 70 percent of its original 387-strong squad after other sports’ federations accepted its athletes.DELICATE DECISIONIOC President Thomas Bach said at the time that the decision balanced “the desire and need for collective responsibility versus the right to individual justice of every individual athlete”.The IOC could argue that the fundamental situation has not changed since then despite the evidence produced from the Sochi games and the publication of the second part of the McLaren report.”The IOC has a delicate decision to make,” sports marketing expert Patrick Nally said.”On the one hand, it needs to show WADA and the world’s media that it is chastising Russia, but at the same time it needs to be temperate in its approach … Banning them outright will, I think, be too negative a step.”A compromise is necessary if the IOC wants to maintain stability. It can withstand media criticism but it can’t withstand an all-out war with one of its influential members.”Last week, Joseph de Pencier, head of the iNADO umbrella group of national anti-doping agencies, said allowing Russia to take part in Pyeongchang would raise doubts about sport’s willingness to root out drug cheats.Russian officials have said their country is the victim of a politicised dirty tricks campaign designed to besmirch its reputation and curb its sporting success.On Monday, two Russian Olympic medallists urged the IOC to allow Russian athletes to compete.”I passionately believe that it is not the answer to ban innocent, clean, young Russian athletes from competing under the Russian flag in Pyeongchang,” said Svetlana Zhurova, who won Olympic gold in speed skating in 2006.Evgeni Plushenko, a four-time Olympic figure skating medallist, said making Russians compete as neutrals would be “unfair on them and all their competitors who in some way would feel that the competition and Olympic spirit would have been devalued”.last_img read more