Tottenham Hotspur will open their Premier League campaign against Newcastle United at St James’ Park. Manager Mauricio Pochettino said that Spurs must not be satisfied with qualifying for the Champions League and have to mount a more serious challenge in the Premier League and for other trophies.The London club finished third last season to secure their place in Europe’s elite club competition for a third season running.”Of course it is a massive success for the club to be in the Champions League for the third year in a row. But maybe that is not enough, maybe we need to change certain things. For me, it is not enough,” Pochettino told British media.Spurs, who are preparing to move into their new 850 million pounds ($1.1 billion) stadium for the new season, have yet to sign any players in the current transfer window.”If some people believe the manager of Tottenham does not want trophies they are not right in their minds. I am here to win,” said the Argentine.”Can we win something this season? In football, all can happen. It will be tough because our opponents are at a level where every year they improve … we are competing in the same race but with a different car.”Tottenham on Tuesday saw the return of their World Cup stars, but Pochettino said he already has plans to integrate the returning players into training ahead of the game.Reporting for duty. #COYS pic.twitter.com/KsGAjxcM45Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 6, 2018″It’s a massive challenge for us after we tried to provide the team a good rest. For the players that were involved in the World Cup, it was massive and so important to give a very good rest and recovery after a very tough season and World Cup and now it’s a big challenge for us to try to provide them with the best tools to be competitive as soon as possible,” Pochettino told Spurs TV.advertisementBut the Spurs manager was not willing to divulge the names of the players who might start in the Premier League opener.”If some players are ready, of course we are going to use them but we are not going to take some risks because sometimes for one game, you lose the players for one month or two months and that is (why it’s) so important to be clever in the decisions that we are going to take.”(With inputs from Reuters)
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Italian Moto2 rider Romano Fenati was banned for two races after leaning over on the straight and grabbing the brake lever on rival Stefano Manzi’s bike following an earlier clash in the San Marino Grand Prix on Sunday.He was dumped by his Moto2 team on Monday, and was also set to lose a 2019 MV Agusta deal.The Marinelli Snipers team announced they had terminated the 22-year-old’s contract on account of “his unsporting, dangerous and damaging conduct for the image of all.””With extreme regret, we have to note that his irresponsible act endangered the life of another rider and can’t be apologised for in any way,” the team added.The boss of Italian bike maker MV Agusta also vowed to scrap a contract for 2019.FIM MotoGP Stewards ??Black flag Romano Fenati for irresponsible riding ??#Moto2 #SanMarinoGP pic.twitter.com/sTqv6nhZerMotoGP?????? (@MotoGP) September 9, 2018Stewards ruled he had “deliberately attempted to cause danger to another rider by interfering with his machine whilst on track”.Fenati was immediately shown the black flag, disqualifying him from the race, but Crutchlow felt the rider had got off lightly.”I think he should never race a motorcycle again,” Crutchlow told reporters. “He should have walked back to the garage and his team should have just kicked him straight out the back.””This has been the worse and saddest thing I ever seen in a bike race. True sportsmen would never act this way,” MV Agusta president Giovanni Castiglioni told his 565,000 followers on Instagram.advertisement”If I would be (MotoGP promoters) Dorna I would ban him from world racing.”Regarding his contract for a future position as rider of MV Agusta Moto2, I will oppose myself in every way to stop it. It won’t happen, he doesn’t represent our company true values,” added Castiglioni.Fenati, who also caused headlines in 2015 when he was penalised for kicking out at Finnish rider Niklas Ajo in a Moto3 warm-up in Argentina, had been due to join MV Agusta’s new Moto2 project next season.Moto2, previously the 250cc category, is a feeder series one rung below the main MotoGP class.The MV Agusta project is in partnership with Forward Racing, whose rider Stefano Manzi was on the receiving end of Fenati’s actions.It was Italian Andrea Dovizioso who won the San Marino Grand Prix for Ducatiwhile reigning world champion Marc Marquez finished second to increase his MotoGP championship lead to 67 points.Local favourite Valentino Rossi managed only a distant seventh for Yamaha and lost second place overall to Dovizioso who now has 154 points to Spaniard Marquez’s 221 with six races remaining. Rossi has 151.Ducati’s Jorge Lorenzo, who had started on pole position at the Marco Simoncelli circuit on Italy’s Adriatic coast, crashed out on the penultimate lap while heading for a Ducati one-two finish.That lifted Britain’s Cal Crutchlow, whose home race at Silverstone last month was cancelled due to heavy rain and drainage problems, to third as the leading non-factory finisher on an LCR-Honda.”We did everything perfectly,” said Dovizioso, who had started in fourth place and was leading after six laps. His winning margin was 2.822 seconds.”That was the only way to win today because Jorge was very strong and beating Marc was very difficult,” added the Italian.The win was Dovizioso’s first at Misano and third of the season as well as his team’s third in a row. Lorenzo had won in Austria while his team mate triumphed in the Czech Republic before that.Lorenzo and Marquez had a lively battle for second place while closing in on Dovizioso but that ended when the polesitter slid out at turn eight.”It was so difficult,” said Marquez, who made the point that Ducati had tested at Misano while Honda had not. “When I saw that Dovi was so strong today my target was to finish second and to lose only five points.”I’m disappointed that Jorge crashed but we were both pushing a lot because Dovi was there in front.”Australian Jack Miller, who had lined up in second place at the start on a non-factory Pramac Ducati, also crashed out early on while fourth.(With inputs from Reuters)
Mumbai, Nov 28 (IANS) Actor Rahul Bose, who was last seen in “Vishwaroopam II”, has said that he will start shooting for “Baahubali: Before the Beginning” in December.He was interacting with media at the inauguration of an art show called ‘Breaking Barriers’ on Tuesday here.Sporting a bearded look when Rahul was proded about it, he said: “I am doing a prequel to ‘Baahubali’ for Netflix. It is called as ‘Baahubali: Before the Beginning’. “I have a big role in it. We will start shooting December beginning. My character has a bearded look, and I don’t want to sport a fake beard for the next six months. I will have the same look.””Baahubali: Before the Beginning” is a web series based on Anand Neelakantan’s 2017 novel “The Rise of Sivagami”, and is a Netflix Original from India. A part of the Baahubali franchise, the series is directed by Deva Katta and co-directed by Praveen Sataru. It is produced jointly by S.S. Rajamouli and Arka Media Works.It stars Rahul Bose, Mrunal Thakur, Shriya Saran and Atul Kulkarni in key roles.”Baahubali: Before the Beginning” is the third Netflix Original produced in India after the crime thriller “Sacred Games” and horror mini-series “Ghoul”. The first season consists of nine episodes and acts as a prequel to “Baahubali: The Beginning”, following the journey of Sivagami’s rise to power in the fictional Mahishmati kingdom.–IANSiv/in
PV Sindhu is almost a new player in the fag end of 2018, as she stormed into the final of the women’s singles event at the BWF World Tour Finals.Sindhu defeated Ratchanok Intanon 21-16, 25-23 in 54 minutes to reach her second straight final in Guangzhou, China on Saturday.After the match, Sindhu when asked what is different given her chance in ‘fortunes’ she said it was all in her head. Sindhu revealed that she has improved a bit in the mental aspect of the sport, and she is no longer losing those ‘crucial points’.”I have improved a bit [in mental fortitude] because sometimes, couple of times before if I was leading and say she would fight back and take the lead, I would get nervous but now I have been comparatively much more stronger. I think it’s okay, she has taken a good point and why not just appreciate it and focus on the next point rather than thinking what and why did it go wrong. In that case, I tend to think and lose crucial points,” Sindhu said, when asked about the mental aspect of the game by indiatoday.in.World No. 6 Sindhu has lost a list of major finals – including the Rio Olympics, two World Championships in 2017 and 2018, Commonwealth Games and the Jakarta Asian Games – to settle for silvers, in the last two years.With the win, Sindhu remained unbeaten in the tournament as she won all three of her group games and came into the semi-final on the back of some superlative performances and she showed her repertoire of strokes against Ratchanok Intanon.advertisementSindhu had come into the match with a 3-4 record against the Thai player but she was buoyed by her recent results as she has not lost to Intanon in the last two years.Sindhu and Inthanon started on an equal note, splitting the initial 14 points. Sindhu tried to attack the long serves of Intanon, putting pressure on the Thai with her power-packed returns to lead 10-7. The Indian missed a couple of points before entering the break with a small 11-9 advantage.Intanon quickly erased the deficit with a brilliant angled return at the net. While the Thai shuttler tried to target Sindhu’s body, she also committed errors of judgement and went wide allowing Sindhu to stay a step ahead always.Sindhu tried to put some lovely touch to her returns, leaving Intanon wrong footed many times. She also unleashed some powerful smashes to trouble the Thai player.Sindhu grabbed four game points when Intanon went wide and sealed it when the Thai player’s angled return got buried in the net.After the change of sides, Sindhu rushed away with the first four points but the deceptive Intanon narrowed down the lead to 5-6 with counter-attacking cross-court smash and then drew parity at 7-7 when Sindhu sent one wide.But another shot going long and Sindhu was back in the lead and she made it 10-7 when the Thai player made another error in judging the shuttle on the line.A 27-shot rally ended with a powerful smash from Intanon, who again levelled the scores at 10-10 and went to the break with an 11-10 advantage when Sindhu committed two unforced errors.Sindhu reeled off four points to again go into the lead but Intanon produced a superb net dribble and a precise smash at the deep corner to keep breathing down the Indian’s neck.Intanon equalled again when Sindhu went wide and then led 16-15 with another body smash.Errors again caught up with Intanon as she missed the line and then went long as Sindhu led 18-16. But the Thailand shuttler again drew parity at 18-18 with another brilliant smash and a lucky net chord placed the game evenly-poised 19-19.Intanon unleashed a superb cross-court smash to move to a game point advantage. Sindhu responded with her trademark smash before hitting one out as it was advantage Intanon again.An angled backhand return at the nets helped Sindhu make it 21-21 and she immediately grabbed her first match point with another smash.Intanon saved it with another smash at the deep forehand corner and shot to lead when Sindhu found the net. But she stumbled on two unforced errors to hand Sindhu the match point. Sindhu converted it with a smash from near the net following a fierce rally. “I was leading but then in the end, she came back and took the lead. I never really thought that oh I am leading but she played well. I was mostly making negative and small errors but I think when I was making those errors, which I shouldn’t, I was nervous ‘like what is going on’ but then I remained patient and kept going and after 20-20, it was anybody’s game. Even though I had won the first game, I thought each point was important and I had to finish it off,” Sindhu said after the match.advertisement”I think some points I was just playing, like even if it was mid-court, I was playing high toss and pushes and I was making simple errors. I thought just hit and see what happens next. But then I was successful and I think it was a good finish overall and even she played well,” Sindhu said.The Olympic silver medallist will now fight for the title with Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara, to whom she had lost an epic World Championship final, last year.”It’s going to be a long match [chuckles], a good match but I think it’s not going to be easy because we know each others game. Over there we need to strategise and play accordingly,” Sindhu said when asked about the final.When posed with the question what it will mean for her to claim gold on Sunday, she replied “very important”.”Definitely it will mean a lot [gold medal instead of silver]. I will not say that like pressure but I will just play like I have played the last four matches and definitely if I win it will be very important for me,” Sindhu said.As for the mental aspect for Sindhu, she said she will just have to keep the shuttle on the court.”Well, it [mental aspect] will be important, patience will be very important because whenever we play there are long rallies and we both have to be patient enough and be there on the court as much as possible and otherwise I think with her, there’s not much of strategy but just that I have to keep the shuttle on the court,” Sidhu signed off.(With inputs from PTI)Also Read | Sachin Tendulkar goofs up while wishing newlyweds Saina and Kashyap, uses Srikanth’s photoAlso Read | Saina Nehwal marries Parupalli Kashyap: ‘A perfect match that resulted in a tie’
Star wrestler Bajrang Punia on Sunday dedicated his gold medal victory at the Dan Kolov-Nikola Petrov to Indian Air Force (IAF) Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who returned to India from Pakistan on Friday.Bajrang defeated American Jordan Oliver in the 65kg catergory final on Saturday at the Dan Kolov-Nikola Petrov wrestling in Ruse, Bulgaria.”I want to dedicate my gold to Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman. He has inspired me. I want to meet him one day and also shake hands with him,” Bajrang Punia tweeted after his victory.65kg Gold goes to – BAJRANG (IND) pic.twitter.com/BlPLvysNJYUnited World Wrestling (@wrestling) 2 March 2019Bajrang, who bagged the top prize at the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games last year, has won four gold medals and one silver in the last five tournaments.On Wednesday, Wing Commander Abhinandan, while flying the MiG 21 Bison, was chasing Pakistani F-16 fighters, which had transgressed into the Indian airspace, and in the process, his plane crossed over to Pakistani side and was shot down. He ejected safely but was taken into custody by the Pakistan Army upon landing. Before his plane was shot, he had hit a Pakistani F-16.Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday announced that Abhinandan would be handed over to India as a “peace gesture” and the moment finally came on a rainy night on Friday after hours of waiting.On March 1, wearing blue blazer and grey khaki trouser, he crossed over into India from Attari-Wagah border at 9:20 pm IST. He was handed over by the Pakistan Rangers to the Border Security Force (BSF) following paperwork.advertisementWing Commander Abhinandan was accompanied by an officer of the Pakistan Foreign Office and Indian Defence Attache Group Captain Joy Thomas Kurien.Tensions escalated between the two neighbouring nations following the Pulwama terror attack on February 14 in which India’s Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) lost 40 soldiers.Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility for the ghastly attack in which a suicide bomber blew up a CRPF bus in Pulwama.India responded to it by launching air strikes on a Jaish terror base in Balakot, early Tuesday morning. Pakistan retaliated with their own air strike inside the Indian territory the very next day after which Wing Commander Abhinandan crossed the border.Also Read | BCCI pays tribute to Abhinandan Varthaman: You rule the skies and you rule our heartsAlso Read | Virat Kohli salutes real hero Wing Commander Abhinandan: I bow down to youAlso Watch:
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday shared his past experiences of playing at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup with its national team.The cricketer-turned-politician Khan had led Pakistan to their only World Cup win in 1992, where the team defeated England by 22 runs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).Khan met the men in green at his Bani Gala residence in Islamabad. Entire 17-member contingent along with the national selection committee, headed by Inzamamul Haq, head coach Mickey Arthur and rest of the team management were part of the meeting, Cricket Pakistan reported.Pakistan will leave for England on April 23 to play in a one-off T20I and five ODIs against England, beginning May 5.The team will then clash with Afghanistan and Bangladesh in the warm-ups before opening their World Cup campaign against West Indies on May 31 at the Trent Bridge, Nottingham.Also Read | 2019 World Cup: Mohammad Amir not named in Sarfraz Ahmed-led Pakistan squadAlso Read | Ajinkya Rahane seeks BCCI permission to play for HampshireAlso See
Defending champions Manchester City have shown they can compete like “animals” this season in a bid to retain their Premier League title, midfielder Fernandinho has said.City restored their one-point lead over Liverpool at the top of the table after Wednesday’s 2-0 win at Manchester United and can become the first team to retain the Premier League title since the Old Trafford club in 2009.Victory in the final three games of the season will ensure a fourth league crown in eight years and Fernandinho said City’s display at United showed how determined they were to succeed.”We showed the desire in competing for every ball like animals. I think this is the spirit of a team that wants to be champions,” Fernandinho told reporters.Liverpool, who are looking to end a 29-year drought for an English league title, were seven points ahead of City in January before Pep Guardiola’s side handed them their only defeat of the season to reduce the deficit.City have displayed ruthless form since, winning their last 11 league games, and Brazil international Fernandinho believes that the title race will go down to the wire.”If you look back to January, they could have been 10 points clear after our game. We didn’t want that. We reduced the gap to four points and now we’re one point up,” he said.”That’s the way the Premier League is going to be decided and I hope we can do our job and win those three games, and be champions again.”advertisementCity are at Burnley on Sunday and finish their season with games against Leicester City and Brighton and Hove Albion.”Burnley are always difficult. They have a specific way to play and it’s not easy to go there. They drew with Chelsea last Monday,” added Fernandinho, who is a doubt for the game with a knee injury.”We have to recover as soon as possible and try to be fit and be ready. It’s going to be a very important, very difficult game for us.”Also Read | Manchester City star Raheem Sterling honoured with award for fighting racismAlso Read | East Bengal exploring Barcelona tie-up possibilityAlso Watch | Love the energy of the Indian players in the IPL before World Cup: Virat Kohli
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) skipper Kane Williamson said his side did not come out with their best performance in the Eliminator of the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and that’s why Delhi Capitals deserved to win.Sunrisers had to face a heart-wrenching two-wicket defeat in the knockout game at the ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium here on Wednesday.After setting up a competitive 163-run target, SRH failed to capture key moments during the course of the game and eventually bowed out of the competition.After the match, Williamson felt the total of 162 was adequate. “It was one of those surfaces that produce such close matches. I believed we had a competitive total after the first half. I knew it would be a tricky chase after the powerplay overs as with such totals there are small margins.””We have been in a position of strength before and haven’t nailed it, today was another such day and that’s a little bit frustrating,” he added.It was Prithvi Shaw who set up the chase for Delhi with 56 off 38 at the top of the order before Rishabh Pant blasted 49 off 21 to take them to the brink of victory. However, there were hiccups during the run chase towards the end as the Shreyas Iyer-led side lost a flurry of wickets before Keemo Paul pulled Khaleel Ahmed for the winning boundary off the penultimate delivery.”Delhi played very well, they are a strong outfit and I think they deserved this win and I think they will go all the way,” said Williamson.advertisement”We believed it was a winning total and it looked like it for a long time, they started well and had all the momentum, they had some quality players, as expected on this wicket we squeezed them back and got ourselves ahead, we weren’t very clinical with the catching or in our bowling, we weren’t great today. It wasn’t our best performance, a few things needed to be changed and it could have been a winning total,” he added.The Kiwi further said the team was building and hoped the players would continue to grow and come out with a better performance in the next season.”We are building well as a franchise and the development process will have to continue,” he signed off.Also Read | IPL 2019: Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw knock SRH out, Delhi Capitals on course for maiden finalAlso Read | How is Rishabh Pant not in World Cup squad? Asks Michael Vaughan after DC beat SRH
SHIKHAR DHAWANThe 33-year-old left-handed batsman Shikhar Dhawan made his India ODI debut in 2010. Since his debut, he has been an integral part of the ODI set up in the backdrop of some excellent performances. With a total of 5178 runs in the 123 matches that he has played for India, Shikhar Dhawan is India’s one of the most sought after opening batsmen. Boasting of a solid strike rate of 93.48, and a highest ODI score of 137, Shikhar Dhawan can take apart the opposition bowling attack with his flamboyant batting skills on his day. Come 2019 World Cup, he would aim to add to his 27 half-centuries and 15 hundreds.ROHIT SHARMARohit Sharma is a right-handed batsman who made his ODI debut for India against Ireland on June 23, 2007. Born in Nagpur, the 31-year-old Rohit has three double centuries to his name in ODIs. What sets Rohit Sharma apart is the way he goes about his innings – he usually takes his time to settle on the pitch but once he crosses 50-60 runs, he tends to explode. Rohit has played 201 ODIs for India and has scored 7808 runs at a strike rate of 88.33. Rohit’s highest ODI score is 264 that he scored at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. In his ODI career so far, Rohit has scored 22 hundreds, 39 fifties and three doubles hundreds.KL RAHULThe 26-year old KL Rahul is a right-handed batsman from Karnataka who made his ODI debut for India on June 11, 2016 against Zimbabwe away from home. The wicketkeeper-batsman has played 13 ODIs and managed to score 317 runs at a strike rate of 80.66. Rahul’s highest score for India is 100 and that’s the only ODI hundred he has to his name. Rahul has also scored two fifties in the ODIs for India. Rahul, who was recently embroiled in the Koffee with Karan controversy along with Hardik Pandya, is a flamboyant batsman and is known for his stroke-making once he gets going.advertisementVIRAT KOHLIVirat Kohli, who is now the Indian captain, shot to fame after leading his squad to a memorable victory in the U-19 World Cup. Kohli then made his ODI debut for India on August 18, 2008 and there was no looking back for the batsman. Born in Delhi, the 30-year-old Kohli is set to lead India in the World Cup 2019 in England and Wales and would be looking to get his second World Cup victory. Kohli was a part of the 2011 World Cup-winning Team India under MS Dhoni. Kohli is regarded as the best batsman of the current generation and one of the best of all time as he chases Sachin Tendulkar’s batting records. Kohli has scored 10533 runs in 222 ODIs for India at a strike rate of 92.59 and an excellent average of 59.51. Kohli has scored 39 hundreds and 49 fifties in his career so far.MS DHONIThe 37-year-old MS Dhoni is at the last stretch of his career having captained India to three ICC trophies is now set to play under captain Virat Kohli in the World Cup 2019. Ranchi-born Dhoni made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka on December 2, 2005 and since then he has scored 10415 runs in 338-ODI appearance for the country. Dhoni, who is a right-handed batsmen, is famous for his trademark helicopter shot and fast hand behind the stumps. MS Dhoni, who has scored over 10000 runs at an average of 50.8 and a strike rate of 87.69, has a highest ODI score of 183. Dhoni has 10 centuries and 70 half-centuries to his name.DINESH KARTHIKThe Chennai-born wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik made his ODI debut for India against Australia on September 5, 2004 but had been in direct competition with MS Dhoni throughout his career. At the moment, Karthik is seen in the role of a finisher for the Indian team. Karthik has played 91 ODIs, scoring 1738 runs including nine half-centuries. Karthik has scored the runs at a strike rate of 73.71.VIJAY SHANKARThe 28-year-old Vijay Shankar made his ODI debut for India on January 18, 2019 against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Born in Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, Shankar is seam-bowling all-rounder alongside Hardik Pandya for the Indian cricket team. Even though Shankar is an all-rounder, he is a batting all-rounder and showed spark and stability with the bat against New Zealand last month. In the four ODIs that Shankar has played, he has scored 45 runs at a strike rate of 70.31 with his highest being 45. With the ball, Shankar has much to improve as he has gone wicketless in the four matches.HARDIK PANDYABorn in Baroda, the 25-year old Hardik Pandya made his ODI debut for India against Sri Lanka on July 26, 2017. Hardik plays the role of a seam-bowling all-rounder in the Indian team – he is a right-handed batsman and a right-arm medium pacer. In the 45 ODIs Hardik has played for India, he has scored 731 runs with the bat at a strike rate of 116.59. His highest ODI score is 83. With the ball in his hand, Hardik has picked 44 wickets in 45 matches at an average of 39.73. His best ODI bowling figure is 3 for 31. Though Hardik is a handy bowler for his captain, he is more famous for his explosive batting.advertisementKEDAR JADHAVKedar Jadhav is a batting all-rounder for India and is 33 years old. Born in Pune, Jadhav made his India ODI debut on November 16, 2011 against Sri Lanka. Jadhav is a right-handed batsman and bowls right-arm off break. Apart from his steady and stable batting skills, Jadhav is famous for his unique round-arm bowling action and often picks crucial wickets and breaks partnerships during ODIs for India. Jadhav has played 54 ODIs for India scoring 1002 at a strike rate of 106.82 with his highest score being 120. With the ball, Jadhav has picked 25 wickets in 54 games at an average of 31.56.KULDEEP YADAVThe 24-year old Kuldeep Yadav was born in Kanpur and is a crucial spinner for India. He made his ODI debut against Australia on March 25, 2017, and since then, he has been a crucial element in India’s limited-overs plans. Kuldeep is a left-arm chinaman and is often referred to as a mystery bowler. Kuldeep has played 39 ODIs for India and has picked 77 wickets at an outstanding average of 20.65. Kuldeep’s best ODI bowling figure is 6 for 25. He has four 4-wicket hauls to his name and one 5-wicket haul. Kuldeep also has a hat-trick to his name that he picked against Australia in 2017.YUZVENDRA CHAHALBorn in Jind, Haryana, Yuzvendra Chahal forms the spin partnership with Kuldeep Yadav for the Indian team in limited-overs cricket. The 28-year-old is also a wrist spinner and bowls right-arm leg break. Chahal made his India ODI debut against Zimbabwe on June 11, 2016. In 40 ODIs, Chahal has 71 wickets to his name with an average of 23.83. 6 for 42 is Chahal’s best bowling figure in ODIs. Chahal has picked two 5-wicket hauls for India in just 40 matches while he also has a 4-wicket haul to his name. Along with Kuldeep, Chahal remains a very integral part of India’s World Cup plans.RAVINDRA JADEJARavindra Jadeja is not India’s primary spin option in limited-overs cricket but remains an important part of the setup owing to his all-round abilities on the field. Belonging to Rajkot, the 30-year-old Jadeja made his debut for India in ODIs back on February 8, 2009 against Sri Lanka. In his 147-ODI career, Jadeja has picked 171 wickets at an average of 35.41. Jadeja’s best ODI figure is 5 for 36 and that’s the sole 5-wicket haul of his. He, however, has seven 4-wicket hauls to his name. A left-arm orthodox, Jadeja is also extremely handy with the bat and is the best Indian fielder in the current unit. Jadeja has scored 1990 runs in 147 matches at a strike rate of 84.97 with his highest score being 87. Apart from his batting and bowling, Jadeja is especially an asset due to his exceptional fielding standards.advertisementJASPRIT BUMRAHJasprit Bumrah is undoubtedly the best limited-overs bowlers at the moment. Born in Ahmedabad, the 25-year-old Bumrah is a certainty to the World Cup for India. Bumrah, who is a right-arm fast medium, made his India debut in ODIs against Australia on January 23, 2016. Since his debut, Bumrah has represented India in 44 ODIs and has picked 78 wickets at an average of 21.01. Bumrah best ODI figures are 5 for 27. Bumrah has picked one 5-wicket haul in his ODI career so far and four 4-wicket hauls. Bumrah’s measly bowling skills makes him a huge asset for the Indian team. Also, he is a death-over specialist for Team India and is known for his remarkable ability to bowl perfect yorkers. Another aspect that makes Bumrah tick is the variety in his pace and deliveries.BHUVNESHWAR KUMARBhuvneshwar Kumar made his ODI debut for India on December 30, 2012 and has been a regular feature ever since. Born in Meerut, the 29-year-old Bhuvneshwar is a right-arm medium pacer and swing bowling is one of his biggest assets. Bhuvneshwar has 114 wickets to his name in 103 ODI at an average of 35.91. Bhuvneshwar has picked three 4-wicket hauls and one 5-wicket haul in his ODI career so far with his best figures being 5 for 42. Bhuvneshwar is famous for troubling the batsmen with his line and length and his death-over bowling.MOHAMMED SHAMIThe 28-year-old Mohammed Shami has made his way back in the limited-overs setup of the Indian team with his improved fitness and strike bowling. Born in Jonagar, Bengal, Shami made his India ODI debut on January 6, 2013 against Pakistan. Shami is a right-arm medium pacer and has picked 108 wickets in the 59 ODIs he has played for India at an average of 25.35. Shami has six 4-wicket hauls to his name with his best figures being 4 for 35. Shami is essentially known for generating excellent seam and picking wickets.
Young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant arrived in Manchester on Friday ahead of the blockbuster India vs Pakistan ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash in the city on Sunday.Pant flew to the United Kingdom to join the India squad as cover for Shikhar Dhawan who had suffered a thumb injury during India’s World Cup clash against Australia last Sunday. Dhawan, it has been revealed, suffered a minor fracture but the opening batsman continues to be part of the squad. The team management are not ruling Dhawan out of the tour tournament yet, considering the success he has had for the team in ICC tournaments.However, Pant has joined the team and train with them in order to keep himself ready if an opportunity comes his way. Notably, Pant wasn’t picked in the initial 15-member squad as chief selector MSK Prasad said India had opted for the more experienced stand-by wicketkeeper-batsman in Dinesh Karthik.After arriving in Manchester on Friday, Pant did not waste any time before joining India’s practice session in Manchester on the eve of the much-anticipated India-Pakistan clash.Look who’s here #TeamIndia #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/V4y27pBYOCBCCI (@BCCI) June 15, 2019Interestingly, the Indian cricket team had shared a photo of India’s wicketkeepers from Saturday’s training session under grey skies at the Old Trafford in Manchester. 21-year-old Pant can be seen listening to senior compatriot and World Cup-winner MS Dhoni with rapt attention even as Dinesh Karthik watches on.Notably, Pant had posed for a few photographs with Karachi-born cricket fan, Mohammad Bashir aka Chicago Chacha in Manchester. Chacha Chicago is a huge fan of MS Dhoni and the superstar India cricketer has been gifting match tickets for India-Pakistan clashes to his fan since the 2011 World Cup.advertisementPant was in fine form in Indian Premier League 2019. The explosive left-handed batsman had smashed 488 runs at a staggering strike of 162.66 in 16 matches for Delhi Capitals.Also Read | Rishabh Pant arrives in Manchester, shares a smile with Chacha ChicagoAlso Read | India vs Pakistan in World Cup: Recapping 6 Indian victories from 1992-2015Also See:
87-year-old Charulata Patel, who took the world by a storm as she cheered for India during their last match at Edgbaston on Wednesday, was once again seen in the stands during India’s ongoing match against Sri Lanka in Leeds. The BCCI tweeted a picture of the superfan present at Headingley, along with a letter from the man who made it possible for the veteran to show her presence at every India game from now on.India captain Virat Kohli has in a great gesture arranged the match tickets for Charu Lata and her family for all remaining India games including the semi-final and a possible final at Lord’s if the Men in Blue make it to Lord’s on 14th July. Kohli also sent a letter to the veteran calling her presence ‘inspiring’.”Dear Charulata ji, It is so inspiring to see your love and passion for our team and I hope you enjoy the games with your family. Lots of love and regards, Virat,” wrote Kohli.Hello Charulata ji. #TeamIndia captain @imVkohli promised her tickets and our superfan is here with us is in Leeds. #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/lKqbVllLjcBCCI (@BCCI) July 6, 2019Earlier on Wednesday, Kohli and vice-captain Rohit Sharma went onto meet 87-year-old Charu Lata Patel after India defeated Bangladesh by 28 runs to reach the semi-finals of the 2019 Cricket World Cup.Virat Kohli also tweeted an image with Charu Lata Patel, thanking her for the immense support and saluting her passion and dedication as a fan.”Also would like to thank all our fans for all the love & support & especially Charulata Patel ji. She’s 87 and probably one of the most passionate & dedicated fans I’ve ever seen. Age is just a number, passion takes you leaps & bounds. With her blessings, on to the next one,” Virat captioned the image.advertisementAlso would like to thank all our fans for all the love & support & especially Charulata Patel ji. She’s 87 and probably one of the most passionate & dedicated fans I’ve ever seen. Age is just a number, passion takes you leaps & bounds. With her blessings, on to the next one. pic.twitter.com/XHII8zw1F2Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) July 2, 2019Also Read | World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma meet 87-year-old superfan after India reach semi-finalsAlso Read | Amul celebrates 87-year-old Charulata Patel with adorable doodle. Calls her, Grandmother India
Actor Shiva, known for the spoof film Tamizha Padam, is now father to a baby boy. The actor and his wife Priya welcomed their first baby on Friday afternoon. A report in Behindwood said that Priya and Shiva have named their son Agasthya.Priya and Shiva got married in 2012 in a grand wedding in Chennai, with many leading celebrities in attendance.Shiva rose to fame after the success of his spoof film Tamizh Padam, which criticised all the mainstream elements of Tamil cinema. The sequel to the film was released in 2018, which was also a huge hit.He is also known for his films with director Venkat Prabhu like Saroja and Chennai 28. Shiva is currently busy with an upcoming film called Sumo, which is directed by SP Hosimen. The director is known for the film February 14.Shiva is also awaiting the release of another Venkat Prabhu film called Party, which is a multi-starrer with many known faces like Sathyaraj, Ramya Krishnan and Nivetha Pethuraj in the lead roles.ALSO SEE | Rajinikanth’s Darbar crew attacked with stones by college students?ALSO SEE | Darbar: Rajinikanth to sport two different looks for AR Murugadoss filmALSO WATCH | Rajinikanth’s daughter Soundarya gets married to actor-businessman Vishagan Vanangamudi
Ideas for a variety of new small business ventures are being showcased in Sioux City the next several days as part of the annual Entrepalooza event.Highlighting the week is the 8th annual Innovation Market, a venue for entrepreneurs to showcase their ideas for starting a new business.Those ideas will be displayed at the downtown Public Museum on Thursday for the public to vote on.Adrian Kolbo of Sioux City Go says cash prizes will be awarded to the top three business ideas:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/INNO.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………$1000. :16This year’s Innovation Market will also serve as host for the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce’s February Rush Hour Connect, to provide greater networking opportunities for event attendees.A separate high school competition takes place at 3pm Thursday.The Innovation Market and Chamber Rush Hour begins at 4:30 p.m. at the Public Museum at 4th and Nebraska.
The game flipped in the third quarter when OSU scored on Washington’s first TD, got a fumble and scored another TD to start the fourth quarter to make it 31-28 after it looked like all was lost halfway through the second half. From there, OSU’s defense forced two punts, had a pick and forced another turnover on downs.It took a full 45 minutes, but Glenn Spencer and Co. finally showed up when OSU most needed them. The end of the game, seemingly like the end of all OSU games lately, was a borderline disaster. OSU got the ball back with just under two minutes left and instead of rushing it a few times and kicking a field goal, took a knee and gave ISU the ball back with 0:20 on the clock (what on earth could go wrong?!)Thankfully, this one ended better than the Central Michigan game, and OSU moved to 4-2 on the year. OSU also moved to 31-2 in the Mike Gundy Era when forcing three or more turnovers and turning it over one or fewer times (they turned it over zero times on Saturday).On to the bye week. We will be back with tons more coverage later tonight. 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! Oklahoma State somehow held off Iowa State 38-31 at the end of an insane game in Stillwater on Saturday to keep Mike Gundy’s home record against the Cyclones clean. In fact, Oklahoma State hasn’t lost at home to ISU since the last year of the Bill Clinton administration (2000).It got ugly before it got pretty on Saturday though. OSU trailed 31-14 with three minutes left in the third quarter when it got the ball back on a punt and reeled off 24 unanswered points to close out the game.Mason Rudolph was 26/44 for 351 yards and four TDs but didn’t play nearly that well. He missed short and intermediate throws early and often but threw some dimes to Jalen McCleskey and The President James Washington late when it mattered. I’m still all in on No. 2 (and always have been) but some of his throws on easier routes have been mysterious the last few weeks.What is not mysterious is whether James Washington is good at football. No. 28 had eight catches for 152 yards and two TDs after we were uncertain whether he was even going to play. He also caught what turned out to be the game-winner.