Under-fire manager Jose Mourinho has the full support of the Manchester United squad, insists captain Antonio Valencia.United’s winless run extended to four matches in all competitions following Tuesday’s goalless draw against Spanish visitors Valencia in the Champions League.Mourinho’s side produced another lethargic and unimpressive performance amid reports of dressing-room unrest at Old Trafford – with the Portuguese boss now having gone four consecutive matches without a home win for the first time in his career. 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! Asked if he is fully behind Mourinho, Valencia replied: “One hundred per cent. He is our boss, we have to be with him and we are fighting.”There has been ongoing talk of a rift between Mourinho and star midfielder Paul Pogba, speculation heightened following a training-ground confrontation last week and the latter being stripped of vice-captaincy duties.Ecuadorian veteran Valencia has also been in the headlines amid reports of his own falling out with Mourinho in Manchester.”No, I have never had any problem with anyone, thank God,” Valencia said. “The decision [about the captaincy] is for the coach to make, now we need to see the positives. We played an important game and got a point, now we have a game against Newcastle and we need to fight.”Valencia added: “What I can say from the inside is that the lads are calm, working every day with a good attitude. We haven’t got good results and that’s why rumours arise.”The boss reacts to tonight’s game with #MUTV … #MUFC pic.twitter.com/VqROzaIFXb — Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 2, 2018 United’s form has seen the Red Devils collect just 10 points from seven fixtures in the Premier League, leaving the team nine points off the pace.Saturday will see United host lowly Newcastle United before the international break and left-back Luke Shaw is desperate to return to winning ways.”Disappointing because it’s two points dropped at home where we should be getting three points. It’s hard,” Shaw told MUTV .”I think sometimes the tempo was too slow. We need to move the ball quicker and create more chances. We did have chances but we didn’t take them. We should be winning these games. We haven’t won here for a while. We need to fix that with a win against Newcastle on Saturday.”In the Champions League you need to pick up maximum points. Four points is okay I guess but we should have six. We have Juventus coming here next. You want to be playing against the best teams and maybe that’s what we need – we need a big team to come here and pick ourselves back up again to show we are United.”
Chris Gayle feels that it will not be easy for the West Indies to regain their Test glory anytime soon. West Indies have flourished in the Twenty20 format but they have endured a torrid time in Test cricket. They are the two-time World Twenty20 champions but have not won a Test series in last two years. (Latest Cricket stories)”It will be difficult for West Indies to go back where they were in Test cricket,” Gayle told PTI during an interaction arranged as a part of USL Diageo ‘Road to Safety’ initiative.One of the most dashing batsmen of his time, Gayle has two triple hundreds in the longest format with 7,214 runs in 103 games. His RCB jersey No. 333, is his highest Test score.HURDLESGayle terms lack of “concentration” and “consistency” as hurdles in attaining success in Test cricket.”The structure of modern day cricket is such that it will be difficult to regain those days of glory because of the advent of the shorter format and the interest that it has generated among the youngsters. In longer formats, you need to concentrate more and have that game discipline in order to achieve consistency,” Gayle said.”If you look at our T20 success it is because of the short duration that helps one play their attacking game. So if you ask me about a turnaround, it seems difficult as of now,” Gayle was straightforward in his assessment.He also felt that youngsters in the West Indies could always be lured by lucrative private T20 leagues across the globe.advertisement”You cannot rule out that possibility that Gen Next in the Caribbean will be more inclined to play T20 leagues. If you are a professional cricketer, you would want to have a good career. With so many leagues across the globe, one needs to accept it as a reality today. If a guy is a good enough player and can remain fit, one can play in T20 leagues even above 40 (Brad Hogg is a case in point),” Gayle made his point.”At the end of the day, sport is entertainment and one can’t deny that T20 gets you good TV coverage for the duration of the game and the entertainment associated.”‘PLAYERS, WICB NEED TO WORK TOGETHER’The Jamaican dasher believes that for upliftment of West Indies cricket, the players as well as West Indies Cricket Board will have to join hands as it is “everyone’s responsibility”.Did he speak to WICB president Dave Cameron on the issues leading to sour relations in the recent past between players and board, he replied: “No, I have not spoken to anybody. I believe we have a designated players’ body and they represent us. If the players need to voice any concern they tell it to the association.”But yes, everyone has some sort of responsibility to take West Indies cricket forward. You don’t want a situation like Dwayne Bravo was in. Every player wants to play for the West Indies but there are issues that need to be addressed.”GAYLE WANTS TO PLAY IN 2019 WORLD CUPOn a personal front, Gayle is currently recuperating from injury and will not be playing in the Big Bash League (BBL) in Australia.”I am not playing in the Big Bash as I am spending time with my family and recuperating from an injury. I am eyeing a comeback during Pakistan Super League (PSL) and then the Indian Premier League,” said Gayle.He is also hopeful that he will be donning the West Indies jersey again having last played in the ICC World T20 in India.”If I am fit and in form, I would still like to play for the West Indies not only in T20 but in ODIs as well. If you ask me, I would like to play till the 2019 World Cup in England. That’s a target I have set for myself,” he concluded.
Dubai, Dec 22 (PTI) Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has met thousands of Indian workers living at a Dubai labour camp, which mainly hosts Keralites, after he arrived in the city for his first official visit to the UAE.Vijayan, a popular working class leader, met a large number of blue-collared workers assembled in front of the Al Quoz labour camp where about 3,600 workers live last night.”As part of my first official visit to the UAE, I wanted to visit at least one labour camp in Dubai where our workers are living. I am visiting a camp identified by the Indian Embassy,” Vijayan said.”Life (of expatriate Keralites) in the Gulf is different from life in Kerala. However, one of the main reasons for Keralas prosperity is the support and remittance from overseas Keralites,” he was quoted as saying by Khaleej Times.Vijayan – who was shown around gymnasium, sports facilities, canteen, medical centres at the camp – said the government of Kerala was aware of the problems of the expatriates.”I will take every necessary and important step for the overseas Keralite community,” he said.”We are happy that our Chief Minister has visited a labour camp in Al Quoz where thousands of us reside,” said a Keralite driver who lives in a camp next to the one visited by the Chief Minister.”I have been living in Dubai for 22 years and am happy to see the Chief Minister. I finished my duty early to wait out side the camp that he is going to visit,” said Ravindran, a driver residing in Al Quoz. PTI MRJ MRJadvertisement
Australia captain Steve Smith believes the unlikely victory over Pakistan in the second Test on Friday can galvanise his team as they brace for stiffer challenges against India at the end of the home summer.With rain reducing the Test to a final day shootout, Australia ran through Pakistan for 163 inside 54 overs to close out an innings and 18-run win in the final session at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. (Also read: Mitchell Starc stars as Australia win Melbourne Test, seal series 2-0)The win gave Australia an unassailable 2-0 series lead, with the third Test in Sydney next week, and a valuable shot of confidence for a team in transition.Australia were effectively rebooted after being thrashed by South Africa in Hobart, a loss which surrendered the Test series to the Proteas , but have now won their last three matches in a row. (Also read: Australia include spinners Stephen O’Keefe, Ashton Agar for Sydney Test)”It can give you that belief, to know you’re never out of the game or you can pull a win out of your hat from nowhere,” Smith told reporters.”It was quite remarkable the way we were able to do that today. Everything went to plan – it was one of those days.”Hopefully the guys can take a lot of confidence out of the way they’ve played this week.” (Also read: Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq ponders playing future after Melbourne Test loss)Smith was named man of the match for smashing an unbeaten 165 before declaring Australia’s first innings at a mammoth 624/8 just before lunch.advertisementSOLID CAPTAINCYHowever, paceman Mitchell Starc was unlucky not to receive the award, having blasted 84 with the bat in the morning, including a record seven sixes at the MCG, and returned figures of 4/36 to close out the win.Smith paid tribute to the dominant left-armer but was also pleased for spinner Nathan Lyon, who returned to form with a three-wicket spell in the middle session that broke open Pakistan’s second innings.From there, Smith withdrew the spinner after tea and had Starc and pacemen Josh Hazlewood and Jackson Bird rattle through the last five wickets as the ball reversed.Smith received plenty of flak for his captaincy in the 39-run series-opening win in Brisbane.He declined to make Pakistan follow on and was criticised roundly for his tentative field settings on the final day as the tourists put a fourth innings total of 450 on the board, a record in Australia, to give the home side a huge scare.But there was little to fault in Melbourne, where Smith’s 17th Test ton secured a 181-run first innings lead to pressure Pakistan’s batsmen, while allowed his bowlers to smash through for victory.”We’re still a work in progress, we’re a young team and I’m proud of the boys,” the 27-year-old said.”It was phenomenal the way we could turn things around.”But we want a clean sweep in Sydney and we need to continue to improve in every aspect.”
New York, Jan 24 (PTI) Reliance Foundation Founder and Chairperson Nita Ambani has become the first South Asian to receive an honour from the Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) in New York for her philanthropic work.”This special honour recognises Mrs Ambanis expansive philanthropic work in the areas of education, sports, healthcare, rural transformation, urban renewal, disaster response, women empowerment and promotion of the arts. She is the first South Asian to receive this distinguished accolade,” Reliance Foundation said in a statement.Reliance Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Reliance Industries Limited.”This recognition from a distinguished global institution like The Met is a tribute to our commitment towards sustainable development and social empowerment, and will inspire each one of us at Reliance Foundation to constantly do the best to make the world a better place for the next generation,” Ambani said.The Met is recognised as one of the most iconic museums in the world.”The Met was most impressed by the diversity and scale of the work carried out by Reliance Foundation, led by Mrs Ambani. The direction she gives the Foundation has helped it to focus its work on sustainable urban and rural transformation as well as healthcare, education, grassroots development through sport and women empowerment,” the statement said.Reliance Foundation has benefited over 10 million Indians across more than 10,500 urban areas and villages, it added. PTI PRS ABM
It has been a close competition from the word go. With all the contestants being big achievers in their professional careers, before the entered the pageant, it was a tough call for the esteemed panel of judges to make their final call.But the one who emerged the winner finally was Miss France, Iris Mittenaere. Haiti’s Raquel Pelissier was placed the first runner-up, while Colombia’s Andrea Tovar finished as the second runner-up. The Philippines’ Maxine Medina, Thailand’s Chalita Suansane and Kenya’s Mary Esther were the other ‘top 6’ contestants.Picture courtesy: Twitter/@MissUniverseTwenty-three years of age, Mittenaere is currently pursuing a degree in dental surgery. During the pageant, she says she would like to use the Miss Universe platform to spread awareness about to dental and oral hygiene around the world. Mittenaere is also an extreme-sports fanatic; she loves travelling and cooking French dishes.Though Miss India Universe, Bengaluru girl Roshmitha Harimurhty did not make it even to the top 13, Miss Philippines–the pageant is being held in Manila, Philippines, this year–went only as far as ‘Top 6’, and got eliminated when the ‘Top 3’ were announced, which were Miss France, Miss Colombia and Miss Haiti.The hosts for the show, plus-size model Ashley Graham, and TV show host Steve Harvey–who’s now famous for last year’s big Miss Universe name mess up–kept the evening light and lively on the morning of December 30, 2017.
New Delhi, Feb 1 (PTI) The Sports Ministry budget today got a substantial hike of Rs 350 crore in the union budget for 2017-18, presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the Parliament here. Jaitley allocated a total of Rs 1943 crore, compared to Rs 1592 crore earmarked last year. The steep increase in the budgetary allocation comes at a time when Indian athletes are preparing for the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games in 2018. The hike also comes in the wake of Indias dismal showing at the Rio Olympics where it won just two medals – a silver and bronze. The Sports Authority of India, entrusted with the task of organising national camps, has been granted a total of Rs 481 crore, compared to Rs 416 crore it received last year. What is striking is that the allocation for sports promotion among disabled has been reduced to just Rs one lakh, a heavy reduction from Rs 4 crore allocated last year. The assistance to national sports federations has been increased to Rs 302 crore from Rs 185 crore. The allocation for the scheme for the Benefit of North Eastern Area, has been revised to Rs 148.4 crore this year as compared to Rs 131.33 crore last year. No change has been made in the allocation for sports in the Jammu and Kashmir and it stays at Rs 75 crore. There has been a marginal increase of Rs 6.5 crore in funds earmarked for National Service Scheme with the initiative getting Rs 144 crore in place of Rs 137.50 crore in 2016-2017. The contribution to the National Sports Development fund has been reduced to Rs 2 crore from Rs 5 crore. In another notable statistics, a mere Rs 50 lakh has been allocated for identifying and nurturing sports talent in the country. The total allocation for Khelo India, however, has been increased to Rs 350 crore from Rs 140 crore. PTI BS AH AHadvertisement
Wriddhiman Saha hammered his second Test hundred on Day 2 of the ongoing one-off Test against Bangladesh in Hyderabad on Friday. (Scorecard)Saha, who got a reprieve at 4 when Bangladesh keeper Mushfiqur Rahim missed a straightforward stumping off Taijul Islam shortly before lunch, took 153 balls to reach his hundred.Saha’s knock included 2 sixes and 7 fours.Saha returned to the Indian team after missing the last three Tests of the five-match series against England.The diminutive wicketkeeper had been in superb form in domestic cricket, scoring his maiden first class double ton and helping Rest of India (ROI) clinch the Irani Cup defeating Ranji champions Gujarat.Saha also guided Bengal to the top of East Zone in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Twenty20 league.
By Philem Dipak Singh New Delhi, Feb 10 (PTI) With a world-class velodrome available here, Cyclings international body chief Brian Cookson today said that India can host big global events like the World Cup series and World Championships in the near future. Cookson, who was here for the Asian Track Championships that concluded today at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium velodrome, said he was impressed with the facility and the International Cycling Union (UCI) would be ready to allot big global events if India wants to host them. “I can tell you, we are in discussion with our friends from the Cycling Federation of India (CFI) about the possibilities of bringing bigger and more events here. It can be World Cup series, we have six of those every year. There is no reason why one of the World Cups cannot come to India,” he told reporters at a press conference. “It can be World Championships perhaps in future years, all these things are possible. We would look to work with the friends here in India and from the government so that these things can happen,” he added. Asked if the UCI was also looking to explore the possibility of developing other forms of Olympic cycling like road cycling, mountain biking and BMX racing, he said, “We are to exploit them in India with the help of CFI and with support from government. “What is important is how far our friends in CFI have been able to put up strategic plans and whether the towns and cities and governments in the country (India) can provide facilities (for these various forms of cycling),” said the Briton who is expected to seek re-election for a second term later this year. Cycling has been one of the sports hit by doping scandal in the recent past but Cookson said that his sport has learnt from the mistakes and has done its best to clean it up. “There are always some percentage of people who try to cheat in any walk of life or in any profession. We are working with WADA to try and see that our processes are as thorough and as independent as possible. We have a Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation which tests all cyclists in international competitions. We have independent judicial bodies that control the tribunals for anti-doping,” he said when asked about how the UCI has been tacking the menace of doping. “So, there is no possibility of conflict of interest from someone like me who might be tempted to try to cover up some bad news. There is none of those possibilities. We have the best possible impartial standards. We have used all of our processes with help from outside anti-doping experts. We have set up a cycling independent reform commission to look at all of the problems of the past and to make sure that we dont repeat those mistakes.” More PTI PDS CM CMadvertisement
Australia captain Steven Smith very well understands the significance of the upcoming tour of India as he said success in the four Test series against Virat Kohli and his men can make his side “one of the all-time greats”.”If you do well in India, this will give you massive credit. This tour can get you to the status of one of the all-time greats,” Smith said.”Yep, if I can have a big series, then we are well on the way to doing well in this series.” (India a tough place to tour: Kane Williamson’s warning to Australia)”A win on this tour would be huge with the Ashes coming. If there is a tied series, that would be a huge tick for you! Absolutely a huge tick. A lot of people have written us off. We aren’t really thinking of results. We just need to get our processes right. We must compete with showing signs of learning and finding ways to grind out tough situations. If we do these things we will have success, but in reality it’s about following the process and the results look after themselves,” Smith said.Regarded as one of the best players of spin in the Australian team, Smith is also aware about the huge responsibility he has in his shoulders.The right-handed batsman said if Australia were to succeed in India, he has to score big runs. (Don’t sledge Virat Kohli: Michael Hussey warns Australia)”I generally have been a good player of spin. I have my plans that I stick to and understand what works and what doesn’t. I learnt a bit from Sri Lanka. I just stick to my game plan under pressure. I can’t be content on little hundreds if I got there. It’s about scoring big ones,” Smith was quoted as saying in ‘The Sydney Morning Herald’.advertisement”I think you have to play the way you play and the rest looks after itself. I must use the crease well and change my guards to keep them (Indian bowlers) guessing. I must adapt to different periods of the game and win the big moments,” he added.The Australian skipper believes India is a good tour for any captain to know his players’ characters and personalities. (Kevin Pietersen’s warning to Australia: Can’t play spin? Don’t go to India)”Yes, definitely. That’s my job to understand what makes them tick and help develop game plans that work for them. The boys often come to me on tactics and strategies. The training here in Dubai has been great as it’s an open forum on honest discussions on each other’s strengths and weaknesses.Smith also handpicked Peter Handscomb to do well in Indian conditions.”Handscomb will do well. He has a great understanding and is a talented athlete. Things like being good in other sports actually helps you being good in cricket. He plays spin well and uses the crease with scoring options,” he signed off.
Britain’s Olympic champion Mo Farah’s coach has been accused of using prohibited drug infusions to improve the performance of his runners, the Sunday Times reported citing a leaked United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) report.The newspaper said the 2016 report also accused coach Alberto Salazar of abusing prescription medicines for his athletes at the Nike training centre in Oregon. (Also read: British Olympian Mo Farah slams Donald Trump ban, says it makes him ‘alien’ in US)Attempts by Reuters to reach Salazar for comment were unsuccessful. Salazar issued a lengthy and detailed denial of similar allegations in 2015.The Sunday Times said the report had been leaked by the ‘Fancy Bears’ hacking group which has previously leaked medical and doping-related documents.USADA on Saturday confirmed to Reuters the documented cited by the Sunday Times appeared to have been leaked but would not comment on the report’s conclusions or any accusations against Salazar. (Also read: Rio 2016: Great Britain’s Mo Farah completes distance double-double)”USADA can confirm that it has prepared a report in response to a subpoena from a state medical licensing body regarding care given by a physician to athletes associated with the Nike Oregon Project,” USADA Communications Manager Ryan Madden said in an email to Reuters.”It appears that a draft of this report was leaked to the Sunday Times by the Russian state-affiliated hacker group known as Fancy Bears.”We understand that the licensing body is still deciding its case and as we continue to investigate whether anti-doping rules were broken, no further comment will be made at this time.”advertisementThe Sunday Times said that Farah and other athletes coached by Salazar were given infusions of a research supplement based on the chemical L-carnitine and that one coach who was given a high dosage said that it was as effective as illegal blood doping, according to the report.It said Salazar also emailed disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong touting the benefits of L-carnitine.Salazar, a Cuban-born American marathoner who has worked with Farah since 2011, was accused of violating anti-doping rules in a BBC documentary in 2015, including allegations he had given 2012 Olympic 10,000m silver medallist Galen Rupp the banned anabolic steroid testosterone.Farah was exonerated by UK Athletics who found no impropriety on his part after receiving the initial findings of a review into his relationship with Salazar.The current Sunday Times article says that, according to the leaked document, Salazar took “egregious risks” and abused prescription rules by persuading Farah to take potentially dangerous doses of permitted vitamin D prescription drugs believing it would boost his performance through increased testosterone levels.Farah’s British doctors intervened because they were concerned about the effects on his health, the paper said, citing the leaked USADA report.At last year’s Rio Games, Farah became only the second man to retain the 5,000m and 10,000m Olympic titles.The hackers have previously published data on athletes gained from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) administration and management system via an account for the Rio Games.In October, USADA chief executive Travis Tygart labelled Fancy Bears “con artists” and said their aim was to “distract from the real issue of (Russia’s) state-sponsored doping”.Fancy Bears is one of two hacking groups accused in June of hacking the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) computer network in the United States.CrowdStrike, a firm hired by the DNC to respond to those attacks, said in June that Fancy Bears was probably working on behalf of the Russian military.
Panchayati RajAmaravati, Apr 3 (PTI) Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu today allocated portfolios to 11 newly inducted ministers in his cabinet including his son Nara Lokesh, who was given the IT and Panchayat Raj departments.In handing over the Information Technology and Communications, and Panchayat Raj and Rural Development departments to his son, the CM has followed the pattern of his Telangana counterpart K Chandrasekhar Rao.KCR had made his son K T Rama Rao the minister for IT and PR in 2014 in his cabinet.The CM this afternoon finalised the portfolios of all the new ministers inducted into the State Cabinet yesterday. The cabinet strength has now increased to 26.With no Muslim minister in the cabinet, Chandrababu kept the Minorities Welfare and Empowerment department with himself, much like what KCR did in 2014.Besides the General Administration Department, the CM will also hold charge of “Happiness Index” that is neither a portfolio nor a department but an objective of the government.The CM parted with the Energy department he had been holding and gave it to veteran K Kala Venkata Rao.Another senior Somireddy Chandramohan Reddy has been given Agriculture and Horticulture while former journalist Kalva Srinivasulu has been made minister for Information and Public Relations. Kalva will also hold charge of Rural Housing portfolio.N Amarnath Reddy will be the new Industries and Commerce minister while Nakka Anand Babu will head social and tribal welfare departments.The youngest member of the cabinet, Bhuma Akhila Priya has been given Tourism, Language and Culture portfolios while Paritala Sunithamma has been moved to Women Empowerment, Child, Disabled and Senior Citizens welfare department.advertisementCh Adinarayana Reddy has been given Marketing, Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Co-operatives departments while another newcomer Sujay Krishna Ranga Rao got Mines and Geology.K Samuel Jawahar will be the new Excise minister and Pithani Satyanarayana, Labour.Kollu Ravindra, as a promotion, got a change in his portfolios from Excise and BC welfare to Law and Justice and Youth, Sports, NRI empowerment and skill development.K Atchannaidu too got new portfolios in Transport, BC Welfare, Handlooms and Textiles.From Agriculture, P Pulla Rao has been moved to Food and Civil Supplies while Ch Ayyanna Patrudu got Roads and Buildings. Siddaraghav Rao was made Environment and Forests Ministers.There is no change in the portfolios of the two Deputy CMs K E Krishna Murthy (Revenue) and N China Rajappa (Home).Similarly, veteran Yanamala Ramakrishnudu will continue to be Finance and Commercial Taxes minister besides Legislative Affairs.Devineni Umamaheswara Rao (Water Resources), P Narayana (Municipal Administration), Ganta Srinivasa Rao (HRD), Kamineni Srinivas (Health and Medical) and P Manikyala Rao (Endowments) also didnt see change in their portfolios.In the maiden reorganisation of the State Council of Ministers yesterday, since the AP government was formed on June 8, 2014, five incumbent ministers were dropped.Besides Lokesh, four MLAs of the opposition YSRC who switched loyalty to the ruling TDP-BJP coalition, and six others were inducted into the Andhra Pradesh Cabinet. PTI DBV DK DK BAS
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Sri Lanka have secured an automatic berth at the 2019 Cricket World Cup at the expense of West Indies after the two-times champions lost to England in the opener of their one-day series on Tuesday.West Indies, who have 78 points in the ODI team rankings, cannot now overtake Sri Lanka (86 points) ahead of the September 30 cut-off for automatic qualification regardless of how they do in the remaining four games.An unbeaten century from Jonny Bairstow helped England stroll to a seven-wicket victory over West Indies at Old Trafford.Failure to grab an automatic spot is a significant comedown for Jason Holder’s team, who won the first two World Cups in 1975 and 1979. They will now have to finish in the top two at a qualifier next year if they are to progress to the 2019 tournament in England and Wales.AP PhotoThe 10-team qualifying event will see West Indies join Afghanistan, Zimbabwe and Ireland taking on the top four sides from the World Cricket League Championship and the top two sides from the World Cricket League Division 2.The International Cricket Council (ICC) introduced the qualifying event after reducing the number of teams for the 2019 event to 10 from the 14 that contested the 2015 edition in Australia and New Zealand.Sri Lanka, who lost a home ODI series to India 5-0 recently, join England, Australia, Bangladesh, India, New Zealand, Pakistan and South Africa as direct qualifiers for the May 30-July 15 World Cup.Sri Lanka’s ODI captain Upul Tharanga was grateful for the support the team had received when results were not going their way.advertisement”It’s no secret that we have been going through a tough time, but I want to say a big, big thank you to our fans who’ve kept faith with us when things looked bleak,” he said in an ICC news release.”ICC events have always brought out the magic in Sri Lanka cricket, and I look forward to proving that once again.”
MS Dhoni and Manish Pandey shared a whirlwind unbroken 98-run stand for India in the second T20 International against South Africa and helped the tourists reach 188/4 off their 20 overs despite a rare top order failure.However, wet conditions at Centurion’s SuperSport Park favoured South Africa, who romped home with six wickets and eight balls to spare.Despite the defeat, the Indian team management would have been happy to see the middle-order, hardly tested under pressure, deliver and get the bulk of the runs.While Pandey remained unbeaten on 79, Dhoni smashed 52 not out off 28 balls.Undoubtedly, any batting partnership with Dhoni is a huge learning curve for any batsman but Pandey, determined to cement his place in India’s limited-overs sides, found out it was important to always stay focussed when you are batting with Dhoni, who likes to run hard between the wickets.Known for his agility, speed and game awareness, Dhoni, usually calm on the field, does not take kindly to any kind of laxity from his colleagues.He has often been heard asking his teammates to buck up on the stump microphone. However, Pandey had something else coming to him when he did not bother to turn back at his senior partner after completing a run in the last over.In the first ball of the 19th over, Pandey got a single off Dane Paterson but Dhoni thought there was another run to be had. He called for a second but Pandey was not paying heed to the former captain’s call.advertisementAnd then Dhoni lashed out angrily at Pandey for watching the ball instead of looking at his partner.Dhoni is not happy with Manish pandey.. pic.twitter.com/Cr0vpVzUNcjinen doshi (@jinendoshi) February 21, 2018In the very next delivery, Dhoni played a breathtaking stroke to hit Patterson for a six. Two more boundaries followed before Dhoni ran two to complete only his second T20 International fifty.Pandey, speaking to the media later, heaped praise on Dhoni for his stunning knock.”Mahi just woke up,” Pandey laughed during the post-match press-conference. “That was his chance. He is the best when he bats lower down the order. He takes a couple of overs, looks to dominate and that’s what happened.”
The future of Indian cricket is shining bright. That was a consensus during the session “The Game Changers: Form and Format at Indian Today Conclave in Mumbai on Saturday.Former India cricket captain Sourav Ganguly said that the transformation of the Indian cricket team began with players having confidence in their own abilities.”We were a bunch of talents but we did not know how to win Test cricket. That culture needed to change. India always had great batsmen, but we needed fast bowlers who could take 20 wickets,” he said.SEE PHOTOS | WATCH VIDEOBCCI CEO Rahul Johri said that the cricket body’s job was to give the cricketers best infrastructure. “Based on the feedback received from them, we have ensured that when the Team goes to England this summer, they play the first Test after spending almost a month there,” he said.He also said that BCCI is planning a five-year long calendar scheduling every tournament in advance. “So you will know which tournament is happening when in next five years,” he said.Recounting his success during the recent tour of South Africa, vice-captain of Indian cricket team Ajinkya Rahane said that the key to success was thinking that they were playing in home ground. “In Johannesburg, I had the opportunity to become and hero and I played with a lot of discipline,” he said.Sourav Ganguly had another explanation behind Rahane’s success. “He bats at No. 5 in Test as I also did. Batting at No. 5 and 6 in India is the most dangerous, but it’s the reverse outside the country. That’s the reason No. 5 batsmen do well abroad,” said Ganguly.advertisementCaptain of the Under-19 World Cup-winning Indian team Prithvi Shaw said that he had miles to go and this was just a beginning of his career.Ganguly appreciated the BCCI’s decision to raise the match fee of the domestic cricketers from Rs 10,000 a day to Rs 35,000 and demanded that the fee must be raised further.”We are the best team in all formats. The central contract focuses on domestic cricket because that’s the bedrock of Indian cricket. Now players get their fee on match day and don’t have to wait for one and a half year,” said Johri.Rahane also praised his captain Virat Kohli and said that he did not want to change Virat’s aggression as it got the best out of him.Ganguly added that the domestic structure of Indian cricket has improved the quality of Indian team and it now has bowlers who can take 20 wickets. Shaw said that he would like to lift the senior world cup some day.
The Indian Premier League (IPL) is about to reach its play-offs and two teams (Sunrisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings) have already booked their place.With two spots up for grabs, teams are involved in a fiesty battle to be the final four for the knockout stages. However, Delhi Daredevils (DD) are already out of contention and are now only playing for pride and to put up good cricket.With the tension of qualification out of their heads, DD swapped their bats for golf clubs in a ‘DD-The Crest-Celebrity Golf Tournament’ to enjoy their time off cricket on Sunday.Organised at the DLF Golf and Country Club in Gurugram, the tournament saw the entire DD team go up against the residents of the Crest and The Camellias, DLF5.The DD unit, including coach Ricky Ponting, captain Shreyas Iyer, Gautam Gambhir, Glenn Maxwell, Rishabh Pant and others played some golf at the 9-hole tournament in Gurugram.While Pant has been mesmerising everyone with his explosive batting on the ground, for the golf tournament, he entertained the crowd by taking his first shot with a bat instead of the golf club. Delhi Daredevils’ Rishabh Pant played his first shot with a bat instead of a golf club.Maxwell was also seen trying his hands at golf in one of the finest courses of the country. Glenn Maxwell also tried his hands at playing golf during the tournament.Apart from playing golf, DD also enjoyed some good music with the team’s very own quick Trent Boult also taking the mic later on the day.advertisementIn a photo posted by DD on Instagram, Boult could be seen singing a song while the music was being given by a guitarist beside him.DD are currently at the bottom of the IPL points table with just six points from 12 games. Despite putting up some good performances, DD have been unable to click as a team on the whole and that has cost them dearly.Early on in the season, DD won just one match off their first six and that led to Gambhir stepping down from captaincy and the mantle was handed over to the 23-year-old Iyer.Iyer showed exemplary temperament in his first game as captain and hit a brilliant 93 not out against Kolkata Knight Riders. Helped in putting up the total of 219 by Prithvi Shaw’s 62, Iyer then inspired his bowlers to put up a solid show and DD won the match by 55 runs.However, DD’s next test was a tougher one with CSK in front of them. CSK gave them a massive 211 to chase and despite two superlative innings from Pant (79 off 45 deliveries) and Vijay Shankar (54 off 31 balls), DD fell short by 13 runs.Thereafter, DD could manage only a single victory (against Rajasthan Royals) and then lost two consecutive games to SRH and then by 5 wickets to RCB to be completely thrown off the radar. All of this happened despite a scintillating 128 not out from Pant against SRH in Delhi.DD now have two home games left, their two last matches of the season, against CSK and Mumbai Indians. With young guns like Iyer, Pant and Shaw in their ranks, DD would just look to end their 2018 campaign on a high.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will have their eyes on the top spot in the Indian Premier League (IPL) points table as they take on Delhi Daredevils (DD) at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi on Friday.The tie is a dead rubber as CSK have already qualified for the play-offs while DD are out of the race. The major focus point for CSK would be the first-place in the league stage.DD, on the other hand, have lost nine of their 12 matches and all they are playing for now is pride.What time is DD vs CSK?The game starts at 8PM IST on May 18 at the Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi.What TV channel and live stream is the IPL 2018 Live Streaming on?Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports Select 1 SD, Star Sports Select 1 HD (English), Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 HD (Hindi), Star Sports 1 Tamil (Tamil), Suvarna Plus (Kannada), Jalsha Movies (Bengali), Maa Movies (Telegu). Live streaming will be available on hotstar.com.When is the IPL match Daredevils vs Chennai Super Kings?The 52nd match of the IPL will be played at the Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi from 8 PM IST.Where will the IPL 2018 match between Daredevils vs Chennai Super Kings be played?The Daredevils vs Chennai Super Kings match will be played at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Kolkata from 8 PM IST.Where can I watch the IPL 2018 match between Daredevils vs Chennai Super Kings live?The match will be shown in Star Sports network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.advertisementWhere can I check the online live updates of the IPL 2018 match between Daredevils vs Chennai Super Kings?You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the match between Daredevils vs Chennai Super Kings from our live blog on indiatoday.in.How to watch IPL 2018 match between Daredevils vs Chennai Super Kings on Airtel TV and JioTV Apps?You have to download the applications and sign in and you can watch the matches for free.What are the team squads for the IPL 2018 match between Daredevils vs Chennai Super Kings?Delhi Daredevils: Prithvi Shaw, Jason Roy, Shreyas Iyer (C), Rishabh Pant (WK), Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma, Harshal Patel, Amit Mishra, Sandeep Lamichhane, Junior Dala, Trent Boult, Glenn Maxwell, Colin Munro, Gautam Gambhir, Mohammed Shami, Rahul Tewatia, Avesh Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Liam Plunkett, Daniel Christian, Jayant Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Manjot Kalra, Naman Ojha, Sayan GhoshChennai Super Kings: Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Sam Billings, MS Dhoni (WK/C), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, David Willey, Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Faf du Plessis, KM Asif, Kanishk Seth, Lungi Ngidi, Dhruv Shorey, Murali Vijay, Kshitiz Sharma, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, N Jagadeesan
France defender Laurent Koscielny will miss the World Cup and faces six months out after undergoing surgery on an Achilles tendon injury he suffered in Arsenal’s Europa League defeat at Atletico Madrid, his club manager Arsene Wenger said on Tuesday.The centre back was withdrawn in the 12th minute of the semi-final second leg last Thursday after losing his footing at the Wanda Metropolitano as Arsenal were eliminated from the tournament following a 1-0 defeat in the Spanish capital.”Koscielny is, of course, devastated because he had surgery,” Wenger told a news conference ahead of Wednesday’s Premier League trip to ninth-placed Leicester City.”He will miss the World Cup… you will not see him until December at best.”We always try to be positive, but overall you can only try to support people when they suffer. What is unusual in his case is that he had a tendinopathy for a long time and usually it does not rupture but in this case it went.”The 32-year-old Koscielny, who has earned 51 caps for France, made 25 league appearances for Arsenal this season and was expected to feature in Didier Deschamps’ squad at the June-July World Cup in Russia.Arsenal will also be without Santi Cazorla for their remaining two games as the midfielder recovers from a persistent Achilles injury. The Spaniard’s future at the club is uncertain as his current deal runs out at the end of the season.Cazorla has not played since October 2016 and has already had multiple operations resulting in a loss of eight centimetres from the tendon in his right ankle and nearly lost his foot after contracting gangrene.advertisement”He looks good, prepares well, runs well, but medically it is too much of a risk to rush him back,” Wenger added. “It is a shame. I brought him here and I love the player and the person.”Wenger, who will leave Arsenal at the end of this campaign after a reign of almost 22 years, said he was hopeful Jack Wilshere would sign a new deal with the midfielder’s contract set to expire next month.”The latest conversation I had with Jack, it looks positive for the club. I am not involved any more in negotiations but of course I’m still in touch with Jack.”