World Cup 2018: Under-fire Germany look to avoid 1st round elimination

first_imgGermany will look to avoid a first round exit when they take on the high flying Swedish side on Saturday in their second Group F fixture in this year’s World Cup.The World Champions were handed a shock defeat by Mexico in their opening fixture and loss to today can push them towards elimination. However, it also depends on Mexico winning their match against South Korea earlier in the day for that to happen.But, the possibility cannot be ruled out as Mexico will go into the match as clear favourites. On the other hand, the Swedes are high on confidence after winning their first match and trumping Netheralnds and Italy to reach the World Cup. They would believe that they can beat a shaky German team and progress into the next round with one game to spare.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEIf Sweden indeed succeed in their attempt, it would be the second consecutive World Cup where the defending champion has been knocked out of contention before the knockout stage. Sweden beat South Korea 1-0 in their 2018 World Cup opener (AP Photo)A win would likely to clinch their place in the round of 16 in their return to the World Cup for the first time since 2006 but it won’t ne easy.”We need to dare to do even more,” Sweden coach Janne Andersson said after beating South Korea 1-0 in its opener.Beating Germany would certainly throw even more chaos into an already unpredictable World Cup.FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEadvertisementSweden will find a wounded Germany lineup trying to rebound from a 1-0 loss to Mexico in the opener where it was thoroughly outplayed. It was the first time since 1982 that a German team lost its opening match at the World Cup. And immediately questions followed about the state of the squad.What stood out in the loss to Mexico was Germany’s susceptibility to the counter attack and the number of scoring opportunities allowed.”Against Sweden it will be a different setup. Sweden has different strengths and weaknesses compared to Mexico,” Germany’s Thomas Mueller said. “I don’t expect them to be as fantastically gifted when it comes to transitions as the Mexicans, but having said that they have some players that can hurt us on the offensive.”This Swedish squad is built on defending and being opportunistic. They lack the flash that would have come with Zlatan Ibrahimovic being involved for another turn. It’s their discipline and defense which led them to finish second ahead of the Netherlands in a difficult UEFA qualifying group. It was being opportunistic that led to the only goal of their two-leg playoff that stunningly eliminated Italy. And it was both those factors which led to a 1-0 win over South Korea in the opener. Sweden’s defense was good enough and made Andreas Granqvist’s penalty in the 65th minute stand up.Germany is preparing for a well-organized defense that is difficult to break down.”We expect a total defensive block facing us so we need to play quickly and prevent them from reforming (defensively),” Mueller said.LINEUP CHANGEThere’s been significant debate about the role of Marco Reus and whether he should be starting for Germany. Reus entered in the 60th minute against Mexico and Germany’s attack was notably better once he got involved. But Reus has suffered significant injuries the past few seasons, none bigger than a knee injury that caused him to miss more than half of last season with Dortmund.Reus said his conversations with coach Joachim Loew made it clear he wouldn’t start against Mexico. As for Sweden?”I really have no say in this. All I can do is make is as hard as possible for them to do without me,” Reus said. “I try and give my all in training, offer myself and do hope of course I’ll be picked in order to help Germany get out of the group.”LAST TIMEGermany and Sweden haven’t met since qualifying for the 2014 World Cup when they were in the same group. The teams played to a 4-4 draw in Berlin, before Germany earned a 5-3 win in Sweden on Oct. 15, 2013.(With inputs from AP)last_img read more

Asian Games 2018: Indian athletes in Indonesia yet to get daily allowance

first_imgIndian athletes, who are participating in the 18th Asian Games in the twin cities of Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia, have not yet received their daily allowances from India.With their allowances still on hold, the Indian shooting and tennis contingent are drawing close to the end of their campaign in the multi-sport event.All the Indian athletes in Jakarta and Palembang have been given forex cards but so far, the participants have received no money in those accounts.Speaking on the same, deputy chef de mission BS Kushwaha told ANI, “Handed over forex cards to athletes and informed the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), but yes, some got it activated and some of them are waiting as it took two to three days. There were issues of signatures. They (athletes) will get their allowance once the card is activated.”ASIAN GAMES 2018 DAY 8 LIVE UPDATESWhen asked about the delay, Kushwaha added that he had no idea about it.India have so far bagged 29 medals, including seven gold, five silver and 17 bronze. India stand at the eighth spot in the medals tally table. INDIA’S ASIAN GAMES 2018 GOLD MEDALLISTS SO FARBajrang Punia, wrestling:Wrestler Bajrang won India’s its first gold medal at the games in the 65kg freestyle category.An in-form Bajrang outclassed Uzbekistan’s Sirojiddin Khasanov (13-3), Tajikistan’s Fayziev Abdulqosim (12-2) and Mongolia’s N Batmagnai Batchuluu (10-0) to storm into the gold medal bout.In the final, he was tested by Japan’s Takatani Daichi but the Haryana grappler held his nerve to prevail 10-8 in an exciting battle.advertisementVinesh Phogat, wrestling:Vinesh created history after she won the 50kg category final. Vinesh is the first Indian female wrestler to win gold at the Games.Vinesh defeated Japan’s Irie Yuki 6-2 in the final to bag the top prize.Saurabh Chaudhary, shooting:Saurabh, clinched the top prize in men’s 10m air pistol event with Games record of 240.7. The 16-year-old, son of a farmer, became the youngest Indian shooter to strike gold at the games.Rahi Sarnobat, shooting:Rahi scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman shooter to win a gold medal at the Asian Games as she prevailed in a nervy shoot-off in the 25m pistol event.The 27-year-old got the better of Thailand’s Naphaswan Yangpaiboon in a shoot-off after both shot a Games record score of 34 in the finals.Indian rowing team:The Indian rowing team clinched the gold medal in the men’s Quadruple Sculls final.The Indian rowing team comprising of Sawarn Singh, Dattu Bhokanal, Om Prakash and Sukhmeet Singh crossed the finish line in first place with a time of 6:17.13 to bag the yellow medal.Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan, tennis:Bopanna and Sharan won the gold medal in the men’s doubles tennis event at the ongoing 18th Asian Games 2018 in the twin cities of Jakarta and Palembang by winning the gold medal match against Kazakhstan’s men’s doubles pair.Bopanna and Sharan, who were the top seeds in the event, played to their billing throughout the tournament and beat Kazakhstan’s Aleksandr Bublik and Denis Yevseyev 6-3, 6-4 to scoop the top prize in the event.Tajinderpal Singh Toor, shot put:Tajinderpal Singh Toor won the gold in the men’s shot put at the 2018 Asian Games on Saturday. Tajinderpal broke the Games Record in his fifth attempt with a throw of 20.75, which is also the National Record.The 23-year-old is also Asia’s highest ranked shotputter and produced an inspired throw of 19.96 in his very first attempt after which he threw 20.75 and 20.00 in his last two attempts to own the gold.(With ANI inputs)last_img read more

India’s biggest youth summit India Today Mind Rocks is back

first_imgThe biggest superstars, youth icons, political leaders and inspirational personalities talk candidly at India’s biggest youth summit – India Today Mind Rocks 2018, on 15th September, 2018 at the Indoor Weightlifting Auditorium, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi.Bollywood heart-throbs Varun Dhawan, Shahid Kapoor and Tiger Shroff and talented divas Anushka Sharma, Taapsee Pannu and Radhika Apte will set the stage on fire.Singer Parmish Verma, YouTuber Bhuvan Bam and entertainer Raftaar will have everyone grooving to their tunes, while table tennis player Manika Batra, badminton player Lakshya Sen and shooter Mehuli Ghosh will inspire youngsters to put their best foot forward.Corporate market leaders like Kris Gopalakrishnan (co-founder of Infosys) and Ananth Narayanan (CEO of Myntra and Jabong) will impart words of wisdom on achieving success. BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra, Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi and AAP spokesperson Raghav Chadha will engage with the youth on why they should vote.India Today Mind Rocks 2018 will raise the tempo through the day as speakers and the audience engage in a mix of interactive chat shows, music, dance and a lot of entertainment.The speakers at earlier seasons like Amitabh Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra, Kangana Ranaut, Ranbir Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Sonam Kapoor, Abhinav Bindra, Kapil Dev, Yuvraj Singh, Mary Kom, Honey Singh, Badshah, Anil Kumble and many more have etched a lasting impression and many electric moments.With leaders from across business, technology, politics, entertainment, sports and Bollywood, India Today Mind Rocks is sure to leave the audience mesmerised.Here’s the event line up for India Today Mind Rocks Youth Summit:advertisement10.00 – 10.25: Opening Concert10.25 – 10.30: Welcome Speech10.30 – 11.00: General Election 2019 – Why Politics MattersSpeakers:Sambit Patra, spokesperson, BJPPriyanka Chaturvedi, spokesperson, CongressRaghav Chadha, National spokesperson, AAP11.00 – 11.30: Broadcasting Your Mind: How to Win the InternetSpeaker:Bhuvan Bam, YouTuber11.30 – 12.00: AI and Us – Learning to Live with TechnologySpeaker:Kris Gopalakrishnan, co-founder, Infosys12.00 – 12.30: When Online Meets Offline – India’s New Age ConsumerSpeaker:Ananth Narayanan, CEO, Myntra & Jabong12.30 – 13.00: Standing Out from the Crowd: It’s Called TalentSpeaker:Radhika Apte, Actor13:00 – 13:30: UP as Kurukshetra: Who Will Win Maha Bharat?Speaker:Akhilesh Yadav, Former Chief Minsiter, Uttar Pradesh13.30 – 14.30: Lunch14.30 – 14.35: Presentation by Galgotias University14.35 – 15:00: Movies that Matter – Being My Own HeroSpeaker:Taapsee Pannu, actor15.00 – 15.30: BJP vs Opposition: Hit Wicket or Perfect Score?Speaker:Tejashwi Yadav, Leader of Opposition, Bihar15.30 – 16.00: Made in India Cinema, Weaving Great StoriesSpeakers:Varun Dhawan, actorAnushka Sharma, actor16.00 – 16.30: The Trouble with Jobs – Too Many People, Too Few SkillsSpeaker:Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship16.30 – 17.00: Stretching the Acting Muscles, Jab We Met A StarSpeaker:Shahid Kapoor, actor17.00 – 17.30: Ready, Steady, Aim – The Gold RushSpeakers:Manika Batra, table tennis playerLakshya Sen, badminton playerMehuli Ghosh, shooterJoydeep Karmakar, personal coach and mentor to Mehuli GhoshDutee Chand, sprinterSaurabh Chaudhary, shooter17.30 – 18.00: Twinkle Toes and Flying Fists, Growing Up In BollywoodSpeaker:Tiger Shroff, actor18.00 – 18.30: Desi Beats Punjabi StyleSpeaker:Parmish Verma, singer18.30 – 19.00: Music on Speed, Rolling with the NewSpeaker:Raftaarlast_img read more

RRB Group D Exam 2018 postponed in this city: All you need to know

first_imgRRB Group D Exam 2018: The Railway Recruitment Board (RRB), Bhopal has postponed Group D Exam 2018 which was scheduled to be held on September 25.As per media a report, the exam has been postponed because BJP workers’ conference is scheduled to be held on the same date. However, the RRB has not stated any particular reason for deferring the exam.Here’s what the official notification read:”CBT for Level 1 Posts against CEN 02/2018 scheduled on 25/09/2018 at various centers in Bhopal city only is postponed. This message is already sent through SMS to the candidates. This exam will Reschedule after 16.10.2018 .Reschedule date of exam (CBT)will be informed shortly to the candidates through SMS on their registered mobile number,” the official notice read.False video on social media:”Candidates may please note that the video circulating on social media about an examination in Bhagalpur centre of Bihar does not pertain to RRB Group D Exam. RRB conducts exam in a secure, professional and transparent Manner. Do not get misguided by any such misinformation on social media and rely only on information published on the official websites of RRBs.”RRB Group D Exam 2018:Meanwhile, the Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) stated the RRB Group D Exam 2018 from September 17, 2018. The examination is being held in different shifts and timings across the country.RRB Group D: Exam patternThe duration of the exam will be 90 minutesA total of 100 questions will be framedMultiple-choice type questions will be asked and one-third marks will be deducted for each wrong answeradvertisementSelection procedure:Computer Based Test (CBT): This would be an online test of 90 minutes and will have 100 multiple choice questions.Physical Efficiency Test (PET): In this test, a candidate’s physical capabilities will be tested with some tasks.About Indian Railways:One of the world’s largest railway networks, the Indian Railways, was first introduced in the year 1853. It has always been an integral part of lives across the country.Railways were first introduced to India in the year 1853 from Bombay to Thane.By the year 1951, the different systems of the railways were nationalised as one unit, which became the Indian Railways.In the year 2003, the Indian Railways was featured in the Guinness Book of World Records for offering the steepest rise in altitude in the space of 96 kilometers.Read: RRB postpones notification for Group D exam details scheduled to be conducted after October 16Read: Indian Railways is hiring! Apply for RRB Group C vacancies in sports quota before October 15last_img read more

India vs Australia: Virat Kohli’s pink bat in Sydney for cancer awareness

first_imgVirat Kohli showed his support to Pink Test and breast cancer awareness as he came out to bat at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) in the fourth and final Test against Australia on Thursday. Every year, Australia’s New Year Test is the Pink Test and they raise funds for McGrath Foundation that works towards breast cancer awareness and aid.SCG hosted its first Pink Test way back in 2009 when Australia played South Africa. For the last 10 years, Australia have continued the tradition and the team was photographed in their Baggy Pink’s to preview the Test.On Thursday, Kohli walked out to bat after Mayank Agarwal fell for his Test-best score of 77 and his bat had a pink MRF sticker, pink handle and pink goves as the Indian captain supported the Pink Test and its cause in his own way.India skipper Virat Kohli showing his support for the #PinkTest @McGrathFdn #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/DlA6N9EZHXcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 3, 2019India vs Australia 4th Test in Sydney: Live Cricket ScoreThe Pink Test saw a sea of pink at the SCG – from the wickets to the boundary lines, everything was pink in support of a noble cause of breast cancer support in honour of former Australia pacer Glenn McGrath’s wife Jane McGrath.The Australian Men’s Cricket Team donned their Baggy Pink’s today to help preview the Domain Pink Test, all in the name of raising much needed funds for the @McGrathFdn #itsyourpinktest #mcgrathfoundation pic.twitter.com/5CmvoYS6W3advertisementCricket Australia (@CricketAus) January 2, 2019Both Indian and Australian cricket teams also wore black armbands on Thursday in memory of Ramakant Achrekar and Bill Watson, respectively.The Indian cricket team is wearing black armbands as a mark of respect to Sachin Tendulkar’s childhood coach Achrekar, whose family confirmed on Wednesday that he had passed away due to old age-related ailments.Tendulkar, in a statement, said his late coach’s contribution to his life and career cannot be captured in words.”Cricket in heaven will be enriched with his presence. Cricket in heaven will be enriched with the presence of Achrekar sir. Like many of his students, I learned my ABCD of cricket under Sir’s guidance,” Tendulkar said.”His contribution to my life cannot be captured in words. He built the foundation that I stand on. Last month, I met Sir along with some of his students and spent some time together. We shared a laugh as we remembered the old times.”Achrekar sir taught us the virtues of playing straight and living straight. Thank you for making us a part of your life and enriching us with your coaching manual. Well played Sir and may you coach more wherever you are.”The Australian cricket team were honouring former Australia and New South Wales batsman Bill Watson, who passed away recently aged 87.Also Read | Mayank Agarwal scores career-best 77, his 2nd fifty in as many TestAlso Read | KL Rahul trolled on social media after falling cheaply againAlso Read | KL Rahul and Kuldeep Yadav back in playing XI for Sydney Test, make history for IndiaAlso Read | Team India pay tribute to deceased Ramakant Achrekar at SCGlast_img read more

Cloudy with little chance of play? Weather forecast in Sydney for Day 4 of 4th Test

first_img4th Test, Day 3 Scores:(Full scorecard)Brief Scores:India 622 for 7 declared (Pujara 193, Pant 159 not out, Jadeja 81, Lyon 4 for 178)Australia 236 for 6 (Harris 79, Handscomb 28 not out, Cummins 25 not out, Kuldeep 3 for 71)Australia trail India by 386 runsThe rain gods may finally have smiled on the Australian cricket team as there is rain forecast for the entire duration of play on the fourth day of the fourth and last Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday.It is expected to be cloudy throughout with a spell of showers being predicted just within one hour of play starting. Bad light may yet again play an important role in proceedings as it did in the last session on day three on Saturday.The temperatures are expected to hover around the low 20s but will rise gradually as the day progresses while the humidity being within the range of 40 to 50 percent.With a Cyclone on its way, cricket may not be hit that hard on the fourth day but the chances of a result will drastically fall on the fifth day. Showers are likely after 11 am local time in Sydney on Sunday (Screengrab from AccuWeather) India will be hoping the clouds clear up and make way for some cricket on Day 4 of the ongoing Test (Screengrab from AccuWeather)The light faded at SCG, which was hit by rain in the final hour of scheduled play on Saturday. As a precaution, the match will now resume 30 minutes early at 10 AM local time (4:30 AM IST) on Sunday.Australia will resume their first innings at 236/6 with Peter Handscomb (28) and Pat Cummins (25) at the crease.Kuldeep Yadav (3/71) and Ravindra Jadeja (2/62), who shared five wickets between them, will be keen to wrap up the rest of the Australian batsmen. The fact that there is cloud cover expect throughout the day, the Indian pacers – Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami – will too be looking to make merry.advertisementAlso Read | India vs Australia: Adam Gilchrist is Rishabh Pant’s latest fan Also Read | Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant sign SCG honours board after sensational hundredsAlso Read | Virat Kohli needs to calm down and go on a holiday mode: KL RahulAlso See:last_img read more

Australian Open: Alexander Zverev declares himself fit despite injury scare

first_imgGerman fourth seed Alexander Zverev said on Saturday that he was relaxed and fit to play in the Australian Open despite a dramatic fall during training.In the pre-event press conference, Zverev said he had not twisted his ankle in the fall on Friday and only had a little inflammation between two bones, reports Efe news.”I am fine, I am going to play with a tape. It’s nothing that can get worse. I am actually quite relaxed about it,” said Zverev, who faces Slovenia’s Aljaz Bedene in the first round.The youngster, who lost to South Korea’s Hyeon Chung last year, acknowledged that he had never been past the third round in the tournament and said he was not putting too much pressure on himself.”I just want to enjoy being here. I just want to enjoy playing as much as I can,” said Zverev, who could meet Frenchman Gilles Simon in the third round.The 21-year-old said he had learned a lot from the ATP Tour Finals in London, where he emerged as a surprise winner.Also Watch:last_img read more

Minerva request AIFF to shift Real Kashmir game from Srinagar over Pulwama terror attack

first_imgHolders Minerva Punjab FC have requested the All India Football Federation to shift their upcoming I-League match from Srinagar or defer it in the wake of the Pulwama terrorist attack, saying the club is ready to forfeit if the game is not rescheduled.On Thursday, at least 40 CRPF paramilitary troopers were killed in a terror attack while several others are battling for their lives following what is being termed as the deadliest terrorist strike in three decades in Jammu and Kashmir.Defending champions Minerva Punjab FC are scheduled to play Real Kashmir FC on February 18 at the TRC Turf Ground in the Jammu and Kashmir capital.”We have written to the AIFF requesting them to shift the game from Srinagar. My team jersey has the line written ‘We Salute Indian Army’. A game of football is nothing compared to what has happened last evening,” Minerva Punjab FC owner Ranjit Bajaj told PTI.He added, “We are willing to forfeit the game if it is not moved out. I am sure the people will stand by us and really three points don’t matter under the circumstances.”An explosive-laden SUV rammed into one of the buses in the CRPF convoy at Awantipora town in the Pulwama district on Thursday.When contacted, I-League CEO Sunn Sando Dhar said they will consider the feedback from the local authorities irinagar.”We will see what the local authorities have to say. We will go ahead with the match if the local authorities give us a positive feedback. As of now, it is on, and shifting remains the last resort,” Dhar said.advertisementMinerva Punjab FC also issued a statement and explained the security concerns that the team has. Real Kashmir are currently placed second on the points table behind Chennai City FC, while Minerva are already out of title contention owing to average results this season.”We regret to inform you that due to current instability and volatility in the region, we request you to please defer the I-League fixture against Real Kashmir or have it held at a neutral venue,” the club said in a statement.Established in 1955, Minerva Academy is a premier training institute for SSB aspirants with over 60 years of experience.”We wear a tribute to the Indian Armed Forces on our match jerseys. Needless to say, we stand in support with our Armed Forces, and cannot play a football match, where 42 of our brothers have been martyred.”Additionally there is the security threat which will be faced by us when if we do travel for our match. Who will guarantee our safety? Ideally, there should be written assurances and permission from the Ministry of Home Affairs that the region is safe enough to conduct the match as scheduled and that our safety can be guaranteed,” the club said in its statement.The terrorist attack has attracted condemnation from the global community with nations such as the USA and France again pledging their support to India in the war against terrorism.The club further said, “Considering the extraordinary and unprecedented circumstances we hereby request you to please defer the I-League fixture against Real Kashmir till such time our safety is guaranteed by the authorities or have it held at a neutral venue.”Third-placed East Bengal, who are scheduled to be in the valley on February 28, have also got in touch with the AIFF after the attack, expressing similar security concerns.Also Read | Real Kashmir, East Bengal to play snow-postponed I-League game on February 28 in SrinagarAlso Read | Swiss giants FC Basel buy stakes in Chennai City FC in landmark deallast_img read more

Tata Motors drives in 2019 Hexa, updated SUV gets new infotainment system and alloy wheels

first_imgTata Motors has launched the 2019 edition of Hexa with a fresh infotainment system and minor cosmetic tweaks on the exterior. The SUV range starts at an introductory price of Rs 12.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).The 2019 Hexa gets a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system as standard across all the variants. The new infotainment system comes in with Android Auto and 10 speaker JBL system. Earlier, the SUV featured a five-inch infotainment system.So far as cosmetic changes on the exterior are concerned, the higher variants of the updated Hexa will have options for a dual-tone finish, with two colour choices for the roof — Infinity Black and Titanium Grey. Also, the automatic variants of the 2019 Hexa will get diamond cut alloy wheels, while the manual options will feature charcoal grey alloy wheel.”In our continuous endeavor to offer our customers with a superior driving experience, we are pleased to introduce the new Hexa 2019 edition. Our versatile SUV Hexa has caught the imagination of the country with its distinctive on-road and off-road capabilities and has witnessed a strong traction in the market. We are confident that this new edition will help us take forward our brand promise of offering customers aspirational products with the next level of design and technology,” Tata Motors’ passenger vehicles business unit vice president for sales, marketing and customer support S N Barman said in a statement.There is no change in the powertrain of 2019 Tata Hexa. It comes with the same 2.2-litre VARICOR 400 diesel engine, which was available with the earlier model. The motor churns out 156 PS of power and 400 Nm of torque and is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox with an option for an automatic transmission as well. The manual transmission gets four different driving modes (auto, comfort, dynamic and rough road), while the automatic has two (sports and auto-sensing race car performance, with manual shift option).advertisementOn the safety front, the SUV gets six airbags (front, side and curtain airbags), ABS (antilock braking system) with EBD (electronic brake force distribution), ESP (electronic stability programme) with roll-over mitigation to monitor driving stability and traction, hill hold control and hill descent control, traction control system and reverse parking system.Below are the variant-wise price (ex-showroom, Delhi) details of the 2019 Tata Hexa.– Hexa XE 4X2 (7 Seater) – Rs 12.99 lakh– Hexa XM 4X2 (7 Seater) – Rs 14.38 lakh– Hexa XM+ 4X2 (7 Seater) – Rs 15.46 lakh– Hexa XMA 4X2 (7 Seater) – Rs 15.62 lakh– Hexa XT 4X2 (6/7 Seater) – Rs 17.03 lakh– Hexa XTA 4X2 (6/7 Seater) – Rs 18.19 lakh– Hexa XT 4X4 (6/7 Seater) – Rs 18.36 lakhALSO READ | Hyundai Creta crosses 5 lakh sales mark worldwideALSO READ | Jaguar Land Rover India announces launch of next generation of online vehicle buying platformsALSO READ | Tata H7X teaser released, seven-seater SUV to debut at Geneva Motor Showlast_img read more

Vijay Shankar is ‘Chhupa Rustam’ of Sunrisers Hyderabad, reveals VVS Laxman

first_imgVVS Laxman opened up on David Warner’s return to the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League, saying that he was sure that the Australian opener would do well.The SRH mentor, while talking about how Warner kept in touch with the Hyderabad team, revealed that Vijay Shankar is the ‘Chhupa Rustam’ of the side.When Laxman was asked if Warner had been in touch with him during his one-year ban after the fallout from the ball-tampering scandal, he said that the Sunrisers have a Whatsapp group.”Not only in touch with me, but we have a Whatsapp group where we wishing each other on important days, share a lot of jokes,” VVS Laxman said.”We have a lot of characters in the team, Vijay is a ‘Chhupa Rustam’ of the team. He as a very good sense of humour – dry sense of humour,” Laxman added.Laxman was full of praise for Warner, as he noted the positive qualities the Australian bring to the table for SRH.”Everyone respects David a lot in the group. We know what an excellent performer has been, not only the runs he has scored on the ground. His contribution as captain, he was a successful winning captain in 2016. The way he helped a lot of youngsters by helping them with their game, about their mindset, how to prepare for big occasions,” Laxman said.Laxman also recalled the Sunrisers Hyderabad team’s reaction after David Warner was charged with bringing disrepute to the game of cricket with his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal.advertisement”Everyone was disappointed that he had to miss out last year, because of what happened in Cape Town. Everyone was in touch, right from the owners, to the coaching staff, to the mentors and to the players. Everyone was eagerly waiting for him to come and join the group and be a part of the Sunrisers family. We are not surprised at all that he started to perform form the first match and started to play the way he did. Even in the first practise match and the second practise match, he was looking in great touch. Someone like him who is a fighter and mentally tough, looking for this opportunity to perform,” Laxman..@davidwarner31’s known for not ‘WARN’ing the opponents and he’s doing exactly that this time around as well! #OrangeArmy #RiseWithUs pic.twitter.com/To287YJ3gSSunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) April 2, 2019Having seen Warner from up close and been with him in the process of making his way back to cricket, Laxman lauded the Australian’s mettle and resolve. Laxman said the three implicated in the ball-tampering scandal – David Warner, Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft – showed character. He also went onto add that Warner would be a real asset for Australia in the 2019 ICC World Cup.”It boils down to your work ethics and also the mindset. We talk a lot about the mindset and the preparation and that is more to do with skilful practise where you focusing on your batting or your technique. It is also a mental preparation because it is tough for all three of them, as to how they can still be possible with whatever has happened and suddenly they are not allowed to play for one year. I think we were positive and prepared so that we can get better,” Laxman said.”No surprise as he has always been a hard-working player works a lot on his fitness and because of that the rhythm that possibly could have been missing, didn’t go anywhere. He is very happy with the way he is hitting the cricket ball and more impotently that you can see in the body language and see in the eyes that he is determined to win each and every match and determined to do well. When you miss something for a period of 12 months, you will be eagerly waiting to go out to do well whenever you get an opportunity. Australia will be lucky to have him in the World Cup because he will be looking forward to contributing and winning the World Cup for Australia,” Laxman added.Also Read | World Cup not on my mind, want to do well for Sunrisers Hyderabad: David WarnerAlso Read | David Warner on Sunrisers Hyderabad’s warm welcome: Meant the world to melast_img read more

AFC Cup: Chennaiyin FC, Minerva Punjab share spoils in group stage opener

first_imgChennaiyin FC drew goalless with Minerva Punjab in an all-Indian 2019 AFC Cup group stage opener at The Arena Stadium in Ahmedabad on Wednesday.This was both club’s maiden appearance in the group stages of the continental competition. It was also Chennaiyin’s fourth successive clean sheets in all competitions.Head coach John Gregory made three changes to the CFC starting XI that beat Mumbai City FC 2-0 in the Super Cup last week.Anirudh Thapa, Isaac Vanmalsawma and Gregory Nelson made way as Thoi Singh, Halicharan Narzary and Raphael Augusto started. Dhanpal Ganesh and Jerry Lalrinzuala began a second successive game from the bench, on their return from injury.FULL-TIME | Chennaiyin FC (IND) 0-0 Minerva Punjab (IND)The points are split between @ChennaiyinFC & @minervapunjabfc in their opening Group E encounter! #CNYvMFC #AFCCup2019 pic.twitter.com/5voW3OfgWCAFC Cup (@AFCCup) April 3, 2019For Minerva, all three of their new signings forward Samuel Lalmuanpuia and defenders Kareem Nurain and Robert Primus started from the outset.After a slow opening few minutes, Chennaiyin grew into the match with a succession of quick chances. The first fell to Jeje Lalpekhlua in the Minerva box, but the striker’s shot deflected out for a corner. The resulting set-piece saw CFC’s Brazilian center-back Eli Sabia head it wayward.A minute later, CK Vineeth outmuscled Minerva skipper Mahmoud Al-Amna in the middle of the park and freed Thoi Singh on the right flank. The Manipuri winger found Jeje in the box, who laid it up for Raphael Augusto, whose shot went above the crossbar.advertisementMinerva then tested CFC keeper Karanjit Singh from distance in the 25th minute. Ghanaian midfielder Kalif Alhassan’s shot was parried away by the custodian.Few minutes later, Samuel stung Karanjit’s gloves with another shot from distance after the ball fell to him from a CFC clearance. From the corner, Alhassan’s header hit the upright and went out for a goal-kick.It became a tighter affair as the half progressed. Both sides continued to create inroads but the play in the final third lacked precision as it remained goalless at the break.Minerva made a change soon after the restart, with Moinuddin replacing Prabhjot Singh. And Chennaiyin brought on Anirudh Thapa for Halicharan.The first big chance of the second period fell CFC’s way on the hour mark when Thoi’s header from a Tondonba cross went agonisingly wide of the far post.Also Read | AFC Olympic Qualifiers: India women sail past Indonesia with 2-0 winlast_img read more

2019 World Cup: Hot conditions in England advantage for subcontinent teams, says Pietersen

first_imgFormer skipper Kevin Pietersen reckons that if hot and dry conditions persist in England, it will work more in favour of subcontinent teams during the upcoming World Cup but green surfaces would be an advantage for the hosts.Pietersen said last summer was one of the hottest with hardly any rain.”We started a Test against India in 2000 something. On day one it was an absolutely green surface but at the end of day two it was completely dry. It never rained but the moisture that was, was sucked by the system dry completely and depleting any grass on the wicket.”If the conditions are like they were last summer, then I can say subcontinental teams will have a massive role to play in the World Cup. If they are not and it’s horrible and green and seaming all over, it will play into England’s favour,” said Pietersen.I wasn’t very good…! #GullyCricket pic.twitter.com/IrYY63PonJ Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) March 28, 2019However, Pietersen fears that if the ball swung like it did on West Indies, England could be in trouble.”The one downside for England though is that although they have the license to slog from ball one, but in those swinging and seaming conditions it’s quite difficult as we saw in the West Indies at Barbados where the ball did a bit and the West Indies knocked over England (in the Test),” he said.Batting great Brian Lara felt that the West Indies, recently, have become strong at home but cautioned that it was consistency and team work which could see the team through in the World Cup.advertisement”The series against England has given us all in the West indies some hope. We have become strong at home. But I am not going to be fooled by what we did against England. We have a team that understands the conditions at home now. But four months ago we were terrible, but I am happy to see we have made that little progress in our cricket, said the former stylish left handed batsman.”We have got a few match winners but in English conditions we need a bit more than match winners to win the World Cup. We need a team with great consistency and if we reach the knock out stages we can knock out any team. It give us a little bit of chance but would like to see the team selection first.”Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene was not happy with the way things have gone in his country in the run-up to the mega event with so many chopping and changing.”Usually we plan for the World Cup years ahead – 12 months ahead and know what our combinations are. This time there is the (upcoming) provincial tournament to finalise the World Cup squad. That shows inconsistency in the approach,” he said candidly.”It’s not alarming as there is talent, some good players who have had experience of World Cup before and have been in finals before. Sri Lanka always turns out for the World Cup with mentality that they can win. Leading up to the World Cup, we have not done well. We have won a handful of matches over the last five months both in Sri Lanka and away which won’t give any confidence.”Jayawardene said a settled top-order is crucial and Sri Lanka are still not sure about it.”There has not been a consistent selection process. We had like eight different opening partnerships. Top four guys are very crucial in those conditions. I think they need to find solutions for that, some soul searching. Hopefully this domestic tournament is not going to make a huge impact in the selection process. You need to back the guys who have done the thing in the past. I hope commonsense will prevail,” he added.Also Read | IPL 2019: Kevin Pietersen plays gully cricket in Bengaluru ahead of RCB vs MIAlso Read | Kevin Pietersen trolls Virat Kohli. India captain has a sporting replyAlso Read | King, buddy: Kevin Pietersen hails Virat Kohli after India’s 500th ODI winAlso Watch | Australia should pick David Warner for the 2019 ICC World Cup: VVS Laxmanlast_img read more

LG blames 5G connectivity for delayed V50 ThinQ 5G launch

first_imgLG unveiled its 5G-enabled smartphone — the LG V50 ThinQ — at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 in Barcelona back in February this year. The phone, which was unveiled alongside the LG G8 ThinQ, was slated to launch in South Korea on April 19. However, the Korean tech giant has now announced that the launch of its 5G phone has been postponed indefinitely.LG, in a press note, in its Korean newsroom announced that the company has postponed the launch of the LG V50 ThinQ in its home country owing to faulty 5G connectivity. “We intend to concentrate on the completeness of 5G smartphone in order to enhance customer satisfaction with 5G service which is commercialised for the first time in the world,” LG wrote in its press note, as translated by Google Translate from Korean.The company further said that it is working with Qualcomm, which has supplied its 5G-enabled chipset and modem – Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and X50 modem – and local mobile operators to optimise its 5G phone further and improve 5G connectivity before it launches the phone in its maiden market.It is worth noting that the Korean smartphone giant did not mention any tentative date for the launch of the LG V50 ThinQ. However, it has confirmed that the phone would be launched soon. With the launch of the LG V50 ThinQ delayed in South Korea, it is possible that the phone’s availability could be delayed in the global markets as well. However, the company hasn’t mentioned anything about its global availability yet. So, we will have to wait and watch till LG makes an official announcement about the phone.advertisementMeanwhile, if you have forgotten all about the LG V50 ThinQ since it was unveiled at MWC 2019, here’s a crash course for you: The LG V50 ThinQ comes with a 6.4-inch Quad HD FullVision OLED display. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and it has Qualcomm’s 5G modem, X50, in its core and it runs on Android 9.0 Pie. The phone sports 6GB RAM and 128GB storage that can be expanded further using a 2TB microSD card.In terms of camera, the 5G enabled phone comes with a triple rear camera setup at the back with a 16MP super wide-angle lens, a 12MP standard lens and a 12MP telephoto lens. In the front, it sports a dual-camera setup with an 8MP standard lens and a 5MP wide angle lens. It runs on a 4,000 mAh battery and it comes with a secondary 6.2-inch Full HD+ Full Vision OLED attachable display that attaches itself to the side of the phone.ALSO READ: | LG V50 ThinQ: Full specifications, top features, India price & everything you need to knowALSO READ: | LG to launch a second attachable screen along with G8 ThinQ and V50 ThinQ at MWC 2019ALSO READ: | Foldable phones: With V50 ThinQ, LG brings knife to a gun fight with Samsung and Huaweilast_img read more

Ricky Ponting, Sourav Ganguly made the difference for Delhi Capitals: Prithvi Shaw

first_imgBeing at the top of the ladder is not familiar territory for Delhi Capitals and opener Prithvi Shaw credited the likes of Sourav Ganguly and Ricky Ponting for guiding the team to a commanding position in the ongoing IPL.In the last nine editions of the IPL, Delhi have finished last on four occasions. From being the perennial strugglers, they have managed to turn things around this season.Shaw said coach Ricky Ponting, advisor Sourav Ganguly and assistant coach Mohammad Kaif have stitched the team into an effective unit.”With seniors like Sourav sir, Ricky sir, Kaif sir around, the body language changes. There are few youngsters like me, Sandeep (Lamichhane), Manjot (Kalra) but we are never made to feel that we were inexperienced, instead, we are always kept in the same group with the seniors, on and off the field.”Sourav sir even chill with us when we don’t have practice. We go for dinners together. So there is a very strong bonding,” said Shaw at the post-match press conference.’Felt special when Sourav Sir lifted me’, Pant tells PrithviAdvisor @SGanguly99 wanted the @DelhiCapitals youngsters to finish games, which happened in Jaipur! @RishabPant777 and @PrithviShaw relive the chase. By @Moulinparikh. #RRvDCFull video – https://t.co/ucI6oYXieL pic.twitter.com/ifnMRzztBcIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 23, 2019Delhi Capitals posted a six-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur on Monday night and acquired pole position in the IPL.Chasing a steep 192-run target, Rishabh Pant (78 off 36 balls) steered Delhi to victory after Dhawan (54 off 27) gave the team a rollicking start with a barrage of fours and sixes, adding 72 runs for the opening wicket with Shaw (42) in only 7.3 overs.advertisementEven as Dhawan slammed the bowlers all around the park, Shaw was more measured in his approach.”I had not slowed down. It makes sense if someone is going better than you in the Power Play like Shikhi (Dhawan) bhai has done, I can’t just go out and smash every ball. I have to be mentally prepared as well to play that sort of innings.”When Dhawan was hitting the way he was, I thought I should take the game deep because in case he got out, one set batsman should be there to take the game deep,” said Shaw.”And that’s what happened, he and Shreyas Iyer, both were dismissed in quick succession. But I was confident that if I took the game deep, I would be able to do the job. Rishabh (Pant, who scored 78 off 36 balls), obviously is the biggest finisher of the game in T20 right now. I was just waiting for my chance and later on I too switched gears,” he explained.”We just want to play good cricket and win matches for DC.” @RishabPant777 and @PrithviShaw discuss tonight’s resounding win #RRvDC #ThisIsNewDelhi #DelhiCapitals pic.twitter.com/fBjZYVj8soDelhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) April 22, 2019Shaw said his team was confident of chasing down the total.”Definitely, there was a plan. We knew in the Power Play there will at least be one spinner bowling and Shikhar bhai was batting so well in the Power Play, he was in a good flow. Then Jofra Archer, we knew he depends more on short balls and bouncers, so we were prepared,” said Shaw.Thanks to Ajinkya Rahane’s scintillating century, Rajasthan Royals’ put on a 191-run total in their allotted 20 overs but Delhi did well to prevent them from going past 200.”The way they started…Ajju bhai (Ajinkya Rahane) played a superb innings, Steve Smith also played a fine innings. It felt like the wicket was pretty good. I believe we did a good job between 13th to 20th over to pull them down in those seven overs, otherwise, the total possibly could have gone to 210 or even 220.”Rajasthan keeper-batsman Sanju Samson admitted that having lost seven out of 10 matches, it is now tough for his team to qualify for the Playoffs.”It is very tough now. We may still qualify but will have to look at other teams now and will have to win our remaining matches,” said Samson.Samson, who was dismissed for a duck, said batting became easier in the second innings.”It was a good wicket to start with, it was a decent wicket. I think in the first innings, in the Power Play, the wicket was holding up a bit, but as the dew came it became much easier to bat on in the second innings. Having a batsman like Shikhar Dhawan in Delhi, and in the form he is, he took the Power Play from us and Rishabh Pant came and did the job for them,” said Samson.advertisementAlso Read | Ricky Ponting on having Sourav Ganguly in Delhi Capitals: He is very passionateAlso Read | You are wow: Sourav Ganguly praises Rishabh Pant after Delhi Capitals beat RRAlso Read | It felt special when Sourav sir lifted me: Rishabh Pantlast_img read more

Victoria Azarenka ousts Vera Zvonareva, Petra Kvitova through to Stuttgart quarters

first_imgBelarusian Victoria Azarenka made a winning return to Stuttgart with a 7-5 6-4 victory over Russia’s Vera Zvonareva in what was an engrossing battle in the first round of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix on Wednesday.Azarenka, a former world number one, was pushed in the opening set, especially by Zvonareva’s first serve, but fought back to break her four times in the match. The last time the pair met was in 2011 when they were both ranked in the top 10.”We’re both in completely different stages of our careers, we’re both moms,” Azarenka said.”I think I’m playing better than I used to before, I believe I’m much more of a complete player than I used to be. I’m in the process of building my game up again.”The 29-year-old, a two-times Australian Open champion, also had to overcome jet lag after competing in the Fed Cup semi-final in Australia at the weekend.”I have no idea right now of the time or what’s happening,” she told reporters. “The flight from Australia was so long I felt like it was never going to end! It was a huge challenge for me today and I’m very happy with the way I handled it.”Azarenka will take on fourth seed and defending champion Karolina Pliskova next for a spot in the quarter-finals.World number three Petra Kvitova, who received a bye to the second round, cruised through to the quarter-finals with a 6-1 6-4 win over Belgian qualifier Greet Minnen in a game where she covered the court well and anticipated shots to take a quick lead.advertisementMinnen was no match for Kvitova in the first set but found her groove in the second to test the Australian Open runner-up. However, it was too little too late for the 21-year-old as Kvitova wrapped up the match in 73 minutes.Earlier, Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic started the tournament strongly with a 6-2 6-4 victory over qualifier Mandy Minella.Bencic, who ended a four-year title drought in February when she beat Kvitova in Dubai, struck 24 winners with her aggressive returns dominating the Luxembourger. The result pits Bencic against sixth seed Kiki Bertens.Last year’s semi-finalist Anett Kontaveit of Estonia breezed past France’s Caroline Garcia with a 6-4 6-3 win while Donna Vekic beat Giulia Gatto-Monticone 6-1 7-5 to advance.2011 champion Julia Goerges’ first match was cut short by injury with the German forced to retire when she was trailing 4-0 in the final set to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Goerges had taken the first set 6-4 before the Russian took the second 6-2.Also Read | Ankita Raina stuns former US Open champion Samantha Stosurlast_img read more

UEFA Champions League: Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino ruled out of Barcelona game

first_imgLiverpool will be without forwards Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino when they face Barcelona in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final as they look to overturn a 3-0 deficit, manager Juergen Klopp said on Monday.Egypt international Salah was carried off the pitch with a head injury in Saturday’s 3-2 Premier League win at Newcastle United and has not recovered for the game against Barca at Anfield on Tuesday.Brazilian Firmino has a muscular injury and was not included in the squad for Saturday’s game at St James’ Park.”They both are not available for tomorrow,” Klopp told a news conference.”Two of the world’s best strikers are not available and we have to score four goals to go through in 90 minutes.”It doesn’t make life easier but as long as we have 11 players on the pitch we will try… if we can do it wonderful and if not, fail in the most beautiful way.” Mo Salah has been ruled out of Liverpool’s #UCL semi-final second leg Barcelona on Tuesday. pic.twitter.com/T8uvlAW1l7 UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) May 6, 2019Salah is expected to feature against Wolverhampton Wanderers in Liverpool’s final Premier League game of the season on Sunday but Klopp said the clash with Barcelona was too soon for the 26-year-old.”It’s a concussion for Mo. He would not be allowed to play. He feels Ok but it’s not good enough from a medical point of view. He’s desperate but we cannot do it,” Klopp added.advertisement”Together with our supporters this was a long season and there’s a little chance to make it even longer. If not, these are the last two home games of an incredible season.”We should celebrate it with a good performance on the pitch and in the stands.”Defender Trent Alexander-Arnold said Liverpool would have to be fearless to have a chance of progressing.”That’s the only way we’re going to get a result. If we get caught up in fearing their players then that’s not really going to work,” Alexander-Arnold added.”We have had decent results this season where we have scored more than three goals and being at home helps us. There’s still that sense of belief but we know it’s going to be hard. But anything is possible, especially at Anfield.”Also Read | It was a victory of passion, heart and absolute desire: Liverpool coach Juergen Klopplast_img read more

MI vs CSK in IPL finals: Mumbai eye hat-trick against Chennai in Hyderabad

first_imgMumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings. Two of the most successful Indian Premier League teams will go head-to-head in the IPL 2019 final on Sunday in Hyderabad for the ultimate bragging rights the 4th title.Both Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings have won three titles each in 11 editions of IPL 2019. While CSK will be featuring in their 8th final, MI will play their 5th on Sunday.Moreover, the final at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad will be the fourth time MI and CSK meet in the final. Interestingly, Mumbai Indians have a positive head-to-head record in the final against Chennai Super Kings have won two out of their three meetings in the big clash.Mumbai will be hoping to make it three in a row as they had won the 2013 and the 2015 finals between the two sides. Chennai’s only win against MI in the final came when the two sides met for the first time in the title match in 2010.2010 IPL final: Suresh Raina helps CSK to their first-ever titleChennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians had met in the final of IPL 2010 at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai.CSK won the toss and opted to bat and captain MS Dhoni opened the innings for them along with Anirudha Srikkanth. Dhoni smashed 22 from just 15 but it was Suresh Raina’s 35-ball 57 that helped CSK post 168 for 5 in 20 overs.Sachin Tendulkar, the then skipper of Mumbai Indians, top-scored with a 45-ball 48 but it wasn’t enough as they fell 22 runs short of the total.advertisementCSK benefitted from a collective effort from their bowlers as Shadab Jakati, Muttiah Muralitharan, Suresh Raina, Albie Morkel and Doug Bollinger were among the wickets.2013 IPL final: Mumbai outclass Chennai at the Eden GardensKieron Pollard’s cameo worked wonders for Mumbai Indians. MS Dhoni’s valiant effort ended in vain as MI beat CSK by 23 runs at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata in the IPL 2013 final.In their second meeting in the final, MI had won the toss and opted to bat on a sluggish Eden Gardens wicket.Captain Rohit Sharma failed as MI slipped to 52 for 4 in the 10th over but Pollard smashed 60 runs from just 32 balls to help the team post 148 runs. Dwayne Bravo shone with the ball for CSK, picking up 4 wickets.However, Lasith Malinga and Mitchell Johnson jolted the CSK top-order removing Murali Vijay, Michael Hussey, Suresh Raina and S Badrinath cheaply. CSK were reeling at 58 for 8 before MS Dhoni smashed 63, including 5 sixes, in just 45 balls.The valiant effort wasn’t enough as Chennai managed just 125 for 9 in 20 overs. Dhoni remained unbeaten on 65.2015 IPL final: Rohit, Simmons thrash CSK at Eden GardensMumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings met once again at the Eden Gardens and the result went in favour of the former this time as well.CSK won the toss and opted to field. MS Dhoni’s went off to a good start as the then MI opener Parthiv Patel was dismissed in the first over.However, Lendl Simmons (68 from 45) and Rohit Sharma (50 off 26) helped Mumbai to a mammoth total of 202 for 5 in the big final.Dwayne Smith was the lone bright spot in CSK’s batting order as the opener hit 57 off 48 balls but Chennai fell short of the total by 41 runs. Mitchell McClenaghan shone for MI with 3 for 25 in 4 overs.Also Read | IPL 2019: MS Dhoni shares insights, Rishabh Pant listens with rapt attentionAlso Read | Watch: Ziva Dhoni teaches Rishabh Pant Hindi vowels in viral videoAlso Read | IPL 2019 can’t have a better final than Mumbai and Chennai: Bravo tells HarbhajanAlso See:last_img read more

Pakistan suffering from mental block against India: Dilip Vengsarkar

first_imgIndia felt the psychological effect of Javed Miandad’s last ball six of 1986 for over a decade. Now, the tables have turned. On Sunday at Old Trafford, India continued their proud World Cup tradition of never losing to Pakistan.Former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar was at the receiving end that Sharjah evening when Miandad swatted Cheten Sharma’s low full toss to complete one of the game’s most dramatic last-ball wins. Watching Pakistan’s poor show on Sunday, Vengsarkar is convinced the psychological game has been transposed.”They are suffering from a mental block definitely. If you look at the way Pakistan went, they were looking on the back-foot from the beginning. India took the match away in the first few overs itself. They hardly looked in place,” he tells India Today.India first faced off against Pakistan in World Cup 92′ when Mohammed Azharuddin led India prevailed over their adversary even though Imran Khan led Pakistan went on the win the Cup, that edition. In every subsequent Indo-Pak World Cup encounter from 96′, 99′, 2003, 2011, 2015 and now in 2019, India has won.”I can’t explain these numbers, to be honest. These are high pressure games. You have to deliver amidst pressure from everywhere. The emotions are running high with lot of expectations. India has played extremely well against them over the years,” he says.India beat Pakistan by 86 runs on Duckworth Lewis on Sunday in a match where Pakistan could never match pace with India’s winning unit. Vengsarkar now tips India to win the Cup. “They have the potential to win the World Cup with the world class team they have,” he says.advertisementAlso Read | India have come a long way since Champions Trophy 2017. Pakistan have notAlso Read | Stop jumping around at Wagah Border and perform on field: Akhtar to Hasan AliAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Shahid Afridi credits IPL after India beat Pakistanlast_img read more

DU Admission 2019: Sports Trials start today, varsity wants many videographers to maintain transparency

first_imgWith the Delhi University’s sports trials starting on July 2, the varsity has made arrangements to ensure that aspirants do not face inconvenience and get done with their tests within a day.This year, in the guidelines we had written that the Delhi University reserves the right to upload the videos of trials, an official said.”Every centre where the trials will happen have been directed to have the maximum number of videographers so that they can capture every angle. Earlier, there used to be only one videographer but this year, they can have more than one videographer to ensure transparency,” he said.Reason for uploading videographerThe official said the guidelines about the possibility of videos of the trials being uploaded have been issued to the person taking the test and the aspirant knows that full transparency is being maintained.The varsity had written to the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Sports Authority Of India and other universities to send them recommendations for experts to judge the trials and the varsity is in the process of finalising the names.There will be three experts for every game, the official said, adding that the experts will decide the parameters they want to judge the aspirants on.DU Admission 2019: Sports trial processIn the lead up to the sports trials, the Sports Council received a total of 350 online queries related to sports trials. These pertained to the weightage of marks that will be awarded to certificates, among others. Out of the 350 queries, 31 were from those candidates who were not eligible for admission under the sports quota, the official said.advertisementThe online queries were closed on June 30 at 3 pm. However, the officials are handling queries on ground and will be doing so till July 6, the last date of the sports trials.The official said candidates were sent SMSs and emails after they uploaded their certificates and the weightage of marks given to the certificates and the subsequent trials.Over 12,000 applications were received from students under the sports quota.DU Admission 2019: Sports Trial duration The official said they will ensure that candidates get done with their trials within a day.For instance, if a candidate from Fatehabad, Haryana comes for athletics trial in the morning, we will ensure he gets done by 9.30 am-10 pm on the same day.”We understand that candidates start early from their homes in far-flung areas. We will ensure that if a candidate reaches in the morning, he will finish the heats by 11 am, then will be given a lunch break and then will be called for semis and finals. Earlier, it used to happen over a span of two days causing inconvenience to aspirants,” the official said.He said for individual sports, they will ensure this happens. For other sports like basketball, he said the candidates will be called on the first day and they will be given attendance and their names will be arranged in alphabetical order. They will be called on the subsequent days on the basis of that order.The sports trials will commence from July 2 and culminate on July 6.There are 27 sports that are part of the sports quota. These include 24 sports that are part of various high-profile competitions like Olympics, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, and three popular sports.Under the sports quota, athletics, basketball, cricket, and volleyball were among the top five sports chosen by candidates.Other sports that made it to the top 10 preferences were:Kabaddi, badminton,Handball,Taekwondo, andKho-khoTwenty-seven sports are part of the quota. These include 24 sports that are part of various competitions like the:Olympics,Commonwealth Games,Asian Games and three popular sports.Read: Chhattisgarh govt gives free nutritious food to tribal kids in naxal-affected areasRead: Mumbai rain: July 2 declared holiday for all schools, says Maha Education Minister Ashish Shelarlast_img read more