Colombia’s coach Jose Pekerman expressed disappointment after his team was stunned 2-1 in their opening match at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, on Tuesday. With the win, Japan became the first Asian side to beat South American opponents at the World Cup.The 68-year-old coach said the loss has left the Colombian side with “bitter memory.””Without doubt we were expecting something different, we were hoping to start with a victory,” Pekerman said.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE”It’s unfortunate for the people of Colombia who came here with high hopes. This is obviously going to leave us with a bitter memory.”Colombia endured a horrific start to the match midfielder Carlos Sanchez received a red card in just the third minute of the match.Pekerman added that Sanchez loss was too big a blow for his team to recover.”To lose one player in the three minutes to lose such a crucial player, is not an easy thing,” Pekerman said.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLESanchez’s sending-off was the second fastest in World Cup history after Uruguay’s Jose Batista was dismissed after 55 seconds against Scotland in 1986.The midfielder received the red card for a deliberate handball. Shinji Kagawa scored from the resulting penalty to give Japan the lead in the Group H match.Juan Quintero’s clever low free kick in the 39th minute gave Colombia the equaliser but Yuya Osako leapt above his marker to head a corner into the net for Japan’s 73rd-minute winner.It was also sweet revenge for Japan, who were thumped 4-1 by the same opponents in Brazil 2014, but they wasted plenty of chances to kill the game off earlier. Kagawa and Osako went close in the first half but failed to increase their lead.advertisement”I told them at halftime to keep moving, get the advantage in positioning,” Japan coach Akira Nishino said.”It was good we could deprive the front players of their stamina. It’s the result that counts. Luck is important but it’s not going to do the job.”Yuya Osako, who scored the winning goal, termed the moment as a dream come true.”To score a goal in the World Cup has been a dream for me since I was little, so I am extremely happy,” said Osako.
Argentina’s World Cup campaign was heavily dominated by the talks about how the tournament was probably the last opportunity for Lionel Messi to win the biggest trophy in world football.With the elimination by France that dream may never come true for Messi but the defeat would also lead to an end of an era for the two-time champions.Argentina have not won a major international title since lifting the Copa America in 1993. They came closest with this squad in 2014, when they lost in the final of the last World Cup, and in the Copas America in 2015 and 2016.Their elimination by France on Saturday in a thrilling 4-3 reverse beaten by pace and youth as much as by skill or talent – will now surely lead to a changing of the guard.Coach Sampaoli gutted after Argentina fail MessiMany of the Argentines who played in Russia are in their 30s, including Javier Mascherano, Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain, Ever Banega, Nicolas Otamendi, Gabriel Mercado, Enzo Perez, Angel Di Maria and even Messi himself.Mascherano announced his retirement after the game, and there must be questions marks over his team mates’ desire to continue with the transatlantic flights and massive pressure from home fans.World Cup 2018: Argentina’s most-capped player Javier Mascherano retiresOne of the biggest questions surrounds Messi. The Barcelona player retired from international football in 2016 but quickly reversed his decision. It would be no surprise if he finally called it a day.Messi is one of the greatest players of the 21st century but he has yet to win a title with Argentina, losing all four of the finals he has played in, dating back to the 2007 Copa America in Venezuela.advertisementThat should not be a reflection on his outstanding skill, but Argentina’s repeated failure at the final hurdle is self-evident. Losing one final is unfortunate, losing three in four years is careless.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEThe Argentines, however, never looked anything like contenders this time around.They labored to a 1-1 draw with Iceland in their opener, were crushed 3-0 by Croatia in their next game, and needed a late winner from full-back Marcos Rojo to secure a place in the last 16.Messi, as so often happens, turned it on when he really had to, in that final group win over Nigeria.But he looked subdued against France and could not find a way past the packed defences of Iceland and Croatia. His inability to score in the knock-out phase of any World Cup is a telling statistic.World Cup 2018 humiliation completes Lionel Messi heartbreakSampaoli is a successful coach, having won the Copa America with Chile in 2015, and he has vowed to continue in charge. He is aware of the age issue but convinced the future is in good hands.”I am convinced that Argentine football has a crop of players coming through,” Sampaoli said, “and we need to back them up if we are to return to be one of the top sides.”
South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis has backed the idea of abolishing the toss before the start of Test matches.Du Plessis said he is a “big fan” of the idea as it would help reduce home advantage and bring more balance to the game.The International Cricket Council (ICC), the world governing body of the sport, discussed the possibility in a meeting in May but decided to continue with what has been a ritual since the first Test between Australia and England in 1877.”I’m a big fan of taking away the toss,” du Plessis said after his team were beaten inside three days by Sri Lanka in the opening match of the two-Test series on Saturday.”I think even in South Africa you’ll still prepare the conditions the way you prepare them now, but you just make sure that you bring some balance.”South Africa bowled out for their lowest Test total in 26 yearsThe merit of the toss has been debated as a need to reduce home advantage that often results in host nations rolling out pitches doctored to favour their players in what tends to end up as one-sided encounters.In Galle too, Sri Lanka won the toss and unleashed their spinners who claimed 17 of the 20 South African wickets as the visitors managed only 126 and 73 in their two innings before surrendering on a turning track.”In home conditions teams will still win the majority of the games, but you still do even it out a little,” du Plessis said.advertisement”I think over the last two or three years away-records have definitely gone down, and games are finishing a lot sooner than they used to.”Dale Steyn equals Shaun Pollock’s South African record for most Test wicketsOn a pitch that offered considerable turn and bounce for the slow bowlers, Sri Lanka’s first innings lead of 161 proved decisive as South Africa simply crumbled in the fourth innings on a deteriorating track.”When I started playing Test cricket, 400s and 500s were happening quite regularly,” du Plessis said. “So I’m not just speaking about subcontinent conditions.”In South Africa games hardly reach the end of day four anymore. I think that’s one of the ways you can make sure that balance is a little better.”Kagiso Rabada topples Harbhajan Singh to become youngest to 150 Test wicketsFormer Australia captains Ricky Ponting and Steve Waugh have backed a move to scrap the toss, while West Indies pace great Michael Holding also felt it would encourage an even contest between bat and ball.(With inputs from Reuters)
By Bharat Sharma Jakarta, Aug 27 (PTI) The Indian men’s team did almost the unthinkable by beating fancied Japan 3-1 in the quarterfinals to assure the country its first-ever medal in table tennis in the history of the Asian Games here today. For the Indians, it did not matter if Japan’s top three players were missing from the competition. “At the end of the day, it is an Asian Games medal. I never dreamt of it,” veteran Achanta Sharath Kamal, who has been India’s top table tennis player for close to 15 years, told PTI. Until tonight, India did not have a single medal in the sport which was introduced in the Games program in 1958. The likes of China (61 gold), Japan (20) and South Korea (10) swept the medals for long time. Word number 33, Sharath, blanked world number 19 Kenta Matsudaira 11-8, 12-10, 11-8 in the only singles he needed to play tonight. Rising star G Sathiyan, ranked 39, delivered on the big stage, winning both his singles against 28th ranked Jin Ueda and Matsudaira. Sathiyan hammered Ueda in straight games and took four games to get the better of Matsudaira. “We had come close to beating Japan in the Asian Championships last year. So it is not as if it was completely unexpected. We were on the right track. We have a solid team now,” said multiple time CWG gold medallist Sharath. Winning the quarterfinals in the night against a strong opponent like Japan was a mighty feat, considering the team had played two pool matches against Macau and Vietnam earlier today.advertisement The men had lost to Chinese Taipei 2-3 yesterday to finish second in the group. Earlier, in the women’s team event, India lost to Hong Kong 1-3 in the quarterfinals. The Indian women were too reliant on Manika Batra, who stunned world number 20 Lee Ho Ching in the opening singles. The 57th ranked Indian beat Ching 11-9, 11-9, 5-11, 11-6. However, her teammates could not come up with special performances. Ayhika Mukherji stretched world number 13 Doo Hoi Kem before going down 14-12, 4-11, 10-12, 8-11 in the second singles. Mouma Das too took Soo Wai Yam Minnie to the full distance of five games but lost 6-11, 13-11, 11-8, 3-11, 5-11. Doo and Manika played the fourth rubber but the Hong Kong player was too good for India’s best female paddler, winning 11-8, 11-8, 13-11 to seal the tie for her side. PTI BS SSCSSC
By Amanpreet Singh (Eds: Updating with quotes and more details) Jakarta, Aug 29 (PTI) The revision of a controversial ‘gender’ rule has left Dutee Chand free to compete anywhere but the double Asian Games silver medallist says she is still traumatised by the memories of her gruelling court battle to gain legitimacy. The 22-year-old Dutee clinched a silver each in the women’s 100m and 200m in her first Asian Games here as she was not allowed to participate in the 2014 edition while serving a ban under the hyperandrogenism policy of the IAAF (international athletics federation). She filed an appealed against this policy before the Court of Arbitration for Sports and won it. In a recent revision of the IAAF’s hyperandrogenism policy (which bars women athletes having male hormones above permissible limit from competing), Dutee has been left out of its purview. The rule now applies to events from 400m to the mile, including 400m, hurdles races, 800m, 1500m, one mile races and combined events over the same distances. “I have faced a lot since 2014. No one has gone through such a bad phase. I am glad that I could win two medals for the country. As of now there is no issue but there is no guarantee (of any ban),” the diminutive but gritty Dutee told reporters. “Yes, there is always this fear that it (the ban) might come back. But more the fear, the harder I train,” said Dutee who was suspended from competing in 2014-2015. Today, she crossed the finishing line of the 200m final in 23.20 seconds, behind Bahrain’s Edidiong Odiong who won gold in 22.96. The bronze went to China’s Wei Yongli (23.27).advertisement “It feels great to win two silver and that too with my personal best time in the semifinals. I was little tight today because I had given my all in the semifinal. I could not give my best (in the final race) but I have trained hard,” Dutee said. She joined her illustrious compatriots such as P T Usha in the list of athletes who have won more than one medal at the Asian Games. The legendary Usha had swept four gold medals at the 1986 Seoul Games, winning 200m, 400m, 400m hurdles and 4x400m relay. Jyotirmoyee Sikdar (800m and 1500m) had also won two medals at the at 1998 Bangkok Games. Sunita Rani (1500m, 5000m) also returned with two medals from the 2002 Busan Games. Some Asian countries have ‘imported’ African athletes to improve their profile in athletics. Asked to comment on this issue, Dutee said she does not think about such matters. “Anyone can come and compete, we can’t stop anyone. Irrespective of the field, I just try to give my best and fight to my potential. I pushed really hard towards the end but the other girls had long strides, so she (gold winner) edged me out.” The Odisha government had announced a cash award of Rs 1.5 crore for Dutee, acknowledging her silver medal winning performance in the 100m dash. Dutee said she will use the money to get better. “There will definitely be celebration. The occasion demands celebration. Also, the Odisha government has announced big prize money for me. I already have a house, so I will use this money for my training,” she said. She also acknowledged the contribution of various people who have helped her in tough times. “I was allowed to train at Pullela Gopichand Academy (in Hyderabad) during that time. I want to thank my legal team also which helped me winning the case,” she signed off. PTI AT PDSPDS
The Calcutta Rowing Club is going to conduct the Asian School Indoor Rowing Championship at the Calcutta Rowing Club in Kolkata from September 4.The interesting fact is that there will be a separate competition for the specially-abled children.Participants of the championship: About two lakh students from across India and neighbouring Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bhutan are expected to take part in the championship.”Apart from 75,000 students from 100 schools of West Bengal, more than one lakh and fifty thousand students from other states of the country including Assam, Bihar, Chandigarh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab will compete,” veteran oarsman and founder of Bengal Water Sports, Shakeel Ahmed, told PTI.He added, “Our aim is to reach the grass roots level by conducting the preliminary rounds in different districts.”About the sports meet: The event is for both boys and girls first at district and then at state level. The meet would be held in three age groups-Group 1: under-12 yearsGroup 2: under-15 yearsGroup 3: under- 18 yearsNote: All the state level winners along with competitors from other countries will join the grand finale on December 2.”Indoor rowing is now quite popular and regularly practiced in the western countries though it is comparatively a new entrant in India,” said the chairman of the event and Associate Vice President of Rowing Federation of India Chandan Roy Chowdhury.Read: Atal Tinkering Labs to be set up in 500 schools in Tamil Nadu: Education MinisterAlso read: SC puts SSC CGL, SSC CHSL Results 2017 on hold: All you need to knowadvertisement
Former Indian cricketer has questioned the decision to rest captain Virat Kohli for the Asia Cup 2018, which starts from Saturday.Kohli, who played all the matches during the two-and-half-months tour of United Kingdom including two T20Is against Ireland and T20I, ODI and five-match Test series against England, was excluded from India squad in order to give him some rest.Former selector Patil in his column for The Quint has written that Kohli should have skipped the West Indies series at home in October to take rest ahead of the of the Australia tour in November instead of skipping the Asia Cup, where India will also face arch-rivals Pakistan.”As a former chairman of the selection committee, I do agree that players’ workload should be taken into account but when it comes to India-Pakistan matches in which the cricket-loving people of India get so emotionally and sentimentally involved it makes it difficult to understand why such a decision was made,” Patil wrote.Asia Cup 2018: Rohit Sharma’s India ‘looking forward to Pakistan clash’Patil also wrote that the MSK Prasad-led selection panel should figure out shich series and tournaments are on the hight priority list and which ones are not.”When you chalk out the schedule it is important for selectors to know which events are high on the priority list and which are not. They need to know where a team needs to be at its full strength and where some players can be left behind. In this case, the answer is very simple. A victory in the Asia Cup is more important than a win against West Indies,” Patil wroteadvertisementIndia should not get intimidated by Pakistan in Asia Cup: Sourav GangulyPatil also asked why Kohli was being dished out this treatment when there are around 30 players contracted by the BCCI who have a similar workload.”I don’t blame Virat Kohli but my question again is that there are thirty plus players under contract for the BCCI and all of them play equal number of matches and share equal amount of workload, then why single out Virat Kohli,” Patil asked.MS Dhoni-Shoaib Malik exchange pleasantries during practice session in DubaiPatil also added that India are taking a big risk by handing the responsibilities of a big tournament like Asia Cup to an inexperience captain like Rohit Sharma.Asia Cup 2018: Will Virat Kohli’s absence hurt India’s chances?”Rohit [Sharma] now has a big task ahead of him get the team together, get the balance right and pick the right combination. But he does not have time in his hand, he has to act fast. What mistakes like not preparing well can result in, we experienced during the England tour. Every day, every game brings new challenges to the captain and players,” Patil wrote.India start their Asia Cup campaign on Tuesday against Hong Kong before facing Pakistan on Wednesday.
By Aparajita Upadhyay New Delhi, Sep 23 (PTI) The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) was left red-faced during Sunday’s felicitation ceremony to award cash prize to Asian Games medallists as the parent body got multiple names wrong on the cheques and even missed out on one. Around 15 medallists including compound archers Jyothi Surekha Vennam and Abhishek Verma were given just bouquets as their names were misprinted on cheques. The IOA awarded Rs 3 lakh, Rs 2 lakh and Rs 1 lakh respectively to the gold, silver and bronze medal winners in the team events. The individual medallists received Rs 5 lakh, Rs 3 lakh and Rs 2 lakh respectively.”I would like to apologise in advance for our mistake. The names of around 14-15 players have been printed incorrectly so we will give them a bouquet. But don’t worry, you will get your cash prizes. I didn’t want to give cheques with misspelt names,” President, IOA, Narinder Batra, said.In another embarrassing moment, the organisers forgot to mention the name of bronze medal winning wrestler Divya Kakran.It was only after Kakran’s parents raised the issue with Batra after the ceremony had ended that the president called Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore, who had almost left the venue, to announce the prize for Kakran.”They are saying her name is not on the list but we had given her name. I dont know what is happening,” Kakran’s mother told PTI.”There is always a first time. The players performed so well that we decided to award them with cash incentives. We will continue to give these cash awards in future be it the Olympics, Commonwealth Games or the Asian Games,” Secretary General, IOA, Rajeev Mehta told PTI.advertisement “The funds for these incentives will be provided by our sponsors,” he added. Several players were missing from the ceremony including gold medallists — javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra and tennis players Rohan Bopana and Divij Sharan, wrestlers Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat along with badminton medallists PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal.Indian athletes returned with the highest ever 69 medals from the Jakarta and Palembang Asian Games 15 gold, 24 silver and 30 bronze.While awarding the players, Batra encouraged the medallist to aim for medals in the Olympics as well.”We should now target double digit medal in the Olympics. We are a country of a billion people, there is no dearth of support from ministry or Sports authority of India. We have to achieve this feat, there should be no compromise” he said. PTI APA KHSKHS
Madrid Oct 22 (AFP) Real Madrid’s players may have offered a show of public support to Julen Lopetegui but fail to win at home against Viktoria Plzen on Tuesday and their words will mean very little.”Julen has the backing of the entire team,” Sergio Ramos said after Madrid’s 2-1 loss to Levante on Saturday, their fourth defeat in five games and third in a row. “We are with him to the death,” said Marcelo.Three months into the season, there are few obvious alternatives if the club’s president Florentino Perez decides to wield the axe.Santiago Solari, coach of Castilla, Real Madrid’s B team, could take charge in the short-term but the troubled search for a suitable coach in the summer would not appear much smoother now.Mauricio Pochettino, Jurgen Klopp and Max Allegri would all be near-impossible to sign mid-season, while Joachim Low is still attached to Germany.Antonio Conte is out of work but there is an issue with the Italian’s style of play, not to mention any legal wranglings around his compensation package with Chelsea.Arsene Wenger would be fascinating but high-risk.For Lopetegui to call off the search, victory is surely essential at the Santiago Bernabeu against Plzen, the Czech team that have only won two Champions League matches in their history.Then avoiding defeat to Barcelona, who will be without the injured Lionel Messi, could buy him a trio of theoretically kinder fixtures against Melilla in the Copa del Rey, Real Valladolid in the league and Plzen again in the Czech Republic. Win those, and the outlook might look more rosy.advertisementAmid the sprawl of disapproving headlines on Sunday, Diario AS ran an online poll: who is more guilty, the club’s coach or president? Just over 80,000 replies were credited – almost 17,000 more than had attended the Santiago Bernabeu the day before – and 86 per cent of them answered Perez.There were whistles after the loss to Levante and a scattering of swinging white handkerchiefs too.But the atmosphere was marked more by deflation than disgust. At the end, as his players hunched on their knees, Lopetegui stood on the touchline, staring into space.Lopetegui is on the brink – he may well not make the Clasico on Sunday – but there is a sense this “mega crisis”, as termed by Barcelona’s Mundo Deportivo, has been a long-time coming.In July, days after Cristiano Ronaldo had left for Juventus, Perez defended his recruitment strategy, saying: “Madrid is strengthening its search for young players that will become the next great players of the sport.”By the end of the summer, they had signed Vinicius, the 18-year-old striker from Flamengo, Alvaro Odriozola, a 22-year-old right back from Real Sociedad, and Mariano Diaz, who returned after a decent season with Lyon.Only Thibaut Courtois could be considered a star, and he was joining a club that already had UEFA’s goalkeeper of the season.- papering over cracks -========================One theory goes that Perez is keeping the treasury full in preparation for a fresh tilt for Neymar next summer. It might explain too why a move for Eden Hazard has never been pushed through.In the meantime, Zinedine Zidane and now, Lopetegui, have been charged with papering over the cracks.Zidane managed it, spectacularly, by winning in Europe, although if Michael Oliver had not puffed his whistle for a borderline 98th-minute penalty against Juventus, Madrid would have been out in the last 16. In La Liga, they finished 17 points behind Barcelona.Three Champions League titles in a row is no fluke, just as two interventions from the Video Assistant Referee were not the sole reason Madrid lost at home to Levante for the first time in 11 years.Defensive mistakes, panicky finishing and stodgy build-up all reflected badly on Lopetegui, who made matters worse by leaving Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema on the bench.Both endured fitness issues over the international break but were excellent in the second half. By then, it was too late.”I believe in this team more than ever,” Lopetegui said.Only one of the last six Madrid coaches to preside over three consecutive defeats was not sacked afterwards. That was Bernd Schuster, whose team had put their feet up after winning the title in 2008.Lopetegui has far less credit in the bank. Perez’s period of austerity is coming home to roost. (AFP) APAAPA
Mohammed Shami has not yet joined the Bengal team even as the team’s Ranji Trophy match against Kerala begins in Kolkata on Tuesday.Shami had sought BCCI’s permission to play for Bengal in the Ranji Trophy and he was cleared on the condition that he would only bowl 15-17 overs per innings.Shami was expected to join his Bengal squad on Sunday but was yet to join the team on the eve of the match.However, Bengal skipper Manoj Tiwary said that Shami had gone to his native house and would join the side later on Monday.”There’s a death in his family. He’s gone to attend that. Family is always first priority. He is coming this evening. I have no issues,” Tiwary said.”I don’t think he has done it purposefully. There’s a reason behind it.”Shami’s inclusion in the squad has revived Bengal’s hopes for season’s first win after they secured six points from two matches on basis of their first innings lead.The conditions are ideal for the pacers with a green top on offer at the Eden Gardens.Also read – Virat Kohli promises to retaliate if Australia start sledging war”He is the number one Test bowler for India. He is such a quality that he would not have any issues [in straightway joining without practice].”Tiwary said it was Shami’s wish to play for Bengal before leaving for the gruelling Australia tour where India will play four Tests beginning December 6.”He was very keen about playing. He said he’s available for second match. Then we did the formalities [of seeking permission from BCCI].”advertisementTiwary added Bengal have plan B in place with the team boasting four other pacers in Ashok Dinda, Ishan porel, Mukesh Kumar and uncapped Amit Kuila.Bengal’s batting on the other hand will miss the services of promising opener Abhimanyu Easwaran who is on India A tour to New Zealand.In his absence, last match centurion Koushik Ghosh is likely to be promoted while Sudip Chatterjee who’s battling for runs would come to his usual number three slot.This will be for the first time the two teams will cross swords in the Ranji Trophy and Sachin Baby-led Kerala side are excited about it.Kerala, who defeated Andhra in their last match, lead the group B table with seven points, followed by Bengal.”Back home we played on spinning track. It’s a new challenge for us. There’s a lot of grass on this wicket. We are really prepared to face the Bengal pace attack. We are excited to face Shami,” Baby said.The match will pit Kerala’s strong batting against Bengal’s pace attack. Kerala have three batsmen who have scored centuries this season including the skipper.Opener Jalaj Saxena, who scored 133 against Andhra, will look to give them a solid start while VA Jagadeesh will lend stability in the lower middle order.(With PTI inputs)Also watch –
On being asked if he would write a script on sports star Hima Das, who is from his native village Dhing, Rajdweep Dey smiles and says: “Maybe, if the demand is there.” Dey is today the most sought-after scriptwriter for Assam’s mobile theatre groups, which are known for their massively,On being asked if he would write a script on sports star Hima Das, who is from his native village Dhing, Rajdweep Dey smiles and says: “Maybe, if the demand is there.” Dey is today the most sought-after scriptwriter for Assam’s mobile theatre groups, which are known for their massively successful plays. So much so, film stars in Assam often shift streams to do these plays to earn more money.Dey’s work has now got national recognition, with his screenplay ‘Ishqlogy’ ranked fourth among more than 3,500 scripts in the first edition of Cinestaan India’s Storyteller’s Contest. What made the success sweeter was that the jury included superstar Aamir Khan and filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani. “Getting a prize from Aamir was a surreal experience,” says Dey, who travelled to Mumbai to receive the award. Ishqlogy deals with the conflict between faith and science. “It’s a love story, but it’s melded with real incidents from different parts of India,” he says.Back in Assam, Dey doesn’t need the Bollywood tag as his plays run to full houses everywhere. The mobile theatre groups travel to 80 locations every year. “When it comes to Rajdweep’s plays, we often have to do extra shows. You will see long queues for tickets from morning” says Biren Saikia, secretary of Raj Mukut Theatre. Dey’s last two plays, Bauli Mur Priya and Boliya Krishna, were the highest grossers in the past two years. “His plays are realistic, and the presentation is always entertaining,” says Rajiv Haloi, 32, who bought a front-row ticket for Bauli Priya when it came to Nalbari town.advertisementBut success did not come instantly for Dey. His first two plays were big flops. Meeting people from different walks of life during his day job as a journalist helped Dey iron out the flaws. “When we start, we want to experiment and do something new and at times miss out on the basics,” he says. “The key is making every scene in the play complete in itself. There must not be a dull moment.”The Cinestan award wasn’t Dey’s first tryst with Bollywood. He wrote a song for actor-turned-filmmaker Konkona Sensharma’s debut film, A Death in the Gunj , and the Bihu song for Anurag Basu’s Jagga Jasoos. Though the success in a national competition is exciting and Mumbai has enough to lure him, Dey is still not ready to make the geographic shift. “I’m too busy here. I not only write, but also direct my plays. I have already submitted plays for next year to different theatre groups. Rehearsals will start soon,” he says.Dey, who has post-graduate degrees in economics and mass communication, says time is a luxury that he cannot afford. When the Cinestan jury learnt that Dey took only 15 days to finish Ishqlogy, they were shocked. “We work for years on a script. Take your time, young man,” one of the members apparently told him. He is now waiting for his time in Bollywood, just that he’s in no hurry.
Shikhar Dhawan, who is a father of three, is very happy for his opening partner Rohit Sharma after the Indian ODI vice-captain welcomed his first baby with wife Ritika Sajdeh on late last year.Rohit and Ritika became proud parents of a baby girl on December 30 and they named their child, Samaira.Dhawan, who was addressing the media ahead of the third ODI against Australia, was asked about Rohit’s daughter and he took this opportunity to congratulate the Hitman.”I’m very happy for Rohit and his wife. Ofcourse he is very happy after becoming a father and I’m sure he’ll be a great father,” Dhawan said.Congrats on becoming a Daddy @ImRo45 – @SDhawan25 has a message for you #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/JTlNoRR7OhBCCI (@BCCI) January 17, 2019The left-handed opener was also quizzed about him practicing with tennis balls during India’s nets session on Thursday. Dhawan replied by saying that he does that to fine-tune his reflexes against the short ball.”That drill is to keep my muscle memory and reflexes quick for bouncers, as Australia has fast bowlers, quick fast bowlers.”As an opener I make sure that my reflexes are quick, and even my decision making gets stronger, it’s a repetitive drill so I like doing it,” Dhawan explained.Dhawan also said that it was great to see MS Dhoni performing well in both the ODIs of their ongoing three-match series and added that he is happy that the wicket-keeper batsman is getting back in touch.He also praised right-hand batsman Dinesh Kartik who played a knock of 25 runs off 24 balls in the last ODI against Australia.advertisement”It was great to see a good team performance in the last one day match against Australia. The way Dhoni played in both the games is really great. I am very happy that Dhoni is getting his touch back. A player of his stature, who plays the game with so much calmness, gives so much confidence to other batsmen. It is very important for us.”Even Dinesh (Karthik) played a very good knock in the last game. So the good thing is that we got all fit and mature players which make us a strong batting unit. We have been consistent in our performance over the past few years and hopefully, we will continue performing well in coming years,” he said.India will be aiming to clinch the ODI series while taking on Australia in their final match of the series. Dhawan admitted that if they won, it would be a good achievement for the team adding that they are looking forward to the match.”It will be a big final tomorrow. It is going to be an interesting game for both the teams. We are looking forward to an exciting game tomorrow. It (the victory) will mean a lot to us. It is always good to come here and win. If we win tomorrow, it will be a big achievement for us. Of course, we are going to value it and cherish it,” Dhawan said.Meanwhile, Cricket Australia announced the final playing XI for the series-decider against India, making two changes to the team with Adam Zampa and Billy Stanlake replacing Nathan Lyon and Jason Behrendorff.Australia XI: Aaron Finch, Alex Carey, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Peter Siddle, Adam Zampa, Billy StanlakeAlso Read | India’s only concern in ODI series vs Australia is 3rd seamer: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Rishabh Pant for World Cup 2019? Sachin Tendulkar weighs in with his thoughtsAlso Read | MS Dhoni back with a bang after Adelaide heroics, says Nikhil Chopra
Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale could be sanctioned for his goal celebration in last week’s 3-1 win in the league at local rivals Atletico Madrid after La Liga’s organising body said on Thursday he had provoked the home supporters.The league said in a statement it would refer the incident to the Spanish soccer federation’s competition committee, who will then decide if the Wales forward should be punished.The statement said Bale, who scored Real’s third goal, “lifted his right arm near his head in a clear sign of provocation towards the fans, then giving a gesture which could be seen as obscene and disdainful by folding his arm and striking it with his other hand.”Bale’s celebration has been interpreted in Spain as an offensive gesture known colloquially as a ‘corte de mangas’, akin to holding up a middle finger.The league added that since February 2018, any “offensive goal celebration which could cause tension among supporters or been as contrary to good sportsmanship” would be referred to the competition committee.If the committee determines that Bale intentionally caused a hostile reaction among supporters, he will be banned for between four and 12 games, according to the federation’s statutes.If the committee finds that he did not cause a hostile reaction but still intended to provoke supporters, he will be suspended for between one and three games.Also Watch:
Kings XI Punjab captain R Ashwin on Thursday said he is looking forward to taking on Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at his hometown in Chennai in their upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 tie on Saturday.Ashwin, speaking to AajTak, said Chennai is always special to him but insisted that the game against Chennai Super Kings away from home is crucial to him and his Kings XI teammates.Ashwin rose to prominence during his days with Chennai Super Kings. The Tamil Nadu off-spinner played an integral role in CSK’s two IPL title-winning campaigns.However, ahead of IPL 2018, Ashwin was bought by Kings XI Punjab, who named the off-spinner as their captain. Ashwin didn’t have the opportunity to lead KXIP against CSK in Chennai last year as CSK had played six of their seven ‘home’ games in Pune after matches were shifted out of Chepauk due to Cauvery River dispute.”Playing in front of the Chennai crowd is always special for me. I have done some incredible things at my home ground. In fact, I had led CSK to a Super Over against Kings XI long, long time ago in 2010,” Ashwin said.He added: “But look we are all professional cricketers. Today, as of now where we stand is very important. We should look at this from the perspective of how the IPL stands. It’s very important for us to continue what we’ve been doing. Our emphasis, more than anything else, is about enjoying ourselves. Not putting too much pressure on ourselves.advertisement”Yes, it’s a very important game for me. I have always looked forward to coming back and playing in Chepauk.”A chat with our title sponsors, @aajtakFrom dressing room to the newsroom, our players roar wherever they go! #SaddaPunjab #KXIP #VIVOIPL pic.twitter.com/iMMEsMFdxyKings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 4, 2019Ashwin elated with KXIP bowling effortMeanwhile, Ashwin also lauded his bowlers for holding their nerves in pressure situations in IPL 2019. Kings XI Punjab are on top of the Indian Premier League table with three wins from four matches.Kings XI made a stunning comeback in their 14-run win over Delhi Capitals on April 1 as they picked up the Capitals’ last seven wickets while conceding just eight runs in their defence of a 166-run total.Heaping praise on the likes of Sam Curran and Mohammed Shami, Ashwin added: “I look, I mean, in this format you definitely need a bit of luck. But it’s very easy to throw in the towel when the game gets close but our bowling unit stuck it out. The credit needs to be given to our bowling unit.”That’s one of the reasons why we went hard behind Mohammed Shami. We knew Sam Curran is a combination player for us, we want hard despite people saying a lot of things. We wanted to create a conducive environment where youth and experience together creates a joyful atmosphere.”Also Read | R Ashwin opens up on Mankading row: People will keep giving opinionsAlso Read | James Anderson criticising Mandaking today, he might end up doing it tomorrow: R AshwinAlso See:
Star Indian shuttler PV Sindhu sailed into second round of the Singapore Open with a straight-game win over Lyanny Alessandra Mainaky of Indonesia here Wednesday.Sindhu, seeded fourth, took just 27 minutes to get the better of her Indonesian rival 21-9 21-7 in a one-sided women’s singles match.The Rio Olympic silver medallist will next play Mia Blichfeldt of Denmark.. #SingaporeOpen2019India’s @Pvsindhu1 makes a strong start against Lyanny Alessandra Mainaky of Indonesiawith a 21-9; 21-7 scoreline. #PVSindhu will face @Mia_Blichfeldt in the second round. All the best girl! #IndiaontheRise #boxing pic.twitter.com/u3673cVWcZBAI Media (@BAI_Media) April 10, 2019Saina storms into second roundLater, sixth seed Saina too tamed another Indonesian in Yulia Yosephin Susanto 21-16 21-11 to book her place in the next round.Saina, who won a bronze in the 2012 London Olympics, will next meet the winner of the match between young compatriot Mugdha Agrey and Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong.However, it was curtains for India in the opening round of the men’s doubles competition.The pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy lost to qualifiers Danny Bawa Chrisnanta and Kean Hean Loh of Singapore 13-21 17-21.The mixed doubles pair of Saurabh Sharma and Anoushka Parikh too exited in the opening round after a 12-21 12-21 defeat at the hands of third-seeded Thai pair of Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai.However, Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy progressed to the mixed doubles second round event after beating Arjun M R and K Maneesha 21-18-21-7 in an all-Indian contest.advertisementAlso Read | Malaysia Open: Indian challenge ends as Kidambi Srikanth loses to Chen LongAlso Read | Malaysia Open 2019: PV Sindhu crashes out in 2nd round, Srikanth advancesAlso Watch | IPL 2019: Virat Kohli struggles to solve RCB’s loss puzzle
Born on April 24, 1973, ‘Master Blaster’ Sachin Tendulkar turns 46 today. Tendulkar remains one of the world’s biggest cricket icons the game has ever known and his 24-year career gave us some of cricket’s most exciting times as well as inspired a whole generation to fall in love with the game.The ‘God of Cricket’ announced his retirement from One Day Internationals in December 2012, from Twenty20 in October 2013, and finally, all forms of cricket on November 13, 2013, after playing his 200th and final Test match against the West Indies at his home ground, Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium.Sachin Tendulkar scored a total of 34,357 runs from 664 international cricket matches in the span of his cricketing career.Here’s how the cricket fraternity and fans on Twitter greeted Tendulkar on his birthday:With the Master, the Rise is Faster !46, as much as it represents the years you have blessed this planet, for me 4 6 is more about how the scorecard read at beginning of the over when you batted. May you continue to manifest your strength in innumerable ways #HappyBirthdaySachin pic.twitter.com/y5Ld3t0Ar0Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) April 24, 2019Happy Birthday to a very special cricketer and human being who gave many memorable moments to us and cricket lovers around the world. He was and continues to be a hero and an inspiration @sachin_rt . #HappyBirthdaySachin pic.twitter.com/UF9IW1eUkvVVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) April 24, 2019Happy birthday paji.. A man I know who is a better human being than a cricketer.. PAJI WE LOVE YOU @sachin_rt #HappyBirthdaySachin pic.twitter.com/EDVJdHrMk9advertisementHarbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) April 24, 2019Many more happy returns of the day to the little boy who stole a billion hearts with his resolve and genius , now a man who continues to inspire , @sachin_rt Paaji.#HappyBirthdaySachin pic.twitter.com/ulyAxc6lFnMohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) April 24, 2019Wish you a very Happy B’day Paaji, have a great year ahead. @sachin_rt Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) April 24, 2019Your attitude is what takes you forward in life’.I shall never forget the valuable advices that you shared with me. Wish you a very happy birthday, @sachin_rt Sir. #HappyBirthdaySachin pic.twitter.com/9aFPFhV7KNAjinkya Rahane (@ajinkyarahane88) April 24, 2019What more could I write for someone who has inspired generations to respect, learn & be skilled at a sport loved by billions. Happy birthday, @sachin_rt stay blessed always! This time the lunch is on me #HappyBirthdaySachin pic.twitter.com/uM3XjFqBajSuresh Raina (@ImRaina) April 24, 2019Baar Baar Din Yah Aaye, Baar Baar Dil Yah GaayeAap Jiyo Hazaaron Saal, Yeh Meri Arazu HaiHappy Birthday To You @Sachin_rt SirHappy Birthday To You!#HappyBirthdaySachin pic.twitter.com/YtUOr1UsA8surya77 (@surya_14kumar) April 24, 2019You’re an inspiration beyond words with your humility, wisdom and class! Every second with you is an opportunity to learn. Happy birthday @sachin_rt sir #HappyBirthdaySachinJasprit bumrah (@Jaspritbumrah93) April 24, 2019Many happy returns of the day @sachin_rt paaji! Always has the time for sharing his valuable knowledge. #HappyBirthdaySachin #legend pic.twitter.com/A3A1eZphSSPragyan Prayas Ojha (@pragyanojha) April 23, 2019The man who redefined cricket with his unmatchable skills, Plus he’s a great human being wishes the Sachin Tendulkar a very happy birthday! #HappyBirthdaySachin | @sachin_rt pic.twitter.com/5gK7tSFVqvShoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) April 24, 20192011 World Cup winnerMost World Cup runsMost World Cup centuriesMost World Cup fiftiesHappy birthday to the Little Master, @sachin_rt! pic.twitter.com/UdAM1u87z9Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) April 24, 2019The Raise Of” SACHIN TENDULKAR ” There Is No Changes In 1st Place ..He Is The Only One & Super One Always A King @sachin_rt #HappyBirthdaySachin pic.twitter.com/UWNqmj07XTMumbai Indians TN (@MumbaiIndiansTN) April 24, 2019The Day Arrived Sachin Turns 46 TodayWishing Our Dearest @sachin_rt A Very Happy Birthday ! The man who inspires everyone through his cricket and His attitude !Sachinnnn…Sachin..#HappyBirthdaySachin pic.twitter.com/BAPkCum6prMumbai Indians TN (@MumbaiIndiansTN) April 23, 2019Here’s wishing the Master Blaster a very happy birthdayOn this special day, we take a look at his iconic ODI double ton against South AfricaWatch it here https://t.co/Ca2j3GWhEW #Legend #HappyBirthdaySachin pic.twitter.com/9YBfJlyGYRBCCI (@BCCI) April 24, 2019This day. Last year. Goosebumps. #HappyBirthdaySachin #OneFamily #CricketMeriJaan #MumbaiIndians @sachin_rt pic.twitter.com/QxiHUxA0c6Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 24, 2019Here’s wishing the Master Blaster and one of the greatest legends of the game @sachin_rt a very happy birthday #HappyBirthdaySachin #Legend pic.twitter.com/6JC3FVAGVMIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 23, 2019These Two Pictures Enough To Show That He Is The God2Hours To Go For @sachin_rt Bday #HappyBirthdaySachin pic.twitter.com/VthcgmqEKzadvertisementMumbai Indians TN (@MumbaiIndiansTN) April 23, 2019.@sachin_rt Records In #Ipl1st Captain to smash century1st Captain to win orange cap1st Indian to win Orange Cap1st Indian To win Man of the Tournament AwardFastest Indian to Reach 1000 RunsFastest Indian to Reach 2000 Runs#HappyBirthdaySachin #OneFamily pic.twitter.com/2MHPPlNuVZMumbai Indians TN (@MumbaiIndiansTN) April 23, 2019Happy birthday to India’s Master Blaster, @sachin_rt! May you continue to inspire generations with your achievements. Blessings.#HappyBirthdaySachin pic.twitter.com/uOc3sm5cHPChowkidar Deepa Malik (@DeepaAthlete) April 24, 2019Every cricketer played cricket and became famous, @sachin_rt played cricket and cricket became famous. A very happy birthday Sachin Sir!#HappyBirthdaySachin pic.twitter.com/QecdCFD9l3Kidambi Srikanth (@srikidambi) April 24, 2019Happy happy birthday to the man who inspired millions to dream. Words are not enough but the name is enough Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar! Thank you for the beautiful memories sir! Forever your fan! @sachin_rt #HappyBirthdaySachin pic.twitter.com/rHNWUfxwwBNivin Pauly (@NivinOfficial) April 24, 2019Time flies but memories remains forever. This was the Most emotional moment for every Sachin fans. #HappyBirthdaySachin pic.twitter.com/GK1eMzISVQR A T N I $ H (@LoyalSachinFan) April 24, 2019The ‘God of Cricket’, @sachin_rt turns 46 today. With his performance and simplicity, the master blaster has earned records and respect across the globe. So, here we bring some interesting facts about the man who has made India proud on a number of occasions.#HappyBirthdaySachin pic.twitter.com/CDaBsyjeZ4India Today (@IndiaToday) April 23, 2019Also Read | MS Dhoni 1st Indian to hit 200 sixes in Indian Premier LeagueAlso Read | MS Dhoni gave us a massive scare: Virat Kohli after RCB’s thrilling 1-run win over CSK
Rajasthan Royals leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal became only the second bowler in the Indian Premier League this season to take a hat-trick but still couldn’t end up on the winning side as the five-overs-a-side game against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Tuesday had to be abandoned due to rain.Shreyas Gopal got rid of Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Marcus Stoinis in successive deliveries to claim his maiden IPL hat-trick and became the 16th bowler in the tournament’s history to achieve the feat.Sam Curran of Kings XI Punjab was the first to bag a hat-trick this season in the game against Delhi Capitals earlier this month.But while Curran’s hat-trick came in a winning cause, Gopal was left with mixed emotions as the Royals had to share a point with the Royal Challengers after rain interrupted play for the final time during the second innings.The match started just in time for the organisers to sneak in a five-overs-a-side game. RCB batted first and posted 62 for 7. The Royals were in a strong position at 41 for 1 in 3.2 overs in the chase when rain stopped play for the final time at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru.The result keeps Rajasthan Royals’ campaign alive in IPL 2019 but the equation has become even tougher for them to make it to the playoffs. RCB on the other hand, now have no chance of advancing any further.”I had a lot more nerves than what they would have had against me. Feels good to be getting them out.advertisementAn ecstatic Shreyas Gopal after picking up a hat-trick at his home turf pic.twitter.com/UG1hufYFiQIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 30, 2019″Unfortunately for us, we didn’t cross the line and didn’t fall on the winning side. We still don’t know how things are in the table. But it feels good to take those wickets in whatever overs that we had,” Gopal said at the post-match press conference.Shreyas Gopal, who plays for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL, is a Bangalore local boy. Born in 1992, Gopal has played 56 first-class matches and has picked 184 wickets. In 29 List A matches, Gopal has 46 wickets.On Tuesday, Gopal became only the third Indian bowler after Amit Mishra and Yuvraj Singh to pick up multiple hat-tricks in the Twenty20 format. Gopal had bagged a hat-trick in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2018-19 for Karnataka against Haryana.Putting the brakes on #RCB’s start, Shreyas Gopal is our game changer for the first innings for his hat-trick pic.twitter.com/CjIRWJ4OSiIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 30, 2019In the IPL there have been a total of 19 hat-tricks with Amit Mishra leading the list with three hat-tricks in the tournament followed by Yuvraj Singh (2).L Balaji, Makhaya Ntini, Rohit Sharma, Praveen Kumar, Ajit Chandila, Sunil Narine, Pravin Tambe, Shane Watson, Axar Patel, Samuel Badree, Andrew Tye, Jaydev Unadkat, Sam Curran and Shreyas Gopal are the others who have taken a hat-trick in the IPL so far.Also Read | RCB vs RR Highlights Score, IPL 2019: Match abandoned due to rain, Bangalore knocked out
The Bristol County Ground will have three matches will be played in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, doubling the number of Men’s World Cup games the ground has held – one in 1983 and two in 1999.In the recent past, the Bristol County Ground hosted eight matches at the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017, including England’s semi-final win over South Africa.The ground came into existence in 1889, and was bought by the legendary English cricketer WG Grace, as he was a neighbour. The Bristol County Ground has since changed ownership quite a few time until reverting to the Gloucestershire County Cricket Club in 2004 with the county calling it home for nearly 130 years.Opened: 1889Capacity: 7000 (15,000 ODIs)Known as: The Royal & Sun Alliance County Ground; Ashley Down Ground; Fry’s Ground; Phoenix County GroundEnds: Pavilion End, Ashley Down Road EndLocation: Bristol, EnglandICC Cricket World Cup 2019 matches -18:00 IST: AFG vs AUS, Match 415:00 IST: PAK vs SL, Match 1115:00 IST: BAN vs SL, Match 16STATS – ODITotal matches: 24Matches won batting first: 10Matches won bowling first: 13Average 1st Inns scores: 239Average 2nd Inns scores: 210Highest total recorded: 373/5 (50 Ov) by ENGW vs RSAWLowest total recorded: 92/10 (24.5 Ov) by ZIM vs EngHighest score chased: 272/5 (49.3 Ov) by AUS vs EngLowest score defended: 182/10 (50 Ov) by NZ vs Eng
Imran Tahir, the Pakistan-born legspinner, started his ODI journey for South Africa 8 years ago at the biggest stage of cricket, and on Sunday, will be out to play his 100th ODI career game, at the same stage.When South Africa take on Bangladesh for the 5th World Cup 2019 match, at The Oval, London, Imran Tahir will make his 100th appearance for his adopted homeland, and one of the 37 different teams he has represented in a 20-year-long career.Tahir, then aged 31, made his debut for the national side in 2011, to become the only uncapped player named in South Africa’s World Cup. He starred with his 4-wicket-haul against West Indies in the debut game and has picked 164 wickets in the 50-over-format since then.Tahir celebrated his 40th birthday in March this year but his age has not cast any shadow on his prolonged career, which is quite evident from his IPL 2019 figures. Playing for Chennai Super Kings, Tahir scalped 26 wickets to become the highest wicket taker in the tournament.Known for his trade-mark sprint celebration, Tahir is most likely to hang up his boots after the World Cup 2019 and will look to make most of his last showpeice event. And what could be better than calling curtains on career with a World Cup win.South Africa, in quest of their maiden World Cup title, have already lost their World Cup 2019 opener against England and will look to bounce back against Bangladesh on Sunday.Also Read | Salaam Cricket 2019: Full guest list, session names and timingAlso Read | Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan reveal the funniest sledges by Indian playersAlso Seeadvertisement