9 months agoPochettino maintains full trust in Tottenham contract rebel Eriksen

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Pochettino maintains full trust in Tottenham contract rebel Eriksenby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has trust in Christian Eriksen amid his continuing negotiations over a contract extension.The Dane stated this week that he was waiting for the club to appease his demands.Eriksen’s current contract expires in 2020 and Pochettino believes he can count on him to perform until then.He said: “We hope that he can be here for a long time.”I think Christian is a fantastic player. I was in Copenhagen in the summer and spent a good time with my wife, and Christian, in a very nice restaurant!”We hope that Christian can commit to the club with a long-term contract – but in football business it is about timings and negotiations.”He is ready to wait. Maybe sign this week, maybe sign in six months.”For me, it is not a point to discuss. He is very committed with us and he is playing so well. He is a great player and I am so happy with him.”He is a special person and you need to give him some freedom on the pitch.”You cannot put him in a box to play, you need to give freedom and trust in him.”It’s like my dog in the park – I say, ‘go, I trust in you!’. Christian, you need to trust in him.”There is going to be a decision, and I hope he will commit to the club for the long term.” last_img read more

What is Yaya Toure’s net worth & salary?

first_imgYaya Toure has enjoyed an illustrious career on both club and international levels, most notably during his spell at Manchester City where he scored 79 career goals over the course of eight seasons.He was an important player for the Ivory Coast national team as well, winning the Africa Cup of Nations in 2015 and netting 19 times in 101 appearances.He is a known philanthropist and is involved in giving back to the community as well, is outspoken about race issues in football and is a keen advocate for the preservation of animals (elephants especially) as well as a supporter of UNICEF. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? With the forward now having been released from Olympiakos as he searches for a new challenge, Goal has tallied up his estimated net worth and taken a look at his past charity pursuits and endorsements.What is Yaya Toure’s net worth? Toure has enjoyed an illustrious career that has seen him play for some of the biggest names in European football including Barcelona, Man City and Monaco, but it is with Man City that he hit his career best in form, scoring 79 career goals and winning three Premier League titles, one FA Cup, two EFL Cups and one Community Shield.He is an Africa Cup of Nations champion with the Ivory Coast in 2015 and was named African Footballer of the Year on four occasions for four consecutive years (2011-2015) as well as Manchester City Player of the Year in 2013-14.Toure’s net worth has been estimated at £54m ($70m) by the website Celebrity Net Worth.How much does Yaya Toure earn? Yaya Toure - OlympiacosToure is currently a free agent after he re-joined the Greek club in September, though is now eager for a new challenge as he believes that modern-day footballers can play well into their 40s.He is believed to have taken a significant pay cut after joining the Greek side following the reported £220,000 ($285k) he was earning a week at Manchester City, with his assets during his Etihad days thought to be worth around £54 million ($70m).What sponsorships does Yaya Toure have? Toure’s primary sponsorship deal with Puma calls for part of his income to be used towards supplying shoes to underprivileged West Africans.In 2015, he was the face of Nissan’s advertising in Africa and became the brand’s global ambassador.How many social media followers does Yaya Toure have? Unlike the majority of his colleagues and compatriots, he is not on Instagram, though tweets semi-frequently on his Twitter account where, at the time of writing, he has amassed 731,000 followers.Looking forward to some Monday Night Football !!!! 💙💙💙Let’s do this 🙌🏾 https://t.co/gFAJBaY1cL— Yaya Touré (@YayaToure) January 14, 2019He boasts 1.3m followers on his official Facebook account, though his preferred social media platform of choice is likely his official website, with which he posts updates about his club activity, his sponsorship endorsements as well as his activities in charity work and giving back to the community.As per the introduction to the website: “In the Ivory Coast they call him ‘L’Ordinateur’ (‘the computer’) because he is a master of the game, a tactician of subtle brilliance. Roberto Mancini, his former manager at Manchester City, famously called him ‘coach’ because of his appetite for analysing video footage of games and writing down his observations in a notebook.”What charity work does Yaya Toure do? Yaya Toure Soccer Aid 2018In October 2013, Toure joined a campaign against elephant poaching, becoming a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme.Let’s do all we can to protect the environment and the incredible animals on our planet.Great work @UNEnvironment 👍🏾 https://t.co/9i8x88pO37— Yaya Touré (@YayaToure) November 10, 2018In the summer of 2018, Toure gave his support to UNICEF by taking part in the Soccer Aid charity match alongside the likes of Usain Bolt, Gordon Ramsey and Kevin Pietersen. The match raised over £5.5m.He also leads the Yaya Toure Young Leaders Programme, an educational vehicle that seeks to expand the horizons of young people in Africa aged 15-25. The course covers HIV prevention, gender equality issues and the dangers of substance abuse, and is geared to developing the future leaders of Africa.Toure also joined forced with Idris Elba, former footballer Patrick Vieira and others in a groundbreaking campaign titled ‘Ebola Deeply – Africa United’ that broadcast to millions across Africa and the world, in an effort to de-stigmatise the healthcare workers fighting the Ebola epidemic.It was my pleasure to visit @farenet’s #DiversityHouse today!All my career I have stood against racism and discrimination. I wanted to thank the campaigners fighting this issue every day.We should all support them as much as possible. https://t.co/noCc9dtDw8— Yaya Touré (@YayaToure) June 24, 2018After signing a boot deal with Puma in 2011, Toure insisted on waiving his fee in exchange for large amounts of football equipment to be distributed among West African children living in poverty. Toure’s aim was to give more children in the region the chance to play football, therefore encouraging football development in Africa at grassroots level, as well as supporting child welfare.“In under-privileged areas of Africa, football is a way for children to enjoy themselves and be healthy, for some it is also a way to a better life as it was for me. I am very happy to be working with PUMA on this,” he said at the time.The Ivory Coast international has also been an active participant in the discourse surrounding racism and the bigotry received by black footballers, and is an ambassador for anti-racism group FARE and also advised FIFA on how to fight the issue.last_img read more

Midtjylland vs Rangers: TV, stream & preview

first_imgRangers’ Europa League qualification run continues on Thursday with a trip to Denmark, where they will face Midtjylland.Steven Gerrard’s men have been in fine form this season, despite a scoreless draw at Progres Niederkorn a week ago. Indeed, they won their Scottish Premiership opener 2-1 against Kilmarnock on Sunday, with Connor Goldson’s late winner sparking raucous scenes.Midtjylland are their toughest opponents to date, though. Although this is their first European game of the season, they are four matches into their league campaign and have won each one by a single goal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Game Midtjylland vs Rangers Date Thursday, August 8 Time 7pm BST / 2pm ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game will be available for streaming on Rangers TV. US TV channel Online stream N/A Rangers TV In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will not be broadcast on television but can be streamed via Rangers TV. UK TV channel Online stream N/A Rangers TV Squads & Team News Position Midtjylland squad Goalkeepers Hansen, Ottesen, Andersen Defenders Dal Hende, Andersson, Reese, Scholz, Nicolaisen, Manjrekar, Sviatchenko, Da Silva Midfielders Sparv, Poulsen, Okosun, Evander, Mabil, Anderson, Ogochukwu, Cajuste, Madsen, Dyhr Forwards Kaba, Thychosen, Isaksen, Dovbyk, Junior Brumado, Wikheim Summer signing Paulinho is only ready now to begin training and is not currently in the club’s European squad.Crucially, Nigeria international striker Paul Onuachu, who was part of the side that finished third at the Africa Cup of Nations, has not featured after that competition. Midtjylland have not fielded the 6′ 7″ forward this season as he is liable to be sold.Former Celtic centre-back Erik Sviatchenko can play, despite being dismissed at the weekend.Possibile Midtjylland starting XI: Hansen; Scholz, Sviatchenko, Nicolaisen; Cajuste, Frank, Sparv, Evander, Andersson; Junior Brumado, Wikheim Position Rangers squad Goalkeepers McGregor, Foderingham, Firth Defenders Tavernier, Edmundson, Goldson, Katic, Polster, Barisic, Halliday, Helander, Flanagan Midfielders Jack, Davis, Ojo, Kamara, Docherty, Aribo, Arfield Forwards Stewart, Morelos, Defoe, Jones, Hastie Graham Dorrans and Jamie Murphy continue to miss out injured for Steven Gerrard’s men, who will be able to welcome back goalkeeper Allan McGregor, who was suspended for the weekend win at Kilmarnock.Jon Flanagan and Filip Helander are both doubts.Possible Rangers starting XI: McGregor; Tavernier, Goldson, Katic, Barisic; Davis, Jack, Aribo; Ojo, Morelos, Arfield.Betting & Match Odds Rangers are 13/8 outsiders to win this match at bet365. Steven Gerrard’s men can be backed at 11/5 to get a draw, while a Midtjylland victory is on offer at 31/20.Click here to see all of bet365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more .Match Preview Steven Davis Rangers 2019-20Rangers have made an almost flawless start to the season but on Thursday face their biggest test yet as they tackle Midtjylland at the MCH Arena.Steven Gerrard’s side are unbeaten both in friendly and competitive play this term and on Sunday received a major boost as they overcame Kilmarnock 2-1 thanks to a late Connor Goldson effort. Having only taken two points from a possible 12 against the Rugby Park side in the league last season, this was a very welcome success.Now thoughts turn back towards Europe, where the Gers are seeking to reach the group stage of the Europa League for the second season in succession. Two qualifying rounds have already been negotiated with ease, but there is little doubt that the challenge becomes harder this time around.Speaking after the draw against Progres last week, Gerrard admitted that his side would “have to play better” to overcome their seeded rivals.Midtjylland are seeking to reach the group stage for just the second time in their history, though when they did before they recorded a stunning two-legged victory over Southampton and even beat Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United 2-1 at home before succumbing 5-1 in the return leg.Since then, they have fallen in the play-off round three times, against Osmanlispor, Apollon Limassol and Malmo.“I think our chance of going through is 50-50, but it will be insanely difficult,” former Celtic man Erik Sviatchenko admitted. “It’s going to be two exciting ties – Rangers will come to Denmark with a lot of fans and they have a really strong team.“I had the pleasure of playing against them five times while at Celtic. Rangers are physical and fast.“But we are at home in the first leg and I think we have a chance if we can keep another clean sheet – something we have being doing a lot of recently.“We have one aim and that is to get into the Europa League group stage.”The two clubs share the same goal but only one can progress, with the winner set for a showdown against Legia Warsaw or Atromitos.last_img read more

There’s A New Heisman House Commercial Starring Baker Mayfield

first_imgBaker Mayfield stars in a new Heisman House commercial.Former Oklahoma signal-caller Baker Mayfield is the quarterback of the Cleveland Browns now, but he’s still representing the Sooners on television from time to time. His latest work is another hilarious Heisman House commercial.In the new spot, Mayfield is flying around on drone shoes, talking to former Miami quarterback Gino Torretta. Mayfield reveals that he’s both gotten his car painted and hired a band to follow him around – hoping to write off all these expenses on his taxes.After Torretta informs Mayfield that none of it is tax-deductible, the former Sooners quarterback unveils a cape and flies off for some sad alone time.It’s a weird commercial, for sure. But Oklahoma fans will still like it.Big league @bakermayfield thinks his new drone shoes are tax deductible. @GinoTorretta has some news for him. @NissanUSA #HeismanHouse pic.twitter.com/LtDZqXuxJ3— Nissan (@NissanUSA) November 1, 2018Mayfield, after being selected No. 1 overall this past April, has had a decent start to his NFL career. He’s thrown for 1,471 yards and eight touchdowns against six interceptions in six games.Mayfield’s NFL career took a bit of a turn earlier this week when the Browns decided to fire head coach Hue Jackson. It’ll be interesting to see how Mayfield performs moving forward.last_img read more

Another Video Of Dirty Play In Alabama-LSU Has Surfaced

first_imgFans watch during the game between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin' Cajuns at Tiger Stadium.BATON ROUGE, LA – SEPTEMBER 19: Fans watch during the game between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin’ Cajuns at Tiger Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)Alabama-LSU is one of college football’s most-intense rivalries, so it wasn’t surprising to see it get a little too physical at times.Saturday night, video of an Alabama player’s apparent dirty move on LSU quarterback Joe Burrow went viral.It looked pretty bad:Williams driving his forearm into the throat of Burrow and then a Machado-esque leg drag across his helmet. pic.twitter.com/0AZosV0CDY— Zach Heilprin (@ZachHeilprin) November 4, 2018That’s not the only apparent dirty play from the game, either.This play has been getting some attention on social media, too:You really have to like all these 5-stars playing with class pic.twitter.com/Z1sCmwN5V1— Busted Coverage (@bustedcoverage) November 4, 2018If you really tried, you could probably find moments like these from basically every college football game. It’s a physical sport and, at times, emotions will boil over.Still, it’s not something you want to see, especially in a game of this magnitude.last_img read more

Michigan State Fans Aren’t Happy With This Mark Dantonio Comment

first_imgA closeup of Mark Dantonio wearing a green Michigan State polo.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 07: Michigan State Spartans head football coach Mark Dantonio prior to the start of the game against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Michigan State fans don’t appear to be happy with what head football coach Mark Dantonio said today.Dantonio, speaking about the Spartans’ 2018 season, said he “firmly believes” this year will be a success.Michigan State, meanwhile, is 6-5 and coming off of a loss to Nebraska. The Spartans should improve to 7-5 with a win against Rutgers.Dantonio: “I firmly believe this year will be a success.”— Chris Solari (@chrissolari) November 20, 2018Michigan State fans have reacted like this:I’m interested in learning how he defines “success.”— Johnny Bridges (@MattBuckelew) November 20, 2018 pic.twitter.com/TpbgVSwKCu— Sean (@SeanFbeezy) November 20, 2018They must have a very broad definition of success…— the real ian scott (@IanScott1982) November 20, 2018 pic.twitter.com/aDFjrhy0br— Savage?Beast (@Skeets24) November 20, 2018 pic.twitter.com/wRsGHyYKWL— Trevor Upchurch (@SidewaysMosque) November 20, 2018Welp.Michigan State and Rutgers are set to play on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. E.T.last_img read more

FOX Analyst Trashes College Football’s “Most Overrated” Program

first_imgA general view of Michigan's football stadium.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 10: General view of the fans filling the University of Michigan Stadium prior to the start of the game between the Michigan Wolverines and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on September 10, 2011 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)The pitchforks are out for Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan football program this week, following the Wolverines’ brutal loss to Ohio State.Michigan entered Saturday’s game against the Buckeyes at 10-1, ranked No. 4 in the country with eyes set on the College Football Playoff, but Harbaugh’s team left Columbus with a blowout loss.Now, everyone and their brother is seizing the opportunity to criticize the Ann Arbor program.FOX analyst Rob Parker took a major shot at the Wolverines this afternoon.“Michigan is the most overrated program in the history of college football. They’ve won one national championship since the Louisiana Purchase,” he said.”Michigan is the most overrated program in the history of college football. They’ve won one national championship since the Louisiana Purchase,” @RobParkerFS1 just made me spit out my coffee with that one ??— Aaron Torres (@Aaron_Torres) November 27, 2018That’s probably a bit excessive – Michigan has won the most games in college football history – but the Wolverines certainly haven’t been national championship-good in quite a while.Can Jim Harbaugh ever get the Wolverines to that level?last_img read more

Kliff Kingsbury Has Reportedly Declined A “Lucrative” Coaching Offer

first_imgkliff kingsbury yells at an official during a texas tech gameTEMPE, AZ – SEPTEMBER 10: Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Texas Tech Red Raiders reacts on the sidelines during the first half of the college football game against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium on September 10, 2015 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Former Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury has reportedly turned down an opportunity to become a head coach again.Kingsbury, who became USC’s offensive coordinator earlier this month, was reportedly pursued by the Houston Cougars, who fired Major Applewhite on Sunday.Brett McMurphy reports that Houston offered Kingsbury a “lucrative” head coaching offer.He declined it.“USC OC/former Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury has declined “a lucrative offer” to become coach at Houston, source told @WatchStadium,” he tweeted.USC OC/former Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury has declined “a lucrative offer” to become coach at Houston, source told @WatchStadium. WVU’s Dana Holgorsen is UH’s next target, source said— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 31, 2018Houston is now expected to target West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen, who could have interested in the Cougars’ position.Holgorsen is believed by some to be ready to move on from the Mountaineers’ program.“He loves the city and it’s a better cultural fit for him. There’s been tension at WVU for a while. He just had one of his best teams and only went 8-4. Just feels like right time for a change of scenery,” ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg said of Holgorsen and the Houston job.He loves the city and it’s a better cultural fit for him. There’s been tension at WVU for a while. He just had one of his best teams and only went 8-4. Just feels like right time for a change of scenery. https://t.co/H3Hf2NWItI— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) December 30, 2018Houston is reportedly prepared to offer Holgorsen a contract that West Virginia might not be able to match.Stay tuned.last_img read more

Kirk Herbstreit Names ‘Good Fit’ For The West Virginia Job

first_imgKirk Herbstreit on the set of ESPN's College GameDayNEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)Earlier this week, reports of Dana Holgorsen-to-Houston began. Although the reports seemed like all smoke and no fire at first, they quickly morphed into a real story.Holgorsen’s ties to Houston and friendship with super-booster Tilman Fertitta was enough for the Cougars to lure him away from his position at West Virginian. Holgorsen is the new head coach at Houston, which leaves a vacancy for the Mountaineers.On Tuesday afternoon, ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit thinks Butch Jones could be a good fit for the West Virginia opening, according to Michael Bratton.Kirk Herbstreit believes Butch Jones could be ‘good fit’ for West Virginia head coaching position https://t.co/sZrUbNaoP4— SEC Mike (@MichaelWBratton) January 1, 2019Jones most recently worked as an analyst for Alabama, but has significant head coaching experience. He had successful stints at Central Michigan and Cincinnati before taking over at Tennessee.In five years as the Volunteers head coach, Jones led the team to a 34-27 record and three bowl wins.Will Jones land a head coaching job after one year with the Tide?last_img read more

Exclusive: Samsung to launch Galaxy M10 at Rs 8,990, M20 at Rs 12,990

first_imgExclusive: Samsung to launch Galaxy M10 at Rs 8,990, M20 at Rs 12,990Sources close to India Today Tech have revealed the prices of the Galaxy M10 and M20 phones ahead of their launch on January 28.advertisement Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiJanuary 18, 2019UPDATED: January 19, 2019 11:06 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe Galaxy M10 and M20 price in India will be Rs 8,990 and Rs 12,990, respectivelyThe Galaxy M phones will come with waterdrop displaysSamsung will announce the Galaxy M10 and M20 on January 28Samsung is gearing up to launch the Galaxy M10 and M20 phones in India on January 28 as part of the newly minted Galaxy M series. These phones will fall in the affordable segment to take on the likes of Xiaomi and Realme and India Today Tech has just learnt the prices of both the devices. According to our sources, the Galaxy M10 will be priced at Rs 8,990 while the Galaxy M20 will cost Rs 12,990 in India.This falls in line with past reports that the Galaxy M10 will fall under Rs 10,000. Our source did not reveal the storage and memory configuration of the Galaxy M10 and M20 phones. What past rumours have suggested is that the Galaxy M20 will come with 3GB of RAM with either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage. There may be more than one variant for each of these devices, and the prices confirmed to us by our sources are likely of the base models.Samsung has already confirmed that the Galaxy M phones will launch as Amazon exclusive devices. The e-commerce platform has also revealed a few key design details as well.Based on what we know so far, the Galaxy M10 and M20 will come with a waterdrop Infinity-V displays. These are the first Samsung phones to employ this new display, allowing the M series to offer something unique in the affordable segment. Both the Galaxy M phones are also said to come with dual rear cameras. However, it seems only the Galaxy M20 will offer a fingerprint sensor, while the Galaxy M10 will rely on face unlock as the only biometric option.advertisementPast benchmark listing has told us that the Galaxy M20 will sport a 6.3-inch FHD+ (1080×2340) LCD display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and 409 ppi. This is also rumoured to be the first Samsung phone to house a large 5,000mAh battery. The handset is said to measure 156.4 x 74.5 x 8.8 mm and weighs 183 grams.The dual cameras on the Galaxy M20 may include a 13MP primary sensor with f/1.9 aperture and a 5MP depth sensor. The Galaxy M20 will reportedly get an Exynos 7885 chipset paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB or 64GB of internal storage. Both the Galaxy M10 and M20 will most likely ship with Android Oreo rather than Android Pie with One UI.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy M10 may come with 6.2-inch Infinity-V display, Exynos chipALSO READ | Samsung confirms Galaxy M series India launch on January 28, Galaxy M10, M20 expected firstGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow SamsungFollow Galaxy M20last_img read more

Both Vijay Shankar and Hardik Pandya for World Cup? Sunil Gavaskar has this to say

first_img Rasesh Mandani MumbaiFebruary 7, 2019UPDATED: February 7, 2019 21:28 IST Vijay Shankar has been making handy contributions with the bat in India’s ongoing tour of New Zealand (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSunil Gavaskar has said Vijay Shankar still has a chance to make the World Cup squadGavaskar said the Tamil Nadu all-rounder reads the game situation wellVijay Shankar has been consistent in the ongoing limited-overs series vs New ZealandNearly a year after almost losing India the final of the Nidahas Trophy against Bangladesh, the scars have faded away for Vijay Shankar. He had struggled with the bat in a tense chase before Dinesh Karthik’s blitzkrieg sealed a last-ball victory.Vijay Shankar is yet to come up with an international innings to overshadow his last over struggle against Bangladesh in the Nidahas Trophy final but his 18-ball 27 in the Wellington T20I showed he was batting with confidence again. Vijay benefitted with an India comeback thanks to Hardik Pandya’s suspension but now stands with an outside chance to book the last available ticket to England for the World Cup.India legend Sunil Gavaskar advocates the need to have an additional seaming all-rounder for English conditions and believes Shankar has a chance of making the cut.”Vijay Shankar has a chance for the World Cup. You need an extra seamer in England. He is a good all round fielder too. He showed in the ODI (5th ODI in Wellington) where he got the team out of trouble with the bat. He read the game situation well with his experience of having led in domestic cricket. You build hopes on a player who reads match situations well. He should also be under consideration,” he told India Today.But Vijay Shankar still needs to do some work as a bowler. He bowls a few yards slower than Hardik Pandya and doesn’t have the sharp bouncer to boot. By the evidence of Shankar’s short international stint, his bowling hasn’t inspired confidence of India captains he has played under yet. He didn’t come close to completing his 10-over quota in any of the odis he played under Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma and didn’t get to bowl in the T20 against New Zealand.advertisementWATCH: Hitman @ImRo45’s guest appearance on Chahal TVWhy does Rohit want to give @yuzi_chahal a batting promotion? – by @RajalAroraFind out here https://t.co/3T5E4KDGEx pic.twitter.com/iI9IZmkoV1BCCI (@BCCI) February 3, 2019But Gavaskar wants Shankar to be given a long rope before the selectors sit in judgment. “I think he should be playing all the three T20 games. Give him games after games and you would know if he has what it takes. Because if there is a situation that even after the five odis vs Australia, we don’t find a fourth fast bowler we can rely on, than we should be open to having Hardik Pandya as the fourth seamer in the squad and Vijay Shankar as an additional option,” he said.While Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuveneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami are certainties for the World Cup squad, the likes of Mohammed Khalil, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj remain in contention for the reserve fast bowlers berth.Also Read | Virat Kohli can bat at No.4 depending on conditions in England: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | You are my batting inspiration, Smriti Mandhana jokes with Yuzvendra ChahalAlso Read | Sunil Gavaskar on Rishabh Pant’s failure in Wellington: Anybody can fail in one matchAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Sunil GavaskarFollow Hardik PandyaFollow Vijay ShankarFollow 2019 Cricket World CupFollow India national cricket team Both Vijay Shankar and Hardik Pandya for World Cup? Sunil Gavaskar has this to sayVijay Shankar flew out to Australia as the replacement for Hardik Pandya, who had been suspended over his Koffee with Karan remarks. A few weeks later, Vijay has the chance to book a World Cup berth as India’s back-up seam-bowling all-rounder.advertisementlast_img read more

Manchester United face UEFA punishment after fans throw bottle at PSG star Angel Di Maria

first_img Reuters ManchesterFebruary 13, 2019UPDATED: February 13, 2019 22:36 IST Angel Di Maria was booed from the outset by Manchester United supporters (Reuters Photo)UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Manchester United after a bottle was thrown at Paris St Germain winger Angel Di Maria during Tuesday’s Champions League last-16 tie at Old Trafford.Di Maria was booed from the outset by the United supporters before a beer bottle was thrown from the crowd towards him in the second half, which he picked up and pretended to take a swig from.The Argentina forward joined United in 2014 for a then club record 59.7 million pounds ($76.88 million) but an underwhelming debut season under then-manager Louis Van Gaal led to his departure to PSG a year later.United were also charged for the blocking of stairways, while PSG have been hit with four different counts with the travelling fans alleged to have set off fireworks, thrown objects and committed acts of damage along with other crowd disturbances.The French club was fined already this season by UEFA for fan disturbances at a home game against Red Star Belgrade in October.The case will be heard by UEFA’s control, ethics and disciplinary body on Feb. 28.French champions PSG won the first leg 2-0 with second half goals from Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Manchester United vs PSGFollow Angel DI MariaFollow UEFAFollow Champions League Manchester United face UEFA punishment after fans throw bottle at PSG star Angel Di MariaFrench champions Paris St Germain won the Champions League last-16 first leg 2-0 against Manchester United with second half goals from Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Rajasthan Royals coach on Ashwin Mankad row: His actions represent him

first_imgadvertisement view more view less scorecard graphs commentarycenter_img India Today Web Desk JaipurMarch 26, 2019UPDATED: March 26, 2019 10:00 IST Kings XI Punjab skipper R Ashwin defended his actions, saying he played by the rules when he ran Jos Buttler out (IPL Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJos Buttler became the first batsman in IPL cricket history to be mankadedR Ashwin is being criticised on social media for mankading Jos Buttler without giving the Royals opener a prior warningWhen I looked into the eyes of his teammates, I’m not sure it represented his teammates: Paddy UptonRajasthan Royals head coach Paddy Upton on Monday said he would leave it to the cricket world to judge R Ashwin after the Kings XI Punjab’s captain’s controversial mankading of Jos Buttler in their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 match.Ashwin kicked up a storm during KXIP’s opener in Jaipur as he mankaded Buttler in his final over during the Royals’ chase of 185. Before Buttler was adjudged out, the Royals were cruising towards the target as the England big-hitter was batting on 69 off 43 balls, having taken the KXIP bowlers to the cleaners.In the 13th over of the chase, Ashwin clipped the bails off at the non-striker’s end and appealed for mankad while claiming that Buttler had left the crease before he could load into the delivery. Ashwin and Buttler had an intense on-field conversation but eventually, the Royals opener was given out by the third umpire.Following Buttler’s dismissal, the Royals suffered a collapse. The home team, led by Ajinkya Rahane, lost their last eight wickets for just 62 runs and fell short of the target by 14 runs.Notably, Buttler became the first batsman in the history of IPL to be mankaded. However, it was the second time Buttler was dismissed in this fashion as Sri Lanka spinner Sachithra Senanayake had run him out at the non-striker’s end in 2014.”Ashwin’s actions represent him. When I looked into the eyes of his teammates, I’m not sure it represented his teammates. I think we will leave it up to the IPL fans to decide if that’s the kind of thing they want to see. We’ll leave it up to the cricket world to judge R Ashwin’s actions tonight. For us, we are here to play cricket and entertain fans, be good role models for people who love the game,” Upton told the media in Jaipur after KXIP’s opening win.advertisementUpton also added that Rajasthan did not lose focus after the controversial run out that has sparked a huge social media debate. While Ashwin was playing by the rules when mankading Buttler, the fact that the off-spinner didn’t warn the Royals opener has led to criticism.”I thought the players were able to stay focussed and reset themeselves after that run out. I was very happy with the players themselves, the way they acted and responded to that situation. And our concious decision was to hold our heads up high and maintain our dignity as a team,” Upton added.Meanwhile, Ashwin defended his actions, saying he doesn’t understand where the question of sporting spirit comes when mankading is well within the rules of the game.”It was instinctive. It wasn’t planned. I don’t know where the spirit of the game things comes because if it’s within the rules, it is. I don’t understand the point of sporting spirit because it is within the rules.”Also Read | Remember Ashwin doing the same in an international game: Kaif on Mankad controversyAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow R AshwinFollow Jos ButtlerFollow Mankad cricketFollow Mankad controversyFollow Rajasthan RoyalsFollow IPL 2019Follow Kings XI Punjab No data available! Rajasthan Royals coach on Ashwin Mankad row: His actions represent himRajasthan Royals suffered a collapse after their opener Jos Buttler was mankaded by Kings XI Punjab captain R Ashwin in the 13th over of their 185-run chase. The Royals eventually lost their IPL 2019 opener by 14 runslast_img read more

Rohit Sharma on no-ball controversy in RCB vs MI: These things not good for cricket

first_img view more view less Rohit Sharma on no-ball controversy in RCB vs MI: These things not good for cricketRoyal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli also blasted the umpiring error, saying such goof-ups should not be happening at the Indian Premier League level. Lasith Malinga overstepped in the last ball of the match when RCB needed 7 runs but the umpires failed to spot the no-ball. commentary Akshay Ramesh BengaluruMarch 29, 2019UPDATED: March 29, 2019 00:44 IST IPL 2019: AB de Villiers 41-ball 70 not-out went in vain as RCB suffered a six-run defeat to MI on Thursday (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSOn-field umpires failed to call a no-ball when Malinga overstepped in the final ball of RCB’s tense chase vs MIRohit Sharma blasted the umpiring errors, saying such incidents are disappointingJasprit Bumrah was named the Man of the Match for his figures of 3/20 in four oversRohit Sharma’s Mumbai Indians ended up on the winning side in their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 thriller against Royal Challengers Bangalore but the skipper wasn’t happy with the umpiring errors that were made in Bengaluru on Thursday. RCB vs MI Match report | Highlights |Royal Challengers Bangalore needed seven runs off the last ball when Lasith Malinga overstepped by a considerable margin. However, the umpires failed to spot the no-ball even as RCB’s Shivam Dube failed to find the big one that could have forced a Super Over.Royal Challengers and their fans suffered a heartbreak despite AB de Villiers’ special — 70 not-out of just 41 balls. However, the disappointment turned into displeasure as the replays on the big screen showed Malinga’s no-ball. The decision wasn’t overturned as both sets of players had already walked off the field.RCB captain Virat Kohli was miffed even as he walked out to do the post-match duties.Expressing his displeasure at the umpiring decisions, Rohit said: “I just got to know when we crossed the rope. These kind of things are not good for cricket, one of the Bumrah’s deliveries wasn’t a wide. Players can’t do much. Very disappointed to see that.”As Rohit pointed out, the on-field umpire also came up with a harsh call when he ruled a wide yorker from Jasprit Bumrah in the 19th over as wide.We don’t see it any other way, either. #playBold #VIVOIPL2019 #RCBvMI https://t.co/uYDz7LKxKgRoyal Challengers (@RCBTweets) March 28, 2019Even though Virat and AB had a partnership going, we didn’t panic: RohitadvertisementEarlier in the day, Mumbai Indians, who were sent in to bat, got off to a strong start with Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock stitching a 50-run stand. However, Mumbai Indians finished with just an above-par score of 187 after they suffered a collapse. Yuvraj Singh and Hardik Pandya played a cameo each to provide the much-needed impetus the MI innings needed towards the end.”Anything over 180 is a good score, you can fight with it. That’s exactly what we did. It was not a safe score, knowing the history of matches in Bengaluru. But we did the job with our bowlers. Even though Virat and AB had a partnership going, we didn’t panic. I thought we stuck to our plans, it was a great effort by the bowlers,” Rohit added.Heaping praise on MI’s death over experts Lasith Malinga and Jasprit Bumrah, Rohit said: “Malinga has been the part of MI for a long time, you can always trust those guys in the back end. They bought experience into play. We were quite brave to bowl the deliveries we bowled. Bumrah executed well and we just missed a trick in the middle.”Bumrah was named the Man of the Match for his superlative performance both in the middle overs and at the death. While he picked up the big wicket of Virat Kohli, Bumrah conceded just 5 runs in the penultimate over of the tense chase.Also Read | Virat Kohli fumes after umpire fails to see no-ball: We are playing IPL, not club cricketAlso Read | Virat Kohli 2nd batsman after Suresh Raina to score 5000 IPL runsAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Rohit SharmaFollow IPL 2019Follow Virat KohliFollow Royal Challengers BangaloreFollow Mumbai IndiansFollow RCB vs MIFollow Bengaluru no-ball No data available!center_img advertisement scorecard graphslast_img read more

BAI should ban players who indulge in age-fudging: Pullela Gopichand

first_imgBAI should ban players who indulge in age-fudging: Pullela GopichandIndia’s national coach Pullela Gopichand believes the Badminton Association of India need to have firm decisions to ensure that age fudging should stop and should ban players who indulge in the same.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiApril 2, 2019UPDATED: April 2, 2019 17:42 IST India’s national coach Pullela Gopichand believes the Badminton Association of India should ban players who indulge in age-fudging.(IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPullela Gopichand feels that BAI need to have firm decisions to ensure that age fudging should stopFormer India coach Vimal Kumar though feels that banning the players will be unfairBAI secretary general Ajay Singhania said the issue of age-fudging will come up during the selection committee meetingIndia’s chief national coach Pullela Gopichand believes the Badminton Association of India (BAI) should ban players who indulge in age-fudging as ‘examples’ need to be made of wrongdoers for any tangible change.”I think you need to have firm decisions and strong examples to ensure that age fudging which is a big menace should stop, so there should be a ban on the players,” Gopichand told PTI.Age-fudging has been a big problem in Indian sports with some associations such as the Indian cricket board (BCCI) and Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) handing out bans on players found guilty.Former India coach Vimal Kumar, who guided Saina Nehwal to the world No.1 position and the All England Championship final in 2015, however, feels banning the players will be unfair.”Banning a player for 2-3 years is not right because suspending them will kill a talent,” he said.”If a player is found over-aged in U-15, U-17 or U-19 and you find ample evidence that they have done the manipulation, then the punishment could be that you make it clear that you can’t play in any age category tournaments and only play in seniors.”In 2016, some badminton players had come under the scanner with the Sports Integrity Unit of the Central Bureau of Investigation submitting a report to the BAI saying that four junior players had altered their age records.In December last year, a group of 37 parents of budding shuttlers moved the Karnataka High Court, asking for a directive to BAI to implement a policy for detecting and eliminating age fraud from the sport.advertisementThe BAI, on its part, deactivated the IDs of players who were found carrying two different birth certificates and asked them to undergo medical examination and submit the reports.”We have scrutinised the current list of players and those who were found to have two certificates have been issued fresh IDs after considering the higher age document,” BAI Secretary General Ajay Singhania said.”Also, we have directed the players, who have not registered their birth certificate within a year of birth, to get tested in a govt hospital and submit documents. They can’t participate in any tournament till they furnish the documents.”Singhania said the issue of age-fudging and the quantum of punishment will come up during the selection committee meeting after the General Elections.BAI President Himanta Biswa Sarma is an active politician and will be busy with commitments for his party, the ruling BJP.”We will be taking up this issue and decide the punishment during the selection meeting for junior and senior. It is likely to be held after election,” he said.Also Read | Badminton’s Olympic qualification system putting strain on players: GopichandAlso Read | India Open 2019: Srikanth finishes runners-up after straight-game defeat to AxelsenAlso Watch | Pullela Gopichand should get the credit for my success: Kidambi Srikanth to India TodayFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bykarishma Tags :Follow Badminton Association of IndiaFollow age fudgingFollow Pullela GopichandFollow Badmintonlast_img read more

Kiara Advani is a breath of fresh air in ganji top and orange sports bra for gym

first_imgOther Galleries 9 images Thu, 24 Oct, 2019 Disha Patani is comfortable yet sexy in spaghetti crop top and track pants at Mumbai airport 12 images Thu, 24 Oct, 2019 Kiara Advani to Urvashi Rautela: Best and worst-dressed at award night 9 images Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 Kriti Sanon pairs smart denim jacket with neon green dress for Housefull 4 promotions. See pics 10 images Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 Sara Ali Khan is elegance personified in white dress at airport. See picsOther Photogallery CategoriesIndiaMoviesLifestyleTelevisionAdd new comment Your name * E-mail * The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. Comment *More information about text formatsPlain textNo HTML tags allowed.Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.Lines and paragraphs break automatically.647×363: 483×271: 370×208: 170×96: 88×50: Section: PhotoLifestyleLifestyleGallery Image: Image: Caption: Kiara Advani was recently spotted in Juhu, Mumbai.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Caption: The actress looked ready for a workout session in her white ganji top which she paired with an orange sports bra.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 1Image: Caption: She completed her look with white and black yoga pants.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 2Image: Caption: Kiara accessorised her look perfectly with a pair of black sunnies and silver chappals.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 3Image: Caption: The Kabir Singh actress looked radiant without any makeup on her face.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 4Tags: kiara advaniGym lookKabir SinghSource type: photogallerySocial media integration: Facebook Instant ArticlePhoto By: Yogen ShahShort description: Kiara Advani was recently spotted in Juhu, Mumbai. The actress looked ready to workout in her white ganji top with an orange sports bra and white and black yoga pants.Syndicate: YesPreview_unique_id: preview_5cb5717f1a3481555394943_1502886_editCommentContent Publish date: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 – 11:30Story Extra Data: eyJzZWN0aW9uIjpbIjEyMDY1NjciLCIxMjA4NTIxIl0sImNhdGVnb3J5IjpbIjEyMDg1ODkiXSwic3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJzdWJfc3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJzdWJfc3ViX3N1Yl9jYXRlZ29yeSI6bnVsbCwicHJpbWFyeV9jYXRlZ29yeSI6IjEyMDY1NjcifQ==770×433: Short Headline: Kiara Advani is a breath of fresh air in ganji top and orange sports bra for gymApp headline: Kiara Advani is a breath of fresh air in ganji top and orange sports bra for gymlast_img read more

Google Pixel 4 screen protector shows a display with dual punch hole selfie camera

first_imgGoogle Pixel 4 screen protector shows a display with dual punch hole selfie cameraReports suggest that Google’s premium budget smartphone – Google Pixel 4 and Google Pixel 4 – would come with a button-less design. The company could opt for touch capacitive buttons instead.advertisement Shweta Ganjoo New DelhiMay 30, 2019UPDATED: May 31, 2019 11:57 IST Image Courtesy: SkinomiHIGHLIGHTSGoogle Pixel 4 could come with dual punch hole selfie camera.Google Pixel 4 could feature a notch-less design.Google Pixel 4 could come with stereo speakers.Earlier this month Google launched its budget smartphones – the Google Pixel 3a and the Google Pixel 3a XL – at a special event in Mountain View, California. And now that the mystery around Google’s budget phones has been debunked, we can all go back to focussing on the company’s phone of the year i.e. the Google Pixel 4 and the Google Pixel 4 smartphones.In the past couple of weeks, we have seen several image renders painting a distinctive picture of the Google’s upcoming smartphones. Thin bezels on the sides and on top and bottom and a notchless design – is what reports so far have hinted is in store for the Pixel 4. And now, a new report indicates that Google’s upcoming flagship smartphone would come with a display that sport a dual punch hole camera on he left side of the screen, which is somewhat similar to the Samsung Galaxy S10+.The latest report comes as a courtesy of a screen protector for the Google Pixel 4 that is available on the website of Ponoma, California based accessories company, Skinomi. The image of the Pixel 4 screen protector that is up for pre-orders on the website for $8.95 (Rs 626 approx) indicates that the device would come with narrow bezels on the sides and on top and bottom – as has been indicated by several reports in the past. In addition to this, the screen protector, which has a Pixel 4 in its background, has horizontal cut outs on top and bottom, indicating that the phone will pack stereo speakers in those locations.advertisementIf Google does decide to implement the punch hole camera design in its Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL smartphones, it would be the end of the notched design for the company. It would also mean that we would see a more uniform display in this year’s and even future Pixel phones.Interestingly, reports in the past have also indicated that Google could ditch buttons to opt for a button-less design. A report by a YouTube channel, Front Page Tech, indicates that the Google Pixel 4 could replace physical power and volume control buttons with touch capacitive buttons. In addition to this rumours circulating on the social media also suggest that the Pixel 4 would come with 6GB RAM and Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and that it would run on Android Q.It is worth noting that while a lot of this falls in the realm of speculations, what we do know about the upcoming Google Pixel 4 and Google Pixel 4 XL smartphones is that would support feature support for Google Assistant 2.0 that was announced at the Google I/O 2019 earlier this month. Google is expected to announce its premium budget smartphone around October this year. Till then we have have to rely on the rumour mill to fuel our imagination and keep us apprised of the phone’s details.ALSO READ: | Google Pixel 4 could feature a button-less designALSO READ: | Google Pixel 4 will be the first phone to get next generation Google AssistantALSO READ: | Google Pixel 4 image leak suggests a punch hole camera in frontGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShweta Ganjoo Tags :Follow GoogleFollow Google PixelFollow Google Pixel 4last_img read more

India’s World Cup dream over, New Zealand storm into final

first_img scorecard India’s World Cup dream over, New Zealand storm into finalIndia vs New Zealand World Cup 2019 semi-final: New Zealand defeated India by 18 runs to qualify for their 2nd successive World Cup final. This was India’s second successive World Cup semi-final defeat. graphs commentary view more view less No data available! advertisement Rajarshi Gupta ManchesterJuly 10, 2019UPDATED: July 10, 2019 20:33 IST New Zealand reached to their second straight final in World Cups. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia lost to New Zealand by 18 runs in the 1st semi-final of World Cup 2019 at Old Trafford on WednesdayNew Zealand will play either of Australia or England in the 2019 World Cup final at Lord’s on July 14This was India’s 2nd successive defeat in a World Cup semi-final. In 2015, India had lost to AustraliaRavindra Jadeja’s heroic 77 went in vain as India crashed to an 18-run defeat to New Zealand in the semi-final of the 2019 Cricket World Cup after Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul flopped in a run chase of 240.India were playing for a spot in their 4th World Cup final but at the end of the day, New Zealand stormed to their second successive title clash. In 2015, New Zealand had lost to Australia in a one-sided final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. 4 years later, they will wait to see which of Australia and England meet them at Lord’s on July 14.For India, it was a repeat of the 2015 World Cup campaign. After dominant performances in the group stage and the quarter-final 4 years ago, India went down to Australia. In 2019, India finished on top of the group stage only to lose to New Zealand in the semi-final.Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli had scored 1089 runs in World Cup 2019 between them before the semi-final but both men were dismissed for 1 each in overcast conditions. KL Rahul had scored 360 runs including a maiden World Cup hundred before Wednesday but like Rohit and Kohli, he too perished for 1.India vs New Zealand, World Cup 2019 semi-final: Live Cricket ScoreIndia were tottering at 5 for 3 in 3.1 overs in pursuit of 240. Matt Henry was breathing fire, Trent Boult was on fire after getting Virat Kohli. India needed a miracle and for a while, it looked like Rishabh Pant would provide them that moment of magic.Playing only his 4th World Cup match, Pant showed more flair than the other Indian batsmen. While Dinesh Karthik played out 16 dot balls at the other end, Pant was keen to get on with the game. Even when Karthik departed to leave India in hot water at 24 for 4, Pant was prepared to play his shots.advertisementMeanwhile, Sourav Ganguly fumed on air because there was no sign of MS Dhoni at the crease. It was surprising enough that India had sent in Dinesh Karthik before Dhoni but the team management decided to spring one more surprise: Hardik Pandya ahead of a man who has scored nearly 11,000 ODI runs.MS Dhoni has been criticised for his strike rate in the World Cup. His approach in a steep run chase against England stunned Sourav Ganguly and Nasser Hussain who were baffled by his approach. But MS Dhoni was still India’s most experienced batsman in the middle-order and it was hard to fathom why he walked in to bat at No.7.But Jadeja and Dhoni were not going down without a fight. Ravindra Jadeja was called a bits and pieces cricketer by Sanjay Manjrekar but on Wednesday, he was determined to show he was not. He slammed 77 off 59 balls and added 106 for the 7th wicket with MS Dhoni.India’s hopes were dashed when Jadeja fell to Trent Boult in the 48th over.On Tuesday, the play was suspended due to rain after New Zealand had reached 211 for 5 off 46.1 overs. The match resumed on Reserve Day and the Black Caps finished 239 for 8 in 50 overs. India would have imagined it was going to be a breeze but New Zealand had other plans. And their pacers executed them beautifully.Also Read | Viral video: MS Dhoni advising Yuzvendra Chahal and fielders during World Cup semi-final is goldAlso Read | India vs New Zealand: Virat Kohli’s public chat with Ravi Shastri gets tongue wagggingAlso See:Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow India vs New ZealandFollow 1st semifinal Nextlast_img read more

MS Dhoni to retire? Kohli tweet sparks speculations

first_img Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiSeptember 12, 2019UPDATED: September 12, 2019 16:02 IST Social media is abuzz with speculations about MS Dhoni’s retirement (AP)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli shared the picture on Twitter and InstagramKohli called the game as one he can never forgetKohli also said that during the game, MS Dhoni made him run like in a fitness testVirat Kohli on Thursday shared a photo from India’s famous win over Australia in the 2016 World T20, in which he can be seen with then captain MS Dhoni. Kohli expressed his joy over the win captioning the picture: ‘A game I can never forget. Special night. This man, made me run like in a fitness test’.It’s apparent that Dhoni and Kohli were at the crease as India pulled off a difficult chase of 161 with a number of quick singles and doubles. Kohli’s remarks with respect to Dhoni in his social media post are referring to the same as the duo completed a remarkable victory for their side on a ‘special night’Meanwhile, Virat Kohli’s tweet sparked rumours that MS Dhoni might announce his retirement soon. However, there has been no official confirmation of any such move.Ok , I am prepared.I won’t cry.I promise.Tears rolling down already. ??#DhoniNeel Patel (@NeelPatel189) September 12, 201917000+ Runs- As Batsman800+ Dismissals- As wicket Keeper3 ICC Trophies- As CaptainTruely a Legend #Dhoni pic.twitter.com/NBJH1bqNezTrilok Singh.???? (@singhtrilok7) September 12, 2019No! Really, No!#Dhoni pic.twitter.com/KriMuWjQICARVIND AKSHAY (@God_Of_Pot) September 12, 2019#Dhoni will address a Press Conference at 7PM #DhoniInBillionHearts ?? pic.twitter.com/tuO00P8TIHC/o.Controversy (@Controversyy3) September 12, 2019.@msdhoni’s reaction after seeing his retirement rumour on social media!?? #TeamIndia #MSDhoni #Dhoni pic.twitter.com/kR9ir8LGySMS Dhoni Fans Official (@msdfansofficial) September 12, 2019Dhoni had retired from Tests in 2014 and had stepped down as India’s limited-overs captain in early 2017. He has since not had the best time with the bat but continues to be among the world’s best wicketkeepers. Dhoni’s use of the DRS and his sharp tactical acumen make him a huge asset to the Indian team.advertisementA game I can never forget. Special night. This man, made me run like in a fitness test @msdhoni pic.twitter.com/pzkr5zn4pGVirat Kohli (@imVkohli) September 12, 2019Kohli produced a sublime 82 not out off 51 balls to help India defeat Australia by six wickets and advance to the semifinals. Kohli took charge at a crucial time in what was a virtual quarterfinal, smashing 9 fours and 2 sixes as India reached 161-4 off 19.1 overs in reply to Australia’s 160-6.The No. 3 batsman added 67 off only 31 deliveries with captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (18 not out) after a useful 45-run stand for the fourth wicket with Yuvraj Singh (21) as India scored 59 runs in the last 4.1 overs of the Group 2 game.Kohli, who had also guided India to a six-wicket win over Pakistan with 55 not out, remained calm during his 15th T20 half-century after Shikhar Dhawan (13), Rohit Sharma (12) and Suresh Raina (10) failed to get going with India struggling at 49-3 in the eighth over.Kohli batted himself in with Yuvraj and then took the initiative, smashing 19 off the 18th over bowled by James Faulkner and 16 off the 19th from Nathan Coulter-Nile to the delight of more than 25,000 fans.Dhoni hit Faulkner for a four down the ground to complete a memorable win that set up the 2007 champions against 2012 winners West Indies in the semifinals in Mumbai.Virat Kohli rated the innings among his top three. This is what he has to say at the post-match ceremony. No prizes for guessing the Man of the Match.”Thank you. Firstly, I would like to thank the crowd for coming out and supporting us; the support today was unbelievable. They (the crowd) push you through tough times. This is what you play cricket for. You don’t like these situations because they are tough. I don’t know what to say, because I am overwhelmed by the situation we were in and to win from there was quite an effort. MS kept me calm in the end; I could have got overexcited. Overall good team effort and very happy with my personal contribution.”Yuvraj wanted to see where he was going after he twisted his ankle. But he stuck in and a few boundaries helped, and then he decided to go for the team’s cause. He perished but he made a great call. He wasn’t able to push as you want him to push as a runner. He’s such an explosive player that you don’t want to have him at 60-70 percent. Dhoni and I have always run well between the wickets. We have a great understanding of where to hit the ball. You do that gym fitness for this. When I’m tired, I should be able to run as fast as when I’m on zero. All those trainings paid off today. This innings has to be in the Top 3. But I am a bit emotional, so I will put this on top.”advertisementAlso Read | Don Bradman, Viv Richards, Sunil Gavaskar and himself: All in danger of being beaten by Steve SmithAlso Read | Ashes: James Anderson has restarted the cycle of excuses, says Michael VaughanFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow MS DhoniFollow world t20 MS Dhoni to retire? Kohli tweet sparks speculationsIndian captain Virat Kohli on Thursday took to social media to remind everyone of India’s famous victory over Australia in the World T20 2016 when MS Dhoni made him run hard for singles and doubles.advertisementlast_img read more