Champions Trophy Hockey: India draw vs Netherlands but reach final

first_imgIndia advanced to the final of the Champions Trophy hockey tournament in Breda following a 1-1 draw against hosts Netherlands on Saturday.India will take on Australia in the summit clash on Sunday after finishing with 8 points from five matches at the tournament.Mandeep Singh scored for India in the fourth quarter but his goal was cancelled minutes later. Both sides continued to attack but failed to change the scoreline.But the result was enough for India to earn a place in the final of the Champions Trophy for the second time in a row.India finished on second place in the standings with 8 points from two wins, one loss and two draws. Defending and world champions Australia finished top of the table with 10 points.As per the rules of the six-nation tournament, the top two teams from the round robin stage will play in the final.For Netherlands, it was a must-win match as only a victory could have ensured their place in the final. The hosts will play Argentina in the third-place playoff on Sunday.In the other inconsequential match of the day, Australia were beaten 3-2 by Olympic champions Argentina.Under new chief coach Harendra Singh, India could not have asked for a better start to their campaign here. The Indians mauled arch-rivals Pakistan 4-0 before stunning Argentina 2-1.But thereafter, India lost to Australia 3-2 after a valiant fight before conceding a late goal to draw 1-1 against Belgium earlier this week.But the results of the opening two games held India in good stead as they needed just a draw against Netherlands to secure their final berth.advertisementEven though Ramandeep Singh’s injury hurt India badly, but the strikers have been in good form in the tournament. The likes of Mandeep Singh, Dilpreet Singh and Lalit Upadhayay have lived up to expectations but SV Sunil looked a pale shadow of himself.The defenders too did a decent job but in the last two games against Australia and Belgium, they crumbled when put under immense pressure.Experienced PR Sreejesh has been phenomenal under the goal for India and it solely because of his heroics, India managed to garner a point against Belgium on Thursday.But the major cause of concern for India has been their penalty corner conversion rate. Despite earning a handful of penalty corners in the last four games, India converted just three through Harmanpreet Singh.And Harendra would need to address these issues if India want to win their maiden Champions Trophy title in the last edition of the tournament.Harendra and his team would definitely go for the kill against the the mighty Australians on Sunday.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

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World Cup 2018: Russia stun Spain in penalty shootout to reach quarter-finals

first_imgRussia stunned Spain on Sunday to reach the quarter-finals of the 2018 World Cup.The hosts defeated Spain 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw.Russia keeper Igor Akinfeev saved Koke’s and Iago Aspas’ spot kicks in their first ever penalty shootout to send the hosts through following a 1-1 draw over 120 minutes.Spain, who have never beaten a host at World Cups or Euros, went ahead after 12 minutes when 38-year-old Sergei Ignashevich bundled into Spain captain Sergio Ramos at the far post, knocking a free kick in with his heel for the 10th own goal of the tournament.The most-loved foot in #RUS!#ESPRUS pic.twitter.com/oFVsYIYFsWFIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) July 1, 2018The 2010 world champions controlled the game with their slick passing but did little more, failing to create another scoring chance in the first half.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGERussia looked equally toothless up front, with Aleksandr Golovin’s curled effort their only noteworthy opportunity until Gerard Pique’s handball gave them a chance to level with a penalty in the 42nd minute.Forward Artem Dzyuba buried it for his third goal of the tournament, sending Spain keeper David de Gea the wrong way to equalise and awaken the subdued 78,000 crowd in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium.The game lacked pace and tempo even after the break with both teams cautious not concede too much space and the Russians playing without an out-and-out striker after the substitution of Dzyuba.Despite 75 percent possession, Spain’s famed tiki-taka passing game rarely carried them into the box and they had to wait until the 85th minute to test Akinfeev with a low drive from substitute Andres Iniesta.advertisementHaving long run out of steam and with several players cramping, Russia were reduced to desperately defending in extra time as Spain, who played more than four times the number of passes their opponents did, still struggled to slice open the Russian defence.Akinfeev came to the rescue again to deny Rodrigo after his fine sprint in the second half of extra time before becoming a national hero by saving the two spot kicks to send the hosts past the former world champions.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

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IOA chief disapproves of Khelo India selecting hockey players

first_imgNew Delhi, July 2 (PTI) Indian Olympic Association President Narinder Batra has questioned the Sports Ministry’s move to pick hockey players under the Khelo India Talent Development Programme, saying that the IOA will not approve such a selection if the National Sports Federation was not involved. The ministry has selected 50 boys and girls each from the Khelo India School Games held earlier this year. It informed Hockey India and the IOA on June 25 about this selection of players to groom them under its Talent Development Programme. In response to the ministry’s move, Batra said, “I would like to understand whether the athletes in the attached list under Khelo India Talent development programme have been selected by the selection committee of the NSF or by the Sports Authority of India approved selectors thru Khelo India. “In case the NSF is not involved then we do not approve of this selection.” A few months ago, Batra had asked the office bearers of all the NSFs to desist from associating with the Khelo India programme, saying this would amount to compromising on the autonomy of the sports federations. PTI PDS BS PDS BSBSlast_img read more

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COA to Supreme Court: ‘We need to take decisions on policy’

first_imgThe Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (COA) has filed its ninth status report before the apex court, ahead of the hearing scheduled on Thursday.In its concluding observations in the report, the COA requests the court “to replace the existing BCCI constitution with one that is more responsive with the primary stakeholders of the game.”The committee argues throughout the report that the existing office bearers have been hampering their effective functioning on the strength of pre-judgement BCCI constitution.The COA makes the disputed June 22 SGM as a case in point where it accuses “the office bearers in collusion with various other persons who attended the meeting of attempting to subvert and frustrate orders passed by the Court by inserting limitations on powers and duties of COA.”Addressing the oft repeated argument by the BCCI old guard of the COA exceeding it’s brief beyond implementation of reforms, the COA writes in its report, “the task of supervising the management and administration of BCCI as well as ensuring that the directions contained in the judgement are implemented will necessarily require the COA to take decisions on matter of ‘policy’.”In its ninth status report, the COA also urges the court the need to have state units’ constitutions amended and their elections be held as per the same after inducting former international players from respective states as voting members.The apex court will resume proceedings in the case on Thursday, now coming close to two years since it passed a landmark judgement, upholding overhaul of BCCI as per Lodha reforms.advertisementlast_img read more

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Yeh Un Dino Ki Baat Hai: Sameer turns Majnu post breakup

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Harldey-Davidson plans smaller bike with eye on India

first_imgNew Delhi, July 30 (PTI) Harley-Davidson today said it plans to develop a 200-500cc motorcycle through a strategic alliance in Asia which will be used to primarily fuel its growth in India.Sharing its global growth road map through 2022 the US-based cult bike marker said it plans to launch the small displacement motorcycle, meant for emerging markets, in India within two years.It also plans to add ‘lighter, smaller and more accessible products’ through 2022 in its electric motorcycles portfolio. It will kick-start with the launch of its first electric motorcycle, LiveWire in 2019.Moreover, the company said it will develop a new modular 500cc to 1,250cc middle-weight platform of motorcycles on which multiple models in three distinct product categories and four displacements, can be developed.In an investor communication, Harley-Davidson said, “We intend to enter into a strategic alliance in Asia to launch a 250-500cc motorcycle within 2 years in India, and into other emerging markets in Asia over time.”The move is aimed at expediting market entry and increase brand access and volume and the new product would server as bridge to the company’s larger motorcycles.It will also “enable accessible price point for premium small displacement market entry”, it added.The planned alliance in Asia will “leverage on world-class partner’s manufacturing scale and retail footprint”, the company said without disclosing further details.In India, the company said a growing middle class and product introductions by domestic manufacturers are providing stimulus. The 200-500 cc segment saw sales of 7 lakh units in 2017 growing at 25 per cent.advertisementThe over 500 cc segment grew by up to 28 per cent selling around 8,500 units last year, as per industry estimates.”Competitors have entered into various alliances and partnerships to accelerate the pace of market entry (in India),” the company said.Harley-Davidson sells 16 models in India ranging from Street 750 with starting price of Rs 5.25 lakh to CVO LIMITED tagged at Rs 49.99 lakh.On electric bikes, it said Livewire will be the first in a broad, no-clutch ‘twist and go’ portfolio of electric two-wheelers “designed to establish the company as the leader in the electrification of the sport”.”LiveWire will be followed by additional models through 2022 to broaden the portfolio with lighter, smaller and even more accessible product options to inspire new riders with new ways to ride,” it added.The company further said it will drive to extend its leadership in heavyweight motorcycles by continuing to develop improved, more technologically-advanced Touring and Cruiser motorcycles.Harley-Davidson President and Chief Executive Officer Matt Levatich: “We expect this plan will result in an engaged, expanded Harley-Davidson community with a more diverse rider base, along with industry-leading margins and cash flow.” PTI MSS RKL SA SAlast_img read more

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Zimbabwean golfer Vincent eyes maiden Asian Tour title

first_imgBengaluru, Aug 9 (PTI) Zimbabwean Scott Vincent, who is in red-hot form, today said he hopes to clinch his maiden Asian Tour title. It would be not be easy as he is up against some good players like SSP Chowrasia and Khalin Joshi at the Take Solutions Masters. “I would love to win his maiden Asian Tour Title. I am in good form and I would like to continue it here also, but it will not be easy. There are good players like Khalin Joshi, Chirag Kumar, SSP Chowrasia. It will be a hard-fought battle,” Vincent told PTI ahead of Take Solutions Masters kick-off here. The field also is strong and it is not going to be a walk in the park for anyone, he added. Vincent, who did not consider Asian Tour events initially, is now enjoying his achievements in the last three years as he is tenth in the Asian Tour Order of Merit. “It was quite funny. A friend of mine was going to play Asian tournament which I did not consider. He said you should come along. I did go with him. “I did not realise how good the Asian tour was then. Now I am absolutely loving the Asian Tour as I am sitting pretty at 10th in Asian Tour Order of Merit in my third year,” he said. Vincent had won 2016 Asian Tour Rookie of the Year award and continued his impressive run with four top-10 finishes in 2017. In 208, he has clinched six top-10 finishes, including a second place finish in Indonesia last month.advertisement Vincent said he was initiated into the sport by his father, who is a social golfer in Zimbabwe and coached by Roger Baylis. “Back home my father initiated me into the sport. My coach Roger Baylis put in hours and hours on me at the growing period of my career, and here I am contesting three years hence in Asian tour,” he said. Vincent said golf is developing in Zimbabwe and the country has produced some good players including Nick Price and Mark McNulty. “Golf has been a great sport in Zimbabwe. It has produced a lot of good players like Nick Price, Mark McNulty, Brendon de Jonge and others. Hence, it is making strides. It is developing, of course,” he said. Many junior programmes have been initiated at grassroots level to popularise the sport in Zimbabwe, he added. Replying to a question, Vincent said Henrik Stenson is his favourite player, who hits long and has strong stunning looks. “My favourite golfer is Henrik Stenson. He is big powerful guy, who hits long and has had lot of success. I really enjoy his game,” he added. PTI BDNAHlast_img read more

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Robinhood This! A model of courage and generosity

first_imgJodhpur, Aug 15 (PTI) Robinhood Army considers hunger a major problem and they have taken upon themselves to fight this acute problem. Like every Independence Day, volunteers of the group have decided to distribute food to 1 million people.The group derives its name from a legendary English outlaw of the 12th century, who robbed the rich and and gave to the poor – a popular model of courage and generosity.A volunteer-based organisation, the group works to get surplus food from restaurants and the community to serve the less fortunate.It aims to distribute food to 1 million people under its Mission Million 2018.Referring themselves as Robins, volunteers of the group provide meals to people in need on footpaths and at hospitals, railway stations and shelter homes.Robin Akshayraj, one of the founders of the Jodhpur chapter of the group, said Robinhood volunteers collect the surplus food from hotels and restaurants, and provide them to people who need them.”This Independence Day, our 16,000 plus Robins have partnered with organisations across the country to serve a million meals to the less fortunate,” Akshayraj said.”With a view to make the drive more inclusive, we have this time decided to take the mission to our friends, family, community and city with a view to reach out to 10,000 hungry persons and get them to contribute to a hunger-free India,” he said, adding, there could not be a better way to celebrate the Independence Day than to fill empty stomachs and bring smile.Another Robin, Samarth Jain, said their objective is to sensitise people – from the district collector to owners and managers of the corporate houses and other influential persons – and get them to identify hunger as a major issue.advertisement”As our Robin family has grown, while serving lakhs of meals and smiles over the years, we have realised that the problem of hunger in India is too large for any one team to solve. So we are reaching out to people and leaders of our country to come together and build a hunger-free India,” Jain said.The aim of Robinhood Army this year is to reach out to 190 million hungry people in the country.”We want to use this as a platform to make the hunger issue something which concerns the entire country and mobilize leaders into action to build a hunger-free India,” Robin Priyansha Singh said.”We are looking for a permanent solution and hence our team has targeted 38 people in India – 20 influencers from Bollywood, sports and entertainment fields and 18 changemakers from politics and corporate,” she said, adding, people like them could sensitise, appeal and initiate to bring a solution. PTI CORR ABHABHlast_img read more

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Rishabh Pant sets new record for an Indian wicketkeeper on Test debut

first_imgRishabh Pant’s impressive Test debut only got better when he added another feather to his cap on Tuesday.Pant, who became India’s 291st Test player, now has the most number of catches by an Indian wicketkeeper on Test debut with seven scalps.Pant had taken five catches in the first innings of the third Test at Trent Bridge. He then added two more by taking catches of Keaton Jennings and Chris Woakes to take his tally up to seven.He grabbed the catch of Jennings on the fifth ball of the day as Ishant Sharma removed the England opener with a peach of a delivery to reach the landmark. Ishant bowled a back of a length delivery on off and got it to move away just a tad. Jennings played inside the line from his crease and ended up getting an outside edge. Pant only had to complete the formalities and he obliged.He later on Day 4 caught Chris Woakes off Jasprit Bumrah to create an Indian record.He became the sixth player to take seven catches on Test debut as a wicket-keeper. Before him, Australia’s Peter Nevill, Brian Taber, England’s Chris Read and Alan Knott and Sri Lanka’s Chamara Dunusinghe all have seven catches on debut — the most by a keeper in their first Tests.TRENT BRIDGE TEST, DAY 4: HIGHLIGHTSIn the first innings, he took the catches of Alastair Cook, Jennings, Ollie Pope, Woakes and Adil Rashid to become the first Asian wicket-keeper to take five catches in an innings on Test debut.advertisementWith the bat as well, Pant had some stats to slay. Pant, who replaced Dinesh Karthik impressed everyone with his intent and aggressive batting, when he came onto bat during India’s first innings. Pant slapped a six on the second ball of his innings when he hammered Adil Rashid over his head for a maximum to open his scoring in Tests.He became the 12th batsman overall to do so after Eric Freeman, Carlisle Best, Keith Dabengwa, Dale Richards, Shafiul Islam, Jahurul Islam, Al-Amin Hossain, Mark Craig, Dhananjaya De Silva, Kamrul Islam Rabbi and Sunil Ambris.He however, couldn’t get a big score and was out for a 51-ball 24. He was India’s first wicket to fall on Day 2 of the third Test.Earlier, Pant came into the side after Karthik picked up an injury. However, with Karthik’s form also being bad, his inclusion didn’t come as a surprise.Karthik had managed scores of 0, 20, 1, 0 from four innings and also failed to impress behind the stumps. Karthik also injured his finger during the second Test at Lord’s and has failed to recover from it yet. Thus, paving the way for the swashbuckling Pant to make his debut in the longest format of the game.Pant has only played 23 first-class matches and his international experience is limited to four T20Is. However, he can take comfort in his impressive outing in England with the India ‘A’ team in July this year.In two first-class matches, Pant scored 189 runs at an average of 67 and score two fifties in two innings in the match against England A. The other match was played against West Indies A.Prior to his success in England, Pant smashed 684 runs from 14 matches for the Delhi Daredevils in IPL 2018, hitting one century and eight fifties in the process.Karthik’s work behind the stumps has also not been good and therefore, a brilliant performance from the 20-year-old will only boost his confidence.last_img read more

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Asian Games 2018: ‘After a gruelling match, this is what we get to eat’

first_imgIndian table tennis star Achanta Sharath Kamal posted a picture of his dinner after his matches at the Asian Games 2018 Village in Jakarta on a day when the men’s and women’s team began their campaign in Indonesia.Sharath Kamal and the men’s team began their Asian Games campaign in the Team event with a 3-0 win over UAE where, Sharath Kamal registered an 11-9, 11-6, 11-5 win over Abdulla Albalooshi. Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Harmeet Desai also won their respective matches.On the same day, they played another tie against Chinese Taipei that they ended up losing despite a close fight. Sharath Kamal played two matches in the tie and won one while he lost the other. Harmeet won his match while Sathiyan lost both his matches as India went down.After a gruelling couple of matches, Sharath Kamal posted an Instagram story on his dinner.Sharath Kamal shared the story and captioned it, “After a gruelling 3 hr long match, this is what we get to eat for dinner at the #AsianGames2018. Bread, Nutella and Museli.” Ahead of the Asian Games 2018, there were reports in the media that Indian athletes were not happy with their rooms and had complained about the food.”Rooms are on the smaller side. It has three beds each and a single bathroom. It would have been better if they had more space. You feel a bit cramped but it is okay. It is the same for everyone,” an Indian athlete had told news agency PTI on conditions of anonymity.advertisementHowever, two days before the start of the multi-sport event, India’s chef de mission Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh said that athletes were happy with the arrange and they were especially delighted with the food because it was very similar to Indian food.WATCH – Paneer, chicken and dal on the menu at Asian Games”Feeling very good, in fact it’s our athletes who are feeling the best. And the reason for that is because the food they are getting here is quite similar to the food they get in India. So all the athletes and all the visitors here are happy. And we are just waiting for the Games to start,” Singh said.When he was questioned about the reports of discontent, he gave an opposite account.”No, no complaints. No one has any. We are getting such good food, there is Dal (lentil), then there is South Indian food, there is paneer (cottage cheese), chicken. Everything is there. Well, if one gets good food and a place to sleep, what else do you need? So it’s all good.”Sharath Kamal by the end of Day 8 in Jakarta and Palembang, even complained about the table tennis scheduling where the Indian women’s team had to play three matches in a day.He said that two matches were alright but three was too much and that he had never before seen a scheduling like that at the Games.The women’s team played matches against Qatar, China and Iran. While they defeated Qatar 3-0, they lost 0-3 to China and then beat Iran 3-1.last_img read more

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Virat Kohli retains top Test ranking after 104 runs in Southampton Test

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli has retained his top spot in the ICC Test rankings for batsmen after another good performance in the fourth Test against England at Southampton.Kohli extended his lead at the top of the table with a career-high 937 points after scoring 46 and 58 runs in both the innings of the Test match which India lost by 60 runs at the Rose Bowl.He is 11th on the list of best ever in terms of rating points, just one adrift of a group of four — Gary Sobers, Clyde Walcott, Vivian Richards and Kumar Sangakkara, an ICC statement said on Monday.Virat Kohli first Indian to score 4000 runs as Test captainDuring the Test match Kohli also went past 500 runs in the series to become the first Indian captain and the sixth visiting skipper overall to achieve the feat against England in England.Former West Indies captain Garry Sobers holds the record with 722 runs which he scored in 1966 followed by Graeme Smith (South Africa, 714 runs), Allan Border (Australia, 597 runs), Alan Melville (South Africa, 569 runs).A sweet gesture: Pastries and strawberries for Virat Kohli after 6000 Test runsKohli is currently placed fifth on the overall list with 544 runs in four Tests at an average of 68 with two hundreds and three half-centuries. Australia legend Don Bradman completes the top six with 508 runs which he amassed in the 1948 Ashes series.Kohli also added another feather to his cap during the final innings of the Southampton Test as he completed 4000 runs in Test cricket as captain.advertisementVirat Kohli 2nd fastest Indian behind Sunil Gavaskar to reach 6000 Test runsHe is the fastest to reach the landmark and the first Asian captain to do so after completing 4000 runs in his 65th innings and in his 39th Test against England. He is averaging over 66 with 16 hundreds, nine fifties with a highest score of 243 against Joe Root’s team, which he got last year in New Delhi.Trent Bridge Test: Virat Kohli follows up first innings 97 with 23rd hundredCheteshwar Pujara stayed at the sixth position but his unbeaten 132, which helped India take the first innings lead, has lifted him from 763 to 798 points.England’s lower order made all the difference: Virat Kohli on series lossIndia fast bowler Mohammad Shami progressed back to the top 20 as his six-wicket match haul has lifted him three places to 19th position among bowlers, while his fellow fast bowler Ishant Sharma’s four wickets saw him move up one place to the 25th position.Jasprit Bumrah continued the strong start to his Test career, moving to a career-best 487 points while retaining the 37th position after his fifth Test.Among others, England all-rounder Sam Curran made quick gains in the ICC Test Player Rankings while spinner Moeen Ali also moved up after the Southampton Test.The 20-year-old Curran moved up 29 places to the 43rd position among batsmen after producing crucial knocks of 78 and 46 in his fourth Test match.The left-hander, son of former Zimbabwe cricketer Kevin Curran and younger brother of England player Tom Curran, also gained 11 places to reach the 55th place in the bowlers’ list and 15th position among all-rounders after gaining 27 slots.Player of the match Ali’s haul of nine wickets helped him move up three places to the 33rd position with a huge gain in rating points.The off-spinner, who grabbed five for 63 and four for 71 in the two innings, gained 66 points to reach 543 points in bowling, while also gaining one slot to reach seventh place among all-rounders.Buttler gained 15 slots to reach a career-best 32nd position on the batsmen’s list and 584 rating points, just five behind England all-rounder Ben Stokes, who has also gained three places to reach 29th position. Opener Keaton Jennings is another one to gain, moving up four places to 86th position on the list for batsmen.(With IANS inputs)last_img read more

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Rishabh Pant named in ODI squad vs West Indies, Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar rested

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Umesh Yadav’s form will be comforting for Virat Kohli and selectors: Sunil Gavaskar

first_imgUmesh Yadav tearing into the West Indies batting lineup and picking wickets was a sight to behold in Hyderabad as the speedster proved what he is truly capable of during his man-of-the-match performance in the second Test which India won by 10 wickets to sweep the series 2-0 on Sunday.After picking up career-best figures of 6 for 88 in the first innings, he got 4 wicket for 45 runs in the second innings to grab his maiden 10-wicket haul in Test cricket and set up a comprehensive victory for India at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.In the process, Umesh became the third Indian pacer overall to register a 10-wicket haul in Test matches in India. The other two are Javagal Srinath (13/132 vs Pakistan) and Kapil Dev 11/146 vs Pakistan).Umesh Yadav deserves what he has achieved in Hyderabad Test: Virat KohliWhat’s even more amazing is the fact that he was the lone pacer operating for India throughout the Test due to Shardul Thakur’s injury in the fourth over on the first day. Umesh stepped up his game and completely blew away the opposition first with sheer pace and then with reverse swing.Hyderabad Test: Match Report | Highlights | ScorecardCaptain Virat Kohli labelled him as the standout performer for India in this game while former skipper Sunil Gavaskar said Umesh’s performance will give the national selectors a pleasant headache when they tour Australia next month.Umesh Yadav’s maiden 10-wicket haul helps India sweep Test series vs West Indies”Umesh Yadav has been in and out of the Indian team for such a long time. He’s travelled to England without playing a match. Clearly the way he’s bowled today getting wickets with reverse swinging deliveries… He’s made a case to be selected in Australia. That is a pleasant headache for the selectors,” Gavaskar told India Today.advertisementUmesh Yadav bags career-best 6 for 88, second five-wicket haul in TestsAs far as the final XI goes, Gavaskar feels Umesh might not get a look in the side in Australia but he will certainly give the Indian batsmen a run for their money in the nets.”India have some outstanding new-ball bowlers in Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohamemd Shami and even Ishant Sharma. So, it is not going to be easy but the fact that you have Umesh Yadav around is going to be comforting for the selectors and Virat.Also Read – Stat: India 2nd team after Australia to win 10 successive Test series at home”He will also give you good net practice in the nets…it is really important to have good practice in the nets and India will have somebody of Umesh’s caliber. But as far as the final XI goes, it will all depend on what combination the team wants to go in with.”I don’t think they will play four new ball bowlers. They might go in with three fast bowlers and a spinner. But, 10 wickets in a match that has only been done twice in a match by Kapil Dev and Javagal Srinath…he has certainly made his case,” Gavaskar concluded.Also Read – Virat Kohli happy with problem of plenty in India’s pace departmentUmesh ended the series as the highes wicket-taker with 11 wickets. His performance was singled out by Kohli in the post-match presentation.”I would like to single out Umesh. Shardul broke down in the first spell and Umesh deserves what he’s achieved in this game. I am pleased to see how he’s stepped up for us in the absence of Shami and after Shardul got injured. He keeps giving more than 100 per cent every time in the field.”We all are happy for him, he’s worked really hard and has waited for his chance to step up for us. He is the standout performer for me in this game as far as I am concerned,” Kohli said.last_img read more

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Samsung shows unique notch-less screen, may put it in Galaxy S10 next year

first_imgNotch has become the trend of the year. Many companies including Nokia, OnePlus, and Vivo have embraced this trend with open arms. Samsung, on the other hand, has stayed clear from this widely popular trend so far. And now, the word is that the company has found the perfect way to stay away from this infamous trend. The Korean electronics giant is working on a new display system that would place the camera system and other sensors under the phone’s display.The company on October 18 held 2018 Samsung OLED Forum conference in China, where it invited a handful of guests to talk about under-display features such as in-display fingerprint scanners, under-screen cameras, screen-sound technology and touch sensitive technology. At the event, the Korean giant revealed that it was working on a new display technology that would place everything from the front camera module to the fingerprint sensor under the display, eventually removing the need to have a notch and have a truly bezel-less display.According to a report by Sam Mobile, the company’s new display would also have the ability to transmit sound. However, it remains unclear if the company would use regular speakers, used in its other smartphones or other advanced technology such as the bone conduction technology for transmitting sound to users’ ears, the publication added.As far as using the under-display technology in its next flagship device– Samsung Galaxy S10– is concerned, the tech world seems to be divided on the possibility. While Sam Mobile reports that the chances of Galaxy S10 getting the under-display technology are pretty high, Samsung Mobile.News, a Twitter user who exclusively reports inside information about Samsung devices, said that the while the company has developed a handful of prototypes, it is highly unlikely that a phone with such an advanced technology will be available in the market until 2020.advertisementALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy S10 will reportedly come with a dedicated AI processing unitMeanwhile, industry insiders have been continuously filling everyone up with the features that might make it to Samsung Galaxy S10 when the company unveils the phone next year. Based on what we know so far, Galaxy S10 might sport an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor and the company could ditch iris scanner in its next flagship device. Apart from this, Samsung is also likely to add a night-vision camera and an eye-motion sensor in the device.last_img read more

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Need to impart values to children not just knowledge: Rajnath

first_imgLucknow, Nov 2 (PTI) Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Friday emphasised the need to instill values in children while imparting them knowledge. “It’s necessary to give values to children while imparting them knowledge. Only knowledge which is laced with values is beneficial for the society,” he said. Singh was addressing the closing ceremony of a sports function of Vidya Bharti Akhil Bharitya Siksha Sansthan here. He said, “Traditional values and culture of our country attracts the world. Our culture emphasises on making big heart and that is why concept of ‘Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam’ emerges from us”. Singh also hailed contribution of Vidya Bharti, an educational arm of the RSS, in promoting nationalism and Indian culture. He said that India is fast heading to become “not only superpower in economic, but in sports also.” During the three-day sports event, 1,250 students of Vidya Bharti from all over the country participated. PTI ABN SMI RCJlast_img read more

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Women’s World T20: Mithali’s exclusion raises questions after India’s semi-final loss

first_imgThe Indian cricket team lost the semi-final of Women’s World T20 on Friday but it was Mithali Raj being dropped from the playing XI that sent shockwaves among the fans.India won the toss and opted to bat and it was then that captain Harmanpreet Kaur announced that Mithali was not in the playing XI. She said that the Indian management had decided to back their winning combination.Mithali had not played India’s final group match against Australia, which they won by a massive 48 runs, because she was unwell. But her omission on Friday was the management’s decision and fans were not happy about it.Mithali had batted in two matches so far, had scored two half-centuries and had won two player-of-the-match awards. Her exclusion felt nothing short of bizarre to most.India vs England, Women’s World T20 Semis: Highlights | Report”It’s not a pitch where you can hit through the line and fetch boundaries. Mithali Raj would have been ideal on this pitch. Wrong move by India to drop Mithali. But India still good enough to beat ENG,” Sanjay Manjrekar tweeted.It’s not a pitch where you can hit through the line and fetch boundaries. Mithali Raj would have been ideal on this pitch. Wrong move by India to drop Mithali. But India still good enough to beat ENG.#ICCWWT20Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) November 23, 2018However, it did not turn out to be very pretty for Harmanpreet’s side as Smriti Mandhana remained their top scorer with 34 runs in 23 deliveries while India got all out for just 112 runs.advertisementAccording to fans, India missed Mithali’s stability in the middle where she could have ground out some runs on a tough pitch.A twitter user ‘aprajita bansal’ reminded the Indian management that Mithali had one of the best records against England and this pitch was hers to exploit.Drop Mithali Raj and you dropped the World Cup. This is what happens when you start to play god. she is tailor made for these kind of pitches and has one of the best records against England . #IndvEngaprajita bansal (@aprajita13) November 23, 2018Horrible Horrible display of batting, Never ever drop Mithali Raj, specially on such decks!!! #wt20Monica (@monicas004) November 23, 2018Also read – Women’s World T20: No regrets, says Harmanpreet Kaur after India’s semi-final defeatFans compared dropping Mithali Raj to leaving out MS Dhoni in big matches and some said that the experience of Mithali could have come handy for the Indian team.If India men plays Knockout,one would simply Play @msdhoni Coz any team in d world feels pressure against him,despite the form he’s in.Mithali Raj brings same to the table,n she was in sheer form unlike MS.This out of the box strategy has cost us maybe a trophy. #WWT20 #INDvENGSaurabh Tripathi (@BeingShubh55555) November 23, 2018India Women lost seven wickets in their last 27 balls today and this is where they needed the experience and calmness of Mithali Raj.#INDvENGUmang Pabari (@UPStatsman) November 23, 2018Some people also questioned the role and contribution of Veda Krishnamurthy in the team so far.Whats the think tank smoking?? Harman actually thought (powar made her believe,whatever) she & smriti can win ????#wt20 along with newbies & legendary @vedakmurthy08 ??????ridiculously funny,ironic & sad both at the same time. Fools u Drop @M_Raj03 & dropped the wc #INDvENGDS (@damayant1s) November 23, 2018Am terribly keen to know whose nudes @vedakmurthy08 has to guarantee a perm place in the team?? 5 matches not even 10 delvs faced..not even one decent innings this whole yr yet they keep her ??disappoint millions by dropping mithali raj.. #INDvENGDS (@damayant1s) November 23, 2018Mithali Raj and Nat Sciver, two costly drops from India. Experience do matter in big matches. #WT20 #INDvENGManoj Dimri (@manoj_dimri) November 23, 2018If you don’t pick your best player in semifinals you deserve to lose. Even Captain doesn’t want to regret On Mithali Raj not featuring in this Game.We played well throughout the tournament. But missing Stumping nd catches in this make England to swung the Game Around. #INDvENGAbhishek Chauhan (@abhiraj0014) November 23, 2018While most fans blamed Harmanpreet, coach Ramesh Powar and the Indian management for taking such a decision, a few also pointed out how this would have been hailed as a brilliant move had India won the match.The funny thing about Cricket match loss is post mortem; had India girls won, team management would have been praised for brilliant tactical move of dropping Mithali Raj.Makarand Waingankar (@wmakarand) November 23, 2018The funny thing about Cricket match loss is post mortem; had India girls won, team management would have been praised for brilliant tactical move of dropping Mithali Raj.advertisementMakarand Waingankar (@wmakarand) November 23, 2018last_img read more

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Belgium uses Bollywood, beer and more to attract Indian visitors

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 6 (PTI) Using Bollywood, beer and the charms of its cities Brussels and Bruges, Belgium has upped the number of its tourists from India but wants the graph to rise higher by advancing cooperation in the field of tourism as well as education. What we want to do is to make Belgium better known among Indians. As Indians are travelling more and more, they are visiting many European countries,” said Francois Delhaye, Belgium’s ambassador to India. The country’s capital Brussels may not be as well as known as it deserves to be, Delhaye told PTI. The two countries should concentrate on student exchange besides tourism. In the education sector, we have a growing number of Indians now in Brussels but we want to have more Indian students especially in sciences because Indian students are so good, Delhaye said. According to an estimate, Indian students are enrolled in 18 major universities in Belgium. About 400-600 students register in the KU Leuven each academic year, making them the second largest student community from a non-European community after China in the university in the town of Leuven. Delhaye added that there is already a large Indian presence in Brussels with more than 80 companies there. Belgium is the home to international beer. We recently launched an Indian beer which was brought from Belgium but for the taste of Indians… after a few years it will be probably brewed here in India, he said. Brussels, home of the European Parliament, has long been a pit stop for many tourists from the Indian subcontinent travelling to Netherlands, Germany or France, added Anousjka Schmidt, foreign markets manager, Visit Brussels, the communication agency for tourism in the Brussels-Capital Region.advertisement However, the city’s many amusement parks, museums, including the one dedicated to the Herges’ boy detective Tintin, and delights like Belgian waffles are drawing more people from India for longer stays, she said. She noted that much has changed in the past few years with Belgium opening its doors to Bollywood, handing out easy licenses for film-shooting. A portion of Aamir Khan starrer “PK”, which released in 2014, was shot in the picturesque canal city of Bruges. According to statistics portal Statista, the number of outbound trips from India to Europe in 2017 was 27,14,000. In 2017, over 53,000 Indians travelled to Brussels for at least one night’s stay, a 25 per cent jump from 2016, said Schmidt. Brussels is growing to become an important go-to destination in all European itineraries. From January to July this year, Indian arrival to Brussels grew by over 14 per cent in comparison with the same period last year. While a significant rise of over 21 per cent in the number of nights spend in Brussels by Indians has been observed, Schmidt said. She said Brussels is promoting 20 different theme, including sports, heritage and gastronomy, in India. We noted that for India, beer is a very important segment, chocolates too, and Belgian waffles, everything that is related to family activities… and shopping is a very important element. We are trying to focus on these important factors and build itineraries accordingly, she said. Schmidt noted that Brussels had a rough period after the terrorist attacks in 2016. However, tourists from India didn’t stop from going to Brussels. “Our first mission is to convince people who click a couple of pictures to stay at least one night in Brussels. We want to increase the numbers for sure but it is difficult to say whether we want them to double in the years to come. “From 2016 to 2017, we have seen up to 25 per cent increase, which is an important number. And we want to keep going, she said. PTI SAR MINMINlast_img read more

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Tim Paine relieved after registering first Test win as Australia captain

first_imgTim Paine was a happy captain and also very much relieved to register his first Test win as the leader of the Australian team after they beat India by 146 runs in the second match in Perth on Tuesday.Chasing 287 for victory, India got bowled out for 140 in the first hour of the first session on Day 5 at the Optus stadium.The win was Australia’s first since the ball-tampering scandal in the Cape Town Test in March this year and Paine’s first as captain since succeeding Steve Smith, who is serving a one-year ban for his involvement in the unfortunate incident against South Africa. 5 losses and 1 draw have preceded this match.”It’s a huge honour to captain the Australian side. It’s probably more a relief at the moment, first Test win has taken a while. Really proud of the players and staff. Good to get a little bit of reward.”It was as difficult Test, both have been tough Tests. Two really competitive sides with good fast bowling attack. The pitch was flying through. It seemed like the roller had a real effect on it,” Paine said at the post-match presentation.That winning feeling!Australia celebrate their first Test victory in more than nine months!#AUSvIND | @Toyota_Aus pic.twitter.com/FVTNoypHL3cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 18, 2018The wicket-keeper also praised his team’s batting performance on a pitch which had a lot of pace and bounce on offer for the fast bowlers while the spinners also made life difficult for the batsmen.advertisement”Day 1 was funny. We won the toss and decided to bat. We had our fingers crossed and hoped we play pretty well. Marcus Harris and Aaron Finch getting us to none for 100 was brilliant batting and probably the difference between the two sides.”Khawaja has been batting really well for a long time. He is in a really good space. If he keeps batting the way he is right now, I am sure some big runs are going to come,” Paine said.1-1 going into the Boxing Day Test. It doesn’t get much bigger!Be there: https://t.co/bRUCcSykGl #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/2hy6jDRgHycricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 18, 2018This win will also be special for the home side as it was the first Test match being played at the newly-built Optus stadium in Perth. Also the first win for Justin Langer as the head coach.While Australia’s fast bowlers made good use of their pace and height on the Perth wicket but it was off-spinner Nathan Lyon who emerged as the best bowler in the match as he finished with 8 wickets to bag the man-of-the-match award.”It’s great to have Gaz, every team wants a spinner like Nathan Lyon. He loves bowling to the best players in the world. You can throw him the ball in any condition, at any end, any time against any team and he loves bowling to the best players in the world,” Paine added.Also Read | My hundred irrelevant, says Virat Kohli after India lose Perth TestAlso Read | Australia beat India by 146 runs in Perth, series now level 1-1Also Read | India vs Australia Highlights, 2nd Test Day 5last_img read more

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BCCI CEO Rahul Johri’s gender counselling matter will be dealt within 10 days: Vinod Rai

first_imgThe Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai Friday said an agency will be hired within the next 10 days to deal with recommended gender sensitisation classes for BCCI CEO Rahul Johri, two months after he was exonerated by a probe panel of alleged sexual harassment.While Johri was cleared of the sexual harassment allegation in November, lawyer Veena Gowda, member of the three-member probe panel, recommended gender sensitisation classes for the CEO after finding his behaviour “unprofessional and inappropriate” on one occasion.”Gender sensitisation will be pursued as per the recommendation of the inquiry committee, under the supervision of BCCI’s POSH (prevention of sexual harassment committee) and it will be done without any delay. I expect it to be done within the next 10 days,” Rai told PTI.While COA had mulled gender counselling for the Indian team in the wake of sexist comments made by Hardik Pandya, little progress has been made in implementing the recommendation concerning Johri.Rai also made it clear that Johri has no issues in attending the classes.”The CEO is willing to undergo gender sensitisation process. There is no issue there,” said the former CAG.Fellow COA member Diana Edulji also welcomed the chairman’s move on the controversial subject.The delay happened mainly because Rai and Edulji differed on the choice of agency to be hired for the gender sensitisation classes.Edulji did not want the company (Kapgrow) which had conducted a POSH training programme for BCCI employees earlier this year and therefore, Gowda was entrusted with the job of recommending names of two agencies.advertisementThe fact that the BCCI’s internal complaint committee chief Karina Kriplani resigned in October also contributed to the delay.”The new BCCI POSH committee have had two meetings on the issue. In its third meeting, which will happen before month end, it will finalise the agency which will provide gender training to the CEO,” said a BCCI source.When PTI contacted Gowda to comment on BCCI not arranging gender sensitisation classes for its CEO yet, she said: “I gave my point of view in my recommendation. I have nothing more to add to it.”Johri had resumed office immediately after getting a clean chit from the probe panel.Also Read | Umesh Yadav demolishes Kerala, defending champions Vidarbha enter finalAlso Read | Cheteshwar Pujara, Indian cricket’s marathon man, turns 31Also Read | Youngsters like Prithvi creating healthy competition in the team: DhawanAlso Read | Team India receives traditional welcome in Mount Maunganuilast_img read more

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Honor View 20 with hole-punch display now on sale in India: Should you buy it?

first_imgHonor’s newest flagship smartphone, the Honor View 20 (Review), is now available for purchase in India. The company announced the View 20 in the country at an event on Tuesday, revealing that the flagship will be available starting Wednesday on Amazon India and Honor’s online store. The View 20 will also be available via Reliance Digital stores offline in February. The Honor View 20’s price in India starts at Rs 37,999 and goes up to Rs 45,999.The View 20 is an ambitious new flagship from the company and offers a major redesign over its predecessor, the Honor View 10. Notably, this is the company’s first phone with a punch hole display that sees a tiny cutout on the top left corner of the screen to house a selfie camera. The View 20 also happens to be the first smartphone in the world with a 48MP camera. Backed by an attractive chevron design, a flagship Kirin 980 chipset and a strong battery life, the View 20 offers plenty of features and is a worthy challenger to the OnePlus 6T.Honor View 20 specificationsThe View 20 offers a fresh new design for the company that involves a bezel-less display on the front with a hole in the display and thin bezels all around. The 3D curved glass panel on the back comes in Sapphire Blue, Midnight Black and Phantom Blue colours and offers a V-shaped pattern. The View 20 also comes with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and a 3.5mm headphone jack.The Honor View 20 sports a 6.4-inch FHD+ (1080×2310 pixels) TFT LCD display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and a 91.8 per cent screen-to-body ratio. The selfie camera hole measures 4.5mm in diameter which is pretty small and promises to be non-intrusive. The View 20 is powered by an octa-core Kirin 980 chipset paired with up to 8GB of RAM. It is also offered with up to 256GB of internal storage.advertisement Another highlight of the View 20 is that it is the world’s first smartphone to offer a 48MP Sony IMX586 CMOS sensor to offer superior clarity and detail. Honor’s camera also uses pixel binning to stitch four 0.8 micron pixels to offer a large 1.6 micron pixels when using the 12MP mode. There is also a secondary ToF (Time of Flight) camera on board to obtain depth information. On the front, the View 20 gets a 25MP selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture housed in the cutout.The View 20 packs a 4,000mAh battery with Huawei’s 40W Super Charge fast charging support. The View 20 ships with Android Pie with Magic UI 2.0 on top.Should you buy the Honor View 20?We reviewed the Honor View 20 recently and called it Honor’s best flagship phone to date. The phone ticks all the right boxes by offers a stunning FHD+ display with a display hole that is easy to ignore. The View 20 also offers a blazing fast performance with the Kirin 980 chipset, and 48MP camera offers detailed and clear shots. In addition to this, the View 20 also offers a great battery life.The chevron back design may not appeal to everyone as it can be a bit too loud, The new Magic UI 2.0 is still quite similar to EMUI, which means you can expect some bloatware and heavy customisation options. If these are non-issues for you, then the View 20 is probably the one to go for under Rs 40,000 is you are looking for a OnePlus 6T alternative.ALSO READ | Honor View 20 review: The flagship Honor is a hole lot of funALSO READ | Honor View 20 brings a punch-hole display, 48MP camera at Rs 37,999: Specs, India launch detailslast_img read more

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