India are probably the best one-day side in the world, wont be easy: Jason Holder

first_imgWest Indies skipper Jason Holder knows the magnitude of the task at hand when they take the field at Guwahati on Sunday. He expects no let up from the formidable home team, especially after a 2-0 humiliation in the Test series, and according to him, his young team is up for the challenge.”It won’t be easy with India playing some very good cricket at the moment. They probably are the best one-day side in the world. We expect a tough challenge from them,” Holder said at the pre-match press conference.”It’s a young side, a lot of unfamiliar faces. But it is an opportunity for them to showcase what they got.”The pace bowling all-rounder said the challenge in the batting friendly Indian conditions would be to get scores of 300-plus consistently.”We have not really been able to get consistent scores in excess of 300 which is pretty much a par score and a benchmark in ODI cricket of late. We have spoken this in our dressing room. We need to be hitting the 300-mark more often than not and be consistently doing it,” he said.The conditions in India will aid a run feast and Holder said his side would have to target scores above 300.”No doubt, conditions in India will obviously dictate a run feast. A lot of times you got to be able to set your benchmark, maybe 320. That’s something our batters really need to look at. Consistency is one thing we need to look at, particualrly in our batting,” he said.advertisementThere are 4 uncapped players in the WINDIES 15-man ODI squad to face India in the 5-match series starting on Sunday October 21.Fabian Allen, Obed McCoy, Chanderpaul Hemraj and Oshane Thomas. #WindiesCricket #ItsOurGame Cricket (@windiescricket) October 19, 2018Holder will have the company of Marlon Samuels, the senior-most member of the side who will feature in his landmark 200th ODI on Sunday.”He’s (Samuels) been around for a while. He is one of our better ODI batsmen. He has done significantly well especially in the recent past. He’s obviously got a wealth of experience and thrives on competition. He is one of the most competitive players I’ve ever come across,” Holder said.”There’s a reason why he’s playing 200 game tomorrow, because he’s done well. Hopefully he will pass the knowledge to the younger lot,” Holder said of the 37-year-old Samuels.Three years after he became captain of a declining West Indies side at a young age of 23, Jason Holder is currently playing the role of a ‘father figure’ and is trying to build the team for next year’s World Cup.But he said it was a ‘funny’ feeling to be in that position.Once a top side, the West Indies’ cricket fortunes have declined rapidly in the recent past and most of the established players have now opted out of central contracts. So at 26, Holder has to play the role of a mentor to the other players in his team.India is always a special place to tour. The fans certainly show us the love in the various cities we play. Here they line the streets in Guwahati. #WindiesCricket #ItsOurGame Cricket (@windiescricket) October 19, 2018″It’s a funny scene. I’m approaching my 27th birthday next month, relatively still young and playing a father figure role, trying to mentor and nourish the young talents that we have,” Holder, who was appointed ODI skipper at 23, said.Slipped to ninth in world rankings, the West Indies lost 1-2 to Bangladesh in their last ODI assignment and have not won a series since 2014. They took the qualifying route to the World Cup 2019, finishing runners-up to Afghanistan.Talking about the current state of West Indies cricket, he said: “Obviously there have been few issues off the field, many of which is beyond my control. At the end of the day, I was picked to represent West Indies, the same for the likes of other players who are selected.”I am happy with the guys who are here and they are more than capable to do well and be successful. I love challenges. We need to harness the talent. This is the future of West Indies cricket,” he said.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Online casino games may up gambling risk in young: Study

first_imgToronto, Oct 25 (PTI) Free online casino gaming may build excitement for gambling among adolescents and encourage the transition into monetary gambling, according to a study. The research, published in the journal BMC Public Health, shows that free gambling-themed games may be a gateway to paid gambling for young people, and gameplay is linked with a higher risk of gambling problems among some adolescents. While bricks-and-mortar casinos and legal gambling websites are off-limits to adolescents, free online games are open to anyone, said researchers from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Canada. Called social casino games, they let people try their hand at casino table games, slots, poker or bingo without betting real money. Like monetary gambling, people place bets in hopes of winning rewards, in this case, points or prizes within the game only. Since these games don’t involve betting or winning money, they are not legally classified as gambling and remain unregulated, the researchers said. “Adolescents’ participation in seemingly risk-free social casino games is a concern because we know that early exposure to gambling activities is a risk factor for developing gambling problems in the future,” said Tara Elton-Marshall from CAMH’s Institute for Mental Health Policy Research. In the study, 12 per cent of teens in three Canadian provinces said they had played social casino games in the past three months. The findings are from a survey of 10,035 students in grades 9 to 12 (ages 13 to 19) in Ontario, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador. The survey asked about three game types: Internet poker, Internet slots and social casino games on Facebook.advertisement The study also found that adolescents who participated in social casino games were significantly more likely to participate in monetary gambling, either online or land-based forms, compared with peers who did not play social casino games. “While it’s not clear whether young people begin in social casino games and move to gambling for money, or if adolescents who are gambling for money also seek out these free games, there is evidence that social casino gaming may build excitement for gambling and encourage the transition into monetary gambling,” said Elton-Marshall, senior author of the study. As many as 37 to 50 per cent of young people who gambled for money and played social casino games met criteria for low to moderate or high problem gambling. By contrast, roughly 10 per cent of teens who participated in monetary gambling but not in social casino games scored as having a degree of problem gambling, researchers said. Scores were calculated using a problem gambling scale created specifically for adolescents, with questions such as how often teens missed activities such as team sports or band due to gambling, they said. Elton-Marshall said that social casino games may have higher odds of winning than monetary gambling, giving young people the false impression that they are luckier or better at gambling. “It’s important for young people, parents, teachers and others to be aware that these risks exist,” said Elton-Marshall. “With the growing number of social casino games over the past five years, and high levels of screen time among young people, we believe our findings may under-represent social casino gaming by adolescents today,” said Livia Veselka, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at CAMH. The study also found that males were significantly more likely than females to play Internet poker but only slightly more likely to play internet slots or social casino games on Facebook. “Understanding who is more likely to play may help tailor interventions and awareness programs to prevent gambling problems,” said Veselka. PTI SARSARlast_img read more

IOA to discuss IOC’s diktat on not awarding world events to India

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 02 (PTI) The Indian Olympic Association, in its annual General Body Meeting here on December 22, will discuss its parent body IOC’s diktat to not award any world event to the country in the wake of the controversy involving a Kosovo boxer. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) had asked all its member federations not to grant any world event to India involving Kosovo after the country denied visa to a boxer from the European nation for the AIBA Women’s World Championships held here last month. Kosovo could not participate at the boxing event after their sole representative Donjeta Sadiku was refused visa by the Indian government, which doesn’t recognise the European country. The IOC has asked all the IFs to get a written undertaking from the Indian authorities for equal participation before allotting the country any world event involving Kosovo. One of the items of the agenda of the GBM reads: “Participation of sporting delegations and athletes in international sports events – principle of autonomy and non-discrimination – IOC letter 19 November 2018”. “It is a serious matter and the IOA GBM will discuss it threadbare,” IOA Secretary General Rajiv Mehta told PTI on Sunday. “We have already written a letter to the sports ministry on this issue. The GBM will decide what course of action needs to be taken. The IOC can take action against India if this issue is not resolved,” he added. The election of a senior vice president and a vice president will also be held during the GBM.advertisement The IOA had amended its constitution in August to increase the number of senior vice presidents to two from the current one and the number of vice-presidents to nine from the current eight. The name of former IOA Treasurer Anil Khanna, who withdrew his candidature against current president Narinder Batra in the elections held last December, is doing the rounds as a likely candidate for the election of senior vice president. R K Anand is the lone senior vice president in the existing executive council. The last date for submission of nominations for the two posts is on December 4. The list of contestants after scrutiny will be announced on December 13. Retired District Judge Devendra Kumar Naliwal will act as the returning officer. This will be the first annual GBM after Batra took over as IOA chief in December last year. PTI PDS PDS BSBSlast_img read more

India vs Australia: Virat Kohli booed by sections of Adelaide Oval crowd

first_imgVirat Kohli was booed by sections of the Adelaide Oval crowd as he walked out to bat in the second innings of the first Test on day 3.Kohli stepped out to bat, after KL Rahul was dismissed by Josh Hazlewood, as boos rained down on him from the Australian fans.Kohli’s reaction as he took guard for the first ball, was a fine leg glance that raced off his pads away to the boundary ropes aided by the sheer pace of Hazlewood.Sections of Adelaide crowd booing Kohli as he walks out. Hmmm #AUSvINDDaniel Brettig (@danbrettig) December 8, 2018First boos of the summer for Virat Kohli. Finally some Australian fans in the crowd… #AusvIndChetan Narula (@chetannarula) December 8, 2018The negative reaction from the home crowd comes after Kohli was criticised by Australian coach Justin Langer for his wicket celebrations.Langer said that if Australian players were to celebrate wickets like Virat Kohli did, they would be seen as “the worst blokes in the world”.Kohli was his usual animated self on Friday, celebrating Australian wickets with gusto. Langer said he “loved seeing that passion” but felt Australia players would be judged differently if they did the same.”He’s (Kohli) a superstar of the game and he’s the captain. We’ve talked for as long as I can remember in Australian cricket teams that you want to keep the opposition captain down as much as possible. You love seeing that passion in sport,” Langer told Fox Cricket.”Mind you I think if we did that at the moment we’d be the worst blokes in the world. It’s a fine line isn’t it?advertisement”That’s the truth of it, but I love seeing the passion, that is great passion. But as I said there’s a fine line.”KOHLI VS AUSTRALIAKohli has had a rather tasty relation with the Australians. The Indian captain’s relation with Steve Smith was particularly acrimonious, especially after the brain fade episode.Kohli later told the media that was not the only time the Australians had tried to cheat. That was not all as a tweet showing Smith mocking Kohli’s shoulder injury, which ruled him out o the final match, led to another on-field spat between the two sides. However, there was no disrespect to any player or their injury as the tweet turned out to be fake.By the end of the four-match series, relations between Kohli and some of the Australian players were soured up – the Indian captain even said he would not want to be friends with a few Aussie cricketers again.DHONI BOOED AT LORD’SFrom recent memory, MS Dhoni was too booed at the Lord’s during India’s second one day international against England back in July this year.The Indian supporters present at Lord’s were left frustrated with Dhoni’s slow approach to a steep chase, as he scored 37 off 59 balls and hit only two boundaries.At the end, when Lord’s did reverberate with applause, it was because Dhoni was dismissed by Liam Plunkett in the 47th over of the Indian innings, with India looking certain to end up on the losing side.(With inputs from PTI)Also Read | Virat Kohli shows off his dancing skills in tense Test at Adelaide OvalAlso Read | India vs Australia: Rishabh Pant matches MS Dhoni’s feat in Adelaide Testlast_img read more

Animated, passionate and emotional, Kohli is more Australian than Indian: Hayden

first_imgVirat Kohli’s aggression has divided the cricketing world down the middle, with many choosing to brandish the Indian captain ‘brash’ and ‘spoilt’, while others have chosen to not ‘have a problem with it’.With the whole world – not only Australia – obsessed over Kohli and his on field antics, former Australian cricketer Matthew Hayden was too asked the question in a recent interview.His take – “Virat Kohli…is more Australian than Indian in many ways”.”He has been playing this way. He plays the game in a very competitive spirit. He is very animated, very passionate, and he is very emotional,” Hayden was quoted as saying in an interview in the Mumbai Mirror.”I think a lot of Australians at all levels of sport play the game like that. They are also very competitive, they enjoy the heat of the battle. As long as there is a line and I don’t think Virat has crossed that. No match referee or conjectures off the field. So everything has remained on the field,” Hayden added.With a lot of debate over the pitch used in the second Test between India and Australia in Perth, Hayden was quizzed about what the condition will be in Melbourne ahead of the third Test, he said, “Knowing the conditions in Melbourne, I expect the MCG to have better batting conditions and a little less support to the fast bowlers.”Hayden said that both the teams (India and Australia) have played some good cricket and he his excited about the rest of the series.”Both sides are playing their best cricket at this stage and that actually is making for a good competition. Things are getting exciting but I don’t think either side has flexed their muscle yet entirely. Among the individual, Cheteshwar Pujara has been outstanding, Virat Kohli as usual was exceptional, Ajinkya Rahane played dangerous cricket and R Ashwin showed how the Australian batsmen can be vulnerable to spin bowling,” Hayden said.advertisementWhen asked who his pick will be to win the four-match Test series, he said that India will win as they have a balanced side.”I think India should clinch the series. Why because, they have a balanced side, an extremely settled bowling unit, and depth in spin. It is hard to win away from home and this will prove to be no different. But India should win, they really are the favourites, they need good partnerships, which they have not had,” Hayden said.Also Read | Virat Kohli’s aggression should not be thwarted: Sandeep PatilAlso Read | Australian journalist uses random video to ridicule Virat KohliAlso Read | What is wrong with Virat Kohli’s behaviour? He is an absolute gentleman: Ravi Shastrilast_img read more

Roger Federer credits luck for his longevity ahead of hat-trick bid at Australian Open

first_imgAs the tennis world continued to digest the prospect of Andy Murray’s retirement, an evergreen Roger Federer pondered the “luck” of his longevity on Sunday ahead of his bid for a hat-trick of Australian Open titles.Murray’s announcement that Melbourne Park could be his last tournament as a professional has made 37-year-old Federer’s career seem all the more miraculous.Seeking a 21st Grand Slam title and a record seventh in Melbourne, the Swiss will play his 20th consecutive Australian Open from Monday with a first-round clash against Uzbek Denis Istomin.While suffering an assortment of niggles common to all hardened professionals, Federer’s only major layoff came in 2016, after he tore his meniscus when running a bath for his twin daughters.It happened a day after losing the Australian Open semi-final to winner Novak Djokovic, but a year later, he was back raising a fifth trophy at the tournament.While knowing the limits of his body and full of praise for his team for being able to patch him up repeatedly, Federer admitted fortune had played a part in his longevity.”I definitely needed a little bit of luck,” he told reporters at Melbourne Park.”If you look at how unlucky things were with the incident here a few years ago when I ran the bath, I guess the knee, that part of the body was ready to go.”Could have happened easily in the match against Novak, but it didn’t, maybe because I was warmed up. I have no idea what happened. I think you also need a little bit of luck.”advertisement’Disappointed to know we are going to lose Murray’The 31-year-old Murray has been far less fortunate, with major hip surgery a year ago doing nothing to stop the pain that has driven the Scot to distraction and the brink of retirement.The Australian Open could therefore be the last time the ‘Big Four’ play together after dominating the Grand Slams for the best part of a decade.”I was disappointed and sad, a little bit shocked, to know now that we’re going to lose him at some point,” Federer said of Murray.”But we’re going to lose everybody at some point. It’s just now that it’s definite. Of course, I hope that he can play a good Australian Open and he can keep playing beyond that, really finish the way he wants to at Wimbledon.”.@rogerfederer shares his thoughts about @andy_murray retiring.”I was disappointed and sad, a little bit shocked, to know now that we’re going to lose him at some point. But we’re going to lose everybody at some point. It’s just now that it’s definite.” #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 13, 2019Federer, meanwhile, just keeps rolling on and may still be the best equipped to stop top seed and raging favourite Djokovic from capturing a third successive Grand Slam title after his Wimbledon and U.S. Open wins.He won all four of his singles matches at the Hopman Cup to help defend Switzerland’s title with Belinda Bencic and said his body had come back from his end-of-season vacation in better nick than he had expected.”I think I was probably even able to work a bit harder than I thought I was going to,” said Federer. “I didn’t miss any sessions. I think I added on top of it.”I came out of it actually strong.”Also Read | Australian Open: Alexander Zverev declares himself fit despite injury scareAlso Read | Australian Open: Coach-less Simona Halep admits behind curve at Melbourne ParkAlso Read | Andy Murray to retire? Colleagues urge tennis star to ‘keep fighting’Also Read | India’s Prajnesh Gunneswaran qualifies for 2019 Australian Open main drawlast_img read more

Holed up in Gurugram resort, bored BJP MLAs spotted playing cricket

first_imgNo sport around the world unites people like politics. But it needs an actual sport to kill the occasional boredom in politicians who have been thrust into a political maelstrom — all the way from Karnataka to Delhi. Well, what better than the gentleman’s game — cricket!The lush green lawns of the the ITC Grand Bharat in Gurugram today had the pleasure of hosting a few bored BJP MLAs from Karnataka who were spotted playing cricket.Watch the video here.As the political cyclone in Karnataka made a landfall in Delhi, the BJP earlier in the day flew its 104 MLAs to the capital and holed them up in a resort in neighbouring Gurugram.The Congress-JD(S) and the BJP in Karnataka are locked in a new battle, each accusing the other of trying to poach their MLAs.While the BJP has accused the HD Kumaraswamy-led government of trying to split the saffron party ranks, Congress earlier claimed that five of its lawmakers went “missing” and accused the BJP of launching another “Operation Lotus” — a term coined in 2008, when the BJP was accused of inciting opposition MLAs to defect to ensure the Yeddyurappa government’s stability.In the 224-member Karnataka assembly, the JDS-Congress combine has 118 MLAs while the BJP has 104.Coming back to the MLAs enjoying a game of cricket, it’s difficult to gauge from the video if somebody actually scored any runs or got a wicket. But when it comes to our politcians, the doors for sledging are sure to remain open, both in Karnataka and the national capital.advertisementALSO READ | Karnataka crisis LIVE: 2 Independents, including flip-flop Shankar, withdraw from Congress-JD(S) govtALSO WATCH | Is BJP plotting to destabilise Karnataka govt?last_img read more

2019 FIH Series Finals: India in easy group, to play their matches in Bhubaneswar

first_imgIndia were Monday placed in a relatively easy group in the International Hockey Federation (FIH) Series Finals, the first-round qualifiers for the 2020 Olympics, and will play their matches in Bhubaneswar from June 6 to 16.The FIH confirmed the composition of the pools for the six Finals scheduled between April and June this year.”The FIH Series Finals are one of the roads to reach the Olympic Games. Indeed, the top two teams from each FIH Series Finals will secure a place in the Qualification Events for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games which will be held in October and November 2019,” the FIH said in a release.Barring Asian Games winners Japan, none of the teams are expected to offer stiff competition to the home team.Besides India and Japan, the other teams in the group are Mexico, Poland, Russia, South Africa, USA and Uzbekistan.The women’s team will be battling it out at Hiroshima with Chile, Fiji, Mexico, Poland, Russia and Uruguay from June 15-23.Three pools of eight teams each for women as well as men will compete in these events. No less than 14 teams qualified for the FIH Series Finals played either at the women or the men’s World Cups last year.Canada, China, France, India, Ireland, Malaysia and South Africa all competed at the men’s World Cup in Bhubaneswar last month. India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, South Africa and Spain were in England last summer for the Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup in London.FIH CEO Thierry Weil said: “We can’t wait to see the FIH Series Finals to be played. The line-up of teams is quite impressive and the ‘road to Tokyo’ is at stake, which makes these six events even more attractive.”advertisementlast_img read more

Pakistan narrative on Kashmir not acceptable: Saudi Arabia

first_imgOver the years, Saudi Arabia has developed a far better understanding of India’s position on Jammu and Kashmir and the kind of terror threat the country faced and it was evident from the Kingdom’s strong denunciation of the Pulwama terror attack, sources said on Monday.Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud will arrive on a two-day visit to India on Tuesday. The visit, his first to India, was planned before the Pulwama terror attack, which escalated tensions between India and Pakistan.The crown prince’s visit comes a day after his trip to Pakistan, whom India has linked with the attack. He is learned to have flown back to Saudi Arabia from Pakistan in an apparent acknowledgment of India’s sensitivities.During his visit to Islamabad, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for bilateral cooperation worth $20 billion. The crown prince who was honoured with Pakistan’s highest civilian honour called it a country “dear” to all Saudis.Sources said Saudi Arabia’s investments in Pakistan cannot be compared with India. Saudi Arabia was not investing in India to bail the country out, but because it was a robust economy growing at nearly 7 percent, they added.There has been a remarkable transformation in bilateral relationship in the last four-five years and “it is Pakistan that should be feeling insecure,” they said and added India does not see its relations with Saudi Arabia vis-a-vis Pakistan.The 2016 joint statement, issued by the two countries following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit, had “very strong” references to combating terrorism, sources said.They said, “there was an evolution in the way they were looking at terrorism per se” and the Pakistan narrative on Kashmir was not acceptable due to a far better appreciation of India’s position.Saudi agencies had collaborated with the National Investigation Agency (NIA) recently and the cooperation on security has been “pretty active.” India was one of eight identified strategic partners by Saudi Arabia with the other Asian countries being Japan, China, and South Korea, they said.The Saudi Prince was paying visits primarily to the western countries and the focus has now shifted to the east.Referring to defence, sources said the two countries were looking at joint naval exercises.Indian companies are looking forward to participate in large development projects, including Smart City, Red Sea Tourism Project and Entertainment City, being undertaken by Saudi Arabia.Discussions are being held to boost investment in the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) while energy, renewable energy and fertiliser sectors are the other areas of cooperation.advertisementAlso read: Will try to reduce tensions between India and Pakistan, vows Saudi ArabiaALSO WATCH| Saudi Arabia embraces Yoga as a sports activitylast_img read more

RR vs KKR: Steve Smith hits 1st IPL fifty after return from ball-tampering ban

first_imgAustralia batsman Steve Smith showed signs of returning to peak form when he hit his maiden half-century of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 for Rajasthan Royals in their fifth match of the season against Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday in Jaipur.Steve Smith used all his experience on a sluggish wicket at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium and scored 73 from just 59 balls to help Rajasthan Royals post a par score of 139 for 3. Smith picked up a lot of ones and twos and his seven boundaries and a six at the venue, which has bigger boundaries than most grounds in India. RR vs KKR, IPL 2019: Live cricket scoreSmith showed great game awareness as he continuously kept playing with the field and picking the gaps even as the Kolkata Knight Riders bowlers kept it tight. The former Australia captain now has 152 runs from five matches at an average of 50.66.Smith’s innings should have not just given the Royals camp a lot of confidence but also the Australian team, who are gearing up to the 2019 World Cup. Notably, this is Smith’s first fifty in IPL following his return from the ball-tampering ban.Describe that @stevesmith49 six with an emoji#HallaBol #RRvKKR #RR Royals (@rajasthanroyals) April 7, 2019Very good innings from Steve Smith: Brian LaraHeaping praise on Smith’s well-paced knock, batting great Brian Lara said the Royals star read the conditions well and did the job for the team by staying till the end.”I think it was a very good innings. People can be critical of the fact that Rajasthan Royals were able to post only 139 after losing just three wickets. It was a tricky track. Another 15-20 runs could have made it a one-sided game. He played a good hand. He is not a big-hitter of the ball. He’s not an Andre Russell or a Ben Stokes. He gets the gaps. He had a bit of hand injury as well. I respect him. He knew that someone from the top three had to say right till the end on this wicket,” Lara told Star Sports.advertisementSmith had missed the 2018 edition of the IPL after the Board of Control for Cricket in India banned the duo of Smith and David Warner from featuring in the Twenty20 league right after the one-year ban that was slapped on them by Cricket Australia.Smith faced a lot of backlash for his role in the infamous ball-tampering scandal that brought disrepute to Australian cricket. He even broke down while addressing a press conference on his return from South Africa shortly after the ball-tampering episode.Smith made a return to top-level cricket at the Carribean Premier League earlier this year. He also played the Bangladesh Premier League but his stint there was cut short due to an elbow injury.Smith had to undergo a surgery that threw his World Cup selection in doubt but the former captain seems to have recovered well. Sunday’s innings against the Knight Riders should have given him a lot of confidence.Also Read | Kagiso Rabada, Shreyas Iyer condemn RCB to 6th successive defeatAlso Read | Have nothing more to tell the team: Virat Kohli after RCB lose again in IPL 2019Also See:last_img read more

R Ashwin opens up on Mankading row: People will keep giving opinions

first_imgR Ashwin felt there would be no end to the Mankading row but presented his side of the story in an exclusive interview with AajTak. Opinions were sharply divided after Kings XI Punjab captain R Ashwin chose to Mankad Jos Buttler in a tense match against Rajasthan Royals.While several England cricketers felt Ashwin was wrong to Mankad Buttler, others in the Indian cricket fraternity said it was a justifiable dismissal and it was unfair on the part of the batsman to try and gain extra advantage. Even the MCC changed its stance as the controversy continued to rage.Many felt Ashwin should have at least warned Buttler once before Mankading him. In 2012, R Ashwin had Mankaded a Sri Lankan batsman in an ODI before Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar withdrew the appeal.The Mankad controversy has headlined the IPL which has seen some riveting games already. Ashwin said people will keep giving their opinions but to him, it was a matter of conscience.”You can debate about it. It’s up to people’s perception what they believe it is,” Ashwin told AajTak. “But to me, like I said, it’s all about conscience. Before some 10 years, there was a rule wherein you warn somebody and then do it.”See, there have been even debates about whether I waited for him to leave the crease. But what people don’t understand is I hadn’t even reached the crease when he started walking away. Once I complete my action, I can’t go down and hit the stumps.advertisement”I will have to wait and then only flip the stumps. It makes no sense to me. There will be no end to this. People will keep giving their opinions,” he said.Very happy they are standing up for their fellow countrymen: Ashwin on criticism from English cricketersRecently, a video went viral where England pace James Anderson was seen shredding R Ashwin’s photo as a mark of protest against the Mankading.Ashwin said Anderson himself might end up doing it sometime in the future.”I am very happy with the fact they’re standing up for their fellow countrymen. I definitely think a lot of my countrymen have stood up for me. It’s only fair that your peers stand up for you.”As I said, today Jimmy Anderson could feel what I did was wrong. Maybe tomorrow he might end up doing it. It’s all about perception. Right and wrong are up to an individual’s perception. In this case, I don’t think it’s necessary because it’s in the law. For everybody that knows me, they know I don’t do anything illegal,” Ashwin said.Also Read | What is Mankading? All you need to know about the controversial cricket ruleAlso Read | James Anderson criticising Mandaking today, he might end up doing it tomorrow: R AshwinAlso See:last_img read more

Hero Maestro Edge 125, Hero Pleasure Plus 110 launched in India; price range starts at 47,300

first_imgHero MotoCorp today launched the new Maestro Edge 125 and Pleasure+ 110. While Hero Maestro Edge 125 comes at a starting price of Rs 58,500 (ex-showroom, Delhi), Hero Pleasure+ 110 price begins at Rs 47,300 (ex-showroom, Delhi).Below are the variant-wise price (ex-showroom, Delhi) details of the new Hero Maestro Edge 125 and new Pleasure+ 110.– Maestro Edge 125 i3S (Carb) – Rs 58,500 (Drum)– Maestro Edge 125 i3S (Carb) – Rs 60,000 (Disc)– Maestro Edge 125 (FI) – Rs 62,700– Pleasure+ 110 (Sheet Metal Wheel) – Rs 47,300– Pleasure+ 110 (Cast Wheel) – Rs 49,300The 2019 Hero Maestro Edge 125 gets a 124.6 cc, air-cooled, 4-stroke, single cylinder OHC engine that makes 8.7 bhp and 10.2 Nm of torque. In the FI version, the power output is slightly higher at 9.1 bhp. The engine is mated to a variomatic drive gearbox. Taking care of the suspension duties are telescopic forks in the front and single coil spring hydraulic type at the rear. There are 130 mm drum brakes at the front and rear, with an option for a 190 mm disc at the front. The FI version has a 190 mm disc at the front with no option for a drum. There is a 12-inch tyre at the front and a 10-inch tyre at the rear. The new Maestro Edge 125 gets a 5.5-litre fuel tank, while the FI version has a fuel tank capacity of 5 litre.The new Hero Pleasure+ 110 comes with a 110.9 cc, air-cooled, 4-stroke, single cylinder OHC engine that delivers 8 bhp and 8.70 Nm of torque. At the front, there is a bottom link suspension with spring loaded hydraulic damper and a swing arm at the rear. It has a 4.8-litre fuel tank.advertisementHero MotoCorp’s Maestro Edge 125 comes with features like LED headlamp and tail lamp, diamond cut cast wheels, textured seats, and frost whiskers. It also gets external fuel filing, mobile charging port, boot lamp, digital analog meter, side stand reminder and service due reminder.The carb variant of the 2019 Maestro Edge 125 is available in four all matt colour options — Matt Blue, Matt Red, Matt Brown and Matt Vernier Grey. On the contrary, Maestro Edge 125 FI version gets two colour combinations — Pearl White with Brown inner panel & Astro Gold front forks and Panther Black with a sporty Red inner panel.The new Pleasure Plus 110 sports a fresh retro front and dual texture seat. It gets features like a USB charger, LED boot lamp, Integrated Braking System and a new black-lit speedometer.The Sheet Metal Wheel variant of the 2019 Hero Pleasure+ 110 is available in four colours — Glossy Black, Glossy Blue, Glossy White and Glossy Red. The Cast Wheel variant of the scooter comes in three paint options — Matt Red, Matt Green and Matt Vernier Grey.The introduction of Maestro Edge 125 and Pleasure Plus 110 follows the launch of Hero XPulse 200, Hero XPulse 200T and Hero Xtreme 200S by Hero MotoCorp on May 1. While all the three bikes are loaded with features, there is good news for those who are looking to invest in the off-roader or the tourer. We have driven both XPulse 200 and XPulse 200T. You can read our first ride review of XPulse 200 and that of XPulse 200T for all the details.ALSO READ | David Beckham gets 6-month ban for using mobile phone while driving his BentleyALSO READ | 2019 Bajaj Avenger Street 160 launched in India, price starts at Rs 82,253ALSO READ | Hyundai Venue: Launch, features, specifications and everything else you need to knowlast_img read more

MS Dhoni’s warm-up ton a good omen for India’s chances at World Cup 2019

first_imgIt was a vintage Dhoni on display against Bangladesh in the second warm-up game as he scored a brilliant hundred and helped India register a morale-boosting 95-run win at the Sophia Gardens before the World Cup opener.On Tuesday, Dhoni, who came into bat when India was in a spot with 102/4, smashed a 78-ball 113, which contained seven sixes and helped his team post a gigantic 359/7. It was only poetic justice that he brought up his 100 with a six in the 49th over of the innings as skipper Kohli cheered on from the dressing room with teammates for company.The 37-year-old also shared a crucial 164-run partnership with K.L. Rahul (108) and made sure that the Men in Blue did not suffer from yet another embarrassing batting collapse as they did against New Zealand.However, Dhoni’s century in Cardiff might prove to be the lucky charm which Virat Kohli needs to win the coveted World Cup trophy.In 2011, Dhoni, who was captaining the side in the World Cup, had scored a century in the warm-up game against New Zealand. He had scored 108* off just 64 balls (11 fours, 3 sixes) and helped India post 360/5 on February 16 in Chennai. The Men in Blue had won that match by 117 runs and eventually raised the Cup defeating Sri Lanka in the finals at the Wankhede in Mumbai.MS Dhoni’s 100s in World Cup warm-ups…- 108* (64b, 11f, 3s) v New Zealand at Chennai on 16 Feb 2011 (India 360/5)- 113 (78b, 8f, 7s) v Bangladesh at Cardiff on 28 May 2019 (India 359/7)And we all know what happened in 2011.#CWC19#INDvBANadvertisementMohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) May 29, 2019So, Kohli and all the Indian fans would be desperately hoping that Dhoni’s warm-up ton proves to be as auspicious it was for the team in 2011 and they lift the prestigious trophy at the iconic Lord’s Stadium in London on July 14.Also Read | New Zealand vs West Indies Highlights, CWC 2019 Warm-Up MatchAlso Read | World Cup 2003: Unstoppable Australia successfully defend their World Cup trophyAlso Seelast_img read more

Kim Sharma on Yuvraj Singh’s retirement: May your next phase be as smashing with Hazel Keech

first_imgAs India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Monday, a slew of film celebrities, including his rumoured ex and actress Kim Sharma — lauded him for his achievements on the field.She took to her Twitter account and wrote, “Well played Yuvraj. A standing ovation for some unforgettable moments in sport. May your next phase be as smashing with Hazel.”Well played @YUVSTRONG12 A standing ovation for some unforgettable moments in sport . May your next phase be as smashing with @hazelkeechKim Sharma (@kimsharma3) June 10, 2019After Yuvraj announced that he has “decided to move on” from the sport, his actress wife Hazel Keech also penned an Instagram post and called it the “end of an era”.”Be proud of yourself husband, now onto the next chapter… Love you,” she added.Hazel’s post got attention not just from the couple’s fans, but also from Kim, whom he reportedly dated for some years before splitting in 2007.”Shine brighter you lovely duo,” Kim wrote on Hazel’s post. Kim is not the only actress Yuvraj was linked with in Bollywood, before he settled with Hazel.He also reportedly dated Preeti Jhangiani, Minissha Lamba, Shamita Shetty, Riya Sen and even Deepika Padukone. Preity Zinta’s name had also come up once, but she had clearly denied having a relationship with Yuvraj.advertisement”How many times do I have to say that I have never dated or intended to date Yuvraj Singh,” Preity had tweeted back in 2015.Starting off in 2000 during the ICC KnockOut Trophy, Yuvraj last played a Test match for India in 2012 and featured in a limited overs series in 2017.He had a dream run at the 2011 World Cup as he amassed 362 runs including one century and four fifties. He also picked up 15 wickets, won four Man-of-the-Match awards and was also awarded the Player of the Tournament.In the process, he became the first all-rounder to score 300-plus runs and take 15 wickets in a single edition of the showpiece event.ALSO READ | Has Kim Sharma opted for cosmetic surgery to enhance her features?ALSO READ | Hazel Keech pens emotional note after Yuvraj Singh announces retirement: It’s the end of an eraALSO WATCH | Yuvraj Singh announces his retirement from international cricketlast_img read more

Realme 3i first sale today at 12pm on Flipkart: Price, specs and launch offers

first_imgRealme 3i will go on sale in India today for the first time on Flipkart and The sale will begin at 12pm until stocks last. The Realme 3i was launched in India alongside the Realme X. It is a budget smartphone that slots in between the Realme C2 and Realme 3 and takes the best features from both devices. The Realme 3i highlights a Dewdrop display, diamond-cut design and Helio P60 chipset among other things.The budget Realme 3i has been priced starting at Rs 7,999. This is for the base model with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The 4GB + 64GB variant will be available for Rs 9,999. The Realme 3i will go on sale today, July 23, at 12pm on Flipkart and in Diamond Black, Diamond Blue and Diamond Red colours. Launch offers include 5 per cent cashback on Flipkart Axis Bank Credit card. 5 per cent off on Axis Bank Buzz Credit card and No Cost EMI option.Realme 3i specificationsIn terms of design, the Realme 3i is similar to the Realme C2. It sports a 6.2-inch HD+ (1520×720) Dewdrop display on the front and a diamond-cut design on the back. The plastic rear panel offers a matt-like finish in three colours that includes a unique Diamond Red gradient finish. The Realme 3i is powered by a 2.0Ghz octa-core Helio P60 chipset paired with up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. In comparison, the Realme 3 offers a newer Helio P70 chipset. The Realme 3i supports dual SIM cards and storage expandability up to 256GB.advertisementAs for everything else, the Realme 3i is quite similar to the Realme 3 on the hardware front. It sports a 13MP f/1.8 primary camera and a 2MP secondary depth camera. It also gets a 13MP selfie camera up front. The cameras also support PDAF, Nightscape, Chroma Boost and Portrait mode. Like the Realme 3, the Realme 3i houses a 4,230mAh battery and ships with Android 9 Pie-based ColorOS 6.ALSO READ | Realme 3i vs Realme 3: A look at what’s new and different with the latest Realme phoneALSO READ | Realme 3i quick review: Realme 3-like features at a more affordable pricelast_img read more

Street scorcher

first_imgIt’s official!! The BMW S1000 RR is officially on sale in India. To reaffirm just how serious BMW Motorrad is about the Indian Market, they have launched their flagship not just as a standard, but in every trim they have on sale globally. The standard 2020 S1000RR comes with a,It’s official!! The BMW S1000 RR is officially on sale in India. To reaffirm just how serious BMW Motorrad is about the Indian Market, they have launched their flagship not just as a standard, but in every trim they have on sale globally. The standard 2020 S1000RR comes with a floor price of Rs 18.5 lakh ex-showroom, while the Pro variant with more track-tune will set you back by a about Rs 20.95 lakh. The top-shelve Pro M-Sport which is basically a WSBK motorcycle with rear-view mirrors and turn-indicators will set you back a full Rs 22.95 lakh. Shahid Kapoor at the launch of the all-new BMW S 1000 RROf course, all of these prices are sans-taxes, insurance and registration duties. Considering that BMW will bring these bikes to India via the CBU route in the initial phase, the prices are still quite competitive. The BMW S1000 RR will take on the likes of the Ducati Panigale V4. The S 1000 RR is now in its second generation since BMW, launched its flagship Supersport way back in 2009. While it may share the silhouette with the original, the S1000RR is an all-new machine, with 204 bhp of power kicking in at a stratospheric 13,500 rpm and twist-force of 113 Nm at 11,000 rpm. All of which is being pushed through a motorcycle that is now a whole 11 kg lighter.last_img read more




first_imgProgress continues to be made on flooded sections of Interstate 29 in southwest Iowa.D-O-T planner Scott Suhr says traffic started moving Wednesday afternoon on Interstate 29 from Interstate 680 to the Missouri border, but there is more work to do on that stretch.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..back in March” :12Suhr says they used one repair technique in particular that held up after the floodwater came up a second time.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….being undermined” :22There are still several stretches of highway that floodwaters are preventing from being repaired and reopened.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……67 mile marker. ;21Suhr says the DOT is waiting for that water to recede so they can inspect the pavement.last_img read more


first_imgA Sioux City fugitive who was arrested in Mexico at the end of May on an involuntary manslaughter warrant has been returned to Woodbury county.Federal authorities delivered 24-year-old Ray Avila from the Montgomery County Jail in Texas back to Sioux City on Saturday.Avila had been resisting extradition to Iowa since his capture.Avila is charged with involuntary manslaughter and assault causing serious injury in a July 2018 fatal assault on 4th Street in Sioux City.U.S. Marshalls determined that Avila had fled to Mexico following the assault.The search ended in Jalisco, Mexico, where Avila had family connections and was arrested there by Mexican authorities.He is being held in the Woodbury County Jail on $50,000 bond.last_img read more