Chennai, Jul 28 (PTI) ‘Swimming’ against the tide, former Australia cricketer Mike Hussey today said India should prefer veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin over Kuldeep Yadav in the upcoming Test series against England. “I don’t know what the selectors are thinking. Personally, I feel Ashwin should play ahead of Kuldeep. He has more than 300 Test wickets. Ashwin deserves his place in the starting XI,” ‘Mr Cricket’, as he is fondly called, said. Hussey’s opinion is in contrary to the prevailing viewpoint of many experts, who have backed the 23-year-old chinaman bowler’s selection in the Test squad for the five-match series. “Ashwin against the left-handers could play a big role. Kuldeep has done brilliantly but I feel India should persist with Ashwin. Kuldeep is young and can learn along the way,” Hussey, who is here as a Star Sports commentator for Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL), said. Asked if India could win the Test series, he said the team has a great chance. “India is a good team playing good cricket. A lot of the players have been in England for a while, that is part of the battle. Getting used to the Duke balls, getting used to the pitches. It takes a while to get used to it,” he said. “One more advantage is that they are playing later in the summer. The pitches generally are a bit more flatter. Perhaps the spinners might come into play a bit more. The weather, which is currently dry and hot, that might play into India’s hands as well. One of the keys is scoring big runs. That will put scoreboard pressure on England.advertisement “England are a very good team in home conditions, they understand the conditions. They get a lot support from their crowds. I think India have some good support as well. It should be a fantastic series,” the Australian, who was batting coach of IPL champions CSK, said. When asked if veterans James Anderson and Stuart Broad would have a big role in the series, he responded in the positive. “Underestimate them at your own peril. Yes, better cricket may have been behind them but you still can’t write off great players and they always come back and show their class. They always pose a threat. They are still fantastic competitors and will perhaps have a say in the way the series is played out,” he said. Hussey tipped India captain Virat Kohli to do well after facing a tough time during the previous tour to the country in 2014. “The experience of last tour should help Virat Kohli. It’s unfortunate that he couldn’t play for Surrey due to an injury. He will be determined to do well this time. If he gets his confidence up and spends some time in the middle, he will be hard to stop.” The former batsman said India opener Murali Vijay has been preparing mentally for this series and expected him to do well. “Vijay is motivated for this series. He has been preparing mentally for a long time. He is working hard on his game. He is willing to work things out for himself. I am watching his progress. He is a special guy and I like how he thinks about his game. He is important at the top for India,” Hussey said. Asked who could be India’s key bowlers, he said they would feel the absence of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah, but expected the likes of Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami to step up. “I would have said Bumrah but I didn’t realise he was injured. Same with Bhuvneshwar… testing the depth a little bit. I have always been a fan of Umesh Yadav. I think he is getting to a stage where is getting a better understanding of his game. He did well in the IPL and can hopefully carry that form into the series. “Mohammed Shami is also a very good bowler. He can have an impact as well if he can stay fit. I guess Ishant Sharma is there as well. They are all good bowlers, but they will miss the big two. It is going to be hard to replace the two,” he added. Hussey said England picking leg-spinner Adil Rashid for the Tests was a big gamble but backed him to do well. “I guess he was not interested in playing the long form of the game at the beginning of the summer. It is a bit of a gamble I guess. He obviously had experience at this level before. Listening to a couple of his statements he has been making recently, he seems really switched on and keen to play.”advertisement Talking about Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Hussey said the CSK skipper lives in the moment. “He doesn’t worry about the future, that’s for sure. He just lives in the moment, playing each game as it comes and gives the best he can. As a coach, there is not much I need to tell him. He understands his game so well. I just try and observe if there is something different. “More often than not he likes a one-on-one chat. He doesn’t like these team meetings. He just likes to be left to his own devices and prepare his way. He knows his game well and doesn’t need too much coaching,” he added. PTI SS AHAH
Ball-tampering, verbal abuse and on-field confrontations are threatening the spirit of cricket and recent poor behaviour by players has to stop, International Cricket Council (ICC) boss David Richardson has said.Richardson also took aim at players claiming confusion over ball-tampering rules, saying the laws were clear and their complaints “disingenuous” in a speech at the MCC’s Colin Cowdrey Lecture at Lord’s.”The phrase ‘it’s just not cricket’ is not an accident, it’s because cricket’s DNA is based on integrity and people know that cricket represents something more than a game,” Richardson said.”We have seen too much behaviour of late that puts that in jeopardy and it has to stop.”Sledging that amounts to no more than personal abuse, fielders giving send-offs to batsmen who have been dismissed, unnecessary physical contact, players threatening not to play in protest against an umpire’s decision and ball tampering.”This isn’t the version of our sport that we want to project to the world.””We have seen too much behaviour of late that has to stop”@ICC chief-executive David Richardson on “cheating” in cricket.Watch live https://t.co/Za9EqiIesn #CowdreyLecture pic.twitter.com/yZkrhZUSIoLord’s Cricket Ground (@HomeOfCricket) August 6, 2018Cricket’s image has taken a battering in recent months, with former Australia captain Steve Smith and two of his players slapped with long bans for the Cape Town ball-tampering scandal in March.The same Test series against South Africa was also marred by an off-field altercation between Australia’s David Warner and Quinton de Kock, and a string of code of conduct violations by players on both sides.advertisement”Who will want their kids to play cricket if there’s poor behaviour?”@ICC chief-executive David Richardson on the future of the #SpiritOfCricket.Watch live https://t.co/Za9EqiIesn #CowdreyLecture pic.twitter.com/xaAcy857vgLord’s Cricket Ground (@HomeOfCricket) August 6, 2018Ugly incidents involving players undermining officials have also tarnished the game, with Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan sanctioned after threatening to take his team off the ground over an umpiring decision in a Twenty20 match against Sri Lanka in March.Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal, coach Chandika Hathurusinghe and manager Asanka Gurusinha were all sanctioned last month after the team refused to take the field for two hours in a June Test match against West Indies in protest after Chandimal was charged with ball-tampering.The ICC introduced tougher punishments for ball-tampering last month, but South Africa captain Faf du Plessis, who has twice fallen foul of the rules, remarked that he needed more “clarity” over what was permitted.Richardson said the rules were already clear enough.”If you are wearing sunscreen, sucking on a mint or chewing gum with intent to use it on a ball – that is ball tampering”@ICC chief-executive David Richardson on ball-tampering in cricket.Watch live https://t.co/Za9EqiIesn#CowdreyLecture pic.twitter.com/E1Q2rGjxe0Lord’s Cricket Ground (@HomeOfCricket) August 6, 2018″Over the last few months I’ve read comments from players requesting guidance on what is allowed in relation to the ball,” he said.”Asking if they can chew gum, wear sunscreen or drink a sugary drink, and to be brutally honest, I find this a little disingenuous.”The laws are simple and straightforward – do not change the condition of the ball using an artificial substance.”If you are wearing sunscreen, sucking a mint or chewing gum with the intent of using the cream or sugary saliva on the ball, you are ball-tampering”You may not always get caught, we are not going to stop players chewing gum or from wearing sunscreen. There are many players who have chewed gum on the field throughout their careers and never once thought to use it on the ball, but if you are caught – and we have only caught players when it is pretty obvious what they are doing – then don’t complain, saying others do it is not a defence. You are cheating,” Richardson said.(With Reuters inputs)
Dubai, Aug 17 (PTI) The decks were finally cleared today for the Asia Cup as BCCI officially handed over its hosting rights to the Emirates Cricket Board. “The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Emirates Cricket Board signed an agreement today for the United Arab Emirates to host the 2018 edition of the Asia Cup,” the BCCI stated in a release. The agreement was signed in Dubai with the BCCI being represented by its acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary and CEO Rahul Johri. The chairman of the Emirates Cricket Board, His Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, signed on their behalf. Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will take part in the tournament. They will be joined by a sixth team — the winner of the Asian Cricket Council qualifier event. The tournament will be held from September 15 to 28 in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The event was originally scheduled in India with BCCI playing the hosts but Pakistan’s participation was an issue considering the prevailing political situation between the neighbouring countries. The BCCI couldn’t procure relevant clearance from government security agencies to host Pakistan. Earlier this year, the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) decided that the tournament will be shifted to UAE but India will be hosting the tournament. BCCI acting secretary Choudhary said:”We are thankful to the Emirates Cricket Board for hosting the 2018 Asia Cup on behalf of the BCCI. We will see some of the sports powerhouse nations go head-to-head for ultimate glory and I am confident that cricket fans around the world will enjoy every moment of this prestigious event.”advertisement However, the COA faction was not on the same page with BCCI office bearers regarding handing over the hosting rights to the UAE. Since organisation would involve financial transactions in foreign currency, a senior BCCI office bearer had pointed out that FEMA (Foreign Exchanges Management Act) rules need to be thoroughly checked after the IPL II fiasco when Cricket South Africa hosted the cash-rich league in 2009. The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) sanctions USD 2.5 million to the hosts for organisational purposes but it was pointed out that operational costs shoots up in the UAE. The BCCI release does not state what will be the profit sharing mode from the ticket sales. The TV broadcast money goes to ACC. The major attraction of this tournament is two assured Indo-Pakistan clashes. From ECB, it’s chairman said, “It is a matter of great pride for the UAE to host a prestigious event like the Asia Cup. Our country is home to a large section of people from the participating nations and we feel privileged and excited by the opportunity to bring their favourite sport right here to their doorstep. “This is the biggest cricketing event to be held in the UAE and we will ensure every support to make the 2018 Asia Cup a huge success.” PTI KHSAH
RRB Group D Exam 2018: The Railway Recruitment Boards’ (RRB) Computer Based Tests (CBT) for recruitment of Level 1 or RRB Group D posts is expected to begin from September 17.Here are some important details and strategy by Kiran Tomar, Exam Expert, Onlinetyari.com, to help you with your preparation for upcoming RRB Group D 2018 exam:Tip 1: Exam patternThe primary focus before beginning any subject-wise preparation is to know and understand exam pattern as well as the syllabus. This will help you to become more familiar with the exam and remove all your fears before the RRB Group D exam. Note: Please note the above pattern is for the first stage of examination, i.e. CBT or Computer Based Test only.Tip 2: Understanding the exam detailsThere are a few minute details which every student should remember while preparing for RRB Group D 2018 examination, including:The exam will be conducted in three stages, viz, CBT or Computer Based Test; PET or Physical Efficiency Test, and lastly, document verificationThere will be negative marking in RRB Group D CBT Test (Stage-1). 1/3rd portion of total marks for the question will be deducted for each wrong answerOnly objective type questions will be asked in CBT or Computer Based Test for RRB Group D.Students who clear Railways Group D CBT exam will be called for PET or Stage 2 of the exam. Please note students need to clear this stage of the examination and then only they will be called for the final stage, i.e. document verification.advertisementTip 3: Subject-wise strategy and important topics for preparation:MathematicsTo master this area, you need to combine skills with strategy. This section tests your ability to interpret and comprehend graphical data and then answer the questions that follow. It is essential that you need to have an idea of all the types of questions that are asked so that you can attempt them in the correct manner.Important topics:BODMASPercentageRatio and ProportionTime and WorkPercentageCompound Interest and Simple InterestAlgebraGeometryTrigonometryReasoning abilityThe reasoning section, being a vast section, comprises a number of topicsThis section is considered both challenging and exciting part by most of the aspirantsThe only way to excel in reasoning section is developing an in-depth understanding of logic and regular practice.Important topics:AnalogyClassificationBlood RelationDirectionAnalyticalReasoningSyllogismStatement ArgumentAssumptionGeneral science:The preparation for science and technology section is quite different. First things first, finding the right study material is still a problemPiling up a huge stock of books and resources available in the market and cramming them up is NOT a solution. Mostly, all of the questions from the science and technology section are analytical/conceptual in natureA lot of them hold relevance because of the events going on around us. So, current affairs across the world go in-sync with your conceptual knowledge. All you need here is the right approach. RRB ALP general science exam is divided into three categories, which are, life science, physics, and chemistryA candidate can expect around three to four questions from each of these topics.Important topics:ClassificationLife ProcessesEcologySources of EnergyReproductionAcid Bases and SaltsMetals and Non-MetalsChemical ReactionsUnits and MeasurementHeatForceElectricity and MagnetismGravitationGeneral awareness:Most candidates are able to secure good marks in this section but there are a significant number of questions which candidates might find confusing. Watch current affair videos daily, read PDFs, and newspaper; note down important points, and revise them on regular basis.Maximum questions in this section are generally asked from the topics on current affairs in science and technology, sports, culture, personalities, economics, politics and any other subjects of importance.Tip 4: Practice, learn, practice, learn and practice more and learn more:After understanding the exam pattern and syllabus, the next most crucial step is to be prepared by practising as much as possible.Here are a few tips to remember while practising:Remember you are practising to crack only CBT or Computer Based Test. Therefore, keep your focus clear, crisp, and focusedLearn from your mistakes each time you attempt a mock testTry to avoid same mistakes and try to understand by viewing the method or explanation for the correct answer.’The more the merrier’, a quote apt in every stage of life, but mostly during exam-time. The more you practice the less are the chances that you will make a mistake in the actual RRB Group D 2018 exam.advertisementAvoid stress while practising. It is necessary to practice but it is also necessary not to practice too much. If practising is causing you stress, then try to move back to learning and switch to another subject.Tip 5: Build speed and accuracyThe last and most important part while preparing for RRB Group D 2018 examination is to have accuracy and speed.Here are some tips to build your speed and accuracy during the exam:Try to answer questions you know while you are practising.Analyse what you have answered correct and wrong; understand the reasons mentioned in the explanation or solutionsDecrease the time taken to attempt each mock testIf you follow all five steps mentioned above, we ensure that you will definitely be well-prepared for the Railways Group D 2018 examination.Best of luck to you!Read: RRB Group D exams 2018: List of websites to download RRB Group D admit card
Xiaomi’s sub-brand Poco’s first ever phone aka the Poco F1 is all set to go on sale in India today. The sale will kick off on Flipkart and Mi.com at 12 noon. This is a flash sale, meaning, the interested customers should be quick enough to book the Poco F1 before the units go out-of-stock. During today’s sale, only three variants of the Poco F1 will be available.The 6GB RAM/ 64GB storage, 8GB RAM/ 256GB storage, and the special Armoured Edition 8GB RAM/ 256GB storage with Kevlar back models of the Poco F1 will go on sale in India today. While the fourth model with 6GB RAM/ 128GB storage, as the company announced last week, is now available on open sale, meaning there will be enough stock in the store. This version of the phone will be available for Rs 23,999.The Poco F1 with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage version comes with a price tag of Rs 20,999. The 8GB RAM and 256GB storage version will be available for Rs 28,999. And lastly, the special Armored edition of the Poco F1 that will ship with a Kevlar back, and packs a 8GB RAM and 256GB storage will be available for a price tag of Rs 29,999. All the variants of the Poco F1 come in three colour versions — black, blue and red.As far as the specs are concerned, the Poco F1 comes with a 6.18-inch FHD+ IPS LCD display with a 1080×2246 pixel resolution and aspect ratio of 18.7:9. Under the hood, the Poco F1 comes with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 processor which also powers some of the flagship phones from other manufacturers like the OnePlus 6, Samsung Galaxy Note 9, among others.advertisementOn the camera front, the Poco F1 packs a dual camera setup on the rear panel. The phone comes with a primary camera of 12MP with f/1.9 aperture and a secondary camera of 5MP for depth shots. The Poco F1 comes with several AI-based camera features like scene recognition, among others. On the front, the Poco F1 sports a 20-megapixel selfie shooter paired with soft LED flash and AI features.ALSO READ: Xiaomi Redmi 6A to go on sale in India for the first time, will be available for Rs 5,999The Poco F1 runs Android 8.1 Oreo-based MIUI 9.6 software with a customized Poco launcher. The phone includes a massive 4,000mAh battery and supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 and USB Type-C.
On Thursday, HMD Global announced a brand new Nokia phone in London. The Nokia 7.1 was launched as a successor to last year’s Nokia 7. Now the naming may confuse some people into believing this is a Nokia 7 Plus successor, but it’s not. The Nokia 7.1 brings some upgraded hardware compared to the Nokia 7. More importantly, it gets a design language that’s more in line with the aesthetics of 2018, as well as some new features as well.The headline new feature is that the Nokia 7.1 is the first Nokia phone to get a PureDisplay screen technology. The other notable inclusion is Zeiss-branded dual cameras on the back. The mid-range Android One phone may come to India as well, so here’s what you need to know about the device.Nokia 7.1 specificationsDisplay: The Nokia 7.1 sports a 5.84-inch FHD+ (2246×1080) IPS LCD PureDisplay with a 19:9 aspect ratioProcessor: The phone is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 636 chipsetRAM: It will come in two memory variants – 3GB and 4GBInternal storage: The 3GB options will come with 32GB of internal storage while the 4GB variant will come with 64GB of internal storage. Both the options will support storage expandability up to 400GB via microSD card.Rear camera: The Nokia 7.1 sports a dual camera setup that includes a 12-megapixel primary sensor with f/1.8 aperture and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor.Front camera: Up front, the Nokia 7.1 gets an 8MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture.Battery: The device houses a 3,060mAh batterySoftware: It will ship with Android 8.1 Oreo and will be updated to Android 9 Pie soonadvertisementNokia 7.1 key features– The Nokia 7.1 is the first Nokia phone to bring a PureDisplay screen. This means the display supports HDR for better contrast and quality. Platforms like YouTube, Netflix and Amazon Prime Video support HDR content, offering you a more immersive viewing experience. With HDR10 support, the Nokia 7.1 offers a 1,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio with great detail and vibrant colours. Notably, the device will also upscale SDR content into HDR content. — Much like the Nokia 6.1, the Nokia 7.1 is also all about offering a premium design language. The phone comes with Gorilla Glass 3 on the front and back. The fame is a little more polished and refined on the Nokia 7.1. It gets a dual-anodised Series 6000 aluminium frame with diamond cut edges. You also get copper or silver accents (depending on the colour option) all around the frame, buttons, rear cameras and fingerprint sensor.– The rear cameras on the Nokia 7.1 comes with Zeiss optics, much like the Nokia 7 Plus. The 12MP + 5MP configuration gets two phase detection support for faster autofocus. The cameras will also support HDR photography for crisper and sharper images and EIS will also help with stabalisation while recording videos. The rear camera supports bokeh effect, Pro Mode and Bothie.– The Nokia 7.1 is an Android One device which means it runs stock, bloatware-free Android Oreo out-of-the-box with a promise of regular security updates for three years and two major software updates. HMD says the Nokia 7.1 will be updated to Android 9 Pie very soon.Nokia 7.1 price and availabilityThe Nokia 7.1 has been announced for Europe as of now. The company said that it would bring the phone to more markets in the near future. Depending on the area in Europe, the Nokia 7.1 will be available anywhere between 299 to 349 Pounds (approx Rs 28,000 to Rs 33,000).ALSO READ: Nokia 7.1 with 5.84-inch PureDisplay cameras launchedZeiss-branded, At the event, HMD did not specifically mention whether the device will be coming to India. However, it is highly possible since HMD is holding an event on October 11 in India where it could announce the Nokia 7.1.
Bengaluru, Oct 9 (IANS) Software major’s philanthropic arm Infosys Foundation on Monday said it would award innovations to reward individuals, teams or NGOs developing solutions for the social sector.”We are committing Rs 1.5 crore this year to reward social innovators whose solutions have the potential to make a difference,” Foundation chairperson Sudha Murty said in a statement here.Sudha is the wife of the iconic company’s co-founder N.R. Narayana Murthy.”The Aarohan Social Innovation Awards are aimed at nurturing a culture of innovation in the social sector to scale positive change across the country and provide a platform to help the solutions scale,” asserted Sudha.The awards will be given in six categories spanning healthcare, destitute care, rural development, women’s safety and empowerment, education and sport and sustainability.”As we look at addressing challenges people face in the country, it’s our endeavour to support individuals and non-government organsations (NGOs) act on their good intentions towards society and help them turn ideas into action,” reiterated Sudha.The submission process for the first edition of the awards begins on October 15 and lasts till December 31.”Adults above 18 years and residing in India can submit their entries, describing their work in the form of videos and upload on our website,” pointed out Sudha.The project for awards must not be a commercial venture but a functioning prototype and not a concept, idea or mock-up.”A panel of five judges will evaluate and select the winners whose submissions will be assessed on application to real-world problems, innovative use of technology, originality of ideas and ease of use,” added the statement.The award will also offer winners an opportunity for residential mentorship at IIT Hyderabad up to 12 weeks at its campus to help them develop their solutions and scale them for social impact.The jury will comprise of IIM-Bangalore professor Trilochan Sastry, Indian toy inventor Arvind Gupta, IIT-Hyderabad’s electrical engineering department faculty GVV Sharma, IIM-Ahmedabad visiting faculty Anil Gupta and Sudha.Set up in 1996 by the company’s co-founders and management executives with a seed capital for corpus, the FoundationAsupports programmes in healthcare, education and rural development, arts and culture and destitute care.–IANSfb/pgh/advertisement
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar walked on the same lines as the current skipper regarding Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s importance to the Indian cricket team in limited-overs cricket.It was Virat Kohli first who cleared the air with his “MS Dhoni is integral part of the side” message after the fifth and final ODI against West Indies and now Gavaskar too has joined the ‘Dhoni for 2019 World Cup’ chorus.When asked if he should be a part of the 50-overs squad for the 2019 World Cup in England, Gavaskar said: “There is no question. Because apart from the fact that he has got the experience, he is so useful to Virat Kohli.”The MSK Prasad-led selection committee’s decision to leave the World Cup winning skipper out of T20 action had stirred a debate on Dhoni’s one day spot too following a run of poor scores at a modest strike rate this year.Also read – No record safe the way Virat Kohli is batting: Sunil Gavaskar But, Gavaskar advocates Dhoni’s presence for the counsel he provides to Kohli.”All the little things he does from behind, telling the bowlers where to bowl to which batsmen, making those slight adjustments to the field, that leaves Virat free to think of bowling changes or to think ahead. So he takes a big load of Virat and of course he is always by Virat’s side when he seeks advise. That’s invaluable. No amount of money can give you that experience. Just for that he should be there for the 2019 World Cup,” Gavaskar argued.advertisementOn the selectors laying a new path for Indian cricket in T20 action by leaving Dhoni out for Rishabh Pant, Gavaskar believes Dhoni would have been part of decision making.Also read – MS Dhoni not dropped: Virat Kohli backs ex captain after T20I snub”It is noble of MS Dhoni to make way for Rishab Pant because he clearly realises that he is not going to be there for the T20 World Cup in 2020. So he wants to give Pant opportunities. Pant has played IPL but not enough international T20s. The more he gets to play, that’s better for him and that’s the only feeling MS Dhoni has and he needs to be complimented on that,” he said.But Gavaskar did feel Dhoni not playing T20s would rob him of some match time and advises him to reconsider his call not to play Ranji cricket.”Because the World Cup is so close, I would like him to play a few more matches because once you go past the age of 35 your reflexes slow down. Therefore if you are constantly playing competitive cricket, your reflexes stay in tact. Even if that may not be of the same grade but first class cricket can keep you competitive.I am hoping that he will keep on playing because the larger picture is 2019. I know he thinks of not holding on to a place of a youngster for Jharkhand but for Indian cricket and the World Cup picture in mind he should play,” he observed.
India are just two wickets away from a historic win at the Melbourne Cricket Ground after they reduced Australia to 258 for 8 on the fourth day of the Boxing Day Test on Saturday.Chasing an improbably target of 399 for victory, Australia were rattled by the pace trio of Jasprit Bumrah (2/53), Mohammed Shami (2/71) and Ishant Sharma (1/37) while Ravindra Jadeja also chipped in with three wickets to move the visitors within touching distance of victory.It was only Pat Cummins’ fighting half-century which denied India a victory on Day 4 as Australia went into stumps still 141 runs away. Cummins will resume the fight on 61 on the final along with Nathan Lyon, who was unbeaten on 6.India have never won a Boxing Day Test but have the chance to create history on Sunday, if the rain stays away. The weather forecast for the final day predicts more than an 80 per cent chance of rain throughout the day which might worry Virat Kohli and his team.Kohli earlier declared India’s innings closed at 106 for eight, setting Australia a mammoth 399 for victory on a pitch showing treacherous patches of rough tailor-made for Jadeja’s attacks on the left-handed batsmen.Australia seamer Pat Cummins earlier added two wickets to his four on day three, finishing with career-best figures of 6-27 before Kohli’s declaration.Opener Mayank Agarwal was Cummins’ fifth wicket for 42 when a ball nipped back and caught the bottom edge of his bat before clattering into the stumps.Cummins had his sixth victim when Jadeja gloved a short ball to Khawaja at short point to be out for five.advertisementPant was the final Indian wicket to fall with a typically swashbuckling 33 after botching a ramp shot that edged to wicketkeeper-captain Paine.Australia in reply, lost both their openers before lunch, with Bumrah having Aaron Finch caught in the slips for three in the second over, and Jadeja snaring the wicket of Marcus Harris for 13 with a catch in close.Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh then offered some resistance and stitched a partnership of 30 runs before Shami trapped the former leg-before early into the second session.Marsh then joined forces with Travis Head to add 51 runs for the fourth wicket but that was brought to an end by Bumrah, who trapped Marsh leg-before with an incoming delivery. Marsh reviewed the decision but was given out on umpires call.Mitch Marsh followed his older brother to the dressing room soon after as Jadeja snared his wicket with Kohli taking a sharp catch at mid-wicket as Australia went into tea at 138 for 5.Ishant then returned for a fresh spell after the break to remove Head, who chopped on an incoming delivery for 34.Tim Paine, who got a mouthful from Rishabh Pant when he came out to bat in response to the sledging the Indian wicket-keeper received from the Aussie skipper, tried his best to hang around with Pat Cummins but was unsuccessful after getting out caught-behind to Jadeja for 26.Shami then got the better of Mitchell Starc with a reverse-swinging delivery late in the final session before Nathan Lyon and Cummins played out the rest of the overs without losing their wickets.Cummins in fact, top-scored for the hosts and registered his career-best bowling figures and highest score while batting on the very same day.Also Read | Rishabh Pant sledges Tim Paine: Temporary captain, all he can do is talkAlso Read | Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami: Trio creates history in 2018
Sachin Tendulkar is known as the greatest batsman to have played cricket today but there was a time when not many knew about his magical talent. Back in the 1980s, it was Achrekar who trained Tendulkar and ensured the young boy played enough matches in Mumbai.After school, Tendulkar would get on Achrekar’s scooter and the pair would travel across Mumbai to play as many matches as possible.A hard taskmaster, Achrekar identified Sachin Tendulkar’s genius with the bat and gave India its most celebrated sporting star in history.The BCCI expresses its deepest sympathy on the passing of Dronacharya award-winning guru Shri Ramakant Achrekar. Not only did he produce great cricketers, but also trained them to be fine human beings. His contribution to Indian Cricket has been immense. pic.twitter.com/mK0nQODo6bBCCI (@BCCI) January 2, 2019Tendulkar debuted in 1989 and was one of several young talented batsmen to emerge from Mumbai. Twenty four years later, Tendulkar left behind all his Mumbai teammates and finished with 100 international hundreds and 34357 international runs.But Achrekar, who obviously knew what Sachin Tendulkar could do with the bat, had said way back in 1993 that he was far more talented than Vinod Kambli and Pravin Amre.Here is an excerpt from an India Today magazine article published in March 1993 where Achrekar talks about Sachin’s talent and expected him to go for his strokes:As India piled up its mountain of runs at Bombay, a banner suddenly sprang from the stands. “Shardashram versus England”, it announced simply.To the beleaguered visitors, this might have been as arcane as the mysteries of oriental spin, but the local audience took up the chant immediately.advertisementShardashram Vidyapeeth, the little high school in Bombay that has produced Sachin Tendulkar, Vinod Kambli and Praveen Amre was having the better of the exchanges. But where was the coach to which these colts were linked?While all eyes scanned the stadium in bewilderment, Ramakant Achrekar was tugging at his golf cap, muttering to himself and shaking his head at the venue of the Harris Shield semi-finals for Bombay schools.Both the teams trained by him, including Shardashram, had expectedly reached the final. The problem was that some of the boys were not playing their ‘natural game’.He saw Kambli’s century and Tendulkar’s 78 on television and summoned them to the ground early next morning. Didn’t Kambli know where his off-stump was, the coach wanted to know.For the full article, click hereAlso Read | Achrekar sir was strict but also caring and loving: Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | Sachin Tendulkar’s tribute to Ramakant Achrekar in his emotional farewell speech in 2013Also Read | Sachin Tendulkar’s coach Ramakant Achrekar dies in Mumbai
LG on Sunday February 24 introduced two new smartphones the LG G8 ThinQ and the LG V50 ThinQ at a special event in Barcelona ahead of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 that is scheduled to kick off tomorrow.The LG V50 ThinQ, which is the first 5G-enabled phone by the Korean electronics giant, comes with a 6.4-inch Quad HD+ FullVision OLED display with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9 and it is protected by MIL-STD 810 military grade standard. It is powered by Qualcomm’s fastest chipset, Snapdragon 855, and it has the Qualcomm X50 modem in its core. The phone runs on Android 9.0 Pie. In terms of RAM, the LG V50 ThinQ sports 6GB RAM and 128GB memory that can be expanded further using a 2TB microSD card.LG’s first 5G-enabled phone comes with a triple-rear camera setup with 16MP super-wide angle lens, a 12MP standard lens and a 12MP telephoto lens. On the front, the phone comes with dual-camera setup with an 8MP standard lens and a 5MP telephoto lens. Additionally, the phone comes with LG’s DTS:X, Qualcomm AptX and AptX HD audio technologies. It features a gigantic 4,000mAh battery and it has 3G, 4G LTE-A, 5G, Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 5, NFC and USB Type-C for connectivity. The LG V50 ThinQ will be available in the US, South Korea, Australia and select European markets in Aurora Black colour later this year.Additionally, the Korean tech giant also launched a secondary attachable screen for its 5G phone. The second screen, which attaches itself to the body of the LG V50 ThinQ comes with a 6.2-inch OLED display and it can also be used independently, allowing users to use the two screens for separate purposes.advertisementOn the other hand, the company’s G-series flagship devicethe LG G8 ThinQcomes with a 6.1-inch screen with Quad HD+ OLED Full Vision display. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and it runs on Android 9.0 Pie. It sports 6GB RAM and 128GB internal memory that can be expanded further using a 2TB microSD card. The phone sports a triple-camera set up at the back with a 16MP super-wide lens, a 12MP standard lens and a 12MP telephoto lens. On the front, the phone comes with an 8MP standard lens with time-of-flight technology.The LG G8 ThinQ comes with IP68 dust and water resistant technology and it is compliant with STD-MIL 810 military grade standard. In terms of connectivity, the LG’s G-series device sports 3G, 4G LTE-A, Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 5, NFC, USB Type-C.Additionally, the phone also has crystal sound OLED display technology, which turns the phone’s screen into a giant amplifier. Apart from this the phone also sports the company’s DTS:X, 3D surround sound, 32 bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC, and Boombox speakers audio technologies.The LG G8 ThinQ sports a 3,500mAh battery with support for Qualcomm’s Quick charge 3.0 technology.Apart from this, LG also launched the LG G8s ThinQ, which just like the LG G8 ThinQ runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset, however, it features a bigger 6.2-inch full HD+ display with an aspect ratio of 18.7:9. It comes with 6GB RAM and it is available in two memory variants 64GB space and 128GB space which can be expanded further using 2TB microSD card.The LG G8s ThinQ also differs from the LG G8ThinQ in terms of camera. It comes with a 13MP wide-angle lens, a 12MP standard and a 12MP telephoto lens at the back and an 8MP selfie camera with ToF technology in the front. It also features a 3,550mAh battery and comes with Hand ID, Face Unlock and stereo speakers.In terms of availability, there is no word on when the two new G-series smartphones will be available in various markets around the world.ALSO READ: | LG to launch a second attachable screen along with G8 ThinQ and V50 ThinQ at MWC 2019ALSO READ: | LG G8 ThinQ will come with an OLED screen that will act as an audio amplifierALSO READ: | LG unveils Q60, K50 and LG K40 smartphones ahead of MWC 2019
Malaysia’s Tan Kim Her has stepped down from his post as India’s doubles badminton coach, citing personal reasons.The 47-year-old, who was appointed as the national team’s doubles coach put down his papers, one-and-a-half years before his contract with the Badminton Association of India (BAI) was to end after the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.”Yes, Tan Kim Her has resigned as doubles coach. He had put down his papers about a month back. He had some family problems, so he left India during the Senior Nationals,” BAI secretary (events) Omar Rashid told PTI.Tan Kim Her has earlier coached England, South Korea and Malaysia and there are speculations that he might have received some lucrative offer from another country.Asked about it, Rashid said: “No there is no truth in such speculations. There was no problem, he left purely due to personal reasons.”Under Tan Kim Her, India saw the rise of men’s doubles pair of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, who won the silver medal at the Commonwealth Games and also helped the country win the mixed team gold for the first time.The Indian duo won the Hyderabad Open Super 100 event and also reached the finals at Syed Modi Super 300 tournament and are currently ranked 20th in the world.The women’s pair of N Sikki Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa also has done well under the Malaysian’s guidance, claiming the bronze medal at Gold Coast event.In early 2018, India’s singles coach Mulyo Handoyo of Indonesia also didn’t complete his contract and left abruptly citing personal reasons.advertisementBAI has recently roped in two Korean coaches Kim Ji Hyun and Park Tae Sang and the Indian team is awaiting their arrival.The onus of guiding the Indian doubles pairs will now rest on the two new doubles coaches Flandy Limpele and Namrih Suroto from Indonesia, who were also hired by BAI.Also Read | India grouped with Taiwan and Singapore at Badminton Asia Mixed Team ChampionshipsAlso See:
MS Dhoni overtook Kolkata Knight Riders captain Dinesh Karthik to become the most successful wicketkeeper in the history of the Indian Premier League. Dhoni needed 2 dismissals to go past Karthik before the start of the IPL 2019 final between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians in Hyderabad on Sunday.MS Dhoni, playing in his 190th IPL match, went past Dinesh Karthik with his 2nd dismissal of the match. He has led Chennai Super Kings to 3 IPL titles and played for Rising Pune Supergiant in 2016 and 2017 when CSK were serving a 2-year suspension.MS Dhoni equalled Dinesh Karthik’s record when he held on to an edge from Quinton de Kock off Shardul Thakur in the 5th over and went past DK in the next over when he took a catch to dismiss Rohit Sharma off Deepak Chahar.IPL 2019 Final, MI vs CSK: Live Cricket ScoreS Dhoni has led Chennai Super Kings to 8 finals out of the 10 seasons they have played in the Indian Premier League.Dinesh Karthik, who now leads Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League has effected 131 dismissals – 101 catches and 30 stumpings. MS Dhoni now has 132 dismissals as a wicketkeeper in the IPL.Incidentally, Robin Uthappa, who has 90 dismissals behind the wickets and is 3rd on the list, is a regular wicketkeeper. Parthiv Patel, now with Royal Challengers Bangalore, has 82 dismissals from 139 matches while Wriddhiman Saha, with 75 dismissals from 120 IPL matches is 5th in the list.Vizag is a happy hunting ground for MS Dhoni who had scored his first ODI hundred in the city against Pakistan on April 5, 2005. After Sachin Tendulkar was run out for 2, MS Dhoni walked in at No.3 and hit 148 off 123 while Virender Sehwag smashed a 40-ball 74 as India won by 54 runs.advertisementMS Dhoni has several other IPL records to his name.In April 2019, MS Dhoni became the 1st captain to win 100 matches in the Indian Premier League when he led Chennai Super Kings to a 4-wicket victory over Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur. During a thriller against Royal Challengers Bangalore, MS Dhoni became the 1st Indian to hit 200 sixes in the Indian Premier League. He hit 7 sixes in a career-best 84 not out off 48 balls but Chennai Super Kings lost the game by 1 run.Also Read | IPL 2019 final: Harbhajan Singh miffed with team hotel ahead of MI vs CSKAlso Read | MS Dhoni an era of cricket, not just a player: Matthew HaydenAlso See:
Afghanistan skipper Gulbadin Naib issued a plea to supporters after his team’s three-wicket defeat by Pakistan at the World Cup on Saturday was marred by clashes in the stands and outside the stadium.Videos shared on social media showed supporters of both countries fighting outside Headingley and security personnel being forced to intervene, while ESPNcricinfo reported that at least two fans were evicted from the ground during the match.The clashes continued after the match ended, with supporters charging on to the pitch and some fans captured on camera throwing punches at each other in the stands. The ICC has promised to take action against any offenders.”We’re here to leave a good impression of my team and also my country. So if you look at my country, there’s not good going on in the last 40, 45 years. But we’re here to show to the world we want friendship,” Naib said.”To all the audiences watching these kinds of matches, this is only a cricket game. Just watch the cricket game. It’s a sport.”To all audiences who are watching matches, please just watch like a sport.”Naib said that while he understood the emotions in the stands and appreciated the atmosphere in the ground, the fans should have refrained from encroaching on the pitch as soon as the final ball was bowled.”I love this kind of audience to cause the cheering, both sides,” he added. “I think they love the players… so they’re really excited to meet them and to hug them.advertisement”But it’s not good to come in the ground, to tease the players or tease the groundstaff and other staff… Everyone loves their players, they love their heroes.”So they don’t want to harm anyone. They just want to hug and touch. For me, it’s nothing (but) it’s not good for them coming on the ground. You can say discipline-wise, it’s not feeling good at the end.”As for his team’s defeat, Naib pointed to the loss of veteran pace bowler Hamid Hassan with a hamstring injury after his second over as the moment that turned the tide against Afghanistan.”We had bad luck,” he said. “With Hamid Hassan, he’s our main bowler. The wicket was really slow. It was not supporting medium pacers like me.”But the bad luck is that Hamid was unfit, so if he was still in it to the end, maybe it would be really difficult for them. I think the main turning point is Hamid.Also Read | India vs England, World Cup 2019: Sure Pakistan fans will be supporting us, says Virat KohliAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Thrilling win over Afghanistan gave us confidence, says Imad WasimAlso See:
Riding high on confidence after clean sweeping the T20I series, Team India will look to take the form into the 50-over format when they take on West Indies in the first ODI of the three-match series at the Providence Stadium on Thursday.India dominated the West Indies in the T20I series where they outclassed the opposition in all the three departments.With Shikhar Dhawan back in the side, he will have the responsibility to give India a solid start alongside Rohit Sharma. K.L. Rahul, who opened the innings in World Cup alongside Rohit, is likely to go back to his number four slot with skipper Virat Kohli coming ahead of him.This ODI series will be India’s first 50-over assignment after the World Cup debacle and the Men in Blue will fancy their chances against the West Indies side which will be strengthened by the inclusion of Chris Gayle in their squad.Gayle during the World Cup had announced that the home series against India will be his last and thus Jason Holder will hope that the 39-year-old bids farewell to international cricket in grand style.When is the West Indies vs India 1st ODI match?The West Indies vs India 1st ODI match will be played on August 8, 2019 (Thursday).When does the 1st ODI between West Indies and India begin?West Indies vs India 1st ODI will start from 9:30 AM local time (7 PM IST) on Thursday, August 8.Where will the West Indies vs India 1st ODI be played?advertisementProvidence stadium or the Guyana National Stadium will host the ODI series opener between West Indies and India.Which TV channels will broadcast West Indies vs India 1st ODI live?West Indies vs India 1st ODI can be watched on Sony Ten 1 and Sony Ten 3.How can I watch West Indies vs India 1st ODI online?Sony Liv will provide the live streaming for West Indies vs India 1st ODI.Where can I follow West Indies vs India 1st ODI live streaming?You can follow live updates and scores for West Indies vs India 1st ODI on https://www.indiatoday.in/sportsWhat are the squads for India vs West Indies ODI series?India: Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma (VC), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kedar Jadhav, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Navdeep SainiWest Indies: Jason Holder (C), Chris Gayle, John Campbell, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Roston Chase, Fabian Allen, Carlos Brathwaite, Keemo Paul, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Kemar Roach.Also Read | IND vs WI, 1st ODI: After T20I triumph, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav set to make it big for IndiaAlso See
None of Iowa’s fastest growing cities are located in the western part of the state.That’s according to data in a new U.S. Census report tracking growth since 2010.Ankeny is the fastest growing city over 50,000 people in that time, with an increase of 28.6% to 58,627 people.Sioux City’s growth rate was only two tenths of a percent at 82,872 in 229th place.That’s an increase of just 286 residents since April, 2010 with 209 since last July.Since 2010, 243 cities have gained population in Iowa, 652 have lost residents and 49 have had no change.Among smaller towns, Tiffin in Johnson county grew 54.4% to 3006 residents and Bondurant grew 50.2% to a population of 5796.In northwest Iowa, Arnold’s Park ranked 30th, increasing 11.5% to 1256 people.Sgt. Bluff ranked 54th with a population of 4551, a 7.7% growth rate.
Basically the entire operation (both the stadium money and the life insurance policies[2. Again, go read the article to know what I’m talking about]) hinged on Boone being able to house a 20% ROI every year. There was no diversification, there was no contingency plan. I’m not an economist but that seems absurd.If it wasn’t clear before that Mike Holder is a pawn in somebody else’s game[3. And it very very very much was clear] it is now. “Heads will roll.”I’m not a big “taking out life insurance policies on people is creepy!” guy but I will say when you’re dealing with that many millions, it seems like the line between “betting on life expectancy tables” and “wow, this person really needs to die” is a lot blurrier than it should be.I don’t know all the dynamics in the hierarchy of leadership in Stillwater, but it would take a pretty strong argument for somebody to talk me out of thinking Burns is the only person there that will go toe-to-toe with Boone-daddy.Again, none of this is new[5. And in terms of bigger pictures, these details are probably not tremendously consequential, though a lot of questions can and should probably be asked about the long-term viability and ethicalness of an 84-year old oil man essentially steering a transformative athletic program…] but as an OSU fan it’s worth knowing every side to the story, grisly as they might be.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Photo Attribution: US PresswireThe way we got here, the price that has been paid, well it’s not as pretty or as square as we might like it to be[1. Or as many of the Twitter feeds emanating from the OSU athletic department would have you believe.].There was an article in the Wall Street Journal over the weekend about Boone and about Stillwater and about the $275 million that was lost and about the $33 million that was lost after that. It’s all pretty grotesque, yet as you’re reading it, you kind of, I don’t know….maybe it’s just because we’ve lived this story…you understand it.I can’t link to the story because you’d have to pay for it, but if you Google “Boone WSJ” it’s the first thing that pops up and for some reason it’s free that way. You should read it, the details are recycled from various corners of the internet but the author does a pretty good job of piecing everything together.Here were the main points I took away…
From Wednesday: The five worst combosAgain, I’m certain everyone will agree with me and there will be no issues at all with my list. This one was actually far less difficult than the list of the five worst combos OSU has worn I did yesterday. Let’s get to work (in reverse order).10. White-White-GrayThis is a little bit of a wild card, but I think the gray looks sharp when paired with a couple of whites. I’m not in love with the crazy-eyed Pete helmet, but I can live with it, and I think it looks good with this combo. Also, maybe we should stop wearing this to Kansas. We’ve gone G-W-G and W-W-G the last two times up there and almost lost both games.It just works for me. (USATSI)9. All BlackI’m not as high on this as most. It seems … overdone. I don’t get excited when Oregon does it. I don’t get excited when Louisville does it (or anything). I don’t get excited when Baylor does it. It’s cool in theory (and all right in real life) — and it obviously has to be in the top 10 — but I’m not clamoring for it like 2001 me did.The all blacks. (USATSI)8. Black-Orange-BlackNow we’re into the good stuff. This might be the most OSU combination of any OSU wears. For what it’s going for — orange to the bone — it’s absolutely perfect. I love that it’s the de facto home Bedlam attire.Des Roland gets some against UTSA. (USATSI)7. All WhiteA staple in my household. My kids’ onesies are all white. All my workout gear is all white. It’s just so clean. When they topped it with the second-best helmet OSU wears at the Cotton Bowl, I almost lost my mind. I can’t even fathom throwing the bucking bronco helmet on there.My family colors. (USATSI)6. Black-White-BlackI think this was probably the first combo (at Texas in 2011) that made me say, “oh boy, we are operating in another stratosphere with our gear now.” (because that’s how I talk to myself when I’m sitting alone watching football games). This is a must-wear on the road once a year.It’s really a great road look. (USATSI)If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
This blog has never been one that has dug super deep into #sources (uniform things aside!) but given the nature of this weekend and how big this game, a Mason Rudolph injury update seems worth getting out there.Here is everything we know right now.There have been various social media reports this week suggesting that Mason Rudolph suffered a broken foot after reports surfaced that he was seen in a walking boot and crutches last weekend and earlier this week.We have confirmed with multiple sources that though the boot and crutches were precautionary and Rudolph did break a bone in his foot. It doesn’t appear to be season-threatening or supremely serious, but it also isn’t nothing. It’s not just a sprained ankle.It seems as if, given the nature of how Mike Gundy talked about it on Monday, this is a comfort issue more than a “future integrity of the foot of The Franchise” issue. Especially given Gundy’s nature to protect his players and OSU’s more-than-adequate QB2.Rudolph was seen visibly limping last Saturday to finish the Baylor game, and was able to finish the game playing through pain. Despite this, Bill Haisten reported that Rudolph probably practiced on Wednesday.It is believed that Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph, who sustained an apparent foot injury in last week’s loss to Baylor, participated in the Cowboys’ practice Wednesday and is on course to start Saturday in the Bedlam meeting with Oklahoma in Stillwater.We are very confident Rudolph will start on Saturday, although the foot is obviously something to keep an eye on as OU comes after him all night.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Despite reeling off consecutive wins over the Texas Longhorns and Iowa State this past weekend, Oklahoma State finds themselves outside of the AP top 25 and coaches poll again this week in the poll that was released Monday. Here’s a look at the full top 25 AP poll:AlabamaOhio StateClemsonMichiganWashingtonTexas A&MLouisvilleWisconsinTennesseeNebraskaBaylorOle MissHoustonFlorida StateBoise StateMiamiVirginia TechFloridaOklahomaWest VirginiaUtahArkansasAuburnWestern MichiganNavyOklahoma State faces BYE this week, before preparing for a tough road test against the Kansas Jayhawks on October 22.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!