Hallmark of Mumbai Indians is that we don’t depend on few to win the game: Rohit Sharma
Mumbai: Not depending on specific individuals and handling the pressure situations with aplomb has been key to Mumbai Indians’ Play-off journey, an elated skipper Rohit Sharma said. Mumbai Indians sealed their place in the Play-offs with a Super Over win over Sunrisers Hyderabad. They still have a game in hand.
“It’s a good positive for us to qualify with one game to spare. In 2017, when we won the trophy, we qualified with two games in hand. As a team what we have done well is that we have handled the pressure situations well,” said Rohit. “A lot guys have put their hand up and taken the responsibility which is why we don’t have anyone, barring Quinton (de Kock), in the top five (of the highet run scorers). It’s not about one or two individuals.
“If you want to win the tournament everyone needs to do well. That’s the hallmark of this team, whether it is (leggie) Rahul Chahar or Quinton. We don’t believe in individuals to win the game on their own. We want everyone to chip in and take us over the line,” he elaborated.
Rohit said the eight overs of spin bowling done in tandem by left arm Krunal Pandya (2-22) and Chahar (0 for 21) did the trick in stopping SRH from winning the game. “They understand the conditions really well. Vijay (Shankar) and Manish Pandey were batting and they kept varying the length. Their eight overs were probably the turning point. They bowled really well with a wet ball, which is not easy,” he said.
On his decision to bat first, Sharma said that was dictated by how difficult it was to chase a modest score against Royal Challengers Bangalore. “This year the conditions here are such that the ball spins in the second half. We saw against RCB – we were chasing 170 (171) and we struggled to chase in spite of scoring 70 in the first six overs. The pitch has been up and done. We had decided that if it was an important match we will put up runs on the board and then defend.
Looking ahead, Sharma said the team’s batting order was flexible from positions 3-7 which gives them the option to send big-hitters Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard higher. “If you look at the whole tournament, they (Hardik and Pollard) have batted around the 14th or 15th overs and scored 70-80 runs the maximum number of times. Right from number 3-7 all our batsmen are flexible. They can bat anywhere at any given time which makes our job easier. “And Pollard and Hardik we have that option. Polly has done it a few times – if you remember he had done that against (Kings XI) Punjab (batted at no 4 and made 83 off 31 balls). We will keep our options open.”
On the football pitch, feminism flourishes in rural India
Mumbai: Sumati Kumari had no great agenda in mind when she started playing football aged nine near her home in Lonora in Jharkhand. She just wanted to have fun. Now 15, she is pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved by girls in a state notorious for human trafficking and child marriage. And with India to host, the 2020 FIFA under-17 Girls World Cup, things are looking bright for the girls from this part of the country. The general belief in the rural areas is that girls should fetch water, wash clothes, work in the fields, and collect firewood among other chores, but for these girls from the small village of Lonora in Karoundajor district in Jharkhand, it is football that sums up all the daily activities.
It is five in the morning, as the girls wake up and are rearing to go. In the next 30 minutes, they are on the field juggling with the football. These girls hail from the poorest state of the country (economically) but talent-wise they top their chart. And to prove they are one of the best women footballers, their recent campaign at the Junior National Championship makes it clear that they are among the best in the business.
These rural girls from Jharkhand are choosing their future through football.Although they finished runners-up in the Junior National championship which concluded in Kolhapur recently, Sumati Kumari raised the bar, to return as the highest ever goalscorer of the championship in the country. “Yes, I have scored 17 goals in nine matches. I am happy that we made it to the final,” says Sumati, an IX standard student from St Patrick’s School in Gumla. The only girls to do so in this version of the championship.
And to top it, six girls from the same state team have been shortlisted for the Indian Camp for the forthcoming FIFA Under-17 World Cup to be held in India later next year. But there’s more to this than meets the eye. They are from poor families, mostly farmers, either they own a small piece of land or work for their living in the landlords’ field.”They are all farmers,” said their coach Dharmendra Singh, but they are proud to be called farmers. “My parents (mother Saniyaro Devi and father Firu Oraon) are farmers and so were our grand and great-grandparents. We feel linked to that noble occupation and I would love to contribute,” says Sumati.
These girls are a part of the indigenous population of Jharkhand. Most importantly, they are all proud of Dhoni Bhai, the state’s best-known name, who has brought Jharkhand into the global arena. “Yes, Dhoni Bhai is our mentor. Yes we are aware he plays cricket, and we football, but his message is very clear, play the game in true sportsperson spirit and every goal will be achieved,” shares Sumati. The youngest in the family for six siblings, and for whom education and sports go hand in hand.”Yes, I will give my best shot and I want to don the Indian colours,” states Sumati as she packs her bag to board the bus to Panjim for the National camp, where she and her team-mates will look to further impress the coaches and seal their spots in the Indian team for the upcoming 2020 FIFA Women’s U-17 World Cup to be held in India early next year.
New Zealand reveals squad for World Cup 2019, Ross Taylor to appear 4th time
Christchurch: Ross Taylor is set to become the seventh Kiwi cricketer to play fourth World Cup as New Zealand announced its squad for the 50-over tournament. For skipper Kane Williamson, Tim Southee and Martin Guptill it will be their third appearance. Trent Boult, Matt Henry and speedster Lockie Ferguson round off the pace-bowlers with Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi selected as the spinners.
Colin de Grandhomme and Jimmy Neesham have claimed the seam-bowling all-rounders spots, while Nicholls and Colin Munro are the other specialist batsmen. Tom Latham will continue as the first-choice wicket-keeper with Wellington’s Tom Blundell named as the back-up keeper.
“As with any squad named for a major tournament, there’s had to be some tough calls and there will be some disappointed players. The key for us was finding the right balance for the squad and making sure we had our bases covered for what is going to be a very competitive World Cup,” Coach Gary Stead said.
“As a one-day unit, we’ve been pretty consistent over the past few years and possess a very experienced group of core players, proven at the top level. We will have three training camps through April which will involve many players who are not in this squad as it’s important they’re ready on standby should we lose anybody in the lead up to or at the tournament,” he added. New Zealand will hold wider-training camps in Lincoln on April 15-16, April 23-24 and April 30-May 1, before a New Zealand XI squad will head to Australia for three unofficial one-dayers in early May. Following is New Zealand ICC Cricket
World Cup squad: Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), Tom Blundell (wk), Mitchell Santner, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Colin Munro, Ish Sodhi, Henry Nicholls, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Jimmy Neesham The Kiwi side is the first country to name their squad for the England and Wales based tournament, beginning May 30.
New Zealand will play India on May 25 and West Indies on May 28 as part of their warm-ups before taking on Sri Lanka on June 1 at the Cardiff Wales Stadium in their opening 50-over match.
Former Indian women’s cricket coach Tushar Arothe held for betting on IPL match, given bail
Vadodara: Former coach of Indian women’s cricket team Tushar Arothe was arrested for allegedly betting on an IPL match, police said Tuesday. He was arrested Monday but was given bail by the police because had been booked for a bailable offence, Vadodara Police Commissioner Anup Singh Gehlot told PTI.
Arothe and 18 others were arrested by the city Crime Branch on Monday night for betting on the IPL match between Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab played at Mohali, said Deputy Commissioner of Police Jaydeepsinh Jadeja of Vadodara Crime Branch.
Arothe, 52 and 18 others were arrested from a cafe where they were putting bets on the match, said the DCP. Investigations revealed the cafe, located in the posh Alkapuri area of the city, is owned by Arothe and two others, Hemang Patel and Nishchal Shah, who too were arrested from the spot, he said.
“Arothe is a former coach of the Indian women’s cricket team. He was among the 19 persons held by our team last night for placing bets during the live telecast of an IPL match between Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Capitals,” said Jadeja. All the accused, including Arothe, Patel and Shah, were booked under sections 4 and 5 of the Gambling Act, the police officer said.
“Arothe and the two other cafe co-owners had installed a large screen in their cafe for live streaming of IPL matches. “Others had come to the cafe to place bets using three different mobile applications. The cafe owners gave them user names and passwords to bet on the live IPL match,” said Jadeja.
Arothe, Patel and Shah were in contact with a person named Baba, who used to take bet money from the trio, he said. Baba is still out of the police’s reach, Jadeja added. The police have seized cash and other articles, including vehicles and mobile phones, worth Rs 14 lakh, said Jadeja.
Arothe played for Baroda in the domestic circuit. A left-handed batsman and a right-arm off-break bowler, Arothe played 114 First Class matches scoring 6,105 runs with 13 hundreds and 31 half-centuries. He also took 225 wickets with 6 for 53 as his best bowling figure.
Arothe took over the reins of the women’s national team in 2017 from Purnima Rao. During Arothe’s tenure, the women’s team had made it to the finals of the ICC Women’s World Cup in 2017, which India lost by nine runs to eventual champions England. Arothe had resigned from the post in controversial circumstances. His son Rishi Arothe is a left-arm pacer and plays for Baroda in the domestic circuit.
IPL 2019: Purple cap would have felt better with victory against Rajasthan Royals, says Yuzvendra Chahal
Jaipur: Although Shreyas Gopal stole the show with three key Royal Challengers Bangalore wickets, India and RCB leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal did not disappoint either, as he dismissed both Rajasthan Royals skipper Ajinkya Rahane and Jos Buttler to finish with figures of 2/17 from his four overs.
But purple cap holder Chahal, with 8 wickets in four games, feels that the feat would have felt more satisfying if his team had managed to beat Rajasthan and registered their first win in the 12th edition of the IPL. “Obviously it is a great feeling if you are the highest wicket taker in the tournament, but sad that we didn’t win the match,” he said.
While it wasn’t an easy game for the bowlers, both the leg-spinners (Chahal and Gopal) did well and ended with the best figures in their respective teams. Throwing light on this, Chahal said: “Leg spinners have many variations compared to other bowlers. We also get more turn from the surface. The googly and top spinner also spin more.”
Asked if things are getting more and more difficult for RCB after their fourth loss of the season, Chahal said it was important to stay positive. “It is the fourth loss in a row, but we have 10 games to comeback. You need to stay positive in such a situation,” he said. Chahal also reiterated that despite the M. Chinnaswamy being called a batting paradise, he loves bowling on the square. “I am used to conditions there, sixth year with RCB, and I like bowling at the Chinnaswamy,” he said.
Unforgivable mistake! Cricketers criticise umpires for Malinga no-ball goof-up, back use of better technology
The thrilling tie between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Mumbai Indians (MI) at Chinnaswamy Stadium yesterday became a topic of discussion after on-field umpires failed to spot Lasith Malinga’s no-ball. The delivery, which was the final delivery of the game, could have changed the result of the match as RCB lost by just six runs to MI in the end.
RCB needed six runs off the last ball to take the match to a super over. Shivam Dube could only score one run and MI won by 6 runs. However, the replays later showed the delivery was a no-ball and on-field umpire missed to spot that. Many cricketers came out with their responses on the umpiring error which costed RCB the match. While some called it poor umpiring, others urged for better use to technology to spot no-balls. Here are comments of some the cricketers and experts.
RCB skipper Virat Kohli also criticised umpires for their poor decision saying that they should have been more careful at the moment. MI captain Rohit Sharma said that such mistakes by umpires are not good for the game because such moments are game changers.
Pakistan Cricket Board trying to convince Cricket Australia for ODI series
Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is trying to persuade Cricket Australia (CA) to play two match ODI series next year in Pakistan before the World Cup in England. PCB chairman Ehsan Mani said that the five-match series is scheduled to be held in UAE sometime in late March and early April and PCB was trying to persuade the Australians to play two games in Pakistan.
A PCB official said that the series could be rescheduled as the Australians are keen to play it as close to the World Cup as possible. The World Cup is slated to start from late May in England. The source said that Pakistan also had a five-match ODI series in England just before the World Cup. “Since we will be hosting the Australians, we have told them try to play two matches in Pakistan. The process is on but nothing is final as yet.”
ISL 2018-19: Sunil Chhetri kicks winning goal for Bengaluru FC in match against FC Goa
Margao: Bengaluru FC accounted for FC Goa 2-1 in a fiery Hero Indian Super League encounter at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Thursday. Rahul Bheke opened the scoring with an improvised backheel flick in the 34th minute. Both teams were reduced to 10 men after the restart as Mohammad Ali and Dimas Delgado were sent off.
Brandon Fernandes equalised for the hosts in the 72nd minute but Sunil Chhetri notched the winner for Bengaluru five minutes later. The win takes Bengaluru — only unbeaten side in the ISL — level on points with FC Goa at the top of the table with two games in hand over the Gaurs.
Bengaluru had the first sight of goal after Chencho Gyeltshen and Udanta Singh combined well on the right flank. The Indian winger delivered a teasing ball across the face of goal, but Mohammad Nawaz punched it away from danger. At the other end, Carlos Pena’s cross from the left was intercepted by Juanan at the near post but the ball fell to Hugo Boumous whose close-range shot was brilliantly saved by Gurpreet Singh.
Hugo Boumous’ defence-splitting through-ball midway through the first-half allowed Seriton Fernandes to sneak in behind the Bengaluru defence but Gurpreet was alert to the situation and got to the ball in a jiffy. The visitors took the lead in the 34th minute when Delgado’s corner-kick fell to Xisco Hernandez at the edge of the box. The Spaniard’s weak shot was gorgeously flicked into the net by Bheke at the far post.
The defender almost doubled his side’s lead at the stroke of half-time after Mourtada Fall’s poor first touch gifted him the ball inside the box. Bheke’s effort, however, skimmed off the crossbar. The hosts were reduced to 10 men two minutes into the second-half when Ali picked up a second yellow card. The full-back pushed the ball away with his hand to prevent Xisco from getting to it on the right flank and received a second yellow card.
Bengaluru were also dealt a blow at the hour mark when Delgado was shown a straight red card for a high-footed tackle on Hugo Boumous. The game stretched in midfield as Goa sought an equaliser. Chhetri found Nishu Kumar in space down the left flank and the full-back used his first touch to skip past Seriton Fernandes into the box and forced a good low save from Nawaz.
Goa got their equaliser in the 72nd minute when Ferran Corominas fought his way into the box through a crowd of defenders and found Brandon in the centre. The Indian midfielder slotted the ball into the net, helped by a deflection. Bengaluru restored their lead five minutes later. Thongkhosiem Haokip played Udanta Singh into space on the right flank and the Indian winger delivered a terrific cross to the far post where Chhetri lost his marker and headed home to secure all three points for his side.
Think this is India’s best chance to beat Australia Down Under? Read what Steve Waugh has to say
New Delhi: Former Australia captain Steve Waugh is “not sure” if the current Indian team led by Virat Kohli is any better than some of the sides that he played against during his international career. Waugh spoke in reference to India coach Ravi Shastri’s comments that this is “the best Indian side in the last 15 years”.
“Look I have played against some great Indian sides and I am not sure that the current side is better than the ones we played against,” Waugh told ESPN Cricinfo in an interview. The 53-year-old said such comments could have been avoided as it puts pressure on the team.
“I am not really sure but probably not a great thing to say as it puts extra pressure on the team. Once they start losing, they will get a lot of criticism for that. Look, it’s good that Ravi Shastri believes in his side but comments like these could be kept to himself,” Waugh said.
The former skipper known for his mental disintegration tactic feels that Australia despite recent problems would be hard to beat in their own den. “Australia will be hard to beat in Australia. We have a bowling attack as good as any team in world cricket and we can take wickets. It’s our batting if we score 350 runs in first innings, I think we will be very hard to beat. And someone will always come and do well and that’s the nature of the sport.
“I am still pretty confident that we can win in Australia but it’s going to be a close series though,” Waugh said about the Test series starting December 6. Like everyone else, he praised Virat Kohli for his supreme consistency comparing him with Brian Lara and Sachin Tendulkar.
“He is a great player and he loves these big moments. He is like Tendulkar and Lara. They wait for these and that’s where they want to show their best. He will be the dangerman straightaway but they have some pretty good batsmen,” Waugh said. “Actually, India have quite a rounded team and they will see this as a significant chance. They would have prepared for this tour for a long time. I think it is going to be really close series,” he added.
Ranji Trophy 2018-19 Round 2, Day 4! LIVE Streaming, scorecard, when and where to watch on TV
The round 2 of Ranji Trophy 2018-19 has started on November 12 and today is the last day of all the 17 matches. The matches are being played under the round 2 at multiple venues across the country. The second day of round 2 saw few teams like UP, Delhi, Jharkhand, Saurashtra, Gujarat and Vidarbha putting a strong hold on opponents.
On the third day, one match ended as Jharkhand defeated Haryana by 9 wickets. Goa team also showed a great performance against Jammu and Kashmir, reaching over 400 runs on third day. Arunachal Pradesh has outclassed Mizoram to a great extent, leading the match with over 350 runs. Till now, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand and Sikkim has claimed victories against their respective opponents. Many other matches are going towards draw. Today, the fate of all the matches will end and the winners of second round will emerge on the top.
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When and where you can catch the LIVE telecast of Ranji Trophy 2018-19 Round 2, Day 4?
LIVE Streaming of Round 2, Day 4 of Ranji trophy will be available on Star Sports Network. Round 2 matches will be played from Nov 12 to Nov 15, 2018 at multiple venues across India.
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