Salaam Cricket 2018: Younis Khan yet to get promised dinner treat from Mohammed Yousuf

first_imgSalaam Cricket 2018’s final session saw the 11 legends narrate some of the funniest stories ever heard from cricketers.Along with the many that they shared, one in particular left the audience in splits. The incident involved a dare between Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf.Yousuf once dared Younis to bring something valuable from then captain Wasim Akram. Younis was promised a dinner treat if he completed the dare to which he accepted.Salaam Cricket 2018 Highlights: “Wasim Akram and Mohammad Yousuf often got into friendly banters. Once Yousuf told me if you can take anything from Wasim I will treat you to dinner. This was back in 2002 when Wasim bhai was a legend and I was just starting my career.”I took 24 hours to think about this dare so I planned for what I would take from him and how. I accepted Yousuf’s challenge and looked at Wasim bhai’s shoe the next day and tried to find out what size he wears.Salaam Cricket 2018: When Akram once cracked a deal with Muralitharan”After practice Wasim bhai came back tired and I served him water. At that time I asked Wasim bhai for a favour and told him how a poor kid back home needs shoes and it would be great if you could gift him yours.Salaam Cricket 2018: Sunil Gavaskar reveals why he once sported a moustache”Wasim bhai asked me if that kid was really in need of shoes and gave them to me instantly. So I got the shoes from Wasim bhai and when I went to Yousuf to show him the shoes, he didn’t believe me. And he never honoured that deal. I am yet to get that dinner treat from him and still remind him of it. I still have those shoes with me though,” Younis narrated in the final session of Salaam Cricket 2018.advertisementSalaam Cricket 2018: Indian cricketers should approach their legends for advice, says YounisIndia Today brought together 11 legends of cricket on one platform at the mega cricket conclave on Monday.Sunil Gavaskar, Wasim Akram, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-haq, Abdul Qadir, Harbhajan Singh, Mohammad Azharuddin, R Ashwin, Habibul Bashar, Muttiah Muralitharan and Madan Lal spoke about India-Pakistan cricketing ties, the upcoming Asia Cup 2018 match between the two arch-rivals and their favourites for the tournament.last_img read more

Nokia 6.1 Plus gets Rs 1000 discount in festive sale, so is it now best phone under Rs 15,000?

first_imgFlipkart will be conducting its Big Billion Days sale from October 10 to October 14. During this period, you can expect to see tons of offers and discounts of products across various categories. A lot of smartphones are going to be on sale, some of which are going to see some attractive discounts as well. Notably, the popular Nokia 6.1 Plus will see a discount of Rs 1,000, which means it will be available at Rs 14,999.The Nokia 6.1 Plus has seen a pretty great response so far, but its discounted price looks more attractive than ever. In this segment, the phone goes up against the Realme 2 Pro (which will also go on sale on October 11), Xiaomi Mi A2 and Motorola One Power to name a few. For a limited time, the Nokia 6.1 Plus will be available at under Rs 15,000 which sounds great, but does this make it the best phone under Rs 15,000? Let’s find out.Premium design all aroundBoth the Nokia 6.1 Plus and Realme 2 Pro are stunning smartphones at affordable prices. These are among the best-looking phones you can buy at around Rs 15,000 so when it comes to design there is really no wrong choice between the two. Both the phones bring edge-to-edge displays with notches, but there’s a slight difference. The notch on the Nokia 6.1 Plus is wide and closer to an iPhone X-like notch while the Realme 2 Pro offers a waterdrop notch like the Oppo F9 Pro. This means the notch on the Realme 2 Pro is tinier and less intrusive than the one on the Nokia 6.1 Plus.advertisementYou also get a taller 6.3-inch FHD+ display with the Realme 2 Pro compared to the 5.8-inch FHD+ display on the Nokia 6.1 Plus. The latter is more compact and handy, but if you want an immersive display, the Realme 2 Pro is a better choice. You also have the Motorola One Power that also comes with a bigger display compared to the Nokia 6.1 Plus, but the phone is quite bulky thanks to its 5,000mAh battery. As for the rest of the design, the Realme 2 Pro comes with an attractive dewdrop arc panel on the back that nicely curves around the sides. Yet this is a plastic panel which makes it more prone to scratches and wear. The Nokia 6.1 Plus, on the other hand, offers Gorilla Glass 3 protection on the back, which makes it more premium and durable.The Motorola One Power, which is another Android One phone priced at Rs 15,999, offers similar hardware, but doesn’t impress greatly with design. It sports a notched display, but the metal rear panel is somewhat uninspiring when compared to the Nokia 6.1 Plus. The same can also be said for Xiaomi’s Mi A2 as well.Powerful specs, but advantage goes to RealmeWhen it comes to hardware, the Realme 2 Pro is hard to beat right now by any mid-range smartphone. At Rs 13,990, this is the cheapest phone with a powerful Snapdragon 660 chipset. This is coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The Nokia 6.1 Plus offers a Snapdragon 636 chipset, which is also pretty powerful, but just a little short of the SD660.The Realme 2 Pro also comes with some impressive 16MP cameras all around. The cameras offer detailed and crisp photographs in good lighting and also manage to hold well in low-light. The Nokia 6.1 Plus isn’t the best camera phone in this segment, but it manages to offer good, detailed photos with true-to-life colours in good light. The cameras suffer in low-light, giving the Realme 2 Pro and edge.The Realme 2 Pro also offers an impressive 3,500mAh battery, which will take the phone through two days on average usage. In comparison, the 3,060mAh battery inside the Nokia 6.1 Plus is good for a full day but not more than that. It delivers a decent battery life, but falls short in front of the Realme 2 Pro. However, when it comes to battery life, the Motorola One Power reigns supreme in this segment with a whopping 5,000mAh capacity. This comes at a cost of design, but for consumers who need a good battery phone, the Nokia 6.1 Plus may not rank high on the list.Android One trumps ColorOSArguably the biggest advantage that the Nokia 6.1 Plus has over the Realme 2 Pro is with regards to software. The Nokia 6.1 Plus is an Android One phone with stock, bloatware-free Android 8.1 Oreo. This is as pure of an Android phone as you can get, and this also means it is well optimised so the phone offers a consistently smooth user experience. The software is also optimised for the notch so it never intrudes the content. This is also why the Motorola One Power gets an edge over the Realme 2 Pro. Notably, the Nokia 6.1 Plus will also be the first among its competition to be updated to Android 9 Pie in October.advertisementThe Realme 2 Pro ships with Android 8.1 Oreo with Oppo’s ColorOS 5.2 on top. Software is the only thing that underpins what is otherwise an exceptional smartphone. ColorOS looks quite dated, comes with some bloatware and is not as smooth as stock Android. It also isn’t optimised for the notch, so even the tiny dewdrop notch is visible when it intrudes content.Both the Nokia 6.1 Plus and Realme 2 Pro are exceptional affordable mid-range phones. They both come with attractive designs and some powerful specs. The Nokia 6.1 Plus is for consumers looking for a compact, lightweight phone with pure Android software, while the Realme 2 Pro is for consumers looking for raw power at an affordable price. It also offers a more immersive display and a better battery life.The Nokia 6.1 Plus is a complete package that won’t let you down. The phone delivers on design, display, performance and software, which means it ticks mostly all the boxes. The few areas that it looks a bit wanting is with regards to cameras and battery life, but not by much. At under Rs 15,000, the Nokia 6.1 Plus is definitely one of the better options out there and should be worth considering during the Flipkart Big Billion Days sale.last_img read more

Bayern Munich survive scare to reach German Cup third round

first_imgBayern Munich edged past amateurs SV Roedinghausen 2-1 to reach the third round of the German Cup on Tuesday.Champions Bayern, who were made to work hard, Bayern were far from their best against their fourth-division opponents on a rainy and cold evening in east Westphalia and had to endure a nervous finale before booking their spot in the next round.Bayern were missing half a dozen players because of illness or injury.Quick goals from Sandro Wagner in the eighth minute and Thomas Mueller, who scored with a penalty five minutes later, put the visitors in the driving seat.Next round #MiaSanMia #da27 pic.twitter.com/PKpTORS8UrDavid Alaba (@David_Alaba) October 30, 2018Bayern, second in the Bundesliga, were awarded a second spot kick in the 22nd minute but Renato Sanches’ effort bounced off the crossbar.The hosts cut the deficit four minutes after the restart with Linus Meyer beating Rafinha to connect with a cross as the home crowd erupted in wild celebrations.Niko #Kovac on @Thiago6: “He’s in a lot of pain at the moment, but we will wait and see what the examination tomorrow reveals.”#DFBPokal #SVRFCB pic.twitter.com/PZbcBlxz0nFC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) October 30, 2018Franck Ribery had a rare chance in the second half but his low drive was palmed wide by keeper Niclas Heimann as Bayern took their foot completely off the gas and looked short of ideas and Roedinghausen pressed for an equaliser.@esmuellert_: “We’re into the next round, that’s what counts. With regards to how we did it though, we players need to have a long, hard think.”#DFBPokal #SVRFCB pic.twitter.com/UMjdPcdG14advertisementFC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) October 30, 2018The Bavarians, who have now won four matches in all competitions after a four-game winless run, may have to make do without Thiago Alcantara in the coming matches after the Spaniard suffered a leg injury.Fellow Bundesliga clubs Hertha Berlin and VfL Wolfsburg also advanced by beating Darmstadt 98 and Hanover 96 2-0 respectively.Thank you for your support! #MiaSanMiaAnd respect to @svroedinghausen for a brilliant fight #DFBPokal #SVRFCB pic.twitter.com/atGFzjcvwxFC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) October 30, 2018Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund host second tier Union Berlin on Wednesday.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Functional Fitness Major ‘MultiFit’ Announces India’s First Gym Chain Driven Fitness Incubator Program

first_img(Eds: Disclaimer: The following press release comes to you under an arrangement with PR Newswire. PTI takes no editorial responsibility for the same.)PUNE, India, October 31, 2018/PRNewswire/ –Finally an incubator program that will focus not just on technology-driven ideas for the fitness industry but also on conventional businesses and business ideas across sports, fitness, wellness and nutritionHas already commenced incubation of nutrition and sports-based businesses; Targets commercial launch of Fitness CRM, Fitsperts and MultiFit MMA Pro-Academy in Q1 2019To be housed out of Bangalore and PuneIndia’s largest and fastest growing Functional Fitness Studio Brand ‘MultiFit Wellness Private Limited’, today announced India’s first Gym chain driven fitness incubator program, namely ‘MultiFit Fitness Incubator Program (MFIP)’. To be housed out of its Bangalore and Pune facilities, the program will be a healthy mix of technology-based start-ups and ideas as well as conventional ones across sports, fitness, wellness and nutrition. MultiFit has already commenced incubation of a Fitness CRM, Nutrition program ‘Fitsperts’ and MMA Academy ‘MultiFit MMA Pro-Academy’ – all to be commercially launched over the next three-four months.Commenting on the Incubator Program, Dr. Samir Kapoor, Founder & MD, MultiFit said: “The fitness business is changing extremely rapidly, driven not just by technology but by the fast-changing socio-economic landscape of the country. It is a known fact that over 400 million will be added to our urban population count over the next decade, over 75-80% of all mortality in the country will be driven by NCDs by 2020 and technology will enter a Machine Learning / AI dominated space, transforming and disrupting everything in the process. If we are not prepared for this change, we will be left way behind. Having said that, while we understand the business of fitness and wellness extremely well, we most definitely need to go the collaborative route for the rest.”advertisement”Launching the fitness incubator program was thus imperative. Through this program we aim at tapping into all the brilliant ideas that come up on a day-to-day basis across the country but lack the financial and business experience to take it forward. Add to this the large rapidly growing organic community of fitness enthusiasts we have built over the last couple of years as a native market for these ideas, the probability of getting winners increases. While our program will largely focus on early stage ideas, we would not be averse to established entities coming up with new ideas in the space as well,” added Samir.Assisting MultiFit in this endeavour would also be its newly inducted Technical Advisory Board comprising 11 International Olympic Athletes including Andy Turner, Marilyn Okoro, Chris Tomlinson, Sarah Stevenson, Mark Lewis Francis, Sebastian Rodger, Zoe Smith, Alyson Dixon, Georgina Cassar, Luke Lennon Ford and Manoj Pingle.Having started off as a 3000 sq. ft. single studio in 2015, MultiFit currently operates a chain of over 32 large format multi-disciplinary Functional Fitness studios across India, UK & UAE marking a presence in 10 cities. Further it has another 20 more signed up gyms which are slated to go live over the next 4-5 months taking the total count to 52 fitness studios.About MultiFit Wellness Private LimitedStarting out with one MultiFit studio in Pune in 2015, Dr. Samir Kapoor has spearheaded the brand’s growth to enable a deeper penetration in Pune as well as take MultiFit’s concept of functional training across India. The functional fitness chain has 32 operational functional fitness studios across 10 cities (including its studio at Manchester, UK and Abu Dhabi, UAE), and 20 more set for launch over the next 5-6 months across India, UAE & UK. It has already built a community of more than 75000 Multi-Fitters (members), and has set a target of 100 fitness studios in India and 20 Fitness studios across the UK, Middle East and South Asia by end of next year. Additionally, MultiFit also runs India’s only Tri & Endurance Academy, namely MATES – MultiFit Academy for Triathlon & Endurance Sports.MultiFit has been at the forefront of innovation and transformation in fitness. The brand has been a fitness and/or Strength & Conditioning partner for Pune FC, Premier Futsal, Basketball Federation of India (BFI) & Puneri Phaltans (Pro-Kabaddi League), sponsored International level athletes in major competitions such as IronMan, been the only gym in India to offer genetic-based nutrition mapping, and has its own trainer training institute – MESA (MultiFit Exercise Science Academy).MultiFit also has a very active Athlete adoption program which already boasts of a string of national and international athletes and coaches including Commonwealth Athlete Sally Jones (IronMan – Triathlete, BTEC in Sports and Exercise Science (UK) & Certified L3 Personal Trainer from REPS UK),Automatically Timed 200 metre Hurdles World record breaker and three-time Olympian Andy Turner, Mr. Manoj Pingle (Olympian & Arjuna Awardee), Mr. India Rahul Kadam, Chetanya Velhal (IronMan Coach, Triathlete, India’s Fastest Ultracyclist, RAAM qualified, MS Biotech), Kunal Mahour aka The Steele (India’s only representative at the World Street Workout & Callisthenic Championship), amongst others. Furthermore, MultiFit has also recently instituted an advisory board comprising 10 International Athletes and Olympians to advise on its growth.advertisementOver the last one year, MultiFit has also bagged three prestigious industry awards in India namely Fitness Excellence Award 2018 (Excellence in Multi-Discipline Training Fitness Club), India Business Award 2018 (Best Functional Fitness Studio Brand) and the Business Leaders’ Summit & Awards 2018 (Fastest Growing Fitness and Wellness Company of the year).Website: http://www.multifit.in/Source: MultiFit Wellness Private LimitedPWRPWRlast_img read more

Trent Boult hat-trick leads New Zealand to win over Pakistan in 1st ODI

first_imgTrent Boult became only the third male New Zealand cricketer to claim an ODI hat-trick as New Zealand beat Pakistan by 47 runs in the first ODI at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.Boult joined Danny Morrison and Shane Bond in the history books of New Zealand as he absolutely shut out the Pakistan top order to inflict their first loss in nine matches.During the Pakistan innings, Shadab Khan had claimed three wickets in four deliveries but Boult topped that with a hat-trick.Pakistan had dominated the first hour of play with Shaheen Afridi and Shadab, both ending up with four wickets, but it was the tail of New Zealand batting that propelled them to a defendable total of 266.Boult first bowled danger man Fakhar Zaman off his pads, before Babar Azam nicked through to slip and Mohammad Hafeez was trapped in-front, with the home side in a funk at 3/8.What better man to interview Trent Boult after play than fellow NZ ODI hat-trick hero – Danny Morrison #PAKvNZ pic.twitter.com/UvQlWh1fnTBLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) November 7, 2018Boult had missed the Twenty20 International series to attend the birth of his first child but it didn’t take long for him to announce his arrival in the ODI series.Shoaib Malik and Imam ul-Haq, who was just four years old when Malik made his debut against West Indies at Sharjah in October 1999, combined to slowly rebuild the Pakistan innings, in similar fashion to Taylor and Latham in the first.advertisementArdent Pakistan fans had to dig a little deeper for optimism when a double strike ended the 63-run fourth-wicket partnership, as Pakistan fell to 73/5. Firstly, Lockie Ferguson dismissed Imam (34 from 36 balls), who mistimed a pull to de Grandhomme, with the catcher then nabbing Malik (30 from 50) the next over, who picked out Williamson at mid-off.Sarfraz Ahmed and Imad Wasim also combined effectively. Sarfraz was his usual busy self and although Imad focused more on resistance in the early part of his knock, successive maximums in the 36th over signalled Pakistan weren’t going down without a fight.The skipper soon reached his half-century as the pair clocked up their century stand, which threatened to give this match the climax it deserved until de Grandhomme (2/40, plus two catches) picked up the vital scalp of Sarfraz (64 from 69 balls) as the match entered the final ten overs. Imad reached fifty before Southee got his man, while Ferguson claimed the wicket of Shaheen as New Zealand got their series off to a promising start.Earlier, after winning the toss and electing to bat, New Zealand’s George Worker and Colin Munro didn’t last long, the former edging tamely to Sarfraz Ahmed off Shaheen Afridi (4/46) before the teenage sensation removed his fellow opener lbw.The early inroads shackled the New Zealand batsmen in the middle overs, but Kane Williamson and Taylor kept the scorecard ticking along before the former picked out short midwicket off a Shadab long hop.Latham, who boasts an exceptional record in Asia, joined Taylor at the crease as the duo set about hitting over half of their team’s total. It wasn’t a demolition job by no means, just accomplished batting, calmly finding the gaps without too much risk. Only 20 of Latham’s 68 runs came from boundaries, but the Kiwis were hitting five runs an over without breaking sweat.With Taylor and Latham in control, Shadab (4/38) then bowled a potentially match-defining over when he trapped Latham and Henry Nicholls in front off successive spinning deliveries. He then got Colin de Grandhomme edged at slip two balls later.Another big wicket followed when Taylor was bowled by Imad the next over, with New Zealand’s mid-to-lower order all but wiped out.Some cagey batting followed from the tail until Ish Sodhi hit 24 providing an unlikely cameo with three welcome sixes off Hasan Ali at the death. Boult also smashed a maximum off the last ball by Junaid Khan as Pakistan conceded 50 runs off the final five overs in an innings full of ebb and flow.Pakistan will look to level the three-match series when the two teams meet in the second ODI on Friday.(With ICC inputs)last_img read more

GOC of 16 Corps reaches out to people of Hill Kaka, once hub of terrorists

first_imgJammu, Nov 22 (PTI) The General officer commanding  (GoC) of 16 Corps Lt Gen Paramjit Singh Thursday reached out the people of Rajouri district’s Hillkaka belt, once operation hub of the Pakistan terrorists in 2003, a defence spokesman said. Lt Gen Singh first visited Hill Kaka and paid homage to the soldiers who laid down their lives, and interacted with people who provided assistance during ‘Operation Sarp Vinash’, an operation undertaken by the Indian Army to flush out terrorists who had made bases in Hill Kaka Poonch-Surankote area of Pir Panjal range in Jammu and Kashmir during April-May 2003, the spokesperson said. In the ensuing operation, the Indian Army had killed 64 terrorists belonging to various jihadist outfits. A medical camp was also organised Thursday at Hill Kaka and during interaction with the villagers, Lt Gen Singh distributed communication equipments to the remote hamlets of the region for emergencies during winter. Sports equipmet to include cricket kits, football kits and nets were provided to the children. The GOC of Nagrota based White Knight Corps (16 Corps) informed the villagers that Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Sanjay, has confirmed that all the impediments in construction of road to Hill Kaka have been addressed and good progress will be seen in coming days. Singh expressed his gratitude to the locals for their contribution in bringing peace. He thanked the locals, saying the Indian Army could not have achieved astounding success without their support. He commemorated the historic Poonch Link up Day by laying wreath at Naman Sthal, the War Memorial at Poonch. He was joined by veterans and senior army officials in laying wreaths and remembering the supreme sacrifice of the soldiers and the citizens of the region for defending Poonch, this day in 1948.advertisement In 1948, during the conflict in Jammu and Kashmir between Indian Army and Pakistani forces, Poonch withstood a seige by the Pakistanis from November 1947 till relieved by an Indian Offensive, Operation Easy which commenced on 20 November 1948. The besieged garrison, then commanded by Brig Pritam Singh was maintained by air supply. The day marks the historic link up carried out by Brig Pritam Singh’s forces with Brig Yadunath’s forces from Rajouri at Danna Ka Pir on 21 November 1948. The White Knight Corps and people of Poonch celebrate the historic Poonch Link up Day with gaiety and fervor every year. PTI AB CKlast_img read more

Thalapathy 63 cast and crew announced: Nayanthara paired opposite Vijay

first_imgThe entire cast and crew members of Thalapathy 63 have been announced. The upcoming film of Vijay marks his third collaboration with director Atlee. Their previous ventures – Mersal and Theri – were blockbuster, which has made the actor team up with Atlee yet again.Nayanthara, who is now fondly called as the Lady Superstar of South Indian cinema, has been roped in for the project. She has earlier acted with Vijay in Villu, which was panned by critics and the audience.Almost all the crew members, who worked with Atlee in Mersal, have been retained for the project. AR Rahaman and lyricist Vivek are again teaming up for this project.GK Vishnu, who made his excellent debut with Mersal, has been again chosen for Thalapathy 63.Except for the production house and the supporting cast, Atlee seems to be going with the same team he had for Mersal that includes editor Antony Ruben, stunt director Anla Arasu and art director Muthuraj.AGS Entertainment is producing Thalapathy 63, that might also star comedy actor Vivekh.ALSO READ | Thalapathy 63: Is Vijay-Atlee film a sports entertainer?ALSO SEE | Sarkar Movie Review: Hero Vijay shines in unimpressive Diwali releaseALSO WATCH | Sarkar makers buckle under ADMK pressure, remove controversial scenelast_img read more

Feel sorry for Mithali Raj, you cannot drop someone like her: Sunil Gavaskar

first_imgSunil Gavaskar said he empathised with Mithali Raj who was left out of India’s playing XI against England in the semi-final of the Women’s World T20.The decision to omit India’s highest scorer in women’s T20 Internationals created a furor even after skipper Harmanpreet Kaur justified the decision and said she had no regrets after India lost to England by eight wickets in Antigua last week.Hours after the semi-final, Mithali’s manager lashed out at Harmanpreet Kaur in a tweet which was later deleted. “Unfortunately @BCCIWomen believes in politics not sport. After witnessing what @M_Raj03 ‘s experience could do in IndvIre it’s shocking that they went with what pleases @ImHarmanpreet -a manipulative, lying, immature, undeserving captain,” Annisha Gupta had tweeted.Gavaskar said he did not agree with the team management reason to drop Mithali from the team for a knockout game.”I feel sorry for Mithali. She has a very good point.. She has served Indian cricket for 20 years. She scored runs.. she won player of the match in both matches (she played at the World T20),” Gavaskar told India Today.”She was injured for one game but fit for the next game. Just convert this situation into the men’s game. If you had a Virat Kohli who was injured for one game and then is fit for the knockout, will you leave him out? You have to pick your best player for the knockouts.. You needed the experience and expertise of Mithali Raj,” Gavaskar said.Even as reports of a rift in the dressing-room began to emerge, Mithali and Harmanpreet met with BCCI CEO Rahul Johri after returning to India.advertisementSoon after, Mithali wrote a letter to BCCI accusing coach Ramesh Powar of humiliating her. Mithali said realised she would not play the semi-final only moments before the toss.”It is when Harman walked to toss, he came running to me and said that they were going with the same team. It meant the whole team knew who were playing and it was just me who was not aware. Also, when the team was getting ready to field in the second innings, it is customary that even those who aren’t playing should join the team huddle as it has always been the norm in our team. But to insult me that day, he sent a word through the manager to tell that it was only the playing eleven that can join in the huddle and the rest can go back to dugout making us feel as outcasts. It was worrying and insulting because the coach was out to destroy and humiliate me,” Mithali wrote in her letter to BCCI. “I couldn’t control my tears having given it my all for 20 years. It seemed my efforts had no value.”Gavaskar said it was difficult to comment on Powar’s role from a distance but said he did not agree with the Indian team’s reason behind Mithali’s omission.”What happened with Powar.. is very difficult to comment on that from here. It’s difficult to accept whatever the reason was.. They said they wanted to stick with the same team, I don’t think that’s a good enough excuse. You can’t drop someone like Mithali Raj,” he said.Also Read | Mithali Raj has got good reasons to be peeved: Farokh EngineerAlso Read | Amitabh Chaudhary stunned, Mithali Raj letter to BCCI not shared with secretaryAlso Read | Will Mithali Raj retire from T20Is after World T20 fiasco in West Indies?Also Read | Ganguly relates to Mithali’s omission from World T20 semi-final: ‘Welcome to the group’Also Watch –last_img read more

I feel let down and deflated: Former IPL auctioneer says he was axed in one-line email

first_imgThe familiar voice of the Indian Premier League auction will not be heard when the eight franchises meet on January 18 in Jaipur.Richard Madley, who was the voice of the IPL auctions for more than 10 years, will not be conducting the affairs after Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) replaced him with Hugh Edmeades, who is an independent fine art, classic car and charity auctioneer.Madley in a recent interview said that he felt disappointed by the way he was treated and let down by BCCI.”I’m sad, disappointed and a little bit let down and deflated,” Madley was quoted as saying by Cricketnext.”It’s not my decision, it’s the decision of the BCCI combined with IMG. It has come as a bit of a shock to me after 11 unbroken years of conducting the auction and always receiving positive comments and feedback from the franchise owners, administrators, BCCI and my many fans. It has come as a bolt out of the blue – to be released, to use an IPL term – without reason or explanation.”I have been told that the BCCI wants to ‘change up’ the auction with a new venue, new timings and I assumed then that they were going to bring in a newer, younger auctioneer. Perhaps an Indian auctioneer, which would be perfectly logical. Therefore I was surprised when my replacement is a British auctioneer, older than me, more grey hairs, heavier! He’s a good friend of mine, I’ve known Hugh for many years. But he’s a first class art auctioneer who has no experience of IPL. Therefore, it is illogical to me to replace me with somebody who is almost my mirror image. That, to me, is the one area that hurts.advertisement”I was thinking that if I was going to be replaced, it would be a seed change in the auction and not a simple substitution without rhyme, reason or logic. Is it fair, equitable or honourable? So naturally I feel somewhat bruised.”Madley was also not happy that he was not given any explanation for releasing him and especially the way the matter was dealt with by BCCI.”I was in early November if I was available to conduct the auction. I confirmed my availability and heard back from IMG/BCCI two weeks back with a one-line e-mail saying ‘Your services are not required. We have chosen a replacement auctioneer’. No explanation, no thanks for the 11 years of service, and no reason whatsoever. I was shocked.”They did mention they were considering other auctioneers when they asked me my availability. I confirmed my availability and assumed – wrongly – that they wanted to hire me. I surmise that they had already decided to hire Hugh and were purely going through the motions, and had already decided that they’d axe the hammer man.”I want to know the reason why. What have I done wrong, or who have I offended, or where have I stepped out of line? For my peace of mind and professional integrity, I need to hear the truth. I quite understand I might never work in India again, but personally and professionally I need to know who these decision makers are, who can influence these matters masquerading under the guise of BCCI, but nobody being big enough to put their hand up and say this was my decision, and this is the reason. If they do that, I would feel much happier.””Never say never is my motto. I have been proud and honoured to come to India and conduct the IPL auction. It’s part of my DNA,” Madley said.”The BCCI have said the decision is for one auction. They’ll review it after that. But I feel like a batsman who has made a double century and dropped by the selectors for no reason. However, a good cricketer will put his head down, make more runs in state cricket and get a recall. Of course I’m not going to say I’ll never return. But I feel the damage might be done and it might be difficult for the BCCI to eat humble pie and accept this decision was the wrong one, and in doing so, upset what is the greatest auction in the world.”It would appear that they are making change for change’s sake. You don’t fiddle with something that isn’t broken. The IPL auction is an extraordinary process, it’s more than just selling players. It’s a great launch pad for the tournament which usually starts six weeks later. Alter it at your risk. It’s inconceivable to me why they would want to do it. Why remove a key player in your team who has given 11 years service and still has some life left?advertisement”The IPL auction process is highly transparent. I am asking for that same transparency.”Also Read | Indian Premier League 2019 player auction to be held in Jaipur on December 18Also Read | IPL 2019 Auction: Jaydev Unadkat at base price of Rs 1.5 crore, Brendon McCullim at Rs 2 croreAlso Read | IPL 2019 auction: Malinga back in the pool, Finch and Maxwell opt outAlso see:last_img read more

Maharashtra: Govt hands over prime sports complex to private company for management

first_imgAt a time when Mumbai is short of open spaces and play grounds for sports enthusiasts, a huge sports complex in Dharavi, belonging to the state govt, has been transferred to a private company for management, a move which has evoked angry reactions.The Dharavi Sports Complex, also known as the Rajeev Gandhi Sports Complex, is spread over 3 acres of land and was built at the cost of Rs 21 crore. The complex has state-of-the-art facilities for sports including swimming, cricket, tennis.Situated at a very convenient location, the complex was considered as a boon not only for sports enthusiasts but also for children especially in a space starved central Mumbai.But citing losses to run the sports complex, the state govt has now decided to hand over the complex to a private company for operations in spite of strong objections from the sports officials.Documents with India Today show that Sudhir More, the Assistant Joint Director of the Sports and Youth welfare department had written to the state govt on April 16 raising strong objections. In his letter More says,”Sports complexes in rest of Maharashtra are financially self-sustainable. But in a crowded city like Mumbai, it is running into losses. This clearly indicates inefficiency on the part of the officials. There are detailed directives by the Directorate and if followed, the Sports complex can run into profit. It looks like the decision to privatise the complex is taken to benefit private interests and Sports Directorate is strongly against it.”As part of the handover, the private company will get 50% of the income and 50% will be shared with the state government.advertisementSpeaking on the matter, a spokesperson of the NCP Nawab Malik said, “This sports complex was built during our regime for training poor children. But now the state govt is transferring this property to a private builder. We are strongly against it and demand that it should be cancelled. And if at all the government plans to do it, tenders should have been invited with details of how much investment and income is expected. But they have sidelined the procedure and handed over the contract to a builder who is close to the chief minister. This is a loot of govt money.”Despite the opposition, the state government is defending its decision.”Most of the district sports complexes are running in losses. As far as Dharavi Sports Complex is concerned, apart from the swimming pool, all other activities had more or less stopped. The facilities are in shambles. So to bear the cost of the maintenance, the decision of privatisation was taken. We will take care that the poorest of poor will be able to use the facilities and are not deprived of it,” Vinod Tawde, Sports Minister of the State said.Meanwhile , the opposition has threatened that if the government does not withdraw the decision, they will not hesitate to move to the court against it.Also Read | 7th Pay Commission: Maharashtra to spend Rs 52,000 crore on pay hike for employeesAlso Watch | Maharashtra govt defends arrest of rights activists; Mamata govt ignored warnings about Kolkata bridge’s condition; morelast_img read more

Australian Open: Andy Murray much more than just a tennis player, says Amelie Mauresmo

first_imgAndy Murray will leave the sport as more than just a sporting figure, the Briton’s former coach Amelie Mauresmo said on Sunday.Murray, 31, said on Friday that this year’s Australian Open could be his last professional tournament, although the former world number one hopes he can bow out at his beloved Wimbledon.The three-time Grand Slam champion has emerged as a feminist figure in tennis, notably hiring Frenchwoman Mauresmo as his coach from 2014-16.”He is a champion reaching beyond his sport, especially by taking steps forward on the gender equality topic,” former world number one Mauresmo told French sports daily L’Equipe.”(Taking me as a coach) was not a PR thing. It was a profound conviction he had from his education, his open-mindedness.”He is not afraid of his own sensitiveness, on the contrary. To me, he has been undervalued as a man, not as a tennis player.”Overcome with emotion, the three-time Grand Slam champion wept at a media conference as he revealed that he had initially planned to quit after playing this year’s Wimbledon tournament but now felt Melbourne Park might end up his swansong.”There’s a chance of that, for sure, because I’m not sure I’m able to play through the pain for another four or five months,” the 31-year-old Briton, now ranked 230th in the world, said.”The pain is too much, really, and I don’t want to continue playing that way.”The pain is not allowing me to enjoy competing or training or any of the stuff I love about tennis.”advertisementFive-time a runner up at Melbourne Park, Murray had surgery on the joint a year ago, having played with pain for a number of years.He came back last June but was forced to cut his 2018 season short.While still struggling during a pre-season camp in December, Murray said he had told his team that he felt he could not go on for much longer.Twice Wimbledon winner Murray, Britain’s first men’s champion since Fred Perry in 1936, left the door to an eventual comeback slightly ajar, saying he was mulling another round of major hip surgery.last_img read more

Why MS Dhoni ran from Yuzvendra Chahal after India clinched ODI series 4-1 vs New Zealand

first_imgIndia cricketers were brimming with joy after completing a #10YearChallenge in New Zealand. The Asian giants thrashed New Zealand 4-1 to clinch an ODI series in New Zealand for the first time since 2009 on Sunday.The “Josh” was certainly high in the India camp after New Zealand were bowled out for 217 in chase of 252. After the post-match presentation ceremony, Team India leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal was getting ready for his customary post-match interviews with his teammates.Chahal TV, a chat show which the leg-spinner hosts for the Board of Control for Cricket in India, has now become a regular feature on the BCCI website. Chahal gets hold of the big names and the best performers after limited-over games and interviews them for the apex body of Indian cricket.When Chahal tried to catch hold of India veteran MS Dhoni, the latter evaded him by running off the field. In a video that is doing rounds on social media, Dhoni can be seen avoiding Chahal’s requests for an appearance on Chahal TV.pic.twitter.com/msk6z3ynaXDhoni Fan (@WastingBalls) February 3, 2019Dhoni, who has made it a point to cut down his interactions with the media, had notably told Chahal that he would be appearing on his popular show only after scoring a century. Chahal revealed the tidbit when he was asked by a commentator during the limited-over series in Australia last month.Chahal managed to get hold of stand-in captain Rohit Sharma after India completed the series win at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington.advertisementChahal asked Rohit if he can be promoted to bat at No.3 in Virat Kohli’s absence during the three-match Twenty20 International series against New Zealand, starting February 6.”He [Chahal] was our top scorer in the previous match that we lost. But I want you to be the top scorer in a match in which we go on to win. I will speak to Ravi Bhai for your promotion to No.3 in the T20s,” Rohit jokingly said.Rohit will be leading the India team in the absence of Kohli in the upcoming three-match T20I series. Rohit is turning out to be an astute captain and his skills as the skipper in the shortest format of the game will only help the team in the upcoming series.Notably, Rohit has tasted a lot of success in the T20 format as the captain of Indian Premier League franchise Mumbai Indians, who are three-time winners of the cash-rich league. Rohit had also led India to glory in the Nidahas Trophy T20I tri-series in Sri Lanka last year.India are yet to win a T20I series in New Zealand. The Asian giants were beaten 2-0 in 2008-09, which was the only time they played a bilateral series in the shortest format of the game against New Zealand at their own backyard.Also Read | Watch: MS Dhoni advises Kedar Jadhav in Marathi as India trounce New ZealandAlso Read | Yuzvendra Chahal to be India’s new No.3 during New Zealand T20s, jokes Rohit SharmaWatch | Shikhar Dhawan does the bhangra as Bharat Army play the dhol after India win 5th ODIlast_img read more

Ranji Trophy: Ageless Wasim Jaffer completes Perfect 10 after Vidarbha lifeline

first_imgIt was all but over for Wasim Jaffer, one of the greatest servants of Indian cricket when he suffered a knee injury during the 2016-17 season. He had missed quite a lot of domestic cricket and when he returned from the injury, not many were willing to give the then 38-year-old an opportunity to represent their state.Jaffer had revealed that his employers Indian Oil felt there was not much cricket left in him and suggested he sit in the office and do the mundane desk work. However, Jaffer got an opportunity to play for Vidarbha, whom he had joined for the first time in the 2015-16 season after leaving Mumbai for whom he played for 18 years and won eight titles.Cut to February 2019, Jaffer was holding the Ranji Trophy for the 10th time in his career and the second straight time with Vidarbha. The 40-year-old batsman was one of Vidarbha’s key campaigners in their successful title defense in the recently-completed 2018-19 season. Jaffer has now won 10 Ranji Trophy titles in as many finals he has played in the country’s premier domestic tournament.Jaffer did not fire in the final against Saurashtra as he was dismissed for 23 and 11 in Vidarbha’s 78-run win but the veteran finished as the highest run-scorer for the eventual title winners.Vidarbha defeat Saurashtra by 78 runs in the Ranji Trophy finalLift back-to-back Ranji Trophy titles pic.twitter.com/km0LASmN4SBCCI Domestic (@BCCIdomestic) February 7, 2019Jaffer ended up with 1037 runs at an average of 69.13 from 11 matches. He scored four centuries and the 206 he had scored in the quarter-final against Uttarakhand sealed a semi-final berth for Vidarbha. Jaffer became the first batsman to score 1000 runs in a Ranji Trophy season twice.advertisementThe 40-year-old Jaffer had scored 1260 runs from 16 innings at an average of 84 for Mumbai in 2008-09.An elated Jaffer conceded that he never thought he would another Ranji Trophy final when he left Mumbai in 2018 and thanked Vidarbha’s coach and former India cricketer Chandrakant Pandit for trusting him.”Didn’t think I would play another Ranji Trophy final when I left Mumbai. Two in two is unbelievable. When I came back from injury, Chandrakant Pandit became the coach and brought me in. I don’t want to let it go. Playing in a winning team motivates you,” Jaffer was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo after the Ranji Trophy win on Thursday.Vidarbha rode on 29-year-old left-arm spinner, Aditya Sarwate’s maiden 11-wicket haul to outclass Saurashtra. Sarwate dismissed India’s star Test batsman Cheteshwar Pujara in both the innings cheaply (1 and 0) in the final to set up his team’s historic win.Also Read | Unreal feeling: Faiz Fazal after Vidarbha defend Ranji Trophy titleAlso Read | People did not know where Vidarbha was but it won’t be so after Ranji triumph: Umesh YadavAlso See:last_img read more

BCCI likely to consult Team India top brass over Pakistan boycott at ICC World Cup

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is set to consult Team India and then decide on whether to play against Pakistan or not in the ICC World Cup in May-June.The Indian cricket board officials and the Committee of Administrators decided to wait and have a word with captain Virat Kohli, coach Ravi Shastri and MS Dhoni before coming out with a concrete solution, according to sources.BCCI have got to know from the ICC that if they put their proposal of throwing Pakistan out of the World Cup, they will lose it hands down, India Today have also learnt from sources.BCCI CEO Rahul Johri is also expected to raise this issue in the International Cricket Council meeting on February 26.The BCCI and COA members – Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji – met in New Delhi on Friday where they discussed the matter along with the new CoA member Lt General Ravi Thodge.The board would be staring at a huge financial loss and even a hefty fine from the International Cricket Council (ICC) if they indeed decide to forfeit the June 16 group match against Pakistan in the World Cup.It was reported earlier that the BCCI was mulling a forfeit following the Pulwama terror attack last week in which the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) lost 40 jawans.Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility for the ghastly attack in which a bus filled with the paramilitary troops was blown up on February 14.Vinod Rai had even asked Rahul Johri to write a letter to the ICC asking them to ban Pakistan from the World Cup, according to reports. But it wasn’t clear as to whether Johri had prepared a letter or not. But even if such a move is made, the ICC is bound to reject it.advertisementEdulji however, did say that the COA will seek the Indian government’s opinion before taking any drastic measures. “We will discuss the procedures to be followed and the way forward. All the concerned ministries, External affairs, Sports, Home will be consulted,” she said.A BCCI official also made it clear even before the meeting that the board does not have the power or authority to stop any team from competing in an ICC event.”There is absolutely no constitutional or contractual way this could happen. The ICC constitution allows members the right to participate in ICC events as long as they’ve qualified,” a BCCI official told PTI.A top BCCI source said even if a note is sent and the ICC agrees to put it out in front of member boards for a vote, India is unlikely to find any support from other nations.”In case India writes to ICC for Pakistan’s removal, then we have to build consensus first to move a resolution at it’s Annual Board Meeting in April. We no longer enjoy majority in the ICC board right now. If this goes for floor test we are certain to lose,” he said.”Not only that, serious doubts will emerge on our chances to host 2021 Champions Trophy and 2023 World Cup,” he added.India leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal also said on Friday that the team will comply with whatever decision the BCCI takes in its meeting.”It’s not in our hands, if BCCI says, we will play if they say no then we won’t. I think it is high time, we need to take firm action. I am not saying all people there (Pakistan) are at fault but those who are responsible should be acted against,” Chahal said ahead of the T20I series against Australia.The matter is now likely to come up on the sidelines of the ICC meetings between February 27 to March 2 in Dubai.Also Read | India will play against Pakistan in the World Cup if BCCI says so: Yuzvendra ChahalAlso Read | Should India play Pakistan at World Cup? Harbhajan Singh and Sunil Gavaskar differAlso Read | 400000 ticket applicants for India vs Pakistan, claims World Cup Tournament DirectorAlso Read | IIndia vs Pakistan in 2019 ICC World Cup: To play or not to play?last_img read more

Kohli should bat at No.4 slot

first_imgIndia’s build-up for the ICC World Cup began in an exciting manner at home on Saturday as the seasoned pair of Kedar Jadhav and Mahendra Singh Dhoni stitched together an unbeaten 141-run partnership in Hyderabad against Australia.For those who may have got a bit bored repeatedly watching India and Australia compete on the cricket field, there is plenty at stake in the current series.Having lost both the T20 internationals last week, it was important for the Indian team to regain momentum. For almost weeks in a row, there has been intense speculation on how much tinkering can be done with the team in the last five ODIs before the World Cup.Comments coming from people who matter have been mixed. Someone like skipper Virat Kohli feels these ODIs assume significance and not the Indian Premier League which will follow. In contrast, selection committee chairman MSK Prasad has said something quite the opposite as to how the IPL will matter!Back to the match on Saturday, the bowling department once again had a settled look and did well to restrict the Aussies to 236. With Ravindra Jadeja back in the ODI mix after a long time, he once again showed how valuable his experience could be in England in the World Cup. His 10 overs offered many indicators as to how his left-arm spin could come in handy.With Vijay Shankar not getting to bowl a full quota of 10 overs, there is not much to suggest he will figure in the final 15 for the World Cup.advertisementFor those who had seen Dhoni and Jadhav bat in Australia, Saturday’s match was like a repeat. After four wickets had fallen, it looked pretty open. This is when the duo stuck together and played with purpose.Jadhav was definitely more aggressive and dominated but what was important was he had the right support from Dhoni at the other end. This is not the same Dhoni we knew a few years ago. His aggression has come down, though to expect him to win you matches single-handedly may be a bit unreasonable.But if you are going to talk of pure wicket-keeping skills and experience, Dhoni still has plenty to offer to the Indian team. The other day, Sunil Gavaskar spoke at the India Today Conclave on how Dhoni could be the X factor at the World Cup.Someone like Gavaskar knows more than the average fan and other experts, so what he was suggesting was how Dhoni being close to the thick of action can be a big plus. It’s no secret, Kohli relies heavily on the inputs his previous captain gives. Add the two brains – Dhoni and Kohli – there is a lot which can be planned together now and in the World Cup.To be sure, the process of tinkering and trying options for India has begun. The think-tank is planning to try out all the options available before the World Cup. Jadeja may not have got a look in, but with Hardik Pandya out of action, luck smiled on him.There is still room to make smart changes in the top of the batting order. The way wickets fell on Saturday, it would be good to see Kohli come down and bat at the No.4 position from here on.There are reasons why this move will pay dividends as the team needs someone with Kohli’s experience to guide the team in the event of a collapse at the top. Kohli scored 44 on Saturday and there was pressure after that on Dhoni and Jadhav.At the top, you have two batsmen, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan with rich experience. The No.3 position, currently occupied by Kohli, could do with a change. It may be well worth trying out Ambati Rayudu or Rishabh Pant in the one-drop position.After the series in Australia, coach Ravi Shastri had hinted Kohli could come in at No.4. As one who reads the game well and is part of the think-tank for the World Cup, the next four matches could see more experiments being made.The advantage of Kohli coming one position lower is he can stay on till the end of the innings. He has been in amazing form and from here on, how he preserves himself will be very important. After all, none wants to see the Indian cricketers suffer a burn-out before the World Cup.In life as in sport, heroes have a big role to play in success and defeat and eventually becoming huge role models. Just before the ODIs, the Indian team may have found it hard to concentrate in the T20s, what with Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman held in captivity by Pakistan.advertisementPerhaps, this win on Saturday against Australia was a big salute to the Indian Air Force officer returning home safely.Indeed, this is the final countdown for the Indian cricket team.Also Watch:last_img read more

Honda CB300R deliveries start, new range of official accessories introduced

first_imgHonda Motorcycle and Scooter India has commenced the deliveries of Neo Sports Cafe influenced CB300R. The deliveries have begun in Chandigarh, Jaipur, Gurugram and Delhi. Honda CB300R was launched in India on February 8, 2019, at an introductory price of Rs 2.41 lakh (ex-showroom).While the deliveries in other cities will start soon, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India has introduced new accessories, including 16 independent options and four customised kits, for CB300R. The company had claimed that in just 25 days since the start of bookings in January 2019, Honda CB300R was booked for over three months based on the two-wheeler manufacturer’s current production plan.”Indian middleweight biking enthusiasts welcomed the Neo Sports Café inspired Honda CB300R with a lot of enthusiasm. Overwhelmed by the response since its launch in February, we have revised our production plan to meet the additional demand,” Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Senior Vice President for Sales and Marketing Yadvinder Singh Guleria said in a statement.Following are the 16 official accessories now available with Honda CB300R.– Crank case cover– Radiator cover– Kitaco under guard– H2C washer set– Kit fuel lid pad– Handle grip weight– Oil brake cap– Oil brake cap rear– Handlebar clamps– Frame bolt– G craft headlight mask– Kitaco short rear fender– Oil filler cap black– Rear service stand H2C– Air valve cap– Bike body coverCustomers can also choose from four customised kits now available with Honda CB300R.advertisement– Premium kit– Protection kit– Standard kit– Sports kitHonda CB300R is available for sale in India through the CKD (Completely Knocked Down) route. The middle-weight segment motorcycle is the company’s third ‘Make in India’ model under the CKD line-up. Inspired from CB 1000R, the new bike is available in two colour options — Matte Axis Gray Metallic and Candy Chromosphere Red.HondaCB300R gets a 286cc, DOHC, four-valve, liquid cooled, single-cylinder engine with PGM-FI technology that produces 31 bhp and 27.4 Nm of torque. The engine’s interior has a two-room structure for increasing acceleration efficiency. The company is also claiming the best-in-class torque-to-weight ratio for the bike. The motor is mated to a six-speed gearbox, with a multiplate wet clutch. The motorcycle features disc brakes both up front and at the back. It gets dual-channel ABS.The new frame on Honda CBR300R mixes pressed and tabular steel and is anchored by pressed steel swingarm pivot plates. These are complemented by 41mm USD front forts. It also gets fat bar-style handlebars.ALSO READ | Hyundai Venue first design sketches unveiled, might be priced between Rs 8 lakh and Rs 11 lakhALSO READ | Jawa, Jawa Forty Two official mileage figure announcedALSO READ | 2019 Suzuki Intruder launched in India, price starts at Rs 1.08 lakhlast_img read more

Trump to award Tiger Woods the Presidential Medal of Freedom

first_imgUS President Donald Trump on Monday said he would award Tiger Woods the Presidential Medal of Freedom after the golfer won the Masters for the fifth time on Sunday.”Spoke to @TigerWoods to congratulate him on the great victory he had in yesterday’s @TheMasters, & to inform him that because of his incredible Success & Comeback in Sports (Golf) and, more importantly, LIFE, I will be presenting him with the PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM,” Trump tweeted.The victory on Sunday was one of the greatest comebacks in sports history, as the 43-year-old ended an 11-year major title drought having overcome personal and professional setbacks including a highly-public divorce and multiple surgeries.The one-stroke win at Augusta National led to an outpouring of support from sports greats and politicians including Trump.Trump, an avid golfer, and Woods have played together in the past including in February when the pair joined golf great Jack Nicklaus for a round at Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Florida.Trump appeared to follow the action at this year’s Masters closely, tweeting well-wishes to the field on Saturday and encouraging people to tune in when Woods had the lead with just two holes left to play on Sunday.”Congratulations to @TigerWoods, a truly Great Champion!” Trump tweeted shortly after Woods sank a short putt to secure his 15th major title.”Love people who are great under pressure. What a fantastic life comeback for a really great guy!” he added later.The medal is the highest civilian honour in the United States and is given annually to people who have made outstanding contributions to the security or national interests of the country, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavours.advertisementSince taking office Trump has given the award to several athletes including former professional NFL players Roger Staubach and Alan Page and late professional baseball player George Herman “Babe” Ruth, Jr.Also Read | One of my biggest wins: Tiger Woods after winning Masters, his first major in 11 yearslast_img read more

IPL 2019: R Ashwin 4th captain to be fined for slow over-rate this season

first_imgKings XI Punjab captain Ravichandran Ashwin was fined after his team maintained a slow over-rate during their five-wicket loss to Delhi Capitals in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Saturday.As it was his team’s first offence of the season, Ashwin was fined Rs 12 lakh.The game, though, ended just seven minutes before midnight.Mumbai Indian’s Rohit Sharma, Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Virat Kohli and Rajasthan Royals’ recently-sacked captain Ajinkya Rahane are the other captains who have been fined for similar offence earlier in the season.Saturday’s game saw Punjab face their third loss in their last four games.Opener Shikhar Dhawan (56) and skipper Shreyas Iyer (58*) led from the front as Delhi Capitals turned their poor home record with a convincing 5-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab at the Feroz Shah KotlaThey reached 166/5 with two balls to spare. With the win, DC now have 12 points from 10 games and have moved one step closer to qualifying for the play-offs.Chasing 164 for victory, Delhi Capitals didn’t start in the most auspicious fashion as they lost Prithvi Shaw for just 13 in the fourth over, run out by Mandeep Singh. But Shikhar Dhawan was in the mood for a long stay as he looked to take the attack to the KXIP bowlers in the company of skipper Shreyas Iyer.They matched each other shot for shot and looked to punish the bad balls as they also rotated the strike well to keep the momentum in DC’s favour. But just when it looked like Delhi would run away with the game, Hardus Viljoen sent back Dhawan (56 off 41 balls) as R. Ashwin took a brilliant catch running back.advertisementWith the 92-run partnership coming to an end, Rishabh Pant walked in as DC needed another 48 runs in 6.3 overs. But he played a strange hoick from outside off to be caught by Sam Curran off Viljoen’s bowling to be dismissed for 6 as the score read 128/3.But skipper Iyer stood ground even as Colin Ingram (19 off 9 balls) was dismissed by Mohammed Shami and Axar Patel was also run out for a duck.Earlier, Kings XI Punjab rode on Chris Gayle’s 28th IPL fifty to register 163/7 in their 20 overs. Even as the DC bowlers looked to keep things tight after Gayle’s dismissal, the visitors still managed to pick 45 runs from their last five overs as Harpreet Brar finished with an unbeaten 20 off 12 balls.Also Read | Ashwin hopeful of finding momentum despite KXIP lose crunch match to DCAlso Read | Ashwin thought about Mankading Shikhar Dhawan. Then this happenedAlso Read | IPL 2019: Dhawan, Iyer fifties help DC overwhelm KXIP despite Gayle blitzlast_img read more

Thalapathy 63 leaked stills reveal Vijay gets severely injured in film. See pics

first_imgVijay was last seen in AR Murugadoss’s Sarkar, which turned out to be a hit venture for the producers. Currently, the actor is busy shooting for Thalapathy 63, his third film with director Atlee, after Theri and Mersal.The shooting of Thalapathy 63 is currently underway at the EVP Studios in Chennai. We told you earlier that a football stadium set has been erected in the studio, where important sequences from the current schedule are being filmed. Now, new photos from the shooting spot have found their way to the internet.In the leaked photos, Vijay is seen sitting on a wheelchair with a cervical collar support. He is overseeing the women’s football match that is underway in the film. Rumour mills are churning out reports that his character in the film will suffer severe injuries at the hands of the villains.Here are the photos: Vijay in a wheelchair at Thalapathy 63 shooting spot Thalapathy 63 shooting spot Thalapathy 63 shooting spotEarlier, Thalapathy 63 was touted to be a sports drama, which is based on women’s football. Going by the speculation, Vijay will essay the role of Michael, coach of the Tamil Nadu women’s football team.As of now, the makers have completed 70 days of shooting and are expected to wrap up the film in the coming weeks. Apart from Vijay, Nayanthara, Jackie Shroff, Yogi Babu, Vivekh and Prem are part of the supporting cast. Produced by AGS Entertainment, Thalapathy 63 will hit the theatres on Diwali 2019.Also See | Thalapathy 63 shooting spot accident: Vijay to provide monetary aid to injured electrician SelvarajadvertisementAlso See | Malayalam actor Siddique: Vijay may be a superstar, but he’s not a good actorAlso Watch | Watch: Amy Jackson flaunts her 19-week baby bump in new videolast_img read more