Investigate corruption charges against CWG: Fennell to govt

first_imgAll allegations of corruption against Delhi Commonwealth Games organisers should be probed, Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) chief Mike Fennell said on Thursday as he wrapped up a two-day inspection of the venues by identifying some areas of concern which need to be addressed immediately.CGF chief Mike Fennell speaking at a press conference in New Delhi.Fennell said that the CGF has left it on the Indian authorities to investigate the charges of financial irregularities that have rocked the Organising Committee.After completing a whirlwind tour of the venues, Fennell said he was happy with the overall preparations but wanted the organisers to speed up work on finer details like landscaping and cleaning. He specifically mentioned the work at the Games Village being behind schedule.”The intention and objective of this visit was to take a further look at the venues. There has been reporting of corruption. It has been of great concern for CGF,” Fennell told a packed press conference here.”From the CGF’s point of views, we have not been associated with any corruption anywhere and we feel it needs to be throughly investigated by the Indian authorities. We have encouraged all government authorities to conduct inquiry,” he said.Fennell said concerns such as congested traffic and cleanliness are not unique for a city which is hosting a multi-sports event for the first time in decades.”My visit was to look at all the venues. We have been concerned about some of the venues. We wanted to see how much is complete. I visited all the venues and I am very satisfied to tell you that by and large all venues for practical purposes are complete,” he said.advertisement”There is some remedial work to be done but this is not new for new buildings and this would be completed in some days.”We are concerned that some detail work has to be done, We went through some detail work and have told the authorities. The outside appearance, landscaping an cleaning of venues will have to done urgently,” he added.last_img read more

Railway funds for CWG after ascertaining credentials: Mamata

first_imgWith allegations of corruption plaguing the Commonwealth Games (CWG), Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said Rs 100 crore promised by her ministry for the event would be given only after ascertaining “credentials” of the expenditure.”This is an important issue. Rs 100 crore was promised in the Railway Budget. But we have not yet worked out the modalities of how the funds should be given for CWG. We will give it only after verifying the credentials of the games’ expenditure,” Banerjee told the Lok Sabha.Intervening during a debate on the Supplementary Demands for Grants for her ministry, she said the commitment of Rs 100 crore had been made by her in the Railway Budget presented in February.She was responding to questions raised by Harin Pathak (BJP) on the prudence of apportioning railway funds for the CWG in the wake of allegations of corruption in the CWG preparations coming to the fore in the recent days.Pathak, who initiated the debate, said though the CWG was a matter of pride for the country and its dignity was at stake to hold the event successfully, complaints of misuse of funds had raised questions over why Railway money should go to the games.Noting that some PSUs were withdrawing their sponsorship for the CWG and lakhs of crores were to be spent for the games, he said the allegations had raised suspicions that funds were being diverted to the coffers of some individuals.”Since the PSUs are withdrawing sponsorships, the CWG organising committee has identified Railways, State Bank of India and Air India to get the funds for the games. The allegations of corruption has raised suspicion that the funds meant for the games are diverted for personal gain,” he said.advertisementPathak said though Banerjee was “most-wanted” in West Bengal and the state was “waiting” for her, but as Railway Minister she should focus on the work in Delhi too.Pointing out that Banerjee had promised a white paper on the financial state of the Railways after her predecessor Lalu Prasad had declared it had Rs 90,000 crore surplus, Pathak said the Minister had now informed that the surplus funds was only Rs 39,500 crore.”I now want to know where did the balance Rs 50,000 crore go? This is not a small amount. Prasad went about delivering lectures to IIT students and toured the world to give lessons in management. Two different ministers of the same government are contradicting each other. What is the truth, we want to know,” he said.last_img read more

Shah Rukh Khan to attend Lady Gaga’s Formula One after-party concert

first_imgBollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan will be among the star celebrities to attend international pop icon Lady Gaga’s show at the F1 after-party in Greater Noida on Sunday.”Everyone seems to be happy with RA.One in Los Angeles…I feel so touched and happy. Now off to Delhi for Formula 1 and Lady Gaga show!!” Shah Rukh posted on his Twitter page.The second day of F1 after-party on Saturday hosted by actor Arjun Rampal saw a number of B-town celebrities making their presence felt.Preity Zinta, Fardeen Khan, Sudhir Mishra and Nikhil Advani were among the guests, who flew down to the capital to add zeal to the party. Southern superstar Venkatesh was also present.While Preity, Fardeen and Nikhil chose to go for all-black look, Sudhir stuck to his signature style with jeans and a jacket.Suzanne Roshan was spotted on the second day as well, however, after going green on the previous day, she chose for an all-black outfit this time.Nikhil, completely soaked in the F1 spirit, said he is eagerly looking forward for the performance of international pop icon Lady Gaga.”I am really looking forward to the performance of Lady Gaga. I am sure it will be a rocking show,” said Nikhil, who has made films like “Kal Ho Naa Ho” and “Patiala House”.While filmmaker Sudhir was all excited about F1, he seemed disinterested when asked about Gaga’s performance.”I like the rush of the game, I like the sport a lot. Although I didn’t see the qualifiers today but before coming here I visited the track, it is amazing and I have heard that it’s the fastest track ever made,” said Sudhir, who calls himself a fan of F1 champ and Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel.advertisement”I am not a big fan of Gaga, so I can’t really say much what the performance would be like,” he added.last_img read more

Ranji Trophy: Irfan picks 5, gives Baroda control over Delhi

first_imgAfter the first day of the Delhi-Baroda Ranji Trophy Super League match gave few clues to the direction in which the match was progressing, proceedings came to life on Wednesday with both teams fighting tooth and nail to wrest the initiative. At close of play, Delhi were 250 for six in 60 overs, replying to Baroda’s 318.The day’s honours were shared by two left-arm pacers, and a wicketkeeper-batsman defying the odds. In the morning, Ashish Nehra ripped apart the Baroda line-up with a sixwicket haul to cut short the innings from a healthy-looking 273 for three to 318 all out in a little over 17 overs.As the ball zipped around, it was the turn of Delhi to face the music with left-arm pacer Irfan Pathan (5/82) striking at regular intervals, and showing sign of regaining his zip and swing, to reduce the hosts to 74 for five. However, Delhi found their saviours in ‘keeper Puneet Bisht (114 batting off 134 balls, 21x4s) and captain Mithun Manhas (49, 115 balls, 8x4s) who added 136 runs off just 196 deliveries.Baroda started the day with overnight centurion Rakesh Solanki (113) and wicketkeepercaptain Pinal Shah (93) hoping to make a sizeable first innings total, but Nehra had other plans. In the second over of the morning, he got Solanki to nick to Bisht.In his next over, Nehra lured Shatrunjay Gaekwad to edge to Bisht for naught and when rightarm pacer Parvinder Awana trapped Shah leg before seven short of a hundred, the visitors were 297 for six.Nehra kept pegging away and added the scalps of Abhijit Karambelkar (1), Bhargav Bhatt (2) and Pathan (23) to take his tally to six for 102.advertisementIf Delhi thought the going would get easier, they were in for a shock as Irfan made the ball talk. He kept pitching the ball up, going for a few boundaries in the process, and was rewarded when he breached the defence of opener Unmukt Chand (20). In his next over, he got Milind Kumar to edge one to Shah as Delhi went into lunch at 52 for two.After the break, Irfan struck twice, removing Rajat Bhatia, caught at slip for eight, and Yogesh Nagar lbw for a first-ball duck as the hosts lost half their side for 74 with the follow on score of 168 a long way away. Irfan had bowled 12 overs on either side of lunch to pick four wickets for 63 runs. But Bisht, especially, and captain Manhas kept their foot on the accelerator and the run rate was more than four an over. Manhas was one short of a half century when Irfan found his edge which was safely taken at first slip by Aditya Waghmode.It was the leftarmer’s third fivewicket haul of the season. Bisht brought up his ton off just 119 balls. Sunny Sehrawat was batting on 14 at stumps with Delhi 68 behind.Brief scores: Baroda 318 (R Solanki 113, A Nehra 6/102) Delhi 250/6 in 60 overs (P Bisht 114 batting, I Pathan 5/82)last_img read more

Aussies have problems against swing bowling: Rohit Sharma

first_imgThe face-off is still some days away but Indian batsman Rohit Sharma has already spotted a chink in the Australian armour, saying the hosts have problems against swing bowling and his team would look to capitalise on this when the Test series starts in Melbourne on December 26.”That they are having a batting camp is a good sign. Hopefully we know their weaknesses. We will keep that in mind going into the first Test. We will work out whatever we need to, we need to put pressure on them rather than take it on us,” Sharma said.Australia has suffered regular batting collapses in recent past with scores like 47 (against South Africa) and 136 (against New Zealand) recorded in the last month and a half.The worry has got to Cricket Australia and they have ordered a three-day batting camp for its batsmen, beginning at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Monday.”They had some problems against swing bowling. We are putting our thoughts together. There are still 10 days before we play our Test. It’s a good time to see what they are doing and what not correctly. We can put pressure on them,” he said.There is a competition for the number six batting spot within the Indian team with both Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma staking their claims in the absence of Suresh Raina, who is out due to lack of form.Kohli seems to have a head-start but Sharma said he wants to be ready when it’s a call-up time for him.advertisement”There is competition between both of us which is a good sign. But we don’t want to put pressures on us. Whatever happens, happens for the best. My job is to score runs and then leave it for the selectors to decide,” he said.Besides runs, Sharma said he wants to be ready when he is given a call-up for Tests.”There is always scope for improvement, there are some areas we are working on. I don’t want to be seen as someone who wasn’t prepared when he got the chance,” he said.”Trevor and Duncan and few other senior players are helping me out. I know Test matches are completely different and I want to be completely ready when the moment comes,” he added.last_img read more

Innovative products designed by commoners draw global attention

first_imgWhen he used to pull a rickshaw in the Kauria Pul area in old Delhi in the late 1980s, Dharamvir Singh could have never imagined – even in his wildest dreams – that one day he would be face to face with the country’s President.Not only could Singh meet President Pratibha Devisingh Patil this week, but products innovated by him are creating ripples across the developing world – from Cameron to Kenya. Singh, an innovator-turned-entrepreneur, is a perfect example of how need-based innovative ideas can be turned into marketable products profitably.Singh has developed a multipurpose processing unit capable of pulverizing, steaming and extracting essence or juice out of fruits, vegetables and herbs on an industrial scale. The machine, based on a specially designed pressure cooking chamber, can process about 200 kgs of any raw material ranging from amla and aloe vera to mango and tomato per hour.”The best thing is it can be used for a variety of fruits and herbs. Farmers can process their own produce or run small-scale food processing units”, Singh, a resident of Damla village in Haryana, said while speaking to Mail Today at the grassroots innovation exhibition currently on at the sports ground in the President’s Estate.Singh’s innovation has been received well in the market. Over 220 units of the Rs 1.35-lakh processor have already been sold in Haryana and neighbouring states.The Ahmedabad-based National Innovation Fund (NIF) helped Singh in taking his prototype to the production stage by providing seed money from its micro venture innovation fund. One unit has been sent to Kenya on a pilot basis for application feasibility study there, while enquiries have been received from several other African countries.advertisementOver the past two decades, the Honeybee Network and NIF, founded by Anil Gupta, a professor at the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, has built a database of 1.6 lakh grassroots innovations from all over the country.The best ideas are awarded every year, interesting innovations and prototypes are improvised through professional, technical and design help and innovators are helped to take their products to market.”It is a long and tedious process but we now have a proven model of ‘bottoms-up approach’. We scout innovations in informal sector, from common people, farmers, tribals, students and so on and then take them all the way up to the market,” Gupta said.So far, over 500 patents have been filed and about 10 per cent of them have been granted. A number of ideas have been converted into products by innovators themselves and by small and medium scale enterprises.==Harinarayan PrajapatHarinarayan Prajapat.The car mechanic from Jaipur has developed a kit that can improve mileage of two-wheelers. It consists of a piston and a calibrated nozzle, which can be fitted between carburettor and entry to the cylinder head in the fuel line. The tiny nozzle introduces additional air into the fuel before the charge is compressed. This results in increased combustion efficiency, and so, improves mileage.Dharamvir SinghDharamvir Singh has developed a multi-purpose processing unit capable of pulverizing steaming and extracting essence or juice out of vegetables, fruits and herbs on an industrial scale. The machine can process about 200 kgs of any raw material in an hour.Abhishek BhagatHe has developed an automatic food maker – an electrically operated machine in which all one has to do is load ingredients in different containers and insert a recipe card. The dish is made according to the pre-programmed card.last_img read more

Indian youngsters head for golf academies in US drawn by big prize money, high social profile

first_imgGRASS IS GREENER: Juniors tee off at the Delhi Golf ClubCall them babes with the woods but a clutch of Indian youngsters is roughing it out on the international junior golf circuit.Backed by pushy parents, motivated by the huge financial rewards the professional game brings and armed with talent honed,GRASS IS GREENER: Juniors tee off at the Delhi Golf ClubCall them babes with the woods but a clutch of Indian youngsters is roughing it out on the international junior golf circuit.Backed by pushy parents, motivated by the huge financial rewards the professional game brings and armed with talent honed in top golf academies in the US, they represent the future of Indian golf.India has about 1,00,000 junior golfers playing at over 200 golf courses in the country. The participation in the 10 junior tournaments is increasing every year-an indication of how popular the sport has become among youngsters in India.Ten-year-old Viraat Badhwar is already a veteran of many golfing battles: he came third at the Junior World Golf Championship in San Diego last year and was second at the Asia Pacific Junior Golf Tournament in Korea last month. Around the same time Ajeetesh Sandhu, 16, won a highly competitive scholarship for the Junior Fulltime Program at the David Leadbetter Golf Academy (DLGA) in Florida. Leadbetter is to golf schooling what Nick Bollettieri is to tennis.GOLF AND COURSESSWING AWAY: Ajeetesh SandhuThere are more than 5,00,000 international students enrolled in US colleges and a number of these institutions offer golf scholarships.However, for every young golfer achieving success, there are several who return, disillusioned both by the golf and the teaching standards. It is not all glamour, and it’s not for everyone-only the very best make it as pros. Also, it can be prohibitively expensive. The annual expenses at the David Leadbetter Golf Academy, for instance, could set you back by $60,000 (Rs 26 lakh). The elitist Arnold Palmer Golf Academy at Saddlebrook does not offer a scholarship either. Besides, to get a ranking, players have to pay for their own travel and participation fees.advertisementThose who want to study and train in the US should write to universities that offer a good mix of academics and golf. To get a full scholarship, you need to be off a handicap of 2 or better.TOP 10 UNIVERSITIESGeorgia TechTexasFloridaUCLAClensonOklahoma StateGeorgia Arizona Nevada, Las Vegas New Mexico With the growing popularity of the game in India, an increasing number of young golfers are heading for golf academies in the US. Not only are the facilities and training infrastructure arguably the best in the world, but the courses are also customised to ensure that academic pursuits don’t suffer. Tanya Wadhwa, 12, who is ranked No. 2 in world juniors, is currently on a four-year scholarship at the Leadbetter Academy. Wadhwa, who prides herself on having the same initials as Tiger Woods, was the winner in the 9-10 age group in the Callaway Junior World Championships in 2002. This year she was the youngest to qualify for the US Girls Junior Under-18 meet. A student of Vasant Valley School, Delhi, before she enrolled at Leadbetter, she manages to balance great grades with golfing prowess. “I practise from 8 a.m. till noon. After a 45-minute break, I study hard for five hours. Then it is two hours of school,” says Wadhwa. Her prospects have inspired her parents to move from Delhi to Florida.Similarly, Badhwar’s parents have sacrificed a lot to give their son the right training. A student of Delhi Public School, East of Kailash, he says his stint at the DLGA on a government scholarship has helped him improve his swing.Though playing in the US is no guarantee to a bright sporting career, it helps, says Busan Asian Games golf gold medallist Shiv Kapur. But life on the Purdue University campus, where he studied business administration in 2002, was not easy. His day began with a two-hour workout at 6 a.m., followed by classes till 1.30 p.m. By 2 p.m. he was back on the greens and practised for five more hours. Leading amateur Shruti Khanna, who studied economics at Rollins College on a golf scholarship in 1994, says the exposure is invaluable.Player-turned-coach Nonita Lal Qureshi says the USP of studying and playing golf in the US is the proximity to a tour with the biggest prize money. “Golfer students who compete at college level go on to play the pro tour. The American education system allows a student to excel both in academics and sports,” she says.According to Romit Bose, coach at the Delhi Golf Club, the age profile of golfers going to the US is getting younger. “Many of our juniors, including Wadhwa and Badhwar, have done well at the 7-and-under level. Moreover, after going to a US golf school, their chances of making it to an Ivy League college go up.”advertisementUP TO PAR: Tanya Wadhwa balances studies and trainingEven without the lure of America, the growing popularity of the game, the huge sums of money a top pro can make and its high -social profile have drawn children to the greens. In the north (Delhi and Chandigarh) and the east (Kolkata), juniors have flooded the golf courses. “Golf has become a career option. There is good money in it,” says Karan Bindra, teaching pro at the DLF Golf and Country Club, Gurgaon.Qureshi says the top 10 pros on the Indian tour now make a lot of money. The top earner this year, Mukesh Kumar, made around Rs 30 lakh (the prize money on the Indian tour last year was Rs 3.05 crore). She adds, “In the past the pros were not making enough on the Indian tour. After Jyoti Randhawa, Arjun Atwal and Jeev Milkha Singh began doing well abroad, many middle-class children took to the game.” Affirms Indian Golf Union Secretary-General Satish Aparajit: “The number of juniors enrolling with us has risen from 100 to 400 in the past five years.”The money on the Indian tour is still paltry compared with what the US tour offers. The weekly purse for an event in the US PGA is close to $3 million (Rs 13.2 crore). The figure for a similar Indian event is just Rs 10 lakh. Also, adds Bose, there is a big skills gap between Indian and American players. “In the college itself, a number of youngsters realise whether they have it in them to make it as pros.For many, the scholarship is just a ticket to the US. But as Kapur and Wadhwa have shown, it is possible to overcome the challenges. It may need sacrifice in terms of financial outlay and cultural adjustments, but the benefits far outweigh the drawbacks. In other words, it is no handicap.last_img read more

Serena reaches quarterfinals, Sharapova ousted at Wimbledon

first_imgFour-time champion Serena Williams overcame windy conditions and a gritty 65th-ranked opponent Monday to pull out another three-set victory and reach the quarterfinals of Wimbledon. Maria Sharapova wasn’t as lucky.Top-seeded Sharapova lost 6-4, 6-4 to No. 15 Sabine Lisicki of Germany 6-4, 6-3. Sharapova was coming off the French Open title just three weeks ago.The sixth-seeded Williams won the last three games of the final set to beat Kazakhstani wild card Yaroslava Shvedova 6-1, 2-6, 7-5, in cool and gusty conditions on Court 2.Williams hopped in joy with both feet in the air after hitting a big forehand that forced an error by Shvedova on the first match point, ending a hard-hitting contest that lasted nearly two hours.”I didn’t want to lose today and I thought, ‘Just stay relaxed,’ ” Williams said. “I knew the whole match I could play better.”Williams will next face defending champion Petra Kvitova, who rallied from a set and a break down to beat former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 in an error-strewed match on Court 3.It was the second straight tough three-setter for Williams, who won 9-7 in the third to beat Zheng Jie in the third round.”I feel fine,” she said. “I’m not tired. I’m not anything. I feel good. I feel like bottom line I can play so much better than what I have been playing ? You know me. I’m never satisfied.”The match ended in a slight drizzle, with play suspended on some of the other courts. Shvedova removed her glasses in the final two games to keep the lenses from getting wet.”I think we both wanted to keep playing because it was so deep into the match,” Williams said. “I didn’t want to stop.Williams finished with 35 winners, including 12 aces, and 13 errors. Shvedova had 24 winners and 20 errors.Shvedova had won a “golden set” in the previous round, taking the first set without losing a point against Sara Errani. On Monday, she found herself on the other end of one-sided beating in the opening set, winning just one game and 12 points against Williams.But Shvedova settled down and, from 2-2, won five consecutive games to take the second set and go up 1-0 in the third. Williams received a warning for racket abuse after being broken to lose the set.Down 0-40 in the ninth game of the final set, Shvedova saved three break points to hold for a 5-4 lead, but Williams won the next three games to close out the match. A double-fault and a backhand error by Shvedova helped hand Williams the decisive break.Serving for the match at 30-30, Williams chased down a good approach shot. On the run, she lifted a mishit backhand lob that Shvedova let go. The ball fell well inside the court to set up the match point.The first player to reach the quarters was 37th-ranked Austrian Tamira Paszek, who beat Italy’s Roberta Vinci 6-2, 6-2 to reach the final eight for the second year in a row.The second Monday at Wimbledon is the busiest in Grand Slam tennis, with all 16 men’s and women’s fourth-round matches on the schedule. However, with showers in the forecast for much of the day, the tournament faced the prospect of rain delays.The fourth-round men’s pairings included: Top-ranked Novak Djokovic vs. Viktor Troicki, Roger Federer vs. Xavier Malisse, No. 18 Richard Gasquet vs. No. 31 Florian Mayer, and No. 26 Mikhail Youzhny vs. Denis Istomin.Other men’s matchups: No. 4 Andy Murray vs. No. 16 Marin Cilic, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. No. 10 Mardy Fish, 126th-ranked qualifier Brian Baker vs. No. 27 Philipp Kohlschreiber, and No. 7 David Ferrer vs. No. 9 Juan Martin del Potro.advertisementlast_img read more

Jr. NBA team back from china training

first_imgSixteen young cagers return to the country on Monday carrying with them a wealth of memories after participating in the Jr. NBA/WNBA Experience in Shanghai last week.The highlight of the four-day trip of Team Philippines, composed of eight boys, eight girls and coaches Catrina June Biongcog of Xavier-Cagayan and Jed Cabellon of Southwestern Cebu, was watching the Golden State Warriors-Minnesota Timberwolves preseason match live at Mercedes-Benz Arena on Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT The players aged 13 and 14 years were among the initial 33,000 aspirants who participated in regional training selection camps, led by Alaska Milk and NBA Philippines, throughout the country.The top 37 advanced to the National Training Camp where the final 16 was selected.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingIn Shanghai, the Filipinos trained with other players from Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore. —VANESSA B. HIDALGO Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans View comments No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors LATEST STORIES Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Mordido seizes Shell youth chess lead MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

NLEX rookie Ravena blames self for terrible game in loss to Phoenix

first_imgThe Road Warriors was subjected to a 102-95 loss against the Fuel Masters, and Ravena blames for both the loss and subpar performance.“I think this was my fault, I have to prepare even better in certain situations, and I have no excuses for this,” said Ravena. “I shot pretty bad from the field and I didn’t help the team enough especially down the stretch.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingNLEX was down 98-90 with 3:44 left in the game and with plenty of time on the clock the Road Warriors aggressively tried to cut the deficit down.The Road Warriors, though, went scoreless for 1:36 after Juami Tiongson missed both jumpers and Ravena missing two straight free throws. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘23 for 23:’ No rush for young Kai Sotto Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKiefer Ravena was the personification of the word phenomenal in his first two games in the PBA as he earned the league’s first Player of the Week plum of the season.Then that roll came to a screeching halt when NLEX ran into Phoenix Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Ravena finally ended the drought with 2:08 left in the period with a layup to cut it to 98-92 but Jason Perkins was quick to counter with a baseline jumper at the 1:45 mark for Phoenix’ 100-92 lead.“I tasted two wins and a loss in the PBA, but the good thing is we learned from it.”Ravena averaged 19 points, 8.5 assists, and 4.5 rebounds in his first two games but the Fuel Masters held him to just eight points, on 4-of-13 shooting, seven assists, and one board.The prized rookie was also minus -26 on the floor after a collective 27 in his first two games.“I wasn’t able to adjust and prepare myself well, I wasn’t able to find my rhythm right away,” said Ravena. “If Juami and I made those free throws the game would’ve been different.”ADVERTISEMENT ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Dutertecenter_img BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives LATEST STORIES SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “Personally, it was my bad. We’ll learn from this and pick it up for the next game.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

#KicksStalker: What flavor are your Jordans?

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Every drop is a sneaker event anticipated by rabid fans. The rarer the model, the more difficult it is get get your hands on a pair. In the shoe subculture, nothing is more sought after than retro releases of old favorites.But when limited edition partnerships arise, the more these Air Jordans become coveted pairs.ADVERTISEMENT Jaboneta wants to inspire more province-based players to dream big MOST READ Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201301:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games It was the second marketing ploy by Gatorade directed at Filipino Jordan fans. Before Christmas, the company released a video clip that had Jordan addressing Filipinos and encouraging them to chase their goals.For the first time ever, a message exclusively for the Philippines, from Michael Jordan himself. #WinFromWithin #NothingBeatsGatorade pic.twitter.com/HNM987J3CF— Gatorade Philippines (@GatoradePH) December 12, 2017“I just want to tell you young Pinoy athletes out there to keep training, keep sweating, and keep working towards your goals,” said Jordan in the video clip.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims So it would be interesting to see where these latest batch of Jordan 1s end up after a collaboration with Gatorade, the sports drink Michael Jordan has endorsed since his NBA career skyrocketed to GOAT heights.The popular sneaker line gave local sneakerheads a special treat with the Philippine release of Jordan 1 “flavorways”—kicks bathed in the bright colors of Gatorade flavors: Lemon Lime, Orange, Cool Blue and Grape.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThe special collection is being released in collaboration with Titan and is being dropped side-by-side with the local unveiling of the Air Jordan VI “Like Mike” and the “Like Mike” AJ XXXII Low.Each purchase from the collection will include an exclusive Jordan x Gatorade co-branded towel and a limited edition Titan x Gatorade shirt. PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid LATEST STORIES “In a basketball crazy nation such as ours, Michael Jordan has been a true inspiration to many generations of Filipinos. As Gatorade’s first athlete ambassador, we look to continue his legacy through his unique partnership with our brand,” said Tony Atayde, Pepsico Philippines Marketing Manager for Hydration.And it is, indeed, a unique partnership. For once, sneakerheads get to ask their fellow kicks fans, “what flavor is on your feet?”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Want to balance masala films with good roles: Sonakshi Sinha

first_imgShe may have various 100 crore ‘masala’ films to her credit but actress Sonakshi Sinha says she wants to balance such big budget entertainers with performance-oriented movies like Lootera.Sonakshi started her career with Salman Khan starrer Dabangg and went on to star in Rowdy Rathore, Bullett Raja, R Rajkumar, Dabangg 2 and Son of Sardar. She will next be seen opposite Akshay Kumar in Holiday.Sonakshi Sinha will be seen in Tevar opposite Arjun Kapoor”I want to do more Lootera like films. I do want to do more films like that but a perfect script like that come rarely. I am choosy. I have to feel very instinctively about a film. If it does not feel right from the bottom of my heart, I will not take it,” Sonakshi said.”Masala entertainers are kind of films which I personally like to watch and like being a part of. I think I am aiming at maintaining a balance between the two,” she added.Famous for her girl-next-door image in films, Sonakshi is excited about her upcoming project Holiday: A Soldier is Never Off Duty where she plays an urban girl. The A R Murugadoss film is slated to release on June 6.”I think after a very long time I am playing an urban college going girl, who is the most close to me personality wise. She plays a lot of sports. I used to play a lot of sports in school,” she said.”She is a college boxer and I enjoyed boxing so much that I have taken up boxing and I do that as a work out now,” she added.advertisementSonakshi says her character helps in diffusing the seriousness of the film that revolves around terrorism.”The lighter moments of the film come during the love story and my character does that. It is a very serious and thrilling film,” she said.”It’s about a soldier who comes back on a holiday but he finds out about illegal activities that are taking place. He puts everything he has at stake to end it,” she added.The actress took some help of ace Indian boxer Vijender Singh in learning boxing. “It (the character) is very close to me and I did not have to prepare much because I have been playing sports since school. It was fun though. Little parts of boxing I learnt on set with Vijendra,” she said.last_img read more

Lalit Modi ousted as president of Rajasthan Cricket Association

first_imgAmeen Pathan has replaced Modi as the new president of Rajasthan Cricket AssociationFormer IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi has been removed as president of the Rajasthan Cricket Association(RCA) with his old aide Ameen Pathan replacing him with support of 23 of the 33 district cricket associations. On a day of hectic developments when Vasundhara Raje, Chief Minister left for Singapore on an official trip to attract investments, Pathan – a BJP leader from Kota – ended Modi’s tenure five months after he was elected while sitting in London. Modi was later elected as president of Nagaur cricket Association too.”We removed Modi through a no confidence motion. We also removed Pawan Goyal (treasurer) and Mehmood Abdi (Deputy president),” Pathan said after the meeting held on Saturday.However, since Board of Cricket Control of India(BCCI) has refused to recognise the Modi lead RCA and barred it as also its players from matches, there has been a debate going on about how the issue was to be handled.A few months ago, just a day before Delhi High Court resumed his passport, a senior office bearer of the RCA had suggested that best way was for Modi to get himself suspended and let association function normally for future of state’s cricketers..Insiders say Saturday’s action appears a coup and not a friendly match with backing of Arun Jaitley, union minister for finance who leads anti Lalit Modi faction in BCCI.In her present tenure, Raje has avoided favouring Modi whose actions in Rajasthan caused her lot of embarrassment during her first tenure between 2003 and 2008 but she too would have preferred to keep cricket going.advertisementModi’s primary concern has been to get cases against him closed so as to enable him to return to India.On the other hand, Lali Modi’s lawyer and deputy president of RCA Mehmood Abdi termed the move as illegal and blamed N Srinivasan behind the fracas.”The so called meeting of the RCA executive committee in Jaipur was wholly unauthorised and illegal. Firstly, under the RCA constitution due process is defined to convene any extraordinary meeting of the executive committee by the hony. Secretary of the RCA. Hony secretary RCA did not convene any such extraordinary meeting.Moreover, there was no notice of any such meeting and it was organised in a very clandestine manner away from the RCA office. There is no provision for any such summary provision to dislodge and destabilise a dully elected body,” he said.”All those claiming to be members of the executive committee attending that meeting were fake identities. This is the handy work of a handful of disgruntled elements who are playing in the hands of Srinivasan and other anti RCA elements. These very people have been turn coats in RCA politics. The entire association is behind Lalit Modi and his team. Under the RCA constitution strict disciplinary action will be taken against all those found involved in this mischief,” he added.last_img read more

Maulana Azad National Urdu University invites applications

first_imgApplications are invited from eligible candidates for teaching posts by Maulana Azad National Urdu University.VacanciesPost Graduate Teacher (PGT) – 7Head Master (TGT Grade) – 1Trained Graduate Teacher (TGT) – 4Primary Teacher (PRT) – 2EligibilityPost Graduate Teacher (PGT) – Master’s degree from a recognised university with at least 50 per cent marks aggregate in the related subjects.Head Master (TGT Grade) – At least 50 per cent marks in aggregate in any of the following; B.E or B. Tech. (Computer Science/IT) from a recognised university or equivalent degree from an institution/university recognised by the government of India. Trained Graduate Teacher (TGT) – Graduate with 50 per cent marks and a degree in B.Ed./B.Sc. Ed/B.A. Ed Primary Teacher (PRT) – Four-year integrated degree course in teacher’s training with an aggregate of 50 per cent marks like B.A. Ed. or B.Sc. Ed. of NCERT.SalaryPost Graduate Teacher (PGT) – In a pay band of Rs 9300-34800 with grade pay Rs 4800Head Master (TGT Grade) – In a pay band of Rs 9300-34800 with grade pay Rs 4600Trained Graduate Teacher (TGT) – In a pay band of Rs 9300-34800 with grade pay Rs 4600Primary Teacher (PRT) – In a pay band of Rs 9300-34800 with grade pay Rs 4200How to applyEligible candidates can download application form from the official website of the university with an application fee of Rs 300Important date: Last date to apply – November 24, 2014last_img read more

Tendulkar revisits the writing process of ‘Playing it My Way’

first_imgSachin Tendulkar, the cricketer, has turned into a writer. Wearing a dark blue jacket with the India crest emblazoned on it, he speaks to co-author and Consulting Editor (Sports), India Today Group, Boria Majumdar, about his autobiography Playing It My Way. In his first interview after the publication of the,Sachin Tendulkar, the cricketer, has turned into a writer. Wearing a dark blue jacket with the India crest emblazoned on it, he speaks to co-author and Consulting Editor (Sports), India Today Group, Boria Majumdar, about his autobiography Playing It My Way. In his first interview after the publication of the book, Tendulkar revisits the writing process. He talks about why he decided to shed his reticence and speak his mind on former coach Greg Chappell, how he hardly ever got the team he wanted as captain and the next generation of India’s batting stars. He also uncharacteristically opens up about his personal life in the book, like how he got wife Anjali to pose as a sports journalist to sneak her into his house before their marriage. Excerpts: Sachin Tendulkar in Mumbai. Photo: Danesh JassawalaQ. After about three-and-a-half years, your autobiography is finally a reality. People know the 2011 World Cup as the highest and the 2007 World Cup as the lowest points of your 24-year career. Tell us what happened backstage: how did you celebrate the win on April 2, 2011, and the trials and tribulations under coach Greg Chappell in 2007. A. April 2, 2011, was an incredible night. Soon after the match, once it had sunk in that we were world champions, champagne flowed in the dressing room. We kept taking pictures with each other before finally leaving for the hotel. Once we reached the hotel, Anjali and I did something we had never done before. We put flowers behind our ears and started dancing to loud music. All the players’ doors were kept open and anyone could come in and join. After a while, all of us converged on one of the top floors and that’s when Yuvraj (Singh), Bhajji (Harbhajan Singh) and Virat Kohli suddenly knelt down and started singing for me, Tujhme rab dikhta hai yaara main kya karoon. I was acutely embarrassed but they kept saying, ‘ Paaji, don’t stop us today. We want to sing for you.’ It still gives me a high to think back on what happened that night.advertisementComing to 2007, it was without doubt the darkest period of my career. Under Greg, most of the team members (and I can surely say that 13 of the 15 members of the team will agree) had stopped enjoying cricket. I have always enjoyed the game, even when I played cricket in my colony. But for the first time, I stopped enjoying it. It was insufferable and suffocating. I have spelt out in the book what Greg did he came to my house and offered me captaincy a few months before the World Cup, saying he’d help in removing Rahul (Dravid) as captain and we could take over the reins of Indian cricket. It was unethical and I rejected the proposition outright. I was glad that the BCCI decided to end Greg’s tenure in April 2007.Tendulkar walks out to bat at the Wankhede Stadium. Photo: Mandar DeodhQ. It is not just Greg. You are extremely critical of his brother Ian Chappell as well. A. I met Ian in South Africa in 2009 just as I had finished a gym session and I was surprised to hear him say that he now understood the secret of my success. The same man had written a couple of years earlier that I should stand in front of a mirror and ask myself if it was time to retire. He asked me what I had done since 2007 to get back to form and start scoring heavily again. I said I had changed nothing and it was Ian who had changed. When I wasn’t scoring, he had suggested that I retire, and now he conveniently changed his position. Thereafter the conversation moved to Greg and I told him that Greg had taken Indian cricket back by a few years and I would never want to share the same dressing room with him. Our physio Nitin Patel was with me and he later confessed that he was surprised to see me lash out at Ian like that.Q. You have also opened up about your wife Anjali in the book. Do tell us how she had to pose as a sports journalist to come and meet you at your home for the first time.A. ( Laughs. ) As you know, our first meeting at my house happened when we came up with the idea that Anjali should pose as a reporter who wants an interview. She had called to say that she was near my house and wanted to see me. This was the only way I could think of to get her to come and see me and, may I say, this was her first and last foray into journalism. My sister-in-law was particularly suspicious about this special reporter and must have realised that something was brewing between the two of us. I was keen to offer something to Anjali and was disappointed to see that most of the chocolates I had brought back from England were over. There were just two left and so I cut them up and set a plate of chocolate pieces in front of her. She couldn’t stay for long. Nevertheless I was delighted to see her.advertisementQ. Your stints as captain seem to have left you scarred. You are very critical of the selection process, the zonal representation that persists in Indian cricket and the fact that you weren’t always given the team of your choice. Do you think you would have done better if you had a free rein, which, say, Sourav Ganguly or M.S. Dhoni enjoyed in subsequent years?A. Captaincy did leave me scarred. It was as if the selectors and I had two radically different philosophies in mind. All I wanted to do was go out there and win matches for the Indian team. Zones, states, etc, did not matter to me. I wanted the best team for the job at hand and, as you said, not always did I get the team I wanted. There were other considerations at play and results suffered as a consequence.Take the 1996-97 South Africa tour, for example. On tours like that, I believed we needed three quality fast bowlers but, unfortunately, I never had more than two. In South Africa, Abey Kuruvilla was not even part of the squad. Even when I was desperate to have him along with (Javagal) Srinath and Venkatesh Prasad, the selectors refused to include him. Just a few months later, when Srinath pulled out of the West Indies tour because of injury, Kuruvilla performed admirably as his replacement. Had he been part of the team in South Africa, maybe we would have fared much better. Tendulkar walks back to the pavilion for the last time. Photo: Mandar DeodharQ. You have played the game at the highest level for close to 25 years. You have played against many top captains. Who do you rate the best international captain you have played against and why? Also, in your time, Australia was the side to beat and you have a terrific record against them. Who is the best Australian captain you have played against? A. Among the captains I played against, I consider Nasser Hussain (of England) the best. He was an excellent strategist and even if some of his tactics can be labelled as negative — using the left-arm spinner Ashley Giles to bowl to me outside my leg stump from over the wicket – he was a very good thinker and a proactive leader. Nasser would not place a fielder in a particular position after a shot was played. Rather, he had the ability to anticipate the shot and place a fielder well in advance, making a real difference to his team.advertisementAmong the Australians, I rate Michael Clarke the best captain I played against. While I was too young to judge Allan Border in 1992, other Australian captains such as Mark Taylor, Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting benefited from having some of the greatest players in their teams. When you have many match-winners, the role of the captain is reduced. Clarke’s case, however, was different. He had to re-build the Australian team from scratch and to do so in such a short time is quite an achievement. I also have great regard for Graeme Smith as skipper. Taking over the reins of the side at the age of 22 in the most tumultuous of conditions, Smith did brilliantly to take South Africa to the top of the world Test rankings.Q. In the book, you have narrated interesting stories of three of India’s next-generation batting stars, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma. What do you think of each of them?A. They are all very good players. Virat played some extraordinary cricket for India in the last few years. What he did on the day of my retirement is something I will never forget. I was in the dressing room when he walked up to me and gave me a box of threads ( shows the ones on his wrist )which we wear as god’s threads. The box was his late father’s and he said that he considered me worthy of having it. He then touched my feet and, let me confess, I became emotional and started crying. I told him he was like a younger brother and gave him a hug. Then I asked him to leave because if he had stayed on, I could never have controlled my emotions.Ajinkya Rahane is someone I have observed for a long time. He is one of the most dedicated cricket players you will come across. He literally worships the game. On my retirement day, I took him aside and told him that he should continue to be like this and never change. At that time he had lost his spot in the Test team and may have felt that the game is perhaps unkind. I assured him that if he continues the way he is, the game will look after him. I don’t know if he will score big runs or break records, but I am sure that he will be rewarded for his commitment. I am glad he is doing well.Rohit is a very talented player. And now he has brought discipline to go with his talent. He is focused and is working very hard. Without doubt he has the potential to do very well for India. For my retirement Test I had organised specially designed bat stickers and grips to play with. I did not want anyone to see them before match day and had asked Rohit for his sack which current players use but I did not. I hid my grips and stickers in his sack and carried them to my room where I worked for hours in getting my bats ready for the match. With Tricolour stickers and grips, playing with those bats was a very special experience.Q. If I ask you to sum the book up for the readers, how will you do it? A. ( Ponders for a while. ) We have called the book Playing It My Way, so that’s perhaps the best description. I have been honest and have played it my way. It is the story of my life so far and I hope readers enjoy what we have written. It does contain truths that have never been spoken about and things that have given me much joy over the years. It was time I shared all of it with my readers and fans and that’s what we have tried to do in this book.Scars of captaincy “Captaincy did leave me scarred. It was as if the selectors and I had two radically different philosophies in mind. All I wanted to do was go out there and win matches for the Indian team. Zones, states, etc, did not matter to me.”He selectors’ refusalFor the 1996-97 South Africa tour, I believed we needed three quality fast bowlers, but I never had more than two. Even when I was desperate to have Abey Kuruvilla along with Javagal Srinath and Venkatesh Prasad, the selectors refused to include him.”After the World Cup win “It was an incredible night. Yuvraj, Bhajji and Virat Kohli suddenly knelt down and started singing for me, Tujhme rab dikhta hai yaara main kya karoon.I was acutely embarrassed but they kept saying,’ Paaji, don’t stop us today’.The darkest period 2007 was the darkest period of my career. Under Greg, most of the team members had stopped enjoying cricket. I have always enjoyed the game, even when I played cricket in my colony. But for the first time I stopped enjoying it.When Anjali posed as a reporter Our first proper meeting happened at my house when we came up with the idea that Anjali should come over posing as a reporter who wants an interview. She had called to say that she was close to my house and wanted to see me. This was the only way I could think of to get her to come and see me.Best captains Among the international captains I played against, I consider Nasser Hussain (of England) the best. Michael Clarke is the best Australian captain I played against.To read more, get your copy of India Today here.last_img read more

1996 World Cup: Sri Lanka are worthy champions

first_imgCricket has been strengthened by this World Cup. Despite all the difficulties, from a damp squib of an opening ceremony upon which the gods did not smile, to the loose security that denied Sri Lanka the lap of honour that was the least of their desserts, despite troubles in Calcutta,Cricket has been strengthened by this World Cup. Despite all the difficulties, from a damp squib of an opening ceremony upon which the gods did not smile, to the loose security that denied Sri Lanka the lap of honour that was the least of their desserts, despite troubles in Calcutta that will surely provoke a rolling of distinguished heads, despite empty stands in Pakistan as IMG, responsible for marketing, failed in its duties, despite the need to guard the houses occupied by the captains of India and Pakistan, despite all these things, the World Cup still worked.Two entertaining teams met in the final and the world was given a worthy champion, an enthusiastic side led by a Buddha.Across the nations where cricket took route long ago, and inlands where it is still searching for succour, millions were glued to their television sets, a supposed number of the senses that stirred our imagination and let loose our dreams.Across India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, thousands of children emulated their heroes in their raw matches. In New Zealand and Australia, whose teams were valiant in defeat, the games were followed so closely that urban newspapers kept printing until dawn so that the final editions might catch the result.Here was a revival of the old notion of news hot off the press and streets full of kids crying out the headlines “Australia Wins”, “Australia Loses”. And all for cricket, and all in a competition dismissed by some westerners as a flop.advertisementOnly in England was disappointment felt, as their team floundered again. Inevitably, English officials promptly instituted a working party. Someone has pointed out the resemblance between the deliberations of such bodies and the lovemaking of Indian elephants.Both are conducted in very high places and accompanied by much bellowing, and the results are not known for three years. Naturally a lot of nonsense was talked and written and played.Two Out, All Out: Shane Warne celebrates another wicket as the West Indies batting suffered a characteristic collapse in sight of victoryHot deeds were done and harsh words were said. Sarfraz Nawaz appears to be under the impression that Imran Khan is a spy.Supporters in Pakistan convinced themselves that their team had lost because their reflexes had been dulled by food spiked in the interval. Their openers had played so fluently because the drug took time to work. It is almost as foolish as believing England would succeed if only they had a better captain and a wiser coach.A political party in Pakistan argued that their team played badly because so many uncultured shows are screened nowadays on local television. A point that did not seem to entirely account for Australia subsequently reaching the final.Admittedly, too, the tournament had a murky side that reached beyond these absurd ramblings and into the darker parts of the human soul. Apparently Australian $100 million was wagered on the match between India and Pakistan.Inevitably, with so much at stake, rumour followed hard upon every collapse. Gambling is having as corrosive an impact upon sport in the subcontinent as English newspapers have upon sport in their country.Sadly, senior administrators of Pakistan and India lack the eminence of mind needed to protect the good name of cricket in their land. Happily, though, accountants of the turf had no noticeable influence upon these matches.England need not celebrate the raging of the crowds nor the failure to acknowledge merits of neighbours. No sooner was England eliminated than began another frenzy of self-scrutiny, and hardly a pause was taken to give credit to the splendid players from Sri Lanka. Moreover, it was England that allowed the division between Pakistan and India in the first place.A thousand images leap to mind as this World Cup ends, flashing past so quickly, never lingering too long. Commentators feel they have been in India for ten years and an hour. Did a teenager from Holland really score 50 against England? Did Keith Arthurton truly manage only two runs in the entire tournament?Disappointing End: Javed Miandad stretched himself but age showed and his customary guile was not enough to save Pakistan from crashing to defeatDid Sanath Jayasuriya honestly give the ball such a thump? Did Courtney Browne drop that catch? Did Chris Harris score a century against Australia? Did West Indies lose that match in Chandigarh? Did Mark Taylor throw the ball to Stuart Law at the critical hour? And did he ask him to bowl leg spin?Now was it all solemn. Did I really see a camel overtake an elephant as they pulled their carts through the streets of Jaipur?advertisementDid a taxi driver say that Shane Warne stood only second amongst Australians in local eyes, preeminence being given to an Antipodean cow whose feats are apparently recorded in the Guinness Book of Records, a cow that produced 80 litres of milk a day, 17 more than the local champion?Did an amply proportioned Kenyan wicketkeeper, a publican by temper, technique and construction, really catch Brian Lara and afterwards lead the singing in the dressing room?Were those bottles really thrown in Calcutta? I may never forget the little boy who appeared by my side during those awful minutes. Casting an eye over the dismal fragmentation, he murmured: “India bad today.” Tears welling in his eyes, he added: “Bad sporting.” Whereupon he walked off, his summation given. It sounds corny, but it is the truth.Calcutta was not as bad as it was painted. Although the crowd behaved poorly, no blood flowed, no one was hurt. Marxist Parliamentarian Ashok Mitra wrote forcibly about the wretchedness in The Telegrapharguing that the crowd were “expressing disgust at their ersatz heroes,the cult of advertising which created these now fallen heroes and thenewspapers which led them up the garden path”.He observed thatcivilised people learned to live with their disappointments. “India does not belong to that civilisation,” he sighed. “Cricket has beensurrendered to a plebeian mob.”Not without justice, Mitra pointed his finger at educators, newspapers and advertisers. Sri Lanka, hepointed out, has a modest advertising industry that has not yettransformed its cricketers into demi gods. That, he predicted, would betheir salvation.He might have added, though, that there was also alamentable failure in administration and that few refreshments wereprovided for the teeming masses on the hottest of days. In part, thecrowd behaved badly because it had been badly taught, in part it behaved badly because it was poorly treated. Senior administrators of Pakistan and India lack the eminence of mind needed to protect the good name of cricket in their land.But the good outweighed the bad, particularly in India where the crowds were large and enthusiastic.They were treated to some superb cricket: magnificent matches in Chandigarh, Delhi, Bombay, Gwalior and Pune; wonderful bowling from Curtly Ambrose, Anil Kumble, Warne, the Sri Lankans and South Africans.They also saw brilliant batting from Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Mark Waugh and Aravinda De Silva whose 100 graced the final.Supporters were also given a chance to bid a fond farewell to Richie Richardson, Javed Miandad and Manoj Prabhakar, and perhaps one amongst them recited the old poem to send them on their way:”As newcomers crowd the fore – we drop behindWe who have laboured long and soreTime out of mind – and keen are yetMust not regret – to drop behind.”Unfortunately, the crowd in Bangalore failed to give Javed his due. They soon forget.advertisementFortunately, the last two matches of this sixth World Cup were memorable. Australia’s fightback in Chandigarh could have been anticipated only by those who realized that the West Indian batting suffered from a particularly damaging case of “two out, all out”. Richardson deserved better from his team, and lovers of the game will wish him contentment. If he is wise, he will not return.Admittedly, the final itself started slowly, the atmosphere subdued by rain, chill, a distant crowd and rotten organisation. Australia were hot favourites but they played an unusually tentative game, allowing their resilient opponents to recover their poise after a shaky start.Remorse After The Rage: All the heart-felt apologies and the post-mortems of the outburst in Calcutta proved that in the end the good outweighed the badArjuna Ranatunga managed his troops superbly, his unruffled manner reaching across the ground and calming his players in their hour of need. And his players did not let him down, nagging away with the ball, fielding athletically and batting confidently.Ranatunga’s refusal to stand any nonsense from the Australians was significant. His strength was that he didn’t care what the Australians thought about him, did not feel obliged to placate them. It was a statement of maturity, the son no longer trying to please the father. Ranatunga’s proud defiance was an assertion of Sri Lanka’s cricketing independence. Its coming of age.Sri Lanka played spirited and entertaining cricket, batting as the West Indies used to bat before reggae replaced calypso. Their bowling relied heavily upon spin, their fielding was joyously athletic and they played with a freshness easily mistaken for naivety.But it was the old warriors who served them best in the critical hour, the Guru scoring 50, the portly fox gliding the winning runs and De Silva mastering his mind and steadying himself as he played an innings of superb technique, unerring judgement and notable calm.De Silva played the innings of the Cup, Ranatunga was the captain of the Cup and Sri Lanka were the only unbeaten team in the Cup. Really, we should not have been surprised they won it.Naturally, the Australians were disappointed and Warne was inconsolable. Perhaps their passion had been spent in their gruelling matches in Madras and Chandigarh. As Sri Lanka swept into the final, the Aussies had to fight every inch of the way.Nor did a slippery ball help them much in Lahore. Nevertheless, Australia were outplayed, a fact their captain readily acknowledged. None of the Australians imposed themselves upon the match. Maybe they sensed it was Sri Lanka’s day.Ranatunga’s proud defiance of Australia marks Sri Lankan cricket’s coming of age.Regrettably, the last sight of the Cup was the unchecked invasion of the pitch that prevented the winners completing their lap of honour and saw their captain knocked to the ground minutes after he had become the fifth man on this earth (after Clive Lloyd, Kapil Dev, Allan Border and Imran- not bad company) to lift the Cup.It was a deplorable end to a tournament that somehow survived its senior administrators to give immense pleasure to the cricket peoples of the world. And it bestowed upon the game an exciting, youthful and well-mannered champion of 50-over cricket.last_img read more

10 deadly bouncers bowled by Pakistan’s fast bowlers

first_imgIn cricket, fast bowling and Pakistan are often mentioned in the same breath with some of the fiercest pace bowlers coming from the country. Some like Fazal Mahmood (played Tests between 1952-62), Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younus and Shoaib Akhtar are considered legends in the high art of fast bowling, and some from the same country have gained infamy.In the current World Cup, it is again the fresh brand fast bowlers of Pakistan who have redeemed their team and made them a credible contender for the cup. This bowling attack, led by the mercenary fast Wahab Riaz and Mohammed Irfan, the tallest fast bowler in cricket’s history at 7 ft 1 in, has brought their team back from the brink of being ousted from the tournament. Backing them up, is right-arm fast bowler Sohail Khan, who took a fiver (10-0-55-5) against India earlier in the tournament.So here are 10 videos that depict the venom of fast bowlers from Pakistan. These visuals show moments which no other sport quite matches – the sight of a  genuine batsman swaying away or succumbing to a genuine bouncer from arms, shoulders and innate talent that Pakistan seems to produce in plenty.1. Here is the bouncer that, some say, is the main reason behind the rise of Sachin Tendulkar. On his debut, the 16-year-old bled after being struck on the nose by fast bowler Waqar. Rest, as they say, is history.2. England’s Allan Lamb does the ‘Inverted Cobra’ manoeuvre to a bouncer bowled by Imran Khan.advertisement3. Another vicious bouncer bowled by Imran floors Mohinder Amarnath.4. Fast-bowling great Wasim Akram bowls a snorter that nearly kills Kiwi Lance Cairns.5. Shoaib Akhtar is known to be the fastest bowler from Pakistan yet. In this video, West Indian batting great Brian Lara collapses after he is hit by a rising one from Akhtar.6. This brutal bouncer bowled by Akhtar to Shane Watson doesn’t fetch him a wicket, but it beats both the batsman and wicketkeeper.7. Another Akhtar snorter that beats Sachin Tendulkar this time and hits the Indian batting legend on the helmet.8. This Akhtar ripper floors Sourav Ganguly, after he is struck on the ribs.9. Here Yuvraj Singh is peppered by an Umar Gul bouncer.10. Here is the under-rated Umar Gul bouncing off a Yorkshire batsman.last_img read more

Mitchell Starc named as player of ICC World Cup 2015

first_imgAustralian pace spearhead Mitchell Starc. Photo: Reuters.Australian pace spearhead Mitchell Starc was on Sunday named as the player of the ICC Cricket World Cup after leading the wicket-takers chart with 22 scalps in eight matches.The 25-year-old Starc was the unanimous choice of a select group of experts following his sensational form that helped guide his side to its fifth title in 11 tournaments.The left-arm pacer averaged 10.18 with an economy rate of 3.50 runs per over. His best performance came against New Zealand in Auckland when he finished with six for 28. Kiwi pacer Trent Boult also bagged 22 wickets in nine matches.During their deliberations, the members of the panel discussed several names, highlighting such players as New Zealand’s inspirational captain Brendon McCullum and his team-mates Boult and Martin Guptill, as well as Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka for his four consecutive centuries.The selection panel that chose the player of the 50-over showpiece event consisted of: Geoff Allardice (ICC General Manager Cricket), Andrew Alderson (Journalist, New Zealand Herald), Harsha Bhogle (Broadcaster), Richard Kettleborough (Member of Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires and ICC Umpire of the Year 2014), Chloe Saltau (Journalist, The Age), Michael Vaughan (Former England captain and broadcaster).last_img read more

Huawei’s Honor 4X goes out of stock in 60 seconds

first_imgHuawei’s Honor 4X went out of stock in a matter of seconds,60 seconds to be exact. The device was offered on Flipkart for thefirst time and it received a tremendous response from the Indian market.There is no confirmation regarding the number of units thatwere available but since it was the first flash sale for the device we cannotexpect too many from the company. The phone was exclusively available onFlipkart and the next sale will happen on April 6, for which registration areopen and will only last till April 5.The device was able to achieve this feat because it offersquite a decent deal for the price it is offered at. The phone is currently soldat a price of Rs 10,499. The device is powered by a Snapdragon 410 chipset whichis LTE capable and is clocked at a frequency of 1.2GHz. The phone’s OS issupported by 2GB RAM and internal storage of 8GB which is expandable viaMicroSD card.The device sports a 5.5-inch HD IPS LCD screen along whichis powered by a 3000mAH battery. On the camera front, the device comes with a13 MegaPixel primary camera and 5 MegaPixel secondary camera.Also read: Full review Honor 4Xlast_img read more