Egypt’s Essam Elhadary has finally become the oldest player to play in a World Cup after making the starting XI in Egypt’s last group game of this year’s World Cup.Elhadary is now become the oldest player at the age of 45 years and 161 days to play in a World Cup. He is aged two years and 158 days older than Colombian Faryd Mondragon, who previously held the record.He sat out in the first two games of Egypt’s campaign as Mohamed El-Shenawy started ahead of the veteran. But, the captain returned for the final of their campaign to achieve the record at the Samara Arena on Monday.And, he left a mark on this match as well. He saved a penalty in the 41st minute of the match. Saudi’s Fahad hit the ball to the right but the 45-year-old dived towards his right and put a strong hand and pushed the ball to the cross-bar to keep Egypt’s lead intact. But four minutes later, Saudi were awarded another penalty and this time they made no mistake.Salman calmly guided the ball past the keeper to level the scoring. The match ended in a 2-1 loss and therefore, Egypt lost all their matches in this year’s World Cup.He also became the fourth goalkeeper to save a penalty on his World Cup debut. Iceland’s Hannes Halldorsson (vs Argentina in 2018), USA’s Tony Meola (vs Czechoslovakia in 1990) and Peru’s Quiroga (vs Scotland in 1978) were the other three.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEThe Egyptian, who was born on January 15th, 1973, is 25 years and 339 days older than the youngest player to play in the World Cup. Kylian Mbappe, born on December 20, 1998 is the youngest player in this year’s World Cup.advertisementBefore Elhadary, Mondragon was the oldest to take the field at the age of 43 years and 3 days when his team took on Japan in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Cameroon’s Roger Milla (42 years, 1 month and 8 days), Northern Ireland’s Pat Jennings (41 years), England’s Peter Shilton (40 years, 9 months and 19 days) and Italy’s Dino Zoff (40 years, 4 months and 13 days) are the other four in the top five list. Essam Elhadary is playing his first World Cup game on Monday (Reuters Photo)Elhadary is also older than three of the managers at the 2018 World Cup final. Belgium’s Roberto Martinez (179 days), Serbia’s Mladen Krstajic (413 days) and Senegal’s Aliou Cisse (1164 days) are all younger than the Egyptian.The 45-year-old is playing a World Cup more than 22 years after making his debut. Sadly, the occasion wasn’t the ideal for him as he took the field against Saudi Arabia.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLESaudi and Egypt are trying to avoid finishing last in Group A as they bow out of the World Cup, a disappointing end to the tournament in particular for Egypt and their usually prolific striker Mohamed Salah.Both teams lost their first two games and the only thing they can salvage in the Volgograd Arena is the chance not to finish bottom of their group.For Saudi Arabia, the match also offers the possibility of a first goal in the tournament in Russia.Egypt, making their first World Cup appearance since 1990, had been tipped to advance into the knockout rounds after looking strong in the qualifiers.But they narrowly lost to 1-0 to Uruguay in their opening match, which Salah missed as he recovered from his Champions League final injury with Liverpool. They then went down 3-1 to hosts Russia.
Virat Kohli suffered only his 12th ODI loss as India captain as England won the third and final ODI at Headingley by 8 wickets to clinch the three-match series 2-1 on Tuesday.Virat Kohli’s team put in a disappointing performance in the series-decider as the players faltered in all three departments in the game which mattered the most to miss out on a chance to register its 10th successive ODI series win.Chasing a below-par score of 257 for victory, England rode on an unbeaten hundred from Joe Root and 88 not out from captain Eoin Morgan to reach the target with 33 balls to spare.”We were never up to the mark as far as runs were concerned. We had 25-30 runs too little. England were clinical in all departments and throughly deserved to win. We need to be at our best against a team like England.READ – Root, Morgan and English spinners snap India’s winning run”The bowlers did well, especially their spinners who didn’t get greedy and contained the runs before getting wickets eventually. We thought Dinesh did well, but he couldn’t convert his start, so I don’t regret the batting order changes,” Virat Kohli said at the post-match presentation.India were looking at this series as an opportunity to get the balance of its playing XI right ahead of the 50-over World Cup which will be played in England next year.India vs England 3rd ODI: HIGHLIGHTS | AS IT HAPPENEDThe team made three changes to their lineup in this match with Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur and Dinesh Karthik getting a game in place of Umesh Yadav, Siddharth Kaul and KL Rahul.advertisementThe changes didn’t really work for the Indian team but captain Virat Kohli still didn’t have any regrets over the failed changes.”Shardul was meant to get some exposure, and Bhuvi needed to make a comeback. When the changes don’t come off, they look unnecessary so it must be taken in our stride. These kind of games will tell us what we need to improve upon for the World Cup.READ – Kohli storms past AB de Villiers, MS Dhoni to break another ODI record”We need to have a good balance in the side, and we need to get our act right before the World Cup. We can’t rely on one skill, and we need to do well in all departments,” Virat Kohli said.For India, Shardul Thakur was the lone bowler who managed to take a wicket.With this loss India’s nine-ODI series winning streak came to an end. It was also England’s first ODI bilateral series win over India since 2011.READ – Kohli stares in disbelief after falling to Adil Rashid’s leg-spinThe Indian team will look to move on from this loss as they have a gruelling five-match Test series coming up against England starting next month.”The Test squad is pretty settled, and it’s going to be a lengthy series. We want to play tough cricket and we know the English side will provide us with that,” Kohli said.The Indian captain concluded the interview by praising England leg-spinner Adil Rashid, who bowled a peach of a delivery to snare Kohli’s wicket and turn the tide in the home team’s favour.”I’ve been playing against Rashid since U-19 and it was a terrific ball, so it’s just one of those balls that you have to take in your stride and say “Wow”. I’m surprised that his turn has reduced over the years, but this one was an amazing ball,” Kohli said.
Prajnesh Gunneswaran, Asian Games 2018 tennis men’s singles bronze medallist, will receive a cash reward of 20 lakh from the Tamil Nadu government, as announced by the Chief Minister K Palaniswami on Saturday.Prajnesh settled for bronze in men’s singles tennis event at Asian Games 2018 after he lost his semi-final match to Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin in Jakarta on Friday.Prajnesh became only the sixth India to win a men’s singles medal at the Asian Games.Before Prajnesh, Leander Paes, Srinath Prahlad, Mahesh Bhupathi and Yuki Bhambri had won bronze medals in men’s singles for India while Somdev Devvarman remains India’s only gold medallist at the Games.ASIAN GAMES 2018 DAY 7 LIVE UPDATES”I was delighted to learn about your triumph, a bronze medal in the tennis men’s singles event at the ongoing 18th Asian Games at Jakarta, Indonesia,” Palaniswami said in a letter to the tennis player.Congratulating him on behalf of the people of Tamil Nadu, the Chief Minister said “the Government of Tamil Nadu sanctions Rs 20 lakh for your achievement.”Palaniswami recalled that it was late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa who had in December 2011 enhanced the cash incentive for sportspersons winning bronze medals at the Asian Games to Rs 20 lakh.”On behalf of Government of Tamil Nadu, I congratulate you and all those who have contributed towards your achievement and wish you to win many more medals for the country and Tamil Nadu in future,” he said.Also read – Asian Games 2018: Prajnesh Gunneswaran settles for bronze in tennisPrajnesh, who is ranked 161st in the world, fought hard but went down 2-6, 2-6 to world No.75 Istomin in 86 minutes. Prajnesh was no match to the strength and power of Istomin.advertisementIstomin not only held his serves with ease but broke Prajnesh twice in both the sets to comfortably take the win.Even though Prajnesh remained neck-and-neck with Istomin on most factors, it were the unforced errors that had the glaring difference. Prajnesh committed 25 unforced errors compared to 17 from Istomin.Apart from that, Istomin converted 57 per cent of his break points while Prajnesh could not capitalise on just the three break points opportunities he had.Istomin also managed to control the net better than Prajnesh, having won a total of six points at the net while Prajnesh could manage only half of that.(With PTI inputs)
Shikhar Dhawan continued his impressive form in limited-overs cricket on Sunday as India played Pakistan in their second Super 4 clash at the Dubai International Stadium.Dhawan, who failed to impress in England in Tests, smashed his second hundred in this year’s Asia Cup as India eased forward in their chase of 238 against Pakistan in Dubai.This was Dhawan’s 15th ODI hundred in ODI cricket and he brought it up with a four off Shaheen Afridi in the 33rd over.He also became the second fastest Indian to reach 15 ODI tons behind Virat Kohli, who did it in 106 innings. Dhawan achieved the feat in his 108th innings. He is third in the overall list, with Hashim Amla leading the charts. The South African took just 86 innings to reach the landmark.India vs Pakistan: Report | Highlights | PhotosDhawan along with Rohit Sharma played smart cricket throughout as India looked to chase down a tricky total of 238 against a good Pakistan attack.The Delhi dasher attacked the bowlers right from the word go and took pressure of Rohit, who took his own sweet time to settle in. Attacking the bad balls and milking the good ones away for singles, Dhawan showed yet again why he is such an exceptional limited-overs cricket.The southpaw negotiated the pacers extremely well and took apart Pakistan’s spinners in Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz and reached his fifty in the 18th over. But, he didn’t take the foot off the peddle and continued to play smart cricket and attack when needed.advertisementSeeing Dhawan play so freely, Rohit also joined in and the pair brought up their 13th ODI century stand and after that, both started to attack the bowlers.The duo raced to 150 in the 26th over as Pakistan continued to struggle to get a breakthrough. And as they crossed 160-run mark, they became India’s most successful opening pair against Pakistan. They bettered Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly’s stand of 159 against them in 1998.Rohit took over the hitting for a bit and caught up with Dhawan, who was batting in his 80s but it looked like Dhawan was in no mood to reach the three-figure mark after his partner.Also read – Sarfraz Khan rues dropped catches after Pakistan go down to India againHe played some swashbuckling shots and finally reached his century in the 33rd over.He continued his attacking game and looked to finish the game early but his day was cut short after a misunderstanding brought an end to his night.He was run-out for 114 and left the field to a standing ovation after entertaining the crowd a 100-ball innings studded with 16 fours and two sixes.Also read – MS Dhoni overtakes Rahul Dravid to became the second most capped IndianThis was second hundred in Asia Cup 2018, with his first coming against Hong Kong, when he smashed 127 in the first game of the tournament.Dhawan has now scored 327 runs in the tournament so far from four matches.With Dhawan’s wicket, India’s opening stand came to an end on 210. This was also the highest between Dhawan and Rohit.Dhawan’s return to form after a drab tour of England will give him and the team management much needed relief going into the series against West Indies and the ultimate tour towards the end of the year, when Virat Kohli’s men go Down Under to play three T20Is, four Tests and three ODIs against Australia.The tour starts in November and will go in till January, 2019.
England defender Luke Shaw has signed a new five-year contract with Manchester United after a strong start to the Premier League season.Shaw, who joined Man United in 2014, has started seven of eight league games this season and scored one goal.The 23-year-old defender’s United career has been interrupted by poor form and injuries since he joined the club from Southampton for 27 million pounds ($35.37 million).”Since I came to United, it’s been a whirlwind four years that have passed so quickly. I am very proud to sign my new contract and continue my stay at this great club,” Shaw, whose deal also has the option of a further year, said.”I want to thank everybody that has stood by me and shown me huge support — the management, my team mates and the fans.”I want to let everyone know that I will give everything I have to repay them and deliver success over the years to come. I’m still very young with a lot more to learn and I can’t wait to continue my progress under Jose Mourinho.”It’s official – congrats to @LukeShaw23 on his new #MUFC contract!Watch his exclusive interview in full via our free official app…https://t.co/taW38YJYoY pic.twitter.com/Pev9LQUCyAManchester United (@ManUtd) October 18, 2018The BBC reported that the left-back’s new deal would see him earn 150,000 pounds a week.His consistent performances for United have also earned him a recall to the England squad after he was left out for their World Cup campaign in Russia earlier this year.advertisementYes, @LukeShaw23! #MUFC pic.twitter.com/tv774gwtxYManchester United (@ManUtd) October 18, 2018Shaw was a regular in former United boss Louis van Gaal’s team until he broke his leg in two places against PSV Eindhoven in September 2015. He missed two months of the 2016-17 campaign with a groin problem and then twice had operations on his foot.Shaw had struggled to get into Mourinho’s United team last term, with the Portuguese critical of his attitude. But the manager said Shaw fully deserved his new contract.”He understood his development process, he has worked really hard at every level and he always believes in himself which is a great attribute to have,” Mourinho said.”I am delighted that we are keeping such a talented young English player with a bright future ahead of him.”Jose @LukeShaw23 #MUFC pic.twitter.com/YeZOGhZEvQManchester United (@ManUtd) October 18, 2018″Luke is still young and is improving all the time and he must feel very proud of himself. I am delighted that we are keeping such a talented young English player with a bright future ahead of him.”(With inputs from Reuters)
India seamer Praveen Kumar announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Saturday.Praveen took to Twitter to make his decision public after a career spanning nearly 11 years.”It’s been a great journey. It’s been a great life. With a heavy heart I want to say gud bye to my 1st love #CricketMeriJaan But the test cap no 268 nd ODI 170 will be mine till indian cricket era will continue… Thankyou @BCCI nd @UPCACricket for helping me to live up my drea,” Praveen wrote on his post on Twitter.its been a great jounery.Its been a great life.With a heavy heart I want to say gud bye to my 1st love #CricketMeriJaanBut the test cap no 268 nd ODI 170 will be mine till indian cricket era will continue… Thankyou @BCCI nd @UPCACricket for helping me to live up my dream.praveen kumar (@praveenkumar) October 20, 2018Praveen made his international debut in the 5th ODI against Pakistan in Jaipur in 2007 in which he went wicketless from 10 overs and scored 12 runs.But he quickly gained through the ranks and became one of India’s premier swing bowlers under MS Dhoni’s captaincy, especially in the limited-overs formats.Praveen played 68 ODIs for India in which he took 77 wickets at an average of 36.02 with three four-wicket hauls. The 50-over format was where he excelled as a cricketer which is why he was drafted in the Test team as well but couldn’t replicate his performances in red-ball cricket.In 6 Tests, all of which he played away from home, Praveen took 27 wickets at 25.81 with one five-wicket haul. He played 3 Tests in England picking 15 wickets and three in West Indies getting 12 wickets in total.advertisementThe 32-year-old seamer also represented India in 10 T20 internationals in which he took 8 wickets at 24.12.”I have no regrets. Dil sey khela, dil sey bowling daala (I played and bowled with my heart). There are good bowlers waiting in the wings back in UP and I don’t want their careers to be affected. Mein kheloonga toh ek ka jagah jayega, (If I play, one spot would go); it’s important to think of other players’ future as well. My time is over and I have accepted it. I’m happy and thankful to god for giving me this chance,” Praveen told The Indian Express.Praveen however, won’t be giving up the sport altogether as he has decided to play only for corporate cricket for ONGC (Oil and Natural Gas Corporation) and hopes to become a bowling coach in the future.”I want to become a bowling coach. People know that I have this knowledge. I think it’s an area which I can work dil se, I can pass on this experience to the young ones,” he said.Praveen last played in international match for India on March 30, 2012, which was a T20 international against South Africa in Johannesburg. He went wicketless in that match.”I have decided to retire from cricket. The decision is not taken in haste, I gave a thought over it and I felt it was a right time to say goodbye to the sport which gave me so much. I want to thank my family, BCCI, UPCA, Rajeev (Shukla) sir for giving me the opportunity to fulfill my dreams,” Praveen said.
New Zealand defended 176 to emerge unlikely winners against Pakistan in the opening Test in Abu Dhabi on Monday.It was celebration time in the New Zealand dressing room after the visitors snatched victory from the jaws of defeat, thanks to debutant spinner Ajaz Patel’s five-wicket haul in the second innings.With three Indian-born players in the side — Patel, Jeet Raval and Ish Sodhi, the famous ‘Bhangra’ was bound to take place during the celebration party.In a video that has gone viral, two New Zealand players can be seen dancing to superhit pop number “Mundian To Bach Ke” in the dressing room after their narrow 4-run win over Pakistan.New Zealand players celebrating the win in Abu Dhabi with a bit of bhangra #PAKvNZ pic.twitter.com/UJNN0FRnH7Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) November 19, 2018Patel claimed five wickets as New Zealand registered a dramatic win on the fourth day of the Test at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.Pakistan resumed the day on 37 for no loss, needing 139 runs for a victory to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series, but suffered two separate batting collapses that resulted in a tense finish.Abu Dhabi Test: Match ReportPakistan were eventually dismissed for 171 in 58.4 overs as the visitors wrapped up the fifth-smallest win by runs in Test history.”We knew the surface wasn’t an easy one. There was turn from day one and all the spinners bowled well,” New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson said.”It’s a great advertisement for Test cricket. In the end, it came down to the wire. We’ll sit down and review our performance and the things to improve upon. The attitude, certainly today and throughout the game, was brilliant.”advertisementPakistan vs Australia 1st Test Highlights | ScorecardAzhar Ali (65), who stitched together an 82-run stand with Asad Shafiq (45) to keep Pakistan’s hopes alive, was the last batsman to fall when he was trapped in front of the wicket by Patel who finished with 5/59.”It’s a dream come true. We know Pakistan have got good players of spin, but we kept chipping in there,” left-armer Patel said.Earlier, Patel dismissed opener Imam-ul-Haq leg-before and spin partner Ish Sodhi struck twice to remove Mohammad Hafeez and Haris Sohail as Pakistan lost three batsmen in eight balls to find themselves in trouble at 48/3.Shafiq edged pace bowler Neil Wagner to wicketkeeper BJ Watling before lunch and Babar Azam was run out after the break. Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed was then caught behind off Patel for three with his team down 154/6 and needing 22 runs to win.Bilal Asif was bowled for a duck as he attempted to slog Patel and Wagner had Yasir Shah caught at slip. Hasan Ali was the next to go, offering a simple catch to substitute fielder Tim Southee off Patel.Azhar played more cautiously as the wickets continued to tumble, but despite the 33-year-old’s battling effort, Pakistan could not avoid defeat.The second Test will be played in Dubai from Nov. 24-28 before the teams return to Abu Dhabi for the final Test from Dec. 3-7.(With inputs from Reuters)
Hardik Pandya is eyeing a comeback into the national side for the one day international series against Australia in the New Year. India will play a three-match ODI series from January 12-18.Pandya suffered a lower-back injury during India’s match against Pakistan at the Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates in September.Pandya had to be carried off on a stretcher after falling down in his delivery stride after bowling the fifth ball of his fourth over.The injury ruled him out of the tournament that India went on to win for the seventh time.”I’m trying hard to be fit for the ODI series against Australia to start in January 2019. To get back to full fitness, I’m going through rigorous bowling sessions in Mumbai. I have just started bowling after 60 days. Once I bowl a few overs in the ODIs, I think I should be on the right track,” Pandya was quoted as saying by the Times of India.The 25-year-old was recently seen smoking at Sakshi Dhoni’s birthday bash at the weekend.Next day, he posted a couple of videos on Twitter sweating at nets.”Focused and determined! Feels good to be bowling after 60 days, on my road to recovery,” Pandya tweeted.Focused and determined! Feels good to be bowling after 60 days, on my road to recovery pic.twitter.com/D5moHZKVfdhardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) November 19, 2018″Finding my form with the bat, slowly but surely.”Finding my form with the bat, slowly but surely pic.twitter.com/SjtAI7k8g5advertisementhardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) November 20, 2018The all-rounder is a key member of the Indian side and the team management would hope for him to recover in time for the ODIs in January.In Hardik’s absence, his elder brother Krunal Pandya is making the most of the opportunities in the national side.After a good debut against the Windies in the T20Is, Krunal was also picked for the T20 series in Australia.In the first game, Krunal became the third most expensive Indian bowler in a T20I match as he finished with none for 55 from his four overs against Australia at the Gabba in Brisbane.”I am very happy to see Krunal is representing the country Down Under,” Hardik said.Hardik has played 11 Tests, 42 ODIs and 35 T20s for India so far.
New Delhi, Dec 3 (PTI) Pawan Singh has become the first Indian to be elected one of seven member’s of the Judges Committee of the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF).Singh also holds the post of the Joint Secretary General of the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) and was a former coach of the Indian shooting team.Singh got elected onto the seven members’ Judges Committee for which 22 candidates from all over the world were in fray, a release said.Members of the administrative council of ISSF voted to select the committee during the elections held at Munich on Sunday. The ISSF elections take place every four years.A few day back Raninder Singh, President of NRAI had become the first Indian to be elected vice president of ISSF.The Judges Committee consists of a Chairman and seven members. It is responsible for the uniform application of the shooting rules, provides guidelines for international judges, prepares and conducts courses for judges and jury members. It also approves applications for judge’s licences’ and proposes juries to the executive committee for championships and games. The committee meets at least once a year and reports to the administrative council. PTI APA ATKATK
Baikonur (Kazakhstan), Dec 3 (AFP) A Soyuz spacecraft carrying Russian, American and Canadian astronauts arrived at the International Space Station on Monday, following the first manned launch since a failed launch in October.Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, Anne McClain of NASA and David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency blasted off from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome earlier in the day.They successfully docked at the ISS on schedule at 1736 GMT to begin an expected six and a half months aboard the ISS, the Russian Roscosmos space agency said via Twitter.It was the first manned voyage for the Soviet-era Soyuz since October 11, when a rocket carrying Russia’s Aleksey Ovchinin and US astronaut Nick Hague failed just minutes after blast-off, forcing the pair to make a harrowing emergency landing.They escaped unharmed but the failed launch — the first such incident in Russia’s post-Soviet history — raised concerns about the state of the Soyuz programme.The Soyuz is the only means of reaching the ISS since the United States retired the space shuttle in 2011.Kononenko, McClain and Saint-Jacques smiled and gave thumbs up to the cheering crowd including relatives as they ascended into the Soyuz capsule on Monday morning.Minutes after take off, Roscosmos said the capsule was in orbit. NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine meanwhile thanked the US and Russian teams “for their dedication to making this launch a success”.In a successful rehearsal for Monday’s flight, a Soyuz cargo vessel took off on November 16 from Baikonur and delivered several tonnes of food, fuel and supplies to the ISS.advertisementRussia said last month the October launch had failed because of a sensor damaged during assembly at the Baikonur cosmodrome, but insisted the spacecraft remained reliable.While flight commander Kononenko is beginning his fourth mission to add to an impressive 533 days in space, both Saint-Jacques and McClain are making their maiden trip.Crew commander Kononenko, 54, said during a press conference on the eve of the launch that “risk is part of our profession”.But he added that his team “absolutely” trusted those who had prepared for the flight.European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst, NASA’s Serena Aunon-Chancellor and Sergei Prokopyev of Roscosmos were set to greet the trio on arrival at the ISS.Veteran Kononenko said the crew would conduct a spacewalk on December 11 as part of an investigation into a mysterious hole that has caused an air leak on the ISS.While on board, Saint-Jacques will be involved in an experiment called “At Home in Space” which “takes a closer look at how crew members adapt to living with each other by creating a shared culture,” according to the Canadian Space Agency.Among the dozens of other experiments the new crew members will take part in is one that will use worms to examine muscle loss in space, led by British scientists.The experiment could pave the way to new treatments for muscular conditions for people on Earth, according to the UK Space Agency.McClain, 39, served in Iraq and has represented the United States in women’s rugby.She has said training to spacewalk resembled the sport since it demands “grit, toughness, mental focus, and more”.Russia-US cooperation in space has remained one of the few areas not affected by a crisis in ties between the former Cold War enemies.But comments by the combative chief of the Russian space agency, Dmitry Rogozin, have raised eyebrows.He recently joked Russia would send a mission to the Moon to “verify” whether or not NASA lunar landings ever took place.In recent years Russia’s debt-laden space industry has suffered a number of mishaps including the loss of cargo spacecraft and satellites.At a press conference following the successful docking, Rogozin announced March 1, 2019, as the date for the next manned launch to the ISS.He said Ovchinin and Hague would be on board, along with NASA’s Christina Koch. (AFP) SCYSCY
India’s 1983 World Cup-win hero Mohinder Amarnath said a lot would depend on skipper Virat Kohli and No.3 Cheteshwar Pujara on a green pitch at the new Perth Stadium in the second Test against Australia starting Friday.Amarnath, one of India’s grittiest batsmen overseas, scored nine of his 11 Test centuries abroad. Two of those hundreds came in Australia including the very first of his career, against a Bob Simpson-led team on a lively Perth pitch back in December 1977. Amarnath said all the pre-match talk about the nature of drop-in pitch at the new Optus Stadium should not be a huge concern to the Indians.”This Indian team is very experienced, they won’t be afraid of anything, especially all this talk from the Australians about unleashing pace. They are high on confidence after winning the first Test. I think neither team will have much idea about this new wicket and making predictions about a fresh wicket is always risky.”Their bowlers will of course relish bowling on a harder track as it suits them. They want to restrict the Indian batting by bowling short but if you have batsmen like Virat Kohli and Pujara who are technically so good then it won’t be of much concern. In Australia, strokeplay with a purpose is very important. The mistakes our batsmen made in the last game have to be avoided in Perth. Getting a good start and then playing a reckless short is unfortunate. Staying at the wicket for a long duration, like what Pujara did, is very important,” Amarnath told India Today in an interview.advertisementWhile reposing his faith in the opening pair of Murali Vijay and KL Rahul, Amarnath said he was surprised to not see Shikhar Dhawan making it to the Test squad.”Both Vijay and Rahul are talented and you want them to give a good start. I think Shikhar Dhawan should have been in the team as on these type of hard wickets in Australia, you need a batsman like him,” said Amarnath.With the team management and skipper Virat also applauding the pace attack India possess right now, Amarnath said their showing in South Africa, England and now in Adelaide has given hopes of a series win Down Under.”The length at which our pacers are bowling is quite good. I am very impressed with Ishant Sharma in particular. The length that he’s been bowling in last one year is a vast difference from that of earlier years. He’s also swinging the ball a lot. Shami, Bumrah and Ishant have been outstanding and when your frontline bowlers excel then it makes a huge difference.”However, Amarnath does not rule out an Australia comeback.”Indians have started off well but Australia isn’t far behind even though they are missing their key players and have a new batting line-up. Their temperament, their culture, can’t be ever separated from their personality. If there is pace in wicket then these Aussie batters will also look better as they like ball coming faster at them.”Also Read | India will be undisputed No.1 in the world if they beat Australia: Mark ButcherAlso Read | Australia name unchanged playing XI for Perth Test against IndiaAlso Read | More excited than nervous looking at lively pitches, says Virat Kohli ahead of Perth TestAlso Read | Mohinder Amarnath says advantage India in tight Test series vs Australia
Pune, Dec 21 (PTI) India’s number one singles player Prajnesh Gunneswaran was on Friday handed a wild card entry into the main draw of the Tata Open Maharashtra ATP tournament, to be held here from December 31 to January 5. Gunneswaran and Ramkumar Ramanathan will be the two wild card entrants while S K Mukund and Saket Myneni will have to go through the qualifiers. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will inaugurate the upcoming Tata Open Maharashtra to be played at the Mhalunge Balewadi Stadium. “Tata Open Maharashtra is one of Asia’s best ATP World Tour event and we want to continue to grow to become the best by having the best players, providing best infrastructure and give a platform to upcoming talents from the country like Prajnesh who has rightfully earned the wild card entry for the event,” said tournament director Prashant Sutar. The organisers have also announced that the tournament will be broadcast on Star Sports. “The event has brought great value to all stakeholders. According to a SMG Evaluation Report of first season Tata Open Maharashtra is doing exceedingly well in traditional and social media both, which means it’s being well received by fans and tennis lovers across,” said Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association secretary Sunder Iyer.The year 2018 has been good for Gunneswaran as he reached world no 104 in November from 243 at the start of the year. His rise comes at the back of two Challenger titles in China and Bengaluru. The 29-year-old comes back to Pune after finishing runners-up at the KPIT Challenger held here less than a month ago. The bronze medal at the Asian Games was another feather in the Chennai-based player’s cap.advertisement Currently ranked 107, Gunneswaran will become the first Indian singles player in the main draw which has five players from top-50. For all the world-class players, the tournament will just be the much-needed head-start for the upcoming season. The line-up includes defending champion and world no. 30 Gilles Simon from France, world no. 6 Kevin Anderson from South Africa, world no. 7 Marin Cilic of Croatia, world no. 25 Hyeon Chung from Korea and world no. 45 Malek Jaziri of Tunisia. PTI SSC SSC BSBS
Liverpool treated their fans to some Christmas cheer with a 4-0 thrashing of Newcastle United at Anfield on Wednesday, extending their lead at the top of the table.The win put Liverpool on 51 points at the halfway point in the season, six ahead of Tottenham Hotspur, who hammered Bournemouth 5-0, and seven ahead of champions Manchester City who lost 2-1 at Leicester City.Returning to the club he led to the Champions League title in 2005, Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez picked his team with defence in mind, stringing five players across the back.But defender Jamaal Lascelles inadvertently teed Dejan Lovren up for the opening goal, carelessly heading an attempted clearance into the path of the Liverpool centre back, who cracked home a fine half-volley in the 11th minute.Newcastle managed to hold firm until halftime but within minutes of the restart they were two down as Mohamed Salah scored his 13th league goal of the season from the penalty spot following an innocuous foul on him by Paul Dummett.Liverpool’s enormous pressure threatened to give them a third goal at any moment, and it came when Xherdan Shaqiri stabbed home Trent Alexander-Arnold’s low cross from close range in the 79th minute. Fabinho made it 4-0 by heading home Salah’s corner.Liverpool’s fans burst into song as news reached the Anfield stands that Manchester City had lost at Leicester, giving the Merseysiders the Christmas gift they wanted as they chase a first league title since 1990.City suffer second straight league defeatadvertisementCity suffered their second straight Premier League defeat as they were stunned by a late strike from Leicester City’s Ricardo Pereira in a 2-1 loss on Wednesday.City were looking to bounce back from their 3-2 defeat by Crystal Palace and were in front after 14 minutes when Bernardo Silva finished with his left foot after being played through by Sergio Aguero.But four minutes later Leicester were back on level terms after Marc Albrighton met Jamie Vardy’s cross with his head from close range.Leicester’s defence held tight despite an onslaught from City, with Fabian Delph and Aguero both missing good chances.Pep Guardiola’s team were may to pay for those spurned opportunities as Ricardo unleashed an unstoppable shot into the top left corner beyond Ederson with less than 10 minutes from the end.Manchester United beat Huddersfield Meanwhile, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continued his dream start as Manchester United caretaker manager with a 3-1 Premier League win over Huddersfield on his Old Trafford debut in the dugout on Wednesday.Paul Pogba scored two superb goals in the second half after Nemanja Matic fired United ahead in the 28th minute to continue United’s revival under their former striker Solskjaer, who hit the ground running in Saturday’s 5-1 win at Cardiff City.The result left United sixth on 32 points from 19 games halfway through their campaign while Huddersfield stayed rooted to the bottom with 10 points after suffering their sixth successive league defeat.Also Read | Sunil Chhetri and I have a telepathic understanding on the pitch, says Jeje Lalpekhlua
Samsung has officially announced its new Galaxy M series with India being the very first market. The new line sees the debut of two new smartphones, called Galaxy M10 and M20 (Review). With these phones, Samsung is targeting millennials looking for an attractive design along with a great battery life. The M10 and M20 are the first Samsung phones to sport the new Infinity-V waterdrop display. The phones also tout big batteries with the M20 being the first Samsung phone to offer a 5,000mAh capacity.The Galaxy M10 and M20 will look to help Samsung compete against the likes of Xiaomi, Nokia and Realme in the budget and mid-range segments in India. In terms of design, the M10 and M20 look similar with waterdrop displays and plastic rear panels. The phones differ mainly in hardware and here’s what you need to know.Galaxy M10, M20 specificationsDisplay: The Galaxy M10 sports a 6.22-inch LCD Infinity-V display with an HD+ resolution, while the M20 gets a 6.3-inch Infinity-V display with a FHD+ resolutionProcessor: The Galaxy M10 is powered by a 1.6GHz octa-core Exynos 7870 chipset. The Galaxy M20 gets a 1.8GHz Exynos 7904 processor.RAM: The budget Galaxy M10 will come with 2GB and 3GB of RAM options, while the M20 will get 3GB and 4GB of RAMInternal storage: The 2GB RAM variant of the M10 will come with 16GB of internal storage, while the 3GB RAM variant will come with 32GB of storage. The M20 will get 32GB and 64GB of internal storage depending on the RAMadvertisementRear camera: Both the phones come with dual cameras with similar 13MP + 5MP configuration. The primary sensor offers f/1.9 aperture while the secondary sensor gets an ultra wide-angle lensFront camera: The Galaxy M10 gets a 5MP front-facing camera while the M20 gets an 8MP selfie cameraBattery: The Galaxy M20 houses a massive 5,000mAh battery and the M10 gets a smaller 3,400mAh batterySoftware: Both the Galaxy M phones ship with Android 8.1 Oreo with Experience UI 9.5 on topGalaxy M10, M20 features– One of the biggest highlights of the new Galaxy M10 and M20 is the new Infinity-V waterdrop display. These are the first Samsung phones to sport the new display type that sees a droplet-like notch on the top of the display. This allows for more screen real estate and minimal bezels all around. The M10 gets a 6.2-inch HD+ Infinity-V display, while the M20 gets a slightly bigger 6.3-inch Infinity-V display.– The other big USB is a massive 5,000mAh battery inside the Galaxy M20 which assures a two-day battery life. The Galaxy M20 is the first Samsung phone to come with this battery, which is pretty impressive. The Galaxy M10 gets a smaller 3,400mAh battery, but it should deliver a good battery life as well, considering the basic specs of the device.– The Galaxy M20 is also the first Samsung phone to come with the new Exynos 7904 chipset. This is an octa-core chipset based on a 14nm process and is equipped with two Cortex-A73 cores that run at 1.8GHz, and six Cortex-A53 cores that run at 1.6GHz. Samsung says the chipset has been optimised for India to deliver high-end multimedia capabilities.– Both the Galaxy M10 and M20 also get similar dual camera systems with a 13MP primary sensor and a 5MP ultra wide-angle sensor. The ultra wide-angle lens will allow users to capture more of a scene in a single frame, and it also helps the M10 and M20 phones stand apart in this segment.Galaxy M10, M20 price in IndiaThe Galaxy M10’s price in India starts at Rs 7,990 for the base model with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. The 3GB + 32GB variant comes with a price tag of Rs 8,990. The Galaxy M20, on the other hand, starts at Rs 10,990 for the 3GB + 32GB variant and goes up to Rs 12,990 for the 4GB + 64GB configuration.Both the Galaxy M phones are online-only models and will be available on Amazon India and Samsung’s online store starting February 5, 2019. Jio 4G customers purchasing the Galaxy M10 or M20 will get double-data benefit on Rs 198 and Rs 299 plans.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy M20 review: Great display, superb battery life makes for a good startALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy M10, M20 with Infinity-V display launched starting at Rs 7,990: Price, Specs, India launch details
Brief scores: New Zealand 212/4 (Colin Munro 72, Tim Seifert 43; Kuldeep Yadav 2/26) beat India 208/6 (Vijay Shankar 43, Rohit Sharma 38; Mitchell Santner 2/32, Daryl Mitchell 2/27) by 4 runs to clinch 3-match series 2-1. ScorecardNew Zealand (212/4) beat India (208/6) by 4 runs to clinch 3-match series 2-1. Shankar (43), Mitchell (2/27), Santner (2/32). New Zealand defeated India by four runs in the third and final Twenty20 International (T20I) to clinch the series 2-1 here on Sunday.New Zealand captain Kane Williamson was a relieved man after his team defeated India in a thrilling match at the Seddon Park in Hamilton on Sunday to clinch the three-match series 2-1.India failed to chase down a 200 plus total for the second time in four days and lost the T20I series to New Zealand. Set 213 to win the decider, India managed 208 for 6 thanks to a spirited bowling effort from New Zealand.”What a brilliant advertisement for T20 cricket. It’s great to get across the line tonight. It was a fairly short series. The first performance was our best, and there were some learning in the second one.”For it to go to the last couple of balls, I knew India would come back strong, and it was a great series to be a part of. The nature of international cricket is such that we have to play Bangladesh at home now, so looking forward to that as well,” Williamson said at the post-match presentation ceremony.Williamson’s side had posted 212 for 4 after being put into bat with openers Colin Munro and Tim Seifert adding 80 runs for the first wicket which set the tone of their innings.advertisementMan-of-the-match Munro top-scored with 72 runs while Seifert, who was adjudged Player of the Series, made a quickfire 43 off 25 balls. Colin de Grandhomme (30) and Williamson (27) also made significant contributions to the total.India in reply, lost opener Shikhar Dhawan in the first over but Vijay Shankar (43) and Rohit Sharma (38) then steadied the innings by adding 75 runs for the second wicket.Shankar fell in the 9th over but Rohit carried on and added 40 runs with Rishabh Pant. But once those two departed in quick succession, India’s innings lost momentum with MS Dhoni also departing cheaply.Dinesh Karthik and Krunal Pandya made a valiant attempt to take India within touching distance but some outstanding bowling by Daryl Mitchll (2/27) and Tim Southee in the death overs helped the Black Caps to victory.Mitchell Santner returned with 2 wickets as well while Scott Kuggeleijn and debutant Blair Tickner picked up a wicket each.Also Read | Lots of positives and a few mistakes, says Rohit Sharma after T20I series defeatAlso Read | I am a big fan of Mr Kohli but bigger fan of Mrs Kohli: Banner spotted during Hamilton T20IAlso Read | Pandya brothers are only 2-over bowlers in T20Is: Sanjay ManjrekarAlso Read | MS Dhoni falls for 2 in 300th T20 match as India lose narrowly to New Zealand
Javelin star Neeraj Chopra has welcomed the Athletic Federation of India’s decision of hiring German biomechanics expert Dr Klaus Bartonietz as support staff for national coach Uwe Hohn as he feels upcoming throwers also require a foreign coach when the Hohn is not at the national camp.”It’s a very important decision, I feel. Our group is getting bigger by the day as more talented throwers are coming to the team. Hohn sir is mostly travelling away with us and that’s why the athletes back at the national camp still require a foreign coach,” Neeraj told Mail Today from Potchefstroom, South Africa.The development comes after coach Hohn complained about Sports Authority of India’s (SAI) lack of support in providing sufficient equipment, support staff and better diet to the javelin squad.An AFI official told Mail Today they are looking forward to bring Bartonietz to India as soon as possible but are still waiting for SAI’s confirmation.”We are eager to bring Bartonietz to the national camp as soon as possible and start working with the group but we are unable to do so until SAI gives the go ahead.”Meanwhile, as Neeraj continues his training for the season ahead in Northwest University of the Rainbow nation, fans are eager to see him touch the golden figure of 90m. The 21-year-old javelin star, however, is not worried about touching 90m as of yet.”I know everyone wants me to touch 90m mark soon but it is not something I am worried about. At the moment, I am throwing in the region of 85m regularly. I am hoping to take that consistency level to 86-87m. Once I peak in the season, any number is achievable” he said.advertisementAt the end of the last season, the athlete said he seeks improvement in his technique as his throws often tilted to left and occasionally ended outside the sector. It also cost him a medal at the IAAF Continental Cup despite an 85m-plus throw.Talking on the issue, Neeraj said: “We are still working on that issue. At the moment, we are mostly working on my strength. I mostly do medicine ball throw or iron ball throw as we still have time to get into competition mould,” said Neeraj.The year is going to be an eventful one for the Haryana boy as he will be taking part in the Asian Championships in April, followed by Doha Diamond League in May in order to attain qualifying marks for the World Championship and Olympics. Neeraj will be back in India in March and is expected to kick off the season with the Federation Cup in Patiala.
Shikhar Dhawan hit an unbeaten 97 in his 150th match as Delhi Capitals defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by 7 wickets at the Eden Gardens on Friday. Dhawan had started his IPL career with Delhi Capitals (then Daredevils) before playing for Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad.Shikhar Dhawan was within sight of his maiden IPL and T20 hundred before Colin Ingram hit a six to seal victory for Delhi Capitals.Late last year, Shikhar Dhawan moved to Delhi Capitals from Sunrisers Hyderabad. In the 2018 IPL, he scored 497 runs from 16 matches In 2017, Dhawan had scored 479 runs from 14 matches and the year before, 501 runs from 17 matches when Sunrisers Hyderabad won the IPL.Dhawan was named man-of-the-match after he shared a 105-run stand with Rishabh Pant for the 3rd wicket. Dhawan looked happy his team had won and said hundreds did not matter in front of team goals. Rishabh Pant, who scored 46, was seen playing with Dhawan’s son Zoravar on the field.”I knew it could be my first T20 hundred but the team goal is more important, hence I took that single rather than taking a huge risk,” Dhawan told the broadcasters after the match.A perfect win calls for a perfect celebration! #KKRvDC #ThisIsNewDelhi #DelhiCapitals pic.twitter.com/eUQeW87V5YDelhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) April 12, 2019View this post on InstagramProof that @RishabPant’s babysitting skills have reached another level #KKRvDC #ThisIsNewDelhi #DelhiCapitalsA post shared by Delhi Capitals (@delhicapitals) on Apr 12, 2019 at 1:58pm PDTPant said he and Dhawan had planned to take the game deep and bring up the victory as soon as possible.advertisement”(The plan was to) take the game deep and complete the game as soon as possible. In T20, when you are chasing, you need to control and pace your innings in such a way that you could complete the match in 18-20 overs,” Pant told the broadcasters.In the 2019 IPL, before his 97 not out against KKR Friday night, he had scores of 43, 51, 16, 30, 12 and 0. Delhi Capitals coach Ricky Ponting was far from impressed with his strike rate.On Friday, Shikhar Dhawan was in superb touch. He had scored a classy 143 against Australia in Mohali and it looked the Dhawan of old was back. He drove well and pierced the gaps with surgical precision as the KKR pacers struggled with their length against him.Shikhar Dhawan would have been the 5th player to hit a hundred in the Indian Premier League 2019.David Warner and Jonny Bairstow had hit hundreds for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the same match against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Sanju Samson had hit an ubeaten 102 for Rajasthan Royals while Kings XI Punjab opener smashed his maiden IPL hundred against Mumbai Indians.Also Read | Expected bowlers to perform better: Dinesh Karthik after KKR’s 2nd successive lossAlso See:
On Wednesday Xiaomi India teased the coming of a new Y series phone or the successor to the Redmi Y2. The company is yet to confirm the name of the upcoming phone but going by past records and rumours it will be the Redmi Y3. On Thursday Xiaomi released a new video teaser of the upcoming Redmi Y series phone. The teaser hints that the smartphone will have a big battery that will last long in a single charge. However, Xiaomi didn’t reveal the battery specs of the Redmi Y3.Considering Xiaomi is vouching so much for the Redmi Y3 battery chances could be it will sport a battery bigger than the predecessor Redmi Y2 which comes with 3080mAh battery. Overall the Redmi Y3 is expected to be a much-improved version of the Redmi Y2, which was launched last year. Xiaomi’s Y series phones are always selfie-focused and the upcoming Redmi Y3 will be no exception. Xiaomi India has confirmed that the Redmi Y3 will come with 32-megapixel selfie camera on the front.The company announced the coming of the new Y series phone via a tweet in which it mentioned, “In the tweet, Jain noted, “Mi fans! I got my hands on upcoming #Redmi phone & it is amazing! Went on a selfie rampage & the results are totally incredible.?? ‘Y’ am I taking so many selfies? BTW I clicked ’32’ selfies with 32 @XiaomiIndia colleagues! ?? Can’t wait to share more details with you. #Xiaomi..” Compared to the predecessor the Redmi Y3 will have a huge jump in the selfie camera setup. The Redmi Y2 comes with a 16-megapixel camera on the front for clicking selfies.advertisementYou never run out of juice. Y should your phone? #YYYHow long does your phone last on a single charge? pic.twitter.com/OJxRtBEQD0Redmi India (@RedmiIndia) April 11, 2019Recently we have witnessed several smartphones come with a 32-megapixel camera on the front including Vivo V15, V15 Pro, Huawei P30 Pro, among others. Considering Xiaomi is going with the all glass body and dot drop notch for its recent phones, the same can be expected from the Redmi Y3 too. It is safe to expect the Redmi Y3 to come with Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7 Pro design. This means expect glass body, dot drop notch, slim bezels and more. Overall the Redmi Y3 will be upgraded version of the Redmi Y2.To recollect, the Redmi Y2 features a 5.99-inch full-screen display with 1440x720p resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor paired with up to 4GB RAM + 64GB storage which can be expanded up to 256GB via microSD card. On the camera front, the Redmi Y2 includes a 16-megapixel selfie camera on the front, while on the back the phone includes a 12MP+5MP AI dual rear camera configuration. The phone is backed by a 3000mAh battery and also supports dual SIM slot.ALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 quick review: Bold and beautifulALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy A40 quick review: A small wonder among giantsALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy A70 quick review: Has the goods to make it a winner in India
AB de Villiers was undoubtedly the star of the show on Wednesday night as Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Kings XI Punjab by 17 runs after being stranded at 81/4 at one stage. While he had the perfect partner in Marcus Stoinis, his 44-ball 82 was the cornerstone of RCB’s fourth win in five games this season.Speaking after the game, ABD said that he was only looking to stay calm and not get rattled by the situation. While his innings and the partnership with Stoinis was the game changer, de Villiers also praised the RCB bowlers for putting up a good show as it was relatively easy to bat in the second innings.”I tried to stay calm in the last few overs. It is not easy always, the game is happening at a rapid pace. We know our home ground very well, it hasn’t been a great hunting ground for us to start with but we are turning things around now. And we are doing things well now. We are doing good as a team now. I still think 160 was a par score but it gets easier in the second innings. Our bowlers executed their plans to perfection in the end,” he smiled.Opener Parthiv Patel also played a nice little cameo (43 off 24 balls) and said that the team has nothing to lose now and that has made them ensure that they enjoy themselves in the middle.”We have nothing to lose. We just go and enjoy ourselves. (Earlier in the tournament) We were unlucky not to finish off games. It was about converting performance into results. I have been practising hard. There’s communication between us (him and Kohli). If I strike at above 150, he can take his time,” he said.advertisement.@ABdeVilliers17 treated us to his range of 360 degree shots in a knock of 82* (44) to walk away with the Man of the Match award#RCBvKXIP pic.twitter.com/zwarv8RsHuIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 24, 2019Parthiv also pointed at how he looks to guide the bowlers from behind the wicket. “First of all, making sure four people are inside the circle; that’s important. And also having right people in right areas, convey to the bowlers which length is correct to bowl. I try to do that game after game. We have had few tight games not going our way. Happy to be on the other side,” he smiled.Also Read | Virat Kohli elated after RCB win again: Losing six in a row really hurt usAlso Read | AB de Villiers stars as Royal Challengers Bangalore storm to 3rd successive winAlso Read | AB de Villiers in splits as umpire loses match ball
India wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav has lashed out at rumour mills over his comments on MS Dhoni’s inputs from behind the stumps, saying his words on the veteran wicketkeeper were misconstrued.Kuldeep Yadav had made a tongue-in-cheek remark when he was asked during an award function in Mumbai if MS Dhoni had erred while giving inputs to young spinners from behind the wickets.”There are a lot of times he (Dhoni) goes wrong but then you can’t say that to him,” Kuldeep had replied in jest.Nonetheless, the young wrist-spinner faced a lot of flak on social media over his comments.Kuldeep and his spin partner Yuzvendra Chahal have time and again insisted that MS Dhoni’s inputs have made a lot of difference to their bowling in limited-overs cricket. Known for his astute game awareness, Dhoni has been an integral member of India’s ODI side as he has been able to share his experience with the rest of his teammates.MS Dhoni’s presence behind the stumps makes our job easy: KuldeepKuldeep insisted that MS Dhoni’s inputs have been invaluable not just to him but to the entire team.”MS Dhoni is a senior player and there is no doubt that his tips have been invaluable not only for me but for the entire team. His presence behind the stumps makes our job easy and nobody can change that fact,” Kuldeep Yadav told The Indian Express.The young wrist spinner added: “These are rumours which people love to spread and I have no idea why. I haven’t given any interview regarding this so I fail to understand as to how the media came up with these comments.”advertisementKuldeep Yadav took to Instagram on Tuesday to express his disappointment at the way in which his comments were interpreted.”Here we go for another made up controversy from our media who loves to make tangy rumours for no reason. Just want to throw some light on the issue that has been proliferated by some people, that the news is total false. I didn’t give any inappropriate statement about anyone (sic),” Kuldeep wrote in an Instagram story.Kuldeep did not have a successful Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign in 2019 as the Kolkata Knight Riders spinner struggled for consistency, managing just 4 wickets from 9 matches at an average of 71.50. However, Kuldeep remains to be India’s first-choice spinner at the World Cup, starting May 30 in England and Wales.Also Read | Asking Indian players to have sex was a joke: Paddy UptonAlso Read | Virat Kohli does not have to be the only leader in the Indian side: Jonty RhodesAlso See: