Rio Olympics silver medallist P.V. Sindhu’s maiden China Open title and her subsequent runners-up finish at the Hong Kong Open, helped her gain two spots to the No.7 spot in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) women’s singles rankings.Sindhu, who skipped the ongoing Macau Open, has now assured herself a spot in the year-ending BWF Superseries Final in Dubai from December 14 to 18. Only the top-8 shuttlers are allowed to take part in the Superseries Final.There was also good news for London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal, who clawed back to the top-10 of women’s singles. The Hyderabadi rose one spot to the No.10 position in the rankings. (My life has changed a lot: Rio Silver medallist PV Sindhu to India Today)The women’s singles rankings saw considerable changes in the top three, with Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying clinching the top spot after her Hong Kong Open title.Rio gold medallist Carolina Marin of Spain lost a spot to the No.2 position while Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon also fell one rung to No.3.In men’s singles, Indian shuttler Sameer Verma’s runner-up show at the Hong Kong Open was rewarded with a leap of 13 spots to No.30 while Kidambi Srikanth fell one spot to No.13 in the list led by Malaysian veteran Lee Chong Wei.Among others, Hong Kong Open winner Ng Ka Long Angus vaulted five places to enter the top-10 and is now at No.9 spot.
Jordan Henderson acknowledges that Liverpool can “play much better” than they did against Leicester and is looking for them to improve and “bounce back quickly”.The Reds headed into a meeting with the Foxes on Wednesday aware that victory would send them seven points clear at the top of the Premier League table.A perfect start was made in the snow at Anfield, with Sadio Mane opening the scoring inside three minutes. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Jurgen Klopp’s side were unable to build on that effort, though, and saw Harry Maguire restore parity shortly before half-time.Having been held to a 1-1 draw on home soil, the Reds’ lead over Manchester City stands at only five points.Henderson admits there is a sense of frustration at being unable to collect a 20th win of the season but is looking for a positive response to be offered against West Ham on Monday, telling the club’s official website: “Of course, we’ll be a little bit disappointed because we wanted the three points, but Leicester are a good side.“They made it difficult so I suppose we’ve got to take the point, move on quickly and improve for the next game.“We started well, which we wanted to, got a good goal and then we just couldn’t keep the momentum going after that. “We couldn’t find the second goal and, obviously, then just before half-time, [we’re] disappointed to concede the set-piece. “So, of course, it’s disappointing from that side but we still had plenty of time to find the second goal, but just couldn’t manage to get the ball over the line and create enough chances to do that. We know we can play much better and we need to improve in the next game.“We need to bounce back quickly. We’ve got another few days to recover and then prepare for the West Ham game so we need to be ready because it’s another tough game in the Premier League.”While Liverpool had been hoping to enjoy a more dominant standing at the summit, Henderson insists that nobody on the red half of Merseyside is reading too much into title talk at this stage of the season.He added, with there still 14 games to come: “[There’s] Still a long way to go and like we’ve said all along, we’ll take it game by game. “We’re disappointed we couldn’t get the three points, but we take one, we move on and try to be better in the next game.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Though Romanian beauty Iulia Vantur has always maintained her we-are-just-best-friends stance, as far as her equation with Salman Khan is concerned, she has confirmed that her “heart belongs to someone”, on The Kapil Sharma Show, on Sunday.Iulia was at her humorous best on the show as she fielded the jokes and the jibes by Kapil Sharma, Sunil Grover and Kiku Sharda sportingly and managed to crack a joke or a two, of her own. Subtlety is what worked in her favour–be it her carefully thought out one-liners or her simple yet graceful black dress by Avaro Figlio. Not for a moment, she looked awkward, even with her limited knowledge of Hindi. Let’s just say, she stole the show, with her grace and wit hands down.There was hardly any reference to her love life on the show. Accept, when a fan asked her hand for her son, Iulia all of a sudden said something very unexpected. “My heart belongs to someone else.” When asked to name that “someone”, she said, “it’s right here hidden in my heart.”Aww! That’s really sweet, Iualia.Salman Khan and Iulia Vantur have not made their relationship public yet. But do we really need a confirmation after this?
Capital Float partners Amazon to disburse loans to e-sellersDigital lending platform Capital Float today said it has partnered with e-commerce major Amazon India to disburse loans to e-sellers.”We customise the credit underwriting parameters using cutting-edge technology and big data analytics to help us assess e-sellers individually. Basis the underwriting, we are able to offer customised working capital finance to these sellers in a timely and efficient manner,” Capital Float Co-founder and Managing Director Gaurav Hinduja said.The fintech start-up company has partnered with other e-commerce platforms, including PayTM, Snapdeal and Shopclues, besides Amazon India, it said in a statement. PTI DS ———————- Gatorade India appoints PV Sindhu as brand ambassadorPepsicos sports drink Gatorade today said it has appointed Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu as its brand ambassador.”Gatorade is a scientifically formulated sports drink that provides the right hydration and fuelling during a strenuous game or a training session. P V Sindhu personifies the spirit of the brand through her determination and winning attitude,” PepsiCo India Vice President-Beverage Category Vipul Prakash said in a statement.Gatorade India plans to have P V Sindhu work with the Gatorade Sports Science Institute during the period of the partnership, to better understand her training and match-day nutrition, the company said. PTI DS NP BAS
Virat Kohli said he would not take the field to play India’s series decider against Australia in Dharamsala if he is not entirely fit.Kohli had injured his shoulder during the drawn Ranchi Test last week. He did not take the field for the remainder of Australia’s first innings but came out to bat at his usual number four spot. (Also read: Steve Waugh sees himself and Ricky Ponting in Virat Kohli’s captaincy)India, two days before the fourth and final Test, were forced to call in Shreyas Iyer as cover for their skipper. (Also read: Shreyas Iyer called up as cover for Virat Kohli ahead of Dharamsala Test)On the eve of the match, Kohli said there would be no special treatment even for the best batsman in the side and added that he would take the field only if he was sure he could last the rigours of a Test match. (Also read: Is Kohli the most hated sportsperson in world? No way, tells Michael Clarke to India Today)”I am not different from anyone else. There’s no special treatment for anyone. I will take the field only if I am 100 per cent fit,” Kohli said at a press briefing. “The rules apply for everyone and they are the same for everyone.”I will play only if I am 100 percent fit, says Captain @imVkohli on the eve of the fourth Test against Australia #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/u2Y0UqDhOp- BCCI (@BCCI) March 24, 2017Kohli did not train with the Indian team on Thursday and restricted himself to underarm throws. advertisementJust getting a feel of things here captain @imVkohli #TeamIndia #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/r2Wfrvll7E- BCCI (@BCCI) March 24, 2017The decision to call up Iyer has more to do with the difficulty involved in flying out a last-minute replacement to Dharamsala, which is situated in the Himalayan foothills.Iyer, 22, was Mumbai’s highest scoring batsman in the 2016-17 Ranji Trophy and struck an unbeaten 202 in a first-class match for India A against Australia last month.
There’s a great Communications Network study available now that answers the elusive question, “how can we tell if our efforts are working?!”Highly recommended reading.Why bother? The study explains why you’d better evaluate your messaging efforts:*Evaluation improves the effectiveness of your communications*Evaluation can help you effectively engage with your audience*Situations change – strategies and tactics may need to change as well*Evaluation helps you allocate resources wiselyThat last reason is especially timely right now.It takes you through simple steps to evaluate how you’re doing:Step 1: Determine What You Will EvaluateStep 2: Define Your GoalStep 3: State Your ObjectiveStep 4: Identify Your AudienceStep 5: Establish Your BaselineStep 6: Pose Your Evaluation QuestionsStep 7: Draft Your MeasurementsStep 8: Select Your Evaluation TechniquesStep 9: Estimate Your BudgetThanks to the Communications Network for making this available right now. We all need to focus on what works when resources are tight.
We’re pleased to announce the release of our new guide, Engaging Millennial Employees. While the guide focuses on helping companies understand how social good can help them win over young talent, this ebook is packed with facts that nonprofits use to better engage Gen Y supporters, staff, and volunteers—as well as strengthen their value proposition to corporate sponsors.Here’s a tip from the guide that can help your nonprofit effectively integrate Millennial employees into your culture and fundraising goals.Myth: Millenials don’t care about communitiesA recent American Psychological Association (APA) study purports that Millennials are selfish, close-minded, and greedy. Somewhat unsurprisingly, MTV—arguably a Millennial-made network—came to their defense by rebutting some of these claims about “Generation Me.”In the APA study, only 36% of Millennials supported “participating in a community action program.” MTV posed the same question in different words. When asked the importance of “helping those who are less fortunate in your community,” 66% of Millennials responded affirmatively. This, of course, is great news for your cause.Fact: transparency rules The “MTV Generation” (Gen X and Gen Y) believes in companies that are aligned with charity. A full 83% of Millennials trust socially responsible companies, and 74% are more likely to pay attention to that company’s message because of its deep cause commitment.What to do: Help your corporate partners demonstrate a meaningful alignment with your cause by co-branding campaign communications. Showcase their financial support via impact metrics (think: donation thermometer, images of who you’re helping, testimonials, seals of approval) on your website. In turn, ask the company to display your nonprofit’s logo on their corporate social responsibility and/or community pages with a link back to your site.Why this helps your cause:Millennials searching for jobs look to the company’s nonprofit partnerships to guide their decision as to whether or not the work is authentic. By building a meaningful corporate partnership, you lend credibility to the company’s portfolio and attract Millennials who are passionate about working for a cause.For more facts and myths about Millennials, download the free guide: Engaging Millennial Employees: Recruit and Retain Top Talent with Cause.
To keep supporters engaged, you need to know what motivates them. Communications that connect with what donors care about resonate and generate a response. Let’s look at six motivations that drive supporters to give and how you can craft your communications accordingly.1) Driven by MissionDonors choose to support your organization because they align with your mission. They care about the issue your work addresses, and they want to be a part of the solution. Their interest in your mission may come from a loved one affected by your work, a desire to give back to their community, or a drive to impact sociopolitical issues. Be sure to make your mission clear in your communications and show donors precisely how their gifts are being used in thank you messages.2) Desire to Make a DifferenceMany issues that we care about seem beyond our control. Most of us don’t have the power individually to create change on a major scale. When donors band together, pooling their money and time to improve a situation, they feel empowered. Be specific about what your organization is doing with donations when you share updates about projects and programs.3) Personal SatisfactionGiving of ourselves leads to happiness. Scientific studies have proven that generosity stimulates dopamine, which activates the pleasure center in the brain. Knowing that a donation of time or money can make a difference inspires hope and optimism. In your communications, invite donors to engage further by spreading the word on social media, volunteering, or participating in a peer-to-peer campaign.4) Helping Other IndividualsDonors want to help individual people, not faceless organizations. Put a human face on your facts and statistics to show who is benefiting from your work. A story about another human will motivate your audience to take action. Include short vignettes in your thank you letters, emails, and on social media. Post testimonials of community members whose lives have been impacted. Share photos of community members whose stories you tell.5) Desire to BelongFrom an evolutionary perspective, the survival of the human race depended on the ability to get along with others and work together. Today, we no longer rely on others in the same way for food, shelter, and safety, but we remain hardwired for social connections. Donors want to feel a part of your team. They want to know that they’re working alongside you toward the common goal that you both care about so strongly. Use “us” and “we” language that includes the donors in your communications. Keep supporters updated regularly. Ask them for their input and suggestions.6) Feeling AppreciatedRecent research by Donor Centered Fundraising showed that donors who received a personal thank you from a board member within 24 hours of a gift being received gave up to 39 percent more. We all want to be appreciated for our care and actions. Follow the best practice of adding a simple “Thank you for your donation!” to the beginning of your receipt. Send a more detailed thank you within a week of receiving a gift, ideally within 24 hours. And say “thank you” often—on the anniversary of the gift, upon completion of the project or campaign, and at year-end.When you align your communications with the motivations of supporters, you solidify the relationship between your donors and your organization. Your communications have a greater impact, and donors are driven to further engage.Learn more about how to create customized donor communications that increase engagement by downloading Donor Communication Isn’t One-Size-Fits-All.Read more on The Nonprofit Blog
David de Gea is considered to be essential to Manchester United’s future plans, with Jesse Lingard hoping to see “one of the best keepers in the world” commit to a new contract.The Red Devils have moved to ensure that the Spain international will not be heading for the exits any time soon.A 12-month extension option in his current deal has been taken up to take him through to 2020. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! No fresh terms are in place as yet, though, and that continues to be a source of unwelcome uncertainty for those at Old Trafford.United have, however, made it clear that they want De Gea to stay on and, having seen him star again during a 1-0 victory over Tottenham on Sunday, Lingard has added his voice to those calls.He told reporters: “We want him to stay.“Having a keeper like that gives you extra confidence. They looked like scoring but he saved us.“Some of his saves, you’re like: ‘Oh my God.’ He’s one of the best keepers in the world, if not the best.”That high praise has been echoed by De Gea’s countryman Juan Mata.United’s other Spanish star was not surprised to see an international colleague put in another eye-catching display at club level during a trip to Wembley Stadium.Mata has grown accustomed to such showings down the years, with United’s 28-year-old custodian merely adding to an ever-growing collection of talismanic individual performances.“He showed that he is an amazing goalkeeper, and the second 45 minutes emphasised that in memorable fashion. It seemed impossible that a goal would go in for them,” Mata wrote on his personal blog after seeing Marcus Rashford’s solitary strike separate two top-four hopefuls.“He gave off the impression that no matter where they put the ball, it would end up with him. Incredible.“Thanks to him, and the hard work from all of the team, we took three important points to keep climbing up the table.”United remain sixth in the Premier League at present but are only six points adrift of the Champions League spots and seven back on third-placed Tottenham. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Creative freelancers live in the tension between lofty visions and daily to-do lists.According to Allie Rice, Portland-based intentionality coach and author, the only way to resolve these tensions and live a life with vision and purpose day-to-day are goals and systems. She was kind enough to share her top 5 goal-setting tips with us:1. Goals are just the beginning. “A goal is a benchmark — a way of marking your progress or denoting an achievement. But how many of us have set goals only to revisit them a week, month, or year later and not feel any closer than when we began? Systems are the means of achieving goals. If goals are the what, systems are the how.”2. Systems equal success. “Unless your goal has only one step, it needs a system. Your systems are the things you use day in, day out and measure your progress. When you’re revisiting your goals, don’t be afraid to eliminate goals that are no longer important to you. You have to say no, even to good things, to focus on what you’re truly called to do.”3. Set your intentions. “For me, that’s what living life with intention is: doing, living, and being on purpose.”4. Keep up your momentum. “Set a combination of smaller goals you know you can achieve and loftier goals that seem out of reach. You’ll need those smaller goals to give you momentum and affirmation in pursuit of the bigger ones.”5. Staying inspired means leaving your comfort zone. “Finding inspiration usually means getting out of your regular space or routine. Sometimes it means simply getting out of your own head — meeting someone for coffee to chat through ideas, doing something physical like going on a hike, etc. Other times, it means a change of scenery or experimenting with different daily rhythms. Inspiration is often lurking in a space — physical or otherwise — you haven’t visited for awhile.”How do you maintain your goals? Share your thoughts in the comment section below or tweet us @freelancersu.Learn more from Allie at our exclusive Freelance 360 workshop: Work Smarter, Not Harder on Thursday, March 20, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (PT).She can also be found on Twitter: @AllieCreative | Facebook: Allie Creative | Pinterest: AllieCheck out her hands-on e-book for creators, Narrative.
What’s this — another work/life balance blog post? Yep. But! I promise I’m not going to try to get philosophical with you about how to juggle this and that. No thought exercises here. Instead, let’s be real: you probably have some habits that you could change to make your life a lot easier.Here are 10 practical ways to maintain work/life balance — and yes, you can make any or all of these changes today.1. Stop checking your email on your phone!Look, I know maybe no one’s told you this before, but… you look really dumb when you refresh your smartphone over and over waiting for new emails. Put that away, turn on alerts if you need to, and separate your email accounts — you don’t need all the emails, all the time. I promise.There. Hear that? That’s silence. Doesn’t it feel great?2. Stop half-assing your work!Multitasking is one thing, doing bad work is another. Stop half-assing your work and give it your complete energy — turn off the TV, close Gchat (I know, that cuts deep), and just do the thing. Feel like you’re flagging? Just take a break. Don’t try to pretend to work and get nothing done, while not allowing yourself a chance to relax.3. Cut out distractionsActually, why not just cut out distractions altogether? Unplug and work longhand for a while. Or use an app like Self Control to temporarily remove your access to the internet. Yes, it hurts. But this is good medicine.4. Use a timekeeping method to keep focused on your workWork/life balance is really all about timekeeping. So try a timekeeping method to stay focused on your work and hold yourself accountable. The pomodoro method is a personal favorite of mine, since my attention span’s so short. You can also try an app like Toggl or RescueTime if that’s your speed.5. Or use this time assets and debts method“A great way to manage productivity is to adapt your life and business to-do list into a balance sheet and approach actions or choices as either time assets or time debts. A time asset is an action or choice that will ultimately save you time in the future, whereas a time debt is an action or choice that will cost you additional time.”Join the nation’s largest group representing the new workforce (it’s free!)Become a member**6. Use the 45-15 method to get little things done **A constant source of annoyment: little errands. Emails, dishes, laundry, whatever. Use the 45-15 method to get all those pesky tasks done.7. Learn how to say no Say no in a way that gets you more projects, and you just made a whole bunch of time for yourself without lifting a finger.8. Maximize your income without doing more workSame reasoning here. If you can maximize your income without doing more work, you’ll automatically free up time for yourself. It’s not doing more work — it’s working smarter. And when you work smarter, you’re a lot happier.9. Join a coworking space or set up a home officeSometimes work/life imbalance arises when your work and your life are in the same place. Joining a coworking space is a great step toward setting some boundaries. But if that’s not your style, instead of working in your bedroom (or god forbid, your bed), try setting up a home office in your kitchen or living room. Or if all of those are the same thing, and if you live in New York, they probably are… move things around so that you have a new designated space to work. It doesn’t take much — just a change of location can help ease the tension between a heavy load and the need for free time.10. Plan vacations for yourselfIt sounds luxurious, but vacations are doable. And they help keep you sane. No, it doesn’t have to be a weeklong affair somewhere tropical, or even mean going out of town. Just scheduling — this is the key word here — a vacation from work means you’re setting aside time to chill out, recover, and gear up to get more great things done.Larissa Pham is an artist and writer based in Brooklyn, New York. She believes in never checking your work email after midnight.
Last week, I covered 5 Questions not to ask freelancers – but that road goes both ways, my freelance friends! Here are 5 questions to avoid asking clients; whether they court trouble, make you look bad, or give your client all the power, these are queries you’ll be glad you avoided – with a few minor caveats.1. “Is speed or quality more important to you?”There is no way that you, the freelancer, comes off well with this question. Whether it’s fair or not, phrasing a question this way implies that your client can EITHER havea) good work, sloooowlyorb) cruddy work, FAST!Instead, ask questions like “Is speed a priority, here?” or “What’s the timeline like for X project?” – that gives you the same information, without impugning the quality of your work. Learn more about the axis of Fast, Cheap & Good here.2. “Why do I have to do this?”“Why do I have to do this?” is pretty confrontational and disruptive. I recommend avoiding it unless you’re being asked to do something:outrageously demeaning (no, you generally do not have to get that guy’s coffee for him)illegalunethicalthat you’re fundamentally incapable of doingThe answer may be that you have to do Stupid Inexplicable Task X because your client is paying you to do Stupid Inexplicable Task X (if they’re NOT compensating you for doing it, that may be a different story). You might just have to accept that you have to do something you find tiresome or idiotic because that’s what works for the client.If it really bugs you, try asking “Could you explain this process to me in some detail?” or “I’m trying to get a better sense of the whole picture – could you let me know how this fits in?” Usually, this kind of issue can be resolved through better communication with your client.Join the nation’s largest group representing the new workforce (it’s free!)Become a member3. “Are you sure I’m qualified to do this?”BIG CAVEAT: If it’s a safety/ethical/real issue, you must object strongly, in writing, both to protect yourself and innocents. For example: Don’t get involved in, say, determining the structural integrity of bridges if you only have a BFA in Poetry!Otherwise, don’t shortchange yourself! Do things that scare you, even if you feel a little under-qualified; don’t undersell your own abilities.And no, writing an article that intimidates you doesn’t count as a “safety issue,” even if your blood pressure skyrockets. Let the client take a real vote of confidence in you.4. “Do you care what hours I work?”Let’s reiterate a fundamental freelance right: clients do not, legally, have the right to stipulate specific hours that you work.“Do you care…” is especially bad phrasing – they may indeed care, but what they don’t know won’t hurt them. Asking this open-ended question puts all the power in your client’s hands; how can any answer benefit you?Instead, INFORM clients what your working hours are and set reasonable boundaries. If you choose to be flexible about your availability, that’s your choice.5. “What’s your policy on late projects?”Eep. This is called “starting trouble before trouble starts.”When you ask a client this question, you are signaling to them, heyyy, I might be late turning things in…If – IF – you ever run into a terrible snag and have to extend a deadline, you’ll figure it out then. Don’t court annoyance needlessly.I’m a big fan of asking questions when the time is right. There’s nothing wrong with asking for clarification, or improving communication, but these 5 baddies are almost always missteps -– find a different way to ask, or let the questions come to you!Got any questions to add to this list? Share them in the comments below or swap stories in the Ask a Freelancer Hive!Kate Hamill lives and works in New York City, where she consumes an inordinate amount of Sriracha daily. You can catch up with her on Twitter at @katerone.
Iraq pulled off an upset of sorts by holding two-time champions Mexico to a 1-1 draw in a Group F tie at the Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan on Sunday.Star Iraqi forward Mohammed Dawood gave the Asian champions a shock lead in the 16th minute only to see his goal being cancelled out by Mexico’s Roberto De La Rosa in the 51st minute.
Jasprit Bumrah, who gave India early breakthroughs with his sensational spell of pace bowling, believes the second Test is still in balance.WATCH SPORTS TODAYSouth Africa rode AB de Villiers’ sublime half-century to reach 90/2 and took a substantial 118-run lead on the Day 3 which ended early due to bad light at the SuperSport Park in Centurion on Monday.”The game will be in balance if we get early wickets tomorrow. The match can be in anybody’s favour. We will look to create pressure tomorrow as well. I think the game is still in balance right now,” said Bumrah told reporters after the day’s play.SEE PHOTOSBumrah bowled a sensational first spell and removed both Aiden Markram and Hashim Amla cheaply. But the hosts recovered thanks to a fine AB de Villiers half-century.It is always very challenging and AB is a world-class batsman, every one knows that.”We wanted to keep things simple and build pressure as a unit. We wanted to build pressure from both ends, thinking if we dry up their runs they will have to make some opportunities.”So we were just focusing on creating pressure. That was helping us and that was our basic game,” said Bumrah.De Villiers led his team’s revival from 3/2 in the sixth over with an unbeaten 50 off 78 balls.”It is always very challenging and AB is a world-class batsman, every one knows that. He has proved that over the years and he has done well everywhere. He is a great player and to do well against him always gives me confidence. I look at it as an opportunity and learn from it,” said the Indian pacer.advertisementRain and bad light intervened twice in the last session. Indian skipper Virat Kohli wasn’t too happy that the visitors had to bowl with a wet ball after the rain break. He was also not pleased that the players were taken off just when the Indian pacers were in the ascendancy in the final session.”When we came, the outfield was wet so the ball went to the boundary sides and it got wet. So we asked the umpire, ‘ball is still getting wet, what do we do’. Jasprit Bumra at the press-conference.”We want the ball to be dry. The ball was swinging a little bit so the field being wet, both sides of the ball got wet and the ball didn’t swing anymore. We were just having a word with the umpire that the ball is wet so the ball won’t swing anymore. We were having a chat about what could be done in that situation,” he said.”We were carrying a good momentum and we wanted to carry on. It’s okay; we never get too disappointed because there is still lot of play is left in the match. We don’t get too disheartened that this didn’t happen. We wanted to carry on but the things didn’t work out so it’s okay,” he added.Talking about the drop/missed chance off Dean Elgar as Parthiv Patel failed to go for the catch, Bumrah said, ‘We don’t criticise them. It’s not like they didn’t go for the catch on purpose. It is okay, it happens in the game.”You cannot be too hard on them because a lot of the game is still left. We cannot make fun of them or put them under pressure because we have to forget the catch and move forward now.”Kohli had rescued India from a precarious situation with a majestic knock of 153 that reduced the first innings deficit to 28 runs.”Virat’s innings was very crucial for us and he brought us back into the game. We lost few early wickets yesterday as well, so he was playing an anchor role and till the end he was fighting with us.”It was a very important innings and he has always done well wherever he has gone. It was very important for us and it is good that the captain is leading from the front and taking responsibility,” Bumrah said.When asked about the difference between opening the bowling and coming first change, Bumrah replied, “I am happy to bowl wherever my captain wants me to bowl. If he tells me to bowl upfront and be aggressive with the new ball, I am happy to do that.”I am happy to do first change as well,” he added.(With inputs from PTI)
Jasprit Bumrah took five wickets as India seized control of the third and final test against South Africa on Thursday, going to the close of the second day with a 42-run lead on a treacherous wicket at the Wanderers.Bumrah, in this third Test, ripped through the middle-order and cleaned up the South African tail with career-best figures of 5/54 as India bowled their hosts out for 194.With South Africa having taken a slender lead of seven runs, the tourists reached 49 for one wicket in their second innings.WATCHMurali Vijay (13 not out) and Lokesh Rahul (16 not out) will resume on the third day as India look to set South Africa a challenging target. (Bhuvneshwar Kumar, dropped at Centurion, makes a statement at Wanderers)With 21 wickets tumbling in just two days on a wicket that has pace, bounce and prodigious lateral movement, it appears that any target above 150 will be difficult to overhaul.South Africa lacked their usual intensity in the Indian second innings and may rue not being able to make deeper inroads into the batting line-up before the close.India had elevated middle-order batsman Parthiv Patel (16) to the top of the order to give them a right/left hand combination in the opening positions.He made a fast start, but was out to a fantastic catch from Aiden Markram racing in from slip after an inside edge onto his pad from a Vernon Philander (1-11) delivery.”It was always my dream to play Test cricket and to get my first five-wicket haul, it’s very good. And to contribute to the team’s success is a good feeling,” Bumrah told SuperSport.advertisement”When so much is happening on the wicket you can get over-excited. That was the basic message that was given to the bowlers, not to get carried away, to bowl a disciplined line.”The home side started the second day on six for one after dismissing India for 187 and Hashim Amla (61) and nightwatchman Kagiso Rabada (30) put on 64 for the third wicket.Rabada was out five minutes before lunch and South Africa then lost their way in the middle session as AB de Villiers (5), Faf du Plessis (8) and Quinton de Kock (8) all failed, the latter two out to Bumrah.The Indian seamer then had Amla caught at mid-wicket, before trapping Andile Phehlukwayo (9) lbw and seeing Lungi Ngidi (0) caught by wicketkeeper Patel as the innings came to a rapid end.”We had to scratch around for a few runs and at one stage we were quite far behind the deficit, so to get to 190 was a decent effort,” Amla said.South Africa have an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series, but are seeking a first ever clean-sweep over India.(Courtesy: Reuters)ALSO WATCH:
Caroline Wozniacki clinched her maiden Grand Slam on Saturday as she beat world No.1 Simona Halep 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-4 to win the Australian Open final in Melbourne.Under the lights of the Rod Laver Arena, Wozniacki displayed exceptional grit and determination to topple Halep off her WTA ranking.Exactly six years ago, Wozniacki had lost her top rank at the 2012 Australian Open and this time around, she won it.”I have to take a second to hug Daphne…..it’s a dream come true, and my voice is shaking, it’s a very emotional moment,” a teary-eyed Wozniacki said at the presentation ceremony.”I’m never going to get the question again about being a world No.1 without a Slam.”-@CaroWozniacki #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/r4oItTROL2— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 27, 2018″I want to congratulate Simona. I know today is a tough day and I’m sorry I had to win.”It was an incredible match and an incredible fight, again I’m sorry.”Wozniacki was a third time lucky after finishing second at 2009 and 2014 US Open while Halep remained unlucky the third time as well, having lost the 2014 and 2017 French Open.Both players battled leg problems in the taxing two hour and 49 minute encounter before Wozniacki produced some brilliant tennis to down Halep.”It’s not easy to talk now but first of all I want to congratulate Caroline, she played amazing. You’ve played unbelievable and I wish you good luck,” Halep said after receiving her runner-up trophy.”It’s been a great tournament to me. I did not start well with an ankle injury but just wanted to give my best every match which I did and I am happy I could play a final again at a Grand Slam,” the twice French Open runner-up told the crowd.advertisement”I felt ready. But the body was not ready because I had so many long matches. The muscles were tired. The feet were not good enough. But mentally I was ready. I feel that I can face any challenge. I can play against anyone. I can win against anyone.”-Simona #Halep#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/POEczDMkN9— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 27, 2018Halep is known as a fighter and in her speech she said she will keep fighting in her pursuit of a Grand Slam title.”Of course I’m sad I couldn’t win today but Caroline was better than me. For sure I will fight, I have many years to go so hopefully I will face another challenge like today,” Halep asserted.(With inputs from Reuters)
Indian pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar turns 28 today. The Meerut-born cricketer would have celebrated 27 birthday anniversaries before this year but none would have been as joyous as the latest. For now he’s India’s premium bowler across all formats.A right-arm medium who relied heavily on swing burst on to the international scene as a new ball bowler in limited-overs cricket. However, in a little over five years, the Uttar Pradesh bowler has developed himself into a potent medium fast bowler who is equally effective at the start of a match and in death overs. He has shown that he can bat also.A bowler who was brandished as a white-ball specialist in the initial part of his career has become India’s match-winning trump card in the longest format as well. The latest example of which was the Johannesburg Test win against South Africa where Bhuvi was declared the man-of-the-match.On his birthday, we take look at his journey and development.Happy Birthday to a Cricketer who impresses me every time he takes the field, @BhuviOfficial . May you keep shining like you have been. pic.twitter.com/JCjzKQtu02— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) February 5, 2018HITTING THE LIMELIGHT AND INDIA DEBUTThe bowler first made headlines almost a decade back during the 2008-09 Ranji Trophy finals at Hyderabad between Uttar Pradesh and Mumbai. The then 19-year-old dismissed none other than Sachin Tendulkar for a duck – the batting great’s first duck in domestic cricket.He carried forward the fortune into his India debut. In 2012 against Pakistan in a T20 match at Bengaluru, Bhuvi dismissed Nasir Jamshed in the first over. On his ODI debut, the bowler picked the wicket of Mohammad Hafeez with his very first delivery.advertisementINDIA’S STRIKE BOWLER IN NO TIMEA pace bowlers making a successful entry into world cricket and later getting lost into the crowd is nothing new for India. Munaf Patel, Irfan Pathan, there are numerous examples. And it was a similar syndrome that plagued Bhuvi in the first few years of his career. Reliance on swing and lack of pace reduced him to the one-dimensional category. Infact in the initial phase of his career, the then skipper MS Dhoni generally use to finish his bowling quota as early as possible. The lack of pace made life difficult for Bhuvi on flat pitches and in the longer format of the game.Give him the ball and he will get wickets, give him the bat and he will contribute runs. Wishing one of the most dependable performers in the Indian Cricket team, @BhuviOfficial, a very happy birthday! pic.twitter.com/pK6UDWI8sS— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) February 5, 2018Bhuvi went back to nets and hit the gym. Hard work helped him to gain a yard or two in pace. And now, maintaining swing with extra pace has become his success. An effect of which is also visible in numbers. From 2013 to 2015 in 12 Tests, the pacer could only scalp 29 wicket at an average of 35. On the other hand, in nine matches in 2016-2018, Bhuvi has picked 34 wickets at an average of 18.50.Along with pace, the bowler has also added other variations like bowling yorkers and knuckle balls with sharp accuracy. The addition have helped him become a deadly bowler in white-ball cricket and form a deadly duo with Jasprit Bumrah. He has also been the Purple Cap winner – highest wicket taker in last two seasons of IPL.ALL-ROUND SKILLSIndia are investing heavily in Hardik Pandya as they desperately look to find a pace bowling all-rounder to help team balance. The Gujarat cricketer has impressed in patches but lack of consistency has affected the team’s combination on occasions. On the other hand, Bhuvi has shown enough promise for Team India to count on him as a reliable cricketer. He’s not elegant and all but what he show that he can dig deep and stay at the wicket.Wish you a very happy birthday Bhuvi!Hope you have another year where you “swing” matches in India’s favor with both bat and ball! @BhuviOfficial pic.twitter.com/N090hG8rOt— Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) February 5, 2018His talent with the bat was first spotted against Australia in the 2013 Chennai Test, where he played the perfect foil to Dhoni with a 97-ball 38 as the wicketkeeper-batsman made a double century. In 2014 during the Lord’s Test against England, he played another crucial supporting role to Ajinkya Rahane. Most recently, Bhuvi scored 30 and 33 on the treacherous Johannesburg pitch – he was as India’s second-highest scorer in the match as India won the match. Along with taking four wickets, his defiant batting lower down has another dimension to this ambitious team.advertisementA camera-shy, cool and composed Bhuvi looks a misfit in the current team which is heavy on swag and style. But like a true professional, the cricketer has made his skills do the talking. His all-round ability to bowl effectively in all conditions and score runs at crucial occasions have made him India’s favourite in all formats.
The Indian ODI side is a work in progress. The management’s eye is on the upcoming 2019 World Cup and while the core is more or less sorted, they have a couple of middle-order slots still up for grabs.Shreyas Iyer sees this as an “opportunity”, as he tries to make a case for himself in the coming days.ALSO WATCHIyer is seen as one of the contenders for either No. 4 or 5 position in the ODI line-up and will be competing with the likes of Ajinkya Rahane, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik and possibly Suresh Raina.The 23-year-old Mumbaikar though, is not at all tensed.”Competition for a batting slot has never worried me. I would say it always brings the best out of me. For me, battling for a slot is not a threat but an opportunity,” Iyer told PTI after coming back from the South Africa tour.”Also, I should only be looking at improving my game and not think about who are my competitors,” said Iyer, who scored 18 and 30 in the 4th and 5th ODIs respectively.While he has had a successful ‘A’ tour of South Africa, travelling with the senior team has been a different experience for the talented right-hander.”The two games that I batted, I found the pitches to be much quicker than what I played on during the A tour last year. The pitches in Pretoria during A tour was not as quick as these ones.”It was a learning experience. And don’t forget the pressure of playing to packed houses. Well, I have had experience of packed houses in IPL but this was international cricket.”advertisementOn the challenges of playing in top flight, Iyer, who has 210 runs from 6 ODIs including two half, added, “Anyone who says that he doesn’t feel the pressure of international cricket would be lying.”While the process of preparation – whether playing a Ranji Trophy game for Bengal or an international match – has remained same, Iyer, like all others, can only marvel at skipper Virat Kohli going through the paces.”He (Kohli) has set a different benchmark for all of us with his meticulousness. It’s a lesson that we all must learn about workload management on and off the field. He is precise in his preparation, not a single thing is ever taken lightly,” he said.So what’s the tip he got from Kohli while batting together.”I have got an opportunity to bat alongside him in a match situation only once and his advice is simple. If you want to play a certain shot, have the confidence to back yourself but don’t take unnecessary risk when it’s not required.”And the most important piece of batting advice from the skipper —-when you are aiming to hit lofted shots, try and hit as straight as possible.”He is new to international cricket and this ODI series has given him some insights on areas which he needs to improve.”I think I need to improve my technique while playing the hook and pull shots on bouncy wickets. I will be working on my back and across movement (footwork for horizontal bat shots) with my coach Praveen Amre this season,” Iyer said.”I also intend to improve my bowling. If I could chip in with a few overs of my handy off spin, I could add another dimension to my game,” said Iyer, who would be competing primarily with Maharashtra veteran Kedar Jadhav for a slot in the middle-order.He has been retained by Delhi Daredevils and is looking forward to working with Ricky Ponting.”It will be a great opportunity to interact on batting with someone of Ricky Ponting’s stature. He has an IPL Trophy both as a player and coach. His inputs will be invaluable,” concluded Iyer.(With PTI inputs)
Saurashtra produced an all-round performance to defeat Andhra Pradesh by 59 runs and enter the Vijay Hazare final at the Feroz Shah Kotla here on Sunday.Asked to bat, Saurashtra batsmen Ravindra Jadeja (56) and Aarpit Vasavada (58) starred to post 255 runs on the board. Later, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja (4/40) produced a disciplined bowling effort to dismiss Andhra for 196 runs in the semi-final.Saurashtra will clash with Karnataka in the final on Tuesday.In the chase, Andhra lost their top order batsmen Srikar Bharat (29), Ashwin Hebbar (12), GH Vihari (25) and Ricky Bhui (13) inside the hundred run mark.Following the dismissals, batsmen Bodapati Sumanth and Dwaraka Ravi Teja scored identical 42 runs to put Andhra back in the hunt. The two were involved in a 59-run stand before the former was dismissed by Jadeja.Later, the bottom order failed to do much with the bat as Jadeja kept picking up wickets at regular intervals.Earlier, asked to bat, Saurashtra opener Samarth Vyas (46) played an important knock at the top of the order.Later, Jadeja and Vasavada scored vital half-centuries to put their side in a strong position. The former hit four boundaries and one six in his innings while the latter had identical four and two hits over the fence.In the process, the pair forged a 112-run fifth wicket stand before Vasavada was cleaned up by Karthik Raman (4/69).Incoming batsman Prerak Mankad (40) also played an important hand before Raman dismissed him.However, the lower order batsmen could not do much with the bat and were sent back to the pavilion in quick succession.advertisementBrief Scores: Saurashtra 255 in 49.1 overs (Samarth Vyas 46, Ravindra Jadeja 56, Aarpit Vasavada 58, Prerak Mankad 40; Karthik Raman 4/69) against Andhra 196 in 45.3 overs (Karthik Raman 42, Dwaraka Ravi Teja 42; Dharmendrasinh Jadeja 4/40).(Source: IANS)
They say all good things come to an end and the way it ends depends on the people concerned. You can either end it on a happy note and not let the past haunt you going forward or just stay on until it is just inevitable. And sadly, it is the latter for one of world football’s most decorated and loved football manager — Arsene Wenger.Wenger’s story from making his name as an impressive, attractive prospect in France to a Alex Ferguson stopper in the most fiercely contested league in the world is well documented. It was his grit, determination, passion and attractive football that gave English football a new ray of light and a hope that Manchester United can be stopped back in the late 1990’s.From there, he had a tremendous decade with the London club, which included an ‘invincible’ season in 2003-04. Oh! What a team and season that was. From Jens Lehmann at the back to rocks in front of him in Sol Campbell and Kolo Toure, Ashley Cole and Lauren and a bully in Patrick Vieira ahead of them. The stability at the back allowed Arsenal’s frontmen in Dennis Bergkamp, Robert Pires, Freddie Ljungberg and Thierry Henry to spread their wings and fly — and what flight they took. They won 26 games and drew 12 in the league and beat Manchester United to the title — their third and last Premier League title under Wenger.(Premier League: Arsene Wenger’s misery continues as Arsenal go down to Brighton)advertisement Arsenal won the Premier League in 2003-04 without losing a game (Reuters Photo)It was Wenger’s sheer determination and rigidity with a underlying tone of arrogance that made Arsenal unbeatable back in the days. Eight years of ‘beautiful’ football, providing English fans their favourite style of play — flair and creativity. But like I said all good things come to an end and after a season or two from the ‘invincible’ one, Wenger’s magic was fading and he was no longer effective. His best players were leaving, some pushed out, some walking out and all of a sudden, Wenger was in unfamiliar territory.Questions were being asked about his transfer policy, little or no control from the touchline and from Arsenal it soon became Arsene Wenger…like Ferguson, he was finally successful in becoming the centre of attraction. But, definitely not the way he would have liked. As time went on, Arsenal’s performances deteriorate and there was a growing sense of discontent among the fans. Soon they were divided into two groups — #WengerIn and #WengerOut. Ferguson walked away on a high after winning the title in 2013 and it was believed that Wenger will do the same after winning their first trophy in almost a decade when they lifted the FA Cup in 2014.But that didn’t happen. Wenger went on and Arsenal finished third and won the FA Cup again the following year — the fifth under Wenger. The opportunity presented itself again and what did Wenger do? Turn it down and amidst all the negativity and dipping performances, signed another contract extension in 2017. And soon, the #WengerIn brigade started to diminish in number, just like Arsenal’s quality and points tally with every passing day. Arsenal lost 3-0 to Manchester City twice in a week (Reuters Photo)Fast forward to 2018 and Wenger finds himself in hot water and Arsenal facing a backlash as the Londoners, out of Champions League, tottering at No. 6 in the table and no hope of making it into the top 4 for the second successive season.Since the turn of the year, the North London club has won only four of the 14 games they played and are currently in a three-game losing streak across all competitions. They have lost eight of the 14 games they have played this year, sending the fans into a complete meltdown. But, Wenger even after accepting the ‘tough’ times, is in no mood to give up and he made it clear with his charming use of metaphors.”It’s difficult when you have just the trousers on,” the Frenchman said enigmatically.”It’s easy to take the trousers off as well, but when you are naked completely you have to try and find a shirt and get dressed properly again…You can’t put them more down,” he added.While all this was going on inside the press-room after Arsenal’s ‘spineless’ loss to Brighton on Sunday, a furious, disappointed and perplexed set of fans resigned to the theory of — “until Wenger goes, things will never change.”advertisementFew days back, Hector Bellerin had come out and criticised people for their comments on a YouTube channel ‘ArsenalFanTv’ — run by loyal Arsenal fans. But, sadly the Spaniard and his team couldn’t walk the talk and he found himself out of the team after back to back losses to Manchester City. Arsenal lost to Brighton 2-1 in the Premier League (Reuters Photo)The players continued to put in ‘resigned’ performances, there was no passion and hunger to turn things around. Almost as if they know their manager is going and they don’t want to play. But is he realising that? Ask the fans and they would say ‘NO!’. From being worshipped, the Frenchman has reached a state where the fans are ready to escort him to France if that’s needed to ‘save’ the club.”You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain” — is a famous line from the famous Christopher Nolan directed The Dark Knight. And sadly for Wenger, he is no longer the saviour that Arsenal needs or deserves.His qualities — grit, determination and passion have now turned the fairytale into a nightmare. But Wenger needs to realise that the bridges are burnt and the marriage is over and with every passing day with him at the top, the enormous love he enjoyed, is slowly fading away.And there’s no one to blame but his ignorance and love for the club. So, Arsene? Listen to the sayings and let walk out…because sometimes things don’t last a lifetime and the sooner you let go, the better it is for both the lover and the loved.