Month: October 2019

10 months agoSouthampton boss Hasenhuttl admits Soares not in his plans

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southampton boss Hasenhuttl admits Soares not in his plansby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl admits Cedric Soares is not in his immediate plans.The 27-year-old has been unable to force his way back into contention and has been challenged to prove his worth as he competes with Valery and Ramsay.“After his injury it’s always the same, if the guys who play in your position do it well you are out and you have to wait,” said former Red Bull Leipzig coach Hasenhuttl.“At the moment he stands behind. If he gets a chance he must show he deserves to play.” last_img read more

10 months agoChelsea warned Hudson-Odoi will become next Sancho

first_imgChelsea warned Hudson-Odoi will become next Sanchoby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino believes the club are risking Callum Hudson-Odoi becoming the next Jadon Sancho by allowing him to join Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich. Sancho has excelled since leaving Manchester City for Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2017.And Cascarino believes Hudson-Odoi could make Chelsea regret selling him if he is given the opportunity to play at Bayern.He told The Times: “Bayern Munich’s interest in Callum Hudson-Odoi should tell Chelsea all they need to know.”The 18-year-old is clearly a special talent and they should be doing all they can to stop him joining one of the biggest clubs in Europe.”Transfer fees are obscene for teenagers but Chelsea should look farther down the line.”Just look at Jadon Sancho at Borussia Dortmund.”Manchester City let him leave and now he is starring for the Bundesliga leaders domestically and in the Champions League.”Chelsea must resist the temptation of selling Hudson-Odoi this month and try and persuade him to sign a new long-term contract – his value and ability is likely to only increase.”There aren’t many players who can skip past players and deliver such brilliant crosses as he did against Nottingham Forest on Saturday.”He set up Alvaro Morata for both goals and was comfortably the best player on the pitch.”Chelsea have had little success in establishing their academy players in the first team, which should make them even more determined to keep Hudson-Odoi.”They know how important it is to their fans to have a home-grown player star for the first team – just look at how the supporters adored John Terry.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month ago​Man Utd youngster Greenwood gets brand new chant

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Man Utd youngster Greenwood gets brand new chantby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United youngster Mason Greenwood has earned a new chant!The Red Devils teenager scored his first senior goal for the club against FC Astana to get his team a 1-0 win.And the crowd were sufficiently hyped for the academy product’s performance, as evidenced by the new chant.The chant goes like this: “Ma-son Greenwood’s dynamite,”He scores them with his left foot and he scores them with his right.”United fans will be hoping they can bring out the chant in the near future as Greenwood gets more chances to impress with the first team. last_img read more

Nebraska The “Most Knowledgeable” Fan Base, Per Brett McMurphy’s Coaches Poll

first_imgBrett McMurphy head shot.Twitter/@McMurphyESPNEvery fan base wants to be the loudest and most-dedicated, but they pride themselves on knowledge of the game as well. ESPN’s Brett McMurphy polled college football coaches on the subject this week, and he released his top five today. Nebraska fans were a resounding No. 1, according to the poll.My weekly @ESPN coaches poll was most knowledgeable fans. Nebraska was overwhelming choice at No. 1 pic.twitter.com/sMRinGSfqt— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) November 14, 2015Nebraska fans already had a reputation for being great fans, so this doesn’t come as much of a surprise.last_img read more

The 16 Most Powerful Fan Bases In College Football

first_imgCFB Fans geographically on a map.CFB Fans Twitter/@bryonhoulgraveTwitter/@bryonhoulgraveAfter the second-ever College Football Playoff was played out this past December-January, we now know who the most powerful college football team is in the country – Alabama. But what would the results be if it came down to fan bases?College football – the most popular amateur sport in our country – has hundreds of fan bases, and many of them are monstrous. There are really only a few dozen, however, that are unwavering in their support, win or lose. We’re here to highlight the top 16.We’ve taken into account program worth, program revenue, television contracts, social media followings, attendance and a number of other factors. Our list features teams from all five major conferences – along with one independent. You can guess which one.Without further ado, the 16 most powerful fan bases in college football.Get Started: No. 16 – Oregon >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17last_img read more

ESPN’s 538 Says Ohio State’s 2016 NFL Draft Class Is The Best In Modern History

first_imgFiveThirtyEight chart about 2016 Ohio State draft class.ESPN 538Ohio State fell a little bit short of breaking its own NFL Draft record this past weekend. The Buckeyes had 12 players selected in the 2016 Draft; the record is 14 by OSU in 2004. That’s not stopping one outlet from proclaiming OSU’s 2016 NFL Draft performance as the “most impressive in modern NFL history,” though. ESPN’s 538, a statistics-based website run by stats guru Nate Silver, has detailed why the Buckeyes’ 12 NFL Draft pick class is the best in the history of the modern NFL Draft. Ohio State’s draft class is the most impressive in modern NFL history: https://t.co/ByzZmWHtpd pic.twitter.com/a9BjM3iDXZ— FiveThirtyEight (@FiveThirtyEight) May 4, 2016The Buckeyes’ quantity of draft picks isn’t the best ever, but their quality is, 538 says. But although Ohio State was not exactly hurting in the quantity department, the quality of those picks sets the team apart. Consider, for example, that although the Texas Longhorns had 17 players drafted in 1984, eight of those players were selected with the 180th pick or later; conversely, all 12 Ohio State players were selected in the first four rounds, with Jones being the last pick at number 139. Using the draft value chart, which assigns the average marginal approximate value produced by each draft pick, we can give more weight to the best picks to provide a more accurate measure of class strength.Ohio State’s 12 picks had a total “draft value” of 151.2, the most since Notre Dame in 1946, which had 16 picks and a draft value of 170.4. The previous best draft class in modern NFL history was Miami’s in 2004. Ohio State’s 2016 class beat the Hurricanes’ total draft value by 31.7 percent. That Hurricanes draft was great, with Sean Taylor (fifth overall), Kellen Winslow Jr. (sixth), Jonathan Vilma (12th), D.J. Williams (17th), Vernon Carey (19th) and Vince Wilfork (21st) all selected in the first round. But after those six players, Miami didn’t have another player drafted until the seventh round. By contrast, the Buckeyes had five first-round picks, two more in the second round, three in the third and two more in the fourth.You can read 538’s full explanation here.last_img read more

Atletico chief: Griezmann will play in Barcelona

first_imgAtletico Madrid director Miguel Angel Gil Marin has seemingly ended the mystery surrounding Antoine Griezmann’s next move by stating that the France striker will be playing in Barcelona. Griezmann announced at the end of the 2018-19 season that he was drawing the curtain on his five-year stay in the Spanish capital. But while Barcelona have long been mentioned as the team closest to clinching his signature, a potential move is still shrouded in doubt. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Griezmann endured a rough reception from Camp Nou during Atletico’s last visit to Catalunya, while there has been precious little movement on talks since the Liga campaign came to a close and the striker dropped his bombshell.That seeming hesitation threatens to allow other teams to make their own approach, with Manchester United one of the teams reportedly interested in the player. But according to Gil Marin, there is only one feasible destination for Griezmann. “I am very certain where Antoine will play, we have known since March,” the director explained to Movistar Plus’ Toros on Wednesday. “It is in Barcelona.”Part of the motivation behind such a delay lies in the details of Griezmann’s Atletico contract, which was renewed amidst great fanfare and with a video produced by none other than Gerard Pique last summer. Under the terms of the deal, the 2018 World Cup winner is subject to a release clause worth a whopping 200 million if he moves away from the Wanda Metropolitana before July 2019. From July 1, however, that figure drops drastically, with Barcelona or any other suitor able to complete the transfer for a comparatively budget-friendly 130m. Recent comments from Griezmann, however, suggest that he is running out of patience with the Blaugrana and could even consider a move elsewhere. “As I said, I know where I want to go,” he explained to reporters following France’s 4-0 defeat of Andorra on Tuesday.”I am also keen to get this over with as quickly as possible. I don’t know if I will stay in La Liga.”last_img read more

‘Newcastle can be Arsenal stepping stone for Vieira’

first_imgNewcastle could prove to be a “stepping stone” for Patrick Vieira, says Ray Parlour, with the legendary former Arsenal midfielder expected to head back to north London in a managerial capacity at some stage.The Frenchman is among those being linked with a high-profile vacancy at St James’ Park.With Newcastle having been unable to agree fresh terms with Rafa Benitez, they find themselves back in the market for a new coach. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Various targets have been mooted, with the likes of Jose Mourinho and David Moyes among them, but no decision has been made as yet.That means that Arsenal icon Vieira could be returned to the Premier League from a spell at Nice, with former team-mate Parlour of the opinion that a move to the Magpies would make sense.He told talkSPORT: “I’m surprised by the news.“I always tipped him to be the Arsenal manager one day. I’d love to see him back at Arsenal, but this could be the stepping stone, who knows.“He was a fantastic player, a really intelligent guy. He knew exactly what he brought to the table every game and he never let you down, he could handle the pressure.“Not all great players become great managers, but I could always see him going down that road.“To take over from Tony Adams as Arsenal skipper, that was a big loss for us because Tony was a big, big player at centre-half, but Patrick did a wonderful job. He was skipper for about eight years and everyone looked up to him.”Patrick Vieira ArsenalParlour is not the only former colleague of Vieira in north London to have talked up the World Cup winner’s claims to the role on Tyneside.Ex-Arsenal goalkeeper Lee Harper is another who feels that a man cut from the same cloth as Arsene Wenger could be a success in a demanding post.He told Love Sport Radio of Vieira: “He was a really, really nice guy so, given his experience in the Premier League, you can’t see why it wouldn’t work if he went to Newcastle and gave it a go.”He’s had plenty of managerial experience too which should set him up somewhere like that.”I don’t see why [he shouldn’t do it]. He’s done some groundwork in management and it would be a good fit. It would be a good challenge.”Newcastle are a big club with a great fan base, something Patrick would thrive on.”First and foremost, he’s a nice guy and you want to see nice guys do well.”Harper added:  “He is a winner and he will demand that whoever plays for his team has that mentality and strength. He will be driving people on.”I do believe he will be more of a Wenger type [of manager] because he is quiet off the pitch. He will have plenty of technical aspects to his training sessions.”He is a quiet guy but that doesn’t mean he won’t tell people who need to be told – because of his winning mentality.”last_img read more

Guardiola: ‘Crazy’ schedule will kill our players

first_imgPep Guardiola says Manchester City’s players should not return to pre-season training until they are totally ready due to the “crazy scheduling of modern football.The likes of Gabriel Jesus, Sergio Aguero and Nicolas Otamendi featured deep into this summer’s Copa America, while Riyad Mahrez’s season ended only last week with Algeria’s victory in the Africa Cup of Nations.City are currently on their pre-season tour of Asia, while their season gets underway as early as August 4 with the Community Shield against Liverpool – a match which could set the tone for what looks set to be another incredibly close-fought season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “Some of them will come on the 29th or 30th; the others will come in three or four weeks,” Guardiola said.“They decide to come back between three or four weeks. I don’t want them to come back when they’re not fit or tired or mentally not recovered from an incredibly tough season.“We cannot forget we started a new season while Riyad Mahrez had not finished the last one.“It’s a crazy schedule and it is going to kill our players! We cannot sustain that for a long time.“They have to breathe and rest and give more quality in the tournaments. They have to rest.”Riyad Mahrez - AlgeriaLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has expressed similar concerns, particularly surrounding forward Sadio Mane after his participation in the Africa Cup of Nations.After reaching the Champions League quarter-finals and lifting both domestic cups, City played 61 games between August 5 and May 18 last season – an average of more than a game every five days over a 10-month period, with a World Cup beforehand and further international tournaments to follow.Despite the strain, some squad members have been eager to get back into training earlier than scheduled, and Guardiola joked that this was because they were simply so keen to see him.“Some people want to come back a little bit earlier because they want to come back and they are more than welcome,” he said.“I like it! The manager creates incredible training sessions! That’s why they want to come back earlier!“They know to come back because the standard rises every season. They know that if they want to play, they will have to be fit. If not, another team-mate is going to play.”City’s pre-season schedule continues on Wednesday with a game against Hong Kong side Kitchee, before the final game of their Asian tour against Japan’s Yokohama FM on Saturday.Most recently, they lost the Asia Trophy final on penalties to Wolves, following a 4-1 semi-final win over West Ham. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Jersey Numbers For Ohio State’s NFL Rookies Are Out

first_imgA closeup of J.T. Barrett during an Ohio State game.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 02: Quarterback J.T. Barrett #16 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on against the Wisconsin Badgers during the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Ohio State will have a lot of rookies playing in the NFL in 2018. The Buckeyes have 13 first-year players on NFL rosters right now, to be exact.Jersey numbers for these rookies have been chosen. Ohio State first-round draft pick Denzel Ward is the latest Buckeye to reveal what number he’ll be wearing in the league.Ward, the No. 4 overall pick, will be wearing No. 21. That’s a pretty great number for a shutdown cornerback.?#Wallpaper of the new uni number for @denzelward of the @Browns #DawgPound pic.twitter.com/sa9bwYApJa— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) May 24, 2018Ward is not alone in having chosen his jersey number. All 13 of the Buckeyes playing in the NFL for the first time have picked their numbers.Here are the update numbers, compiled by Eleven Warriors:PLAYERPOSTEAMCOLLEGE JERSEY NO.PRO JERSEY NO.DENZEL WARDCBCLEVELAND BROWNS1221BILLY PRICECCINCINNATI BENGALS5453TYQUAN LEWISDEINDIANAPOLIS COLTS5994JEROME BAKERLBMIAMI DOLPHINS1755SAM HUBBARDDECINCINNATI BENGALS694JALYN HOLMESDEMINNESOTA VIKINGS1192JAMARCO JONESOTSEATTLE SEAHAWKS7473J.T. BARRETTQBNEW ORLEANS SAINTS165MARCUS BAUGHTEOAKLAND RAIDERS8583DAMON WEBBSTENNESSEE TITANS735ELIJAAH GOINSCBTENNESSEE TITANS1942TRACY SPRINKLEDTCAROLINA PANTHERS9368CHRIS WORLEYLBCINCINNATI BENGALS3547The best picks:Ward going with No. 21Barrett going with No. 5Baker going with No. 55All three are great picks for their respective positions.last_img read more

ESPN Analyst Names A College Football Playoff “Sleeper” Team

first_imgTexas' mascot leading the team onto the field.AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 27: The Texas Longhorns mascot leads the team onto the field before the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks on September 27, 2008 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. Texas won 52-10. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)With the 2018 college football season just weeks away at this point, predictions for the upcoming year are starting to roll in at a rapid pace.Most people seem to be picking the same teams to make the College Football Playoff – Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Washington, Penn State, Oklahoma, etc.One ESPN college football analyst named a “sleeper” team for the College Football Playoff during a TV appearance this week.The team: Texas.“Texas. I’m in on Texas for a couple of reasons,” he said, per 247Sports. “They lost four games last year by five points or less. Sam Ehlinger was a true freshman so he had this opportunity to get a ton of experience. Usually a year of experience will be worthy of a couple points. Every game will be worthy of a couple points and those close losses can turn into wins. He reminds me of like a young Tim Tebow in a way. Just listening to him talk, watching him play, he throws the ball a little bit better but watching him play, he reminds me of that.“And then Todd Orlando, the defensive coordinator, is a guy that I know and he’s come out and said ‘I feel like I have the players now to play the attacking style of defense that I want.’ Texas is going to be really interesting.”Texas had a disappointing 2017 season, going 7-6. Expectations are higher entering the 2018 season.Will Tom Herman’s squad be able to deliver?last_img read more

Michigan Staffer’s Tweet About MSU’s “Pregame Walk” Is Going Viral

first_imgMichigan and Michigan State got into a scuffle.The Michigan Wolverines entered their game against Michigan State losers of four of the last five in the series. However, the only thing that mattered at the end of the contest was that the Wolverines left with the “W.”Michigan dominated both sides of the ball en route to a 21-7 win over the Spartans. Tensions rose early in this game as Michigan State went for its pregame walk before the game kicked off.The Spartans walked arm-in-arm down the field and ran into a few Michigan players along the way. After Michigan’s win, a Michigan staffer sent out a very strong tweet about the move.Michigan’s Director of Recruiting, Matt Dudek, said: “This just in…Michigan State’s pregame walk was 6 yards longer than what they had in the game.”This is just in…Michigan State’s pregame walk was 6 yards longer than what they had in the game ?‍♂️ #GoBlue #Winningest @_Dbush11 pic.twitter.com/caQV5PRwPc— Matt Dudek (@Thee_Matty_D) October 20, 2018Of course, Dudek is referring to the 94 total yards Michigan State’s offense was able to muster during the game.It’s a bold tweet from someone on the Wolverines’ staff. Clearly these two programs don’t like each other and that’s great news for college football.last_img read more

ESPN Predicts 3 Teams That Will Surprise In 2019

first_imgA closeup of Jim Harbaugh wearing a Michigan hat and jacket.PISCATAWAY, NJ – NOVEMBER 10: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines coaches against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during the third quarter at HighPoint.com Stadium on November 10, 2018 in Piscataway, New Jersey. Michigan won 42-7. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)ESPN’s Football Power Index includes full projections for every team in the college football world heading into the 2019 season.The FPI, which uses thousands of simulations to project results for the upcoming season, includes win-loss projections.What teams are going to disappoint? What teams are going to surprise?We covered the disappointments last week. You can view those teams here. Below are three teams the FPI believes will surprise.1. MichiganFPI prediction: 10.5 – 2.1, No. 5 in the countryThis is a big year for Jim Harbaugh – a massive one, really. The Wolverines have yet to beat Ohio State since he became head coach, but the Ann Arbor program is finally heading into the season as the favorite in the rivalry and the conference.The FPI is really high on Michigan, too, ranking the Wolverines 5th and projecting them to win the fourth-most games of anyone. Shea Patterson of the Michigan Wolverines looks to pass.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 13: Shea Patterson #2 of the Michigan Wolverines looks to pass while playing the Wisconsin Badgers on October 13, 2018 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan won the game 38-13. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)2. AuburnFPI prediction: 7.7 – 4.4, No. 9 in the countryThere were some who believed Gus Malzahn was going to be out of a job following the 2018 season. He’s still with the Tigers, of course.Auburn now heads into a 2019 season with modest expectations, though the FPI believes the Tigers will be a top 10 team. Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn smiles on sideline.ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 01: Head coach Gus Malzahn of the Auburn Tigers reacts after their 21-16 win over the Washington Huskies at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)3. Penn StateFPI ranking: 8.9 – 3.2, No. 12 in the countryThe Nittany Lions have to replace Trace McSorley at quarterback – a big task, no doubt – and Ohio State and Michigan are getting most of the hype in the conference.The FPI believes Penn State will be the conference’s second-best team, however, ranking the Nittany Lions ahead of the Buckeyes. Penn State head football coach James Franklin.STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 24: Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions reacts after a touchdown against the Maryland Terrapins during the first half at Beaver Stadium on November 24, 2018 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)***You can view ESPN’s full projections here.last_img read more

ESPN Is Having Technical Problems With The Nebraska Game

first_imgA Nebraska cheerleader cheers in the end zone against Troy.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 15: A cheerleader for the Nebraska Cornhuskers performs before the game against the Troy Trojans at Memorial Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)The 2019 college football season is here.Fans across the nation watched Miami and Florida get the party started last weekend, but now get to watch their own teams.Among the fans trying to watch their team in action today are the Nebraska Cornhusker fans. Nebraska took the field against South Alabama for the first game of the season.However, for the fans not at the game, the video feed went dark for a minute before ESPN realized it was having technical issues.The Worldwide Leader cut to the game between Florida State and Boise State instead.It’s safe to say fans watching from home were less than pleased with the series of unfortunate events.ESPN having technical difficulties…GET THE GAME ON— CornNation (@CornNation) August 31, 2019After a few minutes away from the game, ESPN eventually regained the feed.No. 24 Nebraska has a 7-0 lead over South Alabama in the early action. Scott Frost and company are rolling on offense early and the defense has been stout.Stay tuned for the latest between these two teams.last_img read more

India have dominated Australia ever since the start of Border-Gavaskar Trophy

first_imgIndia have dominated Australia ever since the start of Border-Gavaskar TrophyIndia vs Australia, Sydney Test: Ricky Ponting remains the only Australia captain to have won a Border-Gavaskar series away from home as his side defeated India 2-1 in 2004-05.advertisement Akshay Ramesh SydneyJanuary 2, 2019UPDATED: January 2, 2019 16:34 IST Inida tour of Australia 2018-19: India have won 20 out of 47 Tests since the Border-Gavaskar Trophy was introduced in 1996 (@BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia have won 20 and lost 18 Tests ever since the Border-Gavaskar Trophy was introduced in 1996Ricky Ponting remains the only captain to win a Border-Gavaskar series away from homeIndia have retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy by taking an unassailable 2-1 lead in the ongoing series Virat Kohli’s men have a chance to create history in Sydney. No Indian team has ever won a Test series against Australia in Australia but that may change after the final Test of the ongoing four-match series at the Sydney Cricket Ground.Having retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Kohli’s Team India are heading into the much-anticipated Test with an unassailable 2-1 lead, which they had sealed after thrashing Australia by 137 runs in Melbourne – their first-ever Boxing Day Test win Down Under.Despite the absence of two of their most prolific run-scorers – Steve Smith and David Warner, the duo that had scored nearly 40% of the team’s total during India’s visit to Australia in 2014 – credit must be given to Kohli’s men if they go on to win the ongoing series, considering the history attached to the encounters between the two teams.India-Australia encounters have always been one of the most-anticipated in world cricket as the Asian giants were among the few teams who could challenge the Australian domination over the last two decades.Better numbers for India since the first Border-Gavaskar series in 1996India and Australia have played 97 Tests between them since 1947 and, as expected, the Australians have dominated the numbers with 42 wins and 26 draws. With a tied Test also part of the history, India have managed 28 wins over the years.However, ever since the start of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, the numbers have favoured India.Before and since #BorderGavaskarTrophyIndia…Before 50 Tests, won 8, lost 24, Tie 1, Drawn 17 (%win 16.00)Since 47 Tests, won 20, lost 18, Drawn 9 (%win 42.55)#AusvInd#AusvsIndadvertisement Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) January 2, 2019The first ever Test series in honour of the two greats was played in 1996 in India and the then hosts won the only Test under Sachin Tendulkar’s captaincy in Delhi. Mohammad Azharuddin made sure the trophy remained with the hosts when Australia came touring for a three-Test series in 1997-98.India were blanked 3-0 when the Border-Gavaskar series was first played in Australia – in 1999-00.Since the Border-Gavaskar Trophy came into existence, India and Australia have played 14 Test series, out of which eight were played in the Asian country.Ponting only captain to win Border-Gavaskar series away from home Australia defeated India 2-1 in 2004-05 to win their first-ever Border Gavaskar Trophy away from home (Reuters Photo)Australia, under Ricky Ponting and Adam Gilchrist, created history in 2004-05 as they became the first team to win the Border-Gavaskar series away from home.Australia could have achieved the feat as early as during their trip in 2000-01 as the then world champions were leading a three-match series 1-0 and were cruising towards a 2-0 result at Eden Gardens before VVS Laxman played one of the iconic innings in the history of Indian cricket.Nonetheless, in 2004-05, Australia were a class apart as they conquered one of the toughest challenges in world cricket – beat India in India and ended a 34-year-long drought for a series win in the Asian nation.It remains to be seen if Virat Kohli can help India conquer their final frontier. The Sydney Test, starting January 3, will tell us the story.Also Read | Australian Prime Minister to Rishabh Pant: Aah yes! You sledge right?Also Watch | Dog agrees with Virat Kohli as India captain says: No pressure in SydneyAlso Read | Fans love ‘babysitter’ Pant’s photo with Tim Paine’s kids: Best thing I have seen all yearAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow India vs AustraliaFollow Border Gavaskar trophyFollow Sydney TestFollow India tour of AustraliaFollow India Australia cricket recordslast_img read more

No extra pressure for title-chasing Liverpool, says goalkeeper Alisson

first_img Reuters LondonFebruary 8, 2019UPDATED: February 8, 2019 09:45 IST Alisson is confident Liverpool will bounce back after recent blip (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAlisson says Liverpool are under no additional pressure to claim their first league title in 29 yearsLiverpool are currently on 62 points from 25 games and a spot behind Manchester City on goal difference”Everyone wants to win this league but at Liverpool our concern is winning games and not dropping points,” Alisson saidLiverpool are under no additional pressure to claim their first league title in 29 years despite a recent blip that has allowed Premier League champions Manchester City to reclaim top spot, according to goalkeeper Alisson.Frustrating 1-1 draws in their last two league games against Leicester City and West Ham United have left Liverpool on 62 points from 25 games and a spot behind City on goal difference, although Pep Guardiola’s side have played an extra game.”Our pressure is the same. We take things game by game without worrying about what our opponents are doing,” Brazil international Alisson said ahead of Saturday’s league clash against 10th-placed Bournemouth.The 26-year-old said that Liverpool, who were nine points ahead of City at one stage in December, were not short of belief going into the home stretch of the season.”We’ve shown in the past that we’re good enough and we’ll continue to show this in the games we’ve got to come,” he said.”Everyone wants to win this league but at Liverpool our concern is winning games and not dropping points. We don’t think about City, we think about ourselves. We only think about what we can do and how things are moving forward.”Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow LiverpoolFollow AlissonFollow Premier league Next No extra pressure for title-chasing Liverpool, says goalkeeper AlissonFrustrating 1-1 draws in their last two league games against Leicester City and West Ham United have left Liverpool on 62 points from 25 games and a spot behind Manchester City on goal difference.advertisementlast_img read more

The curse of IPL- only 3 of original 8 intact

first_img Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiFebruary 12, 2019UPDATED: February 12, 2019 12:19 IST KKR are of the only three IPL franchises who have remained in their original avatars (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKKR, MI and KXIP have remained intact in terms of ownership patterns and played all 11 seasonsThe original franchise owners are waiting for a windfall after the new broadcast deal kicks inTeam owners, associates, players, principals, cricket board czars and even broadcast CEOs have fallen in the last 11 yearsAs IPL season 12 approaches with great rapidity, only three of the original eight IPL franchises remain in their original avatars. The curse of the IPL has decimated and destroyed many reputations and singed many promoters and barons.And, with a new broadcast deal kicking in, the original franchise owners are waiting for a windfall, a payout in spades for staying the course over the last 11 years.Mukesh Ambani-owned Mumbai Indians; Shah Rukh Khan, Juhi Chawla and Jay Mehta-owned KKR; and Mohit Burman (48 per cent), Ness Wadia and Preity Zinta (23 per cent each) and Karan Paul (6 per cent)-promoted Kings XI Punjab have remained intact in terms of ownership patterns and played all 11 seasons.Of the original eight, Vijay Mallya (Royal Challengers Bangalore) has self-destructed and flown the coop to England; Deccan Chargers owner T. Venkat Ram Reddy is hanging on for dear life, his company, Deccan Chronicle Holdings, battling for survival in the NCLT as part of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code; Subroto Roy of Sahara (Pune Warriors) found himself on the wrong side of the Supreme Court to land in jail for two years; Raj Kundra part owner of Rajasthan Royals (RR) and N. Srinivasan, owner of Chennai Super Kings, were turfed out of the IPL for two seasons as penal punishment for match fixing. Worse still, the IPL curse the Super King, N. Srinivasan, himself losing his BCCI and ICC crowns and his sphere of influence eroding.Even as Mallya, the discredited liquor baron, signed off on his deal with Diageo and collected the first tranche of his $75 million payout, the curse of the Indian Premier League had struck one more time.advertisementMallya, a passionate IPL franchise owner, had lost Royal Challengers Bangalore forever, the baleful influence of IPl taking its toll, as Freddie Mercury’s cult song, “Another one bites the dust”, played full tilt in the background. From the day IPL was architected by former IPL chief Lalit Modi on behalf of the Indian cricket board, a large swathe of men and women associated with it have lost their mojo.Lalit Modi himself became its first high-profile victim in the kerfuffle with Srinivasan, who shut him out of the league, the game and the country itself. Over its 11-year history, the list of victims is long and illustrious, the tree having been shaken again and again.Team owners, associates, players, principals, cricket board czars and even broadcast CEOs have fallen by the wayside. The imposing facade of this cathedral of commerce and dubious shenanigans belies its decaying and termite-infested interiors.Lalit Modi, who appropriated all power while he was at the helm, was a victim of both self-aggrandisement and envy. Of the original eight franchise owners, Srinivasan’s Chennai Super Kings and Suresh Chellaram/Manoj Badale/Raj Kundra owned Rajasthan Royals were both turfed out because of their involvement in the betting and spot-fixing scams. Srinivasan lost his presidentship of the board and chairmanship of the ICC and his son-in-law and team principal Gurunath Meyiappan was hounded by the police and other agencies.The biggest casualty, of course, remains the the Board of Control for Cricket in India itself; from purportedly being a charitable organisation working towards the development of the game in the country, it transformed into a commercial organisation that made money from the game through the IPL.Actually, the IPL became the cricket board’s worst enemy, a weapon of mass destruction erasing everything in its path. From taxmen to the Supreme Court, everybody began to hound the BCCI, its unfettered independence under challenge. Its autonomy was questioned by the apex court, its very structure was under the microscope and the Justice R.M. Lodha panel’s prognosis – a radical and tectonic change in the way the board functions.Greed begets greed and that in turn brings envy. Lalit Modi, using Bihar Cricket Association frontman Aditya Verma as a stalking horse, managed to destroy the board’s credibility and the fixing and betting allegations have wrecked the very underlying credo of the game itself in India. The fixed’ Rajasthan Royals versus Chennai Super King game throws into stark relief cricket’s precipitous fall in the country. Big names were involved and while the cover-up has protected them, the team owners, principals and players were barred from the league for two years and cricket itself in the land.Continuing with the curse, another original franchise owner, the flamboyant T. Venkat Ram Reddy, owner of Deccan Chronicle Holdings and Deccan Chargers franchise, has been embroiled in innumerable controversies: arrest, multiple court cases, seizure of assets, bank defaults, fraud, forgery and finally sale of the franchise to the Marans of Sun TV.advertisementThe Marans too have suffered ever since they joined the secret society. They have since sold their airline, SpiceJet, back to its original owner Ajay Singh, have CBI and ED probes against them in the BSNL illegal telephone exchange and the Aircel-Maxis deal. Dayanidhi Maran lost his ministership in the UPA Government. The Marans have limped from one controversy to another.Even Shah Rukh Khan has found himself being repeatedly interrogated by the ED for allegations of round-tripping and inflating the price of shares in Kolkata Knight Riders. Even Ness Wadia and Priety Zinta, team principals at Kings XI Punjab, have fought a bitter and messy battle over love lost, resulting in a molestation case being slapped on the former by the latter in 2014. Last year, the Bombay High Court asked the two to finish off the case.Interestingly the financial fortunes of most team owners – GMR (Delhi Daredevils), Deccan Chronicle Holdings, United Breweries and Sahara – have also slipped alarmingly ever since they joined the axis of cricket. The only franchise which remains unscathed is the one owned by the Regent of Nariman Point, Mukesh Ambani. He has gone from strength to strength rolling out his ambitious Jio service and succeeding in his price warrior vision. GMR’s debt burden has mounted and he has sold 50 per cent of his stake to JSW Steel and the team has been rechristened Delhi Capitals with a massive personnel overhaul. Stories abound over RR trying to bring in a strategic investor and Sanjiv Goenka owner of Rising Pune Supergiants’ name keeps cropping up as am potential suitor, but remains unconfirmed.Of the newbies who came in later, the Kochi Tuskers franchise imploded quickly as Satyajit Gaekwad and the diamantaires fought bitterly over who called the shots. Sunanda Pushkar, who had sweat equity in the original Kochi franchise, was mysteriously found dead in a Delhi hotel room. Her husband Shashi Tharoor lost his ministership in the UPA Cabinet.Even a couple of years after Pushkar’s death, one doesn’t conclusively know whether it was suicide or murder.The other new franchise, Pune Warriors owner, Saharashree’ Subrata Roy, unfortunately very much another victim of the fabled IPL curse, was in Tihar Jail for two years after a protracted battle with market regulator SEBI, is unable to satisfy the apex court of his intentions. The price of his liberty is still decided by the apex court.IPL CEO Sundar Raman was handpicked by Lalit Modi. But his survival instincts forced him to take refuge under the Chennai Super King’s mega umbrella protection service. He too was thrown out after the Supreme Court initiated BCCI/IPl clean-up.One of the earliest victims was IPL broadcaster MSM/Sony Entertainment TV CEO Kunal Dasgupta who, one fine morning, found himself ousted in a palace coup. The toxins have begun to be purged, though the resistance is stiff.Avarice has brought the board to its knees. Without its main frame being dismantled, it will never conform to becoming a patently straightforward organisation, one that is far removed from a private opaque cosy club which is answerable to none.advertisementThe cricket board truncated as it is, is steadily trying to push the envelope against its ‘bete noire’, the CoA, which itself has been reduced to two members with Vikram Limaye and Ramchandra Guha having quit. In this firefight for control, everyday sees a new expose as the cricket board zamindars or what is left of them hit back at the Lodha Panel-appointed and now fatigued CoA.The curse of IPL is a reality and let us see what the new season holds for us.Also Read | IPL 2019: Rajasthan Royals to don pink jersey for new seasonAlso Read | Dwayne Bravo has a new song and it’s about Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni and AsiaAlso Read | During IPL, women’s T20 event with maximum 3 teamsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow IPLFollow Indian Premier LeagueFollow KKRFollow Kolkata Knight RidersFollow Mumbai IndiansFollow MIFollow Kings XI PunjabFollow KXIP The curse of IPL – only 3 of original 8 intactOnly three of the original eight Indian Premier League franchises remain in their original avatars – Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab.advertisementlast_img read more

This woman hired an army of stay-at-home mothers to create a news app for children with 7 different reading levels!

first_img Roshni Chakrabarty New DelhiMarch 8, 2019UPDATED: March 8, 2019 19:22 IST This young mother started a children’s newspaper app ‘The Young Chronicle’ which specifically analyses the reading level of children and is run by a team of mothers who know children the best!The Young Chronicle was not the first startup Ritika Amit Kumar created. In 2009, while still doing her MBA at MICA, she had designed a social network for parents, by the name of AchaBacha.co.in. Parents living in a nuclear setup are the order of the day with so many of us having moved away from our home city for work purposes. And so, the need for updated parenting tips is a constant.”Being raised in a Defence environment, I did not have my grandparents with me all the time, but had a larger community that co-raised me. This brought me to the idea of developing a community around parents, when I was not even married,” says Ritika.It was during that time that Facebook started to grow popular and Ritika found that the parenting group she created on social media worked a lot better than the website. She noted that ‘The Young Chronicle’ online newspaper which was part of the web portal had received the most traction.Ritika realised she needed to change her whole approach.Some well-timed, quick advice from Sarbvir Singh, who headed the investment arm of Network 18 prodded her to focus on the children’s newspaper aspect of the Young Chronicle.Ritika was not that experienced in the digital marketing domain and so, she first worked with Groupon India for a few years, before advancing the Young Chronicle plan in earnest. Profiles of the Founders, Ritika Amit Kumar and Varun Mishra.Discovering reading levels of childrenChildren need to keep advancing their reading levels steadily from a young age so that they can be gradually exposed to topics of increasingly complexity or maturity. But this is a factor that very few parents realise or know about.advertisementThe Young Chronicle started off as a single children’s newspaper in a PDF (online text reader) format. When customer feedback informed that children of many age groups were reading the paper, she launched an Android app for classes 1, 2, 3 and 4.Then, she learned that children up to the age of 14 were reading the class 4 newspaper meant for 9- to 10-year-olds. So she extended the Young Chronicle to reading levels of class 7.”This version got shortlisted for ET Power of ideas in 2015. Around that time, we were using a third party tool to host interactive PDFs,” says Ritika.Later, customer feedback revealed that even children in the same class can have different reading levels.”In early 2016, Varun Mishra joined us as a Co-Founder. He helped us map lexical scores to the Indian market, after running a text analysis of over 150 books,” says Ritika.Understanding the various kinds of reading levels was a major task and very enlightening. Reading patterns are different in metro cities, Tier 1 cities, and Tier 2 towns. In fact, reading trends in the east are different from those in the west.”We started with NCERT but soon realised that they don’t follow any lexical pattern, which is why ASER often comes up with reports stating that class 6 children cannot read class 2 textbooks,” says Ritika.Now, every article on the Young Chronicle news app for children is written for seven different reading levels. Each article is scored and then assigned a reading level.When a child first enters the app, he/she is shown a series of sentences. They choose a sentence of maximum difficulty that they can easily read. Thereafter they see only content that pertains to their reading level, explain Ritika.”We have already started tracking data, to build an AI that will intuitively assign and recalibrate reading levels automatically for the child,” she says. The Young Chronicle Newspapers are based on different Reading Levels.Recruiting mothers for the Young Chronicle news appThe next learning curve was realising that even children in the same class can have different reading levels based on their reading habits.”We also realised that a team of 20-somethings writing content for us, was not working. We needed a team of writers who understood the learning patterns in children,” says Ritika, adding that she had also just become a mother at the time.”This is when we started recruiting only mothers to write for us,” she says.Today, India has over 2 crore mothers who are graduates and living in cities. Among them, only 48 lakh work. Currently, the teacher-student ratio in our country is 80:1. “Working from home, enables these women to work flexible hours, while contributing to the knowledge and awareness levels of children across the country,” says Ritika.Women who become mothers often have to leave their jobs at least for a temporary period to take care of their baby. But this doesn’t mean that they cannot work at all. This is kind of workforce Ritika targeted to power her children’s newspaper app.advertisementMost of the writers for the Young Chronicle have over 10 years of experience in fields like remote sensing, pharma, teaching, finance, real estate and marketing.”In fact, many Army wives work with us, and some operate from the US, as they are on an H1B1 visa, that doesn’t allow them to work there. It is an honour to be able to be a part of their journey, and enable them to contribute to the society even when they are unable to pursue regular jobs,” she says.Ritika explains how being a mother-led and a mother-run organisation gave them better credibility as they were catering to children and who knows kids more than moms?”In fact, we started churning better content when we started recruiting only mothers. Moreover, my being a woman brought much-needed empathy that our writers needed. I feel it was only an upward journey after we became an all mother-editorial team,” she says. Some members from our mommy network who run the Young Chronicle.How can a digital news app help children learn better?We live in a technology-based world where video and photo-based content is almost always a must to retain the attention of youngsters. Moreover, the audio-visual environment helps children grasp complex topics with clarity much more easily.”Digital helps in customizing news and language on the basis of the child’s reading level,” says Ritika.”Moreover, I believe, in today’s tech environment, one cannot completely shy away from digital media, while one should not let go of printed books and newspapers as well. Which is why, we have both,” she adds.About 20% of the readers and customers use both solutions. The printed children’s paper also has QR codes that the children can scan and watch the content on the mobile app.One of the most interesting features of the Young Chronicle app is that the app learns how much the child has grasped. “This helps the child unlock badges, and helps the app understand actually what content to offer the child and what level the child is actually at,” says Ritika. Screenshots of The Young Chronicle AppWhat content does the Young Chronicle children’s news app offer?The Young Chronicle app carried articles across 30 topics ranging from news, sports, economics, technology, space, history, culture etc.The content ranges from word meanings to activities, to quizzes, to games, to videos, to audio stories for younger children, and more.”This added element ensures that the learning the children have gathered by reading, is sealed,” says Ritika.The content is more or less the same across all reading levels. “We also carry stories for the lower levels, and ensure sensitive content like the recent surgical strikes, are restricted to higher levels. But every level carries a different depth of content,” says Ritika.As an example, she explains how they carried an article on the history of Kashmir for reading level 5 onwards. “Because many adults don’t know what happened, it gives kids a skewed idea of reality,” she says.advertisement How does the team of mothers work together to keep the news app running smoothly?The Young Chronicle app is updated every day which requires a smooth workforce. Most of the mommy writers were recruited via Sheroes or mommy groups on Facebook and all writers are divided into three teams, each of them headed by an editor.Every writer has access to contribute a topic in the topics list. The editors then collate these and share the topics with their teams, basis the categories each team works on.”Writers have the flexibility to choose their topics. If they choose a topic, they are required to submit the same basis a schedule. Else, if they are busy, they avoid choosing a topic,” says Ritika.The pictures or graphics are either bought or created on the basis the content and then, the content is put into a layout by our team for the weekly e-papers and the fortnightly printed papers.”We offer ample flexibility to our team, as our key intention is to produce good work, and most of our team is driven by the passion towards making this world a better place for our children,” says Ritika.”Therefore raising better kids is key. I have barely found any unprofessionalism with the mothers I have worked with,” she adds. How does the app generate revenue?Ritika explains that the Young Chronicle has three revenue streams which have helped them sustain without external investments:The weekly e-paper and the fortnightly printed paper are subscription-basedPeople can subscribe to video content from the appThe team is also starting STEM classes in May in Gurgaon and Bangalore which will add a revenue sourceHow can you get the Young Chronicle app?The Young Chronicle children’s newspaper app is available on Android and iOS, and can be accessed by everyone, anywhere. The app complies by all child protection norms and is completely safe.”We have over 1000 app downloads. Our app has over 2000 articles across all levels, and have received over 20000 reads,” says Ritika.The printed paper and the e-paper can be subscribed to from the official website of the children’s newspaper. The newspaper comes in seven different reading levels as well.”We have over 500 subscribers for our printed edition. The quarterly subscription for these is Rs. 600 and Rs. 360, respectively, which costs less than an outing at a coffee shop or a Pizza outlet,” says Ritika.What is the future of Young Chronicle?”The children’s news app is designed to get more and more intuitive, and will soon be offering concrete analytics to parents,” says Ritika.”Our focus will now be on offering more engaging video content, from word of the day videos to video news. We are also going to be focusing on our STEM workshops and offer more of that content on our app and papers as well,” she adds.Read: This woman is turning huge truck containers into portable container schools that run on solar energy!Read: How one man became so tired of rote-learning that he battled odds and started his own schoolRead: Haji Public School, the mountain-cut village school that speaks of education red tapes in the stereotypically ‘terror-ridden’ KashmirGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byRoshni Tags :Follow NewspaperFollow news appFollow Working mothers Next This woman hired an army of stay-at-home mothers to create a news app for children with 7 different reading levels!Ritika Amit Kumar started the Young Chronicle children’s news app and printed newspaper which is run entirely by an army of mothers who churn out a variety of content across 7 reading levels, while adding to education sector from the comfort of their home.advertisementlast_img read more

Sarfaraz Ahmed on India vs England World Cup 2019 match: Let the better team win

first_img Saurabh Kumar LeedsJune 29, 2019UPDATED: June 29, 2019 23:49 IST Sarfaraz Ahmed was delighted with Pakistan’s win over Afghanistan. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPakistan went past England to get to the fourth spot in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 points tablePakistan’s chances of qualification in CWC semis will depend on the result of Eng vs Ind matchImad Wasim’s unbeaten 49 guided Pakistan to a much -needed win over AfghanistanPakistan went past England to get to the fourth spot in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 points table after trumping Afghanistan by three wickets in a last-over thriller at Headingley on Saturday.Pakistan have 9 points from 8 matches and if India manages to defeat England in their high-voltage clash on Sunday, the chances for Sarfaraz Ahmed’s men to qualify for the semi-finals will receive a huge boost.Delighted with the turnaround that has seen Pakistan jump from the 9th spot to the top-four in a span of 3 matches, skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed thanked Pakistani fans for their unconditional support throughout the match.”Thanks to almighty. Thanks to all the supporters, they have been cheering us from ball one and I think this is a great win for us,” Sarfaraz said after the win.When asked about the India-England match, Sarfaraz said that Pakistan is not thinking about the game and he hopes that the better team comes out victorious.”Obviously we all are watching (India v England game) but we are not thinking about it and hopefully the better team wins.”Sarfaraz Ahmed was full of praise of Shaheen Afridi and Babar Azam for their continuous good run with the ball and bat. Sarfaraz also lauded Imad Wasim for his heroic performance under immense pressure.Imad Wasim’s unbeaten 49 guided Pakistan to a much -needed win. The left-handed all-rounder held his nerves even as he was losing partners in their chase of 228 runs. Imad stitched an unbeaten 24-run stand with Wahab Riaz as Pakistan sealed the thriller.advertisement”It was not an easy pitch to bat on but, credit should go to Imad for the way he batted till the end. We all know he (Shaheen Afridi) is a good bowler and he is improving day by day and I think he is working hard and he bowled really well today,” added Sarfaraz in the post-match ceremony.Meanwhile, losing captain Gulbadin Naib credited Pakistan for playing well under pressure.”We fought really well, the boys gave their 100%. We missed opportunities to win. Credit to Pakistan, they controlled their nerves. Imad played really well,” Naib said.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Pakistan survive Afghanistan scare to keep semi-final hopes aliveAlso Read | World Cup 2019: ICC to take action after fans clash during Pakistan vs AfghanistanAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Pakistan vs AfghanistanFollow Sarfaraz Ahmed Sarfaraz Ahmed on India vs England World Cup 2019 match: Let the better team winICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Pakistan kept their chances of qualifying for the semi-finals alive with a 3-wicket win over Afghanistan on Saturday at Headingley.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Abdul Razzaq praises Mohammed Shami, raises his religion

first_imgWorld Cup 2019: Abdul Razzaq praises Mohammed Shami, raises his religionWorld Cup 2019: Abdul Razzaq made the comments on a Pakistani news channel while reviewing India’s performance against England in the World Cup 2019 match on Sunday.advertisement Next Rohan Sen BirminghamJuly 2, 2019UPDATED: July 2, 2019 14:02 IST Mohammed Shami. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMohammed Shami picked his maiden 5-wicket haul in ODIs vs England on June 30Abdul Razzaq said Mohammed Shami tried his best vs EnglandIndia’s defeat to England has complicated Pakistan’s path to 2019 World Cup semi-finalsFormer Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq is making headlines once again after his controversial comments on a local news channel about India’s fast bowlers, especially Mohammed Shami.Razzaq was reviewing India’s performance in the World Cup 2019 match against England during which he praised Shami for being a Muslim and giving his best performance for the country but criticized the other bowlers for not living up to expectations.On Sunday, Mohammed Shami became the 2nd bowler after Shahid Afridi to take 4 wickets for the 3rd successive match in World Cup history. After bagging 4-wicket hauls against Afghanistan and West Indies, Shami picked his maiden 5-wicket haul to stop a rampaging England batting line-up from doing further damage.”Shami to hai bhi Musalman, jo ki achi baat hai. Wo pura jor laga raha tha match mein (Translation- Shami is a Muslim, which is a good thing and he was trying his best in the match),” Abdul Razzaq told a local television channel.Don’t understand why religion has to be mentioned when looking at the performance of the Indian bowling attack #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/A3INMEEBP7Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) July 1, 2019India lost their first match of the 2019 Cricket World Cup to England. Chasing 338, India managed only 306 for 5 off their 50 overs to lose by 31 runs. But what irked Indian fans was the way MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav showed no intent to accelerate at the end when a win was still possible.The India vs England game was also important for Pakistan who is battling hard to stay in contention for a berth in the semi-finals. Abdul Razzaq is not the first Pakistan cricketer to make a shocking claim regarding the match.advertisementBefore India took on hosts England on June 30, former Pakistan cricketer Basit Ali had said India will play poorly in their remaining matches to ensure Pakistan does not make it to the semi-finals.”India will never want Pakistan to make it to the semi-finals. They have matches remaining against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Everyone saw the fashion in which they won against Afghanistan,” Basit Ali had said on a TV show on Pakistan-based channel Ary News. “They’ll play in such a way that nobody will come to know what has happened. What happened in India’s match against Afghanistan? What did Australia do against India? What did David Warner do?”In fact, after India lost to England, legendary Pakistan pacer Waqar Younis had even questioned the sportsmanship of a few India cricketers.”It’s not who you are…What you do in life defines who you are…Me not bothered if Pakistan gets to the semis or not but one thing is for sure…Sportsmanship of few Champions got tested and they failed badly,” Waqar had tweeted.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Michael Vaughan takes a dig at Team India ahead of Bangladesh clashAlso Read | World Cup 2019: India, Bangladesh renew fierce neighbourhood rivalry with semis spot on the lineAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Mohammed ShamiFollow Abdul Razzaqlast_img read more