Water canon salute, red carpet welcome French World Cup winners in Paris

first_imgWorld champions France returned home with the FIFA World Cup Winner’s Trophy in Paris on Monday. France defeated Croatia on Sunday in the World Cup final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow to lift their second world title.Upon their arrival from Russia, the members of France’s victorious World Cup team received a red carpet welcome. The airplane that carried the French players met with a water canon salute at the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris.Joyful French fans gathered at the Charles de Gaulle airport to await the return of their World Cup winning football team, who will be honoured with a parade along the Champs Elysees and a special presidential reception.The French team was impressed with the kind of reception they were given at the airport. Captain Hugo Lloris led his team holding the trophy in his hands while the rest of his teammates were all smiles after becoming world champions.Back at home… what a reception! #FiersdetreBleus pic.twitter.com/iTnm2mcLmPFrench Team (@FrenchTeam) 16 July 2018Goalie Hugo Lloris, brandishing the golden trophy from soccer’s eminent tournament, and coach Didier Deschamps led the team from the Air France plane to the tarmac at Charles de Gaulle Airport. Airport personnel and French Sports Minister Laura Flessel, a former champion fencer, were the first to tell them “merci” on behalf of a grateful nation that was sorely in need of a boost.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE”Eternal Happiness” read Monday’s headline in French sports daily L’Equipe, summing up the mood of many who hope the euphoria will last for months – even years.advertisementLes Bleus, @_OlivierGiroud_ and our little friend en route to the Champs Élysée. #Fiersdetrebleu pic.twitter.com/jR1m46LyPlFrench Team (@FrenchTeam) 16 July 2018The team expected to take a victory lap down the grand Champs-Elysees, the grand Paris avenue where hundreds of thousands thronged after France’s 4-2 victory Sunday over Croatia to capture the trophy.Also read – FIFA World Cup 2018: Full list of prize winnersFor a third day in a row, the avenue was transformed into a boulevard of pride and happiness following a Bastille Day parade of French military might Saturday that, in hindsight, was a preview for the elation of France’s World Cup win.On the way to the party! #Fiersdetrebleus pic.twitter.com/ZsZoWLiBEsFrench Team (@FrenchTeam) 16 July 2018The team’s appearance on the Champs-Elysees will be followed by a reception at the presidential palace. Hundreds of guests, including people from soccer clubs connected to the French players, were invited. A club in the poor suburb where 19-year-old star Kylian Mbappe grew up is among them.Hello Paris! pic.twitter.com/2lKbxCzf4qFrench Team (@FrenchTeam) 16 July 2018France has been short of reasons to feel proud, and now is the moment.READ – Paris renames six subway stations in honour of World Cup victorySeveral Paris Metro stations were temporarily adjusting their names to honor the team and its members, the transport authority tweeted. The Champs-Elysees Clemenceau has become the Deschamps-Elysees Clemenceau to honor national team coach Didier Deschamps.The Etoile station is, for now, “On a 2 Etoiles” (We have 2 stars), to denote France’s second victory in soccer’s World Cup. The Victor Hugo station is now Victor Hugo Lloris, after France’s standout goalie and team captain. The plane carrying the French soccer team received a water cannon salute at Charles de Gaulle airport (AP Photo)Celebrations were spread across the nation, and among the still-dazed French players themselves.”We are linked for life now with this Cup,” defender Raphael Varane told BFM-TV on Monday before departing from Moscow.French President Emmanuel Macron exulted on the field in Moscow and in the locker room, hugging players as they received their medals even as the skies poured rain. Macron clearly hoped the World Cup glow would rub off on him, raising him up in the eyes of a nation where his economic reforms have drawn fierce protests.It was the players, though, who captured the French imagination. The mostly youthful, diverse team represents a generation with which traditionalists have yet to come to terms.Flessel, the sports minister, told Europe-1 radio that the World Cup victory allows France’s youth – like those in the poor suburbs where many of the players grew up – “to dare to believe in their dreams.”Joy over the win brightened the Monday morning commute in Paris, where young people in cars sang and shouted.In the eastern Paris neighborhood of Belleville, Vincent Simon said, “Both teams deserved to win. France won, and that’s good for the country. That will do us good for some months.”advertisementThe victory came at a time when many French were in need of good news.”It represents enormous things,” said Goffrey Hamsik, dressed in a hat resembling a rooster – the French national symbol – and a shirt with Mbappe’s No. 10 number.”We’ve had lots of problems in France these past years,” he said at Sunday’s festivities, recalling deadly terror attacks. “This is good for the morale … Here, we are all united. We mix. There is no religion, there is nothing, and that’s what feels good.”Still, celebrations in France typically end up with a spate of violence by troublemakers, and Sunday was no exception.Broken shop windows, pillage and other destruction lined a section of the Champs-Elysees, the postgame site for revelers. Riot police used water cannon and tear gas to end the violence.French media reported that authorities detained 90 people for questioning in the Paris region and some 290 around France.(With inputs from AP)last_img read more

Zverev beats De Minaur to defend Washington ATP crown

first_imgWashington, Aug 6 (AFP) Alexander Zverev says defending his ATP Washington Open title shows growing in strength and maturity, but the world number three still sees a big gap to Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. The 21-year-old German won his third title of the year and the ninth of his career by defeating Australian teen Alex De Minaur 6-2, 6-4 in the 50th edition of the US Open tuneup event. “What a fantastic week for me,” Zverev said. “Winning a tournament on its 50th anniversary is something amazing. This has been a very special week for me. “(Defending a title) feels great and shows mental strength as well. It shows a little maturity I think.” While Zverev stands atop a generation of rising young stars, he still puts 20-time Grand Slam winner Federer, 36, and 17-time Grand Slam champion Nadal, 32, on the highest of pedestals. “Roger and Rafa are still the best out there and still competing for Grand Slam titles,” he said. “I haven’t won a Grand Slam title. Saying I’m on their level wouldn’t be fair to them.” Not since 20-year-old Rafael Nadal beat 19-year-old Novak Djokovic 11 years ago at Indian Wells had the combined ages of ATP finalists been so young. And not since 1995 in Buenos Aires had all four semi-finalists been 21-or-under, Zverev being the eldest. “It’s not only me that’s the future of the sport. I think everybody who made it to the semi-finals is the future,” Zverev said. “We all want to be the best. Some of us already think we’re the best. We all have a lot of talent.”advertisement Zverev joined a list of back-to-back Washington champions that includes Andre Agassi, Michael Chang and Juan Martin del Potro. – Aussie takes ‘proud’ step -============================= Zverev struggled when asked where his game needs work, saying with a smile, “I think I’m close to perfection.” De Minaur, who took only 11 points off Zverev’s serve, could somewhat agree after falling in 74 minutes. “He played some great tennis. He came out blazing and was too good for me,” De Minaur said. “It gives you that fire to replicate the success he has had at such a young age. I think he’s going to be around for a very long time.” It was the second career ATP final for the 19-year-old from Sydney, who lost a final there to Daniil Medvedev in January. De Minaur saved four match points in beating Andrey Rublev in a grueling semi-final to get there. “I did everything I could to recover,” De Minaur said. “I’ll have to get better at it and my body will adjust to the circumstances.” The 72nd-ranked Aussie will jump to a career-best 45th in Monday’s rankings. “I’m really proud of myself. I played some high-level matches,” De Minaur said. Zverev, who needed a fifth-set Davis Cup tie-breaker to beat De Minaur in their only prior meeting, broke twice to win the first set in 30 minutes. He smacked a forehand winner to break for a 2-1 edge and held serve to the finish.- Murray ‘shock to system’ -============================ De Minaur reached the semi-finals when three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray withdrew Friday after three grueling three-set matches in only his third event since missing 11 months with a right hip injury. “To go from nothing to back-to-backs like that was quite a shock to the system. He was a bit beaten up,” said Andy’s brother Jamie Murray, who won the doubles title with Brazilian Bruno Soares. Murray also withdrew from next week’s event in Canada but plans to play in Cincinnati the following week. “Andy is on his way back,” Zverev said. “He looked unbelievable here. It’s going to be great to see what he can do.” In the companion WTA event final, two-time Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova saved four match points and rallied to defeat Croatia’s Donna Vekic 4-6, 7-6 (9/7), 6-2 for her 18th career title. It was the 33-year-old Russian’s first crown since 2016 in Moscow and second in Washington after 2014. (AFP) ATKATKlast_img read more

Oppo R17 goes official, brings 6.4-inch display, 8GB RAM and in-display fingerprint sensor

first_imgWhile we have been a little busy with the India launch of Oppo F9 Pro, the company is simultaneously gearing up to launch the Oppo R17. The R-series has typically offered upper mid-range, premium affordable range of phones that have also served as inspiration for OnePlus phones as well. The R17 will be announced soon, but we won’t have to wait until then to know what the device will bring as it has already been listed on the company’s official Chinese website.The listing confirms the design of the Oppo R17 as well as some of the specs. The phone will indeed bring an edge-to-edge display with a unique water droplet-like notch that will also be seen on the Oppo F9 Pro. The notch indeed looks different to the kinds we have seen so far and is more close to what the Essential Phone brings. The R17 will brings a tall 6.4-inch FHD+ display with a 19:9 aspect ratio, Gorilla Glass 6 protection and a 91.5 per cent screen-to-body ratio.The Oppo R17 will sport a glass back with a gradient colour design in Streamer Blue and Neon Purple options. There’s also no physical fingerprint sensor, which means the phone will offer an in-display sensor that will unlock the device in 0.41 seconds. A cheaper variant is expected with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. The R17 will be power an octa-core Snapdragon chipset, but it’s still unknown whether this will be a Snapdragon 670 or Snapdragon 710 chipset. The phone will also be offered with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.advertisementThe dual cameras on the back will include a 16-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor with LED flash. Housed in the notch on the front will be a 25-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture. The front camera will also support AI portrait mode and other selfie-centric features. A 3,500mAh battery will be housed inside the Oppo R17 and the device will support VOOC fast charging. The phone will run Android 8.1 Oreo-based ColorOS 5.1 out-of-the-box and will include connectivity options like Bluetooth 5.0, dual 4G VoLTE and dual SIM support, among other things.The Oppo R17 is up for pre-orders in China and the device is expected to go on sale starting August 18 which is when Oppo will also announce its pricing. We also expect an Oppo R17 Pro in the offing, but there has been no listing or mention of it on the website as yet. Separately, Oppo will also be launching the F9 Pro in India on August 21. The device bears similar design elements as the R17 including a waterdrop screen and gradient colour design. The company has also confirmed a 25MP front facing camera and VOOC fast charging support. We will know more in the days to come and on the launch date.ALSO READ: Oppo F9 Pro with Waterdrop screen set to launch in India on August 21last_img read more

49th IFFI to pay homage to Shashi Kapoor, Sridevi, Vinod Khanna

first_imgPanaji, Oct 8 (IANS) The 49th edition of the International Film Festival of India will pay tributes to late actors Shashi Kapoor, Sridevi and Vinod Khanna, one of the organisers said on Monday, adding that the cinema of Israel would also be in focus at the event. “IFFI will pay tribute to late Sashi Kapoor and late Sridevi. There will also be tributes to late Vinod Khanna in a special retro section. Six to seven films on sports will be screened, in the special sports section this year,” vice chairperson of IFFI co-organising body, the Entertainment Society of Goa, Rajendra Talak told reporters on Monday in Panaji.”This year, Israel has been finalized as the focus-country and six-seven films will be screened in this section… Films from 64 countries have confirmed their participation for the 49th IFFI,” Talak said.The official said a special section dedicated to the Kapoor clan, from Prithviraj Kapoor to Ranbir Kapoor, will also be a part of the festival this year. “The section will be inaugurated by one of the Kapoors,” Talak said.The 49th edition of the IFFI will be held from November 20 to 28. The event, the biggest government-organised film festival in the country, is organised by the ESG in association with the Directorate of Film Festivals.–IANSmaya/prslast_img read more

Harmanpreet Kaur thrilled after historic hundred at Women’s World T20

first_imgHarmanpreet Kaur was suffering from fever on the eve of the first match against New Zealand but come match day, the Indian captain was ready to fire and that is exactly what she did and led her team to a 34-run victory in their Women’s World T20 opener at Providence on Friday.Harmanpreet became the first Indian woman to score a century in T20Is to help the team post 194 for 5 which they defended comfortably thanks to superb bowling performances from Poonam Yadav and Dayalan Hemalatha, who took three wickets each.But Harmanpreet is not one to settle down and celebrate on the team’s victory just yet as she knows the bigger goal is to carry this winning momentum all the way to the final and then lift the World T20 title.Women’s World T20: Harmanpreet 53-ball 101 sets up opening win for India”Excited, but it is just the beginning, still a long way to go. There are a lot of areas we need to improve. As a team, we need to improve a lot. I knew if I settle down, I can go for my shots.”Jemimah played really well. When you are hitting well, you need someone who can rotate the strike. Credit goes to her, she also played really well. As a bowling unit, we need to improve. We need to improve in the first six overs,” Harmanpreet said at the post-match presentation.A heroic Harmanpreet hundred lit up the opening match of #WT20 to help India to victory against New Zealand in Guyana.#NZvIND REPORT https://t.co/VQvbMa7sO3 pic.twitter.com/odHL9WqQBhadvertisementICC World Twenty20 (@WorldT20) November 9, 2018Women’s World T20 India vs New Zealand – HighlightsThe 29-year-old went on to reveal that she had fever a day before the game but she completely recovered post India’s win. Harmanpreet also credited coach Romesh Powar for changing the team’s mindset from the time he took over.”Yesterday I had a bit of fever, feeling really well after winning the game. (On coach Ramesh Powar) Winning and losing is part of the game.READ – Harmanpreet first Indian woman to slam T20I hundred”When Ramesh Sir joined us, a lot changed and we are really happy to have him in the team. He has a lot of experience and that is helping us. We are really happy to have him in the team,” she said after being adjudged the player of the match.India win the opening match of #WT20 2018!New Zealand are kept to 160/9 after Harmanpreet’s stunning 103 set up a 34 run win in Guyana.A fantastic match to kick off the tournament! #NZvIND scorecard https://t.co/V7VsQBK1dn pic.twitter.com/fuUHWq0K6hICC World Twenty20 (@WorldT20) November 9, 2018103 runs from Harmanpreet and a 45-ball 59 from Jemimah Rodrigues helped India post 194 on the board and they restricted New Zealand to 160 for 9 after that.Poonam and Hemalatha finished with figures of 3 for 33 and 3 for 26 respectively, while Radha Yadav got two wickets. Arundhati Reddy also chipped in with a wicket.Harmanpreet also praised Jemimah for her batting performance and revealed the reason behind dropping India’s most experienced player Mithali Raj to No.8 in the batting order.”Mithali is one of our key players. She hasn’t scored much in the first six overs. If she bats later, she can get the runs. We are happy the way she helps us. She (Jemimah Rodrigues) likes to express herself and never takes pressure. We need young players who are excited to play international cricket,” Harmanpreet concluded.India will next face arch-rivals Pakistan in their second game on November 11 at the same venue.last_img read more

Moto Z4 tipped to come with Snapdragon 8150, 5G Moto Mod in 2019

first_imgIn a year that saw brands like HMD Global, Xiaomi and Samsung launch a handful of phones one after another, Motorola kept things pretty quiet. The company did not release a proper flagship phone and instead made do with budget and mid-range offers like the Moto E5 Plus, Moto G6 and Motorola One Power to name a few. It did launch the Moto Z3, but with a 2017 Snapdragon 835 chipset much like the Nokia 8 Sirocco so it does not really count as a 2018 flagship. But Motorola will change things up next year with the Moto Z4.XDA-Developers reports based on sources that Motorola is working on a new flagship phone that will run Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8150 flagship chipset. The chipmaker is expected to unveil its next-gen mobile processor in December. While the upcoming Motorola flagship phone is yet to get a name, it is largely expected to be called the Moto Z4. The device in question also has a codename Odin.Apart from the Snapdragon 8150 chipset, Motorola is also working on Moto Mods support for the Moto Z4. Now, the company said earlier the its existing Moto Mods will work with three generations of Moto Z devices. The Moto Z4 is a fourth-generation device, so it will be interesting to see whether it will support older Moto Mods. Additionally, the Moto Z4 is said to support the upcoming 5G Moto Mod.The 5G Moto Mod is said to include Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X50 modem. It was supposed to launch alongside the Moto Z3, but the Mod is yet to be announced and it may come out with the Moto Z4 now. The Moto Z4 is also expected to ship with Android 9 Pie and the reports adds that the company is working on developing the software to handle in-display fingerprint sensor, but this does not confirm whether the Moto Z4 will have that biometric feature.advertisementApart from the Moto Z4, the company is also expected to launch the Moto G7 early next year. Rumours and renders of the phone over the past few weeks suggest the Moto G7 will sport a waterdrop display, dual cameras and will run a Snapdragon 660 chipset. We will know more about Motorola’s plans once 2019 begins.last_img read more

Tiger feels ‘Baaghi 2’ is a tough act to follow up

first_imgMumbai, Nov 30 (IANS) Tiger Shroff, who delivered a box office hit with “Baaghi 2”, is looking forward to his kitty of new projects, but says the action entertainer is a tough act for him to follow up as an actor.Tiger interacted with the media when he launched his Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Matrix gym along with his sister Krishna Shroff and mother Ayesha Shroff here on Thursday.He will next be seen in Dharma Productions’ “Student of The Year 2” and he will also share screen space with Hrithik Roshan for the first time in a Yash Raj Films production.Asked how he looks at his upcoming releases, Tiger said: “I am feeling fortunate and excited that I have line-up of good films which include Student of The Year 2′ and a film with Hrithik Roshan sir. “I am very excited about these two big films and I am very excited to be a part of such big production houses for the first time. So, I am feeling a bit nervous and thankful. I am very happy that ‘Baaghi 2’ did well, but after that, it will be a tough act to follow for me. So, fingers crossed to both those films.”What was his inspiration to open his own MMA specialised gym?”My inspiration behind this always has been the youth and the children of our country. I have been following this sport since the age of four. Whatever little I have achieved in my career, is all thanks to my martial arts background. “I have been doing action films since past four years, so I am really thankful that whatever acceptance I have got is through this art. Ever since my first film came up, every other mother and children often used to ask me that from where and how I learnt martial arts. So I didn’t have answer for that.”I used to train at Juhu beach. It’s not exactly the safest place for everybody to go and learn. I was lucky enough to get through it, so that’s how I came up with this idea to open a gym,” he said.Tiger feels it’s the right time to open a gym for MMA in India.”Now, I also have space to train. This place is for youth, adults and children. I think here we have a one-of-its-kind facility in India. I am very grateful that now we have access to such a facility and MMA being such an upcoming sport not only all over the world but India as well. So, I think the time is right to venture into something like this.”advertisementDoes he plan to expand it with a franchise model?”We will see how the response is for the first six months and then we will take it from there. I would love to share this art form and share this gym by taking this franchise forward all over India. So that’s the goal eventually.”–IANSiv/rb/sedlast_img read more

Jurgen Klopp fined USD 10,000 for wild celebrations in Liverpool’s Merseyside derby win

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was fined 8,000 pounds ($10,183) on Tuesday for running onto the field of play after Divock Origi scored a 96th-minute winner in the weekend’s Merseyside derby against Everton at Anfield.The German had admitted a charge of improper conduct and accepted the standard penalty after his wild celebration on Sunday.”I couldn’t avoid it obviously… if there was no rule we as managers would do it every week. That’s what rules are for and if you break rules you have to be fined for it,” he told reporters.”I don’t think anyone thought it was massively wrong. It happened, a fine, I’ll pay it, no problem.”Klopp said his forward Sadio Mane faced a late fitness test to be in contention for Wednesday’s Premier League trip to Burnley after sustaining a foot injury.Senegal international Mane suffered a cut that required several stitches during Sunday’s 1-0 victory over Everton in the Merseyside derby but Klopp refused to rule out the 26-year-old.”Sadio really had an awful cut on his foot. It needed to be stitched. He is okay but walking around here now in flip-flops — and you don’t play in flip-flops,” he said.”That means in this moment he is not ready, but we will see later.”Liverpool could also be without defender Andy Robertson who suffered a dead leg.”With Robbo it is not that serious as with Sadio, but we need to have a look,” said the manager.Klopp was asked about the form of forward Roberto Firmino, who has gone off the boil this season, scoring just three goals in 14 league appearances.advertisement”It’s completely normal. It’s not that he’s playing his best football in every second. You have moments when you fly and moments when you have to work and come again,” Klopp said.”Nothing to worry about, it’s a normal football season… we all have to go through this and everything will be fine.”Liverpool are second in the league with 36 points from 14 games while Burnley are second from bottom with nine points.Also Read | Premier League: Liverpool and Arsenal win dramatic derbiesAlso Read | Premier League: Manchester City win 3-1 vs Bournemouth, United draw at SouthamptonAlso Watch:last_img read more

IPL 2019 Auction: Jaydev Unadkat at base price of Rs 1.5 crore, Brendon McCullim at Rs 2 crore

first_imgA total of 226 Indians and 120 international players have been shortlisted for the upcoming Indian Premier League auction, with nine players keeping their base price at INR 2 Crore.The likes of Brendon McCullum, Chris Woakes, Lasith Malinga, Colin Ingram, Shaun Marsh, Corey Anderson, Sam Curran, Angelo Mathews and D’Arcy Short will have the base price of the INR 2 Crore.Jaydev Unadkat, who was the most expensive player at last year’s auction at INR 11.5 Crore and was released by Rajasthan Royals after a sub-par performance, has the highest base price of INR. 1.5 Crore among Indians. Unadkat shares the said base price with nine other foreign players – Alex Hales, Jonny Bairstow, Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn, Rilee Rossouw, Luke Wright, Alex Carey and Liam Dawson.Yuvraj Singh, Wriddhiman Saha, Mohammed Shami and Axar Patel have kept their base price at INR 1 Crore, among 19 other players.The eight IPL franchises were asked to submit their final shortlist of players by 5 PM, December 10 for the remaining 70 spots, while the auction will take place on December 18 in Jaipur.The auction will conducted by Hugh Edmeades in the absence of popular auctioneer, Richard MadleyNumber of players from each country: India – 226, South Africa – 26, Australia – 23, West Indies – 18, England – 18, New Zealand – 13, Afghanistan – 8, Sri Lanka – 7, Bangladesh – 2, Zimbabwe – 2, USA – 1, Ireland – 1, Netherlands – 1.Also Read | Full list of retained players and purse remaining for each teamAlso Read | Indian Premier League 2019: Delhi Daredevils now Delhi CapitalsAlso Read | Malinga back in the pool, Finch and Maxwell opt out of auctionadvertisementlast_img read more

Australian Open 2019: Maria Sharapova ousted as Barty wins thriller to reach quarters

first_imgAshleigh Barty rallied from a set down to beat former world number one Maria Sharapova 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 at Melbourne Park on Sunday, becoming the first Australian woman in a decade to reach the quarter-finals at her home Grand Slam.The 22-year-old, roared on by a raucous home crowd that included Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and men’s great Rod Laver, converted her fourth match point with an ace to seal the victory in two hours and 22 minutes.Five-times Grand Slam champion Sharapova looked in control after converting her third breakpoint in the ninth game of the first set and following it up with a service hold to love to take the opening stanza.But Barty fought back to break twice in the second set and level the match, as more unforced errors crept into the Russian’s game, and then broke twice more in the decider to race into a 4-0 lead.Sharapova, the 2008 champion, rallied to win three straight games but could not prevent Barty closing out the match and becoming the first Australian woman to reach the quarters since Jelena Dokic in 2009.First Grand Slam quarterfinal.First Aussie woman in an #AusOpen QF in ten years.pic.twitter.com/5PGeSOq2eg#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 20, 2019’This is unreal'”It was a little close, wasn’t it?” a beaming Barty said. “I gave myself a lot of opportunities in the third set and just didn’t take it.”She’s an absolute champion and she never ever was going to go away. I can match it with the best and when I execute I know that I can.advertisement”This is unreal, playing on this beautiful court in front of a packed house, there’s nothing better.”Barty will meet twice Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the quarter-finals after the eighth seed thrashed American teenager Amanda Anisimova 6-2 6-1 earlier in the day.The Australian lost her last meeting to Kvitova in Sydney before the year’s first Grand Slam.”It doesn’t get any easier at all, it’s just another challenge and I’ll try to come out and play my best tennis,” Barty said.Also Read | Petra Kvitova storms into quarters after outclassing Amanda AnisimovaAlso Read | 3 legends, 1 photo. Australian Open trolled over Federer, Kohli, Anushka photo captionAlso See:last_img read more

India lose 1st ever decider in a 3-match T20I series after Hamilton heartbreak

first_imgThe Indian men’s and women’s teams suffered heartbreaking defeats in their respective T20I matches on Sunday and will have to now head home in disappointment.Rohit Sharma’s side lost the series-deciding third T20I in Hamilton just hours after Harmanpreet Kaur’s team suffered its third successive loss against the White Ferns at the same venue.The men’s team fell short by 4 runs as they failed to chase down a mammoth 213-run target against Kane Williamson’s side, who clinched the series 2-1 as a result.India made a valiant attempt at chasing down the total but were stopped at 208 for 6 by the Black Caps.This was India’s first ever loss in a 3-match T20I bilateral series decider in the shortest format. India though, had won the ODI series 4-1, the second time in 10 years.India needed 16 runs off the final over in their run chase but they could manage to score 11 runs with Dinesh Karthik and Krunal Pandya making a fist of the total despite the loss of wickets early on.Congratulations to New Zealand on winning the series 2-1 #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/x829ObFkBNBCCI (@BCCI) February 10, 2019″Pretty disappointing to not get to the finishing line. 210-odd was always going to be tough, and we were in the game right till the end, but New Zealand held their nerve well and they deserved to win. We started off well in the ODIs, and the boys will be disappointed not getting to the finishing line in the T20s,” Rohit Sharma said at the post match presentation ceremony.advertisementThe women’s team on the other hand, was chasing a much lower target of 162 but they fell agonisingly short of it, losing by just 2 runs in the end.Nothing beats getting your hands on the trophy! 3-0 series victory, well done WHITE FERNS! #NZvIND #culturescombined #whitewash pic.twitter.com/u8FSHzpQYTWHITE FERNS (@WHITE_FERNS) February 10, 2019They also needed 16 runs off the final over out of which they managed to score 13 runs.Smriti Mandhana hit 86 off 62 deliveries but that was not enough as India managed 159 for 4 from their 20 overs. India had earlier won the five-match ODI series 4-1.Also Read | Lots of positives and a few mistakes, says Rohit Sharma after T20I series defeatAlso Read | Women’s T20I: Smriti Mandhana fifty in vain as New Zealand sweep series 3-0Also Read | India vs New Zealand Highlights, 3rd T20I: New Zealand beat India by 4 runs to clinch serieslast_img read more

India are the best side in ODI cricket in their own conditions: Aaron Finch

first_imgAustralia captain Aaron Finch has said his team cannot afford to make mistakes if they are to do well in the upcoming limited-overs tour of India. Finch and his teammates head to India on Monday, well ahead of the two-match T20I series, starting February 24 in Visakhapatnam.Buoyed by the Big Bash League win, the Melbourne Renegades captain said Australia’s focus will be on having a clear game plan during the T20I and ODI series, which will be their second-last international assignment ahead of the World Cup, starting May 30 in England and Wales.While insisting that India are the best white-ball side in their home conditions, Finch pointed out that Australia can’t even afford to be slightly off the mark in their upcoming assignment.”I don’t think you need anything to put a pep in your step when you’re going on an Aussie tour, particularly to India,” Finch said.”If you’re slightly off the mark you’re going to get hurt. They’re the best side in one-day cricket in their own conditions, I think. So you’ve got to go there full of confidence and have a real clear game plan.”Notably, Australia lost their first-ever bilateral ODI series at home to India only earlier this year. Finch’s men squandered an opportunity to clinch the series after winning the first ODI in Sydney. MS Dhoni led India’s charge with the bat, scoring three successive half-centuries and helping the team come back from behind to create history.Australia will be without their premier fast bowlers, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood but the visitors have a lot of firepower with the likes of Glenn Maxwell, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Pat Cummins being part of the 15-member squad.advertisementKohli returns to lead India vs AustraliaIndia have announced a full-strength squad for the series, which will be their last limited-over assignment ahead of the World Cup. Virat Kohli returns to lead the side after having missed a part of the New Zealand tour while Jasprit Bumrah also joins the squad after after resting through the ODIs in Australia and the entire New Zealand tour.Meanwhile, KL Rahul has also been included in the T20I and the ODI squads as India are looking at the Karnataka batsman as a reserve opener for the World Cup. Rahul struggled during the four-Test series in Australia and was subsequently suspended from the senior national team over the Koffee With Karan controversy. Rahul though has won back his place in the side with some consistent performances for India A against the England Lions earlier this month.Australia T20I squad for India tour: Aaron Finch(c), Alex Carey, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, D Arcy Short, Marcus Stoinis, Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Peter Handscomb, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon, Ashton Turner, Adam Zampa.Australia ODI Squad: Aaron Finch(c), Alex Carey, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, D Arcy Short, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Ashton Turner, Pat Cummins, Kane Richardson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon, Adam ZampaAlso Read | Hardik Pandya and I are seen as competitors but we share very good rapport: Vijay ShankarAlso Read | Chris Gayle hopes for fairy-tale finish at ICC 2019 Cricket World CupAlso See:last_img read more

Irfan Ansari, man who approached Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed, banned for 10 years

first_imgIrfan Ansari has been banned from all cricket for 10 years after the ICC Anti-Corruption Tribunal found him guilty of breaching three counts of the ICC Anti-Corruption Code, the International Cricket Council said on Wednesday.During the hearing, the Tribunal heard evidence that Ansari approached Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed during the Pakistan series with Sri Lanka in the UAE in October 2017 with a view to engaging him in corrupt conduct by soliciting information from him. Sarfraz Ahmed reported the approach immediately and an ICC ACU investigation ensued which resulted in these charges and decision.Ansari is bound by the code as a result of his affiliation to the Pakistan cricket team and also as a result of being a coach to two teams that participate in domestic matches in the UAE.He was found guilty of the following three offences under the Code:Article 2.3.3 – directly soliciting, inducing, enticing or encouraging a participant to breach the Code Article 2.3.2 by disclosing inside information.Article 2.4.6 – failure or refusal to cooperate with the ACU’s investigation by failing to provide accurately and completely the information and/or documentation requested by the ACU in October 2017. This included a request by the ICC ACU to take possession of and/or copy or download information from his mobile devices.Article 2.4.6 – failure or refusal to cooperate with the ACU’s investigation by failing to provide accurately and completely the information and/or documentation requested by the ACU in February 2018. Again this included a request by the ICC ACU to take possession of and/or copy or download information from his mobile devices.advertisementSarfraz Ahmed lauded for “true leadership and professionalism”Alex Marshall, ICC General Manager – ACU said: “I’d like to place on record my thanks to Sarfaraz Ahmed who showed true leadership and professionalism from the moment he reported this approach. He recognised it for what it was, rejected it and reported it. He then supported our investigation and subsequent tribunal.”This is the first time we have prosecuted for failure to cooperate with an investigation since the new rules enabling us to demand the participants hand over their phone for examination and the sanction reflects the seriousness of the offence. It is an important tool to aid our investigations and continue in our efforts to rid the sport of these corrupters.”Also Read | India-Pakistan World Cup clash likely to be discussed on sidelines of ICC meetAlso Read | No India vs Pakistan at World Cup? BCCI sources say government to take final callAlso Read | Photos of Imran Khan and other Pakistani cricketers removed from Chinnaswamy Stadiumlast_img read more

No India vs Pakistan at World Cup? BCCI sources say government to take final call

first_imgThe India-Pakistan bilateral relations have worsened ever since 40 personnel from India’s Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) lost their lives in a ghastly terror attack in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir on February 14. Not surprisingly, cricketing ties have been hit as well with a shadow of doubt over the marquee India-Pakistan clash at the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup in England and Wales.India and Pakistan, the powerhouses of Asian cricket, haven’t played bilateral cricket since Pakistan’s visit to their neighbouring country in 2012-13 for a three-match ODI series. Both the teams though have been meeting at key tournaments organised by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Asian Cricket Council (ACC).However, several members from the Indian cricket fraternity have urged India to boycott the World Cup group-stage match against Pakistan, scheduled to be held on June 16 at Old Trafford, Manchester after Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility for the ghastly attack on the Indian paramilitary forces.Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh spoke out strongly against India continuing sporting ties with Pakistan and opined India have the firepower to quality for the semi-final even without meeting Pakistan in the group stages of the World Cup. Notably, all 10 teams at the World Cup play nine matches each in the group stage (single-legged round robin) and the top four will directly make the semi-final.”No bilateral matches happening from the last 10 years between India and Pakistan. India is only playing Pakistan in ICC tournaments. Now, we in the BCCI will follow further government decision on it.”BCCI CEO will follow government order, whether India has to play ICC matches with Pakistan or not. If government thinks that India should not play vs Pakistan, BCCI will definitely follow the instruction,” former BCCI vice-president Rajeev Shukla said on Indo-Pak cricket.advertisementMeanwhile, this issue will be discussed on the sidelines of the ICC meeting on February 27 in Dubai.ICC sources: There are chances that the India-Pakistan World Cup clash will be discussed on the sidelines of ICC meeting to be held in Dubai from 27th February. pic.twitter.com/Jv29VvSJNeANI (@ANI) February 20, 2019BCCI hasn’t approached the ICC over India-Pakistan World Cup tieMaintaining that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) hasn’t approached the ICC over issues surrounding the India-Pakistan clash, a BCCI source said that regardless of ICC’s ruling, the final call on the tie will be taken by the Indian government.”Situation will get clearer after some time, a little closer to the World Cup. ICC has nothing to do with it. If the government at that point in time feels we shouldn’t play, it’s obvious that we won’t play,” the source said.”But the result of that would be that Pakistan will get the points of the match & if it is final (b/w India & Pakistan), they will win the World Cup without even playing. We haven’t yet approached ICC in this regard.”The response comes a day after International Cricket Council said it does not foresee any change in the schedule of the mega event starting May 30. ICC CEO Dave Richardson told the PTI there is no such indication as of now that the match will be cancelled.”Our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by this terrible incident and we will be monitoring the situation with our Members,” Richardson said, offering his condolences on the ghastly terror attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were martyred.”There is no indication that any (of the) matches at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup will not go ahead as planned”Several state associations in the country, including Bengaluru and Rajasthan, have either removed or covered portraits of Pakistan cricketers, including that of prime minister Imran Khan, from their respective stadiums.(With inputs from Rasesh Mandani)Also Read | No indication that any of World Cup matches will not go ahead as per plan: ICC CEOAlso Read | Teach Pakistan a lesson, even if it means aar paar ki ladaai: Yuzvendra ChahalAlso See:last_img read more

RCB can still qualify for IPL 2019 playoffs: Chahal hopeful despite Mumbai defeat

first_imgRoyal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal on Monday refused to rule out their chances of reaching the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 playoffs despite losing a must-win match against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium.Virat Kohli-led RCB are rooted to the bottom of IPL 2019 points table having won only one of their first eight games of the season. The Bengaluru-based team face need to win all their remaining matches (six) if they are to stand an outside chance of qualifying for the playoffs.Only four times in the 11-year history of IPL have teams qualified for the playoffs (or the semi-finals) with 14 points after the league stages. Rajasthan Royals were the latest team to do so when they made the playoffs of IPL 2018 after winning seven matches in the group stages.RCB have 2 points from 8 matches in IPL 2019 and will reach 14 only if they win all their matches from hereon. On Monday, RCB suffered a five-wicket defeat to Mumbai Indians despite AB de Villiers and Moeen Ali smashing quickfire half-centuries.RCB’s bowling attack was found wanting once again as Mumbai gunned down a 172-run target with an over to spare. Leg-spinner Chahal was the lone bright spot in RCB’s bowling performance as he finished with figures of 2 for 27.”If we win the next six games we can qualify. Last year a team had qualified with 14 points, so still, we are in the game. You never know what will happen next,” Chahal said in Mumbai. IPL 2019 points table (After MI vs RCB on April 15)Chahal also lauded Hardik Pandya’s performance in MI’s five-wicket in. The India all-rounder held his nerves under pressure and smashed 22 runs in the 19th over of the chase bowled by left-arm spinner Pawan Negi.advertisement”The pitch was offering turn and it wasn’t easy to score against the spinners. We bowled well till the 18th over barring a couple of bad overs in the Powerplay and still there were two overs and 24 runs (22) left. We had a chance on this track but Hardik did well,” Chahal added.Excited about my maiden World Cup appearance: ChahalMeanwhile, Chahal also said he is looking forward to representing India in his maiden World Cup appearance. The in-form leggie was named in India’s 15-man squad for the quadrennial event, starting May 30 in England and Wales.”It is my first World Cup, I’m very excited for that. Everyone wants to represent the country in the World Cup, so I’m excited,” Chahal said.Also Read | Scared to bowl against Hardik Pandya at the World Cup: Lasith MalingaAlso Read | RCB didn’t bowl well in the Powerplay: Hardik Pandya after MI winAlso See:last_img read more

Riyan Parag on helicopter shot vs KKR: No MS Dhoni inspiration, didn’t even practice it

first_img17-year-old Riyan Parag has certainly made a strong impression in the limited opportunities that has come his way in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019. The Rajasthan Royals wonderkid has shown tremendous composure in crunch situations and has already played a couple of match-winning knocks in the season.On Thursday, Riyan Parag was at it again as he top-scored for Rajasthan Royals with a 31-ball 47 to help the team gun down a 176-run target against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens.In front of a 60,000-strong crowd, Riyan Parag held his nerves and wonderfully led Rajasthan’s chase after they lost their star batsmen, including captain Smith and Ben Stokes cheaply.RR got off to a flyer, thanks to Ajinkya Rahane and Sanju Samson’s aggressive approach at the top. However, KKR spinners Piyush Chawla and Sunil Narine struck in regular intervals to leave RR reeling at 98 for 5.Riyan Parag was handed an early reprieve by Sunil Narine but the youngster did well to make use of the extra opportunity and stitched a 25-run stand with Shreyas Gopal and then a 44-run stand with Jofra Archer.Riyan Parag hit two sixes and five boundaries and maintained a strike rate of over 150 in Rajasthan’s successful chase.Parag played a wide range of shots but his helicopter shot against KKR pacer Prithviraj in the 10th over has grabbed a lot of eyeballs. The teengar executed the shot that is commonly associated with MS Dhoni to perfection and fetched a boundary.However, Riyan Parag said there was no inspiration for the helicopter shot he played on Thursday from MS Dhoni and even revealed he never practiced the much-talked-about shot.advertisement”I just hi it. There’s no inspiration behind that. I have played it a few times in the state matches as well. I was waiting for a short ball but he bowled a length ball. I just went through it. There’s wasn’t any inspiration. I hadn’t prepared for it. I didn’t even practice for it,” Riyan Parag told Rajasthan pacer Varun Aaron during a candid chat for IPLT20.com.Riyan Parag was disappointed when he got out hit wicket in the 19th over of the chase. In the tense chase, Royals needed 9 runs from the last over but a calm Jofra Archer sealed the deal for the visitors with a four and then a six off the first two balls of the 20th over.Stressing that Archer and himself had spoken about being positive throughout their 44-run stand, Riyan Parag said: “As soon I played the shot, I hit the bail with my bat, I knew that I was out and I kept walking. But Archer and I were saying positive things to each other. I knew he would finish it and he did it in style.”Varun Aaron walked away with the Man of the Match award in his first match for Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2019. The India pacer bowled with a lot of steam and got the big wickets of Chris Lynn and Shubman Gill with inswingers to dent Kolkata Knight Riders early.Speaking about the knuckle ball that got Gill, Aaron said: “I have been bowling that for a while now. It came out really well today. It was an important match for us an I am glad it came out really well.”Also Read | 17-year-old Riyan Parag wins thriller for RR, KKR lose 6 in a rowAlso Read | Riyan Parag from Assam wins hearts with his runs, simplicity and GamusaAlso See:last_img read more

Really proud that everybody took initiative and responsibility: Shreyas Iyer

first_imgSumming up Delhi Capitals’ performance this season, skipper Shreyas Iyer said every player took initiative and responsibility before they fell just short of making their first ever IPL final, going down to Chennai Super Kings in Qualifier 2 in Visakhapatnam.Playing under a new name in this edition, Delhi Capitals managed to turn their fortunes around with coach Ricky Ponting and advisor Sourav Ganguly at the helm.”There are a lot of positives to talk about. At the start of the season with half of us youngsters in the team (but) Ricky, Sourav Ganguly came in and gave their views regarding how we would be going this season. Everyone was really enthusiastic to take forward from there on.”The way we started…right from the Mumbai game, Rishabh (Pant) started with a great knock and from there on every individual took responsibility. In the league phase we did amazing. Last season was really disappointing for us and the way we came out this year, everybody took that initiative and responsibility till this game,” Iyer said at the post-match press conference.Our #VIVOIPL 2019 journey comes to an end in Vizag. #CSKvDC #ThisIsNewDelhi #DelhiCapitals #IPL #IPL2019 pic.twitter.com/7UoZO7nF0IDelhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) May 10, 2019″Off the field also, we have gelled as a team and now it’s time to grow from here on. I am really proud the way we played this season. We’ve got a lot more to come next season,” he added.Delhi Capitals ended the league stage with 18 points, similar points as finalists Mumbai Indian and Chennai Super Kings. They also managed to win their Eliminator against Sunrisers Hyderabad but could not cross the Qualifier 2 hurdle against the defending champions, losing by six wickets in Visakhapatnam on Friday night.advertisementDelhi were restricted to just 147 for nine but Iyer refused to blame the pitch for their dismal show with the bat.”It was not a very difficult wicket to bat on. We had a disappointing start, losing two wickets in the powerplay, and it was hard to recover from that. I thought that if I play few balls and take time, it doesn’t matter because I can capitalise later on. And I have done that in the past. I was taking my time and I thought Imran’s over was to go for.”It was right in the slot but I just mistimed it and we started losing wickets from there again. So it was a miscalculation which happened and it was a bad day for us,” explained the captain.”But can’t really complain about the wickets. We have played a lot of our games on slow wickets, we’ve been practising a lot, even the wickets we practice on in Delhi aren’t that safe for the batsmen because they have uneven bounce. As a professional, you can’t complain about the pitch. We lost two wickets and none of the batsmen clicked at the same time. It was a bad calculation for us,” he added.Ricky Ponting was a legendary captain and now has had an extraordinary impact as coach at @DelhiCapitals !Captain Shreyas Iyer describes Ricky’s influence in a unique way #CSKvDC pic.twitter.com/tmSdgAvxdiIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 10, 2019The 24-year-old said that Delhi players were lucky to have Ponting as their coach.”Ponting is definitely a legend. Whenever he talks in the dressing room, no one has to talk after that. Because if someone does that, it’s of no use. The way he talks, it’s just like a song or a rap. He’s got that flow and he’s been doing it for 20 years.”As youngsters, we are really happy and lucky to have him as our coach. The positivity that he spreads, the freedom that he gives to every player is something out of the box. That’s what we need as youngsters. We need someone to support us and back us. That’s what we get from Ricky,” said Iyer.Also Read | We’ve found the base, now is the time to grow: Shreyas Iyer after DC exit IPL 2019last_img read more

I’ve tried to copy Smriti Mandhana since she used to wear glasses: Riyan Parag

first_img17-year-old batsman Riyan Parag, who rose to fame after he helped Rajasthan Royals beat Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in one of their fixtures in the recently concluded Indian Premier League (IPL), has admitted he admires leading woman batter Smriti Mandhana and tries to copy her style of batting.Mandhana is among the few batters Parag admires and takes inspiration from.”My dad is one of them (idols). He has to be the first one. Then there’s Sachin (Tendulkar) sir and Virat Kohli. And in women’s cricket, I’ve followed Smriti Mandhana since she used to wear glasses and play with a BAS bat. I was really young then. I love the way she times the ball and caresses it through point. I’ve tried copying that as well but it didn’t work out,” Parag said on the sidelines Red Bull Campus Cricket event in Jaipur.Perhaps, Parag is one of the few male cricketers who admit of being an ardent fan of women cricketers.He also revealed his experience of playing in the IPL. “I have learnt a lot from my first IPL stint. In IPL, you play with your idols and legends of the game. Just to share the dressing room was surreal,” Parag said.He further said that he doesn’t like to bat in the nets as he feels ‘locked’. “Actually, I hate batting in the nets. It’s just the closed environment. I feel someone has got a hold of me and I am like captured and locked.””Even before the matches, I try to hit as many sixes as possible,” he added.advertisementWhen quizzed about his most challenging moment from this year’s IPL, Parag said: “The time I felt really nervous this season was before the match against Kolkata Knight Riders. I don’t have a great record at the Eden Gardens. Before the KKR game, I’d scored nine runs in each of the three innings I’d played there. So the knock I played that day is the most special one for me this season. I feel pressure brings out my A-game,” he said.In that match, Rajasthan Royals were in serious trouble chasing 176 but Parag (47 off 31 balls) first joined forces with Shreyas Gopal and then with Jofra Archer to leave KKR fans at the Eden Gardens stunned.When asked if he reads about the comments made on social media about him, Parag said, “Yes, I do. I had this conversation with Ben Stokes after the Mumbai Indians match this season, where I did well and contributed with the bat. I asked him if he reads comments online and he said that he does no matter how he performed on the field that day.”You can’t really hide from that. If you post something on Instagram, people are going to tell you things to your face. And you’re bound to read those comments. But like I said, it’s all about keeping things simple and not thinking about it too much,” he added.Also Read | Playing for India my goal, says Riyan Parag after impressive IPL 2019Also Read | Riyan Parag to Alzarri Joseph: Youngsters who brought IPL 2019 alivelast_img read more

Shakib Al Hasan tops ICC ODI all-rounders rankings

first_imgSenior Bangladesh cricketer Shakib Al Hasan Wednesday jumped to the top of the latest MRF Tyres ICC ODI rankings for all-rounders, which doesn’t feature a single Indian in the top-10 chart.Shakib, 32, grabbed the top spot just ahead of the ODI World Cup after showcasing fine form during the tri-nation series in Ireland, which Bangladesh famously won to claim their first title in a multi-nation tournament.In the three matches of the series, Shakib totalled 140 runs, including two unbeaten half-centuries and also picked up two wickets.Shakib now has 359 points, 20 clear of Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan, the previous holder of the top ranking, who has now slipped to No. 2.Rashid’s Afghanistan team-mate Mohammad Nabi completes the top three, with 319 points.Pakistan are the only other team to have two players in the top 10, with Imad Wasim at No. 4 and Mohammad Hafeez claiming the seventh spot.They are separated by New Zealand’s Mitchell Santner (No.5) and England’s Chris Woakes, who leapfrogged four places to No. 6.West Indies captain Jason Holder is their top-ranked all-rounder at number eight spot followed by Zimbabwe’s Sikandar Raza and Angelo Mathews of Sri Lanka.England’s Ben Stokes missed out on the top 10 by one spot, finishing eight points behind Mathews.Kedar Jadhav, who is part of India’s World Cup team and is recovering from a shoulder injury, is the best-placed Indian at joint 12th spot alongside South Africa’s Andile Phehlukwayo and Moeen Ali of England.Hardik Pandya completes the top 20 list.Also Read | Opponents know what I’m capable of: Chris GayleAlso Read | Team India’s PUBG love on full show as Virat Kohli and Co. leave for 2019 World CupAlso Seeadvertisementlast_img read more

Afghanistan wicketkeeper Mohammad Shahzad ruled out of World Cup 2019

first_imgAfghanistan’s explosive opener and wicketkeeper Mohammad Shahzad has been ruled out of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 due to a knee injury.Shahzad, known for his big-hitting at the top of the order for Afghanistan, suffered the knee injury during Afghanistan’s warm-up match against Pakistan last month. While he took the field in Afghanistan’s 1st 2 matches of the World Cup against Australia and Sri Lanka, an aggravation of the knee injury has forced the 32-year-old out of the World Cup.Shahzad’s injury comes as a big blow to Afghanistan, considering the wicketkeeper-batsman has been one of their top-scorers since the 2015 World Cup with 1843 runs in 55 innings.Shahzad will be replaced by Ikram Ali Khil, an 18-year-old top-order batsman.”The ICC has confirmed that the Event Technical Committee of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 has approved Khil as a replacement player for Shahzad in the Afghanistan squad for the remainder of the tournament,” an ICC release said.Khil has only played 2 ODIs for Afghanistan so far, having made his ODI debut against Ireland in Dehradun in March 2019. He was also part of Afghanistan’s U-19 World Cup squad in 2018. He scored 185 runs in four matches.Having lost their first two matches of the tournament, Afghanistan will take on New Zealand in their 3rd match of World Cup 2019 in Taunton on June 8.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Smith, Coulter-Nile, Starc shine as Australia beat West IndiesAlso See:last_img read more