India vs Australia: Rohit Sharma equals Sourav Ganguly’s record for 22 ODI hundreds

first_imgIndia vs Australia 1st ODI (Full scorecard): Australia (288/5) beat India (254/9) by 34 runs to take 1-0 lead in 3-match series. Rohit Sharma (133), MS Dhoni (51), Richardson (4/26)Rohit Sharma scored his 22nd ODI hundred and 7th hundred against Australia during the first ODI at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Playing his 194th ODI, Rohit was under pressure when India lost Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and Ambati Rayudu within the first four overs of their 289-run chase.Rohit Sharma was slow to begin with. But he had an able ally in MS Dhoni, who was under pressure after an ordinary 2018 when he scored only 275 runs from 20 ODIs. Rohit had returned home after scoring a fine half-century against Australia in the Boxing Day Test to be with his wife Ritika for the birth of their daughter Samaira.Rohit tried heroically but his 133 was not enough as India lost the first ODI to Australia by 34 runsIndia vs Australia 1st ODI in Sydney – Live Score”Daddy” Hundred for Hitman@ImRo45 brings up his 22nd ODI ton off 110 deliveries #AUSvIND (@BCCI) January 12, 2019Rohit Sharma is now joint third in the list for most ODI hundreds for India. Ganguly retired with 22 hundreds from 311 matches. Sachin Tendulkar (49)has the most ODI hundreds by any batsman followed by Virat Kohli with 38.Rohit Sharma is now second in the list of most hundreds scored in India-Australia ODIs. Sachin Tendulkar heads the list with 9 hundreds while Ricky Ponting is third with six hundreds.Even as Dhawan, Kohli and Rayudu failed, Rohit looked determined at the othe end and got off the mark with a huge six. He unleashed a few more of his patent strokes to intimidate Australia who were on fire after reducing India to 4 for 3. But Rohit Sharma loves feasting on the Australian bowling attack.advertisementBefore the Sydney ODI, Rohit had scored 6 hundreds including a double hundred against the Aussies from 28 ODIs. During the course of his innings, Rohit also became the third highest run-scorer in India-Australia ODIs.Sachin Tendulkar heads the list with 3077 runs while Ricky Ponting is second with 2164 runs. Rohit Sharma is now followed by Adam Gilchrist (1622) and Matthew Hayden (1450).This is a dream start to the New Year for Rohit Sharma, who became a father only a few days back. In 2018, he was the second highest run-scorer in one-day internationals behind Virat Kohli. Last year, Rohit had scored 1030 runs and 5 hundreds from 19 ODIs.In 2018, Rohit Sharma had also captained India in the Nidahas Trophy and Asia Cup when Virat Kohli was rested. India won both tournaments.Several experts were aghast when Rohit Sharma was omitted from the two-Test series against the West Indies at home. But his consistency in limited-overs cricket forced the selectors to include him for the four-Test series in Australia where he scored his first Test fifty outside Asia since 2015.Also Read | MS Dhoni hits 1st ODI fifty since December 2017Also Read | Rayudu comes on to bowl, questions raised on the legality of his actionAlso Read | MS Dhoni 5th batsman to score 10,000 ODI runs for Indialast_img read more

Antoine Griezmann strike helps Atletico Madrid edge past Levante in La Liga

first_imgAntoine Griezmann proved to be Atletico Madrid’s decisive figure yet again as the Frenchman struck the only goal in a 1-0 win at home to Levante on Sunday which kept Diego Simeone’s side in touch with La Liga leaders Barcelona.Griezmann smashed home from the penalty spot in the 57th minute to score for the fifth consecutive game in all competitions after Levante midfielder Nikola Vukcevic was penalised for handball in the area.Levante, who were perhaps feeling the effects of beating Barcelona 2-1 on Thursday the Copa del Rey, produced a scrappy display but had one chance to level when Jose Luis Morales was played in. However, the forward’s shot bounced off the chest of Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak.Atletico dominated the first half without creating too many chances and thought they had taken the lead when Koke netted in the 10th minute but the goal was disallowed for a foul by midfielder Rodri after a video assistant referee (VAR) review.We won’t get bored of hearing you play guitar, @AntoGriezmann!#AúpaAtleti #AtletiLevanteético de Madrid (@atletienglish) January 13, 2019Simeone was forced to field usual right back Juanfran on the left of defence due to personnel shortages and the Argentine coach suffered yet another injury setback in defence when centre back Stefan Savic had to be substituted early in the game.The win took second-placed Atletico on to 38 points after 19 games, two points behind pace setters Barcelona who host Eibar later on Sunday.advertisementDespite the narrow scoreline, Simeone said he thought his side had played well and explained why he rushed on to the pitch to embrace his players when the fulltime whistle came.Our club member number 125,000, Laura López Cruz, alongside club legend Marcelino, presented @AntoGriezmann with the award for @LaLigaEN’s Best Player for December ahead of the #AtletiLevante game! #AúpaAtletiético de Madrid (@atletienglish) January 13, 2019″It was one of our best displays this season, along with (the 2-0 win over) Borussia Dortmund. We always were looking to take the game to our opponents and kept pressing high. We had to overcome the ruled out goal and Savic’s injury and we reset ourselves, against a very good team,” Simeone said.”When players give their lives on the pitch like they did today it makes me emotional. Today was a day to give everyone a hug because they all made a huge effort.”last_img read more

We all make mistakes: Former umpire Simon Taufel on Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul controversy

first_imgAustralian umpiring great Simon Taufel on Monday backed under-fire cricketers Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul, calling for the issue to be handled with care as everyone makes mistakes and it is important to learn from them.Chastised from every corner for their alleged “misogynistic” comments about women on a television show, the tainted pair have been suspended by the BCCI and have returned home midway from the tour of Australia to explain themselves.In the city as the special guest for a local cricket league — the Silver Oak Estate Cricket League — Taufel was asked about his opinion on the issue that has taken the nation by storm.”I knew this question was going to come up. Look what I would say in every team and in every business and every sport, is that good people make a good team. And that we all make mistakes from time to time. We all learn as we go,” Taufel, 47, told reporters at the Press Club.”Although, I didn’t see the show, I have read little bit of press about some of the complaints. I have made plenty of mistakes in my career and I have learnt along the way.”These players may have made some mistakes with some of the things that they have said. But they too will learn and all the other players and all the other people that have seen this event will also learn,” he added. Considering the duo’s career ahead, Taufel cautioned that the issue should be handled carefully and hoped that they would learn from their mistakes and become better persons.”So I think we really need to be careful about being overly critical. People do make mistakes but if we learn from those and we are genuine about wanting to do better, and commit to doing better then that’s a good thing,” he said.”These players have got their careers to get through like you make a mistake in the first ball but you still got the day to get through.”And I am sure they have got some good people around them and some good advice. I am sure they will come out of this okay and they will get through it. If they are genuine and they learn from that, I think they will become better as a result,” he added.Taufel, who stood in 74 Tests, beginning at the young age of 29, also lavished praise on Virat Kohli, while singling out an innings in the 2012 CB series against Sri Lanka in Hobart where the Indian captain made an unbeaten 133.”Every shot in the innings was in the middle of the bat. He was almost faultless,” said Taufel, who also stood in 174 ODIs and 34 T20Is.Taufel added that Kohli has now found out how to bring the best out of him and he is now comfortable in being who he is.”Virat’s now finding or has found what it takes to be a good leader. He grew up idolising Sachin Tendulkar and under the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni.”They have had a huge impact on his career. But Virat Kohli is his own man. He has found out what it takes to be the best Virat Kohli he can be,” he added.Taufel, who hails from Sydney, was adjudged the ICC ‘Umpire of the Year’ each year between 2004 and 2008.At present, Taufel said he spends time delivering keynote lectures when in India as he is passionate about training and education in the country.”It’s very important that we invest in training and we invest in education. Because it is about the person as much as it is about the player,” he said.advertisementAlso Read | How Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul got into trouble for Koffee with Karan: A timelineAlso Read | Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul tender unconditional apology to BCCI’s show cause noticeAlso Read | Sreesanth backs Hardik, Rahul: Others have made bigger mistakes but are still playinglast_img read more

Glad Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul’s suspensions were lifted: Rahul Dravid

first_imgFormer India captain Rahul Dravid has said he is happy that Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul’s suspensions over their controversial remarks on Koffee With Karan is lifted and that it’s time to move on.Dravid, who had coached both Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul at some stages in their careers, pointed out that the two cricketers have already suffered a lot, “publicly” and stressed the importance of not overreacting to such situations.Dravid’s comments come after Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul’s suspensions were provisionally lifted on Thursday pending the appointment of an ombudsman for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul’s international careers were thrown in limbo after the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) were unable to decide on the quantum of punishment. Pandya and Rahul were sent back home from Australia wherein the duo missed a three-match ODI series. They were initially expected to miss the whole of the ongoing five-match ODI series in New Zealand but the BCCI had lifted their suspensions after the first ODI in Napier.Pandya left for New Zealand on Friday to join Team India, who are currently featuring in the second ODI of the series in Mount Maunganui.”I am glad the suspension has been lifted. There is an inquiry in process which must be completed,” Dravid told ESPNCricinfo.The former India captain added: “No one is brushing this under the carpet. The players have been the first people to admit that they made a mistake. They already have suffered a lot publicly.advertisement”It is time to move on. We also need to ensure we don’t overreact. At no stage are you condoning their action or the behaviour.”Clearly when you are representing India you need to be a bit careful with your public views and comments that you make because it might be completely inappropriate to a lot of people.”Having said that it is important to recognise and realise that sometimes these things can happen. Sportspersons and public figures can make mistakes. It is part of learning and growing up.”Don’t feel the interview fully reflected Hardik and Rahul: DravidDravid also opined that both Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul can still be role models to the younger generation and he hoped the recent episode be the much-needed catalyst the two cricketers need to realise their potential fully.”I somehow just don’t feel that interview truly reflected the players. Hopefully they will come back better and stronger from this. I will say honestly, I do believe that both of them have not yet achieved their obvious potential that they both have, and maybe this might be the catalyst that would lead them to reflect and help them reach the level and potential they can achieve in all forms of the game. If they can do that they can certainly be role models,” Dravid added.Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul are facing a lot of backlash for their borderline sexist and racist comments during the popular television show, hosted by filmmaker Karan Johar.While KL Rahul will play for India A against the England Lions in the ongoing unofficial one-dayers, Pandya is in good touch to resume international cricket straightaway, according to his mentor, Kiran More.”When I was working with him in my academy in Baroda, I saw him hitting the ball cleanly. I asked him how he had managed to retain that touch. He told me, ‘Sir, I hit a thousand balls in Australia when I was removed.’ That’s the way to do it,” former India wicketkeeper and Hardik’s mentor Kiran More told India Today.Also Read | Sourav Ganguly on Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul: They made a mistake because they are humanAlso Read | I hit 1000 balls in Australia when they suspended me: Hardik Pandya told mentor Kiran MoreAlso Read | Hardik, Rahul were gracious when I apologised: Karan JoharAlso See:last_img read more

IPL 2019: Dinesh Karthik lauds KKR’s clinical effort with ball and bat

first_imgKolkata Knight Riders captain Dinesh Karthik Sunday praised his players for their all-round clinical effort in his side’s eight-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals in an IPL match but said they need to improve in certain aspects.”It was a pretty clinical effort, the bowlers bowled well and the batsmen backed it up well too,” Karthik said after the win.”In India, you get to play on a lot of slow surfaces and you need to adapt to them. We need to improve in a few situations, but that’s always the case,” he added.Asked about his side’s debutant Harry Gurney pacer who took two wickets for 25 runs, Karthik said, “Well Harry (Gurney) is a true professional, he’s played in leagues all over the world.”Gurney, on his part, said, “It was a pitch that suited my cutter options, so a nice one to make my debut on. I work hard on my variations and on my yorker and it is nice to have them in tough situations, although I didn’t use it much tonight.”I am working on a knuckle ball but I don’t think it’ll be ready during the IPL, maybe somewhere in the English summer.”KKR opener Chris Lynn, who scored 50, said, “I rode my luck again. But we knew we had to go hard in the powerplay. It slowed up as the innings progressed. It was a nice powerplay and we were in cruise control after that.”On the ball which he inside-edged but did not dislodge the bail after hitting the leg stump, he said, “I nicked it, so I thought I was gone one way or the other. It happens in T20 cricket.advertisementDebutant @gurneyhf is awarded the Man of the Match award for his bowling figures of 2/25 #RRvKKR IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 7, 2019″Unbelievable (batting from Narine). He has done it for a couple of years now. We don’t talk too much. Just keep it simple. I am traditionally a slow starter. It is a long tournament, we are building nicely with important wins.”Rajasthan Royals captain Ajinkya Rahane rued that his side were short by 10-20 runs.”I think on this wicket 150-160 would have been good. We had runs on the board and a slower wicket. But, I don’t think we bowled to our plans. Lots of learning from this game though. Such things happen in cricket, we need to learn from our mistakes,” he said.”I think we should focus on playing good cricket and improve in the upcoming games. The wicket was going to be slow and we knew that, so we thought it was the right time to give him (Midhun) a game today.”Also Read | Unbelievable! Lynn in awe of Narine as openers fire KKR to IPL 2019 top spotAlso Read | Kolkata Knight Riders crush Rajasthan Royals to become table topperslast_img read more

Thalapathy 63: Varsha Bollamma of 96 fame joins Vijay-Atlee film

first_imgRemember Parbha (Varsha Bollamma), the pretty young student of Ram (Vijay Sethupathi), from the film 96? Varsha won many hearts with her brief role in 96, and now, she has bagged a role in Vijay’s upcoming film with director Atlee.Tentatively titled Thalapathy 63, the upcoming film is a sports film with Vijay playing the role of a football coach. Varsha is set to play a football player in the film, which will also star Induja and Reba Monica as her teammates.Thalapathy 63 is being shot on a huge budget and has Nayanthara in the female lead role. Yogi Babu, Jackie Shroff and Yogi Babu are other actors, who are part of the upcoming film.Huge sets of a football stadium have been constructed in the outskirts of Chennai and Varsha has joined the crew for the shooting.It is rumoured that Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan is also playing a role in the film but no official statement has been made regarding the rumours.ALSO SEE: Mishap on Vijay’s Thalapathy 63 sets in Chennai leaves electrician Selvaraj seriously injuredALSO SEE: Katrina Kaif brings in Christmas cheer early with Zero co-star Anushka SharmaALSO WATCH: Engagement, haldi and garland-exchange visuals from Virat-Anushka weddinglast_img read more

BJP opposes burqa ban demand by Shiv Sena

first_imgAn MP and national spokesperson of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), GVL Narsimha Roa, on Wednesday opposed the demand to ban burqa in public places across the country called by the Shiv Sena, saying there’s “no need for India to ban” burqa.Union Minister Ramdas Athawale, an ally of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), also differed with the Sena’s demand saying not all burqa-clad women are terrorists.”Not all women who wear burqa are terrorists, if they are terrorists their burqa should be removed. It’s a tradition and they have the right to wear it, there shouldn’t be a ban on burqa in India,” Athawale said.However, BJP leader Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur agreed with the Sena’s demand and said that such decisions have to be taken for national interest.”Some decisions like these have to be taken for national interest. We have to follow the rules during checking at the airport,” she said.The Sena in its mouthpiece Saamna, asked Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi to follow Sri Lanka’s footsteps and ban burqa in public places across India as it poses a threat to national security.It said that the ban – something similar which the party has proposed in the past — “has already come in Ravana’s (Sri) Lanka, when will it be implemented in Ram’s Ayodhya — this is our question to (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi.””This restriction has been recommended as an emergency measure to ensure the security forces do not encounter difficulties in identifying anybody. People wearing face-masks or burqas could pose a threat to national security,” the Sena said in its editorial.advertisementThe Sena also said “no Mahatma Phules or Shahu Maharajs” were born among the Muslims nor were allowed to become, which has worked to the advantage of whimsical elements like Shahabuddin, Azam Khan, Owaisi brothers and Abu Asim Azmi.Shia Waqf Board chairman Wasim Rizvi also opposed the demand saying, “This is an irresponsible and unconstitutional demand . It’s up to the Muslim women whether they want to wear Burqa or not.””This work will require as much daring as a ‘surgical strike.’ The Sri Lankan President had done it by overnight banning burqa or veils or face-covers of any types in all public places. This is a work of great courage and restraint exhibited by (Sri Lanka) President Maithripala Sirisena,” lauded the Sena.It accused that many Muslims have not understood the true meaning of their religion (Islam) and they have confused it with traditions and customs like burqa, polygamy, triple talaq and resistance to family planning, the edit added.”When any voice is raised against these practices, immediately there are cries of ‘Islam is in danger’, and it seems religion takes precedence over nationalism among Muslims. Muslim women have been sporting burqas/veils under the wrong impression that it is a Quranic tenet,” the Sena said.It pointed out that there have been bans on both burqas for women and beards for men even in Muslim countries like Turkey in the past, especially when Kamal Pasha suspected that these were being misused for carrying out anti-national activities, “proving (burqa-beard) are basically not linked with Islam”.The Sena said the country (Sri Lanka) which has just been liberated from the LTTE’s terror is now in the grip of Islamic terror like India, and others like the UK, France, New Zealand.But it lamented that the kind of tough measures being adopted by other countries were still lacking here especially since areas like Jammu and Kashmir were being destroyed by the same Islamic terrorists.(With inputs from Nelanshu Shukla and IANS)READ | Shiv Sena asks PM Modi to ban burqa in IndiaALSO READ | Hindu Sena wants Home Ministry to ban burqa, nikab to prevent terror attacksALSO WATCH | Modi in Ayodhya, Smriti Irani jibe at Priyanka Gandhi, morelast_img read more

Women’s T20 Challenge good opportunity for youngsters: Mithali Raj

first_imgTerming it a ‘step ahead’, Mithali Raj feels the Women’s T20 Challenge will provide a platform to young cricketers to rub shoulders with the best in the business.Indian woman cricket team stars Mithali Raj, Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana will captain the three sides — Velocity, Supernovas and Trailblazers, respectively — in the T20 Challenge that begins here on Monday.Four matches will be played among the three teams at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium with Supernovas taking on Trailblazers in the tournament opener. Compared with last year’s lone exhibition match, the 2019 edition is a marked improvement. “It is a step ahead,” Mithali Raj said at the pre-tournament press conference.”It offers an opportunity for our young players in domestic cricket to interact with some of the best in the world. When you get at least two games, you can field several youngsters. Competing with overseas players could benefit them,” said Mithali Raj, the highest run-getter in women’s international cricket.The India captain hoped by the next year there would be a full-fledged league. “We must understand that to start something different, we need to start small. Last year, we had just one game and this year they have added one more team and it’s a one-leg tournament. Maybe by the next year we might have a league.”The 36-year-old batswoman said the onus was on players to do well and they must ensure that.”Currently, it’s like testing waters as we need to see how people reciprocate and how teams perform. It’s important for us to perform well to grab eyeballs and attract more people to watch our matches. That will, probably, encourage the BCCI or the franchises to come forward to start a proper league,” Mithali Raj said.advertisementOpener Mandhana, captain of Trailblazers and the No. 1 batswoman in the ICC Women’s ODI rankings, said it would give seniors chance to play with juniors and see what they had got to offer ahead of the T20 World Cup in February 2020.”It’s an ideal opportunity for seniors, like us, to play with younger players. With the T20 World Cup just 10 months away, we could assess which players would perform well under pressure,” Mandhana said.Dashing batswoman Harmanpreet lauded the selection of venue. “It has improved a lot since we last played here four-five years ago,” she said. “The wicket looks good for T20 cricket. We have seen teams making good scores in the IPL,” she said.The tournament will also see big names from around the world with players from England, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, West Indies and Bangladesh taking part in it.The final is on May 11.Also Read | Overseas players keen on Women’s IPLAlso Read | Australian Claire Polosak becomes first woman to umpire men’s ODIsAlso Seelast_img read more

A questionable flag on the XP block

first_imgThis is, um, pretty late….If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img

Cowboys Offer Scholarship to Kelby Wickline, Son of former OSU Coach

first_imgFormer Oklahoma State offensive line coach Joe Wickline was regarded as one of the best coaches at the position during his tenure at OSU, so it should come as no surprise that his son, Kelby, has developed into a Div. I prospect at the position.According to a tweet that was shared by Kelby himself, OSU has extended a scholarship offer to Kelby this week. Kelby began his career at UTSA in 2015, and is now a 2017 prospect playing for Jones County Junior College.He has offers reported on the 247sports recruiting website from Missouri, Iowa State, Cal, Kansas, Kentucky, SMU, Southern Miss, TCU, UAB, Western Kentucky, and West Virginia.Wickline originally joined the WVU program earlier in May of this year, before heading to junior college. A 6-foot-5, 275-pound prospect, Kelby is a highly sought after offensive lineman and with OSU’s connections, should be an interesting recruitment to follow.His father, Joe Wickline, who is now the offensive coordinator for West Virginia, coached the offensive line at Oklahoma State under Mike Gundy. So the timing for the offer, with the Mountaineers travelling to Stillwater this weekend, is pretty interesting as well. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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