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Let your heart guide the way, Tendulkar’s advice to Kohli

LONDON Aug 10: He has “been there and done that” which is the reason why Sachin Tendulkar’s singular piece of advice for Virat Kohli is to worry less and follow his instincts. Continue reading “Let your heart guide the way, Tendulkar’s advice to Kohli”

Sourav Ganguly refutes Ravi Shastri’s 2007 Bangladesh tour punctuality story

Mumbai Aug 10: In a recent show of Breakfast with Champions, Team India head coach Ravi Shastri stressed the importance of punctuality during his cricket career and how it was of paramount importance for him. Continue reading “Sourav Ganguly refutes Ravi Shastri’s 2007 Bangladesh tour punctuality story”

BCCI case: SC dumps ‘one state one vote’ policy

NEW DELHI Aug 10: The Supreme Court on Thursday discarded the ‘one state one vote’ policy for the Maharashtra and Vidharbha cricket associations which was recommended by the Lodha panel commission. Continue reading “BCCI case: SC dumps ‘one state one vote’ policy”

Rain Washes Out Day 1 Of India vs England 2nd Test At Lord’s

LONDON Aug 10: The opening day of India vs England 2nd Test was washed out without a ball being bowled due to incessant rain at the Lord’s cricket ground. Continue reading “Rain Washes Out Day 1 Of India vs England 2nd Test At Lord’s”

Wimbledon 2018: Roger Federer Suffers Shock Quarter-Final Loss To Kevin Anderson

LONDON July 12: Roger Federer suffered a stunning Wimbledon exit as the defending champion blew a two-set lead and wasted a match point in a 2-6, 6-7 (5/7), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11 quarter-final defeat against South Africa’s Kevin Anderson on Wednesday.
Federer’s bid to win a ninth Wimbledon title came to an astonishing end as the Swiss star collapsed in a nail-biting four hour and 13-minute classic that ranks as one of the tournament’s greatest upsets.
It was Federer’s earliest departure from Wimbledon since his shock second-round defeat against Sergiy Stakhovsky in 2013. Eighth seed Anderson will play 2016 runner-up Milos Raonic or American ninth seed John Isner on Friday for a place in Sunday’s final.
“Down two sets to love I tried my best to keep fighting. Beating Roger Federer here at Wimbledon will be one I remember, especially in such a close match,” Anderson said.
“I kept telling myself to keep believing. I said today is going to be my day. You need that mindset against Roger.
“I’m ecstatic. That’s what you work so hard for. Matches like that are very special.”
For the only the second time at Wimbledon, Federer was beaten after holding a two-set lead, with his previous loss from that position coming against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the 2011 quarter-finals. The 20-time Grand Slam champion appeared to be moving towards his fifth successive Wimbledon semi-final after taking the opening two sets.
That initial burst gave Federer 34 successive sets won at Wimbledon, equalling his own record set between 2005 and 2006.
But, playing on Court One for the first time in three years, Federer was unusually error-prone and became visibly frustrated as eighth seed Anderson refused to surrender.
Anderson had failed to take a single set off Federer in their previous four meetings.
Yet once he had ended Federer’s run of holding serve for 85 consecutive games — a streak dating back to last year’s semi-final — Anderson’s confidence soared.
Deploying his huge serve to lethal effect, Anderson roared back to leave the champion’s title bid in tatters thanks to a barrage of 28 aces and 65 winners.
Anderson is the first South African man to make the last four at Wimbledon since Kevin Curren in 1983.
The 32-year-old made his maiden Grand Slam final appearance as last year’s US Open, losing to Rafael Nadal.
But his run at Wimbledon might have come as a surprise even to Anderson, who had never made it past the fourth round prior to this year and lost in the first round of the grass-court event at Queen’s Club last month.
Not since Wayne Ferreira in 1994 had a South African man made the Wimbledon quarter-finals, but Anderson wasn’t overawed by the occasion. Federer didn’t seem bothered by being away from Centre Court when he cruised through the first set in just 26 minutes.
But he lost his rhythm at the start of the second set as Anderson made his move. Federer responded, quickly breaking back before taking the set in a tie-break.
But Anderson was just getting started. He saved a match point at 4-5 when Federer missed a forehand, then broke to serve for the third set.
Federer was completely out of sorts by now and his uncharacteristic struggles on his forehand didn’t improve in the fourth set. Anderson scented blood and, out-duelling Federer time and again, he broke in the seventh game to level the match at two sets all.
Federer couldn’t convert a break point at 3-4 and as the final set headed into extra time a lone voice in the crowd, mindful of England’s imminent World Cup semi-final against Croatia, shouted out “Hurry up I need to watch the football”.
Only once before had Federer played more games at a Grand Slam and on that occasion, he prevailed 16-14 in the 2009 Wimbledon final against Andy Roddick. But this time Federer cracked, serving his first double fault at 11-11 to give Anderson the crucial break that ushered the Swiss legend to the exit door.

World Cup 2018: Mario Mandzukic Breaks England Hearts And Fires Croatia Into Final

MOSCOW July 12: Mario Mandzukic scored the winning goal deep in extra time as Croatia beat England 2-1 in an utterly gripping World Cup semi-final in Moscow on Wednesday to set up a final date with France.
The Juventus forward netted in the 109th minute to complete a remarkable comeback from a shattered Croatian team and take the small nation of little more than four million people into the World Cup final for the first time in their short history.
Kieran Trippier’s magnificent early free-kick had seemingly set England on course to reach their first final since they lifted the trophy on home soil back in 1966.
But it wasn’t to be, as Croatia came roaring back in the second half and equalised through Ivan Perisic before somehow finding the energy to win despite being taken to extra time for the third time in 10 days.
The biggest winners of the night could well be France, who have had an extra day’s rest for Sunday’s final after edging out Belgium 1-0 on Tuesday.
That will not matter too much right now for Croatia, who are the smallest nation to make it to the final since Uruguay back in 1950.
England had been the ones hoping to make history, in what was their first appearance in the semi-finals in 28 years.
Then they were beaten on penalties by West Germany. Having ended their famous penalty curse by beating Colombia in a shootout in the last 16, they might have fancied repeating here.
But Croatia, having won on penalties against Denmark and Russia in the last two rounds, saw the game out, dousing the World Cup dream of Gareth Southgate’s side that had gone from the improbable to the possible over the last month in Russia.
Southgate stuck with the same starting line-up as that which eased past Sweden in the quarter-finals, while Inter Milan’s Marcelo Brozovic replaced Andrej Kramaric in the Croatian line-up.
They were looking to the inspirational Luke Modric to control the game, but instead it was he who gave away the early free-kick from which Trippier put England ahead.
It was a fantastic curling effort from 25 yards from the Tottenham Hotspur full-back, and England’s first goal direct from a free-kick at the World Cup since David Beckham against Ecuador in 2006.
England could not have imagined a better start.
Croatia were stunned, and Ivan Rakitic, usually so accomplished, was especially off his game.
Zlatko Dalic’s side did gradually grow into the contest, but they could still be relieved to go in at half-time only one goal down, especially as Harry Kane was denied by a combination of goalkeeper Danijel Subasic and the woodwork on the half-hour mark.
Croatia hung on and it was to their immense credit that they turned the tide after the break in what developed into an epic encounter.
Shooting towards the end of the Luzhniki Stadium where most of their fans were gathered, they equalised in the 68th minute, as Sime Vrsaljko crossed from the right and Perisic stole in front of the stooping Kyle Walker to score with his left foot.
Having looked so comfortable earlier, England’s young side were rattled, and they were lucky not to go behind soon after as Perisic sent a low shot across Jordan Pickford and off the far post.
Unable to get the second goal while they were on top, Croatia were forced into extra time again.
Vrsaljko cleared a John Stones header away from in front of the line, but England had Pickford to thank for a brilliant save as Mandzukic connected with a devilish Perisic cross.
It was a wonder the Juventus forward did not break a limb as Pickford crunched into him.
He managed to carry on after treatment, and he was on hand to sweep the ball low past Pickford after Perisic’s header back into the area caught the England defence on the hop to finally decide a brilliant contest.

India can be ranked number One if they beat England 3-0

LONDON July 11: After a 2-1 victory in the Twenty20 International (T20I) series, India will set their eye to clinch the top spot in the ICC One-Day International (ODI) rankings in the three-match series slated to get underway from July 12 at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. The equation will not be easy for India as they would have to whitewash England 3-0 in the series to climb on top of the ODI charts.
England currently top the chart — a notch above India, with 6,053 points and 126 rating from 48 matches. India have 5,492 points and 122 rating from 45 outings.
England, bolstered by their previous ODI series whitewash on Australia, will be keen on carrying the winning momentum against India into the forthcoming 50-over series. England had blasted a world record total of 481/6 in the third ODI against India.
England skipper Eoin Morgan, who had admitted post the last T20I against India that his said his side was 20-30 runs short and blamed the death-overs’ batting collapse for the score, will hope that his side will put up a better show in the forthcoming ODI series.
“We were probably 20-30 runs short. 225 or 235 would have been more of a difficult chase (on the Bristol ground). India never really got away from us, but we struggled to take wickets,” said Morgan.

World Cup 2018, Croatia vs England: Three Key Battles In Semi-Final Today

MOSCOW July 11: Youth faces experience when England’s young guns and Croatia’s old guard face off in Wednesday’s World Cup semi-final in Moscow, with the prize of a return trip to the Luzhniki Stadium for the final. England have not reached the last four for 28 years and have only once before reached the final, when they won the World Cup on home soil in 1966. Croatia have never gone beyond the semis, but after matching the achievements of their much-revered 1998 side, a richly talented generation’s luck may have turned in time to land the biggest prize in football.
Jordan Henderson v Luka Modric
Just over six weeks on from Liverpool’s defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League final, Henderson has his chance to exact revenge on Modric and extend his incredible run of 30 matches without defeat in an England shirt – the longest unbeaten run for any player in England’s history.
Henderson’s leadership, discipline and distribution as Gareth Southgate’s deepest-lying midfielder has been key to allowing Jesse Lingard and Dele Alli to get forward and score goals in Russia.
However, that midfield faces its toughest test yet with Modric in the form of his life at 32.
Modric has played defence-splitting passes, scored goals and dictated the rhythm of the game during three man-of-the-match performances in the four games he has completed at the World Cup.
After a third Champions League success in as many years, Modric has even been touted as a Ballon d’Or candidate should Croatia go all the way.
Harry Kane v Dejan Lovren
Facing the tournament’s top scorer brings back bad memories for Lovren. The Liverpool defender was replaced after just half an hour into a 4-1 defeat by Tottenham in October after being run ragged by Kane.
It was a performance that many believed would end Lovren’s career at Anfield. But he fought to win back Jurgen Klopp’s confidence at club level and has marshalled a Croatian defence that shut down Lionel Messi and Argentina in the group stages.
In total, Kane has scored five times in five meetings with Lovren and will look to seal the Golden Boot by adding to his six goals already at the World Cup.
Kieran Trippier v Ivan Perisic
Trippier has been one of the breakout stars of the World Cup. Nicknamed the “Bury Beckham” for the similarities in the quality of his crossing to the former England captain, Trippier is rivalling Neymar and Kevin De Bruyne for creating the greatest number of chances at the tournament so far.
Southgate’s 3-5-2 system with another natural right-back, Kyle Walker, in the back three has allowed Trippier to get forward at every opportunity. But his defensive capabilities will be examined up against Perisic.
The Inter Milan winger has scored five times in his past 11 appearances at major international tournaments and is the one player in the Croatian attack with the pace to stretch the England defence.

World Cup 2018: France beat Belgium to enter finals

MOSCOW July 11: Samuel Umtiti headed France into the World Cup final in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday with a 1-0 win, consigning Belgium’s ‘golden generation’ to another bitter disappointment.
France’s own supremely talented young squad will aim to make amends for defeat on home soil in the final of Euro 2016 in Sunday’s showpiece against England or Croatia.
In a World Cup replete with set-piece goals, a corner again proved decisive when Umtiti timed his run perfectly to meet Antoine Griezmann’s delivery six minutes into the second half.
France were thankful for fine saves from goalkeeper Hugo Lloris either side of half-time. Belgium’s Kevin De Bruyne warned Kylian Mbappe was ready to take the world by storm on the eve of the game and the most expensive teenager in the history of football showed why inside the first 60 seconds.
He skipped past Jan Vertonghen with ease and only a last-ditch tackle by Vincent Kompany prevented Griezmann from latching onto his cross.
Thibaut Courtois rushed from his goal just in time to save Vertonghen again from Mbappe’s pace on 12 minutes, but it was Belgium who started the better in possession.
One of the Red Devils’ many French connections was the biggest danger as Eden Hazard, who began his career with Lille in Ligue 1, pulled the first attempt of goal just beyond the far post.
The Chelsea forward’s next effort was arrowing into the top corner until it flicked off Raphael Varane’s head and deflected just over.
Lloris and Courtois played a huge part their sides’ quarter-final wins and it was only thanks to two of the best ‘keepers in the world the game remained goalless at half-time.
First, Lloris flew to his right to turn Toby Alderweireld’s shot on the turn behind.
At the other end, Mbappe demonstrated the subtler side to his game to play in Benjamin Pavard, but Courtois used his massive 6ft 5ins (199 centimetre) frame to deny the Stuttgart full-back his second goal of the tournament.
Didier Deschamps’ men ended the opening period on top, but again Olivier Giroud looked short of confidence as the focal point of the French attack. Giroud has not scored in eight games and is yet to even have a shot on target in Russia.
His best chance arrived via more good work from Mbappe with a cushioned cross, but the Chelsea striker could only slice horribly wide on his favoured left foot.
Giroud did at least have a part to play in the decisive opener as, after his shot was deflected wide, Griezmann’s corner was flicked in at the near post by Umtiti.
Once in front, France had even more space to exploit Mbappe’s pace, but it was a majestic piece of skill that nearly created a second with a backheel that again freed Giroud only for Mousa Dembele to block.
Roberto Martinez introduced an extra attacker in Dries Mertens in an attempt to turn the tide and he nearly had an immediate impact as his cross was headed inches wide by Marouane Fellaini.
That was as close as Belgium came to taking the game to extra-time, though, as Lloris parried a long-range piledriver from Axel Witsel.
But for Courtois, France’s margin of victory would have been even greater as he made saves from Griezmann and Corentin Tolisso in stoppage time.
For the generation of Hazard, De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku, beating Brazil in the quarter-finals was meant to be the breakthrough on route to winning a major tournament.
Instead, it proved to be another false dawn as France march on to Moscow.

Joe Root Says England Won First Test Despite Not Being At Their Best

LONDON Aug 9: England skipper Joe Root has said that their victory in the seesawing first Test, despite being “not at our best”, has energised the hosts with confidence as they prepare to take on India at Lord’s on Thursday. Continue reading “Joe Root Says England Won First Test Despite Not Being At Their Best”