first_imgMauro Icardi and Barcelona tried to make it work. The Rosario-born striker, who had moved to the Canary Islands at the age of nine, signed with the Catalan club’s youth ranks in 2008 – the same year a certain other Argentine from Rosario, Lionel Messi, donned the senior squad’s No.10 shirt for the first time.However, despite his undeniable quality, Icardi failed to follow in his countryman’s footsteps and become a star at Barcelona. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The young attacker would soon come to realise that in order to succeed in the professional ranks, he had to look beyond Camp Nou, the very pitch on which he will lead out Inter as club captain on Wednesday evening.There was a time, however, when the forward was one of the pearls of La Masia – or rather should have been.When he joined up with Cadet A, they were blessed with one of the most talented teams in the youth academy’s history. And one that played with heart.“There are not many generations from La Masia that have been so united over time. We spent a lot of weeks together in Ibiza,” Ivan Balliu, currently turning out in Metz’s backline in Ligue 2, tells  Goal . Icardi had joined a team that was more like a family.“The competition was healthy,” Balliu says. “In grassroots football they always give you opportunities and we tried to take advantage of them when they arrived.”Icardi, though, faced more obstacles than most.Firstly, as Oriol Romeu, a fellow Barca graduate now at Southampton, recalls, the Argentine was quite a reserved character and didn’t integrate well.“He was always covered by his family,” the midfielder says. “He only had a small connection with us.” La Masia bedroomDespite his struggles to integrate, though, Icardi has fond memories of his time in Catalunya. “We’ve met a few times since then,” Romeu adds, “And we always talk about Barcelona.” Proof that the striker was steeped in the values of La Masia, even if his situation was more complicated than the rest.“He didn’t have the same multi-faceted profile like most of the other strikers that we had in La Masia, but he knew how to hold the ball and he was a great goalscorer,” says Balliu.“How well he played in terms of his direct game was a given, and he could fight well with central defenders.”These characteristics, however, “were not exactly what was required of a front man in order to fit the [Barca] model.”Journalist Jaume Marcet points out that Icardi “was of the penalty-box striker archetype, an excellent goalscorer with a great air game, very different from the others at that time.“He wasn’t a player who participated in the build-up; he used to be isolated and disconnected.”Marcet adds, though, that “he is one of the best players I’ve seen in the formative football of Barcelona.”Mauro Icardi, InterEven so, “He did not look completely comfortable in the game. He didn’t link between the lines or fall in behind. He offered a more static profile and, at that time, he was asked for mobility that he simply didn’t have.”To make matters worse, Messi began playing as a ‘false nine’ under Pep Guardiola’s orders during Icardi’s second season at the club. Barca’s other teams followed this practice, making Icardi’s game even less suited to the Blaugrana’s new philosophy.According to Marcet, the coaches at La Masia asked their forwards to “drop off down the middle to receive the ball, offer more things than mere shots on goal”.Icardi suffered as a consequence.“Maybe he wasn’t prepared to take on these tasks because he had different characteristics,” Marcet says.Indeed, before his final season as a Barca player, in 2010-11, Zlatan Ibrahimovic found himself in a similar situation in Guardiola’s first team and decided to return to Italy to link up with AC Milan.Icardi essentially followed suit in January 2011, joining Sampdoria on loan for the second half of the season.He would not return, not as a Barca player anyway, as the Genoa club paid the €400,000 required to make the deal permanent in the summer of 2011.The rest, as they say, is history.last_img read more

first_imgChandigarh, Apr 11(PTI) Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani today promised a slew of investment initiatives for the development of Punjab across a wide spectrum of sectors. These included free WiFi to government educational and health institutions, employment for youth, and training of sportspersons for the forthcoming Tokyo Olympics. Ambani extended these offerings to the state government during a meeting with a Punjab government delegation at Mumbai, an official release said here.The delegation, led by Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal and Irrigation & Power Minister Rana Gurjit Singh, held a series of meetings with top industry leaders, including Ambani, Hinduja Group Director Shom Ashok Hinduja, and Larsen & Tourbo (L&T) Director & Executive Vice President (Power and Heavy Engg. & Defence) Shailendra N Roy.During his meeting with the state delegation, the RIL chairman emphasised the need for steps to boost the earnings of farmers, besides providing jobs for youth.Acting on a request from the state government, Ambani agreed to provide free WiFi connectivity in all government schools, colleges and health institutions.Disclosing details of the meeting, the release said the two sides agreed on initiating bio mass energy development in the state on a big scale, apart from promotion of sports and its infrastructure.The company has offered to adopt some players from Punjab to train and groom them for the Tokyo Olympics.RIL will also support the state government in its efforts to revive the farm to fork project in order to boost agricultural production in the state.advertisementMeanwhile, Larsen & Tourbo (L&T) Director & Executive Vice President (Power and Heavy Engg. & Defence) Shailendra N Roy expressed his company?s desire to further strengthen their Punjab connect through massive investments in the state, particularly in infrastructure projects.The delegation promised the state government?s full support and cooperation to the company for expanding its ongoing projects, as well as future projects in Punjab.Hinduja, during his meeting with the delegation, showed interest in providing skill development to youth and promotion of renewable energy development in the state.The Finance Minister urged the Hindujas to set up a manufacturing/assembly unit for their trucks in Punjab.The company said it was looking to diversify into manufacturing of defence vehicles and promised to explore the possibility of setting up a facility at Punjab for the same.The Finance Minister urged the company to work on improving fuel efficiencies of their tractors and other vehicles as a step towards boosting efficiencies and incomes of the farmers.A roundtable discussion also saw several key business leaders discuss investment possibilities in Punjab. PTI VJ GS MRlast_img read more

first_imgOne of the biggest names in the wrestling industry, Randy Orton, completed 15 years in WWE this week. Once known as the ‘Legend Killer’, Orton has come a long way since he first starter back in 2002 and became the youngest world heavyweight champion by defeating Chris Benoit at Summerslam two years later.Orton is still going as strong as ever even after winning 13 World Championship titles during his illustrious career. Ahead of a busy week, Orton reflected upon the past 15 years and what his journey has been like in the industry.How does it feel? It feels like, “Where did the time go?” to be honest. I’ve been around a long time, and it seemed for the longest time like I was the young guy. Now, all of a sudden, I’ve got fans with beards telling me, “I used to watch you when I was a kid.” So, I don’t know what happened to all those years, man, but the little bit I do remember? It was definitely a fun ride,” Orton told WWE in an interview.Orton was in his early twenties when he made his debut in WWF (World Wrestling Federation back in 2002). His debut match was against Hardcore Holly in Smackdown where Orton managed to stun everybody and defeat the veteran wrestler through pinfall. Orton became an overnight sensation after that and was an instant hit with the crowd thanks to his antics in the ring.”I was only 21 or 22 when I had my first match. It was mostly just nerves. I was a good enough athlete and had been trained by good enough people that I had a good sense of what I was doing, but I didn’t have any confidence in what I was doing yet. I was still very young. You’ve got new guys here now – Kevin Owens is “new,” but he’s been wrestling for 20 years.advertisement”When I was new, I was a baby and hadn’t been wrestling long at all. Grew up in the business, but had only been in the ring a few years. So, I just wanted to get from bell to bell in one piece because I knew it was with Bob Holly and he was gonna beat the (crap) out of me. But other than that? What I wanted to leave the fans with? I just wanted to have a good match and not mess anything up,” Orton added.Orton also revealed the valuable piece of advice that he got from his father – WWE Hall of Famer Bob Orton Jr. – before entering the industry.”We had a bunch of people my dad used to work with, so he was kind of on the same page with his advice. But one of the things he always told me is, “The only guy you gotta make happy over there is Vince, so don’t have too many people telling you what they want to see from you because you can’t make everybody happy.””I’ve never been very tactful, but it was good to know who I’m here working for and who I need to please. And, as I grew, (it became) the fans. As long as the fans were happy, I knew I’d had a good night, and it didn’t really matter what anybody else thought,” Orton said.last_img read more

first_imgJaipur, May 3 (PTI) Rajasthan will develop 3169 smart villages, which will have clean drinking water, roads, sewerage system, Wi-Fi facility, e-library, sports ground, street lights and health facilities.State Minister of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Rajendra Rathore said that 3169 villages have been selected for the year 2017-18, which will be developed into “smart villages”. This comes along the lines of smart cities project.The villages will have all such facilities that any city has, Rathore said while giving a presentation during review meeting of smart village scheme here today.The meeting was chaired by state Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje.Departmental officials said that eligible individuals will be provided accommodation on priority basis under PM Aawas Yojna (rural) in smart villages.Works including farm pond, cattle shed, levelling of farms, etc., will be completed on priority under the MNREGA. PTI AG ARKlast_img read more

first_imgLisbon, May 10 (PTI) Indian U-17 football team suffered a 1-2 loss against Sporting Clube de Portugal in the last match of their exposure trip to Europe here. Participating in friendly ties accross Europe as part of an exposure tour, the young Indian team were done in by goals from Carlos Silva (40th minute) and Ussumane (51st). Indias Aniket Jadhav (41st) got the visitors back in the game but he also wasted an opportunity in the fag end of the match as Sporting had the last laugh. In an evenly balanced game, the Lions cubs broke the young Tigers defense with a well executed move right on the brink of half-time. Nevertheless, the push-back never curtailed the Indians endeavour and they hit back right after half-time to level the tallies thanks to Jadhav. Barely five minutes later Ussumane regained the advantage for the Greens, with a quick finish. Luis Matos juniors had the perfect opportunity to level the scoreline when Sporting conceded a penalty. But Jadhav fluffed his shot completely and the chance went abegging. PTI ATK ATKlast_img read more

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo just seems to get better and better.On Saturday he made the difference yet again with two goals to help Real Madrid secure a third Champions League title in four years as they crushed Juventus 4-1 in a riveting final.For all the talk of tactics, the threat posed by the Italian champions and the romantic notion of Juve goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon finally claiming a Champions League winner’s medal, Ronaldo yet again found a way to hog the headlines.Of course, Real’s win was about much more than the contribution of their Portugal forward.When Juventus enjoyed spells of pressure in the first half, they largely held firm. After Mario Mandzukic scored an incredible first-half equaliser with an audacious overhead kick, Real didn’t let the Italians get away from them.And whatever French coach Zinedine Zidane told his Real players at halftime succeeded in producing a display of dominance that, once Brazilian Casemiro had put them 2-1 up on the hour, never looked in danger of ending in anything other than celebrations.But it was impossible to ignore Ronaldo, as his team mate Toni Kroos was quick to point out.”You need a guy to score the goals and he did it again,” said the Germany international.Strikes in each half from Ronaldo made him the first player to score in three finals in the Champions League era, adding to his goals in the 2008 and 2014 showpieces for Manchester United and Real respectively.TOP SCORERHis second on Saturday, to make it 3-1 in the 64th minute, put the game beyond Juve and made him top scorer in this season’s Champions League with 12 goals — one more than Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, who he is constantly compared to.advertisementIt also happened to be Ronaldo’s 600th career goal for club and country.The former Benfica and United winger-turned-striker turned 32 in February but far from fading he is as dangerous as ever — perhaps even more effective than in his younger days.In the past 12 months Ronaldo has won two Champions League titles, the European Championship with Portugal, claimed a Spanish league title and the World Club Cup and on an individual level been awarded the Ballon d’Or and FIFA’s ‘Best’ award.”Again, I’ve had an amazing season. Me and my team-mates have done the double. The numbers don’t lie. I’m very happy – an amazing season, we’ve won trophies. This is one of the best moments of my career – I have the chance to say this every year,” he said.”The squad has been great and it’s been good for me individually, too. I prepared myself well for the final part of the season and I scored some important goals.”Ronaldo was handed the Man of the Match award by his former manager Alex Ferguson, a reminder of his early years as a devastatingly quick winger at Manchester United, with whom he won his first Champions League final, and of course scored.Now 32, most of the tricks are on show only in the warm up as he concentrates his efforts on that instinct and killer touch that all truly great strikers possess and that have helped him plunder at least 40 goals in each of the last seven seasons.His first goal at the Principality Stadium to put Real ahead in the 20th minute against Juve illustrated that perfectly as he had the wit to lay the ball off to Dani Carvajal on his right and then the smartness to hold, wait for the cut-back pass and then use his technique to bury the ball in the bottom corner.For his second, Ronaldo read and anticipated Luka Modric’s burst to the byline, timed his run perfectly and met the Croatian’s low cross with a deft touch that lifted the ball over the helpless Buffon.Class, quality and the killer touch, all when it matters most. Would anyone bet against him doing it all again next year?last_img read more

first_imgOusmane Dembele fired the winner as 10-man France beat England 3-2 in an entertaining friendly on Tuesday after Harry Kane had scored twice for the visitors and France’s Raphael Varane was sent off early in the second half.Winger Dembele sealed the victory with an angled shot from inside the box 12 minutes from fulltime after being nicely set up by fellow youngster Kylian Mbappe.England captain Kane put them ahead from close range from a low Ryan Bertrand cross before the 10-minute mark and levelled the game at 2-2 with a penalty early in the second half after Varane was sent off for bringing down Dele Alli in the box.France had fought back to lead 2-1 at halftime, after defenders Samuel Umtiti and Djibril Sidibe each scored their first goal for their country.The two efforts were similar, with Umtiti and Sidibe both following up to finish after saves by England goalkeeper Tom Heaton, first from an Olivier Giroud header, then from a shot by Dembele.Kane, who struck the late equaliser in a 2-2 draw with Scotland in a World Cup qualifier on Saturday, has now scored 11 goals in his past five appearances for club and country combined. It was not enough, however, to deny a spirited and daring French side.”We saw in that game the things we’re very good at and equally the things we need to get better at, like defending as a team and managing a result,” England coach Gareth Southgate told a news conference.advertisementPROMISING TRIOFrance coach Didier Deschamps, who was criticised for conservative tactics in a 2-1 defeat by Sweden in a World Cup qualifier on Saturday, revamped his team to put exciting newcomers Mbappe, Thomas Lemar and Dembele in his starting lineup.The trio gave the England defence a hard time on several occasions, notably Mbappe, who rattled the crossbar with a curled left-foot shot shortly before setting up Dembele for his maiden goal for France.”We scored a goal with 10 men against a good England side, which is quite an achievement,” Deschamps told a news conference. “The players looked fresher and showed more initiative than against Sweden.”Tuesday’s match, which was attended by French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May, was the first senior England fixture with a video assistant referee, who was consulted for Varane’s red-card offence and the penalty that resulted from it.Prior to kickoff, fans at the Stade de France paid tribute to the victims of the recent militant attacks in Manchester and London.The Oasis song “Don’t Look Back in Anger” rang out as the teams emerged from the tunnel, with fans holding up red and white placards to form the England flag.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 4 (PTI) Tyre manufacturing brand CEAT has come on board as title sponsor of the inaugural edition of Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) today. CEAT is the flagship company of Rs 22,000-crore RPG Enterprises and with this new association, the league will be called CEAT UTT. “Table Tennis is a very dynamic sport and we are very happy to come on board as the title sponsor for Ultimate Table Tennis which has the potential to revolutionise the sport in India,” said Anant Goenka, Managing Director, CEAT Limited. The corporate giant further stated that apart from the title sponsorship, they would continue to help the players in different ways like they do with other Indian sports. CEAT Ultimate Table Tennis will start from July 13 in Chennai and then will move to Delhi from July 21 and the ultimate culmination, two semifinals and final, will be held in Mumbai from July 26. The league will have 24 of the best Indians as well as 24 world-class international players competing against one another through six clubs. Each club will have eight players?four men and four women with an equal mix of overseas and Indian players, apart from a foreign and an Indian coach. The league will be broadcast live on Star Sports Select 2 HD, Star Sports Select 2, Hotstar and JioTV. PTI ATK ATKlast_img read more

first_imgDomestic handset maker Lava has launched a new budget phone- A93 in its A-line of smartphones. The device has been priced at Rs 7999 and is listed on the company’s official website.The Lava A93 sports a 5.5-inch HD IPS display with 1280 x 720 pixels of screen resolution and 267 ppi. The smartphone is powered by 1.2 GHz quad-core processor clubbed with 2GB RAM and smartphone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system.The smartphone comes with 16GB of internal storage which is expandable up to 32GB via microSD card. On the photography front, the device sports an 8MP rear camera with HDR, Photo Timer and a 2MP selfie-camera.The smartphone is backed by a 3000 mAh removable battery with Power Saver Mode. The connectivity options include 4G LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS/AGPS, 3.5mm jack, USB 2.0 and G-sensor. The phone will be available in Gold and Grey colour options. Launched at Rs 7999, the phone will compete against the likes of Redmi 4, Redmi 4A, InFocus Turbo 5 and Moto C Plus.  Also Read: Moto C Plus review: Buy it only for Stock AndroidLava which can be called as the pioneer of budget phones  amidst the Indian smartphone maker, recently debuted in the Notebook segment. The company last month launched Helium 14, its first notebook. For this, Lava has collaborated with Microsoft and chip maker Intel.”The launch of Helium 14 as a handy device for smart business owners, young professionals and students reiterates our commitment to continued innovation and is a testimony to the fact that we understand consumer needs,” Gaurav Nigam, product head  of Lava had told IANS at the launch.advertisementThe Lava Helium 14 is priced at Rs 14,999 and is powered by Intel Atom processors. The notebook sports a 14.1-inch Full HD display and comes with a 2 MP camera. It packs in  32 GB storage that’s expandable up to 128GB via SD card. The device weighs 1.4 kg and runs Windows 10. It is backed by a 10,000 mAh battery.last_img read more

first_imgKohima, Jul 27 (PTI) Nagaland Chief Minister T R Zeliang has allocated portfolios to 11 cabinet ministers, nine advisors with the rank of cabinet minister and 26 parliamentary secretaries.Zeliang, who was appointed the chief minister on July 19, has kept with himself the portfolios of Finance, Personnel and Administrative Reforms and any portfolio not allocated to any minister.Zeliang had won the trust vote in the Assembly on July 21 and had first expanded his ministry by inducting 10 ministers on July 22 and on July 24 inducted one more minister.On July 25 Zeliang had appointed nine advisors with cabinet minister rank and 26 parliamentary secretaries.The portfolios of new ministers were announced last mid-night.Y Patton has been given the crucial Home department, while G Kaito Aye will be in charge of the National Highways and Political Affairs department, Imkong L Imchen is the new Health and Family Welfare minister.Tokheho Yepthomi has got the School Education and Parliamentary Affairs department, Kipili Sangtam is the new Power minister while Neikiesalie Nicky Kire has got Roads and Bridges department.E E Pangteang has got the Rural Development department, Imtilemba Sangtam is the new Cooperation, Relief and Rehabilitation department and MARCOFED.Kejong Chang is the new Horticulture, Dobashi and Gaon Burah minister, while Neiba Kronu Environment has got charge of Forest and Climate Change, Mmhonlumo Kikon is the Geology & Mining and Border Affairs minister.The portfolios of the Advisors with cabinet minister rank are Noke Wangnao ? PHE, S I Jamir ? Urban Development, T M Lotha ? Treasuries & Accounts and LM&CP, Pukhayi ? Soil & Water Conservation and NSDMA, S Pangnyu Phom ? DUDA and NEPED, C M Chang ? Planning & Coordination, Nuklutoshi ? Food & Civil Supplies, Deo Nukhu ? Higher Education and NBHM and Naiba Konyak ? State Lottery and NBDA.advertisementThe departments of parliamentary secretaries are – C Apok Jamir ? Tourism, Pohwang ? NRLM & Evaluation, Benjongliba Aier ? CAWD & Taxes, Paiwang Konyak ? Transport and Civil Aviation, Merentoshi R Jamir ? Social Welfare, Hukavi Zhimomi ? Jails, Science & Technology and NKVIB, Shetoyi ? Fisheries and Printing & Stationery.B S Nganlang ? Land Resources Development & Excise, N. Thomas Lotha ? Technical Education, Imtikumzuk ? Information & Public Relations and SIRD, Zhaleo Rio ? Municipal Affairs, Longrineken ? Information Technology & Communication and Development Authority of Nagaland (DAN).L Khumo ? Land Revenue, VG and Women Resources Development, Levi Rengma – Housing Picto Shohe ? Justice & Law, Amenba Yaden ? Industries & Commerce and NIDC, Y.M. Yolow ? Agriculture, Toyang Changkong Chang ? NRE and Fire & Emergency Services, S Chuba Longkumer ? Veterinary & Animal Husbandry, Eshak Konyak ? Art & Culture, Vikho-o Yhosu ? Mechanical Engineering & NSMDC, Khekaho Assumi ? Youth Resources & Sports and Music Task Force.Tovihoto Ayemi ? Irrigation & Flood Control, Namri Nchang ? Sericulture and Home Guards & Civil Defence, Kropol Vitsu ? Economics & Statistics and SCERT, Neiphrezo Keditsu ? Labour & Employment (including Skill Development). PTI NBS RG PSlast_img read more

first_imgHyderabad, July 27 (PTI) Recognising her performance, the Ministry of Railways has promoted Indian womens cricket team captain Mithali Raj to the post of OSD (Sports) in Hyderabad-headquartered South Central Railway (SCR).”Approval of the Ministry of Railways is communicated for grant of out of turn promotion to Mithali Raj, Chief Office Superintendent (Chief OS) in South Central Railway, to Group B Gazetted post of OSD (Sports) in recognition of Indian teams performance in the Womens World Cup,” a letter from Railway Board to SCR said.The Mithali-led team lost to hosts England by nine runs in a nail biting final of the mega-event at the Lords last Sunday. PTI VVK RS BS BSlast_img

first_imgNorth Delhi is a hub of akhadas but the traditional sport of wrestling, despite the success India achieved in the game in recent years, is not getting the kind of boost it deserves.There are close to ten akhadas here, including big names like Chhatrasal Stadium, Chandgi Ram and Guru Hanuman akahada, but only the top centres have basic facilities. Rest is still grappling to provide good infrastructure and sound training to the kids who come from adjoining statest — Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.A visit to the smaller centres is an eye-opener. An air conditioned hall is a luxury for these centres where kids still train under tin roofs on mud pits. There are certain akhadas which have somehow managed to purchase a mat but it is lying waste as there is no money to built an air conditioned hall.One such unused mat can be seen at Arjuna awardee Sanjay Pehalwan akhada. The centre lacks good equipment and basic facilities. When Mail Today visited the centre there were few young kids doing squats.”The sport has changed. We need to train these kids on mat. In Delhi, the summers are of eight months and one can’t train under tin sheds. We do not have much support from the government and the federation. Only the big akhadas are getting recognition and facilities,” said coach Jagbir Singh.Jagbir, an international referee, said the akhada is losing youngsters everyday as the facilities are not up to mark.”We do not have local kids here, all of them are from Haryana. As you can see there is no hall and the mat we bought from our own money cannot be used,” he added.advertisementThe scene is worse at Aryavart Vyamsala which is as old as 1968 but is on the verge of closing down. Kids stay under a thatched roof in unhygienic condition.”Today’s generation feels mud-wrestling is a colossal waste of time, an unfashionable option for keeping fit. A large number of akhadas, thus, have turned into gyms where young boys go for weight training,” said one of the wrestlers in the centre.A stone’s throw away is famous Chandgi Ram akhada, which recently got renovated and a fully AC wrestling hall was made for the grapplers.Talking to Mail Today, Jagdish Kaliraman said change is the need of the hour.”To compete with the international wrestlers, we need to update ourselves. Rules have changed, so is wrestling and it is time we adapt so that Indian wrestlers can win more medals at international events,” said Jagdish, son of Chandgi Ram.”The government gave us mat and coaches. But we spent money for an air conditioned hall with modern facilities and other equipment.”The Bharat Kesari emphasised on the improvement of the infrastructure of akhadas. “Wrestling is gaining popularity after the success of bollywood movies and Olympic medals won by Sushil, Yogeshwar and Sakshi. I think the federation (Wrestling Federation of India) need to work more on improving the infrastructure, so that more youngsters (boys and girls) can come and be part of the traditional sport,” he said.When contacted, WFI assistant secretary Vinod Tomar said the federation is doing every bit to promote the sport. “Whenever, we get to know that some akhada (recognised) want some help, we do our best. We provide them mats,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgIndia off-spinner R Ashwin has replaced Sri Lankan captain Rangana Herath as the number two bowler in the ICC’s Test rankings. India left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja retained his place a the top of the table after a resounding 304-run win over Sri Lanka in the first Test at Galle on Saturday.Ashwin, who played his 50th Test in Galle, picked four wickets in the match while Jadeja snared six  – three in each innings. Herath had a mediocre game, returning figures of 1/159 and 0/34.India opener Shikhar Dhawan’s scores of 190 and 14 have lifted the left-hander 21 slots to 39th position. Pacer Mohammad Shami has gained one slot to reach 23rd rank.Sri Lanka all-rounder Angelo Mathews has gained two places to reach 17th position after scores of 83 and two at Galle, while batsman Dimuth Karunaratne (up three places to 36th) and pace bowler Nuwan Pradeep (up three places to a career-best 30th) are the others to move up the rankings.India are currently number one in the ICC’s Test rankings and are favourites to win the ongoing three-match series against Sri Lanka.Meanwhile, Ben Stokes has moved up to take career-best positions in both batting and bowling, in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings after a fine show in the third Test against South Africa at The Oval, which his side won by 239 runs on Monday to take a 2-1 lead in the four-match series.Stokes moved up 12 places to joint-25th position in the rankings for batsmen with scores of 112 and 31, while also gaining two places to reach 19th position in the list for bowlers after grabbing one for 26 and two for 51. His effort also sees him overtake South Africa’s Vernon Philander to take fifth position in the list of all-rounders.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgBefore leaving for South Africa, India’s second triple centurion in Test cricket, Karun Nair said he would like to make the most of the tour and prove his mettle to the national selectors again.And he did show some of his class before signing off from South Africa after a disappointing tour overall.Karun slammed a 144-ball 90 to anchor a tricky chase as India A beat South Africa A by six wickets in the second unofficial Test to level the two-match series 1-1. This is the Karnataka batsman’s highest score after his brilliant triple ton against England at Chennai in December last year.  Karun made his debut Test against England in the third Test, where he scored a 4 before he was run-out. In the next match he was out after scoring 13 from 18 balls. As people questioned the selection, he replied back in fine fashion. The right-hander got another chance in the 5th Test due an injury that Ajinkya Rahane picked up and this time he grabbed the opportunity with both hands. He slammed 303 off 281 balls to give India a huge first-innings total of 759/7. The bowlers then did the job for the hosts and India won the match by an innings and 75 runs and bagged the series 4-0.However, he went down in history books as one of the unluckiest triple centurions ever. He was dropped for the following Test against Australia in Pune as Rahane recovered from his injury and walked straight back into the playing XI. But the team failed to live up to the challenge as Steve O’Keefe picked up six wickets a-piece in both the innings to hand the visitors a humongous 333-run victory and take a 1-0 lead in the four-match series.advertisementReuters PhotoKarun made a comeback in the second Test in his home ground at Bengaluru but showed complete lack of determination and failed to play a long innings as he was out playing reckless shots in both the innings for 26 and a first-ball duck respectively. In the following Test at Ranchi as well, he repeated the same mistake and was bowled by Josh Hazlewood for 23. And things didn’t get any better for him as he failed to live up to expectations in the last and final Test at Dharamsala, especially in the absence of captain Virat Kohli in the team. Karun fell cheaply for 5 and didn’t get to bat in the second innings.The 25-year-old had a decent Indian Premier League campaign in 2017, scoring 281 from 14 matches for the Delhi Daredevils but that was not enough for him to be on the plane to England for the Champions Trophy or to the West Indies. He was also replaced by Rohit Sharma in the Test squad for the Sri Lanka tour as well.Karun instead was sent to play under Manish Pandey for India A in a 50-overs tri-series involving South Africa A and Afghanistan A and a two-match unofficial Test series, where he was elected as the captain. He scored 95 runs from four innings in the ODIs as India won the series.In the two Test matches he scored 46 runs from the three innings before raking up a match-winning 90 in the fourth innings to cap off the  tour.This was a long due knock from the diminutive batsman and he will hope to stay fit and get a call-up for the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka at home in November.last_img read more

first_imgLarge-scale violence has struck Haryana for the third time in three years. All these three incidents have taken place ever since ML Khattar was sworn in as chief minister of the state on October 26, 2014. At least 10 people had died in the Rampal case in November 2014 while 30 had lost their life in violence during the February 2016 Jat agitation in the state. Massive violence has followed the conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh on Friday by a special Panchkula court, holding the Dera Sacha Sauda leader guilty of rape.The situation deteriorated soon after the conviction was announced and Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was taken into custody.There have been about 300 incidents of violence reported from across Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi. So far, 31 people have died and about 250 have been injured in the violence which ensued after the court verdict.The Haryana government seems to have failed for the third consecutive time in assessing the situation while allowing the law and order situation to drift. The date for today’s hearing was known much in advance. Besides, there were proofs of Dera Sacha Sauda and Baba Ram Rahim galvanising supporters. They had even been posting their messages on the social media for the last few days.There were intelligence reports too fearing violence. But the Khattar government did not take adequate measures to ensure that violence did not erupt.The Haryana government could have imposed prohibitory orders in Sirsa, Panchkula and adjoining regions or areas of Dera Sacha Sauda’s influence. advertisementSecondly, the state government should not have allowed Baba Ram Rahim to travel from Dera Sacha Sauda’s headquarters in Sirsa to Panchkula as a hero. There were over 100 cars in Ram Rahim’s convoy. The government should not have allowed more than half a dozen vehicles, including those carrying Ram Rahim’s relatives, staff and security personnel, to accompany him. The remaining vehicles should have been detained. Third, the Khattar government should have called more security forces to man Sirsa and Panchkula. It should have made adequate arrangements in other cities as well. Unfortunately, Khattar apparently had not learned despite the two earlier incidents in which his government had to face major criticism following violence.The epicentre of violence in the wake of Baba Ram Rahim’s conviction has been Haryana. The violence, which started from the state, has spread to adjoining Punjab, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.Hence, a large part of the blame for the violence needs to be shared by the Khattar government.RAMPAL CASE In the Satlok ashram supremo Rampal’s case too, the Haryana government had ample time to make sufficient arrangements to take on the rogue self-declared godman.The Punjab and Haryana High Court had issued a non-bailable warrant against Rampal.Scores of Rampal’s followers including militia clashed with para-military forces and the Haryana Police killing 10 people in November 2014, just a month after Khattar government had been sworn in.Rampal’s followers resorted to firing, stone-pelting and hurling of acid and petrol bombs from within the ashram.There was a 30-hour standoff. In the end the security forces managed to arrest the controversial godman from his ashram.Security forces arrested at least 200 members of the militia that was guarding the Satlok Ashram.Three of Rampal’s key associates were also arrested. Those arrested included Rampal’s son and brother, besides Satlok Ashram spokesperson Raj Kapoor.About 70 Rampal followers, most of them his ‘private commandos’, who had indulged in violence, were arrested. According to reports, Home Minister Rajnath Singh was unhappy with the way the Khattar government had handled the issue. JAT AGITATION As many as 30 people were killed and property worth crores was damaged at many places in Haryana during the February 2016 Jat stir which had turned violent.Rohtak and some of its neighbouring districts, including Sonipat and Jhajjar, were the worst hit by the violence last year. Besides the loss of lives and damage to property – both private and public including roads, canals, railway stations, police stations – illegal felling of trees and violation of human rights took place in Rohtak, Jhajjar, Sonipat, Jind, Hisar, Kaithal and Bhiwani.The role of state government officials, including police and civil departments, came under the scanner as the government completely failed to stop the violence during the period.Mass rape and molestation cases were also reported in Sonipat district.The community had been agitating for according OBC status to them for several years. However, they targeted non-Jats for the first time.According to the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), the damage was to the tune of Rs 20,000 crore but other industry sources quoted a figure of Rs 34,000 crore.advertisementReportedly, 33 buses had been set on fire and 99 others were partially damaged. Out of 387 LPG companies, 185 are out of stock. More than 25 petrol pumps had been damaged.Chevrolet and Hyundai showrooms around Rohtak were burned down and in total, more than 200 cars that were in stock had been set on fire. The Munak Canal was also damaged. Here too the Khattar government was accused of mishandling the situation, failing to make a correct assessment of the situation and taking adequate measures in order to stop violence from taking place. Today, in the Ram Rahim case, Khattar has defended himself saying that the Haryana government had made complete arrangements but “the mob was really huge”. This argument is unlikely to be accepted by the Opposition and the people in general. In the days to come, it will not be a surprise if the Opposition demands Khattar’s resignation.Also ReadSecurity beefed, alert issued across Delhi, Punjab after Ram Rahim case verdictGurmeet Ram Rahim verdict aftermath: Blood sport erupts across 3 states in baba’s namelast_img read more

first_imgThe Australia cricket team suffered a scare following their Twenty20 international win over India in Guwahati on Tuesday after a rock was thrown at their team bus, shattering one of the windows, governing body Cricket Australia (CA) said.Players and staff were travelling from Busapara Stadium back to their team hotel, after their 8-wicket win over the hosts in the second T20I, in the eastern city when the rock pierced the window on the right-hand side of the bus, CA said on its website (cricket.com.au).The board said the rock was “believed to be roughly the size of a cricket ball” and had ended up inside the bus.”In a remarkable piece of good fortune, no one was sitting on the seat next to the window when it was broken,” CA’s report said.”While no one was injured, the Australian players were understandably shaken up by the incident.”Australia’s team bus was also struck by a rock in Bangladesh five weeks ago as it travelled back to a hotel following the first day’s play of the second and final test against the home side in Chittagong.That prompted authorities to tighten security around the Australia team.Australia opening batsman Aaron Finch posted a photo of a shattered window on a bus on Twitter.”Pretty scary having a rock thrown through the team bus window on the way back to the hotel!!” he tweeted.Pretty scary having a rock thrown through the team bus window on the way back to the hotel!! pic.twitter.com/LBBrksaDXIadvertisement- Aaron Finch (@AaronFinch5) October 10, 2017Australia are scheduled to play India in the third and final Twenty20 of the series in Hyderabad on Friday.last_img read more

first_imgAfter his Condom-look and Super Mario avatar, we were convinced that there wasn’t anything really left for Ranveer Singh to pull off. But standing true to his reputation of being the Lady Gaga of B-town, he showed up dressed in a long skirt at a red carpet. From sheer surprise to unbridled appreciation, the reactions to his quirky outfit varied extensively, but what stayed with us was the charm he oozed even in a skirt.In his sexy, box-pleated skirt with white pinstripes, Ranveer looked just so dapper. Apart from how effortlessly stylish he looked in the skirt, we were in awe of how perfectly he styled it with a V-neck, semi-formal shirt with blue, patch details. Sprinkling a skosh of edge to his ensemble, he sported a thick beard and neatly parted greasy hair that really elevated the look.Picture courtesy: Instagram/ranveersingh Also Read: Ranveer Singh wore a skirt to this award function. We’re not kiddingWhile Ranveer made us believe that he’ll be the hottest man we’ll ever see in a skirt, the stunning Ayushmann Khurrana decided to change the way we looked at men dressed in skirts. The Vicky Donor star embodied elegance in his black, Nehru-collar jacket, which he teamed with an asymmetric, black skirt. Mr Khurrana made our jaws drops with how royal-yet-trendy he looked in this all-black attire with little, silver details on the jacket.Picture courtesy: Instagram/ayushmannk Also Read: It’s the perfect day to appreciate Ayushmann Khurrana’s beautiful fashion sensRecently, the actor known for his unconventional roles and acting skills, Irrfan Khan, joined the not-so-usual B-town men on the skirt bandwagon, but with a twist of his own. Donning a serene, white outfit, Irrfan embraced the idea of androgynous dressing and aced it too. The star was seen wearing a brilliant, ivory, ethnic jacket teamed with a flowy, A-line, pleated skirt.advertisement Though the A-line aspect of the outfit looked pretty much like an easy-breezy skirt, it was interesting how he teamed a pair of chudidaar bottoms with it that made it reflect the style of a kurta as well. Unlike the other two stars, Irrfan had more ethnicity about his unique attire, which he complemented with a pair of brown sandals, and looked so spruce.Picture courtesy: Instagram/ishabhansali While these stars are donning skirts with different flavours to their looks, it’s the progressive idea of androgynous-dressing seeping into the industry that is making us proud.last_img read more

first_img(Eds: Adding more results)New Delhi, Dec 17 (PTI) Double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar today made a glorious return to the international arena by clinching a gold as India won an impressive 59 medals at the Commonwealth Wrestling Championships in Johannesburg, South Africa.The freestyle wrestling team won 10 gold, seven silver and two mronze medals today as India returned with a total of 29 gold, 24 silver and 6 bronze medals from the championships.Besides Sushil, Another Olympic medallist, Sakshi Malik, who won a bronze in the 2016 Rio Games, also clinched a gold medal in the championships today.Sakshi defeated New Zealands Tayla Tuahine Ford by a score of 13-2 in the final of the 62kg womens freestyle category to add another yellow metal for India.Earlier in the day returning to international wrestling after more than three years, Sushil defeated New Zealand Akash Khullars via a pinfall in the final of the 74kg freestyle category to clinch the yellow metal.It was his first medal in international wrestling since his gold medal in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.It was double celebration for India as other wrestler in same category, Parveen Rana also won a bronze medal.Sushil returned to competitive wrestling in November at the Senior Nationals in Indore where he won a gold medal amid controversy after getting three walkovers from his fellow wrestlers.Incidentally, it was Rana who gave him a walkover in the title clash in Indore, but the duo wrestled this time and Sushil came out on top with a 5-4 victory margin.advertisementIn his first bout, Sushil defeated Johannes Petrus Botha of South Africa 8-0 followed by the win over Rana.Sushil also beat Jasmit Singh Phulka of Canada by fall en route his gold medal.Soon after the victory, Sushil, who won bronze in 2008 Beijing Olympics and then followed it up with a silver in 2012 London Games, dedicated the win to his motherland and coach.”Its a very proud and emotional moment for me as I have returned to the mat on international level after a gap of 3years. I want to dedicate this Gold medal won in #Commonwealthwrestlingchampionship at #SouthAfrica to my guru and to my Nation. JaiHind????,” an emotional Sushil tweeted after his win.Soon after winning the Nationals, Sushil resigned as a National Observer for wrestling after Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore stated that active sportspersons will not be considered for the position.The other gold medals winners in the freestyle category for India today were Utkarsh Kale (57kg), Sharvan (61kg), Bajrang (65kg), Amit Dhankar (70kg), Jitender (79kg), Deepak (86kg), Somveer (92kg), Rubaljeet Singh (97kg) and Hitender (125kg). Rahul Aware (61kg), Arun Kumar (70kg), Praveen Rana (74kg), Veer Dev Gulia (79kg), Pawan Kumar (86kg), Mausam Khatri (97kg) and Sumit (125kg) won silver medals, while the bronze medals went to Sonu (65kg) and Azrudeen (92kg). PTI SSC SSClast_img read more