Sachin Tendulkar’s take on MS Dhoni strike rate a constructive message: Aakash Chopra

first_imgFormer India batsman Aakash Chopra said Sachin Tendulkar’s cricketing logic was absolutely spot on when he said MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav batted slowly in India’s tense win over Afghanistan on June 22.A section of fans on social media questioned Sachin Tendulkar’s take on MS Dhoni’s knock of 28 from 52 balls in the match against Afghanistan. Tendulkar said there was no positive intent when Dhoni and Jadhav were playing Afghanistan spinners in the middle overs.Dhoni and Jadhav added 47 runs in 14 overs for the 5th wicket and India finished with a below-par total of 224 runs. Afghanistan came up with a spirited reply but fell short of the target by 12 runs after a Mohammed Shami hat-trick.Speaking to India Today on Friday, Aakash Chopra said: “My view on all of this is, have a look at the message. You’re talking about Sachin Tendulkar who has given his life for cricket in India. It’s a constructive message. His cricketing logic is absolutely spot on. He is entitled to his opinion. He has said what he felt was right. I am in agreement with what he said. India did not show the intent against Afghanistan. Somebody had to say it and he said it.”Hardik Pandya saved the day vs West Indies: Aakash ChopraAakash Chopra also added that MS Dhoni should look to rotate strike from the initial stages of his innings in order to ease the pressure on his batting partners.”Nobody is suggesting that MS Dhoni should come in and start smashing immediately. The only thing… Virat would want the same, even if he were to admit it publicly, is that rotate strike. You do not have actually hit boundaries in the middle overs. That’s the template in ODI cricket these days. You saw what India did against Australia. You have to build to that stage,” Chopra added.advertisement”Unfortunately, that’s not been the case every single time. It did not happen against Afghanistan and even in the game against West Indies. In my opinion, Hardik Pandya saved the day against the West Indies. Hardik Pandya got more balls and that actually allowed Dhoni to take his time.”Dhoni is outstanding in taking the team to a position from where he can salvage it. God forbid, if he gets out, nobody can salvage it.”Dhoni struggled once again towards the start of his innings against West Indies but picked up pace towards the death over and finished with 56 runs from 61 balls. India posted 268 after Dhoni hit 2 sixes and a boundary in the final over before bowling West Indies out for 145.Batting great VVS Laxman questioned MS Dhoni’s approach, saying that his slow starts are something that the wicketkeeper-batsman needs to address quickly.”(Dhoni’s) strike-rate at the start of the innings was close to 45-50 and that is something that put the pressure on his team and his partner. It’s all good if you can finish off the innings in style but at the start, if he can show that positive intent especially against a spinner like Fabian Allen who is not going to give you room neither bowl short,” Laxman had told Star Sports.Nonetheless, Dhoni found support in captain Virat Kohli who played down concerns surrounding MS Dhoni’s strike rate.”When he (MS Dhoni) has an off day here and there, everyone starts talking. We always back him. He has won us so many games,” Kohli said after India’s 125-run win over West Indies on Thursday.”The best thing about having someone like him is when you need those 15-20 runs, he knows exactly how to get them. His experience, 8 out of 10 times has come good for us. We have quite a few players who play instinctive cricket and follow their game plans,” the India captain added.Also Read | When MS Dhoni has an off day, everyone starts talking, says Virat KohliAlso Read | World Cup 2019: South Africa dent Sri Lanka’s semi-final hopes with 9-wicket winAlso See:last_img read more

FKF ready to defend unfamiliar laws in Court

first_imgFKF vows to adopt contentious draft constitution Elvince Joshua Last updated 2 years ago 22:34 11/9/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) FKF President Nick Mwendwa Stafford Ondego/Goal Kenya. Mwendwa insist that the changes have the blessings of both Fifa and Caf as much as it’s against the Sports Act 2013 Football Kenya Federation has vowed to go ahead and adopt the contentious draft constitution that proposes to increase term limit for the President by four more years.FKF is set to change its constitution in the forthcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM) set for November 18 in Mombasa.But despite increased public outcry from stakeholders, FKF boss, Nick Mwendwa has vowed to go ahead and change the laws, even offering to stand in the witness box should any Kenyan challenge the decision in the courts. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I do not expect a situation where it will be contested and if it does, we are ready to defend ourselves in the court,” Mwendwa was quoted by the People Daily.Mwendwa, who insist that the changes have the blessings of both Fifa and Caf as much as it’s against the Sports Act 2013, said that there are no plans to increase his term in office.Sports Act provides that all heads of local Sports federations can hold office for a maximum of two terms of four years.“If you have been elected the chairman of the federation for the contentious term in the draft constitution, you cannot vie for the same seat in the federation save for a NEC member.”Among other proposed changes in the 35-page document include increasing the number of NEC delegates by 16 from 78 and creation of additional branch by splitting Nairobi (County) to take the number of branches to 48. Mwendwa had pledged in his manifesto to increase FKF branches by adopting county format.Another contentious debate in the draft law is a proposal to make it mandatory for all National Super League clubs to have five U-20 players in their matchday squad.The draft further states that at least one U-20 player will have to play the entire 90 minutes in every match.last_img read more

Celtics Restore Order With Big Win In Philly

Paul Pierce was stellar for Boston.Just maybe all the talk about how old and decrepit the Boston Celtics are actually does inspire the crafty veterans. For, again, just when they looked too slow to keep pace with the younger, more athletic Philadelphia 76ers, they rallied around their savvy and experience and clobbered them Wednesday night.Sixteen-year veteran Kevin Garnett had 27 points and 13 rebounds as Boston made mince meat out of the Sixers, pounding them 107-91 in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinals series. The Celtics recaptured the home-court advantage, leading the series now 2-1.”We just wanted to come out and establish who we are as a team,” said all-star forward Paul Pierce, who scored 24 points, 13 rebounds and back-to-back power dunks, despite playing on a creaky knee.Coach Doc Rivers said point guard Rajon Rondo established a victorious mindset at the morning shootaround, hours before the game. Rondo was focus and serious, and it carried over to his play. He had 23 points and 14 assists (and just one turnover).Garnett scored 13 of Boston’s 32 points in the second quarter as the Celtics gained separation. The first two games were each decided by one point. Not Wednesday. Garnett assured Boston would have an easy time of the Sixers, who just seemed overwhelmed by Boston’s execution and determination.Philadelphia got outrebounded by 11 and shot just 40 per cent from the floor. They get a chance to even the series in Game 4 on Friday. read more

Elon Musk to face trial over pedo claim against rescue diver

first_img Tags Tech Industry Roadshow 4 Comments Elon Musk is headed to court. Joshua Lott / Getty Images Elon Musk is headed to court in October over comments he made about a British diver who helped rescue a boys soccer team trapped in a Thai cave.In July, the Tesla CEO called Vernon Unsworth, who assisted in the rescue, a “pedo guy” on Twitter after the diver criticized Musk’s proposed submarine rescue plan. Unsworth sued Musk in September for defamation.In a court order filed Friday, US District Judge Stephen Wilson denied Musk’s attempt to dismiss the defamation case and set a trail date for Oct. 22. The Verge earlier reported on the court order.”The significance of the ruling is clear: publication of accusations on Twitter does not provide a safe harbor for defamatory statements that are false and convey that they are factual,” said L. Lin Wood, Unsworth’s attorney, in an emailed statement Friday.Musk’s lawyers had argued that statements made on “unmoderated internet forums” like Twitter are considered opinion because “internet speech is unique,” according to the court order. Wilson rejected those arguments. The judge pointed to an email Musk sent to BuzzFeed, in which he told a reporter to “stop defending child rapists” and made an unsubstantiated claim that Unsworth moved to Thailand to marry a 12-year-old child bride, according to the court order.”There is nothing about the context in which [Musk ]made the statements…that would create doubt as to whether [Musk’s] statements implied assertions of objective fact,” Wilson wrote. The judge also pointed to the fact that Musk followed up with his initial tweet about Unsworth by adding “Bet ya a signed dollar it’s true,” indicating he believed the veracity of his statement.Tesla didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.You can read the court document below: Share your voice Elon Musk Teslalast_img read more

Global sales of Tata Motors vehicles cross 1 lakh units in September

first_imgIndian auto giant Tata Motors sold over one lakh vehicles in September globally, up five percent over the sales in September last year. Cumulative sales for the financial year were 537,187, up 12 percent over the previous fiscal.Last month, the Mumbai-based company sold 102,289 in wholesales, including the sales of Jaguar Land Rover vehicles. Shares of Tata Motors closed at Rs 562.10 on Monday on the Bombay Stock Exchange, down 0.64 percent from their previous close. “Global wholesales of all passenger vehicles in September 2016 were at 67,895 nos., higher by 7 percent, compared to September 2015. Cumulative passenger vehicle wholesales for the fiscal were 348,429 vehicles, higher by 6 percent, over FY15-16,” the company said in a statement. Global wholesales for Jaguar Land Rover were 52,914 vehicles. Jaguar’s sales for the month were 16,211 vehicles and cumulative wholesales were 78,190 vehicles. Cumulative wholesales for Jaguar Land Rover for the fiscal were 273,561 vehicles.Domestic car sales during September were robust for most of the automobile companies, barring Honda Cars India, which continues to skip the growth wave.In other news, in a bid to offset rising input costs, Tata Motors is planning to hike prices of its passenger vehicles during the upcoming festive season.”Input costs have increased and some of the industry players have already undertaken price hikes. Moreover, we have also not corrected our prices for a long time. We will hike prices of our vehicles. Currently, we are working out the details,” Mayank Pareek, president (Passenger Vehicles Business Unit) at Tata Motors said.last_img read more