Ten people have died and at least three others have been injured after a fire broke out at the youth training ground of Brazilian football club Flamengo on Friday, according to state-run news agency Agencia Brazil.
Shubman Gill, who was roped into the Indian team for the New Zealand tour, hit the ground running and looked very impressive in his first out in the training session.
Gill, who had a superb domestic circuit, played some crisp strokes in the nets and looked to be at ease with the pace and bounce on the New Zealand pitches. Although he might have to wait to make his debut, the team management would be keen to give him a run so that he could prove his mettle leading into the World Cup.
📽️📽️#TeamIndia’s latest recruit @RealShubmanGill was seen sweating out in the nets at his first training session with the Senior Men’s team 😎😎 #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/E8COH3Avnr
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 22, 2019
What works for the young man is that he has been in roaring form which can be seen from the strokes he played in the nets. He amassed 790 runs, including two hundreds, in 10 innings at 98.75 in Ranji Trophy this year. He was also part of India A squad that toured New Zealand last year.
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“It is a big advantage [to be picked for the New Zealand tour]. I played well there in the U-19 World Cup and now again I have got the opportunity,” Gill told PTI after being picked in the Indian squad.
“As I have done well there, I can say that there isn’t much adjustment needed in the technique. If I get an opportunity, I will have just need to handle the pressure that comes with playing for India. Mentally, it will be different for sure but I am ready,” he added.
First Published: Jan 22, 2019 08:55 IST
“The team held its first practice session at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot, ahead of the start of the 1st Test on Thursday October 4th from 9:30am IST. #WindiesCricket #ItsOurGame,” Windies Cricket tweeted.
The team held its first practice session at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot, ahead of the start of the 1st Test on Thursday October 4th from 9:30am IST.#WindiesCricket #ItsOurGame pic.twitter.com/hIxQOPunDs
— Windies Cricket (@windiescricket) October 2, 2018
The Windies had earlier played a two-day practice match at the Reliance Stadium in Vadodara against the Board Presidents XI, which ended in a draw.
For the Windies, middle-order batsman Sunil Ambris (114) notched up a brilliant century in the first innings while Kraigg Brathwaite (54) and Shane Dowrich (65) scored a half-century each.
In the bowling department, spinner Devendra Bishoo had scalped three wickets for the Windies while Shannon Gabriel scalped two wickets.
Meanwhile, for the home side Mayank Agarwal, who earned his maiden call-up in the India Test side scored a magnificent 90 runs on top of the order for the Board Presidents XI.
India: Virat Kohli (captain), KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur.
Windies: Jason Holder (captain), Sunil Ambris, Devendra Bishoo, Kraigg Brathwaite, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich (wicketkeeper), Shannon Gabriel, Jahmar Hamilton, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Sherman Lewis, Keemo Paul, Kieran Powell, Kemar Roach, Jomel Warrican, Alzarri Joseph
Published: September 26, 2018 7:14:28 pm
Jose Mourinho, who has been heavily criticised since the beginning of the English Premier League, on Wednesday morning got into a unfreindly convesrtation with mid-fielder Paul Pogba. A video in connection to this incident was released by Sky Sports, who were present during the club’s training session at Carrington grpound.
In the 30-seconds clip, Pogba is seen sharing high-five with Michael Carrick, former United midfielder who’s now a coach, and then exchanging pleasentries with non-coaching staffs present at the venue. However, this is followed by a small exchange of words between him and manager Jose Mourinho, which seemed to rattle the French footballer.
Pogba can also be spotted shrugging his arms and asking, “Who, me?”, to which Mourinho responds “get out.”
JUST IN! ??
Frosty footage just in from @ManUtd‘s training session between Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho… ??
What has been said between the pair this morning? ?? pic.twitter.com/nRiTEgDJlH
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) 26 September 2018
The clash between the heavyweights of football comes after the midfielder was stripped from his vice-captain’s role at the club. Pogba, who has already led Manchester United in three occasions this season in the absence of regular skipper Antonio Valencia, was informed about this decison after the club was knocked out of the League Cup on penalties by second-tier Derby County.
Mourinho, however, asserted that there were absolutely no rifts between him and the midfielder. “The only truth is that I made the decision that Paul will not be a second (vice) captain anymore but no fallout, no problems at all,” Mourinho said after Tuesday’s clash against Derby County. Pogba was not a part of the squad when Manchester United played Derby County at Old Trafford on Tuesday.
Manchester United, who stand seventh on the Premier League table, went on to play an 1-1 draw against Wolves at home. The midfielder was very critical of the decision and he urged the team to play more attacking football.
Before the start of the 2018-19 season, it was speculated that Paul Pogba would land up in Camp Nou but the £45m bid by the Catalan club was turned down by United.
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As India defeated Pakistan by eight wickets in their group stage Asia Cup match in Dubai, India’s star performer Kedar Jadhav spoke about how he now approaches the game after undergoing surgery, and what has led to the performances that he dishes out at the international level. Jadhav said, “It feels good to be on the winning side. I feel my fitness has improved after my surgery, and in the last four months I have learnt a lot about training and fitness. It has definitely helped me and has made me a different cricketer. Honestly, right before a match I bowl a couple of overs in the practice session, but I don’t bowl a lot in the nets. I feel if I try too hard to be a bowler, I don’t want to compromise on the other skills that I already have! So I try to be in my limits.
”Every time I did my rehab previously, I used to start playing and think that the problems won’t come back again. Many-a-time I also used to miss my routine, but now regardless of how I feel, I start my day with either gym or running. That gives me confidence that I’m getting stronger and fitter every day, and that helps me on the field.”
Indian captain Rohit Sharma also summed up his side’s performance in the post-match press conference. He said, “Right from the start, we were quite disciplined. We wanted to learn from the mistakes which we made in the last game. Today was a great game for the bowling department because I knew the conditions weren’t great for it.”
India restricted Pakistan to 162, bowling the men-in-green out in 43.1 overs. While Bhuvneshwar Kumar was named man-of-the match for his bowling performance, Kedar Jadhav was equally instrumental, taking crucial wickets in the middle of the Pakistan innings and finishing with figures of 9 overs, 1 maiden, 23 runs and 3 wickets. Speaking about Jadhav’s performance, Sharma said, “He (Jadhav) has been working on his bowling, he takes his bowling very seriously. Every now and then, he has come and done the job for the team which augurs well. Bowling those crucial overs and taking wickets are bonuses for us. Especially when Hardik got injured, it was important for him to carry on and put the team onto the right track.
“I quite enjoyed the little innings that I played (52 off 39 balls), but got out to a great delivery. It was important for us to come here and adjust. We haven’t played here much and the two games that we have played now, we have understood how to create partnerships and achieve targets that we have set for ourselves. The opening partnership sets the platform for the rest to come and play freely, do their job. It was a fantastic finish by Dinesh and Rayudu as well.”
Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed also reflected on his side’s performance, saying, “The start was not at all good. We lost two wickets in the first five overs. We got some momentum in the middle but again lost wickets and could not recover. We batted poorly and all of us played poor shots to get out.”
Only four Pakistani batsmen managed to get into double figures, with Babar Azam top-scoring with a 62-ball 47. Shoaib Malik and Azam put on a 82-run stand for the third wicket, but when Azam was dismissed with Pakistan’s score on 85, none of the following batsmen could stitch together a partnership as the Indian bowlers kept taking wickets at regular intervals.
Ahmed continued, “Many of them were soft dismissals except Babar, who got a good ball. We had prepared for the two spinners but the third one (Jadhav) chipped in with wickets. It is nice to get a wake-up call early on in the tournament and we would not want to commit the same mistakes. We will come back better prepared next time.”
Finally, speaking about his performance, man-of-the-match Bhuvneshwar Kumar (7-1-15-3) said, “You always need initial wickets to get any team to a low total. It was a great bowling effort. It was also great to see Jadhav step up in the absence of Hardik Pandya. A great team effort.
“On a track where the ball doesn’t swing, it’s important to bowl back of a length and try to hit the stumps, give yourselves a chance. Key is not to give too many runs and force the batsmen to make mistakes. That’s the best way to get them out.”
First Published: September 20, 2018, 12:24 AM IST