Everyone Should Understand That MS Dhoni Is Not 20 Years Old Anymore, Says Kapil Dev

Former India captain Kapil Dev, in an exclusive chat with NDTV, spoke at length about what makes Virat Kohli so special, India’s chances at the ongoing ICC Women’s World T20 and whether Ravi Shastri is the ideal person to coach Team India. Another pertinent point he made was about MS Dhoni, saying that people still expect him to play like a 20 year old. “I think whatever he has done, he’s done a great job. But I think the bad part is we are expecting the same 20 or 25 years old Dhoni, which is not going to work,” he said.

“He has experience, if he can help the team with his experience, it’s well done. But one thing everyone should understand that he is not 20, and he is not going to be 20 again. So whatever he brings to the table, if he can make himself available and he can play good cricket, he is an asset to the team. Only his fitness is important and I wish he keeps on playing more matches,” he added.

Elaborating on what makes Indian captain Virat Kohli so special, he said, “I think he is a special person, a special player. I think certain people are special and he is one of them. The people who have talent and are ready to work hard they become superhuman. So I think he is talented and disciplined and that makes him what he is.”

The Harmanpreet Kaur-led team has made it to the semi-finals of the ICC Women’s World T20, and are going strong in their bid to win the title. Giving some words of wisdom to the women’s team, he said, “I think they should go with that frame of mind that yes we want to win the cup. If they don’t win, that doesn’t matter because how you play is very important. If they play as a unit and make less mistakes, they will be champions.”

Barely days ago, Virat Kohli said that Ravi Shastri is not a “yes man”. So does he think that Shastri is the ideal person to coach Team India? “If the captain and the team is happy, why should we question somebody? I don’t like to question which I am not related to, I do not like to answer because I do not know what is happening inside. If the team is happy and he is doing a good job, good luck to him,” said Dev.

Trying to Understand the Mysterious Ways of God: Aditya Tare



Trying to Understand the Mysterious Ways of God: Aditya Tare

Mumbai batsman Aditya Tare. (Image credit: AFP)







Aditya Tare lost his Mumbai captaincy after a poor season last year, both for himself and for his side. Mumbai were knocked out of the Ranji and Vijay Hazare trophies in the quarterfinals, and finished fourth out of five teams in the second stage of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.It was a rare poor year for Tare, who is heading into his tenth season for Mumbai. The 30-year-old is doing everything he can to bounce back, including taking to spirituality.

”I have been following certain patterns, meditation and visualisation techniques,” he told FirstPost. “Trying to understand life in a different way rather than just through the cricketing angle or a sportsman’s angle. It’s about understanding life, what goes beyond life.

“That’s really eased me. It’s given me a different perspective towards life and I guess that’s the reason why I am pretty calm and centered at the moment.

“It’s just trying to connect with myself, trying to connect with the higher self, the higher being. Trying to understand the mysterious ways of God. Just trying to connect with my inner self, that’s something I have been reaching out for.”

The calmness helped Tare accept the reasons for him being replaced as captain.

“It’s time in my career that I play with some freedom, less stress and less things to do on the field. So I can completely focus on my game and on things I want to do. Captaincy obviously takes a bit of toll on you, mentally as well.” he said.

“I wasn’t angry or upset. Not at all. I think it was a fair call. I’ve never demanded or wanted to lead Mumbai, it came my way, and I did my job with complete honesty.

“I am really happy and proud of the way my captaincy career turned out where we won the Ranji Trophy in 2015-16 without a single Test player playing in the team. Obviously, Mumbai is a place where if you don’t have a good season, there needs to be someone taking that responsibility and I think it should come right from the top. I was the captain when we had a disastrous year last year so I needed to be held responsible and I completely agree with that and I am completely fine with it. A new leader who will bring in new and fresh ideas, that’s what’s needed for the team and I am glad it happened. You can see the result, there was one change at the top and you could see a positive result (Vijay Hazare win).”

Tare himself played a big part in the Vijay Hazare trophy win, scoring a fighting 71 that helped Mumbai chase down 178 after being reduced to 40 for 4 in the final by Delhi.

“Honestly, I feel it was the most important innings I have played throughout my Mumbai career,” said Tare. “It’s got to be the most important one because I have always dreamt of winning championships for Mumbai and for that you need to contribute, that’s how you make that championship special.

“I have been working on my mental aspect and on other factors, not just cricket but in life as well. So those sort of practices and routines helped me calm down in the middle. Unlike the other times where I was pretty tensed and hyper, this time around I was pretty calm and I was only trying to watch the ball and batting accordingly.”

It was a good beginning to the season but Tare recognized the importance of bigger scores if he has to come into contention for a place in the Indian side. He has bailed out Mumbai on a number of occasions but has only seven centuries from 103 first-class innings

“It’s about longevity, it’s about scoring heaps of runs over a period of time,” Tare said. “That’s how you justify your place or spot at international level. Getting 500-600 runs is not the aim. The thing is I have been consistently getting 500-600 runs which says that I am good enough at this level. One season of less runs doesn’t make me a bad player.

“That’s how you get recognised, that’s how you get judged at the moment on the number of hundreds you score. Obviously I have to consider that as well that to get recognised or to get rated by people who matter, you need to score runs, you need to score hundreds that’s something I haven’t ticked in the past season or two. But I have played some important innings and I have won a lot of games for Bombay so that’s the confidence I have in myself.

“Even if I wouldn’t be getting hundreds, I know that I score important runs for the team so for me that’s more important than scoring hundreds. But obviously you cannot ignore the fact the I am not a big hundred player or I am a batsman who regularly scores hundreds. It’s something I have to add to my career.”




First Published: October 31, 2018, 4:24 PM IST


Mohammed Shami Watched Videotapes Of James Anderson, Stuart Broad’s Bowling To Understand English Conditions

Indian fast bowler Mohammed Shami said he watched videos of England star pacers Stuart Broad and James Anderson to better understand and improve his bowling in English conditions. “If you compare my performances on this tour with those in 2014, I have improved a lot. Overall, all of us have done well. I’ve learnt a lot, especially how to bowl away from home, how focused you need to be,” Shami said.

“I’ve got to learn a lot. In 2014 when I came here, I wasn’t that experienced. I wasn’t mature either. This time, I watched videotapes of James Anderson and Stuart Broad’s bowling. I saw what areas they bowled in, in these conditions. I’ve got to learn a lot,” he added.

After overcoming inconsistency in South Africa and personal problems later on, Shami has bowled well in the ongoing series against England, taking 16 wickets in five Tests.

Shami bowled his heart out in the first as well as the second innings, but had no rewards to show for it. He went wicketless (0/72) in the first innings despite beating the bat of Moeen Ali innumerable times and took 2-110 in the second innings as England set an imposing 464-run target.

“Some things depend on luck too. When you bowl, your target is to bowl a good line and length. Whether you get a wicket or not depends on luck. Of course it is frustrating that I beat the bat many times and still didn’t get a wicket. But it’s okay. Whatever God gives me, I have to accept,” Shami said.

Asked to put his overall performance in context, he said, “The saddest time is when as a bowler you work hard and don’t succeed. The saddest time will be the first innings yesterday. I’ve never beaten the bat so many times in my life.

“When it comes to fun, all of our players like to joke around with each other. We have fun all the time. When you’re on the field, you have to be serious. But off the field, to pass the time or ease the pressure, you need fun and music. We have both in our camp.”

(With PTI Inputs)

Asian Games 2018 Live Streaming India Shooting Live Score and Updates: Heena Sidhu, Manu Bhaker eye medal

Asian Games 2018 Live Streaming India Shooting Live Score and Updates: Shardul Vihan won silver medal.

Asian Games 2018 Live Streaming India Shooting Live Score and Updates: Shardul Vihan added to India’s medal tally on Day 5 of Asian Games 2018 taking place in Indonesia as he clinched a silver medal in men’s double trap shooting event on Thursday. The 15-year old boy from Meerut, Uttar Pradesh shot 73 to come second to Korea’s Shin Hyunwoo, 34, who overtook the Indian shooter by a point. Qatar’s Al Marri Hamad Ali settled for bronze with a score of 53 at the Jakabaring shooting range. Vihan had qualified for the final by topping Men’s Double Trap qualification round with a score of 141. His teammate Ankur Mittal failed to qualify, finishing at the ninth position with a score of 134.

India One Wicket Away From Massive Win


India vs England Live: India bowlers will aim to wrap up the 3rd Test in the first session. © AFP

Jasprit Bumrah took his international Test career’s second five-wicket haul (5/85) for India as England hung on 311/9 at the end of day four on Tuesday at Trent Bridge. India now need a wicket on the final day to script an important victory. Defeat today will see England’s lead in the five test series cut to 2-1, setting up an exciting fourth test encounter at Southampton starting next Thursday. While the Indian bowlers dominated the day, England batsmen Jos Buttler (106) and Ben Stokes (62) gave the hosts a glimmer of hope after losing early wickets. They batted on as the Indian bowlers failed to get a breakthrough with the old ball. Once the new ball was taken, England batsmen fell prey to the swing of Bumrah and Hardik Pandya. England will need another 210 runs on the final day. (Live Scorecard)

The last pair of Adil Rashid (30 batting) and Jimmy Anderson (8) played nearly six overs and will pray that fickle English weather come to their rescue. Flamboyant stroke players Buttler and Stokes curbed their natural instinct to added 169 runs in 57.2 overs in a show of grit and application. It was a tough period for the Indian bowlers as the two players were ready to grind it out. Buttler playing 176 balls with 21 boundaries but more importantly Stokes, who consumed 187 deliveries, hitting only six fours. (Play fantasy league and win cash daily)

Live updates between India vs England, 3rd Test, Day 5, straight from Trent Bridge

While India were never in trouble but the period once again defined the beauty of Test cricket where it was once again proved why patience is the most important virtue for top teams. However, things changed dramatically after skipper Virat Kohli took the second new ball and Bumrah got Buttler and Jonny Bairstow (0) off successive deliveries. Buttler shouldered arms to an angular delivery expecting to go over stumps but it cut back sharply to hit the knee roll and was adjudged leg-before.