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IPL 2024: 'Have struggled a bit after injury; hopefully will be back to being a player I was', says Rashid Khan

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Ahmedabad, May 13 (IANS) The IPL 2024 has witnessed the return of Afghanistan’s premier leg-spinner Rashid Khan to high-octane cricketing action after undergoing a back surgery last year. So far, Rashid has been building up to achieve his best self with the ball and bat, seen from him taking ten wickets and making 102 runs in his team’s campaign so far.

Ahead of Gujarat Titans’ final home match against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Monday evening, Rashid spoke exclusively to IANS on his performances in IPL 2024, mindset behind acing last-ball finish against Rajasthan Royals and on leadership skills of Shubman Gill.

Q. How would you analyse your performances for GT in IPL 2024, especially considering that you were out of the eleven for couple of games due to an injury in the tournament?

A. The performance is not of that level which I have been doing for the last seven years. Definitely, this year, I have struggled a little bit, but this happens as it became very hard for me to come back and play straightaway after surgery.

But I feel I am getting better and hopefully I will be back to being the player I was. This year, I felt there were a few games where I could have done better, but it just happens and you keep learning from it.

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Q. How has been the support from the coaching staff in easing yourself back into cricketing action?

A. The support from coaching staff has been great so far. The support you need as a player after coming back from injury – I have been quite happy in them giving me the freedom and support, which allowed me to not have too much pressure on myself and to just take it easy and get better match by match.

Q. Can you talk about the game against RR in Jaipur, when 40 runs from 15 balls were needed and you got GT over the line in a last-ball finish alongside Tewatia?

A. It was a kind of game where we thought that it slipped out of our hands. But in T20s, anything is possible. Last year, we didn’t defend 13 in the last over and this was something I had in mind. So, I thought ‘Let’s give our hundred percent in chasing’ and we embraced the mindset of chasing this total.

Me and Rahul had the same discussion that ‘If one of us stay here and take it till the last ball, there is more possibility of chasing it’. That’s what happened – we both stayed till the last over and just chased it.

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Q. You recently broke a wicket-less run via the CSK clash on Friday. How was it for you to be back amongst the wicket-takers in that game?

A. I have faced situations in the IPL, where I went wicketless a couple of times in the games. But the next game does give you an opportunity to get wickets. I am not thinking much about whether I am taking wickets or not – I think more about how I am bowling and what I need to do to deliver for the team when it needs you, which is more important – either an economical spell or wickets.

So, I think about that side more than the wickets – you try your best and bowl well. If you get wickets, its great; if you don’t, I don’t put too much pressure on myself – I just need to ensure I enjoy my skills and cricket.

Q. As a bowler, how do you feel about these high totals in IPL 2024 and more aggression shown by batters this time?

A. As a bowler, high batting totals makes it harder – when you see scores of 250, 260 and 280 being posted by teams on TV, it gives you various challenges as a bowler. But still, the bowlers have to come out with their best – everyone is having different skills.

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So, as long as you believe in your skills, that gives you a better chance to perform than the others. Though batters are doing great, we as bowlers can do better and can learn from it after being hit for runs. I am sure the bowlers will learn from this experience and will be more mature from it.

Q. Finally, how do you see Shubman Gill as a GT captain – in what is also his first major leadership role & what qualities in him stand out as a skipper on and off the field?

A. He has been great so far in the way he has led the team. He has kept things very calm inside and is someone who doesn’t come under pressure very quickly in a big stage like IPL. Definitely that kind of pressure does happen to a youngster when leading the team in a big tournament, especially when people are scoring 240-250.

But he hasn’t felt that and is always trying to deliver his best for the team, and give the best energy to the bowler. I am impressed by his captaincy so far and definitely he will do a great job in future as well.

–IANS

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Giving importance to each individual: Rohit Sharma reveals his learnings as captain

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New Delhi, May 28 (IANS) India captain Rohit Sharma has said that giving importance to each member of the team is his biggest learning during the leadership role. The opening batter is set to lead the country in his second T20 World Cup, which will be played in the USA and the West Indies from June 1 (India time).

Sharing his captaincy approach, Rohit said he prepares himself in advance to tackle any possible situation in the match. “The biggest challenge for a captain is to handle different players in the team. The biggest thing that I’ve learned during captaincy is to give importance to each individual so that they should feel important and part of the team. When they come to you with any difficulty, you have to give them the best solution,” Rohit said in a video posted by Star Sports on X.

The 37-year-old added that he reads about the opposition and players before taking the field. “I have to prepare in both departments — as a captain and as a player. For me, it is important to learn about the ground and opposition and I do that myself. I go and spend a lot of time in the meeting rooms and stuff like that. It is not for the players but just for me so that I can be ready with an answer if any situation arises.

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“The T20 format has become very challenging as players take different approaches in the match and you have to be prepared for that. It is important for me to prepare according to that and share the information with my teammates,” Rohit added.

India are scheduled to take on Bangladesh in the warm-up match on June 1 before starting their T20 World Cup campaign against Ireland in New York on June 5.

–IANS

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Golf: Three Indians Hitaashee, Seher and Mahreen in hunt for Singapore Ladies Masters

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Singapore, May 23 (IANS) Indian professionals Hitaashee Bakshi and Seher Atwal will tee up at the 2024 Singapore Ladies Masters, which will make its much-awaited return to the Laguna National Golf Resort Club in June. The duo will be part of the field of 132 players, including 12 elite amateurs vying for top honours in the China Ladies Professional Golf Association (CLPGA) event. The Singapore Ladies Masters is scheduled to tee off at the Masters course from June 14-16.

Hitaashee Bakshi and Seher Atwal will be joined by teen amateur Mehreen Bhatia, a much-decorated junior. Hitaashee is a multiple winner on the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour and is also playing on the Thai LPGA, where she topped the Qualifying School this year. Seher is a multiple winner on the domestic WPGT and has also been playing on the Ladies European Tour. This is her second appearance at the Singapore Ladies Masters.

Mahreen, a silver medallist at the US Kids World Teen Championships in 2023, was also a medallist at the US Kids European event. She also won the Dubai Faldo Junior Middle East Championships in 2023 and in November last year, she added the Faldo Abu Dhabi event title.

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The Singapore Ladies Masters will be the sixth leg of this season’s CLPGA Tour and carries a prize purse of US$100,000, where the winner will receive a US$15,000 prize cheque.

At the inaugural Singapore Ladies Masters last July, Singapore’s amateur standout Shannon Tan delighted the home crowd by outshining her seasoned professional counterparts to claim the championship.

With the tournament offering valuable Women’s World Golf Rankings points, Shannon, who transitioned to professional status in January 2024, gained a crucial advantage in her quest to qualify for the Paris Olympics.

Following her breakthrough victory, Shannon’s career has seen a remarkable trajectory, highlighted by her recent triumph at the Magical Kenya Ladies Open in February, where she secured her maiden Ladies European Tour (LET) title.

Lyn Yeo, tournament organiser and founder of LLD Sports said: “The Singapore Ladies Masters was the launch pad for Shannon Tan as she deservedly went on to make a further impact on the international stage, especially with her win at the Magical Kenya Ladies Open.

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As we look forward to the return of the Singapore Ladies Masters in June, I’m excited to give our local girls and many others from other countries like India a chance to test themselves and unleash their full potential against some of the best players from China and the region.”

Apart from the top stars, entries have been given to a lot of promising stars, and invitations were sent out to various Asian countries to send some players. The top 60 finishers (including ties) in the first two rounds will advance to the final round on Sunday.

Exemptions have also been granted to leading players from the recently concluded Asia-Pacific Amateur Ladies Golf Team Championship, also known as the Queen Sirikit Cup.

Marina Bay Sands and CarTimes Group will return as Official Partners of the Singapore Ladies Masters while further details on other players and sponsors will be announced soon.

–IANS

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French Open 2024: Casper Ruud storms into second round with straight sets victory

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Paris, May 28 (IANS) Casper Ruud, a two-time French Open finalist, advanced to the second round of the 2024 French Open after a commanding victory over Felipe Alves 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 in the men’s singles opening round. Demonstrating why he is regarded as a formidable contender, the world No. 7 relied on his powerful groundstrokes and strategic play to keep Alves at bay throughout the match.

From the onset, Ruud’s dominance was evident. Serving at close to 90% on his first serves, the Norwegian quickly established control, breaking Alves’ serve to go up 5-3 in the first set after a prolonged battle on his seventh break opportunity. The first set was secured with a decisive 6-3 finish, setting the tone for the rest of the match.

In the second set, Ruud’s tactical prowess shone through as he did not allow Alves a single break point, maintaining consistent pressure with his aggressive baseline play.

An early break in the third set further solidified Ruud’s grip on the match, and despite Alves matching his power game initially, errors began to creep into the Brazilian’s play. Ruud’s relentless consistency saw him through to a straight-sets victory, sealed in just under two hours.

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Fresh off his recent victory in Geneva, Ruud’s confidence was palpable on the Paris clay. Reflecting on his performance, he expressed his deep affinity for the French Open, stating, “This is one of the biggest tournaments for me and for everyone every year. One of my highlights. I’m always looking forward to it. The last two years have given me so much here in Paris. I hope I can make it another good year.”

He acknowledged a satisfactory clay season despite some setbacks in Madrid and Rome, adding, “All in all, I’m happy.”

Looking ahead, Ruud will face either Monaco’s Valentin Vacherot or Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the second round.

–IANS

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Boxing World qualifiers: Nishant Dev, Sachin Siwach register convincing wins to reach pre-quarters (Ld)

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New Delhi, May 28 (IANS) Nishant Dev out-punched and outclassed his Mongolian opponent in just over two minutes in the 71kg second-round bout to reach the pre-quarterfinal stage while Sachin Siwach also advanced to the Round of 16 with a convincing win in the 57kg weight category at the 2nd Boxing World qualifiers for Paris Olympics in Bangkok, Thailand, on Tuesday.

Nishant Dev began with a flurry of punches against Mongolia’s Otgonbaatar Byamba-Erdeneto and forced a standing count in the very first minute. A combination of a jab and cross-hook led to another standing count and the Referee Stopped the Contest (RSC) with 58 seconds still left to play in Round 1.

The 23-year-old will now take on Thailand’s Peerapat Yeasungnoen for a place in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.

Later in the day, Siwach began similarly, looking to land as many punches as possible on Frederik Jensen of Denmark, and grabbed the advantage in Round 1. His confidence only grew as the match progressed as he earned a unanimous verdict from all five judges in Round 2 and 3 to ultimately grab the win with a 5-0 verdict.

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Earlier, Abhinash Jamwal was unlucky to be knocked out in the 63.5kg category.

The 21-year-old fought back with gumption after losing a close first round against Colombia’s Jose Manuel Viafara Fory and clearly dominated the third and final round forcing a tie on points from all five judges.

As per the rules, the judges were then asked to again weigh the performance and decide the winner; all of them then finally voted in Fory’s favour after a long deliberation to seal the final score 5:0 in favour of the Colombian.

On Wednesday, national champion Arundhati Choudhary (66kg) and 2022 Asian Games bronze medallist Narender Berwal (+92 kg) will kick off their campaigns in Round of 32 while Ankushita Boro, who convincingly won her Round of 32 bout in 60kg weight category will be in action against Rimma Volossenko of Kazakhstan.

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Chelsea close on Enzo Maresca in their hunt for head coach: Report

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New Delhi, May 28 (IANS) Chelsea FC are closing in on Leicester City boss Enzo Maresca in their hunt for their next head coach. According to reports, Chelsea have been given permission by Leicester to open contact with their current boss.

According to the report by Sky Sports, Chelsea informed McKenna and Ipswich Town of their decision to pursue Enzo and expressed great admiration for the work he has done with the newly promoted club.

“I think we should expect a decision this week, Chelsea want this sorted out by the start of June. Eghbali (Co-owner) has been in London for a long time and was at the FA Cup final on Saturday. He’s due to leave London pretty soon, but I expect a decision this week,” reported Sky Sports.

The Italian is said to have a release clause of 8-10 million Pounds at Leicester which Chelsea may have to pay if they are to secure his services.

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Maresca emerged as a surprise candidate with the club having been linked to Thomas Frank, Xavi, Kieran McKenna and Robert De Zerbi in the past weeks.

Provided the negotiation does not hit any snag, Maresca is likely to become the new Chelsea head coach as early as next week.

The team finished sixth in the league despite going on a spending frenzy last summer transfer window. The new manager that is trusted with the project will inherit a talented, young squad and hope they can improve this season.

–IANS

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