Connect with us

Sports

T20 World Cup: 'It was decided since the team was selected', says Rathour on Gill, Avesh's release

Published

on

Lauderhill (USA), June 16 (IANS) India batting coach Vikram Rathour has confirmed that travelling reserves Shubman Gill and Avesh Khan will leave the side after the culmination of T20 World Cup group stage fixtures, saying “it was decided since the team was selected.”

It was reported that Gill and Avesh will return home from the ongoing T20 World Cup home after the match against Canada. Rinku Singh and Khaleel Ahmed will remain with the side for the remainder of the tournament.

The duo, who were part of the four-member travelling reserves along with Rinku and Khaleel, had travelled to Florida for India last group A fixture with the rest of the team as backups in case of any adversity.

“This was a plan from the beginning. When we come to the US, four players will come together. After that two will be released and two will travel with us to West Indies. So, this plan was made from the beginning since the team was selected. This was planned so we are just following that,” Rathour said in a press conference after India’s match against Canada abondoned without a ball being bowled.

India have topped Group A with seven points despite a washout against Canada on Saturday halted their three-match unbeaten run in the ongoing T20 World Cup. Men in Blue will now head to the West Indies to play their Super Eight matches.

ALSO READ:  NBA: Doncic & Irving take the blame for Mavericks 100-105 loss against Timberwolves

The wet outfield at Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground in Florida forced the abandonment of the fixture which could have given them a chance to showcase their skills outside the tricky New York pitch.

After a washout due to wet outfield Rathour is looking forward to practice days in Barbados, where Men in Blue will take on Afghanistan in their Super Eight fixture.

“Again, not ideal. It would have been great if we could have gotten a game today. But now this is what it is. So, we look forward to having a couple of good practice days in Barbados and get into the game. So again, now the matches will happen simultaneously after one day.

“So, as a team I think we are ready. We are used to these kind of schedules, we have done it in past and I am sure we will do it really well this time as well,” Rathour said.

“Of course, disappointing I think for fans yes but even for a team we were really looking forward to play a game and we were expecting better conditions, batting conditions than what we got in New York. So as a team I think it was important for us to get a game but again something that we can’t control, we don’t control. So, it’s unfortunate that we couldn’t get a game here,” he added.

ALSO READ:  Bruce Oxenford and Paul Wilson to retire from Cricket Australia National Umpires Panel

When asked about Virat Kohli’s dismal form in the tournament, Rathour backed the star batter and said it is a positive sign that he is hungrier for runs.

“I love it when every time I come there is a question about Virat Kohli, whether he is doing well or not. No concern at all, no concern at all. He has been batting superbly from the tournament that he came from. Couple of dismissals here, doesn’t change anything, he is batting really well.

“Actually, it’s good that he is little hungrier, he is really keen to do well and really switched on. It’s a good space to be as a batsman, I think. Looking forward to some good games and watching some good innings from him,” he said.

Talking about the team’s preparedness for the Super Eight stage, Rathour said they have players to deal with any situation.

“Again, we need to be a flexible team. We need to look at the conditions that are in front of us and be ready to deal with those. So as a team, we are going to be really flexible, I think. We’ll react the way what we get on the day. We have enough resources in our team to deal with any kind of conditions,” said Rathour.

ALSO READ:  Euro 2024: Kane hails Bellingham's equaliser as 'one of the best goals' in England history

The batting coach added they are equipped with the best resources in each department to tackle any condition on the field.

“It’s good. You should be able to play on all types of wickets. We have the skills to play in all types of conditions and do well. So, we have got the difficult wickets. Hopefully, we will get good wickets in the tournament. And if we get turning wickets or if we get low-scoring games, our team is equipped to deal with that.

“I think our balance is very good in the team at this time. All the batters are batting well, bowlers are bowling really well, we have 4 spin options, we have enough fast bowlers as well. So, whichever conditions come, I think we are really equipped to deal with that,” Rathour concluded.

India will take on Afghanistan in their first Super Eight match in Barbados on June 20.

–IANS

ab/bc

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Sports

'Pleasure for everyone if final concludes peacefully', Argentina coach ahead of Copa America final

Published

on

By

Florida, July 14 (IANS) Ahead of the Copa America final against Colombia, Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni hopes for a peaceful match at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens on Monday (as per IST).

Scaloni’s comments came at the heels of the clashes that erupted between Uruguayan players and Colombia supporters after the former’s 1-0 loss in the semifinal match in North Carolina.

“I hope the fans can enjoy themselves, I sincerely wish for that. Besides the joy of winning the title, it would be a pleasure for everyone if the final concludes peacefully,” Scaloni said during a press conference on Saturday.

Scaloni showed compassion in response to the incident between Uruguayan players, recognising the anguish that results when family members find themselves in such circumstances.

“We expect players to set a positive example, but in such circumstances, reactions can be difficult to predict. I hope incidents like these are not repeated. Witnessing your loved ones amidst such chaos must be deeply distressing,” he remarked.

ALSO READ:  Bruce Oxenford and Paul Wilson to retire from Cricket Australia National Umpires Panel

Speaking on forward Angel Di Maria’s farewell match for Argentina, Scaloni remains committed to the goal of winning the trophy over individual accolades.

“Even though it may be his final match, our primary consideration remains the team’s needs. Whether he plays or not will be decided accordingly,” Scaloni expressed.

Argentina sealed the final berth after defeating Canada 2-0 in the semi-final. Argentina hope to build on their previous finals success, having won the Copa America in 2021, the Intercontinental Cup in 2022 against Italy, the European champions, and the World Cup in Qatar against France.

“Every final has its own unique challenges. We will approach it with determination to win. Every team understands the significance and pressure that comes with a final,” Scaloni concluded.

–IANS

ab/bc

Continue Reading

Sports

Euro 2024: Luis de la Fuente claims Spain are not 'favourites' heading into finals

Published

on

By

Berlin, July 14 (IANS) The joint-record winners of the European Championship, Spain will be taking on England in a blockbuster final of the Euro 2024 at the Olympiastadion Berlin on Monday (as per IST).

Ahead of the highly-awaited encounter, many believe that the Spaniards are the favourites given the ruthlessness they have shown throughout the tournament but head coach Luis de la Fuente has stated that ‘there are no favourites’ in the matchup.

“There are no favourites. It’s an even match-up, just as our previous knockout games were. If we are not above the level we displayed in those games, we won’t have a chance of winning — and the same if we make mistakes,” said de la Fuente in the pre-game conference.

Spain have been one of the best teams at the tournament, they are playing with a fun, free-flowing identity, raising their game to a level which we are accustomed to seeing the La Roja perform at.

ALSO READ:  Premier league: Liverpool, Man City play out 1-1 draw to leave Arsenal top of table

They have scored 13 goals so far in the Euro 2024, the highest by any team in the tournament whilst only conceding three goals which has seen them remain the only team that has won all their games so far.

“It’s fantastic to be here and we are excited to be in the final. It’s one of the biggest sporting achievements there is. We are relaxed and looking forward to playing. Sunday will be a complicated game against a great team, between the best two teams [in the tournament], that’s why we are in the final,” he added.

Out of the two finalists, Spain have definitely had the harder road to Berlin. The side defeated Georgia 4-1 in the Round of 16 which set their clashes against Germany in the quarterfinal (2-1) before a 2-1 victory over France in the semi-finals of the tournament.

“These matches, which are so even, are often decided by the finer details. The team that makes the fewest mistakes will have the best chance of winning,” concluded the Spanish head coach.

ALSO READ:  World Para-Athletics: Bhagyashri Jadhav wins silver in Women's Shot Put F34; fifth medal for India

–IANS

aaa/ab

Continue Reading

Sports

'Bharat in Paris': Celebrating India's Olympic Movement and adoption of Esports

Published

on

By

New Delhi, July 14 (IANS) All roads on Sunday converged at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium to witness the first major convening of traditional sports and Esports ahead of the Paris Olympics that is scheduled to be held from July 26 to August 11.

The maiden inaugural run, titled ‘Bharat in Paris’ is a celebration of India’s Olympic movement and a prelude to the inclusion of Esports in Olympics.

The ‘Bharat In Paris’ event marks the recognition of Esports amongst traditional sports. Inspired by the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to position India as a global sports power with aspirations of hosting the Olympics in the near future.

The run aims to integrate traditional sports with the fast growing Indian Esports segment, which even the Government of India, by the Prime Minister himself, has acknowledged recently.

The Bharat in Paris Inaugural Run was flagged off Chief Guest Giriraj Singh, Minister of Textiles in the presence of Guest of Honour Manoj Tiwari, Member of Parliament.

In his address Giriraj Singh said, “First of all, I recognise the efforts of Abhishek Issar and Ishan Verma for organising this event. Today India has made big strides in Olympics. India has achieved so much in the global sporting arena, which is unimaginable. India is winning medals in every sports making the country proud”

ALSO READ:  ESFI opens registrations for National Esports Championships 2024

He further stated, “the growing opportunity of digital India offers great possibilities in leveraging new Olympic medal sports such as ESports. This is a great occasion for India to establish its presence in the ESports industry and win medals along with traditional sports.”

Manoj Tiwari said, “Today’s 7-km run is good wishes going to the athletes going to Paris for the Olympics. It is our wish to the Indian contingent to double the medals tally. It is good to see the progress and fillip given to ESports along with traditional sports. The recognition of ESports in Olympics is a big step which will motivate enthusiasts and propel them to do better”.

UNIV Sportatech, a pioneer in the Esports policy adoption, with a vision to cultivate robust Esports ecosystem by advising the State Governments, is also hosting esports tournaments across multiple regions of the country, with the aim to create an enabling policy-led environment to empower the Government and have a trickle down effect for grassroots development of the sector.

The ‘Bharat In Paris’ event also includes an esports tournament, along with the run, where all winners are being attributed a cumulative prizepool of INR 2,64,000 (INR 1,50,000 for the podium finishers from the run and INR 1,14,000 for esports winners). The event is a representation of Indian citizens getting to participate in the Olympic sports (run, BGMI, Chess, FIFA) and show their skills.

ALSO READ:  World Para-Athletics: Bhagyashri Jadhav wins silver in Women's Shot Put F34; fifth medal for India

While there are three age-categories for the runners on the race day, the Esports tournament had three titles (BGMI – BattleGrounds Mobile India, E-Chess and EA Sports FC24) over the last 10 days culminating in Sunday’s grand celebrations. The 10-day esports tournament witnessed participation from 1500 applicants from all corners of the country. The winners have been flown in specially from Patna and Mumbai, while there are others from Kolkata and Delhi as well.

The winners were felicitated by India’s iconic ESports athletes – Tanmay “Scout” Singh, Ammar “Destro” Khan and Lokmanyu Chaturvedi at a special Meet & Greet Session giving an opportunity for ESports aspirants to take their autographs, take pictures with them, and hear from them their inspiring journey in the world of gaming/ESports.

Speaking about the initiative, Abhishek Issar, Founder, UNIV Sportatech, said, “The ‘Bharat In Paris’ Olympic awareness run is a celebration of Bharat’s rising force as part of the Olympic movement. Akin to the International Olympic movement of creating the Esports Olympics, today we are proud to have played our part in creating an inclusive approach having to accord winners of the run and esports at the same event.

ALSO READ:  Euro 2024: Kane hails Bellingham's equaliser as 'one of the best goals' in England history

“We are proud to be taking esports ground up having to have advised the central Government for recognising esports as a sport and now empowering the state governments, like the Bihar Government, to create state esports policies. Given India’s fantastic digital infrastructure, and the central Government’s positive outlook, Esports may well be Bharat’s moment to take a podium finish at the Olympics.”

Ishan Verma, Founder, UNIV Sportatech, added, “Bharat in Paris’, an Olympic awareness run also aims to draw attention towards inclusion of esports at the Olympics. India’s esports market is growing rapidly, expected to reach USD 919 million by 2032. Interestingly, India currently holds a very small player pool, and recognising this anomaly UNIV Sportatech is committed towards building talent identification and incubation programs to support emerging talent nationwide. The Bharat In Paris Esports event is one small step in that direction. We hope a consistent build up of this approach will soon position India as a global esports leader and inspire future esports athletes.”

–IANS

bc/

Continue Reading

Sports

Copa America: Messi rallies Argentina ahead of finals clash against Colombia

Published

on

By

Miami, July 14 (IANS) Lionel Messi, a name synonymous with greatness will once again take the field in Argentina’s clash against Colombia in the Finals of the 2024 Copa America at the Hard Rock Stadium.

The World Champions have been on top of the world in the past three years. They won the Copa America in 2021, 2022 Finalissima and the 2022 FIFA World Cup cementing Messi’s legacy as one of the greatest of all time.

Messi has posted a photo on Instagram with a strong message intending to rally the nation ahead of the finals.

“Last day of the Copa America. Once again we reached the end… This incredible path would have been impossible without the work of everyone, those who are seen the most and those who are always behind the camera.

“Thank you all for the effort and passion, to all the teammates and the coaching staff, to the National Team workers and to all the Argentines who came to encourage us in the United States and to those who could not come but support us from our country and also from other places where they are living. A big hug to everyone, let’s go Argentina,” read the caption of the Instagram post.

ALSO READ:  NBA: Doncic & Irving take the blame for Mavericks 100-105 loss against Timberwolves

The eight-time Ballon d’Or winner was criticised for a majority of his career on his shortcomings with the national team but all that was in the past as the La Albiceleste squad has shown that the they stands behind their captain and are ready to take on the world.

Colombia have been unbeaten in their last 28-games and have been might impressive throughout the tournament as Lornzo’s men aim to bring their second ever Copa America trophy home.

If Argentina were to win the finals, the side will move past Uruguay as the clear record winners of the tournament with 16 to their name.

–IANS

aaa/bc

Continue Reading

Sports

Wimbledon: Ticket prices for Djokovic vs Alcaraz final soar to USD 10,000

Published

on

By

New Delhi, July 14 (IANS) The ticket prices for the Wimbledon 2024 men’s singles final between Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz have soared to record high due to the high demand.

Sunday’s title clash will be the rematch of the last year’s final between Djokovic and Alcaraz where the Spaniard prevailed in the five-set thriller to clinch his maiden grass-court major.

American sports commentator Darren Rovell claiming that it will be the “most expensive get-in finals in the history” with the price of the cheapest ticket costing USD 10,000 (roughly around Rs 8,35,193) on the online ticket reselling platforms.

“Djokovic-Alcaraz Wimbledon Final will be the most expensive get-in finals tickets in the history of sports. Right now, WORST SEAT for Sunday is more than $10,000,” Rovell wrote on X.

However, the ticket price for a Centre Court seat at Wimbledon’s official price list shows 275 pounds (around Rs 29,172.56) for the finals.

ALSO READ:  NBA: Doncic & Irving take the blame for Mavericks 100-105 loss against Timberwolves

On Sunday, Djokovic will seek revenge against Alcaraz and aim to equal Roger Federer’s record eight trophies at The All England Club. If he wins the title, the 37-year-old will become the oldest champion in tournament history and move to a record-extending 25 majors.

Djokovic is relishing the opportunity to test himself against Alcaraz again on the biggest stage.

The Serbian takes a 3-2 ATP head-to-head series into their final clash, with little to separate them. The second seed, who is chasing his first title of the season, arrived at Wimbledon having undergone knee surgery in early June.

The former No. 1 Serb has moved well throughout the event, dropping just two sets en route to his 10th Wimbledon final.

–IANS

ab/bc

Continue Reading

Trending