India has a very good stable CWC team – Rahul Dravid

Rahul Dravid, the former India skipper, thought India’s recent 2-3 loss to Australia in an ODI series will have little manner on their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 campaign.

India has a very good stable CWC team – Rahul Dravid
India has a very good stable CWC team – Rahul Dravid

After securing a 2-0 lead in the five-match series last month, India failed to cover a growing Aussies outfit and lost three matches on the trot. Though, that was a deviation – their fantastic form over the last few years has propelled them to No. 2 and they’re considered one of the favorites for the CWC.

“In the last 30 months, India has been playing really well, and the loss, much to the credit of the way Australia played, came at the back end of a very busy series,” he told the Times of India.

“We have the right combination for the CWC. If India wins the CWC, we will not be worrying about who won 2-3 or 3-2. There will be an odd series that India will lose. But the rankings prove that India is there and should win the CWC to become No.1.”

Inevitably, Dravid was asked of India’s 15-man CWC team, and the decision to drop Ambati Rayudu and Rishabh Pant, but he believed India’s team is so well-balanced that it won’t matter in the end. “India has a very good, balanced team for this CWC,” he said.

“They have a lot of combinations, a lot of options. It is a question of them performing in the tournament. You can always argue one or two cases, one or two names. The team has been picked back and hope. They do really well.”

England last hosted a CWC in 1999, and Dravid, who was the highest run-scorer in that edition, with 461 runs at 65.85 and two centuries, said the conditions would be vastly different now. “I expect the games to be totally different than in 1999 when England last hosted the CWC, which was a slightly low-scoring affair,” he recalled.

“This CWC will probably be a much high scoring one, and India is well equipped for that. English conditions have actually changed, especially for ODIs. We were there last year for an ‘A’ series, and the scores were really high – 300 was par score, and was being chased consistently.

“ODIs have changed in England and [you] can’t go with the typical mindset that it will be the old English conditions of swing and seam. Wickets have become flatter, encouraging higher scores.”

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Rugby World Cup – TJ Perenara could be a surprise asset in All Blacks Squad

TJ Perenara has always been the No. 10 All Blacks reserve at a World Cup tournament. Before the pool match against Georgia in Cardiff in 2015, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen had made a surprise. He announced that the Perenara half-back was the replacement for Dan Carter’s bench, the fifth to the eighth.

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Rugby World Cup - TJ Perenara could be a surprise asset in All Blacks Squad
Rugby World Cup – TJ Perenara could be a surprise asset in All Blacks Squad

Hansen knew of the interest of cutting your sheet of a team of 31 players at a Rugby World Cup.

Rather than risk aggravating Slade and Barrett’s injuries, he told Perenara that he was going to be employed as an emergency player and kicker for the week ahead. Experienced Aaron Smith started at the half-back position, with Tawera Kerr-Barlow on the cover.

It was not like the coaches of the All Blacks had been blinded before revealing their hand in Cardiff. They had done their homework before the tournament. Before leaving for England, Perenara qualified for the first five places in the Auckland team match.

He had already played at No. 10 when he attended Mana College in Porirua, and Hansen noted that he had accumulated a few minutes here for the New Zealand high school team.

It appeared that Perenara had never left the boat while the All Blacks won a 43-10 victory. But it’s always good to keep your insurance policy up-to-date, especially at a World Cup.

The All Blacks selectors will not have forgotten it. After news of a serious knee injury inflicted on Damian McKenzie removed a third-string playmaker to cover Richie Mo’unga and Barrett.

Fox has already hinted that they have not ruled out the option of picking only two of the top five among their 31-man squad to go to the tournament in Japan. After the first group match against South Africa in Yokohama, the All Blacks meet Canada in Oita, Namibia in Tokyo and Italy in Toyota.

While making sure not to disrespect Canada and Namibia for obvious reasons, the All Blacks will also need to be aware of the need to keep the players at their fingertips, without exposing them to unnecessary risks.

If Barrett and Mo’unga are the only two specialists in the first five games, the coaches could have more freedom to strengthen their midfield or back three.

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Aussies has clicked at right time for CWC – Marcus Stoinis

Marcus Stoinis, the Aussies all-rounder, said the squad’s turnaround in form has occurred at the right time, just before the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

Aussies has clicked at right time for CWC – Marcus Stoinis
Aussies have clicked at right time for CWC – Marcus Stoinis

Australia had a tough 2018, but their fortunes have improved massively since the turn of the year. They beat India in India, after coming back from 2-0 down in a five-match ODI series, and followed it up with a 5-0 sweep of Pakistan in the UAE.

The eight back-to-back victories, along with the return of Steve Smith and David Warner, have meant Australia is now being considered among the favorites for the CWC.

“I think everyone is really confident. To win eight games in a row away from home was very important for us,” Stoinis told reporters on the sidelines of a Royal Challengers Bangalore training session. “We needed it. We had lost a lot of matches over the last year or so. Everybody started to believe in each other and we started to play well as a squad.”

The improvement of fortunes may seem sudden, but Stoinis said it was a gradual process. “From the external, it might look like it occurred all of a sudden, but it also shows that the game of cricket is only about minor details,” he said. “Even in the time we were losing, we learned a lot, started getting closer in a lot of matches.”

Stoinis was also delighted with the returns of Smith and Warner from their respective 12-month bans over the ball-tampering scandal last year. Both batsmen have lit up the IPL this year, with Warner leading the charts with 574 runs in 10 outings, with a century and seven half-centuries.

“It returns are a massive boost,” said Stoinis. “People have walked up in the last few months and we have started winning games consistently. It all adds to the mixture and definitely adds to CWC winning combination.”

Australia will face Afghanistan in its CWC opener on 1 June in Bristol.

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Qualification for the Champions League is in Arsenal’s Hands: Emery

Arsenal’s hopes of being among the top four in the Premier League and qualifying for the Champions League are still in their hands despite losing ground this weekend, coach Unai Emery said on Tuesday.

Qualification for the Champions League is in Arsenal’s Hands: Emery
Qualification for the Champions League is in Arsenal’s Hands: Emery

Arsenal, looking to take third place this weekend, is now fifth on the table after Crystal Palace’s 3-2 victory at Emirates Stadium on Sunday. With four games to play this season, Emery’s team is one point behind Tottenham Hotspur third and Chelsea fourth, although they have played a bigger game.  “At the beginning of the season, after the winter, we fought in the table. We were in a worse situation than we are now. Our way does not change. We are on our way to the end of the season with a great opportunity to take our goal. I am always proud of our season, knowing that the key moments are now. Tomorrow is a great moment, match and challenge for us. ”

Emery dismissed suggestions that the Wolves, who have nothing to play for the season, could take their foot off the pedal. The newly promoted team has an impressive record against the top six teams, with 13 points to date.

“They will do a lot of things tomorrow,” said Emery. “I quickly worked on one thing, we play against all the teams and they want to fight, fight and play with great motivation.

“One is the motivation at the table for each player and the other is the motivation against Arsenal. All teams want to beat us because they respect us and because it is important to try to win against us.”

Emery confirmed that Aaron Ramsey (hamstring) and foal Denis Suarez (groin) would not be available. “I want to keep all the information we can have for tomorrow,” he said about Xhaka’s possible return. “Sorry, it’s because I think it’s better for us.” You know that Aaron Ramsey cannot play, Denis Suarez cannot play.”

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Malinga key to Sri Lanka’s CWC chances – Chaminda Vaas

Chaminda Vaas, Sri Lanka paceman trusts Lasith Malinga’s form and his leadership qualities will play the key role for Sri Lanka at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

Malinga key to Sri Lanka’s CWC chances – Chaminda Vaas
Malinga key to Sri Lanka’s CWC chances – Chaminda Vaas

Sri Lanka announced their 15-man CWC squad for the tournament last week, which included plenty of surprise omissions and comebacks. However, Vaas, who was in Mumbai to inaugurate a local T20 tournament on Tuesday, 23 April, thought the selectors had done a good job.

“For the last few months, SL has not done so well. But if you evaluated the combination of the squad which we picked for the CWC, I’m pretty sure that the selectors have done the right thing,” he said. “We have to take it from there, and it’s up to the players to get themselves in and play well for the country.”

Vaas, who had a stint as Sri Lanka’s bowling coach in 2017, said a lot depended on Malinga and hailed him as one of the world’s best players. “There is no doubt that Malinga is one of the best in the world, and the best in SL,” he said. “We depend on him as a bowler, and he showed his leadership qualities.

“He has given 100% for the team. We have seen him playing in Mumbai in IPL on one day and playing in Sri Lanka in a domestic tournament the next day. It shows the commitment he has and the commitment he has to the team and the country. He will be the key for Sri Lanka cricket in the upcoming CWC.”

Dimuth Karunaratne, who last played an ODI in 2015, will lead SL at the CWC he will be one of many captains that SL has tried in the last couple of years.

Vaas, who took 355 Test wickets and 400 in ODIs, admitted captaincy had been a problem for SL but hoped for the best from Karunaratne. “The selectors and SL Cricket have put their trust in Dimuth, and given him an opportunity to captain the side,” said Vaas. “I’m pretty sure the team will unite and will do well in the upcoming CWC.”

SL begins its CWC campaign on 1 June in Cardiff against New Zealand.

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Pant tries to change past CWC snub in-game – Winning innings

Pant, the India wicket-keeper batsman, said that being ignored for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 was playing on his mind during his knock against Rajasthan Royals in the 2019 IPL on Monday, 22 April.

Pant, who hit an unbeaten 78 in just 36 balls, was instrumental in Delhi Capitals chasing down a competitive 191 with four balls to spare. Last week, Pant was left out of India’s World Cup squad in favor of the more experienced Dinesh Karthik as the back-up wicket-keeper.

“I am feeling lovely. To make your team win in an important match is a good feeling,” he said at the post-match presentation, before adding, “I won’t lie, the selection thought was running in my mind.”

Pant tries to change past CWC snub in game – Winning innings
Pant tries to change past CWC snub in-game – Winning innings

However, the 21-year-old said that he tried to focus on the task at hand. Delhi had lost two wickets in back-to-back overs before Pant decisively turned the game in their favor. He now has 336 runs in 11 matches with a strike-rate of 163.10.

“I focused on my process, I trusted my process and it worked for me. I knew how the wicket was behaving and I took advantage of that. The most important thing for our team is that everyone knows their role and we try to keep it simple.”

Pant’s team-mate Prithvi Shaw, with whom he shared an innings-stabilizing 84-run stand for the third wicket, also praised the wicket-keeper, calling him the “biggest finisher of the game in T20 right now”.

Pant’s exclusion for the World Cup took many by surprise, including the Delhi coach Ricky Ponting, who said he expects the talented youngster to play at least three or four World Cups in his career.

“I was surprised when he was left out of the squad. I thought he’ll be in and I thought he’ll actually play in the starting XI,” Ponting had said. “I thought that someone like him batting at No. 4 or 5 in their side would have just been that sort of player who could have had that X factor about him that could have been the difference between India and some other teams in the World Cup.”

Like Ponting, Delhi advisor Sourav Ganguly was also all praise for the youngster. After the left-hander hit the winning runs, the former India captain rushed to the ground and lifted him up. Ganguly later called Pant a “wow” player in a tweet.

“After I finished off the match and was coming out, everyone was showering so much love,” Pant said. “It felt special when Sourav sir lifted me, it was a different experience.”

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Graham Henry – All Blacks should consider giving Dan Carter a reminder of the World Cup

Dan Carter, would not be out of place on the All Blacks team in Japan later this year if the selectors sent him to fill the void left by injured Damian McKenzie said former coach Graham Henry.

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Graham Henry All Blacks should consider giving Dan Carter a reminder of the World Cup
Graham Henry All Blacks should consider giving Dan Carter a reminder of the World Cup

“We talked about Dan Carter and I do not think Dan Carter will let you down, he would be number three and I think he fits perfectly in that position,” Henry told News talk radio.

He’ll add a huge amount of experience and intellectual property about the Rugby World Cup and playing international rugby. He’s been there and done that.

Three times world player of the year Carter, retired from the international after his 112th test when he helped the All Blacks win the 2015 Rugby World Cup title. Aged 37, he recently had a neck surgery that cost him a lucrative short-term return to France.

Neither is he under contract with New Zealand rugby, which prevents him from participating in the selection because the All Blacks have a policy of selecting only local players.

“It’s just obvious that they have to qualify and they have to play and sign in this country to be available to the All Blacks,” said Henry.

I’m sure he’ll be good for Beaudy and Richie if he was there, but it looks like there’s a lot of work in the background.

Carter is not the only former player to have been mentioned as a potential candidate. Local media have announced that Aaron Cruden could leave Montpellier and return home on a short-term contract before joining former Super Rugby coach Dave Rennie in Glasgow.

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Juventus legend accuses Ronaldo of leaving the Champions League against Ajax

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Legend of Bianconeri, Marco Tardelli becomes the last former Juventus to analyze the rapid elimination of Juventus in the UEFA Champions League.

According to the former Italian international, Cristiano Ronaldo was one of the main factors that influenced the unexpected elimination.

Juventus legend Marco Tardelli said Cristiano Ronaldo set the tone for Juventus’ performance and could have done more to stop the Italian giants from leaving the Champions League.

Juventus legend accuses Ronaldo of leaving the Champions League against Ajax
Juventus legend accuses Ronaldo of leaving the Champions League against Ajax

Tardelli, who played 354 times for Juventus in ten seasons, explained Cristiano Ronaldo’s impact on the current squad and pointed him to the Champions League exit.

Speaking to Rai Sport, via AS, the former midfielder said:

“Juventus must work in the direction of the team. Cristiano Ronaldo may have played too much this year, but he is the one who imposes it [the attitude of the team]. Against Ajax, he could have done even more. “

Tardelli then accused the Argentinian striker of Paulo Dybala’s poor performance this season, saying the Argentine striker “unknowingly” was playing badly around Ronaldo.

“I think some players give less with Ronaldo. They suffer with him [around] unconsciously. [Paulo] Dybala is one of them, “he said.

Cristiano Ronaldo, however, has recently ended his rumours that he could be eliminated at Juventus from “1000%”, which confirms his presence at the club next season.

Despite falling to the quarter-finals of the Champions League against Ajax, Ronaldo had a successful first season at the club, scoring 26 goals and 13 more in 39 appearances en route to the Scudetto, eighth in a row for Juventus.

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MS Dhoni Will be an Energetic Cog for IND at CWC19 – Kiran More

Former Indian wicket-keeper Kiran More has said that MS Dhoni will be a vital cog for the team at the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

MS Dhoni Will be an Energetic Cog for IND at CWC19 – Kiran More
MS Dhoni Will be an Energetic Cog for IND at CWC19 – Kiran More

Dhoni played one of the most remarkable innings of the 2019 IPL, nearly chasing down 26 runs off the last over against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday, 21 April.

Chennai eventually fell short by a run, but Dhoni’s 48-ball 84* showed More that he continued to be a lynchpin in every team he played for, despite his age.

“He was brilliant. It was a settled inning and only goes to show age is never a standard,” More said. “Dhoni is in the highest form and age is just a number. Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid all played till late in their career and with a difference.”

Dhoni is Chennai’s top-scorer this season, with 314 runs at 104.66, striking them at a little over 137. He has also been in terrific form for India in ODIs this year, where he has averaged 81.75 in eight innings.

It’s far from how the last year had panned out, where Dhoni struggled for runs, averaging 25 and striking at 71.42 after 13 outings. However, he has put that behind in 2019, when he has turned back the clock by finishing innings and winning games, both for India and for Chennai in the IPL.

His innings on Sunday took more back to 2006 when a brash and young Dhoni took international cricket by storm with his savage hitting. More had been responsible for Dhoni’s arrival at the international scene when as a national selector in 2004; he pushed for Dhoni’s inclusion in the national squad for the 2004 tour of Bangladesh.

Dhoni immediately validated that faith, with a century in his fifth game – 148 against Pakistan in Visakhapatnam in April 2005. A few months later, he struck a devastating 183* against Sri Lanka in Jaipur, which remains the highest score by a wicket-keeper in ODIs.

“The match took me back to 2006, and maybe about that time when a young Dhoni took the scene by squall,” More said. “He will absolutely be an energetic cog for the Indian team at the CWC.”

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Coutinho reveals his feelings against Liverpool in the Champions League

Philippe Coutinho revealed that he felt a mixture of nervousness and enthusiasm against his former Liverpool club in the Champions League.

Coutinho reveals his feelings against Liverpool in the Champions League
Coutinho reveals his feelings against Liverpool in the Champions League

Jurgen Klopp’s team defeated Porto in the semi-finals with the current Coutinho squad, Barcelona, ​​who beat Manchester United to reach the final four – with the Brazilian midfielder scoring an impressive goal in the win against the Red Devils.

Coutinho took time to settle in Barcelona  ​​but apparently responded to his criticism with his purpose and celebration, where he closed his eyes and put his fingers in his ears.

“I have always been someone who respects everyone,” Coutinho said.

“The truth is, this [celebration] was meant to make people understand that I had to block the sound so I could focus on a match or my work so it did not affect me.

“It was like liberation.”

The playmaker admitted he was eager to face his former Liverpool club for the first time since his departure in January 2018.

“It will be something special.

“I’m worried because I know this moment is coming.”

Meanwhile, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp warned Coutinho and fellow Red, Luis Suarez, that their return to Anfield would not be easy.

“For these two boys, it’s very special because they are legends of Liverpool,” he explained after Liverpool’s win over Porto. “But I do not think it will be a friendly match, we have to fight and work and they will do it too.

“It’s a magnificent game, Liverpool vs Barcelona in the semifinals. Now, let’s try our best out there and we’ll see what happens.”

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