Faster, Stronger, and fitter, Shami hopes for another good CWC

The India fast bowler, Mohammed Shami, is confident of once again excelling at the ICC Cricket World Cup, when the 2019 edition of the tournament gets underway on 30 May. Cricket followers are waiting for thrilling performances of their favorite players in this year’s tournament. You can book Cricket World Cup Final tickets Online.

Faster, Stronger, and fitter, Shami hopes for another good CWC
Faster, Stronger, and fitter, Shami hopes for another good CWC

Shami was one of the driving forces behind India’s excellent run to the semi-final of the previous edition, in 2015, in Australia and New Zealand. Following that tournament, he played only five matches, until December 2018. He has since made a strong comeback, with 19 wickets in 11 matches, at an average of 26.42, and is raring to exploit the overcast and windy conditions in England, which he thinks are largely suited to his bowling.

Flat pitches in England have become a batsman’s paradise in limited-overs cricket. But a bowler has to be smart enough to change his line and length rendering to the conditions. I have the pace and swing to outsmart them. I am not overly worried about it. In fact, I believe the conditions are suited for my bowling. The late movement outside the off-stump will definitely come in handy. Mohammed Shami

“I worked on my game during the time I was away from the field and didn’t lose focus of my aim – to get back into the national reckoning,” he told IANS. “I have returned stronger, faster and fitter.”

Shami, who is a master of swing – both conservative and reverse – sounded self-assured about executing his skills at the CWC.

“My yorkers are still as potent as they used to be, and I will be using a lot of them during the World Cup,” he said. “I back myself to bowl fast, incoming deliveries, and it wouldn’t be easy for batsmen to hit me.”

Speaking about the current Indian pace battery. Which also boasts of Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shami regarded the ability to bowl skillfully at a high pace as a major component of its success.

“The best chunk is that along with diversity, we have an attack that can bowl fast. Having skills and pace together is the USP of this side, as that somewhere increases the confidence of the attack. To be honest, it is like a dream that has come true, and I feel very proud that today people talk about our bowling unit as one of the best – a thing that wasn’t heard much, but is now called our strength.”

Shami acknowledged the healthy competition within the bowling department, adding that the current lot doesn’t shy away from taking each other’s advice to enhance their skills further.

 “We are a happy bowling bunch. We deliberate a lot among ourselves,” he said. “We are not wary of taking each other’s information, that’s the kind of freedom we enjoy. I tell Bumrah about a sure bowling aspect and he does the same with me. Our knowledge makes us a very strong bowling unit. We know our roles going into the CWC and will feat the conditions accordingly.”

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Hansen congratulates two World Cup hopefuls – All Blacks selection begins to heat up

All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen admitted the players were hoping for a spot on the New Zealand World Cup team later this year. Rugby fans are waiting for thrilling performances in RWC. Now you can book online tickets for Rugby World Cup to support your favourite players.

With only four rounds to go in the regular season of Super Rugby, there is little time left for players to impress the All Blacks selectors, as the race for selection in the last 31 players’ heats.

Hansen congratulates two World Cup hopefuls - All Blacks selection begins to heat up
Hansen congratulates two World Cup hopefuls – All Blacks selection begins to heat up

Many players from across the country, previously unknown, have emerged as potential candidates for a Rugby World Cup qualifier. Crusaders star Sevu Reece and Blues have been impressive thanks to the exceptional performance of their rookie campaigns.

While acknowledging that the reigning All Blacks still stand at the top of the standings to form the team. Hansen said the door was still open for players not part of the national structure.

“The All Blacks are starting to show up and playing really well,” Hansen told reporters at the All Blacks Foundation camp in Auckland.

We’re starting to notice young guys, so these guys are not hurting themselves either. However it’s the next few weeks that are the most important, so it’s time to look at the individuals rather than the games themselves.

The outstanding performance of chief halfback Brad Weber and Highlanders Josh Ioane at Super Rugby was enough to warrant Hansen’s attention. But the 60-year-old quickly downplayed Ioane’s qualifications, who emerged as a candidate. Leading playmaker for Beauden Barrett and Richie Mo’unga in the absence of injured Damian McKenzie.

“You do not want to put too much pressure on those kids you know,” Hansen said.

All 10 people in the country, apart from Beauden and Richie probably think they have a chance. They do not need me to announce them, just let them play and we’ll make the decision based on what we see.

Weber had a long season in training, claiming to be the Chief back-half option ahead of three-time teammate Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, who made his international debut last year.

As a result, Weber, who has not played with the All Blacks since his Samoa test debut in 2015, seems to have usurped Tahuriorangi as third in the national standings behind veterans Aaron Smith and TJ Perenara.

Crusaders duo Bryn Hall and Mitchell Drummond also have cases to include in the All Blacks, but Weber’s form is something Hansen has taken note of.

“Brad plays really well and that’s why Te Toiroa does not take too many minutes,” Hansen said.

Brad is leading the Chiefs and Te Toiroa has returned from his off-season probably not in the form he should have been. However, Brad has taken advantage of all the opportunities he has been given.

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Kane is confident for his return in Champions League Final

Tottenham striker Harry Kane has hinted that he will be ready to face Liverpool in the Champions League final later this month after spending the rest of the season on the bench.

Kane is confident for his return in Champions League Final
Kane is confident for his return in Champions League Final

The English striker has been slightly injured this season. His latest one holds him for the rest of the Premier League season.

However, Londoners have received good news before the final in Madrid.

According to the Evening Standard, the striker said he was sure he was well placed to play in the Champions League final. Fans are excited to see him back in the tournament and they have bought their tickets for the Champions League final.

Despite his injuries, the Tottenham star has scored 24 goals this season and will look to complete his name throughout the summer after being selected for the selection of the League of Nations of England.

Kane spoke to the media, quoted in the Evening Standard, after their return to Amsterdam and the English international gave a glimpse of his recovery.

“Rehab is going well. I started straight-line running this week and I have to start training even harder to prove myself to the gaffer.”

Having not thrown the ball for the Spurs for more than two months, the question remains whether Kane will have a huge impact in the match, but it is certainly a boost for his coach Mauricio Pochettino.

South Korea international Heung Min Son is the most realistic option for leading the Tottenham attack if Kane is not available.

The good news is that Kane still has two weeks to prepare for the match, but it seems like everything is going as planned. Ensuring the return of Kane in the final would certainly be a major asset for the Spurs team, which is a victory to be crowned champion of Europe.

Alex Carey Said Australia’s high pressure experience will come in handy

The Australia wicket-keeper batsman Alex Carey trusts the vast skill of the side will be vital in “high pressure” situations at the CWC19. Cricket followers are waiting for thrilling performances of their favorite players in this year’s tournament. You can book Cricket World Cup Final tickets Online.

Alex Carey Said Australia’s high pressure experience will come in handy
Alex Carey Said Australia’s high pressure experience will come in handy

Several of the Australian Cricket players and support staff have important CWC knowledge. Ricky Ponting, their associate coach, won the tournament thrice (in 1999, 2003 and 2007), fielding coach Brad Haddin was part of the 2015 title-winning side, and the likes of Aaron Finch, the skipper, David Warner, Steve Smith,  Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Glenn Maxwell have all played in the previous editions.

“We have got a lot of knowledge,” Carey told reporters in London. “Brad Haddin played in the last CWC, we have got Ricky Ponting coming in, and we have got a number of players who played in that last CWC.”

“We have got lots of knowledge around the group of guys to access. When we get into it, that’s when the high-pressure skill comes into it.”

The 27-year-old also said Aussies would be focused on their own match plans rather than form them rendering to the opposition. Aussies have won eight straight away ODI, and Carey credited that form to this method.

“We have got a certain game style which has been successful in the last eight games, against quality opposition,” he said.

For us, it is playing to our strengths. Every team in the CWC has got its strengths. We are not too much about hostility’s game style. That’s where we get unfocused from what we are really good at.

“Thus for us, it’s building on our success in the last few months. David Warner and Steve Smith come back in. Aaron Finch is in really good form. Our quick’s are in good form as well. We got a lot of exciting players.”

Aussies will play warm-up games against Sri Lanka and England before their initial match against Afghanistan on 1 June, and Carey is self-assured they will begin the tournament on a positive note.

“We will start planning. We have warm-up games as well, which will be part of our build-up,” said Carey. “A lot of us have played against a number of their Afghanistan’s players. The first game is where we want to hit our straps. They will be keen to start the tournament well, and so are we.”

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Pakistan include Amir, Wahab and Asif Ali in CWC 2019 Squad

Three changes have been made to Pakistan squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup. Fast bowlers Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz and middle-order batsman Asif Ali are roped in the Pakistan contingent for the CWC 2019. Medium pacer Junaid Khan, all-rounder Faheem Ashraf and opener Abid Ali were the three members of the earlier lineup to miss out. Shadab Khan has fully recovered from a viral infection, reported as Hepatitis C. Experienced batsman Mohammad Hafeez has also regained fitness and is set to instill calmness in the Green Shirts.

Pakistan include Amir, Wahab and Asif Ali in CWC 2019 Squad
Pakistan include Amir, Wahab and Asif Ali in CWC 2019 Squad

Recently concluded England ODI series took high toll on Junaid, Faheem and Abid. Pakistan lost the five match ODI series by 4-0 against England. Pakistan bowling regularly came under the hammer on the England tour. This was alarming sign right before the premier ODI cricket tournament, that is starting on 30th May 2019. England regularly scored over 300 runs in the four completed matches. England posted 373 for 3 and 351 for 9 in the second and fifth ODI. Pakistan were not able to defend 358 and 340 in the third and fourth ODI. Experienced pacers Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz will strengthen Pakistan bowling in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

Mohammad Amir at the heals of match winning performance of 3 for 16 in the final of 2017 Champions Trophy in England. Recent strike rate of Mohammad Amir after the last edition of Champions Trophy is a concern for Pakistan cricket team though. Amir has just claimed five wickets in 101 overs bowled in last 14 matches at 121.2 strike rate. That is almost thrice from his career-strike-rate of 41.2 in ODIs. His economy rate has been 4.58 since Champions Trophy final, that means he can create wicket taking situations due to his meager bowling. Wahab Riaz last played an ODI match in June 2017, suffering heavy defeat against India in the 2017 Champions Trophy. Wahab has taken 27 wickets at 28.40 average and 5.18 economy rate in 17 List A matches played since. Asif Ali has performed superbly in just finished England ODI series with two fifties. His hard-hitting ability can add required impetus to Pakistan firepower on the batting friendly pitches in CWC 2019. Pakistan are hoping that with all bases covered, they will be considered a serious contender for the Cricket World Cup title in the 2019 ICC mega tournament.

Pakistan Squad for the 2019 CWC: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Haris Sohail, Asif Ali, Sarfaraz Ahmed (capt & wk), Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Hasnain

DHL Express joined hands with Rugby World Cup 2019

DHL, the world’s top express and logistics provider, allies with Rugby World Cup 2019, Japan as its Official Logistics Partner. According to this partnership DHL again team up with one of the biggest international sporting events, which will take place in host Japan from 20 September to 02 November 2019. Rugby fans from all over the world are excited to eyesight live action of rugby in Japan. Now fans can book Rugby World Cup Final Tickets easily from our trusted online market place.

DHL Express joined hands with Rugby World Cup 2019
DHL Express joined hands with Rugby World Cup 2019

As part of its partnership, DHL Express is giving New Zealanders the chance to win once-in-a-lifetime Rugby World Cup 2019, Japan experiences through its two digital campaigns.

DHL Express’ first ‘Match Ball Delivery Kid’ war which settled earlier in March, publicised it will be sending 11-year-old winner Nathan Tofilau to Japan as the official DHL Express NZ Match Ball Delivery Kid for the New Zealand v Italy Rugby World Cup match. The rivalry, which saw over 800 countrywide entries, required candidates to submit why they would make the eventual match ball delivery kid. Selected by DHL Express Representative and New Zealand Rugby Legend, Sir John Kirwan, Nathan and his nominated guardian will receive tickets to New Zealand v Italy, return flights, accommodation and transfers to Rugby World Cup 2019, Japan.

Enduring to involve New Zealanders in its corporation, DHL Express’ digital rivalry, Pass the Parcel, is providing Kiwis another chance to win a Rugby World Cup 2019. Aiming SMEs, the viral Pass the Parcel campaign has returned for a second year after its 2017 success, seeing over 10,000 entries. Running until end of May, the competition mechanic needs applicants to enter a unique code, unwrap a sheet to receive an immediate prize and then pass the parcel on to a friend in business or co-worker to enter the major prize draw to win return flights, accommodation and tickets to Rugby World Cup 2019, Japan.

The partnership between DHL and Rugby World Cup 2019 remains a longstanding relationship between DHL and the officials of rugby. As the Official Logistics Partner of Rugby World Cup 2015, DHL was answerable for the conveyance of tournament and team equipment from around the world to England and across the country. DHL brought over 48 tons of team freight, 1,400 official match balls, and 20 sets of uprights to the 13 match places, and also carried over 400,000 tickets to more than 160 countries.

Tired but still hungry, Pep Guardiola knows Man City needs the Champions League

The Champions League: the last frontier of Manchester City. After a series of national trophies during a breathtaking campaign in 2018-2019 and having won five of the last six competitions in England, only Europe must be conquered by Pep Guardiola and his team of giants.

Tired but still hungry, Pep Guardiola knows Man City needs the Champions League
Tired but still hungry, Pep Guardiola knows Man City needs the Champions League

The manager knows it. In a Barcelona led by Lionel Messi, Guardiola led his childhood club to European Cup victories in 2009 and 2011. The Catalan has been a seven-time winner of the continent’s blue riband tournament and failed to win: once with Barça, three with Bayern Munich and three with City.

The equation is simple for Guardiola to identify and weigh. After winning the last two League Cups and FA Cup this season with Watford’s 6-0 win on Saturday, next season will surely be the time to forget to pursue these lesser trophies and instead mobilize the extra physical and mental energy needed to win against a triumphant champion League campaign. Moreover, the football-crazy fans have bought their tickets for the Champions League final.

Watford’s victory was the number 61 match for City in a season that began in August. They fell only three times less than the maximum number of matches possible.

“I know we will be judged at the end of the Champions League win,” Guardiola said. “I know that if we do not do it that will not be enough. It comes with me [my profile], I know it. I’m coming to Barcelona, ​​we’ve been lucky enough to win twice in four years and people expect me to know that something special means we have to win the Champions League and it’s still true.

“In this club, the record points [100 in 2017-18] and the national competitions are incredible, but we do not win in the Champions League because the teams are so good, the competition is so demanding, but we want to win.”

In three attempts under Guardiola, City failed twice in the quarterfinals and once in the last 16. Last month, Tottenham eliminated them after a lost goal after a late VAR decision at Etihad, which could have been a winning goal from Raheem Sterling. Guardiola often quotes “decisions by thumb” as the difference between the late rounds of the competition.

Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir named in Pakistan’s CWC Team

Fast bowlers Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir were named in Pakistan’s team for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, as the PCB selectors named the final 15-man liable for the marquee tournament. Cricket followers are waiting for thrilling performances of their favorite players in this year’s tournament. Currently, you can book Cricket World Cup Final tickets Online.

Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir named in Pakistan’s CWC Team
Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir named in Pakistan’s CWC Team

Both Amir and Wahab had been omitted from the preliminary squad that had been named last month. The duo has come in place of fellow left-arm pacer Junaid Khan and all-rounder Faheem Ashraf.

In the other major change, middle-order batsman Asif Ali was named in place of Abid Ali. And leg-spinner Shadab Khan, who suffered a viral infection and was pulled from the series against England, has recovered and retained his place in the final 15.

The real challenge will be to choose between Mohammad Amir and Junaid Khan; the latter’s concern is his fitness, Amir — on the other hand — has not fired ever since the Champions Trophy two years ago. Junaid’s advantage lies in his Lancashire county cricket experience in England.

Earlier, Pakistan cricket chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq informed that Amir will be part of England T20I and ODIs to be played in the lead up to the World Cup from May 5 to May 19. Amir will also serve as a cover for the World Cup squad and, if required, can be drafted into the side until 23 May without International Cricket Council’s permission.

“For the T20I and ODI against England, we have added Asif Ali and Mohammad Amir as additional players. Asif is probably the best power-hitter in Pakistan, while Amir has the experience and a good record in England. These two will provide cover to the World Cup squad and can be drafted into the side by 23 May, if required,” he said.

Squad: Sarfaraz Ahmed (capt, wk), Asif Ali, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnanin, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz

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Joe Gomez says Liverpool has a key advantage over Spurs in CL final

Joe Gomez believes that the agony of defeat at Liverpool in the final of the Champions League last season will lead to success when they face Tottenham in the show in 2019.

Joe Gomez says Liverpool has a key advantage over Spurs in CL final
Joe Gomez says Liverpool has a key advantage over Spurs in CL final

Gomez was not in the last UEFA Champions League final beat alongside Real Madrid, after undergoing ankle surgery to correct a problem that was initially imposed in March.

With midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee), Real won 3-1 in a match that forced Mohamed Salah out in good shape after being injured in the shoulder after an argument with Sergio Ramos.

Liverpool lost the match due to two goalkeeper errors and a brilliant shot on goal, Gareth Bale, but Gomez believes this experience and short league title means he will be heading to Madrid for face Tottenham, in his first Champions League final, in a better position and without a doubt, a key advantage over their opponents. Moreover, every fan is waiting for the final and they all have got their tickets for the Champions League final.

“I really think we’re going to play this final in a different place,” said Gomez, who admitted that his long run back has been tough this season.

“It’s always a Champions League final and these are always separate occasions and you have to tackle it with the same mentality.

“But I think this year speaks for itself and the growth of the team has been massive.”

Gomez claims the trust of Jurgen Klopp in the Reds and hopes that this trust will be enough to help them claim glory.

“(The manager) shows and emphasizes that we are a different team and that we cannot think we are the same team,” he added.

“In that sense, we can take the confidence of that, but we still want to win one because we know what it means for this club and we want to get the sixth star.”

Du Plessis wants South Africa to let go of fear of failure in CWC19

Skipper du Plessis supposed that South Africa hasn’t played their best cricket in earlier editions of the ICC Cricket World Cup because they put themselves under unnecessary pressure. Cricket followers are waiting for thrilling performances of their favorite players in this year’s tournament. Currently, you can book Cricket World Cup Final tickets Online.

Du Plessis wants South Africa to let go of fear of failure in CWC19
Du Plessis wants South Africa to let go of fear of failure in CWC19

South Africa; has a reputation of floundering in big tournaments, which the skipper put down to the players stressing over doing something special.

“In earlier CWC, we wanted to do Superman things. We thought we had to be more special, we had to do somewhat more than we usually do, and we did not do what was good enough before,” he said journalists on the eve of the team’s departure for England. “We haven’t always got that right in the past, to play our best cricket at the CWC, because we put so much pressure on ourselves. We want to just focus on enjoying our cricket.”

Du Plessis said the key would be for the players to overcome the fear of failure and hoped that he could draw on his own experiences to help them cope with pressure.

“We started a year or two ago with a real focus on mental preparation and, as a captain, I probably speak more about that than previous captains,” he said. “But I really believe it’s an area we can get better in. I’ve been there and I know the pressures, I understand how to deal with them”.

Our success in England over the next couple of months depends on how well we release that aspect of our play – we need that for the team to be at our best. Each player needs to find out his own strengths.

“There’s a reason why we want the guys to play freely – because we don’t want them to have a fear of failure, which is what the CWC is for some of them.”

The 34-year-old also wouldn’t commit to Hashim Amla making South Africa’s starting XI and said that selection would come down to the form of the players. Amla’s form has been a matter of concern lately. He also hasn’t played much cricket for South Africa recently, owing to his father’s critical illness.

“In terms of team selection, that’s a call we will make when we get to that first game,” du Plessis said. “We have two warm-up games. Generally, we want to pick on form. If we believe Hash Amla is the guy with the best form for the first game, then he will be picked. But if we feel there are other guys that are more in a form we will pick them.”

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