All eyes on Sachin Tendulkar as India take on West Indies

first_imgIt is highly unlikely that the thrashing which India received in England a few months back would be atoned for any time soon. Not only did India lose their No.1 Test status in the most embarrassing manner possible – a 0-4 whitewash – they were battered beyond recognition; losing a few players to injuries in the process.As India get ready for the first of the three-Test series against the West Indies, starting here at the Ferozeshah Kotla on Sunday, the focus seems to be more on the larger picture than the immediate target. After the chinks in India’s armour were laid bare over two months of English summer, it is time to mend them one by one and the Test series against West Indies gives Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s team a chance to start the recovery process.The first Test sees the return from injury of Virender Sehwag (shoulder), Yuvraj Singh (finger), Ishant Sharma (ankle) and Sachin Tendulkar (toe). After a long time, India would be fielding what looks like a fully-fit side, with only bowlers Zaheer Khan and Munaf Patel being the ones missing out due to lack of fitness.And given that the opponents are the West Indies, every conversation regarding the match is invariably veering towards Tendulkar’s long-awaited 100th century at the international level. The 38-year-old failed to reach the mark during the four Tests in England, but there now seemsto be an air of inevitability around the feat. However, this being Test cricket, nothing can be taken for granted and West Indies captain Darren Sammy has assured he will do everything in his capacity to stop the Mumbai batsman from reaching the three-figure mark.advertisementThough the talking points of the Test are a strong Indian batting and a weak West Indies squad, the new-look Indian attack gives a chance to see if there are bowlers who can take 20 wickets. Paceman Ishant Sharma and left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha are the only bowlers who have played a Test.Fast bowlers Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron and spinners R Ashwin and Rahul Sharma are awaiting their Test caps. Among these, Dhoni would hope to find a combinationthat would not only take wickets this series, but also give options to the team management when the Australian tour arrives at the end of the year. In all likelihood, Ashwin should make the cut given that he has outdone Harbhajan Singh, not included in the squad, for most of the season.The batting looks rock solid. Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir will renew their partnership at the top of the order, with Rahul Dravid, Tendulkar and VVS Laxman forming the backbone of the team. The next spot could be a toss-up between Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh, with skipper Dhoni and four bowlers to follow.It will be interesting to see if Dhoni decided to go with two pacers and two spinners or three fast bowlers and a spinner, with Yuvraj as a possible fifth bowler.For the West Indies, it will be about working on the gains they made during the home series this year, where they ran the Indians close and only lost 0-1. And in Jamaica, India were 85 for six on the first day, forced to fight tooth and nail to win.The Caribbean side will be banking on their bowling attack, comprising fast bowlers Kemar Roach, Fidel Edwards, Ravi Rampaul and leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo, to put a leash on the Indian line-up and then hope their batting makes the most of the untested bowling.The pitch at the Ferozeshah Kotla is expected to be a typical sub-continental one, with spinners likely to come into play by Day Three. However, given that the Capital has been experiencing a fair amount of smog and cloud cover for the past few days, there could be a few stoppages in play due to bad light.last_img read more

Tata Consultancy Services to open Rs 1,200 crore IT campus in Nagpur

first_imgTata Consultancy Services (TCS), the information technology (IT) services arm of the Tata Group, is setting up a large software development campus in Nagpur that will have a capacity to accommodate over 16,000 IT professionals.This new campus is being set up at an investment of more than Rs 1,200 crore. In the first phase, TCS is investing Rs 600 crore, the company said.The state-of-the-art campus will be located on a 54-acre land in the Mihan SEZ on the outskirts of Nagpur near the airport. All the facilities in this campus would be built with a strong environment-friendly design, TCS said.Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Monday laid the foundation stone for Phase-I of the campus.The campus will be built in two phases with Phase-I containing 8,200 seats for IT services and BPO services. Phase-II will be of the similar size.Built with locally sourced materials and an eye on sustainability, the campus will encompass water conservation and energy saving features and will be a zero-discharge facility.”Nagpur has the potential to become the next big hub for knowledge-based industries like IT and engineering with its strong ecosystem of universities, talented people and infrastructure,” said N. Chandrasekaran, chief executive officer (CEO) & managing director (MD), TCS. “After Mumbai and Pune where we employ over 40,000 people, we are delighted to be part of the IT revolution in Nagpur,” he said.Chandrasekaran said the growing presence of TCS in Maharashtra is of strategic importance and is part of the firm’s overall business growth plan. TCS would remain committed to working in close collaboration with all stakeholders in Maharashtra to help develop local talent and provide customers with world-class IT solutions from Nagpur, he said.advertisementApart from world-class offices, the campus will have customer collaboration centres, cafeterias, gymnasiums and outdoor sports facilities.last_img read more

Yograj blames physio, godman for Yuvi’s state

first_imgCricketer Yuvraj Singh’s father Yograj Singh has accused a Delhi based physiotherapist (Jatin Chaudhry) and a godman in Punjab of misleading his son about his illness.Yograj said he sniffed a conspiracy to harm his son, but fortune favoured Yuvraj and he was safe.Speaking to media in Chandigarh, he said that people surrounding Yuvraj were not his well-wishers and they prevented him from going to the US for treatment about six months ago.”The so-called baba (godman) and all those surrounding him did not let him go for treatment six months ago. My son told me he was going to the USA saying he would be alright. Then why were his tickets cancelled?” Yograj wondered.Yograj’s outburst came a few days after he stated that he advised Yuvraj to get a thorough medical check-up done, but he had ignored him. Yograj stated that he had to plead before his son to go to the US for treatment. He added that he did not want to blame anyone.Yuvraj Singh’s father Yograj (left); Delhi based physiotherapist Jatin Chaudhry.Yograj who lives separately from wife Shabnam in Chandigarh, said that his son was a victim of conspiracy. “There should be a probe to discover how did his medical reports go missing from the car? Why should anybody steal the reports? Why should a physiotherapist treat somebody like Yuvraj as far as cancer is concerned?” he said.Yograj said that the godman gave Yuvraj a false assurance that everything was alright after the reports were stolen from the car. “And Yuvraj defied everybody, including his father. He defied medical science since baba told him he was alright. Then he went to England and got injured.”advertisementYuvraj’s father alleged that people surrounding him kept on telling that he was under some spell, but everything was alright now.”My son should go to the Golden Temple to thank the almighty and get rid of the people who were set to ruin him,” he said.”My son should now understand that when you fly high, you don’t know what is happening around. I believe that Yuvraj Singh will be strong enough to understand now,” he added. The physiotherapist and godman were not available for comments.last_img read more

London Olympics: Leander Paes ready to go by selectors’ choice

first_imgLeander Paes on Saturday said that he is ready to partner whosoever is chosen by the selectors as “Olympics is my greatest honour.” Breaking his silence after Mahesh Bhupathi accused him of “backstabbing,” Paes said who he partners at the London Games was not the most important issue for him.The All India Tennis Association (AITA) has stuck to its decision to pair the two veterans while the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has asked for a report in the matter.”Winning a medal at the Atlanta Olympics is the most cherished memory I have in my tennis career. To play for our flag, and represent India for the sixth time at the Olympics, is my greatest honour. I will, as I always have in the past, put my best foot forward,” said Paes.Paes, India’s top doubles player ranked seventh in the world, refused to react to Mahesh Bhupathi’s stinging statements. “I have no reaction to the recent statements made by Mahesh Bhupathi to the media.I have always maintained that I will play with whoever the selection committee and AITA choose and this continues to be my stand,” Paes said.The 38-year-old player, who had the right to state his preference of partner for the Games, made it clear that he wanted to play with Rohan Bopanna, but said he would not mind combining with his estranged partner Bhupathi. “When asked by the AITA, I expressed my preference to play with Rohan Bopanna as my partner in the Olympics 2012, based on his physical fitness and big serve.”advertisementThe issue of India’s tennis entry for the London Olympics snowballed into a row after AITA chose Paes and Bhupathi as India’s sole representatives in men’s doubles.Bhupathi, who paired up with Bopanna in January with the London Olympics in mind, has maintained that he will not partner Paes as he and Bopanna have qualified as a pair.”It does not help to shoot one’s mouth off like this,” Rohit Rajpal, one of the selectors told Mail Today, on the outburst by Bhupathi and Bopanna. “They should have shown a bit more maturity, discuss things and think about the country. People do come together to rise to the occasion. We thought about all options before taking this decision. As of now, we do not know how it will unfold. We hope things calm down and they will think a little bit.”Asked about their options if Bhupathi refuses to change his stance, Rajpal said “We can then ask Bopanna to partner Leander.AITA chief Anil Khanna said that the federation will stand by its decision. “If Bhupathi expects AITA would buckle under pressure and refuses to pair up with Paes, he should know that it will not happen,” he said.”It will have to be Leander and Mahesh. Olympics is a different ball game and tougher than a Grand Slam and wealth of experience that the duo has would keep them in good stead in crunch and pressure situation”.Meanwhile, IOA supremo VK Malhotra has asked for a report on the issue. “Tennis is one of the sports which can fetch us a medal in the Olympics,” Malhotra told Mail Today. “I have asked Anil Khanna for a report which he has promised to give in a day or two. We will have to look at all the possibilities like whether we can send one team or two.”last_img read more

BCCI spent Rs. 34.5 lakh on players’ treatment

first_imgIn just three months this year, the Indian cricket Board has spent Rs. 34.50 lakh on medical assistance of players, with pacer Ishant Sharma’s ankle surgery raising the single biggest bill among the current players- Rs. 15.82 lakh.The surgery on the 23 year-old pacer’s troublesome left ankle was performed in London in March and Ishant is currently undergoing rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore.Ishant rightfully deserves the treatment as one of the contracted players of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and one of its leading pacers, when fit. He is likely to return to action in August, for the home series against New Zealand and, therefore, needs to be kept in cotton wool.A top BCCI official disclosed that during the period under consideration, BCCI had released a total of Rs. 34,50,415 on the treatment of the current and former players. “Of this amount, Rs. 27,48,671 has been spent on five contracted players of the Board, namely Ishant, Murali Vijay, Sachin Tendulkar, Munaf Patel and Zaheer.And on nine retired players the Board has spent Rs. 7,01,744 between January and April,” the official told Mail Today. Tamil Nadu opening batsman Murali Vijay raked up the second highest medical bill of Rs. 8,94,912, on his trip to Australia for treatment on his injured wrist. He has since returned to action and represented the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL in April-May.In all, Rs. 1,27,840 was spent on Tendulkar’s medical care. He visited London in March to seek medical advice on his troublesome right toe. Also, he got injured during Mumbai Indians’ opening IPL game against Chennai, when a delivery from pacer Doug Bollinger hit his right glove and broke one of his fingers. He, too, has since returned to the field.advertisementBills of pacer Munaf and Zaheer were RS. 79,254 and RS. 64,190, respectively, and settled in the same period – January to April. Both regained fitness and played for their franchises in the IPL, and should be in contention for India’s next assignment, the two-Test series against New Zealand starting on August 23 in Hyderabad.Ishant’s father Vijay Sharma lauded the BCCI for taking care of his son. “The Board pays attention to all the players, especially those who are on its contracted list. Ishant was in Grade A for 2011-12, which was worth 1 crore,” he told Mail Today.The BCCI is showing its humane face. It has reached out to the ailing ex-first-class players too, apart from giving the retired players a handsome one-time purse from the surplus earned from the IPL and Champions League T20.The biggest beneficiary among the nine first class players is former Kerala player JK Mahendra, 61, who underwent angioplasty a few months ago in Chennai. The BCCI gave him Rs. 2,94,291.The other first-class players who benefitted were P Ramesh Naidu (Rs. 97,646), Michael Dalvi (Rs. 88,194), PK Dharmalingam (Rs. 37,000), Stanely Saldhana (Rs. 29,265), PR Punjabi (Rs. 5,282), and BB Nimbalkar (Rs. 1,415).”My two arteries were blocked. I had medical insurance but it had lapsed. About five months ago I wrote to the Board, through the Kerala Cricket Association, for financial assistance,” Mahendra, who played 39 first-class matches between 1967 and 1981, told Mail Today.”I was lucky that I got timely assistance, for which I am thankful to the BCCI. Without this help, I’d have been struggling.” The Hyderabad-based Sultan Saleem, 64, had a heart problem, according to P Man Singh, manager of the 1983 World Cup-winning Indian team. “He had a heart ailment for which he had received treatment,” said Man Singh, who’s also based in Hyderabad. “In the early 1960s, he scored a triple century in the first innings of a school match and a double ton in the second in a match of Basalath Jah inter-school tournament. It was recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records too.”last_img read more

Estrella shines as Mapua stuns Perpetual in battle of also-rans

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The senior guard fired nine of his 22 points in the payoff period, to go with four rebounds, four assists, and a steal in the win.“During our last huddle, coach was telling us that this is for JP (Nieles). He gave his all and that happened, so we didn’t let this game go,” shared Estrella as the team dedicated the win to their teammate JP Nieles, who hurt his left knee with 5:16 left in the fourth quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingMapua faced a 64-57 deficit halfway through the fourth quarter, but Estrella scored seven of the Cardinals’ last 11 points, none bigger than his go-ahead trey at the top of the key with 20.6 seconds to go to give his side a 74-71 lead.GJ Ylagan tried to tie the game, but his trey went in-and-out, which led to Leo Gabo scoring the dagger layup with 10.6 ticks on the clock. View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9302:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Christian Buñag chimed in 19 markers and 14 boards, while Laurenz Victoria got 14 points, nine rebounds, and five assists for Mapua.The Cardinals moved up to ninth place in the team standings with their 3-12 card.Perpetual suffered its fifth straight defeat and fell down to 4-11 in the battle of also-rans.Ylagan topped the Altas with 22 points and six rebounds, while Keith Pido got 18 markers and six boards.Prince Eze tallied 15 points and 14 rebounds in the losing effort.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Mapua’s Andoy Estrella. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith nothing to lose, Mapua pulled off a 76-71 stunner over Perpetual to nab its first streak in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Andoy Estrella once again didn’t shy away from the spotlight, drilling the game-tying floater and the go-ahead trey in the final minute to hand the Cardinals their third win in 15 games this season.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors The Scores:MAPUA 76 – Estrella 22, Buñag 19, Victoria 14, Aguirre 9, Gabo 6, Raflores 6, Jimenez 0, Nieles 0, Orquina 0, Pelayo 0.PERPETUAL 71 – Ylagan 22, Pido 18, Eze 15, Sadiwa 5, Yuhico 5, Lucente 4, Dagangon 2, Clemente 0, Coronel 0, Mangalino 0, Tamayo 0.Quarters: 22-17, 38-42, 55-55, 76-71. NU, UP dominate their way to finals berths in UAAP badminton MOST READ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groupslast_img read more

Fury receives backdated 2-year doping ban, free to box again

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Both boxers said they “never knowingly or deliberately committed any anti-doping rule violation.” They said they were willing to come to a compromise agreement with UKAD.“Hughie and I have maintained our innocence from day one,” Tyson Fury said in a statement released by his promoter, “and we’re now happy that it has finally been settled with UKAD and that we can move forward knowing that we’ll not be labelled drug cheats.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“I can now put the nightmare of the last two years behind me.”Tyson Fury will need to reapply for his boxing license, which was suspended by the British Boxing Board of Control last year over separate incidents of drug use and medical issues. He has not fought since beatingWladimir Klitschko in November 2015 to win the WBA, IBF and WBO belts. FILE – In this file photo dated Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015, Ukraine’s Wladimir Klitschko and Britain’s Tyson Fury, right, exchange blows in a world heavyweight title fight as Fury wins Klitschko’s WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts in the Esprit Arena in Duesseldorf, western Germany. It is announced Tuesday Dec. 12, 2017, that Tyson Fury is free to box again after receiving a backdated two-year ban for an anti-doping violation. Fury has not fought since beating Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, FILE)LONDON — Former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury accepted a backdated two-year doping ban on Tuesday, freeing him to fight again if he regains his boxing license.Fury and his cousin, Hughie, had elevated levels of nandrolone in urine samples provided after fights in February 2015, UK Anti-Doping said. The bans were backdated to Dec. 13, 2015, and expired at midnight on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims LATEST STORIES After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Shaq asks fans to pick a better basketball duo than he and Kobe Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Malditas save PH from shutout UKAD said that result has not been disqualified because he hadn’t committed an anti-doping violation since February 2015.A charge against Tyson Fury for failing to provide a sample in September 2016 was withdrawn by UKAD.Fury responded to UKAD’s announcement by posting a video on Twitter alongside the words “Guess who’s back?” He also called out WBA and IBF champion Anthony Joshua, writing: “Where you at boy? I’m coming for you.”Hughie Fury lost on points to WBO champion Joseph Parker of New Zealand in September in his first shot at a world title.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View commentslast_img read more

PBA Season 43 Preview: Without marquee players, Kia to bank on sheer work ethic

first_img‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Kia may not have the most star-studded of lineups in the PBA, but the Picanto have a sheer force of will to rely on.“We’re realistic in knowing that we may not have top tier guys but what we have are the hardest workers in this league and I can attest to that hard work,” said Gavina. “We’re envisioning our team to be highly-disciplined and to be defensive-minded.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingGavina hopes that their sheer level of hard work would be able to make up for their lack of talent.“We cannot be normal, our effort and activity level has to be in an extraordinary pace in order to overcome the discrepancy in the level of talent with other teams.” LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READcenter_img Malditas save PH from shutout Head Coach: Chris GavinaKey Players: Reden Celda, Glenn Khobuntin, Jackson CorpuzKey Additions: Ronald Tubid, JayR Reyes, Jon GabrielKey Losses: LA Revilla, Jason BallesterosADVERTISEMENT View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. And supplementing that pure will to win, and unadulterated potential hustle, is the influx of a championship mentality from former San Miguel Beermen JayR Reyes and Ronald Tubid.The two, together with Rashawn McCarthy, were acquired days before the 2017 Draft wherein the Picanto gave up the no.1 pick that turned out to be ABL standout Christian Standhardinger.Gavina hopes the former Beermen’s presence alone would be an enough influence to uplift the team’s mentality after suffering in the scourge of last year’s Philippine Cup when Kia, then known as Mahindra Enforcer, finished 3-8.“The San Miguel guys that came over brought tremendous character and that championship experience is invaluable to our younger guys,” said Gavina.“They can teach them how to get to that championship level, the ability to relay that championship focus and effort in practice will be of great help to us.”ADVERTISEMENT PBA Season 43 Preview: Pressure to dominate still fuels San Miguellast_img read more