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India on track for ICC World Twenty20, says MS Dhoni after Asia Cup win

first_imgAs India lifted the Asia Cup trophy without losing a single match in the tournament, skipper MS Dhoni said they were well on track for the World Twenty20, beginning in two days time.India were dominant in their win against Bangladesh in the final, chasing 121 with eight wickets in hand and seven balls to spare.Dhoni himself finished the match with a six off Al-Amin Hossain and he said, the top order batsmen with their superb show is making it easy for the side.”Thanks to top-oder batsmen. They have done the bulk of the job, the lower order batsmen just go and do what is needed after that. It’s looking very good now, we are on track for the World T20,” Dhoni said at the post match presentation on Sunday. Dhoni said paceman Jasprit Bumrah and young all-rounder Hardik Pandya are making the side formidable.”Jasprit, the beauty is that he can bowl yorkers, if you don’t have the yorker you have to try a lot of other deliveries, his slightly different action also helps him a bit. Hardik can bowl a few overs for us, so if he can give us four in T20s, with his batting and fielding he is a great package,” he said. (Here’s how MS Dhoni’s quickfire nailed Bangladesh in Asia Cup final) Dhoni also praised Yuvraj Singh for adjusting well to his changed batting position.”Looking at this team it is tough to give Yuvi the no.4 slot, but he has adjusted. We have 13-14 players they are all match-winners, that is the beauty of the side, everyone is taking responsibility to finishing the game.”advertisement”Important is to get settled combination. That’s what we have. We are on track for T20 World Cup,” he said. A bus full of smiles after the series victory #TeamIndia #AsiaCuphttps://t.co/bnEjMDg8eg BCCI (@BCCI) March 6, 2016Man-of-the-match Shikhar Dhawan, who struck 60, said it was a “special” knock for him.”It’s special. The best thing is that we won. As a team we have worked hard. We are peaking at the right time. We were talking while chasing runs. We were comfortable during the chase, never felt the pressure. We were under control,” Dhawan said.Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza said his team has been doing well and they go into the World T20 with lot of confidence.”It’s upsetting that we couldn’t win the final but congratulations to the boys for making it this far. They played really well, we have exciting batsmen and bowlers, hopefully this team will carry on from here. We have a lot of confidence, we have to qualify for the WT20 first, we have a flight early in the morning,” he said.Virat Kohli said it was a tricky situation out there.”Rohit getting out early made it tricky but credit to Shikhar for the way he batted. He delivering when the team needed the most. The 94 stand (with Dhawan) was the game changer,” he said.Kohli said he loves the challenge of playing against a hostile crowd.”I back myself to find boundaries and hit the gaps, I don’t try to hit too many sixes. I enjoy the crowd being against me, it pumps me up, the more they boo me the more it motivates me,” he said.India’s Team Director said he motivated the team to get revenge for their ODI series defeat.”I just told them it’s a final, enjoy it. Remember the celebrations Bangladesh did when they beat us, so just get the job done,” he said.”We have a good all-round side, packed with power hitters, any of them can fire. If any area we have to tighten up, it is the bowling department. There is tremendous self- belief in the team and the tour of Australia was extremely important, bouncing back to win four matches after losing the first four. I was not surprised one bit when they chased this down,” he said.Man-of-the-series was Bangladesh’s Sabbir Rahman.last_img read more

ExGermany star warns Luka Jovic against La Liga move

first_imgFormer winger Mario Basler has advised Luka Jovic against pursuing a transfer to either Barcelona or Real Madrid.The 21-year-old forward has enjoyed a sensational second stint on loan at Eintracht Frankfurt this season and leads the Bundesliga scoring charts with 14 goals in 20 appearances.Jovic’s eye-catching progress in Germany has reportedly captured the interest of La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid, while Premier League side Chelsea and Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich have also been linked.It’s understood that Frankfurt plan to take up their buy option on Jovic this summer for just €6m and will then allegedly make him available for sale with an asking price of €60m.Although reports indicate that bids in the region of €35m are more likely to be offered instead for Jovic’s signature, who is “honoured” by the strong interest in him.But Basler, who won two Bundesliga titles at Bayern between 1996 to 1999, has advised the young Serbian that staying at Frankfurt may be the best option for his career.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“What good does it do me if I wear the Barcelona jersey, but sit on the bench?,” Basler told Der Hessische Rundfunk.Former Frankfurt coach Dragoslav Stepanovic has also advised his compatriot to think twice about leaving the Commerzbank-Arena at the end of the season.“He’s now showing that he can become a really good player,” said Stepanovic.“But if he makes a switch now, two or three people will be in front of him again. It could ruin his career.”After graduating through the youth ranks at Serbian side Red Star Belgrade, who famously defeated Liverpool 2-0 in the Champions League earlier this season, Jovic joined Benfica in February 2016 but struggled to make his mark in Portugal.The Serbia international has since spent the last two years over at Frankfurt and has found the net 22 times in 42 Bundesliga matches.Luka Jovic becomes youngest player to score five goals in one matchFRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY – OCTOBER 19: Luka Jovic of Eintracht Frankfurt (8) celebrates as he scores his team’s seventh goal and his fifth during the Bundesliga match between Eintracht Frankfurt and Fortuna Duesseldorf at Commerzbank-Arena on October 19, 2018 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images)last_img read more

Of fun and fantasy

first_imgBangalore based artist, Nilofer Suleman is in Love with India and with each of her exhibition it grows. She started her journey fifteen years back as a cartographer and miniature artist, collecting and recreating columbus-esque old maps, creating rivers and mountains in delicate ink spelt detail.Her next solo show titled, Jantar Mantar is all set open in the Capital.In her latest compositions, references are made to popular pictures of Hindu deities, to film posters and shop signs. These are decorated with detail, peopled with famous idols of religion or just the popular culture gully of Delhi. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Suleman is known for her ability to depict a certain vision of India, one that elicits humor and a sense of nostalgia. It’s an invitation to accept the illusion, to engage with it and follow where it leads, is a psychic leap, one that subtly alters our way of perspective for our beloved city, ‘Delhi’. Her use of colour is generous, an onslaught of competing tones. The paintings are difficult to see all at once. They require repeated viewing, a return in search of nuance.  It’s when the paintings get activated, and its rich narrative becomes apparent.The images within her images move beyond their delineations, carrying their own weight and irony, drawing notice to the representational nature of the works while playing with its limitations. Are these pictures within the paintings merely objects, or do they become characters in their own right? We leave you with these questions. To find out the answers pay your visit there!last_img read more