Champions Trophy Hockey: Gautam Gambhir ecstatic after India hammer Pakistan

first_imgIndian thrashed their arch-rivals Pakistan 4-0 in the their Champions Trophy campaign opener at Breda in the Netherlands on Saturday.The massive victory will help Indian forget the disastrous 2018 Commonwealth Games, where they finished a disappointing fourth.The win also marked a positive start to India’s chief coach Harendra Singh’s fourth stint with the senior national side. Harendra took over the reigns of the team after swapping roles with Sjoerd Marijne, following India’s dreadful CWG campaign.The dominating victory can also be looked upon as a sweet revenge for India after Pakistan, which is being coached by former India coach and High Performance Director Roelant Oltmans, scored a late equaliser to eke out a 1-1 draw in Gold Coast.India cricketer Gautam Gambhir took to twitter to celebrate India’s victory. He wrote the victory was a “solid statement.”Whistling merrily to celebrate @TheHockeyIndia win over Pakistan in Champions Trophy inaugural game. 4-0 is not a win but a solid statement. Good start to the new combo of @16Sreejesh and coach Harendra. #IndiaKaGame #INDvPAK #HCT2018 @imsardarsingh8Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) June 23, 2018Apart from the cricketer, women’s hockey team captain Rani Rampal, other sportpersons and politicians also congratulated the team on the big win.Congratulations to our mens team @TheHockeyIndia for a rocking victory against Pakistan in their opening game of #HCT2018 #IndiaKaGame pic.twitter.com/sDyiUBWmaIRani Rampal (@imranirampal) June 23, 2018Congratulations India on beating Pakistan in the Champions Trophy comprehensively 4-0 #INDvPAK pic.twitter.com/WgneF6uNq2Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) June 23, 2018Congratulations Team India. Kabaddi yesterday, Hockey today. This time it’s 4-0. Well done on thrashing Pakistan. #INDvPAK pic.twitter.com/mIpXlK5luradvertisementVirender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) June 23, 2018Congratulations to the Indian team on beating Pakistan 4-0 in the #ChampionsTrophy Hockey 2018 in Breda, Netherlands.#INDvPAK pic.twitter.com/FnUUCWQJrMVVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) June 23, 2018Stunning performance from India to beat Pakistan 4-0 in Champions Trophy Hockey! #HCT2018 #INDvPAK pic.twitter.com/gQIWoX2BzFR P Singh (@rpsingh) June 23, 2018Well Done Boys!4-0 against Pakistan is a formidable score!Looking forward to the next game in Rabobank Men’s Hockey Champions Trophy!#IndiaKaGame #INDvPAK #HCT2018@TheHockeyIndia pic.twitter.com/Md19tNZUXCAnurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) June 23, 2018Congratulate #TeamIndia on registering an emphatic 4-0 victory over Pakistan in the inaugural match of Champions Trophy 2018 at Breda. Wish them the best for upcoming matches. #HCT2018 #INDvPAK pic.twitter.com/gMne4nkBKMNaveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) June 23, 2018Ramandeep Singh opened the scoring for India after gracefully guiding Simranjeet Singh’s sideways shot into the goal in the 25th minute. Dilpreet Singh scored his first goal after a meandering run in the 54th minute of the match.Mandeep Singh scored the third after just three minutes as Lalit Upadhyay finished all hopes for Pakistan comeback when he scored from a sublime Ramandeep pass.India, eyeing its maiden Champions Trophy title, will play reigning Olympic champions Argentina in their next round-robin league match tomorrow.The Indians looked a compact side in all departments of the game with the strikers utilising the opportunities that came their way while the defence came up with a superlative show during the entire 60 minutes to keep Pakistani forwards at bay.The dominating victory also can be looked upon as a sweet revenge for India after Pakistan, which is being coached by former India coach and High Performance Director Roelant Oltmans, scored a late equaliser to eke out a 1-1 draw in Gold Coast. The Indians started positively and applied pressure on the Pakistani defence from the word go and in the process secured a penalty corner in the 13th minute but Harmanpreet’s attempt was saved by goalkeeper Imran Butt.India got another set piece soon after the start of second quarter but once again wasted the chance.`But it didn’t took long for India to break the deadlock. In the 26th minute Ramandeep deflected in a Simranjeet Singh’s reverse pass to start the proceedings.A minute before half time, an agile Butt once again came to Pakistan’s rescue keeping away Vivek Prasad’s deflection from top of the circle as went into the break with a slender one goal advantage.Pakistan, however, came out all guns blazing after the change of ends and dominated the proceedings in the third quarter with repeated raids but failed to break the resolute Indian defence.Two minutes into third quarter, Ali Shan scored an opportunistic goal but to their dismay found the goal being disallowed for a foul after India’s Harmanpreet Singh asked for the referral. Minutes later, Indian goalkeeper PR Sreejesh made a fine save to deny Toseeq Arshad.advertisementPakistan kept up the pressure and earned a penalty corner in the 43rd minute but to no avail. After successfully weathering the storm, India doubled its lead in the 54th minute through 17-year-old Dilpreet, who beautifully picked up a long pass from Simranjeet and then dodged past an onrushing Butt to slot home.With four minutes to go, Pakistan withdrew its goalkeeper but conceded two more goals.First Mandeep tucked in an empty net a measured long ball from Varun Kumar and then Lalit dived full stretch to deflect in Ramandeep’s pass just at the stroke of hooter to add salt to Pakistan’s woes.(With PTI inputs)last_img

Michy Batshuayi sees funny side after his goal celebration goes wrong

first_imgBelgium’s Michy Batshuayi called his celebration “stupid” following teammate Adnan Januzaj’s second-half winner against England in the third and final Group G match of the FIFA World Cup 2018.Batshuayi was quick to see the funny side after his celebration ended with him being smacked hard in the face by the ball.”Why am I so stupid bro,” the Borussia Dortmund striker tweeted after video loops went viral of him lashing the ball against the post following Adnan Januzaj’s second-half goal, only for it to rebound at close range and hit him.The second-half strike gave Belgium a 1-0 win that saw them move into the second round as Group G winners over England, though victory means they face much the tougher half of the draw.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEThe result means Belgium, who won all three of their group games to finish on nine points, will face Japan in the last 16 while England, who finished second with six, take on Colombia.ROUND OF 16 LINEUP & SCHEDULEAll the pre-match talk had been about whether second place might offer an easier path to the semi-finals, given that the group winners could face Brazil in the last eight.Ahahha I knew I would be f*cked the minute I come to my mentions why am I so stupid bro shit hurtsMichy Batshuayi (@mbatshuayi) June 28, 2018The second just before I knew I f*cked up #InternetUndefeated pic.twitter.com/wAf5Wt6QvKMichy Batshuayi (@mbatshuayi) June 28, 2018If that was a consideration then Gareth Southgate’s England side can take some consolation from the defeat given that it offers a potential quarter-final against Sweden or Switzerland rather than Brazil or Mexico, who could await Belgium.advertisementFIFA World Cup 2018: Who plays who in the round of 16There is, though, something presumptuous about such talk and Colombia, a team with plenty of talent, certainly won’t appreciate being considered part of an ‘easier path’ to the quarter-finals.Great goal from Januzaj – but Batshuayi has just immortalised himself in the form of internet memes. pic.twitter.com/JXar2T5hFyRichard Conway (@richard_conway) 28 June 2018Best 1-2 anyone’s played all nightalan dawes (@alandawes2) 28 June 2018Batshuayi further proving his social media GOLD credentials, I see.Dan Levene (@danlevene) 28 June 2018Guys it’s all good between them pic.twitter.com/1fLdTTc1eEAxel Witsel (@axelwitsel28) 28 June 2018Please tell me someone seen batshuayi boot the ball against the post and it hit him in his faceIvan Toney (@ivantoney24) 28 June 2018But when Belgium and England next enter the field, in the last 16, the team lineups will bear little resemblance to those fielded on Thursday to complete the group stage.Colombia, Japan in last 16, heartbreak for SenegalAs expected both managers utilised their squads to the full — Belgium’s Roberto Martinez switching nine players and Southgate bringing in eight from his reserves, a decision he had described as a ‘no brainer’ in the circumstances.Belgium created the better openings in a poor first half while England showed greater urgency but a lack of finesse in the final third.Belgium beat England to top Group G, Tunisia thump PanamaFormer Manchester United midfielder Januzaj broke the deadlock with a superb curling effort in the 51st minute and the manner of the goal celebration should have silenced any fears that Martinez’s side were not interested in victory.England then pushed on looking for an equaliser but, without their rested talisman Harry Kane they lacked a cutting edge.Marcus Rashford had the best chance but his shot was already wide of the target when Thibaut Courtois got his fingertips to the ball.Belgium came close to a second goal in the final minutes when Jordan Pickford made a fine, diving save to keep out a rasping Dries Mertens effort.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Nine ex-military convicted for 1973 murder of Chile folk singer Jara

first_img\R Santiago, Jul 4 (AFP) A Chilean judge has convicted nine retired soldiers in the 1973 murder of one of Chile’s most beloved folk singers, Victor Jara, the judiciary said.Jara, 40, was arrested the day after the September 11, 1973, CIA-backed coup that overthrew Salvador Allende and installed Augusto Pinochet as dictator.Jara’s body was found days later, riddled with 44 bullets. He had been held, along with around 5,000 other political prisoners, in a sports stadium where he was interrogated, tortured and then killed.Among other horrors, the singer-guitarist’s fingers were crushed, broken by rifle butts and boots.”Judge Miguel Vazquez Plaza convicted nine retired members of the army for their responsibility in the homicide of singer Victor Jara and the ex-director of prisons Littre Quiroga Carvajal, in September 1973 in Santiago,” a statement from the judiciary said yesterday.Eight of the accused — who held ranks from lieutenant to colonel and brigadier — were sentenced to 15 years and one day in prison for their roles as “perpetrators” of both murders.They all received another three years for kidnapping the two victims.A ninth officer received five years and a day for being an accessory to the murders, and 61 days for his role as an accessory to the kidnappings.The pacifist singer, whose lyrics spoke of love and social protest, became an icon of Latin American popular music with songs like “The Right to Live in Peace,” “The Cigarette” and “I remember Amanda.” Jara was married to British dancer Joan Turner, with whom he had two daughters.advertisementHe was also a member of Chile’s Communist Party and a fervent supporter of the Popular Unity coalition that backed Marxist president Allende, who came to power by popular vote in 1970.The singer’s fellow detainee, Littre Quiroga, 33, was national prisons director and a Communist Party militant.His body was found with signs of torture along with that of Jara and three other political prisoners, in a vacant lot near Santiago’s Metropolitan Cemetery.In Chile, Jara became an icon for hundreds of artists who suffered human rights violations under Pinochet.Abroad, the singer inspired musicians from U2 to Bob Dylan. At a 2013 concert in Santiago, Bruce Springsteen paid tribute to Jara.In June 2016, a federal jury in the United States found another former Chilean soldier, Pedro Pablo Barrientos Nunez, liable in a civil case for Jara’s murder and awarded USD28 million to his family.One witness, an army conscript, told the court via videotaped deposition that he heard Barrientos, then a 24-year-old lieutenant at the stadium, tell someone he had fatally shot Jara.Chile has unsuccessfully sought the extradition of Barrientos, who obtained US citizenship.Pinochet ruled Chile until 1990 and died in 2006 without ever being convicted for the crimes committed by his regime.In 2009, Chilean judicial authorities ordered the exhumation of Jara’s remains. He was buried in an official ceremony attended by then-president Michelle Bachelet.The stadium where Jara was held and suffered today bears his name. (AFP) IJTIJTlast_img read more

Watch: James Anderson’s golf swing goes horribly wrong

first_imgWhile his exploits in the Edgbaston Test match against India won him applause from all quarters, James Anderson had no such luck in the game of golf on Sunday.Enjoying an extra day off after the first Test against India which ended on Day 4, England’s fast-bowling duo of Anderson and Stuart Broad went out for a round of golf at the Stoke Park course in Buckinghamshire where the senior quick narrowly avoided a nasty injury.Anderson, who is an avid golfer, was taking a swing on an uneven surface surrounded by trees at the course when the ball somehow hit him flush on his face instead of going straight in the direction of the shot.India vs England: Dawid Malan dropped for 2nd Test, Chris Woakes returnsIt all happened in a flash which is why it is difficult to make out whether the ball richoted off the tree in front of him or Anderson sliced the ball so hard that it hit him on the face.1st Test: Joe Root ‘thrilled to bits’ after England win cliff-hanger vs IndiaA) @jimmy9 is perfectly fine.B) pic.twitter.com/oaf0Px3WabStuart Broad (@StuartBroad8) August 5, 2018Anderson immediately covered his face with his palm but only had himself to blame for the blow. England’s highest wicket taker in Tests is however, ‘perfectly fine’ as revealed by Broad himself, who made a video of the incident and shared it on his social media accounts.Anderson is the leader of England’s bowling attack and an injury at this point in time would have been disastrous for the home team as they gear up for the second Test against India starting August 9.just checked I wasnt missing any teeth tbh mate!!James Anderson (@jimmy9) August 5, 2018MATCH HIGHLIGHTS | SCORECARD | AS IT HAPPENED | MATCH REPORTEngland won the first match by 31 runs at Edgbaston last Saturday with Anderson finishing with 4 wickets while Broad picked up a couple in the second innings.Stats: England win in their 1000th Test despite Virat Kohli brillianceThe first game was also England’s 1000th Test match which they won on the fourth day by bowling out India for 162, who needed 194 for victory.The match was a thriller as the fortunes fluctuated from one team to another throughout the course of the match.The second Test will be played at Lord’s where England haven’t had a lot of success off late.England have announced two changes to their 13-member squad for the next game with uncapped 20-year-old batsman Ollie Pope and all-rounder Chris Woakes coming back into the team.Dawid Malan has been dropped from the squad while star all-rounder Ben Stokes will miss the Test as he is facing a court hearing next week in Bristol.England Test squad: Joe Root (c), Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Ollie Pope, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (wk), Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Sam Curran, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Jamie Porter.last_img read more

Chris Woakes marks his return to Test cricket with maiden century at Lord’s

first_imgChris Woakes marked his return to Test cricket in style as he slammed a 129-ball century on the third day of the second Test against India at Lord’s.Woakes, who replaced Ben Stokes in the England squad for the second Test, took three runs of the bowling off Hardik Pandya in the 71st over of England’s first innings to bring up his maiden Test century on Saturday.Woakes, whose injury forced him to surrender his spot in whites for England, had a tough task ahead of him when he came in to bat. Add to that the pressure of replacing a successful Stokes in the side, his performance would have been closely scrutinised and he did himself no harm with an important century at the home of cricket.Woakes came in to bat at a tricky situation, with England’s score on 131/5, with a slender lead of 24 on the board. The all-rounder first took his time and once he settled in, his showed his full array of shots against an Indian team, which was definitely missing a third full-time pacer. He kept the scoreboard ticking and supported Jonny Bairstow perfectly. The likes of Pandya and Kuldeep tried to get his wicket but Woakes defied them and took them for easy runs and was later joined by Bairstow as well. In doing so, Bairstow brought up his 19th Test half-century off 76 balls while Woakes reached his fifth Test half-century off 71 balls.The pair then led England into a strong position at tea as England managed a significant lead of 123 runs. Bairstow played confidently and was unbeaten on 62 at the interval while Woakes was unbeaten on 55 as the hosts reached 230/5.advertisementIn the last session, Woakes came out attacking and played the aggressor’s role as England looked to get quick runs. He attacked the likes of Kuldeep, Hardik and raced ahead of Bairstow and finally completed his hundred in the 71st over while Bairstow was batting on 91 off 138 balls. Bairstow eventually fell for 93 off 144 balls to Pandya.YESSSSS!!! Maiden Test century for @chriswoakes!!Socrecard/Videos: https://t.co/3OFryOi7dc#ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/pKVKTiX3rlEngland Cricket (@englandcricket) August 11, 2018Also read – Ben Stokes had at least 7 vodka drinks and 3 beers before Bristol pub brawlWoakes hit 15 fours in his innings as England continued to dominate the second Test.Earlier, with the ball, Woakes picked up 2/19 from six overs as India were bowled out for 107 on day two of the Test match.And, Woakes’ innings now, will give Joe Root a problem of plenty when Stokes is again available for selection. Stokes, who starred in the first match, picked up four wickets in the second innings to guide England to a win on the fourth day of the Edgbaston Test by 31 runs.Also read – Ben Stokes ‘mocked gay men’ before Bristol pub brawl: ProsecutorStokes is currently undergoing trial in Bristol for his involvement in a brawl earlier in the year. Prosecutors say Stokes was the “main aggressor” in a fight that broke out outside the nightclub. Stokes had gone out with teammate Alex Hales after England’s win over West Indies in an ODI in Bristol.But in a statement provided to police and heard in court Wednesday, Stokes said he only stepped in after hearing two men being homophobic toward two other men.Stokes said “matters had become too serious to ignore and that I had to intervene.”Also read – Ben Stokes, amid legal battle, sends out emotional message for EnglandStokes himself is accused of earlier mocking the gay men outside the club and flicking a cigarette butt at them. Stokes denies taunting them, telling police they “thanked me for preventing them from being beaten up.”Questions on his availability remains as the trial is still on and the judgement will decide if he is again able to play for England in the upcoming Test matches or not.last_img read more

Live Streaming India vs England 4th Test Day 4: When and where to watch IND v ENG Test match?

first_imgWhat time is the Test match between England and India?Day 4 of the fourth Test between India and England will start at 3.30pm IST.Where can I watch the England vs India Test match live?You can watch the Test match live on the following TV channels – Sony Six, Sony Six HD, Sony Ten 3 and Sony Ten 3 HD from 2.30pm IST.Live Streaming will be available on SonyLiv app and website – sonyliv.comWhen is the England vs India Test match?The fourth Test between India and England will be played from August 30 to September 3.Where will the England vs India Test match be played?The fourth Test between India and England will be played at Rose Bowl, Southampton.Where can I check the online live updates of the England vs India Test match?You can get all the latest updates, reactions, news of the Test match at www.indiatoday.in/sportsWhat are the team squads for England vs India Test match?India: Virat Kohli (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (WK), Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah.England: Joe Root (C), Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (WK), Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Sam Curran, James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Ben StokesEngland will resume their second innings on day 4 with a 233-run lead over India. Sam Curran will be waiting to be joined by his seamers with the score at 260/8 on Sunday.India had England on the mat at 122/5 but Jos Buttler (69) shared two important partnerships — a 56-run stand with Ben Stokes (37 not out) for the sixth wicket before stitching a 55-run seven-wicket stand with Sam Curran.advertisementThere is all to play for both teams with England leading the five-match series 2-1. England had won the first two Tests at Edgbaston and Lord’s before India fought back to win the third Test at Trent Bridge.For the first time under Virat Kohli, India remained unchanged in a Test match. That meant Bumrah, Shami, Ishant Sharma and Hardik Pandya returned to haunt England’s batsmen.last_img read more

Realme 2: Large battery, good cameras and slick design make it one of the best phones under Rs 10,000

first_imgRealme 1, when it launched several months ago, turned out to be one of the best phones you could buy at a price point of around Rs 10,000. Now, the Realme 2 is out and this one too offers enough to be a phone that you can call all-rounder and one of the best purchases in the market at a price of Rs 8,999.While the name suggests that the Realme 2 is the successor to the Realme 1, that is not the case. It is a phone that is part of the Realme series and is sort of Realme Lite 1. And as a Lite phone, it offers more than enough at its price point to be a standout phone in the market. It has got decent hardware, a screen with notch, and features like a fingerprint sensor. But of particular note, and the bits that make the Realme 2 really worth its price, are its fantastic battery life, very capable cameras and a slick design.Let’s start with the design.While the Realme 2 is an affordable phone, it offers consumers a design and body that you usually find in more premium phones. The phone uses a fibre glass body — with its shell made with 12-layer nanotech composite material — and diamond pattern that makes the phone look really slick. Then there is the notch screen, which also makes the phone more appealing. Not to forget the Corning Gorilla Glass 3 layer on the screen which not only makes the phone more durable, but also more beautiful.advertisementThe Realme 2 has a very good design. It actually looks great, particularly the red variant, and has a compact size that allows one-handed usage of the phone despite its big screen. The phone is durable enough to take a fall or two.Looking beyond the design, we feel that the battery life and the camera performance of the Realme 2 are two strong reasons to pick this phone over others like the Redmi Y2 and Nokia 3.1. The Realme 2 comes with a huge battery that has a capacity of 4,230mAh. It is not just about the big number. The battery also lasts long. During the phone’s review, the India Today Tech team found that the phone can last up to 2 days on a single charge. Even if you play a lot of games — hey PUBG gamers — the phone easily lasts one whole day and then some more.The Realme 2 sports a 13-megapixel primary camera and an 8-megapixel front camera. The primary camera is accompanied with another 2-megapixel camera — yes, Realme 2 has a dual-camera system — so it supports features like portrait mode, which allows users to click images that have blurred backgrounds. Both rear and front cameras perform admirably well in good light. The colours in photos clicked with the Realme 2 look punchy and there is lot of detail in the images. In fact, we can say with some confidence that the Realme 2 cameras are among the best that you can buy in a Rs 10,000 phone.The rest of the phone is good enough, and that complements Realme 2’s camera and battery performance to give users a device that they will love to use. The software is optimised to a degree that there is no discernible lag in the phone in day-to-day use. The Realme 2 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor, which is as good as Snapdragon 625 for all practical purposes. Even demanding games like the PUBG work well on Realme 2 and apps like WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram are butter smooth.Key details you must know about Realme 2:– The Realme 2 with 3GB RAM + 32GB ROM is priced at Rs 8,990. The variant with 4GB RAM + 64GB is priced at Rs 10,990.– The Realme 2 has a screen-body ratio of 88.8 per cent.– The phone has 3 unlock features: finger print unlock, face unlock and smart unlock.– The Realme 2 has an improved reflecting effect in the diamond cut design compared to Realme 1.– The Realme 2 will be available in Diamond Black and Diamond Red in September, while the Diamond Blue variant will be available from early October.The first sale for the Realme 2 is on September 4 at 12 PM on Flipkart, which happens to be the exclusive retail partner for the phone. If you are looking to buy a smartphone for under Rs 10,000, the Realme 2 should be on your radar. And if you are willing to spend some more, there is always the Realme 1.All things considered, you can say that the Realme 2 is an all-rounder under Rs 10,000 and definitely the best value for money.advertisementlast_img read more

LG V40 ThinQ image leaked ahead of October 3 launch

first_imgLG V40 ThinQ is coming. LG is launching its next V-series smartphone- V40 ThinQ- at a special event in New York on October 3 and in Seoul on October 4. Ahead of its official launch, image of LG’s upcoming flagship device has been leaked online.The latest leak comes from serial leakster Evan Blass, who took to Twitter to share the image of the phone.Interestingly, earlier this week a leaked specs sheet of the V35 ThinQ successor, which indicated that the upcoming smartphone would sport a dual rear camera setup with a 12MP and a 16MP sensors on board. However, the image shared by Blass seems to negate this theory by suggesting that LG’s upcoming phone would indeed sport a triple rear camera setup- a feature which the company hinted to in a 10-second long video clip shared in its Korean newsroom.The image shared by Blass is for the US-based carrier AT&T and it suggests that the phone will sport a fingerprint sensor directly above the horizontally mounted triple rear camera setup with an LED flash.Besides this, V40 ThinQ will sport thin bezels on top and bottom with a dual camera setup in the front. The phone will also feature a special button on the left side of the device for invoking Google Assistant just like LG G7+ ThinQ, which was launched earlier this year.As far as specifications are concerned, LG V40 ThinQ is likely to sport a 6.4-inch POLED display with a resolution of 3120×1440 pixels. The phone will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and run on the latest version of Andriod Oreo. However, some leaks suggest that the phone could run on the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system-Android 9 Pie.advertisementIn terms of memory, the leaked specs sheet suggested that the phone would sport 8GB RAM, unlike previously rumoured 6GB RAM, along with an internal memory of 128GB. The phone, as multiple leaks seems to suggest, will sport a 3,300 mAh battery.ALSO READ: LG V40 ThinQ coming soon: Top features, expected launch date, India price and everything that we know so farBesides this, V40 ThinQ is likely to feature support for Quad DAC and Stereo Speaker Boombox audio technologies and be priced around $1,000.last_img read more

BCCI under RTI: Office-bearers question COA role, wants to challenge CIC verdict

first_imgBy Kushan Sarkar New Delhi, Oct 2 (PTI) The BCCI is likely to challenge the Central Information Commission’s ruling that the cricket board be brought under the RTI act with a top official accusing the Committee of Administrators (COA) of “wilful negligence” in dealing with the matter. The CIC verdict would effectively mean that the BCCI become a National Sports Federation (NSF). The BCCI, which has resented coming under the Right to Information (RTI) act claiming to be an autonomous entity, feels the COA is to be blamed for the setback which hit the Board on Monday evening. “I believe there has been wilful negligence on part of the COA in botching up BCCI’s right to legal representation,” a senior BCCI official, while talking about the legal ramifications of the CIC order, told PTI Tuesday. “There was a CIC hearing on July 10 when it was asked as to why BCCI shouldn’t come under the RTI? The BCCI didn’t even file a reply and sat on the show-cause notice. Now the only way is to challenge the order in High Court and take it from there on,” the official said. Another BCCI official said the COA, comprising Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji, might just “tie the albatross of RTI” around the Board’s neck before announcing elections. “We hear that BCCI wants to partially come under the RTI and not reveal things like team selection and all? Is it a joke? If BCCI challenges, there won’t be any half measures. It will be all or nothing,” he said. He then went on to give a few sample questions that will be asked first up if the BCCI comes under the RTI.advertisement “It could be about team selection processes and whether IPL franchises are having a role in it. The share-holding patterns, the investments made,” he said. “The second question will be about personal conduct of certain officials and issues like harassment of women at workplace,” he added. “The third question will be even more telling. Is there a case that a junior cricketer in the Indian team is getting a long rope because of his tie-up with certain management firm of a senior player that has landed them multi crore endorsement with a particular sports brand??” The official said: “I am not sure if the COA is ready to answer these tough questions. More so it is the office-bearers who should be given powers to take legal recourse. It is unfortunate that honourable Supreme Court’s orders are being misused by COA.” When he was asked that even the Law Commission has recommended bringing the BCCI under the RTI, he explained: “Law Commission’s recommendation is not binding. Secondly, the premise of their recommendations is based on certain conjectures which are debatable.” Repeated calls to COA chief Vinod Rai to seek a response from him went unanswered. Another senior office-bearer close to COA said lawyers will be studying the CIC judgement and appropriate legal recourse will be taken. PTI KHS PM PMlast_img read more

India vs West Indies 1st Test Day 3 Live Streaming: How to watch IND vs WI Live Streaming on Hotstar, JioTV and Airtel

first_imgIndia vs West Indies 1st Test live streaming from Rakot: Watch IND vs WI 1st Test match free live streaming online: Watch IND vs WI Final Live on Hotstar, JioTV and Airtel TV.India declared their innings on 649/9 after centuries by Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja before reducing the West Indies to 94/6 by stumps on Friday on the second day of the first Test.It was India’s highest total in a Test match against the West Indies, with Jadeja (100 not out) reaching his maiden hundred after Kohli departed for 139 — his 24rd Test century.In the West Indies’ reply, Kraigg Brathwaite and Kieran Powell fell to Mohammed Shami in the first five overs before India’s spinners took over.Ravichandran Ashwin bowled Shai Hope for 10, Jadeja had Sunil Ambris (12) caught at slip in his first over, and Kuldeep Yadav bowled Shane Dowrich (10). In between those wickets, Shimron Hetmyer was run out for 10 after a mix-up with Ambris.The visitors trailed by 555 runs at the close, with Roston Chase (27 not out) and Keemo Paul (13 not out) in the middle and showing some fight.What time does the 1st Test between India vs West Indies start?Day 3 of the first Test starts on 9:30 AM IST on October 6, Saturday at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium.What TV channel and live stream is the 1st Test between India and West Indies Live Streaming on?Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD in English commentary and Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD in Hindi Commentary. Hotstar, JioTV and Airtel TV will live stream India vs Bangladesh match.advertisementWhere will the 1st Test between India and West Indies be played?The 1st Test between India and West Indies will be played at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot from 09:30 IST.Where can I watch the India vs West Indies 1st Test live?The match will be shown in Star Sports network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the India vs West Indies 1st Test?You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the match between India vs West Indies from our live blog on indiatoday.in.What are the squads for the 1st Test between India and West Indies?India playing XI: KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (WK), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav.West Indies playing XI: Kraigg Brathwaite (C), Kieran Powell, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Roston Chase, Sunil Ambris, Shane Dowrich (WK), Keemo Paul, Devendra Bishoo, Sherman Lewis, Shannon Gabriel.last_img read more

Infosys Foundation announces Rs 1.5 cr reward to push innovation in social work

first_img(Eds: Correcting firm’s name in header)New Delhi, Oct 8 (PTI) Infosys Foundation on Monday announced Rs 1.5 crore reward to push innovation in social work following increase in funds under the government rules.”Infosys Foundation have been working since last 22 years. We had less money but thanks to 2 per cent now, which is more money. Initially whatever money was given we took care of basic things. We wanted to have innovation award but you require a good amount for that. This year we decided to get in to this area so that our innovators can get financial help,” Infosys Foundation Chairperson Sudha Murty told PTI.Under the government rules, it is mandatory for certain categories of company to spend, in every financial year, at least two per cent of the average net profits made during the three immediately preceding financial years, in pursuance of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy.”Last 3-4 years, we have been getting 2 per cent which is Rs 340 crore. We have been able to handle 12 national disaster like floods in Kerala, drought in Karnataka, hurricane in Andhra Pradesh…,” Murty said.Infosys Foundation, which is CSR arm of IT major Infosys, will select three individuals or non-government organisation and give them reward of up to Rs 50 lakh so that they can scale-up their work.”The Aarohan Social Innovation Awards seek to recognise and reward individuals, teams or NGOs that are developing unique solutions for the social sector that have the potential to positively impact the underprivileged in India, at scale. The vision of these awards is to accelerate innovation in the social sector, and provide a platform to help these solutions scale,” Murty said.advertisementThe award will be granted in across six categories– Healthcare, rural development, destitute care, women’s safety and empowerment, education & sports and sustainability and the application can be submitted online with 120 second videos of their work from October 15 to December 31, 2018.The winners will have an option of technical mentorship at IIT Hyderabad to help them further develop their solutions.PTI PRS PRS BALBALBALlast_img read more

Was lucky enough to get a wicket, admits Australia’s Marnus Labuschagne on Test debut

first_imgMarnus Labuschagne was picked by Australia to make his debut in the first Test against Pakistan for his batting, with his part-time leg-spin seen only as a bonus. But with his team struggling to break a crucial partnership, Labuschange made a key breakthrough on day two to bring Australia back into the contest in Dubai on Monday.Pakistan had been cruising, Asad Shafiq and Haris Sohail adding exactly 150 to take the score onto 410/4. They looked set for a mammoth total, but, the ball after bowling a big full toss which was hit for four, Labuschagne bowled the perfect leg-break, which spun and bounced and took Shafiq’s outside edge before nestling in Tim Paine’s gloves.The dismissal was the start of a slide of 72/6 with Pakistan eventually bowled out for 482 as Australia surged back into the game. Labuschagne credited technical work on the speeds and lengths he bowls as helping him have a productive spell.”I’ve been working on my bowling for a long time but the last three months specifically, just getting a bit faster through the air and making sure I’m bowling the right length,” Labuschagne said.Pakistan vs Australia – Report | Highlights | Scorecard”I’ve been working really hard with Sri [Sridharan Sriram] and John Davison back home, making sure we get that length right. So it was pleasing to see it come off today, I was able to come on and not go for too many runs and also lucky enough to get a wicket as well.”It felt like a day when Australia captain Tim Paine would need to shuffle his pack constantly in hopes of getting a breakthrough. Having a leg-spin option to call upon helped in this regard too.advertisement”It was a change-up, a change in momentum, a change in the rhythm of the batsmen and just making them think a little bit differently about how they want to play shots and stuff like that,” Labuschagne said.Marnus Labuschagne celebrates his maiden Test wicket! #PAKvAUS pic.twitter.com/ujvUGOMBdUcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) October 8, 2018″That’s probably the key, trying to get them to think a little bit differently with someone who bowls a bit of leg-spin.”Australia ended the day with their openers having taken them to 30/0, 452 behind Pakistan’s first innings total. Sometime tomorrow, Labuschagne’s main job, with the bat, will begin. But without his part-time skill, his side would surely be much further behind in the game.last_img read more

Umesh Yadav deserves what he has achieved in Hyderabad Test: Virat Kohli

first_imgVirat Kohli was all smiles after yet another ruthless performance at home as India thrashed West Indies by 10 wickets in the Hyderabad Test to sweep the two-match series on Sunday.Chasing a paltry 72 to win, openers Prithvi Shaw and Lokesh Rahul reached their target in the 17th over to seal India’s second successive victory inside three days.The hosts had won the first Test in Rajkot by an innings and 272 runs, their biggest Test victory.”We didn’t expect it to finish in three days in the morning to be honest. WI played really well to put us in a tough situation and getting 56 runs was a bonus after the situation we got ourselves into. We would have liked a much bigger lead, but again with the ball we were clinical and we needed to step up. At home where we understand the conditions very well, we know how to put the opposition under pressure and how to create that pressure. We thought the game could go onto the fifth day if the teams kept playing the way they did. We were really good today and deserved to win,” Kohli said at the post match presentation ceremony.Hyderabad Test: Match Report | Highlights | ScorecardKohli also praised the youngsters in the team for gabbing the opportunities but singled out Umesh Yadav, who bagged 10 wickets in the match, as the “standout performer”.”If you look at the three guys who’ve come in they’ve grabbed their opportunities really well – Vihari in England, Rishabh has been doing the job wonderfully for us in the middle and Prithvi getting the man-of-the-series award in his first series was outstanding.”advertisement”But I would like to single out Umesh. Shardul broke down in the first spell and Umesh deserves what he’s achieved in this game. I am pleased to see how he’s stepped up for us in the absence of Shami and after Shardul got injured. He keeps giving more than 100 per cent every time in the field. We all are happy for him, he’s worked really hard and has waited for his chance to step up for us. He is the standout performer for me in this game as far as I am concerned,” he said.INDIA WIN!! pic.twitter.com/lTgNnJPjv3 BCCI (@BCCI) October 14, 2018Kohli further said he was happy to have the luxury of having a pool of pace bowlers.”We have a problem of plenty now, Umesh here, the three bowlers who played in England and it is a pleasant headache we have. But that is a better situation to be in rather than having to find bowlers who would do the job for you. Bowling was never the question overseas and I have always maintained that if we could bat better we could win overseas. I am pleased to see these guys taking twenty wickets,” he said.A clinical performance by #TeamIndia as they beat the Windies by 10 wickets to clinch the series 2-0. This is their 10 consecutive victory at home @Paytm #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/Mr0Qv7hEWF BCCI (@BCCI) October 14, 2018Kohli was also all praise for Ajinkya Rahane and Rishabh Pant, who had stitched together a massive partnership to bail India out.”I am sure we’ve learnt from the last series, we applied ourselves better in India with the bat much better and we’d like to take that ahead as well. This game was tougher, because to be honest the bowlers didn’t get very favourable conditions to bowl in the last game, the batters got runs and the wicket was very flat. Obviously Jason coming in with more experience knows how to get wickets and he was very consistent. Jinks batted beautifully here, he got a great innings in Nottingham and he was a big positive for us. Rishabh batted well with him and it is something we want to see a lot more of when the team is in trouble. I want to thank the crowd as well, they were outstanding and they supported us really well,” he said.India and West Indies will now play a five-match one day international series starting October 21 in Guwahati.CHAMPIONS #TeamIndia @Paytm #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/oUlwtb9ZX3 BCCI (@BCCI) October 14, 2018last_img read more

Shikhar Dhawan may move to Mumbai Indians from Sunrisers Hyderabad

first_imgShikhar Dhawan could become the biggest name to make the move in the transfer window ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) auctions in mid-December.According to reports, Dhawan is unhappy with his current franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad and he could well be on his way to Mumbai Indians before the window closes.The southpaw is apparently discontent with the low fee he is getting and is looking for greener pastures ahead of the next season. Sunrisers didn’t retain him ahead of the mega auction earlier this year and bought him back from the auction for Rs 5.2 crore by using the RTM (Right To Match) card. Instead of him, Sunrisers had retained David Warner and Bhuvneshwar Kumar for Rs 12 and Rs 8.5 crore respectively.Dhawan became frustrated after an argument with coach Tom Moody regarding him not being retained despite the southpaw being one of the top players in the Indian team.Also read – IPL: Mumbai Indians buy de Kock, release Mustafizur and DananjayaDhawan, who had earlier played for Mumbai in 2009 and 2010, has been one of Hyderabad’s star players and even played a key part in their title winning campaign in 2016. He has so far scored 4057 runs from 143 matches at an average of 32.98. He has scored 32 fifties as well in the process.If Dhawan does join Mumbai, he will be the second player to move to MI after Quinton de Kock, who earlier moved to the three-time champions for a fee of Rs 2.8 crore. Mumbai also released Mustafizur Rahman and Akila Dananjaya following the acquisition of the South African wicketkeeper batsman.advertisementHowever, it is not going to be easy for MI to get his signature as SRH are also negotiating with Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Daredevils over a possible deal for the Delhi dasher.But, Mumbai will be hoping to bring the Indian limited-overs star over to the west coast and reunite him with captain Rohit Sharma, who forms a formidable partnership with Dhawan for India in international cricket.The IPL trading window is open for a week and the franchises will have to submit the names of the players they would like to release before November 15, so that they can go up for auction next month.last_img read more

Xiaomi Redmi 6A, Redmi 6 and Redmi 6 Pro now available on open sale in India

first_imgIt is often very difficult to buy a Xiaomi phone, and that’s mainly because of the company’s flash sale strategy. The same was the case for its latest Redmi 6 of phones which include the Redmi 6, Redmi 6A and Redmi 6 Pro. But now, looks like Xiaomi is changing its strategy as it announces that all the three Redmi 6 series phones will now be available in the open sale. This means as it happened previously, the Redmi 6, Redmi 6A and Redmi 6 Pro will always be in stock.Xiaomi has announced that only the 32GB storage model of the Redmi 6A will be up for grabs on open sale. While it seems, all the variants of the Redmi 6 and Redmi 6 Pro will be a part of the open sale. The Redmi 6A (32GB) and Redmi 6 Pro will be available on open sale in India on Amazon.in and Mi.com, while the Redmi 6 will also be available on Mi.com and also on Flipkart.As for the pricing, the Redmi 6A comes with a starting price of Rs 5,999 in India. This price is for the base model with 2GB RAM and 16GB onboard storage, while the 32GB storage – the one on open sale – is available for Rs. 6,999. The Redmi 6 also comes in two variants. The 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage model of the phone is priced at Rs 7,999, while the 3GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant comes for Rs. 9,499. Lastly, the Redmi 6 Pro comes with a starting price of Rs 10,999 for the base 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage model, while the top end model of the phone with 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant is priced Rs 12,999 for the 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant. All the three Redmi 6 series phones come in four colour variants in India including the Black, Blue, Gold, and Rose Gold.advertisementRedmi 6A specsThe Redmi 6A, which is the successor to the Redmi 5A, sports a 5.45-inch display with an aspect ratio of 18:9 and is powered by 12nm FinFET Helio A22 processor paired with up to 2GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage. On the camera front, the smartphone packs a 13-megapixel camera paired with EIS support on the rear panel, while on the front the phone includes a 5-megapixel selfie shooter with AI portrait and beautify mode. The Redmi 6A was launched with MIUI 9.6-based on Android Oreo but has now been upgraded to MIUI 10. The phone comes with 3000mAh battery and comes with AI-based face unlock support, and also packs dual nano SIM + microSD card slot.Redmi 6 specsThe Redmi 6, the successor to the Redmi 5, comes with a 5.45-inch HD+ Full-Screen display with 1440 x 720 pixels resolution and an aspect ratio of 18:9. The Redmi 6 comes with AI-powered dual cameras on the rear panel. The smartphone includes a primary sensor of 12-megapixel and secondary sensor of 5-megapixel with 1.25 micron pixel size for depth shots. On the front, the phone carries a 5-megapixel sensor for selfies paired with AI portrait mode. It is powered by Helio P22 processor paired with up to 3GB RAM and 64GB storage. On the software front, the Redmi 6 was launched with MIUI 9.6-based on top of Android Oreo, but has now been upgraded to MIUI 10.ALSO READ: Xiaomi launches its first Mi AirDots true wireless earphones to take on Apple AirPodsRedmi 6 Pro specsThe Redmi 6 Pro is the first phone from Xiaomi to come with a notch in India. The Redmi 6 Pro comes with the Redmi Note 5 Pro camera setup. It includes a 12-megapixel primary camera paired with Sony IMX 486 with 1.25 micron pixels and 5-megapixel camera with Samsung sensor. The Redmi 6 Pro comes with AI portrait mode and EIS. On the front, the phone comes with a 5-megapixel sensor paired with AI portrait mode. The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 624 processor and is paired with up to 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The Redmi 6 Pro comes with a massive 4000mAh battery and sports a 5.84-inch display with a resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels, 19:9 aspect ratio.last_img read more

UEFA Nations League: England qualify for semis with dramatic win over Croatia

first_imgEngland perhaps avenged their World Cup semi-final loss to Croatia by defeating them 2-1 to qualify for the semi-finals on UEFA Nations League at Wembley on Sunday.Gareth Southgate’s England side were denied the chance to the 2018 FIFA World Cup final by Croatia as they lose 2-1 in extra time but on Sunday, the English side scored two late goals to turn the table.Croatia, on the other hand, were relegated from Group A4 of the Nations League after the defeat.England were themselves facing the drop when Croatia’s Andrej Kramaric scored after 57 minutes but substitute Lingard and Kane netted in the 77th and 85th minutes at a vociferous Wembley to turn the group on its head.Stick together. Win together. #threelions pic.twitter.com/8tFsHA6pjKEngland (@England) November 18, 2018England had dominated for large periods but fell behind when Kramaric twisted and turned before firing in via a deflection off Eric Dier.Yet Lingard poked home and Kane converted Ben Chilwell’s free kick to ensure England finished top of a group where all three teams — including Spain who started the day top but finished second — could have qualified.England, who progress to the finals in Portugal in June, finished with seven points, one ahead of Spain and three clear of Croatia, who were relegated to the second tier.England made eight changes from the side that beat the United States in a friendly on Thursday with no place in the starting lineup for Lingard, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Callum Wilson.advertisementCroatia, meanwhile, were without influential midfielder Ivan Rakitic, and in his absence the visitors missed a golden opportunity when Ante Rebic fired over with England keeper Jordan Pickford horribly exposed after only two minutes.Also read – UEFA Nations League: Portugal secure first semi-final berth after draw in ItalyAs England started to dominate, a fine Kane ball sent Raheem Sterling free, only for the Manchester City winger to shoot directly at Croatia keeper Lovre Kalinic while Kane spooned the resulting corner over the crossbar.There was very vocal contingent of Croatia fans in the 78,000-strong crowd, but they were lucky not to see their side concede as Kane was brilliantly denied first by defender Tin Jedvaj and then Kalinic with the visitors struggling to contain England’s pacy attack.Ross Barkley volleyed into the side netting shortly before halftime, yet after the break it was Kramaric who kept his composure brilliantly before converting Croatia’s first shot on target.READ – UEFA Nations League: Depay last-minute penalty helps Netherlands beat France 2-0England introduced Dele Alli, Jadon Sancho and Lingard after the goal and their energy proved decisive with Lingard, poking home in the 77th minute.Both sides looked dangerous in a frantic, full-blooded final 15 minutes but with Wembley roaring them on, it was man-of-the-match Kane who was on hand to slide in Chilwell’s free kick and seal England’s progress.(With Reuters inputs)Also watch –last_img read more

India vs Australia: Cutting off injured finger only way Finch can be kept out of MCG Test

first_imgAaron Finch will not back down from a Boxing Day Test due to an injured finger and declared himself a sure shot to open in the third Test against India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, unless his finger is “cut off”. Finch retired hurt in Perth after a brutal blow to his right finger off a Mohammed Shami delivery but then returned to bat, lasting just a single delivery before falling to Shami. He thereafter did not field in Australia’s comfortable victory over the Virat Kohli-led team.Traditionally a Boxing Day Test has always taken place at the MCG but if Finch starts, it will be the first time since 1973 that two openers from Victoria [Finch and Marcus Harris] will play a Test on Boxing Day.”With a Boxing Day Test, being from Victoria, it’s going to have to be cut off (to not play),” Finch was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.”It’s going to be a catch and bat today and reassess, but it feels like it’s improved 100 per cent over the last couple of days.”I got sent some new bats, so I’ve been walking around the lounge room and waving them around. It feels OK.”If anything changes in the next couple of days, we’ll have to sit down and chat about that but, at this stage, it’s still business as usual and I plan to field at slip and do whatever else is needed.”Finch revealed that when the Shami delivery hit his finger it aggravated an old fracture, exposed the bone and “felt like it was going to explode”. He said that it was the initial pain in the finger that did him.advertisement”It was a bit of a shock. Just the initial pain was the thing that got me,” Finch said.”Being hit a few times in the last month (made it worse), a couple of times by Starcy (Mitchell Starc) at training then obviously Shami.”It’s also an old break. I broke the same finger in Sri Lanka a couple of years ago. I’ve just got to start catching them and using my bat instead of my gloves.”On the other hand, Travis Head said ahead of the Melbourne Test that Australia will have to continue the momentum they got in Perth.”We need to make sure we continue the momentum,” Head was quoted as saying by “The Age”.”I thought the way we batted in the big moments of the game and the way we built pressure with the bat, the way we built pressure in the field, it was a great week. We will try to continue that on Boxing Day,” he added.Also Read | Ravi Shastri reveals why Ravindra Jadeja did not play Perth Test vs AustraliaAlso Read | Virat Kohli’s aggression should not be thwarted: Sandeep PatilAlso Read | Australia must carry the momentum in Boxing Day Test vs India, says Travis Headlast_img read more

No regrets: Cricket South Africa on turning down AB de Villiers’ comeback offer

first_imgAfter the news of swashbuckling batsman AB de Villiers making an offer to come out of international retirement for World Cup 2019 started doing the rounds, Cricket South Africa’s selection panel convener, Linda Zondi issued a statement to clarify the board had ‘no regret’ in rejecting de Villiers comeback offer.”The decision was based on principle; we had to be fair to the team, the selection panel, our franchise system and players,” Zondi said in an official statement.According to an ESPNcricinfo report, AB de villiers, who retired from international cricket last year in May, approached South Africa’s skipper Faf du Plessis and other important members of management to express his desire to come out of international retirement for World Cup, 2019.However, the offer was rejected by the South Africa team management.Claryifing on turning down de Villiers services for the showpiece event, Zondi, said in a statement, “For Faf du Plessis and Ottis Gibson to share AB’s desire to be included in the squad on the day we announced our World Cup squad on April 18th was a shock to all of us.””AB left a big vacuum when he retired, we had a year to find players at franchise level to fill the gap. We had players who put in the hard work, who put up their hands and deserved to be given the opportunity to go to the World Cup.””At no point in the year that he (AB) had retired did he make himself available for selection. It was no option when I received the news on the day of the squad announcement, our squad was finalised and confirmed. AB is undoubtedly one of the best players in the world but above all else, we have to stay true to our morals and principles; there is no regret in the decision.”advertisementRecently, many South African fans had demanded an emergency recall for AB de Villiers, seeing South Africa’s worst ever start to a World Cup in the last eight editions.South Africa have lost all their 3 matches in the World Cup so far. After losing their first two matches, to England and Bangladesh, they went down by 6 wickets to Virat Kohli’s men in Southampton on Wednesday.AB de Villiers was in sublime for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL 2019 edition and ended his campaign with 443 runs in 13 innings at an average of 44.20 and strike rate of 154 with 5 fifties.Seeing de Villiers’ current form and Proteas’ poorest start in eight World Cup campaigns, the decision to refuse former South Africa captain’s proposal of international comeback by South Africa team management will raise many eyebrows.Also Read | South Africa rejected AB de Villiers’ offer to come out of retirement for World Cup swansongAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Change-room is hurting and guys are down, says Faf du PlessisAlso Seelast_img read more

Hyundai Kona Electric SUV: First drive review

first_imgThere have been many debates on whether India is ready for electric vehicles or not. The lack of charging stations, availability of electricity and most importantly the fact that retail sale of electricity is still not approved by the government are some of the hindrances. However the government is rather ‘Gung Ho’ about India moving to EVs is something which is drawing a lot of attention and cashing in on it is Hyundai. The company will shortly launch the Kona EV in India and despite the fact that it will be rather expensive in India, there is no looking back. The charging port sits up front on the erstwhile raditor grille.The Kona EV is a compact SUV driven purely on electricity. It looks very smart thanks to the new age Hyundai design philosophy and comes with LED projector light panels up front. The two-tier light assembly is very similar to the one seen on the recently launched Venue and this is going to be a standard trait in future Hyundai’s as well. The front grille is replaced by a plastic panel which does replicate a proper mesh grille which was erstwhile compulsory to keep the radiator cool. Here though there is no radiator and hence the requirement is gone. Instead Hyundai has positioned the charging point here. In profile there is a generous amount of plastic cladding offered to give it a tough look. The wheels are specially designed to look good and also aid aerodynamics. At the back too the Kona EV look sporty thanks to the edgy design and sleek LED tail lights. Overall the Kona EV looks rather well proportioned and good for the city.advertisement The dash might look like a regular car, but the functionalities are very different.Inside the SUV comes with a standard layout of things. There is a large infotainment system which performs a multitude of functions and the interface is easy to use and touch action responsive. The bridge type centre console is also unique in design and gone is the standard gear lever and replacing it are a bunch of buttons to make the Kona go forward and back. The IP is also a digital unit and it displays a massive amount of data. The steering wheel is pretty neat too and behind it sits a couple of paddle shifters. What they do is to deploy regenerative braking technologies while downshifting and this in turn helps reduce speed. Hyundai also say that this feature can also bring the Kona EV to a complete halt apart from charging the batteries and it does work well. Up shifting reduces the intensity of regenerative braking helping the SUV become freer and drive quicker. The all digital IP offers all the info which one might need.The big question then is how is it to drive. Well, first and foremost there is literally no noise within the cabin to announce a ready to go situation. However press the accelerator and the Kona EV takes off fast as all the torque is available right from zero. On the go, the Kona drives smooth and the only thing filling your ears will be a certain whine from the motors and tyre noise. It is actually eerie within the cabin. At cruise too the Kona EV is rather comfortable and even if you nudge the throttle, the thing starts gathering speed rather fast. So overtaking on the road is a piece of cake. The centre console gets the drive modes.In case you get into a sporty frame of mind, this SUV is ready to play ball! The acceleration is faster in Sport mode and dig in that pedal and there is a fair bit of tyre squeal heard within the cabin as the traction control light starts flashing on the instrument panel. Now the big question of range. Hyundai claims a range of 500+ km and this is essentially what one would get on regular petrol compact SUV. The motor churns out 150kW of power and 395Nm of max torque.So in all honesty, one will need to recharge the batteries maybe once a week depending on usage. The best thing is that the batteries don’t deplete fast if driven normally and the regenerative technologies do a good job to keep the batteries juiced up. Overall these new generation electric vehicles look ready for the road and we strongly believe that there will be no range anxiety to worry about. One will need to recharge the batteries maybe once a week depending on usage.VerdictThe Kona EV looks and feels like a regular vehicle apart from the strange grille and wheels. It drives rather well and will keep the enthusiast happy too. At the same time, one will not have the guilt within that he or she is causing a threat to Polar bears or ice sheets up in the Polar Regions.advertisementALSO READ | Hyundai Kona to be launched in India on July 9ALSO READ | Renault Duster facelift launched in India at a starting price of Rs 7.99 lakhALSO READ | Here’s why experts believe Indians should opt for e-vehicleslast_img read more

FIRE DAMAGES NORTHSIDE HOME AND GARAGE

first_imgA Sioux City home and garage were damaged by fire Thursday evening on the northside of town.Firefighters responded to the structure fire at 3247 Grandview Blvd. and found a working fire in the attached garage of the home.An occupant inside the home discovered the fire and called it in.He escaped safely without injury.One of the family’s three dogs in the home did not survive.Investigators determined the fire to be accidental caused by sparks from welding equipment.The home sustained fire damage and was “red-tagged” by Sioux City Inspection Services.Photo by George Lindbladelast_img